Racing

Gleneagles strides clear in the St James's Palace

Filed on 17 Jun 2015 @ 08:11

Galileo colt takes top miler honours as Make Believe fails to fire

Dual Guineas winner Gleneagles had little more than an exercise gallop to win the Group One St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. Ridden by Ryan Moore, the son of Galileo stalked the leaders before blitzing the opposition with a devastating turn of foot to record a two and a half-length victory from Latharnach and Consort. It was disappointing that French Guineas winner Make Believe ran below par and finished last of the five runners. On today's evidence Gleneagles is the best three-year-old miler in Europe.

Goldream gets up in the King's Stand

Filed on 17 Jun 2015 @ 08:06

Fast ground gets the best out of Palace House winner

Goldream (Oasis Dream) took the Group One King's Stand Stakes by a short-head from Medicean Man at Ascot on Tuesday, giving trainer Robert Cowell a second winner of the five-furlong race after Prohibit in 2011.

Buratino steps up to win the Coventry

Filed on 17 Jun 2015 @ 08:01

Woodcote stakes winner pulls two lengths clear at Ascot

The Mark Johnston-trained Buratino (Exceed And Excel) scored impressively in the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom on Derby day and stepped up on that to land Royal Ascot's leading race for two-year-olds, the Group Two Coventry Stakes. William Buick was able to get cover for the Mark Johnston-trained two-year-old before unleashing Buratino's devastating turn of foot in the final furlong.

Solow shows his class in the Queen Anne

Filed on 17 Jun 2015 @ 07:57

Danehill Dancer mare Esoterique runs a fine race in second

Solow (Singspiel) gave Freddy Head a second winner of the Queen Anne Stakes - Goldikova won the Group One mile race for the French trainer in the same colours, those of the Wertheimer brothers, in 2010 - when taking the opening race of Royal Ascot 2015 by a length.

Majestic Queen tops Goffs London Sale at £825,000

Filed on 16 Jun 2015 @ 08:00

Dual Group Three winner Majestic Queen (Kheleyf) topped the second renewal of the Goffs London Sale in association with Qipco on Monday when selling to John Ferguson for £825,000.

Overall, 23 lots sold from the 41 offered for an aggregate of £3,784,000 at an average of £164,522, down 15% from last year. The median fell from £120,000 to £100,000.

Star Of Seville wins the Prix de Diane for Gosden and Dettori

Filed on 15 Jun 2015 @ 07:18

Nassau Stakes and Prix de l'Opera the likely targets for Duke Of Marmalade filly

The John Gosden-trained Musidora winner Star Of Seville (Duke Of Marmalade) put a poor run in the Investec Oakes behind her when winning the Group One Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Sunday.

Unbeaten Erupt wins the Prix du Lys

Filed on 15 Jun 2015 @ 07:15

Son of Dubawi heads to the Grand Prix de Paris

The Francis-Henri Graffard-trained Erupt (Dubawi) ran the perfect trial for the Group One Grand Prix de Paris when landing the Group Three Prix du Lys on Sunday, in the process remaining unbeaten in a three race career. Only making his debut in April of this year, the three-year-old son of Dubawi came into this race on a back of a victory in the Listed Coupe des Trois Ans at Lyon Parilly.

Noble Bird battles to Stephen Foster victory

Filed on 15 Jun 2015 @ 07:12

Churchill Downs, 14 June 2015

Noble Bird (Birdstone) took the lead from pace-setter Paganol on the far turn and fought hard under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan to hold off favored Lea by a diminishing head to win the 34th running of the Grade One Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by GE at Churchill Downs and secured a spot in the starting gate for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at nearby Keeneland Race Course on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Pivotal's Talco sprints home in the G1 Shoemaker Mile

Filed on 15 Jun 2015 @ 06:59

Santa Anita, 14 June 2015

Last with a quarter mile to run, French-bred Talco (Pivotal) angled off the rail turning for home and outsprinted favored Midnight Storm to take Saturday’s Grade One Shoemaker Mile (turf) by a half length under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by John Sadler and owned by Hronis Racing LLC, the four-year-old colt got the distance in 1:35.00.

Speedy Boarding impresses with Newbury Listed win

Filed on 12 Jun 2015 @ 07:04

Irish Oaks possible for Shamardal filly

The James Fanshawe-trained Speedy Boarding (Shamardal) was an impressive winner of the Listed Lord Weinstock Memorial EBF Stallions Stakes at Newbury on Thursday, showing a smart turn of foot to go two lengths clear of her rivals. Irish raider Hot Sauce closed late on, getting to within three-quarters of a length of the winner.

Godolphin purchase Irish Guineas winner Pleascach

Filed on 12 Jun 2015 @ 07:00

Jim Bolger's homebred Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach (Teofilo) has been purchased by Godolphin ahead of her run in the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot next week.

John Ferguson, bloodstock advisor to Sheikh Mohammed, told www.godolphin.com: "Jim is keen for the filly to run at Royal Ascot, with the Irish Derby and the Irish Oaks both being targets in the future.

Strong continental entry for the King George

Filed on 11 Jun 2015 @ 07:22

Golden Horn entered for mile and a half Group One

The entries for Ascot's midsummer showpiece, the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) over a mile and a half on Saturday, July 25, have been revealed, with four entries from France, two from Italy and one from Germany, plus 10 contenders from Ireland.

