Reward For Effort wins Blue Diamond Stakes

Filed on 21 Feb 2009 @ 09:43

Australia, 21 February 2009

First Group One winner for Exceed And Excel

Darley sire Exceed And Excel had a first Group One winner on Saturday when Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel — Miss Prospect, by Rory´s Jester) won the Group One Arrowfield Stud Blue Diamond Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield.

Tattersalls introduce Breeze-Up bonus

Filed on 21 Feb 2009 @ 09:37

Tattersalls have introduced a £500,000 Breeze Up Bonus for eligible graduates of the Craven and Guineas Breeze-Up Sales.

The first 40 winners of 2yo Maiden, Conditions or Stakes races worldwide purchased from participating breeze up sales in 2009 will each receive a premium of £10,000 on top of the normal race prize-money won. An additional 20 races carrying a £5,000 bonus are also up for grabs.

Bankable impressive in Dubai

Filed on 21 Feb 2009 @ 09:31

Dubai, 21 February 2009

Johnny Murtagh rode a double at Friday’s eighth meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, including winning the featured 1777m Group Three Balanchine Stakes, a race restricted to fillies and mares, on the Herman Brown-trained My Central who he brought from last to first in the final 500m.

Craven start for Cecil's Guineas hope

Filed on 20 Feb 2009 @ 15:08

The Henry Cecil-trained On Our Way, the winner of the Houghton Conditions Stakes on the Rowley Mile last autumn, could start his season in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on April 16 ahead of a possible crack at the 2000 Guineas.

Impressive allowance win for Coolmore's $3.7 million Dunkirk

Filed on 20 Feb 2009 @ 09:34

Giulfstream Park, 20 February 2009

Florida Derby next for son of Unbridled's Song

$3.7 million Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase Dunkirk (Unbridled's Song), owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, drew off to an explosive 4¾-length victory in Thursday’s eighth race allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

Zambezi Sun set to make US debut

Filed on 20 Feb 2009 @ 09:26

Santa Anita, 20 February 2009

Sunday's 53rd running of the GradeTwo San Luis Obispo Handicap at Santa Anita has attracted 14 entries, including 2007 Grand Prix de Paris winner Zambezi Sun, who will be making his US debut.

Honolulu retired to French National Stud

Filed on 20 Feb 2009 @ 09:20

Doncaster Cup winner Honolulu (Montjeu) has been retired to stand at the French National Stud at Le Lion D'Angers, where he joins Khalkevi, Roman Saddle and Network on the stallion roster.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien, as a three year old Honolulu was second to Purple Moon in the Ebor before being sent off favourite for the St Leger, where he was third to Lucarno. Last year he won the Queen Alexandra Stakes before his impressive Group Two win at Doncaster in Spetember. His last start was in the Melbourne Cup, where he faded after settinga fast early pace.

Naaqoos to return to action in Prix Djebel

Filed on 20 Feb 2009 @ 09:17

Group One Prix Jean Luc Lagadere winner Naaqoos (Oasis Dream) is likely to make his return to the track in the Listed Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte on April 10. No decision on whether he will contest the English r French 2000 Guineas will be taken until after his return.

Gladiatorus takes Dubai Group Two

Filed on 20 Feb 2009 @ 09:10

Dubai, 20 February 2009

Victory for Young Mick on good night for British trainers

Local trainer Mubarak Bin Shafya and horses trained in the UK shared the honours at Thursday’s seventh meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival with three winners apiece.

Huge entries for Festival handicaps

Filed on 19 Feb 2009 @ 13:52

The first running of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle has drawn an amazing 216 initial entries. The new contest – staged over and extended two and a half miles – will be the penultimate race of the 2009 Cheltenham Festival on Friday, March 13, and has attracted huge interest.

Cheltenham Gold Cup preview

Filed on 19 Feb 2009 @ 11:40

The Blue Riband and for many the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival. Recent events have thrown the race into a state of confusion and some would say disbelief - Graham Richards previews the race.

South Africans look to continue Al Fahidi Fort dominance

Filed on 19 Feb 2009 @ 09:39

Dubai, 19 February 2009

Kevin Shea bids for fourth consecutive win in Group Two

Thursday’s seventh meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival is a nine race card featuring the Group Two Al Fahidi Fort.

Montmartre retired from racing

Filed on 19 Feb 2009 @ 09:30

Montmartre, the runaway winner of the 2008 Group One Grand Prix de Paris, has been retired from racing after a recurrence of the setback which prevented the colt from being trained for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Nicholls: Kauto Star the one to beat

Filed on 19 Feb 2009 @ 09:11

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls held a press open day at his Ditcheat stables on Wednesday, and declared that Kauto Star was the one to beat in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Nicholls said: "We have learned now that he needs to be fresh. There are not many horses who have had the defeats he has had - like against Denman last year - and bounced back to show top-class form. I think Kempton on Boxing Day was one of his very best runs.

