22/04/2017. Breaking News // Exceed and Excel Filly Soars In the Lansdown // Striking Debut From Shamardal Full To Puissance de Lune // Dansili’s Shutter Speed Dominates Newbury Return; Attains Rising Stardom // Influential Sire Cape Cross Dies // Aste: Quality Entries Confirmed For Goffs Punchestown Sale – New Improved Format For Goffs November Sale // Newmarket: #Eminent entra nel quadro Classico, sue le Craven con stile. #Brando emerge tra i velocisti, in crescita


Exceed and Excel Filly Soars In the Lansdown

3rd at BTH, Lst Stk, 40000 Listed Whitsbury Manor Stud & EBF Stallions Lansdown S. (5f 11y) Winner: Priceless (GB), f, 4 by Exceed and Excel (Aus)


Exceed and Excel | Darley

By Tom Frary

Based on her initial showing on a racecourse when the seven-length winner of a Haydock maiden in September 2015, the 3-year-old campaign of Priceless at first proved a touch disappointing until she hit her stride from midsummer onwards. Rounding off with a first black-type success in the Listed Scarbrough S. over this trip at Doncaster in September, the bay returned with a resounding follow-up on the kind of rattling fast ground that Bath can supply without any watering facility. Breaking fast from her wide draw, she was allowed to coast to the lead after the first furlong and after kicking on the home turn sealed the result there and then.

It was in this race in the millennium year that Cassandra Go (Ire) (Indian Ridge {Ire}) won at the beginning of her 4-year-old campaign and Priceless was in a class of her own here to suggest she can take high rank among the sprinters of either sex this term. Her dam’s first foal was Bright Moll (GB) (Mind Games {GB}), who later produced the G3 Chipchase S. winner Aeolus (GB) (Araafa {Ire}) and listed-placed Hezmah (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), while two years later she threw Doctor Brown who was second in the G2 Mill Reef S. as a British-trained juvenile before his reinvention in Hong Kong as Helene Brilliant where he was placed in stakes company. Also from the family of the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup heroine Rebelline (Ire) (Robellino), she still has a 2-year-old colt by Lethal Force (Ire) named Hard Graft (GB) to come.

WHITSBURY MANOR STUD & EBF STALLIONS LANSDOWN S.-Listed, £40,000, BAT, 4-21, 3yo/up, f/m, 5f 11yT, :59.67, fm.
1–PRICELESS (GB), 131, f, 4, Exceed and Excel (Aus)–Molly Brown (GB), by Rudimentary. (70,000gns Ylg ‘14 TAOCT). O-Mr A. D. Spence; B-Biddestone Stud (GB); T-Clive Cox; J-Adam Kirby. £22,684. Lifetime Record: GSP-Eng, 10-3-2-1, $118,202. *1/2 to Doctor Brown (GB) (Dr Fong), GSP-Eng & SP-HK, $639,039.
2–Futoon (Ire), 128, f, 4, Kodiac (GB)–Vermilliann (Ire), by Mujadil. (12,000gns Wlg ‘13 TATFOA; €40,000 Ylg ‘14 GOFSPT; 3,000gns 2yo ‘15 TATMAR). O-Futoon Partners. £8,600.
3–Imtiyaaz (Ire), 128, m, 5, Starspangledbanner (Aus)–Endure (Ire), by Green Desert. (62,000gns Ylg ‘13 TAOCT). O-Mr M. Alqatami & Mr K. M. Al-Mudhaf. £4,304.
Margins: 5, 1HF, HF. Odds: 1.60, 20.00, 6.00. 

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fonte : TDN


Striking Debut From Shamardal Full To Puissance de Lune

8th at NBY, Mdn, 7500 Coln Valley Stud Bridget Maiden Fillies’ S. (7f) Winner: Princess de Lune (Ire), f, 3 by Shamardal


Shamardal | Darley

By Tom Frary

8th-NBY, £7,500, Mdn, 4-21, 3yo, f, 7fT, 1:25.44, g/f.
+PRINCESS DE LUNE (IRE) (f, 3, Shamardal–Princess Serena, by Unbridled’s Song) was unruly and green in the preliminaries, but was professional throughout the early stages of the race and was always in touch with the leaders racing towards the stand’s side. Travelling strongly to the front with minimum prompting approaching the furlong pole, the 7-2 shot veered left and flashed her tail when the whip was applied but was nonetheless clear best and hit the line with four lengths to spare over Alnaas (GB) (Dansili {GB}).

