TApit coilt commands $2.1m as Keeneland Book 1 concludes

Filed on 17 Sep 2015 @ 07:15

Keeneland, 16 September 2015

Book 1 average on a par with last year, though RNA rate rises to 30.9%

Wednesday’s third session of the 72nd Keeneland September Yearling Sale saw the sale of six seven-figure yearlings. Highlighting the action was the bidding war between Whisper Hill’s Mandy Pope and Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert that resulted in the sale of a colt by North American leading sire Tapit for $2.1 million.

Postponed to leave Cumani as Sheikh Obaid moves horses to Varian

Filed on 17 Sep 2015 @ 07:12

This season's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix Foy winner Postponed (Dubawi) is to leave Luca Cumani after owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum decided to move the entire 23-strong string he has with the Newmarket trainer to Roger Varian, the Racing Post reports.

Elm Park makes winning return in the Fortune Stakes

Filed on 17 Sep 2015 @ 07:04

Choice of Champions' Day targets for last season's Racing Post Trophy winner

The Andrew Balding-trained Elm Park (Phoenix Reach) registered his first victory since winning last season's Racing Post Trophy when winning the Listed Racehorse Sanctuary Remembers Moorcroft Boy Fortune Stakes at Sandown on Wednesday.

Distorted Humor colt tops Keeneland Tuesday

Filed on 16 Sep 2015 @ 07:48

Keeneland, 15 September 2015

Book 1 average on a par with last year after two seesions

Tuesday's second session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale resulted in the sale of three seven-figure yearlings, led by a Distorted Humor colt for $1.525 million.

Snow Sky allotted joint top weight for the Melbourne Cup

Filed on 15 Sep 2015 @ 08:21

Australia, 15 September 2015

Hardwicke winner allotted 58kg alongside last year's winner Protectionist

The weights for the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup have been released, and the Kris Lees-trained Protectionist has been allocated the joint top weight of 58kg alongside the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Hardwicke Stakes winner Snow Sky.

Shadwell go to $1.45m for War Front filly at Keeneland opener

Filed on 15 Sep 2015 @ 08:03

Keeneland, 14 September 2015

John Ferguson heads the buyers' sheet as average rises 7.7%

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale got underway on Monday, generating across-the-board increases and the sale of two fillies by War Front who commanded seven figures each. Overall, 150 yearlings sold for gross receipts of $44,642,000, up 34.61 percen from 2014 when 120 horses brought $33,165,000. The average price of $297,613 rose 7.68 percent from last year’s $276,375. The median of $265,000 was up 8.16 percent from $245,000 in 2014.

Buratino and Lumiere head strong Johnston hand in the Mill Reef

Filed on 15 Sep 2015 @ 08:00

16 juveniles have been entered for the Group Two Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, with Mark Johnston responsible for five of them, including Group Two Coventry Stakes victor Buratino, recent Listed scorer Whitman and Lumiere, who was runner-up in the Group Two Lowther Stakes at York on August 20.

Golden Horn could have two more starts

Filed on 15 Sep 2015 @ 07:54

Going the deciding factor between Longchamp, Ascot and Keeneland options

Golden Horn could run twice more before heading off to commence his stallion career, with owner Anthony Oppenheimer considering the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Champion Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic for the son of Cape Cross, who won the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday.

"Exceptional" Treve a dominant winner of the Prix Vermeille

Filed on 14 Sep 2015 @ 07:31

The Criquette Head-Maarek-trained Treve (Motivator) warmed up for her bid for an historic third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with a stunning victory in the Group One Qatar Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on Sunday.

Postponed wins the Prix Foy

Filed on 14 Sep 2015 @ 07:28

Luca Cumani's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Postponed (Dubawi) won the Group Two Qatar Prix Foy at Longchamp on Sunday, with the winning time faster than that posted by New Bay or Treve in their races on the same card.

Ervedya prevails in the Prix du Moulin

Filed on 14 Sep 2015 @ 07:25

The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Ervedya (Siyouni) ran out an authoritative winner of the Group One Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp on Sunday, though the race lost some of its lustre after the withdrawal after rain of Arod, Territories, Dutch Connection and Esoterique.

Fabre's New Bay impressive in the Prix Niel

Filed on 14 Sep 2015 @ 07:21

This season's Prix du Jockey Club winner New Bay (Dubawi) was an impressive winner of the Qatar Prix Niel at Longchamp on Sunday and now rates as a 4-1 chance for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in three weeks' time.

Order Of St George cruises clear in the Irish St Leger

Filed on 14 Sep 2015 @ 07:16

Brown Panther fatally injured in Curragh Classic

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Order Of St George (Galileo) was a dominant winner of the Group One Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Sunday, quickening smartly in the straight and surging clear to beat Agent Murphy by 11 lengths.Wicklow Brave was third.

