Violet Dancer sees off L'Ami Serge in the Kingmaker Chase

Filed on 14 Feb 2016 @ 16:30

The Gary Moore-trained Violet Dancer was an emphatic 11 length winner of the Kingmaker Novices' Chase at Warwick on Saturday, making all to see off the 1-5 favourite L'Ami Serge.

Winning rider Jamie Moore told Racing UK: "He's a very hard horse and he jumped well. I think the Betfair Hurdle win [this day last year] was the making of the horse as he never used to front run.

DBS to be renamed Goffs UK

Filed on 10 Feb 2016 @ 10:02

A new name will conduct sales from April this year as Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Ltd, known universally as DBS in recent years, will be renamed Goffs UK Ltd.

The change comes nine years after the merger of Goffs and DBS in 2007 and is intended to strengthen ties between the two companies while continuing to develop the Goffs brand and its global presence in the 150th year since Robert J Goff was appointed as the official auctioneer to the Turf Club in Ireland.

Dodging Bullets set for Newbury return

Filed on 10 Feb 2016 @ 09:58

Nicholls to run Silviniaco Conti at Ascot

Paul Nicholls is set to saddle champion chaser Dodging Bullets for his belated seasonal debut in the Grade Two Betfair Exchange Chase at Newbury on Saturday.

Carlingford Lough doubles up in the Irish Gold Cup

Filed on 8 Feb 2016 @ 08:49

Valseur Lido falls at the last with race at his mercy

The John Kiely-trained Carlingford Lough won the Irish Gold Cup for the second year running at Leopardstown on Saturday, running on from the rear under Mark Walsh to score an emphatic victory.

Bristol De Mai makes all in the Scilly Isles

Filed on 8 Feb 2016 @ 08:46

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai will head to the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham next month with a live chance, after making all to win the Grade One Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown on Saturday.

Frosted puts down Dubai World Cup marker at Meydan

Filed on 5 Feb 2016 @ 09:26

Dubai, 4 February 2016

Tapit colt a class apart in Al Maktoum Challenge R2

Thursday’s EGA-sponsored Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting saw Godolphin win all three Thoroughbred Group races, including an imperious performance from Dubai World Cup hope, Frosted (Tapit), who looked a class apart as he landed the Group Two Al Maktoum Challenge R2 for trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin under jockey, William Buick.

Doldrums bound for America after record-breaking Tattersalls February Sale

Filed on 5 Feb 2016 @ 09:20

Bernardini mare fetches 145,000 gns

Tattersalls’ got its 250th Year off to a flying start on Thursday with a record-setting renewal of its February Sale. Turnover broke new ground with 251 lots sold realising 2,718,800 guineas, a 5% increase on last year’s record turnover. The average and median were 10,832 guineas and 5,000 guineas respectively with the Godolphin mare Doldrums recording topping the sale at 145,000 guineas.

Yanworth, Barters Hill and Min head Festival novice hurdle entries

Filed on 5 Feb 2016 @ 09:17

The entries for the four Grade One championship novices' hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival have been unveiled. The Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the first race on Champion Day, always gets The Festival off to a flying start. The triumvirate of owner Rich Ricci, trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh have taken the last three runnings of the extended two-mile contest with Champagne Fever (2013), Vautour (2014) and Douvan (2015). They are responsible for this year's hot favourite Min (13/8 with Sky Bet), who is unbeaten in two starts since joining Mullins. The French-bred five-year-old was last seen out when sauntering to a facile nine and a half-length success in the Grade Two Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on January 9.

Halling dies at the age of 25

Filed on 3 Feb 2016 @ 18:17

Dual Eclipse and Juddmonte International winner succumbs to the infirmities of old age

Halling (Diesis), superb dual winner of both the Eclipse and the Juddmonte International, was euthanised at Dalham Hall Stud on Tuesday due to the infirmities of old age.

Many Clouds and Pineau De Re amongst 126-strong entry for the Grand National

Filed on 3 Feb 2016 @ 18:14

A huge entry of 126 horses, the highest number since 2008, has been unveiled for the £1-million Crabbie's Grand National to be run at Aintree on Saturday, April 9.

The entries for the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National feature the previous two winners - 2015 hero Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood, 12/1 favourite with Betfred, official betting partner of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival), and Pineau De Re (Dr Richard Newland, 40/1) who took the spoils in 2014.

Shadwell's unbeaten Mohaymen wins the Holy Bull

Filed on 31 Jan 2016 @ 10:58

Gulfstream Park, 31 January 2016

Unbeaten Tapit colt enhances his Kentucky Derby credentials

Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen (Tapit) opened his three-year-old campaign in impressive fashion late Saturday afternoon, enhancing his reputation as the top Triple Crown contender on the East Coast with a powerful 3 ½-length victory in the Grade Two Lambholm South Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park.

Thistlecrack powers home in the Cleeve Hurdle

Filed on 31 Jan 2016 @ 10:56

There was an impressive performance in the £60,000 Grade Two Cleeve Hurdle over three miles at Cheltenham on Saturday with Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard/Tom Scudamore, 4/5 favourite) winning easily by 12 lengths from Ptit Zig (Paul Nicholls/Sam Twiston-Davies, 7/1).

Smad Place heads Chetlenham treble for King

Filed on 31 Jan 2016 @ 10:53

Yanworth could be the best King has trained

An incredible day unfolded for Alan King at Cheltenham on Saturday where the Wiltshire-based trainer gained a high-profile treble with Smad Place, Annacotty and Yanworth on the course's Festival Trials Day.

Triumph Hurdle hope Fixe Le Cap impresses at Warwick

Filed on 28 Jan 2016 @ 17:09

The Nicky Henderson-trained Fixe Le Cap earned quotes of 14-1 second-favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle after an emphatic 28 length victory in the Lighthorne Lamb Juvenile Hurdle at Warwick on Thursday.

Cheltenham Novice Chase entries revealed

Filed on 28 Jan 2016 @ 17:06

The entries for the four novices' chases run at The Festival have been revealed, and with strong representation from both sides of the Irish Sea, four fascinating contests are in prospect for 2016.

Godolphin complete purchase of Warren Place

Filed on 28 Jan 2016 @ 17:01

Warren Place, the historic Newmarket training stable that was the home and base of the late Sir Henry Cecil, has been purchased by Godolphin.

Lady Cecil will remain in occupation for the time being, as Godolphin have no plans to occupy the stable until next year.

NZB Select Sale gets off to a strong start

Filed on 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:34

New Zealand, 27 January 2016

Showcasing heads the sire averages

After Wednesday's opening day ofthe three-day Karaka 2016 Select Sale the aggregate is already over half of the final aggregate of last year’s Sale, with spirited bidding at all levels of the market. With 154 horses sold, 19 more than last year, the aggregate of $10,034,700 is tracking 43% above last year’s figure of $7,022,500.

Thistlecrack heads 10 in the Cleeve Hurdle

Filed on 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:32

Rising star Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard) heads 10 entries for the Grade Two Cleeve Hurdle (3.35pm), run over three miles at Cheltenham this Saturday, January 30.

A Grade Two success at Newbury in November, followed by a Grade One win at Ascot the following month has propelled the eight-year-old Thistlecrack to the head of the ante-post market for the Grade One World Hurdle at The Festival on St Patrick's Thursday, March 17.

Djakadam to take on Many Clouds and Smad Place in the BetBright Trial Chase

Filed on 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:28

Strong entry for Cheltenham's Trials Day feature

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Djakadam headlines 11 entries for the £100,000 Grade Two BetBright Trial Chase (1.50pm), the highlight of an informative card at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 30.

$1.3m Frankel colt tops NZB Premier Yearling Sale

Filed on 27 Jan 2016 @ 10:23

New Zealand, 27 January 2016

Turnover rises 24% at Karaka - with progeny of Savabeel accounting for 20% of the total

The first yearling to be auctioned in the Southern Hemisphere by Frankel topped a strong renewal of the Karaka 2016 Premier Sale when it was knocked down for $1.3m on Tuesday.

International buyers to the fore as NZB Premier Sale opens

Filed on 25 Jan 2016 @ 12:00

New Zealand, 25 January 2016

Savabeel colts top lists as day one average rises 22%

International buyers made their presence felt at Monday's opening session of the New Zealand Bloodsotck Premier Yearling Sale, accounting for 67% of the spend. Australia was the leading buying bench overall with 75 horses purchased for total receipts of $12,785,000. Buyers from New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Japan and China all spent at least $450,000 on a single horse.

Faugheen makes all in the Irish Champion Hurdle

Filed on 25 Jan 2016 @ 11:53

"Explosive" run ahead of Champion Hurdle defence

Faugheen was an impressive winner of the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday, brushing aside stablemates Arctic Fire and Nichols Canyon to win as he liked.

Douvan surges clear in the Arkle

Filed on 25 Jan 2016 @ 11:49

Mullins: "He hurdles his fences, really, and they are no effort to him"

The Willie Mullins-trained Douvan, winner of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham last year, ran out a mighty impressive winner of the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday, dictating throughout under Ruby Walsh and surging effortlessly clear to win by 15 lengths from Velvet Maker. Doomsday Book was another 13 lengths away in third.

Un De Sceaux wins the Clarence House in style

Filed on 25 Jan 2016 @ 11:34

The Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux justified odds of 1-2 to win the Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot in style on Saturday.

A faller at Leopardstown over Christmas, the favourite for the Champion Chase put that behind him with an accomplished display of fencing under Ruby Walsh, measuring his fences well with a long leap at the third-last fence seeing him put his rivals under pressure.

European Pattern to examine staying races

Filed on 22 Jan 2016 @ 10:54

The European Pattern Committee (EPC) held its annual meeting this week, and in considering a number of changes highlighted the staying race programme as an area of particular concern.

The EPC declared that it remains vital that Europe supports a strong programme for horses racing at the Classic distance of a mile and a half and beyond. The programme for the staying horse features some extremely historic and important races, headlined by the Ascot Gold Cup, yet in recent years there has been a worrying trend towards decline in the pool of staying horses that the EPC would not want to see continue.