New Approach to head straight to Guineas

Filed on 1 Mar 2008 @ 10:13

Jim Bolger has announced that his unbeaten champion juvenile New Approach will head straight to the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket without a prep run - and that he will be hard to beat.

In an interview with Setanta Sports Bolger said:

Niconero comes good in Futurity

Filed on 1 Mar 2008 @ 10:02

Australia, 1 March 2008

Niconero (Danzero - Nicola Lass, by Scenic) has endured a run of three seconds in his last five starts at Group One level, but landed the Group One Rokk Ebony Futurity Stakes over 1600m at Caulfield on Saturday with a resounding success.

Harchibald wins in style on all-weather

Filed on 1 Mar 2008 @ 09:57

Harchibald put in a stylish performance under Declan McDonogh to win the Hanratty Oils Race over a mile and a half on the all-weather at Dundalk on Friday evening ahead of the Champion Hurdle on 11 March.

Forensics heads Snowden's Randwick five

Filed on 1 Mar 2008 @ 09:53

Australia, 1 March 2008

A bumper crowd turned out in bright sunshine at Royal Randwick on Saturday and saw a strong card of Group races dominated by Peter Snowden and Crown Lodge who won five races on the day.

Curlin, Cocoa Beach head Dubai winners

Filed on 29 Feb 2008 @ 09:16

Dubai, 29 February 2008

Everything goes according to plan for Horse of the Year

Curlin warmed up nicely for the Dubai World Cup on March 29 with an extremely cosy win in the Jaguar Trophy, a handicap run over the Dubai World Cup distance of 2000 metres.

Curlin strolls home in Dubai

Filed on 28 Feb 2008 @ 18:23

Dubai, 28 February 2008

Breeders' Cup Classic winner Curlin made his debut as a four-year-old in the Jaguar Trophy at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday, beating his inferior rivals without breaking sweat.

Street Sense heads Darley's Australian lineup

Filed on 28 Feb 2008 @ 18:17

Australia, 28 February 2008

World Champion Bernardini, Champion sprinter Henny Hughes and dual Group One-winning miler Librettist will be returning to stand at Darley in Australia in 2008.

Zaarito heads Champion Bumper entries

Filed on 28 Feb 2008 @ 12:53

Mullins has four, headed by Apt Approach

A top-class entry of 47 has been received for the £50,000 Weatherbys Champion Bumper, run over an extended two miles at Cheltenham on Wednesday, March 12.

Sweet Kiln heads Mares Hurdle entries

Filed on 28 Feb 2008 @ 12:29

Alan King runs Theatre Girl in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle

Entries for the final four of the 25 contests to close at The Festival 2008 are revealed today, including the new Grade Two David Nicholson Mares Hurdle, run on Friday, March 14.

Cocoa Beach bids for Classic double in UAE Oaks

Filed on 28 Feb 2008 @ 10:07

Dubai, 28 February 2008

The feature race at Thursday’s ninth meeting of the 2008 Dubai International Racing Carnival is the UAE Oaks, over 1800m on dirt, for which 11 have been declared including Cocoa Beach and Fiesta Lady, first and second respectively in the UAE 1000 Guineas earlier this month.

Zarkava heads French Guineas entries

Filed on 28 Feb 2008 @ 09:55

The Aga Khan's hugely impressive Prix Marcel Boussac winner Zarkava heads 143 entries in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches. Zarkava is one of four Group One winners in the race, the others being Phoenix Stakes and Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Saoirse Abu, Fillies' Mile winner Listen and Cheveley Park Stakes winner Natagora.

Rags To Riches half brother to target Belmont

Filed on 28 Feb 2008 @ 09:49

Japan, 28 February 2008

Casino Drive was an impressive winner of his maiden at Kyoto last weekend and the half brother to Rags To Riches and Jazil is reported to be targeting the Belmont Stakes.

Breeder's Cup fillies' races moved to Friday

Filed on 28 Feb 2008 @ 09:43

New York, 28 February 2008

The 2008 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will see all five of its races for female horses together on the Friday of the two-day event, marking the first time a major Thoroughbred event in North America has focused an entire day on female championship racing.

