According to a published report in Great Britain, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum has agreed to purchase the bloodstock interests of Eydon Hall Farm, the internationally successful racing and breeding operation put together by the late Gerald Leigh.
Whichever trainer at Newmarket earns the most points from placings in group events wins his or her weight in Ruinart Champagne.John Dunlop currently has the lead, followed closely by John Gosden, Sir Michael Stoute, and Dermot Weld.
A dozen high-class 2-year-olds have been declared to run in the group I Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket on Friday, Oct. 3.
There are 40 horses going forward for the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes, this year carrying £400,000 in prize money, and 40 juveniles remaining in the season's top 2-year-old event, the £230,000 Darley Dewhurst Stakes. Both races are group I events.
Godolphin Racing's Mamool continued his domination in Germany Sunday, winning the Preis Von Europa (Ger-I) at Cologne, his second group I success in three weeks there.
Falbrav, a horse with something to prove after his controversial loss to High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I), swept to a two-length victory over Russian Rhythm in the $535,000 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot on Saturday.
Sheikh Mohammed's With Reason, a gelded son of Nashwan who did not make his first start until earlier this year at age five, was strongly ridden by Frankie Dettori in the stretch to win Thursday's Charlton Hunt Supreme Stakes (Eng-III) at England's Goodwood Racecourse.
Agent John Ferguson, representing Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, outbid agent John Warren to acquire a Dubai Millennium colt for 1.2-million Euros (about $1,373,965) to top the opening session of the Goff's Orby Sale in Ireland on Tuesday.
Churchill Downs Simulcast Network will offer wagering on the Oct. 5 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) through its Chicago-area racetrack, Arlington Park.
Irish fans got a glimpse of the early favorite for next year's Vodafone Derby when Yeats won his career debut for trainer Aidan O'Brien at The Curragh Sunday.
South African trainer Mike De Kock will stable a string of horses in Dubai this winter to take advantage of the lucrative purses being offered during the Dubai International Racing Carnival.
The growing rift between Britain's jockeys and the Jockey Club escalated last week when the riders caused the abandonment of flat racing Sept. 14 at Sandown Park, one of the country's premier racecourses.
Godolphin Racing's Mezzo Soprano gamely held off a relentless Yesterday close to home to win Sunday's Prix Vermeille Fouquet's Barriere (Fr-I) for 3-year-old fillies by a head at Longchamp Sunday.
French Derby (Fr-I) winner Dalakhani won Sunday's Prix Niel Casino Barriere d'Enghien (Fra-II) over Doyen, with English Derby (Eng-I) winner Kris Kin finishing third in what was no more than a prep for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) on Oct. 5.
Mrs. John Magnier's favored One Cool Cat, under a well-timed ride by Mick Kinane, pulled away in the 100 yards for a one-length victory in the Dunnes Stores National Stakes (Ire-I) for 2-year-olds at The Curragh Sunday.
Michael Watts and Jim Sheridan's Vinnie Roe made history at The Curragh Saturday when the classy 5-year-old won his third consecutive Irish Field St. Leger (Ire-I).
Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle Stable continued its big fall push Saturday by winning the Seabiscuit St. Leger (Eng-I) at Doncaster, giving jockey Jamie Spencer his first victory in a British Classic.
Abdullah Buhaleeba's Lucky Story solidified his status as the early favorite for next year's Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) when he gamely held off Auditorium to win Friday's Champagne Stakes (Eng-II) at England's Doncaster Racecourse.
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan is attending the Keeneland September yearling sale as part of Sheikh Mohammed's group.
Talk of strikes and boycotts by owners and jockeys in Great Britain over separate issues actually materialized the week of Sept. 1.
The British Horseracing Board has, as expected, launched a strong defense against the findings of an Office Of Fair Trading investigation in the sport. The BHB has condemned them as "disastrous."
Nebraska Tornado became a potential star for trainer Andre Fabre after his 3-year-old filly, ridden by Richard Hughes, defeated a powerful field in Sunday's $337,020 Netjets Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-I).
Godolphin Racing's Mamool, booted home by Frankie Dettori, defeated Black Sam Bellamy and Mick Kinane by a half-length after a game battle through the final furlong of Sunday's Grosser Bugatti Preis (Ger-I) at Baden-Baden.
Michael Tabor's standout High Chaparral survived a stewards' inquiry to win the Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes (Ire-I) by a neck over an unfortunate Falbrav Saturday at Leopardstown.
Somnus, nearly last on the inside with a furlong to go, switched out for the run to the wire for jockey Ted Durcan and caught the hot favorite Oasis Dream to win the $353,000 Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (Eng-I) at rainy Haydock Park.
Maktoum Al Maktoum's Favourable Terms, ridden confidently by Kieren Fallon for trainer Michael Stoute, scored a neck victory over Perfect Touch in the betfair.com Matron Stakes (Ire-II) at Leopardstown Saturday.
