Douvan heads Cheltenham novice entries with Timeform 185p

Filed on 24 Feb 2016 @ 17:16

Timeform rates top contenders for novice chases and hurdles

The fields are taking shape for the four novices' chases and four of the novices' hurdles at next month's Cheltenham Festival following the February 23 scratchings deadline.

Zenyatta's son Ziconic third on debut

Filed on 22 Feb 2016 @ 09:52

Santa Anita, 21 February 2016

Whenever the legendary mare Zenyatta’s name is mentioned, expectations run high. And so was the case leading into Saturday’s third race at Santa Anita, a $56,000 maiden special weight for three-year-olds at seven furlongs, as Zenyatta’s second foal, a Jerry and Ann Moss homebred colt by top sire Tapit, named Ziconic, made his career debut.

Silviniaco Conti bounces back in the Ascot Chase

Filed on 22 Feb 2016 @ 09:39

Aintree the plan for back-to-form 10 year old

The Paul Nicholls-trained Silviniaco Conti put a below-par run in the King George behind him when winning the Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday, his seventh win at Grade One level.

Rayvin Black makes all in the Kingwell Hurdle

Filed on 22 Feb 2016 @ 09:35

The Oliver Sherwood-trained Rayvin Black/b> made all to win the Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday, responding well to the urgings of his rider Tom Garner to beat Melodic Rendezvous by five lengths. The 8/11 favourite Irving didn't handle the testing conditions.

Chautauqua swoops in the Lightning Stakes

Filed on 22 Feb 2016 @ 09:32

Australia, 20 February 2016

Trip to Royal Ascot on the cards for son of Encosta De Lago

The lightning bolt colours of prominent owner and great industry supporter Rupert Legh were first past the post in the VRC Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington on Saturday, carried to victory by Dwayne Dunn aboard Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago x Lovely Jubly) in a thrilling finish to Australia's fastest Group One race.

Tryster shows turf form with emphatic Meydan victory

Filed on 19 Feb 2016 @ 13:45

Dubai, 19 February 2016

Son of Shamardal shows good turn of foot in the Dubai Millennium Stakes

Charlei Appleby's all-weather star Tryster (Shamardal) proved his class at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday, claiming the featured Group Three Dubai Millennium Stakes sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, emphatically answering questions about his ability to perform on turf.

Ascot to run the Pat Eddery Stakes on King George day

Filed on 19 Feb 2016 @ 13:42

Winkfield Stakes to be renamed in honour of late champion jockey

Ascot RAcecourse is to honour the late Pat Eddery, who won the 1975 (Grundy) and 1986 (Dancing Brave) renewals of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, by permanently renaming the Listed Winkfield Stakes as the Pat Eddery Stakes.

Annie Power wins at Punchestown

Filed on 17 Feb 2016 @ 16:52

Mare assumes Champion Hurdle favouritism after Faugheen absence announced

The Willie Mullins-trained Annie Power ran out an impressive winner of the Mares Hurdle at Punchestown on Wednesday, being eased home six and a half lengths clear of Legacy Gold on her belated seasonal debut.

Faugheen to miss the Champion Hurdle with ligament injury

Filed on 17 Feb 2016 @ 15:38

The Willie Mullins-trained Faugheen will not defend his title in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next month, after being found to have a suspensory ligament problem as his work was stepped up after his brilliant win at Leopardstown last time.

Pauling leaning towards the Albert Bartlett for Barters Hill

Filed on 17 Feb 2016 @ 11:48

Trainer Ben Pauling is leaning towards running his Grade One-winning novice hurdler Barters Hill in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, with the likely presence of Alan King's formidable-looking Yanworth in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle a major factor in the decision.

Irish runners dominate Timeform ratings for Cheltenham Grade Ones

Filed on 17 Feb 2016 @ 11:41

Faugheen rated 9lbs clear in the Champion Hurdle

Irish trainers are responsible for just under half of the contenders going forward in the six non-novice Grade One championship contests nest month's Cheltenham Festival following the February 16 scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today, with horses trained in Ireland making up 77 of the 162 remaining entries.

Handicapper hails quality and depth of 2016 Grand National field

Filed on 17 Feb 2016 @ 10:12

Phil Smith, the BHA's Head of Handicapping, frames the weights for the Crabbie's Grand National, the only race of the year where he has complete discretion and is able to deviate from official handicap ratings.

Many Clouds heads National weights with 11st 10lbs

Filed on 16 Feb 2016 @ 12:51

Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood) will have to carry top-weight of 11st 10lb, compared to 11st 9lb to in 2015, as he bids to become the first horse to win back-to-back renewals of the Crabbie's Grand National since the great Red Rum in 1973 and 1974. The nine-year-old, who is owned by Trevor Hemmings, is the 12/1 clear favourite with Betfred, official betting partner of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival.

