Sunday, 17 March 2013






McNamara stable after undergoing lengthy surgery

"J T McNAMARA was yesterday reported to be in a stable condition following surgery on Friday at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, where he remains in an induced coma, writes David Baxter.
"Leading amateur rider McNamara fractured his C3 and C4 vertebrae in a heavy fall at Cheltenham on Thursday. He was riding Galaxy Rock for Jonjo O'Neill in the
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase when the nine- year- old fell at the first.


"A statement released by Irish Turf Club senior medical officer Adrian McGoldrick and the Injured Jockeys Fund yesterday morning read: "We can report that following lengthy surgery yesterday J T McNamara is in a stable conditional. He remains in an induced coma at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. No further updates will be released until, Tuesday, March 19, and the family politely request that the media do not contact Frenchay Hospital, direct.

"They would also like to thank everyone for their kind support and best wishes for JT."




Brough (Equus Zone) (Bloodhorse Literate)

""THE heavens wept - for a horse, a man and for the very game itself. The 2013 festival was as packed with glories as any that has gone before, but one awful hour on Thursday changed everything, changed it utterly. MATUHI did not survive his last-fence fall in the 4.00 Byrne Group Plate but the extended, behind-the-screens drama as the vets fought to save him soon counted for nothing  .... at the first jump in the next. What happened to JOHN THOMAS McNAMARA and GALAXY ROCK was the fall that every jockey dreads.

"The final image of Cheltenham 2013 will always be of that
air ambulance gently hovering carefully upwards'


"BHA rejects claim fence omission put amateurs at risk
By Graham Green

"The BHA has strenuously denied an accusation it carries some measure of responsibility for the circumstances surrounding the serious neck injuries suffered by J T McNamara in the fall of Galaxy Rock on Thursday's Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase.
J Margaret Clarke Turfcall Comment
Compromised by the 'Bloodhorse Illiterate' BHA

4.00 Byrne Group Plate (A Handicap Chase) 2m5f. 17 fences. 21 ran.

MATUHI 10 10-4 partner BRENDAN POWER (3) trainer David Pipe
for Willsford Racing Incorporated

MATUHI lost his life after falling at the final fence, close to the main grandstand, he suffered ‘an untreatable spinal injury’ vets attended, screens went up and remained up for over 40 minutes. Matuhi chased winner over 3 out until 2 out, 3rd about 3 lengths down and pushed along when fell last fatally injured.

JMC Was young BRENDON POWELL (3) fearing the wrath and punishment of the bloodhorse illiterate stewards pushing too hard on a tired MATUHI in punishing ground?


4.40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap C hase (Amateur Riders)
Class 2 17 fences 4 omitted 3m1f. 24 ran

GALAXY ROCK (IRE) 9 11-9 partner Mr J T McNAMARA trainer Jonjo O'Neall
for Michael and John O'Flynn

JMC Mr J T McNAMARA suffering seriously injured in this 4. 40 race, a race that should not have taken place until MATUHI was ready, alive, or dead to be safely and gently removed from the racetrack. All runners competing for this 4.40 race should have remained in the parade ring until the racetrack was clear and ready for the 4,40 race to be run, and if the track was not clear, the later races should not have been run until later, or another day. The BHA cannot go on playing with other peoples lives to include the horses.

" Director of raceday operations and regulation Jamie Stier was responding to press coverage of a claim that the safety of McNamara and his fellow amateurs was compromised by the decision to omit the first fence in the Kim Muir as vets attended to Matuhi , a fatal faller in the previous race.
 JMC Compromised by the bloodhorse illiteracy of the British Horseracing Authority Government and their Director of raceday operation/regulation the bloodhorse illiterate ' Jamie Stier.

 JMC BHA Jamie Stier is 'Bloodhorse Illiterate." therefore he has no place to be regulating anything that involves the Equus Zone that is minding Bloodhorse Literacy to include safety on racecourses.

"The suggestion was that horse welfare was prioritized, with the length of time taken in the attempt to save Matuhi meaning a long run to the first fence jumped in the Kim Muir as vets attended to Matuhi, a fatal faller in the previous race. Horses building up more of a head of steam as a consequence. Stier said: "Whenever there is an incident on the racecourse it is examined in its entirety, and we are all about providing a safe environment for both horse and rider; it is not a matter of placing one above the other. No no no your wrong, you are out of tune with the true reality on both counts. You are out of tune with bloodhorse literacy. You do not belong in the Equus Zone.

