Highland Reel.

Out on a High


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When the globe-trotting Highland Reel crossed the line in front in the G1 Hong Kong Vase on December 10, he brought an end to an extraordinary career that has spanned over four seasons.

The victory also made him the top European-trained earner of all time. Owned by Coolmore and trained by the legendary Irishman Aidan O’Brien, Highland Reel has captured the hearts of racing fans in seven different countries. He is estimated to have travelled more than 180,000 kilometres during his career, making four trips to Hong Kong, three to the USA, three to France, two to the UAE, one to Australia, and many to the UK, from his base in Country Tipperary, Ireland.

Highland Reel now starts his second career as a stallion at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.

Facts about Highland Reel
27 career starts in

7 countries on

4 continents

7 Group 1 victories

£7,513,355 in racecourse earnings

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2 OF A KIND

 Gazwan and Maxime Guyon (blue cap) galloped to victory in the G1 Qatar Arabian World Cup at Chantilly in France on October 1. The six-year-old Purebred Arabian had to battle hard in the closing stages to fight off his contenders, including his almost identical stablemate Ebraz. Both Gazwan and Ebraz are owned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani and trained in Qatar by Julian Smart. It will come as no surprise that the two horses also share the same sire, the legendary Arabian stallion Amer.
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CAREER CHANGE

Former professional footballer Michael Owen is one of England’s most successful strikers in recent years. Since hanging up his football boots in 2013, he has become a prominent racehorse owner and breeder. Owen recently took his passion for horse racing to the next level when agreeing to take part in a charity race at Ascot on November 24. Despite having never sat on a horse until five months prior to the race, Owen finished a creditable second aboard Calder Prince, and his new race-riding career is certainly off to a good start.
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Maroon & White

HH Sheikh Mohammed's legendary maroon and white colours have been carried to victories by turf legends such as Oh So Sharp, Singspiel, and Pebbles, but the ruler of Dubai now runs all his horses in Australia, USA, and Europe in the blue colours of Godolphin. More than a decade after the famous silks were regularly spotted on British racecourses, they appeared in the winner's enclosure at Windsor in September. The silks have been passed on to Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya's young daughter Sheikha Al Jalila, who has a keen interest in racing despite being only nine years old. In partnership with her father, she has a string of around a dozen horses in training with John Gosden in Newmarket.
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The $9.5 million dollar mare

Horses like Songbird don’t come around very often. When the two-time champion and nine-time Grade 1 winner stepped into the sales ring at Fasig-Tipton in Kentucky, breeder Mandy Pope knew that she would have to go high to acquire the four-year-old mare. She was right, and after an intense bidding process, the hammer fell on $9.5 million dollars, the second highest price ever paid for a broodmare prospect. Pope admitted after the sale that it was a bit over her budget, but it is not the first time she has signed for an expensive ticket at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale. The world record price for a broodmare prospect was set in 2012, when Pope parted with $10 million for multiple Grade 1 winner Havre De Grace. Just like Songbird, Havre De Grace was owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms and sold by Taylor Made Sales Agency at Fasig-Tipton.
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NEXT GENERATION MOORE

Toby Moore is only eight years old, but is already following in his father’s footsteps. As a son of the multiple British champion jockey Ryan Moore, who has ridden more than 100 Group or Grade 1 winners, the young Moore certainly has racing in the blood. On October 23, Toby had his first ride in public in the Shetland Pony Gold Cup, dressed in the same purple and white colours that his father has carried to victory in four Group 1 races aboard Highland Reel. The name of Toby’s pony? Lowland Reel, of course.  
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