Lui Rei beats Percolator in Prix Robert Papin

Filed on 27 Jul 2008 @ 14:42

The Group Two Prix Robert Papin over 1000m at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday saw the Armando Renzoni-trained Lui Rei (Reinaldo - My Luigia, by High Estate) beat the favourite, Paul Cole's Percolator, by half a length.

Mastercraftsman promoted to Guineas favouritism after Phoenix win

Filed on 27 Jul 2008 @ 14:11

O'Brien lands 15th Group One of the season

The Group Two Railway Stakes winner Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer - Starlight Dreams, by Black Tie Affair) made his stamina tell on Sunday when winning the Group One Phoenix Stakes over 6f at the Curragh, beating the evens favourite, Coventry Stakes winner Art Connoisseur by four and a half lengths.

McEvoy to return to Australia

Filed on 27 Jul 2008 @ 10:54

Jockey appointed as Darley's number one rider

Kerrin McEvoy is to depart Britain for Australia in the next few days to take up an appointment as number one jockey to the Darley operation, which expanded significantly after Sheikh Mohammed bought Woodlands Stud earlier this year.

Storm Mesa steps up to San Clemente win

Filed on 27 Jul 2008 @ 09:06

Del Mar, 27 July 2008

Eastern raider Storm Mesa (Sky Mesa - Narjis Flower, by Pleasant Colony), who won the Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows in her previous race, made a successful leap into racing’s major leagues today with an upset victory in Del Mar’s featured Grade Two San Clemente Handicap for three-year-old fillies.

Seven-year-old Commentator takes second Whitney

Filed on 27 Jul 2008 @ 08:42

Saratoga, 27 July 2008

Tracy Farmer’s seven-year-old Commentator (Distorted Humor - Outsource, by Storm Bird) had won the Grade One Whitney Handicap in 2005, beating Saint Liam by a neck. He repeated the feat on Saturday, leading all the way to win by four and three-quarter lengths.

Forever Together rallies to land Diana

Filed on 27 Jul 2008 @ 08:38

Saratoga, 27 July 2008

In only her third start on grass, the Jonathan Sheppard-trained Forever Together (Belong To Me - Constant Companion, by Relaunch) barreled from last to surge past Dynaforce in deep stretch, posting a three-quarters of a length victory in Saturday's Grade One Diana.

Ginger Punch storms home in Go For Wand

Filed on 27 Jul 2008 @ 08:29

Saratoga, 27 July 2008

Champion mare takes Saratoga Grade One for second time

Five-year-old Ginger Punch (Awesome Again - Nappelon, by Bold Revenue) won the Grade One Go for Wand Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, splitting her rivals with a gutsy move in deep stretch and muscling her way to the front to pull clear for a 1 ¼-length win over Copper State.

Angelo Minny impressive in Vichy Listed contest

Filed on 26 Jul 2008 @ 15:45

The Listed Prix des Rêves d'Or over 1000m at Vichy on Saturday saw Matwan (Indian Rocket - Spain, by Bering), trained by Cedric Boutin, run out a comfortable winner having been fast away into the lead. Little Dreams ran well for second without threatening the leader, three quarters of a length down at the line, whilst the 109-1 outsider Mirageleve took third.

Duke Of Marmalade sees off Papal Bull in King George thriller

Filed on 26 Jul 2008 @ 15:28

Top class perfomances from Duke Of Marmalade and Papal Bull

Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill - Love Me True, by Kingmambo) landed his fourth Group One of the season in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, but he had to dig deep to get past Papal Bull to win on his first start over 1m 4f. The pair were nine lengths clear of Youmzain in third.

Group Two win for Pipedreamer

Filed on 26 Jul 2008 @ 14:21

Cheveley Park Stud's Pipedreamer (Selkirk - Follow A Dream, by Gone West), has raced four times in Pattern comapny since landing a mighty gamble in the Cambridgeshire handicap last autumn, finishing third in all of them.

Fleeting Spirit to miss Nunthorpe

Filed on 26 Jul 2008 @ 14:07

Jeremy Noseda has revealed that the exciting Temple Stakes winner Fleeting Spirit will not be trained for a shot at the Nunthorpe.

The Invincible Spirit filly was among those affected as Shalfleet came under a cloud around the time of Royal Asot where she was third in the King's Stand.

African Skies wins Princess Margaret Stakes

Filed on 26 Jul 2008 @ 13:57

The Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes over six furlongs at Ascot was won by the Kevin Ryan-trained African Skies (Johannesburg - Rababah, by Woodman), who stepped up from a fourth pLace finish behind Cuis Ghaire in the Albany Stakes last time. Rosabee flashed home late to takes second, ahead of Excellerator in third.

Highest Honor pensioned at 25

Filed on 26 Jul 2008 @ 08:31

Haras du Quesnay have announced that 10 times leading sire in France Highest Honor is to be pensioned from stud duties at the age of 25.

