Ar Mad continues progression with defeat of Vaniteux

Filed on 28 Dec 2015 @ 10:56

Moore considering the Arkle after Wayward Lad victory

The Gary Moore-trained Ar Mad added to his recent win in the Henry VIII Chase at Sandown when producing at gutsy display to win the Novices' Chase at Kempton on Sunday, outbattling the hot favourite Vaniteux.

Flemenstar wins at Leopardstown as Un De Sceaux falls

Filed on 28 Dec 2015 @ 10:52

The Anthony Curran-trained Flemenstar registered his first win in over two years when landing the Paddy Power So Quick, So Easy iPhone App Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday, taking advantage of a fall at the second last from the frontrunning Un De Sceaux, the winner of last season's Arkle Trophy and current ante-post favourite for the Champion Chase.

Cue Card denies Vautour in King George thriller

Filed on 27 Dec 2015 @ 10:00

Tizzard could head straight to the Gold Cup with his stable star

The revitalised Cue Card continued his dominance of staying chases this season when denying the front-running Vautour with a last-stride lunge to win the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Saturdy.

Faugheen storms to victory in the Christmas Hurdle

Filed on 27 Dec 2015 @ 09:56

The reigning Champion Hurdler Faugheen put a last time out defeat by Nichols Canyon behind him when storming to a second successive victory in the Grade One Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday, under a front-running ride from Ruby Walsh.

Lizzie Kelly makes history on Tea For Two

Filed on 27 Dec 2015 @ 09:51

Feltham Chase win the first Grade One over jumps for a woman rider

Lizzie Kelly rode Tea For Two to a dominant victory in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton on Saturday, and in doing so became the first woman to ride a Grade One winner over jumps in Britain.

Godolphin and Darley to merge; John Ferguson takes CEO role

Filed on 23 Dec 2015 @ 08:04

Ferguson to hand in training licence to concentrate on new role

Sheikh Mohammed's racing operation Godolphin and breeding operation Darley are to merge into one seamless operation under Godolphin in the New Year.

Vroum Vroum Mag extends winning streak

Filed on 23 Dec 2015 @ 08:00

Win over hurdles at Clonmel widens options for Mullins-trained mare

The Willie Mullins-trained Vroum Vroum Mag was an impressive winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Hurdle at Clonmel on Tuesday, taking the heavy ground in her stride as she recorded a three length victory in overwhelming style.

Coneygree sidelined for season; connections hopeful of full recovery

Filed on 23 Dec 2015 @ 07:55

It has been confirmed that Coneygree will not defend his Cheltenham Gold Cup crown in March. The eight year old will not run again this season after suffering a hock injury for which he is receiving treatment in the Newmarket Equine Hospital. Connections are, however, hopeful that he will be able to put that behind him and return in his best form next season.

Upswing heads 33 in the Welsh National

Filed on 23 Dec 2015 @ 07:53

Williams and Lee upbeat over previous winners Emperor's Choice and Mountainous

Emperor's Choice (11st 1lb) and Mountainous (10st 6lb) are likely to attempt to become only the third dual winner of the Coral Welsh National in the 2015 renewal of the famous handicap chase at Chepstow on Sunday, December 27.

Racing writer Alan Lee dies at 61

Filed on 21 Dec 2015 @ 10:31

Alan Lee, the racing correspondent of The Times, has died at the age of 61. Lee was highly regarded as a writer on racing, and had achieved equal eminence as the paper's cricket correspondent, a post he held until switching to the racing beat in 1999.

Thistlecrack impressive in the Long Walk

Filed on 21 Dec 2015 @ 10:25

Tizzard's charge cut to 3-1 for the World Hurdle

The Colin Tizzard-trained Thistlecrack ran out an impressive winner of the Grade One JLT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, beating three-time winner of the race Reve De Sivola by eight lengths. Deputy Dan was third, and Saphir Du Rheu was a disappointment, never getting into the race, following a hard race in the Hennessy Gold Cup.

