I had wondered why you went so quiet all of a sudden.
What happened to your other account, hoof_hearted666?
The Racing Post's article doesn't mention plans for La Cressonnière or Almanzor, just Qemah because that one was an interview with Al Shaqab's racing manager, Harry Herbert.
The French article is saying Prix Rothschild will be the big one for Qemah, so it could be that she may go to both the Falmouth Stakes and the Prix Rothschild if possible or they might make a solid decision which to do later.
It's always disappointing when the 2nd place in the Derby and the winners of the Guineas miss the Irish Derby. That said, there is Moonlight Magic, and if he isn't run as a pacemaker for Idaho, Port Douglas could be up there, too.
Ebediyin isn't that bad, he probably needs a little more time to develop, though. When I read confirmation of Ebediyin I immediately thought he may end up being the pacemaker or something for Harzand.
BTW, did you see my update on La Cressonnière? It was pointed where she would likely go next along with Almanzor's and Qemah's possible goals in an interview.
First, no one wants U.S. dirt specialists attempting to run on turf in Europe. Second, the Queen Anne is not the only race in Europe - a race that would be good for American turf runners to aim at would be the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Third, Wesley Ward has been known to privately sell horses he's brought to Royal Ascot afterwards, and has probably made a good amount of money from that with the added bonus of being kept on as the trainer for horses he's sold.
If U.S. trainers for turf runners do the research and work, they could start their better 2yo turf prospects at Ascot and stand as decent a chance at a big purse as any of the European runners.
Won the Listed Prix La Sorellina by 2 lengths to Al Hayyah! The step down in class definitely seems a right start for Chartreuse after having been soundly beaten by Qemah in the G3 Prix de la Grotte last.
Don't forget Moonlight Magic will be there, too. Yes, he did badly in the Epsom Derby - apparently he didn't like the course and got pulled up so he wouldn't hurt himself. He has run most of his races at Leopardstown, but there's nothing that would really suggest he'd have the same reaction to Naas as he did at Epsom.
If Harzand fails to show up (run-wise, that is. Harzand has been declared for the race so unless Weld isn't satisfied with him on the morning he'll probably run), Moonlight Magic could be a serious threat. Heck, Moonlight Magic might be a threat even if Harzand shows if he runs to his best.
Geh, you beat me to this announcement, lol! He's in along with stablemate Ebediyin. :) The others are Moonlight Magic, Red Verdon, Shogun, Claudio Monteverdi, Port Douglas, and Stellar Mass. Sadly not quite the same level of talent as the Epsom Derby, but still.
At least Colm has a secondary trainer who has obtained his services for when he's not needed by O'Brien. Jessica Harrington asked him to ride for her and he rightly agreed. I hope he finds success riding her horses.
Seamie doesn't have that - he's put in a lot of work with Idaho already and you can't help but feel he knows the colt well. He doesn't deserve to have his ride taken from him just because he's not O'Brien's top jockey.
Compounding this is the fact that this rewards Ryan Moore for what's added up to several shoddy rides for Coolmore at times when shoddy rides are not wanted. What the heck is with that? His bad rides haven't been so obvious because the class of horse he's been riding is so high the horse can (usually) get him out of the situation by themselves.
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