Gosden could supplement Romsdal to the Derby

Filed on 29 May 2014 @ 16:49

Chester Vase second could join stablemate Western Hymn at Epsom

John Gosden's main Investec Derby hope is the unbeaten Western Hymn, but the Newmarket trainer could supplement Romsdal, who just failed by a nose to catch Orchestra in the Chester Vase, at a cost of £75,000 on Monday.

Weld: Derrinstown form should hold up in the Derby

Filed on 29 May 2014 @ 16:46

Trainer hoping for big run from Fascinating Rock

Dermot Weld has never won the Investec Derby in his long training career and the Curragh trainer is hoping that Fascinating Rock will put that record straight this year.

Varian looking forward to running Kingston Hill in the Derby

Filed on 29 May 2014 @ 16:44

Last season's Racing Post Trophy winner Kingston Hill worked with two stable companions at Epsom Downs on Thursday.

"He went really nicely," said jockey Andrea Atzeni. "He travelled good, quickened up well and liked the ground. It's pretty soft out there but he's won on that ground before. I was very pleased with him. We didn't go mad today but he stretched out well in the last furlong and quickened up well. It's just great to be able to ride a horse who has a chance of running a big race."

O'Brien set to run four in the Derby

Filed on 29 May 2014 @ 16:42

Australia heads Ballydoyle contingent for Epsom

Trainer Aidan O'Brien is bidding to win the Investec Derby for a third successive year and he could field four runners, headed by odds-on favourite Australia.

Hydrogen set to make belated racecourse debut

Filed on 28 May 2014 @ 11:02

The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Hydrogen (Galileo), the most expensive yearling of 2012 when selling to Qatar Racing for 2.5m gns at Tattersalls, is finally set to make his racecourse debut at Newmarket on Friday.

Lochsong dies at the age of 26

Filed on 28 May 2014 @ 07:35

Three-time Group One winner Lochsong has died at owner Jeff Smith's Littleton Stud at the age of 26. The sprinting filly was trained by Ian Balding to success in major handicaps - she won the Stewards' Cup, Portland Handicap and Ayr Gold Cup - before graduating to Group One level, where she won the Nunthorpe in 1993 and the Prix de l'Abbaye in 1993 and 1994.

Duke Of Marmalade sold to South Africa

Filed on 27 May 2014 @ 07:29

Third crop sire Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill) has been sold by Coolmore to Drakenstein Stud in South Africa in a deal brokered by Blandford Bloodstock.

Duke Of Marmalade was rated 132 by Timeform after enjoying a spectacular four-year-old campaign that included Group One successes in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Juddmonte International at York and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

Galileo's Marvellous lands the Irish 1000 Guineas

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:41

Galileo filly heads to the Oaks as Lightning Thunder takes Classic second again

The lightly-raced Marvellous (Galileo) won the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday, coming from the rear of the field under Ryan Moore to score by three lengths from the Newmarket 1000 Guineas runner-up Lightning Thunder.

Dylan Thomas completes Italian Classic double as Final Score wins the Oaks d'Italia

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:36

Third Italian Oaks winner in a row out of Holy Moon

A week after the Stefano Botti-trained Dylan Mouth won the Italian Derby, stablemate Final Score (Dylan Thomas), also by Dylan Thomas, won the Group Two Oaks d’Italia in Milan on Sunday.

Ajaxana scores in the German 1,000 Guineas

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:33

The Waldemar Hickst-trained Ajaxana (Rock Of Gibraltar) stepped up from a second to Meerjungfrau in the Schwarzgold Rennen last time to win the Group Two German 1,000 Guineas on Sunday, scoring by three-quarters of a length.

Cirrus des Aigles dominates in the Prix d'Ispahan

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:30

The Group One Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp on Sunday saw a dominant performance from the evergreen eight-year-old Cirrus des Aigles (Even Top), who made all under Christophe Soumillon to register his fifth Group One, a month after seeing off Treve in the Prix Ganay.

We Are wins the Prix Saint-Alary on her third start

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:20

Dansili filly surges three lengths clear in Longchamp Group One

George Strawbridge's We Are (Dansili) came into Sunday's Group One Prix Saint-Alary as the winner of her two starts, neither of them in stakes company, but the manner of her wins saw her sent off the well-supported second favourite and she rewarded that when surging clear of Vazira to win by three lengths.

Group One win for Frankel's brother Noble Mission

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:17

Stallion career beckons after Tattersalls Gold Cup victory

The Lady Cecil-trained Noble Mission (Galileo), a full brother to Frankel, continued his fine form this season when winning his first Group One in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on Sunday, making all under James Doyle to beat Magician by a length and a quarter.

