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38 for Zoffany

Coolmore’s Zoffany (Dansili) sired his 38th individual stakes winner when Pythagoras (2 c ex Alegra by Galileo) came out on top in a tight finish to the Silver Tankard Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Pontefract yesterday. The Richard Fahey-trained colt was winning for the third time in five starts when beating Mystery Angel (Kodi Bear) and The Rosstafarian (Starspangledbanner) by a neck and a short head. Former shuttler Zoffany stood for a fee of €22,500 (approx. AUD$37,350) in 2020.

Ten for Frosted
Darley shuttler Frosted (Tapie) sired his tenth individual winner when Inspector Frost (2 c ex Folk by Quiet American) got off the mark at the second time of asking with a two length victory at Keeneland on Sunday. The Brad Cox-trained juvenile, who had finished third at Churchill Downs on his debut last month, beat Tiwanaku (Tapit) with Mazzini (Tiznow) another two and a half lengths away in third. The homebred is the eighth foal out of the UAE 1,000 Guineas (Listed, 1600m) and UAE Oaks (Listed, 1800m) winner Folk (Quiet American). Frosted stands for $22,000 (inc GST) at Darley’s Northwood Park in 2020.

UK: Ghaiyyath to retire to stud
Four-time Group 1 winner Ghaiyyath (Dubawi) has been retired to stand at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland. The world’s highest-rated turf racehorse had a remarkable season in Britain, winning the Coronation Cup (Gr 1, 1m4f), the Coral-Eclipse (Gr 1, 1m2f) and the Juddmonte International Stakes (Gr 1, 1m2.5f). Ghaiyyath finished second in the Irish Champion Stakes (Gr 1, 1m2f) last time out and was being aimed towards the Breeders’ Cup, but Charlie Appleby said in preparation for the race that he was showing signs of soreness behind. After veterinary investigation, the five-year-old was found to be muscle sore. “Ghaiyyath has had a fantastic career winning nine of his 13 races,” Appleby said. “His high-class cruising speed and relentless style of galloping was a joy to watch. It is obviously disappointing not to be taking him to the Breeders’ Cup but the exertions of a long season, which started in Dubai in January, were starting to show and the decision has been made to retire him.” 

UK: Golden Horde retired
Commonwealth Cup (Gr 1, 6f) winner Golden Horde (Lethal Force) has been retired to stud after suffering a tendon injury, his trainer Clive Cox announced yesterday. Bought for just £65,000 at the 2018 Goffs Yearling Sales, Golden Horde landed the Richmond Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) as a two-year-old, before finishing a neck behind Earthlight (Shamardal) in the Middle Park Stakes (Gr 1, 6f). Golden Horde began his three-year-old campaign with victory in the Commonwealth Cup and later placed in the July Cup Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) and Sprint Cup Stakes (Gr 1, 6f), which was his final appearance.

FRA: Abbaye hero Wooded to stand at Haras de Bouquetot
Prix de l’Abbaye (Gr 1, 1000m) winner Wooded (Wootton Bassett) has been retired to stand at Haras de Bouquetot. An Al Shaqab Racing purchase from Arqana, Wooded had a successful time at two and three with trainer Francis Graffard, breaking his maiden at Deauville and placing in two Group races during 2019. He impressed on his seasonal reappearance when winning the Prix Texanita (Gr  3, 1200m) before bowing out on Arc day as a very rare French-trained three-year-old winner of the showcase sprint.

UK: English King offered as wildcard entry for Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale
English King (Camelot), winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial and one time favourite for the Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f) has been entered as a wildcard for next week’s Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale. Owned by Bjorn Nielsen and trained by Ed Walker, English King could only finish fifth at Epsom and has since run behind Mogul (Galileo) in the Gordon Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 4f) at Goodwood and Grand Prix de Paris (Gr 1, 2400m) at Longchamp. 

UK: O’Brien holds typically strong Doncaster hand
Wembley (Galileo) and Bolshoi Ballet (Galileo), the duo sat behind stablemate High Definition (Galileo) at the head of the betting for next year’s Epsom Derby, are among seven possibles Aidan O’Brien still has in contention for Saturday’s Vertem Futurity Trophy (Gr 1, 1m) at Doncaster. A total of 17 colts and one filly have stood their ground at the latest declaration stage for the final Group 1 race of the year in Britain.

USA: Justify Santa Anita Derby hearing set for this month
A hearing into Justify’s (Scat Daddy) positive post-race test in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby (Gr 1, 9f) is set to go ahead on October 29 after a judge denied a legal effort to halt the process. After Justify’s victory at Santa Anita his sample was found to contain scopolamine, a prohibited substance. However, officials opted not to call a positive finding and disqualify the horse, believing it was caused by environmental contamination. Justify went on to win the US Triple Crown and retire unbeaten.

UK: Racing’s finances hit again as more shops forced to close
The UK racing and betting industries suffered a further body blow yesterday when a circuit-breaker lockdown was announced in Wales meaning further extensive betting shop closures. Announcing a “time-limited firebreak” from 6pm on Friday, First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford directed everyone in Wales to remain at home, while pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops, including the country’s 366 betting shops, close until November 9. Yesterday’s announcement follows the Tier Three anti-Covid-19 measures announced in England last week, with nearly 200 betting shops forced to shut in Lancashire and 350 in the Liverpool City region.