Coniston Bluebird fights back in NZ Derby

Filed on 1 Mar 2009 @ 09:49

New Zealand, 1 March 2009

The Group One New Zealand Derby over 2400m at Ellerslie on Sunday was won by the Bede Murray-trained Australian raider Coniston Bluebird (Scenic – Turbo Lady, by Belloto).

The Pamplemousse dominates at Santa Anita

Filed on 1 Mar 2009 @ 09:46

Santa Anita, 1 March 2009

Kafwain colt The Pamplemousse, winner of the Grade Three San Rafael Stakes last time, romped to a six-length victory in the Grade Three Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, solidifying his status as one of California's top three-year-olds and a leading Kentucky Derby candidate.

Elusive Quality colt romps home in Fountain of Youth

Filed on 1 Mar 2009 @ 09:42

Gulfstream Park, 1 March 2009

Edward P. Evans’ three-year-old Virginia homebred colt Quality Road (Elusive Quality — Kobla, by Strawberry Road) broke alertly in Saturday’s Grade Two Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, took command in the upper stretch of the one-mile test and drew clear to score by 4¼ lengths over Samotowka Stables and partners’ Theregoesjojo in the longtime Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby preview.

Grimthorpe win for Out The Black

Filed on 28 Feb 2009 @ 15:47

The Philip Hobbs-trained Out The Black won the valuable Grimthorpe Chase over 3m 2f at Doncaster on saturday, seeing off Gidam Gidam who rallied after the last and was beaten only narrowly.

Both placed horses had raced prominently throughout as four horses vied for the lead.

New Little Bric returns to form at Newbury

Filed on 28 Feb 2009 @ 15:36

Eight-year-old chaser New Little Bric (Bricassar — Doulina, by Dastaan) won the Grade One Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown as a novice two years ago but had lost his form since then, to the extent that he was pulled up in the Racing Post Chase a week ago.

Mic Mac stars in Hobartville Stakes

Filed on 28 Feb 2009 @ 09:44

Australia, 28 February 2009

Son of Statue Of Liberty could fill Apache Cat's shoes

The Group Two Hobartville Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill on Saturday saw a new star in Mic Mac (Statue Of Liberty — Amandine, by Tertian), who beat a host of stakes winners with an authoritative display.

NZ Derby postponed to Sunday

Filed on 28 Feb 2009 @ 09:41

New Zealand, 28 February 2009

The New Zealand Derby, due to be run at Ellerslie in aukland today, has been put back by 24 hours to Sunday 24 March after 38mm of rain fell at the track, with more storms forecast.

Niconero claims second Futurity

Filed on 28 Feb 2009 @ 09:33

Australia, 28 Februray 2009

The David Hayes-trained Niconero (Danzero — Nicola Lass, by Scenic) came with a strong run down the outside under Craig Williams to win the Group One Rokk Ebony Futurity Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Grimthorpe Chase preview

Filed on 27 Feb 2009 @ 15:35

The Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster on Saturday is a leading trial for the Grand National - Graham Richards assesses the runners in detail.

Montmartre bought by French National Stud

Filed on 27 Feb 2009 @ 10:22

Montmartre (Montjeu), the impressive winner of the Grand Prix de Paris last year, has been purchased from his breeder the Aga Khan by the French National Stud.

He will stand at the Haras National du Pin in Normandy at a fee of €4,000.

Asian Mile Challenge kicks off with Futurity Stakes

Filed on 27 Feb 2009 @ 10:10

Alamosa favourite for Melbourne Group One

The 2009 Asian Mile Challenge gets underway on Saturday with the running of the Group One Rokk Ebony Futurity Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield. The four race series carries total prize money and bonuses of US$11million. Now in its fifth year, the Asian Mile Challenge also includes next months Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai, the Champions Mile at Sha Tin in Hong Kong in April and the Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo in June.

Godolphin land UAE Oaks with Devotee

Filed on 27 Feb 2009 @ 09:41

Dubai, 27 February 2009

Archipenko back with Group Three win

Thursday's ninth meeting of the Dubai International Racing Carnival saw the feature race, the Listed Oaks, a dirt race for three-year-old fillies, won by Godolphin’s Devotee (Elusive Quality — Danuta, by Sunday Silence) who was able to bounce back after a disappointing run in the UAE 1000 Guineas when found to have an irregular heartbeat.

Wadham hopeful for good run from United

Filed on 26 Feb 2009 @ 13:44

The Grade Two David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival has attracted 33 entries – two more than in 2008 – including eight from Ireland.

Heading the possible field is last year’s heroine Whiteoak, who made such a promising return to action at Wincanton on February 14.

