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SATURDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2013 

 

A WIN COULD BE A-HOOF! 

After coming third in the Haydock Sprint Cup at the beginning of the month HOOF IT's back in handicap company, ready to tackle the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup this afternoon. 

The 6-year-old son of Monsieur Bond who won the Blue Square Stewards' Cup in July 2011 is likely to lead the action from the off, particularly as he's coming out of stall 24. But he'll have a lot of competition such as Juim Goldie's JACK DEXTER, winner of the Betfred Chipchase Stakes and HAWKEYETHENOO, also trained by Jim Goldie and with the added bonus of Kieren Fallon aboard. 

David Easterby, son and assistant to the veteran trainer, offered the following comments in his mount's defence: "Three off the fence he can get out early and be a trailblazer. With the form he showed at Haydock, on softer ground than we were wanting, he's run a good race. We can only hope he can progress again." 

 

A NEW QATAR STRING SHOULD PLAY WELL 

The William Hill - In The App Store Firth of Clyde Stakes also at Ayr today should offer VALONIA the chance to shine or so his connections expect. The 2-year-old chestnut filly is now owned by Qatar Racing, who puchased her from trainer, Henry Candy following the daughter of Three Valleys' victory in the Markel Insurance Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Goodwood last time out and the connections are also hoping that these credentials will be sufficient for a shot at the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket next month. 

David Redvers, Qatar's racing manager , said: "She's a new acquisition to the team. She's a lovely big scopey filly and another Henry Candy cheap purchase as a yearling. She is a gorgeous filly and we're confident the ground won't hurt her and there is every reason to expect a big run, but it's obviously a big step up from a maiden to this race. It looks very competitive but she's got the right profile for it. If she is going to step up and run in races like the Rockfel then she needs to be showing her hand here." 

 

FRIDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2013 

 

TWEET. TWEET. FEATHERS ARE RUFFLING! 

Yesterday something extraordinary happened. A leading trainer and a top jockey quarrelled in public. It appears that Luca Cumani made a comment that Jamie Spencer, who, interestingly, hasn't ridden for the Newmarket handler for over a month, had given "two very bad rides" to his MOUNT ATHOS at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood earlier in the season. The former Irish and English champion obviously didn't take the criticism too well and instead of taking it up with Luca Cumani, personally, he did what everyone does these days it seems, he put his response on Twitter. He tweeted the following: "The only picture that I can find to answer today's news!! and he included a shot picture of a grown man in a pram, surrounded by broken toys! 

MOUNT ATHOS came fifth in the Melbourne Cup last year and is preparing to run in Australia's most famous race again in November. He started off the current season quite well with a win with Jamie Spencer aboard in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes in may at Chester. But then he could only make 5th in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and, even worse, 8th place in the Artemis Goodwood Cup. Last time out champion jockey, Richard Hughes, replaced Jamie Spencer and the 6-year-old son of Monjeu just failed by a head to clinch the March Stakes, again at Goodwood. 

The trouble seems to have started when Luca Cumani was interviewed by an Australian radio station. The Newmarket trainer was asked whether his charge had been either "disappointing" or "below par" in the Hardwicke and Goodwood Cup respectively. 

Luca Cumani's immediate response was: "No, not at all. I'm afraid it's on record that he was given two very bad rides and that wasn't the plan to ride him like that. So I insisted on a change of jockey [for the March Stakes] and we got the result we expected." 

He was then asked what the best way to ride him was and the response came as: "Certainly not the way he was ridden at Ascot and at Goodwood, ie dropped out a long way at the back and then trying to make a run in the fastest part of the race, when the other horses are accelerating, which is about three furlongs out. That's the way he was ridden twice, that's the way it didn't work out and that wasn't the way to ride him." 

 

BORIS GOOD ENOUGH! 

Mick Easterby' BORIS GRIGORIEV finally showed he had what it takes yesterday by winning the Brewin Dolphin Handicap at Ayr. The last time the son of Excellent Art appeared in the winners' enclosure was at Tipperary in April 2011. The veteran handler bought him for 34,000 guineas when he was trained by by Aidan O'Brien and had a rating of 101. In the dozen races he entered last year the 4-year-old didn't show much of the form he used to have at Ballydoyle and consequently his handicap mark dropped considerably. 

Anyway, after a lengthy time off the track he ran at Ayr again last month and was, surprisingly, joint-favourite but he didn't live up to expectations. This time around jockey, Graham Gibbons managed to surge clear a furlong out and beat off Go Go Green by a neck. 

The winning jockey said afterwards: "It's a pity he didn't do it the last day, but the ground and trip was probably against him then. He'd been out of form but we knew we sort of had him half-right, but it probably took the last run to get his confidence back and get him going the right way. Even early doors today, I had to give him two out of the boxes to get him where I wanted him to be, but once I was in the firing line I was confident."  

 

THURSDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2013 

 

PUTTING REPUTATIONS ON THE LINE

The Dessie Hughes-trained WHITE STAR LINE, who had never won over fences, put losing behind yesterday at Listowel when he won the Guinness Kerry National Handicap Chase by five lengths. The Curragh-based handler, who is recuperating from a serious operation, was represented by his daughter, Sandra. Andrew Lynch unexpectedly got to ride the 9-year-old son of Saddler's Hall because the horse he was booked to ride, Go All The Way, was pulled out because the ground was unsuitable. WHITE STAR LINE lingered around last position in the early stages of the race and Andrew Lynch kept his cool and bit by bit brought his charge into contention and when they reached the home turn they powered ahead and left the top weight, Galway Plate hero, Carlingford Lough way behind. For both trainer and jockey this marked a first for this particular contest.

The trainer's daughter, Sandra Hughes commented afterwards: “He (White Star Line) deserved that, he has been knocking on the door, his class came through today.”

 

'RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY'

Trainer, Dean Ivory, will be singing: 'Rain, rain, go away' ahead of Saturday's William Hill Ayr Gold Cup when his 5-year-old, TROPICS puts down his claim. The son of Speightstown has been something of an eye-opener this season after increasing his handicap rating by some 21lbs and winning the Stobart Members Club Hopeful Stakes last month. Although he only managed a sixth in the Robins Farm Racing Stewards' Cup (Heritage Handicap) at Goodwood before that but his handler firmly believes that the draw was not in his favour and Jim Crowley, his regular jockey also thinks he could have won with a better draw.

As Dean Ivory said: “The trouble with the big races like the Stewards’ Cup and the Ayr Gold Cup is they are a cavalry charge, you need to be drawn on the right side and every­thing needs to go your way. I wouldn’t want it too soft, we’d run him on good to soft, soft in places but we wouldn’t want it bottomless or too heavy.” 

 

WEDNESDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 2013 

 

CHOC DIDN'T FUDGE THIS ONE! 

LETSBY AVENUE had it all right and gave Robert 'Choc' Thornton a winner at Stratford last night – a fitting return to the saddle for Alan King's top rider. The 35-year-old from Darlington hasn't been seen on the track since he broke his arm in a fall when aboard Our Phylli Vera in a two-mile handicap hurdle at Southwell in March. Initially it seemed that his injuries were superficial and he was expecting to be back in the saddle the following day. Further examination, however, proved that to be out of the question. 

The winning son of Tikkanen, trained by Alan King, easily beat the 9-year-old Benbane Head by five lengths in the At The Races On Facebook Handicap Hurdle. This gave him a hat-trick after earlier wins at Uttoxeter and Market Rasen. 

 

ASKING THE QUESTION 

Trainer, Eric McNamara, is hoping for a fourth victory today in the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel today. In last year's race QUESTIONS ANSWERED had to take second place to his stronger stablemate, Faltering Fullback. This time the 8-year-old son of Old Vic is the stable's only entry. The County Limerick trainer openly admits he wished his charge could have got a practice run in last month, but the horse had a slight cough. 

As he put it: “We didn’t get a prep run into him at Killarney which is a pity as I always like to get a prep run into him before the Kerry National. We’ve loads of work done with him and I am happy that he’s in particularly good order. It’s a very competitive race with the first, second and third from the Galway Plate running, but I think he’ll be one of the ones thereabouts. Although he is lurking at the bottom of the weights he is still five or six pounds higher than last year without winning so he’s not thrown in. Soft ground won’t inconvenience him. He goes on any ground bar firm.”

  

TUESDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2013

 

RIBBONS FOR WINNER

James Fanshawe's 3-year-old, RIBBONS, could add to her unbeaten record tomorrow and make it five out of five when she steps up to Listed class in the EBF At The Races John Musker Fillies’ Stakes at Yarmouth. She first showed her mettle on the all-weather track at Kempton in November. She then made her winning debut on turf at Goodwood in May, ridden by Hayley Turner and won by a length ahead of John Gosden's Trapeze. A month later she showed up at Newmarket and claimed victory there after which it was off back to the Sussex track in July where James Doyle rode her into the winner's enclosure. As a result of that impressive win over the Ralph Beckett-trained Rhagori the handicapper has seen fit to raise her 9lbs to a mark of 95,. That's an increase of 20lbs since she started in May! It means the Manduro filly will be up against the likes of Luca Cumani's Hippy Hippy Shake and the highly rated Shuruq, trained by Saaed Bin Suroor but, in the light of the way she has improved by leaps and bounds since her debut, victory would not come as a surprise.

 

MEKONG FLOWS TO ANOTHER VICTORY

The Aidan O'Brien-trained MEKONG RIVER, also upheld his unbeaten record (this time four out of four) when he won the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Premier Nursery Handicap at Listowel yesterday. It wasn't plain sailing by any means for yet another Galileo colt. At a crucial stagein the race his jockey, Joseph O'Brien, desperately needed a gap as he rode close to the rails and it didn't look as though he would get one. A that stage there seemed to be a number of bids for victory but suddenly a gap appeared and the 2-year-old lived up to his Dam's name, Simply Perfect, showed a swift turn of foot and sped clear of the favourite Hidden Oasis, whose supporters must have thought they had the race in the bag.

As the winning jockey said afterwards: "He's improving with racing and is a grand horse. I was happy to get the gap on the rail and he quickened up well when he got it."

It should be noted that on the cards is an entry for MEKONG RIVER in the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh on September 29 , as well as, noticeably, next year's Investec Derby.   

 

MONDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 2013

 

STOLE MY HEART”

Another Irish St. Leger, another turnip for the books! ROYAL DIAMOND, last year’s winner, trained and ridden by Johnny Murtagh was well in the lead after the first furlong and tried to make all from there on. The 7-year-old son of King's Best, however, was caught three furlongs from the post and was under great pressure when positioned fourth two furlongs out. By the last furlong he had dropped back to sixth and and was overwhelmed by a host of would-be-winners, including AHZEEMAH, SADDLER'S ROCK and RED CADEAUX. And who caused the upset to all these male egos? One of the two fillies in the field of ten, the original 'heart-stealer', VOLEUSE DE COEURS, 4-year-old daughter of Teofilo who showed a clean pair of heels and romped home with six lengths to spare.

For veteran champion Irish trainer, Dermot Weld, this was the seventh success in this famous competition at the Curragh.

He had time to comment afterwards: “She ran a good race here in the Trial, and I knew she’d improve from that. I’ll have to talk to owner Lady O’Reilly about whether she will be retired for the year but I will certainly advise to keep her in training. She will definitely make a Cup mare next year. She won the Cesarewitch last year and stays very well. The plan was to make use of her stamina.”

 

TOTAL BAN

The Australian Racing Board has announced a total ban on on the use of anabolic steroids. Up to now steroids were only prohibited on race days but the new ban will apply to horses, whether competing or not, from the age of six months. That earlier period allowed, apparently, in the interests of animal welfare.

The new rule will be brought in on 1st November this year, with the full ban taking effect from 1st May 1 2014. Presumably this is to give any horses that have already been treated six months to become clear of the drugs.

Peter McGauran, ARB's chief executive, made the following announcement: "The ban on anabolic steroids goes far beyond any other racing jurisdiction outside of Europe and was decided by the ARB Board after lengthy consideration of veterinary and scientific advice and consultation with trainers' and owners' associations. The ARB has adopted a zero tolerance policy to the use of anabolic steroids in competition, training and spelling and will institute heavy penalties for breaches of the ban."

  

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SUNDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 2013  

 

LIGHT LEADING THE WAY  

The final Classic of the season, the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes was won in grand style by LEADING LIGHT, astutely ridden by Joseph O'Brien , notching up his first success in this contest. The well-fancied favourite hovered around second place for most of the early part of the race. He went into the lead at about two furlongs out before being headed by GALILEO ROCK. The Aidan O'Brien-trained son of Montjeu, however, always looked to be travelling best and produced a devastating turn of foot to regain dominance inside the final furlong and maintained that lead, beating Investec Oaks winner, TALENT, by one-and-a-quarter lengths.  

Trainer, Aidan O'Brien, celebrating his fourth St Leger victory, commented afterwards: "I'm absolutely delighteds. He is such a solid horse and there is plenty of class there. They obviously think a lot of him back home but he is very versitile. We could drop him back to a mile and a half for the Arc but we will have to discuss that back home." 

 

FORTUNE FABRE'S THE BRAVE!  

Ten times a winner of the Qatar Prix Niel, trainer, Andre Fabre, looks like he's sporting an unassailably strong hand in today's renewal of this contest, the main three-year-old trial for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The 24-time champion French trainer (21 years without a break 1987 - 2007) has sent six of the winners of this race to victory in the famous race three weeks later. The former French champion jump-jockey-turned handler is fielding a powerful quartet of runners today, headed by a Dansili son, FLINTSHIRE, the ante-post favourite to win the Arc after his impressive win in the Grand Prix de Paris. It will not have escaped the notice of savvy speculators, however, that, included in the former law graduate's formidable line-up, is also the Monsun colt, OCOVANGO, owned by Prince A Faisal, who came third in that same contest; the Godolphin France-owned VANCOUVERITE, winner of the Deauville Group Two and, last but not least, another Monsun son, TRIPLE THREAT, who scored in the Prix Eugene Adam in July.  

As if that were not excitement enough, Aidan O'Brien is running his Investec Derby champion RULER OF THE WORLD, who hasn't been seen since he disappointingly failed to follow up that triumph in the Irish Derby, where he could only manage fifth.   

 

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SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 2013

 

TODAY'S “SWEEPSTAKE OF 25 GUINEAS”

Today is St Leger Day at Doncaster, as if you didn't know! This, the oldest of Britain's five Classics, was established in 1776. It is the last of the five classic races to be run each year and its distance is the longest – 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 132 yards. Lt-Gen Anthony St. Leger, an army officer and politician, who lived near Doncaster, first came up with the idea for such an event and originally referred to it as "A Sweepstake of 25 Guineas". Its original distance was two miles. The rules stipulated that colts and geldings were to carry 8st, and fillies would receive an allowance of 2lb. It appears that the name 'The St. Leger Stakes' was thought up at a dinner party held held at the Red Lion Inn, Doncaster in 1777. In honour of the host, the Marquess of Rockingham, it was proposed to call the race the Rockingham Stakes but the Marquess modestly suggested that it should be named after its deviser. The St Leger has been held at seven different venues in its history: Cantley Common and Town Moor in Doncaster, the Cesarewitch Course, Newmarket, Thirsk, Manchester, the July Course at Newmarket and, in 1989 at Ayr. As a matter of interest the St Leger is the only British Classic to have missed a year since its unauguration. On 3rd September, 1939, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcast the news to the nation that Great Britain was at war with Germany. As a result the St Leger was cancelled.

 

GODOLPHIN, GO!

Yesterday Godolphin maintained its domination of the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster. The 2-year-old IHTIMAL won the the Group 2 in impressive style. The daughter of Shamardal, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, was settled just off the pace by jockey, Silvestre de Sousa. She desperately needed luck and a gap to break through in the final furlong. Fortunately she got both and she needed no asking to go for it, winning by a decisive two lengths ahead of Godolphin associate, the Charlie Appleby-trained MAJEYDA.

Saaed Bi Suroor commented afterwards: She's nice and tough and showed a good turn of foot. She'll have a good future and we'll look at the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket next."

Godolphin fillies have won the last two May Hills Stakes – LYRIC OF LIGHT in 2011 and CERTIFY last year.   

FRIDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2013

 

JUST WHEN YOU THINK THINGS ARE GOING GOOD!

Hayley Turner, our leading female jockey, who only just got back into the saddle 12 days ago after suffering a broken ankle at York in July, was thrown to the ground after her mount SEAL OF APPROVAL clipped heels with the leader ALTA LILEA in the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster yesterday. The accident seems to have happened when the Nottingham-born rider went for a gap up the rails at over a furlong out. She was catapulted onto the turf, and lay prostrate for several minutes with horses' hooves flailing around her head. A screen was set up temporarily around her but later, as she was being driven by ambulance to the Doncaster Royal Infirmary, a statement was made by Mark Spicer, Doncaster course managing director, to the effect that: “She is conscious and they are taking her to hospital as a precaution. She has escaped a serious injury and the scans show no breaks.”

Hayley was kept in hospital overnight for CT scans and x-rays and general observation and thatnkfully she was allowed to leave this morning.

 

BETWEEN ROCK AND A SOFT PLACE

Trainer, David Wachman, has hinted that GALILEO ROCK will not run in the Ladbrokes St Leger tomorrow if there is no improvement in the ground. He threatens, in that case, to switch his three-year-old son of Galileo to the GAIN Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Sunday in which he also has an entry. GALILEO ROCK has already made his claim for both races, coming third in the 
Investec Derby and second in the Irish Derby.

The County Tipperary-based handler made the following announcement: “Galileo Rock will be declared for the GAIN Irish St Leger and a decision on which race to go for will be delayed until tomorrow evening. I want very much to run Galileo Rock in the Ladbrokes St Leger because of its prestige, prize-money and the fact it is confined to three-year-olds.”

  

THURSDAY 12th SEPTEMBER 2013

 

OLLY- OLLY- EE! A DOUBLE FOR ME!!

Trainer Olly Stevens could well pull a double out of the bag in the opener on Day Three of the St Leger Festival tomorrow. The Newmarket-born handler came back from America not long ago and took out a licence with the generous backing of Sheikh Fahad al Thani. He made his name quickly when his 2-year-old, EXTORTIONST won the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. The son of Dandy Man, however, didn't do so well the next time out when he ran in the Prix Robert Papin (Group 2) in July. He came last of nine, in fact. In his defence it was discovered later that he had lost a shoe.

Speaking from his Robins Farm Racing Stables in Chiddingford, Surrey, he commented:

Extortionist needed a bit of time after his run at Maisons-Laffitte. He tore a shoe off and had to do a bit of work with the farrier but, since we’ve got that fixed, he has bounced out of it well. I think Green Door broke the land speed record at York last time. He clocked some seriously quick fractions that weren’t sustainable, but he has come out of that fine and is going well. He is very genuine and we still have faith in the horse.”

 

A NOSE FOR VICTORY

After Saturday's first woman conductor at the BBC Proms, yesterday could have been the occasion for a second female name added to Doncaster’s “Leger Legends Stakes” roll of honour. Gay Kelleway, successful jockey and now Newmarket trainer, and the only female trainer and rider to have had a winner at Royal Ascot, seemed to have everything sorted in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes, when she rode PELMANISM into the final furlong. But no-one had counted on the tenacity of George Baker's DANA'S PRESENT or the nerve of jump jockey, Jimmy McCarthy, on WILLIE SUPPLE. The two of them mugged the unfortunate son of Piccolo and, to add insult to injury, dead-heated on the line leaving poor PELMANISM in third place by a 'nose'.

Gaye Kelleway said later: I probably went a bit too soon on him. I had plenty of horse under me and kept pushing, but you can’t keep hitting them can you? He gave me a great ride and Brian’s lovely,” she added.

The legendary female jockey's last ride in public was in 1992! 

  

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WEDNESDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2013  

 

SOMEWHERE OVER THE A1! 

The first race last night at Beverley, the Race Horse Trader Xtra Maiden Auction Stakes took place not without a certain amount of drama. The jockey booked to ride EDDIEMAURICE was Joey Haynes. The problem was he had one ride at Redcar at 14.30 and then he needed to hare it down the A1 to get to Beverley in time to ride in the the 16.35. Now that's some 80 miles and was probably not achievable in the time available. As there was no mention that he had access to or could even afford the services of a helicopter, he was left in limbo, near Pocklington or some other location on the A1. The Musley Bank Stables-based Patrick (Paddy) Mathers was recruited at the last minute and proved to be an excellent replacement riding the 2-year-old son of Captain Rio to victory by a neck. 

Trainer, Richard Guest commented afterwards: "Considering he's not riding a lot of winners, Paddy gave him an absolute peach of a ride. I was very concerned about the ground – he's a Captain Rio horse and needs cut – but Paddy got his head up on the outside and found that better ground up the straight." 

Now that he has broken his duck after four attempts, EDDIEMAURICE is due to take on something slightly more unusual in France. 

The South Yorkshire handler hinted: "Next up is a trip to France on the Saturday of Arc weekend in October. There's a £60,000 claimer there and he'll probably get into that race now he's won his maiden."

 

BREAK A LEG! 

The Mark Johnston-trained PRINCESS TAMAY reared up when leaving the parade ring at Leicester yesterday just before the Rancliffe Selling Stakes, throwing off jockey, Franny Norton who was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary with a suspected broken leg. 

The 2-year-old daughter of Tamayuz was subsequently withdrawn from the race and there was also a delay to proceedings because officials had to wait for the ambulance to come back. 

It was bad luck for Liverpudlian, Franny Norton, who is enjoying his best season to-date with 80 wins to his credit, only two behind his best-ever achievement in 2001.   

 

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TUESDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2013

 

RICHARD'S DREAM WIN OVER RICHARD

Richard Hughes, has an ongoing successful partnership with trainer, Richard Hannon, so it is unusual for him to beat his boss into second place which he did yesterday at Brighton in the Brasserie Italian Brighton Marina Fillies' Handicap. This time he was riding SASKIA'S DREAM, trained by Jane Chapple-Hyam, the 8/11 favourite. It was only in the last moments as they approached the line that the champion jockey was able to urge the 5-year-old daughter of Oasis Dream up alongside Richard Hannon's TAKE THE LEAD. Pat Dobbs did all he could to stay ahead but the competition was too great and he lost it by a length. Richard

Hughes rode the SASKIA'S DREAM last time out at this track and part-owner, Jane Chapple-Hyam, was obviously delighted that the partnership was renewed.

She commented afterwards: "We have to thank Mr Hannon. He knows Richard is chasing the championship again and maybe because he felt Saskia's Dream was a bit unlucky last time, he was keen to stick with ours today. I'm delighted to give Richard another winner.”

It's good to report that Richard Hughes made amends in the next race, the 32Red/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes when he rode Richard Hannon's JUAN ALONSO to a half-length victory.

 

A WILD GEESE CHASE!

ACAPULCO GOLD' win in the TUV-SUD Consulting Engineers Handicap Chase gave trainer, Paul Nolan, his first ever winner at Perth, courtesy champion jockey Tony McCoy. The County Wexford trainer entered his first two two horses last month at this Scottish track and one of these was yesterday's winner, who did not disgrace himself by making fourth place that time. The 5-year-old son of Azamour was taking on three miles for the first time and acquitted himself well by running on strongly from the final fence to win by six lengths ahead of the Lucinda Russell-trained WILD GEESE.

Paul Nolan said afterwards: "It's nice to have a winner and he saw out the three miles well. He was a bit unlucky to fall in Tipperary a couple of starts back and it has just taken a while for him to get his confidence back. He's rated around 120 over hurdles and he'll be getting to that sort of mark over fences as well now. That's what he is, so he might struggle from here on in, but it's nice to get another win out of him anyway.” 

  

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MONDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 2013  

 

HAYLEY HALLELUJAH! 

HALLELUJAH treated her trainer, James Fanshawe, to an exciting win yesterday at York when she won the Betfred Garrowby Stakes by the narrowest of margins – a nose. The Newmarket handler is now anxious to see how quickly the five-year-old recovers from her challenging ordeal before deciding whether she will run in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup in twelve days' time. He had waited patiently for easier ground for his daughter of Avonbridge and the wait paid off on her first outing since 28th June. 

He commented: "I've never had a winner at Ayr, but it's a great prize so we will see how she is. It's less than two weeks away. If the ground is soft up there and she's all right, it's very tempting.” 

It was also a great day for Hayley Turner who rode her second winner since getting back into the saddle after breaking her ankle in a fall at Yarmouth. 

 

FIRST COME, SECOND SERVED! 

The last race of the day at Fontwell, the 32RedPoker.com Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race, ended on a controversial note: jockeyTom O'Brien got a 4-day ban and the Jamie Snowden-trained CENTORIA disqualified and placed second giving our own Sam Twiston-Davies first position aboard the 4-year-old daughter of High Chaparral, HAZEL BROOK, trained by Mrs. Mary Hambro. The two contenders came perilously close to each other in the final hundred yards of the race until eventually Tom O'Brien's mare went right across the path of Sam Twiston-Davies and HAZEL BROOK, forcing them up against the rail. CENTORIA then went on to win by a length and a quarter. A stewards' inquiry was quickly called, however, and, after carefully reviewing the circumstances, the officials decided to reverse the placings, ruling that the interference had improved CENTORIA's finishing position. 

SUNDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 2013

 

MUSIC TO LLOYD-WEBBER'S EARS.

It was a day when the boys had to make way for a new girl on the block. Neither the Roger Charlton-trained AL KAZEEM, star of the Coral Eclipse at Sandown in July nor James Bolger's TRADING LEATHER, winner of the Irish Derby in June could match the power of 4-year-old THE FUGUE in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown yesterday. Traditionally this is a race that that has been male-dominated, The daughter of Dansili, however, seemed to take a leaf out of last year's winner, SNOW FAIRY's book, in the way she he powered past AL KAZEEM, the 9/10 favourite, and won by an impressive length-and-a-quarter.

Winning jockey, William Buick, Norwegian-born with both British and Danish citizenship, gave his mount a patient ride but the moment he asked her for more speed, as Kevin Manning began urging TRADING LEATHER back into contention a furlong out, THE FUGUE obliged by responding on cue.

As he said later: "I was worried about the ground, but it worked out well. She's one of the greats now. She's been so unlucky and should have won so many times last year. I'm just glad she's getting the rub of the green. She's beaten the colts in a championship race and it was a great performance the way she did it."

Owner Lady Lloyd-Webber commented: "It's been touch and go. I nearly didn't get on the plane because I didn't think we were going to run with all the rain that was forecast. But John said: 'It's good ground and we have to run'.

Perhaps she reached 'The Point of No Return', as her husband would have put it!

 

POET'S DAY YESTERDAY!

The Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park yesterday was a demonstration of pure class. 5-year-old GORDON LORD BYRON, ridden by the incomparable Johnny Murtagh, gave his rivals what for. Admittedly he was aided and abetted in his task by the Favourite, LETHAL FORCE, who just didn't seem be on form from the start and the other serious contender, GARSWOOD, who put paid to any chance of victory due to a late break from the stalls. It was up to William Haggas' HEERAT to instill a bit of pace into the 6-furlong sprint but even petered out before he reached the furlong pole. Johnny Murtagh skilfully kept the son of BYRON cruising smoothly in the leader's slipstream and when he asked him to go for it, he went - no problem. From then on the duo never really seemed to be in any danger of being caught.

The winning jockey said afterwards: "He was different today. I don't know if it was the ground, but when I got to the three marker I was taking him back. I let him coast down to the two and when I gave him a couple of cracks, unlike the last time I rode him when he was hard work, today he was just electric and he picked up really well and won easy.” 

  

SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2013

 

LONG LIVE R I – THE KING-EMPEROR!

Will it be a hat-trick for LETHAL FORCE, as everyone seems to expect, in the Betfred Sprint Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 1) today at Haydock Park? He certainly has the form and ability but he just may not have things all his way this time. As usual he could power out of stall one and dominate the contest from the outset if unchallenged but William Haggas' HEERAAT and Kevin Ryan's HAMZA, coming out of stalls three and seven respectively, could well have other plans. This dynamic duo also have a preference for forcing the pace from the off and the danger is, in trying seize the initiative the 4-year-old son of Dark Angel will go too soon in his effort to dominate the race. If that does happen, he could well overreach himself. With this potential scenario, a speculative bet could well be worth consideration on the other, overlooked, mount of William Haggas, REX IMPERATOR, who claimed the Robins Farm Racing Stewards' Cup (Heritage Handicap) at Goodwood last month.

Admittedly it required a gelding operation, a change of trainer, the application of cheekpieces and, last but not least, Neil Callan aboard to start to produce some success with this son of Royal Applause but all these changes seem to have the potential of success. He won the Stewards' Cup was very impressively. He certainly had the look of a group-class performer then and at an over-inflated 16/1 is well worth a bit of support.

 

PLAY MISTY FOR ME!”

Chestnut filly, CORAL MIST, trained by Charlie Hills is obviously set for higher things before the season gets much older. The 2-year-old already demonstrated her nifty form with an impressive win at Haydock at the beginning of the month. Before that she had already caught the eye of any good jusge of horse flesh when she romped home third on her racecourse debut at Goodwood in the end of July. Consequently she had a lot of support in today's Betfred Appliances On Line EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes on the Newton-Le-Willows track. As expected the highly-rated MERLETTA, trained by Jeremy Noseda, dominated most of the 6-furlong trip but was unable to cope with the daughter of Bahamian Bounty's turn of speed in the final furlong and with the added bonus of Tom Queally aboard the winning margin was expanded to three lengths.

A jubilant Charlie Hills commented: "She did it well and the bit of rain helped her, I'm sure.

At Goodwood you could see the penny dropped a couple of furlongs from home and she really ran to the line. She came on for that and has won well, so we might look to step her up in class now.

It was not only horse's day. CORAL MIST's win became the second part of a double for the County Watford-born Tom Queally, who also won the first race of the day on the Dandy Nicholls-trained IMPERIAL LEGEND in a close-call finish in theBetfred Sharples Group Handicap. 

  

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FRIDAY 6th SEPTEMBER 2013 

 

THE GIRLS MEAN BUSINESS 

Frankel's half sister, JOYEUSE, got the job done but only by a neck in yesterday's E.B.F. Stallions & Country Gentlemen's Association Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury but that was enough to strengthen her bid for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas. Her claim is not unchallenged, however, as two other high-class fillies will be putting their form on the line in the Betfred Appliances On Line E.B.F. Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Haydock today. The two contenders in question are MERLETTA, odds-on favourite, and CORAL MIST. The former seems to have the stronger form after finishing fourth in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York last month. CORAL MIST also has a reasonable claim as, on her debut at Glorious Goodwood in July, she came a creditable third in a tough race and is bound to give the Chevely Park Stud daughter of Raven's Pass a run for her money. 

 

BITTAR SWEET ON GOOD FRIDAY 

Chief Executive of British Horseracing Authority, Paul Bittar, seems not to worry about getting on the wrong side of trainers, owners and jockeys who, after all, are the people who keep horse racing alive in this country. The fearless former Chief Strategy Officer at Racing Victoria has thrown down the gauntlet BY HINTING AT the possibility of racing on Good Friday. Traditionally jockeys hold their their annual awards ceremony, The Lesters, on the previous evening and Lambourn and Middleham have host their ever popular charity open days on this special day in the Christian calendar. First major proposal thrown into the hat is by Lingfield, with an obvious eye on potential profits. The powers-that-be are proposing to move their Winter Derby from a televised Easter Saturday event to a £1million untelevised presentation on Good Friday. 

Paul Bittar commented: “Good Friday is a significant leisure day, so we are keen to fully assess the merit of racing. We are mindful of the historical sensitivities around this subject, but will seek to establish the net benefit to the sport of racing taking place on Good Friday, and move the debate to one based on the facts that are available.”   

 

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THURSDAY 5th SEPTEMBER 2013

 

RUNS IN THE FAMILY

JOYEUSE, half-sister of the great FRANKEL, makes her third appearance today in the - (deep breath!) - EBF Stallions & Country Gentlemen's Association Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes. Sired by OASIS DREAM, not GALILEO as FRANKEL was, and originally trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil, the Prince Khalid bin Abdullah-owned filly got off the mark in her debut race at Lingfield in May. She then went on to secure a third the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and is starting to attract a lot of attention from those in the know.

Racing Manager, Lord Grimthorpe, commented: "She has had some time off since Ascot and has strengthened up and developed well. As she hasn't had a run for a while she might be a little rusty but everyone seems pleased with her at home."

 

NEWS ON DEMAND

An exciting afternoon at Salisbury when ON DEMAND, owned by Sky Sports News, makes her racing debut in the EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes. The 2-year-old daughter of TEOFIL had a truly newsworthy beginning in March, when viewers of Sky Sports News were asked to vote for a name for the newly acquired filly and over 3,000 suggestions were received. Once the name was chosen, ON DEMAND joined Andrew Balding at his Park House Stables in Kingsclere. The final design for the horse's colours and jockey's silks - blue body with a red disc and white sleeves - was also voted for by Sky Sports News viewers.

Trainer, Andrew Balding, sounded quite optimistic when he spoke to – you guessed it!- Sky Sports News: "It's a fillies' maiden over seven furlongs, so it's a great starting point as long as the ground isn't too fast. It was good to firm in places at the last meeting and I hope if they've watered and maintained that it will be perfectly safe. Anything can happen first time out but she seems to know her job at home and she's certainly ready to go."

 

SPORT OF KINGS

Another exciting debut today. Ross, son of Owner/Breeder Isobel Phipps Coltman, and born in the same year as Champion Kayf Aramis, started at King's School, Gloucester.

 

WEDNESDAY 4th SEPTEMBER 2013

 

SAINT WHAT YOU DO, IT'S THE WAY THAT YOU DO IT!

SAINT BONIFACE and Seb Sanders probably have their best chance to stop the rot when they team up this afternoon at Bath in the BBC Radio Bristol Handicap. The Peter Makin-trained 4-year-old has certainly not achieved anything to write home about since he started racing in December 2011. In all that time he failed to score in fourteen outings, the closest being second place at this very track two weeks ago but even then five lengths behind the winner, PRECISION FIVE. It is unfortunate because the son of Bahamian Bounty has shown intermittently that he has some evidence of ability in previous races at Lingfield and Brighton, for example, but he is without doubt at a career-low mark and, as they say, the only way is up. It may be that his last run at Bath gives rise to not a little optimism because he was stepping up considerably in distance. He's back at this distance again but the contest looks an even weaker affair than last time. In his favour is he carries a mere 1lb extra for his last outing and, even more important, he has the incomparable Seb Sanders aboard, making his return to the saddle. All in all must make him worth a punt. (bet not the Irish pound!)

 

OWN GOAL WINS!

Football agent and horse owner, Willie McKay, must have been over the moon yesterday, after a hectic transfer deadline day, when he scored with the 5-year-old GOAL in the CMYK Digital Solutions Handicap at Musselburgh. The well-backed son of Mujadil, trained by Gordon Elliott, scraped home by a neck ahead of Robert Winston-ridden SUMMER DANCER.

McKay commented afterwards: "It was a busy day on Monday and we did deals involving half a dozen players. This has been a decent day as well as we fancied Goal a wee bit and he has delivered the goods."

The closest result of the afternoon's racing was between the 'down-the-road-from-Hamilton' trainer, Keith Dalgleish, whose KANO'S GIRL held off Tom Eaves' SECRET APPLAUSE by a nose in the 32Red Selling Stakes.  

TUESDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 2013

 

ONE TWO TRIP

A first and a second for Irish trainer, John McConnell, at Hamilton yesterday. His winner, the 3-year-old son of Captain Marvelous, LINDENHURST, with Joe Fanning aboard, scored easily in the Racing UK On Sky Channel 432 Handicap with a winning margin of two lengths. His second was notched up by another 3-year-old, MINOR STREET who went into the lead three furlongs out in the Download The Free Racing UK App Handicap and it really looked like a double for the County Meath-based handler but he was thwarted in the final hundred yards by the superior filly, TAXIFORMISSBYRON, trained by Michael Herrington and positively ridden by Graham Lee.

John McConnell said later: "It's great that Lindenhurst won and I thought the second was bit unlucky. Minot Street had to go the long way and the winner went the short way. That made the difference to winning and losing. Lindenhurst is quite straightforward. He just needs to have his mind made up. You couldn't get better than Joe (Fanning) the way he is riding at the minute."

Interestingly both horses are still on the cards to run at Musselburgh today. LINDENHURST in the 16.25 Cala Homes UK's Best Housebuilder Handicap and MINOR STREET in the CMYK Digital Solutions Handicap at 14.40. The trainer said he would wait until this morning to make a decision.

His comment was: "I'd say Minot Street is more likely to run tomorrow, but I don't know about Lindenhurst. I'll make a decision on both in the morning. It's a nice predicament to have."

The 'down-the-road-from-Hamilton' trainer, Keith Dalgleish, who had high hopes yesterday at the Lanarkshire track but failed to score, is sending five of his hopefuls fifty miles to Musselburgh. So let's wish him a more successful day.

 

MUSCLING IN ON MUSSELBURGH

It's about the same distance there for former jump jockey turned trainer, Iain Jardine who has high hopes for his LA BACOUETTEUSE in the Cala Homes UK’s Best Housebuilder Handicap . The 8-year-old son of Miesque's Son, (with a feminine-sounding name!) is trained at Bonchester Bridge, near Hawick.

As the Hawick handler commented: “He’s been running – and winning – over two miles round Musselburgh and he’s handled the step up in trip well enough. But he’s also got good form at shorter and I haven’t any worries about the distance. Most of his wins have come on right-handed tracks and he seems to particularly enjoy Musselburgh. He ran very well to finish third in a 0-85 handicap when staying on well last time. He gets on well with David Allan who is his favourite jockey, and I quite fancy him to be honest.”

One challenger who could upset Iain Jardine's plans is LINDENHURST who won at Hamilton yesterday (mentioned above) but it is not at all certain that he will run after the previous day's exertions.  

 

MONDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER 2013

 

IT WAS INDEED WRITTEN!

THE Andreas Wohler-trained NOVELLIST added another successful chapter to his racing career when he won the Preis Von Baden Group 1 Stakes yesterday at Baden-Baden, making his fifth win in a row and his ninth from eleven outings, bringing his earnings to over £1 million to-date. Although the German handler had stated that this contest was being used as a, as he put it, 'stepping-stone' in preparation for the Qater Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October, the 4-year-old son of Monsun, produced a very workmanlike result. Initially he took a very keen hold and seemed reluctant to take the lead but by the one-furlong post he assumed leadership and gradually asserted himself, albeit under a certain amount of pressure and dominated in the final 100 yards and won by three-quarters of a length.

It was 'ein guter Tag' at Baden-Baden for trainer Andreas Wohler as his 5-year-old SEISMOS was in second postion, securing a total prize money of £170,000.

 

TWO BITES AT THE CHERRY

Hamilton Park today will be the venue for trainer, Keith Dalgleish's two-pronged attack on the course's highlight of the meeting - the £15,000 Betfair Scottish Sprint Series Final. Conveniently he lives just a quarter-of-an-hour's drive away at Carluke so no travelling problems for his duo, the 5-year-old bay gelding, CIRCUITOUS, who won the Unison Supporting St. Vincent's Hospice 25th Year Handicap at Ayr in the middle of August and the 3-year-old chestnut filly, SECRET ADVICE, winner of the Rotech Handicap at Musselburgh in July.

In-form Keith Dalgleish has produced 14 winners already this year at this Lanarkshire track and seemed quite confident when he remarked: "Circuitous has been a star this term and has done nothing but improve all year. His latest win at Ayr last month was off a career high and he needs another off 4lb more this time. He's at his best on good or good to firm so we're keeping our fingers crossed the rain stays away. He's still going the right away and should go close again.

"Secret Advice has progressed nicely all through the year and she's won three for us at Carlisle, Hamilton and Musselburgh. The fact that she has won at Hamilton helps and she is not without a chance if the going stays the same. It's great that horses like these can race for such good money on our doorstep. We love having runners at Hamilton and we've enjoyed a decent year there."

  

SUNDAY 1st SEPTEMBER 2013 

 

IS IT WRITTEN? 

NOVELLIST, victor in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the end of July, is runnning in the Grosser Preis Von Baden today. It has been hinted by his trainer Andreas Wohler that this outing is a stepping stone towards Longchamp's Qater Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October . The four-year-old hasn't lost a race this season. His win at Ascot was not really such a big surprise but the ease with which he succeeded certainly was, whereby Johnny Murtagh scored a five-length victory over the Jim Bolger-trained TRADING LEATHER. Maybe it should also be noted that NOVELLIST only managed fourth in this race 12 months ago behind his 4-year-old compatriot, DANEDREAM, but he looks in much better shape this time around. The only hesitance is prompted by trainer, Andreas Wohler's statement that his main target is the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on October 6 which means that the son of Monsun may not yet be in peak condition. 

As the German handler commented: "All is going well with the horse, I am happy with his work at home. It is a Group One on Sunday, but for us it is a prep race. The ground at Baden-Baden is on the slow side, but it is drying up. He wouldn't want the ground too fast, but there should be a little bit of cut in the ground and he should be fine. 

Interestingly NOVELLIST will be ridden by Eduardo Pedroza today but our own Johnny Murtagh is expected to ride him in the Arc.

 

VERY MUCH A LIVE-HEAT! 

The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta Stakes at Sandown yesterday resulted in what some might consider the punters' nightmare – a dead-heat. The two main contenders, INTEGRAL and LADYS FIRST (no apostrophe!) initiated a battle royal inside the final quarter mile. Ryan Moore, aboard INTEGRAL, made his challenge down the outside, taking the Sir Michael Stoute's daughter of Dalakhani a good half-a-length clear of LADYS FIRST inside the final furlong but he just couldn't hold off Richard Fahey's daughter of Dutch Art who fought back valiantly. 

Sir Michael Stoute commented: "The other horse is admirably consistent and I thought she had us beaten so I'm happy to share the prize. I was scared of the Godolphin filly so I'm relieved really as Ryan went too early, he said he messed up. She's still a bit immature, she proved that in the Nassau, so she's just learning her trade but she has a lot of talent. 

Jockey, Tony Hamilton said: "I thought Ryan had got me but my filly is very brave, she's run a lot of big races this year and it's great she has won a Group Three. I'm very pleased for the owners who have waited a long time for this."   

 

SATURDAY 31st AUGUST 2013 

 

STRATEGY - INTEGRAL PART OF SUCCESS 

INTEGRAL, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, could could only manage seventh in Goodwood's Group One Nassau Stakes which was won by the John Gosden-trained WINSILI and so it seems a decision was made to lower the bar and enter her for the less challenging Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta Stakes at Sandown today. The Dalakhani filly is already a valuable commodity for her Cheveley Park Stud owners and their Managing Director, Chris Richardson, clearly expects better things in this afternoon's race. 

He commented: "I think the Nassau was all a bit much. It was only her third run and she was a bit intimidated by it all I think, also she didn't get the clearest of runs. She's in good form at home and came out of the race well and I think this race looks perfect to get her going again." 

HE'S THE KING, MAN! 

The John Gosden-trained, KINGMAN, won his debut race, the bet365.com Maiden Stakes by six lengths at Newmarket at the end of June so he is tipped to do well in today's Betfred Mobile Solario Stakes this afternoon. The Newmarket trainer's last success in this race was with RAVEN'S PASS, the eventual winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic but he seems to be unusually modest about the prospects for his 2-year-old son of Invincible Spirit. But conditions has changed considerably since last Thursday when James Doyle was appointed first jockey to owner, Khalid Abdullah, so KINGMAN's chances seem to have been greatly enhanced. 

Teddy Grimthorpe, Khalid Abdullah's racing manager, stated: "It is a big first ride, but that is what we all come in for. It's what James comes into the game for and what Prince Khalid is trying to breed horses for so it is certainly a pivotal moment, I should think. Lest we forget, he is only a maiden, and I think quite a few people have forgotten that. I'm right with John on this, of course we hope he's going to be a good horse but the three horses he's running against have all got really good proven form and proven experience. We have to take it step by step and making him a great champion before he's out of short pants is a bit premature.”  

  

FRIDAY 30th AUGUST 2013

 

GIRL ON FIRE”

Only the second woman rider in histroy to win the Irish Grand National, Nina Carberry, has now trained her first winner. The JP McManus-owned BLAZE OF FIRE won the Malton.com Handicap Chase by 4½ lengths at Killarney last night. Ridden by MP Walsh, the 7-year-old son of Bering was patiently held in mid-division until he was urged into the lead fourth out. Recovering from a mistake made at the second from home he went into the lead at the last and managed to keep on strongly.

Nina Carberry, Sportswoman of the Year in 2011, took it all in her stride as she announced: "But I start my new job as assistant trainer to Noel Meade on Monday.

 

FRIDAY - NOT GOOD- FOR RACING

The British Horseracing Authority has not yet made a decision as to whether it will approve racing on Good Friday. There was a report suggesting that it was considering proposals for two major meetings on this Bank Holiday with the possibility of a £1million event which has been put forward by by the owners of Lingfield racetrack, Arena Racing Company (ARC). Good Friday is one of the very few free days in the racing calendar. Staging official races on that day would not be very popular as the annual Lester awards, named after 11-times champion jockey, Lester Piggott are presented to jockeys the night before, Maundy Thursday. Also training centres, such as those in Lambourn and Middleham, traditionally hold their charity open days on Good Friday. There have been commercial pressures in recent years, however, to have racing on this day because of betting revenue opportunities because most people have this day off and many would like to go to the races.

The chief executive of the National Trainers Association, Rupert Arnold commented: "The NTF position remains the same in that we continue to support the open days at Middleham and Lambourn and it's important to the success of them that there remains no racing on Good Friday. We have been involved in the discussions, particularly with ARC, and we are aware of their proposals."

Paul Struthers, chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, had this interesting comment to make: "ARC has involved us in its discussions about the meeting at Lingfield. The proposal is exciting and we support it in principal, but we don't accept that it has to take place on Good Friday. If it's going to happen, then the BHA is going to have to be really strong, otherwise Good Friday will become just like any other Sunday or bank holiday. We were told when Sunday racing started that there would be special days, but apart from one or two exceptions, Sunday racing is mediocre in this country. Anyone who doesn't recognise the risk of that happening on Good Friday is being naive."

 

THURSDAY 29th AUGUST 2013  

 

FANNING THE FLAMES OF SUCCESS 

It seemed a fairly run-of-the-mill fixture at Catterick yesterday but Joe Fanning fired up the proceedings with three winners in a row for three different trainers. The North Yorkshire jockey had only made eight appearances in this winner's enclosure in the past five seasons. This is quite surprising really considering that he rides mainly for local Middleham trainer, Mark Johnston. But he soon set the record straight with his 52/1 hat-trick, which made his 86th this season, moving him into the top five in the British Flat jockeys' championship. Without a doubt, the highlight of his treble success was his win on the Mark Johnston-trained SKYTRAIN who had to give all he had to score by half a length in the Betfred "Treble Odds On Lucky 15's" Handicap.  

Joe Fanning kicked off his day of glory on the William Haggas-trained SKY GARDEN with a narrow victory in the Betfred Mobile Sports Maiden Stakes, followed half-an-hour later with a 6-length win on Richard Fahey's NASHVILLE in the Betfred Better Odds On Goals Galore Handicap. 

 

PRIDE COMES BEFORE A FALL 

For Ollie (Oliver) Sangster, the 16-year-old grandson of the legendary owner-breeder Sir Robert Sangster, it's back to Marlborough College this weekend but, no doubt, his continuing passion for horses even stronger after clocking up his first ever winner in the Betfair Novice Flat Amateur Riders' Handicap at Carlisle. And he did it in style, too, leading for just about the whole way on the Alan Swinbank-trained 4-year-old, LOTHAIR. Success might have gone a bit to his head, though, as, in an unguarded moment, after crossing the line he allowed the gelding to unseat him. Probably nothing more than his pride was hurt.

As he put it himself: "I think I was kind of up in the clouds after the line, but it was all fine. I'm going back to school on Sunday to start my A-levels, but I'm riding out for Brian Meehan. I'd like to do more of the Flat, but I may have to move into the jumps depending on my size. I'll just take it as it comes."   

 

WEDNESDAY 28th AUGUST 2013

 

AYR WE GO. AYR WE GO. AYR WE GO!

The John Akehurst Handicap at Epsom yesterday was won by HOPES N DREAMS which probably describes her owner, Jimmy Chua's feelings as she won this 6-furlong contest by a convincing 2¾ lengths. The win was surprising as the 5-year-old mare came nowhere last time out (13th out of 20!) in the William Hill Silver Trophy Handicap. This time, however, it was a completely different story. Under an aggressive ride by former champion jockey, Jamie Spencer, she made all the running and was well clear a furlong out and held off easily a mediocre challenge by the Richard Hughes-ridden CLEAR PRAISE.

Interestingly, five of the daughter of Elusive City's six earlier wins were at Hamilton and the Jimmy Chua gave the reason for that: "I live locally and I've always wanted to see one of my horses win here. She's a very nervous filly and can get upset in the stalls, but Jamie rode her perfectly. She is a Hamilton specialist, but Epsom isn't completely different and we were quietly confident. She's in the Ayr Gold Cup and I'd love her to go there."

 

THE GRAND NATIONAL'S CRABBIE!

It's just been announced that the new sponsors of the Grand National are the 'Master Brewer of ginger beverages' John Crabbie & Co. or Crabbies, as they are commonly known. As a result the 2014 renewal of the world-famous race will have, for the first time in its 167-year history, £1 million in prize money. After John Smith's terminated its 9-year backing of the event this year there was a certain concern that Aintree would have its work cut out finding another sponsor but Crabbies have mixed their name with Aintree and come up with another brew for the 3-year deal. Coincidentally this new arrangement renews Crabbie's owner, Halewood International's, longstanding connection with Aintree. Halewood International's founder, the late John Halewood, was the owner of the Ginger McCain-trained AMBERLEIGH HOUSE who won the Grand National in 2004.

