Racing

O'Brien: Saxon Warrior to progress from Guineas win

Filed on 15 May 2018 @ 13:28

Ballydoyle maestro talks about his team for Epsom

Aidan O'Brien spoke at length on Monday about the talent at his disposal, including star Saxon Warrior, who heads the betting for the G1 Investec Derby, during a media trip by Epsom Downs Racecourse and Investec to Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary, Ireland.

Shamardal's Hazapour wins the Derrinstown

Filed on 15 May 2018 @ 13:22

Son of half sister to Harzand enters the Derby picture

The Dermot Weld-trained Hazapour (Shamardal) outlined his Investec Derby credentials with a smooth success in the G3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown this afternoon.

Scat Daddy colt tops Arqana Breeze-Up at €825,000

Filed on 15 May 2018 @ 13:15

The final opportunity to acquire a son of Scat Daddy’s last crop in a sales ring materialised in a relentless duel between Nicolas de Watrigant and Jamie McCalmont, who was standing alongside Coolmore’s Mathieu Legars, at the Arqana Breeze-Up Sale on Saturday. The former owners of the late stallion had the final say with a bid of €825,000 for a colt (lot 165) offered by Willie Browne’s Mocklershill. He is from the family of US Graded winners ALLAMERICAN BERTIE, HURRICANE BERTIE as well as BEACH PATROL who ran 2nd in the Gr.1 Turf Classic after the catalogue was printed.

Progressive Addeybb to target the Lockinge Stakes

Filed on 1 May 2018 @ 14:37

The Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, run over the straight mile for four-year-olds and upwards at Newbury on Saturday, May 19, has 25 contenders going forward following today's scratchings deadline. Fresh from an impressive success in the G2 Bet365 Mile at Sandown Park on April 27, the William Haggas-Addeybb has the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes in his sights.

Unbeaten Luminate wins the Prix Penelope

Filed on 1 May 2018 @ 14:24

Freddy Head's unbeaten Lawman Filly Luminate (Lawman) won the Group Three Prix Penelope at Saint-Cloud on Tuesday, rallying in the latter stages to get the better of Homerique, who had grabbed the lead inside the final furlong.

Cracksman quickens clear to win the Prix Ganay

Filed on 1 May 2018 @ 12:30

Last year's Champion Stakes winner Cracksman (Frankel) showed a blistering turn of foot to win the Group One Prix Ganay at the grand reopening of ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

The John Gosden-trained colt pulled several lengths clear in the final quarter mile and romped home from Wren's Day, who kept on for second place with Cloth Of Stars third. Aidan O'Brien's Rhododendron was fourth.

Expert Eye heads entries for the Greenham Stakes

Filed on 17 Apr 2018 @ 09:59

The Group Three Al Basti Equiworld Supporting Greatwood Greenham Stakes is run over seven furlongs at Newbury on Saturday and the 15 entries for this year's renewal are headed by Sir Michael Stoute's Expert Eye, who connections have confirmed is an intended runner on Saturday. Successful on his debut at Newbury over an extended six furlongs in June last year, the three-year-old son of Acclamation was an impressive winner of the G2 Qatar Vintage Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in August over seven furlongs.

Gustav Klimt heads to the Guineas after Leopardstown win

Filed on 17 Apr 2018 @ 09:57

Gustav Klimt put himself in the 2000 Guineas picture after winning the Listed Ballylinch Stud 2,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown.

Gustav Klimt lengthened well in the final furlong to get on top under Ryan Moore, passing the post 1 ¾ lengths clear, with a long gap back to Kenya in third, as the Dewhurst winner U S Navy Flag disappointed in last.

Frankel's Nelson wins the Ballysax Stakes

Filed on 17 Apr 2018 @ 09:55

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Nelson (Frankel) made virtually all the running to inflict a surprise defeat on fellow Aidan O’Brien-trained runner The Pentagon in Leopardstown’s P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes.

Tiger Roll triumphs in the Grand National

Filed on 17 Apr 2018 @ 09:52

Tiger Roll triumphed in a thrilling, nail-biting finish to the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday to give his trainer, Gordon Elliott, a second win in the race 11 years after he launched his training career by taking it with Silver Birch.

Might Bite scores by seven lengths at Aintree

Filed on 12 Apr 2018 @ 15:12

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Might Bite went one better at Aintree on Thursday when running out the authoritative seven length victory in the Grade One Betway Bowl.

The Nicky Henderson-trained nine-year-old jumped really well for jockey Nico De Boinville, stalking the front-running Bristol De Mai (who eventually finished second) before bounding clear in the home straight to record his fourth victory at the highest level.

Kyllachy colt tops Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale

Filed on 12 Apr 2018 @ 15:09

An international buying bench featuring a number of new faces descended on Goffs UK for the Doncaster Breeze Up Sale on Tuesday which saw 13 lots sell for in excess of £100,000, up on the number achieved at last year’s record sale.

