Dark Angel Filly A New Rising Star At Dundalk

Dundalk's Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden had the feel of a must-watch race beforehand and Friday's seven-furlong contest lived up to expectations playing host to a new TDN Rising Star in Newtown Anner Stud Farm's Angels Wrath (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}). Flaunting her wares in a barrier trial here prior to this debut against some smart yardsticks, the 9-2 shot was restrained in mid-division early showing keenness under Ben Coen. Looming with menace when pulled wide in the straight, the Johnny Murtagh-trained homebred showed sharp acceleration to hit the...

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Quick Suzy Will Skip Cheveley Park in Favour of Dundalk

Group 2 heroine Quick Suzy (Ire) (Profitable {Ire}), who won the G2 Queen Mary S. at Royal Ascot, will not start in the Sept. 25 G1 Cheveley Park S. and instead target an Oct. 1 listed event at Dundalk prior to a run in the GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Del Mar in November. Purchased privately by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners prior to her Royal Ascot heroics, the filly was second in the May 16 G3 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint S. and, in her only race since...

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Entries Close on Monday For Sept. 13 Irish EBF Barrier Trials

Entries for the Sept. 13 Irish EBF Barrier Trials close at 5 p.m. local time on Sept. 6, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing announced on Sunday. The final day of barrier trials of the 2021 season, the Dundalk-based event, which begins at 12 p.m., is operated by ITM and backed by the Irish EBF and the IHRB. Open to unraced 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds, the barrier trials are conducted over five, six and seven furlongs. Recent graduates of the Irish EBF Barrier Trials are G3 Gordon S. scorer Ottoman Emperor (Ire) (Excelebration {Ire})...

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Observations: Brother To Invincible Army Debuts at Dundalk

4.27 ParisLongchamp, Debutantes, €27,000, 2yo, c/g, 8fT CHANCELLERY (IRE) (Medaglia d'Oro) starts out for Godolphin and Andre Fabre three months after topping the Arqana Breeze Up Sale at £675,000. From the family of Aljabr (Storm Cat), the March-foaled bay meets Hypotenus (GB) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), the Wertheimers' full-brother to the G3 Prix d'Aumale scorer Soustraction (Ire) and a half to the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac runner-up Matematica (Ger) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) who debuts for their trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias. 4.30 Dundalk, Mdn,  €12,000, 2yo, 6f (AWT) NEW YORK CITY...

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Observations: Son of G1SW Together Forever Debuts at Dundalk

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. Sunday's Insights features a colt out of Group 1 winner Together Forever. 1.00 Dundalk, Mdn, €14,000, 2yo, 8f (AWT) ABSOLUTE RULER (War Front) is the third foal out of the G1 Fillies' Mile winner Together Forever (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), with her previous two being last year's G3 Tyros S....

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Entries Open for Irish EBF Barrier Trials

Entries are now open for the next session of Irish EBF Barrier Trials at Dundalk Stadium Aug. 18. Operated by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) and backed by Irish EBF and the IHRB, the trials are open to unraced 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. Recent notable Trial graduates include G3 Gordon S. winner Ottoman Emperor (Ire) and listed Yeomanstown Stud Irish EBF S. winner Wren's Breath (Ire). Trials, contested over five to seven furlongs, are recorded, timed, and made available to view online shortly after running on the ITM website and social media....

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War Front Filly A New Rising Star At Dundalk

Some TDN Rising Stars get the tag for runaway victories and some for winning performances much slimmer but full of promise of what is to come and Ballydoyle's newcomer Yet (War Front) fit into the latter category on Wednesday. On paper, the sizeable first foal out of a strong-staying half-sister to Giant's Causeway had no right to be contesting a five-furlong carve-up on Dundalk's Polytrack but she was quick out of the gates for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden and up on the lead from the outset to...

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What's In A Name: Diderot

Diderot (GB), g, 3, Bated Breath (GB)--Modern Look (GB) (MGSW-Fr & SP-US, $281,388), by Zamindar. Dundalk, 3-12, 8f (AWT), 1:39.24. B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB). *1/2 to Grand Jete (GB) (Dansili {GB}), GSW & MGISP-US, $335,759. by Andreas Branchini "Raced freely, led early, kept on well," reads the racing commentary about the victory of 3-year-old Diderot, who came out on top in a competitive maiden at Dundalk last week. That same narrative could also be applied to the career of the horse's 18th century namesake, the great philosopher of the Enlightenment...

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Dundalk Adds Four Fixtures

Four additional Dundalk fixtures have been added for early 2021 to cope with the recent high number of entries at the track and the significant number of horses that have been balloted out of races at Dundalk's last three meetings. The additional meetings will take place on Jan. 11 (afternoon), Jan. 20 (evening), Feb. 1 (afternoon) and Feb. 17 (afternoon). Jason Morris, HRI director of racing, said, "We have had representations from the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association, the Restricted Trainers Association and the Association of Irish Racehorse Owners, all of...

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900,000gns Half to Garswood (GB) Debuts 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. Friday's Insights features a half-brother to Garswood (GB). 12.15 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, f, 8fT Coolmore and Westerberg's FRILL (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is a half-sister to G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest-winning sire Garswood (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) and one of three representing Aidan O'Brien in this debut. The 900,000gns...

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Smullen to be Honored with Dundalk Stakes Race

Nine-time Irish Champion Jockey, Pat Smullen, who lost his battle with cancer last month, will be honored at Dundalk Stadium with the inaugural running of the five-furlong G3 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Pat Smullen Mercury S. Oct. 16. The €50,000 event is sponsored by Al Basti Equiworld, a UAE distributor of horse feeds and supplements. Smullen held a long association with the brand as well as a long-standing friendship with the brand's founder, Malih Al Basti. "Pat was a terrific horseman and a great friend, said Al Basti. "I hope...

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Irish EBF Trials To Resume at Dundalk

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, with the support of the Irish European Breeders' Fund and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, will resume Barrier Trials for unraced 2- and 3-year-olds at Dundalk Stadium July 29. The Irish EBF Barrier Trials will operate under the same COVID-19 protocols in use on regular race days. Entries, which opened July 15, will close July 24. Terms & Conditions are listed at www.itm.ie. A later date for the Irish EBF Barrier Trials is scheduled for Aug. 24, pending approval.

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