As is traditional in this sponsorship, Crabbie's gets the right to name three races in the Grand National event. It has been agreed that these will be - the Crabbie's Fox Hunters' Chase, the Crabbie's Topham Chase and the Crabbie's Grand National.

Deputy chairman of Halewood International, Peter Eaton, commented: "It has always been the family's ambition to sponsor the Grand National and we are very excited to have this opportunity. With the joint partnership of Crabbie's, Aintree and the Jockey Club, it's our aim to take the Grand National to another level."

Crabbies are the fourth drinks company to sponsor the Grand National. The others were Seagram, Martell and, of course, John Smith's. 

TUESDAY 27th AUGUST 2013 

 

YORKSHIRE 7 – REST OF THE COUNTRY 3 

For the past ten years local trainers have have won seven of the last ten runnings of the City of Ripon Stakes, so it's natural that the Sheriff Hutton-based Mick Easterby is confident of maintaining that record with his 6-year-old BARREN BROOK. Only the Jim Goldie-trained FULL TOSS stands in the way of history repeating itself as the other eight runners all come from Yorkshire stables but he's bottom of the betting at 16/1. BARREN BROOK hasn't scored since winning the Unison 'Speaking Up For Public Services' Handicap in July 2011 but the trainer believes his son of Beat Hollow but Mick Easterby thinks his six-year-old has a decent chance of pulling it off. As he commented: "I think he'll run a good race and I fancy him. He's been pleasing at home." 

Might be worth an each way. 

 

WHAT'S IN A NAME? 

If you're one of those punters that bets on horses because of their name then the catchily-named HOT RED MAMA would appeal and could very well be a good little earner in tomorrow's JD Pipes Handicap at Carlisle. The Dianne Sayer-trained is really running well and deserves to win another race of this nature. The 6-year-old daughter of Traditionally won the Ultimate Ladies' Night Handicap by five lengths over this course and distance on 5th August and went on to come second in the British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Fillies' Handicap at Ripon just 12 days later, overcoming an 8lb higher handicap. Although she ran very well then that race was over 1¼ miles, probably not her ideal trip. But tomorrow back at her favourite track and distance of 7 furlongs she is certain to give good value to punters with the added bonus of being in the capable hands PJ McDonald.  

 

MONDAY 26th AUGUST 2013

 

BOOM AND BUST DEFEATED

Goodwood’s three-day August Bank Holiday festival ended on a high note – the sun put in an appearance and so did the crowds in their hundreds. When the overcast conditions changed into a magnificent late Summer afternoon then the stage was set for a thrilling seven-race fixture plus the usual multitude of events for family entertainment. The feature race of the day – the Group 3 Greene King Supreme Stakes was won by trainer, Saeed bin Suroor, with the 4-year-old LOCKWOOD with Silvestre de Sousa aboard. BOOM AND BUST, mentioned here yesterday as a hopeful, made a dash for home two furlongs out but the jockey from Brazil now had a target to aim at and caught the Marcus Tregoning-trained 6-year-old close to the finish and beat him by half a length.

The Godolphin trainer, Saeed Bin Suroor said afterwards: “He was a bit weak when he joined Godolphin. He didn’t show a lot but he looked mentally and physically improved when he won last time. The ground suited him him and he showed a good turn of foot. He ran a huge race.”

 

HE WHO LAUGHS LAST ….... !

WHAT ABOUT CARLO won the Fairground Maiden Auction Stakes at Goodwood yesterday thus providing CREACHADOIR, the winner of the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes in 2008 with his first winning offspring. With William Buick aboard, the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained 2-year-old colt ran a strong race and, on only his third outing, beat Richard Hannon's JUAN ALONSO by one and a quarter lengths.

WHAT ABOUT CARLO's success came just too late for one of his joint owners, the inimitable comedian, Mel Smith, who died last month but I guess he had the last laugh!

 

SUNDAY 25th AUGUST 2013

 

LEADING A MERRY DANCE

The Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York yesterday was the scene of an exciting victory by the KEVIN Ryan-trained ASTAIRE under the competent control of Neil Callan. The 2-year-old son of Intense Focus took a narrow lead three furlongs out and had to draw deeply on his reserves to hold off the last-minute challenges by WILTSHIRE BOULEVEARD and PARBOLD who finished a neck behind respectively. This result marked trainer, Kevin Ryan's second successive victory in this Group 2 event. ASTAIRE commanded the race from the word go and and had enough in reserve to beat off his rivals.

Winning jockey Neil Callan said: “Kevin seems to pick one out for the race every year – they might have to start calling it the Kevin Ryan Gimcrack!”

 

A WIN FOR CAMERON – NO NOT HIM!

Yet another son of Galileo, CAMERON HIGHLAND, showed his breeding when he won last night's Listed EBF Stallions August Stakes at Windsor, a contest he won a year ago. The Roger Varian-trained colt was a 9/4 shot then but this time punters got 3/1 for their loyalty. SOUVIENS TOI made the running in the early part of the race and then the 10/11 favourite, SHIROCCO STAR, started to steal the show, ridden by champion jockey, Richard Hughes.

The winning Sardinian jockey, Andrea Atenzi, shrewdly decided to save ground by keeping to the inside throughout, waiting until just over two furlongs out before making his challenge and soon had the well-backed son of Shirocco in trouble, claiming victory by three lengths.

Roger Varian said afterwards : "He's not complicated and I am really pleased with how the horse quickened and saw it out to the line. He has a good attitude, despite the hood and the cheekpieces”.

 

SATURDAY 24th AUGUST 2013

 

UPS AND DOWNS

Just when the economy seemed to be improving it looks like BOOM OR BUST has returned stronger than ever. In fact he is tipped to take the Greene King Supreme Stakes at Goodwood this afternoon. The Marcus Tregoning-trained 6-year-old has won some big handicap races in the past, namely last year's Les Ambassadeurs Casino Shergar Cup Mile Handicap and the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot. But this time he will need to pull something extra out of the bag because today's contest is a furlong shorter. The son of Footstepsinthesand needed a couple of runs to get going earlier in the year. He went all out for it in the Group Two Lennox Stakes at Goodwood in July and finished third. Two weeks ago he ran at Salisbury in the totepool.com Sovereign Stakes, trying to take it from the front but he was no match for AFSARE who beat him into second place by six lengths. With his old rival, PROFESSOR, being at a 2lb disadvantage, BOOM AND BUST could well benefit a lot of punters' personal economy.

 

CAN'T KEEP A GOOD MAN DROWNE!

It was a good day for jockey, Steve Drowne, who only got back in the saddle a few weeks ago after suffering two blackouts last spring. JWALA was the least-fancied of trainer Robert Cowell's three runners with odds of 40-1. But that didn't worry the 4-year-old daughter of Oasis Dream. She was off like a shot and disputed the running right from the start of the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes over five-furlongs. South African champion, SHEA SHEA and SOLE POWER from Ireland (mentioned in yesterday's RACING NEWS) both had a chance in the final yards but JWALA made it by half a length.

Steve Drowne commented: “Everyone knows my problems last year, but you need a horse like this to bounce back. You just need to land one like this and it gets you back. She’s a fabulous filly.”

A 'speechless' Robert Cowell said: “That's really exciting, I'm thrilled. She’s a grand filly and only finished a length behind Sole Power last year as a three-year-old at Doncaster in a Listed race. She’s come on leaps and bounds, she’s ultra tough and she’s got a really high cruising speed. At Goodwood last time she fractured her eye socket, which only came to light later on, but she’s come back. I’m speechless.”

 As a certain Lady sang:

                      “I'll never talk again, oh boy, you've left me speechless

                                   You've left me speechless, so speechless.” 

 

FRIDAY 23rd AUGUST 2013

 

THE POWERS THAT BE

The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York this afternoon will feature a pair of Power's Powers. The Eddie Lynam-trained SOLE POWER and SLADE POWER will be running in the colours of Mrs. Sabena Power, a member of the Power bookmaking family. The 6-year-old son of Killachy, SOLE POWER, won this race in 2010 and is obviously well adapted to this five furlong distance, as he demonstrated in June at Ascot when he was victorious in the King's Stand Stakes. The 4-year-old son of Dutch Art, SLADE POWER, on the other hand, established his credentials by bagging the Paypal Supporting Irish Autism Action Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the beginning of the month.

Another Power – Paddy – the owner's son, stated: "The Nunthorpe was always Sole's target while Slade was going to go for the Haydock Sprint Cup in a couple of weeks' time. But Slade was going so well at home and won so nicely at the Curragh, as well as taking his racing so well, we thought he might as well run as well. In three or four years we might not have any Nunthorpe runners, so we might as well strike while the iron is hot.”

 

BUICK TO CHOPPER

Heavy traffic on the A1 forced William Buick, on his way from Newmarket, to abandon his attempt to reach York by car and hire a helicopter. Well, you would, wouldn't you? But his initiative paid off result-wise if not financially. The 4-year-old daughter of Dansili, THE FUGUE, won by an impressive four lengths ahead of VENUS DE MILO, thus breaking a longish spell of bad luck running from the time she won the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Goodwood a year ago.

Still obviously riding high after his Bond-styled arrival, William Buick was quite exhilarated by his victory, saying: "She was awesome against these." Earlier he had bravely tackled VENUS DE MILO a furlong from the finish and kicked four lengths clear.

Trainer, John Gosden, is weighing up whether to enter her in the Arc but it will depend on the ground's not being too testing and then it might be the Breeders' Cup where she came an unlucky third last year.

THE FUGUE is owned by Lord Lloyd-Webber's Watership Down stud. There is a lovely picture in the Daily Telegraph of Lady Madeleine Lloyd-Webber and daughter, Bella, beaming as they hold the winner's trophy, appropriately on Ladies' Day.

As one of Lloyd-Webber's songs puts it: 


 ART OF THE POSSIBLE

One has no rules,

is not precise.

One rarely acts

the same way twice.

One spurns no device,

Practising the art of the possible.” 

 

THURSDAY 22nd AUGUST 2013

 

EBOR – A – CUM!

One of Aidan O'Brien's horses that didn't catch the eye at the beginning of the year was VENUS DE MILO but the three-year-old filly has progressed quickly through the ranks in the past few months and could well be up to taking the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York today. With a bit more luck this daughter of the Duke of Marmalade could have won the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh in July but she appeared to be slightly hampered by the eventual winner, CHICQUITA. Nevertheless, she came so close to winning a Classic on what was only her third career run so that must be a good omen, particularly as she went on only two weeks later to win the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Give Thanks Stakes at Cork and by an impressive three-and-a-half lengths.

The Ballydoyle trainer had hinted that VENUS DE MILO would be running in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp in September but the filly has been in such tremendous form at home that he decided to let her continue to run on home soil. The ground is officially Good to Firm and that seems to be in her favour as well as the fast conditions in the Oaks didn't seem to worry her.

 

ST LEGER IN SIGHT

Yesterday's Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York was won by the 3-year-old son of Galileo, TELESCOPE, part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson who was Manchester United's manager for 27 years. As a result Ladbroke's has promoted him to the 3/1 favourite for the St Leger. Up to now the Sir Michael Stoute trained colt hadn't quite lived up to all the early-season media hype. At one stage he was tipped to be a strong contender for Derby.

Harry Herbert, spokesman for the owners, Highclere syndicate, commented: “It’s a great relief to us and Sir Michael’s team to see him do it so well. There has been a question mark over the horse, but not according to Sir Michael. After racing against older horses at Haydock he went back to his drawing board and decided there was only one race for him in his own age bracket, and this was it. At Haydock he was babyish on all fronts, but he learned from it. He’s progressing and learning how to race with every run and has to be in the mix for the Leger now. Ryan Moore had a job pulling him up today.”  

 

WEDNESDAY 21st AUGUST 2013

 

TIME FOR MORE, RYAN!

Today's feature at York is the Juddmonte International Stakes and three times former champion jockey, Ryan Moore, will be hoping that his mount, the 12/1 shot, HILLSTAR, can defy the odds and get into the frame. It's a few years now, 2006 in fact, since he scored his first Group One victory on NOTNOWCATO and laid the foundations for his long association with top trainer, Sir Michael Stoute.

The Brighton-born jockey joked yesterday: “I’ve always loved York – and if it was 120 miles further south it would be my favourite. But I haven’t ridden at the Ebor meeting since 2009. That was Sea The Stars’s year and I remember that day well. I haven’t ridden in the Juddmonte since 2008 and it’s a long time. I missed the last three through being injured myself and I just hope I get there. It’s a tough task; he’s got a good 12lb to find with Al Kazeem, but it looks like being a tactical race and that can lead to upsets, so you never know. 

ALAKAZAM! IT'S AL KAZEEM!

Talking of AL KAZEEM, he's up against a new challenge and seeks to make history when he sets his sights on achieving a fourth successive Group One win in the Juddmonte International Stakes today. The 5-year-old, trained by Roger Charlton aims to be first horse to add this York Festival showpiece to his already impressive credentials of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the Coral-Eclipse. It looks as if the son of Dubawi is up for it but maybe he needs more cut in the ground to assist him in his quest.

As Roger Charlton commented: “I’ve been delighted with Al Kazeem. He looks great and his work has been great. This is a different challenge for him – he is taking on the best miler in Europe [Toronado] on a new track at York. He is also bidding to become the first horse to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Eclipse and Juddmonte International in the same season, it’s not going to be easy but he owes us nothing. I would be happier if the ground was good, good to soft in places, but has won on fast ground three times this season – he handles it but I feel he is a better horse on softer ground.” 

 

TUESDAY 20th AUGUST 2013

 

RIDING HIGH 

Ireland's most successful female rider, NINA CARBERRY, will continue her long association with the Noel Meade stable but in a new situation. Next month she will assume the role racing assistant to the trainer at his Tu Va stables in County Meath. Nina Carberry was Irish champion amateur in 2005-06 and again the following season. 2001 was the year when she rode her first winner on SABRINSKY at the Curragh in 2001 and for more than ten years she has been Noel Meade's main amateur rider. She has been out of action since June because of a broken collarbone after a fall Gowran Park. 

As she said yesterday: "I went for a check-up today and was told that, with more physiotherapy, I should be fine to resume riding in bumpers in about two weeks. I've had a good working relationship with Noel for about ten years and I'm really looking forward to taking up the new position. The job will involve more responsibility and I should learn a lot. He's got a good team of horses and very good staff." 

Nina Carberry won the 2011 Irish Grand National, her greatest triumph to-date, riding ORGANISED CONFUSION, trained by her uncle Arthur Moore and has ridden four winners at the Cheltenham Festival. It is reported that the County Meath jockey has also taken out a trainer's licence but it seems she has decided to delay that part of her career.

 

NO HOLIDAY FOR AL KAZEEM! 

AL KAZEEM, trained by Roger Charlton, is even-money favourite for the Juddmonte International Stakes at York, in an attempt to continue winning streak of four wins. Unfortunately the 5-year-old son of Dubawi will not have the the on-course support of the most important man in his life, owner/breeder John Deere. It seems family holiday commitments take precedence. 

He commented yesterday: “Unfortunately we booked it a long time ago, so I’m going to have to watch it on the laptop,” he said. “It’s going to be an interesting race. I know Roger’s very happy with him, he has come back from his break and he did a nice piece of work last week which James was happy with. Our fellow has solid form over a mile and a quarter and the course should suit him, so hopefully James should be able to wind him up for the last couple of furlongs.”

 

MONDAY 19th AUGUST 2013

 

INDIAN FILE

In 1961 the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) was established with four main objectives, the first and foremost of which, not surprisingly, is to "co-ordinate and harmonise the rules of member countries regarding breeding, racing and wagering". But last week, with the Martin Dwyer case, it became evident that the global rules for racing are anythin but 'co-ordinated and harmonious', despite the IFHA's dedicated 52-year-old mission. It looks like Martin Dwyer could face an eight-month ban from riding because of a ride in India earlier this year for which he would have got a few days' ban here, if that. It is unacceptable that any rider with Martin Dwyer's skill and experience should have to ride with an 8-month suspension hanging over their head, whilst awaiting a second appeal to the Indian authorities next month. It is easy to be wise after the fact but it has been suggested that Martin Dwyer should have been alerted to the dangers of riding in India after champion jockey, Richard Hughes, received a 50-day ban last year for an offence for which he would have got a 10-day ban in Britain at most. The two cases are completely different, however. Martin Dwyer is accused of deliberately stopping the favourite from winning, after hanging badly throughout the closing yards. It later turned out that the horse broke a blood vessel during the race.

What made things worse is that an angry mob of racegoers blockaded Martin Dwyer in the jockeys' room for three hours after the race and the stewards seem to have taken this into consideration, too, when decideing on the length of the suspension. Curiously, the horse in question, ICE AGE, who came a close third in the race, was declared a non-runner and all bets on the favourite were returned. Somehow one can't help thinking that Martin Dwyer has become a scapegoat in this affair.

Let's hope the situation can be swiftly resolved in the interests of everyone and, in particular, for Martin Dwyer.

 

SCHOLARSHIP FOR BUDDING TRAINERS

Trainers, employing graduates from the Newmarket school, are being invited by the British Racing School (BRS) to nominate eligible riders for the annual Fred Packard Scholarship, whereby aspiring young jockeys could have the benefit of a period of up to four months' riding in either Australia or South Africa. One of the benefits would be that the winner would spend that time with one of the country’s leading trainers, where they will gain valuable experience of life in a racing yard in another part of the world. Travel, salary and an expenses allowance would be provided by the scholarship.

A spokesman for the BRS said: “Fred Packard was a trustee from 1997 until his death in 2009. During that time he took great pleasure in being involved with the training of young people for a life in the racing industry. Fred’s commitment to this cause has been honoured by his family through their generous sponsorship of this award in his name.”

Laura Morgan, an employee of Chris Bealby, and Catrin Eynon, from Colin Tizzard’s yard were the first two winners of this scholarship. They spent their time in Australia with Peter Moody, trainer of unbeaten mare Black Caviar. Shannon Gates, based with Linda Jewell, is the most recent winner. She is currently in South Africa working for trainer, Alistair Gordon.

Nominees must have achieved a Level 2 Apprenticeship at the BRS and be under 25. The closing date for nominations is Monday 30 September.

Forms for the 2013/14 Fred Packard Scholarship are available on www.brs.org.uk. 

  

SUNDAY 18th AUGUST 2013

 

GREGORIAN CHANT

As mentioned yesterday, the winning trainer/jockey duo from last week-end at Haydock, where they landed the Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes, competed against each other in Newbury's Betfred Hungerford Stakes. South African trainer, Mike De Kock's SOFT FALLING RAIN was running against the Saeed bin Suroor-trained TAWHID, ridden by the jockey who has won almost every major race in flat racing, Johnny Murtagh. There was to be no fairy-tale ending for either of them this time, however. They both had a chance up to the final furlong pole but then neither of them could match the power of the John Gosden-trained GREGORIAN who snatched victory by one-and-a-half-lengths.

 

WHAT'S NEW, PUSSYCAT?

Rosie Napravnik, whom we saw last week riding for the Girls' team in the Shergar Cup at Ascot, won the Grade One Secretariat Stakes aboard the Mike Maker-trained ADMIRAL KITTEN at Arlington in Chicago yesterday. The 25-year-old from Morristown, New Jersey, was the first female jockey to ride in all three jewels of the Triple Crown amongst other successes in the States. Held up at the back for a while, the son of KITTEN'S JOY finally put an end to a frustrating sequence of second places with a powerful finish in the final hundred yards. The win gave his jockey, Rosie Napravnik, yet another Grade I triumph.

Rosie said afterwards: “We were able to sit back and relax, that’s kind of the horse’s style. We got a clear trip around the second turn and he was just finishing fast. He’s very classy horse, very laid back, very enjoyable to ride.”

Trainer Mike Maker commented: “After four second-place finishes we were due for a good trip one of these times. He had lost ground to the winners in those races and Rosie saved ground on both turns here, and he came with his run. It worked out that Rosie was available.” 

  

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SATURDAY 17th AUGUST 2013 

 

JOHNNY COME LATELY 

A winning duo from last week-end at Haydock where they landed the Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes, upsetting the aspirations of odds-on favourite TELESCOPE, have now set their sights on Newbury's Betfred Hungerford Stakes this afternoon. But this time they will be competing with each other. So it may be trainer, Mike De Kock's turn to experience what its like to race a market leader, SOFT FALLING RAIN who may become a target for the rest of the field. But things may just be in the South African handler's favour. The 4-year-old son of National Assembly, ridden for the fourth time in succession by Paul Hanagan for owner Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, was the unbeaten crowned champion juvenile back in South Africa and notched three consecutive wins at the Dubai Carnival in January, February and |March. Connections have not been in a hurry for their champion to make his debut here. He He missed Royal Ascot and the July Cup. But it now seems he is ready to prove himself on a British racetrack as he pitches for his seventh win in a row. 

The other half of the Haydock winning duo is successful jockey and trainer, Johnny Murtagh, who rode champion, Kayf Aramis to that memorable 13-length victory in the theripleycollection.com Stakes. This time he is aboard the Saeed bin Suroor-trained TAWHID, who came an impressive second at Goodwood in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at the beginning of the month. The 3-year-old grey, son of Invincible Spirit, has a notable 7lb weight advantage over SOFT FALLING RAIN and with only five horses in the race it should be an interesting contest over seven furlongs. 

 

A WELCOME TWEET. 

It is good news that Bryan Cooper, was reported riding out again in Ireland yesterday morning. This can only mean that the time must be approaching when he will be back in the saddle. The 21-year-old Irish jockey has been away from the track since taking a fall from the Tony Martin-trained TEPALO at Down Royal in May 6 and breaking his left femur.

 

Bryan Cooper quickly became one of the leading jockeys in the weighing room. He scored notable successes in the 2010/11 season when he was awarded the coveted title of Champion Conditional Rider. 2012/13 was, however, the year when the talented rider made his mark on the international scene when he rode a remarkable three winners at the Cheltenham Festival. 

Bryan Cooper tweeted: "Rode out this morning for the first time since the injury, leg feels 100% been a long three months but hopefully won't be long until I'm back." 

Here's to you, Bryan!   

 

FRIDAY 16th AUGUST 2013 

 

THE OLD ONE-TWO? 

LILBOURNE LASS is back at Newbury this afternoon, running in the Listed Bathwick Tyres St Hugh's Stakes, just five days after winning the MacDonald Hotel Windsor Novice Auction Stakes by three lengths at Windsor. Trainer, Richard Hannon, will no doubt be hoping this is not just part of the one-two routine that seems to have become the pattern of this 2-year-old filly's form for her last five races – 12121. to maintain the symmetry she is due for another second! 

Richard Hannon commented: "This filly has speed to burn and was unlucky to get mugged close home in the Super Sprint here last month, but she never had to break sweat to get back on track at Windsor on Monday and she deserves a shot at Listed status." 

 

A WINNING TUNE 

The Ralph Beckett-trained STARLIGHT SERENADE won Division One of the totesuperscoop6 Available At The Ebor Festival Maiden Auction Stakes at Salisbury yesterday afternoon but the 2-year-old daughter of Three Valleys had to fight for it as she was challenged every inch of the way to the post by SOLO HUNTER, ridden as courageously as always by the feisty Cathy Gannon who only ceded victory by a nose. ( the horse's!) 

As trainer Ralph Beckett said afterwards: "She's just green and has been mentally backward, that's why she hasn't run for two months. I should think she'll go the nursery route. She's in one of the sales races later on, and would get in carrying nothing."  

 

THURSDAY 15th AUGUST 2013 

 

THE LADY IS FOR TURNING! 

As every professional punter knows, one other important factor to be taken into account, apart from horse, trainer and jockey form, is the peculiar characteristics of the track where the event is being held. This is certainly true of Chepstow, the scene of this evening's fixture. The Flat circuit is a left-handed oval of around two miles, with some quite severe undulations. Bearing this in mind, one runner in the Premier And Norbord 20th Year Anniversary Fillies' Handicap catches the eye – the 5-year-old chestnut mare, LADY BAYSIDE. Her record on this Welsh track is impressive, with three wins notched up already. Add to this the facts that her trainer, Malcolm Saunders' is on a 15% strike rate and champion jockey, Richard Hughes is aboard who contributed to her last success at this track and you have all the ingredients for a winning run. 

 

A WIN JUST FOR SHOW 

Someone else who is having a good season on a track with which he is very familiar is trainer, Richard Hannon, whose SHOWPIECE, won the British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Molson Coors Maiden Stakes at Salisbury yesterday, making his 15th winner at this Wiltshire course. The son of Killachy, owned by Cheveley Park Stud, attracted a lot of support due to his promising first two starts, coming third at Newmarket and Newbury in June. Under the faultless control of 3-times champion jockey, Ryan Moore, the 2-year-old bay colt quickened up swiftly when asked in the closing stages and beat the Favourite, CAPTAIN BOB by two and three-quarter lengths.

 

WEDNESDAY 14th AUGUST 2013

 

TAKING THE LONG VIEW

Connections have decided to afford the Sir Michael Stoute-trained TELESCOPE another opportunity to salvage his dented reputation and will run him in the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes at York next week. The former favourite for the Derby, participation denied by injury, gave a decidedly down-beat performance on his last run at Haydock in the Group Two Rose of Lancaster Stakes. He seemed to be on form for most of the race but then had no pace in the final furlong and finished a length down behind DAVID LIVINGSTON. Significantly, that outing was over a mile and quarter and he is now being asked to step up to a mile and half.

The three-year-old, is owned by a Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate, whose membership includes the former manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson. Interestingly, the son of GALILEO has only had four races in his career so he still has time to make it but the overall opinion seems to be that the York race may well be one of his final chances to return to the big time.

 

FOR GOODNESS SAKE., I GOT THE ….. ”

HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE, trained by top Newmarket trainer, Luca Cumani, is running in the European Breeders' Fund Upavon Fillies' Stakes today at Salisbury. The 4-year-old daughter of DANEHILL DANCER achieved a career-best performance in July at York when she won the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. Lyric Fillies' Stakes (Listed). Because of that success, unfortunately, she will be top weight by four pounds in the 10-strong field but many in-the-know punters seem to think that, with a little help from Kieren Fallon, the task is not insurmountable.

 

OH, IT'S IN THE BAG
THE HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE!”
  

 

TUESDAY 13th AUGUST 2013 

 

A FLOWER BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD …..” 

The late trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, has had a flower named after him. A new sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) introduced for the 2014 season by Mr John Fothergill, one of the world's top hybridists, has been named in his honour. Sir Henry's widow, Lady Cecil, officially 'christened' the sweetly scented chocolate flake variety at the seed company's annual press day at Kentford, Newmarket at the beginning of August. It seems the legendary trainer was very fond of his flower garden and would often relax there from the pressure of training racehorses. 

The new Sweet Pea, 'Sir Henry Cecil' was specially 'trained' in New Zealand and is only available from Fothergill's where a packet of 20 seeds will have a starting price of £1.99 but, with very little competition, it should be a winner. 

 

THE (UN)KINDEST CUT OF ALL”? 

It's remarkable what a little cut and the application of a set of blinkers can do. The James Given-trained ARTFUL PRINCE, is a new horse, after his gelding operation and proved it by winning the Coca-Cola Handicap at Ayr yesterday, making his second win in a row after coming nowhere in his five previous races. With the professional stewardship of jockey, Graham Lee, the 3-year-old son of Dutch Art made nearly all the running, and, well clear at the furlong post, he went on to win by four lengths from a crushed MASHED POTATO. 

As James Given reported afterwards: "All last year he was a big baby and then this year he started off with a three-year-old colt attitude. Once he became a three-year-old gelding his attitude changed and he's going from strength to strength. He is in on Friday at Nottingham and I would imagine with that he is going to go up considerably more than a 6lb penalty. There would a fair chance that if he is in reasonable order he may turn out quickly there."    

 

MONDAY 12th AUGUST 2013

 

HEAD AND THE CLOUD

Yesterday's Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville was won by MOONLIGHT CLOUD, winning her second Group One race in a week. This also produced a hat-trick on French soil for the 4-year-old daughter of Invincible Spirit, displaying the decisive turn of foot witnessed at the same track a week ago. Once more her immediate acceleration played a vital part when she held of the Richard Hannon-trained OLYMPIC GLORY by a short head. INTELLO, 3-year-old son of Galileo and winner of the French Derby, came in third and DAWN APPROACH was a disappointing fifth.

Winning trainer, Freddie Head, said afterwards: “I think with this victory she’s joined Miesque and Goldikova among the Deauville Legends. Thank you to the public for all your suppor. She stopped a bit but I didn’t think she was at the end of her rope. She had too much gas and got there too soon because she was going too well.”

 

FIVE LIVE

Yet another fantastic day at Windsor for Richard Hughes, who produced five winners from his six rides. Also of note is that three of these successes were for trainer Richard Hannon. It seems that the champion jockey has no-one to beat him at Windsor. Last October 15 he notched up a full house (seven winners) for the first time in his career.

He got quickly off the mark with a win on the Richard Hannon-trained LILBOURNE LASS in the MacDonald Hotel Windsor Novice Auction Stakes. Admittedly this might have been expected as he was aboard the 1/16 Favourite in a three-horse event. There was a similar scenario when he rode, to an unchallenged win, the second Richard Hannon horse of the afternoon, AUTUMN SUNRISE, another short-odds chance at 2/5, in the Join Young Hooves Kids Club Today Maiden Auction Stakes.

Next up for the champion was the 11/4 Favourite, JUBILANT QUEEN, this time trained by Clive Cox, running in the the Coral Fillies’ Handicap. Then came the third victory for trainer Richard Hannon when THE ALAMO won the Ossie & Hutch Memorial Maiden Stakes.

It was certainly starting to look as if Hughesie was going to repeat October's full-house but that wasn't to be because BROWNSEA BRINK was declared a non-runner in the fifth race. But in the next race, the Ice Cream Festival Monday August 19th Handicap, it was Clive Brittain’s SINAADI who did the honours with a three and a half length victory.

In the last race MONT BLANC, trained by Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained, had every appearance of giving the Windsor jockey king his number six in the New MG3 From SMC Handicap but, he was headed in the final furlong and was unable to match the strength and speed of the eventual winner, the Brendan Powell-trained CERTAVI. 

 

SUNDAY 11th AUGUST 2013

  

EURO WINS

Yesterday's Shergar Cup at Ascot was won easily by the European team, captained by champion French jockey, Gérald Mossé. The irony is that he and his fellow countryman, Ioritz Mendizabal, were indebted to English trainer, Mark Johnston, whose charges gave them a winner each. In fact the Middleham-based handler excelled with a one-two-three in the Keltbray Shergar Cup Classic, with Gerard Mosse the victor on ROYAL SKIES, followed half-a-length behind by Kieren Fallon, riding BUSHEL with STATUTORY another length behind, Andrasch Starke aboard.

Points were awarded for the first five home. The final score was Europe 91, Great Britain and Ireland 61, Rest of the World 46 and the Girls 40.

Gerard Mosse was also awarded the Silver Saddle prize for top individual rider.

The best result by the Girls was second place for American jockey, Rosie Naprawnik on the William Haggas-trained NOBLE DEED in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint Handicap.

 

ONE-TWO-THREE - IT'S SO E – E – EASY!

Another notable one-two-three at Haydock in the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes. The first three in the frame were DAVID LIVINGSTON, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, TELESCOPE with Ryan Moore aboard and, last but not least, NOBLE MISSION under the capable hands of Tom Queally.

What do these three horses have in common? They were all sired by the incomparable, champion, GALILEO, pulling off his second Pattern race clean sweep. This means that the famous Coolmore resident has so far this year sired 35 Group 1 winners, including INTELLO, LINTON, MAGICIAN and RULER OF THE WORLD.

SATURDAY 10th AUGUST 2013

 

RICHARD THE SECOND

Today Newmarket stages again the German-Thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes. Analysing the statistics of the past few years may give a clue to the possible victor. All the winners seem to have the following in common: they have had a maximum of three previous races, with some with only one previous outing and just two of the winners were beaten in a maiden. A significant ingredient in the mix is that Godolphin have owned the last four winners. That would lead to a choice between WEDDING RING and IHTIMAL. Not so fast, however! Stir in the additional element that the last five winners have all come to this race after only one previous outing and that would single out the Richard Hannon-trained BABY BUSH, ridden by champion jockey Richard Hughes. This daughter of Holy Roman Emperor won the Denford Stud Irish E.B.F. Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Newbury on the 4th of July so she seems to tick all the right boxes

 

GETTING ANOTHER PIZZA THE ACTION

Locally trained filly, BEACON LADY, became Brighton's leading light of the August Festival when she won the Papa John's Pizza Handicap yesterday, claiming her second victory in as many days. This particular event couldn't compare with the prize money or the prestige of the Challenge Cup the day before but the 4-year-old chestnut seemed to like this unusual course and so trainer, William Knight did something he had never done before: he raced a horse twice in 24 hours. The unusual aspect of Brighton is that it has left hand dog leg turn where the horses then come down what could be the steepest descent on a racecourse anywhere in the world before they then have to tackle the uphill final furlong. Therefore the track favours the small agile type of horse such as the likes of BEACON LADY.

Trainer William Knight, whose yard is just 20 miles away down the Sussex coast at Angmering, commented afterwards: "I'd run a horse back after three days, but not this quickly. You can never quite tell, but she ate up last night, seemed fine, and the travelling wasn't a factor as we are local."

 

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FRIDAY 9th AUGUST 2013

 

THE GIRLS MEAN BUSINESS - AGAIN

It's that time of the year again at Ascot! Tomorrow sees the renewal of The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup - the only team competition in horse racing. This a unique event where four teams of top jockeys race against each other in an exciting six-race competition. The four teams this year are: Great Britain and Ireland; Europe; the Rest of the World; and The Girls Team. A last-minute addition to the latter is Cathy Gannon, who amongst other claims to fame, is the only female winner of the Irish apprentice title to date. The self-confessed 'wild girl' from Donaghmede got her call-up for Ascot duty because Hayley Turner broke her ankle in a fall at Yarmouth at the end of last month.

Cathy Gannon commented: "It's my first time in the competition. Hayley put in a good word for me which was great of her. Touch wood, I've had a clear run this year but last year I broke my collarbone, my femur and my jaw.”

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This is only the second time that The Girls Team has competed.

Last year they came – ahem - 4th!

 

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

Last night at Leopardstown witnessed a battle royal between the Aidan O'Brien-trained ERNEST HEMINGWAY and ROYAL DIAMOND, trained and ridden by Johnny Murtagh, in the Group 3 Ballyroan Stakes. The latter 7-year-old son of King's Best dominated the pace until nearing the home-turn when both the Galileo-sired ERNEST HEMINGWAY and Jim Bolger's SCINTILLULA challenged for supremacy. Thereafter a great war of attrition unfurled with Aidan O'Brien's 4-year-old, with Joseph O'Brien aboard, slowly gaining the advantage inside the last final furlong and managing to hold off his two persistent rivals by half-a-length.

It now looks like ERNEST HEMINGWAY's next stop will be the Irish St. Leger which means he will have to do it all over again as he will be once more up against ROYAL DIAMOND, last year’s winner.

  

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THURSDAY 8th AUGUST 2013

 

DAWN FRENCH RUN?

Jim Bolger’s DAWN APPROACH is off to France on Sunday to have a crack at the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville. It seems that it has been decided that the 3-year-old son of New Approach, pipped to the post last Wednesday by TORONADO in the Sussex Stakes, will now ply his skills again in “the land of wine, cheese and millionaires.” Connections were sufficiently impressed by the Godolphin-owned colt's work-out yesterday morning that they swiftly arranged the trip to Deauville.

Godolphin's racing manager, Simon Crisford, said: “Jim is very pleased with how Dawn Approach came out of Goodwood. If all goes well with him between now and Sunday, he is an intended runner in France. Dawn Approach had an easy blowout this morning and we are happy with him.”

 

IT NEVER REINS BUT IT …....!

Richard Hughes steered the William Haggas-trained FLOATING ALONG to victory at Brighton yesterday in the EBF Stallions/Laines Best Fillies' Handicap. The race did not lack an element of drama, however, for the champion jockey. His joint-favourite mount only managed to win the race by a head from the William Carson-ridden 5/1 chance, MAID A MILLION. Not only that. Dubliner Hughes also collected a one-day ban for not keeping straight out of the stalls and and as a result, might miss some winning chances in the Ebor or the Celebration Mile on August 24, although the BHA has intimated that the ban could be moved to an alternative day.

 

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WEDNESDAY 7th AUGUST 2013

 

D FOR DEAUVILLE AND DETTORI

The Listed Prix de Tourgeville at Deauville yesterday gave Frankie Dettori aboard MSHAWISH his first stakes winner since he got back into the saddle and the Italian's first notable win in his new job as retained jockey to Sheikh Joaan Al Thani.

The Mikel Delzangles-trained 3-year-old only managed a fourth last time out in the St James's Palace Stakes behind Dawn Approach and Toronado. Certainly the son of Medaglia D'oro seemed to have met his match when he came into the final straight but then he suddenly produced a swift turn of foot to take the race by a neck.

The trainer commented afterwards: "He did it well in the end. He had a little break after the St James's Palace and it's nice to see him win again.”

It has also just been announced that Frankie Dettori will miss the Shergar Cup competition at Ascot this weekend because of prior commitments to his new boss.

 

RIGHT ON, BRIGHTON!

Brighton's three-day festival gets on the road today with eight races to delight the racegoers, including the £20,000 John Smith's Brighton Mile Challenge Handicap. The good news for owners is that the prize money for this event is up by more than £3,000 for the winner.

Stuart Dorn , the track's general manager said: "We have got big numbers of people coming through and everyone is really looking forward to the meeting. Prize-money is up on last year for the big race, which has attracted a field of 16 entries and it's looking very strong."

Trainer, Dean Ivory, who hasn't been doing so well lately, is fielding HILL OF DREAMS and is hopeful of pocketing some of the increased prize-money.

As he said: "She likes Brighton and is very well. It's a big step up in grade but I'm hopeful she has an each-way chance. Jim Crowley really rates her."

 

TUESDAY 6th AUGUST 2013

 

LUCY IN THE SKY … WITH A DOUBLE!”

The third annual 'Ultimate Ladies Night' at Carlisle, gave Champion jumps conditional jockey, Lucy Alexander, a double excuse for celebration in front of huge crowd who had turned out, despite the poor weather conditions, to be part of this a unique six-race card event exclusively for pro-am lady riders.

This leading lady got off to the perfect start when she won the first race of the evening, the Lanes Handicap (Pro-Am Lady Riders) riding AMENABLE, trained by Violet Jordan, with winning distance of an impressive 2¾ lengths. Her next three races didn't produce any good results and she had to wait for the last-but-one, the Ultimate Ladies' Night Handicap, when she struck gold again on the Dianne Sayer-trained HOT ROD MAMMA. This time by 5 lengths!

Lucy was brought down to earth with a bit of a bump, however, as she got a one-day ban for careless riding after her first victory of the night.

 

THIS VENUS IS NOT 'ARMLESS!

It's the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork today and this race could just be what VENUS DE MILO needs for her racing CV. The 3-year-old daughter of the Duke of Marmalade is lightly-raced as she didn't run as a 2-year-old. She is certainly making up for lost time as she came second in the Darley Irish Oaks Curragh Classic on just her third career outing.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien commented: "She has been in good form since the Oaks, although we haven't done a lot with her. I'm happy with her and we're going for this hoping to win a Group race with her. We'll see how she gets on tomorrow night, if things went well we could look at something like the Prix Vermeille."

 

MONDAY 5th AUGUST 2013

 

ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT”

Royal Ascot champion, LETHAL FORCE, mentioned in Racing News yesterday, failed to consolidate his claim to be the best sprinter in Europe in the Prix Maurice de Gheest over six and half furlongs at Deauville. The 4-year-old, owned by Gloucestershire businessman Alan Craddock, finished second, by 1¾ lengths, to the local favourite MOONLIGHT CLOUD. The Adam Kirby-ridden son of Dark Angel was soon making the running as he likes doing, with the French mare keeping tabs on him, astutely steered by Thierry Jarnet. But surprisingly, if his previous two races, at Royal Ascot and Newmarket, are anything to go by, LETHAL FORCE just didn't have what it takes when MOONLIGHT CLOUD, 3lbs lighter, easily overtook him in the final furlong and notched up her third win in this race in the last three years, also establishing a track record of 74.33 seconds.

Trainer, Clive Cox commented that he didn't think the colt was on his best form but he was generally pleased with how he ran and added: “Adam felt he probably just peaked at Newmarket and just felt a bit flat in comparison.”

French jockey, Thierry Jarnet added that MOONLIGHT CLOUD was at the peak of her powers. "She might be better than ever because she was always going so well in behind very good horses and she's beaten the track record.”

As a consolation, the Craddocks bought LETHAL FORCE for 8,500 euros (ABOUT £7,400) and he has now won more than £700,000 in prize-money.

 

ENDING ON A GOOD NOTE

The Family Day Out Maiden Hurdle at Cork this afternoon will probably give BACH TO WHITINGBAY the opportunity to score in his first race over the jumps, having got off well with two wins in bumpers. It is possible that two miles will prove to be on the short side but connections are confident that the 7-year-old son of From Heretoheaven's proven stamina will come to the fore.

 

 BACH TOMORROW!

 

SATURDAY 3rd AUGUST 2013

 

YOU'RE A STAR – A MOVIESTA!

As hinted in yesterday's Racing News, MOVIESTA, part-owned by Queens Park Rangers' manager, Harry Redknapp was victorious in the Betfred King George Stakes at Goodwood. The Bryan Smart-trained 3-year-old gelding with his regular jockey, Paul Mulrennan, aboard, demonstrated superior staying powers to win the five furlong contest.

Jockey, Paul Mulrennan commented afterwards: "He's improving all the time, fair play to Bryan and all the staff, they've done a good job with him. He's been unlucky the last twice and he's deserved to win a couple of pots.

Trainer, Bryan Smart added: "We've always known he's a good horse, we've taught him to settle at home. He's never settled in a race yet, even at Newmarket he still didn't settle 100%. Once he's come, his speed was amazing. He's a three-year-old, what could he be? This is a superstar I think.”

 

MAKING LIGHT WORK OF IT.

Tackling 10 furlongs for the first time, it seems the Richard Hannon-trained SKY LANTERN will need a strong early pace if she is to have any chance of success in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Goodwood today. The daughter of Red Clubs, who has already proved herself to be the leading three-year-old filly over a mile, after winning the 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes, is now hoping to make the successful transition to middle distance running.

Assistant trainer, Richard Hannon jnr. Said: "She's in really good form. She's trying a mile and a quarter for the first time and is drawn on the outside, we'll probably tuck her in a little bit and hope they go quick enough. She's a very, very good filly and we just hope she gets a mile and a quarter, if she does we're in big business. It won't be easy to get round them but hopefully they'll go quick enough so they don't end up in a heap two furlongs out.”

  

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FRIDAY 2nd AUGUST 2013

 

RIGHT BETFRED!

Hope abounds that MOVIESTA, having been denied a shot at the Stewards' Cup, will now prove his mettle in today's Betfred King George Stakes at Goodwood. The 3-year-old, trained by Bryan Smart, has had eight career starts and of those has only once finished out of the first three. This race will be a big challenge, though, for the son of HARD SPUN as he will be taking on much older and more experienced sprinters for the first time. The opposition inludes 11-year-old BORDERLESCOTT and and 8-year-old KINGSGATE NATIVE as well as a number of talented 4 and 5-year-olds.

As one of the owners, Ritchie Fiddes commented: "We had a very big decision to make over whether to run in this or wait for the Stewards' Cup, but we decided on this. We just felt, despite the weight-for-age in the Stewards', he'd be better off in this. The draw is so crucial in the Stewards' Cup too and if you're on the wrong side, that's it. When we looked at the sectionals from our race at Newmarket compared to Lethal Force in the July Cup, there wasn't much at all between them apart from the first furlong when we were over half a second slower. For the rest of the race, we kept pace.”

 

TAKING THE MICHAEL?

BROWN PANTHER roared to victory in the Artemis Goodwood Cup yesterday at Goodwood much to the obvious delight of owner, former footballer Michael Owen, not unaccustomed to savouring the fruits of top-level success. It was certainly a fast race as Jim Crowley, aboard NO HERETIC, was keen to make all the running and the MISTER IMPATIENCE, fully living up to his name, was hot on his heels. The eventual winner, however, under the capable control of Richard Kingscote, was content to remain just off the pace. Mark Johnston's 3-year-old 'impatiently' took the lead three furlongs out and the Franny Norton-steered NUMBER THEORY made a bid for glory but all credit was due to Richard Kingscote's refusing to lose his cool on the 5-year-old former St Leger runner-up who produced speed a-plenty when asked, going on to win by 3½ lengths.

Afterwards Richard Kingscote said: "He was stepping up to two miles and I was really confident he'd love the track. I was delighted after the first couple of furlongs, just to get a lead off Jamie (Spencer, Mount Athos' rider). It's brilliant. This is what it's about and it's great for everyone in the yard."

The former England striker's reaction was: "With football you always feel you're in some sort of control. You and your team-mates are in control, but this racing game is so tough on the nerves - you're powerless.”

 

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THURSDAY 1st AUGUST 2013

  

SWEET REVENGE

As hinted in Racing News yeaterday, TORONADO, did, in fact, did avenge his previous narrow defeat by DAWN APPROACH by winning the QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Although Kevin Manning was doing all the right things on his 3-year-old son of New Approach, it wasn't before a patient Richard Hughes asked the question and TORONADO took up the challenge, reeling in DAWN APPROACH the final furlong to score by by half a length. Richard Hughes was even relaxed enough to pat the son of High Chaparal even as they past the post.

The winning jockey said afterwards: "(That) was very sweet. Just when I kicked him in the belly, it wasn't as instant on that ground as it would have been on fast ground. It was a great race and he was very brave, he's brilliant. It was a true-run race and he was always travelling well but as I say, when I went to go it wasn't quite as instant as it was in the mornings."

Trainer Richard Hannon said: "Revenge is sweet I suppose, but they are two great horses.”

 

 I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!”

The Mark Usher-trained MIRACLE OF MEDINAH is poitching for the Audi Richmond Stakes today in Listed company for the first time. After successes at Lingfield and Salisbury, he made the hat trick last time out at Newbury in the Rose Bowl.

The trainer is no doubt fully apprised of the fact that this will a much tougher race but he hopes this will be compensation to his owners who have rejected some large for their colt.

As Mark Usher said: "He seems to have improved with each run and is very well in himself," said Usher. He won on quick ground at Newbury but it's a drying day today and the ground should be fine tomorrow. Last time he got his own way out in front and he probably won't in this and maybe we're flying a bit high, but he's earned it. The owners have turned down some big offers, he's got no penalty and he deserves to run. I'm glad we're going. I'm not saying he'll win, I'm hopeful rather than confident."

WEDNESDAY 31st JULY 2013

 

DUEL IN THE SUN?

Ever since the great FRANKEL's defeat of CANFORD CLIFFS in 2011, it seems the Qipco Sussex Stakes has become a duelling ground for the top milers of the day. This time the protagonists are DAWN APPROACH and TORONADO who crossed swords in an exciting finish in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. As it happened, both contenders experienced interference in the race and the ultimate result was a win in favour of DAWN APPROACH by merely a short head. It was virtually either horse's race on that occasion. Hence Richard Hughes' cry of 'Revenge' for TORONADO. Today it seems all will hang on riding tactics. It will be noted that Jim Bolger is running LEITIR MOR to provide a strong pace and help his champion to settle in the early stages. However, a strong pace is also expected from Ballydoyle trainer, Aidan O'Brien who has obviously set up REPLY to furnish similar support and thereby maximise the staying power of his Queen Anne Stakes hero, DECLARATION OF WAR, who finished a good second to AL KAZEEM in the Coral-Eclipse over 10 furlongs at Sandown at the beginning of the month.

 

CONDITIONS MADE-TO-MEASURE

William Haggas-trained HARRIS TWEED showed visitors to the Sussex Downs a bit of class when winning the bet365 Summer Stakes at Goodwood yesterday. The 6-year-old hadn't had a victory since bounding up to a 5-length win in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes in April last year. This time he and jockey, George Baker, profited from the 10lb reduction in handicap and took the race unflinchingly from the front. Tackling the race in his usual front-running mode, the son of Hernando only had to deal with one serious challenge from SIR GRAHAM WADE, who seemed to have found a new spark of life from wearing blinkers, but his moment of glory was short-lived. HARRIS TWEED gave him short shrift and then left all his rivals struggling in his wake as he picked up speed effortlessly and made for the winner's enclosure.

As George Baker said afterwards: "It's the first time he's dropped back into a handicap for a long time and I was surprised how far I was clear. He's a smart horse on his day and a turning course like this kept him interested. He's a pleasure to ride. He's very straightforward."

Trainer William Haggas commented: "He's been impossible to place, but the handicapper has given him a chance today. This ground has helped and I think the cheekpieces have helped as well. He'll probably never win again, but he's such a genuine horse.”

 

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TUESDAY 30th JULY 2013

 

ALL THE WAY, GALWAY!

