Unbridled's Song colt tops Keeneland Tuesday at $1.6m

Filed on 10 Sep 2014 @ 09:55

Average rises 24% as Book 1 of September Sale continues

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale continued on Tuesday with another set of strong results, with increases in gross, average and median figures and the sale of an Unbridled’s Song colt for $1.6 million.

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness - we hope

Filed on 9 Sep 2014 @ 15:06

In the months to come, there will be days when even a 5/4 winner seems like wishing for the moon. Yet here was a Nicky Henderson inmate making the journey down to Devon quite a while before the stable generally clicks into gear. Clearly, the former champion trainer did not want any mistakes because Barry Geraghty was summoned for his only ride of the afternoon and Nicolas Chauvin won by six lengths.

Shahah wins the Prix d'Aumale as 5m gns yearling Al Naamah sixth

Filed on 9 Sep 2014 @ 12:32

The Group Three Prix d'Aumale over a mile at Chantilly on Tuesday was won by the Andre Fabre-trained pacemaker Shahha (Motivator) - with the winner's stablemate Al Naamah, the 5m gns sale topper at Tattersalls last year finishing sixth of the seven runners.

Australian syndicate OTI RAcing to target French Classics with Fastnet Rock colts

Filed on 9 Sep 2014 @ 12:22

Australian syndicate OTI Racing - who have campaigned European imports Manighar and Bauer - are to target the 2016 French Classics with nine Fastnet Rock colts bred in Ireland.

Following a due diligence process, OTI has purchased a 75% stake in each of the nine yearlings with breeders Coolmore retaining a 25% interest.

Bernardini filly sells for $1.2m to top Keeneland opener

Filed on 9 Sep 2014 @ 07:48

Keeneland, 9 September 2014

Average rises 3.4% as competitive trade consolidates 2013 gains

After two years of significant rises, the 71st Keeneland September Yearling Sale got underway on Monday with increases in average and median prices and the sale of two fillies for more than $1 million apiece in an openings ession that featured competitive bidding throughout.

Dettori loses Treve ride to Jarnet

Filed on 8 Sep 2014 @ 16:23

Head-Maarek restores Thierry Jarnet as rider for Arc favourite

Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek has decided that Thierry Jarnet will replace Frankie Dettori aboard Treve in her forthcoming engagements in the Prix Vermeille and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Varian: Kingston Hill could run in the St Leger and the Arc

Filed on 8 Sep 2014 @ 09:41

Trainer Roger Varian is looking forward to running his stable star Kingston Hill in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday, and reckons the son of Mastercraftsman has the constitution to be able to run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe three weeks later.

Ivanhowe sees off Sea The Moon in the Grosser Preis von Baden

Filed on 8 Sep 2014 @ 07:56

Both principals head to the Arc in four week's time

The Group One Longines - Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden Baden on Sunday saw four-year-old Ivanhowe (Soldier Hollow) end the unbeaten record of runaway German Derby winner Sea The Moon, surging three lengths clear in the 2400m Group One.

Pether's Moon wins the Bosphorus Cup

Filed on 8 Sep 2014 @ 07:52

Trainer Richard Hannon and owner John MAnley scored a big-money success when recent Glorious Stakes winner Pether's Moon won the Group Two International Bosphorus Cup under Richard Hughes at Veliefendi in Turkey on Sunday, quickening from the rear off the home turn to take command a furlong out.

Unbeaten Full Mast wins the Prix La Rochette

Filed on 8 Sep 2014 @ 07:46

The Criquette Head-Maarek-trained Full Mast (Mizzen Mast) won the Group Three Prix La Rochette at Longchamp, extending his unbeaten record to two, whilst ending that of Listed winner Nucifera, who had to settle for second.

Lope De Vega's Burnt Sugar wins the Sirenia Stakes

Filed on 7 Sep 2014 @ 08:29

Half brother to last year's winner gives freshman sire his first Group winner

The Richard Hannon-trained Burnt Sugar (Lope De Vega) was an emphatic winner of the Group Three totescoop6 'The Millionaire Maker' Sirenia Stakes under Gerald Mosse at Kempton on Saturday, a race won last year by his half brother and stablemate Brown Sugar. The win was a second at stakes level, and first at Group level, for freshman sire Lope De Vega.

G Force swoops to lift the Sprint Cup

Filed on 6 Sep 2014 @ 15:09

First British Group One winner for David O'Meara

The David O'Meara-trained G Force (Tamayuz) came with a powerful late run under Daniel Tudhope to win the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday going away from last year's winner Gordon Lord Byron, giving his trainer his first British Group One winner.

Captain Cat eases to Superior Mile victory

Filed on 6 Sep 2014 @ 13:50

Third win in Haydock Group Three for Roger Charlton

The Group Three Betfred Superior Mile at Haydock has been a happy hunting ground for Roger Charlton, who has won it with subsequent Group One winners Cityscape and Thistle Bird, and he added to that tally with another progressive type in Captain Cat (Dylan Thomas) who travelled well and eased clear to outclass his rivals.

Prince Bishop defies penalty for repeat September Stakes win

Filed on 6 Sep 2014 @ 13:37

13th Group winner of the season for Dubawi

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Prince Bishop (Dubawi) registered a repeat win in the Group Three September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday, punching clear early in the straight under Frederick Tylicki and finding plenty to shrug off a Group One penalty incurred in Dubai earlier this season, beating fellow Godolphin runner Secret Number by an emphatic two lengths.

