Trade down at Tattersalls Ireland NH Sale

Filed on 7 Feb 2009 @ 09:47

The Tattersalls Ireland February NH Sale took place on Friday - three days later than planned after snow - with 114 lots sold from 234 horses offered, a clearance rate of 42%. The average was €5,896 against €9,659 last year, while the median dropped from €6,200 to €3,000.

First foal from Strom Cat's final crop arrives

Filed on 7 Feb 2009 @ 09:44

Kentucky, 7 February 2009

The first of only three possible foals from legendary sire Storm Cat's last crop was foaled on 3 February. The bay filly out of Earle I. Mack's mare Western Princess was foaled at Denali Stud near Lexington.

So Shiny makes all in UAE 1000 Guineas

Filed on 7 Feb 2009 @ 09:40

Dubai, 7 February 2009

Friday’s fifth meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival featured the UAE 1000 Guineas, the first Classic of the season.

Restricted to three-year-old fillies, the 1600m dirt contest carries Listed status and was won by the Jerry Barton-trained So Shiny (Indygo Shiner — Sorpresiva, by Southern Halo) who made all under Mick Kinane.

Denman set for Kempton run

Filed on 6 Feb 2009 @ 11:29

The AON Chase is to be transferred to Kempton tomorrow following the abandonment of Newbury's Saturday fixture.

Kempton had been due to race today, but had to abandon. A BHA spokesman said on Friday: "The Aon Chase will be run at Kempton tomorrow. It will be worked into what would have been today's card which has been transferred with all declarations standing."

Newbury abandons Saturday card

Filed on 6 Feb 2009 @ 09:57

Newbury has been forced to abandon tomorrow's meeting, which was to have seen the return of Gold Cup winner Denman in the AON Chase.

"We've still got plenty of snow on top of the covers," said clerk of the course Richard Osgood. "We didn't actually have that much snow overnight but it is still sleeting now and more of it is forecast so it has no chance of shifting.

My Indy sees off challengers in Dubai Group Three

Filed on 6 Feb 2009 @ 09:47

Godolphin’s My Indy (Indygo Shiner — My Light, by Southern Halo) repeated his win in the first round of the Maktoum Challenge with a with a hard fought success in round two of the Group 3 contest over 1800m on dirt at Nad al Sheba on Thursday.

Average down 57% at Tattersalls February Sale

Filed on 6 Feb 2009 @ 09:39

Sky Gate tops one day sale as clearance rate hits 70%

The Brian Meehan trained Sky Gate headed proceeding's at the one day Tattersalls February Sale at 47,000 guineas on a day where business was solid with a robust clearance rate of 70% - more than respectable given the current economic conditions. A total of 108 lots were sold for a total of 707,100 guineas, at an average of 6,547 guineas and a median of 3,500 guineas.

Scudamore rates Festival chances

Filed on 5 Feb 2009 @ 17:40

Jockey Tom Scudamore looks set to have several excellent chances at this year's Cheltenham Festival courtesy of the Pipe stable, including Lough Derg, Or Noir De Somoza, and An Accordion, together with the perennial strong team of novices and handicappers.

Square Eddie out with sore shin

Filed on 5 Feb 2009 @ 17:11

United States, 5 February 2009

Kentucky Derby hopeful Square Eddie is to spend 30 days on the sidelines with a sore left shin. The son of Smart Strike, trained last season in kent by John Best, had been due to make his dirt debut in the Grade Three Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on 16 February.

Saudi Prince buys Chilean Classic winner

Filed on 4 Feb 2009 @ 09:41

Chilean classic winner and UAE Derby nominee Medici, winner of last year´s Clasico St. Leger at Hipodromo Chile, has been purchased by Emmanuel de Seroux of California-based Narvick International on behalf of prominent Saudi Arabian owner Prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud al Kabeer and transferred to Dubai for a tilt at the UAE Classic on Dubai World Cup night on March 28.

Asiatic Boy and My Indy to clash in Dubai

Filed on 4 Feb 2009 @ 09:38

Dubai, 4 February 2009

The fifth meeting of the Dubai International Racing Carnival takes place at Nad Al Sheba tomorrow when the second round of the Al Maktoum Challenge take centre stage.

Great Palm to stand at Nunstainton Stud

Filed on 4 Feb 2009 @ 09:29

Dual purpose sire Great Palm, the sire of Donnas Palm, is to stand at Nunstainton Stud in County Durham this season.

Great Palm is a half-brother to Breeders' Cup Classic winner Black Tie Affair and won the Group One Premio Presidente Della Repubblica and the Group Two Prix Guillaume d'Ornano when trained by Paul Cole. He has stood at Arctic Tack Stud in ireland for the last seven years, having been at Haras d'Etreham in France.

Italian Derby downgraded to Group Two

Filed on 4 Feb 2009 @ 09:23

The Italian Derby has been downgraded from Group One to Group Two status. The race, the most valuable in Italy, was won last year by Galileo colt Cima de Triomphe, who has recently joined Luca Cumani.

