Walton Street, Desert Encounter Square Off in International

Walton Street (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}), still lightly raced as a 7-year-old, is pegged as the 8-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's GI Pattison Canadian International S. going a full circuit of the E. P. Taylor turf course at Woodbine. And if his current form is anything to go by, they might all be running for second prize money. The bay gelding, Group 3-placed in France in 2019, closed an abbreviated 6-year-old campaign with a victory in the Listed Godolphin S. at Newmarket and resumed witha five-length tally in the Listed...

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Brother To Lord North Set For Debut

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. Today's Observations features a half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Lord North. 13.35 Gowran, Mdn, €15,500, 2yo, f, 8fT Craig Bernick's WILLAMETTE VALLEY (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}), one of two contenders from the Jessica Harrington stable, is a daughter of MGSW G1 Moyglare Stud S. and G1 Prix Marcel Boussac...

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Dubawi Colt A New Rising Star At Sandown

Godolphin's annus mirabilis shows no sign of halting, with Wednesday's "Breeders' Day" card at Sandown playing host to one of the operation's more promising juveniles seen out so far. Debuting over a mile on soft ground in the Time Test EBF Novice S., the Charlie Appleby-trained colt Goldspur (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) streaked to a 6 1/2-length success to become the 16th TDN Rising Star by his sire sensation. Out of the G2 Lancashire Oaks and G3 Prix Minerve winner Pomology (Arch), the bay raced in second throughout the early stages...

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Oasis Dream's Native Trail Impressive In The National

Putting the seal on a stellar weekend for Godolphin's Charlie Appleby stable, Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) brushed aside TDN Rising Star Point Lonsdale (Ire) (Australia {GB}) for an emphatic 3 1/2-length success in Sunday's G1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National S. at The Curragh. Like the operation's past winners Dubawi (Ire) and his son Quorto (Ire) coming off a win in the G2 Superlative S. at Newmarket July 10, the 7-2 second favourite was notably green throughout with William Buick needing to cajole him into action as early as...

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Shamardal's Fleur d'Iris Leads Home Fabre Exacta in Paris

Fresh from the familiar routine of a record-setting exercise in the G3 Prix des Chenes, master trainer Andre Fabre worked to rule and equalled the lauded Francois Boutin's haul of six with Godolphin's 2-year-old filly Fleur d'Iris (GB) (Shamardal) in Thursday's G3 Prix d'Aumale at ParisLongchamp. The homebred bay had earlier posted a July 7 debut fourth at Chantilly, breaking through at the expense of the reopposong Txope (Fr) (Siyouni {Ire}) in a Compiegne conditions heat later that month, and went postward as the 17-10 favourite for this G1 Prix...

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Setback Rules Adayar Out of Prix Niel, But Arc Still the Plan

A minor setback has ruled G1 Cazoo Derby and G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. hero Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) out of the G2 Prix Niel on Sept. 12, trainer Charlie Appleby announced. The Godolphin colourbearer will instead head straight to the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp on Oct. 3. The trainer told www.godolphin.com: "Adayar missed a couple of days, and after discussions, we felt there was no need to press on to a trial [for the Arc]. So, the decision was made to...

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Hurricane Lane Leads Baker's Dozen in St Leger

Classic winner Hurricane Lane (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) is one of 13 confirmed for the G1 Cazoo St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday. The Godolphin colt, who won the G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and the G1 Grand Prix de Paris in June and July respectively, also ran third in the G1 Cazoo Derby for trainer Charlie Appleby. 'TDN Rising Star' High Definition (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is one of six for the Coolmore partners and Aidan O'Brien. The 2020 G2 Beresford S. victor was the winter book favourite for the...

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Middle Market Strong As Frankel Colt Heads BBAG

BADEN-BADEN, Germany--After a day of a few false starts and high-priced vendor buy-backs, BBAG's major yearling sale presented its headline act late in the afternoon when Gestüt Haus Ittlingen's Frankel (GB) half-brother to the G3 Hamburger Meile victrix Calyxa (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) sold for €350,000 to Godolphin. From a smaller catalogue this year,195 horses went through the ring and though some of potential star acts were returned to their breeders, the day's clearance rate was greatly improved on recent years at 79.5%, with 155 yearlings sold. That upturn from 66.5%...

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TBA Flat Breeders' Awards Announced

The winners of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Flat Breeders' Awards sponsored by Fitzdares were revealed at Chippenham Park on Sept. 2. Spread across 14 categories, the best of British bloodstock was toasted at the event, which was hosted by Gina Bryce. The Andrew Devonshire Award, which honours outstanding contribution to the industry went to Lady Emma Balding. She is the wife of former trainer Ian and mother of broadcaster Clare and Classic-winning son Andrew. Also a former TBA Trustee, Lady Balding assisted in the creation of the Retraining of Racehorses...

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Medaglia d'Oro Colt a New TDN Rising Star in France

Godolphin's Arqana [email protected] £675,000 sale topper Chancellery (Ire) (Medaglia d'Oro) was all the rage for Thursday's Prix de Fontenoy at ParisLongchamp and justified odds-on favouritism in the one-mile newcomers' test to earn 'TDN Rising Star' status with an impressive debut performance. The 7-10 pick shuffled for early positioning and found a slot stalking the pace in second by halfway. Looming large on the bridle approaching the quarter-mile marker, he was comfortably on top with 250 metres remaining and powered clear under minimal coaxing before gearing down to easily outclass Woozle...

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TOBA Names Finalists for National Owner of the Year

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) has named its finalists for the TOBA National Owner of the Year. In alphabetical order, the five finalists are Gary Barber; Godolphin; Klaravich Stables; the partnership of Spendthrift Farm LLC, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables LLC, and Starlight Racing; and Three Diamonds Farm. The winner will be announced Saturday, Sept. 11, at the TOBA National Awards Dinner at Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa in Paris, Ky. Motown legend Gladys Knight will perform. TOBA will also honor breeders from 18 states and Canada, as well...

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Essential Quality Fights Past Midnight Bourbon in Runhappy Travers

Champion Essential Quality (Tapit) came into Saturday's GI Runhappy Travers S. as the heavy favorite with three other Grade I victories to his credit, in addition to his Eclipse Award. Midnight Bourbon (Tiznow), on the other hand, entered with a point to prove as he never had a chance to show his stuff last time in Monmouth's GI Haskell Invitational S. July 17, after clipping heels and almost going down in the stretch. Essential Quality got the better of his rival at Saratoga Saturday, but not before Midnight Bourbon gave...

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