Simon Crisford to join the training ranks

Filed on 25 Jun 2014 @ 07:08

Former Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford is to set up as a trainer, subject to approval from the British Horseracing Authority.

Crisford was racing manager for Godolphin, but left that position in the wake of the Al Zarooni doping scandal to take up the role of global racing advisor to the Maktoum family, a role he intends to continue.

Sussex Stakes the target for Kingman

Filed on 25 Jun 2014 @ 07:05

St James's Palace Stakes winner Kingman has the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 30 as his likely next target, where he will take on his elders for the first time.

"We would certainly look at the Sussex and that would be his next possible race he could go for," Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdulla, told At The Races.

Breeders' Cup to be run at Keeneland for the first time

Filed on 25 Jun 2014 @ 07:02

The Breeders’ Cup has announced that Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Kentucky, will host the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the first time in 2015. Keeneland, is one of the most iconic tracks in America and will host the event on October 30th and 31st, 2015.

A perfect Royal Ascot - and Channel 4 played its part

Filed on 24 Jun 2014 @ 08:38

It was, by general agreement, a quite magnificent Royal Ascot. It helps when the sun shines and the ‘headline’ horses make the punter v bookmaker battle look more of a contest. Ryan Moore for Willie Mullins was surely the most eye-catching booking of the five days, and rounded things off in style on Pique Sous. Moore, who rode twice as many winners as anyone else, can now be compared to Piggott, Cauthen and Breasley in the world-class stakes.

Record setting 5m gns Galileo yearling wins on debut

Filed on 23 Jun 2014 @ 11:24

The Andre Fabre-trained Al Naamah (Galileo) made a winning debut at Chantilly on Monday, winning the Prix de Pontpoint under Maxime Guyon when going easily clear of Kenouska to win by two lengths. There were five lengths back to Etoile Esina in third. The juvenile filly made headlines last October when selling for a record 5m gns at Tattersalls October Sale.

In the aftermath of the win, owners Al Shaqab Racing tweeted: "Winner!! Al Naamah is so impressive on her debut at Chantilly this afternoon! Andre has a very big smile on his face!"

Purhcased by Al Shaqab Racing, the daughter of Galileo is out of Alluring Park, the dam of Oaks winner Was.

Slade Power gives Lynam Group One sprint double

Filed on 22 Jun 2014 @ 10:12

Group One win for Dutch Art in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes

An unforgettable week for trainer Eddie Lynnam was crowned when Slade Power saw off some formidable opposition to win the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes. The five-year-old, who was sent off 7/2 favourite, was following stablemate Sole Power, winner of the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday. Lynam also saddled Anthem Alexander to win the Queen Mary Stakes on Wednesday.

Telescope surges seven lengths clear in the Hardwicke

Filed on 22 Jun 2014 @ 10:07

Galileo colt could bid to emulate Harbinger in the King George

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Telescope (Galileo) produced a scintillating performance to land the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes by seven lengths at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

Arc aim for Arab Spring after Duke of Edinburgh success

Filed on 22 Jun 2014 @ 10:02

Pattern races beckon for progressive son of Monsun

Connections feel that the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Arab Spring (Monsun) could have a big future after justifying 11/4 favouritism to comfortably land the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap in the colours of his breeders, Ballymacoll Stud at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

Richard Pankhurst wins the Chesham for Raven's Pass

Filed on 22 Jun 2014 @ 09:57

Sixth stakes winner for third crop sire

The Jphn Gosden-trained Richard Pankhurst (Raven's Pass) stayed on strongly to run out the impressive three and three quarter length winner of the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday. The 10/1 shot was always travelling strongly under William Buick and stormed to the lead a furlong from home to give the jockey his third winner of the week.

Hartnell survives scare to lift the Queen's Vase

Filed on 20 Jun 2014 @ 17:45

St Leger the likely target for son of Authorized

Hartnell (Authorized) survived a lengthy stewards' enquiry to give trainer Mark Johnston his seventh winner of the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot on Friday. The 7/2 shot drifted violently left inside the final furlong under jockey Joe Fanning and gave the runner-up, Century, a bump just before the pair crossed the line with the son of Authorized a neck up.

Rizeena takes Coronation Stakes glory

Filed on 20 Jun 2014 @ 15:34

Iffraaj filly could head to the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

The Clive Brittain-trained Rizeena (Iffraaj) won the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday, putting a below-par run in the 1000 Guineas behind her to romp clear under Ryan Moore, seeing off the late flourish of French raider Lesstalk In Paris by three quarters of a length. Euro Charlene ran a fine race in third, with My Titania in fourth after pulling in the early stages, which were run at a muddling pace.

Eagle Top outclasses King Edward VII Stakes rivals

Filed on 20 Jun 2014 @ 14:57

Arc a possible target for son of Pivotal with striking turn of foot

The Group Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday saw the Aidan O'Brien-trained Gallinule winner Adelaide sent off the well-backed favourite, but he was put in his place by the John Gosden-trained Eagle Top (Pivotal), who showed a blistering turn of foot to quicken past his rivals, with jockey William Buick taking a pull a furlong out to avoid taking the lead too soon. The son of Pivotal soon assumed command and romped clear to beat Adelaide by three and a quarter lengths. Scotland ran well to take third.

Last to first for Contributer in the Wolferton Handicap

Filed on 20 Jun 2014 @ 14:19

Son of High Chaparral could return to Pattern company after second Listed triumph

The Listed Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot on Friday was won by the Ed Dunlop-trained Contributer (High Chaparral), who came with a well-timed late run from last place under George Baker, hitting the front with the well-backed favourite Bold Sniper and outbattling that rival to score by half a length.

