Government shelves Tote sale

Filed on 22 Oct 2008 @ 16:45

Turbulent conditions in the financial markets ahve seen the UK government abandon its current plans to sell the Tote. The government had last year turned down an offer from the racing industry, in its wisdom deciding the offer did not meet the business's market value.

Cumani's Bauer lands Geelong Cup

Filed on 22 Oct 2008 @ 08:59

Australia, 21 October 2008

The Luca Cumani-trained Bauer was a comfortable winner of the Group Three Geelong Cup in Melbourne on Wednesday, the Newmarket handler's first winner down under. His Mad Rush was fourth in the Caulfield Cup on Saturday.

Breeders' Cup 2008 runners and draw

Filed on 22 Oct 2008 @ 08:53

Post positions for the 2008 Breeders' Cup, to be held at Santa Anita on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October 2008.

Trade continues down, at F-T Kentucky Fall Sale

Filed on 22 Oct 2008 @ 08:46

Kentucky, 21 October 2008

A chestnut colt by Giant’s Causeway topped the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale on Tuesday when selling to Marion G. Montanari for $310,000. Montanari bred the colt in partnership with Coolmore Stud. The colt was one of six yearlings to sell for more than $100,000 after only two horses brought six-figure prices during Monday’s opening session.

Danehill Dancer colt tops second session at Deauville

Filed on 22 Oct 2008 @ 08:37

The Arqana October Yearling Sale continued on Tuesday with satisfactory returns showing a decrease from the record levels set in 2007 but well above the leels seen in 2006.

The average price stands at €25,545 and the clearance rate is 73,5%, with six yearlings fetching over €100,000, one more than twelve months ago. All six will be trained in France.

Italian strike set to continue

Filed on 22 Oct 2008 @ 08:21

Group One Premio Lydia Tesio likely to be lost

The Italian racing strike looks like continuing for at least another 8 days. The "Comitato di Crisi" released a statement after a meeting with Unire in Rome yesterday afternoon saying that the protest will be stopped if the government will guarantee prizemoney at the 2007 level of 220 million euros.

Equipe De Nuit tops first HIT session at Doncaster

Filed on 21 Oct 2008 @ 20:06

Equipe De Nuit topped the first day of Horses-in-Training at the DBS October Sales when selling to Nicola McLeay for £42,000. The two year old son of Sulamani had been trained by Paul D'Arcy when placed second on both of his starts this year and was just over a length behind the subsequent Group winning Ashram on his most recent start at Newmarket. He had shown smart form in his first year on the racecourse and his pedigree suggests that he will improve with age, making him an exciting prospect for his new connections. There was plenty of interest for the colt from a number of different parties, but it was Guy Stephenson who showed a determined bid before the hammer came down in favour of Miss McLeay, whose father David Barron trains near Thirsk.

Article Rare takes Prix des Reservoirs

Filed on 21 Oct 2008 @ 19:55

The Elie Lellouche-trained Article Rare, a Wildenstein-homebred descendant of the great Allez France, won her first Group race on Tuesday, landing the 1600m Prix des reservoirs at Deauville.

Straw Bear beaten on chase debut

Filed on 21 Oct 2008 @ 19:43

Nick Gifford's Grade One Christmas Hurdle winner Straw Bear could finish only second on his steeplechase debut at Exeter on Tuesday, finishing behind Sir Harry Ormesher in the Richard Vines Best Mate Beginners' Chase.

Sharp declines at F-T Kentucky Fall Sale

Filed on 21 Oct 2008 @ 08:33

Kentucky, 21 October 2008

The three day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale opened on Monday with sharp decline in trade. The aggregate declined by 58.9% compared with the opening session last year.

French market strong at Arqana October Yearling Sale

Filed on 21 Oct 2008 @ 08:22

The Arqana October Yearling Sale opened at Deauville on Monday with generally bouyant trade from a diversified buying bench that saw an increase in median from last year and a very healthy clearance rate.

Sri Putra heads Racing Post Trophy entries

Filed on 20 Oct 2008 @ 20:29

The Group One Racing Post Trophy, to be run over a mile at Doncaster on Saturday, has attracted an entry of 23 headed by Solario Stakes winner Sri Putra.

The final Group One of the British Flat season has recent winners including subsequent Epsom Derby victors Authorized (2006), Motivator (2004) and High Chaparral (2001) as well as French 2,000 Guineas scorer American Post (2003) and Brian Boru (2002), who returned to Doncaster the following season to take the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Monet's Garden bids for second Old Roan Chase

Filed on 20 Oct 2008 @ 20:25

Monet’s Garden bids for back-to-back victories in the Grade Two Old Roan Chase at Aintree on Sunday, October 26.

The popular Nicky Richards-trained grey saw off the mighty Kauto Star to land the spoils 12 months ago, having won the Grade One John Smith’s Melling Chase over the course and distance the previous April.

