Deep Impact's Shonan Pandora lifts the Japan Cup

Filed on 30 Nov 2015 @ 08:20

Japan, 29 November 2015

Erupt the best of the Europeans in sixth

Fourth pick Shonan Pandora (Deep Impact) beat the boys and the foreign raiders on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse before nearly 103,000 fans with an upset win of the Japan Cup in association with Longines that landed her the 300- million-yen booty and her second career Grade One.

Dark Angel colt tops finals session of strong Tattersalls Foal Sale

Filed on 30 Nov 2015 @ 08:11

Record turnover for foal sale, though selective market sees clearance rate fall

A colt by DArk Angel from Usk Valley Stud topped the final session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale on Saturday at 170,000 guineas as strong demand for quality foals continued as turnover for the sale broke into unchartered territory. Four lots topped 100,000 guineas on the final day, taking the number of six-figure foals across the week to 77, a record for the Foal Sale.

Frontrunning Smad Place dominates the Hennessy Gold Cup

Filed on 28 Nov 2015 @ 17:03

The Alan King-trained Smad Place was an utterly dominant winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday, with a brilliant frontrunning performance under Wayne Hutchinson.

In control at the head of affairs from an early stage, Smad Place - who was fifth in this last year - jumped superbly, putting his rivals under increasing pressure as the 3m 2f contest unfolded.

Identity Thief lands the Fighting Fifth

Filed on 28 Nov 2015 @ 16:57

De Bromhead trainee introduced to Champion Hurdle market

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Identity Thief won the Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Sarturday, staying on strongly under Bryan Cooper to recover from an error at the final flight and overhaul Top Notch by a neck. Wicklow Brave was third.

Dubawi fillies to the fore at Tattersalls Friday

Filed on 28 Nov 2015 @ 16:45

Camelot's first foals catching the eye at Park Paddocks

Friday's fourth day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale that saw a trio of Dubawi fillies fill the podium with the best of those making 800,000 guineas, becoming the highest priced foal to be sold in Europe at public auction this year. An impressive 22 lots sold for more than 200,000 guineas up from 17 last year. The fourth day saw a total of 191 lots sell for 18,423,000 guineas, at an average of 96,455 guineas and a median of 62,000 guineas.

Ferguson goes to 240,000 gns for Shamardal colt at Tattersalls Thursday

Filed on 27 Nov 2015 @ 08:06

December Foal Sale continues with 5% rise in average

A colt by Shamardal proved the show-stopper on the third day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale when selling to John Ferguson for 240,000 guineas. He was one of fourteen foals to sell for 100,000 guineas or more, almost triple the number on the corresponding session last year. The third day saw a total of 234 lots sell for 8,576,000 guineas, at an average of 36,650 guineas, 5% up on last year, and a median unchanged from last year at 26,000 guineas.

Saphir Du Rheu heads 17 in the Hennessy Gold Cup

Filed on 27 Nov 2015 @ 08:04

Bobs Worth well-fancied in Newbury showpiece

Saphir Du Rheu (11st 12lb) faces 16 rivals as he bids to become the ninth winner to defy top-weight in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on the third final day of the bet365 Festival, Saturday, November 28.

Lethal Force colt tops day 2 of Tattersalls foals

Filed on 26 Nov 2015 @ 08:48

Strong demand for freshman sires continues

First season sires continued to be popular during a strong session of trade on Day 2 of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. It was a son of Cheveley Park Stud’s freshman sire Lethal Force that topped proceedings when selling to Mick Flanagan for 110,000 guineas.

George Scott lands the Listed Wild Flower Stakes with his first runner

Filed on 26 Nov 2015 @ 08:45

Trainer George Scott struck with his first runner as a trainer when Fire Fighting (Soldier Of Fortune) ran out a gritty winner of the Listed produced a typically tough performance to take Listed Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton on Wednesday.

Annacotty heads 41 entries in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

Filed on 26 Nov 2015 @ 08:43

Paddy Power Gold Cup hero Annacotty features among 41 entries (up from 32 in 2014) for the £100,000 Grade Three Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 12.

The seven-year-old made the perfect start for new trainer Alan King in the two and a half mile showpiece, staying on gamely to repel the fast-finishing Buywise (Evan Williams) by a half-length.

Free Eagle and Flintshire head European entries in Hong Kong International Races

Filed on 25 Nov 2015 @ 08:38

Hong Kong, 25 November 2015

The Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, 13 December have attracted a strong line-up of Group One stars, with a total of 33 international Group One winners among the 56 selected entries.

Son of Swiss Spirit tops Tattersalls foal opener

Filed on 25 Nov 2015 @ 08:28

First crop sires to the fore on low-key opening day

A son of Whitsbury Manor Stud’'s freshman sire Swiss Spirit topped proceedings on the opening day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale when selling to Castledillon Stud’s Timmy Hillman for 33,000 guineas. The first of five days of foals saw a total of 67 lots sell for 320,100 guineas at an average of 4,778 guineas and a median of 3,000 guineas.

