Mickaëlle Michel, one of the stars of the men v women jockey challenge in Saudi Arabia 11 days ago, is reaching a crossroads as she considers her primary ambition: how to become the world’s number one female rider.
The French imports winning spree in Ireland went on Saturday with the victory of Apple’s Jade (Saddler Maker) for the third time in the Frank Ward Memorial Hurdle (Gr1) over 3 miles. The 7-year-old mare bred in France by Richard Coveliers had not won since last February on the same course at Leopardstown.
A trio of mares in foal to No Nay Never sold for an incredible total of €2.13million at the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale, helped largely by exciting broodmare Unaided, who sold for €1.25million.
Enable (Nathaniel) failed in her quest to become the first horse to win three editions of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe three times. As, on Sunday (October 6th), on a track which rode very soft due to the inclement weather during the week, she had to settle for second behind the French hopeful Waldgeist (Galileo). The latter is trained at Chantilly by André and was ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot.
Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Group 1, 3+, 2,400 metres (1m4f), €5m
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