Racing

Thistlecrack blitzes his World Hurdle rivals

Filed on 17 Mar 2016 @ 16:59

Thistlecrack produced a remarkable performance when running away with a strongly-run renewal of the Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham on Thursday. The even money favourite was always travelling powerfully under jockey Tom Scudamore and was still on the bridle turning for home, having seen off every one of his rivals bar Alpha Des Obeaux, who was being asked for his effort as the pair hit the home straight.

Vautour back to form with dominant Ryanair Chase victory

Filed on 17 Mar 2016 @ 16:33

The Willie Mullins-trained Vautour registered an impressive six-length victory in the Ryanair Chase over his stable-mate Valseur Lido at Cheltenham on Thursday, vindicating Mullins' decision to run him in the two and half mile race rather than the longer Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, his original target.

Black Hercules gives Ruby Walsh his 50th Festival winner

Filed on 17 Mar 2016 @ 15:07

Ruby Walsh's victory aboard Black Hercules in the first race of St Patrick's Thursday was his 50th at The Festival, and his fifth of this year's meeting. He leads the all-time roll of honour of jockeys at The Festival.

Sprinter Sacre scores emotional Champion Chase victory

Filed on 17 Mar 2016 @ 10:30

Sprinter Sacre ensured that there wasn't a dry eye in the house after he landed an emotional running of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

The 5/1 second favourite won this race in 2013 but had not been at his best since following well-documented problems with his heart but there had been signs in recent months that he was back to somewhere near championship winning form.

Gutsy Blaklion lands the RSA Chase

Filed on 17 Mar 2016 @ 10:28

Blaklion produced a gutsy performance to land the RSA Chase by half a length from 16/1 shot Shaneshill at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

The 8/1 chance, trained locally by Nigel Twiston-Davies, jumped and travelled well for jockey Ryan Hatch and hit the front with a magnificent leap at the last with several of the field still in with a chance.

Yorkhill sprints clear of Yanworth in the Neptune

Filed on 17 Mar 2016 @ 10:22

Yorkhill gave trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh their fourth winner of this year's Festival when producing a devastating turn of foot to land the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Vroum Vroum Mag lands the Mares' Hurdle

Filed on 15 Mar 2016 @ 20:52

Vroum Vroum Mag made it a day to remember for owner Susannah Ricci, trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh after she produced an authoritative performance to land the OLBG Mares' Hurdle by two and three quarter lengths at Cheltenham this afternoon.

Annie Power makes all in the Champion Hurdle

Filed on 15 Mar 2016 @ 15:37

The Willie Mullins-trained Annie Power became the first mare since Flakey Dove in 1994 to win the Stan James when making all to win the day one feature at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

Douvan dominates the Arkle Trophy

Filed on 15 Mar 2016 @ 15:30

Douvan, ridden by Ruby Walsh, gave trainer Willie Mullins his 42nd Festival winner when taking the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy by an impressive seven lengths at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

Altior surges clear of Min to win the Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Filed on 15 Mar 2016 @ 14:01

The Nicky Henderson-trained Altior was an impressive winner of the opening race of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, surging clear of the favoured Min to win the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle. Henderson also saddled the third, Buveir D'Air.

Many Clouds impressive in Kelso National prep

Filed on 14 Mar 2016 @ 08:18

The Oliver Sherwood-trained Many Clouds was an impressive winner of the totepoolliveinfo.com Premier Chase at Kelso on Sunday, his prep race before lining up to defend his crown in the Crabbies Grand National at Aintree on 9 April.

Melatonin makes all in the Santa Anita Handicap

Filed on 14 Mar 2016 @ 08:14

Santa Anita, 13 March 2016

In his first-ever try in graded stakes competition on the main track, longshot Melatonin (Kodiak Kowboy) made it look easy in taking Saturday’s 79th running of the Grade One Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in gate to wire fashion under Joe Talamo. Owned by Tarabilla Farms and trained by David Hofmans, the five-year-old gelding by Kodiak Kowboy won the Big ‘Cap by 4 ¼ lengths while covering the mile and a quarter distance in 2:02.01.

Postponed joint top-rated in World's Best Racehorse rankings

Filed on 11 Mar 2016 @ 10:07

The Roger Varian-trained Postponed is one of three horses to top the initial rankings for 2016 in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. The son of Dubawi attained a rating of 121 in winning the Dubai City of Gold, a mark matched by California Chrome and Japan's Duramente.

