Son of Attraction lands Curragh Group Three

Filed on 28 Jun 2014 @ 16:25

Fountain Of Youth shows his form over six furlongs

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Fountain Of Youth (Oasis Dream) won the Group Three Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday as the 14-1 outsider of the six-runner field.

Gregorian eases clear in the Criterion Stakes

Filed on 28 Jun 2014 @ 16:22

The John Gosden-trained Gregorian eased clear to win the Group Three bet365 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday with plenty to spare, giving William Buick a treble on the day after earlier successes on Zephuros and Calypso Beat.

Danzeno takes Chipchase honours

Filed on 28 Jun 2014 @ 16:16

The Michael Appleby-trained Danzeno (Denounce) won the Group Three Betfred TV Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle on Saturday.

He was just ninth in a York handicap last time, having won two of his previous three starts, but losing his chance in the stalls on the Knavesmire. He is a half brother to the six-time winner Demora and becomes the first stakes winner - and one of just two winners, from 12 career runners, for his sire Denounce.

First stakes winner for Siyouni

Filed on 28 Jun 2014 @ 15:10

The Fabrice Chappet-trained Mocklershill won the Listed Prix Yacowlef at Deauville on Thursday, giving his sire Siyouni his first stakes winner in a productive week in which he has had four winners.

Australia heads seven in the Irish Derby

Filed on 27 Jun 2014 @ 09:52

7 horses will line up in the Group One Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday, with Epsom Derby hero Australia and runner-up Kingston Hill dominating proceedings.

Apart from Australia, trainer Aidan O’Brien has Geoffrey Chaucer, Kingfisher and Orchestra in the race which will be off at 5.30pm. Fascinating Rock will represent Dermot Weld who has won the race previously with Zagreb and Grey Swallow and Ponfeigh will represent another local Curragh based trainer in John Oxx, who has won the race twice in the past with Sinndar (2000) and Alamshar (2003).

BHA announces zero-tolerance steroid policy

Filed on 27 Jun 2014 @ 09:47

All horse liable to be tested at any time

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has published British Racing’s enhanced, zero-tolerance policy towards the use of anabolic steroids.

The essential elements of the policy are:

Son of Yeats tops record Derby Sale

Filed on 27 Jun 2014 @ 09:41

Turnover rises 29% as clearance rate hits 89%

The two day Derby Sale of NH store horses at Tattersalls Ireland concluded on Thursday with a remarkable set of statistics. The turnover of €14,282,000 was the third-best ever for the sale, and an increase of 29% on 2013, while the average price of €43,279 is the second-best and up by 18% on last year. This year’s median price of €32,500 is a record.

Simon Crisford to join the training ranks

Filed on 25 Jun 2014 @ 07:08

Former Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford is to set up as a trainer, subject to approval from the British Horseracing Authority.

Crisford was racing manager for Godolphin, but left that position in the wake of the Al Zarooni doping scandal to take up the role of global racing advisor to the Maktoum family, a role he intends to continue.

Sussex Stakes the target for Kingman

Filed on 25 Jun 2014 @ 07:05

St James's Palace Stakes winner Kingman has the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 30 as his likely next target, where he will take on his elders for the first time.

"We would certainly look at the Sussex and that would be his next possible race he could go for," Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdulla, told At The Races.

Breeders' Cup to be run at Keeneland for the first time

Filed on 25 Jun 2014 @ 07:02

The Breeders’ Cup has announced that Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Kentucky, will host the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the first time in 2015. Keeneland, is one of the most iconic tracks in America and will host the event on October 30th and 31st, 2015.

A perfect Royal Ascot - and Channel 4 played its part

Filed on 24 Jun 2014 @ 08:38

It was, by general agreement, a quite magnificent Royal Ascot. It helps when the sun shines and the ‘headline’ horses make the punter v bookmaker battle look more of a contest. Ryan Moore for Willie Mullins was surely the most eye-catching booking of the five days, and rounded things off in style on Pique Sous. Moore, who rode twice as many winners as anyone else, can now be compared to Piggott, Cauthen and Breasley in the world-class stakes.

Record setting 5m gns Galileo yearling wins on debut

Filed on 23 Jun 2014 @ 11:24

The Andre Fabre-trained Al Naamah (Galileo) made a winning debut at Chantilly on Monday, winning the Prix de Pontpoint under Maxime Guyon when going easily clear of Kenouska to win by two lengths. There were five lengths back to Etoile Esina in third. The juvenile filly made headlines last October when selling for a record 5m gns at Tattersalls October Sale.

In the aftermath of the win, owners Al Shaqab Racing tweeted: "Winner!! Al Naamah is so impressive on her debut at Chantilly this afternoon! Andre has a very big smile on his face!"

Purhcased by Al Shaqab Racing, the daughter of Galileo is out of Alluring Park, the dam of Oaks winner Was.

Slade Power gives Lynam Group One sprint double

Filed on 22 Jun 2014 @ 10:12

Group One win for Dutch Art in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes

An unforgettable week for trainer Eddie Lynnam was crowned when Slade Power saw off some formidable opposition to win the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes. The five-year-old, who was sent off 7/2 favourite, was following stablemate Sole Power, winner of the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday. Lynam also saddled Anthem Alexander to win the Queen Mary Stakes on Wednesday.

Telescope surges seven lengths clear in the Hardwicke

Filed on 22 Jun 2014 @ 10:07

Galileo colt could bid to emulate Harbinger in the King George

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Telescope (Galileo) produced a scintillating performance to land the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes by seven lengths at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

Arc aim for Arab Spring after Duke of Edinburgh success

Filed on 22 Jun 2014 @ 10:02

Pattern races beckon for progressive son of Monsun

Connections feel that the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Arab Spring (Monsun) could have a big future after justifying 11/4 favouritism to comfortably land the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap in the colours of his breeders, Ballymacoll Stud at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

Richard Pankhurst wins the Chesham for Raven's Pass

Filed on 22 Jun 2014 @ 09:57

Sixth stakes winner for third crop sire

The Jphn Gosden-trained Richard Pankhurst (Raven's Pass) stayed on strongly to run out the impressive three and three quarter length winner of the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday. The 10/1 shot was always travelling strongly under William Buick and stormed to the lead a furlong from home to give the jockey his third winner of the week.

Hartnell survives scare to lift the Queen's Vase

Filed on 20 Jun 2014 @ 17:45

St Leger the likely target for son of Authorized

Hartnell (Authorized) survived a lengthy stewards' enquiry to give trainer Mark Johnston his seventh winner of the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot on Friday. The 7/2 shot drifted violently left inside the final furlong under jockey Joe Fanning and gave the runner-up, Century, a bump just before the pair crossed the line with the son of Authorized a neck up.

Rizeena takes Coronation Stakes glory

Filed on 20 Jun 2014 @ 15:34

Iffraaj filly could head to the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

The Clive Brittain-trained Rizeena (Iffraaj) won the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday, putting a below-par run in the 1000 Guineas behind her to romp clear under Ryan Moore, seeing off the late flourish of French raider Lesstalk In Paris by three quarters of a length. Euro Charlene ran a fine race in third, with My Titania in fourth after pulling in the early stages, which were run at a muddling pace.

Eagle Top outclasses King Edward VII Stakes rivals

Filed on 20 Jun 2014 @ 14:57

Arc a possible target for son of Pivotal with striking turn of foot

The Group Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday saw the Aidan O'Brien-trained Gallinule winner Adelaide sent off the well-backed favourite, but he was put in his place by the John Gosden-trained Eagle Top (Pivotal), who showed a blistering turn of foot to quicken past his rivals, with jockey William Buick taking a pull a furlong out to avoid taking the lead too soon. The son of Pivotal soon assumed command and romped clear to beat Adelaide by three and a quarter lengths. Scotland ran well to take third.

Last to first for Contributer in the Wolferton Handicap

Filed on 20 Jun 2014 @ 14:19

Son of High Chaparral could return to Pattern company after second Listed triumph

The Listed Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot on Friday was won by the Ed Dunlop-trained Contributer (High Chaparral), who came with a well-timed late run from last place under George Baker, hitting the front with the well-backed favourite Bold Sniper and outbattling that rival to score by half a length.

Cursory Glance stretches clear in the Albany

Filed on 20 Jun 2014 @ 13:56

Daughter of Craig Bennett's 1.2m gns purchase wins at Royal Ascot

The Group Three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday saw the Roger Varian-trained Cursory Glance (Distorted Humor) quicken off a strong pace set by American raider Sunset Glow to stretch readily clear, passing the post two lengths clear. Sunset Glow hung on well for second, a neck ahead of York Listed winner Patience Alexander in third.

Leading Light prevails in Gold Cup thriller

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 15:33

Estimate takes second in close finish to Ascot marathon

Last year's St Leger winner Leading Light (Montjeu) won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday, but he had to fight hard to prevail as last year's winner Estimate fought all the way to the line, and the pacesetting Missunited kept up her remorseless gallop all the way to take a close third.

Bracelet scores in the Ribblesdale

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 14:55

Montjeu filly gives Ballydoyle their first winner of the week at Royal Ascot

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Bracelet (Montjeu) put a lowly finish in the 1000 Guineas behind her when stepping up up to 12f in the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday, where she came with a strong late run under Joseph O'Brien, seeing off the late challenge of Lustrous with something in hand. Criteria was third, with the favourite Vazira unplaced after a slow start saw her race in last place before making up ground in the straight, without ever troubling the principals.

Cannock Chase gets up in the Tercentenary Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 14:13

Full brother to 2011 winner lands Royal Ascot Group Three

The Group Three Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday was won by the well-backed Sir Michael Stoute-trained Cannock Chase (Lemon Drop Kid), who came from off the pace under strong driving from Ryan Moore to collar the pacesetting Barley Mow. Once in front Cannock Chase ducked to the rail, forcing Richard Hughes to snatch up on Barley Mow, which may have cost him a place as Mutakayyef and Postponed rushed to fill the places.

Baitha Alga surges clear in the Norfolk Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 13:38

The Great War well beaten as Fast Company registers first Group winner

The Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday saw the Richard Hannon-trained Woodcote Stakes winner Baitha Alga (Fast Company) pick up well off a strong pace under Frankie Dettori to surge clear, winning by a length and a half from Mind Of Madness,w ho came with an extraordinary late run from the rear under Ryan Moore. Alan Emarati was third, with the odds-on favourite The Great War unplaced and unable to land a blow.