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Echo Town Retired to Ashford

Grade I winner Echo Town (Speightstown--Letgomyecho, by Menifee) has been retired from racing and will stand for a fee of $10,000 at Coolmore's Ashford Stud. "We are delighted that Echo Town will be coming to Ashford," said Ashford's Director of Sales Charlie O'Connor. "He's a very good-looking horse and Speightstown is making an impression as a sire of sires. As one of the best sprinters of his generation we think Echo Town offers a similar profile to our own Munnings who continues to go from strength to strength." Echo Town...

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Noughts and Crosses Behind a Dream Mare

Now I do realise that I am in a minority of one here. But while everyone else seems to perceive some unique alchemy between Galileo (Ire) and Danehill, to me the number of good horses obtained by that cross is pretty much as you should expect when one breed-shaping stallion is mated with the daughters of another. After all, their dams will in turn have been well-bred and/or accomplished runners, simply to have gained access to an elite sire. If we call this "selective breeding", we are surely flattering ourselves....

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Wootton Bassett To Stand For €100,000

Wootton Bassett (GB), one of four new sires on the Coolmore roster for 2021, will stand for €100,000 off a glittering season on the track that saw him sire two new Group 1 winners and 10 stakes winners. Coolmore announced its purchase of Wootton Bassett in June from Haras d'Etreham, where the son of Iffraaj had stood since retiring to stud in 2012. After standing for as low as €4,000 in his third season, Wootton Bassett had been priced at €40,000 the past two seasons. Just a week after the...

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Circus Maximus To Stand At Coolmore in 2021

Multiple Group 1 winner Circus Maximus (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}-Duntle {Ire}, by Danehill Dancer {Ire}) will stand at Coolmore Stud in Ireland next year for €20,000. The French highweight is under consideration for the Longines Hong Kong International Races in December for the Coolmore partners and Flaxman Holdings. The winner of the G1 St. James's Palace S. and second in the G1 Sussex S. in the summer of his 3-year-old year, the Niarchos Family's Flaxman homebred added another Group 1 win in the Prix du Moulin that September prior to a...

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Solid Book 2 Opener at Keeneland

by Jessica Martini, Brian DiDonato & Christie DeBernardis LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale's two-session Book 2 opened Tuesday in Lexington with solid trade and a varied bench of domestic and international buyers. Bloodstock agent Arthur Hoyeau made the day's highest bid, going to $975,000 to acquire the group-winning mare Pollara (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) from the Claiborne Farm consignment. The 5-year-old mare was one of five to sell for $500,000 or more during Tuesday's session. Six reached that level at last year's first Book 2 session. In...

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G2SW Arizona Retired to Castlehyde Stud

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier's Arizona (Ire) (No Nay Never--Lady Ederle, by English Channel), winner of the G2 Coventry S. in only his third career start, has been retired from racing and will stand under the Coolmore banner at Castlehyde Stud for the 2021 season. A fee for Arizona will be announced at a later date. "Arizona is a very good-looking and good-moving son of No Nay Never who really fills the eye," said Castlehyde Manager Paddy Fleming. "He's got a very current, fast pedigree too, so...

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First Euro Group 1 For American Pharoah As Van Gogh Strikes

A fortnight after Harvey's Lil Goil provided American Pharoah with a first top-level triumph as a sire in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, there was another landmark in his remarkable story as Van Gogh supplied him with a first in that grade in Europe in Saturday's Criterium International at Saint-Cloud. Highly tried by Aidan O'Brien this term, the son of the G1 Epsom Oaks heroine Imagine (Ire) (Sadler's Wells) had been second in Leopardstown's G3 Tyros S. and G2 Champions Juvenile S. and in the Oct. 10 G3 Autumn...

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Caravaggio Relocated to Coolmore America

Scat Daddy's Royal Ascot superstar Caravaggio has been relocated from Coolmore's headquarters in Ireland to its American base at Ashford Stud, Coolmore announced Thursday. "Ever since he retired to stud, Caravaggio has been supported by top [North] American-based breeders such as David Anderson, Peter Berglar, John Gunther, Hunter Valley Farm, Runnymede Farm, Fred Hertrich, Mike Ryan, e5 Racing & Merriebelle Stables," said Ashford's Director of Sales Charlie O'Connor, who co-bred the MG1SW sprinter with his father-in-law's Windmill Manor Farms. "This support carried into the sales ring in both the U.S....

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Siyouni’s Etoile Holds On in E. P. Taylor

Etoile, a beaten favorite in her two prior North American starts after being transferred to Chad Brown, came through with a victory in Sunday's GI E.P. Taylor S. at Woodbine, giving red-hot Siyouni (Fr) another top-level success in the same Peter Brant colors as that stallion's G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Sottsass (Fr). Two-for-two to open her account for Jean-Claude Rouget last winter at Cagnes-sur-Mer, the bay was a neck runner-up in Longchamp's G3 Prix Vanteaux before annexing the G3 Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud. A close fourth in...

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Galileo’s Bolshoi Ballet Earns Rising Star Tag at Leopardstown

Coolmore's Bolshoi Ballet (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who hit the board going one mile in his Oct. 3 debut at Newmarket last time, was sharply into stride and led from the outset of Friday's Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden at Leopardstown. Holding sway throughout the one-mile test, the even-money favourite was shaken up when threatened in early straight and powered clear under continued urging inside the final furlong to prevail by an impressive four lengths from O'Reilly (Fr) (Frankel {GB}), adding 'TDN Rising Star' status into the bargain. "I fancied...

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MGSW Threat to Stand in France

MGSW Threat (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}-Flare of Firelight, by Birdstone) will stand at Haras du Mont Goubert, Jour de Galop reported on Tuesday. He will stand for €6,000, The Richard Hannon trainee and 'TDN Rising Star' captured the G2 Gimcrack S. and the G2 Champagne S. and was runner-up in the G2 Richmond S. and G2 Coventry S., all as a juvenile. Bred by La Lumiere Partnership and a 100,000gns Tattersalls December foal, the Cheveley Park Stud colourbearer's record stands at 9-3-2-0 and $328,925 in earnings. "It is rare to see...

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Siyouni’s St Mark’s Basilica Prevails In the Dewhurst

Saturday's G1 Darley Dewhurst S. proved the latest in a line of O'Brien family benefits, with Aidan stamping his authority with a one-two courtesy of St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) and Wembley (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Joseph's Thunder Moon (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) rounding out the placings. Behind that pair when third in The Curragh's G1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National S. over this seven-furlong trip Sept. 13, St Mark's Basilica was under cover early with Frankie Dettori playing a waiting game with the pace strong up ahead. Threaded through a...

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