Cheltenham lost to waterlogging

Filed on 13 Dec 2008 @ 10:03

Saturday afternoon's card at Cheltenham has been abandoned after overnight rain waterlogged the track.

The high-profile card was to have featured the Boylesports Gold Cup and the Boylesports Intern

Redoute's Choice colt tops HK International Sale

Filed on 13 Dec 2008 @ 09:54

Hong Kong, 13 December 2008

Average declines 34% from 2007 sale

A brown colt by the champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice and closely related to outstanding sire Zabeel on the distaff side, fetched the highest bid at HK$5.5m at the Hong Kong International Sale on Saturday.

Marchand d'Or puts in sharp piece of work

Filed on 13 Dec 2008 @ 09:48

Hong Kong, 13 December 2008

Head delighted with sprinter's wellbeing

Europe's top sprinter, the Freddie Head trained Marchand D'Or, made his first move this week when flying in a short sharp piece on the all weather track at Sha Tin ahead of tomorrow's HK Sprint. The grey stopped the clock at 22.2 seconds for the last 400m and Head seemed delighted with the horse's well being.

Takeover Target wins again in Perth

Filed on 13 Dec 2008 @ 09:40

Australia, 13 December 2008

Australia's champion sprinter Takeover Target wound up his Perth campaign with victory in the Group Three AJ Scahill Stakes over 1400 metres, blitzing the small field by just under three lengths.

Breeders' Cup suspends stakes supplements

Filed on 13 Dec 2008 @ 09:37

United States, 13 December 2008

$5 million programme cut; championship purses maintained

The Breeders' Cup has suspended for one year its $5 million program providing supplements to stakes purses at 40 racetracks, citing an anticipated reduction in revenues because of the dismal worldwide economy.

Mon Mome sees off Star De Mohaison

Filed on 12 Dec 2008 @ 15:11

Welsh Grand National next for winner after thrilling finish

The Chaser at Cheltenham on Friday saw the Ventia Williams-trained Mon Mome see off Star De Mohaison in a in a thrilling finish to land the spoils under conditional jockey Aidan Coleman.

Garde Champetre best of Bolger quartet

Filed on 12 Dec 2008 @ 14:56

Bolger saddles first, second and fourth at Cheltenham

Nina Carberry won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on Friday on the JP McManus-owned Garde Champetre, with the Festival winner running on smoothly in the latter stages to collar the long-time leader, stablemate L'Ami. Trainer Enda Bolger also saddled the fourth horse home, Drombeag. McManus owns all three of the Bolger-trained runners.

Hannon pleased with Major Cadeaux ahead of Mile

Filed on 12 Dec 2008 @ 10:43

Hong Kong, 12 December 2008

British Mile hope Major Cadeaux teamed up with his big-race jockey, Richard Hughes, for the first time. The horse did a steady piece on the bridle and the Hannon camp are pleased with the horse's wellbeing.

Doctor Dino works well ahead of Vase title defence

Filed on 12 Dec 2008 @ 10:38

Hong Kong, 12 December 2008

Doctor Dino gallops 400m in 21.7s

A spectacularly good gallop on the dirt on Friday morning made it clear that Doctor Dino will not relinquish his Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase crown without an almighty tussle.

Good trade at Inglis December Sale

Filed on 12 Dec 2008 @ 09:45

Australia, 12 December 2008

There was strong demand for tried horses at the Inglis December Thoroughbred Sale at Oaklands on Friday, which closed with a clearance rate of better than 95%.

23% clearance rate at Goffs December Flat Sale

Filed on 12 Dec 2008 @ 09:36

An Oratorio colt foal out of an own sister to Grade One Santa Anita Handicap winner Urgent Request (Lot 671) topped a low key renewal of the Goffs December Flat Sale on Thursday when sold by Confey Stud to Louise Walshe for €18,000.

Imperial Commander heads 16 in Boylesports Gold Cup

Filed on 11 Dec 2008 @ 18:05

A field of 16 will line up for Saturday’s Gold Cup at Cheltenham following the final 48-hour declaration stage.

All eyes will be on Imperial Commander, the 7/4 market leader with Boylesports, who will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of Pegwell Bay (1988), Senor El Betrutti (1997) and Exotic Dancer (2006), by winning the Gold and the Power Gold Cup in the same season following his impressive triumph at The Open last month. His trainer, Gloucestershire-based Nigel Twiston-Davies, also runs Patman Du Charmil.