New Approach colt tops Tattersalls December Yearlings

Filed on 24 Nov 2015 @ 08:51

Aggregate down as Shadwell dominate buyers' list

Sheikh Hamdan’'s Shadwell Estates dominated the one-day December Yearling Sale on Monday when buying the top two lots and three of the seven to break the six-figure barrier. The 142 lots sold represented an 80% clearance rate, but just 63% of the lots catalogued. The aggregate of 4,091,400 guineas was down from the 4,573,700 guineas realised last year, when 161 lots sold, but the average of 28,813 guineas was up by 1% and the median of 20,000 guineas represented an 11% rise.

Vaniteux cruises to victory in Kempton chase debut

Filed on 24 Nov 2015 @ 08:43

Henderson-trained chaser cut for the Arkle

The Nicky Henderson-trained Vaniteux was a high class hurdler, finishing third in the 2014 Supreme Novices Hurdle and second on three occasions at Cheltenham last season, beaten by Garde La Victoire, The New One and Rock On Ruby, and he looks set to exceed that level of form over fences based on his emphatic victory in the Starlight Novices' Chase at Kempton on Monday.

Coneygree heads 21 in the Hennessy Gold Cup

Filed on 24 Nov 2015 @ 08:41

Last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree (Mark Bradstock) heads 21 contenders for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, on Saturday.

The eight-year-old, who is 7/2 joint-favourite with bet365, tops the weights on 11st 12lb and is attempting to follow in the footsteps of such luminaries as Mandarin, Mill House, Arkle, Bregawn, Burrough Hill Lad, Denman and Bobs Worth who all landed the Hennessy Gold Cup and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Coneygree is a dual Grade Two winner at Newbury and made a winning seasonal reappearance when sauntering to a 25-length victory at Sandown Park on November 8. He had an injury scare last week but is an intended runner on Saturday.

Goffs Breeding Stock Sale concludes with rises

Filed on 23 Nov 2015 @ 08:41

Group Three winner Malagenia tops final session of November Sale

A superb Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale returned major increases across the board as turnover rose by 26%, to €9,826,400. The average rose by 20% to €31,294 and the median of €15,000 was up 11% over the 2014 sale.

Augusta Kate retains unbeaten record with seven length victory

Filed on 23 Nov 2015 @ 08:35

The Willie Mullins-trained Augusta Kate, a 23 lengths winner on debut in Speptember, extended her unbeaten record when winning the Coolmore N.H. Sires European Breeders Fund Mares INH Flat Race at Navan on Sunday, beating a strong field by seven lengths to put her in the picture for the Bumpers at Cheltenham and Aintree next spring.

Douvan makes impressive winning chase debut

Filed on 23 Nov 2015 @ 08:27

Last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Douvan made his chasing debut on Sunday at Navan, running out an impressive winner of the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Chase.

Cheltenham seeking new Gold Cup sponsor

Filed on 23 Nov 2015 @ 08:22

<>h3>Betfred falls foul of authorised betting partners initiative

Cheltenham Racecourse is seeking a new sponsor for the Cheltenham Gold Cup after the existing sponsor Betfred fell foul of the BHA's new Authorised Betting Partners Rule. Betfred's sposnorship of the Sprint Cup at Haydock has also ended.

Ebayina tops strong Goffs Breeding Stock Sale opener

Filed on 22 Nov 2015 @ 09:46

Saturday's opening session of the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale saw strong trade, witha 29% rise in gross to €8,640,500 and a 16% rise in average to €43,639. The clearance rate was 81%, with 198 lots sold.

Cue Card bounds clear of Silviniaco Conti in the Betfair Chase

Filed on 22 Nov 2015 @ 09:40

The Colin Tizzard-trained Cue Card was a brilliant winner of the Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday, bounding clear of the pacesetting Silviniaco Conti in the straight to win by seven lengths under Paddy Brennan.

Vautour outbattles Ptit Zig at Ascot

Filed on 22 Nov 2015 @ 09:35

"Half fit" Vautour makes winning seasonal debut

Last season's impressive JLT Chase winner Vautour outbattled Ptit Zig to win the Stella Artois 1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday, but he had to battle hard to get the verdict, pulling out a one and three quarter length margin at the line.

Red Cadeaux put down after complications from Melbourne Cup injury

Filed on 22 Nov 2015 @ 09:21

Australia, 21 November 2015

The Ed Dunl;op-trained Red Cadeaux has been put down after succumbing to complications from the injury he sustained in the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington on 3 November 2015.

€1.1m Dubawi colt sets new Irish foal record

Filed on 22 Nov 2015 @ 09:17

A new record price for a colt foal in Ireland topped the fifth and final day of Goffs November Foal Sale on Friday when a son of Darley Stud’s Dubawi (Lot 1129) out of the Classic winning Nightime was sold by The Castlebridge Consignment to John Ferguson for €1,100,000 after he saw off a number of contenders for the outstanding foal that included Ross Doyle as well as Rob Speers and Ibrahim Araci.

Jonathan Pease retires with final runner a winner

Filed on 20 Nov 2015 @ 08:41

Siyoushake wins the Listed Prix Ceres at Fontainebleau

French-based trainer Jonathan Pease retired from training on Thursday, with his final runner proving a winner as Siyoushake won the Listed Prix Ceres.