Cyrus Darius romps 10 lengths clear at Aintree

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 08:30

Arkle Trophy quotes for impressive Jefferson-trained winner

The E-Lites Top Novices' Hurdle winner Cyrus Darius has his trainer Malcolm Jefferson dreaming of big things ahead in the chasing ranks after the six-year-old posted an impressive 10-length victory at Aintree on Friday.

Jezki wins the Aintree Hurdle under McCoy as Arctic Fire falls

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 16:31

Champion Hurdle second fine after heavy fall when going well at the last

Racing got the result it wanted - a winner for A P McCoy at his final Crabbie's Grand National Festival - with victory for Jezki in the Grade One Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle. The winner, who is trained by Jessie Harrington, scored easily after market rival Arctic Fire fell at the final flight when the pair were upsides. Both the horse and jockey got to their feet, but Walsh was stood down by doctors for the rest of the day.

Silviniaco Conti lands Betfred Bowl thriller

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 16:28

Ballynagour a fine second at Aintree

The Paul Nicholls-trained Silviniaco Conti produced a gritty performance to repel the late challenge of Ballynagour and land his second successive Betfred Bowl by a head at Aintree on Thursday. The 7/4 favourite was foot perfect as he led the field a merry dance for the majority of the race but he had to dig deep after the final fence as both the runner-up and Holywell tried in vain to reel the winner in.

All Yours proves best in Anniversary 4YO Hurdle

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 14:18

All Yours put champion trainer Paul Nicholls on the winner's podium following the Betfred Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle at Aintree on Thursday. The gelding had finished fifth in the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last month, but Nicholls felt the track and ground today were more to his horse's liking, and predicted he will make up into a smart hurdler next season.

Fastnet Rock filly tops strong final session of Inglis Easter Yearlings

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 13:59

Australia, 9 April 2015

Session One average rises 17%

The 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale concluded three tremendous days of selling as the Session I statistics hit seven year highs and Session II set more records.

Clarcam strikes at Aintree

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 13:43

Gordon Elliot's charge beats Vibrato Valtat in the Manifesto Chase

The Gordon Elliott-trained Clarcam bounced back from a disappointing run when eighth in the Arkle Trophy at last month's Cheltenham Festival to win the One Magnificent City Manifesto Novices' Chase by four lengths under Ruby Walsh at 5/1 on Thursday's opening day at Aintree.

Gleneagles, Elm Park and Epicuris amongst 12 second entries for the Derby

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 13:40

Group One winners Gleneagles, Elm Park and Epicuris are amongst 12 second entries for the Investec Derby which are announced today.

The cost to make a second entry to Britain's richest race was £8,000 and the additions mean there are now 110 horses remaining engaged in the premier Classic race, which is staged over a mile and a half at Epsom Downs.

Snitzel colt sells for $2.2m at Inglis

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 06:51

Australia, 8 April 2015

$1.6m Sepoy colt sets new record for yearling by a first crop sire

Robust trade continued through Wednesday's second session of the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, driving a 17% rise in the average price to $298,663 as the clearance rate continues to rise.

The Wow Signal pleases Quinn in Pontefract racecourse gallop

Filed on 8 Apr 2015 @ 07:23

Son of Starspangledbanner likely to head straight to the 2000 Guineas

Last season's Coventry Stakes and Prix Morny winner The Wow Signal pleased connections in a racecourse gallop after racing at Pontefract on Tuesday.

John F Kennedy set for Ballysax return

Filed on 8 Apr 2015 @ 07:11

The Aidan O'Brien-trained John F Kennedy (Galileo), the ante-post favourite for the Derby, is set to make his seasonal reappearance in the PW McGrath Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday. O'Brien has previously won the race with his Derby winners Galileo and High Chaparral, as well as Gold Cup winner Yeats and Fame And Glory.

$1.6m Fastnet Rock filly tops Inglis Easter opener

Filed on 8 Apr 2015 @ 07:03

Australia, 8 April 2015

Average rises 12% and median 17% in Sydney

Tuesday's opening day of the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale saw buyers compete to purchase 132 of the region’s best yearlings at a strong average of $291,667, up 12% from last year.

Shutthefrontdoor heads 65 remaining in the Grand National

Filed on 7 Apr 2015 @ 07:04

There are 65 horses going forward after today's five-day confirmation for the £1-million Crabbie's Grand National, to be run at Aintree on Saturday, April 11. Shutthefrontdoor (trained by Jonjo O'Neill) is the 7/1 favourite with Betfred, and is set to be the 20th and final Crabbie's Grand National ride for soon-to-be 20-time champion jockey A P McCoy.

Al Kazeem makes winning return in the Prix d'Harcourt

Filed on 7 Apr 2015 @ 06:59

All systems go for the Prix Ganay

The Roger Charlton-trained Al Kazeem (Dubawi), whose comeback season last year saw him win a Group Three and finish second in the Champion Stakes, made a winning start to his seven-year-old season when battling to victory in the Group Two Prix d'Harcourt at Longchamp on Monday.

Thunder And Roses lands the Irish Grand National

Filed on 7 Apr 2015 @ 06:54

Sandra Hughes and Katie Walsh strike at Fairyhouse

The Sandra Hughes-trained Thunder And Roses won the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Monday under Katie Walsh.

Chautauqua swoops in the TJ Smith

Filed on 6 Apr 2015 @ 10:22

Australia, 6 April 2015

Connections rate Randwick winner as world's best sprinter

Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago) took a step forward when registering a remarkable win in the Group One TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on Monday, coming from last to first under Tommy Berry on the speed-favoring heavy track.

Mongolian Khan powers to Australian Derby victory

Filed on 6 Apr 2015 @ 10:19

Australia, 6 April 2015

New Zealand Derby winner adds Australian Group One

Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor) registered a courageous victory in the Group One ATC Australian Derby at Randwick on Easter Monday. Prepared by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, the dark bay son of Holy Roman Emperor won the Group One New Zealand Derby on February 28, but was only fifth when making his Australian debut in the Group One ATC Rosehill Guineas two weeks ago.

Teofilo's Kermadec wins the Doncaster

Filed on 6 Apr 2015 @ 10:13

Australia, 6 April 2015

The Chris Waller-trained Kermadec (Teofilo) won the Group One Doncaster Mile at Randwick on Monday, giving jockey Glen Boss his sixth win in the race.

Kermadec required two scratchings to gain a start after being left as the second emergency when the final field was declared on Tuesday and while he scraped into the field on Saturday morning, he was back on the outer when Saturday’s races were abandoned due to wet weather.

Pride Of Dubai bids for top 2yo honours with Sires' Produce win

Filed on 6 Apr 2015 @ 10:08

Australia, 6 April 2015

Second Group One for son of Street Cry

Pride of Dubai (Street Cry) threw down the challenge to Vancouver for Champion 2YO of the Year honours with a second Group One success in the ATC Sires (1400m) at Randwick.

Sprinter Sacre set to run at Sandown

Filed on 6 Apr 2015 @ 10:02

The Nocky Henderson-trained Sprinter Sacre has been treated for a back problem that saw him pulled up in last month's Champion Chase, and is set to run in the Celebration Chase at Sandown on 25 April.

Dortmund romps to Santa Anita Derby victory

Filed on 6 Apr 2015 @ 09:59

Santa Anita, 5 April 2015

Unbeaten son of Big Brown makes all for 4 1/4-length victory

Dortmund romped to a 4 1/4-length victory in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, keeping him unbeaten at 6-0 heading into next month’s Kentucky Derby.

Lovely Maria cruises to Ashland victory

Filed on 6 Apr 2015 @ 09:52

Keeneland, 5 April 2015

Carpe Diem wins the G1 Blue Grass

Brereton Jones’ Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection) took command turning into the stretch en route to a 3¼-length victory over Angela Renee to win the 78th running of the Grade One Central Bank Ashland for three-year-old fillies and pick up 100 points and a guaranteed spot in the starting gate for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks.

Godolphin's Frosted earns KY Derby place with Wood Memorial victory

Filed on 6 Apr 2015 @ 09:43

Aqueduct, 5 April 2015

Son of Tapit coming to the boil ahead of Classic challenge

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's Frosted overcame a wide trip and a host of doubts to run down long shot Tencendur and take the Grade One Wood Memorial on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. The victory officially punches the three-year-old colt's ticket to the Kentucky Derby on May 2.

Tryster powers to Easter Classic glory

Filed on 3 Apr 2015 @ 17:19

Son of Shamardal outclasses Lingfield opponents

Winter Derby winner Tryster (Shamardal) produced a blistering turn of foot to mow down his rivals in the feature £200,000 Coral Easter Classic at Lingfield Park on Friday, providing Godolphin with its third winner on the card, a 22.1/1 treble.

Coolmore buy into Golden Slipper winner Vancouver

Filed on 2 Apr 2015 @ 15:41

Coolmore Stud has purchased a controlling interest in this season's unbeaten Golden Slipper winner Vancouver (Medaglia d'Oro) in a deal that, Australia's Daily Telegraph reports, values the Gai Waterhourse-trained two-year-old at more than A$40 million (£20 million).

Ride Like The Wind gets up in the Prix Djebel

Filed on 2 Apr 2015 @ 13:10

Group Three victory for son of Lope De Vega

The Freddie Head-trained Ride Like The Wind (Lope De Vega) came from last to first to win the Group Three Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte on Thursday, just pipping the previously unbeaten Make Believe.