Estimate will not contest the Melbourne Cup

Filed on 16 Sep 2014 @ 07:14

Recent Doncaster Cup winner Estimate (Monsun) will not run in the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November, despite a clamour of enthusiasm to have a Royal runner in the race.

Estimate will now have one more outing before being retired to embark upon a career as a broodmare.

Smart Strike filly tops Keeneland Sunday

Filed on 15 Sep 2014 @ 11:11

Keeneland, 15 September 2014

Sixth session posts 17% rise in average

Sunday’s sixth session of the 71st Keeneland September Yearling Sale featured double-digit increases in average and median prices and the sale of a filly for $700,000.

Sheikhzayedroad and Trade Storm give Simcock Woodbine Grade One double

Filed on 15 Sep 2014 @ 11:05

Woodbine, 15 September 2014

Newmarket trainer strikes in the Northern Dancer and Woodbine Mile

The David Simcock-trained Sheikhzayedroad (Dubawi), ridden by Martin Lane, came through on the rail in mid-stretch, outbattled pacesetter Reporting Star, then held a closing Dynamic Sky safe to win the Grade One Northern Dancer on Sunday at Woodbine. The trainer struck later with Trade Storm (Trade Fair) in the Grade One Woodbine Mile.

Charm Spirit denies Toronado in the Prix du Moulin

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 19:21

Second Group One win for son of Invincible Spirit

The Freddie Head-trained Charm Spirit(Invincible Spirit) won the Group One Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on Sunday, quickening smartly inside the final quarter mile and staying on strongly to see off the persistent challenge of Toronado, with Guineas winner Night Of Thunder taking third.

Ruler Of The World makes all to win the Prix Foy

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 19:16

Rain could give Derby winner a big chance in the Arc

Last year's Derby winner Ruler Of The World (Galileo) registered his first victory since that Epsom Classic when winning the Group Two Prix Foy at Longchamp on Sunday under a front-running Frankie Dettori ride. Flintshire ran on late to take second.

Baltic Baroness win the Prix Vermeille as Treve fourth

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 19:11

Treve still likely to run in the Arc as Shamardal filly takes Longchamp Group One

The Group One Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on Sunday saw the Andre Fabre-trained Baltic Baroness (Shamardal) outbattle John Gosden's Pomology to take the spoils - with last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve only fourth on the good to firm going.

Ectot returns with stylish Prix Niel victory

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 19:06

Son of Hurricane Run heads to the Arc after emulating his sire in G2 prep

The Elie Lellouche-trained Ectot (Hurricane Run) was a stylish winner of the Group Two Qatar Prix Niel at Longchamp on Sunday, his first run since winning the Prix de Fontainebleau in April. Ridden by Gregory Benoist, Ectot showed a smart turn to foot, coming with a run on the wide outside to take the lead, holding off the late flourish of Teletext in the final strides. Aidan O'Brien's Adelaide made eyecatching late progress to take third.

Kingman throat infection could affect QEII preparation

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 19:03

Champion miler Kingman has a throat infection, which could affect the colt's preparation for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot next month.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, told PA Sport: "Kingman has a throat infection, which was discovered on Saturday. I have spoken with Prince Khalid.

Brown Panther wins the Irish St Leger from the front

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 18:58

Group One glory for Gleneagles and Cursory Glance

Brown Panther (Shirocco) landed the Group One Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger for former footballer Michael Owen by a whopping six and a half lengths at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Grey Gatsby sees off Australia in the Irish Champion Stakes

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 09:06

Second Group One winner of the day for Mastercraftsman

The Kevin Ryan-trained The Grey Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) won the Group One QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, seeing off dual Derby and Juddmonte International winner Australia after a thrilling battle through the final furlong. The pair were well clear of Trading Leather in third.

Fiesolana sees off Tapestry to win the Matron Stakes

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 09:01

The Willie McCreery-trained Fiesolana (Aussie Rules) took advanteg of a narrow gap under Billy Lee to quicken clear in the Group One Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday, beating Tapestry by half a length.

Kingston Hill stays on to St Leger glory

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 08:57

Son of Mastercraftsman beats Romsdal to dispel stamina doubts


Kingston Hill (Mastercraftsman) put doubts about the trip and ground to bed as he stayed on strongly to land the Ladbrokes St Leger by a length and a quarter at Doncaster on Saturday.

Esitdhkaar enhances Classic claims with Champagne victory

Filed on 14 Sep 2014 @ 08:54

It took Estidhkaar (Dark Angel) a while to find his full stride but once he did, and won the At The Races Champagne Stakes in the process, it took Paul Hanagan a while to pull him up. The son of Dark Angel was the fourth winner of the Group Two seven-furlong contest for the Hannon family's stable and the third in four years after Trumpet Major in 2011 and Toronado in 2012.

