Caulfield Guineas Day was headlined by the Sunline-Lonhro contest which followed 45 minutes later, but the 122nd running of the $1 million (Australian funds) Guineas (Aust-I) also produced a grand contest, and one in which the runner-up also deserved to share the victory dais.
Caulfield Guineas Day was D-Day for Sunline. The scheduled grand final for the grand dame of Australian racing was an attempt to win a third W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) 14 days later, but a less than stellar performance would see her fabulous career ended early, if that can be a said of a mare still galloping about professionally at seven.
Criquette Head-Maarek runners finished one-two in the Group I Prix de la Foret at Longchamp on Sunday afternoon, with Dedication sporting her mother's colors, beating Medecis by a neck.
Godolphin Racing's Slickly won the Group I Premio Vittorio di Capua Sunday at San Siro in Milan, Italy, defeating Horeion Directa by a length.
Australian super mare Sunline was defeated by a neck by champion 4-year-old Lonhro in Saturday's Group I Yalumba Stakes at Caulfied.
Favored Love Everlasting battled back in the final furlong to win Saturday's Group III 1 1/2-mile Princess Royal Willmott Dixon Stakes at Ascot.
English bookmaking firm William Hill has dropped Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Marienbard from its board for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), citing the horse's "withdrawal" from the race at Arlington Park Oct. 26.
As North America looks toward the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, fans of Australian racing are preparing for three of the country's biggest group I events.
Timmy Hyde's Camas Park Stud consigned the top lot of the first day of the Goffs Orby Yealing Sale in Ireland, a Sadler's Wells colt out of the Shirley Heights mare Puck's Castle, who was sold for 825,000 euros ($808,335) to Demi O'Byrne, acting for the Michael Tabor/John Magnier partnership.
Magnaten, a Kentucky-bred son of Danzig, posted a two-length triumph over Eishin Preston (by Green Dancer) and American Boss (Kingmambo) in the grade II Mainichi Okan at Japan's Nakayama Racecourse Sunday.
In the wide brown land of Australia, a northerly wind, seemingly born in the deserts of the dead heart, breaks the hearts of farmers. Its namesake breaks hearts too, the most recent victims in the Turnbull Stakes (Aust-II) over 2,000 meters of Flemington.
Godolphin's Marienbard, with Frankie Dettori riding, came off the rail in the straight to win the 81st running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp by less than a length over French Derby champion Sulamini.
A hard-hitting BBC television program, which will be broadcast in Great Britain Oct. 6, relates what it claims to be one of the biggest scandals in the history of British sport.
French Derby winner Sulamani and English Derby champion High Chaparral are the top contenders for Sunday's $1.58 million Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), Europe's most prestigious horse race. Sakhee, last year's Arc winner, went on to finish second in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Airwave advanced from last to first to take the Betfair Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) today at Newmarket.
TVG will present exclusive live coverage of Sunday's €1.6 million Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr. I) from Longchamp Racecourse outside of Paris during a special three-hour program airing from 9 a.m.-Noon EDT. Post time for the Arc, a 1 1/2-mile race for horses 3-and-up, is 11:30 a.m. ET.
Khalid Abdullah's homebred Oasis Dream, sent off at 6-1, pulled away to a 1 1/2-length victory in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) Thursday afternoon at Newmarket.
A Kentucky-bred son of Kingmambo topped four 2-year-olds in Wednesday's Somerville Tattersalls Stakes (Eng-III) at Newmarket.
The Sunday Silence-sired filly Believe extended her winning streak to four and notched her first grade I win with a victory in the $1,464,131 Sprinters Stakes at Niigata Racecourse Sept. 29.
Ballingarry, impressive winner of last Sunday's Canadian International Championship, has been sold by Mrs. John Magnier for an undisclosed seven-figure price to a partnership consisting of Sidney Port, Marsha Naify, and the husband and wife team of Emmanuel and Laura De Seroux.
The pressure is building on the Ballydoyle juvenile team. Just one winner from 20 runners in Britain this season is an appalling record, especially compared to the smash and grab successes of last year.
The Sunday Silence-sired filly Believe extended her winning streak to four and notched her first grade I win with a victory in the Sprinters Stakes at Niigata Racecourse Sept. 29.
The George Main Stakes (Aust-I) was a contest pitting an ageing queen against young and ambitious princes. That the one by Dehere was long ago gelded and has just turned five seemed to make little difference, except the odd bit of hand-wringing by breeders sorry to see such an obvious opportunity slip by.
Systematic ended a sparkling second season in typically tenacious style when he fought back to beat Warrsan by half a length in the Group III Young Vic Theatre Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot Sunday.
Aidan O'Brien was fined by stewards after the non-appearance of Rock of Gibraltar in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes yesterday. This is the statutory penalty in such circumstances – 1% of the total prize money fund.
