Present View heads 19 in the Paddy Power Gold Cup

Filed on 13 Nov 2014 @ 15:18

Present View heads a terrific field of 19 runners for this year's Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 15. The highly-progressive chaser provided trainer Jamie Snowden with a first success at The Festival in March when capturing the Listed Rewards4racing Novices' Handicap Chase and was beaten a head on his seasonal return in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at The Showcase on October 17.

Kingman crowned as Horse of the Year

Filed on 12 Nov 2014 @ 07:54

Noble Mission takes older horse trophy at Cartier Awards

The outstanding three-year-old miler Kingman (Invincible Spirit) has been named the Cartier Horse of the Year at the 24th annual Cartier Racing Awards.

First stakes winner for Makfi

Filed on 11 Nov 2014 @ 15:50

Freshman sire Makfi got himself on the scoresheet with a juvenile stakes winner when the Francis-Henri Graffard-trained Cornwallville (Makfi) got up by three quarters of a length to beat Il segreto in the Listed Criterium du Languedoc at Toulouse on Tuesday.

Karakontie to be campaigned at four

Filed on 11 Nov 2014 @ 15:48

This season's Poule d'Essai des Poulains and Breeders' Cup Mile winner Karakontie (Bernstein) is to be campaigned as a four-year-old next season, with the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot under consideration.

Taghrooda to be covered by Kingman

Filed on 10 Nov 2014 @ 08:27

This season's Oaks and King George winner Taghrooda is to be covered by her former stablemate at John Gosden's Clarehaven Stables Kingman in 2015.

Taghrooda is homebred by Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell FArms, whose director Richard Lancaster told Racing Post: "The decision of which mare visits which stallion is the result of a great deal of research and homework behind the scenes.

Iffraaj sires NZ Classic winner

Filed on 10 Nov 2014 @ 08:23

New Zealand, 9 November 2014

Turn me Loose wins the New Zealand 2,000 Guineas

The New Zealand 2,000 Guineas at Riccarton Park on Saturday was won by the Murray Baker-trained Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj), who becomes the first southern hemisphere Group One winner for his sire Iffraaj.

William Buick and James Doyle make surprise switch to Godolphin

Filed on 10 Nov 2014 @ 08:00

Leading riders William Buick and James Doyle have joined Godolphin as retained riders for Charlie Appleby and Saeed bin Suroor respectively. The move leaves high profile vacancies, with Buick leaving his post as retained rider for John Gosden, and Doyle as retained rider for Prince Khalid Abdullah.

Unbeaten Epicuris wins the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud

Filed on 10 Nov 2014 @ 07:56

Son of Rail Link takes Group One honours

The Criquette Head-trained Epicuris (Rail Link) is unbeaten in three starts after winning the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over 10f at the Paris track on Saturday.

Terravista wins the Darley Classic as Slade Power returns lame

Filed on 8 Nov 2014 @ 09:59

Australia, 8 November 2014

Sydney trainer Joe Pride's star galloper Terravista (Captain Rio) laid claims for recognition as the world’s premier speedster with victory in the $1 million Group One Darley Classic at Flemington on Saturday.

Hucklebuck gives Elvstroem his first G1 winner in the Emirates Stakes

Filed on 8 Nov 2014 @ 09:55

Australia, 8 November 2014

Hucklebuck (Elvstroem) capped a massive day for South Australian racing and trainer Phillip Stokes with a victory in Saturday’s Group One Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington. The win was the fifth of the day for a South Australian-trained horse and a third for Stokes, who also triumphed with Eclair Big Bang in the Emirates Airline Handicap (1400m) and Held Hostage in the SecondBite Plate (2000m).

Solwhit dies after schooling injury

Filed on 7 Nov 2014 @ 15:08

The Charles Byrnes-trained eight-time Grade One winner Solwhit has died after breaking his shoulder in a schooling fall at Tipperary. The 10-year-old won the 2013 Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival and the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree the following month.

War Front weanling leads rises at Keeneland

Filed on 7 Nov 2014 @ 09:45

Keeneland, 7 November 2014

Weanlings led Thursday’s third session of the 71st Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale as a War Front colt sold for $850,000 to Clear Ridge Stables and a Malibu Moon filly brought $750,000 from Solis/Litt. They contributed to total sales of 271 horses reaching $29,701,000 to mark a five percent increase from the corresponding session last year.

Set Square lands the Crown Oaks on her fourth start

Filed on 6 Nov 2014 @ 10:08

Australia, 6 November 2014

Fourth Group One winner for Darley sire Reset

She might have been the least experienced horse in the race but Set Square (Reset) proved it was of little consequence with a strong win in Thursday’s Group One Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington.

