Racing

Harrington reflects on first Champion Hurdle victory

Filed on 11 Mar 2014 @ 17:06

Six-year-old Jezki, ridden by Barry Geraghty, won Cheltenham's premier hurdle race, the Stan James Chamion Hurdle, on Tuesday, giving trainer Jessica Harrington her eighth winner at The Festival but a first in this contest.

Today it all came right and the fast pace definitely suited him

The winner was bred by Gerard McGrath and carried his colours in eight races until purchased by J P McManus before last year's Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, in which he was third behind Champagne Fever and My Tent Or Yours.

After turning the tables on the latter horse, who finished second in today's race, Harrington said: "I didn't see much of the final two hurdles because I was doing a lot of jumping up and down and cheering for Barry.

Quevega secures historic sixth Cheltenham win

Filed on 11 Mar 2014 @ 16:09

Mullins-trained mare wins OLBG Mares' Hurdle for the sixth time

The Willie Mullins-trained Quevega raced into the history books when winning the OLBG David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday, her sixth successive win in the race.

Jezki beats My Tent to give McManus Champion Hurdle 1-2

Filed on 11 Mar 2014 @ 15:42

The New One flies home to take third as Our Conor suffers fatal fall

Owner JP McManus saw his horses fill the first two spots in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday, as 9-1 chance Jezki, trained in Ireland by Jessica Harrington, got the better of the Nicky Henderson-trained My Tent Or Yours.

Western Warhorse collars Champagne Fever in the Arkle

Filed on 11 Mar 2014 @ 14:19

Pipe-trained runner scores on second 'chase start

The David Pipe-trained Western Warhorse registered a 33-1 upset when collaring joint favourite Champagne Fever in the dying strides to win the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

Vautour makes all to dominate the Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Filed on 11 Mar 2014 @ 13:39

Henderson-trained runners fill the places as Vautour surges six lengths clear

The Willie Mullins-trained Vautour extended his unbeaten run in style on Tuesday as he made all under Ruby Walsh to run out a dominant winner of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The Nicky Henderson-trained pair Josses Hill and Vaniteux filled the places, some six lengths behind the winner.

We knew he was a good horse but I wasn't quite expecting that!

The 7/2 joint-favourite was always in command turning for home and when jockey Ruby Walsh asked him for a finishing kick, he took off up the hill to record a commanding success. Trainer Willie Mullins was visibly surprised after the race and was full of praise for the five-year-old following the opener.

"We knew he was a good horse but I wasn't quite expecting that!" said Mullins.

"He was a bit free over the first couple of hurdles but once he relaxed a bit and Ruby (Walsh) had accepted that he wanted to get on with it, he let him gallop and use his stride. Next thing you know, he was on a different set of rails to the other horses - that's what I found amazing. I said that if he could keep it up, he was going to put in a performance like he did.

Palace Malice makes winning seasonal return

Filed on 9 Mar 2014 @ 09:26

Gulfstream Park, 9 March 2014

LAst season's Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice opened his four-year-old season in dramatic fashion, surging in deep stretch after being passed by two horses to win the Grade Two Gulfstream Park Handicap on Saturday. Making his first start since finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Nov. 2, Palace Malice hit the wire in 1:33.80 for the one-turn mile, just .67 off the track record set by Normandy Invasion on Feb. 22.            

Game On Dude lands third Santa Anita Handicap

Filed on 9 Mar 2014 @ 09:22

Santa Anita, 9 March 20143

On the same track where Breeders' Cup glory has eluded him, Game On Dude won the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap by 1¾ lengths Saturday, becoming the first three-time champion in the race's 77-year history.

Prince Bishop lands the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge

Filed on 9 Mar 2014 @ 09:15

Dubai, 8 March 2014

Saaed bin Suroor saddled Godolphin’s first Group One winner of 2014 when he landed the concluding round of the Al Maktoum Challenge for a tenth time with Prince Bishop at Meydan on Saturday.

Bernardini's Boban registers third G1 win in the Chipping Norton

Filed on 8 Mar 2014 @ 09:48

Australia, 8 March 2014

Bernardini gelding Boban (Bernardini) bounced back to his best and staked his claim for Horse of the Year honours with a great win in the Group One Chipping Norton Stakes over 1600m at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Fiorente sees off Green Moon in the Australian Cup

Filed on 8 Mar 2014 @ 09:38

Australia, 8 March 2014

Lankan Rupee wins the Newmarket Handicap

Chad Schofield, aboard Green Moon, engaged in a gripping duel with Damien Oliver, who was aboard Fiorente (Monsun) in the Group One Austalian Cup at Flemington on Saturday. It was Oliver who emerged triumphant, collecting Group One win number 101, when he edged out the Schofield-ridden Green Moon.

Annie Power heads World Hurdle confirmations

Filed on 8 Mar 2014 @ 09:34

The Ladbrokes World Hurdle looks set to be a highlight of next week's Cheltenham Festival with four-time winner Big Buck's (Paul Nicholls) and unbeaten Irish mare Annie Power (Willie Mullins) headlining 16 six-day acceptors. Ladbrokes make Annie Power 6/4 favourite ahead of Big Buck's, who is a 7/4 chance to return to winning ways following a close third on his comeback from a leg injury in the Galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle on Festival Trials Day, January 25.

Ballyalton working well ahead of Neptune target

Filed on 7 Mar 2014 @ 12:04

The Ian Williams trained Ballyalton is working well ahead of his engagement in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next Wednesday.

