djakadam gives Mullins his sixth Thyestes win

Filed on 23 Jan 2015 @ 08:16

Willie Mullins recorded his sixth win in the Goffs Thyestes Chase when Djakadam showed his ability to win Thursday's renewal of the Gowran Park feature. The six-year-old had faded into eighth in the Hennessy Gold Cup on his seasonal debut, but put that behind him here with a bold display that puts him in the picture for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Cheltenham novice chase entries unveiled

Filed on 23 Jan 2015 @ 08:14

Entries for the three Grade One novices' chase at the Cheltenham Festival - the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase, the RSA Chase and the JLT Novices' Chase have been unveiled. In addition, entries are also announced for the longest race at The Festival, the four-mile Listed Toby Balding National Hunt Chase (Champion Day, Tuesday, March 10) for amateur riders.

Kingman, Australia and The Grey Gatsby tied in World Racehorse Rankings

Filed on 20 Jan 2015 @ 16:20

Japan's Just A Way and Epiphaneia take the top two spots

2014 World's Best Racehorse Rankings in full

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2014 have been announced, with Japanese horses taking the top two places. Rated 130, the Japanese horse Just A Way was crowned as the 2014 Longines World’s Best Racehorse. Fellow Japanese runner Epiphaneia, victor of The Japan Cup in association with Longines was rated second at 129.

2014 Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings in full

Filed on 20 Jan 2015 @ 16:19

1130MTJUST A WAY (JPN)5Naosuke SugaiJPN1Dubai Duty Free1800
2129LTEPIPHANEIA (JPN)4Katsuhiko SumiiJPN1Japan Cup2400
3127MTABLE FRIEND (AUS)5John MooreHK1Longines Hong Kong Mile1600
3127ITAUSTRALIA (GB)3Aidan O'BrienIRE1Juddmonte International2080
3127ITAUSTRALIA (GB)3Aidan O'BrienIRE2Qipco Irish Champion2000
3127MTKINGMAN (GB)3John GosdenGB1St James's Palace1600
3127ITTHE GREY GATSBY (IRE)3Kevin RyanGB1Qipco Irish Champion2000
3127MTVARIETY CLUB (SAF)6Mike de KockUAE1Champions Mile1600
8126LTTREVE (FR)4Mme C Head-MaarekFR1Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe2400

Positive progress in Italian prize money distribution

Filed on 19 Jan 2015 @ 17:16

The European Pattern Committee is keeping a close watch on the distribution of prize money for Pattern races in Italy, having threatened to remove all black type designations from the country after prize money went unpaid in the wake of the financial crisis.

Future Champions Day move among Pattern changes for 2015

Filed on 19 Jan 2015 @ 16:59

Tattersalls Gold Cup among Group Ones on downgrade watch

Changes have been announced to the European Pattern for the forthcoming season following last week's meeting of the European Pattern Committee (EPC).

Vautour makes all for Leopardstown win

Filed on 19 Jan 2015 @ 08:08

The Willie Mullins-trained Vautour got his season back on track after a fall on his last start when making all to win the Leopardstown Killiney Novice Chase on Sunday, cruising through the race and jumping well under Ruby Walsh to beat Aladdins Cave eased down.

Sprinter Sacre in fine form after Ascot return

Filed on 19 Jan 2015 @ 08:05

Sprinter Sacre is reported to be in good form after his comeback run in Saturday's Clarence House Chase, where he tired into second behind Dodging Bullets.

Trainer Nicky Henderson told At The Races: "Most importantly he's fine this morning. He's been out and looked very perky. He was great, he trotted up, was very bouncy and full of it. I think it's safe to say he enjoyed himself.

Fusaichi Pegasus colt gets up late in the G3 Lecomte

Filed on 19 Jan 2015 @ 07:55

Fair Grounds, 18 January 2015

Owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker made it two consecutive years of Grade Three Lecomte Stakes glory when their improving colt International Star shot to an impressive 2½-length victory in Saturday’s 71st running of the Fair Grounds Race Course feature.

California Chrome voted 2014 Horse of the Year

Filed on 19 Jan 2015 @ 07:51

Florida, 18 January 2015

Last year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome has been voted 2014 Horse of the Year at the 44th annual Eclipse Awards, presented on Saturday by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group. The Eclipse Awards, held at Gulfstream Park, honor excellence in Thoroughbred racing and are voted on by representatives of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form (DRF) and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB).

Toast Of New York purchased by Al Shaqab Racing

Filed on 19 Jan 2015 @ 07:46

Last season's UAE Derby winner and Breeders' Cup Classic second Toast of New York (Thewayyouare) has been purchased by Al Shaqab Racing. The four year old will remain in training with Jamie Osborne.

Dodging Bullets gets the better of Sprinter Sacre at Ascot

Filed on 17 Jan 2015 @ 16:38

The Grade One Sodexho Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday was won by recent Tingle Creek winner Dodging Bullets, but all eyes were on the second, the returning Sprinter Sacre, who had looked the likely winner turning in, but tired in the straight and was not hard pressed by Barry Geraghty on the run to the line.

