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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 [...]

‘Jockeys’ – UAE Style

Beyond Well Armed’s record-breaking winning margin in the main race, the other big story from Dubai World Cup day was that of young local jockey Ahmed Ajtebi who won the Dubai Duty Free with longshot Gladiatorus and followed up with Eastern Anthem’s narrow victory in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

While much has [...]

Dubai World Cup Day: Initial Thoughts

The post positions are set for Dubai World Cup day. Here’s our quick race-by-race rundown (including links to the handy interactive racecards from Emirates Racing).

Godolphin MileGayego seems to be thriving since his purchase by Godolphin and his subsequent move to the UAE; he won over the same track earlier this month. Godolphin also [...]

Nomenclature

With the arrival of the new year comes the knowledge that it’s never too early to start thinking about the Derby trail (although the last time I backed a horse in January – a certain Smarty Jones – indeed, the victory did come to pass). I can’t say I’m bowled over by anyone yet, [...]

Horses Racing?

Well, at least Godolphin managed to scrounge together a few bucks to keep some of their fillies and mares in training – I am genuinely pleased to hear that we will be seeing more of both Cocoa Beach and Music Note. In fact, we should get another chance to see Cocoa Beach before the [...]

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? [...]

Trad Arr Superfecta II

While Godolphin is not exactly having a banner year (for them), they did not have a bad weekend; Cocoa Beach’s upset of Ginger Punch in the Beldame may have garnered more headlines, but Tam Lin’s victory in the Kelso was equally interesting. The British-bred gelding seems to have taken to American turf racing quite [...]

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 [...]

Curlin...and Jalil?

With Curlin’s advance on Cigar’s all-time earnings mark continuing on Saturday in the Woodward, Andrew Beyer examines how his majority owner, Jess Jackson, has ruffled feathers within the industry in his comparatively short time as a major player. Of course, those unhappy with the way he has tackled the game seem to have been [...]

Glorious Goodwood

While Saratoga continues apace here, Glorious Goodwood kicks off today in Britain, with a number of Group 2 and 3 races on the card. Tomorrow promises to be Aiden O’Brien’s big day, with Henrythenavigator (pictured) in the Sussex Stakes, looking for his fourth Group 1 win; O’Brien himself will be aiming for number sixteen for [...]