Snitzel colts top the $1m mark at Magic Millions

Filed on 7 Jan 2016 @ 16:31

Australia, 7 January 2016

A pair of colts by Snitzel starred as they sold for over a million dollars as the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale continued its impressive opening with another spirited session on Thursday.

Un De Sceaux could run in the Clarence House

Filed on 7 Jan 2016 @ 08:50

Mullins keen to get further experience into two mile chaser

Willie Mullins is considering running Champion Chase favourite Un De Sceaux in the Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot on January 23.

Cirrus Des Aigles to race on at 10

Filed on 6 Jan 2016 @ 16:45

Multiple Group One winner Cirrus Des Aigles will race on as a ten year old this according to trainer Corine Barande-Barbe. The son of Even Top won the Group One Prix Ganay last May, and has run well in Group One company since.

Exceed And Excel colt tops MM Gold Coast opener

Filed on 6 Jan 2016 @ 16:42

Australia, 6 January 2016

Average rises 11% as clearance rate matches 80% seen last year

A colt by Exceed and Excel was the star on Day One of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale selling for $800,000 on a day when figures rose across the board.

Shaneshill extends his unbeaten record over fences

Filed on 4 Jan 2016 @ 08:26

The Willie Mullins-trained Shaneshill made it two from two over fences when winning the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Novice Chase at Naas on Sunday. Despite making an error at the second last, the seven year old winged the final fence under Ruby Walsh to beat Sizing Codelco by four and a half lengths, and saw his odds for the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham cut to 5-1.

Yorkhill strikes at Sandown for Mullins

Filed on 3 Jan 2016 @ 11:44

Neptune the probable Cheltenham target for Wylie-owned runner

Willie Mullins made a successful raid at Sandown on Saturday when Yorkhill won the day's feature, the Grade One 32Red Tolworth Hurdle.

ITV wins racing television rights from Channel 4

Filed on 3 Jan 2016 @ 11:41

ITV has signed a four-year deal to become the exclusive terrestrial broadcast partner for British racing from 2017, replacing Channel 4, who have broadcast the sport since 1985.

ITV will begin broadcasting from Cheltenham's New Year's Day fixture on January 1 2017. Channel 4's last broadcast will be the Betfred Challow Hurdle meeting at Newbury on December 31 this year.

AP McCoy awarded a knighthood

Filed on 31 Dec 2015 @ 09:51

The recently retired perennial champion jumps jockey AP McCoy has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year's Honours List, and will henceforth be known as Sir Anthony.

McCoy called the award, which was awarded for services to horseracing, an "unbelievable privilege and honour".

Joseph O'Brien confirms plan to seek training licence

Filed on 30 Dec 2015 @ 10:01

Joseph O'Brien is to reduce his riding commitments and will seek a trainer's licence in the spring.

The son of Aidan O'Brien has been saddling runners in point to points this season, but does not yet have a full licence, for which he will need to complete the trainers' course.

Barters Hill gives Pauling Grade One success at Newbury

Filed on 30 Dec 2015 @ 09:58

Albert Bartlett the aim after Challow victory

Trainer Ben Pauling recorded the first Grade One success of his career when his Aintree Bumper winner Barters Hill won the Betfred 'Goals Galore' Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury on Tuesday.

Nicholls Canyon rallies to win the Ryanair Hurdle

Filed on 30 Dec 2015 @ 09:54

The Willie Mullins-trained Nichols Canyon came out on top in a thrilling duel with Identity Thief to win the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown on Tuesday. The five-year-old jumped poorly two out and handed the advantage to Identity Thief, but kept the leader within range before wrestling back the lead to win by two lengths.

No More Heroes impresses at Leopardstown

Filed on 30 Dec 2015 @ 09:51

The Gordon Elliot-trained No More Heroes added to his recent victory in the John Durkan Chase when running out an impressive winner of the Grade One Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Tuesday, jumping well throughout and forging nine lengths clear of Rule The World.

Sprinter Sacre gets the better of Sire De Grugy at Kempton

Filed on 28 Dec 2015 @ 11:03

Former Champion Chaser Sprinter Sacre extended his winning return to action when getting the better of recent Tingle Creek winner and fellow former Cheltenham Champion Sire De Grugy to win the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on Sunday.

