Fiesolana sees off Tapestry to win the Matron Stakes

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 09:01

The Willie McCreery-trained Fiesolana (Aussie Rules) took advanteg of a narrow gap under Billy Lee to quicken clear in the Group One Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday, beating Tapestry by half a length.

Kingston Hill stays on to St Leger glory

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 08:57

Son of Mastercraftsman beats Romsdal to dispel stamina doubts


Kingston Hill (Mastercraftsman) put doubts about the trip and ground to bed as he stayed on strongly to land the Ladbrokes St Leger by a length and a quarter at Doncaster on Saturday.

Esitdhkaar enhances Classic claims with Champagne victory

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 08:54

It took Estidhkaar (Dark Angel) a while to find his full stride but once he did, and won the At The Races Champagne Stakes in the process, it took Paul Hanagan a while to pull him up. The son of Dark Angel was the fourth winner of the Group Two seven-furlong contest for the Hannon family's stable and the third in four years after Trumpet Major in 2011 and Toronado in 2012.

Agnes Stewart lands the May Hill

Filed on 12 Sep 2014 @ 15:45

Lawman filly rewards connections in Doncaster Group Two

The astute Eddie Lynam went for two birds in the bush with Agnes Stewart (Lawman), rather than one in the hand, and saw the gamble rewarded as the filly took the Group Two May Hill Stakes. "We had a huge offer for her last week," he explained, "and I got a bit nervous. But her owner Steve [Parkin] said no, we know she's good, and so we decided to keep her. We did think that she was very good but it scares you a bit when you have to go and prove it."

Estimate back to winning ways in the Doncaster Cup

Filed on 12 Sep 2014 @ 15:43

Estimate (Monsun) won her first race since landing the 2013 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot when achieving a length-and-a-quarter success for owner Her Majesty The Queen in the Group Two Socialites Electric Cigarettes Doncaster Cup on Friday.

Noble Mission awarded the GP de Saint-Cloud after Spiritjim DQ

Filed on 12 Sep 2014 @ 14:08

The Lady Cecil-trained Noble Mission has become a dual Group One winner after the Pascal Bary-trained Spiritjim was disqualified from the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud due to testing positive for a banned substance. Noble Mission had been second past the post, and has been awarded the race after Spiritjim tested positive for clenbuterol, which is used for breathing difficulties.

War Front and Tapit colts take centre stage at Keeneland at $2.2m

Filed on 12 Sep 2014 @ 08:35

Keeneland, 12 September 2014

Book 1 concludes with 7% rise in average

A bullish market reigned at Keeneland on Thursday, the fourth and final day of the September Yearling Sale’s premier Book 1, with gains in average and median prices. Increases were powered by the sale of six seven-figure yearlings, led by two colts which brought sale-topping prices of $2.2 million each.

Silk Sari marches five lengths clear in the Park Hill

Filed on 11 Sep 2014 @ 15:03

Dalakhani filly to be covered by Dubawi next year

There were smiles all round from the Cumani family after Silk Sari (Dalakhani) ran out a deeply impressive winner of the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster on Thursday.

Niarchos family snaps up Dubawi filly for $1.45m

Filed on 11 Sep 2014 @ 07:52

Keeneland, 10 September 2014

Upper-middle market drives increase in average, though RNA rate high at 32%

The solid market continued during Wednesday's third session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, which was headlined by a daughter of leading European sire Dubawi which sold to the Niarchos family’s Flaxman Stables Ireland Limited for $1.45 million. She was consigned by Lane’s End, agent.

Mecca's Angel powers home in the Scarborough Stakes

Filed on 10 Sep 2014 @ 15:21

Dark Angel filly sees off Reckless Abandon by two and a quarter lengths

The St Leger Festival got underway at Doncaster on Wednesday, with Mecca's Angel (Dark Angel) ran out a hugely impressive winner of the feature John Smith's Original Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster, showing incredible speed to burn off her rivals and record a two and a quarter length victory over 15/8 favourite Reckless Abandon.

Unbridled's Song colt tops Keeneland Tuesday at $1.6m

Filed on 10 Sep 2014 @ 09:55

Average rises 24% as Book 1 of September Sale continues

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale continued on Tuesday with another set of strong results, with increases in gross, average and median figures and the sale of an Unbridled’s Song colt for $1.6 million.

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness - we hope

Filed on 9 Sep 2014 @ 15:06

In the months to come, there will be days when even a 5/4 winner seems like wishing for the moon. Yet here was a Nicky Henderson inmate making the journey down to Devon quite a while before the stable generally clicks into gear. Clearly, the former champion trainer did not want any mistakes because Barry Geraghty was summoned for his only ride of the afternoon and Nicolas Chauvin won by six lengths.