Odds-on Un De Sceaux heads 12 confirmations for the Champion Chase

Filed on 11 Mar 2016 @ 10:03

Un De Sceaux (Willie Mullins) heads 12 confirmations for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham next Wednesday. The brilliant eight-year-old is seeking a second successive triumph at The Festival, having defeated God's Own (Tom George) by six lengths in last season's Racing Post Arkle Chase. The hot 4/5 favourite with sponsor Betway, Un De Sceaux was last seen out when defeating 2014 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Sire De Grugy (Gary Moore) by an easy five lengths in the Grade One Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January.

Covert Love set for Middleton Stakes return

Filed on 11 Mar 2016 @ 09:52

Palmer wary of Group One penalty in potential rematch with Jazzi Top

Trainer Hugo Palmer is targeting the Middleton Stakes at York in May as the starting point for last year's Irish Oaks and Prix de l'Opera winner Covert Love's (Azamour) four-year old campaign.

Blue De Vega likely to head straight to the Guineas

Filed on 10 Mar 2016 @ 16:34

Lope De Vega's Killavullan Stakes winner thriving ahead of 3yo campaign

The Michael O'CAllaghan-trained Blue De Vega (Lope De Vega) has thrived over the winter, and is likely to be targeted at the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on April 30 without a prep race.

Annie Power heads 13 in the Champion Hurdle

Filed on 10 Mar 2016 @ 16:26

Ante-post favourite Annie Power and Lil Rockerfeller have been added to the feature Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle (3.30pm, 13 confirmations) at Cheltenham on Tuesday, March 15. Connections paid £20,000 each to enter the championship race.

Songbird extends her unbeaten record in the G3 Santa Ysabel

Filed on 7 Mar 2016 @ 08:27

Santa Anita, 6 March 2016

Champion juvenile filly heading for the Santa Anita Oaks and Kentucky Oaks

Superstar filly Songbird (Medaglia D'Oro) remained unbeaten Saturday at Santa Anita as she cruised under a statuesque Mike Smith to a 3 ¾ length win in the Grade Three Santa Ysabel Stakes. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., the three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro covered a mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.02 and, according to Hollendorfer, now has her sights set on the Grade One Santa Anita Oaks on April 9.

Shagaf enters KY Derby picture with G3 Gotham victory

Filed on 7 Mar 2016 @ 08:21

Aqueduct, 6 March 2016

Wood Memorial the next step for son of Bernardini

Shadwell Stable's highly regarded homebred Shagaf (Bernardini) lived up to his lofty expectations to take the 64th running of the Grade Three Gotham by 1 ¼ lengths Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, earning 50 points to virtually lock down a spot in the Kentucky Derby on May 7.

Tryster claims Group One honours in the Jebel Hatta

Filed on 7 Mar 2016 @ 08:15

Dubai, 5 March 2016

Postponed lands Group Two for Varian

The Group One Jebel Hatta over 1800m at Meydan on Saturday, a stepping stone to the Dubai Turf, was won in style by Godolphin’s Tryster (Shamardal).

Lope De Vega's Very Special wins the G2 Balanchine

Filed on 4 Mar 2016 @ 09:08

Dubai, 3 March 2016

Godolphin’s speedy filly, Very Special (Lope De Vega) completed the Cape Verdi-Balanchine double at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday evening and looks set to chart a course for the Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup night.

Solow makes winning return to action

Filed on 3 Mar 2016 @ 16:16

The Freddy Head-trained Solow (Singspiel) made a winning return to action in the Prix Montjeu at Chantilly on Thursday, a race he won last year before winning the Group One Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup night.

Foundation and Midterm head 136 remaining in the Derby

Filed on 3 Mar 2016 @ 16:11

Royal Lodge winner Foundation and Newbury maiden winner Midterm - a son of multiple Group One winner Midday - head 136 horses going forward for the Investec Derby, run at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 4, after the March 1 scratchings deadline, which was the first stage since the initial yearling entry in December, 2014.

British government to replace the Levy by April 2017

Filed on 3 Mar 2016 @ 16:07

Culture secretary John Whittingdale has announced that the government plans to replace the current betting Levy system by April 2017.

The current system raises funding for the sport from bookmakers - but offshore online betting is exempt and costs the sport tens of millions of pounds.

Air Force Blue heads 65 entries in the 2000 Guineas

Filed on 2 Mar 2016 @ 15:25

Appleby pleased with Emotionless after return from injury

The Group One QIPCO 2000 Guineas has been Europe’s top-rated Classic over the past three years and looks primed for another excellent renewal at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket on Saturday, 30th April judged by the calibre of the 65 initial entries it received before Tuesday’s (1st March) deadline.