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Leading First-Season Sire Verdicts

The first juvenile race won't be run until the end of next month, but the buzz and feedback on the stock of young stallions always starts early, and Fitzdares has already opened a market on the first-season sires' championship. We'll be asking a number of horsemen and women for their opinions over the coming weeks and today, trainer Ger Lyons gives us his view. TDN: Who do you think will be leading first-season sire? GL: Without a shadow of a doubt, Gleneagles (Ire) should be the class act among them...

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Invincible Army Targets Duke of York

James Tate has earmarked the G2 Duke of York S. as the first major target this year for his talented sprinter Invincible Army (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). The Newmarket trainer plans to give the 4-year-old a prep run in the Listed Unibet Cammidge Trophy on the opening day of the turf season at Doncaster on Mar. 30, before taking aim at the six-furlong Group 2 prize at York. Invincible Army has struck twice at the Group 3 level, in the 2017 Sirenia S. at Kempton and in the G3 Pavilion...

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Hyacinth S. Goes to Son of Henny Hughes

Successful in both a 2-year-old newcomer heat locally Nov. 24 and in a Dec. 15 1400-metre Chukyo contest, Oval Ace stepped up to take the Listed Hyacinth S. back at Tokyo and earn 30 points toward the Japanese Road to the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. Racing in midpack well off the fence, the chestnut was well covered up as R Rosso (Jpn) (South Vigorous) showed the way. Gradually making inroads toward the lead with less than a half-mile remaining, Oval Ace fanned out into the center...

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Came Home Sires February S. Victor

The ultra-consistent Inti (Jpn) (Came Home), favoured at 8-5 in Tokyo's 1600-metre G1 February S. on Sunday, did not let his backers down and took the field pillar to post, holding off the surging Gold Dream (Jpn) (Gold Allure {Jpn}) by a neck to take the spoils. Yuranoto (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}) was another four lengths back in third. The February S. is a "Win and You're In" for the GI Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita in November. Bounding straight to the head of affairs, the blinkered chestnut was...

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Mission Tycoon Defies Distance Query in HK Classic Cup

By Michael Cox, courtesy of TDNAus/NZ The Frankie Lor phenomenon continued in Hong Kong when the sophomore sensation again trained the first two home and produced a blowout result when Mission Tycoon (Aus) (Written Tycoon {Aus}) beat hot favourite Dark Dream (Aus) (All American {Aus}) in Sunday's Hong Kong Classic Cup. The lure of Hong Kong Derby glory leads many owners to push horses better suited to sprint races into the 4-year-old series and despite a second at 204-1 in the Classic Mile Jan. 27, Mission Tycoon's presence in the 1800m...

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Purton Letter-Perfect in QSJC, HK Gold Cup Wins

Zac Purton unseated three-time defending champion Joao Moreira in a pulsating duel in the 2017/2018 jockeys' premiership that went down to the wire in Hong Kong and he is well on his way to another title--all things equal--due in some part to the Magic Man's abandoned attempt to become a fixture in Japan, but primarily owing to the Aussie's abundant talent. Purton's considerable skills were on full display Sunday at Sha Tin, as he put on two tactically-perfect rides to win the G1 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup and the G1...

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Dark Dream, Furore ‘Lor’-d Over Classic Cup Field

In the form of the high-class imports Dark Dream (Aus) (All American {Aus}) and Furore (NZ) (Pierro {Aus}), trainer Frankie Lor holds a strong hand in the 2019 Classics series in Hong Kong, and those two gallopers are well clear on ratings heading into Sunday's Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) at Sha Tin. Following a good third to loose-on-the-lead Ka Ying Star (GB) (Cityscape {GB}) in a Class 2 over 1600m Jan. 6, Lor reached out to jockey Hugh Bowman to ride Furore in the Classic Mile Jan. 27 and...

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Beauty Generation, Exultant Favoured in Sha Tin Group 1 Tests

Reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock {Aus}) faces arguably his biggest test of the season as he cuts back to 1400 metres for the G1 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin. It was 12 months ago that Beauty Generation, exiting a below-par seventh in the G1 Stewards' Cup, atoned for that effort with a gritty head defeat of the progressive Beat the Clock (Aus) (Hinchinbrook {Aus}) in this event. He would go on to win the G1 Champions Mile to clinch year-end...

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European Exports With Robyn Murray

European Exports is a series where we catch up with people who have left their home countries to make a new life in racing in America. Today, we speak with Coolmore's Robyn Murray. TDN: Where are you originally from? RM: I'm from Middleham in North Yorkshire, and it's quite a big horse racing town. We have around 15 to 20 trainers there at any one time like Mark Johnston and Karl Burke, so I grew up around horses. My family was kind of involved in ownership. It was a fantastic...

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Proven Sires For Moyglare Queens

The Haefner family's Moyglare Stud outside Maynooth in County Kildare has been a bastion of Irish breeding and racing now for half a century, and the farm's black-and-white bodied silks have become part of the furniture of Irish flat racing. The stud's association with Dermot Weld must be one of the longest- running in racing at the moment and despite the lack of a Group 1 winner since Free Eagle (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}) landed the G1 Prince Of Wales's S. at Royal Ascot in 2015, such is the quality...

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