Monthly Archives: August 2016
Wesley Ward, American Trainer of Royal Ascot star Lady Aurelia, greets Racing Post colleague Scott Burton at Deauville Touques race course today.
Wesley seemed relaxed & confident & is apparently very satisfied that Lady Aurelia has settled in at Deauville after the long trip across the Atlantic.The filly, daughter of Scat Daddy worked out on the grass on thursday which she really took to. There will be 4 horses, including “Tis Marvellous “, racing against the winner of the Royal Ascot Queen Mary Stakes . Italian jockey Rispoli has been riding out on Lady Aurelia in the mornings after her arrival from USA, a second journey across the Atlantic in 2 months, quite a feat. Wesley Ward is pleased with the filly’s progress. The ground get softer as the weather in Deauville showery. Jockey Frankie Dettori will be riding again for the big Gr.1 race. Anyone who was at Royal Ascot June 15th will remember the roar of the crowd and the stunning 7 furlong advance of Lady Aurelia.
Horse Racing in Deauville organised by France Galop.
Tis Marvellous Trainer Clive Cox .
Peace Envoy Trainer Aidan O’Brien
Alramah Trainer Freddy Head, & Al Johrah Trainer Freddie Head..
The other eagerly awaited race in Deauville this afternoon is the Gr.1 Darley Prix Romanet, with 10 runners.
German trainer Peter Schiergen’s horse Royal Solitaire looks good.As does Fanshawe’s Speedy Boarding. Bocca Baciata & recent winner here Steip Aniach not favourites.
Andre Fabre only has the 1 horse, Ame Bleue, in this race.
Sayana The Prince Aga Khan’ horse will be running mounted by French crack jockey C.Soumillon, & trained by M.Royer Depre.
Brigitte Bardot Deauville 1968 during filming of Shalako
Andy Warhol Portrait commissioned directly from the artist by Gunther Sachs, the German Industrialist, former husband of Brigitte Bardot, five years after their divorce in 1974. Gunther Sachs famously quipping that 1 years marriage to Brigitte Bardot was like 10 years to someone else……
Scheduled to Race at Deauville on Tuesday 23rd August the very impressive J-C Rouget trained horse, Gr.1 winner, La Cressoniere. in the Prix de la Nonette.
Winner of the Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly France. Ridden by Cristian Demuro. Left Hand taking second place, and Volta taking 3rd place.
La Cressoniere is considered a serious contender for the next edition of the Prix de L’Arc de Triumphe in October 2016.
France Galop the organisation that organises the racing in France has pulled out all the stops this year with a series of great racing days with some of Europe’s champion race horses.
American race horse Lady Aurelia, Royal Ascot winner, has arrived in Deauville and is planned to run in the Prix Morny Sunday 21st August, at the Deauville race course, Hippodrome de Touques.
Arqana August Yearling sales in Deauville have just finished. Glorious blue skies, sun, exceptional horse racing provided an exceptional backdrop for a few days in the busy lives of the international horse elite, Breeders, Investors and Courtiers as they descended on Deauville. The Arqana well organised facilities for the stabling of the yearlings are excellent, with plenty of space to pace the animals so that they can be viewed by the prospective buyers..
The Arqana cumulative sales for the 3 days 2016 amount to 40.148.000. euros 6% less than 2015.
Average price 105.000. + 10.52% over 2015. 339 horses presented over 333 over 2015.
320.000. Euros were bid by Nicolas de Watrigant for Acclamation,presented by the Ecuries Monceaux, out of Wadjet. The horse was bought for an eminent Chinese client and will be trained by Jean Claude Rouget in France, and it is planned for the horse to race in France.
There has been a generation of international investors in the breeding of race horses and the increased prize money in the races & the investment in splendid race course facilities around the World.
The Arab investment in the race horse industry has been pivotal, so has the dedication of the late Magnate Jean Luc Lagardere, and His Highness the Prince Aga Khan.
At the death of Jean Luc Lagerdere his stud farms and race horses were bought by the Prince Aga Khan, whose Manager in France is the well known figure of M.Georges Rimaud.
