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NEW NATIONAL HUNT HORSES 

Tesseract - has an entry at Naas on Sunday 4th Jan 3.35pm 



Kalopsia - has an entry at Naas on Sunday 4th Jan 3.35pm 




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Galileo stallion son Juniper Tree bolsters Danish ranks

 

BRILLIANTLY bred colt Juniper Tree has been bought from Ballydoyle by a group of Danish breeders. The three-year-old will start his stallion career at York Stutteri in Denmark in 2015.

A son of multiple champion sire Galileo, Juniper Tree was the first foal bred by Noel O'Callaghan out of his outstanding racemare Alexander Goldrun, the winner of five Group 1s including the Hong Kong Cup and back-to-back renewals of the Pretty Polly Stakes.

Juniper Tree was bought by Demi O'Byrne for 950,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2012 and entered training with Aidan O'Brien.

He finished third to Australia in a Curragh 7f maiden on his debut at two and finished fourth in another maiden at Naas. On his sole start at three this year he finished third in a Cork maiden.

"Juniper Tree has an incredibly athletic walk, a first-class temperament and is physically very similar to his sire, so I hope he will be well received by breeders," Alexander Elsass of York Stutteri told Danish media.

Juniper Tree, who was bought on the recommendation of Lars Kelp Bloodstock, will stand alongside Binary File and Mingun at York Stutteri.

His fee has been set at DKr16,000.


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Adjusted Granddukeoftuscany Century Carlo Bugatti & Annus Mirabilis Sold to The Williams family in Australia  


 

5 Ballydoyle Horses have made the move down under after been privately sold to Nick Williams & Family, All 5 have been gelded and Century has been renamed to Our Century They will be trained by Robert Hickmott.


Adjusted a 4yo son of Montjeu who had 5 starts for Trainer Aidan O'Brien winning 2 of those races. 

Adjusted makes the best way home


Carlo Bugatti a 4yo son of Montjeu who was an unbeaten Juvenile made 5 starts for Trainer Aidan O'Brien  winning once on debut as a 2yo.

Aidan O'Brien (left) runs two in the Chester Vase

Annus Mirabilis a 4yo son of Montjeu made 5 starts for Trainer Aidan O'Brien  winning once.


Granddukeoftuscany a 4yo son of Galileo made 4 starts for Trainer Aidan O'Brien winning once. and was 11th in the 2014 St Leger.


Century another 4yo son of Montjeu made starts for Trainer Aidan O'Brien winning once. and was the runner up in the 2014 Queens Vase at Royal Ascot (Picture Below)




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High Chaparral (Johnny Murtagh)

High Chaparral winning at Epsom under Johnny Murtagh

 PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)

Derby winner High Chaparral dies aged 15

HIGH CHAPARRAL, winner of the Derby in 2002, has died at the age of 15.

The six-time Group 1 winner, who provided his trainer Aidan O'Brien with a second Derby success when he defeated stablemate Hawk Wing, was put down at Fethard Equine Hospital during exploratory colic surgery due to a perforated intestine.

The son of Sadler's Wells won almost £3.5million in prize-money in a 13-race career. Since his retirement, High Chaparral has stood at Coolmore Stud where his most notable offspring include So You Think, It's A Dundeel and Toronado.

Coolmore said: "High Chaparral has been euthanised at Fethard Equine Hospital during exploratory colic surgery due to a perforated intestine."

High Chaparral completed the Epsom-Curragh Derby double in 2002 and landed the Breeders' Cup Turf in 2002 and again the following year when he dead-heated with Johar at Santa Anita.

The winner of ten of his races, High Chaparral's other Group 1 victories were achieved in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in 2001 and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in 2003. He twice finished third in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe and met with the only other defeat of his career when second on his debut at Punchestown.

Johnny Murtagh, who ride High Chaparral at Epsom, said: "Just heard the sad news about High Chaparral. A brilliant Derby winner who gave me a wonderful day. RIP."

So You Think won five Group 1 races in Australia, including the Cox Plate in 2009 and 2010, before joining O'Brien for whom he was successful in five Group 1 events including the Coral-Eclipse Stakes, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

Toronado's victoies include the Sussex Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes, while It's A Dundeel has won six Group 1 races in Australia.


Derby hero Chaparral put down

  • Last Updated: December 21 2014, 15:45 GMT

High Chaparral, winner of the 2002 Derby, has been put down at Fethard Equine Hospital, aged 15.


