Land Rover Sale concludes with record returns

Filed on 13 Jun 2014 @ 07:15

The Goffs Land Rover Sale concluded its two day run on Thursday with record returns across the board and a superb clearance rate of 92% for the two days. Average price for the entire sale increased by 45% to €27,468, turnover was up 50% to €11,591,500 while median took a huge leap of 57%.

Frankel foal to be offered at Goffs on Monday

Filed on 13 Jun 2014 @ 07:13

A colt foal by Frankel and his dam, back in foal to Frankel, are to be offered at the Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO which takes place on Monday next, 16th June. Crystal Gaze is the dam of Caspian Prince, winner of the Investec Dash on Derby Day at Epsom last weekend, and Group Two winner Spirit Quartz.

Connections hoping for big Ascot run from Treve

Filed on 13 Jun 2014 @ 07:08

Arc winner could return to Ascot for the King George

Treve, the five length winner of the 2013 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, lost her unbeaten record when going down by a short-neck to Cirrus Des Aigles on her seasonal debut in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp on April 27 but is set to spear-head Al Shaqab Racing's team at Royal Ascot in the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes on Wednesday.

Stoute expects Estimate to run well despite lack of prep run

Filed on 13 Jun 2014 @ 07:01

Newmarket trainer undecided whether to run Dank against the colts

Sir Michael Stoute is hoping that Her Majesty The Queen's Estimate - who won the Queen's Vase in 2012 and the Gold Cup last year - can give a good account of herself in next week's Gold Cup despite the lack of a prep run.

Strong demand at Land Rover Sale opener

Filed on 12 Jun 2014 @ 08:00

Robin Des Champs in demand as average climbs 40%

The Goffs Land Rover Sale got underway on Wednesday with a remarkable clearance rate of 94% and a 40% jump in average price. Median increased by 45%, as did the turnover which has already surpassed the total for the entire two day sale in 2013.

Treve and Australia head strong King George entry

Filed on 12 Jun 2014 @ 07:25

The most recent Arc and Derby winners could clash in Europe's mid-season middle-distance championship, the £1-million King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) which takes place at Ascot on Saturday, July 26.

Fourth G1 winner for Iffraaj as Benvenue wins the Gran Premio di Milano

Filed on 8 Jun 2014 @ 16:48

Benvenue won the Group One Gran Premio di Milano at San Siro on Sunday to give his sire Iffraaj his fourth Group One winner.

This is the fifth career win and a substantial step forward for five-year-old Benvenue, who won a Rome Listed contest back in 2012 and has has just one previous start in Group company. He is a half brother to nine winners from nine runners out of the Be My Guest mare Guest Harbour, a half sister to two Listed winners from the family of Group One Coronation Cup winner Quiet Fling.

Mickael Barzalona to return to France; Godolphin association to continue

Filed on 8 Jun 2014 @ 16:15

Jockey to continue riding for Godolphin after Newmarket spell comes to an end

Derby winning jockey Mickael Barzalona is to return to France after his spell as a retained rider at Godolphin's Newmarket stables has come to an end. The move comes after trainer Charlie Appleby has been given the freedom by Sheikh Mohammed to use jockeys that he felt were best suited to his horses, which led to the likes of William Buick, Martin Lane and Adam Kirby garnering rides in the royal blue silks.

Irish Derby plan for Australia; Arod to have autumn campaign

Filed on 8 Jun 2014 @ 16:06

Derby winner Australia (Galileo) could line up in the Group One Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 28, where he could again lock horns with Kingston Hill, who kept him honest in the run to the line at Epsom.

Tonalist wins the Belmont as Triple Crown contender California Chrome fourth

Filed on 8 Jun 2014 @ 09:04

Belmont Park, 8 June 2014

Lightly raced son of Tapit prevails in final leg of Triple Crown

The Triple Crown went unclaimed for a 36th year as Tonalist (Tapit) captured the 146th running of the Grade One Belmont Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park by a head over Commissioner, with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome finishing in a dead-heat for fourth in the "Test of the Champion."

I was just waiting to have the same kick like he always had before, and he was a little bit flat down the lane

California Chrome became the 20th horse to fall short in a Triple try in the oldest and longest leg of the Triple Crown. The last horse to win all three races was Affirmed in 1978. Since 1919, only 11 horses have succeeded in sweeping the series.

"It's a tough grind on these young horses," said Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to California Chrome's 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman. "He tried hard and ran hard and took us all on the ride of our lives."

Tonalist, trained by Christophe Clement for Robert Evans, entered the 1 ½-mile Belmont Stakes a fresh horse, having won the Grade Two Peter Pan on May 10 at Belmont last time out. Making his fifth career start, the lightly raced son of Tapit had won only one other race in his career, taking a maiden race on January 18 at Belmont Park.

Belmont winner Palace Malice adds the G1 Metropolitan

Filed on 8 Jun 2014 @ 08:57

Belmont Park, 8 June 2014

Returning to the scene of his greatest triumph, last year's Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice (Curlin) took the Grade One Metropolitan Handicap on Saturday at Belmont Park for trainer Todd Pletcher and Dogwood Stable.

Australia wins the Derby from Kingston Hill

Filed on 7 Jun 2014 @ 15:10

Aidan O'Brien wins his third successive Derby

Trainer Aidan O'Brien won the Derby in 2012 and 2013 with Camelot and Ruler Of The World, and he became the first trainer in history to saddle three consecutive winners of the Epsom Classic when Australia (Galileo) eased to the front under Joseph O'Brien, always holding Kingston Hill as the pair went clear, with Australia prevailing by a length.

