Saturday, 5 January 2013






2.25 32Red Hurdle Novices’ Hurdle Tolworth Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1)
WIN: MELODIC RENDEZVOUS 7 11-7 partner NICK SCHOLFIELD handler presenter STEVEN CROFT trainer Jeremy Scott for Cash For Honours

3.20 FEATURE RACE C4 Live The Coral Welsh National Handicap 3m5f+
Winner £51,255
WIN: MONBEG DUDE (IRE)  8 10-1 partner P CARBERRY handler presenter
JJ FENN trainer Michael Scudamore for Mike Tindall - Dydunow

Lee Mottershead talks to England rugby international Mike Tindall, who has a fancied runner in the Welsh National.

“DURING the course of a heavy- ground slog around Chepstow, leading Coral Welsh National fancy MONBEG DUDE is likely to get extremely muddy. Although set to be nowhere near Chepstow, co-owner Mike Tindall is also expected to spend a fair chunk of the afternoon covered in muck.

“As MONBEG DUDE approaches the first fence of today’s historic marathon, Tindall will be at Gloucester rugby club’s Kingsholm ground, where the 16st player-coach and extremely effective battering ram will probably be hard-tackling some unfortunately opponent during the first half of his team’s Aviva Premiership clash with London-Irish.

“The day  job comes first, which means Tindall will be late in discovering whether November’s 25-1 Cheltenham.

“The day job comes first, which means Tindall will be late in discovering whether November’s 25-1 Cheltenham winner can triumph at Chepstow , where injured Gloucester colleague  and fellow member of the Oydunow syndicate James ‘Sinbad’ Simpson-Daniel will represent a four-strong band completed by trainer Michael Scudamore and Wasps fly-half Nicky Robinson.


“As it’s a game day there was never a chance of me going.” Says Tindall, whose previous ownership experience included shares in two Highlere Thoroughbred Racing horses.


“Once you’re in a game you don’t really think about anything else, but at half-time I may have a sneaky little peek at my phone. If there are lots of messages it will probably be good thing, bvut if there aren’t I guess things won’t have gone our way.


“It’s a bit disappointing  I can’t be at Chepstow but it was only a match day when he won at Cheltenham, so maybe it’s a good omen. I was at Cheltenham in October when he unseated and also at Newbury when he was pilled up, so maybe the key to him running well is that I’m not there.”


“The 34-year-old former England Rugby World Cup winner, husband of the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips, was most definitely in attendants when MONBEG DUDE was bought for £12,000 at a post-racing Cheltenham auction three years ago. Indeed, it was Tindall’s chunky finger that sealed the deal.


“I  had no intention of buying him,” he recalls.


“There was no particular reason why we chose MONBEG. We just thought it would be fun to say we had at least put in a bid for one horse. I put my hand up at £12,000 which I don’t think any horse had been sold for that day, but this one did and we ended up with him.


“My first thought was: ‘Oh great,’ The room went silent. Even the auctioneer knew wasn’t keen because he announced that they didn’t have a particular enthusiastic buyer. Fortunately it’s worked out well and the horse has been a good boy for us.


“The Welsh National is another progression for him. We want to find out how high he can go. We want to discover his limits but we aren’t expecting anything. We would love him to finish in the first three and if he can run as well as he did last time we’ll be really happy.”


“Happiness has also come from a blossoming interest in racing.


“My interest has slowly grown. “ says Tindall. ”Since I’ve been with Zara I’ve been able to get a greater understanding of racing through meeting jockeys and that has given me a more personal connection with the sport. I now enjoy going racing more and more. It also helps that we had a horse like Frankel – you don’t pass up the opportunity to watch an animal like that.”


Rugby has forced Tindall to pass up the opportunity to watch MONBEG DUDE  at Chepstow. But when back in Gloucester dressing room at half-time he will hope to see his phone overflowing with texts.”



