TBA: British breeding in critical state

Filed on 26 Mar 2014 @ 14:03

Low numbers of NH foals cause for alarm

A report produced for the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association warns that the British horseracing industry is in a critical state with an "alarming" decline in the production of foals which are vital to fulfil the UK Racing fixtures list.

Sheikh Joaan buys 50% interest in Ruler Of The World

Filed on 26 Mar 2014 @ 10:45

Al Shaqab Racing goes into partnership with Coolmore

Al Shaqab Racing of Qatar has purchased a significant interest in last season's Derby winner Ruler Of The World (Galileo) from the Coolmore partnership. The colt will remain in training with Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle.

My Titania to return in the 1000 Guineas

Filed on 26 Mar 2014 @ 09:13

The John Oxx-trained My Titania is to make her seasonal debut in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4. The filly became her sire Sea The Stars' first stakes winner when winning the Group Three C.L. Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh last September.

Prix Ganay return for "much stronger" Treve

Filed on 24 Mar 2014 @ 09:00

Last season's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve (Motivator) has strengthened over the winter and is on course to begin her four-year-old season in the Group One Prix Ganay at Longchamp on April 27.

Vote Often wins the Park Express Stakes

Filed on 24 Mar 2014 @ 08:55

Sister to Marcel Boussac winner Proportional wins at the Curragh

The Dermot Weld-trained Vote Often (Beat Hollow), an own sister to 2008 Prix Marcel Boussac winner Proportional, came with a strong late run to collar British raider Odeliz in the Group Three Lodge Park Stud European Breeders Fund Park Express Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Aurelia's Belle heads to KY Oaks after Bourbonette Oaks victory

Filed on 23 Mar 2014 @ 09:11

Turfway Park, 23 March 2014

We Miss Artie earns Derby place with Spiral Stakes win

Back in Kentucky for the first time since a debut maiden win at Keeneland in October, the Lemon Drop Kid filly Aurelia's Belle (Lemon Drop Kid), who had suffered three losses at Gulfstream Park this winter, relished her return to an all-weather surface and skipped away to win the Group Three Pure Romance Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park by 2 1/4 lengths over Sloane Square.

Robin Hoods Bay sweeps home in the Winter Derby

Filed on 23 Mar 2014 @ 09:07

The Ed Vaughan-trained Robin Hoods Bay (Motivator) was second behind Farraaj in the Group Three Winter Derby at Lingfield last year, but went one better in this year's renewal, sweeping past Windhoek to hit the front near the line.

Earthquake remains unbeaten with Reisling victory

Filed on 23 Mar 2014 @ 09:03

Australia, 22 March 2014

Earthquake and Ghibellines both head to the Golden Slipper after Rosehill wins

Having won the Group One Blue Diamond at her most recent run, two-year-old Exceed And Excel filly Earthquake (Exceed And Excel) started a short price favourite in the Group Two Reisling Stakes at Rosehill and did not let her supporters down.

Kiwi raider Silent Achiever sees off Carlton House in the Ranvet

Filed on 23 Mar 2014 @ 08:57

Australia, 22 March 2014

Queen's horse just collared in Sydney Group One

The Group One Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday saw Kiwi mare Silent Achiever (O'Reilly) score a last-stride win over the Queen's Gai Waterhouse-trained Carlton House.

Spirit Of Boom claims the G1 William Reid

Filed on 21 Mar 2014 @ 13:18

Australia, 21 March 2014

Son of Sequalo prevails from Fontelina

Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo) finally shook the monkey from his back to claim a well deserved Group One win in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday.

Thewayyouare 3yos impress at Saint-Cloud

Filed on 21 Mar 2014 @ 08:41

A pair of Andre Fabre-trained three-year-olds from the first crop of Coolmore sire Thewayyouare made a striking impression when winning at Saint-Cloud on Thursday. Thewayyouare, a son of Kingmambo, now has five winners from just seven first crop runners, and an AEI of 1.9.

Kingston Hill set to return in the 2000 Guineas

Filed on 21 Mar 2014 @ 08:32

Varian hopeful Mastercraftsman colt will stay 12f in time

Last season's impressive Racing Post Trophy winner Kingston Hill (Mastercraftsman) is set to return in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

Living in a world of touts and phone-ins

Filed on 19 Mar 2014 @ 08:49

On a phone-in discussing the fatalities at Cheltenham, I decided to leave the most telling point until right at the end, though all the other ‘justifications’ were solid enough. Horseracing is an industry employing many thousands of people, it’s not just the horses who suffer because a stable lad or lass goes back to the aching sadness of an empty box, they’re herd animals who continue to jump fences when the jockey is on the floor and, of course, they can be killed at Plumpton, Fontwell and Bangor-on Dee, quite apart from suffering heart attacks on the gallops. With great respect (one goes on) this discussion is only taking place because Cheltenham is high-profile and you’ve either seen the accidents on television or read about them.

73 go forward to the Grand National

Filed on 19 Mar 2014 @ 08:44

A total of 73 horses go forward for the Crabbies Grand National after this week's scratchings stage, compared with 57 horses left in at this stage last year.

