Confidence Behind 'The Next Sottsass' Ahead of French Derby

Jean-Claude Rouget is not prone to hyperbole so, when the decorated French handler compared the unexposed Al Hakeem (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}) to his only G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) earlier this week, some people did a double take. Not Benoit Jeffroy, who manages Haras de Bouquetot on behalf of the Al Shaqab operation. Jeffroy has long been aware of the standing in which the multiple Classic-winning trainer has held Al Hakeem and, when the colt won the Listed Prix de Suresnes at Chantilly on...

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Third Session of OBS April Ends With a Bang

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis OCALA, FL--Action started off measured at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale's third session Thursday, but picked up noticeably throughout the day, capped by a $1.7-million Tapit colt purchased by Lane's End Racing and West Point Thoroughbreds. Hip 885 was the fourth seven-figure seller of the sale so far. There were a few new faces buying in the top end Thursday with Christine and Phil Hatfield's CHP Racing purchasing a $870,000 son of Into Mischief (Hip 844); trainer Cherie DeVaux securing a $685,000...

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Dubawi 13/8 Favourite To Be Champion Sire

The bookmaker Fitzdares makes Dubawi (Ire) 13/8 favourite to be champion sire for the first time. Darley's 20-year-old elite sire was third in last year's table in Britain and Ireland behind Frankel (GB) and Galileo (Ire), and he enjoyed an annus mirabilis on the international stage, becoming the first stallion to be responsible for three Grade I winners at the same Breeders' Cup meeting in Yibir (GB), Space Blues (Ire) and Modern Games (Ire). Juddmonte's reigning champion Frankel is second-favourite to retain his title at 15/8, with the 12-time champion Galileo (Ire),...

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Observations On The Stallion Scene

It is a question that has long fixated the bloodstock industry: which stallion can be caught as he rises to the top? As we know, those good stallions can be hard to find. Opportunity is naturally a key element to early success, but a stallion still needs to make the most of the chances afforded to him and for every one that lives up to expectations, there will be also be plenty who flop. As often said, horses are a great leveller and with that in mind, there is also...

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Tattersalls Releases Craven Breeze Up Catalogue

Tattersalls has released a catalogue of 163 juveniles for its Craven Breeze Up Sale, which takes place on Apr. 12 and 13 with the breeze happening on the Rowley Mile on Apr. 11. This year's graduates will have big shoes to fill, as last year's sale produced not only the champion 2-year-old and unbeaten G1 Dewhurst S. and G1 National S. winner Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), but also Group 2 winners Asymmetric (Ire) (Showcasing {GB}) and Go Bears Go (Ire) (Kodi Bear {Ire}). Among the Group 1 siblings...

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Enable To Visit Dubawi

Dual G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and triple G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. winner Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) is one of eight Juddmonte mares set to visit Dubawi (Ire) this season. Enable, whose 11 Group 1 wins also included the G1 Oaks and GI Breeders' Cup Turf, was covered by Kingman (GB) last winter. Also visiting Dubawi are Enable's dam Concentric (Sadler's Wells) and group-placed half-sister Entitle (GB) (Dansili {GB}); Time Test (GB)'s dam Passage Of Time (GB) (Dansili {GB}); Frankel (GB)'s winning full-sister Chiasma (Ire);...

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Raabihah Joins Shadwell Broodmare Band

Raabihah (Sea The Stars {Ire}), a group winner at three and four for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget in the Shadwell blue, is among the fillies to join the Shadwell broodmare band this year; the 5-year-old will be bred to Dubawi (Ire). The winner of three of her first four starts in 2020, including the G3 Prix de Psyche and the Listed Prix de la Seine, Raabihah was second to Tarnawa (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) in the G1 Prix Vermeille before finishing fifth behind Sottsass (Fr) in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de...

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A Champion Sire In GB For First Time In 34 Years

The ascent of Frankel (GB) to the head of the stallion ranks in Britain and Ireland was documented in some details in Monday's TDN, and it has lent a touch of poignancy coming in the year in which his great sire Galileo (Ire) left us. In the extraordinarily long reigns of both Sadler's Wells and his son Galileo we have become accustomed to having a superstar stallion in our midst, and Frankel will do well if he is to come anywhere close to the 14 sires' championships of Sadler's Wells...

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LM Stallions Signs On Roseman

The well-bred, Group 1 runner-up Roseman (Ire) (Kingman {GB}-Go Lovely Rose {Ire}, by Pivotal {GB}) has been recruited to stand at LM Stallions at March Hare Stud for 2022. A €650,000 Goffs Orby yearling purchase by trainer Roger Varian on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, Roseman broke his maiden in April of his 3-year-old campaign before finishing runner-up in the Listed Heron S. After taking the Listed Marshall S. over that same mile trip to conclude his season, Roseman returned to run three times in Group 1 company at four...

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Juddmonte Strike For Kingman Top Lot

NEWMARKET, UK--As Book 2 continued in the manner it began, with a greatly improved median and strong demand throughout the second session, it was a rare yearling colt purchase by Juddmonte Farms that set the day's high at 525,000gns. The blend of the bloodlines of Kingman (GB) and the Galileo (Ire) mare Reem (Aus) has worked well in the past to the extent of providing the Book 2 sale-topper of 2018 at 750,000gns. That youngster went on to become the dual winner and 103-rated King Leonidas (GB), and his trainer...

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Record Session Kicks Off Tattersalls Book 2

NEWMARKET, UK-the middle market has flourished at the yearling sales transatlantically thus far in 2021, and that trend proved out again on Monday during the first of three sessions of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, where figures were not only well up on the remarkably strong 2020 renewal staged in the midst of the pre-vaccine pandemic, but at this stage also trending ahead of 2019's record edition. The first day of Book 2 saw records for turnover, average and median for a session at Book 2. Of...

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New Face, Same Philosophies For Top Tatts Vendor

Newsells Park Stud has become one of the most steadfast sights of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale-being, as it has, leading vendor at Book 1 for the past three years, and five of the past eight years--and while many of the familiar faces behind the stud remain the same, it has in fact undergone some significant changes this year, with entrepreneur Graham Smith-Bernal having purchased Newsells Park in June from the Jacobs family. Not that Newsells Park is new at all to Smith-Bernal-he had been a client of the stud...

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