Monday, 18 July 2011

THE RACING POST WEEK MONDAY JULY 18th to SUNDAY JULY 24th 2011






THE RACING POST SUNDAY JULY 24th   2011
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NATHANIEL STRIKES IN DRAMATIC KING GEORGE.
BIG - RACE ASCOT SUCCESS FOR BUICK AND GOSDEN
MARRED
BY DEATH OF REWILDING

 




NATHANIEL STRIKES IN DRAMATIC KING GEORGE.
BIG - RACE ASCOT SUCCESS FOR BUICK AND GOSDEN
 MARRED BY DEATH OF REWILDING

ALASTAIR DOWN hails the dignified and responsible reactions from the King George - winning trainer



“GOSDEN STRIKES ALL THE RIGHT NOTES IN SOMBRE TRIUMPH
“He did everyone in racing a massive favour that deserves our enduring gratitude. It was a performance that I can only describe as statesmenlike


“ This was a King George that stripped the senses back to bare metal, but it was salvaged by a man equal to the needs of the hour in John Gosden, triumphant in the race and nothing less than magisterial in its aftermath. 

“After REWILDING broke a cannon-bone and speared Frankie Dettori into the turf two furlongs from home, the Godolphin colt careered on until coming to a halt just before the line. This sad sub plot had it in its power to upstage the main event and potentially provide its most vivid lasting image, and a profoundly unfortunate one at that.

“It was no fault of the ultra-progressive winner NATHANIEL that he returned to a more subdued reception than that which befits a King George winner, and this was one of the definitive moments of Gosden’s career as it was 51 years to the day since his father, Towser, won the race with AGGRESSOR.



“Gosden said ‘I sat on an armchair and rode a finish that day, then fell off and sprained my wrist. It’s taken me a long time to emulate my father and to have done so is a massive thrill.”

“But then, instead of wallowing in the moment, the big man grew a foot taller in front of our eyes by producing a masterclass in his TV interview with the BBC. Sensing the importance of the occasion, he defused and averted a potential PR disaster for the sport by flawlessly addressing the demise of REWILDING with a fluency and lucid compassion that no other member of the training profession could have matched.

“Gosden, who had watched the race down at track side near the winning post, was among the first to reach REWILDING and, having reassured the all - important viewing public – or at the very least given them an utterly plausible professional analysis of REWILDINGS demise – the trainer proceeded to repeat the exercise for the benefit of Radio 5 Live listeners. Gosden’s contribution may not strike you as the pivotal event of the afternoon, but I would argue that in instantly seeing the bigger picture – and having the wisdom to step back from his own moment of triumph – he did everyone in racing a massive favour that deserves our enduring gratitude. It was a performance that I can only describe as statesmanlike . (Here here, JMC Turfcall) 



“So what do we make of NATHANIAL, who quickened to lead over two furlongs out and ran on strongly to win by two and three-quarter lengths from WORKFORCE, who hung through the final furlong in a display that would raise serious questions were it not for the fact that he was struck into and must have been feeling it?

J.Margaret Clarke Turfcall
 WORKFORCE will have sensed that there was something frightening about REWILDING’S behaviour, his greased lightening reaction to get away, to flee as quick as possible away from what he rightly sensed to be an horrific accident. Animal’s can get as freaked out as we do, sometimes they are far quicker than us in sensing danger no matter in whatever guise, spooked.

ALASTAIR Racing Post “We will next see NATHANIAL in the Arc, for which he will have to be supplemented, as he was here for £75,000. Happily he is owned by enthusiasts who rejoice in the name of Rothschild and I don’t begrudge then any of their many pennies. The Rothschilds made their money when banking was a respectable trade, not a charter for cheats, fools and vagabonds.
“And when they made a mistake, they didn’t expect you and I to clear up after them.”

