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  1. On the same afternoon when Sunny Ridge was honored as the 2018 New Jersey-bred of the Year, he found an inviting hole on the rail and surged to victory over a determined Diamond King in the $150,000 Salvator Mile Stakes (G3). View the full article
  2. One of the most productive claims in recent history, Jerry Hollendorfer's Vasilika heads a field of seven fillies and mares in the $500,000 Gamely Stakes (G1T) May 27 at Santa Anita Park. View the full article
  3. Green but game, Karak became the first winner for her sire, Karakontie, May 25 at Belmont Park. View the full article
  4. Sharp Sumurai (First Samurai) looks to kick off his 2019 season with a win in Monday’s GI Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita. During his sophomore season, the bay won a trio of graded stakes, including Santa Anita’s nine-furlong Twilight Derby before rounding out the year with a fourth in the GI Hollywood Derby. Returning with a score in a Santa Anita optional claimer last June, the gelding was a neck behind winner Catapult (Kitten’s Joy) in Del Mar’s GII Eddie Read S. over 1 1/8 miles in July before crossing the wire third, and was later promoted to second via DQ, in the GII Del Mar Mile H. in August. Most recently, Sharp Samurai came from just off the space to nab a nose victory in Santa Anita’s GII City of Hope Mile S. Oct. 6. Catapult, a two-time Grade II winner in 2018, was narrowly bested by Ohio (Elusive Quality) in his most recent start in the GI Frank E. Kilroe Mile S. at Santa Anita Mar. 30. A close-up second in last fall’s GI Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs, Catapult launched this term with a fourth in the inaugural $7,000,000 GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational S. at Gulfstream Jan. 26. Also exiting Gulfstream’s Pegasus, Delta Prince (Street Cry {Ire}), who finished third, returned to register an impressive victory in Keeneland’s GI Maker’s 46 Mark Mile S. Apr. 12. The post Sharp Samurai Heads Shoemaker Mile appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  5. Racing has lost one of its most enthusiastic as well as one of its most successful patrons with the passing of Paul Makin at the age of 82. Australian-born Makin first made his mark on the sport in the closing decades of the 20th century as a punter, focusing his formidable intellect and computer skills, allied to his first-class judgement of both horses and races, on the colossal Tote pools in Hong Kong (and to a lesser extent in Japan) to amass a fortune. He was thus able to invest in the bloodstock market and again he hit the jackpot, unearthing a stream of special horses and enjoying top-level success as both owner and breeder. The horse with whom Makin will be forever associated is the mighty Starcraft (NZ) (Soviet Star), whom he bought as a yearling in New Zealand for $NZ 80,000 before master-minding an adventurous career which made the magnificent chestnut a champion in both hemispheres. Trained on the Gold Coast by Gary Newham, Starcraft proved himself the champion 3-year-old Of Australia in 2004 thanks to his excellent victory in the G1 Australian Derby at Randwick and his weight-for-age triumph in the G1 Chipping Norton S. at Warwick Farm. A weight-for-age Group 1 winner in New Zealand the following spring, Starcraft was then sent to Europe early in 2005. Trained there by Luca Cumani, he established himself as World Champion Older Turf Miler thanks to his wins in the G1 Prix du Moulin du Longchamp and G1 Queen Elizabeth S. at Newmarket. Starcraft subsequently established himself as a successful stallion at Arrowlield. The other superstar to race in Makin’s red, white and blue silks was Chicquita (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}). The headstrong and sometimes wayward filly got her 3-year-old campaign off to a bad start in 2013 when veering off-course through a hedge and falling when seemingly set for victory in a conditions race at Saint-Cloud. Undaunted, Makin and her trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre stuck to their plan of running her in the G1 Prix de Diane, in which she belied her long odds to finish second to Treve (Fr) (Motivator {GB}). The following month Chicquita provided a rare example of a maiden winning a Classic when strolling home in the G1 Irish Oaks. At the end of that year, Makin’s colourful career in the sport took another turn when he offered his entire collection of racing and breeding stock in an unreserved dispersal at the Goffs November Sale. Makin had been accumulating a band