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The Long and Short of It

Monday, July 01, 2013 8:45 PM

The weekend brought some top-class action in races worlds apart in aptitude, and continents away in location. The big race of the weekend was the Irish Derby (Ire-I) which saw a rematch between the Epsom Derby (Eng-I) first and second, Ruler of The World and Libertarian. Ruler of The World got the better of that one by about two lengths, but it was something... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 01, 2013 | 3 Comments

Royal Ascot Day 5: Triumph and Tragedy

Saturday, June 22, 2013 10:00 PM

The final day of what had otherwise been a wonderful Royal Ascot was marred by the death of Thomas Chippendale, who collapsed and died—apparently of a heart attack—shortly after winning the 1 1/2-mile Hardwicke Stakes (Eng-II). Successful last year in the King Edward VII Stakes (Eng-II) over course and distance, Thomas Chippendale was a son of Dansili, who had... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Royal Ascot Day 4: Sky Crowned Miler Queen

Friday, June 21, 2013 2:05 PM

Day four at Royal Ascot kicked off with the six-furlong Albany Stakes (Eng-III) for 2-year-old fillies. The winner, Kiyoshi, looked to travel nearly as far sideways as forwards in the last couple of furlongs, but still scored impressively from favorite Sandiva (by Footstepsinthesand), with Frankel's half sister Joyeuse third. Kiyoshi is by Dubawi, who we covered... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 21, 2013 | 1 Comment

Royal Ascot Day 3: Fit for a Queen

Thursday, June 20, 2013 2:40 PM

U.S. trainer Wesley Ward, who nearly took yesterday's Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) with Sweet Emma Rose, by City Zip ( TrueNicks , SRO ), gained compensation with the Scat Daddy ( TrueNicks ) colt No Nay Never in the Norfolk Stakes (Eng-II). Ward's 2-year-olds usually break like greased lightning, but No Nay Never dwelt leaving the stalls. He was was soon in front... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 20, 2013 | 4 Comments

Royal Ascot Day 2: A Case for Inbreeding

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:35 PM

The Royal Ascot seven-furlong Jersey Stakes (Eng-III) for 3-year-olds who have yet to win a group race went to Gale Force Ten, who produced a super-game effort to prevail after being headed close home. The result was a significant boost for the form of both the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French Two Thousand Guineas, Fr-I), in which Gale Force Ten was a very... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 19, 2013 | 6 Comments

Royal Ascot Day 1: War Time

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 4:30 PM

At around halfway in the opening day's Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I), Animal Kingdom ( TrueNicks ) and Declaration of War were about the same distance off the lead. From that point, however, the duo went in opposite directions: Animal Kingdom, who had pulled hard in the early stages and found no cover, fading out of contention, while Declaration of War stormed up... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

Kendargent Looking Golden

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 2:00 PM

The victory of Snow Bell in the Prix des Lilas at Chantilly on June 4 credited the young French sire Kendargent with his sixth individual stakes winner from his first two crops. Kendargent's start as a sire has been a lot more impressive than his early career as a runner. In fact, he started six times at 2 and 3 before he was able to gain his first win, scoring... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 05, 2013 | 0 Comments

Monsun Season Underway in Europe

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:20 PM

It's no secret that the late German stallion Monsun, who died last September at the age 22, was an outstanding sire. However, even by his standards, he had exceptional day May 26, with 5-year-old Maxios taking the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) and 3-year-old filly Silasol capturing the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-I), both at Longchamp; and in Milan on the same afternoon, Charity... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 04, 2013 | 3 Comments

New Approach Heads European Freshmen

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:20 PM

The weekend saw New Approach (IRE) ( TrueNicks , SRO ) become the first European-based freshman sire of 2012 to be represented by a group I winner when his son Dawn Approach took the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Ire-I) by 4 3/4 lengths. This was the fifth win in five starts for Dawn Approach, who had taken the Coventry Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot on his... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Sep 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Dream Fulfilled

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 1:00 PM

With Danedream flashing her credentials for a shot at back-to-back victories in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) with a score in the Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I) at the weekend, we thought it was worth a look back at her pedigree from this article we wrote for the International Thoroughbred after her win in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Sep 05, 2012 | 8 Comments

Gary Hadden Discusses Mating of Reckless Abandon

Thursday, August 23, 2012 5:00 PM

Last weekend was an exciting one for bloodstock consultant Gary Hadden ( haddenbloodstock.com ). Gary recommended the mating that produced Reckless Abandon, a son of Exchange Rate ( TrueNicks , SRO ) who won Sunday's Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) and solidified himself as the top European 2-year-old. The colt previously took the Norfolk Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Aug 23, 2012 | 7 Comments

Pedigree Time Machine: Brigadier Gerard

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 4:00 PM

With all the attention currently (and deservedly) lavished on Frankel , it's probably worth giving a perspective on Brigadier Gerard, the horse that he's supplanted as miler of a lifetime. "The Brigadier" had more humble beginnings than Frankel. Bred by John Hislop (an outstanding amateur jockey and noted breeding and racing writer), was by Queen's Hussar (a... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 27, 2012 | 33 Comments

Royal Ascot Day 5: Black Day

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 8:30 AM

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (gr. I) was probably the most eagerly awaited contest of the Royal meet, as it featured Australian wonder-mare Black Caviar, officially rated the world's number one sprinter, trying to extend her undefeated record to 22. Starting for the first time outside her native land, Black Caviar started at 1-6 to defeat her 13 opponents. She... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 26, 2012 | 8 Comments

