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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

Turtle Bowl: The New French Stallion Star

Monday, May 21, 2012 1:15 PM

At the end of 2011, the French-based sire Turtle Bowl drew some attention to himself when his son French Fifteen took the Criterium International (gr. I) to propel Turtle Bowl to a position as leading freshman sire and leading sire of 2-year-olds in France. Promising as that start was, it is the events of the last two weekends that have made it clear that Turtle... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 21, 2012 | 5 Comments

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Farewell to Montjeu and Grand Slam

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 5:00 PM

Last week was a very tough one for the mighty Coolmore/Ashford stallion operation. On March 29 came the news that Montjeu had died in Ireland at the age of 16 after a short illness caused by septicemia, an infection in the bloodstream. Just two days later at Ashford, 17-year-old Grand Slam, who had been enjoying an excellent start to 2012, died as a result of... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 04, 2012 | 5 Comments

Green Desert's Production Over Time

Thursday, August 18, 2011 6:30 PM

Photo courtesy Shadwell Stud Distinguished 28-year-old Danzig stallion Green Desert was pensioned earlier this week . Sire of nearly 100 stakes winners, among them 14 group or grade I, he has already made a strong impact as a sire of sires. His best stallion sons include Cape Cross, Oasis Dream, Invicible Spirit, Volksraad, Desert Style, Shinko Forest, Desert... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Aug 18, 2011 | 5 Comments

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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

Northern Dancer and the Epsom Derby

Friday, June 10, 2011 3:00 PM

John Donnelly , an employee of Darley America and keen pedigree student, has penned the following guest post for TrueNicks. He takes a slightly different look at the influence of Northern Dancer on the Epsom Derby. With the 50th anniversary of Northern Dancer's birth, May 27, 1961, just recently passing, and the Epsom Derby being run and won, we thought that... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jun 10, 2011 | 11 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

Epsom Derby TrueNicks Available

Friday, June 03, 2011 12:00 PM

Complimentary TrueNicks Enhanced reports are available for the Epsom Derby (gr. I) field listed below. Click on the horse's name or letter grade to view the report. To help analyze which horses may have the profile for the 12-furlong Derby distance, each cross's average winning distance is included in the table—see the full report for addition cross-specific... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jun 03, 2011 | 1 Comment

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

Sadler's Wells Line Dominant in Classic Trials

Monday, May 16, 2011 7:00 AM

In the week following the runaway 2,000 Guineas (gr. I) victory of Frankel – which simultaneously confirmed his brilliance and the extreme improbability of him staying the Derby trip of 1½ miles – there were a number of significant Derby and Oaks trials in Europe. Not surprisingly, the Sadler’s Wells line was a dominant force in these, and the most recent week... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 16, 2011 | 4 Comments

Frankel Pays Guineas Tribute to Sadler's Wells

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 8:00 AM

In the week that saw the passing of the mighty Sadler’s Wells, it was appropriate that his grandson Frankel (TrueNicks A++ ) should produce a dominant performance in the first English classic of the year, the 2,000 Guineas (gr. I, video below). The son of Galileo was equipped with a pacemaker, but set such a rapid pace that he was soon alone in the lead. Around... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 04, 2011 | 1 Comment

So You Think Dominant in Irish Return

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 8:00 AM

Officially rated the best long distance runner in the world last year was So You Think. He earned a figure of 122 as an extended distance performer on the basis of a third under top-weight in the Melbourne Cup (gr. I). However, he was actually rated 126 as a middle distance runner, a standing earned with five straight victories during the Australian 2010-2011... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 03, 2011 | 0 Comments

Frankel Ready for Guineas

Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:00 PM

Following his sensational trial in the seven-furlong Greenham Stakes (gr. III, click for video ) on April 16, last season's European champion 2-year-old Frankel looks ready for Saturday's English 2,000 Guineas (gr. I). The son of Galileo – who has taken over from his sire Sadler’s Wells as Europe’s leading classic sire – is from a stout family. His dam is a half... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 28, 2011 | 5 Comments

Arc to Arc: Zarkava Foals Sea The Stars Colt

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:00 PM

Leading bloodstock news, on Valentine's Day no less, was that the union of two of the highest-rated horses of each sex in modern times—namely the 2008 Prix de l'Arc winner Zarkava and the 2009 winner Sea The Stars —has resulted in a colt foal, born Friday night at the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval in France. The colt is Zarkava's second foal as she produced a... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Feb 15, 2011 | 16 Comments

George Washington Filly Nears Debut

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 10:45 AM

UPDATE: Date With Destiny won her debut impressively at Newbury, defeating Zanazzi , the Bernardini ( TrueNicks , SRO ) half sister to Speightstown ( TrueNicks , SRO ), by nearly two lengths. Mrs. Julie Wood’s Date With Destiny , the only foal of the ill-fated George Washington , is likely to make her first career start Friday at Newbury in a 7-furlong maiden... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jul 07, 2010 | 12 Comments

Danzig Line Domination in Europe

Thursday, April 22, 2010 7:36 AM

The sterling efforts of Pivotal, and of Sadler’s Wells sons Galileo and Montjeu – who come to the fore as the distance increase – not withstanding, European racing often appears to be dominated by the Danzig line, particularly via Danehill and Green Desert. Those two branches were particuarly in evidence in the last week, through Dansili – who is vying with Danehill... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 22, 2010 | 4 Comments

Dubawi Keeping the Beat

Monday, April 12, 2010 7:34 AM

Tragically, the brilliant Dubai Millennium died after serving just one season at stud. He was represented by just 56 registered foals, of which 35 started, and five were stakes winners. The best of his three group winners was the colt Dubawi, winner of the National Stakes (gr. I), Irish 2,000 Guineas (gr. I) and Prix Jacques Le Marois (gr. I), and placed third... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 12, 2010 | 8 Comments

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Ex Games

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 8:02 AM

The first European group event of the season, the Prix Exbury (gr. III), went to Chinchon, who carries the colors of Darpat SL (keen pedigree student Dario Hinojosa), and is a Pedigree Consultants recommended mating. By Marju (by Last Tycoon), Chinchon has the brother and sister Try My Best and Northern Prancer at the top and bottom of his pedigree. Coincidentally... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Mar 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

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