Sheik Mohammed lastly gained the Melbourne Cup, keying per week that finds top-level motion in Japan and a variety of stakes in post-Breeders’ Cup North America.

The All-Climate Championships roll on in England, the place Ascot Racecourse and NBC-TV introduced a five-year extension of their deal to deliver Royal Ascot to the American colonies (see Information and Notes).

Whereas the Melbourne Cup is historical past, Saturday brings two Group 1 occasions again to Flemington.

And, child, it is chilly exterior right here in Chicagoland. So, naturally, consideration swings south to Gulfstream Park West (assume Calder) the place Saturday’s program has 4 stakes for 2-year-olds and 5 races previewing the Sunshine Tens of millions.

This is how issues form up, together with a consequence or two, from Australia to Dubai:


Saturday’s options are each on the turf — the Artie Schiller at 1 mile for 3-year-olds and up and the Atlantic Seashore Stakes for 2-year-olds going 6 furlongs. Bricks and Mortar, winner of the Grade II Nationwide Museum of Racing Corridor of Fame Stakes at Saratoga, and Grade II Bernard Baruch Handicap victor Qurbaan are the favorites in a discipline of 10 within the Artie Schiller. The Atlantic Seashore options Futurity runner-up Backtohisroots and Parx Racing invader Absentee amongst seven.

Sunday finds the Stewart Manor Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and the Staten Island Division of the New York Stallion Stakes for state-bred fillies and mares.

Churchill Downs

Saturday’s program-topper is the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. The race drew a well-matched discipline of seven, 4 of whom are held between 2-1 and 4-1 on the morning line.

Del Mar

California motion strikes again down the coast a methods with the 1-mile Let It Trip Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf on Saturday. The 2 favorites on the morning line, Afleet Ascent and Prince Earl, are drawn inside in a discipline of seven.

Sunday, state-bred fillies and mares stretch their legs at 7 furlongs on the principle observe within the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes.

Laurel Park

5 stakes occasions grace Saturday’s card. Two are for juveniles at 6 furlongs, two for 3-year-olds going 7 furlongs and the fifth is the Richard W. Small Stakes at 9 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up.

Gulfstream Park West

Saturday’s card options 5 races, every value $75,000, previewing the Sunshine Tens of millions program set for Jan. 19 on the major Gulfstream facility. One other 4 are for 2-year-old Florida-breds on each turf and dust.


The Toronto observe’s weekend characteristic is the $100,000 (Canadian) Superb Tune Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday. Saturday it is the $100,000 (Canadian) La Prevoyante for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies with Line of Imaginative and prescient, Zestina and Stormy Summer time the early favorites.

Indiana Grand

Belmont Park invader Piedi Bianchi rallied five-wide from the again of the sector to win Tuesday’s $150,000 Frances Slocum Stakes for Indiana-bred fillies and mares by 2 half lengths over Count on Indy. Candy N Depraved and Marina’s Legacy completed third and fourth after contesting the early lead. Piedi Bianchi, a 3-year-old Overanalyze filly a number of occasions within the cash in graded stakes, toured 1 1/16 miles on observe in 1:44.36 with Manny Franco up for coach Todd Pletcher.

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Insurgent Bull led all the best way to a 2 1/2-length victory over Huntstown in Tuesday’s Too A lot Espresso Stakes for state-breds. Each had been let go at odds of about 25-1. Insurgent Bull, a 5-year-old Flashy Bull gelding, ran 1 1/Four miles in 1:43.30 with Jesus Cantanon driving. He hasn’t missed the board in seven begins this 12 months and was second within the A.J. Foyt Stakes two begins again.

Getting again to the worldwide entrance:

Melbourne Cup

It is billed because the “race that stops a nation” nevertheless it was a deluge of just about Biblical proportions that just about stopped Tuesday’s Lexus Melbourne Cup — earlier than Cross Counter rallied from the again of the pack to an historic victory.

Melbourne was drenched with extra rain on race day than had fallen in all of September and October mixed. The downpour brought about energy outages, delayed in trains serving the Flemington racecourse and ruined no matter girls’ fashions weren’t hidden by foul-weather gear. Two of Australia’s wagering websites crashed earlier than the race, though which may not have been laid to climate causes.

Cross Counter, a 4-year-old Teofilo gelding, trailed the sector turning for dwelling, shifted out to the center of the observe and ran by all of them, catching Marmelo within the closing yards to win by 1 size. Kerrin McEvoy had the profitable journey, his third within the Melbourne Cup. A Prince of Arran was third, Finche fourth. Cross Counter got here immediately from England after ending second to Outdated Persian within the Voltigeur Stakes Aug. 22 at York.

It was the primary victory in 20 years of making an attempt for Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin Racing, leaving the Kentucky Derby atop his “nonetheless to win” checklist. Charlie Appleby grew to become the primary English-based coach to win the Cup, reflecting the conclusion by the world’s horsemen that Australian stayers are very susceptible in Australia’s signature race. The highest three finishers Tuesday are all skilled by Brits.

“I bought out on the 400 (meters) and knew I used to be going to complete however I used to be unaware how a lot operating the horses in entrance of me had left,” Racing Put up quoted McEvoy. “On the 300 I spotted I had an opportunity and by the 250 I assumed, ‘I’ve bought this lined,’ and, ‘Actually? Is that this taking place once more?'”

The race was marred by the deadly breakdown of Cliffsofmoher, who suffered a fractured shoulder approaching the primary flip. Jockey Ryan Moore managed to tug the colt up however the harm was judged catastrophic. Melbourne Cup day has been beset with a string of deadly incidents relationship again to 2013.

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Six riders, together with McEvoy, had been fined for extreme use of the whip through the Melbourne Cup. Hugh Bowman, on Marmelo, additionally was handed a 25-day suspension for 3 separate violations — whip, careless driving and weighing in additional than half kilogram above his assigned weight.

Saturday’s program at Flemington has the Group 1 VRC Dash Basic with the likes of Everest Stakes winner Redzel, Manikato Stakes winner Courageous Smash, final season’s Lightning and Newmarket winner Redkirk Warrior, Galaxy winner In Her Time and, among the many worldwide vacationers, July Cup winner U S Navy Flag and Al Quoz Dash winner Jungle Cat. These are all Group 1 occasions.

The Group 1 Seppelt Mackinon Stakes at 2,000 meters options Blair Home, second to Benbatl within the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes final day out, and It is Considerably. The latter is notable as one of many final remaining top-level runners for the late Dynaformer. The 8-year-old gelding is out of the Royal Academy mare Someday. He makes his 46th begin in a profession that began with promise in England with a second within the Group 2


Hong Kong’s acquire is Sunday’s Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup’s loss as Deidre, a world traveler, is absent from the QE II lineup, awaiting the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Cup Dec. 9 at Sha Tin. The QE II additionally misses filly Triple Crown champ Almond Eye who’s sitting this one out in favor of a swing on the Group 1 Japan Cup on Nov. 25 at Tokyo Racecourse.

That leaves the door ajar for final 12 months’s winner, Mozu Katchan, to repeat within the 11-furlongs turf check for fillies and mares at Kyoto Racecourse. Or, it may very well be Lys Gracieux, who has been frustratingly near a Grade 1 win extra occasions than her connections wish to depend. 4 occasions in sevent Grade 1 begins, the 4-year-old Coronary heart’s Cry filly has completed second and the margin of loss in all of these 4 begins mixed was lower than half second. Perhaps this time. However she should enhance on a propensity to overlook the break.

A number of of the others have profitable, or at the very least aggressive, data however step up by way of the race’s Grade 1 standing.

Japanese racing officers introduced Wednesday they’ve granted a brief license to Joao Moreira, whose everlasting transfer from Hong Kong was thwarted — at the very least quickly — when he failed a written check on the historical past of racing in Japan. The license runs by way of Dec. 9, which is able to enable him to journey within the Grade 1 Mile Championship Nov. 18 and the Grade 1 Japan Cup Nov. 25. Coincidentally, the ultimate day of the license can be the date of the Longines Hong Kong Worldwide Races. There’s some query about how welcome Moreira is in Hong Kong after his abrupt departure on the finish of the 2017-18 season.

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It wasn’t formally the characteristic on a seven-race card Thursday evening at Meydan however the first occasion, a 1,600-meters check for 2-year-old maidens, proved probably the most thrilling and a possible pointer to future stardom.

On the finish, it was Superior, skilled by Ahmad bin Harmash, getting the higher of Martial Artwork, conditioned by Doug Watson. Superior, a Kentucky-bred colt by Majesticperfection out of the Tiznow mare Tiz Destiny, prevailed by half size underneath Connor Beasley after getting a three-wide journey. The victory handed the Phoenix Women Syndicate their second win in as many begins. Strolling Thunder bought the brand new group off to a flying begin per week earlier.

“As with Strolling Thunder, we had been hopeful as a result of his work from home had been good,” bin Harmash stated. “Clearly, we’re delighted to have gained the primary two maidens for the 2-year-olds.”


It wasn’t a Quick-Observe Qualifier however Kasperenko’s victory Monday within the 32Crimson Floodlit Stakes on the Kempton Park Polytrack might have been sufficient to get the 4-year-old consideration for the All-Climate Championship Finals on Good Friday subsequent. The son of Archipenko scored by 1 3/Four lengths after taking the lead within the closing quarter mile.

“We hadn’t actually considered Good Friday earlier than this night as I did not assume he could be adequate to win this race,” stated coach Brendan Powell. “However I suppose we should give it some thought now … He’s positively higher on the all-weather. We had him leaping within the winter, which he did not appear to love, however he positively likes the all-weather.”

Information and Notes:

NBC Sports activities Group and Ascot Racecourse Thursday introduced a six-year settlement to increase NBC Sports activities Group’s unique United States media rights to Royal Ascot till 2025. Royal Ascot made its U.S. tv debut on NBC-SN in 2017. Nothing towards the incumbent U.S. crew serving NBC’s horse racing protection however let’s hope they hold Nick Luck on the job!

Concurrently, NBC Sports activities introduced growth of its “Street to the Kentucky Derby” protection, collaborating with Churchill Downs on a brand new magazine-style collection, and including the Louisiana Derby and Arkansas Derby to its protection of prep races.

It is enjoyable watching the worldwide rankings, is not it?

Thursday, the Longines World’s Finest Racehorse Rankings elevated British Champion Stakes winner Cracksman right into a tie with Cox Plate four-timer Winx atop that checklist, rated 130. Gun Runner was third at 128, adopted by Poet’s Phrase and Roaring Lion at 127. Breeders’ Cup Basic winner Speed up follows with a 126 mark, tied with Crystal Ocean and Hong Kong’s Magnificence Era. Allow, who gained the Breeders’ Cup Turf after taking her second straight Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, was graded solely 125. 12 months-end rankings are due Jan. 23.


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