Satisfactory trade at DBS January Sale

Filed on 29 Jan 2009 @ 09:10

The two day DBS January NH Sale concluded on Wednesday after two satisfactory days' trade. Overall, 132 lots (70%) sold for an aggregate of £717,200. The average was down by 11% on last year to £5,392 but the median increased by 19% to £2,500.

BHA announces extra jumps fixtures

Filed on 29 Jan 2009 @ 09:06

Seven additional jumps fixtures will be staged in February and March, the British Horseracing Authority has announced. The move comes after the abandonment of 30 Jump fixtures to date since the beginning of 2009.

Tote Gold Trophy preview

Filed on 28 Jan 2009 @ 14:45

The Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury is always a cracking contest. Graham Richards previews the likely runners in this year's renewal, to be run at the Berkshire track on 7 February.

King John's Castle back in full training

Filed on 28 Jan 2009 @ 12:06

The 123 entries for the John Smiths Grand National include last year’s runner-up King Johns Castle, who is now back on the National trail following a setback earlier in the season.

His trainer Arthur Moore commented: “King Johns Castle is in good form at the moment. He made a good recovery from his problem in November and we agreed that he went back into exercise. He’s been doing some good work in the past few weeks and he’s taking it well so we feel that he’s justified an entry in the John Smith’s Grand National.

Denman heads Grand National entries

Filed on 28 Jan 2009 @ 12:02

2009 Grand National entries

Last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman is one of 123 entries for the John Smiths Grand National, to be run at Aintree on Saturday, April 4. He is one of 11 possible starters from the yard of champion jump trainer Paul Nicholls. If successful, Denman would become only the third horse to win both the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup and the John Smith’s Grand National following on from Golden Miller (who won both races in 1934) and L’Escargot (who won the Gold Cup in 1970 and 1971 prior landing the 1975 Grand National).

Conduit could run in Arc and Breeders' Cup

Filed on 28 Jan 2009 @ 09:45

St Leger and Breeders' Cup Turf winner Conduit could run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe before bidding for a second win at Santa Anita.

Speaking after the four-year-old won an Eclipse Award, owner Ballymacoll Stud's manager Peter Reynolds told PA Sport: "It's a long season but I suppose, at the end of the day, it would be nice to go back to the Breeders' Cup again at the same track, Santa Anita, and there's a little race called the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which has always been close to our hearts.

Golden Slipper winner Sebring retired

Filed on 28 Jan 2009 @ 09:38

Australia, 28 January 2009

Golden Slipper winner and last season’s Champion Two Year Old Sebring has been retired from racing.

“Sebring was having his final hit out on Tuesday morning prior to a barrier trial on Friday to ascertain his level of fitness, but worked below his normal standard with his rider reporting he was not happy with the horse,? said Antony Thompson.

Average down 41% as NZB Premier Sale opens

Filed on 28 Jan 2009 @ 09:33

New Zealand, 28 January 2009

The focus at Karaka on wednesday turned to the opening session of New Zealand Bloodstock's three-day Select Sale.

Today saw the first 227 of the 681 horses catalogued for this session go up for sale, with 145 sold for a total of $5,149,500. This represented a clearance rate of 69%, with a $35,514 average and $30,000 median.

Six Sense to stand at Bridge House Stud

Filed on 28 Jan 2009 @ 09:20

Grade Two-winning son of Sunday Silence to stand in Ireland

Bridge House Stud in Co. Westmeath, Ireland have purchased the (Jpn Gr.2) winning Sunday Silence horse Six Sense (Jpn) in a deal negotiated by Will Barrons Bloodstock.

Poker de Sivola bouncing ahead of Wetherby engagement

Filed on 27 Jan 2009 @ 15:33

Ferdy Murphy is looking forward to running Poker De Sivola in the Grade Two Towton Novices’ Chase at Wetherby on Saturday. The six-year-old is among 11 entries and steps up to three miles and a furlong for his fourth start over fences after narrowly losing out to Shouldhavehadthat over an extended two and three-quarter miles at Newbury on December 29.

