Record average at first session of Easter Broodmare Sale

Filed on 4 May 2008 @ 13:54

Swettenham dispersal heads first session at Inglis

The William Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale got off to a flying start at Newmarket today, with turnover topping $32.7million. Overall, 206 mares were sold at a record average of $159,047 with a clearance rate of better than 83%.

Third Grade One for Einstein

Filed on 4 May 2008 @ 08:31

Churchill Downs, 4 May 2008

Six-year-old heads Brazilain-bred one-two

Einstein (Spend A Buck - Gay Charm, by Ghadeer) ran out a one-length winner of the Grade One Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes on the Kentucky Derby undercard on Saturday at Churchill Downs, the six-year-old's third win at the highest level and the second of the season for trainer Helen Pitts and owners Patricia Cunningham and Melissa Green.

Big Brown wins Kentucky Derby

Filed on 3 May 2008 @ 22:25

The favourite Big Brown overcame his wide draw to win the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby impressively on Saturday, justifying trainer Rick Dutrow's pre-race confidence in the Boundary colt to give him his first win in the Classic.

Winning hurdler Enforce takes Goodwood Listed prize

Filed on 3 May 2008 @ 15:00

Five-year-old filly Enforce (Kalanisi - Kinetic Force, by Holy Bull), the winner of a mares' hurdle just over a year ago, ran creditably in stakes company on the Flat last autumn and she ran out a convincing winner in the Listed Conqueror Stakes over a mile at Goodwood on Saturday.

Henrythenavigator beats New Approach in 2000 Guineas

Filed on 3 May 2008 @ 14:32

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo - Sequoyah, by Sadler's Wells) beat the favurite New Approach to win the 200th running of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday.

Heaven Sent makes fitness tell in Dahlia Stakes

Filed on 3 May 2008 @ 13:48

Sir Michael Soute's progressive Heaven Sent (Pivotal - Heavenly Ray, by Rahy) was Group and Listed placed last season, before her first Listed win in the Snowdrop Stakes at Kempton three weeks ago.

No Wine No Song lands Sydney Cup

Filed on 3 May 2008 @ 09:02

Australia, 3 May 2008

No Wine No Song (Song Of Tara - Deep Time, by Kinjite) was an authoritative winner of the Group One Schweppes Sydney Cup at Randwick on Saturday, travelling well in fifth spot for Damien Oliver before taking control 150m form home, galloping clear to win by a length from Pentathlon with Lang charging home to take third.

Racing To Win in a class of his own

Filed on 3 May 2008 @ 08:56

Australia, 3 May 2008

Trainer John O’Shea bypassed the Doncaster Handicap with Racing To Win (Encosta De Lago - Surrealist, by Kenny's Best Pal) and was rewarded with a comprehensive one length win in the Group One The Daily Telegraph All Aged Stakes over 1400m at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Outsider Sarrera takes Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Filed on 3 May 2008 @ 08:49

Australia, 3 May 2008

The Michael Moroney-trained Sarrera (Quest For Fame - Zamsong, by Zabeel)scored an upset in the Group One Patinack Farm Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Samantha Miss edges out Sebring in Champagne Stakes

Filed on 3 May 2008 @ 08:43

Australia, 3 May 2008

Australia’s champion juvenile Sebring narrowly missed out on the juvenile triple crown on Saturday, when A$1.5 million Inglis graduate Samantha Miss (Redoute's Choice - Milliyet, by Zabeel) edged him out in the Group One VISA Entertainment Champagne Stakes over 1600m at Royal Randwick.

Proud Spell routs rivals in Kentucky Oaks

Filed on 3 May 2008 @ 08:39

Churchill Downs, 3 May 2008

Brereton C Jones’ Proud Spell (Proud Citizen - Pacific Spell, by Langfuhr) demolished a field of 10 classy three-year-old fillies by powering to a five-length victory in the 134th running of the Grade One Kentucky Oaks for three-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs on a rainy Friday afternoon before a crowd of 100,046.

Ginger Punch fizzes in Louisville Stakes

Filed on 3 May 2008 @ 08:38

Stronach Stable’s Eclipse Award-winning mare Ginger Punch showed her championship class at Churchill Downs on Friday by posting a 3 3/4-length victory over Leah’s Secret in the 23rd running of the Grade Two Louisville Stakes.

Exceed And Excel filly tops strong Guineas Breeze-Up Sale

Filed on 3 May 2008 @ 08:20

Average up 71% in sale's second year

The Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up Sale on Friday saw five lots sell for six-figure sums and an EXCEED AND EXCEL filly top the sale at 470,000 guineas, the second highest price for a filly at a European breeze up sale.

