Prix du Petit Couvert G3 - War Artist

Filed on 13 Sep 2009 @ 14:00


€80,000, Longchamp, 9-13, 3yo/up, 5fT, :56.50, gd.

1--WAR ARTIST (AUS), 130, g, 6
Orpen--Royal Solitaire (Aus), by Brocco

War Artist is a half brother to two winners out of Royal Solitaire, a winning half sister to Listed winner Calming.

War Artist is one of five stakes winners this season for Orpen, who has 59 winners from 162 runners and is third on the list of leading French-based stallions in 2009.

Renaissance Stakes G3 - Snaefell

Filed on 13 Sep 2009 @ 13:59


€62,000, Curragh, 9-13, 3yo/up, 6fT, 1:15.91, sf.

1--SNAEFELL (IRE), 129, g, 5
Danehill Dancer (Ire)--Sovereign Grace (Ire), by Standaan (Fr)

Snaefell is a full brother to Listed Sweet Mimosa Stakes winner Daganya and the Listed-placed winner Henry Hall out of a winning Listed-placed mare.

Danehill Dancer now has 18 stakes winners - one more than Oasis Dream and Galileo on the list of leading sires of stakes winners - amongst his 91 individual winners in Europe this term.

Blenheim Stakes L - Song Of My Heart

Filed on 13 Sep 2009 @ 09:01


€43,500, Curragh, 9-12, 2yo, 6fT, 1:17.44, sf/hy.

1--SONG OF MY HEART (IRE), 124, f, 2
Footstepsinthesand (GB)--Catch the Moon (Ire), by Peintre Celebre

Song Of My Heart is a half sister to Newmarket maiden winner Catskill Mountain out of a winning daughter of the Group-placed Listed winner Sensitivity, hersefl a half sister to Grade Three winner Luftikus and dual Listed winner Diversa, as well as the dams of Grade Two winners Street Sounds and saint Anddan. The fourth dam Sabin won eight Graded stakes, including the Grade One Yellow Ribbon and the Grade One Gamely, and also appears as second dam of today's Starlit Stakes winner Tamagin.

Song Of My Heart joins Group Three Presige Stakes winner Sent From Heaven as one of two stakes winners for freshman sire Footstepsinthesand, who has 15 individual winners from 55 runners. He ranks third on the freshman sires' table behind the Darley pair Dubawi and Shamardal.

National Stakes G1 - Kingsfort

Filed on 12 Sep 2009 @ 16:24


€250,000, Curragh, 9-12, 2yo, c/f, 7fT, 1:33.63, sf.

1--KINGSFORT, 127, c, 2
War Chant--Princess Kris (GB), by Kris (GB)

A €36,000 Goffs Sportman's Sale yearling, Kingsfort is a half brother to Grade One Prince Arch out of a winning half sister to Group Three May Hill Stakes winner Intimate Guest and the dam of Grade One winner Luas Line, out of the Group-placed dual Listed winner As You Desire Me. The third dam Royal Saint won the Fred Darling and the Strensall Stakes.

This is the second European stakes win of the season for Kentucky sire War Chant. The son of Danzig has 12 winners from 29 European runners, headed to now by Lincoln winner Expresso Star. This is his first Group/Grade One winner.

Stand Stakes L - Snoqualmie Girl

Filed on 12 Sep 2009 @ 16:20


£40,000, Chester, 9-12, 3yo/up, 12f 66ydsT, 2:34.93, gd/fm.

1--SNOQUALMIE GIRL (IRE), 113, f, 3
Montjeu (Ire)--Seattle Ribbon, by Seattle Dancer

Homebred by Jeff Smith, Snoqualmie Girl is an own sister to Listed winner Snoqualmie Boy, who was also third in the Dante Stakes, and a half sister to four other winners. The dam is a half sister to Group One Racing Post Trohy winner Seattle Rhyme.

This is the second stakes win in two days for Montjeu, whose son Askar Tau won yesterday's Doncaster Cup.

Starlit Stakes L - Tamagin

Filed on 12 Sep 2009 @ 16:02


£40,000, Goodwood, 9-12, 3yo/up, 6fT, 1:09.10 (NTR), gd/fm.

1--TAMAGIN, 126, g, 6
Stravinsky--Luia, by Forty Niner.

A $65,000 Keeneland yearling, Tamagin was most recently sold for 70,000 gns at this year's Tattersalls July Sale. This is the first stakes win for the successful handicapper, who is a half brother to three winners out of an unraced half sister to two American stakes winners in Al Sabin and Sabina. The second dam Sabin won eight graded stakes including the Grade One Yellow Ribbon and the Grade One Gamely.

This is the fouth stakes win of the year for Stravinsky, who has 24 winners at a 44% strike rate, and who has seen yearlings sell for up to NZ$775,000 in New Zealand this year.