Cousin Vinny and Mikael D'Haguenet head Cheltenham novice acceptors

Filed on 18 Feb 2009 @ 12:17

Fascinating novice events in prospect at Cheltenham

Always a thrilling curtain-raiser to The Festival, a total of 68 contenders go forward in the Grade One Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the opening contest on Tuesday, March 10. Timeform are unable to split the Willie Mullins-trained pair of Cousin Vinny and Mikael D’Haguenet in the two-mile event, with both on 153p, 6lb clear of their closest rival. Successful in the 2008 Weatherbys Champion Bumper, Cousin Vinny unseated his regular partner Mr Patrick Mullins at the last when looking the likely winner of the Grade One Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown last Sunday while Mikael D’Haguenet has won all his four starts in impressive fashion this season. The same duo also head the Timeform ratings for the 77 acceptors in the Grade One Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on Wednesday, March 11, with the pair 1lb clear of Pandorama, who benefited from the fall of Cousin Vinny when taking the Deloitte Novice Hurdle while Diamond Harry, twice triumphant at Cheltenham this season and aiming to give Nick Williams a first Festival success, is on 147P.

Gross falls 29% at OBSC Breeze-Up Sale

Filed on 18 Feb 2009 @ 09:43

Florida, 18 February 2009

Hip No. 107, a Graeme Hall filly consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, was sold to Buzz Chace, Agent for West Point Thoroughbreds, for $340,000 to top the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2009 February Selected Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. The chestnut filly is out of Vines of Justice, by Judge T C, a half sister to graded stakes placed Un Fino Vino. She worked an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show.

Sarissa tops Arqana February Sale

Filed on 18 Feb 2009 @ 09:38

Arqana's 2009 selling season opened on Tuesday with the February Sale. Overall 68% of the lots on offer sold for an aggregate of €878,500 for an average price of €5,663.

In addition to French investors, buyers had flown in from Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, Germany, Libya, Denmark and the Czech Republic, as well as several prominent British agents such as Highflyer Bloodstock, McKeever St Lawrence and Stephen Hillen.

Daiwa Scarlet retired from racing

Filed on 18 Feb 2009 @ 09:33

Japan, 18 February 2009

Four-time Grade One winner Daiwa Scarlet has been retired from racing. The five-year-old was being prepared for the February Stakes when diagnosed with superficial flexor tendonitis.

High hopes for Channon's Eva's Request

Filed on 18 Feb 2009 @ 09:31

Dubai, 18 February 2009

Mick Channon is hoping that Group winner Eva’s Request can supply him with his biggest UAE success in the Group Three Balanchine at Nad Al Sheba on Friday.

Victorious return for Kentucky Derby favourite

Filed on 17 Feb 2009 @ 14:37

Oaklawn Park, 17 February 2009

Remsen Stakes winner Old Fashioned returns with easy win

Fox Hill Farms's Old Fashioned (Unbridled´s Song — Collect Call, by Meadowlake), generally considered the favorite for Triple Crown races this year, made a successful return to the races, putting away a talented field of ten rivals and scoring a three-and-a-quarter lengths win in Monday's Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Tuesday Joy could run in Dubai Duty Free

Filed on 17 Feb 2009 @ 09:49

Dubai, 17 February 2009

Australia’s top middle-distance mare, Tuesday Joy, could be a surprise starter in the Dubai Duty Free (1777m) at Nad Al Sheba on March 28.

The five-year-old’s owner, advertising mogul John Singleton, was reported as indicating an early victory in her impending campaign would see her sent to the UAE for the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free.

Evita Argentina beats colts in Santa Anita Grade Two

Filed on 17 Feb 2009 @ 09:39

Santa Anita, 17 February 2009

Evita Argentina (Candy Ride — Jealous Wildcat, by Forest Wildcat) became the first filly in 62 years to win the Grade Two San Vicente Stakes, beating the boys by one length Monday at Santa Anita.

Cape Royale heads OBS Day of Champions

Filed on 17 Feb 2009 @ 09:36

Florida, 17 February 2009

At the 20th annual OBS Day of Champions presented by Darley, Oxbow Racing LLC’s Cape Royale took the lead at the start of the $150,000 Darley OBS Championship Stakes and stayed there all the way under Cornelio Velasquez for a length and a quarter victory. Soldi Stable’s Sabi Sabi moved strongly on the turn and finished second, with James T. Scatuorchio’s Swinging Bernie checking in third. The time for the mile and a sixteenth was 1:43. Trained by Bill White, the winner is a son of Chapel Royal, and his first stakes win gives him a 5-2-1-0 record and earnings of $104,876. He was sold for $50,000 by Kelli Mitchell, Agent, at the 2007 OBS August Sale.

Sky Mesa undergoes colic surgery

Filed on 17 Feb 2009 @ 09:32

Kentucky, 17 February 2009

Three Chimneys sire Sky Mesa has been removed from covering duties after undergoing surgery for colic at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky on Sunday.

Apache Cat Ascot bid unlikely

Filed on 17 Feb 2009 @ 09:28

Leading Australian sprinter Apache Cat is unlikely to make the trip to Royal Ascot to contest the King's Stand or the Goldn Jubilee Stakes.

Trainer Greg Eurell is concerned about the multiple Group One winner's form on straight tracks, telling the Melbourne Herald Sun: "Royal Ascot's a bit more undulating, a bit different than Flemington, but, having said that, you'd have to factor it in to your thinking. It's a hell of a long way to go to run that sort of risk."