Gordon Elliot reveals his Festival team

Filed on 2 Mar 2016 @ 14:55

Gordon Elliott, the main challenger in Ireland to Willie Mullins' dominance, is building up his stable's strength.
In a media stable visit, organised by Cheltenham Racecourse, the ambitious trainer outlined his strong team for The Festival later this month.

Willie Mullins: my Cheltenham team

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 17:36

Vautour "should easily stay" Gold Cup trip

Ireland's champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins gave updates on many of his leading contenders for next month's Cheltenham Festival at a media visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse on Monday.

Designs On Rome back to winning ways at Sha Tin

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:33

Hong Kong, 28 February 2016

He had his doubters, plenty of them, but when push came to shove Designs On Rome (Holy Roman Emperor) rewarded the faithful with a combative second victory in the Group One Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Mohaymen continues ascent in the Fountain of Youth

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:26

Gulfstream Park, 27 February 2016

Clash with Nyquist in the Florida Derby on the cards

Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen (Tapit) continued his impressive march toward the Triple Crown late Saturday afternoon, keeping his perfect record intact by defeating previously unbeaten Zulu and Awesome Banner in the Grade Two Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.

100th stakes winner for Dubawi

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:21

Darley sire Dubawi registered his 100th career stakes winner on Saturday when his son The Blue Eye won the Listed HH The Emir's Trophy in Qatar. The four-year-old colt was winning his eighth career race, form only 14 starts, storming down the outside to a very impressive victory in the local G1 contest. The was the third victory in the race for progeny of Dubawi after Dubday’s victories the previous two seasons.

Winx lands a stakes seven-timer in the G1 Chipping Norton

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:18

Australia, 27 February 2016

Cox Plate winner adds another Group One

Horse of the Year favourite Winx (Street Cry) added another feature to her outstanding record on Saturday when she steamed away to win the Group One Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

Unbeaten Extreme Choice sprints clear in the Blue Diamond

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:15

Australia, 27 February 2016

Quinella for Mick Price in Caulfield Group One; Golden Slipper the next target

Mick Price’s unbeaten colt Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt) was simply electrifying in the Group One MRC Blue Diamond Stakes for two-year-olds at Caulfield on Saturday. Sent out the race favourite, the colt jumped well and travelled just off the pace under the guidance of Craig Newitt, looming large around the turn before sprinting away in the straight.

Grendisar powers clear in the Winter Derby

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:12

The Marco Botti-trained Grendisar (Invincible Spirit) produced a scintillating display to win the Group Three Coral Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday, and set up another tilt at the Coral Easter Classic on All-Weather Championships Finals Day.

Theatre Guide lands the BetBright Chase

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:07

The Colin Tizzard-trained Theatre Guide ran away with the BetBright Chase at Kempton on Saturday, striding clear after the second last to beat Opening Batsman by 10 lengths under Paddy Brennan.

Zubayr enters the Triumph picture with Adonis victory

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:04

The Paul Nicholls-trained Zubayr (Authorized) made a winning British debut when coming from last to first in the BetBright #realfansonly Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday.

A €380,000 purchase from the Aga Khan's draft at the Arqana Summer Sale last year, Zubayr travelled well and found his stride to stay on to beat Azzuri by three-and-three-quarter lengths.

Festive Fare heads 10 in the Winter Derby

Filed on 25 Feb 2016 @ 16:47

Godolphin's Festive Fare (Teofilo) heads a field of 10 in the Group Three Coral Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday. The 10-furlong Polytrack contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Coral Easter Classic over the same distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 25.

965 entries revealed for Cheltenham handicaps

Filed on 25 Feb 2016 @ 14:27

A total of 965 entries have been unveiled for the 10 handicaps staged at next month's Cheltenham Festival.

Champion Day, Tuesday, March 15, plays host to the £100,000 Grade Three Ultima Handicap Chase (2.50pm, 107 entries, 3m 1f) and the £65,000 Listed Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase (5.30pm, 68 entries, 2m 4½f). Two of the past three winners - 2014 scorer Holywell (Jonjo O'Neill) and 2013 winner Golden Chieftain (Colin Tizzard) - are among the entries for the Ultima Handicap Chase while the possible starters in the Close Brothers' Novices' Handicap Chase include last year's Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle second Bouvreuil (Paul Nicholls).

Paul Nicholls: My Cheltenham team

Filed on 25 Feb 2016 @ 14:22

Champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls paraded some of his team for next month's Cheltenham Festival at a media visit to his Ditcheat stables on Wednesday.

