Siyouni

Observations: Half to Magna Grecia Debuts at The Curragh

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. Sunday's Insights features a half to Group 1 winner Magna Grecia. 1.45 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, c/g, 6fT ST MARK'S BASILICA (FR) (Siyouni {Fr}) is a rare runner for the sire to be housed at Ballydoyle, but as a half-brother to the stable's 2019 G1 2000 Guineas hero Magna...

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Wildcards Added To Goresbridge

Twenty-three wildcards have been added to the July 24 Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale which, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, will take place at Park Paddocks in Newmarket this year rather than Fairyhouse in Ireland. The breeze is scheduled for the Rowley Mile on July 22. Among the wildcards are lot 227, a No Nay Never half-brother to stakes winner We Are Ninety (Ire) (Thewayyouare); lot 230, a filly by red hot second-season sire Night Of Thunder (Ire) out of a full-sister to G3 Gladness S. winner Sruthan (Ire) (Arakan);...

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Yoshida Purchases Pouliches Winner

Katsumi Yoshida of Northern Farm has purchased last month's G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Dream And Do (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) privately, Jour de Galop reports. The deal was brokered by Emmanuel de Seroux of Narvick International, who said, "Dream And Do is a very pretty filly who is precocious with abundant class and speed, and she comes from an excellent maternal line. She will continue her career with [trainer] Frederic Rossi before retiring to Northern Farm in Japan. She matches perfectly the type of mare that Katsumi likes to...

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The Weekly Wrap: Classic Revival

Victor Ludorum. With such a name should we ever have doubted him? Fifteen years after his late sire Shamardal blazed to glory in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains for the first half of his own Classic double, Victor Ludorum (Ire) set up a double of a different kind at Deauville on Monday, passing the Godolphin baton to his fellow colour-bearer and last year's champion juvenile Pinatubo (Ire) to attempt to complete a posthumous Classic double for Shamardal within a week. Should the much lauded Pinatubo resurface in the manner which...

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LNJ Foxwoods Setting The Gold Standard

For the Roth Family's LNJ Foxwoods, topping 2019 will be a tall order. The spring got off to a good start when Country House (Lookin at Lucky), who the Roths had bought into after he broke his maiden five starts earlier, posted a 65-1 upset victory in the GI Kentucky Derby. But for Jaime Roth--the 'J' in LNJ alongside her parents Larry and Nanci-there is no question about what the highlight of the year was. That honour falls to Covfefe (Into Mischief), the winner of five of her six starts...

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The Slipper Fits Pivotal

As the field takes shape for the world's richest 2-year-old race, the A$3.5-million G1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, a few predictable names will be prominent among the pedigrees of the key contenders: I Am Invincible (Aus) and his late studmate Hinchinbrook (Aus); Danehill and his sons Redoute's Choice (Aus), Fastnet Rock (Aus) and Snitzel (Aus), and Vinery's evergreen shuttler More Than Ready. A somewhat surprising inclusion among these is Pivotal (GB). The Slipper features a pair of runners conceived in Europe-just the second time this...

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French Flair Added To Overbury

Nestled in idyllic Gloucestershire countryside, Overbury Stud has long been established as one of the most professional dual-purpose organisations in the industry. Run by Simon Sweeting, the stud has at the head of its diverse roster the nine-time British champion National Hunt sire Kayf Tara (GB) (Sadler's Wells). The team is made up of seven stallions in total and has recently welcomed the French-bred Le Brivido (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}). "We've got some proven sires and we've got plenty of young sires coming on, so there's excitement for the future," said...

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City Light Shines On Siyouni’s French Legacy

As Siyouni (Fr) embarks on his 10th season at the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval, his fee has increased in line with his profile. From a relatively lowly €7,000 starting price to being France's most expensive stallion at €100,000, it is a rise closely mirroring that of his own very successful sire Pivotal (GB). As of this year, Siyouni now has two sons at stud—Le Brivido (Fr) at Overbury Stud in Britain and City Light (Fr) at Haras d'Etreham in his native France. They will doubtless be joined in the...

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