Britannia Stakes winner, Born In Bombay, has been sold to race in Hong Kong after connections(George Strawbridge) accepted a quote, "very good offer." according to Great Britain's Daily Mail. Trainer Andrew Balding revealed the news this morning at a media event at Goodwood.
Trainer Charlie Hills says it's likely Just The Judge will be coming to Arlington Park next month to contest the G1 Beverly D. Stakes. Thistle Bird is also likely to be a starter in the race for trainer Roger Charlton, along with yesterday's G2 Kilboy Estate Stakes winner Mango Diva for Sir Michael Stoute and G1 Coronation Stakes 3rd Euro Charline for Marco Botti.
Trainer John Gosden holds a powerful hand for this Saturday's G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, with it being announced today that King Edward VII Stakes winner Eagle Top has been added to the King George entries and will run on Saturday along with Epsom Oaks winner Taghrooda for Gosden.
After beginning his racing career going 3 for 3, that sub-par 12th place finish in the G2 Coventry Stakes at Ascot could've very easily ruined the confidence of Kool Kompany. But instead, he shows some real tenacity for a 2yo and bounces back from his only career defeat to date by winning the G2 Railway Stakes in Ireland and G2 Prix Robert Papin in France. Kool Kompany's got a terrific turn of foot and could easily be something quite special going forward this season, IMO.
If Mukhadram is able to see out the 2400 meter trip, this definitely gives Sheikh Hamdan one of the strongest hands in the King George field going to post on Saturday, IMO.
Just released via the Racing Post web-site: Shadwell Farms owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced his intention to run both Epsom Oaks winner Taghrooda and Coral-Eclipse winner Mukhadram in next Saturday's G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Taghrooda was withdrawn from Irish Oaks contention over the weekend in favor of the King George, and Mukhadram will be trying 2400 meters for the first time in his career, with his previous longest outing having been in last seasons G2 York Stakes over 2100 meters. Paul Hanagan will take the mount on Taghrooda and Dane O'Neill will have the mount on Mukhadram.
AtTheRaces.com reported Encke turned in a racecourse gallop at Newmarket on Saturday that was very pleasing to trainer Charlie Appleby. Encke worked in company with stablemate Personal Opinion over a mile and readily drew clear of him 2 furlongs out.
After a lengthy suspension as being one of the top Godolphin horses named in the Mahmood Al Zarooni doping scandal, Encke is set to make his return to racing in the G3 Coutts Glorious Stakes at Goodwood on August 1st according to trainer Charlie Appleby. Encke's last start came on September 15, 2012 at Doncaster when he defeated Camelot to win the G1 English St Leger, denying him the English Triple Crown.
Mango Diva gets a win for Sir Michael Stoute in the G2 Kilboy Estate Stakes in Ireland. This is the same race that Dank used last season to springboard her to 2 big G1 wins in America in the Beverly D. and BC F&M Turf. Mango Diva is also nominated for Beverly D. and based on this performance could very likely be sent to this year's Beverly D. by Sir Michael Stoute.
@jonquil, the big question I still have concerning Western Hymn is will he eventually be as effective at 12f as he obviously is at 10f? Difficult to know that for sure based solely on his finish in the Epsom Derby. Might be better served being pointed at 10/10-1/2f races like the Juddmonte International, Irish Champion Stakes, or Champion Stakes vs. pointed at 12f races like the Prix Niel, Arc De Triomphe, etc..., IMO.
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