Europe

Enable to Skip York

Juddmonte's five-time Group 1 heroine Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) will skip next week's York meeting and instead will point to the G3 September S. over the synthetic at Kempton Park on Sept. 8. Out with a knee injury sustained in May, the 4-year-old will be making her first start since winning the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last October. A title defense of the ParisLongchamp feature, held on Oct. 7 this year, is the long-term goal for the John Gosden trainee. "She will not go to York next...

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Smullen Progressing Well

Jockey Pat Smullen is "on to the next step" of his recovery as he continues to receive treatment for a tumour which was found earlier this year. The nine-times champion Irish flat jockey was diagnosed in March and has now completed his required course of chemotherapy. He will undergo surgery next and after that Smullen is hoping to make a full recovery. "Thankfully everything is going according to plan," he said. "We're through the chemotherapy now and on to the next step. That will hopefully be followed by surgery and...

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Observations on the European Racing Scene for Thursday, Aug. 16

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. Thursday's Insights features a son of the MGSW & MG1SP Fire Lily (Ire) (Dansili {GB}). 5.15 Leopardstown, Mdn, €17,500, 2yo, f, 7fT DELPHINIA (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is a full-sister to the stable's MGSP Delano Roosevelt (Ire) out of the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Again (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire})...

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Elarqam Goes Again

'TDN Rising Star' Elarqam (GB) (Frankel {GB}) takes to Salisbury on Thursday to bid to get his season back on track in the G3 Tattersalls Sovereign S. after two disappointing efforts. Shadwell's son of Attraction (GB) (Efisio {GB}) was well below the standard of his G1 2000 Guineas fourth when only sixth in the Irish equivalent at The Curragh May 26 and may have been under-par again when third in the 10-furlong G2 York S. July 28. Charlie Johnston, assistant to father Mark, is hoping the return to a mile...

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All-American Hero Tests the Water at Deauville

American by name, American by deed. In becoming the first Triple Crown winner since the 1970s, American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) scaled a pinnacle that had come to seem beyond the modern dirt runner. But if that made him something of a throwback, as a racehorse, then his next challenge—as a sire for the 21st Century—is a global one. His lamented predecessor at Ashford, Scat Daddy (Johannesburg), has shown the thirst for stallions of international influence: capable of since producing the century's second Triple Crown winner, while also becoming a...

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Medaglia d’Oro’s Talismanic Takes the Gontaut-Biron

Not seen in Europe in 2018 before Wednesday, Godolphin's GI Breeders' Cup Turf hero Talismanic (GB) (Medaglia d'Oro) returned to remind all of his capabilities in Deauville's G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron. Only ninth tried on the dirt in the Mar. 31 G1 Dubai World Cup, the flashy bay travelled easily back on turf as Mickael Barzalona waited patiently in mid-division. Committed turning for home, the even-money favourite took over from the long-time leader Subway Dancer (Ire) (Shamardal) with two furlongs remaining and quickly asserted to record a two-length success. "He didn't...

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On-Track Report from the Palio (And I Do Mean On-Track)

Editor's note: Today, August 16, marks the running of the twice-annual Palio, the oldest horse race on record, which takes place around the central piazza, or town square, in Siena, Italy. A group of TDN staffers covered the July 2 Palio for the September edition of the TDN Weekend. They included our videographer, Patty Wolfe. Nothing could have prepared me for shooting the Palio in Siena, Tuscany last month--literally nothing. That my photographer position was on the track in front of the starting gate (read: rope that drops sluggishly after...

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Sea the Stars’s Knight To Behold Makes All in the Guillaume d’Ornano

Just as Eminent (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) did 12 months ago, Neil Jones's Knight To Behold (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) came from Britain as the underdog for Deauville's G2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano and led all the way to run away with Wednesday's feature under a masterful ride. Well beaten in both the G1 English and Irish Derbys, the 23-1 shot was always happy bowling along in isolation under Oisin Murphy and as he had in the May 12 Listed Lingfield Derby Trial kicked off the front to dominate. At the...

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Mastercraftsman’s Wind Chimes Wins the Lieurey

Third as the favourite in Chantilly's G3 Prix Paul de Moussac when last seen June 17, Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor's May 13 G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches third Wind Chimes (GB) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) came back strong from a break to stamp her authority on Wednesday's G3 Prix de Lieurey at Deauville. Slowly away and settled with one behind early by Pierre-Charles Boudot, the 6-5 favourite was always travelling with purpose and swept to the front 1 1/2 furlongs down en route to a 3 1/2-length defeat of...

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Young Guns Face First Market Test In Deauville

All eyes will be on Deauville this weekend. The G1 Darley Prix Morny will be the feature of a terrific afternoon of racing on Sunday; while Arqana's August Sale, which is held over three days from Saturday, raises the curtain on Europe's season of high-class yearling auctions. Arqana graduates have been enjoying yet another successful season on the world's racecourses, so the young horses on offer will be keenly scrutinised by owners or trainers serious about competing at the highest level. Included amongst their tour of inspections will be the...

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