Crown Queen completes four-timer with QEII Challenge Cup win

Filed on 12 Oct 2014 @ 09:04

Keeneland, 11 October 2014

Half sister to Royal Delta wins Keeneland Grade One

Besilu Stables’ Crown Queen (Smart Strike) stormed to the front inside the eighth pole and fought off a late bid from Ball Dancing to win the 31st running of the Grade One Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End by three-quarters of a length at Keeneland on Saturday afternoon.

Commemorative quickens to Autumn Stakes success

Filed on 12 Oct 2014 @ 08:53

Zamindar colt could be supplemented to the Racing Post Trophy

The Charlie Hills-trained Commemorative (Zamindar) won the Group Three Betfred Goals Galore Autumn Stakes - a race won last year by Kingston Hill - quickening three lengths clear under James Doyle before drifting left, where he nonetheless had plenty in hand to see off Restorer by a length.

Fastnet Rock's Amicus wins the Thousand Guineas

Filed on 12 Oct 2014 @ 08:50

Australia, 11 October 2014

The Group One MRC Thousand Guineas at Caulfield on Saturday was won by the Chris Waller trained filly Amicus (Fastnet Rock).

Placed at each of her three previous runs this campaign, she stripped fit and ready to go for her first crack at the 1600 metres and was ridden a forward race by Hugh Bowman.

Wertheimers end their association with Olivier Peslier

Filed on 11 Oct 2014 @ 07:51

Leading French owners the Wertheimer brothers have brought their association with jockey Olivier peslier to an amicable end after a successful 12 year run.

During that time, Peslier has ridden Goldikova to her 14 Group One wins, with other notable highlights being Solemia's victory in the 2012 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Intello's win in the Prix du Jockey Club victory last year.

Siyouni's Souvenir Delondres wins the Prix Eclipse

Filed on 11 Oct 2014 @ 07:30

The Jonathan Pease-trained Souvenir Delondres (Siyouni) continued her upward progression with victory in the Group Three Prix Eclipse at Chantilly on Friday, where she outbattled La Berm in the final furlong, staying on to win by a half length.

2.6m Galileo colt tops record October Book 1

Filed on 10 Oct 2014 @ 07:30

Gross, average and median all reach record levels as average rises 14% to 236,000 gns

Records were smashed on the final day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale which saw a Galileo colt sell for 2.6m guineas, the highest price for a yearling in the world this year, and new records set for turnover, average and median for a single day and the whole sale. The turnover, which fell narrowly short of 80m guineas was also the highest turnover for a sale in European auction history.

Unbeaten Alea Iacta wins the Prix Thomas Byron

Filed on 10 Oct 2014 @ 07:07

Invincible Spirit filly emphatically beats colts at Saint-Cloud

The Andre Fabre-trained Alea Iacta (Invincible Spirit) remains unbeaten in two starts after winning Thursday's Group Three Prix Thomas Byron at Saint-Cloud, seeing off her male opponents when running on strongly alone on the stands' side under Maxime Guyon.

Italy to remain in the European Pattern

Filed on 9 Oct 2014 @ 09:00

The European Pattern Committee has decided that Italy will remain part of the Pattern for 2015 at least. Italian races had faced exclusion from the European Pattern unless improvements were made, particularly in respect of the timely payment of prize money to owners.

Shamardal half to Halfway To Heaven sells for 1.7m gns at Tattersalls

Filed on 9 Oct 2014 @ 08:25

John Ferguson active as October Book 1 continues

There were records galore on the second day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale with the Shamardal half-brother to Halfway To Heaven selling for the highest price for a yearling in the world this year when knocked down for 1,700,000 guineas and the turnover, average and median all setting record benchmarks for a single day at a European yearling sale. A total of 123 lots were sold for 28,930,000 guineas at an average of 235,203 guineas and a median of 150,000 guineas. The clearance for the day was 87%.

I don't know whether it has been due to the weather, but this year's crop of yearlings seem to be exceptional

Catalogued as lot 214, the colt by Shamardal out of the King’s Stand Stakes winner CAssandra Go saw a rare head to head battle between two of racings superpowers, Sheikh Mohammed and Coolmore’s John Magnier. John Ferguson, standing alongside Sheikh Mohammed and Magnier traded 100,000 guinea bids that stopped only when Magnier declined to answer Ferguson’s bid of 1,700,000 guineas. The price represents the highest price for a yearling anywhere in the world in 2014.

Cigar dies at the age of 24

Filed on 9 Oct 2014 @ 08:03

Inaugural Dubai World Cup winner dies after surgery

American star Cigar (Palace Music), who tied Citation's 16 race winning streak in a 22 month period from 1994 to 1996, died on Tuesday evening following complications after surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky after surgery to alleviate severe osteoarthritis in his neck.

Oasis Dream colt out of half to Attraction tops October Book 1 opener

Filed on 8 Oct 2014 @ 07:57

Median rises 19% to opening day record of 140,000 gns

Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale got underway at Park Paddocks on Tuesday with a son of Oasis Dream topping the proceedings on the opening day. A total of 107 lots were sold for 20,185,000 guineas at an average of 188,645 guineas and a median of 140,000 guineas. The average represented the second highest opening day average for the sale, whilst the median, which was up 19% was a new opening day record for the sale.

