Viva Pataca lands second Hong Kong Gold Cup

Filed on 22 Feb 2009 @ 15:24

Hong Kong, 22 February 2009

John Moore had a Group One double at Sha Tin On Sunday, with Viva Pataca winning the Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup for the second successive year as an odds-on favourite and Dim Sum, ridden by new Club Jockey James Winks, registering a 50/1 upset in the Chairman's Sprint Prize.

Grade One February Stakes win for Success Brocken

Filed on 22 Feb 2009 @ 11:00

Japan, 22 February 2009

The torch was passed on from dirt champions Kane Hekili and Vermilion to a group of outstanding 4-year-olds on Sunday afternoon as Success Brocken (Symboli Kris S — Success Beauty, by Sunday Silence) won the February Stakes in record time, the Japan Racing Association’s first Grade One race of 2009.

Impressive Santa Anita win for Georgie Boy

Filed on 22 Feb 2009 @ 10:11

Santa Anita, 22 February 2009

Georgie Boy (Tribal Rule — Ippodamia, by Peterhof), who won three successive graded stakes before going to the sidelines as a three-year-old last year, followed up his smashing victory in the Sunshine Millions Sprint with a rousing come-from-behind score Saturday as the odds-on favorite in Santa Anita’s 71st running of the Grade Two San Carlos Handicap while covering seven furlongs in 1:21.85.

Presious Passion scores in Mac Diarmida

Filed on 22 Feb 2009 @ 10:08

Gulfstream Park, 22 February 2009

Patricia Generazio’s remarkable 6-year-old gelding Presious Passion (Royal Anthem — Princesa´s Passion, by Marquetry) set brisk early fractions and was seven lengths in front after one mile of the Grade Two Mac Diarmida Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, but he had enough left to hold on for a half-length victory over Fab Oak Stable and Kona Stable’s Quasicobra at the finish line of the 1 3/8 miles turf test.

Listed double for grandsons of Green Desert

Filed on 21 Feb 2009 @ 16:30

Lingfield Park saw two Listed races run on Saturday, and both fell to grandsons of Danzig-line stallion Green Desert.

The Cleves Stakes over 6f saw Matsunosuke (Magic Ring — Lon Isa, by Grey Desire) run on from the rear to collar the favourite, multiple Listed winner Duff, on the line. Matsunosuke was coming off two handicap wins on the all weather this year. Our stallion statistics databse shows that Magic Ring had two winners from 14 runners in Europe in 2008 for earnings of £87,800; his best representative in Europe was three-time Listed winner Aldora in 2003.

Merigo gets up in Eider Chase

Filed on 21 Feb 2009 @ 16:01

The totesport Eider Chase at Newcastle was won by Timmy Murphy on subsequent Grand National winner Comply Or Die 12 months ago and the jockey was victorious again on Saturday on Merigo.

The Andrew Parker-trained gelding had raced prominently but looked beaten as Morgan Be took the lead in the straight when travelling easily, but he tired on the run-in, allowing Merigo to retake the lead with a late rattle that saw him grab the spoils in the dying strides.

Nacarat impressive in Racing Post Chase

Filed on 21 Feb 2009 @ 15:52

The Racing Post Chase at Kempton on Saturday was won by the Tom George-trained Nacarat, who made all under AP McCoy. Nacarat had set a generous pace alongside Endless Power and was clear approaching the home turn, where he applied more pressure whilst travelling well. Hold Em gave chase at this point, but Nacarat had plenty in reserve and went further and further clear in the straight to win impressively. Possol ran on for second with the favourite Big Fella Tanks taking third from Hold Em in fourth.

Reward For Effort wins Blue Diamond Stakes

Filed on 21 Feb 2009 @ 09:43

Australia, 21 February 2009

First Group One winner for Exceed And Excel

Darley sire Exceed And Excel had a first Group One winner on Saturday when Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel — Miss Prospect, by Rory´s Jester) won the Group One Arrowfield Stud Blue Diamond Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield.

Tattersalls introduce Breeze-Up bonus

Filed on 21 Feb 2009 @ 09:37

Tattersalls have introduced a £500,000 Breeze Up Bonus for eligible graduates of the Craven and Guineas Breeze-Up Sales.

The first 40 winners of 2yo Maiden, Conditions or Stakes races worldwide purchased from participating breeze up sales in 2009 will each receive a premium of £10,000 on top of the normal race prize-money won. An additional 20 races carrying a £5,000 bonus are also up for grabs.

Bankable impressive in Dubai

Filed on 21 Feb 2009 @ 09:31

Dubai, 21 February 2009

Johnny Murtagh rode a double at Friday’s eighth meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, including winning the featured 1777m Group Three Balanchine Stakes, a race restricted to fillies and mares, on the Herman Brown-trained My Central who he brought from last to first in the final 500m.

Craven start for Cecil's Guineas hope

Filed on 20 Feb 2009 @ 15:08

The Henry Cecil-trained On Our Way, the winner of the Houghton Conditions Stakes on the Rowley Mile last autumn, could start his season in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on April 16 ahead of a possible crack at the 2000 Guineas.

