Rizeena gives James Doyle Royal Ascot treble

Filed on 19 Jun 2013 @ 16:09

Stallion statistics: Iffraaj

The Group Two Queen Mary Stakes saw an impressive performance from Rizeena (Iffraaj), who gave her young rider James Doyle a treble for the day, following on from Al Kazeem's win in the Prince of Wales's Stakes and Belgian Bill's victory in the Royal Hunt Cup.

Al Kazeem collars Mukhadram in the Prince of Wales's

Filed on 19 Jun 2013 @ 15:05

Well-backed Camelot fails to figure in the finish

Stallion statistics: Dubawi

The Group One Prince of Wales's Stakes saw Roger Charlton claim his first Group One winner at Royal Ascot as Al Kazeem (Dubawi) came with a late run under a cool James Doyle to collar the pacesetting Mukhadram, who had set impeccable fractions under Paul Hanagan and had gone well clear, looking the likely winner until Al Kazeem found his rhythm.

Duntle on top in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2013 @ 14:14

Stallion statistics: Danehill Dancer

The David Wachman-trained Duntle (Danehill Dancer) won the Group Two Duke of CAmbridge Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday, quickeing to the lead and holding on well ahead of a vigorous four-way tussel for the minor places. The long-time leader Ladys First rallied well to claim second, ahead of Dank in third.

Gale Force Ten outbattles Montiridge in the Jersey Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2013 @ 13:45

Stallion statistics: Oasis Dream

The Group Three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday saw a fine effort from the Aidan O'Brien-trained Gale Force Ten (Oasis Dream), who had to battle hard in the final 100 yards to see off Richard Hannon's Montiridge, who had headed the eventual winner in the final half furlong. Gale Force Ten had shown a decent turn of foot before that, readily bursting clear of his rivals, but idling somewhat until Montirdige came to join battle.

Extortionist gives Olly Stevens his first Royal Ascot winner

Filed on 19 Jun 2013 @ 08:14

Olly Stevens and his wife Hetta trained their first Royal Ascot winner in their debut season when Extortionist (Dandy man) landed the Listed Windsor Forest Stakes for two-year-olds. The victory completed a 152/1 double for jockey Johnny Murtagh, who had won the King's Stand Stakes on Sole Power earlier on the card. On this occasion Murtagh wore the colours of Qatar Racing, a partnership involving the Al Thani brothers of Qatar. They own Robins Farm, which is the Stevens' base near Chiddingfold in Sussex.

Well Sharp on top in the Ascot Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2013 @ 08:10

Queen Alexandra Stakes possible for Jonjo O'Neill's runner

An English stable finally grabbed a winner at Royal Ascot 2013, but the victory of Well Sharp (Selkirk) in the Ascot Stakes was master-minded by a group of Irishmen. The five-year-old is trained by Gloucestershire-based Jonjo O'Neill, he runs in the colours of J P McManus and was ridden by Fran Berry. A ready winner by two and a half lengths from runner-up Tiger Cliff, Well Sharp could be back at Ascot on Saturday to tackle the Queen Alexandra Stakes, the Royal meeting's longest contest.

War Command storms clear in the Coventry

Filed on 19 Jun 2013 @ 08:07

Major Royal Ascot double for Claiborne sire War Front

A stunning performance by runaway winner War Command (War Front) in the Coventry Stakes made it four wins from four for Irish trainers on the opening day of Royal Ascot. The son of War Front was completing a double on the day for the team behind Queen Anne Stakes winner Declaration Of War, namely trainer Aidan O'Brien, part/owner and breeder Joseph Allen and the Coolmore triumvirate of Messrs Magnier, Tabor and Smith, and Claiborne stallion war Front. However, O'Brien's son Joseph finished unplaced this time on favourite Stubbs, and it was another Ballydoyle stalwart, Seamie Heffernan, who rode the winner. In third was another O'Brien runner, Sir John Hawkins, the mount of Ryan Moore.

