Gold Cup next for War Of Attrition

Filed on 3 Jan 2009 @ 15:45

Trainer Mouse Morris plans to send War Of Attrition straight to the Cheltenham Gold Cup without another run.

The 2006 winner of the March showpiece has made a useful comeback this season after a long layoff for injury, and was second to Exotic Dancer in the Lexus Chase last Sunday.

Sandown and Wincanton frozen off

Filed on 3 Jan 2009 @ 10:46

Saturday's meetings at Sandown and Wincanton have been abandoned after a sharp overnight frost.

Officials at Sandown had covered the entire track but temperatures failed to rise above freezing by 10am and the card was abandoned.

Grand National possible for Denman

Filed on 3 Jan 2009 @ 10:16

Trainer Paul Nicholls has revealed that he is "coming round to the idea" of running Denman in the Grand NAtional.

Writing in his column in the Racing Post, Nicholls said: "I've been asked several times in the last couple of days whether Denman will get an entry in the Grand National, and I can put an end to the speculation by saying he will be entered.

Darley to relocate Australian stallions

Filed on 3 Jan 2009 @ 10:00

Australia, 3 January 2008

Darley has announced it will reorganise the location of its stallion line-up in Australia in 2009.

Darley’s stallions will be primarily divided between its purpose-built stallion farms at Aberdeen in NSW and Seymour in Victoria. Approximately two thirds of the stallion roster will stand at Aberdeen and the other third at Seymour. A definitive list of where each stallion will be standing will be announced in the coming months.

Sandown hopeful of beating the weather

Filed on 2 Jan 2009 @ 10:19

Officials at Sandown are hopeful that Saturday's Tolworth Hurdle card will take pace at the Esher track, despite the frosty conditions.

An inspection on Thursday found 95% of the course to be raceable, with milder air coming in on Friday. The covers that enabled Cheltenham to go ahead on New Year's Day will be deployed then, ahead of a sharp frost forecast for Friday night.

Lough Derg battles to Cheltenham win

Filed on 1 Jan 2009 @ 15:29

The David Pipe-trained nine-year-old Lough Derg has shown in the past he is a tough customer, and he showed that again at Cheltenham on Thursday when battling back after being headed to win the Steel Plate & Sections Hurlde over 2m 4.5f.

Big Buck's regains winning thread over hurdles

Filed on 1 Jan 2009 @ 14:55

The Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old Big Buck's unseated Sam Thomas at the last in the Hennessy Gold Cup in November, but, having his first British run over hurdles in the Unicoin Homes Handicap Hurdle over three miles at Cheltenham on Thursday, he ran on well after the last to see off the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Don't Push It.

Calgary Bay shines in Dipper

Filed on 1 Jan 2009 @ 14:19

Knight's 17.2hh giant earns Arkle and RSA Chase quotes

The Henrietta Knight-trained Calgary Bay put in an impressive effort under AP McCoy to win the Dipper Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday, earning quotes of 14-1 for the Arkle Trophy amd 16-1 for the RSA Chase back at the course in March.

Cheltenham gets go ahead

Filed on 1 Jan 2009 @ 10:14

The New Year's Day meeting at Cheltenham will go ahead after rising temperatures rendered redundant a planned 8am inspection.

Frost covers have kept the course in good condition through temperatures as low as -7C this week.

Frost forces abandonments

Filed on 31 Dec 2008 @ 10:14

The current cold spell has claimed a number of meetings, including Warwick and Uttoxeter's jumps cards on Wednesday. The current state of play is as follows:

Wednesday 31 December

Warwick - abandoned

Hayley Turner reaches 100 winners

Filed on 31 Dec 2008 @ 09:38

Hayley Turner became the first woman to ride 100 winners in a calendar year on Tuesday when piloting Mullitovermaurice to victory in the Bet At Claiming Stakes at Wolverhampton.

Turner said after the race: "It's brilliant. I'm really pleased and glad to have done it tonight so I don't have to worry about doing it tomorrow!

2009 stallion nomination fees online now

Filed on 30 Dec 2008 @ 16:37

Our ever-popular tables of stallion nominations fees for 2009 are online now. Follow the links below for lists by country, arranged by sire and be fee.

The tables may be accessed through the home page throughout the year.

Leading American sprinters target Dubai

Filed on 30 Dec 2008 @ 09:13

A number of America's leading sprinters could be on the way to the Group One Dubai Golden Shaheen in March.

Indian Blessing, the champion juvenile filly of 2007, stalked the pace before cruising home to win the seven-furlong La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Saturday. On the opposite coast, veteran gelding Fabulous Strike employed the same strategy, rallying from second early to take the six-furlong Gravesend Handicap (Gr.3) at Aqueduct.

Diamond Harry impressive in Challow Hurdle

Filed on 29 Dec 2008 @ 15:16

The Nick Williams-trained Diamond Harry progressed from an impressive win at Cheltenham last time to win the Blue Square Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury on Monday, remaining unbeaten after five runs.

