Lope De Vega's Enfjaar A New TDN Rising Star

On another big day for Shadwell, the 3-year-old bow of Enfjaar (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}--Tesoro {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) could easily have gone under the radar were it not for the deep impression the operation's latest TDN Rising Star created on Chelmsford's Polytrack. Having had the current Derby favourite Military Order (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) back in fourth when scoring on debut over seven furlongs at Newmarket in October, the Roger Varian-trained bay was the 4-7 favourite for the card's Racing Welfare Novice S. over a mile and broke smartly...

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Half-Brother To Wild Illusion And Yibir On Deck For Newcastle Debut

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. Thursday's Observations features a pair of Godolphin bluebloods. 14.35 Newcastle, Mdn, £10,000, 3yo/up, 10f 42y (AWT) Godolphin's THROUGH THE AGES (GB) (Golden Horn {GB}) is a gelded son of the stakes-winning Rumh (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}) and thus kin to a quintet of black-type performers headed by three-time top-level victrix...

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Oisin Murphy To Return At Chelmsford On Thursday

Three-time champion jockey Oisin Murphy, who is confirmed to ride Group 1 winner Missed The Cut (Quality Road) during the G1 Saudi Cup meeting, will have his first ride back in the UK at Chelmsford on Thursday. Murphy, who is returning to the saddle after a 14-month ban for alcohol and covid protocol breaches, will be aboard The Horse Watchers syndicate's Jupiter Express (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) in the Winning Connections Networking H. at Chelmsford for trainer Mick Appleby. Gavin Horne will continue his association with Murphy. "Gavin had asked Mick...

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What's In a Name: Queen of the Skies

Whoever named Chelmsford 3-year-old winner Queen of the Skies (GB) (Lope de Vega (Ire) is well up on both early aviation and historic achievements. "West With The Night" was the title of a famous memoir by Beryl Markham (1902-1986), an aviator of incredible distinction. Markham grew up in Kenya and started to fly there as a "bush pilot," but her historic feat was a transatlantic crossing in 1936, when she flew westward from Abingdon (England) and against the prevailing ocean winds, eventually running out of fuel and crashlanding in Nova...

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First Winner For Massaat

Mickley Stud's first-season sire Massaat (Ire) (by Teofilo {Ire}) had his first winner on Thursday as the Australian Bloodstock acquisition Mascapone (GB) prevailed at Chelmsford. Not seen since finishing fourth in Doncaster's Brocklesby Mar. 26, the 7-4 favourite was anchored in rear early by Jamie Spencer in the opening six-furlong maiden. Delivered to the front with 150 yards remaining, the David Simcock-trained bay asserted to score by 1 1/4 lengths from Lady Lavina (GB) (The Last Lion {Ire}). Australian Bloodstock's Jamie Lovett, who purchased Mascarpone privately, told TDN Europe, "He...

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