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O.P. « 2009-Sep-28, 09:39 AM »
Rip Van Winkle Wins UK Gr1 QEII Stakes
In the UK, former Coolmore shuttler & Gr1 English Derby winner Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a Gr1 triumph when Irish-bred colt Rip Van Winkle (Galileo-Looking Back, by Stravinsky) notched his 2nd successive Gr1 win against older rivals with a 1.25-lengths victory in the 250,000 (A$481,000) Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (8 furlongs) at Ascot. Rip Van Winkle (ridden by Johnny Murtagh for trainer Aidan O'Brien) defeated fellow 3YO colts Zacinto (Dansili-Ithaca, by Distant View) & Delegator (Dansili-Indian Love Bird, by Efisio). Rip Van Vinkle was a 170,000 (A$289,000) yearling at the 2007 Italian September Sale. At his previous start, Rip Van Winkle also won the UK Gr1 Sussex Stakes (8 furlongs) at Goodwood on July 29, after finishing runner-up against older rivals in the UK Gr1 Eclipse Stakes (10 furlongs) at Sandown Park on July 4; & last season he won Ireland's Gr3 Tyros Stakes (7 furlongs) at Leopardstown. Overall he now boasts 4 wins & a runner-up from 8 starts for 552,917 (A$1.064m) earnings. (Sep 28)

Hibaayeb Wins UK Gr1 Meon Valley Fillies Mile
Also in the UK, former Darley shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Singspiel (In The Wings-Glorious Song, by Halo) added a juvenile Gr1 triumph when daughter Hibaayeb (Singspiel-Lady Zonda, by Lion Cavern) scored a 0.75-length victory in the 200,000 (A$385,000) Gr1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies Mile (8 furlongs) for 2YO fillies at Ascot. Hibaayeb (ridden by Neil Callan for trainer Clive Brittain) defeated Irish-bred Lady Darshaan (High Chaparral-Diary, by Green Desert) & US-bred You'll Be Mine (Kingmambo-Quarter Moon, by Sadler's Wells). At her previous start, Hibaayeb finished runner-up in the UK Gr2 May Hill Stakes (8 furlongs) at Doncaster on September 11 & overall now has a win & 3 placings from 4 starts for 142,998 (A$275,000) earnings. (Sep 28)

Kheleyf Adds UK Gr2
In the UK overnight, Darley shuttler & 2008 European Champion 1st-season sire Kheleyf (Green Desert-Society Lady, by Mr Prospector) added a group success when Irish-bred 3YO colt Sayif (Kheleyf-Sewards Folly, by Rudimentary) scored a 2.5-lengths victory over his older rivals in the 100,000 (A$193,000) Gr2 Diadem Stakes (6 furlongs) at Ascot. Sayif (ridden by Richard Hills for trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam) defeated US-bred 6YO gelding Tamagin (Stravinsky-Luia, by Forty Niner) & 4YO mare Mullein (Oasis Dream-Gipsy Moth, by Efisio). As a juvenile last year, Sayif notched placings in each of the UK Gr1 Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (6 furlongs) at Newmarket, Gr2 July Stakes (6 furlongs) at Newmarket, Gr2 Vintage Stakes (7 furlongs) at Goodwood & Gr2 Mill Reef Stakes (6 furlongs) at Newbury. Overall he now has 2 wins & 5 placings from 11 starts. (Sep 28)

Montjeu Adds UK Gr2
Dual-Derby winning Coolmore sire & former NZ Windsor Park shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added a UK juvenile group success when Irish-bred colt Joshua Tree (Montjeu-Madeira Mist, by Grand Lodge) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the 125,000 (A$241,000) Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes (8 furlongs) for 2YO colts & geldings at Ascot. Joshua Tree (ridden by Colm O'Donoghue for trainer Aidan O'Brien) defeated fellow colts Waseet (Selkirk-Najayeb, by Silver Hawk) & Irish-bred Vale Of York (Invincible Spirit-Red Vale, by Halling). Joshua Tree was a 360,000 guineas (A$738,000) yearling at the 2008 UK Tattersalls October Sale. Overall he now has 2 wins & a runner-up from 3 starts for 102,891 (A$198,000) earnings. (Sep 28)