Dawn Approach battles to St James's Palace success

Filed on 19 Jun 2013 @ 08:04

2000 Guineas winner bounces back when outbattling Toronado

Classic winner Dawn Approach (New Approach) turned a nadir into triumph when rekindling the form that saw him win the QIPCO 2000 Guineas. Clinging on by a short-head from runner-up Toronado, Dawn Approach took the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday just 17 days after finishing last in the Investec Derby at Epsom. He gave jockey Kevin Manning a horrible ride that day, pulling uncontrollably, and while keen today the shorter one-mile trip played to his strengths when it mattered.

Riding the horse out in a hackamore for a week was the winning of today's race

Dawn Approach is trained by his breeder, Jim Bolger, and is part-owned by him and Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation. Asked if he was surprised when Bolger announced he wanted to run the chesnut colt in today's race so soon after Epsom, Sheikh Mohammed said: "Yes, but Jim bred the horse and knows him very well, so when he said he wanted to run the owner was happy to support him. The biggest risk is not taking any risk. Today has proved to me that this horse is the best miler in the world."

Sole Power grabs King's Stand glory

Filed on 19 Jun 2013 @ 08:01

Brilliant ride sees Murtagh claim 40th Royal Ascot winner

The Group One King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday saw Ireland's Sole Power (Kyllachy), an 8/1 chance, vanquish raiders from further afield, the 11/4 favourite Shea Shea from South Africa whom he caught close home and beat a neck, while Australia's Shamexpress (12/1) finished ninth, four and a quarter lengths adrift of the winner.

Declaration Of War surges home in the Queen Anne

Filed on 19 Jun 2013 @ 07:58

Animal Kingdom disappoints in 11th

Declaration Of War (War Front) gained his first Group One win when landing the Queen Anne Stakes for trainer Aidan O'Brien and his jockey son Joseph at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. The victory was also a stunning triumph for part-owner Joseph Allen, who bred Declaration Of War and now owns 40% of him in a Coolmore partnership involving Messrs Magnier, Tabor and Smith.

I would rather see him go back in trip, rather than up in trip

Allen said: "I'm in bliss! It's my first win at Ascot, it's a wonderful day, my wife's here and I could not be happier. And I have great partners.

"I bred the sire of this horse, War Front, and I still have this colt's dam, Tempo West, who has a filly foal full-sister to this horse at foot. She is now back in front to War Front.

Verrazano back to winning ways with 9 ¼ length Pegasus victory

Filed on 17 Jun 2013 @ 09:08

Monmouth Park, 17 June 2013

Kentucky Derby 14th back to form ahead of the Haskell

The Todd Pletcher-trained Verrazano (More Than Ready) - who could manage only 14th in the Kentucky Derby - returned to form when cruising to an easy 9 ¼ length victory in the Grade Three Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.

More Group success for Soldier Hollow

Filed on 16 Jun 2013 @ 15:29

Stallion statistics: Soldier Hollow

Leading German sire soldier Hollow had more Pattern race success when Ivanhowe (Soldier Hollow) won the Group Two Oppenheim Union Rennen at Cologne on Sunday.

Treve wins the Prix de Diane for Head-Maarek

Filed on 16 Jun 2013 @ 14:07

Motivator filly quickens four lengths clear

Stallion statistics: Motivator

The Group One Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly on Sunday went the way of Criquette Head Maarek's improving Treve (Motivaotr), who stepped up on an impressive Saint-Cloud trial win to beat Alain de Royer-Dupre's Chicquita by four lengths, showing an impressive turn of foot in the straight. Prix Saint-Alary winner Silasol was third.

Byrama lands the G1 Vanity for Callaghan

Filed on 16 Jun 2013 @ 10:02

Hollywood Park, 16 June 2013

Stevens adds another Hollywood Grade One aboard daughter of Byron

Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, who earned his first win at Hollywood Park in nearly eight years with a thrilling victory aboard Marketing Mix in the Grade One Gamely May 27, added another Grade One to his extremely impressive resume with a 6-1 surprise atop Byrama (Byron) in the $250,250 Vanity Handicap Saturday.