Ar Mad continues progression with defeat of Vaniteux

Filed on 28 Dec 2015 @ 10:56

Moore considering the Arkle after Wayward Lad victory

The Gary Moore-trained Ar Mad added to his recent win in the Henry VIII Chase at Sandown when producing at gutsy display to win the Novices' Chase at Kempton on Sunday, outbattling the hot favourite Vaniteux.

Flemenstar wins at Leopardstown as Un De Sceaux falls

Filed on 28 Dec 2015 @ 10:52

The Anthony Curran-trained Flemenstar registered his first win in over two years when landing the Paddy Power So Quick, So Easy iPhone App Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday, taking advantage of a fall at the second last from the frontrunning Un De Sceaux, the winner of last season's Arkle Trophy and current ante-post favourite for the Champion Chase.

Cue Card denies Vautour in King George thriller

Filed on 27 Dec 2015 @ 10:00

Tizzard could head straight to the Gold Cup with his stable star

The revitalised Cue Card continued his dominance of staying chases this season when denying the front-running Vautour with a last-stride lunge to win the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Saturdy.

Faugheen storms to victory in the Christmas Hurdle

Filed on 27 Dec 2015 @ 09:56

The reigning Champion Hurdler Faugheen put a last time out defeat by Nichols Canyon behind him when storming to a second successive victory in the Grade One Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday, under a front-running ride from Ruby Walsh.

Lizzie Kelly makes history on Tea For Two

Filed on 27 Dec 2015 @ 09:51

Feltham Chase win the first Grade One over jumps for a woman rider

Lizzie Kelly rode Tea For Two to a dominant victory in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton on Saturday, and in doing so became the first woman to ride a Grade One winner over jumps in Britain.

Godolphin and Darley to merge; John Ferguson takes CEO role

Filed on 23 Dec 2015 @ 08:04

Ferguson to hand in training licence to concentrate on new role

Sheikh Mohammed's racing operation Godolphin and breeding operation Darley are to merge into one seamless operation under Godolphin in the New Year.

Vroum Vroum Mag extends winning streak

Filed on 23 Dec 2015 @ 08:00

Win over hurdles at Clonmel widens options for Mullins-trained mare

The Willie Mullins-trained Vroum Vroum Mag was an impressive winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Hurdle at Clonmel on Tuesday, taking the heavy ground in her stride as she recorded a three length victory in overwhelming style.

Coneygree sidelined for season; connections hopeful of full recovery

Filed on 23 Dec 2015 @ 07:55

It has been confirmed that Coneygree will not defend his Cheltenham Gold Cup crown in March. The eight year old will not run again this season after suffering a hock injury for which he is receiving treatment in the Newmarket Equine Hospital. Connections are, however, hopeful that he will be able to put that behind him and return in his best form next season.

Upswing heads 33 in the Welsh National

Filed on 23 Dec 2015 @ 07:53

Williams and Lee upbeat over previous winners Emperor's Choice and Mountainous

Emperor's Choice (11st 1lb) and Mountainous (10st 6lb) are likely to attempt to become only the third dual winner of the Coral Welsh National in the 2015 renewal of the famous handicap chase at Chepstow on Sunday, December 27.

Racing writer Alan Lee dies at 61

Filed on 21 Dec 2015 @ 10:31

Alan Lee, the racing correspondent of The Times, has died at the age of 61. Lee was highly regarded as a writer on racing, and had achieved equal eminence as the paper's cricket correspondent, a post he held until switching to the racing beat in 1999.

Thistlecrack impressive in the Long Walk

Filed on 21 Dec 2015 @ 10:25

Tizzard's charge cut to 3-1 for the World Hurdle

The Colin Tizzard-trained Thistlecrack ran out an impressive winner of the Grade One JLT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, beating three-time winner of the race Reve De Sivola by eight lengths. Deputy Dan was third, and Saphir Du Rheu was a disappointment, never getting into the race, following a hard race in the Hennessy Gold Cup.

Cole Harden set to run at Cheltenham on New Year's Day

Filed on 18 Dec 2015 @ 09:48

Trainer Warren Greatrex is planning to run last season's Ladbrokes World Hurdle winner Cole Harden in the Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year's Day prior to a return to The Festival in March.