Al Kazeem scores comeback Group Three win

Filed on 25 Aug 2014 @ 08:18

Three-time Group One winner Al Kazeem (Dubawi) showed distinct improvement on his comeback fourth in the Listed Steventon Stakes last month when winning the Group Three Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor on Saturday evening. The son of Dubawi had been retired to the Royal Studs, but proved subfertile, prompting a return to training with Roger Charlton.

Mutual Regard on top in the Ebor

Filed on 23 Aug 2014 @ 15:30

Trainer and former jockey Johnny Murtagh registered a major win when Mutual Regard won the Betfred Ebor at York on Saturday under apprentice Louis Steward, taking the lead two furlongs from home and holding an advantage to the line over the challenging Van Percy.

Bow Creek sees off Celebration Mile rivals

Filed on 23 Aug 2014 @ 15:27

QEII a possible target for son of Shamardal

The Mark Johnston-trained Bow Creek (Shamardal) won the Group Two Doom Bar Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday from the front, taking command in the straight and having plenty in hand to see off Emell and the closing Captain Cat, despite hanging left across the track in the final half furlong.

Muhaarar gets up in the Gimcrack

Filed on 23 Aug 2014 @ 15:22

The Charlie Hills-trained Muhaarar (Oasis Dream) gout up to win by a nose in the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York on Saturday, collaring Mark Johnston's Jungle Cat, who had attempted to make all under Silvestre de Sousa.

Close Hatches surges 5l clear in the Personal Ensign

Filed on 23 Aug 2014 @ 14:34

Saratoga, 23 August 2014

In June, Close Hatches (First Defence) was all out to win the Grade One Ogden Phipps by a head at Belmont Park. On Friday at Saratoga Race Course, the four-year-old went to the lead and never looked back, running away to a dominant five-length victory in the Grade One Personal Ensign for fillies and mares.

Explosive turn of foot takes Sole Power to Nunthorpe victory

Filed on 22 Aug 2014 @ 15:10

Dual King's Stand winner and 2010 Nunthorpe winner Sole Power showed his customary blistering late turn of foot to register a repeat win in the Group One Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday, threading his way through the slimmest of gaps in the final half furlong under a confident Richard Hughes, scooting clear in the final strides to win by half a length.

Absolutely So steps up in style at York

Filed on 22 Aug 2014 @ 14:59

The Andrew Balding-trained Absolutely So (Acclamation) made a winning transition to stakes company when winning the Listed Sky Bet City of York Stakes at York on Friday, weaving his way through his rivals to collar the pacesetting Glory Awaits inside the final furlong, going on to score by one and a half lengths.

Pale Mimosa sees off Estimate in the Lonsdale Cup

Filed on 22 Aug 2014 @ 14:23

Melbourne Cup under consideration for daughter of Singspiel

The Dermot Weld-trained Pale Mimosa (Singspiel) won the Group Two Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup at York on Friday, staying on strongly to deny the Queen's Estimate, who put a poor run in the Goodwood Cup behind her when running a fine race into second, beaten just half a length.

Tapestry lowers Taghrooda's colours in the Yorkshire Oaks

Filed on 21 Aug 2014 @ 15:19

Progressive Galileo filly gets the upper hand on the Knavesmire, the pair seven lengths clear of the third

The John Gosden-trained Taghrooda was sent off the 1/5 favourite to win the Yorkshire Oaks at York on Thursday after her impressive victory against older colts in the King George last time, but she had her colours lowered by a fellow three year old in Ballydoyle's Tapestry (Galileo), who outduelled the favourite in the final quarter mile, passing the post half a length to the good. The pair were seven lengths clear of Tasaday in third.

Tiggy Wiggy finds plenty in the Lowther

Filed on 21 Aug 2014 @ 13:44

Kodiac speedster sets new juvenile track record as Cursory Glance takes second

The Richard Hannon-trained Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac) found plenty in reserve to win a high class renewal of the Group Two Lowther Stakes at York on Thursday, cutting out most of the running under Richard Hughes and seeing off Albany Stakes winner Cursory Glance in second. Anthem Alexander, who had beaten Tiggy Wiggy in the Queen Mary, was third, with the three well clear of their rivals.

Jamie Spencer to retire from riding

Filed on 21 Aug 2014 @ 11:28

Jockey to take up management role with Qatar Racing

Jockey Jamie Spencer has revealed he is to retire from the saddle at the end of the season in order to take up a management role at Qatar Racing, for which he is currently the retained rider.

Australia to the fore in the Juddmonte International

Filed on 20 Aug 2014 @ 15:05

Irish Champion Stakes the probable target after 10f Group One success

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Australia (Galileo) justified odds-on favouritism to win the Group One Juddmonte International on Wednesday, travelling beautifully through the race under Joseph O'Brien before producing a telling burst of speed inside the final two furlongs to burst clear of his rivals. Prix du Jockey Club winner The Grey Gatsby gave chase, and held the winner to two lengths, but the result was never in doubt.

Postponed outclasses Great Voltigeur rivals

Filed on 20 Aug 2014 @ 14:27

Son of Dubawi unlikely to be supplemented for the St Leger

The Luca Cumani-trained Postponed (Dubawi) was sent of favourite for the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on Wednesday and rewarded that support when blowing his opponents away, striding three lengths clear of Goodwood Group Three winner Snow Sky to confirm his rapid progression.

Dutch Connection runs on to Acomb Stakes success

Filed on 20 Aug 2014 @ 13:56

Son of Dutch Art wins York Group Three in juvenile course record time

The Charlie Hills-trained Dutch Connection (Dutch Art) came with a strong late run to claim victory in the Group Three Acomb Stakes at York on Wednesday, grabbing the spoils from 33-1 shot Toocoolforschool. The favourite Basateen raced prominently but didn't have an answer to the first two in the final furlong and finished third.