2.05 WIN:  GEVREY CHAMBERTIN (FR) 5 11-12 partner TOM SCUDAMORE handler presenter? trainer David Pipe for Roger Stanley and Yvonne Reynolds.  Full brother to GRAN CRUE


3.00. 32Red Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)
WIN: LORD OF THE HOUSE (GER) 5  10-00 partner GAVIN SHEEHAN (5) handler presenter? trainer Charlie Mann for Good Lord Partnership


3.20 Coral Welsh National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1)
2nd TEAFORTHREE (IRE) 9 11-3 partner AP McCOY handler presenter? trainer Rebecca Curtis for t437        Second £19,233

NOTE: TEAFORTHREE (IRE) 9 11-3  gave 16lbs to the winner MONBEG DUDE  8 10-1.  

J Margaret Clarke Turfcall Comment

ANDREW MARR SHOW BBC 1. 9am to 10am today 

ANDREW calls DAVID CAMERON to account. No sign of NICK CLEGG?

DAVID CAMERON  a very wealthy young man, owning not only thousands, but many, 
many millions. He has absolutely no idea of how his dictatorship is effecting the British 
people, the hardship he is forcing upon them, Cameron a master tactician,  so well rehearse 

in 'Negative Fob Off Lip Service ' an allergy, epidemic that has succeeded over decades to
Rip Off The British People.  

Lee Mottershead (RP 03.01.2013) 

CHANNEL 4 pundit Jim McGrath yesterday advocated the complete reopening of races like Saturday’s Coral Welsh National that are staged a significant time after their scheduled date, as Paddy Power joined the select list of bookmakers prepared to void anti-post bets.


“As per BHA policy, the historic marathon –which will be run nine days late following the abandonment of Chepstow’s December 27 fixture – was reopened to the publication of weights stage, allowing ACROSS THE BAY and MASTER OVERSEER to re-enter a contest from which thgey had been removed when six-day confirmations were revealed on December 21.


“Some punters who placed bets when MASTER OVERSEER and ACROSS THE BAY did not feature among the possible runners have claimed the option to void bets should be available, as it has been to customers of William Hill, Ladbrokes, Betfred and now Paddy Power.


“McGrath, who will be working for Channel 4 when the broadcaster on Saturday televises The Welsh National for the first time, believes that all races delayed for more than three days should be re-opened completely. The rules need to be clearer and as far as possible to everybody.” Said McGrath.”

“Left to me, when these races are abandoned for more than a clear cut-off point of 48 or 72 hours, I would go right back to the start with a completely fresh sheet of paper and a new market formed.

“The fact is that when you make an entry as a racehorse owner you are formi8ng part of a contract and the date of the race is part of the contract. The reason races close early is because of their appeal to anti-post punters, and any punter who feels aggrieved should MASTER OVERTURN win has got a perfectly fair point.”
“That point has now accepted by Paddy Power, whose spokesman Paul Binfield said: “We think that we rightly have a reputation for being fair to punters so if a punters wants to void their Welsh Grand National bet we will happily carry out their wish, though as we speak we have had no requests to do that.”

“Rupert Arnold, chief executive of the National Trainers Federation, confirmed that his organisation had been consulted when the rules were drawn up.

Arnold said: “This was looked at after the King George was staged in the middle of January two seasons ago and we agreed with the BHA protocol. There has been no demand from trainers for a review so I would say we are happy.”



“NICKY  HENDERSON and Paul Nicholls have given themselves the chance to ensure tomorrow’s rearranged Dipper Novices’ Chase takes place after jumping’s championship  each entered rivals each entered two horses in a contest the BHA could scrap if fewer than four horses are declared this morning, writes Lee Mottershead.
“Alongside their principal contenders CAPTAIN CONAN and UNIONISTE,  Henderson and Nicholls have nominated MANILLA CLASS and THERE’S NO PANIC for an event for which three other horses – COURT IN MOTION, RESTLESS HARRY and BRASS TAX – have also been engaged.

