Racing

High class field in prospect for the Phoenix Stakes

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 14:30

The Wow Signal, Anthem Alexander, Tiggy Wiggy, Dick Whittington amongst likely runner for Curragh Group One

The Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, August 10 is shaping up to be an informative clash of many of the best juveniles seen thus far, with Royal Ascot winners The Wow Signal and Anthem Alexander heading the likely runners.

The scaredy-cat I wanted to be

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 13:06

I was in love with the Stewards’ Cup long before Nicolina. I go back to Ashurst Wonder, whom locals said the wind blew home at 50/1 in 1954. He carried only 6st 11lb, so it may have been true. There was quite a story behind his success because he was trained by Richmond Sturdy at Shrewton but moved to Les Hall’s Winchester yard before the race. Sturdy, a canny old bird, knew he had something useful on his hands and urged Les to wait another year but the horse ran on its merits and local bookmakers in those street-runner days took a pasting.

Dodson & Horrell investigate Alfalfa Oil Plus for morphine contamination

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 07:23

Linseed oil could have been contaminated with naturally occurring poppy seeds

Animal feed manufacturer Dodson & Horrell is investigating how its products could have become contaminated with morphine in the wake of positive tests returned by five horses, including the Queen's Estimate.

Gosden quintet amongst 33-strong entry for the St Leger

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 07:19

Kingston Hill installed as favourite for final Classic

The Ladbrokes St Leger, which takes place at Doncaster Racecourse on Saturday, September 13, has attracted an entry of 33, including five from John Gosden's Newmarket stable.

Estimate fails drugs test; contaminated feed blamed

Filed on 23 Jul 2014 @ 07:25

The Queen's Gold Cup winner tests positive for morphine

The Queen's 2013 Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate has tested positive for the banned substance morphine, Buckingham Palace has announced. The five year old Monsun mare finished a fine second to Leading Light in this year's renewal of the race, and it is believed that the positive sample was taken after that race.

Harbinger has his first winner as a sire

Filed on 22 Jul 2014 @ 08:22

Harbinger, the runaway 11 length winner of the 2010 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, had his first winner as a sire when Suave George won an 1800m newcomers' race at Hakodate in Japan on Sunday.

Taghrooda heads 12 in the King George as Eagle Top supplemented

Filed on 22 Jul 2014 @ 08:18

Gosden responsible for all three-year-old entries

Taghrooda would be only the second Oaks winner to capture the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) in the same year if successful at Ascot on Saturday, July 26.

Tom's Tribute sees off Summer Front in the Eddie Read

Filed on 21 Jul 2014 @ 08:01

Del Mar, 20 July 2014

The Braly Family Trust's Tom's Tribute (Lion Heart) won the Grade One Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar on Sunday, racing prominently behind Horizontalyspeakin before taking command in the stretch, retaining a commanding advantage over the favoured Summer Front to win by a length.

Stopchargingmaria wins the CCA Oaks by five lengths

Filed on 21 Jul 2014 @ 07:58

Saratoga, 20 July 2014

Stopchargingmaria picked up her first Grade One victory in her third attempt with a facile victory in the 98th edition of the Grade One Coaching Club American Oaks for three-year-old fillies on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.

Western Hymn dominant in the Prix Eugene Adam

Filed on 21 Jul 2014 @ 07:53

John Gosden's Classic Trial winner Western Hymn (High Chaparral) regained the winning thread on Sunday when dominating his rivals in the Group Two Prix Eugene Adam at Mainsons-Laffitte, quickening stylishly to beat Army Bulletin by three lengths, with Master Carpenter third.

Kool Kompany holds on in the Prix Robert Papin

Filed on 21 Jul 2014 @ 07:48

Son of Jeremy adds a second Group Two for in-form Hannon

The Richard Hannon-trained Kool Kompany (Jeremy) won the Group Two Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday, taking command from Goken inside the final furlong, and holding off the late flourish of Strath Burn by half a length.

Somali Lemonade rallies to take the G1 Diana

Filed on 21 Jul 2014 @ 07:45

Saratoga, 19 July 2014

Already a multiple Grade Three winner, Somali Lemonade (Lemon Drop Kid) rallied from off the pace to capture her first Grade One in the TVG Diana on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Bracelet victorious in the Irish Oaks

Filed on 19 Jul 2014 @ 17:13

Montjeu's Ribblesdale winner takes Group One honours

The Group One Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday was won by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Bracelet (Montjeu), winner of the Ribblesdale last time, who came with a late run to collar the long time leader Volume, going clear and having just enough in hand to deny her stablemate Tapestry by a neck. Volume kept on to take third, but the favourite Tarfasha - second in the Oaks - faded out of contention in the straight.

