A Shin Hikari leads Japanese 1-2 in the Hong Kong Cup

Filed on 14 Dec 2015 @ 09:31

Hong Kong, 13 December 2015

Despite a record of eight wins from 10 starts, Japanese invader A Shin Hikari had much to prove in the Group One Longines Hong Kong Cup on Sunday. He had yet to capture a Group One race and many questioned if his speed could stay the course.

Maurice wins the HK Mile for Japan

Filed on 14 Dec 2015 @ 09:28

Hong Kong, 13 December 2015

Ryan Moore rides a double at the Hong Kong International Races

Maurice (Screen Hero) surged up the centre of the Sha Tin straight to produce a stunning victory in the Longines Hong Kong Mile on Sunday, giving Japan a first win in the 1,600m spectacular for ten years and adding yet another Group One victory to Ryan Moore's sensational big race profile.

Dandy Man's Peniaphobia wins the HK Sprint

Filed on 14 Dec 2015 @ 09:26

Hong Kong, 13 December 2015

Dubai and Europe possible for Hong Kong-trained sprinter

Hong Kong's Peniaphobia (Dandy Man), brazenly ridden by Joao Moreira for legendary Hong Kong trainer Tony Cruz, defied drawing the outside barrier 13 to sustain sizzling speed from start to finish and win Sunday's Group One Longines Hong Kong Sprint.

Highland Reel gives O'Brien his first Hong Victory in the Vase

Filed on 14 Dec 2015 @ 09:24

Hong Kong, 13 December 2015

Son of Galileo sees off Flintshire at Sha Tin

Highland Reel (Galileo) rewrote the record books in the Longines Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, becoming the first three-year-old colt to triumph in the 2,400-metre contest, and also giving absent trainer Aidan O'Brien his first-ever Hong Kong victory.

Old Guard wins the International as Peace And Co flops

Filed on 14 Dec 2015 @ 09:19

Improving hurdler to be aimed at the Champion Hurdle

The Paul Nicholls-trained Old Guard came out on top in a thrilling tussle for the International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday, getting the better of Sempre Medici and Hargam to add to his Greatwood Hurdle win at the track last time. The hot favourite Peace And Co failed to settle, and ran out of steam a furlong from home, finishing last.

Village Vic makes all to win Cheltenham feature

Filed on 14 Dec 2015 @ 09:17

Somerset trainer Philip Hobbs saddled the first two home in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham, with stable jockey Richard Johnson riding at his minimum weight to pilot Village Vic to victory, ahead of Champagne West.

Min earns Supreme Novices favouritism after winning debut for Mullins

Filed on 10 Dec 2015 @ 15:30

The Willie Mullins-trained Min, a four year old import from France, made a winning start to his career in Ireland when running out the impressive winner of the Festival Hospitality On Sale Maiden Hurdle over two and a quarter miles at Punchestown on Thursday. Ridden by Ruby Walsh, the long odds-on favourite beat Gurteen, with Double Island third.

Irish Cavalier amongst 15 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup runners

Filed on 10 Dec 2015 @ 15:23

A field of 15 is set to line up in the £100,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (1.50pm), the Grade Three handicap chase staged over two miles and five furlongs at Cheltenham on day two of The International, Saturday, December 12.

Able Friend "cherry ripe" ahead of HK Mile

Filed on 10 Dec 2015 @ 10:06

Hong Kong, 10 December 2015

Dominant in flying form ahead of attempt to recapture HK Vase

Able Friend, ever the star attraction, drew an expectant clutch of international media and keen-eyed work watchers to Sha Tin Racecourse before dawn on Thursday.

416 yearlings entered for the 2017 Derby

Filed on 10 Dec 2015 @ 10:03

Coolmore and Godolphin dominate early entries, as 24 Frankel yearlings entered

The 2017 Investec Derby, with increased prize money of £1.5 million, has attracted 416 yearling entries.

Network tops final session of Arqana Breeding Stock Sale

Filed on 9 Dec 2015 @ 09:16

Sale of stallions boost final day aggregate by 36%

The final session of the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale, which featured a rare offering of 15 stallions in addition to 156 National Hunt mares and foals, returned a record aggregate of €2,344,500, up a whopping 36% from the same day a year ago. The average also improved by 23% to reach €21,314. However, the larger catalogue for this final day saw the clearance rate retreat from 80% to 70%.

Telecoms company Timico to sponsor the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Filed on 9 Dec 2015 @ 09:13

Fast-growing managed service provider Timico Technology Group has been announced as the new sponsor of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, run on Friday, March 18, 2016, receives an immediate prize money boost of £25,000 and will be worth a record £575,000.

Faugheen and Don Cossack named as joint Irish Horses of the Year

Filed on 8 Dec 2015 @ 09:43

Don Cossack and Faugheen were joint-winners of the Horse of the Year Award at the annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards ceremony at Leopardstown.

