Racing

100th Grade One for Paul Nicholls as Irving wins the Fighting Fifth

Filed on 29 Nov 2014 @ 16:26

Trainer Paul Nicholls recorded his 100th Grade One winner when Irving returned from a nasty fall at Wincanton last time to win the Grade One Stan James Fighting Fifth Hurdleat Newcastle on Saturday.

Hoppertunity leads 3yo domination int he Clark Handicap

Filed on 29 Nov 2014 @ 16:23

Churchill Downs, 29 November 2014

One-time Derby hope returns with Grade One victory

Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday), a major contender for the 2014 Kentucky Derby until he went to the sidelines with an injury days before that race, returned to Churchill Downs on Friday to lead a 1-2-3 finish by three-year-olds in his half-length victory under jockey Martin Garcia in the 140th running of the Grade One Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare for three-year-olds and up.

Sea The Stars colt fetches 450,000 gns at Tattersalls

Filed on 29 Nov 2014 @ 16:11

Only one of three Frankel foals offered changes hands

A colt by Sea The Stars topped trade on Friday's third day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale at 450,000 guineas on a day that saw nine lots sell for 300,000 guineas or more. A total of 195 lots were sold for a total of 16,717,000 guineas at an average of 85,728 guineas and a median of 65,000 guineas.

Nathaniel filly sells for 300,000 gns at Tattersalls

Filed on 28 Nov 2014 @ 09:03

Aggregate rises 21%, though with 236 lots sold average rises just 3%

A filly from the first crop of Newsells Park Stud’s Natahniel sold for 300,000 guineas on the second day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale on Thursday. Trade stepped up a level from yesterday with 236 lots selling for 8,226,200 guineas, a rise of 21% on the Thursday session last year. The average of 34,857 guineas was a rise of 3% whilst the median fell narrowly to 26,000 guineas.

Sprinter Sacre to bypass the Tingle Creek

Filed on 28 Nov 2014 @ 08:59

Trainer Nicky Henderson has announced that Sprinter Sacre will not run in the 888sport Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday week, with connections yet to determine a target for the star two-miler to return from a heart problem that manifested itself in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton last Christmas.

The New One to seek second International Hurdle win

Filed on 28 Nov 2014 @ 08:57

The New One is on course to bid for back-to-back victories in the Grade Two StanJames.com International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 13.

The six-year-old powered to a six-length victory over Zarkandar last year, and if successful next month, will be the first multiple winner of the extended two-mile contest since Relkeel (1997, 1998, 1999).

22 international raiders amongst HK International Race entries

Filed on 27 Nov 2014 @ 10:41

Hong Kong, 27 November 2014

Flintshire and Cirrus Des Aigles head European raiders on Sha Tin prizes

Flintshire, Cirrus Des Aigles are the standout names amongst the European contingent heading to Sha Tin on 14 December to compete with a stellar line-up of Hong Kong's finest at the Longines Hong Kong International Races.

Bated Breath colt tops Tattersalls Foal opener

Filed on 27 Nov 2014 @ 10:31

Average rises 11% as December Sale foal sessions begin

The Tattersalls December Foal Sale got off to a positive start on Wednesday with rises across the board and a top price of 65,000 guineas for a colt by Bated Breath. The opening session saw 204 lots sell for 2,504,100 guineas at an average of 12,275 guineas and a median of 9,250 guineas which represented rises of 17%, 11% and 32% respectively on the corresponding session last year.

Lope De Vega colt tops Tattersalls December Yearlings

Filed on 25 Nov 2014 @ 10:05

Highest price since 2006 as average rises 15%

The Lope De Vega three-parts brother to top class Australian stayer Puissance De Lune topped the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale on Monday at 325,000 guineas, the highest price at the sale since 2006 when subsequent Group One Irish Oaks winner Moonstone topped the sale. Turnover of 4,573,700 guineas for the 161 lots sold was up 28% and was the highest since 2006 whilst the average and median rose 15% and 20% to 28,408 guineas and 18,000 guineas respectively. There were also seven lots that sold for 100,000 guineas or more, the most since 2007.

Vautour makes seamless transition to chasing

Filed on 24 Nov 2014 @ 09:02

Mullins: "I don't think he could have jumped any better."

Last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Vautour made an impressive debut over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Navan on Sunday, making all under Ruby Walsh to win by an effortless eight lengths from Clarcam.

Deep Impact's Danon Shark wins the Mile Championship in record time

Filed on 24 Nov 2014 @ 08:58

Japan, 23 November 2014

Danon Shark (Deep Impact) recorded his first Grade One victory in his third grade-race win in the second event of the Japan Autumn International series, the Mile Championship. Always recognized as a competitive runner at this level with third-place finish in the same race last year and also third and fourth in the spring mile Grade One event, the Yasuda Kinen, in 2013 and 2014, respectively, the Deep Impact entire had come off a seventh in the Fuji Stakes and sent to post eighth choice in this race.

Able Friend imperious at Sha Tin

Filed on 24 Nov 2014 @ 08:47

Hong Kong, 23 November 2014

British imports win two trials for the Hong Kong International Races

British imports Blazing Speed and Peniaphobia shone at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Race Day at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, a day which saw the three premier trials for the Longines Hong Kong International Races run. The star of the show, however, was the imperious Australian-bred miler Able Friend.