Deauville Listed success for Beckett

Filed on 11 Dec 2008 @ 16:09

The Ralph Beckett-trained three-year-old Without A Prayer (Intikhab — Prayer, by Rainbow Quest) sprung a surprise in the Listed Prix Lyphard over 1900m at Deauville on Thursday, running on strongly for Richard Kingscote in the final stages to post a career high and a first Listed success on his third attempt, beating Not Just Swing by three quarters of a length. Diyakalanie was a nose back in third.

Monet's Garden beats Snoopy Loopy in Peterborough Chase

Filed on 11 Dec 2008 @ 16:05

The Peterborough Chase over an extended two and a half miles at Huntingdon on Thursday was won by the Nicky Richards-trained Monet's Garden, who travelled well throughout, jumping well and finding plenty under pressure to beat Peter Bowen's Snoopy Loopy by half a length. Mister McGoldrick was a further five lengths adrift in third.

Marchand d'Or has Apache Cat to beat

Filed on 11 Dec 2008 @ 11:32

Hong Kong, 11 December 2008

Head chasing ninth Group One of 2008

Chasing his ninth Group One of an outstanding season, Freddy Head declared the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint a toss-up between Marchand D'Or, his European champion sprinter, and Apache Cat, his equivalent from Australia, after trackwork on Thursday morning.

Selective market at Goffs NH Sale

Filed on 11 Dec 2008 @ 09:11

Clearance rate only 34% in selective market

A son of Milan from the family of Grade One placed Daraheen Chief topped the Goffs December National Hunt, when the John Bourke consigned foal (Lot 430) was sold to Richard Rohan for €32,000.

State Of Play and Ollie Magern set for Wetherby rematch

Filed on 11 Dec 2008 @ 09:07

Having fought out the finish of the past two renewals of the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase, connections of both State Of Play and Ollie Magern are aiming for another Wetherby rematch in the Grade Three Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase, run over three miles and a furlong on Friday, December 26.

Walsh cleared for Friday return

Filed on 10 Dec 2008 @ 15:20

Jockey Ruby Walsh will return to the saddle at Cheltenham on Friday with one ride for Paul Nicholls on Mahonia. He will be back in action aboard Celestial Halo and Silverburn on Saturday, and will ride in Ireland on Sunday.

Hobbs set to be double handed in Boylesports Gold Cup

Filed on 10 Dec 2008 @ 13:51

Philip Hobbs is hoping to saddle Private Be (10st 9lb) and Gold Medallist (10st 3lb) in the Grade Three Gold Cup as he goes in search of a second victory in the £150,000 contest on Saturday, December 13. The Somerset trainer previously landed the two mile, five furlong handicap chase with Monkerhostin in 2004.

Alsadaa looks to go one better in The Ladbroke

Filed on 10 Dec 2008 @ 12:20

Trainer Laura Mongan is optimistic that last year’s runner-up Alsadaa can get his head in front in The Ladbroke at Ascot on Saturday, December 20, after the weights for the £150,000 Listed contest were revealed today.

Balding: Buccellati needs to improve

Filed on 10 Dec 2008 @ 12:08

Hong Kong, 10 December 2008

Doctor Dino the one to beat in HK Vase

Andrew Balding was at Sha Tin on Thursday for a first look at his Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase chance Buccellati this morning, and was happy with what he saw.

Manning more than happy with Lush Lashes

Filed on 10 Dec 2008 @ 12:06

Hong Kong, 10 December 2008

Bolger's filly faces first start against colts

Lush Lashes eased up the turf track at Sha Tin on Wednesday and left Sunday's rider Kevin Manning more than happy with the wellbeing of Ireland's best three-year-old filly, who attempts to give her trainer Jim Bolger a second Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup victory following Alexander Goldrun's thrilling win in 2004.

Turnover down 8% at Arqana December Yearling Sale

Filed on 10 Dec 2008 @ 09:27

The Arqana December yearling sale held at Deauville on Tuesday recorded a turnover of €1,352,500, down 8% on the 2007 session. 257 colts and fillies were led around the Elie de Brignac sales ring, exactly the same total as in the previous year. 62% of them found a new home, for an average price of €7,615.

Punchestown win for Noland as War Of Attrition beaten

Filed on 9 Dec 2008 @ 15:16

The Paul Nicholls-trained Noland won the rescheduled John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase over two and a half miles on Tuesday, beating The Listener by half a length. War Of Attrition was only third.

Listed winner for Refuse To Bend

Filed on 9 Dec 2008 @ 09:44

The Francesco de Santis-trained Mibar (Refuse To Bend — BowRiver Gold, by Rainbow Quest) stepped up on his victory over 1200m in Rome in November to land the Listed Premio Criterium Mediterraneo at Siracusa on Monday, 8 December by an impressive four and a half lengths.