Onesto

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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Onesto Set For Irish Champion S.

Fabrice Chappet is set to have his first runner in Ireland and will send the G1 Grand Prix de Paris winner Onesto (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) to the G1 Royal Bahrain Irish Champion S. on Sept. 10. The first running of the race in 1976 was won by the Francois Boutin-trained Malacate, and the Irish Champion S. last went to a French runner when Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) won in 2016 en route to becoming European champion 3-year-old. Onesto, also three, landed the G2 Prix Greffulhe in May before running...

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Seven Days: Mercury Rising

An awful lot of people have been getting hot under the collar this week, and not just because a heatwave is currently sweeping Europe, leading to the cancellation of five race meetings in England and some rejigging of times and locations on the continent. The BHA's whip report was published last Tuesday sparking a predictably wide range of views being aired on both sides of the debate. While some believe that by enforcing changes racing is pandering to those who don't understand the sport and need educating as to horse...

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Equine Worlds Collide In Team Behind Classic Hope Onesto

"Ca va, ca va, ca va," says one rider after another as they report back to trainer Fabrice Chappet on their respective mounts during a routine Monday morning exercise in Chantilly. Then comes Gregory Defrel, the Martinique-born rider of G2 Prix Greffulhe winner Onesto (Ire) (Frankel {GB}). "Tres, tres bien," he says, before gesticulating with the internationally recognised hand signal for 'ok'. That's good enough for the trainer, who remains outwardly impassive as he watches his second lot circle under the trees in the Rond Allez France. Chappet is not...

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Seven Days: Abundance

Can we have too much of a good thing? When it comes to racing in the spring the answer is almost certainly not, but the rapidity with which all the decent action takes place can make it difficult to take it all in. For example, in the last 11 days we have had three Derby favourites. First the horse who had held that honour all winter, Luxembourg (Ire) (Camelot {GB}), who was then replaced by his stable-mate Stone Age (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), all the rage after his Derby Trial victory...

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