The French breeding industry have invested in stallions to develop the breeding lines, including Intello, Dabirsim Penny’s Picnic. & Style Vendome. Recently the Aga Khan’s stud brought over a famous stallion from Australia for 2 seasons. Mares come to France from all over Europe to have their foals in France. Fiscal advantages are important in the European breeding industry with a difference between charges in Italy/France/England/Ireland. The mares that have yearlings this year include Siyouni, Kendargent, Le Havre which launches a new dynamic for the breeding of good race horses in France and for racing in Europe. France Galop that organises a lot of the horse racing in France is very supportive of the horse breeding industry. Madame Christiane Head-Maarek famous French Trainer & owner of the famous Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Champion Treve, is President of the Association of Entaineurs de Galop.
The French racing industry has clutch of World renowned Trainers, including the legendary Monsieur Andre Fabre, M.Jean-Claude Rouget, M. de Royer Dupre. One of the late Queen Mother’s trainers was Frenchman M. Francois Doumen.
France Galop that is responsible for the organisation of horse racing in France has a new, dynamic Director General who worked for 10 years at Aqana, Olivier Delloye. An important objective on his agenda will be the successful opening of the new Longchamps Grandstand in time for the Prix de l’Arc de Triumphe in October 2017.
Deauville race course. Deauville is a glamorous seaside town 2 hours from Paris which boasts 5 star hotels, a snazzy Casino and 2 beautiful race courses. Touques and Clairefontaine. The Hippodrome de Touques organised a series of top class Gr1 Listed races through August, with Europe’s most successful race Horses, Trainers, and the international Owners who invest considerably in their passion. The racing at the Deauville race courses have been exceptionally exciting this year.
The races are organised by France Galop.
Recently appointed France Galop Director General is Olivier Delloye. After 10 years working at Arqana the Yearling Sales Agency, that the Prince Aga Khan invests in, Monsieur Delloye was appointed to the organisation that owns several race courses & that organises the horse racing in France. Keenly awaited is the re-opening of Longchamp in October 2017, in time for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Longchamp is owned by the city of Paris, but is leased to France Galop. More than 6500 races are organised each year. France Galop operates Auteil, Saint Cloud,Chantilly,Maisons-Lafitte, as well as the Deauville race courses.
France Galop controls the voting rights of of the PMU, (pari-mutuel-urbain) who manage track & off-track betting operations on their behalf.
France Galop is keen to develop French race horse breeding.
Eugenio, out of stallion Fastnet Rock, trained by Richard Hannon, owned by Assoc. Saleh Al Homaizi/Imad al Sagar is ridden by French jockey today in the Prix Francois Boutin, Deauville horse racing organised by France Galop. The British contingent will probably turn out in force for the races today in Deauville before the Arqana Deauville Yearling auctions. Richard Hannon’s Amiralty Arch runs in the Prix de l’Augeron.
The Prince Aga Khan has another horse running in the races at Deauville today. Shalakar will be ridden by crack French jockey Soumillion. Prix Michel Houyet, racing organised by France Galop. K. Abdullah’s horse Fixed Rate will be racing, as will Baron E,de Rothschild’s Cleonte.
One of Champion Frankel’s daughters, TOULIFAUT will b racing today in the 1st race Prix Augeron at Hippodrome of Dauville.Richard Hannon’s Admiralty Arch is the one to beat. France Galop has organised an exciting card for the racegoers in Deauville for the Arqana Yearling sales which start after the races this sunny August day in the glamourous seaside town of Deauville.
Treve, mythical double winner of the Arc de Triomphe’s full sister, Terre, who trainer Christiane Head-Maarek hoped would be ready to race in Deauville at the end of August, looks more likely to be ready to race a Chantilly in September. Time will tell if she will become a champion like her sister. Madame Head says she likes the Filly, who seems stronger than Treve was at the same age.
Win & Each Way
Galileo Gold wins St James’s Palace under brilliant Frankie Dettori
Galileo Gold (above) is in great shape, says Hugo Palmer
Ahead of the big race at Deauville on Sunday,
Sunday 14th August 2016 – Prix Jacques Le Marois, Hippodrome de Deauville, races organised by France Galop.
Galileo Gold, ridden by Frankie Dettori, will be racing against Royal Ascot Jersey stakes 2016 winner, Ribchester, the Prince Aga Khans’ horse Ervedya, & 2 horses trained by Andre Fabre, last year’s winner Esoterique and Vadomos. In a strong field we can watch for outsiders Arod, Dicton, Stormy Antarctic, Spectre & Grand Vintage.
ARQANA Deauville August Yearling sales open 5pm Sunday 14th August 2016.
