Grand Prix de Paris next for impressive Montmartre

Filed on 19 Jun 2008 @ 16:17

The Alain du Royer-Dupre-trained Montmartre (Montjeu - Artistique, by Linamix) had a tough assignment last time out, when he finished unplaced in the Prix du Jockey Club on only his third start.

Collection weaves his way to Hampton Court victory

Filed on 19 Jun 2008 @ 16:06

The Listed Hampton Court Stakes over 1m 2f at Royal Ascot on Thursday was won in some style by Collection (Peintre Celebre - Lasting Chance, by American Chance), representing the in-form yard of William Haggas.

Yeats wins historic third Gold Cup

Filed on 19 Jun 2008 @ 14:59

Seven year old joins Sagaro as only treble Gold Cup winner

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Yeats (Sadler's Wells - Lyndonville, by Top Ville) won the Ascot Gold Cup for the third time on Thursday, beating Yorkshire Cup winner Geordieland by five lengths. French raider Coastal Path was third having failed to stay. The win is Aidan O'Brien and Johnny Murtagh's fourth Group One of the week.

Michita impressive in Ribblesdale

Filed on 19 Jun 2008 @ 14:08

Oaks seventh puts Epsom disappointment behind her

Michita (Dynaformer - Thunder Kitten, by Storm Cat) had been well-fancied for the Oaks after winning the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood, but she failed to handle the Epsom hill and finished a disappointing seventh. Turned out again in the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes over 1m 4f at Royal Ascot on Thursday a mere 13 days later, Michita destroyed her rivals, running out an impressive three and a half length winner. Arthur's Girl ran on strongly for second, and the long time leader Hobby was third.

South Central holds on in Norfolk

Filed on 19 Jun 2008 @ 13:42

The Howard Johnson-trained South Central (Forest Camp - Brittan Lee, by Forty Niner), a £60,000 Doncaster Breeze-Up purchase by the trainer, saw off the strong challenge of Spin Cycle to win the Group Two Norfolk Stakes over 5f at Royal Ascot on Thursday.

Peace Rules filly tops OBSC June Sale

Filed on 19 Jun 2008 @ 08:02

Florida, 19 June 2008

Hip No. 455, a 2-year-old Peace Rules filly consigned by Shadybrook Farm, Inc. (Michael Yates), Agent, went to Arch Bloodstock, Agent for Avalon Farm, for $250,000 to top the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2008 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age. The bay filly, whose three eighths in :33 2/5 on Sunday was the sale’s co-fastest at the distance, is out of Long Gone Lady, by All Gone, and is a half sister to stakes placed Britten’s Beauty.

Coronation Stakes runners

Filed on 18 Jun 2008 @ 16:24

Coronation Stakes (Group One)(3yo fillies)

Ascot, 3:45pm Friday 20 June 2008. One mile.

Langs Lash finds extra in Queen Mary

Filed on 18 Jun 2008 @ 16:09

The Group Two Queen Mary Stakes over 5f at Royal Ascot on Wednesday was won by the Mick Quinlan-trained Langs Lash (Noverre - Temple Street, by Machiavellian), who took advantage of a low draw to run out a gutsy winner, though the time was slow for the day.

Duke Of Marmalade toasts rivals

Filed on 18 Jun 2008 @ 14:51

Aidan O'Brien and Johnny Mutagh landed their third Group One of the week at Royal Ascot on Wednesday when Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill - Love Me True, by Kingmambo) improved again to win the Prince of Wales's Stakes by a five length margin.

Sabana Perdida takes Group Two with late flourish

Filed on 18 Jun 2008 @ 14:15

The Alain de Royer-Dupre trained five-year-old filly Sabana Perdida (Cape Cross - Capriola, by Mr Prospector) came with a late flourish to beat the favourite Heaven Sent in the Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes over a mile at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

Aqlaam wins Jersey Stakes on third start

Filed on 18 Jun 2008 @ 13:41

The lightly raced Aqlaam (Oasis Dream - Bourbonella, by Rainbow Quest), a 260,000 foal purchase for Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, won the Group Three Jersey Stakes over 7f at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

Takeover Target heads 47 in the July Cup

Filed on 18 Jun 2008 @ 11:58

The Group One Darley July Cup has seen 47 acceptors at the 17 June forfeit stage, headed by King's Stand second Takeover Target.

The five-time Group One-winning performer, second in yesterday’s King’s Stand Stakes, could reoppose the third Fleeting Spirit, who has already shown herself to be a potential superstar with a scintillating victory in the Group Two Temple Stakes at Haydock in May, as well as the fourth home Dandy Man.

Thoroughbred Safety Committee recommends steroid ban

Filed on 18 Jun 2008 @ 08:20

Kentucky, 18 June 2008

The Thoroughbred Safety Committee, formed by the Jockey Club after the Eight Belles tragedy in the Kentucky Derby, has announced that it is recommending the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and a series of whip-related reforms, all aimed at improving safety and integrity in Thoroughbred racing.