The two-mile Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap, highlight of the opening day of the Galway Festival was won by the Tony Martin-trained EDEYMI in a dramatic climax. The 5-year-old went into the lead one furlong out and held on valiantly to rebuff a serious challenge from DOMINATION who looked like he had every chance of making the grade. Jockey, Steven Clements, however, asked EDEYMI to pull all the stops out and happily he got results, producing a winning margin of only a head. The 16/1 winner was second in the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle last year at the Cheltenham Festival but hadn't produced much since.

It was, however, happy memories for trainer, Tony Martin, winner of this race when he was a jockey who commented: "I'm happy for the little horse as he's been unlucky. He went to Cheltenham (in March for the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle) and I thought he was my best chance with Bog Warrior and he got brought down. He then fell in Tramore when coming to win his novice chase first time. It's great to see him do himself justice.

 

RAINY DAYS AND 'TUESDAYS' ALWAYS GET ME DOWN”!

Seamus Buckley, Goodwood Clerk of the Course said he was "delighted" with track conditions ahead of the start of Glorious Goodwood today. After almost a rain-less month finally the Sussex Downs had some welcome rain over the weekend to leave the course perfectly placed to stage five days of Flat action. The ground was described as good, good to firm in places yesterday - but a number of website forecasters are listing rain from 6.00am to 3pm. so there is still a big question mark hovering over what the eventual conditions will be.

The man on the spot, Seamus Buckley, said yesterday: "We have a big week ahead of us and, at the moment, I'm delighted with the state of the ground. We've had the rain that we needed over the past few days. We'd only had two millimetres for most of July, so it was badly needed. We had eight millimetres on Sunday night and at the moment the ground is predominantly good, with one or two good to firm areas. It's forecast to be a dry and breezy afternoon, then there is a chance of some more rain heading into tomorrow.”

 

MONDAY 29th JULY 2013

 

A NEW BROOM SWEEPS CLEAN

A debut success at Ascot by EXPRESSLY in the Ascot Lawyers Maiden Fillies' Stakes gave Charlie Appleby, the new Godolphin head trainer, his first winner since he took over the reins. The chestnut filly, daughter of Street Cry, didn't have much trouble seeing off her seven rivals in the expert hands of Mickael Barzalona and went on to win easily by four and a half lengths.

Unfortunately the new trainer wasn't there to witness his first victory but commented afterwards: "I would like to thank Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin for giving me the opportunity to train and hope to have plenty more success."

Charlie Appleby who has worked for Godolphin for nearly 15 years, was assistant to the now banned trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni. He was only granted a licence last week to train 200 horses for Godolphin in Newmarket.

 

REVENGE!

Champion jockey Richard Hughesis of the opinion that TORONADO would only "have to find a little bit" to turn the tables on DAWN APPROACH at Goodwood on Wednesday. The two top-class colts throw down the gauntlet in the Qipco Sussex Stakes, which DAWN APPROACH has won twice already.

Richard Hughes told the Guardian: "I've been thinking about it from the time I heard the result being called at Ascot. I feel there is a bit (of a score to settle), I feel I was very unlucky at Ascot. I think an awful lot of the horse and I'd love him to show his true best. He weighs 530 kilograms and he was driven sideways at the most crucial point of the race last time, so I think there's a good argument that I only have to find a little bit.”

 

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SUNDAY 28th JULY 2013

 

IT'S THAT MAN AGAIN, HANAGAN!

Hamdan Al Maktoum's number one jockey, Paul Hanagan, certainly made the right decision to head up North to Eboracum to ride MUKHADRAM in the Sky Bet York Stakes. The former champion jockey decided not to ride EKTIHAAM in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, leaving that pleasure to second jockey, Dane O'Neill, who unfortunately came last in a field of eight after a promising start. Not the 'Great Dane' that RACING NEWS tipped! There were moments, however, when the favourite, MUKHADRAM, seemed to be in trouble but, when challenged from over two furlongs out he stayed on well under pressure and came home with three-quarters of a length to spare.

As jockey, Paul Hanagan put it: "It (York) is a long way to be in front for horses, and that's what makes me more proud of him. I'm very proud of him - he should have really finished second in the Eclipse. I struggled to get him on the right leg as his last runs have been the other way round. I didn't have to throw the kitchen sink at him. He doesn't have to lead - he's very straightforward."

A delighted William Haggas commented : "I think I had him a bit fresh. He was a bit on it today. I hoped he might be a bit more convincing than that, but it's a Group Two win and you don't win them every day, so we're happy. I couldn't watch the race, I just listened to it. I don't normally get nervous, but I don't like those ones when you are supposed to win. I'd rather have one I think will win by nobody else does.

 

OPPOSITION BROUGHT TO BOOK!

NOVELLIST not only won the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Betfair) yesterdayat Ascot but he set a course record time to boot (to hoof?). The 4-year-old, trained by Andreas Wohler in Germany and ridden by jockey turned trainer, Johnny Murtagh, once more demonstrated the strength of Germany's top equine talent with his superior performance in the prestigious 1½ -mile Group One event. (The Peter Schiergen-trained DANEDREAM won it last year). The son of MONSUN tracked the early pace set by EKTIHAAM and UNIVERSAl. The latter soon usurped EKTIHAAM's role, hotly pursued by RACING NEWS' hot tip, TRADING LEATHER, but the German-trained colt whizzed past the two of them as fresh as a daisy to win by five lengths.

Andreas Wohler said afterwards: "We'd just won a Listed race and a bumper race over here before this. This race is so high-rated. I used to come here as a kid and watch it as a kid in the school holidays and now I am here as a trainer. We knew he'd improved since his last race but as much as that is unbelievable."

 

SATURDAY 27th JULY 2013

 

L FOR LEATHER

The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot today will give Jim Bolger-trained TRADING LEATHER a chance to show that he doesn't always play second fiddle to his stablemate DAWN APPROACH who, thus far, has has tended to steal all the limelight. The son of TEOFILO, however, well deserved his trainer's high regard by winning the Irish Derby and has earned his place in this summer highlight sponsored by Betfair.

Jim Bolger said: “He’s in good shape and we’re looking forward to it. At the beginning of the year I was regarding him as my Derby horse and I got side-tracked a little bit with Dawn Approach going to Epsom. We ran him in the Dante at York. We were happy with his run and I didn’t have another mile horse so we ran him in the Irish 2000 Guineas. We were happy with his run there (third). We’d like nice pace for him and hopefully we’ll get that. After that I don’t really have any worries about him.”

 

I SHOULD ROKO!

Roger Charlton’s BISHOP ROKO is back in action on Sunday in the GL Events Owen Brown Handicap at Ascot. The 4-year-old has only had one previous run on turf and that was a year last May at Newbury when he won the Bet On Your Mobile At bluesq.com E B F Maiden Stakes (Div I) by six lengths. There were possibly problems after that run because the son of Rock of Gibraltar wasn't seen on the track again until May this year when he raced at Kempton and only managed to come fourth. A return visit at the beginning of this month saw him improve his position to third.

If jockey, Jimmy Doyle, can get him into a decent position then this could be something for the weekend!

 

FRIDAY 26th JULY 2013

 

 

SHAMSON AND DETTORI

Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani's choice of Frankie Dettori as his top jockey seems to have got off to a good start. Yesterday at Sandown Park the man from Milan rode newcomer, SHAMSHON, trained by Richard Hannon, to a 6-length victory in the British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Maiden Stakes. It was only in the last few weeks that the new Qatari owner decided to offer the irrepressible Italian the chance of a new beginning, after losing his top slot with Godolphin.

The delighted winning jockey commented afterwards: "I rode him about a fortnight ago and I thought he was one of the nicer horses. Richard had entered him in a few places but I couldn't ride him. Hopefully he'll go on to better things.

He added: "Everyone has been getting in a panic about me being quiet this summer, but I didn't have a job and now I've hopefully got some nice two-year-olds to look forward to towards the end of the season. I'm really pleased to get the first one in my new job. I think I've 11 or 12 to ride over here and 50 in France for all sorts of trainers."

 

THE END OF THE AFFAIR?

British Horseracing Authority has now finished its investigation into one of the most serious doping scandal in recent British horse racing history. It seems that it has now been decided that Godolphin's Moulton Paddocks stable in Newmarket is to face no further charges. The BHA has formally stated that there is no evidence that any other persons were involved in the administration of anabolic steroids apart the former trainer, Mahmood Al Zarooni. The latter was was subsequently suspended for eight years after 22 horses, including last season's St Leger winner Encke, tested positive for banned substances earlier this year. However, a series of important failings were identified in the management structure at the yard which made it possible for Al Zarooni to commit the offences without detection.

Charlie Appleby, Al Zarooni's former assistant, has now taken over the responsibility for Moulton Paddocks with immediate effect. The BHA added that it was convinced Charles Appleby had no knowledge of Al Zarooni's wrongdoings.

Adam Brickell, the BHA's director of integrity, legal and risk, commented: "After an extensive and thorough investigation we have found no new evidence which contradicts that which was presented to the disciplinary panel. The evidence gathered from this investigation has confirmed that Mahmood Al Zarooni acted autonomously and was the person solely responsible for the events that took place at Moulton Paddocks.”

  

THURSDAY 25th JULY 2013

 

 

COULD BE A GREAT DANE!

The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes is back again at Ascot on Saturday and Hamdan Al Maktoum's second jockey, Dane O'Neill, is beng given a chance in the hot seat when he rides EKTIHAAM. The Roger Varian-trained 4-year-old triumphed by six lengths in the Buckhounds Stakes (Listed Race) at the Berkshire track in May but it all went wrong the next time out when he slipped on the bend seven furlongs from the post in the Hardwicke Stakes again at Ascot and unseated Hamdan Al Maktoum's number one second jockey,Paul Hanagan. The latter for Saturday has elected to ride MUKHADRAM in the Sky Bet York Stakes at York. This is why Dane will be able to demonstrate his skills in one of the highlights of the Summer Flat season.

The jockey commented: "My reading of it is that his credentials are very strong. Obviously it was very early in the Hardwicke, but it leads you to believe he would have taken the beating."

 

AIDAN AND A BETTING?

Aidan Coleman, who rode KAYF ARAMIS to his unforgettable 2-length victory in the 2009 Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) has received a 10-day ban from the stewards at Worcester. One of the youngest riders ever to start in the Grand National was yesterday riding AILUNTHUS in the Get Live Sports Scores At scores.co.uk Novices' Hurdle. The four-year-old daughter of Trade Fair has failed to make any impression after five career starts. Nevertheless, the Innishannon jockey was subsequently found guilty of 'failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing' on the Richard Woollacott-trained four-year-old, who eventually finished seventh out of nine runners. Racing Post's comment in running was: 'always in rear'. Sporting Life added a little bit more: 'Held up in rear, modest progress before 3 out, never a chance.'

 

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WEDNESDAY 24th JULY 2013

 

GOOD LUCK TO A GREAT HORSE!

Life-saving surgery on a fractured pastern is what ST NICHOLAS ABBEY faces today. Sadly the much-loved 6-times Group One winner sustained the injury whilst on a routine gallop at Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stable yesterday morning, whilst preparing for Saturday's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot. We last saw him at the beginning of |June, when he won the Investec Coronation Cup (Group 1). As a result of this life-threatening injury the racing career of this 6-year-old son of Montjeu has come to an abrupt end and owners, John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith can only hope that the the vets can save his life so that he can pursue a stud career. ST NICHOLAS ABBEY became a champion two-year-old in 2009 when the highlight of his season culminated in a staggering performance in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster which he won by 3¾ lengths.

 

GO, JIMMY, GO!

After riding 10-year-old OGEE to a length-and-a-half victory in the Denis Wright Memorial Handicap Hurdle at Southwell today, jockey, Jimmy McCarthy, announced his retirement, after a career which has spanned more than 25 years.

The jockey from Sibbereen in County Cork, who started riding when he was only 7 years old, commented: "It's been on my mind for a while and I wanted to do it on that horse and for Mrs Robeson, as she's been very good to me over the years. I wanted to go out on him, I was determined to win one more on him as he gave me the only Grade One (win) I've ever had. I've been around that long that most of them (trainers) that I used to ride for aren't here any more!

The modest rider has been working for trainer, Jamie Osborn, for some time and he now intends spend more time working at the Upper Lambourn yard.

 

TUESDAY 23rd JULY 2013

 

CAN CYMRU COME THROUGH?

The Ffos Las fixture tonight will see jockey, Adam Kirby, hoping to add to his 30 victories on turf this season. Indeed tonight's meeting has attracted entries from across the country, including a batch of Welsh-trained horses. The feature race is the two-mile Bet Live With Pete Sutton Tonight Handicap when Caerphilly trainer, Bernard Llewellyn, will be running two horses, the 6-year-old L FRANK BAUM, who won here last August, and the 4-year-old son of Teofilo, FILATORE. These two will have their work cut out, though, as they will be up against the Sir Mark Prescott-trained MUTUAL REGARD and Roger Charlton's WATER CLOCK, both of whom could thwart Welsh aspirations.

On balance, all-weather champion, Adam Kirby, probably has his best chance of success on PINDAR, trained by Neil Mulholland, in the 32Red.com Handicap. The 9-year-old has demonstrated winning form over 10 furlongs and this is the distance he runs tonight but he will have to take on the likes of the improving 5-year-old, OFFBEAT SAFARIS who has been consistently knocking on the door in his last four starts.

 

DIAMONDS ARE NOT ALWAYS A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND!

Last night at Ballinrobe LIKE A DIAMOND was mysteriously withdrawn at the last minbute after the stewards found out that the gelding was not trained at the yard where he was registered.

The Sharon Dunphy-trained 3-year-old was due to run in the Tote Win 24% Better Than Bookmakers SP Maiden and attracted a lot of attention from punters throughout the day but then, dramatically, the stewards declared the unraced gelding a non-runner after they received a report from Turf Club senior security officer, Chris Gordon, that the horse had not been trained at Sharon Dunphy's licensed premises but at other stables in the area. The trainer submitted evidence but she seems to have accepted Chris Gordon's report. LIKE A DIAMOND was duly withdrawn and the matter was referred to the Irish Turf Club.

  

MONDAY 22nd JULY 2013

 

DANK'S FOR THAT!

Yesterday's Group Two Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh was fairly easy pickings for the Sir Michael Stoute-trained DANK who continued to flourish after her recent successes at Ascot and Newmarket. The 4-year-old daughter of DANSILI was sent off the 5/4 favourite and, astuely partnered by Ryan Moore, she proved too strong for the late finishing WAS, ridden by Joseph O'Brien.

Coral Pritchard-Gordon, Sir Michael Stoute's partner, said afterwards: "I spoke to Sir Michael on the phone and he's absolutely delighted. Ryan was thrilled with her. She is improving and loves the ground. All went right for her once she got the gap and she has a great temperament. If she continues to improve I presume she will be aimed at a Group One, but I'm not sure where."

This was notably the first British victory in this race which was first run in 2004.

 

TO TRAVEL HOPEFULLY IS BETTER THAN …...”

It's a 350-mile round trip from Newmarket to Beverley but obviously trainer, Harry Dunlop, thinks it's worth the effort. He is sending both ALPINE MYSTERIES and CRYSTAL MIST on this long trip. The former, 3-year-old daughter of Elusive City, is pitching for the Richard And Carol Hudson Handicap, whereas the latter, daughter of Dalakhani, has the Yorkshire Radio Maiden Handicap in her sights.

Harry Dunlop, son of Champion Trainer, John, and brother of Classic winner, Ed, only officialy started his training career in October 2006. In this his relatively short training career, he has only had one winner at Beverley but he gets full marks for optimism.

As the Lambourn handler commented yesterday: "It's a long way to go, and hopefully they'll both run well. We've only had one runner at Beverley before but it's a good track and a lovely part of the world and we are very much looking forward to it. I think we've got two good chances of leaving with a winner."

 

 SUNDAY 21st JULY 2013

 

NO FEAR OF POVERTY NOW!

The Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury yesterday was won by the Richard fahey-trained PENIAPHOBIA, ridden by Paul Hanagan. The 2-year-old colt thereby added more than £120,000 in prize money on his third career win from four starts. It did look as though Favourite LILBOURNE LASS, trained by Richard Hannon had the race in the bag in the final stages but Jimmy Quinn’s mount seemed to run out of steam, having dspensed of all other rivals a good furlong from home. Then the son of DANDY MAN came storming down the centre of the track and, although edging to his left, he manage to snatch victory from the filly in the finals yards and win by a neck.

An obviously somewhat disappointed Richard Hannon commented: “It looked as though she may well last home but Paul Hanagan and Penaphobia came flying down the centre of the track.

Winning trainer, Richard Fahey siad: “It means a lot to win the race for the boss – it’s fantastic to give him a winner in a race like this. This is a great race for the smaller owner and I told them I had targeted the horse at it. It’s a great race to win. It has been Richard Hannon’s race and I just joked with him that it’s about time someone else won it.”

 

DARLEY IRISH OKE FOR DAUGHTER OF MONTJEU

Despite coming nowhere in her previous three starts, the Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained filly, CHICQUITA, won the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh by half a length. The successful trainer, winning this race for the second time, his previous win being in 2005 with SHAWANDA commented: "Although she had never won before this I knew she was a top filly. The Curragh is the right track for a filly like her with her long action and it was a good ride from Johnny Murtagh as she is not an easy ride."

As for the future he added: "The main race for a filly like her is the Prix Vermeille and then maybe the Arc."

 

SATURDAY 20th JULY 2013

 

  

BECKETT'S GOT TALENT

All eyes on the Curragh tonight! Epsom winner, TALENT, trained by Ralph Beckett is confidently expected to complete the English-Irish Oaks double. Even though the 3-year-old daughter of NEW APPROACH had already won the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket earlier, she was still sent off at 20/1 for the Investec Oaks at the end of May as SECRET GESTURE, her stable companion, seemed to be the yard's best bet to win the Epsom Classic for the second time. This didn't work out as planned as SECRET GESTURE was unable to outrun TALENT who raced down the outside of the field in the straight and won by four lengths under the capable control of Richard Hughes. This time stable jockey, Jim Crowley is back in the saddle as the duo endeavour to become the first dual Oaks winner since SNOW FAIRY.

Trainer, Ralph Beckett had this to comment: “I’m very happy with where we are with the filly and we’re looking forward to running. When Richard came to ride her work before Epsom he was riding on a strip of ground he’d never ridden on before and they were working with a filly who was at the top of her game. I’m very happy with the filly, she looks great and has done well since Epsom, so we have to go there hopeful.”

 

HALF-A-MILLION. WANNA BET?

Kenny MacNicol, owner of FAIR CITY, is still in a daze after an incredible day at Perth Races. The zealous gambler pocketed nearly half-a-million pounds from an extraordinary run of good luck. The 56-year-old just couldn’t believe it as he watched winner after winner flash past the post. His initial £50 bet suddenly became £470,327, courtesy Paddy Power when his sixth selection was victorious.

The luckiest man at the track confessed that he thought his biggest gamble was backing his own horse. As he said: “When Parsons Punch won it was unbelievable. He’d more or less refused to race the last time but although he gave them eight lengths on this occasion he got the job done. He’s been a great horse for me. People said he’s run badly lately but we never lost faith in him. “It’s amazing and I can’t believe it. I knew all the horses I backed had a chance but ask anyone, racing isn’t an exact science.”

 

 FRIDAY 19th JULY 2013

 

  

JOHNSTON TO MAKE HIS MARK AT HAMILTON

Last week's Newmarket's festival winner, MAPUTO, is back at Hamilton today heading up trainer, Mark Johnston's team in the EBF Stallions Glasgow Stakes. It was impressive how the son of CAPE CROSS beat challenger RED AVENGER by six lengths in boylesports.com Download Our App Handicap at Newmarket so connections firmly believe that tonight's highlight of Hamilton's season is just one step on his way onwards and upwards.

Mark Johnston's son and assistant, Charlie commented: "It wasn't really plan A to go to Hamilton with Maputo, but it became apparent during the week that the race was breaking up. Given those circumstances it would have been daft not to have turned up for a race worth £40,000."

The attraction of over £23,000 in prize money has tempted the Kingsley House stable to also enter MISTER IMPATIENCE and ALTA LILEA so as to have three bites at the lucrative cherry, so to speak.

 

NEW LEASE OF LIFE FOR CHELTERS

Cheltenham Borough Council last night granted Cheltenham racecourse planning permission for their proposed £45million re-development of the track. The plans, already approved by the Jockey Club, include the building of a new grandstand, the redesigning of annual members' facilities and amenities, and extra new general public viewing areas and private boxes. The work is planned to start straight after the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, and it is hoped that the new track will be ready for the Festival in 2016.

Cheltenham and South West regional director for Jockey Club Racecourse, Ian Renton is reported as saying: "I am delighted that Cheltenham Borough Council has approved the application and am most grateful for the very positive support received from the local community. The new development will enable us to provide facilities for our racegoers in keeping with the quality of the National Hunt Racing on offer at Cheltenham and ensure that Cheltenham racecourse enhances its status as a world-class sports venue for many years to come."

  

THURSDAY 18th JULY 2013

 

 

COMING TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU!

Arena Racing Company (ARC), who control more than two-fifths of the horse racing fixtures in the UK and, in particular, own Lingfield Park and Royal Windsor have announced an initiative to enhance the viewing experience of racegoers. They are to invest heavily in viewing screens which are planned to be in place at all of ARC’s 15 tracks by the end of this 2013. Viewing screens have already been extensively used by ARC at its racecourses but have not always at every fixture.

Tony Kelly, ARC managing director stated: “This is an investment of over £1million across the group and it is all part of our desire to increase the enjoyment of racegoers and provide them with good viewing opportunities at all of our racecourses.”

The Racehorse Owners Association has always been in favour of big screens at all racecourses and ARC seems to have listened to feedback from them as well as from other organisations.

 

PIGGOTT'S BACK – NO ANOTHER ONE!

Former champion jockey, Lester Piggott's son, Jamie Piggott, is about to make his race-riding debut at Killarney. The 19-year-old will ride the Tommy Stack-trained PIVOTAL ROCK in the Killarney Grand Live Music Venue Handicap this afternoon. Piggott Junior has been riding out for the past five years for the Moyvane-based trainer who is probably best known for riding RED RUM to a third Grand National victory in 1977.

Lester piggott's’s son-in-law, Newmarket trainer, William Haggas said: “Jame rode out for me a couple of years ago. He’s delighted that Tommy has given him this opportunity.”

Lester Piggott rode 4,500 winners in an amazing career, which included nine Epsom Derby wins so Jamie has a long way to go!

 

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WEDNESDAY 17th JULY 2013

 

THE FAIRY TALE COMES TO AN END

Now generally recognised one of the all time great race mares, SNOW FAIRY, has had to retire due to a recurring tendon injury that revealed itself during a routine workout at Newmarket.

As her trainer, Ed Dunlop, commented: “Along with her victories in both the English and Irish Oaks, she won twice in Japan,” said her trainer Ed Dunlop. No international horse had ever done that – and she is adored by people there. We know how hard it is to win any race in Japan, for a horse to win twice there makes her incredible for what she’s achieved.”

The 6-year-old daughter of INTIKHAB earned nearly £4million in prize-money in a career in which she produced six wins in Group One races around the world. The last time she was seen on the racecourse was at Leopardstown in September last year when she was victorious in the Irish Champion Stakes. It is now on the cards that she will go to Ireland to start a new career as broodmare, when the first of her engagements will be with Cristina Patino’s stallion, ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL.

  

3000 EUROS A FURLONG TO JOIN IN!

Saturday’s Irish Oaks at the Curragh has a late entry, VENUS DE MILO, trained by Aidan O’Brien. Now coughing up €40,000 for the pleasure is a bit steep even for the wealthiest of connections but they seem to think it is worth the gamble if the 3-year-old can perform as well as she did in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Naas Oaks Trial where she stormed home to a 10-length win. Not only would the prize money (total €232, 000) more than make up for the entry fee but a win would also spread the word that the daughter of the DUKE OF MARMALADE would be her sire's biggest win to date since he retired and took up stud duties five years ago.

 

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TUESDAY 16th JULY 2013

 

WILLIE KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY?

The Willie Mullins-trained twosome, SO YOUNG and MIDNIGHT GAME could be amongst the nine possible runners in the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary on Sunday. The 7-year-old son of Levirco, SO YOUNG, is the highest rated horse in this two-mile Grade Three. He won the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park last season and then went on to shine at the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals and in France. In no way outclassed, the 4-time winner, son of Montjeu, MIDNIGHT GAME, is the one horse that could beat his highly rated stable companion, even though he only managed seventh last time out in the Ulster Derby at Down Royal. Tom Mullins, the champion trainer's brother, is due to ride veteran FOSTERS CROSS in the Grimes Hurdle. This 11-year-old showed won on the Flat last week at Leopardstown ridden by Joseph O'Brien last week.

 

A RACE FOR A WORTHY CAUSE

A racing enthusiast who has been diagnosed with cancer bought a horse recently and has named him Prostate Awareness in an attempt to get more men to take the condition seriously. Colin Peach, 66, from Middlesbrough, plans to race the horse on Yorkshire courses to raise awareness. He hopes that the two-year-old colt, trained at Foulrice Park Racing in North Yorkshire, will be on the track for the first time at York on 27 July.

Mr Peach said: "If I can save one life it will have been worth it. Given the recent news of the Archbishop of York being treated for prostate cancer and the fact that this event draws in big crowds, it would be a timely and fantastic way to get the message across for the first time."

 

MONDAY 15th JULY 2013

 

O'MEARA THE MERRIER!

 Yorkshire-base, David O'Meara, who was a successful jump jockey until 5 years ago, has made his mark in his short-lived career as a trainer at most racetracks ( 181 wins from 1329 starts [14% strike rate], 140 seconds, 158 thirds and 122 fourths). He has now got Ayr in his sights where he clearly intends to boost his record, having already saddled nine winners from 28 runners at the Scottish track, (strike-rate 32%). Today he will be represented by ABLE MASTER the Polyflor Handicap over one mile. The Nawton handler's 7-year-old will have to carry 10st. 2lb. penalty this time but that doesn't seem to worry him.

As he commented: "He loves Ayr, loves the fast ground and is in fantastic form. He won well at Ayr last time and should run well again."

 

'SHOULD I GO OR SHOULD I STAY?'

No sooner had LETHAL FORCE outclassed all the competition in Saturday's Darley Cup at Newmarket, consolidating his victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, than trainer, Clive Cox and owner, Alan Craddock, suddenly found themselves the focal point attention of the recruitment agent for the Melbourne Spring Carnival. Leigh Jordon, It seems that he put it to them that the time was rife for a class European sprinter such as LETHAL FORCE to pit himself against the best in Australia. The offer is fairly persuasive because BLACK CAVIAR is in retirement and HAY LIST is performing below par so now must be a good time for a top British sprinter to try his luck.

But it seems that owner and trainer are not going to rush into things and will take their time before deciding what the next step is.

 

SUNDAY 14th JULY 2013

 

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

The Darley July Cup at Newmarket witnessed yesterday a new track record when 4-year-old LETHAL FORCE showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heels and won by 1½ lengths. The Clive Cox-trained grey, excellently ridden by Adam Kirby made all the running, repeatedly rebuffing any challenges from a truly international field from Australia, United States, South Africa, Bahrain and Ireland, including SHEA SHEA, SOLE POWER and GALE FORCE. But none of this constellation of champions could make any impression on this son of Dark Angel who went on to beat champion, STRAVINSKY's record established back in 1999 by a second.

Winning trainer, Clive Cox, used to be a moderately successful jump jockey and his landlord is none other than former champion jump jockey turned TV presenter, John Francome, revealing his love and deep understanding of 'orses'!

 

'RACE IT AND YOU WILL WIN!'

Another 'turnip for the books' at Newmarket! The 32Red Bunbury Cup was won by FIELD OF DREAM, who hauled in ES QUE LOVE in the final yards of this 7-furlong sprint. The Jamie Osborne-trained 6-year-old, sent off at 14/1, went down to the stalls early,. He seemed to be just keeping in touch in mid-field and was still several lengths behind the leader but came into his own, again under the excellent stewardship of Adam Kirby, who steadily reeled in the front-runner, ES QUE LOVE.

    

SATURDAY 13th JULY 2013

 

 

UP FOR THE CUP!

South African sprinter, SHEA SHEA, who was denied glory by a neck in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, steps up from "his best trip", five furlongs, to six when he attempts to win the Darley July Cup at Newmarket today. The Mike de Kock-trained 4-year-old won the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March. The distance of six furlongs in this race might not be his ideal, although connections do not see this as being a problem. They fail to comment on the fact that he is once more up against his old rival, SOLE POWER who pipped him to the post last time

 

COOL BOY LUKEY

GOOD BOY LUKEY may be taking on more than he can handle at Newmarket today in the 32Red.com Superlative Stakes. Even trainer, Richard Fahey, admits that his son of SELKIRK will have to improve a lot on what he has achieved so far when he takes on Group Two company. He was justifiably favourite over five furlongs at Hamilton and over six at Newcastle on his two winning starts to date but the Superlative Stakes offer a tough challenge of distance as well as grade. Even his trainer doesn't think that GOOD BOY LUKEY will take kindly to the additional furlong as he challenges seven previous winners in the total field of nine.

Richard Fahey commented: "We think the step up to seven furlongs will suit him, but he's got to step up another gear. His form isn't good enough to win this race at the moment but he's beaten what we've put in front of him so far."

 

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FRIDAY 12th JULY 2013

 

FOR FRANKIE D - A DOUBLE COULD BE!

3-times champion jockey, Frankie Dettori, is to ride HAVELOCK, the American challenger, on the 6-year-old's second appearance in the UK, in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket tomorrow. He ran last month at Ascot in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, also partnered by Frankie Dettori, but only managed 11th out of 18 runners. The general opinion is that the son of Great Notion, nevertheless, did not disgrace himself. The trainer, Darrin miller, thought his gelding was not happy with the rained-on ground that had also been watered. It looks like conditions tomorrow will be more to his liking as he is at his best when the ground is fast. He will also benefit from the stiff six-furlong trip as he has won over seven back home.

This could well be one of Frankie's better days as, earlier in the afternoon, he will also be aboard the Brian Meehan-trained RECANTED in the 32Red.com Superlative Stakes. This is only the second run for the 2-year-old after winning the Thurloe Thoroughbreds Bill Barlow Memorial Maiden Stakes last month by 10 lengths.

 

IT'S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY!

How do you follow up a fantastic four wins at Naas on Wednesday? With a double last night at Leopardstown, of course! Well that's what Joseph O'Brien did anyway, bringing his total wins for the season to the grand total of 60. His successes last night were aboard GREAT EXPLORER, trained by his father, Aidan O'Brien, and the 11-year-old FOSTERS CROSS, trained by Tom Mullins. Without a doubt it was the latter win that was the highlight of the evening as the veteran son of Dr. Massini notched up his tenth career success out of 63 runs. As trainer Trainer Mullins commented: “We didn’t really expect to win tonight, but hoped he’d run well, getting ready for Galway. He’s off a nice mark, 136, for the Galway Plate, so we must think about that. Or he could go to Tipperary on Sunday week (for the Grimes Hurdle). We’ll have to talk about it.”

    

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THURSDAY 11h JULY 2013

 

A WILD CARD? I SHOULD COCO!

Lady Jane Cecil, widow of the late and much missed champion trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, has been fortunate with a legacy of 11 winners so far. She has now entered WILD COCO in the Princess Of Wales's boylesports.com Stakes, the third race at Newmarket today in a bid to make it a dozen. The 5-year-old mare, on her first outing this season, won last time at Doncaster for Sir Henry, making her fourth success from 7 races, and she certainly seems to be improving with every appearance. It will be not have escaped the attention of potential punters that, in her last race, this daughter of SHIROCCO beat the eventual winner of the Queen’s Ascot Gold Cup, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained ESTIMATE, into third place. With excellent jockey, Tom Queally, aboard, she will no doubt give the other six rivals a run for their money, including notables such as WIGMORE HALL and DANADANA

  

SEEKING LEEWAY FOR LEIGHS' WAY!

The decision of the British Horseracing Authority to deny the owners of Great Leighs racecourse the chance of taking part in the allocation of fixtures for 2014 is not being taken lightly, apparently. MC Racetracks' chairman, Keith Brown, wants talks with Steve Harman, the new chairman of the BHA, to see whether the problems can be resolved.

As Keith Brown said: “What we’d like to do is go back to the BHA, there’s a new chairman in place now, to see if we can move things forward and get racing back at Great Leighs,” said Brown. We have dealt with proper business plans, with having proper sponsorship and we’ve got backing behind us”

 

WEDNESDAY 10th JULY 2013

 

THE GIRL'S GOT TALENT

LADYS FIRST failed to live up to her name and came second, by two lengths, to GIFTED GIRL in the Weatherbys VAT Services Pipalong Stakes at Pontefract yesterday. This meant that on the tenth renewal of this contest victory once more did not go to a local Yorkshire trainer (the last time was in 2010) but to a raider from the South, Oxforshire-based trainer, Paul Cole. With Tom Queally aboard, the 4-year-old filly was held-up in the rear until approaching the final furlong but from then on it was plain sailing and she smoothly overtook the two leaders, LADYS FIRST and ULTRASONIC, and went on to an impressive win.

There might have been more of a contest if Sir Michael Stoute's entry, ULTRASONIC, had not found herself boxed in on the rail, forcing Ryan Moore to switch around four horses in an effort to find a gap but by that time the bird had flown, so to speak.

 

OLDIE BUT GOODIE!

11-year-old BORDERLESCOTT is coming out of retirement and will be demonstrating his proven sprinting skills in the Listed City Walls Stakes at York on Saturday. Trainer Robin Bastiman is confident that son of COMPTON PLACE is all set for his comeback run and if he does well, as expected, he could be entered in the Glorious Goodwood Audi Stakes, which he won in 2010. Then the plan is for him to have another attempt at the Nunthorpe back at York in August.

Trainer Robin Bastiman had this to say: “He was successful in the five-furlong showpiece in 2008 at Newmarket and 2009 at York. If his blood tests are all right he’ll run. He’s been working well. It’s his first run so he’ll probably just need it. He still picks up and quickens, he just annihilates everything I’ve got here. I know I haven’t got anything else like him, but he’s doing just what he used to do.”

 

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 TUESDAY 9th JULY 2013

 

 

HOME OR AWAY?

Today will decide whether the Weatherbys VAT Services Pipalong Stakes at Pontefract will be won by a local Yorkshire trainer or, as is very often the case, by raiders from Newmarket. The wait has not been quite as as long as for a British winner at Wimbledon but this is the tenth renewal of this annual race and the last time a local trainer won was three years ago. Now it looks as though there might be a serious contender in the form of LADYS FIRST (no apostrophe!) who came a valiant second last month in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot losing to DUNTLE in the final strides. LADYS FIRST's trainer, Richard Fahey, came close in 2008 when his then 5-year-old FLYING CLARETS came in second. The only Yorkshire triumph was in 2010, when the Tim Easterby-trained OFF CHANCE went into the Winner's Enclosure.

As Richard Fahey commented: "She looks the one to beat and she deserves to win another Listed race; she is so tough and genuine. The camber beat her at Epsom."

 

IT'S A DOUBLE, JIM, AND JUST AS YOU KNOW IT!

Jockey Graham Lee is in trainer, Jim Goldie's good books, after his not-so-easy ride on RASAMAN in the William Hill Bet On The Move Handicap at Ayr yesterday contributed to a worthy double for him. The first success came half-an-hour earlier in the William Hill In The App Store Handicap when Joe Fanning rode HAWDYERWHEESHT to an easy 6-lengths victory.

A delighted Jim Goldie said after his second win of the day: “Graham is top class and has ridden him a lot. To start with he didn’t use to like him as he’s so unpredictable in the stalls, but he’s now getting a great tune out of him. He sat and waited, the gap came and through he popped. The horse has plenty of ability and we’ll keep him at six or seven. He likes a bit of pace to run at. We were a bit concerned he was travelling too well but he stuck on.”

 

 MONDAY 8th JULY 2013

 

 THE BOOT'S ON THE OTHER FOOT!

The news is that a former England footballer, horse owner and landlord of Manor House Stables in Cheshire where Tom Dascombe trains, wants to learn to ride. The retired Liverpool and England striker, Michael Owen, has always been a keen racing fan and owns a string of horses. But now the footballer wants to take his equine interest even further by learning to ride so that he can take part in a fundraising event. One friend has stated: 'Everyone knows how keen Michael is on his horse racing. He loves being an owner and is so knowledgeable that he may even fancy his chances as a trainer. But he also loves to ride and has a sportsman's attitude in believing he can do anything. He's keen to have a ride on a proper racecourse and if he's any good he is bound to want to do it regularly.'

The problem for the budding jockey is that, although he was one of the shortest on the pitch at 5ft 8in, the 33-year-old would stan) and Kieron Fall ( 5ft 3in.)

 

LADIES' DAY? RIGHT THIS WAY!

After the success of the 'Games-makers' at last year’s London Olympics, Market Rasen Racecourse is actively seeking six ‘race-greeters’. Their task will be to guide visitors to the racetrack on Ladies’ Day, Saturday July 20. This means that the successful applicants must have an outgoing personality and a good knowledge of racing. As a reward for their activities the six 'race-greeters' will each receive three complimentary tickets to the County Enclosure for the day. So, in exchange for a little advanced preparation and a few hours of of their time on July 20, six people will each be presented with tickets worth £66 which will enable them to invite two members of the family or friends to the races free of charge. The racecourse’s general manager, Pip Kirkby, commented: “We get many ‘occasional’ race-goers on our annual Ladies’ Day in July which is often the most popular fixture of the year. “The Games-makers at the Olympics were a great success, so we are seeking to achieve similar results here at Market Rasen Racecourse.”

Applicants should call the racecourse on 01673 843434

or email: pip.kirkby@thejockeyclub.co.uk.

 

SUNDAY 7th JULY 2013

 

ALAKAZAM! IT'S AL KAZEEM!

As predicted here yesterday, AL KAZEEM went on to secure his third consecutive Group One within six weeks when he won the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. The race wasn't without its drama, however. Roger Charlton's 5-year-old son of DUBAWI seemed yet again to have put paid to the efforts of persistent front-runner MUKHADRAM. But then AL KAZEEM suddenly hung across to the right and clearly hampered the William Haggas-trained 4-year-old son of SHAMARDAL, much to the displeasure of the son-in-law of the 9-times-Derby winner Lester Piggott, who had to be content with third place.

The race was almost a mirror image of the Prince of Wales's Stakes last month at Royal Ascot with Paul Hanagan aboard MUKHADRAM employing similar frontrunning tactics which nearly paid off then but this time his rivals were not prepared to let him have the same kind of advantage. AL KAZEEM's jockey. James Doyle, was well aware that he should not let himself be boxed in by the tightly-packed field and took on the Sandown winner of the Cantor Fitzgerald Brigadier Gerard Stakes well inside the final two furlongs. About 100 yards from home the eventual winner drifted across the track - a move that cost James Doyle a 5-day suspension for careless riding.

Aidan Obrien's DECLARATION OF WAR, stepping up in trip since winning the Queen Anne, passed MUKHADRAM to take second place but was never going to beat the great AL KAZEEM.

Now it seems that for this winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Prince of Wales's Stakes and now the Coral-Eclipse all options seem to indicate participation in the European final and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe .

 

CAUCUS – A GOOD MEETING

John Gosden and William Buick enjoyed success in the Coral Marathon at Sandown yesterday when the favourite, CAUCUS, responded well and achieved a seemingly easy win by three quarters of a length over the well-backed BIOGRAPHER, who, nevertheless, always looked like being able to hold off the Normandie Stud 6-year-old inside the final furlong. But that wasn't to be as the eventual second seemed to be wandering a bit on the outside of the field just as jockey Ted Durcan wanted to ask the question. In the event the lightly-raced 4-year-old son of MONTJEU failed to pick up as expected and the rest, as they say, is history.

 

SATURDAY 6th JULY 2013

 

 

JOCKEY BANNED FOR ILLEGAL RIDE!

One of the most unusual bans in racing history was meted out to a jockey at Bellewstown yesterday for riding to the weighing room. Danny Mullins, regular rider for trainer Barry Connell, had pulled up the 4-year-old son Montjeu, PRIVATE TREASURE four flights from the finish in the Anglo Printers Novice Hurdle. Anxious to get on with his job he couldn't wait for assistance any longer and so drove an on-course ambulance back to the weighing room. Danny Mullins later explained to the stewards that, in the heat of the moment, he jumped into the ambulance so that he could get back in time to weigh out for the following race. A representative for The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, a voluntary ambulance and first aid organisation operating in Ireland, Lt Norman Biggane, gave evidence at the hearing and stated that the jockey had taken the vehicle without consent and that nobody other than Order of Malta personnel is authorised or insured to drive the vehicles.

As a result the race stewards banned Mullins for 14 race days under Rule 272 which covers 'behaviour which is prejudicial to the integrity, conduct and good reputation of racing.'

 

THE HORSE TO ECLIPSE THE OTHERS?

In many ways today's Coral-Eclipse (British Champions Series) (Group 1) could be viewed as re-run of the Prince of Wales Stakes with the added competition provided by DECLARATION OF WAR and MARS from the Ballydoyle stable. All eyes seem to be on AL KAZEEM who showed his class when winning at Ascot at the beginning of June by cheating MUKHADRAM out of victory by a neck . The latter, given an excellent ride by Paul Hanagan looked as if the race might be in the bag but the Tattersalls Gold Cup winner ran on well inside the final two-hundred yards and gained the upperhand in the last seconds. So it looks as though the son of DUBAWI will be the one to beat and at current average odds of 9/4 the bookies seem to think so too.

 

 FRIDAY 5th JULY 2013

 

 

JOCKEYS' BLOCK

The final race of the day at Leopardstown last night will be remembered on two accounts: first a 50/1 outsider won by 14 lengths but more incredibly the five other riders in the race were given a four-day suspension for failing to take "reasonable measures" to give their mounts a chance of winning. 10-year-old WRITERS BLOCK notched up his first success ever from 16 runs under rules in the Leopardstown Club Membership (Q.R.) Maiden after establishing an unassailable advantage in the mile-and-six-furlong race. Eventually the son of Lil's Boy was a good furlong ahead of the rest of the field and really just had to keep running to achieve victory. It seems tha race stewards were not impressed by the performance of the other riders - Katie Walsh, Jane Mangan, James Carroll, Katie Harrison and Harley Dunne and punished them accordingly.

Delighted winning jockey, Alan Wells commented afterwards: "I had a look around on the far side and couldn't see anyone so I just kept kicking. They seemed to be going slow when they jumped out of the stalls so I thought 'this boy isn't going to settle in behind', so I'll just flick on here and see what happens. Lucky enough for me he stayed going at the end!"

 

THE DAILY HAZARDS OF RACING

Sadly we have another reminder of the dangers all jump jockeys potentially face every day. Jockey Brian Toomey is now in hospital following a heavy fall when riding SOLWAY DANDY in the Book Now For 2014 Perth Festival Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at Perth yesterday. The accident happened when the 11/4 favourite fell at the third flight from home. An air ambulance arrived swiftly at the track but the injured Toomey was eventually taken to Dundee's Ninewells Hospital by road. A spokesperson for NHS Tayside said last night that Brian Toomey was "suffering from a life-threatening head injury."

 

RACING NEWS and all readers send best wishes for Brian Toomey's recovery.

 

THURSDAY 4th JULY 2013

 

HE WHO MUST BE OBAID!

It is reported that Kieren Fallon will no longer ride for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. Trainer Luca Cumani yesterday put forward an explanation why 6-times champion jockey did not ride some of his horses recently: "Sheikh Obaid requested that Kieren doesn't partner his horses any more but he still rides for me. He will be on Velox at Haydock on Friday and on Saturday I have let him off riding for me elsewhere as he wanted to ride Hughie Morrison's Banoffee in the Lancashire Oaks. He would have ridden Franciscan for me there in the Old Newton Cup but won't be able to do the weight."

Without the Sheikh's rides Kieren Fallon will be denied rides on 25% of the best horses at Bedford House Stables and that includes four that are rated 100-plus: EMIRATES QUEEN, NARGYS, DANADANA and AFSARE. The last time Kieren Fallon rode for for the Sheikh was on ELHAAME on June 8th at Haydock where he was narrowly beaten. It is noteworthy that Sheikh Obaid has given rides during the last month to Richard Hughes, Jamie Spencer, James Doyle and Kirsty Milczarek.

 

FOR WANT OF A SHOE THE HORSE WAS LOST”

Mark Johnston, yesterday's treble-winning trainer at Hamilton Park, thinks that racetracks should only be watered to promote the growth of grass but without changing the condition of the surface. The Middleham-based handler, who is also a qualified vet, commented: “In the past, trainers had to accept what nature gave them and were there more non-runners then? I’m sure there weren’t. I am convinced that the condition of our tracks has suffered in recent years due to regular watering. Trainers would agree with my view that a significant number of horses struggle with the loose ground that results from watering.”

He is also of the opinion that the rules on shoeing at the tighter and more undulating tracks should be revised if horses are expected to race surfaces that have been watered.

     

 WEDNESDAY 3rd JULY 2013

 

 

JOHNSTON MAKES HIS MARK.

Three out of three for trainer Mark Johnston at Hamilton Park yesterday with his three entries – OVERSTEP, WADACRE SARKO and GALICIAN. The victorious trio were all ridden by Joe Fanning. Competing in the Racing UK On Sky Channel 432 Maiden Stakes, OVERSTEP showed 2/9 favourite, MORNING POST, a clean pair of heels to win by four lengths. Then precisely an hour later WADACRE SARKO easily outran SHMOOZE to win the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Handicap in style. That left GALICIAN to outwit the 1/5 favourite, QUICK WIT, in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Conditions Stakes which he won by 3¼ lengths.

Mark Johnston, who was at the track to savour the triumphs,said afterwards: "I've always thought Overstep was a nice horse at home and maybe the favourite wasn't as good as they thought. Galician's speed won a race in which there was no gallop. I noticed there were only three runners in it so I confirmed him with just a minute to go before the deadline."

Hazel Peplinski, Hamilton Park's Clerk of the Course admitted she was disappointed that the £15,000 prize money for for the race had attracted only a field of four.

 

THERE GOES THE JUDGE!

The British Horseracing Authority amended the outcome of a race, in which evens-favourite EXTRA NOBLE and FIRE FIGHTING were very quickly deemed by racecourse judge, Dave Smith, to have been a dead-heat, and ruled in favour of EXTRA NOBLE as the outright winner. And just 24 hours later the BHA gave out a statement confirming that former freelance racecourse judge, Dave Smith, had had his contract terminated.

The statement read: "The British Horseracing Authority has established that Standard Operating Procedures were not followed, and has today informed Dave Smith that it has terminated its contract of services with him. Dave Smith will no longer act as a judge at British racecourses, but BHA acknowledges his contribution and service over the last 13 years."

Dave Smith responded: "Gutted is the only word really. I don't think I deserve what they are doing to me. There was only one incident they looked at and it's not ideal. I've done nothing wrong as far as I'm concerned."

 

TUESDAY 2nd JULY 2013

  

THE LEGEND LIVES ON.

 WILD COCO and SONGBIRD are among 18 runners confirmed for the bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on Saturday with Lady Cecil listed as the trainer. The 5-year-old daughter of Shirocco, WILD COCO, has had four wins from seven starts under rules, including the DFS Park Hill Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) at Doncaster and the iShares Fillies' Stakes (Registered As The Lillie Langtry Stakes) at Goodwood and really looked a top-class filly in the making but she has not been seen on track since. She is probably one of the late Sir Henry Cecil's specials whom he was saving for a particlar outing and this may be the one. SONGBIRD, on the other hand, owned by Sir Robert Ogden has not had a run at stakes level although she did impress when she won the Castlepoint Shopping Park A3060 Bournemouth Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Div I) at Salisbury in May and the Royal Ascot Money Back At BetVictor.com Fillies' Handicap at Yarmouth last month, making it two wins from two start. Barry Simpson, Sir Robert Ogden's racing manager commented: "I haven't had a chance to study the race yet and I think we'll make a decision (on her participation) later in the week. We'll see how the race cuts up and what the ground conditions are going to be like. I believe there is some rain forecast for the area and our filly wouldn't want soft ground, so we'll have to see what happens. Lady Cecil has another filly in there, so that will be another factor.”

 

RICHARD TO THE RESCUE!

The Darley July Cup at Newmarket on July 13 will now see champion jockey, Richard Hughes, riding SHAMEXPRESS, as top Australian jockey, Craig Newitt, who rode the Danny O'Brien-trained sprinter in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, doesn't want the ride. The 4-year-old son of O'Reilly, who is only a 16-1 shot for the July Cup, has already worked out over five furlongs on the July Course.

Craig Newitt explained his decision not to return to ride the Group 1 winner with the following words: “I just felt I was getting some good opportunities here now and while I was away for the nine days I think I missed four winners at Flemington and a couple of midweek meetings. If he had finished one-two (in the King’s Stand) I would have definitely went (sic!) back. But I thought he was just a bit plain.”

    

MONDAY 1st JULY 2013

 

 

JOCKEY FOR POSITION!

It has just been announced that Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, the brother of the Emir of Qatar and a new force to be reckoned with in the owning and breeding world, has appointed Frankie Dettori his new retained rider. Appropriately the contract was signed at Sunday's race meeting at Chantilly.

Sian Jones, spokesperson for Al Shaqab Racing stated: "It's an honour to welcome Frankie to our team, and we hope for a great future for this partnership."

Lanfranco from Milan has ridden twice for Sheikh Joaan this season, both rides at Royal Ascot. He rode SANDIVA who came second in the Albany Stakes and MSHAWISH who achieved a notable fourth in the St James's Palace Stakes.

