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Vazirabad Will Not Compete at Meydan

His Highness the Aga Khan's MG1SW Vazirabad (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}) will not compete at the Dubai World Cup this season, Jour de Galop reported on Thursday. Last seen running second in the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and pulling up with an injury last June, the three-time Group 1 winner was pointing for the G2 Dubai Gold Cup on Dubai World Cup night, a race he has won the past three seasons. "Vazirabad will not go to Dubai," trainer Alain de Royer Dupre told Jour de Galop of the...

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Scat Daddy Filly ‘Divine’ in Oaks

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby was enjoying a top-notch night after saddling Spotify (Fr) (Redoute's Choice {Aus}) to take the G3 Dubai Millennium S. at Meydan on Thursday, and the evening continued to improve as Scat Daddy filly Divine Image saluted in the $250,000 G3 UAE Oaks over 1900 metres. It was the first win in the race for Appleby, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was on hand to witness his stable's successes. A bit reluctant to load, Divine Image perched in fifth in between horses as...

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Godolphin and Appleby Land Meydan Group Hat Trick

Mythical Magic (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) completed a Godolphin/Charlie Appleby clean sweep of the three Meydan group races on Thursday, as he drew off by three lengths in the G2 Zabeel Mile over a good turf course. The 1600-metre $250,000 affair was the second consecutive group victory for jockey William Buick, who had piloted Divine Image (Scat Daddy) to a win in the G3 UAE Oaks one race earlier. Sitting in fourth two back and two deep as Top Score (GB) (Hard Spun) towed the field down the backstretch, the 4-year-old...

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Wide Receiver Stars at Cheltenham February

The single-day Tattersalls Cheltenham February Sale showcased sales topper Wide Receiver (Ire) (Sholokov {Ire}) (lot 36), who was knocked down for £410,000 equaling 2018's top price, the joint second highest price for a point-to-pointer. Consigned by Cormac Farrell's Leamore Horses, the Feb. 10 Cragmore debut winner, who won his lone start by eight lengths, went to Tom Malone and Gordon Elliott. The 4-year-old gelding was originally purchased for €25,000 out of the Tattersalls Derby Sale last June. Wide Receiver was one of 10 lots to make six figures on Thursday,...

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DEFRA Calls For Reciprocation On EU Horse Movement

The British government has confirmed that horses being transported from EU member countries to the UK after March 29 will be able to travel under the regulations currently in place, but equine traffic going in the opposite direction could be halted unless Britain is granted listed status by the European Commission. The government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on Thursday issued guidance pertaining to the movement of horses between EU countries in the case of a 'no-deal' Brexit. With just 36 days remaining before Britain is to...

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ARC Feels Backlash Over Prize-Money Cuts

The UK's largest racecourse group Arena Racing Company (ARC) has been given a taste of how badly its reduction in prize-money has been received with two novice races at Lingfield's Saturday meeting attracting a combined total of one declared runner. Both Class 5 events with an advertised total prize fund of £4,500 each, the 1m novice stakes, which had received 18 entries, became a walkover at the declaration stage-the Nick Littmoden-trained Greybychoice (Ire) being the sole intended runner-while the five-furlong contest will have no runners. Particularly embarrassing for ARC is...

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Mating Plans: Merry Fox Stud

With a broodmare band approaching 20, Craig Bennett's Merry Fox Stud boards mares at Fittocks Stud in England, Ireland's Ballylinch Stud and also at Haras du Buff in France. "All the mares are already in situ in the respective countries in which they will be covered this season," says Bennett's matings advisor Gary Hadden. "It's extra important in the year of Brexit but Craig likes to have all the mares in the country where the stallions are so he is not travelling young foals." Among the jewels of this particular...

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Osarus Will Offer 93 Breeze-Ups in April

The Osarus La Teste Breeze-Up Sale catalogue, consisting of 93 lots, is now available. The sale will begin at La Teste Racecourse beginning at 12:30 p.m. local time on Apr. 11, with the breezes scheduled for 2:30 p.m. the previous day. Of the lots on offer, 83 are eligible for owners' premiums in France and all of the breezes may be viewed live at www.france-sire.com. Individual breeze videos will be posted at www.osarus.com later on. A wide variety of 64 sires are represented, with the highlights including an Epaulette (Aus)...

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Bissett Crowned Employee of the Year

Catriona Bissett, who works for Nick Alexander of Kinneston Stables, was crowned Employee of the Year at the 2019 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards in London on Monday night. The event was hosted by the British Horseracing Authority in conjunction with the Racing Post. Bissett, known as 'Catch', was presented with her trophy by Sir Anthony McCoy at an event at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, in front of a specially-invited audience from across the racing industry. She was given a cheque for £30,000, half of which...

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Mia Tesoro Team Eyes Australia Date

Deron Pearson's homebred listed heroine Mia Tesoro (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), who ran a career best second in the G2 Balanchine at Meydan on Valentine's Day, is set to head to the covering sheds trainer Charlie Fellowes announced. A winner of the Listed Nottinghamshire Oaks S. last summer, the 6-year-old is likely to be covered by Australia (GB) (Galileo {Ire}), winner of the G1 English and G1 Irish Derbies and G1Juddmonte International in 2014. Mia Tesoro's record currently stands at 27-5-4-3, $143,365. "She's been amazing," said her trainer Fellowes. "To...

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