Godolphin set for early return to Newmarket

Filed on 15 Feb 2009 @ 09:05

The construction of the new Meydan racecourse in Dubai means that Godolphin will be arriving back in Newmarket earlier than usual this year.

Racing manager Simon Crisford said: “Normally we send our horses back just before the Guineas meeting at Newmarket, which usually takes place the first weekend in May, but this year we will send some horses back early as we will not have access to the turf track at Nad Al Sheba for our trials.

Ashkazar sees off Whiteoak for Kingwell triumph

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 14:47

The Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton - which last year threw up the Champion Hurdle winner in Katchit - was won on Saturday by Ashkazar for the resurgent David Pipe team.

Helen's Vision set a decent gallop in the two mile contest, and turning for home Timmy Murphy eased to the lead on Ashkazar, who was travelling well. He was tracked by last season's David Nicholon Mares' Hurdle winner Whiteoak, with the 2-1 favourite Punjabi in pursuit.

Impressive Haydock win for Kasbah Bliss

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 14:30

The Grade Two Blue Square Hurdle - the Rendlesham Hurdle - over 3m 1 f at Haydock on Saturday saw the Francois Doumen-trained Kasbah Bliss put in a deeply impressive performance that saw his World Hurdle odds contract to 6-4.

Voy Por Ustedes dominates in Ascot Chase

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 14:22

The Grade One Ascot Chase over 2m 5.5f at Ascot on Saturday was won in impressive style by the Alan King-trained Voy Por Ustedes (Villez — Nuit D´Ecajeul, by Matahawk), who beat Gwanako by ten lengths.

Diktat leads the way with 11 winners

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 10:30 stallion statistics database reveals that Darley sire Diktat is the leading sire thus far in Europe in 2009 by number of winners. The son of Warning, who now stands in Japan, has 11 winners from his 35 runners (31%), with dual Pau winner Dikthadra his leading earner.

Godolphin buys German Group One winner Baila Me

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 09:35

Godolphin has continued its policy of buying top class German runners with the acquisition of last year's Group One Preis von Europa winner Baila Me. The four-year-old daughter of Samum was also third to Rosenreihe in the German Oaks and won the Group Two Diana Trial.

Apache Cat bounces back in Australia Stakes

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 09:27

Australia, 14 February 2009

Apache Cat (Lion Cavern — Tennessee Blaze, by Whiskey Road) was only ninth in the Lightning Stakes a fortnight ago, but he bounced back in style on Saturday with a rousing win in the Group One Pulse Pharmacy Australia Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley.

Curlin covers his first mare

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 09:23

Kentucky, 14 February 2009

Curlin, North America's richest horse with earnings of more than $10.5 million, began his new career as a stallion on February 13 when he covered his first mare at Will S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky.

Record times at OBSC under tack show

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 09:20

Florida, 14 February 2009

Three horses shared honors for the day’s fastest eighth mile breeze at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Under Tack Show for the 2009 February Sale of Selected 2-Year-Olds in Training. Each stopped the timer in :9 3/5, an auction record on the synthetic Safetrack surface.

Kingmaker Chase to be run at Sandown

Filed on 13 Feb 2009 @ 15:21

The Kingmaker Novices' Chase has been transferred to Sandown's meeting on Friday week following the abandonment of Warwick's card last Saturday.

The race will be run as the Kilbrittain Castle Novices' Chase (Registered as The Kingmaker Novices' Chase). Entries close at noon on Saturday.

Fastnet Rock heads Australian sires with 248 mares covered

Filed on 13 Feb 2009 @ 09:29

Australia, 13 February 2009

Figures released by Michael Ford, Keeper of the Australian Stud Book, show that around 26,100 Thoroughbred mares were covered in 2008 with Coolmore's Fastnet Rock the busiest stallion, covering 248 mares.

Dettori lands UAE Guineas on Desert Party

Filed on 13 Feb 2009 @ 09:19

Dubai, 13 February 2009

Godolphin dominated the sixth meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival on Thursday, supplying four of the seven winners.

The quartet was highlighted by Desert Party (Street Cry — Sage Cat, by Tabasco Cat) who won the night’s feature, the Group Three UAE 2000 Guineas for three-year-olds over 1600m on the dirt.

Jefferson looks for Festival success with Cape Tribulation

Filed on 12 Feb 2009 @ 11:17

Trainer Malcolm Jefferson looks set to return to Cheltenham this year with his exciting novice Cape Tribulation. The Malton trainer has struck twice before at the Festival with Tindari, successful in the Pertemps Final in 1994, and the top-class Dato Star, who triumphed in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper 12 months later.

Retrospective drug tests to begin in America

Filed on 12 Feb 2009 @ 09:26

Kentucky, 12 February 2009

The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee (TSC) has announced that it will fund a Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) frozen sample and retrospective testing program that will begin in April.