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Superb guide to this week's five-day bonanza on the Sussex Downs, featuring Alastair Down on the clash we've all been waiting for-FRANKEL V CANFORD CLIFFS in the Sussex Stakes to be run on Wednesday July 27th the 3rd race on the Goodwood Card

TODAYS RACECARDS: Ascot, Pontifract, Carlisle, Maisons-Laffitte and Hoppegarten

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Superb guide to this week's five-day bonanza on the Sussex Downs, featuring Alastair Down on the clash we've all been waiting for-FRANKEL V CANFORD CLIFFS in the Sussex Stakes to be run on Wednesday July 27th the 3rd race on the Goodwood Card

TODAYS RACECARDS: Ascot, Pontifract, Carlisle, Maisons-Laffitte and Hoppegart

THE RACING POST SATURDAY JULY 23nd 2011
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SATURDAY  IT’S ANOTHER SIZZLING SUMMER SATURDAY

WORK TO RULE? Pic shows three of today’s challengers WORKFORCE, REWILDING and ST NICHOLAS ABBEY bidding to win the King George vi and Queen Elizabeth Stakes to be run at Ascot at 4.30pm.
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JON LEES BRINGS US TODAY’S BIG TALKING POINT on a KING GEORGE CAST WORTHY OF THIS RACE'S RICH PAST. 
“DIAMOND OF A RACE THAT ADDS LUSTRE TO THE SPORT –

“IF BRITISH racing’s crown jewels have needed a polish then the clash of WORKFORCE, ST NICHOLAS ABBEY and REWILDING ensures that today’s £1 million King George vi and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has the hallmarks of a diamond renewal 60 years after the race was first run.
“Although it has drawn the smallest line-up since 1966, it has also attracted one of its strongest fields, in which last year’s Derby and Arc winner WORKFORCE takes on ST NICHOLAS ABBEY, the champion two-year-old he was meant to meet at Epsom and who is now beginning to forge his own formidable reputation.

“NATHANIEL, added to the field on Monday morning at a cost of £75,000 will provide a strong three- year-old representative.

“Youth and experience, how the big four King George riders measure up ….
REWILDING 4 9-7 partner FRANKIE DETTORI age 40
WORKFORCE 4 9-7  partner RYAN MOORE age 27
NATHANIEL 3 8-9 partner WILLIAM BUICK age 23. (receives 12lb weight allowance.)
ST NICHOLAS ABBEY 4 9-7 partner JOSEPH O’BRIEN  age 18
The key issue here will be which of these four horses will respond best to their partner this afternoon as this race unfolds …. 

ST NICHOLAS ABBEY seems to have been in the wilderness for most of his career to date. Has JOSEPH O’BRIEN been finding the key at home to unlock his talent ?  Are we to see this afternoon the results of JOSEPH and ST NICHOLAS ABBEY’S  homework?  YES, YES, YES  go for it JOSEPH you have a good chance to win this

TODAY’S RACECARDS Ascot, York, Newmarket, Newcastle, Salisbury, Lingfield and Wexford.


THE RACING POST FRIDAY JULY 22nd  2011
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TONY O’HEHIR
“ST NICHOLAS OUT TO 11-4 AS O’BRIEN IN THE HOT SEAT
“JOSEPH O’BRIEN was last night looking forward to the highest- profile ride of his short career after he was named as the jockey of ST NICHOLAS ABBEY in the £1m King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot tomorrow.

“The surprise selection of O’Brien coincided with a further easing in the odds about ST NICHOLAS ABBEY, who will represent his powerful Coolmore connections alone after stable-mate SEVILLE failed to appear among the five declared runners in the Betfair –sponsored race.

“O’BRIEN, who’s father Aiden trains ST NICHOLAS ABBEY, said at Leapordstown last night: ‘I’m delighted and grateful to get this opportunity, and I am really looking forward to riding  ST NICHOLAS ABBEY in the King George.”


“The 18-year- old, whose sole British win came in an apprentice handicap at Ayr last July, seemed unfazed at the prospect of his most high-pressure booking so far.

“I ride the horse a lot at home, so I know him very well,” he said. O’BRIEN , the joint champion apprentice in Ireland last year, already has a classic under his belt after his Irish 2,000 Guineas victory on RODERIC  O’CONNOR in May, but most of the big-race rides in his father’s stable have been taken by more senior riders this season.”

“HONEST HUGHIE. Racing for Change has aimed at the wrong target. Flat racing is about the summer, isn’t it ……?
PETER THOMAS  "Visits the honourable trainer as he prepares for a big week with PISCO SOUR and SAGRAMORE interview. Railing against racing’s wrongs and wanting to put them right. The racecourses are in control because they gather the income, but if they don’t spread it around we’ll go elsewhere. If we don’t have enough decent racing, the sport will die.
It has finally become plain that the Jockey Club, who were perceived as rich people who were taking the piss, actually did know what they were doing when it came to stewarding.'
PETER THOMAS visits a trainer enjoying a successful Flat season and who has plenty to say about the future direction of horseracing in Britain.

