@MaryZinke, I think you're spot on with that comment. It's very irritating watching Javier Castellano putting Flintshire in compromising positions to the point where races he should be winning by a dozen lengths are instead being won by much smaller margins because of the way he's been ridden by Castellano, IMO.
From today's Racing Post web-site: Trainer Aidan O'Brien has revealed that star juvenile, Caravaggio, has suffered a minor injury that may prevent him from running in the G1 Middle Park Stakes on September 24th. O'Brien said, "Caravaggio has had a slight setback. He pulled a muscle in his ribcage about 10 days ago, and while he is fine now, we're not sure yet whether he will he go to the Middle Park?" O'Brien went on to say that Intelligence Cross, who earlier today was an impressive 4-1/4 length winner of the G3 Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland, may replace Caravaggio for Coolmore in the Middle Park Stakes if he's unable to compete by then.
@fastnfurious, I couldn't agree more. I mean seriously Chad Brown, you skipped taking Flintshire to Chicago to run in the Arlington Million to run him in this joke of a race? Truly, If I had my way, Flintshire would be on a plane tomorrow headed back to trainer Andre Fabre in France to continue what's left of his career racing against real middle distance turf competition in Europe, and to prepare for one more shot at running in the Arc de Triomphe, which he most definitely deserves. Flintshire(if he were still in France) and Harzand may be the only 2 horses potentially capable of beating Postponed in this year's Arc, IMO. If Flintshire were to get one more shot at running in the Arc, I could care less if he ran in the BC Turf again, because on a global scale, the Arc de Triomphe is a much higher rated race and is considered a much more prestigious race than the BC Turf.
Intelligence Cross bolts up to win the G3 Round Tower Stakes easily at the Curragh in a manner very similar to how stablemate Somehow won the G3 Snow Fairy Fillies' Stakes about a half-hour earlier.
A good weekend for jockey Oisin Murphy and for Qatar Racing at Goodwood. After winning the G2 Celebration Mile yesterday aboard Lightning Spear, Murphy comes back today and squeezes home just ahead of Jallota & Convey aboard Opal Tiara to win the G3 Supreme Stakes.
Somehow much the best in the G3 Snow Fairy Fillies' Stakes at the Curragh, putting some 6 or 7 lengths between herself and Epsom Icon & Skiffle.
Been awhile between drinks, but the once highly regarded Berkshire wins the listed August Stakes over 11-1/2f at Windsor.
The filly Chain Of Daises beats heavy favorite Ulysess by a shoulder to win the G3 Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor.
Lightning Spear overcomes trouble in running to fly home late and win the G2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood. Trainer David Simcock said post-race that the G1 Woodbine Mile later next month could be the next target on Lightning Spear's agenda.
From today's Racing Post web-site: Trainer Henry Candy has said Limato is "unlikely" to run in the G1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on September 3rd, saying he thinks Limato needs more time between starts. Winner of the G1 Darley July Cup at 6f, Limato most recently finished 2nd, two lengths behind Mecca's Angel in the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes over the weekend in his first career start at 5f. Candy said if conditions are dry at Chantilly over Arc weekend that Limato will contest the G1 Prix de le Foret over 7f again, a race he ran 2nd in last season behind Make Believe. He'll then head to America to run in the G1 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint over 6-1/2f at Santa Anita in November.
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