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Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:58 am

Capri wins the St. Leger (G1) in a close finish over Crystal Ocean and Stradivarius. First St. Leger win for Ryan Moore. Capri is the first Irish Derby winner to win the St. Leger since Nijinsky in 1970.
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ThreeMustangs wrote:Capri wins the St. Leger (G1) in a close finish over Crystal Ocean and Stradivarius. First St. Leger win for Ryan Moore. Capri is the first Irish Derby winner to win the St. Leger since Nijinsky in 1970.
Gutted for the two Sea The Stars colts but it was a great race!
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Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:25 pm

The race before the St. Leger was the Champagne, a G2 for 2yos. The $3 million Scat Daddy yearling, Mendelssohn (half to Beholder, etc.), finished 7th and last, unfortunately :(
The race was won by the other O'Brien-trained Scat Daddy colt, Seahenge, out of Fools In Love by Not For Love. That's all USA breeding. ;)
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Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:54 pm

I know Ryan Moore is technically the Ballydoyle Stable Jockey, but in the last few weeks, when it comes to Moore vs. Donnacha O'Brien, O'Brien Jr. seems to comes out on top!
weeeeeeeee
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Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:50 pm

Aidan O'Brien could have four horses running in the Arc - Capri, Highland Reel (2nd last year), Order of St George (3rd), and the filly Winter. IMHO (and Paddy Power & Betfair's opinions :P ) all of them have a chance.
https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/wi ... ien/301321

The big question for O'Brien's yard could be; who will Ryan ride? :P :lol:
https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/wh ... phe/301340
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:55 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote: The big question for O'Brien's yard could be; who will Ryan ride? :P :lol:
https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/wh ... phe/301340
I would think that it's a toss up between Capri and Winter.
And I hope that Ryan will pick up Winter who I think has the best shot.
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:27 pm

"...I hope that Ryan will pick up Winter who I think has the best shot."

It's hard to ignore how well three-year-old fillies (weight break!) have done over the last decade in the Arc, so I agree with you. Still have to favor Enable over Winter when it comes to the fillies, but I wouldn't be surprised if those two are in front at the finish.
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Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:45 pm

Zayat paid 1.6M euros for a Frankel colt at Goffs today. Aidan O'Brien will train at Ballydoyle.
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Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:08 pm

O'Brien may have SEVEN horses in the Arc. In addition to the four mentioned above, add Cliffs of Moher, Idaho and Seventh Heaven.
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Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:00 am

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Tatts: drama as Godolphin outbid Coolmore at 4,000,000gns for the Galileo filly out of Breeders' Cup winner Dank
https://twitter.com/rpbloodstock/status ... 72/video/1
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Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:07 pm

We may have a horse coming from across the Other Pond to run in the BC. :D

Breeders' Cup on horizon as Dubai star Real Steel strikes
Report: Japan, Sunday
Tokyo: Mainichi Okan (Grade 2) 1m1f | turf | 3yo+
A rare Japanese presence at the Breeders' Cup is a possibility after Real Steel (Yoshito Yahagi/Mirco Demuro) gained a first victory since last year's Dubai Turf success with a narrow win over Yasuda Kinen scorer Satono Aladdin.
Trainer Yoshito Yahagi revealed the five-year-old is likely to be aimed at the Breeders' Cup Mile at Del Mar on November 4 following his neck triumph in the 129m yen (£875,000) contest.

Read more: https://www.racingpost.com/news/interna ... kes/303771
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Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:21 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:We may have a horse coming from across the Other Pond to run in the BC. :D

Breeders' Cup on horizon as Dubai star Real Steel strikes
Report: Japan, Sunday
Tokyo: Mainichi Okan (Grade 2) 1m1f | turf | 3yo+
A rare Japanese presence at the Breeders' Cup is a possibility after Real Steel (Yoshito Yahagi/Mirco Demuro) gained a first victory since last year's Dubai Turf success with a narrow win over Yasuda Kinen scorer Satono Aladdin.
Trainer Yoshito Yahagi revealed the five-year-old is likely to be aimed at the Breeders' Cup Mile at Del Mar on November 4 following his neck triumph in the 129m yen (£875,000) contest.

Read more: https://www.racingpost.com/news/interna ... kes/303771
Trainer Yoshito Yahagi commneted yesterday; ''Real Steel will be pointed to either the BC Mile or the Tenno Sho Autumn. I will have to talk to the owner.''

