Toby Balding - simply in love with life

Filed on 3 Oct 2014 @ 08:29

Toby Balding was a lovely man - charming, mischievous, mildly indiscreet and simply in love with life. It goes without saying that he was outright godsend to the press, mixing plain home truths with witty asides, bits and pieces of gossip and sudden bursts of laughter.

A brief history of the Grand National

Filed on 1 Oct 2014 @ 07:22

A Brief History of The Grand National

It may be seven months away but tickets for the Grand National are already on sale and you'd be hard pushed to find another race with such universal appeal. The flagship race of the Aintree Festival has been the celebrated highlight of the UK horse racing calendar for well over a hundred and fifty years and to this day it remains as important as ever. Huge TV audiences will tune in expecting to see drama and excitement unfold and the Grand National never fails to deliver.

Bolger's Galileo colt sells for €1.5m at strong Goffs Orby opener

Filed on 1 Oct 2014 @ 07:12

Average rises 22% as Magnier swoops for top lot

The Goffs Orby Sale goy off to a strong start on Monday with Redmondstown Stud’s Galileo own brother to Group 1 performers Cuis Ghaire and Scintillula (Lot 19) topping proceedings when being knocked down at €1,500,000 to MV Magnier – purchaser of leading Classic contender Ol’ Man River at this sale last year.

20 left in the Arc at forfeit stage

Filed on 1 Oct 2014 @ 07:07

Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe sees a field of 20 potential runners remain after Monday's first forfeit stage.

The ante-post favourite Taghrooda heads the possibles, with the King George winner joined by other leading fancies Ectot, Japanese raider Harp Star and last year's winner Treve.

Sea The Moon to stand at Lanwades

Filed on 30 Sep 2014 @ 07:27

This season's runaway Deutsches Derby winner Sea The Moon (Sea The Stars) is to stand at Lanwades Stud near Newmarket from next season at a fee of £15,000.

The Markus Klug-trained three-year-old was unbeaten in his first four outings before finishing second to Ivanhowe in the Longines Grosser Preis von Baden. It was subsequently discovered that he had suffered a recurrence of an injury sustained during his Classic triumph, which led to his retirement before an intended run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Ol' Man River earns 10-1 Derby quotes after Beresford romp

Filed on 29 Sep 2014 @ 09:48

Connections to mull benefits of a further juvenile run for son of Montjeu

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Ol' Man River (Montjeu) built on his recent maiden success with a convincing display in the Group Two Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday that saw him earn quotes of 10-1 for next year's Derby.

Empoli wins the Preis von Europa

Filed on 29 Sep 2014 @ 09:45

The Peter Schiergen-trained Empoli (Halling) flew home late n to win the 52nd Preis von Europa at Cologne on Sunday, beating Earl of Tinsdal by half a length.

Tiggy Wiggy takes Group One glory in the Cheveley Park

Filed on 29 Sep 2014 @ 09:41

The Richard Hannon-trained Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac) stepped up from her win in the Lowther Stakes to run out a classy winner of the Group One Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, cutting out the running under Richard Hughes before striding two lengths clear. She then held off the late thrusts of Anthem Alexander and High Celebrity to win by three-quarters of a length.

Elm Park rewards connections with Royal Lodge win

Filed on 29 Sep 2014 @ 09:33

Supplemented son of Phoenix Reach adds Newmarket Group Two

The Andrew Balding-trained Elm Park (Phoenix Reach) won the Group Two Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes, coming with a powerful late run to beat Nafaqa by a length, with the pacesetting Salateen weakening into third.

Lucida bursts clear in the Rockfel

Filed on 29 Sep 2014 @ 09:25

The Jim Bolger-trained Lucida (Shamardal) came with a late burst to win the Group Two Shadwell Rockfel Stakes under Kevin Manning at Newmarket on Saturday, finding her stride on the rising ground to win going away by a length.

Strong rises in average and median at Tattersalls Ireland yearling sale

Filed on 25 Sep 2014 @ 09:09

Yearlings by Kodiac and Mastercraftsman share top billing

Strong trade continued at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale on Wednesday's second session. The two day aggregate of €7,427,000 was up 8% on 2013 and the average of €18,708 and median of €14,653 were up 28% and 25% respectively despite 123 less lots catalogued in 2014.

Grandeur could head for the Canadian International after Goodwood Listed win

Filed on 24 Sep 2014 @ 17:50

The Jeremy Noseda-trained Grandeur could head to the Grade One Canadian International at Woodbine after outclassing his rivals to win the Listed RH Hall Foundation Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday.

