Racing

Johns Spirit heads weights for Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

Filed on 4 Dec 2014 @ 08:49

Cheltenham start time brought forward to avoid low sun issues

This year's Paddy Power Gold Cup runner-up Johns Spirit (Jonjo O'Neill, 11st 12lb) tops the weights for the £100,000 Grade Three Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 13.

Sheikh Fahad goes to 4.5m gns to retain Just The Judge

Filed on 3 Dec 2014 @ 08:09

Classic-winning filly to race on after Sangster family bought out

The Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Just The Judge became the highest priced filly in British auction history when selling to Sheikh Fahad and the China Horse Club for 4,500,000 guineas. The second day saw a total of 173 lots sell for 29,188,595 guineas, down 15% from last year, at an average of 168,720 guineas - a 7% drop - and a median of 70,000 guineas.

Pineau De Re to be kept to hurdles until the Grand National

Filed on 3 Dec 2014 @ 08:03

Dr Richard Newland outlines his training methods

Dr Richard Newland, trainer of last season's Crabbie's Grand National winner Pineau De Re has revealed that his stable star, who had his first outing of this season over hurdles at Cheltenham last month, will not run over fences until the 2015 Crabbie's Grand National on April 11 next year.

Esentepe tops December Mare Sale opener

Filed on 2 Dec 2014 @ 08:32

Median stable though aggregate falls as only one lot fetches over 500,000 gns

Esentepe was the star attraction on the opening day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale that saw 189 lots sold for 11,272,500 guineas at an average of 59,643 guineas and a median of 40,000 guineas. One lot fetched in excess of 500,000 gns, compaered with six in last year's opening session, leading to a 40% fall in aggregate. The median was stable.

Mullins trio amongst 18 Tingle Creek entries

Filed on 1 Dec 2014 @ 16:06

A bumper 18 horses have been entered for the 36th running of the 888sport Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park on Saturday. The absence of former winners Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy has prompted a competitive entry, with three entries from Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins, who is represented by Ballycasey (12/1), this year’s Grade One Dr P.J. Moriarty Chase winner, Twinlight (10/1) who won the Grade Two Fortria Chase at Navan in November and Felix Yonger (14/1) who is following on from a successful seasonal debut when winning the Poplar Square Chase at Naas at the beginning of November. Another Irish raider is Alderwood (20/1), who was second behind Champagne Fever in the Clonmel Oil Chase, for Thomas Mullins.

Lieutenant Colonel wins the Hatton's Grace Hurdle

Filed on 1 Dec 2014 @ 07:59

Lieutenant Colonel won the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday, giving trainer Sandra Hughes her first Grade One winner since assuming the licence from her late father Dessie a fortnight ago.

Epiphaneia wins the Japan Cup as Gentildonna fourth

Filed on 30 Nov 2014 @ 09:57

Japan, 30 November 2014

Trading Leather put down after suffering fracture

Epiphaneia (Symboli Kris S) won the Grade One Japan Cup on Sunday by four lengths under Christophe Soumillon as Gentildonna, seeking her third triumph in the race, finished fourth under Ryan Moore.

California Chrome surges to Hollywood Derby victory

Filed on 30 Nov 2014 @ 09:54

Del Mar, 30 November 2014

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner returns to form on turf debut

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) enhanced his claim to consideration for year-end Horse of the Year honors Saturday with a brilliant victory in the Grade One Hollywood Derby at Del Mar.

Private Zone stretches five lengths clear in the Cigar Mile

Filed on 30 Nov 2014 @ 09:48

Aqueduct, 30 November 2014

Sprinter Private Zone (Macho Uno) rocketed to the front and never looked back in the Grade One Cigar Mile Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, besting a star-studded group of older horses by five lengths.

Many Clouds wins the Hennessy Gold Cup for Sherwood

Filed on 29 Nov 2014 @ 16:29

Many Clouds won the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday under veteran rider Leighton Aspell, to give Lambourn trainer Oliver Sherwood his second win in the race, which he won with Arctic Call in 1990.

100th Grade One for Paul Nicholls as Irving wins the Fighting Fifth

Filed on 29 Nov 2014 @ 16:26

Trainer Paul Nicholls recorded his 100th Grade One winner when Irving returned from a nasty fall at Wincanton last time to win the Grade One Stan James Fighting Fifth Hurdleat Newcastle on Saturday.

Hoppertunity leads 3yo domination int he Clark Handicap

Filed on 29 Nov 2014 @ 16:23

Churchill Downs, 29 November 2014

One-time Derby hope returns with Grade One victory

Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday), a major contender for the 2014 Kentucky Derby until he went to the sidelines with an injury days before that race, returned to Churchill Downs on Friday to lead a 1-2-3 finish by three-year-olds in his half-length victory under jockey Martin Garcia in the 140th running of the Grade One Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare for three-year-olds and up.

Sea The Stars colt fetches 450,000 gns at Tattersalls

Filed on 29 Nov 2014 @ 16:11

Only one of three Frankel foals offered changes hands

A colt by Sea The Stars topped trade on Friday's third day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale at 450,000 guineas on a day that saw nine lots sell for 300,000 guineas or more. A total of 195 lots were sold for a total of 16,717,000 guineas at an average of 85,728 guineas and a median of 65,000 guineas.