Shahah wins the Prix d'Aumale as 5m gns yearling Al Naamah sixth

Filed on 9 Sep 2014 @ 12:32

The Group Three Prix d'Aumale over a mile at Chantilly on Tuesday was won by the Andre Fabre-trained pacemaker Shahha (Motivator) - with the winner's stablemate Al Naamah, the 5m gns sale topper at Tattersalls last year finishing sixth of the seven runners.

Australian syndicate OTI RAcing to target French Classics with Fastnet Rock colts

Filed on 9 Sep 2014 @ 12:22

Australian syndicate OTI Racing - who have campaigned European imports Manighar and Bauer - are to target the 2016 French Classics with nine Fastnet Rock colts bred in Ireland.

Following a due diligence process, OTI has purchased a 75% stake in each of the nine yearlings with breeders Coolmore retaining a 25% interest.

Bernardini filly sells for $1.2m to top Keeneland opener

Filed on 9 Sep 2014 @ 07:48

Keeneland, 9 September 2014

Average rises 3.4% as competitive trade consolidates 2013 gains

After two years of significant rises, the 71st Keeneland September Yearling Sale got underway on Monday with increases in average and median prices and the sale of two fillies for more than $1 million apiece in an openings ession that featured competitive bidding throughout.

Dettori loses Treve ride to Jarnet

Filed on 8 Sep 2014 @ 16:23

Head-Maarek restores Thierry Jarnet as rider for Arc favourite

Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek has decided that Thierry Jarnet will replace Frankie Dettori aboard Treve in her forthcoming engagements in the Prix Vermeille and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Varian: Kingston Hill could run in the St Leger and the Arc

Filed on 8 Sep 2014 @ 09:41

Trainer Roger Varian is looking forward to running his stable star Kingston Hill in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday, and reckons the son of Mastercraftsman has the constitution to be able to run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe three weeks later.

Ivanhowe sees off Sea The Moon in the Grosser Preis von Baden

Filed on 8 Sep 2014 @ 07:56

Both principals head to the Arc in four week's time

The Group One Longines - Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden Baden on Sunday saw four-year-old Ivanhowe (Soldier Hollow) end the unbeaten record of runaway German Derby winner Sea The Moon, surging three lengths clear in the 2400m Group One.

Pether's Moon wins the Bosphorus Cup

Filed on 8 Sep 2014 @ 07:52

Trainer Richard Hannon and owner John MAnley scored a big-money success when recent Glorious Stakes winner Pether's Moon won the Group Two International Bosphorus Cup under Richard Hughes at Veliefendi in Turkey on Sunday, quickening from the rear off the home turn to take command a furlong out.

Unbeaten Full Mast wins the Prix La Rochette

Filed on 8 Sep 2014 @ 07:46

The Criquette Head-Maarek-trained Full Mast (Mizzen Mast) won the Group Three Prix La Rochette at Longchamp, extending his unbeaten record to two, whilst ending that of Listed winner Nucifera, who had to settle for second.

Lope De Vega's Burnt Sugar wins the Sirenia Stakes

Filed on 7 Sep 2014 @ 08:29

Half brother to last year's winner gives freshman sire his first Group winner

The Richard Hannon-trained Burnt Sugar (Lope De Vega) was an emphatic winner of the Group Three totescoop6 'The Millionaire Maker' Sirenia Stakes under Gerald Mosse at Kempton on Saturday, a race won last year by his half brother and stablemate Brown Sugar. The win was a second at stakes level, and first at Group level, for freshman sire Lope De Vega.

G Force swoops to lift the Sprint Cup

Filed on 6 Sep 2014 @ 15:09

First British Group One winner for David O'Meara

The David O'Meara-trained G Force (Tamayuz) came with a powerful late run under Daniel Tudhope to win the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday going away from last year's winner Gordon Lord Byron, giving his trainer his first British Group One winner.

Captain Cat eases to Superior Mile victory

Filed on 6 Sep 2014 @ 13:50

Third win in Haydock Group Three for Roger Charlton

The Group Three Betfred Superior Mile at Haydock has been a happy hunting ground for Roger Charlton, who has won it with subsequent Group One winners Cityscape and Thistle Bird, and he added to that tally with another progressive type in Captain Cat (Dylan Thomas) who travelled well and eased clear to outclass his rivals.

Prince Bishop defies penalty for repeat September Stakes win

Filed on 6 Sep 2014 @ 13:37

13th Group winner of the season for Dubawi

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Prince Bishop (Dubawi) registered a repeat win in the Group Three September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday, punching clear early in the straight under Frederick Tylicki and finding plenty to shrug off a Group One penalty incurred in Dubai earlier this season, beating fellow Godolphin runner Secret Number by an emphatic two lengths.

Kool Kompany sells privately at DBS September Sale

Filed on 5 Sep 2014 @ 07:57

Sale records increased figures after move to September

The DBS September Sales – formerly the August Sales – posted a positive set of overall figures on the back of strong international support, though the standout lot Kool Kompany was sold privately after failing to meet his reserve of £730,000 in the ring.