Free Eagle and Flintshire head European entries in Hong Kong International Races

Filed on 25 Nov 2015 @ 08:38

Hong Kong, 25 November 2015

The Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, 13 December have attracted a strong line-up of Group One stars, with a total of 33 international Group One winners among the 56 selected entries.

Son of Swiss Spirit tops Tattersalls foal opener

Filed on 25 Nov 2015 @ 08:28

First crop sires to the fore on low-key opening day

A son of Whitsbury Manor Stud’'s freshman sire Swiss Spirit topped proceedings on the opening day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale when selling to Castledillon Stud’s Timmy Hillman for 33,000 guineas. The first of five days of foals saw a total of 67 lots sell for 320,100 guineas at an average of 4,778 guineas and a median of 3,000 guineas.

New Approach colt tops Tattersalls December Yearlings

Filed on 24 Nov 2015 @ 08:51

Aggregate down as Shadwell dominate buyers' list

Sheikh Hamdan’'s Shadwell Estates dominated the one-day December Yearling Sale on Monday when buying the top two lots and three of the seven to break the six-figure barrier. The 142 lots sold represented an 80% clearance rate, but just 63% of the lots catalogued. The aggregate of 4,091,400 guineas was down from the 4,573,700 guineas realised last year, when 161 lots sold, but the average of 28,813 guineas was up by 1% and the median of 20,000 guineas represented an 11% rise.

Vaniteux cruises to victory in Kempton chase debut

Filed on 24 Nov 2015 @ 08:43

Henderson-trained chaser cut for the Arkle

The Nicky Henderson-trained Vaniteux was a high class hurdler, finishing third in the 2014 Supreme Novices Hurdle and second on three occasions at Cheltenham last season, beaten by Garde La Victoire, The New One and Rock On Ruby, and he looks set to exceed that level of form over fences based on his emphatic victory in the Starlight Novices' Chase at Kempton on Monday.

Coneygree heads 21 in the Hennessy Gold Cup

Filed on 24 Nov 2015 @ 08:41

Last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree (Mark Bradstock) heads 21 contenders for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, on Saturday.

The eight-year-old, who is 7/2 joint-favourite with bet365, tops the weights on 11st 12lb and is attempting to follow in the footsteps of such luminaries as Mandarin, Mill House, Arkle, Bregawn, Burrough Hill Lad, Denman and Bobs Worth who all landed the Hennessy Gold Cup and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Coneygree is a dual Grade Two winner at Newbury and made a winning seasonal reappearance when sauntering to a 25-length victory at Sandown Park on November 8. He had an injury scare last week but is an intended runner on Saturday.

Goffs Breeding Stock Sale concludes with rises

Filed on 23 Nov 2015 @ 08:41

Group Three winner Malagenia tops final session of November Sale

A superb Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale returned major increases across the board as turnover rose by 26%, to €9,826,400. The average rose by 20% to €31,294 and the median of €15,000 was up 11% over the 2014 sale.

Augusta Kate retains unbeaten record with seven length victory

Filed on 23 Nov 2015 @ 08:35

The Willie Mullins-trained Augusta Kate, a 23 lengths winner on debut in Speptember, extended her unbeaten record when winning the Coolmore N.H. Sires European Breeders Fund Mares INH Flat Race at Navan on Sunday, beating a strong field by seven lengths to put her in the picture for the Bumpers at Cheltenham and Aintree next spring.

Douvan makes impressive winning chase debut

Filed on 23 Nov 2015 @ 08:27

Last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Douvan made his chasing debut on Sunday at Navan, running out an impressive winner of the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Chase.

Cheltenham seeking new Gold Cup sponsor

Filed on 23 Nov 2015 @ 08:22

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Cheltenham Racecourse is seeking a new sponsor for the Cheltenham Gold Cup after the existing sponsor Betfred fell foul of the BHA's new Authorised Betting Partners Rule. Betfred's sposnorship of the Sprint Cup at Haydock has also ended.

Ebayina tops strong Goffs Breeding Stock Sale opener

Filed on 22 Nov 2015 @ 09:46

Saturday's opening session of the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale saw strong trade, witha 29% rise in gross to €8,640,500 and a 16% rise in average to €43,639. The clearance rate was 81%, with 198 lots sold.

Cue Card bounds clear of Silviniaco Conti in the Betfair Chase

Filed on 22 Nov 2015 @ 09:40

The Colin Tizzard-trained Cue Card was a brilliant winner of the Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday, bounding clear of the pacesetting Silviniaco Conti in the straight to win by seven lengths under Paddy Brennan.

Vautour outbattles Ptit Zig at Ascot

Filed on 22 Nov 2015 @ 09:35

"Half fit" Vautour makes winning seasonal debut

Last season's impressive JLT Chase winner Vautour outbattled Ptit Zig to win the Stella Artois 1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday, but he had to battle hard to get the verdict, pulling out a one and three quarter length margin at the line.

