Progressive Bawina lands the Prix Lieurey

Filed on 15 Aug 2014 @ 15:40

13th stakes winner of the season for Dubawi

The Carlos Laffon-Parias-trained Bawina (Dubawi) was an easy winner of the Group Three Prix Lieurey at Deauville on Friday, stepping up with aplomb from a Listed win last time out to beat Indian Rainbow as she liked.

A great old character exits stage left

Filed on 15 Aug 2014 @ 15:01

Trainer Jim Old has quietly departed the scene - and racing is not so richly blessed with characters that it can afford to lose one of the best.

Gailo Chop impressive in the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano

Filed on 15 Aug 2014 @ 14:49

The Antoine de Watrigant-trained Gailo Chop (Deportivo) was an impressive winner of the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano in testing conditions at Deauville on Friday, dictating terms under Julien Auge and quickening clear to win going away from Free Port Lux. Prince Gibraltar was third, ahead of finished just in front of John Gosden's Western Hymn.

Siyouni notches his third black type winner

Filed on 15 Aug 2014 @ 14:21

Souvenir Delondres wins the Listed Prix de la Vallee d'Auge

The Aga Khan's freshman sire Siyouni registered his third black type winner when the Jonathan Pease-trained Souvenir Delondres (Siyouni) won the Listed Prix de la Vallee de l'Auge at Deauville on Friday, asserting late in the day under Christophe Lemaire to shed his maiden tag at the third time of asking.

Chapple-Hyam hopeful of big International run from Arod

Filed on 15 Aug 2014 @ 14:16

Newmarket trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam is hopeful that his lightly-raced progressive three-year-old Arod (Teofilo) can give a good account of himself when he lines up in the Group One Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday.

Tattersalls Ireland August NH Sale concludes with strong returns

Filed on 15 Aug 2014 @ 08:50

Aggregate best since 2006 as Milan gelding tops proceedings at €80,000

The Tattersalls August NH Sale concluded its three day run on Thursday with strong trade at all levels of the market resulting in the second-best aggregate ever for the August NH Sale of €4,767,000 – beaten only by 2006 when the sale was held over four days – but also an exceptional clearance rate of 78%.

Captain Cat runs out a classy winner of the Sovereign Stakes

Filed on 14 Aug 2014 @ 17:20

All Weather Mile Championship winner scores on stakes debut

Captain Cat (Dylan Thomas) ran out a classy winner of Salisbury’s feature Group Three Sovereign Stakes by two and a half lengths on Thursday.

Verrazano retired to stud

Filed on 14 Aug 2014 @ 17:16

Son of More Than Ready to stand at Ashford Stud

Last year's Haskell winner Verrazano (More Than Ready) has been retired to stand at Ashford Stud in Kentucky from next season after suffering injury on his most recent appearance in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

Australia heads 11 in the Juddmonte International

Filed on 14 Aug 2014 @ 17:11

Derby winner Australia looks set to tackle Group One company over a mile and a quarter next week as he heads an entry of 11 for the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on Wednesday.

His Ballydoyle stablemates Kingsbarns, Kingfisher and Hall Of Mirrors are also engaged at this stage.

Royal Ascot adds Group One sprint for three year olds

Filed on 13 Aug 2014 @ 12:25

Golden Jubilee Stakes to be closed to three year olds as Buckingham Palace Stakes dropped

Royal Ascot is to add a new Group One race for three year old sprinters from next year, in place of the Buckingham Palace Stakes. The new race will be run over six furlongs for £375,000 on the Friday of the Royal Meeting.

Dick Whittington gives Rip Van Winkle a first crop Group One winner

Filed on 10 Aug 2014 @ 15:26

Anglesey Stakes winner lands the Phoenix Sprint Stakes

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Dick Whittington (Rip Van Winkle), winner of last month's Anglesey Stakes, won the Group One Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday to give his first crop sire his first Group One winner. Kool Kompany was beaten by half a length into second, and Capella Sansevero was third. Anthem Alexander and the Ballydoyle pair The Great War and War Envoy were withdrawn.

Garswood takes Group One honours in the Prix Maurice de Gheest

Filed on 10 Aug 2014 @ 15:16

Third Group One winner for Dutch Art

The Richard Fahey-trained Garswood (Dutch Art) registered his first win since landing last season's Lennox Stakes when running on strongly to claim the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday, beating Thawaany and Fiesolana.

John F Kennedy off the mark at the Curragh

Filed on 10 Aug 2014 @ 15:11

The Aidan O'Brien-trained John F Kennedy (Galileo), a son of Rumplestiltskin and brother to Tapestry, got off the mark at the Curragh on Sunday, winning the one mile Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden with authority, winning by four and three quarter lengths from Pincode.

