Record MM National Weanling Sale closes

Filed on 31 May 2008 @ 07:57

Australia, 31 May 2008

The record breaking 2008 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale came to a close on Friday with the bargain hunters out in force on the Gold Coast.

Buyers operating at the lower end of the market were thrilled with the value on offer as just shy of $500,000 was traded on 132 weaners at an average price of $3,762.

Dettori to ride Natagora in Prix du Jockey Club

Filed on 30 May 2008 @ 10:31

A maximum field of 20 is due to go to post for Sunday's Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly, and 1000 Guineas winner Natagora will be ridden by Frankie Dettori in the absence of Godolphin's Ibn Khaldun. The filly's regular pilot Christophe Lemaire has been claimed to ride High Rock for Jean-Claude Rouget.

Oratorio colt tops third National Weanling session

Filed on 30 May 2008 @ 08:07

Australia, 30 May 2008

The Magic Millions National Sale will conclude with a general session today following a successful third session of the select component of the sale on Thursday.

Buyers from around Australia and abroad competed for an outstanding selection of youngsters will prices of up to $310,000.

DBS Spring Store Sale concludes

Filed on 30 May 2008 @ 08:05

A son of SLEEPING CAR topped the DBS Spring Store Sales when selling to Highflyer Bloodstock for 86,000. The three year old, named ROCK'N'ROLL BLUE, was consigned by Mocklershill Stables and was out of a half sister to IRIS BLEU, winner of the Listed Badger Ales Trophy Chase at Wincanton and comes from a strong National Hunt family that includes LAMIE BLEUE and MUSICA BELLA. Paul Webber was among those who showed interest in the gelding, but it was Anthony Bromley who made the final bid when standing with Paul Nicholls, who has bought him for an existing owner.

Smokey Oakey lands the Brigadier Gerard

Filed on 29 May 2008 @ 19:29

The Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on Thrisday saw a strong field line up, but it was the Lincoln winner Smokey Oakey (Tendulkar - Veronica, by Persian Bold), bouncing back from a sixth place finish behind Phoenix Tower in the Earl of Sefon Stakes, that came out best, beating Maraahel by a neck. Pipedreamer stayed on for third, but Lucarno and Passage Of Time were well beaten.

Second stakes winner for One Cool Cat

Filed on 29 May 2008 @ 19:16

The May evening meetings in Britain are being kind to Coolmore sire One Cool Cat, who had his second stakes winner at Sandown on Thursday, courtesy of the Richard Hannon-trained Icesolator (One Cool Cat - Zinnia, by Zilzal), who defied a 5lb penalty in landing the Listed National Stakes over five furlongs.

Fair Breeze steps up to Group Two win

Filed on 29 May 2008 @ 15:44

The Mario Hofer-trained five-year-old Fair Breeze (Silvano - Fairwind, by Andrang) ran out an authoritative winner of the Group Two Prix Corrida over 2,100m at Saint-Cloud on Thursday, beating La Boum by three quarters of a length. Believe Me was third. The favourite Mrs Lindsay could finish only sixth having weakened in the straight.

Henrythenavigator likely to miss Epsom

Filed on 29 May 2008 @ 10:40

The ground is likely to mean that dual Guineas winner Henrythenavigator misses the Derby at Epsom.

Speaking at the Surrey track's Breakfast With The Stars event, trainer Aiden O'Brien said: "The decision will be taken out of our hands.

Casual Conquest works well; Weld keen to supplement

Filed on 29 May 2008 @ 08:45

The Dermot Weld-trained Casual Conquest, ante post favourite for the Derby after an emphatic win in the Derinstown Stud Derby Trial, is likely to be supplemented for the Derby.

The Hernando colt worked at Leopardstown after racing on Wednesday evening and satsfied the trainer, who is to recommend to the owner that Casual Conquest be supplemented for the Derby.

Ezima steps up to take Saval Beg Stakes

Filed on 29 May 2008 @ 08:19

The Jim Bolger-trained Ezima (Sadler's Wells - Ezilla, by Darshaan) was an improving three-year-old last season and bagged two Listed races in the autumn, over 10 and 12 furlongs.

Knavesmire gives One Cool Cat first stakes winner

Filed on 29 May 2008 @ 08:12

The Listed Hilary Needler Trophy over five furlongs at Beverley on Wednesday evening saw trainer Mel Brittain saddle a 1-2, with 40-1 outsider Knavesmire (One Cool Cat - Caribbean Escape, by Pivotal) showing a useful turn of foot to beat Caranbola by a neck. Aspen Darlin was third.

Multiple Grade One winner Nashoba's Key put down

Filed on 29 May 2008 @ 08:08

Hollywood Park, 29 May 2008

Multiple Grade One winner Nashoba’s Key was put down at Hollywood Park on Wednesday after breaking a hind leg in an accident. The five-year-old mare kicked the wall of her pen.