“It’s a rare morning of clement English summer in East Ilsley as the sound of idle chatter and lazy hoofbeats drifts to the foot of the Berkshire Downs. First lot has trodden the forgiving chalkland turf with a sense of high season purpose and now the debriefing has begun …..
 The Hon Hugh Morrison, son of the 2nd Baron Margadale, heads up to the big house for a cup of tea, his Etonian education passed down in some small way to those less fortunate than himself. It’s not quite the way Hughie himself would recount the tale. In fact, he wouldn’t recount it at all, but it’s a social vignette that amuses and informs in equal measure. The well- spoken  but slightly spiky 50-year-old was born to a life of ease, spent between the family’s stately piles in Wiltshire and Scotland, but the title and the estates went to his brother, and though bred in the purple and steeped in the tradition of the patrician Tory landowner, he has spent his adult life having to make a living.


“Morrison reports that his splendid wife, Mary, has advised him many times not to be quite so openly confrontational, but hordes of wounded racing administrators will testify to the fact that he rarely takes any notice. He is discretion personified when it comes to divulging details of his recent visit to the wedding of  Prince William to Kate Middleton, whose parents have shares in his good sprint handicapper SOHRAAB, but on matters of racing idiocy and injustice he’ll speak openly and at length.


Morrison on Boris Johnson: “He was in my house at Eton. I was captain of house but he was a scholar and he ran rings around us. I saw him at a meeting the other day and he said hello and even knew I had a runner that day. He may look as though he’s just come out of the bathroom, but he’s incredibly alert and aware.”
Morrison on Kate and Wills, “Have I tried to persuade them to have a horse with me? I don’t think that I’d do that. Having a horse might be seen as extravagant of them, I think.”

Morrison on the whip, "I think you see more horses lost because of the whip than won. You often see a horse being hit and going nowhere, then the jockey puts his hands back on the reins and it starts going forwards. Punters often like to see jockeys using the whip, but Jo Public doesn’t like it at all.”



Morrison on hard times at the tracks:
“Everything is cut to the bone now, down to the champagne for owners after a race. There’s fizzy water these days and you don’t even get a dry biscuit. I’m told the cost of giving free sandwiches to owners  is 12 grand a year, so some courses take the view they’d rather put it into prize money, which is fine if it does go into prize money. The big corporate groups have a lot of money but they’d rather just paint the outside and use the rest of the cash to buy another racecourse.”





Morrison on: Nic Coward and Paul Roy.
“You’ve got to have faith in our leaders, but they haven’t delivered. Racing needed a strong personality to drive the industry forward and pull all the vested interests along kicking and screaming , but we didn’t get it . The betting industry will always give as little as possible to the people who want as much as possible and now the sale of the Tote to a bookmaker has been a disaster.”

TODAY’S RACECARDS: Ascot, Thirsk, Southwell, York, Newmarket, Chepstow, Down Royal and Wexford.













THE RACING POST THURSDAY JULY 21st 2011
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JON LEES
ASCOT KING GEORGE vi and QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES: (23.07.2011)
FRANKIE “ I’m raring to go on REWILDING  …. We’re going there with a good horse and it’s going to be a fantastic race. REWILDING didn’t really handle Epsom (third in 2010 Derby) very well last year. He was still on the weak side, but he has matured very well and his form is rock solid. The King George was always the plan."

PRICEWISE ON THE EBOR
ANTI-POST SPECIAL with form, ratings, trends and all the latest running plans.
“TOM SEGAL delves into one of his favourite races and finds a 20-1 cracker.
FREE IN THIS SUNDAY’S RACING POST 16-PAGE PULLOUT, ITS GOING TO BE GLORIOUS ALL NEXT WEEK AT GOODWOOD.

START YOUR OWN GOODWOOD PREVIEW BY GETTING SUNDAY’S RACING POST. ALL YOU NEED FOR THE GREAT SHOWDOWN –CANFORD CLIFFS V FRANKEL.
ALASTAIR DOWN sets the scene for a momentous contest. DON’T MISS IT
“Day-by-day race guide by chief analyst Graham Guest
“SNOW FAIRY’S trainer Ed Dunlop on what Goodwood means to him ….
“James Pyman puts the meeting under the microscope in his search for winners
“Our (form) experts select their outstanding bets of the week
“How to get the most from a visit to one of Britain’s loveliest racecourses.”

