Nozic sees off Tidal Bay at Wetherby

Filed on 26 Dec 2008 @ 14:21

The Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby on Friday saw Paul Nicholls's impressive run continue, with Nozic, ridden by Harry Skelton, beat the top weight, last year's Arkle Trphy winner Tidal Bay.

Breedsbreeze takes Feltham honours

Filed on 26 Dec 2008 @ 14:15

The Paul Nicholls-trained Breedsbreeze remained unbeaten over fences when landing the Nigel Clark Feltham Novices' Chase at Kempton on Friday.

The race was notable for poor jumping from the majority of runners, with The Market Man in particular making an error on the second circuit from which he never really recovered, whilst Shining Gale and Millenium Royal were both fallers.

King George VI Chase preview

Filed on 23 Dec 2008 @ 14:56

Kauto Star is a prohibitive price to claim a third King George at Kempton on Boxing Day - Graham Richards analyses the runners in detail and finds plenty of alternatives.

Tidal Bay heads eight in Rowland Meyrick

Filed on 23 Dec 2008 @ 14:52

A total of eight horses have been declared for the Grade Three Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day, Friday, December 26, headed by dual Grade One scorer Tidal Bay on 11st 12lb. The Howard Johnson-trained seven-year-old enjoyed a phenomenal first campaign over fences last season, gaining victories at the highest level in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival and the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree.

TBA and ROA to offer lease exchange service

Filed on 23 Dec 2008 @ 09:31

The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association and the Racehorse Owners' Association have devised a system to put breeders/vendors of unsold yearlings and prospective owners in contact to establish free leasing arrangements.

Cloudy Lane set for Rowland Meyrick

Filed on 22 Dec 2008 @ 14:51

Cloudy Lane looks set to try and continue the scintillating recent form of trainer Donald McCain when he lines up in the Grade Three Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day.

Katchit to head straight to Champion Hurdle

Filed on 22 Dec 2008 @ 14:45

Reigning Champion Hurdler Katchit is likely to head straight to Cheltenham to defend his crown in March according to trainer Alan King.

The five-year-old hasn't sparkled this term and was a somewhat disappointing fourth behind Binocular in the International at Ascot on Saturday.

Vacare gives Clement 1,000th win

Filed on 22 Dec 2008 @ 09:24

Hollywood Park, 22 December 2008

Odds-on favorite Vacare (Lear Fan — Appealing Storm, by Valid Appeal), given a perfect trip by Jose Valdivia Jr., overhauled Gotta Have Her and In My Glory in the stretch to score a one-length victory in Sunday's Grade Two Dahlia Handicap at Hollywood Park as trainer Christophe Clement notched career win No. 1,000.

Maurice Zilber, trainer of Dahlia, dies at 88

Filed on 22 Dec 2008 @ 09:15

The trainer Maurice Zilber has died at the age of 88 after battling cancer for the last few years.

The Egyptian-born trainer left the country of his birth after Nasser assumed the presidency in 1956, and moved to France. There he established close ties with owners Daniel Wildenstein and Nelson Bunker Hunt.

Pioneerof The Nile prevails in thrilling Futurity

Filed on 21 Dec 2008 @ 09:47

Hollywood Park, 21 December 2008

Baffert has Kentucky Derby prospect to replace Midshipman after narrow win

Pioneerof The Nile (Empire Maker — Star Of Goshen, by Lord At War) had trainer Bob Baffert thinking Kentucky Derby after he scored a thrilling victory over I Want Revenge in Saturday's Grade One CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.

Denman receives Boxing Day entry

Filed on 21 Dec 2008 @ 09:41

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman appears as one of 32 entries in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) at Wincanton on Boxing Day.

The eight-year-old is yet to return to the track after a fibrillating heart required attention in the autumn.

More Listed success for Dansant

Filed on 20 Dec 2008 @ 15:28

The Gerard Butler-trained Dansant (Dansili — La Balagna, by Kris) claimed a fifth Listed win on Saturday, landing the Quebec Stakes over 1m 2f at Lingfield.

Sentry Duty seals Henderson treble

Filed on 20 Dec 2008 @ 15:18

Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson saddled the winners of the three big hurdle races at Ascot on Saturday with Sentry Duty taking The Ladbroke after Binocular and Punchestowns had won earlier on the card.

Punchestowns impressive in Ascot romp

Filed on 20 Dec 2008 @ 14:35

Nicky Henderson's red letter day at Ascot continued in the Long Walk Hurdle, where Punchestowns sauntered home an impressive winner ahead of stablemate Duc De Regniere.

Lough Derg had set a decent early pace before falling back climbing out of Swinley Bottom, leaving Blazing Baileys in front. Punchestowns raced in fifth spot under Barry Geraghty, and made his move turning for home. In the straight Geraghty was looking around for dangers but saw none as Punchestowns, an impressive handicap winner at Chetenham in November, was travelling with consummate ease as his rivals began to feel the heat. After the last, Gergahty rode the winner out to register an 11 length success; Mobaasher was a close third and Blazing Baileys stayed on for fourth.