"On this occasion it was decided it was appropriate to bypass the fence and, while that resulted in an extended run to the first fence, I would say the speed the field was travelling was not exceptionally quicker than otherwise would have been expected.
Compromised by the BHA and their Director of Raceday Operations and Regulations Jamie Stier. Jamie Stier in not qualified to act in any part of any Bloodhorse Literate Equus Zone.

"As we BHA always say, this is a sport of high risk and falls do occur from time to time. But I think to over-analyse it could be fraught with danger at this time."
 JMC Any and all bloodhorse illiteracy is fraught with danger in and around racehorses anywhere and anytime. It causes harm, suffering, distress and death to horses and their handler riders.


"Cheltenham management director Ian Renton added: "I would wholly endorse the BHA's position. The medical care J T McNamara received from our team at Cheltenham and at Frenchay Hospital has been absolutely superb, and I think any criticism is wholly unreasonable." Ian Renton is Bloodhorse Illiterate. Prevention is always better than cure. Neither MUTAHI or McNAMARA need have suffered as this.


"In terms of the meeting overall, Stier noted that whip bans handed out by stewards amounted to 35 days, which was down by ten on last year, although up on the 214 of 2011 under the old whip rules, and that Mutahi was the only equine fatality, compared to five last March.  JMC BHA Stewards have no right to hand out any "Bloodhorse Illiterate Whip Bans"  What has happened to the BHA's Bloodhorse Literate Whip Review? Where are the New Bloodhorse Literate True Whip Rules?
Compromised by the 'Bloodhorse Illiterate'


Renton added: "We have to acknowledge that unfortunately the shine was taken off the festival as a result of the injury suffered by JT McNamara, (what about the sufferance and death of MUTAHI?) our thoughts and prayers remain with him and his family. "Statistically the meeting was very successful from a regulatory point of view. No, no, no. The quality of racing was second to none, the track raced exceptionally well given the weather, the jockeys rode tremendously, the veterinary team provided excellent coverage and I thought it was a fantastic festival."
JMC "A fantastic festival for the bloodhorse illiterate within Cheltenham Racecourse and the BHA regulation government and their bank balance no doubt. But what about the bloodhorse literate to include the horses without which there would be no horseracing? All taken for granted. Summed up by Renton's Lip Service herewith.

 Successful Regulation for whom?


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


"There was so much going on

it was hard to notice everything".

Pic:" Quevenga won the Mares' Hurdle despite
beaten for Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins".

"IN CASE you've forgotten already, or weren't paying particular attention, this is what happened during Cheltenham Festival week dominated by Ireland.

"Chris Huhne wakes up in Wandsworth, realising he won't be able to leave early enough to get to Cheltenham, and is put on suicide watch. Ian Renton wakes up in charge of Cheltenham, studies the track and wonders if he was right to pay £50,000 to have it asphalted.

"He asks the team of 300 to come back with shovels and dig it up again. Ranulph Fiennes thinks about going to Cheltenham but decides he's already lost enough fingers to frostbite, and it wasn't as cold in the Antarctic.

"In car park space E27, Chris and Sue are serving the most fantastic sausages. You can't beat a good sausage. Well you can but it doesn't do it any good. Make my way to the Mandarin at the end of the stand for a sit down and a cup of tea, only to discover, to my horror, the tables and chairs have been taken away and replaced by bird tables, Wish I hadn't stopped taking anti-depressants. Make a note to add it to annual complaints' letter.

"Ruby Walsh rides a perfectly judged race to win the first on Champagne Fever. Ruby Walsh wins the Champion Hurdle on Hurricane Fly even though the 2011 Champion Hurdle winner is clearly beaten. Bookmakers club together and pay Ruby Walsh to go home and give someone else (Mr S. Waley-Cohen) a chance to win the last.

"The first race is confined to amateur riders to prevent another Willie Mullins-Ruby Walsh triumph, Mullins wins with Back in Focus, ridden by Mr PW Mullins. Bookmakers disagree with the general consensus that trainer Willie Mullins is a good egg, tending to consider him an increasingly bad egg, well on his way to being a thoroughly bad egg, ditto Ruby Walsh.

