Anthony van Dyck

“I Needed A Change” – Seamie Heffernan Explains Ballydoyle Departure

For the first time since 1996, Seamie Heffernan will not be based at Ballydoyle--but Aidan O'Brien's long and trusted ally has revealed that he still hopes to be riding big-race winners in the Coolmore colours in the future.  It has been one of the worst kept secrets in Irish racing for some time that Heffernan, one of the constants at Ballydoyle for almost three decades now, would not be returning to the fold.  And on the eve of the opening day of the Flat season in Ireland, Heffernan lifted the...

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Enable Clash Headlines Saturday Action

Khalid Abdullah's Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) will bid to break new ground on Saturday in the 70th and certainly one of the strangest editions of the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO S. ever witnessed. Ascot's midsummer showcase may be lacking in diversity and numbers, even more so after Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) was withdrawn Friday, but it will be a fascinating encounter to witness, with the Juddmonte queen looking for an astounding 11th victory at this level. Her Galileo-sired opponents Sovereign (Ire) and Japan (GB)...

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Anthony Van Dyck Out of King George, Two to Challenge Enable

Anthony Van Dyck (Ire), who was to be one of three Aidan O'Brien-trained sons of Galileo (Ire) to tackle two-time defending champion Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) in Saturday's G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond S. at Ascot, has been declared from the race. "We weren't 100 per cent happy with Anthony Van Dyck's bloods when they came back this evening and as a result we're not going to run him at Ascot tomorrow," the conditioner told Racing Post. "It's disappointing but we have to do the right thing...

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Stradivarius On Show At Newmarket

   Newmarket's second segment of its four-day Guineas meeting plays host to the re-routed G1 Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup on Friday, where the dual G1 Ascot Gold Cup hero Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) is an unexpected yet welcome guest to the party. Where the likes of Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Defoe (Ire) (Dalakhani {GB}) and Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {GB}) are regulars at this 12-furlong trip, Bjorn Nielsen's elite stayer has not been over this type of distance since defeat in a 3-year-old handicap at Chester in...

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Mooresbridge Shaping Up Strong

The G2 Mooresbridge S. at The Curragh on June 13 is shaping up as an exciting contest pitting many of the season's most anticipated older horses against one another. Among the entries for the 10-furlong contest are last year's leading middle-distance 3-year-olds Japan (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), last year's G1 Irish St Leger winner Search For A Song (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the 2018 G1 Irish Derby victor Latrobe (Ire) (Camelot {GB}), globetrotting Group 1 winner Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and the high-class Madhmoon...

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O'Brien Nominates 11 to Cox Plate

Aidan O'Brien has set his sights on winning the G1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate for a second time, with Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Royal Ascot victor Circus Maximus (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) among his 11 initial entries for the Australian feature. O'Brien sent Adelaide (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) to win the 2014 renewal, with the Moonee Valley Group 1 subsequently dominated by Chris Waller's superstar Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}), a record four-times winner before her retirement earlier this year. No stranger to competing in Australia, O'Brien has...

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