European Racing

Joe considered for Cork encounter

Mossey Joe could make an appearance at Cork on Monday on his way to an intended run at the Punchestown Festival. The Enda Bolger-trained 11-year-old was all the rage for the Fox Hunters' Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree earlier this m... Read More...

Arod team take cautious approach

Connections of Monday's runaway Windsor winner Arod are keen to "let the dust settle" on his emphatic victory before committing to future targets. Third at Kempton on his only appearance as a juvenile, Peter Chapple-Hyam's Teofilo colt was backed as though defeat was out of the question upon his return to action. Although he pulled fiercely for much of the 10-furlong journey, Arod picked up strongly in the closing stages to seal a five-length victory under Jamie Spencer, earning him quotes of 33-1 for the Investec Derby at Epsom in June. Chapple-Hyam, who has trained two previous Derby winners in Dr Devious (1992) and Authorized (2007), was unsurprisingly keen to play down the hype on Monday. David Redvers, racing manager for the owners Qatar Racing, is similarly in no rush to get carried away at this stage. He said: "It was a smart performance. He got a bump early on in the race, which lit him up, so I think we'll be treating him with kid gloves to ensure he benefits from the experience, rather than gets lit up by it. "We'll let the dust settle, I'll have a chat with Peter and Sheikh Fahad and see where we go from here. No decisions have been made at this stage. "He could go quietly into a conditions race somewhere, or he could go for the Dante (York, May 15), we'll just have to wait and see." Redvers revealed some members of Chapple-Hyam's team feel the three-year-old compares favourably with unraced stable companion Hydrogen, who was the most expensive yearling bought anywhere in the world in 2012, costing Qatar Racing �2.5million. "It has long been the talk in Peter's yard that Arod is pretty smart," said Redvers. "I think half the yard were in the Arod camp and half the camp were in the Hydrogen camp, so it's nice at least one of them has come out and shown he's got it." Read More...

Night camp favour French Guineas

Night of Thunder, runner-up to Kingman in the Greenham Stakes, is likely to be aimed at the French 2000 Guineas, the Poule d'Essai des Poulains. Connections of the Richard Hannon-trained colt are leaning towards the Longchamp Classic rather than the... Read More...

Free and easy for ‘forward’ Medinah

Trainer Mark Usher is confident Miracle Of Medinah can make his presence felt in the CSP European Free Handicap at Newmarket on Wednesday. The son of Milk It Mick enjoyed a superb juvenile campaign in 2013, winning four times from eight starts and r... Read More...

Fahey braced for Sand storm

Sandiva aims to keep her Classic dreams alive as she make her seasonal reappearance in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday. Richard Fahey's filly won three times from five starts as a juvenile and also ran a super race in de... Read More...

Derby road paved with good intentions but could be better

Racing Post | 5 days ago
TWO months of dark ages, then no sooner is the sun out and Cheltenham here and gone than we've had the Lincoln, Dubai and the Grand National and then, even before this gets in the paper, the Scottish National and the Greenham. Read More...

Inch edges closer to Oaks bid

Peter Chapple-Hyam is keen to find out whether Inchila can develop into a realistic contender for the Investec Oaks following her impressive return to action at Newbury on Friday. Placed on both of her two starts as a juvenile, the daughter of Dylan... Read More...

Toormore the star turn in Craven

Toormore puts his Classic credentials on the line when he reappears in the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday. Last season's champion two-year-old will have to do something extraordinary if he is to challenge Kingman at the head of the Qipco 2000 Guineas market following his sensational performance in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. Toormore earned his place as the number one juvenile colt after going through his two-year-old campaign unbeaten in three races, culminating with victory in the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh. Richard Hannon's charge is among six horses declared for the Craven over the Rowley Mile and has to carry a 3lb penalty, as does stablemate Anjaal, winner of the Group Two July Stakes at Newmarket. He was fourth to War Command in the Dewhurst Stakes on his only subsequent start. Be Ready is well thought of by Godolphin and the Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt looked a promising type when beating the Hannon-trained Barley Mow by three lengths in a Listed race at Doncaster in September. The Grey Gatsby was highly tried last term, finishing second in both the Acomb and Champagne Stakes before being unplaced in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. Completing the sextet are Marco Botti's Patentar, who won his only start in good style at York, and the Luca Cumani-trained Postponed, runner-up to Oklahoma City in the �500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy at Newmarket. Read More...

Toormore gets chance to shine in Craven Stakes

Racing Post | 5 days ago
TOORMORE gets the opportunity to show next month’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas is not all about two horses as he goes on trial for the Classic in Thursday’s Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes. Read More...

