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Where Did They Come From: G2 Albany S.

There's a lot to play for among the young sires, as seven of the field in Friday's G3 Albany S. are the offspring of first-season stallions, including a daughter of Gleneagles (Ire), who had his first Royal Ascot winner on Wednesday. Sophomore No Nay Never, who provided the winner of the Coventry S., Arizona (Ire), on Tuesday, has another three chances of a winner from this race. ALABAMA WHITMAN (GB) (Ivawood {Ire}--Mutoon {Ire}, by Erhaab) Unsold when offered by breeder Robert Pocock of Stringston Farm at the foal sales and...

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Frankie 4-For-4 As Stradivarius Takes the Gold Cup

At this rate, Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) is going to remembered not only as a stayer supreme, but also as the horse that broke Weatherbys Hamilton as he canters towards another £1-million bonus via a G1 Gold Cup for the ages on Thursday. By the time he was heading to post on Bjorn Nielsen's illustrious chestnut, Frankie Dettori already had the whole of Royal Ascot in his hands after his masterclasses in the Norfolk, Hampton Court and Ribblesdale. Over the course of one of the most beautiful 4...

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Sea the Stars’ Star Catcher Wins the Ribblesdale, Frankie On Fire On Royal Ascot Thursday

By the time TDN Rising Star Star Catcher (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) went to post, Frankie Dettori was already riding like it was 1996 and he transferred that golden feeling down the reins to Anthony Oppenheimer's homebred in Thursday's G2 Ribblesdale S. There were four Gosden fillies in this prestigious affair, but the fates have always been kind to the meeting's winningmost jockey and it was inevitable he would be on the right one. Riding throughout with the kind of total assurance that owning a day like this brings,...

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Kingman One-Two In the Hampton Court As Sangarius Impresses

A true Sir Michael Stoute work-in-progress, TDN Rising Star Sangarius (GB) (Kingman {GB}) came of age under the runaway influence of Frankie Dettori in Thursday's G3 Hampton Court S. to provide Juddmonte with a dream Royal Ascot result as Fox Chairman (Ire) brought up a notable forecast for their sire in the ascendant. Gently brought along so far this year, the May-foaled bay had shaped with promise when third behind the subsequent G1 St James's Palace S. runner-up King of Comedy (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) in Sandown's Listed Heron S. May...

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Society Rock Colt Takes the Norfolk

Thursday's G2 Norfolk S. was robbed of Maven (American Pharoah) after Wesley Ward opted to swerve the encounter due to the ground, but it may have witnessed something out of the top drawer as the heavily-backed A'Ali (Ire) (Society Rock {Ire}) broke his maiden in style under Frankie Dettori. Electric from the stalls before being steadied more then two lengths off the pace, the 5-1 shot who had been second on his sole start at Ripon June 5 was produced on the front end approaching the furlong pole. Despite the...

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First Black-Type Winner For Gleneagles As Southern Hills Takes the Windsor Castle

Still a maiden entering Wednesday's Listed Windsor Castle S. at Royal Ascot, Southern Hills (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}) had faced a tough introduction when pitched into the Listed Marble Hill S. at The Curragh May 24 and showed why with a bold showing until fading out of contention late to be last of the five. He had run to a high standard again next time when caught close home by the G2 Norfolk S. contender Air Force Jet (GB) (Charm Spirit {Ire}) in a five-furlong maiden which the pair dominated, pulling...

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The Coventry Stakes: where did they come from?
The Coventry Stakes: where did they come from?

One of these 17 colts was picked up as a foal for just €4,200, while another was a €380,000 yearling. As ever, the backgrounds of the runners in early juvenile contests, even at group level, offer a rich variety of homebreds and sales horses at all levels. Arizona No Nay Never - Lady Ederle (English Channel) Bred by Stephen Sullivan, the impressive Curragh maiden winner was pinhooked by Charles Briere's Fairway Partners as a foal for 65,000gns and resold at Arqana's August Sale for €260,000. Coase (Ire) Zoffany (Ire) -...

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Kingman Filly Earns Rising Star Tag at Yarmouth

   Godolphin's Summer Romance (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) faced just three rivals in Thursday's British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' S. at Great Yarmouth and outclassed what was placed before her to earn 'TDN Rising Star' status at the first attempt. The grey had already earned a degree of fame when bettering a 300,000gns price tag at last year's Tattersalls October Book 1 sale with the second-highest price, €800,000, at last month's Arqana Breeze-Up sale and doubled up in style on the Norfolk coast. The 8-13 favourite bowled along in second...

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International Crew Adds Colour To Royal Ascot

NEWMARKET, UK—In a week in which astronomical prize-money has been a topic of debate in international racing, the record £7.3 million on offer at Royal Ascot may not stand up against some newer carnivals but the five days of first-class racing at the Queen's home course remains the meeting with the greatest prestige, never mind its 251-year history. Horses representing nine different nations will line up at Ascot next week, with the home guard being challenged by a regular strong team from Ireland, as well as France, the Czech Republic,...

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The Pat Smullen Column: Unsocial Media

I've been really perturbed this week by the some of the abuse that has been aimed at young jockeys on social media. On occasion, things can go horribly wrong in races and jockeys can make mistakes, but it's hardly ever intentional. Jockeys want to be riding winners and earning their living but it's a fact of life that sometimes things just go wrong. The people writing such things don't understand what jockeys have to do to get to the point where they are riding a horse that has a chance of...

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The Weekly Wrap: The A Team

Following consecutive weekends of Classics, a quieter Sunday with just two European Group races once again brought the family of former champion German racemare Anna Paola (Ger) (Prince Ippi {Ger}) to the fore. The previous weekend had seen Anna Nerium (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) win the G3 Princess Elizabeth S. at Epsom and eights days later in the country of the family's origin, Gestut Rottgen's homebred Akribie (Ger) (Reliable Man {GB}) jumped to the head of the market for the G1 Preis der Diana when posting her third victory in the...

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Freshman Sire Amaron Off the Mark at Cologne
Freshman Sire Amaron Off the Mark at Cologne

1st-Cologne, €5,100, Mdn, 6-10, 2yo, 6 1/2fT, 1:17.35, gd. HAMARON (GER) (c, 2, Amaron {GB}--Hungry Heidi {GB}, by Kheleyf) shared first-runner honours--with eventual runner-up Ancona (Ire) (Amaron {GB})--for his Gestut Etzean-based freshman sire (by Shamardal), but dwelt at the break and was detached from his three opponents under a patient Adrie de Vries from the outset. Shaken up to close soon after turning for home, the 24-5 chance switched outside at the two pole and kept on powerfully for one crack of his rider's whip in the closing stages to...

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