Racing

Improving Alice Springs lands the Falmouth

Filed on 10 Jul 2016 @ 06:51

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Alice Springs (Galileo-Aleagueoftheirown, by Danehill Dancer) saw off a high-class field to take the Group One Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

The Galileo filly had finished third in the 1000 Guineas before having an unlucky run when also third in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Depression forces Kieren Fallon into retirement

Filed on 5 Jul 2016 @ 08:09

Kieren Fallon has retired from riding at the age of 51. The six-time champion jockey has been suffering from depression, which has forced him to call time on his career.

The Irish Turf Club's chief medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick, speaking on Fallon's behalf, said: "I first became aware of it when he came to see me for his licence earlier this year and he was obviously very significantly depressed.

Silverwave heads to the Arc after Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud victory

Filed on 4 Jul 2016 @ 07:51

The Pascal Bary-trained Silverwave (Silver Frost) won the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday, registering his first Group win since the Group Three Prix La Force in April last year when beating the fast-finishing Erupt and Siljan's Saga.

Supplemented Hawkbill wins the Eclipse for Godolphin

Filed on 4 Jul 2016 @ 07:47

Six-timer for Godolphin's son of Kitten's Joy

Hawkbill (Kitten's Joy) announced himself as one of Europe's top middle-distance performers as he valiantly gained a first Group One success in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park on Saturday.

Endless Time stays on to Lancashire Oaks success

Filed on 4 Jul 2016 @ 07:41

Yorkshire Oaks the next target for Sea The Stars filly

Endless Time (Sea The Stars) registered a third straight victory with a brave display on her seasonal return in the Group Two Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on Saturday.

Ayrad makes all in the Gala Stakes

Filed on 1 Jul 2016 @ 15:24

The Roger Charlton-trained Ayrad (Dalakhani), winner of the Listed Tapster Stakes at Goodwood last May and twice placed in Group company this season, regained the win

Norfolk second The Last Lion wins the Dragon Stakes

Filed on 1 Jul 2016 @ 15:16

Molecomb possible for son of Choisir

The Mark Johnston-trained The Last Lion (Choisir), second to Prince Of Lir in both the Norfolk Stakes and at Beverley in May, ran out a dominant winner of the Listed RacingUK/Daypass Dragon Stakes at Sandown Park on Friday, stretching clear to beat Smokey Lane by two lengths.

The Gurkha heads 11 in the Eclipse

Filed on 28 Jun 2016 @ 09:06

The Group One Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday has attracted an entry of 11, headed by French Guineas winner and St James's Palace Stakes second The Gurkha.

O'Brien has also entered Dante Stakes runner-up Deauville, Cougar Mountain, Bravery and Long Island Sound.

French targets for Eagle Top and Wings Of Desire

Filed on 28 Jun 2016 @ 09:03

The John Gosden-trained Eagle Top (Pivotal) could head to the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday in a bid for a first win since taking the King Edward VII Stakes in 2014.

Hugo Lascelles, racing manager to owner Lady Bamford, told PA Sport: "Eagle Top is going to run in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, ground permitting.

Minding surges 4 1/2 lengths clear in the Pretty Polly

Filed on 27 Jun 2016 @ 07:57

1000 Guineas and Oaks winner Minding (Galileo) showed her aptitude over 10f at the Curragh on Sunday when storming four and a half lengths clear in the Group One Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes, showing a smart turn of foot to pass the long-time leader Bocca Baciata and surge clear in the final half-furlong. Lucida was third for Godolphin and Jim Bolger.

Harzand outbattles Idaho to win the Irish Derby

Filed on 25 Jun 2016 @ 18:09

The Aga Khan's Harzand (Sea The Stars) completed a Classic double when outbattling Idaho to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday.

Harzand had beaten Idaho into third in the Investec Derby, but had to dig deep here to repel the Ballydoyle runner, holding on by half a length. Jim Bolger's Stellar Mass ran on for third.

Twilight Son gets up in the Diamond Jubilee

Filed on 18 Jun 2016 @ 18:02

Twilight Son (Kyllachy) gave trainer Henry Candy his third Royal Ascot winner, his first since Pipedreamer won the Royal Hunt Cup in 1979, when he ran out the winner of the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs this afternoon.