Darley Stud Management's Mokabra seized the lead 50 yards from the wire and outlasted local hope Slawomira by a head in Germany's top juvenile stakes, the Maurice Lacroix Trophy (Ger-II) at Baden-Baden Friday.
Stormont grabbed the lead more than two furlongs from the wire and went on to register a course-record score in Germany's most prestigious sprint race, the Fahrhof Goldene Peitsche (Ger-II) at Baden-Baden Wednesday.
The favorites flopped in an unexpectedly strong rainstorm affecting the Prix Morny-Casinos Barriere (Fr-I) for 2-year-olds at Deauville Sunday, and 26-1 shot Whipper took advantage to score a two-length victory over the 5-2 public choice Much Faster.
Polish Summer survived an inquiry to win last year's Grand Prix de Deauville Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) at Deauville, but he wasn't so lucky Sunday.
Tracking the pacesetter closely from the start, Khalid Abdulla's Deportivo proved a convincing winner of the Big Shuffle Flying Five (Ire-II) over five furlongs at The Curragh Sunday.
Michael Tabor's favored Necklace came under some pressure from jockey Mick Kinane to catch Menhoubah in the final 100 yards, but the 2-year-old filly proved her superiority with a one-length victory in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) at The Curragh Sunday.
Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh, who recently stopped riding to combat weight problems and get over a back injury, could return to the saddle Wednesday and be back aboard Alamshar for the Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.
A late switch has seen Indian Danehill redirected to Java Lodge in the Waikato, rather than complete his second southern season at Lindsay Park. Danehill's Irish-bred French group I winner arrived at the Waikato farm of Jo and Ross Mackie at 9.30 p.m. Aug. 26.
As of Tuesday, 26 horses remain eligible for the Sept. 13 Seabiscuit St Leger (Eng-I) at Doncaster, the last English Classic of the year.
U.S. owner Lansdon Robbins paid 105,000 Euros for a yearling filly by Vettori to top Tuesday's session of the August Yearling sale conducted by Agence Francaise in Deauville, France.
Gracefully gave trainer Sylvester Kirk his first group win with a convincing two-length victory over odds-on favorite Ithaca in the Prestige Stakes (Eng-III) at Goodwood Sunday.
State of Art, who has rated comparison to the champion mare Triptych by her trainer David Smaga, proved best over the final furlong to post a three-quarters of a length victory in Sunday's Prix de la Nonette (Fr-III) for 3-year-old fillies at Deauville.
British invader Darasim, getting the most from a crafty ride by Joe Fanning, provided a front-running romp in the marathon 1 7/8-mile Prix Kergorlay (Fr-II) at Deauville Sunday.
Pearl of Love and jockey Darryll Holland made every step a winning one in winning the Galileo Futurity Stakes (Ire-II) impressively by 3 1/2 lenghts at The Curragh on Saturday.
Kentucky-bred juvenile filly Carry on Katie remained perfect in two career starts and earned her first group stakes win in the Peugeot Lowther Stakes (Eng-II) at York Thursday.
John Magnier of Coolmore Stud and Sir Alex Ferguson shared uncommon enjoyment together when Rock of Gibraltar was winning group I races one after another, but now the relation has taken a down turn over the champion racehorse's stallion career.
The well-traveled Falbrav scored an impressive two-length win in Tuesday's Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I) at York. Two American-bred runners Magistretti and Nayef were second and third, respectively.
Moyglare Stud Farm's Refuse to Bend, winner of the 2,000 Guineas (Ire-I) and a possible starter in the Breeders' Cup Mile, returned from a summer break with a romping three-length victory in the one-mile Desmond Stakes (Ire-III) at Leopardstown Sunday.
Off the bridle and seemingly going nowhere, Dai Jin and jockey Olivier Pesslier came to life in the straight and went on to post a 2 1/2-length win in the Credit Suisse Private Banking-Pokal (Ger-I) at Cologne on Sunday.
After three near-misses since May, the highly touted filly Six Perfections and jockey Thierry Thulliez got the job done in a thrilling edition of the Prix Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) at the expense of her Niarchos Family stablemate Domedriver Sunday at Deauville.
Hamdan Al Maktoum's Mubtaker, a brilliant 3 1/2-length victor in Saturday's Geoffrey Freer Stakes (Eng-II) at Newbury for the second straight year, may be headed for Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).
Champion Kiwi jockey Lance O'Sullivan stunned New Zealand racing yesterday with his retirement from the saddle.
Gestut Schlenderhan's Walzerkoenigin, the lone European invader for Saturday's Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT), breezed five furlongs in 1:06 3/5 with the "dogs" well out from the rail on Tuesday at Arlington.
Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said Saturday's Arlington Million (gr. IT) at Arlington Park is a stepping stone toward the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships for European invader Sulamani.
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