Friday, 7 June 2013






Dettori back in business
“FRANKIE DETTORI celebrated with a trademark flying dismount after his wait for a first winner since his return to the saddle ended at Sandown with a half-length win on Asian Trader in the 5f handicap, writes Graham Dench.
“He has now set himself a target of 100 winners this year.
“Since returning at Epsom last Friday from the sixth-month suspension he received for failing a drugs test in France – a ban which had been extended by almost a fortnight through issues with a subsequent test- Dettori had managed only two modest placings from 11 rides, but Sandown offered him several live chances and he made the most of his first proper opportunity on Asian Trader, although a slow start on the habitual front-runner gave his supporters an anxious 59 seconds.

“Dettori admitted relief at getting off the mark but said: “I’ve ridden 3,000 winners but everyone is waiting for this.”
“He added: “The first winner is always sweet and I’ve had plenty of practice these last six days. I’m not aiming high, but I’d like to win 100 races now. I’ve got plenty of rides coming up, including ten on Saturday.”
“As for the slow start and the fear of getting boxed in on the William Haggas-trained winner, Dettori said it was not a problem.

“When you’re on a horse who can travel you always find room,” he said, before returning to the sanctity of the changing room."

Bruce Jackson
“Sanders quick on the line after Langley Vale scores for Teal."

“NOBODY likes back–seat drivers but even they have to give best to former trainers.
Just ask Epsom trainer Roger Teal.

“First on the phone after Langley Vale had made it three wins in his short career was breeder and
co-owner Brooke Sanders.
“There is no one – worse for a trainer than a retired trainer – Brooke is always telling me where I’m going wrong.” Teal said. “She’s in at evening stables but she does retain a share in Langley Vale.”
“Teal could yet have bragging rights as Sanders managed seven wins from 47 starts from Running Glimpse, the winners dam, and Langley Vale’s current strike – rate of three for ten suggests that he can top that.

“This was his second win at Brighton as he fought off all comers under Seb Sanders, who missed his ride in the previous race with car problems.

“He’ll have a break now,” said Teal, who felt forced to run him for the second time in a week as there was nothing else in the near future for the four-year-old.”
JMC: Brooke, in her day, a great little rider, like a World Class Group 1 little rider

Industry editor 
"Owners' frustration over levy comes to the fore

"FRUSTRATION with the government is most often the preserve of the bookmaking industry, but it has become evident among some at the top of British racing as well.

"The Racehorse Owners Association released its annual report this week and in her statement president Rachel Hood's annoyance at the lack of progress in the government towards a replacement for the Levy system was obvious.
"A public consultation on the levy was promised for November last year but was postponed when the minister responsible for that area, John Penrose, was replaced by Hugh Robinson.
"Talk of a consultation has not gone away in government circles.
"Robinson, in a written response to a question from Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robinson made in January, said: "I continue to explore other options to fund racing and, if a suitable solution is found, would expect this to lead to a public consultation by autumn 2013.
"However, it has been relegated in its immediacy behind the ongoing commercial talks between racing and the betting industry.
"Hood would like the consultation moved up the agenda. In a piece headlined 'Racing at a turning point as a new dawn beckons', she writes that progress "has been aggravatingly slow for British racehorse owners".
"On the topic of the levy she continues: "It is disappointing that a meeting held with Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and Tourism, last autumn has, to my mind, so far failed to put any real vitality into the process for levy replacement and we would urge the minister to get things moving within this crucial area".
"Hood goes on to say that the ROA believes "It is the minister's remit to bring about new legislation in the medium term".
"We await, with some impatience, the launch of a public consultation on levy replacement options by the government later this year,"  She adds
"The impression others have, however, is that Robinson has, like many ministers before him, little interest in getting embroiled in a subject that has defied all efforts to find a solution for years.
"He has a wide brief - apart from sport and tourism he covers Olympic legacy - and the levy would not be the sexiest thing for him to deal with in comparison and would not be very high on his list of priorities.
"No doubt he would much rather racing and betting got on with the short - to medium-term commercial deals that are being talked about, pointing to the fact that if racing and Betfair could come to a commercial arrangement last year, why can't it happen with the rest of the betting industry
"Racing's frustrations over the talks between the sport and betting came to the fore last week in regard to the lack of progress being made due to the lack of information coming from betting on just how much money is being taken on British racing, and there is another complication worth mentioning.
"As there isn't a levy system for offshore bookmakers, how does the betting industry provide the information racing wants?
"Time marches on and it will not be long before these talks will have to be put to one side so the negotiations for the next levy scheme can start running up to the October 31st deadline."

JMC: Turfcall Comment

There is one key factor here that brings hope, the fact that Rachel Hood is bloodhorse literate. She belongs in the Equua Zone herself. Government personnel will not find her a push over. They might though duck and dive for cover using every method they can think of to stall for time, which looks like is happening already.
Rachel Hood - Director. After graduating in Economics and Law from Cambridge University, I qualified and practiced as a Barrister in London. Subsequently ...
Bloodhorse Illiteracy is the reason for all these centuries of political government rip-offs.. Day light robbery burdened upon all those who work with the horses at the dangerous sharp end of horseracing worldwide. Politicians who believe there is money to be made off someone elses back.

Hugh Robinson.another government white hope, totally clueless.
Positive noises from Italy
"TALKING  of frustration, the BHA last week called on the crisis-ridden Italian racing industry to do something about the money owed to British owners and trainers since last autumn.
"While the sum owed of around £350,000 is bad enough, the situation for those employed in the Italian racing industry must be desperate.
"Italy was described as a "basket case" to me recently and the situation has not been helped by the alarming fall in betting turnover there. Figures for April showed it was down £26.2 per cent on 2012, while in March turnover was down 16 per cent.
"Nor is it helped by the layers of bureaucracy involved.
"Italian racing is run directly by the ministry of agriculture, which has promised to try to release e17 million to Italian racing owed from the 2011-12 financial year and e67m from 2012-13.
"There have been some encouraging noises this week, with the minister for agreculture, food and forestry Guiseppe Castiglione saying: "The ministry ... wants to build on work already carried out and numerous meetings with industry representatives and then we are confident partiament will reach a reform of the racing industry that pleases everyone.
"We will make available additional resourses to cover the industry's costs as we believe the horse is an important sector in the Italian economy."
"So that is potentially good news for both the Italian racing industry and the owners and trainers in Britain and the rest of Europe who have been affected.
"But seeing is believing.
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