Coolmore swoop for Hazariya



Hazariya, dam of dual Derby hero Harzand, sells to MV Magnier for 2,000,000gns. Sheikh Fahad the underbidder. 

Magnier very nearly secured the mare at 1.7 million guineas, but a late bid came at the top of the stairs from Sheikh Fahad, forcing Magnier to round up to 2 million guineas to secure his prize. Underbidders included Badgers Bloodstock and Seamus Burns.

The daughter of Xaar, sold by Newsells Park Stud in foal to Invincible Spirit.

"She's a lovely mare, any mare that breeds a Derby winner is special," said Magnier. "Dermot Weld was praising the two-year-old [Haripour] to me. We'll bring her home and she'll go to Galileo. She's for my parents, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mayfair Speculators."

"She was good commercial business as they say," said the stud's Julian Dollar. "She's a lovely mare who has been a pleasure and a privilege to look after the past couple of years. The guys at the farm have done a lovely job with her, she looked a picture. We've got two lovely fillies to race out of her and we wish the team at Coolmore all the best, she's going to good hands. 
 
"The Derby victory changed the whole thing and we felt she was a 14-year-old mare. It was now or never - it was this year or we keep her. We're a self-sufficent operation, we don't get any injection of funds and we have to make it work, as sad as it was it makes a lot of sense to put her through the ring."







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Reeler and Mountain confirmed for Hong Kong Dates
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23 Novemeber 2016
HIGHLAND REEL will bid to defend the Hong Kong Vase crown he won at Sha Tin last December. The 4 time Group One winner has been confirmed to run. Reeler added 2 Group One victories to his CV in 2016 taking the King George V stakes & The Breeders Cup Turf.

Highland Reel will be joined on the journey to the far east by stablemate Cougar Mountain, who will run in the Hong Kong Mile.

Cougar Mountain's only success in the 2016 season came at Newmarket in September when he impressively won the Shadwell Joel Stakes. Cougar finished 8th in the Breeders Cup Mile which was his last outing.
Both showcase races will take place on December 11 at Sha Tin Racecourse.






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Soldier Of Fortune the busiest sire of 2016
Image result for soldier of fortune horse Soldier of Fortune was the busiest sire in Europe in 2016 covering 304 mares. The Mark Johnston trained Fire Fighting was the most prolific offspring of Soldier of Fortune in 2016.

Coolmore's Most Active Stallions Soldier Of Fortune 304 mares Getaway (Monsun) 299 Ocovango 274 Fame And Glory 243 Mahler 237 Walk In The Park 222 Leading Light 217 Westerner 215 Zoffany 208 Camelot 207 Ask 200 Power 185 Footstepsinthesand 179

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Former Ballydoyle Residents with Mike De Kock & Mike's thoughts on them

Mike's Thoughts

EISENHOWER (USA)


“He’s a lightly-raced four-year-old colt by War Front that came to us from Aidan O’Brien last year. He couldn’t race last season because of soundness issues, but he is sound and very well now, he could race for us at the first meeting of the new season.”

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GENERAL MARSHALL (USA)

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“He fractured his pelvis last season, but he has recovered and is back in training and actually working very well. He can pick up a race outside of the Carnival.”

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JOHANN STRAUSS (GB)
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“A talented horse we’ve always thought a lot of. He’s had a wind operation, we’re hoping his issues are now out of the way so he can breathe like he should. He is capable of winning a Group race.”



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M V Magnier swoops for Andromeda Galaxy
M V Magnier Purchased Lot 1429 Stakes Winner Andromeda Galaxy by Peintre Celebre.

She was purchased in foal to CHARM SPIRIT for 400,000 Euro at Goffs November Breeding Stock 2016 sale yesterday.

Andromeda Galaxy had 2 wins in her career including the Listed Prix Charles Laffitte Stakes.




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Galileo stars set to return in 2017 By Red
14.11.16


The curtain has not long fallen on the 2016 flat season and thoughts are already turning to the 2017 season.

Super sire and 8 times Champion Galileo goes into 2017 with plenty of fire power to go to war with not just with his classic hopes but with an outstanding older crop.

His 3 year old classic hopefuls are led by Churchill the winter favourite for the English and Irish 2000 Guineas and  Investec Derby and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby . He was a winner of 2 Group 1's including the Dubai Dewhurst stakes. He was only beaten once in 6 races that was when he making his debut. 

His other Classic Colts include:-
Capri - He's the second favourite for the Investec Derby and favourite for the Ladbrokes St.Leger. Capri was a Group 2 winner of the Juddmonte Beresford stakes. He has entries in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas and the Investec Derby and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Sir John Lavery - Is 3rd favourite for the Investec Derby and 2nd favourite for the Ladbrokes St. Leger. He has only had two races but has shown enough promise to be excited about him. Has entries in the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas and Investec Derby and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Yucatan - He's the joint second favourite for the Ladbrokes St. Leger. He finished 2nd in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy. He has entries in the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas and Investec Derby and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Waldgeist - Winner of the Group 1 Criterium De Saint-Cloud. Has entries in the and Investec Derby and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Cliffs of Moher - Winner of a Maiden at Leopardstown over 7f. Has entries in the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas and Investec Derby and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

The Anvil - He is still a Maiden he finished second in the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge stakes. He has entries in the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas and Investec Derby and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

His 3 year old classic fillies hopefuls will be led by Rhododendron, she is the winter favourite for the English and Irish 1000 Guineas and the Investec Oaks. She was the winner of the Group 1 Dubai Fillies Mile. She also has an entry in the Darley Irish Oaks.