Marked decline at DBS October Yearling Sale

Filed on 20 Oct 2008 @ 20:08

The Doncaster Bloodstock Sales October Yearling Sale on Monday saw a marked drop in trade, with the average declining by 35.3% to £4,181 from £6,460 last year. The median saw a similar decline from £4,200 to £2,800. Overall, 151 lots sold from 257 offered for an aggregate of £631,400.

Kheleyf's Playfellow lifts Silver Tankard

Filed on 20 Oct 2008 @ 20:01

The Michael Jarvis-trained Playfellow was another stakes winner for first crop sire Kheleyf on Monday, winning the Listed totepool Silver Tankard Stakes at Pontefract.

Trained by Michael Jarvis, Playfellow won his first two starts before finishing third to Westphalia and Zacinto in the Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, form that saw him sent off the 4-9 favourite today.

Jane Austen best in Finale

Filed on 20 Oct 2008 @ 09:07

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Jane Austen won the Listed Finale Stakes at Fairyhouse on Sunday, part of a double for jockey Johnny Murtagh - who only rode the filly after Irish St Leger-placed New Zealand was withdrawn - that puts him back in contention for the Irish jockey's championship, two behing Pat Smullen. Jane Austen beat nine-year-old Muskatsturm by a neck.

Katchit beaten on return

Filed on 19 Oct 2008 @ 15:21

Snap Tie beats champion hurdler at Kempton

The Philip Hobbs-trained Snap Tie won a maiden hurdle at Cheltenham a year ago before being placed thrice in three further starts at the Cotswold track, including a third behind Captain Cee Bee in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Crossharbour beats Purple Moon in Paris Group Two

Filed on 19 Oct 2008 @ 13:43

Rail Link's Zamindar half brother prevails in Longchamp feature

The Group Two Prix du Conseil du Paris over 2400m at Longchamp on Sunday saw Arc winner Rail Link's Zamindar half brother Crossharbour (Zamindar - Docklands, by Theatrical) beat Luca Cumani's Purple Moon, running here in prefernce to his strike-cancelled Milan Group One target, by a neck.

Informed Decision romps home in Raven Run

Filed on 19 Oct 2008 @ 07:20

Keeneland, 19 October 2008

Informed Decision (Monarchos - Palangana, by His Majesty) caught Secret Gypsy with a sixteenth of a mile remaining to win the Grade Two Lexus Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland.

New Approach is retired to stud

Filed on 19 Oct 2008 @ 07:16

New Approach has been retired to stud after his impressive six length win in the Group One Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. He is now set to embark on his new career as a stallion at Darley's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket. A fee has yet to be set.

Godolphin 1-2 in Jockey Club Cup

Filed on 18 Oct 2008 @ 16:54

Godolphin have been in flying form of late, reaching a 90% rate of win and placed runners during the week. All The Good ran out the winner of the Group One Caulfield Cup overnight, and in the Group Three Jockey Club Cup over 2 miles at Newmarket on Saturday the 'Boys in Blue' had the first two home, with the 5-2 favourite Veracity (Lomitas - Vituisa, by Bering) beating stablemate Sagara by half a length. Fiulin took third, a neck down.

Crystal Capella takes Pride Stakes

Filed on 18 Oct 2008 @ 16:32

Stoute filly runs up five-timer

Sir Michael Stoute's Crystal Capella (Cape Cross - Crystal Star, by Mark Of Esteem) went into the inuagural running of the Group Two Pride Stakes over 1m 4f at Newmarket on Saturday on a four-timer, having won her last two starts in Listed company. She duly made it five in a row, and a first at Group level, when getting the better of St Leger runner-up Unsung Heroine.

Ouzbeck impresses at Cheltenham

Filed on 18 Oct 2008 @ 15:20

The Alan King-trained six-year-old Ouzbeck (Denham Red - Volodia, by Dhausli) ran up a three-timer in novice chases over the summer and took advantage at Cheltenham on Saturday when running out a thoroughly game winner of the Dick Francis "Silks" Handicap Chase over 2m 4.5f, challenging the leader Yes Sir before the last and powering clear on the run-in under Robert Thornton to win stylishly by six lengths. Bible Lord took third.

Brilliant New Approach dominates Champion rivals

Filed on 18 Oct 2008 @ 14:31

Derby winner emulates Sir Ivor in winning Champion Stakes

The meticulous preparation Jim Bolger put into New Approach's (Galileo - Park Express, by Ahonoora) run in the Group One Champion Stakes over 10f at Newmarket on Saturday paid off, with the Gailieo colt utterly dominating his rivals when running out a brilliant six length winner of the race. Twice Over ran on to give trainer Henry Cecil yet another Group One second this season and Linngari took third.

Bolger lands Dewhurst hat-trick

Filed on 18 Oct 2008 @ 13:43

Intense Focus best in tight three-way finish

Trainer Jim Bolger landed his third successive Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes over 7f at Newmarket on Saturday when Giant's Causeway colt Intense Focus (Giant's Causeway - Daneleta, by Danehill) squeezed through a gap in the final furlong and saw off a resurgent Finjaan and the fast-finishing Lord Shanakill to lift the prize. The win follows victories for the Bolger trained Teofilo in 2006 and New Approach in 2007.