Tattersalls Ireland February NH Sale postponed

Filed on 3 Feb 2009 @ 09:32

The Tattersalls Ireland National Hunt Sale has been postponed until Friday 6th February.

Due to the inclement weather and hazardous driving conditions, it was decided in the best interest of both vendors and purchasers to postpone the February National Hunt sale from Tuesday 3rd February to Friday 6th February.

Sadler's Wells joins Irish Hall of Fame

Filed on 2 Feb 2009 @ 09:47

14 time champion sire Sadler's Wells was inducted into the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's Hall of Fame on Saturday, the first equine to be so honoured, reports the Racing Post. The son of Northern Dancer, who was pensioned last year, joins the likes of the Aga Khan, John Magnier and Sheikh Mohammed in the Hall of Fame.

Solid end to Karaka Yearling Sale

Filed on 2 Feb 2009 @ 09:40

New Zealand, 2 February 2009

Elusive City to the fore once more

New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sales Series concluded at Karaka on Monday, with the pace picking up over the final 260 lots of the Festival Sale to conclude the sales week on a positive note.

Pasar Silbano dominates at Santa Anita

Filed on 2 Feb 2009 @ 09:37

Santa Anita, 2 February 2009

Irish-bred Pasar Silbano (Elnadim — Give A Whistle, by Mujadi), formerly with Ger Lyons but making her second United States start, burst to the front a couple of furlongs into Santa Anita’s 36th running of the Grade Three La Habra Stakes on Sunday and proceeded to dominate the 6 ½-furlong turf event for 3-year-old fillies.

Kip Deville makes all in Gulfstream Grade One

Filed on 2 Feb 2009 @ 09:34

Gulfstream Park, 2 February 2009

Streaking out of the starting gate, the gray Kip Deville (Kipling — Klondike Kaytie, by Encino) took an early lead in Sunday’s Grade One Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap and never relinquished it, sprinting home with a final furlong in :11.55 to earn his way to the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free.

Cecil could have Dubai runners in 2010

Filed on 2 Feb 2009 @ 09:28

Dubai, 2 February 2009

Henry Cecil hopes to break new ground in 2010 by saddling runners in the UAE.

The legendary trainer, who has enjoyed success in 24 British Classics in his 40 years with a licence, was at Nad Al Sheba for the third meeting of the Dubai International Racing Carnival on Thursday.

Mikael D'Haguenet on top at Punchestown

Filed on 1 Feb 2009 @ 16:01

Improving novice hurdler Mikael D'Haguenet ran out an impressive winner of the Grade Two Abbey Electrical Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday, travellingw ith ease before stretching clear on the run in to beat Donnas Palm by seven lenths.

Kalahari King wins at Musselburgh

Filed on 1 Feb 2009 @ 15:58

The Ferdy Murphy-trained Kalahari King won the John Smith's Race Extra Smooth Novices' Chase at Musselburgh on Sunday with a performance that saw his odds for the Arkel Trophy cut to 8-1.

Kalahari King had to work hard to beat Astarador, but as better jump at the last saw him power clear to score by a length-and-three-quarters.

Inspiration lands Centenary Sprint Cup

Filed on 1 Feb 2009 @ 12:35

Hong Kong, 1 February 2009

Inspiration (Flying Spur — La Bamba, by Last Tycoon), the surprise packet of the season, disproved those who felt his victory at odds of 66/1 in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint was a one-off by taking out the HK$4.5m Centenary Sprint Cup, the first leg of the Hong Kong Speed Series, over 1000m at Sha Tin on 1 February, Sunday.

Elusive City colt tops Sunday's session at Karaka

Filed on 1 Feb 2009 @ 09:44

New Zealand, 1 February 2009

New Zealand Bloodstock's 2009 Festival Sale got underway at Karaka on Sunday with a strong clearance rate the highlight on Day One of the two-day sale.

With 186 of the 526 yearlings catalogued for the Festival Sale sold through the ring today, the clearance rate is currently 80%. This compares well with the 84% clearance rate seen at this session last year, which was a new record for this Sale.

Ventura lands Santa Monica

Filed on 1 Feb 2009 @ 09:39

Santa Anita, 1 February 2009

Following her sterling four-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Juddmonte Farms’ Ventura (Chester House — Estala, by Be My Guest) encored Saturday with a handy one-length score over stablemate Jibboom in Santa Anita’s 52nd running of the Grade One Santa Monica Handicap for fillies and mares.

Albertus Maximus Dubai-bound after Donn victory

Filed on 1 Feb 2009 @ 09:34

Florida, 1 February 2009

Albertus Maximus follows in Invasor's footsteps

Shadwell Stable’s five-year-old Albertus Maximus (Albert The Great — Chasethewildwind, by Forty Niner) wore down Rolbea Thoroughbred 30-1 longshot pace-setter Finallymadeit in the deep stretch of Saturday’s Grade One Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park for a half-length decision in the 1 1/8 miles test as the winner punched his ticket for a start next in the $6 million Dubai World Cu on March 28.