The War Front half-brother to Honor Code and Noble Tune makes his first start in the 1st race today @ Navan for trainer Aidan O'Brien!
It's a recurrence of the injury that prevented her from going for the Arc last year. Apparently it's a back injury, but it needs a bit of time to heal and it looks like they don't want to risk it coming back again, perhaps worse. Good call, though disappointing that we shan't see her racing again.
However! Sylvain Vidal has said we probably won't have to wait long for the owners to make the decision on what to do. It sounded like he was hopeful they'll keep her and send her to a stallion this year for her first covering.
Won his debut maiden by 3 lengths. He also has a possible entry in the French Derby. He's also a Medaglia d'Oro half-brother to Grace Hall.
I was here to watch Pamplemousse and ended up watching Daban the whole race. I had to watch the replay for Pamplemousse. Not bad considering Fabre had just plunked her in the race to see how she's doing because of the timing - I'd say Pamplemousse is coming along quite nicely!
Daban impressed me a lot. She had a rough first part of the race and looked like she wouldn't feature in the finish, but then she settled and by the end she was fairly picking off the fillies fighting for the lead. I didn't realize she'd had only one run like Pamplemousse, so that makes her win even more impressive to me. I'll be very interested to see where she goes from here!
I just didn't understand why Seven Heavens was so heavily backed. The headgear and sending him up early shows he hasn't changed any. If he had shown he had an insane amount of talent to offset it I might've been a little swayed, but nope. That said, he didn't look like he was pulling as badly as I expected, so maybe whatever they're doing with him is helping some. If they can get him in the right frame of mind during a race, maybe we'll see a group win perhaps?
Whitecliffsofdover on the other hand was all business, looked good going down to the start and looked good travelling. He was clearly the best there, and I hope they'll choose a decent career course for him. He looks much improved from last year.
Won her debut maiden by 4 lengths to Sens Des Affaires! She's only the 2nd runner for Dabirsim and his first winner! Quite a nice start. :)
Last seen when winning the G3 First Of Clyde Stakes last year, Delectation had since been sold to Australian Bloodstock and moved to the stable of Andreas Wöhler. Today was her first start for her new connections in the G3 Schwarzgold-Rennen and she won it nicely!
This race is a trial for the German classics and Delectation will most probably be aimed at either the German 1,000 Guineas or the German Oaks next.
Won the G3 Prix Noailles by just a head bob to the previously undefeated Akihiro!
Came up in a well-timed last minute move to win the G3 Prix de la Grotte by a length to La Sardane while a late running Lady Frankel edged out Toulifaut for 3rd. The daughter of Blame out of A. P. Indy mare Beta Leo gives Pascal Bary his second win in this race - the first was Divine Proportions!
Brametot and Markazi had both drifted in the betting in France because a interview was making the rounds in the French news - a few days ago Rouget first admitted that he has a VERY BAD virus in one of his barns. Taareef was mentioned as one of the colts affected. Rouget made very clear that he has kept the affected horses separate from the unaffected at all times and those that have the virus are scratched from their races, so there should've been no excuses for either Markazi or Brametot.
However, Brametot, didn't need any excuses today!
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