THE RACING POST TUESDAY OCTOBER 4th 2011
RACING POST WEEK MONDAY OCTOBER 4th TO SUNDAY OCTOBER 10th 2011
HANNON confident BRONTERRE can scale heights in Dewhurst .....
Dewhurst info link to be run this Saturday at Newmarket
THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY ‘OH, THE THINGS THESE HORSES GIVE US WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING .......
STEVE DENNIS is spellbound as he spends 33 hours on the road to
THINK ,,,, HE’LL BE BACK “Arc fourth SO YOU THINK set to stay in training for O’Brien next season …..“There are very few sports in which, at the highest level, competitors are handicapped. In light of yet another three-year-old winner of the Arc, DON McCLEAN says it’s time to rethink the weight-for-age scale.”
FOCUS ON THE 2011 ARC MEETING Owner of Arc winner’s half-brother reflects on missed opportunity .....STUART RILEY “According to David Maloney, he is the man who owns the wrong family member – namely VALDAN, the seven-year-old, 52-rated, half-brother to Sunday’s impressive Arc winner DANEDREAM. It is a tale that perfectly encapsulates the perils of the breeding industry. While DANEDREAM cost e9,000 and has just taken her winnings to e2,475,259 her older half-brother has amassed career earnings of just £30,366 with Maloney turning down an offer of £120,000 for the colt at the end of his two-year-old campaign.
“Just over a fortnight ago before DANEDREAM entered the history books, VALDAN, now trained by Ruth Carr, finished 13th of 13, 22 lengths behind MISS FERNEY, in a 0-65 handicap at Catterick. It was the 66th start in a career that has spanned six years and included four wins, the last of which came on May 9, 2009.
“I knew they were related. I actually saw the filly win a few weeks ago in Germany and she was very impressive,” says Maloney. “I didn’t think she’d win, but I had a couple of hundred pounds on her, which paid off. I thought she was incredibly impressive. VALDAN used to have a turn of foot like that but he’s lost interest now, he’s not trying. He was a very good two-year-old (rated 92) and I actually turned down £120,ooo from one of the big bloodstock agents for him, which wasn’t the most sensible decision I’ve ever made ! That’s how it goes sometimes, but I’ve won my share of races.”
FOCUS ON THE 2011 ARC MEETINGTONY O’HEHIR “International body sets up committee for in-depth analysis for weight- for - age scale.
“The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has decided to set up a sub- committee to carry out an in-depth analysis of the weight for age scale.
“There have been calls for the scale to be examined again from those who believe it gives three-year-olds an unfair advantage, highlighted by the fact that DANEDREAM became the 15th three-year-old to win the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in 18 runnings of the race on Sunday.
“Garry O’Gorman, Ireland’s senior Flat handicapper, said yesterday , “The -weight –for- age scale was one of the issues on the agenda when we met over the weekend and it was agreed to set up a sub-committee to work on the issue and to carry out an in-depth analysis of the scale.
“It has been a lingering issue between the hemispheres for a number of years. We haven’t managed to get very far with the matter but we have decided to try again and for the committee to have a good look at the situation. We’ve set the ball rolling now and when the World Rankings Committee meets in Hong Kong in December we will discuss the matter further. There certainly will be nothing happening in the short term, but the sub-committee will hone down the issues and will report back in due course.
“I would imagine the committee’s findings will be presented at some stage next year. I have an open mind regarding any possible changes to the existing weight-for-age system and we will just wait and see what recommendations the committee comes up with when they have examined everything closely.”
FOCUS ON THE 2011 ARC MEETING DANEDREAM could go for big prize in US or Japan.“The trainer of Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe heroine DANEDREAM suggested yesterday that the 3-year-old -filly could run again this season, possibly in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf or in the Queen Elizabeth 11 Commemorative Cup in Japan.
“TRAINER Peter Schiergen is keen to stress on DANEDREAM’S owners Heiko Volz and Japanese owner breeder Teruya Yoshida after Yoshida bought a half –share in DANEDREAM two days before the Arc, the far-flung races open to their star filly in the remaining weeks of of the 2011 Flat race season.”