St Mark's Basilica (Fr)

St Mark's Basilica Leads Longines WBRR

Dual Classic winner St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), who won the G1 Coral-Eclipse S. on July 3, improved his rating from 120 to 127 to top the latest edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings. In the process, the Coolmore partners-owned colt defeated MG1SW Addeybb (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) (121) and the 122-rated Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}). Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}), the previous leader at a mark of 125, sits second, while Australian sprinter Nature Strip (Aus) (Nicconi {Aus}) is third on 123. G1 St James's Palace...

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Siyouni's St Mark's Basilica Electrifying In The Eclipse

There were only four runners, but what Saturday's G1 Coral-Eclipse lacked in numbers it more than made up for in sheer buzz as the 3-year-old St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) was in scintillating form in Sandown's prestige contest. Heavily-backed into even-money favouritism beforehand, Ballydoyle's G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains and G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero tracked Addeybb (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) and Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) throughout and when launched by Ryan Moore passing the two-furlong pole quickly subdued his elders en route to an emphatic 3 1/2-length...

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Select Eclipse the Focus on Saturday

Tactical nuance will be the order of the day in Saturday's G1 Coral-Eclipse, with Sandown's prestige affair hosting a trio of male thoroughbreds who have been tested and proven internationally and just one other very much on the fringe. With the big three of Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}), Addeybb (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) and St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) responsible for nine top-level victories between them in this country, France, Dubai and Australia, this renewal really does offer something different. All of them have a largely consistent profile with...

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Strong Field of Seven for Coral-Eclipse

Seven horses, five Group 1 winners, have stood their ground for the G1 Coral-Eclipse S. at Sandown on July 3. Prince A. A. Faisal's Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) is favoured, and enters off wins in the $20-million Saudi Cup in Riyadh in February and a neck victory over Sunday's G1 Takarazuka Kinen victress Chrono Genesis (Jpn) (Bago {Fr}) in the G1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on Mar. 27. The John and Thady Gosden trainee faces a stiff three-pronged entry from Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore partners' dual...

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St Mark's Basilica Completes A Classic Double At Chantilly

As far as passages around Chantilly's circuit go in the 10 1/2-furlong G1 Qatar Prix du Jockey Club, St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) enjoyed one as perfect as is possible on Sunday as he toyed with his rivals in the 181st edition of the Classic. Hardly breaking sweat to become the fourth colt to complete the G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains-Prix du Jockey Club double since 2005, Ballydoyle's 14-5 favourite was slotted behind the pace-setting Normandy Bridge (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) from his ideal draw by Ioritz Mendizabal and...

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Siyouni's St Mark's Basilica Prevails In the Poulains

St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) had sidestepped the G1 2000 Guineas in favour of ParisLongchamp's G1 Emirates Poule d'Essai des Poulains and the decision paid off handsomely on Sunday as the Ballydoyle colt made his mark in the testing conditions. Whether the ground put paid to the chance of the Newmarket Classic hero Poetic Flare (Ire) (Dawn Approach {Ire}) is uncertain, but he appeared to be struggling some way out as Ioritz Mendizabal swooped to conquer on the G1 Dewhurst S. winner. Despite one moment when he was squeezed...

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Siyouni's St Mark's Basilica Prevails In the Dewhurst

Saturday's G1 Darley Dewhurst S. proved the latest in a line of O'Brien family benefits, with Aidan stamping his authority with a one-two courtesy of St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) and Wembley (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Joseph's Thunder Moon (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) rounding out the placings. Behind that pair when third in The Curragh's G1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National S. over this seven-furlong trip Sept. 13, St Mark's Basilica was under cover early with Frankie Dettori playing a waiting game with the pace strong up ahead. Threaded through a...

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Future Champions on Display at Newmarket

Following Friday's G1 Fillies' Mile victory of Pretty Gorgeous (Fr) (Lawman {Fr}), Joseph O'Brien could be celebrating a notable Newmarket double on Saturday if fellow TDN Rising Star Thunder Moon (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) can provide the stable with further glory in the G1 Darley Dewhurst S. Showing an impressive surge of acceleration to upstage the re-opposing Ballydoyle pair Wembley (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) in The Curragh's G1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National S. over this seven-furlong trip Sept. 13, Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez's bay appears the main...

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Enable Faces History; O'Brien Arc Runners Scratched

She is here. She made it. Relax, breathe easier. All the personnel linked by her journey from Juddmonte foal to Clarehaven thoroughbred icon have their work complete. There is only Frankie now in the human chain that connects to the wondermare whose very name evokes positivity and entitlement. At 4:05pm Parisian time, Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) brings closure to her epic odyssey against a suitably dramatic climatic backdrop. As if she has summoned the trinity of gods of the wind, the rain and the clouds to frame her historic bid...

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St Mark's Basilica Looks For Opening at The Curragh

2.00 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, 8fT WORDSWORTH (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is the latest progeny out of the G1 Moyglare Stud S. winner Chelsea Rose (Ire) (Desert King {Ire}) and is therefore a full-brother to the G1 St Leger and G1 Grand Prix de Paris hero Kew Gardens (Ire) and the smart group-placed 3-year-old Snow (Ire). Aidan O'Brien saddles the April-foaled chestnut, who is joined by stablemate High Definition (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), a full-brother to last year's G2 Beresford S. scorer Innisfree (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). 2.35 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, 6fT...

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