Dancing Star emulates Lochsong in the Stewards' Cup

Filed on 1 Aug 2016 @ 07:34

Dancing Star (Aqlaam) became the first filly since Lochsong to win the Qatar Stewards' Cup after the Andrew Balding-trained three-year-old ran out the impressive winner of the £250,000 six-furlong dash at the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Saturday.

Minding grinds to sixth G1 win in the Nassau Stakes

Filed on 1 Aug 2016 @ 07:30

Star filly Minding (Galileo), the world's joint best-three-year-old filly beforehand, secured her sixth Group One success in the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Saturday, Europe's richest race for fillies and mares.

Take Cover makes all in the King George Stakes

Filed on 29 Jul 2016 @ 16:40

Trainer David Griffiths was wreathed in smiles following 8/1 chance Take Cover's (Singspiel) pillar to post victory in the Group Two Qatar King George Stakes worth £312,100 at the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Friday.

Franklin D lands the odds in the Betfred Mile

Filed on 29 Jul 2016 @ 16:38

Michael Bell and owner Bill Gredley completed a notable double at Glorious Goodwood as the well-backed Franklin D (Medaglia d'Oro) (7/4 favourite) was the head winner of the £150,000 Betfred Mile Handicap, adding to the success of Big Orange in yesterday's Group Two Qatar Goodwood Cup.

Thikriyaat strikes in the Thoroughbred Stakes

Filed on 29 Jul 2016 @ 14:52

Thikriyaat (Azamour) had to negotiate a tricky passage in the home straight of the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Friday and jockey Paul Hanagan had to wait a long time for a gap to appear before the pair could make their winning run in the final furlong. The 9/4 favourite responded well to his rider's urgings though and battled well to get past stablemate Forge in the dying strides to record a comfortable half-length success.

Kings Fete steps up with Glorious Stakes victory

Filed on 29 Jul 2016 @ 14:21

The well-backed 5/2 favourite Kings Fete (King's Best), trained by Sir Michael Stoute, ran out a three-quarter length winner of the Group Three Betfred Glorious Stakes, the first race on day four of Glorious Goodwood.

California stays on to win the Lillie Langtry

Filed on 28 Jul 2016 @ 15:59

Trainer John Gosden was happy with the performance of Ascot handicap winner California (Azamour) after the 9/2 shot stayed on well to land the Group Three Markel Insurance Fillies' Stakes by a length at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday.

Big Orange doubles up int he Goodwood Cup

Filed on 28 Jul 2016 @ 15:57

The Michael Bell-trained Big Orange (Duke Of Marmalade) became the first horse since Double Trigger (1997 and 1998) to retain the Qatar Goodwood Cup following a gutsy length and a quarter success in the Group Two contest on Thursday.

Yalta back to his best in the Molecomb

Filed on 27 Jul 2016 @ 16:11

Yalta (Exceed And Excel) surprised trainer Mark Johnston by running out the commanding three length winner of the Group Three Victoria Racing Club Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.

The Gurkha pounces to beat Galileo Gold in the Sussex Stakes

Filed on 27 Jul 2016 @ 16:07

The Aidan O'Brien-trained The Gurkha (Galileo) won the Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday, tracking his old rival Galileo Gold before pouncing in the final furlong to win by a ncek. Ribchester came with a flying late run to take third.

Ulysses bounces back in the Gordon Stakes

Filed on 27 Jul 2016 @ 14:50

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute was delighted with the performance of Ulysses (Galileo) after the 9/2 second-favourite ran out the impressive half-length winner of the BeringIce Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.

Dalakhani retired from covering duties

Filed on 27 Jul 2016 @ 14:43

The Aga Khan Studs have announced that 16-year-old stallion Dalakhani has been retired from covering duties.

The winner of four Group One races including the Prix du Jockey Club and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe during his illustrious racing career, Dalakhani at Gilltown Stud in Ireland from 2004 until joining the Haras de Bonneval for his final season in 2016.

The grey is the sire of eight Group One winners. Among these are Irish Oaks heroine Moonstone, St Leger, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and dual Breeders’ Cup scorer Conduit, and Reliable Man who was successful at the highest level in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

By Darshaan, Dalakhani represents one of the most prestigious Aga Khan families. His dam Daltawa (Miswaki) also produced the top class racehorse and sire Daylami, the dam of Gr 1 Dubai Sheema Classic winner Dolniya, and the granddam of Prix de l’Opéra winner Dalkala.

