Classy Minding heads O'Brien 1-2-3 in the 1000 Guineas

Filed on 1 May 2016 @ 15:29

Galileo filly gives O'Brien his 250th Group One winner

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Minding (Galileo) returned to the scene of her Fillies' Mile triumph last autumn to win the Group One Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday, surging clear for a stylish win over her stablemates Ballydoyle and Alice Springs.

Shamardal's Usherette steps up with Dahlia Stakes win

Filed on 1 May 2016 @ 15:17

The Andre Fabre-trained Usherette (Shamardal) took a significant step forward when outgunning Arabian Queen to win the Group Two Charm Spirit At Tweenhills In 2017 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday.

Maurice dominates the Champions Mile

Filed on 1 May 2016 @ 15:14

Hong Kong, 1 May 2016

Maurice (Screen Hero) crowned a day of champions at Sha Tin on Sunday with a victory of superlative quality that raised an already electric atmosphere to a sizzling peak. Hot on the heels of Chautauqua’s withering late surge to win the Chairman’s Sprint Prize, Japan’s Horse of the Year put on a masterclass in the HK$14 million Champions Mile.

Royal Ascot likely for Chautauqua after storming to Hong Kong victory

Filed on 1 May 2016 @ 15:07

Hong Kong, 1 May 2016

Son of Encosta de Lago wins the Chairman's Sprint Prize

The world’s top-rated sprinter Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago) confirmed that ranking with a barnstorming last to first finish in Saturday's Group One Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m).

Paco Boy's Galileo Gold makes all in the 2000 Guineas

Filed on 30 Apr 2016 @ 15:40

Air Force Blue well beaten as odds-on favourite

The Hugo Palmer-trained Galileo Gold (Paco Boy), the winner of last season's Vintage Stakes, made all under Frankie Dettori to run out an emphatic winner of the Group One Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday. The odds-on favourite Air Force Blue never got into the race and finished well down the field.

Exosphere impresses in the Jockey Club Stakes as Jack Hobbs pulled up

Filed on 30 Apr 2016 @ 15:35

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Exosphere (Beat Hollow), whose previous best performance came when winning a 10f handicap at Sandown last summer, ran out an impressive winner of the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday as the odds-on favourite Jack Hobbs was pulled up and dismounted.

Profitable steps up with Palace House victory

Filed on 30 Apr 2016 @ 15:32

The Clive Cox-trained Profitable (Invincible Spirit) started his four-year-old season in the best possible fashion when winning the Group Three Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, where he burst clear under Adam Kirby to beat Jungle Cat and Waady.

Le Havre colt tops the Guineas Breeze Up Sale at 300,000 gns

Filed on 30 Apr 2016 @ 15:22

The Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale on Friday saw a total of eight lots break the 100,000 guineas barrier, a record at this sale since its inception ten years ago. The trade for the ‘breeze up’ section of the sale saw a total of 114 lots sell for 3,658,300 guineas, at an average of 32,090 guineas and a median of 20,000 guineas.

Vroum Vroum Mag lands the Punchestown Champion Hurdle

Filed on 30 Apr 2016 @ 15:19

Vroum Vroum Mag (4/6 Fav) stepped in for her absent stablemate Annie Power in style in the Betdaq Champion Hurdle at Punchestown on Friday to take the Grade One event by a cosy length and a quarter from Identity Thief with My Tent Or Yours a further three and half lengths back in third.

Douvan imperious at Punchestown

Filed on 29 Apr 2016 @ 09:27

The brilliant Douvan put in a superb display to justify 2/9 favouritism when winning Thursday's Grade One Ryanair Novice Chase easily by 11 lengths under Ruby Walsh. The six-year-old was completing a rare Cheltenham/Aintree/Punchestown three-timer and trainer Willie Mullins is already looking forward to next season.

Layman's Marypop wins the Prix Allez France

Filed on 29 Apr 2016 @ 09:22

The Group Three Prix Allez France at Chantilly on Thursday was won by the Pia Brandt-trained Marypop (Layman), who stepped up from her victory in the Listed Prix Zarkava last time to register her maiden group victory, staying on strongly to see off the running-on Nymeria.

Carlingford Lough wins the Punchestown Gold Cup as Cue Card fourth

Filed on 28 Apr 2016 @ 08:36

John Kiely celebrated the biggest win of his long training career when Carliingford Lough finished with a wet sail to take the Grade One Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup under Barry Geraghty at 12/1.

Gifted Master impresses in the G3 Pavilion Stakes

Filed on 28 Apr 2016 @ 08:32

The Hugo Palmer-trained Gifted Master (Kodiac) registered a five-timer, and a second Group Three win, when making all to run out an impressive winner of the Group Three Merriebelle Stable Pavilion Stakes at Ascot on Wednesday.

