Europe

Scat Daddy Filly Earns Rising Stardom in Yarmouth Unveiling

   Hammered into 13-8 favouritism at the tills having skipped an intended debut at Haydock Sept. 7, Hidden Message (Scat Daddy) justified the faith with a dominant performance in her belated unveiling at Great Yarmouth on Thursday to earn 'TDN Rising Star' status. Positioned in a handy fourth after an alert break, she loomed large under Oisin Murphy inside the quarter-mile marker and powered clear once quickening to the front at the eighth pole to easily outclass previous winner Promote (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}) by an impressive 3 3/4 lengths....

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Frankel’s Old Glory a New Rising Star At Naas

Old Glory (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) began the seven-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Naas the 6-4 favourite based on a number of factors, with one of them being the fact he was the 2017 Goffs Orby Yearling Sale topper at €1.6million. Racing in the Zayat Stables silks, the bay who is owned in partnership with Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith broke well before being positioned just off the pace by Donnacha O'Brien. Moving smoothly to the front with a furlong remaining, he eased clear of Erich Bloch...

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Invincible Spirit Colt Off the Mark On Promising Debut

Royal Meeting is a son of the G1 Alan Robertson Fillies' Championship-winning champion 2-year-old filly Rock Opera (SAf) (Lecture) and therefore a half-sister to Heavy Metal (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), winner of the 2012 G2 Richmond S. and this year's G2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 and G2 Godolphin Mile, $1,790,704. Sent off the 2-1 favourite, he was slowly away but unhurried in rear throughout the early stages. Creeping closer passing halfway, the homebred was cajoled by Alrajaa (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the last 50 yards to score by...

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Dow Up On The Downs

Clear Height. The sign on the stable gate is perfectly descriptive, but we are not on the High Moor in Middleham, looking down from a vantage point above the Lambourn Valley, or atop Warren Hill. This is Epsom. It's a place known to racing fans the world over. Home, not to the oldest Classic but to the most significant, and to a racecourse which once teamed with every variant of human life in the Derby's heyday as Britain's foremost sporting outing. At the evocatively named Clear Height Stables is trainer...

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Observations on the European Racing Scene for Wednesday, Sept. 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. Wednesday's Insights features €1.6 million Goffs Orby Yearling Sale topper Old Glory (Ire) (Frankel {GB}). 2.30 Yarmouth, Mdn, £7,400, 2yo, 7f 3yT ROYAL MEETING (IRE) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) is a son of the G1 Alan Robertson Fillies' Championship winner Rock Opera (SAf) (Lecture) whose Heavy Metal (GB) (Exceed and...

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Soft Falling Rain Passes Away at Nine

Equus champion and UAE highweight Soft Falling Rain (SAf) (National Assembly-Gardener's Delight, by Giant's Causeway), who carried the Shadwell silks to group victories in three countries including the G1 South African Nursery S. in 2012, has died at the age of nine, Wilgerbosdrift Farm announced. Bred by Highlands Farms Stud, the R350,000 graduate of the 2011 Cape Yearling Sale won his first seven starts-including four in his native land--culminating in his Nursery score en route to South African champion juvenile colt honours in 2012/2013. Named the UAE highweight from 7-9...

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Date Set for Route des Etalons 2019

The French Racing & Breeding Committee (FRBC) and the Federation des Eleveurs have announced that France's popular stallion weekend, La Route des Etalons, will take place on Jan. 19 and 20 next year. Around 100 stallions will be on show at more than 20 Normandy stud farms, including Dabirsim (Fr), Shalaa (Ire), Wings Of Eagles (Fr), Le Havre (Ire) and Siyouni (Fr). Breeders wishing to take part in this event can contact Solange Gourdain at the FRBC ([email protected]) for advice on travelling and planning your visit, or see the www.laroutedesetalons.com...

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Trainer Guy Cherel Arrested

Guy Cherel, one of the leading jumps trainers in France, was arrested on Monday in connection with an ongoing doping investigation, according to a report in French newspaper Le Parisien. Also a noted breeder of jumpers, Cherel, 58, has a training stable at Maisons-Laffitte as well as a stud farm in Gavray. Both premises are reported to have been raided by police officers from the racing and gaming division who found prohibited substances on site. A vet, who has not been named, was also arrested with Cherel. The trainer was...

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‘Word’ Injured, Done for Year

Poet's Word (Ire) (Poet's Voice {GB}), the highest rated horse in Europe and joint second overall on the Longines World Rankings behind Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}), has suffered an injury and will not be seen in action again this year, mooting a potential appearance in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs in November. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained 5-year-old has been one of the stories of the season, beating Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the G1 Prince of Wales's S., before getting the better of stablemate Crystal Ocean...

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El Prado’s American Masterpieces

May 13, 1977. The legendary Vincent O'Brien sends a grey filly by Sir Ivor to The Curragh for her racecourse debut. In the colours of Robert Sangster worn by stable jockey Tommy Murphy, the filly defies her starting price of 16-1 to win impressively by three lengths. Nothing remarkable about a Ballydoyle runner scoring on debut at The Curragh. But this was no ordinary maiden, it was the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas. The filly in question, Lady Capulet, exploded on the scene and although her racing career amounted to just...

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