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Desert Encounter Bursts Through The Pack To Repeat In Canadian International

Despite missing the break and finding himself in last position on the turn for home, Abdulla al Mansoori’s Desert Encounter was able to weave his way through the pack and burst to the front for a repeat score in the Grade 1 Canadian International. Ridden by Andrea Atzeni on behalf of trainer David Simcock, the […]

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Crisford: Ostilio Will Bring European Style To G1 Fourstardave

Trainer Simon Crisford was on hand at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday morning to watch Godolphin’s Ostilio train on the Oklahoma dirt training track in preparation for the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap. The one-mile event over the inner turf at the Spa is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Race offering a ‘Win and You’re In’ berth […]

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‘Dream’ Result For Varian As Defoe Upsets Coronation Cup

Defoe delighted his trainer, Roger Varian, by winning the Group One Investec Coronation Cup by half a length at 11/1 from Kew Gardens (100/30) this Friday at Epsom Racecourse. This was a first top-level success for the grey 5-year-old gelding, a son of Dalakhani and ridden by Andrea Atzeni. Newmarket-based Varian, for whom it was […]

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‘It Felt So Good To Win Here’: Firsts All Around On Saturday At Santa Anita

Multi-cultural firsts were the order of the day Saturday at Santa Anita. Posting their first victories at The Great Race Place were jockeys Andrea Atzeni, Jean Diaz Jr. and Shane Foley. The 27-year-old Atzeni, a native of the Mediterranean island Sardinia, won the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes for trainer Simon Callaghan on True Valour […]

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True Valour Gives Andrea Atzeni First Santa Anita Victory In Thunder Road

With heavily favored River Boyne bottled up late, longshot True Valour rallied from off the pace to take Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes by a half length while providing trainer Simon Callaghan with his second stakes win on the day and Italian-born Andrea Atzeni, 27, with his first ever Santa Anita stakes victory. […]

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Sheikha Reika Gives Atzeni G1 Double In E.P. Taylor

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid al Maktoum’s Sheikha Reika provided a thrilling end to the afternoon for jockey Andrea Atzeni in the E.P. Taylor, adding to his Canadian International win on Desert Encounter for a Grade 1 double on the card. The 3-year-old daughter of Shamardal, trained by Roger Varian, raced without Lasix and was sent off […]

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Desert Encounter Explodes Late In Canadian International

Making his first start in North America, Abdulla Al Mansoori’s Desert Encounter proved explosive over the Woodbine lawn when he captured the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International on Saturday. The 6-year-old gelded son of Halling, sent off at odds of 8-1, circled the field in the stretch to run down 3-1 favorite Thundering Blue by […]

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‘Consistent’ Desert Encounter Brings Simcock Back To Woodbine For Canadian International

Trainer David Simcock, who won the 2014 edition of the Woodbine Mile, goes after a different Grade 1 trophy at the Toronto oval, this time with Desert Encounter in the Pattison Canadian International. Four years ago, Simcock watched Trade Storm take top honours in the turf Mile at Woodbine. His day proved to be twice […]

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Stradivarius Up Late To Defend Goodwood Cup Title

Stradivarius took another big stride towards the season’s leading stayer award – and an unrelated £1m bonus – when landing today’s £500,000 G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup over two miles. Gaining his third win of the season, the John Gosden-trained four-year-old repeated his win in the race of last year, and was again ridden by Andrea […]

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Undefeated Without Parole Leads Wednesday’s Sussex Stakes At Glorious Goodwood

Led by John and Tanya Gunther’s undefeated homebred Without Parole (GB) and Khalid Abdullah’s Jersey Stakes (G3) winner Expert Eye (GB), a field of eight runners is set for Wednesday’s one-mile, $1.391 million Qatar Sussex Stakes (G1) at Glorious Goodwood, with the winner receiving an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) through the international Breeders’ […]

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