23 February 2019
The money just flu!
It is estimated that the outbreak of equine influenza that stopped all racing two weeks ago has cost the industry £5 million. There was about a £1.2 million lost in the racing levy when taking average quantities, funding for additional race meetings and prize money into account. Jockeys missed out on an estimated £228,000 in riding fees, agents lost £29,000 and valets £22,000. Owners had to fork out £189,000 for the cost of swab testing. Racecourses were hit even harder. The cancellation of thirteen meetings at courses owned by Arena Racing Company (ARC) is estimated to have cost between £1.5 and £2 million.
New Top Trainer?
For the past five years the County Carlow king has started favourite to be top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival. Three years ago he was as short as 1/14 to win the crown, which he duly did with seven winners. Things don't look so promising this year for Willie Mullins, however, who has just announced that he expects to have only around 40 runners at Prestbury Park, down from 55 last year and is lagging behind both Gordon Elliott and Nicky Henderson in ante-post markets. His great rival Gordon Elliott and Nicky Henderson are 6/4 and 15/8, respectively, with Willie Mullins at 11/4.
Owner Dai Walters is hoping that the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle at Kempton today will clinch Angels Breath's claim for a place at the Cheltenham Festival. The latter, trained by Nicky Henderson, had been the favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle but he was beaten by Al Dancer, also owned by Dai Walters, in the Betfair Hurdle last weekend. With both horses vying to compete this year's Cheltenham Festival Dai Walters is spoilt for choice!
Coming Soon... Kayf Aramis: Pertemps to Dream
The Story of Kayf Aramis
Kaylina Aramis by 9-time Champion Sire Kayf Tara
Breeding Shares available for 2019!
By Kayf Tara
- full sister to Kayf Aramis 85 runs & over £153,000 prize money, Winner Cheltenham Festival; 3xWinner at York Dante Festival
- full sister to Kaylif Aramis, his career very sadly cut short at a young age: 3 wins, 4 places, over £59,000 prize money, Winner Ascot grade 2; 2nd grade 3 Aintree