Houtzen may create Australian racing history in winning the Prix de l’Abbaye Longchamp Longines at ParisLongchamp, but Enable will definitely create international history in winning her third Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
In a determined bid to reduce equine fatalities the Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association have engaged Dr Andy Belfiore as Project Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities.
David Merrick of Widden Stud is this year’s recipient of the Thoroughbred Excellence award for the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards due to his ‘unparalleled experience, unique skills and an unquestionable willingness to share these skills.’
With Aquis making their mark on the race track and the sales ring it is the Japanese import and duel Group 1 Weight-For-Age winner Brave Smash who is lifting Aquis Farm Hunter Valley to a higher level this season.
In opening the breeding season for Widden Stud, Antony Thompson quoted his father Bim and grandfather Frank Thompson in saying ‘stand the best by the best,’ that reinforced ‘our focus on what serves us so well – pure Australian speed.’
“It is an honour to stand two US Triple Crown winners in the Hunter Valley. Justify, the only Triple Crown winner ever to retire unbeaten, will stand alongside American Pharoah, who has already enjoyed an excellent start with his first 2yo’s in Europe and America.”
Its Kentucky Derby time, and all eyes will be on the 4/1 favourite Omaha Beach in emulating that ‘equihero’ Smarty Jones, having also won the Arkansas Derby and the Rebel Stakes en-route to this 145th Run For The Roses.