416 yearlings entered for the 2017 Derby

Filed on 10 Dec 2015 @ 10:03

Coolmore and Godolphin dominate early entries, as 24 Frankel yearlings entered

The 2017 Investec Derby, with increased prize money of £1.5 million, has attracted 416 yearling entries.

Network tops final session of Arqana Breeding Stock Sale

Filed on 9 Dec 2015 @ 09:16

Sale of stallions boost final day aggregate by 36%

The final session of the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale, which featured a rare offering of 15 stallions in addition to 156 National Hunt mares and foals, returned a record aggregate of €2,344,500, up a whopping 36% from the same day a year ago. The average also improved by 23% to reach €21,314. However, the larger catalogue for this final day saw the clearance rate retreat from 80% to 70%.

Telecoms company Timico to sponsor the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Filed on 9 Dec 2015 @ 09:13

Fast-growing managed service provider Timico Technology Group has been announced as the new sponsor of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, run on Friday, March 18, 2016, receives an immediate prize money boost of £25,000 and will be worth a record £575,000.

Faugheen and Don Cossack named as joint Irish Horses of the Year

Filed on 8 Dec 2015 @ 09:43

Don Cossack and Faugheen were joint-winners of the Horse of the Year Award at the annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards ceremony at Leopardstown.

For the first time in history the award was shared as voters were unable to choose between the Willie Mullins-trained Champion Hurdle winner Faugheen and Gordon Elliott's five-time Grade One-winning chaser Don Cossack.

Peace And Co heads entries for the International

Filed on 8 Dec 2015 @ 09:39

The Grade Two International Hurdle takes centre stage at Cheltenham on Saturday, and Nicky Henderson has three entered in Peace And Co, Top Notch and Hargam. The trio filled the first three places respectively in the Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival in March.

Siyouni foals in demand at Arqana

Filed on 8 Dec 2015 @ 09:36

Figures on the third and penultimate session of the Breeding Stock Sale proved extremely similar to the same day a year earlier, with all key indicators registering variations under 2%. 200 horses sold on Monday, 7 more than in 2014, for an aggregate of €2,237,900 and an average price of €11,190. The clearance rate lost one point at 74%.

Embellishment tops Arqana Breeding Stock opener at €900,000

Filed on 6 Dec 2015 @ 15:18

Ballylinch/Bridlewood top the buyers' list at solid start to sale

The Arqana 2015 Breeding Stock Sale got off to a solid start on Saturday, with Ballylinch Stud’s manager John O’Connor the busiest buyer of the day when securing 5 mares for €2.4 million on behalf of John and Leslie Malone’s breeding operations, Ballylinch Stud in Ireland and Bridlewood Farm in Florida.

Djakadam wins his first Grade One in the John Durkan

Filed on 6 Dec 2015 @ 15:14

Last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Djakadam registered his first win at Grade One level on Sunday when pulling easily clear of his rivals to win the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase by 12 lengths.

Al Ferof wins the Peterborough on debut for Skelton

Filed on 6 Dec 2015 @ 15:10

The Betfred Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on Sunday was won by former Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner and Grade Two winning Chaser Al Ferof, who was making his first start for Dan Skelton, having left Paul Nicholls.

Sire De Grugy bounces back in the Tingle Creek

Filed on 6 Dec 2015 @ 14:54

Gary Moore also lands the Henry VIII with Ar Mad

The Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy returned to the sort of form that saw him land the Tingle Creek, Clarence Hosue Chase and Champion Chase two seasons ago when landing the Grade One Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday.

Tattersalls conclude their sale year with second-highest turnover on record

Filed on 4 Dec 2015 @ 08:31

Mahony sounds warning over increased numbers at lower end of market

The fourth and final day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale brought down the curtain on another successful year at Park Paddocks, with turnover of 262 million falling just short of last year’'s record. Turnover for the day totalled 647,500 guineas, taking the four-day total for the December Mare Sale to 46,513,500 guineas, and the December Sale as a whole to 84,170,500 guineas.

Weld happy with Free Eagle ahead of the Hong Kong Cup

Filed on 3 Dec 2015 @ 09:06

Return to 10f to suit son of High Chaparral

Free Eagle is due to touch down in Hong Kong sometime on Saturday (5 December) and trainer Dermot Weld is hopeful that his star colt has what it takes to land the world's richest mile and a quarter turf race, the Group One Longines Hong Kong Cup on Sunday, 13 December.

Odeliz sells privately for 1m gns at Tattersalls Mare Sale

Filed on 3 Dec 2015 @ 08:53

Strong trade continued on the third day of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale, with a pair of fillies sold for 190,000 guineas and a further 12 lots were sold for over 100,000 guineas. A total of 198 lots made 6,632,000 guineas at an average of 33,495 guineas and a median of 20,250 guineas.