Prix Occitanie L - Alava

Filed on 12 Sep 2009 @ 15:58


€55,000, La Teste de Buch, 9-12, 3yo, f, 1 3/16mT, 1:55.83, gd.

1--ALAVA (IRE), 123, f, 3
Anabaa--Cerita (Ire), by Wolfhound

Alava is a half sister to at least two winners, including the Listed-placed Almaguer. The dam Cerita was a winner placed second in three Listed contests and is a half sister to a number of stakes performers including Group Three winner Tamise and the Group Two-placed Alekos.

Grand Prix Inter-Regional des 3 Ans - Valletta

Filed on 12 Sep 2009 @ 15:52


€55,000, La Teste de Buch, 9-12, 3yo, 1 1/2mT, 2:34.72, gd.

1--VALLETTA (GB), 125, f, 3
Cape Cross (Ire)--Vituisa (GB), by Bering (GB)

A Darley homebred, Valletta is a half sister to the Group winning stayer Veracity and Listed performer and winner Terra Verde out of a winning mare, herself a daughter of Sun Chariot Stakes winner La Confederation.

This is the second stakes win of the afternoon for Cape Cross - see Mac Love below.

Grand Prix du Sud-Ouest L - Not Just Swing

Filed on 12 Sep 2009 @ 15:44


€60,000, La Teste de Buch, 9-12, 4yo/up, 1 1/2mT, 2:29.07, gd.

1--NOT JUST SWING (IRE), 126, h, 5
King's Best--Misbegotten (Ire), by Baillamont.

This is the third career stakes win for five-year-old Not Just swing, whose career high came when winning the Group Three Prix d'Hedouville last year. He is a half brother to Listed winner Minoa and to the unraced Mise, the dam of Group One winner Nahoodh. His dam Misbegotten was a Group-placed Listed winner, herself out of a half sister to the dam of Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Mirio.

This is the fifth stakes win of the season for King's Best, whose leading earner this year is Group One winning sprinter King's Apostle. The son of Kingmambo has 68 winners at a 35% strike rate and is his sire's leading representative at stud by European earnings.

Blandford Stakes G2 - Chinese White

Filed on 12 Sep 2009 @ 15:41


€115,000, Curragh, 9-12, 3/up, f/m, 10fT, 2:17.35, sf.

1--CHINESE WHITE (IRE), 131, f, 4
Dalakhani (Ire)--Chiang Mai (Ire), by Sadler's Wells

Chinese White is the third foal and first winner out of Group Three Blandford Stakes winner Chiang Mai, a half sister to the very smart Group One Prix de Diane winner Rafha - the dam of Invincible Spirit - and the Listed-placed winners Chamela Bay and Fayfa.

Chinese White is one of nine stakes winners for Dalakhani, whose 34 European winners (from 82 runners) are headed by Conduit. The Gilltown Stud resident is second to Oasis Dream on the third crop sires' table.

Irish St Leger G1 - Alandi

Filed on 12 Sep 2009 @ 15:33


€275,000, Curragh, 9-12, 3yo/up, 1 3/4mT, 3:14.82, sf.

1--ALANDI (IRE), 137, c, 4
Galileo (Ire)--Aliya (Ire), by Darshaan (GB)

This is a first Group win for Alandi, whose three-year-old half sister Aliyfa was second to him in the Listed Ballycorus Stakes before winning the Listed Oyster Stakes herself. Their dam Aliya was a Listed-winning own sister to the disqualified Oaks winner Aliysa, who was later to become the dam of Desert Story and Alaiyda, who in turn became the dam of Classic winner Alamshar.

Galileo has 17 stakes winners this year, the same as when he was champion sire last year. Without a star of New Approach's quality, his leading earner this year is Rip Van Winkle. Third on the European general sires' list, this win moves him to the head of the list of leading sires of stayers.

Select Stakes G3 - Mac Love

Filed on 12 Sep 2009 @ 15:28


£65,000, Goodwood, 9-12, 3yo/up, 9f 192ydsT, 2:06.81, gd/fm.

1--MAC LOVE (GB), 129, g, 8
Cape Cross (Ire)--My Lass (GB), by Elmaamul

A 45,000 gns Tattersalls yearling, Mac Love is out of a winning and Listed-placed middle distance mare from the family of Bonne Ile and Ile de Nisky.

Mac Love is the third highest European earner for Cape Cross, who has eight stakes winners amongst his 89 individual winners, at a 44% strike rate, this year. He has a narrow lead over Danehill Dancer in the European sires' table, and holds a decisive lead as leading sire in Britain this year.

Park Stakes G2 - Duff

Filed on 12 Sep 2009 @ 15:23


£160,000, Doncaster, 9-12, 3yo/up, 7fT, 1:24.35, gd/fm.