of high-class broodmares including Authorized’s dam Funsie (Fr) (Saumarez {GB}) and 2009 G1 July Cup heroine Fleeting Spirit (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). The Paulyn Stud dispersal ranked as one of the notable events in modern bloodstock history, with Chicquita topping the bill at €6-million. Needless to say, Makin’s decision to retire from the game did not prove irreversible. A racing man to his boots, he could not resist the call of the turf and before long he was picking up the occasional tempting prospect including the impeccably bred La Figlia (Ire), a member of Frankel’s first crop out of dual Guineas heroine Finsceal Beo (Ire) (Mr Greeley) whom he bought for €1.8-million as a foal at Goffs in 2015. Another horse whom he raced at the time was his homebred Sky Kingdom (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}), who had been retained when the rest of the horses were sold. The son of the top-class Makin-bred Starcraft mare We Can Say It Now (Aus) (a dual Group 1 winner for Makin in New Zealand in 2010), Sky Kingdom won the Wood Ditton S. at Newmarket in 2016 and was subsequently send down to Australia, where his ever-loyal owner persuaded Gary Newham to come out of retirement to train him. Another horse whom he bred from We Can Say It Now was the winning Galileo filly Tranquil Star (Ire), who provided another reminder of Makin’s love of racing heritage: she and Chicquita both share names with champions Australian racemares of yesteryear. One of Makin’s final projects was promoting 2015 G1 Racing Post Trophy winner Marcel (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}) as a stallion. On the horse’s retirement to the National Stud in 2017, Makin explained his motivation for the project: “I’m an old guy and I tried to retire when I was 75 and now I’m five years older than that and I’m thinking to myself that I’m glad that I didn’t retire as I nearly experienced depression. The legs might be weak but it’s important to work harder as you get older and to keep your brain active.” A colourful character whose love of the racing game shone brightly throughout his life, Makin kept his brain active to the end, adding plenty to the sport in which he enjoyed so much success. The post Paul Makin Dies appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  6. 1.50 The Curragh, Mdn, €20,000, 2yo, 6fT KING OF ATHENS (War Front) is the first foal out of the G1 Fillies’ Mile winner Together Forever (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) whose full-sister Forever Together (Ire) captured last year’s G1 Epsom Oaks. With Ryan Moore on the course-and-distance runner-up Arizona (Ire) (No Nay Never), Donnacha O’Brien rides over a third stable representative in New World Tapestry (War Front), another first foal this time out of the G1 Yorkshire Oaks heroine Tapestry (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). The post Observations: May 26, 2019 appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  7. Sunday’s feast features four Group 1 races in Ireland and France and a Classic in Germany, but it is the G1 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas which dominates as Hermosa (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) bids to add to her May 5 G1 1000 Guineas success. Surprisingly as big as 14-1 when accounting for four of these rivals in the Newmarket Classic given that she had already accomplished much at two, the May foal did it the “Galileo way” there as she proved hard as nails from the front. Successful in the G3 Weld Park S. at Naas in September and runner-up in both Newmarket’s G1 Fillies’ Mile and G1 Criterium International over seven at Chantilly the following month, she was perhaps overpriced for her return due to the exposure she had in 2018 rather than due to level of ability. Ryan Moore has not enjoyed the best of fortune in picking the right Ballydoyle ride in Classics in recent times, but his decisions in these situations are not enviable ones given the depth of talent in the yard. It may be that he has chosen wrong again, with the ‘TDN Rising Star’ Just Wonderful (Dansili {GB}) showing up well at the end of the Guineas in sixth. Already a winner over this course and distance in the G3 Flame of Tara S. in September, she needs a patient ride and if things fall right has a finishing kick several of these rivals are lacking. “We were delighted with Hermosa in Newmarket and she has been well since,” Aidan O’Brien said. “Just Wonderful was a little away from the pace at Newmarket, but came home very well.” Third in the Newmarket Guineas having