If a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Sacred Kingdom yesterday dented David Hall's hopes for a repeat win in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-II) with Absolute Champion, the Australian horseman never let on.
Sacred Kingdom has just one formidable challenge left -- a race against Australian speed ace Miss Andretti at Sha Tin in three weeks time -- and the right result there will see him claim the title of the world's champion sprinter for 2007.
Gary Tanaka's Eccentric has won four of his last seven starts, but two of those losses have come against horses that he will face in the $150,000 Autumn Stakes (Can-III), to be held Nov. 17 on the Woodbine Polytrack.
Danehill, the top English/Irish stallion the last two years, picked up another sire title this year.
Trainer John Moore is incensed the some racing commentators are favoring Packing Winner over his Viva Pataca in the Hong Kong Cup (HK-I).
Criticism that the turf flat season in Great Britain tends to end with a whimper rather than a bang looked somewhat misplaced at Doncaster Nov. 9 when the race for champion jockey ended in a tie for the first time in 84 years.
His owner screamed from the grandstand, "Oh my God, oh my God," several times as she watched her 100-1 chance Tears I Cry charge down the middle of the Flemington track to take out the Aus$1million Emirates Stakes over a mile on Nov. 10.
It was only six very quick furlongs, but The Age Sprint Classic at Flemington on Nov. 10 has been the race of the Melbourne Spring Carnival thus far.
Full of Gold outclassed his rivals and was an impressive two length winner of the Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) Nov. 11. The race marked the last group I event of the European flat season.
Favored Daiwa Scarlet controlled the tempo then led the dash for home by three-quarters of a length over Fusaichi Pandora in the $1.675 million Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup (Jpn-I) at Kyoto Race Course Nov. 11.
Jockey Darren Beadman has warned punters to expect a "significantly more advanced" version of Stanley Ho Hung-sun's champion stayer Viva Pataca in Sunday's HK$3 million Cathay Pacific International Cup Trial (HK-II) at Sha Tin.
Two country stakes winner, Australian-bred mare Alinghi has produced her first foal, a filly by Hussonet in Australia. The foal was born at Arrowfield Stud in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.
Santiago ran off to a powerful three length victory in the Premio Ribot (Ity-II) at Capannelle on Nov. 4.
Benefiting from a patient ride by Neil Callan, Pressing captured his first group I victory Nov. 4 in the Premio Roma (Ity-I) at Capannelle.
Rising superstar Weekend Hussler easily wins Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.
Divine Madonna wins the Myer Classic at Flemington Nov. 3; hopes for invite to Hong Kong International Races in December.
At Flemington Nov. 3, home of the $5 million Melbourne Cup next Tuesday, a New Zealand bred 3-year-old gelding named Kibbutz became an instant crowd favorite with his devastating win in the Aus$1.5million group I AAMI Victoria Derby over 12 1/2 furlongs.
Bart Cummings, who had won nine previous LKS Mackinnon Stakes, this year won the race with a true outsider, 88-1 shot Sirmione.
In most years, the Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) occurs only three days after the Breeders' Cup World Championships, allowing the world's richest handicap race to stay fresh in the minds of American and European racing fans. This year, there are 10 days between the two events.
Thewayyouare earned his first group I victory with a hard-fought win over Hello Morning in the Criterium International (Fr-I) at Saint-Cloud Nov. 1.
Hong Kong-bound juvenile Craggy Cat (Statue Of Liberty) brought 280,000 guineas at the penultimate session of the Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale in Newmarket. The two-time winner for trainer Luca Cumani will join John Moore in Hong Kong.
Dubai International Racing Carnival prospects dominated Tuesday's second session of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket.
Top Irish galloper Scorpion, likely favorite for the Nov. 6 Aus$5-million Melbourne Cup (Aus-I), has been withdrawn from the classic at Australia's Flemington Racecourse after trainer Aidan O'Brien reported the Montjeu colt was lame.
Turfrose took the lead two furlongs out and had just enough to hold off the late challenge of Fair Breeze to capture the Premio Lydia Tesio (Ity-I) by a short neck at Capannelle Oct. 28.
Doncaster's two-day October yearling sale closed with a turnover of 1,476,500 guineas (US$2,881,454), marginally up from 2006, when the catalog was significantly larger. The 6,152 guineas ($12,007) average was up 20% and the 4,000 guineas ($7,806) median was a 25% increase.
Allegretto produced a powerful late run under Ryan Moore to capture her first group I victory in the Prix Royal-Oak-Principaute de Monaco (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 28.
Tattersalls' largest-ever autumn horses in training sale begins Oct. 29 with a total of 1,613 lots in the catalog. The sale runs through Nov. 1.
Favored Meisho Samson avoided traffic problems in the straight that compromised several leading contenders and drew away late for a 2 1/2-length victory in the 136th running of the US$2.45 million Tenno Sho (Jpn-I) Oct. 28 at Tokyo Race Course.
