Racing

Cacique colt sets Book 3 record at 100,000 gns

Filed on 17 Oct 2014 @ 07:41

Book 3 opens with average of 20,500 gns and 88% clearance rate

Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale got started with a flourish on Thursday with 17 lots selling for 50,000 guineas or more and the six-figure barrier broken for the first time at the sale. A total of 269 lots were sold for 5,516,250 guineas at an average of 20,507 guineas and a median of 16,000 guineas. The clearance on the opening day was 88%. A direct comparison with last year's opening session is not possible as last year's sale was held over three sessions, rather than two this year.

Maxime Guyon to ride for the Wertheimers

Filed on 17 Oct 2014 @ 07:35

French rider Maxime Guyon has been appointed as retained rider for the Wertheimer brothers from next season. Guyon has been a mainstay for trainer Andre Fabre in the last few seasons, and piloted Miss France to her 1000 Guineas success at Newmarket in May.

Poet's Voice colt shatters October Book 2 record

Filed on 16 Oct 2014 @ 15:54

Average and median rise 36% and 35% respectively

Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale concluded on Wednesday with a new sale record price of 525,000 guineas as well as records for turnover, average and median. The final session saw a total of 217 lots sold for 13,730,500 guineas, at an average of 63,274 guineas and a median of 48,000 guineas. This took the three-day totals to 660 lots sold for 42,555,500 guineas, which was a rise of 17% and a new sale record. The average for the sale rose 36% to a record 64,478 guineas whilst the median rose 35% to a record 50,000 guineas. The clearance rate for the sale was 87% and there were 11 lots that sold for 300,000 guineas or more, compared with just one last year whilst the number of 200,000 guineas lots rose from nine to 27.

Strong rises continue as Kyllachy colt tops Tattersalls Tuesday

Filed on 15 Oct 2014 @ 07:15

Book 2 sees a 39% rise in turnover in the second session

Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continued on Tuesday with trade remaining buoyant. Seven lots sold for 200,000 guineas or more on the second day, taking the two-day total to 18 with the Kyllachy colt out of Constitute leading the way at 320,000 guineas. The day saw a total of 216 lots sell for 13,314,000 guineas at an average of 61,639 guineas and a median of 49,000 guineas. The turnover was up 39% on the corresponding session last year whilst the average and median rose 29% and 36% respectively.

Encke put down after gallops injury

Filed on 15 Oct 2014 @ 07:10

Godolphin's Encke (Kingmambo), who denied Camelot the Triple Crown when winning the 2012 St Leger winner, has been put down after suffering a fatal injury during routine exercise on the Newmarket gallops.

Shamardal colt tops Book 2 opener as average rises 48%

Filed on 14 Oct 2014 @ 07:58

Aggregate rises 73% as clearance rate hits 89% at Tattersalls

Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale got underway on Monday with an immensely strong day's trade. The fireworks started on the opening lot which sold for 270,000 guineas and was one of eleven lots to better the 200,000 guineas mark compared with just 9 at the whole sale in 2013. Seven lots topped the 300,000 guineas mark including the session topping Shamardal colt at 370,000 guineas which was the highest price at this sale since 2008. A total of 227 lots were sold for 15,511,000 guineas, a rise of 73% on the 2013 opening session whilst the average and median rose 48% and 37% respectively to 68,330 guineas and 52,000 guineas. The clearance rate was an impressive 89%.

Fetlock injury rules Wise Dan out of Breeders' Cup Mile defence

Filed on 14 Oct 2014 @ 07:52

Dual Breeders' Cup Mile winner Wise Dan will not defend his title in this renewal of the Grade One contest at Santa Anita Grade One on November 1 after being ruled out of the race with an ankle injury.

War Command retired to stand at Coolmore

Filed on 14 Oct 2014 @ 07:49

Last season’s Dewhurst Stakes winner War Command (War Front) has been retired and will stand at Coolmore for the upcoming breeding season.

