John Hills dies at the age of 53

Filed on 2 Jun 2014 @ 07:34

Trainer John Hills has died at the age of 53 after a short illness. The Lambourn handler was a son of Barry Hills and brother of jockeys Richard and Michael Hills and trainer Charlie Hills.

He learnt his trade with Edward O'Grady, Harry Thomson-Jones, John Gosden and his father before taking out a licence in 1987.

The Grey Gatsby bursts clear in the Prix du Jockey Club

Filed on 2 Jun 2014 @ 07:16

Dante winner quickens three lengths clear in Chantilly Classic

Recent Dante Stakes winner The Grey Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) showed an impressive turn of foot to burst three lengths clear in the Group One Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on Sunday, giving his trainer Kevin Ryan his first Classic winner. Alain de Royer-Dupre's Shamkiyr stayed on for second, ahead of the favourite Prince Gibraltar in third.

Fabre three-year-olds strike at Chantilly

Filed on 2 Jun 2014 @ 07:10

Savanne lands the Royaumont and Fintry the Sandringham

Andre Fabre was in good form at Chantilly on Sunday, striking in two of the three-year-old Group races on the Prix du Jockey Club undercard. The trainer registered his 11th winner in the Group Three Prix de Royaumont at Chantilly, with Savanne (Rock Of Gibraltar) making all under Pierre-Charles Boudot to beat Ball Dancing.

One And Only outduels Isla Bonita in the Japanese Derby

Filed on 2 Jun 2014 @ 07:07

Japan, 1 June 2014

One And Only goes one better than his sire Heart's Cry

Third favorite One and Only (Heart's Cry) partnered with Norihiro Yokoyama captured this year's Grade One Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) before the crowd of close to 140,000 on Sunday, winning over a close duel with Isla Bonita who was aiming to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown following his win in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas).

More Than Ready's Room service wins the American Oaks

Filed on 2 Jun 2014 @ 07:04

Santa Anita, 1 June 2014

Ashland winner adds Grade One on turf

The second choice at 2-1, Gary and Mary West’s homebred Room Service (More Than Ready) shipped in from Kentucky to win Saturday’s Grade One American Oaks at Santa Anita by 2 ¼ lengths under Shaun Bridgmohan, getting 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:01.28.

Scoop6 will resemble the Lotto soon enough

Filed on 30 May 2014 @ 06:45

No small punter will be winning the Scoop6 by studying form, as anyone who analysed the two Catterick races on 24 May will know. Both were multi-runner affairs where several of the runners had taken each other on in the past, often at the same venue. They weren’t quite blown-up versions of a six-dog handicap at Crayford, but there was an unmistakeable feeling of ‘whose turn is it today?’

Sharestan holds on in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes

Filed on 29 May 2014 @ 20:11

Son of Shamardal heads to the Hardwicke Stakes

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Sharestan (Shamardal) held on to deny Sheikhzayedroad by a nose in the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on Thursday, taking advantage of the absence of Hillstar and Remote to hold on up the hill from the runner-up's late challenge, who failed in a bobbing finish.

Brown Panther goes clear in the Henry II Stakes

Filed on 29 May 2014 @ 20:06

Gold Cup the target for son of Shirocco

The Tom Dascombe-trained Brown Panther (Shirocco) added to his recent win in the Group Three Ormonde Stakes when running out the clear-cut winner of the Group Three Cantor Fitzgerald Henry II Stakes at Sandown on Thursday, punching clear a furlong out under Richard Kingscote to beat High Jinx by three and a half lengths. Whiplash Willie was third.

Gosden could supplement Romsdal to the Derby

Filed on 29 May 2014 @ 16:49

Chester Vase second could join stablemate Western Hymn at Epsom

John Gosden's main Investec Derby hope is the unbeaten Western Hymn, but the Newmarket trainer could supplement Romsdal, who just failed by a nose to catch Orchestra in the Chester Vase, at a cost of £75,000 on Monday.

Weld: Derrinstown form should hold up in the Derby

Filed on 29 May 2014 @ 16:46

Trainer hoping for big run from Fascinating Rock

Dermot Weld has never won the Investec Derby in his long training career and the Curragh trainer is hoping that Fascinating Rock will put that record straight this year.

Varian looking forward to running Kingston Hill in the Derby

Filed on 29 May 2014 @ 16:44

Last season's Racing Post Trophy winner Kingston Hill worked with two stable companions at Epsom Downs on Thursday.

"He went really nicely," said jockey Andrea Atzeni. "He travelled good, quickened up well and liked the ground. It's pretty soft out there but he's won on that ground before. I was very pleased with him. We didn't go mad today but he stretched out well in the last furlong and quickened up well. It's just great to be able to ride a horse who has a chance of running a big race."

O'Brien set to run four in the Derby

Filed on 29 May 2014 @ 16:42

Australia heads Ballydoyle contingent for Epsom

Trainer Aidan O'Brien is bidding to win the Investec Derby for a third successive year and he could field four runners, headed by odds-on favourite Australia.

