Grand Duke of Marmalade takes fifth Group One

Filed on 23 Aug 2008 @ 14:52

Phoenix Tower registers fourth Group One second

Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill - Love Me True, by Kingmambo) continued his outstanding season with victory in Saturday's Group One Juddmonte International Stakes over ten furlongs at Newmarket, his fifth Group One win in his unbeaten four-year-old season. Phoenix Tower was best of the rest in taking his fourth runner-up spot in a Group One, and New Approach ran on for third, having failed to settle in the first two furlongs, which proved expensive today against his elder rivals.

Celebration Mile win for Raven's Pass

Filed on 23 Aug 2008 @ 13:52

Raven's Pass makes all to win Goodwood Group Two

Astonishingly Raven's Pass (Elusive Quality - Ascutney, by Lord At War) hasn't won since his thrilling Solario Stakes win almost a year ago. A frustrating run of seconds - to top class milers Henrthenavigator and Tamayuz - was finally broken on Saturday in the Group Two Celebration Mile at Goodwood.

Infamous Angel leads Hannon 1-2 in the Lowther

Filed on 23 Aug 2008 @ 13:21

First European Group winner for Exceed And Excel

The rearranged Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Lowther Stakes saw Richard Hannon's phenomonal juvenile season continue with Infamous Angel (Exceed And Excel -Evangeline, by Sadler's Wells) beating her stablemate Penny's Gift. The trainer had saddled Elnawin and Bonnie Charlie to a 1-2 in yesterday's DBS St Leger Yearling Stakes.

Centennial springs Great Voltigeur surprise

Filed on 23 Aug 2008 @ 13:12

Son of Dalakhani wins St Leger trial as Patkai disappoints

The John Gosden-trained Centennial (Dalakhani - Lurina, by Lure) first came to public attention when second to stablemate Raven's Pass on debut at Yarmouth last year. He improved after that, finishing second to Thewayyouare in Frnace and winning the Group Three Sandown Classic Trial in April. He hasn't matched that form since, finishing down the field in the Dante Stakes, the Irish Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris.

Radical change for Fabre with Sheikh Mohammed link-up

Filed on 23 Aug 2008 @ 08:28

Sheikh Mohammed acquires Fabre's main yard

Sheikh Mohammed has become the principal patron of France's leading trainer Andre Fabre in a move that has seen him acquire the handler's main yard at Chantilly. Sheikh Mohammed will send over 100 horses to Fabre, who will retain only five or six other, longstanding, clients with around 100 horses between them.

Racing To Win back to his best in Warwick Stakes

Filed on 23 Aug 2008 @ 08:20

Australia, 23 August 2008

Multiple Group One winner Racing To Win (Encosta De Lago - Surrealist, by Kenny's Best Pal) returned to action on Saturday with victory in the Group Two Schweppes Warwick Stakes over 1400m at Warwick Farm.

Ginger Punch retains Saratoga unbeaten record

Filed on 23 Aug 2008 @ 08:13

Saratoga, 23 August 2008

Ginger Punch snatches Personal Ensign win at the wire

Stronach Stable’s champion Ginger Punch (Awesome Again - Nappelon, by Bold Revenue), who scored a repeat victory in the Grade One Go for Wand earlier this meet to remain unbeaten at Saratoga Race Course, caught the bob at the wire to nip Lemon Drop Mom by a nose and win the 61st running of the Grade One Personal Ensign at a mile and a quarter.

Forest Wildcat dies after surgery

Filed on 23 Aug 2008 @ 08:08

Kentucky, 23 August 2008

Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat died from unknown causes after emergency surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington on Thursday evening.

The 17-year-old was a dual Grade Three winner on the track. As a sire at Brookdale Farm in Kentucky he sired 16 graded stakes winners, headed by Var, the Prix de l'Abbaye winner in 2004.

Prix Morny runners

Filed on 22 Aug 2008 @ 15:07

Darley Prix Morny (Group One)(2yo)

Deauville, 3:15pm Sunday 24 august 2008. Six furlongs.

All The Good takes the Newburgh for Godolphin

Filed on 22 Aug 2008 @ 14:46

Five-year-old All The Good (Diesis - Zarara, by Manila) put in a remarkable display to win the totesport Newburgh Handicap at Newbury on Friday, the rescheduled alternative to the Ebor lost at York on Wednesday.

Borderlescott lands Nunthorpe for first Group win

Filed on 22 Aug 2008 @ 14:34

Six-year-old lowers track record by over a second

Six-year-old trouper Borderlescott (Compton Place - Jeewan, by Touching Wood) has won eight races and finished second 12 times in his Flat career. Eight of those were in stakes company, where he had yet to win before Friday's Group One Nunthorpe Stakes over 5f at Newmarket when he came good at last for trainer Robin Bastiman, galloping strongly to the line for a decisive win. The time of :56.09 smashed the track record of :57.32 set by Rambling Bear in 1999.

Lush Lashes shows stamina no problem in Yorkshire Oaks

Filed on 22 Aug 2008 @ 13:10

Bolger's filly wins the Yorkshire Oaks

The Group One Yorkshire Oaks - run at Newmarket after York abandoned the Ebor meeting earlier this week - was won by the Jim Bolger-trained Lush Lashes (Galileo - Dance For Fun, by Anabaa), the even-money favourite after her narrow second, following a trouble-filled run, in the Nassau Stakes.

Shaweel impressive in Gimcrack

Filed on 22 Aug 2008 @ 12:46

Outsiders dominate as son of Dansili wins Gimcrack Stakes

The Group Two Gimcrack Stakes over 6f at Newbury on Friday - whence it had been moved following the abandonment of the Ebor meeting at York - was won by the Mark Johnston-trained and Sheikh Ahmed-owned Shaweel (Dansili - Cooden Beach, by Peintre Celebre), who raced prominently before drawing clear of his rivals in the final two furlongs. The well-touted Marine Boy went straight to the lead but went backwards from halfway and Art Connoisseur was another to disappoint, throwing in the towel in the final quarter mile. Master Noverre ran on well for second and Job took third.

Wait A While back to form in Ballston Spa

Filed on 22 Aug 2008 @ 09:54

Saratoga, 22 August 2008

Arindel Farm’s five-year-old gray mare Wait a While (Maria's Mon - Flirtatious, by A.P. Indy) showed Saratoga Race Course fans she is what she used to be on Thursday afternoon, kicking clear in the stretch to post a repeat victory in the 20th edition of the Grade Two Ballston Spa Handicap on the turf.

Big Brown to take to turf at Monmouth

Filed on 22 Aug 2008 @ 09:51

Monmouth Park, 22 August 2008

Big Brown, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Haskell Invitational, is expected to make his next start in the Monmouth Stakes, a mile and an eighth turf contest for 3-year-olds and up.

Slight increase in revenue in final session at Ocala

Filed on 22 Aug 2008 @ 09:38

Florida, 22 August 2008

The final Open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2008 August Yearling Sale on Thursday saw a 3.2% increase in aggregate, though the average and median prices both registered declines. For the session, 206 horses brought a total of $2,101,700, averaging $10,202, with a median price of $5,500. The buyback percentage was 29.2%.

Duke Of Marmalade ready for New Approach clash

Filed on 22 Aug 2008 @ 09:31

Trainer Aidan O'Brien has confirmed that Duke Of Marmalade will seek a fifth Group One win in Saturday's rearranged Juddmonte International at Newmarket, where the four-year-old will clash with Derby winner New Approach.

Aintree to introduce new Grade Two Novice Chase

Filed on 21 Aug 2008 @ 16:24

Aintree Racecourse has announced details of a new two-and-a-half mile novices’ chase to be added to the 2009 John Smith’s Grand National Meeting.

The new race, which will be known as the John Smith's Manifesto Novices' Chase, will have Grade Two status and a total prize fund of £80,000. It is scheduled to take place as the sixth race on the opening day of the John Smith’s Grand National, Thursday, April 2, 2009.

Bolger confirms New Approach for Saturday International

Filed on 21 Aug 2008 @ 14:45

Trainer Jim Bolger has confirmed that New Approach will run in Saturday's rescheduled Juddmonte International at Newmarket. The colt had been due to take on Aidan O'Brien's Duke Of Marmalade on the Knavesmire until waterlogging forced the abandonment of the Ebor meeting.

Slide continues at Ocala Yearling Sale

Filed on 21 Aug 2008 @ 09:03

Florida, 21 August 2008

The deckine in trade from last year continued in the second Open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2008 August Yearling Sale on Wednesday. For the session, 226 horses sold for a total of $2,036,000, compared with 193 horses grossing $2,498,500 at the corresponding session in 2007. The average price was $9,009 compared with $12,946 a year ago, while the median price was $5,500 compared with $7,500 in 2007. The buyback percentage was 28%: it was 27.7% last year.

Revised weekend running order

Filed on 21 Aug 2008 @ 08:51

NEWBURY Friday, August 22nd


Nicholls outlines plans for Gold Cup hopefuls

Filed on 20 Aug 2008 @ 16:49

Champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls has outlined plans for some of his star performers.

The Ditcheat handler told PA Sport that Denman has summered well and is likely to bid for a repeat win in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in November.

York Group Ones transfer to Newmarket

Filed on 20 Aug 2008 @ 16:45

The Group One Juddmonte International will be run at Newmarket on Saturday after the British Horseracing Authority re-scheduled nine of the races lost from York's abandoned Ebor meeting.

The other Group Ones lost to the weather in Yorkshire - the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes - will be run at Newmarket on Friday, as will the DBS Sales Race in an 11-race card.

Remainder of Ebor meeting abandoned

Filed on 20 Aug 2008 @ 11:24

York have been forced to abandon the remainder of the Ebor meeting due to a waterlogged track. Racing on Tuesday and Wednesday had been abandoned on Tuesday and a noon inspection on Wednesday found no sign of significant improvement in the weather, leaving officials with no option but to cancel the remaining two days of the meeting.

Fusaichi Pegasus filly for Makybe Diva

Filed on 20 Aug 2008 @ 08:57

Australia, 20 August 2008

The three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva has given birth to a Fusaichi Pegasus filly at Segenhoe Stud. Mare and foal are reported to be doing well.