Dartmouth outbattles Highland Reel to win the Hardwicke for the Queen

Filed on 18 Jun 2016 @ 17:56

Stoute equals Henry Cecil's record with 75 Royal Ascot winners

Racegoers at Royal Ascot had to endure a few nervy moments before they could salute a Royal winner when Dartmouth (Dubawi) was declared the head winner of the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes over a mile and half on Saturday.

Galileo's Churchill prevails in the Chesham Stakes

Filed on 18 Jun 2016 @ 15:09

Churchill (Galileo) gave trainer Aidan O'Brien his sixth Royal Ascot winner of the week, which equalled his personal record at the meeting (set in 2008), when running out the narrow half length winner of the Listed Chesham Stakes over seven furlongs on Saturday.

Quiet Refection quickens clear in the Commonwealth Cup

Filed on 18 Jun 2016 @ 10:04

Trainer Karl Burke was delighted with the performance of Quiet Refection (Showcasing), who was given a very confident ride by jockey Dougie Costello when running out the length winner of the Group One Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on Friday.

Across The Stars wins the King Edward VII for Stoute

Filed on 18 Jun 2016 @ 10:01

Sir Michael Stoute registered his 74th winner at Royal Ascot, one away from equalling Sir Henry Cecil's all-time record of 75 winners, courtesy of 7/1 shot Across The Stars (Sea The Stars) in Friday's Group Two King Edward VII Stakes.

War Front's Brave Anna wins the Albany for O'Brien

Filed on 18 Jun 2016 @ 09:52

First Group-placed runner for Frankel

Aidan O'Brien scored his 52nd Royal Ascot winner on Friday when Brave Anna (War Front) took the first race of the day, the Albany Stakes, over six furlongs. The War Front filly, owned and bred by Coolmore Stud supremo John Magnier's mother, Evie Stockwell, was the less-fancied of O'Brien's pair in the race and won at odds of 16/1, beating Bletchley by a short-head. The O'Brien-trained Cuff was favourite at 2/1 and finished fifth.

Order Of St George flies home in the Gold Cup

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 17:04

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Order Of St George (Galileo) (10/11 favourite) overcame trouble in running to run out a very impressive winner of the Group One Gold Cup in Honour of the Queen's 90th Birthday and demonstrate trainer Aidan O'Brien's superiority in the race by providing the Ballydoyle trainer a record seventh Gold Cup success. The Irish handler also gained his 51th victory at Royal Ascot and third win of the week following Caravaggio (Coventry Stakes) and Even Song (Ribblesdale Stakes).

Even Song gives O'Brien his 50th Royal Ascot winner

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 15:57

Aidan O'Brien reached a significant milestone after Even Song (Mastercraftsman) gave the trainer his 50th Royal Ascot winner when running out the impressive one and a half length winner of the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes this afternoon.

Hawkbill scores for Godolphin in the Tercentenary

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 15:34

Charlie Appleby was delighted with the performance of Hawkbill (Kitten's Joy), who gave the trainer his second Royal Ascot success when running out the one and a quarter length winner of the Group Three Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday.

Prince Of Lir confirms form with The Last Lion with Norfolk victory

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 15:30

The Robert Cowell-trained two-year-old Prince Of Lir (Kodiac) was one of the first off the bridle in the Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday, but he stuck to his task well and stayed on strongly in the final furlong to extend his unbeaten record. Jockey Luke Morris was all smiles after he registered his first Royal Ascot winner.

Persuasive unbeaten after Sandringham victory

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 08:04

The John Gosden-trained Persuasive (Dark Angel) extended her perfect record to four by running out the impressive one and a quarter length winner of the Listed Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

My Dream Boat gets up in the Prince of Wales's Stakes

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 08:00

The Clive Cox-trained My Dream Boat (Lord Shanakill) ran out a shock 16/1 victor of the Group One Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

Having finished a well-beaten fifth behind today's warm favourite, the Japanese raider A Shin Hikari in the Prix d'Isaphan at Chantilly last month, Cox's charge dramatically reversed placings this time around.

Usherette quickens clear in the Duke of Cambridge

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 07:56

The Andre Fabre-trained Usherette (Shamardal) came home a easy two-and-a-quarter lengths winner in Tuesday's Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot to give Godolphin another success following Ribchester in the first and a 25/1 double.

Lady Aurelia phenomenal in the Queen Mary

Filed on 16 Jun 2016 @ 07:51

Trainer Wesley Ward gained his third success in the Queen Mary Stakes following the victory of the well-backed 2/1 favourite Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy) on Tuesday.