Dark Angel (Ire)

Who's Hot Ahead Of The Tattersalls December Foal Sale?

The insatiable demand for foals was evident in the figures recorded at Goffs last week with turnover rising 16% to €29,561,000 and the average climbing 16% to €40,110. At the top end of the market, Kingman (GB) dominated with three foals by the Juddmonte-based stallion selling for a combined €1,540,000 and one of Europe's leading pinhookers Philipp Stauffenberg signing for the €550,000 top lot by the sire.  Tally-Ho Stud may be best known for being sellers but they pipped Stauffenberg for the biggest spenders title by signing for 19 foals...

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Sons Of Dubawi Shine As Ghaiyyath Colt Leads The Way At Goffs

Sons of Dubawi (Ire) shot the lights out at Goffs on Tuesday as a colt by first-season sire Ghaiyyath (Ire) topped the November Foal Sale at €185,000 followed by a Night Of Thunder (Ire) colt who made €180,000. Ghaiyyath himself was sold at this sale in 2015 for €1,100,000 before proving himself a world-class performer on the track for Godolphin and the Kildangan Stud-based sire has enjoyed a good start at Goffs this week. The Ridge Manor Stud-drafted colt was sold to Pier House Stud, whose Brendan Morrin revealed that...

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Half-Sister To Bay Bridge Primed For Kempton Bow

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. Wednesday's Observations features a half-sister to QIPCO British Champions Day hero Bay Bridge (GB) (New Bay {GB}).   17.20 Kempton, Mdn, £6,800, 2yo, f, 7f (AWT) James Wigan's hitherto unraced homebred STORMY SEA (GB) (Territories {Ire}) is a Sir Michael Stoute-conditioned half-sister to last month's G1 Champion S.-winning stablemate...

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Yeomanstown Team Hope Shaman Can Lay Down Marker At Goffs

Dark Angel (Ire) and Invincible Army (Ire) may not be the only exciting stallions at Yeomanstown Stud with David O'Callaghan outlining his hopes that Shaman (Ire) can lay down a marker at Goffs this week when some of the Group 2-winning son of Shamardal's first foals go through the ring. A colt foal by Shaman fetched €22,000 at the inaugural Tattersalls Ireland Sapphire Sale on Saturday and O'Callaghan thinks the best is yet to come from a sire who is due to have 22 foals go through the ring over...

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Yeomanstown's Star Sire Dark Angel Stays at 60k

Leading sire Dark Angel (Ire) will remain at €60,000 for 2023 as Yeomanstown Stud released fee details on Friday.  Battaash (Ire) and Harry Angel (Ire) flew the flag for Dark Angel at the highest level in recent seasons and the 17-year-old broke new ground with French Classic scorer Mangoustine (Fr) this term.  First-season sire Invincible Army (Ire) remains at €7,500 while Supremacy (Ire) has been dropped to €10,000 from €12,500. Shaman's (Ire) first foals sell this autumn and he remains at €5,000. Gay O'Callaghan said, "Dark Angel has had another...

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Group Winner Alflaila In Good Form For Bahrain Trip

Owen Burrows trainee Alflaila (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) is pleasing his trainer in advance of a start in the £600,000 G3 Bahrain International Trophy on Friday, Nov. 18. One of 14 left in the 1 1/4-mile contest, the Shadwell homebred is riding a three-race winning streak coming into the contest, having landed a Pontefract listed race in July. He followed up with the G3 Strensall S. at York a month later, and was last seen running out a 1 1/4-length victor in the G3 Darley S. at Newmarket on Oct....

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Stewart Hoping His Luck Continues With Breeders' Cup Hope Victoria Road

What you want to hear from a major owner-breeder like Trevor Stewart, the man who has set up a mini-empire off the back of buying wondermare Cassandra Go back in 1997, is that there is a nuanced approach to breeding and, with the right blend of skill and hard work, you too can make this game pay. The trouble is, Stewart does not believe that is the case. Not only does he put buying top-class racemare-turned-blue hen Cassandra Go down to good luck, but he also points to fortune favouring...

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Dark Angel's Charyn Prevails In The G2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte

Nurlan Bizakov's 250,000gns Tattersalls October Book 2 yearling Charyn (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}--Futoon {Ire}, by Kodiac {GB}) ran third to Roger Varian-trained stablemate Sakheer (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) in last month's G2 Mill Reef S. and continued his progression with a career high in Saturday's G2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte at Chantilly. He had earlier followed up an Aug. 7 debut triumph at Haydock with a narrow defeat at Newmarket in his penultimate start later that month. The eventual winner was sent forward from an early fifth to track the leaders in...

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Godolphin Snaps Up Dubawi Colt Out Of Group 1 Winner Persuasive For 1m Gns At Tattersalls

Dubawi (Ire)'s son of Persuasive (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) (lot 127) became the second seven-figure lot at Tattersalls on Tuesday when selling for 1 million gns to Anthony Stroud acting on behalf of Godolphin. Consigned by breeder Cheveley Park Stud, the March-foaled bay is from the extended family of Group 1 winner Creative Force (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), while his dam landed the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. and was placed several more times at the highest level.   ,, # This colt is by Dubawi @DarleyEurope and is out of...

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Dark Angel's Top Ranked New Group 1 Winner Down Under

Yeomanstown Stud's Dark Angel sired a new top-level winner overnight, his 13th, when Top Ranked (Ire) (known as Top Rank in the Northern Hemisphere), proved inseparable with Ellsberg (Aus) (Spill The Beans {Aus}) at the finish of the A$1.5-million Epsom H. over heavy ground at Randwick on Saturday. It was a neck back to Hinged (Aus) (Worthy Cause {Aus}) in third in the 1600-metre feature. A winner of the G3 Superior Mile S. in England in 2020, the 6-year-old entire is out of the winning Countess Ferrama (GB) (Authorized {Ire}),...

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Well-Bred Dark Angel Filly Tops Part Two At Tattersalls Ireland

The solid trade continued at Fairyhouse on Thursday with a record €10,473 average recorded at Part Two of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale, representing an 8% increase on 2021.  The median was also up 12% over last year at €8,000 while turnover reached €963,500, up 42%, at a clearance rate of 82%. The session was topped by a Dark Angel (Ire) half-sister to multi-surface Group 1 winner Hunter's Light (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), knocked down to Joe Foley for €52,000 from Ringfort Stud. "She is a good model of a...

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Seven Days: Bahrain's Burgeoning Success

It has been another banner week for the breeze-up sector, not to mention the burgeoning Bahraini participation in European racing.  Following Classic victories for Cachet (Ire), Native Trail (GB) and Eldar Eldarov (GB), more graduates of the two-year-old sales scene lifted one of last weekend's major races in Britain, the G2 Mill Reef Stakes, and also the G3 Stockholm Cup.  Sakheer (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) was imperious in the Mill Reef, and was the standout in a magnificent seven winners on Saturday for Roger Varian, which also included landing a Group...

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