The quality of this maternal line shows through in Dalakhani’s talents as a sire and also as a broodmare sire. His influence is already beginning to live on through his female progeny, as Dalakhani is the broodmare sire of 20 Stakes performers, including recent Epsom Derby runner-up US Army Ranger who is a son of Classic winner Moonstone

Dalakhani will enjoy his retirement at the Aga Khan Studs in Normandy, alongside another influential grey sire, Linamix, who is now aged 29.

Dutch Connection powers clear in the Lennox Stakes

Filed on 26 Jul 2016 @ 14:33

The Charlie Hills-trained Dutch Connection (Dutch Art) won the Group Two Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday, coming with a powerful late run und

War Decree lands the Vintage Stakes

Filed on 26 Jul 2016 @ 14:27

The Aidan O'Brien-trained War Decree (War Front) ran out an emphatic winner of the Group Two Qatar Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday, reversing form with his Superlative Stakes conqueror Boynton to see his odds for next season's 2000 Guineas cut to 10-1. GOdolphin's Thunder Snow was second, with Boynton running on well from an unpromising position into third.

Tis Marvellous wins the Prix Robert Papin for Harbour Watch

Filed on 25 Jul 2016 @ 10:56

Freshman sire Harbour Watch had his first Group winner when the Clive Cox-trained Tis Marvellous (Harbour Watch) won the Group Two Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday, surging clear

Frankel's Fair Eva heads to the Lowther after Ascot G3 win

Filed on 25 Jul 2016 @ 10:52

The Roger Charlton-trained Fair Eva (Frankel) became Frankel's first Group winner when running away with the Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, winning the six furlong contest in a time just short of a course record.

Highland Reel makes all in the King George

Filed on 25 Jul 2016 @ 10:48

The globetrotting four year old Highland Reel (Galileo) emulated his sire Galileo by winning the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday.

Ryan Moore was always in front aboard the globetrotting four-year-old and the pair came home comfortably clear to land the famous prize in front of a bumper Ascot crowd.

Postponed to miss the King George with infection

Filed on 21 Jul 2016 @ 07:12

Postponed has been ruled out of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday due to a respiratory infection.

The five-year-old was the hot favourite to defend his title in the mile and a half showpiece, but he returned an unsatisfactory scope on Wednesday morning.

Idaho heads 42 in the St Leger

Filed on 21 Jul 2016 @ 07:10

The world oldest Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger, will be run for the 240th time at 3.45pm on Saturday, September 10 at Doncaster, with this year's renewal attracting an entry of 42, up from 29 in 2015.

Heshem beats Ultra to win the Prix Eugene Adam

Filed on 18 Jul 2016 @ 11:13

Al Shaqab Racing’s progressive three-year-old Heshem (Footstepsinthesand) saw off juvenile Group One winner Ultra to win the Group Two Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday.

Christophe Ferland’s improving charge, bred in Ireland by Yeguada de Milagro, had won his previous two starts before this career-best effort and he looks set to bid for more Group-race glory.

Seventh Heaven puts Epsom behind her with Irish Oaks victory

Filed on 18 Jul 2016 @ 10:59

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Seventh Heaven (Galileo) was a decisive winner of the Group One Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly had won the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial in May and then seemingly failed to act on the track at Epsom in the Oaks.

Air Chief Marshal's Mont Ormel lands the Grand Prix de Paris

Filed on 15 Jul 2016 @ 10:45

The Pia Brandt-trained Mont Ormel (Air Chief Marshal) won the Group One Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud on Thursday, holding off Ed Dunlop's Red Verdon to give the trainer a first Group One win.

Blue Point heads to the Richmond after impressive Doncaster victory

Filed on 15 Jul 2016 @ 10:43

Blue Point (Shamardal), an 11-length winner for Godolphin at Doncaster on Thursday night, is to target the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Goodwood on July 28.

The Shamardal colt made easy work of winning a six-furlong Novice Stakes for James McDonald, confirming the high regard in which he is held at home.

Even Song heads 12 in the Irish Oaks

Filed on 14 Jul 2016 @ 11:42

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Even Song heads a final field of 12 for the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday following declarations of runners on Thursday. The Ribblesdale Stakes winner is one of four Ballydoyle runners in the race as the trainer has also declared Pretty Perfect, Seventh Heaven and Somehow.

Brando heads Stewards' Cup weights

Filed on 14 Jul 2016 @ 11:39

The weights for the Qatar Stewards' Cup at Goodwood on 30 July are headed by Brando (9st 10lb, Kevin Ryan), who was runner-up to Outback Traveller (9st 9lb, Robert Cowell) in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot before winning a Group Three sprint at Sandown Park on July 2.