My Tent Or Yours is still underrated

Filed on 2 Jan 2014 @ 10:15

My Tent Or Yours, an elegant horse with a flowing action, can handle soft ground but prefers a better surface. It was officially soft (unusual at Cheltenham in March these days) when Champagne Fever wore him down up the hill in the Supreme Novices’ but even then he was cantering along until they reached the final flight. The New One is a talented rival, beyond doubt, but he stays beyond two and a half miles and asking a horse to drop back and be as effective over the minimum trip in a Champion Hurdle, especially if the ground is faster, is a tall order.

Annie Power lands nine-timer with dominant Cheltenham display

Filed on 2 Jan 2014 @ 09:58

Festival target not yet clear for high-class mare

The Willie Mullins-trained Annie Power registered her ninth successive win when cruising to an eight length victory over Zarkandar in the Dornan Engineering Hurdle at Cheltenham on Wednesday. The brilliant unbeaten mare had beaten that rival by five lengths at Ascot last time, on 7lb better terms.

Oscar Whisky on top in the Dipper

Filed on 2 Jan 2014 @ 09:54

High-class hurdler warming to his trade over fences

The Nicky Henderson-trained Oscar Whisky registered his second win over fences in the Grade Two Cheltenham Pony Club Raceday Novices' Chase (Registered As The Dipper Novices' Chase) at a wet Cheltenham on Wednesday, turning the table on the second horse Taquin Du Seuil, who had beaten him at the track in October.

Champion Bumper winner Cheltenian returns with hurdle win

Filed on 31 Dec 2013 @ 15:16

2011 Champion Bumper winner Cheltenian registered his first win over hurdles when landing the 32Red Casino Maiden Hurdle at Uttoxeter on Tuesday, bounding seven lengths clear of his rivals. An impressive winner on the level at Cheltenham, he spent almost two years sidelined with injury, but returned with a second at Doncaster on his hurdling debut last season, before finishing last in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last time.

Hurricane Fly powers home at Leopardstown

Filed on 30 Dec 2013 @ 11:09

Jezki and Our Conor find reigning champion hurdler too strong

The Willie Mullins-trained Hurricane Fly registered his 18th Grade One win when powering two and a half lengths clear of Jezki and Our Conor to win the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown on Saturday, a win that boosts his claims in defending his Champion Hurdle crown in March.

Sprinter Sacre's hearbeat returns to normal

Filed on 30 Dec 2013 @ 11:05

ECG tests planned as Champion Chase defence still possible

Star chaser Sprinter Sacre's heartbeat has returned to normal without treatment, and he has has returned home to his own box at Nicky Henderson's yard after a period of observation at Rossdales in Newmarket. The seven-year-old was found to be suffering from an irregular heartbeat after being pulled up on his seasonal return in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on Friday.

Half brother to Back Caviar loses his battle with laminitis

Filed on 30 Dec 2013 @ 11:02

Australia, 30 December 2013

‘Jimmy’ the younger sibling of Champions Black Caviar and All Too Hard has lost his battle with laminitis. The son of Redoute's Choice was initially admitted to the Melbourne University Equine Hospital in early November after a suspected spider bite. His condition worsened when he had a reaction to antibiotics causing a bout of laminitis; a painful hoof condition that affects mobility in horses.

Bobs Worth bounces back with game Lexus win

Filed on 28 Dec 2013 @ 16:27

Gold Cup winner stays on strongly after the last at Leopardstown

Reigning Gold Cup champion Bobs Worth put a poor run in the Betfair Chase behind him as he produced a gutsy display to win the Grade One Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Saturday. The eight-year-old put in a good round of jumping under Barry Geraghty, but looked outpaced as he came under pressure on the home turn. He responded magnificently to his rider's urgings in the straight, however, finding plenty after the last to reel in First Lieutenant and Rubi Ball, passing the post a length and a half clear.

Mountainous gives Lee second Welsh National triumph

Filed on 28 Dec 2013 @ 16:25

Mountainous came out on top in a thrilling finish to the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow on Saturday, seeing off the Paul Nicholls' pair of Hawkes Point and the staying-on top weight Tidal Bay. The win was the second in the race for trainer Richard Lee, who saddled Le Beau Bai to success in 2011.

Le Rocher cut for the Triumph after Chepstow win

Filed on 28 Dec 2013 @ 16:22

Testing conditions see French import make perfect start to British career

Trainer Nick Williams had his second Grade One success in seven days as French import Le Rocher made the best of testing conditions at Chepstow on Saturday to win the Grade One Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle, outbattling Kentucky Hyden to win by two and a half lengths under Richard Johnson. Williams had saddled Reve De Sivola to win the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot last Saturday.

Captain Cutter steps up in the Challow Hurdle

Filed on 28 Dec 2013 @ 16:19

The Nicky Henderson-trained Captain Cutter built on wins at Kekpton and Market Rasen to see off some better-fancied rivals in the Grade One Betfred Goals Galore Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.

Sire De Grugy wins the Desert Orchid as Sprinter Sacre pulled up

Filed on 27 Dec 2013 @ 17:44

Sprinter Sacre to have tests after irregular heartbeat at Kempton

The Grade Two Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on Friday was won by Gary Moore's recent Tingle Creek winner Sire De Grugy, who was not hard pressed in beating Oiseau De Nuit by four lengths. The hot favourite Sprinter Sacre was pulled up by Barry Geraghty with a mile to run and was later discovered to have an irregular heartbeat, for which he will be sent to Rossdales in Newmarket for tests.