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THE RACING POST WEDNESDAY JULY 20th 2011
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KING GEORGE COUNTDOWN (Ascot Saturday July 23. 4.30pm BBC1)
QIPCO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE
STEVE DENNIS meets the always entertaining JIMMY LINDLEY
“He loves a good story and 51 years ago he was at the centre of one in the Ascot feature, riding the giant AGGRESSOR to a brilliant victory over PETITE ETOILE and LESTER PIGGOTT. PLUS relive the epic clash of the seventies –GRUNDY V BUSTINO.

COUNTDOWN TO GOODWOOD
THE HANNON TEAM CHALLENGE FOR GOODWOOD NEXT WEEK 
“CANFORD PRIMED FOR DUEL ON THE DOWNS. No excuses says Hannon but he would prefer to take on FRANKEL at a different track.

“HORSE-BY-HORSE –GUIDE TO HANNON’S  FORMIDABLE CHALLENGERS
RODNEY MASTERS TALKS TO RICHARD HANNON

“RICHARD HANNON yesterday heaped further plaudits on the best horse of his 40- years training career, but conceded that CANFORD CLIFFS would not be at his happiest on the Goodwood undulations when tackling FRANKEL in next week’s eagerly anticipated Qipco Sussex Stakes.

“Hannon who sent out CANFORD CLIFFS to claim the Group 1 prize 12 months ago, tempered confidence in his superstar’s prospects by arguing that the downhill parts of Goodwood’s track will, as last year, prove challenging to CANFORD CLIFFS and RICHARD HUGHES.

“Nevertheless, he insisted he would not use concerns about the course as an excuse should the three- time Royal Ascot winner be unable to deal with the year- younger FRANKEL, whose appreciation of the race’s 1m trip was also questioned by the reigning champion trainer.”



“CAMERON UNDER PRESSURE“PM CAMERON cut again as gamble gathers pace DAN CHILDS …“FOAM pie attacks aside, Rupert Murdoch came through yesterday’s Commons culture committee grilling largely unscathed but the jury is still out over the impact of the phone hacking scandal on Prime Minister David Cameron.
“Even before Murdoch senior , his son James and the former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks had given evidence to MPs, the gamble on Cameron to depart the cabinet has gathered pace …..

“ENGLAND 3-1 TO RULE THE WORLD.”
“RPSPORT special with all the best bets as the Test series against INDIA, the top ranked- side in the world, gets under way at LORD’S tomorrow, including the verdict of WEST INDIES legend Michael Holding.”

IN TOMORROW'S RACING POST
PRICEWISE ON THE EBOR.
SERGEANT CECIL 1st 11-1
PURPLE MOON 1st 6-1
"The Totesport Ebor is one of Tom Segal's favourite handicaps and over the years he has produced a healthy profit in the York feature for his army of followers. He's been burning the midnight oil to come up with a big value selection for August 20th. Don't miss the Pricewise verdict."
LIVE C4 Totesport Ebor Meeting Wednesday August 17th to  Saturday August 20th  2011
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Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival 2011 http://www.yorkracecourse.co.uk

TODAY’S RACECARD’S: Catterick, Lingfield, Worcester, Sandown, Leicester and Naas.

THE RACING POST TUESDAY JULY 19th 2011










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DAVID BAXTER MARKET FORCES PREVIEW
“Shake-up in King George betting as Stoute ace WORKFORCE is supported.”
“WORKFORCE looks set to go off favourite for the King George vi and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday after the market for the £1m showdown turned on its head yesterday. 
“Bookmaker Stan James stood alone last night in promoting last year’s Derby, and Arc hero to outright favourite,  but it looked only a matter of time before others followed suite.

JMC TURFCALL
It would be dangerous to follow suit in a race as this looks like turning out to be.

JULIAN MUSCAT ‘ THE CHOSEN ONE ….            
"I keep wondering why His Highness chose me. Even now, I still don’t know’
 
As he prepares Royal Ascot hero REWILDING for the King George, the modest Mahmood Al Zarooni tells Julian Muscat how he still can’t quite believe his rapid rise in the Godolphin ranks …..
 