Galileo mare Aloof sells for $3.9m at Keeneland

Filed on 6 Nov 2014 @ 08:19

Keeneland, 6 November 2014

Tapit filly sells for new record weanling price of $3m

The sale of 11 horses for $1 million or more – including the broodmare Aloof (IRE) for $3.9 million and a daughter of leading sire Tapit for a North American weanling record $3 million – drove an increase of 23% in gross sales at Wednesday’s second session of the 71st Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Cue Card heads an entry of 20 for the Betfair Chase

Filed on 6 Nov 2014 @ 08:15

A total of 20 entries have been received for the £200,000 Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock Park on Saturday, November 22. The past two winners of the Betfair Chase are the Colin Tizzard-trained Cue Card (2013, 4/1 favourite with Betfair Sportsbook) and Silviniaco Conti (2012, 6/1), trained by Paul Nicholls, and they could clash on November 22.

Menorah heads the weights for the Paddy Power Gold Cup

Filed on 6 Nov 2014 @ 08:13

Menorah (11st 12lb - 20/1 with Paddy Power) tops the weights for the £160,000 Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 15.

The nine-year-old captured the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at The Festival in 2010 and recorded his biggest victory over fences when taking the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday, November 1.

Half sister to Medaglia d'Oro sells for $3.6m at Keeneland

Filed on 5 Nov 2014 @ 08:31

Keeneland, 4 November 2014

China Horse Club tops the buyers' sheets as November Sale opener average declines by 18%

Grade Three winner Naples Bay, a half-sister to leading sire Medaglia d’Oro carrying her first foal by War Front, sold to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for $3.6 million to lead Tuesday’s first session of Keeneland’s 71st November Breeding Stock Sale.

Australia's stud fee set at €50,000

Filed on 5 Nov 2014 @ 08:26

This season's Derby, Irish Derby and Juddmonte International winner Australia will stand at a fee of €50,000 during his first season at Coolmore in 2015.

The son of Galileo and Ouija Board is one of five new stallions on the Coolmore roster next year.

Kingman's stud fee set at £55,000

Filed on 5 Nov 2014 @ 08:23

Dansili's fee raised to £100,000

Four-time Group One winner and Timeform’s highest-rated European racehorse of 2014, Kingman is to stand at a fee of £55,000 at Banstead Manor Stud next season, Juddmonte Farms have announced.

God's Own impresses in the Haldon Gold Cup

Filed on 5 Nov 2014 @ 08:17

Punchestown Grade One winner pulls five lengths clear at Exeter

The Tom George-trained God's Own was an impressive five length winner of the Vix Technology Haldon Gold Cup Chase at Exeter on Tuesday, overcoming a blunder at the fourth last to see off Alan King's Balder Succes by five lengths.

Mattmu wins the G2 Criterium for Easterby

Filed on 4 Nov 2014 @ 17:51

Indesatchel colt scores at Maisons-Laffitte

The Tim Easterby-trained Mattmu (Indesatchel), who was second to the smart Limato before winning the Listed Rockingham Stakes last time, took a further step forward when winning the Group Two Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte on Tuesday.

Protectionist wins the Melbourne Cup for Germany

Filed on 4 Nov 2014 @ 09:12

Australia, 4 November 2014

Son of Monsun on top as Red Cadeaux second for the third time

The Group One Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday saw Protectionist (Monsun) cement his name in history today when Ryan Moore rode the Andreas Wöhler-trained horse to claim Germany’s first Emirates Melbourne Cup and the lion share of the $6.2 million prize pool.

KY Oaks winner Princess Of Sylmar sells to Shadai for $3.1m

Filed on 4 Nov 2014 @ 08:57

Kentucky, 4 November 2014

Fasig-Tipton November Sale sees 23 seven-figure lots sell

The Fasig-Tipton November Sale on Monday saw 23 lots sell for $1 million or more - though four lots failed to sell despite attracting bids in excess of $2 million. The lots not sold included 2012 Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can, who attracted a bid of $4.9 million, and Grade One winner Stephanie's Kitten who will go back into training after attracting a final bid of $3.95 million, short of the $3.99 million reserve.

Harry Topper to be handed Betfair Chase entry

Filed on 4 Nov 2014 @ 08:48

Trainer Kim Bailey is planning to enter last season's Charlie Hall Chase and Denman Chase winner Harry Topper in the Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock Park on Saturday, November 22. The seven-year-old had been due to make his reappearance in this year's Charlie Hall Chase on Saturday, November 1, but missed the race due to ground conditions.

Noble Mission to stand at Lane's End

Filed on 3 Nov 2014 @ 08:35

Last month's all-the-way Champion Stakes winner Noble Mission (Galileo), a brother to superstar Frankel, is to begin his stud career at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky next season.

Lane's End will stand the son of Galileo in partnership with owner/breeders Juddmonte Farms after purchasing a majority interest in the five-year-old.