He didn’t know it when he phoned to congratulate us on multi-millionaire Rabada’s historic victory in the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1) on Saturday evening, but Vaughan Koster, breeder of Bela Bela, the heroine of the fillies’ equivalent, the Woolavington Stakes (Gr.1), had a connection to the families of both the glitterati.
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.
Yesterday marked a new chapter in the second life of one of our most famous graduates. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifah Al Maktoum and Andre Macdonald’s spectacular race filly now-turned broodmare, Igugu, gave birth to a daughter; her first foal by the Juddmonte Farm celebrity, Dansili, leading British-based sire of Group winners for the past four seasons.
Bloodline is a short film that depicts historical selective breeding of horses for speed emphasizing the significance of research into Thoroughbred horse genomics in the context of the global Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding industries.
Gentildonna (Jpn) (Deep Impact) made her final start Sunday in the G1 Arima Kinen at Nakayama Racecourse ending off an illustrious racing career with a tenacious victory in front of 110,000 largely adoring fans and capping off a season which included a spectacular win in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March.