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Sodashi Game in G2 Sapporo Kinen Victory

Japan's Champion 2-Year-Old Filly and G1 Japanese 1000 Guineas heroine Sodashi (Jpn) (Kurofune) returned to the winner's circle with a game victory in the G2 Sapporo Kinen on Sunday. Second choice behind favoured 4-5 pick and 2019 Apr. 25 G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup victress Loves Only You (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) at 5-2, Sodashi broke widest of all in the 13-horse field and stalked the pacesetter Taurus Gemini (Jpn) (King's Best) from second through splits of :23.40 for the quarter and :47.40 for the half. Despite the drizzle, the...

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Dual Guineas Hero Cockney Rebel Passes at 17

English and Irish 2000 Guineas hero Cockney Rebel (Ire) (Val Royal {Fr}-Factice, by Known Fact) passed away on Tuesday afternoon, owner Phil Cunningham announced on Twitter. He was 17. "It is with great sadness that I advise the death of Cockney rebel this afternoon," Cunningham tweeted. "He gave myself, my family and all of those connected with him such great memories that I could only have ever dreamed of. The horse of a lifetime, you changed my life." Bred by Oak Lodge Bloodstock, the March-foaled bay was a 14,286gns weanling...

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Classic Heroine Fancy Blue Retired With Tendon Injury

Classic heroine Fancy Blue (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}-Chenchikova {Ire}, by Sadler's Wells) has been retired, according to a tweet from Paul Smith, son of co-owner Derrick Smith. Bred by Coolmore, the bay raced for a Coolmore partnership. "Fancy Blue retires," Derrick's son Paul Smith tweeted of the 3-year-old who sustained a tendon injury in training. "Thank you to Donnacha O'Brien and all connected with her." A winner of a Naas maiden last September and of the Listed Staffordstown Stud S. a month later for Aidan O'Brien at two, Fancy Blue...

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Romansied to Target Minstrel

Classic winner Romanised (Ire) (Holy Roman Empeor {Ire}) is set to kick off his 2020 campaign in next month's G2 Paddy Power Minstrel S. at The Curragh. The 5-year-old won the seven-furlong event last year, and trainer Ken Condon has set his sights on the July 18 contest once again. Romanised won the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas in 2018 before adding a second Group 1 win to his record when lifting the Jacques le Marois last year--and a return to Deauville is also on the radar. Condon said, "Romanised will...

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Classic Victor Bollin Eric, 21, Passes Away

Dual English highweighted stayer Bollin Eric (GB) (Shaamit {Ire}--Bollin Zola {Ire}, by Alzao), who won the 2002 G1 St Leger, has died at Colmer Stud in Dorset on Jan. 18, the Racing Post reported on Sunday. He was 21. Bred by the late Sir Neil and Lady Westbrook, the February foal raced for his breeders and trainer Tim Easterby. In addition to his Classic triumph, the bay also saluted in the G3 Lonsdale S. and was placed a further five times at group level. A half-brother to Group 3 victress...

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Saxon Warrior Sires First Foal

MG1SW Saxon Warrior (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), a winner of the G1 English 2000 Guineas, has sired his first foal, a colt, in France on Thursday, Coolmore announced. Out of the maiden mare Gloriously (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) herself a daughter of Irish listed-placed Queen of France (Danehill), the bay is "a correct colt with size, bone and quality," according to Guillaume Garcon of Haras de l'Hotellerie. His second dam is a half-sister to MGSW Jazz Club (Dixieland Band), while blue hen Up the Flagpole (Hoist the Flag) is farther back...

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