Saturday, 25 January 2014

SACRED SUNDAY JANUARY 26th CH4 RACING REVIEW FROM CHELTENHAM AND DONCASTER YESTERDAY JUMPS TURF

 
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RACING POST 2014
*REVIEW YESTERDAY'S EQUUS  RESULTS*
 PREVIEW TODAY'S EQUUS CARDS 

REVIEW OF YESTERDAY'S FEATURE RACES


FEATURE RACE DONCASTER
3:15 Sky Bet Chase (A Handicap) (formerly The Great Yorkshire Chase) (Listed Race) Cl1 3m CH4

  

FEATURE RACE CHELTENHAM
3:35 CHLgalliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 3m CH4 


PAUSE FOR THOUGHT

 David Ashforth at the Derby Awards 6.12.10 

David Ashforth:
(writer media zone)

Twice voted journalist of the year
PICTURE: Dan Abraham
KNOCKARA BEAU partner JAN  FALTEJSEK
One of David's favourite horses won yesterday at Cheltenham at 66-1 did you notice? Did you pick up on the clues David has given us?
http://turfcallmorningline.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/h-ave-laugh-and-come-upwith-funny-title.html

FEATURE RACE CHELTENHAM SATURDAY JANUARY 25th 2014

3:35 CHLgalliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 3m CH4 

WIN: KNOCKARA BEAU partner JAN  FALTEJSEK 11 11-0 trainer GEORGE CHARLTON

Yes, yes, yes. Magic. Wow, wow, wow, and how.

GLOBAL HORSERACING 

"Nine of those ten successes have been achieved with Czech jockey Jan Faltejsek in the saddle, Faltejsek who once worked for Charlton but is now based in France, recently won the Velka Pardubicka for the second year running on Orphee Des Blins. Today he is back to renew his partnership with Knockara Beau.

  1. Orphee des Blins wins the Velka Pardubicka very easily | Dostihový ...

    www.dostihovy-svet.cz/en/node/2822

    13 Oct 2013 - Orphee des Blins wins the Velka Pardubicka very easily ... with a large crowd saying adieu, or was it only au revoir - on October 12th, 2014!
 
David Ashforth  Racing Post Saturday January 25th 2014 Page 15.
MUSINGS FROM A RETIRED RACING ENTHUSIAST
 
"Controversial, yes, but unique Curley adds colour to our sport. "
Pic: Barney Curley: latest exploit is unlikely to be bad for racing - but one of him is probably enough.


 
"HE'S a one, that Barney Curley. You wouldn't want too many Curley's and there's no danger of that because Curley is a one and only. Some people get very cross with him and I understand why but, Barney, if I had a hat I'd take it off to you.


 
"If you want to tut-tut at Curley's latest brilliantly  executed coup,  you'll find plenty  to tut-tut about. What chance do punters have when horses boasting strings of ducks eggs and enormous layoffs are suddenly converted into apparent certainties , having plummeted in the handicap?



"Paul Kealy, the Racing Post's respected  betting editor , went so far as to claim  that "If Wednesday's coup didn't  leave a sour taste in your mouth your not a proper punter" .  Well, Curley' s coup hasn't has that effect on my mouth.




"On May 10, 2010 I was at Brighton when Agapanthus, trained by Curley , won a 0-70 handicap after being backed  into favouritism.  Like Eye of the Tiger and Low Key, two of this week's coup team. Agapanthus had raced in Germany. He started handicap life in Britain rated 89 but arrived at Brighton, six months after his last run on the Flat, rated 63. In his previous five outings Agapanthus had not started at less than 20-1.



"For punters who were neither Curley nor a close relative, backing Agapanthus  was a speculative venture. We didn't know what Curley's trusted team knew, but regular followers of the sport did know that Agapanthus was trained by Curley and that one day would probably be the day Curley's team got 11-2, those who climbed on the bandwagon got less, I backed something else. It was mildly irritating, partly because it would have been nice to have latched on to the winner instead. After all, it was Curley.



"That day, Agapanthus was the first runner in a four-horse coup. When three of the four won, five punters close to Curley won more than £4 million, although it took 21 months and legal action to Gibraltar to persuade  some bookmakers, notably Betfred, to pay. The claimants weren't angels and didn't behave like the,, but they were entitled to be paid.  Modern bookmakers operate sophisticated risk-management systems that make it extremely difficult to execute a successful coup.  We don't know exactly how much was won on Wednesday, reputedly £2m, but doubt if many significant bets were laid at long odds.



"What Curley achieved was remarkable and I prefer to acknowledge the skill involved rather than complain. It took an enormous amount of time, patience, planning and money, with no guarantee of success. Horses can be very well handicapped  , but arranging for four of them to win on the same day is not easy.


