Darley

Maurice de Gheest Glory For Dubawi’s Space Blues

Godolphin had two livewires in a renewal of Deauville's G1 LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest that looked well up to standard but also tough to call and it was the white cap of the second-string Space Blues (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) that emerged on top in a thriller. Third in this 6 1/2-furlong feature 12 months ago, the Charlie Appleby representative had yet to win over this short a trip but gave all the right signals with the way he travelled through the seven-furlong G2 Lennox S. when registering a career-best...

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Debut Winner for Nyquist in New York

6th-Saratoga, $72,000, Msw, 8-2, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:11.77, ft. LADY LILLY (f, 2, Nyquist--Miss Inclined {MSP, $184,451}, by Pulpit) raced out to take an early lead, showing the way through initial splits of :22.48 and :45.82. In the clear turning for home, the $280,000 KEESEP yearling appeared to be home free, but despite getting leg-weary in the final sixteenth, the 9-5 choice held on for a neck victory over the oncoming Mo Dean (Uncle Mo). The winner's freshman sire, Nyquist, was registering his third winner, following Gretzky the Great's maiden...

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Bernardini Filly Named 2020 MHBA Champion

A filly by Bernardini out of Mystic Love (Not For Love) was selected as grand champion of the 86th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association's Yearling Show, held Sunday in Timonium.  Bred by GreenMount Farm in partnership with Godolphin, the champion filly was the winner of Class IV (for fillies foaled in Maryland, by out-of-state sires). She was shown by Sabrina Moore, manager and co-owner of GreenMount. A total of 67 yearlings in four classes were judged by two-time Classic-winning trainer and Hall of Fame Show Jumping rider Michael Matz. "I...

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Art Collector Puts Sire Back In the Frame

Maybe he was just born too beautiful, and too rich, to be setting the alarm every single morning and riding the same suburban train to work. He can leave the maximisation of income, the humdrum consistency, to lesser creatures. Like some aristocratic dilettante touched by genius, however, Bernardini (A.P. Indy) remains ever capable of producing a masterpiece. The Darley stallion had lately become so slack--only two graded stakes winners in each of the past two years--that this spring he suffered his third consecutive cut, to just $40,000, having commanded a...

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Shamardal’s Earthlight Back With A Bang In France

Recovered from an injury which forced the abandonment of any and all plans for this term's rescheduled one-mile Classics, the belated reintroduction of Godolphin's homebred Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal) in Sunday's Listed Qatar Prix Kistena at Deauville was as straightforward as starting odds of 2-5 might suggest and the Andre Fabre trainee maintained his perfect record, going six-for-six, with an impressive 2 1/2-length dismissal of Wanaway (Fr) (Galiway {GB}) in the six-furlong dash. Settled under cover in sixth after an alert departure from the outside stall, last term's G1 Prix Morny...

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Dubawi’s Master of the Seas Dominant In the Superlative

Newmarket's G2 bet365 Superlative S. was the launchpad for Dubawi (Ire) in 2004 and 16 years on his son Master of the Seas (Ire) came to the fore in the latest edition on Saturday. Sent off at 4-1 having won a soft-ground maiden over this seven-furlong trip on the Rowley Mile June 18, the bay tracked the pace up the centre and was travelling with menace when sent forward apporaching the final two furlongs. In front soon after, he drew away to score with authority by three lengths from Devious...

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Dante Glory For Night of Thunder’s Thunderous

Completing a notable double on the York card for Mark Johnston and Franny Norton, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's Thunderous (Ire) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) outstayed the Niarchos Family's TDN Rising Star Highest Ground (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) to land Thursday's G2 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante S. Unbeaten at two and possibly in need of his comeback when runner-up in Newmarket's Listed Fairway S., the 13-2 shot tracked Ballydoyle's Cormorant (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) throughout the early stages but looked booked for second as Oisin Murphy sent Highest Ground to the front with...

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Dubawi’s Ghaiyyath Takes the Eclipse

Charlie Appleby had relayed loud and clear that Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) was now the horse he had been waiting for and Godolphin's dynamic performer proved the point in style in Sunday's G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. Casual this time getting to the front after the first half a furlong, the 9-4 second favourite was stalked by Japan (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) with Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) taken back early racing four lengths off his tempo. Tackling the headwind up the straight as Japan chased hard, the G1 Coronation Cup hero had...

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Night Of Thunder To Cover Southern Hemisphere Time

Night Of Thunder (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), last year's champion first-season sire who continues to lead his sire crop, will cover a limited book of mares Southern Hemisphere time at Kildangan Stud later this year. Night Of Thunder got off to a fast start last year, registering seven stakes winners in his first season with runners. He now has 12 Northern Hemisphere stakes winners, headed thus far this season by the G3 Jersey S. winner Molatham (GB). His seven European 3-year-old black-type winners this season leads all sires on the continent,...

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Freshman Sire Buratino Off the Mark at Hamilton

Darley stallion Buratino (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), who operates out of Kildangan Stud at a fee of €5,000 (on Oct. 1 special live foal terms), registered an overdue first winner when Hambleton Racing 38's Tinochio (Ire) landed the spoils going five furlongs in Wednesday's British Stallion Studs EBF Novice S. at Hamilton. The MG1SP G2 Coventry S. victor had so nearly cut through on Tuesday, but Michael Mulvany trainee The Blue Panther (Ire) was denied in the final stride of a Navan maiden heat. 2nd-Hamilton, £6,400, Nov, 6-24, 2yo,...

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Night of Thunder’s Molatham Takes the Jersey

Continuing a spellbinding week at Royal Ascot for Shadwell, last year's high-class prospect Molatham (GB) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) came good when it mattered as he emerged on top in a rain-hit G3 Jersey S. on Wednesday. Always travelling strongly halfway down the field despite having no cover, the Listed Flying Scotsman S. winner cruised to the front passing two out and after a battle royal with Monarch of Egypt (American Pharoah) asserted for a half-length success, with daylight back to Symbolize (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) in third. Jockey Jim Crowley,...

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Dubawi’s Lord North Sensational In the Prince of Wales’s

With Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) in her box at Clarehaven, John Gosden could have been forgiven for giving up on the 2020 G1 Prince of Wales's S. but instead he unleashed a secret weapon in the hugely-progressive Lord North (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) and duly collected regardless. Despite the striking manner of his success in the G3 Brigadier Gerard S. at Haydock just 10 days previously, it was still a surprise to see that his trainer believed he was worthy of being pitched in at this level and now we know...

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