Racing

Astaire makes all in the Abernant Stakes

Filed on 17 Apr 2015 @ 07:56

Son of Intense Focus heads to the Duke of York Stakes

The Kevin Ryan-trained Astaire (Intense Focus), winner of the 2013 Middle Park Stakes, made all to win the Listed Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, seeing off the persistent challenge from Watchable to win by half a length under Jamie Spencer.

Canford Cliffs colt tops Craven Sale opener

Filed on 16 Apr 2015 @ 08:41

Low-key session lacks the fireworks seen in 2014

The opening day of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale on Wednesday saw a total of 57 two-year-olds sell for 3,304,000 guineas, at an average of 80,585 guineas and a median of 65,000 guineas. The session lacked the fireworks seen last year, with a record-setting 800,000 gns topping buoyant trade.

Unbeaten Golden Horn wins the Feilden

Filed on 16 Apr 2015 @ 08:37

Son of Cape Cross holds Dante Stakes entry

The John Gosden-trained Golden Horn (Cape Cross) looked an exciting prospect when winning the Listed Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday.

Osaila gets up in the Nell Gwyn

Filed on 16 Apr 2015 @ 08:31

Hannon hoping for 5lb improvement from Guineas candidate

Trainer Richard Hannon registered his first turf winner of the campaign when Osaila (Danehill Dancer), ridden by Frankie Dettori, outbattled Beautiful Romance and New Providence to win the Group Three Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

Home Of The Brave wins at Newmarket as Faydhan flops

Filed on 16 Apr 2015 @ 08:31

Faydhan ruled out of the 2000 Guineas; first and thord could meet at Ascot

The Listed CSP European Free Handicap at Newmarket on Wednesday was won by the Hugo Palmer-trained Home Of The Brave (Starspangedbanner), who consigned the hot favourite Faydhan to third.

Hoppegarten Racecourse purchases historic training centre

Filed on 16 Apr 2015 @ 08:20

Plan to return training centre to glory days

Berlin-Hoppegarten racecourse has announced that it is to purchase the neighbouring historic Neuenhagen training track under an option negotiated as part of the 2008 purchase agreement of the Hoppegarten racecourse estate from the German privatisation agency BBVG.

Found the favourite as 59 Oaks entries revealed

Filed on 16 Apr 2015 @ 08:17

5m gns Al Naamah heads five entries from France

Ante-post favourite Found heads 59 entries for the premier British Classic for fillies, the Investec Oaks, at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 5. The three-year-old daughter of Galileo ended last season with a decisive victory in the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp in October and is the 4/1 market leader with Coral, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival.

Champion Hurdle principals likely to reoppose at Punchestown

Filed on 14 Apr 2015 @ 15:40

A select, top-quality field is set to line up in the Grade One Queally Group CHampion Hurdle at Punchestown on Friday, May 1. The legendary 22-time Grade One winner Hurricane Fly is likely to draw many admirers as he attempts to land a fifth running of a contest he captured from 2010 to 2013.

Pivotal's Queen's Jewel sparkles in Prix de Diane trial

Filed on 14 Apr 2015 @ 15:36

Freddy Head strengthens Classic hand in the Prix Penelope

The Group Three Prix Penelope at Saint-Cloud on Tuesday went the way of Freddy Head's Queen's Jewel (Pivotal), who ran on strongly from midfield under Maxime Guyon, extending her advantage to pass the post a length and three quarters clear of Spring Leaf, with Princess Charm taking third.

Belardo heads 11 entries for the Greenham Stakes

Filed on 14 Apr 2015 @ 08:53

European Champion Two-Year-Old Belardo (Roger Varian) heads 11 entries for the Group Three AON Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. The son of Lope De Vega ended last season with a rating of 119 following a decisive two-length victory in the Group One Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, after which a controlling stake was purchased by Godolphin.

Punchestown 2015 entries revealed

Filed on 14 Apr 2015 @ 08:46

Many of the biggest names in Jump racing look set to line up at the 2015 Punchestown Festival, taking place from Tuesday, April 28 to Saturday, May 2, after the publication of entries for the first two days.

Mexican Gold gives Fabre Longchamp Group double

Filed on 12 Apr 2015 @ 15:33

Medaglia d'Oro filly wins the Prix de la Grotte

Trainer Andre Fabre saddled a Group double at Longchamp on Sunday, with Juddmonte homebred Mexican Gold (Medaglia d'Oro) winning the Group Three Prix de la Grotte under Vincent Cheminaud, an hour after stablemate Territories won the Prix de Fontainebleau.

