Shamardal

Shamardal's Algiers Impressive In Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1

Algiers (Ire) (Shamardal) stormed to an impressive 6 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 G2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 Presented by Zabeel Feed on Friday to add an exclamation point to the opening card of the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Already a group winner after taking the G3 Jebel Ali Mile last term, the 6-year-old entire punched the breeze out wide as Golden Goal (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) battled Capezzano (Bernardini) for the backstretch run. In a good rhythm, although at least six deep on the bend, Algiers edged up...

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Appleby Saddles 1,000th Winner In Britain With Glory Lily

Reigning champion trainer Charlie Appleby saddled his 1,000th British winner, Glory Lily (GB) (Shamardal), at Lingfield on Wednesday. The Godolphin conditioner sent out his first winner just nine years ago in July of 2013. He recently secured his second consecutive trainers' championship on the back of taking his first G1 2000 Guineas with Coroebus (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). He also enjoyed a stellar Breeders' Cup meeting, sending out three winners--Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the GI Breeders' Cup Mile, Rebel's Romance (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf...

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Full-Brother To Grade I Winner Highland Chief Debuts At Kempton

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. Wednesday's Observations features a full-brother to Grade I winner Highland Chief (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}). 14.25 Lingfield, Nov, £6,800, 2yo, f, 7f 1y (AWT) Godolphin's homebred debutante STAR GUEST (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) is a daughter of MGSW G1 Prix d'Ispahan third Usherette (Ire) (Shamardal) and the mount of William Buick...

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Relative Of Shamardal Takes The Eye At Dundalk

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. Friday's Observations features a close relative of Shamardal. 5.30 Dundalk, Mdn, €12,500, 2yo, 8f (AWT) JUST AN HOUR (IRE) (Justify) cost China Horse Club International 450,000gns at the 2021 Book 1 Sale, with the dam being a half-sister to the champion and sire luminary Shamardal and to the G2...

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Stewart Hoping His Luck Continues With Breeders' Cup Hope Victoria Road

What you want to hear from a major owner-breeder like Trevor Stewart, the man who has set up a mini-empire off the back of buying wondermare Cassandra Go back in 1997, is that there is a nuanced approach to breeding and, with the right blend of skill and hard work, you too can make this game pay. The trouble is, Stewart does not believe that is the case. Not only does he put buying top-class racemare-turned-blue hen Cassandra Go down to good luck, but he also points to fortune favouring...

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Half To Coroebus Debuts At Yarmouth

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. Monday's Observations features a Shamardal half-brother to Coroebus (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). 1.20 Killarney, Mdn, €18,000, 2yo, 8f 60yT WATER NYMPH (IRE) (Saxon Warrior {Jpn}), one of two Ballydoyle representatives in the line-up, is a half-sister to the G1 Prix de Diane and G1 Nassau S. heroine Fancy Blue (Ire)...

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Daughter Of Secret Gesture Debuts At Newmarket

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. Friday's Observations features a Shamardal filly out of an Oaks second.    3.15 York, Cond, £100,000, 2yo, c/g, 7fT STREETS OF GOLD (IRE) (Havana Gold {Ire}) has been a revelation this season for the Eve Johnson Houghton stable and having captured the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale S. is...

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Shamardal Colt Steals The Show At Arqana

by Emma Berry, Brian Sheerin & Sue Finley DEAUVILLE, France--A Shamardal colt with rarity value to add to his illustrious family ties was the sole millionaire yearling during the opening session of the Arqana August Sale when selling for €1.6 million from Gestut Ammerland to Godolphin. Bred by one of the most respected studs in Europe, the close relation to dual Classic winner and leading sire Lope De Vega (Ire) was the stand-out on a day which had a strong clearance rate for an elite sale of 84%, with the...

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Cash Bound For French Derby

Earle Mack's Cash (Ire) (Shamardal), who ran second in Sandown's Apr. 22 G3 bet365 Classic Trial by only a short head to Juddmonte's Westover (GB) (Frankel {GB}), will make his next start in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club on June 5, according to Mack's British-based racing manager Anthony Burke. Trained by David Simcock, the colt broke his maiden at first asking going a mile at Newmarket last October. He was withdrawn from the G1 Cazoo Derby field earlier this week. Burke said, "He goes to the French Derby. We...

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Kingman Colts Catch The Eye On Saturday

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. Saturday's Observations features a pair of Kingman (GB) colts at Naas.   2.50 Naas, Cond, €22,000, 2yo, 5f 205yT AGE OF KINGS (IRE) (Kingman {GB}) is the first foal out of the G2 May Hill S. winner Turret Rocks (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) who debuts for Westerberg and Coolmore...

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A Classic Game Of Play Your Cards Right

The betting for the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas suggests that Godolphin has a very strong hand for Europe's early Classics, with Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) a solid favourite and Coroebus (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) a clear second pick. However, such strength in depth brings its own complications. The European calendar boasts three principal Guineas races (chronologically, in Great Britain, France and Ireland) and the obvious aspiration when one has the two most likely candidates is to win all three.  It is a tough, albeit not impossible, assignment for one horse alone,...

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Half To Sacred Debuts At Newmarket

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. Wednesday's Observations features a half-sister to dual group winner Sacred (GB) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}). 1.15 Newmarket, Mdn, £10,000, 3yo, f, 7fT ENSHRINE (GB) (Ulysses {Ire}) is a half-sister to Sacred (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), whose three runs for Cheveley Park Stud and William Haggas last term resulted...

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