Elm Park and Jack Hobbs head eight in the Dante

Filed on 12 May 2015 @ 13:45

The Group Two Betfred Dante Stakes at York on Thursday has attracted eight declarations, headed by last season's RAcing Post Trophy winner Elm Park and emphatic Sandown handicap scorer Jack Hobbs, who is currently the 11/2 market leader for the Investec Derby.

Kendargent's Goken wins the Prix Texanita

Filed on 12 May 2015 @ 06:56

Last season's Group Three Prix du Bois winner Goken (Kendargent) resumed the winning thread on Monday when winning the Group Three Prix Texanita at Maisons-Laffitte.

The three-year-old rallied when pressured to prevail in a three way photo from Finsbury Square and Volatile.

Night Of Thunder and Karakontie head Lockinge entries

Filed on 12 May 2015 @ 06:53

Botti hoping Moohaarib can step up in Group One company

Classic heroes Night Of Thunder and Karakontie headl 19 five-day confirmations for the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. Night Of Thunder (Richard Hannon) lowered the colours of Kingman in last year's QIPCO 2000 Guineas, while Karakontie (Jonathan Pease FR) captured the French equivalent before ending the season with a decisive victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita.

Success Days pulls clear in the Derrinstown

Filed on 11 May 2015 @ 07:05

Kissed By Angels win the 1,000 Guineas Trial

The Ken Condon-trained Success Days (Jeremy) made the most of the testing conditions to win the Group Three Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday, pulling 10 lengths clear of his rival to back up his success in the Ballysax Stakes last month.

Ervedya pounces in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches

Filed on 11 May 2015 @ 07:01

Siyouni filly heads to the Coronation Stakes

Jean-Claude Rouget won his second successive renewal of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches when Ervedya (Siyouni) cam with a late thrust to collar Martyn meade's Irish Rookie, with Mexican Gold third.

Make Believe gives Makfi his first Classic winner

Filed on 11 May 2015 @ 06:59

Fabre 1-2 in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains

The Andre Fabre-trained Make Believe (Makfi) won the Group One Poule D'Essai Des Poulains at Longchamp on Sunday, becoming a first Classic winner for Makfi. It was also a first European Group One success for his sire, following up Marky Mark's recent victory at the top level in New Zealand.

Kataniya gives Raven's Pass Longchamp Listed winner

Filed on 11 May 2015 @ 06:56

Raven's Pass had his ninth career stakes winner in Europe when his three-year-old daughter Kataniya (Raven's Pass) stepped up in class to land the Listed Prix de la Seine at Longchamp on Sunday. Run over 2200m, there was a very slow early pace and after making the running early, she settled into second. Taking up the running at the top of the straight, she gamely held off all challengers to beat Lady Of Kyushu with Moi Meme third.

Kilimanjaro wins at Lingfield as Christophermarlowe loses unbeaten record

Filed on 11 May 2015 @ 06:52

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Kilimanjaro (High Chaparral) won the Lingfield Derby Trial Stakes ahead of Magic Dancer and the odds-on favourite Christophermarlowe.

Christophermarlowe, the Josh Gosden-trained colt ridden by Frankie Dettori, suffered a first loss in four in Saturday's race having won the Derby Trial at Epsom last month.

Hans Holbein stays on to lift the Chester Vase

Filed on 7 May 2015 @ 14:22

Montjeu colt to head to Epsom where he rates as a 25/1 chance

The Group Three MBNA Chester Vase on Thursday saw the Aidan O'Brien-trained Hans Holbein (Montjeu) punch his ticket for the Derby at Espom, though without setting the world alight as he dictated from the front, staying on well to win. Second was William Haggas's Storm The Stars, who took time to get going in the straight but closed to within a length and three quarters of the winner.

Maverick Wave sees off Cannock Chase in the Huxley

Filed on 7 May 2015 @ 13:51

The Group Three Huxley Stakes at Chester on Thursday saw the John Gosden-trained Maverick Wave (Elusive Quality) make the best of the rain-softened conditions to see off Royal Ascot Group Three winner Cannock Chase. The favourite Air Pilot was third.

Trip To Paris gets up in the Chester Cup

Filed on 6 May 2015 @ 15:26

Dunlop eyeing the Melbourne Cup with son of Champs Elysees

The Ed Dunlop-trained Trip To Paris (Champs Elysees) won the Betway Chester Cup on Wednesday, coming with a late run up the middle of the track under Graham Lee to deny the favourite Quick Jack.

Diamondsandrubies surges clear in the Cheshire Oaks

Filed on 6 May 2015 @ 15:18

Fastnet Rock fill heads to the Oaks after six length win

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Diamondsandrubies (Fastnet Rock) was an eyecatching winner of the Listed Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks at Chester on Wednesday, pulling wide off the home turn under Ryan Moore and surging six lengths clear of John Gosden's Entertainment in the short straight. The winner's stablemate Zamoura was third.

