European Racing

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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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...

Sruthan away to winning start

The JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury is a potential next port of call for Sruthan after he made a winning return to action in the feature Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh. Paul Deegan's gelding, wearing a hood for the first time, signed off ... Read More...

Inis all the way in Listed heat

Inis Meain made all the running as he went one better than 12 months ago in the Irish Field Alleged Stakes at the Curragh. The Denis Hogan-trained seven-year-old (8-1) was last seen winning a handicap hurdle at Navan in February and transferred that... Read More...

Derby entry Ectot shows class

Ectot came out best in a duel with Karakontie to enhance his Classic claims in the Prix de Fontainebleau at Longchamp. Winner of his final four starts as a juvenile having been beaten by Karakontie when the pair made their debuts at Compiegne in July, the Elie Lellouche-trained three-year-old was recently added to the Investec Derby field at a cost of �8,000. Racing immediately behind what looked a genuine pace set by stablemate Serans in the Group Three contest, the Gregory Benoist-ridden Ectot took over around two furlongs out and quickened up smartly, always holding the upper hand thereafter as he snugly held the chasing Karakontie. Coral cut Ectot to 16-1 from 25-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 3, but he appears more likely to stay at home for a tilt at the French equivalent, the Poule d'Essai des Poulains. Benoist said: "I couldn't wait to ride Ectot in a race (again). We didn't want to suffer a slowly run race and that is why we put in a leader. He delivered a beautiful final straight. He has a lot of speed and certainly seems to have grown up during the winter. I hope he can take me to new heights." Lesstalk In Paris gained her revenge on Indonesienne as she led all the way to take the Prix De La Grotte. Jean-Claude Rouget's filly, who was beaten three-quarters of a length by her rival when they occupied the first two places in the Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc day last season, was a reluctant early leader as none of the five jockeys looked keen to go on in this French 1000 Guineas trial. Christophe Soumillon set a sedate pace in the Group Three contest over a mile and it turned into a sprint through the final two furlongs, with Lesstalk In Paris not hard pressed to hold off Straight Thinking. Indonesienne made some progress and was closing in third, but never threatened the winner. The winning jockey said: "You never know how prep races turn out. She came quickly out of the stalls and I was struggling to hold on to her. We wanted her to learn how to breathe by keeping her in behind the other, but I didn't have a choice. "I hope she will be able to recover in time (for the French 1000 Guineas, the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches), because even if we didn't go too fast, it is still a big effort." Read More...

Burke keen on Rivellino claims

Karl Burke believes there is further improvement in Rivellino ahead of the bookmakers.co.uk All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield on Good Friday. The four-year-old has registered two victories on the all-weather this winter and was last seen going down by a head to Tarooq in the Cleves Stakes in February. He is likely to be among the leading contenders for his �150,000 target and Burke is keen on his chances. He said: "We think we were slightly unlucky (last time). If you watch a re-run of the race, he really quickened halfway around the bend when Danny (Tudhope) asked him to and took off. I think he surprised Danny with his turn of foot, which pushed them a bit wide, and the winner came up the gap we left on the rail. "Possibly, if he had held on for another 20 yards and got around the bend, then the result might have been different. It was just a little bit unfortunate, but Tarooq is a very good horse. "We think Rivellino can improve a little bit on that run. He is maturing all the time and I am hoping he can transfer this winter's form through the summer as well. "If he puts in a run like either of his last two runs (the other was a win at Lingfield Park on February 8), then he is going to be in the shake-up on Good Friday. "He is progressive and a horse we have always thought a lot of, but he was immature and had a few niggly little training problems along the way. He has started to fulfil our expectations on the racetrack." Read More...

Curragh: Sruthan takes Gladness from Wannabe Better

Racing Post | 1 week ago
CRISTOFORO COLOMBO was unplaced in the Gladness Stakes as Paul Deegan's Sruthan took victory from the staying-on Wannabe Better. Read More...

