First Start For Daughter Of Classic Heroine Marvellous

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 Observations features a daughter of Classic winner Marvellous (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).   8.20 Fairyhouse, Mdn, €12,500, 3yo/up, f/m, 7fT NEVERLAND (Quality Road) is the fourth foal out of the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Marvellous (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), which links her to the likes of Gleneagles (Ire), Happily...

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Sapphire Sale Launched By Tattersalls Ireland

The Tattersalls Ireland Sapphire Sale, slated for Nov. 12, was launched by the sales company on Wednesday. Comprised of Flat-bred foals, yearlings and breeding stock, it will replace the November Flat Foal and Breeding Stock Sale. Notable graduates of the sale under the previous name include G1 Matron S. heroine Champers Elysees (Ire) (Elzaam {Aus}), who sold as a foal, as well as fellow weanling alumni The Lir Jet (Ire) (Prince Of Lir {Ire}), a G2 Norfolk S. victor, and G3 Molecomb S. winner Steel Bull (Ire) (Clodovil {Ire}). This...

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Robin Des Champs Mare Tops Tattersalls Ireland NH February Sale

Robin de Carlow (GB) (Robin des Champs {Fr}) (lot 298A), consigned by Closutton Stables, brought a sale-topping €70,000 from Simon Cox and Ballincurrig House during the Tattersalls Ireland February National Hunt Sale on Tuesday. The 9-year-old has won at the Grade 3 level over both hurdles and fences and her granddam is the Grade 1 hurdle heroine Nas Na Riogh (Ire) (Presenting {GB}). Ballincurrig House Stud's Perfect Ball (Fr) (No Risk At All {Fr}) brought the next dearest amount, going for €62,000 to Kieran Shields. The yearling (lot 104) is...

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Kodiac's Straight Answer Dominant In The Blenheim

Ger Lyons and Colin Keane are the men of the moment in Ireland at present and the combination were in clover again on Monday as TDN Rising Star Straight Answer (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) recorded an impressive success in Fairyhouse's Listed Ballyhane Blenheim S. Handling soft ground with aplomb on his debut over this six-furlong trip at The Curragh Aug. 21, Juddmonte's homebred led at every step on this good-to-firm going en route to a 5 1/2-length success from Glengarra (Ire) (Profitable {Ire}) as the 2-1 favourite. "He's a work in progress,"...

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Tatts Ireland Returns To Original Dates; Stays In Newmarket

The Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale will return to its originally scheduled dates of Sept. 21 and 22 following the announcement that the Goffs Orby Sale would be staged at Kildare Paddocks in Ireland rather than at Park Paddocks in Newmarket. Despite the Irish government's recent relaxation of quarantine requirements for most vaccinated visitors, the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale will remain in Newmarket rather than return to Fairyhouse. Simon Kerins, chief executive officer of Tattersalls Ireland, said, "We are pleased we are able to offer certainty surrounding our dates...

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Daughter of Was Debuts at Fairyhouse

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 daughter of Oaks winner Was (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). 1.50 Chantilly, Debutantes, €27,000, 2yo, f, 7fT BAHASA (IRE) (Siyouni {Fr}) debuts for the Wertheimers and trainer Christophe Ferland, who combined to win the 2013 G1 Prix Marcel Boussac with the dam Indonesienne (Ire) (Muhtathir {GB}). Only...

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Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale Relocated To Newmarket

The Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale will for the second consecutive year be moved from its base at Fairyhouse to Tattersalls's headquarters at Park Paddocks in Newmarket due to ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic in Ireland, specifically whether international buyers will be able to attend without undergoing lengthy quarantines. The three-day sale will now take place a week earlier than originally scheduled, with Part I on Sept. 14 and 15 and Part II on Sept. 16. Tattersalls Ireland Chief Executive Officer Simon Kerins said, "The decision to relocate to...

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GAIN to Sponsor The Advantage Series

GAIN Equine Nutrition will sponsor a new race series, The Advantage Series, for the Irish Flat Season, Horse Racing Ireland announced on Tuesday. Launched with Ado McGuinness Racing, the eight part series of races will be run for points over a variety of conditions to cater to different trainers and horses throughout the season. For each race, there will be a 40% prizemoney boost. A grand prize of €5,000 worth of GAIN Equine Nutrition products will be awarded to the trainer who tops the GAIN The Advantage Series at the...

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Tattersalls Ireland Moves NH Sale

The February National Hunt Sale, to be held at Fairyhouse in Ireland, has been moved to Feb. 23-24, Tattersalls Ireland announced on Wednesday. The decision was made due to continued uncertainty due to COVID-19 and the current lockdown in Ireland, which expires on Jan. 30. "As has been the case since the outbreak of this virus, we're having to respond as best as we can to rapidly changing scenarios, at all times balancing social responsibility and prevailing government restrictions with the best interest of all Tattersalls Ireland clients," said Tattersalls...

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New Record Price at Fairyhouse

Ginto (Fr) (Walk in the Park {Ire}) (lot 5) set a new record for a horse sold at Fairyhouse when bringing €470,000 to top the Tattersalls Cheltenham November (Ireland) Sale on Friday. Snapped up by Noel and Valerie Moran's Bective Stud, the winning 4-year-old gelding will remain with Gordon Elliott. Consigned by Cullentra House Stables, he won a maiden at Tattersalls by 12 lengths on Oct. 25. Another 4-year-old gelding, Gringo d'Aubrelle (Fr) (Saddler Maker {Ire}) (lot 16), made €270,000 also from Bective Stud. Consigned by Monbeg Stables, the bay...

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Tattersalls Ireland Moves Sales to December

The remaining 2020 Tattersalls Ireland sales have been postponed to December after the Irish government moved the country to Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions on Monday evening. The November National Hunt Sale will be held on Dec. 12-14. The November Flat Foal & Breeding Stock Sale, including a yearling section, is now set for Dec. 16, and the Tattersalls Cheltenham December Sale will be conducted on Dec. 17. The three sales were originally slated for Nov. 9-13. "In these uncertain times we must plan as best as we can for further...

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Warwick Welcomes Pilot Crowd

Warwick Racecourse welcomed a crowd of 500 annual members and hospitality guests for its jumps meeting on Monday. It was only the second time since racing resumed from a nine-week shutdown on June 1 that a crowd was permitted on a British racecourse-Doncaster had a week-long pilot project planned for its St Leger festival but that was shut down after just one card due to tightened government regulations. Trainer Christian Williams was among those praising the Warwick project on Monday, saying, "It was brilliant, I think everything has been run...

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