Front-running Un De Sceaux wins the Ryanair

Filed on 17 Mar 2017 @ 12:19

The enigma that is Un De Sceaux produced a sublime front-running performance to make most in the Grade One Ryanair Chase to provide Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh with a quickfire double on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, following Yorkhill's JLT Novices' Chase victory.

Special Tiara shines in the Champion Chase as Douvan returns lame

Filed on 17 Mar 2017 @ 12:16

Special Tiara (11/1) delivered the finest performance of his career to be crowned a shock winner of the 2017 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase with a superb front-running performance in the two-mile chasing championship at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Buveur D'Air gives Henderson his sixth Champion Hurdle

Filed on 14 Mar 2017 @ 18:55

McManus registers his 50th Festival winner

Nicky Henderson's Festival total rose to 57 after 5/1 chance Buveur D'Air gave him a sixth Stan James Champion Hurdle success, making him the winning-most trainer ever in the hurdling championship.

Yanworth heads 12 declared for the Champion Hurdle

Filed on 13 Mar 2017 @ 12:25

Favourite Yanworth leads the way among the 12 declared runners for the Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle over two miles on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.

Yanworth (Alan King/Mark Walsh), second in last year's Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurde, is the 3/1 market leader with Stan James after an unbeaten 2016/2017 campaign.

Churchill heads 129 remaining in the Derby

Filed on 10 Mar 2017 @ 13:43

The 2017 Investec Derby has 129 three-year-olds going forward following the March 7 scratchings deadline, headed by champion juvenile and ante-post favourite Churchill (Galileo).

Last year's Classic went to Harzand, who handed a first Investec Derby success to trainer Dermot Weld and a fifth to his owner the Aga Khan. The same owner and trainer could be represented this time around by Haripour, a half-brother to Harzand, who was runner-up in a maiden at Gowran Park on his only start in October.

Godolphin's Prize Money sees off Postponed at Meydan

Filed on 6 Mar 2017 @ 11:05

Dubai, 5 March 2017

The 2410m Group Two Dubai City Of Gold sponsored by Emirates SkyCargo was won 12 months ago by Postponed who then followed up on World Cup Day in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic.

Thomas Crapper comes home 20 lengths clear at Newbury

Filed on 6 Mar 2017 @ 11:01

The Grade Three William Hill "High 5" Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup, a handicap chase over two and a half miles at Newbury on Saturday, saw Thomas Crapper (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste, 8/1) come out in front. The 10-year-old was recording his second success over the course and distance, having previously taken a handicap chase in April, 2016.

Ballyandy heads Twiston-Davies' Cheltenham team

Filed on 3 Mar 2017 @ 11:14

Nigel Twiston-Davies is particularly looking forward to the first day of the four-day meeting, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14, when he has a strong hand.

The trainer said at a media visit on Thursday: "We have just about totally decided to go for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (the opening race at 1.30pm) with Ballyandy. He cantered to the last in the Betfair Hurdle and quickened away nicely.

Sole Power retired from racing

Filed on 3 Mar 2017 @ 11:08

Multiple Group One-winning sprinter Sole Power has been retired from racing, trainer Eddie Lynam has announced.

Lynam told Press Association Sport "We've decided to call it a day with him.

Thistlecrack to miss the Gold Cup with tendon injury

Filed on 21 Feb 2017 @ 14:00

Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack will not run again this season after suffering a tendon injury.

Trainer Colin Tizzard told Press Association Sport: "Thistlecrack is out for the season, unfortunately.

Cue Card bounces back with effortless Ascot Chase victory

Filed on 21 Feb 2017 @ 13:36

The Colin Tizzard-trained Cue Card showed his old zest when winning the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday, reeling in the frontrunning Royal Regatta before bounding clear to win by 15 lengths from Shantou Flyer.

Juddmonte International prize fund boosted to £1m

Filed on 13 Feb 2017 @ 12:19

The Group One Juddmonte International will become the richest race ever run at York, with £1,000,000 on offer this August.

Connections of horses seeking to follow such superstars as Frankel or Sea The Stars into the Winner’s Enclosure on the opening day, Wednesday 23 August, will be the beneficiaries of a £100,000 rise in prize money.

