Lord Windermere and Bobs Worth head Lexus Chase entries

Filed on 18 Dec 2014 @ 17:03

Hurricane Fly and Jezki set to lock horns again at Leopardstown

The last two winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Lord Windermere and Bobs Worth, head 15 acceptors for The Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday 28th December after today’s final forfeit stage. Winner of the race twelve months ago, the Nicky Henderson trained Bobs Worth has not raced since finishing a close up fifth to Jim Culloty’s Lord Windermere in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last March, but connections are hopeful of another big effort. Lord Windermere himself ran a most encouraging race on his seasonal debut when a close up third in the recent Durkan Chase at Punchestown and this longer three mile trip will certainly be in his favour.

Happy Christmas, petal

Filed on 18 Dec 2014 @ 09:40

Halloween's win is just about my favourite King George, although Burrough Hill Lad in 1984 was quite special, as well.

BHA outlines concerns over small fields

Filed on 17 Dec 2014 @ 08:54

The British Horseracing Authority remains concerned about small field sizes, particularly in National Hunt races, with chief executive Paul Bittar calling it "arguably the biggest challenge facing racing, and in particular jump racing".

"Sky really does look the limit" for unbeaten Kings Palace

Filed on 16 Dec 2014 @ 12:07

Connections to bypass Kempton with promising young chaser

Trainer David Pipe is thrilled with the performance of his unbeaten novice chaser Kings Palace. The six year old beat Sausalito Sunrise by seven lengths at Cheltenham on Friday, having beaten that rival by four lengths at the Open meeting last month.

Jamie Spencer reverses decision to retire

Filed on 15 Dec 2014 @ 09:11

Jockey Jamie Spencer will continue his riding career next year as a freelance. The rider had announced in August that he would retire at the end of this year, after losing his retainer with Qatar Racing, but his love of riding has seen him reverse that decision.

Flintshire scores in the Hong Kong Vase

Filed on 15 Dec 2014 @ 09:08

Hong Kong, 14 December 2014

Flintshire (Dansili) went into the Group One Hong Kong Vase 5lb clear of his rivals on a Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings mark of 124, and the highest rated horse at this year's Hong Kong International Races duly claimed a deserved victory in the 2,400m contest. But the French colt was forced to dig deep in the closing stages as local hope Willie Cazals mounted a strong challenge.

Designs On Rome gets up in the Hong Kong Cup

Filed on 15 Dec 2014 @ 09:06

Hong Kong, 14 December 2014

Hong Kong's premier jockey elect and latest 'poster boy' Joao Moreira roared with delight and waved exuberantly to the crowd as he returned to scale after a heart-stopping win on Designs On Rome (Holy Roman Emperor) in Sunday's Group One Longines Hong Kong Cup (2,000m).

Able Friend storms to HK Mile victory

Filed on 15 Dec 2014 @ 09:04

Hong Kong, 14 December 2014

Able Friend (Shamardal) produced what can only be described as a stunning performance when storming to victory in the Group One Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Aerovelocity makes all in the Hong Kong Sprint

Filed on 15 Dec 2014 @ 09:02

Hong Kong, 14 December 2014

Aerovelocity (Pins) made just about every yard of the running to land theGroup One Hong Kong Sprint (1,200m) under a confident ride from Zac Purton for trainer Paul O'Sullivan. He was chased home by the three-year-old Peniaphobia under Douglas Whyte, but the Tony Cruz-trained rising star in the Hong Kong sprinting ranks could not reel in the wire to wire winner.

The New One sprints clear in the International Hurlde

Filed on 13 Dec 2014 @ 15:22

Britian's leading Champion Hurdle hope three from three this season

Last year's Champion Hurdle third The New One made it three from three this season when outbattling Vaniteux -who was in receipt of 8lbs - before sprinting clear up the hill to win the International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Blaklion pulls well clear at Cheltenham

Filed on 13 Dec 2014 @ 15:11

Ryan Hatch takes opportunity with 11 length Albert Bartlett victory

The Nigel Twisto-Davies-trained Blaklion ran out a dominant winner of the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday, pulling 11 lengths clear under young rider Ryan Hatch, who had been handed the ride after Jamie Moore was stood down after a fall in the preceding Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.

Cheltenham glory for frontrunning Niceonefrankie

Filed on 13 Dec 2014 @ 15:06

Venetia Williams' charge wins the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

The feature Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham on saturday saw a high attrition rate, but the eventual winner Niceonefrankie was unaffected with the drama behind him as he made most of the running to win in style under Aidan Coleman, jumping his rivals into submission to win at odds of 16/1.

Hargam and Peace And Co give Henderson strong hand with juvenile hurdlers

Filed on 13 Dec 2014 @ 14:59

Falco's Peace And Co wins by 19 lengths at Doncaster

Trainer Nicky Henderson looks to have a stronghand in teh JCB Triumph Hurdle in March after Hargam beat the rallying Karezak in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham before Peace And Co routed his rivals in the bet365 Summit Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster.