Of sidenotes;
1. Yoshito Yahagi is known as a trainer who is very keen to race his trainees overseas.
2. Jockey Mirco Demuro, one of the most predominant jockeys in JRA G1s along with Christophe Lemaire, has already been booked to ride Satono Crown in the Tenno Sho Autumn. Christophe Lemaire may still be booked to Soul Stirring, who finished 8th in the Mainichi Okan, for the Tenno Sho Autumn.
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Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:57 pm

Sweet. Would love to see the classy Real Steel run in the BC Mile.
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Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:16 am

Enable will race as a 4yo, with an Arc defense being her long-term goal. :D
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Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:18 pm

It's possible that we could be treated to a showdown between the two best turf horses in the world next year at Royal Ascot.
That's IF Winx's connections follow their tentative plan to ship her to Ascot for the Royal meet, AND if Enable chooses to run there as well, AND if they both choose the same race (yeah, I know...a lot of IF's :P).
It's a dream match up, so I'm asking the Racing Goddesses to bless the idea. ;) 8-)
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Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:42 pm

I was skeptical about the BC for Real Steel... :?
G‏ @LongBallToNoOne 3h 3 hours ago

REAL STEEL to the 10/29 G1 2000m Tenno Sho next, jockey TBA.
Was thought given to a shot at USA Breeders Mile but opted for the Tenno Sho
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Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:47 pm

Redzel Captures World’s Richest Turf Race In The Everest
A six-furlong turf contest similar in concept to the Pegasus World Cup, the $7,774,000 Everest Stakes brought significant excitement to Royal Randwick in Australia. At the wire, it was a 5-year-old gelding named Redzel who would wear the crown.

Under the guide of Kerrin McEvoy, Redzel sat a stalking trip after a good break and took command 300 meters from the wire. Redzel had enough left in the tank to hold off Vega Magic by three-quarters of a length at the wire. Longshot Brave Smash was a close third, and Chautauqua had to settle for fourth.

“I could stand here all week and say black and blue how well he was going and all this plays into our hands,” trainer Paul Snowden told theage.com.au. “This is the third time we've done it [given Redzel a month between runs], this was the best and everyone wrote him off. At his first two runs back we thought with a month between [runs] he's a bit of a risk, but it was definitely not the case. This is the best he has been and you saw it there. I have never seen Dad so excited.”

Orphaned as a foal, Redzel is a son of prominent stallion Snitzel. He was purchased for AUS$120,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Yearling sale by Chris and Michael Ward for their Triple Crown Syndications.

The horse was then syndicated to a group of 17 owners “from all walks of life,” according to dailytelegraph.com.au. They include Peter Piras, who has battled leukemia and undergone bone marrow treatments in recent years, and he insists that Redzel has helped him to stay strong through the fight. Another owner, John Medland, coached the NSW cricket team in the 1980s, and owner Abram Savage describes himself as a “simple concreter living the dream.”
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/thor ... e-everest/
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Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:42 pm

Racing unites in grief following death of stable groom Ken Dooley
Racing was trying to come to terms with the death of a member of its core workforce on Sunday after Ken Dooley, a groom who worked for trainer Amanda Perrett, died at Kempton in an incident that led to the abandonment of racing on Saturday night.

Dooley, who was in his 50s, is believed to have suffered a kick to the head in the racecourse stables shortly after two horses from the Perrett team had run on the all-weather card.

His was the second death on a racecourse this year following the stalls incident at Haydock in July which claimed the life of RaceTech stalls handler Stephen Yarborough.
https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/ke ... ncy/304648
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:16 pm

Champions Day at Ascot is this coming Saturday, and those races may have an impact on our Breeders' Cup. Not just who wins, but who doesn't run. Hurricane Ophelia won't impact Ascot, but there are more storms predicted for the coming weekend.
Weather is toward the bottom of this article:
https://www.racingpost.com/news/champio ... day/304716
Highland Reel did not run in the Arc because of the soft ground, and I wonder if O'Brien will skip Ascot as well if the turf is soft-to-heavy. It's a very good chance then that we will see HR defending his 2016 win in the BC Turf, since Del Mar's turf is bound to be more to his liking.
IMHO, that wouldn't be Ballydoyle's ideal choice for HR. He already has the title of a BC Turf champ, but he doesn't have the Champions Stakes on his resume, which I'd guess Coolmore covets for their horse. He's five and I wouldn't be surprised if he's going to be retired at the end of this year, especially if he can go out with a top Group or Grade 1 victory.
He's been so good for years, and I'd think that such a fast, classy, SOUND son of Galileo will be in high demand. 8-)
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Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:36 pm

The cards for the Champions Day races have been changing a bit, but obviously not finalized. For example, Idaho is listed in the field of the Long Distance Cup but, since he just ran yesterday at Woodbine, I'm pretty sure he's NOT running at Ascot. :P
https://www.racingpost.com/racecards/2/ascot/2017-10-21
I'm not sure when the post position draw is...maybe tomorrow?
One O'Brien horse (out of the possible herd he has entered ATM) who is missing from these races is Winter. That's a bit surprising; I thought the big grey filly would at least be in the F&M Stakes. :? Maybe her Arc run took a lot out of her and O'Brien needs to back off on her?
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