High Chaparral winning the Derby

High Chaparral winning the Derby

Trained by Aidan O'Brien, the son of Sadler's Wells proved two lengths too strong for 9-4 favourite and stablemate Hawk Wing at Epsom, being ridden to glory by Johnny Murtagh.

A tweet from Coolmore read: "High Chaparral has been euthanised at Fethard Equine Hospital during exploratory colic surgery due to a perforated intestine."

Mick Kinane elected to partner Hawk Wing at Epsom but was back on board for the Irish Derby at the Curragh, where High Chaparral was an easy winner from Sholokhov, leading home a 1-2-3 for Ballydoyle.

He did not run again until the Arc at Longchamp, in which he was third to Marienbard, and enjoyed further glory when travelling to Arlington Park in Chicago for the Breeders' Cup Turf.

O'Brien's star returned as a four-year-old, beating Falbrav in the Irish Champion Stakes, again finishing third in Arc, this time to Dalakhani, and then dead-heating with Johar in a pulsating Breeders' Cup Turf.

In total he won 10 of 13 career starts, earning almost £3.5million in win and place prize money.

Kinane described High Chaparral as an "exceptionally good racehorse".

"It's sad news. He was a very tough, genuine horse and very talented," he said.

"He won two Breeders' Cups, the English and Irish Derby. He was an exceptionally good racehorse.

"He's up there as one of the very good horses."

As a sire High Chaparral produced the top-class So You Think and Toronado, as well as money-spinning southern hemisphere runners It's A Dundeel, Shoot Out and Descarado.

Other stars of his stud career included Wigmore Hall, Redwood, Western Hymn and High Jinx. His name is set to live on at the highest level next season through Dermot Weld's Free Eagle.



Death of High Chaparral

Sun 21st Dec 2014, 15:01
Mick Kinane
Mick Kinane
(Healy Racing Photos)
High Chaparral, winner of the 2002 Derby, has been put down at Fethard Equine Hospital at the age of 15.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien, the son of Sadler's Wells was ridden to glory at Epsom by Johnny Murtagh as he proved two lengths too strong for 9-4 favourite and stablemate Hawk Wing.

A tweet from Coolmore read: "High Chaparral has been euthanised at Fethard Equine Hospital during exploratory colic surgery due to a perforated intestine."

Mick Kinane elected to partner Hawk Wing at Epsom but was back on board for the Irish Derby at the Curragh, where High Chaparral was an easy winner from Sholokhov, leading home a 1-2-3 for Ballydoyle.

He did not run again until the Arc at Longchamp, in which he was third to Marienbard, and enjoyed further glory when travelling to Arlington Park in Chicago to land the Breeders' Cup Turf.

O'Brien's star returned as a four-year-old, beating Falbrav in the Irish Champion Stakes, again finishing third in Arc, this time to Dalakhani, and then dead-heating with Johar in a pulsating Breeders' Cup Turf.

In total he won 10 of 13 career starts, earning almost £3.5million in win and place prize money.


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LISTED winner Pirateer will stand alongside Sageburg at Garryrichard Stud in County Wexford next year having stood the last two breeding seasons at Haras de Talma in north-east France.

Pirateer was trained by Aidan O'Brien to win three of his six starts. Raced in the colours of Sue Magnier, he took the notable scalp of stablemate and subsequent Irish Derby hero Treasure Beach when he won a Listowel 1m maiden at two.

The son of Danehill Dancer also won a Gowran Park nursery and landed the Listed Celebration Stakes at the Curragh on his sole start at three. A fractured pastern ended his racing career.

Bred by Churchtown House Stud out of the winning Shirley Heights mare Wannabe, Pirateer is a three-parts brother to Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Wannabe Grand and a half-brother to Galtres Stakes winner Wannabe Posh.

Pirateer, who is a six-year-old, was knocked down to John Magnier for €180,000 at the 2009 Goffs Orby yearling sale.

"He arrives next month and will stand alongside Sageburg for the 2015 breeding season," said Garryrichard Stud owner Denis Hickey. "The biggest attraction was Pirateer is a son of Danehill Dancer, who was the sire of our former stallion Jeremy.

"Jeremy was very lucky here and hopefully Pirateer will follow suit. Danehill Dancer is also developing into a good sire of sires.

"Pirateer was was a good racehorse and was improving all the time. He's a good-looking horse who stands over plenty of ground and I hope he proves popular."

