Dolniya sees off Flintshire in Sheema Classic prep

Filed on 4 Mar 2015 @ 09:14

The Prix Darshaan at Chantilly on Tuesday saw last season's Group Two Prix de Malleret winner Dolniya (Azamour) narrowly prevail over the Andre Fabre-trained Flintshire.

Cue Card to miss Cheltenham

Filed on 4 Mar 2015 @ 09:11

2013 Ryanair Chase winner Cue Card will not line up in this year's renewal of the race after suffering a late setback.

Trainer Colin Tizzard told PA Sport: "He was making a noise and we had him looked at.

Group Two winner al Thakhira to run in Wolverhampton Listed contest

Filed on 4 Mar 2015 @ 09:09

Botti targting Good Friday with former Rockfel winner

Group Two winner Al Thakhira is set to contest the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes at Wolverhampton on Saturday, ahead of a date with exciting first-season sire Toronado. The Marco Botti-trained four-year-old filly captured the Rockfel Stakes impressively at Newmarket in October, 2013, and, after finishing down the field in the French and Irish 1,000 Guineas in the spring of 2014, bounced back to win a seven-furlong Listed contest decisively at Ascot on October 4.

Sire De Grugy pleasing Moore ahead of Champion Chase defence

Filed on 4 Mar 2015 @ 09:06

Two miler to wear plastic shoes after foot problems

Gary Moore could not be happier with his stable star Sire De Grugy who exercised twice around the mile woodchip gallop today at his Cisswood Racing Stables in West Sussex during a media stable visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse and Betway.

Designs On Rome floors rivals in the Hong Kong Gold Cup

Filed on 2 Mar 2015 @ 08:15

Hong Kong, 1 March 2015

Son of Holy Roman Emperor heads to the Dubai Sheema Classic

Designs On Rome (Hoy Roman Emperor) showcased that ever-potent cocktail, class and raw power, to floor his rivals and capture the Group One Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m), the second leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown, at Sha Tin racecourse today, Sunday 1 March.

Curlin's Stellar Wind surges clear in the Santa Ysabel

Filed on 2 Mar 2015 @ 08:11

Santa Anita, 1 March 2015

A one mile maiden winner on Dec. 18 at Laurel Park in Maryland, Stellar Wind (Curlin) burst upon the Southern California racing scene on Saturday at Santa Anita, as she motored to an impressive 2 ¾ length win in the Grade Three Santa Ysabel Stakes under Victor Espinoza. Trained by John Sadler and owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, she swung four-wide turning for home and easily bested favored Light the City while covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.16.

Bin Suroor pays tribute to Cavalryman after Meydan fracture

Filed on 2 Mar 2015 @ 08:08

Dubai, 1 March 2015

Saeed bin Suroor has paid tribute to multiple Group winner Cavalryman (HallinG), who sustained a serious fracture in his right hind leg while running in the Group Three Nad Al Sheba Trophy at Meydan on Saturday.

Street Cry's Pride Of Dubai wins the Blue Diamond

Filed on 28 Feb 2015 @ 10:18

Australia, 28 February 2015

Group One success with Street Cry maiden for Peter and Paul Snowden

The Group One William Hill Blue Diamond Stakes was won in impressive style by the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry) on Saturday at Caulfield.

Contributer heads Godolpjin 1-2 in the G1 Chipping Norton

Filed on 28 Feb 2015 @ 10:12

Australia, 28 February 2015

Dual Engalish Listed winner gives new Godolphin operation first Australian Group One win

Contributer (High Chaparral) gave Godolphin Group One success in Australia for the first time since its new operation in the country commenced last year when winning the Liverpool City Council Chipping Norton Stakes over a mile on turf at Warwick Farm on Saturday. Godolphin also had the half-length runner-up, Hartnell.

Safety Check wins the Zabeel Mile as Godolphin dominant at Meydan

Filed on 27 Feb 2015 @ 08:45

Dubai, 27 February 2015

More Group Two success for son of Dubawi

Godolphin were dominant at Thursday's eighth meeting of the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival, with Godolphin’s Safety Check (Dubawi), ridden by William Buick for Charlie Appleby winning the Group Two Zabeel Mile on turf.

Twiston-Davies upbeat over The New One's Champion Hurdle bid

Filed on 27 Feb 2015 @ 08:40

"Faugheen and The New One should be joint favourites

Nigel Twiston-Davies could not be happier with his main challenger for honours at The Festival, The New One. The 2013 Neptune Novices' Hurdle winner bids to give Twiston-Davies, who trains within 10 miles of Cheltenham Racecourse near Guiting Power, a first success in the hurdling championship.

Silviniaco Conti heads Paul Nicholls "select" team for Cheltenham

Filed on 24 Feb 2015 @ 17:12

"Mr Mole deserves the title of the most improved horse in training"

Ditcheat-based trainer Paul Nicholls, who is going after his ninth trainers’ title this season, is very pleased with the condition of his horses ahead of next month's Cheltenham Festival and on Tuesday paraded his main hopes for success over the four days.

Nicky Henderson: My Festival team

Filed on 24 Feb 2015 @ 08:09

"We are as good as we have been for a very, very long time with Sprinter Sacre"

Trainer Nicky Henderson, the most successful trainer ever at the Cheltenham Festival with 51 successes, talked of his hopes for the four-day meeting next month at a media day organised by the racecourse on Monday.

Itsaknockout gains the verdict in the Fountain of Youth

Filed on 23 Feb 2015 @ 08:42

Gulfstream Park, 22 February 2015

Son of Lemon Drop Kid awarded Grade Two verdict after UUpstart DQ'd

After scuffling with favored Upstart (Flatter) in the stretch, Starlight Racing’s Itsaknockout (Lemon Drop Kid) had to settle for a second-place finish in Saturday’s Grade Two Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park. However, the Todd Pletcher-trained three-year-old won the decision of the track stewards following their video review of the stretch run and was awarded the victory in the major prep for the Triple Crown and the Grade One Florida Derby (March 28).

International Star shows his class in the Risen Star

Filed on 23 Feb 2015 @ 08:35

Fair Grounds, 22 February 2015

The Mike Maker-trained International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus) won the Grade Two Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Saturday. Racing in mid-pack most of the way, the New York-bred son of Fusaichi Pegasus was three-wide on the first turn under Miguel Mena and then dropped to the rail to settle in sixth while Altamira Racing Stable and David Bernsen’s California invader St. Joe Bay carved out fractions of :23.29, :47.08 and 1:12.16 under Florent Geroux. The agile bay colt then accelerated while skimming the rail inside Fox Hill Farm’s Kerwin Clark-ridden Bluff on the far turn before squeezing through a nearly impossible opening on the rail beside leader St. Joe Bay at the top of the stretch.

Sire De Grugy "back on song" after impressive Chepstow victory

Filed on 22 Feb 2015 @ 10:42

All roads lead to Champion Chase defence after weight-carrying performance

The Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy put a last-time-out unseating behind him on Saturday when running out the impressive winner of the Rifles Handicap Chase Supporting Care For Casualties at Chepstow on Saturday, carrying top weigth with aplomb in the testing conditions to beat Grey Gold by seven lengths.

Irish Saint pulls well clear in the Pendil Novices' Chase

Filed on 22 Feb 2015 @ 10:32

Aintree the more likely target after ten length victory

The Paul Nicholls-trained Irish Saint came home well clear in the BetBright Best For Festival Betting Pendil Novices' Chase at Kempton Park on Saturday, making the best of the testing conditions to beat Hollow Penny by ten lengths. Second favourite Melodic Rendezvous was pipped for third, tiring after the second last.

Lankan Rupee back to his best in the Lightning Stakes

Filed on 22 Feb 2015 @ 09:58

Australia, 21 February 2015

Fifth Group One win for son of Redoute's Choice

The Mick Price-trained Lankan Rupee (Redoute's Choice) put a spring campaign that yielded a sole Group One win behind him with a dominant victory in the Group One Lightning Stakes on Saturday, returning to the form that saw him rated as the undisputed sprint star of Australian racing this time last year.

Lingfield stakes double for Invincible Spirit

Filed on 22 Feb 2015 @ 09:46

Grendisar and Rivellino win on the all-weather

The Marco Bott-trained Grendisar (Invincible Spirit) came with a powerful late thrust to win the Listed Winter Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday, adding to his win in the Listed Quebec Stakes over course and distance in December.

Oasis Dream's Cladocera bursts clear in the G2 Balanchine

Filed on 20 Feb 2015 @ 09:38

Dubai, 20 February 2015

De Royer-Dupre-trained filly emulates Sun Classique and Sajjhaa

The Group Two Balanchine Stakes went to France last night as Cladocera (Oasis Dream) landed her second win of the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse. In doing so, she became the third Cape Verdi winner, (1600m turf), to follow up in this 1800m turf feature but she has a lot to live up to. Sun Classique won the two contests in 2008 before landing the Dubai Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup night while Sajjhaa achieved the same feat in 2013 before winning the Group One Jebel Hatta on Super Saturday and the Dubai Duty Free on the big night.

Harrington: Faugheen the one to beat in the Champion Hurdle

Filed on 20 Feb 2015 @ 09:34

"Jezki seems to like Cheltenham in the spring of the year"

Jessica Harrington believes Faugheen is the one to beat as her stable star Jezki builds up for the defence of his Stan James Champion Hurdle crown at Cheltenham on Tuesday, March 10.

Festival handicaps attract 1,032 entries

Filed on 20 Feb 2015 @ 09:32

Weights to be announced on 25 February

1,023 entries, including 302 from Ireland, have been received for the 11 handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival, which takes place from Tuesday, March 10 to Friday, March 13.

Willie Mullins: My Cheltenham Festival team

Filed on 19 Feb 2015 @ 10:00

"Douvan is as nice a horse as we have ever had going to Cheltenham"

Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins has given an update on many of his leading contenders ahead of this year's Cheltenham Festival at a media day organised by Cheltenham Racecourse on Wednesday.

Godolphin purchase Night Of Thunder

Filed on 19 Feb 2015 @ 09:58

Classic winning son of Dubawi to remain with Richard Hannon

Last season's 2000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder (Dubawi) has been bought by Godolphin. The four-year-old will remain in training with Richard Hannon.

2015 Cheltenham novice hurdle and chase acceptors and ratings

Filed on 19 Feb 2015 @ 09:50

The acceptors for the three Grade One novices' chases, the four Grade One novices' hurdles plus the Listed Toby Balding National Hunt Chase at next month's Cheltenham Festival have been unveiled.

Four days of outstanding racing action gets underway with the £120,000 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (1.30pm), the opening contest of Champion Day, Tuesday, March 10. Willie Mullins has won the two most recent renewals of The Festival's curtain raiser and Ireland's champion trainer has another strong hand this year, headed by Sky Bet's 15/8 favourite Douvan. The five-year-old posted a pair facile wins at Gowran Park and Punchestown and has been given a rating of 170P by Timeform, which has L'Ami Serge top-rated on 171p.