East India to the fore in Australia's maiden

Filed on 19 Jul 2014 @ 16:33

Galileo colt lands the Darley EBF Maiden

The Darley European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh has been won in recent years by the likes of Australia, Teofilo and New Approach, with Sea The Stars suffering the only defeat of his illustrious career in the seven furlong contest. The 2014 renewal saw the Aidan O'Brien-trained East India (Galileo), picking up well to collar the pacesetting I Will Excel and holding off Mick Halford's newcomer Portage.

Tiggy Wiggy dominates in the Weatherbys Super Sprint

Filed on 19 Jul 2014 @ 14:54

Nunthorpe possible for Kodiac filly

The Richard Hannon-trained Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac) made light of top weight to bolt up in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury on Saturday, making all under Richard Hughes and exploding clear when asked to beat Haxby by five lengths. Fast Act was third.

Music Master flies home in the Hackwood Stakes

Filed on 19 Jul 2014 @ 14:23

Nunthorpe the likely target for son of Piccolo

The Group Three Hackwood Stakes at Newbury on Saturday saw the Henry Candy-trained Music Master (Piccolo) fly home with a late flourish to assert his class over his opponents, beating last season's winner Heeraat, with the Group Two-placed Es Que Love a close third.

Amralah takes Steventon glory as Al Kazeem fourth

Filed on 19 Jul 2014 @ 13:54

Group race targets in prospect for son of Teofilo

The Listed Doom Bar Stakes - the Steventon Stakes - at Newbury on Saturday saw the Mick Channon-trained Amralah (Teofilo) hang on dourly to deny the late thrust of Vancouverite to register a maiden stakes win. The race was notable for the return to action of multiple Group One Al Kazeem after proving sub-fertile as a stallion, with the son of Dubawi finishing an encouraging fourth after racing keenly in the early stages.

Dettori double on Saratoga opening day

Filed on 19 Jul 2014 @ 08:37

Saratoga, 18 July 2014

Fashion Alert wins the Schuylerville Stakes for Pletcher

The 2014 Saratoga race meeting got underway on Friday with Fashion Alert (Old Fashioned) taking a heart-pounding edition of the Grade Three Schuylerville Stakes and international riding sensation Frankie Dettori capturing two races on his first-ever visit to the Spa.

Nafaqa has Pattern targets after Newbury maiden win

Filed on 19 Jul 2014 @ 08:29

Barry Hills to continue training small band of horses for Sheikh Hamdan

Trainer Barry Hills came out of retirement following the early death of his trainer son John last month, and he looks to have a useful prospect on his hands in the shape of Sheikh Hamdan's Nafaqa (Sir Percy), who broke his maiden in the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes at Newbury on Friday, having been fourth in the Chesham Stakes on debut last time.

Arod back to winning ways at Leicester

Filed on 18 Jul 2014 @ 08:30

Derby fourth set to rejoin Pattern company after nine length success

The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Arod (Teofilo) had his first run since an excellent fourth in the Derby when enjoying a confidence-boosting success in the At The Races Sky 415 Conditions Stakes at Leicester on Thursday, travelling easily under Jamie Spencer and pulling nine lengths clear of his rivals. The son of Teofilo is set to be campaigned in Group One company over 10f this autumn.

Son of Dar Re Mi wins at Chantilly

Filed on 18 Jul 2014 @ 08:26

The Andre Fabre-trained De Treville (Oasis Dream) won the seven furlong maiden at Chantilly on Thursday, showing a likeable attitude to go past the pacesetting Mangouni, asserting in the final furlong to win by three quarters of a length. The colt is the first foal out of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber's star mare Dar Re Mi, the winner of the Dubai Sheema Classic, Pretty Polly Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks.

Darley buy yearling half brother to Australia

Filed on 18 Jul 2014 @ 08:20

Darley has purchased a Dubawi yearling half-brother to this season's Derby and Irish Derby winner Australia in a private sale from breeder Stanley House Stud, reports the Racing Post. Australia is out of Lord Derby's globetrotting star mare Ouija Board.

Taghrooda to run in the King George

Filed on 17 Jul 2014 @ 12:30

Investec Oaks winner Taghrooda (Sea The Star) will run in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 26 in preference to the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday.

Godolphin sets up in Australia

Filed on 17 Jul 2014 @ 07:25

John O'Shea to train horses in royal blue silks

Godolphin is to establish a permanent presence in Australia, and has appointed trainer, John O'Shea, as Head Trainer in Australia. The horses in his care will race in their prestigious royal blue silks from 1st August 2014.

Deep Impact colt out of Azeri tops JRHA Foal Sale

Filed on 16 Jul 2014 @ 08:21

Japan, 15 July 2014

The foal session of the 2014 JRHA Select Sale took place on Tuesday with strong trade that saw the two day sale post record figures. 404 lots were sold for 12,575,050,000yen in total, which eclipsed the previous record, 11,764,700,000yen, established in 2013. The average price through two days, 31,126,361yen, was 3.7% more than 2013. The buy-back rate through two days dropped from 17.8% in 2013 to 14.9% in 2014.