Michael Halford looks to have a very smart filly in his yard following the victory of Raydara in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh. The Aga Khan-owned two-year-old quickened in the manner of a classy racehorse under the guidance of Shane Foley to record a cosy half length victory over Lucida. Foley made his move with a furlong …

Certerach wins Dubai Gold Cup

Posted on October 24, 2014

The Michael Halford-trained Certerach landed the biggest race of his career under Jamie Spencer when running out a narrow winner of the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan. Yet another horse to come alive in the Gulf for Halford, Certerach bellied his starting price of 33-1 to just hold off the late surge from last year’s winner Cavalryman by a neck.…

Russian Soul storms to Dubai glory

Posted on October 24, 2014

Russian Soul was the beneficiary of a well judged Shane Foley ride at Meydan coming from off the pace to land the Group Three Al Shindagha Sprint for Michael Halford. Sent off at odds of 15-2, Foley sent the six-year-old into the lead just over a furlong from the finish and stayed on strongly to deny fellow Irish raider Jamesie …