Benoist elects for Ectot over Avenir Certain in the Arc

Filed on 24 Sep 2014 @ 17:42

Jockey Gregory Benoist has elected to ride Prix Niel winner Ectot in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe a week on Sunday in preference to French Guineas and Oaks winner Avenir Certain.

Christophe Lemaire will partner the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Avenir Certain. When confirming the Le Havre filly for the Arc, Rouget had expressed his uncertainty over her stamina over a mile and a half, stating he "was not certain she is a 2400m filly."

Taghrooda sparkles in Arc prep gallop

Filed on 24 Sep 2014 @ 09:31

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Taghrooda (Sea The Stars) continued her preparations for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe a week on Sunday with a sparkling workout over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket on Wednesday.

Twirling Candy colt tops strong Tattersalls Ireland opener

Filed on 24 Sep 2014 @ 09:26

Yearling Sale opens with 41% rise in average and 89% clearance rate

The Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale began its three day run on Tuesday with busy trade producing a very strong set of returns and the best results for the opening day of the sale since 2007, the last time the sale was staged over three days.

Appleby saddles six Monday juvenile winners

Filed on 23 Sep 2014 @ 07:05

Charlie Appleby produced six winners for Godolphin on Monday, with five successes at Kempton Park and one at Leicester.

He equalled Godolphin's British record of winners in a day, achieved twice in 2009, with six victories on both August 14 and November 14, sent out by fellow Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Kingman retired from racing

Filed on 22 Sep 2014 @ 17:19

Champion miler to stand at Banstead Manor Stud from 2015

The brilliant miler Kingman (Invincible Spirit), who has registered a Group One four-timer this season with victories in the Irish 2000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Prix Jacques le Marois - with his sole career defeat coming when second in the 2000 Guineas - has been retired from racing after failing to recover from a throat infection in time to contest the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes next month.

Toronado to stand at the National Stud

Filed on 22 Sep 2014 @ 17:02

Last season's Sussex Stakes and this season's Queen Anne Stakes winner winner Toronado (High Chaparral) is to begin his stud career next season at the National Stud in Newmarket. The four-year-year-old was purchased by Sheikh Joaan al Thani, and could have his swansong in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot next month.

Keeneland September Sale concludes on a par with last year

Filed on 22 Sep 2014 @ 07:55

Keeneland, 22 September 2014

Minor drops in aggregate and average as market absorbs last year's major gains

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale concluded its two week run on Sunday with results nearly equal to 2013, continuing a healthy trend toward market stability and confidence in the Thoroughbred industry.

Unbeaten Brooch wins Gowran Group Three

Filed on 22 Sep 2014 @ 07:51

Weld harbouring Group One hopes for Empire Maker filly

The Dermot Weld-trained Brooch (Empire Maker) is unbeaten in three starts after winning the Group Three Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes at Gowran Park on Sunday, seeing off the Ralph Beckett-trained Regardez by half a length to give jockey Pat Smullen his 100th winner of the season.

Bayern wins the Pennsylvania Derby as California Chrome unplaced

Filed on 21 Sep 2014 @ 08:28

Parx Racing, 21 September 2014

Haskell winner sets new track record

Rebounding from a last-place finish in the Travers Stakes, Kaleem Shah’s Bayern (Offlee Wild) once again displayed his formidable front-runner prowess as he vanquished Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome and a standout field Saturday to win the Grade Two Pennsylvania Derby for three-year-olds at Parx Racing.

Louis The Pious wins the Ayr Gold Cup

Filed on 20 Sep 2014 @ 19:26

Louis The Pious won the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday, quickening two and three quarter lengths clear on the stands rail to give jockey James Doyle a big race double after Huntsmans Close had won the Silver Cup.

Toocoolforschool pulls seven lengths clear in the Mill Reef

Filed on 20 Sep 2014 @ 19:20

Hillstar could head to the Canadian International after Legacy Cup win

The Karl Burke-trained Toocoolforschool (Showcasing) made all the running to win the Group Two Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, pulling seven lengths clear under Silvestre de Sousa to beat Growl by seven lengths.

Free Port Lux back to winning ways in Longchamp Group Three

Filed on 20 Sep 2014 @ 18:56

Prix Dollar or Arc possible for Oasis Dream colt after Prix du Prince d'Orange win

This season's Prix Hocquart winner Free Port Lux (Oasis Dream) returned to winning ways when landing the Group Three Prix du Prince d'Orange at Longchamp on Saturday.

Dark reckoning gives Equiano his first stakes winner

Filed on 20 Sep 2014 @ 18:54

The Ann Duffield-trained Dark Reckoning (Equiano) gave his freshman sire his first stakes winner when staying on to win the Group Three Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr on Saturday.