Main Sequence could head to Hong Kong afrer BC Turf victory

Filed on 3 Nov 2014 @ 08:18

Main Sequence (Aldebaran) stormed to a fourth consecutive Grade One win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (2400m) at Santa Anita on Saturday, denying Andre Fabre's Arc runner-up Flintshire.

Trainer Graham Motion has not ruled out the prospect of the five-year-old turning up at the Hong Kong International Races before year’s end.

Karakontie bursts clear in the BC Mile

Filed on 3 Nov 2014 @ 08:14

Son of Bernstein heads 1-2 for France

This season's Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Karakontie (Bernstein) won the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Saturday, bursting clear in the straight to win with something in hand.

Menorah stays on strongly in the Charlie Hall Chase

Filed on 1 Nov 2014 @ 17:16

Silviniaco Conti folds tamely at Wetherby

The Philip Hobbs-trained Menorah powered clear of his rivals in the final quarter mile to win the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday. The favourite Silviniaco Conti disappointed, folding tamely in the straight having set out to make all.

What A Warrior makes all in the United House Gold Cup

Filed on 1 Nov 2014 @ 17:12

Skelton targeting the Hennessy Gold Cup

The Dan Skelton-trained What A Warrior made all to win the United House Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Ascot on Saturday, finding plenty to see off Vino Griego early in the straight, and battling well to see off Black Thunder by half a length. Merry King was six lengths back in third.

Road To Riches has Lexus aim after Down Royal victory

Filed on 1 Nov 2014 @ 17:07

Nole Meade strikes with Galway Plate winner in Champion Chase

The Noel Meade-trained Galway Plate winner Road To Riches continued his progression when making all to win the Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday, seeing off a tired-looking Rocky Creek into second, with Boston Bob third.

Happy Trails registers third G1 win in the Mackinnon

Filed on 1 Nov 2014 @ 09:27

Australia, 1 November 2014

Beshara: "I think he’s the best weight-for-age horse in Australia, if not the world"

Happy Trails (Good Journey) put a luckless run in the $3 million Cox Plate behind him with a last-stride victory in Saturday’s Group One Longines Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

Preferment wins the Victoria Derby as Waller scores G1 double

Filed on 1 Nov 2014 @ 09:22

Australia, 1 November 2014

Zabeel colt breaks his maiden in Flemington Group One

The Chris Waller-trained Preferment (Zabeel) carried Hall of Fame jockey Damien Oliver to victory in the Group One AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday. The Zabeel colt downed Bondeiger in a thrilling battle, with Nozomi third.

Untapable in command in the BC Distaff

Filed on 1 Nov 2014 @ 09:17

Santa Anita, 31 October 2014

Kentucky Oaks winner caps brilliant three-year-old season

Untapable (Tapit) confirmed herself the best filly in America when adding Friday's Grade One Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita to her earlier wins in the Kentucky Oaks, Mother Goose Stakes Cotillion Stakes.

Goldencents defends BC Dirt Mile crown

Filed on 1 Nov 2014 @ 09:15

Santa Anita, 31 October 2014

Goldencents successfully defended his Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile title with a front-running performance at Santa Anita, surging clear of Vicar's In Trouble and holding off the running-on Tapiture in the straight, with Pants On Fire in third.

Hootenanny wins the BC Juvenile Turf under Dettori

Filed on 1 Nov 2014 @ 09:11

Santa Anita, 31 October 2014

Windsor Castle Stakes winner wins for Wesley Ward

The Wesley Ward-trained Hootenanny (Quality Road), the winner of this season's Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, wore down the pacesetting Luck of the Kitten to win the Grade One Cup Juvenile Turf under Frankie Dettori at Santa Anita on Friday.

Record Tattersalls HIT Sale concludes with 16% rise in aggregate

Filed on 31 Oct 2014 @ 10:19

The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale continued in strong fashion on Thursday's final day, albeit at a lower level than the previous three days. The final session saw 186 lots sold for 1,288,800 guineas at an average of 6,929 guineas and a median of 4,500 guineas. The clearance for the day stood at 89%, marginally ahead of the clearance rate for the sale which was a remarkable 88%. The four day sale saw a total of 922 lots sell for a record 24,304,100 guineas, which was a 16% increase on the 2013 renewal. The average and median also rose, by 13% and 30% respectively to 26,360 guineas and 13,000 guineas.

Vert De Grece pulls 4 lengths clear in the Criterium International

Filed on 30 Oct 2014 @ 17:55

Juvenile Group One winner for Verglas

Roger Varian saddled yeat another juvenile Group One winner when Vert De Grece (Verglas) showed a telling turn of foot in testing conditions to win the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud on Thursday. Johnny Barnes was second, with Sherlock back in third

Listed win for daughter of Playful Act

Filed on 30 Oct 2014 @ 17:46

Tearless wins the Fleur de Lys Fillies' Stakes

The Listed Fleur de Lys Fillies' Stakes at Lingfield on Thursday was won by the Charlie Appleby-trained Tearless (Street Cry), who pulled a length and a quarter clear of Lamar in second.

