Outsider Calvados Blues takes Prix des Chenes

Filed on 20 Sep 2008 @ 15:58

The Group Three Prix des Chenes over 1600m at Longchamp on Saturday was won by the Philippe Demercastel-trained Calvados Blues (Lando - Persian Belle, by Machiavellian), the outsider of the six juvenile colts that lined up.

Bertolini gelding on top in World Trophy

Filed on 20 Sep 2008 @ 15:02

Moorhouse Lad wins Group Three World Trophy

The Bryan Smart-trained Moorhouse Lad (Bertolini - Record Time, by Clantime) was an improving type last season, to the extent that he beat Enticing to win the Group Three Audi Stakes at Goodwood last year on only his second start in Group company.

Indian Haven gets first stakes winner in Aspen Darlin

Filed on 20 Sep 2008 @ 14:06

Indian Haven filly powers home in Firth of Clyde Stakes

The run of stakes wins for first season sires continued at Ayr on Saturday when Irish 2000 Guineas winner Indian Haven was represented by Aspen Darlin (Indian Haven - Manuka Magic, by Key Of Luck), who powered home on the stands rail to land the Group Three Firth of Clyde Stakes over six furlongs.

Lord Shanakill is first Group winner for Speightstown

Filed on 20 Sep 2008 @ 13:46

Lord Shanakill reverses from with Gallagher to win Mill Reef

Karl Burke is in tremendous form at present and his juvenile colt Lord Shanakill (Speightstown - Green Room, by Theatrical) continued the stable's good run with victory in the Group Two Mill Reef Stakes over six furlongs at Newbury on Saturday, reversing Prix Morny form with Gallagher, second today, who had beaten the Speightstown colt at Deauville.

Weekend Hussler takes seventh Group One

Filed on 20 Sep 2008 @ 08:38

Australia, 20 September 2008

The Group One Underwood Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday saw star galloper Weekend Hussler (Hussonet - Weekend Beauty, by Helissio) win his seventh Group One in the 1800m contest.

Weak trade at Keeneland on Friday

Filed on 20 Sep 2008 @ 08:29

Keeneland, 20 September 2008

Eleventh session sess aggregate down 25%, average down 22%

Friday’s session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale was highlighted by the sale of a Bernstein colt for $195,000 to Gulf Coast Farm.

Magic Cat fifth stakes winner for One Cool Cat

Filed on 19 Sep 2008 @ 15:50

Coolmore's first season sire One Cool Cat was on fire in May and June with a cluster of stakes winners. Since then Kheleyf and Exceed And Excel have asserted a grip at the head of the freshman sires' table, with 23 and 17 winners respectively to their names against One Cool Cat's 10.

Taameer enters Classic picture with Newbury win

Filed on 19 Sep 2008 @ 15:19

The Haynes Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury has thrown up a host of top-class performes over the years including Henbit, Shergar, Rainbow Quest, Shahrastani, Unfuwain, King's Theatre and Nayef.

Second Newbury Arc Trial win for Blue Monday

Filed on 19 Sep 2008 @ 14:58

Seven-year-old Blue Monday (Darshaan - Lunda, by Soviet Star) - the 2005 Cambridgeshire winner - won the 2006 renewal of the Group Three Arc Trial at Newbury prior to leaving Roger Charlton for a campaign in Australia.

Rolling Bag lifts Criterium de Lyon

Filed on 19 Sep 2008 @ 14:17

First stakes winner for new sire Rashbag

Juvenile colt Rolling Bag (Rashbag - Kiritsou, by Great Palm) gave Haras de Grange's freshman stallion Rashbag a first stakes winner of Friday when winning the Listed Criterium de Lyon over 1600m. Rashbag was a Group Three winner over 9f when trained by Jean-Claude Rouget.

Eagle Mountain, Purple Moon set for Goodwood returns

Filed on 19 Sep 2008 @ 12:32

The Listed Foundation Stakes over just short of 10 furlongs at Goodwood on 24 September could see the long-awaited reappearance of the 2007 Derby runner-up Eagle Mountain, who was last seen finishing second in the Group One Champion Stakes at Newmarket 11 months ago.

Galileo undergoes emergency surgery for colic

Filed on 19 Sep 2008 @ 11:47

Coolmore sire Galileo has undergone emergency surgery for colic. The operation took place at Fethard Equine Hospital on Thursday night after the stallion had been uncomfortable through the afternoon.

Free Agent out for the season

Filed on 19 Sep 2008 @ 09:53

Her Majesty the Queen's twice-raced, unbeaten colt Free Agent is out for the rest of the season after suffering a setback.