Dorabella bested New Zealand's favorite mare, Seachange, to take the Captain Cook Stakes (NZ-I) Oct. 27 at Trentham.
This year's WS Cox Plate (Aus-I) at Moonee Valley Oct. 27 proved as stunning as the equine influenza problem in Australia has been devastating. The Australian Weight For Age heavyweight championship, this year worth AUS$3 million, was taken out by the brilliant El Segundo (Pins-Palos Verdes), who was ridden a treat by Luke Nolen in a staggering 46.5 seconds.
Doncaster's October yearling sale began Oct. 25 and was topped by a 50,000 guineas Acclamation filly out of the two-time winner Just A Glimmer.
Jockey Christophe Lemaire and trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, who teamed up Oct. 20 to capture the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (Eng-I) on Literato, continued their winning ways the next day, when High Rock rolled to an impressive win in the Prix de Conde (Fr-III) at Longchamp.
Montare always seems to excel as the weather turns cooler. The 5-year-old mare did it again Oct 21, winning the Prix du Conseil de Paris (Fr-II) for the second time.
Miss Lucifer sprang a 20-1 surprise when she drew away for an impressive 1 1/4-length win in the VC Bet Challenge Stakes (Eng-II) in the opening race at Newmarket Oct. 20.
This has not been a normal year in Australian racing by any stretch of the imagination so it was probably understandable that when the runners reached the starting gates for the AUS$2.6million Caulfield Cup (Aus-I) over 12 furlongs, things would be abnormal too. And they were.
Kitty Matcham lived up to her impeccable pedigree and pulled a 10-1 surprise when landing the seriousquitters.co.uk Rockfel Stakes (Eng-II) by a neck Oct. 20 at Newmarket.
French raider Literato took the lead within the final furlong and tenaciously held off the determined rally of Eagle Mountain to claim a head victory in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket Oct. 20.
Friday's session of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale was topped by a 72,000 guineas ($154,418) Acclamation colt consigned from Shinglis Stud and bought by agent Amanda Skiffington.
As Canada's richest horse race, it is only fitting that the $2 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-I) will include some of the most talented turf routers in the world. The 70th edition of the mile-and-a-half event will take place Oct. 21 on Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course and will be contested by a field of 12.
British bookmakers make two of champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien's Breeders' Cup entries favorite for their respective races. Dylan Thomas, recent winner of the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), varies between 6/4 and 4/5 for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), while Excellent Art can be backed at 7/2 down to 5/2 for the Netjets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I).
Trainer Jeremy Noseda, responsible for 2004 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko, will have two, maybe three, runners at this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Monmouth Park.
British raider Scintillo outran Italian star Gladiatorus in the final furlong to capture the Gran Criterium (Ity-I) for 2-year-olds at San Siro Oct. 14 by a half-length.
Hard-knocking Schiaparelli made it three group I wins in a row with a front-running victory in the Gran Premio del Jockey Club (Ity-I) at San Siro Oct. 14.
Millennium Farms' Ro Parra has decided to run his star pupil Student Council in the $2.3 million Japan Cup Dirt (Jap-I), rather than the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I). The 1 1/4-mile Japan Cup Dirt will be contested Nov. 24 at Tokyo Racecourse.
Deputiformer rallied from 11th place after three-quarters and used a determined stretch drive to nip favored Cryptonite Kid by a neck in the $250,000 Cup And Saucer Stakes at Woodbine Oct. 14, a 1 1/16-mile event for 2-year-olds on the turf.
Five-year-old Monashee, bred in Kentucky but the pride of Western Canada, bade farewell to Hastings Park Oct. 13 with a smooth victory in the $132,597 Ballerina Breeders' Cup Handicap (Can-III) to rack up her 11th consecutive stakes win.
One of racing's great enjoyments is witnessing the start of a champion's career. Those who saw Weekend Hussler (Hussonet-Weekend Beauty) absolutely donkey-lick his rivals in the time-honored Caulfield Guineas (Aus-I) over a mile in Australia on Oct. 13 knew what they were watching.
Australia's wonder mare, Miss Finland, keeps getting beaten in group I races -- but just as strangely, she keeps winning fans. It happened again Oct. 13 at Caulfield, when Maldivian trounced her to win the Yalumba Stakes (Aus-I).
Due to mounting pressure by heavyweight Australian breeders on Inglis and Magic Millions to rethink their previously announced new dates for the all-important sales series in Australia next year, one of the auction companies -- Inglis -- has yielded. It announced revised dates for its marquee Easter yearling sale.
Coolmore's John Magnier bought the top lot in Newmarket on day three of part one of the marathon Tattersalls October yearling sale, spending 750,000 guineas on a son of Galileo (Ire) Oct. 11.
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