Wells Farhh Go one of six second entries for the Derby

Filed on 4 Apr 2018 @ 14:04

Unbeaten G3 Acomb Stakes victor Wells Farhh Go is one of six second entries for the G1 Investec Derby, at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 2.

The total number of entries for the Investec Derby, run over a mile and a half, and Britain's richest race worth at least £1.5 million, rises to 135.

Rhododendron heads 31 entries for the Lockinge Stakes

Filed on 4 Apr 2018 @ 13:59

Multiple Group One winner Rhododendron heads 31 entries for the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, May 19.

The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes is run over the straight mile at Newbury. This year will mark the 60th running of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes. The inaugural race was run in 1958 and won by Pall Mall, who had provided Her Majesty with a Classic winner when winning the 2000 Guineas earlier that season. Pall Mall went on to land a second Lockinge success in 1959.

Native River wins the Gold Cup after eipc duel with Might Bite

Filed on 17 Mar 2018 @ 15:18

Trainer Colin Tizzard teamed up with champion jockey Richard Johnson to land Friday's Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup with Native River.

The 5/1 winner made the running until headed briefly at the second-last fence by 4/1 favourite Might Bite, but he was soon back on terms and pulled clear on the run-in to score by four and a half lengths. Four lengths behind Might Bite was Anibale Fly, 33/1.

Penhill lands the Stayers' Hurdle for Mullins

Filed on 16 Mar 2018 @ 11:03

The Willie Mullins-trained Penhill became the first horse to win the G1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle and the G1 Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle following an impressive success under Paul Townend in the three-mile championship event.

Balko Des Flos adds to Russell's tally in the Ryanair

Filed on 16 Mar 2018 @ 11:02

Davy Russell recorded a 62/1 double on day three of the Cheltenham Festival following the impressive victory of Balko Des Flos in the G1 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday.

Successful aboard Delta Work in the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle earlier, Russell delivered a confident ride aboard 8/1 chance Balko Des Flos, who travelled kindly throughout the two mile and five furlong event.

Altior rallies to surge clear in the Champion Chase

Filed on 16 Mar 2018 @ 11:00

Nicky Henderson's brilliant Altior proved himself the king of two-milers when running out an emphatic winner of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Ridden by Nico De Boinville for owner Patricia Pugh, the eight-year-old even-money winner beat Min (5/2) and Gods Own (40/1) by seven lengths and 11 lengths. Fancied Douvan fell four fences from the finish when travelling well in the lead, and while Altior had been under pressure running down the hill he produced a turbo surge and ran away from his rivals in the home straight.

Samcro lands the odds in the Ballymore Hurdle

Filed on 16 Mar 2018 @ 10:57

The talking horse of this year's Festival, the Gordon Elliott-trained Samcro justified the hype with a scintillating performance in the G1 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle, the first race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

Buveur D'Air doubles up in the Champion Hurdle

Filed on 14 Mar 2018 @ 07:57

Seven Barrows maestro Nicky Henderson recorded his 59th victory at the Cheltenham Festival following a record seventh success in the G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle following Buveur D'Air's game win in the two-mile championship contest.

Walsh to the fore with Footpad in the Arkle

Filed on 13 Mar 2018 @ 16:17

The Willie Mullins-trained Footpad emulated stable companions Douvan and Un De Sceaux with a scintillating performance in the £175,000 Racing Post Arkle Novices' Chase, the second race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

Summerville Boy lands the Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Filed on 13 Mar 2018 @ 16:13

Summerville Boy snatched victory in the opening race of the Cheltenham Festival 2018, the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, in the last few strides of the race. The Tom George-trained six-year-old, a 9/1 shot, beat Kalashnikov, who led nearly all the way up the final hill, by a neck.

Frankel's Elarqam on target for the 2000 Guineas

Filed on 8 Mar 2018 @ 10:45

A top class and highly international entry of 69 colts, including 15 from Ireland and five from France, has been received for the Group 1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas which takes place at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket on Saturday, 5th May.

Buveur D'Air heads 15 in the Champion Hurdle

Filed on 8 Mar 2018 @ 10:42

Last year's winner Buveur D'Air heads 15, including one supplementary entry, going for glory in the G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle over an extended two miles, at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

Buveur D'Air (Nicky Henderson), one of three Unibet Champion Hurdle contenders for The Festival's leading owner J P McManus, is the 8/15 market leader with Unibet as he bids to land back-to-back renewals of the two-mile hurdling championship.

Talismanic heads to Dubai after Prix Darshaan victory

Filed on 6 Mar 2018 @ 15:49

The Andre Fabre-trained Talismanic (Medaglia d'Oro) ran out an emphatic winner of the Prix Darshaan at Chantilly on Tuesday, showing his wellbeing before a tilt at the Dubai World Cup at Meydan later this month.