Winx returns with 14th straight Group win

Filed on 13 Feb 2017 @ 12:17

Australia, 13 February 2017

Champion galloper Winx (Street Cry) showed she was in to give Sydney racegoers an autumn to remember with an awesome first up win in Monday's's Group Two Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.

Altior impresses in the Game Spirit

Filed on 13 Feb 2017 @ 12:15

Altior (Nicky Henderson/Nico de Boinville, 30/100 Favourite) could not have been more impressive as he sauntered to a facile 13-length victory in the Grade Two Betfair Exchange Chase - the Game Spirit Chase - at Newbury on Saturday.

Native River outpaces Denman Chase rivals

Filed on 13 Feb 2017 @ 12:12

Native River (Colin Tizzard/Aidan Coleman, 11/10) completed his preparation for next month's Cheltenham Gold Cup with an authoritative three and a quarter length victory in the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury on Saturday.

Douvan cruises home in the Tied Cottage Chase

Filed on 6 Feb 2017 @ 11:14

Douvan made it 13 wins from 13 starts for trainer Willie Mullins when running out a dominant winner of the Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown on Sunday, making virtually all under Ruby Walsh to come home unchallenged. Realt Mor was a distant second with Draycott Place third.

Top Notch lands four-timer in the Scilly Isles Chase

Filed on 6 Feb 2017 @ 11:09

JLT Chase the Festival target

The Nicky Henderson-trained Top Notch won the Grade One Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown on Saturday, jumping and travelling smoothly before powering five lengths clear to beat Baron Alco, with Le Prezien another length and a quarter away in third.

Buveur D'Air cut for the Champion Hurdle after effortless Sandown victory

Filed on 6 Feb 2017 @ 11:04

The Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur D'Air was a dominant winner of the Betfred Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday, putting himself in the picture for the Stan James Champion Hurdle next month.

Many Clouds post mortem finds severe pulmonary haemorrhage

Filed on 31 Jan 2017 @ 13:56

Following the sad loss of Many Clouds at Cheltenham racecourse on Saturday 28 January, a post mortem has been carried out to ascertain the cause of this fatal incident.

The post mortem was initiated by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), with permission of the horse’s owner, Trevor Hemmings, and trainer, Oliver Sherwood, and carried out by Veterinary Investigation Services Ltd with a member of Three Counties Equine Hospital in attendance.

Arrogate wins the Pegasus World Cup

Filed on 31 Jan 2017 @ 13:54

Gulfstream Park, 29 January 2016

Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate left little doubt about his status as the world’s No. 1 racehorse on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, overpowering his 11 rivals, including two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, while capturing the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) by 4 3/4 lengths.

Tragic end at Cheltenham after Many Clouds outbattles Thistlecrack

Filed on 31 Jan 2017 @ 13:47

Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood/Leighton Aspell, 8/1) caused an upset in the BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday when defeating 4/9 favourite Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard/Tom Scudamore) most gamely by a head, rallying to regain the lead close home, with last year's winner Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson, 7/1) another 17 lengths back in third.

Champagne West makes all in the Thyestes Chase

Filed on 26 Jan 2017 @ 16:45

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Champagne West made all the running to run out an impressive winner of the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday, picking up well to beat Ucello Conti by seven-and-a-half-lengths.

Cheltenham Novice Chase entries revealed

Filed on 26 Jan 2017 @ 16:43

Entries for the three Grade One novices' chases run at the Cheltenham Festival - the £175,000 Racing Post Arkle Novices' Chase (2m, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14), the £175,000 RSA Novices' Chase (3m, Ladies' Day, Wednesday, March 15) and the £150,000 JLT Novices' Chase (2m 4f, St Patrick's Thursday, March 16) have been unveiled.

Un De Sceeaux heads entries for rescheduled Clarence House Chase

Filed on 26 Jan 2017 @ 16:41

Irish raider Un De Sceaux heads seven entries for rearranged Grade One Spectra - Cyber Security Solutions Clarence House Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The two-mile contest has been rescheduled following the abandonment of Ascot on Saturday, January 21.

Ladbrokes to sponsor Newbury's November jumps meeting

Filed on 24 Jan 2017 @ 13:37

Bookmaker to sponsor two day festival following Hennessy's departure

Newbury Racecourse has agreed a long-term sponsorship partnership with leading bookmaker Ladbrokes, covering 13 races on both days of its biggest Jump meeting.