Longchamp

Remembering Lester: A Personal Recollection by John Hammond

It was Wednesday morning, 5 December 1990. The phone rang. 'You running anything at the weekend?'. Inwardly I groaned, I knew what was coming. I was running a handicapper slightly past his best in the 2,100m handicap at Saint-Cloud on the Saturday.  An older horse with his issues, not a comfortable ride, Lester had ridden him 11 days earlier when he was a well beaten third. 'Ok, I'll come and ride him'. And so, to my embarrassment, he flew over at his own expense for one, dodgy ride. It was...

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Arc Hero Torquator Tasso 'Working Well' Ahead of Return

Marcel Weiss, trainer of the reigning Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}), has provided an upbeat bulletin on the 5-year-old ahead of his eagerly-anticipated return to action at Baden-Baden on Sunday.  Torquator Tasso shocked the racing world by becoming the longest-priced winner in Arc history when returning a 72-1 chance in a race where he had Dermot Weld's globetrotting mare Tarnawa (Ire) (Shamardal) and Irish Derby hero Hurricane Lane (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) in behind.  The poster boy of German racing will return in the...

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Seven Days: Abundance

Can we have too much of a good thing? When it comes to racing in the spring the answer is almost certainly not, but the rapidity with which all the decent action takes place can make it difficult to take it all in. For example, in the last 11 days we have had three Derby favourites. First the horse who had held that honour all winter, Luxembourg (Ire) (Camelot {GB}), who was then replaced by his stable-mate Stone Age (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), all the rage after his Derby Trial victory...

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Poule d'Essai des Pouliches: Where did they come from?

Homebreds hold the upper hand in the fillies' Classic, but the Arqana Deauville Select Yearling Sale, delayed from August and renamed in the first year of the pandemic, is well represented with graduates at ParisLongchamp on Sunday. Notably, Blue Diamond Stud bought the dams of both Mangoustine (Fr) and Sicilian Defense (GB) on the same day at the Arqana December Sale of 2019.   ROSACEA (IRE), Soldier Hollow (GB)--Relizane (GB) (Zamindar) Owner/Breeder: Haras De La Perelle Trainer: Stephane Wattel Pedigree insight: She is the third foal out of Relizane (GB)...

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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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Cachet to Attempt 1000 Guineas Double

Trainer George Boughey told At The Races Friday that he would attempt the English-French Guineas double with G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas heroine Cachet (Ire) (Aclaim {Ire}). The 'TDN Rising Star' will travel to ParisLongchamp for the G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches on May 15. The race comes just 14 days after her English Guineas win. Sunday, after the Guineas, her trainer George Boughey said the filly would be pointed to the June 17 G1 Coronation S. at Ascot for her next start, her next step on her way to a...

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Rathbarry Stud to Stand Globetrotting Ace State Of Rest

A deal has been struck for globetrotting star State Of Rest (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}--Repose by Quiet American), who added to his truly unique record of Group 1 triumphs when battling to Prix Ganay glory at ParisLongchamp on Sunday, to stand at Rathbarry Stud once his racing days are finished. Trained by Joseph O'Brien, State Of Rest won the GI Saratoga Derby Invitational S. before beating the best of the Australians in the G1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley last season. His reappearance win at ParisLongchamp hardened his reputation as one...

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FOX Sports to Broadcast Arc

FOX Sports will present live coverage and analysis of Sunday's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the New York Racing Association announced Friday. Sunday's broadcast will air on FS1 from 9:30-11 a.m. ET, with the Arc featuring 6-year-old mare Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) for a record third win in the race. Coverage will also include the G1 Prix de l'Opera Longines for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at 1 1/4 miles on the turf. Both races are part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge Series,...

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Secretariat, Turned Back to Mile, Draws Competitive Group

Arlington's GI Secretariat S., contested at a mile and a quarter since 1985, has been turned back in distance to a one-mile event this year, and drew a competitive nine-horse field for Saturday's running at the Chicago area oval. True to form, Chad Brown has a pair of imposing runners in Peter Brant's Fog of War (War Front) and e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Mike Ryan's Valid Point (Scat Daddy). Fog of War, who followed up a debut victory with a popular score in the GI Summer S. at Woodbine,...

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Brown Trio Tops Fourstardave

Trainer Chad Brown brings a three-pronged attack in the latest renewal of the GI Fourstardave H., headed by a pair of Grade I winners--Uni (More Than Ready), winner of the GI Matriarch at Del Mar last December and GI Hollywood Derby victor Raging Bull (Fr) (Dark Angel {Ire}) on the same weekend. Since those victories, Uni has added another victory to her resume in Belmont's June 29 Perfect Sting S., while Raging Bull finished fourth in both Keeneland's Apr. 12 GI Maker's 46 Mile S. and the nine-furlong GI Turf...

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