Prize money in Britain during 2003 will top £100 million for the first time, and minimum values are being raised considerably, but not by as much at the bottom end as wished for by the Racehorse Owners' Association (ROA).
Where or When beat favorite Hawk Wing by two lengths Saturday to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
Northerly became the first horse in 40 years to successfully defend an Underwood Stakes (Aust-I) at Caulfield on Sept. 22. And after his head defeat of Magical Miss, handler Fred Kersley hinted that the 6 year-old grandson of Nijinsky II might eschew a defense of the W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) on Oct. 26.
Indian Lodge left Ellinthorpe Stud under-manned when he missed last month's shuttle. Grand Lodge's exciting miler wasn't running late but a slightly elevated temperature caused veterinary surgeons to revoke his ticket out of Ireland.
Northerly held off a determined challenge from Magical Miss to win the Group I Emirates Racing Association Underwood Stakes at Austrailia's Caulfield by a head Sunday.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Japan Racing Association have a similar problem -- their handle is dropping. In an attempt to solve the problem, the two racing authorities announced on Sept. 17 a joint 'Good Neighbor Policy.'
Rock of Gibraltar is unlikely to run in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), according to the race manager of the colt's joint owner.
The good name of British racing will again be challenged when BBC Television's high-profile Panorama program airs allegations of corruption involving owners, trainers, jockeys, bookmakers, and criminals.
Pearly Shells ran down Ana Marie in the final 100 yards to post a 1 1/2-length victory in Sunday's Group I Prix Vermeille for 3-year-old fillies at Longchamp, earning her fifth win of the season.
Moyglare Stud Farm's Refuse to Bend captured the Group I Aga Khan's Studs National Stakes for 2-year-olds at The Curragh on Sunday, coming from behind to catch Van Nistelrooy in the final 75 yards and post a 3/4-length victory.
Walzerkoenigin, a 3-year-old daughter of Kingmambo, posted an upset victory over older horses when she won Sunday's Ernst & Young Euro-Cup (Ger-II) at Frankfurt, Germany.
Two-year-old colt Almushahar earned a comparison with the late great Dubai Millennium as he overcame trouble to post a sparkling victory at Doncaster on Friday and became the favorite for next year's Sagitta 2,000 Guineas.
Should Godolphin Racing go ahead with its plan to run Grandera in the Cox Plate in Melbourne on Oct. 26, the same day as the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington, it is likely that jockey Frankie Dettori will also skip the American bonanza.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem will head to Japan to begin stud duties in 2003 at the Shadai Stallion Station, the powerhouse operation run by the Yoshida family. Shadai recently lost three major stallions in Sunday Silence, El Condor Pasa, and End Sweep.
Old hand Northerly and young Turk Lonhro advanced more purposefully towards the W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) with wins 20 minutes apart in Melbourne and Sydney on Sept. 7.
Don't Say Halo, a more modest sire son of Halo, died of a brain seizure at 20 in Western Australia.
On a weekend dominated by news of the tragic death of Zafonic, the shuttle list was also reduced by the illness of Marju. The Last Tycoon son's season at Collingrove in Victoria was cancelled on Sept. 6 as the 14 year-old battled travel sickness.
Godolphin Racing's Grandera used a late surge to beat favorite Mrs. John Magnier's Hawk Wing by a head at the Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Aidan O'Brien took no chances on Thursday and declared both of his superstars, Hawk Wing and High Chaparral, for the Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes.
Street Cry, winner this year of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), has been retired and will stand at stud in 2003 at Sheikh Mohammed's Jonabell Farm near Lexington. No stud fee was announced.
Ishiguru, who trainer Aidan O'Brien regarded as one of his brightest sprinting hopes for this season, has been retired and sold to take up stallion duties at Tweenhills Farm & Stud in
Magical Miss left trainer Bart Cummings with a dilemma after her wonderful weight-for-age debut success at Caulfield on Aug. 31. Ridden by Steven Arnold, last season's 1,000 Guineas and Victoria Oaks (both (Aust-I) heroine swamped a slick Memsie field in the stretch to win the $177,000 (Australian funds) and 1,410 meters event by almost a length.
Supremo, the Gone West son now at Blue Ridge Farm gained his biggest [southern] success on Aug. 31 when his second crop son, Sportsman, landed the Peter Pan Stakes (Aust-II) at Sydney's Rosehill oval. Australia's Peter Pan, contested over 1,500 meters by spring 3-year-olds is named for the Australian champion who won two Melbourne Cups.
A mare or mares imported from North America to Victoria are believed to be at the center of the latest outbreaks of the equine herpes virus or Equine Rhinopneumonitis virus (EHV-1) in Australia.
Mail the Desert provided jockey Steve Drowne with his first win in Ireland when coming out best in a blanket finish to the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday.
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