Melatonin makes all in the Santa Anita Handicap

Filed on 14 Mar 2016 @ 08:14

Santa Anita, 13 March 2016

In his first-ever try in graded stakes competition on the main track, longshot Melatonin (Kodiak Kowboy) made it look easy in taking Saturday’s 79th running of the Grade One Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in gate to wire fashion under Joe Talamo. Owned by Tarabilla Farms and trained by David Hofmans, the five-year-old gelding by Kodiak Kowboy won the Big ‘Cap by 4 ¼ lengths while covering the mile and a quarter distance in 2:02.01.

Postponed joint top-rated in World's Best Racehorse rankings

Filed on 11 Mar 2016 @ 10:07

The Roger Varian-trained Postponed is one of three horses to top the initial rankings for 2016 in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. The son of Dubawi attained a rating of 121 in winning the Dubai City of Gold, a mark matched by California Chrome and Japan's Duramente.

Odds-on Un De Sceaux heads 12 confirmations for the Champion Chase

Filed on 11 Mar 2016 @ 10:03

Un De Sceaux (Willie Mullins) heads 12 confirmations for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham next Wednesday. The brilliant eight-year-old is seeking a second successive triumph at The Festival, having defeated God's Own (Tom George) by six lengths in last season's Racing Post Arkle Chase. The hot 4/5 favourite with sponsor Betway, Un De Sceaux was last seen out when defeating 2014 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Sire De Grugy (Gary Moore) by an easy five lengths in the Grade One Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January.

Covert Love set for Middleton Stakes return

Filed on 11 Mar 2016 @ 09:52

Palmer wary of Group One penalty in potential rematch with Jazzi Top

Trainer Hugo Palmer is targeting the Middleton Stakes at York in May as the starting point for last year's Irish Oaks and Prix de l'Opera winner Covert Love's (Azamour) four-year old campaign.

Blue De Vega likely to head straight to the Guineas

Filed on 10 Mar 2016 @ 16:34

Lope De Vega's Killavullan Stakes winner thriving ahead of 3yo campaign

The Michael O'CAllaghan-trained Blue De Vega (Lope De Vega) has thrived over the winter, and is likely to be targeted at the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on April 30 without a prep race.

Annie Power heads 13 in the Champion Hurdle

Filed on 10 Mar 2016 @ 16:26

Ante-post favourite Annie Power and Lil Rockerfeller have been added to the feature Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle (3.30pm, 13 confirmations) at Cheltenham on Tuesday, March 15. Connections paid £20,000 each to enter the championship race.

Songbird extends her unbeaten record in the G3 Santa Ysabel

Filed on 7 Mar 2016 @ 08:27

Santa Anita, 6 March 2016

Champion juvenile filly heading for the Santa Anita Oaks and Kentucky Oaks

Superstar filly Songbird (Medaglia D'Oro) remained unbeaten Saturday at Santa Anita as she cruised under a statuesque Mike Smith to a 3 ¾ length win in the Grade Three Santa Ysabel Stakes. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., the three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro covered a mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.02 and, according to Hollendorfer, now has her sights set on the Grade One Santa Anita Oaks on April 9.

Shagaf enters KY Derby picture with G3 Gotham victory

Filed on 7 Mar 2016 @ 08:21

Aqueduct, 6 March 2016

Wood Memorial the next step for son of Bernardini

Shadwell Stable's highly regarded homebred Shagaf (Bernardini) lived up to his lofty expectations to take the 64th running of the Grade Three Gotham by 1 ¼ lengths Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, earning 50 points to virtually lock down a spot in the Kentucky Derby on May 7.

Tryster claims Group One honours in the Jebel Hatta

Filed on 7 Mar 2016 @ 08:15

Dubai, 5 March 2016

Postponed lands Group Two for Varian

The Group One Jebel Hatta over 1800m at Meydan on Saturday, a stepping stone to the Dubai Turf, was won in style by Godolphin’s Tryster (Shamardal).

Lope De Vega's Very Special wins the G2 Balanchine

Filed on 4 Mar 2016 @ 09:08

Dubai, 3 March 2016

Godolphin’s speedy filly, Very Special (Lope De Vega) completed the Cape Verdi-Balanchine double at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday evening and looks set to chart a course for the Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup night.

Solow makes winning return to action

Filed on 3 Mar 2016 @ 16:16

The Freddy Head-trained Solow (Singspiel) made a winning return to action in the Prix Montjeu at Chantilly on Thursday, a race he won last year before winning the Group One Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup night.

