Dark Angel (Ire)

Gutaifan on the Move to Haras des Faunes

MGSW & G1SP Gutaifan (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) will stand at Alain Chopard's Haras des Faunes in 2021, France-Sire reported. Formerly at Yeomanstown Stud in Ireland, the grey's oldest foals are 3-year-olds. He was purchased by Chopard and will stand for €3,500. "He's a horse that's proven he can get 2-year-old winners," said Chopard to France-Sire. He already has a lot of them. I was looking for a stallion of this type, and I was offered Gutaifan. He made a big impact this year with Fev Rover, who still beat...

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Dark Angel Leads Yeomanstown Roster at €60k

Dark Angel (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}) leads the 2021 Yeomanstown Stud roster at €60,000, as the County Kildare-based stud released their fees for next season. All fees have been reduced by 25% due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The grey has enjoyed a great season, and sits eighth on the TDN European General Sires List, with Group 1 winners Battaash (Ire) and Raging Bull (Ire) on top of younger horses of the quality of G1 Prix Morny third Rhythm Master (Ire), SW Fantasy Lady (Ire) and G3 Somerville Tattersalls S. runner-up...

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Arqana October Concludes

DEAUVILLE, France—A numerically enhanced Arqana October Sale drew to a close in Deauville on Friday with encouraging figures in a year which cannot shake off the spectre of Covid-19. As 9pm curfews are about to be reinstated across the regions of France where the virus is spreading most quickly, the curtain has come down just in time on the major yearling sales of the season. What the situation will be come the breeding stock sales is anyone's guess but, for now, Arqana has managed to stage its October Sale in...

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Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale Catalogue Out

The catalogue for the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale is now online. Moved from its normal November slot to Dec. 21 due to the current Level 5 COVID restrictions imposed by the Irish government, the sale has featured in the past the dams of 2020 Group 1 winners Lucky Vega (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), Thunder Moon (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}), Pretty Gorgeous (Fr) (Lawman {Fr}), Alcohol Free (Ire) (No Nay Never), and Tiger Tanaka (Ire) (Clodovil {Ire}). The 2020 edition will see 270 mares and fillies go under the hammer...

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Mehmas Entering Elite Territory

The annual race to sire the most individual first-crop 2-year-old winners always fascinates us. This year in Europe it isn't much of a contest as the leader Mehmas (Ire)--with his 39 winners--is in no danger whatsoever of being caught by any of his contemporaries. However, 39 winners is hugely significant in that it breaks the European record for the most individual first-crop 2-year-old winners putting him one clear of the previous holder, Darley stalwart Iffraaj. And there are more than enough racing days left in the calendar for Mehmas to...

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‘Incredible’ Book 2 Closes on a High

NEWMARKET, UK-The prevailing mood at Park Paddocks this week has been a mixture of relief and amazement at the level of trade which, across each of three Book 2 sessions, has come close to matching the record sale of 2019. Whether there is enough depth to the buying bench ultimately is questionable but there has certainly been variety and a decent amount of international participation which, in this year particularly, is remarkable. Ever since the start of the breeze-up season, the general approach from vendors has been one of pragmatism,...

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The Cream of Ireland on Offer in Doncaster

A different venue is not the only deviation from the norm as the Goffs Orby Sale takes centre stage in the European yearling sales calendar at Doncaster this week. On the last three occasions she has been represented in this sale Galileo (Ire) has been the sire of the star offering out of stellar producer Green Room (Theatrical), but on this occasion it will be Gilltown Stud's Sea The Stars (Ire) who has the honour of aiming to continue the mare's spectacular sales results. As usual consigned by Ballylinch Stud...

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Weld the Focus on Sunday

The Curragh takes centre stage on Sunday, with the G3 Weld Park S. the feature as Angel Palm (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) bids to put her 2-year-old peers in the shade. Last seen winning by three lengths in a Leopardstown maiden over this seven-furlong trip Aug. 13, Khalid Abdullah's relative of Showcasing (GB) and Camacho (GB) has the look of one of Ger Lyons's burgeoning stars. She meets the Sept. 12 Listed Ingabelle S. No Speak Alexander (Ire) (Shalaa {Ire}), with Ballydoyle's Ingabelle winner Monday (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) a late...

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Arqana-Osarus October Catalogue Features 784 Yearlings

The 784-strong Arqana-Osarus October Yearling Sale catalogue is now online. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the sale has been completely restructured combining the Arqana October Yearling Sale and the Osarus September Yearling Sale, running from Oct. 19-Oct. 23. Alumni of the October sale include Group 3 winner and dual Classic bridesmaid The Summit (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}), G1 Prix Jean Romanet scorer Audarya (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}), MGISW Sistercharlie (Ire) (Myboycharlie {Ire}), G1 French 1000 Guineas runner-up Speak of the Devil (Fr) (Wootton Basset {GB}), and GSWs Policy of...

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Brother to Search for a Song Headlines at Galway

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. Tuesday's Insights features a full-brother to 2019 G1 Irish St Leger heroine Search For a Song (ire) (Galileo {Ire}). 4.00 Galway, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, 8f 123yT KYPRIOS (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is the latest Ballydoyle trainee to represent the partnership of Moyglare Stud Farm, Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor and...

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Yearling Vendors Start Counting the Cost

DONCASTER, UK--Having put on a brave enough face on the opening day, the first auction of an improvised European yearling sales calendar hastened to its conclusion on Wednesday as though downing a necessary but deeply unpleasant medicine. Horses were ushered through the ring at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale with a briskness that spoke of a pragmatic willingness, among vendors, to clarify the extent of the damage. The clearance rate for the session was duly maintained at 84% across the two days. Albeit trading a marginally smaller catalogue, it...

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Doncaster To Offer Early Market Clues

The start of the racing season, and in fact the yearling sales season itself, may have been badly impeded by the coronavirus pandemic, but that didn't stop Goffs UK's Premier Yearling Sale graduates from getting off to a flying start once things finally did get underway. One of the fastest from the gate was The Lir Jet (Ire) (Prince Of Lir {Ire}), whose debut victory three days after racing's resumption on June 3 led to a private deal with Qatar Racing and a subsequent victory in the G2 Norfolk S....

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