Curragh: Sruthan takes Gladness from Wannabe Better

Racing Post | 1 week ago
CRISTOFORO COLOMBO was unplaced in the Gladness Stakes as Paul Deegan's Sruthan took victory from the staying-on Wannabe Better. Read More...

Curragh: Sruthan takes Gladness on seasonal debut

Racing Post | 1 week ago
CRISTOFORO COLOMBO was unplaced in the Gladness Stakes as Paul Deegan's Sruthan took victory from Custom Cut and the staying-on Wannabe Better. Read More...

Ground key to Cubanita plans

Future targets for Cubanita will depend largely on ground conditions after the mare got her season off to the best possible start at Newbury on Saturday. The five-year-old lifted the John Porter Stakes at the Berkshire track to back up her success i... Read More...

Newmarket ground pleases Prosser

Officials have not ruled out further watering ahead of the Craven meeting at Newmarket on Wednesday and Thursday. Eight millimetres was applied to the track on Friday and another sprinkling could be added before the start of the two-day fixture to k... Read More...

Ectot thrills in Longchamp victory

Racing Post | 1 week ago
ECTOT delivered an electric performance in his Guineas trial at Longchamp, defeating Karakontie in a tight finish after the pair went well clear of the field. Read More...

France: Ectot thrills in Longchamp victory

Racing Post | 1 week ago
ECTOT delivered an electric performance in his Guineas trial at Longchamp, defeating Karakontie in a tight finish after the pair went well clear of the field. Read More...

Ectot thrills in Longchamp victory

Racing Post | 1 week ago
ECTOT delivered an electric performance in his Guineas trial at Longchamp, defeating Karakontie in a tight finish after the pair went well clear of the field. Read More...

Berkshire team mull options

Connections of Berkshire have been left to mull over the future after the colt disappointed in the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. The Classic hope, with entries in the Qipco 2000 Guineas and Investec Derby, ruined his chance by running ... Read More...

Millman relishing Carpenter future

Rod Millman is looking forward to the rest of the season with Master Carpenter after the colt exceeded expectations when grabbing third place in an exceptional renewal of the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. Master Carpenter was sent off ... Read More...

Back to sprinting for Astaire

Astaire is to concentrate on sprinting after failing to last out the seven furlongs of the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. Last year's Gimcrack and Middle Park Stakes hero faded into fifth place behind Kingman after setting the pace unde... Read More...

France: Lesstalk In Paris secures all-the-way victory

Racing Post | 1 week ago
LESSTALK IN PARIS reversed juvenile form with Indonesienne, who could finish just third behind Straight Thinking, in this French 1,000 Guineas trial. Read More...

Lesstalk In Paris secures all-the-way victory

Racing Post | 1 week ago
LESSTALK IN PARIS reversed juvenile form with Indonesienne, who could finish just third behind Straight Thinking, in this French 1,000 Guineas trial. Read More...

Lesstalk In Paris secures all-the-way victory

Racing Post | 1 week ago
LESSTALK IN PARIS reversed juvenile form with Indonesienne, who could finish just third behind Straight Thinking, in this French 1,000 Guineas trial. Read More...

Japan: Harp the star in 1,000 Guineas

Racing Post | 2 weeks ago
RED-HOT favourite Harp Star landed the Oka Sho (Japanese 1,000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Sunday, but had to work harder than her starting price suggested she would. Read More...

Japan: Harp the star in 1,000 Guineas

Racing Post | 2 weeks ago
RED-HOT favourite Harp Star (Hiroyoshi Matsuda/Yuga Kawada) landed the Oka Sho at Hanshin on Sunday, but the winning margin was shorter than her starting price might have suggested it would be. Read More...

Custom Cut ready for repeat Gladness bid says O´Meara

Racing Post | 2 weeks ago
A YEAR ago Custom Cut provided trainer George Kent with his biggest success when landing the Gladness Stakes and today the five-year-old, now in the care of David O'Meara, returns to attempting to become only the second dual winner of the race. Read More...

