Strong finish for Honolulu in Doncaster Cup

Filed on 12 Sep 2008 @ 14:04

The Aidan O'Brien trained Honolulu (Montjeu - Cerulean Sky, by Darshaan) was all the rage for last year's St Leger, where he finished third at the cramped odds of 13-8, after a fine second to Purple Moon in the Ebor. He has won only once since, when taking the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. A disappointing sixth in the Goodwood Cup followed, before he returned to Town Moor in the Group Two Doncaster Cup over 2m 2f on Friday.

Madame Trop Vite wins Flying Childers

Filed on 12 Sep 2008 @ 12:48

The Kevin Ryan-trained Madame Trop Vite (Invincible Spirit - Gladstone Street, by Waajib) won the Group Two Flying Childers Stakes over five furlongs at Doncaster on Thursday, getting up in the dying strides to beat Anglezarke and Mythical Border.

National Stakes runners

Filed on 12 Sep 2008 @ 11:41

Bank of Scotland (Ireland) National Stakes (Group One)(2yo entire colts & fillies)

Curragh, 3:45pm Sunday 14 September 2008. Seven furlongs.

Klaus Jacobs dies at 71

Filed on 12 Sep 2008 @ 08:54

German-born businessman Klaus Jacobs has died in Zurich after a lengthy illness at the age of 71. He is survived by his second wife Renata and six children.

Jacobs bought Newsells Park Stud in Hertfordshire in 2000 and built it into a successful breeding and racing operation, acquiring a substantial broodmare band of mares that achieved a Timeform rating of 90 or more on the track.

Medaglia d'Oro filly tops fourth session at Keeneland

Filed on 12 Sep 2008 @ 08:34

Keeneland, 12 September 2008

Paul D'Arcy buys session topper; day four aggregate down 10.1% on 2007

A half-sister by Medaglia d’Oro to Group Two winner King of Rome sparked a bidding war that in the end produced Thursday’s $1.1 million sale topper at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale.

American foal crop down 4.8% in 2008

Filed on 12 Sep 2008 @ 08:31

United States, 12 September 2008

900 fewer foals in 2008; Kentucky-breds increase

The Jockey Club has reported that 3,638 stallions covered 61,262 mares in North America during 2007. These matings have resulted in 34,561 live foals of 2008 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of Sept. 4, 2008, which is down by 4.8% from last year at this time when The Jockey Club had received reports for 36,317 live foals of 2007.

Xaar filly tops St Leger Festival Sale

Filed on 12 Sep 2008 @ 08:16

Median drops only 2.4% as average declines by 22.3%

The DBS Festival Yearling Sale closed on Thursday with a clearance rate of 73% and a median that was essentially identical to last year at £10,000 against £10,250 in 2007. The aggregate declined by 42.2% to £1,244,600 with 39 fewer lots sold than last year on a catalogue 25% smaller. The average of £11,697 was 22.3% down on last year.

Sandown Listed win for half brother to Zafeen

Filed on 11 Sep 2008 @ 15:37

Atlantic Sport wins Fortune Stakes for Channon

The Listed Fortune Stakes at Sandown on Thursday was won by the Mick Channon-trained Atlantic Sport (Machiavellian - ShyLady, by Kaldoun), a three-year-old half brother to crack miler Zafeen (Zafonic).

Listed win for With Approval colt

Filed on 11 Sep 2008 @ 14:43

The Listed Prix de Boulogne over 2000m at Chantilly on Thursday was won by Juddmonte homebred Indian Choice (With Approval - Cheyenne Dream, by Dancing Brave), who ground down the leader Altamira in the closing stages to win by a short neck. The favourite Anabaa's Creation was third.

Rainbow View brilliant in May Hill

Filed on 11 Sep 2008 @ 14:29

Dynaformer filly a strong 1000 Guineas favourite

George Strawbridge's Rainbow View (Dynaformer - No Matter What, by Nureyev) has headed the 1000 Guineas market since an impressive win in the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket last month and her price has shortenedto 5-2 in places following an emphatic win at Doncaster on Thursday.

Triple Aspect lifts Prix d'Arenberg for Haggas

Filed on 11 Sep 2008 @ 13:59

Danetime colt remains unbeaten

Juvenile Danetime colt Triple Aspect (Danetime - Wicken Wonder, by Distant Relative) preserved his unbeaten record and gained a deserved first stakes win at Chantilly on Thursday, winning the Group Three Prix d'Arenberg where he accelerated smoothly in the straight to run out a decisive winner ahead of fellow British raider, Paul Cole's Storm Cat colt Thunderous Mood.

