It was announced earlier today on the RacingPost.com web-site that triple G1 winning filly, Legatissimo, will stay in training and race again next season as a 4YO. It was also announced in the same article that she is in fact headed to Keenland at the end of the month to run in this year's G1 Breeders Cup F&M Turf.
@reshuffler, A story that appeared today on the Racing Post web-site said that under a deal to stand Golden Horn at Dalham Stud in Newmarket next year, Sheikh Mohammed has bought a 50% stake in Golden Horn, but until he retires from racing he remains 100% owned by Anthony Oppenheimer. The story says he came out of the Arc looking like he'd barely even ran in a race which is why trainer John Gosden and owner Anthony Oppenheimer have decided to bring Golden Horn to Keenland for this year's G1 Breeders Cup Turf and I predict he'll be the first Arc winner to ever win the BC Turf.
Golden Horn holds off Flintshire, Treve, & New Bay to win the G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe for trainer John Gosden and owner Anthony E. Oppenheimer.
This year's Arc field didn't turn out quite as deep as I thought it might earlier in the season, and I'm a little disappointed that Jack Hobbs isn't running, but still some top shelf horses in the field nonetheless. That said, my Arc picks for this year's renewal are: 1st-New Bay 2nd-Treve 3rd-Golden Horn 4th-Flintshire/Free Eagle?
Here's a couple of interesting figures I heard a couple of European handicappers discussing this morning on AtTheRaces.com concerning the Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe: 3YO have an incredible record in the Arc. They've won 16 of the last 21 renewals, which equates to 76% of the winners being made up from only 45% of the runners. Food for thought?
@Elhubbo, he's not retired yet. He's actually being trained in Ireland right now to run in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Royal-Ascot on October 17th. Or at least that's what trainer Aidan O'Brien and the powers that be at Ballydoyle are presently telling all of the European racing media. But I wouldn't hold my breath that he shows up at Keenland for the BC Classic to run on a surface he's never tried before(dirt) over a distance he's never tried before(10f). If the ground is good or better at Ascot on Oct. 17th I think we'll see him run in the QE II Stakes and then likely be retired after that. If the ground ends up coming up too soft for Gleneagles on the day then I think you'll see the official retirement announcement, IMO.
Trainer John Gosden told the Racing Post today with Golden Horn likely headed to Longchamp to run in the G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe that he will likely sidestep that race with Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs in favor of running him at Ascot 2 weeks later in the G1 Champion Stakes. Personally speaking, I'm not too sure Gosden wouldn't be better served sending Jack Hobbs to Longchamp to race over 2400 meters and Golden Horn to Ascot to race over 2000 meters, but TJMO.
Jockey Ryan Moore returned to the saddle today at Newmarket after being sidelined with a neck injury since early July from a stalls accident, and he rode Juddmonte's Time Test to victory in the G2 Joel Stakes on his first day back. Moore is booked for several rides at Newmarket on Saturday, primarily for trainer Aidan O'Brien and Ballydoyle in the Royal Lodge Stakes, Cheveley Park Stakes, & Middle Park Stakes. Good to see Ryan back in the saddle again. Great jockey.
Breaking news from the Racing Post web-site: Simple Verse has been reinstated as the winner of the G1 Ladbrokes St Leger after a BHA hearing on Wednesday reversed the decision of the Doncaster stewards to demote her in favor of Bondi Beach.
@ruffianlover, Right off the bat let me say I really like this horse, but the biggest knock on Liam's Map to me in regard to running in the Classic would be not knowing if he'll actually stay 10f? I suspect he will, but there will likely be a really deep field lining up against him this year, so if he gets even a little tired once they go beyond 9f he'll finish well beaten. Might be more beneficial to the connections to point him at the BC Dirt Mile this year instead given how deep the Classic field looks likely to be. The Dirt Mile looks like a race Liam's Map would be a very tough beat in with his front end speed. Not sure the same can be said for him if he runs in the Classic, IMO.
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