"In the 2010 coup, Sommersturm, another impost from Germany, was backed from 7-2 to 1-3 and lost. It took a fine ride by Denis O'Regan to get Jeu De Roseau home  in a hurdle race at Towcester on his first run for 742 days, having been backed from 25-1 to 6-4 favourite. Even if it's Curley, success isn't automatic.


"Many punters will suspect the coup horses were not run on their merits in the past in order to get them on winning handicap marks. Racing's integrity team have had plenty of races to study and have yet to declare anything amiss, not any rules broken. They will be looking again.


"It is fundamentally important that the BHA and it's stewards do everything possible to ensure every runner is raced on its merits and jockeys always try to obtain the best possible placing. The penalties for non- triers  need to be sever.


"When I started betting, in the 1960's I dread to think how  many bets were doomed before a race started. There were numerous, flagrant non-triers and a woefully inept stewarding system. Non-triers, like the poor, are always with us but punters, and racing industry professionals, are now incomparable  better protected than they were. Races and riders receive close scrutiny. I sometimes see what I judge to be non-triers, but racing is better policed now than it has ever been and punters have access to a hugely increased amount of information.


"Curley is a unique character who has brought colour as well as controversy to the sport. He is much better at orchestrating coups than engaging in racing politics. I don't share the view that his latest exploit is bad for racing's reputation. It probably won't make much difference but I think he adds interest.

"It's irrelevant to the right and wrongs of the coup but Curley, despite advancing age and ill-health, is committed to Direct Aid for Aftica, the charity he set up in 1996. That, I suspect, is where some of the winnings will go. "




J. Margaret Clarke Turfcall Comment (JMC)
 MONDAY JANUARY 27th 2014
 
COVER STORIES
BEAU another good advert for KNOCKARA Stables team
A weekly round-up of the studs and breeders enjoying success with their stock

"KNOCKARA BEAU made his debut as a five-year- old in January 2008, allowing for his annual summer break, he has raced almost every month since then. He has run 45 times for 11 wins and has finished in the first four 28 times. His earnings of more than £225,000 are a fine return for owner Alastair Charlton on the £9,000 trainer son George paid for him at the Tattersalls Ireland November Foal Sale.  Knockara Beau is just one of five foals bred by the Durrheims out of Clairabell.


 TUESDAY JANUARY 28th 2014
CLIVE BRITTAIN

The Smiling Pioneer




 with

 Robin Oakley


CHAPTER THREE
 

 Pegasus Days

 
WHO WAS CLIVE BRITTAIN IN 1972?
 
"He didn't have any legacy to set him up. He's done it his way and done it from the
bottom. He didn't take anyone's blueprint - he made his own. He follows his instincts. " Willie Carson on Clive.

Clive was 39 years old by then, he was a brilliant kaleidoscope  illuminator for yearlings
and two-year-olds,  bred and prepared each and every one for superstardom on the global, horseracing stage. That is if saved from being frightened to death beforehand by the bloodhorse illiterate...
 
 Clive's perspective on starting out as a trainer  Clive Sketches'  in his focus on a myriad of owners.
 
"It never sunk in until Lady Murless was talking about  Sir Noel's retirement but then I thought for 23 years he had been a good gov'nor and I couldn't see myself having the same relationship with anybody else.


"We talked about it. I made a few inquiries and found that Pegasus was coming on the market. Jack Watts had moved to train in the north and it had been left empty and deteriorating. I went to see Chris Bakewell, who had it in trust for the family, and we agreed a three-year lease. When we went in, the lofts were full of chickens, the paint was  peeling: the place had been let go.
 
Clive recalls:
 
"Willie Carson had moved into a new house at the end of the garden and he introduced me to Mr Gulrajani, an Indian banker with a lot of horses. Willie got him to send me a couple of horses and they were just platers. I started to train them.
"Pandit Gulrajani was the owner of the first winner Clive trained, VEDVYAS at Doncaster just ten days into the new season. There was a field of 25 for the Tuxford Maiden Stakes on April 1st 1972.


"It was a new adventure going to the races with the first horse I thought had a chance. VEDVYAS had been running in sellers the previous year. An apprentice, ROBERT YOUNG, had been riding him at exercise and the horse worked better for him than for other jockeys who rode out for me at the time. I thought  VEDVYAS  would win.  I told the kid to ride him like he rode him work and not to pressure him much, not to go for the stick. Afterwards Frankie Durr (who finished third in the race on RIO D'OR) told me what a good race the kid had ridden. He asked if I had told him to sit quiet and when I told  him I had, he said: If he had moved he would have been beaten.

" VEDVYAS, carrying 8st 7lb, just got up on the line under his apprentice rider ROBERT YOUNG beating MERCHANT OF VENICE, ridden by DUNCAN KIETH. Punters knew very little about C.E. Brittain, Newmarket' and VEDVYAS  was allowed to start at 33-1, the first of a series of long-priced winners that were to decorate Clive's career. His winners share of the prize-money was £616.60.