Benefficient bounces back to form at Leopardstown

Filed on 27 Dec 2013 @ 17:33

The Tony Martin-trained Benefficient put a below-par run in the Charlie Hall Chase behind him with victory in the Grade One Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on Friday, appreciating the drop in trip as he took the lead at the last to beat Hidden Cyclone by three quarters of a length. Arvika Ligeonniere was third.

Shakin It Up rallies in the G1 Malibu

Filed on 27 Dec 2013 @ 10:41

Santa Anita, 27 December 2013

Stevens bags another Grade One in the La Brea

Bob Baffert had three entries in the Grade One Malibu Stakes on Santa Anita’s opening day and in the end, it was Shakin It Up (Midnight Lute), off at 17-1 under a resurgent David Flores, who mustered the necessary rally, winning by a half length over Central Banker and Joe Talamo while covering seven furlongs in 1:20.53 before an on-track crowd of 30,540.

Silviniaco Conti outstays Cue Card in the King George

Filed on 26 Dec 2013 @ 15:44

Cue Card's stamina exposed over a soft three miles at Kempton

The Paul Nicholls-trained Silviniaco Conti won the Grade One William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, staying on strongly to beat recent Betfair Chase winner Cue Card, who had set the pace up front throughout the race before his stamina emptied in dramatic fashion after the second last.

Defy Logic wins at Leopardstown as Champagne Fever beaten

Filed on 26 Dec 2013 @ 15:40

The Paul Nolan-trained Defy Logic won the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Thursday, duelling with the favourite Champagen Fever through the race and taking advantage of that rival's blunder at the second last - where he took off early and landed atop the fence - to come home unchallenged, three and a half lengths clear of Trifolium. Champagne Fever ran on to take third.

My Tent Or Yours denies The New One in the Christmas Hurdle

Filed on 26 Dec 2013 @ 15:34

Final flight blunder seals defeat for The New One

The Nicky Henderson-trained My Tent Or Yours came on for his recent win in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle to beat recent International Hurdle winner The New One in a thrilling renewal of the Grade One Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Annacotty dominates at Kempton

Filed on 26 Dec 2013 @ 15:27

Keighley's charge wins the Kauto Star Novices' Chase

The Grade One Kauto Star Novices' Chase - formerly known as the Feltham Novices' Chase - at Kempton on Boxing Day was won by the Martin Keighley-trained Annacotty, who dominated the race in first-time blinkers, forging well clear and surviving a late error to beat Green Flag into second. Third Intention was third, with the odds-on favourite Just A Par fading into a well-beaten fourth.

Orfevre retires with dominant eight length Arima Kinen win

Filed on 23 Dec 2013 @ 10:55

Japan, 22 December 2013

Son of Stay Gold powers eight lengths clear on final start

Overwhelming race favorite Orfevre offered his "last hurrah", dominating the biggest event of the year and his second Arima Kinen title following his 2011 triumph, and marked his sixth Grade One career win emphatically by eight lengths, which is the second longest margin in Arima Kinen history next to Symboli Kris S (USA, by Kris S.)'s nine-length victory in 2003. He also became second in career earnings with a total of 1,576,213,000 yen after T. M. Opera O (JPN, by Opera House).

Willow's Saviour wins The Ladbroke to give Skelton first major winner

Filed on 21 Dec 2013 @ 15:58

Dan Skelton's fledgling training career registered a new high when Willow's Saviour ran on well to win The Ladbroke at Ascot on Saturday, beating the tenaciosu Ptit Zig, who is trained by Skelton's old employer Paul Nicholls.

Reve De Sivola powers to second Long Walk win

Filed on 21 Dec 2013 @ 15:32

Nick Williams' charge takes advantage in soft conditions

The Nick Williams-trained Reve De Sivola took advantage of rain-softened conditions at Ascot on Saturday to win his second successive Wessex Youth Trust Long Walk Hurdle, running on strongly in the straight to beat Salubrious by eight lengths.

Betfred takeover could see racing return to Great Leighs

Filed on 20 Dec 2013 @ 10:37

Tote Media Ltd aims to reopen Essex track as Chelmsford City Racecourse

Racing could return to Great Leighs in Essex following the formation of a joint venture between Betfred, SIS and Bet Solutions International which will take over the short-lived racecourse and its assets. The joint venture, named Tote Media Limited, is to apply for a licence and fixtures in 2015 under the new badge of Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Big Buck's set for Cleeve Hurdle return after racecourse gallop

Filed on 20 Dec 2013 @ 10:28

Star staying chaser nears return from injury

The Paul Nicholls-trained star staying hurdler Big Buck's looks set to return to action in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January after returning from a racecourse gallop at Exeter on Thursday in good form.

Cape Tribulation "in good nick" ahead of Rowland Meyrick defence

Filed on 20 Dec 2013 @ 10:25

Last year's winner has come on after defeat in the Hennessy

The Malcolm Jefferson-trained Cape Tribulation is in good form ahead of the Grade Three William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase over three miles and a furlong at Wetherby on Boxing Day. The nine-year-old was a hugely impressive 11-length winner of the £40,000 contest last year and followed that up with a decisive half-length success in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham in January.

Jockey Club to make record £19.5m contribution to prize money

Filed on 19 Dec 2013 @ 09:28

The Jockey Club has announced that it will a record £19.5 million contribution to prize money in 2014. Since 2009, The Jockey Club has increased its annual contribution to prize money by £7.1m as a result of its commercial success.