Prado confirmed as Casino Drive rider

Filed on 29 May 2008 @ 08:04

Belmont Park, 29 May 2008

Jockey Edgar Prado has been confirmed to ride Casino Drive in the Belmont Stakes on 7 June.

“We have a commitment with Edgar Prado for the Belmont Stakes, and on behalf of the owner (Hidetoshi Yamamoto) and the trainer (Kazuo Fujisawa), we appreciate the interest from all of the jockeys from all over the country in riding him in the Belmont Stakes. The fact that so many jockeys were interested in riding him encouraged us even more to run in the Belmont. There are so many good jockeys here and it was a very difficult decision to pick up the right one" said Nobutaka Tada, racing manager for owner Hidetoshi Yamamoto.

Exceed And Excel colt tops second National Weanling session

Filed on 29 May 2008 @ 08:01

Australia, 28 May 2008

A colt by Exceed And Excel topped the second session of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale at the Gold Coast today as a strong local, interstate and international buying bench competed for an outstanding selection of youngsters.

Tattersalls adds Sprint to Millions series

Filed on 28 May 2008 @ 14:03

Tattersalls has announced a new six furlong £250,000 race to be added to the Tattersalls Timeform Millions races which are open to graduates of Book 1 of the 2008 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. The race, which will take place at Newmarket’s Natwest Rowley Mile Racecourse in September 2009, will be known as the Tattersalls Timeform Millions Sprint.

Falco could run in the Sussex Stakes

Filed on 28 May 2008 @ 10:51

French Guineas winner could run at Glorious Goodwood

Sussex Stakes entries

The entries for the Group One Sussex Stakes over a mile at Glorious Goodwood on 30 July are headed by Falco, trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias and impressive in this season’s Group One Poule d’Essai des Poulains (the French 2,000 Guineas) at Longchamp on May 18 when he proved three lengths too good for Godolphin’s Rio De La Plata.

Big Brown resumes light training

Filed on 28 May 2008 @ 08:27

Belmont Park, 28 May 2008

Recovering from a quartercrack more quickly than anyone expected, Triple Crown contender Big Brown returned to Belmont Park’s main track on Tuesday morning and jogged a mile and a half under exercise rider Michelle Nevin.

Democrate purchased by Sheikh Mohammed

Filed on 28 May 2008 @ 08:23

The Andre Fabre-trained Democrate (Dalakhani - Aiglonne, by Silver Hawk) has been purcased from his previous owners, Ecurie Skymark, the Moussac Family and N Gill, by the Maktoum family.

The winner of the Group Two Prix Hoquart, Democrate is a likely runner in Sunday's Prix du Jockey-Club.

Given hopes for improvement from Lady Gloria

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 15:14

A strong entry of 19 has been received for Goodwood’s Listed On The House Stakes over a mile on Saturday.

Lincolnshire trainer James Given is hoping that summer remains at bay for another week as he looks to run the smart four-year-old Lady Gloria in the £30,000 contest.

Positive start to MM National Weanling Sale

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 14:39

Australia, 27 May 2008

The Magic Millions National Sale got away to a positive start on the Gold Coast today when the first session of the Weanling Sale was held.

Highlighted by the 39 lot dispersal from Swettenham Stud, the first session grossed over $10.3 million and averaged a record $68,917.

Half sister to Darjina an easy winner on debut

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 14:15

The Prix de la Michodiere over 1600m at Longchamp on Tuesday saw Princess Zahra Aga Khan's homebred half sister to Darjina, three-year-old filly Dariena (Highest Honor - Darinska) run out an easy winner on her debut.

Big Brown makes good progress

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 08:45

Belmont Park, 27 May 2008

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. and hoof specialist Ian McKinlay were pleased with the progress Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Big Brown showed on Monday morning, and feel he remains on schedule to try to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner when he goes to post in the 140th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7.

Daytona lands Shoemaker Mile

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 08:42

Hollywood Park, 27 May 2008

Daytona (Indian Ridge - Kyka, by Blushing John), given a perfect stalking trip by Alex Solis, easily out-ran Ever a Friend in the final furlong to register his sixth win in his last seven starts in Monday's Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park.

Precious Kitten gives Frankel eighth Gamely win

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 08:39

Hollywood Park, 27 May 2008

Odds-on favorite Precious Kitten (Catienus - Kitten's First, by Lear Fan), winner of The Matriarch here in November, returned to score a 2 1/4-length victory over pacesetter Diamond Diva in the Gamely Stakes on Monday.

Divine Park beats Commentator in Met Mile

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 08:35

Belmont Park, 27 May 2008

Four-year-old Chester House colt Divine Park (Chester House - High In The Park, by Ascot Knight) wore down the stubborn warrior Commentator in the final strides to win the 115th running of the Grade One Metropolitan Handicap – the traditional Memorial Day feature at Belmont Park.