Vibrato Valtat impresses in the Kingmaker Chase

Filed on 8 Feb 2015 @ 10:05

Nicholl's main contender for the Arkle wins in style

Last December's Henry VIII Chase winner Vibrato Valtat was an impressive winner of the Kingmaker Novices' Chase at Warwick on Saturday, sweeping four and a half lengths of Top Gamble after the second last fence.

Frankyfourfingers wins at Meydan as African Story fails to fire

Filed on 6 Feb 2015 @ 08:23

Dubai, 5 February 2015

Frankyfourfingers (Sunday Break) gave rookie flat race trainer, Salem Bin Ghadeyer a first big-race win in the Group Two Al Maktoum Challenge R2 empowered by IPIC on Thursday evening’s Dubai World Cup Carnival card. The middle round of the Al Maktoum Challenge series, held over 1900m, also featured African Story, the Dubai World Cup defending champion, who ran home unplaced on a first try on dirt.

Australian champion sire Encosta de Lago retired from stud duty

Filed on 6 Feb 2015 @ 08:21

Australia, 6 February 2015

Coolmore Australia has announced that champion sire Encosta de Lago has been retired from active stud duty at the age of 21. The son of Fairy King has twice been crowned champion sire of Australia as well as earning the title of champion sire in Hong Kong for the 2011/12 season.

Acclamation mare tops strong renewal of Tattersalls February Sale

Filed on 6 Feb 2015 @ 08:12

Aggregate rises 19% on last year

The Tattersalls February Sale saw a record turnover and median with the mares Sutton Veny and Postale leading the way, selling for 80,000 guineas and 72,000 guineas respectively. The one-day sale saw 211 lots sell for a record 2,586,100 guineas, a rise of 19% on last year’s renewal with the average at 12,256 guineas - down 2.7% - and the median a record 7,000 guineas, up 3.7% on last year. The clearance rate for the sale was an impressive 88%, up from 80% last year.

Dynaste ruled out of Ryanair defence with injury

Filed on 5 Feb 2015 @ 09:04

Last year's Ryaniar Chase winner Dynaste will not be lining up in this year's renewal of the two and a half mile Grade One after being ruled out for the season. The nine-year-old returned sore after finishing third in the BetBright Cup at Cheltenham at the end of last month.

Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere among 98 Grand National entries

Filed on 5 Feb 2015 @ 09:01

Last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere heads 98 entries for the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 11. Trained in Ireland by Jim Culloty, the nine-year-old could bid to become the first horse since L’Escargot and only the third ever to win the Gold Cup and Grand National.

Presenting colt tops strong Tattersalls Ireland February Sale

Filed on 4 Feb 2015 @ 08:07

A strong renewal of the Tattersalls Ireland February NH Sale on Tuesday saw consistent trade through the day and at the close of play the average of €8,635 and the median of €6,200 were improvements of 9% and 24% on 2014. The aggregate of €1,493,900 was also an increase of 48% on last years sale and was the highest turnover seen at the February Sale since the two day sale in 2008.

Returning Sire De Grugy heads six in the Game Spirit Chase

Filed on 4 Feb 2015 @ 08:01

The Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy is set to make his return to action in the Betfair Price Rush Chase at Newbury on Saturday, where he heads an entry of six. The nine-year-old was the stunning six-length of the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last season but has not been seen out since winning a Grade One contest at Sandown Park in April after a setback.

Quinn planning Guineas prep for The Wow Signal

Filed on 4 Feb 2015 @ 07:56

Last season's Coventry Stakes and Prix Morny winner The Wow Signal (Starspangledbanner) is being trained for a prep run before lining up in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 2.

Calipto heads 32 in the Betfair Hurdle

Filed on 4 Feb 2015 @ 07:55

Ante-post favourite Calipto headlines 32 six-day acceptors for the £155,000 Grade Three Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Betfair Super Saturday, February 7. Calipto has not run since finishing runner-up at Cheltenham in October and is out to give champion trainer Paul Nicholls a second victory in the extended two-mile contest. The Somerset handler took the spoils with Zarkandar in 2012.

25 years on – thoughts of Curzon Street and Charlie

Filed on 2 Feb 2015 @ 08:13

Charles Benson was a larger than life character who was a member of the Lord Lucan set and fraternised with Barry Hills and Robert Sangster. I came to know him around 25 years ago when his autobiography No Regard For Money (‘No regard for the truth, either, old man’, as O’Sullevan impishly remarked) came out and he arrived at Corsham Street to do an interview with me for SIS, then broadcasting exclusively to the betting shops.

Callback cruises to Las Virgenes victory

Filed on 1 Feb 2015 @ 10:50

Santa Anita, 31 January 2015

Exacta for Street Sense in Santa Anita Grade One

Sent to the lead, Callback (Street Sense) opened up leaving the three furlong pole under Martin Garcia and went on to a hard-fought half length win in Saturday’s Grade One Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita as she ran a mile in 1:36.92 while outrunning eight rival three-year-old fillies. Trained by Bob Baffert, lightly raced Callback ran without blinkers for the first time in her four-race career.

Mullins lands Sandown Grade One with Gitane Du Berlais

Filed on 1 Feb 2015 @ 10:44

Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins made a successful raid on the Grade One Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown on Saturday, with Gitane Du Berlais proving much the best under Daryl Jacob, seeing off Irish Saint with plenty in hand. The winning margin was eight lengths. Champagne West fell when making a move from the rear, and Splash Of Ginge was pulled up.