Territories wins the Prix de Fontainebleau for Fabre and Godolphin

Filed on 12 Apr 2015 @ 15:29

Classic-bound son of Invincible Spirit wins under hands and heels

Godolphin's Territories (Invincible Spirit), second in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere last October, ran out an easy winner of the Group Three Prix De Fontainebleau over a mile on good to soft ground at Longchamp on Sunday.

Success Days wins the Ballysax as JFK third of three

Filed on 12 Apr 2015 @ 15:23

John F Kennedy pushed out to 9-1 for the Derby

The Group Three PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday was won by the Ken Condon-trained Success Days (Jeremy), consigning a tiring John F Kennedy, the Ballydoyle-trained ante-post favourite for the Derby, to third place in the three runner field.

Stormfly and Zawraq give Weld Leopardstown stakes double

Filed on 12 Apr 2015 @ 15:13

French Guineas likely for Stormfly; Zawraq a Derby candidate

Dermot Weld has his string in fine form, and saddled a treble at Leopardstwon on Sunday including a pair of stakes winners in Stormfly and Zawraq.

American Pharoah dominates the Arkansas Derby

Filed on 12 Apr 2015 @ 08:28

Oaklawn Park, 12 April 2015

Pioneerof The Nile colt quickens smartly having raced in second

Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) lived up to his 1-9 odds with an easy eight length victory in Saturday’s 79th running of the Grade One Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on Saturday. It was the second straight Oaklawn win for the Bob Baffert-trainee, who had also won the Grade Two Rebel Stakes March 14.

Ball Dancing powers clear in the G1 Jenny Wiley

Filed on 12 Apr 2015 @ 08:23

Keeneland, 12 April 2015

W.S. Farish and F. Steve Mooney’s Ball Dancing (Exchange Rate) surged to the lead in the upper stretch and powered away to a 2½-length victory over Filimbi in the 27th running of the Grade One Jenny Wiley for fillies and mares at Keeneland on Saturday.

Many Clouds takes Grand National glory

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 15:55

Hennessy winner shoulders 11-9 in Aintree showpiece

The Oliver Sherwood-trained Many Clouds won the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, giving jockey Leighton Aspell his second consecutive win after Pineau De Re last year.

Whisper lands his second Aintree Stayers' Hurdle

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 14:58

Chasing career aborted as Henderson's charge beats Cole Harden

Whisper bounced back to form at Aintree on Saturday to take the Silver Cross Stayers' Hurdle for a second consecutive year for trainer Nicky Henderson and owner Dai Walters.

Sizing Granite outbattles God's Own in the Maghull Novices' Chase

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 14:55

Trainer Henry de Bromhead celebrated his second victory in three years in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase after 9/2 shot Sizing Granite ground out a length win over God's Own at Aintree on Saturday to follow the example of his stable-mate Special Tiara, who won the 2013 running.

Nichols Canyon quickens to Mersey Novices' Hurdle victory

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 14:49

Neptune third back to winning ways at Aintree

The Willie Mullins-trained Nichols Canyon, the 3/1 favourite, landed the Grade One World Famous Just Eat Mersey Novices' Hurdle under a determined drive from Ruby Walsh at Aintree on Saturday.

Criterion trounces his Queen Elizabeth Stakes rivals

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 09:00

Australia, 11 April 2015

Royal Ascot possible for son of Sebring

David Hayes and Tom Dabernig can mount a case to having the best horse in the country in their stable following Criterion’s (Sebring) stunning win in Saturday’s Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

Dansili's Grand Marshal bursts clear in the Sydney Cup

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 08:58

Australia, 11 April 2015

Improving stayer Grand Marshal (Dansili) completed the transformation from Melbourne Cup support-card winner to Group One champion with victory in the $1.6 million Sydney Cup at Randwick on Saturday.

Darci Brahma's Gust Of Wind claims the Australian Oaks

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 08:52

Australia, 11 April 2015

Melbourne Cup the target for New Zealand-bred filly

The John Sargent-trained three-year-old Gust Of Wind (Darci Brahma) proved herself the best stayer in the field with a dominant win over Winx and Candelara in the 2400-metre Australian Oaks at Randwick on Saturday.

War Front's Jack Milton sweeps clear in the Maker's 46 Mile

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 08:48

Keeneland, 11 April 2015

Third graded stakes win for five-year-old son of War Front

Gary Barber’s Jack Milton (War Front), last early in a field of seven, swept by the pack on the far outside to win the 27th running of the Grade One Maker’s 46 Mile by 2¼ lengths At Keeneland on Friday.