The Gurkha heads 11 in the Eclipse

Filed on 28 Jun 2016 @ 09:06

The Group One Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday has attracted an entry of 11, headed by French Guineas winner and St James's Palace Stakes second The Gurkha.

O'Brien has also entered Dante Stakes runner-up Deauville, Cougar Mountain, Bravery and Long Island Sound.

French targets for Eagle Top and Wings Of Desire

Filed on 28 Jun 2016 @ 09:03

The John Gosden-trained Eagle Top (Pivotal) could head to the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday in a bid for a first win since taking the King Edward VII Stakes in 2014.

Hugo Lascelles, racing manager to owner Lady Bamford, told PA Sport: "Eagle Top is going to run in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, ground permitting.

Minding surges 4 1/2 lengths clear in the Pretty Polly

Filed on 27 Jun 2016 @ 07:57

1000 Guineas and Oaks winner Minding (Galileo) showed her aptitude over 10f at the Curragh on Sunday when storming four and a half lengths clear in the Group One Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes, showing a smart turn of foot to pass the long-time leader Bocca Baciata and surge clear in the final half-furlong. Lucida was third for Godolphin and Jim Bolger.

Harzand outbattles Idaho to win the Irish Derby

Filed on 25 Jun 2016 @ 18:09

The Aga Khan's Harzand (Sea The Stars) completed a Classic double when outbattling Idaho to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday.

Harzand had beaten Idaho into third in the Investec Derby, but had to dig deep here to repel the Ballydoyle runner, holding on by half a length. Jim Bolger's Stellar Mass ran on for third.

Twilight Son gets up in the Diamond Jubilee

Filed on 18 Jun 2016 @ 18:02

Twilight Son (Kyllachy) gave trainer Henry Candy his third Royal Ascot winner, his first since Pipedreamer won the Royal Hunt Cup in 1979, when he ran out the winner of the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs this afternoon.

Dartmouth outbattles Highland Reel to win the Hardwicke for the Queen

Filed on 18 Jun 2016 @ 17:56

Stoute equals Henry Cecil's record with 75 Royal Ascot winners

Racegoers at Royal Ascot had to endure a few nervy moments before they could salute a Royal winner when Dartmouth (Dubawi) was declared the head winner of the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes over a mile and half on Saturday.

Galileo's Churchill prevails in the Chesham Stakes

Filed on 18 Jun 2016 @ 15:09

Churchill (Galileo) gave trainer Aidan O'Brien his sixth Royal Ascot winner of the week, which equalled his personal record at the meeting (set in 2008), when running out the narrow half length winner of the Listed Chesham Stakes over seven furlongs on Saturday.

Quiet Refection quickens clear in the Commonwealth Cup

Filed on 18 Jun 2016 @ 10:04

Trainer Karl Burke was delighted with the performance of Quiet Refection (Showcasing), who was given a very confident ride by jockey Dougie Costello when running out the length winner of the Group One Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on Friday.

Across The Stars wins the King Edward VII for Stoute

Filed on 18 Jun 2016 @ 10:01

Sir Michael Stoute registered his 74th winner at Royal Ascot, one away from equalling Sir Henry Cecil's all-time record of 75 winners, courtesy of 7/1 shot Across The Stars (Sea The Stars) in Friday's Group Two King Edward VII Stakes.

War Front's Brave Anna wins the Albany for O'Brien

Filed on 18 Jun 2016 @ 09:52

First Group-placed runner for Frankel

Aidan O'Brien scored his 52nd Royal Ascot winner on Friday when Brave Anna (War Front) took the first race of the day, the Albany Stakes, over six furlongs. The War Front filly, owned and bred by Coolmore Stud supremo John Magnier's mother, Evie Stockwell, was the less-fancied of O'Brien's pair in the race and won at odds of 16/1, beating Bletchley by a short-head. The O'Brien-trained Cuff was favourite at 2/1 and finished fifth.

Order Of St George flies home in the Gold Cup

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 17:04

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Order Of St George (Galileo) (10/11 favourite) overcame trouble in running to run out a very impressive winner of the Group One Gold Cup in Honour of the Queen's 90th Birthday and demonstrate trainer Aidan O'Brien's superiority in the race by providing the Ballydoyle trainer a record seventh Gold Cup success. The Irish handler also gained his 51th victory at Royal Ascot and third win of the week following Caravaggio (Coventry Stakes) and Even Song (Ribblesdale Stakes).

