Josses Hill registers first win over fences

Filed on 10 Jan 2015 @ 10:52

Henderson-trained chaser's Arkle odds lengthened after ponderous effort

The Nicky Henderson-trained Josses Hill - who was second to Vautour in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last season - registered his first win over fences when landing the Betdaq 0% Multiples For First Month Novices' Chase at Doncaster on Friday, but a ponderous effort saw his odds for the Arkle Trophy lengthened to 12-1.

Fastnet Rock filly fetches $1.05m at MM day three

Filed on 10 Jan 2015 @ 10:46

Australia, 9 January 2014

A filly by champion sire Fastnet Rock topped Friday's third session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale after passing through the magical seven figure barrier to sell for $1.05 million. Offered for sale by Newgate Farm, the filly from multiple Group One winner Response, was knocked down to Michael Wallace on behalf of the China Horse Club after a bidding battle with the team from Kentucky's Spendthrift Farm.

The weaker Australian dollar has had a massive impact on the upper level of the sale

Wallace was delighted to be able to purchase the star filly and in doing so set a new top seller for the auction after he paid $850,000 for the Sepoy-Celebrity Girl filly on Wednesday.

"She's a quality filly by a champion sire from a Group One winning mare," Wallace said. "She's got a good depth of pedigree and a lovely type."

"She's got a great head on her, easy movement - she has a lot of quality."

Group Two honours for Surfer as Dubai World Cup Carnival opens

Filed on 9 Jan 2015 @ 08:08

Dubai, 9 January 2014

James Doyle opens his Godolphin account with victory on one-time Derby hope True Story

The 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival opened at Meydan on Thursday evening, with the featured Group Two opening round of the Al Maktoum Challenge being won by Surfer (Distorted Humor), trained by Satish Seemar and the mount of stable jockey, Richard Mullen

Record entry of 33 for the Champion Chase

Filed on 8 Jan 2015 @ 17:03

A modern day record of 33 entries has been unveiled for the Grade One Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday, March 11. The previous highest number of entries was 32 in 2002.

Redoute's Choice yearlings to the fore on the Gold Coast

Filed on 8 Jan 2015 @ 16:57

Australia, 8 January 2014

Strong trade continues at Magic Millions

Two youngsters by Redoute's Choice shared top billing during a top class day of selling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Thursday. The pair of youngsters, a colt and a filly, both sold for $720,000 and helped push the cumulative sale gross to over $50 million.

Boutique sale model stuttering for Keeneland as April Sale cancelled

Filed on 7 Jan 2015 @ 15:33

Keeneland, 7 January 2014

Keeneland's April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale has been cancelled for this year, as Keeneland officials admit that the boutique sale model is not workingf or them.

Silviniaco Conti heads 35 entries for the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Filed on 7 Jan 2015 @ 15:29

Two novices in Coneygree and Kings Palace handed Gold Cup entries

Entries for the 2015 Cheltenham Festival have begun to be unveiled, with the 35 horses entered for the 2015 renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup being published on Wednesday. They include the last two winners of the race, Lord Windermere and Bobs Worth,.

Sepoy filly tops MM Gold Coast opener at $850,000

Filed on 7 Jan 2015 @ 15:22

Australia, 7 January 2014

China Horse Club buys top lot as day one average rises 18%

A filly by Sepoy sold for $850,000 to top the opening day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Wednesday. New Zealand based bloodstock agent Michael Wallace secured the filly from the draft of South Australia's Mill Park for the China Horse Club.

Uruguayan triple crown winner Sir Fever joins Godolphin

Filed on 7 Jan 2015 @ 15:11

Godolphin have bought Uruguayan star Sir Fever (Texas Fever), who last year won all three legs of the Triple Crown in Uruguay by a combined 19 lengths. The last horse to accomplish that feat was subsequent Dubai World Cup winner Invasor.

A Grand opportunity

Filed on 7 Jan 2015 @ 08:45

Channel 4 Racing has a gradual decline in stay-at-home viewers and shuffling the current presenters around is most unlikely to arrest this process. The Grand National meeting presents an opportunity to recall Mike Cattermole.

Walsh in no hurry to make Hurricane Fly - Faugheen choice

Filed on 6 Jan 2015 @ 16:05

Ruby Walsh is in no hurry to choose his mount in the Champion Hurdle in March - and has compared the choice he has to make between Hurricane Fly and Faugheen as akin to that between Kauto Star and Denman in the Gold Cup.

Sire De Grugy on track for Newbury return

Filed on 6 Jan 2015 @ 16:02

Last season's two mile chase sensation and Champion Chase hero Sire De Grugy is back in work after a hip injury and could return to competitive action in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury next month ahead of his bid to retain his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown.

