Deep Impact's Danon Shark wins the Mile Championship in record time

Filed on 24 Nov 2014 @ 08:58

Japan, 23 November 2014

Danon Shark (Deep Impact) recorded his first Grade One victory in his third grade-race win in the second event of the Japan Autumn International series, the Mile Championship. Always recognized as a competitive runner at this level with third-place finish in the same race last year and also third and fourth in the spring mile Grade One event, the Yasuda Kinen, in 2013 and 2014, respectively, the Deep Impact entire had come off a seventh in the Fuji Stakes and sent to post eighth choice in this race.

Able Friend imperious at Sha Tin

Filed on 24 Nov 2014 @ 08:47

Hong Kong, 23 November 2014

British imports win two trials for the Hong Kong International Races

British imports Blazing Speed and Peniaphobia shone at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Race Day at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, a day which saw the three premier trials for the Longines Hong Kong International Races run. The star of the show, however, was the imperious Australian-bred miler Able Friend.

Silviniaco Conti back to form in the Betfair Chase

Filed on 23 Nov 2014 @ 10:47

King George the next target for dual Betfair Chase winner

Silviniaco Conti had disappointed when just fifth in the Charlie Hall Chase last time, but he put that well behind him with an impressive victory in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday, where he beat his Wetherby conqueror Menorah by two lengths, with Dynaste staying on for third. Last year's winner Cue Card attempted to mak all but faded into fourth.

The New One wins at Haydock

Filed on 23 Nov 2014 @ 10:42

Champion Hurdle third puts in good round of jumping in Betfair Price Rush Hurdle

The newly created Betfair Price rush Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday was won by last year's Champion Hurdle third The New One, who put in a good round of hurdling to beat Zamdy Man by two and three-quarter lengths, with Melodic Rendezvous a further five lengths back in third.

Unbeaten Faugheen impresses at Ascot

Filed on 23 Nov 2014 @ 10:35

Al Ferof returns from ulcer problems in style

Last season's Neptune Novices' Hurdle and Punchestown Champion Novices' Hurdle winner Faugheen extended his unbeaten record when outclassing his rivals in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.

Philip Fenton banned for three years

Filed on 23 Nov 2014 @ 10:33

Trainer Philip Fenton has been disqualified from holding a trainer's licence for three years following an Irish Turf Club disciplinary hearing on Saturday. The hearing comes in the wake of a court case where Fenton was found guilty of possessing anabolic steroids and other banned substances. The offence came to light during a search by officials from the Department of Agriculture in January 2012.

Aimez vous Cognac? Mais oui!

Filed on 21 Nov 2014 @ 09:38

“If you didn’t have anything they wanted, the Krays could be quite charming”, Stan once told me. “I used to go in on a Sunday lunchtime, when they’d be with their old mum. When she was in there, no one swore. If they did, Ronnie or Reggie would send one of the lads over and he’d say, quite gently, ‘Excuse me squire, Mrs Kray is in today, if you could just mind the language, please’. You needed a sort of death wish to forget yourself again after that."

Flintshire to target the Hong Kong Vase

Filed on 21 Nov 2014 @ 09:10

The Andre Fabre-trained Flintshire could have a prep run at Deauville ahead of a tilt at the Group One Hong Kong Vase over 12 furlongs at Sha Tin on 14 December. The son of Dansili produced a career-best performance when beaten two lengths into second by Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October. On his most recent start, the Khalid Abdullah-owned colt proved he can cope with the demands of travelling overseas when running Main Sequence to a half-length in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.

Frankel filly ex Finsceal Beo sells for €1.8m

Filed on 20 Nov 2014 @ 18:09

Foal Sale concludes with 41% rise in average

There were fireworks at the Goffs November Foal Sale on Thursday as a first crop foal from champion Frankel out of dual Guineas winner Finsceal Beo sold for €1.8m.

Lope De Vega to the fore as pace hots up at Goffs

Filed on 20 Nov 2014 @ 08:45

Average rises 39% as six lots make six figure sums

The third session of foals to be sold at the Goffs November Sale on Wednesday saw very strong trade, with young sire Lope De Vega accounting for the top three lots. Overall, 207 lots sold at an 89% clearance rate, for an aggregate of€7,384,300, a 53% rise on last year. The average rose by 39% to €35,673 and the median was up 36% to €30,000.

Sire De Grugy diagnosed with hip problem

Filed on 20 Nov 2014 @ 08:42

Spring targets still possible after pelvic fracture ruled out

Star two mile chaser Sire De Grugy will miss at least the first part of the season after a bone scan revealed he is suffering from a hip problem.

Kendargent colt tops final yearling session of the year at Arqana

Filed on 20 Nov 2014 @ 08:35

Arqana's overall yearling aggregate rises 15% in 2014

The Arqana Autumn Sale concluded its three day run at Deauville on Wednesday with a session dedicated to yearlings. 125 of the 155 yearlings who went through the ring changed hands (representing a clearance rate of 81%) for an average sale price of €8,864, generating a turnover of €1,116,000.

