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Median Rises at February National Hunt Sale

At the close of trade on Tuesday, the Tattersalls Ireland February National Hunt Sale saw a record median of €9,250, an increase of 23% on last year's mark. The gross for the 168 lots sold was €1,928,950, while the average was €11,482. The top price was €60,000 for a yearling colt (lot 259) by No Risk At All (Fr) at €60,000. Consigned by Rahinston Stud, the son of Sardagna (Fr) (Medaaly {GB}) was knocked down to Ryan Mahon and Colm Donlon. The bay is a half-brother to Amore Alato (GB)...

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Expert Eye Greets First Foals

Juddmonte stallion and GISW Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) welcomed his first four reported foals in late January, the stud announced on Tuesday. Leading the quartet, is a bay filly out of Domitilla (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}) foaled at Old Buckenham Stud on Jan. 25. Her second dam won an Italian listed stake, while this is also the family of Italian highweight and GSW Kyllachy Loose (GB) (Kyllachy {GB}). The 2018 GI Breeders' Cup Mile victor's second foal arrived at Ballyogue Stud on Jan. 27. The bay colt, out of...

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Rab Burns Bright For Gosden Team

Look up the race records of Enable (GB), Stradivarius (Ire), Cracksman (GB), Jack Hobbs (GB) and Without Parole (GB) and you'll find that, bar the fact that they are all Group 1 winners to have been trained by John Gosden, they have something else in common. These top horses, along with plenty of others in the stable, were all ridden to victory on their debuts by Robert Havlin, better known simply as 'Rab'. The Scotsman is the epitome of the loyal second jockey. With his humility and the fact that...

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BC Hero Talismanic’s First Foal is a Colt

2017 GI Longines Breeders' Cup Turf hero and MG1SW Talismanic (GB) (Medaglia d'Oro) sired his first foal, a colt, on Jan. 25, Darley Japan announced. The bay colt is the first produce of the winning Dynamis (Jpn) (Street Sense), from the family of Japanese Horse of the Year Air Groove (Jpn) (Tony Bin {Ire}), herself the dam of Japanese Champion Older Mare Admire Groove (Jpn) (Sunday Silence). Admire Groove, a half-sister to G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup winner and sire Rulership (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}) is already a proven commodity...

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City Light Shines On Siyouni’s French Legacy

As Siyouni (Fr) embarks on his 10th season at the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval, his fee has increased in line with his profile. From a relatively lowly €7,000 starting price to being France's most expensive stallion at €100,000, it is a rise closely mirroring that of his own very successful sire Pivotal (GB). As of this year, Siyouni now has two sons at stud—Le Brivido (Fr) at Overbury Stud in Britain and City Light (Fr) at Haras d'Etreham in his native France. They will doubtless be joined in the...

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Post Pegasus Turf, Magic Wand Targets Saudi Cup

The connections of dual GI Pegasus World Cup Turf runner-up Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) are considering trying the daughter of Prudenzia (Ire) (Dansili {GB}) on dirt in the upcoming $20-million Saudi Cup on Feb. 29, Racing Post reported. Successful in the Nov. 9 G1 Mackinnon S. Down Under and runner-up in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup on Dec. 8, the Aidan O'Brien trainee and Coolmore representative sports nine placings at Group 1 level from 23 starts. She is one of 14 entries for the master of Rosegreen spread...

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Anna Kerr Appointed COO for The National Stud

Anna Kerr, previously the manager of Goodwood Racecourse's sponsorship portfolio, has been appointed the Chief Operating Officer of The National Stud effective immediately, the Newmarket stud announced on Monday. Kerr first gained experience in the industry under her father, bloodstock agent Bert Kerr, and she is also a graduate of the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course. Kerr has also worked with Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, Leopardstown Racecourse and Paul Moroney Bloodstock. "We are delighted to appoint Anna Kerr as our new Chief Operating Officer," said The National Stud Director Tim...

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Irish Racing Continues Upward Trend in 2019

The 2019 Irish horse racing and breeding industry statistics were released by Horse Racing Ireland on Monday. During the past year, the number of horses returned in training in Ireland rose 3% to 8,949, with new owner registrations up by 6.8% to 851 new racehorse owners. These were split into 600 new sole owners and partners and 216 new syndicates. Commercial race sponsorship and contributions to prizemoney by racecourses continued to rise also, growing by 17.3% in 2019. There were over 1.3 million people who attended a racemeeting in 2019...

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Brexit Steering Group Releases Update

Following the UK leaving the European Union on Jan. 31, 2020, an implementation/transition period lasting from Feb. 1, 2020 to at least Dec. 31, 2020 will begin, the Thoroughbred Industries Brexit Steering Group (TIBSG) announced in an update on Monday. Current arrangements relating to the movement of Thoroughbreds and people will operate as they currently do, as the existing Tripartite Agreement remains in place. European Union and European Economic Area nationals are encouraged to apply now for settled status beyond the end of the transition period. The priorities of the...

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Entries Released for HH The Amir Sword Festival

Among the 321-strong entries for His Highness The Amir Sword Festival in Qatar are 105 overseas horses set to contest the $2.95-million six-race card at Al Rayyan Racecourse in Qatar on Feb. 21-22. There are two $1-million races on tap, one for Thoroughbreds--the 2400-metre HH The Amir Trophy presented by Longines. 2019's winner, G1SW French King (GB) (French Fifteen {Fr}), squares off against the second-fourth-Royal Julius (Ire) (Royal Applause {GB}), Hunting Horn (Ire) (Camelot {GB}), and The Blue Eye (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). Fellow German Group 1 winner Aspetar (Fr) (Al...

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Harbinger’s ‘Onepiece’ Claims Another Group Ring

2018 Japanese champion 3-year-old colt Blast Onepiece (Jpn) (Harbinger {GB}) rebounded from an unplaced effort in the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October to take the G2 American Jockey Club Cup by 1 1/4 lengths at Nakayama on Sunday. Tracking the leading trio in fourth past the stands and into the first turn, Kohei Matsuyama had the 5-year-old entire in an ideal tracking position as Stiffelio (Jpn) (Stay Gold {Jpn}) set a measured pace on the front end. The stalking Meiner Frost (Jpn) (Black Tide {Jpn}) went...

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Seahenge, Third in the Dewhurst, Sires First Foal

G2 Champagne S. hero Seahenge (Scat Daddy)'s first foal was born on Jan. 21, Jour de Galop reported. The filly is the fourth foal from Courmarine (Ire) (Smart Strike). Third in the G1 Dewhurst S., the bay stands for a fee of €5,000 at Haras de la Haie Neuve in 2020.

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