Ballylinch Stud

ITBA Awards Honour Todd Watt Among Top Breeders

Dolphins swimming in the Venetian canals may have been pandemic fake news, but that the world will have benefited environmentally is one of the few upsides to the coronavirus crisis. What is not fake news is that many heads and livers will have been feeling better on Sunday morning than would otherwise be the case following the annual ITBA Awards, but that is the only benefit to missing out on what is always one of the social highlights of the racing year. Attendance at this event is not for the...

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Ballylinch Roster Topped by Lope de Vega

Lope de Vega (Ire) (Shamardal), who has enjoyed a stellar year with his progeny on the track, has seen his fee increased to €125,000 from €100,000 at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland. In 2020, the sire of 77 black-type winners total, has enjoyed four Group 1 winners, including juveniles Lucky Vega (Ire) in the G1 Phoenix S. and Aunt Pearl (Ire) in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Previous Grade I winner Newspaperofrecord (Ire) scored in the GI Just a Game S. Stateside and Gytrash (Aus) saluted in the G1...

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Pearl Another Breeders' Cup Gem

LEXINGTON, KY--The European-trained runners may have been shut out on opening day of the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland, but there would have been plenty of smiling faces in Ireland, France and England on Friday evening as 'TDN Rising Star' Aunt Pearl (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) kept her perfect record intact with a powerful front-running score in the GI Juvenile Fillies Turf under Frenchman Florent Geroux for trainer Brad Cox. Aidan O'Brien's Mother Earth (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) made up significant ground late to grab second, mowing down the Ringfort Stud-bred...

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Galileo's Lone Eagle Best In the Zetland

Stepping out of nursery company having won a competitive affair at Doncaster Sept. 12, Ballylinch Stud and Aquis Farm's Lone Eagle (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) made most of the running to land Saturday's 10-furlong G3 Godolphin Flying Start Zetland S. at Newmarket. Ridden from the break by Silvestre de Sousa to race on the front end, the 16-5 shot was joined by Fabilis (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and shared the lead with that rival throughout the early stages. Seeing him off before coping with Recovery Run (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) on the run...

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New Bay's Saffron Beach Wins the Oh So Sharp

Having impressed when scoring on debut in a seven-furlong Sept. 26 Newmarket maiden, Saffron Beach (Ire) (New Bay {GB}) returned to the same course and distance to enhance her reputation in Friday's G3 Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp S. at Newmarket. Settled in second early by Adam Kirby, the 9-4 favourite took over passing the two-furlong pole and asserted for a half-length success from Thank You Next (Ire) (No Nay Never), with Shine For You (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}) 1 1/4 lengths away in third. "She's quite a nice filly...

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First Group Win For New Bay As New Mandate Takes the Royal Lodge

Having supplied New Bay (GB) with his first black-type win in Doncaster's Listed Flying Scotsman S. Sept. 11, Marc Chan's inspired acquisition New Mandate (Ire) gave the Ballylinch Stud-based son of Dubawi (Ire) an initial pattern-race title on Saturday as he captured Newmarket's G2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge S. Keen early anchored in rear by Frankie Dettori, the well-backed 9-4 favourite swooped two out to collar Ballydoyle's G2 Futurity S. third Ontario (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and surged to the line with more gusto to prevail by 3/4 of a length, with...

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Belardo's Isabella Giles Bounds To Rockfel Triumph

Paul and Clare Rooney's Isabella Giles (Ire) (Belardo {Ire}) registered a pair of six-furlong wins--at Leicester in June and at Newbury in July--but lost her unbeaten tag when fourth in Ascot's July 26 G3 Princess Margaret S. before bouncing back to claim a first black-type score for her freshman sire (by Lope de Vega {Ire}) in Goodwood's Aug. 29 G3 Prestige S. when upped to seven furlongs last time. Aided by a strong tailwind over the same distance in Friday's G2 Shadwell Rockfel S. at Newmarket, the 11-5 chance continued...

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The Weekly Wrap: Positives To Be Found In Yearling Market

September ushered in the early rounds of the yearling sales in Europe, with the Goffs UK Premier, BBAG, Tattersalls Ascot and Arqana Select sales all having taken place within the last fortnight. Three of that quartet have at least been able to take place in their intended venues, albeit Arqana's flagship sale was three weeks later than usual. The one-day Tattersalls Ascot Yearling Sale was moved to Newmarket, and Park Paddocks will also host the Tattersalls Irelend September Sale next week, which has been reduced to two days from three,...

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First Black-Type Winner For New Bay at Doncaster

There was a first black-type winner for the Ballylinch Stud-based New Bay (GB) (by Dubawi {Ire}) on Friday as Marc Chan's New Mandate (Ire) got up close home in Doncaster's Listed bet365 Flying Scotsman S. Keen early for Frankie Dettori restrained towards the rear of the group racing up the centre, the Aug. 23 Sandown nursery winner who was sent off at 17-2 found a gap up the far rail to wear down Laneqash (GB) (Cable Bay {Ire}) in the final strides for a head success, with the 5-4 favourite...

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The Weekly Wrap: What Hollie Did Next

It has been both a good week and a bad week for women in British racing. Hollie Doyle has already featured in this column on several occasions this season but when her achievements make the evening news bulletin on BBC Radio 4, then it's worth revisiting the subject of this fast-rising jockey. When lockdown started, and racecourses in Europe were shuttered for at least two months, it was Doyle's partner Tom Marquand who grabbed the headlines with his Group 1-winning rides in Australia. Marquand is still 10 wins ahead of...

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Make Believe's Mishriff Dominates At Deauville

Frankie Dettori was looking for instant compensation for missing next week's Ebor meeting at York and he gained it at Deauville on Saturday as the G1 Prix du Jockey Club winner Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) proved a class apart in the G2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano Haras du Logis Saint-Germain. Content to track the pace in second, Prince Faisal's homebred moved to the front at the top of the straight and drew away to confirm July 5 Chantilly Classic placings with The Summit (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) and Victor Ludorum...

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Lope de Vega's Lucky Vega Well On Top In the Phoenix

Denied in the G2 Railway S. at The Curragh July 18, Lucky Vega (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) returned to the same course and six-furlong strip on Sunday to dominate a competitive renewal of the G1 Keeneland Phoenix S. Despite the presence of four group-winning colts Steel Bull (Ire) (Clodovil {Ire}), The Lir Jet (Ire) (Prince of Lir {Ire}), Ventura Tormenta (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}) and Laws of Indices (Ire) (Power {GB}), the market spoke mainly for Lucky Vega who was supported into 4-1 second favouritism and also Ballydoyle's maiden St...

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