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Early Retirement

While the build-up to the Breeders’ Cup should be focused on the major contenders, there is instead much focus on the end-of-season retirements and sales of those horses. Fleet Indian will be on the block as a broodmare prospect after her appearance in the Distaff and it seems clear that Bernardini and Discreet Cat will […]

Breeders’ Cup Insurance

So, Discreet Cat is officially entered in the Classic. But only technically, you see — there’s no plan to actually run him against his powerhouse stablemate, Bernardini; he’s just here in case Bernardini suddenly comes up sick or injured. This little ‘insurance policy’ has the further effect of ensuring that Flower Alley won’t make it […]

Just Say No II

As has been widely reported, Deep Impact is likely to be disqualified from his third-place Arc finish due to a positive drug test. As in the case of Brass Hat and the Dubai World Cup, the problem is the usual one with international racing and drugs — no one agrees what is (or should be) […]

Classic Considerations

Gorella won in her trademark style over the weekend (although Karen’s Caper looked very sharp indeed) and now seems much more likely for the Mile after George Washington’s defection to the Classic. The Mile will still be a tough race — Aussie Rules was very impressive in his last win and Aragorn is a fine […]

The Internationale

We have an international round-up today…Dylan Thomas is out of all Breeders’ Cup contention (surprise!) and Ouija Board is training right up to the big day, which means she’s raced in England for the last time. Apparently it’s been wetter than she likes, and Dylan Thomas’ performance certainly does suggest he’d like a bit of […]

Dylan Thomas May Need A Drink

Bernardini — what else is there to say about the Jockey Club Gold Cup? He never seemed to break a sweat. I did feel badly for Dylan Thomas; he’s a fantastic horse, but he clearly hated the surface (and it is interesting to see dirt described as an ‘artificial surface’ as the Independent does — […]

It’s Too Much Happiness

The short version of this weekend’s events, as there are just too many exciting races:

The Goodwood: Lava Man really needs an easy win here to prepare to face non-Californians in the Classic. Is Brother Derek really ready to run against his elders?Oak Tree Mile: Cinch for Aragorn. I should probably work in something geeky […]

Mid-Week Musings

It’s going to be quite a weekend; while the Jockey Club Gold Cup is of course the main event (and I’ll have more thoughts on that later in the week), I am really looking forward to the Shadwell Mile and another chance to see Miesque’s Approval (What can I say? I love his grand-dam, Miesque). […]

Worth the Wait

Wait a While was certainly impressive over the weekend; I’m not sure she is in the same league with Ouija Board at the moment, but there is every chance she could get there next year. It was also nice to see The Tin Man underline his Arlington Million victory with his Clement Hirsch win as […]