Selective market at DBS National Hunt Breeze-Up Sale

Filed on 6 Dec 2008 @ 09:32

The DBS National Hunt Breeze-Up Sale was held on the Polytrack at Kempton on Friday, having moved from Cheltenham.

A selective market saw 30 lots sold from the 64 offered for an aggregate of £857,000, down by 65% on last year. The average price was £28,583, a decline of 25% on 2007 and the median dropped by 32% to £20,500.

Barbers Shop steps up in style

Filed on 5 Dec 2008 @ 15:28

The Queen's Barbers Shop was an impressive winner of the Blue Square Casino Future Stars Chase at Sandown on Friday, the six-year-old's first start over three miles.

Ridden by Barry Geraghty, Barbers Shop settled behind the early pace set by Battlecry and Ornais before taking closer order turning for home. In the straight Geraghty asked for an effort and was amply rewarded, as Barbers Shop went readily clear, beating Welsh Grand National hope Abbeybraney by three and three-quarter lengths.

Dai Ichi heads Inglis Christmas Sale at A$115,000

Filed on 5 Dec 2008 @ 10:05

Australia, 5 December 2008

Fuji Kiseki mare in foal to Bernardini tops Inglis Sale

Group Three-placed Fuji Kiseki mare Dai Ichi topped proceedings at the Inglis Sydney Christmas Thoroughbred Sale on Friday, which attracted strong competition across the board.

Peter Marsh return for Denman?

Filed on 5 Dec 2008 @ 10:00

Reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman could make an earlier than expected return to action. The eight-year-old had been found to have a fibrillating heart when he returned to work after a summer break. That problem was soon resolved, but early season targets were shelved and it was thought that he would not return until the AON Chase or at Cheltenham itself.

Jack The Giant could be out for the season

Filed on 5 Dec 2008 @ 09:55

Recent Ascot winner Jack The Giant has picked up a minor injury and is unlikely to run again this season, reports trainer Nicky Henderson.

The six-year-old notched up a valuable three-timer over hurdles and fences a year ago but was then sidelined by an injury that kept him out of the major festivals. He reutned last month with an impressive 11 length win in a handicap chase at Ascot that put him under consideration for the King George.

Weld runs Winchester in Hollywood Grade One

Filed on 5 Dec 2008 @ 09:51

Hollywood Park, 5 December 2008

Trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Patrick Smullen have arrived at Hoolwood Park ahead of Winchester's run in the Hollywood Turf Cup on Saturday. The pair combined to win The Matriarch at the track four years ago with Dress to Thrill.

Fourth stakes win for Vertigineux in Prix Luthier

Filed on 5 Dec 2008 @ 09:36

The Listed Prix Luthier on the all-weather at Deauville on Thursday was won by the Carole Dufreche-trained Vertigineux (Nombre Premier - Very Gold, by Goldneyev), who tracked the leaders before challengeing early in the straight, galloping clear and staying on well to hold off the challenge of Terra Incognita.

Tattersalls December Sale concludes

Filed on 5 Dec 2008 @ 09:25

Tattersalls 2008 turnover is fourth highest in history

The Tattersalls December Mare Sale concluded on Thursday with 139 lots selling for 656,650 guineas, at an average of 4,724 guineas and a median of 2,800 guineas.

Taafe set to run Finger Onthe Pulse in Boylesports Gold Cup

Filed on 4 Dec 2008 @ 15:57

Finger Onthe Pulse will return to the scene of his greatest triumph when he lines up at Cheltenham for the Grade Three Gold Cup over two miles, five furlongs on Saturday, December 13.

Cheltenham closes Dix Villez short cut option

Filed on 4 Dec 2008 @ 11:55

New marker on cross country course

Cheltenham Racecourse has announced that an additional marker will be placed on its Cross Country Course to ensure that there is no confusion among racegoers and television viewers as to whether a horse has taken the correct route around the course. This move follows Davy Russell taking a ‘legal’ shortcut, but one which did not follow the normal racing line, when winning the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at The Open on Dix Villez.

Azeri heads Keeneland January catalogue

Filed on 4 Dec 2008 @ 09:38

Kentucky, 4 December 2008

2002 Horse of the Year to be offered in foal to Ghostzapper

Azeri, 2002 Horse of the Year and three-time champion older mare, in foal to 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, highlights Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held January 12-17.

Precious Kitten retired to the paddocks

Filed on 4 Dec 2008 @ 09:32

United States, 4 December 2008

Lael Stables' multiple Grade One-winning filly Precious Kitten (Catienus - Kitten´s First, by Lear Fan) has been retired to the paddocks. She will be bred to Street Cry next year.

