Filed on 16 Jan 2009 @ 14:28
Winners at 50-1 and 12-1
Subscribers to betting columnist Graham Richard's National Hunt Season Guide are having a good time of it at present, with two winners on Friday.
Filed on 16 Jan 2009 @ 13:44
Australia, 16 January 2009
The 2009 Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale came to a close on the Gold Coast on Friday when the last of the 1327 yearlings catalogued for the auction was sold.
Filed on 16 Jan 2009 @ 13:39
Overbrook Farm's recently retired 26-year-old sire Storm Cat is to be offered as a stallion to Quarter Horse breeders at a fee of $20,000.
The son of Storm Bird was pensioned last year after declining fertility saw him impregnate just 32 mares.
Filed on 16 Jan 2009 @ 09:57
Mark Johnson, one of the most popular and acclaimed horse racing commentators in Britain, has been appointed as the new track announcer for Churchill Downs, home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby.
Filed on 16 Jan 2009 @ 09:44
Keeneland, 16 January 2009
Yearlings dominated the Thursday session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale, led by a Street Cry (IRE) filly who sold for $125,000.
Front Range Farm purchased the filly, who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Dash of Humor. She was consigned by Tom Evans’ Trackside Farm, agent.
Filed on 16 Jan 2009 @ 09:36
Dubai, 16 January 2009
Godolphin in good form as Carnival opens
Dubai International Racing Carnival action returned to Nad Al Sheba on Thursday on a seven race card kindly sponsored by Shadwell Estates and featuring the opening round of the Al Maktoum Challenge, over 1600m on dirt.
Filed on 15 Jan 2009 @ 18:41
Australia, 15 January 2009
The 2009 Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale continued on the Gold Coast on Thursday with the sixth session seeing over $3.25 million given for 147 yearlings at an average price of $22,122. The clearance rate was 71 per cent.
Filed on 15 Jan 2009 @ 14:25
Two Darley stallions have recently welcomed the arrival of their first foals.
Two foals were born on Tuesday by Derby winner Authorized.. At the National Stud, Hesmond Stud's winning mare Circle of Love foaled her first produce, a bay colt. Described by Brian O'Rourke as a "nice foal", Circle Of Love is a daughter of Lupe Stakes winner Claxon, who has produced two Stakes winners so far, the Group Three scorer Cassydora (who was also second in the Group One Nassau Stakes) and last seasons Listed winner, Classic Remark. Claxon also has a two-year-old filly this season by Shamardal, named Clarietta and a yearling filly by Dubai Destination.
Filed on 15 Jan 2009 @ 14:05
An intriguing entry in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle is the Noel Meade-trained Nicanor, a stablemate of Aitmatov who is the only horse ever to beat Denman when landing the 2006 Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle although he has been off the track since that season. Meade revealed that, while Aitmatov is on course for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, Nicanor is more likely to have a novice chase target at The Festival
Filed on 15 Jan 2009 @ 14:02
Last year’s first four finishers in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle could all meet again in the 2009 renewal at Cheltenham on Thursday, March 12, after appearing in the 36 entries for this year’s contest, revealed today.
Filed on 15 Jan 2009 @ 10:46
The Irish National Stud's Verglas heads the list of leading sires in Europe in 2008 standing for under £10,000 or equivalent. The son of Highest Honor stands for €10,000.
Two Darley-managed sires fill second and third spot, with veteran Cadeaux Genereux, who stands for £10,000 at Whitsbury Manor Stud ahead of Royal Applause, who stands at the Royal Studs in Norfolk.
The list has been generated by the-racehorse.com's newly launched stallion statisitcs database, which contains 19 sire lists by a range of racing and sales criteria - leading sires of milers in France, for example - that can be filtered to show only those sires standing in a certain fee range or location. The database also contains full details for over 2,600 stallions and worldwide sales data.
Filed on 15 Jan 2009 @ 10:33
Dubai, 15 January 2009
Happy Boy bids for Group Three repeat
The eagerly awaited opening night of the $31 million 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival arrives on Thursday with a seven race card sponsored by Shadwell Estate.
Filed on 15 Jan 2009 @ 09:50
Keeneland, 15 January 2009
A yearling colt by Maria’s Mon brought $390,000 to top Wednesday’s session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.
