In an article that was released on Thursday on the AtTheRaces.com web-site, it appears that trainer David Elsworth and owner Jeff Smith have decided to forgo running Juddmonte International winner Arabian Queen in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 12th in favor of running a day later on September 13th in the G1 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp against the likes of Treve, Dolniya, & Sea Calisi among other top fillies & mares.
The only way Flintshire loses the Sword Dancer Invitational is if rain were to hit Saratoga just prior to the race and puts a bunch of cut in the ground. But if the track stays fast/firm ground, which is the type of ground Flintshire is at his best over, he'll win this race by daylight with Twilight Eclipse as his closest competitor, IMO.
I know like myself you're also a fan of Euro Charline, so I wanted to let you know just a few days ago I read an article online with Marco Botti, if memory serves it was on AtTheRaces.com, and Botti said she will run next either in the G1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown or the G1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket, but the long term goal for her no matter which of those two races she run's in is the G1 Breeders Cup Mile at Keenland at the end of October. Botti and the Team Valor connections seem to think Euro Charline would be well suited by the "fastish" type of ground she's likely to encounter at Keenland. Just thought I'd pass that info on to you in case you hadn't seen the article?
From the RacingPost.com web-site: British trainer, Olly Stevens, announced today that he will not be renewing his trainer's license next season despite having enjoyed significant top level success in 3 brief years at the helm of Sheikh Fahad Al Thani's Robins Farm Racing operation in Chiddingfold near Surrey in the UK. Citing family reasons above all, Stevens and his wife Hetta have twin daughters aged 3-1/2. Stevens informed Sheikh Fahad of his decision last Friday and he told staff and other owners for which he trains on Wednesday.
Trainer Wesley Ward said he had dinner with Michael Tabor, part owner of Acapulco, that night after her great run in the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes and they decided that sending her back over for the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes in late September would probably be one trip too many, so she's out of that race. Ward said he told Tabor at dinner that night they should work backwards now from next season's G1 King Stand Stakes at Ascot next June to which Tabor replied "done." So Ward says the plan is to return to Ascot with Acapulco next June for the G1 King's Stand Stakes.
This story broke earlier today on the Racing Post web-site: The hottest rumor in racing was on Monday night firmly quashed by trainer David O'Meara, as one of the sport's most respected young trainers poured cold water on intense speculation linking him with a move to Coolmore/Ballydoyle. The whispers suggesting Aidan O'Brien, one of the most successful flat trainers of the modern era, could be leaving John Magnier's Ballydoyle operation have become rife in recent days, making their way into the written press, television, & social media. Racecourse gossip during last week's Ebor meeting at York culminated with two newspapers, one in Great Britain and one in Ireland, linking David O'Meara with potentially taking over one of the most coveted positions in the sport. With Coolmore/Ballydoyle sticking to their long standing policy of not commenting on rumors and speculation, the North Yorkshire based O'Meara told the Racing Post, "I have never been approached by anyone at Coolmore regarding taking over the training duties at Ballydoyle. There is no substance to this rumor."
From the RacingPost.com web-site: Aidan O'Brien admitted on Sunday that missing 3 opportunities to race during the month of August(Sussex Stakes, Prix Jacques le Marois, Juddmonte International) could have an adverse effect on star miler Glenealges. But he stressed the G1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 12th is still very much plan, although again with the provision the ground is no slower than good. Gleneagles worked after racing concluded at the Curragh on Sunday, with trainer Aidan O'Brien adding, "Gleneagles is grand, but it's all been a bit messy. The fact that he's trained for 3 races and hasn't gotten to run in any of them is a worry because you don't know what effect it will have on him" End quote. Personally speaking, I'm a very big Gleneagles fan and I'll be hoping against hope that the rain stays away from Leopardstown racecourse prior to the Irish Champion Stakes. I'm quite certain Gleneagles is likely to be retired at the end of this season and not race on as a 4YO next year, and with the necessity of having to have good/good to firm ground as a requirement for him to race, he's very quickly starting to run out of viable targets before retirement could set in.
Bobby's Kitten goes tearing off in an early speed duel with Stacked Deck and ends up inhaled by the field, finishing a well beaten 7th of 8 in the G2 Play The King Stakes at Woodbine in his 2015 seasonal debut. The last time I remember Bobby's Kitten tearing off to the front like he did today was in the 2013 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf and he got reeled in that day too by Outstrip & Giovanni Boldini. Later that day was when a furious Kenneth Ramsey would proclaim it was the last time jockey Javier Castellano would ever ride Bobby's Kitten again. Wonder if Ramsey feels the same way about Joel Rosario now after this ride on Bobby's Kitten today at Woodbine?
According to a recent interview that trainer Criquette Head-Maarek did with France Galop, Treve to no one's surprise will return to the races again on September 13th at Longchamp to contest the G1 Prix Vermeille for a 3rd time in preparation for attempting to win an historic 3rd G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe.
In his first start in Europe in nearly 2 years, now trained by Sea The Stars trainer John Oxx in Ireland, Sea Moon runs a very creditable 2nd in the G3 Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh in Ireland.
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