Bauer keeps Melbourne Cup place

Filed on 4 Dec 2008 @ 09:24

Australia, 4 December 2008

Racing Victoria Limited has completed its inquiry into the veterinary treatment of the Luca Cumani-trained Bauer in the lead-up to this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup, and has concluded that the stayer should retain second place in the race.

Prix de l'Opera winner heads third session at Tattersalls

Filed on 4 Dec 2008 @ 09:12

Nayef filly Lady Marian to race on for Godolphin

The Group 1 Prix de l’Opera winner Lady Marian realised 1,800,000 guineas to top proceedings on the third day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale. Trade continued in robust fashion with 160 lots selling for 7,417,200 guineas, at an average of 46,358 guineas and a median of 13,000 guineas.

Betfair to sponsor the King George

Filed on 3 Dec 2008 @ 12:42

Ascot have announced that Betfair will sponsor the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which will be run for £1,000,000 for the first time in 2009, for the next five years.

‘The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair)’ is the headline agreement in a substantial seven-figure deal over five years that Ascot and Betfair believe will develop into a wider commercial relationship. Ascot’s late July meeting will now be presented as the ‘Betfair Weekend featuring The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.’

Duc De Regniere, Punchestowns head Long Walk Hurdle entry

Filed on 3 Dec 2008 @ 12:28

A cracking renewal of the Grade One BGC Long Walk Hurdle is in prospect at Ascot on Saturday, December 20, with 20 entries having been received.

Duc de Regniere could not have been more impressive when collecting the Grade Two Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on November 29, when he overcame Mobaasher, Pettifour and Blazing Bailey. The six-year-old is one of three entries for the red-hot Nicky Henderson stable alongside stable companions Afrad and Punchestowns, who caught the eye when successful under top-weight in a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham last month.

Numide targets The Ladbroke

Filed on 3 Dec 2008 @ 12:22

Last month's Greatwood Handicap winner Numide is set to run in The Ladbroke, the joint richest handicap hurdle in Britain at Ascot on Saturday, December 20.

His trainer Gary Moore, who has made three of the 56 entries for the race, said: "Numide will be my number one for The Ladbroke which has been the plan since Cheltenham all being well. Harry Tricker and Wingman might have chances in the race too but Numide is the definite runner at the moment.

Bauer Melbourne Cup place under investigation

Filed on 3 Dec 2008 @ 09:35

Australia, 3 December 2008

Racing Victoria Limited stewards are currently carrying out an investigation into the ultrasound therapy the Luca Cumani-trained Melbourne Cup second Bauer received in the lead up to the race.

Princesse Dansante heads second day at Tattersalls

Filed on 3 Dec 2008 @ 09:17

John Ferguson bought the listed winning five-year-old mare Princesse Dansante for 1,700,000 guineas on the second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale as trade continued in similar fashion to the opening day with good competition for the prize lots. A total of 143 lots were sold for 13,811,800 guineas, at an average of 96,586 guineas and a median of 45,000 guineas.

McCoy to ride Master Minded for Nicholls

Filed on 2 Dec 2008 @ 14:02

It has been confirmed that jockey AP McCoy is to ride the Paul Nicholls-trained Master Minded, the highest-rated steeplcahser in training, in the two mile Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday.

Curlin minority interest goes unsold

Filed on 2 Dec 2008 @ 09:55

Kentucky, 2 December 2008

The 20% minority interest in the recently retired Curlin remains unsold after Judge Roger Crittenden denied a $4-million offer from majority owner Jess Jackson.

Saoirse Abu fetches 1,950,000 gns at Tattersalls

Filed on 2 Dec 2008 @ 09:26

Jim Bolger’s dual Group One winning filly Saoirse Abu topped proceeding’s on the opening day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale with trade robust given market conditions and plenty of competition for the quality fillies and mares on offer. The opening session saw 168 lots for a total of 11,469,500 guineas at an average of 68,271 guineas and a median of 16,750 guineas.

Stallion statistics database: coming soon

Filed on 1 Dec 2008 @ 16:31 is in the final stages of preparing an online stallion statistics database, due to go live shortly.

The database is updated daily with full results of all Flat races in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy, together with worldwide sales results, and will give subscribers a comprehensive picture of over 1,200 sires in three sections.

"Fighting Fifth" to be run at Wetherby

Filed on 1 Dec 2008 @ 16:20

The WBX.COM "Fighting Fifth" Hurdle will be run at Wetherby on Saturday. The Grade One race was abandoned last Saturday when Newcastle was abandoned because of frost.

The five-day entries will stand and the race will not be re-opened.

Walsh: Boylesports return possible

Filed on 1 Dec 2008 @ 13:35

Jockey Ruby Walsh, who is recovering from having his spleen removed, could be in action again in just under a fortnight.

He fell from Pride Of Dulcote at Cheltenham on 15 November and was kicked, resulting in the removal of his spleen that night.