G1 Prix Ganay

The Santa Barbara Effect

There are many things that Aidan O'Brien has managed to do in his 25-year tenure at Ballydoyle, but winning a G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas with a once-raced maiden winner would be something else despite all the raging excitement surrounding 'TDN Rising Star Santa Barbara (Ire) (Camelot {GB}). Even the 2009 heroine Ghanaati (Giant's Causeway), whose son Mutasaabeq (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) was such a key member of the 2000 cast on Saturday, came to Newmarket with two starts behind her so we are in to the realms of the unusual...

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Arc Hero Sottsass Retired to Coolmore Stud

2020 G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}-Starlet's Sister {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) has been retired and will take up stallion duties at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, owner Peter Brant announced on Tuesday. A colourbearer for Brant's White Birch Farm initially with Coolmore buying a 50% interest earlier this year, the 2019 French highweight's fee will be announced later. "A world champion at three and now an Arc winner at four, I have decided to retire Sottsass after what he has achieved," said Brant. "He...

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Ganay the Feature on Frantic Sunday

Europe's press to regain some sense of equilibrium shows no sign of abating on Sunday, when Chantilly's G1 Prix Ganay heads a bonanza of action across all five of the major racing nations of the continent. White Birch Farm's G1 Prix du Jockey-Club hero and G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe third Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) simply has to reverse the form of the G2 Prix d'Harcourt to claim the 10 1/2-furlong highlight, having trailed the re-opposing Shaman (Ire) (Shamardal), Way To Paris (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}) and Simona (Fr)...

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