Top Notch lands four-timer in the Scilly Isles Chase

Filed on 6 Feb 2017 @ 11:09

JLT Chase the Festival target

The Nicky Henderson-trained Top Notch won the Grade One Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown on Saturday, jumping and travelling smoothly before powering five lengths clear to beat Baron Alco, with Le Prezien another length and a quarter away in third.

Buveur D'Air cut for the Champion Hurdle after effortless Sandown victory

Filed on 6 Feb 2017 @ 11:04

The Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur D'Air was a dominant winner of the Betfred Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday, putting himself in the picture for the Stan James Champion Hurdle next month.

Many Clouds post mortem finds severe pulmonary haemorrhage

Filed on 31 Jan 2017 @ 13:56

Following the sad loss of Many Clouds at Cheltenham racecourse on Saturday 28 January, a post mortem has been carried out to ascertain the cause of this fatal incident.

The post mortem was initiated by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), with permission of the horse’s owner, Trevor Hemmings, and trainer, Oliver Sherwood, and carried out by Veterinary Investigation Services Ltd with a member of Three Counties Equine Hospital in attendance.

Arrogate wins the Pegasus World Cup

Filed on 31 Jan 2017 @ 13:54

Gulfstream Park, 29 January 2016

Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate left little doubt about his status as the world’s No. 1 racehorse on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, overpowering his 11 rivals, including two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, while capturing the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) by 4 3/4 lengths.

Tragic end at Cheltenham after Many Clouds outbattles Thistlecrack

Filed on 31 Jan 2017 @ 13:47

Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood/Leighton Aspell, 8/1) caused an upset in the BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday when defeating 4/9 favourite Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard/Tom Scudamore) most gamely by a head, rallying to regain the lead close home, with last year's winner Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson, 7/1) another 17 lengths back in third.

Champagne West makes all in the Thyestes Chase

Filed on 26 Jan 2017 @ 16:45

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Champagne West made all the running to run out an impressive winner of the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday, picking up well to beat Ucello Conti by seven-and-a-half-lengths.

Cheltenham Novice Chase entries revealed

Filed on 26 Jan 2017 @ 16:43

Entries for the three Grade One novices' chases run at the Cheltenham Festival - the £175,000 Racing Post Arkle Novices' Chase (2m, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14), the £175,000 RSA Novices' Chase (3m, Ladies' Day, Wednesday, March 15) and the £150,000 JLT Novices' Chase (2m 4f, St Patrick's Thursday, March 16) have been unveiled.

Un De Sceeaux heads entries for rescheduled Clarence House Chase

Filed on 26 Jan 2017 @ 16:41

Irish raider Un De Sceaux heads seven entries for rearranged Grade One Spectra - Cyber Security Solutions Clarence House Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The two-mile contest has been rescheduled following the abandonment of Ascot on Saturday, January 21.

Ladbrokes to sponsor Newbury's November jumps meeting

Filed on 24 Jan 2017 @ 13:37

Bookmaker to sponsor two day festival following Hennessy's departure

Newbury Racecourse has agreed a long-term sponsorship partnership with leading bookmaker Ladbrokes, covering 13 races on both days of its biggest Jump meeting.

Churchill named as champion 2yo for 2016

Filed on 24 Jan 2017 @ 13:34

Last season's Dewhusrt Stakes winner Churchill (Galileo) has been named as the European champion two-year-old for 2016.

The Galileo colt has been awarded a rating of 122 following the publication of the European two-year-old Classification.

Mullins dominates Mares' Hurdle entries

Filed on 19 Jan 2017 @ 15:02

Willie Mullins, who has dominated the race, is responsible for 15 of the record 53 entries for the £110,000 Grade One OLBG Mares' Hurdle on the first day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14.

Charlton hopeful Fair Eva could develop into Guineas filly

Filed on 19 Jan 2017 @ 14:57

Trainer Roger Charlton is pleased with Group Three winner Fair Eva's (Frankel) development over the winter, and is hopeful that Frankel's first Group winner can develop into a Guineas contender, despite her defeats in the Lowther and Rockfel Stakes.

Faugheen heads 28 Champion Hurdle entries

Filed on 19 Jan 2017 @ 14:55

The two latest winners of the Stan James Champion Hurdle, Faugheen (2015) and Annie Power (2016), headline 28 entries, the highest level since 2013, for the 2017 renewal of the £400,000 Grade One hurdling showpiece at Cheltenham on Tuesday, March 14.