won that track’s G3 Nell Gwyn S. on Apr. 16, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Qabala (Scat Daddy) has every entitlement to try again with Roger Varian hopeful that she can turn form around with Hermosa as a filly still in the learning stage. “She hasn’t missed a beat since the English Guineas,” he said. “She has trained nicely and looks well in herself. She was tight for room with two furlongs to run at Newmarket and who knows, she might have finished closer. We felt if we were happy with her condition that she deserved another chance to take another shot at a Classic. She is a laid-back worker, she’s not too flashy in her work at home but her performance in the Nell Gwyn and particularly her performance in the Guineas told us just how good she is.” Michael Bell is taking a chance on the Gredleys’ G1 Prix Morny winner Pretty Pollyanna (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), who has a second try at this trip having been third in the G1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in October. “We feel there is every chance of her getting the mile a bit better this year, now that she is a year older and we’d be hopeful of being involved at the business end,” he said. “It is a good time to have runners when the yard is in good form. We won a Classic at the ‘old Curragh’ so we now want to win a Classic at the ‘new Curragh’ as well.” Also at the Kildare circuit, Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) appears only to have to repeat her defeats of Flag of Honour (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in both the G3 Alleged S. at Naas on Apr. 13 and this venue’s G2 Mooresbridge S. on May 6 to collect in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, while at ParisLongchamp the G3 Prix du Lys sees Michael Tabor’s Apr. 23 Compiegne scorer, ‘TDN Rising Star’ Ballet Russe (Ire) (Camelot {GB}), work towards a potential G1 Grand Prix de Paris tilt. Trainer Andre Fabre has collected a record 15 renewals of this, including with Swain (Ire), Doyen (Ire) and Rail Link (GB) and he also saddles Godolphin’s May 4 Listed Prix de l’Avre third Khagan (Ire) (Le Havre {Ire}). That operation also has the unbeaten Charlie Appleby-trained Moonlight Spirit (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), who scored by nine lengths in a 12-furlong Leicester handicap on Apr. 27. “Moonlight Spirit is a progressive 3-year-old who has won over this distance and we are hoping that he can be competitive at this level,” Appleby said. “A good run here might potentially open up a slot for him at Royal Ascot.” Godolphin are also well-represented in the G1 Prix d’Ispahan in which the fillies hold sway, with their ‘TDN Rising Star’ Wild Illusion (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) returning after a second in the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill in November. Successful in the G1 Nassau S. at Goodwood in August and G1 Prix de l’Opera here on Arc day, she is reported in top order. “I am delighted with how Wild Illusion has progressed from three to four,” Appleby commented. “She has come to hand quicker than we expected–the plan was to wait for the Pretty Polly S., but she has being doing very well at home. She is coming up against colts for the first time, but she is a multiple Group 1 winner including at Longchamp and I am confident that she can run another big race.” Fourth in the Opera, fellow ‘TDN Rising Star’ With You (GB) (Dansili {GB}) re-opposes Wild Illusion and George Strawbridge’s G1 Prix Rothschild winner is also out for the first time in 2019. In that regard, she hands the initiative to the prestige colt in the line-up in the Niarchos Family’s G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero Study of Man (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). He was no match for Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Prix Ganay here on Apr. 28, but ran a race full of promise when 4 1/2 lengths away in second and he remains largely unexposed. Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum’s Zabeel Prince (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) took the nine-furlong G3 Earl of Sefton S. at Newmarket on Apr. 18 and the next three home, Forest Ranger (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}), Mustashry (GB) (Tamayuz {GB}) and Elarqam (GB) (Frankel {GB}) have all boosted the form. Also on ParisLongchamp’s card is the G1 Saxon Warrior Coolmore Prix Saint Alary, where His Highness The Aga Khan’s ‘TDN Rising Star’ Siyarafina (Fr) (Pivotal {GB}) is up in trip after beating the subsequent G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches runner-up Commes (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) and Listed Prix de Pontarme scorer Noor Sahara (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) in a mile conditions race here on Apr. 22. She encounters the Wertheimers’ Platane (GB) (Le Havre {Ire}), who beat the subsequent G3 Prix Cleopatre scorer Etoile (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) in the nine-furlong G3 Prix Vanteaux at this track on Apr. 7, and also Juddmonte’s unbeaten Fount (GB) (Frankel {GB}). A daughter of Ventura (Chester House), the Andre Fabre trainee is back 13 days after scoring in a mile conditions race at Saint-Cloud which can only be a positive regarding her trainer’s intuition. Dusseldorf features the G2 German 1000 Guineas, where Team Valor’s Axana (Ger) (Soldier Hollow {GB}) stars after her success in the G2 Schwarzgold-Rennen at Cologne on Apr. 22. Saif Ali’s Main Edition (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) heads the customary strong overseas challenge having finished seventh in the Apr. 16 G3 Nell Gwyn S. over seven furlongs at Newmarket. Unproven at a mile, the G3 Albany S. and G3 Sweet Solera S. winner promises to stay and it is just a case of whether she can deal with these rivals. They include the Apr. 13 G3 Fred Darling S. runner-up Iconic Choice (GB) (Sixties Icon {GB}), who was seventh and beaten less than three lengths in the G1 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 5, and Stall Lucky Owner’s Shalona (Fr) (Soldier Hollow {GB}) who caused a surprise when beating Sharoka (Ire) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) in the Listed Henkel-Stutenpreis over this track and trip on Apr. 27. The post Hermosa Takes Up The Challenge appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  8. Hometown hero Vasilika (Skipshot) towers over Monday’s GI Gamely S. in both record and accomplishment, having done very little wrong over the past two seasons. The one-time claimer annexed a trio of graded races in 2018, including the 10-furlong GI Rodeo Drive S. at Santa Anita in September, before rounding out the year with a rare defeat, a fourth behind the Chad Brown-trained filly Uni (GB) (More Than Ready) in the GI Matriarch S. in December. A return winner in the GIII Megahertz S. Jan. 21, the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained filly came from off the pace to register another win in the Feb. 23 Buena Vista S. before taking the GII Royal Heroine S. Apr. 6. Brown tries to throw another wrench in the California stalwart’s record with graded winners Rymska (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) and Elysea’s World (Ire) (Champs Elysees {GB}). Breaking from Post 1, Rymska has shown remarkable consistency in three seasons, finishing in the money in 12 of 14 starts. Last term, she took the GIII Athenia S. at Belmont before finishing sixth in the Matriarch. This season, the black mare was runner up on the Feb. 9 GIII Suwannee River S. at Gulfstream before annexing Tampa’s GII Hillsborough S. Mar. 9. She finished second behind stablemate Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) in the GI Jenny Wiley S. at Keeneland Apr. 13. Elysea’s World, a three-time Grade III winner in 2018, kicked off 2019 with a sixth in the Buena Vista, but bounced back to eke out a win in the GIII Santa Ana S. at Santa Anita Mar. 30. The post Vasilika One to Beat in Gamely appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  9. ‘TDN Rising Star’ Gift Box (Twirling Candy) looks to score his third consecutive win since moving to the West Coast barn of trainer John Sadler in Monday’s GI Gold Cup at Santa Anita S. Previously campaigned by Lane’s End’s W.S. Farish and conditioner Chad Brown, he was privately purchased by Hronis Racing last term and moved to Sadler. The gray is a perfect two-for-two in California, besting the late Battle of Midway (Smart Strike) in the GII San Antonio S. Dec. 26 and edging MGISW McKinzie (Street Sense) by a nose after a gritty stretch battle in the GI Santa Anita H. Apr. 6. That effort was further flattered when McKinzie came back to romp in the GII Alysheba S. on Kentucky Derby day and that runner is now pointing for the prestigious GI Met Mile S. Todd Pletcher ships last term’s GII Wood Memorial S. hero Vino Rosso (Curlin) in from New York to challenge the favorite. Third in the GII Jim Dandy S. last July, he was fifth in the GI Travers S. in August and was subsequently shelved for the season. Resurfacing in Aqueduct’s one-mile Stymie S. Mar. 9, the chestnut