"Bookmakers consider reconsidering the egg situation when Pont Alexandre fails to beat The New One, to the delight of the Twiston - Davieses, and of Sam Harris, et al, betting on the rails.
" Sprinter Sacre looks magnificent before the Champion Chase , performs magnificently during it and, by general consent, is magnificent. Returns to the winner's enclosure to a cheering crowd, whose welcome is drowned out by the now de rigueur thunderous music. Make a note to add to the complaints' letter, also issue a reminder to myself to apply for a gun license. Despite all that is written on the subject, no one, I think, has pointed out that Sprinter Sacre's dam, Fatima111, first appeared in our school production of ALI Baba and the Forty Thieves, in 1960. She was good in that, too, played by Roger Smith. Medinas, also bred in France, wins the Coral Cup for Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson . It's a pity for the injured Robert Thornton but pleasing because Hutchinsonis a very capable jockey. I was please, anyway. Those hoping that one of the other 27 runners would win were less pleased. That's the thing about horseracing. It's arranged so that almost everyone loses, almost all the time. It's amazing that everyone isn't more depressed.

"Never mind, the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is relatively easy to work out, having only 24 runners. Flaxen Flare wins, at 25-1. Never heard of him. I'm not sure he was running. On the other hand, Briars Hill wins the bumper, trained by the well known WP Mullins, ridden by the well known R Walsh, at a less familiar 25-1 I should have backed that!" You didn't though, did you? That's your trouble.

"The sun comes out. He's probably got his hat on, ready for when it turns colder later. A lot of people have Dynaste as a banker in the Jewson Novices' Chase. A banker; need I say more? Dynaste loses credibility.
"The Pertempts Final, over the years a watchword for handicap trickery. The trouble is, nowadays it's a fine line between being clever and failing to make the cut. There are probably some wonderfully well handicapped non-runners. It might be worth keeping an eye out for them next time, or next year. Sam Winner is popular, but less popular after Holywell wins for Jonjo O'Neill and ... no, not Tony McCoy, but Richie McLernon.

"Time passes as, first past the post, do Cue Card, Solwhit, Carrickboy and Same Difference until, particularly pleasingly, so does Soulard in the hunter chase at Towcester, at 9-1. Well done, Miss Hannah Watson. I don't suppose you noticed that, either.
"Sorry, no room. Personally, I'm hoping that Princeton Plains wins the County Hurdle.

The Cheltenham Festival Championships 2013
Brough Scott's Cheltenham View.

The Big Read in RPSunday
"The final image of Cheltenham 2013 will always be of that air ambulance hovering carefully upwards."
"THE heavens wept - for a horse, a man and for the very game itself.  The 2013 festival was as packed with glories as any that went before, but one awful hour on Thursday changed everything, changed it utterly.
"MATUHI did not survive his last-fence fall in the Byrne Group Plate but the extended, behind- the- scenes drama as the vets fought to save him soon counted for nothing at the first jump in the next. What happened to JOHN THOMAS McNAMARA and GALAXY ROCK was the fall that every jockey dreads.
"What makes it particularly agonising to write about this morning is that the two events were quite possibly unwittingly and unluckily connected. Because the vets went to such special trouble with MATUHI  the 24 runners for the  Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase had to bypass what would normally have been the first fence of their three-mile journey. This meant they did not have a obstacle to jump until they had been up and round the paddock bends and were winging down hill to the first fence on the far side.
"Such a preamble can get even experienced horses to race to keenly and to lose concentration. GALAXY ROCK  is very experienced and has been blemish- free over fences since A P McCoy and a pair of blinkers were first equipped  to win a little race at Ffos Las in January 2011. He was not blemish-free now.....


"For yet another time in his four seasons on the track BOBS WORTH dared us to believe in him.  He is not the tallest of horses. He has little swagger at the walk or canter and a glance at him in mid-race makes him easily dismissable . It was like that down the back straight on Friday. The low set of his neck and the short cut of his stride made it seem that he was struggling.

"Although he was with the six-strong leading group at the top of the hill, they appeared to have lost him again on the decent and when he got tangled up with the falling SILVINIACO CONTI it looked sure to be over unless you remembered his other four runs on the track.

"Swing BOBS WORTH into the Cheltenham straight with a hill to climb and a posse to catch and the game will be over. He was beautifully ridden, perfectly trained and in any normal year would be the strongest memory you took from the meeting.

"Unhappily it was not. The final image of Cheltenham 2013 will always be of that air ambulance hovering carefully upwards to then turn and swoop slowly clockwise and off west towards the last rays of the sinking sun. Our prayers were flying with it."