Seek Again delivers in the Fourstardave

Filed on 10 Aug 2014 @ 15:08

Saratoga, 9 August 2014

Speightstown colt sets course record time

Earlier this week, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott called Seek Again's (Speightstown) head-bobbing loss to two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Grade One Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day, "one of those that had you leaning."

Muraaqaba stays on to Sweet Solera success

Filed on 9 Aug 2014 @ 15:29

Dubawi half sister to Awzaan pulls clear in Newmarket Group Three

The Mark Johnston-trained Muraaqaba (Dubawi) stayed on strongly to win the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, emerging from a line of five at the furlong pole to see off her rivals, beating Calypso Beat, who had attempted to make all, by a length and three-quarters, with favourite Winters Moon third.

Amralah makes all in the Rose of Lancaster

Filed on 9 Aug 2014 @ 14:54

The Mick Channon-trained Amralah (Teofilo) made all the running under Joe Fanning to win the Group Three Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock on Saturday, seeing off the challenge of Hillstar (who is making something of a habit of finishing second; this is his foruth in a row) to win by a length and a quarter. Godolphin's True Story ran on to take third.

Night Of Light sees off Velannda at Deauville

Filed on 9 Aug 2014 @ 14:41

Another promising two-year-old for Sea The Stars

Niarchos family homebred Night Of Light (Sea The Stars) made a taking winning debut at Deauville on Friday, beating the Aga Khan's hpt favourite Velannda, a half sister to Prix de Diane winner Valyra, by a short neck.

Eye Of The Storm regains the winning thread in the Ballyroan Stakes

Filed on 8 Aug 2014 @ 08:21

Trip to Arlington on the cards for Group Three-winning son of Galileo

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Eye Of The Storm (Galileo) regained the winning thread at Leopardstown on Thursday, digging deep to win the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes by half a length from the persistently challenging Roheryn. Streetcar To Stars ran on late into third.

Sivoliere gives Sea The Stas his first second crop stakes winner

Filed on 7 Aug 2014 @ 07:49

The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Sivoliere (Sea The Stars) was an emphatic winner of the Listed Criterium de Bequet at La Teste de Buch on Wednesday, running on strongly in the final 300m to score by three and a half lengths from Kindly Dismiss.

Edelmira surges clear in the Give Thanks Stakes

Filed on 6 Aug 2014 @ 08:01

Peintre Celebre filly from the family of Estimate wins Group Three in style

The Dermot Weld-trained Edelmira (Peintre Celebre) ran out a impressive winner of the Group Three Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Give Thanks Stakes at Cork on Tuesday, surging clear to beat Dark Crusader by three and a quarter lengths, with Shell House in third.

Tapit fillies in demand at F-T Saratoga opener

Filed on 5 Aug 2014 @ 07:18

Saratoga, 4 August 2014

Clearance rate hits 90% at select sale of yearlings

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings got underway on Monday with strong demand leading to a 90% clearance rate. The stars of the session were a pair of fillies by Tapit that fetched seven figure prices.

Bolger's Cheveley Park entry Lucida makes winning debut

Filed on 5 Aug 2014 @ 07:10

The Jim Bolger-trained Lucida (Shamardal) made an eyecatching winning debut at Naas on Monday, taking control of the Frank Kenny Race a furlong out and staying on well to beat Compass Hill by a length and three-quarters.

Arod could run in the Juddmonte International

Filed on 5 Aug 2014 @ 07:05

Teofilo colt has "come forward massively" since Leicester conditions win

The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Arod (Teofilo) could step back up to Group One company in the Group One Juddmonte International at York on 22 August. The lightly-raced colt, who was a fine fourth in the Derby, is under consideration for this weekend's Group Three Rose of Lancaster Stakes, but connections are keen to make the most of summer ground.

Esoterique beats Miss France in the Prix Rothschild

Filed on 4 Aug 2014 @ 07:08

Danehill Dancer filly heads Fabre 1-2

Andre Fabre saddled the first two home in Sunday's Group One Prix Rothschild at Deauville, with Dahlia Stakes winner Esoterique (Danehill Dancer) quickeing past her better-fancied Classic-winning stablemate Miss France to win by three quarters of a length.

Feodora gets off the mark in the Preis der Diana

Filed on 4 Aug 2014 @ 07:03

The Andreas Wohler-trained Feodora (Lord Of England) was a maiden going into Sunday's Group One Preis der Diana at Dusseldorf, but she took advantage of a messy renewal of the race - where the favourite Wunder suffered major interference when making her run 300m out - to take advantage of a gap on the inside, quickening clear on the hedge, getting up to beat Diamond Dove.