Verry Elleegant forced out of the Arc

Francis Graffard yesterday launched a scathing attack on the French racing authorities after the trainer felt he was left with no choice but to rule star mare Verry Elleegant (Zed) out of Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m). The 11-time Group 1 winner was switched to Graffard from Chris Waller earlier in... Read More

Lui trains 800th Hong Kong winner as Ho rides treble

Francis Lui joined an elite cluster of Hong Kong trainers to saddle 800 winners or more after teaming with regular ally Vincent Ho and Seaweed Fortune (Tavistock) to reach the milestone at Happy Valley last night. Famed through his deeds with Hong Kong’s champion miler Golden Sixty (Medaglia D’Oro), Lui was typically understated after Seaweed... Read More

Nichols foresees bright future for Sunzou but Danehill unlikely to be his day

Zoustar colt set to be saved for crack at the Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield Group 1-winning Victorian trainer Shane Nichols is confident last-start maiden winner Sunzou (Zoustar) is the best colt he’s had through his Mornington stable for quite some time, but he is likely to resist the urge to test the three-year-old in... Read More

Dynasty

Video of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Cambridge Stud in 1990 is a timely reminder, not only of the Queen’s passion for horse racing and horse breeding, but also that dynasties exist outside of the Royal Family. Sir Patrick Hogan was present at his “old” stud last week when the New Zealand Thoroughbred... Read More

First for Embellish

New winners Embellish (pictured above) – Debutante Luberon (Embellish) gave her sire the perfect start of a winner with his first runner when leading all the way to score over 800-metres at Ruakaka. Luberon is bred and raced by Cambridge Stud owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay where the New Zealand 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m)... Read More

Zoustar fillies set to shine brightly at Goffs Orby Sale

Lezoo’s (Zoustar) victory in Saturday’s Cheveley Park Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) at Newmarket could not have been timed with more precision had Rolex engineered her success. The win was the first at Group 1 level for her sire Zoustar (Northern Meteor) in the northern hemisphere, and in doing so it elevated him to a... Read More