Magnificent Taghrooda storms clear in the King George

Filed on 26 Jul 2014 @ 15:41

Yorkshire Oaks and Arc potential target for daughter of Sea The Stars

Oaks winner Taghrooda (Sea The Stars) was an impressive winner of the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, beating the duelling Telescope and Mukhadram by a clear three lengths under Paul Hanagan.

Heavy Metal returns to form in the International

Filed on 26 Jul 2014 @ 15:38

The Mark Johsnton-trained Heavy Metal (Exceed And Excel) won the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in 2012 but went winless as a three year old last season, before regaining the winning thread this season. He looks to be getting back to his best judged on his victory in the Longines International Handicap at Ascot on Saturday.

Sheikhzayedroad grabs the spoils in the York Stakes

Filed on 26 Jul 2014 @ 15:28

The David Simcock-trained Sheikhzayedroad (Dubawi) came with a late thrust to grab the spoils in the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes on Saturday, getting up to beat Secret Gesture and Windhoek. Secret Gesture had cut out the early running before being headed by Windhoek, and rallied well to regain second in the final furlong.

Osaila outstays rivals in the Princess Margaret stakes

Filed on 26 Jul 2014 @ 15:24

Danehill Dancer filly earns Classic quotes after Ascot win

Connections are hoping that Osaila (Danehill Dancer) could develop into a Classic contender for next year after the filly showed her rivals a clean pair of heels to land the Group Three Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes at Ascot on Saturday by two lengths in the colours of Al Shaqab Racing, easing to the front just over a furlong out, having been slightly outpaced in the early stages.

Kodi Bear gives Kodiac another juvenile stakes winner

Filed on 26 Jul 2014 @ 15:15

Coventry Stakes winner lands the Winkfield Stakes

Trainer Clive Cox had such faith in two-year-old Kodi Bear he shunned the logical route of targeting a maiden prize and won the Listed Winkfield Stakes at Ascot on Saturday - a race won in 2012 by Toronado - instead. Kodi Bear ran out the comfortable length and a half winner of the race to give his sire Kodiac his third juvenile stakes winner of the campaign.

Euro Charlene has Beverly D target after Ascot Listed win

Filed on 25 Jul 2014 @ 16:33

The Marco Botti-trained Euro Charline (Myboycharlie) has been racing well in Group company this season and took advantage of the drop to Listed level to win the Woodcote Stud Valiant Stakes at Ascot on Friday, staying on best to beat Kiyoshi by a length and a half.

Gold Cup winner See More Business dies at 24

Filed on 25 Jul 2014 @ 09:34

See More Business, the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1999 and the first major winner for trainer Paul Nicholls when winning the King George in 1997, has died at the age of 24.

He spent most of his career under the ownership of Nicholls' landlord Paul Barber and close friend John Keighley and won 18 of his 36 starts under Rules, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the King George VI Chase at Kempton twice and successive renewals of the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.

Gleneagles has National option after Tyros victory

Filed on 25 Jul 2014 @ 07:52

Brother to Irish Guineas winner Marvellous takes Group Three honours

The Group Three Japanese Racing Authority Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday attracted just three runners, and it was the Aidan O'Brien-trained Gleneagles (Galileo) that came out on top, making a move from the rear a furlong and a half out and running on well to beat Tombelaine. Convergence was a close third, having beaten the winner on his debut in June.

Jack Naylor takes G3 honours for Champs Elysees

Filed on 25 Jul 2014 @ 07:47

The Jessica Harrington-trained Jack Naylor (Champs Elysees) won the Group Three Jockey Club Of Turkey Silver Flash Stakes at the Curragh on Thursday, coming with a powerful late run under Fran Berry to regiser a 14-1 win ahead of the running-on Agnes Stewart.

Brother to Parish Hall sees off JFK at Leopardstown

Filed on 25 Jul 2014 @ 07:43

The Jim Bolger-trained Hall Of Fame (Teofilo) a full brother to Dewhurst winner Parish Hall, was an impressive winner of the Frank Conroy EBF Maiden at Leopardstown on Thursday, where he beat Ballydoyle's well-touted John F Kennedy into second.

Moyglare possible for Alonsoa after Sandown Listed win

Filed on 25 Jul 2014 @ 07:39

Henry Candy's good run of form continued at Sandown on Thursday as Alonsoa (Raven's Pass) won the Listed Irish Champions Weekend EBF Stallions Star Stakes at Sandown, taking command a furlong out and running on strongly to pass the line three-quarters of a length ahead of Pack Together.

Kingman and Toronado head nine in the Sussex Stakes

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 16:28

Kingman and Toronado head the nine six-day confirmations for the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, on Wednesday, July 30. The clash has been the focal point of the five-day meeting since the pair both triumphed at Royal Ascot, where they cemented their status as Europe's leading three-year-old and older miler respectively.

High class field in prospect for the Phoenix Stakes

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 14:30

The Wow Signal, Anthem Alexander, Tiggy Wiggy, Dick Whittington amongst likely runner for Curragh Group One

The Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, August 10 is shaping up to be an informative clash of many of the best juveniles seen thus far, with Royal Ascot winners The Wow Signal and Anthem Alexander heading the likely runners.

The scaredy-cat I wanted to be

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 13:06

I was in love with the Stewards’ Cup long before Nicolina. I go back to Ashurst Wonder, whom locals said the wind blew home at 50/1 in 1954. He carried only 6st 11lb, so it may have been true. There was quite a story behind his success because he was trained by Richmond Sturdy at Shrewton but moved to Les Hall’s Winchester yard before the race. Sturdy, a canny old bird, knew he had something useful on his hands and urged Les to wait another year but the horse ran on its merits and local bookmakers in those street-runner days took a pasting.

Dodson & Horrell investigate Alfalfa Oil Plus for morphine contamination

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 07:23

Linseed oil could have been contaminated with naturally occurring poppy seeds

Animal feed manufacturer Dodson & Horrell is investigating how its products could have become contaminated with morphine in the wake of positive tests returned by five horses, including the Queen's Estimate.

Gosden quintet amongst 33-strong entry for the St Leger

Filed on 24 Jul 2014 @ 07:19

Kingston Hill installed as favourite for final Classic

The Ladbrokes St Leger, which takes place at Doncaster Racecourse on Saturday, September 13, has attracted an entry of 33, including five from John Gosden's Newmarket stable.

Estimate fails drugs test; contaminated feed blamed

Filed on 23 Jul 2014 @ 07:25

The Queen's Gold Cup winner tests positive for morphine

The Queen's 2013 Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate has tested positive for the banned substance morphine, Buckingham Palace has announced. The five year old Monsun mare finished a fine second to Leading Light in this year's renewal of the race, and it is believed that the positive sample was taken after that race.

Harbinger has his first winner as a sire

Filed on 22 Jul 2014 @ 08:22

Harbinger, the runaway 11 length winner of the 2010 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, had his first winner as a sire when Suave George won an 1800m newcomers' race at Hakodate in Japan on Sunday.

Taghrooda heads 12 in the King George as Eagle Top supplemented

Filed on 22 Jul 2014 @ 08:18

Gosden responsible for all three-year-old entries

Taghrooda would be only the second Oaks winner to capture the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) in the same year if successful at Ascot on Saturday, July 26.

Tom's Tribute sees off Summer Front in the Eddie Read

Filed on 21 Jul 2014 @ 08:01

Del Mar, 20 July 2014

The Braly Family Trust's Tom's Tribute (Lion Heart) won the Grade One Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar on Sunday, racing prominently behind Horizontalyspeakin before taking command in the stretch, retaining a commanding advantage over the favoured Summer Front to win by a length.

Stopchargingmaria wins the CCA Oaks by five lengths

Filed on 21 Jul 2014 @ 07:58

Saratoga, 20 July 2014

Stopchargingmaria picked up her first Grade One victory in her third attempt with a facile victory in the 98th edition of the Grade One Coaching Club American Oaks for three-year-old fillies on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.

Western Hymn dominant in the Prix Eugene Adam

Filed on 21 Jul 2014 @ 07:53

John Gosden's Classic Trial winner Western Hymn (High Chaparral) regained the winning thread on Sunday when dominating his rivals in the Group Two Prix Eugene Adam at Mainsons-Laffitte, quickening stylishly to beat Army Bulletin by three lengths, with Master Carpenter third.

Kool Kompany holds on in the Prix Robert Papin

Filed on 21 Jul 2014 @ 07:48

Son of Jeremy adds a second Group Two for in-form Hannon

The Richard Hannon-trained Kool Kompany (Jeremy) won the Group Two Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday, taking command from Goken inside the final furlong, and holding off the late flourish of Strath Burn by half a length.

Somali Lemonade rallies to take the G1 Diana

Filed on 21 Jul 2014 @ 07:45

Saratoga, 19 July 2014

Already a multiple Grade Three winner, Somali Lemonade (Lemon Drop Kid) rallied from off the pace to capture her first Grade One in the TVG Diana on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Bracelet victorious in the Irish Oaks

Filed on 19 Jul 2014 @ 17:13

Montjeu's Ribblesdale winner takes Group One honours

The Group One Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday was won by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Bracelet (Montjeu), winner of the Ribblesdale last time, who came with a late run to collar the long time leader Volume, going clear and having just enough in hand to deny her stablemate Tapestry by a neck. Volume kept on to take third, but the favourite Tarfasha - second in the Oaks - faded out of contention in the straight.