CHANNEL 4 WITH ALL THE ACTION LIVE FROM DAY TWO OF NEWMARKET'S
QIPCO CHAMPIONS GUINEAS MEETING BRINGING US
INTREAGUING INSIGHT AS THE ACTION UNFOLDS
THE RACING POST REPORT MONDAY MAY 2nd 2011
FIRST FLYING FRANKEL .... THEN FLYING FRANKIE
“It was a weekend that will live long in the memory with Saturday’s stunning 2,000 Guineas and BLUE BUNTING’S win in yesterday’s fillies’ Classic.”
JON LEES REPORTS: “CLASSIC JOY FOR AL ZAROONI.”
“The first weekend of British racing’s new Champion Series concluded in a fashion beyond its creators’ wildest dreams as a day after the Qipco 2.000 Guineas fell to a superstar racehorse, superstar jockey Frankie Dettori captured the Qipco 1,000 Guineas.
“Dettori, hired as the face of the 35-race series devised to showcase the best of Britain’s racing, had not expected to have much more than a PR role to play in the season’s first two Classics.
“But the rider, who left the press launch early, arrived late on BLUE BUNTING at Newmarket to hand second-season Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni his first British Classic.
“Exceeding expectations, 16-1 chance BLUE BUNTING finished strongly up the stand’s rail. To snatch victory from TOGETHER, with MAQAASID in third.
“Godolphin’s chances of ending a nine-year wait since their last win in either Guineas had looked forlorn in the wake of setbacks to colt DUBAI PRINCE and filly WHITE MOONSTONE, but BLUE BUNTING more than made up for their absence.
BROUGH SCOTT, latest plans for Cecil superstar, plus Topspeed on that wonder victory.”
Plus “Big-race report, ALASTAIR DOWN and Monday Jury.”
Interview RODNEY MASTERS:
BARRY HILLS “The Lambourn trainer discusses his string in the latest instalment of our unmissable series Stable Tour. Still relishing the challenge in twilight of his career.
STABLE TOUR “Even after 42 years as a trainer Barry Hills remains fascinated by the daily challenge of pinpointing winning opportunities for his horses. That commitment was obvious as he talked of the raiding party he is putting together for this weeks Chester Cup fixture, one of his favourite meetings of the season. fixtures Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week May 4th-5th and 6th ..
“While discussing international assignments later in the year for the likes of RANSOM NOTE, REDWOOD and RED JAZZ.
“Hills 74 and responsible for 11 Classic winners, says, however that he has become increasingly irritated by the factional infighting gripping racing on so many levels and by its lack of direction.
“Meanwhile, the thoughts of ‘Mr Chester’ are focused on the Roodee where he has sent out more than 150 winners. Hills approaches Chester with a stable in form. “I’m happy with the horses” he added, “They’re very fit and very well. In fact I don’t think I’ve seen them look so well.
“A similar comment applies to the trainer himself who has tenaciously overcome serious illness and has a renewed spring in his step.”
Why not follow Barry’s runners at Chester this week and see how they get on? You won’t be disappointed
“It’s up for grabs Arsenal win reopens title race .”