Mizzou doubles up in the Sagaro Stakes

Filed on 28 Apr 2016 @ 08:30

The Luca Cumani-trained Mizzou (Galileo) took Ascot’s Group Three Sagarao Stakes for a second consecutive year on Wedesday when holding off Clever Cookie to take a competitive renewal of the two mile heat.

God's Own on top at Punchestown

Filed on 27 Apr 2016 @ 09:50

On an afternoon when Willie Mullins' two hotpots Vautour and Yorkhill both got beaten, the Tom George-trained God's Own travelled over from Britain to claim the feature Grade One BoyleSports Champion Chase on the opening day of the 2016 Punchestown Festival.

Showcasing's Conselice wins the Italian 1,000 Guineas

Filed on 25 Apr 2016 @ 08:02

Showcasing achieved yet another landmark in his burgeoning stud career when Conselice (Showcasing) provided his first classic winner in the Group Three Premio Regina Elena - Italian 1000 Guineas at Rome on Sunday.

Poeta Diletto gives Poet's Voice an Italian Classic winner

Filed on 25 Apr 2016 @ 07:59

Poeta Diletto (Poet's Voice), from the first crop of Poet’s Voice, became his sire's first Classic winner on Sunday 24 April when landing the one mile Group Three Premio Parioli (Italian 2,000 Guineas) in Rome. A high-class Group Three-winning juvenile when narrowly beating his paternal half-brother Voice Of Love, he has now won three of his five career starts.

Werther powers clear in the QEII

Filed on 25 Apr 2016 @ 07:55

Hong Kong, 24 April 2016

Werther (Tavistock) trounced what had been billed as the best field ever assembled for the Group One Audemars Piguet QEII Cup with a performance at Sha Tin on Sunday that left winning trainer John Moore and jockey Hugh Bowman elated yet surprised at the manner of victory.

Kodiac colts tops Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale

Filed on 21 Apr 2016 @ 07:54

Mixed trade at Doncaster as average declines by 14%

Two-year-olds by the in form sire Kodiac were in demand at the Goffs UK Breeze Up Sale on Wednesday as the Tally-Ho Stud stallion produced the top two lots of the day.

Dubawi's Raseed sweeps clear in the Prix Noailles

Filed on 21 Apr 2016 @ 07:42

Classic trial wins for Dicton and Qemah at Chantilly

Dubawi’s three-year-old son Raseed (Dubawi) became another Classic contender for his sire when recording his third career win and first at Black type level, taking the Group Three Prix Noailles at Chantilly in eye-catching fashion on Wednesday.

So Mi Dar beats the colts in the Epsom Derby Trial

Filed on 21 Apr 2016 @ 07:36

Musidora and Oaks the plan for Dubawi filly

The John Gosden-trained So Mi Dar (Dubawi) put the colts in their place when, as the only filly in the £50,000 Investec Derby Trial at Epsom on Wednesday, she won despite Frankie Dettori dropping his whip.

Strong overseas entry for Royal Ascot

Filed on 21 Apr 2016 @ 07:33

Tepin and Chautauqua among Group One entries

The eight Group Ones at Royal Ascot this year have attracted 394 entries, including 164 overseas entries, including a record 35 from outside Europe (previous highest 27 in 2011). There is representation from Ireland (81), France (44), the USA (18 - the highest ever level - previous highest 13 in 2011), Australia (9), Germany (4), Hong Kong (4), Japan (2) and Singapore (2), plus 230 British-trained entries.

Listed win for Pride's son One Foot In Heaven

Filed on 20 Apr 2016 @ 08:19

One Foot In Heaven (Fastnet Rock), a son of Fastnet Rock out of the great mare Pride, registered a maiden stakes win at Maisons-Laffitte on Tuesday.

Trained, like his dam, by Alain de Royer-Dupre, the four-year-old took the Listed Prix Lord Seymour under Christophe Soumillon.

Zarkava's son Zarak heads to the Poulains after Maisons-Laffitte win

Filed on 20 Apr 2016 @ 08:14

The Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained Zarak (Dubawi), the first runner out of the great Zarkava, made a winning return to action at Maisons-Laffitte on Monday, seeing off George Patton to win the one mile conditions heat.

Alistair Little exhibition

Filed on 20 Apr 2016 @ 08:01

Alistair Little's strong draughtmanship skills led him towards painting and since 2005 he has been represented at the Pall Mall gallery Panter & Hall. There have been several solo shows and his work has also been admired at international art fairs.