Europe

New Replay Technology For Champions Day

A new HD replay system for British stewards will be used for the first time on British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday. The system, which has been used by officials on the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand and at the Super Bowl, facilitates multiple screen views of continually synchronised content from up to 16 HD cameras. The playback footage is controlled via a touchscreen system. The system has been developed by Belgian company EVS and will gradually be rolled out at all of Britain's 59 racecourses...

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Zhukova, Intricately Slated For Tattersalls

Group 1 winners Zhukova (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) and Intricately (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}), as well as Group 3 winner Only Mine (Ire) (Pour Moi {Ire}), will be offered at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale on Dec. 4 to 7. All three mares are owned and raced by John Murrell and Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez and will be offered through The Castlebridge Consignment. Zhukova and Intricately are catalogued as out of training, and Only Mine is catalogued as in training. "John Murrell and Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez have been wonderful supporters of Tattersalls for...

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Wootton Bassett’s Wootton Impresses in Isonomy Triumph

Wootton was acquired by Godolphin from breeder Haras de Quetieville after plundering his Aug. 22 course-and-distance debut by six lengths in his sole prior outing and registered a career high with another wide-margin success in this contest hallmarked by luminaries such as Montjeu (Ire), Domedriver (Ire) and La Cressoniere (Fr). Positioned off the pace in fourth before slipping to fifth at halfway, he made smooth headway on the bridle in the straight to arrive on the front end with 300 metres remaining and powered clear for mild urging thereafter to...

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Fact Of The Week: Triple Threats

It's surely a remarkable feat to sire the first three home in a Group 1 race. But it's been happening relatively frequently in recent years to warrant a closer look: three times in 2016 and on three occasions again in 2017. The latest sire to join this exalted club is Dubawi, who sired the first three home--Bateel, Journey and Left Hand--in the Prix Vermeille this September. Prior to that it was Galileo in the Prince of Wales's S. at Royal Ascot, where Highland Reel defeated subsequent Group 1 winners Decorated...

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Ulysses and Churchill Skip Champion, Ten Remain
Ulysses and Churchill Skip Champion, Ten Remain

Saturday's G1 Qipco Champion S. at Ascot will be without Ulysses (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Churchill (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) after connections opted to swerve the 10-furlong feature in favour of other targets. With heavy rain a possibility, connections of the G1 Eclipse S. and G1 Juddmonte International hero Ulysses will wait for Del Mar, while the G1 English and Irish 2000 Guineas winner Churchill goes back to a mile for the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. on Saturday's card. Favouritism looks booked for Anthony Oppenheimer's group 1-seeking colt Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}),...

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Observations on the European Racing Scene for Thursday, Oct. 19

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 G1 Prix Vermeille heroine Galikova (Fr) (Galileo {Ire}). 2.20 Deauville, Debutantes, €27,000, 2yo, f, 9 1/2f (AWT) AJAYEB (IRE) (Frankel {GB}) makes her debut for Al Shaqab Racing, who purchased her GI American Oaks and GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup-winning dam Harmonious...

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Siyouni Colt Tops Arqana’s Second Session

With just a handful of lots to pass through the ring on Wednesday evening, the day's bestseller, a colt by Siyouni (Fr) (lot 342), emerged from the Haras du Quesnay draft and was the top pick of Roger Marley at €140,000. "He was the one I really wanted today and was the only one on my list," said the breeze-up pinhooker who works in association with John Cullinan and signed on behalf of Margaret O'Toole. "I love the stallion and have had a lot of luck with him. He'll be...

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Three Galileo Foals For Goffs

Goffs will offer three Galileo (Ire) foals at its November Foal Sale. The sale takes place Nov. 20 to 22, increasing in quality each day, with Part II on Nov. 25 and 26. The Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale splits those sales on Nov. 23 and 24. Goffs will be the only breeding stock sale this year to offer foals by Galileo, and all three are consigned by The Castlebridge Consignment: lot 541, a full-sister to G1 Criterium International winner and this weekend's G1 Caulfield Cup favourite Johannes Vermeer (Ire)...

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Hogan, Heffernan Win Curragh Awards

Trainer Denis Hogan and jockey Seamie Heffernan received top honours at Tuesday's Tipperary Crystal Curragh Racing Awards when taking the Training and Riding Performance of the Year categories. Heffernan won for his winning ride on Capri (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Irish Derby, while Hogan was recognized for the victories of Tithonus (Ire) (Glory Of Dancer {GB}) in the Tote Rockingham and Tote Scurry Premier handicaps. Trainer Takashi Kodama received a special achievement award for the win of Elusive Time (Ire) (Elusive City) in the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire, as...

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Dansili’s With You Takes the Reservoirs

IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU It has been a lean year for the French juveniles, but it could be that the best has been saved until last as 'TDN Rising Star' With You (GB) (Dansili {GB}) dominated this end-of-term test with a performance hallmarked with Classic promise. Emphatic on her debut when successful by six lengths over this mile trip at Saint-Cloud on Sept. 21, the full-sister to the same connections' G1 Prix de l'Opera heroine We Are (Ire) was backed into 7-10 favouritism and was sent to the lead soon...

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