Binocular leaves rivals toiling

Filed on 20 Dec 2008 @ 13:53

The Nicky Henderson-trained Binocular saw his price for the Champion Hurdle contract to 6-4 after a deeply impressive win in the rescheduled Boylesports International at Ascot on Saturday.

Ruby Walsh had made the two mile contest into a stamina test, setting a searching pace on Celstial Halo and opening up a substantial advantage. Binocular raced at the rear of the field of five, but after the third last hurdle moved effortlessly past the pack to take closer order with the leader. In the straight he jumped effortlessly to the lead, still on a tight rein, and was ridden out to win by four and a half lengths in a manner that suggests that there is more to come from the four-year-old.

Asmussen reaches 600 winner mark

Filed on 20 Dec 2008 @ 09:49

United States, 20 December 2008

Capping a season that already has yielded enough highlights to merit an Eclipse Award as North America’s outstanding trainer, Steve Asmussen on Thursday night sent out his 600th winner of the season to become the first on the continent to record that many victories in a year.

Deep Purple impressive in Grade Two win

Filed on 19 Dec 2008 @ 15:24

The Grade Two BGC Noel Novices' Chase at Ascot on Friday saw the Evan Williams-trained Deep Purple make all to win in a highly encouraging performance.

The seven-year-old son of Halling ran up a five-timer over hurdles last season - including victory on this card last year - before finding Breedsbreeze too good in the Tolworth Hurdle last January.

Medermit outbattles Dee Ee Williams at Ascot

Filed on 19 Dec 2008 @ 14:25

The Nick Gifford-trained Dee Ee Williams was sent off the 3-1 favourite for the Grade Two Mitie Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle at Ascot on Friday after promising wins at Cheltenham and Ascot this season, but it was the Alan King-trained 14-1 shot Medermit that prevailed by a short head after battling with the favourite on the run-in. Medermit had travelled well throughout the race, but made an error three out that cost him momentum.

Purple Moon heads Cumani's Dubai quartet

Filed on 19 Dec 2008 @ 09:40

Purple Moon to run in Dubai Sheema Classic

Narrow Hong Kong Vase runner-up Purple Moon heads a four-strong Luca Cumani-trained squad for the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Goliaths Boy tops stronger session at Doncaster

Filed on 19 Dec 2008 @ 09:27

December Sale closes with a stronger session

Trade picked up on the second and final day of the DBS December Sales that saw 213 horses sell for a total of £1,124,150 at an average of £5,277.

AON return likely for Denman

Filed on 18 Dec 2008 @ 14:53

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman is likely to make his chasing return in the AON Chase at Newbury on 7 February, though he could have a spin over hurdles before then.

Trainer Paul Nicholls told At The Races: "He's just quite not ready and there wasn't an obvious race for him yet. He wouldn't have been ready for the Lexus but he's working along nicely and I'm very, very happy with him.

John Best targets Hollywood Grade One

Filed on 18 Dec 2008 @ 09:38

Hollywood Park, 18 December 2008

Kentucky Derby in mind for Lingfield maiden winner

Martin Smith, assistant and exercise rider for English trainer John Best, hopes the stable enjoys as much success in the Grade One CashCall Futurity on Saturday at Hollywood Park with Axel Foley (Officer — Morganza, by Clever Trick) as it did with Square Eddie in the Breeders Futurity at Keeneland in October.

Half sister to Battlecry tops selective session at Doncaster

Filed on 18 Dec 2008 @ 09:28

An unraced daughter of ALFLORA topped a selective day's trading on the first day of the DBS December Sales when selling to Louise Kemble for £20,000. The four year old is out MISS ORCHESTRA, winner of the Grade Three Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter and is a half brother to BATTLECRY, who was sold at the DBS NH Breeze-Up Sales before winning the Grade Two River Don Novice Hurdle and being placed in the Grade One Royal & SunAlliance Chase at the Cheltenham Festival this year. There was plenty of interest for the long term breeding prospect, but it was Nick Sarson who made the final bid for the filly, who was consigned by Shamrock Bloodstock and has been bought by the TBA Chief Executive for her Elms Stud.

Duff lands fourth Listed prize

Filed on 18 Dec 2008 @ 09:19

The Edward lynam-trained Duff (Spinning World — Shining Prospect, by Lycius) had another profitable trip to England on Wednesday, winning the Listed Sunbury Stakes at Kempton. Kevin Manning grabbed the rail from his inside draw and dictated terms throughout, drawing clear of Salsa Steps in the straight to win comfortably.

Champion Chase possible for Well Chief

Filed on 17 Dec 2008 @ 14:58

Two mile chaser Well Chief is back in light work for trainer David Pipe and could run in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenahm in March.

The nine-year-old has had two lengthy periods of injury, but owner David Johnson told At The Races: "He is doing light work at David's yard and obviously the Queen Mother is his main target. I suppose being hard, this is the last chance saloon for him really. He isn't getting any younger but he doesn't have a lot of miles on the clock and he is a huge talent. He has had leg problems but hopefully they are behind him now and we are just keeping our fingers crossed.