Thursday, 28 February 2013

FRIDAY MARCH 1st RACING POST 2013. BEN HUTTON, BRINGS US NEWS OF GLASGOW FESTIVAL PREVIEW NIGHT, NICK LUCK HOST TO 600 RAISES £100,000 FOR CANCER CHARITY.




RACING POST FRIDAY MARCH 1st 2013
WEEK MONDAY FEBRUARY 25th TO SUNDAY MARCH 3rd 2013

REVIEW YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
 
PREVIEW TODAY'S CARDS
http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd



DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2013
PUNTERS ZONE MEET UP WITH EQUUS ZONE

Tuesday March 12 to Friday March 15
Cheltenham Festival Betting Odds
http://www.cheltenham-festival.co.uk/
http://www.cheltenhamfestivalinfo.com/index.php/en/






FESTIVAL PREVIEW NIGHT HILTON HOTEL GLASGOW
Tuesday February 26th 2013
 
"Wark walks the walk as panellists talk the talk
 
Ben Hutton in Glasgow
"Ladies and gentlemen, we have the finest Cheltenham Festival preview panel ever assembled!
 
"So host Nick Luck welcomes the 600 Glasgow Hilton attendees on Tuesday for an evening in support of Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres and St Andrews' Hospice, the first Cheltenham preview of its type in Scotland.
"Nick certainly isn't overstating the panel members either, because among those looking down on the 60 circular tables laid out for a three-course meal are Barry Geraghty, Charlie Swan, Nicky Henderson, Lucinda Russell, Tony McCoy and Arthur Moore.
 
"They all get the rousing introductions and acknowledgements they deserve and, if Lucinda Russell's festival achievements have yet to match those of her panel contemporaries you wouldn't  have guessed it, as the loudest roar of appreciation is sent in the direction of the Scottish trainer.
 
"The interactive silent auction is thoroughly good fun, with each table hosting  an iPad through which to bid and the four big screens detailing how much everything is going for and who to. One wag bids for a round of golf in the name of Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark. Hang on a minute, it is Newsnight Kirsty Wark! The patron of Maggie's reveals that she used to go racing at Windsor every Monday night during the 1980's, and addresses the crowd , concluding:"Glasgow has never seen anything like this, it's going to be an extraordinary night!
 
"And so it is. With two hours left to go in the silent auction the bids for the 23 lots already amount to £13,500.



"Following dinner, Luck begins proceedings just as all things Cheltenham should, with the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. There aren't many negatives about My Tent Or Yours, other than Henderson pointing out that he needs to prove he's as good on an undulating  track as he is on a flat course, adding that "River Maigue isn't incapable"

 "Henderson, asked if Simonsig would be in the top five horses he has ever trained, replies in the affirmative, adding "He's got a huge amount of speed, buckets of it".

 
"Geraghty says of Grandouet in the Champion Hurdle: "His form ties in with Zarkandar but I'd like to think we'd beat him," while Henderson has a sneaky feeling Binocular is coming back to his best. He's also got the same inkling regarding Riverside Theatre, and reports Captain Coonan had worked brilliantly that morning. The Jewson is the probable race for him, although Henderson says Dynaste would scare him if switching from the RSA.

"The RSA Chase. The panel discuss the desperate record of Feltham winners but AP has some soothing words for fans of Dynaste: "He's a completely different horse to Grands Crus, who was very free. Dynste is much more relaxed."
 
 
"The Champion Chase is given little air time with nobody willing to oppose Sprinter Sacre, but Oskar Whisky has a few fans on the pane for the World Hurdle, with Henderson saying: "I don't think it was the real Oscar Whisky last year and without Big Buck's we've got to try again."
 
"The Racing Post Cheltenham Festival Guide 2013 is out now  - only £9.99. Order your copy at www.racingpost.com/shop or on 01933  304858.







