Star Bloodstock

Seven Days: From Fast to Feast 

If you are a racing tragic, and I'd like to think that most TDN readers fall into this celebrated bracket, it is impossible to have a day off at the moment. Trials, Classics, they come thick and fast in these heady weeks of spring. We've waited winterlong, starved of any meaningful action, and now it's hard not to feel a little queasy at the veritable feast of racing which is set before us, course after course after course. There's barely even room for the Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Maiden Hurdle. ...

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No Longer The 'Mugs In The Middle' – Star Bloodstock To Wind Down Breeze-Up Operation

Star Bloodstock, the consignment that unearthed talents like Malavath (Ire), A'Ali (Ire) and more, is set to wind down its breeze-up operation and concentrate entirely on producing future top-notchers on the racetrack instead.  The shift in focus has reaped immediate rewards with the aptly-named Make Haste (GB) (Blue Point {Ire}), a leading Royal Ascot contender after posting a stunning debut success at Naas for trainer and breeze-up consignor Diego Dias, being snapped up by Gainesway and LNJ Foxwoods.  Bought by Byron Rogers, Star Bloodstock and Dias at the Tattersalls Book...

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Breeders' Cup Ambition For Mansa Musa

The Breeders' Cup is calling for the connections of Mansa Musa (Ire) (Ten Sovereigns {Ire}) after the Diego Dias-trained colt acquitted himself well in Group company at the Curragh.  Mansa Musa was last seen finishing a good second in the G3 Round Tower S. and now Barry Irwin, who heads Team Valor, the part-owners of the speedy juvenile, is dreaming of a tilt at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Irwin said, "I think six furlongs for him at this moment is just a little too far against the really...

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Mansa Musa Set to Head to Hong Kong

Goodwood maiden winner Mansa Musa (Ire) (Ten Sovereigns {Ire}) looks poised to continue his career overseas, according to his Irish-based trainer Diego Dias.   "I was going to supplement him for the Phoenix S. at the Curragh on Saturday, but I think we have sold him and he is probably heading to Hong Kong," he said. Bred by the Cullen family's Middlelane Farm, the juvenile was offered at the Goffs Dubai Breeze-up Sale in March but was bought back by his partners in Star Bloodstock, who had given 55,000gns for...

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Vendor Buyback To Royal Ascot Prospect – Gaenari Leaves Dias Dreaming 

While records were being broken at the Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Sale on Friday, leading breeze-up handler Diego Dias showed that there is always another way to get a horse sold when sending out Gaenari (Ire) (Inns Of Court {Ire}) to finish second in the opening maiden on Guineas weekend.  It was just over a month ago when Dias was forced to buy back Gaenari after she failed to put in the breeze he felt she was capable of doing. Devoid of any other options, Dias, backed by Star Bloodstock's Matt...

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Tattersalls In Spotlight As Breeze-ups Begin

NEWMARKET, UK—The first British breeze-up sale will be staged in Newmarket on Thursday when the curtain rises on the Tattersalls Craven Sale, which will be swiftly followed that same afternoon by the Tattersalls Ascot Breeze-up. Horses catalogued for both sales breezed on the Rowley Mile on Monday and extended, staggered viewing periods have been in operation at Park Paddocks over the last few days to allow agents, trainers and other prospective purchasers ample time for inspections within the confines of social distancing. Earlier in the week Prime Minister Boris Johnson...

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