Sire De Grugy wins the Desert Orchid as Sprinter Sacre pulled up

Filed on 27 Dec 2013 @ 17:44

Sprinter Sacre to have tests after irregular heartbeat at Kempton

The Grade Two Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on Friday was won by Gary Moore's recent Tingle Creek winner Sire De Grugy, who was not hard pressed in beating Oiseau De Nuit by four lengths. The hot favourite Sprinter Sacre was pulled up by Barry Geraghty with a mile to run and was later discovered to have an irregular heartbeat, for which he will be sent to Rossdales in Newmarket for tests.

Benefficient bounces back to form at Leopardstown

Filed on 27 Dec 2013 @ 17:33

The Tony Martin-trained Benefficient put a below-par run in the Charlie Hall Chase behind him with victory in the Grade One Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on Friday, appreciating the drop in trip as he took the lead at the last to beat Hidden Cyclone by three quarters of a length. Arvika Ligeonniere was third.

Shakin It Up rallies in the G1 Malibu

Filed on 27 Dec 2013 @ 10:41

Santa Anita, 27 December 2013

Stevens bags another Grade One in the La Brea

Bob Baffert had three entries in the Grade One Malibu Stakes on Santa Anita’s opening day and in the end, it was Shakin It Up (Midnight Lute), off at 17-1 under a resurgent David Flores, who mustered the necessary rally, winning by a half length over Central Banker and Joe Talamo while covering seven furlongs in 1:20.53 before an on-track crowd of 30,540.

Silviniaco Conti outstays Cue Card in the King George

Filed on 26 Dec 2013 @ 15:44

Cue Card's stamina exposed over a soft three miles at Kempton

The Paul Nicholls-trained Silviniaco Conti won the Grade One William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, staying on strongly to beat recent Betfair Chase winner Cue Card, who had set the pace up front throughout the race before his stamina emptied in dramatic fashion after the second last.

Defy Logic wins at Leopardstown as Champagne Fever beaten

Filed on 26 Dec 2013 @ 15:40

The Paul Nolan-trained Defy Logic won the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Thursday, duelling with the favourite Champagen Fever through the race and taking advantage of that rival's blunder at the second last - where he took off early and landed atop the fence - to come home unchallenged, three and a half lengths clear of Trifolium. Champagne Fever ran on to take third.

My Tent Or Yours denies The New One in the Christmas Hurdle

Filed on 26 Dec 2013 @ 15:34

Final flight blunder seals defeat for The New One

The Nicky Henderson-trained My Tent Or Yours came on for his recent win in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle to beat recent International Hurdle winner The New One in a thrilling renewal of the Grade One Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Annacotty dominates at Kempton

Filed on 26 Dec 2013 @ 15:27

Keighley's charge wins the Kauto Star Novices' Chase

The Grade One Kauto Star Novices' Chase - formerly known as the Feltham Novices' Chase - at Kempton on Boxing Day was won by the Martin Keighley-trained Annacotty, who dominated the race in first-time blinkers, forging well clear and surviving a late error to beat Green Flag into second. Third Intention was third, with the odds-on favourite Just A Par fading into a well-beaten fourth.

Orfevre retires with dominant eight length Arima Kinen win

Filed on 23 Dec 2013 @ 10:55

Japan, 22 December 2013

Son of Stay Gold powers eight lengths clear on final start

Overwhelming race favorite Orfevre offered his "last hurrah", dominating the biggest event of the year and his second Arima Kinen title following his 2011 triumph, and marked his sixth Grade One career win emphatically by eight lengths, which is the second longest margin in Arima Kinen history next to Symboli Kris S (USA, by Kris S.)'s nine-length victory in 2003. He also became second in career earnings with a total of 1,576,213,000 yen after T. M. Opera O (JPN, by Opera House).

Willow's Saviour wins The Ladbroke to give Skelton first major winner

Filed on 21 Dec 2013 @ 15:58

Dan Skelton's fledgling training career registered a new high when Willow's Saviour ran on well to win The Ladbroke at Ascot on Saturday, beating the tenaciosu Ptit Zig, who is trained by Skelton's old employer Paul Nicholls.

Reve De Sivola powers to second Long Walk win

Filed on 21 Dec 2013 @ 15:32

Nick Williams' charge takes advantage in soft conditions

The Nick Williams-trained Reve De Sivola took advantage of rain-softened conditions at Ascot on Saturday to win his second successive Wessex Youth Trust Long Walk Hurdle, running on strongly in the straight to beat Salubrious by eight lengths.

Betfred takeover could see racing return to Great Leighs

Filed on 20 Dec 2013 @ 10:37

Tote Media Ltd aims to reopen Essex track as Chelmsford City Racecourse

Racing could return to Great Leighs in Essex following the formation of a joint venture between Betfred, SIS and Bet Solutions International which will take over the short-lived racecourse and its assets. The joint venture, named Tote Media Limited, is to apply for a licence and fixtures in 2015 under the new badge of Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Big Buck's set for Cleeve Hurdle return after racecourse gallop

Filed on 20 Dec 2013 @ 10:28

Star staying chaser nears return from injury

The Paul Nicholls-trained star staying hurdler Big Buck's looks set to return to action in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January after returning from a racecourse gallop at Exeter on Thursday in good form.

