American Pharoah dominates in the Rebel Stakes

Filed on 15 Mar 2015 @ 09:35

Oaklawn Park, 15 March 2015

Champion juvenile colt shows his worth with 6 ¼ length Grade Two victory

Making his first start since Sept. 27 and his first start outside his home state of California, last season's champion two-year-old colt American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) proved why he is among the early Kentucky Derby favorites with a dominating 6 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade Two Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn.

Tryster wins the Winter Derby; spearheads Godolphin four-timer

Filed on 15 Mar 2015 @ 09:30

Paco Boy's Lexington Times wins the Spring Cup

Tryster (Shamardal) scythed through the field for an impressive victory in the Group Three Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday, as trainer Charlie Appleby enjoyed four winners on the polytrack.

Spillway gives Rail Link his second G1 winner

Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:31

Australia, 14 March 2015

The David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Spillway (Rail Link), a three time winner for Eve Johnson Houghton in England in 2013, won the Group One Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday, prevailing over stablemate Extra Zero by the narrowest of margins.

King's Stand likely for Brazen Beau after outclassing Flemington rivals

Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:26

Australia, 14 March 2015

Son of I Am Invincible wins the Newmarket Handicap

The Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) could head to Royal Ascot after the glamour colt outclassed a star-studded field in Saturday’s Group One Lexus Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.

Plucky Belle lands the G1 Coolmore Classic

Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:21

Australia, 14 March 2015

The Peter Moody-trained Plucky belle (Mossman) won the Group One Coolmore Classic over 1500m at Rosehill on Saturday, giving jockey Linda Meech her first Group One success. First Seal had a luckless run in second, a short half-head adrift, with with a further short-head back to Diamond Drille in third.

Haafhd's Noble Protector lands Australian Group Three

Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:16

Australia, 14 March 2015

Qatar Bloodstock's Noble Protector (Haafhd), a Listed winner at Newmarket for Stuart Kittow last summer, took advantage of the firmer going conditions in Australia to win the Group Three Matron Stakes at Flemington. She beat Marianne by 4 ½-lengths with the VRC Oaks winner Set Square a close third.

Killultagh Vic gives Mullin's record eighth winner

Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 18:31

Killultagh Vic's pulsating triumph in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle by a head from Noble Endeavour was trainer Willie Mullins' eighth win of the 2015 Festival. This is a new record of training wins at the meeting; Mullins has now overtaken Nicky Henderson's record of seven, set in 2012.

Coneygree makes all for historic Gold Cup triumph

Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 15:29

Novice makes all to win the Blue Riband on his fourth start over fences

The Mark Bradstock-trained Coneygree (Karinga Bay) won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, making all under Nico de Boinville and staying on well to beat Irish raider Djakadam, with Road To Riches taking third.

Wicklow Brave gives Mullins his seventh winner of the week at Cheltenham

Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 15:16

Trainer Willie Mullins recorded a record-equalling seventh victory of this year's Cheltenham Festival after Wicklow Brave turned the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle into a procession, storming up the hill to score by eight lengths.

Martello Tower battles to Albert Bartlett victory

Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 14:53

The Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday saw the Mags Mullins-trained Martello Tower (Milan) grind out victory over Milsean, with No More Heros taking third.

The 14/1 shot got into a protracted battle with the Gigginstown House Stud-owned pair Milsean (ridden by Mullins' son Danny) and No More Heroes approaching the last, but dug deep to repel the challenge of the former to record a half length victory in a slow-motion finish.

Peace And Co heads Henderson 1-2-3 in the Triumph Hurdle

Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 13:36

Son of Falco digs deep to overhauls stablemate at Chetlenham

Nicky Henderson saddled the first three home in Friday's JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, with the favourite Peace And Co (Falco) outgunning Top Notch on the climb to the line to win by a neck. Hargam took third, a further four lengths adrift. The first two are owned by Simon Munir and Issac Souede.

Cole Harden gives Greatrex his first Festival winner

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 15:27

Son of Westerner makes all to see off Saphir Du Rheu

Trainer Warren Greatrex and jockey Gavin Sheehan registered their first win at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday when Cole Harden<

Uxizandre makes all in the Ryanair under determined McCoy

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 14:49

Grade One winner for the champion jockey at his final Festival

The Grade One Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday saw the Alan King-trained Uxizandre (Fragrant Mix) make all under a determined AP McCoy, giving the perennial champion his first winner at this year's Cheltenham Festival, his last before his retirement next month. Uxizandre prevailed by five lengths from the mare Ma Filleule. The favourite Don Cossack was third.

