When you're career resume' says you have wins in the G1 Irish Derby, G1 Irish Champion Stakes, G1 Man O'War Stakes, G1 Arlington Million, & G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, any country with a quality breeding program is gonna want to breed with that stallion if possible. Because he had 5 major G1 wins for his career, something that often gets lost in the shuffle about Cape Blanco was his beating Epsom Derby & Arc winner Workforce to win the G2 Dante Stakes at York as 3YO and as a 2YO his winning the G2 Futurity Stakes & G3 Tyros Stakes in Ireland.
After breaking a shoe and finishing last of 4 in Sunday's G1 Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp, trainer Corine Barande-Barbe told the Racing media on Tuesday morning that Cirrus Des Aigles is likely to bypass a title defense of the G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 6th in favor of staying home in France to run in the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 28th.
From the Racing Post web-site earlier this morning: Found, who finished 2nd in Sunday's G1 Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh may be supplemented to run against the boys in the G1 Epsom Derby instead of the G1 Epsom Oaks according to trainer Aidan O'Brien. The move is being considered by Michael Tabor, John Magnier, & Derrick Smith after the recent disappointing performances by John F Kennedy & Ol' Man River in the G2 Dante Stakes at York. Even if Found runs in the Derby instead of the Oaks, Coolmore still figure to have the betting favorite for the Oaks with G1 English 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo.
I may have been as impressed with Mustajeeb's seasonal debut in the G2 Greenlands Stakes as any horse I saw race at the Curragh over the weekend. When you factor in the number of G1 winning sprinters he had in the rear view, I.E., Maarek, Sole Power, Gordon Lord Byron, & Astaire, coupled with his already having a course win at Ascot over 7f at last year's Royal Meeting in the G3 Jersey Stakes, I'd say that makes Mustajeeb very live in this year's G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Though in fairness to Gordon Lord Byron, I did read he had a dirty scope post-Greenlands Stakes. Dropping this colt back in trip from a mile to sprinting distances may turn out to be a stroke of genius by trainer Dermot Weld before all is said and done, IMO.
Can't wait to see Solow & Able Friend knock heads next month at Royal-Ascot in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes. It should be a terrific race, as both horses truly possess a wicked turn of foot, and both have literally turned into winning machines. Hard to imagine 1 of those 2 not standing in the winners circle at Ascot at the end of the Queen Anne, IMO.
Good pick Mary. I've seen several of Going Somwhere's races during his time in France and he's ran some very good races against some very good horses. Plus, he's a stout stayer over 12f.
The talented daughter of Pivotal bolts up under a hand ride by Maxime Guyon to win the G1 Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary and keeps her unbeaten record in tact for trainer Freddie Head and the Wertheimer brothers.
Pleascach gets up to beat favorite Found and win the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas for Jim & Jackie Bolger. There was a lot of late money that came in for this filly in the race coming her recent win in the G3 Blue Wind Stakes where she showed an impressive turn of foot late to put that race to bed.
Solow continues his amazing run of races defeating Gailo Chop, Sparkling Beam, & Cirrus Des Aigles to win the G1 Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp.
Al Kazeem beats the in form Fascinating Rock to win his second G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup with last year's Great Voltigeur winner Postponed in 3rd and The Grey Gatsby a disappointing 4th.
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