Dubawi's fee raised to £125,000 for 2015

Filed on 28 Oct 2014 @ 08:13

Shamardal also sees substantial rise to €70,000

Darley has announced its European stud fees for 2015, and the roster awill once again be headed by Dubawi, whose fee has been raised to £125,000 (from £100,000) after another landmark year that saw him reach 50 Group winners faster than any stallion ever. With five individual Group One winners worldwide in 2014, his progeny remain in high demand with yearling colts fetching top prices of 1.6m and 1.4m guineas at the recent Tattersalls October sales.

Black Granite heads Tattersalls HIT opener at 155,000 gns

Filed on 28 Oct 2014 @ 08:01

Median rises 40% as clearance rate rises to 85%

The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale got off to a strong start on Monday with eight lots topping six-figures and the median and average both well up. A total of 230 lots were sold for 5,451,000 guineas, at an average of 23,700 guineas and a median of 14,000 guineas. The average and median rose of 11% and 40% respectively compared with last year’s opening session.

Silviniaco Conti heads Charlie Hall entries

Filed on 28 Oct 2014 @ 07:55

A total of 11 entries, featuring some of the best chasers on either side of the Irish Sea, have been received for the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has two entries for the 2014 renewal, headed by last season's King George VI Chase hero Silviniaco Conti. The eight-year-old, who took the Wetherby highlight by 11 lengths in 2012, was last seen out when securing his third Grade One in the Betfred Bowl at Aintree in April. The Somerset handler's other possible contender is Hennessy Gold Cup runner-up and Grand National fifth Rocky Creek.

Bobs Worth could make hurdles return

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 16:58

2013 Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth could make his seasonal debut in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, with trainer Nicky Henderson reluctant to return to Haydock for the Betfair Chase.

Henderson told The Tines: "The first big target for Bob is the Lexus in Ireland after Christmas which he won last year, but getting him there is not easy.

Short days, long memories

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 16:48

All in all, I think November is my favourite month. Eric Eldin just beating Lester Piggott, Gaykart inches too good for Pretty Puffin and a term’s bar bills paid. The bus back to Cambridge in the early fading light, Cherry Hinton shop girls, Parker’s Piece in darkness, penny for the guy, mister, the gas fire, Proust and La Rochefoucauld. They’ve fought a losing battle with racing for nearly fifty years but have never quite given up.

Final Score emulates her half sister in Rome Group One

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 08:11

Second Italian Group One in a week for Dylan Thomas

The Stefano Botti-trained Final Score (Dylan Thomas) emulated her year older Manduro half sister when winning the Group One Premio Lydia Tesio at Rome on Sunday, seeing off the fast-finishing Lacy by a nose.

Zawraq sees off 3.6m gns Sir Isaac Newton at Leopardstown

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 07:58

Bolger harbours Classic hopes for Parish Boy

The Dermot Weld-trained Zawraq (Shamardal) made a winning debut at Leopardstown on Sunday, battling well under Pat Smullen to see off Aidan O'Brien's Sir Issac Newton, who made headlines a year ago when aelling for 3.6m gns at Tattersalls.

Tac De Boistron doubles up in the Prix Royal-Oak

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 07:50

The Marco Botti-trained Tac De Boistron made it back to back wins in the Group One Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp on Sunday when coming with a powerful late run to see off James Fanshawe's Hi Jinx.

Military Attack enjoys perfect prep for Hong Kong Cup

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 07:48

Hong Kong, 26 October 2014

The HKG2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (Handicap), run at Sha Tin on Sunday, is an important stepping-stone to the LONGINES HKIR for horses aiming at races over a mile and beyond. The mile handicap was billed as a clash of the champions and it was the British import, Military Attack, who landed the triumphant blow to emerge victorious as the one-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year flashed home late in a thriller against top-class opponents.

Toho Jackal wins the Japanese St Leger in record time

Filed on 27 Oct 2014 @ 07:45

Japan, 26 October 2014

Third pick Toho Jackal (Special Week), who earned his ticket to the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) by finishing a close third in the Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2, 2,400m), captured this year’s Kikuka Sho while renewing the race record and course record by 1.7 seconds to register his first Grade One, let alone grade-race victory. The Special Week colt, making his first appearance on the track the day before the Derby day this year, became the fastest colt to capture the Kikuka Sho title, only 149 days since making his debut.

