No Nay Never's Blackbeard Powers To Robert Papin Triumph

Nailed in the dying strides of last month's G2 Railway S. at The Curragh, Aidan O'Brien trainee Blackbeard (Ire) (No Nay Never--Muirin {Ire}, by Born To Sea {Ire}) bounced back in style to lead home a Ballydoyle exacta in Sunday's G2 Darley Prix Robert Papin at Chantilly. In so doing, he provided trainer O'Brien with a first winner of the six-furlong contest this century and, adding to Rossini's win in 1999, a second overall. The February-foaled bay had earlier backed up an Apr. 28 debut triumph at Dundalk with wins...

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Lope De Vega's Alia's Rose Snags TDN Rising Star Tag At Chantilly

Jaber Abullah's Alia's Rose (Fr) (Lope De Vega {Ire}--Quanzhou {Fr}, by Dubawi {Ire}) was let go as a 33-5 chance for Sunday's Prix de la Butte Blanche, a maiden for unraced fillies, at Chantilly and returned to the winner's circle with a 'TDN Rising Star' tag after producing a breathtaking display from off the pace in the seven-furlong test. Racing at the tail of the field through halfway, she made smooth headway on the bridle out wide in the straight before quickening impressively for control approaching the final furlong and...

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The Tough Get Going At Chantilly

It's getting hotter by the hour in Europe and Sunday's pattern-race tests at Chantilly and The Curragh will call for that extra element from the protagonists who brave the heat. One who has shown abundant courage despite being just a greenhorn is Ballydoyle's Blackbeard (Ire) (No Nay Never), who tackles the six-furlong G2 Darley Prix Robert Papin which will be his sixth juvenile start and third since his impressive success in The Curragh's G3 Marble Hill S. over this trip May 21. Aidan O'Brien is not known for taking in...

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Arc Bid “Not Out Of The Question” For French Oaks Runner-Up

Plans for G1 Prix de Diane runner-up La Parisienne (Fr) (Zarak {Ire}) to race in America are on hold with connections opening the door to a tilt at the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after their star filly went down fighting behind Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) at Chantilly on Sunday.  It had been suggested that La Parisienne would be trained in America at some point in her career but part-owner Peter Bradley revealed on Monday that the filly will remain in the care of the father and son team...

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Tamayuz Colt In Command At Chantilly

Having witnessed their filly Rosacea (Ire) (Soldier Hollow {GB}) overcoming a horror draw to be third in the G1 Prix de Diane, Haras de la Perelle and Stephane Wattel's Sunday at Chantilly got even better as Simca Mille (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}) recorded an authoritative success in the G3 Prix du Lys Longines. Off the mark at the fifth attempt in a 9 1/2-furlong handicap on the Polytrack here Apr. 20, the chestnut had bounded to a straightforward win over another two furlongs at Angers at the end of last month...

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History For Hollie Doyle As Frankel's Nashwa Wins The Diane

If riding Classic winners came down to sheer ability alone, there was never a question that Hollie Doyle would achieve the landmark sometime soon but even the best need the horse to get it done and on Sunday she had just that as Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) conquered Chantilly's G1 Prix de Diane Longines. So good by this point, Doyle has almost transcended the subject of female jockeys winning Europe's monuments but it still had to happen and in Imad Al Sagar's TDN Rising Star she had the ideal portal...

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18 Stand Firm For Chantilly's Prix de Diane

Ensuring there was no repeat of the Prix du Jockey Club double-draw farce, an independent bailiff was on hand to oversee Thursday morning's presentation for the 173rd edition of Chantilly's G1 Prix de Diane Longines. Proceedings concluded without hitch, with the overnight pre-confirmations all standing their ground and a final field of 18 is set to head postward for Sunday's €1,000,000 10 1/2-furlong Classic, turfdom's very own Competition of Elegance. Imad Al Sagar's G1 Cazoo Oaks third Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) is among the nominees and has drawn gate two,...

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France Galop's Matthieu Vincent Passes Away At 56

Matthieu Vincent, Director of Racecourses and Training Centres at France Galop, passed away on Friday morning, the organisation announced. He was 56. "It is with deep emotion that we learned of the death of Matthieu Vincent, Director of the Racetracks and Training Centres of France Galop, who died this morning at the age of 56," France Galop announced via Twitter. "We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, children, friends and colleagues." Previously the Clerk of the Course at Lyon's training centre and racecourse for 10 years, Vincent joined France...

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Tattersalls To Sponsor Pair Of Chantilly Listed Races

The €55,000 Listed Prix de Bagatelle for sophomore fillies and the €55,000 Listed Prix Saint-Patrick for 3-year-old colts and geldings slated for Chantilly on July 2, will both be sponsored by Tattersalls. This partnership marks the first time the sales company has sponsored races at the home of French racing, with the two 1600-metre races highlighting an evening meeting specifically geared toward promoting the attractions of Chantilly as both France's premier training centre, and the venue for the two premier French Classics. Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said, "Tattersalls has a...

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Purplepay Another Winner For Zarak on Banner Day For Sire

Lael Stable's Purplepay (Fr) (Zarak {Fr}) garnered a bumper pot when running away with the Haras de Bouquetot Criterium Arqana on ParisLongchamp's Arc Saturday card and closed last term under the stewardship of Cedric Rossi with a third in Saint-Cloud's Oct. 23 G1 Criterium International. Making her debut for new connections in last month's G1 Irish 1000 Guineas at The Curragh, having been knocked down for €2-million at last year's Arqana December sale, she finished sixth there and rebounded in style to salute in Sunday's G2 Prix de Sandringham going...

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Churchill's Vadeni Swoops In The Jockey Club

One hundred years on from the late Aga Khan III's initial foray into European racing, the internationally-renowned and respected operation were celebrating a momentous Classic victory as the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Vadeni (Fr) (Churchill {Ire}--Vaderana {Fr}, by Monsun {Ger}) dominated Chantilly's G1 Qatar Prix du Jockey Club. Always travelling easily in the slipstream of the leaders from his favourable inside draw, the May 10 G3 Prix de Guiche winner pounced on the G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains hero Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) with 300 metres remaining and a furlong later...

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Prix du Jockey Club: Where Did They Come From?

The 2100-metre G1 Qatar Prix du Jockey Club has a horse for everyone, from multi-generational blue-blooded homebreds, to a $535,000 OBS breezer and everything in between. Godolphin's Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) is aiming for his third Group/Grade 1 victory in a row after wins in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar last autumn and in the G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains in May.   VADENI (FR), Churchill (Ire)--Vaderana (Fr) (Monsun {Ger}) Owner: His Highness The Aga Khan. Breeder: Haras De S A Aga Khan SCEA. Trainer:...

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