Torquator Tasso (Ger)

Arc Champ Torquator Tasso Retired To Auenquelle

Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}--Tijuana {Ger}, by Toylsome {GB}), the 2021 G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero, has been retired from racing. As previously announced, the chestnut will stand at Gestut Auenquelle. Connections had originally been mulling a start in the G1 Japan Cup, but opted to retire the Marcel Weiss runner. Weiss confirmed: "We are grateful that he enjoyed such an outstanding career and that he has come back safe and sound. We always said he would retire if he ran well. "Frankie could not go forward too...

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Arc Glory For Frankel's Alpinista

Carried out in driving rain and accompanying gloom, Sunday's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe went to Kirsten Rausing's Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}) who with her ever-whitening coat and mud-dappled white silks navigated what resembled a ploughed field like a trail of luminescence at ParisLongchamp. Taking the eye throughout as she made easy work of the swiftly-deteriorating conditions under Luke Morris, who had been in action on the all-weather at Wolverhampton the night before, the 10-3 favourite waited with all the learned patience of such a beautifully-nurtured 5-year-old for...

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An Arc Of Questions

   After the early retreat of Desert Crown (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) and mixed signals from the Classic generation in general this summer, Sunday's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe will provide more answers if not perhaps the categoric truth about how the generations compare on Sunday. In a fascinating renewal replete with conundrums, the best of the remaining 3-year-olds in action Luxembourg (Ire) (Camelot {GB}), Onesto (Ire) (Frankel {GB}), Vadeni (Fr) (Churchill {Ire}) and Westover (GB) (Frankel {GB}) pit their wits against the matured might of Titleholder (Jpn) (Duramente...

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Guiliani's Tunnes Bounds To Classic Glory At Dortmund

Holger Renz's accidental purchase Tunnes (Ger) (Guiliani {Ire}--Tijuana {Ger), by Toylsome {GB}), a half-brother to G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) who was acquired as the result of an online oversight, brought the curtain down on his juvenile campaign with a win in Krefeld's Nov. 14 G3 Herzog von Ratibor-Rennen. Having passed on his G1 Deutsches Derby engagement this term, he made a successful comeback in a Baden-Baden conditions heat at the end of last month and continued his winning streak with a wide-margin...

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Adlerflug's Mendocino Registers An Upset In Germany

Stall Salzburg's Mendocino (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}--Mill Marin {Ire}, by Pivotal {GB}), whose previous career best was a runner-up finish behind Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in last November's G1 Grosser Preis von Bayern, initiated a pilot merry-go-round when Rene Piechulek was obliged to take the mount aboard the Sarah Steinberg trainee, but it was all smiles for the jockey as the 4-year-old colt upset illustrious opposition in a stellar renewal of Sunday's G1 152nd Wettstar.de Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden's Iffezheim venue. Piechulek had ridden last year's winner and G1...

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Big Guns Out For Sunday Fare

German bloodstock is rightly back in the spotlight on Sunday, with the highly-anticipated clash between Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) and Sammarco (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) the key race of the day despite the presence of the G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp. At this stage, a repeat win in the Arc for Gestut Auenquelle's star of the nation remains a distinct possibility even allowing for the presence of Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), who may not even be there if the ground goes testing. Apart from a surprising flop...

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Haydock's Sprint Cup Attracts 17

There is no concern with small field sizes in an ultra-competitive edition of Haydock's G1 Betfair Sprint Cup on Saturday, with a maximum line-up of 17 sprinters heading to post after the draw was made on Thursday. In the past 10 runnings, only Dream Of Dreams (Ire) (Dream Ahead) and G Force (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}) were drawn in double figures, so connections of the leading fancies Minzaal (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), Naval Crown (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), Kinross (GB) (Kingman {GB}) and Art Power (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) would have been buoyed...

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Torquator Tasso's Half-Brother Back With A Bang

Off the track since winning the G3 Herzog von Ratibor-Rennen at Krefeld in November, Holger Renz's Tunnes (Ger) (Guiliani {Ire}) who is a half-brother to the internationally-renowned G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe , G1 Grosser Preis von Baden and G1 Grosser Preis von Berlin hero Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) stormed back onto the scene at Baden-Baden on Wednesday. Confidently-backed into 9-10 favouritism for the Preis der BBAG-Jährlingsauktion, the Peter Schiergen-trained chestnut was full of running in the hands of Bauyrzhan Murzabayev throughout the early stages in a share of third. Moved...

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Dettori To Ride Torquator Tasso In Grosser Preis Von Baden

Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride 2021 G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) in a title defence of the Sept. 4 G1 Grosser Preis von Baden. The chestnut's regular jockey, Rene Piechulek, has been claimed to ride the Sarah Steinberg-trained Mendocino (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) for owner Stall Salzburg in the 1 1/2-mile feature. Torquator Tasso was second to Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) in the G1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth S. at the end of July. "Yes, it is true Frankie...

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Grosser Preis von Baden Next For 'Tasso' Before An Arc Defence

Last year's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victor Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}), who ran a brave second in the G1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO S., returned to trainer Marcel Weiss's Mulheim base on Sunday afternoon. His trainer is targeting the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden on Sept. 4 for the chestnut, who will then return to ParisLongchamp to try for consecutive Arc victories on Oct. 2. "He was very well and had no problems with the journey," said part-owner Peter-Michael Endres. "It was no...

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King George Glory For Pyledriver

The heat was on in Saturday's G1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO S. at Ascot, a "Win And You're In" for the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Turf at Keeneland in November, and there was no hiding place as Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) proved ruthless to prevail for the William Muir and Chris Grassick stable and jockey P J McDonald. Sent off at 18-1 with a below-par second in the June 3 G1 Coronation Cup last time tempering enthusiasm, last year's winner of that Epsom prize was always...

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Six Declared For Ascot's King George

All six contenders stood their ground for Saturday's G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco S. at Ascot as final declarations were confirmed Thursday morning. Juddmonte's G1 Irish Derby hero Westover (GB) (Frankel {GB} and G1 Oaks runner-up Emily Upjohn (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), set to make her first start in the Watership Down silks, will take on their elders with the advantage of a sizeable weight allowance afforded the Classic generation in the £1.25 million 12-furlong test. They have drawn gates six and three, respectively. Prince Faisal's...

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