Racing

Highland Reel registers bloodless Vintage Stakes win

Filed on 30 Jul 2014 @ 15:15

Galileo colt recives 12-1 quotes for the Derby after Goodwood Group Two win

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Highland Reel (Galileo) ran out a comfortable winner of the Group Two Vintage Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday, travelling easily under Joseph O'Brien before quickening to the lead, staying on strongly to keep the running-on Tupi at bay by two and a quarter lengths.

Explosive turn of foot takes Kingman to dominant Sussex Stakes victory

Filed on 30 Jul 2014 @ 14:55

Odds-on favourite surges past Toronado at Goodwood

The John Gosden-trained Kingman (Invincible Spirit) was mighty impressive in winning the Group One Qipco Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday, showing an explosive trun of foot off a muddling pace to surge past last year's winner Toronado, passing the post a length to the good. The time of 1.41.75 was five seconds slower than standard and reflective of a tactical race and early steady pace.

If truth be known, he would have won the July Cup

Gosden said: "I thought they would go a decent pace because they know he [Kingman] has a turn of foot, but I could see Aidan [O'Brien, trainer of third-placed Darwin] playing the same game. It was as if they were saying, 'we know he'll come from last to first, and if we can nick two lengths it will take a lot of getting back'.

"Actually he has the class to do it under hands and heels. It reminds me of the fact I had him in the July Cup, and if truth be known he would have won it. I'm not just being loud-mouthed when I say that because I feel it's a statement of fact. I ran a lovely old horse called Gregorian who was third, but unlucky not to be second - he was shut off and had to switch - and I wouldn't put them in the same bit of work.

Snow Sky battles to Gordon Stakes success

Filed on 30 Jul 2014 @ 14:38

Great Voltigeur under consideration for son of Nayef

Snow Sky was given a quote of 12/1 for Ladbrokes St Leger by the sponsor following his narrow victory in the Group Three Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday, where he battled on well to take the spoils. He was produced to lead by James Doyle approaching the final furlong but had to resist the challenges of Windshear and the front-running Somewhat as the winning post loomed. The winning margin was a neck, with a head back to the third.

Warwick racecourse to become jumps-only

Filed on 30 Jul 2014 @ 14:29

Warwick racecourse will stage only jumps fixtures from 2015 onwards, Jockey Club Racecourses has announced. The midlands track will host 17 jumps meetings in a plan that aims for it to be regarded as one of the leading small National Hunt courses in the next five years.

Es Que Love pounces in the Lennox Stakes

Filed on 29 Jul 2014 @ 15:41

Toormore's run of 2014 defeats continues at Goodwood

Trainer Clive Cox is hopeful that Es Que Love (Clodovil) could have a productive second half to 2014 after the five-year-old got up by a neck to defeat last season's champion juvenile Toormore in the Group Two bet365 Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday.

Cotai Glory speeds to Molecomb victory

Filed on 29 Jul 2014 @ 14:54

Flying Childers under consideration for Exceed And Excel colt

Trainer Charlie Hills celebrated his first Glorious Goodwood winner when Cotai Glory broke the two-year-old course record in the Group Three bet365 Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday. The son of Exceed And Excel held on gamely inside the final furlong to repel the challenge of the Kevin Ryan-trained Fast Act by a half-length, with Beacon, sent off the 10/11 favourite, a head further back in third.

Bayern makes all to win the Haskell by seven lengths

Filed on 28 Jul 2014 @ 07:44

Monmouth Park, 28 July 2014

In an outstanding wire-to-wire effort devoid of drama Bayern (Offlee Wild) gave trainer Bob Baffert his seventh victory in the Grade One William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park Sunday, running off to a seven and a quarter-length score.

German Guineas winner Lucky Lion bests Noble Mission at Munich

Filed on 28 Jul 2014 @ 07:37

This season's Mehl Mulhens-Rennen (German 2000 Guineas) winner Lucky Lion (High Chaparral) got the better of Lady Cecil's Noble Mission to win the Group One Grosser Dallmayr-Preis - Bayerisches Zuchtrennen over 10f at Munich on Sunday. The High Chaparral colt came into this off the back of a distant second to German Derby winner Sea The Moon last time.

Wicked Strong back to winning ways in the Jim Dandy

Filed on 27 Jul 2014 @ 09:11

Saratoga, 27 September 2014

Wood Memorial winner back to winning ways at Saratoga

Seven weeks after finishing behind Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes, Wicked Strong (Hard Spun) turned away a challenge from the Grade One winner down the stretch and spurted away to win the 51st renewal of the Grade Two Jim Dandy on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Magnificent Taghrooda storms clear in the King George

Filed on 26 Jul 2014 @ 15:41

Yorkshire Oaks and Arc potential target for daughter of Sea The Stars

Oaks winner Taghrooda (Sea The Stars) was an impressive winner of the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, beating the duelling Telescope and Mukhadram by a clear three lengths under Paul Hanagan.

Heavy Metal returns to form in the International

Filed on 26 Jul 2014 @ 15:38

The Mark Johsnton-trained Heavy Metal (Exceed And Excel) won the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in 2012 but went winless as a three year old last season, before regaining the winning thread this season. He looks to be getting back to his best judged on his victory in the Longines International Handicap at Ascot on Saturday.

Sheikhzayedroad grabs the spoils in the York Stakes

Filed on 26 Jul 2014 @ 15:28

The David Simcock-trained Sheikhzayedroad (Dubawi) came with a late thrust to grab the spoils in the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes on Saturday, getting up to beat Secret Gesture and Windhoek. Secret Gesture had cut out the early running before being headed by Windhoek, and rallied well to regain second in the final furlong.