He said: "The first horse, in no particular order or significance, is Politologue. He is a fine big grey horse and won a Listed novice hurdle at Exeter last week, basically an egg and spoon race in the end, and he won by 59 lengths. He was second in the Challow before that.

Douvan heads Cheltenham novice entries with Timeform 185p

Filed on 24 Feb 2016 @ 17:16

Timeform rates top contenders for novice chases and hurdles

The fields are taking shape for the four novices' chases and four of the novices' hurdles at next month's Cheltenham Festival following the February 23 scratchings deadline.

Zenyatta's son Ziconic third on debut

Filed on 22 Feb 2016 @ 09:52

Santa Anita, 21 February 2016

Whenever the legendary mare Zenyatta’s name is mentioned, expectations run high. And so was the case leading into Saturday’s third race at Santa Anita, a $56,000 maiden special weight for three-year-olds at seven furlongs, as Zenyatta’s second foal, a Jerry and Ann Moss homebred colt by top sire Tapit, named Ziconic, made his career debut.

Silviniaco Conti bounces back in the Ascot Chase

Filed on 22 Feb 2016 @ 09:39

Aintree the plan for back-to-form 10 year old

The Paul Nicholls-trained Silviniaco Conti put a below-par run in the King George behind him when winning the Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday, his seventh win at Grade One level.

Rayvin Black makes all in the Kingwell Hurdle

Filed on 22 Feb 2016 @ 09:35

The Oliver Sherwood-trained Rayvin Black/b> made all to win the Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday, responding well to the urgings of his rider Tom Garner to beat Melodic Rendezvous by five lengths. The 8/11 favourite Irving didn't handle the testing conditions.

Chautauqua swoops in the Lightning Stakes

Filed on 22 Feb 2016 @ 09:32

Australia, 20 February 2016

Trip to Royal Ascot on the cards for son of Encosta De Lago

The lightning bolt colours of prominent owner and great industry supporter Rupert Legh were first past the post in the VRC Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington on Saturday, carried to victory by Dwayne Dunn aboard Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago x Lovely Jubly) in a thrilling finish to Australia's fastest Group One race.

Tryster shows turf form with emphatic Meydan victory

Filed on 19 Feb 2016 @ 13:45

Dubai, 19 February 2016

Son of Shamardal shows good turn of foot in the Dubai Millennium Stakes

Charlei Appleby's all-weather star Tryster (Shamardal) proved his class at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday, claiming the featured Group Three Dubai Millennium Stakes sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, emphatically answering questions about his ability to perform on turf.

Ascot to run the Pat Eddery Stakes on King George day

Filed on 19 Feb 2016 @ 13:42

Winkfield Stakes to be renamed in honour of late champion jockey

Ascot RAcecourse is to honour the late Pat Eddery, who won the 1975 (Grundy) and 1986 (Dancing Brave) renewals of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, by permanently renaming the Listed Winkfield Stakes as the Pat Eddery Stakes.

Annie Power wins at Punchestown

Filed on 17 Feb 2016 @ 16:52

Mare assumes Champion Hurdle favouritism after Faugheen absence announced

The Willie Mullins-trained Annie Power ran out an impressive winner of the Mares Hurdle at Punchestown on Wednesday, being eased home six and a half lengths clear of Legacy Gold on her belated seasonal debut.

Faugheen to miss the Champion Hurdle with ligament injury

Filed on 17 Feb 2016 @ 15:38

The Willie Mullins-trained Faugheen will not defend his title in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next month, after being found to have a suspensory ligament problem as his work was stepped up after his brilliant win at Leopardstown last time.

Pauling leaning towards the Albert Bartlett for Barters Hill

Filed on 17 Feb 2016 @ 11:48

Trainer Ben Pauling is leaning towards running his Grade One-winning novice hurdler Barters Hill in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, with the likely presence of Alan King's formidable-looking Yanworth in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle a major factor in the decision.

Irish runners dominate Timeform ratings for Cheltenham Grade Ones

Filed on 17 Feb 2016 @ 11:41

Faugheen rated 9lbs clear in the Champion Hurdle

Irish trainers are responsible for just under half of the contenders going forward in the six non-novice Grade One championship contests nest month's Cheltenham Festival following the February 16 scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today, with horses trained in Ireland making up 77 of the 162 remaining entries.

Handicapper hails quality and depth of 2016 Grand National field

Filed on 17 Feb 2016 @ 10:12

Phil Smith, the BHA's Head of Handicapping, frames the weights for the Crabbie's Grand National, the only race of the year where he has complete discretion and is able to deviate from official handicap ratings.