Tuesday, 26 February 2013

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27th RACING POST 2013. DAVID CARR: OVERTURN WILL TAKE BATTLE TO SIMONSIG SAYS McCAIN. HORSE-BY-HORSE GUIDE TO THE TOP TRAINER'S FESTIVAL TEAM 13 DAYS TO GO.

 
 
RACING POST WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27th 2013
WEEK MONDAY FEBRUARY 25th TO SUNDAY MARCH 3rd 2013

REVIEW YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
 
PREVIEW TODAY'S CARDS
http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd




DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2013
PUNTERS ZONE MEET UP WITH EQUUS ZONE

Tuesday March 12 to Friday March 15
Cheltenham Festival Betting Odds
http://www.cheltenham-festival.co.uk/
http://www.cheltenhamfestivalinfo.com/index.php/en/





"NEW RULE FOR NOVICES WOULD BE MAJOR HELP TO PUNTERS
 
Julian Muscat:  "Trainers should be limited to a single entry in one of the open handicaps".
 
J Margaret Clarke Turfcall Comment  An interesting feature from Julian.
Equus Zone
Racehorses in training can never be placed in the dangerous dictate of bloodhorse illiterate government or punters.  Horses come first not last.
  
British Horseracing Government hell bent to sacrifice all bloodhorse literacy if they possibly can. That they have managed over the last 6 decades to reach and hold such a  highly dangerous grip on the sport in Britain as is now, severely limits horseracing standards not only here but around the world. Forcing it into becoming an unsound sport. 

Racehorses are finely tuned athlete's as are the bloodhorse literate handler riders, jockey's horsemen that partner them.




VIVE LA FRANCE

Jonathan Mullin on the role played by French purchases in the rise of Willie Mullins

FRENCH LESSON
SHOWING THIS YEAR'S TEAM MULLINS, LEADING CONTENDER LIST
RACE BY RACE KEY INFO

 
 
 
TEAM JESUS
Pope Benedict xv1 the first pontiff to officially retire in 600 years.

Twenty thousand people expected at the Vatican today to celebration as Pope Benedict xv1 gives his farewell message after 8 years of service.
 
 
 
Peter Thomas meets a trainer who struck with an incredible double-double at Cheltenham and Aintree last year.
 
MALCOLM JEFFERSON
Feet on the ground as two more big days approach


 


PLUS CLEEVE HILL, YOUR DAILY ENTERTAINING GUIDE PAGE 4




DAVID ASHFORTH SATURDAY MUSINGS
With the Cheltenham Festival very much in mind.
23.02.2013
http://turfcall2-racingpost.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/sacred-sunday-february-23rd-racing-post.html 

ITV 8pm to 9pm this evening New Series 1/9
Have you ever wondered what food is on the menu at this Festival? All sorts.
An interesting New Series 1/9 starts this evening
 
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD FOR THOUGHT

To be presented by Carol Vorderman and her Team.
Dish Of The Day

David Butcher
Britain's Got Taste

Simon Cowell with his Mum's way of roasting potatoes
http://turfcall2-racingpost.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/sacred-sunday-february-23rd-racing-post.html 


 

Monday, 25 February 2013

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 26th RACING POST 2013. PETER SCARGILL: THE 2013 CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP HOLDS NO FEARS FOR IMPERIAL COMMANDER CONFIRMS TRAINER NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES



 
RACING POST TUESDAY FEBRUARY 26th 2013
WEEK MONDAY FEBRUARY 25th TO SUNDAY MARCH 3rd 2013

REVIEW YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
 
 
PREVIEW TODAY'S CARDS
http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd





DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2013
PUNTERS ZONE MEET UP WITH EQUUS ZONE

Tuesday March 12 to Friday March 15
Cheltenham Festival Betting Odds
http://www.cheltenham-festival.co.uk/
http://www.cheltenhamfestivalinfo.com/index.php/en/





Mark Storey: "CHAPPLE=HYAM KEEPS HYDROGEN AS HE FACES PROBE
 
"HYDROGEN, the most expensive yearling bought at auction worldwide last year, will remain with multiple Classic-winning trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam while hw fights charges of misleading a British Horseracing Authority Government investigation and refusing to supply complete telephone records.
 