Red Cadeaux and Cirrus Des Aigles return to action at Sha Tin on Sunday

Filed on 13 Dec 2014 @ 14:57

Hong Kong, 12 December 2014

World racing's 'warhorses' Red Cadeaux and Cirrus Des Aigles will yet again grace Sha Tin's international stage on Sunday and it would be only the brave or foolish who would blithely discount the chances of these two evergreen, resilient and talented gallopers.

Caid Du Berlais heads 13 going to post in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

Filed on 11 Dec 2014 @ 17:16

Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Caid Du Berlais tops a field of 13 for the Grade Three Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (2.00pm) at Cheltenham on Saturday. The five-year-old is bidding to become only the fourth horse and the first since Exotic Dancer (2006) to win the Paddy Power Gold Cup and Caspian Caviar Gold Cup in the same season.

Cirrus Des Aigles handed "perfect" draw at Sha Tin

Filed on 11 Dec 2014 @ 17:12

Hong Kong, 11 December 2014

The evergreen Cirrus Des Aigles (four) and John Moore's Moore's emerging star Designs On Rome (gate three) fared best of the 'big names' in the barrier draw for this weekend's Group One Longines Hong Kong Cup (2000m).

Aga Khan mare from family of Clodovil tops Monday's session at Deauville

Filed on 9 Dec 2014 @ 08:48

Average rises 33% at third session of breeding stock sale

At the end of the third day of the Breeding Stock Sale at Deauville on Monday, the average was up by nearly 33% compared to last year at €11,444, while the median was €8,000 compared to €7,000 last year. 75.8% of the horses on offer found new homes, generating a turnover of €2,196,500, up by 19%.

Sole Power named as Irish Horse of the Year

Filed on 9 Dec 2014 @ 08:42

Star sprinter "an each way bet" in the Hong Kong Sprint

This season's King's Stand and Nunthorpe Stakes winner Sole Power has been named as Horse of the Year crown at the 12th Horse Racing Ireland Awards staged at Leopardstown.

Christmas Hurdle the likely target for Faugheen

Filed on 9 Dec 2014 @ 08:36

Trainer Willie Mullins is planning to run recent Coral Hurdle winner Faugheen in the William Hill Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day. The six year old is the ante-post favourite for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, and could meet The New One and Irving at the Sunbury track.

Caid Du Berlais heads Cheltenham confirmations

Filed on 9 Dec 2014 @ 08:34

No Buts on the upgrade ahead of Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

Paddy Power Gold Cup hero Caid Du Berlais heads 16 confirmations for the Grade Three Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (2.00pm)at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 13.

Turnover rises 16% as Deauville Breeding Stock Sale continues

Filed on 8 Dec 2014 @ 08:09

Sunday's second session of the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale witnessed dynamic trade throughout the day as 227 of the 288 mares and foals to go through the ring changed hands, representing a remarkable clearance rate of nearly 79%. The average of €27,848 increased by nearly 16% compared to last year, while the turnover reached €6,321,500, also an increase of nearly 16%.

Don Cossack pulls clear in the John Durkan

Filed on 8 Dec 2014 @ 08:03

The Gordon Elliot-trained Don Cossack was cut to 8-1 for the Ryanair Chase after winning the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase on Sunday, seeing off challenges from Boston Bob and Texas Jack to win by four and a half lengths. Last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere, making his seasonal debut, ran on to take third from Texas Jack.

Wishfull Thinking jumps to Peterborough Chase victory

Filed on 8 Dec 2014 @ 08:00

The rejuvenated Wishfull Thinking won the Grade Two Betfred Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on Sunday, putting in a superb round of jumping before outbattling Eduard, who had taken the lead after the penultimate fence, and Wonderful Charm.

Alterite sells to Japan for €1.1m at Arqana Breeding Stock sale opener

Filed on 7 Dec 2014 @ 09:40

Sale consolidates 2013 gains with new record median

The Arqana Deauville Breeding Stock Sale got underway on Saturday with 158 of the 206 mares, fillies and foals on offer finding new homes at a 76.7% clearance rate. The turnover of €16,927,500 was the second highest to date for a breeding stock session. The median witnessed a remarkable increase, reaching €71,000 compared to €50,000 on the same day in 2013, reflecting a genuine strength in depth in the market. The average reached €107,136.

Oscar Time wins the Becher Chase for Waley-Cohen

Filed on 7 Dec 2014 @ 09:35

13-year-old wins in front of bumper Aintree crowd of 30,000

Two Grand National stalwarts, amateur rider Sam Waley-Cohen and Oscar Time, combined to win the Betfred Becher Chase in good style at Aintree on Saturda.