Mullins 13 amongst Champion Bumper entries

Filed on 26 Feb 2009 @ 13:42

The Weatherbys Champion Bumper, to be run at Cheltenham on 11 March, has attracted 51 entries this year, with no less than 26 of these trained in Ireland. Willie Mullins is always the man to watch in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, having won six of the last dozen renewals including with Cousin Vinny who prevailed in the hands of the trainer’s son Patrick last year. This time around Mullins supplies an amazing 13 entries, including Quinola Des Obeaux and Sicilian Secret who are both prominent in the ante-post market. The other horse at the head of the betting for the Grade One event is Dungiub, trained in Ireland by Philip Fenton.

Sky Mesa returns to Three Chimneys after colic

Filed on 26 Feb 2009 @ 09:39

Kentucky, 26 February 2009

Last year's leading second crop sire Sky Mesa has returned to Three Chimneys Farm from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington. The nine-year-old stallion had undergone two operations for colic, but has made a full recovery and should return to covering duties around March 20.

Zambazei Sun to return in Santa Anita Grade One

Filed on 26 Feb 2009 @ 09:36

Santa Anita, 26 February 2009

Juddmonte homebred Zambezi Sun, sixth as the 9-10 favorite in his U.S. debut in the San Luis Obispo Handicap at the weekend, is set to run in the Grade One Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, trainer Bobby Frankel said Wednesday morning.

Devotee heads UAE Oaks field

Filed on 26 Feb 2009 @ 09:30

Dubai, 26 February 2009

The Listed UAE Oaks, for three-year-old fillies over 1800m, is the feature at Thursday's penultimate meeting of the Dubai Racing Carnival and eight take their chance – all of whom contested the UAE 1000 Guineas, over 1600m, three weeks ago.

Reveley hopeful of Rambling Minster's National chance

Filed on 25 Feb 2009 @ 15:23

2009 Grand National entries

Keith Reveley plans to send teh recent impressive Blue Square Gold Cup winner Rambling Minster straight to the John Smiths Grand National. The 11-year-old rates as a 16-1 chance for the 4 April steeplechase, and is one of 106 horses remaining in the race following today's first forfeit stage.

Spring ground to help War Of Attrition in Gold Cup bid

Filed on 25 Feb 2009 @ 13:34

Mouse Morris is hopeful that good ground can see War Of Attrition put up a fight in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on 13 March. The 10-year-old is a 40-1 chance for the race that he won in 2006.

After a long lay off for an injury, War Of Attrition won his first two starts last autumn but was well beaten by Noland in the John Durkan Chase and Exotic Dancer in the Lexus.

Cheltenham Handicap weights published

Filed on 25 Feb 2009 @ 11:58

The weights for the 11 handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival were published today. Lough Derg, surely the toughest horse in training, is clear in the handicap on 11st 12lb for the Coral Cup on Wednesday, March 11, 8lb ahead of the others, while the unbeaten Starluck on 11st 10lb heads the weights for the hugely competitive Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle on the same day.

Binocular satisfies in racecourse gallop

Filed on 25 Feb 2009 @ 10:53

The Nicky henderson-trained Binocular, favourite for the Champion Hurdle, satisfied connections in a racecourse gallop at Kempton on Wednesday.

Binocular was ridden by AP McCoy in the mile and a half gallop. Henderson said afterwards: "Tony got off and said he had a good blow. You could see from where we were standing he had a blow and he had another one turning in. He's a stuffy horse and needs plenty of work.

Lord Admiral to be a highlight of ERA Sale

Filed on 25 Feb 2009 @ 09:25

Dubai, 25 February 2009

Multiple group winners Lord Admiral, Biarritz, Royal Vintage and Vertigineux highlight the Dubai International Racing Carnival Session of the annual Emirates Racing Authority Horses in Training Sale, sponsored by Al Basti Equiworld, at Nad Al Sheba next week.

Hurricane Fly to bypass Cheltenham

Filed on 25 Feb 2009 @ 09:20

Novice hurdler Hurricane Fly has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival. The talented five-year-old developed a split and had to miss the Deloitte Hurdle recently.

Trainer Willie Mullins told PA Sport: "Hurricane Fly will not run, he hasn't made enough progress. He went to to the vets yesterday but we said we would wait until this morning to see how he rode out and Paul Townend, who rides him all the time, wasn't happy with his progress and neither was I.

Paco Boy loses Moulin third

Filed on 24 Feb 2009 @ 09:31

Group One Prix de la Foret winner Paco Boy has been disqualified from his third place finish in the Group One Prix du Moulin at Longchamp last September after testing positive for the prohibited substance salbuterol.

Craven Breeze-Up Sale catalogue published

Filed on 23 Feb 2009 @ 11:35

Stallion statistics database: 2008 Craven Breeze Up Sale in detail

The catalogue for the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale, numbering 183 lots, has been published. All lots for the sale will breeze on 14th April at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Racecourse with the sale taking place over two evening sessions on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th April.