Al Shaqab Racing

Planteur on the Move to Chapel Stud

Planteur (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}--Plante Rare {Ire}, by Giant's Causeway) will stand at Chapel Stud in Worcestershire as a National Hunt stallion in 2021. The former Marco Botti-trained bay will stand on behalf of owner/breeder Simon Davies with the deal brokered by Richard Venn Bloodstock. The 2011 G1 Prix Ganay victor who was also runner-up in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club, G1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris and two editions of the G1 Prix d'Isapahan previously stood in France at Haras de Bouquetot (2014-2018) and Haras du Grand Courgeon...

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Saeiqa Looks To Back Up Coventry Effort

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features a highly regarded maiden coming off a Royal Ascot placing. 1:15 Newmarket, Mdn, £10,000, 2yo, c/g, 7fT SAEIQA (GB) (Shalaa {Ire}) comes back to competitive maiden company after a third placing in the G2 Coventry S. for Al Shaqab and John Gosden, with the relative of...

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Son of Treve Begins His Career at Chantilly

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Friday's Insights features the first foal of dual Arc heroine Treve (Fr) (Motivator {GB}). 12.10 Chantilly, Cond, €27,000, 2yo, 6fT Le Haras de La Gousserie's €62,000 Arqana August bargain buy SEALIWAY (FR) (Galiway {Ire}) posted one of France's leading freshman performances when impressing with a two-length debut success, defeating...

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A Different Kind of Royal Meeting

It's Royal Ascot once again, but not as we know it. No crowds, no fashion, no Queen. It is a case of "Royal Ascot At Home" for virtually everybody this year, even for the main players whose money makes it all possible. That said, at least there is still Frankie, Aidan O'Brien, Wesley Ward, Sir Michael Stoute and Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and all the other working equine and human cast and crew that make this week so special. One of Britain's most brilliant racehorses of recent years, Battaash...

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Paul Hensey Named Al Shaqab COO

Paul Hensey is the new chief operating officer of Al Shaqab Racing, Breeding and Arabian Worldwide as the international organisation undergoes a restructuring. Previously CEO of Rifa Mustang Europe for the past three years, Hensey spent the previous 15 years before that appointment running The Curragh Racecourse and training grounds. "Al Shaqab Racing is one of the foremost Racing and Breeding operations in the world and I am delighted to be joining the company at this exciting time in its development," said Hensey. "I look forward to meeting the extended...

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Wootton Bassett's Wooded Strikes in the Texanita

All the rage prior to Wednesday's G3 Prix Texanita, Al Shaqab Racing's Wooded (Ire) continued the strong start to the season for his sire Wootton Bassett (GB) by registering an authoritative success in the Chantilly feature. Dropping to this six-furlong trip for the first time, the G3 Prix la Rochette runner-up was able to easily lay up with the pace set by Juddmonte's filly Alocasia (GB) (Kingman {GB}) and when shaken up readily subdued her with 300 metres remaining. Stretching out with stamina assured from there, the 12-5 favourite hit...

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