Sublimity on top in December Hurdle

Filed on 29 Dec 2008 @ 15:10

Rookie trainer Robbie Hennessy had his first winner on Monday when Sublimity secured his first win since landing the Champion Hurdle in 2007 in the Leopardstown Golf Centre December Festival Hurdle.

Grand National prize money increased

Filed on 29 Dec 2008 @ 11:58

Aintree Racecourse has announced that the 2009 renewal of the John Smith’s Grand National will be worth a record £900,000, an increase of £100,000 on the 2008 value.

This is the second consecutive year that the value of the John Smith’s Grand National has increased by £100,000.

Proudinsky takes San Gabriel

Filed on 29 Dec 2008 @ 09:45

Santa Anita, 29 December 2008

German-bred Proudinsky (Silvano — Proudeyes, by Dashing Blade), whose runner-up finish in last year’s San Gabriel Handicap deprived trainer Bobby Frankel of a third successive victory in the Grade Two turf event, won Sunday’s 62nd running of the mile-and-one-eighth competition by three-quarters of a length over Irish-bred Ferneley at Santa Anita.

Grade One success for Exotic Dancer

Filed on 28 Dec 2008 @ 15:12

O'Neill's charge beats War Of Attrition

The Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday saw the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Exotic Dancer claim a first Grade One success.

AP McCoy settled Exotic Dancer at the rear of the field as Ruby Walsh set a solid early pace on the favourite Neptune Collonges. After half way Exotic Dancer made steady progress past his rivals, and was amongst the challengers at the seocnd last, when Neptune Collonges made a bad error and fell. That left Exotic Dancer in front and he coasted home to beat War Of Attrition by 20 lengths. Cane Brake was third.

Catch Me holds on in Christmas Hurdle

Filed on 28 Dec 2008 @ 14:41

Hatton's Grace Hurdle winner Catch Me held off the challenge of Whatuthink to justify odds-on favouritism in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Whatuthink had gone for home as long time leader Earth Magic began to tire, but Andrew McNamara was still travelling well on Catch Me, who took the lead at the last. Whatuthink rallied gamely on the run-in, but couldn't get to the winner, who held on by a head.

Daiwa Scarlet lands Arima Kinen

Filed on 28 Dec 2008 @ 10:08

Japan, 28 December 2008

Daiwa Scarlet first filly to win Arima Kinen in 37 years

Daiwa Scarlet (Agnes Tachyon — Scarlet Bouquet, by Northern Taste) became the first female horse to win the Grade One Arima Kinen (Grand Prix) in 37 years on Sunday afternoon at Nakayama Racecourse, as Katsumi Ando’s favorite ran away with a victory of almost two lengths in the finale to a year of JRA racing.

Flashman's Papers wins at Santa Anita

Filed on 28 Dec 2008 @ 10:01

Santa Anita, 28 December 2008

Garrett Gomez injured after fall in Eddie Logan Stakes

Garrett Gomez, America's leading rider for a third straight year and just $109,014 shy of Jerry Bailey’s single-season purse earnings record ($23,354,660 set in 2003), was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital via stretcher and ambulance Saturday after his mount, Back At You, ducked into the rail during the stretch run of Santa Anita’s Eddie Logan Stakes for two-year-olds on Saturday.

Fifth Grade One for Indian Blessing

Filed on 28 Dec 2008 @ 09:56

Santa Anita, 28 December 2008

Indian Charlie filly lands La Brea

The featured Grade One La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Santa Anita on Saturday saw Indian Blessing (Indian Charlie — Shameful, by Flying Chevron) triumph in an event that could have enhanced her quest for a second Eclipse Award.

French and German raiders to the fore at Kempton

Filed on 27 Dec 2008 @ 15:39

The second day of Kempton's Christmas meeting on Saturday saw cross channel raiders to the fore.

The Marcel Rolland-trained Original ran out a surprise 66-1 winner of the Stan James Wayward Lad Novices' Chase, jumping his fences with real relish and running on to beat French Opera by nine lengths. Ascot winner Deep Purple was a disappointment.

Hurricane Fly impressive at Leopardstown

Filed on 27 Dec 2008 @ 15:12

The Willie Mullins-trained Hurricane Fly, the winner of the Grade One Royal Bond Novice Hurdle last time, took another step forward on Saturday when winning the Future Champion Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown in some style, sprinting clear after the last under Paul Townend to beat Go Native by 10 lengths.

Walkon boosts Zaynar's Triumph Hurdle form

Filed on 27 Dec 2008 @ 15:09

The Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow on Saturday saw Walkon run out an emphatic winner for the Alan King yard. The winner had been beaten by Triumph Hurdle favourite Zaynar at Newbury last time, and that form looks solid.