Wootton Bassett's Gala Real Powers to TDN Rising Stardom at Saint-Cloud

Alessandro and Giuseppe Botti trainee Gala Real (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) notched an 11-length tally when shedding maiden status at Lyon-Parilly last November and continued on the upgrade with a 'TDN Rising Star' performance in Friday's Prix Durban at Saint-Cloud. The 73-10 chance, who had previously finished last of seven runners in her July 16 debut over seven furlongs at Chantilly, employed patient tactics from flagfall in this 10 1/2-furlong distaffers' test and settled off the tempo in sixth for the most part. Inching closer on the home turn, the daughter...

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Arqana Breeze-Up Sale: What's Interesting for Americans?

The whole point of the breeze-ups is that the functionality of a pedigree is on display. Nowadays, in fact, breeze times are treated as though rendering more or less redundant all the painstaking surmise of the yearling sales. Pinhookers, having seen so many offbeat sires achieve knockout sales, can prioritize "run"—knowing that lot of prospectors won't even bother looking at the catalogue until the lots have shown their wares. But it's for precisely that reason that European breeze-up consignors have increasingly been able to repair a dismal separation between the...

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The LABEO Truck: Mobile Veterinary Lab The First of Its Kind in Europe

CAEN, France--For years, laboratory testing for equine diseases has worked about the same way. Draw a sample, send it off to the lab, and in just a few days, depending upon the mail, you'll have your result. But of course, in a world that has sped up to the point where a few days seems absolutely archaic, it wasn't going to be long until someone brought the lab to you. Those people were LABEO, the Normandy Interdepartmental Analysis and Research Centre, whose new LABEO Truck was first deployed last year...

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Kilgame Brings 300k At Arqana Online

Kilgame (Fr) (Jeu St Eloi {Fr}) (lot 1) topped the Arqana March Online Sale at €300,000 on the bid of Alex Elliott's Elliott Bloodstock Services and NBB Racing's Nicolas Bertran de Balanda, on Thursday. Placed over hurdles, the Gabriel Leenders-consigned dark bay is from the family of G1 Grand Prix d'Autumne winner Millenium Royal (Fr) (Mansonnien {Fr}). Haras de la Hetraie's Kantagua Du Large (Fr) (Great Pretender {Ire}) (lot 6) went to Guy Petit for €68,000. The listed-placed chaser is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Farceur Du Large (Fr) (Turgeon)....

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TDN's Ten Questions for Olivier Delloye, Now Back at Arqana

After seven years at the helm of France-Galop, the governing body of horse racing in France, Olivier Delloye arrived back at Arqana, and will take up the position of CEO upon the retirement of Eric Hoyeau on April 1. For Delloye, it's a homecoming, as he served for 10 years as their managing director before leaving to fill the same role at France-Galop in 2016. As Delloye got started again at Arqana, we sat down with him to learn what it was like to be back in Normandy, and what...

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Toronado Filly One Of Eight In Arqana Online Catalogue

A select eight-lot catalogue for the Arqana Online March Sale was released on Thursday. Set for Thursday, Mar. 28 from 3-5 p.m. French time, the sale features debut winner Chiaraniya (Fr) (Toronado {Ire}) (lot 7), who is related to Group 1 winners Going Global (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) and Tiggy Wiggy (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}). The remaining lots all hail from the National Hunt sphere with six horses-in-training including the listed-placed Kantagua Du Large (Fr) (Great Pretender {Ire}) (lot 6) and the winning AQPS Joyeux Coco (Fr) (Cokoriko {Fr}) (lot 8). Broodmare...

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Arqana Release Catalogue for Breeze-up Sale

The catalogue for Arqana's annual Breeze-up Sale, set to be held May 9-11 at Deauville, is now available online. This year 207 two-year-olds are on offer, including the progeny of leading European stallions such as Dubawi (Ire), Frankel (GB), Sea The Stars (Ire) and Siyouni (Fr), as well as top US-based sires such as Gun Runner and Justify. More than 80 stallions are represented altogether. The breezes will take place on the grass at Deauville-La Touques Racecourse on Thursday, May 9, followed by a day of inspections on Friday, May...

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Arqana Appoints Amy Feng As Representative In China

Arqana has appointed Amy Feng as its representative in China. Amy is based in China and will work closely with Arqana bloodstock team member Mathieu Legars. A graduate of Newcastle University with a Master's degree in International Financial Analysis, Amy took her first steps into the breeding and racing industry alongside her father, with whom she founded Huiying Horse Farm, where she holds the position of Marketing Manager.  Together, they bought their first horses in the USA and Australia, notably at the Magic Millions sales, where she met David Chester,...

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Tuesday's Observations: Debut for Arqana Breeze Up Topper

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. Tuesday's Observations features No Retreat, last year's Arqana May Breeze Up topper. 19.00 Newcastle, Novice, £11,400, 3yo/up, 8f 5y (AWT) NO RETREAT (IRE) (Siyouni {Fr}) is a key debutante on a quiet day, having topped the charts at last year's Arqana May Breeze Up Sale when selling to Oliver...

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Gold Shines Brightest At Arqana Online Sale

A select catalogue for the Arqana Online January Sale was topped by dual winner Gypsy Gold (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) (lot 6) who was knocked down to Ibrahim Araci of Old Mill Stud for €280,000. Consigned by Haras de Saint Pari, the filly-out-of-training is out of the G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and G1 Prix de Diane-placed Glorious Sight (Ire) (Singspiel {Ire}). The 4-year-old is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Glycon (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) and a full-sibling to the stakes-placed Glaer (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}). There were also four lots...

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Plenty Of Diversity In Arqana February Catalogue

The catalogue for the Arqana February Mixed Sale on February 13-14 was released by the sale company on Friday. Featuring 363 horses comprised of horses-in-training on the Flat and over jumps, broodmares, maidens, 2-year-olds and yearlings, with eight wildcards still to be announced, sessions will begin at 11 a.m. daily. The Arqana February Sale, which last year sold the G2 Prix du Petite Couvert winner and G1 Prix de l'Abbaye-placed Air De Valse (Fr) (Mesnil des Aigles {Fr}) as a broodmare prospect, this year offers a trio of fillies-in-training who...

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Gypsy Gold Among Late Supplements To Arqana January Online Sale

The Siyouni (Fr) filly Gypsy Gold (Fr), who was rated 91 at her highest, is one of several late additions to the Arqana January Online Sale. Bidding will open at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25 and last until 5 p.m. that evening. Consigned as lot 6, the 4-year-old is offered out-of-training and is a daughter of the Classic-placed mare Glorious Sight (Ire) (Singspiel {Ire}). A two-time winner, Gypsy Gold is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Glycon (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) and a full-sister to the multiple stakes-placed Glaer...

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