Last week, Shamardal; this week, Teofilo, from Darley's Irish base at Kildangan Stud, grabbed the headlines. The European racing season is now in full swing, and last weekend's Irish Guineas meeting at The Curragh featured, besides a vintage Ryan Moore ride to extricate Gleneagles from a serious pocket just in time to get home in the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas, a massive double for Teofilo, the unbeaten champion European 2-year-old of 2006, from Galileo's second crop, and more or less introducing the powerful Galileo-Danehill cross.
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Capetown Noir is the complete package Equine Royalty: The son of an Emperor, out of a Broodmare of the Year from a Guineas-winning daughter of the leading broodmare sire of all time.
The new kids on Summerhill's block, which seems to almost annually upgrade its sires with Champion Thoroughbreds, are Capetown Noir and the Aga Khan's former top performer, Linngari. - David Mollett
The Geoff Woodruff-trained Triple Crown star colt, Louis The King, has been retired from racing following an injury sustained in work and can now look forward to a career at stud.
Brave Tin Soldier is history's most expensive foal; a Stakes-winning 2-year-old over 1200m on debut and a record-breaking miler at Group level.
Traffic Guard was a Timeform 123. World-class. The next sign lies in the foals. Top-class. Don't miss this high "speed"; train - bookings now open.
Twice a Group One hero at 2000 meters, Linngari chalked up a Group 2 victory at 1200 meters, too. Twice the winner of the two races that defined it, Linngari was twice the victor ludorum at the Dubai carnival. Yet who could forget his heads-up, heads-down second in the race that's announced so many outstanding French stallions, the Prix de la Foret (Gr.1), or his agonising runner-up in the Dubai Duty Free (Gr.1)? For that matter, remember his versatility for his gut-busting run in the Hong Kong Cup (Gr.1), and his cheque-earning dash in the English Champion Stakes (Gr.1)? Linngari was a racehorse, no doubt about it.
Capetown Noir was born into equine royalty. A son of the stallion Emperor, Western Winter, his mother is a former Broodmare of the Year by Champion Sire, Fort Wood. His grandmother was a Guineas winner by Summerhill's own Champion, Northern Guest, from a daughter of yet another Champion, Jungle Cove. He didn't disappoint.
The great pendulous of life was back in full swing on Saturday, with the outcomes of the first two French Classics of the season harking back to the glory days of French breeding, when the stallion firmament glittered with the stars Riverman, Lyphard, Nureyev, Blushing Groom, Cavo, Arctic Tern, Irish River and Green Dancer.
The title of Europe's greatest sire surely belongs to the mighty Galileo. Galileo's sole rival to the title of Europe's greatest stallion of the era may well be Dubawi.
The Prince of Speed... by the Stallion that defined it.
There was a time at the height of Sadler's Wells' hegemony in the pantheon of the planet's great sires, that I wondered, as no doubt earlier generations did during the reign of Hyperion, whether we would see his like again. That it might happen within a single generation was unprecedented, yet it has, and despite what Sadler's Wells might've meant to thoroughbred breeding, and in an era when the European stallion power is greater than ever before, Galileo is the new colossus, supreme beyond any imagining.
They've always been Soldiers, now they have the 'Swords'.
Headed by champion sire More Than Ready (Southern Halo), Australia's Vinery Stud announced the 2015 fees for their roster of 11 stallions.
Arrowfield Stud has disclosed the 2015 service fees for its 10 resident stallions.
That's the name given to the Jo'burg quick-bowling sensation. It also recalls Brave Tin Soldier's "lightning shot" at Turffontein two Saturdays back. Then, Red Hot Poker slayed an odds-on at Scottsville. Both headed for the heavens. Ask Anton Marcus: he'll tell you the rest.
Big, brave, brilliant... and doing it like he knows it!
When the Visionaires win, they mean business. Without raising much of a sweat.
Coolmore Stud has announced to have purchased a controlling interest in the unbeaten Golden Slipper hero Vancouver, who will take up stud duties at its Hunter Valley property when his racing career is over.
In any other year, he would've been a Derby winner. - Mike de Kock