Godolphin Look Set for the Prix Rothschild

Godolphin Look Set for the Prix Rothschild

Recent G3 winners Half Light (pictured) and Summer Romance bid for G1 glory in the Prix Rothschild over a mile at Deauville, France, on Sunday, 2 August. Half Light (Mickael Barzalona) is unbeaten in three turf appearances for Henri-Alex Pantall and the daughter of Shamardal makes her G1 debut following a brave success in the […]

Fancy Blue gives Donnacha O’Brien perfect start in Qatar Nassau

Fancy Blue gives Donnacha O’Brien perfect start in Qatar Nassau

22-year-old trainer claims maiden British Group 1 win with first runner French Classic heroine Fancy Blue was all guts as she stuck on well to claim the Qatar Nassau Stakes in a pulsating finish on day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival. The victory was made all the more noteworthy by being young trainer Donnacha […]

Six Perfections Preview: Wedding Dance sets the pace

Six Perfections Preview: Wedding Dance sets the pace

The 2020 edition of this race for 2-year-old fillies over 7 furlongs, which takes place on Saturday over the Deauville straight course, is the third to be labelled Group 3. The Prix Six Perfections Sky Sports Racing (Gr3) is a tribute to the Niarchos homebred filly born in 2000 and the winner, among others, of the Prix […]

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Stradivarius Vs Enable

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Stradivarius Vs Enable

Stradivarius, the best stayer currently in training, has won the Goodwood Cup for a record fourth time! This Gr1 runs at Goodwood over 2 miles. John Gosden, his trainer, confirmed: Stradivarius will travel to France to take part in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on the 4th October!  Bjorn Nielsen’s Champion has nothing more to prove over long distance races. Along with his four Goodwood Cups, he has won three editions of the Gold Cup – the Royal Ascot marathon. Now aged 6 years old, it is time […]

The Darley Series : Season III is on!

The Darley Series : Season III is on!

#Darley #Horseracing #Saturday Since 2018, Darley and France Galop organize the Darley Two-Year-Old Series.  The Darley Prix Morny (Gr1) takes place at Deauville in August and is one of the highlights of the French racing calendar. The juvenile championship has been sponsored by Darley since 2006. This year, like in 2018 and 2019, Darley extends its […]

Prix du Bois Long History

Prix du Bois Long History

Group 3, 2-year-olds, 1,000m/5f, €56,000 Created in 1925 Last winner: Maven (f2 USA by American Pharoah ex Richies Party Girl, by Any Given Saturday), owned by Richard Ravin, bred by Wesley Ward, trained by Wesley Ward, ridden by Mickaël Barzalona. Record-time: 56’’3 by Percolator (2008) The race is run in 2020 for the 90th time The 2019 edition […]

Prix du Muguet History: A source of great milers

Prix du Muguet History: A source of great milers

Prix du Muguet Group 2, 4-year-olds and above, 1,600m/1m, €90,000 Created in 1967 Last winner: Plumatic (h5, GB by Dubawi and Plumania, by Anabaa), owned by Wertheimer&Frère, bred by Wertheimer&Frère, trained by André Fabre, ridden by Vincent Cheminaud. Record-time: 1’35’’90 by Redmead in 1984. The race would be run in 2020 for the 52nd time The 2019 edition Last going into […]

Cléopâtre: To the French Oaks, and beyond

Cléopâtre: To the French Oaks, and beyond

Traditionally regarded as an important preparatory race for the Prix de Diane Longines (French Oaks, Gr1), the Prix Cléopâtre (Gr3) takes place this year at Lyon-Parilly about a month before the Prix de Diane, as usual, but later in the season. It has not been recently won by the French Oaks favourite, let alone the winner. […]

Greffulhe: Classic crossroad

Greffulhe: Classic crossroad

The Prix Greffulhe (Gr2) is generally contested in May at Saint-Cloud, the only left-hand flat racecourse in the Paris region. This year, due to the health crisis, it takes place this Saturday, June 6 in Lyon-Parilly, on one of the most beautiful turf courses in the country. It would remain suitable to prepare the Epsom Derby, scheduled this year […]

