Tuesday, 30 November 2010

RACING REVIEW 3.05 HENNESSY GOLD CUP CHASE NEWBURY SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2010


WINNER: DIAMOND HARRY 7-10-00 partner DARYL JACOB handler/rider presenter LEANDA TICKLE trainer Nick Williams for Paul Duffy Diamond Partnership 6/1
 Run over 3 miles 2 and a half furlongs with 21 Big Formidable Fences to be jumped.18 ran 10 finished.

Off and Running


DENMAN AND  DIAMOND HARRY LEAD THE FIELD AROUND THE FINAL BEND
 THIS IS WHEN DENMAN FELT THE FULL FORCE OF THE ELEVEN STONE TWELVE POUNDS CATCHING UP WITH HIM AND DRAGGING HIM DOWN ....
AS DIAMOND HARRY (rail) CARRYING TEN STONE QUICKENED AWAY TO WIN


DENMAN AND DIAMOND HARRY JUMP UPSIDES CLOSE HOME



THIRD:  DENMAN partner SAM THOMAS
Top weight Denman 10- 11-12 giving nearly 2 stone to every other runner, seems far too much weight to burden a horse with in this day and age.

All this weight caught up with DENMAN in the latter stages of this race weakening him considerably. Brave, brave DENMAN was oh so tired out when he came in.  



WINNER: DIAMOND HARRY partner DARYL JOCOB
pulling up victorious.

SECOND: BURTON PORT 6- 10- 1 partner BARRY GERAGHTY trainer Nick Henderson for Trevor Hemmings 15/2

Surely top weight in any 3 mile Steeple Chase with 21 stiff fences to be jumped, should not be more that
10 stone 10lbs.

THE FIGHTING FIFTH HURDLE (Grade 1) (Class 1) over 2 miles and half and furlong. Winner £51,309
WINNER: PEDDLERS CROSS 5-11-07 partner JASON MAGUIRE handler/rider presenter STEVEN FOWLES trainer Donald McCain for Tim Leslie. Breeder  Mrs A Delaney.  9/4  Run over 2m+ with 8 flight of hurdles. 5 ran all finished. SECOND:  STARLUCK. THIRD: BINOCULAR.



PAUSE FOR THOUGHT
THOUGHTS AND SUGGESTIONS RE ORGANISING A CHAMPIONS DAY TO CLOSE THE FLAT RACING SEASON EACH YEAR, AT PRESENT CAUSING ACUTE UNREST AND RIGHTLY SO.

There are quite a number of races run throughout each British Flat Racing Season that are in fact Championship races. To name only two here:
EG: June the British Derby (Championship?) for three year old colts or fillies, run over 1m 4f.
EG: June the British Oaks (Championship?) for three year old fillies run over 1m 4f.


Perhaps the best way forward to keep all these Championship Races in their true perspective, as the racing calendar sets out, and as such are practically possible.

Suggestion: A Flat Racing Championship Day to be held on a non racing day, to be a celebration, an occasion as a thank you day to specifically acknowledge all the key people behind each successful Champion racehorse; to have a parade of same if possible to honour all those involved to include all handler/riders who’s daily work has been paramount in each and every Champions case, outstanding achievement reward.



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