Dark Angel (Ire)

Shadwell Blueblood Introduced At Newbury

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. Today's Observations features a well-related Shadwell colourbearer. 1.15 Newbury, Novice, £7,000, 2yo, c/g, 6fT MOTASHAWEQ (IRE) (Dark Angel {Ire}) is a son of the G2 Queen Mary S. winner and G1 1000 Guineas third Maqaasid (GB) (Green Desert) who hails from the family of Ghanaati (Giant's Causeway) and the...

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Dark Angel's Indie Angel Springs A Surprise In the Duke of Cambridge

In hindsight, a starting price of 22-1 on a Cheveley Park Stud-owned filly trained by the Gosdens and ridden by Frankie Dettori at Royal Ascot was bordering on the ludicrous and despite her form deficiencies Indie Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) stepped up to make a mockery of those odds in Wednesday's G2 Duke of Cambridge S. Since Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) exited the stall closest to the stand's side in the meeting's opening G1 Queen Anne S. the day before, all bar one of the races staged on...

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Coventry Glory For Dark Angel's Berkshire Shadow

Leaving it late on debut when scoring over an extended five furlongs at Newbury Apr. 16, Berkshire Shadow (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) was again one of the last on the scene as he swooped to conquer in Tuesday's G2 Coventry S. First time up, the winner had spotted subsequent TDN Rising Star Gisburn (Ire) (Ribchester {Ire}) several lengths headstart with his tardy break before showing his class. With the strong tempo in part carved out by Gregory Kaufman's Kaufymaker (Jimmy Creed) and this more suitable trip to aid him, he...

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A Royal Line Thriving

Near the entrance to The Royal Studs at Sandringham is a magnificent bronze commemorating the Prince of Wales's homebred Persimmon (GB) (St Simon {GB}), whose racing record highlights the fact that things were done a little differently back in the 1890s. Very differently, in fact. The Coventry S. winner of 1895 went on to win the Derby and the St Leger and, kept in training, he returned to Royal Ascot to win the Gold Cup, which had been his principal 4-year-old target. Exactly a century later, the horse who was...

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Half To Just The Judge Debuts At Donny

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. Today's Observations features a half-sister to a Classic winner. 1.55 Doncaster, Mdn, £5,800, 2yo, f, 6f 111yT ALLAYAALI (IRE) (Dark Angel {Ire}) is a half-sister to the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Just the Judge (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}) who cost Shadwell €575,000 when the top-priced filly at the 2019...

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Flaming June Ushers In Hot Goresbridge Trade 

NEWMARKET, UK-The omens had been good ahead of the final breeze-up sale of the European season, and that sense of quiet confidence was largely justified with a strong clearance rate and new record price for the Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge auction. From 193 horses put through the ring, 175, or 91%, were listed at sold for turnover of £5,664,301, an increase of 69% on last year's trade when 50 fewer horses changed hands. The average price improved by 22% to £32,367 and the median was up 5% to £20,000. Commenting on...

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TDN Rising Star Tag For Dark Angel Colt

Thirty minutes after Ballydoyle's Point Lonsdale (Ire) (Australia {GB}) earned TDN Rising Star status at The Curragh, there was another who filled the eye at that venue to also gain that tag in Peter Brant's newcomer Dr Zempf (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}). Sent off the 5-2 second favourite for the six-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race, the Ger Lyons-trained grey who cost 420,000gns at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 travelled with distinct ease in rear under Colin Keane with the pace hot throughout the early stages. Cruising between...

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Brother to Broome Unveiled at The Curragh

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 full-brother to MGSW Broome (Ire) (Australia {GB}). 4.30 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, c/g, 7fT POINT LONSDALE (IRE) (Australia {GB}) is a full-brother to the current Ballydoyle stalwart Broome (Ire) who cost 575,000gns at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1. Described as a sharper type...

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Battaash in Good Nick For King's Stand

Evergreen sprinter Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) is in good form in advance of a title defense in the G1 King's Stand S. at Royal Ascot. Also a winner of the G2 King George S. last July and the G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe S. at York on Aug. 21, the 7-year-old Charlie Hills trainee is fully healed from an injury picked up over the winter. "His trainer will tell you he's definitely on course for Ascot," said Shadwell Racing Manager Angus Gold. "It's been well documented he was late going back...

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Dark Angel Filly Takes the Eye at Wolverhampton

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. Monday's Observations features a full-sister to SW Dark Liberty (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}). 1.30 Wolverhampton, Novice, £5,300, 2yo, f, 6f 20y (AWT) SUNSTRIKE (IRE) (Dark Angel {Ire}), who was a 390,000gns Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2 purchase by Qatar Racing, is an intriguing debutante for the John and...

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Craven Gives New Cycle a Solid Foundation

NEWMARKET, UK—"That's what I love about this place," one shopper complained on Tuesday afternoon as a consignor extolled the virtues of the horse being paraded before him. "There's never any bad news." Well, he must have spent the last year under a rock. Pretty universally, all that anyone in the European industry sought from the new breeze-up cycle at Newmarket this week was a renewed sense of stability. And, while the closing session of the Craven Sale at Tattersalls proved somewhat tougher going for vendors than the first day, there...

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Caravaggio Colt Highlights Doncaster Breeze Up Catalogue

There are 177 juveniles catalogued for the Goffs UK Doncaster Breeze Up Sale, the sales company announced on Tuesday. The breezes will be held at Doncaster Racecourse on Apr. 20 beginning at noon local time. The sale is slated for Apr. 21-22 with sessions starting at 10 a.m. local time each day. Several Royal Ascot winners have been sourced from the sale in recent years, including G1 Princes Of Wales's S. hero My Dream Boat (Ire) (Lord Shanakill), G1 Commonwealth Cup S. winner Quiet Reflection (GB) (Showcasing {GB}), G2 Norfolk...

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