International

International Thoroughbred horse racing previews, recaps, video, sales and breeding

  • EI Shipping Lockdown Starts to Ease

    The interstate shipping of horses in Eastern Australia is just beginning again, four months after an equine influenza outbreak shutdown racing and delayed the breeding season in New South Wales and Queensland. The horses were mostly yearlings entered in the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearing sale

  • EI Update: Horses Trek to Victoria

    Only 114 days following the discovery of equine influenza (EI) at Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia, 66 sale horses from New South Wales will make the journey across the Murray River into Victoria on Monday.

  • The connections of Sealy Hill - jockey Patrick Husbands, owner Eugene Melnyk, and trainer Mark Casse - all won Sovereign Awards in their respective categories.

    Sealy Hill Canada's Top Horse

    Sealy Hill, by Point Given, dominated the 33rd Sovereign Awards Dec. 14, walking away with three awards, including Canada's Horse of the Year honors.

  • TBA Announces Award Winners

    The 2007 Thoroughbred Breeders? Association (TBA) annual awards acknowledge the notable achievements of a diverse selection of British breeders, and 13 of the 15 were announced on Dec 9.

  • Gun Salute Aimed for Sheema Classic

    A partnership assembled by bloodstock agent Ben McElroy has purchased grade I winner Gun Salute and intends to send the 5-year-old son of Military to compete in the 2008 Dubai International Racing Carnival.

  • Tattersalls Cools on Day Three

    The Tattersalls December Breeding Stock sale lost considerable momentum on Wednesday, when gross sales fell 47% but overall the sale is still quite strong.

  • Whyte Earns Top Honors in IJC

    Douglas Whyte aimed for a record and stole a title in a remarkable night of action at Happy Valley Racecourse Dec. 5, with an adoring public roaring their approval for the new Cathay Pacific International Jockeys Championship hero.

  • 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.

  • Record Begin Falling at Tatts

    John Ferguson purchased a quartet of 3-year-olds for a total of 10.1 million gns ($19,840,540) on a lively opening breeding stock session of the Tattersalls December Sale in Newmarket yesterday. He also set a new European record for a filly when he bought Satwa Queen for 3.4 millin gns (nearly $6.7 million).

  • Host Sold to Australian Interest

    Host, a grade I winner for owner Eugene Melnyk, has been bought by an Australian group that will stand him at stud.

  • Aussie Stars Clash in $100k Sprint

    There was no black type involved and the race was only worth $100,000, but the clash of group I sprinting Australian icons Takeover Target and Dance Hero over six furlongs at Royal Randwick on Saturday was as good an advertisement for horse racing as could be.

  • Australian Jim Fleming Dies

    Jim Fleming, a former chairman of the Sydney Turf Club and an influential Australian owner-breeder, died on Saturday after a short illness. He was 75.

  • CTHS Ontario Sale Fluctuates

    The 2007 edition of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Ontario Division winter mixed sale saw a decline in gross but rises in the average price of broodmares and weanlings and horses of racing age, although the average spent on yearlings dropped sharply as the one-day event concluded at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion Dec. 1.

  • CTHS Ontario Sale Fluctuates

    The 2007 edition of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Ontario Division winter mixed sale saw a decline in gross but rises in the average price of broodmares and weanlings and horses of racing age, although the average spent on yearlings dropped sharply as the one-day event concluded at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion Dec. 1.

  • CTHS Ontario Sale Fluctuates

    The 2007 edition of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society?s Ontario Division winter mixed sale saw a decline in gross but rises in the average price of broodmares and weanlings and horses of racing age, although the average spent on yearlings dropped sharply as the one-day event concluded at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion Dec. 1.

  • 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%.

  • Colt, Galileo - Epping, purchased for 470,000 gns ($990,546).

    Tattersalls Dec. Foal Sale Day Four

    Demi O'Byrne bought the top four lots at yesterday's penultimate foal session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale with his purchases headed by a 470,000gns ($990,546) half brother to group I St. Leger second-place finisher The Last Drop, by Galileo.

  • Royal Randwick Racecourse

    Racing Returns to Royal Randwick

    It is fitting that global sprinting icon Takeover Target will headline the much anticipated return to Sydney racing as fans flock to the meet at Royal Randwick this Saturday

  • Ignored Rules Led to EI Outbreak

    Australian health officials didn't seem too concerned when stallion Encosta de Lago arrived in late August at the Eastern Quarantine facility with an elevated temperature and nasal discharge, according to a groom with Coolmore. The groom also told a judge leading an inquiry into an outbreak of equine influenza that procedures for monitoring the people going in and out of the quarantine were not being followed closely.

  • El Presidente Takes Railway (Aus-I)

    El Presidente made it four in a row when he won the Group I Railway Stakes. The gelding by Dante's Fury won the $1-million race over Hartley's Dream and Mansion House.

  • Goffs Nov. Broodmare Sale Ends

    The Goffs November Broodmares & Fillies Sale in Ireland ended on Sunday, November 25 after three days with the figures down throughout.

  • My List holds off Wild Gams for victory in the Bessarbian.

