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Ghaiyyath Likely To Bypass Arc

Trainer Charlie Appleby has confirmed that Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) is likely to bypass the Oct. 4 G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in favour of the G1 Qipco Champion S. on Oct. 17 or the GI Breeders' Cup Turf on Nov. 7. The 5-year-old beat just two home in last year's Arc, but since then has won four of his five starts including the G1 Coronation Cup, G1 Coral-Eclipse and G1 Juddmonte International. Ghaiyyath suffered his first defeat of the season when second to Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in...

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Lope de Vega’s La Barrosa Takes the Tattersalls

The subject of a gamble into 4-7 favouritism for Thursday's G3 Tattersalls S. at Newmarket, Godolphin's TDN Rising Star La Barrosa (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) duly delivered with a workmanlike success to back up his debut win over this seven-furlong trip at Ascot Sept. 4. Racing behind the leaders Dark Lion (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and Qaader (Ire) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) throughout, the bay had to squeeze between them coming out of the "dip" but had the gears to get to the front with half a furlong remaining...

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Space Blues Done For The Season

Godolphin's 'TDN Rising Star' and last-out G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest victor Space Blues (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) will miss the Oct. 4 G1 Prix de la Foret and the remainder of the season after meeting with a setback. The 4-year-old Space Blues won all four starts in Europe this season, including the G3 Prix de la Porte Maillot and the G2 Lennox S. prior to his Group 1 breakthrough. "We are obviously very disappointed that we will not see Space Blues line up in the Prix de la Foret next...

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La Barrosa Centre Stage On Cambridgeshire Opener

Newmarket's three-day Cambridgeshire meeting starts on Thursday, with Godolphin's 'TDN Rising Star' La Barrosa (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) lined up for the card's sole pattern race, the G3 Tattersalls S. Impressive on his winning debut over this seven-furlong trip at Ascot on Sept.  4, the bay is certain to start at cramped odds after two winners have boosted that form. "La Barrosa produced a very pleasing debut at Ascot and has come out of the race well," Charlie Appleby said. "We felt that he has shown us enough to...

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Joel Date For Benbatl

Benbatl (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) will make his belated return to action in Friday's G2 Joel S. at Newmarket. The 6-year-old won a pair of Group 2s at Meydan over the winter but hasn't been seen since finishing third in the Saudi Cup. He was scratched from the G2 Celebration Mile on Aug. 29 after the ground went soft. "He'll go for the Joel, he's working well and he's in good form. We've been waiting for a while to run him," said trainer Saeed bin Suroor. "We wanted to go to...

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Flat Breeders Honoured At Virtual Event

The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association gave out 10 awards during a virtual edition of its Flat Breeders' Awards Evening on Thursday. Godolphin won four: the Queen's Silver Cup for leading British-based breeder by prize money; the BBA Silver Cigar Box for leading British-based stallion by prize money (Dubawi {Ire}); the Barleythrope Stud Silver Cup for leading British-based stallion by individual winners (Dubawi); and the inaugural British European Breeders' Fund Stallion Special Merit Award for Night Of Thunder (Ire). European Breeders' Fund Marketing Communications Manager Rachael Gowland said, "Night Of Thunder stood...

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Antoinette Headlines Belmont Oaks

Godolphin's Antoinette (Hard Spun) tops a five-horse field in this year's renewal of the GI Belmont Oaks Saturday. Winner of an off-the-turf version of the Tepin S. last year, the bay was third in both the GII Fair Grounds Oaks Mar. 21 and the Gardenia S. at Oaklawn May 1. Third in again in what is traditionally the local prep for this event, the GIII Wonder Again S. June 20, she completed the trifecta in the GI CCA Oaks July 18. Antoinette returned to the winner's circle last time with...

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High Clearance Rate at Doncaster September HIT Sale

At the end of the day's trade, the Goffs UK September HIT Sale posted a sparkling clearance rate of 91%, with 221 lots sold of 243 horses through the ring. The sale featured the Gleadhill House Dispersal, which sold all 56 members of its draft for a gross of £1,136,200. The overall aggregate was £2,731,200, with an average up four points to £12,358 and a median of £6,000 (-25%). Topping the sale, 7-year-old gelding Stoney Mountain (Ire) (Mountain High {Ire}) (lot 183) brought a bid of £140,000 from Tom Malone...

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No Mystery about Mystic Potential

Of all the oddities shoehorned into the 2020 calendar, a Jim Dandy on Derby day felt like one of the most incongruous. In a regular year, this Grade II race serves as a midsummer crossroads for sophomores with an eye on the GI Travers: a chance either to regroup, after participation in the Triple Crown series, or to test the water after missing the Classics through immaturity or injury. At least this latter function was maintained, this time round, in the coming-of-age of 'TDN Rising Star' Mystic Guide (Ghostzapper), a...

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Shamardal’s Earthlight Back on Point at ParisLongchamp

Godolphin's Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal) suffered a first defeat in Deauville's G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest last month and last term's G1 Prix Morny and G1 Middle Park S. hero bounced back in style, under a supremely confident Mickael Barzalona, to garner Sunday's G3 Qatar Prix du Pin at ParisLongchamp. Settled off fast early fractions in seventh after breaking to the fore, the 9-10 pick made smooth headway on the bridle into contention passing the quarter-mile marker and unleashed a familiar burst once shaken up for the lead with 150 metres...

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Ghaiyyath Confirmed For Irish Champion

Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) will line up for Saturday's G1 Irish Champion S. at Leopardstown after coming through a Thursday morning gallop in good order, according to trainer Charlie Appleby. This season's G1 Coronation Cup, G1 Coral-Eclipse S. and G1 Juddmonte International winner is the favourite for the 10-furlong contest and will face five rivals including Ballydoyle's Japan (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) as well as this season's G1 Prix Ganay victor Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}). "It was a routine piece of work to check his well-being,...

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Godolphin Strikes As Dubawi Filly Heads Arqana Opener

DEAUVILLE, France—The more things change, the more they stay the same or, as our French friends here in Deauville would say, plus ça change. Sheikh Mohammed buying the top lot by Dubawi (Ire) at a yearling sale is not exactly a surprise, but it is also not a situation that could have been taken for granted ahead of a sales season shrouded by uncertainty. The elite end of the yearling sales market stuttered into action on Wednesday at Arqana, where vendors' pre-sale jitters appeared to be justified through the first...

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