After a break of just over 2 months, G1 Irish Derby winner & G1 Epsom Derby 2nd, Jack Hobbs, is slated to make his return to the races on Saturday in the G3 September Stakes over 12f on polytrack at Kempton in Great Britain.
G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes & G1 Coronation Stakes winner, Rizeena, has been retired to become a broodmare, ironically on the same day that her trainer, Clive Brittain, announced that he will retire from training at the end this season.
That's very true, but Giant's Causeway, Sakhee, & Declaration of War were all 3 already proven over 10f/2000 meters or even further in the case of Sakhee, before coming to America for the Classic. Unless he gets to run in the Irish Champion Stakes first a couple of weeks from now, that's a potential snag for Gleneagles because he hasn't raced beyond a mile yet. Not that you're point isn't valid, but just sayin.....
I knew You'resothrilling was a full sister to Giant's Causeway, and have always thought had it turned out that Giant's Causeway ended up racing in the states on conventional dirt instead of in Europe on turf, I think he would've probably been just as successful because he really had as good of a pedigree for dirt as he had for turf. That being said, it's possible that Gleneagles could end up handling dirt okay, but his conventional dirt pedigree on the bottom side is nothing like his turf pedigree on the top which is basically turf royalty. He might surprise some people and run well on dirt if he goes in the Classic, like Giant's Causeway did back in 2000, but I still believe the better option for Gleneagles if they're actually considering bringing him to Keenland in October would be running in the BC Mile on turf with a good probability of his finally catching some fast ground vs. running on conventional dirt in the BC Classic, but TJMO.
Windshear trained by Richard Hannon, Jr., Connecticut trained by Luca Cumani, Maftool trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, Rogue Runner trained by Andreas Wohler, and Germany's Eric trained by Christian Von Der Recke with entries into the G2 International Bosphorus Cup field at Veliefendi on Sunday.
The Richard Hannon, Jr. trained Toormore & Shifting Power along with German entries Nabucco trained Ralf Rohne & Molly Le Clou trained by Jens Hirschberger with entries into the G2 International Topkapi Trophy field at Veliefendi on Sunday.
Godolphin's UAE 1000 Guineas & UAE Oaks winner Local Time, along with the Roger Varian trained Rekdhat, the Francois Rohaut trained Growing Glory from France, and the Andreas Wohler trained Waldnah from Germany all with entries into the G3 International Istanbul Trophy field for fillies & mares at Veliefendi on Saturday.
Godolphin's Tha'ir and their new horse who from Eoin Harty's yard in America, Tumbaga, both trained by Saeed Bin Suroor along with Grendisar trained by Marco Botti all with entries for the International Anatolia Trophy(Polytrack) at Veliefendi Racecourse in Turkey on Saturday.
The story is also out now on the Racing Post web-site among various others. O'Brien did in fact announce, rather surprisingly to me too, that the BC Classic may be the end of season target for Gleneagls. My guess is they're banking on the bottom side of his pedigree possibly being able to handle conventional dirt with his being out of the Storm Cat mare You'resothrilling.
Entries came out just a few hours ago for Saturday & Sunday's international races at Veliefendi Racecourse in Turkey. Among the list of European horses that will potentially be making the trek on Saturday or Sunday are:
International Anatolia Trophy(Polytrack):
1. Grendisar-Marco Botti
2. Tha'ir-Saeed Bin Suroor(Godolphin)
3. Tumbaga-Saeed Bin Suroor(Godolphin)-This horse just recently came to the UK from America. He ran twice on conventional dirt at Santa Anita for Eoin Harty and has since won twice on polytrack since coming to Great Britain.
International Istanbul Trophy(Turf)-(Fillies & Mares):
2.Growing Glory-Francois Rohaut
3. Local Time-Saeed Bin Suroor(Godolphin)
4. Waldnah(Andreas Wohler)
International Topkapi Trophy(Turf):
1. Nabucco-Ralf Rohne
2.Shifting Power-Richard Hannon, Jr.
3. Toormore-Richard Hannon, Jr.
4. Molly Le Clou-Jens Hirschberger
International Bosphorus Cup(Turf):
2. Windshear-Richard Hannon, Jr.
3. Maftool-Saeed Bin Suroor(Godolphin)
4. Rogue Runner-Andreas Wohler
5. Eric-Christian Von-Der-Recke
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