Corrida: Grand on the path to Glory

Corrida: Grand on the path to Glory

The Prix Corrida (Gr2), run at Lyon-Parilly this year, takes place a week only later than usual. Unlike the Greffulhe and Cleopatre, run on the same day, it is not regarded as a prep race but rather a part of a program created to promote the distaff division of females in racing. We thus find among the past […]

Poules d’Essai: All you need to know about the French Guineas

Poules d’Essai: All you need to know about the French Guineas

This Monday the 1st June, the racecourse of Deauville La Touques will host the Emirates Poules d’Essai des Poulains (15 h 50) and Pouliches (16 h 25). The draw for the final runners took place this Friday. Find out the latest news on these two Group 1 Classic races, defining events for the 3-year-old generation, […]

2020 Grand Steeple to be run in the Autumn

2020 Grand Steeple to be run in the Autumn

Horse racing can only be staged on racecourses located in the green zone, which excludes Paris, where Auteuil racecourse is located. The June 7 meeting initially planned there is therefore transferred to Compiègne. The Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris (Gr1) and the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil (Gr1) will have to be run in the Autumn and […]

Président Handicap Chase: Straight to the top

Président Handicap Chase: Straight to the top

The “French Grand National”, the Président de la République Chase (Gr3) is the best-rated handicap run at Auteuil with € 155,000 in prize money. They are 20 at the start this year to take the outer steeple-chases course, over the distance of almost 3 miles.The race is usually held in April and has been delayed due to the […]

Prix de Saint-Georges History : The first French sprint of the season

Prix de Saint-Georges History : The first French sprint of the season

May, ParisLongchamp Prix de Saint-Georges Group 3, 3-year-old and above, 1,000m/5f, €56,000 Created in 1929 Last winner: Sestilio Jet (c4 FRA by French Fifteen ex Hideaway Girl, by Fasliyev), owned by Akhal Teke Properties, bred by Michel Monfort, trained by Andrea Maecialis, ridden by Lanfranco Dettori. Record-time: 55”2 by Sainte Marine (1998) and Peace Offering (2007). The race will be run in […]

Irish and English Politicians Fail to Recognise the Importance of Racing to the Economy

Irish and English Politicians Fail to Recognise the Importance of Racing to the Economy

It takes a special kind of stupid to make Australian Politicians look good, but their Irish and English counterparts are doing their best. Both Ireland and England banned racing even after Australia provided a workable model for racing to continue, the out of touch politicians chose buy in to the hysteria but the price is […]

January 2020 Maiden winners

January 2020 Maiden winners

WOOTTON SAGA (F3), FRA by Wootton Basset ex Saga d’Or (Sagacity) €25,000 Prix des Trois Clairières (3yo maiden, 1,300m/6.5f AWT), January 30, Chantilly Owner: Mme Jean-Louis Giral (Prizemoney + Owner Premiums + Breeders Premiums = € 21,752) Trainer: Mikel Delzangles Breeder: Mme Jean-Louis Giral (Breeder Premiums 13% as sired in France = € 2,502) Rider: Vincent Cheminaud Twice second this Winter […]

André Michel Hurlde & Morgex Chase: Newcomers close the season

André Michel Hurlde & Morgex Chase: Newcomers close the season

The 2019 renewal of the Prix André Michel Hurdle (Gr3), for 4+ fillies and lmares, went to Sainte Saône (Saint des Saints), who held her rival Cotée Sud (Lord of South) in respect to the end and won by a good length as Presidente Line (Martaline) finished a ten lengths 3rd. The winner was bred by […]