Ptit Zig continues progression at Warwick

Filed on 20 Nov 2014 @ 08:31

The Paul Nicholls-trained Ptit Zig registered his second success within a week when winning the Highflyer / Million In Mind 4 & 5yo Novices' Chase at Warwick on Wednesday, easily seeing off his rivals to win by 12 lengths.

Kodiac colt tops strong foal session at Goffs

Filed on 19 Nov 2014 @ 09:48

Born To Sea's first crop foals proving popular

Tuesday's second session of Goffs November Foal Sale resulted in an excellent 87% clearance rate and major increases in turnover (+48% to €4,587,500), average (+44% to €22,162) and median (+55% to €17,000).

First crop son of Casamento tops Goffs foal opener

Filed on 18 Nov 2014 @ 08:16

Average rises 31% to record level of €11,971

The Goffs November Foal Sale got underway on Monday with record trade that resulted in turnover and an average. With a clearance rate of 78% for the 226 lots offered, the aggregate was up an incredible 73% over the corresponding day last year to €2,118,900, while average and median both grew by 31% to €11,971 and €8,500 respectively.

Unbeaten Silverwave sets Arqana Autumn Sale record at €420,000

Filed on 18 Nov 2014 @ 08:05

Turnover rises 24% in horses in training section

The Autumn Sale, which began with a first day dedicated to horses in training both on the flat and over jumps, posted excellent figures with a record top price of €420,000. Nearly 83% of the horses presented changed hands, a figure up by over 14 points compared to last year in the same section, while the average settled at €26,820, up by nearly 10% compared to last year. The turnover reached €4,479,000, up by nearly 24% compared to last year.

Hurricane Fly sees off Jezki in the Morgiana Hurdle

Filed on 17 Nov 2014 @ 08:34

"You'd have to say that run was better than his last two runs last season"

10-year-old Hurricane Fly returned to a rapturous reception at Punchestown as he brought his Grade One tally to a phenomenal 20 with success in the Grade One Morgiana Hurdle.

Garde La Victoire caps memorable Open meeting for Hobbs

Filed on 17 Nov 2014 @ 08:25

Garde La Victoire capped off a remarkable three days of The Open for trainer Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson after he ran out the length and a quarter winner of today's feature race, the £100,000 Greatwood Hurdle, at Cheltenham this afternoon.

Uxizandre makes all in the Schloer Chase

Filed on 17 Nov 2014 @ 08:22

Champion Chase or Ryanair Chase both options in March

Distance may not be so important to Uxizandre, all-the-way winner of the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham on Sunday, but direction is. "He's won up to three miles, so there are plenty of options there," said the six-year-old's trainer Alan King. "But we are restricted the way he goes. He jumps to the left, always has, so the key is that he has to go left-handed."

Deep Impact's Lachesis powers home in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Filed on 17 Nov 2014 @ 08:20

Japan, 17 November 2014

A year after finishing second in the 2013 edition of this race, third pick Lachesis (Deep Impact) finally validated her form by besting a field of proven Grade One runners and winners of the year’s Fillie’s Triple Crown in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

Caid Du Berlais gets up in the Paddy Power

Filed on 15 Nov 2014 @ 22:56

Caid Du Berlais got up in the shadows of the post to deny Johns Spirit a second successive Paddy Power Gold Cup in a thrilling finish to the feature race at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The 10/1 shot had several horses in front of him jumping the last but jockey Sam Twiston-Davies conjured up an amazing finish from the five-year-old to collar last year's winner on the line and post a head success.

Sam Winner heads to the Grand National after Murphy Group victory

Filed on 15 Nov 2014 @ 22:52

Despite being hard at it in the pack for most of the race, the two Sams - horse Sam Winner and his rider Sam Twiston-Davies - came through in the end. Sam Winner bravely carried top-weight to victory in the Murphy Group Handicap Chase and now has the sport's most famous race, the Crabbies' Grand National, as his target.

Kings Palace has RSA Chase aim after Cheltenham success

Filed on 15 Nov 2014 @ 22:50

Trainer David Pipe has the RSA Chase at The Festival in mind for Kings Palace after the six-year-old justified favouritism to land the Cheltenham Club Novices' Chase by four lengths at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Balthazar King records his eighth Cheltenham success

Filed on 15 Nov 2014 @ 10:06

Friday Cheltenham treble for Hobbs

Balthazar King recorded his eighth victory at Cheltenham with another game success in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Prestbury Park on Friday.

Petrushka's son Parlour Games wins at Cheltenham

Filed on 15 Nov 2014 @ 10:04

Son of Monsun wins the Neptune Novices' Hurdle

A trial for the Cheltenham Festival was probably not what Sheikh Mohammed had envisaged when he sent his mare Petrushka, winner of the Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks and Prix Vermeille, to the top-class Flat sire Monsun.