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In the midst of the shitstorm that is now roiling the British Empire, it is worth noting that using dollars or euros to buy fine English bloodstock and export to Europe is getting to be a more attractive proposition by the minute! The Tattersall's July sale is just around the corner, and I will be there. Now is the time to buy in England and race in France! ... See MoreSee Less

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Charles Luisettiouiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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Wagihe El HalouatL'impact va être énorme !

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Susanne L. BornThey are still no FR-horses...

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Wagihe El HalouatArqana va aussi en profité

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Wagihe El HalouatLes princes arabes vont aller en Irlande ou France

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Haras Des DorrellsI was thinking of a broodmare and just said the same.

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John RileyAnd you guys in Europe are more than welcome to buy horses in the UK...likewise we still and always will love buying and dealing with our French and european friends.....it's not the people of Europe we were against.....just the bureaucracy !!!

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Jack LynchI knew I could count on you, Gina Rarick, to find a bright spot in Brexit. The Brits have lost their minds. Pray that Americans don't lose their minds in November. Can we send you Trump to replace Cameron as the British prime minister?

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Camilla OstermanI went straight to Gibsons homepage..

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Debbie HollinsheadExacte.

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France Galop is falling over itself to go bankrupt. They can't get there fast enough, it seems. Once again, they eliminate nearly 30 horses instead of adding a third division in the handicap, including King Driver. So either we're forced to again head out into the country to run in somebody's potato field, or we stay home and wait. Again. Meanwhile, we are wasting owners money with fit horses stuck in their boxes. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jacques YeSseEt merde ! En plus je me réjouissais de venir le voir :-(

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Guilain BertrandEt Compiègne était probablement une des dernières occasions d'avoir du terrain bien souple... cette été ce sera au petit bonheur la chance s'il y a des orages.

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Michel GhysThey eliminated 20 not 30 and in these 20 were some "E"'s... so not that unlogic but yes they could have made 3 x 16 ...

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Betsy Hunt FarhiObviously, the brain trust at France Gallop went to the New York Times School of Business, International Division.

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Brian John SeddonThat's appalling ..

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Jackie Ashton de FlorisVraiment sorry to lire this, Gina. I feel for the owners.

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Audrey JouanestÇa s'appelle "toucher le fond et creuser encore"

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Delphinette GDLundi au Croisé, 34 probables dans le handicap cavalières. J'appelle FG pour savoir si ils dédoublent et on me répond: on a reçu aucun ordre du chef, donc non. 34 chevaux déclarés tout de même... Et il n'y a que 7 courses au programme. Moi pas comprendre 🤔

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Kilian GeogheganThey prefer 5-runner maiden races in Tarbes or Mont-de-Marsan.

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Gina RarickAnd at the very least, why can't we have a "reserve" list like other countries? I would bet good money that there would be at least one non-runner on Saturday, and I would be happy to take that place!

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Our big Born to Sea two-year-old is starting to learn to go a tad faster. She's getting a lead from Ray of Hope here (who would be happy to go a LOT faster but we're trying to keep him down to a dull roar!). ... See MoreSee Less

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Charles Luisettisacrée action !

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Bleu Astral at Compiegne

The good news is already out, but worth repeating: Bleu Astral was an easy winner today in Compiegne. Great ride from Alexis Badel, who judged the pace well and won from the front. We knew Bleu had the ability, but he needs to be settled enough to use it, and he was today. Bravo to the team, and to all the members of High Street!

Unusual weather we’re havin’…

I just got back in from changing the horses’ clothes for the fourth time today. I turned the heat on. Then swatted a mosquito. It’s mid-November.

When a friend of mine gave me an American Pharoah t-shirt on Arc weekend, I didn’t think I would get a chance to wear it before next summer. But this past week temperatures have topped a sunny 22 degrees (71 Fahrenheit). More than half the horses had already quite sensibly grown their winter coats. A couple have resisted. Turns out they had the last laugh.

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Labor pains

The pheasant that could have ended my life this morning chose not to, for which I was grateful. Far away into my own thoughts, I didn’t see him preening alongside the trail until the last second – Hard Way was nearly on top of him, bowling along toward home in a huge extended trot. Too late to stop, all I could do was crouch lower to the saddle and hope he didn’t choose that second to fly off, which would have resulted in me flying too, probably straight into a stone wall. The pheasant stayed put, and Hard Way coasted past – he probably didn’t see him, either.

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Big Leagues

You know you’ve jumped into the deep end when you bring an undefeated horse to the racecourse and you go off the longshot.

Ella Diva has done everything we’ve asked so far, but tomorrow we’ll see what’s really under the hood. Luckily, she can’t read the program, because she’ll be standing in the starting gate next to a slick miss trained by Andre Fabre who cost 720,000 euros as a yearling. On her other side will be a royally bred Khalid Abdullah filly trained by Pascal Bary. The two of them are supposed to finish first and second in the race, the only question is in which order. Ella doesn’t know that, though, so she will do her best to crash the expensive party.

Four other horses are also fighting for the scraps. None of these fillies has run a mile, so there are a lot of questions to be answered tomorrow. What we do know is this: Ella likes a fight, and she needs a decent pace. The problem is who will set it. None of the horses are necessarily front-runners, so we might run the risk of having to go in front. I hope not. Six other trainers are going to bed tonight hoping not, too. Well, maybe not – Andre Fabre is probably going to bed tonight wondering about his next polo match. He’s done this so many times I can’t imagine he worries about anything one way or another. Not so for us. This is our big day. We’re hoping our little filly does her best, and we hope her best is good enough to keep her in the mix. Stay tuned.

Beyond There be Dragons

We are heading into uncharted territory. Finally, after seven years of training, we have a Good Horse. And that means the weeks ahead are about to get quite interesting.

I thought Ella Diva was quite a nice filly when I bought her out of a claiming race for my English owner. We’d been looking for a horse for months, tried to claim a few and failed, and were getting increasingly frustrated at the process. But we kept hunting, and in late June at Clairefontaine, there was a claiming race for two-year-olds that looked promising. We liked two or three on paper, and Ella Diva was one of them. When I saw her in the parade ring, she ticked all the boxes. Physically, she was just about perfect – not too big, but well put together, with straight legs, a clear eye and good, harmonious muscle. Even more impressive was her demeanor. She had only run once before, when she debuted a winner in Craon, but she was strolling the parade ring like she had done it a hundred times – calm, confident, paying no attention to other young horses acting silly.

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Gina Rarick, Trainer