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BaroqueAgain1
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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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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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tachyon
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Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:19 am

What a finish!!!!

-- Prix Jacques Le Marois
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD108fo6DfA
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Squeaky
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Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:41 pm

Who won? I think I heard Thunder Snow's name? Second?
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ThreeMustangs
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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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BaroqueAgain1
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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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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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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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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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Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:40 am

Enable is such a superstar! Can't wait for the Arc!
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:44 am

On day 1, Ulysses impressively won the Juddmonte International franking Enable's form (he was a well beaten 2nd to her in the King George).

In the final furlong, you could just hear the crowd clapping as she trounced the field! She's clearly very special to the British race-goers!
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:58 am

Wow!!
Enable is something really special!!! 8-)

http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ra ... s/3/73811/
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:50 pm

What a rousing success for Nathaniel! There's something of a Frankelian flash watching her go, what with her silks, coat and brilliance :D
A filly named Ruffian...

Eine Stute namens Danedream...

Une pouliche se nommant Trêve...

Kincsem nevű kanca...


And a Queen named Beholder
BaroqueAgain1
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:32 pm

Scot H. on TVG just made the case for Enable being the best turf horse in the world, better even than Winx. Those may be fighting words for some folks, but look at who Enable has beaten; Ulysses (won the Juddmonte International yesterday), Idaho (Hardwicke Stakes, will be favored in Saturday's Sword Dancer), Highland Reel (has won too many races to list), and pretty much every filly and mare in the Isles.
She's going to be the heavy favorite for the Arc...although this year's French classic may not be a strong edition. Ulysses and Idaho are headed to the BC, Postponed, Almanzor and Minding have been retired, and I don't know what the plans are for Highland Reel. Not sure Coolmore want their classy veteran to watch another filly's flanks finish in front of him like Found's did. :oops:
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Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:41 am

Marsha nips her on the wire after Frankie waits way too long to push the button then celebrated like he'd won. Pretty embarrassing from the jockey but the top two were well clear from the rest.
BaroqueAgain1
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Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:55 pm

It was a great race from the two fillies, but IMHO Lady A was disadvantaged by the delayed start. After most of the field was loaded (and LA was one of the first in), Bataash spent several minutes acting up and dragging a flock of handlers around...mostly backwards.
Possibly as a result of standing for so long, LA did not get away sharply like she usually does. She ended up in the middle of a press of horses and had to work to get to her preferred spot at the front.
Frankie may have been trying to give her a little breather after that, and waited...maybe a nose too long...to drive her the last furlong or so. :(
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Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:03 pm

Somewhat disappointing result for Satono Diamond (JPN) at the Prix Foy at Chantilly... great stalking run by Dschingis Secret (GER) and when they hooked up eye-to-eye, Satono Diamond folded.

Satono Diamond reportedly came out of the race with a small cut to his inside hind leg that is not expected to hinder his start in the Arc, where they will meet again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEphYLfLeoA
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Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:59 pm

Order of St. George, off of his nine-length route, may go next in the Arc of to Australia for the Melbourne Cup. I hope it's the latter.
BaroqueAgain1
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Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:38 pm

Across the Other Pond (the Pacific), unsettling news that may have a negative impact on Australian/Hong Kong racing.

Australia Regulator to Suspend Hong Kong Shippers
Travel suspension would begin Oct. 2, 2017

With the Conghua Training Centre on the Chinese Mainland scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2018, the Australia Department of Agriculture and Wager Resources (DAWR) has informed the Hong Kong Jockey Club that it intends to suspend horse movements from Hong Kong to Australia beginning Oct. 2, 2017.
The DAWR said the suspension will begin pending a review of the biosecurity controls related to the Equine Disease Free Zone (EDFZ) between Hong Kong and Conghua in the Chinese Mainland. The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) expressed disappointment in the DAWR's decision.
The HKJC said implications of the suspension will include:
• Horses will not be able to be transported directly from Hong Kong to Australia for participation in racing events or for retirement purposes.
• Australian horses will not be permitted to travel to compete in Hong Kong's international races.
• Hong Kong horses transported to Australia via New Zealand will require 180 days residency in New Zealand.

Read more: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... g-shippers

While the development of high-quality TB racing in China has been (mostly) welcomed, I'm not surprised that there are going to be obstacles, especially concerning disease issues.
China has what could be kindly described as an opaque and complicated bureaucracy. :? Trusting that Chinese disease controls are as rigorous as your own country may be hard to do and Australia has, IIRC, very rigorous quarantine standards.
BaroqueAgain1
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Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:57 pm

Another, detailed article from RacingPost:
https://www.racingpost.com/news/interna ... ong/300773
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