Racing

Nichols Canyon quickens to Mersey Novices' Hurdle victory

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 14:49

Neptune third back to winning ways at Aintree

The Willie Mullins-trained Nichols Canyon, the 3/1 favourite, landed the Grade One World Famous Just Eat Mersey Novices' Hurdle under a determined drive from Ruby Walsh at Aintree on Saturday.

Criterion trounces his Queen Elizabeth Stakes rivals

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 09:00

Australia, 11 April 2015

Royal Ascot possible for son of Sebring

David Hayes and Tom Dabernig can mount a case to having the best horse in the country in their stable following Criterion’s (Sebring) stunning win in Saturday’s Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

Dansili's Grand Marshal bursts clear in the Sydney Cup

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 08:58

Australia, 11 April 2015

Improving stayer Grand Marshal (Dansili) completed the transformation from Melbourne Cup support-card winner to Group One champion with victory in the $1.6 million Sydney Cup at Randwick on Saturday.

Darci Brahma's Gust Of Wind claims the Australian Oaks

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 08:52

Australia, 11 April 2015

Melbourne Cup the target for New Zealand-bred filly

The John Sargent-trained three-year-old Gust Of Wind (Darci Brahma) proved herself the best stayer in the field with a dominant win over Winx and Candelara in the 2400-metre Australian Oaks at Randwick on Saturday.

War Front's Jack Milton sweeps clear in the Maker's 46 Mile

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 08:48

Keeneland, 11 April 2015

Third graded stakes win for five-year-old son of War Front

Gary Barber’s Jack Milton (War Front), last early in a field of seven, swept by the pack on the far outside to win the 27th running of the Grade One Maker’s 46 Mile by 2¼ lengths At Keeneland on Friday.

Untapable returns to winning ways in the Apple Blossom

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 08:42

Oaklawn Park, 10 April 2015

Last season's champion 3yo filly lands her fifth Grade One

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable (Tapit) looked every bit the champion she is as she drew off to win Friday’s Grade One Apple Blossom Handicap by 2 ½ lengths over longshot Diva’s Diamond. The 2014 champion three-year-old filly entered the race off a second in the March 14 Azeri Stakes to Gold Medal Dancer, who had to settle for third Friday in the 1 1/16 mile race.

Thistlecrack has Tizzard dreaming after Aintree G1 hurdle victory

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 08:38

"He'll be a beautiful horse for chasing - he's got enough pace to win over two miles and he stays"

Colin Tizzard plans to take Thistlecrack to Punchestown for his next run after the Kayf Tara gelding won the Grade One Doom Bar Sefton Novices' Hurdle by 13 lengths under Tom Scudamore at Aintree on Friday.

McCoy scores aboard Don Cossack in the Melling Chase

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 08:35

Don Cossack continues Elliott's fine run of form

Don Cossack, who took the Betfred Melling Chase under A P McCoy by a hugely impressive 26 lengths at Aintree on Friday, was trainer Gordon Elliott's third winner of the 2015 Crabbie's Grand National Festival so far.

Saphir Du Rheu makes sparkling return to fences

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 08:32

World Hurdle second wins the Mildmay by 15 lengths

Trainer Paul Nicholls is looking forward to next season with Saphir Du Rheu after he put in a sparkling performance to win the Grade One Betfred Mildmay Novices' Chase by 15 lengths at Aintree on Friday.

Cyrus Darius romps 10 lengths clear at Aintree

Filed on 11 Apr 2015 @ 08:30

Arkle Trophy quotes for impressive Jefferson-trained winner

The E-Lites Top Novices' Hurdle winner Cyrus Darius has his trainer Malcolm Jefferson dreaming of big things ahead in the chasing ranks after the six-year-old posted an impressive 10-length victory at Aintree on Friday.

Jezki wins the Aintree Hurdle under McCoy as Arctic Fire falls

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 16:31

Champion Hurdle second fine after heavy fall when going well at the last

Racing got the result it wanted - a winner for A P McCoy at his final Crabbie's Grand National Festival - with victory for Jezki in the Grade One Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle. The winner, who is trained by Jessie Harrington, scored easily after market rival Arctic Fire fell at the final flight when the pair were upsides. Both the horse and jockey got to their feet, but Walsh was stood down by doctors for the rest of the day.

Silviniaco Conti lands Betfred Bowl thriller

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 16:28

Ballynagour a fine second at Aintree

The Paul Nicholls-trained Silviniaco Conti produced a gritty performance to repel the late challenge of Ballynagour and land his second successive Betfred Bowl by a head at Aintree on Thursday. The 7/4 favourite was foot perfect as he led the field a merry dance for the majority of the race but he had to dig deep after the final fence as both the runner-up and Holywell tried in vain to reel the winner in.

