British prize money set to rise by 5.5% in 2015

Filed on 15 Jan 2015 @ 09:17

BHA forecasts record prize fund of £130m

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is projecting that total prize money in Britain in 2015 will exceed £130m, a new record. This represents an uplift of over £7m on the figure of £123m which was distributed in 2014, which was a record in its own right.

Charlie Swan to retire from training

Filed on 15 Jan 2015 @ 09:11

Tipperary-based trainer Charlie Swan - who will always be remembered as the rider of the great Istabraq - is to retire from training at the end of this month.

He told Press Association Sport: "It's just got a bit difficult, we don't have as many horses here now and it's time to get out really.

Faugheen heads 23 Champion Hurdle entries

Filed on 14 Jan 2015 @ 15:24

Faugheen headlines 23 entries for the £400,000 Stan James Champion Hurdle on Tuesday, March 10 at Cheltenham. The unbeaten Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old is the Evens favourite with the sponsor after extending his unbeaten record to nine in the Grade One Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.

Classic-placed Up sells for €2.2m at Keeneland

Filed on 14 Jan 2015 @ 08:16

Keeneland, 14 January 2015

Galileo half sister to Dutch Art tops second session

The sale of Group Two winner and classic-placed Up (IRE), a six-year-old daughter of Galileo (IRE) in foal to War Front, for $2.2 million and her first foal, a yearling filly by War Front, for $800,000 highlighted Tuesday’s second session of the 57th annual Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Peter Moody faces ban after positive cobalt test

Filed on 14 Jan 2015 @ 08:10

Australia, 13 January 2014

Australian trainer Peter Moody, best known for training the champion Black Caviar, could be banned for up to three years after a post-race urine sample taken from Lidari after he finished second in the Group One Turnbull Stakes tested positive for cobalt.

Footstepsinthesand mare tops steady Keeneland January opener

Filed on 13 Jan 2015 @ 08:31

Keeneland, 13 January 2014

Median steady as Horses of all Ages sale opens

Stakes winner Premier Steps (IRE) sold for $400,000 to lead Monday’s opening session of the 57th annual Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. Shadai Farm of Japan purchased the five-year-old daughter of Footstepsinthesand.

Sprinter Sacre confirmed for Ascot return

Filed on 12 Jan 2015 @ 14:26

Star chaser heads six confirmations for the Clarence House Chase

The Grade One Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday (better known for many years as the Victor Chandler Chase) has attracted an entry of six, headed by the returning multiple Grade One winner Sprinter Sacre, who has been off the track fro 13 months after a heart scare at Kempton in December 2013.

Godolphin treble on Chelmsford City opening day

Filed on 12 Jan 2015 @ 07:58

Chelmsford City Racecourse, formerly known as Great Leighs, opened its doors for the first time in almost six years on Sunday with a card run in front of an invited preview crowd of 800, with the revamped course garnering generally positive reviews.

Mshawish gives Al Shaqab their first US graded winner

Filed on 11 Jan 2015 @ 10:32

Gulfstream Park, 11 January 2014

Deauville Listed winner Mshawish (Medaglia d'Oro) justified 9-5 favoritism in Saturday’s Grade Two Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park, giving Al Shaqab Racing their first American graded stakes winner.

Calculator on the Derby trail after breaking maiden in the Sham Stakes

Filed on 11 Jan 2015 @ 10:27

Santa Anita, 11 January 2014

Son of In Summation, 90% fit, pulls 4 ¼ lengths clear in Santa Anita Grade Three

Heavily favored Calculator (In Summation) stamped himself as a first-tier Derby hopeful with an impressive 4 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade Three Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Elvis Trujillo and trained by Peter Miller, Calculator got the one mile Sham in a rapid 1:34.88, and in so doing, notched his first win in his fifth career try.

Douvan takes Punchestown Grade Two in emphatic style

Filed on 11 Jan 2015 @ 10:22

Mullins-trained hurdler hot favourite for the Supreme

The Willie Mullins-trained Douvan is as low as 9-4 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March after winning the Grade Two Moscow Flyer Novices' Hurdle at Punchestown on Saturday in emphatic style, cruising past his rivals under Ruby Walsh without coming off the bridle.

Hawkes Point stays on to Warwick Classic Chase success

Filed on 11 Jan 2015 @ 10:16

Three Musketeers wins the Leamington Novices' Hurdle for Skelton

The Paul Nicholls-trained Hawkes Point won the 3m 5f Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick on Saturday, putting a below-par display in the Welsh National behind him in first-time blinkers to deny Theatrical Star by two-and-a-quarter-lengths, with last year's winner Shotgun Paddy a further two lengths away in third.

$1.2m Sepoy colt sets Australian first crop yearling record

Filed on 11 Jan 2015 @ 10:08

Australia, 10 January 2014

Average rises 18.5% at Gold Coast Yearling Sale

A colt by Sepoy sold for $1.2 million on Saturday to top the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and in doing so set an Australian record price for a first season sire representative sold at auction in the country.

