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.

Hurricane Fly crowned Irish Horse of the Year

Filed on 10 Dec 2013 @ 09:30

Johnny Murtagh receives the Flat award

Hurricane Fly was awarded the title of Racehorse of the Year at the 11th annual Horse Racing Ireland awards. The Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old became the first horse to win the award twice.

Akeed Mofeed bursts clear in the HK Cup

Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 18:22

Hong Kong, 8 December 2013

Cirrus des Aigles takes third at Sha Tin

Perennial champion jockey Douglas Whyte capped a great day for Hong Kong and redeemed himself with trainer Richard Gibson and owner Pan Sutong when his riding skills ensured a Group One Hong Kong Cup victory for Akeed Mofeed (Dubawi).

Glorious Days quickens to take the HK Mile

Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 18:17

Hong Kong, 8 December 2013

Gordon Lord Byron best of the Europeans as Moonlight Cloud and Sky Lantern fail to fire

Despite what appeared ferocious opposition from Europe – and indeed Hong Kong – it was the John Size-trained, Douglas Whyte-ridden Glorious Days (Hussonet) who produced some sensational acceleration up the Sha Tin straight to win the Group One Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Lord Kanaloa registers repeat win in the HK Sprint

Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 18:13

Hong Kong 8 December 2013

Nunthorpe winner Jwala suffers fatal injury at Sha Tin

Lord Kanaloa (King Kamehameha) and Yasunari Iwata overcame an unhelpful draw in Gate 12 to simply destroy his rivals in scintillating style, coming away in the straight to put five lengths between himself and his toiling pursuers. In doing so he was taking the race for the second year in succession, and at the same time he surely established himself as the best sprinter in the world.

Cacique's Dominant sweeps from last to first in the HK Vase

Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 18:09

Hong Kong, 8 December 2013

Dominant (Cacique) swept from last to first to clinch a shock win under jockey of the moment Zac Purton in the Group One Longines Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday.

Unbeaten Red Reveur wins the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 18:04

Japan, 8 December 2013

Stay Gold filly graduates with Grade One win

Undefeated Red Reveur (Stay Gold) marked her third consecutive win by claiming the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday. Her first win in her debut start was at the same course on June 1 when she demonstrated a good turn of foot from third position for a powerful half-length win. At the end of August in her second outing, she went on to clinch the Sapporo Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,800m) by a neck from racing in mid-pack in a mixed field over soft going.

Smart Strike's Streaming upsets in the Hollywood Starlet

Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 17:59

Hollywood Park, 8 December 2013

An unraced maiden when the final Autumn meet at Betfair Hollywood Park began one month ago, Streaming (Smart Strike) is now a Grade One winner after her 10-1 upset in the Grade One Hollywood Starlet Saturday. A little more than three weeks after winning as the 1-2 favorite in her debut at six furlongs, the 2-year-old daughter of Smart Strike stretched out successfully, winning the 33rd Starlet after a pace-pressing journey under jockey Martin Garcia.

Darysina leads the way at Arqana, selling for €800,000

Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 17:54

The Aga Khan's Darysina sold for €800,000 to top the opening session of the Arqana December Breeding-Stock Sale on Saturday. Offered from the Aga Khan Studs' draft,, the three-year-old daughter of Smart Strike sold to Johnny McKeever, acting on behalf of owner Philip Brown.

Sire De Grugy dispatches Tingle Creek rivals

Filed on 8 Dec 2013 @ 17:44

Gary Moore's charge takes Group One honours at Sandown

The Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy was a convincing winner of the Grade One BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday, taking command of the two mile contest from Captain Conan at the last, staying on willingly to the line to see off the late challenge of Somersby by four lengths. Captain Conan was just over three lengths further back in third.

Tattersalls Mare Sale concludes with 43% rise in turnover

Filed on 6 Dec 2013 @ 08:13

Tattersalls turnover for 2013 reaches 249m guineas

The Tattersalls December Sale concluded on Thursday with a solid final session and a top price of 60,000 guineas as 146 lots sold for 963,500 guineas at an average of 6,599 guineas and a median of 4,800 guineas. The four-day December Mare Sale saw significant rises across the board with turnover up 43% to 62,998,500 guineas, and the average and median up 52% and 47% to 87,377 guineas and 28,000 guineas respectively. Turnover for the December Sale, including Foals and Yearlings was up 36% to 97,989,000 guineas whilst the annual turnover at Tattersalls rose 18% to a record 248,689,200 guineas.

Sky Lantern "on fire" ahead of Hong Kong Mile

Filed on 5 Dec 2013 @ 14:27

Hong Kong, 5 December 2013

Four-time Group One winner Sky Lantern is set to line up in the Group One Longines Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday, when there is a live chance - according to many close observers - that her stunning acceleration will lead her to victory.

Sprinter Sacre ruled out of the Tingle Creek

Filed on 5 Dec 2013 @ 10:40

Star chaser likely to return in the Victor Chandler Chase

Sprinter Sacre will miss his intended return to action in the BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday. The star chaser returned a dirty tracheal wash on Monday and his results are still not 100%.

Purr Along sells for 1m gns at Tattersalls

Filed on 5 Dec 2013 @ 10:24

Major rises continue into third session of December Mare Sale

The William Muir-trained Group Three winner Purr Along became the fifth million guineas lot for the Tattersalls December Sale when knocked down to Newsells Park Stud’s Julian Dollar for 1,000,000 guineas on Wednesday. The third day of the sale saw a total of 182 lots sell for 8,863,500 guineas, at an average of 48,701 guineas and a median of 25,000 guineas. As has been the case on the opening two days, the major indicators were all up significantly, with turnover rising 20%, the average up 39% and the median up 47%.

Gerard Butler banned for five years

Filed on 5 Dec 2013 @ 10:21

Trainer injected large doses of steroids himself

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler has been disqualified from racing for five years following a hearing of a disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority last month. The BHA announced Butler admitted to all seven charges against him relating to samples of an anabolic steroid found in horses in his care.