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Europe

Observations for Apr. 20

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. Saturday's Insights features a relative of Henrythenavigator. 2.35 Kempton, Cond, £25,000, 3yo, f, 8f (AWT) RAINBOW HEART (IRE) (Born To Sea {Ire}) represents the Sunderland Holdings-William Haggas link which was thrust into the limelight by Sea of Class (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) last term and earned TDN Rising...

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Treve Foals Siyouni Filly

Treve (Fr) (Motivator {GB}), a dual winner of the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, produced her third foal, a filly by Haras de Bonneval resident Siyouni (Fr), at midday on Saturday, Apr. 13, Al Shaqab Racing tweeted on Wednesday. Bred by Haras du Quesnay, the bay raced for Al Shaqab and trainer Criquette Head, eventually being named a French highweight from ages three through five, and collecting six Group 1 wins. In addition to her Arc scores in 2013/2014, Treve also won the 2013 G1 Prix de Diane Longines...

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European Exports With Robert Hammond

European Exports is a series where we catch up with people who have left their home countries to make a new life in racing in America. For this edition, we caught up with Darby Dan Farm's Robert Hammond. TDN: Tell us a bit about where you're from. RH: I'm from the south of England, originally. South London, Sussex--beautiful, right near the coast in the south of England. That's where my family is from, but I lived for a long time in Newmarket. I was an assistant trainer there, but that...

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Oasis Dream Colt Swoops For Newmarket Debut Success
Oasis Dream Colt Swoops For Newmarket Debut Success

2nd-Newmarket, £8,000, Novice, 4-18, 2yo, 5fT, 1:01.40, g/f. WELL OF WISDOM (GB) (c, 2, Oasis Dream {GB}--Alessandria {GB}, by Sunday Silence), from the family of G1 Middle Park S.-winning sire Lycius (Mr. Prospector) and MGISP sire Akabir (Riverman), chased the leaders in sixth after an alert getaway in this debut. Gaining ground when nudged along after halfway, the 5-1 chance went fourth entering the final furlong and quickened smartly under rousting on the climb to the line to edge out fellow Godolphin nominee Electrical Storm (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) by a...

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Second Time’s A Charm For Invincible Spirit Colt

NEWMARKET, UK—A broken rein that could have signalled disaster for lot 122 and cool-headed jockey Gary Halpin during the breeze shows on Monday instead led to a repeat gallop at the end of the session during which Oak Tree Farm's Invincible Spirit (Ire) colt showed professionalism and talent to post one of the fastest gallops of the day. That impressive take two meant that the half-brother to dual Group/Grade 1 winner Erupt (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) topped the second session of the Craven Sale on Wednesday evening, selling to 575,000gns to...

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Record Kingman Filly Kick-Starts Craven Sale

NEWMARKET, UK—Four purchases, and the top four prices of the session—adding up to a third of total turnover on the night. That was the game-changing commitment made by Godolphin to the opening session of the Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sale, with the presence of its founder in person a welcome boost to the morale of a sector that had, overall, suffered such a rocky time last year. In fact any jitters were redressed within minutes of the bell, the fifth lot into the ring achieving a spectacular 850,000gns payday for Tally-Ho Stud,...

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Observations for Apr. 17

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 son of Oaks heroine Dancing Rain (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}). 4.10 Newmarket, Mdn, £10,000, 3yo, f, 7fT OJOOBA (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) debuts for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum who has long held much store in this Rossdales Maiden Fillies' S. which he has won...

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Too Darn Hot Guineas Decision Next Week

John Gosden has revealed a decision on Too Darn Hot (GB) (Dubawi {Ire})'s participation in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas could be made early next week. The Dubawi colt was the undoubted star of the juvenile division last season--winning each of his four starts including a brilliant victory in the G1 Dewhurst S. at Newmarket in October. The 'TDN Rising Star'has spent the winter at the head of ante-post lists for both the Guineas and the Derby at Epsom, but there was a bump in the road last week after...

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Starspangledbanner Juvenile Gets Godolphin Off the Mark
Starspangledbanner Juvenile Gets Godolphin Off the Mark

6th-Newmarket, £8,000, Mdn, 4-16, 2yo, f, 5fT, 1:00.09, g/f. CHASING DREAMS (GB) (f, 2, Starspangledbanner {Aus}--A Huge Dream {Ire} {SP-Fr, $116,920}, by Refuse To Bend {Ire}), who was all the rage at 4-9 for this debut, was soon in front and in control as all the forecasts suggested. Pulling clear of Good Vibes (GB) (Due Diligence) up the hill to the line, the hooded chestnut had five lengths to spare there to get her owners off the mark with their European 2-year-olds. "She took the preliminaries very well and had...

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Calyx Camp Eyeing Pavilion Return

Trainer John Gosden is eyeing the G3 Pavilion S. at Ascot as a likely comeback target for the long-absent 'TDN Rising Star' Calyx (GB) (Kingman {GB}). The Kingman colt looked every inch a future superstar when winning the G2 Coventry S. at Royal Ascot last June, but missed the rest of the season through injury. Gosden reports Calyx in rude health ahead of his return to action, but feels it would be unfair to ask his charge to run in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas first time out on May...

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Zakouski is the Word

There is nothing better than a "buzz" horse at Newmarket's Craven meeting and that monicker falls firmly on Godolphin's Zakouski (GB) (Shamardal) in the feature Group 3 contest after which the fixture is named on Wednesday. That he is favoured over fellow Godolphin runner and the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere hero Royal Marine (Ire) (Raven's Pass), having won one race, is as telling as it is ridiculous. The sole racecourse evidence of his prowess came in a two-length defeat of Headman (GB) (Kingman {GB}) in receipt of seven pounds in...

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Scat Daddy’s Qabala Well On Top In the Nell Gwyn

Newmarket's G3 Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn S. looked as if it could be a Roger Varian benefit beforehand and that proved the case as Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani's Qabala (Scat Daddy) brushed aside stablemate Mot Juste (Distorted Humor) to bring a raw excitement to Tuesday's edition of the time-honoured seven-furlong 1000 Guineas prep. While it is 13 years since Speciosa (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) brought up the Nell Gwyn-Guineas double, this performance from the course-and-distance maiden winner who was hammered into 10-3 favouritism strongly suggests it can realistically...

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