Racing

Obviously impresses in the G1 Shoemaker Mile

Filed on 30 Jun 2013 @ 09:27

Hollywood Park, 30 June 2013

Heavily-favored Obviously (Choisir) earned the most significant victory of his career and earned a Breeders’ Cup berth with an impressive win in the Grade One Shoemaker Mile Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Wise Dan prevails in the Firecracker

Filed on 30 Jun 2013 @ 09:24

Churchill Downs, 30 June 2013

Horse of the Year lands Grade Two for the second time

Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan (Wiseman's Ferry) overcame a driving rainstorm, a yielding turf course, a brush of the inside hedge, a bobble in deep stretch and a lofty 128-pound impost to win the 23rd running of the Grade Two Firecracker Handicap on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.

Trading Leather lands the Irish Derby

Filed on 29 Jun 2013 @ 18:33

Espom principals fail to fire at the Curragh

Jim Bolger suffered disappointment in the Investec Derby at the start of the month as 2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach pulled hard in a poor run that saw him finish last behind Ruler Of The World, but gained revenge at the Curragh on Saturday as his homebred Trading Leather (Teofilo) pulled clear in the final three furlongs to win the Group One Irish Derby in style.

Camelot could be retired after failing to recapture form

Filed on 29 Jun 2013 @ 18:30

Aidan O'Brien has revealed that last year's 2000 Guineas and dual Derby winner Camelot could be retired after failing to sparkle in the Tattersalls Gold Cup and Prince of Wales's Stakes this season. The son of Montjeu recovered from a bout of colic over the winter.

Half brother to Remote graduates at Newmarket

Filed on 29 Jun 2013 @ 17:08

Kingman stretches six lengths clear on debut

The John Gosden-trained Kingman (Invincible Spirit), a Juddmonte half brotehr to Royal Ascot winner Remote, was an impressive debut winner at newmarket on Saturday, quickening smartly a quarter of a mile from home and powering six lengths clear.

First winner for Champs Elysees

Filed on 29 Jun 2013 @ 17:02

Juddmonte sire Champs Elysees had his firstw inner when the Paul Deegan-trained Avenue Gabriel won a seven furlong maiden at the Irish Derby meeting at the Curragh on Friday evening, running on strongly in the final furlong to score by a neck.

Winning Express boosts Guineas form at Warwick

Filed on 28 Jun 2013 @ 08:02

Newmarket fourth lands Warwick's Eternal Stakes

The Listed EBF Stallions/Arkle Finance Eternal Stakes at Warwick on Thursday was won by the Ed McMahon-trained Winning Express (Camacho), who travelled smoothly under James Doyle to beat Exactement by a length and a half in straightforward fashion.

Great Leighs refused licence to race in 2014

Filed on 28 Jun 2013 @ 07:58

The British Horseracing Authority has refused the application by Great Leighs racecourse in Essex to stage fixtures in 2014. The racecourse staged its first fixture in April 2008, but closed in January 2009 before the companies owning the racecourse went into administration.

Dundonnell set for Glorious Goodwood run

Filed on 28 Jun 2013 @ 07:56

The Roger Charlton-trained Dundonnell is on course for Glorious Goodwood with connections eyeing a tilt at either the bet365 Group Two Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs on the opening day, Tuesday, July 30, or the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes over a mile on Friday, August 2.

Venus De Milo beats Moth at Naas

Filed on 27 Jun 2013 @ 08:58

Unbeaten Duke Of Marmalade filly wins Listed Oaks Trial

1000 Guineas third and Oaks fourth Moth was a hot favourite for the Listed Naas Oaks Trial on Wednesday, but was comprehensively eclipsed by her stablemate Venus De Milo (Duke Of Marmalade), who swept to an impressive success.

First European winner for Big Brown

Filed on 27 Jun 2013 @ 08:42

Stallion statistics: Big Brown

2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown had his first winner in Europe when the Aidan O'Brien-trained Darwin (Big Brown) won a conditions heat over a mile at Naas on Wednesday. Formerly trained in the States by Todd Pletcher, Darwin last ran when fourth in the Grade Two Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct in November.

Dawn Approach handed Juddmonte International entry

Filed on 27 Jun 2013 @ 08:34

2000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes winner Dawn Approach could step up from a mile again after he appeared amongst the 35 entries for the Group One Juddmonte International over 10f at York in August. The son of New Approach has raced once beyond a mile before, when finishing last in the Derby.

Wentworth - the one that got away

Filed on 26 Jun 2013 @ 17:07

The sad loss of Thomas Chippendale apart, it was the most wonderful Royal Ascot - perhaps even the best ever. When the US won the Norfolk Stakes with No Nay Never, Lady Cecil welcomed back Riposte, her first winner since Sir Henry’s passing, and the Queen landed the Gold Cup with Estimate, even the most dedicated non-believer must have wondered if a superior being was writing the script.

Al Kazeem set to run in the Eclipse

Filed on 25 Jun 2013 @ 07:52

King George plan shelved in favour of 10f buildup to the Arc

Roger Charlton has announced that Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Al Kazeem will run in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on 6 July ahead of a tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Ruler Of The World and Libertarian to renew rivalry at the Curragh

Filed on 25 Jun 2013 @ 07:49

11 remain in Saturday's Irish Derby

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh this Saturday will see the first four past the post at Epsom, Ruler Of The World, Libertarian, Galileo Rock and Battle Of Marengo, are set to once again lock horns in the premier Irish Classic.

