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Time Test Breeding Incentive Announced

A new incentive scheme for MGSW & MGISP Time Test (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}-Passage of Time {GB}, by Dansili {GB}) was announced by The National Stud on Tuesday. For breeders who purchase a nomination to the 6-year-old for the 2019 season, if a 2-year-old winner is the result, they will receive a free return to Time Test. The stallion stood his first season at The National Stud this spring where he covered 22 black-type performers and 22-black-type producers in his first book. The bay also stands at Little Avondale Stud in...

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Observations on the European Racing Scene for Wednesday, Dec. 12

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 a full-brother to G1 Irish 2000 Guineas hero Awtaad (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}). 4.45 Kempton, Cond, £6,000, 2yo, 8f (AWT) Phoenix Thoroughbred Ltd's AL BATTAR (IRE) (Dubawi {Ire}), who topped the sheets when sold for €1.55 million at last year's Arqana August sale, is a son...

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Positive Start for Conghua Racecourse

The Hong Kong Jockey Club's new racecourse in Conghua, China offers trainers a plethora of facilities above and beyond what is available at the Club's two Hong Kong racecourses: four racetracks together with a 1100-metre uphill gallop; 20 spelling paddocks; a world-class veterinary hospital equipped with an X-ray unit, an exam room and operating suites, and a rehabilitation unit that includes salt-water spas and an aqua treadmill to treat injured horses. The Hong Kong Jockey Club has invested HK$3.7-billion (almost US$500-million) into Conghua Racecourse, which is situated in the Guangdong...

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Jumping Jewels Close Arqana’s Season In Style

As expected, the dispersal of the breeding operation of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede dominated the final day of the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale, which brought the curtain down on the bloodstock trading season in Deauville with increases in both turnover and average. Nine of the 12 most expensive lots of the day hailed from the dispersal draft, which was presented on the owners' behalf by Haras du Lieu des Champs. As befitting their former celebrated status on the racecourse, the headliners Ma Filleule (Fr) (Turgeon) and Gitane Du Berlais...

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Mare In-Foal to Charm Spirit Tops Arqana Monday

The third day of trade in Deauville saw mares in-foal to young sires prove the most popular and all indices improve over 2017's numbers. Topping Monday's session of the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale was the listed-placed bay Lykea (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}) (lot 660) from the consignment of Haras du Logis Saint Germain. Out of the listed winner and G3 Prix Eclipse third Alyzea (Ire) (King Charlemagne) and in-foal to Tweenhills resident Charm Spirit (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) who has his first juveniles this term, the 8-year-old was knocked...

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Munir-Souede Dispersal to Provide Bright Finale

DEAUVILLE, France-With the major Flat mares having taken their turn in the ring as the Arqana December Sale opened on Saturday, the curtain will be brought down in Deauville today with some classy National Hunt stock. The traditional jumping theme to the final day of trade has been given an extra boost this year by the inclusion of a dispersal of 22 broodmares and horses in training owned by the successful partnership of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. Among the major National Hunt owners in Europe, Munir was notable in...

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Longines World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony Slated for Jan. 23

The annual Longines World's Best Racehorse and Longines World's Best Horse Race ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 23. The event will be held for the first time at The Landmark in London, England after it was selected by Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. The world's three highest-rated horses-according to international handicappers--in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings will be honoured, as well as the Longines World's Best Horse Race. The award for the top-rated racehorse is a the trophy Equus, a crystal vase, while the trophy for...

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Dudgeon Elected Jockey Club Senior Steward

Sandy Dudgeon has been elected as a senior steward (non-executive chairman) of The Jockey Club beginning July 12, 2019 after the organisation's winter meeting held in London on Monday. He will serve for five years and succeeds Roger Weatherby. Elected as a Member of The Jockey Club in 1989, Dudgeon served as a steward from 2009-2012, and joined the Board of Stewards in December of 2017. Currently a chartered accountant, Dudgeon won 60 races in point-to-points and under National Hunt rules and was previously a managing director of Thornhill, as...

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Buick to Appeal Ban

William Buick intends to appeal against the severity of the six-week ban imposed by the stewards for his ride in Sunday's G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase. The jockey pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless riding after partnering the Tony Cruz-trained Pakistan Star (Ger) (Shamardal) to finish sixth in the Group 1 heat. Buick was found to have caused interference to both Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and Red Verdon (Lemon Drop Kid) when going for a gap with a couple of furlongs to race, with the Hong Kong Jockey Club...

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Pivotal Moment for Cheveley Park Sire

In 2018, a new milestone was reached by a broodmare sire in Europe. Pivotal (GB) became the first-ever to be represented by as many as eight individual European Group 1 winners in a single year. And on only four previous occasions has a broodmare sire managed to top the annual list with five or more Group 1 winners. Danehill was the best in 2011, 2012 and 2014, siring the dams of seven, six and five Group 1 winners. Meanwhile, Sadler's Wells sired the dams of five Group 1 winners when...

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