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3.50 KING GEORGE V1 AND QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES GROUP 1 ASCOT:
|3:50||ASC||King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Qipco) (British Champions Series) (Group 1) Cl1 1m4f CH4|
Ascot SATURDAY, 25 JULY 2015
- Runners: 31
- Distance: 1m4f
- Going: Good
- Channel: CH4
£1,150,000 guaranteed For 3yo+ Weights 3yo colts & geldings 8st 9lb; fillies 8st 6lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 7lb; fillies 9st 4lb; southern hemisphere allowance: 4yo 4lb Entries 31 pay £ 3500 Confirmed 11 pay £ 2000
|NO. DRAW |
|TS||ODDS ODDS ODDS ODDS ODDS ODDS ODDS ODDS ODDS ODDS ODDS|
|1 964-11||CLEVER COOKIE ||7|
|2 811-11||DYLAN MOUTH ||4|
|3 414-42||EAGLE TOP ||4|
|4 1-2232||FLINTSHIRE ||5|
|5 11-233||POSTPONED ||4|
|6 72-134||ROMSDAL ||4|
|7 237-11||SNOW SKY ||4|
|8 34-216||TELESCOPE ||5|
|9 511-14||THE CORSICAN ||4|
|10 1061-5||MADAME CHIANG ||4|
|11 1-1111||GOLDEN HORN ||3|
|13||1-1111||Golden Horn21||3||8-9||John Gosden|
JMC: FRANKIE, JOHNNY AND GOLDEN HORN WIN THE BRITISH INVESTEC DERBY EPSOM
ON SATURDAY JUNE 6, 2015.
RPSUNDAY JULY 19
THE BIG READ
Alastair Down talks to John Gosden, Ace Global Flat Turf Trainer (GB)
“Back in January to the outsider Gosden was facing some challenges.
"Last year’s stars Kingman and Taghrooda had been retired. William Buick – other than Frankie the only jockey Gosden has ever retained – had flown the nest to Godolphin, and beyond the boundaries unaware of Clarehaven nobody knew a great deal about the three year old colt Golden Horn, who had scraped home by a head on his debut run in a two year old maiden at Nottingham last October.
“Favourite and runner up that October day was Storm The Stars, who has twice been Derby-placed with only Gosden horses ahead of him.
“But Golden Horn was not an angel being entertained unawares and, in a remark as revealing as any could be about the Derby winner’s quality and Gosden’s long- honed wisdom and prescience, he says: “When Kingman retired I had no hesitation putting Golden Horn in his box.”
“Then on January 11 Gosden broke his pelvic in three places when skiing in Yellowstone Park, Montana. “He says: “It wasn’t Yogi Bear’s fault, it was all mine. I was going far too fast.
“It was the first morning of the holiday and the third run. And on this occasion Gosden, no mug when seeking a mark, got himself handicapped well and truly.
“HE SAYS: “Rachel was away for the day, so she wasn’t there to tell us to behave. I said to the boys ‘ last one down the mountain is a cissy’ and as I was flying through the air I said to myself ‘idiot.’
“Everything went – helmet, poles, skis and pelvis. I refused to be brought down the mountain on a stretcher and am lucky to have two very good sons who helped me down.
“I was soon in hospital and in an hour and a half I had a CAT scan, an MRI and a very large bill.
“I was an impossible patient, as I’m sure Rachel will confirm. It meant I couldn’t be at the opening of Chelmsford, were Matt Chapman interviewed Rachel with a series of bouncers and beamers-no Kingman or Taghrooda, stable jockey gone and husband on crutches. She just let the balls go through to the keeper. “
TRUST AND CONFIDENCE:
“Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of Gosden’s season both personally and for the racing public has been the re-forging of his old alliance with Dettori.
“Gosden says: “People forget how far he has come since arriving here as a teenager without a word of English. A lot of things came to him very fast and after he fell out with Luca it was Barney Curley who brought him to me.
“He started on January 1, 1994, turned up with his head shaved and threw himself into the job heart and soul: He rode 233 winners that year.
“Frankie is highly intelligent and a wonderfully instinctive rider. He’s a bit like an Italian diva in that he gets too high you have to gently bring him down, but just as important, you have to know how to lift him up.
“Nobody should underrate his brains or his sensitivity. A lot of the bravado is a front, a way of getting through. Everyone does that in one way or another.
“When William was tapped on the shoulder it was a question of me asking myself who was the most talented jockey around. Frankie had a nice new contract with Skeikh Joaan but it didn’t have the depth of rides –the sheer numbers-to keep him busy all the time.
“I rang him on Remembrance Day and told him he’d have the time to do the job and to keep it under his hat. The news broke at the end of Cheltenham week.
“When he came back here again he was hugely enthusiastic even in the sleet and rain of March. I admit that if all the horses were rated 70 it might not have been the same but the most important thing was that he felt at home again – it’s part of that Italian family thing.