Sumbal dominant in the Prix Greffulhe

Filed on 6 May 2015 @ 07:33

Son of Danehill Dancer could be supplemented for Epsom

The Group Two Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud on Tuesdayw as won by the Francis Graffard-trained Sumbal (Danehill Dancer), who quickened smartly in the soft ground to burst clear of his two rivals, maintaining his unbeaten record.

Iveagh Gardens springs 25-1 surprise in the Athasi Stakes

Filed on 5 May 2015 @ 07:04

Found heads to the Irish 1,000 Guineas after comeback second

The Group Three Canford Cliffs EBF Athasi Stakes at the Curragh on Monday saw last season's champion juvenile filly Found beaten into second by 25-1 outsider Iveagh Gardens (Mastercraftsman).

Fascinating Rock and Tombelaine give Weld Curragh stakes double

Filed on 5 May 2015 @ 06:58

Trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Pat Smullen had a stakes double at the Curragh on Monday, headed by Fascinating Rock's (Fastnet Rock) victory in the Group Three So You Think EBF Mooresbridge Stakes. The four year old appreciated the heavy going and saw off Parish Hall by a length and three-quarters.

Legatissimo wins the 1000 Guineas to give Moore Classic double

Filed on 3 May 2015 @ 20:40

Oaks possible for Danehill Dancer filly

The David Wachman-trained Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) won the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday, giving her rider Ryan Moore a Classic double 24 hours after he piloted Gleneagles to victory in the 2000 Guineas.

Cirrus Des Aigles wins his third Prix Ganay

Filed on 3 May 2015 @ 20:37

The Corine Barande-Barbe-trained Cirrus Des Aigles (Even Top) won the Group One Prix Ganay for the third time at Longchamp on Sunday, making all under Christophe Soumillon to beat Al Kazeem by a length and three-quarters.

Able Friend dominant in the Champions Mile

Filed on 3 May 2015 @ 11:09

Hong Kong, 3 May 2015

Son of Shamardal likely to travel for the Queen Anne Stakes

The John Moore-trained Able Friend (Shamardal) was an emphatic winner of the Group One Champions Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday, hitting the front inside the final furlong and drawing a length and a quarter clear of stablemates Rewarding Hero and Dan Excel.

American Pharoah draws clear in the Kentucky Derby

Filed on 3 May 2015 @ 11:05

Churchill Downs, 2 May 2015

Zayat Stables’ homebred American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile), ridden by now three-time Derby winner Victor Espinoza and trained by now four-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, collared leaders Dortmund and Firing Line at the head of the stretch and drew clear for a one-length victory in the 141st running of the Grade One Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands before a record crowd of 170,513 on Saturday.

Annie Power bounces back at Punchestown

Filed on 3 May 2015 @ 11:01

Mullins wins 10 of Punchestown's 12 Grade Ones

On the afternoon he was crowned Ireland's champion trainer for 2014/2015, Willie Mullins completed his domination of this year's Punchestown Festival with a double in the final day's Grade Ones.

Gleneagles strides clear in the 2000 Guineas

Filed on 2 May 2015 @ 20:49

Galileo colt set to run in Irish Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Gleneagles (Galileo) strode emphatically clear of Telescope to win the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday, his trainer seventh sucess in the race.

Second Step sees off Telescope in the Jockey Club Stakes

Filed on 2 May 2015 @ 20:40

Newmarket rivals could clash in the Hardwicke Stakes

The Luca Cumani-trained Second Step (Dalakhani), a Listed winner at the Curragh last October, made a winning debut in Group company on Saturday to edge out the hot favourite Telescope to win the Group Two Dunaden at Overbury Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket.

Goldream registers maiden Pattern win in the Palace House

Filed on 2 May 2015 @ 20:36

The Robert Cowell-trained Goldream (Oasis Dream) won a valuable handicap at Newmarket's Guineas meeting last year and at this year's renewal on the Rowley Mile took a major step forward when winning the Group Three Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes, winning by a length and a quarter from the staying-on Justice Day, with veteran Kingsgate Native third.

Lovely Maria charges clear in the Kentucky Oaks

Filed on 2 May 2015 @ 09:31

Churchill Downs, 1 May 2015

Third Oaks win for Brereton Jones and Larry Jones

Owner-breeder Brereton Jones and trainer Larry Jones (no relation) combined to win the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) when Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection) charged to a 2 ¾-length victory over Shook Up to win the 141st running of the $1 million race for three-year-old fillies before a record Oaks Day crowd of 123,763 on a mild, sunny afternoon.

Exchange Rate colt tops Guineas Breeze-Up Sale at 230,000 gns

Filed on 2 May 2015 @ 09:22

Selective market at Tattersalls

A son of Exchange Rate topped the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up & Horses in Training Sale on Friday at 230,000 guineas. The sale saw turnover increase 16% to a record 4,600,100 guineas and the median rise 13% to 18,000 guineas with the average down slightly at 26,745 guineas and a clearance rate of 79%. The horses in training section of the sale saw the turnover improve 22% to 836,200 guineas for the 52 lots sold, at an average of 16,081 guineas and a median of 6,250 guineas whilst the breeze up section saw turnover rise 15% to 3,763,900 guineas at an average of 31,366 guineas and a median of 23,500 guineas.