Hydrogen set to make belated racecourse debut

Filed on 28 May 2014 @ 11:02

The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Hydrogen (Galileo), the most expensive yearling of 2012 when selling to Qatar Racing for 2.5m gns at Tattersalls, is finally set to make his racecourse debut at Newmarket on Friday.

Lochsong dies at the age of 26

Filed on 28 May 2014 @ 07:35

Three-time Group One winner Lochsong has died at owner Jeff Smith's Littleton Stud at the age of 26. The sprinting filly was trained by Ian Balding to success in major handicaps - she won the Stewards' Cup, Portland Handicap and Ayr Gold Cup - before graduating to Group One level, where she won the Nunthorpe in 1993 and the Prix de l'Abbaye in 1993 and 1994.

Duke Of Marmalade sold to South Africa

Filed on 27 May 2014 @ 07:29

Third crop sire Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill) has been sold by Coolmore to Drakenstein Stud in South Africa in a deal brokered by Blandford Bloodstock.

Duke Of Marmalade was rated 132 by Timeform after enjoying a spectacular four-year-old campaign that included Group One successes in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Juddmonte International at York and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

Galileo's Marvellous lands the Irish 1000 Guineas

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:41

Galileo filly heads to the Oaks as Lightning Thunder takes Classic second again

The lightly-raced Marvellous (Galileo) won the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday, coming from the rear of the field under Ryan Moore to score by three lengths from the Newmarket 1000 Guineas runner-up Lightning Thunder.

Dylan Thomas completes Italian Classic double as Final Score wins the Oaks d'Italia

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:36

Third Italian Oaks winner in a row out of Holy Moon

A week after the Stefano Botti-trained Dylan Mouth won the Italian Derby, stablemate Final Score (Dylan Thomas), also by Dylan Thomas, won the Group Two Oaks d’Italia in Milan on Sunday.

Ajaxana scores in the German 1,000 Guineas

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:33

The Waldemar Hickst-trained Ajaxana (Rock Of Gibraltar) stepped up from a second to Meerjungfrau in the Schwarzgold Rennen last time to win the Group Two German 1,000 Guineas on Sunday, scoring by three-quarters of a length.

Cirrus des Aigles dominates in the Prix d'Ispahan

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:30

The Group One Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp on Sunday saw a dominant performance from the evergreen eight-year-old Cirrus des Aigles (Even Top), who made all under Christophe Soumillon to register his fifth Group One, a month after seeing off Treve in the Prix Ganay.

We Are wins the Prix Saint-Alary on her third start

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:20

Dansili filly surges three lengths clear in Longchamp Group One

George Strawbridge's We Are (Dansili) came into Sunday's Group One Prix Saint-Alary as the winner of her two starts, neither of them in stakes company, but the manner of her wins saw her sent off the well-supported second favourite and she rewarded that when surging clear of Vazira to win by three lengths.

Group One win for Frankel's brother Noble Mission

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:17

Stallion career beckons after Tattersalls Gold Cup victory

The Lady Cecil-trained Noble Mission (Galileo), a full brother to Frankel, continued his fine form this season when winning his first Group One in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on Sunday, making all under James Doyle to beat Magician by a length and a quarter.

Nuovo Record wins the Japanese Oaks

Filed on 25 May 2014 @ 18:13

Japan, 25 May 2014

Guineas winner Harp Star beaten into second

Second pick Nuovo Record (Heart's Cry) warded off a huge challenge from the overwhelming race favorite Harp Star to capture this year’s Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) and her first Grade One victory. After succumbing to a 0.4 second runner-up finish in the Tulip Sho (G3) in March, and a mere 0.1 second margin for third in the following Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas), the Heart’s Cry filly finally succeeded in beating her biggest rival to dominate the second leg of the Triple Crown for fillies by a neck.

Showcasing the first freshman sire to register a stakes winner

Filed on 24 May 2014 @ 17:08

Cappella Sansevero wins the Marble Hill Stakes

Cappella Sansevero is unbeaten in three starts after winning the Listed Marble Hill Stake at the Curragh on Saturday, making the best of the absence of The Great War to state his case for the Norfolk Stakes on his stakes debut.

Kingman stretches clear in the Irish 2000 Guineas

Filed on 24 May 2014 @ 16:21

Invincible Spirit colt gets his Classic after Newmarket second

The John Gosden-trained Kingman (Invincible Spirit) bounced back from his second to Night Of Thunder in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket a fortnight ago to run out a domiannt winner of the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday, getting on top in the final quarter mile and stretching clear to beat the supplemented Shifting Power by five lengths, with Mustajeeb third.

Hot Streak takes command in the Temple Stakes

Filed on 24 May 2014 @ 16:14

Three-year-old son of Iffraaj impresses in Group Two sprint

The Kevin Ryan-trained Hot Streak (Iffraaj) ran out a thoroughly impressive winner of the Group Two Betfred Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday, giving his teenage rider Oisin Murphy the biggest win of his career. The pair went powerfully clear of their elders, and had plenty in hand to see off the late challenge from Pearl Secret, giving Qatar Racing a 1-2.