Painted Cliffs wins the Railway to give Canford Cliffs his first stakes winner

Filed on 27 Jun 2015 @ 17:36

Aida O'Brien trainee shows improved form to beat Rockaway Valley

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Painted Cliffs (Canford Cliffs) gave freshman sire Canford Cliffs his first stakes winner when bounding clear to win the Group Two GAIN Railway Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday, beating the favourite Rockaway Valley by two and three quarter lengths. Richard Hannon's Log Out Island was third.

Dewhurst second Kodi Bear makes stylish winning reappearance

Filed on 27 Jun 2015 @ 15:23

The Clive Cox-trained Kodi Bear (Kodiac), a lighly raced three year old who was second to Belardo in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes on his last start, made an impressive reappearance when seeing off challenges to win the Listed Unibet Midsummer Stakes from the front at Windsor on Saturday.

2014 Yorkshire Cup winner Gospel Choir returns with Newmarket Listed win

Filed on 27 Jun 2015 @ 15:00

Easy going will determine future plans for son of Galileo

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Gospel Choir (Galileo) hadn't run since winning last season's Yorkshire Cup when lining up in Saturday's Listed Marshall Maserati Supporting the AHT Fred Archer Stakes at Newmarket, where he got the better of Dubday by a short head in a thrilling finish.

Magician's sister Outstanding wins the Naas Oaks Trial

Filed on 25 Jun 2015 @ 07:43

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Outstanding (Galileo), an own sister to Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Magician, made all to record her second career win in the Listed Naas Oaks Trial on Wednesday, stretching clear under Colm O'Donoghue to win by two and three quarter lengths.

Lady Cecil to sell Warren Place at the end of the season

Filed on 25 Jun 2015 @ 07:41

Lady Cecil to retire from training at the end of the season

Warren Place, the historic Newmarket training yard owned by Sir Henry Cecil, is to be sold when his widow Lady Cecil retires from training at the end of the 2015 Flat season.

New Bay set to clash with Golden Horn in the Eclipse

Filed on 25 Jun 2015 @ 07:38

The Andre Fabre-trained Prix du Jockey-Club winner New Bay is set to run in the Group One Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown a week on Saturday, where he is likely to take on Investec Derby winner Golden Horn.

Gleneagles and Golden Horn head York Group One entries

Filed on 25 Jun 2015 @ 07:34

The entries for the three Group One races at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival in August have been published, with the Juddmonte International - currently ranked as the number one race in the world by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities - attracting three of this season's Classic winners.

Sprinters are getting faster, Exeter University study finds

Filed on 24 Jun 2015 @ 07:37

Breeding gains perhaps yet to be realised for middle distance horses

A new study from the University of Exeter has found that thoroughbred racehorses are getting quicker over sprint trips, though further research is required to determine whether the increased speeds have a genetic basis or are the result of improved training, jockey tactics or other environmental factors.

Ladbrokes and Coral open merger talks

Filed on 23 Jun 2015 @ 10:12

Rival bookmakers Ladbrokes and Coral have announced plans for a merger between the two firms. The two businesses have almost 4,000 betting shops between them, which could lead to competition concerns. Ladbrokes had attempted to buy Coral in 1998, but the deal was scuppered after trade and industry minister Peter Mandelson said the deal had to be unwound on competition grounds amid fears it would disadvantage punters.

Barry Geraghty replaces McCoy as retained rider to JP McManus

Filed on 23 Jun 2015 @ 10:06

Barry Geraghty has accepted a retained as number one rider to leading National Hunt owner JP McManus, replacing the recently-retired AP McCoy.

Geraghty has been the principal rider for Nicky Henderson since 2008, but has ridden a number of high profile winners for McManus, including More Of That, Jezki and Shutthefrontdoor.

Oaks winner Qualify set to run in the Irish Derby

Filed on 23 Jun 2015 @ 09:59

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Qualify (Fastnet Rock) the 50-1 winner of the Investec Oaks earlier this month, is likely to be supplemented to the Irish Derby at the Curragh later this month.

O'Brien told PA Sport: "Qualify is in good form since Epsom and John and Chantal (the filly's owners) would like to let her take her chance."

Prix Jean Prat and Juddmonte International possible for Time Test

Filed on 23 Jun 2015 @ 09:28

Dubawi colt rated higher than Gleneagles by Timeform

Last week's Tercentenary Stakes winner Time Test (Dubawi) has been awarded a rating on 130p by Timeform, ahead of St James's Palace Stakes winner Gelenagles on 129. Trainer Roger Charlton is now mapping out a programme for the son of Dubawi, with the Group One Prix Jean Prat in France a possible stepping stone to the Juddmonte International at York.

Wesley Ward strikes in the Diamond Jubilee with Undrafted

Filed on 20 Jun 2015 @ 15:40

The Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday saw international runners fight out the finihs, with Australian star Brazen Beau looking the likely winner as he forged a lone path on the stands' side under Craig Williams, only to be collared on the far side by the Wesley Ward-trained Undrafted (Purim), who came with a blistering late run from the rear under Frankie Dettori to snatch the spoils.

Snow Sky wins the Hardwicke from the front

Filed on 20 Jun 2015 @ 14:58

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Snow Sky (Nayef) was an all-the-way winner of the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday, taking control from the off under Pat Smullen and winding up the pace in straight to win by three and three quarter lengths. Eagle Top and Postponed took each other on through the race and perhaps neither showed his best form as they filled the placed, separated by a nose. Telescope was a disappointing fourth, fading out of contention in the final quarter mile.

Mahsoob eases to victory in the Wolferton handicap

Filed on 20 Jun 2015 @ 14:27

Son of Dansili could step up in the King George

The John Gosden-trained Mahsoob (Dansili) ran out a comfortable winner - albeit only by a margin of half a length - of the Listed Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot on Saturday, racing prominently under Paul Hanagan before running on strongly under minimal urging to beat Sonnockian Star and Fire Fighting.

Suits You wins the Chesham to give Youmzain his first stakes winner

Filed on 20 Jun 2015 @ 13:52

Royal Lodge the target as Eoghan O'Neill registers first Royal Ascot success

The Eoghan O'Neill-trained Suits You (Youmzain) ran out a gutsy winner of the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday, pulling out all the stops to beat Ballydoyle by a short head.

Ervedya prevails in Coronation Stakes thriller

Filed on 19 Jun 2015 @ 15:32

Siyouni filly beats Found, with Lucida a close third over a mile at Ascot

The Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday brought together the form from the English, Irish and French Guineas, and it was French Guineas winner Ervedya (Siyouni) that came out on top in a thrilling finish that saw all three fillies showing their form, running on strongly from the rear to collar Found, with Lucida third, just half a length adrift.

Muhaarar blitzes his rivals in the inaugural Commonwealth Cup

Filed on 19 Jun 2015 @ 14:51

Second Group One sprint winner of Royal Ascot for Oasis Dream

The inaugural Group One Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on Friday saw the Charlie Hills-trained (Oasis Dream), winner of the Greenham Stakes in April, come with a powerful run on the far side to sweep past his rivals, stretching further clear with every stride to beat Limato by three and three quarter lengths. Anthem Alexander was a further three quarters of a length adrift in third.

Balios gives Simcock his first Royal Ascot winner

Filed on 19 Jun 2015 @ 14:17

The Group Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday saw David Simcock saddle his first Royal Ascot winner when Balios (Shamardal) quickened strikingly from the rear under Jamie Spencer to forge clear of his rivals, beating Mr Singh by a length and a quarter.

Illuminate gives Zoffany his third winner of Royal Ascot

Filed on 19 Jun 2015 @ 13:55

Another Group winner for leading freshman sire as Hannon and Hughes strike

The Richard Hannon-trained Illuminate (Zoffany) was an impressive winner of the Group Three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday, travelling strongly under Richard Hughes before quickening purposefully to take command, surging clear to beat Ashadihan by two lengths. Elegant Supermodel was third.

Trip To Paris takes Gold Cup glory

Filed on 18 Jun 2015 @ 15:35

Champs Elysee's Chester Cup winner steps up in style

The Ed Dunlop-trained Trip To Paris won the Group One Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday, seeing off Aidan O'Brien's Kingfisher - who had a troubled run before finishing fast - from the favourite Fiorgotten Rules, who didn't quite last home in front.

Curvy gets the better of Pleascach in the Ribblesdale

Filed on 18 Jun 2015 @ 14:55

Galileo filly sees off Irish Guineas winner in Ascot Group Two

The Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday saw the David Wachman-trained Curvy (Galileo), who beat the colts to win the Group Three Gallinule Stakes last month, outbattle Jim Bolger's Irish 1000 Guineas winner Pleascach.

Time Test impresses in the Tercentenary Stakes

Filed on 18 Jun 2015 @ 14:16

Dubawi son of Passage Of Time wins Group Three in style

The Roger Charlton-trained Time Test (Dubawi) ran out a thoroughly impressive winner of the Group Three Tercenary Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday, powering clear of his rivals in the manner of a horse that can make his mark at a higher level. The three year old, owned and bred by Khalid Abdullah, won by three and a quarter lengths from the Queen's Peacock. The 15/8 favourite is trained by Roger Charlton and was ridden by Frankie Dettori, for whom it was a 51st Royal Ascot winner.

Waterloo Bridge collars Hannon pair in the Norfolk

Filed on 18 Jun 2015 @ 13:41

First Group winner for freshman sire Zoffany

The betting market for the Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday was dominated by the Richard Hannon-trained pair King Of Rooks and Log Out Island, but the prize fell to another Coolmore-owned two-year-old as Waterloo Bridge (Zoffany) came with a fast late run under Ryan Moore to collar the Hannon runners, who had gone off fast in front and had no answer to the winner's finishing thrust.

Osaila gives Dettori his 50th Royal Ascot winner

Filed on 17 Jun 2015 @ 16:47

Nell Gwyn winner collars wayward Always Smile

A dramatic renewal of the Listed Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot on Wednesday saw Frankie Dettori record his 50th success at Royal Ascot as he booted Osaila (Danehill Dancer) home ahead of the favourite Always Smile, the Godolphin representative who looked the likley winner until veering left across the track, missing out by a nostril.