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Teofilo Week

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Teofilo Week

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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The New Masterpiece

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The New Masterpiece

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.

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New Kids on the Summerhill Block

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New Kids on the Summerhill Block

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

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Louis The King Retires To Stud

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Louis The King Retires To Stud

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.

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Linngari to stand at Summerhill Stud

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Linngari to stand at Summerhill Stud

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.

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Capetown Noir to stand at Summerhill Stud

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Capetown Noir to stand at Summerhill Stud

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.

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French Fanatics

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French Fanatics

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.

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Glorious Galileo

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Glorious Galileo

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.

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"RABADA": Another word for "THUNDERBOLT"

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"RABADA": Another word for "THUNDERBOLT"

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.

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