"David Redvers, racing and bloodstock manager to HYDROGEN owner Shiekh Fahad, moved to support Chapple-Hyam before a hearing at BHA headquarters in London, where the disciplinary panel will ponder whether he has breached rules that carry maximum penalties of a three- year disqualification.
 
" Chapple-Hyam who two months ago received Qatar Racing's 2.5 million guineas son of GALILEO, a half brother to his 2007 Derby winner Authorised, called Redvers to warn him about the BHS's charges.
 
Redvers said: "I've spoken to Pete, who let me know the news was breaking. He's explained to me his version of events and, as long as something else does not come to light, we see no reason to change the training programme for HYDROGEN or any of our other horses with him. We have complete confidence in Pete."
 




MONDAY FEBRUARY 25th RACING POST. COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2013. WE'LL BE BRINGING YOU A DAILY DIET OF INFORMATION AND ENTERTAINING READS 16 DAYS TO GO.

 
 
RACING POST MONDAY FEBRUARY 25th 2013
WEEK MONDAY FEBRUARY 25th TO SUNDAY MARCH 3rd 2013

REVIEW YESTERDAY'S RESULTS


PREVIEW TODAY'S CARDS
http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd





DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2013
PUNTERS ZONE MEET UP WITH EQUUS ZONE

Tuesday March 12 to Friday March 15
Cheltenham Festival Betting Odds
http://www.cheltenham-festival.co.uk/
http://www.cheltenhamfestivalinfo.com/index.php/en/ 





A  below par disappointing run in the Racing Plus Chase on Saturday for J P McManus and Team Bridgewater.

11F2-11 WYCK HILL (IRE) 9 10-7 partner A P McCOY handler presenter? trainer David Bridgewater for John P McManus

Chased leaders, hit 10th, soon pushed along, weakened 12th of 18 fences. 3m 3-1f

WYCK HILL partner A P McCOY performance on Saturday well below par.



 

SAM TWISTON-DAVIES Smart young horseman to partner THE NEW ONE talks of their chances, and his other hopes for the meeting.
 
MILL HOUSE Alastair Down talks to WILLIE ROBINSON, rider of the Gold Cup great. Greats are still great
Page 14-15.
 
CLEEVE HILL Your favourite festival horses revealed. Page 16.
 
 
Rodney Masters brings news "TALENTED French newcomer MAIL DE BIEVRE was yesterday handed the toughest task in racing when trainer Tom George  revealed he would be supplemented to face SPRINTER SACRE in the sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase at next months Cheltenham Festival,  we're not swerving SACRE."
 
 
 
 



Saturday, 23 February 2013

SACRED SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24th RACING POST 2013. ROI DU MEE - DAVY RUSSELL STRENGTHENS IRISH HAND FOR BRITISH GRAND NATIONAL - AINTREE APRIL 6th 2013.

 
 
RACING POST SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24th 2013
WEEK MONDAY FEBRUARY 18th TO SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24th 2013

REVIEW YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
 
PREVIEW TODAY'S CARDS
http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd



CH4 MORNING LINE JOIN UP FOR YESTERDAY'S RACING
http://turfcallmorningline.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/ch4-morning-line_22.html



GET YOUR OWN RACING POST TODAY AND TOMORROW
DON'T MISS THE FESTIVAL IN PICTURES
50 STUNNING IMAGES FROM MULTIPLE AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER EDWARD WHITAKER



RACING POST NEWS
http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd

 
 
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2013
PUNTERS ZONE MEET UP WITH EQUUS ZONE

Tuesday March 12 to Friday March 15
Cheltenham Festival Betting Odds
http://www.cheltenham-festival.co.uk/
http://www.cheltenhamfestivalinfo.com/index.php/en/






Martin Dwyer riding work learning his trade
with Ian Balding
What will the outcome be for Martin today in India?
Will it be a bloodhorse literate decision?
Or will it be a bloodhorse illiterate decision?

