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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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Another Reason Not to Shuttle

It’s getting a little coverage in the trade publications in the US, but the outbreak of equine influenza in Australia is already having a major effect on the sport Down Under. Perhaps uniquely, it is affecting both racing and breeding:
Racing officials announced early today that horses from the Centennial Park stables had returned positive [...]

More Coolmore Fun

Greg Wood’s article in The Guardian (or The Grauniad, if you prefer) sums up the whole George Washington/Holy Roman Emperor affair very well indeed:
Whatever gloss they try to put on it – and Coolmore does gloss like no one else – this can be no more than a damage-limitation exercise. And if it makes business [...]

Any Danehill Will Do

Somewhat overshadowing Circular Quay’s nice victory in the Louisiana Derby (at least in Europe) was the rather unexpected news that George Washington is (apparently) infertile and so three-year-old Holy Roman Emperor has been abruptly retired to deputize for him.

It seems there was more than a little dismay from trainer Aidan OBrien:
Holy Roman Emperor was our [...]