Newmarket ground continues to dry out

Filed on 2 May 2008 @ 17:08

Michael Prosser, Director of Racing at Newmarket, reported that the ground on The NatWest Rowley Mile course continues to dry out.

He walked the track on Friday afternoon and once again gave the official going description as good.

Late injury scare for Muthabara

Filed on 2 May 2008 @ 08:19

John Dunlop's unbeaten Fred Darling Stakes winner Muthabara has pulled up sore after working on Friday ahead of her tilt at the 1000 Guineas on Sunday, for which she is one of the market leaders.

Leo's Starlet defeats Antiquities to remain unbeaten

Filed on 1 May 2008 @ 15:31

The Group Three Prix Cleopatre, a trial for the Prix de Diane run at Saint-Cloud on Thursday, was won by Leo's Starlet (Galileo - Premiere Creation, by Green Tune), who remains unbeaten in three starts for Alain de Royer-Dupre.

First Group win for Gris de Gris

Filed on 1 May 2008 @ 15:18

Prix Jacques le Marois on the agenda for Slickly colt

Four-year-old Gris De Gris (Slickly - Deesse Grise, by Lead On Time), a four-time Listed winner, was touched off by a nose by Konig Turf in the Group Three Prix Edmond Blanc last time, but he more than gained compensation on Thursday, winning the Group Two Prix du Muguet at Saint-Cloud and earning a tilt at the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville this summer.

Simon Bazalgette appointed as Jockey Club chief executive

Filed on 1 May 2008 @ 11:12

The Jockey Club has announced that Simon Bazalgette has been appointed Chief Executive of The Jockey Club. Bazalgette, 46, is currently Executive Chairman of Racing UK. He is expected to take up his Jockey Club role in September.

2000 Guineas runners

Filed on 1 May 2008 @ 11:09

Ante-post favourite New Approach has drawn stall 2 in Saturday's 2000 Guineas, where he heads 15 declared runners.

Sir Michael Stoute's Perfect Stride is amongst teh 15, with owner Rabbah Bloodstock's racing director, Bruce Raymond saying: "Perfect Stride is on course to run in the Guineas. He banged a hock just before the Craven but there was only a minor strain. Sir Michael and his team seem to have sorted it out very well."

Favourite Big Brown drawn wide for Kentucky Derby

Filed on 1 May 2008 @ 08:34

Churchill Downs, 1 May 2008

Big Brown draws post 20

IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s undefeated Big Brown was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite on Wednesday afternoon over 19 rivals for Saturday’s 134th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Sir Gerry gives Fanshawe Listed double

Filed on 30 Apr 2008 @ 15:45

James Fanshawe saddled a Listed double at Ascot on Wednesday, with Cesare landing his second Paradise Stakes in facile fashion and last season's Gimcrack winner Sir Gerry (Carson City - Incredulous, by Indian Ridge) taking the six furlong Pavilion Stakes an hour later.

Shipmaster takes Sagaro for King

Filed on 30 Apr 2008 @ 15:30

Slip Anchor horse excels in the rain

The Alan King-trained five-year-old Shipmaster (Slip Anchor - Cover Look, by Fort Wood) returned from hurdling with a fine close second to Gull Wing in a Listed event at Nottingham earlier this month and he put in a tenacious effort at Ascot on Wednesday to win the Group Three Woodcote Stud Sagaro Stakes.

McPeek set for Ascot return

Filed on 30 Apr 2008 @ 14:54

American trainer Kenny McPeek is considering letting My Baby Baby run in the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes, run on the third day of the Royal Meeting on Thursday, June 19 over a mile and a half. The Kentucky-based handler, who sent over Hard Buck to finish second behind Doyen in the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2004, will finalise his plans after the three-year-old runs at Churchill Downs on Friday (May 2).

De Kock formulates Royal Ascot plans

Filed on 30 Apr 2008 @ 14:47

South African trainer Mike de Kock has been having a fine run internationally, with Honour Devil heading a 1-2 in the UAE Derby and former O'Brien inmate Archipenko a fine winner of the QEII Cup in Hong Kong on Sunday.

12 drawn for Kentucky Oaks

Filed on 30 Apr 2008 @ 08:29

Kentucky, 30 April 2008

A field of 12 three-year-old fillies, headed by Grade One winners Country Star, Little Belle and Golden Doc A as well as possible Kentucky Derby starter Eight Belles, was entered for Friday’s 134th running of the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.