Kauto Star heads Betfair Chase entries

Filed on 5 Nov 2008 @ 15:31

Kauto Star heads a high quality entry of 18 for the Betfair Chase at Haydock on 22 November. The former Gold Cup winner is bidding for a third consecutive win in the race. Trainer Paul Nicholls has also entered Racing Post Trophy winner Gungadu and Nozic.

Saint-Cloud stakes win for Observatory's Chasing Stars

Filed on 5 Nov 2008 @ 15:20

Juddmonte homebred Chasing Stars (Observatory - Post Modern, by Nureyev) gained a first black type win at her fourth time of asking when winning the Listed Prix Isola Bella over a mile at Saint-Cloud on Wednesday.

Natagora heads Tattersalls December Sale catalogue

Filed on 5 Nov 2008 @ 13:39

A total of 2728 lots have been catalogued for the forthcoming Tattersalls December Sale which takes place from November 24th – December 4th and comprises 1 day of 237 yearlings, 1261 foals over 5 days and 1230 lots of breeding stock over the final four days.

Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale opens

Filed on 5 Nov 2008 @ 09:39

The opening day of the Tattersalls Ireland November NH sale was the scene for the inaugural session of the NH Breeze Ups. Fifty three and four-year-old ready-to-runs had worked at Fairyhouse Racecourse on Monday and went through the ring on Tuesday.

Declines continue at Keeneland November Sale

Filed on 5 Nov 2008 @ 09:26

Keeneland, 5 November 2008

Mushka tops proceedings at $2.4 million

The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale continued on Tuesday, when 150 horses sold for gross sales of $42,006,000, down 39.5 percent from the corresponding session in 2007 when 186 horses brought $69,435,000. Average price was $280,040, down 25 percent from last year’s $373,306. Median price decreased 27.3 percent from $220,000 to $160,000.

Utmost Respect takes French Group Three

Filed on 4 Nov 2008 @ 16:47

Chipchase Stakes winner Utmost Respect (Danetime - Utmost, by Most Welcome), Group One placed in the Prix Maurice de Gheest and Sprint Cup since his Newcastle triumph, scored a second Group Three win at Maisons-Laffitte on Tuesday, winning the Prix de Seine-et-Oise over 1200m.

Smooth Operator takes Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte

Filed on 4 Nov 2008 @ 16:29

Big Shuffle gelding steps up to Group Two level

The good record of German raiders in the Group Two Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte continued in Tuesday's renewal with the gelded Smooth Operator (Big Shuffle - Salzgitter, by Salse), already the winner of the Listed Kronimus Rennen and the Group Three Prix Eclipse last time, running out a ready winner for the Mario Hofer stable. Peter Schiegen's Pomellato had won the race last year.

Ashley Brook impressive at Exeter

Filed on 4 Nov 2008 @ 16:02

Ten-year-old chaser Ashley Brook returned to his best form at Exeter on Tuesday, running out an impressive winner of the Grade Two William Hill Gold Cup Chase - the Haldon Gold Cup - over 2m 1.5f.

Motivator and Dr Fong see fees reduced

Filed on 4 Nov 2008 @ 11:16

Motivator and Dr Fong have both had their fees for 2009 reduced.

John Warren, manager for the stallions, said: “Under the current economic climate and wanting to be responsible to breeders, stud fees for both stallions will be reduced for 2009. This will provide a great opportunity for breeders looking to use these two smart stallions."

Rags To Riches to be bred to Henrythenavigator

Filed on 4 Nov 2008 @ 09:57

Kentucky, 4 November 2008

Last year's Belmont Stakes winner and champion three-year-old Rags to Riches (A.P. Indy) is to be bred to the recently retired dual 2000 Guineas winner Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo) in 2009, the Thoroughbred Daily News reports. Rags To Riches is currently in foal to Giant's Causeway.

Hystericalady tops opening session at Keeneland November

Filed on 4 Nov 2008 @ 09:43

Keeneland, 4 November 2008

Trade down substantially on last year's record figures

Demand for young, quality mares and broodmare prospects continued to be strong on the opening day of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale, which was highlighted by the sale of Grade One stakes-winner Hystericalady for $3 million.

Viewed holds Bauer in Melbourne Cup

Filed on 4 Nov 2008 @ 09:31

Australia, 4 November 2008

Cumani's charge second as O'Brien team flops

Cups King Bart Cummings landed his 250th Group One and 12th Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday when Viewed (Scenic - Lovers Knot, by Khozaam) held off the late charge of Luca Cumani's British raider Bauer by a nose.

Afsoun wins on chase debut

Filed on 3 Nov 2008 @ 17:34

Nicky Henderson's smart hurdler Afsoun - placed in the Champion Hurdle in 2007 - made a successful transition to fences on Monday, winning the Commscope Solutions & Anixter Business Partners Novices' Chase over two miles at Warwick, though the six-year-old didn't make matters easy for himself.