Cape Cross Adds UK Black-Type
Former Darley shuttler Cape Cross (Green Desert-Park Appeal, by Ahonoora) added a UK black-type success when Irish-bred 3YO filly Spirit Of Dubai (Cape Cross-Questina, by Rainbow Quest) came from the tail of the field to score by a short-head over her older rivals in the 45,000 (A$87,000) Listed Princess Royal Stakes (12 furlongs) for fillies & mares at Ascot. Spirit Of Dubai (ridden by William Buick for trainer David Simcock) defeated fellow Irish-bred 3YO filly Poly's Mark (Mark Of Esteem-Kotdiji, by Mtoto) & US-bred 4YO mare Mischief Making (Lemon Drop Kid-Fraulein, by Acatenango). Spirit Of Dubai was an 85,000 guineas (A$174,000) yearling at the 2007 UK Tattersalls October Sale. Overall she now has 2 wins & a runner-up from 8 starts for 32,744 (A$63,000) earnings. (Sep 28)

Dubai Destination Adds UK Black-Type
Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Dubai Destination (Kingmambo-Mysterial, by Alleged) added a UK black-type success when 3YO filly Ahla Wasahl (Dubai Destination-In Full Cry, by Seattle Slew) scored a half-length victory over her older rivals in the 40,000 (A$77,000) Listed Rosemary Stakes (8 furlongs) for fillies & mares at Ascot. Ahla Wasahl (ridden by Ahmed Ajtebi for trainer David Simcock) defeated Irish-bred 4YO mare Alsace Lorraine (Giant's Causeway-Mer De Corail, by Sadler's Wells) & Irish-bred 5YO mare Headford View (Bold Fact-Headfort Rose, by Desert Style). Ahla Wasahl was a 50,000 guineas (A$102,000) weanling at the 2006 UK Tattersalls December Sale & later a 55,000 guineas (A$113,000) yearling at the 2007 Tattersalls October Sale. Last year Ahla Wasahl also finished 3rd in the UK Gr2 Cherry Hinton Stakes (6 furlongs) at Newmarket & overall now has 2 wins & 2 placings from 11 starts for 48,513 (A$93,000) earnings. (Sep 28)

14th Winner For Europe Freshman Pastoral Pursuits
UK-based Gr1-winning 8YO freshman stallion Pastoral Pursuits (Bahamian Bounty-Star, by Most Welcome) recorded his 14th 1st-crop winner when 2YO filly Plume (Pastoral Pursuits-Polar Storm, by Law Society) scored over 6 furlongs at Haydock Park for trainer Richard Hannon. Plume was a 21,000 guineas (A$43,000) weanling at the 2007 Tattersalls December Sale & later a 100,000 (A$170,000) yearling at the 2008 Goffs Million Sale. (Sep 28)

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« 2009-Oct-15, 09:58 AM Reply #1 »
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Thursday 15 October 2009, 10:04am   :(

Four horse fatalities have marred the reopening of jumps racing at Weatherby and sparked calls for an full-scale investigation.

Trainer Micky Hammond suffered a double blow on Wednesday, but the Yorkshire trainer refused to blame fast ground after his representative, Divex, was one of two horses to die in the meeting's feature race, the Bobby Renton Chase.

Two other horses died at the track sparking calls from the RSPCA for a British Horseracing Authority inquiry into the fatalities.

Referring to the loss of Divex, Hammond said: "It was nothing to do with the surface. We were just unlucky, the horse jumped the fence well and then his knee went, and it was just one of those things."

Hammond was also braced to lose Addison De Witt, a novice hurdle winner at Perth in July, who was injured in the first race.

"Addison De Witt has ruptured his suspensory and he is probably going to be put down tonight at the vets in York," Hammond said.

The Tim Easterby-trained Nut Hand was put down after pulling-up lame after finishing third in the maiden hurdle, while in the featured Bobby Renton Chase, Marrel, a winner of 11 races, suffered a fractured hind pastern in a fall and Divex broke a foreleg after jumping a fence.

In the concluding maiden hurdle, Miss Gibboa, trained by Patrick Haslam, broke a leg when falling at the second-last flight.

"It's very disappointing, it always is when you lose horses," Sanderson said.

"I suppose, it's what can happen racing on quickish ground. But it's not what you want to see."

David Muir, the RSPCA's equine consultant, called for a full-scale investigation after describing Wednesday's events as unacceptable.

"I walked the course before racing, and the old part of the course I felt was pretty good," Muir said.

"I had no real problems with it, but the new part that has been renovated, coming up the straight, was a little inconsistent, but to be fair, I didn't feel there was something so objectionable that they shouldn't race.

"But sadly the only way you can test a racecourse is by putting horses on it, and looking at all the different factors it may well be that they have to look at the whole issue once again, because the number of horses that have been injured or died today obviously is unacceptable."

