Europe

Mare In-Foal to Charm Spirit Tops Arqana Monday

The third day of trade in Deauville saw mares in-foal to young sires prove the most popular and all indices improve over 2017's numbers. Topping Monday's session of the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale was the listed-placed bay Lykea (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}) (lot 660) from the consignment of Haras du Logis Saint Germain. Out of the listed winner and G3 Prix Eclipse third Alyzea (Ire) (King Charlemagne) and in-foal to Tweenhills resident Charm Spirit (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) who has his first juveniles this term, the 8-year-old was knocked...

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Munir-Souede Dispersal to Provide Bright Finale

DEAUVILLE, France-With the major Flat mares having taken their turn in the ring as the Arqana December Sale opened on Saturday, the curtain will be brought down in Deauville today with some classy National Hunt stock. The traditional jumping theme to the final day of trade has been given an extra boost this year by the inclusion of a dispersal of 22 broodmares and horses in training owned by the successful partnership of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. Among the major National Hunt owners in Europe, Munir was notable in...

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Longines World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony Slated for Jan. 23

The annual Longines World's Best Racehorse and Longines World's Best Horse Race ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 23. The event will be held for the first time at The Landmark in London, England after it was selected by Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. The world's three highest-rated horses-according to international handicappers--in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings will be honoured, as well as the Longines World's Best Horse Race. The award for the top-rated racehorse is a the trophy Equus, a crystal vase, while the trophy for...

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Dudgeon Elected Jockey Club Senior Steward

Sandy Dudgeon has been elected as a senior steward (non-executive chairman) of The Jockey Club beginning July 12, 2019 after the organisation's winter meeting held in London on Monday. He will serve for five years and succeeds Roger Weatherby. Elected as a Member of The Jockey Club in 1989, Dudgeon served as a steward from 2009-2012, and joined the Board of Stewards in December of 2017. Currently a chartered accountant, Dudgeon won 60 races in point-to-points and under National Hunt rules and was previously a managing director of Thornhill, as...

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Buick to Appeal Ban

William Buick intends to appeal against the severity of the six-week ban imposed by the stewards for his ride in Sunday's G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase. The jockey pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless riding after partnering the Tony Cruz-trained Pakistan Star (Ger) (Shamardal) to finish sixth in the Group 1 heat. Buick was found to have caused interference to both Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and Red Verdon (Lemon Drop Kid) when going for a gap with a couple of furlongs to race, with the Hong Kong Jockey Club...

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Pivotal Moment for Cheveley Park Sire

In 2018, a new milestone was reached by a broodmare sire in Europe. Pivotal (GB) became the first-ever to be represented by as many as eight individual European Group 1 winners in a single year. And on only four previous occasions has a broodmare sire managed to top the annual list with five or more Group 1 winners. Danehill was the best in 2011, 2012 and 2014, siring the dams of seven, six and five Group 1 winners. Meanwhile, Sadler's Wells sired the dams of five Group 1 winners when...

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Observations on the European Racing Scene for Monday, Dec. 10

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. Monday's Insights features a half-sister to Breeders' Cup winner Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}). 5.30 Wolverhampton, Cond, £5,800, 2yo, f, 7f 36y (AWT) Khalid Abdullah's homebred CLERISY (GB) (Kingman {GB}) is a half-sister to last month's GI Breeders' Cup Mile hero Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) and debuts for...

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Deep Impact Filly Stars at Hanshin

Danon Fantasy (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) came from off the pace to win the G1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies over a mile on Sunday. The Danox Inc. colourbearer was giving rider Cristian Demuro his third Japanese Group 1 win, one better than trainer Mitsumasa Nakauchida. Dropping back to sit third last through the first half-mile in :47 flat, the 8-5 crowd's pick began to rally with a quarter mile to travel. Angled widest of all barring second choice Chrono Genesis (Jpn) (Bago {Fr}), she had moved into third with 200 metres...

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Quesnay Ranks Further Reinforced By Recoletos

VAUVILLE, France—Nowhere in Europe is the stallion business expanding more quickly than in France and for 2019, just as for this year, there will be more than 30 stallions retiring to stud across the country. Among the best credentialed of the new intake is Haras du Quesnay's Recoletos (Fr) (Whipper), who retires on the back of a season in which he won the G1 Prix Moulin de Longchamp and G1 Prix d'Ispahan as well as finishing runner-up to Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) in the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois....

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The Series Details Unveiled by Championship Horse Racing

The Series, a new addition to the flat racing calendar that will see branded teams compete in 48 races across eight racecourses in England, Ireland and Scotland, which was announced in Febuary, moved one step closer to reality as Championship Horse Racing revealed more details on Thursday. Scheduled to be held on eight consecutive Thursday evening from July 25-Sept. 12, The Series will take place at Ayr, Epsom Downs, Goodwood, Haydock Park, Leopardstown, Newbury, Newmarket July Course and Sandown Park. Races will be worth over £100,000 each, and will be...

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