Irish Derby discussions next month to address small fields

Filed on 30 Jun 2014 @ 12:42

Irish, English and French officials to discuss Irish Derby and 3yo participation in King George

Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh is to meet with his counterparts from England and France next month to discuss the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. The Curragh Group One has suffered from small fields, with the lack of French challengers since the Prix du Jockey Club was cut from 12f a particular concern.

Kingston Hill could line up in the Eclipse

Filed on 30 Jun 2014 @ 12:37

The Fugue heads 12 remaining in Sandown 10f feature

Derby second Kingston Hill, who bypassed last Saturday's Irish Derby because of fast ground, could line up in Saturday's Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. Trainer Roger Varian told PA Sport: "I don't know what we're going to do yet. He has been left in there just to keep our options open."

Thistle Bird gets her Group One in the Pretty Polly

Filed on 30 Jun 2014 @ 07:44

The Roger Charlton-trained Thistle Bird (Selkirk) registered her first Group One win when running out the impressive winner of the Group One Newbridge Silverware Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, pouncing under George Baker to collar Venus De Milo, cruising clear to win by two and three quarter lengths. Just The Judge stayed on to take third.

Spiritjim collars Noble Mission in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud

Filed on 30 Jun 2014 @ 07:40

The Lady Cecil-trained Noble Mission came agonisingly close to winning the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday, but his stamina began to ebb in the final strides of the 2400m contest, allowing the Pascal Bary-trained Spiritjim (Galileo) to claim the honours by a head.

First stakes winner for Rip Van Winkle

Filed on 30 Jun 2014 @ 07:37

Group Three win for I Am Beautiful

The Aidan O'Brien-trained I Am Beautiful (Rip Van Winkle) led home a 1-2 for Rip Van Winkle’s first crop in the Group Three Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Gold Ship defends his Takarazuka Kinen title

Filed on 30 Jun 2014 @ 07:33

Japan, 29 June 2014

Defending champion Gold Ship (Stay Gold) won over the strong all-star field in Sunday's Grade One Takarazuka Kinen to defend his title to become the first horse in the 55-year history of the race to win the race twice.

Majestic Harbor powers clear in the Santa Anita Gold Cup

Filed on 30 Jun 2014 @ 07:28

Santa Anita, 29 June 2014

In the blink of an eye, the Sean McCarthy-trained longshot Majestic Harbor (Rockport Harbor) powered four-wide leaving the quarter pole and the Grade One Gold Cup at Santa Anita was, for all intents and purposes, over. With Tyler Baze at the controls, Majestic Harbor blew by pacesetter Fury Kapcori, 4-5 favorite Game On Dude and Clubhouse Ride en route to a dominating 6 ¼ length win while covering 1 ¼ miles in 2:01.53.

KY Oaks winner Untapable runs away with the Mother Goose

Filed on 30 Jun 2014 @ 07:25

Belmont Park, 29 June 2014

Tapit filly could line up against the colts

The runaway winner of this year's Kentucky Oaks, Untapable (TApit) unleashed a devastating rally on Saturday at Belmont Park to capture the Grade One Mother Goose by 9 ¼ lengths.

Australia cruises to Irish Derby win

Filed on 28 Jun 2014 @ 16:57

Drop to 10f in prospect for dual Derby winner

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Australia (Galileo) added the Group One Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday to his recent Epsom win, barely having to break sweat under Joseph O'Brien as he cruised to the lead and went easily clear, being eased down to beat stablemates Kingfisher and Orchestra.

Kool Kompany bounces back in the Railway Stakes

Filed on 28 Jun 2014 @ 16:53

The Richard Hannon-trained Kool Kompany (Jeremy) bounced back to form when winning the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday, pulling three lengths clear of Peter Chapple-Hyam's Ahlan Emarati, who was third in the Norfolk Stakes last week.

Son of Attraction lands Curragh Group Three

Filed on 28 Jun 2014 @ 16:25

Fountain Of Youth shows his form over six furlongs

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Fountain Of Youth (Oasis Dream) won the Group Three Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday as the 14-1 outsider of the six-runner field.

Gregorian eases clear in the Criterion Stakes

Filed on 28 Jun 2014 @ 16:22

The John Gosden-trained Gregorian eased clear to win the Group Three bet365 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday with plenty to spare, giving William Buick a treble on the day after earlier successes on Zephuros and Calypso Beat.

Danzeno takes Chipchase honours

Filed on 28 Jun 2014 @ 16:16

The Michael Appleby-trained Danzeno (Denounce) won the Group Three Betfred TV Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle on Saturday.

He was just ninth in a York handicap last time, having won two of his previous three starts, but losing his chance in the stalls on the Knavesmire. He is a half brother to the six-time winner Demora and becomes the first stakes winner - and one of just two winners, from 12 career runners, for his sire Denounce.

First stakes winner for Siyouni

Filed on 28 Jun 2014 @ 15:10

The Fabrice Chappet-trained Mocklershill won the Listed Prix Yacowlef at Deauville on Thursday, giving his sire Siyouni his first stakes winner in a productive week in which he has had four winners.

Australia heads seven in the Irish Derby

Filed on 27 Jun 2014 @ 09:52

7 horses will line up in the Group One Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday, with Epsom Derby hero Australia and runner-up Kingston Hill dominating proceedings.

Apart from Australia, trainer Aidan O’Brien has Geoffrey Chaucer, Kingfisher and Orchestra in the race which will be off at 5.30pm. Fascinating Rock will represent Dermot Weld who has won the race previously with Zagreb and Grey Swallow and Ponfeigh will represent another local Curragh based trainer in John Oxx, who has won the race twice in the past with Sinndar (2000) and Alamshar (2003).

BHA announces zero-tolerance steroid policy

Filed on 27 Jun 2014 @ 09:47

All horse liable to be tested at any time

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has published British Racing’s enhanced, zero-tolerance policy towards the use of anabolic steroids.

The essential elements of the policy are:

Son of Yeats tops record Derby Sale

Filed on 27 Jun 2014 @ 09:41

Turnover rises 29% as clearance rate hits 89%

The two day Derby Sale of NH store horses at Tattersalls Ireland concluded on Thursday with a remarkable set of statistics. The turnover of €14,282,000 was the third-best ever for the sale, and an increase of 29% on 2013, while the average price of €43,279 is the second-best and up by 18% on last year. This year’s median price of €32,500 is a record.

Simon Crisford to join the training ranks

Filed on 25 Jun 2014 @ 07:08

Former Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford is to set up as a trainer, subject to approval from the British Horseracing Authority.

Crisford was racing manager for Godolphin, but left that position in the wake of the Al Zarooni doping scandal to take up the role of global racing advisor to the Maktoum family, a role he intends to continue.

Sussex Stakes the target for Kingman

Filed on 25 Jun 2014 @ 07:05

St James's Palace Stakes winner Kingman has the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 30 as his likely next target, where he will take on his elders for the first time.

"We would certainly look at the Sussex and that would be his next possible race he could go for," Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdulla, told At The Races.

Breeders' Cup to be run at Keeneland for the first time

Filed on 25 Jun 2014 @ 07:02

The Breeders’ Cup has announced that Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Kentucky, will host the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the first time in 2015. Keeneland, is one of the most iconic tracks in America and will host the event on October 30th and 31st, 2015.

A perfect Royal Ascot - and Channel 4 played its part

Filed on 24 Jun 2014 @ 08:38

It was, by general agreement, a quite magnificent Royal Ascot. It helps when the sun shines and the ‘headline’ horses make the punter v bookmaker battle look more of a contest. Ryan Moore for Willie Mullins was surely the most eye-catching booking of the five days, and rounded things off in style on Pique Sous. Moore, who rode twice as many winners as anyone else, can now be compared to Piggott, Cauthen and Breasley in the world-class stakes.

Record setting 5m gns Galileo yearling wins on debut

Filed on 23 Jun 2014 @ 11:24

The Andre Fabre-trained Al Naamah (Galileo) made a winning debut at Chantilly on Monday, winning the Prix de Pontpoint under Maxime Guyon when going easily clear of Kenouska to win by two lengths. There were five lengths back to Etoile Esina in third. The juvenile filly made headlines last October when selling for a record 5m gns at Tattersalls October Sale.

In the aftermath of the win, owners Al Shaqab Racing tweeted: "Winner!! Al Naamah is so impressive on her debut at Chantilly this afternoon! Andre has a very big smile on his face!"

Purhcased by Al Shaqab Racing, the daughter of Galileo is out of Alluring Park, the dam of Oaks winner Was.

Slade Power gives Lynam Group One sprint double

Filed on 22 Jun 2014 @ 10:12

Group One win for Dutch Art in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes

An unforgettable week for trainer Eddie Lynnam was crowned when Slade Power saw off some formidable opposition to win the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes. The five-year-old, who was sent off 7/2 favourite, was following stablemate Sole Power, winner of the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday. Lynam also saddled Anthem Alexander to win the Queen Mary Stakes on Wednesday.

Telescope surges seven lengths clear in the Hardwicke

Filed on 22 Jun 2014 @ 10:07

Galileo colt could bid to emulate Harbinger in the King George

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Telescope (Galileo) produced a scintillating performance to land the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes by seven lengths at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

Arc aim for Arab Spring after Duke of Edinburgh success

Filed on 22 Jun 2014 @ 10:02

Pattern races beckon for progressive son of Monsun

Connections feel that the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Arab Spring (Monsun) could have a big future after justifying 11/4 favouritism to comfortably land the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap in the colours of his breeders, Ballymacoll Stud at Royal Ascot on Saturday.