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1.3 Million For Haggle
1.3 Million For Haggle

The 4-year-old filly Haggle (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) (lot 174) became the first seven-figure sale at Arqana's December Sale on Saturday when fetching €1.3-million from Wertheimer et Frere. The stakes-placed filly is from the family of Group 1 winners like Chicquita, Alexandrova and this year's G1 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling.

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Haras Du Saz Buys Elm Park

Group 1 winning 2-year-old Elm Park (GB) (Phoenix Reach {Ire}-Lady Brora {GB}, by Dashing Blade {GB}) has been purchased by Haras du Saz near Nantes in France where he will stand for a covering fee of €3,000. Bloodstock agent Richard Venn brokered the deal to buy 2014 G1 Racing Post Trophy winner from owners Qatar Racing. Elm Park was one of the juvenile stars of 2014 and in addition to his top level win at Doncaster he also won the G2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge S. at Newmarket having previously won...

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Curtain Comes Down In Deauville

Deauville, FRANCE--The breeding stock sales circuit makes its final stop of the year in Deauville this weekend for the Arqana December Breeding Stock sale, and confidence among sellers appears high off a record-breaking week at Tattersalls and strong trade at Goffs prior to that. A total of 962 horses are catalogued for the next four days, comprising mainly foals, fillies and mares off the track and broodmares. Henri Bozo has 37 to sell through his Ecurie des Monceaux consignment, and he said on Friday morning as buyers began to file...

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Death Of Peter Walwyn

Peter Walwyn MBE, who will forever be associated with the great champion Grundy (GB) (Great Nephew {GB}) has died aged 84. Walwyn, who was based for the majority of his training career at Seven Barrows in Lambourn, was champion trainer in Britain on two occasions in 1974 and 1975, the same year Grundy enjoyed his splendid campaign that saw the colt win the G1 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. That King George win, when he prevailed after a terrific tussle with...

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Record-Breaking December Sale Ends Boom Year For Tattersalls

The roar of Tuesday's action at Tattersalls had become a whimper by Thursday but that didn't stop the Tattersalls December Sale breaking yet another record as 105,255,000gns changed hands over a fortnight at Park Paddocks for yearlings, foals, fillies and mares. That tally ensured that turnover for the whole year in Newmarket rose to 331 million gns from last year's high mark of 265 million gns. "The 2017 Tattersalls December Sale will live long in the memories of the huge number of people who have all contributed to another outstanding...

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All Well With ‘Toast’ After Comeback

Toast Of New York (Thewayyouare) was reported none the worse following his first start in over three years when he made a winning comeback at Lingfield on Wednesday. The Al Shaqab Racing owned entire had not run since been touched off by Bayern (Offlee Wild) in the GI Breeders's Cup Classic at Santa Anita in 2014 but trainer Jamie Osborne produced him in good shape to record a comfortable victory over the 102 rated Petite Jack (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}). "He's 100 per cent this morning, which is great news....

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Striking A Commercial Balance At Quesnay

Striking the right balance between breeding for a private family and commercial breeding is often a dicey affair, requiring an acceptance from would-be purchasers that just because mares are for sale doesn't mean they're not valuable. But a glance through the 42 horses on offer (click here) from the Head family's Haras du Quesnay at the Arqana December Breeding Stock sale, part of a farm reduction, will offer buyers plenty of assurance as to their quality. Quesnay will be offering the family's entire 2017 foal crop along with 50% of...

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French Stud Position For Balios

Haras du Hoguenet and Al Asayl Bloodstock have joined forces to stand Balios (Ire) (Shamardal-Elle Galante {Ger}, by Galileo {Ire}) at Haras Du Hoguenet in Normandy. A once raced winning juvenile for David Simcock in England, Balios showed high class form at three when winning the G2 King Edward VII S. at Royal Ascot in 2015 but has only run three times since then, rounding out his career with fourth place finish behind Postponed (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the G2 Dubai City Of Gold at Meydan last year. "Balios has...

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Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Catalogue Released

The four-day 2018 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, in its eighth consecutive year of growth, will be held at Oaklands Junction on Mar. 4-7. The 770-lot strong catalogue--which includes 505 Super VOBIS nominees and 339 BOBS eligible yearlings--is available here. Of the 160 yearlings offered on Mar. 4, 43 selected yearlings--geared toward Classic and staying types--make up the Blue Riband session. Eighty-eight lots are siblings to black-type winners. There are also 103 progeny of black-type winning mares including Group 1 winners Yosei (Aus) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), Miss Mossman (NZ) (Mossman...

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Turner Faces BHA Hearing

Jockey Hayley Turner will face a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing regarding a "mistake" concerning the opening of an internet betting account on Dec. 14. Officially retired at the end of the 2015 turf season and after initially establishing a media career with At The Races and ITV Racing, Turner opted to return to race riding in France this past summer. However, Turner's decision to open an online account following her initial retirement prompted a BHA inquiry as she technically still held a licence, leaving the rider in breach...

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