Racing

American Pharoah draws clear in the Kentucky Derby

Filed on 3 May 2015 @ 11:05

Churchill Downs, 2 May 2015

Zayat Stables’ homebred American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile), ridden by now three-time Derby winner Victor Espinoza and trained by now four-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, collared leaders Dortmund and Firing Line at the head of the stretch and drew clear for a one-length victory in the 141st running of the Grade One Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands before a record crowd of 170,513 on Saturday.

Annie Power bounces back at Punchestown

Filed on 3 May 2015 @ 11:01

Mullins wins 10 of Punchestown's 12 Grade Ones

On the afternoon he was crowned Ireland's champion trainer for 2014/2015, Willie Mullins completed his domination of this year's Punchestown Festival with a double in the final day's Grade Ones.

Gleneagles strides clear in the 2000 Guineas

Filed on 2 May 2015 @ 20:49

Galileo colt set to run in Irish Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Gleneagles (Galileo) strode emphatically clear of Telescope to win the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday, his trainer seventh sucess in the race.

Second Step sees off Telescope in the Jockey Club Stakes

Filed on 2 May 2015 @ 20:40

Newmarket rivals could clash in the Hardwicke Stakes

The Luca Cumani-trained Second Step (Dalakhani), a Listed winner at the Curragh last October, made a winning debut in Group company on Saturday to edge out the hot favourite Telescope to win the Group Two Dunaden at Overbury Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket.

Goldream registers maiden Pattern win in the Palace House

Filed on 2 May 2015 @ 20:36

The Robert Cowell-trained Goldream (Oasis Dream) won a valuable handicap at Newmarket's Guineas meeting last year and at this year's renewal on the Rowley Mile took a major step forward when winning the Group Three Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes, winning by a length and a quarter from the staying-on Justice Day, with veteran Kingsgate Native third.

Lovely Maria charges clear in the Kentucky Oaks

Filed on 2 May 2015 @ 09:31

Churchill Downs, 1 May 2015

Third Oaks win for Brereton Jones and Larry Jones

Owner-breeder Brereton Jones and trainer Larry Jones (no relation) combined to win the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) when Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection) charged to a 2 ¾-length victory over Shook Up to win the 141st running of the $1 million race for three-year-old fillies before a record Oaks Day crowd of 123,763 on a mild, sunny afternoon.

Exchange Rate colt tops Guineas Breeze-Up Sale at 230,000 gns

Filed on 2 May 2015 @ 09:22

Selective market at Tattersalls

A son of Exchange Rate topped the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up & Horses in Training Sale on Friday at 230,000 guineas. The sale saw turnover increase 16% to a record 4,600,100 guineas and the median rise 13% to 18,000 guineas with the average down slightly at 26,745 guineas and a clearance rate of 79%. The horses in training section of the sale saw the turnover improve 22% to 836,200 guineas for the 52 lots sold, at an average of 16,081 guineas and a median of 6,250 guineas whilst the breeze up section saw turnover rise 15% to 3,763,900 guineas at an average of 31,366 guineas and a median of 23,500 guineas.

Fabulous Faugheen wins at Punchestown

Filed on 2 May 2015 @ 09:19

"It was an unbelievable performance from Faugheen"

Faugheen (1/6 Fav) maintained his unbeaten record with a fabulous display in the Grade One Queally Group Celebrating 35 Years In Naas Punchestown Champion Hurdle on Friday when holding off stablemate Arctic Fire (5/1) to score by eight lengths.

Bawina wins the Prix du Muguet as Avenir Certain flops

Filed on 1 May 2015 @ 14:26

Group Two honours for progressive Dubawi filly

The Group Two Prix du Muguet at Saint-Cloud on Friday was won by the Carlos Laffon-Parias-trained Bawina (Dubawi), who showed a likeable attitude in quickening from the rear to beat Spoil The Fun by a length and a quarter.

Un De Sceaux impresses in the Ryanair Novice Chase

Filed on 1 May 2015 @ 07:06

Punters who backed Un De Sceaux at 1/10 in the Grade One Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown on Thursday never had any worries as the outstanding Arkle Chase hero added to Willie Mullins' great record this week when scoring by three lengths from Just Cameron, running an excellent race for trainer Micky Hammond.

Jezki sees off Hurricane Fly in three mile clash

Filed on 1 May 2015 @ 07:04

A step up to three miles for two brilliant hurdlers saw Jezki (5/2) come out a length and three-quarters ahead of old rival Hurricane Fly (6/4 favourite) to win the Grade One Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday.

Don Cossack wins the Punchestown Gold Cup

Filed on 30 Apr 2015 @ 07:00

Aintree winner sees off Djakadam under Carberry

Veteran rider Paul Carberry treated the Punchestown crowd to a flying dismount after getting Don Cossack (5/2) up to win the feature Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday.

Mizzou wins the Sagaro Stakes in record time

Filed on 30 Apr 2015 @ 06:56

Son of Galileo heads to the Gold Cup

The Luca Cumani-trained Mizzou (Galileo) broke the track record when claiming a maiden Pattern race success in the Group Three Longines Sagaro Stakes at Ascot on Wednesday. The progressive four-year-old picked up from the rear under William Buick and stayed on strongly to beat Vent De Force by two lengths

Limato extends his unbeaten run in the Pavilion Stakes

Filed on 30 Apr 2015 @ 06:51

Son of Tagula favourite for the inaugural Commonwealth Cup

The hugely exciting Limato (Tagula) took his unbeaten record to five at Ascot on Wednesday with a dominant victory in the Group Three Merriebelle Stable Pavilion Stakes, comforatbly beating the running-on Tendu by a length and a half. Limato won Newbury’s Listed Rose Bowl Stakes last in July and the Listed Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar as a juvenile, and is being aimed at this season's Group One Commonwealth Cup.

First winner for Canford Cliffs

Filed on 29 Apr 2015 @ 08:15

Canford Cliffs became the latest freshman sire to register his first winner when the Bill Turner-trained Thee And Me won a five furlong maiden at Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

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Douvan strolls clear at Punchestown as Mullins dominates

Filed on 29 Apr 2015 @ 07:14

Don Poli beaten behind Valseur Lido

Trainer Willie Mullins described Douvan as being "as good as we have ever had" after the brilliant six-year-old strolled home to win the Grade One Herald Champion Novice Hurdle by seven and a half lengths on the opening day of the 2015 Punchestown Festival on Tuesday.

Whipper's Mayhem wins the Prix Allez France

Filed on 28 Apr 2015 @ 06:58

The Philippe Sogorb-trained Mayhem (Whipper) won the Group Three Prix Allez France at Chantilly on Monday, taking a soft lead early in the 10f contest and finding plenty when challenged by Sparkling Beam a furlong out to stay on to win by a nose.

Gleneagles heads 28 in the 2000 Guineas

Filed on 28 Apr 2015 @ 06:53

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Gleneagles heads 28 remaining entries in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday. The Ballydoyle trainer also plans to run Ol' Man River, with Highland Reel an unlikely runner, with the French Guineas his aim.

Legatissimo has Classic aim after Gowran Listed romp

Filed on 27 Apr 2015 @ 07:03

The David Wachman-trained Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) was an impressive winner of the Listed Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes at Gowran Park on Sunday, quickening three and three-quarter lengths clear of Euphrasia, with Carla Bianca taking third.

Lope De Vega's Hero Look wins the Italian 2000 Guineas

Filed on 27 Apr 2015 @ 06:57

Guineas double for Scuderia Effevi as Sound Of Freedom wins fillies' Classic

Italian champion owner Scuderia Effevi won bothof Italy's mile Classics on Sunday, with Hero Look (Lope De Vega) landing the Group Three Premio Parioli - the Itlaian 2000 Guineas - and Sound Of Freedom (Duke Of Marmalade) the Group Three Premio Regina Elena. Both horses are trained in Italy by Stefano Botti.

Dylan Thomas's Blazing Speed wins the QEII Cup

Filed on 27 Apr 2015 @ 06:49

Hong Kong, 26 April 2015

Blazing Speed (Dylan Thomas) gave trainer Tony Cruz a rare first when causing a minor upset in the Group One Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday.

McCoy third on his final start

Filed on 25 Apr 2015 @ 15:36

AP McCoy bows out with his 20th jockeys' championship

Perennial champion jockey AP McCoy retired on Saturday, with his final ride producing a third place finish when Box Office ran on up the hill in the Bet365 Handicap Hurdle at Sandown Park.

Just A Par wins the Bet365 Gold Cup

Filed on 25 Apr 2015 @ 15:23

Big race win for champion conditional Sean Bowen

The bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown on Saturday was won by the Paul Nichols-trained Just A Par, who came with a strong late run under Sean Bowen to give the 17 year old the biggest day of his career so far - he had earlier secured victory in the conditional jockeys' championship.

Special Tiara wins the Celebration Chase

Filed on 25 Apr 2015 @ 14:45

Sprinter Sacre to remain in training after Sandown second

The Henry de Bromehad-trained Special Tiara won the bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase at Sandown on Saturday. Sprinter Sacre put in a better run than he had at Cheltenham in March to finish second, ahead of Mr Mole, piloted by AP McCoy, having the penultimate ride of his illustrious career.

Master Apprentice on top in the Sandown Classic Trial

Filed on 24 Apr 2015 @ 14:27

Royal Ascot the likely aim for son of Mastercraftsman

The Andrew Balding-trained Master Apprentice (Mastercraftsman) dictated terms in the Group Three Bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown on Friday, setting the pace under David Probert and going clear in the straight, having sufficient in hand to see off the late thrust from Ballydoyle's Cape Clear Island - winner of the Tattersalls Millions 3YO Trophy at Newmarket last week - by three quarters of a length. Snoano was thord.