Cirrus Des Aigles wins his sixth Group One in the Coronation Cup

Filed on 7 Jun 2014 @ 13:51

The evergreen eight-year-old Cirrus Des Aigles registered his sixth Group One success when running out an easy winner of the Group One Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom on Saturday, beating fellow French raider Flintshire by two lengths.

Baitha Alga gives Fast Company his first stakes winner

Filed on 7 Jun 2014 @ 13:37

Hannon and Dettori combine for emphatic Woodcote success

The Richard Hannon-trained Baitha Alga (Fast Company) gave her freshman sire his first stakes winner when quickening easily clear under Frankie Dettori to win the Listed Woodcote Stakes at Epsom on Saturday.

Teofilo's Sonntag wins the G1 Queensland Derby

Filed on 7 Jun 2014 @ 09:51

Australia, 7 June 2014

Teofilo registered his sixth Group One winner when Sonntag, a three-year-old from his first southern hemisphere-bred crop, won the Group One Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Taghrooda gives Sea The Stars a first crop Classic winner

Filed on 6 Jun 2014 @ 15:42

Taghrooda routs her rivals in the Oaks

The John Gosden-trained Taghrooda (Sea The Stars) gave her sire Sea The Stars a first crop Classic winner when running out an utterly dominant winner of the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday, quickening smartly clear of the pacesetting Volume when asked by Paul Hanagan to win by three and three quarter lengths. Tarfasha - like the winner, owned by Sheikh Hamdan - closed for second, with Volume third. Peter Chapple-Hyam's Inchila was an unlucky fourth, having suffered interference from Volume.

French Navy storms to Diomed victory

Filed on 6 Jun 2014 @ 13:56

Son of Shamardal last to first under Adam Kirby

Godolphin's apparent new policy of selecting the best available jockey for each individual horse paid dividends at Epsom on Friday with Adam Kirby piloting French Navy (Shamardal) to a second successive stakes success when coming from last to first in the Group Three Diomed Stakes, beating the favourite Graphic by two lengths.

Thistle Bird repeats in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes

Filed on 6 Jun 2014 @ 12:47

Charlton targeting Group Twos and Group Ones with Selkirk mare

The Roger Charlton-trained Thistle Bird (Selkirk) bounced back from a sixth place debut run in the Middleton Stakes to register a repeat win in the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom on Friday, coming with a withering late run on the outside under James Doyle to score by a length from Odeliz. Classic winner Just The Judge was third.

Marvellous heads 17 in the Oaks

Filed on 5 Jun 2014 @ 09:07

Irish 1000 Guineas winner Marvellous heads a field of 17 fillies chasing Classic success in the Group One Investec Oaks (In Memory Of Sir Henry Cecil), at Epsom Downs on Friday.

The daughter of Galileo is the 3/1 favourite with Coral, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival, and choice of stable jockey Joseph O'Brien following an impressive three-length success in the Curragh Classic. Her trainer Aidan O'Brien, who completed the Irish 1,000 Guineas-Investec Oaks double with Imagine in 2001, will also be represented by Palace (16/1 with Coral) and Listed Salsabil Stakes winner Dazzling (40/1).

Karakontie to be dropped back to a mile

Filed on 4 Jun 2014 @ 12:25

French 2000 Guineas winner Karakontie is to be dropped back to a mile after failing to handle the step up in trip in Sunday's Prix du Jockey-Club, where he was eighth behind The Grey Gatsby.

Ruler Of The World to miss the Coronation Cup

Filed on 4 Jun 2014 @ 11:12

Last year's Derby winner Ruler Of The World will not run in the Group One Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom on Saturday. Trainer Aidan O'Brien announced via Coolmore's Twitter feed: "Ruler Of The World worked very well yesterday but pulled out a little stiff this morning so we couldn't risk running him on Saturday."

Kool Kompany could have Coventry target after Rochestown win

Filed on 2 Jun 2014 @ 18:19

Jeremy colt stars as War Envoy beaten into third

The Richard Hannon-trained Kool Kompany (Jeremy) made a successful raid on a high class card at Naas on Monday, making most of the running under Pat Dobbs to see off the late challenge from Toscanini by a head. The well-touted War Envoy was only third.

John Hills dies at the age of 53

Filed on 2 Jun 2014 @ 07:34

Trainer John Hills has died at the age of 53 after a short illness. The Lambourn handler was a son of Barry Hills and brother of jockeys Richard and Michael Hills and trainer Charlie Hills.

He learnt his trade with Edward O'Grady, Harry Thomson-Jones, John Gosden and his father before taking out a licence in 1987.

The Grey Gatsby bursts clear in the Prix du Jockey Club

Filed on 2 Jun 2014 @ 07:16

Dante winner quickens three lengths clear in Chantilly Classic

Recent Dante Stakes winner The Grey Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) showed an impressive turn of foot to burst three lengths clear in the Group One Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on Sunday, giving his trainer Kevin Ryan his first Classic winner. Alain de Royer-Dupre's Shamkiyr stayed on for second, ahead of the favourite Prince Gibraltar in third.

Fabre three-year-olds strike at Chantilly

Filed on 2 Jun 2014 @ 07:10

Savanne lands the Royaumont and Fintry the Sandringham

Andre Fabre was in good form at Chantilly on Sunday, striking in two of the three-year-old Group races on the Prix du Jockey Club undercard. The trainer registered his 11th winner in the Group Three Prix de Royaumont at Chantilly, with Savanne (Rock Of Gibraltar) making all under Pierre-Charles Boudot to beat Ball Dancing.