Big Orange ran the biggest race of his career, dug in gamely in the final yards to hold off defending champion Order Of St George, and won by a desperate nose in the Gold Cup (G1), the featured race on the middle day of Royal Ascot.
International traveler Wigmore Hall, a two-time grade I winner in North America, was euthanized Sept. 13 after sustaining an injury in a race at Doncaster on the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) undercard.
Group I-placed Sovereign Debt brought the highest price at the Tattersalls February sale Feb. 6 at Park Paddocks in Newmarket, selling for 145,000 guineas ($248,289 in United States funds) to trainer David Nicholls.
Trainer Michael Bell talks about Wigmore Hall, who runs in the Dubai Duty Free on March 30. Watch Video
Wigmore Hall, winless since last year's Northern Dancer Stakes Presented by Vtech (Can-IT), successfully defended his crown when he outfought favored Al Khali in the homestretch over Woodbine's turf course Sept. 16.
British invader Wigmore Hall, guided patiently by jockey Jamie Spencer through an opening along the inside, went on to win the Northern Dancer Turf Presented by Vtech (Can-IT) on the Woodbine turf Sept. 18.
Margot Did provided jockey Hayley Turner with the second group I victory of her career when she zipped to a three-quarter length win in the $429,500 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) at York Racecourse Aug. 19.
Wigmore Hall closed with a furious late charge and prevailed in a three-horse photo to capture the $250,000 Jebel Hatta Sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-IIT) at Meydan Racecourse March 3.
The median price rose 33.3% from 2008 during the opening session of the Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale Oct. 26 in England. However, the gross revenue and average price suffered moderate setbacks, falling 12.6% and 11.1%, respectively.
Art Connoisseur came from last to first to score a major upset in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I) on closing day of Royal Ascot June 20.
Favored Sariska held off a stubborn Midday to capture the Investec Oaks by a head at Epsom June 5.
Hayley Turner, who became the first female jockey to ride 100 winners in a year in Britain on Dec. 30, wants to ride better quality horses in higher-profile races during 2009.
In 2006, Red Evie rattled off seven straight wins, culminating with a victory in the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes (Ire-I) in September. On Saturday at Newbury Race Course, Red Evie proved that victory wasn't a fluke by adding the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) to her resume.
European racing continued to honor the stars of 2005, as the second and third major award ceremonies of the year, following on from last month's Cartier Racing Awards, took place in London, England.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships lost one of its European stars Saturday when Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Motivator came up lame following a workout.
Newmarket trainer Michael Bell has told the English Press Association that Classic winner Motivator is on course for the $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.
The 3-year-old generation received the boost it needed in Saturday's Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I) over 10 furlongs at Sandown – but not from the horse everybody expected it from.
Heavily favored Motivator confirmed himself as a Classic contender for trainer Michael Bell next year with an unsurprising 2 1/2-length victory in the Racing Post Trophy (Eng-I) for 2-year-olds at Doncaster Saturday.
Thursday's business at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Part Two) turned over 1,185,300 guineas at an average of 11,077gns and a 7,000gns median, on a healthy day's trading that saw three lots exceed the previous record price of 47,000gns set 12 months ago by a Mind Games gelding.
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