Almost 400 future race horse for sale over three days. Gleaming issues of recent crack Champions. including Galileo, Frankel, Sea the Stars, Chiquita, Scat Daddy, No Nay Never.
Europe’s top breeders, Courtiers, and owners quietly walk around the beautifully kept Arqana stables making their choices as they visit Haras des Capucines, with its floral displays, the Haras de Montaigu, Ecurie des Monceaux, Haras d.Etreham, Voute Sales ltd, Coulonces, Haras du Quesnay, to name but a few. Haras des Capucines seemed quietly confident with his choice of Yearlings, including the Sea the Stars progeny that was foaled quite late in the season, but who is developing well. Progeny awaited with interest from Camelot, Intello, Penny’s Picnic, Dawn Approach. Amongst the professionals there is talk too of Farhh & Siyouni.
Criquette Head-Maarek is hoping to race the 2 year old colt by Frenkel in the Autumn. Top Deck , out of Dam, First Fleet, is according to Madame Head, a strong horse who moves lightly when he gallops over the ground, & has been training over grass recently.
Frenkel’s progeny are performing well led by Group race winner Fair Eva. There are several Frenkel offspring being trained in France, Madame Head has just one Frenkel colt she is training. Others are being trained by Andre Fabre.
TATTERSALLS offered a painting at auction featuring Frankel, Noble Mission and Bullet Train to raise money for Friends of the Newmarket Day Centre on Monday, November 30 2015.
Called ‘Brothers in Arms’, the painting is by renowned equestrian artist Jacqueline Stanhope. Frankel takes centre stage in the piece, flanked by his three-parts brother Bullet Train – who frequently filled the role of pacemaker to the dual world champion – and his brother Noble Mission, winner of the Qipco Champion Stakes two years after Frankel signed off his glittering career in the Ascot contest. Courtesy Tattersalls and with thanks .Friends of the Newmarket Day Centre.
Deep Impact Japanese Phenomenon.
By the time the Europeans realised it the Japanese horse racing phenomenon Deep Impact was already well established in Japanese horse breeding.
Akihiro won tuesday at Deauville, Prix de Crevecoeur. Owned and bred by the Freres Wertheimer (owners of Chanel). Trained by Andre Fabre. Hippodrome de Deauville racing organised by France Galop.
French breeders are working hard to improve the bloodlines of their race horses.
Akihiro is a son of Deep Impact, a top Japanese stallion, as was his father Sunday Silence. The Wertheimer invest strongly in their horse breeding venture, to establish new promising blood lines, the Japanese enterprise may prove very fruitful. The Prince Aga Khan also invests in developing new blood lines at his various studs, including bringing over Australian stallions & investing in the Lagardere string.. The Wertheimer have established an impressive pool of mares including the champion, Goldikova.
Also issue of this Deep Impact bloodline, 5 year old A Shin Hikari ran in May 2016 at Chantilly in the Gr.1 Prix d’Ispahan, winning impressively against a strong field of French race horses.
This 5 year old horse, A Shin Hikari, actually rated 123, is considered to be the best in her age group in the World at the moment !
9 horses issue of Deep Impact have run in France. 7 of these horse have won so far:-2 have won Group1 races Beauty Parlour (headlining the Goffs Wildenstein dispersal) & A Shin Hikari. Another of these horses won a Group2, Kizuna. Another won a Group3 Aquamarine. Finally Barocci won a Listed race
Deep Impacts products are particularly successful so far.
The Japanese would love to win one of the World’s most prestigious races, the mythical Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
This year 8 Japanese horses signed up to race in the Prix de l’Arc, are issue of Deep Impact including Japanese Derby winner, Makahiki.
Just before leaving in his gleaming black Bentley, a relaxed Monsieur Andre Fabre, the immensely successful trainer, when asked for a comment, today, as he left the Deauville Hippodrome, about the Goffs dispersal of the prestigious Wildenstein string of race horses, reminded us that there was some consolation with the Diane Wildenstein horses.
