Charlie Hills

Mutasaabeq Retired To The National Stud; 2024 Roster And Fees Released

Multiple group winner Mutasaabeq (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}--Ghanaati, by Giant's Causeway) has been retired and will take up stallion duties at The National Stud in Newmarket next year. The dual G2 Joel S. hero's fee will be £6,500. "We are delighted to have secured Mutasaabeq to join our stallion roster for the 2024 season," said The National Stud CEO Anna Kerr. "He was a very consistent horse on the track and showed a great attitude in his races. It is rare that a prospect with such an outstanding pedigree becomes...

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Another Newmarket Triumph For Invincible Spirit's Mutasaabeq

Practically unbeatable on Newmarket's Rowley Mile, Shadwell's Mutasaabeq (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) made all to annexe back-to-back renewals of the G2 Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Joel S. on Friday and gain a fifth success from six visits to his favourite venue. Always happy on the front end with the bias firmly for front-runners, the Charlie Hills-trained homebred son of Ghanaati (Giant's Causeway) had to work late to deny two others who have likewise been around the block but remain just shy of the very top. They are the Freemason Lodge...

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Race Voided at Wolverhampton Following O'Neill Spill

Jockey Dane O'Neill has been taken to hospital for further assessment and Tuesday's first race at Wolverhampton was voided after the Charlie Hills-trained Eagle Eyed Tom (GB) (Gleneagles {Ire}) stumbled at the break and appeared to clip heels, tossing the rider to the course. O'Neill was attended to on the track and there was an 11-minute delay as O'Neill was taken off on a stretcher. "Dane sustained a fall after leaving the stalls in the first race, which was then voided," Fergus Cameron, clerk of the course at Wolverhampton, said....

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Khaadem Will Be Supplemented for July Cup, Little Big Bear 50-50

Charlie Hills confirms that G1 Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee S. shocker Khaadem (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) will be supplemented to Saturday's G1 Pertemps Network July Cup. Whether Royal Ascot partner Jamie Spencer will be available will depend on whether the rider can successfully appeal a careless riding ban from his winning effort aboard Via Sistina (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) in the G1 Pretty Polly S. The massive 80-1 upset came on the heels of a rough trip in the listed British E.B.F. 40th Anniversary Cathedral S. where the Fitri Hay-owned...

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Shock Royal Ascot Winner Khaadem Is July Cup Bound

Shock Royal Ascot hero Khaadem (Ire) is likely to be supplemented for the Pertemps Network July Cup S. at Newmarket later this month providing conditions remain dry in the lead up to the race. Charlie Hills' seven-year-old has always threatened to be a high-class speedster and finally landed a long-awaited Group One victory when running out an 80-1 winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes at the royal meeting. The son of Dark Angel (Ire) is reported to have bounced out of his Ascot run well and connections now...

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Muhaarar Colt A New Rising Star

Bypassing the 2000 Guineas in favour of another confidence-building exercise in Goodwood's British EBF 40th Anniversary Conditions S. on Friday, Rosehill Racing's bargain 32,000gns Book 3 purchase Cicero's Gift (GB) (Muhaarar {GB}--Terentia {GB}, by Diktat {GB}) rewarded that patience by taking his record to three-for-three with consummate ease to become the latest TDN Rising Star. Sent off the 7-4 second favourite for the mile contest, the Charlie Hills-trained relative of the smart sprinter Cartimandua (GB) (Medicean {GB}) was settled under cover on the rail by Kieran Shoemark throughout the early...

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Dubai Mile Put Through His Paces Over The Rowley Mile

Group 1 winner Dubai Mile (Ire) (Roaring Lion) galloped over the Rowley Mile in Newmarket on Wednesday. The Ahmad Al Shaikh silksbearer is being primed for a possible start in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas over this course on May 6. Trained by Charlie Johnston, the 3-year-old was originally pencilled in for the G2 Al Basti Equiworld Dante S. at York in mid-May, but connections are weighing the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud hero's chances in the run-up to the G1 Betfred Derby on June 3. "We've been having a debate...

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Lazuli Aims For Blue Point Sprint Double

The 2022 G2 Blue Point Sprint hero Lazuli (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) is back to defend his title for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby over this minimum trip on grass. Worth $180,000, the Blue Point is the 6-year-old gelding's second run of the season after defeating Man Of Promise (Into Mischief) in the Listed Ertijaal Dubai Dash on opening day of the 2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival. "Lazuli is tried and tested over five furlongs at Meydan and this is his optimum trip," said Appleby. "He is in great form and, even...

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Hills Duo Primed For Saudi Cup Meeting

Pogo (Ire) (Zebedee {GB}) and Garrus (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}), both trained by Charlie Hills, are in good form in advance of the Feb. 25 G3 1351 Turf Sprint in Riyadh later this month. The former, successful in the G2 Challenge S. in October and also tried in the GI Breeders' Cup Mile, is aiming to improve on a fifth-place effort in the 2022 edition of this race. "Both horses are in great form and I couldn't be much happier with them," said Hills. "The plan has always been to start...

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147 Horses Nominated To The Dubai World Cup Carnival

A total of 147 horses from 16 countries have been entered in the upcoming Dubai World Cup Carnival that begins at Meydan Racecourse on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. The nine-week Carnival is a preview for the Dubai World Cup night festivities on Mar. 25 next year. Among the horses that have accepted their Carnival engagements are an 11-strong team from American-based trainer Doug O'Neill, who saddled four winners from just 19 runners in 2022. Grade II scorer Slow Down Andy (Nyquist), third in the GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, is...

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Invincible Spirit's Mutasaabeq Makes All In The Joel

Allowed free rein on the lead in Friday's G2 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Joel S., Shadwell's Mutasaabeq (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) was able to turn that tactical edge to full advantage as he made all under a perfectly-crafted Jim Crowley ride. Sent off the 5-2 second favourite returning to the scene of his seven-furlong conditions success at last April's Craven meeting which saw him earn 'TDN Rising Star' status, the Charlie Hills-trained son of Ghanaati (Giant's Causeway)--who had subsequently been brought down to earth on several occasions including when a...

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Bahrain Turf Series Draws UK Raiders

The inaugural £550,000 10-race Bahrain Turf Series begins in the Kingdom of Bahrain on Dec. 10, and several UK trainers are sending runners to compete. Consisting of 10 £50,000 handicaps, the series will last through Feb. 18, 2022. Based in Lambourn is trainer Jamie Osborne, who will ship in the pair of Brains (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}) and Peerless (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}). His daughter Saffie will help manage the horses with Osborne's assistant trainer Jimmy McCarthy. Jamie Osborne said, "Brains will run at the first meeting on Dec. 10 in...

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