John Gosden

Star Catcher Will Resurface in Yorkshire Oaks

John Gosden has earmarked next month's G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks as the first target for MG1SW Star Catcher (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) ahead of a potentially busy autumn campaign. Last year's G1 Irish Oaks heroine is being readied to make her comeback in the 12-furlong contest, which could potentially see her clash with stablemate, and dual G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner, Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}). The Anthony Oppenheimer homebred established herself as one of the best middle-distance fillies in training after adding to her Curragh Classic success...

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Just The Judge’s Second Foal Debuts

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 the second foal out of the ill-fated Classic winner Just The Judge. 12.45 Newmarket, Mdn, £10,000, 2yo, 7fT NASH NASHA (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) is one of three Godolphin representatives here but the most significant on breeding as a daughter of the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas and...

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Invincible Spirit’s Nazeef Prevails In Falmouth Thriller

Confirming her upward trajectory, Shadwell's Nazeef (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) had her determined head down where it counted to come out on top of a three-way go in Friday's G1 Tattersalls Falmouth S. at Newmarket. Looking all heart when successful in the G2 Duke of Cambridge S. over this mile trip at Royal Ascot June 16, the 9-2 shot was ideally placed by Jim Crowley in the slipstream of the 5-6 favourite Terebellum (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) throughout the early stages. Working her way past that stablemate in the...

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Saeiqa Looks To Back Up Coventry Effort

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 highly regarded maiden coming off a Royal Ascot placing. 1:15 Newmarket, Mdn, £10,000, 2yo, c/g, 7fT SAEIQA (GB) (Shalaa {Ire}) comes back to competitive maiden company after a third placing in the G2 Coventry S. for Al Shaqab and John Gosden, with the relative of...

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Dubawi’s Book One Sensation Darain a New Rising Star At Newbury

It may have taken time to see him in action, but Qatar Racing and Watership Down Stud's 3.5million gns 2018 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 Sale topper Darain (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) made the wait worthwhile with a command performance to earn TDN Rising Star status on his debut on Wednesday's evening card at Newbury. Sent off the 2-1 favourite for division two of the 10-furlong Oakley Coachbuilders Super Sport Novice S., the bay was allowed to bowl along on the front end by Oisin Murphy and ambled along with...

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Son of Dar Re Mi Starts Out at Newbury

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 Insights features a full-brother to Too Darn Hot (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). 4:25 Gowran Park, Mdn, €15,500, 2yo, c/g, 7fT SOUTHERN CAPE (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) bids to build on a promising debut second to the potentially smart Ides of August (More Than Ready) at Leopardstown last month and continue...

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Logician Returns to Cantering

Connections of Logician (GB) (Frankel {GB}) are keeping their fingers crossed last year's G1 St Leger hero will return to action later in the campaign. The roan enjoyed an unbeaten run of five races in the space of four months in 2019--progressing from a Newbury maiden win in mid-May to landing the G2 Great Voltigeur S. at York in August and the season's final Classic at Doncaster in September. Logician was expected to ply his trade at the highest level over middle distances this term, but his comeback was delayed...

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Make Believe’s Mishriff Takes the Jockey Club

While John Gosden was overseeing the comeback of Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) at Sandown, Clarehaven were making their considerable presence felt at Chantilly as Prince Faisal's Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) captured the G1 Prix du Jockey Club. Impressive when dominating the June 6 Listed Newmarket S., the Nawara Stud homebred was ridden forward to a prominent position from his favourable draw by Ioritz Mendizabal and that made a world of difference due to the lack of a strong tempo. Eventually getting a gap inside the final furlong, the 15-2...

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Enable Return Among Sunday Highlights

By 3.35pm on Sunday, the Derby and Oaks will already be old news and the dust will be settling after Chantilly's early-afternoon prestige races. As if all the Classics that played out over the longest weekend were mere support acts, Juddmonte's sovereign Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) is back to take up most of the headline inches in a renewal of Sandown's G1 Coral-Eclipse which rates as one of the finest in its recent history. No horse in training has the same draw as the 6-year-old and although the Classic generation...

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Love One of 11 for Investec Oaks

Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), winner of the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas, heads 11 entries for the G1 Investec Oaks at Epsom on Saturday. The daughter of Galileo has headed the ante-post market since her impressive victory by 4 1/4 lengths over the Rowley Mile. Love bids to become the first filly since Minding (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in 2016 to win both Classics. She is one of four possibles from the Aidan O'Brien stable as the Ballydoyle handler goes for a seventh Oaks success. O'Brien's other fillies in the mix are...

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Oppenheimer Looking To Complete Classic Collection

The Oppenheimer Family's Hascombe and Valiant Studs has bred the winners of each of the British Classics bar one, and next Saturday it has an opportunity to complete the collection with Frankly Darling (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the G1 Investec Oaks. Kicking things off in 1982 was On The House (Fr) (Be My Guest), who was campaigned by Anthony Oppenheimer's father Sir Philip Oppenheimer and won the G1 1000 Guineas. The family also bred the G1 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand (GB) and G1 St Leger winner Harbour Law (GB), who...

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Up the Stretch Awards–‘The Stretchies!’

For the past few years, we have celebrated the highs and sometimes lows, of the Royal Ascot meet with A Tip of the Top Hat awards. Originally over these five days, we presented `The Down the Stretch' awards, but the homestretch at Ascot is a gradual uphill tussle. I think it is much harder for a thoroughbred to pull, to dig down deep on the incline in the final three furlongs. Very trying and tiring. Thus, the Up The Stretch Awards. Here are the 2020 STRECHIE winners. The winner of...

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