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.

Safety Check doubles up in the Al Fahidi Fort

Filed on 22 Jan 2016 @ 10:44

Dubai, 21 January 2016

Son of Dubawi to target the Zabeel Mile

The Charlie Appleby-trained Safety Check (Dubawi) became the first horse since Linngari to win consecutive renewals of the Al Fahidi Fort with his victory in the Group Two contest in the Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday night.

My Murphy claims Thyestes glory

Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 17:31

The Liam Burke-trained My Murphy won the Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday, going one better than last year, when he was second to subsequent Gold Cup runner-up Djakadam.

Ridden by Robbie Power, My Murphy found plenty in the final stages to see off the favourite Mala Beach by a length and a quarter, with the pair having jumped the last together.

Mullins dominates Mares' Hurdle entries

Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 16:29

Annie Power heads a strong Irish challenge

There are 45 entries for the Grade One OLBG Mares' Hurdle run over two and a half miles at Cheltenham next month, headed by Annie Power. The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old has been successful on 12 of her 14 starts. Her only reversals have come at The Festival - she was second in the 2014 World Hurdle and fell at the last in the 2015 OLBG Mares' Hurdle with the race at her mercy.

Thistlecrack heads World Hurdle entries

Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 16:27

Walford hoping Relkeel winner Camping Ground will stay three miles

The World Hurdle, the championship race staged over three miles for hurdlers at Cheltenham on 17 March, has attracted 48 hopefuls including five of the first six horses home in the 2015 running - winner Cole Harden (Warren Greatrex), runner-up Saphir Du Rheu (Paul Nicholls), fourth At Fishers Cross (Rebecca Curtis), fifth Whisper (Nicky Henderson) and sixth Un Temps Pour Tout (David Pipe).

Claiborne sire Arch dies of a heart attack

Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 16:24

Leading US sire Arch died at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky on Wednesday following an apparent heart attack. The son of Kris S was 21.

Arch won five races for trainer Frank Borthers, inclsuing the Grade One Super Derby, and at stud was the sire of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Blame as well as the likes of Archarcharch, Grand Arch, Hymn Book, Love Theway Youare, and Pine Island.

Kingmambo put down at the age of 26

Filed on 21 Jan 2016 @ 16:21

Sire of champions succumbs to the infirmities of old age

Leading sire Kingmambo has been euthanized at 26 due to the infirmities of old age. The influential stallion stood his entire career at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky and was pensioned from stud duty in 2010. Kingmambo will be buried at Lane’s End.

World Thoroughbred Rankings 2015 - ratings in full

Filed on 20 Jan 2016 @ 16:41

1134IDAMERICAN PHAROAH (USA)2012CBob BaffertBreeders' Cup Classic
 131MDAMERICAN PHAROAH (USA)2012CBob BaffertWilliam Hill Haskell Invitational
2130LTGOLDEN HORN (GB)2012CJohn GosdenInvestec Derby
 130ITGOLDEN HORN (GB)2012CJohn GosdenCoral Eclipse
 129LDAMERICAN PHAROAH (USA)2012CBob BaffertBelmont Presented by Draftkings
3126IDSHARED BELIEF (USA)2011GJerry HollendorferSanta Anita H
3126LTTREVE (FR)2010MCriquette Head-MaarekQatar Prix Vermeille
5125MTABLE FRIEND (AUS)2009GJohn MooreQueen's Silver Jubilee Cup

Ewart hoping Aristo Du Plessis up to Grade One level

Filed on 20 Jan 2016 @ 16:35

Champion Hurdle entry has progressed to a mark of 150

James Ewart, based near Langholm in Dumfriesshire, is responsible for Scotland's hope in the Champion Hurdle, Aristo Du Plessis who has won his last six completed starts, rising from a rating of 109 to 150 after his latest success in the £40,000 Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle at Musselburgh on New Year's Day. Characteristically, the French-bred six-year-old made all the running under top-weight to triumph by four lengths.

Faugheen heads 19 entries in the Champion Hurdle

Filed on 20 Jan 2016 @ 16:33

Defending champion Faugheen (Willie Mullins), the 4/7 favourite with Stan James, stars among 19 entries for the Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday, March 15.

Faugheen powered home in the extended two-mile hurdle championship contest in 2015 by a length and a half from his stable companion Arctic Fire (10/1), who is entered once again. The eight-year-old is after his third consecutive victory at The Festival, having taken the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle in 2014. Faugheen, only beaten once in 12 starts, was last seen out when winning the Grade One Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park on Boxing Day for the second year in succession.

Peace And Co heads the weights for the Betfair Hurdle

Filed on 20 Jan 2016 @ 16:30

Modus favourite with 10st 6lb

Last year's Grade One Triumph Hurdle hero Peace And Co (Nicky Henderson, 16/1 with Betfair) heads the weights for the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle, Britain's richest handicap hurdle, at Newbury on February 13 with 11st 12lb, followed on 11st 10lb by Sempre Medici (Willie Mullins IRE, 16/1), who was last seen out when landing a Grade Three hurdle at Naas on January 16, and Sign Of A Victory (11st 6lb, Nicky Henderson, 20/1), a Listed winner at Ascot last season.