Even Song gives O'Brien his 50th Royal Ascot winner

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 15:57

Aidan O'Brien reached a significant milestone after Even Song (Mastercraftsman) gave the trainer his 50th Royal Ascot winner when running out the impressive one and a half length winner of the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes this afternoon.

Hawkbill scores for Godolphin in the Tercentenary

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 15:34

Charlie Appleby was delighted with the performance of Hawkbill (Kitten's Joy), who gave the trainer his second Royal Ascot success when running out the one and a quarter length winner of the Group Three Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday.

Prince Of Lir confirms form with The Last Lion with Norfolk victory

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 15:30

The Robert Cowell-trained two-year-old Prince Of Lir (Kodiac) was one of the first off the bridle in the Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday, but he stuck to his task well and stayed on strongly in the final furlong to extend his unbeaten record. Jockey Luke Morris was all smiles after he registered his first Royal Ascot winner.

Persuasive unbeaten after Sandringham victory

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 08:04

The John Gosden-trained Persuasive (Dark Angel) extended her perfect record to four by running out the impressive one and a quarter length winner of the Listed Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

My Dream Boat gets up in the Prince of Wales's Stakes

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 08:00

The Clive Cox-trained My Dream Boat (Lord Shanakill) ran out a shock 16/1 victor of the Group One Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

Having finished a well-beaten fifth behind today's warm favourite, the Japanese raider A Shin Hikari in the Prix d'Isaphan at Chantilly last month, Cox's charge dramatically reversed placings this time around.

Usherette quickens clear in the Duke of Cambridge

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 07:56

The Andre Fabre-trained Usherette (Shamardal) came home a easy two-and-a-quarter lengths winner in Tuesday's Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot to give Godolphin another success following Ribchester in the first and a 25/1 double.

Lady Aurelia phenomenal in the Queen Mary

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 07:51

Trainer Wesley Ward gained his third success in the Queen Mary Stakes following the victory of the well-backed 2/1 favourite Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy) on Tuesday.

Ribchester powers clear in the Jersey Stakes

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 07:48

Sheikh Mohammed's format for buying horses proven for other owners is nothing new, but now he tends to leave them with their trainers, rather than redirect them. That paid off in Tuesday's Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs when Ribchester (Iffraaj), who was bought from David Armstrong in the autumn, won in good style for trainer Richard Fahey. The 7/1 winner, who carried the colours of Godolphin and was ridden by retained jockey William Buick, scored by two and a quarter lengths and a head from Thikriyaat and Forge. On his previous start, Ribchester had finished third in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas behind Galileo Gold, who yesterday won the Group One St James's Palace Stakes.

Kodiac's Ardad bursts clear in the Windsor Castle

Filed on 15 Jun 2016 @ 08:19

Robert Havlin gained his first Royal Ascot winner courtesy of 20/1 shot Ardad (Kodiac) in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes on Tuesday. Havlin held up the two-year-old in midfield early on before unleashing the son of Kodiac's devastating turn of foot inside the final furlong.

Galileo Gold stars in St James's Palace clash of Guineas winners

Filed on 14 Jun 2016 @ 15:27

The St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday saw a clash of three Guineas winners, and it was Newmarket hero Galileo Gold (Paco Boy) that came out on top, beating French Guineas winner The Gurkha with Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Awtaad taking third.

Profitable wins his Group One in the King's Stand

Filed on 14 Jun 2016 @ 15:22

The Clive Cox-trained Profitable (Invincible Spirit) has been a progressive force as a four year old this season, winning the Palace House and Temple Stakes, and he took a further step forward at Royal Ascot on Tuesday when winning the Group One King's Stand Stakes by a neck from Cotai Glory.

Caravaggio storms clear in the Coventry

Filed on 14 Jun 2016 @ 14:41

Scat Daddy colt gives Aidan O'Brien his eighth winner in the race

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) remains unbeaten in three starts after showing a sustained burst of speed under Ryan Moore to win the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

American mare Tepin sees off Belardo in the Queen Anne

Filed on 14 Jun 2016 @ 14:16

America's star mare Tepin (Bernstein) was an emphatic winner of the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, showing real resolution in the final furlomng to hold off the challenge of Lockinge Stakes winner Belardo.

Jet Setting sells for £1.3m at the Goffs London Sale

Filed on 14 Jun 2016 @ 14:12

Classic winner Jet Setting (Fast Company) topped the third renewal of Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO on Monday when selling to the China Horse Club for £1.3 million – a dream result for vendors the Equine Growth Partners, who bought the filly for 12,000 gns at the Tattersalls Autumn HIT Sale last October.