Oliver wants more from Set To Go

Trainer Andrew Oliver is considering the next plan of attack for All Set To Go following his good run in defeat in the Ballysax Stakes at Navan on Saturday. The Verglas colt was among the outsiders for the Group Three contest having failed to make a... Read More...

Appleby backs Ring to fire

Wedding Ring goes in search of another lucrative prize in the �100,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Sprint at Newmarket on Wednesday. Charlie Appleby's charge claimed the �100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies' Median Auction Stakes and the �300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2yo Fillies' Trophy as a juvenile and made a winning Dubai debut in the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial at Meydan in January. She was a highly respectable fourth behind fellow Godolphin-owned filly Ihtimal in the UAE 1000 Guineas itself and Appleby is looking forward to seeing her back in British action at Headquarters. He said: "Wedding Ring has been training well on her return from Dubai. We are pleased with her progress and confident that dropping back to six furlongs will suit, she should run a competitive race." Another prominent runner is Toofi, winner of the �100,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Trophy in September. Trainer Roger Varian said: "He is training very well and, looking at the ratings, he must have a chance on Wednesday. He is in good condition and we will be expecting a bold run. He is a sharp horse and with the prize-money involved it looked like an obvious race to start the season with having qualified for it last year." Read More...

SP Commission report highlights declining bookmaker attendance

Racing Post | 5 days ago
DECLINING bookmaker attendance at some racecourses remains a concern for the Starting Price Regulatory Commission, according to the body’s annual report for 2013. Read More...

Australia: Carlton House favourite for royal victory

Racing Post | 5 days ago
THE Queen's Carlton House, third in the Derby in 2011, has retained his grip on favouritism after the draw for the race named in honour of his owner, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, at Randwick on Saturday. Read More...

Irish National weights set for significant rise

Racing Post | 5 days ago
THERE will be a sharp rise in the weights for the Boylesports Irish Grand National on Monday after it emerged topweight Don Cossack is set to tackle the Powers Gold Cup a day earlier. Read More...

Double tops for Easterby

Tim Easterby narrowly missed out on the Scottish Grand National with Trustan Times but he saddled his first two winners of the new Flat season at Pontefract on Monday. Don't Tell Annie initiated the Easterby brace and looked a bright prospect for the future. Making her debut in the Racing UK Easter Holiday Maiden Fillies' Stakes, the daughter of Royal Applause was a well-backed 4-1 chance and came home two lengths clear of Brocklesby fifth Horsforth under David Allan. "She's always been a real pro at home but we've not asked her to do anything special as she wasn't fully wound up," said Easterby. "She's just worked very nicely at home, everything we wanted to see, we'd seen. We're in no rush. There's plenty of races for her but I like her a lot. She's got everything you want to see. She's a star." Stablemate Fast Shot also improved immeasurably from his seasonal return at Newcastle to win the �20,000 Riu Palace Meloneras Handicap under 7lb apprentice Rachel Richardson, beating Annunciation by half a length. So often the bridesmaid in the big handicaps, the 7-1 chance was not winning out of turn. "He's been an unlucky horse, he likes a bit of juice in the ground and everything was right," said Easterby. "Rachel is a good work rider who is progressing into a good race rider." Richardson said: "He maybe needed it (the run) at Newcastle and six furlongs is his best trip. This is my biggest winner, I'd never even ridden in a class two before." Alan McCabe's Ansaab (5-2 favourite) looks a shrewd purchase at �6,200 out of Kevin Prendergast's Irish yard after winning the The Full Ponte Package - New For 2014 Handicap. Having run well in the Spring Mile when sixth at Doncaster, he held off Stellar Express by a nose for Silvestre de Sousa. "He gets further as he'd been second in an Irish heavy-ground Lincoln," said McCabe. "We thought he'd be competitive off this mark over a stiff mile. He'll go further but has the class to win over a mile. "He'd had his problems and we took a punt, but it's paying off. He ran well in the Spring Mile so we'll see what the handicapper does. He's a Saturday horse, though." Read More...

Varian – Hill in peak form

Kingston Hill could be taken to Newmarket racecourse this week - though not for a prep run before the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Trainer Roger Varian is keen to reacclimatise the Racing Post Trophy winner with Headquarters before he contests the colts' Cla... Read More...

Study on problem gambling calls for research rethink

Racing Post | 5 days ago
A SHAKE-UP in problem gambling research and greater independence in the way it is funded has been called for by a study released by Goldsmiths, University of London. Read More...