 

JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME AGAIN.

Having had to sit on the sidelines for Saturday’s Irish Derby, Johnny Murtagh once again had the pleasure of showing his mettle at the Curragh yesterday when he won the Oxigen Environmental Pretty Polly Stakes in grand style on the Roger varian-trained AMBIVALENT. This rewarded the County Meath jockey with his first victory in the Pretty Polly Stakes in 20 years, and completed his collection of Ireland’s dozen Group 1 races. In particular the result demonstrated Johnny Murtagh's ability to do well under pressure but the irony for him is that by recently raising his profile as a trainer local (Irish) handlers are now reluctant to employ him as a jockey because they now regard him as competition. Consequently he has had fewer than 50 rides in Ireland this season. But when he went into in action at Royal Ascot recently, he finished as leading rider.

 

SUNDAY 30th JUNE 2013

 

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY!

Jim Bolger's 6-1 shot, TRADING LEATHER, hit the spot in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. The 3-year-old son of Teofilo, bred and owned by the Bolgers, performed very well throughout the mile-and-a-half contest and stuck to his guns and eventually got the better of GALILEO ROCK by 1¾ lengths. The surprise of the day was FESTIVE CHEER who bided his time in the rear until 6 furlongs out and then came through the field to seize third position. The great disappointments of the day were the Epsom Derby one and two, RULER OF THE WORLD and LIBERTARIAN. The former finished fifth and never looked like doing any better than whereas the latter came last-but-one, with jockey, William Buick actually easing down in the final yards.

Aidan O'Brien had only this to say about his horse's poor display: "He's had three quick enough runs. He was a bit warmer than he was at Epsom but I don't want to make excuses as the winner did it well. We may give him a break now, he deserves it."

 

TIME TO BE A STUDENT AGAIN.

The 26th October has been declared the first ever “national student raceday”. Sponsored by Lovetheraces, students will, for only £10, be able to go to six racecourses — Aintree, Newbury, Doncaster, Chepstow, Stratford-on-Avon and Wolverhampton. Great British Racing, the organisation established to promote horse racing to a wider audience, also plans to offer selected universities with free transport to nearby racetracks. This particular day has been chosen because there is an abundance of Flat and National Hunt fixtures, including St Simon Stakes Day at Newbury, Racing Post Trophy Day at Doncaster and Old Roan Chase Day at Aintree .

Rod Street of Great British Racing commented: “We’ve seen the success of student race days in Ireland and are keen to introduce increasing numbers of young people to the delights of British racing so our own National Student Raceday seemed the perfect opportunity. We’re particularly pleased that all six courses agreed to support the day which was chosen due to its close proximity to the start of term.”

Anyone interested in this offer can get further information at www.lovetheraces.com.

   

 

SATURDAY 29th JUNE 2013

 

 

 LIBERTARIAN IS ALSO 'REAL BRITAIN'!

Is history-making on the cards at the Curragh today? In a week when Maria Sharapova literally crashed out of Wimbledon and Julia Gillard was ousted as Australia's Prime Minister, is it possible that a lady trainer from Middleham can restore the seemingly fated female fortunes by becoming the first woman to train the winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby? Well, Elaine Burke of Spigot Lodge thinks her 3-year-old LIBERTARIAN has got what it takes. It has to be said that the record doesn't favour the 3-year-old son of NEW APPROACH, after being pushed into second place by RULER OF THE WORLD in the Epsom Derby, followed by GALILEO ROCK in third place. These three are now back to the challenge and, what is more, past statistics reveal that 60% of Epsom Derby winners go on to complete the double. This time, however, it is possible that the 'galloping' track will suit the long striding Godolphin colt much more than the rolling undulations of Epsom.

Elaine Burke's husband, Karl certainly seems to think so: "I've been very happy with his work since Epsom and I'm sure he has improved. Considering he did not handle the track that well, he did extremely well to finish as close as he did. Certainly you would think the Curragh will suit him better. The track should play to his strengths."

 

MAGICAL MACEY TOUR (DE FORCE!)

None of the great and good of the newspaper tipsters gave the David Barron-trained MAGICAL MACEY a snowball's chance in hell of winning the Betfred Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle last night. But the 6-year-old son of Rossini had then singing a different tune after cruising home in the 5-furlong sprint.

Winning jockey, Philip Makin, said afterwards: "All his form is on soft ground. He loved it and toughed it out. There was a strong wind in his face and he did it the hard way. I won on him as a two-year-old. He's a grand horse and has paid his way. It's nice he's got his head in front again."

 

FRIDAY 28th JUNE 2013

 

 

GREAT SCOTT! NO GREAT LEIGHS ... AGAIN!

The all-weather racetrack at Great Leighs, Essex, out of action since the beginning of 2009, has once more had its application to join the 2014 fixture-list allocation turned down by the British Horseracing Authority. News that the owners of the course, had been informed of this decision were made public but the BHA gave no reasons, as it considered it a “private matter” between itself and MC Holdings Ltd, the new management company, appointed after the original management went bankrupt after only nine-months operating a racecourse.

Adam Brickell, director of integrity, legal and risk for the BHA, said: "The application has been given careful and thorough consideration, but the Board was not in a position to approve Great Leighs' participation in the 2014 fixture allocation process. The BHA remains open to new racecourse applications under our annual guidelines and will continue to provide the necessary assistance and guidance to prospective applicants."

Located near Chelmsford in Essex, the all-weather track put on its first races in April 2008, the first new track since Taunton opened in 1927. It is generally thought that Great Leighs has a lot going for it, not least its proximity to Newmarket and the surface. The problem seems to be that MC Holdings seems not to have come up with a viable business plan that would persuade the BHA to approve its application. Such a venture couldn't be allowed to fail for a second time because that would be bad for the racing indutry.


“NOW YOU SEE HIM. NOW YOU DON'T!

The good news is that Paul Hanagan got back to riding at Yarmouth yesterday and scored a double. The bad news is that he had to forgo his four remaining rides due to the recurring effects of the injury he suffered at Royal Ascot. Twice champion jockey on the flat, Paul Hanagan came off relatively lightly after a nasty accident in the Hardwicke Stakes when EKTIHAAM slipped on the bend, sending his jockey crashing into the rails. The 34-year-old from Warrington luckily received only bad bruising. He took a few days' rest and then booked himself in at Yarmouth to ride ERTIJAAL to victory in the Trafalgar Restaurant At Great Yarmouth Racecourse Maiden Stakes. Hanagan had to put a little more effort into his next ride MAJESTIC MANANNAN who pulled hard most of the time and had to be driven the whole way to eventually win the Sealife Centre Handicap. In fact it was after this tough ride that Paul Hanagan stoood down.

Richard Hale, Hanagan's agent, commented: "The second horse took a hell of a grip going down and Paul think's he's just wrenched it a bit then. He just felt he couldn't do the others justice so he's gone off for a bit more physio. It's nothing serious and he should be fine tomorrow. It's probably agent error and I asked too much of him first day back. He went for the first winner and I probably should have left it at that."

It is good to see that the talented jockey is booked for four rides at Newmarket today so he has clearly passed a doctor's certificate that was necessary before he could ride again.

 

 

THURSDAY 27th JUNE 2013

  

THE RIGHT APPROACH?

St James’s Palace Stakes and Qipco 2000 Guineas winner, DAWN APPROACH may step back up in trip for York's Juddmonte International on August 21. With these last two victories Jim Bolger’s 4-year- has made up for his unbelievably poor performance in the Investec Derby. The son of New Approach, also bred by Jim Bolger, owned by Godolphin, is among the thirty-five entries for the Group One over an extended mile and a quarter, a race that was won by the great Frankel last year. Other entries include TORONADO, RULER OF THE WORLD, AL KAZEEM, ST NICHOLAS ABBEY and SNOW FAIRY.
To win this one is certainly going to need the right approach!

”BY THE LIGHT OF THE ….....”

The bookmakers.co.uk Carlisle Bell was won by top-weight SILVERY MOON last night at the Cumbrian race track. The Tim Easterby-trained 6-year-old grey was the punters' 6-1 shot, ridden by Robert Winston, who was content to bide his time early on, allowing BEST TRIP and MAGIC DESTINY to hold sway at the front. The latter couple ran wide as they raced into the final straight, giving SILVERY MOON the chance to demonstrate a decisive turn of foot up the middle of the track that proved unchallengeable, although CHOOKIE ROYALE, in the capable hands of Tom Eaves, did give him a run for his money. The result was a narrow victory by a head

 

WEDNESDAY 26th JUNE 2013

 

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Good news that Alice Mills made a successful comeback to the race track last night. She was badly hurt at Cheltenham's hunter chase meeting in May. She rode DETROIT RED to victory in the St Austell Brewery Lady Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle at Newton Abbot. The Devon-born jockey Alice Mills made light work of her task aboard the Martin Hill-trained 7-year-old and won by seven lengths, making it a double on the day for the Totnes-based trainer who said afterwards: "He's the fastest jumper I've had and I'd love to run him on the flat over a trip if his four owners would allow me.”

 

LONG IN THE TOOTH

PHAR LAP, foaled in New Zealand and trained in Australia was the wonder horse of the 30s. He was champion of the Australian racing scene, winning 36 wins of his 41 starts. He then went on to win America's richest race, the Agua Caliente Handicap, in 1932. Then he suddenly died, struck down by some mystery illness which many people suspected to be the work of gangsters. There is a permanent exhibition in his honour at a Melbourne Museum.

Now scientists have decided to analyse his DNA from a piece of tooth with the aim of comparing it to that of other champions such as BLACK CAVIAR. The champion's bones are actually kept in New Zealand but a 60mg piece of his tooth has been sent over to Australia for DNA for testing.

Dr. Natasha Hamilton from the University of Sydney's veterinary science faculty commented yesterday: "We're creating a DNA sequence which we hope can be used for different studies comparing the DNA from different breeds. We'd also like to compare Phar Lap's sequence with other elite performers from the modern era."

Dr Hamilton also said she thought the DNA sequencing would also help to reveal the genetic diversity of thoroughbreds around the world, past and present and give an indication what, genetically, makes a thoroughbred different to other breeds.

The results of this process should provide enough high-quality DNA for a complete genome sequence of Phar Lap. Such analysis on racehorses has never been carried out in the southern hemisphere, though it was performed on two top British thoroughbred racehorses – ECLIPSE, who raced in the late 1760s, and HYPERION, a champion of the 1950s.

Dr Hamilton made it clear that the process used to obtain PHAR LAP's DNA will not make cloning possible as that would need a very large amount of DNA.

So there's no chance a second PHAR LAP racing in a few years' time!

 

TUESDAY 25th JUNE 2013

 

TAKING A LIBERTY

The Derby runner-up, LIBERTARIAN, is going great guns for Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, according to Karl Burke, trainer Elaine's husband, who has high hopes that the 3-year-old can reverse his Investec Derby form when he came seocnd to RULER OF THE WORLD. The son of New Approach, trained at Spigot Lodge in Middleham, was the first Yorkshire-trained winner for many years of the York Betfred Dante Stakes last May. As a result of this success LIBERTARIAN was snapped up by Godolphin and will leave the current trainer after this next race.

As Karl Burke said: “He’s well and he’s definitely taken a step forward after the Derby. He looks tremendous and, though he’s not a great work horse at home and never has been, he’s showing us all the right signs.”

He admitted that he and his wife, Elaine, are looking forward to the race but with mixed emotions.

 

SO FARHH SO GOOD

FARHH, missed last week's Royal Ascot because he went lame a week before the meeting. Now it has been announced that the 4-year-old son of Pivotal won't be running in the Qipco Sussex Stakes either and probably will not race again until towards the end of the season. The Godolphin-owned horse was on track to challenge for the Prince of Wales's Stakes but fell victim to the latest in a series of troubles that have meant he has only raced nine times; the last time was when he won the Lockinge Stakes by four lengths at Newbury in May.

Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager commented yesterday: "Dawn Approach will either go for the Sussex Stakes or Prix Jacques le Marois [at Deauville in August]. Farhh is going to take a bit of time so we hope he will be back towards the end of the season."

 

MONDAY 24th JUNE 2013

 

BROWN NOT PINK!

The totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes was won for the second time in a row by BROWN PANTHER who hasn't run on a UK track since his impressive second in the Betfred 'The Bonus King' Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury last August. In between times he did have a crack at the Longchamp Prix Royal-oak in October 2012 but failed to make his mark. The Tom Dascombe-trained 4-year-old was nevertheless second favourite in this this mile-and-a-half contest, with MAIN SEQUENCE, last year's Derby runner-up, heading the favouritism at Evens. The son of SHIROCCO didn't disappoint his connections this time out, travelling smoothly, under the firm control of jockey, Richard Kingscote, on the outside of his other five contestants when approaching the back straight and won, beating SOUVIENS TOI by some three-and-a half lengths. MAIN SEQUENCE had a disappointing run on this occasion.

Tom Dascombe commented: "I'll have to talk to the boys, but there's a possibility he could run at Newmarket (Princess of Wales's Stakes, July 11) in a couple of weeks. We want to win a Group One race with him this season and the main end-of-season target is likely to be the Irish Leger (Curragh, September 15)."

Ex-footballer and part-owner Michael Owen added: "We won this last year on our way to running in some nice races and hopefully this will be a springboard. He hasn't won first time out since his two-year-old days, so it's a monkey off our back. He handles all types of ground. We prefer to run him on soft because not every horse handles it.”

 

ONE FOR THE BOOKS

7-year-old NOVELLIST won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud yesterday, ridden superbly by Ryan Moore. Another son of MONSUN, trained by Andreas Wohler, challenged the evens-favourite Cirrus Des Aigles, officially the highest-rated horse in the world following FRANKEL's retirement, at the approach to the top home straight and it was soon clear that the German contender had got the best of the argument by galloping relentlessly all the way to the post, beating the Jamie Spencer-ridden DUNADEN by one-and-a-quarter lengths.

Trainer Andreas Wohler said afterwards that his charge will will run in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 27.

 

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SUNDAY 23rd JUNE 2013

 

4 WINS MAKE FIVE!

Jockey/trainer, Johnny Murtagh won the QIPCO Royal Ascot Jockey Award for the fifth time. The 43-year-old from County Meath notched up four winners at the world-famous racing fixture, founded by Queen Anne in 1711. He scored a double on the first day with SOLE POWER the King's Stand Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1) and EXTORTIONIST in the Windsor Castle Stakes. Both winning distances were a neck. His third victory came with FORGOTTEN VOICE in Friday's Wolferton Handicap. Bitter-sweet success came with THOMAS CHIPPENDALE in the Hardwicke Stakes yesterday, although the subsequent death from a suspected heart attack of the 4-year-old son of DANSILI rather overshadowed that result.

Johnny Murtagh, now licensed as a trainer at his stables in the Curragh, ended up one winner ahead of Ryan Moore, James Doyle and Joseph O'Brien in the ANNUAL competition.

The delighted jockey commented afterwards: "I'll still be hungry to come over when I'm required. People might have been saying I'm going to make a decision to just train, but I haven't. I'm still Johnny Murtagh the jockey. I only had two rides on the first day and one the next but I'm very glad to win this again.”

 

TAKING FRENCH LEAVE

The Michael Bell-trained LARK missed a planned run at Royal Ascot this week but will try to make up for it by having a crack at the Abu Dhabi Prix de Malleret at Saint-Cloud this afternoon. The 3-year-old was originally entered for the Ribblesdale Stakes on Thursday but the quick Berkshire ground meant she had to give that one a miss. The daughter of PIVOTAL has only scored once from four starts to date so, with Jamie Spencer on board, connections will be hoping for an improvement.

As trainer, Michael Bell said: "She's got her ground, her optimum trip and we think the track will suit her as well, so hopefully she should run well.”

Though selected as 2/1 favourite by Sporting Life, THE LARK will be up against Mick Channon's CONTRADICT, ridden by Ryan Moore and, more significantly, by recent Chantilly winner ELEUTHERA and FEREVIA, third in the Pour Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary Stakes, with Olivier Peslier in the saddle, who both represent the home team, as it were.

 

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SATURDAY 22ndJUNE 2013

 

STOUTE-HEARTED MEN!

No peace for the wicked”, as the saying goes. I don't know what Sir Michael Stoute has been up to recently but just 24 hours after he faciltated Her Majesty's becoming the first monarch in 206 years to win the Ascot Gold Cup with ESTIMATE, the Barbadian-born trainer was back in the winner's enclosure again when his 3-year-old son of Danehill Dancer, HILLSTAR, id the honours in the King Edward VII Stakes. This race is also ominously known as the 'Ascot Derby' and has become something of a graveyard for aspiring colts who have previously run well in the 'real thing'! This reputation was enhanced even further after the red-hot favourite, the Aidan O'Brien-trained BATTLE OF MARENGO, who came fourth in the Epsom Derby, got beaten into second place by a length. It certainly looked as though the son of Galileo had the race in the bag when Joseph O'Brien seized the initiative three furlongs from home and was still in the lead 200 yards from the winning post. Then history repeated itself as the O'brien mount shortened his stride, enabling the Ryan Moore 15/2 hopeful to take every advantage from the tiring favourite.

As Sir Michael Stoute commented: "We had him in the Derby and we had him in the Irish Derby, but his first two runs this year just haven't gone right. We dropped him out today and made sure he didn't do that, but we've always loved this horse. He's no longer in the Irish Derby, but I'm sure there's more to come later."

Aidan O'Brien didn't seem too disappointed with BATTLE OF MARENGO and suggested he may drop back down to 10 furlongs.

 

'JOHNNY COME HOME'

Successful trainer and jockey, Johnny Murtagh showed his skills one again when he won the Wolferton Stakes on the Nicky Henderson-trained FORGOTTEN VOICE. This was a re-run of the successful partnership of 2009, when the 8-year-old, also a son of Galileo, then trained by Jeremy Noseda, won the the Royal Hunt Cup.

Owner and outgoing chairman of the British Horseracing Authority, Paul Roy, had this to say:

"We had to patch him up for a couple of years, but we're more used to seeing him over hurdles lately - I think it was Aintree that we were at watching him last time. To be back here, with Johnny back on board just as he was four years ago, is amazing.”

This was Johnny Murtagh's third winner of the week.

 

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FRIDAY 21stJUNE 2013

 

 

A RIGHT ROYAL CELEBRATION!

The Queen's horse, ESTIMATE, won the Royal Ascot Gold Cup yesterday, the first time in the race's 206-year history that this prestigious contests has been won in the colours of the reigning monarch. The importance of the occasion was emphasised by the sight of Her Majesty visibly urging on her brave young filly as the race reached its final stages and breaking out into a huge smile of relief anf triumph when the deed was done. The 4-year-old daughter of MONSUN was bravely tackling an extra half-mile and jockey, Ryan Moore, had to use all his strength to force her home a neck ahead of the Irish runner, SIMENON. Undoubtedly patriotic support and the fact that it was Ladies' Day made ESTIMATE the 7/2 favourite. The way the race was won, however, made this into a very special day

Royal trainer, Sir Michael Stoute said: "It's a special thrill for the Queen. She said it gave her great pleasure and she thanked everyone involved. She really loves this game and it's a great recreation for her. The Queen has such a love for her breeding programme and this will have been a bigger thrill to win with a filly, rather than a colt. It's the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and it has been done for a lady who, never mind being the Queen, loves racing and is so good for British racing. It's as big as any."

 

COME ON BABY LIGHT MY FIRE!

Today's Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot will reveal whether SKY LANTERN is the UK's top 3-year-old filly over a the distance of a mile. The problem is that she not only has a wide draw (16) but also she is up against JUST THE JUDGE, the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner. Last time out in the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket this did not seem such a problem, however, when she won by a neck under the competent stewardship of the two Richards – trainer Hannon and jockey Hughes.

Richard Hannon commented: "It's a shame, but the two Guineas winners are in the same boat, with Just The Judge drawn widest of all and Sky Lantern just one stall better in 16. While that makes it tough in such a big field, we have to live with it. Sky Lantern has done so well since Newmarket. She has put on weight and is stronger and, while Just The Judge showed in Ireland that she has improved since our Guineas, our filly has also taken another step forward."

 

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THURSDAY 20th JUNE 2013

 

 

JOY LEADS ME – JAMES DOYLE!

Roger Charlton's protégé, James Doyle, burst onto the Royal Ascot scene with a vengeance yesterday. First he rode AL KAZEEM to a 'neck' victory against the Al Maktoum 4-year-old, MUKHADRAM, in the Prince of Wales's Stakes. Then he followed that with a three-quarters of a length win on the George Baker-trained BELGIAN BILL in the Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Str) at odds of 33/1. Now that would have been enough for any top jockey but the Cambridge-born 25-year-old son of trainer Jaqui Doyle (now his agent) went one more and notched up a treble in the next race, the Queen Mary Stakes, for trainer, Clive Brittain on 2-year-old RIZEENA at 6/1.

The modest James Doyle commented afterwards: "Royal Ascot is so tough, you go there full of hope and expectation and it can end in disappointment. You grow up wanting to ride Royal Ascot winners, so it's an amazing feeling."

£10 on that treble would have produced £5445.00!!

 

ONE WILL BE AMUSED IF …..

Today's Gold Cup at Royal Ascot will pose one of the toughest tests of her career for the Queen's filly, ESTIMATE and royal trainer, Sir Michael Stoute is well aware of the fact. The 4-year-old daughter of MONSUN has tasted victory in three of her six starts to-date but she will face the two-and-a-half-mile test as a runner with the least experience in the 18-strong field. Despite that she seems to be the bookies' favourite, having done the honours for Her Majesty in the Queen's Vase last year. She also had an impressive win in the Longines Sagaro Stakes in May this year. The problem is this time that the trip is half-a-mile longer and the opposition is much tougher.

Added to the tension, Sir Michael Stoute is hoping for his second victory in the prestigious race. When did he last win it? Oh, back in 1978 with SHANGAMUZO!

May the force be with you Your Majesty and Sir Michael!

 

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WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE 2013

 

 

WELL. I DO DECLARE!

The opening race of 2013 Royal Ascot was bagged by Ballydoyle brigade when DECLARATION OF WAR won the Queen Anne Stakes by three-quarters of a length. The Aidan O'Brien-trained 4-year-old colt blotted his copybook last time out in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury's but there was no sign of any blot this time in this impressive performance. He did have a problem with being held up in midfield for a while. In fact, jockey, Joseph O'Brien had to keep his cool even though he was still only in fourth place at the furlong-pole. But a gap appeared about 150 yards from the post and DECLARATION OF WAR needed hardly any asking to take up the running and win the race by that narrow margin.

This was Aidan O'Brien's 38th Royal Ascot winner. He commented said: "We are delighted. We thought the world of him last year. He just had an easy win first time at Leopardstown and then he went to the Lockinge. I left him unready and he wasn't ready for the race at the time, but he has made great progress since and has come back to what we thought and hoped he would be. He has a lot of speed, so Joseph waited as long as he could. He's a big powerful horse and when he asked him he put his head down and went through.

The Graham Motion-trained favourite, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup, ANIMAL KINGDOM, tipped yesterday in Aramis racing News, completely failed to handle the conditions of the race, particularly the pace, as he was expected to do, and was virtually beaten by halfway through the race and came 11th out of 13.

 

SH BOOM. CHIGUN!

Today's Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot will hopefully fulfill the late Sir Henry Cecil's long-term ambition when CHIGUN goes for glory. Sir Henry Cecil, who died just a week ago, trained a remarkable 75 Royal Ascot winners during his meteoric career and connections say that he had been preparing the 4-year-old filly for this one-mile contest for quite some time. The daughter of Oasis Dream was one of the late trainer's last big-race victors when she won the Group Three Abu Dhabi Stakes at the Curragh last month in impressive style.

Racing manager for CHIGUN's owner Ibrahim Araci, Rob Speers, said: "The filly has been in great form since the Curragh and we think she has taken a step forward since then. She is still lightly raced and still on an upward curve. It goes without saying if she could go and win tomorrow, it would be fantastic for the whole team at Warren Place. I think recent events put horseracing into perspective and Chigun is an absolute testimony to Sir Henry's ability to bring out the very best in his fillies.

 

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TUESDAY 18th JUNE 2013

 

 

POETRY IN MOTION

Dubai World Cup winner, ANIMAL KINGDOM, running in the first race of today at Royal Ascot, the Queen Anne Stakes, could well be the shortest price favourite of the entire week In his great victory at Meydan victory jockey, Joel Rosario, coolly tracked the leaders for about a mile before taking the Graham Motion-trained 5-year-old into the lead three furlongs from home and the son of Leroidesanimaux required no whip-urging to go on to win comfortably by 2-lengths. His earnings to-date were increased by that win to $8,387,500 proving the five-year-old’s ability to race consistently at the very highest level. Pricing a horse at 5/4 to win the opener at Royal Ascot when his three wins so far have not been on turf (two on 'dirt' and one on sand) might seem a bit strange particularly as this also his first run in the UK. In his favour, however, is the fact that he seems to be very versatile sort and can handle different surfaces with no apparent problems. He also performed very well in the Breeders' Cup Mile (Grade 1) at Santa Anita last November.

Trainer, Graham Motion's confidence must also be boosted by the fact that the rest of the field looks decidedly weak. Particularly as Godolphin's FARHH is not running.

 

A BLOW FOR VICTORY!

The Richard Hannon-trained TORONADO, might just spring a few surprises today at Ascot in the St James's Palace Stakes. The 3-year-old son of High Chaparral could only manage a fourth in the 2000 Guineas, but connections are up-beat about his appearance at the Berkshire track.

Richard Hannon commented: "We know we did not see the real Toronado in the Guineas, but everything he has done at home since he resumed exercise has convinced us that we still have the real deal. We believe that he suffered a displaced palate as soon as he left the stalls at Newmarket, so he did remarkably well to finish fourth. He was legless at the end and in another 100 yards would have trailed in last. He worked super in his final gallop, and, while we don't underestimate either Dawn Approach or Magician, we are just focusing on ensuring that our horse is back to his best and able to run to his full potential."

Can't say fairer than that!

 

 

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MONDAY 17th JUNE 2013

 

YESTERDAY'S TIP

As mentioned in Racing News yesterday the two Richard partnership of Hannon and Hughes: “Should be a bet worth considering.” And so it was. PROFESSOR struck gold in the EBF Cathedral Stakes at Salisbury, making it a hat-trick for the 3-year-old son of Byron. He was always prominent and was in the lead in the final furlong and won by 1¾ lengths.

 

Current champion on the flat, Richard Hughes, commented afterwards: "He can handle six furlongs but I think he's better over seven as you can ride him for a turn of foot over that trip," said Hughes. There's loads of races coming up but something like the Foret later on may suit him."

 

AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING!

Lady Cecil got a treble from four runners yesterday, including a double at Salisbury. Tom Queally was riding the two winners at the Wiltshire track. CONTINUUM was the 6-4 favourite in the opener, the Peter Symonds Catering Handicap and, although he had to be kept up to his task by Tom Queally, he managed to beat Richard Hughes on Dunhoy by a neck. There were always high hopes for the 3-year-old daughter of Galileo, MAGIC OF REALITY, who was the odds-on favourite at 1/3 in the Wateraid Mildren Construction Maiden Fillies' Stakes.and she didn't disappoint her connections as she romped home by 2¼ lengths and thus getting her first win on the cards.

Ryan Moore did the honours at Doncaster, riding RETIREMENT PLAN to a 2 length victory in the FSB Pension Scheme For Members Maiden Stakes.

The fourth entry, SPIRITOFTOMINTOUL, in no way disgraced the spirit of Warren Place Stables and came a valiant 3rd, behind Ryan Moore's.

 

All in all, another great tribute to the trainer skills of the late Sir Henry Cecil.

 

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SUNDAY 16th JUNE 2013

 

AN INTELLECTUAL APPROACH?

The EBF Cathedral Stakes at Salisbury today features the Richard Hannon-trained colt, PROFESSOR, who will be aiming to make it three in a row, having won the BetVictor No Lose Hughes Money Back Sandy Lane Stakes (Listed)at Haydock last week and the Ascot Racecourse Handicap at the beginning of May. This previous race indicated that the 3-year-old son of Byron was perhaps more comfortable over six furlongs and he returns to this shorter distance today. PROFESSOR has a bit of weight in hand over his rivals and an added bonus is that the current flat racing champion, Richard Hughes is taking the ride.

Should be a bet worth considering.

 

PLANET SWEET

MARS and MAGICIAN, both trained by Aidan O'Brien, will probably be declared today for the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. Ballydoyle announced on Friday that MAGICIAN, winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas last time out, had had a knock on Thursday and, as a consequence, had sustained some minor bruising. But yesterday Aidan O'brien put a statement on the Coolmore website to the effect that he now hoped the Ballydoyle dynamic duo will both take their chance in the Group One Stakes over a mile. The 3-year-old son of Galileo will have the trainer's son, Joseph in charge whereas MARS, who managed a sixth place in the Derby, will have the added bonus of having 3-times champion jockey, Ryan Moore, on board.

The official statement was: "Magician and Mars will both be declared. Mars is a definite runner and hopefully Magician will run."

 

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Visits to the ARAMIS RACING website for the past week (3rd to 9th June) shows there were 658 hits (up another 20!) from the US, 142 from Europe and 150 from Asia.

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SATURDAY 15th JUNE 2013

  

THE MIGHTY MURTAGH

Johnny Murtagh, who rode Champion Kayf Aramis to that outstanding 13-length victory at York in 2009, will be entering new territory next week at Ascot. Not only will he have his first runners as a trainer but he has also managed to get a good few rides for the great day. The successful jockey from Navan, County Meath has notched up 39 Royal Ascot winners in his successful riding career and this score includes five wins in the Ascot Gold Cup. He will be riding the Willie Mullins-trained SIMENON in the Gold Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 1) on Thursday, SOLE POWER in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes and VIZTORIA in Friday’s Coronation Stakes. Donning his trainer's hat he has SWEET LIGHTNING in the Royal Hunt Cup and CAMPANOLOGY might ring a few bells in the the Britannina Handicap.

 

HAVE LUCK WITH HAVELOCK!

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot will see Frankie Dettori back in the saddle riding 6-year-old American raider, HAVELOCK. The Man from Milan, who has only just returned to the track after a six-month drugs ban, will be teaming up for the first time with the Darrin Miller-trained son of Great Notion, who has four turf and one all-weather win to his name. Ray Cochrane, Frankie Dettori's agent admitted that the chances of a acquiring top-notch rides for his client at Royal Ascot are somewhat bleak. He commented: "We've got a few rides, but I'm not releasing them at the minute as I don't want to frighten anyone away. At Ascot, all the good rides have been taken. He's only been back a fortnight. I'm looking for spare rides for him. I've made phone calls last weekend, and, hopefully, people will come back to me. People just want to see Frankie busy and working hard. Unfortunately, there are not the good spare rides about. He's taking it well. He's in great form and just glad to be back riding."

 

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FRIDAY 14th JUNE 2013

 

SIR HENRY'S LAST WINS

Of the five horses racing yesterday, trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil, two of them won. MORPEUS, half-brother of FRANKEL, acquitted himself very well, gaining his first victory on his fourth outing at Nottingham, ridden by Jimmy Doyle. After pulling hard early on, he eventually settled down and went into the lead two furlongs from home and stayed on strongly, beating Elsiniaar by 4½ lengths. Four fillies also took to the track and one of them performed magnificently. The four-year-old SONGBIRD, made it two out of two at Yarmouth, given a great ride by Ian Mongan. The daughter of Danehill Dancer showed a clean two pairs of heels, also two furlongs from home, and was too fast for her rivals and won by an impressive eleven lengths.

A happier note to finish the week on for Lady Cecil and all at Warren Place Stables

 

A FITTING TRIBUTE

Next week's Queen's Vase at Ascot will be run in memory of Sir Henry Cecil who had 75 winners at the Royal meeting – more than any other trainer. Of these eight were victories in the Queen's Vase. The race has now been retitled: 'The Queen's Vase In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil'. This is one of the races for which the Queen donates her own trophy – the others are the Gold Cup and the Royal Hunt Cup. Also it has been announced that jockeys in this race will wear black armbands and a one-minute silence will be held beforehand.

Her Majesty's Representative at Ascot, Johnny Weatherby said: "Sir Henry was an intrinsic part of Royal Ascot with 75 winners over more than four decades. It is no secret that Royal Ascot was his favourite meeting of the year and we felt it was fitting to honour his achievements here next week, and remember the passing of one the greatest figures that the world of sport has ever seen.

 

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THURSDAY 13th JUNE 2013

 

STILL HERE IN SPIRIT

Five horses from Warren Place Stables will race today – all trained by Sir Henry Cecil who died on Tuesday. First there is SONGBIRD, 4-year-old daughter of Danehill Dancer, who will race in the Royal Ascot Money Back At BetVictor.com Fillies' Handicap at Yarmouth. Owner Sir Robert Ogden's racing manager, Barry Simpson, said: "I think the filly that runs at Yarmouth typifies Sir Henry's great understanding and patience with his horses. She was a very backward filly and Sir Henry didn't want to run her as a two-year-old or a three-year-old. I think a lot of trainers would have run her and she might never have won a race, but Sir Henry had a lot of faith in her, took his time and she won first time out as a four-year-old very well.”

Then Lady Cecil, who has been issued with a temporary licence by the BHA, also runs two 3-year-old daughters of Galileo - PHAENOMENA, in the Crossland Maiden Fillies' Stakes(Div1)

and RAJARATNA, in the Crossland Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Div 2). Both races at Newbury

The fourth horse from Warren Place Stables, MORPHEUS, a half-brother to FRANKEL (Their mother was KIND!), runs at Nottingham in the ABG Law Classic Maiden Stakes. The last of the quintet, representing the late Sir Henry Cecil, is TICKLED PINK who will be running in the Group Three Ballyogan Stakes at Leopardstown.

Irish owner, Trevor Stewart, summed up the feelings of many when he said: "I've had horses with many different trainers, but nobody is like Henry.”

Here's to a couple of winners for the Gentleman of racing!

 

IT JUST DAWNED ON THE TRAINER

Next Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, it has just been announced, will include, surprisingly, DAWN APPROACH. Originally it was thought that the Qipko 2000 Guineas winner wouldn't be entered in this race after he finished last in the Derby. Trainer, Jim Bolger, however, says his Classic winner is on track for a return to a mile, if all goes well on today's training gallop.

Simon Crisford, Godolphin’s racing manager, stated: “Jim is very happy with how Dawn Approach has done since the Derby and he is keen to let him run at Royal Ascot if everything continues to go well with his preparation between now and the race on Tuesday.”

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WEDNESDAY 12th JUNE 2013

 

 

A SAD DAY FOR RACING

Sir Henry Cecil, the Gentleman of racing and legendary trainer, died yesterday at the age of 70. He was champion trainer 10 times and trained 25 British Classic winners and particularly excelled at Royal Ascot with a record of 75 wins. A temporary training licence has been granted to Lady Cecil by the British Horseracing Authority for his declared runners at Newbury, Nottingham and Yarmouth on Thursday. The highlight of Sir Henry Cecil's later years was undoubtedly the great Frankel, officially recognised as the best horse in the world and unbeaten in 14 starts before he was put to stud at the end of last season. Who can forget Sir Henry Cecil's last appearance at the race track, braving his illness and the elements to watch his beloved charge win at Ascot in October?

Tom Queally, first jockey at Warren Place in recent years, who rode Frankel in all his races made the following comments: "Every other trainer aspires to be like him and no other trainer will come close. He really excelled with Frankel. He made all he right calls and all the right choices with him. He retired unbeaten and that was his jewel in the crown. Racing has lost a real gem."

 

THERE'S NO FAIRY!

Trainer, Ed Dunlop, seems to have ruled SNOW FAIRY out of appearing at Royal Ascot due to a minor setback. The Group One-winning mare is reported to have made quicker progress than expected in her recovery from an injury she received towards the latter part of last season but it now seems that there will not be enough time to be ready for Ascot, despite the fact that she performed a racecourse gallop last week with flying colours. The potential battle with AL KAZEEM and CAMELOT in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes is sadly now not to be.

As Ed Dunlop wrote on his website: "Unfortunately Snow Fairy has suffered a minor setback, which means she will be on the easy list for a couple of weeks and will sadly miss Royal Ascot."

 

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100% of prize money to members

 

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 TUESDAY 11th JUNE 2013

 

 

RIGHT ON. BRIGHTON!

It may be hard to believe but successful jockey, Silvestre de Sousa, rode his first ever winner at Brighton yesterday. Riding 3-year-old AL MANAAL, he won the itfirst.co.uk Median Auction Maiden Stakes by eight lengths. He hasn't have too many rides at this seaside track before because was based in the North with Mark Johnston but now, in his position with Godolphin stables, the Brazilian was at last able to put the record straight. The Saeed bin Suroor-trained three-year-old is not a great star by any means but she did become the evens favourite for the race.

As De Sousa commented: “That was my first winner at Brighton. It wasn't the strongest race but she's done her job. It's fast ground, when she came down the hill she wasn't enjoying it but when she hit the rising ground she strode out."

With Royal Ascot just around the corner Sylvestre De Sousa is dismayed that his hopes for a great ride there are dashed because, FARHH, won't be competing due to lameness.

 

TICKET TO RIDE?

Who's the most successful Royal Ascot jockey in recent years? Who is struggling to get a ride at this world-famous fixture? You guessed it, Frankie Dettori! Since making his come-back two weeks ago the 3-times champion jockey has had a tough time getting rides, let alone getting a good horse to ride. Unfortunately the 42-year-old no longer enjoys the lucrative retainer with the Godolphin stable for whom he rode 47 Royal Ascot winners. No other current jockey can match Frankie Dettori’s success at the Queen’s racecourse where his flying dismounts have become a popular feature with the crowd. It is now generally forgotten that he rode seven winners at the Ascot Festival meeting in 1996. The boy from Milan loves the Ascot track so much that he has installed the winning post from the old unsaddling enclosure in his Newmarket garden.

 

COME OUT, COME OUT WHEREVER YOU ARE!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (3rd to 9th June) shows there were 658 hits (up another 20!) from the US, 142 from Europe and 150 from Asia.

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NO PROBLEM!

The £25,000 Aviva City of Perth Gold Cup was won by PROBLEMA TIC steered to victory in magnificent fashion by Gloucestershire-born Tom Scudamore. The David Pipe-trained 7-year-old was narrowly in the lead at the third from home and stayed on strongly from there on and beat the 10/1 shot, Buck Mulligan, by three and a quarter lengths. The ecstatic owners, Sean and Jo Tracey were there to witness the triumph, watched by a bumper crowd at Scone Palace Park.

Sean Tracey commented: "There is nothing better than getting a winner in Scotland. David has brought the horse up in terrific shape and Tom gave him a great ride. We love having runners and winners at Perth as they really look after you."

Jockey Tom Scudamore had this to say: "It's an excellent prize for the time of year and full marks to Perth putting it on. This horse took me to the front three out and he stuck on really bravely for me all the way to the line. He took an early tumble in the Scottish National so it's great to see win something decent."

 

CUT TO THE CHASE?

One of racing's biggest and most successful operations, Juddmonte Farms, is undergoing a financial review. It is probably on the cards that Prince Khalid Abdullah's UK racing business will be cut back. There has been no mention, however, of what is to happen to one of their most valued assets, the highest rated racehorse superstar, Frankel, who is now at stud.

Douglas Erskine-Crum, Juddmonte's chief executive, confirmed over the weekend that the review was taking place but stressed that things were at a very early stage.

He commented:” His Highness is going to make some disposals in the course of the year. "It is very early days and is a process that will take many months and the name Frankel has not been mentioned here. There is a review of the whole operation ongoing but His Highness' interest in racing remains undiminished. There's months to go and we've hardly started. We've got nothing else to say."

Juddmonte Farms owns a total of nine studs in Britain, Ireland, America and France where they have horses in training. The Saudi Prince, who owns about 900 horses has had a string of champions over more than 30 years in the business and these include household names such as: Known Fact, Dancing Brave, Zafonic, Warning, Rainbow Quest, Workforce, Midday and Oasis Dream.

 

TRACKING DOWN ARAMIS FANS

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (3rd to 9th June) shows there were 658 hits (up another 20!) from the US, 142 from Europe and 150 from Asia.

Greetings to all new fans in Australia!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is still the tops with 301 visits (9 more than last week!) How many people live there!

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Owners badges to races

Regular stable & gallop visits

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SUNDAY 9th JUNE 2013

 

A WELCOME FILLIP?

A win for the Sir Michael Stoute-trained ESTIMATE at Royal Ascot could be a well-deserved reward for Her Majesty in her Jubilee year. The 4-year-old filly impressed connections on her gallop work-out yesterday, finishing well ahead of her stable mates on Newmarket Heath. It seems that the bookies are also being a little cautious about the royal filly, making her an 8-1 chance for the Ladies’ Day at Her Majesty’s racecourse. It is worthy of note that her half-sister Enzeli won the Gold Cup in 1999 for the Aga Khan. ESTIMATE also won the Queen’s Vase by five lengthslast year, becoming the 21st winner at the Royal meeting for the Queen.

EASY PEASY!

Still on a royal note, PALACE MALICE's seemingly easy win in the Belmont Stakes (which Sportinglife spells BELOMONT!) was expected by trainer, Todd Pletcher, even though the 3-year-old colt started out at odds of 14-1. The son of Curlin only managed 12th in the Kentucky Derby The American trainer had five runners in the final leg of the Triple Crown and was happy to notch up win in the Grade One he last won five years ago with the filly, Rags To Riches.

Todd Pletcher commented afterwards: "It's huge. We always felt he had a big win in him. He just needed to put it all together. I kept saying I know there's a big (race) there; I felt like he had a big one in him. I kept waiting for it to materialize in the afternoon.”

 

ON THE SCENT OF ARAMIS FANS

 The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (27th to 2nd June) shows there were 638 hits (up another 32!) from the US, 137 from Europe and 120 from Asia.

Greetings to all fans in Tokyo!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is still the tops with 292 visits (54 more than last week!)

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Be part of a Winning Team!

 

Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud include

 

3 year old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis

 

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

 

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Syndicates limited to 20 members

 

100% of prize money to members

 

Owners badges to races

 

Regular stable & gallop visits

 

Weekly email updates

 

Horses from proven winning bloodline

 

For more details: www.gavelhouse.com/uk/listings

  

 SATURDAY 8th JUNE 2013

 

TAKE A CHANCE!

The Betfair Supporting The Animal Health Trust Handicap at Newmarket today could be the one for VALBCHEK, trained by Jeremy Noseda and, to add icing to the cake, ridden by Frankie Dettori, getting back to form after his enforced absence. The 4-year-old has only had five starts so far but he shows great promise. He won the Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Sprint at Newmarket on his first start in April. But after that illustrious beginning things didn't go quite so well for the son of Acclamation. He stepped up to 7 furlongs in the the Jersey Stakes and came nowhere. There were other disasters along the way but in his defence it has to be said that he hasn't had a fair crack of the whip, so to speak, over 6 furlongs on decent ground. So this could be his day.

 

NEWS ON STEROIDS

The British Horseracing Authority has charged trainer, Gerard Butler over his use of the drug Sungate, which contains a banned anabolic steroid. Ealier the Newmarket-based trainer had admitted that he was being investigated by the BHA about joint treatment of his horses with a drug developed by an Italian company and which contains stanozolol. It is, in fact, legal to use the drug in Britain but the complication is that the active ingredient is a prohibited substance in racing. Gerard Butler admitted that several horses in his stable have been treated for joint injuries after he had received assurances from a veterinary practice. He entered this information into his official medical records. The handler has now been charged with seven breaches of the rules after the BHA confirmed that nine of his horses had tested posititve for stanozolol when samples were taken on February 20. In addition he has been charged with acting in a manner prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and/or good reputation of horseracing by administering the steroid. The trainer also faces further charges relating to injecting the horses joints himself, which is contrary to the Rules of racing as he is not a qualified or registered veterinary surgeon.

 

THE SCENT OF ARAMIS FANS

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (27th to 2nd June) shows there were 638 hits (up another 32!) from the US, 137 from Europe and 120 from Asia.

Greetings to all fans in Seattle!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is still the tops with 292 visits (54 more than last week!)

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3 year old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Benefits include:-

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100% of prize money to members

Owners badges to races

Regular stable & gallop visits

Weekly email updates

Horses from proven winning bloodline

 

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FRIDAY 7th JUNE 2013

 

 

FRANKIE JUMPS FOR JOY

Last night at Sandown witnessed the return of the famous flying flip as Frankie Dettori celebrated his first winner since returning from a six-month suspension for a failed drugs test. Aboard the favourite, William Haggas-trained ASIAN TRADER, the 42-year-old Milanese had to bide his time waiting for room but the 4-year-old grey showed a nimble turn of foot at a furlong from home and beat Alnoomaas into second place by half a length. As was to be expected Frankie Dettori got a warm reception in the winner's enclosure accompanied by the usual theatrics.

The 3-times champion jockey also commented: "I've only been riding five days, but I feel good. I'm very pleased. The first few days I didn't really have too much, but I thought I had some good rides today and I thought 'Even if I don't ride one today, I've got 10 on Saturday and I'll definitely get one then! I know it might not be realistic but 100 winners for the season is what I am aiming for."

 

FRENCH TESTS

Still on the Dettori incident, a warning was issued yesterday to members of the Professional Jockeys' Association about the specific risks of riding in France. The organisation wrote in the Times that it thought that one of the tests that Frankie Dettori had to undergo in France, when he was re-applying for his licence, was recorded as positive but at a lower level than the threshold applied in Britain and other parts of the riding world. It was also revealed that Dettori's legal and medical advisers suspect that the jockey may have been carrying trace elements perfectly innocently and that there is a possible risk that British jockeys could be charged without knowingly taking any banned substance.

The chief executive of the PJA, Paul Struthers, also said: "We do have concerns about the French testing system and any differences there may be in reporting those tests and pursuing any actions. There are two things we need to do, as a body, and the first is to speak to the BHA. I have already started talking on this to Dr Michael Turner, the chief medical adviser, to seek some clarity. I haven't had jockeys coming to me with worries about this but that is because they feel they have nothing to hide. However, we need to discover if the threshold is different in France and then alert our members accordingly."

 

THE SCENT OF ARAMIS FANS

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (27th to 2nd June) shows there were 638 hits (up another 32!) from the US, 137 from Europe and 120 from Asia.

Greetings to all fans in Seattle!

 Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is still the tops with 292 visits (54 more than last week!)

Maybe they'll all decide to form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

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Be part of a Winning Team!

 

Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud include

 

3 year old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis

 

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

 

Benefits include:-

 

Syndicates limited to 20 members

 

100% of prize money to members

 

Owners badges to races

 

Regular stable & gallop visits

 

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Horses from proven winning bloodline

 

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THURSDAY 6th JUNE 2013

 

 

OH JONNY, OH JOHNNIE, WISH YOU COULD SPELL!”

Trainer, Jim Goldie, scored at Ayr yesterday on the day he launched the Johnnie Delta Racing Club syndicate. Appropriately the syndicate is named after the winning horse or so it seems. For some reason, however, the 6-year-old gelding has the spelling JONNY DELTA. This may be due to a clerical error or some other administrative reason. But what's in a name! This 6-length win on the day the new syndicate was launched can't be bad. (The Aramis syndicates can look forward to similar successes. And the names will be spelt correctly).

The Glasgow-based trainer didn't let a name get in his way. He went on to make it a treble on the card after winning the Employment Enterprise 10 Years In Business Maiden Stakes with MR PAGAN at 8/1 and the John And Betty Dowse Memorial Handicap with FOREST FLYER at 100/30 favourite.

Jim Goldie afterwards offered the following explanation: "The club is named after him but it's a different spelling - that's probably down to someone who couldn't spell!"

 

OH DEAR WHAT CAN THE MATTIE B!

The heavily-backed PLANETOID did the business yesterday at Newton Abbot in the appropriately named newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Hurdle. The only change in the proceedings was that champion jockey, Tony McCoy, did the honours and not the expected Mattie Batchelor who was listed earlier. (It was later explained that he had 'car trouble' and couldn't make it to the track.) The 6-year-old son of Galileo ran well on the Flat but his last six starts over hurdles had been nothing to write home about. Then after an absence of 169 days he was suddenly a different horse. Apart from the last-minute switch of jockey everything else was plain sailing. PLANETOID romped to a 5-length victory over his eleven rivals, three of whom were pulled up.

 

ARAMIS FANS RULE. OK?

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (27th to 2nd June) shows there were 638 hits (up another 32!) from the US, 137 from Europe and 120 from Asia.

Greetings to all fans in Beijing!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is still the tops with 292 visits (54 more than last week!)

Maybe they'll all decide to form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

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ARAMIS RACING SYNDICATES

 

Be part of a Winning Team!

 

Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud include

 

3 year old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis

 

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

 

Benefits include:-

 

Syndicates limited to 20 members

 

100% of prize money to members

 

Owners badges to races

 

Regular stable & gallop visits

 

Weekly email updates

 

Horses from proven winning bloodline

 

For more details: www.gavelhouse.com/uk/listings

 

WEDNESDAY 5th JUNE 2013

 

 

GIRLS RULE, OK?

Hexham night was Ladies' night last night! Only one trainer broke the female grip on winners and that was Martin Todhunter with his 10/1 shot, OSCAR TANNER, although the race was called Book Now For Ladies Day Maiden Hurdle and he did need the help of Conditional Jockeys' Champion, Lucy Alexander!