American Pharoah named as Horse of the Year

Filed on 17 Jan 2016 @ 16:04

United States, 17 January 2016

Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah, the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, was unanimously voted as Horse of the Year at the 45th Annual Eclipse Awards Ceremony at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

Black Hercules and Thomas Hobson give Mullins Warwick double

Filed on 17 Jan 2016 @ 15:52

Kerry Lee lands the feature Classic Chase with Russe Blanc

Willie Mullins demonstrated the depth of quality in his stable when saddling a double at Warwick on Saturday. Black Hercules was a commanding winner of the Listed Betfred Mobile Hampton Novices' Chase, earning quotes of 5-1 for the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham, whilst Thomas Hobson won the Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

Don Cossack prevails in the Kinloch Brae

Filed on 14 Jan 2016 @ 18:06

Elliot hoping cheekpieces will help in the Gold Cup

The Gordon Elliot-trained Don Cossack was a workmanlike winner of the Ladbrokes Ireland Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles. A faller in the King George VI Chase last time, Don Cossack had to be given a few reminders after the fourth and third last by jockey Bryan Cooper, but responded to beat Wounded Warrior comfortably in the end.

Un De Sceaux heads Champion Chase entries

Filed on 14 Jan 2016 @ 18:04

Un De Sceaux heads 23 entries for the £350,000 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday, March 16. Trained by Willie Mullins, the prolific eight-year-old is the 13/8 favourite with Betway for the two-mile chasing championship and has topped the ante-post betting market since his impressive six-length victory in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at The Festival last year.

Vautour handed Ryanair Chase entry

Filed on 14 Jan 2016 @ 18:03

Vautour is the star name among a bumper 48 entries for the £300,000 Grade One Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday, March 17. He is also entered in both the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Ready For Romance heads Keeneland day 3

Filed on 14 Jan 2016 @ 18:01

Keeneland, 14 January 2016

Ready for Romance, winner of the 2015 Ontario Damsel Stakes at Woodbine, sold to Mike Ryan, agent for Fifth Avenue Bloodstock, for $240,000 to top Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Irish runners dominate Cheltenham Gold Cup entries

Filed on 13 Jan 2016 @ 19:02

Cue CArd heads the home challenge

Irish trainers are responsible for well over half of the 32 entries in the Grade One Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, with Britain's richest non-handicap chase worth a record £575,000 and the highlight on the fourth and final day of The Festival, Friday, March 18.

Modus heads an entry of 75 for the Betfair Hurdle

Filed on 13 Jan 2016 @ 19:00

The Betfair Hurdle has attracted a tremendous entry of 75 for its 2016 renewal at Newbury on Saturday, February 13 - Betfair Super Saturday. The Grade Three handicap, run over an extended two miles, is Britain's richest handicap hurdle with £155,000 in prize money and was first staged in 1963.

Palmer to campaign Covert Love towards the Arc

Filed on 13 Jan 2016 @ 18:55

Group One winning Azamour filly to take on the colts

Trainer Hugo Palmer is hoping that his Irish Oaks and Prix de l'Opera winner Covert Love (Azamour) can develop into a genuine Arc contender over the course of her four-year-old season.

Roan Inish tops second session at Keeneland

Filed on 13 Jan 2016 @ 18:48

Keeneland, 13 January 2016

Multiple stakes winner Roan Inish, a daughter of Elusive Quality in foal to Arch, sold for $500,000 to Evelyn Benoit’s Star Guitar Inc. to lead Tuesday’s session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which recorded double-digit increases in average and median for the second consecutive day.

Star Australian colt Vancouver to join Ballydoyle; target Royal Ascot

Filed on 12 Jan 2016 @ 08:47

Laste season's champion two year old colt in Australia, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Vancouver (Medaglia d'Oro) is to be transferred to Aidan O'Brien's stable in Ireland with a run at Royal Ascot an intended target.

Leigh dispersal headlines Keeneland January opener

Filed on 12 Jan 2016 @ 08:43

Keeneland, 11 January 2016

Noted breeder and owner Virginia Kraft Payson spent $1.7 million to acquire three of the four-highest priced horses sold during Monday’s opening session of the 58th Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which recorded double-digit growth in average and median prices.

Buoyant trade continues at Magic Millions

Filed on 10 Jan 2016 @ 15:07

Australia, 10 January 2016

The record breaking form of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale continued on Sunday with a new record average and gross achieved during the Book Two sale. A colt by Written Tycoon and a filly by Sebring topped the proceedings during Day Five of the sale when selling for $230,000 on a day where six lots for $200,000 or more and 28 sold for six figures.

California Chrome makes winning return at Santa Anita

Filed on 10 Jan 2016 @ 15:04

Santa Anita, 10 January 2016

2014 Kentucky Derby winner lands the G2 San Pasqual on first start since March

Idle since running in Dubai on March 28 last year, 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) came back running on Saturday at Santa Anita, as he forged to a 1 ¼ length win in the Grade Two San Pasqual Stakes. Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, the five-year-old California-bred horse by Lucky Pulpit covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.39.