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Le Havre’s Port Guillaume Back On Song in Normandy

Claudio Marzocco, Bernard Benaych and Jean-Claude Rouget's Port Guillaume (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) lost his unbeaten tag when a never-nearer fifth in Chantilly's July 5 G1 Prix du Jockey Club and bounced back in style, racing in the Marzocco silks, to annex Saturday's G2 Prix Hocquart Longines at Deauville. Unraced as a juvenile, he was an early riser this term with victories at Cagnes-sur-Mer in January and February and continued in similar vein post-lockdown with a May 12 Saint-Cloud conditions success before suffering his lone reversal last month. On the...

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Wootton Bassett’s Midlife Crisis Another Rising Star in France

Following the precedent set by Petricor (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the previous race, Shigeo Nomura's Midlife Crisis (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) posted a more straightforward display to earn a  'TDN Rising Star' badge of his own in Tuesday's Prix Le Bougnat, a 7 1/2-furlong newcomers' test for colts and geldings, at Deauville. The 46-5 chance was away in second and quickly asserted for an early lead. Comfortably holding sway thereafter, he was shaken up in front passing the quarter-mile marker and powered ever clear under mild coaxing in the closing...

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Olympic Glory’s Watch Me Wins the Rothschild

Alexander Tamagni-Bodmer and Regula Vannod's Watch Me (Fr) (Olympic Glory {Ire}) had the obvious form claims for Sunday's G1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville and all went to script for last year's G1 Coronation S. winner as she outbattled Half Light (Ire) (Shamardal) and Know It All (GB) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) for the win. Tracking Godolphin's Summer Romance (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) throughout the early stages, the 7-10 favourite got the split on the rail to edge ahead approaching the 300-metre marker and stayed on to score by 3/4 of a length...

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Kendargent Filly Perfect in Deauville’s Prix Six Perfections

Andre Fabre incumbent See The Rose (Ire) (Kendargent {Fr}) got up late to prevail by a nose when posting a June 19 debut score tackling 5 1/2 furlongs at Chantilly, doubling up in a July 12 conditions heat over six at Deauville last time, and she made it a perfect three-for-three in Saturday's G3 Prix Six Perfections Sky Sports Racing back at the Normandy venue. Stalking the pace set by Wedding Dance (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) after an alert getaway in this first try at seven furlongs, the 7-5 favourite...

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Steel Bull Best In the Molecomb
Steel Bull Best In the Molecomb

Colin Keane came to Goodwood for the first time on Wednesday and his debut ride was one of a rider who had been here many times before as he guided Steel Bull (Ire) (Clodovil {Ire}) to success in the G3 Markel Insurance Molecomb S. Held up in rear off the pace burn-up in front, Michael O'Callaghan's July 22 Naas maiden scorer was still sitting chilly at the back passing two out but when the gap was big enough he was through with relish to seize the advantage 100 yards from...

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Siblings to 22 G1SWs Catalogued for Deauville Select Sale

The Arqana Deauville Select Sale, which contains full- or half-siblings to 22 Group 1 winners among its 492-strong catalogue, will take place in Deauville on Sept. 24-26. Graduates of the rescheduled sale-which is usually held as the Arqana August Sale--have made an impact on the international stage, with French Classic hero Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Ire}), G1SW Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and three-time American Grade I winner Uni (GB) (More Than Ready) among their number. Despite the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 98 stallions are represented,...

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Freshman Sire The Gurkha Off the Mark at Limerick

Coolmore's G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains and G1 Sussex S. hero The Gurkha (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who operated at an initial fee of €25,000, became the latest European freshman sire off the mark when Aidan O'Brien trainee Finest (Ire) graduated in Friday's Well Done To All Frontline Staff From Limerick Racecourse Fillies Maiden at Limerick. 1st-Limerick, €11,000, Mdn, 7-17, 2yo, f, 6f 150yT, 1:25.45, gd. FINEST (IRE) (f, 2, The Gurkha {Ire}--Pearl Grey {GB} {SW & GSP-Eng}, by Gone West) was caught out by the intricacies of Bellewstown when fifth...

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Seven Wild Cards Added to Arqana Summer Catalogue

Some of the wild cards for the Arqana Summer Sale have been announced, Arqana revealed on Monday. The seven horses-in-training will go under the hammer along with the rest of the catalogue-consisting of 2-year-olds and horses-in-training--on July 20. Lot 124, AQPS Herbiers (Fr) (Waldpark {Ger}), won at Moulins and is consigned by Mathieu Brasme; while Augustin Adeline de Boisbrunet offers 4-year-old geldings Gin Coco (Fr) (Cokoriko {Fr}) (lot 140, AQPS) and lot 125, Melanos (Fr) (Blue Bresil {Fr}). The placed Trezy Boy (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) (lot 141) hails from...

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Thomas Leffray Joins Arqana

Thomas Leffray has joined the Arqana Bloodstock team, where he will focus on horses-in-training and the National Hunt sphere, the sales company announced on Monday. The Irish National Stud graduate, who earned a BTSA in 'Production Animales' in Laval, began at Haras de Montaigu, before joining Haras d'Ombreville. Leffray then worked at Dromoland Farm in the United States, Ballylinch Stud in Ireland, and a year in Australasia at Waikato Stud and Newgate Farm. He was most recently involved with the stallions at Coolmore in Ireland since the beginning of 2020....

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Kingman’s Summer Romance Makes All In the Princess Elizabeth

Saturday's G3 Princess Elizabeth S. at Epsom turned into an extremely tactical affair, with William Buick on the money dictating on Godolphin's TDN Rising Star Summer Romance (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) to make all. Always comfortable setting a moderate pace shadowed by the G1 1000 Guineas runner-up Cloak of Spirits (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), the one-time exciting Listed Empress S. winner who had threatened to disappear into the wilderness was always holding that rival in the sprint up the straight. Hitting the line with 3/4 of a length to spare, the...

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Arqana, Goffs UK Teamwork Brings Market Relief

DONCASTER, UK-- They say good things come to those who wait and few people in the bloodstock world have had a more anxious wait for action this spring than the European breeze-up consignors, who have seen their regular sales slots pushed back by at least two months in a world sent awry by the COVID-19 pandemic. A collectively large sigh of relief was heard on Wednesday as first Goffs UK then Arqana posted results far exceeding most expectations.  The words 'resilience' and 'extraordinary' were used freely by vendors and buyers...

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Street Boss Colt Makes Waves At Doncaster

A Street Boss colt proved a profitable pinhook for consignor Malcolm Bastard during the Arqana portion of the joint Goffs UK/Arqana Breeze-Up Sale, fetching £620,000 from Stroud Coleman Bloodstock and Hong Kong-based trainer John Size near the end of the session. The son of the Flatter mare Undo had been bought for $120,000 at Keeneland September.

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