The star of the evening, however, was undoubtedly, Kinross-based trainer, Lucinda Russell, who produced three winners – BOBBLE HAT BOB (11-1), CASTLELAWN (3-1) and MORNING TIME (9-1). She also had a third with BLAZIN WHITE FACE (4/1). Not to be outdone, the other two races were won by Grand National-winning trainer Sue Smith with RATTLIN and Cumbrian handler, Dianne Sayer got in her tuppence worth with AUBERGE at 16-1.

 

WINNING HANDICAP

Phil Smith, the British Horseracing Authority's senior handicapper, has given RULER OF THE WORLD, winner of last Saturday's Epsom Classic, the lowest rating of any Derby winner this century. The Aidan O'Brien-trained unbeaten colt is now on 120 following his defeat of LIBERTARIAN by 1½ lengths.

The enthusiatic blogging handicapper says in his latest piece:

As a result I have Ruler Of The World performing to 120 at Epsom. He went two lengths clear (3lb) and then appeared to idle a little close home. I have agreed this figure with Garry O'Gorman, who is Senior Handicapper on the flat for the Irish Turf Club and it is the lowest immediate after race figure for a Derby winner this century. Sir Percy was the previous lowest on 121 but never improved on it.

 

 ARAMIS FANS RULE. OK?

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (27th to 2nd June) shows there were 638 hits (up another 32!) from the US, 137 from Europe and 120 from Asia.

 Greetings to our Norwegian fans!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is still the tops with 292 visits(54 more than last week!)

Maybe they'll all decide to form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

**************** NEW *********************

 

ARAMIS RACING SYNDICATES

 

Be part of a Winning Team!

 

Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud include

 

3 year old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis

 

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

 

Benefits include:-

 

Syndicates limited to 20 members

 

100% of prize money to members

 

Owners badges to races

 

Regular stable & gallop visits

 

Weekly email updates

 

Horses from proven winning bloodline

 

For more details: www.gavelhouse.com/uk/listings

 

TUESDAY 4th JUNE 2013

 

WHO TRAINS THE TRAINER?

 Mahmood Al Zarooni's former assistant, Charlie Appleby, is Sheikh Mohammed's choice to take over at Godolphin's Moulton Paddocks yard to give him time to consider what long-term arrangements he needs to make after his former trainer, Mahmood Al Zarooni, was banned for eight years for administering anabolic steroids to a number of horses in his care. Up to now, long-time Godolphin trainer, Saeed bin Suroor, has been endeavouring to oversee matters at the yard as well as his own newmarket Godolphin Stables where he currently is responsible for nearly 400 horses. The former assistant started an official training programme yesterday which he needs to complete before he can obtain a full licence from the British Horseracing Authority.

We wish him luck with that.

 

PAREE IN THE SPRING

Where do you send a 3-year-old colt who came fifth in the Epsom Derby? Well, though not an obvious choice, connections of OCOVANGO have decided that his next race will be the Grand Prix de Paris. Until last Saturday's performance he had been unbeaten. He will stick to the mile for Longchamp on July 13 but trainer, Andre Fabre has not ruled out dropping in trip in the future.

 As he commented: "I was satisfied with him. Ocovango could have finished a bit closer, but he met two bits of trouble - only what happens at Epsom all the time. I'm not complaining, he had his chance, and he may have been second or third at best with a clear run. He will run in the Grand Prix de Paris next. I don't think he'll be returning to England in the near future as there are races in France that suit him, maybe the softer ground suits him, too. He could drop back in trip. Races over 10 and 12 furlongs will be his options."

 

GREETINGS TO ALL ARAMIS FANS WHEREVER YOU ARE!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (27th to 2nd June) shows there were 638 hits (up another 32!) from the US, 137 from Europe and 120 from Asia.

Greetings to our new visitor from Iraq!

 Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is still the tops with 292 visits(54 more than last week!)

Maybe they'll all decide to form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

  

**************** NEW *********************

 

ARAMIS RACING SYNDICATES

Be part of a Winning Team!

 Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud include

 

3 year old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis

 

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

 

Benefits include:-

 

Syndicates limited to 20 members

 

100% of prize money to members

 

Owners badges to races

 

Regular stable & gallop visits

 

Weekly email updates

 

Horses from proven winning bloodline

 

For more details: www.gavelhouse.com/uk/listings

 

MONDAY 3rd JUNE 2013

 

TIME FOR A NEW APPROACH TO DAWN?

Sadly that great race, the Epsom Derby, was slightly disappointing mainly because the hot-favourite, DAWN APPROACH, performed so badly. As a result it does invite discussion about how good the 3-year-old son of New Approach's other races really were, such as the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May which he won by 5 lengths. Now it seems, however, only because his principal rival (on paper anyway), TORONADO, was clearly not on his best form and subsequently found to be suffering from some cough infection. It now has to be seen whether he can quickly get over Saturday's display of immature temperament. Kevin Manning got him onto a steady start but he was pulling very hard and refused to settle in midfield so the jockey allowed him his head. This seemed to work as he did make headway to lead 6 furlongs out but was soon passed by 3 furlongs out. He then seemed to have nothing left, slowed down in the final run in, tailed off and finished last.

 

TAKING THE LEAD

Tempus fugit, as they say (well the Romans did anyway !) Champion, Sea The Stars, has produced his first offspring, appropriately called, JUVENILE LEAD, who will take to the track at Leicester today in the Pytchley Maiden Stakes. A hard act to follow, Sea of Stars won of eight of his nine racecourse starts and is generally considered as one of the greatest Flat horses of all time. The 7-year-old son of Cape Cross sired 118 foals during his first season as a stallion and JUVENILE LEAD is the first one off the mark, being trainer, Sir Michael Stoute's first 2-year-old runner of the season.

Racing manager for owners Ballymacoll Stud, Peter Reynolds commented yesterdayd: "He was a nice yearling and he's a proper individual. He looks quite a handy horse and must be pleasing Sir Michael to be his first two-year-old runner of the season."

 

GREETINGS TO ALL ARAMIS FANS WHEREVER YOU ARE!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (27th to 2nd June) shows there were 638 hits (up another 32!) from the US, 137 from Europe and 120 from Asia.

Greetings to our new visitor from Iraq!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is still the tops with 292 visits(54 more than last week!)

Maybe they'll all decide to form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

**************** NEW *********************

 

ARAMIS RACING SYNDICATES

Be part of a Winning Team!

Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud include

3 year old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Benefits include:-

Syndicates limited to 20 members

100% of prize money to members

Owners badges to races

Regular stable & gallop visits

Weekly email updates

Horses from proven winning bloodline

 

For more details: www.gavelhouse.com/uk/listings

 

SUNDAY 2nd JUNE 2013

 

I RULED THE WORLD”

As published here last Wednesday, there were four solid reasons DAWN APPROACH might not win the Investec Derby and sadly the predictions proved accurate. The Jim Bolger-trained chestnut gave jockey, Kevin Manning, a hard time in mid-division in the initial stages but did manage to get his head in front at about five furlongs out. He was, however, soon caught and passed before the 5-furlong post and then weakened in the final two furlongs to be overtaken by the rest of the field. The pace may well have accounted for his demise but the distance was certainly a contributing factor. Overheard just after the race was a voice, of owner or trainer stating that 'Dawn Approach won't be tackling that distance again!'

Also in Wednesday's Racing News it was reported that Joseph O'Brien had decided to stay loyal to BATTLE OF MARENGO whom he had ridden to victory in his five previous outings.

It did seem that the son of Aidan had made the right choice as the duo boldly chased the leaders and went into the lead at about 9 furlongs out, only to be passed in the next three furlongs. Undaunted they went into lead again 3 furlongs from home but couldn't hold on and were headed before the final furlong post. Then the son of Galileo seemed to run out of steam and could find no extra and even lost 2 places in the final strides of the world-famous race to finish fourth.

The horse Joseph O'brien 'could've/should've' picked was the ultimate winner of the 2013 Investec Derby – RULER OF THE WORLD. Instead Ryan Moore had the honour and the pleasure of riding yet another son of Galileo into the Winners' Enclosure after a well-calculated ride.

 

CERTAINLY A DASH FOR CASH!

So much attention was given to the Derby that it was easy to be distracted from the other races. One in particular warranting some attention, also mentioined in yesterday's Racing News, was the Investec Specialist Bank "Dash" (Heritage Handicap). Here the DUKE OF FIRENZE was bidding to make up for his surprise defeat at York last week and did just that. In the saddle again, prior to his memorable victory later on in the afternoon, was Ryan Moore who seemed not to have the easiest of rides. First the 4-year-old son of Pivotal raced off the pace in the rear of the field and was not having a clear run and the 3-times champion jockey on the Flat switched him left at about 1 furlong from home and produced a strong run inside the final furlong. It took a dramatic burst between horses to end up winning by a neck.

 

GREETINGS TO ALL ARAMIS FANS OVERSEAS!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (20th to 26th May) show there were 606 hits(up 31 !) from the US, 145 from China, 80 from Germany and 15 from Japan.

G'day to all our fans in Australia!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is the tops, producing the most visitors with a staggering 238 hits (5 more visitors than last week!)

Maybe they should all get together and form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

**************** NEW *********************

 

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Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud include

3 year old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

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Syndicates limited to 20 members

100% of prize money to members

Owners badges to races

Regular stable & gallop visits

Weekly email updates

Horses from proven winning bloodline

 

For more details: www.gavelhouse.com/uk/listings

  

SATURDAY 1st JUNE 2013

 

LET BATTLE COMMENCE

Joseph O'Brien was spoilt for choice from all the horses trained by his father, Aidan and theoretically could take his pick from five, although only three of these have any chance of success. But the jockey who, in 2012, rode Camelot to victory in he 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby, has decided to stick with BATTLE OF MARENGO in his bid to make it a double. (“A double? I don't mind if I do!”). The 3-year-old son of Galileo has won the last five races on the trot with Joseph O'Brien aboard and the young jockey believes he can win on him again.

As he commented: "It was very difficult (choosing which horse to ride), but I've rode (?) Battle Of Marengo in all of his three starts and I won each time he's run. I think he has a good chance. He's tough, he's genuine, he tries hard and he stays well. He's versatile in so far as what way you can ride him and he's versatile as far as ground goes.”

 

DASH FOR CASH!

It is hard to believe from all the news that there are other races today apart from the Derby! One of the interesting ones from the rest of the card is the Investec Specialist Bank "Dash" (Heritage Handicap). One of the nineteen runners is DUKE OF FIRENZE, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore. Connections are praying that the 4-year-old son of Pivotal can bounce back from a surprise defeat at York last week. They are prepared to forgive him this lapse because of his strong performance in the Betfred Mobile Sports Stakes at the beginning of May.

The managing director of owners, Cheveley Park Stud, Chris Richardson, said yesterday:

"He seems to be OK over five furlongs. A few things went wrong at York. He bumped his head then Ryan (Moore, jockey) lost an iron. We wouldn't be frightened to step back up to six, but it's an interesting race. He came out of York OK so we'll have another go - with sprinters you can go from race to race.”

 

GREETINGS TO ALL ARAMIS FANS OVERSEAS!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (20th to 26th May) show there were 606 hits(up 31 !) from the US, 145 from China, 80 from Germany and 15 from Japan.

Greetings to all our fans in Turkey!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is the tops, producing the most visitors with a staggering 238 hits (5 more visitors than last week!)

Maybe they should all get together and form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

**************** NEW *********************

 

ARAMIS RACING SYNDICATES

Be part of a Winning Team!

Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud include

3 year old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Benefits include:-

Syndicates limited to 20 members

100% of prize money to members

Owners badges to races

Regular stable & gallop visits

Weekly email updates

Horses from proven winning bloodline

 

For more details: www.gavelhouse.com/uk/listings

 

 FRIDAY 31st MAY 2013

 

 MOTH ON THE BALL!

It's Investec Oaks day – again! And one filly who should be able to pick holes in the competition is the Aidan O'Brien-trained MOTH. The Ballydoyle handler won this domestic Classic of the Flat season last year with a 20-1 shot, Was. His his main entry this time around, however, seems to be a much better horse. She certainly has the breeding (daughter of Galileo) and track record (one 1st and two 3rds from four outings) If her performance in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier in the month is anything to go by then the mile-and-a-half trip at the tough Epsom track should suit her very well. The only flaw in an impeccable run at the Suffolk course was that she didn't handle the notorious dip very skilfully and that might be a problem for her on the trickier Surrey circuit. On the plus side, however, she perormed very well in that race despite some speculation that she was not fully prepared and so further progress is on the cards today.

 

UP FRONT!

William Haggas' MUKHADRAM presented a brilliant spectacle of front-running when he won the Cantor Fitzgerald Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown yesterday. Jockey, Paul Hanagan, got his 4-year-old charge off to a smart start and going at quite a lick at the head of the five-strong field. The only real competition came from the favourite, Ted Durcan-ridden Main Sequence, who did succeed in narrowing the gap in the last two furlongs as Hanagan's mount began to show signs of tiring after leading all the way but she managed to hold on and was still half a length ahead as she passed the post. Luca Cumani's hopeful, Danadana, mentioned in yesterday's Racing News, seemed not to be able to handle the easy ground – the main concern of the newmarket-based Italian trainer.

 

GREETINGS TO ALL ARAMIS FANS OVERSEAS!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (20th to 26th May) show there were 606 hits(up 31 !) from the US, 145 from China, 80 from Germany and 15 from Japan.

Greetings to all our fans in Ottawa!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is the tops, producing the most visitors with a staggering 238 hits (5 more visitors than last week!)

Maybe they should all get together and form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

**************** NEW *********************

 

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Be part of a Winning Team!

 

Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud include

 

3 year old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis

 

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

 

Benefits include:-

 

Syndicates limited to 20 members

 

100% of prize money to members

 

Owners badges to races

 

Regular stable & gallop visits

 

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Horses from proven winning bloodline

 

For more details: www.gavelhouse.com/uk/listings

 

THURSDAY 30th MAY 2013

 

GROUNDS FOR WINNING

The going's Good, Good to Soft in places at the moment at Sandown and trainer, Luca Cumani is hoping things will stay that way because he has DANADANA running tonight in the Cantor Fitzgerald Brigadier Gerard Stakes. The 5-year-old won three good handicap races last season and really impressed with a superb victory in the Stella Artois Huxley Stakes at Chester at the beginning of this month. Because of this success he's 3lbs heavier than all his five rivals, including, significantly, MAIN SEQUENCE, last year's Investec Derby runner-up. The Newmarket-based Italian admits his son of Dubawi will have to produce even more to put this race in the bag.

As he commented: "All has been good since Chester, the horse is very well. I am just hoping the ground isn't too soft. If it is like it was at Chester, that would be OK, but he wouldn't want it much deeper. This could be a tougher assignment with the penalty he has to carry, so we'll see what happens."

 

SHEIKH AND HALF A SHARE

Tomorrow it's the Investec Oaks at Epsom. 11 fillies declared are up for it and SECRET GESTURE is the favourite at the moment. This daughter of Galileo caught the eye with an impressive performance in the Lingfield Oaks Trial and trainer, Ralph Beckett, will be hoping for a second bite at the cherry after his success with LOOK HERE five years ago. One interesting change is that SECRET GESTURE will now be sporting Qatar Racing racing colours for the first time because Sheikh Fahad acquired a half-share in the 3-year-old filly earlier this week. Former successful jump jockey, Jim Crowley will be aboard. The Andover-based trainer has not put all his eggs in one basket, however, as he has also entered TALENT, winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes on 5th May. Richard Hughes will parading his considerable talents on this mount.

 

GREETINGS TO ALL ARAMIS FANS OVERSEAS!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (20th to 26th May) show there were 606 hits(up 31 !) from the US, 145 from China, 80 from Germany and 15 from Japan.

Greetings to all our fans in Latvia!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is the tops, producing the most visitors with a staggering 238 hits (5 more visitors than last week!)

Maybe they should all get together and form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

**************** NEW *********************

 

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Be part of a Winning Team!

 

Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud include

 

3 year old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis

 

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

 

Benefits include:-

 

Syndicates limited to 20 members

 

100% of prize money to members

 

Owners badges to races

 

Regular stable & gallop visits

 

Weekly email updates

 

Horses from proven winning bloodline

For more details: www.gavelhouse.com/uk/listings

 

WEDNESDAY 29th MAY 2013

 

SHOULD I GO OR SHOULD I STAY?”

There is a bit of discussion going on at the moment as to whether DAWN APPROACH has any chance  in the Derby.

 

Negatives include:

 

1) The 3-year-old Jim Bolger-trained colt won the Tally Ho Stud European Breeders Fund 2yo Maiden, the first juvenile race of the turf Flat season at The Curragh in 2012 over a distance of five furlongs. Is it likely that a horse that can win such a race over this short challenging distance could go on to win the Derby in 2013?

 

  1. The Godolphin-owned chestnut was victorious in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June last year. Previous winners of this race, such as : Power, Strong Suit, Canford Cliffs, Art Connoisseur, Henrythenavigator were all milers, 7-furlong horses and sprinters. These were all top-class horses but not Derby winners. None of them would have been happy running further than a mile.

  2. DAWN APPROACH'S dam is Hymn Of The Dawn, also trained by Jim Bolger. She raced a total of five times - three times over six furlongs, once over seven furlongs and once over a mile and never won once. Her best result was 4th at the Curragh in 2001. The key fact is she never tackled anything longer than a mile.

  3. The County Kilkenny-based trainer has admitted that if Godolphin hadn't bought DAWN APPROACH then he probably wouldn't be running in the Derby as he didn't consider his charge as a mile-and-halfer.

But 'you gotta accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative' as the song goes. On the positive side there is the fact that this is Jim Bolger's only runner as of now and he does, in fact, have A Derby hopeful, Trading Leather, who could still yet be entered so the trainer must believe that the Sheikh Mohammed horse has a chance.

 

THE DERBY COULD ROCK

Talking of the great Investec Derby, as everyone seems to be, another one to watch is GALILEO ROCK, trained by David Wachman, who has only had three career starts ( the horse not the trainer!). The 3-year-old had an impressive 7-lengths debut win at Leopardstown in August last year and then went on to finish fifth to Trading Leather in a Group Three race at Newmarket.

The trainer commented: "The plan was always to go to Sandown and then the Derby. We're very happy with him and he's a well-balanced colt who likes fast ground.”

GALILEO ROCK is one of 11 Irish-trained colts from 15 runners still left in the Derby at after Monday's confirmation stage.

 

CALLING ALL ARAMIS FANS OVERSEAS!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (20th to 26th May) show there were 606 hits(up 31 !) from the US, 145 from China, 80 from Germany and 15 from Japan.

 Greetings to our 85 fans in Seattle!

 Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is the tops, producing the most visitors with a staggering 238 hits (5 more visitors than last week!)

 Maybe they should all get together and form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

**************** NEW *********************

 

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Be part of a Winning Team!

 

Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud include

 

3 year old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis

 

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

 

Benefits include:-

 

Syndicates limited to 20 members

 

100% of prize money to members

 

Owners badges to races

 

Regular stable & gallop visits

 

Weekly email updates

 

Horses from proven winning bloodline

 

For more details: www.gavelhouse.com/uk/listings

 

TUESDAY 28th MAY 2013

 

NO SQUARE ON THE HYPOTENUSE!

The Play totequadpot Now At totepool.com Handicap at Leicester today is in the sights of trainer, Roger Charlton, when PYTHAGOREAN will endeavour to defy the 6lb penalty he incurred with his impressive 5-length win last time out. The Wiltshire-based handler's stable seem to be in top form so it is expected that the son of Oasis Dream will be able to square the circle as he has shown improvement on each outing. It seems the Roger Charlton's decision to have him gelded is paying off. Admittedly he still had the hood on for his last two runs but there seems to be no sign of earlier wayward tendencies. The trainer is also noted for planning his campaigns with precision so his 3-year-old grey is not in this contest by chance.

 

CREAM FOR CLON BRULEE

After an impressive win at Ripon last week, CLON BRULEE went on to win the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar yesterday. The David Barron-trained 4-year-old, defying a 6lb penalty incurred for last week's win at the same venue, broke smartly and settled well behind Luca Cumani's Gabrial The Great, who looked to have the race in the bag two furlongs out. As this leader eventually began to weary the threat now seemed to come from the favourite, Eshtibaak, but CLON BRULEE found hidden reserves for jockey, Graham Gibbons, and went on to win by half a length.

  

CALLING ALL ARAMIS FANS OVERSEAS!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (20th to 26th May) show there were 606 hits(up 31 !) from the US, 145 from China, 80 from Germany and 15 from Japan.

Greetings to our fans in Romania!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is the tops, producing the most visitors with a staggering 238 hits (5 more visitors than last week!)

Maybe they should all get together and form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

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 MONDAY 27th MAY 2013

 

DIVORCED AFTER 10 YEARS!

Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh, one of jumps racing's greatest partnerships is no more after more than ten successful years. Daryl Jacob, winner of last year's Grand National on the grey, Neptune Collonges, has been promoted to number one rider. The Irish-based jockey mentioned the demands of travelling to and from the UK as one of the main reasons for the break-up of the partnership..

Paul Nicholls commented in his column on the Betfair website: "Daryl takes over as the number one, and I am as delighted for him as I am sad to see Ruby go - Daryl has earned his chance. Myself and Ruby have been chatting for the past couple of months. It was clear that the constant travelling to and from Ireland, with his wife Gillian and the girls at home, was becoming a bit of a grind for him. It would have been exhausting for someone young and single, let alone a grey and ageing family man. But he was getting up before 5am, and not getting home until after 8pm, when riding over here - before his girls got up in the morning, and after they went to bed most nights - and when you have a young family that must really take its toll. So, for personal rather than professional reasons, he has taken the decision to end his near 11-year role as stable jockey at Ditcheat, having started here in October 2002, to concentrate on riding in Ireland.”

 

CHOPIN TUNING UP FOR THE DERBY.

History in the making next Saturday when the first-ever horse to represent Germany will run in the Investec Derby at Epsom. 3-year-old bay colt, CHOPIN, (the fourth horse of this name after Chopin USA 1994; Chopin IRE 1994; and Chopin SWI 2003), is bidding for a hat-trick

after winning the Grosser Ehrmann Cup - Dr Busch-Memorial (Group 3) at Krefeld on 21st April and the Preis www.german-tote.de-Rennen EBF at Frankfurt in November. Connections are said to be very excited about his prospects. Four-times Classic winning jockey, Jamie Spencer, will take the ride.

David Redvers, CHOPIN's racing manager commented: "Andreas Wohler just texted me to say that Chopin could not have worked better this morning and that he is starting to get very excited.”

 

CALLING ALL ARAMIS FANS OVERSEAS!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (13th to 19th May) show there were 575 hits from the US, 145 from China, 80 from Germany and 15 from Japan.

Greetings to our fans in Latvia!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is the tops, producing the most visitors with a staggering 233 hits!

Maybe they should all get together and form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

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SUNDAY 26th MAY 2013

 

O'BRIEN PUTS HIS SPELL ON THE RACE

The Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh yesterday was won by the Aidan O'Brien-trained MAGICIAN with a clear margin of 3½ lengths ahead of the Ballydoyle handler's other entry, Gale Force Ten, and yet another one-and-a-half lengths ahead of the nearest rival, Jim Bolger's TRADING LEATHER, who had tried valiantly to make this a challenging mile from the outset. Jockey, Joseph O'Brien, remained virtually motionless two furlongs out aboard the 3-year-old winner of the BetVictor.com Dee Stakes on 10th May at Chester.

The young trainer's son didn't need to work too hard even then because his mount showed a swift turn of heel as he quickened to put the race to bed. This was the third Irish 2,000 guineas for young so he was naturally overjoyed as he said afterwards: "He's a very, very tough horse and tries very hard. He stays well, he handles fast ground, he relaxes. He's a horse that is improving every day. We went a nice gallop, I was always very happy throughout the whole race. I was able to dictate things my own way.”

Dad O'Brien has won this particular race nine times now so it was a great day for him, too!

 

JUST REWARDS

The Listed 32Red Festival Stakes at Goodwood yesterday was won by the 25/1 chance, REWARDED, ridden with some class by Kirsty Milczarek. Admittedly this race had lost some of its interest because favourite, Boom And Bust, had been withdrawn earlier on in the day and then Afsare, decided to go awkward at the start and eventually refused to enter the stalls. Boom And Bust's stablemate, Mobaco took up the running under Jim Crowley and caused problems for some of his rivals as the charge for home hotted up. Kirsty Milczarek, riding the James Toller-trained gelding was undaunted, however, and managed to squeeze through on the rails to win by a couple of lengths or so.

Newmarket trainer Toller commented: "It wasn't a complete surprise, I hoped he'd run well and it proves that perhaps he is a better horse than some people had given him credit for. Kirsty gets on very well with him, and it shows that if she gets the right horses, she's just as good as anyone.”

All, unfortunately, is not always well that ends well. Kirsty, whose family hail from Poland, was given a two-day ban (June 8-9) for using her whip in an incorrect place.

 

CALLING ALL OVERSEAS READERS!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (13th to 19th May) show there were 575 hits from the US, 145 from China, and 15 from Japan.

Greetings to our 80 fans in Germany!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is the tops, producing the most visitors with a staggering 233 hits!

Maybe they should all get together and form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

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SATURDAY 25th MAY 2013

 

A RIGHT ROYAL MIX UP!

Aramis Racing News can report that The Goodwood Maiden Auction Stakes was, in fact, won by 2-year-old OUR QUEENIE, even though Sporting Life's earlier News item “Queenie rules at Goodwood' records the winner as MY QUEENIE who hasn't raced since last October and, anyway, is a 4-year-old and the race was for 2-year-olds! The confusion is compounded further by the fact that trainer, Richard Hannon, also seems to mix up his horses (unless, of course, Sporting Life has misquoted him!) because he is reported as saying: "My Queenie's only an ordinary filly and now she's got the maiden out of the way, she'd look like one to go for a nursery”.

MY QUEENIE 'got her maiden out of the way' at Leicester on 6th September 2011 in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Div I).

Ah well. You can't win'em all!

 

THE MAGIC OF GOLD

It seems jockey, Joseph O’Brien is rooting for MAGICIAN in today’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh because he thinks he is relatively unexposed, even though it's the 4-year-old's sixth race, from which he has had two wins.

Joseph O'Brien commented: “He was impressive and showed plenty of pace at Chester. Obviously the step back to a mile is an unknown but we’re hoping he’ll like the quicker ground and I think he’s certainly unexposed under these conditions. We always thought he was a real nice horse and he ran nicely first time out but he was very green, greener than we anticipated.”

As reported yesterday, this is also a big day for Johnny Murtagh in his new career as trainer. He's looking for a hat-trick gold with FORT KNOX, whom he personally rode to victory in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes in April, He is also fielding ASK DAD whose last win was August 2012 in thesportinglife.com Novice Median Auction Stakes

 

CALLING ALL OVERSEAS READERS!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (13th to 19th May) show there were 575 hits from the US, 145 from China, 80 from Germany and 15 from Japan.

Greetings to our fans in India!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is the tops, producing the most visitors with a staggering 233 hits!

Maybe they should all get together and form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

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FRIDAY 24th MAY 2013

 

LOOKING FOR GOLD

Johnny Murtagh, who rode KAYF ARAMIS to a 13-length win at York in 2009, will endeavour to successfully launch his newly announced training career at the Curragh in tomorrow's Irish 2000 Guineas. The County Meath jockey, who intends to combine riding with training, owns the stables where Tommy Carmody has been training and he will now officially take them over. Fortunately for him he will retain resposibility for FORT KNOX, who is now owned by Sheikh Mohammed who acquired him from stable owner, Andrew.

As Johnny Murtagh commented: “It's a big weekend and we've got a couple of entries. Fort Knox has come out of his last race well and he's been doing everything nicely. Crucially he's had no hiccups since then. He's going nicely at home and I'm really looking forward to it. Sheikh Mohammed's team were obviously impressed with Fort Knox and I think a lot of it is to do with him being by Dubawi, who is the stallion of the moment. It's a big confidence boost that they left him with us.”

 

DUBAI BANS STEROIDS

It has been announced that the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed, has ordered a decree that bans the use of anabolic steroids in his State. Performance-enhancing drugs will be forbidden as a consequence of the British Horseracing Authority's decision to ban Godolphin's former trainer, Mahmood Al Zarooni, for eight years, after he confessed to administering forbidden substances to several horses. Up to now, anabolic steroids were permitted in Dubai when horses were not in training. Henceforth, however, anyone who uses, sells or buys any performance-enhancing drugs in the United Arab Emirates for use on horses will be breaking the new law.

Sheikh Mohammed made the following statement: "I have always believed in the integrity of horse racing and all other horse sports. I have, in light of the unfortunate recent event, directed that a decree be issued making, with immediate effect, the import, sale, purchase or use of anabolic steroids in horse sports a criminal offence under the UAE penal laws. Regrettably, one of my stables in Europe has recently fallen below the standards that I expect and will tolerate. As soon as the internal investigations are complete and the requisite pre-emptory rules are put in place, Godolphin will go from strength to strength and lead, once again, adherence to the highest standards in that gracious sport."

 

CALLING ALL OVERSEAS READERS!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (13th to 19th May) show there were 575 hits from the US, 145 from China, 80 from Germany and 15 from Japan.

And 'Поздоровлення і привітання' to our friends in Ukraine!

Analysed by city, though, Mountain View, California, is the tops, producing the most visitors with a staggering 233 hits!

Maybe they should all get together and form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

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THURSDAY 23rd MAY 2013

 

FAST EDDIE'S CAREER ON THE LINE

Eddie Ahern, has received a 10-year disqualification from the British Horseracing Authority after a corruption hearing. If the verdict stands then this would mean an end to a successful riding career. The BHA found the former champion apprentice in Ireland, now 35, guilty of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice. This involved, among other things an alleged laying of five horses between September 2010 and February 2011. Not only that, he was also found in breach of riding procedures by intentionally failing to ride Judgethemoment to the best of his abilities at Lingfield in January 2011. Christopher Stewart-Moore, representing Ahern, stated that his client intended to appeal both the BHA disciplinary panel's findings and the severity of the suspension. An official statement contained the following: "Eddie Ahern is absolutely devastated by the BHA Panel's findings. He did not breach the rules of racing as found by the panel or at all and he will be appealing both the findings as well as the very harsh penalties imposed on him."

 

A SHORT-TERM VIEW

TELESCOPE, had a disappointing racecourse gallop yesterday at Lingfield which has cast serious doubt about his participation in the Investec Derby. A final decision may be made after further critical work-outs over the weekend. Managing director of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, Harry Herbert, described the 4-year-old son of Galileo's performance as "disappointing" after even struggling to finish in front of two inferior work rivals. This sad news comes on top of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained runner's missing a planned Derby preparation in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York last week because of injuries received in the horsebox which had subsequently become infected, requiring treatment with of antibiotics.

 

CALLING ALL OVERSEAS READERS!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (13th to 19th May) show there were 575 hits from the US, 145 from China, 80 from Germany and 15 from Japan.

And 'Привет и добро пожаловать' to all fans in Russia!

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WEDNESDAY 22nd MAY 2013

 

NO OLYMPIC GLORY!

The Richard Hannon-trained OLYMPIC GLORY will not now run in the Etihad Airways Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday. The Group One-winning 3-year-old won this year's Greenham Stakes at Newbury but was completely out of it when attempting the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (The French Guineas) at Longchamp on May 12. Admittedly he suffered from a wide draw. Richard Hannon had planned to run him at the Curragh this weekend but has decided that it is too soon. The Marlborough-based trainer will still have two entrants, HAVANA GOLD and VAN DER NEER, who both ran well in the the French and English Guineas respectively.

Richard Hannon said: "It's a shame Olympic Glory can't go, but he'll be back sooner rather than later and we are still strong in Ireland with two solid chances. There are only 12 days between the two Classics, and we have decided that Olympic Glory needs a bit more time. He could never get into a rhythm from that draw at Longchamp and Hughesie looked after him, but he still had to travel to France and back and it takes a lot out of a horse.

 

ENCKE STILL A WINNER

It has been decided that St. Leger winner, ENCKE, will keep his title in spite of the fact that it was revealed that he returned a positive test for an anabolic steroid at the beginning of the year. The British Horseracing Authority announced yesterday that they could see no reason to disqualify him from his Doncaster victory in September. Racing News has learnt, however, that there might be another horse caught up in the steroid scandal who could be disqualified from a race he won in April. (Watch this space!)

There may also have been requests for samples taken on the day of ENCKE's Leger success to be re-tested. Robin Mounsey, for the BHA, said yesterday, however, that this is impossible as samples taken at racecourses are destroyed afterwards.

Mounsey insisted: "He didn't have steroids in his system when he won that race”.

Interesting evidence given by a BHA vet at the Zarooni hearing was that the steroid cannot be detected after about a month but that a horse can continue to derive benefit from it for six months or more.

 

CALLING ALL OVERSEAS READERS!

The analysis of visits to ARAMIS RACING for the past week (13th to 19th May) show there were 575 hits from the US, 145 from China, 80 from Germany and 15 from Japan.

And 'salamlarını və xoş' to the two Aramis Racing fans in Azerbaijan!

Analysed by city, Mountain View, California, is the tops, producing the most visitors with a staggering 233 hits!

Maybe they should all get together and form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

 

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TUESDAY 21st MAY 2013

 

 DON'T CRY FOR ME SAYS BARZALONA

The British attack on the German 2000 Guineas at Cologne, reported yesterday, became a damp squib when the best result was a third produced by Mickael Barzalona on Godolphin's TAWHID. The surprise winner was the French-trained Peace At Last. TAWHID seemed to be doing everything right as he surged to the front at about a furlong from home. But then Peace At Last and Global Bang came rapidly through the field and soon it was left to these two to battle it out. So first and second to France and Germany. The next horse, Marco Botti's String Theory, was ten lengths behind the the first three. The least said the better for the rest of the British contingent, which includes Richard Hannon's Law Enforcement, Mick Channon's Ayaar, Charlie Hills' One More Word and George Baker's Boomshackerlacker.

 

MORE HORSES TEST POSITIVE

ENCKE, the winner of the 2012 Ladbrokes St Leger, is reported to be among seven other horses, previously trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, to test positive for anabolic steroids. There have been no positive results for banned substances at the other Godolphin yard run Saeed bin Suroor. ENCKE is now banned from racing for six months so he will not re-appear until October. The other six horses - Energizer, Genius Beast, Improvisation, Stamford, Steeler and Zip Top - will also be barred from racing until that date.

 

WELCOME TO ALL OVERSEAS READERS!

The analysis of visits to Aramis Racing for the past week, 13th to 19th May, shows there were 575 hits from the US, 145 from China, 80 from Germany and 15 from Japan. Analysed by city, Mountain View, California, produced the most visitors with a staggering 233 hits! Maybe they should all get together and form a syndicate with one of the Aramis horses!

  

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100% of prize money to members

 

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Regular stable & gallop visits

 

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Horses from proven winning bloodline

 

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MONDAY 20th MAY 2013

 

EPSOM IN SIGHT

 TELESCOPE seems to be back on the Derby trail after giving an impressive performance on the gallops yesterday. Sir Michael Stoute receives special permission every year to run a potential Derby candidate the 'wrong' way round the gallop. The aim of this is that the two turns are taken left-handed. The 3-year-old bay colt is reported to have raced enthusiatically round the bends and galloped determinedly to the end of the Golden Mile. In doing so, he finished a long way ahead of companion Maria's Choice. Admittedly this was only the first stage of TELESCOPE's return to the track after he had to be pulled out of last week's planned run in the Dante Stakes, because of a minor injury. A further gallop on a racecourse is on the cards in the next few days. Sir Michael is said to have been delighted with the results and pleased that his charge looked tight and fit afterwards.

  

BRITISH INVASION

British trainers represent more than half the runners in the German 2000 Guineas - 15.000 Euro Garantieauszahlung Group 2 Stakes at Cologne today. This race was won last year by the Alan McCabe-trained Caspar Netscher. Of the field of 11 runners, the six from Britain include LAW ENFORCEMENT, winner of last year's Group 1 Gran Criterium. This 3-year-old is trained by Richard Hannon and offers an exciting big-race ride for former Aidan O’Brien protégé, Sean Levey. The son of Lawman remained unbeaten in five races as a 2-year-old and suffered defeat for the first time in the UAE Derby at Meydan in March but he seems back on form for today's mile Classic.

Trainer, Richard Hannon said: "Things did not work out for Law Enforcement in Dubai but we gave him a break when he got back and he has been in very good form recently."

 

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SUNDAY 19th MAY 2013

 

JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME AGAIN!

Johnny Murtagh, who rode KAYF ARAMIS to a 13-length victory at York in 2009, has been granted a licence by the Irish Turf Club. He already owns the Curragh stables where trainer, Tommy Carmody, plies his trade and he has been working with the trainer at the same as preparing to take out his own training licence. This successful partnership began last year when they had a number of big-race winners, including ROYAL DIAMOND in the Irish St Leger for owner Andrew Tinkler. Johnny Murtagh is planning to take over the running of the operation and will endeavour to combine his training interests with his on-going career in the saddle.

The County Meath-born jocky who has won almost every major race in flat racing commented recently: “I finished the course and the Turf Club has granted me a licence to train. I’m delighted to get it sorted and I think it is an added bonus that I will be able to train and ride the horses. I accept that me training might make it difficult for some people to use my services on their horses. But I am still available to whoever wants me and that includes internationally.”

 

OH, THE OLD GRAY MARE IS NOW WHAT SHE USED TO BE!””

The HorseWorld centre in Bristol has rescued and nursed back to health a possible distant relative – cousin - of Desert Orchid, one of the most successful and best loved horses in British racing. The mare, they have named CRESSIDA, but may have been called Polly earlier, was discovered in starving conditions near Salisbury. The staff at the rescue centre have been feeding her on a special diet which is designed to help her to increase weight and the grey mare weighs now a healthy 566 kilos. When she arrived at the rescue centre she was only 432 kilos. HorseWorld are now looking to re-home her as a companion for another horse.

The Director of National Equine Welfare at HorseWorld, Jerry Watkins, said: “ Cressida was very, very emaciated when she arrived. The first thing to do was to get her back to health, get some weight back on her and then resolve all the problems that she had. Throughout her physical rehab process, you could see the improvement; the fact that she was responding to both the veterinary treatment and the fact she was getting some tucker inside her."

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SATURDAY 18th MAY 2013

D for dru … er .. Dettori!

Frankie Dettori's scheduled come-back on Monday appears to have been stymied by paperasserie' or red tape as we call it. Reports coming out yesterday afternoon indicate that the 3-times champion jockey may have to postpone his return to the track because the French racing authorities are now insisting that he has to attend a further interview on 26th May. After that, somewhat confusingly, a spokesman for France-Galop was quoted as inferring that all would be in order for Frankie Dettori to resume riding at Leicester on Monday. But then a statement issued by the British Horseracing Authority at 5pm on Friday seemed to destroy any hopes that the Italian would be able to make his planned comeback.

Frankie Dettori spent four days in France in April where he passed a medical examination and a series of other tests so he was convinced that he was free to take up riding again after a meeting at BHA headquarters on Tuesday. The 43-year-old jockey was due to have a full book of rides for Leicester on Monday and his agent, Ray Cochrane, was far from impressed at proceedings.

He commented: "I can hardly believe that here we are at five o'clock on the Friday evening and we still don't really know what's going on," he said. This is massively frustrating and I'm surprised."

 

Battling it out!

DECLARATION OF WAR could become this year's champion miler by winning the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. With Frankel and Excelebration otherwise engaged in breeding activities this 4-year-old could stand a good chance of taking their place. His odds reflect that the bookmakers are of like mind that he stands a good chance of winning the coveted Group One contest. He was unbeaten in his first two starts in France and Coolmore were not slow recognise his potential and he was switched to Aidan O'Brien's yard in Ireland. His debut there wasn't too impressive but he soon established his potential when he won back-to-back wins at the Curragh and at Dundalk. Statistics show that 4-year-olds have won 18 of the last 26 Lockinge Stakes, so he would be worth a punt.

 

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FRIDAY 17th MAY 2013

 

MY HUSBAND AND I”

Yorkshire-trained winners of the York Betfred Dante Stakes are few and very far between. In fact the last time this happened was in 1965, when trainer, Snowy Gray, had a winner with BALLYMARAIS. History was made again yesterday on the Knavesmire when Middleham-based trainer, Elaine Burke (very formally listed on the racecard as Mrs. K Burke!), scored with LIBERTARIAN at 33/1, beating many a Derby hopeful from some of the top British and Irish stables. The 3-year-old is a much respected colt who showed great promise when winning a maiden by two lengths on his debut at Pontefract at the beginnng of April but then he could only manage fourth (out of seven runners) two weeks later in the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown. For that reason he seems he was ignored by bookies and punters alike and ended up with odds of 'double carpet' (33/1!). It was also no surprise that INDIAN CHIEF was the 11/4 favourite as trainer, Aidan O'Brien, has been winning all the Derby trials over the past two weeks. Son Joseph, however, got no immediate response from his son of Monjeu when he finally found a gap and jockey William Buick, on LIBERTARIAN, didn't need a second invitation to pass easily on the inside, eventually beating challenger TRADING LEATHER by a length and a quarter. The favourite could only manage third place.

Husband Mr K Burke commented afterwards: "It is a great win for the yard and everyone connected with the horse. I didn't think he should be 33/1 - I did get some 50s on Wednesday!

"He's a proper horse and having not had many (Derby) horses, or Dante horses even, you are tilting at windmills at bit”

 

THE REAL MCCOY!

CHURCH FIELD defied a penalty in the Lycetts Insurance Brokers Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Ludlow yesterday, giving champion jockey, Tony McCoy, a vctorious return to the saddle after his recent injury a month ago. It was, therefore, his first time out of the new jumps season and he seemed very relaxed and settled his 5-year-old bay gelding just off the pace set by DUNEEN DREAM. He went into the lead three from home and then a strong-looking EIGHTFOLD joined him and it looked for a while as though it might develop into a bit of a ding-dong but Tony McCoy and CHURCH FIELD Field eventually asserted supremacy and won with five lengths in hand.

Tony McCoy said afterwards: "It's nice to be back, you get fairly frustrated and pretty bored.

The first week or 10 days when you are in hospital you don't really think about that, you think about getting back as soon as possible, but when your body starts to heal it gets a little bit irritating not being able to ride. I was pretty pleased to be back and it's nice of Jonjo (O'Neill) to put me on a winner.”

 

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THURSDAY 16th MAY 2013

 

'ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK'

The Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York yesterday was won by the James Fanshawe-trained SOCIETY ROCK, improving on his last-year performance when he came third in this Group Two contest. This time the 6-year-old beat rival, LETHAL FORCE to the post by a head. Although the son of Rock of Gibraltar seemed not too happy entering the stalls, Kieren Fallon succeeded in getting this notoriously slow-starter away with the rest of the field when the gates opened. The stands' side rail was the preferred spot for the front runners in a clear lead on that side of the track. Meanwhile Gordon Lord Byron made his bid on the other side of the pack. SOCIETY ROCK and LETHAL FORCE were head to head on the run up to the line but Kieren Fallon's charge was just that bit stronger, despite being 5lbs heavier than his rival.

Kieren Fallon commented: "Things went wrong for me. Drawn 18, I couldn't get too much cover and I got there too soon. He was going to walk straight in (to the stalls). He was as good as gold but his shoulder hit the sidebar and spooked him. Other than that, he would have been fine. I didn't know if I had won. The other horse (Lethal Force) was bearing down on me and you never know."

Trainer, James Fanshawe, had this to say: "I always hold my breath when he's in the stalls because he lost his chance at Royal Ascot last year and it's half the battle with him. He's done a lot of work at home and he's going to be an exciting horse this season.”

 

TRIPLE SUCCESS

Kinross-based trainer, Lucinda Russell, with the help of jockey, Peter Buchanan, won the

Sunburst Handicap Chase at Perth last night with son of Commanche Run, SHOOTING TIMES. The double act then went on to score again in the next race, the Salutation Hotel Perth Handicap Chase. This time it was with 6-year-old gelding, WILD GEESE, with a winning margin of eight lengths. With a couple of other placings along the way, the lady of Arlary House compounded her success in the last race of the day, the Fonab Castle Hotel Novices' Handicap Hurdle with 6-year-old MOMKINZAIN. This time Lucinda Russell employed the skills of conditional jockey, Craig Nichol, who, with a claim of 7lb, steered his mount to vixtory by seven lengths.

 

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WEDNESDAY 15th MAY 2013

SONG OF SONGS

The Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York today will be the scene of John Gosden's bid to make it three on the trot (pun intended!) with WOODLAND ARIA. The Clarehaven trainer usually targets this contest with some of the best horses. He carried home the spoils in 2011 with JOVIALITY and last year he won the prize again with the top-notch filly, THE FUGUE. The 3-year-old daughter of Singspiel is taking a big step up in trip but John Gosden is not one to leave things to chance and has most likely had this race in his sights for some time. Connections are also predicting that the filly has the potential to be a contender for the Oaks at Epsom later on this month, after her confident win on debut at Wolverhampton in April.

 

NO CONTEST

The potential clash of the syndicates mentioned in Monday's Racing News will not now take place. Leading Investec Derby contender TELESCOPE ( Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Wavertree syndicate, includes among the owners retiring Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.) has suffered a minor infection from two small grazes, apparently picked up when he was being loaded onto a horsebox, and will not now run in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York tomorrow.

Racing manager for the owners, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: "It's obviously very disappointing, particularly for all of his owners, that Telescope cannot run in the Dante on Thursday. Sir Michael (Stoute) couldn't give him anti-inflammatories as it was too close to the Dante and unfortunately we have discovered through a blood test that the grazes have become infected. We are hoping that he will still make it to the Investec Derby and Sir Michael is hoping to give him a racecourse gallop in preparation. "

This means that only the other Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate, Archer, will have their Luca Cumani-trained GREATWOOD represented in the Dante.

 

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TUESDAY 14th MAY 2013

  

“ ….. NO, AFTER YOU, CECIL.”

The Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes, to be run tomorrow, has surprisingly not been won by any horse trained by Sir Henry Cecil. (Bet you didn't know that!) The 10-times champion trainer has, of course, had great successes at the York Dante Festival. This time the Master of Warren Place is placing his trust in TICKLED PINK to set the record staright in this Group Two sprint. The 4-year-old filly is moving up from maiden company to Group Three class after her decisive win in the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes at Newmarket on 18th April and will line up with a high-quality field of 18. Among the market leaders in this race are Group One winners, headed by GORDON LORD BYRON who won the Qatar Prix de la Foret in October last year and the James Fanshaw-trained SOCIETY ROCK who was successful in the Betfred Sprint Cup in September 2012.

Cecil once said: "I do everything by instinct really, not by the book. I like to think I’ve got a feeling for and understand my horses, that they tell me what to do really."

Let's hope he's got the right message from TICKLED PINK!

 

THE MARK AND FRANNY SHOW

SUZI'S CONNOISSEUR and SKYTRAIN gave trainer, Mark Johnston, and jockey, Franny Norton a double yesterday at a wet and windy Musselburgh. The 2-year-old SUZI'S CONNOISSEUR made a promising start to his racing career by knocking MEADWAY into second place by two-and-a -half lengths in the British Stallion Studs European EBF Median Auction Maiden Stakes. The 3-year-old SKYTRAIN, on the other hand, only managed to scrape home by a neck in the seven-furlong handicap.

Mark Johnston commented: “I was pleased with Suzi’s Connoisseur as it wasn’t easy for young horses in these conditions. He’s won nicely but it was made easier with one of the fancied runners pulled out. It’s early days to get carried away and I haven’t looked at anything for him but he couldn’t have done it easier. He’s bred to stay further on the dam side so he did well to win over this sharp five-furlongs.”

  

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MONDAY 13th MAY 2013

ARCHER VERSUS WAVERTREE

The Betfred Dante Stakes at York on Thursday will be the scene of a battle between GREATWOOD and TELESCOPE after the former, 3-year-old son of Manduro, was withdrawn by trainer, Luca Cumani, at the last minute from the Betfred Derby Trial at Lingfield on Saturday because of heavy rain. Ironically GREATWOOD's owners are the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Archer Syndicate) who also own the Sir Michael Stoute-trained TELESCOPE (Wavertree Syndicate). These two syndicates (apparently there are some 'cross-over' members), it seems, are planning to challenge each other in the the Group Two contest over an extended mile and a quarter on the Knavesmire.

Harry Herbert, managing director of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing commented: “The plan is for Greatwood to go for the Dante. We don’t have any other options for him really so we need to see where he stands and see if he is good enough to take his place in the Derby. Saturday was extremely frustrating for everybody, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. It wasn’t his ground and Luca took him out in the best interests of the horse. There was no point risking him on that ground. He will join Telescope in the Dante on Thursday. The horses are in two different syndicates and there are two or three people who cross over into both syndicates.

 

MARENGO BATTLES IT OUT.

It was a high five for BATTLE OF MARENGO when he won the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown. The son of Galileo provided Aidan O'Brien with his fourth Derby trial winner of the week. The 3-year-old bay colt was sent off at the prohibitive odds of 2-13. he went into the lead ahead of Dont Bother Me at about five furlongs from home and it certainly looked like he would triumph with ease. He required a reminder from the trainer's son, Joseph, however, and in the end it took all he had to get the better of the Jim Bolger-trained LOCH GARMAN by a length and three-quarters.

Aidan O'Brien, who previously won the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial with GALILEO (2001) and HIGH CHAPARRAL (2002), who both went on to become Derby champions, had the follwing comments to make: "That all went to plan. We had to go on with him or it would have been a very steady pace. He has just ticked over since the last day. You would have to be happy with him. He is lazy in front but he gave a good blow afterwards. He loves fast ground as he is a great mover.”

