Aga Khan to send horses to Dermot Weld

Filed on 29 Aug 2013 @ 13:40

Prominent owner diversifying Irish string among three trainers

The Aga Khan is to send a number of two-year-olds and yearlings to be trained by Dermot Weld in Ireland. The move brings the number of Irish trainers patronised by the prominent owner/breeder to three, the same number as in France, where the Aga Khan uses Alain de Royer Dupre, Mikel Delzangles and Jean-Claude Rouget.

Lawman colt tops DBS Premier Sale as aggregate rises 25%

Filed on 29 Aug 2013 @ 07:54

Two strong days' trade sees clearance rate hit 90%

The DBS Premier Sales concluded its two day run on Wednesday with strong trade from start to finish that saw the aggregate rise by 25% to £13,300,750 and the average increase by 21% to £32,441, figures on a par with the 2008 renewal before the financial crash. The median rose by 25% to £25,000, and with 410 lots sold from 458 offered the clearance rate was a healthy 90%.

Leading Light heads 19 remaining in the St Leger

Filed on 28 Aug 2013 @ 11:38

Telescope will not be supplemented for the final Classic

A total of 19 contenders remain engaged for the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday, September, 14, after yesterday's scratchings deadline, headed by Queen's Vase winner Leading Light, the 4/1 favourite with Ladbrokes. The Aidan O'Brien-trained son of Montjeu captured the Group Three Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh in May and a conditions event by seven lengths at Navan earlier the same month, both over 10 furlongs.

The Fugue underlines Gosden's sublime touch with fillies

Filed on 28 Aug 2013 @ 08:02

British trainers are generally unwilling to let their best fillies and mares take on the colts, although recent results suggest the Arc gives them a very fair chance. Gosden will seriously consider a trip to the Bois de Boulogne with The Fugue as long as the ground is no more than the soft or firm side of good. Bookmakers were quick to offer The Fugue at 20/1, a clear indication that they believe she will opt for the Breeders’ Cup and either the Filly & Mare Turf again or the longer Turf itself, where she would have more time to recover from any interference.

Average rises 10% as Fast Company colt tops DBS Premier opener

Filed on 28 Aug 2013 @ 07:47

Clearance rate hits 88% on strong day's trade at Doncaster

The DBS Premier Sale got underway on Tuesday with a set of figures that showed increases across the board compared to the first day of last year’s sale, with the turnover rising by 8% to £6,886,600. The average climbed by 10% to £31,589 and the median was up by 11% to £26,000. This was matched by an 88% clearance rate and 6 horses selling for £100,000 or more whilst 42 made £50,000 or more.

Crabbies to sponsor the first £1m Grand National

Filed on 28 Aug 2013 @ 07:43

The Grand National has a new sponsor, with Aintree announcing that Crabbies has signed a three-year deal which will see the race run for a £1 million prize fund for the first time.

Long-time sponsor John Smith's announced they would not be renewing their nine-year association with the race after the 2013 renewal.

No Nay Never won't run again as a juvenile

Filed on 28 Aug 2013 @ 07:37

Prix Morny winner likely to return to Royal Ascot

American trainer Wesley Ward has stated that his unbeaten Norfolk Stakes and Prix Morny winner No Nay Never is unlikely to run again this year, though the son of Scat Daddy could return to Royal Ascot for the St James's Palace Stakes next June.

Game On Dude wins the Pacific Classic by record margin

Filed on 27 Aug 2013 @ 07:57

Del aMar, 26 August 2013

Game On Dude (Awesome Again) strengthened his claim to ultimate “Horse of the Year” honors with a romping, 8 ½ length triumph in the Grade One TVG Pacific Classic Sunday at Del Mar.

Royal Delta cruises in the Personal Ensign

Filed on 27 Aug 2013 @ 07:53

Saratoga, 26 August 2013

Champion Royal Delta (Empire maker) made short work of a short field on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course, taking over on the backstretch and cruising to a commanding victory in the 66th running of the Grade One Personal Ensign Invitational Handicap.

Will Take Charge gets up in the Travers

Filed on 25 Aug 2013 @ 10:56

Saratoga, 25 August 2013

Orb third and Palace Malice fourth in midsummer derby

A determined Will Take Charge (Unbridled's Song) wore down stubborn pacesetter Moreno in the final sixteenth of a mile and hit the wire a nose in front to win the 144th renewal of the Grade One Travers on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Dansili mare Laughing makes all in Saratoga Grade Two

Filed on 25 Aug 2013 @ 10:54

Saratoga, 25 August 2013

Laughing unbeaten this season after landing the Ballston Spa

Just as she did in the Grade One Diana on opening weekend, Laughing (Dansili) led every step to remain undefeated in 2013 while winning the 25th running of the Grade Two Ketel One Ballston Spa for fillies and mares on the turf at Saratoga Race Course.

War Command bounces back in the Futurity

Filed on 24 Aug 2013 @ 16:45

National Stakes the target for dual Group Two winner

Stallion statistics: War Front

The Aidan O'Brien-trained War Command (War Front) put a poor run int he Phoenix Stakes behind him as he ran out a comfortable winner of the Group Two Galileo European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday, cruising to the fore when asked by Joseph O'Brien to beat Mustajeeb by three lengths.

Tiger Cliff snatches Ebor glory

Filed on 24 Aug 2013 @ 16:42

The Lady Cecil-trained Tiger Cliff (Tiger Hill) won the Betfred Ebor Handicap at York on Saturday, coming with a powerful late run under Tom Queally to snatch the spoils from Genzy, who had gone purposefully to the front tw furlongs from home.

Afsare powers clear in the Celebration Mile

Filed on 24 Aug 2013 @ 15:13

Stallion statistics: Dubawi

The Luca Cumani-trained Afsare (Dubawi) slammed his rivals in the Group Two Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood on saturday, powering four lengths clear Andrea Atenzi to beat Stipulate in second. Trade Storm made eyecatching headway to take third.

Astaire makes all in the Gimcrack

Filed on 24 Aug 2013 @ 15:11

Stallion statistics: Intense Focus

The Kevin Ryan-trained Astaire (Intense Focus) made all and held off the late challenges of Wilshire Boulevard and Parbold to win the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York on Saturday.

Dance To Bristol earns seven-timer in the G1 Ballerina

Filed on 24 Aug 2013 @ 10:39

Saratoga, 24 August 2013

Dance to Bristol (Speightstown) earned her seventh straight victory on Friday and first in a Grade One, holding off a late charge from favored Book Review to win the 35th running of the Grade One Ballerina by a hard-fought head at Saratoga Race Course.

40-1 shot Jwala sees off Shea Shea in the Nunthorpe

Filed on 23 Aug 2013 @ 15:20

More Group One success for Oasis Dream and Cowell

Stallion statistics: Oasis Dream

The Robert Cowell-trained Jwala (Oasis Dream) won the Group One Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday, racing prominently throughout under Steve Drowne and holding off the late challenge of the favourite Shea Shea and Sole Power to hold on by half a length at odds of 40-1.

City Style holds in the Strensall Stakes

Filed on 23 Aug 2013 @ 15:09

York Group double for Godolphin

The Charlie Appleby-trained City Style (City Zip) won the Group ThreeSky Bet Strensall Stakes at York on Friday, powering clear two furlongs out before idling in front under Silvestre de Souza. Danadana came with a late flourish, but City Style had enough in hand to repel his challenge by a neck.

Ahzeemah outbattles Simenon in the Lonsdale

Filed on 23 Aug 2013 @ 14:23

Stallion statistics: Dubawi

Godolphin's Ahzeemah (Dubawi) won the Group Two Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup at York on Friday, tracking the long time leader Simenon and joining battle in the final furlong to get up by a head.

The Fugue stretches clear in the Yorkshire Oaks

Filed on 22 Aug 2013 @ 14:52

Stallion statistics: Dansili

The John Gosden-trained The Fugue (Dansili) showed a blistering turn of foot on her favoured fast ground to win the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York on Thursday, going one better that last year when she was second to Shareta. Venus De Milo was second, having led from the quarter mile marker but having no answer to the winner's finishing kick, and Secret Gesture took third.

Lucky Kristale impressive in the Lowther

Filed on 22 Aug 2013 @ 13:41

Second Group Two for Lucky Story filly; Cheveley Park the next step

Stallion statistics: Lucky Kristale

The George Margason-trained Lucky Kristale (Lucky Story) was an impressive winner of the Group Two Lowther Stakes at York on Thursday, quickening stylishly clear on the stands' rail to beat her field with plenty in hand. She becomes the first Cherry Hinton winner to land the Lowther, for which she carried a 3lb penalty.

Haikbidiac storms home in DBS Premier Yearling Stakes

Filed on 22 Aug 2013 @ 12:59

William Haggas enhanced his fine strike rate at York this season when Haikbidiac (Kodiac) quickened smartly under Liam Jones and, racing alone on the stands' rail, galloped strongly to the line to win going away.

Leading German sire Lando put down at the age of 23

Filed on 22 Aug 2013 @ 07:54

Fracture following colic surgery claims son of Acatenango

Stallion statistics: Lando

Leading German sire Lando has been put down at the age of 23. The son of Acatenango had undergone successful surgery following a severe bout of colic, but suffered a spiral fracture in a leg on rising and had to be put down.

Declaration Of War scores in the Juddmonte International

Filed on 21 Aug 2013 @ 15:16

Hardy campaigner registers his second Group One win

Stallion statistics: War Front

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Declaration Of War (War Front) bounced back to winning ways with a battling defeat of Irish Derby winner Trading Leather and three-time 10f Group One winner Al Kazeem in the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes at York on Wednesday.

Telescope stretches clear in the Great Voltigeur

Filed on 21 Aug 2013 @ 15:12

Galileo colt would need to be supplemented for the St Leger

Stallion statistics: Galileo

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Telescope (Galileo) missed the Derby through injury but at York on Wednesday began to show the promise connections have always believed in as he stretched clear to register an emphatic win in the Group Two Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes, beating the once-raced Ballydoyle colt Foundry, who ran a fine race in second.