won that event and was fourth next out in the GI Carter H. in Ozone Park Apr. 6. Core Beliefs (Quality Road) returns to the Grade I level off a narrow victory in the GII New Orleans H. Mar. 23. The third-place finisher from that test Lone Sailor (Majestic Warrior) is also entered here, having finished a neck second in the GII Oaklawn H. last time Apr. 13. The post Gift Box Seeks Third Straight Win in Gold Cup appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  10. Little Red Feather Racing, Gordon Jacobsen, and Philip Belmonte's Red King will attempt to stretch his two-race win streak in his stakes debut in the $100,000 All American Stakes (G3), going a mile over the all-weather surface at Golden Gate Fields. View the full article
  11. Breeze Easy may be in line for a return trip to Royal Ascot after Karak (f, 2, Karakontie {Jpn}–Down the Well {Ire}, by Mujadil)’s ‘TDN Rising Star’ debut win at Belmont Saturday. Sent off at 8-5 while facing the boys, the bay filly jumped out to the early lead. She was soon joined by stablemate No Nay Maybe (Ire) (No Nay Never) and those two went stride for stride through a half in :45.38. Karak easily surged past that foe with a furlong to run and drew away without being asked to win by three lengths, completing the five furlongs in :57.38. Now Is (Sidney’s Candy) was third. Karak is the first winner for her freshman sire Karakontie (Bernstein). A half-sister to Aqua Frio (Uncle Mo, SW, $177,112), she was purchased by Breeze Easy for $365,000 after working a furlong in :9 4/5 at the OBS March sale. She sold for $22,000 as a Keeneland November weanling and RNA’d for $30,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale. Sam Ross and Mike Hall’s Breeze Easy won the G2 Norfolk S. at Royal Ascot last year with Shang Shang Shang (Shanghai Bobby). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $60,000. O-Breeze Easy LLC. B-Parrish Hill Farm, Amanda Roach Cole & Karakontie (Ky). T-Wesley Ward. The post Karakontie Filly a ‘TDN Rising Star’ at Belmont appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  12. THE CURRAGH, Ireland—It may not have been the way the Irish National Stud wished to announce the news but it could have had no finer advertisement for a new stallion signing than the explosive victory of Phoenix Of Spain (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) in the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas. A huddle of excited breeders who had been shrewd enough to have taken a share in the horse ahead of his Classic season cheered the winner back to the enclosure and the cat was very quickly out of the bag with regard to future plans for the imposing grey. “We were going to make an announcement later in the week as really this day is all about Phoenix Of Spain’s owners Tony Wechsler and Ann Plummer,” said Irish National Stud manager Cathal Beale. “These horses appear on our radar quite early and, being by Lope De Vega and out of a good mare who has produced three other stakes horses, we went to have a look at him. Patrick Diamond and Gary Swift do a lot of work on this and they went to see him after he was second in the Vertem Futurity and said they really liked him. He’s impossible not to like him: he’s a big, strong, old-style horse.” Having run fourth on debut last July, Phoenix Of Spain returned at the end of that month to win a Wolverhampton maiden, a victory that was backed up by his first stakes win at York’s Ebor meeting in the G3 Acomb S. He final two runs of the season saw him finish second behind each of the two horses who vied for favouritism over the last few days for the Irish 2,000 Guineas. Too Darn Hot (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) was his conqueror in the G2 Champagne S. at Doncaster while Magna Grecia (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) took top honours when Phoenix Of Spain returned to the Yorkshire track for the G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy. Beale continued, “Looking at him, you wouldn’t think he would run at two, never mind being as good as he was, so we hoped that as a 3-year-old he would improve, though we didn’t dare dream of what just happened there. His pedigree and everything about him suggested he would be a better 3-year-old and through Geoffrey Howson and Matthew Houldsworth, who look after his owners, we got talking, and we had a good back and forward for a few weeks, then got the deal done. It’s been a pleasure ever since because they are fabulous people and the story should be them.” In time, Phoenix Of Spain will be a welcome addition to the Irish