“When Sheikh Mohammed made a phone call less than three years ago it was to change the life of one young horseman forever. Julian Muscat hears his story.”  
“For Mahmood Al Zarooni, BLUE BUNTING’S victory in the Irish Oaks on Saturday made the perfect preamble for REWILDING’S  tilt at the King George vi and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It has the makings of a stunning week for a man whose life changed dramatically with an unexpected phone call …. 
“At that time Al Zarooni was a cog in the wheel of Ali Al Raihi’s Dubai yard. He now runs Godolphin ‘s enterprise at Moulton Paddocks, where 200 horses reside and work continues apace to increase capacity as Sheikh Mohammed’s private stable on the northern fringe of Newmarket. Its no wonder he shakes in disbelief when he recalls how it came to be……” 
A fascinating and amazing read, don’t miss it ...

JON LEES SPECIAL FOCUS SUNDAY RACING THE BIG DEBATE
“WHY THEY DON’T LIKE SUNDAYS. Lack of interest from sponsors, the corporate sector and TV companies turns tracks off .....”
 
JMC TURFCALL

A MODEL JOCKEY, EDIE CAMPBELL A great pic from Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) "Edie Campbell, the supermodel face of Burberry, brightens up a wet and grey day at George Baker's Whitsbury yard yesterday as she prepares for her ride in a celebrities' race being staged on ladies day at Glorious Goodwood a Thursday week." 

JMC TURFCALL
EDIE limbering up for her ride at Glorious Goodwood (1.55 Thursday July 28th) walking with her tack to prepare her horse to ride out first lot. An athletic challenge for all the girls preparing to ride in this new 6f race. Perhaps this is the reason why MADONNA was unable to accept the invitation to ride.


IN TOMORROW’S RACING POST
“AT HOME WITH CANFORD CLIFFS RODNEY MASTERS reports from Richard Hannon’s yard as the stable star gears up for his epic clash with FRANKEL.”

“CANFORD V FRANKEL The first in a daily series of expert views on The Duel On The Downs.”

“KING GEORGE BUILD- UP The latest news, plus JIMMY LINDLEY tells STEVE DENNIS about the day he denied LESTER PIGGOTT a King George triumph aboard PETITE  ETOILE .”


TODAY’S RACE CARDS Musselburgh, Yarmouth, Bangor, Southwell, and Ballinrobe.

THE RACING POST MONDAY JULY 18th 2011










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REVIEW OF THE IRISH OAKS SUNDAY JULY 17th 2011
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3.45 Darley Irish Oaks  (Group 1) ( 3yo Fillies ) 1m4f.
Winner e246,600  2nd e80,550
WIN:  BLUE BUNTING (USA) 3 9-0 partner FRANKIE DETTORI handler presenter SIKANDAR HAYAT trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni for Godolphin. breeder B M Kelley. 5-2 Distance sh, hd, and half a length. 2nd BANIMPIRE 8-1. 3rd WONDER OF WONDERS 5-4f
TONY O'HEHIR REVIEW "That's better Frankie! DETTORI and BLUE BUNTING atone for Epsom defeat with thrilling last-gasp win in Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh yesterday."

"DETTORI DELIGHT as he banishes Epsom woe on BLUE BUNTING


"THE nightmare of his Epsom experience was replaced by understandable elation at the Curragh yesterday when FRANKIE DETTORI produced BLUE BUNTING  with a storming
 last-furlong run to land the Darley Irish Oaks by a short head from BANIMPIRE."


"NOTHING WENT RIGHT for the Godolphin filly in the Investic Oaks and things went from bad to worse for DETTORI when he dropped his hands, lost third place and picked up a ten day ban for his error of judgement."












GRAHAM DENCH PREVIEW “WORKFORCE and NATHANIEL on course for Ascot showdown in SATURDAY’S King George vi and Queen Elizabeth Stakes looks set to be the latest classic of a vintage Flat season as last year’s Derby and Arc hero WORKFORCE and exciting three-year-old NATHANIEL became likely opponents for ST NICHOLAS ABBEY and REWILDING yesterday.”
 
JOHN RANDALL PREVIEW  “KING GEORGE COUNTDOWN, THE POST’S LEADING
HISTORIAN charts the race’s rich history and we also focus on legendry Italian champion RIBOT, the winner in 1956, to celibrate the 60th running of this race on Saturday.  Europe’s top midsummer show with a proud roll-call of superstars.” Don’t miss it.

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