Halling dies at the age of 25

Filed on 3 Feb 2016 @ 18:17

Dual Eclipse and Juddmonte International winner succumbs to the infirmities of old age

Halling (Diesis), superb dual winner of both the Eclipse and the Juddmonte International, was euthanised at Dalham Hall Stud on Tuesday due to the infirmities of old age.

Many Clouds and Pineau De Re amongst 126-strong entry for the Grand National

Filed on 3 Feb 2016 @ 18:14

A huge entry of 126 horses, the highest number since 2008, has been unveiled for the £1-million Crabbie's Grand National to be run at Aintree on Saturday, April 9.

The entries for the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National feature the previous two winners - 2015 hero Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood, 12/1 favourite with Betfred, official betting partner of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival), and Pineau De Re (Dr Richard Newland, 40/1) who took the spoils in 2014.

Shadwell's unbeaten Mohaymen wins the Holy Bull

Filed on 31 Jan 2016 @ 10:58

Gulfstream Park, 31 January 2016

Unbeaten Tapit colt enhances his Kentucky Derby credentials

Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen (Tapit) opened his three-year-old campaign in impressive fashion late Saturday afternoon, enhancing his reputation as the top Triple Crown contender on the East Coast with a powerful 3 ½-length victory in the Grade Two Lambholm South Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park.

Thistlecrack powers home in the Cleeve Hurdle

Filed on 31 Jan 2016 @ 10:56

There was an impressive performance in the £60,000 Grade Two Cleeve Hurdle over three miles at Cheltenham on Saturday with Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard/Tom Scudamore, 4/5 favourite) winning easily by 12 lengths from Ptit Zig (Paul Nicholls/Sam Twiston-Davies, 7/1).

Smad Place heads Chetlenham treble for King

Filed on 31 Jan 2016 @ 10:53

Yanworth could be the best King has trained

An incredible day unfolded for Alan King at Cheltenham on Saturday where the Wiltshire-based trainer gained a high-profile treble with Smad Place, Annacotty and Yanworth on the course's Festival Trials Day.

Triumph Hurdle hope Fixe Le Cap impresses at Warwick

Filed on 28 Jan 2016 @ 17:09

The Nicky Henderson-trained Fixe Le Cap earned quotes of 14-1 second-favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle after an emphatic 28 length victory in the Lighthorne Lamb Juvenile Hurdle at Warwick on Thursday.

Cheltenham Novice Chase entries revealed

Filed on 28 Jan 2016 @ 17:06

The entries for the four novices' chases run at The Festival have been revealed, and with strong representation from both sides of the Irish Sea, four fascinating contests are in prospect for 2016.

Godolphin complete purchase of Warren Place

Filed on 28 Jan 2016 @ 17:01

Warren Place, the historic Newmarket training stable that was the home and base of the late Sir Henry Cecil, has been purchased by Godolphin.

Lady Cecil will remain in occupation for the time being, as Godolphin have no plans to occupy the stable until next year.

NZB Select Sale gets off to a strong start

Filed on 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:34

New Zealand, 27 January 2016

Showcasing heads the sire averages

After Wednesday's opening day ofthe three-day Karaka 2016 Select Sale the aggregate is already over half of the final aggregate of last year’s Sale, with spirited bidding at all levels of the market. With 154 horses sold, 19 more than last year, the aggregate of $10,034,700 is tracking 43% above last year’s figure of $7,022,500.

Thistlecrack heads 10 in the Cleeve Hurdle

Filed on 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:32

Rising star Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard) heads 10 entries for the Grade Two Cleeve Hurdle (3.35pm), run over three miles at Cheltenham this Saturday, January 30.

A Grade Two success at Newbury in November, followed by a Grade One win at Ascot the following month has propelled the eight-year-old Thistlecrack to the head of the ante-post market for the Grade One World Hurdle at The Festival on St Patrick's Thursday, March 17.

Djakadam to take on Many Clouds and Smad Place in the BetBright Trial Chase

Filed on 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:28

Strong entry for Cheltenham's Trials Day feature

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Djakadam headlines 11 entries for the £100,000 Grade Two BetBright Trial Chase (1.50pm), the highlight of an informative card at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 30.

$1.3m Frankel colt tops NZB Premier Yearling Sale

Filed on 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:23

New Zealand, 27 January 2016

Turnover rises 24% at Karaka - with progeny of Savabeel accounting for 20% of the total

The first yearling to be auctioned in the Southern Hemisphere by Frankel topped a strong renewal of the Karaka 2016 Premier Sale when it was knocked down for $1.3m on Tuesday.

International buyers to the fore as NZB Premier Sale opens

Filed on 25 Jan 2016 @ 12:00

New Zealand, 25 January 2016

Savabeel colts top lists as day one average rises 22%

International buyers made their presence felt at Monday's opening session of the New Zealand Bloodsotck Premier Yearling Sale, accounting for 67% of the spend. Australia was the leading buying bench overall with 75 horses purchased for total receipts of $12,785,000. Buyers from New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Japan and China all spent at least $450,000 on a single horse.

Faugheen makes all in the Irish Champion Hurdle

Filed on 25 Jan 2016 @ 11:53

"Explosive" run ahead of Champion Hurdle defence

Faugheen was an impressive winner of the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday, brushing aside stablemates Arctic Fire and Nichols Canyon to win as he liked.

