Matilda Picotte (Ire)

Sioux Nation's Matilda Picotte Dominates The Challenge

One of racing's true front-running forces at the niche seven-furlong trip, Matilda Picotte (Ire) (Sioux Nation) followed her tour de force in Doncaster's G3 Sceptre S. with another in Newmarket's G2 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards Challenge S. on Friday. Back at the track at which she had won last year's Listed Bosra Sham Fillies' S. and at which she was a gallant third in the G1 1000 Guineas, Kieran Cotter-trained 3-year-old proved relentless at the head of affairs to score by 2 3/4 lengths from compatriot Lord Massusus (Ire) (Markaz...

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In-form Matilda Picotte Joins Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale Catalogue

Friday's G2 Challenge S. heroine Matilda Picotte (Ire) (Sioux Nation), who was Classic placed earlier this year, will be offered by Clonanny Bloodstock at the upcoming Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale from Nov. 24-25. The multiple group winner will sell on Nov. 24, opening day of the sale. A daughter of the stakes performer Hallie's Comet (Ire) (One Cool Cat), the 3-year-old filly was bred by Mighty Universe, Ltd., and raced for trainer Kieran Cotter and the Matilda & Kilmichael Racing Partnership. Placed in both the G2 Airlie Stud S....

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Can Royal Scotsman Deliver in the Irish Guineas?

There was a time around three decades ago when Paul Cole's name was synonymous with the turf's leading lights left, right and centre around Europe. Over 30 years on from his last win in any of the British, Irish or French Classics, the Whatcombe Estate frontiersman who now runs his stable along with son Oliver has found one again. Not since the heady days of Generous (Ire) and co has the Berkshire stable been as electrified as it is at present thanks to Royal Scotsman (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}) and it...

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Mawj Wins The Battle Of The Rising Stars In The 1000 Guineas

Frankie's farewell 2000 Guineas was followed 24 hours later by Oisin Murphy and Saeed bin Suroor's comeback 1000 Guineas victory as Mawj (Ire) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}--Modern Ideals {GB}, by New Approach {Ire}) prevailed in a thrilling TDN Rising Star tussle with Tahiyra (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}) in the QIPCO-sponsored Newmarket Classic. In front of the group racing up the centre from the outset, Godolphin's half-sister to last year's G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains hero Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) was joined by The Aga Khan's 6-4 favourite heading into the...

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Chaldean One Of A Score Of Colts In Guineas At Latest Entry Stage

Despite losing Frankie Dettori once the gates flew in the G3 Greenham S. on Saturday, Juddmonte's Chaldean (GB) (Frankel {GB}) remains part of the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas field. After Tuesday's latest scratching stage, 20 colts are still entered in the first Classic of the British season on Saturday, May 6. A winner of four of his six starts, the G1 Dewhurst S. hero is one of two in the one-mile race for Andrew Balding. Second in the Dewhurst, G2 Richmond S. scorer Royal Scotsman (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}) will attempt...

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Dubawi's Never Ending Story Maintains The Ballydoyle Momentum

Following on where stablemate Hans Andersen (GB) (Frankel {GB}) had left off half an hour earlier, Never Ending Story (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}--Athena {Ire}, by Camelot {GB}) supplied further notice that Ballydoyle hold many of the aces in the Classic pack as she swept aside her rivals in Leopardstown's G3 Ballylinch Stud "Priory Belle" 1,000 Guineas Trial S. on Sunday. Successful in the G3 Silver Flash S. over this seven-furlong trip and track in July, the 2-1 favourite who had last been seen finishing third in the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac...

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