 "Ten day's later VEDVYAS  won the much more important BP Mile Handicap at Aintree. He turned out to be quite a useful performer and at 50-1 in the 35-runner Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on September 30, this time ridden by lightweight DES CULLEN, he was beaten only a head and a nose in a photo- finish behind NEGUS (PHILIP WALDRON) and ROY BRIDGE (MICHAEL KETTLE). That was his best performance. CLIVE says CULLEN,  was one of WILLIE CARSON'S most feared riders in a finish. 

Clive says "You've  got to take the animal into consideration. They don't come out of their boxes every day in the same frame of mind. They  (the racehorses) are affected by different ground, by left-handed or right-handed courses, by different distances, and these captains of industry don't always appreciate that. Fellow trainer Sir Mark Prescott, who took over officially from Jack Waugh at Heath House just two years before the Brittain's opened up at Pegasus Stables, says that, apart from his talents as a horseman , Clive's good nature enables him to cope with owners that other were glad to see leave. 'His speciality was that he could manage difficult 'owners. '
 
 
 

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29th 2014
CLIVE BRITTAIN

The Smiling Pioneer


 
CHAPTER FOUR 
 
Enter Marcos Lemos
 
 
"They were dreadful bullies - horrible horrible people. People look back now through rose-tinted glasses and say what great horsemen they were? Well were they? Sir Mark Prescott on Newmarket in 1972.
SIR MARK PRESCOTT HAS THIS TO SAY:
"Newmarket was very different in 1972. It was for many at the lower end of racing a grim and often brutal place. Sir Mark Prescott, a man with a true feel for his local community, remembers it clearly at Heath House:  'Newmarket was a very, very different place then.  I started officially in 1970. At that time there were 35 trainers in Newmarket and 850 horses  Now there are 81 trainers and 2,500 horses.(2012)  Pages 51 - 61.
 
"Everywhere was run-down. The owners could no longer afford to keep up the big studs as they had done and until the Arabs came on the scene and re did them they were pretty tired. I was unbelievably lucky to be given the chance to train here but it was all falling down.
 
Whether it was the war, whether that had something psychologically to do with it of whether it was  entirely financial I don't know but it had a run-down feel about it.  Newmarket was tired.
 
"The lads' accommodation was appalling. They were paid a pittance. Single lads serving a seven year apprenticed  then. There were some great horsemen but there was an underclass of those men who were absolutely no good and they were allowed to get away with murder. It took a crisis to change that culture, the stable lads' strike of of 1975. 
 
"The strike was very cathartic. In retrospect it was a ghastly, ghastly time. But it was very good because the owners realised they'd got to pay a proper rate for having horses trained.
 
"One of the problems was the lack of graduated  wage structure in British racing.  In many yards a man with 20 years' experience was getting no more than a 16-year-old starter, so the job tended to attract gamblers and drifters.
 
That was the Newmarket in which Clive set out as a trainer. But perhaps in those circumstances  there was some advantage in being a trainer who had spent 23 years as a lad in someone else's yard.   

JMC: LONG OUTDATED POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT SERVES NO ONE
 BRITISH POLITICAL AND HORSERACING GOVERNMENT IMPOSTORS AT LARGE

CLIVE BRITTAIN IN 1972
Clive had a major task to bring Pegasus House and Stables back to life before  it was ready to house horses in training at work.
The British impostors political and horseracing government's wooden horses.

BHA  do not  take the horses into consideration at all, whilst pretending  to regulate British horseracing   The methods they use  to run this sport are all aimed to support hefty financial government gain.  No matter at whose expense, in secret. Secret laws popped in to cover the tracks of evil past politicians and lawyers.

 

 These governments show this to be the case both in Britain and in India (Richard Hughes) and (Martin Dwyer) both caught up unjustly when riding, competing in India. Made out to be crook's, when they are nothing of the sort. Both proven top global Group 1 horsemen. Treated,  punished like criminals. Noted to public apologies

 

These government parties focus on  horses, cattle,  sheep and chicken all reared and slaughterhouse bound. End of story. What sufferance  inflicted upon them whilst they are alive, matters not one jot to any of them. A financial  means to launder huge amounts of other people's money at the animal's expense.

 
And we are fool enough to allow this long outdated evil political practice to continue on.
British governments are using monies they have stolen and are stealing from the British Equus Zone of horseracing every day, left on going over decades.  

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       FRIDAY JANUARY 31st 2014
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  On your marks, get set for this weekend's live racing action.
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WATCH CH4 THE MORNING LINE TOMORROW 8.00am to 9.00am
 
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Check out what runners TEAM (Willie) MULLINS (IRE)  is challenging with both on Saturday and Sunday.  
 
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