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OPPOSITION: Annemarie O’Brien of Ballydoyle has warned of the possible damage to the equine industry from power lines
OPPOSITION: Annemarie O’Brien of Ballydoyle has warned of the possible damage to the equine industry from power lines

O'Brien voices concerns over wind farms

ANNEMARIE O'BRIEN, wife of leading trainer Aidan, has voiced her concerns about the potential threat of wind turbines to the bloodstock industry in Ireland, stating there could be several negative knock-on effects.

"The scale of the threat to heartland Irish industries, such as bloodstock, tourism and agriculture and to all electricity bill payers from yet more costly, subsidised wind farms, and pylon blight from excessive wind farm development in Ireland, is only just revealing itself," said O'Brien in the Irish Field.

O'Brien was keen to stress the emergence of wind farms and pylon lines on a large scale would have a detrimental effect on the rearing, breeding and racing of thoroughbreds.

"The natural instinct of a horse, when faced with what it perceives as danger, is flight," she said. "They run first, ask questions later. We have selectively bred them for 300 years to heighten this flight reaction, making the thoroughbred racehorse the ultimate racing athlete with the ability to reach speeds of up to 44mph.

"Putting wind farms and pylon lines beside bloodstock farms will render that land unfit for purpose. This will have a huge financial impact on the industry, which directly employs more than 14,000 people, as well as a supply chain of ancillary goods and services, including farmers, feed merchants, vets, farriers and more underpinning vital rural jobs."

O'Brien, who herself has bred the Group 1-winning two-year-olds Beethoven and Kingsbarns, also suggested the negative perception of wind turbines would harm the confidence in Ireland as a world-renowned breeding centre.

"It is not too late for a change in direction," she said. "The Government would do well to listen to the voices of energy and economic experts who are all warning that adding more wind farms is all risk and precious little benefit to anyone apart from wind farm developers."


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Leading Light (Joseph O'Brien)

Leading Light: son of Montjeu a dual Group 1 winner for Aidan O'Brien

 PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)

Leading Light to stand at €4,500 next year

LEADING LIGHT, whose biggest wins came in the St Leger and Ascot Gold Cup, will stand his first season at Coolmore's National Hunt division at €4,500 next year.

A four-year-old son of Montjeu who cost 520,000gns as a yearling, Leading Light won eight of his 12 starts for Aidan O'Brien, with four wins at Group 3 level in addition to his pair of top-flight victories.

Leading Light joins two other sons of Montjeu who stand under the jumps banner at Coolmore - Fame And Glory, whose fee is unchanged at €5,000, and Scorpion, who will cover at €4,000.

Flemensfirth will be the most expensive stallion on the Coolmore National Hunt roster next year, standing at an unchanged fee of €10,000.

Oscar, the sire of this year's Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere, has had his fee raised to €7,500 from €6,500.

Milan, who provided this year's Champion Hurdle winner Jezki, has also had a fee rise and will stand at €6,500 in 2015, up from €6,000 this year. Mahler, a son of Galileo who covered 278 mares this year, has had his fee raised by €2,000 to €5,000.

Mountain High (€3,000) and Westerner (€4,500) have also  ncurred fee rises.

The Coolmore National Hunt roster is completed by: Ask (€2,500),Dylan Thomas (€5,000), Getaway (€3,500), Imperial Monarch(€2,500), Sans Frontieres (€2,500) and Yeats (€6,000) whose fees are all unchanged for next year.


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Walker to welcome Adelaide soon


Adelaide wins the Cox Plate

Adelaide wins the Cox Plate

Chris Walker will welcome superstar import Adelaide into his Sydney stable before the end of the year.

The Cox Plate hero is currently doing work that will have him ready to tackle the program that Waller has planned for what will be his first campaign with Sydney’s top trainer.

“He’s doing a bit of dressage work and we’re just working on building up in the right places so we’ve got a good foundation to work with,” Waller told RSN’s Racing Ahead.

“In probably a week to 10 days he’ll be back in the stable at Rosehill.”

Adelaide remained in Australia after his stunning win in the  Sportingbet Cox plate (2040m), when prepared by Aidan O'Brien.

Waller is likely to have Adelaide for a maximum of two starts with the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on 11 April the main aim before returning to Ireland where he will be prepared for an assault on Royal Ascot.

“He doesn’t need to do much more in Australia and we’re fortunate to have him here I guess,” Waller said.

“The plan is the Queen Elizabeth and then send him back to Aidan O’Brien with some petrol in the tank.”


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"It was a great honour to meet a true Derby legend"

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World Number 1 golfer Rory McIlroy & Irish Rugby coach Joe Schmidt pictured at Coolmore Stud yesterday with World Champion sire Galileo and his son the 2014 Epsom Derby hero Australia




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Rory McIlroy visited Galileo in Coolmore Stud Yesterday.


