Racing

Alistair Little exhibition

Filed on 20 Apr 2016 @ 08:01

Alistair Little's strong draughtmanship skills led him towards painting and since 2005 he has been represented at the Pall Mall gallery Panter & Hall. There have been several solo shows and his work has also been admired at international art fairs.

Unbeaten Camprock takes the Prix Penelope

Filed on 19 Apr 2016 @ 07:54

The Pia Brandt-trained Camprock (Myboycharlie) is unbeaten in three starts after drawing stylishly clear of her rivals in the final 200m to win the Group Three Prix Penelope at Saint-Cloud on Monday. The previously unbeaten pair The Juliet Rose and Jadhaba were second and third.

Highland Reel working well ahead of QEII Cup

Filed on 19 Apr 2016 @ 07:48

Hong Kong, 19 April 2016

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Highland Reel and the Mike de Kock's Ertijaal, the only two runners in Sunday's HK$20 million Audemars Piguet QEII Cup to emerge from this year's Dubai World Cup meeting, pleased their respective handlers when they went through their paces during Monday track work at a rain-soaked Sha Tin.

Pretty Perfect enters Oaks picture with Salsabil win

Filed on 18 Apr 2016 @ 07:40

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Pretty Perfect (Galileo) made all to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes at Navan on Sunday, beating Glamorous Approach by three and a half lengths to enter the picture for the Investec Oaks.

Deep Impact 1-2-3 in the Japanese 2000 Guineas

Filed on 18 Apr 2016 @ 07:38

Japan, 18 April 2016

Eighth pick Dee Majesty (Deep Impact) defeated a strong field of three-year-olds while breaking the record time by 0.1 second in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), the first leg of the three-year-old Triple Crown, to capture his first Grade One title and second grade-race victory.

Tapit's Creator goes from last to first in the Arkansas Derby

Filed on 18 Apr 2016 @ 07:35

Oaklawn Park, 18 April 2016

WinStar Farm’s Creator (Tapit) powered home from dead last in the field of 12 to pull off an upset in the 80th edition of the Grade One Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn on Saturday, and in the process the colt created a guaranteed spot for himself in the Kentucky Derby.

Tasleet holds off Knife Edge to win the Greenham

Filed on 16 Apr 2016 @ 14:20

The William Haggas-trained Tasleet (Showcasing) won the Group Three Greenham Stakes at Chelmsford on Saturday, holding off Marco Botti's Knife Edge after the pair duelled through the final furlong.

Marenko leads Hannon 1-2 in the Fred Darling

Filed on 16 Apr 2016 @ 14:13

Falmouth a possible option for Exceed And Excel filly

Richard Hannon saddled the first two home in Saturday's Group Three Fred Darling Stakes with Marenko (Exceed And Excel) beating Light Up Our World by a length and a half, with the pair well clear of the favourite Besharah.

Dartmouth wins the John Porter for the Queen

Filed on 16 Apr 2016 @ 13:51

First stakes winner of the European season for Dubawi

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Dartmouth (Dubawi) stretched out well to win the Group Three Betfred John Porter Stakes at Chelmsford on Saturday, taking control early in the straight under Ryan Moore to beat Sandro Botticelli by four and a half lengths.

Miss Temple City beats the boys in the Maker's Mile

Filed on 16 Apr 2016 @ 13:44

Keeneland, 16 April 2016

Sagamore Farm, Allen Rosenblum and The Club Racing, LLC’s Miss Temple City (Temple City) became the first filly to win the Grade One Maker’s 46 Mile for older horses at Keeneland on Friday. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Miss Temple City collared the pace-setting Heart to Heart at midstretch to draw clear for a 1¼-length victory.

Forever Unbridled beats Untapable in the Apple Blossom

Filed on 16 Apr 2016 @ 13:37

Oaklawn Park, 16 April 2016

Champion Untapable suffers second defeat of the season

Forever Unbridled (Unbridled's Song) vaulted up the ranks of the top older and filly mare division with a resounding defeat of champion Untapable and four other talented horses in the Grade One Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Friday.

Shalaa sidelined with pelvic injury

Filed on 16 Apr 2016 @ 13:32

Last season's Prix Morny and Middle Park winner Shalaa (Invincible Spirit) will miss the first part of the season after incurring a pelvic injury.

Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Al Shaqab Racing, said: "It's annoying and frustrating but he's got a little pelvic injury. He'll miss the first part of the season and we'll be taking all veterinary advice to try to get him back.

Stormy Antarctic impresses in the Craven Stakes

Filed on 15 Apr 2016 @ 07:41

The Ed Walker-trained Stormy Antarctic (Stormy Atlantic) was an impressive winner of the Group Three Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, sweeping past on the outside to beat the odds-on favourite Foundation by three and a half lengths.

Magical Memory lands first stakes success in the Abernant

Filed on 15 Apr 2016 @ 07:38

The Charlie Hills-trained Magical Memory (Zebedee) registered his first stakes success when winning the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, being pushed out by Frankie Dettori to win by a neck from Tupi.

