Sunday's French and Italian Group One runners

Filed on 16 May 2008 @ 15:06

Runners in the Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary and the Prix d'Ispahan on Sunday at Longchamp, and the Premio Presidente della Republicca in Rome.

Listed win for Raymi Coya on seasonal debut

Filed on 16 May 2008 @ 14:44

The Marco Botti-trained filly Raymi Coya (Van Nistelrooy - Something Mon, by Maria's Mon) shrugged off a 5lb penalty incurred in winning the Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket on her last start last October to win the Listed Michael Seeley Memorial Fillies' Stakes over a mile at York on Friday.

Clowance cut in Oaks betting after Newbury win

Filed on 16 May 2008 @ 14:32

The Roger Charlton-trained Clowance (Montjeu - Freni, by Sternkoenig) won the Newbury maiden won previously by Oaks winner Eswarah last month and she emulated that filly by going on to land the Listed Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial at the same course, tracking the leaders under Steve Drowne before being pushed out to take the lead a furlong out and staying on well for a comfortable success. Kotsi had raced further in arrears and ran on well to take second, a length and three quarters down, with Hobby in third.

Geordieland gets his head in front

Filed on 16 May 2008 @ 12:46

Well timed run lifts Yorkshire Cup on the line

Seven-year-old stayer Geordieland (Johann Quatz - Aerdee, by Highest Honor) hasn't won since June 2005, and was turned over at short odds a number of times last season, when he was second five times in seven starts.

Italian Oaks-bound Celtic Slipper to have Goodwood prep

Filed on 16 May 2008 @ 11:10

Ralph Beckett is set to run Italian Group Three winner Celtic Slipper in the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes over nearly 10 furlongs on Wednesday 21 May ahead of a possible tilt at the Italian Oaks.

Derby possible Collection could run at Goodwood

Filed on 16 May 2008 @ 11:06

The William Haggas-trained Collection, the impressive winner of a York handicap on Wednesday, could make a quick reappearance in the Listed David Wilson Homes Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday, May 21.

Stratum filly tops second weanling session at Inglis

Filed on 16 May 2008 @ 08:45

Australia, 16 May 2008

The Weanling session of the William Inglis Great Southern Sale concluded on Friday with the figures holding steady on yesterday’s strong start.

Redoute’s Choice’s first Golden Slipper winner Stratum was responsible for the day’s top lot, with Park Lane Stud’s bay filly from the Bluebird mare Gypsy Frolic selling to John Chalmers Bloodstock (WA) for $55,000.

Classic countdown for 15 May

Filed on 15 May 2008 @ 17:16

Thursday 15 May 2008

Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore had a quickfire Group double at York on Thursday when Tartan Bearer, a full brother to Golan, ran on well from the rear of the field of five to win the Group Two Dante Stakes, beating odds on favourite, Craven Stakes winner Twice Over.

Tartan Bearer, a Leicester maiden winner on his second start last time, raced last but made up ground with a smooth run in the straight to hit the front in a race run at a decent pace. The Aidan O'Brien trained Frozen Fire also emerged to make a fight of it, but never looked like getting on top of the winner. Twice Over looked to run out of steam late on and settled for third.

Lockinge Stakes runners

Filed on 15 May 2008 @ 15:40

Lockinge Stakes (Group One)(4yo+)

Newbury, 2:45pm Saturday 17 May 2008. One mile.

Mia's Boy swoops home late to land Hambleton

Filed on 15 May 2008 @ 14:21

Mia's Boy (Pivotal - Bint Zamayem, by Rainbow Quest) came with a late run to win the Listed Hambleton Stakes over a mile at York on Thursday. The odds-on favourite Lang Shining had hot the front with a strong run in the final quarter mile and looked like giving Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore a treble for the day, but idled in front, allowing Mia's Boy to sweep by to register a three-quarter length success.

Tartan Bearer wins the Dante; Twice Over is third

Filed on 15 May 2008 @ 14:03

Full brother to Golan takes leading Derby trial

Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore had a quickfire Group double at York on Thursday when Tartan Bearer (Spectrum - Highland Gift, by Generous) ran on well from the rear of the field of five to win the Group Two Dante Stakes.

Promising Lead lands Middelton Stakes in style

Filed on 15 May 2008 @ 13:56

Half sister to Visit takes York Group Three

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Promising Lead (Danehill - Arrive, by Kahyasi) landed odds of 2-5 when winning the Group Three Middleton Stakes over 1m 2f at York on Thursday, making smooth progress under Ryan Moore in the straight and galloping on to a three-and-three-quarters length success over Under The Rainbow for a first Pattern success.