The current 10/1 favourite with Betfred, official betting partner of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival, is Teaforthree (Rebecca Curtis), who finished an excellent third in the 2013 renewal of the Crabbie's Grand National and warmed up in good style when eighth in last week's Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Miss France pleasing Fabre ahead of possible Guineas tilt

Filed on 17 Mar 2014 @ 15:12

Last season's Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes winner Miss France (Dansili) is pleasing her trainer Andre Fabre ahead of a possible run in the Group One QIPCO 1000 Guineas on Sunday 4 May.

Designs On Rome prevails in Hong Kong Derby epic

Filed on 17 Mar 2014 @ 08:22

Hong Kong, 16 March 2014

Son of Holy Roman Emperor sees off stablemate Able Friend

It was billed as a clash of two John Moore-trained titans and the HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) did not disappoint. Designs On Rome (Holy Roman Emperor) and Able Friend delivered the epic duel everyone had hoped for at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday, with the former emerging victorious.

Let Faith Arise wins the G1 Santa Margarita

Filed on 16 Mar 2014 @ 08:37

Santa Anita, 16 March 2014

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds homebred Let Faith Arise (Kafwain) stalked the early pace under confident handling from Corey Nakatani and went on to an impressive 1 ¾ win in Saturday’s Grade One Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita, covering 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.70.

Hoppertunity enters Triple Crown picture with Rebel Stakes win

Filed on 16 Mar 2014 @ 08:33

Oaklawn Park, 16 March 2014

Son of Any Given Saturday sees off Tapiture

Bob Baffert's emerging colt Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday) forced his way into the Triple Crown picture — and onto his Hall of Fame trainer's radar — in impressive fashion Saturday, outdueling and outbumping Southwest Stakes winner Tapiture in the stretch to win the Grade Two Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Dissident gives Sebring his first Group One winner

Filed on 15 Mar 2014 @ 14:10

Australia, 15 March 2014

Moody-trained colt wins the Randwick Guineas

The Peter Moody-trained Dissident (Sebring) won the Group One Randwick Guineas on Saturday, giving his sire Sebring his first Group One winner.

Savello brings Gigginstown Stud four-timer at Cheltenham

Filed on 14 Mar 2014 @ 19:16

Davy Russell rides treble on final day of Cheltenham Festival

The Tony Martin-trained Savello pounced late to record a one and a quarter length victory in the final race of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup, at odds of 16/1.

In doing so, the eight-year-old capped off an extraordinary day for owners Gigginstown House Stud, who were celebrating an 82,653/1 four-timer after Tiger Roll (JCB Triumph Hurdle), Very Wood (Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle) and Don Poli (Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle) had all won earlier in the afternoon.

Lord Windermere rallies to Gold Cup triumph

Filed on 14 Mar 2014 @ 16:09

Winner survives a stewards' enquiry after interference on the run to the line

Trainer Jim Culloty became just the fourth man to have both ridden and trained a Gold Cup winner when Lord Windermere ran on from the rear to claim the 2014 renewal of the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday. The supplemented On His Own was beaten a short head into second, having suffered interference from the winner, and the Giant Bolster was third, the second time he has been placed in the race.

All of a sudden, I knew I had a lot of horse under me

The stewards held an enquiry into the interference on the run-in, caused after Lord Windermere hung sharply right into the eventual second, but decided to leave the placings as they were.

Culloty was the rider of the great Best Mate, the only three-time winner of the race, and he joins Fred Winter, Pat Taaffe and Jonjo O'Neill in becoming the fourth man to both ride and train the winner of the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Very Wood wins the Albert Bartlett at 33-1

Filed on 14 Mar 2014 @ 15:10

Fourth Festival winner for Meade as Very Wood capitalises after Briar Hill fall

The Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday saw the Noel Meade-trained Very Wood spring a 33-1 surprise as he galloped willingly to the line under Paul Carberry, beating Leamington Novices' Hurdle winner Deputy Dan. Apache Jack was third.

Ruby Walsh taken to hospital with broken arm

Filed on 14 Mar 2014 @ 15:07

Jockey Ruby Walsh looks likely to miss most of the remainder of the jumps season after breaking his arm after he took a heavy fall when Abbyssial came down at the second flight when prominent in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday.

Tiger Roll cruises to Triumph Hurdle success

Filed on 14 Mar 2014 @ 13:44

Punchestown likely for impressive juvenile hurdler

The Gordon Elliot-trained Tiger Roll won the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday, coming with a smooth run under Davy Russell to take command of the race after the final flight, powering clear up the stands' rail to beat Kentucky Hyden. Guitar Pete, who had beaten the winner in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown last time, took third.

Big Buck's retired after World Hurdle fifth

Filed on 13 Mar 2014 @ 17:41

Four-time World Hurdle winner retired after finishing fifth

Trainer Paul Nicholls announced that record four-time Ladbrokes World Hurdle winner Big Buck's has been retired after finishing fifth in this year's renewal.