Siskin

Racing Review of the Year: Part I

The Classic Generation At the start of June, with France and Germany having already crept cautiously back into play after the COVID full-stop, Britain joined in with the beginning of a flourish of catch-up fare. In under a week of racing, we had a new star to gaze at, and time experts were in awe of Bjorn Nielsen's English King (Fr) (Camelot {GB}). While he looked super-slick in the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial, he was to be given the justifiably dreaded number one draw at Epsom and gave up any...

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Lord Kanaloa Leads 30-Strong Shadai Roster

Lord Kanaloa (GB) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}) leads the Shadai Stallion Station roster for 2021. The sire of recent dual G1 Japan Cup heroine and Horse of the Year Almond Eye (Jpn), he will command ¥15,000,000 (US$143,654/£107,013/€119,227) tops among the 30-member roster next year. Shadai welcomes three new recruits for the upcoming breeding season-GI Arkansas Derby hero Nadal (Blame) (¥4,000,000), G1 Irish 2000 Guineas victor Siskin (First Defence) (¥3,500,000) and G1 Champions Cup winner Le Vent Se Leve (Jpn) (Symboli Kris S) (¥1,500,000). A trio of stallions stand at ¥10,000,000 and...

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Siskin to Stand at Shadai Stallion Station in 2021

Classic winner Siskin (First Defence-Bird Flown {GB}, by Oasis Dream {GB}) will stand for ¥3,500,000 at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan, the stud announced on Tuesday. It was earlier revealed the Juddmonte homebred's breeding rights had been sold to a group of breeders in June. Trained by Ger Lyons, Siskin won his first five starts, breaking his maiden at Naas in May of his 2-year-old year and quickly adding a listed race later that month, before first tasting group success in the G2 Railway S. that June. He saluted in...

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This Side Up: Euros to Dollars

Well, we know that such Europeans as have been able to make the trip--another lockdown began in England on Thursday--won't be in the slightest danger of catching anything on the dirt track. If we can meanwhile break the shackles of the pandemic as well, maybe someone might feel sufficiently liberated finally to have another go next year. But at least the raiders should again be in the thick of things over on the grass. Now that the Breeders' Cup returns to Kentucky, moreover, they will be expecting an especially congenial...

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Siskin A Transatlantic Juddmonte Masterpiece

LEXINGTON, KY--In the 36-year history of the Breeders' Cup, few owners have been so intertwined with the event as has Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms been. The operation's 80 starters at the meeting are bettered only by Godolphin and the Coolmore partners, while its seven winners and over $16-million in prizemoney at the Breeders' Cup is only slightly inferior to the record accrued by Coolmore. Juddmonte and the Breeders' Cup, in fact, have nearly come of age together. At the time that the inaugural Breeders' Cup was staged at Hollywood Park...

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Lir Can Fly, But Can He Go The Mile?

LEXINGTON, KY--Tuesday brought about another bright but cool morning in Lexington, and the European Breeders' Cup contingent-all bar the Ballydoyle brigade, which touched down in Lexington late on Monday evening and will be ensconced in quarantine until Thursday-had another opportunity to stretch their legs at Keeneland. The English and Irish Guineas winners Kameko (Kitten's Joy) and Siskin (First Defence) were among those who took to the training track for the second straight day, with Kameko once again catching the eye in a light gallop just as dawn broke. Siskin once...

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Euro Raiders Break The Ice At Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY--With temperatures plunging into subzero depths overnight on Sunday, there was a truly wintery feel at Keeneland on Monday morning to coincide with the release from quarantine-a concept that many more of their human custodians can relate to in 2020--of most of the European Breeders' Cup raiders. (Click here for a video of European Breeders' Cup contenders training on Monday) As tractors worked over the main dirt course attempting to thaw it, training was restricted in the early morning hours to Keeneland's training track, and the Jessica Harrington-trained fillies...

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Siskin Targeting Breeders' Cup

Khalid Abdullah's Siskin (First Defence) is aiming at a run in the GI Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland on Nov. 7, provided ground conditions suit. "The Breeders' Cup Mile is under serious consideration," Juddmonte Racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe told the TDN. "We're concerned about two things: one is the amount of rain that's fallen in Kentucky the last few days; we know he's a horse that's best on fast ground so that's one concern. The other concern is if they continue to race on the turf track leading up to...

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Siskin's Sister Is First Winner For Flintshire

Talacre, a half-sister to this year's G1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Siskin (First Defence), is the first winner for five-time Grade/Group 1 winner Flintshire (GB), who stands at Hill 'n' Dale in Kentucky. 1st-Gowran, €15,500, Mdn, 9-19, 2yo, f, 8fT, 1:42.50, gd. TALACRE (f, 2, Flintshire {GB}--Bird Flown {GB}, by Oasis Dream {GB}), third last time over seven furlongs in The Curragh's Loder Irish EBF Fillies Race on Aug. 14, raced behind the leaders on the rail throughout the early stages. Angled wide for her challenge at the top of...

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Palace Pier Aiming For QEII

G1 St James's Palace S. and G1 Prix Jacques le Marois victor Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) will bid to keep his unbeaten record intact in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. on Champions Day at Ascot on Oct. 17. Trainer John Gosden, who will be bidding for a fifth win in the race, said, "Palace Pier will go straight to Ascot for the Queen Elizabeth II S. He took his race at Deauville [the Marois] well, and he's been in good order since. I don't think the ground there...

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Siskin's Next Start Up in the Air

Classic hero Siskin (First Defence), who lost his unbeaten tag with a third in last week's G1 Qatar Sussex S., has emerged from that effort well, but his connections are not sure where he will start next. Trained by Ger Lyons for Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte operation, the homebred had scored an impressive victory in the G1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas in his sophomore bow at The Curragh on June 12. The bay was unbeaten in four runs as a juvenile, including the G1 Keeneland Phoenix S. and G2 GAIN...

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A Sussex to Savour on Wednesday

With the delayed 2020 turf season now enjoying some kind of equilibrium, the pick of the season's milers line up for one of the first category-defining moments in Wednesday's G1 Qatar Sussex S. Of the older brigade, last year's G1 St James's Palace S. and G1 Prix du Moulin hero Circus Maximus (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is an outsider if the betting is to believed at present despite returning to add the June 16 G1 Queen Anne S. to his tally. Out of luck in the Queen Anne but highly impressive...

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