Is Martin to be condemned unjustly by bloodhorse illiterate Indian regulators?
Indian regulation rules in which the British horseracing regulators comply without exception?





Rodney Masters reports:
(RP 23.02.13)
 
Dwyer backs police chief's involvement
"MARTIN DWYER yesterday gave his support to the unconventional  addition of a senior policeman in the investigation launched into a losing ride that sparked angry scenes among racegoers in India.
"The Lambourn-based jockey has commitments in Dubai over the next few weeks but will return to give evidence at the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) inquiry into his ride on 6-4 favourite ICE AGE, who finished a close third.
 
"The hearing was due to take place tomorrow but has been postponed until March 17, when the local director general of police has asked to participate.

"Dwyer said 'While I categorically deny the allegations made against me by the stewards of the Royal Western India Turf Club that I did not allow ICE AGE to race on her merits, I welcome the decision of the director general of police, Raj Khilnani, to involve himself in proceedings and that he will be in attendance at the hearing.
 
"I'm confident I will be exonerated of any wrong doing, due to the simple fact I'm entirely innocent of the allegations, as is clearly made evident by the video of the race alone.
 
"Dwyer reportedly had to flee Mahalaxmi racecourse after racegoers formed what was described as a "lynch mob" as they protested against the ride he had given ICE AGE.
 
"RWITC chairman  KN Dhunjib-hoy told the Mumbai Mirror: "Mr Khilnani called the club's stewards and insisted on being present when the stewards' body deliberates on the report submitted by the stipendiary stewards on their investigations into ICE AGE's los last Sunday."
"Khilnani is reported to have told the same newspaper:  "I decided  to step in  because I'm concerned about the reputation of the Turf Club. I want to play a positive role in preventing any wrongdoing.
"Racing is a sport and money should not take it off track."




PAUSE FOR THOUGHT
DAVID ASHFORTH
Saturday's musings from a retired racing enthusiast.

David Ashforth at the Derby Awards 6.12.10
David Ashforth:
twice voted journalist of the year
PICTURE: Dan Abraham
DAVID'S SATURDAY MUSINGS
23.02.2013

Stay awake by cooking up your festival theory
Pic: Fanny Cradock: inventing the prawn cocktail
 
"I'M THINKING of setting up an insomniacs club' We could meet at 2am and one of us would keep repeating the recipe for horseradish sauce from Mrs Beaton's Cookery book and see whether any of us fall asleep. If that doesn't work, reading out the form at Wolverhampton should do the trick. No-one could stay awake through that .

Wondering if David always makes Mrs Beeton's horseradish sauce? (practice) Photographs of food on a plate beside each recipe (theory) were not used  in Mrs Beeton's day like they are now.
 
Horseradish can be found sometimes growing wild in the country side.  Its a little bit like a carrot, but instead of being bright orange it is a creamy white sort of colour. It can be too strong tasting when old. At present we have some truly great TV programs showing cooking in practice live on screen.

Have you noticed the mouth watering photographs displayed beside a recipe (theory) in all the cookery books on sale in 2013?

"I bet you didn't know that Mrs Beeton was only 28 when she died, even though you may know her stepfather, Henry Dorling, was Epsom's clerk of the course and that the family 
lived for awhile in the racecourse grandstand. Eventually, Mrs Beeton became a racehorse herself winning a maiden race at Salisburyin 2009. It's a pity there isn't a racehorse named after that other cook, Phyllis Pechey, better known as Fanny Cradock, a dreadful woman but an interesting one, who invented the prawn cocktail. There was a horse called Prawn Cocktail. Cradock's father, Archibald, went bankrupt gambling and Fanny not only married four times but did so twice while still married. It seemed to work quite well for her.


