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Curlin and New Approach share world top ranking

Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 16:16

Leading fillies praised as World Thoroughbred Rankings published

Curlin and New Approach share a mark of 130 at the head of the 2008 World Thoroughbred Rankings which have been announced in London.

Pipe set to run two in Grand National

Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 13:20

Trainer David Pipe looks to have a strong hand as he bids to join the elite list of trainers to have won the John Smith’s Grand National more than once. Last year’s winner Comply Or Die is all set to try and become the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win the world’s greatest chase for a second time.

Samum heads German sires list

Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 10:46

Domestic sires dominate the list of leading sires in Germany in 2008, with Gestut Karlshof's Samum, a son of Monsun, heading the list. Samum was represented last year by three-time Group One winner Kamsin and Group One winner Baila Me. Veteran Big Shuffle takes second spot, ahead of Areion.

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First foal for Invasor

Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 09:21

Kentucky, 13 January 2009

The first reported foal by Horse of the Year Invasor was born on Sunday, January 11, at Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

Bred by Shadwell, the bay colt is out of the stakes-winning Danehill mare, Abby Road. She is out of a winning half-sister to Leading Sire Unbridled’s Song. Abby Road will be bred back to Shadwell stallion Daaher.

Weekend Hussler to take up Asian Mile Challenge

Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 09:13

Aussie superstar Weekend Hussler came through a work-out at Caulfield in fine style at the weekend, which puts him on track for the 2009 Asian Mile Challenge (AMC).

The challenge starts with the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield in Australia on February 28 before moving on to Nad Al Sheba for the Dubai Duty Free on March 28.

Average down 46% as Keeneland opens

Filed on 13 Jan 2009 @ 09:06

Keeneland, 13 January 2009

Azeri unsold as prices decline steeply

The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale opened on Monday with the average of $59,138 down 45.9 percent from $109,364 in 2008. Gross receipts for the session totalled $11,945,900, down 44 percent from last year’s $21,325,900, while the median decreased 50.9 percent from $55,000 to $27,000. A total of 202 horses were sold this year compared to 195 in 2008.

Carruthers off the mark over fences

Filed on 12 Jan 2009 @ 17:14

Grade Two-winning hurdler Carruthers (Kayf Tara — Plaid Maid, by Executive Perk) was beaten by What A Friend on his chasing debut at the end of October, but sent off the 2-11 favourite for the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Beginners' Chase at Fakenham on Monday the six-year-old made virtually all under Mattie Batchelor, easing clear of his rivals to win 29 lengths. The performance earned a 25-1 quote for the RSA Chase.

Zaarito victorious over hurdles

Filed on 12 Jan 2009 @ 16:01

The Colm Murphy-trained Zaarito won over hurdles at Punchestown on Monday, having been beaten on his first run over obstacles just over a month ago.

Ridden by Matt O'Connor, Zaarito took command some way from home and was pushed out ot a comfortable victory over Time Electric in the I.N.H Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown.

Hold Em to test RSA Chase credentials

Filed on 12 Jan 2009 @ 15:58

Trainer Keith Goldsworthy is hoping that exciting novice Hold Em can further enhance his Festival claims at Cheltenham on Saturday, January 24, 2009. The seven-year-old will be aimed at either the £25,000 Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase (1.30pm) or the £60,000 Grade Three betchronicle.com Trophy Chase (2.05pm), which are both run over two miles and five furlongs following a staying-on third in the Grade Three skybet.com Chase at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.

Smokey Oakey set to defend Lincoln crown

Filed on 12 Jan 2009 @ 15:56

Entries for the 2009 renewal of the William Hill Lincoln close at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, January 13, and Newmarket trainer Mark Tompkins is hoping that last year’s victor Smokey Oakey will line up at Doncaster on Saturday, March 28, to defend his crown.

Danehill Dancer heads list of sires of milers

Filed on 12 Jan 2009 @ 12:45

Coolmore sire Danehill Dancer heads the list of leading sires of milers in Europe in 2008, as revealed by the-racehorse.com's newly launched stallion statisitcs database. 53 of Danehill Dancer's 104 season winners came over the 7.1f to 8.9f trip, and 16 stakes wins.

