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Back to the Roodee

Chester's May meeting gets underway on Wednesday, with the G3 Chester Vase and Listed Weatherbys ePassport Cheshire Oaks offering the opportunity for Epsom hopefuls to enter the fray at the famous "Roodee". While neither has attracted a standout this year, the Derby and Oaks trials are at times fertile ground for the lesser-exposed types to flaunt their wares such as Godolphin's Wirko (Ger) (Kingman {GB}) in the Vase. Having already proven himself on Epsom's inimitable terrain when winning the Apr. 20 Listed Blue Riband Trial, the Charlie Appleby-trained bay could...

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Appleby's Classic Colts Exit Guineas in Good Order

The Godolphin G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas team has excited the Newmarket showpiece in good order according to trainer Charlie Appleby. Master of the Seas (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), who ran second in the Guineas, is being freshening before returning in the June 15 G1 St James's Palace S. at Royal Ascot. Fourth-place finisher Naval Crown (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) is also expected to be in action at the Royal meeting, although in the G3 Jersey S. on June 19. Rounding out the Appleby Guineas trio is One Ruler (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), who...

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Wootton Bassett Colt Sets New Osarus Record

Having become the first European auction to be staged entirely online in 2020, the Osarus Breeze-up Sale returned to its more usual format this year, selling live at La Teste de Buch racecourse and setting a new record top price of €200,000 in the process. The sale-topper had not originally been intended for this sale but, following the relocation of the Arqana Breeze-up Sale from Deauville to Doncaster, French-based consignor Philippe Prevost Baratte opted to keep his Wootton Bassett (GB) colt at home, sending him to Osarus as lot 45A,...

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Glass Slippers Returns in Temple S.

Multiple Group 1 winner Glass Slippers (GB) (Dream Ahead) will make her first start of 2021 in the G2 Casumo Temple S. at Haydock on May 22. A winner of the 2019 G1 Prix de l'Abbaye, the 5-year-old mare added the G1 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five S. at The Curragh last September and, second in the 2020 l'Abbaye, signed off with a win in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint for owner/breeder Bearstone Stud and trainer Kevin Ryan. "The plan is to start her off in the Temple S. prior...

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Richest Juvenile Race in Europe Unveiled Exclusively For Goffs Orby Grads

The Goffs Million, a €1-million 2-year-old race open exclusively to Goffs Orby yearling graduates, was announced by Goffs on Tuesday. The seven-furlong contest is the richest 2-year-old race in Europe and will be held at The Curragh on Sept. 24, 2022 in advance of the Goffs Orby Sale. Open to 2-year-old colts and fillies that were catalogued in the 2021 Goffs Orby Sale on Sept. 28-29, it carries a prize fund guaranteed by Goffs and will pay out to 10th place. In addition, if the 2022 Goffs Million winner subsequently...

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Record Entries For Swedish Derby/Oaks Series

Over 500 horses are eligible for the 10-race 2022 Swedish Derby & Oaks Series which closed on Mar. 22, Svensk Galopp announced on Tuesday. All the races are for 3-year-olds and run over three meetings on the Jagersro Racecourse dirt track with the exception of the Bro Park Sprint for Scandinavian-bred horses. Total prize money is almost €7.7 million and the races will be run between June and August. The Swedish Derby is worth in excess of €249,000, while the Swedish Oaks is worth almost €115,000 and the Altamira worth...

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Japan's Deep Bond To Be Aimed At Arc

Leading Japanese owner Koji Maeda of North Hills is planning a European raid for last weekend's GI Tenno Sho runner-up Deep Bond (Jpn}) (Kizuna {Jpn}). The 4-year-old, who won the GII Hanshin Daishoten in March for trainer Ryuji Okubu, will be campaigned with the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as his major target, with the aim of running in the G2 Qatar Prix Foy in the build up. Maeda said, "It was vey brave effort from Deep Bond in the Tenno Sho, which is very tough race. While...

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The Revenant to Seek Soft Ground

Group 1 winner The Revenant (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), who ran fourth in the G2 Prix du Muguet at Saint-Cloud on May 1, will appear in either the May 30 G1 Prix d'Ispahan at ParisLongchamp or the G1 Queen Anne S. at Royal Ascot on June 15. A winner of both the G2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein on Oct. 3 and the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. on Oct. 17, the gelding ran third in the G3 Prix Edmond Blanc in his seasonal opener on Apr. 3. "He's come out of the...

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Coronation Cup For Pyledriver

Dual Group 2 winner Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) is being aimed at Epsom's June 4 G1 Coronation Cup. Co-trainer William Muir, who trains with Chris Grassick, has indicated his stable star exited his second-place finish in the G2 Jockey Club S. on May 1 in good order. A winner of the G2 King Edward VII S. and G2 Great Voltigeur S. in 2020, Pyledriver was also third in the G1 St Leger at Doncaster in September prior to an unplaced run in the G1 QIPCO Champion S. a month...

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Group 1 Targets For Saffron Beach

Classic runner-up Saffron Beach (Ire) (New Bay {GB}), second in the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas on Sunday, is eyeing several Group 1 races later in the spring for her reappearance including the June 4 G1 Cazoo Oaks. The Jane Chapple-Hyam trainee emerged from her Newmarket effort in good form. Other races under consideration are the June 18 G1 Coronation S. during Royal Ascot, the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas at The Curragh on May 23, and the G1 Pretty Polly S. at on June 27. "She's fine and licked her bowl...

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Australia's Broome Extends Tally In the Mooresbridge

Providing Aidan O'Brien with a 12th renewal of The Curragh's G2 Coolmore Sottsass Irish EBF Mooresbridge S. on Monday, Broome (Ire) (Australia {GB}) continued his own success story with a third black-type win in 2021. Having taken the Listed Devoy S. at Naas Mar. 28 and the Apr. 17 G3 Alleged S. over this track and 10-furlong trip, the 4-9 favourite was forwardly placed in second by Ryan Moore and ridden to take command approaching the last two furlongs. Pressed by Helvic Dream (Ire) (Power {GB}) from there, he kept...

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First Winner For Mondialiste At Beverley

Haras d'Annebault's first-season sire Mondialiste (Ire) (by Galileo {Ire}) was off the mark on Monday as Hester Prynne (GB) took the five-furlong Kiplingcotes Restricted Novice S. at Beverley. A 60,000gns Tattersalls December Foal Sale graduate who races for the sire's owners Geoff and Sandra Turnbull, the David O'Meara-trained filly was keen early in mid-division but had enough in reserve to deliver a withering effort and reel in Alaskan Jewel (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) close home for a length success at odds of 9-2. The winner is a half-sister to the G2...

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