Jered an eight length winner at Punchestown

Filed on 22 Apr 2008 @ 16:18

Meade's six year old takes Champion Novice Hurdle with ease

The Noel Meade-trained Jered justified 7/4 favouritism for the Grade One Champion Novice Hurdle in style when the facile eight-length winner of the two-mile contest.

Prado and Nafzger elected to Hall of Fame

Filed on 22 Apr 2008 @ 09:56

Saratoga, 22 April 2008

Three horses, two jockeys and one trainer have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.

Edgar Prado, who rode Barbaro to his Kentucky Derby triumph in 2006; two-time Derby winner Ismael “Milo? Valenzuela, regular rider of Kelso; and trainer Carl Nafzger, who developed champions Unbridled, Banshee Breeze and Street Sense are members of the Hall of Fame’s class of 2008.

New format for Betfair Million

Filed on 22 Apr 2008 @ 09:51

Grand National win could seal £1 million bonus

Significant changes have been made to the Betfair Million bonus will again be on offer again for the 2008-09 National Hunt season.

Kauto Star won the bonus in 2006-07, and was denied only by Denman at Cheltenham this yea, in the original format which asked chasers to win the Betfair Chase at Haydock, the King George VI Chase or the Lexus Chase at Christmas and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

Record average at Inglis Easter Sale

Filed on 22 Apr 2008 @ 09:33

Australia, 22 April 2008

17 million dollar yearlings in final session

The three day Part One of the William Inglis & Son Australian Easter Yearling Sale concluded at Newmarket today with an incredible average for the session of $445,992, including a phenomenal 17 yearlings selling for $1million or more.

Macho Uno colt tops first session of OBSC Breeze-Up Sale

Filed on 22 Apr 2008 @ 08:36

Florida, 22 April 2008

Aggregate and average decline in first session of four-day sale

Hip No. 273, a colt by Macho Uno consigned by Woodside Ranch, Agent, went to Terri Pompay, Agent for Klaravich Stable for $250,000 to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2008 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. The gray or roan colt, who worked an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show, is out of Enterprizing Cat, by Storm Cat, a daughter of grade one winner and graded stakes producer Family Enterprize.

New Approach likely to bypass Epsom

Filed on 21 Apr 2008 @ 11:18

Last year's champion juvenile, the unbeaten New Approach, is likely to run in the Irish 2000 Guineas and the Irish Derby rather than the Vodafone Derby at Epsom.

Trainer Jim Bolger told PA Sport: "We're going to take it step by step but Sheikh Mohammed, Princess Haya and John Ferguson have left the horse's programme to me.

Encosta de Lago colt tops second session at Inglis

Filed on 21 Apr 2008 @ 09:45

Australia, 21 April 2008

The William Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale continued on Day two with the sale of eight individual million dollar yearlings, including a new sale topper of $2.2million for Yarraman Park’s Encosta De Lago-Oceanfast full-brother to Alinghi. The session average of $348,929 eclipsed Sunday's mark. Overall, the sale gross has now topped $82.6million, with 240 lots sold at an average price of $344,313.

Senlis is first stakes winner for High Chaparral

Filed on 20 Apr 2008 @ 16:18

Derby winner High Chaparral had his first stakes winner on Sunday when Senlis (High Chaparral - Senebrova, by Warning) won the Group Three Premio Parioli over a mile at Rome, romping home by six lengths from Eustachione. Eldest was third.

Moiqen wins Ballysax Stakes

Filed on 20 Apr 2008 @ 15:55

Second Group Three winner of the weekend for Red Ransom

The Kevin Prendergast-trained Moiqen (Red Ransom - Za Aamah, by Mr Prospector) was a well beaten four lengths behind Famous Name in the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial a fortnight ago, but he put that run to good use, coming out on top in the Group Three P.W McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday, staying on strongly after taking the lead in the final quarter mile of the 10f contest.

Captain Thule wins Japanese 2000 Guineas

Filed on 20 Apr 2008 @ 15:01

Japan, 20 April 2008

Seventh choice Captain Thule (Agnes Tachyon - Air Thule, by Tony Bin) led from start to finish in the Satsuki Sho, comfortably winning the Japanese 2000 Guineas at Nakayama Racecourse on Sunday afternoon.

Strong start to Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

Filed on 20 Apr 2008 @ 14:50

Australia, 20 April 2008

Average climbs 3.5% as Redoute's Choice filly tops first session

The Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale opened at Newmarket on Sunday with strong trade seeing 94 horses traded hands for a total gross of $32,305,000.

Foxysox takes Santa Barbara

Filed on 20 Apr 2008 @ 08:41

Santa Anita, 20 April 2008

The 60th running of the Grade Two Santa Barbara for fillies and mares went to Foxysox (Foxhound - Triple Tricks, by Royal Academy) in a desperate finish as noses separated her and jockey Victor Espinoza from both runner-up Black Mamba and third-place I Can See after 1 ¼ miles of turf competition raced in 2:00.45.

