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Maktoums Rule Keeneland in Flashback to September
Author: Michele MacDonald
As the lyrics of the song that dazzled Broadway proclaimed, everything old seemed new again at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The mighty forces of Godolphin and Shadwell made a huge impact through investments in Books 1 and 2 that, when combined, were the largest put forward by the Maktoum F....
Here’s hoping Cracks
Here’s hoping Cracksman gets a crack at the Arc
Author: Nicholas Godfrey
News last weekend that Ulysses is likely to run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe before his ultimate target, the Breeders’ Cup Turf, added a bit of life to a race seemingly totally dominated by one horse in the shape of superstar filly Enable. However, it says much for Enable’s tow....
Singapore aiming to
Singapore aiming to turn back the clock
Author: Howard Wright
If a week is a long time in politics, four years is an eternity in international racing. The Singapore Turf Club is about to find out just what it means to have scrapped overseas competition for that length of time. Having introduced its first international race in 2000, to mark the opening of the m....
Gun Runner Brilliant
Gun Runner Brilliant Arrogate Flops Godolphin Begi
Author: Michele Macdonald
A Arrogate MERICANS have been looking to the revered grounds of Saratoga Springs, New York, as a proving field for decades, the places where champions sometimes are buried in its figurative graveyard or new leaders are forged in the fires of competition. Within the span of about a week and a half in....
Will the real Arroga
Will the real Arrogate please stand up
Author: Nicholas Godfrey
The Secret to great comedy, so they say, is timing. In which case my most recent column in these pages can go down as a barrel of laughs. No sooner had I pointed out the highly creditable form worldwide of horses to have run on Dubai World Cup night than the mighty Arrogate, or ‘not so mighty&....
Rainbow Stakes adds
Rainbow Stakes adds to Newburys international fla
Author: Howard Wright
G Rey skies and the ever present threat of rain, on a day typical of this summer in Britain, could not dampen the spirit of enthusiasm at Newbury for the 36 running, and one of the best renewals, of the Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR). th And it was hard to distinguish who had the bigger sm....
A horse a horse my k
A horse a horse my kingdom for a horse
Author: Nicholas Godfrey
So precisely where do we stand after a slew of senior Classics around the world? The truth is, I bet you don’t really know any more than I. We’ve certainly seen some particularly exciting races, full of final furlong drama, but after Derbys in England and France, we are no nearer identif....
Tapwrit Perseveres I
Tapwrit Perseveres In Belmont Gives Pletcher 150th
Author: Michele MacDonald
Not long after the sun rose at Belmont Park on June 10, a gloomy sense permeated the air that the 149th edition of America’s oldest and longest Classic race, the 1m4f Belmont Stakes, had fallen apart. Pre-race favourite Classic Empire, the 2016 Champion Juvenile, had been withdrawn with his se....
Godolphin leads way
Godolphin leads way in equine aftercare
Author: Howard Wright
As double acts go, Diana Cooper and Di Arbuthnot might not challenge the legacy of Morecambe and Wise, but there is no escaping their enthusiasm to please, nor their passion for the subject of aftercare of racehorses. Both were well to the fore when the International Forum for the Aftercare of Raceh....
Weld legacy already
Weld legacy already cemented but continues to grow
Author: Nicholas Godfrey
Given Dermot Weld’s well deserved reputation as an international pioneer, it came as a bit of a shock to learn last weekend that he had not saddled a winner in America since 2008, when Winchester won the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes. A quite brilliant piece of placement with Zhukova soon put tha....
Walker taking steps
Walker taking steps to make mark
Author: Howard Wright
What a tie for international racing that was a couple of weekends ago. The first of the year’s Classics in Britain and the US; two hugely rich Group One races in Hong Kong; a couple of million dollar races in Adelaide, and a Grade One mile race in Tokyo; something there for everyone. Thank goo....
The gravy train roll
The gravy train rolls on for Arrogate who produces
A for ABSOLUTE, R for Resolute, R for Resurgent, O for Optimistic, G for Gifted, A for Astute, T for Terrific and finally E for Exuberant. A for Arrogate. You could come up with your own augmentation comprising adjectives to describe the world’s best racehorse. I am happy with my set. Arrogate....
Arrogate’s ‘Incredib
Arrogate’s ‘Incredible’ Run Stamps Dubai World Cup
Author: Michele MacDonald
SUPERLATIVES are overused in our era but there was no doubt after Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate soared like some kind of real life Pegasus, flying from last early to trounce all rivals in the 22nd running of the Dubai World Cup, that he had delivered the rarest kind of performance, one that ranks ....
Disappointing night
Disappointing night for O’Brien and Team Ireland
Author: Tom Jennings
It was a disappointing night for the Irish at Meydan on Saturday, particularly for Aidan O’Brien who had brought a big team to Dubai from his powerful Tipperary yard. Seventh Heaven, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, came closest to giving O’Brien a fourth winner in the Emirates when putting u....
Latest Hollywood blo
Latest Hollywood blockbuster
Author: Derek Thompson
HOLLYWOOD is the place to be this weekend as the HH Sheikh Mansour Festival moves to Los Angeles for the Darley Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Friday night, the HH Sheikha Fatima Group 1 Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday and then the star studded Charity Dinner at the world famous Beverly Wilshire H....
Experience Provides
Experience Provides The Winning Edge
Author: John Berry
How long is a piece of string? How old is an old jockey? Both questions are hard to answer. Jockeys are professional athletes, and generally one thinks professional athletes are starting to deteriorate by the time that they reach what one might term as ‘middle age’. However, to describe ....
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25 Sep 2017
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