Treve bounces back for superb repeat win in the Arc

Filed on 5 Oct 2014 @ 20:01

Motivator filly repays her trainer's faith

The Criquette Head-Maarek-trained Treve (Motivator) bounced back to form to run out an authoritative winner of the Group One Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, repeating her victory in last year's renewal of the race - which was the last time the Motivator filly had won a race.

We Are bursts clear in the Prix de l'Opera

Filed on 5 Oct 2014 @ 19:48

The Freddie Head-trained We Are (Dansili) was disqualified from her three length victory in the Prix Saint-Alary earlier this season after a hormone irregularity, but she made amends in style on Sunday, bursting clear to win the Group One Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp. Ribbons was second, and Roger Varian's Listed winner Hadaatha third.

Full Mast benefits as Gleneagles demoted from Lagadere victory

Filed on 5 Oct 2014 @ 19:46

Recent Prix La Rochette winner Full Mast (Mizzen Mast) won the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on Sunday, being awarded the win after the impressive first past the post Gleneagles was deemed to have caused interference. Territories was awarded second, with Gleneagles being demoted to third. The Wow Signal faded to finish tailed off.

Galileo's Found wins the Prix Marcel Boussac

Filed on 5 Oct 2014 @ 19:36

Galileo filly cut to 8-1 for the Guineas

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Found (Galileo) won the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp on sunday, getting the better of her market rival Ervedya to win in style. Jessica Harrington's Jack Naylor was third.

Move In Time wins the Abbaye for O'Meara

Filed on 5 Oct 2014 @ 19:29

David O'Meara continued his fine run of form in Group One sprints when Move In Time (Monsieur Bond) won the Group One Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp on Sunday. The win comes a month after G Force gave the trainer his maiden Group One win, in the Haydock Sprint Cup.

Rich Tapestry wins the SA Sprint Championship for Holy Roman Emperor

Filed on 5 Oct 2014 @ 08:41

Santa Anita, 5 October 2014

Under deft handling, Hong Kong-based Rich Tapestry (Holy Roman Emperor) eased off a scorching pace duel and mounted a furious stretch rally to defeat favored Goldencents by a nose in Saturday’s Grade One Santa Anita Sprint Championship–covering six furlongs in a rapid 1:07.59 and thus earning a guaranteed berth in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Nov. 1.

Wise Dan overcomes poor start to win the Shadwell Turf Mile

Filed on 5 Oct 2014 @ 08:37

Keeneland, 5 October 2014

Champion earns his berth in the Breeders' Cup Mile

Morton Fink’s reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan (Wiseman's Ferry) overcame a bad start, weaved his way through traffic and rolled past the leaders in deep stretch to win the 29th running of the Grade One Shadwell Turf Mile by a length on a crisp Saturday afternoon.

China Horse Club tops the buyers' sheets at the Arc Sale

Filed on 5 Oct 2014 @ 08:32

Prix de Chaudenay winner Auvray tops proceedings as average hits record

The 2014 renewal of the Arqana Arc Sale took place on Saturday with almost 65% of the horses offered for sale changing hands, a figure which was up by nearly 6 points compared to last year while the average reached €268,125, a record for this sale and a spectacular increase of 48.6% compared to last year. The total turnover also increased by 19.54% to reach €6,435,000.

Cirrus Des Aigles DQ'd from fourth Prix Dollar success

Filed on 4 Oct 2014 @ 17:45

The Cornine Barande-Barbe-trained Cirrus Des Aigles (Even Top), who had pulled up lame after winning the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June, looked to have made a winning return to action at Longchamp on Saturday when winning the Group Two Prix Dollar, but was disqualified by the stewards from what would have been his fourth success in the race.

Integral makes all in the Sun Chariot

Filed on 4 Oct 2014 @ 17:32

Falmouth Stakes winner adds a second Group One

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Integral (Dalakhani) made all the running under a shrewd Ryan Moore to win the Group One Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, taking an easy lead in the early stages and keeping on strongly to deny the Andre Fabre trio of Miss France, Fintry and Esoterique.

Lightning Moon remains unbeaten with Bengough win

Filed on 4 Oct 2014 @ 17:31

11th Group winner of the season for Shamardal

The Ed Walker-trained Lightning Moon (Shamardal) is unbeaten in three starts after running out the impressive winner of the Group Three John Guest Bengough Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. The lightly raced three year old got up to deny Danzeno by a neck. Ayr Gold Cup winner Louis The Pious was a further two and a quarter-lengths back in third.

Lucia Valentina earns Caulfield Cup favouritism with Turnbull win

Filed on 4 Oct 2014 @ 08:30

Australia, 4 October 2014

Lucia Valentina has raced into clear favouritism for the Caulfield Cup after winning Saturday’sGroup One Turnbull Stakes over 2000m at Flemington.

The Caulfield Cup second-favourite prior to today’s meeting, the Kris Lees-trained mare is now the outright $5 favourite.

Peace And War gives Olly Stevens a Keeneland Grade One winner

Filed on 4 Oct 2014 @ 08:22

Keeneland, 4 October 2014

War Front filly lands the Alcibiades Stakes

Qatar Racing’s Peace and War (War Front) rallied from far back to overtake Top Decile late to win the 63rd running of the Grade One Darley Alcibiades for two-year-old fillies by a half-length, giving trainer Olly Stevens the biggest win of his career to date.

Tapestry added to the Arc field

Filed on 3 Oct 2014 @ 09:01

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Tapestry, who beat Taghrooda for a narrow victory in the Yorkshire Oaks in August, has been supplemented to the field for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at a cost of €120,000.