Observations: Book 1 Kingpin Starts Out at The Curragh

1.20 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, c/g, 8fT GULF OF MEXICO (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) debuts for Ballydoyle in the maiden won by Saxon Warrior (Jpn) and Mogul (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) in recent times and, at 1.1 million gns was the joint-second highest-priced colt at the Book 1 Sale in October alongside stablemate Age Of Kings (Ire) (Kingman {GB}). A son of the G2 Queen Mary S. winner and G1 Cheveley Park S. runner-up Anthem Alexander (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}), the May-foaled bay encounters experienced opposition including his stable's eye-catching course maiden runner-up...

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Newsells Park Stud's Blue Hen Shastye Dies After Foaling

Newsells Park Stud manager Julian Dollar has led the tributes to the multiple Group 1-producing Shastye (Ire) (Danehill), who has died at the age of 21 shortly after giving birth to a Dubawi (Ire) colt on Sunday. The dam of five individual black-type performers, including Group 1-winning brothers by Galileo (Ire), Japan (GB) and Mogul (GB), who are now stallions, the progeny of Shastye have been sensational on the track and in the sales ring. Described by Dollar as "one of the most inspirational and life-changing horses" he has ever...

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Mogul Joins Coolmore National Hunt Roster

Mogul (GB) (Galileo {Ire}-Shastye {Ire}, by Danehill), winner of the G2 KPMG Champions Juvenile S. at two and the G1 Grand Prix de Paris and G1 Hong Kong Vase at three, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at The Beeches Stud in 2022 under the Coolmore National Hunt banner. He will stand for €4,000. Among those that Mogul beat in his top-level wins were the G1 Deutsches Derby scorer and G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runner-up In Swoop (Ger), who he will stand alongside at The...

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Plenty To Play For at Longines HKIR

by Alan Carasso The Longines Hong Kong International Races meeting Sunday at Sha Tin Racecourse has had much to overcome over the last few years. In 2019, massive social unrest--including a cluster at the Chinese University of Hong Kong a stone's throw from the track--left some doubt as to whether the event would go forward at all. At the end of the day, not only did it proceed, but it was supported to the tune of record turnover of HK$1.71 billion. Twelve months ago, in the midst of a pandemic...

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Favourites Handed Low-Stress Draws for Longines HKIR

A total of 43 horses representing Hong Kong, England, Ireland, France and Japan were entered for Sunday's HK$100 million Longines Hong Kong International Meeting at Sha Tin Racecourse, and the luck of the barrier draw--held Thursday morning in the parade ride at the track--was much in favour of the horses that are anticipated to be at the head of the markets in the four events. For a horse like reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year Golden Sixty (Aus) (Medaglia d'Oro), who likes to get back and then put his...

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Quality Lineup For Longines HKIR

Loves Only You (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and a team of five from Ballydoyle headed by defending G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase hero Mogul (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) are among a list of 49 world-class gallopers that have been extended invitations to the 2021 Longines Hong Kong International Races to be staged Sunday, Dec. 12, at Sha Tin Racecourse. Some 22 of the invitees have already struck at Group 1/Grade I level. Following her history-making performance in the GI Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar Nov....

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For Second Straight Year, Longines HKIR Prove Odds-Defying Show

by Alan Carasso Hong Kong was in the throes of massive social unrest at the time of the 2019 Longines Hong Kong International Races, protests had taken place at the Chinese University of Hong Kong literally steps away from Sha Tin Racecourse, and the city bore the scars of the same. The tension was palpable, yet the Hong Kong Jockey Club staged a successful renewal of the races, so successful, in fact, that record turnover of HK$1.71 billion was realised. Only weeks after, Hong Kong was enveloped in the global...

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'Legend' Unluckiest Among Favorites at Longines HKIR Draw

A total of 39 horses representing Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland and France were entered and barriers drawn Thursday morning for Sunday's HK$95 million Longines Hong Kong International Races meeting at Sha Tin Racecourse. Although Boniface Ho's Classique Legend (Aus) (Not A Single Doubt {Aus}) has yet to win a race at Group 1 level--he is a multiple Group 2 winner in Australia--he is one of the marquee horses of this year's HKIR, having arrived in Hong Kong on the back of a dominating victory in the A$15-million The Everest at...

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O'Brien Runs Over Breeders' Cup Team

Aidan O'Brien has 12 Breeders' Cup trophies on his mantle, and he sends a typically strong team to Keeneland next week with numerous chances to bolster that number. Among the heavyweights are 2020 Group 1 winners Mogul (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who will attempt to give their trainer a sixth win in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf. The 3-year-old Mogul earned his first top-level victory in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris on Sept. 13 with the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe second In Swoop...

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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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