Ballydoyle promoted to Guineas favouritism after Debutante success

Filed on 24 Aug 2015 @ 07:11

Moyglare the target for Galileo filly

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Ballydoyle (Galileo) was promoted to the head of the ante post lists for next year's 1000 Guineas after winning the Group Two Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday, dictating terms throughout under Joseph O'Brien to beat her stablemate Minding by two lengths.

Ajaya wins the Gimcrack for Haggas

Filed on 24 Aug 2015 @ 07:08

William Haggas added to his stellar week on the Knavesmire when Ajaya (Invincible Spirit) won the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes on Saturday, quickening clear and holding Ribchester by a length and a quarter. The winner's stablemate Raucous ran a promising race in third.

Mecca's Angel swoops past tiring Acapulco in the Nunthorpe

Filed on 21 Aug 2015 @ 15:04

Dark Angel filly claims Group One honours at York

The Group One Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday saw the Michael Dods-trained Mecca's Angel (Dark Angel) swoop clear for a dominant win on her first run in Group One company. The American two-year-old Acapulco had set a balzing tempo up front, but began to fade in the final furlong as Mecca's Angel flew home under Paul Mulrennan, passing the post two lengths clear. Mattmu was the same distance back in third.

Fadhayyil makes the most of drop to Listed level at York

Filed on 21 Aug 2015 @ 14:54

Sun Chariot possible for Tamayuz filly

The Barry Hills-trained Fadhayyil (Tamayuz) made the most of a drop to Listed level when winning the Sky Bet City of York Stakes at York on Friday. The Tamayuz filly took the lead from the pace-setter Salateen and found plenty in front to see off the persistent challenge of Speculative Bid by half a length.

Max Dynamite bounds clear in the Lonsdale Cup

Filed on 21 Aug 2015 @ 14:10

The Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite ran out an impressive winner of the Group Two Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York on Friday, surging clear under Frankie Dettori to beat Mizzou by four and a half lengths.

Pleascach gets up in the Yorkshire Oaks

Filed on 20 Aug 2015 @ 15:02

Teofilo filly back to her best ahead of autumn campaign

The Jim Bolger-trained Pleascach (Teofilo) won the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York on Thursday, getting up in the final strides under Kevin Manning to deny the pacesetting Irish Oaks winner Covert Love, who had looked like winning the race from the front until the final furlong. The improving French filly Sea Calisi was a running-on third.

Besharah wins the Lowther for in-form Haggas

Filed on 20 Aug 2015 @ 14:12

Kodiac filly surges clear of well-regarded Lumiere

William Haggas's incredible run of form at York's Ebor meeting continued when Besharah (Kodiac) ran out a dominant winner of the Group Two Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes, finding a gap and surging two and a quarter lengths clear of Newmarket maiden winner Lumiere within the final furlong.

Arabian Queen lowers the colours of Golden Horn at York

Filed on 19 Aug 2015 @ 14:47

Dubawi filly digs deep to spring 50-1 surprise in the Juddmonte International

The Group One Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday saw the David Elsworth-trained Arabian Queen (Dubawi) spring a 50-1 surprise as she dug deep to refuse to let the odds-on and hitherto unbeaten Derby winner Golden Horn pass her in the final quarter mile.

Storm The Stars wins Great Voltigeur battle

Filed on 19 Aug 2015 @ 14:43

Consistent son of Sea The Stars sees off Bondi Beach

The William Haggas-trained Storm The Stars (Sea The Stars) won a battling renewal of the Group Two Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on Wednesday, but had to survive a stewards' enquiry after he drifter left across the track, bumping the eventual second Bondi Beach in the process. Only half-a-length separated the pair at the line. Giovanni Canaletto finished third, some four-and-a-half lengths adrift of the principals.

Recorder wins the Acomb for the Queen

Filed on 19 Aug 2015 @ 14:02

National Stakes the possible aim for Galileo colt

The William Haggas-trained Recorder (Galileo) ran out the clear-cut winner of the Group Three Tattersalls Acomb Stakes at York on Wednesday for the Queen, quickening takingly a quarter of a mile from home to take the lead from Mohab. He idled somewhat in front, beating Bing Bang Bong by a length and a quarter.

Kendargent colt tops Arqana v.2 Sale

Filed on 19 Aug 2015 @ 13:54

Sale of precocious types fails to match last year's highs

The Arqana v.2 yearling sale at Deauville on Tuesday saw 87 yearlings (74%) selling for an aggregate of €3,035,000, down from €3,746,000 last year, at an average price of €34,101, down 6%. Those figures failed to match the stellar trade at last year's sale, when turnover had leapt 68% from 2013, though three lots commanded six-figure prices while the highest price in 2014 was €90,000.

Jazzi Top bursts clear in the Prix de la Nonette

Filed on 19 Aug 2015 @ 07:59

The John Gosden-trained Jazzi Top (Danehill Dancer) ran out the emphatic winner of the Group Two Prix de la Nonette at Deauville on Tuesday. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, the half sister to Izzi Top was caught behind horses in the straight, but showed a fine turn of foot to take advantage of the gap when it came, going clear to beat Andreas Wohler's German raider Holy Moly.

