Filed on 19 Mar 2015 @ 08:00
Florida, 19 March 2015
Bernardini colt sells for $1.4m
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training concluded its two day run on Wednesday with record turnover. For the entire sale, 326 horses sold for $55,682,000, averaging $170,804. The median price was $105,000 and the buyback percentage was 22.7%.
Filed on 19 Mar 2015 @ 07:54
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne confirmed in his Budget on Wednesday the creation of a new Racing Right as a new funding mechanism to replace the Horserace Betting Levy, which has been in use since 1963.
Filed on 17 Mar 2015 @ 18:06
Willie Mullins' Cheltenham Grade One winners are likely to be seen in action later this season at Aintree and Punchestown.
Stable jockey Ruby Walsh told Racing UK: "As Willie says, Cheltenham is the first of the spring festivals. Most of them will go to Punchestown and a couple to Aintree, but you will definitely see them all again.
Filed on 17 Mar 2015 @ 18:01
BHA awards highest mark for a novice this century
Coneygree has been handed a mark of 172 by the official handicapper after his impressive victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, making him the highest-rated novice chaser over any distance this century.
Filed on 17 Mar 2015 @ 10:25
Abbreviated period favours jockeys with overseas engagements early and late in the turf season
The Champion Jockey for 2015 will be crowned at British Champions' Day at Ascot in October after changes were announced to the dates between which winners will be counted.
Filed on 16 Mar 2015 @ 07:58
First Pattern contest of the year on turf falls to son of Danehill Dancer
Having his third start of the year, the Patrck Khozian-trained Affaire Solitaire (Danehill Dancer) registered his first balck type success when winning Sunday's Group Three Prix Exbury at Saint-Cloud.
Filed on 16 Mar 2015 @ 07:53
Hong Kong, 15 March 2015
Son of Choisir successfully steps up to 2000m
The John Size-trained Luger (Choisir) won the HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby over 2,000 metres at Sha Tin on Sunday under jockey Zac Purton. The Australian-bred overcame a wide passage to land the spoils by three quarters of a length from the deep-closing pair of Got Fly and Romantic Touch.
Filed on 15 Mar 2015 @ 09:35
Oaklawn Park, 15 March 2015
Champion juvenile colt shows his worth with 6 ¼ length Grade Two victory
Making his first start since Sept. 27 and his first start outside his home state of California, last season's champion two-year-old colt American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) proved why he is among the early Kentucky Derby favorites with a dominating 6 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade Two Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn.
Filed on 15 Mar 2015 @ 09:30
Paco Boy's Lexington Times wins the Spring Cup
Tryster (Shamardal) scythed through the field for an impressive victory in the Group Three coral.co.uk Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday, as trainer Charlie Appleby enjoyed four winners on the polytrack.
Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:31
Australia, 14 March 2015
The David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Spillway (Rail Link), a three time winner for Eve Johnson Houghton in England in 2013, won the Group One Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday, prevailing over stablemate Extra Zero by the narrowest of margins.
Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:26
Australia, 14 March 2015
Son of I Am Invincible wins the Newmarket Handicap
The Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) could head to Royal Ascot after the glamour colt outclassed a star-studded field in Saturday’s Group One Lexus Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.
Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:21
Australia, 14 March 2015
The Peter Moody-trained Plucky belle (Mossman) won the Group One Coolmore Classic over 1500m at Rosehill on Saturday, giving jockey Linda Meech her first Group One success. First Seal had a luckless run in second, a short half-head adrift, with with a further short-head back to Diamond Drille in third.
Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:16
Australia, 14 March 2015
Qatar Bloodstock's Noble Protector (Haafhd), a Listed winner at Newmarket for Stuart Kittow last summer, took advantage of the firmer going conditions in Australia to win the Group Three Matron Stakes at Flemington. She beat Marianne by 4 ½-lengths with the VRC Oaks winner Set Square a close third.
Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 18:31
Killultagh Vic's pulsating triumph in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle by a head from Noble Endeavour was trainer Willie Mullins' eighth win of the 2015 Festival. This is a new record of training wins at the meeting; Mullins has now overtaken Nicky Henderson's record of seven, set in 2012.
Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 15:29
Novice makes all to win the Blue Riband on his fourth start over fences
The Mark Bradstock-trained Coneygree (Karinga Bay) won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, making all under Nico de Boinville and staying on well to beat Irish raider Djakadam, with Road To Riches taking third.
Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 15:16
Trainer Willie Mullins recorded a record-equalling seventh victory of this year's Cheltenham Festival after Wicklow Brave turned the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle into a procession, storming up the hill to score by eight lengths.
Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 14:53
The Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday saw the Mags Mullins-trained Martello Tower (Milan) grind out victory over Milsean, with No More Heros taking third.
The 14/1 shot got into a protracted battle with the Gigginstown House Stud-owned pair Milsean (ridden by Mullins' son Danny) and No More Heroes approaching the last, but dug deep to repel the challenge of the former to record a half length victory in a slow-motion finish.
Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 13:36
Son of Falco digs deep to overhauls stablemate at Chetlenham
Nicky Henderson saddled the first three home in Friday's JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, with the favourite Peace And Co (Falco) outgunning Top Notch on the climb to the line to win by a neck. Hargam took third, a further four lengths adrift. The first two are owned by Simon Munir and Issac Souede.
Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 15:27
Son of Westerner makes all to see off Saphir Du Rheu
Trainer Warren Greatrex and jockey Gavin Sheehan registered their first win at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday when Cole Harden<
Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 14:49
Grade One winner for the champion jockey at his final Festival
The Grade One Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday saw the Alan King-trained Uxizandre (Fragrant Mix) make all under a determined AP McCoy, giving the perennial champion his first winner at this year's Cheltenham Festival, his last before his retirement next month. Uxizandre prevailed by five lengths from the mare Ma Filleule. The favourite Don Cossack was third.
Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 13:35
Son of Robin Des Champs wins by 15 lengths at Cheltenham
The Willie Mullins-trained Vautour (Robin Des Champs) ran out an impressive winner of the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday, putting in a superb round of jumping before surging clear up the hill to beat Apache Stronghold by 15 lengths. Valseur Lido was third.
Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 09:01
The David Pipe-trained Moon Racer landed a monster gamble when running out a commanding length and a half winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on Wednesday.
The 9/2 favourite opened up at 11/2 but sustained support in the ring forced his price down a point and the gamble was justified as the David Pipe-trained gelding overcame a tardy start to storm up the hill to score from 33/1 shot Modus. Pipe admitted after the race that the slow start was not the plan.
Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 08:54
Progressive two mile chaser lands his third Grade One of the season
The Paul Nicholls-trained won the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday, seeing off the veteran Somersby and eclipsing the past winners Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy.
Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 08:50
French import shows his class over hurdles
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls won The Coral Cup at Cheltenham on Wednesday with a horse he had not run before. Aux Ptits Soins had competed three times in France, and won twice, following which Nicholls and owner John Hales decided he should be bought. That decision was thoroughly vindicated when the five-year-old clung on for victory under Sam Twiston-Davies, winning by a neck.
Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 08:46
Gold Cup campaign beckons for Mullins' charge
The all-conquering Willie Mullins enjoyed his fifth success of the 2015 Festival when Don Poli ran out an impressive winner of the RSA Chase on Wednesday.