Cursory Glance stretches clear in the Albany

Filed on 20 Jun 2014 @ 13:56

Daughter of Craig Bennett's 1.2m gns purchase wins at Royal Ascot

The Group Three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday saw the Roger Varian-trained Cursory Glance (Distorted Humor) quicken off a strong pace set by American raider Sunset Glow to stretch readily clear, passing the post two lengths clear. Sunset Glow hung on well for second, a neck ahead of York Listed winner Patience Alexander in third.

Leading Light prevails in Gold Cup thriller

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 15:33

Estimate takes second in close finish to Ascot marathon

Last year's St Leger winner Leading Light (Montjeu) won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday, but he had to fight hard to prevail as last year's winner Estimate fought all the way to the line, and the pacesetting Missunited kept up her remorseless gallop all the way to take a close third.

Bracelet scores in the Ribblesdale

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 14:55

Montjeu filly gives Ballydoyle their first winner of the week at Royal Ascot

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Bracelet (Montjeu) put a lowly finish in the 1000 Guineas behind her when stepping up up to 12f in the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday, where she came with a strong late run under Joseph O'Brien, seeing off the late challenge of Lustrous with something in hand. Criteria was third, with the favourite Vazira unplaced after a slow start saw her race in last place before making up ground in the straight, without ever troubling the principals.

Cannock Chase gets up in the Tercentenary Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 14:13

Full brother to 2011 winner lands Royal Ascot Group Three

The Group Three Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday was won by the well-backed Sir Michael Stoute-trained Cannock Chase (Lemon Drop Kid), who came from off the pace under strong driving from Ryan Moore to collar the pacesetting Barley Mow. Once in front Cannock Chase ducked to the rail, forcing Richard Hughes to snatch up on Barley Mow, which may have cost him a place as Mutakayyef and Postponed rushed to fill the places.

Baitha Alga surges clear in the Norfolk Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 13:38

The Great War well beaten as Fast Company registers first Group winner

The Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday saw the Richard Hannon-trained Woodcote Stakes winner Baitha Alga (Fast Company) pick up well off a strong pace under Frankie Dettori to surge clear, winning by a length and a half from Mind Of Madness,w ho came with an extraordinary late run from the rear under Ryan Moore. Alan Emarati was third, with the odds-on favourite The Great War unplaced and unable to land a blow.

Muteela gives Dansili Ascot stakes double

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 07:59

Mark Johnston on the scoresheet after Sandringham Handicap win

Muteela (Dansili) produced a gutsy performance in the final race of day two of Royal Ascot to win the mile Listed Sandringham Handicap by a short-head. The daughter of Dansili was always prominent and led a furlong out. Despite being challenged on all sides, she battled gamely to score and give both her trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Paul Hanagan, their first winner of the meeting.

Integral pulls clear in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 07:56

Connections hopeful Dalakhani filly can win in Group One company

A high-class renewal of the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday - in which the track record was broken in a time of 1min 37.09s - was won by a filly who can score at the top level. Integral (Dalakhani), trained by Sir Michael Stoute for her owner/breeders, David and Patricia Thompson of Newmarket's Cheveley Park Stud, won by two lengths from French raider L'Amour De Ma Vie, with Purr Along another two lengths away in third.

Treve "never in comfort zone" in Royal Ascot defeat

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 07:54

Dettori never comfortable with filly's action

There was bitter disappointment for fans of super filly Treve on Wednesday when she could finish only third in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes. Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek and jockey Frankie Dettori were mystified by the odds-on favourite's defeat - the second time she has been beaten this season - although a bid for next month's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO), could still be on the filly's agenda said the trainer.

The Fugue wins the Prince of Wales's in record time as Treve third

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 07:50

Dansili mare shows her best form to win Ascot Group One

The John Gosden-trained The Fugue (Dansili) captured the 2014 Prince Of Wales's Stakes in thrilling style when breaking the Ascot 10-furlong course record, with odds-on favourite Treve only third. Her time came to 2m 1.90s in the Group One contest, as against the previous record of 2m 2.52s achieved by Cirrus Des Aigles in the 2011 QIPCO Champion Stakes. She won by a length and three quarters under William Buick from Magician, with Treve another length away.

Anthem Alexander gives Starspangledbanner his second stakes winner

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 07:44

Anthem Alexander (Starspangledbanner), a filly who failed to sell when offered at public auction last year, proved best in the 21-runner Group Two Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday, giving her freshman sire Starspangledbanner his second stakes winner in the process - from just seven runners. The sire, who now stands in Australia after an abortive spell at Coolmore in Ireland, where he proved sub-fertile, also saw The Wow Signal win Tuesday's Coventry Stakes.

Mustajeeb franks Classic form in the Jersey Stakes

Filed on 19 Jun 2014 @ 07:28

Irish Guineas third gives Nayef a Royal Ascot winner

Trainer Dermot Weld welcomed in his 16th Royal Ascot winner when Hamdan Al Maktoum's Mustajeeb (Nayef) won the Group Three Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs from the John Gosden-trained Muwaary, who carried the same owner's first colours.

Hootenanny stretches clear in the Windsor Castle Stakes

Filed on 17 Jun 2014 @ 16:50

Son of Quality Road scores for Wesley Ward

Trainer Wesley Ward made yet another successful raid on Royal Ascot when Hootenanny (Quality Road) stretched clear under Victor Espinoza to win the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes, beating 100-1 shot Union Rose by three and a quarter lengths, with Mubtaghaa a close third.