G Force could run in the Hong Kong Sprint

Filed on 30 Oct 2014 @ 16:41

O'Meara's Group One-winning sprinters could head to Sha Tin

Yorkshire trainer David O'Meara could have three representatives at this year's Longines Hong Kong International Races, including his two crack sprinters G Force and Move In Time in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint on 14 December.

Havana Cooler tops record session at Tattersalls HIT

Filed on 30 Oct 2014 @ 10:26

Son of Hurricane Run sells for 425,000 gns as median rises 43%

The third day of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale saw a record turnover for a session at the sale with 256 lots sold for 10,032,000 guineas. The major indicators were all up on the corresponding session last year with the average up 33% to 39,188 guineas and the median up 43% to 20,000 guineas. The top priced lot for the day and the sale was Havana Cooler at 425,000 guineas who was one of five lots to sell for 300,000 guineas or more. As was the case yesterday, the clearance was outstanding at 90%.

Producer tops Tattersalls Tuesday at 250,000 gns

Filed on 29 Oct 2014 @ 08:33

Aggregate rises 15% as 19 lots fetch six-figure sums

The action stepped up a notch on Tuesday's second day of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale with nineteen lots selling for 100,000 guineas or more, including three that doubled that figure. A total of 250 lots were sold for 7,532,300 guineas, a rise of 15% on the corresponding session last year, whilst the average rose 8% to 30,129 guineas and the median stayed constant at 16,000 guineas. The clearance was an impressive 90%.

Dubawi's fee raised to £125,000 for 2015

Filed on 28 Oct 2014 @ 08:13

Shamardal also sees substantial rise to €70,000

Darley has announced its European stud fees for 2015, and the roster awill once again be headed by Dubawi, whose fee has been raised to £125,000 (from £100,000) after another landmark year that saw him reach 50 Group winners faster than any stallion ever. With five individual Group One winners worldwide in 2014, his progeny remain in high demand with yearling colts fetching top prices of 1.6m and 1.4m guineas at the recent Tattersalls October sales.

Black Granite heads Tattersalls HIT opener at 155,000 gns

Filed on 28 Oct 2014 @ 08:01

Median rises 40% as clearance rate rises to 85%

The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale got off to a strong start on Monday with eight lots topping six-figures and the median and average both well up. A total of 230 lots were sold for 5,451,000 guineas, at an average of 23,700 guineas and a median of 14,000 guineas. The average and median rose of 11% and 40% respectively compared with last year’s opening session.

Silviniaco Conti heads Charlie Hall entries

Filed on 28 Oct 2014 @ 07:55

A total of 11 entries, featuring some of the best chasers on either side of the Irish Sea, have been received for the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has two entries for the 2014 renewal, headed by last season's King George VI Chase hero Silviniaco Conti. The eight-year-old, who took the Wetherby highlight by 11 lengths in 2012, was last seen out when securing his third Grade One in the Betfred Bowl at Aintree in April. The Somerset handler's other possible contender is Hennessy Gold Cup runner-up and Grand National fifth Rocky Creek.

Bobs Worth could make hurdles return

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 16:58

2013 Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth could make his seasonal debut in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, with trainer Nicky Henderson reluctant to return to Haydock for the Betfair Chase.

Henderson told The Tines: "The first big target for Bob is the Lexus in Ireland after Christmas which he won last year, but getting him there is not easy.

Short days, long memories

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 16:48

All in all, I think November is my favourite month. Eric Eldin just beating Lester Piggott, Gaykart inches too good for Pretty Puffin and a term’s bar bills paid. The bus back to Cambridge in the early fading light, Cherry Hinton shop girls, Parker’s Piece in darkness, penny for the guy, mister, the gas fire, Proust and La Rochefoucauld. They’ve fought a losing battle with racing for nearly fifty years but have never quite given up.

Final Score emulates her half sister in Rome Group One

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 08:11

Second Italian Group One in a week for Dylan Thomas

The Stefano Botti-trained Final Score (Dylan Thomas) emulated her year older Manduro half sister when winning the Group One Premio Lydia Tesio at Rome on Sunday, seeing off the fast-finishing Lacy by a nose.

Zawraq sees off 3.6m gns Sir Isaac Newton at Leopardstown

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 07:58

Bolger harbours Classic hopes for Parish Boy

The Dermot Weld-trained Zawraq (Shamardal) made a winning debut at Leopardstown on Sunday, battling well under Pat Smullen to see off Aidan O'Brien's Sir Issac Newton, who made headlines a year ago when aelling for 3.6m gns at Tattersalls.

Tac De Boistron doubles up in the Prix Royal-Oak

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 07:50

The Marco Botti-trained Tac De Boistron made it back to back wins in the Group One Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp on Sunday when coming with a powerful late run to see off James Fanshawe's Hi Jinx.

Military Attack enjoys perfect prep for Hong Kong Cup

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 07:48

Hong Kong, 26 October 2014

The HKG2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (Handicap), run at Sha Tin on Sunday, is an important stepping-stone to the LONGINES HKIR for horses aiming at races over a mile and beyond. The mile handicap was billed as a clash of the champions and it was the British import, Military Attack, who landed the triumphant blow to emerge victorious as the one-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year flashed home late in a thriller against top-class opponents.