Europe

Capri’s Brother on Show at Navan

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. Thursday's Insights features a full-brother to dual Classic winner Capri (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). 1.05 Navan, Mdn, €15,500, 2yo, c/g, 8fT BRAZIL (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) represents Ballydoyle and is a surefire future stayer as a full-brother to the G1 Irish Derby and G1 St Leger hero Capri (Ire) and this...

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Highest Ground Takes Dante Test

After weeks of manic re-jigging of the European Pattern, Thursday's abundance of group-race action will see more pieces of the jigsaw fitted as the main racing nations come close to completing a catch-up with the established order. Alongside the opener of Newmarket's July Festival, racing finally comes back to York with the G2 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante S. and G3 Tattersalls Musidora S. taking some of the focus away from Suffolk. For the first and probably the last time, the two extended 10-furlong 3-year-old tests follow Saturday's Epsom Classics...

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Excelebration Colt Tops Guineas Sale

NEWMARKET, UK—Alan King may be best known for his exploits with top-class jumpers such as Voy Por Ustedes (Fr) and My Way De Solzen (Fr) but he has been making an increasingly notable impact on the Flat scene in recent years. His 2020 Royal Ascot treble is undoubtedly the highlight of his diversification to date and, with the assistance of his regular agent Anthony Bromley, he added another four Flat-bred horses to his string on Wednesday, including the day's top lot, a colt by Excelebration (Ire). "He was our favourite...

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Pyledriver Eyes German Group 1

GSW Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) could try for Group 1 glory in Germany, once he has had time to recover from his unfortunate passage in the G1 Investec Derby at Epsom. Trainer William Muir has the Preis von Europa at Cologne in mind for his stable star, whose hopes of Classic success were dashed soon after the start on Saturday. "Once he got knocked over that was our race gone," said Muir. "It happened when they cross from one side of the track to the other. He ended up...

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Ghaiyyath Will Bypass King George

G1 Coral-Eclipse S. hero Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) will skip the July 25 G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S. and another throwdown with champion Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), and instead target the G1 Juddmonte International at York on Aug. 19, Racing Post reported. Godolphin's bay turned in a stellar performance to defeat the two-time G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine at Sandown on Sunday. "Ghaiyyath is having a quiet few days after the Eclipse and we'll give the King George a miss to give him a bit...

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Godolphin Colts Avoid Clash in Jean Prat

Godolphin's champion Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) and fellow MG1SW Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal) will not line up against one another in the July 12 G1 Prix Jean Prat, the Racing Post reported on Tuesday. The former, an unbeaten champion at two for trainer Charlie Appleby, ran third in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas early last month, before a runner-up performance in the G1 St James's Palace S. at Royal Ascot on June 20. He will represent the royal blue in the Jean Prat, while Andre Fabre trainee Earthlight, who won the G1...

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Albigna Camp Mulling Options

Jessica Harrington has "various options" as the next target for Group 1-winning filly Albigna (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}). The 3-year-old holds entries for both the G3 Green Room Meld S. at Leopardstown on Saturday and the G1 Juddmonte Irish Oaks at The Curragh a week later, and could take up either engagement. After winning her first two juvenile starts, including a Group 2 success in the Airlie Stud S., the filly finished sixth behind subsequent dual Classic winner Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Moyglare Stud S. before claiming a...

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David O’Meara Hits 1000 Flat Winners

Sudona (GB) (Zoffany {Ire}) gave trainer David O'Meara his 1000th domestic Flat success when taking the Pontefract Sports And Education Foundation H. at the West Yorkshire track. O'Meara, whose stables are in Upper Helmsley on the outskirts of York, took out a licence only in 2010 and is the second-fastest to reach the landmark in the UK after Richard Hannon, Jr. Sudona was sent off the 6-4 favourite and, ridden by stable jockey Danny Tudhope, was always in a handy position from his inside draw. It was pretty straightforward throughout,...

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Godolphin Employees Beat Winning Line Challenge Goal

The Godolphin Winning Line Challenge ended on Friday, June 26, with Godolphin employees worldwide running, walking, swimming, cycling or riding as many miles as they could to raise money for COVID-19 charities. The target was to cover the number of miles connecting Godolphin locations across the world, a total of 28,300 miles starting and finishing in Dubai. The final mileage for teams in Australia, Dubai, Ireland, Japan, the UK and the US was a total of 67,165 miles. Every staff member who signed up to be part of the challenge...

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Son of Dar Re Mi Starts Out at Newbury

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 Too Darn Hot (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). 4:25 Gowran Park, Mdn, €15,500, 2yo, c/g, 7fT SOUTHERN CAPE (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) bids to build on a promising debut second to the potentially smart Ides of August (More Than Ready) at Leopardstown last month and continue...

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Tattersalls Ireland Launches Live Internet Bidding

Live internet bidding for the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale and Tattersalls Ireland May Store Sale was launched by the sales company on Tuesday. The two sales are slated for July 14-16, with the online bidding platform supplied by Xcria LLC. All future Tattersalls Ireland sales should have the live internet bidding feature, which allows buyers to submit live bids via computer, table or mobile phone without having to be on site at Tattersalls Ireland. Purchasers must register 48 hours in advance of the start of the Derby Sale and May...

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July Cup in the Cards for Threat

MGSW Threat (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) will take his chance in the G1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket rather than head to France this weekend. Trainer Richard Hannon had earmarked Sunday's seven-furlong G1 Prix Jean Prat for last year's G2 Gimcrack S. winner--but he has had a change of heart. Threat finished fifth to Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) over a mile in the G1 St James's Palace S. on his only outing to date this season. Hannon told his website www.richardhannonracing.co.uk: "As long as there are no last-minute glitches, the...

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