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Ortensia getting the royal treatment

After a scintillating win in the Al Quoz Sprint (G1), Australian mare Ortensia has settled in the UK well in advance of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (G1) for at the mid-June Royal Ascot meeting.  Geoffrey Riddle has some of the ...

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Soft Falling Rain shipping to Dubai for Sheikh Hamdan

Now a perfect 4-from-4, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Soft Falling Rain is entering quarantine with plans for the 2013 Dubai World Cup Carnival.  A winner on Saturday’s Champions Day card at Turffontein, the son of National Assembly waltzed ...

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Cirrus Des Aigles rolls to Prix Ganay win

The winner of the 2012 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) made all in an easy effort to win the Prix Ganay (G1) at Longchamp as Cirrus Des Aigles recorded his third such top class victory.  Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe indicated the Singapore ...

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Rulership crushes APQEII competition

In one of the most explosive efforts in the history of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1), Japan’s Rulership powerhoused away from quality competition en route to a four-length win in the 2,000-metre event.  Dubai Sheema Classic fourth ...

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Treasure Beach hopes outside is best

Drawn out in gate 13, Ireland’s Treasure Beach will have his work cut out for tomorrow’s Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) at Sha Tin.  The race is full of horses making some adjustments in their recent distances, with ...

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Rocket Man back in Lion City Cup

Sunday’s card in Hong Kong is a big one, but a nearly four-hour flight south of there will find the top domestic sprint race in Singapore, the Lion City Cup (G1).  Rocket Man, second in the 2012 Dubai Golden Shaheen ...

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African Story gets going at Sha Tin

The winner of the 2012 Godolphin Mile, African Story couldn’t have carried any better flesh in his first appearance at Sha Tin in advance of a start in the BMW Champions Mile (G1) on 6 May.  Photo below from the ...

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Viscount Nelson, other raiders, settle-in for APQEII Cup

Viscount Nelson, second in the 2012 Godolphin Mile (G2) settled into his surroundings at Sha Tin in advance of Sunday’s Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1). Photo courtesy: Hong Kong Jockey Club Trevor Brown, assistant to Mike deKock, is ...

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Igugu to be sent for 2013 Dubai campaign

Igugu, the champion filly that pulled a somewhat improbable Vodacom Durban July (G1) and J&B Met (G1) double, will be sent to Dubai for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.  Along with the champion, The Apache, another top class handicapper, ...

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Mickdaam in good order with Fahey, goes Thursday

Winner of the Al Bastakiya, and fourth in the UAE Derby (G2), Mickdaam is now with Richard Fahey in the UK and will get ten furlongs in Thursday’s Tattersalls Millions Trophy at Newmarket.  A field of 14 has been assembled, ...

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