Century Park takes control in Santa Ysabel

Filed on 12 Jan 2009 @ 09:39

Santa Anita, 12 January 2009

Century Park (General Meeting — Ecclesiastes, by Saint Ballado), the second longest price in the field at 24-1 and clearly the least fancied of trainer Bob Baffert’s three entrants, ran off with Santa Anita’s 42nd running of the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday.

Average up at Magic Millions on Sunday

Filed on 12 Jan 2009 @ 09:32

Australia, 12 January 2009

Sunday's session of the 2009 Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale bucked the world trend and increased on last year's figures.

An impressive local, interstate and international buying bench helped the sale gross over $5.4 million at an impressive average price of $38,035, up some 18% on last year's figure of $32,269. The clearance rate today of 82 per cent was up markedly from the 78 per cent twelve months ago.

Doyen transfers to Gestut Auenquelle

Filed on 12 Jan 2009 @ 09:27

Stallion statistics database

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Doyen (Sadler's Wells) is to move from Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket to stand at Gestüt Auenquelle in Germany in 2009. The nine-year-old is a full brother to the Oaks winner Moonshell, who later became the granddam of Australian champion Miss Finland (Redoute's Choice).

Penny's Bill holds off Psycho in Pierse Hurdle

Filed on 11 Jan 2009 @ 19:16

The Liz Doyle-trained Penny's Bill, ridden by Sean Flanagan, held off the late challenge of the favourite Psycho to win Sunday's Pierse Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Carthalawn took third with Splurge in fourth place.

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Filed on 11 Jan 2009 @ 10:07
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Cowboy Cal edges San Pasqual

Filed on 11 Jan 2009 @ 09:27

Santa Anita, 11 January 2009

Cowboy Cal (Giant´s Causeway — Texas Tammy, by Seeking The Gold), second in four stakes races since his last win on New Year’s Day of 2008, withstood an inquiry Saturday to triumph by a nose over 28-1 longshot Informed in Santa Anita’s 72nd running of the Grade Two San Pasqual Handicap while covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.26.

French Beret repeats in Fair Grounds Grade Three

Filed on 11 Jan 2009 @ 09:23

New Orleans, 11 Janaury 2009

Sam-Son Farms' French Beret (Broad Brush — Misty Mission, by Miswaki) put his head down at exactly the right time to capture a repeat win in the Grade Three Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap on "Road to the Derby" Kickoff Day Saturday at Fair Grounds on Saturday.

Friesan Fire takes Grade Three Lecomte

Filed on 11 Jan 2009 @ 09:17

Louisiana, 11 January 2009

A.P. Indy colt scores on Road to The Derby kickoff day

Trainer Larry Jones gave a leg up to jockey Gabriel Saez aboard Vinery Stable and Fox Hill Farms' Friesan Fire (A.P. Indy — Bollinger, by Dehere), who went on to post a 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday's Lecomte for three-year-olds. Barely a half-hour earlier, Jones sent out wife Cindy's Just Jenda, who took the $75,000 Tiffany Lass for 3-year-old fillies.

Waterhouse to the fore again as MM Book 1 ends

Filed on 10 Jan 2009 @ 17:43

Australia, 10 January 2009

The first of three sections of the 2009 Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale came to a close on the Gold Coast on Saturday with the staging of the fourth session of the auction.

Zamindar filly takes first stakes of 2009

Filed on 10 Jan 2009 @ 10:08

Stallion statistics database

A new year of stakes action got underway on Friday with the Listed Prix Miss Satamixa at Deauville, chich was won by four-year-old Zamindar filly Isanous (Zamindar - Douceur Creole), who made all under Nicholas Coutreau and stayed on strongly to beat Kirkinola and Eire.

Phelan Ready lands MM 2yo Classic

Filed on 10 Jan 2009 @ 09:59

Australia, 10 Janaury 2009

Outsider Phelan Ready (More Than Ready - Nancy Eleanor, by Blevic) scored a remarkable win in the $2 million Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

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Filed on 10 Jan 2009 @ 09:41

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Punchestown put back to Monday

Filed on 10 Jan 2009 @ 09:27

Saturday's meeting at Punchestown has been cancelled due to a frozen track, but with milder conditions forecast the meeting has been put back to Monday.

Retirement probable for Inglis Drever

Filed on 10 Jan 2009 @ 09:24

Three time Wolrd Hurdle winner Inglis Drever is likely to be retired. The 10-year-old is recovering from a hock injury sustained in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury in November and is due to have a scan next week.