Grand National ante post preview

Filed on 9 Jan 2009 @ 09:57

With Paul Nicholls coming round to the idea of running Denman, who would carry top weight of 11-10, in the Grand National, Graham Richards previews the race from an ante post perspective.

Raven's Pass and Goldikova amongst Eclipse award finalists

Filed on 9 Jan 2009 @ 09:41

United States, 9 January 2009

European-trained Breeders' Cup stars Raven's Pass, Goldikova and Conduit feature among the finalists for the Eclipse awards.

The winners are decided by first place votes from members of the the NTRA, the National Turf Writers Association, and Daily Racing Form and will be announced at a ceremony in Miami on 26 January.

Strong entry of 48 for Ryanair Chase

Filed on 8 Jan 2009 @ 12:09

Our Vic to defend Ryanair title

Upgraded to Grade One status for the first time last year, the Ryanair Chase has already firmly established itself as one of the premier races in the calendar and the two mile, five furlong, contest, run at Cheltenham on Thursday, March 12, has this year attracted a superb entry of 48.

Master Minded heads Champion Chase entries

Filed on 8 Jan 2009 @ 12:04

Master Minded to head straight to Cheltenham after Victor Chandler

Gold Cup entries | Champion Chase entries | Ryanair Chase entries

Following his devastating victory in last year’s race, Master Minded heads a top quality entry of 29 for the Grade One Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday, March 11.

Redoute's Choice colt tops second session at Magic Millions

Filed on 8 Jan 2009 @ 11:13

Australia, 8 January 2009

Demand for quality yearlings continued during today's second session of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast today with strong selling throughout the day.

Toussaud, dam of Chester House, is euthanized

Filed on 8 Jan 2009 @ 09:29

Kentucky, 8 January 2009

Grade One winner Toussaud, the dam of four Grade One winners including sires Chester House and Empire Maker, has been euthanized at Juddmonte Farms in Lexington because of declining health. She was 20.

Major declines as OBSC Winter Sale closes

Filed on 8 Jan 2009 @ 09:21

Florida, 8 January 2009

The OBSC Winter Mixed Sale closed on Wednesday with the aggregate down by 57.8% from last year. The average price dropped by 39.6% and the median by 45.5%.

Wednesday's session saw 175 sold for a total of $678,900, averaging $3,879 with a $2,200 median price. The buyback percentage was 32.4%.

Solid trade as Magic Millions Yearling Sale opens

Filed on 7 Jan 2009 @ 13:47

Australia, 7 January 2009

Slight increase in average in first session

The 2009 Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale got away to a solid start on the Gold Coast on Wednesday, with 133 yearlings sold at an average price of $150,158, up from $147,321 last year. The clearance rate was over 75 per cent.

Montjeu sale toppers head Tattersalls Million entries

Filed on 7 Jan 2009 @ 12:56

Nine of the top 10 lots from October Book 1 entered

Stallion statistics database: October Book 1

The seven-furlong £1,000,000 Tattersalls Timeform Million, to be run on the Rowley Mile on October 3, 2009, has attracted 201 entries, an increase of 15 on 2008.

Nicholls octet amongst 38 Gold Cup entries

Filed on 7 Jan 2009 @ 12:03

Clive Smith optimistic over Kauto Star's chances

2009 Gold Cup entries

Owner Clive Smith firmly believes that Kauto Star can gain compensation over stablemate Denman in this year’s totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, March 13. The Paul Nicholls-trained pair are among 38 horses who have been entered for the highlight of the four-day Festival at Cheltenham.

Stallion statistics database launched

Filed on 7 Jan 2009 @ 10:47

Racing and bloodstock site has launched a stallion statistics database that gives subscribers a comprehensive picture of over 2,600 sires.

US betting turnover down by $1 billion

Filed on 7 Jan 2009 @ 09:42

Betting turnover in the US and Canada dropped by 7.6% in 2008 to record the lowest turnover in a decade. The fall in turnover was more than $1 billion, with a final figure of $13.67 billion recorded. The highets turnover on record was $15.2 billion in 2003.

Waterhouse goes to A$2 million for Encosta de Lago colt

Filed on 7 Jan 2009 @ 09:28

Australia, 7 January 2008

Leading Sydney horsewoman Gai Waterhouse has struck during the first session of the 2009 Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.

In the space of 15 minutes Waterhouse bought two million dollar colts - the Redoute's Choice-Strawberry Girl colt for $1 million and the Encosta de Lago-Surrealist colt for $2 million.

