Racing

Last to first for Contributer in the Wolferton Handicap

Filed on 20 Jun 2014 @ 14:19

Son of High Chaparral could return to Pattern company after second Listed triumph

The Listed Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot on Friday was won by the Ed Dunlop-trained Contributer (High Chaparral), who came with a well-timed late run from last place under George Baker, hitting the front with the well-backed favourite Bold Sniper and outbattling that rival to score by half a length.

Cursory Glance stretches clear in the Albany

Filed on 20 Jun 2014 @ 13:56

Daughter of Craig Bennett's 1.2m gns purchase wins at Royal Ascot

The Group Three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday saw the Roger Varian-trained Cursory Glance (Distorted Humor) quicken off a strong pace set by American raider Sunset Glow to stretch readily clear, passing the post two lengths clear. Sunset Glow hung on well for second, a neck ahead of York Listed winner Patience Alexander in third.

Leading Light prevails in Gold Cup thriller

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 15:33

Estimate takes second in close finish to Ascot marathon

Last year's St Leger winner Leading Light (Montjeu) won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday, but he had to fight hard to prevail as last year's winner Estimate fought all the way to the line, and the pacesetting Missunited kept up her remorseless gallop all the way to take a close third.

Bracelet scores in the Ribblesdale

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 14:55

Montjeu filly gives Ballydoyle their first winner of the week at Royal Ascot

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Bracelet (Montjeu) put a lowly finish in the 1000 Guineas behind her when stepping up up to 12f in the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday, where she came with a strong late run under Joseph O'Brien, seeing off the late challenge of Lustrous with something in hand. Criteria was third, with the favourite Vazira unplaced after a slow start saw her race in last place before making up ground in the straight, without ever troubling the principals.

Cannock Chase gets up in the Tercentenary Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 14:13

Full brother to 2011 winner lands Royal Ascot Group Three

The Group Three Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday was won by the well-backed Sir Michael Stoute-trained Cannock Chase (Lemon Drop Kid), who came from off the pace under strong driving from Ryan Moore to collar the pacesetting Barley Mow. Once in front Cannock Chase ducked to the rail, forcing Richard Hughes to snatch up on Barley Mow, which may have cost him a place as Mutakayyef and Postponed rushed to fill the places.

Baitha Alga surges clear in the Norfolk Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 13:38

The Great War well beaten as Fast Company registers first Group winner

The Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday saw the Richard Hannon-trained Woodcote Stakes winner Baitha Alga (Fast Company) pick up well off a strong pace under Frankie Dettori to surge clear, winning by a length and a half from Mind Of Madness,w ho came with an extraordinary late run from the rear under Ryan Moore. Alan Emarati was third, with the odds-on favourite The Great War unplaced and unable to land a blow.

Muteela gives Dansili Ascot stakes double

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 07:59

Mark Johnston on the scoresheet after Sandringham Handicap win

Muteela (Dansili) produced a gutsy performance in the final race of day two of Royal Ascot to win the mile Listed Sandringham Handicap by a short-head. The daughter of Dansili was always prominent and led a furlong out. Despite being challenged on all sides, she battled gamely to score and give both her trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Paul Hanagan, their first winner of the meeting.

Integral pulls clear in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 07:56

Connections hopeful Dalakhani filly can win in Group One company

A high-class renewal of the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday - in which the track record was broken in a time of 1min 37.09s - was won by a filly who can score at the top level. Integral (Dalakhani), trained by Sir Michael Stoute for her owner/breeders, David and Patricia Thompson of Newmarket's Cheveley Park Stud, won by two lengths from French raider L'Amour De Ma Vie, with Purr Along another two lengths away in third.

Treve "never in comfort zone" in Royal Ascot defeat

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 07:54

Dettori never comfortable with filly's action

There was bitter disappointment for fans of super filly Treve on Wednesday when she could finish only third in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes. Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek and jockey Frankie Dettori were mystified by the odds-on favourite's defeat - the second time she has been beaten this season - although a bid for next month's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO), could still be on the filly's agenda said the trainer.

The Fugue wins the Prince of Wales's in record time as Treve third

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 07:50

Dansili mare shows her best form to win Ascot Group One

The John Gosden-trained The Fugue (Dansili) captured the 2014 Prince Of Wales's Stakes in thrilling style when breaking the Ascot 10-furlong course record, with odds-on favourite Treve only third. Her time came to 2m 1.90s in the Group One contest, as against the previous record of 2m 2.52s achieved by Cirrus Des Aigles in the 2011 QIPCO Champion Stakes. She won by a length and three quarters under William Buick from Magician, with Treve another length away.

Anthem Alexander gives Starspangledbanner his second stakes winner

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 07:44

Anthem Alexander (Starspangledbanner), a filly who failed to sell when offered at public auction last year, proved best in the 21-runner Group Two Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday, giving her freshman sire Starspangledbanner his second stakes winner in the process - from just seven runners. The sire, who now stands in Australia after an abortive spell at Coolmore in Ireland, where he proved sub-fertile, also saw The Wow Signal win Tuesday's Coventry Stakes.

Mustajeeb franks Classic form in the Jersey Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 07:28

Irish Guineas third gives Nayef a Royal Ascot winner

Trainer Dermot Weld welcomed in his 16th Royal Ascot winner when Hamdan Al Maktoum's Mustajeeb (Nayef) won the Group Three Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs from the John Gosden-trained Muwaary, who carried the same owner's first colours.