Arqana v.2 Sale posts 58% increase in turnover

Filed on 20 Aug 2014 @ 07:29

Precocious types in demand as clearance rate hits 92%

The second renewal of the v.2 yearling sale took place on Tuesday 19 August at Deauville and included a selection of 113 horses with a particularly precocious profile. At the end of the day, 104 of them changed hands, representing 92% of horses sold, a figure up by 17% compared to last year. The average sale price reached €36,163 compared to €27,506 last year for a total turnover of €3,761,000, showing an increase of nearly 58% compared to the 2013 v.2 sale

Arc the next stop for Avenir Certain after convincing Deauville win

Filed on 19 Aug 2014 @ 15:44

Unbeaten Le Havre filly wins the Prix de la Nonette

Jean-Claude Rouget's unbeaten Classic winner Avenir Certain (Le Havre) is to be aimed at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - where she is likely to meet another top clss three year old filly in Taghrooda - after running out an impressive winner of the Group Two Shadwell Prix de la Nonette at Deauville on Tuesday.

She is a true-race filly, just like Goldikova or Moonlight Cloud

The winner of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and the Prix de Diane, Avenir Certain is unbeaten in six starts and was untroubled today, quickening stylishly past her pacesetting stablemate Crisolles too win by a length and a half.

Rouget said: "Avenir Certain is an extraordinary filly, a great champion.

Fastnet Rock colt tops final session of Arqana August Sale

Filed on 19 Aug 2014 @ 15:34

Deauville yearling sale concludes with record average

The third and final session of the Arqana August Yearling Sale took place at Deauville on Monday, with a clearance rate over 80% as 137 of the 170 yearlings who went through the ring changed hands. The turnover of €9,741,000 was up by 22% on last year, and the average sale price settled at €71,102, up by 17.34%.

Half brother to Chicquita sells for €1.1m at Deauville

Filed on 18 Aug 2014 @ 07:29

Part 1 of the August Yearling Sale concludes with 7% increase in average

The second day of the Arqana August Yearling Sale on Sunday once again saw a very sustained market that resulted in 63 of the 75 yearlings offered selling, a clearance rate of 84%, up by over 10 points compared to the same session in 2013. The average sale price of €204,754 was equivalent to last year while the turnover was slightly up at €12,899,500.

Main Sequence adds second US G1 in the Sword Dancer

Filed on 18 Aug 2014 @ 07:24

Saratoga, 18 August 2014

2012 Derby second blossoms in America

Main Sequence's (Aldebaran) one weakness as a racehorse appears to be his inability to break well out of the gate, and it manifested again Sunday when he spotted the field several lengths at the start of the Grade One Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga Race Course.

Imperious Kingman surges to Jacques le Marois victory

Filed on 17 Aug 2014 @ 15:17

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes the target as Invincible Spirit colt lands fourth Group One

The John Gosden-trained Kingman (Invincible Spirit) again showed his brilliant turn of foot as he outclassed his rivals to win the Group One Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Sunday.

Another Group winner for Sea The Stars as Zarshana lands the Prix Minerve

Filed on 17 Aug 2014 @ 15:11

Half sister to Zarkava stays on to Group Three success

Sea The Stars registered his fifth first crop Group winner when the Aga Khan's homebred Zarshana (Sea The Stars) won the Group Three Prix Minerve at Deauville on Sunday.

Nucifera quickens clear in the Prix Francois Boutin

Filed on 17 Aug 2014 @ 15:01

Dewhurst-entered More Than Ready colt shows class at Deauville

The Listed Prix Francois Boutin at Deauville on Sunday was won in tidy style by the unbeaten Jonathan Pease-trained Nucifera (More Than Ready), who came with a run on the outside under Christophe Lemaire, picking up well to beat Iceberg - who was later demoted to third, after interfering with Richard Hannon's Tupi (who had been runner-up to Highland Reel in the Vintage Stakes last time) in the final stages.

€1.2m Monsun filly tops Arqana August opener

Filed on 17 Aug 2014 @ 08:58

Average rises 15% as clearance rate hits 82%

The Arqana August Yearling Sale got underway on Saturday with strong international demand that saw 65 of the 79 yearlings on offer change hands, representing a percentage of horses sold of 82%, up by 9% compared to the same day in August 2013, for an average sale price of €249,800 which was up by 15%. The turnover was up by nearly 14% at €16,237,000 while eight lots were knocked down for €500,000 or more (compared to 6 last year) and 29 for €200,000 or more.

Hardest Core sees off Magician in the Arlington Million

Filed on 17 Aug 2014 @ 08:52

Arlington Park, 17 August 2014

Son of Hard Spun graduates to the big leagues

Living up to his name, Andrew Bentley Racing Stable’s Hardest Core (Hard Spun) has quickly made a career of beating the odds with defiant brilliance. A survivor of a botched castration less than a year ago in which he lost a significant portion of his intestine – and nearly his life as well – the charge stepped up from the minors of a $50,000 stakes to the big leagues of the Grade One Arlington Million with provocative poise on Saturday, running down the reigning Grade OneBreeders’ Cup Turf champion and 9-5 race favorite Magician to land the summertime turf classic Saturday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse at odds of 11-1.

Adelaide lands the odds in the G1 Secretariat

Filed on 17 Aug 2014 @ 08:48

Arlington Park, 17 August 2014

Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor, John Ingham, Bill Webb, John Murray and Tom Magnier’s Adelaide (Galileo), the 1.10-1 favorite, stalked the pace of the pacesetting Tourist, overtook that rival at the top of the stretch and held firm late despite drifting out noticeably in the stretch to win the Grade One Secretariat Stakes for three-year-olds at Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday.