Powered by victories from Highland Reel (IRE) in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1), Coolmore Stud has won the John Deere Award as outstanding breeders of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The Hong Kong International Races offer trainer Aidan O'Brien further opportunities to add to his remarkable season, when Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) hero Highland Reel attempts to defend his crown in the Dec. 11 Longines Hong Kong Vase (HK-I).
All four winners of last year's edition of the Longines Hong Kong International Races are slated to return for this year's renewal, headlining a card with 26 grade or group I winners expected to be part of the Dec. 11 card at Sha Tin.
After breaking a string of runner-up finishes in most spectacular fashion, Found (IRE) will try for a second straight group I win Oct. 15, when she faces up to 18 rivals in the $1,586,000 QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot.
Four-year-old filly Found, last year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner, led a sensational 1-2-3 finish for trainer Aidan O'Brien when taking the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), Europe's premier race, Oct. 2 at Chantilly.
Favorite Postponed will start from an ideal post 7 in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), in which he will try for his fifth win from as many starts this year in Europe's richest race and premier middle-distance race Oct. 2 at Chantilly.
For a race that saw no order change in the top two finishers after a decisive move at the top of the stretch, Postponed's victory in the £546,542.62 ($710,505) Juddmonte International (Eng-I) supplied a heaping dose of late intrigue.
A top-flight field of 13, led by group I winners Postponed, Highland Reel, and Hawkbill, has been entered for the $1.25 million Juddmonte International (Eng-I) Aug. 17, opening day of the prestigious Ebor Festival at York.
The six rivals facing Highland Reel in the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) July 23 at Ascot had no answer for his early speed, and the 4-year-old son of Galileo led every step to score a clear victory.
Morning training in Dubai, including Rich Tapestry (gold 3), Dariyan (green 4), Vazirabad (red 1), Vadamos (white 12), Gailo Chop (green 7), Highland Reel (green 2). Plus footage from Breakfast with the Stars. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
American Pharoah was named the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Longines World's Best Racehorse three days after winning Eclipse Awards as U.S. Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male.
It was a day for rising stars in Hong Kong as all three returning winners from last year's Longines Hong Kong International Races bowed to promising youngsters on the Dec. 13 program that featured four group I races.
Undefeated Italian Derby winner (Ity-II) Goldstream will make his first start for Australian Bloodstock Aug. 15, when he faces Belmont Derby (gr. IT) victor Force the Pass in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT).