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Showcasing's Asymmetric Strikes For Richmond Triumph

Fresh from a landmark success in Tuesday's G1 Goodwood Cup, the Alan King stable was to the fore once more when Leora Judah's 2-year-old colt Asymmetric (Ire) (Showcasing {GB}) displayed an explosive turn of foot to bag Thursday's G2 Unibet Richmond S. at the Sussex track. The March-foaled bay had opened up with a pair of novice scores, over this six-furlong strip and at Newmarket in June, before relinquishing his perfect record when the wrong side of a head verdict in the latter venue's July 8 G2 July S. last...

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Big Day For No Nay Never As Alcohol Free Wins The Sussex

In the battle between the 3-year-old colts and fillies, it was Jeff Smith's Alcohol Free (Ire) (No Nay Never) who prevailed over Poetic Flare (Ire) (Dawn Approach {Ire}) with an impressive success in Wednesday's G1 Qatar Sussex S. at Goodwood. Trapped wide throughout the early stages from her wide draw and forced to take back and race towards the rear, the 7-2 second favourite who had annexed the G1 Coronation S. at Royal Ascot June 18 was delivered by Oisin Murphy to cut down Jim Bolger's G1 2000 Guineas and...

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No Nay Never's Armor Impresses in the Molecomb

Al Shaqab Racing's Armor (GB) (No Nay Never) backed up an Apr. 24 maiden score at Doncaster with a close-up fifth, to the reopposing Chipotle (GB) (Havana Gold {Ire}), in Royal Ascot's June 16 Listed Windsor Castle S. and announced his arrival on the juvenile scene with a devastating closing burst to seal an impressive triumph in Wednesday's G3 Markel Molecomb S. at Goodwood. The 6-1 chance was sharply into stride from the stands' side stall and occupied a forward berth in sixth through the early fractions of this five-furlong...

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Roaring Lion Quartet For Goffs UK Premier Sale 

The yearling sales season will get off to its traditional start in Britain with the Goffs UK Premier Sale which commences on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Taking place over two days, the 400-lot sale is immediately followed on Wednesday afternoon by the Silver Sale, which comprises another 90 horses. Catalogues for both are now online. The line-up for this year's Premier Sale, which is down in numbers from 469 yearlings catalogued in 2019, includes a Dark Angel (Ire) half-brother to G2 Coventry S. winner Rajasinghe (Ire), offered in the Yeomanstown Stud...

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Galway 'Winner' Disqualified After Wrong Horse Saddled

A mix-up between two fillies trained by Jessica Harrington led to the first past the post in Galway's second race, the Colm Quinn Irish EBF Fillies Maiden, later being disqualified.  The juvenile contest initially appeared to have been won by Kirsten Rausing's debutante Alizarine (GB) (Sea The Moon {Ger}). Following an objection and stewards' enquiry, the filly transpired to be her 3-year-old stable-mate Aurora Princess (Ire) (The Gurkha {Ire}), a dual winner in June who was set to be making her tenth start. She was subsequently withdrawn. An initial enquiry...

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Trueshan Wins The Goodwood Cup As Stradivarius Taken Out

A G1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup without Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) meant that for the first time in five years it was heading elsewhere and Trueshan (Fr) (Planteur {Ire}) stepped forward to claim the title in the heavy conditions he relishes on Tuesday. As he proved when winning Ascot's G2 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup in October, the ground cannot be slow enough for the Alan King-trained 5-year-old and with the reigning champion taken out he traded as the 6-5 favourite. Always prominent under Hollie Doyle, the...

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Dark Angel's Angel Bleu Pounces For Vintage Success

With overnight soft-ground conditions deteriorating to heavy, Tuesday's G2 Unibet Vintage S. was shorn of G2 July S. victor and likely protagonist Lusail (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) on a card struck by multiple scratchings. Step forward Marc Chan's Angel Bleu (Fr) (Dark Angel {Ire}), who followed up a one-length second in Saturday's Listed Pat Eddery S. to post a career high in Glorious Goodwood's day one juvenile feature. The 10-3 second choice and Ralph Beckett trainee had previously finished 13th behind the reopposing Berkshire Shadow (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) when contesting...

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Freshman Sire Ultra Off The Mark at Dieppe

Haras du Logis-based sire Ultra (Ire) (Manduro {Ger}) became the latest European freshman off the mark when Stephane Wattel trainee Bremontier (Fr) notched a debut win in Monday's Prix City Light, a seven-furlong newcomers' test, at Dieppe. 2nd-Dieppe, €27,000, Mdn, 7-26, unraced 2yo, c/g, 7fT, 1:24.20, sf. BREMONTIER (FR) (c, 2, Ultra {Ire}--Brocottes {Fr} {G1SP-Fr, $154,732}, by Lando {Ger}) raced a shade keenly through the early strides and found a comfortable slot behind the leaders in fourth for the most part. Taking closer order in the straight, the 18-5 second...

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The Weekly Wrap: The Best And Worst Of Times

To borrow from Charles Dickens, the past week can be encapsulated in one line: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  Actually, let's face it, when it comes to bad times it hasn't just been this week, has it? Events of this year in particular have made it harder to love racing as we rock from one unsavoury incident to the next courtesy of some of the sport's leading trainers in Europe and America. The image that can now just be described as 'that photo',...

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Kendargent's Skalleti Annexes Munich Feature in Style

Jean-Claude Seroul's highly dependable 6-year-old grey Skalleti (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}) posted a career best in ParisLongchamp's G1 Prix d'Ispahan when last seen at the end of May and doubled his elite-level tally with an impressive five-length triumph in Sunday's G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis - Bayerisches Zuchtrennen over 10 furlongs at Munich. Last term's G1 Champion S. runner-up had also annexed this term's G3 Prix Exbury and G2 Prix d'Harcourt in an unbeaten start to the campaign and was sent postward as the heavily supported 3-10 favourite to continue that trend. Skalleti...

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Frankel's Adayar Wins The King George

Saturday's G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco S. at Ascot may have been whittled down to just five following the withdrawal of Wonderful Tonight (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}), but it will be remembered as one of the finest renewals since the turn of the century as the G1 Epsom Derby hero Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) became the first since Galileo (Ire) to bring up the cherished double. Placed prominently and racing freely early for William Buick as the slow-starting Broome (Ire) (Australia {GB}) was gradually cajoled to the...

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No Nay Never's Zain Claudette Gets Up In The Princess Margaret

Entering Saturday's G3 Princess Margaret Keeneland S. off an impressive maiden win over this six-furlong trip at Newmarket June 25, Saeed Al Tayer's Zain Claudette (Ire) (No Nay Never) was produced in the nick of time by the young weighing room talent Ray Dawson to nose out Desert Dreamer (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) in a brief rainstorm at Ascot. Held up towards the rear early racing alongside the eventual runner-up, the 15-2 shot came stand's side of the pack while that 9-4 favourite was taken far side in what amounted...

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