Olympic Glory will join the Al Shaqab stallion roster in 2015 at Haras de Bouquetot in Normandy after signing off his racing career in either the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes or Prix de la Foret.
Due to the nature of his injury, Sea the Moon has been retired
As a huge fan of European racing, final times are irrelevant to me. Some of the splits near the end of a race are useful to analyze (as Mary said, Euros go slow then fast, as opposed to Americans going fast then slow), particularly with Frankel, since he quickened pretty incredibly in his races. You will get some American-like final times on days when the ground is extremely hard, but given the damp climates in England and Ireland that doesn't happen a ton. That, paired with the fact that racecourses are built into the natural form of the countryside - with undulations and steep hills
Literally all of that is said in my original post haha
Giovanni Boldini has been sold to ScanVet Stallions in Denmark. He raced for the first time for his new connections today and won a listed race going a mile on dirt in Sweden.
Usually a sure sign that a part owner or groom is a member of HRN, haha
He impressed me most of the races today at Longchamp. Coming off of a huge layoff he showed a nice turn of foot to quicken away from some decent horses. I hope he stays Arc-bound and that Frankie retains the ride.
Agreed! He has been the bridesmaid plenty of times but it is great to see him finally get his group one for such sporting connections.
It would be one of the best renewals of the Mile in some time! Although I was shocked when I read that they were considering sending him over here. Prince Khalid doesn't seem to always want to send the best of his colts to the Breeder's Cup, and as Euro said, the fast ground could be a bit of a concern. Another thing is that the turf stretch at Santa Anita is pretty short, and Kingman can take some time to be wound up and can drift before he hits his top gear.
There hasn't been a European horse that I have followed closely and consistently rooted for since St Nicholas Abbey, but The Grey Gatsby may be getting there. He throws in the odd sub-par performance (although the bottomless ground and 1 1/2 miles of the Grand Prix du Paris should be an automatic toss), but he really seems to try his heart out. The connections have said that the Champion Stakes is next, and he will be kept in training in 2015 with their first aim being the Dubai Duty Free. I know that on days when horses like Australia get the proper rides he may not always catch them, but he still puts in a great performance nonetheless. And what bookworm can't help but like a horse named 'The Grey Gatsby"?
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