Annie Power dominates the Aintree Hurdle

Filed on 7 Apr 2016 @ 17:48

The brilliant Annie Power (4/9 Fav) confirmed herself one of the all-time great jumping mares with a superb performance to take the Grade One Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle at Aintree on Thursday.

Last month's Stan James Champion Hurdle heroine powered home 18 lengths clear of the Cheltenham runner-up My Tent Or Yours.

Cue Card back to winning ways in the Betfred Bowl

Filed on 7 Apr 2016 @ 15:19

If Colin Tizzard was bursting with delight after Cue Card's easy win in the Betfred Bowl Chase he was not showing it. Unashamed pride was evident, and while the memory of his horse's Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup fall will never be erased, today's nine lengths and eight lengths win over Don Poli and Djakadam - who were third and second at Cheltenham - confirmed that Cue Card would have been very difficult to beat had he not succumbed to gravity three fences from home when easing into the lead.

Apple's Jade strolls to victory in the 4YO Juvenile Hurdle

Filed on 7 Apr 2016 @ 15:17

Mullins-trained mare wins by 41 lengths at Aintree

The Willie Mullins-trained Apple's Jade strolled to a 41-length victory in the Grade One Betfred Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree on Thursday, leaving her Cheltenham conqueror Ivanovich Gorbatov in her wake.

Siyouni's Spectre impresses in the Prix Imprudence

Filed on 7 Apr 2016 @ 15:13

The Markus Munch-trained Spectre (Siyouni) - whose only previous win came at Strasbourg in September - ran out an impressive winner of the Group Three Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte on Thursday, quickening well in the testing conditions to overhaul the pacesetting Juddmonte representative Midweek.

Myboycharlie's Cheikeljack makes all in the Prix Djebel

Filed on 7 Apr 2016 @ 15:08

The Henri-Alex Pantall-trained Cheikeljack (Myboycharlie) made all in testing conditions under Vincent Cheminaud to win the Group Three Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte on Thursday.


$1.6m Frankel colt tops Inglis Easter finale

Filed on 7 Apr 2016 @ 14:49

Australia, 7 April 2016

Three exceptional days of selling at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale has concluded with 432 yearlings selling for a gross of over $105 million to breeders and vendors.

Snitzel half brother to Winx sells for $2.3m as Inglis Easter opens

Filed on 5 Apr 2016 @ 11:14

Australia, 5 April 2016

Opening day average of $291,975 as clearance rate hits 78%

The 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale got underway in Sydney with four lots topping the $1m mark, headed by the Snitzel half brother to champion mare Winx. By the end of the day 178 yearlings had been offered with 78% sold at an average of $291,975, marking the best start to an Easter Sale since the record heights of 2008.

First winner for Sir Prancealot

Filed on 5 Apr 2016 @ 08:43

Tally Ho Stud's first season sire Sir Prancealot, the winner of the Group Two Flying Childers in 2012, had his first winner when the Richard Hannon-trained

Lagadere winner Ultra likely to miss the Classics

Filed on 5 Apr 2016 @ 08:27

Last season's Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere winner Ultra (Manduro) is likely to miss the Classic after meeting with a setback.

The unbeaten son of Manduro is trained by Andre Fabre, but has developed a splint injury.

Lumiere delights connections with mile gallop at Haydock

Filed on 5 Apr 2016 @ 08:22

Shamardal filly showing good form ahead of 1000 Guineas

Last season's Cheveley PArk Stakes winner Lumiere (Shamardal) has yet to be campaigned over further than 6f, but the Qipco 1000 Guineas hopeful delighted connections when working over a mile in a racecourse gallop at Haydock on Monday.

Derby hope US Army Ranger makes impressive winning debut

Filed on 4 Apr 2016 @ 08:03

The Aidan O'Brien-trained US Army Ranger (Galileo) made an impressive winning debut at the Curragh on Sunday, stretching out well in the straight under Ryan Moore to overpower his rivals, beating Dermot Weld's Aasheq (11/10 favourite) by three quarters of a length.

Zhukova wins the Alleged as Found takes third

Filed on 4 Apr 2016 @ 07:59

The Dermot Weld-trained Zhukova (Fastnet Rock) was an impressive winner of the Listed Alleged Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, beating Success Days into second. Breeders' Cup Turf winner Found could finish only third, struggling in the soft going.