All eyes on Stand Guard for possibly the last time

Racing Post | 5 days ago
THE BHA and bookmakers have pledged to keep a close watch on today’s Southwell claimer in which record all-weather winner Stand Guard could make his final appearance. Read More...

Perrett out of intensive care after horror gallops fall

Racing Post | 5 days ago
PULBOROUGH trainer Amanda Perrett has praised Air Ambulance Services for the swift medical attention her husband and assistant Mark received after suffering multiple injuries in a fall at the couple’s Coombelands Racing Stables. Read More...

Australia: Royal Ascot next for Zoustar

Racing Post | 5 days ago
TOP three-year-old sprinter Zoustar looks set to travel to Britain for his date at Royal Ascot without another run in Australia. Read More...

Australia: Royal Ascot next for Zoustar

Racing Post | 5 days ago
TOP three-year-old sprinter Zoustar looks set to travel to Britain for his date at Royal Ascot without another run in Australia. Read More...

Rizeena roars clear as Tapestry unravels

Racing Post | 6 days ago
RIZEENA has drawn clear at the top of the betting for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas next month as Tapestry, her closest rival for ante-post favouritism, proved friendless in the betting. Read More...

Hawk has eyes on Lingfield prize

Jim Goldie is keeping his fingers crossed Hawkeyethenoo gets the luck of the draw in the bookmakers.co.uk All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield on Good Friday. The high-class sprinter is winless after seven starts on the al... Read More...

Art given Victoria target

Tim Easterby's Off Art is a possible for the Betfred Victoria Cup at Ascot next month. The four-year-old Dutch Art colt finished fifth on just his fifth ever run in the Lincoln at Doncaster when sent off the 7-1 joint-favourite. The Great Habton ha... Read More...

Doyle in awe of Kingman engine

Jockey James Doyle compared riding Qipco 2000 Guineas favourite Kingman to driving a Ferrari following his scintillating display in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. John Gosden's colt, who carries the Khalid Abdullah silks of the mighty F... Read More...

Arod scoots into Derby scene with Windsor waltz

Racing Post | 6 days ago
AROD looked every inch an Investec Derby candidate for Qatar Racing and Peter Chapple-Hyam with an emphatic victory as the strongly-backed favourite in a maiden at Windsor on Monday. Read More...

Arod scoots into Derby scene with Windsor waltz

Racing Post | 6 days ago
AROD looked every inch an Investec Derby candidate for Qatar Racing and Peter Chapple-Hyam with an emphatic victory as the strongly-backed favourite in a maiden at Windsor on Monday. Read More...

Taaffe ponders Argocat options

The bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown and the Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup are the two options under consideration for Argocat following his excellent run in defeat at Aintree earlier this month. A narrow winner of the Red Mills Ch... Read More...

Meain machine set for Punchestown

Inis Meain will return over jumps at the Punchestown Festival following his impressive Flat victory at the Curragh on Sunday. The Denis Hogan-trained seven-year-old was looking to go one better than 12 months ago in the Listed Alleged Stakes and did... Read More...

Hopes still high for Hydrogen

Connections of Hydrogen, the most expensive yearling bought anywhere in the world in 2012, still have hopes that he could fulfil his potential. Qatar Racing paid �2.5million for the three-parts brother to Authorized but he has yet to see a racecourse. While he holds entries in the Investec Derby and Dubai Duty Free-sponsored Irish equivalent, trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam recently suggested he would not make it to Epsom and that Royal Ascot might be more realistic. David Redvers, racing manager for the owners, told At The Races: "At the moment he's back in work with Peter. He had a tough year last year, anything that could go wrong did. "First he picked up an injury on the gallops and then he kicked a wall and injured a hock. "Because he spent so much time in box-rest he then lost all his strength that he'd developed, so he's spent a lot of time this spring building that back up. "There's been a great deal of scrutiny over him and he might end up belatedly making his debut and reaching his full potential, we can only hope that's the case." Read More...

Ground key to Thakhira Classic aim

Ground conditions will dictate whether Al Thakhira runs in the English or French 1000 Guineas. Marco Botti's Rockfel winner went down with all guns blazing on Saturday when second to J Wonder in the Fred Darling at Newbury, beaten just a head. "I w... Read More...

FRANCE: Stormyra heads Diane triallists at Saint-Cloud

Racing Post | 6 days ago
WHETHER because of its early spot in the calendar or the fact that it is run the other way round to Chantilly, the Prix Penelope is closing in on the 40-year mark since it unearthed a filly that went on to land the Prix de Diane. Read More...

