Bumper entries for Cheltenham Novice Chases

Filed on 22 Jan 2009 @ 12:21

Tatenen heads 52 Arkle Trophy entries

The Cheltenham Festival’s three novice chases – the Grade One pair of the RSA Chase and The Irish Independent Arkle Chase – and the four-mile National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup, which will be run for the 139th time this year - have received bumper entries.

US sales companies set uniform policies

Filed on 22 Jan 2009 @ 09:40

The four leading sales companies in the United States have issued a uniform set of policies for medication, prohibited practices, riding crops and horseshoes. The policies will come into effect from the OBS Breeze-Up Sale on 17 February.

Anshan gelding tops Goffs NH Breeze-Up

Filed on 22 Jan 2009 @ 09:32

Low-key trade at Dundalk

A son of Anshan from the family of Grade One winning chaser Pay It Forward was top lot at Goffs National Hunt Breeze Up at Dundalk on Wednesday.

A disappointing day's trade saw only seven lots sold from the 44 offered for an aggregate of €90,500. The average price was €12,929.

Simcock hopeful for Noble Citizen

Filed on 22 Jan 2009 @ 09:30

Dubai, 22 January 2009

Up-and-coming Newmarket trainer David Simcock has spoken of his high hopes of notching his first winner at the Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Simcock has saddled eight runners at Nad Al Sheba over the last three seasons, coming closest to victory with Metropolitan Man, who was a fine second to Third Set in the Listed Zabeel Mile last February.

Mann hopeful step up will suit Moon Over Miami

Filed on 21 Jan 2009 @ 14:15

Trainer Charlie Mann is optimistic that a step up to two miles and five furlongs will play into the hands of Moon Over Miami in the Grade Three Trophy Chase on Saturday, January 24.

Newmarket return on the cards for The Cheka

Filed on 21 Jan 2009 @ 14:12

Strong entry for Tattersalls 3YO Trophy

The Eve Johnson-Houghton-trained The Cheka is among 203 acceptors for the inaugural running of the £400,000 Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy, which takes place over 10 furlongs of the NatWest Rowley Mile on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The race is open to horses that were catalogued in Book One of the 2007 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

Smokey Oakey heads Lincoln weights

Filed on 21 Jan 2009 @ 14:09

Fireside to make return in Doncaster showpiece

Smokey Oakey (9st 10lb) heads the weights for the £125,000 William Hill Lincoln, the historic handicap which opens the Flat turf season at Doncaster on Saturday, March 28.

Inglis Drever retired

Filed on 21 Jan 2009 @ 12:12

Three time World Hurdle winner Inglis Drever has been retired from racing. The ten-year-old sustained a hock injury in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury in November and, despite returning to work, the decision has been made to retire him.

Barber upbeat over Denman chance

Filed on 21 Jan 2009 @ 12:08

Reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman's part-owner Paul Barber is optimistic that the nine-year-old will be better than ever when he returns to action in the AON Chase at Newbury on February 7.

Fair Along in good form ahead of Cleeve Hurdle

Filed on 20 Jan 2009 @ 14:10

Trainer Philip Hobbs is hoping that the talented Fair Along can book his place in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle with a good run in the Grade Two Byrne Group Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday, January 24.

Artiste Royal back on track in San Marcos

Filed on 20 Jan 2009 @ 09:15

Santa Anita, 20 January 2009

Artiste Royal (Danehill — Agathe, by Manila), whose fortunes veered off course when eleventh in last month’s Hong Kong Cup, got back on track in a hurry on Monday when storming from last to nail Medici Code on the money in Santa Anita’s 57th running of the Grade Two San Marcos Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on turf.

Exotic Dancer, Star de Mohaison set for Cheltenham clash

Filed on 19 Jan 2009 @ 16:52

Owner Sir Robert Ogden could be double-handed in Saturday's Grade Two Letheby & Christopher Chase at Cheltenham, with both Exotic Dancer and Star De Mohaison among a superb entry of 16 for the extended three mile, one furlong contest.

Festival race named in honour of Martin Pipe

Filed on 19 Jan 2009 @ 12:30

Cheltenham Racecourse has announced that the newest race at The Festival is to be named in honour of Martin Pipe, the most successful Jump trainer of all time.