Nathaniel filly sells for 300,000 gns at Tattersalls

Filed on 28 Nov 2014 @ 09:03

Aggregate rises 21%, though with 236 lots sold average rises just 3%

A filly from the first crop of Newsells Park Stud’s Natahniel sold for 300,000 guineas on the second day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale on Thursday. Trade stepped up a level from yesterday with 236 lots selling for 8,226,200 guineas, a rise of 21% on the Thursday session last year. The average of 34,857 guineas was a rise of 3% whilst the median fell narrowly to 26,000 guineas.

Sprinter Sacre to bypass the Tingle Creek

Filed on 28 Nov 2014 @ 08:59

Trainer Nicky Henderson has announced that Sprinter Sacre will not run in the 888sport Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday week, with connections yet to determine a target for the star two-miler to return from a heart problem that manifested itself in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton last Christmas.

The New One to seek second International Hurdle win

Filed on 28 Nov 2014 @ 08:57

The New One is on course to bid for back-to-back victories in the Grade Two StanJames.com International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 13.

The six-year-old powered to a six-length victory over Zarkandar last year, and if successful next month, will be the first multiple winner of the extended two-mile contest since Relkeel (1997, 1998, 1999).

22 international raiders amongst HK International Race entries

Filed on 27 Nov 2014 @ 10:41

Hong Kong, 27 November 2014

Flintshire and Cirrus Des Aigles head European raiders on Sha Tin prizes

Flintshire, Cirrus Des Aigles are the standout names amongst the European contingent heading to Sha Tin on 14 December to compete with a stellar line-up of Hong Kong's finest at the Longines Hong Kong International Races.

Bated Breath colt tops Tattersalls Foal opener

Filed on 27 Nov 2014 @ 10:31

Average rises 11% as December Sale foal sessions begin

The Tattersalls December Foal Sale got off to a positive start on Wednesday with rises across the board and a top price of 65,000 guineas for a colt by Bated Breath. The opening session saw 204 lots sell for 2,504,100 guineas at an average of 12,275 guineas and a median of 9,250 guineas which represented rises of 17%, 11% and 32% respectively on the corresponding session last year.

Lope De Vega colt tops Tattersalls December Yearlings

Filed on 25 Nov 2014 @ 10:05

Highest price since 2006 as average rises 15%

The Lope De Vega three-parts brother to top class Australian stayer Puissance De Lune topped the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale on Monday at 325,000 guineas, the highest price at the sale since 2006 when subsequent Group One Irish Oaks winner Moonstone topped the sale. Turnover of 4,573,700 guineas for the 161 lots sold was up 28% and was the highest since 2006 whilst the average and median rose 15% and 20% to 28,408 guineas and 18,000 guineas respectively. There were also seven lots that sold for 100,000 guineas or more, the most since 2007.

Vautour makes seamless transition to chasing

Filed on 24 Nov 2014 @ 09:02

Mullins: "I don't think he could have jumped any better."

Last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Vautour made an impressive debut over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Navan on Sunday, making all under Ruby Walsh to win by an effortless eight lengths from Clarcam.

Deep Impact's Danon Shark wins the Mile Championship in record time

Filed on 24 Nov 2014 @ 08:58

Japan, 23 November 2014

Danon Shark (Deep Impact) recorded his first Grade One victory in his third grade-race win in the second event of the Japan Autumn International series, the Mile Championship. Always recognized as a competitive runner at this level with third-place finish in the same race last year and also third and fourth in the spring mile Grade One event, the Yasuda Kinen, in 2013 and 2014, respectively, the Deep Impact entire had come off a seventh in the Fuji Stakes and sent to post eighth choice in this race.

Able Friend imperious at Sha Tin

Filed on 24 Nov 2014 @ 08:47

Hong Kong, 23 November 2014

British imports win two trials for the Hong Kong International Races

British imports Blazing Speed and Peniaphobia shone at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Race Day at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, a day which saw the three premier trials for the Longines Hong Kong International Races run. The star of the show, however, was the imperious Australian-bred miler Able Friend.

Silviniaco Conti back to form in the Betfair Chase

Filed on 23 Nov 2014 @ 10:47

King George the next target for dual Betfair Chase winner

Silviniaco Conti had disappointed when just fifth in the Charlie Hall Chase last time, but he put that well behind him with an impressive victory in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday, where he beat his Wetherby conqueror Menorah by two lengths, with Dynaste staying on for third. Last year's winner Cue Card attempted to mak all but faded into fourth.

The New One wins at Haydock

Filed on 23 Nov 2014 @ 10:42

Champion Hurdle third puts in good round of jumping in Betfair Price Rush Hurdle

The newly created Betfair Price rush Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday was won by last year's Champion Hurdle third The New One, who put in a good round of hurdling to beat Zamdy Man by two and three-quarter lengths, with Melodic Rendezvous a further five lengths back in third.

Unbeaten Faugheen impresses at Ascot

Filed on 23 Nov 2014 @ 10:35

Al Ferof returns from ulcer problems in style

Last season's Neptune Novices' Hurdle and Punchestown Champion Novices' Hurdle winner Faugheen extended his unbeaten record when outclassing his rivals in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.