Le Havre (Ire)

Wonderful Tonight Likely For G1 Cazoo Coronation Cup

Christopher dual Group 1 winner Wonderful Tonight (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) is on target for a start in the June 4 G1 Cazoo Coronation Cup at Epsom. A winner of the G3 Prix Minerve last August, she scooped the G1 Qatar Prix Royallieu two starts later on Oct. 3 and doubled down with a win in the Oct. 17 G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares S. at Ascot for trainer David Menuisier. The Coronation Cup will be her first start as a 4-year-old. Menuisier said, "I think the timing...

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Ebendi Brings €165,000 From Joseph O'Brien at Goffs Online

The winning Ebendi (Ire) (Le Havre {Ire}), offered through the first ever timed Goffs online platform, brought €165,000 from trainer Joseph O'Brien on Tuesday. A 3-year-old gelding out of Ebalista (Ire) (Selkirk), Ebendi is out of a winning daughter of G1 Irish Oaks heroine Ebadiyla (Ire) (Sadler's Wells) and is a half-brother to Group 2 winner Ebiyza (Ire) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}), among others. Originally catalogued for the Goffs Autumn Horses in Training Sale, the Dermot Weld trainee was withdrawn after being cast in his box. "Following the success of...

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Golden Horde to Montfort et Preaux, as Roster Revealed

Group 1 winner Golden Horde (Ire) (Lethal Force {Ire}-Entreat [GB}, by Pivotal {GB}) will stand at Haras de Montfort et Preaux next year. The G1 Commonwealth Cup victor will command €10,000. Trained by Clive Cox, the chestnut also placed in the G1 July Cup and G1 Sprint Cup this term before retiring last month. "He was a very productive 2-year-old who showed immense class from the start," Cox said of his juvenile G2 Richmond S. hero, who also ran third in the G1 Prix Morny and second in the G1...

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Almanzor Share Tops Arqana Online Auction

Six stallion shares and breeding rights were available during the Arqana Online sale on Wednesday, and the top lot was a 1/50th share of European highweight Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) that went for €310,000. The share, lot 6, was purchased by Elwick Stud and allows two nominations annually. The Haras d'Etreham resident, whose oldest foals are yearlings, sits second by average on the TDN European First-Crop Sires Sales Statistics page, with 14 yearlings sold for an average of $119,463. A breeding right in leading first-season sire Mehmas (Ire) (Acclamation...

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Stallion Shares, Breeding Rights to Sell at Arqana Online

Arqana announced six shares and breeding rights to top European stallions will be offered during an online auction at www.arqanaonline. Bidding is scheduled to commence Wednesday, Nov. 4 at noon (12:00p.m.) and conclude at 6:00 p.m. (local time). The lots on offer are: Lot 1: a share (1/50th) in Siyouni (Fr) (Pivotal {GB}) - The share gives right to one nomination every year, plus one extra nomination in 2022 and then every other year. The Aga Khan Studs' sire currently sits in second position on the European stallion rankings by...

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Nigge On The Bridge For International Success

DEAUVILLE, France—Stephanie Nigge may have been born and bred in Deauville, the town in which she now trains, but she has travelled a long way to get there. And in many ways, her two major patrons reflect both her roots and her stints on the international racing circuit. Gerard Augustin-Normand, one of France's biggest owner-breeders and a fellow Norman, has had a long association with the Nigge family, having initially had horses in training with Stephanie's father Markus, who also trains in Deauville. Augustin-Normand now has 10 horses in training...

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Brother to Serpentine Unveiled at Gowran

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. Monday's Insights features a full-brother to this year's Derby winner. 3.05 Gowran Park, Mdn, €15,500, 2yo, 8fT KING OF THE CASTLE (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is a full-brother to this year's G1 Epsom Derby hero Serpentine (Ire) who was the latest in a line of smart performers out of the...

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Wonderful Updates For Arqana October

DEAUVILLE, France—Following on from an extraordinarily robust fortnight of trade at Tattersalls, the yearling sales action has switched back to Deauville, with a higher number of visitors than expected, especially breeze-up pinhookers unable to fill their quotas in the face of strong opposition in Newmarket. Though held in its traditional slot, the Arqana October Sale has a slightly different feel this year as it incorporates a number of yearlings which would otherwise have been in the V2 Sale in August, as well as those originally destined for Osarus in September....

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Le Havre's Wonderful Tonight Unstoppable in the Fillies & Mares

It's been the best part of three decades since Culture Vulture (Timeless Moment) strutted her stuff at the top table in Chris Wright's blue-and-yellow silks and the music supremo has found a jewel to match that luminary's achievements after David Menuisier incumbent Wonderful Tonight (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) backed up a career best in ParisLongchamp's G1 Prix de Royallieu earlier this month with a game victory in Saturday's G1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares S. at Ascot. The bay sophomore was in receipt of a six-pound pull from her...

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Le Havre's Wonderful Tonight Prevails in the Royallieu

One of the few to welcome the ravages of the storm front, connections of Wonderful Tonight (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) were celebrating after their filly made light of ParisLongchamp's conditions to win Saturday's G1 Qatar Prix de Royallieu. With trainer David Menuisier openly toying with the idea of supplementing for Sunday's Arc beforehand, the warning was there for opponents of Christopher Wright's bargain buy who had already demonstrated her deadliness in this ground when winning Deauville's Aug. 16 G3 Prix Minerve. Sent off the 49-10 favourite as a result, the...

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Le Havre's Normandy Bridge On Top In France

Stephanie Nigge trainee Normandy Bridge (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) annexed a Sept. 3 ParisLongchamp newcomers' event going one mile in his only prior start and maintained his prefect tally with a game success tackling the same distance in Friday's G3 Prix Thomas Bryon Jockey Club de Turquie at Saint-Cloud. The 32-5 chance was settled several lengths off the pace at the tail of the five-runner field as Godolphin's Naval Crown (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) established a substantial advantage by halfway. Sent wide off the home turn to plough a lone furrow...

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Half to Monarch of Egypt Debuts at Naas

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. Thursday's Insights features a pricy half-brother to G1SP Monarch of Egypt (American Pharoah). 3.40 Yarmouth, Novice, £6,300, 2yo, 8f 3yT FRANCESCO GUARDI (GB) (Frankel {GB}) is given a confidence boost in this four-runner affair, having finished third in Newbury's Listed Washington Singer S. last month. The Ballylinch Stud-bred and...

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