Dicking upbeat over "back on song" Thomas Crapper

Filed on 3 Dec 2015 @ 08:50

Annacotty will have to defy a 5lb rise in the ratings if he is to become the fourth horse to capture both the Paddy Power Gold Cup and the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham in the same season, after the weights for the 2m 5f handicap chase were revealed. The Alan King-trained seven-year-old is set to race off a mark of 152 (10st 10lb).

DArley go to 2.7m gns to secure Galileo mare Hanky Panky

Filed on 2 Dec 2015 @ 09:00

Tiggy Wiggy, Qualify and Seta also sell for seven figure sums

Hanky Panky was the star turn on the second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale, selling for 2,700,000 guineas on a day that also included the sale of Champion two-year-old Tiggy Wiggy for 2,100,000 guineas and the Oaks winner Qualify for 1,600,000 guineas. The second day of the sale saw a total of 162 lots sell for 27,657,000 guineas, at an average of 170,722 guineas and a median of 79,000 guineas.

Many Clouds in fine form ahead of Aintree return

Filed on 2 Dec 2015 @ 08:56

Oliver Sherwood, trainer of 2015 Crabbie's Grand National winner Many Clouds, reported on Tuesday that his charge is in fine form ahead of appearing in Saturday's Betfred Lotto '£100K Cash Giveaway' Chase over an extended three miles of the Mildmay Course at Aintree.

Wildensteins go to 420,000 for Incahoots

Filed on 1 Dec 2015 @ 09:01

Oasis Dream mare tops December Mare Sale opener

The Tattersalls December Mare Sale got off to a strong start on Monday, with the Wertheimer brothers going to 420,000 guineas to secure the top lot, George Strawbridge's winning Oasis Dream half sister to Prix de l'Opera winner We Are.

Un De Sceaux heads 10 in the Tingle Creek

Filed on 1 Dec 2015 @ 08:47

Sprinter Sacre to bypass Sandown for Kempton

The Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux, the winner of 13 of his 14 starts, including last season's Arkle Trophy, heads 10 entries for the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase over two miles at Sandown on Saturday.

Many Clouds set for Aintree return on Saturday

Filed on 1 Dec 2015 @ 08:12

Unioniste heads Becher Chase confirmations

The 2015 Crabbie's Grand National hero Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood) features among 11 entries for the Listed Betfred Lotto '£100k Cash Giveaway' Chase over just short of three miles and a furlong on the Mildmay Course at Aintree on Saturday.

Delzangles upbeat over Ming Dynasty's HK Vase chances

Filed on 1 Dec 2015 @ 08:09

Improving son of King's Best has put Prix Niel run behind him

Trainer Mikel Delzangles is looking forward to Ming Dynasty (King's Best) contesting theGroup One Longines Hong Kong Vase (2,400m) at Sha Tin on 13 December.

Arctic Fire gets his first Grade One in the Hatton's Grace

Filed on 30 Nov 2015 @ 08:31

The Willie Mullins-traines Arctic Fire - the runner up in last season's Champion Hurdle and a faller when leading in the Aintree Hurdle - registered his first win at the highest level when winning the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

No More Heroes surges to Drinmore Chase victory

Filed on 30 Nov 2015 @ 08:27

Elliott-trained novice promoted to RSA Chase favouritism

The Gordon Elliott-trained No More Heroes ran out the emphatic winner of the Grade One Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday, quickening clear of his rivals in the manner of a good horse to beat Monksland by two and a half lengths. Free Expression was third.

Deep Impact's Shonan Pandora lifts the Japan Cup

Filed on 30 Nov 2015 @ 08:20

Japan, 29 November 2015

Erupt the best of the Europeans in sixth

Fourth pick Shonan Pandora (Deep Impact) beat the boys and the foreign raiders on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse before nearly 103,000 fans with an upset win of the Japan Cup in association with Longines that landed her the 300- million-yen booty and her second career Grade One.

Dark Angel colt tops finals session of strong Tattersalls Foal Sale

Filed on 30 Nov 2015 @ 08:11

Record turnover for foal sale, though selective market sees clearance rate fall

A colt by DArk Angel from Usk Valley Stud topped the final session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale on Saturday at 170,000 guineas as strong demand for quality foals continued as turnover for the sale broke into unchartered territory. Four lots topped 100,000 guineas on the final day, taking the number of six-figure foals across the week to 77, a record for the Foal Sale.

Frontrunning Smad Place dominates the Hennessy Gold Cup

Filed on 28 Nov 2015 @ 17:03

The Alan King-trained Smad Place was an utterly dominant winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday, with a brilliant frontrunning performance under Wayne Hutchinson.

In control at the head of affairs from an early stage, Smad Place - who was fifth in this last year - jumped superbly, putting his rivals under increasing pressure as the 3m 2f contest unfolded.