Godolphin's Contributer wins the G1 Ranvet Stakes

Filed on 21 Mar 2015 @ 09:25

Australia, 21 March 2015

Second Group One for son of High Chaparral

Contributer (High Chaparral) saw off a high class field to win the Group One Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, giving Godolphin head trainer John O’Shea a second Group One success in the space of a fortnight following Contributer's success in the Chipping Norton Stakes on his last start.

Treve to return in May's Prix Corrida

Filed on 19 Mar 2015 @ 08:06

Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek has revealed that her stable star Treve (Motivator) will return to the racecourse in the Group Two Prix Corrida at Saint Cloud on 29 May. The five-year-old, whose campaign will be geared around her bid to win a record third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October, had been expected to make her return in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud a month later.

OBS March Sale concludes with record turnover

Filed on 19 Mar 2015 @ 08:00

Florida, 19 March 2015

Bernardini colt sells for $1.4m

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training concluded its two day run on Wednesday with record turnover. For the entire sale, 326 horses sold for $55,682,000, averaging $170,804. The median price was $105,000 and the buyback percentage was 22.7%.

Chancellor confirms Levy to be replaced with Racing Right

Filed on 19 Mar 2015 @ 07:54

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne confirmed in his Budget on Wednesday the creation of a new Racing Right as a new funding mechanism to replace the Horserace Betting Levy, which has been in use since 1963.

Faugheen, Un De Sceaux and Douvan likely to run at Punchestown

Filed on 17 Mar 2015 @ 18:06

Willie Mullins' Cheltenham Grade One winners are likely to be seen in action later this season at Aintree and Punchestown.

Stable jockey Ruby Walsh told Racing UK: "As Willie says, Cheltenham is the first of the spring festivals. Most of them will go to Punchestown and a couple to Aintree, but you will definitely see them all again.

Coneygree handed mark of 172 after Gold Cup win

Filed on 17 Mar 2015 @ 18:01

BHA awards highest mark for a novice this century

Coneygree has been handed a mark of 172 by the official handicapper after his impressive victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, making him the highest-rated novice chaser over any distance this century.

Jockeys' title format changes meet mixed reaction

Filed on 17 Mar 2015 @ 10:25

Abbreviated period favours jockeys with overseas engagements early and late in the turf season

The Champion Jockey for 2015 will be crowned at British Champions' Day at Ascot in October after changes were announced to the dates between which winners will be counted.

Affaire Solitaire lands the Prix Exbury

Filed on 16 Mar 2015 @ 07:58

First Pattern contest of the year on turf falls to son of Danehill Dancer

Having his third start of the year, the Patrck Khozian-trained Affaire Solitaire (Danehill Dancer) registered his first balck type success when winning Sunday's Group Three Prix Exbury at Saint-Cloud.

Luger proves best in the Hong Kong Derby

Filed on 16 Mar 2015 @ 07:53

Hong Kong, 15 March 2015

Son of Choisir successfully steps up to 2000m

The John Size-trained Luger (Choisir) won the HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby over 2,000 metres at Sha Tin on Sunday under jockey Zac Purton. The Australian-bred overcame a wide passage to land the spoils by three quarters of a length from the deep-closing pair of Got Fly and Romantic Touch.

American Pharoah dominates in the Rebel Stakes

Filed on 15 Mar 2015 @ 09:35

Oaklawn Park, 15 March 2015

Champion juvenile colt shows his worth with 6 ¼ length Grade Two victory

Making his first start since Sept. 27 and his first start outside his home state of California, last season's champion two-year-old colt American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) proved why he is among the early Kentucky Derby favorites with a dominating 6 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade Two Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn.

Tryster wins the Winter Derby; spearheads Godolphin four-timer

Filed on 15 Mar 2015 @ 09:30

Paco Boy's Lexington Times wins the Spring Cup

Tryster (Shamardal) scythed through the field for an impressive victory in the Group Three Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday, as trainer Charlie Appleby enjoyed four winners on the polytrack.

Spillway gives Rail Link his second G1 winner

Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:31

Australia, 14 March 2015

The David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Spillway (Rail Link), a three time winner for Eve Johnson Houghton in England in 2013, won the Group One Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday, prevailing over stablemate Extra Zero by the narrowest of margins.

King's Stand likely for Brazen Beau after outclassing Flemington rivals

Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:26

Australia, 14 March 2015

Son of I Am Invincible wins the Newmarket Handicap

The Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) could head to Royal Ascot after the glamour colt outclassed a star-studded field in Saturday’s Group One Lexus Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.

