2021 stimulus package for young jumpers in France

2021 stimulus package for young jumpers in France

Following the announcement of a promotion plan for younger horses in France over the flat, France Galop also validated a strategic plan to boost the young jumpers’ program in 2021 on a proposal of the Jumps board chairman, Jacques Détré, also vice-president of France Galop. A € 650,000 budget funds the plan for 2021. These […]

Coolmore Young Guns Sires Ready to Make Magic

Coolmore Young Guns Sires Ready to Make Magic

The 2021 Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast ion January will provide the perfect showcase for the first offspring of three exciting young Coolmore sires in Merchant Navy, Churchill and Caravaggio. A dual Group I winner that conquered the best sprinters in the world at Royal Ascot winning the Group I Diamond Jubilee […]

December 2020 Maiden Winners

December 2020 Maiden Winners

Over the course of each month, we update the review of the maiden winners on France Galop racecourses, an opportunity to discover the rising stars of French racing … Photos scoopdyga.com PASSEFONTAINE (F3), FRA by Wootton Bassett ex Perpetual Glory (Dansili) €20,000 Prix Magdelene (Maiden 3-year-olds, 1,600m/1m AWT), December 8, Chantilly Owners: Écurie Noël Forgeard, Myriam Bollack-Badel & Pierre Bonnier (€10,000 […]

Renaud du Vivier 4yo Hurdle race History: The big crossroad

Renaud du Vivier 4yo Hurdle race History: The big crossroad

Group 1, 4-year-olds, 3,900m/19.5f, Hurdle race, €175,000 Created en 1961 Last winner: L’Autonomie (f4, FRA by Blue Brésil ex L’Automne, by Kahyasi), owned by Catherine Coiffier, bred by Catherine Coiffier, trained by François Nicolle, ridden by Angelo Zuliani. The race is run in 2020 for the 60th time The 2019 edition L’Autonomie (Blue Bresil) has borne the full […]

Justify Weanlings Dominate at Keeneland November

Justify Weanlings Dominate at Keeneland November

For the third straight session a Justify weanling led all in his age group at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale when the colt out of Stayclassysandiego sold for $435,000 to Baccari Bloodstock. Bred by Nancy Shuford, the colt offered by Elm Tree Farm is a three-quarter brother to the multiple graded stakes winner and Grade I-placed […]

Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte Preview: The French awaken

Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte Preview: The French awaken

They are six at the start of the 6-furlongs Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte (Gr2), now contested on the Chantilly straight course, to succeed in particular Hello Youmzain, a stallion who has just joined the Haras d’Etreham, Penny’s Picnic or even Pomellato, all sires – even if only one runner is still an entire colt, that si Axdavali (Goken). Six “only”, it could be said, […]

Churchill Yearlings Impress at Tattersalls October Book One

Churchill Yearlings Impress at Tattersalls October Book One

The leading first crop sire at the 2020 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book One by aggregate was exciting shuttler Churchill, whose first Southern Hemisphere bred yearlings will be a highlight at Australasian sales next year. The four time Group I winning son of Galileo had 13 yearlings sell at an average 123,615 guineas (A$234,107) with his […]

QIPCO British Champions Day 2020: Dark Horses

QIPCO British Champions Day 2020: Dark Horses

We’ve scoured the latest entries for some bigger priced runners who could outrun their odds on Champions Day QIPCO British Champions Day has once again attracted  the big names in it’s early entry stage. Names like Ghaiyyath, Magical and Kameko catch the eye, but there are plenty of lesser-known names that stand a great opportunity of taking home a big […]

Prix Jean Romanet History: A great man and an immediate hit

Prix Jean Romanet History: A great man and an immediate hit

DARLEY PRIX JEAN ROMANET Group 1, 4-year-old and up Fillies & Mares, 2,000m/1m2f, €150,000 Créé en 2004 Last winner: CORONET (f5, GB, by Dubawi ex Approach, by Darshaan), owned by Denford Stud, bred by Denford Stud, trained by John Gosden, ridden by Lanfranco Dettori. Record-time: 2’04’’1, Ajman Princess (2017) The race will be run in 2020 for the 17th time.  The 2019 edition […]

Shadwell Nonette Preview: The return of Tawkeel

Shadwell Nonette Preview: The return of Tawkeel

The main attraction, on paper, of the 2020 Shadwell Prix de La Nonette (Gr2), a 3-year-old fillies’ race over 1m2f which prepares the main female events of the Autumn in Paris, is the return after two months out of Tawkeel (Teofilo), the Shadwell-bred winner in the spring of the Saxon Warrior Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary (Gr1). She would have been […]

Morny History: One of French racing’s greatest names

Morny History: One of French racing’s greatest names

DARLEY PRIX MORNY Group 1, 2-year-olds, 1,200m/6f, €210,000 Created in 1865 Last winner: EARTHLIGHT (c2, IRE by Shamardal ex Winters Moon, by New Approach), owned by Godolphin, bred by Godolphin, trained by André Fabre, ridden by Mickaël Barzalona. Record-time : 1’07’’90, Arcano (2009) The race is run in 2020 for the 150th time. The 2019 edition Huit ans après la victoire de Dabirsim […]

Hocquart History: A classic prep on a new path

Hocquart History: A classic prep on a new path

June, Chantilly* PRIX HOCQUART LONGINES Group 2, 3-year-olds, 2,500m (12.5f), €90,000 Created in 1861 as the Prix de Longchamp Last winner: Al Hilalee (c3, GB by Dubawi ex Ambivalent, by Authorized), owned by Godolphin, bred by Rabbah Bloodstock, trained by Charlie Appleby, ridden by James Doyle. Record-time on 2,500m (12.5f) at Deauville : 2’34’’3 The race is run in 2020 […]

Hocquart Longines Preview: A battle of three parties

Hocquart Longines Preview: A battle of three parties

There are three parties amongst the six runners declared in the Prix Hocquart Longines (Gr2), a prep race for the Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1) contested on Saturday at Deauville over 12.5 furlongs. First, the first two in the Prix du Lys (Gr3), run at ParisLongchamp over 1m4f 25 days ago and won by Volkan Star (Sea the Stars) ahead […]

$210,000 Merchant Navy Colt Tops MM National Weanling Day Two

$210,000 Merchant Navy Colt Tops MM National Weanling Day Two

A handsome bay colt by exciting first season sire Merchant Navy topped Day Two of the 2020 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale at the Gold Coast on Friday when selling for $210,000. The result marked the highest price achieved by any first season sire at this sale. Consigned by Rothwell Park Thoroughbreds, the day’s top seller is […]

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 […]

Keeneland Launches Digital Sales Ring; Announces Online Select Horses Of Racing Age Sale On June 23

Keeneland Launches Digital Sales Ring; Announces Online Select Horses Of Racing Age Sale On June 23

Keeneland officials today announced the launch of the Keeneland Digital Sales Ring, a stand-alone online auction platform accessible to buyers and sellers around the world at Keenelanddigital.com. Kicking off the new digital platform will be a Select Horses of Racing Age Sale scheduled for June 23. “The Keeneland Digital Sales Ring marks a significant milestone in […]