Bred by Haras de la Louvière, the son of Kenmare raced in the colors of Issam Fares, the owner of Haras de Manneville. Trained by Pascal Bary, Highest Honor won the Group Three Prix Edmond Blanc and the Group One Prix d’Ispahan (Fr-I) at 4. At three he had been second in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains and the Group One Prix Jean Prat

Tobougg's Sweet Lilly back to form with York Listed win

Filed on 26 Jul 2008 @ 08:08

Four-year-old filly Sweet Lilly (Tobougg - Maristax, by Reprimand) won four times as a juvenile, including the Listed Silver Tankard at Pontefract. She has won only once since - in the Listed Atalanta Stakes at Sandown last September - and had made the from only twice in six starts this term.

Bulwark looking for Cup double

Filed on 25 Jul 2008 @ 16:24

Alvechurch trainer Ian Williams revealed today that Chester Cup winner Bulwark is in sparkling form ahead of the Group Two Royal Bank Of Scotland Goodwood Cup, run over two miles at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday, July 31.

Baharah another Listed winner for Elusive Quality

Filed on 25 Jul 2008 @ 14:52

Four-year-old filly Baharah (Elusive Quality - Bahr, by Generous) won the Listed Valiant Stakes over a mile at Ascot on Friday, making progress from the rear of the five runners and quickening smartly to take the lead a furlong out, powering home a length and a half ahead of Barshiba.

Desert Party lands Sandford on dirt debut

Filed on 25 Jul 2008 @ 08:23

Saratoga, 25 July 2008

The second day of Saratoga Race Course’s 140th season on Thursday saw the rainy weather that forced the cancellation of several turf races as the main topic of conversation.

King Of Rome's Meld Stakes win completes O'Brien treble

Filed on 24 Jul 2008 @ 20:38

Aidan O'Brien's King Of Rome (Montjeu - Amizette, by Forty Niner) showed sufficient on the gallops after his second to stablemate Alessandro Volta in the Lingfield Derby Trial to be selected by Johnny Murtagh as his mount in the Derby. He was twelfth that day, one place behind Frozen Fire. A run in the Listed Hampton Court Stakes saw him finish third behind Collection, an dback in Group One company he was sixth to Kamsin in the German Derby.

Rip Van Winkle effortless as Cuis Ghaire beaten

Filed on 24 Jul 2008 @ 17:54

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Rip Van Winkle (Galileo - Looking Back, by Stravinsky) ran out an effortless winner of the Group Three Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday evening, overturning Jim Bolger's 1000 Guineas favourite Cuis Ghaire, who was second.

Tajaaweed on recovery mission in York Stakes

Filed on 24 Jul 2008 @ 17:24

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Tajaaweed has been declared along with 10 others for the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes at York on Saturday.

Tajaaweed started the current campaign off in the best possible way, winning the Group Three Dee Stakes at Chester on May 9. The son of Dynaformer handled the tight track well and booked his ticket for the Vodafone Derby, where he finished only eighth.

Honest Quality battles to Star Stakes win

Filed on 24 Jul 2008 @ 17:03

Juddmonte homebred Honest Quality (Elusive Quality - Honest Lady, by Seattle Slew) came into the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown on Thursday off a York maiden win at the end of May. She improved from that with a fine battling win, running on from three furlongs out to score by a head from Beat Seven, who pressed her all the way to the line. The pair were well clear of the remainder.

Jardin wins Schuylerville as Saratoga opens

Filed on 24 Jul 2008 @ 08:16

Saratoga, 24 July 2008

Two-year-old Jardin (Montbrook - Unlimited Pleasure, by Valid Appeal) won the Grade Three Schuylerville Stakes on the opening day of the 36 day meet at Saratoga on Wednesday, surging clear under Robby Albarado to a four length win. The victory was one of three on th day for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Hapsburg beats the colts in Grand Prix de Vichy

Filed on 24 Jul 2008 @ 08:06

The Eric Libaud-trained Anabaa filly Hapsburg (Anabaa - Magical Hawk, by Silver Hawk) won the Group Three Grand Prix de Vichy on Wednesday evening, beating the hot favourite Kocab by a short neck.

Morrison hoping for improvement from Stimulation

Filed on 23 Jul 2008 @ 15:53

East Ilsley trainer Hughie Morrison is hoping for further improvement from his classy three-year-old Stimulation, who nosed out Fat Boy to win the Listed Free Handicap over the distance on his seasonal debut at Newmarket in April, before finishing mid-division in the Group One 2000 Guineas over a mile in May.

Phoenix Tower back in work ahead of Juddmonte International

Filed on 23 Jul 2008 @ 14:42

Three-time Group One runner-up in good form ahead of York

The Henry Cecil-trained Phoenix Tower, narrowly beaten behind Mount Nelson in the Eclipse last time, is back in work ahead of his intended run in the Group One Juddmonte International at York next month.