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Big Plans For Big-Spending Phoenix

Look back at the big talking points in the Thoroughbred industry last year, and at or near the top of the list has to be when Kerri Radcliffe materialized seemingly out of nowhere at Fasig-Tipton's Gulfstream sale and spent $1.55-million on a pair of 2-year-olds for the unheard-of Phoenix Thoroughbreds. As the sales season wore on and Radcliffe continued to make headlines-the top lot at breeze-up sales in the U.S. and France and again at Arqana's August yearling sale, plus a 1-million gns colt at Tattersalls and the $3-million Nickname...

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Small Batch Success From Woodcote Stud

Most of racing's bloodstock powerhouses will be well aware of the fertility of Barry and Fiona Reilly's Woodcote Stud. It might come as more of a surprise to the casual observer that an operation set on 70 acres just a mile and a half from Epsom town centre would be capable of producing six top-level winners, with the genuine prospect of a seventh to come this year. The couple have turned Woodcote into a bespoke British breeding business over the last 29 years, producing small batches of foals along traditional...

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Young Guns With Mark Byrne

Young Guns is a series where we endeavour to find out more about some of the young professionals in the industry. Today we speak with Mark Byrne, who works in nominations and marketing at Ballylinch Stud. TDN: What was your path into the industry? MB: I wasn't born into the industry but like so many you get hooked from an early age. I worked part time in a local stud during the weekends when I was at school and college but I followed bloodstock and racing fanatically. I made it...

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Lyons Looks Toward Proven Sires

As the official opening of the flat season approaches, turf enthusiasts will be starting to make their predictions on which sires will make their marks in 2018. These predictions always include the highly anticipated first-season sires, but can also include proven sires riding the crest of wave or hitting new momentum. For trainers who source their own stock from the sales, this also means finding out if their gambles from last year's yearling sales will pay off. Ger Lyons is one such man, and as a trainer known for helping...

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Hill Delves into World of Thoroughbred Genetics

When it comes to the equine world and science, Emmeline Hill is one of Ireland's--if not the world's--brightest minds. She is an Associate Professor of Equine Science at University College Dublin as well as the Chief Science Officer for Plusvital Ltd., a world leader in the development and provision of genetic tests for the international thoroughbred breeding and horse racing industries. Hill has found ways to study the genes and DNA patterns of race horses and believes they provide a wealth of useful knowledge. Her biggest breakthrough so far as...

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McLernon Earns Top Stable Staff Honour

Jessica McLernon, assistant trainer to Richard Fahey, took home the Employee of the Year Award, as well as the Leadership Award, at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London on Monday evening. McLernon received the Godolphin Trophy as well as a £40,000 cheque, half of which will be shared amongst the staff at Fahey's Musley Bank Stables. McLernon has rapidly risen through the ranks at Musley Bank since 2011, and she now manages day-to-day duties includes rotas, allocating staff to go racing...

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Feane Ready For Next Level

  While not yet a household name among the Irish training ranks, John Feane achieved something quite noteworthy last year when he trained Not A Bad Oul Day (Ire) (Captain Rio {GB}) to win seven races in a season. If training the winning-most horse in Ireland was an achievement in itself, buying the 6-year-old gelding out of a claimer for only €5,000 before he kicked off the winning spree was even more impressive. Feane has only commenced his fifth year with a trainer's license, but he has made a serious...

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Durcan Retires from the Saddle

Jockey Ted Durcan, 44, announced his retirement from the saddle on Sunday. During a 25-year career, the County Mayo-born rider booted home two Classic winners, Light Shift (Kingmambo) in the G1 Oaks in 2007 and 2009 G1 St Leger hero Mastery (GB) (Sulamani {Ire}). Durcan will remain part of Sir Michael Stoute's team at Newmarket. "It's not something I've rushed into," said the seven-time UAE champion jockey. "It's been at the back of my mind for a while now. I'm 45 years old at the end of the month and...

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Piggott Classics Still Shine Bright

The beautifully evocative photograph of Lester Piggott and Vincent O'Brien in last Thursday's TDN brought the memories flooding back, memories which warmed the latest bleak winter morning. The road to the Classics starts generally later in the spring in Europe than it does in the U.S., and at this time of year a catalyst to prompt reflections on Classic days past never goes amiss. As we gradually count down towards Derby Day 2018, we approach the 50th anniversary of the victory of the horse whom Lester Piggott has described as...

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Thewayyouare Dead

Thewayyouare (Kingmambo-Maryinsky {Ire}, by Sadler's Wells), the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner who sired the globetrotting Group 2 winner Toast of New York, has died at Haras de Corlay Stud aged 13, the stud announced on its Facebook page. From a regal family, being a half-brother to champion filly and stakes producer Peeping Fawn (Danehill) and a grandson of the champion producer Blush With Pride (Blushing Groom {Fr}), Thewayyouare won four of five juvenile outings including the Criterium de Saint-Cloud for trainer Andre Fabre. After an abbreviated and unproductive 3-year-old...

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