National Stud’s stallion row, which currently hosts one of the most influential stallions in the world. Now 22, Invincible Spirit has already had a Guineas winner in his own right this season with Magna Grecia, while his son Kingman (GB) supplied Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner Persian King (Ire) and is enjoying one of the most eye-catching starts a stallion has made in many a year. Furthermore, another son, I Am Invincible (Aus), is one of the most sought-after stallions in Australia. “Invincible Spirit is a real legacy horse for us and his mother even more so is a breed-shaper through the likes of Kodiac and Gustav Klimt,” Beale said. “Rafha (GB) is moving almost into Urban Sea territory at this stage and I think that’s the foundation of Invincible Spirit’s ability. As a sire of sires he has I Am Invincible, and Kingman looks to be a really exciting stallion, then there’s Charm Spirit (Ire), and Cable Bay (Ire) has started well, and hopefully National Defense (Ire) can do the same for us.” He added, “A couple of our clients have already got involved and taken shares in Phoenix Of Spain and fair play to them because they took a punt. We allowed people in at that stage and then we said we would close him until the end of the season. We haven’t made any major decisions but the plan was always that he would retire at the end of his 3-year-old season, but we’ll let the dust settle and see what happens. I don’t think we expected that today. Charlie may have but we didn’t, and to do that first time out, I don’t think it’s been done for 45 years, and it’s testament to Charlie to have the confidence and the ability to swerve the Guineas at Newmarket when he wasn’t quite happy with him. But this is very special from our point of view: it’s our home Classic and the first one at the new Curragh, so it’s just wonderful.” Amid the many smiling faces at the Curragh after Phoenix Of Spain’s three-length victory were those belonging to Michael Fitzpatrick, who pinhooked the Classic winner as a foal for 78,000gns and resold him at Book 1 of Tattersalls October Sale for 220,000gns, and Geoffrey Howson, who bought him as a yearling on behalf of his longstanding octogenarian clients, Tony Wechsler and Ann Plummer. One with a tear in her eye along with a smile was agent Cathy Grassick, who bought Phoenix Of Spain’s dam, Lucky Clio (Ire) (Key Of Luck {Ire}), for 17,000gns for his breeder, Cherry Faeste, who died last year. “Cherry lived to see him win but it was her funeral on the day Phoenix Of Spain was beaten by Too Darn Hot,” said Grassick, who confirmed that Lucky Clio is now back in foal to Lope De Vega. “Cherry was the most amazing breeder. She only had two mares originally, including the dam of [Grade 2 winner] Grandeur. Her husband Arild is here today and has kept the mares on at their Tourgar Stud, and they come to us at Newtown Stud for the breeding season.” The post Phoenix Of Spain Bought By Irish National Stud appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  13. Last year, Shadwell’s Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) was nowhere near his best in Haydock’s G2 Temple S. but the star five-furlong specialist turned Saturday’s renewal into a non-contest in a show of strength that suggests it could even be a career-best. It had seemed a long time since he had streaked to success in the G1 Prix de l’Abbaye in October 2017, but after a 4-year-old campaign of mixed fortunes he was every bit the sprinter that had torn apart Marsha (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}) in that Chantilly feature. Sent off the 5-6 favourite on the strength of Charlie Hills’s positive vibes leading up to his comeback, the bay tanked off the fast pace and when delivered to the front two out by Jim Crowley surged away from the G1 Nunthorpe S. one-two Alpha Delphini (GB) (Captain Gerrard {Ire}) and Mabs Cross (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) to score by 2 1/2 lengths and 3/4 of a length. Saturday, Haydock, Britain ARMSTRONG AGGREGATES TEMPLE S.-G2, £100,000, Haydock, 5-25, 3yo/up, 5fT, :57.95, g/f. 1–BATTAASH (IRE), 130, g, 5, by Dark Angel (Ire) 1st Dam: Anna Law (Ire), by Lawman (Fr) 2nd Dam: Portelet (GB), by Night Shift 3rd Dam: Noirmant (Ire), by Dominion (GB) (200,000gns Ylg ’15 TAOCT). O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Ballyphilip Stud (IRE); T-Charles Hills; J-Jim Crowley. £56,710. Lifetime Record: Hwt. Older Horse-Eur at 5-7f, Hwt. 3yo-Fr at 5-7f, G1SW-Fr & G1SP-Eng, 16-8-1-3, $1,167,061. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. 