New Kids on the Champions Series Block: Earthlight

New Kids on the Champions Series Block: Earthlight

The Andre Fabre-trained youngster won all five of his races in 2019 and signed off with successive Group 1 victories Horse: EARTHLIGHT Trainer: Ande Fabre. Form: 11111 Blue was the colour in many of the top juvenile races in 2019 as young colts owned by Godolphin rose to the fore. Pinatubo, trained by Charlie Appleby, […]

Grand Steeple de Compiègne: A double duet runs for a double

Grand Steeple de Compiègne: A double duet runs for a double

Classic trainer-turned owner Jean-Claude Rouget and his fellow trainer on the jumps François Nicolle hold a mighty double entry, on friday in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Compiègne (Gr2), and they will try to succeed themselves. The titleholder A Mi Manera (Great Pretender), a 6yo mare, goes along her stablemate The Stomp (Layman). They have filled the exacta in their last two encournters, on this course […]

Thomas Bryon Jockey Club de Turquie : Godolphin 1-2 for trainer Appleby

Thomas Bryon Jockey Club de Turquie : Godolphin 1-2 for trainer Appleby

The two runners presented by Newmarket-based trainer Charlie Appleby in the Prix Thomas Bryon Jockey Club de Turquie (Gr3), Friday at Saint-Cloud, took the first two places. In this 2-year-olds race over 7 furlongs, supposedly a prep race for the Critérium International (Gr1) on October 27 in ParisLongchamp on the same distance, King’s Command (Dubawi) contained all attacks after leading […]

Qatar Arc Weekend : Party starts on Saturday!

Qatar Arc Weekend : Party starts on Saturday!

The Qatar festival of the Arc weekend in ParisLongchamp starts on Saturday with five Group races including two Groups 1. The Qatar Prix du Cadran (Gr1), run over 2m4f, and the newly promoted Qatar Prix de Royallieu (Gr1), for fillies & mares over 1m6f, are the main features on the card. The “Cadran” is one of the oldest […]

The History of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

The History of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Group 1, 3+, 2,400 metres (1m4f), €5m Created in 1920 Record time (Longchamp) : 2’24’’49 in 2011 (Danedream). Found won in 2’23’’61 in 2016 at Chantilly, beating the course record. Last winner : Enable (f4, GB by Nathaniel), Homebred by Juddmonte farms, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori. Held in 2019 for the 98th time. HistoryAfter abandoning […]

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe : The Decider

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe : The Decider

October, ParisLongchamp Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Group 1, 3+, 2,400 metres (1m4f), €5m Created in 1920 Record time (Longchamp) : 2’24’’49 in 2011 (Danedream). Found won in 2’23’’61 in 2016 at Chantilly, beating the course record. Last winner : Enable (f4, GB by Nathaniel), Homebred by Juddmonte farms, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori. Held in 2019 for the […]

Prince d’Orange: an alternative route to the Arc

Prince d’Orange: an alternative route to the Arc

Saturday’s card at ParisLongchamp is typical of a side meeting, nestled between the Arc Trials and the Arc weekend, in a fortnight. In this timing, the Prix du Prince d’Orange (Gr3), a 10 furlongs race for 3-year-olds, can be seen as a last opportunity to tune up for the Arc, even if this idea has not given […]

Qatar Niel : Sottsass wins a thriller of a race

Qatar Niel : Sottsass wins a thriller of a race

Qatar Niel : Sottsass wins a thriller of a race Sottsass (Siyouni) left a big impression on the Sunday card at ParisLongchamp in the Qatar Prix Niel (Gr2). Completely boxed-in when things started to take a serious turn, the colt who races the colours of White Birch Farm of Peter Brant fame, stamped his authority in 100m once […]

Qatar Vermeille : Star Catcher holds on to her crown

Qatar Vermeille : Star Catcher holds on to her crown

Qatar Vermeille : Star Catcher holds on to her crown The favourite from England Star Catcher (Sea the Stars) won the Qatar Prix Vermeille (Gr1) from pillar to post, on Sunday at ParisLongchamp. Trained by John Gosden for her breeder Anthony Oppenheimer, the 3-year-old filly was ridden by Lanfranco Dettori. She finally beats a group of four fillies and […]