Weatherby had undergone extensive remedial work in a bid to improve the overall condition of the track.

The course had suffered problems since 2007 when sections of it were relaid after a realignment of the course, forced by the widening of the nearby A1.

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« 2009-Oct-15, 11:53 AM Reply #2 »
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Thursday 15 October 2009, 10:04am   :(



Referring to the loss of Divex, Hammond said: "It was nothing to do with the surface. We were just unlucky, the horse jumped the fence well and then his knee went, and it was just one of those things."



Why should we believe the trainer is right ?

If we listen to some people, they'd have us believe the trainer knows what he is talking about ( in this instance ).

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« 2009-Nov-21, 09:52 PM Reply #3 »
The champion chaser Kauto Star is resuming in R6 Haydock tonight.

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« 2009-Nov-22, 12:53 AM Reply #4 »
I reckon the 2 can knock him off.

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« 2009-Nov-22, 01:13 AM Reply #5 »
That will go down as one of the greatest races in the history of all racing.

Can not believe Imperial Command did not get the photo.   :tears:

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« 2009-Nov-22, 02:10 AM Reply #6 »
They bet 2.88 Kauto to get the photo

You're right, was a great race   emthup

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« 2009-Nov-22, 12:02 PM Reply #7 »
Picture Kauto Star just gets the better of Imperial Commander.

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Kauto Star put his supporters through the mill as Imperial Commander made him pull out all the stops to register a 12th Grade One success in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.

The dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner was all the rage to land the prize for a third time but only did so by the narrowest of margins after a tense wait for the judge to split the pair in a nail-biting finish.

Paul Nicholls' champion had a fight on his hands when unshipping Sam Thomas at the final fence 12 months ago and was again pressurised under Ruby Walsh jumping the same obstacle alongside Imperial Commander.

The 4-6 favourite held a narrow advantage on the run-in but was pressed right to the line by the Ryanair Chase winner and just a nose separated them after a gruelling three-mile slog in testing conditions.

Any suggestions of a below-par effort were swept aside by the 24-length margin back to last year's Hennessy winner Madison Du Berlais in third, while Irish raider Notre Pere dropped tamely back to fifth.

A relieved Nicholls punched the air as Kauto was called the winner, and he said: "The best three words I have heard Ruby say are 'he needed it'.

"This week has been one of the most nerve-wracking I have ever had as I was slightly nervous of the ground and some of the horses have been slow to come to hand.

"I couldn't go to a King George without having a run and the ground wasn't the issue as much as him getting a bit tired in it.

"That run will sharpen him enormously and put him right for Kempton.

"He hadn't run since March, so jumping 18 fences in a race will bring him on mentally and physically.

"Nigel's (Twiston-Davies) horses all run well first time out and I feared Imperial Commander coming here fresh.

"We did want to win today, but it is a bigger picture and I have learnt that you can't have them at their best for their first run of the season - you need to leave enough improvement.

"We can just fine tune him now for the King George and then go to Cheltenham so I am absolutely delighted.

"To see him stick his head down and fight at his age is absolutely fantastic and is what racing is all about.

"That was a great spectacle compared to him winning with his head in his chest. They were two great horses in a great race and to win is fantastic."

An elated Walsh said: "I did think we were beaten and the second is an improving horse.

"He feels as good as last year, he's a wonderful horse.

"That is his 12th Grade One and people were still knocking him last week. It is a bit like Manchester United - if you are at the top they want to knock you.

"This is as good a horse as we have ever seen and we should all appreciate him."

Owner Clive Smith was another to think he was beaten.

He said: "I was standing next to Charlie Mann and he said we had won, but I wasn't so sure.

"I still don't know how he won watching the replays again but Ruby did say he would come on a lot for the run."

Kauto Star will now try for an unprecedented fourth consecutive win in the William Hill King George VI at Kempton on Boxing Day and the sponsors left him unchanged at the head of the market at 10-11 and trimmed the runner-up to 5-1 from 12s.

Gold Cup sponsors totesport leave Kauto Star unchanged as the 6-4 market leader for a third blue riband and clipped Imperial Commander into 10-1 from 20s.

Twiston-Davies said: "From every angle I saw he had got it, but there you are. I am sure the camera doesn't lie and he has run a hell of a race.

"We have to think whether we go back to the King George as he obviously prefers going left-handed. There aren't many options so we will probably have to go there.

