Joseph O'Brien to reduce riding commitments in 2016

Filed on 15 Oct 2015 @ 08:34

Joseph O'Brien is preparing to saddle his first runner as a registered handler at a point to point at Loughrea in Co Galway on Sunday, and has announced that he is to scale back his rides on the Flat next season.

Dubawi colt sets Book 2 record at 725,000 gns

Filed on 14 Oct 2015 @ 08:44

Average rises 10% at Tattersalls Tuesday

Trade on Tuesday's second day of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continued to be strong with the highlight coming at the beginning of the sale when a colt by Dubawi achieved a record breaking price of 725,000 guineas when selling to John Ferguson. The day saw a total of 227 lots sell for 15,340,500 guineas at an average of 67,579 guineas, a rise of 10% on last year, and a median of 50,000 guineas. There were a total of 45 lots that sold for 100,000 guineas or more whilst 7 lots sold for 200,000 guineas or above.

Idaho has Group One targets after Curragh maiden win

Filed on 14 Oct 2015 @ 08:30

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Idaho (Galileo) could run in the Racing Post Trophy or at Group One level in France after running out an impressive three and a half length winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at the Curragh on Tuesday.

Jack Hobbs heads 15 confirmations for the Champion Stakes

Filed on 13 Oct 2015 @ 08:47

Free Eagle and Time Test to bypass Ascot showpiece

Irish Derby winner heads Jack Hobbs 15 horses confirmed for the Group One QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

His trainer John Gosden told PA Sport: "When you put that kind of race on for that kind of money you'll get a lot of really classy and tough horses.

Raven's Pass filly tops Book 2 opener

Filed on 13 Oct 2015 @ 08:36

Average dips 8% from 2014's strong opening session

Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale got underway on Monday with the highest price for a filly at the sale since 2008 when Tony Nerses secured the Raven'’s Pass filly from Rathbarry Stud for 370,000 guineas.

Faugheen could return in the Morgiana Hurdle

Filed on 13 Oct 2015 @ 08:30

Vautour likely to run at Ascot

The unbeaten Champion Hurdle winner Faugheen is likely to make his seasonal reappearance in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown next month - a race won for the last three seasons by his now-retired stablemate Hurricane Fly.

Emotionless expected to make full recovery from knee injury

Filed on 12 Oct 2015 @ 07:29

The Charlie Appleby-trained Emotionless has been found to be suffering from a knee injury after his disappointing run in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, where he finished last behind the explosive winner Air Force Blue.

Grumeti bests Oriental Fox in the Cesarewitch

Filed on 12 Oct 2015 @ 07:25

The Alan King-trained Grumeti got up to win the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday, edging out Oriental Fox in a photograph in a tight finish to the marathon contest.

Winning rider Adam Beschizza was landing the second loeg of the Autumn Double, having won the Cambridgeshire on Third Time Lucky a fortnight ago.

Air Force Blue surges clear for brilliant Dewhurst win

Filed on 12 Oct 2015 @ 07:19

Son of War Front even money for the 2000 Guineas after Newmarket romp

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Air Force Blue (War Front) won the Group One Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday in highly impressive fashion, surging remorselessly clear under Ryan Moore to beat Massaat by three and a quarter lengths. Sanusd Per Aquam was third.

Galileo's Minding powers clear in the Fillies' Mile

Filed on 9 Oct 2015 @ 14:51

Moore: "She's a truly exceptional filly

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Minding (Galileo) was a brilliant winner of the Group One Dubai Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on Friday, travelling powerfully throughout under Ryan Moore before surging four and a half lengths clear on the run to the line. The previously unbeaten Nathra was second with Hawksmoor third.

First Victory steps up with Oh So Sharp win

Filed on 9 Oct 2015 @ 14:22

Teofilo half sister to Ihtimal unbeaten in two starts

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained First Victory (Teofilo) responded well to pressure from her rider William Buick to run out a game winner of the Group Three Vision Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket on Friday, beating Alamode by a length.

Showcasing's Quiet Reflection wins the Cornwallis

Filed on 9 Oct 2015 @ 14:17

Commonwealth Cup possible for speedy daughter of Showcasing

The Karl Burke-trained Quiet Reflection (Showcasing) stepped up with a maiden Pattern success when winning the Group Three Dubai Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket on Friday, taking up the running a furlong out under Graham Lee and powering two and a half lengths clear.

Tattersalls Book 1 concludes with record turnover

Filed on 9 Oct 2015 @ 07:11

Street Cry filly tops quieter third session at 800,000 gns

The Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 concluded on THursday with a record turnover. Trade on a somewhat quieter the final day saw a total of 124 lots sell for 24,375,000 guineas at an average of 196,573 guineas and a median of 140,000 guineas. This took the three day totals to 372 lots sold for 82,744,500 guineas, an increase of 4% on last year’s figures, at an average of 222,431 guineas - down 5.7% from last year - and a median of 150,000 guineas, unchanged on 2014. There were six lots that broke the million guineas barrier and 37 that sold for 500,000 guineas or more. The clearance rate matched last year, at 80.5%.