Sea The Stars colt wins the Prix La Force

Filed on 4 Apr 2016 @ 07:52

Cloth Of Stars lands his second Group Three

Cloth Of Stars (Sea The Stars), trained by Andre Fabre, came from last to first to win the Group Three Prix La Force - Figaroscope over 10 furlongs at Saint-Cloud on Sunday.

Unbeaten Nyquist dominates the Florida Derby

Filed on 4 Apr 2016 @ 07:48

Gulfstream Park, 3 March 2016

Mohaymen fades to fourth after racing wide

Reddam Racing LLC’s Nyquist (Uncle Mo) maintained his undefeated record with a commanding 3 ¼-length triumph in Saturday’s Grade One Florida Derby while establishing himself as the top candidate for the 2016 Triple Crown.

Secret Brief wins the Lincoln for Godolphin

Filed on 2 Apr 2016 @ 14:31

The Charlie Appleby-trained Secret Brief (Shamardal) won the Betway Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday, grinding down the pacesetting Bravo Zolo in the final furlong to prevail by a neck under William Buick.

Champion Winx lands her sixth Group One in the Doncaster Mile

Filed on 2 Apr 2016 @ 13:53

Australia, 2 April 2016

The crowd roared and punters cheered as Australia's best racehorse Winx (Street Cry) added yet another feature win to her growing resume in the $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Chautauqua doubles up in the G1 TJ Smith Stakes

Filed on 2 Apr 2016 @ 13:47

Australia, 2 April 2016

Encosta De Lago colt takes leading sprinter honours with fourth Group One win

Chautauqua (Encosta De Lago) confirmed his position as the best sprinter in the world on Saturday, completing back-to-back wins of the Group One ATC TJ Smith Stakes over 1200m at Royal Randwick.

Yankee Rose takes leading juvenile filly honours with Sires' Produce victory

Filed on 2 Apr 2016 @ 13:44

Australia, 2 April 2016

Darby Racing’s star youngster Yankee Rose (All American) confirmed her position as Australia’s leading two-year-old filly when striding away with the $1 million Group One ATC Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400m at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Zoffany's Washington DC takes Dundalk Listed honours

Filed on 2 Apr 2016 @ 13:22

Second season sire Zoffany registered his first stakes winner of the 2016 European Flat season when Washington DC (Zoffany) scored at Dundalk on Friday night.

Annie Power and Douvan amongst star cast for Aintree opening day

Filed on 2 Apr 2016 @ 13:15

The Grand National meeting gets underway at Aintree on Thursday with the Grand Opening Day attracting a strong entry for its four Grade One contests plus the Crabbie's Fox Hunters Chase over the Grand National fences.

Foundation and Midterm head 88 entries in the Dante

Filed on 30 Mar 2016 @ 11:55

Foundation and Midterm, who are Betfred’s 12/1 market leaders for the Investec Derby, are both among an impressive eighty-eight strong entry for the Betfred Dante Stakes, to be run at York on Thursday 12 May.

Limato to step up to a mile in the Lockinge

Filed on 30 Mar 2016 @ 11:53

A total of 41 entries, five more than last year, have been revealed for the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, May 14.

The Group One mile contest over the straight course at the Berkshire track is the early season highlight for older horses and has been won by stars Frankel, Canford Cliffs and Farhh in recent years.

Postponed to be aimed at King George defence

Filed on 30 Mar 2016 @ 11:48

Arc also on the agenda for Dubawi five-year-old

Trainer Roger Varian is planning to target Postponed (Dubawi) at the King George VI & Queen ELizabeth Stakes at Ascot and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly this season.

Cape Cross retired from covering duties

Filed on 27 Mar 2016 @ 11:59

Cape Cross, the sire of last year's Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn, has been retired from the Darley stallion roster following an illustrious career at stud.

The 22-year-old has suffered fertility problems this season.

Helmet off the mark as first two runners both win

Filed on 27 Mar 2016 @ 11:58

First-season sire Helmet didn’t have to wait long for his first winners as they arrived in quick succession on Saturday 26 March when Boater and Chupalla, both trained by Mark Johnston, won both divisions of Kempton’s fillies' Maiden.