Clearance rate hits 88% as Gold Coast Yearling Sale continues

Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 11:36

Australia, 9 January 2013

Exceed And Excel and Fastnet Rock yearlings share top billing

An unprecedented day of selling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Wednesday saw the cumulative clearance rate soar to 88.44 per cent, while the average remained ahead of last year's figures at the same stage of the auction.

Moonlight Cloud retired; to be bred to Galileo

Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 11:30

"It is very difficult to compare her to Goldikova, they were both exceptional"

The great racemare Moonlight Cloud has been officially retired and has left Freddy Head's Chantilly stable ahead of a mating with Galileo.

"Fair market" continues to drive increases at Keeneland

Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 11:27

Keeneland, 9 January 2013

Young mares in demand at January Sale

Lady Kierkegaard, a five-year-old winning daughter of Arch, sold to Fleetwood Bloodstock for $310,000 to top Wednesday’s third session of the 56th Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale as figures rose across the board. During the session, Keeneland sold 246 horses for $5,953,300, marking a 20 percent increase in gross sales from the corresponding session of the 2013 sale at which 227 horses sold for $4,953,900. The session’s average price of $24,200 rose nearly 11 percent from the $21,823 average last year, while the median of $15,000 was 15 percent higher than the average of $13,000 from 2013.

Bobs Worth heads 36 Gold Cup entries

Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 11:08

Bobs Worth and Silviniaco Conti head the market

The countdown to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival began in earnest on Wednesday with the unveiling of the 36 entries for the Grade One Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, to be run over an extended three and a quarter miles on Friday, March 14.

More Than Ready and Fastnet Rock yearlings head MM opener

Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 11:02

Australia, 8 January 2013

Gold Coast Yearling Sale gets underway with 10% rise in average

The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale opened on Wednesday with two lots reaching $450,000 during a day when almost $20 million was traded. Some 137 lots were sold on the day at an average price of $141,606, up almost $13,000 on last year's corresponding opening session.

Dam of BC Cup Classic winner leads the way at Keeneland

Filed on 8 Jan 2014 @ 09:08

Keeneland, 8 January 2014

Trade continues at similar level to Monday

Ponche de Leona, dam of 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man, sold for $775,000 to Brushwood Stable to top Tuesday’s session of the 56th Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. The price is the highest amount paid during the first two days of the four-day sale.

Competitive bidding at Keeneland January opener

Filed on 7 Jan 2014 @ 09:45

Keeneland, 6 January 2014

Dam of Vyjack tops session at $750,000 as median rises

Life Happened, dam of Grade Two winner Vyjack and Grade Three winner Tepin, brought $750,000 on Monday to top the opening session of Keeneland’s 56th annual January Horses of All Ages Sale. Jason Litt of Solis/Litt Bloodstock purchased Life Happened, a 13-year-old daughter of Stravinsky in foal to Harlan’s Holiday. She was consigned by Select Sales, agent.

Certify amongst Al Zarooni horses to return in 2014

Filed on 6 Jan 2014 @ 17:57

Royal Lodge winner Steeler to run at Meydan on Thursday

Godolphin have announced that a number of horses that were banned from racing as a result of the Mahmood Al Zarooni steroid scandal are to return to action, including the unbeaten 2012 May Hill and Fillies' Mile winner Certify.

Terry Biddlecombe dies after lengthy illness

Filed on 5 Jan 2014 @ 16:52

Three-times champion National Hunt jockey Terry Biddlecombe has died after a lengthy illness. The champion in 1965, 1966 and 1969 - when he shared the honours with Bob Davies - Biddlecome married trainer Henrietta Knight in 1995, with whom he shared the three Gold Cup triumphs of the great Best Mate.

Awesome Baby makes all in the Santa Ynez

Filed on 5 Jan 2014 @ 16:48

Santa Anita, 5 January 2014

Awesome Baby (Awesome Again) entered Saturday’s four-horse, Grade Two Santa Ynez Stakes in the shadow of her stablemate, 4-5 favorite Crushed Velvet, but it was Awesome Baby that posed for pictures, winning the prestigious event for three-year-old fillies by a half length in gate to wire fashion under Mike Smith, covering six furlongs in 1:16.62.

Noble Moon wins the G2 Jerome

Filed on 5 Jan 2014 @ 16:42

Aqueduct, 5 January 2014

Son of Malibu Moon takes first step on road to the Kentucky Derby

Noble Moon (Malibu Moon), making his first start around two turns, sat off just the early pace, took the lead on the backstretch, and repelled multiple bids en route to a two-length victory over Classic Giacnroll in the 144th running of the Grade Two Jerome for three-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Unscripted gives Hannon jr his first winner

Filed on 4 Jan 2014 @ 10:26

Son of champion trainer scores with first runner

Richard Hannon junior took over the training licence from his champion trainer father on New Year's Day, and his first runner was a winner

Sprinter Sacre pleases in workout

Filed on 4 Jan 2014 @ 10:22

Cheltenham still a possible target after heart scare

The Nicky Henderson-trained Sprinter Sacre has pleased connections after working under the supervision of equine heart specialist Celia Marr on Friday morning. The brilliant chaser had suffered an irregular heartbeat when being pulled up in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on 27 December, but the problem appears to have righted itself for the present.

