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Brother of Ajman Princess Set For Haydock 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. Wednesday's Observations features a half-brother to Group 1 winner Ajman Princess (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}). 14.20 Haydock, Nov, £10,000, 2yo, 6fT Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum's homebred CAPTAIN WINTERS (GB) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) is kin to a band of stakes-winning brothers and also to G1 Prix Jean Romanet heroine...

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Havana Gold's El Caballo On Top In The Sandy Lane

Karl Burke-trained 3-year-old colt El Caballo (GB) (Havana Gold  {Ire}--Showstoppa {GB}, by Showcasing {GB}) backed up a first black-type triumph in Lingfield's Mar. 5 Listed Spring Cup with a fifth straight score in Newcastle's Apr. 15 £150,000 All-Weather 3-year-old Championship. He continued on a rapid upward trajectory with a career high--and an ideal rehearsal for Royal Ascot's G1 Commonwealth Cup--in Saturday's G2 Cazoo Sandy Lane S. at Haydock. Positioned behind the leading wave through furious early fractions, the 7-2 chance responded to pressure inside the final quarter mile to gain...

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Trail Leads Back To The Curragh

The emphasis is on speed on Saturday, with a quartet of Europe's six pattern races being sprints and only one taking place beyond a mile. Glinting in the midst of them is the jewel that is the first of the Curragh's 2022 Classics, the €500,000 G1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas. With a distinct form edge, it seems on paper to be simply be a case of going through the motions for Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) with Godolphin's Guineas treble hanging tantalisingly within reach. However, this is a tough...

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Frankel's Nashwa Earns TDN Rising Star Tag With Daylight Romp

Imad Al Sagar's 3-year-old filly Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) ran third contesting a hot Newmarket novices' heat over seven furlongs in her only prior start last October and illuminated Haydock's Saturday fixture with an impressive 6 1/2-length romp to earn 'TDN Rising Star' status on seasonal return in the Pendleton EBF Fillies' Novice S., going just shy of one mile. The eventual winner was reined back to employ patient tactics behind the leaders in fifth after a sharp getaway. Looming large out wide on the bridle passing the quarter-mile marker,...

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Molly Dingwall Appointed Haydock GM

The Jockey Club has appointed Molly Dingwall as the new General Manager of Haydock Park Racecourse. Over four years as the GM of Carlisle since May 2018, Dingwall played a pivotal role in strengthening ties with the local community and promoting its broad range of racedays, including the unique Ladies Night fixture each August. Dingwall will take over as GM at Haydock in the coming weeks, while The Jockey Club will begin the process to recruit a new General Manager at Carlisle immediately. "Anyone who has met Molly will know...

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Starman Primed For Cup Double

Bidding to follow in the steps of Harry Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and Dream Ahead (Diktat {GB}), Starman (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) is the latest G1 July Cup hero to attempt a notable double in Saturday's G1 Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock. Only third behind Marianafoot (Fr) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) on unsuitably soft ground in the 6 1/2-furlong G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville Aug. 8, David Ward's homebred is back on his favoured fast surface over the six-furlong trip of his July 10 Newmarket victory. Trainer Ed Walker...

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Dream Ahead's Dream of Dreams Wins the Sprint Cup

Finally gaining the top-level success his record demanded, Saeed Suhail's Dream of Dreams (Ire) (Dream Ahead) justified 5-2 favouritism in a strong renewal of Haydock's G1 Betfair Sprint Cup on Saturday. Tracking the correct pace racing among the stand's-side group throughout the early stages, the ultra-impressive G2 Hungerford S. winner was delivered by Oisin Murphy to lead passing the furlong pole. Despite the game efforts of Glen Shiel (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) and Golden Horde (Ire) (Lethal Force {Ire}) from there, the Freemason Lodge stalwart had too much in hand and...

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Golden Horde Bound for Haydock Sprint Cup

Group 1 winner Golden Horde (Ire) (Lethal Force {Ire}) is targeting the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup on Sept. 5 for his next start, according to trainer Clive Cox. A winner of the 2020 G1 Commonwealth Cup S. at Royal Ascot, the 3-year-old colt ran third in the G1 Darley July Cup on July 11 and was fourth in Deauville's G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest on Aug. 9. "The Sprint Cup at Haydock would be a logical step to take from here, if all is well in the meantime," said Cox....

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Lope de Vega's Manuela de Vega Wins the Lancashire Oaks

Haydock's G2 bet365 Lancashire Oaks was blighted by the withdrawals of Antonia de Vega (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) and Dame Malliot (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}), but such was the manner of victory of Waverley Racing's hot favourite Manuela de Vega (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) it may be that their resistance would have proven futile regardless. Having made all in dramatic fashion when beating the subsequent G2 Hardwicke S. scorer Fanny Logan (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) in the course-and-distance G3 Pinnacle S. June 7, the 1-2 market-leader was...

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TDN Rising Star Highest Ground Back With a Bang

The Niarchos Family's homebred Highest Ground (Ire) (Frankel {GB}), who earned 'TDN Rising Star' status in his debut at Leicester last year, faced fellow 'TDN Rising Star' Waldkonig (GB) (Kingman {GB}) for his seasonal return in Wednesday's Racecourse Live Streams On Racing TV Novice S. at Haydock and maintained his perfect record with an impressive success. 1st-Haydock, £5,400, Nov, 6-24, 3yo/up, 10f 100yT, 2:11.25, g/s. HIGHEST GROUND (IRE) (c, 3, Frankel {GB}--Celestial Lagoon {Jpn} {SP-Fr}, by Sunday Silence), who bounded to TDN Rising Stardom after enduring a bloopers moment at...

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Freshman Sire Belardo Off the Mark at Haydock

Golden Melody (Ire) (Belardo {Ire}), a William Haggas-trained newcomer, became the first winner for her Kildangan Stud-based freshman sire (by Lope de Vega {Ire}) with a 2 1/4-length success over six furlongs at Haydock. 6th-Haydock, £6,400, Nov, 6-7, 2yo, f, 6fT, 1:15.03, g/s. GOLDEN MELODY (IRE) (f, 2, Belardo {Ire}--Chanter {GB}, by Lomitas {GB}) was well away to stalk the leaders in a handy fourth through halfway in this first go. Shaken up when angled into an open lane passing the quarter-mile marker, the 4-1 chance seized control approaching the...

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Haydock To Be Drive-In Testing Centre

Haydock Park will serve as a drive-in coronavirus testing centre for self-isolating key National Health Service workers or their asymptomatic family members. The government has partnered with universities, research institutes and companies to open a network of labs and field testing sites across the UK, with 13 new testing centres opened to date. Professor John Newton, National Coordinator for the UK Coronavirus Testing Strategy, said, "New testing sites such as this one are a key pillar of our five-pillar plan to scale up testing, and are critical in supporting NHS...

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