For the first time in history the award was shared as voters were unable to choose between the Willie Mullins-trained Champion Hurdle winner Faugheen and Gordon Elliott's five-time Grade One-winning chaser Don Cossack.

Peace And Co heads entries for the International

Filed on 8 Dec 2015 @ 09:39

The Grade Two International Hurdle takes centre stage at Cheltenham on Saturday, and Nicky Henderson has three entered in Peace And Co, Top Notch and Hargam. The trio filled the first three places respectively in the Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival in March.

Siyouni foals in demand at Arqana

Filed on 8 Dec 2015 @ 09:36

Figures on the third and penultimate session of the Breeding Stock Sale proved extremely similar to the same day a year earlier, with all key indicators registering variations under 2%. 200 horses sold on Monday, 7 more than in 2014, for an aggregate of €2,237,900 and an average price of €11,190. The clearance rate lost one point at 74%.

Embellishment tops Arqana Breeding Stock opener at €900,000

Filed on 6 Dec 2015 @ 15:18

Ballylinch/Bridlewood top the buyers' list at solid start to sale

The Arqana 2015 Breeding Stock Sale got off to a solid start on Saturday, with Ballylinch Stud’s manager John O’Connor the busiest buyer of the day when securing 5 mares for €2.4 million on behalf of John and Leslie Malone’s breeding operations, Ballylinch Stud in Ireland and Bridlewood Farm in Florida.

Djakadam wins his first Grade One in the John Durkan

Filed on 6 Dec 2015 @ 15:14

Last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Djakadam registered his first win at Grade One level on Sunday when pulling easily clear of his rivals to win the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase by 12 lengths.

Al Ferof wins the Peterborough on debut for Skelton

Filed on 6 Dec 2015 @ 15:10

The Betfred Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on Sunday was won by former Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner and Grade Two winning Chaser Al Ferof, who was making his first start for Dan Skelton, having left Paul Nicholls.

Sire De Grugy bounces back in the Tingle Creek

Filed on 6 Dec 2015 @ 14:54

Gary Moore also lands the Henry VIII with Ar Mad

The Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy returned to the sort of form that saw him land the Tingle Creek, Clarence Hosue Chase and Champion Chase two seasons ago when landing the Grade One Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday.

Tattersalls conclude their sale year with second-highest turnover on record

Filed on 4 Dec 2015 @ 08:31

Mahony sounds warning over increased numbers at lower end of market

The fourth and final day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale brought down the curtain on another successful year at Park Paddocks, with turnover of 262 million falling just short of last year’'s record. Turnover for the day totalled 647,500 guineas, taking the four-day total for the December Mare Sale to 46,513,500 guineas, and the December Sale as a whole to 84,170,500 guineas.

Weld happy with Free Eagle ahead of the Hong Kong Cup

Filed on 3 Dec 2015 @ 09:06

Return to 10f to suit son of High Chaparral

Free Eagle is due to touch down in Hong Kong sometime on Saturday (5 December) and trainer Dermot Weld is hopeful that his star colt has what it takes to land the world's richest mile and a quarter turf race, the Group One Longines Hong Kong Cup on Sunday, 13 December.

Odeliz sells privately for 1m gns at Tattersalls Mare Sale

Filed on 3 Dec 2015 @ 08:53

Strong trade continued on the third day of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale, with a pair of fillies sold for 190,000 guineas and a further 12 lots were sold for over 100,000 guineas. A total of 198 lots made 6,632,000 guineas at an average of 33,495 guineas and a median of 20,250 guineas.

Dicking upbeat over "back on song" Thomas Crapper

Filed on 3 Dec 2015 @ 08:50

Annacotty will have to defy a 5lb rise in the ratings if he is to become the fourth horse to capture both the Paddy Power Gold Cup and the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham in the same season, after the weights for the 2m 5f handicap chase were revealed. The Alan King-trained seven-year-old is set to race off a mark of 152 (10st 10lb).

DArley go to 2.7m gns to secure Galileo mare Hanky Panky

Filed on 2 Dec 2015 @ 09:00

Tiggy Wiggy, Qualify and Seta also sell for seven figure sums

Hanky Panky was the star turn on the second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale, selling for 2,700,000 guineas on a day that also included the sale of Champion two-year-old Tiggy Wiggy for 2,100,000 guineas and the Oaks winner Qualify for 1,600,000 guineas. The second day of the sale saw a total of 162 lots sell for 27,657,000 guineas, at an average of 170,722 guineas and a median of 79,000 guineas.

Many Clouds in fine form ahead of Aintree return

Filed on 2 Dec 2015 @ 08:56

Oliver Sherwood, trainer of 2015 Crabbie's Grand National winner Many Clouds, reported on Tuesday that his charge is in fine form ahead of appearing in Saturday's Betfred Lotto '£100K Cash Giveaway' Chase over an extended three miles of the Mildmay Course at Aintree.