Cape Tribulation "in good nick" ahead of Rowland Meyrick defence

Filed on 20 Dec 2013 @ 10:25

Last year's winner has come on after defeat in the Hennessy

The Malcolm Jefferson-trained Cape Tribulation is in good form ahead of the Grade Three William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase over three miles and a furlong at Wetherby on Boxing Day. The nine-year-old was a hugely impressive 11-length winner of the £40,000 contest last year and followed that up with a decisive half-length success in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham in January.

Jockey Club to make record £19.5m contribution to prize money

Filed on 19 Dec 2013 @ 09:28

The Jockey Club has announced that it will a record £19.5 million contribution to prize money in 2014. Since 2009, The Jockey Club has increased its annual contribution to prize money by £7.1m as a result of its commercial success.

Ryan Moore steers Asia Express to comfortable Futurity win

Filed on 15 Dec 2013 @ 10:21

Japan, 15 December 2013

First Japanese Grade One winner for Henny Hughes

Asia Express (Henny Hughes) demonstrated his exceptional power in his first test on turf and going clockwise to score a comfortable 1-1/4-length victory in Sunday's Grade One Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes. Having just made his debut in November 3 at Tokyo Racecourse in a 1,400-meter dirt race, the US-bred chestnut quickly earned his qualification to run in the Two-Year-Old championship with his second win, also at Tokyo, in the Oxalis Sho (dirt, 1,600m).

Shared Belief dominates in the G1 Cashcall Futurity

Filed on 15 Dec 2013 @ 10:07

Hollywood Park, 15 December 2013

Son of Candy Ride concludes juvenile career in style

After winning his first two starts around one turn by a combined 14 ¾ lengths, Shared Belief (Candy Ride) was again dominant as he stretched out and stepped into Grade One company for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in the $751,500 CashCall Futurity Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

French Guineas winner Lucayan scores in Hollywood Grade Two

Filed on 15 Dec 2013 @ 10:03

Hollywood Park, 15 December 2013

Son of Turtle Bowl wins the Hollywood Turf Cup

The winner of the Group One Poule d'Essai des Poulains as a three year old last season, Lucayan (Turtle Bowl) earned his first victory in North America in the Hollywood Turf Cup on Saturday. Ridden for the first time by jockey Joel Rosario, the son of Turtle Bowl and the Grand Lodge mare La Vltava was able to run down 7-5 favorite Temeraine by a half-length despite extremely slow fractions.

The New One and Double Ross give Twiston-Davies big Cheltenham double

Filed on 15 Dec 2013 @ 08:46

The New One confirms Champion Hurdle credentials

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained The New One confirmed his position as ante-post favourite for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at The Festival in March when taking the £130,000 Grade Two International Hurdle on Saturday from his main rival Zarkandar (Paul Nicholls / Daryl Jacob) by six lengths.

Kings Palace earns Albert Bartlett favouritism with Cheltenham win

Filed on 15 Dec 2013 @ 08:43

14 length win for Pipe-trained novice hurdler

The David Pipe-trained Kings Palace retained his unbeaten record in impressive style when making all to win the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday and is now likely to be aimed at the Albert Bartlett-sponsored championship novice hurdle at The Festival in March.

Oscar Whisky makes all for first win over fences

Filed on 14 Dec 2013 @ 09:39

Monbeg Dude's Grand National campaign on track at Cheltenham

Odds-on favourite Oscar Whisky (Nicky Henderson / Barry Geraghty) made all to score for the first time over fences, beating Wonderful Charm (5/4) by a half-length in a driving finish to the Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.

Riverside Theatre rallies in the Peterborough Chase

Filed on 13 Dec 2013 @ 08:53

Former Ryanair Chase winner Riverside Theatre bounced back to form in a thrilling renewal of the Betfred Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on Thursday, rallying in fine style under Barry Geraghty after the last to grabt eh spoils from Champion Court and Captain Chris.

The ghosts of Christmas past

Filed on 12 Dec 2013 @ 09:38

Something very interesting and highly unusual happened at Punchestown the other day. The 7/2 favourite Sullane Chief won the Punchestown For Events Handicap Hurdle by four lengths from Off The Charts. There is nothing special about that, but he was racing off a mark 15lb higher than the one which saw him thrash Pals Leg by twelve lengths at Cork the time before.

2015 Investec Derby attracts 409 yearling entries

Filed on 12 Dec 2013 @ 08:58

A Galileo brother to this year's Investec Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture, who became the most expensive yearling colt ever sold in Europe at public auction, headlines 409 yearling entries for the 236th Investec Derby, run over a mile and a half at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

St Nicholas Abbey making progress in laminitis battle

Filed on 10 Dec 2013 @ 17:46

St Nicholas Abbey is making progress in his battle with laminitis, one of a number of complications to beset the multiple Group One winner since he fractured a pastern suffered in July.

A statement on read: "St Nicholas Abbey remains in great form despite the ongoing complications of laminitis and is walking as good as can be expected.

The New One heads International Hurdle entries

Filed on 10 Dec 2013 @ 17:44 Champion Hurdle favourite The New One and last year's winner Zarkandar headline seven entries for the £130,000 Grade Two International Hurdle (3.00pm) over two miles and a furlong at Cheltenham on Saturday.