Trained by Richard Hannon, the Dr Fong colt was a popular winner of the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

Tale Of The Cat colt tops tenth session at Keeneland

Filed on 19 Sep 2008 @ 08:23

Keeneland, 19 September 2008

Sale down 13.9% overall after ten sessions

Maverick Racing paid $190,000 for a colt by Tale of the Cat to top Thursday’s session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale.

Denman to undergo heart tests

Filed on 19 Sep 2008 @ 08:12

Last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman is to have tests on his heart after vets found he was suffering from an irregular heartbeat. The move means that the eight-year-old is unlikely to make a seasonal comeback in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury on November 29.

Italian Derby winner confirmed for the Arc

Filed on 18 Sep 2008 @ 14:19

Italian Derby winner Cima de Triomphe (Galileo - Sopran Londa, by Danehill) has been confirmed as runner in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe by his trainer Bruno Grizzetti.

The three-year-old made a winning comeback in Milan on Wednesday, easily defeating the well regarded Rastignano in a good time of 2:03 over 2000m on slowish ground. He had previously finished seventh behind Montmartre in the Grand Prix de Paris.

$400,000 Tiznow filly tops Wednesday at Keeneland

Filed on 18 Sep 2008 @ 08:33

Keeneland, 18 September 2008

Legends Racing still buying as ninth session slips 30%

Fillies once again commanded the spotlight at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, where on Wednesday a Tiznow filly brought top price of $400,000 from Legends Racing.

Kempton to create Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes

Filed on 18 Sep 2008 @ 08:26

Kempton winner will have guaranteed spot in 2009 Kentucky Derby

Kempton Park Racecourse in partnership with Churchill Downs is to create a race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds that will provide a clear path for the winner to a starting spot in the field for the 2009 running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade One).

Listed win for Cape Amber

Filed on 17 Sep 2008 @ 15:59

Peter Chapple-Hyam said before the start of the season that Cape Cross filly Cape Amber (Cape Cross - Maramba, by Rainbow Quest) was the best three-year-old in his stable. She was second to Lush Lashes on her seasonal debut in the Musidora Stakes at York in May, but hasn't really built on that, garnering only a single Listed place in four subsequent starts.

Askar Tau heads Cesarewitch entries

Filed on 17 Sep 2008 @ 11:27

A total of 76 horses, seven more than in 2007, remain after the first forfeit stage for the second leg of the Autumn Double, the Cesarewitch, over two and a quarter miles at Newmarket on Champions’ Day, Saturday, October 18, 2008.

Best to come from 'very talented' Bushman

Filed on 17 Sep 2008 @ 11:25

100 remain in the Cambridgeshire

Trainer David Simcock has the lucrative Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on Saturday, October 4, as an option for stable star Bushman.

The lightly-raced four-year-old is among 100 horses - 13 more than last year - going forward after yesterday’s forfeit stage for the famous nine-furlong heritage handicap.

Fillies to the fore at Keeneland

Filed on 17 Sep 2008 @ 08:27

Keeneland, 17 September 2008

Fillies by Indian Charlie and Empire Maker topped Tuesday’s session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale.

John Brocklebank, as agent, went to $250,000 to purchase a filly by Indian Charlie out of the stakes-winning Dehere mare Her She Kisses. Consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent, the filly is from the family of graded stakes winners Crafty Shaw, Shawklit Mint, and Mr. Shawklit.

Shimah targets Cheveley Park glory

Filed on 16 Sep 2008 @ 13:19

Irish trainer Kevin Prendergast is hoping that his exciting juvenile Shimah will take her chance in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on 3 October.

The daughter of Storm Cat has proved herself among Ireland’s top two-year-old fillies this season with a comprehensive maiden victory over six furlongs at the Curragh on June 7, followed by an equally impressive success in the Listed Saoire Stakes over the same course and distance on June 27.

Curlin works well ahead of Jockey Club Gold Cup

Filed on 16 Sep 2008 @ 09:24

Saratoga, 16 September 2008

The Steve Asmussen-trained Curlin turned in an effortless five-furlong breeze Monday morning over the fast Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course, covering the distance in 1:01.80 under regular exercise rider Carlos Rosas.

Passage Of Time retired

Filed on 16 Sep 2008 @ 08:26

Prince Khalid Abdulla's four-year-old homebred Dansili filly Passage Of Time has been retired from racing.

Trained by Henry Cecil, Passage Of Time won five of her 13 starts, including the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud in her juvenile year, Cecil's first Group One win after a barren spell. At three she won the Group Three Musidora Stakes before an abcess interrupted her preparation for the Oaks; she returned in the autumn to run third in the Prix Vermeille and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.