Great Leighs given go-ahead for Sunday

Filed on 18 Apr 2008 @ 09:47

Great Leighs has passed its final inspection by the British Horseracing Authority, and will go ahead with its first meeting on Sunday.

Inspectors had visited the new track yesterday, but delayed their decision till this morning to allow a few outstanding issues to be resolved.

Transfer of National Stud to Jockey Club completed

Filed on 18 Apr 2008 @ 09:02

New board unveiled as transfer from government completes

The transfer of National Stud from the Government to National Stud Limited, a subsidiary of The Jockey Club has been completed. Under the terms of the transfer, The Jockey Club have agreed to continue to provide the National Stud’s unique educational and training schemes for stud staff, as well as public access to the stud, for a minimum of five years.

Mr Greeley filly tops Craven Breeze-Up Sale at 540,000 gns

Filed on 18 Apr 2008 @ 08:29

Tattersalls Craven Sale sets new records as average climbs 40% on 2007

The fireworks continued on the second and final day of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale with records across the board and a top price of 540,000 guineas for a daughter of Mr Greeley. The second day saw 52 lots sold for 5,407,000 guineas, a rise of 48% on 2007 with the average rising 45% to 103,981 guineas and the median rising 21% to 67,500 guineas. Over the two days of the sale 116 lots were sold for 11,884,000 guineas, at an average of 102,448 guineas and a median of 70,000 guineas, all records for a European breeze up sale and rises of 35%, 40% and 27% respectively on 2007. A total of 16 lots sold for 200,000 guineas or more, compared to only 5 last year whilst no fewer than ten lots sold for 300,000 guineas or more.

Dino set for Coronation Cup

Filed on 17 Apr 2008 @ 16:08

Group One winner will run at Epsom if ground suitable

Chantilly-based Richard Gibson is contemplating the Juddmonte Coronation Cup for his globe-trotting Doctor Dino.

The six-year-old ran at the highest level on three continents last season, winning the Grade One Man O’War Stakes at Belmont Park in September and the Group One Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December. This year began with a fast-finishing third in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba on March 29.

Curtain Call set for Blue Riband Trial

Filed on 17 Apr 2008 @ 16:03

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Curtain Call "in good form" for new trainer Cumani

Luca Cumani, who won the Vodafone Derby with Kahyasi in 1988 and High-Rise in 1998, will be hoping that 2008 will be just as lucky with Curtain Call, who could make his seasonal reappearance in the 10-furlong Blue Riband Trial Stakes, which is this year being staged at Nottingham on Wednesday, April 23.

Phoenix Tower gives Cecil, Abdulla Group Three double

Filed on 17 Apr 2008 @ 15:47

Four-year-old Phoenix Tower (Chester House - Bionic, by Zafonic) gave trainer Henry Cecil and Khalid Abdulla a homebred Group Three double when winning the Group Three Earl of Sefton Stakes over 9f at Newmarket on Thursday, a race won last year by Manduro.

Twice Over outbattles Raven's Pass

Filed on 17 Apr 2008 @ 15:14

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Second Group winner for Observatory

Juddmonte homebred Twice Over (Observatory - Double Crossed, by Caerleon) won the Group Three Craven Stakes over a mile at Newmarket on Thursday, beating John Gosden's Raven's Pass, with the pair well clear of the field.

Zidane takes Listed prize

Filed on 17 Apr 2008 @ 15:05

Six-year-old Zidane (Danzero - Juliet Bravo, by Glow), the winner of last season's Stewards' Cup, took his first Listed race in the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket on Thursday. The Danzero galding was stepped up to Group and Listed company in three starts last autumn after his Goodwood win, and will remain in Pattern company this season.

Saturday's Golden Slipper runners

Filed on 17 Apr 2008 @ 08:49

Saturday's Group Ones at Rosehill Gardens

3.35pm (AEST) Golden Slipper (1200m)

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 ALL AMERICAN David Hayes Brad Rawiller 14 56.5
2 KRUPT Matthew Smith Hugh Bowman 8 56.5

Haradasun could make Europena debut in Lockinge

Filed on 17 Apr 2008 @ 08:45

Dual Australian Group One winner Haradasun (Fusaichi Pegasus - Circles Of Gold, by Marscay), now in the care of Aidan O'Brien in Ireland, could make his European debut in the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on 17 May.

Craven Breeze-Up Sale opens 26% up

Filed on 17 Apr 2008 @ 08:04

Mr Greeley stars as 6 lots make 300,000 gns or more

The Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale got off to a sensational start at Park Paddocks with a busy sales ring witnessing six lots that made 300,000 guineas or more and ten that realised 200,000 guineas or more, a figure made all the more remarkable by the fact that only five lots made that figure over the two days of last year’s sale. A total of 64 lots were sold for 6,477,000 guineas, a rise of 26% on 2007, with the average up 36% to 101,203 guineas and the The median up 30% to 67,500 guineas. The clearance rate also improved significantly from last year to a healthy 77%.

