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Handsome is as Handsome Does!

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Handsome is as Handsome Does!

Aliette Forien with Mick Goss

Summerhill was graced recently with the visit of English Derby winning breeder (Wings Of Eagles), Aliette Forien of Haras De Montaigu. Handsome is as handsome does!

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HOPESPRINGSETERNAL

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HOPESPRINGSETERNAL

With the pace at which the European bloodstock community entered the home stretch of its gruelling autumn-winter cycle still full of running, we were starkly reminded of the contrasting fortunes of those who transact across open borders and the shackles with which local horsemen have had to contend for decades in getting our bloodstock between provinces, let alone across borders.

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Tongue In Cheek

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Tongue In Cheek

'Tongue-tied' is not a term you’d ordinarily apply to Aidan O'Brien, a man who just last week was named number one trainer in the world. It’s a common practice among racehorse conditioners to apply aids like blinkers, visors, hoods, cheek pieces and tongue ties to assist in the regulation of things like gate and cruising speed, lethargy, concentration and easier breathing, and nobody it seems, pays more attention to these details than the top man in his profession.

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More Dancing...

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More Dancing...

Long before he became the world's first (and only ever) to command a million dollar stud fee and a yearling sales average in the vicinity of $3million, Northern Dancer had a few more tests ahead of him. 

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Triumph and Tribulation

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Triumph and Tribulation

This is a story about triumph. Napoleon erected the Arc de Triomphe at the top end of the Champs Elysees to commemorate the most prosperous period in French military history. In 1920 the French racing authorities inaugurated the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in salute to the pinnacle of Continental horse racing; on Sunday, what has become Europe’s premier racing contest was renewed for the 96th time, and what a triumph it was.

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The Original Globetrotter

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The Original Globetrotter

Linngari: sire now of five Group One performers including multiple Group winner Garlingari in 2016, as well as Stakes winners Mr Pommeroy and Linngaro; second-leading French stallion by three-year-old earnings in 2015.

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Linnger Lonnger: The One That Got Away

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Linnger Lonnger: The One That Got Away

No owner-breeder can be totally happy when a mare or filly culled from their broodmare band goes on to shine for her new owner. The practicalities, though, are that quite a few fillies and mares have to be sold simply to keep an operations numbers manageable, especially so if the breeder is keen to keep adding new blood to the genetic pool.  In reality, occasionally letting something worthwhile slip through the net is the best way of ensuring that demand stays high and that the surplus mares and fillies achieve maximum value.

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Investec Derby 2016... Race Without A Favourite?

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Investec Derby 2016... Race Without A Favourite?

This time last year, Mick and Cheryl Goss were at Epsom as the guests of the stewards and Investec for both the Investec Oaks and Derby days. With a month to go, there was no obvious favourite for the Derby, yet they were privileged to witness one of the great performances in the historic race's more than three centuries' old existence, from Anthony Oppenheimer's eventual horse of the year, Golden Horn.

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Shades of Cirrus des Aigles

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Shades of Cirrus des Aigles

Time was when weekends were "TV time for the marquee events of our sport. Yet ever since the de Kock caravan decamped for its pioneering pillage of the riches of Dubai, Thursday evenings have become "ritual for South African fans. For all the big names that thrilled our sitting rooms over the years, none of them exceeded the worship of the original globe-trotter, Linngari. Here was the redefinition of the international racehorse, a handsome, zestful dual-Group One hero who never ducked a fight. From 1200 to 2000metres, he posted major race performances in eight different countries on four different continents. Linngari was a racehorse, pure and simple.

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Linngari... Winning The World Over

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Linngari... Winning The World Over

Aga Khan breeding and Aga Khan class. Linngari is the sire of Garlingari, who just this weekend annihilated the competition in France’s Saint-Cloud Prix Exbury (Gr.3), as well as siring four stakes-winners, eight stakes-performers and numbers of 4,5,6 and 8-time winners already. He's the second leading sire of 3-year-olds in France in 2015 to France’s hottest stallion, Le Havre.

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Garlingari Scoops Prix Exbury

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Garlingari Scoops Prix Exbury

Best known for her exploits with the remarkable Cirrus des Aigles, Corine Barande-Barbe worked some of her magic with another late-improver here as Garlingari exhibited some of his illustrious stablemate’s determination to land a first group success in the Group 3 Prix Exbury at Saint-Cloud.

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Memory's Lane

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Memory's Lane

A short while ago the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Annual Survey issued its list of the earth's most admired leaders. In arriving at their personal favourites, in some instances voters reached back well into the history books, while others had a more contemporary look to them.

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Is There A Way To Play The Arc?

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Is There A Way To Play The Arc?

With Treve going for an unprecedented third consecutive victory in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the Paris-Turf is asking readers if this is the most important event in the history of French racing.

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It's Not A  Race, It's A Monument.

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It's Not A Race, It's A Monument.

Named for the victory parade that took place abound the Arc de Triomphe following the end of WWI in 1919, 1920 was to be the inaugural running of the race as we know it today – the race that on the first Sunday in October, unveils the world's best thoroughbred over a mile-and-a-half.

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