A Shin Hikari blitzes the Prix d'Ispahan for Japan

Filed on 25 May 2016 @ 07:42

Last season's Hong Kong Cup winner A Shin Hikari (Deep Impact) made a sensational European debut at Chantilly on Tuesday, blitzing a strong field to win the Group One Prix d'Ispahan. The son of Deep Impact surged clear in the final two furlongs to beat Prix Ganay winner Dariyan by 10 lengths. Silverwave was third.

O'Brien set to run four in the Derby

Filed on 25 May 2016 @ 07:40

Aidan O'Brien, interviewed over the phone at Epsom's Breakfast with the Stars on Tuesday, talked over Coolmore's Investec Derby hopes.

The French 2,000 Guineas winner The Gurkha is set to bypass Epsom Downs and go to the Group One St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Wings Of Desire pleases Gosden in Epsom workout

Filed on 25 May 2016 @ 07:35

Dante Stakes winner Wings Of Desire, with Frankie Dettori up, worked over a mile with two stable companions at Epsom Downs on Tuesday and came through to lead with two furlongs remaining.

Trainer John Gosden talked afterwards about the Lady Bamford-owned colt, who was taken out of Investec Derby in March and now will have to be supplemented at a cost of £75,000.

Moonlight Magic and Cloth Of Stars give Godolphin strong Derby hand

Filed on 25 May 2016 @ 07:28

Godolphin are set to run two live prospects in the Investec Derby a week on Saturday, in Jim Bolger's Derrinstown winner MoonlightMagic (Cape Cross) and Andre Fabre's Prix Greffulhe winner Cloth Of Stars (Sea The Stars).

Jet Setting beats Minding in the Tattersalls Gold Cup

Filed on 23 May 2016 @ 08:06

The Aidan Keatley-trained Jet Setting (Fast Company) beat the hot favourite Minding to win the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on sunday.

The 12,000 guineas purchase battled with Newmarket 1000 Guineas winner Minding over the final two furlongs, finding plenty under pressure to win by a head. The pair were 10 lengths clear of third-home Now Or Never.

Fascinating Rock lands the Tattersalls Gold Cup

Filed on 23 May 2016 @ 08:01

Last season's Champion Stakes winner Fascinating Rock (Fastnet Rock) ran put a three and a quarter length winner of the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh on Sunday, beating his old rival Found into second place. Success Days was third.

Exaggerator turns the tables on Nyquist in the Preakness

Filed on 22 May 2016 @ 08:11

Pimlico, 22 May 2016

Exaggerator turned the tables on previously undefeated Nyquist Saturday at Pimlico, providing a thrilling homecoming for brothers Kent and Keith Desormeaux with a commanding 3 ½-length triumph in Saturday’s Grade One 141st Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Cape Cross's Awtaad wins the Irish 2,000 Guineas

Filed on 22 May 2016 @ 08:07

Tetrarch Stakes winner sees off Galileo Gold at the Curragh

Awtaad (Cape Cross), trained locally by 84-year-old Kevin Prendergast, was a convincing winner as he beat 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold, in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.

Caravaggio heads to Royal Ascot after Marble Hill victory

Filed on 22 May 2016 @ 08:02

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) made it two from two when qucikening clear of a smart field to win the LIsted Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

Profitable outguns Mecca's Angel in the Temple Stakes

Filed on 22 May 2016 @ 07:57

Clive Cox's Palace House Stakes winner Profitable (Invincible Spirit) got the better of last season's Nunthorpe winner Mecca's Angel to win the Group Two Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.

Algometer gets up in the Cocked Hat Stakes

Filed on 20 May 2016 @ 15:28

St Leger the main hope for son of Archipenko

The David Simcock-trained Algometer (Archipenko), second to Midterm in the Sandown Classic Trial, got the better of Prize Money to win the Listed EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on Friday.

The Gurkha favourite as 22 go forward for the Derby

Filed on 20 May 2016 @ 15:26

22 hopefuls go forward for the Investec Derby at Epsom on 4 June after the latest confirmation stage. Aidan O'Brien, seeking a sixth Investec Derby triumph, has eight contenders still engaged including Chester Vase victor US Army Ranger and The Gurkha, impressive winner of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) last weekend. Other Ballydoyle acceptors include Betfred Dante Stakes second Deauville, Chester Vase runner-up Port Douglas and Shogun, second in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.

Minding set to run in the Irish 1,000 Guineas

Filed on 20 May 2016 @ 15:22

The Aidan O'Brien-=trained Minding (Galileo) is a surprise name among the 14 fillies declared for the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas on Sunday. The winner of the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Galileo filly was expected to head straight to the Investec Oaks, but will bid for a double in mile Classics after her stablemate Ballydoyle was ruled out of the race.