Sorry struggling with computer problems .... trying to sort out ...


Review Cheltenham Result
Tuesday 12 Mar 2013

Cheltenham Festival Results 2013 Day One

Tuesday March 12th

1.30 William Hill Supreme Novices´ Hurdle Grade 1 Cl1 2m110y - Full Result
1. Champagne Fever - R Walsh - W P Mullins 5/1
2. My Tent Or Yours - AP McCoy - N J Henderson 15/8 Fav
3. Jezki - R M Power - Mrs J Harrington 5/1
12 Ran

Willie Mullins trainer of CHAMPAGNE FEVER (IRE) 6 11-7  partner RUBY WALSH  5-1 said afterwards "He'll go to Punchestown next. And next season will be all about chasing. We've schooled him  and he already jumps fences better than hurdles - he is electric over a fence."

Nicky Henderson trainer of YOUR TENT OR MINE (IRE) 6 11-7  partner A P McCOY  15-8f" He's travelled really well and was always in the right place. AP (McCoy) had no excuses. He's run his race and I'm very pleased with him but it was some performance by the winner and credit to him."
Mrs John Harrington trainer of JEZKI (IRE) 5 11-7 partner ROBBIE POWER
 5-1 we had every chance at the last. Both MY TENT OR YOURS and JEZKI  have run great races and there were no excuses.
An interesting race, all three truly great horses.

«2:05 »Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novice Chase Grade 1
(Class 1) (5yo+) 2m Soft 13 fences
To leave the word Novice out is cheating punters of key info
£85,425.00. £32,055.00. £16,050.00, £7, 995.00, £4,020.00. £2,010.00


Simonsig 8/15F  Nicky Henderson
Took strong hold in 3rd until after 5th, blundered 9th, soon recovered and tracked leader 10th, led after 3 out, ridden run-in, stayed on well (tchd 4-7)


Baily Green (IRE) 33/1  M F Morris (IRE)
11-7 t
Tracked leaders, hit 3 out, went 2nd after 3 out, driven 2 out, stayed on well run-in but always held


His Excellency (IRE) 80/1  David Pipe
11-7 b1
In rear, headway 9th, driven to take 3rd 2 out, kept on but no chance with leading duo (op 66-1)


Overturn (IRE) 7/2  Donald McCain
Led, shaken up after 4 out, blundered next, soon headed and weakened (op 9-2)

CH4 Horseracing Team Profile Film's from last week.

CH4  introduced us to trainer Donald McCain at home with his horses.
Donald  took us to see David's favourite  OVERTURN what a beautiful horse he is, so settled and confident within his environment, and happy,  trusting with the people around him .
 Set  the pace from the off with confidence. Weakend later struggling in the punishing ground. Look forward to when he runs again, hopefully on better ground, he is quite a small horse.


Cheltenham Festival Results 2013 Day Two

Wednesday March 13th

2:05 Neptune Investment Management Novices´ Hurdle (Registered Baring Bingham Novices´ Hurdle) Grade 1 Cl1 2m5f - Full Result
1. The New One - S Twiston-Davies - N Twiston-Davies 7/2
2. Rule The World - D N Russell - M F Morris 5/1
3. Pont Alexandre - R Walsh - W P Mullins 6/4 Fav
8 Ran
Nigel Twiston- Davies tells us that THE NEW ONE is the best horse he has ever trained. Nigel's two son's Sam and Will exciting young handler rider  both making their way up the Equus Zone ladder.,, very well indeed.


2:40 RSA Chase (Grade 1) Cl1 3m110y - Full Result
1. Lord Windermere - D N Russell - J H Culloty 8/1
2. Lyreen Legend - B J Cooper - D T Hughes 10/1
3. Hadrian's Approach - B J Geraghty - N J Henderson 7/1
11 Ran
It was good to see Jim Culloty (IRE) bringing LORD WINDERMERE over to win this.
4:40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Grade 3 Cl1 2m110y - Full Result
1. Flaxen Flare - D Condon - G Elliott 25/1
2. Caid Du Berlais - H Derham (5) - P F Nicholls 20/1
3. Ptit Zig - D Jacob - P F Nicholls 22/1
4. Milord - N Scholfield - K Bailey 16/1
24 Ran
An interesting race to review  thoroughly for the future

Prince Rupert

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