Tuesday, 23 September 2014


Racing Post New World Award for Jockey Performance
Current Standings Chart Page 5.
Week Monday September 22 to Sunday September 28

Taking a Closer Look
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Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt

Your adventure into the world of Global Horseracing
A warm welcome to Nicholas Godfrey (GB) (Racing Post)

A Warm Welcome to Stuart Riley today:
"Performance in top races decides champ. "

"Opportunity to reach audience on a global scale. " 
"The introduction of a worldwide jockeys' ranking system should be commended and, while there are one or two flaws that will need ironing out, the potential is massive.

"It will be interesting to see how the rankings evolve over time. A weighting based on performance versus market expectations, a rolling yearly ranking system like golf and tennis, adding a zero or two to the scores to make it sound more impressive and a final end of season International Group 1 with the horses to be ridden by the top-ranked jockeys in market order all spring to mind as possible developments.  

"The new championship may reward riding the best horses for the best people as opposed to the best possible ride, but it is a simple and quantifiable method of deciding the most successful jockey each year.

"Racing needs to do far more to put the spotlight on the jockeys. They are by far the most marketable individuals  within the sport - young, brave and living a jetset lifestyle, which makes them easier to promote than the horses.

"Jockeys are the stars who can appeal to the wider sporting audience, and this now gives them a platform. "


On the Racing Road: The Ultimate Journey to the Racecourses of the World Hardcover – 3 Sep 2007
by Nicholas Godfrey (Author)

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"Ever been bored with office life? Nicholas Godfrey was. That's why, armed with a rucksack and a sense of adventure, he jettisoned the security of a senior job at the Racing Post to travel the world chasing after racehorses in an amazing eight-month journey. Godfrey went around the world three times in the end, covering around 80,000 miles across four continents in search of horse racing in all its various shapes and sizes - from the world's most prestigious races held in the most advanced racing nations to the sport's backwaters, where it barely exists at all. Join the 'Bill Bryson of the Sport of Kings' in this humorous account of going to the races in the four corners of the globe."


Chapter Eleven
Page 129 to 143
Jupiter Island Wins In Japan

Jupiter Island Timeline
(23 February 1979–25 July 1998)



Mrs Moss

“It is probably fortunate for the official handicapper‘s peace of mind that there are more horses of Jupiter Island’s type around” . Timeform 1983

“Clive once said that, after Pebbles’ successes, his greatest satisfaction was winning the Japan Cup with Juniper Island, the first British-trained horse to take that rich prize.

“Juniper Island came back from a severe injury and even to get him back for racing in that season was something special. To win two on the trot and on ground he hated [it was very firm] in Tokyo was a terrific performance and gave me a real sense of achievement. “

About Horse Racing in Japan
About The Japan Cup  

Japan Cup (G1) 2014
34th running
Sacred Sunday November 30
Jupiter Island had special associations all the way for Clive. He was sired by the Derby winner St Paddy, whom Clive had ridden regularly during his days with Noel Murless, and was one of the consistently successful clutch of foals bred by his popular owners, Henrietta and Robin, Lord and Lady Tavistock, from their bargain-buy mare Mrs Moss. The Tavistocks, good friends of Clive and Maureen had bought back Jupiter Island towards the end of his career to race in their purple and white striped colours.

“Mrs Moss, who was by the good miler Reform out of Golden Plate, won just once at five furlongs from her four starts and how Lady Tavistock, the former Henrietta Tiarks, now better known as the Dowager Duchess of Bedford, came to acquire Jupiter Island’s dam was an intriguing story in itself. “I bought my first filly foal in 1965 and my husband thought the whole thing was absolutely nuts.  He kept thinking, “If I give her absolutely no assistance and never let her buy anything she’ll get tired of it” . Well, I didn’t. The National Stud used to ballot their stallions and when Grundy went there, I put our name in for the ballot and we drew a nomination to him. This was a little embarrassing as we hadn’t got anything good enough to send to him and my husband said, “You’d better go to the sales and buy something” . I was very excited.  I was actually allowed to go and buy something proper, but only once. Anyway , Mrs Moss walked into the ring. I looked at her and my hand went up. I promise you, it was absolutely involuntary.  I was unconscious of doing it. The hammer went down and she was mine for 2,000 guineas. Then I panicked because I hadn’t looked at her in advance. I went outside and she had a club foot. I went to Ray Fitzjohn, the vendor, and said “I’ve done something really stupid, will you take her back ? He just looked at me and said. “You bought her, you keep her”. So she did and 12 of Mrs Moss’s 13 foals, including Jupiter Island were winners.
“Surprisingly, considering that his half-sister Pushy (by Sharpen Up) had a few days earlier added the Cornwallis Stakes to the Queen Mary Stakes she had won earlier, Jupiter Island fetched £10,000 guineas as a yearling at the Houghton Sales. The Duchess admits that, although she had him prepared for the sale by an expert, Jupiter Island didn’t look the part. He had not cost a lot to produce – not only had his mother cost only £2,000, but his father St Paddy , who was not fashionable, was only £350 as a stallion that year- and, while Pushy was a sprinter, Jupiter Island was going to be a stayer. On the other hand, by then everything that Mrs Moss had had was a winner. I think Jupiter Island was Mrs Moss’s fifth foal.

British Derby winner 1960

Clive Brittain, was the canny purchaser of Jupiter Island paying 10,000 guineas saying later that he bought Jupiter Island because he thought he saw some of the old horse [St Paddy] in him. Clive sold Jupiter Island to Felixstowe-based owners Jack King and Stan Threadwell (who had ridden around 20 winners as an apprentice with Charlie Pratt in Lambourn in earlier days),  They were Clive said ‘the type of owners of whom you would think “well, they deserve it” .  But Messrs Threadwell and King had to show some patience. Indeed another friend encouraged Clive to get rid of the horse after his first and only run as a two year old.
“The trainer recalls that before buying him he had noticed that Juniper Island had rather small feet, which would probably mean soft ground would not suit him. “

Clive says: “I bought  Jupiter Island for 10,000 guineas with one bid. Then Stan Threadwell and Jack King, the King of Canvey Island (they had all the holiday camps), had the horse between them. He ran at Wolverhampton (2yo 1981) and Willie Carson rode him. Willie came back and said “This is one for the sales, Clive, one to get out of” I said, “I don’t know, I think he could be a decent horse”  “Oh no, he didn’t give me a good feel there, “ said Willie. Although I thought about what Willie had said, Wolverhampton was a turf track then and the ground was soft and with those little pointed feet he wasn’t going to run on ground like that again. It was too heavy for him. So then we won a couple of races with him and he developed.

 “In July 1984 Jupiter Island was five years old.

 Clive told the Sporting Life Weekender:
“We gave Jupiter Island just one run as a two year old because I always felt that he was like his sire St Paddy who won the Derby in 1960. Jupiter Island was only a frame when I bought him as a yearling in 1980 he then developed slowly at three (1982) and four (1983) to mature at five. (1984) I always thought he was capable of winning a Group three, possibly a Group One when he reaches his peak and am still of that opinion. I have thought about laying him out for the Arc.’


“The St Paddy comparisons continued:
“St Paddy tended to pull if he found his rider was a bit jittery. You (the rider) had to be in charge, otherwise he would be. Jupiter Island is more relaxed but still lets you know if he doesn’t like anything.

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