Avenir Certain could head to the Coronation Stakes

Filed on 6 Jan 2015 @ 15:57

Rouget targeting Royal Ascot Group One winner

Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget is hoping that his stable star Avenir Certain can win him a Group One at Royal Ascot, with the Le Havre filly being aimed at the Coronation Stakes on the Friday of the five-day meeting in June. Rouget saddled Lesstalk In Paris to finish second in the 2014 renewal of the race.

Born To Sea to stand alongside Sea The Stars at Gilltown Stud

Filed on 6 Jan 2015 @ 15:49

Listed winner and Irish Derby second Born To Sea (Invincible Spirit) is to be relocated from Rathasker Stud to the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud, where he will stand alongside his half brother Sea The Stars.

McKinley beats stablemate in first Grade One at Naas

Filed on 5 Jan 2015 @ 08:34

Mullins 1-2 in the Lawlor's Hotel Novice Hurdle

Willie Mullins saddled the first two home in the Lawlor's Hotel Novices' Hurdle at Naas on Sunday, the first Grade One to be run at the track, beating his better-fancied stablemate Tell Us More.

L'Ami Serge powers to Tolworth Hurdle victory

Filed on 3 Jan 2015 @ 14:30

Son of King's Theatre cut to 5-1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle

The Nicky Henderson-trained L'Ami Serge was sent off the 4-9 favourite for the Grade One Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday on the back of impressive victories at Newbury and Ascot, and the five-year-old justified that market support with a bloodless victory under Barry Geraghty, seeing his odds for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in March cut to as low as 5-1.

NZ Group Three winner for Makfi

Filed on 3 Jan 2015 @ 10:28

Makfi, whose first crop results in Europe last year yielded 18 winners headed by Listed winner Cornwallville and Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes second Astrelle, had his first Group winner when Marky Mark won the Group Three Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie in new Zealand on Thursday.

NZ champion sire O'Reilly dies at the age of 21

Filed on 31 Dec 2014 @ 09:03

New Zealand, 31 December 2014

New Zealand horse of the year and multiple champion sire O'Reilly (Last Tycoon) has died at Waikato Stud at the age of 21. The son of Last Tycoon passed away peacefully in his paddock.

Hurricane Fly maintains dominance over Jezki

Filed on 30 Dec 2014 @ 10:03

Old rivals lock horns in the Ryanair Hurdle

The Grade One Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown on Monday saw Hurricane Fly get the better of his old rival Jezki once again in a thrilling finish, getting up by half a length for a 21st Grade One success.

I think he's the best anyone has ever trained over jumps

Winning trainer Willie Mullins said: "I think he's the best anyone has ever trained over jumps. I'll never have another horse like him. He's unique.

"There is a fantastic atmosphere here and it was a fantastic race just to watch.

"When he got over the last he put his ears back and no horse I've ever seen can battle like him.

Parlour Games pounces in the Challow Hurdle

Filed on 30 Dec 2014 @ 10:01

The John Ferguson-trained Parlour Games came with a late thrust under Noel Fehily to win the Grade One Betfred Goals Galore Challow Hurdle at Newbury on Monday, running on strongly from the rear to beat Vyta Du Roc by a neck. Blaklion was third.

"Light at the end of the tunnel" for Sprinter Sacre

Filed on 30 Dec 2014 @ 09:56

Star chaser works at Newbury ahead of intended Clarence House Chase comeback

Sprinter Sacre has been absent from the racecourse for a year, since being pulled up with a heart condition in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on 27 December last year, but he returned to the racecourse environment when schooling before racing at Newbury on Monday.

Road To Riches claims Lexus Chase glory

Filed on 29 Dec 2014 @ 09:55

Meade-trained chaser cut to 8-1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup

This season's Down Royal Champion Chase winner Road To Riches came with a late thrust to win the Grade One Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday, being kept up to his work by Bryan Cooper as the tempo increased, finding his tempo to claim the spoils from On His Own and Sam Winner by a length and a half.

Gentildonna retires with Arima Kinen victory

Filed on 29 Dec 2014 @ 09:52

Japan, 28 December 2014

Deep Impact mare lands her seventh Grade One

Fourth pick Gentildonna (Deep Impact) scored an impressive victory in this year’s Arima Kinen to round off her career with a grand finale. She became the fifth horse in JRA history to achieve seven Grade One titles on turf along with her sire, Deep Impact. Her career earnings of 1,726,030,400 yen are the second highest in history behind T. M. Opera O and highest among mares

Emperors Choice gets up in the Welsh Grand National

Filed on 27 Dec 2014 @ 15:36

The Venetia Williams-trained Emperor's Choice won the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow on Saturday, denying Benvolio and Glenquest in a tight three-way finish.

Winning rider Aidan Coleman said: "I've ridden some big winners in my career but this tops, it, I don't know why.

Bristol De Mai enters Triumph Hurdle picture with dominant Chepstow win

Filed on 27 Dec 2014 @ 15:32

Twiston-Davies-trained French import impresses on British debut

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai has earned quotes of 8-1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle in March after a dominant victory in the Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow on Saturday.