Red Cadeaux put down after complications from Melbourne Cup injury

Filed on 22 Nov 2015 @ 09:21

Australia, 21 November 2015

The Ed Dunl;op-trained Red Cadeaux has been put down after succumbing to complications from the injury he sustained in the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington on 3 November 2015.

€1.1m Dubawi colt sets new Irish foal record

Filed on 22 Nov 2015 @ 09:17

A new record price for a colt foal in Ireland topped the fifth and final day of Goffs November Foal Sale on Friday when a son of Darley Stud’s Dubawi (Lot 1129) out of the Classic winning Nightime was sold by The Castlebridge Consignment to John Ferguson for €1,100,000 after he saw off a number of contenders for the outstanding foal that included Ross Doyle as well as Rob Speers and Ibrahim Araci.

Jonathan Pease retires with final runner a winner

Filed on 20 Nov 2015 @ 08:41

Siyoushake wins the Listed Prix Ceres at Fontainebleau

French-based trainer Jonathan Pease retired from training on Thursday, with his final runner proving a winner as Siyoushake won the Listed Prix Ceres.

Zoffany colt to the fore at Goffs Thursday

Filed on 20 Nov 2015 @ 08:33

The Goffs November Foal Sale continued on Thursday, with 172 lots sold at an 80% clearance rate for an aggregate of €6,187,000. The average was €35,971 and the median €28,000.

The top lot was a son of Coolmore Stud’s Zoffany that sold to Jamie Railton for €150,000 (Lot 824). Consigned by Seskin Stud, this colt is out of a sister to the dam of recent Group One Metropolitan Stakes winner in Australia, Magic Hurricane.

Soviet Song dies at the age of 15

Filed on 20 Nov 2015 @ 08:28

The Elite Racing Club's multiple Group One-winning racemare Soviet Song has died at the age of 15.

Elite's racing manager Dan Downie said: "She was put down on Monday, sadly. She had been struggling with her feet and it got progressively worse. I was over in Kentucky for the Breeders' Cup and went to see her.

Lope De Vega colt sells for €105,000 at Goffs foal sale

Filed on 19 Nov 2015 @ 07:51

Strong demand at the Goffs November Foal Sale on Wednesday led to a healthy clearance rate of 81% and an average price of €20,283. Trade was topped by a son of Lope De Vega sold by Kellsgrange Stud (Lot 551) to Luke Barry of Manister House Stud for €105,000. The colt is brother to seven winners in France including Listed winner Beringoer and is out of a sister to two Group One winners in Dare And Go and Go Deputy.

Autumn Sale concludes record season for yearlings at Arqana

Filed on 19 Nov 2015 @ 07:48

At Wednesday's third and final session of the Arqana Autumn Sale, the last of the year dedicated to yearlings, 121 youngsters changed hands for a total of €943,500 and an average price of €7,798.

Don Poli heads Becher Chase entries

Filed on 19 Nov 2015 @ 07:46

Don Poli headlines 47 entries for the Grade Three Betfred Becher Chase over just short of three and a quarter miles at Aintree on 5 December. Trained by Willie Mullins, the six-year-old was the impressive winner of the Grade One RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March but met his first defeat over fences when disappointing behind stablemate Valseur Lido at Punchestown in April. They are both priced at 14/1 with Betfred.

Coneygree's Hennessy run depends on Saturday gallop

Filed on 17 Nov 2015 @ 09:00

Gold Cup winner spreads a plate

Gold Cup winner Coneygree has a question mark over his run in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury a week on Saturday after he spread a plate on Monday after pricking his foot.

Nicholls upbeat over Silviniaco Conti's Betfair Chase chance

Filed on 17 Nov 2015 @ 08:54

Flat tracks the plan - unless the Gold Cup comes up soft

Paul Nicholls is looking forward to running Silviniaco Conti in the Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock Park on Saturday. The nine year old is going for a third victory in the race.

Chirico Vallis sells for €355,000 as a jumps prospect at Arqana

Filed on 17 Nov 2015 @ 08:42

Monday's first day of the 2015 Autumn Sale, dedicated to horses in training and two-year-old stores, posted a record turnover of 4,965,000€, up 10,37% from last year’s already record-setting session, and also saw the AQPS Chirico VAllis set a new record price for a NH prospect at this sale when commanding €355,000 from Hubert Barbe.

Most Improved colt tops Goffs foal opener

Filed on 17 Nov 2015 @ 08:37

The Goffs November Foal Sale got underway on Monday with strong competition for the better lots on offer. The top lot was a colt from the first crop of Coolmore sire Most Improved (Lot 143) who was sold by Sweep Lane Stud to Castlehyde Stud for €39,000.

Nichols Canyon wins the Morgiana as Faugheen loses unbeaten record

Filed on 16 Nov 2015 @ 08:37

The Willie Mullins-trained Nichols Canyon won the Grade One Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown, beating the odds-on favourite Faugheen, his previously unbeaten stablemate.

Faugheen jumped and travelled well in the early stages, but the testing going took its toll, with Ruby Walsh sending out distress signals on the home turn.