Palace Pier (GB)

Palace Pier to Miss Sussex With Unsatisfactory Blood Work

Top-class miler Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) will miss the G1 Qatar Sussex S. at Goodwood on July 28, after presenting with poor blood work in advance of the race. The Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum colourbearer has compiled an enviable record of eight wins in nine starts, and was last seen saluting in the G1 Queen Anne S. at Royal Ascot. He had opened his 2021 campaign with a win in the G2 bet365 Mile at Sandown on Apr. 23 and added the G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge S....

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St Mark's Basilica Leads Longines WBRR

Dual Classic winner St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), who won the G1 Coral-Eclipse S. on July 3, improved his rating from 120 to 127 to top the latest edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings. In the process, the Coolmore partners-owned colt defeated MG1SW Addeybb (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) (121) and the 122-rated Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}). Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}), the previous leader at a mark of 125, sits second, while Australian sprinter Nature Strip (Aus) (Nicconi {Aus}) is third on 123. G1 St James's Palace...

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Kingman's Palace Pier Takes the Queen Anne

Royal Ascot 2021 will be a unique experience for an action-starved public and the lucky 12,000-strong crowd witnessed a textbook beginning on Tuesday as the world's leading Thoroughbred Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) provided the ultimate showman Frankie Dettori with the latest in his catalogue of Royal winners in the G1 Queen Anne S., a "Win and You're In" for the GI Breeders' Cup Mile this fall. While odds of 2-7 suggested a total eclipse was imminent, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's TDN Rising Star could only partially overshadow...

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Frankie Looking For a Flying Start

   Frankie Dettori left it late to win his second consecutive jockey's title at Royal Ascot in 2020, so this time he will be looking for an instant boost via Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) in the opening G1 Queen Anne S. on Tuesday. If form is any guide, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's 'TDN Rising Star' can be fully expected to hand the Italian a 74th winner at the meeting, having been his 73rd on the Saturday of the last renewal when causing a minor surprise in the...

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Regal Presence Opens the Royal Meeting

While it is expected that The Queen will be at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, the fact that the monarch is not going to attend each day and that there will be no royal procession means that as far as normality is concerned we are far from out of the woods. In an upgrade on the atmospheric void that was 2020, there will be 12,000 in attendance to create some buzz at Flat racing's magnificent summer showcase which still boasts a strong, if slightly diminished, international element. While French entries have...

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Palace Pier Tops Longines WBRR

Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}), who won the G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge S. in late May, is the new top-rated horse on the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings at a mark of 125. He was previously ranked 121 on the back of his G2 bet365 Mile victory earlier this spring. Sitting in second is Nature Strip (Aus) (Nicconi {Aus}) at 123. Three horses share third at 122--Domestic Spending (GB) (Kingman {GB}) for his GI Resorts World Casino Manhattan S. win, Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}), and Mystic Guide (Ghostzapper). Adayar...

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Easy Pickings For Palace Pier In the Lockinge

Frankie Dettori could afford to be at his showboating best at Newbury on Saturday, with TDN Rising Star Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) in imperious mood as he gave his evergreen rider the ideal big-race thrill in the G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge S. Hot property as the 1-2 favourite following his eight-length comeback success in the Apr. 23 G2 Sandown Mile, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's G1 St James's Palace S. and G1 Prix Jacques le Marois hero travelled typically smoothly in the early stages despite ending up towards...

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Kingman's Palace Pier Dominant In the Sandown Mile

Sandown played host to the TDN Rising Star Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) on Friday and Clarehaven's heir apparent did not disappoint on his return in the G2 bet365 Mile. Still an unknown quantity despite wins in the G1 St James's Palace S. and G1 Prix Jacques le Marois last term, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's 4-11 favourite who signed off 2020 with a third in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. at Ascot shadowed Shadwell's well-regarded Khuzaam (Kitten's Joy) throughout the early stages. Left in front passing three...

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Stradivarius Back in Action in Sagaro

Champion stayer Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) will make his 2021 racecourse bow in the G3 Sagaro S. on Apr. 28, the Racing Post reported on Tuesday. The accomplished stayer captured the G1 Gold Cup on June 18 and July 28 G1 Goodwood Cup and ran second in the G2 Prix Foy in September. Cutting back to 1 ½ miles for the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the chestnut entire reported home seventh and was an uncharacteristic 12th in the G2 British Champions Long Distance Cup on Oct....

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Stars Line Up for QIPCO British Champions Day

Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) might be retired to the Juddmonte paddocks, but there will still be plenty of equine stars spread across five group races on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, as fields were drawn on Thursday morning. 2019 G1 QIPCO Champion S. winner Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is aiming for her second consecutive Champion S. score, and the Coolmore runner has been in prime form of late, with three Group 1 wins this season, her only loss a second to formidable frontrunner Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire})...

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Ghaiyyath Stays on Top Longines WBRR

Godolphin's Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) remains firmly atop the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings with a mark of 130, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities announced on Thursday. The Godolphin bay is undefeated this year with scores in the G3 Dubai Millennium S. in February, the G1 Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup S. ahead of Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) (121) on June 5, the G1 Coral-Eclipse S. over Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) (124) at Sandown on July 5 and a latest victory in the G1 Juddmonte International S. over...

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Palace Pier Overcomes In the Marois

Heavy ground must have played against TDN Rising Star Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) in Sunday's G1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois, but such is the prowess of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's unbeaten colossus that he duly overcame with a cosy success in one of the best renewals of Deauville's feature in recent times. Settled last early by an ever-confident Frankie Dettori, the 13-10 favourite who came to prominence in the June 20 G1 St James's Palace S. at Royal Ascot moved to Alpine Star...

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