All Yours proves best in Anniversary 4YO Hurdle

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 14:18

All Yours put champion trainer Paul Nicholls on the winner's podium following the Betfred Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle at Aintree on Thursday. The gelding had finished fifth in the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last month, but Nicholls felt the track and ground today were more to his horse's liking, and predicted he will make up into a smart hurdler next season.

Fastnet Rock filly tops strong final session of Inglis Easter Yearlings

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 13:59

Australia, 9 April 2015

Session One average rises 17%

The 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale concluded three tremendous days of selling as the Session I statistics hit seven year highs and Session II set more records.

Clarcam strikes at Aintree

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 13:43

Gordon Elliot's charge beats Vibrato Valtat in the Manifesto Chase

The Gordon Elliott-trained Clarcam bounced back from a disappointing run when eighth in the Arkle Trophy at last month's Cheltenham Festival to win the One Magnificent City Manifesto Novices' Chase by four lengths under Ruby Walsh at 5/1 on Thursday's opening day at Aintree.

Gleneagles, Elm Park and Epicuris amongst 12 second entries for the Derby

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 13:40

Group One winners Gleneagles, Elm Park and Epicuris are amongst 12 second entries for the Investec Derby which are announced today.

The cost to make a second entry to Britain's richest race was £8,000 and the additions mean there are now 110 horses remaining engaged in the premier Classic race, which is staged over a mile and a half at Epsom Downs.

Snitzel colt sells for $2.2m at Inglis

Filed on 9 Apr 2015 @ 06:51

Australia, 8 April 2015

$1.6m Sepoy colt sets new record for yearling by a first crop sire

Robust trade continued through Wednesday's second session of the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, driving a 17% rise in the average price to $298,663 as the clearance rate continues to rise.

The Wow Signal pleases Quinn in Pontefract racecourse gallop

Filed on 8 Apr 2015 @ 07:23

Son of Starspangledbanner likely to head straight to the 2000 Guineas

Last season's Coventry Stakes and Prix Morny winner The Wow Signal pleased connections in a racecourse gallop after racing at Pontefract on Tuesday.

John F Kennedy set for Ballysax return

Filed on 8 Apr 2015 @ 07:11

The Aidan O'Brien-trained John F Kennedy (Galileo), the ante-post favourite for the Derby, is set to make his seasonal reappearance in the PW McGrath Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday. O'Brien has previously won the race with his Derby winners Galileo and High Chaparral, as well as Gold Cup winner Yeats and Fame And Glory.

$1.6m Fastnet Rock filly tops Inglis Easter opener

Filed on 8 Apr 2015 @ 07:03

Australia, 8 April 2015

Average rises 12% and median 17% in Sydney

Tuesday's opening day of the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale saw buyers compete to purchase 132 of the region’s best yearlings at a strong average of $291,667, up 12% from last year.

Shutthefrontdoor heads 65 remaining in the Grand National

Filed on 7 Apr 2015 @ 07:04

There are 65 horses going forward after today's five-day confirmation for the £1-million Crabbie's Grand National, to be run at Aintree on Saturday, April 11. Shutthefrontdoor (trained by Jonjo O'Neill) is the 7/1 favourite with Betfred, and is set to be the 20th and final Crabbie's Grand National ride for soon-to-be 20-time champion jockey A P McCoy.

Al Kazeem makes winning return in the Prix d'Harcourt

Filed on 7 Apr 2015 @ 06:59

All systems go for the Prix Ganay

The Roger Charlton-trained Al Kazeem (Dubawi), whose comeback season last year saw him win a Group Three and finish second in the Champion Stakes, made a winning start to his seven-year-old season when battling to victory in the Group Two Prix d'Harcourt at Longchamp on Monday.

Thunder And Roses lands the Irish Grand National

Filed on 7 Apr 2015 @ 06:54

Sandra Hughes and Katie Walsh strike at Fairyhouse

The Sandra Hughes-trained Thunder And Roses won the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Monday under Katie Walsh.

Chautauqua swoops in the TJ Smith

Filed on 6 Apr 2015 @ 10:22

Australia, 6 April 2015

Connections rate Randwick winner as world's best sprinter

Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago) took a step forward when registering a remarkable win in the Group One TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on Monday, coming from last to first under Tommy Berry on the speed-favoring heavy track.

Mongolian Khan powers to Australian Derby victory

Filed on 6 Apr 2015 @ 10:19

Australia, 6 April 2015

New Zealand Derby winner adds Australian Group One

Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor) registered a courageous victory in the Group One ATC Australian Derby at Randwick on Easter Monday. Prepared by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, the dark bay son of Holy Roman Emperor won the Group One New Zealand Derby on February 28, but was only fifth when making his Australian debut in the Group One ATC Rosehill Guineas two weeks ago.