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.

Dortmund stamps Derby credentials in the San Felipe

Filed on 8 Mar 2015 @ 15:47

Santa Anita, 8 March 2015

Bob Baffert is holding a pair of aces less than two months before the Kentucky Derby, and Dortmund (Big Brown) stamped himself as a major threat for the first Saturday in May with a 1 1/4-length victory in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita.

Carpe Diem surges 5 lengths clear in the Tampa Bay Derby

Filed on 8 Mar 2015 @ 15:39

Tampa Bay Downs, 8 March 2015

Son of Giant's Causeway impresses in Group Two company

WinStar Farm's Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) ran otu an impressive five lengths winner of the Grade Two Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday. Racing Manager Elliott Walden had a one-word response to the victory: “Wow.”

El Kabeir runs away with the Gotham

Filed on 8 Mar 2015 @ 15:31

Aqueduct, 8 March 2015

Son of Scat Daddy cements Kentucky Derby place

Beneath a patient C.C. Lopez, Zayat Stables' El Kabeir (Aqueduct) rebounded off a runner-up finish in the Grade Three Withers to take the 63rd running of the Grade Three Gotham for three-year-olds in runaway fashion on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

African Story returning to form with Meydan G1 victory

Filed on 8 Mar 2015 @ 15:18

Dubai, 8 March 2015

Group treble for Bin Suroor as Hunter's Light and Sky Hunter also win

Last season's Dubai World Cup winner African Story (Pivotal) won the Group One Al Maktoum Challenge R3 at Meydan on Saturday, a race that has provided the winner of the $10m Dubai World Cup three previous times. The win was one of three on the card for Saeed bin Suroor.

NZ Group One winner for Sakhee's Secret

Filed on 8 Mar 2015 @ 15:07

July Cup winner Sakhee's Secret had his first Group One winner as a sire when his four-year-old son Sakhee's Soldier won the New Zealand Stakes over 10f at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Sakhee's Secret has shuttled to New Zealand each southern hemisphere season to stand at the Oaks Stud, who bred Sakhee's Soldier.

Hallowed Crown "best 3yo in the country" after Randwick Guineas win

Filed on 7 Mar 2015 @ 10:23

Australia, 7 March 2015

Second Group One for son of Street Sense

The Bart and James Cummings-trained Hallowed Crown (Street Sense), the winner of the Group One Golden Rose last September, beat a select field to win Saturday's Group One Randwick Guineas over a mile, beating Godolphin's Sweynesse by three-quarters of a length with Peter and Paul Snowden’s Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win a short head back in third.

Wandjina and Cosmic Endeavour give Waterhouse Group One double

Filed on 7 Mar 2015 @ 10:13

Australia, 7 March 2015

Trainer strikes in the Australian Guineas and Canterbury Stakes

Australia's Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse landed a Group One double at Flemington and Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Toast Of New York ruled out of the Dubai World Cup

Filed on 6 Mar 2015 @ 17:56

Last season's UAE Derby winner and Breeders' Cup Classic second Toast Of New York has been ruled out of the Dubai World Cup at Meydan on March 31 after suffering a setback.

Trainer Jamie Osborne told Press Association Sport: "He's had a setback and, sadly, he's going to miss the World Cup.

Foxrock supplemented for the Ryanair as Cheltenham Thursday confirmations unveiled

Filed on 6 Mar 2015 @ 17:54

A large field looks guaranteed for the Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle after 22 were confirmed for the three-mile highlight at Cheltenham on St Patrick's Thursday, March 12. Last year's runner-up Annie Power is Ladbrokes' 5/1 co-favourite alongside the Paul Nicholls-trained pair of Saphir Du Rheu and Zarkandar, although connections have indicated star mare Annie Power is more likely to contest the OLBG Mares' Hurdle on the opening day of The festival, Tuesday.

Cheltenham Wednesday: big guns stand their ground

Filed on 6 Mar 2015 @ 08:42

Coneygree heads RSA Chase acceptors

Reigning champion Sire De Grugy and former champion Sprinter Sacre headl 12 acceptors for the £350,000 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham next Wednesday, March 11.

Hugo Palmer holds Derby entry Spanish Squeeze "in highest possible regard"

Filed on 6 Mar 2015 @ 08:38

Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer is looking forward to campaigning Spanish Squeeze this season. The son of Lope De Vega holds a Derby entry and was third to Consort in a seven-furlong maiden at Newmarket in September and stepped up on that performance when taking a mile maiden decisively at Kempton Park on October 22.

John F Kennedy heads 102 remaining in the Derby

Filed on 6 Mar 2015 @ 08:35

O'Brien holding strong hand to win fourth consecutive Epsom Classic

Ante-post favourite John F Kennedy heads 102 three-year-olds remaining in the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 6 following on from Tuesday's scratchings' stage. The son of Galileo is a 6/1 chance on the back of an impressive victory in a Group Three at Leopardstown in September.

Richard Hughes to retire from the saddle this season

Filed on 5 Mar 2015 @ 08:08

Training career beckons for three-time champion jockey

Champion jockey Richard Hughes is to retire from riding this year. The 42-year-old is planning to start training in Britain in 2016.

Half brother to Bayern tops F-T Florida Sale

Filed on 5 Mar 2015 @ 08:00

Florida, 4 March 2015

Aggregate rises, but declines in average and median

The Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale of selected two-year-olds in training was held at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday, and saw Coolmore prominent on the buyers' list as the one day sale posted an increased aggregate but declines in average and median sale prices.

Strong Irish hand as Cheltenham Tuesday confirmations unveiled

Filed on 5 Mar 2015 @ 07:56

There are eight horses going forward in next Tuesday's Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle over an extended two miles. Faugheen (Willie Mullins) is the 11/10 favourite with Stan James following a faultless career with has yielded eight victories. Successful at The Festival in 2014 in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle, the seven-year-old was last seen out when successful in the Grade One Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.