“Henderson, who plans to keep CAPTAIN CONAN and SIMONSIG apart at the Cheltenham Festival, assuming CAPTAIN CONAN handles the Dipper’s 2m4f trip, said “We need to see if there are enough runners to make the race happen. I don’t know yet if MINELLA CLASS will run, and it would have been easier if both my horses had the same owner, but Emma Lavelle has said COURT IN MOTION runs.
“I’m grateful to the BHA and all involved because I desperately want to run CAPTAIN CONAN.”

“Explaining why the BHA has given  itself the option of cancelling the Dipper, which was rescheduled with support from the Levy Board and 32Red after Cheltenham’s New Year’s day was abandoned, spokesman Robin Mounsey said: “We were aware we could potentially be faced with a two-runner race situation for the rescheduled running, and it would be difficult to justify spending
£25,000 of industry money on this, regardless of the exciting potential of both horses. This solution allows the chance to run the race while potentially avoiding being left with a match.”

“He added  “We’ll analyse how the process works for the Dipper. Whether this is something that can be implemented on a more regular basis for replacement races might then be discussed at the next Jump Racing Committee meeting.”
”Although the Dipper is due to open Sandown’s card at 12.15pm, Channel 4 Racing viewers could still watch the race live, with the broadcaster understood to have asked Sandown to consider rearranging the card’s running order after today’s declaration stage in order to permit the Dipper’s inclusion in its 1.30 – 4pm program.”

Regulator government Alan Delmonte: “We decided not to free up levy money”.
(RP 05.01.13)
JMC Comment:  Just how mean and gready are these bloodhorse illiterate BHA regulation  personnel ?
Graham Dench
 HENDERSON hits out after Dipper Chase is scrapped. Henderson has taken another swipe at this season’s controversial new novice chase program after a bid to run the postponed Dipper Chase at Sandown Park today foundered through lack of members. He had hoped to run his Cheltenham Festival hope CAPTAIN CONAN in the 2m4f Grade 2 contest, originally due to be run on Cheltenham’s abandoned New Year’s Day card.
JMC Novice Chasers’ have much to learn the regulation authorities (BHA) enforce dangerous changes to prevent Novice Chasers from learning anything at all. Cruelty at it’s very worst, to both man and beast. No wonder there are so many fatalities in the Grand National each and every year.
“However, the Paul Nicholls-trained UNIONISTE and Ben Case’s BRASS TAX were the only others confirmed at yesterday’s declaration stage after Emma Lavelle decided the ground would no longer be wet enough for COURT IN MOTION against such smart novices, while the BHA and Levy Board had already warned they could not justify putting on the race with fewer than four runners.
Henderson may now be forced to wait until Sandown’s next meeting on February 2 to give CAPTAIN  CONAN further vital chasing experience.
"While appreciative of the efforts of those who worked hard to put the Dipper on, he blamed the revised novice chase program, introduced in October with the aim of increasing field sizes in novice and beginners' chases but widely perceived  by trainers to have restricted opportunities for better horses. JMC Comment: Whilst British horseracing remains in the menacing grip of the bloodhorse illiterate government regulators, shocking carnage will continue on down it's dangerous spiral at an ever increasing rate.

Henderson, among those critical of the new measures from the start, said: “This system is flawed. They are putting on bad races for bad horses and there aren’t the opportunities any more for decent novices.


“They did try with the Dipper, and I can see why they don’t want to put money into a three-horse race, but it’s so frustrating.


“CAPTAIN CONAN will have to wait another month now for the Scilly Isles, asthat’s the only alternative unless he carries a double penalty at Leicester or somewhere like that, which be in his best interest.”


“Levy Board operations director Alan Delmonte said the board’s rationale in not funding the Dipper is “not unreasonable” and warned a higher threshold than four might be put in place next time  a similar situation arises.


