Big Fella scores at Doncaster

Filed on 24 Jan 2009 @ 16:03

The Sky Bet Chase - formerly known as The Great Yorkshire Chase - at Doncaster on Saturday saw the Paul Nicholls-trained Big Fella Thanks come home an emphatic winner under Christian Williams, having assumed command in the straight and galloped resolutely clear of his rivals.

Cheltenham hurdle wins for Walkon and Big Buck's

Filed on 24 Jan 2009 @ 15:57

The Alan King-trained Walkon won the Wragge & Co Juvenile Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday, but, after cruising to the lead after the second last, he couldn't shake off the persistent challenge of Reve De Sivola, in receipt of 7lb, who kept the winner up to his work. In the end, Walkon won by a workmanlike length and a quarter, and saw his Triumph Hurdle odds cut to 5-1 from 7-1.

Joe Lively battles to Cotswold Chase success

Filed on 24 Jan 2009 @ 14:47

The Colin Tizzard-trained Joe Lively recorded a fourth success at Cheltenham on Saturday when battling back from an error at the second last to beat the favourite Halcon Genelardais in the Letheby & Christopher Chase - The Cotswold Chase - over 3m 1.5f.

Diamond Harry digs deep to remain unbeaten

Filed on 24 Jan 2009 @ 13:42

The Nick Williams-trained Diamond Harry retained his unbeaten record over hurdles when winning at Cheltenham on Saturday, but he had to dig deep to collar Bensalem in the Grade Two Racecourse of The Year Classic Novices' Hurdle.

Good Ba Ba cruises to repeat Stewards' Cup win

Filed on 24 Jan 2009 @ 12:19

Hong Kong, 24 January 2009

Son of Lear Fan takes sixth Group One

In the most effortless fashion imaginable, Good Ba Ba strolled to a second successive victory in the Citi Stewards' Cup on Saturday and in this imperious form is virtually unbeatable over a mile at Sha Tin.

Strong entry for Asian Mile Challenge

Filed on 24 Jan 2009 @ 12:17

Paco Boy among strong entry for AMC

A record total of 382 entries, including 51 individual Group One winners, have been received for the four-legged Asian Mile Challenge which begins with the Futurity Stakes in Melbourne on 28 February.

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Filed on 24 Jan 2009 @ 09:54
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Strong entries for Dubai World Cup meeting

Filed on 24 Jan 2009 @ 09:49

Dubai, 24 January 2009

The Dubai World Cup has received in excess of 1,600 entries from 27 countries for the world’s richest race-meeting.

The 2009 US$6,000,000 Group One Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, to be run on March 28, 2009, holds special significance as it will be the 14th and final renewal staged at Nad Al Sheba racecourse before racing is moved to Meydan in 2010.

Sixth Group One for Sir Slick

Filed on 24 Jan 2009 @ 09:43

New Zealand, 24 january 2009

Seven-year-old Sir Slick (Volksraad – Miss Opera, by Paris Opera) landed his sixth Group One on Saturday, winning The Trusts Charitable Thorndon Mile over 1600m at Trentham racecourse in Wellington. This was the son of Volksraad's second win in the race.

First foal for Dylan Thomas

Filed on 24 Jan 2009 @ 09:40

Coolmore's champion Dylan Thomas has had his first foal. The bay filly was foald as haras du Cadran in France and is out of the Aga Khan-bred Mansoura, a three-parts sister to Grade One winner Manndar and a half-sister to the dam of multiple Group One winner Mandesha.

Cotswold Chase preview

Filed on 23 Jan 2009 @ 12:00

The Cotswold Chase, the highlight of Trials Day at Cheltenham on Saturday, looks to be an informative contest. Graham Richards rates the runners in his full preview.

De Kock to train from Wragg's yard

Filed on 23 Jan 2009 @ 09:50

South African maestro Mike de Kock is to train from Abingdon Place Stables in Newmarket during the Flat season. De Kock said in Dubai yesterday that his principal patron Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum has an agreement in principle to buy the 75 box yard from Geoff Wragg.

Square Eddie to make dirt debut

Filed on 23 Jan 2009 @ 09:45

Oaklawn Park, 23 January 2009

Square Eddie, formerly trained by John Best and now in the barn of Doug O’Neill, is set to make his dirt debut at Oaklawn Park.