Average down by 63% at OBS Mixed Sale

Filed on 7 Jan 2009 @ 09:24

Florida, 7 January 2008

Hip No. 155, Noble Exchange, a colt by Exchange Rate consigned by Janie Roper, Agent, went to Eisaman Equine for $87,000 top the Consignor Preferred session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2009 Winter Mixed Sale. The gray or roan colt is out of Social Scene, by Tabasco Cat, and is a half brother to stakes placed Winsome Charm.

Albertas Run could go for Letheby & Christopher Chase

Filed on 6 Jan 2009 @ 16:34

Mick Meagher, racing manager to Trevor Hemmings, confirmed today that Albertas Run may take his chance in the £100,000 Grade Two Letheby & Christopher Chase, run over an extended three miles and a furlong at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 24, 2009.

Rausing highlights investment opportunities in recession

Filed on 6 Jan 2009 @ 12:05

TBA Chairman urges breeders to take a careful look at their business

Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Chairman Kirsten Rausing, speaking at the TBA’s Annual General Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Churchill Hotel in London, told breeders that the recession was of fundamental concern but might also present investment opportunities.

Pacemaker acquired by TBA/ROA

Filed on 6 Jan 2009 @ 12:02

The monthly racing and bloodstock magazine Pacemaker has been bought jointly by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and Racehorse Owners’ Association from its existing publisher Dunwoody.

The famous title, with a history stretching back over 40 years, will merge with the joint TBA/ROA publication Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder.

Royal Ascot prize money increased

Filed on 6 Jan 2009 @ 11:44

Ascot have announced that prize money for the 2009 Royal Meeting has been increased by £450,000 to £4,450,000.

The Golden Jubilee Stakes is up a further £75,000 to £450,000 and the King's Stand Stakes has been increased in value by £50,000 to £300,000.

Cambridge appoints Alborada Equine Professor

Filed on 6 Jan 2009 @ 10:04

Cambridge University has appointed James Wood to be Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science, named in honour of the celebrated career of the thoroughbred Alborada.

The professorship has been generously endowed by the Alborada Trust, which was founded in October 2001 and is named after the well-known race-mare.

Linngari to stand in France

Filed on 6 Jan 2009 @ 09:19

Group One winner to stand at Haras de Bonneval

Group One winner Linngari (Indian Ridge — Lidakiya, by Kahyasi) is to retire to stud at the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval in Normandy.

Cheltenham 2009 preview

Filed on 5 Jan 2009 @ 14:51

With a host of top class runners having been in action over Christmas, Graham Richards assesses the state of play ahead of the Cheltenham Festival with his preview of the championship events.

Tizfiz scores upset in San Gorgonio

Filed on 5 Jan 2009 @ 09:26

Santa Anita, 5 January 2008

Claimed for two races previously, Tizfiz (Tiznow — Gin Running, by Go For Gin) provided journeyman jockey Agapito Delgadillo and trainer Rafael DeLeon with their most prestigious career victories Sunday by virtue of a desperate wire-to-wire triumph in Santa Anita’s 40th running of the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap.

Librettist relocates to France

Filed on 5 Jan 2009 @ 09:19

Darley's multiple Group One-winning miler Librettist is relocating to France, the scene of his biggest victories, and will stand at Haras du Logis for the 2009 season.

The Godolphin colour-bearer won seven of his first eight starts, including both the Prix du Moulin and Europe's richest mile race, the Prix Jacques le Marois, in a memorable four-year-old season in 2006. The son of Danzig famously defeated Manduro all three times they met, and also beat Stormy River, Ramonti, Ad Valorem, Aussie Rules, Peeress and Kentucky Dynamite. His fee will be €7,000 October 1st, Special live foal.

Mikael D'Haguenet remains unbeaten after Naas stroll

Filed on 4 Jan 2009 @ 14:33

The Willie Mullins-trained Mikael D'Haguenet remains unbeaten after strolling home in the Goffs Slaney Hurdle at Naas on Sunday.

The five-year-old travelled well behind the slow early pace before quickening well as the pace hotted up, stretching clear on the run-in to beat Western Charmer by three-and-a-half-lengths

Well Armed to make second Dubai World Cup bid

Filed on 4 Jan 2009 @ 10:06

Dubai, 4 January 2009

Son of Tiznow was third to Curlin last year, aims to go two better

WinStar Farm’s Grade One winner Well Armed (Tiznow — Well Dressed, by Notebook) will likely travel the same path this year that he took to the 2008 Dubai World Cup, a journey that led to a third-place finish in the richest race on the globe and a US$600,000 payday.