Breeders’ Cup begins
The Breeders’ Cup kicks off its two-day championship at Santa Anita today with four Grade 1s on the card.
British hopes are represented in the Grade 1 Juvenile Fillies Turf (1m) through Steve Parkin’s Living In The Past, the Andrew Balding-trained Shadn, Royal Ascot winner Daahyeh and the Aidan O’Brien-trained duo Tango and Etoile.
The Niarchos family’s exciting filly Albigna, trained by Jessica Harrington, also contests this race and bids to add to her success in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac last month.
In the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (1m), Aidan O’Brien sends out the market leader Arizona and Fort Myers.
Bob Baffert’s Bast will look to extend her unbeaten run to three when she lines up in the Juvenile Fillies (1m½f), while the Dale Romans-trained Dennis’ Moment is the one to beat in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (1m½f).
Also on the Santa Anita card is the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (5f) with Band Practice, Dream Shot, Alligator Alley, Dr Simpson, A’Ali, King Neptune and Air Force Jet representing British and Irish stables.
Today’s domestic action
Newmarket, Newcastle (aw) and Dundalk (aw) are responsible for the Flat meetings in Britain today. All eyes will be on Newcastle as it stages the Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (1m) at 6pm, the first time a top-level race has been held on an artificial surface in Britain.
Jumps meetings come from Uttoxeter, Wetherby and Down Royal in Northern Ireland. Further afield there is racing from Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates and Compiegne in France, where Richard Hobson sends over Fanzio to contest the Listed Prix Dominique Sartini Hurdle (2m2f).
Hawkbill off to Japan
Darley has announced that Group 1 winner dual Hawkbill is on the move to their Japanese base for next year’s breeding season, having stood his first season at Dalham Hall Stud this year.
Harry Sweeney, President of Darley Japan, said: “Hawkbill is a big, good looking and correct horse and I believe he will very much suit Japanese mares. If his progeny look like him, then they certainly will be popular at the sales.”
Requinto relocated to Italy
Group 2 winner Requinto will relocate from Coolmore to Mattia Cadrobbi’s Allevamento il Grifone in Turin for the 2020 breeding season.
Since the son of Dansili retired to stud in 2013, his leading performers have been the Group 3-winning Great Scot and the Listed scorer Only Time.
Ruler Of The World moves to France
Derby winner Ruler Of The World has relocated from Coolmore’s Irish base to Haras de Bouquetot for the 2020 breeding season.
The son of Galileo, who is owned jointly by Al Shaqab Racing and Coolmore, is already the sire of Group 1 winner Iridessa from his first crop of three-year-olds.
Ruler Of The World has been introduced to French breeders at a fee of €6,000 and will be available to view at Bouquetot during Arqana’s December Sale.
Bouquetot’s Stud Manager Benoit Jeffroy said: “We’re delighted to welcome a Derby winner by Galileo who is the sire of multiple Group 1 Iridessa from a very small first crop at Haras de Bouquetot.
“It’s a great opportunity for breeders to have access to a Group 1 producer by Galileo in France.”
Ivanhowe to stand at Haras de Cercy
Haras de Cercy has secured the services of four-time Group 1 winner Ivanhowe.
The son of Soldier Hollow makes the move from Haras d’Annebault where he stood 2019 at a fee of €4,500. At Haras de Cercy, Ivanhowe will stand at €3,500 to outside breeders and €3,000 for co-operative members.
Haras de Cercy’s Andree Cypres said: “Ivanhowe has been bought entirely by the Cercy co-operative and we will syndicate him in the next few days.
“The deal was only made possible by Jean Marie Callier, one of our members who is also an agent, talking directly to the horse’s Australian owners.
“His racing career, all the way from the age of two to seven, was outstanding and he proved his brilliance by winning four Group 1 races. His father Soldier Hollow is a great sire and he brings a strong German bloodline, which is very attractive for us as we haven’t really had access to these genes here before.”