Shinzig heads Futurity field

Filed on 27 Feb 2008 @ 11:04

Australia, 27 February 2008

C F Orr Stakes winner Shinzig heads twelve runners for the Group One Futurity Stakes over 1600 metres at Caulfield on Saturday.

There are no three-year-olds in the lineup, which also features Miss Finland, looking for a return to form, who has drawn the unfavoured outside barrier.

Curlin to face five on Dubai debut

Filed on 27 Feb 2008 @ 09:44

Dubai, 27 February 2008

American Horse of the Year Curlin faces five rivals on his Dubai debut in the Jaguar Trophy at the Al Tayer Motors-sponsored ninth meeting of the 2008 Dubai International Racing Carnival on Thursday.

Street Cry colt tops subdued Fasig-Tipton Sale

Filed on 27 Feb 2008 @ 09:35

Florida, 27 February 2008

Average declines slightly at Calder Breeze Up Sale

A colt by Street Cry topped the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Calder sale of selected two-year-olds in training on Tuesday on a day that saw declines in aggregate and average.

Tattersalls publish Craven Breeze Up catalogue

Filed on 26 Feb 2008 @ 16:50

The 2008 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale takes place from Tuesday 15th April – Thursday 17th April with the two year olds all breezing at Newmarket’s Natwest Rowley Mile Racecourse on the morning of Tuesday 15th April starting at 9.00am.

Top fillies take on elders in Empress Club Stakes

Filed on 26 Feb 2008 @ 14:37

South Africa, 26 February 2008

Kevin Shea to fly from Dubai to take Rat Burana ride

Three of South Africa's leading three-year-old fillies will contest the Grade One Empress Club Stakes over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday. The R1 million race for fillies and mares is one of five feature events to be run on Saturday on the standside course.

Team Valor to race Grade One pair in France

Filed on 26 Feb 2008 @ 10:21

Team Valor International is to race two South African Grade One winning fillies in France this season.

Four-year-old Captain's Lover will join Andre Fabre, whilst Little Miss Magic has been sent to Alain du Royer-Dupre.

Inglis Classic yearling sale catalogue online

Filed on 26 Feb 2008 @ 09:24

Australia, 26 February 2008

The catalogue for this year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale is now online at The 533 lots catalogued will be offered over three days commencing at 3pm on Sunday April 27, following select sessions of the Australian Easter Yearling Sale from April 20 - 24 and Derby/Doncaster Day at Royal Randwick on April 26.

Grand National hopes to line up at Doncaster

Filed on 25 Feb 2008 @ 17:07

The three and a quarter mile Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster on Saturday has attracted some of the best stayers in the country, with the last two renewals falling to subsequent Scottish Grand National winners. Grey Abbey was a convincing victor for Howard Johnson in 2004 and captured the Scottish National two months later, while Run For Paddy beat Lou Du Moulin Mas in a thrilling finish 12 months later and went on to win at Ayr in 2006.

Jack The Giant out for the season

Filed on 25 Feb 2008 @ 13:13

The Nicky Henderson-trained Jack The Giant is to miss the rest of the season. The six-year-old had been prominent in the betting for the Ryanair Chase after winning two valuable handicap hurdles before Christmas and a Chase at Leicester in January, where he suffered a setback.

War Pass romps home on 2008 debut

Filed on 25 Feb 2008 @ 09:15

Gulfstream Park, 25 February 2008

Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner War Pass (Cherokee Run - Vue, by Mr Prospector) leapt to the head of the Kentucky Derby betting after maintaining his unbeaten record in the Silver Series Purse.

Time Electric will not run in Festival Bumper

Filed on 25 Feb 2008 @ 09:08

Time Electric, the market leader for the Festival Bumper after an eight length victory at Leopardstown after Christmas, will bypass the Cheltenham Festival in favour of Punchestown.

Trainer Tom Mullins told the Racing Post: "His owner Paul Duffin is not keen on going to Cheltenham for the bumper now as he wants to keep him for the Champion Bumper at Punchestown, which is a more valuable race.