A Director of Ballymore Thoroughbred limited is in fact Diane Wildenstein.Ballymore’s are not part of the Goffs dispersal arrangement of the very important Wildenstein string of top race horses. Diane Wildenstein is the daughter of the late Alec Wildenstein, the former art dealer. The Wildenstein Art Empire’s complex financial affairs are under investigation, it has been reported. Links below to 2 articles from www.bloomberg.com courtesy and with thanks
The Ugly Battle Over the Wildenstein Art Empire – Bloomberg
11 Jul 2016 – The Ugly Battle Over the Wildenstein Art Empire. Once the world’s richest and most influential dealers, the family is trying to fight off a half-billion …
French Judges Allow Wildenstein Double Jeopardy … – Bloomberg
30 Mar 2016 – Members of the wealthy Wildenstein art-dealing family may still derail a trial into allegations of fiscal fraud after judges at France’s Supreme …
Ame Bleu registered under Ballymore Thoroughbred ltd has been entered by the Trainer Andre Fabre in the Prix Jean Romanet due to run 21st August, the same day as the Prix Morny. Ame Bleue 4yr old chestnut filly. Breeding Dubawi (IRE) Aquarelliste (FR) Danehill (USA)
Trainer Andre Fabre has also entered Sheikh Abdullah’s racehorse Contribution. The Prince Aga Khan’s horse Sayana has been entered by the trainer M Andre Royer du Pre. Game Theory has been entered by Mr. Clement. Steip Amach has been entered by Trainer Smaga, Owner Haras d’Etreham. The races organised by France Galop at the Hippodrome de Deauville on the 21st August should be exceptional as we will have the cream of Europe’s race horses, breeders & trainers competing.
Caravaggio may be racing against Lady Aurelia & Mehmas for the Prix Morny in Deauville 21st August 2016. A very exciting prospect.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien is currently reflecting after Carravagios’ brilliant race in the Group 1 race, Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh, in Ireland on Sunday 7th August 2016.
Lady Aurelia, like Caravaggio by Coolmore stallion Scat Daddy.
Caravaggio, son of Scat Daddy, unbeaten in 3 races was a top Favourite in the betting.
According to reports Aidan O’Brien said that Caravaggio was racing at 45MPH top speed, during his recent work out.
I’d not be in a rush to go over seven furlongs. He could always go for the Middle Park after the Morny.” Prix Morny August 21st 2016 Hippodrome de Deauville organised by France Galop.
Goffs Secure The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal…The news has been officially confirmed. Extract enclosed from the Goffs Press Release, courtesy & with thanks Goffs
Goffs has been appointed as the exclusive Auction House to handle The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal. The world class draft of 110 horses features mares (27), foals (20), yearlings (19), and horses in training (44). The dispersal will be handled by The Castlebridge Consignment and takes place during the Goffs Orby and November Sales, with the yearlings and horses in training being offered at the end of the second day of the Orby Sale in an exclusive stand-alone section, whilst the mares and foals will be offered at the November Foal and Breeding Stock Sale.
This is a rare opportunity to tap into the bloodlines belonging to one of Europe’s most successful breeders. French 1000 Guineas winner and Oaks runner up Beauty Parlour (pictured) headlines a spectacular group of broodmares. Beauty Parlour will be sold in foal to Kingman whilst her 2015 colt by Dubawi is surely one of the standout yearlings in Europe this year with her Dansili filly foal another obvious highlight in November. Beauty Parlour’s half-sister, the winning Invincible Spirit filly Blue Kimono will also be offered for sale at Goffs and is in foal to Australia.
The Group 2 winning Sadler’s Wells sister to Peintre Celebre, Peinture Rare, in foal to Dansili is another high class mare bound for Goffs while her yearling colt by Oasis Dream is also among the dispersal. The Peintre Celebre mare Andromeda Galaxy, a Listed-winning granddaughter of Albertine, would fit nicely in any broodmare band, as would her Listed-placed sister Altamira, whose daughter Akatea ran second in last year’s Prix du Moulin.
Other breeding stock highlights include the Stakes placed Galateia out of the Classic placed Gagnoa who is a three-parts to Derby winner Pour Moi, while the Stakes placed Galileo mare Amerique, in foal to Pivotal, is out of the Group 1 winner and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runner up Aquarelliste. Listed winner and Group 1 performer Adventure Seeker from the family of the great All Along, in foal to Siyouni, is another with huge international appeal, while the Group 2 winner mare Pacific Rim will be offered in foal to Zoffany.
The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal features blue blooded yearlings and foals with a sire profile that includes Dansili, Dark Angel, Dubawi, Giant’s Causeway, Invincible Spirit, Le Havre, Lope De Vega, Oasis Dream, Pivotal, Shamardal, Teofilo and many others.