The New One makes hard work of Haydock Trial

Filed on 17 Jan 2015 @ 16:32

Faugheen firmed as Champion Hurdle favourite as rival toils in heavy ground

Britain's leading Champion Hurdle hope The New One retained his unbeaten record for the season when winning the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock on Saturday, but he made hard work of it in the heavy going, and persistently jumped to his right at his hurdles.

Reynaldothewizard back to winning ways at Meydan

Filed on 16 Jan 2015 @ 09:17

Meydan, 16 Janaury 2015

De Kock eyeing the UAE Derby with Mubtaahij

Veteran sprinter Reynaldothewizard (Speightstown) cast a spell over Meydan Racecourse on Thursday evening, bolting to a three-and-three-quarter-length Listed Dubawi Stakes victory in the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

Keeneland January Sale concludes

Filed on 16 Jan 2015 @ 09:10

Keeneland, 16 January 2015

Withdrawals and RNA's on choice lots lead to modest declines

Keeneland’s 57th annual January Horses of All Ages Sale concluded on Thursday with an overall stable market, with buyers competing with confidence for quality individuals and resulting in the sale-topping $2.2 million price, the highest January Sale figure since 2008, for the Group Two stakes-winning and classic-placed Galileo (IRE) mare Up (IRE), in foal to leading sire War Front.

World Hurdle and Mares' Hurdle 2015 entries unveiled

Filed on 16 Jan 2015 @ 09:05

The entries for the Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle and the OLBG Mares' Hurdle - to be run as a Grade One for the first time this year - have been unveiled.

The reigning champion More Of That stars among 36 entries for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, to be run at Cheltenham on Thursday 12 March. More Of That was an excellent winner of the three-mile hurdling championship last year, getting the better of Annie Power (10/1 with Ladbrokes) by a length and a half, and is the 7/2 favourite with the sponsor to retain the crown.

Trade dips as Keeneland January continues

Filed on 15 Jan 2015 @ 09:20

Keeneland, 15 January 2015

Average dips 30% as Into Mishief colt tops trade at €150,000

A yearling colt by Into Mischief sold for $150,000 on Wednesday to top the third session of the 57th annual Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. J. S. B. Stable purchased the colt, the first foal of the winning Cherokee Run mare Cayala and from the family of Grade One winners Albertus Maximus and Daredevil. He was consigned by Kingswood Farm, agent.

British prize money set to rise by 5.5% in 2015

Filed on 15 Jan 2015 @ 09:17

BHA forecasts record prize fund of £130m

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is projecting that total prize money in Britain in 2015 will exceed £130m, a new record. This represents an uplift of over £7m on the figure of £123m which was distributed in 2014, which was a record in its own right.

Charlie Swan to retire from training

Filed on 15 Jan 2015 @ 09:11

Tipperary-based trainer Charlie Swan - who will always be remembered as the rider of the great Istabraq - is to retire from training at the end of this month.

He told Press Association Sport: "It's just got a bit difficult, we don't have as many horses here now and it's time to get out really.

Faugheen heads 23 Champion Hurdle entries

Filed on 14 Jan 2015 @ 15:24

Faugheen headlines 23 entries for the £400,000 Stan James Champion Hurdle on Tuesday, March 10 at Cheltenham. The unbeaten Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old is the Evens favourite with the sponsor after extending his unbeaten record to nine in the Grade One Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.

Classic-placed Up sells for €2.2m at Keeneland

Filed on 14 Jan 2015 @ 08:16

Keeneland, 14 January 2015

Galileo half sister to Dutch Art tops second session

The sale of Group Two winner and classic-placed Up (IRE), a six-year-old daughter of Galileo (IRE) in foal to War Front, for $2.2 million and her first foal, a yearling filly by War Front, for $800,000 highlighted Tuesday’s second session of the 57th annual Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Peter Moody faces ban after positive cobalt test

Filed on 14 Jan 2015 @ 08:10

Australia, 13 January 2014

Australian trainer Peter Moody, best known for training the champion Black Caviar, could be banned for up to three years after a post-race urine sample taken from Lidari after he finished second in the Group One Turnbull Stakes tested positive for cobalt.

Footstepsinthesand mare tops steady Keeneland January opener

Filed on 13 Jan 2015 @ 08:31

Keeneland, 13 January 2014

Median steady as Horses of all Ages sale opens

Stakes winner Premier Steps (IRE) sold for $400,000 to lead Monday’s opening session of the 57th annual Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. Shadai Farm of Japan purchased the five-year-old daughter of Footstepsinthesand.

Sprinter Sacre confirmed for Ascot return

Filed on 12 Jan 2015 @ 14:26

Star chaser heads six confirmations for the Clarence House Chase

The Grade One Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday (better known for many years as the Victor Chandler Chase) has attracted an entry of six, headed by the returning multiple Grade One winner Sprinter Sacre, who has been off the track fro 13 months after a heart scare at Kempton in December 2013.

Godolphin treble on Chelmsford City opening day

Filed on 12 Jan 2015 @ 07:58

Chelmsford City Racecourse, formerly known as Great Leighs, opened its doors for the first time in almost six years on Sunday with a card run in front of an invited preview crowd of 800, with the revamped course garnering generally positive reviews.