2–Alpha Delphini (GB), 130, g, 8, Captain Gerrard (Ire)–Easy to Imagine, by Cozzene. (20,000gns Ylg ’12 TAOCT). O-The Alpha Delphini Partnership; B-Mrs B A Matthews (GB); T-Bryan Smart. £21,500. 3–Mabs Cross (GB), 132, m, 5, Dutch Art (GB)–Miss Meggy (GB), by Pivotal (GB). (£3,000 Ylg ’15 DONNOV). O-David W Armstrong; B-Highfield Farm LLP (GB); T-Michael Dods. £10,760. Margins: 2HF, 3/4, 4HF. Odds: 0.80, 20.00, 3.50. Also Ran: Pocket Dynamo, Kachy (GB), Caspian Prince (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. The post Battaash Is Back and How In the Temple appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  14. Odds of 2-13 leant an almost Frankel-like air to TDN Rising Star Calyx (GB) (Kingman {GB}) as he graced Haydock on Saturday, but there was no exhibition from one in the pink, green and white of Juddmonte this time as the G2 Sandy Lane S. produced a shock result courtesy of Hello Youmzain (Fr) (Kodiac {GB}). Successful in the G2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte in October, Jaber Abdullah’s homebred had failed to stay the seven furlongs of the G3 Greenham S. on his return at Newbury Apr. 13 but was in his comfort zone here tracking the leader Royal Intervention (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}). Taking command approaching the furlong pole as Frankie Dettori loomed on Calyx, the 5-1 second favourite was soon waving goodbye to the G2 Coventry S. and G3 Pavilion S. winner as he surged to an impressive 3 1/4-length success. Calyx only just held on to second by a neck from Royal Intervention after hanging away his chance and tiring late. Calyx’s trainer John Gosden was watching from The Curragh and believed the slick surface was mainly to blame for the favourite’s reversal. “I don’t think he was too happy on the ground, as he rolls his knee and was uncomfortable,” he explained. “He got a bump leaving the stalls and was set alight and so that and the ground was not a good combination. It is very quick there and we were hoping the rain would come last night.” Saturday, Haydock, Britain ARMSTRONG AGGREGATES SANDY LANE S.-G2, £90,000, Haydock, 5-25, 3yo, 6fT, 1:12.13, g/f. 1–HELLO YOUMZAIN (FR), 126, c, 3, by Kodiac (GB) 1st Dam: Spasha (GB), by Shamardal 2nd Dam: Spa (GB), by Sadler’s Wells 3rd Dam: Sandy Island, by Mill Reef O-Jaber Abdullah; B-Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd (FR); T-Kevin Ryan; J-Kevin Stott. £51,039. Lifetime Record: GSW-Fr, 5-3-1-0, $202,885. *1/2 to Royal Youmzain (Fr) (Youmzain {Ire}), Hwt. 2yo Colt-Ity, Hwt. 3yo-Ger at 9.5-11f, MGSW & MG1SP-Ger, GSW-Ity, $364,563; Zuhoor Baynoona (Ire) (Elnadim), SW-Eng; and Saglawy (Fr) (Youmzain {Ire}), SP-Fr, $114,319. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. 2–Calyx (GB), 126, c, 3, Kingman (GB)–Helleborine (GB), by Observatory. O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB); T-John Gosden. £19,350. 3–Royal Intervention (Ire), 123, f, 3, Exceed and Excel (Aus)–Exciting Times (Fr), by Jeune Homme. O-Lord Lloyd Webber & W S Farish; B-Exciting Times Partnership (IRE); T-Ed Walker. £9,684. Margins: 3 1/4, NK, 2 3/4. Odds: 5.00, 0.15, 33.00. Also Ran: True Mason (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. The post Calyx Succumbs To Hello Youmzain in the Sandy Lane appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  15. Crushed into long odds-on favouritism, Hong Kong-based Southern Legend (Aus) (Not A Single Doubt {Aus}) very much embodied the name of his sire when hacking up to post the easiest kind of victory in defence of his title in Saturday’s S$1.5-million Kranji Mile in Singapore. Blizzard (Aus) (Starcraft {NZ}), formerly based in Hong Kong but now trained locally by Lee Freedman, turned in a cracking effort for second ahead of Hong Kong’s Singapore Sling (SAf) (Philanthropist) in third. Drawn two–he had the inside barrier last May–Southern Legend jumped well, but was beaten for speed, as Singapore Sling was driven along to lead from the outside gate in the field of 10. Pressed along by Countofmontecristo (NZ) (Echoes of Heaven {Aus}), Singapore Sling led around the turn and into the lane, but Zac Purton maneuvered Southern Legend into the three path approaching the 400m marker and the duo stormed to the front a sixteenth of a mile later before shooting clear as tons the best. Singapore Horse of the Year Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park {Aus}) rallied mildly from the tail to be fourth, albeit well-beaten. “When Singapore Sling went forward like he did, I thought ‘great’–I just knew from experience that he’s not effective like that so I