The draft of 44 horses in training includes the Listed winner and Group 2 placed Smart Strike filly Lady Of Kyushi, the winner and Group placed Dalakhani filly Asterina, and the winning Giant’s Causeway colt Andrea Mantegna as well as several other winning three and four year olds and a quality draft of 26 juveniles.
Announcing the details of The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:
“The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal represents the most exciting collection of horses to be offered anywhere in the world this year and it is a real privilege for Goffs to be appointed the auction house of choice to handle the sale that looks set to draw every major international bloodstock buyer to Goffs in 2016. In my 34 years in the business there are a handful of names that you associate with the very best – Robert Sangster, HH The Aga Khan, Khalid Abdulla, the Maktoums, Coolmore, the Niarchos family for example, and the Wildenstein name is certainly amongst their number.
Key dates for The Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal:
Yearlings – Orby Sale (End of second day, Wednesday 28 September)
Horses In Training – Orby Sale (End of second day, Wednesday 28 September, immediately following the yearlings) Extract plus photo from the official Press Release courtesy & with thanks Goffs.
Prix Morny Deauville . The provisional list of 18 runners has been announced for the Prix Morny to be run 21st August 2016.
With a strong field of Foreign owned horses well known French Trainer Freddy Head stands out, & has 2 runners Al Johrah & Alrahma with serious chances. Alrahma has just won the Prix Cabourg. (Gr.3)
Richard Hannon has put down Al Shaqab’s Mehmas to run in the Prix Morny, Mehmas having run so well in two Group 2, at Newmarket and Glorious Goodwood. The Goodwood race ridden by Frankie Dettori, who rode Lady Aurelia at Ascot ! in the Al Shaqab silks
Lady Aurelia arrives in Deauville from Kentucky August 13th, racing in the Prix Morny.
Lady Aurelia Works Thursday in Preparation for trip to France.
LEXINGTON KENTUCKY (4th August 2016)
Trainer Wesley Ward was pleased Thursday morning after Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton & Peter Leidel’s undefeated Queen Mary (G2) winner Lady Aurelia,scheduled to make her next race outing in the August 21st Prix Morny (G1) at Deauville.worked 4 furlongs in 49:20 on Keeneland’s turf course.
“Lady Aurelia was brilliant. I am really excited,” Ward said. “We’ll see what happens here in a couple of weeks. ( a video exists of the interview see Keeneland.com)
With jockey Julio Garcia in red cap aboard, Lady Aurelia worked in company with the winning 2year old filly Create a Dream. She started a length or so behind her rival to her inside & surged to the front several yards from the finish. (a video exists of the workout on keeneland.com)
The move marked the 3rd work here for Lady Aurelia since her 7 length victory in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 15th. Ward said he would like to work Lady Aurelia another time here on August 11th or 12th, before she ships to Chicago for a direct flight to Paris on the evening of August 13th.
In 2013 Ward won the Prix Morny with another Keeneland-based runner, No Nay Never, who had won the Norfolk Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot. He said Lady Aurelia is following a similar schedule.
The 1st time, it was a little bit of unchartered waters, “Ward said about the experience three years ago. “I know how to do it now, and I know it can be done”.
Lady Aurelia, who was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLP was consigned by James M. Herbener Jr. agent to Keeneland’s 2013 Yearling Sale & purchased by Bolton & Leidel for $350.000. The Scat Daddy filly commenced her career April 21 at Keeneland and won a 4 & half furlong maiden race by 7 & half lengths in track-record time.
Image and text courtesy and with thanks to Trainer Wesley Ward and Keeneland Communications Team.
ORACLE TEAM USA at Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth – photo © Gilles Martin-Raget / ACEA Courtesy & with thanks
Lady Aurelia ridden to a stunning win at Ascot, Queen Mary Stakes 2016 exclusive photo taken by Irish Photographer Pete Mooney for eluxetv.com with thanks
After running on Keeneland’s grass in the States, Wesley Ward Lady Aurelia’s trainer plans to bring her back to Europe before the end of the summer. Prix Morny at Deauville race course 21st August, 2016 is an objective. Frankie Dettori was the winning jockey in 2015 on Shalaa, & up on Wow Signal for his 2014 win. Will Frankie be on 2 year old Lady Aurelia in the prestigious Prix Morny, which is 6 furlongs…. ?