1--DUFF (IRE), 130, g, 6
Spinning World--Shining Prospect (GB), by Lycius

A half brother to two winners, Duff is out of an unraced half-sister to Group One Oaks d'Italia winner Valley Of Gold, juvenile Group Three winner Dublin and the Group-placed Dream Play.

Spinning World has two European stakes winners this season, and 24 winners from 66 runners. Duff is his first European Group winner since subsequent record priced mare Spinning Queen won the Group One Sun Chariot Stakes in 2006.

St Leger G1 - Mastery

Filed on 12 Sep 2009 @ 15:17


£500,000, Doncaster, 9-12, 3yo, c/f, 14f 132ydsT, 3:04.81, gd/fm.

1--MASTERY (GB), 126, c, 3
Sulamani (Ire)--Moyesii, by Diesis (GB)

A half brother to Italian juvenile Group One winner and recent Group Three winner Kirklees, Mastery is out of a half sister to Bowman, and the second dam is the dual Group One-winning sprinter Cherokee Rose.

Mastery is Sulamani's sole representative at stakes level and accounts for well over half the Darley residents earnings this year. The son of Hernando has 14 European winners thsi term at a 44% strike rate and now stands in third place ebhind Elusive City and Exceed And Excel on the second crop isres' table.

Champagne Stakes G2 - Poet's Voice

Filed on 12 Sep 2009 @ 13:09


£100,000, Doncaster, 9-12, 2yo, c/g, 7fT, 1:24.91, gd/fm.

1--POET'S VOICE (GB), 124, c, 2
Dubawi (Ire)--Bright Tiara, by Chief's Crown

A Darley homebred, Poet's Voice is a half brother to Japanese Grade One winner Gold Tiara and American stakes winner Queen's Park - later the dam of Grade Three winner Gemswick Park - out of a winning half sister to Grade One winner Chief Honcho. The second dam Expressive Dance was a three-time Grade Three winner.

The first crop sires' table has come alight at Doncaster this week, with Dubawi and Motivator both registering Group Two wins yesterday. Dubawi increases his lead over stablemate Shamardal at the top of the freshman sires' table.

Le Coupe de Marseille L - Villa Molitor

Filed on 11 Sep 2009 @ 15:23


€55,000, Marseille-Borely, 9-11, 3yo, 1 1/4mT, 1:59.38, gd/sf.

1--VILLA MOLITOR (FR), 125, f, 3
Muhtathir (GB)--Sizal (Fr), by Sicyos

The winner of the Listed Prix Policeman in February, Villa Molitor is a half sister to winners out of the winning mare Sizal.

Villa Molitor is the sole European stakes winner this term for Doctor Dino's sire Muhtathir, who has 18 winners from 69 runners.

May Hill Stakes G2 - Pollenator

Filed on 11 Sep 2009 @ 14:23


£80,000, Doncaster, 9-11, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:37.93, gd/fm.

1--POLLENATOR (IRE), 124, f, 2
Motivator (GB)--Ceanothus (Ire), by Bluebird

A 50,000 gns Tattersalls yearling, Pollenator is a half sister to three winners including the Listed-placed Wedding Party out of the placed mare Ceanothus, a half sister to Grade Two winner Golden Pond. The second dam is a half sister to Group One Australian Derby winner Dance The Day away and Group Three winner Spring Daffodil. The third dam is a half sister to Eclipse winner Connaught and St James's Palace Stakes winner Court Sentence.

This is the first stakes win for freshman sire Motivator, whose own sire Montjeu had Group Two success in the Doncaster Cup half an hour earlier. Motivator has four winners from 19 runners and his 11 yearlings sold so far this year are averaging £60,400 with Shadwell going to €320,000 for a colt at Deauville in August. This win moves the Royal Studs resident to 16th place on the first crop sires' table, and with all his wins coming at 7f and above it looks likely that his position will improve as his progeny mature.

Doncaster Cup G2 - Askar Tau

Filed on 11 Sep 2009 @ 14:06


£100,000, Doncaster, 9-11, 3yo/up, 2 1/4mT, 3:54.15, gd/fm.

1--ASKAR TAU (FR), 130, g, 4
Montjeu (Ire)--Autriche (Ire), by Acatenango (Ger)

A 145,000 gns Tattersalls yearling, Askar Tau is a half bother to the stakes-placed Austrian out of three-time Listed winner Autriche. The second dam is a winning half sister to the Listed winner Ambra, out of a Listed winner.

Irish Derby winner Fame And Glory heads Montjeu's six stakes winners. He has 64 winners in Europe to date at a 33% strike rate; he now heads the list of leading sires of stayers in 2009 - he also leads the middle distance list by European earnings.