The son of War Front stormed to prominence when demolishing his 14 rivals by six lengths in the Coventry Stakes just 11 days after winning his maiden first time out at Leopardstown. Stepping back up to seven furlongs he recorded two further successes in the Group Two Futurity Stakes and the Group One Dewhurst Stakes. Bred by Joseph Allen, War Command is out of Wandering Star (Red Ransom), who won the Grade Two E.P. Taylor Stakes for trainer James Fanshawe.

Taghrooda retired to the paddocks

Filed on 13 Oct 2014 @ 15:12

Oaks and King George winner Taghrooda (Sea The Stars) has been retired to the paddocks, a week after she ran a fine third to Treve from a wide draw in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Half sister to Lord Shanakill gains Curragh Listed win

Filed on 13 Oct 2014 @ 07:14

Together Forever wins the Silken Glider Stakes

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Together Forever (Galileo), a half sister to Group One winner Lord Shanakill, improved off a five length maiden win last time to win the Listed Silken Glider Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, quickening smartly clear under Joseph O'Brien to beat stablemate Cocoon by three lengths.

Treve to stay in training; third Arc the target

Filed on 12 Oct 2014 @ 09:12

Star French filly Treve (Motivator) - who bounced back to form in style last weekend to win her second Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - is to remain in training as a five-year-old next season to aim for an unprecedented third victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

Australia retired to stud after hoof problem disrupts Champion Stakes preparation

Filed on 12 Oct 2014 @ 09:08

Derby winning son of Galileo to stand at Coolmore

Australia (Galileo), the son of Galileo and multiple One winner Ouija Board has been retired after a drop in his right-hind foot jeopardised his preparation for Champions Day at Ascot.

Crown Queen completes four-timer with QEII Challenge Cup win

Filed on 12 Oct 2014 @ 09:04

Keeneland, 11 October 2014

Half sister to Royal Delta wins Keeneland Grade One

Besilu Stables’ Crown Queen (Smart Strike) stormed to the front inside the eighth pole and fought off a late bid from Ball Dancing to win the 31st running of the Grade One Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End by three-quarters of a length at Keeneland on Saturday afternoon.

Commemorative quickens to Autumn Stakes success

Filed on 12 Oct 2014 @ 08:53

Zamindar colt could be supplemented to the Racing Post Trophy

The Charlie Hills-trained Commemorative (Zamindar) won the Group Three Betfred Goals Galore Autumn Stakes - a race won last year by Kingston Hill - quickening three lengths clear under James Doyle before drifting left, where he nonetheless had plenty in hand to see off Restorer by a length.

Fastnet Rock's Amicus wins the Thousand Guineas

Filed on 12 Oct 2014 @ 08:50

Australia, 11 October 2014

The Group One MRC Thousand Guineas at Caulfield on Saturday was won by the Chris Waller trained filly Amicus (Fastnet Rock).

Placed at each of her three previous runs this campaign, she stripped fit and ready to go for her first crack at the 1600 metres and was ridden a forward race by Hugh Bowman.

Wertheimers end their association with Olivier Peslier

Filed on 11 Oct 2014 @ 07:51

Leading French owners the Wertheimer brothers have brought their association with jockey Olivier peslier to an amicable end after a successful 12 year run.

During that time, Peslier has ridden Goldikova to her 14 Group One wins, with other notable highlights being Solemia's victory in the 2012 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Intello's win in the Prix du Jockey Club victory last year.

Siyouni's Souvenir Delondres wins the Prix Eclipse

Filed on 11 Oct 2014 @ 07:30

The Jonathan Pease-trained Souvenir Delondres (Siyouni) continued her upward progression with victory in the Group Three Prix Eclipse at Chantilly on Friday, where she outbattled La Berm in the final furlong, staying on to win by a half length.