“We nearly ran her as a two-year-old, but she is very tall and big,” trainer Roger Charlton explained. “We will just take our time with her.” Tirania (GB) (Pivotal {GB}), the €370,000 GOFORB sister to the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Penkenna Princess (Ire), made encouraging progress late on to be 2 1/2 lengths further behind in third. The winner is a full-sister to the G2 P B Lawrence S. and G2 Blamey S. winner and G1 Turnbull S. and G1 Makybe Diva S. runner-up Puissance de Lune (Ire), MGSW & MG1SP-Aus, $877,536, and to Majesty (Ire), MSP-Aus, $205,736. Princess Serena, who has a yearling filly also by Shamardal, is also the second dam of Rizeena (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}), heroine of the G1 Coronation S. and G2 Queen Mary S. and an Irish highweight by virtue of her success in the G1 Moyglare Stud S.

The second dam Serena’s Sister (Rahy) is the producer of the GII American Turf S. winner and GI Woodford Reserve Turf Classic and GI Maker’s Mile S. third Doubles Partner (Rock Hard Ten) and, as her name suggests, a full-sibling of the brilliant Serena’s Song. That 11-times grade I-winning champion was able to transmit some of that excellence to her sire son Grand Reward and G1 Coronation S.-winning daughter Sophisticat (Storm Cat), among others. Sales history: 300,000gns RNA Ylg ‘15 TATOCT. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $6,217. 

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O-Kaniz Bloodstock Investments Ltd; B-Roundhill Stud (IRE); T-Roger Charlton.

fonte : TDN


Dansili’s Shutter Speed Dominates Newbury Return; Attains Rising Stardom

3rd at NBY, Cond, £16,000 Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup EBF Stallions Conditions S. (10f 6y) Winner: Shutter Speed (GB), f, 3 by Dansili (GB)


Shutter Speed | Racing Post

By Sean Cronin

3rd-NBY, £16,000, Cond, 4-21, 3yo, 10f 6yT, 2:07.34, g/f.
SHUTTER SPEED (GB), f, 3, by Dansili (GB)
1st Dam: Photographic (GB), by Oasis Dream (GB)
2nd Dam: Prophecy (Ire), by Warning (GB)
3rd Dam: Andaleeb, by Lyphard

Shutter Speed, a debut winner going one mile at Yarmouth last time Oct. 18, was restrained in fourth after breaking alertly in a test annexed by subsequent G1 Epsom Oaks heroine Light Shift (Kingmambo) and G1 Prix de Diane victress Star of Seville (GB) (Duke of Marmalade {Ire}) in recent years. Inching ever closer in the straight, the 5-4 favourite was shaken up to lead just inside the two pole and pushed out in the closing stages to best G1 Racing Post Trophy fourth Raheen House (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) by an impressive 2 1/2 lengths. “The ground was very soft when Shutter Speed ran at Yarmouth and she definitely loved the better ground today,” said trainer John Gosden. “The idea of running here [against colts] was to get another race into her in the hope she might be good enough to run in an Oaks trial. We’ll have to decide where she goes and there are all the obvious races like York [for the May 17 G3 Musidora S.].” Half to a 2-year-old filly by Champs Elysees (GB), the Juddmonte homebred is out of a winning daughter of G1 Cheveley Park S. heroine Prophecy (Ire) (Warning {GB}), who also produced MG1SW Foreteller (GB) (Dansili {GB}), G2 Prix de Sandringham and G3 Prix Miesque victress Modern Look (GB) (Zamindar), and the stakes-winning Arabesque (GB) (Zafonic), who in turn produced four black-type performers headed by sires Camacho (GB) (Danehill) and Showcasing (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}).

Shutter Speed also shares Prophecy as a second dam with MGSW G1 New Zealand Derby runner-up Fix (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}) and G1 South African Derby and G1 South Africa Classic placegetter Galileo’s Destiny (NZ) (Galileo {Ire}). Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $18,437. 

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O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB); T-John Gosden.

fonte : TDN


Influential Sire Cape Cross Dies



Cape Cross | Darley

By Kelsey Riley

Group 1 winner and Classic sire Cape Cross (Ire) (Green Desert–Park Appeal {GB}, by Ahonoora {GB}) has been euthanized at Darley’s Kildangan Stud at age 23 due to complications from old age. He was pensioned from stud duties last year.