Break Water Edison, Livin Lovin to the fore in Aqueduct juvenile stakes

Filed on 3 Nov 2008 @ 09:53

Aqueduct, 3 November 2008

Eli Gindi’s Break Water Edison closed out his two-year-old campaign with a flourish as he took the lead in midstretch and went on to a 1¾-length victory over favored Hello Broadway in the 33rd running of the Grade Three Nashua Stakes Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Leah's Secret holds on in Chilukki Stakes

Filed on 3 Nov 2008 @ 09:50

Churchill Downs, 3 November 2008

Leah’s Secret (Tiger Ridge - Lady Cruella, by Capote), ridden by Rene Douglas, won her third graded stakes with a half-length victory over Unforgotten in Sunday’s Grade Two Chilukki Stakes for fillies and mares age 3 and up at Churchill Downs.

Vodka sets record time in 2cm Tenno Sho win

Filed on 3 Nov 2008 @ 09:46

Japan, 3 November 2008

Filly edges Diawa Scarlet in thriller

Last year's Japanese Derby winner Vodka became the new champion of the Grade One Tenno Sho (Autumn) on Sunday afternoon, edging archrival Daiwa Scarlet after a photo finish in what turned out to be one of the best races of all time. The difference between Vodka and Daiwa Scarlet at the line was two centimeters, and the time was a new record of 1 minute, 57.2 seconds over the 2,000 meters.

Better Than Honour fetches $14 million at Fasig-Tipton

Filed on 3 Nov 2008 @ 09:34

Kentucky, 3 November 2008

Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour stole the show at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected fall mixed sale on Sunday, selling to Mike Moreno’s Southern Equine Stable for $14 million, a world record for a broodmare at public auction. The previous record was set here last year when Playful Act sold for $10.5 million.

Almass impressive in Knockaire Stakes

Filed on 2 Nov 2008 @ 15:32

Derrinstown Stud stallions Elnadim and Alhaarth scored a Listed double in the two stakes contests at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The Knockaire Stakes over seven furlongs was won by the Kevin Prendergast-trained Almass (Elnadim - Harmless Albatross, by Pas De Seul), a three-year-old Shadwell homebred and the winner of the Listed Navigation Stakes last time.

Blockley's Zafisio takes Group One prize

Filed on 2 Nov 2008 @ 15:20

10 days after being warned off for two and a half years, trainer Paul Blockley landed the Group One Criterium International over 1600m at Saint-Cloud on Sunday.

Efisio colt Zafisio (Efisio - Goldthroat, by Zafonic) dug deep in the final furlong under Dominique Boeuf to deny the fast-finishing Prince Siegfried, trained by Andrew Balding, by half a length. The runner up had been short of room in the final 400m and this was an impressive effort on his first start over a mile.

Tidal Bay impressive on return

Filed on 2 Nov 2008 @ 14:52

Last season's Arkle winner Tidal Bay made his return to the track in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase at Carlisle on Sunday and, bar a slight error at the fourth, he put in a faultless round, travelling well before running on strongly from the third last to win by a comfortable 11 lengths from Rimsky. Royal & SunAlliance winner Albertas Run never threatened.

Candyman takes Iroquois

Filed on 2 Nov 2008 @ 09:43

Churchill Downs, 2 November 2008

Juvenile gelding Capt. Candyman Can (Candy Ride - Stormy Way, by Storm Creek), whose name was inspired by a 1970's hit song by Sammy Davis Jr., grabbed the lead heading into the far turn under jockey Julien Leparoux and rolled to a three-length victory in Saturday's 28th running of the Grade Three Iroquois Stakes on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Criticism delivers in Long Island Handicap

Filed on 2 Nov 2008 @ 09:38

Aqueduct, 2 November 2008

In Saturday's Grade Three Long Island Handicap Darley Stable’s homebred Criticism (Machiavellian - Innuendo, by Caerleon) finally got the room she needed in the lane and kicked clear to win the 1 ½-mile Aqueduct turf event by a length over J’Ray in 2:29.76.

Enticement a Listed winner for Her Majesty

Filed on 1 Nov 2008 @ 16:09

Her Majesty the Queen had a Listed winner at Newmarket on Saturday when her Montjeu filly Enticement (Montjeu - Ecoutila, by Rahy) won the Montrose Fillies' Stakes over a mile, staying on well in the final furlong to outbattle Super Sleuth by a short head. Splashdown was third, three quarters of a length down.

State Of Play lands Charlie Hall

Filed on 1 Nov 2008 @ 15:26

2006 Hennessy Gold Cup winner State of Play hadn't won since his Newbury triumph, but proved victorious in the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase over 3m 1f at Wetherby on Saturday, where he beat last year's winner Ollie Magern.

Easy win for Kauto Star on return

Filed on 1 Nov 2008 @ 15:08

Former Gold Cup winner Kauto Star retunred to action at Down Royal on Saturday, where he put in an impressive performance to win the Champion Chase.

The eight-year-old travelled sweetly for Ruby Walsh, floating over his fences in effortless style before being asked to take closer order leaving the back straight. He took the lead after the second last and soon stretched clear of his rivals, beating Light On The Broom by anm eased down 11 lengths. Knight Legend was third and The Listener was fourth.