Qatar Foy : Waldgeist gets perfect prep

Qatar Foy : Waldgeist gets perfect prep

Qatar Foy : Waldgeist gets perfect prep Winner of the 2018 Qatar Prix Foy (Gr2), Waldgeist (Galileo) strikes again, taking over the front-running Japanese raider Kiseki (Rulership) about one out to finally take off and win by 2 lengths over Way To Paris (Champs Elysees). The latter took a rather convincing test here after becoming one of the best active stayers in France. […]

Usual suspects in Eclipse and Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte

Usual suspects in Eclipse and Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte

Two Group 3 races are contested on Monday on the Maisons-Laffitte racecourse. The Prix Eclipse (Gr3) is a 6 furlongs race for 2-year-olds won last year by Sporting Chance, who then finished fifth in the Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte (Gr2) on the same course and then tried his luck at the best level in Meydan. In the Eclipse, the English […]

What happens at Auteuil this Autumn

What happens at Auteuil this Autumn

The Autumn meeting at Auteuil is basically the same than the Spring. It begins tomorrow Tuesday with an eight races-card and 92 a healthy 92 runners. In total, 18 race days are scheduled until the closing day, on Novembre 29. That is 139 courses including 24 Group races, and more specifically five Group1s. Every generation and both […]

2019 September Maiden Winners

2019 September Maiden Winners

Prix de Fontenoy (Unraced 2yo Colts & Geldings, 1,600m / 1m), September 1st, ParisLongchamp Owner: Godolphin Trainer: André Fabre Breeder: Godolphin Rider: Mickaël Barzalona Not much suspens as soon as Victor Ludorum (Shamardal) passed top gear -or was it 2nd top gear?- in a beginners race won in 2016 by Arc fancy Waldgeist. Also he […]

La Rochette : Kenway scores again

La Rochette : Kenway scores again

Kenway (Galiway) came from last to first in the final two furlongs of the 7-furlongs Prix La Rochette (Gr3), Sunday at ParisLongchamp. Bred by Guy Pariente and owned by the Chehboub family’s Haras de la Gousserie, Kenway confirmed his recent Listed win at Vichy on the same distance. He headed Wooded (Wootton Bassett), who had […]

Lutèce : Moonlight Spirit strolls in Paris

Lutèce : Moonlight Spirit strolls in Paris

By winning the Prix de Lutèce (Gr3), a 3-year race over 15 furlongs at ParisLongchamp, running away without any kind of challenge, Moonlight Spirit (Dubawi) seized the French young stayers’ crown. Trained in England by Charlie Appleby, he had finished third in the Prix du Lys (Gr3) on this course in May, then fourth in the Queen’s Vase (Gr2) at Royal […]

La Rochette : A fresh start to higher grounds

La Rochette : A fresh start to higher grounds

The first Sunday meeting of the season in Paris Longchamp is filled with hopeful youngsters, as three important races restricted to two-year-olds take place. These are two important beginners’ races, the Prix de Fontenoy for colts and the Prix de la Cascade for fillies, both of which are run over a mile. Romancière and Matematica […]

Arenberg : Young British fillies land on Chantilly

Arenberg : Young British fillies land on Chantilly

The fillies take the Prix d’Arenberg (Gr3) by storm on Saturday over the straight 5 furlongs course at Chantilly. For this “Parisian” comeback after the Deauville meeting, seven of them go ahead against a single colt, Master McGrath (No Nay Never), who comes from England after registering his first success, early in August at Sandown on the same distance than Saturday, […]

The maiden winners of August 2019

The maiden winners of August 2019

MUSHAYYED (M3), GB by Dubawi and Al Ishq (Nureyev) Prix ​​du Hamel (3 years old Maiden, 1500m PSF), Wednesday 28 August 2019 in Deauville Owner : Hamdan Al Maktoum Coach : Freddy Head Breeder : Shadwell Estate Jockey : Aurélien Lemaître End-to-end victory and no apparent difficulty for the favorite Mushayyed (Dubawi) who puts an end to […]

