65 remain in the Grand National

Filed on 1 Apr 2014 @ 07:22

Tidal Bay (11st 10lb, 14/1 with Betfred), bidding to become the first 13-year-old to triumph since Sergeant Murphy in 1923 and the first to shoulder top-weight since Red Rum in 1977, heads the 65 horses going forward to Saturday's £1-million Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree.

Bracelet earns Oaks favouritism with Leopardstown win

Filed on 30 Mar 2014 @ 15:27

Montjeu own sister to Wading impressive in 1,000 Guineas Trial

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Bracelet (Montjeu) was an impressive winner of the Group Three Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes on Sunday, wearing down the odds-on favourite Balansiya to win by a length under Joseph O'Brien.

Spanish star Noozhoh Canarias warms up for the 2000 Guineas with Madrid win

Filed on 30 Mar 2014 @ 15:22

Spanish star Noozhoh Canarias (Caradak), who found only Karakontie too good for him in the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere last autumn, warmed up for a tilt at the QIPCO 2000 Guineas with an emphatic victory at La Zarzuela in Madrid on Sunday.

Daiwa Major's Copano Richard wins the Takamatsunomiya Kinen

Filed on 30 Mar 2014 @ 14:46

Japan, 30 March 2014

Third pick Copano Richard (Daiwa Major) captured his first Grade One title in Sunday’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen, turning in back-to-back graded wins following the Hankyu Hai. While showing respectable performances over 1,400 and 1,600-meter distances in his three-year-old season including graded victories in the Arlington Cup and Swan Stakes, as well as a fourth-place finish in the grade-one Mile Championship, the four-year-old dark bay succeeded in winning his first race over 1,200 meters.

Unbeaten Constitution wins the Florida Derby

Filed on 30 Mar 2014 @ 14:30

Gulfstream Park, 29 March 2014

Son of Tapit wins Gulfstream Grade One on third career start

The $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby has produced the winners of 57 Triple Crown events. Gulfstream Park’s signature race also provides one last opportunity for inexperienced three-year-olds to prove that they belong in the Triple Crown.

Vicar's In Trouble resumes winning ways in the Louisiana Derby

Filed on 30 Mar 2014 @ 14:21

Fair Grounds, 29 March 2014

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Vicar’s in Trouble (Into Mischief), so impressive winning the Grade Three Lecomte Stakes by 6 ¾-lengths Jan. 18 but compromised by an unfavorable outside post in the Grade Two Risen Star Stakes Feb. 22 when he finished third, returned to his winning ways with 3 ½-length front-running victory in Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds with Fair Grounds’ soon-to-be four-time defending jockey champion Rosie Napravnik aboard.

Pivotal's African Story wins the Dubai World Cup

Filed on 29 Mar 2014 @ 20:08

Dubai, 29 March 2014

Saeed bin Suroor’s seven-year-old African Story (Pivotal) put in a career-best performance to streak away with the 19th running of the US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates at Meydan on Saturday.

Gentildonna goes one better in the Dubai Sheema Classic

Filed on 29 Mar 2014 @ 20:06

Dubai, 29 March 2014

Dual Japan Cup winner beats Cirrus des Aigles into second

The dual Japan Cup-winning Japanese mare, Gentildonna (Deep Impact) made up for her unlucky second in this same race last year with a record-breaking win in the Dubai Sheema Classic, presented by Longines (2400m) this time around.

Just A Way wins the Dubai Duty Free in record time

Filed on 29 Mar 2014 @ 20:03

Dubai, 29 March 2014

Dank runs on to take third

Just A Way (JPN) (Heart's Cry) unleashed lightning acceleration to win the US$5m Group One Dubai Duty Free sponsored by Dubai Duty Free at Meydan on Saturday, in the process slicing more than two seconds off the Meydan Racecourse track record for 1800m on turf.

Sterling City and Amber Sky win for Hong Kong at Meydan

Filed on 29 Mar 2014 @ 19:58

Dubai, 29 March 2014

Royal Ascot possible for Sterling City after Golden Shaheen win

In what marked the second consecutive win of the night for Hong Kong and jockey Joao Moreira, the Australian-bred Sterling City (Nadeem) wore down a familiar foe in Rich Tapestry to win the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News at Meydan on Saturday.

Thewayyouare's Toast Of New York wins the UAE Derby

Filed on 29 Mar 2014 @ 19:51

Dubai, 29 March 2013

Jamie Osborne produces Kentucky Derby contender

Toast of New York (Thewayyouare) upset the $2 million UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group in dominant fashion on Saturday, prevailing over more highly heralded runners from Coolmore and Godolphin.

Ocean Tempest prevails in the Lincoln

Filed on 29 Mar 2014 @ 18:47

Turf Flat season gets underway at Doncaster

The John Ryan-trained Ocean Tempest (Act One) landed a late gamble when making most of the running to win the William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday, the opening day of the turf Flat season, seeing off Tullius, with Robert The Painter running on to take third.

