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Son of MG1SW Danedream Set For HQ Debut

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 Observations features a son of G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Danedream (Ger) (Lomitas {GB}). 14.05 Newmarket, Nov, £9,000, 2yo, c/g, 7fT Sunderland Holding's MY PROSPERO (IRE) (Iffraaj {GB}) is a half-sister to this term's G1 Prix d'Ispahan third and William Haggas stablemate My Oberon (Ire) (Dubawi...

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Rosy Glow Continues As Sun Shines On Arqana

DEAUVILLE, France--In weather that wouldn't have felt out of place for Arqana's August Sale, the sales ground in Deauville was bathed in warm sunshine on Tuesday while trade in the ring continued to be similarly encouraging. There was a time when Elusive City, at €15,000, was the most expensive stallion at stud in France. Much has changed in the intervening decade and the former Haras d'Etreham stallion was lost to the local breeding industry when suffering a heart attack in 2019 after standing ten seasons in France. But he was...

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Dual Grade I Winner Althiqa Retired

Godolphin homebred Althiqa (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}-- Mistrusting {Ire}, by Shamardal), a dual Grade I winner, has been retired for broodmare duty, trainer Charlie Appleby announced on Tuesday. "We've retired Althiqa," Appleby told Dubai Racing Channel's Michael Adolphson in an interview. "There were no more options for her. She could have gone to Del Mar, there's a Grade II on the card there, but bless her, she owes us nothing. She's pulled up safe and sound and she'll head to the breeding shed." A winner of her only start at...

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Breeders' Cup Still the Plan For Mishriff

Three-time Group 1 winner Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) will still race next at Del Mar's Breeders' Cup meeting in early November, as long as he remains well. The John and Thady Gosden trainee, who won the G1 Prix du Jockey Club last term, ran fourth in the G1 Champion S. at Ascot on Oct. 16. He kicked off his season with a victory in the $20-million Saudi Cup on dirt in February and added Meydan's G1 Dubai Sheema Classic back on turf at the end of March. Third in...

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Tattersalls Ascot November Catalogue Released

The catalogue for the Tattersalls Ascot November Sale was released on Tuesday. Slated for Nov. 4, the 99 lots are divided between 27 fillies in/out of training, 57 colts and geldings, four point-to-pointers, five yearlings and six stores. It will be the first sale held at Ascot Racecourse since December of 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the vendors are Bedford House, Beckhampton House, East Everleigh, Godolphin, Jackdaws Castle, Park House, Seven Barrows, Somerville Lodge, The Old Malthouse and West Ilsley. Some of the lots on offer are: Kingdom...

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ThoroughBid October Catalogue Online

The ThoroughBid October Sale catalogue is now online. In the 26-strong catalogue are horses-in-training, mares in foal and yearlings, with bidding beginning on Sunday. Oct. 24. There are also consignments from trainers Gary Moore, Charlie Hills, Jamie Osborne, and Charlie Fellowes. Will Kinsey, Co-founder of ThoroughBid, said, "It's hugely exciting to launch our second sale catalogue featuring lots from leading trainers that we had the pleasure of dealing with in our inaugural sale. It's testament to our product that they are back for the October Sale, while we're delighted to...

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Destination Lexington: The Brewgrass Trail

Since the conclusion of a dazzling Keeneland September Yearling Sale, buyers and sellers alike have been eager to return to Lexington for the 2021 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. There may be no better time of year to visit the Bluegrass as the vibrant trees in a kaleidoscope of fall hues serve as the backdrop for the some of racing's most talented broodmare prospects, stallion prospects and horses of racing age, as well as proven broodmares and promising weanlings. After a long day spent combing through the expansive catalogue of...

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Soldier Hollow's Rosacea Strikes For Reservoirs Triumph

Fresh off accounting for 'TDN Rising Star' Good Too (Fr) (Ectot {GB}) in a Sept. 22 conditions heat at Saint-Cloud in her third start, Haras de la Perelle's homebred Stephane Wattel trainee Rosacea (Ire) (Soldier Hollow {GB}) continued on an upward trajectory with an impressive tally tackling one mile in Tuesday's G3 Prix des Reservoirs at Deauville. She had previously bettered an Aug. 1 debut fifth at the nearby Clairefontaine venue with a breakthrough score in a seven-furlong maiden at this Normandy track in her penultimate start. Settled off a...

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Mkfancy Retires To Haras de Saint Arnoult

Mkfancy (Fr) (Makfi {GB}--Fancy Green {Fr}, by Muhtathir {GB}), winner of the G1 Criterium de Saint Cloud for Pia Brandt, will stand next season at Larissa Kneip's Haras de Saint Arnoult in Normandy. "Mkfancy was an impressive 2-year-old, not only physically, although he was strong and sound, but above all-- and this was his real strength--he had the mind of a warrior," said Kneip. Bred by Marbat LLC, Mkfancy raced in the colours of Abdullah Al Maddah in France and Dubai, winning twice as a 2-year-old.

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Camelot Colt Tops Buoyant Arqana Opener

DEAUVILLE, France--A strong opening day of the Arqana October Sale saw a colt by Camelot (GB) top proceedings at €440,000, bought late in the session by Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International Agency on behalf of MV Magnier. Consigned by the leading vendor Ecurie des Monceaux, lot 209 is a half-brother to the listed Prix Michel Houyvet winner Big Blue (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). As has been seen throughout the European yearling season so far, there was a buoyant level of trade in Deauville on Monday, with figures exceeding the pre-pandemic...

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Lloyd-Webber Debutante Takes The Eye at Yarmouth

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. Tuesday's Observations features a daughter of the Group 3-placed Sivoliere (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}). 1.23 Yarmouth, Novice, £10,000, 2yo, f, 8f 3yT A CAPPELLA (GB) (Frankel {GB}) debuts in an intriguing contest for Lord Lloyd-Webber and John and Thady Gosden and is a daughter of the G3 Prix...

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Life in Motion Set For Reservoirs Test

It has been just 11 days since Godolphin's 2-year-old filly Life In Motion (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) announced her arrival in style, earning 'TDN Rising Star' status with a mightily impressive five-length debut triumph over seven furlongs at Saint-Cloud. She is set to encounter a half-dozen opponents in Tuesday's G3 Prix des Reservoirs at Deauville, a contest won last year by this month's G1 Prix de l'Opera heroine Rougir (Fr) (Territories {Ire})). Her trainer Andre Fabre, whose latest win was registered in 2014 with Godolphin's subsequent MG1SP G1 Poule...

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