J Margaret Clarke
Turfcall Comment
 
David brings to mind two cooks from the past Mrs Beaton and Fanny Cradock. Wondering what will be the menu's available at the Cheltenham Festival 3013 in 16 days time? Various levels no doubt as to quality of food and service available. Perhaps Champion Racing Post photographer Edward Whitaker can take a peep with his camera to show us the variety on offer .... from a quick seaside snack from the legendry brilliant Sea Food Stall; to a top table sit down meal. These Sea Food Stall's always look a picture have you noticed?
(or not as the case maybe.)

Since the days of Beaton and Cradock photography has played a major part in the art of presenting fabulous food to the world and all the people in it, on a plate.

The author, Isabella Beeton, was 21 years old when she started working on the book, and she died at 28. In 1866.

Fanny Cradock

 
 
 
A ROYAL CONNECTION
 
Major Peter Cazalet * The Queen Mother * Albert and Michael Roux
 
* a passion for horses * a passion for food
 
Albert Roux from France to Britain and the Cazalet Family Fairlawne
 
At 18, Albert travelled on his own to England where he began work as a scullery boy at Cliveden; he later worked as a chef for several distinguished families including that of Peter Cazalet, who trained the Queen Mother’s horses. “I have very happy memories working for the Cazalets,” he says. “One day when Michel was small he went missing and there was a knock at the kitchen door. The Queen Mother had Michel and said, ‘He must be yours!’”


While working as a private chef, Albert fostered an ambition with his younger brother, Michel Sr, who was then based in Paris, to open a London restaurant. The brothers felt that England was “in the culinary stone age”, the food was poor and service was bad. They planned to pioneer a change in the eating habits of the English.

 

 
The Queen Mother's Passion for Horse Racing
 
In 1949, when Monaveen won at Fontwell, the Queen Mother became the first Queen of England to win a horse race in Britain since Queen Anne in 1714. In a career spanning over 50 years, she had 449 winners, in her blue and gold colours, her last being One Love, who won just 222 days before she died.
 
 
 
 
JUBILEE MEMORIES OF ROYAL CONNECTIONS
WITH FAIRLAWNE AND SHIPBOURNE
Sir  Edward Cazalet
 
"In this Diamond Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II, our beloved Sovereign, I
have been asked to write something about the Royal Family’s connections with Fairlawne and Shipbourne over the years.
 
 
 
Albert Roux
Alibris Books
 
 
"Anyway, neither Mrs Beeton nor Fanny were running at Taunton on Tuesday (splendid course, friendly, big screen, sunshine, Admiral Black wins the 4.15pm, etc) but a lot of other horses were and, during the first, I took out my notebook, or would have done if I'd got one, and made a (mental) note of Upswing, for whom I predict a successive future. If you've got a notebook, I suggest you make an entry.
 
"After the last race, I gathered with the rest of the true enthusiasts (or sad cases) in the Betfred shop in the hope it stayed open for the bumper at Wetherby, featuring a rare Mark Johnston runner. The good news was the shop was still open, the bad there were no pictures from Wetherby - Betfred are in dispute with TurfTV and evidently the earlier pictures from Wetherby were on the screen by mistake.
 

"We could hear Stewart Machin's commentary, study the result from Vaal and Toulouse, and watch the dogs parade for the 5.07 from Crayford, so all wasn't lost. Trap 2 was popular in the betting but finished second to Trap 4. Meanwhile, Machin suggested Jason Maguire would ride few easier winners than Diamond King, who won the bumper by 16 lengths. I'll take his word for it.
 
"Soon after that, it was Wednesday and now it's Saturday, which means there are only 17 days to go until Cheltenham. Like a war, preparation for the festival is vital - if you haven't already armed yourself, mentally and financially, you should. Try to steer clear of shopping, which has a damaging effect on the amount of cash available for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the following 26 races, and try not to loose it all before Cheltenham arrives, difficult though that is. You'll need plenty of money to lose once it gets under way.
 