Kool Kompany sells privately at DBS September Sale

Filed on 5 Sep 2014 @ 07:57

Sale records increased figures after move to September

The DBS September Sales – formerly the August Sales – posted a positive set of overall figures on the back of strong international support, though the standout lot Kool Kompany was sold privately after failing to meet his reserve of £730,000 in the ring.

New Providence gets up in the Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes

Filed on 5 Sep 2014 @ 07:18

Second Group winner of the week for Hugo Palmer

Trainer Hugo Palmer saddled his second Group winner, just days after breaking his duck with Aktabantay at Sandown at the weekend, when New Providence (Bahaman Bounty) got up to win the Group Three Whitsbury Manor Stud EBF Stallions Novice Stakes at Salisbury on Thursday. Palmer is hoping his good run continues, as he saddles Home Of The Brave in this weekend's Sirenia Stakes at Kempton.

DBS September Sale opens with rises

Filed on 4 Sep 2014 @ 07:30

NAtional Hunt HIT session records 19% rise in average

The DBS September Sale – formerly the August Sale – opened on Wednesday with a session of National Hunt Horses-in-Training that saw last year’s day 1 figures surpassed. The average finished at £8,619, up 19% on 2013, with the median up 10% to £5,500 and the aggregate up 6% to £1,008,450 despite offering 8 less lots.

Monsun colt tops BBAG yearling sale at €450,000

Filed on 3 Sep 2014 @ 07:30

Strength in mid market pushes aggregate to record level

The BBAG yearling sale at Iffezheim on Tuesday saw a strong catalogue rewarded with the best result ever. With 249 horses in the ring, 174 were sold for an aggregate of €8.178 million, 13.5% ahead of last year's total. The average price was marginally down at €47,000 - though coming off a 43% rise for the 2013 sale - while the median price fell slightly to 42,000 euros.

Chicquita set to make Blandford Stakes return

Filed on 2 Sep 2014 @ 16:58

€6m Montjeu filly set to make debut for O'Brien

Last year's Irish Oaks winner Chicquita (Montjeu) - who has since changed hands for €6m, having sold at the Goffs Breeding Stock Sale last November - is set to make her seasonal debut in the Moyglare "Jewels" Blandford Stakes at the Curragh on September 14.

Noble Mission heads British raiders for Irish Champions Weekend

Filed on 2 Sep 2014 @ 16:47

British raiders set to take on Australia in Irish Champion Stakes

A number of British trainers are aiming their stable stars at Irish Champions weekend at the Curragh on 13 an 14 September. The featured QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes remains the aim for a number of British-trained horses headed by Lady Cecil’s Noble Mission. With less than a fortnight to go, it looks like he will be joined at Leopardstown by Amralah and Western Hymn.

All At Sea gives Sea The Stars his eighth first crop stakes winner

Filed on 2 Sep 2014 @ 07:34

Rausing and Fabre strike with Longchamp double for Alruccaba family

The Andre Fabre-trained All At Sea (Sea The Stars) won the Listed Prix de Liancourt at Longchamp on Monday, asserting in the final half furlong for a cosy three quarter length success.

Condo Commando wins the Spinway as Saratoga concludes

Filed on 1 Sep 2014 @ 08:27

Saratoga, 31 August 2014

NYRA race caller Tom Durkin retires

Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) won the Grade One Spinaway in a driving rainstorm on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. Condo Commando, trained by Rudy Rodriguez, relished the sloppy surface in the Spinaway - a seven-furlong fixture for 2-year-old fillies. The daughter of Tiz Wonderful was left at the back of the pack after a troubled beginning, but was rushed up along the rail by jockey Joe Bravo to lead the field through fractions of 22.46 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 45.89 for the half. The Michael Dubb-owned filly had already amassed a sizeable advantage by the time the field turned for home, and poured it on in the stretch to win by a widening 13 ¼ lengths.

Cocktail Queen steps up in the Grand Prix de Deauville

Filed on 1 Sep 2014 @ 08:21

The Miriam Bollack-Badel-trained Cocktail Queen (Motivator) tepped up from ger recent win in the Group Three Prix Gontaut-Biron to win the Group Two Grand Prix de Deauville Lucien Barriere at Deauville on Sunday, stretching to the line to see off Gatewood in the mile and a half contest.

Round Tower victory for Capella Sansevero

Filed on 1 Sep 2014 @ 07:48

Andrea Atzeni registers first win for Qatar Racing

The Ger Lyons-trained Cappella Sansevero (Showcasing) - the £1.3m sale topper at the Goffs London Sale in June - won the Group Three Nestle Supporting Irish Autism Action Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. The win was the first in the colours fo Qatar Racing for jockey Andrea Atzeni, who has been appointed as the replacement for retained rider Jamie Spencer.

€2.85m purchase Ol' Man River makes winning debut

Filed on 1 Sep 2014 @ 07:45

Montjeu colt shortened to 16-1 for the Derby

Last year’s impeccably bred €2.85 million Orby Sale topper Ol’ Man River made a winning debut at the Curragh on Sunday that saw him shortened to 16/1 for the Epsom Derby.