Plucky Belle lands the G1 Coolmore Classic

Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:21

Australia, 14 March 2015

The Peter Moody-trained Plucky belle (Mossman) won the Group One Coolmore Classic over 1500m at Rosehill on Saturday, giving jockey Linda Meech her first Group One success. First Seal had a luckless run in second, a short half-head adrift, with with a further short-head back to Diamond Drille in third.

Haafhd's Noble Protector lands Australian Group Three

Filed on 14 Mar 2015 @ 10:16

Australia, 14 March 2015

Qatar Bloodstock's Noble Protector (Haafhd), a Listed winner at Newmarket for Stuart Kittow last summer, took advantage of the firmer going conditions in Australia to win the Group Three Matron Stakes at Flemington. She beat Marianne by 4 ½-lengths with the VRC Oaks winner Set Square a close third.

Killultagh Vic gives Mullin's record eighth winner

Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 18:31

Killultagh Vic's pulsating triumph in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle by a head from Noble Endeavour was trainer Willie Mullins' eighth win of the 2015 Festival. This is a new record of training wins at the meeting; Mullins has now overtaken Nicky Henderson's record of seven, set in 2012.

Coneygree makes all for historic Gold Cup triumph

Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 15:29

Novice makes all to win the Blue Riband on his fourth start over fences

The Mark Bradstock-trained Coneygree (Karinga Bay) won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, making all under Nico de Boinville and staying on well to beat Irish raider Djakadam, with Road To Riches taking third.

Wicklow Brave gives Mullins his seventh winner of the week at Cheltenham

Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 15:16

Trainer Willie Mullins recorded a record-equalling seventh victory of this year's Cheltenham Festival after Wicklow Brave turned the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle into a procession, storming up the hill to score by eight lengths.

Martello Tower battles to Albert Bartlett victory

Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 14:53

The Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday saw the Mags Mullins-trained Martello Tower (Milan) grind out victory over Milsean, with No More Heros taking third.

The 14/1 shot got into a protracted battle with the Gigginstown House Stud-owned pair Milsean (ridden by Mullins' son Danny) and No More Heroes approaching the last, but dug deep to repel the challenge of the former to record a half length victory in a slow-motion finish.

Peace And Co heads Henderson 1-2-3 in the Triumph Hurdle

Filed on 13 Mar 2015 @ 13:36

Son of Falco digs deep to overhauls stablemate at Chetlenham

Nicky Henderson saddled the first three home in Friday's JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, with the favourite Peace And Co (Falco) outgunning Top Notch on the climb to the line to win by a neck. Hargam took third, a further four lengths adrift. The first two are owned by Simon Munir and Issac Souede.

Cole Harden gives Greatrex his first Festival winner

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 15:27

Son of Westerner makes all to see off Saphir Du Rheu

Trainer Warren Greatrex and jockey Gavin Sheehan registered their first win at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday when Cole Harden<

Uxizandre makes all in the Ryanair under determined McCoy

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 14:49

Grade One winner for the champion jockey at his final Festival

The Grade One Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday saw the Alan King-trained Uxizandre (Fragrant Mix) make all under a determined AP McCoy, giving the perennial champion his first winner at this year's Cheltenham Festival, his last before his retirement next month. Uxizandre prevailed by five lengths from the mare Ma Filleule. The favourite Don Cossack was third.

Vautour sensational in the JLT Novices' Chase

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 13:35

Son of Robin Des Champs wins by 15 lengths at Cheltenham

The Willie Mullins-trained Vautour (Robin Des Champs) ran out an impressive winner of the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday, putting in a superb round of jumping before surging clear up the hill to beat Apache Stronghold by 15 lengths. Valseur Lido was third.

Moon Racer wins the Champion Bumper for Pipe

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 09:01

The David Pipe-trained Moon Racer landed a monster gamble when running out a commanding length and a half winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

The 9/2 favourite opened up at 11/2 but sustained support in the ring forced his price down a point and the gamble was justified as the David Pipe-trained gelding overcame a tardy start to storm up the hill to score from 33/1 shot Modus. Pipe admitted after the race that the slow start was not the plan.

Dodging Bullets wins the Champion Chase

Filed on 12 Mar 2015 @ 08:54

Progressive two mile chaser lands his third Grade One of the season

The Paul Nicholls-trained won the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday, seeing off the veteran Somersby and eclipsing the past winners Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy.