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'I Just Love The Game,' – Pat Costello Shares The Story Behind Paramount Sales

   Paramount Sales has fast become one of the leading consignors in America with Jack Christopher, Life Is Good and Kameko an example of the recent graduates. Pat Costello, who emigrated to America in 1984 and climbed the ranks in the industry before setting up Paramount Sales in 2001 with fellow Irish ex-pat Gabriel 'Spider' Duignan, shares all about his racing backstory in this week's Q&A.    From turning a profit pinhooking for 10 years on the trot to revealing what horses in the Paramount Sales draft he's most looking...

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Notable US-Breds in Japan: May 1, 2022

In this continuing series, we take a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. We have one horse to focus on over the coming weekend at Hanshin Racecourse. The weekend's main event takes place Sunday at Tokyo with the running of the G1 Tenno Sho (Spring) over a metric two miles: Sunday, May 1, 2022 5th-HSN, ¥14,250,000 ($109k), Allowance, 3yo, 1400mT MOZU GOLD BARREL (f,...

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Tweenhills Hosts Open House And Announces Cheltenham Festival Open House

Stallion and foal parades for breeders were held at Tweenhills Farm and Stud on Monday. All four stallions-Zoustar (Aus), Lightning Spear (GB), Havana Gold (Ire), and Kameko-were on display, while the latter's first foals put on show. Tweenhills will also open its gates to breeders prior to racing during the Cheltenham Festival from Mar. 14-18. A stallion parade will take place daily beginning at 9 a.m., which will be followed by a procession of foals by G1 2000 Guineas hero Kameko. If interested in attending, please reach out to Alice...

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Qatar Racing Stallions Will Parade at Longholes Stud

Qatar Racing stallions Kameko (Kitten's Joy), who won the G1 2000 Guineas, promising 2-year-old sire Havana Gold (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}), and Group 1 winner Lightning Spear (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) will be available to view at Longholes Stud from Sunday, Nov. 28th to Wednesday, Dec. 1 during the Tattersalls December Mares Sale. Another Qatar Racing/Tweenhills Stud roster member, Australian First-, Second- and Third-Crop Champion Sire Zoustar (Aus) (Northern Meteor {Aus}) will arrive in mid-December, and will be available to view at Tweenhills upon his return. Also, during the Tattersalls December Foal...

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Qatar Racing Releases 2022 Roster and Fees

Fees for the quartet of stallions at Tweenhills Farm and Stud were released by Qatar Racing on Tuesday. Reverse-shuttle stallion Zoustar (Aus) (Northern Meteor {Aus}) leads the roster at £25,000. A champion first- , second-, and third-season sire in the land of his birth where he commands a fee of A$154,000, the bay's first Northern Hemisphere yearlings were well received in 2021. They averaged £76,305 and 16 yearlings made £100,000 or over in Europe. G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas hero Kameko (Kitten's Joy), who won the fastest guineas in history in...

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Value Sires Part I: The Newcomers

The calendar has turned at last, with likely many more than usual looking for a fresh start in a new year. Even outside the midst of a global pandemic, the excitement of a new sire crop typically provides plenty of reason for excitement and optimism, despite the fact the very few of the 30-something young pretenders preparing to stand their first seasons in the UK, Ireland and France will truly 'make it.' But isn't that the point? Those made of thick enough stuff to be involved in the breeding and...

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Moment of 2020: Kameko

In Moment of 2020, the staff of TDN Europe reflect on their favourite moments in racing for the year. Future Classic winner Kameko (Kitten's Joy) first came on my radar with his nose second in the G3 Solario S. in August of 2019 after winning on debut at Sandown in July. I especially noticed the flashy dark bay because he bore the same Qatar Racing silks as another favourite of mine, the late Cartier Horse of the Year Roaring Lion, also a Kentucky-bred incidentally by Kitten's Joy. A $90,000 Keeneland...

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Tweenhills to Hold Online Virtual Stallion Parade

An online virtual stallion parade of the Tweenhills 2021 roster is now available to view (click here), as breeders are currently unable to observe the Qatar Racing stallions in person due to COVID-19 restrictions. The parade, featuring stallions Kameko (Kitten's Joy, £25,000), Havana Gold (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}, £7,500), and Lightning Spear (GB) (Pivotal {GB}, £5,000), is hosted by ITV Racing presenter Francesca Cumani. There is also a segment on Zoustar (Aus) (Northern Meteor {Aus}, £25,000), but he has not returned from Australia yet to cover his third book of Northern...

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From the Experts: Joseph Burke

On the back of the eagerly anticipated stallion fee announcements in Europe, Gary King spoke with a number of leading industry figures about value. Today we hear from Joseph Burke. GK: Who have you identified as a first-year stallion at an appealing opening fee? JB: I must admit that whilst I have not inspected any of the first-season sires yet, on paper I expected Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal) to be standing for a little more than €20,000. So I booked one of our better mares to him, a Group 3-winning 2-year-old...

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Kameko To Stand For £25,000

Kameko (Kitten's Joy-Sweeter Still {Ire}, by Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}), who won this year's G1 2000 Guineas in race record time, will stand for £25,000 at Tweenhills Stud next year. In addition to the Guineas, Kameko won the G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy at two and the G2 Joel S. on Sept. 25 against elders. He was fourth this summer in the G1 Epsom Derby, G1 Sussex S. and G1 Juddmonte International. "It was hugely exciting to have Kameko arrive at Tweenhills last night and after a gruelling 40-hour journey from...

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This Side Up: Euros to Dollars

Well, we know that such Europeans as have been able to make the trip--another lockdown began in England on Thursday--won't be in the slightest danger of catching anything on the dirt track. If we can meanwhile break the shackles of the pandemic as well, maybe someone might feel sufficiently liberated finally to have another go next year. But at least the raiders should again be in the thick of things over on the grass. Now that the Breeders' Cup returns to Kentucky, moreover, they will be expecting an especially congenial...

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Lir Can Fly, But Can He Go The Mile?

LEXINGTON, KY--Tuesday brought about another bright but cool morning in Lexington, and the European Breeders' Cup contingent-all bar the Ballydoyle brigade, which touched down in Lexington late on Monday evening and will be ensconced in quarantine until Thursday-had another opportunity to stretch their legs at Keeneland. The English and Irish Guineas winners Kameko (Kitten's Joy) and Siskin (First Defence) were among those who took to the training track for the second straight day, with Kameko once again catching the eye in a light gallop just as dawn broke. Siskin once...

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