Racing

Galileo Gold heads eight in the Irish 2,000 Guineas

Filed on 19 May 2016 @ 13:41

Galileo Gold heads a field of eight declared runners for the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday. The English 2000 Guineas winner will take on the Aidan O’Brien-trained quartet of Air Force Blue, Air Vice Marshal, Bravery and Shogun as he bids to do the Guineas double.

Lame So Mi Dar to miss the Oaks

Filed on 17 May 2016 @ 09:14

Connections aiming for the Irish Oaks with Musidora winner

Last week's ultra-impressive Musidora Stakes winner So Mi Dar will miss the Investec Oaks after being found to be lame on Monday.

Zoffany's Knife Edge wins the German 2,000 Guineas

Filed on 17 May 2016 @ 09:08

The Marco Botti-trained Knife Edge (Zoffany) made a successful foray to Cologne on Monday to capture the Group Two Mehl Mulhens Rennen - German 2,000 Guineas.

Midterm returned from the Dante with hamstring issue

Filed on 17 May 2016 @ 09:02

Sandown Classic Trial winner Midterm, a disappointing fifth in the Dante Stakes last Thursday, has been found to be sore in a hamstring.

The son of Galileo could still line up in the Investec Derby according to Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, who told PA Sport: "He was sore in a hamstring behind. It's not insurmountable, but at least it gives us some explanation as to what happened.

Jemayel comes out on top in the Prix Saint-Alary

Filed on 17 May 2016 @ 08:55

Fresh from his success with La Cressonniere in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches on Sunday, trainer Jean-Claude Rouget saddled Jemayel to win the Group One Pour Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary at Deauville on Monday.

The Gurkha surges 5 1/2 lengths clear in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains

Filed on 16 May 2016 @ 08:15

The Aidan O’Brien-trained The Gurkha (Galileo) won the Group One Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Deaville on Sunday. The lightly-raced three-year-old, previously an easy Navan maiden winner, took the step up in class in his stride as he went on to win France’s 2,000 Guineas by five and a half lengths.

Le Havre's La Cressonniere unbeaten after French Guineas win

Filed on 16 May 2016 @ 08:10

The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained La Cressonniere (Le Havre) made it six wins from s many starts when winning the Group One Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, the French 1000 Guineas, at Deauville on Sunday.

Frankel filly sells for €800,000 at Arqana Breeze-Up

Filed on 16 May 2016 @ 08:03

A strong renewal of the Arqana Breeze Up sale on Saturday saw a fifth consecutive year of growth and new records across the board. The aggregate for the 92 youngsters who changed hands was €10,373,000, up 28% from 2015 which already represented a 22% leap from the previous renewal. The average exceeded six figures for the first time ever at €122,446, an increase of 22% from 2015. The clearance rate was a 82.6%.

Belafrdo bounces back to his best in the Lockinge Stakes

Filed on 16 May 2016 @ 07:58

Belardo (Lope De Vega) bounced back to his best to provide Godolphin with successive wins in the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

The four-year-old, jointly owned by Sheikh Mohammed's racing operation and Prince A A Faisal, was crowned Europe's champion juvenile in 2014 following victory in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket prior to a frustrating campaign last year.

Clever Cookie lifts the Yorkshire Cup

Filed on 13 May 2016 @ 15:16

The Peter Niven-trained Clever Cookie (Primo Valentino) won the Group Two Yorkshire Cup at York on Friday, taking advantage of a gap to more off the rail to take command of the race, outbattling Curbyourenthusiasm by half a length.

Nemoralia takes York Listed contest in style

Filed on 13 May 2016 @ 15:05

Coronation Stakes the next step for More Than Ready filly

The Jeremy Noseda-trained Nemoralia (More Than Ready) proved herself in a different class to her rivals in the Listed Longines Irish Champions Weekend Fillies' Stakes at York on Friday, powering six lengths clear of Aljuljalah in second.

Vona stretches clear in the Marygate

Filed on 13 May 2016 @ 14:14

The Richard Fahey-trained Vona (Dark Angel) came with a telling late run to win the Listed Marygate Stakes at York on Friday, showing a telling turn of foot in the final furlong to overhaul the favourite Boater by a length.

This was the third start for the Dark Angel juvenile, who was last at Southwell on debut before finishing fifth in a Chester maiden a week ago. A €15,000 Tattersalls Ireland yearling, she is a half sister to two winners out of a Dansili half sister to Group Three winner Wharf and to the dam of Rail Link.