Cole Harden set to run at Cheltenham on New Year's Day

Filed on 18 Dec 2015 @ 09:48

Trainer Warren Greatrex is planning to run last season's Ladbrokes World Hurdle winner Cole Harden in the Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year's Day prior to a return to The Festival in March.

Coneygree under surveillance with hock problem

Filed on 18 Dec 2015 @ 09:44

Gold Cup defence in 2016 unlikely

Last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree is likely to be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a hock problem, for which he is undergoing treatment at the Newmarket Equine Hospital.

A Shin Hikari leads Japanese 1-2 in the Hong Kong Cup

Filed on 14 Dec 2015 @ 09:31

Hong Kong, 13 December 2015

Despite a record of eight wins from 10 starts, Japanese invader A Shin Hikari had much to prove in the Group One Longines Hong Kong Cup on Sunday. He had yet to capture a Group One race and many questioned if his speed could stay the course.

Maurice wins the HK Mile for Japan

Filed on 14 Dec 2015 @ 09:28

Hong Kong, 13 December 2015

Ryan Moore rides a double at the Hong Kong International Races

Maurice (Screen Hero) surged up the centre of the Sha Tin straight to produce a stunning victory in the Longines Hong Kong Mile on Sunday, giving Japan a first win in the 1,600m spectacular for ten years and adding yet another Group One victory to Ryan Moore's sensational big race profile.

Dandy Man's Peniaphobia wins the HK Sprint

Filed on 14 Dec 2015 @ 09:26

Hong Kong, 13 December 2015

Dubai and Europe possible for Hong Kong-trained sprinter

Hong Kong's Peniaphobia (Dandy Man), brazenly ridden by Joao Moreira for legendary Hong Kong trainer Tony Cruz, defied drawing the outside barrier 13 to sustain sizzling speed from start to finish and win Sunday's Group One Longines Hong Kong Sprint.

Highland Reel gives O'Brien his first Hong Victory in the Vase

Filed on 14 Dec 2015 @ 09:24

Hong Kong, 13 December 2015

Son of Galileo sees off Flintshire at Sha Tin

Highland Reel (Galileo) rewrote the record books in the Longines Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, becoming the first three-year-old colt to triumph in the 2,400-metre contest, and also giving absent trainer Aidan O'Brien his first-ever Hong Kong victory.

Old Guard wins the International as Peace And Co flops

Filed on 14 Dec 2015 @ 09:19

Improving hurdler to be aimed at the Champion Hurdle

The Paul Nicholls-trained Old Guard came out on top in a thrilling tussle for the International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday, getting the better of Sempre Medici and Hargam to add to his Greatwood Hurdle win at the track last time. The hot favourite Peace And Co failed to settle, and ran out of steam a furlong from home, finishing last.

Village Vic makes all to win Cheltenham feature

Filed on 14 Dec 2015 @ 09:17

Somerset trainer Philip Hobbs saddled the first two home in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham, with stable jockey Richard Johnson riding at his minimum weight to pilot Village Vic to victory, ahead of Champagne West.

Min earns Supreme Novices favouritism after winning debut for Mullins

Filed on 10 Dec 2015 @ 15:30

The Willie Mullins-trained Min, a four year old import from France, made a winning start to his career in Ireland when running out the impressive winner of the Festival Hospitality On Sale Maiden Hurdle over two and a quarter miles at Punchestown on Thursday. Ridden by Ruby Walsh, the long odds-on favourite beat Gurteen, with Double Island third.

Irish Cavalier amongst 15 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup runners

Filed on 10 Dec 2015 @ 15:23

A field of 15 is set to line up in the £100,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (1.50pm), the Grade Three handicap chase staged over two miles and five furlongs at Cheltenham on day two of The International, Saturday, December 12.

Able Friend "cherry ripe" ahead of HK Mile

Filed on 10 Dec 2015 @ 10:06

Hong Kong, 10 December 2015

Dominant in flying form ahead of attempt to recapture HK Vase

Able Friend, ever the star attraction, drew an expectant clutch of international media and keen-eyed work watchers to Sha Tin Racecourse before dawn on Thursday.

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.