Gordon Lord Byron swoops in Sydney Group One

Filed on 29 Mar 2014 @ 18:38

Australia, 29 March 2014

Irish raider wins the George Ryder Stakes

Last season's Group One Sprint Cup winner Gordon Lord Byron (Byron) swooped late under Craig Williams to win the Group One George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday. The Tom Hogan-trained six-year-old scored a last-stride win over courageous Victorian gelding Speediness to claim the $1 million event.

Godolphin outline Guineas plans

Filed on 27 Mar 2014 @ 15:18

Ihtimal to make European return in the 1000 Guineas

Last season's Group Two May Hill winner and Fillies' Mile third Ihtimal has been a star at Meydan this winter, winning the UAE 1000 Guineas and UAE Oaks in tremendous style, and the Shamardal filly will run next in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on Sunday, May 4. Her trainer Saeed bin Suroor told "Ihtimal worked really nicely two days ago and she will go straight to the Guineas. I have been very pleased with her since her races.

TBA: British breeding in critical state

Filed on 26 Mar 2014 @ 14:03

Low numbers of NH foals cause for alarm

A report produced for the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association warns that the British horseracing industry is in a critical state with an "alarming" decline in the production of foals which are vital to fulfil the UK Racing fixtures list.

Sheikh Joaan buys 50% interest in Ruler Of The World

Filed on 26 Mar 2014 @ 10:45

Al Shaqab Racing goes into partnership with Coolmore

Al Shaqab Racing of Qatar has purchased a significant interest in last season's Derby winner Ruler Of The World (Galileo) from the Coolmore partnership. The colt will remain in training with Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle.

My Titania to return in the 1000 Guineas

Filed on 26 Mar 2014 @ 09:13

The John Oxx-trained My Titania is to make her seasonal debut in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4. The filly became her sire Sea The Stars' first stakes winner when winning the Group Three C.L. Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh last September.

Prix Ganay return for "much stronger" Treve

Filed on 24 Mar 2014 @ 09:00

Last season's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve (Motivator) has strengthened over the winter and is on course to begin her four-year-old season in the Group One Prix Ganay at Longchamp on April 27.

Vote Often wins the Park Express Stakes

Filed on 24 Mar 2014 @ 08:55

Sister to Marcel Boussac winner Proportional wins at the Curragh

The Dermot Weld-trained Vote Often (Beat Hollow), an own sister to 2008 Prix Marcel Boussac winner Proportional, came with a strong late run to collar British raider Odeliz in the Group Three Lodge Park Stud European Breeders Fund Park Express Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Aurelia's Belle heads to KY Oaks after Bourbonette Oaks victory

Filed on 23 Mar 2014 @ 09:11

Turfway Park, 23 March 2014

We Miss Artie earns Derby place with Spiral Stakes win

Back in Kentucky for the first time since a debut maiden win at Keeneland in October, the Lemon Drop Kid filly Aurelia's Belle (Lemon Drop Kid), who had suffered three losses at Gulfstream Park this winter, relished her return to an all-weather surface and skipped away to win the Group Three Pure Romance Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park by 2 1/4 lengths over Sloane Square.

Robin Hoods Bay sweeps home in the Winter Derby

Filed on 23 Mar 2014 @ 09:07

The Ed Vaughan-trained Robin Hoods Bay (Motivator) was second behind Farraaj in the Group Three Winter Derby at Lingfield last year, but went one better in this year's renewal, sweeping past Windhoek to hit the front near the line.

Earthquake remains unbeaten with Reisling victory

Filed on 23 Mar 2014 @ 09:03

Australia, 22 March 2014

Earthquake and Ghibellines both head to the Golden Slipper after Rosehill wins

Having won the Group One Blue Diamond at her most recent run, two-year-old Exceed And Excel filly Earthquake (Exceed And Excel) started a short price favourite in the Group Two Reisling Stakes at Rosehill and did not let her supporters down.

Kiwi raider Silent Achiever sees off Carlton House in the Ranvet

Filed on 23 Mar 2014 @ 08:57

Australia, 22 March 2014

Queen's horse just collared in Sydney Group One

The Group One Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday saw Kiwi mare Silent Achiever (O'Reilly) score a last-stride win over the Queen's Gai Waterhouse-trained Carlton House.

Spirit Of Boom claims the G1 William Reid

Filed on 21 Mar 2014 @ 13:18

Australia, 21 March 2014

Son of Sequalo prevails from Fontelina

Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo) finally shook the monkey from his back to claim a well deserved Group One win in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday.

Thewayyouare 3yos impress at Saint-Cloud

Filed on 21 Mar 2014 @ 08:41

A pair of Andre Fabre-trained three-year-olds from the first crop of Coolmore sire Thewayyouare made a striking impression when winning at Saint-Cloud on Thursday. Thewayyouare, a son of Kingmambo, now has five winners from just seven first crop runners, and an AEI of 1.9.