Across the pond

Re: Across the pond

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:57 pm

I hope O'Brien can find the right shoe style for the colt. Coolmore can spend millions on their horses, but throwing money at this won't make the difference; they need a farrier who can find the right solution for this valuable colt.
IMO, the work of a really good farrier is essential in keeping really good racehorses sound and successful. The best seem to combine science, experience, art and instinct to figure out what works for a particular horse...and every horse is different.

This year's Arc and Champions Day are now 20 days apart, instead of just two weeks. That will be good for boosting the fields of both race meets, and could enable us to see a match-up between Enable and top males like Almanzor.
The down side of this calendar change is that there will now be only two weeks between Champions Day at Ascot and the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar. I fear this could mean fewer top Euros coming to the BC this year.
https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/en ... nza/296291
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Re: Across the pond

Postby Sparrow Castle » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:47 pm

Winx Wins Randwick Trial
Australian Horse of the Year Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}) worked successfully at Randwick Tuesday morning when winning a 1000-metre barrier trial (video), reported racenet.com.au. It was the 6-year-old’s 16th barrier trial and first win. She covered the distance in :59.98 over soft (5) ground with Hugh Bowman in the irons. The Chris Waller trainee was followed by ‘TDN Rising Star’ and GSW and G1SP Pariah (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}) in second, with MGSW and G1 Doncaster Mile runner-up Happy Clapper (Aus) (Teofilo {Ire}) taking third.

“I guess winning the trial is unusual for her,” Waller told racenet.com.au. “Both Hugh and I thought she might be doing a little bit too well at this stage of her preparation and just needed a stronger hit-out than normal because she’s a bit heavier than what she normally is. So with today’s trial, I think she’s right on track.”

Winx is scheduled to kick off her season in the G2 Warwick S. over 1400 metres at Randwick on Aug. 19, with a third consecutive A$3-million G1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) the long-term goal at Moonee Valley on Oct. 28.

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Re: Across the pond

Postby tachyon » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:19 am

What a finish!!!!

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Re: Across the pond

Postby Squeaky » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:41 pm

Who won? I think I heard Thunder Snow's name? Second?
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Re: Across the pond

Postby ThreeMustangs » Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:50 pm

Squeaky wrote:Who won? I think I heard Thunder Snow's name? Second?


A very close third. Al Wukair won by a nose over Inns of Court (image from the Racing Post):

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Re: Across the pond

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:57 pm

Following Mendelssohn's maiden win earlier on the Curragh card, Sioux Nation took the G1 Phoenix.
Their wins follow Dacita's impressive victory in the G1 Beverly D. yesterday at Arlington.
All three are by the late Scat Daddy. :(
Even though his life was tragically cut short, IMHO he may turn out to be one of the best turf sires we've seen. What a loss.
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Re: Across the pond

Postby ThreeMustangs » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:14 am

2016 European champion Almanzor finished last in his 4yo debut in a G3 at Deauville today. He probably needed the race, but last?
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Re: Across the pond

Postby katmandu » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:56 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Following Mendelssohn's maiden win earlier on the Curragh card, Sioux Nation took the G1 Phoenix.
Their wins follow Dacita's impressive victory in the G1 Beverly D. yesterday at Arlington.
All three are by the late Scat Daddy. :(
Even though his life was tragically cut short, IMHO he may turn out to be one of the best turf sires we've seen. What a loss.


Yes, and there's Lady Aurelia and Con Te Partiro, too. . . pretty amazing.
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Re: Across the pond

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:28 pm

Great racing this week, as York's Ebor Festival gets underway on Wednesday. The feature on the first day is the 1m2½f, G1 Juddmonte International Stakes, which has horses like Barney Roy, Churchill, Cliffs of Moher, Deauville, So MI Dar and Ulysses listed as entered. Goes off 7:35 AM Pacific/10:35 AM Eastern.
https://www.racingpost.com/racecards/10 ... -23/678371
Thursday's headliner is the 1m4f, G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (for F&M, not just 3yo), where we could see Enable taken on by Journey, Nezwaah and Queen's Trust. Also at 7:35 AM Pacific/10:35 AM Eastern.
https://www.racingpost.com/racecards/10 ... -24/678372
For me, FRIDAY is the day for which I have to rise at dawn. :D It's the 5f, G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, featuring the American pocket rocket, Lady Aurelia. She may be facing a strong challenger in Battaash, who is in beastly-good form right now. Same time.
https://www.racingpost.com/racecards/10 ... -25/678373
Saturday has a G2 for 2yo colts and geldings, the 6f Gimcrack Stakes. I'm seeing names like Sioux Nation, who just won at the Curragh, and Declarationofpeace, who ran in the same race and never threatened. I don't know if these colts will be running back so quickly. The entry list is long, and I expect that it will change over the next few days. 7:00 AM Pacific.
https://www.racingpost.com/racecards/10 ... -26/679519
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Re: Across the pond

Postby carole » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:40 am

Enable is such a superstar! Can't wait for the Arc!
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