Blog: Winner extra special for emotional Berry

Racing Post | 2 weeks ago
Nicholas Godfrey is in Australia for the inaugural Championships, the southern hemisphere's richest racing festival. Read his latest dispatch. Read More...

Karakontie in good form and ready to test credentials

Racing Post | 2 weeks ago
LONGCHAMP'S Classic trials feature two top-class head-to-heads and, with SIS showing both races live, it may pay to slip away from Sunday lunch a little earlier than usual for what could be highly informative events. Read More...

USA: Pletcher joy after shock win for 40-1 Danza

Racing Post | 2 weeks ago
TODD PLETCHER'S decision to swerve the Blue Grass Stakes for the Arkansas Derby paid off when 40-1 shot Danza bolted up in the final major trial for the Kentucky Derby, a race in which the trainer's better-fancied Commissioner was only sixth. Read More...

USA: Dance With Fate earns Kentucky Derby date

Racing Post | 2 weeks ago
DANCE WITH FATE earned a place in the Kentucky Derby with victory in Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes, but trainer Peter Eurton is unsure whether the three-year-old will line up in the first leg of the US Triple Crown next month. Read More...

Deegan aims high with Sruthan

Paul Deegan is hoping for a big season from Sruthan as he returns to action in the Group Three Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh. The Arakan gelding started last year in flying form with two victories, including in Listed company over cours... Read More...

Stack star set for Alleged return

Fozzy Stack is looking forward to getting Alive Alive Oh back in action in the Irish Field Alleged Stakes at the Curragh. The Duke Of Marmalade filly was a live Classic contender after sprinting away with a Listed race at Navan last May but was forc... Read More...

Rock rolls to Ballysax success

Fascinating Rock produced a stylish effort to take the PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Navan. Stirabout took them along in the renowned Derby trial before All Set To Go edged to the front at the three-furlong marker, although several of the big guns were within easy reach at that stage and one of the Ballydoyle runners, Carlo Bugatti, soon threw down a challenge. The Dermot Weld-trained Fascinating Rock (5-2) had been settled towards the rear but he moved very powerfully into the race in the hands of Pat Smullen and put matters to bed once assuming control in the final furlong, holding the running-on 7-4 favourite Answered by two and a half lengths. The winner was added to the Investec Derby field at a cost of �8,000 this week, and Kris Weld, son of the winning trainer, said: "He did it very well. It came up quite quickly after he won nicely at Leopardstown a couple of weeks ago, but it was the obvious race to come for and it's lovely to win it again. "He travelled very well and looked the way a winner a long way from home. There's no immediate plans for him, but he's had two quick runs so he'll have a break and we'll freshen him up. "He was entered in the Derby during the week but we'll take it one step at a time with him and he's a lovely horse for the future. He's a big powerful horse and you'd like to think there's more improvement in him as he fills into his frame. Better ground shouldn't be a problem." Dazzling (5-1) was an all-the-way winner of the day's other big race, the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes, in the hands of Joseph O'Brien. Winner of a maiden from her three starts last season, the Aidan O'Brien-trained daughter of Galileo found plenty for pressure to beat Cristal Fashion by a length and three-quarters, with the winner's stablemate Terrific running on in eyecatching fashion to be just a nose further back in third. O'Brien snr said: "I'm delighted. She's a lovely staying filly and she'll get further. She looks an Oaks filly and she'll have a run between now and then somewhere. She should get a mile and a half, I would imagine. That was her first run and she should come on from it. I was delighted with the third filly also." Palace made it a double for the O'Brien team with a splending performance in the 20 Family Ticket For May 18th Family Day Fillies Maiden, coming forward markedly from her debut fourth at Leopardstown at the beginning of this month. Gorteo set sail for home, but the 4-6 favourite reeled her in over a furlong out and ran on strongly to score by four and three-quarter lengths. O'Brien, who also bred the winner, said: "She's a nice filly and I'm delighted with her. We'll have to see whether she runs again now before the Irish Guineas. She's coming forward lovely. She's very smart and we always thought she was. "The Fastnet Rocks want really good ground. It's Australian breeding and they want fast ground. They have big engines. She was our best filly last year but she met with a setback and didn't get to run." Read More...