My Tent Or Yours is still underrated

Filed on 2 Jan 2014 @ 10:15

My Tent Or Yours, an elegant horse with a flowing action, can handle soft ground but prefers a better surface. It was officially soft (unusual at Cheltenham in March these days) when Champagne Fever wore him down up the hill in the Supreme Novices’ but even then he was cantering along until they reached the final flight. The New One is a talented rival, beyond doubt, but he stays beyond two and a half miles and asking a horse to drop back and be as effective over the minimum trip in a Champion Hurdle, especially if the ground is faster, is a tall order.

Annie Power lands nine-timer with dominant Cheltenham display

Filed on 2 Jan 2014 @ 09:58

Festival target not yet clear for high-class mare

The Willie Mullins-trained Annie Power registered her ninth successive win when cruising to an eight length victory over Zarkandar in the Dornan Engineering Hurdle at Cheltenham on Wednesday. The brilliant unbeaten mare had beaten that rival by five lengths at Ascot last time, on 7lb better terms.

Oscar Whisky on top in the Dipper

Filed on 2 Jan 2014 @ 09:54

High-class hurdler warming to his trade over fences

The Nicky Henderson-trained Oscar Whisky registered his second win over fences in the Grade Two Cheltenham Pony Club Raceday Novices' Chase (Registered As The Dipper Novices' Chase) at a wet Cheltenham on Wednesday, turning the table on the second horse Taquin Du Seuil, who had beaten him at the track in October.

Champion Bumper winner Cheltenian returns with hurdle win

Filed on 31 Dec 2013 @ 15:16

2011 Champion Bumper winner Cheltenian registered his first win over hurdles when landing the 32Red Casino Maiden Hurdle at Uttoxeter on Tuesday, bounding seven lengths clear of his rivals. An impressive winner on the level at Cheltenham, he spent almost two years sidelined with injury, but returned with a second at Doncaster on his hurdling debut last season, before finishing last in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last time.

Hurricane Fly powers home at Leopardstown

Filed on 30 Dec 2013 @ 11:09

Jezki and Our Conor find reigning champion hurdler too strong

The Willie Mullins-trained Hurricane Fly registered his 18th Grade One win when powering two and a half lengths clear of Jezki and Our Conor to win the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown on Saturday, a win that boosts his claims in defending his Champion Hurdle crown in March.

Sprinter Sacre's hearbeat returns to normal

Filed on 30 Dec 2013 @ 11:05

ECG tests planned as Champion Chase defence still possible

Star chaser Sprinter Sacre's heartbeat has returned to normal without treatment, and he has has returned home to his own box at Nicky Henderson's yard after a period of observation at Rossdales in Newmarket. The seven-year-old was found to be suffering from an irregular heartbeat after being pulled up on his seasonal return in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on Friday.

Half brother to Back Caviar loses his battle with laminitis

Filed on 30 Dec 2013 @ 11:02

Australia, 30 December 2013

‘Jimmy’ the younger sibling of Champions Black Caviar and All Too Hard has lost his battle with laminitis. The son of Redoute's Choice was initially admitted to the Melbourne University Equine Hospital in early November after a suspected spider bite. His condition worsened when he had a reaction to antibiotics causing a bout of laminitis; a painful hoof condition that affects mobility in horses.

Bobs Worth bounces back with game Lexus win

Filed on 28 Dec 2013 @ 16:27

Gold Cup winner stays on strongly after the last at Leopardstown

Reigning Gold Cup champion Bobs Worth put a poor run in the Betfair Chase behind him as he produced a gutsy display to win the Grade One Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Saturday. The eight-year-old put in a good round of jumping under Barry Geraghty, but looked outpaced as he came under pressure on the home turn. He responded magnificently to his rider's urgings in the straight, however, finding plenty after the last to reel in First Lieutenant and Rubi Ball, passing the post a length and a half clear.

Mountainous gives Lee second Welsh National triumph

Filed on 28 Dec 2013 @ 16:25

Mountainous came out on top in a thrilling finish to the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow on Saturday, seeing off the Paul Nicholls' pair of Hawkes Point and the staying-on top weight Tidal Bay. The win was the second in the race for trainer Richard Lee, who saddled Le Beau Bai to success in 2011.

Le Rocher cut for the Triumph after Chepstow win

Filed on 28 Dec 2013 @ 16:22

Testing conditions see French import make perfect start to British career

Trainer Nick Williams had his second Grade One success in seven days as French import Le Rocher made the best of testing conditions at Chepstow on Saturday to win the Grade One Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle, outbattling Kentucky Hyden to win by two and a half lengths under Richard Johnson. Williams had saddled Reve De Sivola to win the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot last Saturday.

Captain Cutter steps up in the Challow Hurdle

Filed on 28 Dec 2013 @ 16:19

The Nicky Henderson-trained Captain Cutter built on wins at Kekpton and Market Rasen to see off some better-fancied rivals in the Grade One Betfred Goals Galore Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.

Sire De Grugy wins the Desert Orchid as Sprinter Sacre pulled up

Filed on 27 Dec 2013 @ 17:44

Sprinter Sacre to have tests after irregular heartbeat at Kempton

The Grade Two Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on Friday was won by Gary Moore's recent Tingle Creek winner Sire De Grugy, who was not hard pressed in beating Oiseau De Nuit by four lengths. The hot favourite Sprinter Sacre was pulled up by Barry Geraghty with a mile to run and was later discovered to have an irregular heartbeat, for which he will be sent to Rossdales in Newmarket for tests.