His other Classic Fillies include :-
Hydrangea - She was second in 2 group 1's including the Moyglare Stud stakes. She has entries in the English and Irish 1000 Guineas and the Investec Oaks and the Darley Irish Oaks.

Promise to be True - She was the winner of the Group 3 Jockey Club of Turkey Silver Flash stakes. She has entries in the English and Irish 1000 Guineas and the Investec Oaks and the Darley Irish Oaks.

Terrakova - She was an impressive winner of her only start over 1m 1f at Chantilly. Has a possible entries in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and the Prix de Diane.

Rain Goddess - A winner of her only start a Maiden at Leopardstown over 7f, she has an entry in the Darley Irish Oaks.

On Ice - The filly is unraced to date but has an entry in the Darley Irish Oaks.

Galileo's older crop of Colts and Horses will be headed by Highland Reel, he was 2nd in the Group 1 Qatar Prix de L'arc de Triomphe behind Found. He is the winner of 4 Group or Grade 1 races including the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Vase and the Grade 1 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.

US Army Ranger - He was unraced as a two year old, he was second behind Harzand in the Investec Derby. He's a Group 3 winner of the MBNA Chester Vase.

Order of St George - Finished 3rd in the Group 1 Qatar Prix De L'Arc de Triomphe behind Found. He is the winner of 2 Group 1's including the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

Mondialiste - He is the winner of 2 Group 1 or Grade 1 races including the Grade 1 Arlington Million XXXIV

Ulysses- Finished 4th in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf. He won the Group 3 Beringice Gordon stakes.

Johannes Vermeer - Only run 1 time at 3. Winner of the Group 1 Criterium International.

Idaho - Finished 2nd in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Winner of the Group 2 Betway Great Voltigeur stakes.

Deauville - Winner of the Grade 1 Belmont Derby.

Galileo's older crop of Fillies and Mares will be headed by the brilliant Minding winner of 7 Group 1's including the Qipco queen Elizabeth II stakes and the Investec Oaks.

Photo Call - Winner of 2 Grade 1's including the First Lady stakes when beating Tepin.

Beautiful Morning - Was 5th behind Minding in the Dubai Fillies Mile.  Had only 2 races as a 3 year old. Winner of a York Maiden over 7f.

Fauflier - Winner of the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap for Fillies and Mares. Also a 2 time Listed winner in France.

Apple Betty- Finished 2nd in the Group 3 Prix Bertrand De Tarragon. Winner of the Listed Prix Maurice Zilber.

To Eternity - Winner of a 12f Maiden at Wolverhampton.

2 Fillies with unfulfilled potential I would love to see return at 4 are Alice Springs winner of 3 Group 1 races including the Group 1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot stakes and Seventh Heaven winner of 2 Group 1's including the Group 1 Darley Irish Oaks.

Galileo will have his usual crop of good 2 year olds as well to race through out the season. A lot to look forward to in 2017. 


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CHAMPS ELYSEES JOINS COOLMORE N.H. SIRES
November 11, 2016
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Champs Elysees (Danehill) has been purchased from Juddmonte Farms in a deal brokered by Badgers Bloodstock and will stand at Castlehyde Stud under the Coolmore National Hunt banner along with the likes of Walk In The Park (Montjeu), Flemensfirth (Alleged), Yeats (Sadler’s Wells), Fame And Glory (Montjeu), Milan (Sadler’s Wells), Soldier of Fortune (Galileo) and Westerner (Danehill).

Out of Kahyasi’s daughter Hasili, Champs Elysees is an own-brother to Group 1 sires Dansili and Cacique as well as the brilliant racemares Banks Hill and Intercontinental. A triple Grade 1 winner in North America  when trained by Bobby Frankel, Champs Elysees retired to Banstead Manor for 2010 and has enjoyed considerable success on the flat. His first two crops of only 84 and 68 foals include 12 Group or Listed winners headed by Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris, dual Group winner and Irish Oaks runner-up Jack Naylor along with Prix Imprudence winner and French 1,000 Guineas and French Oaks third Xcellence.

At the recent Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale both sons and daughters of Champs Elysees were in big demand. Agent Tom Malone acting for an owner of Colin Tizzard’s went to 510,000gns for French Listed winner Harlem but was outbid by Sackville/Donald on behalf of a Hong Kong client to join Australian trainer David Hayes. Also bound for Australia is the former Charles Hills trained three-year-old Exoteric who was knocked down to Chris Waller Racing for 180,000gns. Several leading National Hunt interests also got in on the act with Harold Kirk/Willie Mullins signing for a pair of three-year-olds, David Bridgwater securing three-year-old Cohesion for 85,000gns and others purchased by Seamus Durack and Paul Webber.