Silsol defies top weight in the Welsh Champion Hurdle

Filed on 1 Feb 2015 @ 10:41

The Paul Nicholls-trained Silsol defied top weight to win the Betway Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las on Saturday, taking command before the second last flight under 7lb claimer Jack Sherwood and going five lengths clear of the pacesetting Kayf Moss.

NZB Select Sale concludes on a par with 2014

Filed on 30 Jan 2015 @ 10:06

New Zealand, 30 January 2015

Tartan Bearer colt sets new record price for sale

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2015 Select Sale drew to a close on Friday with three solid days of trade that posted figures to match last year’s successful Sale. There was a new record price for the sale with a colt by first season sire Tartan Bearer - winner of the Dante Stakes selling for $525,000, smashing the previous record of $300,000 set in the bumper year of 2008. Lot 610 is a half-brother to Group Two winner and multiple Group One placegetter Thunder Fantasy (Lucky Owners).

Vercingetorix continues De Kock's domination of the Al Rashidiya

Filed on 30 Jan 2015 @ 10:00

Dubai, 30 January 2015

Meydan Group Two double for Soumillon

Christophe Soumillon was in the Meydan winner’s enclosure for both the Cape Verdi and the Al Rashidiya on Thursday after landing a Group Two double in the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

Cheltenham 2015 novice hurdle entries unveiled

Filed on 30 Jan 2015 @ 09:50

The entries for the three Grade One novices' hurdles at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival - the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle have been unveiled. There are also entries for the Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle, which is restricted to four-year-olds.

Henderson planning strong challenge for the Betfair Hurdle

Filed on 29 Jan 2015 @ 07:55

Nicky Henderson, the most successful trainer in Betfair Hurdle history with five winners, is intending to saddle between two and four runners in this year's renewal of Britain's richest handicap hurdle at Newbury on Betfair Super Saturday, February 7.

Karaka Premier Sale concludes with 4% rise in average

Filed on 28 Jan 2015 @ 08:38

New Zealand, 27 January 2015

Fastnet Rock in demand at NZB Premier Sale

The Karaka Premier Sale concluded its two day run on Tuesday with increased average and median. The top lot came late in the sale, when David Ellis of Te Akau Racing purchased the Fastnet Rock filly at Lot 429 for $800,000.

Hurricane Fly wins his fifth Irish Champion Hurdle

Filed on 26 Jan 2015 @ 08:42

Son of Montjeu beats Jezki for the third time this season

Hurricane Fly won the Grade One BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle for the fifth time at Leopardstown on Sunday, showing real grit to get on terms with his old rival Jezki, who had taken command three flights from home. Hurricane Fly winged the last under Ruby Walsh and Jezki blundered, sealing the result as Hurricane Fly came home clear, with stablemate Arctic Fire taking second.

Shamardal's Able Friend trounces Stewards' Cup rivals

Filed on 26 Jan 2015 @ 08:38

Hong Kong, 25 January 2015

Royal Ascot amongst international options for star miler

Hong Kong's leading miler Able Friend (Shamardal) trounced a top-class field for the second time in as many starts as he strode to an easy win in the Group One Stewards’ Cup at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday. John Moore’s stable star was named the co-third best horse in the world at last week’s World’s Best Racehorse ceremony thanks to a brilliant wide-margin triumph in December’s Hong Kong Mile. And the big chestnut emphasised his new found status with an easy length and a half win in the first international Group One edition of this 1600m contest.

Flatter's Upstart dominates the Holy Bull

Filed on 26 Jan 2015 @ 08:31

Gulfstream Park, 25 January 2015

Florida Derby the likely aim after Gulfstream Grade Two win

Ralph M. Evans’ Upstart (Flatter) was the victim of bad luck in his first two races in graded-stakes company, but everything went the New York-bred colt’s way Saturday as he rolled to a 5 ½-length victory in the Grade Two Lambholm South Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

Saphir Du Rheu gets up in Cleeve Hurdle thriller

Filed on 24 Jan 2015 @ 16:04

Six year old gets the better of Reve De Sivola on return to hurdles

The Paul Nicholls-trained Saphir Du Rheu made a successful return to hurdles on Saturday, getting up in a thrilling finish to beat the tenacious Reve De Sivola by a neck.

If In Doubt claims the SkyBet Chase under McCoy

Filed on 24 Jan 2015 @ 15:56

Caracci Apache mugs Blaklion in the Neptune

The Philip Hobbs-trained If In Doubt ran out a gutsy winner of the SkyBet Chase - the Great Yorkshire Chase - under AP McCoy on Saturday, running on in the straight and seeing off the challenge of Baileys Concerto by three and a half lengths. Night In Milan was six lengths further back in third.

Many Clouds makes his Gold Cup case at Cheltenham

Filed on 24 Jan 2015 @ 15:19

Hennessy winner gives Sherwood his first Cheltenham win since 2000

The Oliver Sherwood-trained Hennessy Gold Cup winner Many Cloudswon the BetBright Cup Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday, jumping well under Leighton Aspell and showing resolution on the run to the line to see off Smad Place by a length and a quarter, with Dynaste taking third.