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52 for Le Havre

Winema (3 f ex McCool by Giant’s Causeway) became the 52nd individual stakes winner for Le Havre (Noverre) when she took out the Prix Panacee – Fonds Europeen de l’Elevage (Listed, 2400m) at Toulouse on Monday evening. The filly was winning for the third time in nine starts as she beat favourite Final Gesture (Dubawi) by half a length. Thunder Drum (Dubawi) finished another length and a quarter away in third. Bred by the China Horse Club, Winema is the first foal out of the unraced Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat) mare McCool, who herself is a half-sister to, among others, Aquileo (Gleneagles), twice a winner in Queensland for Kris Lees. Le Havre stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Montfort et Preaux for a fee of €40,000 (approx. AU$61,255).


US: Fasig-Tipton November catalogue now online

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 299 entries for the November Sale, the company’s selected mixed sale to be held in Lexington, Kentucky on November 6, following the Breeders’ Cup. The single-session sale will begin at 1 pm. “The Fasig-Tipton November Sale annually offers the highest concentration of quality breeding stock in the world, and this year’s catalogue more than lives up to that billing,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning.  “We have 56 Graded stakes winners or producers catalogued, 23 of which are Grade 1. Included among these are Eclipse Champions, international champions, Breeders’ Cup winners, a dual Royal Ascot winner, and three Kentucky Oaks winners.” The sale begins with 180 selected weanlings – the largest group of weanlings offered in the sale’s recent history – before transitioning into racing/broodmare prospects and broodmares. “This catalogue is as deep in quality as it is internationally diverse,” continued Browning.  “Nearly 80 per cent of the racing and broodmare offerings are either a black-type winner or the dam of a black-type winner, providing buying opportunities at a variety of price levels.” The catalogue can be viewed by clicking here.


UK: Verry Elleegant to run on Champions Day 

After her seventh-placed finish in the Prix Royallieu (Gr 1, 2800m) at Longchamp on Saturday, Verry Elleegant (Zed) will be aimed at British Champions day, her trainer Francis Graffard has confirmed. “Verry Elleegant will come to Ascot for the British Champions Fillies & Mares,” Graffard said. “She was very unlucky in the way the race was run at Longchamp, where there was no tempo and she was boxed in on the rail and pulled hard. She basically didn’t have a race. It’s hard to see such a fantastic mare beaten like that and it’s upsetting too, but I felt that the race was over for her at the first bend when I saw where we were. Everything went against her and it’s best forgotten, but she’s come out of it well. She’s happy and she tries, and hopefully things will go her way at British Champions Day.” Verry Elleegant was controversially balloted out of last Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) having been dropped in the ratings by the French handicapper, and this next start on October 15, will represent a fourth opportunity for last season’s Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner to get on the board for her European campaign. She disappointed when last of seven in the Prix Jean Romanet (Gr 1, 2000m) at Deauville in August, before running third at Group 2 level in Longchamp’s Prix Foy (Gr 2, 2400m) on September 11.


FR: Soumillon loses job with Aga Khan

Christophe Soumillon has said he is determined to rebuild his career after losing his retainer with the Aga Khan Studs for a second time in the wake of the incident which saw the Belgian rider elbow Rossa Ryan off his mount in a race at Saint-Cloud on Friday. Soumillon had been the Aga Khan’s retained rider since 2014, following a previous spell in the famous green silks from 2002 to 2009. French racing’s highest-profile jockey was due for crunch talks with the Aga Khan’s team on Monday, having stunned the sport when he made contact with Ryan mid-race at Saint-Cloud, leading to a 60-day suspension. A statement released by the Aga Khan Studs said: “Following last Friday’s incident at Saint-Cloud, which resulted in the fall of Rossa Ryan, the Aga Khan Studs have taken the decision to cease their retainer with jockey Christophe Soumillon with immediate effect. From this week onwards, Soumillon may still ride in the Aga Khan silks on occasion at the discretion of the French trainers and the Aga Khan Studs team.” After news of the split emerged yesterday morning, Soumillon told the Racing Post: “I am, of course, very disappointed to lose my retainer with the Aga Khan Studs, but I am immensely proud and honoured to have held such a highly esteemed position for so long and wish them continued success. I realise that I have bridges to rebuild, and am determined to show commitment and desire to those owners and trainers that wish to engage my services.”