    My List Rallies For Bessarabian Win

    It took My List eight tries just to break her maiden last year. But since then the 3-year-old Banker's Gold filly has figured out how to win, as was the case on Nov. 25 in the $150,000 Bessarabian, when she outfinished Wild Gams by a neck to capture the seven-furlong sprint on the Woodbine Polytrack.

  • Admire Moon wins the Japan Cup.

    Admire Moon Hangs on For Japan Cup

    Admire Moon took the lead at the top of the stretch, and then hung on bravely while three rivals challenged from his outside, taking the $4.6-million Japan Cup (Jpn-I) by a head on Nov. 25 at Tokyo Racecourse.

  • Vermilion powers away to a course record at Tokyo Racecourse while winning the Japan Dirt Cup.

    Vermilion Scores in Japan Cup Dirt

    Sunday Racing's Vermilion saved ground on the backstretch and accelerated past the leaders in the final furlong to win the $2.4-million Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) by 1 1/4 lengths on Nov. 24, in the process setting a new record on the Tokyo Racecourse main track.

  • 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.

  • EI Inquiry: Five Horses Not Checked

    Inquiry reveals that five stallions being shipped from Japan to Australia were not checked when they arrive in Sydney because the plan had stopped in Melbourne first. One of the five stallions, Black Hawk, didn't even make it to Sydney even though the health certificate indicated the stallion should have been on board.

  • The ramifications of equine influenza now have infiltrated the auction markets.

    EI Outbreak Affecting Yearling Sale

    The aftermath of Australia's equine influenza outbreak is aggravating an already tense rivalry between Victorian and New South Wales Thoroughbred breeders. Victoria breeders are asking that all yearlngs prepped in New South Wales for the Inglis Premier Sale in March be kept out of the sale. Australia currently has a ban on interstate horse transport. NWS breeders have said all vaccinated horses should be allowed to be shipped to the sale.

  • 'Major Repeats in Mile Championship

    Favored Daiwa Major made it back-to-back victories in the US$1.85 million Mile Championship Stakes (Jpn-I) Nov. 18 with a gritty neck victory over Super Hornet on the turf at Kyoto Race Course.

  • True Metropolitan (blue silks) turns for home on the way to a win in the Autumn Stakes.

    True Metropolitan Wins Autumn

    True Metropolitan entered 2007 hard-pressed to repeat the successful campaign he had a year ago, when the Proud and True gelding took home Champion Older Horse of the Year honors in Canadia by winning seven stakes events.

  • Sacred Kingdom bested Absolute Champion in the International Sprint Trial (HK-IIT).

    Absolute Champion Goes On

    If a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Sacred Kingdom yesterday dented David Hall's hopes for a repeat win in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-II) with Absolute Champion, the Australian horseman never let on.

  • Sacred Kingdom cruises to victory in the Cathay Pacific International Sprint Trial.

    Sacred Kingdom Chases Champ Title

    Sacred Kingdom has just one formidable challenge left -- a race against Australian speed ace Miss Andretti at Sha Tin in three weeks time -- and the right result there will see him claim the title of the world's champion sprinter for 2007.

  • Connaught Cup Stakes winner Eccentric looks for his fourth win of 2007 in the Autumn Stakes.

    Autumn: Eccentric Faces Stiff Test

    Gary Tanaka's Eccentric has won four of his last seven starts, but two of those losses have come against horses that he will face in the $150,000 Autumn Stakes (Can-III), to be held Nov. 17 on the Woodbine Polytrack.

  • Danehill

    Danehill Tops Again

    Danehill, the top English/Irish stallion the last two years, picked up another sire title this year.

  • Viva Pataca Deserves More Respect

    Trainer John Moore is incensed the some racing commentators are favoring Packing Winner over his Viva Pataca in the Hong Kong Cup (HK-I).

  • Jamie Spencer

    Leading Jockey Battle Ends in Tie

    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.

  • 100-1 shot Tears I Cry takes the Emirates Stakes at Flemington.

    Stunning Upset at Flemington

    His owner screamed from the grandstand, "Oh my God, oh my God," several times as she watched her 100-1 chance Tears I Cry charge down the middle of the Flemington track to take out the Aus$1million Emirates Stakes over a mile on Nov. 10.

  • Full of Gold Glistens in France

    Full of Gold outclassed his rivals and was an impressive two length winner of the Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) Nov. 11. The race marked the last group I event of the European flat season.

  • Daiwa Scarlet Wires QE II Cup

    Favored Daiwa Scarlet controlled the tempo then led the dash for home by three-quarters of a length over Fusaichi Pandora in the $1.675 million Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup (Jpn-I) at Kyoto Race Course Nov. 11.

  • Look for More From Viva Pataca

    Jockey Darren Beadman has warned punters to expect a "significantly more advanced" version of Stanley Ho Hung-sun's champion stayer Viva Pataca in Sunday's HK$3 million Cathay Pacific International Cup Trial (HK-II) at Sha Tin.

  • Australian bred Alinghi took the Ballston Spa (gr. IIIT) in her lone U.S. stakes win.

    Alinghi Has First Foal By Hussonet

    Two country stakes winner, Australian-bred mare Alinghi has produced her first foal, a filly by Hussonet in Australia. The foal was born at Arrowfield Stud in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.