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Ebor Saturday Boasts Riches Aplenty

   Those who love European racing have a bit of everything on Saturday, with a plethora of notable meetings across Britain including seven group races and a dash of black-type action also at beautiful Killarney and Baden-Baden to spice things up. York's Knavesmire is the main focus as the Ebor festival reaches its climax, with the £1-million feature race probably the most competitive ever staged. Just eight pounds cover the entire field of 22 runners, with six of them by Frankel (GB) who provided this fixture with one of its...

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Galileo’s Armory Wins the Futurity

Treading a familiar path to some of Ballydoyle's top juveniles of the past, Armory (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) followed a smooth win in the July 25 G3 Tyros S. at Leopardstown with a more hard-fought one in Friday's G2 Futurity S. at The Curragh. Settled third early by Ryan Moore behind the stable's Toronto (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Iberia (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the 4-6 favourite enjoyed a split between them to gain the lead two out and may have been idling late as the 50-1 shot Rebel Tale (Tale of the...

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Sea the Moon’s Half To Alpha Centauri Wins the Debutante

Looking to be cut from the same cloth as her illustrious half-sister to Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) when impressive in a seven-furlong maiden at the Galway festival, the Niarchos Family's Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea the Moon {Ger}) confirmed that impression when prevailing in a thrilling finale to The Curragh's G2 Debutante S. on Friday. Tracking the early pace carved out by TDN Rising Star and stablemate Windracer (Ire) (Showcasing {GB}), the 2-1 second favourite handed first run to Ballydoyle's Petite Mustique (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) before reeling in the Ballydoyle...

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Cartier Champion Roaring Lion Euthanised in NZ

Cartier Horse of the Year and four-time Group 1 winner Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy-Vionnet, by Street Sense), who raced for Qatar Racing, was euthanised in New Zealand on Friday evening after another bout of colic, Tweenhills Stud announced. The 4-year-old, who had shuttled from Tweenhills to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand to stand his first Southern Hemisphere season, was on the mend at Cambridge Stud after a second colic surgery performed earlier this month. Originally the $160,000 KEESEP yearling had exhibited signs of discomfort immediately after leaving quarantine and had...

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No Mistake As Brilliant Battaash Makes It Third Time Lucky

Eclipsing even Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) and Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), Shadwell's Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) destroyed his opponents on Friday in the greatest performance witnessed in the history of York's G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe S. Rolling smoothly from the outset granted an early lead from Soldier's Call (GB) (Showcasing {GB}), the 7-4 second favourite wanted it as early as halfway and Jim Crowley was in no position to deny him as he put the rest in the shade. Drawing on all his inherent prowess to open up...

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Gimcrack Glory For Footstepsinthesand’s Threat

Making up for defeats in the G2 Coventry S. and G2 Richmond S., TDN Rising Star Threat (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) put himself where Richard Hannon believes is his rightful place after Friday's G2 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack S. at York. His trainer's visible and lasting disappointment as he was eclipsed by Golden Horde (Ire) (Lethal Force {Ire}) at Goodwood was notable, so anything other than a command performance here would have led to total dismay at East Everleigh. In the event, Cheveley Park Stud's heavily-backed 11-10 favourite enjoyed the...

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Second Million For Stradivarius At York

It looked simple on paper and it turned out to be just that as Bjorn Nielsen's Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) swooped to garner a second £1million Weatherbys Hamilton bonus in the sponsors' G2 Lonsdale Cup at a sun-baked York. Only three rivals collected on the Knavesmire to take him on and it was predictably Dee Ex Bee (GB) (Farhh {GB}) who took it up with Frankie poised silently in third. Ballydoyle's 3-year-old Il Paradiso (Galileo {Ire}) harried the leader in the straight to great effect, but the chestnut...

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Nunthorpe Anchors Friday Bonanza

After two heady days at York's Ebor festival, Friday's card is arguably the best of the four over the week with the G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe S. taking centre stage. In a fascinating encounter between Shadwell's Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and the sponsors' Ten Sovereigns (Ire) (No Nay Never), with last year's runner-up Mabs Cross (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) thrown into the mix, this renewal of the ultimate flat speed test stands up to some of the recent gems the Knavesmire faithful has witnessed. In 2017, Battaash did everything wrong...

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Group 1 Number 10 For Enable

Keeping it simple in Thursday's G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks, an emotional Frankie Dettori steered Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) to an all-the-way 10th victory at the top level to reward her abundant followers with the perfect send-off in her native country. There will be one more, far greater task for her to complete to eclipse Frankel (GB) in terms of numbers in this category in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, but Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is certainly no slouch and this performance was as convincing as any of the...

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Kinane and De Moubray Appointed to HKJC NH Sales Team

Mick Kinane and Crispin de Moubray have been appointed to lead the Hong Kong Jockey Club Northern Hemisphere sales team, the HKJC announced on Thursday. The pair were in action at the Arqana August Yearling Sale in Deauville, where they acquired four colts on behalf of the club. All of the young stock purchased by the duo for the HKJC will later on be reoffered at the Hong Kong International Sale. Previously a 13-time Irish champion jockey who retired in 2009, Kinane  scored major victories in the G1 Prix de...

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Setback For Pat Smullen

A health setback means that Pat Smullen will not be able to take his place in the race named in his honour on Longines Irish Champions Weekend. The former nine-time Irish champion jockey was set to line up against nine of his retired weighing-room colleauges—all champions in their own right—for the race at the Curragh on Sept. 15 which will be raising funds for Cancer Trials Ireland. "Unfortunately I've had a setback with my health and have to undergo chemotherapy. On advice from my medical team I am unable to...

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Unfortunately to Springfield House Stud

Unfortunately (Ire) (Society Rock {Ire}-Unfortunate {GB}, by Komaite), a winner of the G1 Prix Morny, will stand at Linda and Reddy Coffey's Springfield House Stud in Ireland in 2020, Racing Post reported. Also a winner of the G2 Prix Robert Papin, the Tally-Ho-bred colt's fee will be announced later. The 4-year-old stood his first season at Cheveley Park Stud, and he will stand in County Tipperary on behalf of Cheveley and Springfield House Stud in partnership. His sire, the late MG1SW sprinter Society Rock (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}), spent three...

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