Michelle Payne makes Melbourne Cup history aboard 100-1 shot Prince Of Penzance

Filed on 3 Nov 2015 @ 10:33

Australia, 3 November 2015

Max Dynamite second for Mullins and Dettori

Michelle Payne will go down in history as the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup after she won the 2015 renewal of the race aboard 100-1 outsider Prince Of Penzance (Pentire).

Hard Not To Like fetches $2.2m at Keeneland November opener

Filed on 3 Nov 2015 @ 10:29

Keeneland, 3 November 2015

Trade up 8% as Breedeing Stock Sale gets underway

Millionaire and multiple Grade One winner Hard Not To Like sold to DATTT Farm for $2.2 million to headline Monday’s strong opening session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale. On Monday, Keeneland sold 136 horses for $45,094,000, up 8.93 percent from 2014 when 135 horses brought gross receipts of $41,398,000. The average of $331,574 rose 8.13 percent from last year’s $306,652, while the median surged 19.12 percent from $170,000 to $202,500.

Johannes Vermeer lands the Criterium International

Filed on 2 Nov 2015 @ 08:16

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Johannes Vermeer (Galileo), second to Marcel in the Racing Post Trophy a week ago, went one better in the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud on Sunday, battling hard under Ryan Moore to deny the Ed Walker-trained Stormy Antarctic.

Robin Of Navan makes all to give Harry Dunlop his first Group One

Filed on 2 Nov 2015 @ 08:13

Prix du Jockey-Club the likely target for son of American Post

The Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud saw Robin Of Navan (American Post), winner of the Group Three Prix de Conde last time, make all to give Harry Dunlop his first Group One winner. Cloth Of Stars was second, with Notte Bianca third and the Aidan O'Brien-trained favourite Idaho fourth.

Ito sees off Prince Gibraltar in Munich Group One

Filed on 2 Nov 2015 @ 08:08

The Jean-Pierre Carvalho-trained Ito (Adlerflug), a Group Two winner at Baden-Baden in June and second in the Group One Grosser Preis von Berlin in August, took a step forward when winning the Group One Grosser Preis von Bayern at Munich on Sunday, beating off the French raider Prince Gibraltar, himself a dual Group One winner.

American Pharoah smashes track record in the Breeders' Cup Classic

Filed on 1 Nov 2015 @ 09:33

Keeneland, 31 October 2015

The Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah Pioneerof The Nile) sealed his place in American racing history when becoming the first Triple Crown winner to win the Breeders' Cup Classic - a race only instituted since Affirmed's Triple Crown in 1978. The son of Pioneerof The Nile bounced back from a shock defeat in the Travers Stakes to dominate here, smashing the track record in beating the outsider Effinex in second.

Found denies Golden Horn in the BC Turf

Filed on 31 Oct 2015 @ 21:36

Keeneland, 31 October 2015

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Found (Galileo) won the Breeders' Cup Turf on Saturday, reversing a run of second places and turning the tables on Golden Horn, who finished second on his final start before retiring to stud.

Tepin impressive in the BC Mile

Filed on 31 Oct 2015 @ 21:32

Keeneland, 31 October 2015

The Mark Casse-trained four year old filly Tepin (Bernstein) was an impressive winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile on Saturday, quickening smartly under Julien Leparoux to see off European raider Mondialiste in second.

Stephanie's Kitten sees off Legatissimo in the BC Filly & Mare Turf

Filed on 31 Oct 2015 @ 19:14

Keeneland, 31 October 2015

The Chad Brown-trained six year old Stephanie's Kitten (Kitten's Joy) came off the back of victory in the Grade One Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont last time to win the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland on Saturday - a race in which she finished second last year.

Cue Card shows his old spark in the Charlie Hall

Filed on 31 Oct 2015 @ 19:08
Betfair Chase or Hennessy options for nine-year-old

The Colin Tizzard-trained Cue Card returned to the sort of form that saw him win the 2013 Betfair Chase on Saturday, putting in a brillaint round of jumping to win the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, finding a second win on the run-in to beat Dynaste by three and three-quarter lengths.

Don Cossack dominates at Down Royal

Filed on 31 Oct 2015 @ 19:04

King George and Gold CUp on the agenda for Elliott's charge

The Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack was a dominant winner of the Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday, taking the lead four fences from home under Bryan Cooper and pulling eight lengths clear of Rocky Creek.

Convergence tops Tattersalls day 3 at 420,000 gns

Filed on 29 Oct 2015 @ 09:28

The third day of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale saw two lots make 400,000 guineas or more, headed by Group Three Ballycorus Stakes winner Convergence. Overall on Day 3, 317 lots sold for 8,343,650 guineas at an average of 26,321 guineas and a median of 15,000 guineas. The clearance rate for the day was 88%.