Galileo Gold heads eight in the Irish 2,000 Guineas

Filed on 19 May 2016 @ 13:41

Galileo Gold heads a field of eight declared runners for the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday. The English 2000 Guineas winner will take on the Aidan O’Brien-trained quartet of Air Force Blue, Air Vice Marshal, Bravery and Shogun as he bids to do the Guineas double.

Lame So Mi Dar to miss the Oaks

Filed on 17 May 2016 @ 09:14

Connections aiming for the Irish Oaks with Musidora winner

Last week's ultra-impressive Musidora Stakes winner So Mi Dar will miss the Investec Oaks after being found to be lame on Monday.

Zoffany's Knife Edge wins the German 2,000 Guineas

Filed on 17 May 2016 @ 09:08

The Marco Botti-trained Knife Edge (Zoffany) made a successful foray to Cologne on Monday to capture the Group Two Mehl Mulhens Rennen - German 2,000 Guineas.

Midterm returned from the Dante with hamstring issue

Filed on 17 May 2016 @ 09:02

Sandown Classic Trial winner Midterm, a disappointing fifth in the Dante Stakes last Thursday, has been found to be sore in a hamstring.

The son of Galileo could still line up in the Investec Derby according to Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, who told PA Sport: "He was sore in a hamstring behind. It's not insurmountable, but at least it gives us some explanation as to what happened.

Jemayel comes out on top in the Prix Saint-Alary

Filed on 17 May 2016 @ 08:55

Fresh from his success with La Cressonniere in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches on Sunday, trainer Jean-Claude Rouget saddled Jemayel to win the Group One Pour Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary at Deauville on Monday.

The Gurkha surges 5 1/2 lengths clear in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains

Filed on 16 May 2016 @ 08:15

The Aidan O’Brien-trained The Gurkha (Galileo) won the Group One Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Deaville on Sunday. The lightly-raced three-year-old, previously an easy Navan maiden winner, took the step up in class in his stride as he went on to win France’s 2,000 Guineas by five and a half lengths.

Le Havre's La Cressonniere unbeaten after French Guineas win

Filed on 16 May 2016 @ 08:10

The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained La Cressonniere (Le Havre) made it six wins from s many starts when winning the Group One Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, the French 1000 Guineas, at Deauville on Sunday.

Frankel filly sells for €800,000 at Arqana Breeze-Up

Filed on 16 May 2016 @ 08:03

A strong renewal of the Arqana Breeze Up sale on Saturday saw a fifth consecutive year of growth and new records across the board. The aggregate for the 92 youngsters who changed hands was €10,373,000, up 28% from 2015 which already represented a 22% leap from the previous renewal. The average exceeded six figures for the first time ever at €122,446, an increase of 22% from 2015. The clearance rate was a 82.6%.

Belafrdo bounces back to his best in the Lockinge Stakes

Filed on 16 May 2016 @ 07:58

Belardo (Lope De Vega) bounced back to his best to provide Godolphin with successive wins in the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

The four-year-old, jointly owned by Sheikh Mohammed's racing operation and Prince A A Faisal, was crowned Europe's champion juvenile in 2014 following victory in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket prior to a frustrating campaign last year.

Clever Cookie lifts the Yorkshire Cup

Filed on 13 May 2016 @ 15:16

The Peter Niven-trained Clever Cookie (Primo Valentino) won the Group Two Yorkshire Cup at York on Friday, taking advantage of a gap to more off the rail to take command of the race, outbattling Curbyourenthusiasm by half a length.

Nemoralia takes York Listed contest in style

Filed on 13 May 2016 @ 15:05

Coronation Stakes the next step for More Than Ready filly

The Jeremy Noseda-trained Nemoralia (More Than Ready) proved herself in a different class to her rivals in the Listed Longines Irish Champions Weekend Fillies' Stakes at York on Friday, powering six lengths clear of Aljuljalah in second.

Vona stretches clear in the Marygate

Filed on 13 May 2016 @ 14:14

The Richard Fahey-trained Vona (Dark Angel) came with a telling late run to win the Listed Marygate Stakes at York on Friday, showing a telling turn of foot in the final furlong to overhaul the favourite Boater by a length.

This was the third start for the Dark Angel juvenile, who was last at Southwell on debut before finishing fifth in a Chester maiden a week ago. A €15,000 Tattersalls Ireland yearling, she is a half sister to two winners out of a Dansili half sister to Group Three winner Wharf and to the dam of Rail Link.