Douvan surges clear in the Arkle

Filed on 25 Jan 2016 @ 11:49

Mullins: "He hurdles his fences, really, and they are no effort to him"

The Willie Mullins-trained Douvan, winner of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham last year, ran out a mighty impressive winner of the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday, dictating throughout under Ruby Walsh and surging effortlessly clear to win by 15 lengths from Velvet Maker. Doomsday Book was another 13 lengths away in third.

Un De Sceaux wins the Clarence House in style

Filed on 25 Jan 2016 @ 11:34

The Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux justified odds of 1-2 to win the Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot in style on Saturday.

A faller at Leopardstown over Christmas, the favourite for the Champion Chase put that behind him with an accomplished display of fencing under Ruby Walsh, measuring his fences well with a long leap at the third-last fence seeing him put his rivals under pressure.

European Pattern to examine staying races

Filed on 22 Jan 2016 @ 10:54

The European Pattern Committee (EPC) held its annual meeting this week, and in considering a number of changes highlighted the staying race programme as an area of particular concern.

The EPC declared that it remains vital that Europe supports a strong programme for horses racing at the Classic distance of a mile and a half and beyond. The programme for the staying horse features some extremely historic and important races, headlined by the Ascot Gold Cup, yet in recent years there has been a worrying trend towards decline in the pool of staying horses that the EPC would not want to see continue.

Safety Check doubles up in the Al Fahidi Fort

Filed on 22 Jan 2016 @ 10:44

Dubai, 21 January 2016

Son of Dubawi to target the Zabeel Mile

The Charlie Appleby-trained Safety Check (Dubawi) became the first horse since Linngari to win consecutive renewals of the Al Fahidi Fort with his victory in the Group Two contest in the Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday night.

My Murphy claims Thyestes glory

Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 17:31

The Liam Burke-trained My Murphy won the Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday, going one better than last year, when he was second to subsequent Gold Cup runner-up Djakadam.

Ridden by Robbie Power, My Murphy found plenty in the final stages to see off the favourite Mala Beach by a length and a quarter, with the pair having jumped the last together.

Mullins dominates Mares' Hurdle entries

Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 16:29

Annie Power heads a strong Irish challenge

There are 45 entries for the Grade One OLBG Mares' Hurdle run over two and a half miles at Cheltenham next month, headed by Annie Power. The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old has been successful on 12 of her 14 starts. Her only reversals have come at The Festival - she was second in the 2014 World Hurdle and fell at the last in the 2015 OLBG Mares' Hurdle with the race at her mercy.

Thistlecrack heads World Hurdle entries

Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 16:27

Walford hoping Relkeel winner Camping Ground will stay three miles

The World Hurdle, the championship race staged over three miles for hurdlers at Cheltenham on 17 March, has attracted 48 hopefuls including five of the first six horses home in the 2015 running - winner Cole Harden (Warren Greatrex), runner-up Saphir Du Rheu (Paul Nicholls), fourth At Fishers Cross (Rebecca Curtis), fifth Whisper (Nicky Henderson) and sixth Un Temps Pour Tout (David Pipe).

Claiborne sire Arch dies of a heart attack

Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 16:24

Leading US sire Arch died at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky on Wednesday following an apparent heart attack. The son of Kris S was 21.

Arch won five races for trainer Frank Borthers, inclsuing the Grade One Super Derby, and at stud was the sire of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Blame as well as the likes of Archarcharch, Grand Arch, Hymn Book, Love Theway Youare, and Pine Island.

Kingmambo put down at the age of 26

Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 16:21

Sire of champions succumbs to the infirmities of old age

Leading sire Kingmambo has been euthanized at 26 due to the infirmities of old age. The influential stallion stood his entire career at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky and was pensioned from stud duty in 2010. Kingmambo will be buried at Lane’s End.

World Thoroughbred Rankings 2015 - ratings in full

Filed on 20 Jan 2016 @ 16:41

1134IDAMERICAN PHAROAH (USA)2012CBob BaffertBreeders' Cup Classic
 131MDAMERICAN PHAROAH (USA)2012CBob BaffertWilliam Hill Haskell Invitational
2130LTGOLDEN HORN (GB)2012CJohn GosdenInvestec Derby
 130ITGOLDEN HORN (GB)2012CJohn GosdenCoral Eclipse
 129LDAMERICAN PHAROAH (USA)2012CBob BaffertBelmont Presented by Draftkings
3126IDSHARED BELIEF (USA)2011GJerry HollendorferSanta Anita H
3126LTTREVE (FR)2010MCriquette Head-MaarekQatar Prix Vermeille
5125MTABLE FRIEND (AUS)2009GJohn MooreQueen's Silver Jubilee Cup

Ewart hoping Aristo Du Plessis up to Grade One level

Filed on 20 Jan 2016 @ 16:35

Champion Hurdle entry has progressed to a mark of 150

James Ewart, based near Langholm in Dumfriesshire, is responsible for Scotland's hope in the Champion Hurdle, Aristo Du Plessis who has won his last six completed starts, rising from a rating of 109 to 150 after his latest success in the £40,000 Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle at Musselburgh on New Year's Day. Characteristically, the French-bred six-year-old made all the running under top-weight to triumph by four lengths.