 

SUNDAY 12th MAY 2013

 

POULE – THE OTHER ONE!

Champion flat racing jockey, Richard Hughes, is off to Longchamps today to try his luck in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, riding Richard Hannon-trained OLYMPIC GLORY, last October's Group 1 winner on Arc day.

The Wiltshire-based trainer commented: "Olympic Glory is our big hope but we haven't been lucky with the draw and he'll have to be on his A-game to defy the 12 stall. However, this has been the plan since before the Greenham, where he looked to be a horse crying out for a step up to the mile, and the race did him good as his work has been sharper since." The Richard Hannon team have also entered the 20/1 shot, HAVANA GOLD, to be ridden by Jamie Spencer.

 

EASY WIN WITHOUT THE FAVOURITE

Champion Irish trainer, Aidan O'Brien, made another claim for Derby glory yesterday, when his 3-year-old colt, NEVIS, showed a clean pair of heels by winning the Betfred Derby Trial Stakes by nine lengths, with 3-times champion jockey, Ryan Moore aboard. The only imponderable is that the victory was made easier than it should have been because the 'hot favourite', Luca Cumani-trained GREATWOOD, was withdrawn at the last minute because there was heavy rain and the going changed to officially Soft.

As Kevin Buckley, representative for the owners, so aptly put it : “You can’t tell what he beat with the favourite out. But he proved he stayed.”

Aidan O’Brien was victorious in both last week's Derby trials at Chester with RULER OF THE WORLD and MAGICIAN. He goes for one more contender with BATTLE OF MARENGO in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown today.

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 11th MAY 2013

 

FIELD OF DREAMS

The scene of KAYF ARAMIS' greatest victories on the flat will be the setting for trainer, John Gosden's field of dreams – the York's Dante Festival next week. His formidable team is headed by GHURAIR who is aimed at the feature race, the Betfred Dante Stakes. Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoums's 2-year-old colt showed quite a bit of class as a juvenile. He won a competitive maiden, the Weatherbys EBF Maiden Stakes at Newmarket's July Festival in 2012 before winning the Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy on the Rowley Mile course in the following October. He fought a notable battle when he came third to fellow Dante entry, WINDHOEK, in the Tattersalls Millions 3YO Trophy in April this year.

ohn Gosden, who won this race with BENNY THE DIP in 1997 had this to say: "The plan is to run in the Dante. I feel that it is the right race over the right distance for him. He is well and I was pleased with his performance at Newmarket. This is always a very strong Derby trial. There is the Derrinstown (Stud Derby Trial) in Ireland and the Dante in England - traditionally the best trials. The entry looks good but I am hopeful that Ghurair can run well."

 

AYE, AYE CAPTAIN!

Not before time did CAPTAIN BERTIE claim victory after inching by Chosen Character in the sportingbet.com Earl Grosvenor Handicap today at Chester. Trainer Charlie Hills, son of Barry, who was something of a specialist at this particular meeting, has had his fair share of frustrations with his 5-year-old chestnut. The son of Captain Rio was given a great ride by Ryan Moore, though, which resulted in a winning margin of a neck.

Charlie Hills said afterwards: "He needs things to go in his favour and I was very pleased it rained this morning," said Hills. He has gone pretty close in some big races and it didn't quite happen for him at Newbury last time. I suppose there's Royal Ascot and the Hunt Cup to look at, as well as the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket, which he nearly won last year."

FRIDAY 10th MAY 2013

 

JUST DAWNED ON ME

After Frankel the best 2000 Guineas winner to be seen in 'donkey ears' is probably DAWN APPROACH and, unlike the great son of Galileo, he has a strong chance of winning the Derby. This prospect was realised last Saturday when the 3-year-old chestnut colt won the Qipco 2000 Guineas by five lengths at Newmarket. It was lucky that Jim Bolger retained his 49% stake in the horse he bred himself, otherwise DAWN APPROACH could have been transferred to the Mahmood Al Zarooni stables and could have been barred from racing. It now looks as though the Epsom Derby is next stop for this 6-time winner in the UK and once at the Curragh. He may well accede to greater heights than those achieved by “the highest-rated racehorse in the world”

 

HAIL TO THE TURNER!

The UK's No.1 Female Jockey, Hayley Turner, who has also been made the official racing ambassador for Goodwood, kicked off her new role in style. She opened up her account in the first race of the day, the Goodwood Business Club Maiden Stakes, when she rode Sir Michael Stoute's ENOBLED, to a one-length victory. The Nottinghamshire-born star then followed up this success aboard the Jeremy Fanshawe-trained RIBBONS, in the Nissan Innovation And Excitement Fillies' Handicap. She had even tipped the latter to win earlier online which could open up a new career for her when she decides to quit riding! For what it's worth at this very early stage of the 2013 flat season, Hayley Turner is now the top rider on the Downs.

But racing has its ups and downs!

 

THURSDAY 9th MAY 2013

 

IF I RULED THE WORLD!”

Champion Irish trainer, Aidan O'Brien knows a little bit about the MBNA Chester Vase. He's won it three times in the last six years. Today he's sending his 3-year-old RULER OF THE WORLD, who has only raced (and won) once, to bid for the Group Three contest on the Roodee, as the Chester racecourse is historically known. The son of Galileo and half-brother to Duke of Marmalade, a multiple Group One winner, is already fancied for the Investec Derby after his successful debut at the Curragh last month in a mile-and-a-quarter maiden. Today he is only taken on by four rivals including Feel Like Dancing, who also made an impressive start to his career three weeks ago beating the Chapple Hyam-trained Boite by a nose.

 

BANANA AND TOFFEE'S A WINNER!

Kieren Fallon was in good form again yesterday when swooped late on th 9/1 shot BANOFFEE to win the Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks at Chester. The 6-times champion jockey decided to let he Hughie Morrison-trained filly take the inside route, leaving it very late before challenging and beating by one-and-a-quarter lengths GERTRUD VERSED who had raced prominently up to then but was obviously tiring.

Kieren Fallon's comments were: ''The way she quickened, off a fast gallop, she has to be really smart.''

When he was asked whether she might be a candidate for the Investec Oaks at Epsom he just quipped: ''For sure!''

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 8th MAY 2013

 

FALLON ON GOOD TIMES

Lucky 13 for JONNIE SKULL at Yarmouth yesterday, making his third success at the Norfolk seaside track. The Phil McEntee-trained 7-year-old took on the onerous task of leading from the word 'go'. With the advantage of being ridden by a forceful Kieren Fallon the outcome was a grimly fought win by a short head in the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority Handicap.

The 6-times champion jockey was having a good day – three wins from four starts. Earlier he won the European Breeders' Fund Maiden Stakes by 1¼ lengths on AUTUMNS BLUSH, trained by Jeremy Noseda. This 2-year-old bay filly gave her rivals short shrift as she easily quickened to lead over a furlong out. The 48-year-old son of County Clare, however, probably put on his most power-packed display when steering the John Ryan-trained FOCAIL MAITH to victory by a head in the Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap.

 

TESTING TIMES

Mahmood Al Zarooni has lodged an appeal against the severity of his 8-year suspension from training, as The British Horseracing Authority has just announced. The former Godolphin trainer was officially charged with rule breaches relating to prohibited substances, duty to keep medication records, and conduct prejudicial to racing. It now seems he will contest the length of that ban. The Dubai-born handler has admitted to being in breach of the rules. It is reported that he apologised for his actions at the hearing where he decided not to have legal representation, as was his right. According to The BHA's official findings, Al Zarooni was guilty of a "widespread systematic misuse of illegal substances". This incident is generally regarded as the most serious doping scandal in recent British racing history. All the horses under Al Zarooni's care have now been tested. Results of these tests are awaited. William Clegg QC, instructed by Russell-Cooke Solicitors, London will represent Mahmood Al Zarooni at the hearing.

 

TUESDAY 7th MAY 2013

  

DIDN'T MAKE A FFOS!

Racing at Ffos Las for the first time, KAYF ARAMIS, tackled the job in hand with his customary professionalism and no nonsense. He looked in prime condition, thanks to the loving attention of Becky Maycroft, his devoted carer. Jockey, Sam Twiston-Davies, adopted tactics more familiar with the 11-year-old's previous style of racing. He kept the Cheltenham Champion 'handy', as an earlier trainer used to always say. He shadowed the leaders in third or fourth position for most of the 3-mile journey. He was still holding his own by the ninth hurdle but the going was officially 'good' without the touch of 'soft' upon which KAYF ARAMIS usually excels. The ground conditions, combined with one of the hottest days of the year, eventually took their toll, and although he rallied valiantly in the final furlong, he was unable to make it into the frame. But a job well done.

 

THE KING BACK IN HIS COURT

The High Chaparral European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh yesterday welcomed multiple Classic winner CAMELOT back into the winner's enclosure. The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt was victorious in the 2000 Guineas and both the English and Irish Derbies during the first half of his three-year-old season. He came that close to achieving Triple Crown fame in the St Leger at Doncaster last September. 4-year-old CAMELOT stayed in the rear of the five runners in the early part of the race as his stable companion TRIUMPHANT took on a pace-setting role as was anticipated. Trainer son, Joseph O'Brien, brought the favourite gently to the front as they came into the home straight. From then on it was obvious that they were travelling far easier than their rivals. After a small reminder CAMELOT finished the job in style.

Aidan O'Brien commented afterwards: "We're delighted. He had massive colic surgery over the winter and it was his first time back so you're never sure.”

 

 

  

MONDAY 6th MAY 2013

 

A WALES OF A DAY FOR KAYF ARAMIS

For the first time in his long career, Cheltenham Champion, KAYF ARAMIS, runs at Ffos Las this afternoon in the 3-mile Parker Plant Eisteddfod Handicap Hurdle. Ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, he will confront eight rivals on ground officially listed as good, with no rain forecast until the evening. The 11-year-old gelding usually prefers a little give in the terrain though he has put up some sterling performances on drier ground. It will be interesting to see what tactics the young rider from Grange Hill Farm will deploy this time to provide the Head of the Aramis stud the victory he so rightly deserves. The Kayfaramisracing fan club will all be there cheering him on

 

HUGHES NOT MONKEYING AROUND ANYMORE?

One glaring omission from the career of Richard Hughes, current champion jockey, who has notched up a host of top-level European successes has been the Qipco 1000 Guineas. Not any more! Yesterday he set the record straight and added this British Classic to his list of triumphs by riding SKY LANTERN to a half-a-length victory at Newmarket. The day before he had had his hopes dashed of winning the 2000 Guineas when TORONADO failed to outrun DAWN APPROACH. All tribute to the 40-year-old jockey, however. He not only managed to suppress any obvious disappointment but was able to steel himself for what was clearly another 'white-knuckle' ride on the 3-year-old grey, who came through at the last minute to deprive the sponsors' horse, JUST THE JUDGE of victory.

Not a man to mince his words Hughes commented: "About bloody time. I think my wife was more upset than I was (after Toronado) - I was consoling her all night. I remember telling her it was only a horse race and there were more important things. She said, 'I know it's only a horse race, but you never seem to win the big ones'. I've won plenty of Classics everywhere else and I was pretty sure one day I'd get the horse, but it's a monkey off my back.”

 

DANKS FOR THE MEMORY

Sir Michael Stoute Dank gained another Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes win at Newmarket, thanks to DANK, with a little help from Ryan Moore. The top trainer has already enjoyed great success in this Group Three contest, having now won the race five times in the last seven years. Hearts were in mouths, though, when the 4-year-old son of Dansili, after having seemingly won the battle against CHIGUN, appeared to idle and thus gave his rival another 'crack of the whip' ( a legitimate number, of course!). There were a few anxious moments as everyone awaited the judge's verdict which eventually confirmed DANK's winning margin as a short-head.

James Wigan, the bay filly's owner-breeder commented: "I'm very proud of her and she's from a great old mare. To be able to continue the line is very satisfying."

 

SUNDAY 5th MAY 2013

 

DARBY NOT DERBY!

The Kentucky Derby produced an emphatic winner by the name of ORB, a 3-year-old colt on his fourth win on the trot. (Pun intended!) The victory also gave jockey Joel Rosario and trainer Claude 'Shug' McCaughey their first success at Churchill Downs. The team's previous three wins were at Gulfstream Park. The conditions were decidedly wet and muddy which seemed to keep the runners well strung out. Rosario, however, who won the Dubai World Cup on Animal Kingdom at Meydan five weeks ago, remained calm and brought the Malibu Moon colt home with a forceful run on the home turn, despite having to go very wide to mount the challenge.

Shug McGaughey commented afterwards: "It means everything to me. I've always dreamed of this day.”

Jockey Rosario said: "It's awesome. Winning the Dubai World Cup and now this, it's like I'm having a dream.”

Champion Irish trainer, Aidan O'Brien's entry, LINES OF BATTLE, ridden by Ryan Moore, only managed to come seventh and was never in a position to challenge the leaders.

 

STANDING OUT IN THE CROWD

A huge crowd of 17,015 racegoers thronged into Newmarket yesterday to watch the QIPCO 2000 Guineas. That's a reported increase of 7% over last year. It still didn't beat was the 2008 record of 17,321, though, but regional director for the Jockey Club (East), Amy Starkey, was clearly delighted and said so: "It was a fantastic day's racing and we are delighted with how it has gone. Dawn Approach produced a thrilling performance to give us an outstanding winner of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas. Operationally, the day has been a great success for Newmarket Racecourses and we are very satisfied that the overall crowd figure is significantly up on 2012's attendance for the same day.”

 SATURDAY 4th MAY 2013

 

BERTOLINI, SIRE OF BERLYF ARAMIS, DIES

BERTOLINI, former champion first-season sire suffered a fatal heart attack at the Haras des Faunes in France. The 17-year-old son of Danzig found further fame as the damsire of GENTILDONNA, last year's Japanese Horse of the Year. BERTOLINI gained his first-season sire champion crown in 2005, when his debut two-year-old off-spring crop included the Cheveley Park Stakes winer, DONNA BLINI, who had been bought as a yearling at the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales for just 20,000gns. At the age of three, she was then sold at Tattersalls to Katsumi Yoshida for 500,000gns. This young mare subsequently produced GENTILDONNA the Japanese fillies' triple crown winner, who also went on to win the Japan Cup last November and was second in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March.

In 2006 BERTOLINI was moved to the Kildangan Stud and his fee was increased to €15,000 from £4,000. The next year saw him performing his duties at Dalham Hall Stud for £8,000 a time. In 2009 he returned to Overbury Stud to join KAYF TARA, the champion stayer. In 2010 KAYLIFA ARAMIS came to Overbury, BERTOLINI did the honours and BERLYF joined the ARAMIS family. This year the mighty stallion was off to Haras des Faunes, where he covered around 40 mares before his death.

  

NEW DAWN, NEW DAY.

After a dry night the going at Newmarket for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas has been changed to good to firm. Michael Prosser, Clerk of the course thinks, as the Rowley Mile has been watered in the last few days, the track should ride evenly.

He commented on Morning Line: "We watered on Wednesday with a quarter of an inch, did the same on Friday morning and added a couple of courses last night. We might get a shower this morning - may be 1mm - but it's set to brighten up with a high of 16C and the ground could quicken up from today to tomorrow."

The big race is scheduled for 3.50 pm and. At the moment the odds are still generally just in favour of DAWN APPROACH (7/4) ahead of TORONADO at 2/1

 

FRIDAY 3rd MAY 2013

 

LUCK BE A LADY!

Weatherbys Private Banking Handicap this afternoon at Musselburgh could be money in the bank for LADY ARTISTE who won the Thomson Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Newcastle on 6th April. This 3-year-old filly of Excellent Art did not run as a juvenile and now has to start making up for lost time which she seems very capable of doing. LADY ARTISTE acquitted herself well last time out when she won by 3¾ lengths inner.

Seems like a good investment.

  

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED …....

It took trainer JJ Hanlon, nicknamed 'Shark', six attempts to produce a winner at Sedgefield yesterday. His first entry, BIRZALI fell at the last hurdle; his second, ANJUM, did marginally better, coming eighth out of nine finishers; his third, BAIZICALLY, came last of the five finishers; his fourth, DO THE BOOKIES, really started to look as if he would live up to his name. He was running in second place two hurdles from home but then weakened and ended up 5th. Fortune looked to be smiling on 'Shark' when his fifth entry in the Molson Coors Standard Open NH Flat Race, HOWLETT came a creditable 3rd. The best result so far and most might have been content with that. But there was one more race to go: the 32Red Casino Handicap Chase over 2½ miles. It was left to RUDIGREEN, owned and trained by the man himself, to do the honours, winning impressively in the hands of Dougie Costello.

All in a day's work for a trainer!

 

BY GEORGES! IT'S SIMENON

The winner of the Queen Alexandra and Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting. SIMENON, trained by Willie Mullins will be top of the weights for next week's Stanjames.com Chester Cup now that 9-year-old, Donald McCain-trained OVERTURN will not be running. The County Carlow champion handler has also taken out his other entry, MIDNIGHT GAME. So it falls to the son of Marju to uphold the honour of the Irish.

Zut alors! 

 

THURSDAY 2nd MAY 2013

 

WHINGING POMS?

Peter Moody, Australian trainer of BLACK CAVIAR, has refuted any claims that his 7-year-old invincible mare was administered steroids prior to her triumph at last year's Royal Ascot. The flames of dissent are fanned additionally, and maybe unnecessarily, by the British Horseracing Authority's refusal to state whether BLACK CAVIAR had been treated with steroids prior to arriving at Ascot last June. All there is to go on at the moment is that Peter Moody told the Melbourne Herald Sun that his mare had been tested twice in the UK before competing and had never been treated with steroids. Peter Moody was livid about reported speculation that there were a number of British trainers concerned as to whether Australian runners at Royal Ascot had broken the rules.

He stated: "They bang on about steroids but they are the first to use Lasix when they campaign horses in the US. Maybe the Poms might start looking at themselves rather than looking at us."

 

RICHARD THE SECOND

Trainer, Richard Hannon and jockey, Richard Hughes, teamed up for a successful double act at Ascot yesterday. First it was the turn of ANTICIPATED who led from half-way to win the

Aldermore Conditions Stakes over 5 furlongs. Then came NINJAGO who demonstrated a sparkling turn of foot to go on to win the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Pavilion Stakes. The 3-year-old colt was initially held-up towards the rear in thise six-furlong race but moved deftly through the field to claim the prize by a length and a half.

 

WEDNESDAY 1st MAY 2013

 

'ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD'

Kieren Fallon won the Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park Handicap at Yarmouth yesterday aboard DARK EMERALD who shrugged off top weight in brave style. The Brendan Powell-trained 3-year-old seemed to have plenty in reserve for the six-times champion jockey and held off Yourartisonfire by just a neck. The former Grand National winner and now Berkshire trainer was making it a double as his INSTINCTUAL won nicely at Bath earlier with Catherine Gannon riding.

The Upper Lambourn handler commented: "He's quite a lazy horse at home and John Lawson, who rides him every day, has done great. We took him to Kempton the other day and gave him a piece of work. He'll end up staying a mile and a quarter one day as he's very relaxed. Kieren made plenty of use of him and he keeps pulling out more all the time. I was going to enter him over a mile and a quarter at Salisbury on Sunday and when they reopened this race I put him back in.

 

MOTH COULD HAVE A BALL AT THE GUINEAS

It looks like Aidan O'Brien has shortened his QIPCO 1000 Guineas entrants to two after declaring that MOTH and SNOW QUEEN will run at Newmarket on Sunday. It seems likely that MAGICAL DREAM will stay in Ireland.

The champion Irish trainer had this to say about MOTH, his main hope for the Guineas: "We thought she was a very good filly as a two-year-old and never won. Her work was always exceptional. So obviously we didn't really know what to expect on her first run this year and that was the first time she showed on the track what she's shows us at home all the time. We were delighted with her first run."

  

IRISH STEW IN THE NAME OF THE LAW!

 Being drunk and disorderly is not a customary charge against a jockey. Nowadays it is more likely to be excessive use of the whip. But on Monday Irish rider, Graham Gibbons, was arrested at the Wolverhampton race track after allegedly failing to answer a charge in court last week for an offence reported to have been committed on Castlegate, in Norton, on April 8. The 31-year-old was taken into custody by West Midlands Police officers after a successful day at Dunstall Park with two winners from three rides.

Ah well, you can't win'em all!

 

TUESDAY 30th APRIL 2013

 

TWO TIMES A LADY

Perhaps best known in Scotland as Clerk of the Course at Musselburgh and Perth racetracks, as was revealed in yesterday's Racing News, Harriet Graham also trains a small string of six horses at her stables in Jedburgh, situated in historic Roxburghshire and four of them ran at Kelso. Well the good news is that the clerk turned trainer came up trumps yesterday when her 9-year-old grey, PRINCE TAM, scored deservedly and easily in the Racehorse Owners Association Handicap Chase. After going into the between the final two fences, he battled on gamely to beat stuck his rival Freddie Brown by 3¾ lengths. The Borders trainer also gained a third with her other horse in the race, stable companion 11-year-old SOUL MAGIC. What is more, the intrepid lady was as close as a nose away from a double win when SCOTSWELL, ridden by newly-crowned champion conditional Lucy Alexander was beaten by Arctic Court in the Peter & Gillian Allan Catering Handicap Hurdle. The 7-year-old led practically all the way only to be pipped at the post by the Jim Goldie-trained 9-year-old with Denis O'Regan aboard.

 

IRISH STEW IN THE NAME OF THE LAW!

Being drunk and disorderly is not a customary charge against a jockey. Nowadays it is more likely to be excessive use of the whip. But yesterday Irish rider, Graham Gibbons, was arrested at the Wolverhampton race track after allegedly failing to answer a charge in court last week for an offence reported to have been committed on Castlegate, in Norton, on April 8. The 31-year-old was taken into custody by West Midlands Police officers after a successful day at Dunstall Park with two winners from three rides.

But you can't win'em all!

 

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MONDAY 29th APRIL 2013

 

 CLERK'S A TRAINER

Clerk of the course at Perth and Musselburgh, Harriet Graham, is also a successful trainer in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. Today at Kelso she dons her trainer's hat where she now has four runners (BALLYBROE is a non-runner). SOULS MAGIC and PRINCE TAM run in the second race of the day, the Racehorse Owners Association Handicap Chase over 2 miles 1 furlong. Then it's SCOTSWELL's turn in the Peter & Gillian Allan Catering Handicap Hurdle, ridden by conditional jockey champion, Lucy Alexander. The Roxburghshire trainer's's last bid for success is with MAGGIE BLUE in the Isle Of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Handicap Hurdle with Jonathan England aboard.

 

THE STORY IS ON STEROIDS

The equine drugging scandal will not go away. Newmarket trainer, Gerard Butler, has now admitted that he has used anabolic steroids on his horses. He has told the BHA that a number of his horses have been given injections of these drugs as a treatment for injured joints and he claims that more than 100 racehorses in the Newmarket area may well have received similar treatments. But unlike the Al Zarooni case, the Newmarket trainer says that on every occasion the treatment was recommended by vets and all the injections were entered in his official medical records; these were seen and returned by the BHA without comment.

Butler commented: "It did not cross my mind that there could be any problem with this medication. And, judging from the fact that the BHA said nothing about it when they saw my medical book, it does not seem to have crossed their minds, either."

The medication, known as Sungate and containing the steroid stanozolol, is claimed to be regularly recommended by Newmarket vets when treating joint injuries.

This story will run and run …...

  

 

SUNDAY 28th APRIL 2013

 

HE'S A CHAMP!

The Irish champion jump jockey is once more Davy Russell though he hasn't managed to top the 126 winners he notched up when he was runner-up behind Ruby Walsh for the title in the 2007-08 season. His score of 103 was enough, however, to claim the crown, even though it was one behind last year's winning score. Davy Russell finished in second position for four years running before he finally made it 2011-12. Admittedly he is in a fortunate position as he is guaranteed a certain number of winners due to the fact that he is retained jockey to Michael O'Leary, the boss of Ryanair, riding for the Gigginstown House Stud banner. A recent triumph has been Sir Des Champs winning in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown and Punchestown Gold Cup. But these guaranteed rides, alone, wouldn't be sufficient to give the 33-year-old jockey from County Clare the number one slot. He has worked hard at achieving a broad appeal and his reward is that he gets a lot of rides for many other stables, large and small, from all parts of Ireland. For instance, recently he was successful riding REBEL FITZ in the Guinness Galway Hurdle for Michael Winters, the County Cork trainer. He also had notable success aboard the Jim Culloty-trained LORD WINDERMERE in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham.

 

THE SILLY OLD SO-AND-SO!

Celebrating his first National Hunt trainers' title since 1987 at Sandown on Saturday was a well-deserving recipient - Nicky Henderson and this was only his third title in toto. He last won over 25 years ago! With a string of horses led by SPRINTER SACRE, winner at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown, SIMONSIG, the Arkle winner, BOBS WORTH, Cheltenham Gold Cup victor and twice King George winner LONG RUN will probably mean that we haven't seen the last of the Lambourn handler for some years to come.

As he most aptly put it: 'People say the silly old sod's meant to be lying down and taking it gently…but I'm not!”

 

LUCY IN THE SKY WITH …..”

And the first female rider to take the conditional jockeys' championship is - Lucy Alexander! Throughout the season it looked as though this crown had a number of potential recipients, including Brendan Powell Jr. and Micheal Nolan. Technically both of these jockeys had a chance to win or at least to share the honour right up to the last day. But the two of them were unlucky with their rides on the day and the prestigious honour fell to Lucy Alexander. Since she became a professional in September 2011, the jockey from Fife has gained a string of records: she broke Lorna Vincent's record for the number of winners for a female rider last season; she became the first lady rider to win the conditional riders' championship with a total of 38 for the season

 

nd April

 

SATURDAY, 27th APRIL 2013

 

LUCY LOCK IT IN HER POCKET

The leading lady amateur of the season, Lucy Gardner pocketed her first victory at Perth yesterday on FLYING AWARD in the G A Engineering Highland National. The dynamic duo were in front at the fourth from home in the marathon over 3 miles and 7 furlongs and held on to the lead by ¾ of a length despite a valiant challenge from top-weight VICTRIX GALE. The 9-year-old, trained by Lucy's mum, Susan, had come 420 miles from Devon to savour this triumph.

Lucy Gardner commented afterwards: "Ideally wanted a bit of rain to loosen the ground up but he held a nice position and travelled well enough for me. He jumped well and I though he would take a bit of beating when we hit the front. That will be it for the season for him now and he'll have the summer off."

Unfortunately this story does not have a completely happy ending: Lucy Alexander got a four-day ban for using her whip over the permitted level.

 

NOW I'VE SEEN A HURRICANE FLY!

Ruby Walsh rode HURRICANE FLY to an eye-catching victory in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown yesterday for the fourth year in a row. Following on from the successful regaining of his crown in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March when he beat ROCK ON RUBY by 2½ lengths, the 9-year-old was quite naturally a red-hot 1/4 favourite. ROCK ON RUBY pushed to the front round the last turn, gradually increasing the pace. Ruby Walsh was unpeturbed and remained motionless aboard the Willie Mullins-trained son of Montjeu. When he was given his head on approaching the final flight, it was all over bar the shouting. HURRICANE FLY's hurdling was immaculate and he had sufficient reserves to gallop home to win by seven lengths. Whilst Ruby Walsh acknowledged the roar of the crowd, stablemate THOUSAND STARS rallied and snatched second place from ROCK ON RUBY by a length. This gave trainer, Willie Mullins, a first and a second.

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, 26h APRIL 2013

  

MAKE MINE A DOUBLE!

The second day of the Perth Festival was the scene for a new personal milestone for trainer, Lucinda Russell . She achieved a 63/1 double when LONE FOOT LADDIE won the opening race, the Loretta's Racing Collection Novices' Hurdle with Graham Watters aboard and URBAN KODE was victorious in the next race, the Try Crabbie's Simply Scrumptious Strawberry & Lime Handicap Hurdle under the guidance of Craig Nichol. This result took the Kinross-based trainer to 58 winners for the season.

The lady of the day had this to say: "It's good to beat last year's total and I've sort of got Len Lungo's Scottish record of 63 in mind. It's in my sights but we'll probably fall short this season so it just shows what an achievement it was in 2002/03."

 

BANNED FOR 8 YEARS

Trainer, Mahmood Al Zarooni, has been disqualified for eight years after he admitted administering anabolic steroids to his horses. Al Zarooni was summoned before the British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel yesterday afternoon. 11 of the horses in his care proved positive after a random test for ethylestranol and stanozolol at his Newmarket yard earlier this month. Mahmood Al Zarooni made further admissions concerning four other horses that had not been tested. This case is considered to be the most serious doping scandal in recent British racing history. On hearing the news Godolphin owner, Sheikh Mohammed closed all the stables run by Al Zarooni. The latter was officially charged with rule breaches related to prohibited substances, duty to keep medication records and conduct prejudicial to racing. A further consequence of the hearing is that former 1000 Guineas favourite, CERTIFY, and 14 other horses trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni have been suspended from running for six months.

Godolphin Manager, Simon Crisford, commented: "This is a terrible situation. It's an awful situation that Godolphin has found themselves in. Mr Al Zarooni acted with awful recklessness and caused tremendous damage, not only to Godolphin and British racing. I think it will take a very long time for Godolphin to regain the trust of the British public. We're shocked and completely outraged by the actions he has taken. Sheikh Mohammed will want, first and foremost, to see this put behind us. He will want to make sure this mistake never happens again."

 

 

THURSDAY, 25h APRIL 2013

 

WIT FOR WORLD HURDLE

 Connections, and in particular trainer, Charles Byrnes, are praying that SOLWHIT has made a good recovery from his exertions at Cheltenham and Aintree as he goes for a hat-trick in the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival today. The 9-year-old won six Grade One contests before being laid off due to injury. SOLWHIT will be taking on the Willie Mullins-trained champion, QUEVEGA who has won the World Series Hurdle for the last three years.

Charles Byrnes had this to say: "We decided to let him take his chance. I think it was more the travelling than the races that took it out of him as you wouldn't have really known that he'd been off the track for two years in his races. He was just a bit flat after Aintree but in the last few days he's been pretty good. It's a big ask after running at both Cheltenham and Aintree but he seemed to win easier at Aintree.”

 

A QUESTION OF SUBSTANCE

Mahmood Al Zarooni's yard will be locked with immediate effect on the orders of Sheikh Mohammed who is reported to be "appalled and angered" after his trainer was charged by the British Horseracing Authority. Al Zarooni will be investigated by a disciplinary panel of the BHA at 2.30pm this afternoon in London. The successful Godolphin trainer, who could now could lose his licence, has been charged with breaching rules related to prohibited substances, failing in his duty to keep proper medication records and with conduct prejudicial to the racing profession. Earlier this month samples were taken from 45 horses trained by Al Zarooni at Moulton Paddocks Stables, Newmarket and 11 were found to have been administered prohibited substances, containing ethylestranol and stanozolol. Mahmood Al Zarooni has a string of big-race winners to his name, which includes BLUE BUNTING in the 1000 Guineas in 2011, the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in 2012 with ENCKE and his triumph training MONTEROSSO for the richest race in the world, the Dubai World Cup.

 

YES SIR!

The Willie Mullins-trained SIR DES CHAMPS, was triumpant in a thrilling finish yesterday when racing in the 'Bet Online with TheTote.com Punchestown Gold Cup. It looked as if it this prize was in the bag as the 7-year-old went two lengths clear when approaching the second from home but the long-time leader LONG RUN, ridden by amateur jockey, Sam Waley-Cohen, wasn't giving up that easily and Davy Russell had to pull out all the stops to achieve the slenderest of victory margins.

 

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, 24th APRIL 2013

 

 REPRINTS RACE – SPRINTER SACRE!

 

Ten wins in a row for SPRINTER SACRE at Punchestown yesterday when he beat his old rival Sizing Europe at Punchestown. The Nicky Henderson-trained 7-year-old's task was clearly to see off his Irish rival in the Boylesports.com Champion Chase. He succeeded but not as easily as the extremely short odds-on of 1/9 might have suggested. Andrew Lynch aboard SIZING EUROPE tried to gain the advantage early on by taking the lead. The race developed into a head-on battle with three jumps to go. Andrew Lynch used his whip in an attempt to produce more from his Henry de Bromhead-trained 11-year-old but Barry Geraghty eased smoothly alongside and went into the lead with two to jump. Things didn't go all SPRINTER SACRE's way over the last fences, however, and he had to be given a shake of the reins to get his mind back on the job. That seemed to do the trick and minutes later the dynamic duo received a great welcome from the crowd as they passed the line five lengths clear of their only serious challenger.

 Trainer Nicky Henderson was clearly delighted when he commented: "Job done. He was at his best at Cheltenham, he wasn't quite as sharp at Aintree and wasn't as sharp today. Even if you go into what you think is an easy race, the atmosphere and the crowds are still going to take it out of you. To do all three (Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown) is very, very hard and he's had to work harder today than he has in the past.”

 Barry Geraghty admitted that he was more nervous than usual: "Heavy ground probably doesn't suit my lad as well and from four out it wasn't as easy as it has been elsewhere, but we still put it to bed.”

  

MASTER OF THE FIELDS

 If SIR DES CHAMPS can reproduce his Cheltenham Gold Cup form then he will have the Punchestown Gold Cup in the bag – well that's trainer, Willie Mullins' take on the outcome of today's race. The 7-year-old didn't do so well when he finished second to Bobs Worth at Cheltenham last month but that may no be counted against him and he lokks likely to repeat his successes at Punchestown. Davy Russell missed the ride at Cheltenham because of injury but he's back in the saddle today.

Willie Mullins commented: "I'm quite happy with him and he seems to have come out of Cheltenham well enough. I think he's had a long enough break and I've no worries about the track or the ground. I'm just hoping he can reproduce his performance in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham - I'll be happy with that."

 

 

 

TUESDAY, 23nd APRIL 2013 – St. George's Day and Shakespeare's Birthday!!

 

 FESTIVAL TIME

 Today marks the beginning ot the Punchestown Festival and it is reported that parts of the track are heavy. This may or may not be good news for Sprinter Sacre, Hurricane Fly, Quevega and Our Conor who, among others will be strutting their stuff during the week at this famous County Kildare venue. They've had a harsh winter there so the ground is due to be more testing than usual. The official comment from the track is: "If the forecast is correct, I think we'll get under way on soft, heavy in places on all our tracks - chase, hurdle, bumper and cross-country. Not having a Spring and having such a tough Winter means we're way behind where we normally would be, but, that being said, we are lucky to have five separate hurdle tracks for each of the five days.

  

A SAD DAY FOR RACING

 Samples taken from 11 horses, trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, were found to contain traces of anabolic steroids. As a consequence the Godolphin trainer is to go before a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel. Mahmood Al Zarooni won last year's Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster with Encke, as well as the Dubai World Cup, the richest race in the world with Monterosso. The Newmarket trainer commented on the Godolphin website: "I deeply regret what has happened. I have made a catastrophic error. Because the horses involved were not racing at the time, I did not realise that what I was doing was in breach of the rules of racing. I can only apologise for the damage this will cause to Godolphin and to racing generally."

Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager said: "This is a dark day for Godolphin. We are all shocked by what has happened. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed was absolutely appalled when he was told and this is completely unacceptable to him. We will await the outcome of the BHA inquiry before taking any further internal action.

  

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 MONDAY, 22nd APRIL 2013

 

A WEIGHT ON HARVEY'S MIND

Harvey Smith, a former British show jumping champion and husband of Sue Smith, trainer of AURORA ENCORE firmly believes that the handicapper ruined the John Smith's Grand National winner's chances at Ayr on Saturday. As a result of the Aintree victory the 11-year-old was raised 11lb for his attempt to equal Red Rum's 1974 record by winning the Scottish Grand National. Unfortunately he had to be pulled up five fences from home.

Harvey Smith commented: "He got in the right position to go and win but weight stops trains. He ran a hell of a race until the weight got to him. The handicapper stopped him. Where they are going wrong is that they forget these horses are the stars. There were record crowds at Ayr and we had to take the horse, otherwise we would have let the general public down. The handicapper saw what he has done to him on Saturday. They have to come up with a completely new system as the current one is not working. I'm not saying we are not going to run him again but we are not going to punish the horse. If he can go to a race meeting with a chance, fair enough. But if you keep sending a boxer into the ring and he keeps getting a good hiding, it is not long before he says he doesn't want to go in there."

  

MORE FROM JAMIE

An easy win in the Bet At totepool.com Novices' Chase at Stratford could mean that SIRE DE GRUGY will race in the bet365.com Celebration Chase at Sandown on Saturday. Ridden by Jamie Moore, son of trainer Gary, the short-odds favourite was well ahead by the fifth fence and there was no catching him from there on. Despite making a mistake at the last fence he finished 27 lengths ahead of his nearest challenger, Gleann Eagas,

Jamie Moore said afterwards: "He jumps so good and was coming up out of my hands. I know he may not have beaten much, but he was impressive. He'll run well at Sandown. He's a tough horse, he loves working the more racing the better. He's a proper soldier and we look forward to next week."

 

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 SUNDAY, 21st APRIL 2013

 

HERE COMES THE JUDGE!

Wayne Hutchinson steered GODSMEJUDGE to a 4-length victory yesterday in the Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase at Ayr. The 7-year-old was always up with the pace

which was just as well because he and the other leaders managed by and large to escape the trouble that developed in the rear of field. The Alan King-trained gelding went off into the lead on the final lap and once there, he managed to pull off a number of spectacular jumps which led to final victory.

Jockey, Wayne Hutchinson said afterwards: "He was fantastic, he got into a great rhythm. He didn't enjoy the hustle and bustle early on, but he found his gear and gave me a fantastic ride”

An emotional Alan King commented: "I'm very proud. I think this means as much as any of the wins I have had. I'm speechless.”

But, nevertheless, then went on to say: "I worked across the road years ago, I know the area very well and it's like coming home. I was so pleased when he jumped to the front down the back as he likes to be up there and can get intimidated. Wayne gave him a super ride."


 

FAREWELL TO ANOTHER IRON LADY

Thousands of fans had one last chance to see their star, BLACK CAVIAR, at Caulfield's Pink Ribbon Raceday, just three days after the unexpected announcement that she would race no more. Connections used the occasion to thank the public for all their support during the mare's outstanding career, which, everyone knows by now, produced 25 wins from 25 starts. Trainer, Peter Moody had this to say: "I'm privileged that I've got to walk outside my back door and see Nelly every day of her life, that's a privilege I've had. I'd go as far to say as that's probably the last time she'll ever have a saddle on her back. I think she deserves a rest, she's done a wonderful job for the industry, for sport and for Australia in general, she's just a good news story."

The six-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit was paraded for about an hour in the pre-parade ring, stopping every now and then to allow her adoring fans to take a photo or give her a pat. Jockey, Luke Nolen, then jumped into the saddle one last time and rode the mare at a canter up the Caulfield straight. BLACK CAVIAR will now retire to a paddock, where a date with one of the country's top stallions awaits her in the latter part of the year or early next. There is still talk of a possible mating with Frankel back in Blighty but we may have to wait a while for the final decision. This lady's not for turning!

 

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 SATURDAY, 20th APRIL 2013

 

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

KAYLIF ARAMIS, full brother of KAYF ARAMIS, is competing this afternoon in the Ayrshire Hospice Making Today Matter Handicap Hurdle (CLASS 2). This will be his twelfth race, having notched up, so far, two 1sts, two 2nds and three 3rds. There is clearly a lot of improvement to come from this 6-year-old son of Kayf Tara. And the Racing Post agrees! (NON RUNNER)


Tomorrow it's ZAYFIRE ARAMIS' turn at Wincanton in the 32RedPoker.com Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (CLASS 5). This exciting younger member of the ARAMIS Stud is on his third outing, having gained a 3rd in his very first race at Wetherby in February.

 

HE LIVES TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY!

Ryan Mania, Grand National-winning jockey, survived his comeback day at Ayr on the opening day of the Scottish Grand National meeting. He rode SIGNALMAN, trained by Sandy Thomson in the Play Golf At Close House Handicap Hurdle. It looked as though he might have a winner, too, when the 9-year-old grey went into the lead three flights from home but hopes were dashed as he soon faded and only managed a fourth place. The now famous son of Galashiels will be riding AURORAS ENCORE again this afternoon in the Coral Scottish Grand National in a bid for his 11-year-old mount to become the first horse to vie with the legendary Red Rum's 1974 record by completing the rarely-attempted National double.

 

YA WIN SOME, YA LOSE SOME!

Unfortunately champion jockey, Tony McCoy will miss next week's Punchestown Festival because it has now been confirmed that he broke several ribs when he fell from Quantitativeeasing in the Barbury International Horse Trials Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham on Thursday in the same race as KAYF ARAMIS. Tony McCoy spent a second night in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital under close observation.

Ironically AP will collect his 18th jockeys' championship title next weekend.

  

 

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FRIDAY, 19th APRIL 2013

 

STARS FOR THE STAR

To the delight of the members of the KAYF ARAMIS fan club, their star produced his usual exciting performance at Cheltenham yesterday – his 17th appearance on his 'home' track and a career total of 84 runs. He looked a peak of fitness in the parade ring and Becky did him proud with an array of lovely stars on his rump. With Dave Crosse aboard, the 11-year-old was prominent throughout most of the 3-mile Barbury International Horse Trials Handicap Hurdle. He went into the lead at the 6th and hovered around that position until approaching 2 out. He lost ground for a while at this stage but then seemed to gain second wind and rallied bravely but the final climb at Prestbury Park takes its toll on the best of them.

 

A CHAMPION EASED OUT OF THE SADDLE!

The Nicky-Henderson-trained QUANTITATIVEEASING stumbled at only the second flight in the same race as KAYF ARAMIS but that was enough to throw champion jockey, Tony McCoy, dramatically skywards. He remained conscious after the fall but was carried off the track on a stretcher and given oxygen to assist his breathing. He was checked out at the track and it was decided to to take him to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for further observation overnight. He is obviously anxious to be fit by Tuesday when the Punchestown Festival takes place. He is certain to be booked to ride several well fancied horses for his boss, JP McManus.

As he commented later: "I will not be riding anywhere over the weekend as it will be a case of taking things easy for a few days, but the plan will be to be back in action at Punchestown where I will be riding for most of the week."

We'll drink to that!

 

 

THURSDAY, 18th APRIL 2013

  

A MANIA FOR RIDING

 For the first time since his accident at Hexham the day after winning the Grand National, Ryan Mania is back in the saddle at Ayr tomorrow, aboard SIGNALMAN. He's once more chancing his luck, though, because on Saturday he's back on his Aintree hero, AURORAS ENCORE in the Coral Scottish National where he thinks the 11-year-old has a "great chance" of pulling off an historic double. This dynamic duo came a close second in last year's Scottish National. The going at Ayr is described as heavy today after a wet and windy 24-hours. There is standing water on the track bu acting clerk of the course, Harriet Graham, said racing would have gone ahead if necessary on Thursday. She acommented: "It's not causing concern. We wouldn't want any more significant rain but we're raceable and can pump most of the water off. It's testing but the forecast is for dry weather now, although it will not have time to dry out significantly for either day. No inspections are planned."

 

 REVENGE!

 Jockey, James Doyle who is riding DUNDONNELL in today's Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes at Newmarket is seeking revenge. The last time the pair raced against TORONADO was in the Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last September and the result was a mere half-length victory for the Richard Hannon-trained 3-year-old son of High Chaparral. In Doyle's favour, however, is that last time out the two horses were level-weighted but this time around TORONADO concedes his rival three pounds in this important race that is a trial for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

 As James Doyle commented: "Obviously it is a tough race. Toronado had the run of the race last time when he beat me, but now carries a penalty, so I am hopeful.”

  

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 17th APRIL 2013

 

CAVIAR OFF THE MENU

After all the discussion about possible options over the last few days, it's been announced that BLACK CAVIAR, the unbeaten Australian mare, has been retired. The 7-year-old champion leaves the equine stage with a record of 25 wins from 25 starts. Fifteen of these wins were achieved at Group 1 level. BLACK CAVIAR won her first handicap as a 3-year-old on 18th April 2009 when she won by 5 lengths and rounded off her illustrious career, almost exactly four years later, on 13 April 2013 in the Darley T J Smith Stakes (Group 1) at Randwick which she won by 3 lengths. The outstanding mare caused quite a stir last Summer when she contested the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. At that time she had 21 unbeaten starts under her saddle strap. This time, however, it took her a little more effort to win the 6-furlong contest by just a head. A second trip to Royal Ascot seemed on the cards for quite a while but it seems connections have decided enough is enough.

Trainer, Peter Moody made the following statement: "Collectively the mare is in great shape. We thought long and hard about Ascot, Brisbane and Adelaide but it's a good time to finish as she's done everything we've asked of her. It's time to pull the career on one of our finest horses ever.”

 

I SEE THE LIGHT”

The 16.05 at Newmarket today is where SKY LANTERN is scheduled to make her reappearance. The Richard Hannon-trained grey filly was on the gallops yesterday in preparation for the first day of the Newmarket Craven meeting and by all accounts fair breezed up ahead of the others. The daughter of Red Clubs was a clear winner at the Curragh in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes in her earlier juvenile races at Newmarket on the July course. Richard Hannon had bad luck, however, when he took her to California to take part in the Santa Anita Breeders' Cup. Unfortunately, ridden by Richard Hughes, she got boxed in on the rail with a wall of horses in front and so had nowhere to go. SKY LANTERN has put up good performances since and could well light up the field this afternoon.

 

 

TUESDAY, 16th APRIL 2013

 

NOT YET IN COMMAND

Whether we shall see the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero back on the racetrack next season we shall not now know until towards the end of the year when connections will make a decision. The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained IMPERIAL COMMANDER made a stylish come-back from a 2-year absence in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham in January. Then he was unable to have a go at regaining his Gold Cup crown due to a lung infection. The 12-year-old returned to action in the John Smith's Grand National but had to be pulled up. Spokesman for the owning syndicate, Our Friends In The North, Paul Costello thinks IMPERIAL COMMANDER had not completely recovered from his setback. He commented: "He'll be going back to (bloodstock agent) Kevin Ross' place in Ireland before too long and there'll be no decision on his future until the autumn. He definitely won't run again this season, he'll have a break and then we'll see how he is when Kevin starts him back (in pre-training). We'll just take it step by step.”

 

SECOND OPTION

It now looks as if BLACK CAVIAR will be going to Brisbane for the BTC Cup at after her triumph in Sydney. This was one of the three options mentioned in yesterday's Racing News, the other two being Adelaide or Ascot. As a native Queenslander it is generally thought that trainer, Peter Moody, would prefer going to Brisbane. Plans will be finalised later this week. Officials in Morphettville are not holding their breath for an appearance there which they would like. As South Australia Jockey Club chief executive, Brenton Wilkinson, said: "Peter Moody is a devout Queenslander and he seems determined that her next run will be in Brisbane. We know he is really passionate about going back to Queensland with her.”

 

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MONDAY, 15th APRIL 2013

 

A CHOICE OF THREE”

BLACK CAVIAR notched up her 15th Group One success in the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. Now her connections will face making a decision about where to go next with this brilliant mare. It would appear that the number of options have been cut back to three. Trainer, Peter Moody has definitely decided against another run in Sydney in the All Aged Stakes later this month as the 7-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit returned to her Caulfield stable on Sunday morning. So the champion mare could next be seen (1) at Royal Ascot (2) in Brisbane or (3) in Adelaide.

Moody's comment to the press was: "If I was going to run in the All Aged I would have kept her here. I wouldn't do the two trips in two weeks. The three options on the table are Ascot, which would ultimately be the end of her career, The Goodwood or the BTC Cup." "We won't get a definitive opportunity to see how she pulls up for the fact that she's going to have a long road trip and she'll have three or four easy days."

 

I DREAMED A DREAM IN TIMES GONE BY ….”

Aidan O'Brien has confessed that he is "fighting time" in his attempt to get KINGSBARNS ready for the Investec Derby. He has already had to rule the 3-year-old son of Galileo out of the Qipco 2000 Guineas. He is still hoping that the winter favourite for the premier Classic could still be ready for a Derby trial. The trainer of Ballydoyle stated, however, that a decision for a preparatory race would have to be left as late as possible, close to the June 1 Epsom spectacular as possible.

Aidan O'Brien commented: "We dreamed he could have been a Triple Crown horse this year, but that wasn't to be. He was always the horse we were dreaming about but things haven't gone well with him, we hoped to have him at the Curragh (to gallop) a couple of weeks ago, but he didn't make it and we are just struggling a little bit to get him 100 per cent. He's in the pool a lot and we are trying to catch up. He's no chance of making the Guineas, anyway."

 

  

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SUNDAY, 14th APRIL 2013

 

 WRONG WAY, OF(F) COURSE!

 Yesterday at Uttoxeter, Noel Fehily received a 12-day ban for taking the wrong course when aboard HASSADIN in the Betfred Mobile Casino Handicap Hurdle. Having realised his mistake. the Champion Hurdle jockey pulled up on the first circuit. He was later called before the stewards to explain what had happened. The Stewards listened to his evidence and watched recordings of the race and ultimately found Noel Fehily in breach of Rule (B)59.3.2.3, i.e., guilty of taking the wrong course , having gone the wrong side of the H marker half way down the back straight. Unfortunately the ban starts the day after Rock On Ruby is scheduled to run in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.

 

WEIGHT FOR IT!

