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Re: Across the pond

PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:43 pm
by Starine
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:We won't see Winter at Del Mar; the classy grey filly won't be running again this year.
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/thor ... -yet-2018/
I hope she runs next year. Since she's a bit larger than your average Galileo filly, she might do well if given more time to mature. And be even better as a four-year-old, which could be VERY good. :P :D


I was wondering whatever happened to her hunky older full-brother whom I spied on PedigreeQuery. He is one handsome sonofagun.

Re: Across the pond

PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:15 am
by ThreeMustangs
Cracksman is a monster. Frankie may have to make some tough decisions next year. Poor guy.

Re: Across the pond

PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:02 pm
by Starine
The appropriately named Boom Time lands the Caulfield Cup at 50-1

https://thewest.com.au/sport/horse-raci ... b88636101z (with replay)

Re: Across the pond

PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:13 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
I had to wait until I'd caught up with my DVR'd Ascot card before I opened any horse racing sites. (Sorry, but crack o'dawn is a bit too early for this late-rising Left Coaster. Especially since I'd stayed up to watch the racing from Oz. :P)
A few thoughts;
* Yeah, Cracksman was impressive. IMO, he's the best horse Frankel has sired.
Brave run by Highland Reel to just miss 2nd, considering how much he doesn't like soft ground. I understand why Ballydoyle chose this race over the BC Turf; that Champions Stakes trophy is something that they really wanted for HR. I would be surprised if we see HR at Del Mar; I have to think today's really hard race would leave him still recovering two weeks from now.
* Wasn't able to see the Long Distance Cup as the race went off before TVG began its coverage, but I'm really pleased for Order of St George. Too bad the race for the stayers isn't also a G1, because now Aiden would have that record. At least he tied Bobby F. with Hydrangea's no-wilting-here win in the G1 F&M Stakes, giving O'Brien 25 G1 wins so far this year.
* I see I have to stop calling Caravaggio the 'nearly-black' colt; he's going grey on his head and his body is covered with grey dapples. Too bad he just missed 2nd in the Sprint, finishing a nostril behind Tasleet and the upset winner, Librisa Breeze.
* Frankie Dettori rode a talented filly to victory in the QE II; this time it was pretty grey Persuasive who earned him time with The Queen, as she handed out the trophies for the race.
* Have to congratulate all the handlers and riders today. The wind was blowing so hard that the horses were really spooked and on edge. But I never saw anyone get kicked or dumped.

Re: Across the pond

PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:54 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
I would be surprised if we see HR at Del Mar; I have to think today's really hard race would leave him still recovering two weeks from now.

Or maybe not....
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/bree ... ontingent/
This is why my opinion is humble. :lol:
In addition to Coolmore's iron horse, we may get to see a bunch of Ballydoyle stars. The bolding is mine.

Highland Reel will head a typically strong Breeders' Cup squad from Ballydoyle.
“I'm not sure about Hydrangea, but Rhododendron will go for the fillies' race and Roly Poly will either go for that or the Mile,” said O'Brien.
“We will see how Churchill is in the next few days and the lads will make a decision on what they want to do with him. It will be the same with Caravaggio. He could go up in trip, but I don't think he needs to.

And...
September was second in the Fillies' Mile and could go (to Del Mar), and Happily didn't run at Newmarket so we will see how she is and she could go there. Clemmie is finished for the year.
U S Navy Flag is a possible, as are the other horses that ran in the Dewhurst.
Declarationofpeace is going for a five-furlong race out there on grass. War Decree could go for the Classic or the Mile.”


Is there another five furlong grass sprint that weekend, besides the Turf Sprint? Would O'Brien run Declarationofpeace against his stablemate Caravaggio? Maybe Caravaggio would be a good fit for the Mile, where he wouldn't have to face Lady Aurelia, Marsha, Bataash and the grey pocket rocket Disco Partner.

Re: Across the pond

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:52 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
There's a press release on Paulick about the new training center on the Chinese mainland, and the processes for transporting Hong Kong horses to Conghua.
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the- ... ter-china/

The press release doesn't mention Australia's decision to bar Hong Kong horses...or what steps China is taking to change that. :roll:

Re: Across the pond

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:20 pm
by serenassong
Love to see Declarationofpeace come over here and do well.

Re: Across the pond

PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:36 am
by ThreeMustangs
Aidan O’Brien wins the Racing Post with Saxon Warrior to take his 26th G1 of the year, breaking Bobby Frankel’s record.

Re: Across the pond

PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:59 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
Looking at the BC pre-entries, I've noticed some names I expected to see are absent, particularly in the Turf Sprint. O'Brien has apparently decided not bring Caravaggio over to face Lady Aurelia and Marsha. Also missing from the list is Bataash, whose connections talked about bringing him to Del Mar after his last race.
The only Coolmore entry in the Turf Sprint is Washington DC (IRE).

Re: Across the pond

PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:02 pm
by Treve
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... qus_thread

Tiberian (FR) and Marmelo (GB) among foreign invaders to the Melbourne Cup