International Update

2 min read

All Class From Abel Tasman

China Horse Club's Abel Tasman (USA) (Quality Road {USA}) recorded yet another Grade 1 victory in the Personal Ensign at Saratoga.

“Abel Tasman has been a good ambassador for the American racing industry, introducing racing for many people around the world, especially members of the China Horse Club,” Teo Ah Khing told TDN. “Our family has derived tremendous pleasure and enjoyment in watching her and seeing her develop and generating comradery between us and the trainer and jockey.”

The Bob Baffert-trained filly held off Elate (USA) (Medaglia d'Oro {USA}) for her latest victory.

More Grade 1 Success for Holy Roman Emperor

Glorious Empire (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) stamped his ticket to the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf by winning the G1 Sword Dancer S. at Saratoga on Saturday.

Glorious Empire is the 13th worldwide GISW for his sire. Holy Roman Emperor will command a fee of $9,900 (inc. GST) at Aquis Farm, QLD this season.

Always Ready

Catholic Boy (USA) (More Than Ready {USA}) claimed his first Grade 1 on dirt by winning the prestigious Travers S. at Saratoga on Saturday.

“It just doesn’t get any better,” said trainer Jonathan Thomas. “I’m just so proud of this horse, and Javier [Castellano] was incredible. We’ve always believed that he’s a top talent despite the surface. He’s a much stronger, mature horse and this really shows that patience helps."

The ever popular More Than Ready will stand at Vinery Stud for $66,000 (inc. GST) this year.

No Stopping Never

Ten Sovereigns (Ire) (No Nay Never {USA}) broke his maiden at The Curragh on Saturday in dominant style. The Ballydoyle-trained colt was named a TDN Rising Star in the process.

"He’s a fast horse and maybe the [Sept. 29 G1] Middle Park [S. at Newmarket] will suit. Maybe he’ll get a mile, but he’s a No Nay Never and they have loads of speed. He’s a big and powerful horse," commented Aidan O'Brien after the race.

Ten Sovereigns (Ire) becomes the 19th winner for his sire. No Nay Never (USA) will stand at Coolmore Australia this season for $19,250.