Always Dreaming pulls clear in the Kentucky Derby

Filed on 8 May 2017 @ 09:22

<>i>Churchill Downs, 6 May 2017

Bodemeister colt delivers second win in the race for Todd Pletcher

MeB Racing Stables, Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stable, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds’ favored Always Dreaming (Bodemeister) shook clear of longshot State of Honor at the half-mile pole, opened a daylight advantage and cruised to a 2 ¾-length victory overLookin At Lee to win the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Churchill triumphs in the 2000 Guineas

Filed on 8 May 2017 @ 09:18

Last season's champion juvenile colt Churchill (Galileo-Meow, by Storm Cat) became a Classic winner on his first start at three with a brilliant victory in the Group One 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday.

Cloth Of Stars lands the Prix Ganay

Filed on 2 May 2017 @ 07:40

Cloth of Stars (Sea the Stars) won for the third time this season for his fourth attempt at Group One level in the Prix Ganay, the first top-level event of the 2017 season, on Monday at Saint-Cloud.

Sistercharlie scores in the Prix Penelope

Filed on 24 Apr 2017 @ 09:59

Sistercharlie (Myboycharlie) won a very open renewal of the Group Three Prix Penélope at Saint-Cloud on Sunday. Ridden by Maxime Guyon, who brought her closer to the pace in the turn to avoid being outpaced in the final stretch, the filly went past her six rivals to score by a length, the front-running second Listen In (Sea the Stars) keeping a nose on favourite Rythmique (Casamento) and a neck over Music Lover (Palace Episode).

Vociferous Marina lands the Salsabil Stakes

Filed on 24 Apr 2017 @ 09:57

The Jim Bolger-trained Vociferous Marina (Vocalised) came from last to first to win the Listed the Coolmore Stud E.B.F. Salsabil Stakes at Navan on Sunday, putting her in the picture for a possible tilt at the Irish Oaks.

Barney Roy and Dabyah impress in Newbury Classic Trials

Filed on 24 Apr 2017 @ 09:36

The Group Three JLT Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday saw Godolphin's Barney Roy (Excelebration) run out an impressive winner. Godolphin's other runner in the seven-furlong contest, 9/4 favourite Dream Castle (Saeed bin Suroor/Oisin Murphy) quickened into a clear advantage over a furlong out but 5/2 shot Barney Roy, trained by Richard Hannon, produced a strong run to take the lead entering the final half-furlong and galloped out strongly for a two-length success. Zainhom (Sir Michael Stoute/Jim Crowley) finished third, a further four lengths in arrears.

Eminent stays on to win the Craven

Filed on 20 Apr 2017 @ 15:34

The Martyn Meade-trained Eminent (Frankel) was an impressive winner of the Group Three bet365 Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, staying on strongly under Jim Crowley to beat Racing Post Trophy winner Rivet by a length and three quarters.

Brando pulls clear in the Abernant

Filed on 20 Apr 2017 @ 15:30

The Kevin Ryan-trained five-year-old Brando (Pivotal), a Group Three winner and winner of the Ayr Gold Cup last season, made a winning start to 2017 with a length victory in the Group Three Abernant Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

Scat Daddy colt tops record Craven Sale

Filed on 20 Apr 2017 @ 15:14

The Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale saw records set across the board and a top price of 675,000 guineas for a colt by Scat Daddy and 98 lots sold over the two days for an aggregate of 14,120,000 guineas, a new record, bettering the previous record set in 2008 by more than 2 million guineas. The average and median both rose 30% and 42% to 144,082 guineas and 110,000 guineas, both new records as well. The sale saw a total of 57 lots sell for 100,000 guineas or more, eclipsing the previous record of 40 et in 2008.

Soleil Marin wins the Prix Noailles

Filed on 18 Apr 2017 @ 10:19

Soleil Marin (Kendargent) won his fifth consecutive race in the Group Three Prix Noailles at Chantilly on Sunday. The Group Three is a stepping stone to the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby-Gr1), run on the same course and distance of 2,100 meters. Trained by André Fabre for Godolphin, whom he joined after his last win under Mrs Elisabeth Fabre’s silks, the handsome colt fought hard against stablemate Akihiro (Deep Impact), who was making his comeback and only failed by a head.

Rhododendron and Hydrangea head Investec Oaks entries

Filed on 13 Apr 2017 @ 14:56

The entries for the Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 2, have been unveiled, with 54 three-year-old fillies engaged.

Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien has won the latest two renewals of the Investec Oaks, with Minding (2016) and Qualify (2015), and been successful six times in all. He has the most entries (12) of any handler in 2017.

£360,000 Kodiac Colt tops record Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale

Filed on 13 Apr 2017 @ 14:44

The Goffs UK Breeze Up Sale at Doncaster on Wednesday saw records broken with a new record top price breezer of £360,000 and a clearance rate of 90%.

Coming off the back of a superb Royal Ascot last season where the sale enjoyed four winners – two at Group One level – buyers from around the world drove the average up 37% on last year’s sale, and more importantly up 16% on 2015’s record sale, to £45,025. A total of 12 horses made over £100,000, up from nine in 2015’s record sale. One of three lots to exceed £200,000 was Tally-Ho Stud’s Kodiac colt (Lot 89) which sold to Richard O'Gorman for £360,000 – a new record top price for the sale.