Emphatic Park Hill win for Allegretto

Filed on 11 Sep 2008 @ 13:28

Cheveley Park Stud's five-year-old mare Allegretto (Galileo - Alleluia, by Caerleon) added to her Pattern race haul in the Group Two Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster on Thursday, travelling well throughout under Ryan Moore and stretching clear in the straight to register an emphatic six length win over Perihelion.

Irish St Leger runners

Filed on 11 Sep 2008 @ 11:16

Irish Field St Leger (Group One)(3yo+)

Curragh, 3:35pm Saturday 13 September 2008. 1m 6f

Sprint Cup runners

Filed on 11 Sep 2008 @ 11:13

Ladbrokes Sprint Cup (Group One)

Doncaster, 2:35pm Saturday 13 September 2008. Six furlongs.

St Leger runners

Filed on 11 Sep 2008 @ 11:10

Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes (Group One)(3yo)

Doncaster, 3:10pm Saturday 13 September 2008. 1m 6f 132y

Starcraft filly tops first session at St Leger Festival Sale

Filed on 11 Sep 2008 @ 08:32

Average declines by 23.2% on first day at Doncaster; median unchanged

The DBS St Leger Festival Sale opened on Wednesday. Overall, 51 lots sold fromthe 72 offered, a 71% clearance rate. The aggregate fell by 43% from last year's £1,162,875 to £660,200. The average was down by 23.2% to £12,945, though the median was unchanged at £12,000. Two Lots realised £32,000 to top proceedings.

Strong trade at Keeneland as Book 2 opens

Filed on 11 Sep 2008 @ 08:21

Keeneland, 11 September 2008

Mr Greeley colt tops session as aggregate slides only 3.8%

A colt by Mr. Greeley brought a final bid of $875,000 from Zayat Stables to top a strong third day of selling at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale.

Second Scarborough Stakes for Galeota

Filed on 10 Sep 2008 @ 14:21

The Richard Hannon-trained six-year-old Galeota (Mujadil - Refined, by Statoblest) made it four wins from four starts at Doncaster when winning the Listed Scarborough Stakes on Wednesday for the second consecutive year.

Keeneland market remains sluggish

Filed on 10 Sep 2008 @ 08:23

Keeneland, 10 September 2008

A.P. Indy colt tops second day at $1.5 million

For the second consecutive day a yearling by A.P. Indy brought the highest bid at the Keeneland September Sale, this one a colt sold for $1.5 million to Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.

O'Brien keeps six in Melbourne Cup

Filed on 10 Sep 2008 @ 08:18

Australia, 10 September 2008

Six horses from the stable of champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien remain in the entries for the 2008 Emirates Melbourne Cup 3200 after first acceptances were taken on Tuesday.

Wallace to train in Australia

Filed on 10 Sep 2008 @ 08:07

35-year-old trainer Mark Wallace is to leave Newmarket in favour of a new training career in Australia, where he will be based at Warwick Farm in Sydney.

The handler told The Times: "People might wonder why I'm leaving when things are going well here, but this is a chance to do something that's never been done before. To the best of my knowledge, no trainer has gone from Britain to set up in Australia. I'm the right age to take it on and nothing is tying me to this country - my girlfriend is coming out with me.

Lady Deauville attempts black-type hat-trick on Sunday

Filed on 9 Sep 2008 @ 15:55

Goodwood plays host to the Group Three Select Racing UK On Sky 432 Stakes on Sunday, and trainer Paul Blockley is hoping that his Lady Deauville can continue her run of good form to complete a hat-trick of wins by landing the first-named 10-furlong contest, for which she is among 28 entries.

Honoria takes Oyster Stakes

Filed on 9 Sep 2008 @ 08:54

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Honoria (Sadler's Wells - Tedarshana, by Darshaan) became the latest stakes winner bred on the Sadler's Wells - Darshaan cross on Monday, winning the Listed Oyster Stakes at Galway.

A.P. Indy filly tops opening session at Keeneland

Filed on 9 Sep 2008 @ 08:31

Keeneland, 9 September 2008

Monday's aggregate down 16.8% on last year

Fillies – led by a daughter of A.P. Indy who brought a final bid of $3.1 million – stole the spotlight on Monday as Keeneland opened its 2008 September Yearling Sale.

Lomitas filly takes Criterium de l'Ouest

Filed on 8 Sep 2008 @ 16:38

The Marquesa de Maratalla's homebred filly Becomes You (Lomitas - Joyeuse Entree, by Kendor) created a favourable impression in the Listed Criterium de l'Ouest over 1650m at Craon on Monday.