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Flaming Rib A Stakes First For Ribchester At Doncaster

Tom Dascombe trainee Flaming Rib (Ire) (Ribchester {Ire}) became the first winner for his freshman sire (by Iffraaj {GB}) when registering a one-length win in Saturday's Listed Virgin Bet Doncaster S. at Doncaster's Town Moor venue. Flaming Rib bagged a trio of nursery handicaps--at Thirsk, York and Chester--in his three most recent outings and continued on an upward trajectory with a first black-type triumph in this straight dash. The 13-8 second choice was sharply into stride and claimed an immediate lead. Holding sway throughout, he was not for catching once...

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Stradivarius Supreme In The Doncaster Cup

With his stayers' division dominance seemingly on the wane this term, Bjorn Nielsen's talisman Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) assuaged any doubts that the old lustre had been lost by outclassing a reduced field in Thursday's G2 Doncaster Cup. Shorn of G1 Goodwood Cup hero Trueshan (Fr) (Planteur {Ire}) in the build up, the 18-furlong marathon was led by The Grand Visir (GB) (Frankel {GB}) as Frankie Dettori anchored Stradivarius five lengths off the tempo passing the judge first time. That margin had nearly doubled by halfway, but it...

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Registrations Open at Goffs Online to Bid at Arqana Breeze-Up Sale

Buyers are required to register at Goffs Online to bid online at the 2021 Arqana Breeze-Up Sale, Arqana announced on Saturday. Registrations for bidding online are now open. Online bidding on the sale will only be available at Goffs Online, not Arqana Online, the French sales company stressed. For the second year in a row, the 2-year-old sale, which features 158 juveniles, will be held at Goffs UK's Doncaster sales complex due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The breezes, which will start at noon, will be conducted at Doncaster Racecourse on...

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Strong Demand For Stores at Doncaster

Buyers were out in force during the first day of the Goffs UK Spring Sale at Doncaster, which resulted in record trade across the board at the end of the first of two days of selling NH stores. A gelded son of Kayf Tara (GB) (lot 101) drew the highest price of £165,000 when knocked down to the duo of Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls. Consigned by Lulham Bloodstock, the bay is a son of Gaye Sophie (GB) (Environment Friend {GB}), already the dam of Grade 2 hurdler Silver Hallmark...

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Breeze-Ups Look to Consolidate Promising Start

DONCASTER, UK—This, too, shall pass. At a time when we can all benefit from a length of perspective, there are worse places to come than here. True, those who arrive with no knowledge of the town's venerable Turf history must be perplexed by the names chiselled onto posts in the revamped forecourt of the railway station: Blair Athol, Robert the Devil, Ormonde, Hyperion. To those in town for the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale, however, these and all the other St Leger winners so honoured remind us that our stewardship of...

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Breezes Available to View on Goffs UK Website

The Goffs UK Doncaster Breeze Up Sale breezes, which took place at Doncaster Racecourse on Tuesday, are now available to view at on each horse's pedigree page at www.goffsuk.com. Inspections will take place today (Wednesday), with the sale starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 22. There are 177 juveniles catalogued for the sale, which features a Caravaggio half-brother to Group 1 winner Chachamaidee (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) (lot 25) among others.

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New Approach's Mac Swiney Takes the Futurity Trophy

Saturday was unofficially Jim Bolger day, with his breeding operation excelling with two group 1 successes and a trio of pattern-race wins across three countries. Chief among them was Mac Swiney (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}), who sported the family silks as he carried off an attritional renewal of Doncaster's G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy. As the ground deteriorated on Town Moor, the race which has so often been a key pointer to the following season's Classics lost a vital player with Ballydoyle withdrawing the likely favourite Wembley (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). What...

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Leger Triumph For Australia's Galileo Chrome

In a G1 Pertemps St Leger story of twists and turns, the joy of Tom Marquand counterbalanced despair for Shane Crosse as Galileo Chrome (Ire) (Australia {GB}) battled to glory in the oldest Classic at Doncaster on Saturday. In the fortnight that had passed since his command performance in Navan's Listed Yeats S., there had been a sizeable gamble on the Joseph O'Brien runner from 25-1 into a starting price of 4-1 and a remarkable positive COVID-19 test returned on regular rider Shane Crosse. Marquand, who had suffered some slings...

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Park Glory For No Nay Never's Wichita

Rebounding from a rare below-par effort when eighth in the 6 1/2-furlong G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville Aug. 9, Ballydoyle's Wichita (Ire) (No Nay Never) was in battling mood on Saturday as he edged out One Master (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) in Doncaster's G2 bet365 Park S. Well-supported into 11-4 favouritism, the bay who was so close to winning the G1 2000 Guineas was in front of two others racing far side under Frankie Dettori throughout the early stages. Gaining the advantage passing the furlong pole, he had...

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Wootton Bassett's Chindit Strikes In the Champagne

Michael Pescod's Chindit (Ire) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) was two-for-two and the pick on form entering Saturday's G2 bet365 Champagne S. at Doncaster and he emerged with that tally extended after ousting TDN Rising Star Albasheer (Ire) (Shamardal) for the prize. Successful in a strong renewal of the Listed Pat Eddery S. over this seven-furlong trip at Ascot last time July 25, the Richard Hannon trainee was anchored in rear early by a confident Pat Dobbs with the pace ahead searching and honest. Always travelling best looming down the outside of...

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First Black-Type Winner For New Bay at Doncaster

There was a first black-type winner for the Ballylinch Stud-based New Bay (GB) (by Dubawi {Ire}) on Friday as Marc Chan's New Mandate (Ire) got up close home in Doncaster's Listed bet365 Flying Scotsman S. Keen early for Frankie Dettori restrained towards the rear of the group racing up the centre, the Aug. 23 Sandown nursery winner who was sent off at 17-2 found a gap up the far rail to wear down Laneqash (GB) (Cable Bay {Ire}) in the final strides for a head success, with the 5-4 favourite...

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Noble Mission's Spanish Mission On Top In the Doncaster Cup

Tackling near two and a quarter miles for the first time, Team Valor and Gary Barber's Spanish Mission (Noble Mission {GB}) excelled at the trip to win Friday's G2 bet365 Doncaster Cup and stake his claim as a major player in the staying category. Always travelling easily in fifth for William Buick, the 6-4 favourite who had won the Aug. 20 Listed Chester S. after his move to Andrew Balding loomed alongside Selino (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}) with purpose having already travelled two miles. Sent into the clear from there,...

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