THE RACING POST TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27th 2011
RACING POST WEEK MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26th TO SUNDAY OCTOBER 2nd 2011
TODAYS RACECARDS: Ayr, Chepstow and Sedgefield
MILL REEF AND THE ARC
"STEVE DENNIS recalls with Ian Balding and Geoff Lewis the Arc paragon who was the horse of a lifetime. Trainer Ian Balding and Jockey Geoff Lewis recall a magical Autumn day at Longchamp when the Derby, Eclipse and King George hero wrote himself into racing history. It was like he simply floated over the ground."
IAN BALDING “I was asked what the highlight of my career was, I was diplomatic, but to be honest it was the Arc. Forty years ago. Does it really seem that long? “Wow, time flies, doesn’t it,” says Geoff Lewis, prompted into reminiscence by the imminent anniversary.
GRAHAM DENCH and SCOTT BURTON. “NATHANIEL a major doubt for Arc over ground fears. Ascot could benefit as odds are cut for Champion Stakes
“LONGCHAMP’S loss appears likely to be Ascot’s gain as John Gosden yesterday confirmed that NATHANIEL’S participation in Sunday’s Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is in serious doubt due to the likelihood of unusually fast ground in France ….
JAMES BURN and STUART RILEY BIG GUNS BEWARE“WHY recent history tells us market leaders SARAFINA, SO YOU THINK and WORKFORCE are up against it in the Paris spectacular ….
“British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to reveal changes to rules on use of whip.
“THE BHA will today announce curbs to the use of the whip in a move that has signalled the end of Towcester’s radical plan to prevent jockeys using them in any races at the track.
“The comprehensive review was sparked by controversy surrounding the aftermath of the Grand National 2011 in which winning jockey Jason Maguire received a five- day ban for excessive use of the whip aboard Ballabriggs, and grew into an industry-wide debate, polarising opinions on both sides on what has always been a highly charged and emotive issue….