Europe

American Action Aids Arqana Opening Session

DEAUVILLE, France—George Bolton didn't make it to Deauville when the flying filly Lady Aurelia won the G1 Darley Prix Morny but the American owner-breeder ensured that his first visit to Arqana did not go unnoticed when, through Kerri Radcliffe, he bought the top lot on day one of the October Sale. Consigned by Eric L'hermite's Haras de Grandcamp as lot 77, the Siyouni (Fr) half-sister to Group 3 winner Evasive's First (Fr) (Evasive) led all comers through the first select session at €360,000 and she will remain in Europe to...

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Soldier Hollow to Stand for €30K

Helmut von Finck's Soldier Hollow (GB) (In the Wings {GB}--Island Race {GB}, by Common Grounds {GB}), currently the leading stallion in Germany, will stand for €30,000 at Gestut Auenquelle in 2019, Galopponline.de reported on Tuesday. The MG1SW and German/Italian highweight has been represented by G1 Deutsches Derby one-two Weltstar (Ger) and Destino (Ger) on the track this year, and stood for €25,000 in 2018.

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Observations on the European Racing Scene for Wednesday, Oct. 24

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Wednesday's Insights features a full-brother to GSW Bow Creek (Ire). 4.55 Newmarket, Novice, £10,000, 2yo, 8fT ALIGNAK (GB) (Sea the Moon {Ger}) is the latest progeny out of Kirsten Rausing's triple German group 1 scorer Albanova (GB) (Alzao) and is therefore a half to the useful pair Algometer (GB)...

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Australian Prime Minister Backs Thoroughbred Industry

Horse racing has been deemed crucial to Australian culture according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison at an event organised by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and the Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers at Parliament House in Canberra. The Prime Minister was joined by MPs from all areas of politics to rally behind the Thoroughbred industry. Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire})'s co-owners Debbie Kepitis and Peter Tighe were the star attractions, while the great mare's three Cox Plates were also on display. The Chris Waller-trained mare is aiming for a record fourth...

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Luca Cumani: the End of an Era

The Neapolitan nobleman Cavaliere Odorado Ginistrelli, who saddled his home-bred filly Signorinetta (GB) (Chaleureux {GB}) to land the Derby / Oaks double in 1908, will always hold a special place in Newmarket's racing history. Another Italian horseman, however, has subsequently earned himself an even more distinguished position in the town's pantheon. Having announced on Monday his decision to call time on his 43-year training career, Luca Cumani will draw stumps at the end of the current season, a retirement which really will be the end of an era. In the...

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Reservoirs Offers Classic Clues

The current European flat season is coming to a close, but a final flourish of important juvenile staging posts are still to come and Wednesday sees Deauville host the G3 Prix des Reservoirs for fillies over a mile. Freddy Head, who saddled last year's winner With You (GB) (Dansili {GB}), puts forward James Wigan's Off The Coast (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}), who scored on debut over 7 1/2 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte Oct. 2. Jean-Claude Rouget saddles an intriguing runner in Gerard Augustin-Normand's Montviette (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}), who comes here...

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Galileo’s Chablis Earns Rising Star Tag in Gowran Park Unveiling

   The most favoured of Aidan O'Brien's three entries yet allowed off at a generous 8-1, Susan Magnier and John Oxley's hitherto untried Chablis (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) rewarded her supporters with a taking performance to earn 'TDN Rising Star' status in her Gowran Park unveiling Tuesday. Recovering from a tardy exit to race in a handy seventh along the fence until stirred into action off the home turn, she made continued headway in the straight and kept on strongly for whipless coaxing once quickening to the fore passing the eighth...

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Premio Lydia Tesio Receives Purse Hike

The G1 Premio Lydia Tesio, slated to be held over 2000m at Capannelle in Rome on Sunday, Nov. 4, received a purse increase from €297,000 to €407,000 from the Italian Ministry of Agriculture. The lone Group 1 race remaining in the Italian Pattern, the purse increase was made in an effort to attract the top fillies and mares in Italy and abroad and preserve its top-level status in 2019 and beyond. The 2017 edition was won by Newtown Anner Stud's Laganore (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) for trainer Tony Martin.

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Anodin’s Fee Bumped to €15,000

First-season sire Anodin (Ire) (Anabaa--Born Gold, by Blushing Groom {Fr}) will stand at Haras du Quesnay in France for €15,000 in 2019, the stud tweeted on Monday morning. Already the sire of G3 Prix des Chenes hero Anodor (Fr) and the listed winner Harmless (Fr), the full-brother to champion and MG1SW Goldikova (Ire) and one of the leading first-season sires in France stood for €6,000 in 2018. A GSW and MG1SP on the track, Anodin has already sired 15 winners and has earnings of $424,144.

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Mekhtaal to Stand at Haras de Bouquetot

Al Shaqab Racing's G1SW Mekhtaal (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}--Aiglonne, by Silver Hawk) will stand at Haras de Bouquetot in France next year. A winner of the G1 Prix d'Ispahan in 2017 and the G2 Prix Hocquart the year prior for early trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, the 5-year-old was runner-up in both the GII Nijinsky S. and GI Northern Dancer Turf S. at Woodbine this year for new trainer Graham Motion. Also placed in the 2017 Prix d'Harcourt and 2016 G3 Prix du Prince Orange, Mekhtaal's record stands at 13-3-5-0 and...

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