"IF YOU'VE already started studying the form, remember that, on the first day, the going will be good to soft . It doesn't really matter  what the weather's like between now and then, it will be good to soft. It's a rule.
 

"A while ago, a friend recommended a rather clever system for the festival , which was to appose all Paul Nicholls' and Nicky Henderson's runners in handicaps. The theory was that, by mid-March, all their candidates for handicaps have already done well, are no longer well handicapped and will be shorter priced than they should be. When it comes to Cheltenham, it's the non-handicaps for Nicholls and Henderson and the handicaps for everyone else.
 
"It's rather appealing theory and would be even better if confirmed in practice. Last year,  Nicholls didn't win any of the handicaps - so far, so theoretically good. On the other hand, he didn't have many runners in them and Elgardo Sol did finish second in the County Hurdle, at 25-1.
 
"Henderson had more runners and two handicap winners, Une Artiste at 40-1 in the Fred Winter Hurdle and Bellvano at 20-1 in the Grand Annual Chase, in which Henderson also trained the runner-up, Tanks For That, at 9-1 and the fourth, Anquetta, at 33-1. Earlier in the week, Owen Glendower was third in the Cross Country Chase, at 33-1 and Veiled finished third in the Coral Cup, at 25-1.
 
"It's a pity the theory turned out to be so expensive - well, disastrous, really-but there is a lesson to be learned (apart from, don't follow the theory). It's that it's worth paying close attention to Henderson's second string in handicaps, and his third one, and fourth, and fifth-Bellivano. This year he's got 13 entered in the Coral Cup, so perhaps his sixth string, or seventh? I hope that helps. Taunton again this week, I think."


CLIVEDEN

"At 18, Albert (Roux) travelled on his own to England where he began work as a scullery boy at Cliveden."




 
J Margaret Clarke
Turfcall Comment
FOOD FOR THOUGHT



DAYTIME STARTING MONDAY MORNING FEBRUARY 25th
BBC1
9.15am to 10am Monday to Friday this week
Jane Rackham "Operation Hospital Food New series 1/5 Series 2 James Martin tries to improve NHS hospital food, beginning in Birmingham.

 "James Martin attempted  to improve the quality of food served to patients in Scarborough General Hospital.

"After the initial shock of seeing all the tinned and packet food on offer (remember the frozen omelettes?), he managed to introduce a new menu that  met patients' nutritional needs.
 
"Now he plans to improve hospital catering across the country, starting with Birmingham's Royal Orthopaedic Hospital where kitchen staff face loosing their jobs thanks to a growing overspend and shocking levels of waste. Martin is horrified to discover that nobody seems to know how many people they're cooking for, but it's the custard that sparks the first row. "
 
 
JAMES ASKS "HOW DO YOU MAKE PEOPLE CARE?".

In general James has found demoralised staff,  with demoralised attitudes, unable to communicate within a severe hospital government dictate, that couldn't care less about anything.
 
We have a failed British Political Government System racing neck and neck upsides the failed National Health System, the failed Bloodhorse Illiterate Horseracing Government, the failed British Legal Justice System the failed Banking System and now the failed Meat Marketing Regulators, we see animal sufference whether attempting to live or die of no account to any of these mentioned above,  hell bent, racing to Rip Off Britain and all the people in it, in every which way they possibly can each and every day. 
 
Is it any wonder workforces' in general feel so badly demoralised?

To stick at any job in 'Demoralised Rip Off Britain'  is an achievement in itself.  


 
 
 
 
  
Vogue cover, March 2013




Model of the year Cara Delevingne makes her Vogue cover debut for the March issue, one bursting with all of the new season's fashions - from graphics and fantastic plastic to Sixties remade and the new flats. Catch up with Cara, photographed by Mario Testino,