Nuovo Record wins the Japanese Oaks

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:13

Japan, 25 May 2014

Guineas winner Harp Star beaten into second

Second pick Nuovo Record (Heart's Cry) warded off a huge challenge from the overwhelming race favorite Harp Star to capture this year’s Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) and her first Grade One victory. After succumbing to a 0.4 second runner-up finish in the Tulip Sho (G3) in March, and a mere 0.1 second margin for third in the following Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas), the Heart’s Cry filly finally succeeded in beating her biggest rival to dominate the second leg of the Triple Crown for fillies by a neck.

Showcasing the first freshman sire to register a stakes winner

Filed on 24 May 2014 @ 17:08

Cappella Sansevero wins the Marble Hill Stakes

Cappella Sansevero is unbeaten in three starts after winning the Listed Marble Hill Stake at the Curragh on Saturday, making the best of the absence of The Great War to state his case for the Norfolk Stakes on his stakes debut.

Kingman stretches clear in the Irish 2000 Guineas

Filed on 24 May 2014 @ 16:21

Invincible Spirit colt gets his Classic after Newmarket second

The John Gosden-trained Kingman (Invincible Spirit) bounced back from his second to Night Of Thunder in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket a fortnight ago to run out a domiannt winner of the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday, getting on top in the final quarter mile and stretching clear to beat the supplemented Shifting Power by five lengths, with Mustajeeb third.

Hot Streak takes command in the Temple Stakes

Filed on 24 May 2014 @ 16:14

Three-year-old son of Iffraaj impresses in Group Two sprint

The Kevin Ryan-trained Hot Streak (Iffraaj) ran out a thoroughly impressive winner of the Group Two Betfred Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday, giving his teenage rider Oisin Murphy the biggest win of his career. The pair went powerfully clear of their elders, and had plenty in hand to see off the late challenge from Pearl Secret, giving Qatar Racing a 1-2.

First winner for Rip Van Winkle

Filed on 24 May 2014 @ 16:09

Leading first crop sires of 2014

Coolmore's freshman sire Rip Van Winkle had his first winner when the Jessica Harrington-trained Jeanne Girl won the Castlemartin & La Louviere Studs EBF Fillies Maiden over six furlongs at the Curragh on saturday, taking the lead in the final two furlongs and being pushed out to see off Sexy Legs by a nose.

Observational gets up in the Cocked Hat Stakes

Filed on 23 May 2014 @ 16:03

The Roger Charlton-trained Observational (Galileo) got off the mark at the third time of asking with a battling success in the Listed Casco Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on Friday, whittling down the advantage gained by the pacestting Signposted, getting up in the final furlong and holding off Marzocco by a neck.

Mark Of Esteem put down after short illness

Filed on 21 May 2014 @ 15:27

Former champion miler and sire Mark Of Esteem (Darshaan) has been euthanized following a short illness.

The bay, named for his striking blaze, won the second of his two starts as a juvenile under the tutelage of the late Sir Henry Cecil, before transferring to Saeed bin Suroor at Godolphin and becoming one of their greatest heroes.

Olympic Glory to make quick reappearance in the Prix d'Ispahan

Filed on 21 May 2014 @ 15:25

Last Saturday's Group One Lockinge Stakes winner Olympic Glory is set to make a quick return to action, with connections planning to run the colt in the Group One Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp on Sunday, where he is likely to encounter Cirrus des Aigles.

Australia heads 28 remaining in the Derby

Filed on 21 May 2014 @ 15:23

A total of 28 three-year-olds go forward to the Group One Investec Derby following yesterday's scratchings deadline, headed by Australia (Aidan O'Brien), the red-hot 4/6 favourite.

The son of 2001 Derby winner Galileo and 2004 Oaks heroine Ouija Board finished a close third on his seasonal debut in the first Classic of the season, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket on May 3.

43% rise in median as DBS Spring Sale gets underway

Filed on 21 May 2014 @ 07:38

Punchestown Grade One winner Operating sells for £140,000

The DBS Spring Sales got underway on Tuesday with the first session of the Horses-in-Training session producing a top price of £140,000 and a clearance rate of 87%. Strength in the middle of the market led to the median increasing by 43% to £10,000 when compared to the same day last year. The sale average was almost unchanged from 2013 at £14,325.

Shifting Power supplemented into field of 16 for the Irish 2,000 Guineas

Filed on 20 May 2014 @ 14:28

The Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday has attracted 16 entries following today’s entry stage, including Kingman and War Command, together with Shifting Power who was added to the race this morning by trainer Richard Hannon at a cost of 30,000 euros.

Silviniaco Conti tops the Jumps Classifications

Filed on 20 May 2014 @ 11:07

Novice chase champions rate highly in Anglo-Irish Classifications

Last season's King George and Betfred Bowl winner Silviniaco Conti has today been named as the highest rated Chaser in Britain and Ireland in 2013-2014 in the annual Anglo-Irish Jump Classifications.