Purse money in British racing will rise on average by 20 % with quality race -- listed and group racing--benefiting the most. The increases are expected to begin in the second half of the 2008 season.
Freshman sire Speightstown (Gone West-Silken Cat, by Storm Cat) was represented by his first winner May 15 at York in England.
Tattersalls' second 2-year-olds in training auction of the year, the Guineas breeze-up sale, takes place Friday in Newmarket in England. The auction was held for a first time in 2007 and follows a record-breaking flagship Craven breeze-up sale at Tattersalls a fortnight ago.
A Mr. Greeley filly sells for 540,000 guineas at the Craven breeze-up auction.
With several of the world's biggest owners present -- including Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Hamdan, and Michael Tabor -- Tattersalls' Craven breeze-up sale began Wednesday night in England with its most successful ever session.
The first new racecourse to open in Britain since 1928 is finally meant to stage a race meeting, April 20, over 18 months late.Great Leighs, which has a Polytrack surface, was meant to open in October 2006 but various delays, most involving planning and construction, have occurred
Doncaster's April 10 breeze-up sale in England -- featuring 50 fewer lots than in 2007 and reduced from two days to one -- was dominated by a couple of purchases made by agent David Loder on behalf of Godolphin.
Barbara FitzGerald to focus on the development of new and existing overseas markets.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships should be run in Britain, British Horseracing Authority chairman Paul Roy reiterated Feb. 25 and, if that is not possible, then the country should stage its own world championship event.
House In Wood (Fr), dam of the grade I Garden City Stakes winner Alexander Tango (Ire), topped yesterday's one-day Tattersalls February Sale in Newmarket.
The Nov. 27 opener of the Tattersalls December foal sale was topped by a Clodovil colt out of Inching, by Inchinor, bought for 60,000 guineas (about $130,000) by pinhooker Jimmy Murphy of Redpender Stud.
Trainer Michael Dickinson received the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Award during a Nov. 27 luncheon in London, England.
Tattersalls' December sale - which began with a yearling session - continues Nov. 27 with the five-day foal sale followed by four days of breeding stock, starting Dec. 3.
A Sadler's Wells colt tops Tattersalls December yearling sale as gross and average decline.
Criticism that the turf flat season in Great Britain tends to end with a whimper rather than a bang looked somewhat misplaced at Doncaster Nov. 9 when the race for champion jockey ended in a tie for the first time in 84 years.
A Gainsborough Stud-bred Indian Ridge colt out a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Lit de Justice (El Gran Senor) brought 25,000 guineas (about $54,000) to top part four of the Tattersalls October yearling sale Nov. 1.
Tattersalls' Autumn horses in training sale concluded Nov. 1 in Newmarket, England, posting a 23,293,200 guineas (about $50,675,000) turnover, down 3% from 2006.
Part three of the Tattersalls October yearling sale ended Oct. 20 with a session lasting less than two hours that featured a top price of only 15,000 guineas and a clearance rate of 39%.
- By Mark Popham
There are 1,285 lots cataloged for parts two and three of the Tattersalls' October yearling sale, which starts Oct. 16 in Newmarket, England.
With a world-record yearling filly in the mix, business during the final session of Book One of Tattersalls' 2007 October sale is strong with an 18% upswing in gross over last year's total.
A Gone West colt topped the second session of the Tattersalls October yearling sale Oct. 10, selling for more than $2 million in England.
Six-time British champion jockey Kieren Fallon, 42, and two other riders were involved in plot to cheat in 27 races, a court in London, England, was told Oct. 8.
- By Mark Popham
The "Racing Post," Great Britain's daily racing paper, has been bought as expected by an Irish private equity investment firm, but the price of Â£170 million ($340 million) is less than owner Trinity Mirror had hoped for.
Milk It Mick, an English champion at 2 and U.S. grade I winner, will enter stud at David Scott and Sarah Stoneham's Lone Oak Stud near Newmarket, England.
- By Mark Popham
The children of the late Robert Sangster recently announced plans to sell the international bloodstock empire that he established.
Footpaths and bridleways near a cattle farm that had an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease will be closed, the British Horse Society announced Aug. 8.
British officials confirmed another outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease on a cattle farm in England. Horses can no longer travel freely among Britain, France, and Ireland.
