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Mayfair Offerings Lead Arqana February

Buyers during the second session of the Arqana February Sale on Wednesday capitalized on the opportunity to scoop up offerings from Mayfair Speculators, with three of the top four lots formerly representing that stable. The Tattersalls February sale two weeks ago enjoyed a boost from the sale of a handful of lots formerly owned in partnership by Mayfair Speculators. That was again the case in Deauville on Wednesday, the offerings raced by Markus Jooste's stable alone or in partnership including the €300,000 colt Learning To Fly (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB})...

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Young Guns With Billy Jackson-Stops

Young Guns is a series where we endeavour to find out more about some of the young professionals in the industry. Today we speak with bloodstock consultant Billy Jackson-Stops of Atlas Stallions. TDN: What was your path into the industry? BJS: My brother and I were big jumps racing fans, having been brought up opposite Towcester Racecourse, so we started out by riding point-to-pointers. Then when I left school I got some work experience with James Delahooke at Tattersalls and my interests soon changed from jumps to flat racing, and...

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February Sale Opens In Deauville

The Arqana February sale began in Deauville on Tuesday with an increased clearance rate of 78% for 157 broodmares, fillies and short yearlings. The aggregate was €990,500, the average €6,975 and the median €4,000. Because the sale was expanded to two days this year, comparisons will be published after Wednesday's second session. Tuesday's session was topped by a trio that made €37,000 apiece. Two of those were flat offerings. The 10-year-old stakes-winning mare Glory Power (Ire) (Medicean {GB}) (Lot 148) was sold not in foal, the buyer listed as anonymous....

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Plenty At Play In The Numbers Game

In order to avoid the almost certain disappointment of not receiving a Valentine's card for the 48th year running, I shall be leaving the country, but in my temporary absence there will be plenty of activity in Newmarket and beyond as the 2018 covering season gets underway. According to Weatherbys' recently released supplement to the Return of Mares for 2017, there were plenty of stallions who found no difficulty in attracting huge numbers of partners last year and two shared equal billing at the top of the table. Their names...

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Sammy Jo Bell Retires

Jockey Sammy Jo Bell, whose highlight in the saddle came when riding two winners as an apprentice at the 2015 Shergar Cup, has retired from race riding, she told Racing Post. The 27-year-old has said she has received a temporary placement position at York Racecourse. Bell was off for 10 months after sustaining a serious injury in May 2016, and had 16 winners last year following a career-best 28 the year before. She rode 82 winners in total and earned £740,951 in British prizemoney. "It's something I've been thinking about...

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Fund Delivering Progress For Racegoers

While the demolition and total rebuild of The Curragh Racecourse enclosure and grandstand is easily the highest- profile capital project undertaken in Irish racing this century, the reintroduction of Horse Racing Ireland's Capital Development Scheme several years ago has seen a number of other Irish racecourses avail of the grant aid to upgrade their facilities. The scheme is open to all 26 Irish racecourses, with HRI providing 40% of the cost of approved projects. With this current fund having come on stream in 2014, the well is starting to run...

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New Series Could Draw Major Sponsors

A blueprint has been unveiled for Championship Horse Racing, a multi-million pound team horse racing series that could be staged as early as 2019 and could generate support for racing from leading global brands. The news was first reported by Racing Post. The Championship Horse Racing series would include 12 branded teams, expected to be supported by some of the world's biggest brands. Each team would have 30 horses, not necessarily with one trainer, and four jockeys, which would race in the teams' silks rather than the owners'. The series...

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Frost Appointed JCR Ambassador

Jockey Bryony Frost has been appointed the group-wide ambassador for Jockey Club Racecourses, it was announced at Exeter Racecourse on Sunday. Frost, whose career will now be supported by JCR, will work with JCR to promote British racing, including through social media channels, media work, personal appearances and a regular blog. The Grade 1-winning jockey will also wear Jockey Club Racecourses-branded apparel when attending racedays and her new Range Rover Velar has been painted with 'Bryony Frost, supported by Jockey Club Racecourses.' "This season has already been an amazing one...

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Much Better Late Than Never For O’Connor

It would be boring to be completely perfect but it seems that the only bad thing many of his colleagues in Irish racing and breeding can say about John O'Connor it that he's a poor timekeeper. Arriving fashionably late appears to have become a trademark for O'Connor, who was recently inducted into the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Hall of Fame at the annual ITBA Awards. But one can hardly blame him for this minor flaw when considering the number of meetings his various roles in the sport must compel him...

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Great Rivalries By The Numbers

For many with an equal passion for breeding as well as racing, even our favourite racehorses can lose a little of their lustre if their stud careers don't go according to expectations. And again our views of some of racing's great rivalries tend to take on a different hue after we have seen the stud careers of the protagonists. Listed here are some of some great double acts in the past 40 years or so. Some head-to-heads were conducted over a series of great races like Alydar and Affirmed, and...

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