The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, run for the first time in 2009, will be the penultimate race of The Festival, at 4.40pm on totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 13.

Life Is Sweet sweeps to El Encino victory

Filed on 19 Jan 2009 @ 09:53

Santa Anita, 19 January 2009

Following in the initial footsteps of her brilliant stablemate Zenyatta, Life Is Sweet (Storm Cat — Sweet Life, by Kris S) stormed from behind Sunday to dominate Santa Anita’s Grade Two El Encino Stakes for 4-year-old fillies with a 2 ½ length triumph over 6-5 favorite Country Star.

Thumbs Up takes HK Classic Mile

Filed on 19 Jan 2009 @ 09:48

Hong Kong, 19 January 2009

Thumbs Up (Shinko King — Regelle, by Exploding Prospect) announced himself as the horse to beat in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby in March with a narrow victory in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday.

The Pamplemousse sees off Square Eddie in San Rafael

Filed on 18 Jan 2009 @ 09:44

Santa Anita, 18 January 2009

Maiden winner steps up to Graded victory

The Pamplemousse (Kafwain — Comfort Zone, by Rubiano), with only a maiden victory to his credit, not only resisted a challenge by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Square Eddie, but drew away again Saturday to capture Santa Anita’s Grade Three San Rafael Stakes, the track’s first major preparatory event for 3-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail.

Keeneland closes 53% down

Filed on 18 Jan 2009 @ 09:40

Keeneland, 18 January 2009

Average down by 48% as Horses of all ages sale concludes

The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale concluded on Saturday with gross receipts for the six-day auction, held January 12-17, totalling $32,824,000, down 53.4 percent from last year’s seven-day total of $70,446,000.

Cousin Vinny wins at Naas

Filed on 17 Jan 2009 @ 14:47

The Willie Mullins-trained Cousin Vinny, winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper last season, made all to win the Irish Stallion Farms E.b.f Irish Racing Writers Novice Hurdle at Naas on Saturday, beating Realt Dubh by three lengths, despite fluffing the final hurdle.

Master Minded effortless in Victor Chandler

Filed on 17 Jan 2009 @ 14:40

Reigning Queen Mother Champion Chaser Master Minded was an impressive 16 length winner of the Grade One Victor Chandler Chase over two miles at Ascot on Saturday, putting in a round of jumping that was a joy to behold, low and fast over some fences, high and exuberant over others.

Panjo Bere scores upset over Calgary Bay

Filed on 17 Jan 2009 @ 13:54

The Montepelier Group Lightning Novices' Chase at Ascot on Saturday saw the Gary Moore-trained Panjo Bere score a shock victory over recent Cheltenham winner Calgary Bay. The favourite Free World faded in the straight to finish third.

Longsdon on Songe at Haydock

Filed on 17 Jan 2009 @ 13:49

Last season's Triumph Hurdle fourth Songe made a return to form when third in The Ladbroke at 66-1 before Christmas, and the five-year-old built on that with victory in the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock on Saturday fr Sezincote trainer Charlie Longsdon.

Workmanlike Ascot win for Zaynar

Filed on 17 Jan 2009 @ 13:45

JCB Triumph Hurdle favourite Zaynar won the Execution Ltd Juvenile Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, but made a bad error at the first hurdle and wasn't over fluent therefater. Barry geraghty had to resort to the whip in the straight before the grey picked up to win by eight lengths.

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Filed on 17 Jan 2009 @ 09:45
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Dundalk to stage Ireland's first A-W Group race

Filed on 17 Jan 2009 @ 09:39

Horse Racing Ireland has announced that two Listed contests will be upgraded to Group Three status following the meeting of the European Pattern Committee.

The Diamond Stakes run over an extended 10 furlongs on the all weather surface at Dundalk was won last October by Ralph Beckett's subsequent Breeders' Cup Marathon winner Muhannak and will be the first Group race to be staged on an all weather surface in Ireland.

Declines continue as Keeneland enters final stretch

Filed on 17 Jan 2009 @ 09:33

Keeneland, 17 January 2009

White Prince, a white yearling colt by Devil His Due, attracted a final bid of $60,000 to top Friday’s session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.