Carla Bianca makes it 3 straight wins in stakes company with a victory in the G3 Dance Design Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland for trainer Dr. Dermot Weld and owners Moyglare Stud. Really good looking 3yo filly that's become more and more progressive as the season has gone on.
French raider Fintry runs her record to 4 wins in 5 career starts to date for trainer Andre Fabre and Godolphin SNC with a win in the G3 Atalanta Stakes at Sandown Park in the UK. Very talented 3yo filly.
Trainer John Gosden has raised the possibility of Kingman stepping up in trip next season if the brilliant colt stays in training. Given that he carries the same colors of owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, Kingman is inevitably compared to the unbeaten Frankel, who also dominated in the mile division during his classic season before proving equally dominate over 10f in his 4YO season. Speaking on the subject, John Gosden said, "Frankel obviously went mile, mile, mile as a 3yo, but stepped up to 10f in the Juddmonte International and again in the Champion Stakes as a 4yo. If Kingman stays in training next seasons you have the option to do similar things, but at this stage as a 3yo, a mile is and will remain Kingman's trip."
From DubaiRaceNight.com: The G1 Dubai Sheema Classic and G1 Dubai Duty Free's purses have both been increased from $5 million to $6 million dollars each. The increase is set to become effective at the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Looks like we may get to see the past 2 winners of the G1 English St Leger, Encke in 2012 and Leading Light in 2013 go head to head with each other for the 1st time in the G1 Irish St Leger next month. Godolphin says that Encke remains firmly on course for the race after a promising 2nd in the G3 Coutts Glorious Stakes after being off the track for 23 months, and Leading Light won the G3 Irish St Leger Trial over the weekend and has always had this race in his sights. You know Coolmore would love nothing better than for Leading Light to beat Encke in Ireland after he played spoiler to Camelot's 2012 English Triple Crown bid.
After failing to make an impact in this year's G1 English 2000 Guineas or G1 St James's Palace Stakes, trainer Richard Hannon, Jr. has decided to go a tried and tested route next with Toormore next in the International Topkapi Trophy at Veliefendi Racecourse in Turkey on Sunday week. The Hannon's won last year's renewal of the International Topkapi Trophy with Producer.
Last year's G1 Epsom Oaks winner and G1 English St Leger 2nd, Talent, has been retired after finishing a well beaten 5th in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks in her last race. Trainer Ralph Beckett said: "she gave us some of our best days last season when she won the Oaks and ran right up to her best in the English St Leger, but it has become clear she's just not the same filly this year." Talent will return to Ashbrittle Stud where she was bred and she will be covered next spring.
It's just my opinion, but I personally believe the Prix Niel at 12f might be the better option for Kingston Hill anyway. At Epsom, I thought he ran like 12f might be his limit anyway. Could be wrong, but I can't say I'm convinced he'll actually stay the 14-1/2f trip of the English St Leger.
From Racing Post.com: Epsom Derby 2nd, Kingston Hill, will have the G2 Prix Niel as an alternative option in case the ground at Doncaster thwarts trainer Roger Varian's plans to run Kingston Hill in the worlds oldest classic, the G1 English St Leger.
It's just been posted on Racing Post.com that British bookmaker Coral make Toast of New York a 20-1 shot for this year's Breeders Cup Classic at Santa Anita. His odds would obviously be a lot shorter if the Classic were being ran on a synthetic surface, but the unknown factor with Toast of New York on conventional dirt makes 20-1 a more than fair price, IMO. Regardless of what happens with Toast of New York in the Classic, at least trainer Jamie Osborne will know where he stands with him on conventional dirt when it comes time for him to run in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March since they're switching from tapeta to conventional dirt for the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival.
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