was happy to let him go, let him use his energy and then wait for the last quarter to do our job. It set the race up for us,” Purton opined. Southern Legend was returning to winning ways, having been slightly disappointing when sixth to Almond Eye (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) in the G1 Dubai Turf Mar. 30. With Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock {Aus}) to contend with at home over 1600m, Southern Legend could be tried over further next season. “He’s versatile, he’s won from 1200 metres and he ran a bottler in the [G1 Citi Hong Kong] Gold Cup at 2000 metres so when he’s on his game he’s going to run a cracking race,” trainer Caspar Fownes said, adding that the G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup over the mile and a quarter could be the December destination. Hailing from the family of G1SW Charge Forward (Aus), Southern Legend has a yearling full-sister named Loveland (Aus) and his dam was most recently bred to Epaulette (Aus) on a late October cover. In the day’s other main events, Aramco (Aus) (Magic Albert {Aus}) outfinished favoured Lim’s Cruiser (Aus) (Casino Prince {Aus}) to cause a minor upset and give trainer Shane Baertschiger a first top domestic success in the Lion City Cup. The Michael Clements-conditioned Top Knight (Aus) (Zoustar {Aus}) proved too classy for his rivals in a popular victory in the Singapore Guineas. Both horses were ridden by Vlad Duric. Saturday’s Results: KRANJI MILE, S$1,500,000 (£858,750/€974,810/A$1,579,898/ US$1,087,965), Kranji, 5-25, 3yo/up, 1600mT, 1:33.61, gd. 1–SOUTHERN LEGEND (AUS), 126, g, 6, Not A Single Doubt (Aus)–Donna’s Appeal (Aus), by Carnegie (Ire). (A$280,000 Ylg ’14 INGEAS). O-Boniface Ho Ka Kui; B-Corumbene Stud (NSW); T-Caspar Fownes; J-Zac Purton; S$892,500. Lifetime Record: SW & MGSP-Aus, MG1SP-HK, 30-10-3-5, $3,441,895. 2–Blizzard (Aus), 126, g, 7, Starcraft (NZ)–Stormy Choice (Aus), by Redoute’s Choice (Aus). (A$75,000 Ylg ’13 INGMAR). O-Infinitude Stable. S$318,750. 3–Singapore Sling (SAf), 126, g, 5, Philanthropist-Sing Dixie Sing (SAf), by Western Winter. (R225,000 Ylg ’15 CAPJAN). O-Nikki Ng Mien Hua. $161,250. Margins: 2HF, HF, 1 1/4. Winner’s Odds: 0.60. Also Ran: Debt Collector (NZ), Countofmontecristo (NZ), Preditor (NZ), War Affair (NZ), King Louis (Aus), Elite Excalibur (Aus), Makanani (Jpn). Click for the Singapore Turf Club chart. VIDEO. LION CITY CUP, S$800,000 (£457,530/€519,032/A$839,434/US$581,714), Kranji, 5-25, 3yo, 1200mT, 1:08.99, gd. 1–ARAMCO (AUS), 126, g, 6, Magic Albert (Aus)–Eye For Fun (Aus), by Snitzel (Aus). (A$750,000 Ylg ’14 INGEAS). O-Aramco Stable; B-Dr I Duckworth (NSW); T-Shane Baertschiger; J-Vlad Duric; S$476,000. Lifetime Record: 31-10-4-8, $882,069. *1/2 to Mossfun (Aus) (Mossman {Aus}), G1SW-Aus, $2,355,787. 2–Lim’s Cruiser (Aus), 126, g, 6, Casino Prince (Aus)–Hope Downs (Aus), by Good Journey. (A$17,000 Ylg ’14 MMGCYS; A$100,000 2yo ’15 MGLJUN). O-Lim’s Stable. S$170,000. 3–Mister Yeoh (Aus), 126, g, 4, Wanted (Aus)–Wai Lin (Aus), by Scenic (Ire). O-Mister Yeoh Stable. S$86,000. Margins: NK, 2 1/4, NK. Winner’s Odds: 5.60. Also Ran: Clarton Super (Aus), Gingerella (Aus), Bold Thruster (Aus), Nimble (Aus), Super Fortune (Aus), Zac Kasa (Aus), Constant Justice (Aus). Click for the Singapore Turf Club chart. VIDEO SINGAPORE GUINEAS, S$800,000 (£457,530/€519,032/A$839,434/US$581,714), Kranji, 5-25, 3yo, 1600mT, 1:34, gd. 1–TOP KNIGHT (AUS), 126, g, 3, by Zoustar (Aus) 1st Dam: Nero Cavallo (Aus), by Charnwood Forest (Ire) 2nd Dam: Huntington Girl (Aus), by Black Zephyr (NZ) 3rd Dam: Gentle Marchesa (Aus), by Purple Patch (Aus) (A$65,000 Ylg ’17 MMMAR; A$130,000 2yo ’17 MMOCT). O-Falcon Racing No. 7 Stable; B-; T-Michael Clements; J-Vlad Duric; S$476,000. Lifetime Record: 9-6-1-1, S$887,404. 2–Elite Incredible (Arg), 126, c, 3, Valid Stripes (Arg)–My Chance (Arg), by American Chance. O-Elite Performance Stable. S$170,000. 3–Lim’s Lightning (Aus), 126, g, 3, Lope de Vega (Ire)–Wayne’s Gold (Aus), by Golden Snake. (A$50,000 2yo ’17 MMOCT). O-Lim’s Stable. S$86,000. Margins: 1 3/4, HD, HD. Winner’s Odds: 0.80. Also Ran: Mo Almighty (Aus), Siam Vipasiri (Aus), Super Smart (Aus), Gold Star (Aus), Siam Blue Vanda (NZ), Vittoria Perfetta (Aus), No Fun No Gain (NZ), Pennywise (Arg), Hardcore (NZ), Siam Royal Orchid (Aus), Legend Rocks (Aus), Street Party (Aus), Makkem Lad (Aus). Click for the Singapore Turf Club chart. VIDEO. The post ‘Legend’ Miles the Best in Kranji Defence appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
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