Lexington win puts Behindatthebar in Derby picture

Filed on 20 Apr 2008 @ 08:37

Keeneland, 20 April 2008

Behindatthebar (Forest Wildcat - Rhiana, by Runaway Groom) thrust himself into the Kentucky Derby picture with a come-from-behind victory in the Grade Two Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday. The win was one of four on the ten race card for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Godolphin recruit Il Warrd and Campanologist

Filed on 20 Apr 2008 @ 08:28

Godolphin have added to their Classic armoury with the recruitment of two recent trail winners in Il Warrd and Campanologist.

Il Warrd, owned by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, was an impressive winner of the Listed Easter Stakes at Kempton for trainer Marcus Tregoning.

New record price at Arqana Breeze-Up Sale

Filed on 20 Apr 2008 @ 08:22

The Arqana Breeze-Up Sale held at Saint-Cloud racecourse on Saturday saw a new record price of €220,000 paid for a Medaglia d'Oro filly.

Key indicators were all on the up, with median and average prices both setting new records at €28,000 and €35,000 respectively. In all, the 138 lots through the ring registered an aggregate of €3,306,500, a gentle increase on the 2007 renewal but €1,000,000 clear of the 2006 gross

War Pass ruled out of Kentucky Derby

Filed on 19 Apr 2008 @ 16:21

Kentucky, 19 April 2008

Sesamoid fracture sidelines colt for "a few months"

Robert LaPenta’s Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner War Pass has suffered a leg injury that has knocked the colt out of the Kentucky Derby.

Snaefell beats Tax Free in Woodlands Stakes

Filed on 19 Apr 2008 @ 15:43

The Michael Halford-trained Snaefell (Danehill Dancer - Sovereign Grace, by Standaan), a Listed winner at three last summer, won the Listed Woodlands Stakes over five furlongs at Naas on Saturday.

Iris De Balme springs surprise in Scottish Grand National

Filed on 19 Apr 2008 @ 15:27

66-1 shot wins by 14 lengths for Huxley

The Scottish Grand National was won by 66-1 shot Iris De Balme, racing 26lb out of the handicap, who beat Halcon Genelardais by 14 lengths.

Paco Boy lands Greenham

Filed on 19 Apr 2008 @ 15:18

The Richard Hannon-trained Paco Boy (Desert Style - Tappen Zee, by Sandhurst Prince) had the benefit of a win in last month's Listed Spring Cup at Lingfield under his belt and he put that to good advantage, sprinting home to win the Group Three Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday at odds of 6-1.

Muthabara justifies her reputation in Fred Darling

Filed on 19 Apr 2008 @ 15:08

The John Dunlop-trained Muthabara (Red Ransom - Hureya, by Woodman) hasn't run since beating Lady Deauville to win a Sandown Listed contest last July, since when she has received substantial support for the 1000 Guineas. She justified that support in the Group Three Fred Darling Stakes over seven furlongs at Newbury on Saturday, flying home from an unpromising position to win well.

Cup campaign beckons for impressive Royal And Regal

Filed on 19 Apr 2008 @ 14:31

Yorkshire Cup next for Royal And Regal

Peter Savill's homebred Royal And Regal (Sadler's Wells - Smart 'n Noble, by Smarten), the winner of the Group Three Jockey Club Cup over two miles last autumn, dropped back to a mile and half to good effect at Newbury on saturday, winning the Group Three John Porter Stakes in an impressive display.

Finsceal Beo's half sister wins on debut

Filed on 19 Apr 2008 @ 08:52

Three-year-old filly Musical Bar (Barathea - Musical Treat, by Royal Academy) ran out a length and a quarter winner on her racecourse debut in the Bridget Maiden Fillies' Stakes over seven furlongs at Newbury on Friday.

Sixth Group One for Weekend Hussler

Filed on 19 Apr 2008 @ 08:41

Australia, 19 April 2008

World's best three-year-old equals record

Weekend Hussler (Hussonet - Weekend Beauty, by Helissio) wa a convincing winner of the Group One Cathay Pacific George Ryder Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill on Saturday, the three-year-old's first run in weight-for-age racing.

Arc run possible for Tuesday Joy

Filed on 19 Apr 2008 @ 08:40

Waterhouse also on the mark with Tuesday Joy

Gai Waterhouse was also on the mark with Tuesday Joy (Carnegie - Joie Denise, by Danehill), who moved to the top of the staying ranks with an emphatic win in the Group One BMW over 2400m at Rosehill on Saturday.

Sebring lands Golden Slipper for Waterhouse

Filed on 19 Apr 2008 @ 08:23

Australia, 19 April 2008

Sebring impressive in top juvenile contest

Syndicate-owned Sebring (More Than Ready - Purespeed, by Flying Spur) won the Group One AAMI Golden Slipper over 1200m at Rosehill on Saturday, remaining unbeaten and giving trainer Gai Waterhouse a third win in the race.