 The Bet365 Handicap at Doncaster yesterday witnessed MOVE IN TIME not only defying a 10lb rise in the weights but 19 of his rivals to boot. ( or should that be 'to shoe'!). The David O’Meara-trained 5-year-old had won decisively at Musselburgh two weeks ago and that's where our old friend, the handicapper, decided to throw his weight around. The son of Monsieur Bond, however, under Daniel Tudhope's stewardship, treated the extra burden with the contempt it deserved, and, displaying a smart turn of foot a furlong out, won by 18 lengths.

 

 

SATURDAY, 13th APRIL 2013

 

FULL OF EASTERN PROMISE

The Willie Mullins-trained BLACKSTAIRMOUNTAIN with Ruby Walsh aboard scored a great victory in the Japanese Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan today (yesterday by our time , but Japan is eight hours ahead!). The eight-year-old improved significantly his earlier form to win this valuable Grade One prize. The son of Imperial Ballet won the Racing Post Novice Chase (Grade 1) at Leopardstown back in December 2011 and followed up with three successes at not such illustrious levels. For this premier jump race in Japan he also stepped back up in trip to two miles and five furlongs which clearly suited him.

Still on matters Japanese, RED CADEAUX has arrived in Japan to race in the Tenno Sho ('Emperor's Prize') in Kyoto on April 28. "Tenno" means "Emperor of Japan". This famous race is held twice a year in Japan, once in the Spring and once in the Autumn and are both International Grade I races.

 

RETIRING TO THE ISLE OF MAN

BALLABRIGGS, winner of the 2011 John Smith's Grand National is to retire. Trainer, Donald McCain had serious discussions with Trevor Hemmings after the 12-year-old was pulled up in this year's Aintree spectacular. The bay gelding only managed sixth place in the 2012 race.

Donald McCain explained: "He didn't sparkle in last week's renewal and it was decided that he had earned his retirement - he doesn't owe anyone anything - and he will be off to the Isle Of Man to join another of Mr Hemmings' recently retired stars Cloudy Lane. As my first Grand National winner I will always be grateful for what he has done for the yard and that afternoon at Aintree will never be forgotten.

BALLABRIGGS notched up 7 Wins, 7 Seconds and 2 Thirds from 28 starts and earned his connections £624, 000. He certainly deserves a pleasant retirement.

 

 

FRIDAY, 12th APRIL 2013


DREAM OF A BET

SILCA'S DREAM has done well so far this season (1 2 3 2 2 ) and could be in for a good run in the 32Red Casino Classified Stakes at Wolverhampton today. The Mick Channon-trained gelding, however, has so far fallen short of the successes of some of his family. He did show some promise, though, in a maiden at Wolverhampton on 28th March. The 3-year-old finally won after six times of asking, albeit with a certain amount of effort, when he battled against the bay filly, Alhaarth Beauty, and beat her by just ¾ of a length. It is interesting to note that he wore a visor for the first time then which didn't seem to help him and, today without it, he's certainly worth a punt.

 

WHO'S FOR TEA?

It certainly looked as if TEAFORTHREE was going to become the first Welsh-trained Grand National winner since Kirkland did the honours in 1905. The 9-year-old was in the lead two fences from the home but then suddenly weakened in the last stages and finished third to AURORA'S ENCORE, the 66/1 surprise winner. It is intetesting to note that TEAFORTHREE has been entered for the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr a week on Saturday and also the Bet Online With TheTote.com Punchestown Gold Cup on April 24th.

Trainer, Rebecca Curtis commented: "He's come out of the race very fresh and well and I wouldn't rule it out (running again this season). It's probably more likely we'll take the shoes off him and give him a break, but we'll just see how he is in the next week to 10 days and then make a decision. He definitely won't go for the Scottish National, but he is in at Punchestown.”

THURSDAY, 11th APRIL 2013

  

MORE POWELL TO HIS ELBOW.

 Junior jockey, Brendan Powell, will have a powerful ally in trainer, Colin Tizzard in the last few days of the National Hunt season in an attempt to seize the championship crown. The teenager is on 33 winners. That's only two behind the leader, Lucy Alexander, in the race for the conditional jockeys' title This particular competition finishes on April 27. Brendan Powell did especially well when riding GOLDEN CHIEFTAIN at the Cheltenham Festival and got a few more feathers in his cap by his wonderful ahievement at Aintree last week when he rode a 188-1 double. The Somerset-based trainer commented: "We have a lot of ammunition for the next few weeks and we will give Brendan chances that could put him in the number one spot. He is a really good kid, is learning all the time and has a sensible head on young shoulders."

 

 TAKING THE LONG VIEW FOR TELESCOPE

 The most expensive yearling ever bought by Highclere Thoroughbreds, TELESCOPE, and Sir Michael Stoute’s major hope for the Derby this year, is promising an exciting summer season for his connections. The 3-year-old chestnut will most likely run in a mile conditions race at Sandown on April 26 and then go onto to York for the Dante Stakes in May. Syndicate manager, Harry Herbert, was clearly pleased with the son of Galileo's workout on the gallops in Newmarket yesterday. Last season TELESCOPE was beaten by only a shorthead on his debut appearance in a 7-furlong maiden at Ascot and this was because jockey, Richard Mullen, dropped his whip. TELESCOPE is part of the Wavertree Syndicate which has 12 owners, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United's manager.


 

 

 

  

WEDNESDAY, 10th APRIL 2013

 

RYAN MANIA SWEEPS THROUGH GALASHIELS

A hero's welcome awaited Ryan Mania, the Grand National-winning jockey, when he returned home a few hours after leaving hospital.The 23-year-old jockey had been two nights in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. He immediately returned to Galashiels in the Scottish Borders where he was given a trememdous homecoming parade. The town centre was crowded with hundreds of people, despite the heavy rain, who wanted to congratulate him as he toured around the town on the back of a 4x4 truck, led by a pipe band. Later he addressed the crowds on a makeshift stage in front of the Auld Mill pub. Ryan Mania was clearly overwhelmed by the turnout when he commented: "It means everything, I mean all these people are here to see me and it's a bit overwhelming, really, I can't thank them enough.The National is the biggest race in the world and it's mad really that I won, but to see all the people here is heart-warming."

 

UP FOR THE CUP!

The Nottingham E.B.F. Betfred Barry Hills 'Further Flight' Stakes today could see trainer, Mark Johnston, score with SIR GRAHAM WADE. The 4-year-old grey notched up six victories last year. The North Yorkshire trainer clearly hopes that his protege can scoop this this prize and then go on to become a Cup horse.

Mark Johnson said: "He was a very progressive horse for the whole of last season and I very much hope he continues along the same upward curve. The aim for later in the season is to see him run in the Cup races, and this looks a good starting point for him.

TUESDAY, 9th APRIL 2013

 

 NOT IN THE MOODY FOR ASCOT 13

Trainer Peter Moody would be more in favour of bringing BLACK CAVIAR back to Royal Ascot not this year but next. The 7-year-old mare didn't run again until February after her close call with MOONLIGHT CLOUD at Ascot. She has since returned in style, though, with easy Group One wins at Flemington and Moonee Valley. Peter Moody is getting his champion ready for the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. He says he hasn't discussed plans with the owners but he knows that they are rather keen on a return visit to Royal Ascot. He rather feels that such a momentous trip would mark the end of her racing career.

 As he said: "It's obviously in their mind, but I've never hidden my feelings, I think we deserve her here. If she went to England it would be the end of her career."

  

RYAN MUST REMANIA IN HOSPITAL

 It's a second night in hospital for Grand National winner, Ryan Mania. He must wait for a final MRI scan but there is hope that he may be out today. The 23-year-old jockey was air-lifted to a Newcastle hospital after his fall at Hexham on Sunday, the day after his Grand National triumph. The Scotsman was riding again for trainer, Sue Smith, wife of the former British showjumping champion, Harvey, in the St John Lee Handicap Hurdle. His mount, STAGECOACH JASPER fell early into the final circuit.

 

 

 

   

 

MONDAY, 8th APRIL 2013

 

THE UPS AND DOWNS

Ryan Mania, winner of this year's Grand National on AURORAS ENCORE, had a nasty fall when riding STAGECOACH JASPER in the St John Lee Handicap Hurdle at Hexham yesterday and had to be airlifted to hospital. He was riding again for trainer, Sue Smith, when the 7-year-old bay gelding fell on the final circuit. The jockey seemed to get a kick between his shoulder blades and said that he was very sore before being taken to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary with suspected neck and back injuries. The last report stated that his condition did not appear to be too serious. Racing was delayed for 25 minutes due to this incident.

We wish him a speedy recovery. These jockeys are brave lads.

 

HATS OFF TO THE LADIES

Jenny Pitman has celebrated Sue Smith's achievement in becoming only the third lady trainer in history to produce a Grand National winner. Jenny Pitman, herself, was the first lady to train a winner at this Aintree world event when CORBIERE triumphed in 1983. She came up with a second winner with ROYAL ATHLETE in 1995. Venetia Williams etched her name in history with MON MOME who won in 2009 at odds of 100/1.

Pitman commented: "We've known Sue and Harvey for donkeys(!) years and if ever justice was done, yesterday it was, as they so deserved this winner. What you have to remember about Aintree and the Grand National is that it's a massive industry - it's like a giant melting pot. There's all sorts of people taking part - owners, jockeys, stable staff - it covers every aspect of society. It gives everyone who is taking part the chance of living the most wonderful dream. Those horses are not just horses with four legs and long bushy tails - they're our mates, they're our everything.”

 

 

SUNDAY, 7th APRIL 2013

 

SAVE THE THE LAST WALSH FOR ME ..!”

Well, Katie Walsh didn't quite come last (13 out of 17 finishers!) but I couldn't resist the pun!

She started well. She kept SEABASS handy, as an early trainer of KAYFARAMIS was ever fond of saying, tracking the leaders. The duo didn't negotiate the 21st very well,however;hitting it in fact. They soon weakened, dropping from any form of contention. So history was not to be made on this day. Brother, Ruby, fared even worse. At one stage the siblings were riding side by side and one began to wonder, if not hope, that they would be soon challenging each other for the crown. But it was not to be. ON HIS OWN was outpaced by the 22nd jump (Bechers second time around) weakened and fell at the 25th (Valentines second time). At least big brother could not be accused of denying his sister a place in history and little sister was not responsible for stopping her brother from achieving his third Grand National win. So harmony in the family.

 

AYE. A GRAND NATIONAL!

Winners all round at Aintree. A 66/1 outsider, AURORA ENCORE, ridden by Ryan mania snatched victory and, as a result of various modifications to the fences only two horses fell in the John Smith's Grand National and both got up immediately unharmed. One of the fancied winners, ON HIS OWN, with Ruby Walsh aboard, fell at Valentine's the second time around and TATENEN fell at the 12th. Six jockeys were unseated and it proved to be the first time in 166 renewals of the Grand National that the whole field was on its feet until the Canal Turn (fence 8). Indeed all horses and jockeys returned safely. The Aintree and North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, John Baker, said: "Far fewer fallers were recorded in the 2013 John Smith's Grand National, as with the other races over the Grand National Course during the meeting. The new construction of the fences appeared to play a significant part in the spectacle and we also need to recognise the part the jockeys have played right from the off. British racing should be tremendously proud of their contribution today.”

It is also reported that the RSPCA was also delighted that the changes made to the course proved a success.

SATURDAY, 6th APRIL 2013

  

LOOK OUT BIG BRO!

 A Hollywood film, “National Velvet” (1944), portrayed Elizabeth Taylor riding 'The Pie' to victory in the Grand National, only to be disqualified because she fainted with the excitement and fell off before entering the winners' enclosure. Katie Walsh is certainly made of sterner stuff and is well able to turn fantasy into reality when she rides SEABASS this afternoon. She can do for the Grand National what Hayley Turner achieved on the Flat and Nina Carberry under National Hunt Rules. Her trainer father, Ted, has molly-coddled the 10-year-old since making third place in 2012 so he will be fresh for the action. It is reported that both father and brother are rooting for Katie to make history by winning although Ruby will be competing against her aboard ON HIS OWN who unfortunately fell last year when ridden by Paul Townend but a number of bookies are tipping him. It will be interesting to see how sibling rivalry pans out.

  

ONE OVER THE EIGHT!

 Yesterday's the John Smith's Melling Chase was the stage for another immaculate performance by the current favourite of the jump track, SPRINTER SACRE. The only rivals who were capable of denting the reputation of the 7-year-old superhorse were CUE CARD and FLEMENSTAR but, try as they might, they couldn't match the champion's effortless skill. Trainer, Nicky Henderson, wasn't entirely a picture of calm during the first part of the race as he clutched the rail but he soon relaxed as the favourite went clear with jockey Barry Geraghty motionless aboard. That makes the ninth unbeaten start over fences. No wonder he's earning the title of 'jump racing's Frankel'.

 

FRIDAY, 5th APRIL 2013

 

SACRE BLEU! THE DARK HORSE IS BACK!

The John Smith's Melling Chase this afternoon at Aintree could be a highlight in the course's illustrious history. Racing fans can hardly contain their excitement in anticipation of the appearance of SPRINTER SACRE, known as 'the black horse' or 'the Frankel of the jumps'.

The Nicky Henderson-trained 7-year-old augmented his unbeaten record over fences to eight when he beat SIZING EUROPE by 19 lengths in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham last month. He is, however, stepping up in trip to 2½ and will come up against some stiff opposition in the form of his stablemate FINIAN's RAINBOW, CUE CARDand FLEMENSTAR.

Nicky Henderson commented: "It's got to be one of the races of the season. Everything has gone really well with Sprinter Sacre since Cheltenham and it's all systems go. We were talking to his breeders after Cheltenham and looking back through his dam's side there is stamina everywhere - they can't believe he has been running over two (miles). You can't teach him to go that extra half a mile - he just does his own thing. Aintree and Cheltenham are two different tracks, but we've got to try something new. At least if we venture out of the two-mile zone we find something else about him."

 

A GORDON FOR ME ….”

Today'sTopham Chase will provide the first opportunity to see the re-structured John Smith's Grand National fences in action. One contestant that catches the eye is the Peter Bowen-trained GULLIBLE GORDON who is an old rival of KAYF ARAMIS, dating back to December 2008. The 10-year-old could very well enhance his trainer's record. The latter has won four of the last six Topham Chases - three of which were bagged by ALWAYS WAINING who is turning his attentions to the National this year. Two things stand out in GULLIBLE GORDON's favour: he has the best of trainers and he's a sound jumper who has proven experience of these unique fences. The ground was too soft for him last time out but he jumped very well. With a shorter trip and and better ground it looks like he could have a good run. Also important, he is s 4lb lower in the handicaps.

Perhaps not so gullible after all!

 

THURSDAY, 4th APRIL 2013

 

AINTREE SWEET …... “

Well. It's here at last. The first day of the Aintree Grand National meeting. There are four Grade One races to relish and some difficult handicaps to sort out. There was a shock result last year in the Betfred Bowl when a 50/1 outsider, Follow The Plan ,grabbed the spoils but, under normal conditions, this race is won by a well-fancied horse and it seems that SILVINIACO CONTI fits the bill this time.The Aintree Hurdle is the great imponderable. Is the rising star from the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard, THE NEW ONE up to his rise in class? The general feeling is that the 5-year-old will take the step up to Grade 1 in his stride and show the others a clean pair of heels.

 

STAR OR SAINT?

One of the disappointments of the Cheltenham Festival was ROLLING STAR who didn't perform too well in the Triumph Hurdle but the Nicky Henderson-trained gelding is worth a second chance in the first race of the day - The Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1). 10 of the last 13 winners of this contest have run in the Triumph Hurdle on their previous start. Interestingly the race has been dominated, almost entirely, by the favourites. There was the shock victory of the 40/1 outsider, ORSIPPUS, but the exception does not prove the rule. The record shows that French-bred runners have won almost half of the victories in the last 14 years and that's a plus for ROLLING STAR. Followers of statistics might be swayed by the fact that all of the last eight winners finished in the each-way places at Cheltenham on their final start before Aintree. The only horse to mention here, however, is D J Condon's FLAXON FLARE. He was well beaten in his two previous Group races but he did look to have something in hand at Cheltenham and may be worthy of consideration. The only other possibility is IRISH SAINT whose only defeat in his last four runs, funnily enough, was by ROLLING STAR.

 

WEDNESDAY, 3rd APRIL 2013

 

 TONY'S ON THE BOOZE!

 OSCAR WHISKY is Tony McCoy's choice tomorrow in the John Smith's Aintree Hurdle which he hopes to win for the third year in a row. It is also hoped that the Nicky Henderson-trained 8-year-old can shrug off his mediocre performance in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham last month when he was sent off the favourite. Barry Geraghty has gone for the other entry by the Lambourn trainer, GRANDOUET as the McManus-owned BINOCULAR is absent from the final line-up. The rest of the star-studded field includes COUNTRYWIDE FLAME and ZARKANDAR, third and fourth respectively in the Stan James Champion Hurdle; then there's PROSPECT WELLS, the outstanding novice hurdler THE NEW ONE, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and ridden by his son, Sam. RAYA STAR, SAPHIR RIVER and THOUSAND STARS complete the 9-horse-field.

   

HOPE SPRINGS IMPERIAL. The prospect of reasonable ground conditions at Aintree this week is boosting the confidence in the Nigel Twiston-Davies camp for their 2013 John Smith's Grand National entry, IMPERIAL COMMANDER. The 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup champion will carry the top-weight of 11 stone 10 pounds. It's only the 12-year-old's second race since his aborted 2011 Gold Cup challenge. He did manage a promising second place in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham in January.

 Manager of Our Friends In The North syndicate, Paul Costello, commented: "He's in great shape and we schooled him over the National fences last week. He's telling us he wants to go for it, and that's what we shall do. We've had so many disappointments this season, we just wanted to take our time and make sure everyone was on the same page - there was no need to make the decision too soon and hopefully he'll do us proud.”

  

 

 

TUESDAY, 2nd APRIL 2013

 

GENEROSITY ITSELF

Michael O’Leary, owner of Ryanair, has generously donated 200,000 euros to the fund supporting paralysed jockey, JT McNamara. Michael O’Leary, the boss of Gigginstown stud, saw Akorakor win at Fairyhouse today and has decided to use his winnings to support a very worthy cause. The racing world was shocked last month when jockey, McNamara, suffered terrible neck injuries after falling off Galaxy Rock at the first fence of the Challenge Cup race at the Cheltenham Festival. It has been announced in the last few days that the 37-year-old is now paralysed as a result of that incident.

 

KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER FOR ASCOT?

ANIMAL KINGDOM who produced a resounding victory in Saturday’s $10 million (£6.5 million) Dubai World Cup at Meydan is now on everyone's guest list. The senior trustee at Ascot, Johnny Weatherby, however, is keeping his fingers crossed that the 5-year-old chestnut will run in either the one-mile Queen Anne Stakes or the 1¼ mile Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. If he did, the son of Leroidesanimaux (King of the Animals!) would be the first Kentucky Derby winner to run at Ascot since Omaha in 1936. ANIMAL KINGDOM became the first United States-trained horse to win the World Cup since the race was switched to Meydan in 2010. But, particularly, the way in which the colt won the race could single him out to be one of the best winners of the race, bar Dubai Millennium and inaugural winner, Cigar.

 

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MONDAY, 1st APRIL 2013

 

LATEST NEWS

 A reader has written in to say that they're not running The Grand National any longer!!

 

**** See below

  

WHIP CRACK AWAY!”

 The totepool.com Musselburgh Gold Cup was won yesterday by LADY KASHAAN, ridden by Robert Winston in an exciting battling against MOIDORE. It was virtually a two-horse race with this joint-favourite duo always prominent. The winning jockey's victory, however, was bitter sweet; he got a four-day ban (to run April 15- 18) for using his whip more than allowed by the rules.

 A relaxed Robert Winston commented: "I broke the rules and it's as simple as that. She is a tough filly and stayed on really well. I have no plans to appeal and I'm just enjoying a good day - I haven't looked at what I miss when I'm suspended."

 Alan Swinbank, the winning trainer, added: "Robert has come up to the yard and done a lot of work with Lady Kashaan. She's a decent sort and I'm hoping she will continue to do well for us."

  

HE'S GOT - HIGH HOPES...”

 It's been some ten years since trainer, Dessie Hughes savoured victory in the Irish Grand National when TIMBARA was the victor. He's back again at Fairyhouse this afternoon full of high hopes with MAGNANIMITY. The 9-year-old was, unfortunately, pulled up in the race last year. Hughes is hoping that a wind operation can improve the gelding's chances this time. MAGNANIMITY is one of five horses from the Gigginstown House Stud in the race for Michael O'Leary, boss of Ryanair. The latter is also offering quite a prize to the winner of the Racing Post Champion Point-to-Point Bumper (4.10) earlier in the afternoon. O'Leary will pay connections of the winner €200,000. Not only that. If the winning horse goes on to win a Graded hurdle next season for Gigginstown a further €25,000 will be come due. The generosity doesn't stop there! The same sum will be paid if the winner subsequently wins a Graded chase at any point in its career.

 

*** The officials have decided that the course is quite long enough already!! ***

 APRIL FOOL!!

 SUNDAY, 31st MARCH 2013

 NO CARRY ON.

The totepool.com Royal Mile Handicap at Musselburgh yesterday saw NEWSTEAD ABBEY complete his hat-trick, beating CARRY ON SYDNEY by two and a quarter lengths. The 3-year-old gelding has remained unbeaten in the last starts since he joined trainer David Barron from the David Brown yard. Under Graham Gibbons he took a keen hold from the outset but doggedly tracked the leaders, producing a good run through on the inner home turn. He made a bold challenge 2 furlongs out, going into the lead and was soon well clear

 

JACK FROST IS BACK

Fakenham plans to hold an 8am precautionary inspection on Easter Monday before giving the official go-ahead for its fixture. The Officials at the Norfolk track are taking no risks because overnight temperatures could possibly fall as low as minus 3C. David Hunter, clerk of the course said: "We had minus 4C on Saturday night which left some frost in the exposed parts of the ground. I don't envisage any problems, but it would be silly not to stage a precautionary inspection just in case the forecasters have got it wrong."

 

 SATURDAY, 30th MARCH 2013

   YOU PAYS YOUR MONEY AND YOU TAKES YOUR CHANCE!

 Which would you ride in next week's John Smith's Grand National at Aintree: the Jonjo O'Neill-trained SUNNYHILLBOY, who finished a close second last year or Ted Walsh's COLBERT STATION? Tony McCoy has confessed that he has this dilemma and it's not an easy choice. SUNNYHILLBOY has had two poor showings over hurdles this season and had to miss his proposed preparation race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup because of some minor problem. On the other hand, COLBERT STATION has had four good runs and has won over fences and hurdles. That's why McCoy faces these two challenging options.

 As he commented: "Sunnyhillboy is experienced at Aintree, having all but won the race a year ago when he was pipped on the post by Neptune Collonges. He would be in the half-dozen you would pick that are almost guaranteed to get around. He is well again and I would be confident that Jonjo O'Neill has him at the top of his game. Against him is that he likes proper good ground and is 10lb higher in the Handicap this time. Colbert Station is, at nine, a year younger. He has won on all types of ground, is much less exposed and I have huge respect for trainer Ted Walsh. Against him is his chasing experience, or lack of it. He has only run in five chases, but he feels like a natural and won the 28-runner Paddy Power Chase without a semblance of a mistake. That was like a mini-National. There are very good cases for both horses and it is going to be a difficult choice."

  

RUBY IN THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN

 BLACKSTAIRMOUNTAIN is expected to deliver an improved performance April's Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan, according to Ruby Walsh. The eight-year-old had his first experience of racing in Japan last Saturday when he finished unplaced in the Pegasus Jump Stakes at Nakayama. Ruby's mount will also be increasing his trip by half-a-mile to 2½ miles and five furlongs which is also a plus for the Willie Mullins-trained gelding.

 Ruby Walsh said: "The race was a real education, with Blackstairmountain only managing to finish ninth of the 12 finishers. The fences were soft and jumping through them, rather than over, was the right way to do things. But Blackstairmountain wasn't used to that and lost ground at the second and third obstacles. If I survive the Aintree Grand National next Saturday, then I'll be returning to Tokyo a few days later to ride the horse again.I am looking forward to it big-time. He will be stepping up in trip and, on this occasion, we'll know what to expect."

 

FRIDAY, 29th MARCH 2013

 HAIL THE COMMANDER!

Top-weight Imperial Commander will be competing in the John Smith's Grand National, according to his trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies. The 12-year-old is reported to be back on the top of his form after recovering from a lung infection that stopped him from winning back the Gold Cup crown earlier this month. But the one thing against this decision to run will be the weather and whether conditions are considered suitable. Paul Costello, a part-owner of the horse, stated earlier that there were no definite plans but Nigel Twiston-Davies asserted: "It looks like he will run in the National unless it's very deep. That's the plan."

 

AWARD WINNERS

The Hilton Birmingham Metropole hosted the Lesters Awards last night, named after Lester Piggott, the 11-time Champion jockey and winner of thirty British Classic Races from 1954 to 1992. At this 23rd annual awards ceremonyTony McCoy picked up two more awards taking his total of Lesters to 20. The 17-time champion jump jockey won the At The Races Jump Ride of the Year for his performance riding Synchronised in the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup. He was also named Stobart Jump Jockey of the Year for the 16th time. Richard Hughes, current Champion Flat jockey gained his first Lester after his fellow jockeys voted him Stobart Flat Jockey of the Year. Amy Ryan, winner of the 2012 Apprentice Championship was named The Apprentice Jockey of the Year and Henry Brooke, the current Champion Conditional jockey, was nominated the Conditional Jockey of the Year. Lucy Alexander won the prize for the Prolinx Lady Jockey of the Year. This was an historic result because it is the first time in the history of the Lesters that two individual female jockeys have won awards. Racing Post readers voted Michael O'Connell's performance on Qubuh at Hamilton Park in May as Racing Post Flat Ride of the Year. The ARC (Arena Racing Company) Jump Jockey Special Recognition Lester was awarded posthumously to Campbell Gillies, who died last year while on holiday. Michael Hills received The Flat Jockey Special Recognition award; he announced his retirement from race riding last year after a 50-year career when he won over 2,000 races.

THURSDAY, 28th MARCH 2013

   

BETTING'S GRAND IN NATIONAL

 

With the John Smith's Grand National just over a week away, bookies are starting to stir up a betting fever. First off the mark is Sky Bet who are offering to pay to five places each-way and even non-runner/money back. PR Manager for Sky Bet Racing, Michael Shinners, stated: "With the National less than 2 weeks away we have decided that with 57 left in the race, we are going to go Non Runner Money Back. With a couple of horses having different options, this gives Sky Bet customers the chance to back a horse knowing if it fails to make it to the big day they will get their money back. With a full field of 40 horses likely, an extra place for each way customers can only help and it only seems fair to offer 5 places for the big race a week on Saturday."

  

DOUBLE ACT AT THE SALE

Goffs Ready To Run Sale at Kempton yesterday was dominated by Kevin Ryan and Stephen Hillen after they paid £70,000 apiece for colts by Intense Focus and Holy Roman Emperor. Ryan and Hillen did a double act in the 2011 sale when they bought Bapak Chinta who went on to win the Norfolk Stakes. Yesterday they reprised their act to boost a sale which produced an average sale of £23,854, an increase of 2%. Another notable acquisition on the list was the colt sired by Holy Roman Emperor colt, who produced a good profit over the £21,000 his owner, Roger Marley of Church Farm Stables, paid at last year's DBS St Leger Festival Sale. Yesterday's sale brought in a broad selection of potential buyers including a number of trainers, such as Ron Harris, who acquired nine horses, and Pat Flynn, who paid £60,000 for a colt sired by Exceed And Excel probably ultimately destined for Hong Kong.

 

WEDNESDAY, 27th MARCH 2013

WEATHER BE GOOD. WETHERBY ON!

Wetherby's meeting will go ahead as planned this afternoon after a thumbs-up morning inspection. There was an 8am planned but officials were able to give the go-ahead earlier. Some tweet-happy person passed the following message on: "Racing goes ahead today. no snow overnight and no frost. snow flurries forecast just hoping it stays away. Going soft, heavy in places."

One jockey who will be pleased by the news is Tony McCoy who is riding the Lucinda Russell-trained EYRE APPARENT, looking to follow up his win last week at Haydock.

 

BY JUPITER, SHE'S DONE IT AGAIN!

Trainer, Venetia Williams, is on track to achieve her highest total of winners for a season after JUPITER REX scored his 6th win in a row at Fontwell Park yesterday. In fact the double provided courtesy an easy win by SUSTAINABILITY made it 83 to-date for the lady of Aramstone and there could be a few more to come if JUPITER REX maintains his invincible form for the next few weeks.

Venetia Williams commented: "My best was 89, I think nine years ago, and of course we'd like to beat it. We're lower on prize-money, which was when we won the National, but it has been a fantastic season, it really has."

The former KAYF ARAMIS handler is well-known for her strategic approach to race planning. This win at Fontwell had barely been registered before she was already planning the next step. A subtle mixing of hurdles and chases has meant that the 6-year-old gelding has been unbeaten since the end of December.

 

 TUESDAY, 26th MARCH 2013

 JEEPERS CREEPERS! MORE JUUMPERS' BUMPERS!

Southwell will have another jumpers' bumpers fixture on Thursday courtesy The British Horseracing Authority. The aim is to give National Hunt horses a chance to get back on the race track after all the abandoned fixtures recently due to bad weather. Steeplechasers and hurdlers will make up most of 7-race card but the first race is a traditional National Hunt Flat race – the bumper, so called. The officials will organise for the track to be power harrowed before being rolled with the aim of producing a going that approximates 'standard to slow'. Entry for the races closes at midday today and declarations to run have to be made by 10 o'clock Wednesday morning.

 

DAY OFF!

Sadly the planned Open Day at Lambourn on Good Friday has had to be abandoned because of bad weather over the last few days. This is a very popular event each year when traditionally all the trainers in Lambourn have open house to the public with all proceeds going to charity. In addition there are always wonderful equine demonstrations and fun attractions for all the family. As members will already know, the Kayf Aramis Racing Club was going to be there to meet fans and pass out information to potentials members.

Disappointment all round.

MONDAY, 25th MARCH 2013

 

LUCKY LUKE

In the early days of the jockeys' championship Luke Morris is ahead with his treble at Lingfield yesterday. His first winner came with the Ron Harris-trained NOVERRE TO GO in the opening race. That was followed swiftly by victory in the 5-furlong Maiden for 2-two-year-olds and here he saddled stablemate, M'SELLE. His hat-trick came when he managed to surge home by a neck on the 4-year-old SWING ALONE in the Breathe Spa At Lingfield Marriott Handicap.

 

Winning trainer of the latter, Gay Kelleway, commented: "I've always liked the horse - I ran him in a Group One in France at two, and in the Prix Policeman (behind French Derby winner Saonois) last year. Maybe that was a bit much but he was unlucky here last week and he could just win a good handicap."

  

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 It now seems likely that BLACK CAVIAR will be back at Ascot this year. The hint was dropped when trainer, Peter Moody, spoke recently of "unfinished business". It has also been revealed that the champion mare could possibly stay in Britain to mate with FRANKEL. After a nail-biting finish in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot last June, it was almost certainly on the cards that BLACK CAVIAR would be retired but the seven-year-old mare made a remarkable comeback in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington in the middle of last month and went on to extend her unbeaten runs to 24 in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley last Friday. Peter Moody, it seems, would be content to see his pride and joy stay on home ground, he realises that the owners would rather relish a return to Royal Ascot in the Summer.

 SUNDAY, 24th MARCH 2013

 

NO FOAL LIKE A …...

The winner of the 2011 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, DANEDREAM, is pregnant. It has also been confirmed the great FRANKEL is the sire. After the surprise win at Longchamp the 5-year-old went on to win the King George at Ascot in 2012. Unfortunately an outbreak of swamp fever at her stables in Kőln prevented her from having another crack at at the Arc that year. DANEDREAM retired at the end of last season with five Group One wins and earnings of £3,219,725. Since then she has been boarding at Newsells Park Stud in Hertfordshire and that's where FRANKEL met the German filly.

 

STORMY WEATHER. AINT NO SUN UP IN THE SKY!”

Towcester and Taunton are both cancelled today because of bad weather. Robert Bellamy, the clerk of the course at Towcester was planning to inspect the track at 12pm but he brought this forward after the track had heavy snowfalls overnight.

He reported: "We are covered in about two inches of snow and have further showers forecast today, possibly totalling another two inches. We also have sub-zero temperatures - it is -2C at the moment and the wind chill is forecast to be -7C tomorrow, so there is no chance of it improving."

Surprisingly Taunton has had to abandon its fixture for a completely different reason - the track is waterlogged! About 1½ inches of rain fell in 48 hours on ground that was already heavy.

As a result there was no option but to cancel. This means that Lingfield's all-weather fixture is the only racing we can enjoy today.

Just like the worst days of Winter!

 SATURDAY, 23rd. MARCH 2013

 

SUCCESS IN THE LONG(ER) RUN!

KAYLIF ARAMIS ran yesterday in the Carter Jonas Handicap Hurdle at Newbury and came 5th out of 9 runners. That's disappointing for Aramis fans because his star seemed to be on the up after his last convincing win. It's interesting to note that his two wins so far have been over 2 miles 4 furlongs on heavy ground. Yesterday's trip was over two miles. He was going very well. He chased the leaders confidently and was kept handy by Sam Twiston-Davies. He even disputed 2nd place when 2 out but then he weakened noticeably before the last hurdle, as we have seen before at this stage of the race. This seems to indicate that this distance was too short for him and he needed another half-a-mile to have a chance of getting into the frame.

 

TWENTY-FOUR NOT OUT.

24 wins on the trot or should that be 'at the gallop'! That was achieved last night by champion mare, BLACK CAVIAR in the Hacer Group William Reid Stakes and equalled the record for the most Group One victories in Australia on a par with KINGSTON TOWN.

The fact that Peter Moody's successful 7-year-old was running at Moonee Valley meant that all tickets were sold out long before the big day and the thousands of fans were not disappointed as she won this 6-furlong contest in style.

Trainer, Peter Moody, could only say: ''I am lost for words. What do you say with a performance like that. I've thought that for a while and she's proved me right twice now. It was just great to see the people out here and to see her put on a wonderful show. It's not about the wins, it's about the great publicity she gives to sport in general and our industry.''

FRIDAY, 22nd. MARCH 2013

 

POSSIBLE LINCOLN DELAY

The William Hill Lincoln meeting at Doncaster could be run a week later if snow forces the fixture to be abandoned. Arena Racing Company, who own the track, have had discussions with the British Horseracing Authority and have tentatively rescheduled the programme for March 30. This eagerly awaited event traditionally heralds the start of the turf Flat season. ARC's racing director, Jim Allen, commented:"Should Saturday's meeting be abandoned, which looks increasingly likely, we will host the meeting a week later on Easter Saturday, March 30. All tickets that have been pre booked either in general admissions or in hospitality will be valid in the event that the meeting is rescheduled.

 

11/1 ON RICHARD HUGHES BUT THERE'S A CATCH!

The Flat racing season hasn't even got going and, what is more, may even be delayed due to the bad weather, yet Sky Bet has made Richard Hughes their odds-on favourite to win this year's Flat Jockeys' Championship. The Dublin-born jockey won this title for the first time last season. He rode 172 winners and thereby prevented Paul Hanagan from gaining the championship for a third time. Ryan Moore, who has won the title three times before is the second-favourite at 3/1, ahead of Silvestre De Sousa at 7/1. The fickle finger of fate is up to its tricks again as Paul Hanagan is a rank outsider at over 20/1.

Interestingly Sky Bet have introduced their own handicapping system to add more fun to the betting. Its rules are: Hughes starts off from scratch whereas Moore gets a 15-winner start, De Sousa 35 Lee and Buick 40. Hayley Turner and Frankie Dettori each receive a 100 winner start.

Richard Horner from Sky Bet explained: "The money has come for Richard Hughes to retain the championship and he is now 5/6 from evens with Sky Bet. To make it more interesting we have a produced a handicap market where you can back Richard Hughes at 11/1 - but the catch is he has to give a start to all the other 14 jockeys."

 

THURSDAY, 21 MARCH 2013

 

SNOW WAY TO GO!

Here we go again! Bad weather might once more interfere with racing fixtures. There are now concerns for Doncaster's William Hill Lincoln on Saturday. This is traditionally a curtain raiser to the beginning of the Flat season. It now looks like the track could be hit by snow on Friday.

Roderick Duncan, the clerk of the course said yesterday: "The forecasts have deteriorated a bit for Doncaster, unfortunately, and there is now the possibility of us getting some snow from Friday night into Saturday. The temperatures are not due to rise much at all on Saturday, so there are concerns. As far as Friday's meeting is concerned, it depends when the snow arrives and how much of it there is. There are concerns about racing at Doncaster on Saturday."

Punters don't seem to be too worried by this news, however, as last night on Betfair they were offering 1/4 that racing will go ahead and 5/2 that the fixture will be abandoned.

A PUPIL TO KEEP AN EYE ON!

According to trainer, Charlie Hills, MODEL PUPIL, will be up to challenging the Cup races of the coming season after he's had his scheduled run at Doncaster. The 4-year-old kicked off last season in grand style by beating Shantaram in a Newmarket maiden in April and then, even more impressively, by coming second by a nose to the the more-experienced Mickdaam at Chester on soft ground. In fact, MODEL PUPIL has never finished out of the frame in his four starts.

 

WEDNESDAY, 20th MARCH 2013

 

THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Bookies are already offering 8-1 on THE NEW ONE winning next year’s Stan James Champion Hurdle. Nigel Twiston-Davies, the 5-year-old’s trainer, even thinks these odds are over-generous. The Naunton-based trainer emerged from the four days of the Cheltenham Festival last week with prize money of £163,170.This placed him 5th on the trainers’ list behind Nicky Henderson, Willie Mullins, Colin Tizzard and Paul Nicholls. It may have been quite a surprise to many racegoers that Twiston-Davies was so successful at the Festival, as prior to the Cheltenham event he announced that Imperial Commander was suffering from a lung infection and other horses in his yard were suffering from a bug. So his success was even more remarkable as he ended up with two winners - THE NEW ONE and SAME DIFFERENCE.

As he said: “It turned out to be a good Cheltenham for us and The New One is shaping up as our new star. He is a very smart hurdler who has a good turn-of-foot, which all points to next year’s Champion Hurdle being the long-term target. He is not overly-big, which means he may go the hurdle route for the time being.”

 

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!

It seems trainer, Rebecca Curtis, made an important discovery nearly a month before the Cheltenham Festival. In February she took her successful staying chaser, TEAFORTHREE, to run in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock Park. If the truth be known, for various reasons, she was not one hundred percent sure that she wanted him to take part and, ultimately, her instincts proved correct. The 9-year-old gelding finished 10th from 11 runners (3 pulled up), and, worse than that, he was beaten by an incredible 43 lengths.

Rebecca Curtis was quick to point out : “He had plenty of excuses that day. He’d had such a hard run in the Welsh National previously and then nothing went according to plan at Haydock. The ground wasn’t ideal, he had plenty of weight and Haydock is just not a real jumpers’ track like it used to be in the past.”

Now she voiced those excuses publicly, quite naturally feeling obliged to defend her protegé but, in her wisdom, she soon realised that the crux of the matter was that TEAFORTHREE was not happy being away from home at Haydock and so refused to eat. He was driven up the night before the race and he didn’t like the trip. She felt he was not himself. He obviously didn’t like the new surroundings. The outcome was, he didn't perform well.

So, in future, the Newport-based trainer has decided, TEAFORTHREE will travel on the day of the race only, even if he is entered for the Grand National.

And 'Mummy always knows best!'

 

TUESDAY, 19th MARCH 2013

 

THE FICKLE FINGER OF FATE!

The Flat racing season doesn't start until Friday but Aidan O'Brien is already Coral's 5-4 favourite to win his fifth trainers' championship. The Ballydoyle trainer was impressively fast off the mark last year, winning the first four Classics with Camelot, Homecoming Queen and Was. In a dramatic finish to the season, however, he was overtaken in the championship by John Gosden in the final weeks. Aidan O'Brien was champion trainer in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008 and seems to be in a strong position to gain a fifth title with Kingsbarns, who is favourite for the Derby, and Camelot if he's in the form he was last season.

But the fickle finger of fate moves on. He may have won last year but John Gosden is now only third favourite to hold onto his title. Richard Hannon is now Coral's second favourite at 2/1. So will the Master of Ballydoyle do it again?

 

CAVIAR BACK ON THE MENU

Australia's pride and joy, champion mare, Black Caviar, will race again on Friday in the Group One $404,000 Hacer Group William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley. She will be up against six challengers as she aims for her 24th win in a row. There is speculation that this will be the final race for the Peter Moody-trained mare. It is also interesting to note that Karuta Queen, the champion's stable mate, who finished a good second behind Black Caviar as a three-year-old in the 2011 Group 2 Schillaci Stakes, has also been entered. Inevitably there's a lot of speculation about future plans and obviously these include retiring to breed and there is even talk of a mating with Frankel.

Part owner, Gary Wilkie, commented: "It would be very special, number one and two in the world mating; it'd be pretty extraordinary,"

 

MONDAY, 18th MARCH 2013

   

COULD BALLY WELL WIN!

The Newmarket Qipco 2000 Guineas may see KINGSBARNS and CRISTOFORO COLOMBO on their first run of the season. Both horses, trained by champion Irish handler, Aidan O'Brien, are said to be preparing for a strong campaign. The Ballydoyle trainer also has a great star in his firmament - CAMELOT, who won the Guineas, the English and Irish Derbies in 2012.

KINGSBARNS is already favourite for the Investec Derby after winning the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October.

 

A GOOD DAY TO BURY BAD NEWS?

Racing For Change has been so successful that they will be around forever, except that, from now on, they are going to be called Great British Racing! This bit of news was released on 7th March, just when most people were concentrating on Cheltenham, so you will be forgiven if you missed this gem. It seems that Racing For Change was created four years ago with the aim of tackling the various challenges that confronted the industry and, particularly, to attempt to broaden its appeal to a new and, possibly, younger public.

An amazing claim was made in one of the organisation's press releases: “At that time, racing was paying to be televised, racecourse attendances were flat, the sport was losing relevance with the wider media, and the sport was doing little to make the most of its premium assets.”

It makes you wonder where all that came from. At the time in question the BBC was just embarking on its final three-year contract which would cover the Grand National, Derby and Royal Ascot - a deal worth more than £7 million to racing and a horse called Sea The Stars had captured the imagination of the 'wider' public, in and outside the racing world.

 

It would be interesting to find out how much this rebranding exercise has cost racing!

 

 SUNDAY, 17th MARCH 2013

 

Lá Fhéile Phádraig Shona Duit! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

HE DOES HEAVY. HE'S MY BROTHER”

KAYLIF ARAMIS won the Betfred Mobile Lotto Handicap Hurdle at Uttoxeter yesterday in a way reminiscent of his brother, KAYF ARAMIS, when he was a 6-year-old. Sam Twiston-Davies was happy to keep him back in the field in 4th or 5th position for half of the 2mile 4½ furlong trip and then slowly, as the commentator said "picked them off one by one" and was making smooth headway by the time he approached 3 out and from there easily moved into second place at the last-but-one hurdle. His jump to the left over the last didn't put him off his stride and he then just raced effortlessly for the winning post and won by six lengths. This is clearly his distance and the heavy ground didn't seem to bother him.

A good day for the ARAMIS clan, the Twiston-Davies family and team. (See next piece!)

 

DIAMONDS ARE – NO! - LADIES ARE FOREVER, FOREVER!”

Meanwhile back at Lingfield, the other member of the Twiston-Davies family, Willy, is sure to have added to his female fans by riding LADIES ARE FOREVER to a decisive victory in the Listed Blue Square Bet Hever Sprint Stakes. The 5-year-old daughter of Monsieur Bond, trained by Geoff Oldroyd, was always prominent in a handy position tracking Timeless Call who surged from her stall to make the running in this 5-furlong sprint, showing Bear Behind the way. By the time they turned for home Willy Twiston-Davies had LADIES ARE FOREVER in third position and it was then that the 007 lady displayed a neat turn of foot and raced ahead to win by 2¼ lengths with Timeless Call in second.

Trainer, Geoff Oldroyd commented afterwards: "She's just warming up to the job now. I said this would be her year. She's stronger and everything has worked out right today. She's a good to firm ground filly and she loves that Polytrack surface at Lingfield. It's going to be hard to place her on turf with the weather.”

 

 SATURDAY, 16th MARCH 2013

 

 WINNERS AND LOSERS

 The top jockey at this year's Cheltenham Festival was Ruby Walsh with four winners and this marked the seventh occasion that he has received this crown. He didn't have any winners on the last two days of the 4-day meeting but he had enough in the bag to hold off any competition from Barry Geraghty and Bryan Cooper. Right from the very first day Ruby Walsh, winner of this award for the first time in 2004, showed he meant business when he scored a treble, on Champagne Fever, Hurricane Fly and Quevega. His subsequent win on the second day aboard outsider, Briar Hill, in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper clinched the outcome. Closest rival, Barry Geraghty won on three of the four days of the Festival but that wasn't enough for him to keep the title which was his for a second time in 2012.

 Nicky Henderson reached his 50th win at the Festival during which this most successful trainer scored four times. This, however, was not enough to beat off the challenge from Willie Mullins who became top trainer of the year with five victories on the card, including Hurricane Fly and Quevega.

 Ireland ended the week with 14 winners which was an all-time record and, amazingly 20 of the Festival winners were Irish-bred - seven on the last day!

  

VALUE FOR MONEY

 With or without apostrophe, BOBS WORTH proved his value by winning the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup for the second time in three years to the obvious delight of trainer, Nicky Henderson and jockey, Barry Geraghty. The 2011 winner, LONG RUN, also trained by Nicky Henderson, led until the 17th. as amateur jockey, Sam Waley-Cohen, attempted to win from the front but unfortunately the duo had nothing left by the third. Even the mighty Silviniaco Conti fell at the third-last fence when he seemed to be going so well under the skilful control of Ruby Walsh. All this time the eventual 8-year-old winner, owned by The Not Afraid Partnership, was creeping ever closer under a patient Barry Geraghty and when he and Sir Des Champs went past Long Run after the third it was left to these two to fight out the finish and the rest is history, as they say.

 

 FRIDAY, 15th MARCH 2013

 

ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Top jumps jockey, Paul Carberry, had to wait a few years before winning a Cheltenham Festival championship and he did this in style yesterday by riding SOLWHIT to a 2½ length victory in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. The Irish jockey needed an injection earlier after agitating an old wound in a fall on Tuesday. Injury to BIG BUCK'S meant that the World Hurdle was now wide open after his four-year domination and his owner, Andy Stewart, by a strange quirk of fate, nearly held on to the trophy but his outsider, the Paul Nicholls-trained CELESTIAL HALO, blundered at the final flight and had no more to give, allowing Paul Carberry to surge two lengths ahead.

The winning jockey said: "I think this is the top. I've won some big races and had some great rides here like on Frenchman's Creek, Bellvano and Crack Away Jack. I've finished second in a Gold Cup and a Champion Hurdle, but this is the first major one. I'm only 39, so there's plenty of time to get the other big ones! I got a bad bang on the shoulder the other day, it just hurt my ligaments and tendons. I had a couple of shots in it, which didn't work out yesterday but my own doctor came over, gave me an injection and it worked."

SOLWHIT is quite a low-key performer but he has now won seven Grade Ones including an Irish Champion and an Aintree Hurdle.

 

“♫ .. NEIGHBOURS. EVERYBODY NEEDS GOOD NEIGHBOURS …

Three doors down from champion, KAYF ARAMIS, at Grange Hill Farm, lives another champion, SAME DIFFERENCE, also lovingly cared for by Becky Maycroft, who now proudly has two Festival winners in her string. Yesterday the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained 7-year-old gelding denied the favourite, SUPER DUTY, victory in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase by a head. 'Sydney' as he is called at home, wearing a visor for the first time, was given a very patient ride by Ryan Hatch as SUPER DUTY and BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE fought it out for leadership. Eventually the latter weakened, leaving the only threat from ROMANESCO, ridden by Nina Carberry who, try as she might, just couldn't coax any more out of her 8-year-old and it was left to SAME DIFFERENCE to do the business in style.

Amateur rider, Ryan Hatch commented: "I can't really put it into words - it's just unreal. He travelled okay, but I was always just slapping him, trying to get him to get hold of the bridle a bit more. He was in mid-division getting banged around and he didn't really like it. But on the second circuit, he started to see a bit more light and he grabbed hold of the bit. He's a superstar and he's given me an amazing ride. I didn't think I'd won. I didn't dare think I had won. But boy when they said 'number 13', I was fair relieved. I was over the moon.”


 THURSDAY, 14th MARCH 2013

 

IF I RULED THE WORLD!”

It looks like the Ladbrokes World Hurdle is an open affair with BIG BUCK'S out of it due to injury. This time around Nick Williams' REVE DE SIVOLA and the Nicky Henderson-trained OSCAR WHISKY have a chance to stake their claim. These two have already done battle in the Cleeve Hurdle in January, when the former beat the latter by just a neck.

Nick Williams commented: "It's a big, open race, it's certainly not a two-horse race, and the Festival has not been a lucky place for us so far. I don't worry too much about the opposition, I just want to get my horse there in one piece. I rushed him over fences, really because there aren't the options for the staying hurdlers if you are the third or fourth best and you want to win races. But with hindsight, I should have kept him over hurdles."