Elm Park stretches clear of Racing Post Trophy rivals

Filed on 25 Oct 2014 @ 14:58

Son of Phoenix Reach dominant at Doncaster

The Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday saw an impressive performance from the Andrew Balding-trained Elm Park (Phoenix Reach), who made all under Andrea Atzeni, stretching easily clear of his rivals to win by an eased-down two and three quarter lengths from Aloft. The son of Phoenix Reach earned quotes of as low as 10-1 for the Derby.

Steip Amach gives Vocalised his first stakes winner

Filed on 25 Oct 2014 @ 14:36

Smart maiden performance from Ruler Of The World's brother Giovanni Canaletto

Jim Bolger's homebred filly Steip Amach registered her first career win here when seeing off Ballydoye's Royal Navy Ship by three quarters of a length to win the Group Three Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Russian Punch another stakes winner for Archipenko

Filed on 25 Oct 2014 @ 14:20

The James Given-trained Russian Punch won the Listed Radley Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, giving her sire Archipenko his third stakes winner. The Lanwades resident had a notable first last weekend, with Madame Chiang becoming his maiden Group One winner.

Smaih gives Paco Boy his second Group winner

Filed on 25 Oct 2014 @ 13:32

HAnnon-trained colt could run in the Greenham

The Richard Hannon-trained Smaih (Paco Boy) burst clear from a line of five at Newbury on Saturday to win the Group Three Worthington's Whizz Kidz Stakes, better known as the Horris Hill Stakes, in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

Adelaide comes from last to first in the Cox Plate

Filed on 25 Oct 2014 @ 07:39

Australia, 25 October 2014

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Adelaide (Galileo) came from last to first with a withering late run on the outside under Ryan Moore to win the Group One the Sportingbet Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday. The favourite Fawkner finished second, with Silent Achiever third.

Rocky Bleier tops Goffs HIT Sale at €150,000

Filed on 24 Oct 2014 @ 07:13

Lope De Vega filly tops Open Yearling Sale

A strong renewal of Goffs Open Yearling & Horses In Training Sale on Thursday was topped by three time winner Rocky Bleier (Lot 187) who was purchased by Gerry Hogan on behalf of Barry Connell for €150,000. The four year old Rock Of Gibraltar gelding has displayed great form this month having won twice since the catalogue was printed, most recently at Naas last Sunday.

Arqana October Sale concludes with 8% rise in average

Filed on 24 Oct 2014 @ 07:07

The Arqana October Yearling Sale concluded its four day run at Deauville on Thusday with a final session in which 109 lots went through the ring. 86 yearlings found new homes, representing a clearance rate of nearly 79%, an average sale price of €14,337 (including private sales) and generating a turnover of €1,233,000.

Two colts pushed the bidding up to €60,000 during the session. The first was lot 554, a son of Lope de Vega out of a sister to Tulipe Royale, who finished third in the Prix Marcel Boussac. The colt, who was consigned by the Haras du Cadran, was knocked down to Rupert Pritchard-Gordon and will stay in training in France.

Just a few minutes later lot 556 consigned by Neustrian Associates posted the same price on the sales ring board. This time it was a son of the speedy Dream Ahead, a first crop sire who won five Group One races, out of Halong Bay, a young Montjeu mare who won a Listed race in Italy. It was Paul Nataf who bought the horse on behalf of a client from Monaco.

The young sire Lope de Vega was once again in the limelight at the end of the session thanks to lot 589, a filly consigned by the Haras d’Omméel who was bought by Paul Murphy for €47,000.

The 2014 renewal of the sale posted very satisfactory figures including most notably a record average for this sale of €36,247 which was up by 8.3& compared to the 2013 October sale, as well as a record median of €26,000. This remarkable increase in the average lead to an unprecedented turnover of €15,988,200 (including private sales) with the same number of horses sold as last year.

Only the clearance rate was slightly down on last year at 78 (including private sales) though it still remained very satisfactory.

The well bred yearlings proved very popular throughout the sale and 25 horses changed hands for €100,000 or more compared to 18 in October 2013 and 11 in October 2011, reflecting the strong demand at the top end of the market.

The total turnover generated by the August Yearling Sale, v.2 and October Sales this year amounts to €59,364,700 (including private sales) compared to €52,242,000 at the same stage last year which represents a significant increase of over 13.6%.

