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Curtain Up For Ireland’s Flagship Sale In Doncaster

DONCASTER, UK—It's crunch time for the European yearling market, with both Ireland's and Britain's major auctions being staged in the next fortnight. The major obvious difference is the relocation of the Orby Sale, which takes place over the next two days, to Doncaster. An expected difference, however, is a reduction in trade from some of the boom years the bloodstock market has enjoyed since the recovery from the major recession of 2008. Considering the unprecedented backdrop to the sales calendar of 2020, the breeze-up sector and the early yearling sales...

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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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Ghaiyyath The Star On Super Saturday

There are few days in the European racing calendar as replete with top-class action as Saturday, with Doncaster's St Leger festival reaching its climax as the Irish Champions Weekend begins at Leopardstown. With the exception of Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), Godolphin's phenomenon of 2020 Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) has emerged to dominate the middle-distance division and he bids to extend that to Ireland as he takes in the G1 Irish Champion S. With Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in opposition, on paper his task involves a simple repeat of his G1...

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Son of Snow Fairy Debuts at Doncaster

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. Friday's Insights features a son of Snow Fairy (Ire) (Intikhab). 4.15 Doncaster, Mdn, £10,000, 2yo, f, 7f 6yT JOHN LEEPER (IRE) (Frankel {GB}) is the latest progeny out of the brilliant Snow Fairy (Ire) (Intikhab) whose sole visit to this venue resulted in a fourth placing in the G1...

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Doncaster Gears Up for Classic Finale

With Saturday's G1 Pertemps St Leger attracting a dozen runners and Frankie Dettori booked for Ballydoyle's G1 Irish Derby hero Santiago (Ire) (Authorized {Ire}), Doncaster's action has its customary focus but before that is a card on Friday that features races at the extremes. In the G2 Bombardier Flying Childers S., 2-year-olds will be flying over five furlongs before the older stayers get their chance to shine in the G2 bet365 Doncaster Cup over almost two and a quarter miles. Such is the rich diversity of the meeting and although...

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September HIT Sale Given Green Light

Next Tuesday's Goffs UK September HIT Sale will be permitted to proceed despite recent changes to the government's COVID policies. Doncaster Racecourse's St Leger Meeting had been set to welcome a limited number of fans through the weekend as part of a pilot project to welcome spectators back to sporting events, but the project was cut short after just one day on Wednesday by the Doncaster Council after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement of new protocols. Goffs UK said on Thursday that the sale will follow an enhanced set of...

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Doncaster Welcomes Back Logician

While Thursday's action at Doncaster boasts the G2 bet365 Park Hill Fillies' S. and G2 bet365 May Hill S., last year's G1 St Leger hero Logician (GB) (Frankel {GB}) returns to the scene of his greatest success to steal the show after his long absence. Facing just one rival after a credible threat in Zaaki (GB) (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}) was scratched due to a bruised foot, Khalid Abdullah's unbeaten grey has a distinct edge over Mythical Magic (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) in the 10-furlong Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Conditions S. Teddy...

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Doncaster Back Behind Closed Doors

After around 2,500 spectators were admitted on the opening day of Doncaster's St Leger Festival on Wednesday as part of a pilot project for reintroducing fans to sporting events, the remainder of the festival will be behind closed doors with Prime Minister Boris Johnson once again limiting gathers to six people. The directive came from the Doncaster Council. A crowd of about 6,000 had been expected for the G1 St Leger on Saturday. "We have had confirmation this afternoon from the local authority that we will not be able to...

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Son of MG1SW Distaffer Rizeena Back on Show

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 Insights features a son of MG1SW Rizeena (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}). 1.10 Doncaster, Mdn, £30,000, 2yo, 8fT Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum's LATEST GENERATION (GB) (Frankel {GB}), a son of G1 Moyglare Stud S. and G1 Coronation S. heroine Rizeena (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}), gets a second chance to shed...

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O’Brien Sends Three on St Leger Mission

Trainer Aidan O'Brien sends a well-credentialed trio-including G1 Irish Derby hero Santiago (Ire) (Authorized {Ire})-to the G1 Pertemps St Leger S. at Doncaster on Saturday. Third in the G1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup S., the bay is joined by Irish Derby third Dawn Patrol (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud third Mythical (Fr) (Camelot {GB}). Another Galileo colt, Irish Derby runner-up Tiger Moth (Ire), will contest the Sept. 13 Grand Prix de Paris in France or closer to home, Leopardstown's G3 Kilternan S. the day prior. "We're going...

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Oisin Murphy to Miss St Leger Meeting

After opting not to appeal a seven-day suspension from Sept. 7-13, Oisin Murphy will miss the Pertemps St Leger Festival at Doncaster (Sept. 9-12). Ayr stewards suspended the rider for careless riding aboard winner Tiritomba in Monday's Shadwell Stud Maiden S. "It is going to be difficult to sit a week out, but if the stewards on the day feel I deserve to get a week's suspension, it is likely the [British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel] will agree with them. I don't want to waste anyone else's time or my...

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Goffs Sportsman’s Catalogue Revealed

The catalogue for the Goffs Sportsman's Sale, which features a Camelot (GB) filly (lot 618) who is closely related to G1 Irish Derby hero Frozen Fire (Ger) (Montjeu {Ire}) from Camas Park Stud, was released on Thursday. A total of 386 yearlings will go under the hammer on Sept. 24-25 at the Goffs Sales Complex in Doncaster. River Boyne (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}), who won the GI Frank E. Kilroe Mile S. at Santa Anita Park in the U.S. on Mar. 7, is a Sportsman's Sale graduate and is just...

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