Jockey, Richard Johnson, has won each time on this 8-year-old so far in his last two starts.

 

ONE OF THE BEST - 'THE HORSE WITH NO NAME!'

The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle saw a father and son team come to the aid of the suffering bookies. Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and his son, Sam, with their mount, THE NEW ONE, denied victory to both RULE THE WORLD and favourite, PONT ALEXANDRE despite all the efforts of Ruby Walsh who wasn't as successful as he was on CHAMPAGNE FEVER on Tuesday. The 5-year-old gelding sprinted home with a decisive four-length success and made this his third win from four starts this season.

Sam Twiston-Davies commented: "This is him in his full glory. He jumped brilliant and travelled away great. You won't get a much better feeling than that. It was absolute class. I had a bit of trouble in running coming down the hill. I'd like to think he'd be really, really good. This race looked very competitive and considering we got a few knocks down the hill he has really picked up."

Out of breath from cheering her horse home, Sarah Such, joint-owner of THE NEW ONE, said afterwards: "Amazing. I can't breathe, he is absolutely wonderful, a really special horse."

She also explained how her horse got his name: "When he came up the gallops Nigel would say, 'There's the new one with no name' and it stuck."

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 13th MARCH 2013

 

  DID YOU SEE THE HURRICANE FLY?

 What a tremendous performance by HURRICANE FLY in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival yesterday when he regained 2011 crown, having been beaten into third when an odds-on favourite last year. Thousands of fans must have had their heart in their mouth, to say the least, when half-way round, they could see Ruby Walsh getting lower and lower in the saddle.But then the Willie Mullins-trained gelding began to pick up coming down the hill and, unbelievably, was in the lead soon after jumping the second last. The 9-year-old glided over the final flight and drew on all his resources on the run-in to win by two and a half lengths. ROCK ON RUBY, last year's winner and favourite with many racegoers, came in second and COUNTRYWIDE FLAME was third.

 Afterwards a smiling Ruby Walsh (and he doesn't often smile!) said: "I can't say I was overly confident - from the word 'go' he didn't travel as well as he can. He's an unbelievably big heart for a small horse."

 HURRICANE FLY became the first horse to regain the Champion Hurdle since COMEDY OF ERRORS in 1975

  

CHIEFTAIN DIDN'T TANK THIS TIME

 The JLT Specialty Handicap Chase proved a resounding victory for GOLDEN CHIEFTAIN who beat the favourite, OUR MICK by ten lengths. Jockey, Brendan Powell jnr., was content to settle the Colin Tizzard-trained 8-year-old in mid-field but it became soon noticeable that he was handling very well the strong pace set by PETE THE FEAT. However, it looked a foregone conclusion when OUR MICK went into the lead three fences from the finish, but in the final stages, he was unable to shake off GOLDEN CHIEFTAIN who produced tremendous leaps over the final two fences and finished easily.

 Colin Tizzard commented afterwards: "It all went to plan. We were half-worried he wouldn't get the trip - we didn't even know he was good enough to win a handicap at Cheltenham like this. Brendan has been good for a long time now, but he's getting better all the time. He's a cool boy, he's always in the right position and he listens. It's super when it all works out."

  

TUESDAY, 12th MARCH 2013

 

INTENT ON WINNING?

The William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle will be champion jockey Tony McCoy’s best bet for a winner at the Cheltenham Festival winner today when he rides MY TENT OR YOURS in the first race of the day. Unfortunately history is against this talented 6-year-old gelding in that this race has not been won by a favourite since BRAVE INCA in 2004. More ominous than that trainer, Nicky Henderson last had a winner in this event with SUPREME in 1992.

Tony McCoy is fairly upbeat about his chances, though. After all, MY TENT OR YOURS did carve up the field comprehensively in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury in February.

As McCoy said: “The ground was pretty testing at Newbury, he coped with it okay, and it’s going to be testing at Cheltenham again. He’s got a rating of 162, I can’t remember many in the Supreme Novices’ with that high a rating. That’s not to say he’s definitely going to win, but it’s a good start.”

 

OVERTURNING THE RESULT

There is a certain amount of concern in the the Donald McCain yard that OVERTURN's performance might be blunted by the soft ground when he challenges superstar, SIMONSIG, in today's Racing Post Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham today. The trainer has clearly gone out of his way all winter to avoid placing his 9-year-old in any race with testing conditions and now he has a problem: conditions at Cheltenham are testing!

As he commented: "I'm not thrilled about it. It's a shame as the horse is bouncing. We'll make the best of it we can, but everybody knows it's not ideal.”

Despite these comments it is clear that all connections have no doubts about their horse's abilities and are confident that he will give SIMONSIG a run for his money.

 

STALL OF FAME

CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS

 

L'ESCARGOT (1963 – 1984)

American Champion trained by Dan Moore.

53 starts. 12 Wins. Thirteen 2nds. Seven 3rds. Earnings – $213, 765

Noted particularly for beating Red Rum by 15 lengths at the Aintree Grand National in 1975, when he was 12 years old, and thereby stopping the latter's winning streak. (Red Rum won in 1973 and 1974.)

One of only two horses to have won both The Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National, the other being Golden Miller in 1934. He bagged the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1970 and 1971 – the first win on good ground and the second on soft when he won by 10 lengths, proving he was an all-rounder who could handle any conditions.

Although he raced only three times in America, L'ESCARGOT was named Champion Steeplechase Horse in 1969. He was in the frame in nine out of his ten races that year. His only American victory was in the 1969 Meadow Brook which he won in record time. He finished third in the 1969 Temple Gwathmey and fourth in the inaugural Colonial Cup.

L'ESCARGOT is listed in the U.S. National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

 

COTTAGE RAKE (1939–1961)

Trained by Vincent O'Brien.

19 runs. 12 Wins. Two 2nds and one 3rd.

Before embarking on his jumping career, he was failed by a vet on three different examinations. But he finally made the grade,setting his trainer on the way to the top of the training ladder by becoming only the second horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup three years in a row. (1948–1950). His partnership with jockey Aubrey Brabazon was so successful that a verse was composed by an unknown author in their honour:

 

Aubrey's up, the money's down,

The frightened bookies quake,

Come on me lads and give a cheer.

Begod, 'tis Cottage Rake.

 

Sadly, after his third Cheltenham Gold Cup triumphCOTTAGE RAKE seems to have lost his form and never regained the successes of his earlier years.

 

MANDARIN (1951 - 1975)

Trained by Fulke Walwyn

12 starts. 3 wins. Earnings - $1,606, 500

MANDARIN and his famous jockey, Fred Winter, hit the headlines twice in 1962. The first occasion was winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He had previously failed twice to win this race so many doubted his ability and predicted another brave defeat when FORTRIA pushed into the lead over the last fence. But they had not counted on Fred Winter's determination which got MANDARIN home up the hill to victory. The second occasion was three months later in the Grand Steeplechase de Paris when they were fêted all over France after winning, despite the fact that the rubber-covered snaffle broke in MANDARIN's mouth at only the fourth of 30 fences. Fred Winter's superb riding skills revealed themselves once more. With technically no no brakes or steering he was lucky to get round at all, let alone win the race. MANDARIN won by a narrow margin even though he was lame at the finish.

 

 MONDAY, 11th MARCH 2013

 

ROCK ON.

Eight contestants will challenge ROCK ON RUBY in his bid to repeat his 2012 success in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday. The Harry Fry-trained 8-year-old, wearing blinkers for the first time, will be taking on old rivals, HURRICANE FLY, BINOCULAR and ZARKANDAR, who all finished close last season. As well as his 2010 winner, BINOCULAR, Nicky Henderson is also running Boylesports.com International Hurdle winner, KHYBER KIM and the StanJames.com International Hurdle victor, GRANDOUET. Last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner CINDERS AND ASHES, FLAME and the Alan King-trained BALDER SUCCES make up the rest of the field.

Should be quite a race!

 

3/1 FOR A FREE YEAR'S VIEWING

You have a chance to win a free year's access to the TV racing channel, Racing UK, if you can pick one horse to win at the Cheltenham Festival at odds of 3-1 (SP) or more.

Marketing Director of Racing UK, Clive Cottrell said: "Racing UK is renowned for its free subscription offers, which in the past have been dependent on the likes of Kauto Star, Ruby Walsh and Authorized winning major races. This time though we're leaving it up to the consumer to choose the horse, which has to be returned at an SP of 3-1 or more. It's the perfect time to join as Racing UK is the place to watch the Cheltenham Festival. We're on air from 9.30am every day and our award-winning team of presenters and pundits will, as always, be covering the Festival in great depth and detail. Remember we're the only place to see all 27 races."

 

STALL OF FAME

CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS

 

L'ESCARGOT (1963 – 1984)

American Champion trained by Dan Moore.

53 starts. 12 Wins. Thirteen 2nds. Seven 3rds. Earnings – $213, 765

Noted particularly for beating Red Rum by 15 lengths at the Aintree Grand National in 1975, when he was 12 years old, and thereby stopping the latter's winning streak. (Red Rum won in 1973 and 1974.)

One of only two horses to have won both The Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National, the other being Golden Miller in 1934. He bagged the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1970 and 1971 – the first win on good ground and the second on soft when he won by 10 lengths, proving he was an all-rounder who could handle any conditions.

Although he raced only three times in America, L'ESCARGOT was named Champion Steeplechase Horse in 1969. He was in the frame in nine out of his ten races that year. His only American victory was in the 1969 Meadow Brook which he won in record time. He finished third in the 1969 Temple Gwathmey and fourth in the inaugural Colonial Cup.

L'ESCARGOT is listed in the U.S. National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

 

COTTAGE RAKE (1939–1961)

Trained by Vincent O'Brien.

19 runs. 12 Wins. Two 2nds and one 3rd.

Before embarking on his jumping career, he was failed by a vet on three different examinations. But he finally made the grade,setting his trainer on the way to the top of the training ladder by becoming only the second horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup three years in a row. (1948–1950). His partnership with jockey Aubrey Brabazon was so successful that a verse was composed by an unknown author in their honour:

 

Aubrey's up, the money's down,

The frightened bookies quake,

Come on me lads and give a cheer.

Begod, 'tis Cottage Rake.

 

Sadly, after his third Cheltenham Gold Cup triumphCOTTAGE RAKE seems to have lost his form and never regained the successes of his earlier years.

 

MANDARIN (1951 - 1975)

Trained by Fulke Walwyn

12 starts. 3 wins. Earnings - $1,606, 500

MANDARIN and his famous jockey, Fred Winter, hit the headlines twice in 1962. The first occasion was winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He had previously failed twice to win this race so many doubted his ability and predicted another brave defeat when FORTRIA pushed into the lead over the last fence. But they had not counted on Fred Winter's determination which got MANDARIN home up the hill to victory. The second occasion was three months later in the Grand Steeplechase de Paris when they were fêted all over France after winning, despite the fact that the rubber-covered snaffle broke in MANDARIN's mouth at only the fourth of 30 fences. Fred Winter's superb riding skills revealed themselves once more. With technically no no brakes or steering he was lucky to get round at all, let alone win the race. MANDARIN won by a narrow margin even though he was lame at the finish.

 

 SUNDAY, 10th MARCH 2013

 

JACK COULD COME BACK TO PRESTBURY PARK

Cheltenham officials have decided to put frost covers down on the Old Course at Cheltenham ahead of Tuesday's start of the world-famous Festival. The forecast is that overnight temperatures will drop below zero in the early hours of Monday and Tuesday. Vulnerable areas, particularly the cross country course have been covered. The New Course, where Thursday and Friday's racing takes place, will be covered today. Officially the going is soft on all courses. This will be a particular problem for those wanting good ground, especially on the first two days of the meeting, according to trainer Paul Nicholls.

He went on to say: "With the rain and the frost covers keeping some of the moisture in the ground, it's going to be properly soft and you'll need to be staying every yard and more to win. Touch wood, my team are all in good nick. It's usually at this time of the year that things start to go wrong, but none of them are dead or dying.”

 

DIDN'T KNOW HIM FROM ADAMS

FIRST AVENUE who won the Paddy Power Imperial Cup at Sandown at 20/1 represented the biggest win of his career for Nathan Adams yesterday. Not only that, the horse, jockey and trainer haven't won a single race between them this season. To the obvious delight of bookmakers, however, that changed dramatically at Sandown yesterday, as the 20-1 outsider, FIRST AVENUE, gave Epsom-based duo, trainer Laura Mongan and jockey Nathan Adams, the most important victory of their careers in a gruelling and dramatic Paddy Power Imperial Cup. The young jockey went determinedly after KAZLIAN who looked as if he had done a bunk for the winning post two out. But the David Pipe-trained 5-year-old took the final hurdle a bit too close to the final obstacle and blundered, giving FIRST AVENUE the opportunity to lead and even beat off a challenge by David Pipe's TANERKO EMERY.

Trainer, Laura Mongan, wife of Ian, commented: "I'm in shock - I'm so happy. This is going to cost me a lot of drinks! He's a nice horse, who deserved a big one. He's owned by me too, as I haven't been able to sell him. We thought we would come here with a chance of a place and a good day out. This doesn't happen to small trainers like me."

 

STALL OF FAME

CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS

 

L'ESCARGOT (1963 – 1984)

American Champion trained by Dan Moore.

53 starts. 12 Wins. Thirteen 2nds. Seven 3rds. Earnings – $213, 765

Noted particularly for beating Red Rum by 15 lengths at the Aintree Grand National in 1975, when he was 12 years old, and thereby stopping the latter's winning streak. (Red Rum won in 1973 and 1974.)

One of only two horses to have won both The Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National, the other being Golden Miller in 1934. He bagged the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1970 and 1971 – the first win on good ground and the second on soft when he won by 10 lengths, proving he was an all-rounder who could handle any conditions.

Although he raced only three times in America, L'ESCARGOT was named Champion Steeplechase Horse in 1969. He was in the frame in nine out of his ten races that year. His only American victory was in the 1969 Meadow Brook which he won in record time. He finished third in the 1969 Temple Gwathmey and fourth in the inaugural Colonial Cup.

L'ESCARGOT is listed in the U.S. National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

 

COTTAGE RAKE (1939–1961)

Trained by Vincent O'Brien.

19 runs. 12 Wins. Two 2nds and one 3rd.

Before embarking on his jumping career, he was failed by a vet on three different examinations. But he finally made the grade,setting his trainer on the way to the top of the training ladder by becoming only the second horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup three years in a row. (1948–1950). His partnership with jockey Aubrey Brabazon was so successful that a verse was composed by an unknown author in their honour:

 

Aubrey's up, the money's down,

The frightened bookies quake,

Come on me lads and give a cheer.

Begod, 'tis Cottage Rake.

 

Sadly, after his third Cheltenham Gold Cup triumphCOTTAGE RAKE seems to have lost his form and never regained the successes of his earlier years.

 

MANDARIN (1951 - 1975)

Trained by Fulke Walwyn

12 starts. 3 wins. Earnings - $1,606, 500

MANDARIN and his famous jockey, Fred Winter, hit the headlines twice in 1962. The first occasion was winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He had previously failed twice to win this race so many doubted his ability and predicted another brave defeat when FORTRIA pushed into the lead over the last fence. But they had not counted on Fred Winter's determination which got MANDARIN home up the hill to victory. The second occasion was three months later in the Grand Steeplechase de Paris when they were fêted all over France after winning, despite the fact that the rubber-covered snaffle broke in MANDARIN's mouth at only the fourth of 30 fences. Fred Winter's superb riding skills revealed themselves once more. With technically no no brakes or steering he was lucky to get round at all, let alone win the race. MANDARIN won by a narrow margin even though he was lame at the finish.

 

 SATURDAY, 9th MARCH 2013

 

NO WIND IN THE WILLOWS FOR THIS MOLE!

The ground has been considerably softened by rain at Sandown in time for today's Paddy Power Imperial Cup. This, in turn, seems to have boosted MR MOLE's confidence in his bid for glory. This lightly-raced 5-year-old has been on the receiving end of much discussion in the lead up to this famous handicap, particularly as it brings together the intrepid partnership of Paul Nicholls and Tony McCoy. The JP McManus-owned gelding was already an easy winner at Taunton in February and also beat MELODIC RENDEZVOUS, a subsequent Grade One winner, in October. The Paddy Power Imperial Cup is a valuable race in its own right (nigh on £40,000) but there is an added enticement of an additional £75,000 from the sponsors if the winner follows up in any race at the Cheltenham Festival. By coincidence, MR MOLE is entered for Friday's Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle.

A relieved Paul Nicholls said: "Now it is raining I am a lot happier. He won last time at Taunton on heavy. I was just a bit negative earlier on in the week over that trip on quicker ground, which is why I also entered him in the EBF race. He is a real raw baby, so we will have to see (about Cheltenham) - let's get tomorrow out of the way first."

 

FLAT CHAMPIONS GET LICENCE - TO RACE ON THE FLAT!

Reigning champion Flat jockeys in England and Ireland, Richard Hughes and Joseph O'Brien, respectively, have gained jumps licences to ride on the flat in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper on Wednesday at Cheltenham. Hughes' application was approved by The British Horseracing Authority and O'Brien received permission to compete at the Festival from the Irish Turf Club. Richard Hughes will be aboard the Mick Channon-trained SGT RECKLESS whilst Joseph O'Brien wil ride SHIELD, trained by his Dad, Aidan. Richard Hughes has ridden before at Cheltenham but it will be a new experience for young O'Brien.

 

STALL OF FAME

CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS

 

L'ESCARGOT (1963 – 1984)

American Champion trained by Dan Moore.

53 starts. 12 Wins. Thirteen 2nds. Seven 3rds. Earnings – $213, 765

Noted particularly for beating Red Rum by 15 lengths at the Aintree Grand National in 1975, when he was 12 years old, and thereby stopping the latter's winning streak. (Red Rum won in 1973 and 1974.)

One of only two horses to have won both The Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National, the other being Golden Miller in 1934. He bagged the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1970 and 1971 – the first win on good ground and the second on soft when he won by 10 lengths, proving he was an all-rounder who could handle any conditions.

Although he raced only three times in America, L'ESCARGOT was named Champion Steeplechase Horse in 1969. He was in the frame in nine out of his ten races that year. His only American victory was in the 1969 Meadow Brook which he won in record time. He finished third in the 1969 Temple Gwathmey and fourth in the inaugural Colonial Cup.

L'ESCARGOT is listed in the U.S. National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

 

COTTAGE RAKE (1939–1961)

Trained by Vincent O'Brien.

19 runs. 12 Wins. Two 2nds and one 3rd.

Before embarking on his jumping career, he was failed by a vet on three different examinations. But he finally made the grade,setting his trainer on the way to the top of the training ladder by becoming only the second horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup three years in a row. (1948–1950). His partnership with jockey Aubrey Brabazon was so successful that a verse was composed by an unknown author in their honour:

 

Aubrey's up, the money's down,

The frightened bookies quake,

Come on me lads and give a cheer.

Begod, 'tis Cottage Rake.

 

Sadly, after his third Cheltenham Gold Cup triumph COTTAGE RAKE seems to have lost his form and never regained the successes of his earlier years.

 

MANDARIN (1951 - 1975)

Trained by Fulke Walwyn

12 starts. 3 wins. Earnings - $1,606, 500

MANDARIN and his famous jockey, Fred Winter, hit the headlines twice in 1962. The first occasion was winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He had previously failed twice to win this race so many doubted his ability and predicted another brave defeat when FORTRIA pushed into the lead over the last fence. But they had not counted on Fred Winter's determination which got MANDARIN home up the hill to victory. The second occasion was three months later in the Grand Steeplechase de Paris when they were fêted all over France after winning, despite the fact that the rubber-covered snaffle broke in MANDARIN's mouth at only the fourth of 30 fences. Fred Winter's superb riding skills revealed themselves once more. With technically no no brakes or steering he was lucky to get round at all, let alone win the race. MANDARIN won by a narrow margin even though he was lame at the finish.

 

 

FRIDAY, 8th MARCH 2013

 

TRAINER NINA.

Nina Carberry, one of Ireland's leading amateur riders will saddle her first runner as a trainer at Gowran Park tomorrow. The talented jockey rode the Arthur Moore-trained ORGANISEDCONFUSION to victory in the 2011 Irish Grand National and has also had four winners at the Cheltenham Festival. This weekend, however, she dons the trainer's cap, having entered PEAK RAIDER, formerly trained by her father Tommy, in the Shamrock Handicap Chase. It's good to know that Nina doesn't plan to hang up her riding boots just yet. We shall have the pleasure of seeing her ride at Cheltenham next week.

She commented earlier: "I'm looking forward to it and hopefully he should run well. His last few runs have been a bit disappointing, so I'm just hoping he can improve a bit. He's the only horse I'm training at the moment, I have a few younger horses of my own. I'm doing a bit of buying and selling and that's the main reason I've taken the licence out."

 

WANNA BET?

Bookies have Nicky Henderson at 5 to 1 on to be the champion jumps trainer this season and he is generally expected to go into the lead during next week as he is likely to have at least five favourites entered in the Cheltenham Festival. His great rival, Paul Nicholls and champion for the last seven years, however, thinks that Nicky Henderson has to ensure that all his entries are double-plus-good because he (Paul Nicholls) has plenty more in store before the end of the season on 27th April. The latter has already restored his lead in the championship to almost £250,000 after his recent run of weekend successes.

As he said: "If we can come out of Cheltenham, sort of not too far apart either way, I think we'd have a right chance," he said, "because we've got a lot left to run on better ground towards the end of the season.”

 

STALL OF FAME

CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS

 

BEST MATE (28 January 1995 - 1 November 2005)

Trained by Henrietta Knight

14 wins from 22 starts.

Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2002/03/04 and equalled Arkle's record. Due to injury he never had the chance to go four in a row. Apart from his final race, he was never placed outside the first two. The year after his death a statue was erected in his honour at the Cheltenham Festival. In 2007 he was made one of the elite 12 on the Cheltenham Hall of Fame.

 

MILL HOUSE (1957- 1975)

Trained by Fulke Walwyn

Considered one of the best National Hunt racing competitors in UK horse racing history. Mill House and Arkle's a rivalry was on a par with Denman and Kauto Star of recent years.

Mill House, however, was always over-shadowed by the great Arkle. Mill House won the 1963 Cheltenham Gold Cup and 1967 Whitbread Gold Cup. He was known as 'The Big Horse' because he stood 18 hands high. There was a famous contest in March 1964 when Mill House defended his Cheltenham crown against the Irish star Arkle. Ridden by Willie Robinson, the huge bay gelding matched Arkle stride for stride over the last two miles before losing by five lengths.

 

FLYINGBOLT (1959 – 1983)

Trained by Tom Dreaper

Many at the time considered Flyingbolt to be better than Arkle but he never had the chance to prove it. First there was Flying Bolt's illness caused by brucellosis. Before he could recover Arkle fractured a pedal bone in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park and never raced again.

Flyingbolt was a very talented horse. 24 hours after winning the 1966 Champion Chase he was on the track to contest the Champion Hurdle. And he almost made the impossible big-race double – he finished third. In the same season he won the Irish National.

 

ISTABRAQ (23 May 1992 - )

Retired in 2002. Trained by Aidan O'Brien.

25 wins from 40 starts.

He was meant to have a great career on the Flat but failed to impress Sheik Mohammed's Godolphin outfit. Most famous for his hurdling - the last 29 races of his career. He had an exceptional pedigree, as he was sired by Sadler's Wells, a son of Northern Dancer.

(KAYF ARAMIS fans will already know that his sire, Kayf Tara, was also produced by the great Sadler's Wells.)

Istabraq won the Champion Hurdle three times.

 

WOULD YA ADAM AND EVE IT!

After snow, ice and floods, Cheltenham is now about to take precautions against frost. Overnight ground temperatures are expected to fall to as low as -5C on the first day of the Festival so Prestbury Park officials are planning to lay down frost covers on all the areas that might have a problem, particularly take-offs and landings. If temperatures drop even further then the whole track will be covered. The only glint of hope on the horizon is that milder weather is forecast for Thursday and Friday, the last two days of the meeting.

Simon Claisse, clerk of the course, commented: "… it is getting cold at the beginning of next week. We are looking at dawn temperatures on Monday/Tuesday of -3C, -4C. We had -4C yesterday and were schooling horses on the cross-country course by 10am, so it shouldn't be any concern for us. However, just as a precaution we are using frost covers for take-offs and landings on the chase and hurdle courses for Tuesday. They will go down on Sunday together with other vulnerable areas and parts of the cross-country course. If that weather forecast deteriorates by Friday we may take the decision to do a full course deployment on Sunday.”

At the moment the going is described as good to soft, good in places on chase and hurdle courses and good to soft, soft in places on the cross country.

 

1-2-3. IT'S SO EA-EA-EASY

Three wins on the first day back in the saddle in the UK for champion jockey, Richard Hughes, at Lingfield Park yesterday. The first win was aboard the Richard Hannon trained 3-year-old, RED REFRACTION, then in the very next race he rode Brendan Powell's LINKABLE to a half-length victory. He then hot-footed it down to Kempton Park where he replaced Ian Mongan on Nick Littmoden's BARNABY BROOK making it a hat-trick.

As reported yesterday Richard Hughes has set himself a target of 200 for 2013. After his first win of the day, he quipped: “That’s a good start. Just 199 to go now.”

 

STALL OF FAME

CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS

BEST MATE (28 January 1995 - 1 November 2005)

Trained by Henrietta Knight

14 wins from 22 starts.

Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2002/03/04 and equalled Arkle's record. Due to injury he never had the chance to go four in a row. Apart from his final race, he was never placed outside the first two. The year after his death a statue was erected in his honour at the Cheltenham Festival. In 2007 he was made one of the elite 12 on the Cheltenham Hall of Fame.

 

MILL HOUSE (1957- 1975)

Trained by Fulke Walwyn

Considered one of the best National Hunt racing competitors in UK horse racing history. Mill House and Arkle's a rivalry was on a par with Denman and Kauto Star of recent years.

Mill House, however, was always over-shadowed by the great Arkle. Mill House won the 1963 Cheltenham Gold Cup and 1967 Whitbread Gold Cup. He was known as 'The Big Horse' because he stood 18 hands high. There was a famous contest in March 1964 when Mill House defended his Cheltenham crown against the Irish star Arkle. Ridden by Willie Robinson, the huge bay gelding matched Arkle stride for stride over the last two miles before losing by five lengths.

 

FLYINGBOLT (1959 – 1983)

Trained by Tom Dreaper

Many at the time considered Flyingbolt to be better than Arkle but he never had the chance to prove it. First there was Flying Bolt's illness caused by brucellosis. Before he could recover Arkle fractured a pedal bone in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park and never raced again.

Flyingbolt was a very talented horse. 24 hours after winning the 1966 Champion Chase he was on the track to contest the Champion Hurdle. And he almost made the impossible big-race double – he finished third. In the same season he won the Irish National.

 

ISTABRAQ (23 May 1992 - )

Retired in 2002. Trained by Aidan O'Brien.

25 wins from 40 starts.

He was meant to have a great career on the Flat but failed to impress Sheik Mohammed's Godolphin outfit. Most famous for his hurdling - the last 29 races of his career. He had an exceptional pedigree, as he was sired by Sadler's Wells, a son of Northern Dancer.

(KAYF ARAMIS fans will already know that his sire, Kayf Tara, was also produced by the great Sadler's Wells.)

Istabraq won the Champion Hurdle three times.

 

WEDNESDAY, 6th MARCH 2013

 

CHAMPION FLAT JOCKEY JUMPS TO IT.

Richard Hughes. The Champion Flat jockey wants to include a Cheltenham Festival success in his CV. He will be at the meeting anyway helping his father who is an Irish trainer so he has applied for a jumps licence. It seems he would like to to ride the unbeaten, Mick Channon-trained SGT RECKLESS, in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

Hughes commented: "I've got a good ride, hopefully. He looks pretty good. I have to get my licence first, but I shall be at Cheltenham anyway. I've ridden in the bumper before but had no joy. I've been placed in a lot of the races, but never won one."

A spokesman for BHA confirmed that Hughes' application was going through the standard procedure.

 

CHAMPION WILL MISS BIG DAY

Sadly, the Betfred Gold Cup at Cheltenham will not now include IMPERIAL COMMANDER, as expected, because he has a lung infection. Up to now, his trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies, has been confident that his 12-year-old was up to the form that beat Denman and Kauto Star in 2010.

Nigel Twiston-Davies commented: "He's got a lung infection so he won't be going to Cheltenham - that's that. What can you do? It's an absolute sickener but they are very delicate creatures. I'm sure he's still as good as ever, he's been in great form, but you can't rush them. Hopefully he'll be okay for Liverpool."

Syndicate manager for IMPERIAL COMMANDER'S owners, Our Friends In The North. Paul Costello had this to say: "He worked (Tuesday morning) and he was not right. With it being this close to the Festival we didn't want to take any chances. His safety and well-being are obviously paramount so we had to give it a miss. It's a desperate shame as we were expecting a big run from him - he's definitely got it in him.”

  

STALL OF FAME

CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS

BEST MATE (28 January 1995 - 1 November 2005)

Trained by Henrietta Knight

14 wins from 22 starts.

Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2002/03/04 and equalled Arkle's record. Due to injury he never had the chance to go four in a row. Apart from his final race, he was never placed outside the first two. The year after his death a statue was erected in his honour at the Cheltenham Festival. In 2007 he was made one of the elite 12 on the Cheltenham Hall of Fame.

 

MILL HOUSE (1957- 1975)

Trained by Fulke Walwyn

Considered one of the best National Hunt racing competitors in UK horse racing history. Mill House and Arkle's a rivalry was on a par with Denman and Kauto Star of recent years.

Mill House, however, was always over-shadowed by the great Arkle. Mill House won the 1963 Cheltenham Gold Cup and 1967 Whitbread Gold Cup. He was known as 'The Big Horse' because he stood 18 hands high. There was a famous contest in March 1964 when Mill House defended his Cheltenham crown against the Irish star Arkle. Ridden by Willie Robinson, the huge bay gelding matched Arkle stride for stride over the last two miles before losing by five lengths.

 

FLYINGBOLT (1959 – 1983)

Trained by Tom Dreaper

Many at the time considered Flyingbolt to be better than Arkle but he never had the chance to prove it. First there was Flying Bolt's illness caused by brucellosis. Before he could recover Arkle fractured a pedal bone in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park and never raced again.

Flyingbolt was a very talented horse. 24 hours after winning the 1966 Champion Chase he was on the track to contest the Champion Hurdle. And he almost made the impossible big-race double – he finished third. In the same season he won the Irish National.

 

ISTABRAQ (23 May 1992 - )

Retired in 2002. Trained by Aidan O'Brien.

25 wins from 40 starts.

He was meant to have a great career on the Flat but failed to impress Sheik Mohammed's Godolphin outfit. Most famous for his hurdling - the last 29 races of his career. He had an exceptional pedigree, as he was sired by Sadler's Wells, a son of Northern Dancer.

(KAYF ARAMIS fans will already know that his sire, Kayf Tara, was also produced by the great Sadler's Wells.)

Istabraq won the Champion Hurdle three times.

 

TUESDAY, 5th MARCH 2013

 

WHO'S AIMING TO BE CHAMPION AGAIN?

200 winners is this year's goal for Champion jockey, Richard Hughes. He won the title for the first time last year with surprising ease even though he couldn't ride for the best part of the first month due to a ban he received in India. He had lost narrowly to Paul Hanagan on two previous occasions but riding primarily for Richard Hannon eventually paid off. Clearly Richard Hughes would also like to prove that winning the championship was not a one-off.

He commented at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards: "Without a doubt I'd like to retain it once, just so no-one can call me a lucky winner. But my goal this year is to ride 200 winners."

 

(OVER)TURN UP FOR THE BOOKIES!

The legendary ‘voice of racing’, Sir Peter O’Sullevan, will have double reason to celebrate if Donald McCain’s OVERTURN 'turns over' SIMONSIG in the Cheltenham Racing Post Arkle Trophy. If the 9-year-old gelding does upset the predicted outcome in next Tuesday’s two-mile novice championship it will surely evoke pleasant memories for the former racing commentator. The connection is that OVERTURN has won the Chester Cup and Northumberland Plate. By coincidence, these prestigious staying handicaps on the Flat were won by Sir Peter O’Sullevan’s ATTIVO, a superb front-runner, in 1974. Interestinglyenough, the 'voice of racing' is convinced that his horse would never have won those races if he hadn't gone hurdling.

He commented: “As far as my little horse was concerned it was jumping that fired his imagination. He hadn’t been a brilliant horse on the Flat but once he jumped a hurdle it transformed his life. He thought it was the greatest fun.”

 

STALL OF FAME

CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS

 

BEST MATE (28 January 1995 - 1 November 2005)

Trained by Henrietta Knight

14 wins from 22 starts.

Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2002/03/04 and equalled Arkle's record. Due to injury he never had the chance to go four in a row. Apart from his final race, he was never placed outside the first two. The year after his death a statue was erected in his honour at the Cheltenham Festival. In 2007 he was made one of the elite 12 on the Cheltenham Hall of Fame.

 

MILL HOUSE (1957- 1975)

Trained by Fulke Walwyn

Considered one of the best National Hunt racing competitors in UK horse racing history. Mill House and Arkle's a rivalry was on a par with Denman and Kauto Star of recent years.

Mill House, however, was always over-shadowed by the great Arkle. Mill House won the 1963 Cheltenham Gold Cup and 1967 Whitbread Gold Cup. He was known as 'The Big Horse' because he stood 18 hands high. There was a famous contest in March 1964 when Mill House defended his Cheltenham crown against the Irish star Arkle. Ridden by Willie Robinson, the huge bay gelding matched Arkle stride for stride over the last two miles before losing by five lengths.

 

FLYINGBOLT (1959 - 1983)

Trained by Tom Dreaper

Many at the time considered Flyingbolt to be better than Arkle but he never had the chance to prove it. First there was Flying Bolt's illness caused by brucellosis. Before he could recover Arkle fractured a pedal bone in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park and never raced again.

Flyingbolt was a very talented horse. 24 hours after winning the 1966 Champion Chase he was on the track to contest the Champion Hurdle. And he almost made the impossible big-race double – he finished third. In the same season he won the Irish National.


ISTABRAQ (23 May 1992 - )

Retired in 2002. Trained by Aidan O'Brien.

25 wins from 40 starts.

He was meant to have a great career on the Flat but failed to impress Sheik Mohammed's Godolphin outfit. Most famous for his hurdling - the last 29 races of his career. He had an exceptional pedigree, as he was sired by Sadler's Wells, a son of Northern Dancer.

(KAYF ARAMIS fans will already know that his sire, Kayf Tara, was also produced by the great Sadler's Wells.)

Istabraq won the Champion Hurdle three times.

 

 MONDAY, 4th MARCH 2013

 

A HORSE, A HORSE. MY KINGDOM FOR …....!”

The king of National Hunt has confessed that the horse he'd really like to ride in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup is the Waley-Cohen LONG RUN, the twice winner of the coveted trophy. Tony McCoy, however, is booked to ride SUNNYHILLBOY for his boss, JP McManus. The 10-year-old came second by a nose in last year's Grand National and is an outside bet this time as he prepares for another shot at the Aintree prize. The Champion Jocky is well aware that he has a lot on his hands to turn the situation around and that's when he let slip his secret wish to be on LONG RUN at Prestbury Park.

Although the bookies don't seem to think much McCoy's chances of winning the Gold Cup this year, it still appears be the one race that he wants to win again.

As he commented:"The Gold Cup is the pinnacle of our sport and if you buy a horse, you want to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup but if it's not meant to be this year then I'd be very pleased if My Tent Or Yours wins".

 

 

KAYF AND ZAYF DAY

Two of the ARAMIS family were at Newbury on Saturday. KAYF ARAMIS in the Betfair Supporting Greatwood Handicap Hurdle. He held a strong lead until the 5th hurdle and then stayed on, constantly challenging the leader. He pushed ahead again at the 8th but was caught after the 4th and was unable to mount a further challenge. Front-running is always a tiring position to hold in any sport, as there is the danger of expending more energy than necessary, because there can be no way of knowing for sure what will be the tactics of the pursuers. The latter can just ride in the slipstream, biding their time, until they choose their moment to strike. There have been a few occasions in the past when KAYF ARAMIS has successfully won from the front. He has also won by staying handy in 3rd or 4th position and just running the competition off their feet, particularly in suitable Good to Soft conditions. All agree that he is a doughty long-distance stayer. He has proved this time and time again. 


The other member of the ARAMIS family is ZAYFIRE, who, although sired by Zafeen, a well-known powerful Royal Ascot winner, has also inherited genes, via his Dam, Kaylifa, from the great KAYF TARA, the acknowledged progenitor of the next generations of National Hunt champions. So it is reasonable to assume that ZAYFIRE has inherited his Dam's genes and is a long-distance stayer. Indeed he demonstrated this in his first race over two miles at Wetherby at the beginning of February. Despite showing the natural immaturity of a beginner he managed to settle down sufficiently to make a bid for victory but was 'mugged' in the final hundred yards or so by Dakar Run and Baltimore Rock and had to settle for third. Maybe also an indication that he needs longer than 2 miles.  On Saturday he tackled 1½ miles.  He held his ground well until about 4 hurdles out and then the rest of the field passed him by. This particular 4-year-old needs at least another half-a-mile to show what he is capable of. 

 

Nevertheless, the wonderful members of Kayfaramisracing club had an enjoyable day at the races and were, in no way, disheartened by the lack of success. The weather was incredibly pleasant for the time of the year and all seemed to relish being in the parade ring and hearing, first-hand, from the jockeys what the race strategy was to be and then listen to a post-race report as owners for the day.

You can be with this group at the next race by joining at www.kayfaramisracing.com

 

STALL OF FAME

CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS

 

BEST MATE (28 January 1995 - 1 November 2005)

Trained by Henrietta Knight

14 wins from 22 starts.

Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2002/03/04 and equalled Arkle's record. Due to injury he never had the chance to go four in a row. Apart from his final race, he was never placed outside the first two. The year after his death a statue was erected in his honour at the Cheltenham Festival. In 2007 he was made one of the elite 12 on the Cheltenham Hall of Fame.

 

MILL HOUSE (1957- 1975)

Trained by Fulke Walwyn

Considered one of the best National Hunt racing competitors in UK horse racing history. Mill House and Arkle's a rivalry was on a par with Denman and Kauto Star of recent years.

Mill House, however, was always over-shadowed by the great Arkle. Mill House won the 1963 Cheltenham Gold Cup and 1967 Whitbread Gold Cup. He was known as 'The Big Horse' because he stood 18 hands high. There was a famous contest in March 1964 when Mill House defended his Cheltenham crown against the Irish star Arkle. Ridden by Willie Robinson, the huge bay gelding matched Arkle stride for stride over the last two miles before losing by five lengths.

 

FLYINGBOLT (1959 - 1983)

Trained by Tom Dreaper

Many at the time considered Flyingbolt to be better than Arkle but he never had the chance to prove it. First there was Flying Bolt's illness caused by brucellosis. Before he could recover Arkle fractured a pedal bone in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park and never raced again.

Flyingbolt was a very talented horse. 24 hours after winning the 1966 Champion Chase he was on the track to contest the Champion Hurdle. And he almost made the impossible big-race double – he finished third. In the same season he won the Irish National.


ISTABRAQ (23 May 1992 - )

Retired in 2002. Trained by Aidan O'Brien.

25 wins from 40 starts.

He was meant to have a great career on the Flat but failed to impress Sheik Mohammed's Godolphin outfit. Most famous for his hurdling - the last 29 races of his career. He had an exceptional pedigree, as he was sired by Sadler's Wells, a son of Northern Dancer.

(KAYF ARAMIS fans will already know that his sire, Kayf Tara, was also produced by the great Sadler's Wells.)

Istabraq won the Champion Hurdle three times.

  

SUNDAY, 3rd MARCH 2013

  

KAYF AND ZAYF DAY

Two of the ARAMIS family were at Newbury on Saturday. KAYF ARAMIS in the Betfair Supporting Greatwood Handicap Hurdle. He held a strong lead until the 5th hurdle and then stayed on, constantly challenging the leader. He pushed ahead again at the 8th but was caught after the 4th and seemed unable to mount a further challenge. Tactics lately seem to have been to front-run. This is always a tiring position to hold in any sport, as there is the danger of expending more energy than necessary, because there can be no way of knowing for sure what will be the tactics of the pursuers. The latter can just ride in the slipstream, biding their time, until they choose their moment to strike. By this time it is too late for KAYF ARAMIS, or any other front-runner for that matter, to take any counter-action. 

There have been a few occasions in the past when KAYF ARAMIS has successfully won from the front. Most of his races, however, have been won by staying handy in 3rd or 4th position and just running the competition off their feet, particularly in suitable Good to Soft conditions. All agree that he is a doughty long-distance stayer. He has proved this time and time again. 


The other member of the ARAMIS family is ZAYFIRE, who, although sired by Zafeen, a well-known powerful Royal Ascot winner, has also inherited genes, via his Dam, Kaylifa, from the great KAYF TARA, the acknowledged progenitor of the next generations of National Hunt champions. So it is reasonable to assume that ZAYFIRE has inherited his Dam's genes and is a long-distance stayer. Indeed he demonstrated this in his first race over two miles at Wetherby at the beginning of February. Despite showing the natural immaturity of a beginner he managed to settle down sufficiently to make a bid for victory but was 'mugged' in the final hundred yards or so by Dakar Run and Baltimore Rock and had to settle for third. Maybe also an indication that he needs longer than 2 miles.  Yesterday, he was entered into a race over 1½ miles. Many commentators were worried by the drop in trip and, sure enough, their doubts were well founded. He held his ground well until about 4 hurdles out and then the rest of the field passed him by. This particular 4-year-old needs at least another half-a-mile to show what he is capable of. 

 

Nevertheless, the wonderful members of Kayfaramisracing club had an enjoyable day at the races and were, in no way, disheartened by the lack of success. The weather was incredibly pleasant for the time of the year and all seemed to relish being in the parade ring and hearing, first-hand, from the jockeys what the race strategy was to be and then listen to a post-race report as owners for the day.

You can be with this group at the next race by joining at www.kayfaramisracing.com


 

LAST SHOT?

The Weatherbys Supports The Prince's Trust Handicap Chase at Huntingdon today could see LAST SHOT the probable victor from the stables of Venetia Williams who is in cracking form at the moment. The Aramstone trainer has produced 10 winners in the last two weeks but, unfortunately, this 6-year-old gelding wasn't one of them. In fact he has only won once from 16 starts and that was in his very first race in France. But he has shown a 'je ne sais quoi' in the last few races and this seems to have been enough for bookies to make him the market leader last time out. The better ground this time could just justify support him.

 

 STALL OF FAME

CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS

 

SEE YOU THEN (1980 - 2010

Trained by Nicky Henderson

10 wins from just 15 starts

He had fragile forelegs . The fact that he won three successive Champion Hurdles (1985/86/87) considered as one of the all-time great training achievements.

His third win, when one of his feet became inflamed close to the race, was rated his best.

He finished his career as a force to be reckoned with despite his frailties.

He lived to the ripe old age of 31!

 

MONKSFIELD (1872 -1989)

Trained by Des McDonogh.

Diminutive but with a will-to-win like no other.

He won the Champion Hurdle in 1978 and 1979 and the Aintree Hurdle three times, including the famous dead-heat with Night Nurse.

 

DESERT ORCHID (11 April 1979 – 13 November 2006)

Trained by David Elsworth

34 wins from 70 starts

'Dessie' was rated as the fifth best National Hunt horse of all time by Timeform.

The distiguished grey was the British racegoers No1. Everyone was charmed by his gallant front-running style. His 34 wins included the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and his favourite track seemed to be Kempton. He won four King George VI Chases between 1986 and 1990.

SATURDAY, 2nd MARCH 2013

 

A FAMILY AFFAIR - FIRST AND LAST!

Two of the ARAMIS family are off to the races again today at Newbury. KAYF is running in the first race at 14.05, the Betfair Supporting Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, whilst ZAYFIRE has to wait for the last race of the day at 17.35 to run in the WBRC Pam Le Mottee Memorial 'Junior' Standard Open NH Flat Race.

The difference in the generations? KAYF ARAMIS is on his 83rd start and ZAYFIRE ARAMIS, a mere beginner, is on his second.

 

MAN U MAN SCORES AT DONCASTER

EMPIRE LEVANT enabled his joint-owner, Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, to enter the the winner's enclosure at Doncaster yesterday after a winning start to his career over fences in the 32Red Novices' Chase. The 6-year-old, trained by Paul Nicholls was an odds-on favourite on his first appearance since he unseated his rider in the Betfred "Derby Day" Goals Galore Handicap Hurdle in October. This time he didn't muck around and went straight into the lead under Daryl Jacob's stewardship. He was really on the ball and mainly jumped quickly and accurately. All was well until the grey/roan gelding made a hash of the fifth fence from home which brought him swiftly back to the rest of the field. However, his innate skills didn't desert him for the last four fences in the home straight and he managed to beat his determined challenger, SPEED STEED, by a gutsy two and a quarter lengths.

 

CHEEKY MONKEY!

So the gloves are off! The decision has been made. No beating about the bush! For the very first time in public (what he wore at the stables is nobody's business!) LONG RUN will wear cheek pieces when he sets out to get back the crown he surrendered to the lamented SYNCHRONISED in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup IN 2012. The eight-year-old won this honour in 2011 but has not done very well since. It looks like his trainer, Nicky Henderson, may have got him back to top form this season because he won a second King George title on Boxing Day. It seems, however, that connections are a little concerned about LONG RUN's powers of concentration in the closing stages of the big race and so they decided to try the headgear yesterday. Owner Robert Waley-Cohen and jockey father think the ex[eriment was a success and so the headgear will be worn for the St. Patrick's Day race.

 

STALL OF FAME

CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS

 

SEE YOU THEN (1980 - 2010

Trained by Nicky Henderson

10 wins from just 15 starts

He had fragile forelegs . The fact that he won three successive Champion Hurdles (1985/86/87) considered as one of the all-time great training achievements.

His third win, when one of his feet became inflamed close to the race, was rated his best.

He finished his career as a force to be reckoned with despite his frailties.

He lived to the ripe old age of 31!

 

MONKSFIELD (1872 -1989)

Trained by Des McDonogh.

Diminutive but with a will-to-win like no other.

He won the Champion Hurdle in 1978 and 1979 and the Aintree Hurdle three times, including the famous dead-heat with Night Nurse.

 

DESERT ORCHID (11 April 1979 – 13 November 2006)

Trained by David Elsworth

34 wins from 70 starts

'Dessie' was rated as the fifth best National Hunt horse of all time by Timeform.

The distiguished grey was the British racegoers No1. Everyone was charmed by his gallant front-running style. His 34 wins included the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and his favourite track seemed to be Kempton. He won four King George VI Chases between 1986 and 1990.

FRIDAY, 1st MARCH 2013

 

FOLLOW THE LEADER

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained IMPERIAL LEADER is going to have a crack at the EBF paddypower.com Final at Sandown on 9th March as a prelude to running in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The 5-year-old won his hurdling début before getting third place at Newbury in the middle of January.

The Imperial Racing partnership's syndicate manager, Paul Costello, commented : "Imperial Leader will be running in the EBF Final before hopefully heading to the Festival. Hopefully he'll go close at Sandown, if not win. His form is pretty strong - he was fourth at Cheltenham in a novices' hurdle won by Melodic Rendezvous - and he'll improve for the better ground."

 

BETTER IN THE LONG RUN?

Today's the day when we'll find out whether LONG RUN, the 2011 Gold Cup winner could be helped by wearing cheek pieces at Cheltenham in two weeks' time in his bid to re-claim the £550,000 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup. The 8-year-old, who hasn't run since winning the King George for the second time at Kempton on Boxing Day, will be schooled over fences in the headgear for the first time this morning.

Jockey, Sam Waley-Cohen said: "He is a bit keen in the early stages of his races, which suggests he doesn't particularly want them, but then towards the end of the race he probably does want them. We have to balance the two. It will probably be a decision that is made relatively late."

 

STALL OF FAME

CHELTENHAM CHAMPIONS

 

KAUTO STAR (2000 - )

Trained by Paul Nicholls

23 wins from 41 starts

Won two of the last three Gold Cups, three Betfair Chases, four King Georges and two Tingle Creeks


DAWN RUN (1978 - 1986)

Trained by Paddy Mullins

The most successful mare in National Hunt history.

Followed her win in the 1984 Champion Hurdle with victory in the 1986 Gold Cup, the only horse to ever complete that double.

She was also the only horse to secure the English, Irish and French Champion Hurdle treble.


NIGHT NURSE (1971 - 1999)

Trained by Peter Easterby

32 wins from 64 starts

Timeform rated Night Nurse 182, the highest given to a hurdler.

He won the Champion Hurdle twice (1976-77), with the second run considered to be the best quality race ever run over fences. The dead-heat he had with Monksfield in the Templegate Hurdle in 1977 (now called Aintree Hurdle) is now legend.

  

 

Now there's a Saturday treat!

The Aramis clan, as all agree,

Will be very hard to beat.

Kayf Aramis we all know is capable

Of winning a competitive race.

His triumph at Cheltenham – unforgettable!

Amongst champions he's taken his place.

For bother Kaylif Ffos Las is the race track

Sam Twiston-Davies will be on board.

With two 3rds in the bag he's got the knack

It is now really time he scored.

Zayfire Aramis is new on the scene

And has yet to find his way.

So for this 4-year-old son of the great Zafeen

The bumper could make the day!