Eduard one for the future

The Nicky Richards-trained Eduard brushed aside his main market rival Valdez to run out a convincing winner of the Arcadia Consulting William Dickie & Mary Robertson Future Champion Novices' Chase at Ayr. The top two in the betting had the five-... Read More...

Golden Wonder states Classic case

Brian Meehan's well-backed J Wonder foiled the late-finishing 11-4 favourite Al Thakhira by a head in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury. Valonia jumped out of the stalls well and was allowed an easy lead for much of the way in this prominent 100... Read More...

Scottish glory for Bowen and Co

Peter Bowen is dreaming of Aintree glory next spring with Al Co after the nine-year-old landed a shock 40-1 triumph in the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr. Jamie Moore, fresh from his win on Sire De Grugy in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at C... Read More...

Kingman new favourite for Guineas

It was only his trial race but such was the immaculate return of Kingman at Newbury that bookmakers were forced into a complete overhaul of the betting for the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Australia had been a strong market leader for the first colts' Classi... Read More...

Rock rolls to Ballysax success

Fascinating Rock produced a stylish effort to take the P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Navan. Stirabout took them along in the renowned Derby trial before All Set To Go edged to the front at the three-furlong marker, although several of the big guns were within easy reach at that stage and one of the Ballydoyle runners, Carlo Bugatti, soon threw down a challenge. The Dermot Weld-trained Fascinating Rock (5-2) had been settled towards the rear but he moved very powerfully into the race in the hands of Pat Smullen and put matters to bed once assuming control in the final furlong, holding the running-on 7-4 favourite Answered by two and a half lengths. The winner was added to the Investec Derby field at a cost of �8,000 this week, and Kris Weld, son of the winning trainer, said: "He did it very well. It came up quite quickly after he won nicely at Leopardstown a couple of weeks ago, but it was the obvious race to come for and it's lovely to win it again. "He travelled very well and looked the way a winner a long way from home. There's no immediate plans for him, but he's had two quick runs so he'll have a break and we'll freshen him up. "He was entered in the Derby during the week but we'll take it one step at a time with him and he's a lovely horse for the future. He's a big powerful horse and you'd like to think there's more improvement in him as he fills into his frame. "Better ground shouldn't be a problem." Read More...

Spencer strikes on Kaka

Gabrial's Kaka swooped wide and late under a patient Jamie Spencer in the Berry Bros & Rudd Magnum Spring Cup at Newbury. Richard Fahey's gelding did not run at all badly on his comeback in the Lincoln, eventually finishing sixth, and Spencer sa... Read More...

Silsol shines for Sherwood

Silsol opened his account over jumps in emphatic fashion to claim the Clyde And Solway Systems Limited Racing Excellence 'Hands and Heels' Finale Handicap Hurdle at Ayr. Jack Sherwood, son of former jockey Simon Sherwood, celebrated his success in t... Read More...

Eduard one for the future

The Nicky Richards-trained Eduard brushed aside his main market rival Valdez to run out a convincing winner of the Arcadia Consulting William Dickie & Mary Robertson Future Champion Novices' Chase at Ayr. The top two in the betting had the five-... Read More...

Sparrow takes flight at Ayr

Cockney Sparrow sprang a surprise under 7lb claimer Dean Pratt to floor My Tent Or Yours in the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr. The John Quinn-trained mare came with a devastating late burst from the final flight to get up in the last 100 yards... Read More...

Gosden hot streak continues

There was a strong sense of deja vu about the victory of Matalleb in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden Stakes at Newbury. Trained, like four winners on Friday, by John Gosden, the 7-1 newcomer was ridden by Dane O'Neill to thwart Sheik... Read More...