Vautour sensational in the JLT Novices' Chase

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 13:35

Son of Robin Des Champs wins by 15 lengths at Cheltenham

The Willie Mullins-trained Vautour (Robin Des Champs) ran out an impressive winner of the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday, putting in a superb round of jumping before surging clear up the hill to beat Apache Stronghold by 15 lengths. Valseur Lido was third.

Moon Racer wins the Champion Bumper for Pipe

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 09:01

The David Pipe-trained Moon Racer landed a monster gamble when running out a commanding length and a half winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

The 9/2 favourite opened up at 11/2 but sustained support in the ring forced his price down a point and the gamble was justified as the David Pipe-trained gelding overcame a tardy start to storm up the hill to score from 33/1 shot Modus. Pipe admitted after the race that the slow start was not the plan.

Dodging Bullets wins the Champion Chase

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 08:54

Progressive two mile chaser lands his third Grade One of the season

The Paul Nicholls-trained won the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday, seeing off the veteran Somersby and eclipsing the past winners Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy.

Aux Ptits Soins wins the Coral Cup on debut for Nicholls

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 08:50

French import shows his class over hurdles

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls won The Coral Cup at Cheltenham on Wednesday with a horse he had not run before. Aux Ptits Soins had competed three times in France, and won twice, following which Nicholls and owner John Hales decided he should be bought. That decision was thoroughly vindicated when the five-year-old clung on for victory under Sam Twiston-Davies, winning by a neck.

Don Poli impresses in the RSA Chase

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 08:46

Gold Cup campaign beckons for Mullins' charge

The all-conquering Willie Mullins enjoyed his fifth success of the 2015 Festival when Don Poli ran out an impressive winner of the RSA Chase on Wednesday.

Windsor Park lands the Neptune for Weld

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 08:41

Son of Galileo likely to be campaigned at two miles on the Flat

The Dermot Weld-trained Windsor Park oozed class as he ran out the impressive three and three quarter length winner of the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Thursday.

Glens Melody gives Mullins Cheltenham four-timer as Annie Power falls at the last

Filed on 10 Mar 2015 @ 16:06

Drama as odds-on favourite falls in the Mares' Hurdle

Trainer Willie Mullins landed a four-timer at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday as Glens Melody (Kings Theatre) won the OLBG Mares' Hurdle, though the odds-on favourite Annie Power - also trained by Mullins - fell at the last when comfortably in the lead.

Faugheen quickens clear in the Champion Hurdle

Filed on 10 Mar 2015 @ 15:26

Arctic Fire second and Hurricne Fly third to give Mullins 1-2-3 and third win of the day at Cheltenham

The odds-on favourite Faugheen (Germany) made all the running under Ruby Walsh and quickened clear after the last to win the Stan James Champion Hurdle in some style on Tuesday, beating his improving stablemate Arctic Fire into second.

The Druids nephew gives Mulholland his first Festival winner

Filed on 10 Mar 2015 @ 15:05

Trainer Neil Mulholland registered his first Cheltenham Festival winner when The Druids Nephew ran out an impressive winner of the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase on Tuesday, beating Grand Jesture with Indian Castle third.

Un De Sceaux sees off Arkle rivals from the front

Filed on 10 Mar 2015 @ 14:09

Walsh holds two mile novice chaser in high esteem

The Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux (Denham Red) made all the running under a well-judged ride from Ruby Walsh to win the Grade One Racing Post Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham on Tuesday. The 4/6 favourite travelled supremely well and was almost foot perfect with his jumping, producing a fine leap at the last to see off the challenge of Tom George's God's Own, who had got on terms with the winner two from home, but Un De Sceaux found another gear, surging clear up the hill.

Douvan heads Irish 1-2-3 in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Filed on 10 Mar 2015 @ 13:55

Mullins gets Cheltenham 2015 off to a winning start

The Grade One Skybet Supreme Novices' Hurdle over two miles at Cheltenham on Tuesday saw the Willie Mullins-trained Douvan (Walk In The Park) live up to connections' high hopes with an emphatic victory over stablemate Shaneshill.

Shared Belief outclasses Santa Anita Handicap

Filed on 8 Mar 2015 @ 15:52

Santa Anita, 8 March 2015

The Grade One $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday wasn’t much of a challenge for the favorite Shared Belief (Candy Ride), who collared pacesetter Moreno on the turn for home and went on to win by 4 1/4 lengths Saturday, improving to 10-1 in his career.