Royal Ascot Day 4: Fallen for Dansili

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 3:00 AM

The expression "pace makes the race" is a common one in the U.S., but it also sums up the feature race on the fourth day of Royal Ascot, the Coronation Stakes (gr. I), run over a mile for 3-year-old fillies. On soft ground, the 1,000 Guineas (gr. I) winner, Homecoming Queen, made the running from Samitar, who was successful in the Irish version of that race.... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

Royal Ascot Day 3: Vision of Gold

Monday, June 25, 2012 5:00 PM

Despite being run over 2 1/2 miles, the Ascot Gold Cup (gr. I) resulted in a three-way photo finish. In a Godolphin one-two, and after surviving a stewards' inquiry, the verdict went to 4-year-old Colour Vision, over Halling's son Opinion Poll, and Saddler's Rock. The defending champion of the race, Fame and Glory, made a smooth move from the rear early in the... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Royal Ascot Day 2: Rethink

Friday, June 22, 2012 11:30 AM

New Zealand-bred So You Think (NZ) ( TrueNicks ) came to the yard of Aiden O'Brien with a ranking as the official high-weight on the International Classifications in the long-distance category, as well being highly-rated at shorter distances. However, that long-distance rating, which was earned with a brave third under top weight in the Melbourne Cup (gr. I)... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 22, 2012 | 3 Comments

Royal Ascot Day 1: Frankel!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 3:00 PM

"He's not a horse, he's a bloomin' steam engine..." We were reminded of that statement, made by the legendary jockey Fred Archer, after being run off with on the Newmarket heath by the mighty St. Simon. Frankel didn't quite bolt off on Ascot heath yesterday, although it did take Tom Queally about half a mile to pull up after the finish of the Queen Anne Stakes... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 20, 2012 | 12 Comments

Chichicastenango's Never Bend Affinity

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:45 PM

A few weeks ago, when looking at the emerging French second year sire Turtle Bowl , we noted that he conformed to something of a recent trend in France, the appearance of a number of good sires with relatively unfashionable pedigrees, other examples that come to mind including Linamix (by Mendez), Muhtathir (by Elmaamul), and Chichicastenango (by Smadoun). The... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 13, 2012 | 5 Comments

Coronation for Immortal Verse

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:00 PM

Withdrawn from the English 1,000 Guineas (gr. I) after misbehaving in the stalls, and unplaced in the French 1,000 Guineas (gr. I), Immortal Verse turned a corner with a win in the Prix de Sandringham (gr. II). In the one mile Coronation Stakes (gr. I, video below), she delivered a very impressive performance sweeping from last-to-first to win by 2¼ lengths.... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 22, 2011 | 5 Comments

Big Week for Best In Show Family Stallions

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 9:45 AM

Royal Ascot occupied most of our attention last week, but we wanted to note a few interesting pedigrees from last week before they get too distant in time. In Australia, the Stradbroke Handicap (gr. I, video below) saw Sincero (TrueNicks A++ ) become one of the few 3-year-olds in that country this season to defeat his elders in a major race this year. Sincero... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 22, 2011 | 1 Comment

Banimpire Proves a Throwback

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:00 PM

If the modern horse is not supposed to be as tough and durable as the stars of bygone eras, it’s clear that Banimpire (TrueNicks A++ ) and her connections didn’t get the message. The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor was making her seventh start of the season (six of them in not much more than three months) when gamely defeating the Galileo filly Field of Miracles... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 21, 2011 | 3 Comments

Think Again

Monday, June 20, 2011 10:00 AM

It was generally considered that one of the absolute bankers of the meeting would be So You Think in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (gr. I, video below). The New Zealand-bred had become a superstar in Australia, and was a highweight in the long-distance category on the International Classifications, as well as being highly-rated at shorter distances. He’d scored... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

Canford Cliffs Wins Clash of Milers

Friday, June 17, 2011 12:05 AM

One of the most eagerly awaited contests of the week was the first day’s opening contest, the Queen Anne Stakes (gr. I, video below). Run over the straight mile, it brought together the 6-year-old mare Goldikova, winner of three straight runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I), and the 4-year-old colt Canford Cliffs, coming off four consecutive group I wins... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 17, 2011 | 6 Comments

Classic Contrasts

Monday, June 06, 2011 10:45 AM

It wasn't exactly the best of times or the worst of times, but there were some strange and contradictory contrasts in the two English 1½ mile classics, the Oaks and Derby (both gr. I). In the Oaks, the winner – by a sprinter/miler, out of a mare by a sprinter – was ridden for stamina, while the Derby saw a son of a French Derby winner out of a mare by a French... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 06, 2011 | 0 Comments

Galileo/Danehill is "Nick of the Moment"

Sunday, May 22, 2011 3:30 PM

With the game triumph of Roderic O’Connor in Saturday's Irish 2,000 Guineas (gr. I) following hot-on-the-heels of the smooth victory of Golden Lilac in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches-French 1,000 Guineas (gr. I) one week ago, and Frankel’s runaway English 2,000 Guineas (gr. I) win three weeks ago, the cross of Galileo and mares by Danehill has become the classic... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 22, 2011 | 18 Comments

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