“Champs Elysees is a great addition to the team here,” said Castlehyde manager Tom Gaffney. “He sires high class racehorses and gets very good looking stock; we’re delighted to have got him.”

“Champs Elysees has been a wonderful servant both on the racetrack and most recently during his seven seasons at Banstead Manor Stud” said Juddmonte Stud Director, Simon Mockridge. “He has 17 stakes performers this year including his daughter Suffused who was so narrowly defeated in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes. I am sure Coolmore will give him every opportunity of continuing this success.”



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Hit It a Bomb retired to Spendthrift 
November 11th 
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Hit It a Bomb, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, has been retired from racing and will debut at stud in 2017 at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky.

The 3-year-old son of War Front will stand for a fee of $8,500 under the farm’s Share the Upside program, in which breeders would earn a lifetime breeding right beginning in 2019 after having two live foals and paying the stud fees. He will stand for $7,000 under a standard stands and nurses contract.

Hit It a Bomb retires with three wins in seven starts for earnings of $626,821, having raced as a Kentucky homebred for Evelyn Stockwell.

Trained by Aiden O’Brien, Hit It a Bomb began his career in Ireland, winning his debut, and then taking the Star Appeal Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths. The colt was then sent to the U.S. for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland, where he prevailed by a neck.

He returned to Europe for his 3-year-old campaign, finishing third in the Irish Group 2 Solonway Stakes and Group 3 Desmond Stakes. He made his final career start in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita, where he finished out of the money.

“It has been a priority of ours to be able to offer breeders a top son of War Front through our Share The Upside program,” said Spendthrift Farm general manager Ned Toffey. “In Hit It a Bomb, we believe we’ve found that horse. He was an undefeated Grade 1 winner at two, with an electrifying turn of foot that he showed when winning the Breeders’ Cup.”

Hit It a Bomb is out of the Irish Group 3-winning Sadler’s Wells mare Liscanna, whose three winners from four foals to race includes English Group 1 winner Brave Anna, also by War Front. He is from the family of Group 3 winner The Bogberry.

“Hit It a Bomb’s full sister, also a Group 1 winner, is arguably the best 2-year-old filly in Europe this year, so the family is loaded with talent,” Toffey said. “This is a great opportunity for breeders to earn a lifetime breeding right in one of the most promising sons of War Front you will find at stud.”



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Longines World Rankings Update from Red 

RatingCatSurfaceHorseYOFSexOwnerTrainerTrained
134IDArrogate (USA)2013CJuddmonte Farms IncBob BaffertUSA
133M-IDCalifornia Chrome (USA)2011HCalifornia Chrome LLCArt ShermanUSA
130ITWinx (AUS)2011MMagic Bloodstock Racing et alChris WallerAUS
129ITAlmanzor (FR)2013CEcurie Antonio CaroJean-Claude RougetFR
129MTA Shin Hikari (JPN)2011HEishindo Co LtdMasanori SakaguchiJPN
126MDFrosted (USA)2012CGodolphinKiaran McLaughlinUSA
124MTMaurice (JPN)2011HKazumi YoshidaNoriyuki HoriJPN
124I-LTPostponed (IRE)2011HSheikh Mohammed Obaid Al MaktoumRoger VarianGB
124ITWerther (NZ)2011GJohnson ChenJohn MooreHK
123MDBeholder (USA)2010MSpendthrift Farm LLCRichard MandellaUSA
123ITFascinating Rock (IRE)2011HNewtown Anner Stud FarmDermot WeldIRE
123LTFlintshire (GB)2010HJuddmonte Farms IncChad C. BrownUSA
123I-LTFound (IRE)2012FM. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs J. MagnierAidan O'BrienIRE
123ITHartnell (GB)2011GGodolphinJohn O'SheaAUS
123LTHighland Reel (IRE)2012CD. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier & M. TaborAidan O'BrienIRE
123IDNyquist (USA)2013CReddam Racing LLCDoug O'NeillUSA
123M-IDSongbird (USA)2013FFox Hill Farms IncJerry HollendorferUSA
122STChautauqua (AUS)2010GR & C Legh Racing, G P I Racing et alMichael, Wayne & John HawkesAUS
122MDDortmund (USA)2012CKaleem Shah IncBob BaffertUSA
122MTGalileo Gold (GB)2013CAl Shaqab RacingHugo PalmerGB
122LTHarzand (IRE)2013CH.H. Aga KhanDermot WeldIRE
122MTLimato (IRE)2012GPaul JacobsHenry CandyGB
122MTRibchester (IRE)2013CGodolphinRichard FaheyGB
122MTThe Gurkha (IRE)2013CD. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier & M. TaborAidan O'BrienIRE
121MTDuramente (JPN)2012CSunday Racing Co LtdNoriyuki HoriJPN
121IDExaggerator (USA)2013CBig Chief Racing LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC et alKeith DesormeauxUSA
121ITJack Hobbs (GB)2012CGodolphin & PartnersJohn GosdenGB
121LTMakahiki (JPN)2013CKaneko Makoto Holdings Co LtdYasuo TomomichiJPN
121STMecca's Angel (IRE)2011MDavid MetcalfeMichael DodsGB
121MTMinding (IRE)2013FD. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier & M. TaborAidan O'BrienIRE
121MTTepin (USA)2011MRobert E. MastersonMark CasseUSA
121ITTime Test (GB)2012CKhalid AbdullahRoger CharltonGB
120STFlying Artie (AUS)2013CLuskin Park Stud SyndicateMick PriceAUS
120ITHawkbill (USA)2013CGodolphinCharlie ApplebyGB
120MTJet Setting (IRE)2013FChina Horse Club InternationalAdrian KeatleyIRE
120LTJourney (GB)2012FGeorge StrawbridgeJohn GosdenGB
120MTLightning Spear (GB)2011HQatar Racing LimitedDavid SimcockGB
120IDMelatonin (USA)2011GTarabilla Farms IncDavid HofmansUSA
120ITMutakayyef (GB)2011GHamdan Al MaktoumWilliam HaggasGB
120ITMy Dream Boat (IRE)2012CPaul & Clare RooneyClive CoxGB
120L-ETOrder of St George (IRE)2012CL. Williams, Mrs J. Magnier, M. Tabor & D. SmithAidan O'BrienIRE
120LTProtectionist (GER)2010HAustralian Bloodstock StableAndreas WohlerGER
120ITReal Steel (JPN)2012CSunday Racing Co LtdYoshito YahagiJPN
120L-ETSatono Diamond (JPN)2013CHajime SatomiYasutoshi IkeeJPN
120MDTamarkuz (USA)2010HShadwell StableKiaran McLaughlinUSA
120MTTourist (USA)2011HWinstar Farm LLC, Wachtel Stable & Gary BarberWilliam MottUSA
120LTUS Army Ranger (IRE)2013CMrs J. Magnier, M. Tabor & D. SmithAidan O'BrienIRE
120MTVadamos (FR)2011HHaras de Saint PairAndré FabreFR


