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ParisLongchamp Sports Improvements Pre-Arc

Officials at France Galop have taken steps to ensure the criticism from racegoers which followed last year’s G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting will not be repeated. Many who attended the redeveloped ParisLongchamp track cited problems in getting food and drink, being unable to place bets and found a lack of toilet facilities. Having

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Ventura Rebel Returns in Weatherbys Super Sprint

Abdullah Menahi’s G2 Norfolk S. runner-up Ventura Rebel (GB) (Pastoral Pursuits {GB}) is coming into the July 20 £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint in fine form, according to trainer Richard Fahey. One of five Fahey-trained runners pointing to the lucrative Newbury contest, the bay will aim to give his trainer his third victory in six years.

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The Weekly Wrap: Japan To The Fore

Over the last few months we’ve had a number of overseas equine visitors in our midst in Newmarket ahead of Royal Ascot and on Saturday morning a new face appeared on the heath. Cheval Grand (JPN) (Heart’s Cry {JPN}), the winner of the Japan Cup in 2017, ventured outside Japan for the first time earlier

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Phoenix T’breds Targets Bahrain International Trophy

Following the announcement of the Nov. 22 £200,000 Bahrain International Trophy, the 2000-metre contest will be the aim of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Phoenix CEO Amer Abdulaziz announced on Monday. The Bahrain native was a multiple champion owner there in the 1980s, where his family ran a stud farm breeding purebred Arabians. “We are a global company,

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Pedigree Insights: Japan

Thanks to the victories of Anthony Van Dyck in the Derby, Circus Maximus in the St James’s Palace S. and Sovereign in the Irish Derby, the great Galileo owed three of his first five Group 1s of 2019 to granddaughters of Danehill. This suggested that time is moving on from the days when the perennial

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Siyarafina Retired to Stud

G1SW Siyarafina (Fr) (Pivotal {GB}-Siyenica {Fr}, by Azamour {Ire}) has been retired to the paddocks, trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre told Jour de Galop on Sunday. A homebred for His Highness The Aga Khan, the bay earned ‘TDN Rising Star’ status on debut at Saint-Cloud in April and made it two on the bounce in a

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Hong Kong Season Posts Increases

The Hong Kong 2018/2019 season once again ended with increases in several betting categories. Turnover for the finale was HK$1.966 billion, a new record for the card, which caused overall betting turnover to rise by 0.4% to $HK124,819 million from $HK124,282 million, which equates to just over £12.7 billion. Sunday’s attendance was 51,000 bringing the

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Sussex Targetted by Veracious

Sir Michael Stoute has confirmed the G1 Qatar Sussex S. at Goodwood on July 31 as the next objective for his G1 Falmouth S. heroine Veracious (GB) (Frankel {GB}). The Cheveley Park homebred secured the Group 1 success she has long promised at Newmarket on Friday–making every yard of the running under a tremendous ride

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TDN Op/Ed: the Black-Type System and Cataloguing Standards are Ripe for Overhaul

The modern black-type system began to take shape in Europe in 1971 when group designators were introduced to differentiate different levels of stakes races. This system was widened to North America/Canada in 1973 and was further refined by the creation of the International Cataloguing Standards Committee in 1981 and the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers

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Japan Takes Aim At The Grand Prix

ParisLongchamp plays its part in the Bastille Day celebrations on Sunday, when the G1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris is the focus. Generally the preserve of Andre Fabre, it looks likely to go west this year with Aidan O’Brien saddling the impressive G2 King Edward VII S. winner Japan (GB) (Galileo {Ire}). Third in the

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