ARQANA chairman Eric Hoyeau, declared: "Just as it did last year the October Yearling Sale has proved very dynamic and generated a record turnover, average and median. The clearance rate of 78% also remains very satisfactory. The sale can boast having offered Trêve, Avenir Certain, The Grey Gatsby, Charm Spirit and High Jinx for sale, all exceptional horses who between them have won nine Group One races this year. These successes, combined with the improving quality of the catalogue, allow us to maintain and expand our client base which hails from all parts of France, as well as all over Europe, Qatar, Russia, the United States and Asia. We would like to thank them and wish them all every success with their purchases."

First crop son of Pour Moi leads the way at Arqana Wednesday

Filed on 23 Oct 2014 @ 08:13

Young sires in demand as average rises 12%

Wednesday's third day of the Arqana October Yearling Sale saw 78.5% of the 149 lots offered change hands at an average sale price of €25,427, a figure which was up by nearly 12% on the equivalent day last year. The median remained stable compared to 2013 at €20,000 while the turnover reached €2,975,000.

Toronado and Flintshire among 201 horses pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup

Filed on 23 Oct 2014 @ 07:57

A record 201 horses, including 38 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championship at Santa Anita on 31 October and 1 November.

They include Queen Anne Stakes winner Toronado, who goes for the Mile, Arc second Flintshire, one of a host of good European chances in the Turf, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, undefeated Pacific Classic and Awesome Again Stakes winner Shared Belief, Belmont Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Tonalist, and Haskell and Pennsylvania Derby winner Bayern.

Fannaan impresses in the Houghton Conditions Stakes

Filed on 23 Oct 2014 @ 07:48

Unbeaten son of Speightstown likely to run in a Classic trial

Two Year Olds Day at Newmarket on Wednesday saw an impressive performance from John Gosden's Fannaan (Speightstown), who earned quotes of 25-1 for the 2000 Guineas after victory in the feature AR Legal Collections Houghton Conditions Stakes.

First Group winner for Aqlaam as Moonee Valley wins the Prix des Reservoirs

Filed on 23 Oct 2014 @ 07:34

Shadwell's late sire Aqlaam - a promising young sire who died just over a year ago - had his first Group winner when the MArio Hofer-trained Moonee Valley (Aqlaam) won the Group Three Prix des Reservoirs at Deauville on Wednesday. Fourth in the Prix d'Aumale last time, the chestnut made her move two furlongs out and stayed on well for a second win in three career starts.

Shamardal colt ex Anna Pavlova tops Arqana day two

Filed on 22 Oct 2014 @ 07:55

Steady trade in second session of Arqana October Yearling Sale

On Tuesday afternoon at Deauville, 138 yearlings went through the sales ring on the second day of the October yearling sale and 77% of them found new homes for an average sale price of €28,698, a figure slightly up compared to last year on the same day. The turnover was slightly down at €3,042,000 while the median proved stable compared to 2013 at €26,000.

Dubawi colt tops Arqana October opener at €350,000

Filed on 21 Oct 2014 @ 08:04

Average rises 16%, though clearance rate drops from last year

The Arqana October Yearling Sale got underway at Deauville on Monday with solid results and a sustained activity from both French and international buyers. Overall, 129 yearlings changed hands for an average price of €65,838, an increase of nearly 16% compared to last year on the same day, while the median was €57,000 compared to €42,000 in 2013. The turnover reached €8,559,000, a record figure for Part 1 of the October Sale, which witnessed an increase of 12% compared to last year. Demand proved particularly strong for top end of the market profiles and 21 yearlings were knocked down for €100,000 more compared to 16 last year, a phenomenon which reflects the high selectivity of the market.

Hillstar strides clear in the Canadian International

Filed on 20 Oct 2014 @ 07:03

Woodbine, 20 October 2014

Emphatic win for son of Danehill Dancer after Brown Panther scratched

Sir Evelyn De Rothschild’s Hillstar (Danehill Dancer), brilliantly ridden by champion jockey Ryan Moore, collared the leaders turning for home and went on to post a three-quarters of a length win over Big Blue Kitten in the Grade One Pattison Canadian International Sunday at Woodbine.

Just The Judge holds on in the E.P. Taylor Stakes

Filed on 20 Oct 2014 @ 06:59

Lawman filly wins Woodbine Grade One

The Charlie Hills-trained Just The Judge (Lawman), with Jamie Spencer aboard, held off Odeliz in deep stretch to win the Grade One E.P. Taylor Stakes, part of the Pattison Canadian International card Sunday at Woodbine.