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Lordan looking forward to Ballydoyle Opportunity 
November 10th
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Jockey Wayne Lordan is keen to embark upon an exciting new challenge when he links up with the powerful Ballydoyle operation in January.

Lordan has for many years been closely attached to Tommy and Fozzy Stack's County Tipperary yard, while he also played a significant role as first jockey to trainer David Wachman.

But with Wachman, for whom he rode the Coolmore-owned Legatissimo to two Group One victories in 2015, now retired, Lordan has been recruited by Aidan O'Brien on a full-time basis.

The jockey said: " I've been with the Stacks for about 16 years but this is a good opportunity for me.

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Coolmore Spend big on War front Weanling



Magnier Gets War Front Colt for $1.45 Million







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November 10th
Coolmore’s M. V. Magnier went to $1.45 million to buy a son of War Front who is from the family of top Australian sire Redoute's Choice.

The bay colt who was foaled in January & was bred in Kentucky by Elevage II and was presented as lot 408 by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency. 

He is the first foal out of Encosta de Lago mare Drifting Cube, who was purchased by Hill ‘n’ Dale for $1,018,000 at the Magic Millions sales in 2014.

"He comes from one of the best Australian familes ... hopefully it will work up here," M.V. Magnier said. "The lads from Hill 'n' Dale went down to Australia and gave a lot of money (for the mare). (This colt) is a very good mover, has a lot of good quality. Let's hope it keeps up."

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Order of St George to continue racing career in 2017 
November 9th 
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The four-year-old son of Galileo confirmed his burgeoning status as a leading stayer at Royal Ascot in June to land a second Group One success following his bloodless victory in the 2015 Irish St Leger.

Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore team have enjoyed more success in the Ascot Gold Cup than anyone else with the brilliant Yeats, contributing four of their seven victories.

He failed to retain that crown in September and was also beaten on QIPCO British Champions Day but in between those reverses, the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt proved his versatility and class when finishing third in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe behind stablemates Found and Highland Reel.

On Tuesday night, Order Of St George was named as Cartier Stayer of the Year at the 26th annual Cartier Racing Awards in London.

Christy Grassick, representing the winning connections, confirmed the news in his acceptance speech that Order Of St George will remain in training.

"This is a special award for a lot of people at Coolmore as he's bred by Paget Bloodstock and they are very much part of our operation so it's a special mention to them, and I can't leave without Galileo who keeps popping up for some reason," he said.

"The good news is that he's in training again for next year."

It had already been revealed that Minding is set to return to the track in 2017 and Ryan Moore can see no reason why she can't continue to improve.

"I don't see why not," he said. "She's got an awful lot of class and she was good at two. She was every bit as good at three and I see no reason why she shouldn't continue to get better.

"I'm very lucky to ride the best and from the first time I sat on her I thought she was a bit different, she impressed me as a two-year-old at Newmarket and all year she never let us down, she never ran a bad race; it was a pleasure to ride her."