Ballyalton finished a close fourth in a Neptune Investment Management-sponsored race on New Year's Day at Cheltenham, when he was unsuited by the very soft ground. The seven-year-old had previously recorded a hat-trick at Uttoxeter, Newcastle and Cheltenham at distances between two miles and two and three-quarter miles. He was also undefeated in bumpers, scoring at Warwick and Doncaster in the winter of 2012.

Sire de Grugy heads Cheltenham Wednesday entries

Filed on 7 Mar 2014 @ 08:09

Sire De Grugy headlines 12 six-day confirmations for the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles at Cheltenha, next Wednesday. The Gary Moore-trained eight-year-old is the 9/4 favourite with BetVictor after winning four of his five starts this season, with Grade One successes coming in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January and the BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park in December.

Australia heads 118 remaining in the Derby

Filed on 7 Mar 2014 @ 08:05

Speculative entry for Motivator's brother The New Pharaoh

118 three-year-old colts remain entered in the 2014 Investec Derby after this week's first scratchings stage, headed by the 4-1 favourite Australia, who is trained by Aidan O'Brien, responsible for the last two Investec Derby winners (2012 Camelot and 2013 Ruler Of The World.

Toormore heads 2000 Guineas entries

Filed on 6 Mar 2014 @ 09:53

Nine juvenile Group One winners engaged in the first Classic of the season

Toormore, the unbeaten European Champion Two-Year-Old, heads a 73-strong entry for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday 3 May. Trained last year by Richard Hannon senior, who has since retired and passed on his licence to his son, Richard junior, Toormore signed off for 2013 by landing the Group One Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh last September.

Captain Cee Bee supplemented to the Champion Hurdle

Filed on 6 Mar 2014 @ 09:22

Hurricane Fly and The New One disputing favouritism

A field of 12 goes forward for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next Tuesday after Captain Cee Bee was supplemented at a cost of £20,000.

BHA gives Cheltenham clearance to Fenton's horses

Filed on 5 Mar 2014 @ 17:16

Last Instalment given green light to run in the Gold Cup

Trainer Philip Fenton will be able to run his horses - which include leading Gold Cup hope Last Instalment - at Cheltenham next week after the British Horseracing Authority cleared the Irish trainer's runners.

Hughes upbeat over Lieutenant Colonel's Neptune chance

Filed on 4 Mar 2014 @ 07:46

Trainer Dessie Hughes is looking forward to next week's Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle, a race he won with subsequent dual Champion Hurdle hero Hardy Eustace, and rode Davy Lad and Parkhill to victory in 1975 and 1976 respectively. Hughes will be represented in this year's contest by Lieutenant Colonel, who is owned by Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud.

Annie Power confirmed for the World Hurdle

Filed on 3 Mar 2014 @ 08:31

Trainer Willie Mullins has confirmed that his unbeaten mare Annie Power is an intended runner in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next week. Ruby Walsh will ride.

The six-year-old had also been entered in the Stan James Champion Hurdle and the OLBG Mares' Hurdle.

Spot sees off No Nay Never in the Swale Stakes

Filed on 2 Mar 2014 @ 10:04

Gulfstream Park, 2 March 2014

Last season's Norfolk Stakes and Prix Morny winner No Nay Never - who has the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascto on his agenda this season - had to settle for second on his seasonal return on Saturday, when the newly purchased Spot (Pulpit) registered a 2 ½-length upset victory in the Grade Three Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Samraat retains unbeaten record in the Gotham

Filed on 2 Mar 2014 @ 09:50

Aqueduct, 2 March 2014

Withers form franked as principals likely to re-oppose in the Wood Memorial

Samraat (Noble Causeway) retained his unbeaten record when he fought his way to a narrow lead at the top of the stretch and held on grimly in a furious three-way battle to the wire to win the 62nd running of the Grade Three Gotham for three-year-olds by a neck at Aqueduct on Saturday.

Night In Milan jumps back to form in the Grimthorpe Chase

Filed on 2 Mar 2014 @ 09:15

The Keith Reveley-trained Night In Milan put in a strong round of jumping to win the William Hill Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster on Saturday. Racing prominently throughout, the eight-year-old saw off Storm Survivor and Renard by five lengths and a short head.

Ireland expands drug testing regime

Filed on 1 Mar 2014 @ 11:10

Out of training testing to be substantially increased

The Turf Club in Ireland has announced a substantial extension to its drugs testing regime, which will see all horses whether returned in or out of training liable for testing at any time.

Cox Plate winner Shamus Award adds the Australian Guineas

Filed on 1 Mar 2014 @ 11:03

Australia, 1 March 2014

Three-year-old shows his worth with unique Group One double

This season's Cox Plate winner Shamus Award (Snitzel) added the Group One Australian Guineas to his CV on Saturday. The Cox Plate success was the maiden victory for the entire and the jury remained out, hence trainer Danny O'Brien’s satisfaction at notching a second Group One win in the “stallion-making race”.

Ihtimal surges 10 lengths clear in the UAE Oaks

Filed on 28 Feb 2014 @ 09:50

Dubai, 27 February 2014

Shamardal filly could look to take on colts in the UAE Derby

Godolphin’s Ihtimal (Shamardal) became the fourth filly to win the UAE fillies’ Classic double when destroying seven rivals by a 10-length margin in the Group Three UAE Oaks at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday.