Annie Power and Douvan amongst star cast for Aintree opening day

Filed on 2 Apr 2016 @ 13:15

The Grand National meeting gets underway at Aintree on Thursday with the Grand Opening Day attracting a strong entry for its four Grade One contests plus the Crabbie's Fox Hunters Chase over the Grand National fences.

Foundation and Midterm head 88 entries in the Dante

Filed on 30 Mar 2016 @ 11:55

Foundation and Midterm, who are Betfred’s 12/1 market leaders for the Investec Derby, are both among an impressive eighty-eight strong entry for the Betfred Dante Stakes, to be run at York on Thursday 12 May.

Limato to step up to a mile in the Lockinge

Filed on 30 Mar 2016 @ 11:53

A total of 41 entries, five more than last year, have been revealed for the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, May 14.

The Group One mile contest over the straight course at the Berkshire track is the early season highlight for older horses and has been won by stars Frankel, Canford Cliffs and Farhh in recent years.

Postponed to be aimed at King George defence

Filed on 30 Mar 2016 @ 11:48

Arc also on the agenda for Dubawi five-year-old

Trainer Roger Varian is planning to target Postponed (Dubawi) at the King George VI & Queen ELizabeth Stakes at Ascot and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly this season.

Cape Cross retired from covering duties

Filed on 27 Mar 2016 @ 11:59

Cape Cross, the sire of last year's Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn, has been retired from the Darley stallion roster following an illustrious career at stud.

The 22-year-old has suffered fertility problems this season.

Helmet off the mark as first two runners both win

Filed on 27 Mar 2016 @ 11:58

First-season sire Helmet didn’t have to wait long for his first winners as they arrived in quick succession on Saturday 26 March when Boater and Chupalla, both trained by Mark Johnston, won both divisions of Kempton’s fillies' Maiden.

California Chrome dominates the Dubai World Cup

Filed on 27 Mar 2016 @ 09:38

Dubai, 26 March 2016

California Chrome went one better than 12 months ago to win Saturday's the Dubai World Cup with a tremendous display.

The American challenger was beaten by rank outsider Prince Bishop last year, yet despite being posted wide throughout after breaking from his wide draw - and his saddle slipping - he ran out a dazzling winner under the Meydan floodlights.

Vazirabad holds on in the Dubai Gold Cup

Filed on 27 Mar 2016 @ 09:36

Dubai, 27 March 2016

Acceleration allied to stamina was the combination that propelled the four-year-old Vazirabad to his sixth win in a row, but easily his most valuable, when he collared Big Orange (GB) and held on by a neck in the Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.

Postponed stretches clear in the Dubai Sheema Classic

Filed on 27 Mar 2016 @ 09:35

Dubai, 27 March 2016

Roger Varian landed a first Dubai World Cup night success as Postponed (Dubawi) oozed class to strike under birthday boy Andrea Atzeni in the Dubai Sheema Classic presented by Longines.

Grendisar lands the odds in the Easter Classic

Filed on 25 Mar 2016 @ 18:13

The 4/6 favourite Grendisar (Invincible Spirit), trained by Marco Botti in Newmarket, made it seven wins at Lingfield Park as he landed the odds in the £200,000 Coral Easter Classic with a confident ride from Adam Kirby.

Captain Joy bounces back in the AW Championships Mile

Filed on 25 Mar 2016 @ 17:44

The TRacey Collins-trained Captain Joy, a seven-year-old by Dark Angel, bounced back from a near-death experience after an attack of colic last autumn to go two better than last year and relegate Sovereign Debt to second place for the second time in a row.

Jack Hobbs to commence 4yo campaign in the Jockey Club Stakes

Filed on 25 Mar 2016 @ 17:41

Last season's Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs is set to start his four-year-old campaign in the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes at the Guineas Meeting on Newmarket's Rowley Mile.

Peter Moody concludes his training career with Group One William Reid victory

Filed on 25 Mar 2016 @ 17:36

Australia, 25 March 2016

Flamberge gets up at Moonee Valley as trainer bows out after being handed six month ban

On his last night as a trainer, trainer Peter Moody collected the last Victorian Group One of the season with the underrated Flamberge poking his nose through on the rail to win the William Reid Stakes by short half-head.

Emotionless "moving like a bird" after surgery; heads straight to Guineas

Filed on 25 Mar 2016 @ 17:28

Last season's Champagne Stakes winner Emotionless (Shamardal) is set to bypass traditional prep races at Newmarket and Newbury next month and head straight to the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket (UK) on April 30.

Werther collars Victory Magic in the Hong Kong Derby

Filed on 20 Mar 2016 @ 10:38

Hong Kong, 20 March 2016

Werther (Tavistock) scored an exciting win in the Group One Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin (2000m) on Sunday evening. Thanks to a copybook ride from champion Australian jockey Hugh Bowman, Werther was able to grind down Victory Magic for a thrilling and deserved big race win.

Tara's Tango gets up in the G1 Santa Margarita

Filed on 20 Mar 2016 @ 10:36

Santa Anita, 20 March 2016

Under a well-timed ride from Rafael Bejarano, Tara’s Tango (Unbridled's Song) rolled from off the pace to collar favored Taris late and win Saturday’s Grade One Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita by one length. Owned and bred by Stonestreet Stables, LLC, and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Tara’s Tango negotiated 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.44.

Cupid wins the Rebel Stakes for Baffert, Coolmore

Filed on 20 Mar 2016 @ 10:33

Oaklawn Park, 20 March 2016

One year after winning the Rebel Stakes with eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert finally returned with the right horse after two unsuccessful trips earlier this season and won the $900,000 race with Coolmore’s Cupid (Tapit). Overall, it was Baffert’s sixth victory in the race since 2010. His other winners were champion Lookin at Lucky, Secret Circle, The Factor and Hoppertunity.

Capitalist sprints clear in the Golden Slipper

Filed on 20 Mar 2016 @ 10:28

Australia, 19 March 2016

Capitalist (Written Tycoon) sent his stud value soaring when he sprinted to victory in the Group One Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Tarzino cruises home in the Rosehill Guineas

Filed on 20 Mar 2016 @ 10:26

Australia, 19 March 2016

Tarzino (Tavistock) will chase a second Derby success after cruising home in the Group One Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on Saturday. The son of Tavistock proved much too good for his rivals, cruising home to beat a quality field and confirming his status as the leading staying three-year-old in the country.

On The Fringe wins the Foxhunters for Carberry; Pendleton fifth

Filed on 18 Mar 2016 @ 19:00

The outstanding woman amateur of her generation was overshadowed before the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase by a novice rider, but she was in front when it mattered.

Nina Carberry won last year's race riding On The Fringe for owner J P McManus, and she repeated the feat on the same horse on Friday, bringing the Enda Bolger-trained winner through late to win going away - back in fifth, and worthy of just as many plaudits as Carberry, was Victoria Pendleton, the Olympian who began riding last year, and covered herself in glory on Pacha Du Polder.

Don Cossack romps clear in the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Filed on 18 Mar 2016 @ 18:55

Don Cossack justified 9/4 favouritism in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, winning by four and a half lengths for owner Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud, trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Bryan Cooper.

Unowhatimeanharry wins the Albert Bartlett

Filed on 18 Mar 2016 @ 18:52

A horse who was bought to give a club of owners some fun landed one of The Festival's championship races today, providing trainer Harry Fry with his first 'official' winner at the meeting.

Fry has been credited with plotting victory for Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby in 2010, while based at a satellite yard for trainer Paul Nicholls. Now a trainer in his own right he got off the mark when Unowhatimeanharry won the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle under Noel Fehily. An 11/1 shot, the winner beat Fagan (33/1) and Champers On Ice (20/1) by one and a quarter lengths and one and a half lengths.

Superb Story gives Dan Skelton his first Festival winner

Filed on 18 Mar 2016 @ 15:25

Superb Story gave trainer Dan Skelton his first Festival success when running out the game winner of the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday.

The 8/1 shot had a long run for home as the field were marshalled around the final flight, which was dolled off following a fall on the first circuit, but he stuck to his task well, staying on strongly up the hill to deny runner-up Fethard Player by two and a half lengths.

Ivanovich Gorbatov wins the Triumph Hurdle for O'Brien

Filed on 18 Mar 2016 @ 15:00

Ivanovich Gorbatov (Montjeu) gave trainer Aidan O'Brien his sixth Festival winner, his first since Istabraq won the Stan James Champion Hurdle in 2000, when running out the smooth winner of the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday.

Thistlecrack blitzes his World Hurdle rivals

Filed on 17 Mar 2016 @ 16:59

Thistlecrack produced a remarkable performance when running away with a strongly-run renewal of the Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham on Thursday. The even money favourite was always travelling powerfully under jockey Tom Scudamore and was still on the bridle turning for home, having seen off every one of his rivals bar Alpha Des Obeaux, who was being asked for his effort as the pair hit the home straight.