Square Eddie finished a length and a quarter behind Midshipman in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and had an impressive score in the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland as a two-year-old. As a three-year-old Square Eddie ran second in the San Rafael at Santa Anita. The question for the son of Smart Strike is will he like a dirt surface?

Big City Man takes Nad al Sheba feature

Filed on 23 Jan 2009 @ 09:30

Dubai, 23 January 2009

Jerry Barton lands Group Three sprint; double for Godolphin

Thursday’s second meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival featured the Group Three 1200m Al Shindagha Sprint on the dirt, which was won in style by the Jerry Barton-trained Big City Man (Northern Afleet — Mini Appeal, by Valid Appeal).

Preists Leap doubles up in Thyestes Chase

Filed on 22 Jan 2009 @ 16:24

The Tom O'Leary-trained Preists Leap won the Ellen Construction Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday for the second year in succession.

Sent off at 20-1, Preists Leap settled behind the early pace set by Eric's Charm and Chelsea Harbour before making the best of the heavy conditions to come home four lengths to the good ahead of Chelsea Harbour, who made a mistake at the last. Arbor Supreme took third.

Bumper entries for Cheltenham Novice Chases

Filed on 22 Jan 2009 @ 12:21

Tatenen heads 52 Arkle Trophy entries

The Cheltenham Festival’s three novice chases – the Grade One pair of the RSA Chase and The Irish Independent Arkle Chase – and the four-mile National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup, which will be run for the 139th time this year - have received bumper entries.

US sales companies set uniform policies

Filed on 22 Jan 2009 @ 09:40

The four leading sales companies in the United States have issued a uniform set of policies for medication, prohibited practices, riding crops and horseshoes. The policies will come into effect from the OBS Breeze-Up Sale on 17 February.

Anshan gelding tops Goffs NH Breeze-Up

Filed on 22 Jan 2009 @ 09:32

Low-key trade at Dundalk

A son of Anshan from the family of Grade One winning chaser Pay It Forward was top lot at Goffs National Hunt Breeze Up at Dundalk on Wednesday.

A disappointing day's trade saw only seven lots sold from the 44 offered for an aggregate of €90,500. The average price was €12,929.

Simcock hopeful for Noble Citizen

Filed on 22 Jan 2009 @ 09:30

Dubai, 22 January 2009

Up-and-coming Newmarket trainer David Simcock has spoken of his high hopes of notching his first winner at the Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Simcock has saddled eight runners at Nad Al Sheba over the last three seasons, coming closest to victory with Metropolitan Man, who was a fine second to Third Set in the Listed Zabeel Mile last February.

Mann hopeful step up will suit Moon Over Miami

Filed on 21 Jan 2009 @ 14:15

Trainer Charlie Mann is optimistic that a step up to two miles and five furlongs will play into the hands of Moon Over Miami in the Grade Three Trophy Chase on Saturday, January 24.

Newmarket return on the cards for The Cheka

Filed on 21 Jan 2009 @ 14:12

Strong entry for Tattersalls 3YO Trophy

The Eve Johnson-Houghton-trained The Cheka is among 203 acceptors for the inaugural running of the £400,000 Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy, which takes place over 10 furlongs of the NatWest Rowley Mile on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The race is open to horses that were catalogued in Book One of the 2007 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

Smokey Oakey heads Lincoln weights

Filed on 21 Jan 2009 @ 14:09

Fireside to make return in Doncaster showpiece

Smokey Oakey (9st 10lb) heads the weights for the £125,000 William Hill Lincoln, the historic handicap which opens the Flat turf season at Doncaster on Saturday, March 28.

Inglis Drever retired

Filed on 21 Jan 2009 @ 12:12

Three time World Hurdle winner Inglis Drever has been retired from racing. The ten-year-old sustained a hock injury in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury in November and, despite returning to work, the decision has been made to retire him.

Barber upbeat over Denman chance

Filed on 21 Jan 2009 @ 12:08

Reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman's part-owner Paul Barber is optimistic that the nine-year-old will be better than ever when he returns to action in the AON Chase at Newbury on February 7.

Fair Along in good form ahead of Cleeve Hurdle

Filed on 20 Jan 2009 @ 14:10

Trainer Philip Hobbs is hoping that the talented Fair Along can book his place in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle with a good run in the Grade Two Byrne Group Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday, January 24.