Racing

Dalakhani retired from covering duties

Filed on 27 Jul 2016 @ 14:43

The Aga Khan Studs have announced that 16-year-old stallion Dalakhani has been retired from covering duties.

The winner of four Group One races including the Prix du Jockey Club and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe during his illustrious racing career, Dalakhani at Gilltown Stud in Ireland from 2004 until joining the Haras de Bonneval for his final season in 2016.

The grey is the sire of eight Group One winners. Among these are Irish Oaks heroine Moonstone, St Leger, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and dual Breeders’ Cup scorer Conduit, and Reliable Man who was successful at the highest level in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

By Darshaan, Dalakhani represents one of the most prestigious Aga Khan families. His dam Daltawa (Miswaki) also produced the top class racehorse and sire Daylami, the dam of Gr 1 Dubai Sheema Classic winner Dolniya, and the granddam of Prix de l’Opéra winner Dalkala.

The quality of this maternal line shows through in Dalakhani’s talents as a sire and also as a broodmare sire. His influence is already beginning to live on through his female progeny, as Dalakhani is the broodmare sire of 20 Stakes performers, including recent Epsom Derby runner-up US Army Ranger who is a son of Classic winner Moonstone

Dalakhani will enjoy his retirement at the Aga Khan Studs in Normandy, alongside another influential grey sire, Linamix, who is now aged 29.

Dutch Connection powers clear in the Lennox Stakes

Filed on 26 Jul 2016 @ 14:33

The Charlie Hills-trained Dutch Connection (Dutch Art) won the Group Two Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday, coming with a powerful late run und

War Decree lands the Vintage Stakes

Filed on 26 Jul 2016 @ 14:27

The Aidan O'Brien-trained War Decree (War Front) ran out an emphatic winner of the Group Two Qatar Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday, reversing form with his Superlative Stakes conqueror Boynton to see his odds for next season's 2000 Guineas cut to 10-1. GOdolphin's Thunder Snow was second, with Boynton running on well from an unpromising position into third.

Tis Marvellous wins the Prix Robert Papin for Harbour Watch

Filed on 25 Jul 2016 @ 10:56

Freshman sire Harbour Watch had his first Group winner when the Clive Cox-trained Tis Marvellous (Harbour Watch) won the Group Two Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday, surging clear

Frankel's Fair Eva heads to the Lowther after Ascot G3 win

Filed on 25 Jul 2016 @ 10:52

The Roger Charlton-trained Fair Eva (Frankel) became Frankel's first Group winner when running away with the Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, winning the six furlong contest in a time just short of a course record.

Highland Reel makes all in the King George

Filed on 25 Jul 2016 @ 10:48

The globetrotting four year old Highland Reel (Galileo) emulated his sire Galileo by winning the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday.

Ryan Moore was always in front aboard the globetrotting four-year-old and the pair came home comfortably clear to land the famous prize in front of a bumper Ascot crowd.

Postponed to miss the King George with infection

Filed on 21 Jul 2016 @ 07:12

Postponed has been ruled out of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday due to a respiratory infection.

The five-year-old was the hot favourite to defend his title in the mile and a half showpiece, but he returned an unsatisfactory scope on Wednesday morning.

Idaho heads 42 in the St Leger

Filed on 21 Jul 2016 @ 07:10

The world oldest Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger, will be run for the 240th time at 3.45pm on Saturday, September 10 at Doncaster, with this year's renewal attracting an entry of 42, up from 29 in 2015.

Heshem beats Ultra to win the Prix Eugene Adam

Filed on 18 Jul 2016 @ 11:13

Al Shaqab Racing’s progressive three-year-old Heshem (Footstepsinthesand) saw off juvenile Group One winner Ultra to win the Group Two Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday.

Christophe Ferland’s improving charge, bred in Ireland by Yeguada de Milagro, had won his previous two starts before this career-best effort and he looks set to bid for more Group-race glory.

Seventh Heaven puts Epsom behind her with Irish Oaks victory

Filed on 18 Jul 2016 @ 10:59

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Seventh Heaven (Galileo) was a decisive winner of the Group One Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly had won the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial in May and then seemingly failed to act on the track at Epsom in the Oaks.

Air Chief Marshal's Mont Ormel lands the Grand Prix de Paris

Filed on 15 Jul 2016 @ 10:45

The Pia Brandt-trained Mont Ormel (Air Chief Marshal) won the Group One Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud on Thursday, holding off Ed Dunlop's Red Verdon to give the trainer a first Group One win.