Impressive allowance win for Coolmore's $3.7 million Dunkirk

Filed on 20 Feb 2009 @ 09:34

Giulfstream Park, 20 February 2009

Florida Derby next for son of Unbridled's Song

$3.7 million Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase Dunkirk (Unbridled's Song), owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, drew off to an explosive 4¾-length victory in Thursday’s eighth race allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

Zambezi Sun set to make US debut

Filed on 20 Feb 2009 @ 09:26

Santa Anita, 20 February 2009

Sunday's 53rd running of the GradeTwo San Luis Obispo Handicap at Santa Anita has attracted 14 entries, including 2007 Grand Prix de Paris winner Zambezi Sun, who will be making his US debut.

Honolulu retired to French National Stud

Filed on 20 Feb 2009 @ 09:20

Doncaster Cup winner Honolulu (Montjeu) has been retired to stand at the French National Stud at Le Lion D'Angers, where he joins Khalkevi, Roman Saddle and Network on the stallion roster.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien, as a three year old Honolulu was second to Purple Moon in the Ebor before being sent off favourite for the St Leger, where he was third to Lucarno. Last year he won the Queen Alexandra Stakes before his impressive Group Two win at Doncaster in Spetember. His last start was in the Melbourne Cup, where he faded after settinga fast early pace.

Naaqoos to return to action in Prix Djebel

Filed on 20 Feb 2009 @ 09:17

Group One Prix Jean Luc Lagadere winner Naaqoos (Oasis Dream) is likely to make his return to the track in the Listed Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte on April 10. No decision on whether he will contest the English r French 2000 Guineas will be taken until after his return.

Gladiatorus takes Dubai Group Two

Filed on 20 Feb 2009 @ 09:10

Dubai, 20 February 2009

Victory for Young Mick on good night for British trainers

Local trainer Mubarak Bin Shafya and horses trained in the UK shared the honours at Thursday’s seventh meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival with three winners apiece.

Huge entries for Festival handicaps

Filed on 19 Feb 2009 @ 13:52

The first running of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle has drawn an amazing 216 initial entries. The new contest – staged over and extended two and a half miles – will be the penultimate race of the 2009 Cheltenham Festival on Friday, March 13, and has attracted huge interest.

Cheltenham Gold Cup preview

Filed on 19 Feb 2009 @ 11:40

The Blue Riband and for many the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival. Recent events have thrown the race into a state of confusion and some would say disbelief - Graham Richards previews the race.

South Africans look to continue Al Fahidi Fort dominance

Filed on 19 Feb 2009 @ 09:39

Dubai, 19 February 2009

Kevin Shea bids for fourth consecutive win in Group Two

Thursday’s seventh meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival is a nine race card featuring the Group Two Al Fahidi Fort.

Montmartre retired from racing

Filed on 19 Feb 2009 @ 09:30

Montmartre, the runaway winner of the 2008 Group One Grand Prix de Paris, has been retired from racing after a recurrence of the setback which prevented the colt from being trained for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Nicholls: Kauto Star the one to beat

Filed on 19 Feb 2009 @ 09:11

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls held a press open day at his Ditcheat stables on Wednesday, and declared that Kauto Star was the one to beat in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Nicholls said: "We have learned now that he needs to be fresh. There are not many horses who have had the defeats he has had - like against Denman last year - and bounced back to show top-class form. I think Kempton on Boxing Day was one of his very best runs.

Cousin Vinny and Mikael D'Haguenet head Cheltenham novice acceptors

Filed on 18 Feb 2009 @ 12:17

Fascinating novice events in prospect at Cheltenham

Always a thrilling curtain-raiser to The Festival, a total of 68 contenders go forward in the Grade One Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the opening contest on Tuesday, March 10. Timeform are unable to split the Willie Mullins-trained pair of Cousin Vinny and Mikael D’Haguenet in the two-mile event, with both on 153p, 6lb clear of their closest rival. Successful in the 2008 Weatherbys Champion Bumper, Cousin Vinny unseated his regular partner Mr Patrick Mullins at the last when looking the likely winner of the Grade One Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown last Sunday while Mikael D’Haguenet has won all his four starts in impressive fashion this season. The same duo also head the Timeform ratings for the 77 acceptors in the Grade One Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on Wednesday, March 11, with the pair 1lb clear of Pandorama, who benefited from the fall of Cousin Vinny when taking the Deloitte Novice Hurdle while Diamond Harry, twice triumphant at Cheltenham this season and aiming to give Nick Williams a first Festival success, is on 147P.

Gross falls 29% at OBSC Breeze-Up Sale

Filed on 18 Feb 2009 @ 09:43

Florida, 18 February 2009

Hip No. 107, a Graeme Hall filly consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, was sold to Buzz Chace, Agent for West Point Thoroughbreds, for $340,000 to top the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2009 February Selected Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. The chestnut filly is out of Vines of Justice, by Judge T C, a half sister to graded stakes placed Un Fino Vino. She worked an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show.

Sarissa tops Arqana February Sale

Filed on 18 Feb 2009 @ 09:38

Arqana's 2009 selling season opened on Tuesday with the February Sale. Overall 68% of the lots on offer sold for an aggregate of €878,500 for an average price of €5,663.

In addition to French investors, buyers had flown in from Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, Germany, Libya, Denmark and the Czech Republic, as well as several prominent British agents such as Highflyer Bloodstock, McKeever St Lawrence and Stephen Hillen.

Daiwa Scarlet retired from racing

Filed on 18 Feb 2009 @ 09:33

Japan, 18 February 2009

Four-time Grade One winner Daiwa Scarlet has been retired from racing. The five-year-old was being prepared for the February Stakes when diagnosed with superficial flexor tendonitis.