Dutch Art colt tops final session at Arqana

Filed on 18 Aug 2015 @ 08:04

August Yearling Sale concludes with 10% rise in average

The third and final session of the Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale on Monday saw 131 yearlings change hands (78.4%) for a total of €10,626,000 (+9%) and an average price of €81,115 (+14%). 8 yearlings commanded prices in excess of €200,000 while only one had achieved the feat last year, and the highest price reached €450,000, a figure that had never been seen on the final day of the August sale.

Dubawi colt sets Arqana record at €2.6m

Filed on 17 Aug 2015 @ 07:55

Stellar Sunday trade sees Part 1 conclude 10% up on last year

Incredibly strong trade at Sunday's second session of the Arqana August Yearling Sale resulted in an increase in all key indicators for the Part 1 of the catalogue, comprising the first two nights. On Sunday only, 71 yearlings sold from 85 offered (84%) grossing €20,515,000 million, a record aggregate for a single session at this sale, and averaged €288,944.

Esoterique quickens clear in the Jacques le Marois

Filed on 17 Aug 2015 @ 07:40

Andre Fabre saddled the first two home in Sunday's Group One Prix du Haras Fresnay Le Buffard Jacques Le Marois at Deauville, but it was the less-fancied Esoterique (Danehill Dancer) that prevailed from Guineas second and Prix Jean Prat winner Territories.

New Bay has Arc aim after Deauville G2 win

Filed on 16 Aug 2015 @ 10:06

The Andre Fabre-trained Prix du Jockey-Club winner New Bay (Dubawi) got the second part of his season off to a perfect start when running out a comfortable winner of the Group Two Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville on Saturday, beating the Aga Khan's Dariyan by a length and a half.

Watsdachances wins the Beverly D on Secret Gesture DQ

Filed on 16 Aug 2015 @ 09:44

Arlington Park, 16 August 2015

The Grade One Beverly D Stakes at Arlington on Saturday saw the Ralph Beckett-trained Secret Gesture pass the post first under a determined Jamie Spencer, but then lose the race to the late-flying Watsdachances after the stewards found she had caused interference with Stephanie's Kitten.

Highland Reel makes all in the Arlington Million

Filed on 16 Aug 2015 @ 09:40

Arlington Park, 16 August 2015

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Highland Reel (Galileo) made all to win the Secretariat Stakes in a heavy rainstorm at Arlington Park on Saturday. The Gordon Stakes winner dictated a steady pace under Seamus Heffernan, quickening on the home turn and staying on to best the staying-on Closing Bell.

Shamardal colt tops Arqana opener at €720,000

Filed on 16 Aug 2015 @ 09:27

Aggregate dips 27% as flagship yearling sale gets underway

The opening night of the August Yearling Sale at Deauville on Saturday saw 62 yearlings sell for a combined €11,792,000, down 27% from the strong openings ession of last year's sale. The average price of €190,194 was 25% down on last year, and the clearance rate fell by five points to 77%.

Adaay pulls clear in the Hungerford Stakes

Filed on 16 Aug 2015 @ 09:21

Kodiac colt to be campaigned over 7f or a mile

Group Two Sandy Lane Stakes winner Adaay (Kodiac) put a seventh place finish in the Commonwealth Cup behind him when running out a game winner of the Group Two Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, pulling out plenty to see off Coulsty by half a length, with Breton Rock taking third.

Agent Murphy goes five lengths clear in the Geoffrey Feer

Filed on 16 Aug 2015 @ 09:16

Irish St Leger likely target for son of Cape Cross

The Brian Meehan-trained four year old Agent Murphy (Cape Cross) ran out an emphatic winner of the Group Two Betfred Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, surging five lengths clear to give jockey Jimmy Fortune a welcome big-race winner after his return from an injury sustained at Royal Ascot.

American Pharoah 1lb clear of Golden Horn in World Thoroughbred Rankings

Filed on 14 Aug 2015 @ 13:19

Following his devastatingly easy victory in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes, American Paroah

Cougar Mountain resumes winning ways in the Desmond Stakes

Filed on 14 Aug 2015 @ 07:50

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Cougar Mountain (Fastnet Rock) won the Group Three Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday, benefitting from a drop in class to beat Raydara by three quarters of a length.

Kodi Bear storms clear in the Sovereign Stakes

Filed on 13 Aug 2015 @ 16:20

The Clive Cox-trained Kodi Bear (Kodiac) continued his progression when storming clear of his rivals to win the Group Three totepool Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury on Thursday, making all under Gerald Mosse but veering to the far side and rejoining the field before striding four and a half lengths clear of Dark Emerald, with Custom Cut third.

Easter wins the Hurry Harriet Stakes for O'Brien

Filed on 13 Aug 2015 @ 15:21

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Easter (Galileo) registered a maiden stakes win when landing the Listed Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Hurry Harriet Stakes at Gowran Park on Wednesday, tackling the long-time leader Stellar Glow two furlongs out and running on to score by two lengths. John Oxx's My Titania kept on for third.