Aggregate, average up at OBSC June Sale

Filed on 18 Jun 2008 @ 08:11

Florida, 18 June 2008

Hip No. 263, a colt by Yonaguska consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent, went to Joseph Brocklebank, Agent for Repole Stable for $210,000 to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2008 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age. The dark bay or brown colt, a half brother to Illinois Derby (G2) winner Recpaturetheglory, is out of stakes placed Cold Awakening, by Dehere. He sped a quarter in :21 3/5 at the Under Tack Show.

Nassau Stakes probable summer target for Sun Classique

Filed on 18 Jun 2008 @ 08:05

Trainer Mike de Kock has been outlining possibel plans for Dubai Sheema Classic winner Sun Classique, who is in Newmarket being readied for a British campaign this summer.

"I have got the filly in the King George at Ascot but my gut feeling is that we'll probably go for the Nassau at Goodwood and maybe the Yorkshire Oaks. Our main mission with her is the Arc later in the year."

Gold Cup runners

Filed on 17 Jun 2008 @ 16:38

Ascot Gold Cup (Group One)(4yo+)

3:45pm Thursday 19 June 2008. 2m 4f.

Smart performance from Art Connoisseur in Coventry

Filed on 17 Jun 2008 @ 16:15

Group Two win for son of Tweenhills' first season sire Lucky Story

The Group Two Coventry Stakes over 6f at Royal Ascot on Tuesday saw a thrilling performance from the Michael Bell-trained Art Connoisseur (Lucky Story - Withorwithoutyou, by Danehill). The unbeaten Leicester and Newmarket winner settled at the rear of the field of 18 under Jamie Spencer, who tacked over to the stands side in the latter stages of the race.

Henrythenavigator stars in St James's Palace

Filed on 17 Jun 2008 @ 14:53

Raven's Pass runs well in second as winner breaks track record

Aidan O'Brien last week put Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo - Sequoyah, by Sadler's Wells) amongst the best milers he has ever trained, if not the best, and the dual Guineas winner duly delivered in the Group One St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, picking up in style from the rear of the field to pass his rivals, setting a new track record of 1:38.7 in the process.

Spanish raider Equiano springs King's Stand surprise

Filed on 17 Jun 2008 @ 14:14

Spanish-trained Acclamation colt Equiano (Acclamation - Entente Cordiale, by Ela-Mana-Mou) sprang a 22-1 surprise in the 5f King's Stand Stakes, newly promoted to Group One status, at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

Haradasun sees off Darjina to land Queen Anne

Filed on 17 Jun 2008 @ 13:39

Australian import Haradasun (Fusaichi Pegasus - Circles Of Gold, by Marscay) outbattled Darjina to win the Group One Queen Anne Stakes over a mile on the opening day of Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

Ronaldsay lands the Warwickshire Oaks

Filed on 17 Jun 2008 @ 08:06

The Richard Hannon-trained Ronaldsay (Kirkwall - Crackling, by Electric) won the Listed Warwickshire Oaks at Warwick on Monday evening, touching off Luca Cumani's Cosmodrome by a nose. Miramare was six lengths adrift in third.

Peslier upbeat on Sageburg, Falco chances

Filed on 16 Jun 2008 @ 12:49

The French raiders on the opening day of Royal Ascot have received a thumbs up from jockey Olivier Peslier.

Of Prix d'Ispahan winner Sageburg, a supplemented entry in the Queen Anne Stakes, Pesiler told At The Races: "The horse is fine but he can be a little but nervous so will need to switch off in his race. He stays a bit further than a mile but Ascot is a stiff track and the trainer is confident that the mile will be fine for him."

Noseda happy with Fleeting Spirit ahead of King's Stand

Filed on 16 Jun 2008 @ 12:43

Runaway Temple Stakes winner Fleeting Spirit bids to justify favouritism in the Group One King’s Stand at Ascot on Tuesday.

Trainer Jeremy Noseda reports that she has done nothing wrong since winning at Haydock last month and - as long as she gets decent or fast ground - is likely to be there or thereabouts at the shake-up.

Tariq in great form ahead of Queen Anne

Filed on 16 Jun 2008 @ 12:40

Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam is hoping Tariq produces his trademark turn of foot in Tuesday's Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot, the scene of the colt's brilliant Jersey Stakes triumph last year.

His latest start - and seasonal return - came in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury where he served up an encouraging effort, finishing third to Creachadoir, who will be absent at Ascot.

Prince of Wales's Stakes runners

Filed on 16 Jun 2008 @ 12:37

Prince of Wales's Stakes (Group One)

Ascot, 3:45pm Wednesday 18 June 2008. 1m 2f.