ArcRoad: The distribution of Arc Trials puts the mouth water

ArcRoad: The distribution of Arc Trials puts the mouth water

Commitments for the Arc Trials of the main preparatory meeting for the Qatar weekend Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1), Sunday, September 15, were received Wednesday morning at France Galop. The main actors expected during this dress rehearsal were present at the start of Qatar Prix Vermeille (Gr1), Foy (Gr2) and Niel (Gr2). The three races are contested on […]

Arqana’s First Million Sale

Arqana’s First Million Sale

The first million sale at the 2019 Arqana August Yearling Sale came courtesy of Ecurie des Monceaux and Lady O’Reilly’s Galileo colt out of Prudente, a full-sister to the dam of Irish Oaks heroine Chicquita (Montjeu). At a bid of €1.5million, the successful buyer was Japanese trainer Mitsu Nakauchida, much to his delight, as he later explained, […]

Coronet set to bow out on QIPCO British Champions Day

Coronet set to bow out on QIPCO British Champions Day

Mare will have her final race at Ascot on October 19 after gaining a second Group One success in France. Coronet is set to have the final run of her career on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on October 19 after providing John Gosden and Frankie Dettori with yet another Group One winner in […]

Marmelo Heads to Melbourne CUp

Marmelo (Duke of Marmalade) started as the logical favourite in the 15 furlongs Darley Prix Kergorlay (Gr2), Sunday at Deauville. The Hughie Morrison-trained 6-year-old won the race at 4 in 2017 and finished second last year behind Holdthasigreen, who was not here this year. Ridden as usual in France by Christophe Soumillon, Marmelo once again made the […]

Darley Prix Morny (Gr1) at Deauville

Darley Prix Morny (Gr1) at Deauville

The 2019 renewal of the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1), a juvenile 6 furlongs championship run this Sunday on the Deauville straight course, takes place this year for the 149th time. It is also the final stage of the Darley Series. The first two stages, the Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2) and the Darley Prix de Cabourg […]

The Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Gr1), on Sunday at Deauville

The Darley  Prix Jean Romanet (Gr1), on Sunday at Deauville

The Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Gr1), on Sunday at Deauville, is open to aged mares over 1m2f. Created in 2004, the race is still young but it is part of a circuit promoting the best females in Europe, and its record already counts some champions like Pride, Satwa Queen (the only one who appears twice […]

Royal Ascot Winner ‘Watch Me’ To Be The Favourite During Fresnay-le-Buffard Marois Race

Royal Ascot Winner ‘Watch Me’ To Be The Favourite During Fresnay-le-Buffard Marois Race

Eight runners were confirmed in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois(Gr1), Sunday over Deauville’s straight mile. This is the 98th edition of this great summer milers’ championship, supported since 1986 by the stud farm created by Marcel Boussac in 1919, and taken over in 1980 by Stavros Niarchos. The French industrialist and the […]

Advertise Favourited at LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest

Advertise Favourited at LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest

The favourite of the LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest (Gr1), run Sunday at Deauville over the 1,300m/6 1/2 furlongs straight course, the English raider Advertise (Showcasing) stayed on to holf off an other British visitor Brando (Pivotal), who finished like a train to take the 2nd place, beaten a neck. The winner’s timing, 1’15”4, is just over one second worse than the […]

LARC Maurice de Gheest – Who’s Winning

LARC Maurice de Gheest – Who’s Winning

On paper, the Anglo-Irish party seems to dominate the LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest (Gr1), Sunday at Deauville over a straight 6 1/2 furlongs course. Ten of the fifteen runners come from Great Britain and Ireland, and their average rating is 112lbs, against 110lbs for the four French entries. However, among them is the titleholder Polydream (Oasis Dream), representing Wertheimer & […]

Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp

Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp

France Galop and Juddmonte Farms are pleased to announce the introduction of the “Grand Free Pass” qualification system, in which twelve of the best 3-year-olds in Europe will be invited to participate on July 14 in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp. Eight top races in France and England have been selected to […]

The Parisian turf season opens on Sunday March 10th

The Parisian turf season opens on Sunday March 10th

The Parisian turf season opens on Sunday March 10th with the first Saint-Cloud meeting of the year. Two Listed events will take place then but the first steps on the classic path follow up next Sunday. Many ways lead to the French classics, The Emirates Poules d’Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas, Gr1) and the “Pouliches” […]

Godolphin the Leading Owner in France

Godolphin the Leading Owner in France

The 2018 owners rankings in France are pretty clear. The Godolphin stable of Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum dominates with a total of €5.6m in earnings, plus around €200,000 in owners’ premiums, as most of the horses in this team are traditionally bred abroad and are not assimilated French. This is also the case for Khalid […]

Aga Khan Studs Success at Goffs

Aga Khan Studs Success at Goffs

Aga Khan Studs Success at Goffs The Aga Khan Studs’ Classic sires SEA THE STARS and SIYOUNI both boast a strong hand of beautifully-bred yearlings at the prestigious Goffs Orby Sale on 2nd and 3rd October. Arc hero SEA THE STARS, who has shone this season thanks to star performers SEA OF CLASS and STRADIVARIUS […]

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

The races of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October at ParisLongchamp, will take place without open stretch. Set up on the Parisian racecourse since its re-opening in April, the open stretch proved very conclusive in terms of regularity but, for the races on Sunday, using it could […]

Charm Spirit a Hit for Aga Khan

Charm Spirit a Hit for Aga Khan

Charm Spirit a Hit for Aga Khan CHARM SPIRIT’s excellent season with his first juveniles continued on Thursday as the appropriately-named Yourtimeisnow offered the young sire his first Group success. Already a winner from pillar to post at Newbury in August, on this occasion Yourtimeisnow showed both courage and a turn of foot. She took […]

Enable Ready to Defend her Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Crown

Enable Ready to Defend her Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Crown

Enable Ready to Defend her Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Crown Enable bounced back with a bang as she gained a fluent all-the-way triumph in the 188Bet September Stakes at Kempton Park. The John Gosden-trained four-year-old, whose five Group 1 wins last year included three QIPCO British Champions Series triumphs, had been absent since winning […]

Godolphin and Charlie Appleby Success in France

Godolphin and Charlie Appleby Success in France

Godolphin and Charlie Appleby Success in France by J A McGrath at Godolphin Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby has been approaching Deauville like a Frenchman, using the popular Normandy seaside venue as a launching pad for his future stars. British-born Appleby has sent out seven winners from 15 runners there in August, including one at quaint […]

France: #DarleySeries Sees Europe’s Best 2yos

France: #DarleySeries Sees Europe’s Best 2yos

France: #DarleySeries Sees Europe’s Best 2yos The toast of Europe’s new generation is meeting in Deauville in the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1), final leg of the #DarleySeries. Nine 2-year-old colts and fillies have been confirmed on the 6 furlongs straight course. Naturally there are the winners of the two previous #DarleySeries, namely Signora Cabello (Camacho), […]

Mastercraftsman Strikes Again in France

Mastercraftsman Strikes Again in France

Mastercraftsman Strikes Again in France Three days after Alpha Centauri (3f Mastercraftsman-Alpha Lupi, by Rahy) stole the show in Deauville’s G1 Prix Jacques Le Marois, another three-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman starred at the Normandy track on Wednesday. Andre Fabre saddled Wind Chimes (3f Mastercraftsman-Militante, by Johannesburg), who was beaten a neck in the G1 Poule […]

Enable Aims at Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1)

Enable Aims at Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1)

Enable Aims at Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1) Enable (Nathaniel), the 2017 winner of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1), is to bypass next week’s York Meeting. Instead, with her Arc title defence very much in mind, connections have instead opted to aim her at the September Stakes (Gr3), on the Kempton […]