Cape Amber to improve "an absolute bundle" for York run

Filed on 15 May 2008 @ 09:49

Cape Cross filly Cape Amber was making only her second start when beaten five lengths into second by Lush Lashes in the Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday, and trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam was delighted with her run in the Group Three.

Fastnet Rock colt tops opening session of Great Southern Sale

Filed on 15 May 2008 @ 08:52

Australia, 15 May 2008

The brilliant run of sales success being enjoyed by Coolmore’s Fastnet Rock continued at Oaklands today when a colt made $225,000 at the opening weanling session of the Inglis Great Southern Sale.

Masamah first European winner for Exceed And Excel

Filed on 15 May 2008 @ 08:30

Five inexperienced runners lined up for the five furlong Novice Stakes at York on Wednesday and it was the Ed Dunlop-trained Masamah (Exceed And Excel - Bethesda, by Distant Relative), a 60,000 gns DBS yearling purchase for Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, who won, showing a useful level of form in beating Ripon winner Caranbola. The winner hung badly left, crossing virtually the entire width of the track, and is likely to sho improved form in future.

Strong favourite Big Brown drawn 7 for Preakness

Filed on 15 May 2008 @ 08:25

Pimlico, 15 May 2008

Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown was installed as the 1-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 133rd running of the Preakness Stakes during the post-position draw ceremony on Wednesday.

Adored lands Group Three for O'Brien

Filed on 15 May 2008 @ 08:20

Aidan O'Brien saw Moonstone well beaten behind Lush Lashes in the Musidora at York on Wednesday, but another of his Oaks entrants scored in style in the Group Three Blue Wind Stakes at Nass in the evening.

Son of Bold Edge asserts in Duke of York

Filed on 14 May 2008 @ 17:16

The Group Two Duke of York Hearthstead Homes Stakes over 6f at York on Wednesday was won by the Richard Hannon-trained Assertive (Bold Edge – Tart And A Half), who emerged from the field in the final two furlongs and held on by a neck from South African Grade One winner War Artist (Orpen), who closed late and was a neck back in second. Beckermet was third.

Lush Lashes impresses at York

Filed on 14 May 2008 @ 17:11

The Group Three Musidora Stakes over 1m 2f at York on Wednesday saw the Jim Bolger-trained Lush Lashes (Galileo – Dance For Fun) leap to the had of the Juddmonte Oaks market after an impressive win.

Harlan's Holiday filly tops Barretts May Sale

Filed on 14 May 2008 @ 07:16

California, 14 May 2008

The Barretts Equine May Sale of two-year-olds in training at Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex in Pomona, California on Tuesday saw a Harlans Holiday filly sell to Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables to set a new record price for a filly at the sale.

Storm Cat pensioned at age 25

Filed on 14 May 2008 @ 07:10

Kentucky, 14 May 2008

Overbrook Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, have announced that Storm Cat, the leading commercial sire in recent years, is to be retired from stud duties at the age of 25. The move is because of declining fertility, and comes the day after it was announced that Coolmore is to retire Sadler's Wells.

Improved Trincot wins Prix de Guiche

Filed on 13 May 2008 @ 15:27

The Group Three Prix de Guiche at Chantilly was won last year by Lawman en route to Prix du Jockey-Club glory. This year's renewal was won by the Philippe Demercastel-trained Trincot (Peintre Celebre - Royal Lights, by Royal Academy), who remains unbeaten at three.

Solid demand at NZB Broodmare Sale

Filed on 13 May 2008 @ 08:40

New Zealand, 13 May 2008

A successful conclusion to the New Zealand Bloodstock's three-day National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale has seen the remaining broodmares on offer met with solid demand to record increases across the board.

Darley's purchase of Woodlands Stud approved

Filed on 13 May 2008 @ 08:09

Australia, 13 May 2008

The Australian Foreign Investment Review Board has approved Darley’s purchase of Woodlands Stud in a reported A$500 million deal. The sale will be completed by 16 May 2008.

Prospect Wells continues Wertheimer form in Greffulhe

Filed on 12 May 2008 @ 16:57

The Group Two Prix Greffulhe over 2000m at Saint-Cloud on Monday was won by the Andre Fabre-trained Prospect Wells (Sadler's Wells - Brooklyn's Dance, by Shirley Heights). It was a third Group win in 24 hours for owner/breeders the Wertheimer brothers and jockey Olivier Peslier.