“He said: “Whether to run the Dipper with three declarations at lower than advertised prize-money is a matter for the BHA and Sandown, but we decided not to free up £17,500 of Levy money towards it. JMC Comment: BHA regulators paid out huge fees throughout 2011 to Tim Morris and Jamie Stier to conduct a ‘Bloodhorse Illiterate Whip Review’. At Ascot on October 15 2011,  

on the very first British Qipco Champion’s Day, the BHA  took £50,000.00 (Upwards of fifty thousand pounds) (BHA money to burn) off Champion French Jockey Bloodhorse Literate Christophe Soumillon, for what they described to be reasonable punishment charges in the year 2011 … for breaking the Bloodhorse Illiterate Rules of British Horseracing .


“When a major televised fixture is abandoned, that might be £100,000  in levy lost. If we then pay a lot of money to pick up an expensive race with a small field, that loss is compounded. We want to help, and almost always do, but there has got to be financial rationale somewhere.


“We were asked to look at the Dipper as a special case but had reservations, given only two runners were mentioned as possible.  The idea of seeking four declarations offered reassurance and hardly seemed onerous.


“In fact, if anything we would look at a higher threshold  if doing the exercise again, given the many discussions at our betting patterns working party about the importance of achieving six runners.”


“BHA spokesman Robin Mounsey confirmed Delmonte’s explanation, and added:”Ultimately, with four entries between them, Paul and Nicky had the fate of the race in their own hands, but I appreciate things are never quite that simple it’s a shame, but it was definitely worth trying.”

 JMC Comment: The Dipper is a race, no one had the right to interfere with the conditions as stated for this race, if there had been only one horse turn up to run, that race should have been honoured and whatever prize money was due should have been payed out whatever
 a walkover even.  What has happned here is like moving the goal posts in a football match.

 Looks like the penny will only drop if drastic measures are used by owners and trainers to boycott this years Cheltenham Festival. After all one racemeeting is only one racemeeting in the general order of things. A small price to pay to ensure Bloodhorse Illiterate governments are stamped out, quashed for once and for all time. 
 Bloodhorse Literacy is the number one key ingredient, no one who deliberately flouts the laws of bloodhorse literacy can act or mess with British horsereacing ever again.


“Judges search for new talent p 14  


JPSPENCER1980 Not sure what’s worse – 3 weeks in the big brother house or 7 and a half hours in the weighing room at Wolverhampton with Jimmy Quinn#tightcall

Jamie Spencer wonders if he is having a harder time than Frankie Dettori

Clarebalding  Thanks for nice messages about Loose Women. My Dad: “Don’t think I’ll watch that again”. I had to explain he’s not exactly the target audience. “It appears legendry trainer Ian Balding won’t be tuning in again having watched his daughter on the daytime show.
FOLLOW the Racing Post on twitter @racing_post  for the breaking news


Andrew Scutts
FRANKIE DETTORI was easy to back yesterday as punters digested the infant stages of Celebrity Big Brother, in which the world-famous jockey has a field of 11 pitted against him.

“Dettori is spending a six-month suspension for testing positive  to a banned substance, widely reported to be cocaine, so instead o9f limbering up for the Dubai Carnival, which starts next week, he was able to make his reality television debut on Thursday night.

“He was the first contestant revealed on the Channel 5 program’s opening show, which drew 3.5 million viewers, and entered a luxury house alongside  favourite Ryan Clark of X Factor fame and four-others of varying ‘Celebrity’.

“Dettori, 42, and Clarke had the onerous task of picking who would join them in the comfortable main house, the remainder being banished to a dank basement. Model Paula Hamilton was initially despatched downstairs but later joined Dettori and co on doctors orders, meaning the jockey spent yesterday getting to know six housemates.
More later

Great photograph of SELKIRK playing in the snow with EOIN O’MAHONY, who looked after the stallion for 15 years. 
Martin Stevens
“SELKIRK, a champion on the racecourse and one of the most successful British –based stallions of recent times, died on Thursday at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket from the effects of old age, two days after he officially turned 25.

“SElKIRK stood his entire stallion career at Lanwades – never covering books of more than 100 mares – and sired the earners of more than £35 million, including 90 individual stakes winners, 45 pattern-race winners and 15 Group 1 winners.


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