Arc winner Urban Sea dies

Filed on 4 Mar 2009 @ 09:46

Dam of Galileo dies after foaling complications

Miswaki mare Urban Sea, the winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomp0he in 1993, died at the Irish National Stud on Monday after foaling complications.

McKiernan upbeat over Follow The Plan

Filed on 3 Mar 2009 @ 17:50

County Dublin-based Oliver McKiernan will have double cause to celebrate if Follow The Plan can win the Irish Independent Arkle Chase on the Cheltenham Festival’s opening day (March 10) – he both trains the six-year-old and owns him, via his Cavan Developments Bloodstock.

Three former winners feature amongst Foxhunter entries

Filed on 3 Mar 2009 @ 17:49

The final piece of the jigsaw ahead of The Festival 2009 falls into place today with the unveiling of the 43 entries for the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase. The contest, run over the Gold Cup trip of an extended three and a quarter miles, takes place on the final day of The Festival, Friday, March 13. It has closed a week later than originally advertised, in order to give entrants extra time to qualify. This was due to the large number of point-to-points and hunter chases abandoned in January/February.

Zacinto out of the 2000 Guineas

Filed on 3 Mar 2009 @ 17:46

Juddmonte homebred Zacinto (Dansili) has met a setback and will miss the 2000 Guineas. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Zacinto bolted up in a Sandown maiden before finishing second to Westphalia in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

Hayley Turner injured in gallops fall

Filed on 3 Mar 2009 @ 17:42

Jockey Hayley Turner was taken to Addenbrook's Hospital in Cambridge after a fall on the gallops at Newmarket on Tuesday morning.

The leading rider, who beacme the first female jockey to reach the 100 winners for a season mark, was riding work for Phil McEntee when her mount broke a leg.

Inglis Premier Session I concludes

Filed on 3 Mar 2009 @ 09:34

Australia, 3 March 2009

A high number of private sales and an improved clearance rate were features of the final day of Session I at the 2009 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands, which concluded with a decline in line with all other sales conducted in the southern hemisphere this year.

Darby Dan Farm introduces profit protection scheme

Filed on 3 Mar 2009 @ 09:31

Kentucky, 3 March 2009

Darby Dan Farm has decided to bring back its Profit Protection Program for all stallions standing at the farm for $10,000 or less, which includes Sun King, Nobiz Like Shobiz, Run Away and Hide and Magna Graduate.

Cheltenham Festival betting guide published

Filed on 2 Mar 2009 @ 12:38

Betting columnist Graham Richards is about to publish his annual betting guide to the Cheltenham Festival.

The 33 page guide contains previews of all races at the four-day highlight of the National Hunt season, with key trends identified and profiles of the leading contenders for all 25 races, with unique FSF ratings.

Also available is a daily email newsletter service which will give subscribers the low-down based on final declarations before each day's racing.

The guide is available from Graham's website for £10, or £15 with the daily newsletter sevice.

Order your copy online now

Pre-Cheltenham gallops report

Filed on 2 Mar 2009 @ 10:06

A large number of Cheltenham contenders have had racecourse gallops over the weekend. At Leopardstown on Sunday, the Willie Mullins-trained Sicilian Secret jumped to the head of the Champion Bumper market in places after working well and getting the better of Quel Esprit.

Makybe colt tops Monday's session at Inglis

Filed on 2 Mar 2009 @ 09:27

Australia, 2 March 2009

A much admired close relation to Makybe Diva attracted a $365,000 bid from Emerald Thoroughbreds on Day 2 of the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale , as the clearance rate improved steadily from the opening session.

Battle Of Hastings beats Flashman's Papers at Santa Anita

Filed on 2 Mar 2009 @ 09:23

Santa Anita, 2 March 2009

British-bred three-year-old Battle of Hastings (Royal Applause — Subya, by Night Shift), the winner of handicaps at Newmarket and Doncaster for Michael Bell last year, redeemed himself after a lackluster US debut in Santa Anita’s Grade Three Baldwin Stakes on Sunday when closing strongly to capture the 6 1/2-furlong grass sprint by 1 ¼ lengths over favored Flashmans Papers.

Justwhistledixie enters KY Oaks picture with Grade Two victory

Filed on 2 Mar 2009 @ 09:20

Gulfstream park, 2 March 2009

West Point Stables and Lakland Farm’s three-year-old filly Justwhistledixie (Dixie Union — General Jeanne, by Honour And Glory) made an auspicious South Florida debut drawing off to win Sunday’s Grade Two Davona Dale Stakes by 3¾ lengths under jockey Alan Garcia in her first start since a 3½-length victory in the Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 4.

