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Daahyeh Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth In Shadwell Rockfel

Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s 11-8 favored Daahyeh (GB) held off the challenges of stablemate Stylistique (GB) and Cloak of Spirits (IRE) to win Friday’s $128,000 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes (G2) at Newmarket Racecourse by a half-length under William Buick, and gained an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf through the international Breeders’ […]

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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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Juddmonte Fillies Dominate Third Day Of Tattersalls December Mare Sale

The consignment of fillies from Juddmonte Farms is always one of the highlights of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale and they did not disappoint, realizing 1,848,000 guineas (US$2,470,565) for the 24 lots on offer. Trade on the third day realized 5,257,800 guineas ($7,029,116) for the 205 lots sold, at an average of 25,648 guineas ($34,286) […]

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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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Impressive Maiden Winner Willie John Sets New Record At Tattersalls Sale

The 2,000 Guineas and Derby prospect Willie John became the highest priced colt in training ever sold in Europe at public auction when knocked down to Roger Varian for 1,900,000 guineas on the second day of the Tattersalls February Sale. The result pushed turnover for the sale into record territory for the fourth year in […]

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‘No Desire To Run On Lasix’: British Trainers Rely On Minimalistic Medication Regimens

This is the second in a three-part series examining differences in medication policy and use in Great Britain versus the United States. See Part 1 here. When medication reform is discussed in the United States, horsemen’s advocates often resist tighter restrictions on therapeutic medications, citing the need to treat horses for the myriad aches and […]

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Dubawi Colt Commands Highest Yearling Price Of 2017, Brings Just Over $3 Million At Tattersalls

The world’s highest price for a yearling in 2017 was set on the opening day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale when a Dubawi colt realized 2,600,000 guineas (just over $3.6 million). He was one of four lots to realize in excess of a million guineas during the opening session that also […]

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Stress Fracture Forces Retirement Of Multiple G1 Winner Postponed

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum’s multiple Group 1 winner Postponed has been retired as the result of a stress fracture. Trainer Roger Varian made the announcement on his website Friday morning; he didn’t specify the location of the injury. The son of Dubawi won the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes as a […]

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Report: Breeders’ Cup Start ‘Unlikely’ For Postponed

Multiple Group 1 winner Postponed, who finished fifth as the as the favorite in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Sunday, is now doubtful for the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. In a telephone conversation Tuesday morning with the Daily Racing Form, trainer Roger Varian said that the 5-year-old son of Dubawi was done for the season […]

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Breeders’ Cup Bid Still On The Schedule For Postponed

A trip to Santa Anita for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf is still on the schedule for Postponed, winner of the G1 Juddmonte International at York last week. Racing UK reports that the Roger Varian trainee, who is undefeated in four starts this season (all Group 1’s), came out of his latest start in fine form. “He’s […]

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