New Freedom tops Carnival Sale

Filed on 4 Mar 2008 @ 17:25

Dubai, 4 March 2008

New Freedom topped today’s inaugural Dubai International Racing Carnival Sale, part of the revamped two-day Emirates Racing Authority Horses in Training Sale, after going for AED 2.3million (around US$626,000).

Fallon appeal rejected

Filed on 4 Mar 2008 @ 10:41

Kieren Fallon, who has been banned for 18 months by the French authorities following a positive drugs test at Deauville last August, has failed in his final appeal against the ban. The jockey had appealed to three judges d'appel in Paris last week.

Record Premier Sale closes 56% up

Filed on 4 Mar 2008 @ 09:22

Australia, 4 March 2008

Exceed And Excel colt sets record price; Encosta de Lago heads averages

Part One of the Melbourne Premier Sale came to a record-breaking conclusion on Tuesday with a 56 per cent increase in sale gross of over $39 million. New records were established for average and median, all topped off with a new sale-record top-price of $750,000 and a clearance rate of 83.7 per cent.

Amaretto Rose is retired

Filed on 4 Mar 2008 @ 09:19

Seven-year-old mare Amaretto Rose has been retired. Trained by Nicky Henderson, Amaretto Rose won four of her seven starts, but has run only once - when pulled up at Wincanton recently - since injuring her near-fore leg in last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Sublimity impresses in racecourse gallop

Filed on 3 Mar 2008 @ 14:32

Reigning Champion Hurdler Sublimity pleased his connections in a racecourse gallop over 1m 6f at Leopardstown on Monday, ahead of his defence of his title next Tuesday.

The eight-year-old has only been seen out once since beating Brave Inca last March, when fourth to Osana in the Boylesports International in December.

Kandidate in good form ahead of Super Thursday

Filed on 3 Mar 2008 @ 11:58

Dubai, 3 March 2008

With Super Thursday’s meeting on March 6 fast approaching, many of the expected main protagonists have been working at Nad Al Sheba. Mike de Kock's Lucky Find warmed up for the third round of the Maktoum Challenge, where he will meet Clive Brittain’s Kandidate and Argentina’s Latency, both of whom were out on the track.

Encosta de Lago filly tops strong Inglis Premier Sale

Filed on 3 Mar 2008 @ 09:35

Australia, 3 March 2008

The momentum from yesterday’s opening session of the Premier Sale carried on where it left off when selling commenced on Monday. The very first lot into the ring, a good looking colt by More Than Ready (USA), sold to Apollo Ng from Hong Kong who continued the influence of Hong Kong buyers at the sale following on from Ricky Yiu and the Hong Kong Jockey Club that have already purchased this week.

Takeover Target confirmed for Royal Ascot

Filed on 3 Mar 2008 @ 09:30

Australia, 3 March 2008

Takeover Target will contest the King's Stand and the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot this year, rainer Joe Janiak has confirmed. There had been some doubt over the financial arrangements for the trip, after Ascot expressed an interest in attracting Apache Cat. However, trainer Greg Eurell has decided not to send Apache Cat overseas.

Strong trade as Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale opens

Filed on 2 Mar 2008 @ 10:20

Australia, 2 March 2008

A huge crowd assembled for the Melbourne Premier Sale which got underway at Oaklands Junction on Sunday. With the applause still echoing around the auditorium in appreciation of the paraded ‘Living Legends’ Might And Power, Fields Of Omagh and Silent Witness, Victoria’s Deputy Premier The Hon. Rob Hulls addressed the capacity crowd with a welcoming speech before officially declaring the sale open.

Stratos lands Empress Club Stakes for Team Valor

Filed on 2 Mar 2008 @ 10:16

South Africa, 2 March 2008

The Mike Azzie-trained Stratos (Jet Master - Gilded Satr, by Golden Thatch) gave Team Valor a second straight win in the Grade One Empress Club Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday.

Heatseeker scores an upset in Santa Anita Handicap

Filed on 2 Mar 2008 @ 10:10

Santa Anita, 2 March 2008

Heatseeker (Giant's Causeway - Rusty Back, by Defensive Play), a five-year-old Irish-bred horse who won twice in Ireland for David Wachman, chased down speedster Monterey Jazz in the stretch to win the 71st Grade One Santa Anita Handicap for older horses by three-quarters of a length Saturday.