Alpha Centauri and the Breeders’ Cup Mile

Alpha Centauri and the Breeders’ Cup Mile

Alpha Centauri and the Breeders’ Cup Mile The Niarachos Family’s homebred 3-year-old filly Alpha Centauri (IRE) won her fourth consecutive Group 1 race on Sunday, dominating the one-mile Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard – Jacques Le Marois (G1) over male rivals at Deauville with a 2 ½-length victory over Recoletos (FR), and gained an […]

Breeders’ Cup: All Eyes on Alpha Centauri in France

Breeders’ Cup: All Eyes on Alpha Centauri in France The Niarchos Family, which has won the Breeders’ Cup Mile a record six times, may have another star in its galaxy of future champions with its 3-year-old homebred super filly Alpha Centauri (IRE), who looms as the heavy favorite against male rivals for the first time […]

France Racing: Deauville Barrière

France Racing: Deauville Barrière

France Racing: Deauville Barrière The Deauville Barrière meeting begins this weekend with two high class cards including a Group 1 and three Group 3 events. On Sunday, the Prix Rothschild (Gr1) opens the ball of the five Groups 1 run every Summer in Deauville. A mile race open to fillies and mares aged 3yo and […]

French Racing Roundup

French Racing Roundup

French Racing Roundup Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1) Cracksman (Frankel) is one of the top contenders in the forthcoming Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1). However, the Anthony Oppenheimer-owned colt, who races in the same colours as the 2015 ‘Arc’ winner Golden Horn, is coming off a disappointing second in the Prince […]

France: ARQANA August Yearling Sale

France: ARQANA August Yearling Sale

France: ARQANA August Yearling Sale Further underlining the quality of a selection that hails from the top French and European nurseries, this year has seen a plethora of exciting performances from previous graduates, not least 2016 sales topper MAGIC WAND who captured the Gr.2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last week in dazzling style. She […]

Horse Racing in France Alive and Well

Horse Racing in France Alive and Well

Horse Racing in France Alive and Well Horse racing in France is attracting growing crowds and a lot of interest. The lure of the Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1) succeeded in attracting a crowd of 26,000 at Chantilly last Sunday. France’s biggest race for three-year-old fillies was annexed by Laurens (Siyouni), who is trained in […]

French Racing: Lady Athena Australia to Arcachon

French Racing: Lady Athena Australia to Arcachon

French Racing: Lady Athena Australia to Arcachon Lady Athena (Redoute’s Choice), trained at La Teste by Yan Durepaire, carries the Australian colours of John Hutchins. For those au fait with the international panorama, the Hutchins name is synonymous with the six times group one winning and Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy. She is […]

Exceed And Excel Continues European Success

Exceed And Excel Continues European Success

Exceed And Excel Continues European Success One of Australia’s best stallions Exceed And Excel recorded a new Black Type winner on Monday, 11 June when his three-year-old daughter Spaday demonstrated an impressive turn of foot to land the Listed Prix Marchand d’Or, run over six and a half furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte. Settled towards the rear […]

Horse Racing in Europe this Weekend

Horse Racing in Europe this Weekend

G3 John of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock Park, UK Dutch Connection and D’bai both return to seven furlongs for the G3 John of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock Park, UK, on Saturday, 9 June. Six-year-old Dutch Connection (Charlie Hills/James Doyle) drops back down in distance following an excellent run over a mile on his seasonal return […]

French Group 2 Double for Galileo

French Group 2 Double for Galileo

A pair of exciting performers claimed G2 successes on a great afternoon for Galileo at Chantilly on Sunday. First up was three-year-old Mission Impassible (3f Galileo-Margot Did, by Exceed And Excel), a top-notch juvenile last season, who returned to her best to win the G2 Prix de Sandringham for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget (pictured). “I wouldn’t […]

