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Filly Foal is the First for Cracksman

English/French highweight and two-time G1 Champion S. hero Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) sired his first reported foal at Newsells Park Stud on Jan. 22, Darley announced on Thursday. Bred by W & R Barnett Ltd., the filly is out of Amber Silk (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}), a winning full-sister to G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine and GI E.P. Taylor S. victress Just The Judge (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}) from the family of MGSW and G1 Epsom Oaks/G1 Coronation Cup third High Heeled (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}). Julian Dollar, General Manager of Newsells...

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Glorious Journey Gives Appleby Meydan Trifecta

Tattersalls October co-topper Glorious Journey (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) bounced back from a ninth in the Oct. 6 G1 Qatar Prix de la Foret at ParisLongchamp, with a comfortable win in the G2 Al Fahidi Fort over 1400 metres at Meydan on Thursday. The first three home were all trained by Charlie Appleby who was winning this contest for the fifth time, with Her Highness Sheikha Al Jalila's 2.6-million guineas purchase besting the Godolphin duo of Mythical Magic (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) and Mubtasim (Ire) (Arcano {Ire}) by 3/4s of a length...

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Equilateral A First For Hills

Juddmonte Farms' Equilateral (GB) (Equiano {Fr}) holds the disctinction of being the first winner at the Dubai International Racing Carnival for trainer Charlie Hills after cruising to victory in the Listed Dubai Dash on the turf at Meydan. Held up early on in the five-furlong sprint, the 5-year-old eased into contention in the second half to run home two lengths clear of Sheikh Hamdan's Waady (Ire) (Approve {Ire}), with a close call for third when Shadwell's other runner Rusumaat (Ire) (Arcano {Ire}) narrowly gained the verdict over the Michal Appleby-trained...

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Love Conquers All

Dubai Love (GB) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) had already proved she stayed a mile as a juvenile and back up to that distance in the Listed UAE 1000 Guineas she was able to turn the tables with the favoured Final Song (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), to whom she had finished fourth in the trial three weeks earlier. In this instance Final Song had to settle for third behind her stablemate, continuing a good start to Thursday's Meydan meeting for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor and Godolphin, who also won the opening...

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Chloe Pitts Joins Tattersalls

Tattersalls has announced the appointment of Chloe Pitts to the role of marketing executive. A recent graduate of the Godolphin Flying Start Programme, Pitts has also completed the BHA Graduate Programme and the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course, as well as stints working for the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association and New England Stud in Newmarket. "We are delighted to welcome Chloe to Tattersalls and to the marketing department. Chloe brings with her a wealth of knowledge and will be a major asset to the team," said the company's marketing director...

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1774 Nominations for Dubai World Cup Night

A total of 902 horses, with 1,774 nominations between them, threw their collective hats in the ring for the 25th $35-million Dubai World Cup night card at Meydan on Mar. 28. Among the leading hopefuls are Japanese Horse of the Year and 2019 G1 Dubai Turf heroine Almond Eye (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}); America's 2019 Horse of the Year candidate and MGISW Maximum Security (New Year's Day); last year's G1 Investec Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}); Hong Kong superstar and outstanding miler Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to...

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July Cup Winner’s First Foal is a Filly

G1 July Cup hero Harry Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire})'s first foal arrived on Jan. 22, a filly out of Karijini (Ger) (Siyouni {Fr}), Darley announced. Born at Brighwalton Stud, the chestnut's second dam is a full-sister to European highweight Stagecraft (GB) (Sadler's Wells). "[She is] a very nice foal, very strong for a maiden mare," said Brighwalton Stud's Stud Manager Sean Keane. "Good body, well put together, short coupled, good shoulder, healthy and strong. I'm very happy with her." Harry Angel will stand for £20,000 in the upcoming season.

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James Garfield Sires First Foal

The first reported foal for MGSW & G1SP James Garfield (Ire) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}) was a filly born at Stetchworth and Middle Park Studs on the evening of Jan. 21, Rathbarry Stud announced on Wednesday. Owned by Stetchworth and Middle Park, the filly is out of Butsova (Ire) (Dansili {GB}), herself a half-sister to G3 Balanchine S. heroine Bye Bye Birdie (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}). This is the extended family of Eclipse Champion Grass Mare Dank (GB) (Dansili {GB}), Irish highweight and G1 Hong Kong Cup hero Eagle Mountain...

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Classic Season Kicks Off in Dubai

The Dubai World Cup Carnival steps up a notch on Thursday, as the Listed UAE 1000 Guineas, the prep for the Feb. 20 G3 UAE Oaks, goes as the second race on the card. Nine 3-year-old fillies stand their ground with four hailing from the Godolphin yards led by G2 Queen Mary S. and G2 Duchess of Cambridge S. third Final Song (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) for Saeed bin Suroor. The bay easily won the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial conditions race over 1400 metres by 1 3/4 lengths on Jan....

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Keskonrisk Tops Goffs UK January

Five-year-old gelding Keskonrisk (Fr) (No Risk At All {Fr}) (lot 236) brought a sale-topping price of £370,000 from Henrietta Knight during the second and final session of the Goffs UK January Sale. Wednesday's session played host to point-to-pointers and form horses, and the Camas Park Stud-consigned half-brother to the Grade 2 winner Grand Sancy (Fr) (Diamond Boy {Fr}) won a debut bumper at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day. A handful of general horses-in-training also went through the ring, with Royal Ascot winner The Grand Visir (GB) (Frankel {GB}) (lot 288)...

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Pinatubo Awarded Top Rating In 25 Years

LONDON, UK—Godolphin's homebred Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) was officially named Europe's champion juvenile of 2019 on Wednesday when given the highest rating for a 2-year-old in 25 years. In fact, it was a clean sweep for Godolphin and Kildangan Stud-based sire Shamardal, who were also responsible for the joint runners-up in the category, Victor Ludorum (Ire) and Earthlight (Ire). The magic number for Pintaubo—also awarded to Enable (GB), Crystal Ocean (GB) and Waldgeist (GB) when topping the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings—was 128. One has to look back as far as...

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Lightning Spear’s First Foal is a Colt

Group 1 winner Lightning Spear (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) celebrated his first foal, a colt, born at Crimbourne Stud in Marlborough on Jan. 16, Tweenhills Stud announced on Tuesday. The chestnut is out of the winning Moonlight Rhapsody (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), herself a half-sister to G2 Queen Elizabeth S. hero Fantastic Love (Peintre Celebre). Under the second dam is champion sprinter and sire Last Tycoon (Ire) (Try My Best {Ire}). Tweenhills, in light of Lightning Spear's early sub-fertility issues, is offering 2020 seasons at £5,000, due Oct. 1. The first...

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