Bred by Sheikh Mohammed, Cape Cross is out of the champion 2-year-old filly and dual Group 1 winner Park Appeal, who proved a prolific producer with her descendants also including sires Diktat (GB) (Warning {GB}) and Iffraaj (GB) (Zafonic). Trained initially by John Gosden, Cape Cross moved to the yard of Saeed bin Suroor at four, for whom he won the G1 Lockinge S. at first asking. The dark bay added wins in the following season’s G2 Queen Anne S. at Royal Ascot and the G2 Celebration Mile before retiring to stud.

Cape Cross made an immediate impact in his second career, being crowned champion first-season sire. That crop contained one of his true stars in the form of Ouija Board (GB), the winner of seven Group 1s including the Epsom and Irish Oaks, two renewals of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and the Prince of Wales’s S. Ouija Board would go on to produce the dual Derby winner Australia (GB) (Galileo {Ire}).

A handful of Group 1 winners followed in his ensuing crops, but it was five years later that Cape Cross’s next superstar came along: the Horse of the Year and six-time Group 1 winner Sea The Stars (Ire), widely considered one of racing’s greatest ever. Sea The Stars’s top-level wins included the Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and has since sired a Derby winner himself in Harzand (Ire). Six years later, Cape Cross’s Golden Horn emulated some of the feats of Sea The Stars when he recorded the Derby/Arc double and was named Horse of the Year.

Harzand wasn’t the only European Classic winner last year to boast Cape Cross in his pedigree, with Cape Cross’s son Awtaad (Ire) taking out the Irish 2000 Guineas for Sheikh Hamdan.

Cape Cross has also made a major impact as a broodmare sire. In addition to Australia, his daughters have produced G1 Cheveley Park S. winner Serious Attitude (GB), and his stint shuttling to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand resulted in a pair of Group 1 winners from his daughters in that country. His daughters have produced an additional 17 group winners in both hemispheres.

“He has been an integral part of the Godolphin and Darley stories, and an integral part of Kildangan,” said Joe Osborne, managing director of Godolphin Ireland. “He was our first major success as a stallion. He was champion first-season sire, making an immediate impact, and went on to sire a collection of outstanding racehorses, who left their mark in some of the world’s great races. As an individual, he was the boss. You did it his way. He very much ruled the roost.”

fonte : TDN


Allevamento: Se n’è andato il grande Cape Cross, il sire of sires! Il figlio di Green Desert del Darley ci ha lasciato a 23 anni


Il Darley ha annunciato nella giornata di venerdì la scomparsa di uno degli stalloni più influenti in Europa e nel mondo. Cape Cross (Green Desert), a 23 anni, si è spento a causa di problematiche derivanti dall’età, ad un anno quasi dal ritiro dalle attività riproduttive a causa dell’ovvio calo della fertilità che nel 2016 lo aveva visto senza nessuna fattrice diagnosticata gravida. A circa un anno da quel ritiro, Cape Cross, definito il sire of sires dopo 16 stagioni di monta, ci ha lasciato. Ma lascia sulla terra una continua eredità fatta di sangue buono prestata al mondo delle corse. Basti pensare a Golden Horn, Sea The Stars, Ouija Board solo per citarne tre. 

Inizialmente allenato da John Gosden, ha vinto la sua maiden e successivamente la condizionata, prima di passare l’inverno a riposo e ripresentarsi con un piazzamento nelle Craven Stakes nell’Aprile 1997, ed arrivando ottavo di 16 nelle 2000 Ghinee vinte quell’anno da Entrepeneur con Olivier Peslier in sella. Successivamente con Frankie Dettori a bordo è ripartito dal basso e nell’inverno successivo è stato portato a Dubai dove come risultato interessante si è piazzato nel secondo Round del Maktoum Challenge Lr di Nad Al Sheba. Nel Maggio 1998, agli ordini di Saed Bin Suroor, sorprese tutti con una tattica da front runner nelle Lockinge Stakes G1 di Newbury, prima di arrivare terzo nel Prix Jacques Le Marois G1 nel corso della stagione. A 5 anni ha vinto nelle Queen Anne Stakes (allora di G2), poi nel Celebration Mile G2 di Goodwood.

Ritirato al Kildangan Stud in Irlanda nel 2000, ha cominciato una prolifica carriera come stallone. Ha prodotto campionissimi, ma anche cavalli di cui non abbiamo avvertito traccia. Ha cominciato per IRP8,000, ed ha toccato il tasso di €50,000 dal 2005 al 2008, ma era sceso a €20,000 nel 2015. 