Midshipman to miss Kentucky Derby

Filed on 2 Mar 2009 @ 09:13

Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and last year's champion juvenile colt Midshipman will miss the Kentucky Derby after sustaining a minor injury.

The Unbridled's Song colt is now under the Godolphin banner and suffered a minor soft tissue injury to his left fore leg during routine exercise at the Al Quoz Stables in Dubai.

Encosta de Lago colt tops opening session at Melbourne

Filed on 1 Mar 2009 @ 09:56

Australia, 1 March 2009

The opening session of the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale featured 17 youngsters topping the $100,000 mark, but followed the lead of all other global sales in recent times, falling on last year's record figures.

Coniston Bluebird fights back in NZ Derby

Filed on 1 Mar 2009 @ 09:49

New Zealand, 1 March 2009

The Group One New Zealand Derby over 2400m at Ellerslie on Sunday was won by the Bede Murray-trained Australian raider Coniston Bluebird (Scenic – Turbo Lady, by Belloto).

The Pamplemousse dominates at Santa Anita

Filed on 1 Mar 2009 @ 09:46

Santa Anita, 1 March 2009

Kafwain colt The Pamplemousse, winner of the Grade Three San Rafael Stakes last time, romped to a six-length victory in the Grade Three Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, solidifying his status as one of California's top three-year-olds and a leading Kentucky Derby candidate.

Elusive Quality colt romps home in Fountain of Youth

Filed on 1 Mar 2009 @ 09:42

Gulfstream Park, 1 March 2009

Edward P. Evans’ three-year-old Virginia homebred colt Quality Road (Elusive Quality — Kobla, by Strawberry Road) broke alertly in Saturday’s Grade Two Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, took command in the upper stretch of the one-mile test and drew clear to score by 4¼ lengths over Samotowka Stables and partners’ Theregoesjojo in the longtime Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby preview.

Grimthorpe win for Out The Black

Filed on 28 Feb 2009 @ 15:47

The Philip Hobbs-trained Out The Black won the valuable Grimthorpe Chase over 3m 2f at Doncaster on saturday, seeing off Gidam Gidam who rallied after the last and was beaten only narrowly.

Both placed horses had raced prominently throughout as four horses vied for the lead.

New Little Bric returns to form at Newbury

Filed on 28 Feb 2009 @ 15:36

Eight-year-old chaser New Little Bric (Bricassar — Doulina, by Dastaan) won the Grade One Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown as a novice two years ago but had lost his form since then, to the extent that he was pulled up in the Racing Post Chase a week ago.

Mic Mac stars in Hobartville Stakes

Filed on 28 Feb 2009 @ 09:44

Australia, 28 February 2009

Son of Statue Of Liberty could fill Apache Cat's shoes

The Group Two Hobartville Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill on Saturday saw a new star in Mic Mac (Statue Of Liberty — Amandine, by Tertian), who beat a host of stakes winners with an authoritative display.

NZ Derby postponed to Sunday

Filed on 28 Feb 2009 @ 09:41

New Zealand, 28 February 2009

The New Zealand Derby, due to be run at Ellerslie in aukland today, has been put back by 24 hours to Sunday 24 March after 38mm of rain fell at the track, with more storms forecast.

Niconero claims second Futurity

Filed on 28 Feb 2009 @ 09:33

Australia, 28 Februray 2009

The David Hayes-trained Niconero (Danzero — Nicola Lass, by Scenic) came with a strong run down the outside under Craig Williams to win the Group One Rokk Ebony Futurity Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Grimthorpe Chase preview

Filed on 27 Feb 2009 @ 15:35

The Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster on Saturday is a leading trial for the Grand National - Graham Richards assesses the runners in detail.

Montmartre bought by French National Stud

Filed on 27 Feb 2009 @ 10:22

Montmartre (Montjeu), the impressive winner of the Grand Prix de Paris last year, has been purchased from his breeder the Aga Khan by the French National Stud.

He will stand at the Haras National du Pin in Normandy at a fee of €4,000.

Asian Mile Challenge kicks off with Futurity Stakes

Filed on 27 Feb 2009 @ 10:10

Alamosa favourite for Melbourne Group One

The 2009 Asian Mile Challenge gets underway on Saturday with the running of the Group One Rokk Ebony Futurity Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield. The four race series carries total prize money and bonuses of US$11million. Now in its fifth year, the Asian Mile Challenge also includes next months Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai, the Champions Mile at Sha Tin in Hong Kong in April and the Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo in June.