Group 1 Winners Angel Bleu and Belbek to Join Sumbe Roster

Nurlan Bizakov's investment in French racing and breeding has been significant since 2019 when he bought Haras de Montfort et Preaux, followed later by the purchase of Haras du Mezeray. Branding his stallion and breeding operation as Sumbe, he added Golden Horde (Ire) to the roster for the 2021 season, and last year announced that Mishriff (Ire) would stand for Sumbe, with De Treville (GB) also on the roster. The line-up for 2024 has been enhanced again with the announcement that Bizakov's homebred Group 1 winner Belbek (GB) (Showcasing {GB})...

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Mishriff To Skip 2023 Breeding Season

Prince A A Faisal's multiple Group 1 winner Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}--Contradict {GB}, by Raven's Pass) will not cover mares in 2023, officials at Sumbe announced on Twitter Friday. Winner of the 2020 G1 Prix du Jockey Club, Mishriff added the G1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic and G1 Juddmonte International S. after a breathtaking success in a lone appearance on the dirt in the $20-million Saudi Cup. Mishriff was sidelined early this year, with Sumbe hopeful that he could begin his first season at stud, but time was called...

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“Everyone Is Welcome,” – Opportunity Knocks On La Route Des Etalons

Is it just me or should France be known as the bloodstock land of opportunity? This is the country that saw Wootton Bassett (GB) and Walk In The Park (Ire) pull themselves up by the bootstraps after entering the stud book at relatively modest sums. There are few serious racing nations that provide as much of a chance for a stallion to flourish than France does. Take Kauto Star (Fr), the greatest staying chaser of the modern era, as an example. He hailed from the largely unheralded Village Star (Fr)...

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“Minor Setback” Means Mishriff Not Fit To Cover Mares Until Mid-March

Mishriff (Ire), the brilliant Prix du Jockey Club winner and globetrotting star, has met with a minor setback at Montfort et Preaux in France and is unlikely to cover mares until mid-March as a result. Trained by John and Thady Gosden, Mishriff amassed almost £12 million in career-earnings and is set to stand for €20,000 for his debut season at stud.  A spokesperson for stud said, "Sumbe regrets to announce that our new stallion Mishriff has suffered a minor setback which may delay his stud duties until mid-march 2023. "Although...

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Mishriff Takes Up The Mantle at Sumbe

In the stallion yard at Sumbe's Haras de Montfort, the reputation of the late Le Havre (Ire) casts a long, figurative shadow. He was of course not the only stallion on the roster, but he was the first, back in the days when the farm was launched under its original guise of Haras de la Cauviniere, and he became one of France's most important stallions, given plenty of respect from breeders father afield in Europe and Japan. Le Havre is hard to replace, but in the season after his death,...

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Mishriff to Stand in France for Sumbe in 2023

Treble Group 1 winner Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}--Contradict {GB}, by Raven's Pass) will retire to France to stand at Sumbe's Haras de Montfort et Preaux at the conclusion of his racing career later this season. The 5-year-old is set to run in Sunday's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, with a tilt at the Breeders' Cup also on the cards. Prince AA Faisal's homebred landed Classic honours when winning the G1 Prix du Jockey Club and returned as a 4-year-old to win the word's richest race, the $20-million...

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James Doyle Confirmed to Ride Mishriff in King George

James Doyle, who has been enjoying a season to remember, has landed another plum ride after it was announced that he will replace David Egan aboard Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) in Saturday's G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco S. at Ascot.  Egan recorded the biggest payday of his career when partnering the John and Thady Gosden-trained Mishriff to Saudi Cup glory in 2021, however, the ride aboard the three-time Group 1 winner became available after last week Prince Faisal revealed that he would be using the best...

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Torquator Tasso and Westover to Clash in King George 

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) is among the six five-day confirmations for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO S. at Ascot on Saturday, along with Irish Derby hero Westover (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and Oaks runner-up Emily Upjohn (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}). The 5-year-old German raider was given the green light after a gallop on Monday morning at Mulheim, where he is trained by Marcel Weiss for owner Gestut Auenquelle. He bids to emulate compatriots Danedream (Ger) (Lomitas {GB}) and Novellist (Ger)...

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Prince Faisal Parts Company With David Egan

David Egan is not being retained by owner Prince Faisal as stable jockey any longer. The association has come to an immediate end with James Doyle booked to ride the Roger Varian-trained Sajwaan (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) at Newbury on Saturday. Egan, 23, is best known as the rider of Prince Faisal's Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}), and partnered him to his maiden victory at Nottingham in November 2019. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, he missed out on Mishriff's 2020 G1 French Derby win with Ioritz Mendizabal deputising. In the bay's next...

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Vadeni Camp Full Of Confidence Ahead Of Eclipse Bid

One of the most exciting horses in France, Vadeni (Fr) (Churchill {Ire}) is set to take his chance in the G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday, and connections are expecting a massive performance.  Vadeni, trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, was supplemented at a cost of £50,000 for the race on Monday. A hugely impressive winner of the G1 Qatar Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly when last seen, the French raider is a general 2-1 favourite to follow up on that success at Sandown.   Georges Rimaud, the Aga Khan's racing manager,...

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Walter Rodriguez Rides First Winner at Laurel

Walter Rodriguez, a 24-year-old native of El Salvador, rode the first winner of his career when he guided Rationalmillennial (Orb)--owned and trained by Jose Corrales--to victory in the sixth race at Laurel Park Sunday. "I kept looking at the right side to make sure nobody else was coming because I wanted to go around the horse in front of me, and after that I knew I had it," Rodriguez said. "It's very, very exciting. It's been a lot of hard work and a lot of help from all my friends."...

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Royal Ascot Likely Next Test For Mishriff

Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}), a Group 1 winner in three different countries, has Royal Ascot pencilled in for his European comeback following a lacklustre performance when attempting to defend his crown in the G1 Saudi Cup in February.  "Everything seems good and he's had a good rest following his Saudi Cup run. All things seem to be pointing to Royal Ascot at the moment," said Ted Voute, racing manager to the 5-year-old's owner/breeder Prince Faisal. "He hasn't had the best of luck [at Ascot], but two of his runs...

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