Florida pinhooker Jimmy Gladwell signed the ticket in the name of his Ferguson Valley Ranch. He said the colt would be sent to his Kindergarten Farm near Williston, Florida, and be sold at auction later this year.
Filed on 15 Jan 2009 @ 09:45
Santa Anita, 5 January 2009
Preparations for this year’s Triple Crown begin in earnest on Saturday at Santa Anita with the Grade Three San Rafael Stakes and Square Eddie, runner-up to Midshipman as the 7-2 favorite in October’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, likely will be an odds-on choice among eight three-year-olds in the one-mile contest.
Filed on 15 Jan 2009 @ 09:41
Three time World Hurlde winner Inglis Drever is to return to light work after an x-ray on a hock injury sustained in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury in November gave the all-clear.
A decision on whether the 10-year-old will return to racing has still to be made, but a delighted trainer Howard Johnson told PA Sport: "The scan was very good and it has completely healed it so it's great news. We did a proper X-ray and there is nothing showing up. I'm going to put a set of shoes on him and we will just start walking him out for a fortnight.
Filed on 14 Jan 2009 @ 12:28
The previous four winners of the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle could all re-oppose at The Festival in March, with Hardy Eustace (2004 & 2005), Brave Inca (2006), Sublimity (2007) and last season’s champion Katchit among the 34 entries for this year’s race, the highlight of the first day of The Festival on Tuesday, March 10.
Filed on 14 Jan 2009 @ 09:22
Keeneland, 14 January 2009
Stakes winning Vestrey Lady, in foal to Broken Vow, commanded a top price of $300,000 during Tuesday’s session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.
Filed on 14 Jan 2009 @ 09:16
The world's top 50 racehorses in 2008
The 2008 World Thoroughbred Rankings were compiled by the World Rankings Supervisory Committee (a panel of handicappers/racing secretaries affiliated to the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities) in Hong Kong in December 2008.
Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 16:25
Sheikh Hamdan purchases 1000 Guineas winner
1000 Guineas winner Natagora has been retired from racing. The daughter of Divine Light had been withdrawn from the Tattersalls December Mare Sale after owner Stefan Friborg had decided to keep the filly in training as a four year old.
Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 16:16
Leading fillies praised as World Thoroughbred Rankings published
Curlin and New Approach share a mark of 130 at the head of the 2008 World Thoroughbred Rankings which have been announced in London.
Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 13:20
Trainer David Pipe looks to have a strong hand as he bids to join the elite list of trainers to have won the John Smith’s Grand National more than once. Last year’s winner Comply Or Die is all set to try and become the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win the world’s greatest chase for a second time.
Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 10:46
Domestic sires dominate the list of leading sires in Germany in 2008, with Gestut Karlshof's Samum, a son of Monsun, heading the list. Samum was represented last year by three-time Group One winner Kamsin and Group One winner Baila Me. Veteran Big Shuffle takes second spot, ahead of Areion.
The list has been generated by the-racehorse.com's newly launched stallion statisitcs database., which contains 19 sire lists by a range of racing and sales criteria - leading sires of milers in France, for example - that can be filtered to show only those sires standing in a certain fee range or location.
Access to the sire lists is free at weekends, and full access to the database is available by subscription. Register now to subscribe or for free weekend access to the sire lists.
Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 09:21
Kentucky, 13 January 2009
The first reported foal by Horse of the Year Invasor was born on Sunday, January 11, at Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
Bred by Shadwell, the bay colt is out of the stakes-winning Danehill mare, Abby Road. She is out of a winning half-sister to Leading Sire Unbridled’s Song. Abby Road will be bred back to Shadwell stallion Daaher.
Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 09:13
Aussie superstar Weekend Hussler came through a work-out at Caulfield in fine style at the weekend, which puts him on track for the 2009 Asian Mile Challenge (AMC).
The challenge starts with the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield in Australia on February 28 before moving on to Nad Al Sheba for the Dubai Duty Free on March 28.
Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 09:06
Keeneland, 13 January 2009
Azeri unsold as prices decline steeply
The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale opened on Monday with the average of $59,138 down 45.9 percent from $109,364 in 2008. Gross receipts for the session totalled $11,945,900, down 44 percent from last year’s $21,325,900, while the median decreased 50.9 percent from $55,000 to $27,000. A total of 202 horses were sold this year compared to 195 in 2008.