“The first horse I put him up on was Golden Horn and when I asked him what he thought he said ‘he’s a lovely horse but he’s not clued up yet. He wouldn’t be mentally sharp enough for a Guineas.’
JMC: When a jockey the caliber of Frankie Dettori first gets the leg up on a three year old colt as he did first time here, he can quickly feel how that colt responds to his gestures, his moves whilst in the saddle. This day Frankie found Golden Horn distinctly babyish.
Advising against challenging for the British Qipco 2,000 guineas to be run at Newmarket on Saturday June 2, but to wait until the Dante to be run at York on Thursday June 14 a fortnight later.
[Frankie Dettori an ace global Flat turf jockey right up there among the top four riding in the world today. Frankie has suffered a massive amount of bloodhorse illiterate damage from the cruel British government regulators ]
“Golden Horn went to York for the Dante as a Prix du Jockey Club horse-the Derby entries had closed before he came to me. After he won the Dante there was enough of a debate with William there was enough of a debate and, on pedigree, Anthony Oppenheimer was right to have strong doubts. But he’s a proper old-fashioned owner-breeder with a sporting attitude and so he went for it.
“On Derby day I was wound up like the ten-day clock. We had the first two in the betting yet Qualify had won the Oaks at 50-1 the day before and, while I love the buzz that has returned to Epsom, it has always been the place for banana skins,
“I have learned that while you can talk to a jockey about how a race might unfold there is never any point in tying them down. You have to let them feel and read a race and the last thing you want to do is rabbit in a jockey’s ear.
“I remember in the paddock before the 1977 Arc, Vincent O’Brien giving the most extraordinary detailed instructions to Lester Piggott and you could see Lester’s eyes beginning to glaze over.
“He half- turned to me and, out of the corner of his mouth, said “have you got a notebook?” In the event he ignored everything, bounced out and made nearly all [on The Minstrel].
“We were driven to Epsom as usual by Mick Murray, who was an apprentice to Darky Prendergast and more of a sage than a driver-and he’s a very good judge.
“With Rachel and our old friends Nick Hall and George Bailey still having a share in Jack Hobbs, we had everyone’s kids there and a party before racing. It was a family fun event with all the children thrilled just to be there.
“After the race I was fast down to see the second while Frankie took Golden Horn back up the track in front of the stands so I was a bit late to the winner’s enclosure. Frankie came along, bashed in my top hat- which I still need to have a word with him about – kissed me on both cheeks and then jumped on me!” Frankie’s joy bursting out.
“Dettori then spotted the winning owner’s bloodstock adviser Hugo Lascelles and went up and shook both his cheeks vigorously between thumb and forefinger. Fortunately he spared Anthony Oppenheimer a similar form of celebration.
“After the press conference-where Gosden walked in, sat down and starting chatting happily away before even being asked a question-it was off to the royal box.
“There he said to the Queen: Ma’am, you are standing in exactly the same spot as your late mother did when Benny The Dip won by a short head in 1997. That day she said to me, ‘Ah Mr Gosden, I told you at Sandown, that I would have a bit on for the Derby and I’ve had a good bit on, so I’m very happy!.”
“In the evening it was time for a party, something at which the Gosden’s excel. John says: “Some of the best parties are impromptu and you can’t plan them, you just go with the flow. Literally!
“The staff were piling in and out all evening, and Frankie and a mass of people were there with things still going strong at one in the morning.
“William Buick managed to break not four crystal glasses or even six. His final tally was eight, and by the time he had finished I think he was convinced Jack Hobbs had won the Derby.”
“And Jack Hobbs did win his Derby when storming home on the Curragh and John Gosden says: “We have been to our old friend ‘Legs’ Lawlors magnificent wedding the night before and I wasn’t moving too well the next morning.
“Thank God the race was at 6.30 because if it had been at 2.30 I’d have been in trouble.
“Jack Hobbs is being freshened up for The Arc, as he needed a holiday. He won his maiden at Wolverhampton on December 27, so he only had January off, whereas Golden Horn had November, December and half January taking things easy.”
As JOHN and I sit in the summer sun performing the last rights on a decent bottle of Chablis the trainer is relaxed, amusing and given to the occasional juicy indiscretion. While Gosden has done well from the sport he loves, the racing public owe him much and he has shone like a lighthouse of decency for many years. His communication skills are peerless and have more than once come to our rescue.
“I shall never forget the 2011 King George, which was won by his Nathaniel but was marred by the fall of Rewilding two furlongs out with the colt coming to a holt, fatally injured, in front of the packed Ascot stands.
“Immediately interviewed on television, Gosden assumed control of a potentially disastrous situation with a tour de force of clarity, compassionate insight and informed opinion that brilliantly placed Rewilding’s fate in the greater scheme of things.