Air Force Blue impresses in the National Stakes

Filed on 14 Sep 2015 @ 07:13

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Air Force Blue (War Front) won the Group One Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, winniing with authority from Herald The Dawn to give his trainer his 10th win in the race.

Minding gets the better of stablemate Ballydoyle in the Moyglare

Filed on 14 Sep 2015 @ 07:02

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Minding (Galileo) won the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, overhauling her better-fancied stablemate Ballydoyle to take the lead in the final half-furlong.

Golden Horn makes all in the Irish Champion Stakes

Filed on 13 Sep 2015 @ 09:45

Derby and Eclipse winner veers into Free Eagle after shying at shadow

Derby and Eclipse winner Golden Horn (Cape Cross) put his defeat in the Juddmonte International behind him when making all to win the Group One Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, but there was drama in the final furlong as the son of Cape Cross veered right under Frankie Dettori, colliding with Free Eagle, who eventually finished third. The Aidan O'Brien-trained Found took second.

Legatissimo wins her third Group One in the Matron Stakes

Filed on 13 Sep 2015 @ 09:39

Danehill Dancer filly to head to the Breeders' Cup

The David Wachman-trained Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) registered her third success at Group One level when winning the Group One Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, quickening impressively just over a furlong from home to beat Cladocera by two and a quarter lengths.

Bondi Beach handed the St Leger after Simple Verse DQ

Filed on 13 Sep 2015 @ 09:28

Beckett plans to appeal disqualification of filly

The Ralph Beckett-trained Simple Verse (Duke Of Marmalade) was first past the post in the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday, but was subsequently disqualified and placed second behind Bondi Beach following a stewards' enquiry.

Limato surges clear in the Park Stakes

Filed on 13 Sep 2015 @ 09:26

Prix de la Foret likely after successful step up to 7f

Henry Candy produced a star performer on successive Saturdays as Limato (Tagula), the 9/2 favourite, streaked away from his rivals to win the Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes by three and three-quarter lengths at Doncaster. His three-year-old contemporary Markaz was next best in the Group Two seven-furlong contest, with Breton Rock a length and a quarter third.

Emotionless heads to the Dewhurst after impressive Champagne win

Filed on 13 Sep 2015 @ 09:21

Shamardal colt cut to 8-1 for the Guineas after second-start Group Two win

The Charlie Appleby-trained Emotionless (Shamardal) showed himself a colt to set the pulses racing as the son of Shamardal could hardly have been more impressive in his three and a half-length success in the opening At The Races Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday.

Fastnet Rock's Turret Rocks wins the May Hill

Filed on 11 Sep 2015 @ 17:20

Bolger optimistic more to come as a three year old

The Jim Bolger-trained Turret Rocks (Fastnet Rock) was a good winner of the Group Two May Hill Stakes under jockey Kevin Manning at Doncaster on Friday.

Pallasator digs deep in the Doncaster Cup

Filed on 11 Sep 2015 @ 15:09

The quirky but talented Pallasator (Motivator) put his best foot forward in the Socialites E-Cigarettes Expert Doncaster Cup on Town Moor on Friday, staying on strongly to record a three quarter length success over Clondaw Warrior.

Gutaifan breaks the track record in the Flying Childers

Filed on 11 Sep 2015 @ 14:46

Dark Angel colt could head to the Middle Park

Prix Robert Papin winner and Prix Morny second Gutaifan (Dark Angel) broke the five-furlong two-year-old track record when recording a head success in the Fly Aer Lingus From Doncaster Sheffield Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster on Friday. His time was 58.04s, beating the 58.10s set by Sand Vixen in this same race back in 2009.

Gretchen stays on to Park Hill success

Filed on 11 Sep 2015 @ 14:38

Half sister to Samuel wins on Town Moor

The John Gosden-trained Gretchen (Galileo) produced a fine staying performance to land the Group Two DFS Park Hill Stakes by a neck at Doncaster on Thursday. The 5/1 shot was given a peach of a ride by jockey Rab Havlin, who had to be at his strongest to wear down Melodious, who had led the field as they hit the furlong pole.

Realtra swoops clear in the Sceptre Stakes

Filed on 10 Sep 2015 @ 14:56

Dark Angel filly steps up to Group Three level in style

The Roger Varian-trained Realtra (Dark Angel) was the decisive winner of the Group Three Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes under jockey Jack Mitchell at Doncaster on Thursday. The daughter of Dark Angel swooped to the lead inside the final furlong to win going away by two and a quarter-lengths but hung badly right in the process, causing considerable interference, resulting in an eight-day ban.