BC Classic winner Fort Larned makes all in the Stephen Foster

Filed on 16 Jun 2013 @ 09:57

Churchill Downs, 16 June 2013

Dominant win for son of E Dubai in second fastest time

Reminiscent of last November’s triumph in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Fort Larned (E Dubai) made all of the running and posted a dominant 6 ¼-length, gate-to-wire win over Golden Ticket in Saturday’s 32nd running of the Grace One Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi at Churchill Downs.

Morpheus gives Lady Cecil an emotional winner

Filed on 13 Jun 2013 @ 17:10

Half brother to Frankel wins at Nottingham

Frankel's half brother Morpheus was an emotional winner of the ABG Law Classic Maiden at Nottingham on Thursday as he became the first winner from Warren Place Stables following the death of Sir Henry Cecil on Tuesday. The 10-time champion trainer's widow, Lady Jane Cecil, has taken over the licence on a temporary basis and sent out five runners today.

Queen's Vase to be run in memory of Sir Henry Cecil

Filed on 13 Jun 2013 @ 17:08

Race in which trainer had eight successes to be run in memory

Ascot Racecourse has announced that the 2013 Queen's Vase, to be run next Friday, June 21, will be titled: "The Queen's Vase In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil."

Animal Kingdom: connections' views

Filed on 13 Jun 2013 @ 17:06

Animal Kingdom, trained in America by Graham Motion, has won two of the world's major races - the Kentucky Derby and the Dubai World Cup - and is now aiming to succeed at Royal Ascot next week.

De Kock happy with King's Stand favourite Shea Shea

Filed on 13 Jun 2013 @ 17:03

Sprinter "right up there" with J J The Jet Plane

Shea Shea, the ante-post favourite for the Group One King Stand's Stakes over five furlongs next Tuesday, is bidding to be the first South African-trained horse to win at Royal Ascot. His trainer Mike de Kock commented this morning: "I'm happy with him - it is never straightforward with all the travelling he has done. He's been here for five weeks and seems to be coping with going uphill - it is completely different from going fast, flat and round.

Camelot among international invitees for the Cox Plate

Filed on 13 Jun 2013 @ 09:45

Australia, 13 June 2013

The Moonee Valley Racing Club has this week issued invitations to 20 of the leading Weight-For-Age middle distance thoroughbreds from all areas of the globe to contest the Group OneSportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday, 26 October. High on the Moonee Valley wish list, having proven himself to be one of the truly international weight-for-age gallopers over the past 12 months is Camelot.

Animal Kingdom impresses in final Ascot gallop

Filed on 13 Jun 2013 @ 09:41

The Graham Motion-trained Animal Kingdom impressed connections with his final serious piece of work before the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

The Dubai World Cup winner breezed five furlongs on an uphill synthetic-surface gallop at Lambourn.

Dawn Approach an intended runner in the St James's Palace

Filed on 13 Jun 2013 @ 09:39

Beaten derby favourite Dawn Approach is likely to drop back to a mile - the trip over which he was so impressive in winning the 2000 Guineas - in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

Sir Henry Cecil dies after long battle with cancer

Filed on 11 Jun 2013 @ 11:40

Sir Henry Cecil has died at the age of 70 after a lengthy battle with cancer. The news came in a statement posted on the Newmarket trainer's official website.

Knighted by the Queen in 2011, his later years saw him battle cancer but were illuminated by the great Frankel, officially the best horse in the world and unbeaten in 14 starts before retirement.

Slow Pace continues Wertheimer's good run

Filed on 11 Jun 2013 @ 08:19

Son of Distorted Humor wins La Coupe

The Group Three La Coupe at Longchamp on Monday was won by the Freddie Head-trained Slow Pace (Distorted Humor), who wmade virtually all under Olivier Peslier, showing sufficient turn of foot in the straight to prevail by a short neck from Smoking Sun, who came out best in a blanket finish for the places.

Don't miss out on the excitement of Royal Ascot

Filed on 10 Jun 2013 @ 12:43

Don’t miss out on the excitement of Royal Ascot

The eyes of the horse racing world are turning to Ascot as the clock counts down to one of the most eagerly anticipated meetings of the season. Royal Ascot is truly one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar. There is nothing that can quite compare to the mixture of top quality racing and style that you will find during one very special week in June.