“I stood a couple of yards away thinking, ‘nobody else could have done that’ .
“But for all his professional success, what gives John his solidity is a legendarily happy marriage and a family life - Sebastian, Serena, Theodora and Thady – into which he and Rachel have poured endless energy and love.
“Rachel has more roles than the entire West End put together. Lawyer, ROA bigwig, passionate campaigner for historic Newmarket, town counsellor , a major player at the Organic Research Trust and someone who, through tireless work for Woman’s Aid, has done much to ease the plight of victims of domestic violence.
“The sheer workload means Rachel occasionally has to be brisk but she is never brusque. She is both a powerhouse and a genuine star in my opinion.
“No wonder her husband says: “I sit down on a Sunday morning and see if I can get a 15- minute appointment with my wife for the following Friday.
“There seems every chance that, a week today, the conversation may well take place on the back of another milestone victory in the King George. ”Trainer John Gosden | Entries | Racing Post
JMC: Frankie Dettori and John Gosden, both have made massive contributions to global horseracing every hour of every day, of every month, of every year, throughout their horseracing careers. Make no mistake about that.
Gosden on his father Towser Gosden…
“He died in 1967 at the age of 62 and I was 15 at the time. He didn’t like doctors much, so he wouldn’t go to see them.
“Dad had a hard life living through the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression. In the war he went into the RAF and was in Lancaster bombers, being invalided out in 1943.
“His horses were shot for meat. Aggressor’s King George with Jimmy Lindley up was his finest hour, although he trained 1966 Derby winner Charlottown at two but had to give up his license because of poor health.
“They were a different generation but had their qualities.
“George Todd was a hard man but was always there for his horses at the very last. The time would come for some 18 –year- old who had done sterling service and Todd would hold the horse and feed him a pick of grass when he was shot. ”
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Gosden on Clarehaven:
“It is extraordinary but the whole place was built on the proceeds of a successful gamble on the filly Clarehaven in the 1900 Cesarewitch’ .
“They bought 17 acres and put up the house-demolished by David Robinson in the 1960’s- and the yard.
“Peter Gilpin trained Pretty Polly here, undoubtedly one of the greatest race mares of all time and winner of 22 of her 24 races, including the fillies’ Triple Crown. I have put up a plaque in her memory.
“She was always given a sugar lump in the winners enclosure, and after she won the Oaks, King Edward VII did the honors.
“We are at capacity with 166 horses and I always have plenty of people-88 at the moment. If you over employ things get rushed and the odd corner is cut and that puts strain on the senior staff, who suddenly start looking gaunt and exhausted.
“I have three assistants and nine head people – a good mix of male and female. We know each other well and they are good with their horses and the rest of the staff.
“It is always about realizing a horse’s full potential and if that happens to be a seller at Brighton on a Tuesday then that’s the job to be done by the trainer.
“I like the place to be quiet and peaceful – the sergeant major approach to running yards went west years ago.
“A horse will always sense an edgy atmosphere, someone who is nervous or a nervous jockey. And never underestimate the difficulty of young men riding two- and three- year- olds because patience is key.
“The young are naturally in a hurry and often have other things on their mind!
“The young are naturally in a hurry and often have other things on their mind!
Gosden on Bobby Frankel.
“I first came across Bobby Frankel when I was 18 and on a gap year. I got a job hot-walking for Eugene and Hirsch Jacobs in barn 18 at Aqueduct.
“One morning I could hear this tremendous racket coming from behind the barn and when I went to have a look there was this frizzy-haired guy kicking hell out of these ice buckets.
“I went back in and said we should help the guy because he was in some state and Jacobs said ‘He’s just a gambler, a crazy kid. He ain’t going anywhere in life. ‘
“Over the years I came to get on well with him but he was a sociopath. He liked dogs and horses – in fact he much preferred animals to humans and it was kind of mutual to that animals liked him but not people so much.
“He came up the hard way in Brooklyn and he’d attack you because that is how you get out of an entirely non-horsey background in Brooklyn to become one of the greatest trainers of them all. ”
Gosden on William Buick.
“Taking him on was brave because he had never so much as ridden in a gallop here but I had been watching him ride and obviously liked what I saw.
“I rang Frankie to get his opinion and he was positive and he gave me his number and I left it a few weeks and then rang him up.
“Like Frankie, William has had the advantage of great parents who have both done a marvellous job with him.
“I said to him ‘I will give you a decent contract and if this goes wrong then it won’t be the end of the world’ . But I also told him that if everything went well then eventually there was one operation that would come along and tap him on the shoulder. Eventually Godolphin did exactly that.
“William is very talented and rides work here when his commitments allow it. He rode for me in the Oaks and won the Dante on Golden Horn’ . He has ridden seven winners from about 30 rides for us this season and we still see plenty of him. " William Buick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia