Michael Tabor

Luxembourg Possible For Futurity

Saturday's G2 Beresford S. hero Luxembourg (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) is under consideration for the G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster on Oct. 23. A winner on debut at Killarney for Westerberg, Mrs. J. Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith on July 14, the bay also holds an entry in the Oct. 9 G1 Darley Dewhurst S. at Newmarket. O'Brien said, "He's a lovely horse and was showing loads before he went to Killarney. He came forward every week after that, and it was a lovely second stage for him. "The...

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Golden Pal Acquired By Coolmore, To Target Nunthorpe

Golden Pal (Uncle Mo), front-running winner of the 2020 GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint for his breeder Randall Lowe, has been purchased by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Westerberg, a Coolmore official confirmed Wednesday. The first foal out of Lowe's outstanding 11-time stakes winner Lady Shipman (Midshipman), Golden Pal was bought back on a bid of $325,000 at the 2019 Keeneland September sale and was runner-up on debut over the Gulfstream main track last April before missing by a neck to The Lir Jet (Ire) (Prince...

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Fireworks at the Top at Fasig Gulfstream

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis The Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale returned from its one-year hiatus with plenty of fireworks at the top of the market as a diverse buying bench competed with enthusiasm for the upper-end offerings in the track's paddock Wednesday afternoon. A colt by Nyquist, who had breezed the bullet furlong in :9 4/5 during Monday's under-tack preview, brought the boutique auction's top price when selling for $2.6 million to Coolmore. The Irish operation returned to secure a colt by Nyquist's sire Uncle Mo for $1.3 million. Both...

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Twenty Years On: Recalling Galileo's Classic Season

This time twenty years ago, Galileo (Ire) was a once-raced winning maiden gradually being honed to full fitness on the Ballydoyle gallops ahead of his Classic season. That debut outing at Leopardstown on Oct. 28, 2000, had started with the young son of Sadler's Wells and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Urban Sea as evens favourite and ended, after a mile on heavy ground, with him 14 lengths clear of the Aga Khan's Taraza (Ire).  We've all seen 2-year-olds burn brightly in their maidens only to fizzle out...

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Uncle Mo Filly Gets Better of Her Elders in 'Win and You're In' Zenyatta

Alice Bamford and Michael Tabor's Harvest Moon (Uncle Mo), the only 3-year-old in the four-horse field, put away favored Fighting Mad (New Year's Day) at midstretch and then held off Hard Not To Love (Hard Spun) in the dying strides to win the GII Zenyatta S. at Santa Anita Sunday and earn an automatic berth in the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff. "I'm absolutely thrilled today, completely over the moon for Harvest Moon," said Bamford. "She's a homebred and she's just so deep in my heart and in my family's heart....

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Galileo's Kyprios Off the Mark at Galway

1st-Galway, €16,500, Mdn, 9-8, 2yo, 8f 123yT, 1:58.03, hy. KYPRIOS (IRE) (c, 2, Galileo {Ire}--Polished Gem {Ire} {Broodmare of the Year-Ire}, by Danehill) was bustled along in snatches throughout this extended one-mile slog in deep mud. Rousted into third turning for home, the 9-4 second choice kept on resolutely under unrelenting pressure in the straight to nail Lifetime Legend (Ire) (Pride of Dubai {Aus}) by 3/4-of-a-length in the final strides. "He's not that much of a worker at home and he took a bit of stoking up there," said, understated...

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Miss Amulet Purchased by Coolmore

Miss Amulet (Ire) (Sir Prancealot {Ire}), who won the G2 Sky Bet Lowther S. last out, has been privately purchased by Michael Tabor and fellow Coolmore partners, Racing Post reported on Tuesday. Previously owned by Colm Griffin, the grey also gained black-type with a win in the Listed Arqana Irish EBF Marwell S. earlier this season. Trained by Ken Condon, Miss Amulet is targetting the G1 Cheveley Park S. at Newmarket on Sept. 26. "I can confirm that Miss Amulet has been sold outright to Michael Tabor and partners for...

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Gleneagles Filly Earns TDN Rising Star Tag at Leicester

Michael Tabor's Star Seeking (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}) played the diva role during an elaborate loading process for Monday's British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Novice S. at Leicester and justified joint-favouritism with an impressive perfomance in the straight seven-furlong test to earn 'TDN Rising Star' status on debut. Boxed up separately to rider William Buick, the 3-1 chance was a keen fifth through the early strides until settling into a smooth rhythm behind the leaders. Inching closer once beyond halfway, she seized control approaching the final furlong and quickened clear in...

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Uncle Mo Filly Stays Unbeaten on Dirt in Torrey Pines

Harvest Moon (Uncle Mo) remained perfect in three starts going long on the dirt and gave her sire yet another new graded winner with a determined success in the GIII Torrey Pines S. on the Pacific Classic undercard. The betting favorite was beaten for speed and was content to race in the one out and one back position with cover rounding the first turn as Secret Keeper (Into Mischief) led narrowly from Provocation (Into Mischief) to her outside. Mike Smith atop the latter upped the ante through the middle stages,...

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Prix du Jockey Club for Ocean Atlantique

Listed winner and 'TDN Rising Star' Ocean Atlantique (American Pharoah) will run in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on July 5 instead of the G1 Epsom Derby the day prior, Racing Post reported on Saturday. A winner at second asking at Saint-Cloud, Ocean Atlantique was second in the May 14 G3 Prix la Force and rebounded to take the Listed Prix de Suresnes by five lengths on May 31. If successful, the bay would be the first Andre Fabre-trained Prix du Jockey Club hero for Coolmore partners...

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Galileo's Peaceful Takes the Irish 1000

The Curragh's Saturday card was run on real Galileo (Ire) ground and so it was with a degree of predictability that his sole representative in the G1 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas Peaceful (Ire) relished the fast going to bring up a second fillies' Classic in less than a week for Ballydoyle. It proved a momentous renewal for Michael Tabor, who saw the first three home carry his silks, for the supersire who was surpassing Danehill with a record 85th group 1 winner, and also for the O'Brien family with Aidan,...

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Observations: Aug. 14, 2019

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. Today's Observations features the debut of a full-brother to a G1 Grand Prix de Paris winner. 5.20 Gowran Park, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, 8fT Michael Tabor's MOGUL (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) heads a trio of Aidan O'Brien nominees and the bay, who secured the second highest price at last year's Tattersalls...

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