From this morning's Racing Post web-site: Coolmore have purchased Hazariya, the dam of G1 Epsom Derby & G1 Irish Derby winner Harzand at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale on Tuesday. Hazariya was purchased by M.V. Magnier, son of Coolmore co-owners John & Susan Magnier at a price of $2,000,000gns. She is intended to be bred next to Galileo.
Newmarket trainer, Roger Varian, will be moving yards from Kremlin House to retired trainer Clive Brittain's historic Carlburg Stables for the 2017 season after purchasing the property from Brittain. In a straight swap, trainer Simon Crisford, who rents boxes from Clive Brittain, will likely move and take over at Kremlin House after Varian makes the move to Carlburg Stables.
Favorite Kitasan Black wins the 36th running of the G1 Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse.
I'm glad Nuovo Record got another chance to run in the states at Del-Mar before she returns to Japan and ultimately heads back to Hong Kong next month, because she's a much better race-mare than she showed at Santa Anita in the G1 Breeders Cup F&M Turf. I also like that her connections pointed for the G3 Red Carpet Hcp. at 11f since she's being pointed at the G1 Hong Kong Vase over 12f this year instead of the G1 Hong Kong Cup again at 10f, and it turned out to be a nice win for her. I think the combination of both runs in the states will help to put her spot on for Hong Kong from a fitness point of view too. If you look back on last year's Hong Kong Cup, it wasn't Designs On Rome, Military Attack, Blazing Speed, or any of the other usual cast of characters that came flying at A Shin Hikari's backside late, it was Nuovo Record.
British jockey Jim Crowley, who narrowly defeated Silvestre de Sousa to be crowned champion jockey in the UK for 2016, will replace jockey Paul Hanagan as the top retained rider for Shadwell Farm owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Crowley will begin his new duties for Shadwell during the upcoming Dubai Carnival which starts in January. Sheikh Hamdan made the decision not to renew Hanagan's contract after a 4 year stint as top retained jockey for Sheikh Hamdan & Shadwell.
@Chess Champ, I agree. I don't see this race being around very long at all either. To be honest, it's only appeal at the moment for foreign horses is the purse. Otherwise, most horses from countries outside of the US would rather the race were ran at 10f instead of 9f, which is a big advantage for the American based horses, IMO. Plus, like I said above, Sheikh Mohammed will just eventually start the raising the purse of the Dubai World Cup and keep doing it to make sure it stays the worlds richest race, and I think you'll see that start happening in pretty short order, IMO.
@Neigh Sayer, I agree. Like I said in my post above, they had initially been touting Found as the horse they were gonna bring over for the race, which was why they briefly considered running her in the BC Classic instead of the BC Turf this year. Still not sure why they didn't wait to retire her until after the Pegasus ran though, unless O'Brien's thinking was that she'd already had a really tough season and didn't want to have to keep her in training for 2 more months. Even if Highland Reel were being considered, and I don't believe he is, it's really just not the right race for him. Not because of the switch to dirt so much as the distance. 9f is just way too much on the sharp side for him. I mentioned Minding, but I'm not sure they'd consider her either? If Coolmore are actually gonna send one of their horses over for the race, I hope it doesn't end up being a "second stringer" like Cougar Mountain for example. I'm not sure who they consider to be their best older War Front sired horse at the moment, but I think going with his pedigree on top for conventional dirt might better suit them then sending a horse with Galileo or Fastnet Rock on top, IMO. Maybe they'll just end up sending one of their horse that they have already have based in the states?
I'm not sure bust is the right word, but I see it being a race that will fade away very quickly in a just a few years time. The big appeal to the race right now is that the purse for the Pegasus is currently the largest in racing. But I don't see that being the case for very long, because Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Hamdan, and the rest of the Dubai mafia will in short order start raising the purse of the Dubai World Cup to exceed the current purse being offered in the Pegasus, and they'll continue to do it for as long as it takes, because those guys love having bragging rights that they host richest race in the world every March in Dubai. JMO.
The former Graham Motion trained War Order and the former Chad Brown trained Life Imitates Art finish 5th of 12 and 10th of 12 respectively in the Qatar Thoroughbred Guineas(Local/Domestic G3) on both's first career start in Qatar.
@Neigh Sayer, Just yesterday I read on the Racing Post web-site that Coolmore are very likely sending Highland Reel back to Sha Tin in December to run in either the Hong Kong Vase again or the Hong Kong Cup. Not likely to see him at Gulfstream to run over 9f on conventional dirt.
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