Hootenanny stretches clear in the Windsor Castle Stakes

Filed on 17 Jun 2014 @ 16:50

Son of Quality Road scores for Wesley Ward

Trainer Wesley Ward made yet another successful raid on Royal Ascot when Hootenanny (Quality Road) stretched clear under Victor Espinoza to win the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes, beating 100-1 shot Union Rose by three and a quarter lengths, with Mubtaghaa a close third.

Kingman swoops in the St James's Palace Stakes

Filed on 17 Jun 2014 @ 15:30

Kingman settles three-year-old miler questions with defeat of Night Of Thunder

The 2000 Guineas form was reversed at Royal Ascot on Tuesday as the John Gosden-trained Kingman (Invincible Spirit), who was second at Newmarket, produced a thrilling turn of foot in the final furlong and a half to fly past his Rowley Mile conqueror Night Of Thunder in a breathtaking display that took him two and a quarter lengths clear in a matter of strides.

Sole Power blasts to King's Stand success

Filed on 17 Jun 2014 @ 15:06

Son of Kyllachy scores authoritative repeat win in Ascot Group One

The Eddie Lynam-trained Sole Power (Kyllachy) ran out a stylish winner of the Group One King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, showing a blistering turn of foot under Richard Hughes to quicken from well off the pace, surging past his rivals on the far rail to beat 50-1 chance Stepper Point by a length and a quarter, with three-year-old sprint sensation Hot Streak in third.

The Wow Signal forges clear in the Coventry Stakes

Filed on 17 Jun 2014 @ 14:09

First stakes winner for Starspangledbanner

The Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday saw the John Quinn-trained The Wow Signal (Starspangledbanner) run out an impressive winner under Frankie Dettori, racing prominently in the early stages before taking the lead over two furlongs out, from where he forged clear to win by two lengths, with a host of challengers running on but failing to land a blow on the winner. Yesterday's £1.3m London Sale purchase Capella sansevero was second, and Jungle Cat took third.

Toronado eclipses Queen Anne rivals

Filed on 17 Jun 2014 @ 13:34

High Chaparral colt stars on return to a mile

Last season's Sussex Stakes winner Toronado (High Chaparral) returned to his best after a 300 day absence from the track when running on to a comfortable victory in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes, quickening to the lead and being kept up to his work by Richard Hughes to beat Verrazano by a length and a quarter. The supplemented French raider Anodin was third.

Coventry hopeful Capella Sansevero tops Goffs London Sale at £1.3m

Filed on 17 Jun 2014 @ 10:37

Son of Showcasing takes top spot as Crystal Gaze with Frankel foal at foot fetches £1.15m

The inaugural Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO was held at The Orangery at Kensington Palace on Monday evening, the eve of Royal Ascot, with international demand driving an impressive set of results, with 41 of the 53 breeze-up horses and horses in training offered selling for an aggregate of £7,915,000 at an average of £193,048 and median of £120,000.

Frankel colt sells for £1.15m at Goffs London Sale

Filed on 17 Jun 2014 @ 08:00

Superstar Frankel had his first foal sell at public auction when Crystal Gaze, with her colt foal by the unbeaten son of Galileo at foot, sold for £1,150,000 to M.V. Magnier at the Goffs London Sale on Monday.

Sea The Stars colt wins the Oppenheim-Union Rennen

Filed on 15 Jun 2014 @ 15:24

Sea The Stars' major winners to date have been fillies, but his German-trained son Sea The Moon (Sea The Stars) has been flying the flag for his increasingly successful second crop sire, and on Sunday added the Group Two 179th Oppenheim-Union-Rennen at Cologne to his CV, staying unbeaten in his campaign that now heads to the Group One German Derby.

Avenir Certain completes Classic double in the Prix de Diane

Filed on 15 Jun 2014 @ 15:18

Second Classic win for daughter of Le Havre

The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Avenir Certain (Le Havre) won the Group One Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Sunday, coming with a wide late run under Gregory Benoist to complete a Calssic double, having won last month's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp.

Former claimer Moonshine Mullin wins the Stephen Foster

Filed on 15 Jun 2014 @ 11:53

Churchill Downs, 15 June 2014

Alysheba winner steps up with Grade One victory

Randy Patterson’s Moonshine Mullin (Albert The Great) pressed the pace under a snug hold, took the lead with three-eighths of a mile to run and turned back bids by Departing and champion Will Take Charge en route to a 1 ¾-length win in Saturday night’s 33rd running of the Grade One Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Majestic Queen sees off Joyeuse at Leopardstown

Filed on 13 Jun 2014 @ 07:44

Recent Haydock Listed winner Joyeuse was foiled in her raid on the Group Three Ballyogan Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday - a race for which she had been supplemented - as the Tracey Collins-trained Majestic Queen (Kheleyf) romped clear under Pat Smullen to win by two and a half lengths.

Narniyn makes winning return in La Coupe

Filed on 13 Jun 2014 @ 07:41

Last season's Group Three Prix de Flore winner Narniyn (Dubawi) added the Group Three La Coupe when making an impressive seasonal debut at Longchamp on Thursday, beating stablemate Ipswich by half a lengt.

Land Rover Sale concludes with record returns

Filed on 13 Jun 2014 @ 07:15

The Goffs Land Rover Sale concluded its two day run on Thursday with record returns across the board and a superb clearance rate of 92% for the two days. Average price for the entire sale increased by 45% to €27,468, turnover was up 50% to €11,591,500 while median took a huge leap of 57%.