Half sister to Mark Of Esteem heads Goffs February Sale

Filed on 12 Feb 2009 @ 09:17

Darley’s half sister to Champion racehorse Mark Of Esteem duly lived up to her billing as one of the stars of the February Sale catalogue when Louis Walshe went to €115,000 to secure the unraced three year old daughter of Dalakhani. Another highlight on the concluding day of trading was the Danehill Dancer mare Aleagueoftheirown (Lot 367). A winner and Stakes placed at three, she is out of an own sister to Champion filly Golden Opinion, and was sold by Seskin Stud to Peter Doyle Bloodstock for €70,000.

BHA charges Panorama trio

Filed on 11 Feb 2009 @ 14:24

The British Horseracing Authority has charged trainer Karl Burke and jockeys Darren Williams and Fergal Lynch. The three will face a BHA inquiry into allegations that emerged following the Old Bailey trial into race fixing in 2007, where Williams, Lynch, Kieren Fallon and former owner Miles Rodgers were all acquitted. A BBC Panorama programme later reviewed the evidence, including much that the City of London Police had not made available to the BHA, but which has since been made available allowing an inquiry to take place.

Kauto Star and Denman head 28 Gold Cup acceptors

Filed on 11 Feb 2009 @ 12:28

Kauto Star rated 2lb clear by Timeform

The picture for the five championship Grade One events at The Festival becomes a little clearer today with the publication of the latest acceptors following the first scratchings deadline.

Bertolini gelding lifts Lingfield Listed prize

Filed on 11 Feb 2009 @ 09:52

Stallion statistics database: Bertolini

The Listed Mill Wood Winter Open Stakes at Lingfield on Tuesday attracted only three runners after two withdrawals.

Kentucky Derby book opens with "all others" favoured

Filed on 11 Feb 2009 @ 09:45

Churchill Downs, 11 February 2009

The first of its three betting pools for the 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager opens on Thursday with the mutuel field, or “all others,? as the favored betting interest as fans take their shot at picking the winner of the May 2 Kentucky Derby.

Half sister to Carribean Sunset tops first session at Goffs

Filed on 11 Feb 2009 @ 09:32

A reasonable day's trade on the opening session of Goffs February Sale was topped by a half sister to multiple Group winner and 1000 Guineas placed Carribean Sunset. The three year old daughter of Montjeu from Temple House Stables was sold to Boden Global Bloodstock for €50,000.

Exotic Dancer heads Grand National weights

Filed on 10 Feb 2009 @ 11:38

Butler's Cabin favourite as Big Fella Thanks attracts support

Grand National weights

Exotic Dancer heads the weights revealed today for the 2009 John Smith’s Grand National with 11-10 allotted by the British Horseracing Authority’s Head of Handicapping Phil Smith. The nine-year-old was a Grade Two winner at Aintree in 2007 and beat all bar Kauto Star in that year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. He gained a richly-deserved Grade One success in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown last time out. Trained by Jonjo O’Neill, Exotic Dancer also headed the weights for the 2007 John Smith’s Grand National.

Inglis Classic Sale closes 18% down

Filed on 10 Feb 2009 @ 09:45

Australia, 10 February 2009

The Sydney Classic Sale concluded at Newmarket on Tuesday with 392 horses sold for $10,410,500 at an average of $26,557 at a clearance rate of 73%.

This represents a 17% fall in average and 18% on last year’s gross, an encouraging result in the current economic climate.

Godolphin hold strong hand in UAE 2000 Guineas

Filed on 10 Feb 2009 @ 09:41

Dubai, 10 February 2009

Desert Party and Regal Ransom, first and second for Godolphin at Nad Al Sheba three weeks ago, could reoppose in the UAE 2000 Guineas on Thursday.

The duo dominated the Ford Flex Trophy last month, a 1400m conditions race on dirt, which acts as a recognised trial for the first colts’ Classic.

Major declines at F-T winter mixed sale

Filed on 10 Feb 2009 @ 09:32

Kentucky, 10 February 2009

The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale on Monday saw the average price decline by 42.8% from 2008, while the median price fell by 28.6%. The aggregate declined by 62.9% on a substantially smaller catalogue. The buy-back rate was only 15.6% against 24.5% last year. Overall, 206 horses sold for $2,392,900 at an average of $11,616, and median of $5,000.

3,000th winner for McCoy

Filed on 9 Feb 2009 @ 17:29

Champion jumps jockey AP McCoy reached a historic 3,000 winners aboard the Nicky Henderson-trained Restless D'Artaix in the Tyser & Co Beginners' Chase at Plumpton on Monday.

McCoy had passed the previous record mark of 1,699 winner, set by Richard Dunwoody, back in 2002.