Newcastle given go-ahead to install all-weather track

Filed on 9 Jun 2015 @ 11:34

Flat turf track to be replaced with all-weather surface

The British Horseracing Authority has approved the application from Arena Racing Company to convert the turf Flat track at Newcastle to an all-weather surface. Newcastle will participate in the 2016 fixture allocation process as an all-weather venue.

American Pharoah wins the first Triple Crown for 37 years

Filed on 7 Jun 2015 @ 08:17

Belmont Park, 6 June 2015

Son of Pioneerof The Nile draws five and a half lengths clear

American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) became the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 at Belmont PArk on Saturday, ending a drought that had seen the hopes of 13 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winners end in disappointment. Under a perfectly calculated ride by Victor Espinoza, the son of Pioneerof the Nile led the field from start to finish in the Grade One, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, drawing away in the stretch to beat Frosted by five and a half lengths.

Oppenheimer reflects on sale of Golden Horn's dam

Filed on 6 Jun 2015 @ 17:28

Investec Derby winner Golden Horn was offered for sale at Tattersalls as a yearling, but failed to find a buyer. As part of owner/breeder Anthony Oppenheimer's policy of selling the colts he breeds, and retaining fillies, he sent the unnamed Golden Horn to Tattersalls' October Sale in Newmarket as a yearling, yet he was led out unsold when bidding stopped at 190,000gns. That was to prove a huge slice of luck, yet one year earlier Oppenheimer had sold the colt's dam, Fleche D'Or (by Dubai Destination), for 62,000gns, at the same venue. The buyer was Harry McCalmont, who owns the Norelands Stud in Ireland.

Golden Horn surges to victory in the Derby

Filed on 6 Jun 2015 @ 15:47

1-2 for John Gosden as Jack Hobbs finishes second

The Group One Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday saw the John Gosden-trained Golden Horn (Cape Cross) fulfil the promise he showed when winning the Dante Stakes last month as he came with an inexorable run from the rear down the middle of the straight under Frankie Dettori, surging clear to beat his stablemate Jack Hobbs by three and a half lengths. Storm The Stars was third, a further four and a half lengths adrift.

Pether's Moon wins the Coronation Cup from Dolniya

Filed on 6 Jun 2015 @ 15:20

First Group One winner for Pat Dobbs

The Richard Hannon-trained Pether's Moon (Dylan Thomas) scored a surprise victory in the Group One Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom on Saturday. The 11/1 shot got up in the shadows of the post to record a neck victory over the 8/11 favourite Dolniya, giving rider Pat Dobbs his first Group One winner.

Buratino gallops six lengths clear in the Woodcote Stakes

Filed on 6 Jun 2015 @ 14:21

Step up to six furlongs likely for son of Exceed And Excel

The Mark Johnston-trained Buratino (Exceed And Excel) turned the Listed Woodcote Stakes for juveniles at Epsom into a procession on Saturday, galloping clear of eight rivals in the hands of William Buick to score by six lengths. It was the Exceed And Excel colt's fifth race since his winning debut on March 23 at Chelmsford and his third success in all.

Dubawi's Srikandi wins the G1 Stradbroke

Filed on 6 Jun 2015 @ 14:19

Australia, 6 June 2015

Four-year-old Dubawi mare Srikandi (Dubawi) won the Group One Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben on Saturday, becoming the 19th career Group One winner for her sire and his seventh this year alone.

Qualify collars Legatissimo to win the Oaks

Filed on 5 Jun 2015 @ 15:47

Aidan O'Brien's homebred Fastnet Rock filly wins at Epsom

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Qualify (Fastnet Rock) came with a late thrust under Colm O'Donoghue to win the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday at odds of 50-1, collaring 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo to win by a short head.

Arod impresses in the Diomed Stakes

Filed on 5 Jun 2015 @ 15:24

Drop to a mile brings out the best in son of Teofilo

The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Arod( Teofilo) produced a fine front-running performance to land the Group Three Investec Diomed Stakes by two lengths at Epsom on Friday. The 7/4 favourite pulled hard under jockey Andrea Atzeni in the early stages as the pair dictated the pace but he eventually settled into a nice rhythm and looked to be full of running as the field hit the two furlong marker.

Arabian Queen makes all in the Queen Elizabeth

Filed on 5 Jun 2015 @ 14:21

Three-year-old Dubawi filly stretches four lengths clear at Epsom

Arabian Queen (Dubawi) made every post a winning one when running out the four-length winner of the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Investec) at Epsom on Friday.

Golden Horn to face 11 in the Derby

Filed on 5 Jun 2015 @ 08:12

Dante Stakes winner Golden Horn has been cut to 6/4 (from 13/8) for the Investec Derby by Coral, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival, after 12 runners were declared to run in Saturday's Classic at Epsom Downs.

11 fillies declared for the Investec Oaks

Filed on 3 Jun 2015 @ 15:07

Legatissimo and Crystal Zvezda head the market

A field of 11 three-year-old fillies is due to go to post for the Group One Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday. 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo (David Wachman IRE/Ryan Moore) is the 11/4 favourite, and will attempt to become the 48th filly to win both the Newmarket and Epsom Classics.

Anthem Alexander returns with Naas Group Three win

Filed on 2 Jun 2015 @ 07:12

Ascot sprints on the agenda for Starspangledbanner filly

The Edward Lynam-trained Anthem Alexander (Starspangledbanner), winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot last year, began her three-year-old season in stayle at Naas on Monday when running out the comfortable winner of the Group Three Racing Post Lacken Stakes, quickening from the rear to beat pacesetter The Happy Prince by a length. The favourite Toscanini was third.