Josses Hill registers first win over fences

Filed on 10 Jan 2015 @ 10:52

Henderson-trained chaser's Arkle odds lengthened after ponderous effort

The Nicky Henderson-trained Josses Hill - who was second to Vautour in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last season - registered his first win over fences when landing the Betdaq 0% Multiples For First Month Novices' Chase at Doncaster on Friday, but a ponderous effort saw his odds for the Arkle Trophy lengthened to 12-1.

Fastnet Rock filly fetches $1.05m at MM day three

Filed on 10 Jan 2015 @ 10:46

Australia, 9 January 2014

A filly by champion sire Fastnet Rock topped Friday's third session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale after passing through the magical seven figure barrier to sell for $1.05 million. Offered for sale by Newgate Farm, the filly from multiple Group One winner Response, was knocked down to Michael Wallace on behalf of the China Horse Club after a bidding battle with the team from Kentucky's Spendthrift Farm.

The weaker Australian dollar has had a massive impact on the upper level of the sale

Wallace was delighted to be able to purchase the star filly and in doing so set a new top seller for the auction after he paid $850,000 for the Sepoy-Celebrity Girl filly on Wednesday.

"She's a quality filly by a champion sire from a Group One winning mare," Wallace said. "She's got a good depth of pedigree and a lovely type."

"She's got a great head on her, easy movement - she has a lot of quality."

Group Two honours for Surfer as Dubai World Cup Carnival opens

Filed on 9 Jan 2015 @ 08:08

Dubai, 9 January 2014

James Doyle opens his Godolphin account with victory on one-time Derby hope True Story

The 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival opened at Meydan on Thursday evening, with the featured Group Two opening round of the Al Maktoum Challenge being won by Surfer (Distorted Humor), trained by Satish Seemar and the mount of stable jockey, Richard Mullen

Record entry of 33 for the Champion Chase

Filed on 8 Jan 2015 @ 17:03

A modern day record of 33 entries has been unveiled for the Grade One Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday, March 11. The previous highest number of entries was 32 in 2002.

Redoute's Choice yearlings to the fore on the Gold Coast

Filed on 8 Jan 2015 @ 16:57

Australia, 8 January 2014

Strong trade continues at Magic Millions

Two youngsters by Redoute's Choice shared top billing during a top class day of selling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Thursday. The pair of youngsters, a colt and a filly, both sold for $720,000 and helped push the cumulative sale gross to over $50 million.

Boutique sale model stuttering for Keeneland as April Sale cancelled

Filed on 7 Jan 2015 @ 15:33

Keeneland, 7 January 2014

Keeneland's April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale has been cancelled for this year, as Keeneland officials admit that the boutique sale model is not workingf or them.

Silviniaco Conti heads 35 entries for the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Filed on 7 Jan 2015 @ 15:29

Two novices in Coneygree and Kings Palace handed Gold Cup entries

Entries for the 2015 Cheltenham Festival have begun to be unveiled, with the 35 horses entered for the 2015 renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup being published on Wednesday. They include the last two winners of the race, Lord Windermere and Bobs Worth,.

Sepoy filly tops MM Gold Coast opener at $850,000

Filed on 7 Jan 2015 @ 15:22

Australia, 7 January 2014

China Horse Club buys top lot as day one average rises 18%

A filly by Sepoy sold for $850,000 to top the opening day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Wednesday. New Zealand based bloodstock agent Michael Wallace secured the filly from the draft of South Australia's Mill Park for the China Horse Club.

Uruguayan triple crown winner Sir Fever joins Godolphin

Filed on 7 Jan 2015 @ 15:11

Godolphin have bought Uruguayan star Sir Fever (Texas Fever), who last year won all three legs of the Triple Crown in Uruguay by a combined 19 lengths. The last horse to accomplish that feat was subsequent Dubai World Cup winner Invasor.

A Grand opportunity

Filed on 7 Jan 2015 @ 08:45

Channel 4 Racing has a gradual decline in stay-at-home viewers and shuffling the current presenters around is most unlikely to arrest this process. The Grand National meeting presents an opportunity to recall Mike Cattermole.

Walsh in no hurry to make Hurricane Fly - Faugheen choice

Filed on 6 Jan 2015 @ 16:05

Ruby Walsh is in no hurry to choose his mount in the Champion Hurdle in March - and has compared the choice he has to make between Hurricane Fly and Faugheen as akin to that between Kauto Star and Denman in the Gold Cup.

Sire De Grugy on track for Newbury return

Filed on 6 Jan 2015 @ 16:02

Last season's two mile chase sensation and Champion Chase hero Sire De Grugy is back in work after a hip injury and could return to competitive action in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury next month ahead of his bid to retain his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown.