Europe

Greece Hosts EMHF General Assembly

The acropolis in Athens, Greece played host to the European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation's General Assembly, where 20 countries were represented. All of the countries had adopted, or would adopt by the end of the year, the new world standard for interference cases adopted by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) last October. A new organization to the Federation in 2018, was the Lithuanian Horse Racing Association, which was inspected by EMHF Secretary-General Paull Khan in November of 2017. Danish Jockey Club CEO Peter Knudsen presented on changes in...

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Fillies Lead The Way At Osarus Breeze

The patchy trade seen throughout the breeze-up season so far this year continued at the first French auction of the year at Osarus's traditional venue of La Teste de Buch racecourse. From an original catalogue of 102 plus three supplementary entries, 81 horses ended up being offered for sale on Tuesday, with 49 of those finding a buyer at a rate of 60%, which was in fact up two points from last year's sale. Though the median figure dropped slightly from €14,000 to €13,000, the average posted reasonable improvement, settling...

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Dansili’s Crossed Baton Prevails in Epsom’s Blue Riband Trial

   Crossed Baton debuted with a sixth, behind subsequent G2 Royal Lodge S. victor and G1 Racing Post Trophy runner-up Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy), in an Aug. 18 one-mile novice event at Newmarket. He shed maiden status over the same trip at Sandown in his only other juvenile start Sept. 15 and lined up for this black-type bow coming off a snug defeat of the dual stakes-placed Tigre du Terre (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) in a 10-panel all-weather heat at Kempton last time Mar. 31. Sent to the fore after...

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Twenty-Six Remain In Guineas

Twenty-six colts were left in the May 5 G1 Qipco 2000 Guineas at Wednesday's latest scratching stage, and 20 fillies were left in the following day's G1 Qipco 1000 Guineas. Aidan O'Brien has left six in the 2000 Guineas, headed by G1 Racing Post Trophy winner Saxon Warrior (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and G2 Superlative S. winner Gustav Klimt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). G3 Craven S. winner Masar (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) remains eligible, as does last weekend's G3 Greenham S. winner James Garfield (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) and the...

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Seven Countries With Ascot Entries

Seven countries are represented among the initial entries for Royal Ascot's Group 1 races. The potential visitors include 12 from the U.S., three each from Australia and Japan and one, G1 Chairman's Sprint Prize winner Lucky Bubbles (Aus) (Sebring {Aus}), from Hong Kong. Nick Smith, Director of Racing and Communications at Ascot, said, "We're very pleased with the variety and quality of the Royal Ascot entries this year. Seven countries, including Britain, are represented, and amongst them a Hong Kong Chairman's Sprint Prize winner, two U.S.-trained Breeders' Cup winners and...

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Half-brother To Barkaa Offered At Osarus

In common with all European breeze-up sales this season, the Osarus sale, which takes place at La Teste de Buch racecourse today, has an increase in numbers catalogued. From 102 in the book and three supplementary entries, 15 had already been withdrawn at the time of writing but it's still a rise from the 62 offered last year, when just 36 sold for a total of €645,000 at an average price of €18,156. Paul Basquin's Haras de Saubouas has been the leading vendor at this sale since 2015 and last...

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Clement’s Enduring Love For The Game

Never mind Emmanuel Macron. France has a new president and he's not one who has parachuted into his position of power in the blink of an eye. In February, French racing lost its doyenne, Criquette Head-Maarek, whose retirement saw her yard sold to rising young trainer Henri-Francois Devin. Her responsibilities as the president of the French trainers' association, however, have been passed on to fellow long-serving Chantilly trainer Nicolas Clement, whose statesmanlike demeanour and 30 years with a licence stand him in good stead to represent his colleagues. "Criquette was...

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Derby ‘Cross’Roads

Boosted by the 2016 and 2017 triumphs of high rankers and subsequent Group 1 performers So Mi Dar (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}), respectively, this event has been elevated to listed status for the first time and attracts an enticing cast for the latest incarnation, which offers a free ticket to the main event in June. The John Gosden and Frankie Dettori bromance has dominated recently with Christophermarlowe (Tapit) initiating the hat-trick in 2015, and the duo team up again with Khalid Abdullah's recent Kempton conditions winner...

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Observations on the European Racing Scene for Wednesday, Apr. 25

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 half-sister to G1SP Ertijaal (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}). 3.00 Catterick, Cond, £7,900, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f 6yT Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's homebred TALAAQY (IRE) (Dansili {GB}) is a daughter of Listed Atalanta S. victress Shabiba (Seeking The Gold) and thus a half-sister to MGSW dual G1 Al...

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Jockey Club Path Likely For Lion

Last year's G2 Royal Lodge S. winner Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy), third as the favourite in last week's G3 Craven S., looks likely to bypass the May 5 G1 2000 Guineas, with trainer John Gosden telling At The Races, "The way he trains, it looks like the Dante/Prix du Jockey Club will be a smart move for him." The G2 Dante S. will be staged at York on May 17, and the G1 Prix du Jockey Club is at Chantilly on June 3. Owned by Qatar Racing, Roaring Lion was...

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