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Racing Review of the Year: Part I

The Classic Generation At the start of June, with France and Germany having already crept cautiously back into play after the COVID full-stop, Britain joined in with the beginning of a flourish of catch-up fare. In under a week of racing, we had a new star to gaze at, and time experts were in awe of Bjorn Nielsen's English King (Fr) (Camelot {GB}). While he looked super-slick in the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial, he was to be given the justifiably dreaded number one draw at Epsom and gave up any...

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Ghaiyyath Crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year

Godolphin's four-time Group 1 winner Ghaiyyath (Ire) has scooped the top honours at the 30th annual Cartier Awards. The five-year-old son of Dubawi is the third Cartier Horse of the Year for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation following Daylami (Ire) in 1999 and Fantastic Light in 2001. Trained by Charlie Appleby, Ghaiyyath also claimed the Cartier Older Horse category ahead of Addeybb (Ire), Enable (GB) and Magical (Ire). There was further success for the Maktoum family when Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}), owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and...

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Love Likely Done For The Year

This season's dual Classic-winning filly Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is likely to bypass the Breeders' Cup and is probably done for the year, trainer Aidan O'Brien said on Tuesday. Love was scratched from her last intended target, the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, when the ground came up soft. "I don't think Love will go to the Breeders' Cup," O'Brien said. "At the moment we're thinking that she's had a busy enough time and we trained her hard for the Arc. Obviously that was her big target in the...

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Breeders' Cup New Aim For Love

After removing Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) from the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe during Thursday's final forfeit stage due to the deteriorating ground, trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed Europe's leading 3-year-old filly will target the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland on Nov. 7 and is expected to stay in training at four. "We had to make the decision today because there was no other stage after this," O'Brien explained of the Arc call. "If Ryan [Moore] was declared to ride her he then couldn't ride anything else [if Love was later...

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TDN International Editor Kelsey Riley Talks Arc On Writers' Room

In addition to all the Stateside action this weekend--the final leg of the Triple Crown, Fall Stars Weekend at Keeneland and 11 Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" events--the biggest race of the year in Europe will also be run with Sunday's G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris. Wednesday on the TDN Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland, TDN International Editor Kelsey Riley joined the crew as the Green Group Guest of the Week to talk about the much-anticipated showdown between Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) and...

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Serpentine On Song For French Return

G1 Investec Derby winner Serpentine (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is on course for his first outing since that Classic upset in the Sept. 13 G1 Grand Prix de Paris, with the option of joining stablemate and likely favourite Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe thereafter. "He had two quick runs leading up to the Derby--he'd only run the week before--and after the Derby he was a little bit quiet and a little bit tired and needed a little bit of time, but we always thought...

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The Weekly Wrap: Love Abounds

Before we go any further, let's just make one thing clear: for all the excitement of Saturday and the fact that the Oaks and the Derby were even able to take place this year, let's not lose our heads and start to think that they should in future take place on the same day in July. They should not. This is an extraordinary year for one big reason beyond our control and it should remain just that. Right, where were we? Ah, Epsom. I'll go to my grave failing to...

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O'Brien To Split Peaceful, Love

Aidan O'Brien is likely to split his 1000 Guineas winners Peaceful (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), with the former, the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner, pencilled in for Sunday's G1 Prix de Diane and the latter, the G1 1000 Guineas winner, likely for the G1 Investec Oaks on July 4. "I was talking to the lads [John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor] this morning and it looks like Love, Passion (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Ennistymon (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) will go to Epsom," said O'Brien. "Peaceful might...

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The Weekly Wrap: Peace, Love and Understanding

First Love, now Peaceful. In another alarming week in world events, we could all use a little of both, but they are of course the two latest Classic winners for their peerless sire Galileo (Ire). When winning the Moyglare Stud S. last September, Love (Ire), now also the 1000 Guineas winner, sparked a Group 1 double on Irish Champions Weekend which was completed by the Irish St Leger winner Search For A Song (Ire). By November, Galileo had drawn level with Danehill's record on 84 individual Group 1 winners thanks...

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The Weekly Wrap: From Famine To Feast

There were days when we were drumming our fingers on our at-home desks or dining tables wondering what on earth to write about for tomorrow. But now that the shock of racing's shutdown has been completely erased by the return, finally, of racing in Ireland to complete a European full set, the panic is not what to write but how on earth to keep up with it all. No complaints here. The last few weeks since the French return in mid-May and Britain just over a week ago have provided...

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1000 Guineas Still Taking Shape

After the intensity of the Newmarket colts' Classic, all eyes turn to the fillies on Sunday and there is a tangible unpredictability in the air due not only to the fast-changing Newmarket weather but also to the sudden shaking of established certainties. With the eclipse of Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) demonstrating that there is no guarantee that 2-year-old form will be upheld in the month of June, Khalid Abdullah's 'TDN Rising Star' Quadrilateral (GB) (Frankel {GB}) could be about to surrender her long-held position of favourite for the G1 Qipco 1000...

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Where Did They Come From?

1000 Guineas BOOMER (GB) (Kingman {GB}-Wall Of Sound {GB}, by Singspiel {Ire}) A homebred for Andrew Black's Chasemore Farm, Boomer is out of the GII Goldikova S. third Wall Of Sound, who is a half-sister to the G3 John Of Gaunt S. winner The Cheka (Ire) (Xaar {GB}). The dual Group 1-winning sprinter Regal Parade (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) appears under the third dam, while further back the family includes the Juddmonte luminaries Zafonic (Gone West), Zamindar (Gone West) and Reams Of Verse (Nureyev) as well as Sheikh Hamdan's Elmaamul (Diesis...

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