Wootton Bassett (GB)

O'Brien Pair To Race On In Hong Kong

Group 1 second Islandsinthestream (Ire) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) and the group-placed Mythology (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) have both been sold to Hong Kong interests and will race on in that jurisdiction, Joseph O'Brien confirmed to The Irish Field on Tuesday. The former is now in the barn of Tony Cruz, with Mythology settled in with Pierre Ng. "Everybody needs to keep trading for the bottom line," O'Brien told The Irish Field. "We're lucky to have had 2-year-olds who could compete in those top juvenile races and now it's all about looking...

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Katsumi Yoshida And Narvick International Snap Up Channel For 1.2m At Arqana

A winner of the G1 Prix de Diane, CHANNEL (IRE) (Nathaniel {Ire}--Love Magic {GB}, by Dansili {GB}) (lot 215) was knocked down for €1.2 million on the bid of Katsumi Yoshida/Narvick International during the first day of Arqana's Vente d'Elevage. In foal to Wootton Bassett (GB), the granddaughter of G1 Cheveley Park S. heroine Magical Romance (Ire) (Barathea {Ire}) was consigned by La Motteraye Consignment.   The seven figure mark has been broken again at the ❄️#VentedElevage as CHANNEL (lot 2️⃣1️⃣5️⃣), Prix de Diane (Gr.1) winner in foal to #WoottonBassett...

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King Of Steel Will Travel To The Breeders' Cup With the Turf The Likeliest Target

Amo Racing's G1 Champion S. victor King Of Steel (Wootton Bassett {GB}) has been given the go ahead to travel and contest the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita next weekend. According to Amo's Kia Joorabchian, the massive grey is likely for the GI Breeders' Cup Turf, of which the Champion S. was a "Win and You're In" on QIPCO British Champions Day. "We've been monitoring him all week, I've spoken to Roger [Varian] almost every day and I went to see him this week," Joorabchian told Nick Luck's Daily Podcast...

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'It's Hollywood Script': King of Steel Gives Frankie Magic Champion Finale

Ascot is really where it all began for Frankie Dettori and after Saturday's opening salvo of QIPCO Champions Day it looked to have already given that farewell gift, but there was one final blessing to be bestowed on its favourite son as Amo Racing's King Of Steel (Wootton Bassett {GB}--Eldacar {GB}, by Verglas {Ire}) prevailed in the G1 QIPCO Champion S., a "Win and You're In" for the GI Breeders' Cup Turf. As deep into the feature 10-furlong contest as the final 100 yards, the glorious sign-off looked unlikely to...

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Classic Winner Channel, In Foal To Wootton Bassett, To Sell At Arqana's Vente d'Elevage

La Motteraye Consignment will offer Classic heroine Channel (Ire) (Nathaniel {Ire}) during the Arqana Vente d'Elevage from Dec. 9-12. A winner of the G1 Prix de Diane, the 7-year-old is a daughter of the G1 Cheveley Park S. winner Magical Romance (Ire) (Barathea {Ire}). Carrying to Wootton Bassett (GB), the daughter of Love Magic (GB) (Dansili {GB}) is also from the same line as standouts Alexandrova (Ire) (Sadler's Wells), Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Chicquita (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}), Philomene (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Pacifique (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}). Her eldest foal...

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Keeneland Breeder Spotlight: Heider Happy Playing The Long Game

The apartment glistens with the quiet discernment of its owner. Lexington spreads below the great windows and balcony, its urban grid seamed green by the many old trees that endure downtown. In somewhat the same way, amid all the artwork, the gleaming décor, Scott Heider draws on Nature to explain his love of this business. He gestures towards a rose in a vase. "That's the best analogy, you know," he says. "Beautiful, but it doesn't last forever. I look at the wonderful broodmares we've been blessed with--these living, breathing creatures--and...

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Relative Of Gio Ponti Set For Thurles Unveiling

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. Thursday's Observations features a relative of Grade I sire Gio Ponti (Tale Of The Cat). 14.15 Thurles, Mdn, €15,000, 2yo, f, 8f 11yT Aidan O'Brien trainee GUSHING (American Pharoah), a $435,000 Keeneland September graduate, is a daughter of GIII Cardinal H. third Antonia Autumn (Bernstein), herself a half-sister to...

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Wootton Bassett Colt Another Millionaire For Magnier At 1.25m As Tattersalls Session Ends

Just a handful of lots remained to sell on Wednesday evening, and lot 352, a son of Coolmore sire Wootton Bassett (GB) and a half-brother to G1 Commonwealth Cup winner Golden Horde (Ire) (Lethal Force {Ire}), attracted a final bid of 1.25 million from MV Magnier to become the fourth millionaire on the day. The Clara Stud-consigned son of Entreat (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) is also a half-brother to listed winner Line Of Departure (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), and under the second dam is Turkish Group 2 winner Producer (GB) (Dutch Art...

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Arqana Series Best-Turned-Out Winners Revealed

A quartet of horses and stable staff have been honoured--one from each Arqana Series race--with a best-turned-out prize by the sales company. The 2023 best-turned out winners are as follows: Herve Billot and Atlantic Ways (Ire) (Ulysses {Ire}) in the Arqana Series des Pouliches Guianand 'Suraj' Bissessur and National Interest (Fr) (Kingman {GB}) in the Arqana Series des Poulains Willy Royer and Jasna's Secret (Fr) (Galiway {GB}) in the Arqana Series Criterium d'Ete and Ger Wallis with Islandsinthestream (Ire) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) in the Haras de Bouquetot Arqana Series Criterium...

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Wootton Bassett's Zabiari Wins The Prix Des Chenes

Thursday's G3 Prix Des Chenes was robbed of TDN Rising Star Alcantor (Fr) (New Bay {GB}), leaving just a trio for ParisLongchamp's mile contest and a slowly-run affair which saw The Aga Khan's Zabiari (GB) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) prevail. Runner-up in the Listed Criterium du FEE at Deauville last month, the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained 6-5 second favourite followed the G3 Prix Francois Boutin winner Grey Man (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) around before being launched two out. In front soon after, he veered towards the rail inside the last half furlong to...

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Half-Sister To €2.2-Million Arqana August Sensation Set For ParisLongchamp Unveiling

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. Thursday's Observations features a half-sister to a seven-figure Arqana yearling. 14.23 ParisLongchamp, Mdn, €50,000, unraced 2yo, f, 8fT Pascal Bary trainee LADY INVINCIBLE (FR) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) is the second of three foals out of a half-sister to MG1SW sire Shamardal (Giant's Causeway). The May-foaled bay is a €300,000...

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Yoshito Yahagi Snaps Up 1 Million Wootton Bassett Colt In Deauville

A bay son of Wootton Bassett (GB) and G3 Prix Miesque heroine Magic America (High Yield) (lot 281) caught the eye of Japanese trainer Yoshito Yahagi to the tune of €1 million during Sunday's Arqana August Yearling Sale. Part of Anna Sundstrom's Coulonces draft, the April foal is a half-brother to Look Around (GB) (Kingman {GB}), who won the Listed Star S. and was placed twice at Group 3 level. The pair's dam, who was second in the G1 Prix Morny, has also produced the G3 Prix du Calvados second...

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