Colonel John holds off El Gato Malo

Filed on 2 Mar 2008 @ 10:03

Santa Anita, 2 March 2008

Second in the Grade One Cashcall Futurity last season, Colonel John (Tiznow - Sweet Damsel, by Turkoman) beat San Rafael Stakes winner El Gato Mlo by a half-length to win the Grade Two Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Sir Whimsey lands Gulfstream Park Handicap

Filed on 2 Mar 2008 @ 09:58

Gulfstream Park, 2 March 2008

Sir Whimsey (Jump Start - Apogee, by Star de Naskra) won the Grade Two Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on Saturday, taking control in the stretch and denying the favourite Fairbanks by half a length.

Cloudy Lane jumps to National favouritism

Filed on 1 Mar 2008 @ 16:32

The Donald McCain-trained eight-year-old Cloudy Lane (Cloudings - Celtic Cygnet, by Celtic Cone) registered an impressive win in the Coolfun Ltd Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster on Saturday. The favourite Mr Pointment trailed in last after fading in the straight.

Natal lands Newbury showpiece

Filed on 1 Mar 2008 @ 16:21

Natal (Funny Baby - Donitille, by Italic) landed another big Saturday prize for the Paul Nicholls stable when winning the Grade Three Connaught Gold Cup at Newbury.

17-year-old amateur rider Nick Scholfield kept the seven-year-old in a prominent position throughout and kicked on in the straight as Ollie Magern tired, to outstay Nacarat, winning by two lengths.

C'est La Guerre wins NZ Derby

Filed on 1 Mar 2008 @ 10:17

New Zealand, 1 March 2008

The Kevin Myers-trained C'Est La Guerre (Shinko King - La Magnifique, by Kampala) won the Group One Mercedes Derby over 2400m of rain-softened ground at Ellerslie on Saturday, settling at the rear before making his move in the final 800m and racing clear of his rivals in the straight to win by four lengths from Prince Kaapstad, with Fritzy Boy half a head away in third.

New Approach to head straight to Guineas

Filed on 1 Mar 2008 @ 10:13

Jim Bolger has announced that his unbeaten champion juvenile New Approach will head straight to the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket without a prep run - and that he will be hard to beat.

In an interview with Setanta Sports Bolger said:

Niconero comes good in Futurity

Filed on 1 Mar 2008 @ 10:02

Australia, 1 March 2008

Niconero (Danzero - Nicola Lass, by Scenic) has endured a run of three seconds in his last five starts at Group One level, but landed the Group One Rokk Ebony Futurity Stakes over 1600m at Caulfield on Saturday with a resounding success.

Harchibald wins in style on all-weather

Filed on 1 Mar 2008 @ 09:57

Harchibald put in a stylish performance under Declan McDonogh to win the Hanratty Oils Race over a mile and a half on the all-weather at Dundalk on Friday evening ahead of the Champion Hurdle on 11 March.

Forensics heads Snowden's Randwick five

Filed on 1 Mar 2008 @ 09:53

Australia, 1 March 2008

A bumper crowd turned out in bright sunshine at Royal Randwick on Saturday and saw a strong card of Group races dominated by Peter Snowden and Crown Lodge who won five races on the day.

Curlin, Cocoa Beach head Dubai winners

Filed on 29 Feb 2008 @ 09:16

Dubai, 29 February 2008

Everything goes according to plan for Horse of the Year

Curlin warmed up nicely for the Dubai World Cup on March 29 with an extremely cosy win in the Jaguar Trophy, a handicap run over the Dubai World Cup distance of 2000 metres.

Curlin strolls home in Dubai

Filed on 28 Feb 2008 @ 18:23

Dubai, 28 February 2008

Breeders' Cup Classic winner Curlin made his debut as a four-year-old in the Jaguar Trophy at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday, beating his inferior rivals without breaking sweat.

Street Sense heads Darley's Australian lineup

Filed on 28 Feb 2008 @ 18:17

Australia, 28 February 2008

World Champion Bernardini, Champion sprinter Henny Hughes and dual Group One-winning miler Librettist will be returning to stand at Darley in Australia in 2008.

Zaarito heads Champion Bumper entries

Filed on 28 Feb 2008 @ 12:53

Mullins has four, headed by Apt Approach

A top-class entry of 47 has been received for the £50,000 Weatherbys Champion Bumper, run over an extended two miles at Cheltenham on Wednesday, March 12.

Sweet Kiln heads Mares Hurdle entries

Filed on 28 Feb 2008 @ 12:29

Alan King runs Theatre Girl in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle

Entries for the final four of the 25 contests to close at The Festival 2008 are revealed today, including the new Grade Two David Nicholson Mares Hurdle, run on Friday, March 14.