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Fields Assemble for Royal Ascot Day 1

Ante-post favourite Rhododendron (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who won the G1 Lockinge S. narrowly over Lightning Spear (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) at Newbury in May, is one of 15 horses declared for the G1 Queen Anne S. at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. The straight-mile Group 1 is the traditional curtain-raiser to the Royal meeting and another fascinating renewal is in store. Trainer Aidan O'Brien also has Deauville (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) for that contest. Godolphin has claimed this prize a record eight times and Sheikh Mohammed's operation has a major contender for this...

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‘Brut’ Adds Sparkle to London Sale

In no time at all, the Goffs London Sale has come to seem something of an institution. The auction, staged for only the fifth time on Monday, has quickly found a niche in terms of both business and pleasure. In the former regard, as many as 22 of the 30 lots on offer hold entries at Royal Ascot this week; in social terms, meanwhile, the grounds of Kensington Palace provide an apt milieu for members of the international bloodstock community to convene on the eve of the most cosmopolitan meeting...

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CARMA Goes Country for July 22 Fundraiser

California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) will host its 13th annual fundraiser July 22 at Del Mar. Funds raised from 'Hoedown for Horses' will directly benefit the organization's placement program for retired racehorses and its grant process. Attendees at the hoedown will enjoy a country-western themed evening with entertainment highlighted by a head-to-head jockey bull riding competition, line and square dancing, live music by American Country singer, Jake Parr and a photobooth. "It's going to be an incredibly fun night for a great cause that we all, the racing community, needs...

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Boyd Browning on the Summer Yearling Sales and the Freshman Sire Class of ’18

   Editor's note: On July 10, the Fasig-Tipton July Sale of Selected Yearlings kicks off this year's yearling marketplace in Lexington. There is cause for enthusiasm about this year's first-crop sire ranks; the 2017 first-crop weanling sires are led by no other than American Pharoah, who looks to keep the current Triple Crown buzz going through the summer. (TDN Sales Statistics.) He is joined in the top 10 by a trio from Lane's End Farm (Honor Code, Liam's Map and Tonalist) and others spread over Kentucky, from WinStar to Hill...

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Royal Buys: Michael Donohoe & Patrick Cooper, BBA Ireland

BBA Ireland agents Michael Donohoe and Patrick Cooper have interests in horses purchased for clients from all over the world at this year's Royal meeting. The TDN's Gary King caught up with each of them to hear more about the horses they purchased. Michael Donohoe: GK: Indigo Balance (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) looked very impressive at The Curragh on May 27. You must have been delighted with that performance, especially winning first time out at HQ? MD: Yes we were all delighted with his win. Historically this has always been...

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Farhh’s Nocturnal Fox Takes the Hocquart

Nocturnal Fox (Ire) (Farhh {GB}) may have been hard to detect before Sunday's G2 Prix Hocquart Longines, but when you are carrying Godolphin's royal blue around and hail from the stable of Andre Fabre who held the record of seven winners in this, anything is possible. With just a 10 1/2-furlong maiden win to his name at Maisons-Laffitte May 16, the homebred started at 15-1 tackling some smart types but as they failed to live up to expectations he profited under an uncomplicated ride from Mickael Barzalona. Always happy tracking...

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Windstoss’s Half-Brother Weltstar On the Road To Derby Repeat

Quietly progressive, Weltstar (Ger) (Soldier Hollow {GB}) took another incremental step forward at Cologne on Sunday when winning the G2 Oppenheim Union Rennen. In doing so, the homebred will give the Gestut Rottgen-Markus Klug axis a chance to emulate last year's G1 Deutsches Derby-winning half-brother Windstoss (Ger) (Shirocco {Ger}) in the July 8 Hamburg Classic. Runner-up in the G3 Dr Busch Memorial over 8 1/2 furlongs at Krefeld Apr. 22 and fourth in the G2 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen, or German 2000 Guineas, at this venue May 21, the bay was moving markedly...

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Speightstown’s Wusool Impresses In Moussac Success

Since their acquisition of the now-deceased Torrestrella (Ire) (Orpen), the 2004 G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine had promised to provide Shadwell with a genuine gemstone and the time could be now as her final offering Wusool (Speightstown) dominated Sunday's G3 Prix Paul de Moussac Longines at Chantilly. Beaten only once in his career so far by the exciting Fabre trainee Mer et Nuages (Fr) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), the 3-1 second favourite travelled easily behind the aggressively-ridden Glendevon (Scat Daddy) and after taking over 300 metres from the line...

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Saint Cloud Aim For Salouen

Lambourn trainer Sylvester Kirk agonisingly missed out on a first Group 1 win when Salouen (Ire) (Canford Cliffs {Ire}) was just edged out by Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the G1 Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom on Derby weekend and the trainer is hoping the colt can gain compensation in a couple of weeks time. "He is jumping out of his skin and I can't keep a lid on him," said Kirk. "We are going to go to Saint-Cloud on July 1. There is the Group One Grand Prix de...

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Fastnet Rock Colt Tops Inglis Day One

The five-day Inglis Great Southern Sale got underway at Oaklands Junction on Sunday with a day of weanlings and trade was highlighted by the sale of a colt by Fastnet Rock (Aus) for A$300,000. Figures were more or less in line with the corresponding session last year with the clearance rate of 71% again showing distinct signs of selectivity. The 153 weanlings that sold did do for an aggregate of A$4,200,500, an average of A$27,454 and a median of A$12,000. All these figures took a hit on 2017 but Inglis'...

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