Filed on 24 Feb 2015 @ 17:12
"Mr Mole deserves the title of the most improved horse in training"
Ditcheat-based trainer Paul Nicholls, who is going after his ninth trainers’ title this season, is very pleased with the condition of his horses ahead of next month's Cheltenham Festival and on Tuesday paraded his main hopes for success over the four days.
Filed on 24 Feb 2015 @ 08:09
"We are as good as we have been for a very, very long time with Sprinter Sacre"
Trainer Nicky Henderson, the most successful trainer ever at the Cheltenham Festival with 51 successes, talked of his hopes for the four-day meeting next month at a media day organised by the racecourse on Monday.
Filed on 23 Feb 2015 @ 08:42
Gulfstream Park, 22 February 2015
Son of Lemon Drop Kid awarded Grade Two verdict after UUpstart DQ'd
After scuffling with favored Upstart (Flatter) in the stretch, Starlight Racing’s Itsaknockout (Lemon Drop Kid) had to settle for a second-place finish in Saturday’s Grade Two Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park. However, the Todd Pletcher-trained three-year-old won the decision of the track stewards following their video review of the stretch run and was awarded the victory in the major prep for the Triple Crown and the Grade One Florida Derby (March 28).
Filed on 23 Feb 2015 @ 08:35
Fair Grounds, 22 February 2015
The Mike Maker-trained International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus) won the Grade Two Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Saturday. Racing in mid-pack most of the way, the New York-bred son of Fusaichi Pegasus was three-wide on the first turn under Miguel Mena and then dropped to the rail to settle in sixth while Altamira Racing Stable and David Bernsen’s California invader St. Joe Bay carved out fractions of :23.29, :47.08 and 1:12.16 under Florent Geroux. The agile bay colt then accelerated while skimming the rail inside Fox Hill Farm’s Kerwin Clark-ridden Bluff on the far turn before squeezing through a nearly impossible opening on the rail beside leader St. Joe Bay at the top of the stretch.
Filed on 22 Feb 2015 @ 10:42
All roads lead to Champion Chase defence after weight-carrying performance
The Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy put a last-time-out unseating behind him on Saturday when running out the impressive winner of the Rifles Handicap Chase Supporting Care For Casualties at Chepstow on Saturday, carrying top weigth with aplomb in the testing conditions to beat Grey Gold by seven lengths.
Filed on 22 Feb 2015 @ 10:32
Aintree the more likely target after ten length victory
The Paul Nicholls-trained Irish Saint came home well clear in the BetBright Best For Festival Betting Pendil Novices' Chase at Kempton Park on Saturday, making the best of the testing conditions to beat Hollow Penny by ten lengths. Second favourite Melodic Rendezvous was pipped for third, tiring after the second last.
Filed on 22 Feb 2015 @ 09:58
Australia, 21 February 2015
Fifth Group One win for son of Redoute's Choice
The Mick Price-trained Lankan Rupee (Redoute's Choice) put a spring campaign that yielded a sole Group One win behind him with a dominant victory in the Group One Lightning Stakes on Saturday, returning to the form that saw him rated as the undisputed sprint star of Australian racing this time last year.
Filed on 22 Feb 2015 @ 09:46
Grendisar and Rivellino win on the all-weather
The Marco Bott-trained Grendisar (Invincible Spirit) came with a powerful late thrust to win the Listed coral.co.uk Winter Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday, adding to his win in the Listed Quebec Stakes over course and distance in December.
Filed on 20 Feb 2015 @ 09:38
Dubai, 20 February 2015
De Royer-Dupre-trained filly emulates Sun Classique and Sajjhaa
The Group Two Balanchine Stakes went to France last night as Cladocera (Oasis Dream) landed her second win of the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse. In doing so, she became the third Cape Verdi winner, (1600m turf), to follow up in this 1800m turf feature but she has a lot to live up to. Sun Classique won the two contests in 2008 before landing the Dubai Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup night while Sajjhaa achieved the same feat in 2013 before winning the Group One Jebel Hatta on Super Saturday and the Dubai Duty Free on the big night.
Filed on 20 Feb 2015 @ 09:34
"Jezki seems to like Cheltenham in the spring of the year"
Jessica Harrington believes Faugheen is the one to beat as her stable star Jezki builds up for the defence of his Stan James Champion Hurdle crown at Cheltenham on Tuesday, March 10.
Filed on 20 Feb 2015 @ 09:32
Weights to be announced on 25 February
1,023 entries, including 302 from Ireland, have been received for the 11 handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival, which takes place from Tuesday, March 10 to Friday, March 13.