Frankel's first runner wins at Newbury

Filed on 13 May 2016 @ 13:56

Frankel got off to the perfect start as a stallion on Friday when his first runner made a winning debut at Newbury. The John Gosden-trained Cunco (Frankel) won the Welcome To The Starlight Raceday Maiden Stakes over six furlongs, running on well to beat Isomer by three quarters of a length.

Wings Of Desire lands the Dante on his third start

Filed on 13 May 2016 @ 08:05

Brother to Eagle Top to be supplemented to the Derby

The John Gosden-trained Wings Of Desire (Pivotal), who won a Wolverhampton maiden just three weeks ago, entered the picture for the Investec Derby when winning the Group Two Betfred Dante Stakes at York on Thursday, responding well under Frankie Dettori to see off Aidan O'Brien's Deauville by a neck.

Beautiful Romance stays on well to win the Middleton

Filed on 13 May 2016 @ 08:00

Group One targets for daughter of New Approach

The Group Two Betfred Middleton Stakes at York on Thursday saw the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Beautiful Romance (New Approach) take a step forward as she stayed on well to overhaul Koora and the favourite Journey.

Frankel set to have his first runner at Newbury on Friday

Filed on 13 May 2016 @ 07:57

Frankel is set to have his first runner as a sire when the John Gosden-trained Cunco runs in the Welcome To The Starlight Raceday Maiden Stakes over six furlongs at Newbury on Friday.

Gosden told PA Sport: "We'll see what the ground is like, but at least it's fresh ground.

So Mi Dar powers to dominant Musidora victory

Filed on 11 May 2016 @ 15:05

The John Gosden-trained So Mi Dar (Dubawi) looked a filly of the highest class when powering past her rivals in the Group Three Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday, stretching clear for a dominant four length victory over 1000 Guineas fourth Fireglow.

Magical Memory steps up in the Duke of York Stakes

Filed on 11 May 2016 @ 14:59

The Charlie Hills-trained Magical Memory (Zebedee) ran out an emphatic winner of the Group Two Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York on Wednesday, settling off the strong early pace under Frankie Dettori before quickening to the lead, passing the post half a length clear of Suedois, with Danzeno a further length back in third.

Almanzor gives Wootton Bassett his fist group winner

Filed on 11 May 2016 @ 08:47

Haras d'Etreham's second season sire Wootton Bssett had his first group winner when the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Almanzor ran out an impressive two length winner of the Group Three Prix de Guiche at Chantilly on Tuesday.

Kodi Bear "in peak condition" ahead of the Lockinge Stakes

Filed on 11 May 2016 @ 08:39

Lambourn trainer Clive Cox is looking forward to running Kodi Bear (Kodiac) in the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday,a nd reckons he has the Group Two winner in peak condition.

Midterm heads 12 in the Dante Stakes

Filed on 11 May 2016 @ 08:37

Midterm (Sir Michael Stoute) goes on trial for the Investec Derby when he lines up in the Group Two Betfred Dante Stakes over an extended 10 furlongs at York on Thursday, May 12.

The son of Galileo, out of 2009 Investec Oaks runner-up and six-time Group One winner Midday, is currently the 11/4 favourite for the Investec Derby with Coral, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival. Winner of his only two-year-old start in a maiden at Newbury, the Khalid Abdullah-owned colt leapt into the picture for the Investec Derby when taking the Group Three bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown Park on April 22.

Solow ruled out of Queen Anne defence

Filed on 11 May 2016 @ 08:35

Freddy Head's star miler Solow (Singspiel) will not line up to defend his crown in the Queen Anne Stakes title at Royal Ascot next month, after connections decided the gelding needed more time to recover from a knock he suffered when being trained to run in Dubai in March.

Moonlight Magic wins the Derrinstown for Bolger

Filed on 9 May 2016 @ 08:09

Cape Cross colt "wins as well as St Jovite did"

The Jim Bolger-trained Moonlight Magic (Cape Cross) put a reversal in the Ballysax Stakes behind him when winning the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday, quickening clear of his rivals in the straight to beat Aidan O'Brien's Shogun.

Now Or Never impresses in Derrinstown 1,000 Guineas Trial

Filed on 9 May 2016 @ 08:04

The Michael O'Callaghan-trained Now Or Never (Bushranger) ran out an impressive winner of the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday, quickening smartly to beat Radiantly by a length and three quarters.

Cloth Of Stars wins the Prix Greffulhe; Epsom possible

Filed on 9 May 2016 @ 07:59

The Andre Fabre-trained Cloth Of Stars (Sea The Stars), winner of the Group Three Prix La FOrce last month, put himself in the picture for the Investec Derby when winning the Group Two Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud on Sunday.