Moore is also looking forward to renewing his partnership with Dewhurst Stakes winner Churchill who is Sky Bet's 6/4 favourite for the Qipco 2000 Guineas and 7/1 favourite for the Investec Derby. 

"I think he's a special colt and I was lucky enough to ride him on most of his starts and he got better all through the year," he commented.

"He was always held in the highest regard at Ballydoyle and we think he has a very exciting future so hopefully we look forward to him next year."



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Top Jockey Wayne Lordan Joins team Ballydoyle for 2017 Season

November 8th
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Wayne Lordan has rode for The Coolmore partners for many years.

Wayne Lordan will ride for Aidan O'Brien from the start of 2017 Wayne's long term partnership with leading trainer David Wachman comes to an end with Wachman retiring at the end of 2016. 

Lordan's highlight in partnership with Wahcman came on Legatissimo the jockey partnered her to win a duo of Group Ones in the Nassau Stakes & Matron Stakes in 2015 showing his ability and potential at the very highest level.

Some of Wachman's leading Juveniles will also move to Ballydoyle for the 2017 season they include the smart looking filly Winter & unbeaten Galileo filly Rain Goddess & there are several unraced Juveniles set to be transferred. 

Best of luck to Wayne as he joins the best team in the World 



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Galileo just goes from strength to strength


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 My tribute to Found a filly in a million by Red


Every now and then you have a great filly that comes along and sets the flat racing world alight and captures the public's imagination.They are given more of a chance on the racecourse than most colts who are rushed off to stud too early and so leaving room for the fillies to have a chance to cement themselves in our psyche.

Be it the great filly Sceptre the only horse to win 4 out of the 5 British classics, Kincsem from Hungary who won 54 out of 54 races, Pretty Polly the winner of the fillies triple crown through to Black Caviar the darling of Australian racing to Treve the dual Arc de Triomphe winner to name a few.

Bursting onto the scene as a 2 year old came a Bay Filly Called Found, by the great Galileo x Red Evie, she was a winner of her first race at the Curragh in 2014. Nobody could foresee then the heights that she would achieve.

She ran a total of 21 times over 3 seasons winning 6 races, 3 of them at Group 1 level, she finished second on no fewer than 11 times, 10 of them coming in Group 1 company. She won on all types of going, she raced from 7 to 12 furlongs.

She always gave her all in every race that she ran in, she was very hardy with a strong will to win even if she didn't always come out on top. You could tell that as soon as another horse came to her, she would eye them up judging if they were worthy of her before she would burst a gut for you trying to keep them at bay, she never knew when she was beaten. 

Her win in the Arc was her finest hour, her will to win that day summed up her grit and determination, every sinew strained to the max, she was poetry in motion everything fell perfectly into place no horse was getting near her.

We would have been over the moon to have had you in training at 5 but alas all good things must come to an end. one can only imagine the wrench in the hearts of all those who had anything to do with her during her career as she leaves them to be taken care of by others.

She retires in one piece to take up stud duties  I can only hope that she can pass on her toughness to her foals, no matter the stallions she is sent to.

We will have to be patient until 2020 before we get a chance to see any of her off spring on a race course though.

Thank you Found for the memories that you gave us. 



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NOMINEES FOR THE 2016 CARTIER RACING AWARDS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
 

Cartier Horse Of The Year
Almanzor
Found
Highland Reel
Minding
Postponed
 
Cartier Older Horse
Found
Highland Reel
Limato
Postponed
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Almanzor
Galileo Gold
Harzand
The Gurkha
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Alice Springs
La Cressonniere
Minding
Quiet Reflection
 
Cartier Sprinter
Limato
Mecca's Angel
Quiet Reflection
The Tin Man
 
Cartier Stayer
Order Of St George
Quest For More
Sheikhzayedroad
Vazirabad
 
Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Caravaggio
Churchill
Mehmas
The Last Lion
 
Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Brave Anna
Lady Aurelia
Rhododendron
Roly Poly


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He Always was the REEL deal

Happy Retirement QUEEN FOUND you have given us so many wonderful memories - Thank You so much & we can wait to see your kids on the track


A.P.O'Brien 271 Flat Group One race victories by nation


Galileo's 62 Individual Group One Winners 


A.P.O'Brien Career Stats Updated


A.P.O'Brien's 66 Multiple G1 Winners


Found & Highland Reel now 1 & 2 in Aidan's all time top earners list unreal 

A.P.O'Brien Year By Year Stats Updated



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Highland Reel dominates the BC Turf


5.11.16



Highland Reel continued the European domination of the Breeders' Cup Turf as Seamie produced a masterclass from the front at Santa Anita for Aidan.

Seamie got to the head of affairs early on and controlled matters beautifully on the King George hero, with Arc-winning stablemate Found towards the rear in the hands of Moore.

On the run to the top of the stretch the gap had become a significant one and with no signs of the leader stopping it was Flintshire who threw down the biggest challenge, but he was never getting there.

Found, who knuckled over slightly on leaving the stalls, came home to good effect to take third.

