Europe

Monceaux Invincible As August Sale Ends

DEAUVILLE, France--The benefit of a last-minute update was evident, but then so was the good sense to invest in an established Wertheimer family when an Invincible Spirit (Ire) half-sister to Saturday's G3 Prix du Calvados winner Polydream (Fr) (Oasis Dream {GB}) topped the final session of Arqana's August Sale at €400,000. Partnerships were in play on both sides of the transaction for lot 234. The vendor was the sale's dominant force Ecurie des Monceaux, which has based its successful business on strategic alliances between breeders and bought this filly in...

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Goffs UK Sponsor ROR Show

This week sees the third running of the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) National Championships at Aintree Racecourse's International Equestrian Centre with the event featuring the Goffs UK and ROA National Showing Championships. Almost 300 former racehorses have been entered for the six-day event, including national hunt Grade 1 winners such as Monet's Garden (Ire), Grand Crus (Fr) and Peddlers Cross (Ire) with the many household names taking part in both dressage and showjumping classes. In their careers on the racecourse the horses taking part this week competed in 4,707 races,...

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The Weekly Wrap

This week's dispatch comes to you from Deauville, where a notable number of new faces, particularly from Japan, have mingled with the usual cast of thousands playing leading roles and bit parts in the first major yearling sale of the European season. The barmen in Le Drakkar will be glad to see the back of the noisy crowd of Brits and Irish who take advantage of the fact that they temporarily have no homes to go to by staying up way past sensible bedtimes for horsemen. And it's a safe...

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Big Field Possible For Gimcrack

Twenty one juveniles have been left in the valuable G2 Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack S. at York on Saturday including two colts who have already proven victorious at group 2 level. The Mark Johnston trained Cardsharp (GB) (Lonhro {Aus}), winner of the G2 Arqana July S. at Newmarket and Brian Meehan's Barraquero (GB) (Zebedee {Ire}), who won the G2 Qatar Richmond S. at Goodwood are both in line to run. Confirming their decision to target York, Charlie Johnston, son and assistant to Mark said, "Cardsharp was under strong consideration for...

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Pedigree Insights: Group Success for Galileo’s Sire Sons

In Europe everyone has become used to seeing Galileo dominate affairs, but last week was a bit of an exception. Even though he notched up first and second in the G2 Debutante S., thanks to Magical and Happily, and saw his son Order of St George win the G3 Irish St Leger Trial, Galileo was arguably outpointed by his stallion sons. As many as four of them--Frankel, Teofilo, New Approach and Rip Van Winkle--enjoyed stakes success last week. We also saw another son, Enable's sire Nathaniel, continue his good form,...

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Dubawi Colt Steals The Show At Arqana

DEAUVILLE, France--Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited continued its eye-catching spending spree by securing the regally bred Dubawi (Ire) colt out of G1 Falmouth S. winner Giofra (GB) (Dansili {GB}) for a sale-topping €1.55-million at Arqana on Sunday evening. Agent Kerri Radcliffe, standing with her husband Jeremy Noseda and the operation's retained jockey Gerald Mosse, held her nerve against some stiff competition from Shadwell's Angus Gold to ensure that Haras de la Perelle's stunning colt (lot 160) would be joining the string of the investors that have kept her busy at sales across...

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Dubawi-Giofra Colt Is The New Arqana Topper

Haras de la Perelle's Dubawi (Ire) colt out of G1 Falmouth S. winner Giofra (GB) (Dansili {GB}) (lot 160) jumped to the top of the leaderboard at the Arqana August yearling sale late in Sunday's session when bringing a winning bid of €1.55-million from agent Kerri Radcliffe.

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Almanzor Retired

Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}-Darkova, by Maria's Mon), last year's Cartier Champion 3-year-old colt, has been retired from racing, Sylvain Vidal, representative of part-owner Gerard Augustin-Normand, confirmed late on Sunday. "After consultations with Jean-Claude Rouget and the partners, we have come to the difficult decision to retire Almanzor," said Vidal. "We came into the year with great hopes and expectations for a successful campaign culminating in glory in the [G1 Prix de l']Arc de Triomphe. Unfortunately with the setback he has had, including the virus spread through the stable earlier...

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€750,000 for Wings Of Eagles’s Sister

Haras de Montaigu's Kingman (GB) half-sister to Derby winner Wings Of Eagles (Fr) (Pour Moi {Ire}) (lot 101) provided an early highlight during the second session of Arqana's August yearling sale on Sunday when selling to Meridian International and David Redvers for €750,000.

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Society Rock’s Unfortunately Leads Home Morny One-Two For Burke

With some judges questioning the merit of his surprise win in the G2 Prix Robert Papin over 5 1/2 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte July 23, Unfortunately put that beyond doubt here by leading home Havana Grey and a Karl Burke one-two in this feature event. Having opened his account in authoritative fashion at Hamilton May 19, the bay had been second to Ardenode (Ire) (Hellvelyn {GB}) in the Listed Prix la Fleche at Maisons-Laffitte June 10 before finishing in the same position behind the subsequent G2 Superlative S. fourth Zaman (GB)...

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