Toronado given York go-ahead

Filed on 19 Aug 2013 @ 09:55

Sussex Stakes winner to step up to 10f

Trainer Richard Hannon has confirmed that Susses Stakes winner Toronado (High Chaparral) is an intended runner in the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

Smullen "very excited" by Derby favourite Free Eagle

Filed on 19 Aug 2013 @ 09:25

Jockey Pat Smullen is looking forward to the development of the Dermot Weld-trained Free Eagle (High Chaparral), who was promoted to the head of the market for next year's Derby after an impressive five and a half length winning debut at Leopardstown last week.

Dubawi filly tops Arqana August at €1.5m

Filed on 19 Aug 2013 @ 07:53

Part 1 aggregate climbs by 31%, average by 35% as Dubawi remains in demand

The Arqana August yearling sale continued on Sunday with strong international trade sustaining strong returns. Over 73% of horses on offer were sold (against 68.5% in 2012) for an average sale price of €208,741, a figure up by 22% compared to the same day last year. As a result the turnover for the first two days of the sale which make up Part 1 of the catalogue reached €26,625,000 which was up by more than 31% compared to 2012. The accumulated average sale price for the two days settled at €212,893, representing a remarkable increase of nearly 35%, while 73.5% of yearlings changed hands. Over the whole weekend, four yearlings reached or made more than the symbolic figure of €1,000,000.

Caroline Thomas awarded the Lake Placid

Filed on 19 Aug 2013 @ 07:50

Saratoga, 19 August 2013

Giant's Causeway filly takes Grade Two honours after Nellie Cashman DQ

Beaten a nose to the wire, Caroline Thomas (Giant's Causeway) was declared the winner of the Grade Two Woodford Reserve Lake Placid when the first-place finisher, Nellie Cashman, was disqualified to third for interfering with Watsdachances in the stretch on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.

Romantica steps up with Deauville Group One win

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 14:44

Hasili's influence continues to be felt at the highest level

Stallion statistics: Romantica

The Group One Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville on Sunday was won by the Andre Fabre-trained Romantica (Galileo), who beat the Aga Khan's Sarkiyla by a length and a quarter, herself a length ahead of her stablemate Dalkala.

No Nay Never makes all in the Prix Morny

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 14:35

Deauville Group One success for Wesley Ward

Stallion statistics: Scat Daddy

The Wesley Ward-trained American raider No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) added to his track record success in the Norfolk Stakes with an all-the-way victory in the Group One Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday.

Real Solution's Arlington Million win completes G1 hat-trick for Kitten's Joy

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 14:13

Ramsey Farm's stallion Kitten's Joy had a remarkable hat-trick on Saturday with three Grade One winners within two hours.

In a stretch run that was drama-filled before and after the finish line, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Real Solution (Kitten's Joy) was adjudged the winner in Arlington Million XXXI over Essafinaat Limited’s The Apache. Real Solution was closing resolutely when bumped by The Apache in deep stretch. At the wire, the Apache held his rival by a head, but was later disqualified to second.

Dank romps home in the Beverly D

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 14:11

Arlington Park, 18 August 2013

Stoute-trained filly continues fantastic run for Dansili

Dank (Dansili) came into the Grade One Beverly D. Stakes perfect in two starts beyond a mile, and James Wigan’s Dansili filly made it three-for-three with a 4¼-length victory in the 1 3/16-mile race on Saturday as part of Arlington International Racecourse’s International Festival of Racing.

Dandino wins the American St Leger

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 14:09

Arlington Park, 18 August 2013

The result of the second edition of the $400,000 American St. Leger provided a sense of déjà vu as Darren Dance’s British-bred Dandino (Dansili) beat Team Block’s Illinois-bred Suntracer by a half-length in the mile-and-eleven-sixteenths marathon turf event. In last year’s inaugural running, it was Dance’s Irish-bred Jakkalberry who beat Team Block’s Illinois-bred Ioya Bigtime.

Princess Of Sylmar continues dominance in the Alabama

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 14:03

Saratoga, 18 August 2013

Majestic Warrior filly continues dominance of 3yo filly division

Continuing her dominance of the three-year-old filly division, Princess of Sylmar (Majestic Warrior) registered an easy victory in the 133rd renewal of Saratoga Race Course's Grade One Alabama at 1 ¼ miles on Saturday.

€1m Dubawi and Galileo yearlings head Arqana August opener

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 13:55

Average leaps 48% in first session at Deauville

The Arqana August yearling sale got underway at Deauville on Saturday with a particularly solid market that saw six lots make over €500,000 in a session that generated turnover of €14,091,000, up by 50% compared to the first day of the 2012 sale, while nearly 75% of the yearlings offered found new homes. The average sale price increased in similar fashion to €214,323, up by almost 48% compared to the same day last year.

Gregorian sees off Soft Falling Rain in the Hungerford

Filed on 17 Aug 2013 @ 16:14

Stallion statistics: Clodovil

The John Gosden-trained Gregorian (Clodovil) won the Group Two Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, ending the unbeaten run of Mike de Kock's Soft Falling Rain in second.

Royal Empire steps up with Geoffrey Freer victory

Filed on 17 Aug 2013 @ 16:12

Stallion statistics: Teofilo

Godolphin's Royal Empire (Teofilo) gained his second successive Stakes victory on Saturday when taking the Group Three Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury. After only making his debut in July of last season, he now has a fine record of five victories in 11 career starts including the Listed Steventon Stakes over the same course last month. He holds a Group One entry in Irish St Leger next month at the Curragh.

Sandiva claims the Prix du Calvados for Fahey

Filed on 17 Aug 2013 @ 16:09

Prix Marcel Boussac possible for Footstepsinthesand filly

Stallion statistics: Footstepsinthesand

The Richard Fahey-trained Sandiva (Footstepsinthesand) proved herself one of the best juveniles fillies in Europe on Saturday when winning the Group Three Prix du Calvados at Deauville.

Ihtimal given intriguing Group One entry

Filed on 16 Aug 2013 @ 10:36

Shamardal filly handed entry in the Racing Post Trophy

Last weekend's Sweet Solera Stakes winner Ihtimal (Shamardal) has been given an entry alongside the colts in the Group One Racing Post Trophy - but Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford cautions that there is only an outside chance at resent that she will take up the engagement.

Vancouverite could be supplemented for the Arc after Deauville win

Filed on 16 Aug 2013 @ 07:48

Dansili colt gives Fabre tenth win in the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano

Stallion statistics: Dansili

Andre Fabre registered his tenth win in the Group Two Prix Guillaume d'ornano at Deauville on Thursday as Godolphin's Vancouverite (Dansili) found plenty in the closing stages under Pierre-Charles Boudot to win by a length and a quarter from stablemate Pilote, earning a possible tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Bolger: QEII firmly on Dawn Approach agenda

Filed on 15 Aug 2013 @ 13:07

Top miler needs two weeks after scoping poorly after Deauville defeat

Trainer Jim Bolger expects Dawn Approach to be back in work in a fortnight or so after the son of New Approach scoped poorly after being beaten in the Prix Jacques le Marois last Sunday.

Kingsbarns set for Great Voltigeur return

Filed on 15 Aug 2013 @ 12:56

Al Kazeem heads nine in the Juddmonte International

Last year's Racing Post Trophy winner Kingsbarns (Galileo) is set to make his belated return to action in the Group Two Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on Wednesday.

Moonlight Cloud lands historic double in the Jacques le Marois

Filed on 11 Aug 2013 @ 17:10

Invincible Spirit filly holds off Olympic Glory seven days after Maurice de de Gheest win

The Freddie Head-trained Moonlight Cloud (Invincible Spirit) won a captivating renewal of the Group One Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Sunday, seeing off Olympic Glory to become the first horse to win the Normandy track's two Group One highlights in the same year, seven days after her third win in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

Sudirman lands the Phoenix as War Command beaten

Filed on 11 Aug 2013 @ 17:01

Third juvenile Group One winner for Henrythenavigator

The Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday saw the hot favourite War Command, the impressive winner of the Coventry Stakes, finish only third behind David Wachman's Sudirman (Henrythenavigator).

Galileo's Tapestry impresses in the Debutante Stakes

Filed on 11 Aug 2013 @ 16:56

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Tapestry (Galileo) was sent off the hot favourite for the Group Two Friarstown Stud Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday on the back of an impressive debut performance last time, and she landed the odds in style, quickening smartly clear on the outside to beat stablemate Perhaps by a length and three quarters.

Progressive Maputo wins the Royal Whip

Filed on 11 Aug 2013 @ 16:17

The Mark Johnston-trained Maputo (Cape Cross), a progressive three-year-old son of Cape Cross, continued his progression up the ranks on Sunday when winning on his first foray into Group company in the Group Three Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh.

Shamardal's Ihtimal wins the Sweet Solera

Filed on 11 Aug 2013 @ 16:14

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Ihtimal (Shamardal), a juvenile daughter of Shamardal, broke her maiden in style on Saturday when impressively taking the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket. She came into the race after a series of creditable placed efforts including a third in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out. Never far off the pace, she ran on up the hill to win going away by two-and-three-quarter lengths in the style of a very nice prospect.

David Livingston wins the Rose of Lancaster for De Kock

Filed on 11 Aug 2013 @ 16:08

Group Three 1-2-3 for Galileo at Haydock

Galileo registered a Group Three 1-2-3 at Haydock on Saturday as the Mike de Kock-trained four-year-old David Livingston (Galileo-Mora Bai, by Indian Ridge) looked better than ever has he came home ahead of Telescope and Frankel’s brother Noble Mission in the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes.

La Pomme d'Amour has Vermeille aim after Pomone win

Filed on 11 Aug 2013 @ 16:01

Peintre Celebre mare wins Deauville Group Two in Guy Reed's colours

The late Guy Reed’s colours were carried to victory for a second consecutive year in the Group Two Prix de Pomone at Deauville on Saturday by the Andre Fabre-trained La Pomme D’Amour (Peintre Celebre).