Seamie, bagging his first Breeders' Cup success, said: "I was on a horse that handled the conditions well, the tight track and the fast ground. He is straightforward and is very sound, and he stays hardy. If given the choice I'd have ridden Found, it's nice to be on the team and nice to get the opportunities. I have a lot of people to thank."

Aidan - striking at the top level for the 22nd time this year to move within three of the record set by the late Bobby Frankel - said: "Seamie has given this horse a star ride. The horse has thrived every month this year, and I would like to mention a big word for David who rides him out at home - he has done an incredible job. Nobody knows all the big horses better than Seamie, who is a master of his craft. He is in his early 40s but he is still getting better and nobody deserves it more than him. Highland Reel was at his heaviest weight ever, and he looked super special. He knows this horse so incredibly well, he handles the fast ground and he executed it brilliantly."

On plans for the winner, Aidan said: "He will stay in training next year and go for all the top middle-distance races on the international spectrum, but he isn't finished yet this year, as he is in the Japan Cup and a race in Hong Kong. The Japan Cup is in three weeks and the Hong Kong race is six weeks away - he could take in one of those or he could possibly do both. We will take him home and see how he is."

Aidan confirmed Found would now head for a deserved retirement.

He said: "Ryan was delighted with Found, he wasn't over-hard on her on her last race before retirement and she has been a great asset to us. She has been a very special mare."

Part-owner Michael Tabor said: "This track and the ground, everything suited him. This is the race we hoped he'd be able to run in and sometimes it works out."


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Cougar Mountain 8th, Hit it a Bomb 9th and Alice Springs 10th in Breeders' Cup Mile

Washington DC finishes seventh in Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Seventh Heaven 4th and Pretty Perfect 13th in Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf 


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Hydrangea, Roly Poly & Intricately all unplaced in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf 

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Lancaster Bomber 2nd in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf. Intelligence Cross unplaced


Intelligence Cross & Lancaster Bomber Pre Race 





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Found and Highland Reel go head to head in the turf
4.11.16

Having floored Golden Horn in the Breeders' Cup Turf last year, Found is back to defend her crown at Santa Anita on Saturday.

With a reputation as something of a 'nearly' horse in Europe, she smashed that belief when running out a hugely impressive winner of the continent's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Aidan saddled the first three home at Chantilly - the highlight of what has been a truly remarkable season for the Ballydoyle handler - and is also responsible for Arc runner-up and King George winner Highland Reel in the Turf.

There is no doubt which of the pair he favours, though, and his admiration for Found has reached new levels of late, despite her defeat in the Champion Stakes to Almanzor.

Last week it appeared Found was going to run in the Classic on dirt, but connections had a late change of heart.

Aidan said "She is a remarkable filly and without doubt the toughest that I have ever trained, When you watch her winning the Arc, you can see her strain ever sinew in her body and she has a relentless will to win. It was also handy for us that the Champion Stakes was slowly run and ended up being a sprint up the straight. It was not gruelling for her by any means and she came out of it particularly well. She's tactically quick, stays well and is the most genuine mare we've ever had. She's a great mare. She doesn't hold back anything and that is very unusual."

He went on: "Highland Reel is a very solid horse, he gets a mile and a half well and handles fast ground. He's straightforward and, tactically, he's a great horse. Every race he runs to a very high mark and you are never sure when he's going to put in a massive one again. He ran a great race in the Arc, really. They are two exceptional horses and obviously it increases our chances of winning it having the two of them."

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Hit it a bomb and Alice Springs take on Tepin 
4.11.16


Aidan runs two against US star Tepin in his bid for victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Saturday.

The Ballydoyle maestro runs Hit It A Bomb, triumphant in the Juvenile Turf 12 months ago but winless this season, and the high-class filly Alice Springs.
Aidan said "Hit It A Bomb is in good order, he just had a setback in the spring and didn't get started until late but since then he's been progressing with every run. Ascot probably didn't suit him the last day but he's good around a bend and the fast ground will suit him well.He's drawn badly in 12 so I'd imagine Seamus will take his time with him but he could come with a run. In our part of the world the races tend not to be run to suit him."

 He added: "I'm looking forward to Alice. She's been progressive and loves the fast ground. It's a good race but with every run she's getting quicker and better. She's a strong traveller. She goes there very strong so it should be interesting."

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Washington DC to light up the Turf Sprint 
4.11.16



Aidan  is hoping for all the luck in running when Washington DC goes for glory in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Saturday.

The relatively new race has so far been a banker for the home team, despite being run on grass, but Aidan's three-year-old son of Zoffany looks just the type to go well.
Third in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, he has improved for the drop to five furlongs, going close at Goodwood, the Curragh and most recently at Chantilly in the Prix de l'Abbaye.

Stepping up a furlong and a half this time, Aidan is banking on some "magic" from Moore on the come-from-behind performer.

Aidan said "He's a horse we're looking forward to running as he's getting better with every run, he's very fast. He gets five furlongs well, obviously, and he came home very well in the Abbaye. He'll be an interesting one to watch. He'll probably end up back a little bit early on and Ryan will have to work his magic to get him through. If he gets a run through anything could happen."



