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Official: Virus Could Be Major Risk in Australia

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Official: Virus Could Be Major Risk in Australia

The suspected diagnosis of equine influenza in a quarantined stallion is potentially the biggest risk ever faced by the billion-dollar Australian Thoroughbred industry, federal Agricultural Minister Peter McGauran said.

High Chaparral Not Shuttling

Irish-based Coolmore Stud has announced that dual Breeders' Cup winner High Chaparral will be rested from his Southern Hemisphere shuttling duties this season.

Superpowers, Speed Dominate Breed, Conference Told

The competition between Darley Stud organization and Irish-based Coolmore has become the defining element in Thoroughbred breeding, one that opens up opportunities for smaller breeders, delegates to the 31st Asian Racing Conference were told Jan. 25 in Dubai.

Mull of Kintyre to Ashford

Classic sire Mull of Kintyre, who stood at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, will relocate to the outfit's North American base, Ashford Stud, near Versailles, Ky.

O'Brien Discusses Coolmore BC Contingent

Once again, trainer Aidan O'Brien has brought a strong contingent of horses from across the pond to compete in the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs Nov. 4. As always, the European invaders are most feared in the turf events, and O'Brien will saddle Aussie Rules and Ad Valorem in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT)and Scorpion in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).

O'Brien's Mile Team is Straight 'A's

Trainer Aidan O'Brien pre-entered five horses for the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Based at Ballydoyle in Ireland, O'Brien holds a strong pair for the NetJets Mile (gr. IT) despite the fact one of Europe's top milers, George Washington, has been entered to run in the $5-million Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at 10 furlongs.

Countdown to the Cup: Nothing Now but the Waiting

The stars will be shining down on Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 4, but many of the brightest ones will not even show up until the middle of Breeders' Cup week. As a result, several New York-based journalists, and one Jerseyite, have changed plans and will inhabit the Big Apple until the big guns complete their serious training.

George Washington May Point for BC Classic

In the wake of Dylan Thomas' disappointing effort in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), it now possible that Coolmore and trainer Aidan O'Brien will shift gears and point for the Breeders' Cup Classic Presented by Dodge (gr. I) with their star miler George Washington.

Elusive Quality Tops Australian Shuttle Group

Elusive Quality, who topped last year's shuttle group from North America to Australia, boasts this year's highest fee among the 15 stallions making the trip. His southbound fee of $100,000 is the equivalent of about $75,000 in U.S. funds. Elusive Quality's Southern Hemisphere fee in 2005 also was $100,000.

Belly-to-Belly Business

By Dan Liebman - You may think it is ludicrous to spend $16 million for an unraced horse--any unraced horse--and for 99.99% of the buyers in the world, you would probably be right. But for the buyer and underbidder on this colt, Coolmore and Darley, respectively, it can make sense.

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