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Champion Stakes Hero Cracksman Will Breeze At Newmarket Tuesday

Cracksman and Frankie Dettori will have a racecourse gallop at Newmarket on Tuesday. John Gosden’s Champion Stakes hero will strut his stuff on the Rowley Mile accompanied by one stablemate at 12.40pm, 70 minutes before racing is due to get under way at 1.50pm. The Frankel colt has been earmarked to make his seasonal reappearance […]

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Highland Reel Headlines Ballydoyle’s Breeders’ Cup Contingent

Highland Reel set himself up for the defense of his Breeders’ Cup Turf crown with a meritorious run in defeat in the Champion Stakes at Ascot. Aidan O’Brien’s globetrotter finished third to Cracksman on unsuitably soft ground, but conditions are expected to be far more in his favor at Del Mar on November 4. O’Brien […]

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Ulysses To Bypass Champion Stakes And Go Directly To Breeders’ Cup Turf

A field of 10 runners, headed by Highland Reel and Cracksman, will line up in Saturday’s G1 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot. One notable name missing from the entries, however, is that of two-time Group 1 winner Ulysses. According to the Racing Post, trainer Sir Michael Stoute decided to skip the Champion Stakes and instead go straight […]

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Champion Almanzor Officially Retired To Stud Following Lackluster 4-Year-Old Debut

The 2016 Cartier 3-year-old champion Almanzor has officially been retired from racing, thoroughbreddailynews.com confirmed on Sunday. The son of Wootton Bassett had his 2017 debut delayed by an EHV-1 outbreak in trainer Jean-Claude Rouget’s yard, and only beat one horse home in his first start as a 4-year-old in the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron. “After consultations with Jean-Claude […]

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Triple Group 1 Winner Almanzor Returns To Action Tuesday At Deauville

Almanzor makes his long awaited return to action in the Prix Gontaut-Biron Hong Kong Jockey Club at Deauville. Jean-Claude Rouget’s brilliant 4-year-old colt won five of his six starts last season including top-level victories in the French Derby at Chantilly, the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and the Champion Stakes at Ascot. His reappearance has […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Woodbine: Almanzor Accelerates To World Class Status

With his victory in the Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, Almanzor reaffirmed a margin of superiority over Found (by Galileo), who had been second to Almanzor in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes before she won the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. There is a strong possibility that Found now needs 12 furlongs to […]

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Fascinating Rock Solid In Champion Stakes Triumph

Fascinating Rock came home best Saturday at Ascot to win the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes over Found and favored Jack Hobbs. It was the first G1 victory for the 4-year-old son of Fastnet Rock, trained by Dermot Weld for owner-breeder Newtown Anner Stud Farm. Fascinating Rock is out of the Polar Falcon mare Miss Polaris. […]

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Noble Mission All Heart in Champion Stakes Victory

Juddmonte Farm’s Noble Mission broke well and led the field throughout, winning a tremendous stretch duel against Al Kazeem to come out victorious in the Group 1 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. Al Kazeem was second, well clear of Free Eagle in third and Western Hymn in fourth. Favored Cirrus Des Aigles finished […]

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BC Classic: Declaration of War May Skip Champion Stakes, Go Directly to Classic

Trainer Aidan O’Brien spent part of Monday firming up itineraries for several of his horses in regards to the upcoming QIPCO Champions Day program at Ascot Oct. 19. The weather may end up being a deciding factor on what horses O’Brien sends to England, and which ones he sends to California. O’Brien currently has four […]

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Frankel to face ‘toughest test’ in Saturday’s Champion Stakes

Frankel will attempt to keep his perfect record intact while facing as many as seven rivals in the Qipco Champion Stakes (Eng-I) Oct. 20. The 4-year-old son of Galileo will more than likely be making the last start of his incredible career in the Champion, and it will not be an easy task. The Juddmonte […]

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