Irish runners dominate Cheltenham Gold Cup entries

Filed on 13 Jan 2016 @ 19:02

Cue CArd heads the home challenge

Irish trainers are responsible for well over half of the 32 entries in the Grade One Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, with Britain's richest non-handicap chase worth a record £575,000 and the highlight on the fourth and final day of The Festival, Friday, March 18.

Modus heads an entry of 75 for the Betfair Hurdle

Filed on 13 Jan 2016 @ 19:00

The Betfair Hurdle has attracted a tremendous entry of 75 for its 2016 renewal at Newbury on Saturday, February 13 - Betfair Super Saturday. The Grade Three handicap, run over an extended two miles, is Britain's richest handicap hurdle with £155,000 in prize money and was first staged in 1963.

Palmer to campaign Covert Love towards the Arc

Filed on 13 Jan 2016 @ 18:55

Group One winning Azamour filly to take on the colts

Trainer Hugo Palmer is hoping that his Irish Oaks and Prix de l'Opera winner Covert Love (Azamour) can develop into a genuine Arc contender over the course of her four-year-old season.

Roan Inish tops second session at Keeneland

Filed on 13 Jan 2016 @ 18:48

Keeneland, 13 January 2016

Multiple stakes winner Roan Inish, a daughter of Elusive Quality in foal to Arch, sold for $500,000 to Evelyn Benoit’s Star Guitar Inc. to lead Tuesday’s session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which recorded double-digit increases in average and median for the second consecutive day.

Star Australian colt Vancouver to join Ballydoyle; target Royal Ascot

Filed on 12 Jan 2016 @ 08:47

Laste season's champion two year old colt in Australia, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Vancouver (Medaglia d'Oro) is to be transferred to Aidan O'Brien's stable in Ireland with a run at Royal Ascot an intended target.

Leigh dispersal headlines Keeneland January opener

Filed on 12 Jan 2016 @ 08:43

Keeneland, 11 January 2016

Noted breeder and owner Virginia Kraft Payson spent $1.7 million to acquire three of the four-highest priced horses sold during Monday’s opening session of the 58th Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which recorded double-digit growth in average and median prices.

Buoyant trade continues at Magic Millions

Filed on 10 Jan 2016 @ 15:07

Australia, 10 January 2016

The record breaking form of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale continued on Sunday with a new record average and gross achieved during the Book Two sale. A colt by Written Tycoon and a filly by Sebring topped the proceedings during Day Five of the sale when selling for $230,000 on a day where six lots for $200,000 or more and 28 sold for six figures.

California Chrome makes winning return at Santa Anita

Filed on 10 Jan 2016 @ 15:04

Santa Anita, 10 January 2016

2014 Kentucky Derby winner lands the G2 San Pasqual on first start since March

Idle since running in Dubai on March 28 last year, 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) came back running on Saturday at Santa Anita, as he forged to a 1 ¼ length win in the Grade Two San Pasqual Stakes. Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, the five-year-old California-bred horse by Lucky Pulpit covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.39.

Mountainous makes light of the mud to register second Welsh National success

Filed on 10 Jan 2016 @ 11:13

Mountainous revelled in bottomless conditions at Chepstow on Saturday to win his second Coral Welsh Grand National - in the process giving trainer Kerry Lee her biggest winner to date.

Mountainous was trained by Kerry's father Richard to win in 2013 off a 5lb higher mark. He took advantage of his mark today to gallop clear of his rivals on the run-in, beating Firebird Flyer by two-and-a-half lengths. Shotgun Paddy was 11 lengths further back in third.

Min wins the Moscow Flyer in effortless fashion

Filed on 10 Jan 2016 @ 11:04

Mullins' charge strengthens grip on Supreme Novices' Market

The Willie Mullins-trained Min extended his unbeaten record in Ireland with an effortless victory in the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on Saturday, following in the footsteps of stablemates Vautour and Douvan who also won this race before winning the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

Unbeaten Capitalist storms home in the MM Classic

Filed on 10 Jan 2016 @ 11:02

Australia, 9 January 2016

Unbeaten colt Capitalist (Written Tycoon) justified the huge boom he carried into the race with a breathtaking win in the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast on Saturday. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained galloper raced on the speed for jockey Blake Shinn and was a class above his opposition, racing away at the top of the straight for a two and a half length win over Nikitas and Candika.