2.6m Galileo colt tops record October Book 1

Filed on 10 Oct 2014 @ 07:30

Gross, average and median all reach record levels as average rises 14% to 236,000 gns

Records were smashed on the final day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale which saw a Galileo colt sell for 2.6m guineas, the highest price for a yearling in the world this year, and new records set for turnover, average and median for a single day and the whole sale. The turnover, which fell narrowly short of 80m guineas was also the highest turnover for a sale in European auction history.

Unbeaten Alea Iacta wins the Prix Thomas Byron

Filed on 10 Oct 2014 @ 07:07

Invincible Spirit filly emphatically beats colts at Saint-Cloud

The Andre Fabre-trained Alea Iacta (Invincible Spirit) remains unbeaten in two starts after winning Thursday's Group Three Prix Thomas Byron at Saint-Cloud, seeing off her male opponents when running on strongly alone on the stands' side under Maxime Guyon.

Italy to remain in the European Pattern

Filed on 9 Oct 2014 @ 09:00

The European Pattern Committee has decided that Italy will remain part of the Pattern for 2015 at least. Italian races had faced exclusion from the European Pattern unless improvements were made, particularly in respect of the timely payment of prize money to owners.

Shamardal half to Halfway To Heaven sells for 1.7m gns at Tattersalls

Filed on 9 Oct 2014 @ 08:25

John Ferguson active as October Book 1 continues

There were records galore on the second day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale with the Shamardal half-brother to Halfway To Heaven selling for the highest price for a yearling in the world this year when knocked down for 1,700,000 guineas and the turnover, average and median all setting record benchmarks for a single day at a European yearling sale. A total of 123 lots were sold for 28,930,000 guineas at an average of 235,203 guineas and a median of 150,000 guineas. The clearance for the day was 87%.

I don't know whether it has been due to the weather, but this year's crop of yearlings seem to be exceptional

Catalogued as lot 214, the colt by Shamardal out of the King’s Stand Stakes winner CAssandra Go saw a rare head to head battle between two of racings superpowers, Sheikh Mohammed and Coolmore’s John Magnier. John Ferguson, standing alongside Sheikh Mohammed and Magnier traded 100,000 guinea bids that stopped only when Magnier declined to answer Ferguson’s bid of 1,700,000 guineas. The price represents the highest price for a yearling anywhere in the world in 2014.

Cigar dies at the age of 24

Filed on 9 Oct 2014 @ 08:03

Inaugural Dubai World Cup winner dies after surgery

American star Cigar (Palace Music), who tied Citation's 16 race winning streak in a 22 month period from 1994 to 1996, died on Tuesday evening following complications after surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky after surgery to alleviate severe osteoarthritis in his neck.

Oasis Dream colt out of half to Attraction tops October Book 1 opener

Filed on 8 Oct 2014 @ 07:57

Median rises 19% to opening day record of 140,000 gns

Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale got underway at Park Paddocks on Tuesday with a son of Oasis Dream topping the proceedings on the opening day. A total of 107 lots were sold for 20,185,000 guineas at an average of 188,645 guineas and a median of 140,000 guineas. The average represented the second highest opening day average for the sale, whilst the median, which was up 19% was a new opening day record for the sale.

Treve bounces back for superb repeat win in the Arc

Filed on 5 Oct 2014 @ 20:01

Motivator filly repays her trainer's faith

The Criquette Head-Maarek-trained Treve (Motivator) bounced back to form to run out an authoritative winner of the Group One Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, repeating her victory in last year's renewal of the race - which was the last time the Motivator filly had won a race.

We Are bursts clear in the Prix de l'Opera

Filed on 5 Oct 2014 @ 19:48

The Freddie Head-trained We Are (Dansili) was disqualified from her three length victory in the Prix Saint-Alary earlier this season after a hormone irregularity, but she made amends in style on Sunday, bursting clear to win the Group One Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp. Ribbons was second, and Roger Varian's Listed winner Hadaatha third.