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Intelligence Cross to win the Juv. Colts Turf
4.11.16



Breeders' Cup 2016 has arrived and Ireland has 13 representatives over the next two days, with 12 coming from the mighty Ballydoyle stable and the other a filly representing Joseph, which is an achievement to be proud of in his very first season training.

His father, Aidan, runs two colts in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on Friday, a race he has dominated in recent times with three wins over the past five years.

Lancaster Bomber had won once in four starts before causing a surprise when finishing runner-up last time to Churchill in the Dewhurst Stakes. It's possible that improvement in form came as a result of the better ground, in which case it wouldn't be a major surprise if he again ran well at Santa Anita, but it's more likely that he got the run of the race and is flattered somewhat.

He is at least well drawn again today and if breaking well, could use that in a bid to dominate from the front. However, on balance, it is more likely that Intelligence Cross will be the horse to go close.

In six starts this season, he has yet to disappoint with two wins to his name and he is often slowly away so therefore the eight draw might be more of an advantage in his particular case.

Intelligence Cross has yet to race beyond six furlongs - today's race is over a mile - but on pedigree there is every chance he will get the trip, particularly on this speed-favouring track.

He impressed in his first appearance here at Santa Anita on Thursday morning.

The only other race in which Irish horses are involved on Friday is the Juvenile Fillies' Turf and despite it being arguably even more competitive than the earlier Juvenile Turf for the colts, Roly Poly gets the nap vote.

There are dangers everywhere - from her stablemate Hydrangea, to Joseph's Intricately and the very impressive Rockfel winner Spain Burg - but the key piece of form might have come in the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes at York in August where Roly Poly finished a staying on, close second to Queen Kindly with Fair Eva in third.

It was difficult not to come away from that race with the impression that Roly Poly was the one to take out of it, given she had to concede 3lb all around following her earlier Cherry Hinton success. With wins at Group Three and Group Three level to her name she failed by a mere short head to prevail in the Cheveley Park last time out and on the strength of both that and her York run, she must go close. 

Joseph has expressed a doubt that this track might be a little tight for Intricately and, as in the first, the biggest danger to Aidan's first string is probably his second string drawn in one, namely Hydrangea.

However, there has been a certain enthusiasm here this week for Roly Poly and she is another who looked happy with herself on the track yesterday morning.

Roly Poly gets the nap and although all of her runs have been over five and six furlongs, as a War Front daughter of the Galileo mare Misty For Me she should have absolutely no problems with today's extra distance on pedigree. In fact, she should positively relish it.



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Aidan O'Brien Audio Interview about Breeders Cup Runners 






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Aidan "Hopes are high for the Breeders Cup" 
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November 3rd 
Aidan O'Brien took all 12 of his Breeders' Cup runners on to the turf and training tracks at Santa Anita on Thursday morning, giving his Turf duo Found and Highland Reel a first experience of the course since their arrival.

O'Brien is optimistic the Coolmore team can enjoy one of its best two days at the self-styled Olympics of horse racing.

He said: "Roly Poly (Juvenile Fillies Turf) was a bit spooked by the whole thing, but apart from her they were all really good.

"Highland Reel is a pro, Found is a pro, and we have with those two a great chance on Saturday."

O'Brien - who needs four more top-level wins to equal the late Bobby Frankel's record of 25 in a calendar year - then ran through some of his other runners.

He added: "Alice Springs (Mile) has really thrived since she got here. She looks an absolute picture, will like the fast ground and has a lot of speed.

"Washington DC (Turf Sprint) has been running very well over five furlongs and won over seven furlongs on Polytrack at Dundalk. I'm looking forward to him as he loves chasing a fast pace.

"He will need a bit of luck late in the race, but he's in great form.

"I hope Intelligence Cross (Juvenile Turf) will get the mile, although I can't be sure because all his form is over six furlongs. With Lancaster Bomber it's exactly the opposite, we know he will stay and I expect him to be doing his best work late."



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The Ballydoyle Breeders Cup Horses working at Santa Anita Huge Thanks to Marcus Hersh @DRFHersh





Aidan is looking to add to his Breeders Cup roll of Honour at Santa Anita

Park he is currently on 10 Breeders Cups



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Breeding Rosters Page updated for 2017 > http://www.aidanobrienfansite.com/breeding-rosters-2017.php .

Coolmore fees 2017



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A Major Boost to Joseph as JP 11 Join Owning Hill Squad 
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Paul Rhodes 2nd November 2016 

Joseph O'Brien Has been sent a battalion of former Ballydoyle Residents who have been recently purchased by J P McManus. 

Classy St Leger placed Housesofparliament is bound to be a major contender of the  Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham in March as will be The Major General who was runner up in the group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. 

The biggest surprise would have to be Group 2 winner Sword Fighter who won the Cuuragh Cup & Queens Vase at Royal Ascot 2016 he would have to be regarded as a very exciting staying hurdler.