Foundation and Midterm head 136 remaining in the Derby

Filed on 3 Mar 2016 @ 16:11

Royal Lodge winner Foundation and Newbury maiden winner Midterm - a son of multiple Group One winner Midday - head 136 horses going forward for the Investec Derby, run at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 4, after the March 1 scratchings deadline, which was the first stage since the initial yearling entry in December, 2014.

British government to replace the Levy by April 2017

Filed on 3 Mar 2016 @ 16:07

Culture secretary John Whittingdale has announced that the government plans to replace the current betting Levy system by April 2017.

The current system raises funding for the sport from bookmakers - but offshore online betting is exempt and costs the sport tens of millions of pounds.

Air Force Blue heads 65 entries in the 2000 Guineas

Filed on 2 Mar 2016 @ 15:25

Appleby pleased with Emotionless after return from injury

The Group One QIPCO 2000 Guineas has been Europe’s top-rated Classic over the past three years and looks primed for another excellent renewal at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket on Saturday, 30th April judged by the calibre of the 65 initial entries it received before Tuesday’s (1st March) deadline.

American raider Dothraki Queen amongst 63 fillies in the 1000 Guineas

Filed on 2 Mar 2016 @ 15:19

Grade Two Pocahontas winner set to represent McPeek

The Group One QIPCO 1000 Guineas which has its 203rd running at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Sunday, 1st May looks set to be graced by its first ever American-trained contender in the shape of Dothraki Queen (Pure Prize).

Frankel colt among 140 catalogued for Tattersalls Craven Sale

Filed on 2 Mar 2016 @ 15:12

The catalogue for the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up, which takes place Monday 11 April – Wednesday 13 April, has been published, with 140 high-class two year olds entered for the sale which has produced an impressive 56 Group and Listed performers since 2013 including dual Australian Group 1 winner Contributer.

Irish entries dominate in the Champion Bumper

Filed on 2 Mar 2016 @ 15:09

The final pieces of The Festival jigsaw fall into place today with the unveiling of the entries for the four remaining races at the meeting - the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, the new Trull House Stud Mares' Novices Hurdle and the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase.

Festival handicap weights revealed

Filed on 2 Mar 2016 @ 15:08

Weights are unveiled today for the 10 handicaps at The Cheltenham Festival, which runs from Tuesday, March 15 to Friday, March 18, inclusive.

The top weights are as follows:

Race (maximum number of runners) Horse (Rating) Age/Wgt Trainer

Gordon Elliot reveals his Festival team

Filed on 2 Mar 2016 @ 14:55

Gordon Elliott, the main challenger in Ireland to Willie Mullins' dominance, is building up his stable's strength.
In a media stable visit, organised by Cheltenham Racecourse, the ambitious trainer outlined his strong team for The Festival later this month.

Willie Mullins: my Cheltenham team

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 17:36

Vautour "should easily stay" Gold Cup trip

Ireland's champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins gave updates on many of his leading contenders for next month's Cheltenham Festival at a media visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse on Monday.

Designs On Rome back to winning ways at Sha Tin

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:33

Hong Kong, 28 February 2016

He had his doubters, plenty of them, but when push came to shove Designs On Rome (Holy Roman Emperor) rewarded the faithful with a combative second victory in the Group One Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Mohaymen continues ascent in the Fountain of Youth

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:26

Gulfstream Park, 27 February 2016

Clash with Nyquist in the Florida Derby on the cards

Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen (Tapit) continued his impressive march toward the Triple Crown late Saturday afternoon, keeping his perfect record intact by defeating previously unbeaten Zulu and Awesome Banner in the Grade Two Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.

100th stakes winner for Dubawi

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:21

Darley sire Dubawi registered his 100th career stakes winner on Saturday when his son The Blue Eye won the Listed HH The Emir's Trophy in Qatar. The four-year-old colt was winning his eighth career race, form only 14 starts, storming down the outside to a very impressive victory in the local G1 contest. The was the third victory in the race for progeny of Dubawi after Dubday’s victories the previous two seasons.

Winx lands a stakes seven-timer in the G1 Chipping Norton

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:18

Australia, 27 February 2016

Cox Plate winner adds another Group One

Horse of the Year favourite Winx (Street Cry) added another feature to her outstanding record on Saturday when she steamed away to win the Group One Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

Unbeaten Extreme Choice sprints clear in the Blue Diamond

Filed on 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:15

Australia, 27 February 2016

Quinella for Mick Price in Caulfield Group One; Golden Slipper the next target

Mick Price’s unbeaten colt Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt) was simply electrifying in the Group One MRC Blue Diamond Stakes for two-year-olds at Caulfield on Saturday. Sent out the race favourite, the colt jumped well and travelled just off the pace under the guidance of Craig Newitt, looming large around the turn before sprinting away in the straight.