Darley's new boys at Dalham Hall Stud in England and Kildangan Stud in Ireland have had mares tested in foal to them in recent weeks.
Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year in North America and officially the world's highest-rated horse still in training, heads a list of 169 horses nominated for the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) sponsored by Emirates Airline March 29.
I have long been intrigued by the potential upgrading effects of inbreeding through brothers, sisters, three-parts brothers and sisters, and other close relatives.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Alan Porter has been intrigued for a long time by the potential upgrading effects of inbreeding through brothers, sisters, three-parts brothers and sisters, and other close relatives. Naturally, the top international group I winners Ramonti and Good Ba Ba attracted his attention because they are two interesting examples of inbreeding via siblings.
Ramonti recorded his third group I victory of the season with a determined half-length win over Excellent Art in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-II) at Ascot Sept. 29.
Darjina showed her heels to some of the best male milers in Europe with an impressive two length victory in the Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-I) Sept. 9.
Ramonti is quickly proving to be an invaluable purchase for Godolphin after holding off a fast-closing Excellent Art to capture the BGC Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood Aug. 1.
Jockey Frankie Dettori was suspended July 5 for 14 days for overuse of his whip while guiding Ramonti to victory in the the June 19 Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.
Frankie Dettori continued his group I hot streak when driving Ramonti to a head victory in a thrilling renewal of the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.
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.
Irish-bred De Sica tagged favored Ramonti in the final strides to win Sunday's Derby Italiano (Ity-I) by a head at Capannelle.
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