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.

Treaty Of Paris holds on in the Acomb Stakes

Filed on 21 Aug 2013 @ 15:09

Second juvenile stakes winner for Haatef

Stallion statistics: Haatef

The Henry Candy-trained Treaty Of Paris (Haatef) won the Group Three Pinsent Masons LLP Acomb Stakes at York on Wednesday, racing prominently throughout under James Doyle and finding sufficient in the closing stages to hold off the late thrust of the favoured The Grey Gatsby by a neck.

Half brother to Vorda tops inaugural Arqana V2 Sale

Filed on 21 Aug 2013 @ 09:11

Clearance rate hits 80% at sale of likely juvenile runners

Arqana held its inaugural v.2 yearling sale at Deauville on Tuesday. The sale offered a selection of yearlings whose profile was geared towards being raced from the age of two. Overall, 86 lots sold from 108 offered (including private sales) representing nearly 80% of yearlings sold. The average sale price reached €27,623 with a total turnover of €2,352,500.

Tasaday dominates in the Prix de la Nonette

Filed on 20 Aug 2013 @ 14:51

Stallion statistics: Nayef

The Andre Fabre-trained Tasaday (Nayef) won the Group Two Prix de la Nonette at Deauville on Tuesday, putting an impressive performance under Maxime Guyon to take command at the top of the straight, pulling two lengths clear to beat Sparkling Beam with something in hand.

Makfi filly tops Deauville Monday

Filed on 20 Aug 2013 @ 08:23

Shortened Part 2 of the August Sale sees average rise 5% and clearance rate improve

Part 2 of the Arqana August yearling sale was reduced to a single day this year and saw strong trade for a homogenous offer as 77% of the yearlings offered were sold, compared to 62.3% in Part 2 of the sale in 2012. The average sale price of €60,597 was 5.4% ahead of last year, and the turnover rose by 43% to €7,857,000. 18 yearlings made more than €100,000 compared to 16 in Part 2 last year.

Toronado given York go-ahead

Filed on 19 Aug 2013 @ 09:55

Sussex Stakes winner to step up to 10f

Trainer Richard Hannon has confirmed that Susses Stakes winner Toronado (High Chaparral) is an intended runner in the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

Smullen "very excited" by Derby favourite Free Eagle

Filed on 19 Aug 2013 @ 09:25

Jockey Pat Smullen is looking forward to the development of the Dermot Weld-trained Free Eagle (High Chaparral), who was promoted to the head of the market for next year's Derby after an impressive five and a half length winning debut at Leopardstown last week.

Dubawi filly tops Arqana August at €1.5m

Filed on 19 Aug 2013 @ 07:53

Part 1 aggregate climbs by 31%, average by 35% as Dubawi remains in demand

The Arqana August yearling sale continued on Sunday with strong international trade sustaining strong returns. Over 73% of horses on offer were sold (against 68.5% in 2012) for an average sale price of €208,741, a figure up by 22% compared to the same day last year. As a result the turnover for the first two days of the sale which make up Part 1 of the catalogue reached €26,625,000 which was up by more than 31% compared to 2012. The accumulated average sale price for the two days settled at €212,893, representing a remarkable increase of nearly 35%, while 73.5% of yearlings changed hands. Over the whole weekend, four yearlings reached or made more than the symbolic figure of €1,000,000.

Caroline Thomas awarded the Lake Placid

Filed on 19 Aug 2013 @ 07:50

Saratoga, 19 August 2013

Giant's Causeway filly takes Grade Two honours after Nellie Cashman DQ

Beaten a nose to the wire, Caroline Thomas (Giant's Causeway) was declared the winner of the Grade Two Woodford Reserve Lake Placid when the first-place finisher, Nellie Cashman, was disqualified to third for interfering with Watsdachances in the stretch on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.

Romantica steps up with Deauville Group One win

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 14:44

Hasili's influence continues to be felt at the highest level

Stallion statistics: Romantica

The Group One Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville on Sunday was won by the Andre Fabre-trained Romantica (Galileo), who beat the Aga Khan's Sarkiyla by a length and a quarter, herself a length ahead of her stablemate Dalkala.

No Nay Never makes all in the Prix Morny

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 14:35

Deauville Group One success for Wesley Ward

Stallion statistics: Scat Daddy

The Wesley Ward-trained American raider No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) added to his track record success in the Norfolk Stakes with an all-the-way victory in the Group One Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday.

Real Solution's Arlington Million win completes G1 hat-trick for Kitten's Joy

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 14:13

Ramsey Farm's stallion Kitten's Joy had a remarkable hat-trick on Saturday with three Grade One winners within two hours.

In a stretch run that was drama-filled before and after the finish line, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Real Solution (Kitten's Joy) was adjudged the winner in Arlington Million XXXI over Essafinaat Limited’s The Apache. Real Solution was closing resolutely when bumped by The Apache in deep stretch. At the wire, the Apache held his rival by a head, but was later disqualified to second.

Dank romps home in the Beverly D

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 14:11

Arlington Park, 18 August 2013

Stoute-trained filly continues fantastic run for Dansili

Dank (Dansili) came into the Grade One Beverly D. Stakes perfect in two starts beyond a mile, and James Wigan’s Dansili filly made it three-for-three with a 4¼-length victory in the 1 3/16-mile race on Saturday as part of Arlington International Racecourse’s International Festival of Racing.

Dandino wins the American St Leger

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 14:09

Arlington Park, 18 August 2013

The result of the second edition of the $400,000 American St. Leger provided a sense of déjà vu as Darren Dance’s British-bred Dandino (Dansili) beat Team Block’s Illinois-bred Suntracer by a half-length in the mile-and-eleven-sixteenths marathon turf event. In last year’s inaugural running, it was Dance’s Irish-bred Jakkalberry who beat Team Block’s Illinois-bred Ioya Bigtime.

Princess Of Sylmar continues dominance in the Alabama

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 14:03

Saratoga, 18 August 2013

Majestic Warrior filly continues dominance of 3yo filly division

Continuing her dominance of the three-year-old filly division, Princess of Sylmar (Majestic Warrior) registered an easy victory in the 133rd renewal of Saratoga Race Course's Grade One Alabama at 1 ¼ miles on Saturday.

€1m Dubawi and Galileo yearlings head Arqana August opener

Filed on 18 Aug 2013 @ 13:55

Average leaps 48% in first session at Deauville

The Arqana August yearling sale got underway at Deauville on Saturday with a particularly solid market that saw six lots make over €500,000 in a session that generated turnover of €14,091,000, up by 50% compared to the first day of the 2012 sale, while nearly 75% of the yearlings offered found new homes. The average sale price increased in similar fashion to €214,323, up by almost 48% compared to the same day last year.

Gregorian sees off Soft Falling Rain in the Hungerford

Filed on 17 Aug 2013 @ 16:14

Stallion statistics: Clodovil

The John Gosden-trained Gregorian (Clodovil) won the Group Two Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, ending the unbeaten run of Mike de Kock's Soft Falling Rain in second.