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Europeans Look to Build on 2008 Success

Europeans Look to Build on 2008 Success

The Breeders' Cup World Championships success last year of five European-trained horses at Santa Anita Park really made everybody sit up and take notice. There were a record 31 European-trained raiders in 2008 and the number is set to be matched or even surpassed this year.

George Washington Weanling in Goffs Sale

George Washington Weanling in Goffs Sale

Goffs' seven-day November Sale gets under way at Kill, Co. Kildare, Ireland Nov. 16. There are 1,281 lots catalogued for the foal section running from Nov. 16 to Nov. 20, with trade likely to be highly selective from wary pinhookers before the better offerings appear later in the week.

Deauville Average Falls, Gross Up

Deauville Average Falls, Gross Up

The fourth and last day of Arqana's Breeding Stock Sale in Deauville, France, on Dec. 11, saw gross sales reach 17,595,000 euros ($25,814,680), marginally up on the 17,452,000 euros ($25,604,876) in 2006. Because more mares and fillies were offered, the average slipped 7% to 33,198 euros ($48,707).

Tattersalls Dec. Foal Sale Wrap Up

Tattersalls December Foal Sale concluded in Newmarket last night with a 28,684,600gns ($60,420,842) turnover, which was down 1% from comparative figures from 2006, while the 36,541gns ($76,969) average dropped by 6%, and the 20,000gns ($42,127) median fell by 9%.

Another Setback for British Tote

Britain's only pari-mutuel operator, the tote, has had its future thrown into doubt once again, this time by the European Commission which looks set to rule that the proposed sale of the organization to a racing trust for a discounted price breaches state aid rules.

Ireland Set to End Tax Break on Stud Fees in 2008

The tax-free status of stallion income in Ireland will be abolished, as had been widely predicted, but not until July 31, 2008. Ireland's finance minister Brian Cowen announced the decision during his budget speech before the Irish parliament on Dec. 7.

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