Unbeaten Almanzor gives Wootton Bassett his first stakes winner

Filed on 9 Oct 2015 @ 07:06

Classic campaign in prospect for Rouget-trainee

Freshman sire Wootton Bassett had his first stakes winner when the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Almanzor (Wootoon Bassett) won the Listed Grand Criterium de Bordeaux at Bordeaux on Thursday, pulling three lengths clear of Camp Courage.

Dubawi filly tops Tattersalls Day 2 at 2.1m gns

Filed on 8 Oct 2015 @ 07:25

Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continued in robust fashion on Wednesday with four lots topping the 1 million guineas mark, and a daughter of Dubawi realising the top priced yearling in the world this year. A total of 125 lots were sold for 28,690,500 guineas at an average of 229,524 guineas - down 2% from last year - and a median of 130,000 guineas, a 13% decline from 2014. The cumulative totals for the two day sale are almost identical to last year, with the clearance of 81% matching 2014.

Claret Cloak has Cheltenham Showcase aim

Filed on 8 Oct 2015 @ 07:20

Cheltenham opener moves back a week to take centre stage

Cheltenham’s new season commences with The Showcase on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. The two-day meeting is staged a week later this year to avoid a clash with QIPCO Champions Day at Ascot.

Galileo filly tops Book 1 opener at 1.3m guineas

Filed on 7 Oct 2015 @ 07:14

Opening session stronger than last year, posts 28% rise in average

A colt and a filly by Galileo topped a strong opening day of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale on Tuesday. Trade was brisker than last year's opening session, with 123 lots sold for 29,679,000 guineas, an increase of 47% on last year. The average of 241,293 guineas was up by 28%, and the a median of 160,000 guineas was 14% ahead of last year's opening day figure. The average for the entire sale last year was 235,935 guineas.

Oaks winner Qualify to be sold at Tattersalls December Sale

Filed on 6 Oct 2015 @ 09:05

This year’s Oaks winner Qualify (Fastnet Rock) is to be sold at the Tattersalls December Sale
Trained by Aidan O’Brien to win the fillies' Classic for owner Chantal Regalado Gonzalez, the daughter of Fastnet Rock will be the first Epsom Oaks winner to be sold at public auction in the year of her Classic triumph for more than 50 years and will be offered from the The Castlebridge Consignment.

Golden Horn brilliant in the Arc as Treve fourth

Filed on 4 Oct 2015 @ 15:05

Breeders' Cup swansong possible before stallion duties at Darley

The John Gosden-trained Derby, Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes winner Golden Horn (Cape Cross) ran out a brilliant winner of the Group One Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, quickening from second under Frankie Dettori to prove invincible in the straight. Flintshire was second for the second year running, with Prix du Jockey Club winner New Bay third. Treve, seeking an historic third win in the race, was fourth, her trademark turn of foot blunted on going faster than ideal for her.

Covert Love outbattles Jazzi Top in the Prix de l'Opera

Filed on 4 Oct 2015 @ 15:02

Palmer looking to possible Arc bid with Azamour filly

Hugo Palmer's golden season continued at Longchamp on Sunday when his Irish Oaks winner Covert Love (Azamour) was a game winner of the Group One Prix de l'Opera, finding more in front to outbattle John Gosden's Jazzi Top, winning by a nose under Pat Smullen. We Are closed fast to take third.

Manduro's Ultra unbeaten in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere

Filed on 4 Oct 2015 @ 14:58

The Andre Fabre-trained Ultra (Manduro) is unbeaten in three starts after a battling victory over the John Gosden-trained Cymric in the Group One Qatar Prix Jean-luc Lagardere at LOngchamp on Sunday. Both the first two home are woned by Godolphin. Galileo Gold was third for Hugo Palmer.

Ballydoyle wins the Prix Marcel Boussac

Filed on 4 Oct 2015 @ 14:54

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Ballydoyle (Galileo) bounced back from a second placed finish in the Moyglare Stud Stakes to run out an emphatic winner of the Group One Total Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp on Sunday, beating Jim Bolger's Turret Rocks, with Qemah (12/1) third.

Andrea Atzeni to leave Qatar Racing

Filed on 4 Oct 2015 @ 11:57

Jockey Andrea Atzeni has announced that he is to leave his role as retained rider for Qatar Racing and will take up a role with Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, the owner of Postponed, who has recently moved his string from Luca Cumani to Roger Varian.

Prince Gibraltar tops record Arc Sale at €1.35 million

Filed on 4 Oct 2015 @ 11:43

Aggregate rises 20% to €7,774,000

A vintage renewal of the Arqana Arc Sale, held on the eve of Longchamp’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe fixture, returned a record aggregate of €7,774,000, up 20% from 2014, which was already a record figure. The clearance rate of 76% was also a record, with 32 of the 42 horses in training on offer changing hands. The average price was €242,938, down 9%.

Free Port Lux wins the Dollar as Cirrus des Aigles fifth

Filed on 3 Oct 2015 @ 15:22

De Royer-Dupre saddles Group Two double at Longchamp

The Freddy Head-trained Free Port Lux (Oasis Dream) won the Group Two Prix Dollar at Longchamp on Saturday, returning to the kind of form he showed last year when beating Fractional by three parts of a length. Air Pilot was third, and Cirrus des Aigles, looking for his fourth success in the race, faded late on into fifth.