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June: Fairy Chant
b. 1937
Why: A champion at 3 and 4, Fairy Chant won the Beldame twice. She was in the money for 26 of her 42 races.

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Royal Ascot Day Three: All Yeats

Day three of Royal Ascot could only be about Yeats – but before we move on to his history-making fourth Gold Cup win, we’ll review some of the other races on the card.

There was no luck for Wesley Ward this time in the Norfolk Stakes – Yogaroo slammed into the favorite Monsieur Chevalier (who was [...]

Viewed Takes the Melbourne Cup

Well, another Melbourne Cup is in the books, and contrary to the pre-race hype, the Cup stayed in Australian hands. The hands in question are certainly familiar — the win by Viewed gave trainer Bart Cummings his twelfth victory in the race and his 250th Group 1 win overall.

Val has a great [...]

About Tomorrow…

On Tuesday, November 4th, a nation will hold its collective breath as the race comes to a close. Few will have their minds on work as they wait for the final result — years of preparation and anticipation have been spent building toward this moment. And we all know what’s at stake: bragging rights as [...]

Just Because Everyone Else Is Doing It…

This week’s Star 3-Year-Old Retiree is New Approach. He’s had a tremendous year — becoming only the third horse to win the Dewhurst, the Derby and the Champion Stakes. With eight wins from eleven starts, the son of Galileo heads off into the sunset to become a Darley stallion. So why the rush? [...]

Breeders Cup Pre-Entries: Some Oddities

Breeders’ Cup pre-entries (full list here – PDF warning) are in, and it’s a record crop of Europeans – 35 this year. I’m interested to see King of Rome down for the Dirt Marathon (along with Casino Drive, although the Classic is still his first choice) rather than the Turf; given what looks like [...]

Goldenhooves

From the (welcome) coverage it is receiving, it might seem that Curlin’s Jockey Club Gold Cup bid is the only race taking place this weekend when in fact it’s ridiculously busy (rather like my entire week this week).

Perhaps the most competitive race this weekend will be the Beldame; while Ginger Punch [...]

A Muddy Mile Picture

The soft going was apparently not much to the liking of top turf milers in North America or Europe; both Kip Deville and Henrythenavigator finished fifth in their respective races. The main difference in the narratives is that Henrythenavigator was beaten by one of the most well-regarded milers around, Goldikova, who is now pointing [...]

Busy Ballydoyle

Things are a bit quiet Stateside, but there’s been a flurry of activity for Ballydoyle in the past week. First, it was announced that the British Horseracing Authority was going to investigate a charge of team tactics (as discussed here last week) over the way the Juddmonte International was ridden, with Red Rock Canyon [...]

Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits

With the Travers and the Pacific Classic in the record books (and yes, there will be more on the Pacific Classic later this week), it’s nearly time to turn our attention to the Woodward, which will feature a certain horse named Curlin. But before we look ahead to the weekend, let’s examine the storm [...]

Ungentlemanly?

Spirit One’s victory in the Arlington Million is being somewhat overshadowed in the European press by the manner of Archipenko’s defeat. The Guardian quotes trainer Mike de Kock as referring to Johnny Murtagh’s ride on 3rd-place finisher Mount Nelson as:
“…the most ungentlemanly piece of riding I have seen in a long time”

The Independent, meanwhile, [...]