Group 2 placed Landofhopeandglory who ran disappointingly in the German Derby will be another exciting addition to Joseph's team.

Cook Islands ran in 2 Derby trials finishing 4th in the Ballysax and 5th in the Dee Stakes and was always well regarded.

The remainder of the 11 will be made up by race winners Triplicate. Big Ben, Unicorn, & Immortal Bridge.

& the final team member will be Bhutan who was unbeaten on the flat he suffered an  injury after his debut win in early April he never got back to the track but really could be anything.

As you would agree the 11 horse squad heading to Owning Hill are all exciting prospects and bolster an already talented squad of horses at Joseph's disposal.



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Seamie chases a first Breeders' Cup success by Red

2.11.16


The benefits of being number two jockey to Aidan  will rarely be better advertised than by the enviable collection of Breeders’ Cup “spares” that Seamie can look forward to riding at Santa Anita this weekend.

Moore has the pick of Aidan’s dozen starters at the $28 million (€25.4 million) extravaganza beginning on Friday night but his leftovers are surely the envy of most number one jockeys anywhere in the world.

With Found diverted back from the Classic to defend her Turf crown on Saturday night, Seamie has come in for the ride on her stable companion Highland Reel, perhaps the best chance the rider has from five rides to break his Breeders’ Cup duck.

It has been another notably successful year to date for Seamie, who brought his career Group One tally to 25 when Brave Anna landed the Cheveley Park Stakes last month.

One of that top-flight tally was contributed by Highland Reel in last year’s Secretariat Stakes at Arlington and he has finished runner-up on the Ballydoyle colt on three occasions in 2016, including in the Arc behind Found.

Highland Reel is a 7/2 shot for the $4 million Turf but Seamie’s rides in Friday night’s two-year-old races are 6/1 shots and both Hydrangea Juvenile Fillies Turf and Lancaster Bomber Juvenile Turf will break from a potentially advantageous stall one.

In contrast, Moore will break from stall 13 of 16 on Roly Poly in the fillies event which has seen the Moyglare winner, Intricately, representing Joseph and Donnacha O’Brien, well supported into favourite on the back of stall seven draw.

Seamie will be on the Ballydoyle second-string Pretty Perfect in Saturday’s Filly & Mare, where Moore rides Seventh Heaven, and also last year’s Juvenile winner, Hit It A Bomb, who lines alongside Alice Springs (Moore) and Cougar Mountain (Donnacha O’Brien) in the Mile.



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Found bids to emulate High Chaparral by winning 2 Breeders Cup Turfs here are 2 of my Digital art pieces 





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Bondi Beach 13th in the Melbourne Cup





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Aidan is delighted with Breeders Cup Squad 

November 1 2016 
Aidan O'Brien cast his eye over his formidable team for this year's Breeders' Cup following his arrival on the back stretch at Santa Anita on Tuesday morning.

The master of Ballydoyle is set to saddle 12 runners over the course of the two days in California, with Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Found the headline act.

After filling the runner-up spot in five consecutive Group One events, the four-year-old led home a one-two-three for O'Brien in Europe's premier middle-distance contest in Paris last month, before finishing second in the Champion Stakes at Ascot for the second successive year.

Connections seriously considered an audacious tilt at the Classic over 10 furlongs on dirt against California Chrome and company, but she will instead defend her crown in Saturday's mile-and-a-half Turf, in which she beat Derby and Arc hero Golden Horn last year.

Undaunted by the prospect of fast terrain, O'Brien said: "Found has run a lot of races on fast ground and showed us she likes it.

"On the international stage, you can't get quicker conditions than you do here. She will certainly be in her own buffer zone.

"If we had gone the other way, she would be doing something she had never experienced before (running on dirt) and we felt it was an exceptionally strong Classic."

The trainer also fields Highland Reel in the Turf. Last year's Hong Kong Vase hero was a shade under two lengths behind Found in the Arc.

"With Highland Reel, we're very happy with him. We've had our eye on the Turf since he ran in the Arc and I think him being in the race will suit Found as well," said O'Brien.

"Obviously having them both in the same contest gives us a wonderful chance."

O'Brien could feasibly equal or break the late Bobby Frankel's long-standing record of saddling 25 Group One winners on the Flat in a calendar year at this weekend's showpiece meeting.

The trainer has so far trained 21 top-level Flat winners in 2016, but insists he is just focussing on each individual race.

"Before leaving home I spoke to Ryan (Moore) and his comment was that after the draw, there was a lot to think about," said O'Brien.

"It certainly handed us a mixture of good and bad and we will go through the races to discuss tactics one by one.

"Bobby Frankel was a great man, but we are not even thinking about it (the record) in any way.

"When we run our horses in different Group Ones, we do it because we feel that's the way to go and with their best opportunities the main thing."

O'Brien will still have a chance of equalling or beating Frankel's tally even if he does not do so on Saturday after revealing both Found and Highland Reel will come under consideration for trips to the Far East later in the year.

He added: "Found will be retired at the end of the year, but along with Highland Reel, she could go to Japan or Hong Kong."










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