Minzaal Joins Baaeed on Shadwell Roster

G1 Haydock Sprint Cup winner Minzaal (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) has joined the Shadwell stallion roster at Derrinstown Stud in Ireland. The Shadwell team of stallions for 2023 also includes the world's best turf horse of this year, Baaeed (GB), who will be based in England at Nunnery Stud. Trained by Owen Burrows, Minzaal won the G2 Gimcrack S. at two before going on to win at the highest level this season at Haydock, in what would transpire to be his final racecourse appearance. In total, he won four of his...

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Shadwell To Announce Details On Baaeed's Stud Career This Week

Shadwell will announce details relating to Baaeed (GB)'s stud career later this week, according to the owner-breeder's racing manager Angus Gold, who also revealed that Group 1-winning sprinter Minzaal (Ire) will be joining their roster ahead of the next year's breeding season. However, Baaeed's brother Hukum (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), whose career hung in the balance after he suffered an injury when winning the G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom, returned to training with Owen Burrows on Monday and is expected to make a return to the track in 2023....

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Flightline Tops In The World

Based on his devastating, 19 1/4-length victory in the GI TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar Sept. 3, Flightline (Tapit) has assumed the mantle of highest-rated horse in the world according to the latest edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings (WBRR), which were published Thursday. The 4-year-old 'TDN Rising Star' has been given a rating of 139 for his smashing success in his first start at 10 furlongs and was improving by 12 points, having been rated on 127 following a similarly impressive victory in the GI Hill...

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Blow For Burrows As Injury Forces Minzaal Into Retirement

Minzaal (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), the brilliant G1 Sprint Cup winner at Haydock last Saturday, has been forced into retirement after sustaining a slab fracture en route to recording that career highlight. The news comes as a bitter blow to his trainer Owen Burrows, who earlier this season also had to retire his breakthrough Group 1 winner Hukum (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}). Like Hukum, Minzaal is owned by Shadwell, whose racing manager Angus Gold confirmed the news on Wednesday morning. He said, "I'm afraid it's not very good news. I'm...

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Seven Days: Triumph and Despair

There is a charming tradition for the large crowd at Baden-Baden races to applaud the runners as the field passes the post for the first time, never mind in the closing stages. For Sunday's racegoers, many of whom arrived with well-behaved dogs and sometimes less well-behaved children, the excitement level reached near-fever pitch as Frankie Dettori urged home German racing's current hero, Torquator Tasso (Ger). At the post the pair went down by just a head to the winner Mendocino (Ger), another son of Adlerflug (Ger) ridden by the man...

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On The Rhode To Victory

The village of Rhode in the Irish heartland of County Offaly may be better known for its peat but it can also boast a growing reputation as home to some of the stars of the racing and breeding world. The most recent comet to shoot to prominence having been raised on its turf is Gubbass (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), winner of Saturday's Weatherbys Super Sprint for Richard Hannon and owner Jassim Bin Ali Attiyah. The youngster was bred at  Ballyheashill Stud in Rhode by Barry Lacy and his father Tom, the...

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Minzaal Recovering From Injury

Last season's G2 Gimcrack S. winner and G1 Middle Park S. third Minzaal (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) will make a belated start to his 3-year-old campaign after suffering a leg injury in his box at trainer Owen Burrows's stable. "Unfortunately Minzaal injured himself in his box before Christmas," said Burrows. "He's had to have surgery and he's back at [owner] Shadwell at the moment recuperating." The first key target for Minzaal's 3-year-old campaign had been the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, but Burrows admitted it will be a race against...

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TDN Q&A With Ciaran 'Flash' Conroy

Minzaal (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), purchased by Shadwell for 140,000gns from Glenvale Stud at Tattersalls Book 2, is set to run in the G1 Juddmonte Middle Park S. at Newmarket on Saturday. TDN's Gary King chatted with Glenvale's 'Flash' Conroy to hear more about the horse, and his thoughts on some wider industry issues. GK: You've had plenty of top horses through the gates of Glenvale over the years. Who, in your opinion, was the best? FC: I've been fortunate to have consigned Royal Ascot winners like The Wow Signal (Ire),...

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Hukum Confirmed For St Leger

Sheikh Hamdan's G3 Geoffrey Freer S. winner Hukum (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) will line up next in the G1 St Leger on Sept. 12. The Owen Burrows-trained colt is looking to extend his perfect record this season, having also taken Royal Ascot's King George V S. on seasonal debut in June. "He's fine, and we're hoping to go to the Leger," said Racing Manager Angus Gold. "He's progressing very well, I was impressed with him at Newbury the other day. It's an extra furlong, but I don't see that...

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