Mark Popham

  • British Purses Get a Boost

    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.

  • Tattersalls Guineas Sale Set for Friday

    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.

  • Lot 46, Haafhd  --  Allespagne filly, brought 380,000 guineas at Tattersalls' Craven breeze-up sale April 16.

    Business Booms at Craven Sale

    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.

  • Great Leighs at Last

    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

  • Loder, Godolphin Active at Doncaster

    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.

  • IRB Sold; Expected to Broaden Role

    The International Racing Bureau, which is headquartered in Newmarket, England, and has worked for many years in helping coordinate and manage overseas runners at the Breeders' Cup World Championships, has a new owner.

  • Owners' Liability on Trial in Britain

    The legal responsibilities of being a racehorse owner in Britain have come to the fore in the wake of a multi-million dollar legal claim against the owners and trainer of a horse that severely injured an assistant trainer in a pre-race paddock incident at Wolverhampton Racecourse, England, in April 2005.

  • Richard Galpin

    Prominent Agent Galpin Dead

    Bloodstock agent Richard Galpin died Feb. 28 in a Miami hospital at age 71. Galpin had suffered a massive stroke on Feb. 23 while in Florida for the Fasig-Tipton Calder 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • BHA Considers World Racing Event

    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.

  • Goffs' Sale Posts Declines

    The 2008 Goffs' February Sale concluded Thursday with steep declines in total and average prices when compared with the same sale in 2007.

  • House In Wood (FR), Woodman - Housatonic by Riverman, brought 450,000gns at Tattersalls February Sale.

    'Tango Dam Tops Tattersall's Sale

    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.

  • John Murtagh

    Murtagh is Coolmore's Main Jockey

    Jockey Johnny Murtagh is "really looking forward" to his new role as retained rider to the powerful triumvirate of John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith -- the main owners involved in the Coolmore breeding and trainer operation.

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    U.S.-Based Horses Rank High on List

    Curlin officially shares the accolade of being the best horse to have raced in North America and the leading dirt performer worldwide in 2007 with Invasor in the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings announced Jan. 15.

  • McCalmont Named New EBF Chairman

    Harry McCalmont, owner of Norelands Stud in Ireland, will take over Jan. 1, 2008, from the long-serving Michael Wates as chairman of the coordinating committee of the European Breeders' Fund.

  • Deauville Average Falls, Gross Up

    The fourth and last day of Arqana's Breeding Stock Sale in Deauville, France, on Dec. 11, saw gross sales reach 17,595,000 euros ($25,814,680), marginally up on the 17,452,000 euros ($25,604,876) in 2006. Because more mares and fillies were offered, the average slipped 7% to 33,198 euros ($48,707).

  • Electric Tattersalls Cracks $70M

    An electric day's trade in Newmarket at the December Sale yesterday produced an aggregate of over 36 million gns ($70,718,740), the highest turnover ever seen in a day at a European bloodstock auction with no less than three lots making 3 million gns ($5.89 million) or more.

  • Filly, Green Desert - Hotelgenie Dot Com brought 240,000gns ($505,532).

    Tattersalls Dec. Foal Sale Wrap Up

    Tattersalls December Foal Sale concluded in Newmarket last night with a 28,684,600gns ($60,420,842) turnover, which was down 1% from comparative figures from 2006, while the 36,541gns ($76,969) average dropped by 6%, and the 20,000gns ($42,127) median fell by 9%.

  • Tattersalls Dec. Foal Sale Wrap Up

    Tattersalls December Foal Sale concluded in Newmarket last night with a 28,684,600gns ($60,420,842) turnover, which was down 1% from comparative figures from 2006, while the 36,541gns ($76,969) average dropped by 6%, and the 20,000gns ($42,127) median fell by 9%.

  • Oasis Dream - Dominica colt sold for 400,000gns ($865,783).

    Tattersalls Dec. Foal Sale Day 3

    Sales stepped up a notch at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in Newmarket yesterday with John Ferguson stealing the show when spending 400,000gns on an Oasis Dream (Green Desert) colt out of King's Stand Stakes (Eng-gr. II) winner Dominica (Alhaarth).

  • A filly from the first crop of Group 1 winner STARCRAFT topped the second day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.

    Starcraft Filly Tops at Tattersalls

    A low-key second day of the Tattersalls December foal sale in Newmarket, England, Nov. 28 was topped by a filly from the first crop of Northern Hemisphere grade I winner Starcraft.

  • Tattersalls Sale Gets Under Way

    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.

  • Tatts Starts Foal Sale Nov. 27

    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.

  • Wondrous Story Tops Day 2 at Goffs

    Swettenham Stud's winning mare Wondrous Story, bought by Adrian Nicoll of BBA Ireland for 165,000 euros, topped the second day of Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale in Ireland on Nov. 24.

  • Rag Top Headlines Goffs Sale

    Group Three winner Rag Top, in foal to Noverre, was a standout at Friday's opening breeding stock session at the Goffs November Sale in Ireland.

  • Rock of Gibraltar Colt Tops Auction

    A colt by Rock of Gibraltar was easily the top lot when he brought 240,000 euros (about $355,000) at the Nov. 21 penultimate session of the Goffs November foal sale in Ireland.

  • Goffs Foal Sale: Tally-Ho!

    Tony O'Callaghan's Tally-Ho Stud bought three of the top lots when business stepped up a gear as Book Two of the Goffs November foal sale got under way Nov. 20 at Kill in Ireland.

  • Tristram Ricketts Dead

    British horseracing is coming to terms with the loss of one its most respected administrators following the death of Tristram Ricketts Nov. 7

  • British Administrator Ricketts Dies

    British horse racing is coming to terms with the loss of one its most respected administrators following the death of Sir Tristram Ricketts the morning of Nov. 7. Ricketts was 61.

  • Part Four Down, But Total Figures Up for October Sale

    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.

  • Europeans on Turf Course: So Far, So Good

    European jockeys and trainers who ventured onto the turf course at Monmouth Park the morning of Oct. 26 were surprised at its resilience. The lack of rain overnight, despite a two-day drenching, allowed the course to recover to good from yielding.

  • Aidan O'Brien has become a regular fixture at the Breeders' Cup.

    European Trainers Settle Into Monmouth

    Activity inside and outside the quarantine barn at Monmouth Park intensified significantly Thursday morning. The trainers of Europe's 12-strong raiding party arrived at last to supervise horses and conclude the licensing process, while Frankie Dettori and Mick Kinane had their first experience riding at Monmouth.

  • Johnny Murtagh

    Murtagh Muses on His Breeders' Cup Chances

    The Europeans felt more at home around the Monmouth Park quarantine barn the morning of Oct. 24, thanks to the clouds and rain that became heavy at times. None of the British or Irish trainers with Breeders' Cup runners had arrived, so leading Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh held center stage. He has four excellent rides in the 11 Breeders' Cup races Friday and Saturday.

  • Acclamation Colt Tops Tattersalls Session

    Friday's session of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale was topped by a 72,000 guineas ($154,418) Acclamation colt consigned from Shinglis Stud and bought by agent Amanda Skiffington.