Ascot races added to Breeders' Cup Challenge

Filed on 16 Apr 2008 @ 16:13

Three races at Ascot - the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, the Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile and the Juddmonte Royal Lodge - are to be added to the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, a series of “Win and You’re In? qualifying races for the Breeders’ Cup. The three races are run this year on 27 September.

Campanologist sees off Kandahar Run

Filed on 16 Apr 2008 @ 15:50

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Mark Johnston's Campanologist (Kingmambo - Ring Of Music, by Sadler's Wells) won the Listed Tuddenham Mill Feilden Stakes, seeing off the challenge of Kandahar Run to give his trainer his third win in the race in the last five years.

Infallible enters Guineas picture with impressive display

Filed on 16 Apr 2008 @ 15:19

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Cheveley Park Stud's homebred Infallible (Pivotal - Irresistible, by Cadeaux Genereux) leapt to the head of the 1000 Guineas market following an impressive three and a half length win in the Group Three Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket on Wednesday.

Stimulation earns Guineas run after Free Handicap win

Filed on 16 Apr 2008 @ 15:02

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Choisir 1-2 in Newmarket Listed contest

Trainer Hughie Morrison had thought that Stimulation (Choisir - Damiana, by Thatching) could be a 2000 Guineas colt, and he will run in the Classic after winning a tense Listed Making Better Betting European Free Handicap over seven furlongs at Newmarket on Wednesday.

Elsworth pair amongst 30 in Jockey Club Stakes

Filed on 16 Apr 2008 @ 10:35

An impressive entry of 30 - up from 22 in 2007 - has been received for the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes, run over a mile-and-a-half at Newmarket on Sunday, May 4.

Among those entered is the Jeremy Noseda-trained Sixties Icon, who won the race last year. The five-year-old, winner of the St Leger in 2006, is due to gallop before racing at Newmarket today.

First winner for Indian Haven

Filed on 16 Apr 2008 @ 08:34

Aspen Darlin became her sire Indian Haven's first winner at Warwick on Tuesday. The filly missed the break but after stalking the pace she came through well to win by half a length in the EBF Maiden over five furlongs.

Arrowfield acquires interest in All American

Filed on 16 Apr 2008 @ 08:16

Australia, 16 April 2008

Arrowfield purchase 50% interest in Red Ransom colt

Arrowfield Stud has purchased a 50% interest in two year old colt All American, who is to contest the Golden Slipper on Saturday.

Blazing Bailey confirmed for Punchestown

Filed on 15 Apr 2008 @ 13:48

Alan King confirmed today that he is aiming his Liverpool Hurdle winner Blazing Bailey at the Grade One World Series Hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday, April 24.

The six-year-old - who is 5/2 favourite for the Punchestown contest with Ladbrokes - finished a staying-on fourth in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, before going on to a Grade 2 success at Aintree on April 3.

Ravens Pass heads Craven entries

Filed on 15 Apr 2008 @ 13:08

Connections have decided to run Raven's Pass in the Group Three Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, where the ground is likely to be quicker than at Newbury on Saturday.

Inglis Easter Sale begins on Sunday

Filed on 15 Apr 2008 @ 08:41

Australia, 15 April 2008

The Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, begins this Sunday April 20 at Newmarket, Sydney.

In all, 502 of Australasia’s finest young horses are catalogued to be sold across Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, with a brand new Select Session II of 195 yearlings set down for Thursday, April 24.

Classic countdown

Filed on 14 Apr 2008 @ 14:44

Natgora, the winner of the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes last year, galloped to the head of the 1000 Guineas market at Maisons-Laffitte on Monday, galloping clear of her rivals in her own time to win the Listed Prix Imprudence. She now attempts to emulate Miesque in landing the Imprudence-Guineas double.

Salut l'Africain holds off Elusif

Filed on 14 Apr 2008 @ 14:30

The Robert Collet-trained Salut l'Africain landed his second Listed prize in the Prix Djebel over 1400m at Maisons-Laffitte on Monday, holding off the late fourish of the previously unbeaten Fabre colt Elusif.

Natagora gallops to head of Guineas market

Filed on 14 Apr 2008 @ 14:16

The Pascal Bary-trained Natagora (Divine Light - Reinamixa, by Linamix) made her seasonal reappearance in the Listed Prix Imprudence over 1400m of heavy ground at Maisons-Laffitte on Monday, and she won well, propelling herself to co-favouritism for the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in 3 weeks, where she will attempt to emulate the great Miesque in the Imprudence-Guineas double.

Jumbajukiba makes all in Gladness Stakes

Filed on 13 Apr 2008 @ 16:22

Harrington wins with Jumbajukiba

Jessica Harrington's five-year-old Jumbajukiba (Barathea - Danseuse Du Soir, by Thatching) improved with every run last season, progressing to win the Group Three Solonoway Stakes.