Grand Glory

Seven Days: Abundance

Can we have too much of a good thing? When it comes to racing in the spring the answer is almost certainly not, but the rapidity with which all the decent action takes place can make it difficult to take it all in. For example, in the last 11 days we have had three Derby favourites. First the horse who had held that honour all winter, Luxembourg (Ire) (Camelot {GB}), who was then replaced by his stable-mate Stone Age (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), all the rage after his Derby Trial victory...

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Castillon's Glory The Result Of Years Of Hard Work

DEAUVILLE, France--When Arqana issued the news, on Oct. 11, that Grand Glory (GB) (Olympic Glory {Ire})—the Group 1 winner raced by a partnership of Albert Frassetto, John d'Amato, and Mike Pietrangelo—would be offered at their upcoming December Breeding Stock sale, there was something curious about the story. Reading the alert from the TDN, Benoit Jeffroy and the team at Haras de Castillon immediately picked up on it: the story did not list a consignor. "Amelie [Lemercier] sent me a text, and she said, 'Did you see? She's going to Arqana,'"...

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Grand Glory Sold For €2,500,000

Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet winner Grand Glory (GB) (Olympic Glory {Ire}) will form the cornerstone of a new Thoroughbred breeding operation at Haras de Hus after being bought for €2,500,000 by Anne-Sophie Yoh-Benet of YOHEA on behalf of a new owner. The 5-year-old mare was trained by Gianluca Bietolini for Albert Frassetto, John d'Amato and Mike Pietrangelo to win six of her 18 races, including two Group 3s. There remains a possibility that she could race on at the Saudi Cup meeting in February before being covered.

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Group 1 Fillies Star At Arqana December

DEAUVILLE, France-the sales caravan has rolled into its final stop of the season, the European bloodstock community having made its annual descent upon Deauville, France over the past two days for the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale. With an expected deluge of rain remaining at bay through the first part of Friday, the usual suspects from across Europe and further afield were out of full force inspecting the cross section of fillies, broodmares and foals that will take their turns in the ring beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. "People...

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Partners Bid Farewell To Grand Mare

Grand Glory (GB) (Olympic Glory {Ire}) has taken her connections on a remarkable ride over the last three years, and after a short sojourn in Tokyo-where she picked up fifth-place prizemoney in Sunday's G1 Japan Cup-the G1 Prix Jean Romanet winner and G1 Prix de Diane third-place finisher rolls into Deauville this weekend to go through the ring at the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale as lot 192 from Haras de Castillon. Grand Glory is trained in France and owned by a trio of Americans, but her story has a...

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Arqana Releases October Yearling Sale Catalogue

Arqana has released a catalogue of 752 lots for its October Yearling Sale from Oct. 18 to 22 in Deauville. Among the highlights on paper are a Roaring Lion colt out of dual Classic and triple Group 1 winner Golden Lilac (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) (lot 10); a colt from the first crop of champion sprinter Harry Angel (Ire) who is a half-brother to two stakes winners, including this year's G3 Prix de Psyche victress Penja (Fr) (Camelot {GB}) (lot 30); a Galileo (Ire) colt out of a full-sister to Zoffany...

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Tiger Tanaka The Headline Act As The Turf Ramps Up

One day after the official beginning of Spring time, turf racing is the focus in France and Ireland on Sunday with The Curragh's season-opening card complemented by some intriguing races at Saint-Cloud. While the Kildare venue offers no black-type contests, it hosts some intriguing 2-year-old and 3-year-old maidens which could offer early glimpses of the 2021 Classic class. At Saint-Cloud, there are three listed races for the Classic generation with the Prix La Camargo acting as the comeback launch of Tiger Tanaka (Ire) (Clodovil {Ire}). Miguel Castro Megias's G1 Prix Marcel...

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