Silviniaco Conti back to form in the Betfair Chase

Filed on 23 Nov 2014 @ 10:47

King George the next target for dual Betfair Chase winner

Silviniaco Conti had disappointed when just fifth in the Charlie Hall Chase last time, but he put that well behind him with an impressive victory in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday, where he beat his Wetherby conqueror Menorah by two lengths, with Dynaste staying on for third. Last year's winner Cue Card attempted to mak all but faded into fourth.

The New One wins at Haydock

Filed on 23 Nov 2014 @ 10:42

Champion Hurdle third puts in good round of jumping in Betfair Price Rush Hurdle

The newly created Betfair Price rush Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday was won by last year's Champion Hurdle third The New One, who put in a good round of hurdling to beat Zamdy Man by two and three-quarter lengths, with Melodic Rendezvous a further five lengths back in third.

Unbeaten Faugheen impresses at Ascot

Filed on 23 Nov 2014 @ 10:35

Al Ferof returns from ulcer problems in style

Last season's Neptune Novices' Hurdle and Punchestown Champion Novices' Hurdle winner Faugheen extended his unbeaten record when outclassing his rivals in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.

Philip Fenton banned for three years

Filed on 23 Nov 2014 @ 10:33

Trainer Philip Fenton has been disqualified from holding a trainer's licence for three years following an Irish Turf Club disciplinary hearing on Saturday. The hearing comes in the wake of a court case where Fenton was found guilty of possessing anabolic steroids and other banned substances. The offence came to light during a search by officials from the Department of Agriculture in January 2012.

Aimez vous Cognac? Mais oui!

Filed on 21 Nov 2014 @ 09:38

“If you didn’t have anything they wanted, the Krays could be quite charming”, Stan once told me. “I used to go in on a Sunday lunchtime, when they’d be with their old mum. When she was in there, no one swore. If they did, Ronnie or Reggie would send one of the lads over and he’d say, quite gently, ‘Excuse me squire, Mrs Kray is in today, if you could just mind the language, please’. You needed a sort of death wish to forget yourself again after that."

Flintshire to target the Hong Kong Vase

Filed on 21 Nov 2014 @ 09:10

The Andre Fabre-trained Flintshire could have a prep run at Deauville ahead of a tilt at the Group One Hong Kong Vase over 12 furlongs at Sha Tin on 14 December. The son of Dansili produced a career-best performance when beaten two lengths into second by Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October. On his most recent start, the Khalid Abdullah-owned colt proved he can cope with the demands of travelling overseas when running Main Sequence to a half-length in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.

Frankel filly ex Finsceal Beo sells for €1.8m

Filed on 20 Nov 2014 @ 18:09

Foal Sale concludes with 41% rise in average

There were fireworks at the Goffs November Foal Sale on Thursday as a first crop foal from champion Frankel out of dual Guineas winner Finsceal Beo sold for €1.8m.

Lope De Vega to the fore as pace hots up at Goffs

Filed on 20 Nov 2014 @ 08:45

Average rises 39% as six lots make six figure sums

The third session of foals to be sold at the Goffs November Sale on Wednesday saw very strong trade, with young sire Lope De Vega accounting for the top three lots. Overall, 207 lots sold at an 89% clearance rate, for an aggregate of€7,384,300, a 53% rise on last year. The average rose by 39% to €35,673 and the median was up 36% to €30,000.

Sire De Grugy diagnosed with hip problem

Filed on 20 Nov 2014 @ 08:42

Spring targets still possible after pelvic fracture ruled out

Star two mile chaser Sire De Grugy will miss at least the first part of the season after a bone scan revealed he is suffering from a hip problem.

Kendargent colt tops final yearling session of the year at Arqana

Filed on 20 Nov 2014 @ 08:35

Arqana's overall yearling aggregate rises 15% in 2014

The Arqana Autumn Sale concluded its three day run at Deauville on Wednesday with a session dedicated to yearlings. 125 of the 155 yearlings who went through the ring changed hands (representing a clearance rate of 81%) for an average sale price of €8,864, generating a turnover of €1,116,000.

Ptit Zig continues progression at Warwick

Filed on 20 Nov 2014 @ 08:31

The Paul Nicholls-trained Ptit Zig registered his second success within a week when winning the Highflyer / Million In Mind 4 & 5yo Novices' Chase at Warwick on Wednesday, easily seeing off his rivals to win by 12 lengths.

Kodiac colt tops strong foal session at Goffs

Filed on 19 Nov 2014 @ 09:48

Born To Sea's first crop foals proving popular

Tuesday's second session of Goffs November Foal Sale resulted in an excellent 87% clearance rate and major increases in turnover (+48% to €4,587,500), average (+44% to €22,162) and median (+55% to €17,000).

First crop son of Casamento tops Goffs foal opener

Filed on 18 Nov 2014 @ 08:16

Average rises 31% to record level of €11,971

The Goffs November Foal Sale got underway on Monday with record trade that resulted in turnover and an average. With a clearance rate of 78% for the 226 lots offered, the aggregate was up an incredible 73% over the corresponding day last year to €2,118,900, while average and median both grew by 31% to €11,971 and €8,500 respectively.