Angus Gold

Battaash's King's Stand Bid In Jeopardy

Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire})'s bid to defend his G1 King's Stand S. title could be in jeopardy, with the 7-year-old's return to trainer Charlie Hills's yard delayed after he picked up an injury while wintering at Shadwell. Battaash sustained a small fracture over the winter, however he is back cantering and is expected to return to Hills in a matter of weeks. "He just had a tiny little fracture in a joint during the winter and we've had to give him plenty of time off. He's had a pin...

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Group 1 Trainer Robert Armstrong Passes Away at 77

Retired trainer Robert Armstrong passed away on Feb. 5 after a brief illness, reported Racing Post. He was 77. A trainer of champions Moorestyle (GB) (Manacle {GB}) and Never So Bold (GB) (Bold Lad {Ire}), Armstrong trained from his Newmarket base of St Gatien Stables for 27 years until 2000. He was a third-generation trainer after his father and grandfather. In total, his horses won 13 Group 1 races. Sheikh Hamdan utilised Armstrong as a trainer for approximately 15 years until his retirement. One of the notable winners in the...

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Enbihaar Retired After Sustaining a Minor Injury

MGSW & G1SP Enbihaar (Ire) (Redoute's Choice {Aus}-- Chanterelle {Fr}, by Trempolino) has been retired due to injury, Shadwell's Racing Manager Angus Gold announced on Tuesday. The John Gosden trainee and 2019 English Highweighted Older Mare at 14 furlongs and above was pointing for this weekend's G1 Qatar Prix de Royallieu. "Enbihaar will miss the Royallieu as she is currently at Shadwell Stud," said Gold of the €500,000 Arqana August yearling. "She had a minor injury, and as a result has been retired--very sadly. She's been an absolute star, and...

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Hukum Confirmed For St Leger

Sheikh Hamdan's G3 Geoffrey Freer S. winner Hukum (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) will line up next in the G1 St Leger on Sept. 12. The Owen Burrows-trained colt is looking to extend his perfect record this season, having also taken Royal Ascot's King George V S. on seasonal debut in June. "He's fine, and we're hoping to go to the Leger," said Racing Manager Angus Gold. "He's progressing very well, I was impressed with him at Newbury the other day. It's an extra furlong, but I don't see that...

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Mohaather Retired From Racing

Mohaather (GB) (Showcasing {GB}-Roodeye {GB}, by Inchinor {GB}), a group winner at two, three and four who earned his first Group 1 victory last out in the Sussex S., has been retired to stud due to bone bruising in his near hind fetlock joint. "Towards the end of last week it was noticed that Mohaather was not moving as well as he had been immediately after the Sussex S.," said Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan. "Precautionary x-rays were taken over the weekend which have revealed significant bone...

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A Glorious Send-Off

Goodwood's Qatar Festival has lived up to its "Glorious" tag all week and Saturday sees the culmination with the G2 Qatar Lillie Langtry S. the key race for the staying fillies and mares. Despite there being only four participants, they are all notable performers in the category and last year's winner Enbihaar (Ire) (Redoute's Choice {Aus}) will have to be at or near her best to bring up the repeat. Twelve months ago, the Shadwell representative gave a stone and a five-length beating to Manuela de Vega (Ire) (Lope de...

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Gold: “We've Got To Ride This Out”

Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum enjoyed a year to remember on the racecourse in 2019, with the record-setting Group 1 sprinter Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) leading a charge that also included the G1 Lockinge S. winner Mustashry (GB) (Tamayuz {GB}) and the admirable staying filly Enbihaar (Ire) (Redoute's Choice {Aus}), the winner of three consecutive Group 2s. Attraction (GB)'s high-profile son Elarqam (GB) and G1 Investec Derby runner-up Madhmoon (Ire) (Dawn Approach {Ire}) also won pattern races in the blue and white. The Shadwell owner will have to wait a...

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Jash Suffers Joint Injury, Plans on Hold

Simon Crisford's Jash (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), runner-up in the G1 Middle Park S. last term, has knocked one of his joints which will restrict him until the latter part of the season. Successful in his 3-year-old bow, the Liste King Charles II S. at Newmarket on May 18, the Shadwell colourbearer ran sixth in the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and has been missing from racecourse action since. "Jash has actually just knocked a joint and has had a hold-up," said owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's racing manager, Angus...

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