"If this had been three miles and two furlongs then he would have won easily - bring on the Gold Cup."

Walsh National winner Notre Pere had been fancied to bustle up Kauto Star but the soft-ground lover failed to fire.

His rider Andrew Lynch said: "It is disappointing, he never really travelled and we weren't going that quick.

"I'd say he was feeling something and we will have to check him out when we get home."


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« 2009-Nov-28, 07:15 PM Reply #8 »
Why are we getting the B graders tonight from the UK?.....can Sky not afford the fee for the full card at Newbury?

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« 2009-Nov-28, 07:42 PM Reply #9 »
Thankfully they're showing the Hennessy Gold Cup from Newbury. Kauto Star's stablemate Denman, what form is he in first-up today?

The other ripper race is R4 from Newcastle. Set for a two horse clash between Binocular and Solwhit.

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« 2009-Nov-28, 07:52 PM Reply #10 »
They are not showing Newbury tonight.

I presume the reason is the Hennesey clashes with a grade 1 race in South Africa and while I would prefer to watch the UK I think they get much more betting on South Africa

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« 2009-Nov-28, 07:54 PM Reply #11 »
Oh crap, NSWTAB is betting on it so I assumed they would show it  emthdown

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« 2009-Nov-28, 07:58 PM Reply #12 »
 ...the cheap TV station ATR is covering the two lower meetings while the more expensive RacingUK covers Newbury......... ( and pretty much every major track bar Ascot ). .... and the horses in the hennessy wont be getting warm when the south africans have already pulled up and returned to the mounting yard.....
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« 2009-Nov-28, 08:05 PM Reply #13 »
From now till Cheltenham in March there will be good quality jumps every Saturday. I think I'll appreciate these beasts even more since the dumb unbelievable decision from RacingVictoria.

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« 2009-Nov-28, 09:24 PM Reply #14 »
From now till Cheltenham in March there will be good quality jumps every Saturday. I think I'll appreciate these beasts even more since the dumb unbelievable decision from RacingVictoria.

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« 2009-Nov-28, 09:27 PM Reply #15 »
They are not showing Newbury tonight.

I presume the reason is the Hennesey clashes with a grade 1 race in South Africa and while I would prefer to watch the UK I think they get much more betting on South Africa

Andrew le Jeune said on racing round the world on Wednesday that they would only be showing a replay next week.

That is what the web site indicates but Dave Carlson just sais they would endeavour to show the Hennesey :unsu
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« 2009-Nov-28, 09:29 PM Reply #16 »
South Africa is normally 10 or 15 minutes late, they could almost run two Hennesseys.

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« 2009-Nov-28, 10:06 PM Reply #17 »
I can drink two....then fall asleep

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« 2009-Nov-28, 11:24 PM Reply #18 »
dont forget world hurdle champ Big Buck's resumes in about 15 mins. The Trainer said he was a bit fat and would come on the for the run.........not what you want to hear when he is 4/11, and running over 4900m on a slow track!!!!!

The UKs biggest and brashest punter (and owner of denman) Harry Findlay suggested he was going to have a big go on Big Buck's today.......dunno what a big go is for him, but he did admit to losing 2.5m on the all blacks in the last world cup!!!!

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« 2009-Nov-29, 12:04 AM Reply #19 »
Bucks drifted out to 2/5 then produced a near perfect display to win at a walk. Coasted all the way and just cruised past the early leader after the last. very, very good horse.

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« 2009-Nov-29, 01:01 AM Reply #20 »
Just seen a breathtaking perfomance from Denman. Carrying more than 74kg it's repelled several challenges to win the Hennessy, and was pulling away on the line  :no1:

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« 2009-Nov-29, 02:09 AM Reply #21 »
powerful win. the 2nd horse drew level just before the last and must have traded odds on in running (didnt check), but Denman just blasted away after a great jump at the last.

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« 2009-Nov-29, 05:57 AM Reply #22 »
Awesome performance from Denman.

Cheltenham Gold Cup will be a race and a half with Denman and Kauto Star lining up.




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« 2009-Nov-29, 09:35 AM Reply #23 »
I fell a sleep.   :tears:    :lol:

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« 2009-Dec-04, 11:36 PM Reply #24 »
Anyone see that jumps race at Sandown?

The fav Rivaliste all over a winner over the last, plenty matched on betfair down to 1.03
Doctor Pat 5th over the last about 8 off the leader storms home the last 100 to grab the fav on the line
Some idiot matched $8 @ 1000   :lol:

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