Simonsig to miss Cheltenham, Henderson has Aintree aim

Filed on 16 Feb 2016 @ 12:48

2013 Arkle Trophy winner Simonsig will miss the Cheltenham Festival after trainer Nicky Henderson decided the talented grey needs more time to make his return from an injury sustained in the lead-up to the Tingle Creek Chase in December.

Ar Mad suffers season-ending injury

Filed on 16 Feb 2016 @ 12:44

Arkle hope ruled out after Plumpton win

Leading novice chaser Ar Mad has sustained a season-ending injury after winning at Plumpton on Monday. The news rules out one of the prime opponents to Douvan in the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham next month.

Lizzie Kelly wins the Betfair Hurdle on Agrapart

Filed on 14 Feb 2016 @ 16:38

Jockey Lizzie Kelly's season continues to go from strength to strength and she won the 2016 renewal of Britain's richest handicap hurdle, the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday, aboard Agrapart, trained by her stepfather Nick Williams. In December she became the first female jockey to win a Grade One chase and today became the first female jockey to win the Betfair Hurdle, which was founded in 1963.

Houblon Des Obeaux dominates in the Denman Chase

Filed on 14 Feb 2016 @ 16:33
Top Gamble sees off Dodging Bullets in the Game Spirit

The Venetia Williams-trained Houblon Des Obeaux has run some great race at Newbury in the past, most notably when runner-up in the 2014 Hennessy Gold Cup, and gained a deserved first victory at the course when taking Saturday's Grade Two Betfair Denman Chase by 28 lengths.

Violet Dancer sees off L'Ami Serge in the Kingmaker Chase

Filed on 14 Feb 2016 @ 16:30

The Gary Moore-trained Violet Dancer was an emphatic 11 length winner of the Kingmaker Novices' Chase at Warwick on Saturday, making all to see off the 1-5 favourite L'Ami Serge.

Winning rider Jamie Moore told Racing UK: "He's a very hard horse and he jumped well. I think the Betfair Hurdle win [this day last year] was the making of the horse as he never used to front run.

DBS to be renamed Goffs UK

Filed on 10 Feb 2016 @ 10:02

A new name will conduct sales from April this year as Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Ltd, known universally as DBS in recent years, will be renamed Goffs UK Ltd.

The change comes nine years after the merger of Goffs and DBS in 2007 and is intended to strengthen ties between the two companies while continuing to develop the Goffs brand and its global presence in the 150th year since Robert J Goff was appointed as the official auctioneer to the Turf Club in Ireland.

Dodging Bullets set for Newbury return

Filed on 10 Feb 2016 @ 09:58

Nicholls to run Silviniaco Conti at Ascot

Paul Nicholls is set to saddle champion chaser Dodging Bullets for his belated seasonal debut in the Grade Two Betfair Exchange Chase at Newbury on Saturday.

Carlingford Lough doubles up in the Irish Gold Cup

Filed on 8 Feb 2016 @ 08:49

Valseur Lido falls at the last with race at his mercy

The John Kiely-trained Carlingford Lough won the Irish Gold Cup for the second year running at Leopardstown on Saturday, running on from the rear under Mark Walsh to score an emphatic victory.

Bristol De Mai makes all in the Scilly Isles

Filed on 8 Feb 2016 @ 08:46

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai will head to the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham next month with a live chance, after making all to win the Grade One Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown on Saturday.

Frosted puts down Dubai World Cup marker at Meydan

Filed on 5 Feb 2016 @ 09:26

Dubai, 4 February 2016

Tapit colt a class apart in Al Maktoum Challenge R2

Thursday’s EGA-sponsored Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting saw Godolphin win all three Thoroughbred Group races, including an imperious performance from Dubai World Cup hope, Frosted (Tapit), who looked a class apart as he landed the Group Two Al Maktoum Challenge R2 for trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin under jockey, William Buick.

Doldrums bound for America after record-breaking Tattersalls February Sale

Filed on 5 Feb 2016 @ 09:20

Bernardini mare fetches 145,000 gns

Tattersalls’ got its 250th Year off to a flying start on Thursday with a record-setting renewal of its February Sale. Turnover broke new ground with 251 lots sold realising 2,718,800 guineas, a 5% increase on last year’s record turnover. The average and median were 10,832 guineas and 5,000 guineas respectively with the Godolphin mare Doldrums recording topping the sale at 145,000 guineas.

Yanworth, Barters Hill and Min head Festival novice hurdle entries

Filed on 5 Feb 2016 @ 09:17

The entries for the four Grade One championship novices' hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival have been unveiled. The Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the first race on Champion Day, always gets The Festival off to a flying start. The triumvirate of owner Rich Ricci, trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh have taken the last three runnings of the extended two-mile contest with Champagne Fever (2013), Vautour (2014) and Douvan (2015). They are responsible for this year's hot favourite Min (13/8 with Sky Bet), who is unbeaten in two starts since joining Mullins. The French-bred five-year-old was last seen out when sauntering to a facile nine and a half-length success in the Grade Two Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on January 9.