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AUSTRALIA’s star mare, Winx, has been relatively busy since the last issue of Al Adiyat, winning three times, twice having to overcome unpromising situations. Initially, the 6yo daughter of Street Cry stretched her unbeaten run to 18 with a narrow victory in a thrilling Group 2 Warwick Stakes.....
Defoe & Massaat shar
Jockey Andrea Atzeni has ridden two of the last three St Legers winners and was impressed by Defoe who trialled for the final Classic of the UK season with a cosy victory in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury. Trained by Roger Varian and owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, Defoe, a ....
Nothing shabby about
DONCASTER’S four day St Leger meeting kicked off 12 days ago with a 6f juvenile novice event and one of the easiest winners of the fixture in the shape of Sheikh Hamdan’s Shabaaby. Trained by Owen Burrows, the son of Kyllachy may only have beaten three rivals but he could not have been m....
Capri motors to Lege
Class prevailed in last weekend’s 241st St Leger when Capri and Ryan Moore combined to win the 1m6½f Classic and provide trainer Aidan O’Brien with yet another high point in what has been a memorable 2017 for Ballydoyle. Winner of the 1m4f Irish Derby, Capri missed his intended pr....
Two winners four Gro
Team Godolphin experienced what is probably best described as an interesting Sunday last weekend with runners performing with credit all over Europe. Their European day began and ended with winners and, at Deauville in France, Mythical Magic and Cascadian provided them with a 1-2 in the Listed Prix ....
Quality of their 3yo
Star 3yo Enable remains on course to try for a fourth top level success of the season in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York later this month. After winning both the English and Irish Oaks, the John Gosden-trained Juddmonte homebred daughter of Nathaniel claimed a runaway victory last time out in the ....
Alazeez preps up for
A Lazeez prepared for the Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) meeting on Dubai Day with a successful run in the Debbie Burt Equine Creative Media Progressive Conditions Stakes run at Newbury. The 4yo son of Madjani, owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trained by James Owen, resp....
Paddocks await Mindi
Seven times a winner at the highest level, Minding has been retired due to injury, her trainer Aidan O’Brien has confirmed. She goes into retirement with the accolade of being described by O’Brien as ‘one of the best fillies I have ever trained’. A dual Group One winner at tw....
Hard to follow Cavia
Relief, combined with obvious excitement, were the mixture of feelings for trainer David Hayes and Neil Werrett, part owner of Oscietra, after the first foal of the mighty Black Caviar won on her second start last Friday. Black Caviar became a worldwide star during her unbeaten 25 race career, which....
Moore the merrier as
Ryan Moore claimed he did not know he had ridden his 100 Group One winner after Winter came home in dominant fashion under him in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. th Moore has ridden top flight wins in some of the biggest races in Australia, Hong Kong and Japan, but was unaware he had reached....
Haydock likely next
Richard Hannon is considering a tilt at the Sprint Cup at Haydock Park with Tupi following his fine third in France recently. The 5yo was sent off among the outsiders for the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest and belied his starting price to run a huge race in third behind Brando and Aclaim. The Tamayu....
Trainer who enjoyed
One of, if not the, most successful ‘dual purpose’ trainers of recent times, Frenchman Francois Doumen has retired due to illness it was confirmed last weekend. A groundbreaking trainer on the Flat with Hong Kong and Dubai hero Jim And Tonic, Doumen will forever be remembered in Britain ....
Retired Gannon braci
Forced to admit defeat in her battle to recover fully and return to the saddle, Cathy Gannon is keen to move forward after announcing her retirement in July. The 35yo had been sidelined since breaking all the toes in her left foot in the starting stalls at Lingfield in May last year. She had hoped t....
It’s all in the bloo
GENES play a huge part in horseracing so, on that basis, it was no surprise when Mori landed the Listed Height of Fashion Stakes, over just short of 1m2f and restricted to 3yo fillies, at Goodwood. A 3yo daughter of Frankel, winner of the Group 1 Sussex Stakes, Goodwood’s biggest race of the s....
Thunder Snow and hea
GODOLPHIN’s UAE Derby winner, Thunder Snow, tried valiantly but he, as well as four others, were powerless to prevent Churchill adding the Irish 2000 Guineas to his victory in the English equivalent three weeks earlier. The winner, a 3yo son of Galileo and last year’s European Champion J....
Winter warms up a da
NEWMARKET 1000 Guineas heroine Winter dominated her rivals to complete the notable double in the Irish 1000 Guineas on The Curragh. The Aidan O’Brien-trained 3yo daughter of Galileo saw off stable companion and hot favourite Rhododendron to win the 1000 Guineas over the Rowley Mile three weeks....
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