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"Had the most fascinating day at Ballydoyle and Coolmore stud today. When I die I wouldn't mind coming back as this guy!! #Galileo"



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Former Ballydoyle Inmate Lines Of Battle (Renamed) Helene Super Star (War Front) ran with great credit finishing 5th in The Hong Kong Cup


Lines of Battle winning the 2013 UAE Derby at Meydan 


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9 Former Ballydoyle Horses Accepted for the Dubai Racing 

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Mike de Koch Gets 5 Former Ballydoyle Inmates For Dubai Racing Carnival.



4 Year olds Darwin Johann Strauss & Fountain of Youth & 3 Year Olds General Marshall & Toscanelli have been Transferred into the care of South African Trainer Mike de Koch and will be aimed at the 2015 Dubai Racing Carnival.
Darwin is driven out by Joseph O'Brien to see off the late surge of Russian Soul

Darwin Won The Group 3 Minstrel Stakes in 2013 He Raced 10 Times for Aidan O'Brien with 3 Wins & 3 Places Including 3rd in the Group One Sussex Stakes Behind Kingman.

Johann Strauss goes clear of Atlantic Sea over a furlong out

Johann Strauss Was Runner up in the 2013 Racing Post trophy Group One as a 

Juvenile He Raced 7 Times for Aidan O'Brien with 1 Win & 3 Places.



Fountain of Youth won the Group 3 Sapphire Stakes in July 2014 He Raced 8 Times 

for Aidan O'Brien with 2 Wins & 1 Place.




General Marshall a son of War Front Raced 5 times for Aidan O'Brien and placed on 

all 5 occasions but failed to break his Maiden.


Toscanelli is ridden out close home by Seamie Heffernan

Toscanelli Raced 7 Times For Aidan O'Brien With 1 Win & 2 places & Finished 5th in 

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Visit to Irish master Aidan O'Brien is Chris Waller's cup of tea


Premier trainer Chris Waller is no stranger to the winner's enclosure and found it with Saigon Tea on Saturday but it only gave a postscript to his trip to Ballydoyle in Ireland during the week.

Waller arrived back in Sydney on Saturday and it was straight back to work at Rosehill and it took until the sixth race for a winner to come in Saigon Tea.

"We haven't worked her out but we do know that she's so competitive in whatever you ask her to run in," Waller said.

"The Godolphin horse [favourite Medcaut] was travelling very well and it looked like she'd have to pull out something very special to get past him and she did."

The thoughtful trainer then turned his attention to the time he spent time with Aidan O'Brien and his family during the week.

They traded ideas on training philosophies as Australia's best trainer prepares to take over Cox Plate winner Adelaide from the Irish master. 

"How they prepare their horses is just mind-blowing," Waller said. "He really opened up. We had dinner on the first night with Aidan and his wife and they're just beautiful people.

"They live for the horse, like us, and he opened up about all aspects of training an life as a horse trainer."

Waller said he didn't want to disrespect those that had given him time on his way through the ranks but was blown away by Ballydoyle and the attention to detail they use.

"Coming to Australia to me was a big thing and meeting Bart Cummings and Gai Waterhouse and John Hawkes they were the people I looked up too," Waller said. "This was different and really made me think about the way we can do things."

O'Brien was able to show Waller gallops of Adelaide and share information.

"They film their track work. Someone videos it from the back of a car and he showed me his last piece of work," Waller said.

"He showed me what to expect from blood profiles, their heart and idiosyncrasies about the horse and things to watch out for when he might be under a little bit of pressure.

"We do that too but not to the degree that they do and their record keeping is immaculate."

Waller admitted he asked a lot of questions and tried to take take in as much a s possible. But there was information flowing in both directions.

"Aidan's still looking for ways to improve. He's not set in his ways," Waller said. "He asked me about how we train and he was quite forward and respectful as to why we do what we do."

Waller was fascinated by the control O'Brien has over his stable from the time horses are broken-in.

"They start the year off with some really nice yearlings which all get every chance. The attention to detail from conception to foaling to breaking in, which is when Aidan takes over, really caught my eye," he said.

"Aidan identifies them and they might not be good enough to win [their] Golden Slipper or the first two-year-old race but if Aidan can identify that exceptional ability he makes sure he gets it out of them when it's ready to do it on the race track.

"What he showed me is that I can take my training ability to a whole new level but it would come at a cost."



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Australia - The Heir Apparent to Galileo...

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