The Factor colt on top as Craven Sale concludes with record median

Filed on 14 Apr 2016 @ 08:35

The Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up finished with a flourish on the second day with twelve lots selling for 200,000 guineas or more, taking the two-day total to 17, compared with 13 at this sale last year. Trade on the second day was headed by a colt by The Factor that made 350,000 guineas on a day that saw 41 lots sell for 5,094,000 guineas, at an average of 124,244 guineas and a median of 100,000 guineas. The two-day sale saw 78 lots sell for 8,641,500 guineas, at an average of 110,788 guineas and a median of 77,500 guineas. The average was up 8% and the median up 9% to a new record.

Ibn Malik makes all in the European Free Handicap

Filed on 14 Apr 2016 @ 08:33

Ibn Malik (Raven's Pass), a promising son of Raven’s Pass, opened his 2016 account in fine style on 13 April when leading all the way to take the seven-furlong Listed European Free Handicap on the second day of Newmarket’s Craven meeting.

Minding heads 61 in the Oaks

Filed on 14 Apr 2016 @ 08:31

The 2016 Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs Racecourse has attracted an initial entry of 61, two more than last year.

Ireland's champion Flat trainer Aidan O'Brien won the Investec Oaks for the fifth time in 2015 with Qualify and is responsible for 16 entries this year, headed by Minding, 4/1 favourite with Coral, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival.

Invincible Spirit colt tops Craven Sale opener at 360,000 gns

Filed on 13 Apr 2016 @ 07:58

Average rises 19% to 95,878 gns

The first day of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale got off to a solid start on Tuesday with six lots making over 200,000 guineas, topped by the son of Invincible Spirit out of Loch Jipp who was bought by Jamie McCalmont for 360,000 guineas. A total of 37 lots were sold realising 3,547,500 guineas at an average of 95,878 guineas and a median of 60,000 guineas.

Iffraaj filly Nathra heads to the Guineas after Nell Gwyn victory

Filed on 13 Apr 2016 @ 07:55

Second to Minding in the Fillies' Mile impresses in Guineas trial

Three-year-old filly Nathra (Iffraaj) was strongly fancied to make a successful seasonal debut in the Group Three Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on Tuesday and the daughter of Iffraaj certainly didn’t disappoint as she swept to the finish to win the seven-furlong contest in style.

Zoffany's Ventura Storm wins the Feilden

Filed on 13 Apr 2016 @ 07:52

Tercentenary Stakes the likely target for son of Zoffany

Newmarket’s Listed Feilden Stakes was won last year by subsequent Derby winner Golden Horn and there looked to be another useful winner of this year’s renewal when the Riichard Hannon-trained Ventura Storm (Zoffany-Sarawati, by Haafhd) came out in front.

Harzand shows Classic potential in the Ballysax

Filed on 11 Apr 2016 @ 08:02

Irish Derby and St Leger the likely targets for Sea The Stars colt

The Dermot Weld-trained Harzand (Sea The Stars) was an impressive winner of the Group Three P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday, running on strongly in the straight to overhaul Aidan O'Brien's Idaho, passing the post a length and a quarter clear.

Quiet Reflection wins the Prix Sigy for Showcasing

Filed on 11 Apr 2016 @ 07:58

The Karl Burke-trained Quiet Reflection (Showcasing), the winner of the Group Three Cornwallis Stakes last season, made a winning reappearance, when crossing the channel to capture the Group Three Prix Sigy for three year olds at Chantilly.

Exaggerator surges clear in the Santa Anita Derby

Filed on 10 Apr 2016 @ 10:11

Santa Anita, 10 April 2016

Exaggerator (Curlin) finally confirmed the belief trainer Keith Desormeaux had all along in his three-year-old colt. Making an impressive move on a sloppy track in taking the lead in the upper stretch, the son of Curlin won the Grade One Santa Anita Derby by 6 1/4 lengths Saturday, beating 7-5 favorite Mor Spirit in their final showdown before the Kentucky Derby next month.

Unbeaten Songbird brilliant in the Santa Anita Oaks

Filed on 10 Apr 2016 @ 10:09

Santa Anita, 10 April 2016

Sent to the front from the rail in her first-ever start on a sloppy track, undefeated Songbird (Medaglia d'Oro) responded with a brilliant gate to wire performance in winning Saturday’s Grade One Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ¾ lengths under Mike Smith. Last year’s Eclipse Champion two-year-old filly, Songbird covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.14 and is now unbeaten in seven starts for Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and Jerry Hollendorfer. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, she’ll now be pointed to the Grade One Kentucky Oaks on May 6.

Uncle Mo's Outwork battles to victory in the Wood Memorial

Filed on 10 Apr 2016 @ 10:05

Aqueduct, 10 April 2016

Outwork (Uncle Mo), Repole Stable's homebred son of Uncle Mo, cemented his place in the Kentucky Derby and convincingly negated the memory of his sire's heartbreaking loss as the 1-9 favorite in the 2011 Wood Memorial for owner, trainer and jockey with a hard-fought head victory the 92nd edition of the Grade One Wood Memorial on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Brody's Cause surges to Blue Grass success

Filed on 10 Apr 2016 @ 09:59

Keeneland, 10 April 2016

The Albaugh Family Stable’s Brody’s Cause (Giant's Causeway) surged to the front at midstretch and cruised to a 1¾-length victory over My Man Sam to win the 92nd running of the Grade One Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland on Saturday.

