Royal Scotsman Scoots To Richmond Triumph

Fitri Hay's Royal Scotsman (GB) (Gleneagles {Ire}--Enrol {GB}, by Pivotal {GB}) finished a close up third in Royal Ascot's G2 Coventry S. and justified odds-on favouritism with a snug victory over the same six-furlong trip in Thursday's G2 Richmond S. at Goodwood. Fourth behind the 'TDN Rising Star' display of Noble Style (GB) (Kingman {GB}) contesting a hot novice heat over five furlongs at Ascot in his May 7 debut, he graduated by five lengths over this course and distance 13 days later before his black-type debut in the Coventry...

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Caravaggio's First Hong Kong Starter a Winner

The first Hong Kong starter for Coolmore's successful young stallion Caravaggio, Circuit Nine (Ire) closed off strongly down the center of the Sha Tin 1000-meter straight course to cause a 7-1 upset in Sunday's Argonaut Plate for griffins, 2- and 3-year-olds that are unraced prior to their import. Off as the third choice on debut, Circuit Nine was slowly into stride from gate three and raced in a detached last early as the hot $1.30 (3-10) favorite Glory Bo Bo (Aus) (Deep Field {Aus}) was eased down onto the stands'...

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Ward Living the Dream With Starman

When the affable David Ward bought a Montjeu (Ire) yearling filly at Goffs Orby through SackvilleDonald for €50,000 in 2011, he could not have envisaged the journey she would take he and his family on over the next 10 years. Named Northern Star (Ire), she was no world-beater on the track, winning a maiden at Bath as a 3-year-old; however, her record as a broodmare was impeccable before her untimely death after delivering just three foals. Her second foal was Starman (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}), who carried Ward's colours to...

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Record Book Two Ends With No Half Measures

NEWMARKET, UK--On both sides of the Atlantic, the yearling sector in 2021 has shown an especially heartening vigour in the middle market--and you can't get much closer to its centre of gravity, on this side of the water, than Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale at Tattersalls. Despite losing the stimulus of Shadwell, which last year corralled 36 lots from this auction for 5,327,000gns, Wednesday's third and final session rounded off a quite astonishing performance overall. Never mind its giddy elevation on last year's sale, which had itself rallied...

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Bungle Inthejungle's Winter Power Overwhelms Nunthorpe Rivals

Friday's G1 Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe S. was always going to be about raw speed and the 3-year-old filly Winter Power (Ire) (Bungle Inthejungle {GB}) qualified more than most in that regard having displayed it in abundance in the May 13 Listed Westow S. and July 10 Listed City Walls S. over this flat York five. In front of all bar the furiously-fast Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) until the two-furlong pole, King Power's 9-1 shot left that US raider for dead there and hit the line under Silvestre de Sousa...

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A Fresh Look With Ed Sackville

It's that time of year: with just weeks to go to the start of the turf season, thoughts are turning to which of this year's freshman sires will be making a splash with their first runners. With 26 European first-crop stallions to consider, we have asked the views of those who have seen a good range of young stock at the sales. Today we get the thoughts of bloodstock agent Ed Sackville. "I better put my money where my mouth is, so my choice is Cotai Glory (GB), a track...

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Berlin Tango Sold to HK Interests

Group 3 winner Berlin Tango (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), a George Strawbridge homebred, has been sold to Hong Kong, Racing Post reported on Tuesday. In the care of trainer Andrew Balding, the newly gelded bay won at second asking at Ffos Las last July and was third in both the Listed Stonehenge S. at Salisbury in August and Doncaster's Listed Flying Scotsman S. in September. He returned this March to fill the runner-up spot in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" Conditions S. at Kempton before taking the G3 Unibet Classic...

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20/20 Vision: Ed Sackville

In this TDN series we ask a group of experts for their predictions for the 2020 flat season in Europe. Today we hear from Ed Sackville. TDN: Who do you think will be the leading first-season sire this year? ES: Through the likes of Cable Bay (Ire) and Kingman (GB), Invincible Spirit (Ire) is doing a good job as a sire of sires, so I will go for either of his sons Shalaa (Ire) and Territories (Ire). Both were top-class 2-year-olds themselves and I liked their yearlings very much. TDN:...

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