Big Weekend of Racing in France

Big Weekend of Racing in France

Unbeaten three-year-old colt Key Victory steps up to Classic company for the G1 Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly, France, on Sunday, 3 June. The son of Teofilo heads into the extended 10-furlong feature on the back of an impressive victory over subsequent Listed winner and stable companion Old Persian in the 10-furlong Listed Newmarket […]

Vazirabad Wins the G2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier in France

Vazirabad Wins the G2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier in France

The brilliant Vazirabad added yet another sterling accomplishment to his resume when he rallied from far back to take the G2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier for the third consecutive year. It was the 13th Group victory for the son of Manduro, who now boasts 15 wins and five second-place finishes in 22 career starts. Settled near […]

Hong Kong Jockey Club Buys at Arqana Breeze-up Sale

Hong Kong Jockey Club Buys at Arqana Breeze-up Sale

The Hong Kong Jockey Club purchased five colts at the 2018 Arqana Breeze-up Sale in Deauville, France (11-12 May), for a total cost of €870,000 (approximately HK$8.281 million). The Club’s purchases are athletic youngsters by a mix of proven stallions and exciting young sires. Among the eye-catching quintet was Lot 161 by Exceed And Excel, […]

European Racing Round Up

European Racing Round Up

European Racing Round Up Rhododendron pipped the luckless Lightning Spear by a short head in a gripping finish to the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Lightning Spear looked like he just about hit the front under Oisin Murphy and was about to spring a 16-1 surprise in the QIPCO British Champions Series showpiece, but […]

European Racing News

European Racing News

European Racing News France Sobetsu gained another big-race victory at Deauville, France, with an impressive display in the 10-furlong G2 Prix de la Nonette on Saturday, August 19. The three-year-old Dubawi filly, an easy winner of the G1 Prix Saint-Alary over the same course and distance in May, led the 10-strong field early on before […]

European Racing News Deauville, Salisbury

European Racing News Deauville, Salisbury

European Racing News Deauville, Salisbury France Three-year-old colts Avilius and Soleil Marin take on dual Classic winner Brametot in the G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano over a mile and a quarter at Deauville, France, on Tuesday, August 15. Avilius (Mickael Barzalona) heads to the Normandy course on the back of two good efforts over 10 furlongs […]

French Racing: Great Show from Godolphin

French Racing: Great Show from Godolphin

Hawkbill was collared inside the final furlong as he attempted to make all in the Grosser Preis von Berlin, with Racing History taking third in the 12-furlong G1 contest at Hoppegarten, Germany, on Sunday, August 13. Four-year-old Hawkbill (Charlie Appleby/James Doyle), seeking a second G1 success after capturing the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park last […]

Horse Racing News: Great Week for Godolphin

Horse Racing News: Great Week for Godolphin

Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor’s confidence and belief in Thunder Snow was rewarded when the three-year-old delivered a reminder of his sheer class when delivering a deserved G1 victory in Sunday’s Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly. On a glorious weekend globally for Godolphin, in which James Cummings was swiftly off the mark with a winner […]

Redoute’s Choice Filly Wins Prix Chloe 1800m G3

Redoute’s Choice Filly Wins Prix Chloe 1800m G3

Redoute’s Choice Filly Wins Prix Chloe 1800m G3 Viktor Timoshenko’s home-bred filly Ibiza went into Sunday’s €80,000 Chantilly Prix Chloe 1800m G3 as a stakes-placed winner. She came out of the race as the second Group winner from the first of Redoute’s Choice’s two European crops, and the 149th stakeswinner on his specacular lifetime record. […]

Stallion Honorius Could Make his Name in British Classics

Stallion Honorius Could Make his Name in British Classics

Stallion Honorius Could Make his Name in British Classics by Craig Jones for Knightsbridge Bloodstock One of my favourite things about being interested in Horse Racing breeding is pinpointing new stallions to follow. One stallion I like the look of and will follow with interest is Honorius, who will stand in Australia but also stand […]