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Appleby Confirms Nations Pride to be Supplemented for Derby

Charlie Appleby has confirmed that Nations Pride (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) will be supplemented at a cost of  £75,000 for the Cazoo Derby on June 4 after sparkling in what was a crucial workout on Wednesday. The Moulton Paddocks handler already had two contenders for this year's renewal of the premier Classic in Blue Riband Trial winner Nahanni (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and Lingfield Derby Trial runner-up Walk Of Stars (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). But after giving that pair an experience of Epsom at the Cazoo Gallops Morning on Monday, Appleby revealed that...

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First Start For Daughter Of Classice Heroine Marvellous

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. Friday's Observations features a daughter of Classic winner Marvellous (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).   8.20 Fairyhouse, Mdn, €12,500, 3yo/up, f/m, 7fT NEVERLAND (Quality Road) is the fourth foal out of the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Marvellous (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), which links her to the likes of Gleneagles (Ire), Happily...

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New Bay's Bay Bridge Brilliant In The Brigadier Gerard

Sandown witnessed something truly special on Thursday evening as James Wigan and Ballylinch Stud's Bay Bridge (GB) (New Bay {GB}--Hayyona {GB}, by Multiplex {GB}) brought up a sensational 12th renewal of the G3 Coral Brigadier Gerard S. for Sir Michael Stoute. The way the seasonal debutante hit the line with five lengths to spare over Shadwell's exciting Mostahdaf (Ire) (Frankel {GB}), who was previously unbeaten here, with Addeybb (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) another length away in third, it is hard to say that any of the former Freemason Lodge winners of...

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Ryan Mahon Snaps Up Ittack Blue For 310,000gns to Top Tattersalls May Sale

Ittack Blue (Fr) (Coastal Path {GB}) brought a sale-topping 310,000gns from Ryan Mahon during the inaugural Tattersalls May NH Sale on Thursday. Part of the Ballycrystal Stables consignment, the grey (lot 8) has already won a three-mile point-to-point at Punchestown on May 14. Four other lots brought six figures, with the gelding Divilskin (Ire) (Doyen {Ire}) (lot 28) and the filly Seeyouinmydreams (GB) (Telescope {Ire}) (lot 9) both catching the eye of Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls at 245,000gns and 235,000gns, respectively. The former was offered by Milestone Stables, while...

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O'Briens and Coolmore Sue Over Contaminated Feed Debacle

Aidan O'Brien and his son Donnacha are among a group of plaintiffs associated with Ballydoyle and Coolmore who issued legal proceedings against animal feed supplier Glanbia over the contaminated feed debacle on G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe weekend in 2020. The multi-million euro lawsuit was initiated this week and comes after O'Brien's runners could not take part at the Arc meeting due to positive test results from a French laboratory for the prohibited performance enhancing substance Zilpaterol.  None of the five horses who tested positive were trained by O'Brien...

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Derby Favourite Desert Crown Leaves Connections Purring After Gallop

Connections of G1 Cazoo Derby favourite Desert Crown (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) were left purring after a scintillating exercise gallop on Thursday as Sir Michael Stoute put the finishing touches on what could become the legendary trainer's sixth win in the Classic. Stoute will forever be remembered for managing Shergar (Ire) to win the Derby in 1981 and followed up on that breakthrough success in the race with Shahrastani (1986), Kris Kin (2003), North Light (Ire) (2004) and Workforce (GB) (2010). Desert Crown advertised the trainer's claims of bolstering his Derby...

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First Black-Type Winner For James Garfield

Off the mark on debut over five furlongs at Thirsk May 14, the David O'Meara-trained filly Maria Branwell (Ire) (James Garfield {Ire}--Princess Pearl {Ire}, by Teofilo {Ire}) took the next step in her stride on Thursday to capture Sandown's Listed Coral National S. Settled with two behind early by Danny Tudhope, the 3-1 shot had to chase hard after the Listed First Flier S. runner-up Crispy Cat (GB) (Ardad {Ire}) inside the final two furlongs and despite running away from the whip initially focused enough to run down that visitor...

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Frankel's L'Astronome Battles To Hocquart Success

He had to fight to extend his winning sequence on his black-type bow on Thursday, but Al Asayl France's L'Astronome (GB) (Frankel {GB}--Tymora, by Giant's Causeway) proved equal to the task when eking out a narrow verdict over Galaxie Gold (Fr) (Dariyan {Fr}) in a thriller for ParisLongchamp's G2 Prix Hocquart. Sent off the 7-10 favourite for the 11-furlong test, having shown abundant promise so far and having scored over slightly shorter at this track last time Apr. 28, the Francis-Henri Graffard-trained chestnut was unable to get a lead from...

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Clover to Roll The Big Dice With Rogue Millennium in the Oaks

Tom Clover enjoyed his greatest day on a racecourse when emerging star Rogue Millennium (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) advertised her Classic credentials when landing an Oaks Trial at Lingfield last month and now the trainer is looking forward to rolling the big dice at Epsom. A Shadwell castoff who was picked up for just 35,000gns at the Mares Sale at Tattersalls last December, Rogue Millennium has already proved to be one of the finds of the season, building on her debut success at Wetherby to run out a gritty winner of...

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Irish And Japanese Racing To Mark Platinum Jubilee

To mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Leopardstown's King George V Cup has been reinstated and will be the feature race at the meeting of Thursday, June 2, which coincides the start of a four-day Jubilee bank holiday weekend in Britain.  The British Embassy in Ireland has worked in partnership with Leopardstown Racecourse, the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and Kmend to revive the race which was initially run in 1911 following the presentation of a specially commissioned trophy by King George V at Leopardstown during his visit to Ireland. The...

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'Her Brother State Of Rest Made Rapid Improvement At Three': Teme Valley Racing's Tranquil Lady On Oaks Quest

Richard Ryan knows a thing or two about Epsom, having spent many years there as assistant trainer to the late Terry Mills. He also knows a good deal about buying horses, with his apprenticeship served under the man who is generally considered a maestro in this field, Richard Galpin. These two strands in Ryan's bloodstock armoury have now entwined in the prospect of an Oaks runner for Teme Valley Racing, for which he is both buyer and racing manager.  Remarkably, Tranquil Lady (Ire) (Australia {GB}) is the second of two...

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Haggas Eyes St James's Palace for German Guineas winner Maljoom

William Haggas is hopeful that Maljoom (Ire) (Caravaggio) can make the jump from German Classic winner to Royal Ascot hero when the colt lines out in the St James's Palace S. next month. Maljoom provided Haggas with his third success in the G2 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen at Cologne on Sunday, following on from Dupont (2002) and Brunel (2004), and the trainer is optimistic that there will be more to come from the colt.  Ridden by Stevie Donohoe, Maljoom was winning his third race from as many starts and, according to Haggas, is...

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