Flying Childers Stakes G2 - Sand Vixen

Filed on 11 Sep 2009 @ 12:46


£80,000, Doncaster, 9-11, 2yo, 5fT, :58.10 (NTR), gd/fm.

1--SAND VIXEN (GB), 123, f, 2
Dubawi (Ire)--Fur Will Fly (GB), by Petong (GB)

A 130,000 gns Tattersalls Craven-Breeze-Up Sale graduate, Sand Vixen is a half sister to Listed winner and Group-placed So Will I and two other winners out of a placed half sister to Belgian Listed winner Pumpkin.

This is the first Pattern win for the Dubai Millennium sire line - the late sire has two sons at stud in freshman sire Dubawi and Echo Of Light. Dubawi heads the first crop sires' list with 22 winners at a 43% strike rate. He had 12 two-year-olds sell this spring for an average of £57,800 (Sand Vixen being the second highest priced, with the twice-raced Dubawi Junior fetching €280,000) and his yearlings in Europe have so far fetched up to €110,000.

Striking Ambition filly tops second session at DBS

Filed on 11 Sep 2009 @ 08:21

Subdued trade in second session of Festival Sale

The two day DBS Ste Leger Festival Yearling Sale came to a close on Thursday with subdued trade. Thursday's session saw 44 horses from the 69 offfered change hands for an aggregate of £319,800 at an average of £7,268.

Fairy Bridge Stakes L - Choose Me

Filed on 10 Sep 2009 @ 19:57


€62,500, Tipperary, 9-10, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f 100ydsT, 1:41.17, hy.

1--CHOOSE ME (IRE), 124, f, 3
Choisir (Aus)--Hecuba (GB), by Hector Protector.

Choose Me is out of the winning mare Hecuba, a half sister to Group winners Bad Bertrich again and Prolix and Listed winner Alumni. The stakes-placed second dam is out of Group One Irish Champion Stakes and Irish 1000 Guineas winner Cairn Rouge.

This is the first stakes win of the season for Choisir, who has 45 winners at a 38% strike rate.

Park Hill Stakes G2 - The Miniver Rose

Filed on 10 Sep 2009 @ 19:51


£100,000, Doncaster, 9-10, 3yo/up, f/m, 14f 132ydsT, 3:02.81, gd.

1--THE MINIVER ROSE (IRE), 118, f, 3
High Chaparral (Ire)--Bloemfontain (Ire), by Cape Cross (Ire)

A 100,000 gns Tattersalls yearling, The Miniver Rose is the first foal out of a winning daughter of Carotene, a dual Grade One winner in America and herself a half sister to the dam of Group One Victoria Derby winner Star Of The Realm. The third dam Carrot Top won the Listed Galtres Stakes and was herself second in the Park Hill Stakes.

High Chaparral has eight stakes winners, headed by Chester Vase winner and Irish Derby second Golden Sword, amongst his 46 winners, obtained at a 42% strike rate.

Sceptre Stakes L - Fantasia

Filed on 10 Sep 2009 @ 19:49


£40,000, Doncaster, 9-10, 3yo/up, f/m, 7fT, 1:22.69, gd/fm.

1--FANTASIA (GB), 127, f, 3
Sadler's Wells--Blue Symphony (GB), by Darshaan (GB).

Fantasia is a half sister to a winner out of a winning daughter of Blue Duster, the champion juvenile filly in 1995, when she won the Queen Mary, Princess Margaret and Cheveley Park Stakes, and herself an own sister to Group One Middle Park winner Zieten. The third dam won the Group Two Prix Maurice de Gheest.

Sadler's Wells has 13 stakes winners so far this year - he had 15 last year - and his European earnings exceed those of all his sire sons bar Galileo and Montjeu.

Haafhd colt tops first session of Festival Sale

Filed on 10 Sep 2009 @ 08:21

75% clearance rate as average drops by 31%

The first day of the St Leger Festival Sales, held under lights at the DBS Sales Complex following racing at Doncaster on the first day of the St Leger meeting, saw relatively quiet trade with a total of 58 lots sold from the 77 offered for £516,400, a fall of 21% from last year. The average fell by 31% to £8,903 and the median was off by 50% to £6,000.

Scarborough Stakes L - Strike The Deal

Filed on 9 Sep 2009 @ 16:33


£40,000, Doncaster, 9-9, 2yo/up, 5fT, :57.49, gd/fm.

1--STRIKE THE DEAL, 135, c, 4
Van Nistelrooy--Countess Gold, by Mt. Livermore.

A 140,000 gns Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up graduate, Strike The Deal was sold a as horse in training at the December Sale the same year for 480,000 gns. His dam is an unplaced daughter of a Listed winner.

This is the first European stakes win of the season for Ashford Stud resident Van Nistelrooy, who has five winners from 17 runners, and 63% of whose wins come over 5 and 6f.