Agnes Stewart lands the May Hill

Filed on 12 Sep 2014 @ 15:45

Lawman filly rewards connections in Doncaster Group Two

The astute Eddie Lynam went for two birds in the bush with Agnes Stewart (Lawman), rather than one in the hand, and saw the gamble rewarded as the filly took the Group Two May Hill Stakes. "We had a huge offer for her last week," he explained, "and I got a bit nervous. But her owner Steve [Parkin] said no, we know she's good, and so we decided to keep her. We did think that she was very good but it scares you a bit when you have to go and prove it."

Estimate back to winning ways in the Doncaster Cup

Filed on 12 Sep 2014 @ 15:43

Estimate (Monsun) won her first race since landing the 2013 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot when achieving a length-and-a-quarter success for owner Her Majesty The Queen in the Group Two Socialites Electric Cigarettes Doncaster Cup on Friday.

Noble Mission awarded the GP de Saint-Cloud after Spiritjim DQ

Filed on 12 Sep 2014 @ 14:08

The Lady Cecil-trained Noble Mission has become a dual Group One winner after the Pascal Bary-trained Spiritjim was disqualified from the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud due to testing positive for a banned substance. Noble Mission had been second past the post, and has been awarded the race after Spiritjim tested positive for clenbuterol, which is used for breathing difficulties.

War Front and Tapit colts take centre stage at Keeneland at $2.2m

Filed on 12 Sep 2014 @ 08:35

Keeneland, 12 September 2014

Book 1 concludes with 7% rise in average

A bullish market reigned at Keeneland on Thursday, the fourth and final day of the September Yearling Sale’s premier Book 1, with gains in average and median prices. Increases were powered by the sale of six seven-figure yearlings, led by two colts which brought sale-topping prices of $2.2 million each.

Silk Sari marches five lengths clear in the Park Hill

Filed on 11 Sep 2014 @ 15:03

Dalakhani filly to be covered by Dubawi next year

There were smiles all round from the Cumani family after Silk Sari (Dalakhani) ran out a deeply impressive winner of the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster on Thursday.

Niarchos family snaps up Dubawi filly for $1.45m

Filed on 11 Sep 2014 @ 07:52

Keeneland, 10 September 2014

Upper-middle market drives increase in average, though RNA rate high at 32%

The solid market continued during Wednesday's third session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, which was headlined by a daughter of leading European sire Dubawi which sold to the Niarchos family’s Flaxman Stables Ireland Limited for $1.45 million. She was consigned by Lane’s End, agent.

Mecca's Angel powers home in the Scarborough Stakes

Filed on 10 Sep 2014 @ 15:21

Dark Angel filly sees off Reckless Abandon by two and a quarter lengths

The St Leger Festival got underway at Doncaster on Wednesday, with Mecca's Angel (Dark Angel) ran out a hugely impressive winner of the feature John Smith's Original Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster, showing incredible speed to burn off her rivals and record a two and a quarter length victory over 15/8 favourite Reckless Abandon.

Unbridled's Song colt tops Keeneland Tuesday at $1.6m

Filed on 10 Sep 2014 @ 09:55

Average rises 24% as Book 1 of September Sale continues

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale continued on Tuesday with another set of strong results, with increases in gross, average and median figures and the sale of an Unbridled’s Song colt for $1.6 million.

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness - we hope

Filed on 9 Sep 2014 @ 15:06

In the months to come, there will be days when even a 5/4 winner seems like wishing for the moon. Yet here was a Nicky Henderson inmate making the journey down to Devon quite a while before the stable generally clicks into gear. Clearly, the former champion trainer did not want any mistakes because Barry Geraghty was summoned for his only ride of the afternoon and Nicolas Chauvin won by six lengths.

Shahah wins the Prix d'Aumale as 5m gns yearling Al Naamah sixth

Filed on 9 Sep 2014 @ 12:32

The Group Three Prix d'Aumale over a mile at Chantilly on Tuesday was won by the Andre Fabre-trained pacemaker Shahha (Motivator) - with the winner's stablemate Al Naamah, the 5m gns sale topper at Tattersalls last year finishing sixth of the seven runners.

Australian syndicate OTI RAcing to target French Classics with Fastnet Rock colts

Filed on 9 Sep 2014 @ 12:22

Australian syndicate OTI Racing - who have campaigned European imports Manighar and Bauer - are to target the 2016 French Classics with nine Fastnet Rock colts bred in Ireland.

Following a due diligence process, OTI has purchased a 75% stake in each of the nine yearlings with breeders Coolmore retaining a 25% interest.

Bernardini filly sells for $1.2m to top Keeneland opener

Filed on 9 Sep 2014 @ 07:48

Keeneland, 9 September 2014

Average rises 3.4% as competitive trade consolidates 2013 gains

After two years of significant rises, the 71st Keeneland September Yearling Sale got underway on Monday with increases in average and median prices and the sale of two fillies for more than $1 million apiece in an openings ession that featured competitive bidding throughout.