Keeneland BC going soft after further rain

Filed on 29 Oct 2015 @ 09:25

The going on the turf course at Keeneland ahead of this weekend's Breeders' Cup is officially 'soft' after almost an inch and a half of further rain.

Track superintendent Javier Barajas said that his hope for good ground for the turf races at the Breeders' Cup has now receded.

Australian buyers prominent as Pilote d'Essai tops Tattersalls day 2

Filed on 28 Oct 2015 @ 08:19

Australian buyers continued to dominate on Tuesday's second day of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale, snapping up the top two lots. A total of 247 lots were sold for 5,552,300 guineas at an average of 22,479 guineas and a median of 13,500 guineas. The clearance rate for the day was 88%.

Sizing John makes winning debut over fences

Filed on 28 Oct 2015 @ 08:10

Grade One-winning hurdler successful at Punchestown

Henry de Bromhead's Grade One winning hurdler Sizing John won the Download The Betdaq App Beginners Chase by seven and a half lengths from Mr Diablo.

Half brother to Mastercraftsman tops Tattersalls HIT opener

Filed on 27 Oct 2015 @ 08:11

Average declines 6%from last year's opening session

The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale got underway on Monday with a total of 228 lots sold for 5,105,000 guineas, at an average of 22,390 guineas, down 6% on last year, and a median of 12,000 guineas, down from 14,000 guineas at last year's opening session. Seven lots topped six-figures and the top lot made 240,000 guineas.

Golden Horn drawn on the rail in Breeders' Cup Turf

Filed on 27 Oct 2015 @ 08:04

Kentucky, 26 October 2015

American Pharoah favourite in strong field for the Classic

Zayat Stable’s Triple Crown hero American Pharoah, Spendthrift Farm’s champion mare Beholder and Lane’s End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm’s exciting stretch-runner Honor Code will be the favorites in an outstanding field of 10 3-year-olds and up set for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, climax of the 32nd Breeders’ Cup World Championship races to be run Friday and Saturday at Keeneland Race Course.

Many Clouds heads 11 in the Charlie Hall Chase

Filed on 27 Oct 2015 @ 08:00

Grand National hero Many Clouds features among 11 entries for the Grade Two bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday, October 31.

The eight-year-old capped a fabulous campaign last season at Aintree which also saw him capture the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury and the Grade Two BetBright Cup Chase at Cheltenham.

Bolger's Moonlight Magic has Classic aspirations after Eyrefield win

Filed on 26 Oct 2015 @ 08:49

The Jim Bolger-trained Moonlight Magic (Cape Cross) made a quick reappearance from his debut victory last week to win the Listed Best Odds Guaranteed For Tote Account Holders Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday, pulling three quarters of a length clear.

Vazirabad battles to victory in the Prix Royal-Oak

Filed on 26 Oct 2015 @ 08:46

The Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained Vazirabad (Manduro) landed his fifth straight victory and first at Group One level when winning the Group One Prix Royal-Oak at Saint-Cloud on Sunday, outbattling Siljan's Saga in a lengthy battle up the straight.

Odeliz adds a second Group One in the Premio Lydia Tesio

Filed on 26 Oct 2015 @ 08:43

The Karl Burke trained filly Odeliz (Falco) won the Group One Premio Lydia Tesio on Sunday for her owner Barbara Keller. Already the winner of the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in August, the five year old daughter of Falco is catalogued as lot 2018 at the forthcoming Tattersalls December Sale, where she will be consigned by agent Jamie Railton.

Bob's Worth and Sprinter Sacre close to return to action

Filed on 26 Oct 2015 @ 08:40

Trainer Nicky Henderson is close to running two of his stable stalwarts, with former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Bob's Worth and former Champion Chase winner Sprinter Sacre working well before their respective assignments.

Marcel wins the Racing Post Trophy for Chapple-Hyam

Filed on 26 Oct 2015 @ 08:37

Son of Lawman powers clear at Doncaster

The Peter Chapple-Hyam trained Marcel (Lawman) was a length and a half winner in the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday, seeing off his rivals at a starting price of 33-1. Andrea Atzeni steered the son of Lawman to victory and in turn gained his third win in the race in as many years.

Winx powers to Cox Plate victory as Highland Reel third

Filed on 26 Oct 2015 @ 08:34

Australia, 26 October 2015

Winx (Street Cry) confirmed her status as one of the world's best gallopers when she thumped a star studded field in a record breaking performance in the WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday. The daughter of Street Cry won by four and three quarter lengths in a time of 2 minute 2.98 seconds - smashing Might and Power's race and course record by over half a second.

Speightstown and Soldier Of Fortune yearlings to the fore at Arqana

Filed on 23 Oct 2015 @ 08:18

Slight declines at penultimate session of October Yearling Sale

The market held on strongly on the third and penultimate session of the October Yearling Sale as 77% of the 154 youngsters on offer changed hands for an aggregate of €2,880,000, just 3% down from the same session last year, at an average price of €24,202 (-5%).