32Red to sponsor Rangers FC

Racing Post | 6 days ago
ONLINE gambling company and prominent horseracing sponsor 32Red have signed a shirt sponsorship deal with Scottish football club Rangers. Read More...

Hills has Catrine ‘very forward’ for Nell Gywn

Racing Post | 6 days ago
CHARLIE HILLS was forced to reshuffle his pack for the 1,000 Guineas following the death of Group 1 winner Chriselliam but has two reasons to be cheerful on Wednesday when Queen Catrine and Kiyoshi turn out at Newmarket. Read More...

Cyclone heading for Punchestown

Shark Hanlon is keeping his fingers crossed there is some ease in the ground at the Punchestown Festival later this month ahead of Hidden Cyclone's intended appearance in the Boylesports.com Champion Chase. The nine-year-old has run some fantastic r... Read More...

World Class: Royal meeting remains high on agenda for most

Racing Post | 6 days ago
International ratings expert Sam Walker on why Royal Ascot will always be tempting for Australia's best sprinters. Read More...

Robin Hoods Bay set to fulfil promise in Classic

Racing Post | 6 days ago
ROBIN HOODS BAY has won a Derby and now bids to add a Classic with trainer Ed Vaughan believing his potential is coming to the surface in time to grab the headlines on Britain's first Good Friday raceday. Read More...

Competitive field for Nell Gwyn

Unbeaten fillies Euro Charline, Pelerin and Folk Melody feature among 15 runners declared for the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday. Although none of the leading contenders for next month's Qipco 1000 Guineas line up in the Ro... Read More...

Botti in no rush with Hawill

Marco Botti felt a lack of experience prevented Lat Hawill finishing any closer to impressive Greenham winner Kingman at the weekend. The Invincible Spirit colt was beaten for third on the line on just his second ever start in the Newbury Classic tr... Read More...

Derby entry Arod all the rage for Windsor maiden

Racing Post | 6 days ago
INVESTEC Derby entry Arod has been backed as if fully expected to win his maiden at Windsor today for Qatar Racing and trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam. Read More...

Obliterator takes Newmarket trial

Ger Lyons will find out if he has a Classic contender on his hands when Obliterator runs in the ebm-papst Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday. The Qatar Racing-owned colt was an impressive winner of a Curragh maiden on his only start as a juven... Read More...

Soumillon booked for Spanish raider

Christophe Soumillon has been booked to ride Noozhoh Canarias in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 3. Enrique Leon's three-year-old will become the first Spanish-trained horse to run in a British Classic when he takes his chance on the Rowl... Read More...

1,000 Guineas hopeful Sandiva among Nell Gwyn 15

Racing Post | 6 days ago
LAST season's Nell Gwyn Stakes produced the winner of the Qipco 1,000 Guineas and connections of the 15 fillies declared for Wednesday's trial will be hoping to emulate the classy Sky Lantern. Read More...

USA: New team mull plans for Frankel brother Morpheus

Racing Post | 6 days ago
Connections of Morpheus, a half-brother to the brilliant Frankel whose debut in the States was delayed last week, hope he will be able to have his first start for new trainer Bill Mott in the near future. Read More...

Yeeoow the one to beat if near his best, says Burke

Racing Post | 6 days ago
YEEOOW will take some stopping in Pontefract's feature if he produces his best form, according to trainer Karl Burke. Read More...

Lyons pinning Classic hopes on Obliterator

Racing Post | 6 days ago
OBLITERATOR, a half-brother to last year's Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Just The Judge, will prep for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas next month by running in Wednesday's Ebm-Papst Feilden Stakes. Read More...

A brief interlude with a football legend. And William Gallas

Racing Post | 6 days ago
Nicholas Godfrey is in Australia for the inaugural Championships, the southern hemisphere's richest racing festival. Read his latest dispatch. Read More...

Blog: A brief interlude with a football legend. And William Gallas

Racing Post | 6 days ago
Nicholas Godfrey is in Australia for the inaugural Championships, the southern hemisphere's richest racing festival. Read his latest dispatch. Read More...

Curragh workouts delight O’Brien

Unbeaten colt Geoffrey Chaucer could be prepared for a tilt at next month's French 2000 Guineas after starring in a team of over 40 horses worked by Aidan O'Brien after racing at the Curragh. The three-year-old son of Montjeu won a Leopardstown maid... Read More...

Kingman all the rage for 2,000 Guineas

Racing Post | 7 days ago
KINGMAN's status as new favourite for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas solidified considerably on Sunday with one-way betting traffic sending Flat racing's latest pin-up into an increasingly dominant position at the head of the market. Read More...