Figlio di Green Desert (Danzig), noto padre di grandi stalloni, era prodotto della fattrice Park Appeal (Ahonoora), vincitrice di Cheveley Park Stakes e Moyglare Stud Stakes G1. Già dalle prime annate si è avvertita la sua influenza grazie alla campionessa Ouija Board, piazzata di Listed a 2 anni, progredita fino a vincere Oaks e Irish Oaks a cui aggiunse la Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mares’ G1. Ed in razza ha prodotto Australia (Galileo), vincitore di Derby e residente al Coolmore. 

Cape Cross ha funzionato anche nell’Emisfero Sud del mondo fino in Nuova Zelanda dove il suo migliore prodotto è stato il vincitore di Zabeel Classic Mikki Street. Ma non solo, e soprattutto il bello a quel punto sarebbe dovuto ancora arrivare. Sentite qui: Quando funzionava per €50,000 gli furono affidate le sorti della campionessa Urban Sea (Miswaki), ed il risultato di questo incrocio ha prodotto il fenomenale Sea The Stars, quarto al debutto, ma capace poi di diventare un campione internazionale grazie alle sfavillanti affermazioni nelle 2,000 Guineas, Gr.1 Derby e Gr.1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. STS è stato poi padre di Taghrooda, vincitrice di King George, di Sea The Moon impressionante vincitore del Derby tedesco e poi Vazyra, vincitrice di Saint Alary.

Nell’ultima stagione un altro campione ha avuto il suo nome nel pedigree: Golden Horn, vincitore di Derby, Eclipse Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes e Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Il “cornone d’oro” ora funziona in Inghilterra sempre per conto Darley al Dalham Hall Stud, proprio per rimpiazzarlo nell’eredità fisica e morale.



Quality Entries Confirmed For Goffs Punchestown Sale…


Goffs will host its annual Punchestown Sale after racing next Thursday 27th April. Graduates from the last two renewals have won for trainers such as Willie Mullins, Nicky Henderson, Kim Bailey, Gordon Elliott, Colin Tizzard, Nigel Twiston-Davies and David Pipe.  For a sale of strictly limited numbers, this demonstrates the opportunities for both buyers and vendors.

The full catalogue will not be released until midday on Monday as traditionally half the catalogue is entered over this weekend. Pedigrees and video footage will then be available for each Lot on goffs.com.

The current entries are headed by possibly the best five-year-old seen this year in Arch Dancer, as well as the Getaway mare Jet Set, considered by many judges to have given one of the best performances by a mare this season.  Two interesting entries from Joseph O’Brien are the unbeaten bumper winners Early Doors and Shady Operator.   Among the entries to date are the following:

ARCH DANCER (5yo g. by Arcadio)
A hugely impressive winner of his only start at Liscarroll.  Rated 92+ by p2p.ie and looks a top class prospect. (J. Sweeney)

JET SET (5yo m. by Getaway)
One of the most promising mares seen this season, winning on her only start on 9 April at Dromahane. (R. Tyner)

EARLY DOORS (4yo g. by Soldier of Fortune)
A nine-length winner of his only start in a Punchestown Bumper. (Joseph O’Brien)

SHADY OPERATOR (4yo g. by Court Cave)
Winner of his only start in a Limerick Bumper (Joseph O’Brien)

SHACKLETON (5yo g. by Stowaway)
Five lengths clear and travelling well when falling at the last in Kilworth (R.Hickey)

NEWTIDE (4yo g. by Getaway)
Imposing individual who mad a promising debut when runner up in a competitive Oldcastle Maiden (C. Bowe)

KELP FOREST (4yo g. by Arcadio)
Runner up on his debut behind Plouios in a top class contest at Loughanmore (W. Codd)

ALL FOR JOY (5yo g. by Robin Des Pres)
Led from start to finish when sent off favourite on his debut at Oldcastle (C. Hughes)

NET DE TREVE (4yo g. by Network)
Runner up on debut at Inch behind Tossapenny (W.J.Burke)

MINUTESTOMIDNIGHT (5yo m. by Vinnie Roe)
5yo Vinnie Roe winner of her only start at Lingstown (J. Sweeney)

Goffs will be represented this weekend at all point-to-points and on Tuesday and Wednesday at Punchestown to accept final entries.


New Improved Format For Goffs November Sale…


Goffs has announced a new improved format for their flagship November Foal and Breeding Stock Sale.

This year’s sale will take place in two parts from Monday 19 to Sunday 26 November.  Part 1 will begin with what were traditionally “Day 3” foals, building to a climax on Wednesday when the top tier foals will be offered at the session that regularly sells Europe’s highest priced foals with recent top prices of €1.8 million (pictured), €1.1 million etc. These “Book 1” Foals will total no more than 660 lots meaning all three days will be stabled from the outset which will provide potential purchasers with ample time to inspect prior to the commencement of the sale in a format that mirrors the approach of the very successful Orby Yearling Sale.