Douvan heads 28 entries for the Champion Chase

Filed on 12 Jan 2017 @ 12:38

Douvan headlines 28 entries, the second-highest level since 2009, for the £350,000 Grade One Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on the second day of The Festival on Wednesday, March 15.

Brother to Sebring fetches $1.3m on the Gold Coast

Filed on 12 Jan 2017 @ 12:35

Australia, 12 January 2017

The full brother to Sebring was the star on a spirited day's selling on Day Two of the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Thursday.

Presented at the auction by Corumbene Stud, the stunning More Than Ready colt was the subject of fierce competition before selling to the bid of champion trainer Gai Waterhouse at $1.3 million.

Thistlecrack heads 39 entries in the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Filed on 12 Jan 2017 @ 12:33

Trainers Colin Tizzard and Gordon Elliott dominate the 39 entries for the Grade One Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, March 17 with five entries apiece.

The 39 horses represents the highest number of entries since 40 were engaged in 2013 and the second-highest level since 2008.

Dundeel colt ex Miss Finland tops strong Gold Coast opener

Filed on 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:13

Australia, 11 January 2016

The Dundeel colt from five time Group One winner Miss Finland, offered as Lot 232 stole the show late in the day at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale opener on Wednesday when purchased for $900,000. It capped a great day's selling with opening day records falling across the board.

Henderson and McCoy voice concern over plans to sell Kempton for housing

Filed on 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:00

Concerns over ground at replacement Sandown highlighted as London track faces closure

Jockey Club Racecourses has announced that Kempton Park Racecourse in Sunbury on Thames could be closed and sold for housing development.

Siren Serenade fetches $1.025m to top Keeneland January opener

Filed on 11 Jan 2017 @ 09:56

Keeneland, 9 January 2017

Market polarisation continues with strong demand for quality lots

Siren Serenade, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song in foal to 2016 leading sire Tapit, sold to Don Alberto Corporation for $1,025,000 to top’s Monday’s first session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Finian's Oscar gives Tizzard more big-race success in the Tolworth

Filed on 9 Jan 2017 @ 09:44

Colin Tizzard continued his fine run of form when Finian's Oscar won the Grade One 32Red Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.

The five-year-old was having just his second start over hurdles, having won at Hereford on debut, and he showed a smart turn of foot to win the race here, stretching five lengths clear of Capitaine in second.

Walsh delighted with Douvan and Min after Leopardstown victories

Filed on 3 Jan 2017 @ 14:26

Ruby Walsh is delighted with a number of his recent winners, including Grade One winners Douvan and Min.

Douvan is the hot favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase after winning at Leopardstown on December 27.

Agrapart wins the Relkeel Hurdle to give Kelly Cheltenham double

Filed on 3 Jan 2017 @ 14:21

Jockey Lizzie Kelly and her stepfather Nick Williams enjoyed a 92.5/1 double on New Year's Day at Cheltenham when Agrapart took the G2 Dornan Engineering Hurdle.

The 2015 Stayers' Hurdle winner Cole Harden (Warren Greatrex/Richard Johnson, 7/1) led the field along until Agrapart took the lead approaching the last. Agrapart was then headed shortly after the last by L'Ami Serge (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob, 2/1 favourite) but battled back gamely to score by a head.

Whisper likely to head to the JLT after Dipper Chase success

Filed on 3 Jan 2017 @ 14:21

The Nicky Henderson-trained Whisper won his second race over fences at Cheltenham when taking Sunday's G2 BetBright Dipper Novices' Chase. He was previously successful over the same distance at The International on December 10.

Walter Swinburn dies at the age of 55

Filed on 13 Dec 2016 @ 13:36

Walter Swinburn, one of the most renowned jockeys of his generation has died at the age of 55.

Swinburn entered the public consciousness as a 19-year-old when winning the Derby aboard the legendary Shergar in 1981.

Soul Stirring gives Frankel his first G1 winner

Filed on 13 Dec 2016 @ 13:33

Japan, 12 December 2016

Race favorite Soul Stirring (Frankel) remained undefeated in her third career win that stamped her claim as a strong candidate for the season’s champion two-year-old filly title and a Grade One winner of the 2016 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.