Novellist wins the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud for Germany

Filed on 24 Jun 2013 @ 07:56

Cirrus des Aigles beaten into fifth on return

The Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday saw a German-trained runner lift another French Group One as Novellist (Monsun) came out on top. The returning Cirrus des Aigles was beaten into fifth, having raced keenly.

Singspiel's Pacific Rim wins the Prix de Malleret

Filed on 24 Jun 2013 @ 07:52

Delzangles-trained filly takes Group Two honours on stakes debut

The Mikel Delzangles-trained Pacific Rim (Singspiel) won the Group Two Prix de Malleret at saint-Cloud on Sunday, the three-year-old's third win in succession on her first start in stakes company.

Gold Ship prevails in star-studded Takarazuka Kinen

Filed on 24 Jun 2013 @ 07:50

Japan, 24 June 2013

Fourth Grade One title for son of Stay Gold

Second favorite Gold Ship (Stay Gold) won over the "three-way match-up" in this year's Takarazuka Kinen to claim his fourth Grade One title following last year's Arima Kinen. After scoring a comfortable two-length victory in his first start of this season in the Hanshin Daishoten (G2) in March, the son of Stay Gold was unable to exert his usual late charge from behind and finished a disappointing fifth in the Tenno Sho (Spring) despite being posted an overwhelming favorite. He became the 13th horse following Orfevre to claim both the Takarazuka and Arima Grand Prixs.

Close Hatches rolls to Mother Goose victory

Filed on 24 Jun 2013 @ 07:47

Belmont Park, 24 June 2013

First Defence filly beats Dreaming Of Julia in Belmont Grade One

Close Hatches (First Defence) barreled into the lead on the far turn and was never threatened as she rolled to easy 7 ¼-length victory over prohibitive favorite Dreaming of Julia in Saturday’s Grade One Mother Goose at Belmont Park.

Lethal Force shoots clear in the Diamond Jubilee

Filed on 22 Jun 2013 @ 16:19

Stallion statistics: Dark Angel

11/1 shot Lethal Force made all the running to land the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday. The son of Dark Angel broke smartly under Adam Kirby and soon headed the 18-strong field and it was clear from halfway that he would take some catching. 4/1 favourite Society Rock emerged from the rear of the field to try and catch the leader but he couldn't quite reel him in as Lethal Force galloped to a two-length victory.

Triumph turns to tragedy as Chippendale collapses after Hardwicke win

Filed on 22 Jun 2013 @ 15:24

Thomas Chippendale suffers suspected heart attack after gutsy Group Two win

Stallion statistics: Dansili

There was a dramatic end to the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday after the 8/1 winner Thomas Chippendale collapsed and died shortly after winning. Four-year-old Thomas Chippendale (Dansili) proved a gutsy winner of the Group Two but collapsed soon after crossing the line in the mile-and-a-half contest and died of a suspected heart attack.

Berkshire impresses in the Chesham Stakes

Filed on 22 Jun 2013 @ 15:05

Mount Nelson colt gives Paul Cole his first Royal Ascot winner since 2003

Stallion statistics: Mount Nelson

Trainer Paul Cole liked a leggy yearling by Mount Nelson so much at the sales last year he spent 60,000gns to buy him on spec. That proved a shrewd piece of foresight, for the same colt - now named Berkshire (Mount Nelson) - ran out an impressive winner of Saturday's Listed Chesham Stakes in the colours of a long-standing patron of Cole's yard, HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah. The Jim Crowley-ridden winner scored by two and a half lengths from Bunker, with Ihtimal a further one and a half lengths back in third.

Leading Light wins the Queen's Vase in style

Filed on 21 Jun 2013 @ 16:21

Stallion statistics: Montjeu

The Aidan O'Brien-trained hadn't raced beyond 10f until Friday, but hopes were high that he would stay two miles as he was sent off the hot favourite for the Group Three Queen's Vase in Memory of Sir Henry Cecil, and he duly delivered, travelling prominently under Joseph O'brien before stretching easily clear for a dominant win.

Sky Lantern surges clear in the Coronation Stakes

Filed on 21 Jun 2013 @ 14:57

Red Clubs filly defies wide draw at Royal Ascot

Stallion statistics: Red Clubs

The Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday saw the Richard Hannon-trained 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern (Red Clubs) extend her superiority over her generation as she surged three lengths clear of French raider Kenhope, with Newmarket second and Irish 1000 Guineas winner Just The Judge in third.

Hillstar's late run denies Battle Of Marengo

Filed on 21 Jun 2013 @ 14:25

Derby form not franked in the King Edward VII Stakes

Stallion statistics: Danehill Dancer

The Group Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot has historically been something of a graveyard for Derby runners, and that theme continued on Friday when Epsom fourth Battle Of Marengo ran out of steam in the final quarter mile, yielding first place to the running-on Hillstar (Danehill Dancer), who came with a flourish from the rear under Ryan Moore.