Filed on 28 Jan 2014 @ 10:40
Class 1, Grade 1, Two miles and half a furlong, 3:20 pm Cheltenham Tuesday 11 March 2014. For four years old and upwards with a rating of 130 and above.
Filed on 28 Jan 2014 @ 10:13
Class 1, Grade One, three miles. Cheltenham, Thursday, March 13, three miles. For four-year-olds and upwards which are allotted a rating of 130 or more.
Filed on 28 Jan 2014 @ 10:02
Class 1, Grade 1, 2m 5f, Cheltenham, Thursday, March 13, 2014. For 5yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more.
Filed on 28 Jan 2014 @ 10:00
Cheltenham, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. For 5yo+ which are
Filed on 28 Jan 2014 @ 09:43
Cheltenham, Friday, March 14, 2014. Three miles, two and a half furlongs. For 5yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more.
Filed on 28 Jan 2014 @ 09:02
New Zealand, 28 January 2014
Aggregate declines 8.5%; Rip Van Winkle heads freshman sire list
New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2014 Premier Sale concluded its two day run at Karaka on Tuesday, where a total of 326 yearlings sold for $47,132,500, a decline of 8.5% from last year's sale, which realised $51,051,500. The clearance rate of 78%, represented an average of $144,578 - down from $158,054 in 2013 - and a median of $110,000. A near-identical number of lots sold for $200,000 or more compared with last year (80 in 2013, 81 in 2014).
Filed on 26 Jan 2014 @ 11:54
Paul Nicholls is delighted with Big Buck's following his fine third in Saturday's Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham, his comeback run after more than a year on the sidelines with a tendon injury. The four-time World Hurdle winner raced strongly, leading from the top of the hill, but faded in the final 50 yards to be third behind Knockara Beau.
Filed on 26 Jan 2014 @ 11:50
Santa Anita, 25 January 2014
Son of Lucky Pulpit stamps himslef a Derby prospect with 5 ½ length win
They saved the best for last on Saturday at Santa Anita. Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) demolished nine state bred rivals in taking the $250,000 California Cup Derby by 5 ½ lengths, getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.22—perhaps stamping himself as a top tier Kentucky Derby prospect.
Filed on 26 Jan 2014 @ 11:46
Gulfstream Park, 25 January 2014
Breaking from post three in her third lifetime start, Onlyforyou (Malibu Moon) led all the way to run her record to 3-0 with a professional 2 ¾-length victory over Aurelia’s Belle in the 37th renewal of the Grade Two Forward Gal for three-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.
Filed on 26 Jan 2014 @ 11:43
Coming off a heartbreaking loss in his 2013 campaign finale, Cairo Prince (Pioneerof The Nile) returned to his winning ways Saturday in the Grade Two Miller Lite Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park to establish himself as a most exciting prospect for this year’s Triple Crown.
Filed on 26 Jan 2014 @ 11:40
The Grade Two galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday was notable for the comeback of Big Buck's (6/5 fav), the four-time Ladbrokes World Hurdle winner, after over a year off. Ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies for the first time, trained by Paul Nicholls and owned by the Stewart Family, the 11-year-old finished third when caught on the run-in by 66/1 chance Knockara Beau, winning for the first time at the course on his 16th attempt and beating At Fisher's Cross (5/1). The winning margins were a short-head and three quarters of a length.
Filed on 26 Jan 2014 @ 11:37
Red Sherlock maintained his unbeaten record when seeing off Irish challenger Rathvinden (6/4), with Aubusson (7/1) in third, in a splendid finish to the £30,000 Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.
Filed on 24 Jan 2014 @ 08:59
Dubai, 24 January 2014
South African Mike De Kock won the Group Two Al Fahidi Fort yet again, with Anaerobio (Catcher In The Rye) scoring an impressive victory to give the trainer his sixth win in the turf feature since 2003.
Filed on 24 Jan 2014 @ 08:55
The Willie Mullins-trained On His Own will head back to Aintree to contest the Crabbies Grand National after he bounced back to win the Goffs Thyestes Chase for a second time at Gowran Park on Thursday.
Filed on 24 Jan 2014 @ 08:52
53 entered for three mile novice chase at the Festival
Leading Irish novice Morning Assembly is among 53 entries revealed on Thursday for the Grade One RSA Chase (2.05pm) over an extended three miles, the highlight for novice chasers at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday, March 12.
Filed on 23 Jan 2014 @ 14:21
Frankie Dettori made a "fairytale" return to the saddle at Lingfield Park on Wednesday, winning aboard 8/1 chance Eco Warrior in the opening coral.co.uk Median Auction Maiden and completing a double on the 7/4 favourite Gone With The Wind in the 32Red.com Maiden (2.00pm) for Newmarket handler Jeremy Noseda.
Filed on 21 Jan 2014 @ 17:13
Sam Twiston-Davies "can't wait until Saturday"
The Grade Two galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday has attracted 11 entries, and as expected they are headed by the record-breaking Big Buck's, who will be making his first appearance since December 1, 2012. Owned by the Stewart Family and trained by Paul Nicholls, the remarkable 11-year-old has landed the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at The Festival a record four times (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and has registered a record 18 consecutive races over Jumps.
Filed on 21 Jan 2014 @ 16:14
Orpen filly to return in the Prix Imprudence
The Philippe Sogorb-trained Vorda (Orpen), winner of last season's Group One Cheveley Park Stakes, is likely to return to Newmarket to contest the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on May 4, for which she is a 14-1 chance.
Filed on 21 Jan 2014 @ 16:08
Frankie Dettori returns to action with three rides at Lingfield Park on Wednesday, and is looking forward to getting back in the saddle after three and a half months off after breaking an ankle in a fall at Nottingham.
Filed on 21 Jan 2014 @ 14:50
We can only guess at Nicholls’ initial reaction to Jacob’s assertion that the ride on Big Buck's was effectively ‘a poisoned chalice’ because victory would be regarded as routine whereas defeat would be down to him. Paul Nicholls was not a journeyman jockey himself. He was a good, honest pro, maybe a bit tall and with more than half an eye on his weight, but a man to seize any attractive opportunities coming his way, Playschool in the 1987 Hennessy Gold Cup being perhaps the best example.
Filed on 19 Jan 2014 @ 09:21
Florida, 19 January 2014
Wise Dan wins three Eclipse awards for the second year running
Wise Dan, a winner of six major stakes races in the United States and Canada last year, was named the 2013 Horse of the Year at the 43rd Eclipse Awards, held at Gulfstream Park on saturday evening. The awards are voted on by representatives of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form (DRF) and National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB).
Filed on 19 Jan 2014 @ 09:16
Gulfstream Park, 19 January 2014
Breeders' Cup Classic winner could head to Dubai after Sunshine Millions Classic win
Last season's Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno) returned to action with a 14 length rom in the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.
Filed on 19 Jan 2014 @ 09:13
Santa Anita, 19 January 2014
Improving Malibu winner adds Santa Anita Grade Two
An impressive late running winner of the opening day Malibu Stakes going seven furlongs, the Bob Baffert-trained Shakin It Up (Midnight Lute) answered any lingering questions about his ability to go two turns with an emphatic 2 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade Two Strub Stakes at Santa Anita, getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.86 under Mike Smith.
Filed on 18 Jan 2014 @ 15:46
The Jeremy Scott-trained Melodic Rendezvous put a below-par run in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle behind him to win the Grade Two stanjames.com Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock on Saturday, dispatching Ptit Zig in some style to see his odds for the Champion Hurdle cut to 20-1.
Filed on 18 Jan 2014 @ 15:31
The Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy added to his wins in the Tingle Creek and Desert Orchid Chases with a dominant victory in the Grade One Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday, stamping himself as the dominant two mile chaser this season in the absence of Sprinter Sacre.