Pierro colts to the fore on the Gold Coast

Filed on 8 Jan 2016 @ 18:19

Australia, 8 January 2016

Magic Millions breaks the $100m barrier

Pierro, the former champion two-year-old of Australia, filled the top two spots on the leaderboard of Friday's top sellers at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale with a colt selling for $1.5 million and a filly earlier in the day for $1.4 million.

Snitzel colts top the $1m mark at Magic Millions

Filed on 7 Jan 2016 @ 16:31

Australia, 7 January 2016

A pair of colts by Snitzel starred as they sold for over a million dollars as the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale continued its impressive opening with another spirited session on Thursday.

Un De Sceaux could run in the Clarence House

Filed on 7 Jan 2016 @ 08:50

Mullins keen to get further experience into two mile chaser

Willie Mullins is considering running Champion Chase favourite Un De Sceaux in the Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot on January 23.

Cirrus Des Aigles to race on at 10

Filed on 6 Jan 2016 @ 16:45

Multiple Group One winner Cirrus Des Aigles will race on as a ten year old this according to trainer Corine Barande-Barbe. The son of Even Top won the Group One Prix Ganay last May, and has run well in Group One company since.

Exceed And Excel colt tops MM Gold Coast opener

Filed on 6 Jan 2016 @ 16:42

Australia, 6 January 2016

Average rises 11% as clearance rate matches 80% seen last year

A colt by Exceed and Excel was the star on Day One of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale selling for $800,000 on a day when figures rose across the board.

Shaneshill extends his unbeaten record over fences

Filed on 4 Jan 2016 @ 08:26

The Willie Mullins-trained Shaneshill made it two from two over fences when winning the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Novice Chase at Naas on Sunday. Despite making an error at the second last, the seven year old winged the final fence under Ruby Walsh to beat Sizing Codelco by four and a half lengths, and saw his odds for the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham cut to 5-1.

Yorkhill strikes at Sandown for Mullins

Filed on 3 Jan 2016 @ 11:44

Neptune the probable Cheltenham target for Wylie-owned runner

Willie Mullins made a successful raid at Sandown on Saturday when Yorkhill won the day's feature, the Grade One 32Red Tolworth Hurdle.

ITV wins racing television rights from Channel 4

Filed on 3 Jan 2016 @ 11:41

ITV has signed a four-year deal to become the exclusive terrestrial broadcast partner for British racing from 2017, replacing Channel 4, who have broadcast the sport since 1985.

ITV will begin broadcasting from Cheltenham's New Year's Day fixture on January 1 2017. Channel 4's last broadcast will be the Betfred Challow Hurdle meeting at Newbury on December 31 this year.

AP McCoy awarded a knighthood

Filed on 31 Dec 2015 @ 09:51

The recently retired perennial champion jumps jockey AP McCoy has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year's Honours List, and will henceforth be known as Sir Anthony.

McCoy called the award, which was awarded for services to horseracing, an "unbelievable privilege and honour".

Joseph O'Brien confirms plan to seek training licence

Filed on 30 Dec 2015 @ 10:01

Joseph O'Brien is to reduce his riding commitments and will seek a trainer's licence in the spring.

The son of Aidan O'Brien has been saddling runners in point to points this season, but does not yet have a full licence, for which he will need to complete the trainers' course.

Barters Hill gives Pauling Grade One success at Newbury

Filed on 30 Dec 2015 @ 09:58

Albert Bartlett the aim after Challow victory

Trainer Ben Pauling recorded the first Grade One success of his career when his Aintree Bumper winner Barters Hill won the Betfred 'Goals Galore' Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury on Tuesday.

Nicholls Canyon rallies to win the Ryanair Hurdle

Filed on 30 Dec 2015 @ 09:54

The Willie Mullins-trained Nichols Canyon came out on top in a thrilling duel with Identity Thief to win the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown on Tuesday. The five-year-old jumped poorly two out and handed the advantage to Identity Thief, but kept the leader within range before wrestling back the lead to win by two lengths.

No More Heroes impresses at Leopardstown

Filed on 30 Dec 2015 @ 09:51

The Gordon Elliot-trained No More Heroes added to his recent victory in the John Durkan Chase when running out an impressive winner of the Grade One Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Tuesday, jumping well throughout and forging nine lengths clear of Rule The World.

Sprinter Sacre gets the better of Sire De Grugy at Kempton

Filed on 28 Dec 2015 @ 11:03

Former Champion Chaser Sprinter Sacre extended his winning return to action when getting the better of recent Tingle Creek winner and fellow former Cheltenham Champion Sire De Grugy to win the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on Sunday.