TVG, in partnership with At The Races in the United Kingdom, will carry live racing from the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting, which runs June 19 through June 23. The partnership will allow racing fans in the United States to watch and wager on every race from the Royal Ascot,
Jon Pullin will succeed David Mackinnon as managing director of Windsor Racecourse in England in September. He will assume his role when Mackinnon leaves Arena Leisure to be managing director of Sandown Park Racecourse.
- By Mark Popham
Lisa Hancock, managing director of Newmarket Racecourses in England, unveiled a £10-million redevelopment of the historic July Course June 11, which involved extending the area for racegoers at the back of stands and improving facilities without hopefully changing the unique ambience.
Tattersalls' inaugural Guineas Breeze-Up Sale in Newmarket, England, on Friday saw 76 lots sell for 2.129 million guineas.
Discussions could lead to the merger of Doncaster Bloodstock Sales of England and Goffs of Ireland.
A total of five horses have been added to the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) at the second entry stage: Dijeer, Mythical Kid, Dubai Twilight, Finicius, and Kid Mambo.
HorseRacing TV has reached an agreement with Racing World, a television and wagering rightsholder, in both the British and Irish markets, to provide its coverage of North American-based racetracks into homes in England and Ireland, beginning March 28.
The Vodafone Oaks (Eng-I), first run at Epsom Downs in 1779, takes place at the historic Surrey venue June 1, and promises plenty after receiving 73 entries. A quartet of horses trained by Henry Cecil, and headed by group I winner Passage Time, are among the early hopefuls.
The 2007 Vodafone Derby (Eng-I) has 165 horses standing their ground after the first forfeit stage. European champion juvenile Teofilo heads the list of possible runners for the classic race at Epsom Downs June 2.
Turfway Park will begin distributing simulcast signals from racetracks in Great Britain beginning March 31.
Leslie Harrison, long time racing and breeding manager for Lord Howard de Walden's Plantation Stud in Newmarket, England, died Feb. 11. He was 63.
Top British jockey Robert Winston was banned from race riding for 12 months at a resumed Horseracing Regulatory Authority disciplinary hearing in London Feb. 16. Winston is one of four riders found guilty, under British racing's rules, of providing information for reward or corrupt gain.
A Danehill Dancer colt out of Littleton Arwen brings a sale record price of 190,000 guineas at the Tattersalls February mixed sale Thursday in England.
The British Horseracing Board reported record prize money of more than £104 million was offered in British races during 2006, marking only the second time that the £100-million mark has been exceeded.
The successes of David Junior and Red Rocks this year earned Brian Meehan the International Trainer of the Year Award at the 40th Derby Awards, held by the Horserace Writers & Photographers Association in London, England, Dec. 4.
Recent group I Sun Chariot Stakes heroine Spinning Queen (by Spinning World) spear-headed a dramatic opening breeding stock day at the Tattersalls December Sale in Newmarket when selling for 3 million guineas (about $6.1 million), a record at the event.
Day two of the Tattersalls December foal sale was topped by a Kyllachy colt out of the unraced mare Halling mare Haste, bred by Cyril Humphris and consigned from the Elms Stud.
A 58,000 guineas (about $115,450) Dansili colt topped day one of the Tattersalls December foal sale in Newmarket Nov. 21 when selling to Ciaran (Flash) Conroy of County Tipperary-based Glenvale Stud.
Demi O'Byrne -- acting for Coolmore partners John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith -- set a record price for the Tattersalls December yearling sale in Newmarket, England Monday when paying 700,000 guineas ($1.39 million) for a Dalakhani -- Solo de Lune filly.
Exciting Times, the dam of this year's Beverley D. Stakes (gr. IT) winner Gorella, will be offered during the Tattersalls December sale, scheduled for Nov. 20-30 in England.
Trade at the upper end of the market stepped down a level at Part 2 of Tattersalls' October yearling sale Thursday, with two 100,000-guinea lots sharing the top billing.
Ballydoyle-trained stars Dylan Thomas and Alexandrova will not compete in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, trainer Aidan O'Brien told the Racing Post Oct. 12. In another development, Ouija Board will pass the Champion Stakes (Eng-I) Oct. 14 and point for the Emirates Airline Breeders'Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
There can have been few days as momentous for Irish consignor Michael Downey, whose only two colts, by Captain Rio and Invincible Spirt, realized 300,000 guineas each the share a price record for Part 2 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale in England.
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