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Five for Almanzor

Cambridge Stud shuttler Almanzor (Wootton Bassett) sired his fifth individual winner when Saving Grace (2 f ex Desiree Clary by Sholokhov) got off the mark at the second time of asking in a 1400-metre maiden at Vichy yesterday. Second on her debut in July, the Fabrice Chappet-trained filly went one better as she beat Snowblind (Fast Company) and Albamia (Shalaa) by a length and a half and a half. Almanzor stands at Cambridge Stud for $30,000 (plus GST).


79 for Dark Angel

Yeomanstown Stud resident Dark Angel (Acclamation) sired his 79th individual stakes winner yesterday when Sky Angel (3 f ex Mayhem by Whipper) stayed on strongly to take out the Prix Haras de la Haie Neuve – Le Brevido (Listed, 1650m) at Craon. The Henri Pantall-trained three-year-old, who finished second in this season’s German 1,000 Guineas (Gr 2, 1600m) was winning for just the second time in 13 starts as she beat favourite In Crowd (Dubawi) by three-quarters of a length. Musetta (Dark Angel) was another length and a half behind in third. An €800,000 purchase at Arqana in 2019, Sky Angel is the second foal out of the French Group 3 winner Mayhem (Whipper). Dark Angel stands for a 2021 fee of €60,000 (approx. AU$96,500).


82 for Bernardini

The late Bernardini (A.P. Indy) sired his 82nd individual stakes winner when his daughter Lady Mystify (3 f ex J. Quirk by Unbridled’s Song) struck in Sunday’s Remington Park Oaks (Gr 3, 8.5f). Trained by Peter Eurton, the filly was winning for the third time in six starts when beating Pauline’s Pearl (Tapit) and Amendment Nineteen (Constitution) by three lengths and a head. 


IRE: Siblings to Classic scorers among rare Goffs lots

Siblings to recent Classic winners are an exceedingly rare commodity at public auction, but prospective purchasers will get the opportunity to buy not one but two such yearlings during day one of the Goffs Orby Sale today – and all within the space of around ten minutes. The half-sisters to English 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) heroine Mother Earth (Zoffany) and English 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) scorer Poetic Flare (Dawn Approach) are catalogued as lots 117 and 120 respectively, and rate among the biggest eyecatchers among the 444 yearlings in this year’s Orby offering. To view the full catalogue click here  

FRA: 14 remain in Arc with leading fancies set to be added

A total of 14 possibles were confirmed for Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) at yesterday’s first forfeit stage, the opening act in a four-step process through the week, with Epsom Classic winners Adayar (Frankel) and Snowfall (Deep Impact) due to be supplemented at a cost of €120,000 (approx. AU$193,000) tomorrow. With Snowfall waiting in the wings, Aidan O’Brien cut his original entry to two in the shape of Love (Galileo) and Broome (Australia), who are due to be ridden by Frankie Dettori and Yutaka Take. Star fillies Tarnawa (Sharmardal) and Teona (Sea The Stars) both feature.