Osaila outstays rivals in the Princess Margaret stakes

Filed on 26 Jul 2014 @ 15:24

Danehill Dancer filly earns Classic quotes after Ascot win

Connections are hoping that Osaila (Danehill Dancer) could develop into a Classic contender for next year after the filly showed her rivals a clean pair of heels to land the Group Three Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes at Ascot on Saturday by two lengths in the colours of Al Shaqab Racing, easing to the front just over a furlong out, having been slightly outpaced in the early stages.

Kodi Bear gives Kodiac another juvenile stakes winner

Filed on 26 Jul 2014 @ 15:15

Coventry Stakes winner lands the Winkfield Stakes

Trainer Clive Cox had such faith in two-year-old Kodi Bear he shunned the logical route of targeting a maiden prize and won the Listed Winkfield Stakes at Ascot on Saturday - a race won in 2012 by Toronado - instead. Kodi Bear ran out the comfortable length and a half winner of the race to give his sire Kodiac his third juvenile stakes winner of the campaign.

Euro Charlene has Beverly D target after Ascot Listed win

Filed on 25 Jul 2014 @ 16:33

The Marco Botti-trained Euro Charline (Myboycharlie) has been racing well in Group company this season and took advantage of the drop to Listed level to win the Woodcote Stud Valiant Stakes at Ascot on Friday, staying on best to beat Kiyoshi by a length and a half.

Gold Cup winner See More Business dies at 24

Filed on 25 Jul 2014 @ 09:34

See More Business, the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1999 and the first major winner for trainer Paul Nicholls when winning the King George in 1997, has died at the age of 24.

He spent most of his career under the ownership of Nicholls' landlord Paul Barber and close friend John Keighley and won 18 of his 36 starts under Rules, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the King George VI Chase at Kempton twice and successive renewals of the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.

Gleneagles has National option after Tyros victory

Filed on 25 Jul 2014 @ 07:52

Brother to Irish Guineas winner Marvellous takes Group Three honours

The Group Three Japanese Racing Authority Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday attracted just three runners, and it was the Aidan O'Brien-trained Gleneagles (Galileo) that came out on top, making a move from the rear a furlong and a half out and running on well to beat Tombelaine. Convergence was a close third, having beaten the winner on his debut in June.

Jack Naylor takes G3 honours for Champs Elysees

Filed on 25 Jul 2014 @ 07:47

The Jessica Harrington-trained Jack Naylor (Champs Elysees) won the Group Three Jockey Club Of Turkey Silver Flash Stakes at the Curragh on Thursday, coming with a powerful late run under Fran Berry to regiser a 14-1 win ahead of the running-on Agnes Stewart.

Brother to Parish Hall sees off JFK at Leopardstown

Filed on 25 Jul 2014 @ 07:43

The Jim Bolger-trained Hall Of Fame (Teofilo) a full brother to Dewhurst winner Parish Hall, was an impressive winner of the Frank Conroy EBF Maiden at Leopardstown on Thursday, where he beat Ballydoyle's well-touted John F Kennedy into second.

Moyglare possible for Alonsoa after Sandown Listed win

Filed on 25 Jul 2014 @ 07:39

Henry Candy's good run of form continued at Sandown on Thursday as Alonsoa (Raven's Pass) won the Listed Irish Champions Weekend EBF Stallions Star Stakes at Sandown, taking command a furlong out and running on strongly to pass the line three-quarters of a length ahead of Pack Together.

Kingman and Toronado head nine in the Sussex Stakes

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 16:28

Kingman and Toronado head the nine six-day confirmations for the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, on Wednesday, July 30. The clash has been the focal point of the five-day meeting since the pair both triumphed at Royal Ascot, where they cemented their status as Europe's leading three-year-old and older miler respectively.

High class field in prospect for the Phoenix Stakes

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 14:30

The Wow Signal, Anthem Alexander, Tiggy Wiggy, Dick Whittington amongst likely runner for Curragh Group One

The Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, August 10 is shaping up to be an informative clash of many of the best juveniles seen thus far, with Royal Ascot winners The Wow Signal and Anthem Alexander heading the likely runners.

The scaredy-cat I wanted to be

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 13:06

I was in love with the Stewards’ Cup long before Nicolina. I go back to Ashurst Wonder, whom locals said the wind blew home at 50/1 in 1954. He carried only 6st 11lb, so it may have been true. There was quite a story behind his success because he was trained by Richmond Sturdy at Shrewton but moved to Les Hall’s Winchester yard before the race. Sturdy, a canny old bird, knew he had something useful on his hands and urged Les to wait another year but the horse ran on its merits and local bookmakers in those street-runner days took a pasting.

Dodson & Horrell investigate Alfalfa Oil Plus for morphine contamination

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 07:23

Linseed oil could have been contaminated with naturally occurring poppy seeds

Animal feed manufacturer Dodson & Horrell is investigating how its products could have become contaminated with morphine in the wake of positive tests returned by five horses, including the Queen's Estimate.

Gosden quintet amongst 33-strong entry for the St Leger

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 07:19

Kingston Hill installed as favourite for final Classic

The Ladbrokes St Leger, which takes place at Doncaster Racecourse on Saturday, September 13, has attracted an entry of 33, including five from John Gosden's Newmarket stable.