Seven Days: And They're (Almost) Off

Cheltenham is behind us and, yes, we still have Aintree and Punchestown to come of the major jumps fixtures but, with the clocks on the turn, really the only thing to think about now is the return of the Flat. The turf season makes its staggered return in Ireland on Sunday, and in Britain the following Saturday. France is already racing ahead and packed in four stakes races at Saint-Cloud last Saturday, with the Listed Prix Omnium II providing the first TDN Rising Star on the European turf for 2023...

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Haggas Priming Elite Crew Led By Baaeed

"When you train you spend your whole life wanting a horse of this calibre, and then you get one and all you want to do is make sure that you get the very best out of him." So states William Haggas of his stable star, the Shadwell homebred Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), whose seasonal debut, which is likely to be in the G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge S. on May 14, will be one of the most anticipated returns of the season. At this stage last year, Baaeed hadn't...

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Purplepay Sells To Lael Stable for €2,000,000

Purplepay (Fr), the Group 1-placed treble winner from the first crop of Zarak (Fr), was the first to reach seven figures  at the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale when sold for €2,000,000 to Nicolas Bertran de Balanda on behalf of Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stable. The 2-year-old filly, who was trained this season by Cedric Rossi, will continue her career in America under the care of Arnaud Delacour. Bred by Madame L Lemiere Dubois, she was originally bought at last year's Arqana Select Yearling Sale for €100,000. A winner on...

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Purplepay Among Three Arqana Wildcards

Purplepay (Fr) (Zarak {Fr}), the four-length winner of the Criterium Arqana and third in the G1 Criterium International, has been added as a wildcard to the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale and will sell on Dec. 4 as lot 150. The 108-rated filly is from the productive family of Group 1 winners Ectot (GB) and Most Improved (Ire) and Group 3 winner and G1 1000 Guineas third Daban (Ire). Purplepay was offered through an Auctav online sale earlier this month and was bought back at €1.35-million. Joining Purplepay on the...

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Purplepay To Be Offered On Auctav

Purplepay (Fr) (Zarak {Fr}), winner of the Haras de Bouquetot - Criterium Arqana and third in the G1 Criterium International last weekend, will be offered in an Auctav Flash Sale on Nov. 4. A €100,000 Arqana October yearling, Purplepay broke her maiden at fourth asking and in her second try over a mile four weeks before taking the Criterium Arqana by four lengths. She was a staying on third behind the colts Angel Bleu (Fr) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and Ancient Rome (War Front) in the Gran Criterium, clocking the fastest...

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Auctav To Offer Purplepay

Purplepay (Fr) (Zarak {Fr}), winner of the Haras de Bouquetot - Criterium Arqana on Saturday, will be offered as part of an Auctav Flash Sale on Friday, Oct. 8. Trained by Cedric Rossi for Jean-Pierre-Joseph Dubois, Purplepay broke her maiden at third asking on Sept. 4 at Marseille Borely before following up in the race for graduates of the Arqana October Yearling Sale. Arnaud Angeliaume, managing director of Auctav, said, "We thank Jean-Pierre Dubois for his trust. Our Auctav Flash Sale offers quality horses such as Purplepay a chance to...

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