Coe set to return to Haydock

Filed on 27 Jan 2009 @ 15:28

Haydock Park has announced that bookmaker Blue Square is the new sponsor of one of the season’s top staying handicap chases, the Blue Square Gold Cup run at Haydock Park on Saturday, February 14. Last year's renewal of the three and a half mile contest was won by Miko de Beauchene.

Market remains selective at Karaka

Filed on 27 Jan 2009 @ 09:26

New Zealand, 27 January 2009

Stravinsky filly tops final session of Premier sale

The pace picked up steadily throughout the second day of New Zealand Bloodstock's 2009 Premier Sale at Karaka.

Vodka is Japan's Horse of the Year

Filed on 27 Jan 2009 @ 09:22

Japan, 27 January 2009

Vodka has been awarded the JRA Horse of the Year title ahfter her highly successful 2008 campaign. With two G1 titles against top runners of all ages and both genders, the Tanino Gimlet filly attracted 180 of 300 total votes for the Horse of the Year title, and also collected 196 votes for the Older Filly or Mare Award. Vodka is the

Curlin named Horse of the Year for second time

Filed on 27 Jan 2009 @ 09:15

Florida, 27 January 2009

Curlin repeats Eclipse award as Conduit receives male turf horse award

The Eclipse Award ceremony in Miami Beach, Florida on Moday saw Curlin become the first horse to win Horse of the Year in consecutive years since Cigar in 1995-96. Curlin was also named champion older male, and his trainer Steve Asmussen won the Eclipse Award as champion trainer after sending out a single-season record 622 winners in 2008.

Racecourse attendance declines in 2008

Filed on 27 Jan 2009 @ 09:10

Racecourse attendance figures for 2008 declined by just under 2% compared with the previous year to 5,717,000, with a decline of 8% in average attendances to 4,017, according to figures released by the Racecourse Association on Monday.

Italian Derby winner joins Cumani

Filed on 26 Jan 2009 @ 17:51

Italian Derby winner Cima De Triomphe (Galileo - Sopran Landa, by Danehill) looks set to be a leading contender for big-race honours this year after joining Luca Cumani’s Newmarket stable.

The four-year-old, who was bred by Sofim Srl, was bought by Shadai Farm’s Teruya Yoshida after his Classic victory and was only beaten by about six lengths by Zarkava in the Group One Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Average dips 25% as Karaka Yearling Sale opens

Filed on 26 Jan 2009 @ 09:26

New Zealand, 26 January 2009

Figures dip from 2008 record, but remain close to 2007 levels

The 83rd New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series opened at Karaka on Monday, with the first of the 503 horses catalogued at the Premier Sale going under the hammer.

Johnny Eves rediscovers form in Palos Verdes

Filed on 26 Jan 2009 @ 09:21

Santa Anita, 26 January 2009

Johnny Eves (Skimming — Capote´s Halo, by Capote), winner of a single stakes race in nine attempts since taking Santa Anita’s Grade One Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, 2007, rediscovered his winning groove Sunday with a dominant wire-to-wire triumph in Santa Anita’s 57th running of the Grade Two Palos Verdes Handicap at six furlongs.

Brave Inca on top in Irish Champion Hurdle

Filed on 25 Jan 2009 @ 16:40

11-year-old Brave Inca was a gutsy winner of the Toshiba Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday, holding off the challenge of Muirhead to score his biggest win since returning from injury. River Liane took third with Sublimity fourth.

It's A Bird takes Sunshine Millions Classic

Filed on 25 Jan 2009 @ 09:54

Gulfstream Park, 25 January 2009

Six-year-old It’s a Bird (Birdonthewire — Faithful City, by Hooched) won the OBS Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream park on Saturday, racing off the early pave before taking command on the home turn and drawing clear for a five and a quarter length victory in a final time of 1:49.35. Dry Martini rallied from a poor start to take second, a nose ahead of the favoured Delightful Kiss.

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.