The premier breeding stock, the sale which sold Chicquita (€6 million), Banimpire (€2.3 million) and Beauty Parlour (€1.6 million) amongst others in recent years, will sell on Thursday followed by another full day of mares on Friday.  Part 2 will feature a further two days of foal sales on Saturday and Sunday. 

All foals will be catalogued together with a separate catalogue for breeding stock.  There will be a lower entry fee for Part 2 of €460 plus VAT, a €200 reduction on the Part 1 fee.

Announcing the new format for the November Sale, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said: 

“This restructuring is a considered decision based on consistent feedback from vendors and purchasers alike.   A significant number of buyers have told us that the sale’s traditional format did not give enough time to inspect the better foals.  This is a market leading foal sale, as evidenced by it selling Europe’s highest priced foal again in 2016, and the new format will help reinforce its position by allowing these foals to be stabled earlier and provide more inspection time at the beginning of the week which is a proven and successful format. 

Additionally, the year on year increases in the level of international investment by end users at the top of the foal market makes it logical to continue to stage the premier breeding stock immediately after the premier foals to capitalise on the global buyer presence at Goffs.  The overwhelming majority of Part 2 foal buyers, which were the first two days in 2016, are based in Ireland and therefore the revised format should not impact the level of trade for those sessions.

We have put our customers’ feedback and interests, both vendors and purchasers, at the centre of this decision and have restructured the sale in such a way as to maximise the potential returns for all vendors and give buyers sufficient time to view our superb selection of foals”.

The Irish National Stud offered 30 foals in 2016 and Chief Executive John Osborne is delighted with the new format commenting:

“This sounds like the perfect format, with room for the best foals to show themselves off and opportunities for all”.

Jacqueline Norris’ Jockey Hall Stud is another regular consignor of quality foals and she also approves of the changes saying:

“This is a very good move by Goffs and will make the sale much easier to work for both vendors and purchasers”.



fonte : GOFFS


Newmarket: #Eminent entra nel quadro Classico, sue le Craven con stile. #Brando emerge tra i velocisti, in crescita

A Newmarket è andato in scena il day 3 del Craven Meeting, prima di passare il testimone com’è da tradizione al meeting delle Greenham di Newbury nel fine settimana. Ma parliamo delle Craven Stakes G3 nelle quali va celebrata la vittoria a tempo di record per Eminent (Frankel), imbattuto in 2 uscite, che ha tenuto testa a Rivet (Fastnet Rock) e Benbatl (Dubawi), senza che War Decree (War Front) fosse mai seriamente pericoloso. Il tempo finale è stato di 1m 35.15s (slow by 0.15s), meglio di quanto fece Toronado nel 2013 su tracciato comunque veloce. 

Eminent è allenato da Martyn Meade, aveva già vinto al debutto in Ottobre ben impressionando e si è dunque confermato sul Rowley Mile con in sella Jim Crowley. IL VIDEO DELLE CRAVEN QUI. L’obiettivo, ovvio, è quello delle 2,000 Guineas. Eminent fu acquistato per 150,000gns alle Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1. Prodotto della piazzata di G1 You’ll Be Mine (Kingmambo), è mezza sorella della discreta Diamondsandrubies (Fastnet Rock), della famiglia Classica nella quale sono incluse Quarter Moon (Sadler’s Wells), e dunque i Classici Yesterday e Aussie Rules

Nelle Abernant Stakes per velocisti Brando (Pivotal) ha mantenuto fede al pronostico di cavallo progressivo in una corsa dove rientravano tutti. Appoggiato fino sotto alla pari è andato a riprendere Ornate (Bahamian Bounty) dopo bella andatura. Brando, che a 4 anni aveva fatto un salto di qualità, può migliorare ancora per diventare un campione a 5 anni. IL VIDEO QUI
Da oggi tutti gli occhi saranno puntati su Newbury. Oggi alle 16,40, in una maiden per femmine debutta Mori, una homebred Juddmonte prodotto dei campioni Frankel e Midday (Oasis Dream) per Sir Michael Stoute e Ryan Moore a bordo. Sabato in programma le Greenham Stakes sui 7furlongs, dove si presenta da favorito Dream Castle (Frankel), vittorioso ad inizio Aprile a Doncaster impressionando.