Fabre wins the Djebel and Imprudence with Al Wukair and Via Ravenna

Filed on 11 Apr 2017 @ 10:56

André Fabre was in red-hot form at Maisons-Laffitte on Monday, with four winners, including both Group Threes and the Listed race. His Super Monday began with 3yo Last Kingdom (Frankel)'s first win in the Prix Good Luck maiden. Ridden by Prince Faisal's retained jockey Silvestre de Sousa, the colt followed German raider Empire of the Star (Siyouni) and took over to score handily.

Cloth Of Stars wins the Prix Harcourt for in-form Godolphin and Fabre

Filed on 11 Apr 2017 @ 10:46

Godolphin were in form at Chantilly on Sunday, winning three races, including the top contest of the day, the Prix d'Harcourt (Gr2), with odds-on favorite Cloth of Stars (Sea The Stars). The André Fabre-trained 4yo colt broke the record for the 2,000 meters trip in 1'58''77 by 1.6 seconds, three weeks only after setting a new race record in the Prix Exbury (Gr3) at Saint-Cloud.

One For Arthur wins the Grand National

Filed on 8 Apr 2017 @ 18:12

One For Arthur won the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, beating Cause Of Causes by four and a half lengths. This was the second win in the race for Scotland - Rubstic's victory in 1979 was the first.

Rekindling wins the Ballysax for Joseph O'Brien

Filed on 8 Apr 2017 @ 17:31

The Group Three P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday was won by the Joseph O'Brien-trained Rekindling (High Chaparral), holding off Douglas Macarthur by half a length with Yucatan another half a length away in third.

Yanworth takes 3 miles in his stride in the Liverpool Hurdle

Filed on 8 Apr 2017 @ 17:27

A relieved Alan King greeted Yanworth as he returned after winning the Grade One Ryanair Stayers Liverpool Hurdle under Barry Geraghty at Aintree on Saturday.

The J P McManus-owned seven-year-old disappointed when favourite on his last outing for the Stan James Champion Hurdle, finishing seventh.

Winx lands her 12th G1 in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Filed on 8 Apr 2017 @ 11:23

Australia, 8 April 2017

Australia's champion racemare Winx (Street Cry) will be spelled with a third Cox Plate victory a goal after another sizzling win, this time in today's Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

Fox Norton an impressive winner of the Melling for in-form Tizzard

Filed on 8 Apr 2017 @ 11:16

The Colin Tizzard-trained 4/1 shot Fox Norton, was an impressive six-length winner of the G1 JLT Melling Chase at Aintree on Friday.

Travelling ominously well entering the home straight under Robbie Power, the seven-year-old son of Lando produced a superb leap at the final fence and showed a potent turn of foot to register a decisive success.

Might Bite makes all to win the Mildmay Chase

Filed on 8 Apr 2017 @ 11:13

The Nicky Henderson-trained 8/13 favourite Might Bite recorded a game success in the G1 Betway Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree on Friday, following up his RSA Chase victory at last month's Cheltenham Festival.

Buveur D'Air pulls five lengths clear in the Aintree Hurdle

Filed on 8 Apr 2017 @ 11:10

4/9 favourite Buveur D'Air, trained by Nicky Henderson, took the step up to two miles and four furlongs in his stride, as he registered an authoritative victory in the G1 Betway Aintree Hurdle on Thursday.

Tea For Two gets the better of Cue Card in the Betfred Bowl

Filed on 6 Apr 2017 @ 16:04

10/1 shot Tea For Two, trained by Nick Williams, was the gutsy winner of the G1 Betfred Bowl Chase at Aintree on Thursday.

In a thrilling finish, the eight-year-old son of Kayf Tara battled on gamely in the closing stages under a superb Lizzie Kelly ride to master long-time leader and last year's winner 2/1 favourite Cue Card, who went down by a neck.

Defi Du Seuil adds Aintree G1 to remain unbeaten over hurdles

Filed on 6 Apr 2017 @ 16:00

The Philip Hobbs-trained Defi Du Seuil maintained his unbeaten run over hurdles when landing the G1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree on Thursday.

He was almost certain to be ranked the top four-year-old hurdler in training before the race, but his game win ended any speculation - ridden by Barry Geraghty in the colours of J P McManus, Defi Du Seuil won by one and a quarter lengths and four and a half lengths from Divin Bere and Bedrock, convincingly enough, if not with the sparkle of some of his victories. The winner, who had landed the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham on his previous start, was sent off the 4/11 favourite.

Minding heads 28 entries for the Lockinge

Filed on 6 Apr 2017 @ 15:57

Seven-time Group One winner Minding (Galileo) heads 28 entries for the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, May 20. The early season mile highlight for older horses has been won by Frankel, Canford Cliffs and Farhh in recent years.

Thunder Snow heads 10 second entries for the Derby

Filed on 6 Apr 2017 @ 15:46

Group One Criterium International winner Thunder Snow (Helmet) features among 10 second entries for the Investec Derby, bringing the number of three-year-olds going forward to 136.