Filed on 19 Feb 2015 @ 10:00
"Douvan is as nice a horse as we have ever had going to Cheltenham"
Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins has given an update on many of his leading contenders ahead of this year's Cheltenham Festival at a media day organised by Cheltenham Racecourse on Wednesday.
Filed on 19 Feb 2015 @ 09:58
Classic winning son of Dubawi to remain with Richard Hannon
Last season's 2000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder (Dubawi) has been bought by Godolphin. The four-year-old will remain in training with Richard Hannon.
Filed on 19 Feb 2015 @ 09:50
The acceptors for the three Grade One novices' chases, the four Grade One novices' hurdles plus the Listed Toby Balding National Hunt Chase at next month's Cheltenham Festival have been unveiled.
Four days of outstanding racing action gets underway with the £120,000 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (1.30pm), the opening contest of Champion Day, Tuesday, March 10. Willie Mullins has won the two most recent renewals of The Festival's curtain raiser and Ireland's champion trainer has another strong hand this year, headed by Sky Bet's 15/8 favourite Douvan. The five-year-old posted a pair facile wins at Gowran Park and Punchestown and has been given a rating of 170P by Timeform, which has L'Ami Serge top-rated on 171p.
Filed on 18 Feb 2015 @ 08:04
More progressive horses entered for Aintree spectacular
Phil Smith, the senior BHA handicapper who is his 17th year of handicapping the Grand National said at the publication of the weights for the 2015 renewal on Tuesday: "The result which gave me the most satisfaction was Neptune Collonges in 2012 because of the closeness of the finish - that is what we are paid to try and achieve.
Filed on 18 Feb 2015 @ 08:01
Carlingford Lough and Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere have been jointly-allotted top-weight of 11st 10lb for the £1-million Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 11.
Filed on 14 Feb 2015 @ 18:56
Alan King's aiming at the Ryanair Chase after superb round of jumping
The Alan King-trained Balder Succes put in a superb round of jumping under Wayne Hutchinson en route to a dominant victory in the Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday.
Filed on 14 Feb 2015 @ 18:52
Champion Chase or Ryanair Chase the target for Mullins-trained grey
The Willie Mullins-trained Champagne Fever registered a straightforward victory in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park on Saturday, putting a final fence fall on his last start behind him. The grey now heads to Cheltenham, where he will line up in either the Champion Chase or Ryanair Chase.
Filed on 14 Feb 2015 @ 18:36
Skelton aiming at Aintree with Wincanton winner
The Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday saw the Dan Skelton-trained Blue Heron make all under Harry Skelton for a decisive six length victory over Fighting Fifth winner Irivng.
Filed on 14 Feb 2015 @ 18:32
Australia, 14 February 2015
The Peter Moody-trained Dissident (Sebring) proved a class above his rivals in Saturday’s Group One Sportingbet Powered by William Hill C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Filed on 13 Feb 2015 @ 08:34
Oasis Dream mare Dreaming Of Rubies sells for €220,000
The Goffs February Sale reaffirmed its position as the European market leader in its category following a strong two days that recorded significant growth across all sectors. Overall, 33 lots sold at an 81% clearance rate for an aggregate of €5,350,500, a 31% rise on last year. The average was up by just 1% to €16,214, but the median rose by 43% to €10,000.
Filed on 13 Feb 2015 @ 08:30
Dubai, 12 February 2015
Godolphin’s Saeed Bin Suroor stable were the team to follow at Meydan on Thursday, taking the UAE 2000 Guineas with Maftool (Hard Spun) and landing two other races on the night.
Filed on 13 Feb 2015 @ 08:23
The Jonjo O'Neill-trained Holywell, a winner at Cheltenham and Aintree last spring, got his season on track with an emphatic victory in the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase at Kelso on Thursday, where he dictated terms under AP McCoy, winning by 25 lengths from Fentara.
Filed on 13 Feb 2015 @ 08:17
Newmarket Racecourses has announced changes to its autumn programme, with the creation of a two-day Dubai Future Champions Festival at the Rowley Mile. This will run on Friday 9th October 2015 featuring the Group One Dubai Fillies' Mile and Saturday 10th October 2015 with the Group One Dubai Dewhurst Stakes and Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap. The Group One Middle Park Stakes moves into September, to create a two week gap with the Dewhurst Stakes.
Filed on 12 Feb 2015 @ 08:40
€145,000 Shamardal weanling takes centre stage
The 2015 sales year at Goffs opened in style on Wednesday as strong weanling trade on Day 1 of the February Sale recorded major gains across the board. Turnover grew by 44% to €2,474,900, while average and median both rose by 30%, to €16,610 and €10,000 respectively.