RACING POST FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd 2011
RACING POST WEEK MONDAY AUGUST 29th - to - SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4th 2011
LEGENDRY HORSEMAN WALTER SWINBURN
LIGHT YEAR'S AHEAD
“SWINBURN to pull plug on career as a trainer ANDREW DIETZ
“WALTER SWINBURN will bring to an end his seven-year training career at the end of the Flat season , as his father in law Peter Harris, the benefactor of the Hertfordshire yard where Swinburn’s stables are based, revealed he is to cease his 30- year association with the sport.
“Swinburn took over the reins at Church Farm, in Aldbury, from Harris in November 2004, but against a backdrop of dwindling prize-money levels and the possibilities of a reduction in the number of horses at his disposal, he plans to quit training on October 31st.
J MARGARET CLARKE TURFCALL
WALTER SWINBURN a brilliant horseman, gentle, balanced, accurate his perspective understanding, honed, finely in tune to each and every horse he rides, and has ridden. Such standards light years ahead of the present British horseracing general standard’s of horse coping within horseracing.
TODAY’S RACECARD’S Haydock, Brighton, Chepstow, Kempton, Kilbeggan
LEE MOTTERSHEAD“LAST week’s series of articles featuring the sport’s appeal with young people struck a cord with many Racing Post readers, not least leading jumps owner Andy Stewart, who has called on racecourses to show a more welcoming attitude toward students. It is essential that racing attracts the next generation of racegoers but it is slamming the door in their faces due to the cost of going racing …
NEWS RACING POST FOCUS, BORN TO RUN AT THE DONCASTER YEARLING SALES
RICHARD GRIFFITHS reports from Doncaster “on the day the filly we have followed from birth to the sales ring goes under the hammer.
“She needs no introduction,” said auctioneer Tim Kent as BORN TO RUN made her way into the sales ring, cautiously alert as to exactly what it was she was stepping into. From the big, embracing paddocks of Tweenhills Stud to this: a circular auction ring flanked on each side of the entrance by bright red seating and coated with a freakish wall of sound. The buzz and chatter of agents twinned with Kent’s high-tempo bidding must come as a shock when you have spent your life kicking back in the Gloucestershire countryside.
“ Who’ll give me £5,000? “ Kent asked …. Anxious moments followed as BORN TO RUN , led by Tweenhills minder SAM IMRIE, moved purposefully around the ring. Soon it was £9,000 … £12,000 … £14,000 … £19,000 sold for £20,000 Kent stormed, Hugo Palmer a young ambitious Newmarket trainer. When she returned to her box, Palmer was waiting to have a fresh look at his purchase, confirming his enthusiasm for the Racing Post to continue our story of a racehorse. DON’T MISS MONDAY’S RACING POST to find out where BORN TO RUN goes from here-and what her connection is to Oaks winner DANCING RAIN.”
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HOWARD WRIGHT “GRETTON ALL SET TO MIND THE GAPS IN RGM ROLE.
“NOT so long ago every bright spark wanted to be an IT programmer or a marketing guru, if they couldn’t get into television, that is . In racing, it seems, fixture and race planning is the place to be. Suddenly the sport is full of people poring over the calendar, working out where best to place fixtures and races, more often than not working in the direction of their own perspectives. Not content with relying on the BHA’s hugely experienced racing department, the Horsemen’s Group set up it’s own race-planning committee, who’s thoughts on the destiny of the 2012 fixture list are awaited with interest.
Now Racecourse Media Group, the umbrella organisation for Racing UK’s 30 courses, has persuaded Ed Gretton to pack away his clerk of course’s going stick and enticed him to leave Chester and Bangor with the offer of a new post as director of racing. Since Jockey Club Racecourses, which accounts, for 14 of the RUK courses, has its own racing director, and the remaining tracks have experienced executives looking after their fixture process, Gretton’s role is clearly intended to be more than an exercise in collective ideas.
“For the story behind the story, it is necessary to examine a comment from Jockey Club chief executive Simon Bazalgette, who said one of Gretton’s responsibilities would be to pursue a better balance of fixtures for RUK and RGM’s joint-venture betting shop service TurfTV
“So, content could be the key to the new appointment, and it would be no surprise if RUK and TurfTV were about to make an assault on the equivalent of eight weeks worth of afternoons when they provide no British racing.
“The normal racecourse-by-racecourse fixture- planning process has been unable to smooth out the staring gaps. Presumably RGM’s top brass believe Gretton is the man to provide the Polyfilla."
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