Getting To Know The First-Season Sires Ahead Of The Foal Sales

It is the most wonderful time of the year. No, I'm not talking about Christmas, but the upcoming foal sales.  What is it that we all love about this time of year? Surely much of the attraction about the foal sales revolves around seeing the progeny of first-season sires and predicting who is here to stay and who will be banished to the memory banks in the years to come.  The best part of the whole thing is you get to put your money where your mouth is and there...

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Dark Angel to Remain at €60,000 in 2024

Yeomanstown Stud's flagship sire Dark Angel (Ire), who reached a landmark 100 individual stakes winners in 2023, will remain at a fee of €60,000 in 2024. His top performers of the year have included Khaadem (Ire) and Art Power (Ire), whose victories at Royal Ascot and on Champions Day brought Dark Angel's total of Group 1 winners to 15, while his six-year-old son Alfareeq (Ire) won his second consecutive G1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan in March. The G2 Prix d'Harcourt winner Shaman (Ire) will have his first runners next season...

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Yeomanstown's Star Sire Dark Angel Stays at 60k

Leading sire Dark Angel (Ire) will remain at €60,000 for 2023 as Yeomanstown Stud released fee details on Friday.  Battaash (Ire) and Harry Angel (Ire) flew the flag for Dark Angel at the highest level in recent seasons and the 17-year-old broke new ground with French Classic scorer Mangoustine (Fr) this term.  First-season sire Invincible Army (Ire) remains at €7,500 while Supremacy (Ire) has been dropped to €10,000 from €12,500. Shaman's (Ire) first foals sell this autumn and he remains at €5,000. Gay O'Callaghan said, "Dark Angel has had another...

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Supremacy To Stand At Yeomanstown In 2022

Last year's G1 Middle Park S. winner Supremacy (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}-Triggers Broom {Ire}, by Arcano {Ire}) will enter stud at Yeomanstown Stud next year. A fee will be announced at a later date. England's highest-rated 2-year-old of 2020, Supremacy also won the G2 Richmond S. for owner Jason Goddard and trainer Clive Cox. With a rating of 118, he is the highest-rated son of Mehmas and hails from the prolific family of Group 1 winner Xtension (Ire) and champion sprinter Harry Angel (Ire). "Supremacy is just pure class," said Cox....

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Commonwealth Cup Goal For Supremacy

Last year's G1 Middle Park S. winner Supremacy (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) has wintered well, according to trainer Clive Cox, and will stick to sprints for his 3-year-old campaign, with the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot his key early season target. Cox said the G3 Pavilion S. at Ascot on Apr. 28 and the G2 Sandy Lane S. at Haydock on May 22 are under consideration as starting points for the colt. "Supremacy will stay at six furlongs, so we're looking at the Pavilion, the normal sprinting route--with possibly the...

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St Mark's Basilica Tops European 2YO Rankings

For the eleventh time, Aidan O'Brien was responsible for the European Champion 2-year-old, with St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) having topped the official classifications for 2020 on a mark of 120. The colt, a half-brother to 2000 Guineas winner and young Coolmore stallion Magna Grecia (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), is the seventh consecutive winner of the G1 Darley Dewhurst S. to be named as the top-rated juvenile in Europe. St Mark's Basilica's stable-mate Wembley (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who was runner-up in both the Dewhurst and the G1 Goffs Vincent...

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Supremacy To Bypass Gimcrack

Last out G2 Richmond S. winner Supremacy (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) will bypass Friday's G2 Gimcrack S. and train up to the Sept. 26 G1 Middle Park S. after returning an unsatisfactory scope. "His scope wasn't perfect so that's the main reason, but with the rain forecast that was another factor as well," said trainer Clive Cox. "France [Saturday's G1 Prix Morny] was definitely off the list. There was heavy ground forecast. We're running Nando Parrado there instead. "The Gimcrack was a bit of an after thought, but I'm afraid he...

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Supremacy To Swerve Morny

Nando Parrado (GB) (Kodiac {GB}) will be Clive Cox's sole representative in next weekend's G1 Prix Morny after the trainer revealed that his G2 Richmond S. winner Supremacy (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) will sit out that contest and potentially head to the G2 Gimcrack S. at York on Aug. 21. Nando Parrado has not been seen since winning Royal Ascot's G2 Coventry S. at 150-1, having missed his last intended target in the G2 Prix Robert Papin. "We are very keen on Nando Parrado heading in that direction, who I think...

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The Weekly Wrap: More Joy For Cox And McCartan

It was 11 years ago that Xtension (Ire) (Xaar {GB}) became only the second group winner for his trainer Clive Cox when landing the G2 Veuve Clicquot Vintage S. under Adam Kirby. In the intervening years, Cox and Kirby have become a force to be reckoned with, particularly in the major sprint contests and often with horses bought relatively inexpensively by the trainer. Xtension was himself a €15,000 yearling purchase from his breeder Paul McCartan of Ballyphilip Stud, and he was later sold on as a 3-year-old to race in...

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