Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 17:56
Dubai, 9 January 2014
World Cup Carnival opens with G2 win for bin Suroor and double for Appleby
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Shuruq (Elusive Quality) bounced back to her best and made history by becoming the first filly to win the Group Two Al Maktoum Challenge RI, the 1600m all-weather feature at Meydan’s opening meeting of the 2014 Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 14:55
De Bromhead upbeat over Sizing Europe and Special Tiara
Sprinter Sacre, the highest-rated Jump horse in training, headlines 26 entries for the Grade One BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Grade One highlight at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday, March 12.
Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 14:46
Cue Card rated well clear by Timeform of taking up 2m 5f option
Last year's winner Cue Card features among 43 entries for the Grade One Ryanair Chase, the chasing highlight over two miles and five furlongs at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday, March 13. The eight-year-old sauntered to the widest-margin success seen in the history of the race when beating First Lieutenant by nine lengths in last year's renewal, but trainer Colin Tizzard is now harbouring Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup ambitions following a decisive four and a half-length success in the Betfair Chase and a close second in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.
Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 11:36
Australia, 9 January 2013
Exceed And Excel and Fastnet Rock yearlings share top billing
An unprecedented day of selling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Wednesday saw the cumulative clearance rate soar to 88.44 per cent, while the average remained ahead of last year's figures at the same stage of the auction.
Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 11:30
"It is very difficult to compare her to Goldikova, they were both exceptional"
The great racemare Moonlight Cloud has been officially retired and has left Freddy Head's Chantilly stable ahead of a mating with Galileo.
Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 11:27
Keeneland, 9 January 2013
Young mares in demand at January Sale
Lady Kierkegaard, a five-year-old winning daughter of Arch, sold to Fleetwood Bloodstock for $310,000 to top Wednesday’s third session of the 56th Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale as figures rose across the board. During the session, Keeneland sold 246 horses for $5,953,300, marking a 20 percent increase in gross sales from the corresponding session of the 2013 sale at which 227 horses sold for $4,953,900. The session’s average price of $24,200 rose nearly 11 percent from the $21,823 average last year, while the median of $15,000 was 15 percent higher than the average of $13,000 from 2013.
Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 11:08
Bobs Worth and Silviniaco Conti head the market
The countdown to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival began in earnest on Wednesday with the unveiling of the 36 entries for the Grade One Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, to be run over an extended three and a quarter miles on Friday, March 14.
Filed on 9 Jan 2014 @ 11:02
Australia, 8 January 2013
Gold Coast Yearling Sale gets underway with 10% rise in average
The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale opened on Wednesday with two lots reaching $450,000 during a day when almost $20 million was traded. Some 137 lots were sold on the day at an average price of $141,606, up almost $13,000 on last year's corresponding opening session.
Filed on 8 Jan 2014 @ 09:08
Keeneland, 8 January 2014
Trade continues at similar level to Monday
Ponche de Leona, dam of 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man, sold for $775,000 to Brushwood Stable to top Tuesday’s session of the 56th Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. The price is the highest amount paid during the first two days of the four-day sale.
Filed on 7 Jan 2014 @ 09:45
Keeneland, 6 January 2014
Dam of Vyjack tops session at $750,000 as median rises
Life Happened, dam of Grade Two winner Vyjack and Grade Three winner Tepin, brought $750,000 on Monday to top the opening session of Keeneland’s 56th annual January Horses of All Ages Sale. Jason Litt of Solis/Litt Bloodstock purchased Life Happened, a 13-year-old daughter of Stravinsky in foal to Harlan’s Holiday. She was consigned by Select Sales, agent.
Filed on 6 Jan 2014 @ 17:57
Royal Lodge winner Steeler to run at Meydan on Thursday
Godolphin have announced that a number of horses that were banned from racing as a result of the Mahmood Al Zarooni steroid scandal are to return to action, including the unbeaten 2012 May Hill and Fillies' Mile winner Certify.
Filed on 5 Jan 2014 @ 16:52
Three-times champion National Hunt jockey Terry Biddlecombe has died after a lengthy illness. The champion in 1965, 1966 and 1969 - when he shared the honours with Bob Davies - Biddlecome married trainer Henrietta Knight in 1995, with whom he shared the three Gold Cup triumphs of the great Best Mate.
Filed on 5 Jan 2014 @ 16:48
Santa Anita, 5 January 2014
Awesome Baby (Awesome Again) entered Saturday’s four-horse, Grade Two Santa Ynez Stakes in the shadow of her stablemate, 4-5 favorite Crushed Velvet, but it was Awesome Baby that posed for pictures, winning the prestigious event for three-year-old fillies by a half length in gate to wire fashion under Mike Smith, covering six furlongs in 1:16.62.
Filed on 5 Jan 2014 @ 16:42
Aqueduct, 5 January 2014
Son of Malibu Moon takes first step on road to the Kentucky Derby
Noble Moon (Malibu Moon), making his first start around two turns, sat off just the early pace, took the lead on the backstretch, and repelled multiple bids en route to a two-length victory over Classic Giacnroll in the 144th running of the Grade Two Jerome for three-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Filed on 4 Jan 2014 @ 10:26
Son of champion trainer scores with first runner
Richard Hannon junior took over the training licence from his champion trainer father on New Year's Day, and his first runner was a winner
Filed on 4 Jan 2014 @ 10:22
Cheltenham still a possible target after heart scare
The Nicky Henderson-trained Sprinter Sacre has pleased connections after working under the supervision of equine heart specialist Celia Marr on Friday morning. The brilliant chaser had suffered an irregular heartbeat when being pulled up in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on 27 December, but the problem appears to have righted itself for the present.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.