Blue Point heads to the Richmond after impressive Doncaster victory

Filed on 15 Jul 2016 @ 10:43

Blue Point (Shamardal), an 11-length winner for Godolphin at Doncaster on Thursday night, is to target the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Goodwood on July 28.

The Shamardal colt made easy work of winning a six-furlong Novice Stakes for James McDonald, confirming the high regard in which he is held at home.

Even Song heads 12 in the Irish Oaks

Filed on 14 Jul 2016 @ 11:42

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Even Song heads a final field of 12 for the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday following declarations of runners on Thursday. The Ribblesdale Stakes winner is one of four Ballydoyle runners in the race as the trainer has also declared Pretty Perfect, Seventh Heaven and Somehow.

Brando heads Stewards' Cup weights

Filed on 14 Jul 2016 @ 11:39

The weights for the Qatar Stewards' Cup at Goodwood on 30 July are headed by Brando (9st 10lb, Kevin Ryan), who was runner-up to Outback Traveller (9st 9lb, Robert Cowell) in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot before winning a Group Three sprint at Sandown Park on July 2.

Limato surges clear in the July Cup

Filed on 10 Jul 2016 @ 06:57

The Henry Candy-trained Limato (Tagula), twice second at Group One level, showed his class when surging clear for an emphatic success in the Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.

Boynton heads to the National Stakes after Superlative Stakes victory

Filed on 10 Jul 2016 @ 06:55

Godolphin's hugely promising juvenile Boynton (More Than Ready) continued an impressive start to his career with a brave victory in the seven-furlong Group Two Bet365 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket's July Festival on Saturday.

Improving Alice Springs lands the Falmouth

Filed on 10 Jul 2016 @ 06:51

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Alice Springs (Galileo-Aleagueoftheirown, by Danehill Dancer) saw off a high-class field to take the Group One Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

The Galileo filly had finished third in the 1000 Guineas before having an unlucky run when also third in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Depression forces Kieren Fallon into retirement

Filed on 5 Jul 2016 @ 08:09

Kieren Fallon has retired from riding at the age of 51. The six-time champion jockey has been suffering from depression, which has forced him to call time on his career.

The Irish Turf Club's chief medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick, speaking on Fallon's behalf, said: "I first became aware of it when he came to see me for his licence earlier this year and he was obviously very significantly depressed.

Silverwave heads to the Arc after Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud victory

Filed on 4 Jul 2016 @ 07:51

The Pascal Bary-trained Silverwave (Silver Frost) won the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday, registering his first Group win since the Group Three Prix La Force in April last year when beating the fast-finishing Erupt and Siljan's Saga.

Supplemented Hawkbill wins the Eclipse for Godolphin

Filed on 4 Jul 2016 @ 07:47

Six-timer for Godolphin's son of Kitten's Joy

Hawkbill (Kitten's Joy) announced himself as one of Europe's top middle-distance performers as he valiantly gained a first Group One success in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park on Saturday.

Endless Time stays on to Lancashire Oaks success

Filed on 4 Jul 2016 @ 07:41

Yorkshire Oaks the next target for Sea The Stars filly

Endless Time (Sea The Stars) registered a third straight victory with a brave display on her seasonal return in the Group Two Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on Saturday.

Ayrad makes all in the Gala Stakes

Filed on 1 Jul 2016 @ 15:24

The Roger Charlton-trained Ayrad (Dalakhani), winner of the Listed Tapster Stakes at Goodwood last May and twice placed in Group company this season, regained the win

Norfolk second The Last Lion wins the Dragon Stakes

Filed on 1 Jul 2016 @ 15:16

Molecomb possible for son of Choisir

The Mark Johnston-trained The Last Lion (Choisir), second to Prince Of Lir in both the Norfolk Stakes and at Beverley in May, ran out a dominant winner of the Listed RacingUK/Daypass Dragon Stakes at Sandown Park on Friday, stretching clear to beat Smokey Lane by two lengths.

The Gurkha heads 11 in the Eclipse

Filed on 28 Jun 2016 @ 09:06

The Group One Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday has attracted an entry of 11, headed by French Guineas winner and St James's Palace Stakes second The Gurkha.

O'Brien has also entered Dante Stakes runner-up Deauville, Cougar Mountain, Bravery and Long Island Sound.

French targets for Eagle Top and Wings Of Desire

Filed on 28 Jun 2016 @ 09:03

The John Gosden-trained Eagle Top (Pivotal) could head to the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday in a bid for a first win since taking the King Edward VII Stakes in 2014.

Hugo Lascelles, racing manager to owner Lady Bamford, told PA Sport: "Eagle Top is going to run in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, ground permitting.