The Factor colt on top as Craven Sale concludes with record median

Filed on 14 Apr 2016 @ 08:35

The Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up finished with a flourish on the second day with twelve lots selling for 200,000 guineas or more, taking the two-day total to 17, compared with 13 at this sale last year. Trade on the second day was headed by a colt by The Factor that made 350,000 guineas on a day that saw 41 lots sell for 5,094,000 guineas, at an average of 124,244 guineas and a median of 100,000 guineas. The two-day sale saw 78 lots sell for 8,641,500 guineas, at an average of 110,788 guineas and a median of 77,500 guineas. The average was up 8% and the median up 9% to a new record.

Ibn Malik makes all in the European Free Handicap

Filed on 14 Apr 2016 @ 08:33

Ibn Malik (Raven's Pass), a promising son of Raven’s Pass, opened his 2016 account in fine style on 13 April when leading all the way to take the seven-furlong Listed European Free Handicap on the second day of Newmarket’s Craven meeting.

Minding heads 61 in the Oaks

Filed on 14 Apr 2016 @ 08:31

The 2016 Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs Racecourse has attracted an initial entry of 61, two more than last year.

Ireland's champion Flat trainer Aidan O'Brien won the Investec Oaks for the fifth time in 2015 with Qualify and is responsible for 16 entries this year, headed by Minding, 4/1 favourite with Coral, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival.

Invincible Spirit colt tops Craven Sale opener at 360,000 gns

Filed on 13 Apr 2016 @ 07:58

Average rises 19% to 95,878 gns

The first day of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale got off to a solid start on Tuesday with six lots making over 200,000 guineas, topped by the son of Invincible Spirit out of Loch Jipp who was bought by Jamie McCalmont for 360,000 guineas. A total of 37 lots were sold realising 3,547,500 guineas at an average of 95,878 guineas and a median of 60,000 guineas.

Iffraaj filly Nathra heads to the Guineas after Nell Gwyn victory

Filed on 13 Apr 2016 @ 07:55

Second to Minding in the Fillies' Mile impresses in Guineas trial

Three-year-old filly Nathra (Iffraaj) was strongly fancied to make a successful seasonal debut in the Group Three Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on Tuesday and the daughter of Iffraaj certainly didn’t disappoint as she swept to the finish to win the seven-furlong contest in style.

Zoffany's Ventura Storm wins the Feilden

Filed on 13 Apr 2016 @ 07:52

Tercentenary Stakes the likely target for son of Zoffany

Newmarket’s Listed Feilden Stakes was won last year by subsequent Derby winner Golden Horn and there looked to be another useful winner of this year’s renewal when the Riichard Hannon-trained Ventura Storm (Zoffany-Sarawati, by Haafhd) came out in front.

Harzand shows Classic potential in the Ballysax

Filed on 11 Apr 2016 @ 08:02

Irish Derby and St Leger the likely targets for Sea The Stars colt

The Dermot Weld-trained Harzand (Sea The Stars) was an impressive winner of the Group Three P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday, running on strongly in the straight to overhaul Aidan O'Brien's Idaho, passing the post a length and a quarter clear.

Quiet Reflection wins the Prix Sigy for Showcasing

Filed on 11 Apr 2016 @ 07:58

The Karl Burke-trained Quiet Reflection (Showcasing), the winner of the Group Three Cornwallis Stakes last season, made a winning reappearance, when crossing the channel to capture the Group Three Prix Sigy for three year olds at Chantilly.

Exaggerator surges clear in the Santa Anita Derby

Filed on 10 Apr 2016 @ 10:11

Santa Anita, 10 April 2016

Exaggerator (Curlin) finally confirmed the belief trainer Keith Desormeaux had all along in his three-year-old colt. Making an impressive move on a sloppy track in taking the lead in the upper stretch, the son of Curlin won the Grade One Santa Anita Derby by 6 1/4 lengths Saturday, beating 7-5 favorite Mor Spirit in their final showdown before the Kentucky Derby next month.

Unbeaten Songbird brilliant in the Santa Anita Oaks

Filed on 10 Apr 2016 @ 10:09

Santa Anita, 10 April 2016

Sent to the front from the rail in her first-ever start on a sloppy track, undefeated Songbird (Medaglia d'Oro) responded with a brilliant gate to wire performance in winning Saturday’s Grade One Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ¾ lengths under Mike Smith. Last year’s Eclipse Champion two-year-old filly, Songbird covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.14 and is now unbeaten in seven starts for Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and Jerry Hollendorfer. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, she’ll now be pointed to the Grade One Kentucky Oaks on May 6.

Uncle Mo's Outwork battles to victory in the Wood Memorial

Filed on 10 Apr 2016 @ 10:05

Aqueduct, 10 April 2016

Outwork (Uncle Mo), Repole Stable's homebred son of Uncle Mo, cemented his place in the Kentucky Derby and convincingly negated the memory of his sire's heartbreaking loss as the 1-9 favorite in the 2011 Wood Memorial for owner, trainer and jockey with a hard-fought head victory the 92nd edition of the Grade One Wood Memorial on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.