Rule The World wins the Grand National for Mouse Morris

Filed on 10 Apr 2016 @ 09:47

David Mullins had the ride of his life on the Mouse Morris-trained Rule The World to win the Crabbie's Grand National at his first attempt at Aintree on Saturday. Owned by Gigginstown House Stud, the Sulamani nine-year-old was a 33/1 shot.

Thistlecrack continues ascent with Liverpool Stayers' Hurdle victory

Filed on 10 Apr 2016 @ 09:37

Thistlecrack gave trainer Colin Tizzard the second half of a very special Aintree big-race double, taking the Grade One Liverpool Stayers' Hurdle two days after Cue Card won the Grade One Betfred Bowl.

Douvan wins his sixth G1 in the Maghull

Filed on 10 Apr 2016 @ 09:34

The most exciting chaser in training maintained that status with an easy victory in today's Grade One Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree. Douvan's only defeat in 11 races came on his debut over hurdles while trained in France, but he is unbeaten for Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins, and secured his fifth straight win over fences with today's success. Starting as the 2/13 favourite, he beat runner-up The Game Changer by 14 lengths but was hard held by jockey Paul Townend.

Yorkhill lands the Mersey Novices' Hurdle

Filed on 10 Apr 2016 @ 09:32

Yorkhill confirmed himself one of the season's leading novice hurdlers when landing the Grade One EZ Traders Mersey Novices' Hurdle, but he proved an awkward ride for jockey Paul Townend. He was deputising for the horse's regular rider, Ruby Walsh, who is injured.

Lucia Valentina lands the Queen Elizabeth

Filed on 9 Apr 2016 @ 12:39

Australia, 9 April 2016,/i.

Lucia Valentina (Savabeel) capped a golden day for Kris Lees when she stormed over the top of a quality field to win the $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Gallante wins the Sydney Cup as ex-Euro horses dominate

Filed on 9 Apr 2016 @ 12:35

Australia, 9 April 2016

Gallante (Montjeu), the winner of the Group One Grand Prix de Paris for Andre Fabre in 2014, did it all the way to win the $2m Schweppes Sydney Cup with Kerrin McEvoy on board at Royal Randwick at The Championships on Saturday.

Power off the mark with Dundalk winner

Filed on 9 Apr 2016 @ 12:31

Coolemore's freshman sire Power, a brilliant two-year-old himself, wasted no time getting off the mark as a stallion when Peace Envoy (Power-Hoh My Darling, by Dansili) scored with ease on his debut at Dundalk.

God's Own wins the Melling as Vautour falls

Filed on 9 Apr 2016 @ 12:27

The Tom George-trained God's Own capitalised on 1/5 favourite Vautour's fall to take the Grade One JLT Melling Chase by two and three quarter lengths from Al Ferof at Aintree on Friday.

Paddy Brennan rode the Oscar eight-year-old, who finished fourth behind Sprinter Sacre in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month.

Native River strikes in the Mildmay for Tizzard

Filed on 9 Apr 2016 @ 12:24

Trainer Colin Tizzard continued a brilliant season when Native River (11/2) put in a bold front-running performance under Richard Johnson to take the Betfred Mildmay Novices' Chase by three lengths at Aintree on Friday.

Annie Power dominates the Aintree Hurdle

Filed on 7 Apr 2016 @ 17:48

The brilliant Annie Power (4/9 Fav) confirmed herself one of the all-time great jumping mares with a superb performance to take the Grade One Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle at Aintree on Thursday.

Last month's Stan James Champion Hurdle heroine powered home 18 lengths clear of the Cheltenham runner-up My Tent Or Yours.

Cue Card back to winning ways in the Betfred Bowl

Filed on 7 Apr 2016 @ 15:19

If Colin Tizzard was bursting with delight after Cue Card's easy win in the Betfred Bowl Chase he was not showing it. Unashamed pride was evident, and while the memory of his horse's Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup fall will never be erased, today's nine lengths and eight lengths win over Don Poli and Djakadam - who were third and second at Cheltenham - confirmed that Cue Card would have been very difficult to beat had he not succumbed to gravity three fences from home when easing into the lead.

Apple's Jade strolls to victory in the 4YO Juvenile Hurdle

Filed on 7 Apr 2016 @ 15:17

Mullins-trained mare wins by 41 lengths at Aintree

The Willie Mullins-trained Apple's Jade strolled to a 41-length victory in the Grade One Betfred Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree on Thursday, leaving her Cheltenham conqueror Ivanovich Gorbatov in her wake.

Siyouni's Spectre impresses in the Prix Imprudence

Filed on 7 Apr 2016 @ 15:13

The Markus Munch-trained Spectre (Siyouni) - whose only previous win came at Strasbourg in September - ran out an impressive winner of the Group Three Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte on Thursday, quickening well in the testing conditions to overhaul the pacesetting Juddmonte representative Midweek.