Movers and shakers
The week was all about the boys, as we take a look at some of the literal movers and figurative shakers in the racing and breeding world.
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* Reigning Champion sire Galileo fired home a quick Group double on Sunday at the Curragh, courtesy of two Aidan O'Brien-trained juveniles. The first, Magical Dream, has much to live up to being out of the dual Group 1-winning Red Evie (Intikhab), but proved she was up to the task when building on a Moyglare Stud Stakes fourth to land the Group 3 C. L. Weld Park Stakes by two lengths from Rawaaq (Invincible Spirit).
The second win came just 35 minutes later, as odds-on shot Battle Of Marengo posted a three and a half length victory over Orgilgo Bay (Lawman) in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes over a mile. Out of the Listed winning Green Dancer mare Anna Karenina, the colt has now won his last three starts, including the Listed Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes earlier in the month.
* Darley sire Shamardal was even quicker off the mark however when notching up multiple Group wins, as his progeny Calipatria and Amaron both landed their respective races at 3.55pm, hundreds of miles apart. The former, out of multiple Group-winner Golden Silca (Inchinor), was taking a step up in class when pitted against the Group 3 Grosser Preis Jungheinrich Gabelstapler, but easily accounted for her ten rivals with a last-to-first victory under Gerald Mosse.
Amaron, lining up for the Group 1 Premio Vittorio Di Capua at San Siro, proved more than a match for his six rivals, making a victorious return to top-flight company following a disappointing run in the Prix du Jockey Club. Always in contention, Mirco Demuro's mount held on under pressure to defeat Amarillo (Holy Roman Emperor) by a length.
* Steeler continued to make a name as flagbearer for his freshman sire Raven's Pass at the weekend with an assertive performance in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes. The Mark Johnston-trained runner provided Raven's Pass with a first black-type victory when landing the Listed Stardom Stakes earlier in the month, and with entries for the Dewhurst and Racing Post Trophy, hopes are clearly high that the colt can step up in company as the season draws to a close.
"The top-class Rewilding was among those sired by Tiger Hill who was put down following a paddock accident. "
* Last year's Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner, Tin Horse, will stand at Haras de Grandcamp for 2013. The son of Sakhee, winner of his first two starts as a juvenile and second to Dream Ahead in the Prix Morny, also added the Group 3 Prix Messidor earlier this year. A fee has yet to be set, but with Sakhee's Secret, another of Sakhee's progeny, currently leading the freshman sire table, the Classic winner looks set to be a valuable addition to the Grandcamp stallion roster, alongside Vision d'Etat and Evasive.
* Also on the move, albeit on a slightly larger scale, it was announced that top Australian sprinter Foxwedge will shuttle to Whitsbury Manor Stud, home of Sakhee's Secret, next season. A son of reigning Champion sire Fastnet Rock, Foxwedge can list three Groups wins, including the top-flight William Reid Stakes, and the defeat of Hay List (Statue Of Liberty) amongst his achievements, alongside a narrow defeat by Sepoy (Elusive Quality). The freshman sire is currently residing at Newgate Farm in Australia, where he will continue covering his first book of mares before making the move up north for 2013.
* The German bloodstock industry suffered another blow last week following the death of Monsun when it was announced Tiger Hill was put down following a paddock accident. The triple Group 1-winning son of Danehill was retired to Gestut Schlenderhan at the conclusion of his race career, before being purchased by Darley to stand at Dalham Hall and Kildangan Stud. From his British crops came the top-class Rewilding, who followed in the footsteps of his paternal siblings Iota and Konigstiger when landing a Group 1, the Dubai Sheema Classic, before quickly doubling his tally that summer when taking the notable scalp of So You Think in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot. A move to Gestut Fahrhof ahead of the 2011 breeding season saw Tiger Hill return to Germany, from where his last two books have been covered.
* Tara Stud also suffered a loss last week after Key Of Luck died of a heart attack. The 21-year-old son of Chief's Crown won on three occasions during his four seasons in training, including a 20 length victory in the 1996 Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba. Retiring to stud in 1998, it was a member of Key Of Luck's second crop that made his name, the Irish Derby and King George winner Alamshar, while Miss Emma, thrice a Group 3 scorer over six furlongs, also hailed from the same crop. The American-bred stood for €4,000 in 2012, which will see his last crop hit the tracks in 2015.