Saturday, 9 March 2013



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10lb claimer ADAMS strikes in Imperial Cup


3.15 Paddy Power Imperial Cup (Handicap Hurdle) (Listed Race) Class 1 7 hurdles 1 omitted 2m+ winner £39,865
WIN: FIRST  AVENUE 8 11-1 partner NATHAN ADAMS (10) trainer Laura Mongan owner Mrs L J Mongan 20-1
Nathan confirmed "you have to keep positive",

captures this one magical moment in time. Everything is captured
in this one photograph before our eyes we have it, a thousand words in one blink.
Superfine athletic highly skilled balance, timing, empathy. Yes, yes yes. 

Is this the finest photograph of The Year? The Decade?  The Century?

Whoever you are, wherever you are, get your own Racing Post today-  you will find this photograph on the front page.
Notice FIRST AVENUE'S expression, an expression without fear, highly attentive to what NATHAN is asking him to do, realising its pretty urgent whatever it is, he responds in trust.

Laura, wife of jockey Ian Mongan tells us that this is only NATHAN ADAMS 4th winner. That Nathan gave FIRST AVENUE a confident ride.  Laura confirmed they know each other inside out. Laura told us that she had spoken to Ian on the phone, he was crying, and overwhelmed by this exciting news.

Laura Mongan, Epsom's established Racehorse Trainer.

Laura Mongan is one of the youngest trainers in the country and has grown up with horses. Starting off with the Pony Club and working her way into eventing, Laura started her racing career with Brooke Sanders in her home town of Epsom. Laura rode her first amateur winner at the age of 16 and went on to ride 7 winners from 70 rides.

Laura's husband Ian Mongan
2.05 Europian Breeders Fund "National Hunt" Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final Grade 3 Class 1.  7 hurdles 2 omitted 2m4f Going Heavy (very tiring going)
WIN: CLOSE TOUCH  5 11-6 partner BARRY GERAGHTY minder? trainer Nicky Henderson owner  The Queen. 8-1.  Easily by 12 lengths, needs to gain more  confidence in  jumping department. A beautiful young horse in temperament, size and scope full of promise for an exciting future. The crowd chanting "Are you Denman in Disguise? "
"The Queen is set to sign a new charter backing equal rights for women and gay people after it received the support of every Commonwealth nation, it was reported last night.
The monarch will sign the new Commonwealth Charter in an event tomorrow which includes the core values - from human rights to the rule of law - that leaders have committed to upholding.
According to the Mail on Sunday, the document declares: "We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds."

"The Archbishop of Canterbury is among 43 bishops who have written an open letter to a newspaper condemning Government plans to change the benefits system, saying it will have a “deeply disproportionate” effect on children.

"The Most Rev Justin Welby has warned that "children and families will pay the price" if plans to change the system go ahead in their current form, The Sunday Telegraph said.
The Most Rev Welby and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, have backed the letter.
The newspaper said that the move would come as a blow to Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, who is attempting to steer the reforms through Parliament."


Saturday's musings from a retired racing enthusiast.

David Ashforth at the Derby Awards 6.12.10
David Ashforth:
twice voted journalist of the year
PICTURE: Dan Abraham


"Only way to net winner in Arkle is to head it".

Pic:" Be sure to keep this image in mind when considering Overturn's chance."
Pic: of crowd cheering OVERTON home David thinks with his head, not with his heart.

                       Use this join - up for Arkle 2013 runners and riders


This famous race is named after ARKLE a legend in Steeplechasing

"GOODEE, time for my Cheltenham tips. They're better than Pricewise's tips because when Tom Segal tips something, its price gets shorter whereas I think you'll find that, when I tip something, it doesn't. If its 10-1 now, it will be at least 10-1 tomorrow, probably more. That's proper tipping for you.

What do you think? Are you going to study the Form to find the most likely winner in this race yourself? Try it, work through it horse by horse (with your Racing Post today or on Monday) and see what you find, this is what David means when he says 'head it' think it through). Make this your 'Number one Project' to go in your 'Jump Racing' reference file for your future reference be sure to keep your Racing Post as well. Then at the Cheltenham Festival 2014 you can check out which Novice Chasers have gone on to do well in this Steeplechase catagory, and may well be worth following.

The Arkle is a Novice Chase (Big fences) for horses who are just starting out in this catagory. Steeplechasing (Big chase fences, make no mistake they take some jumping especially at racing pace) It is tackling such big fences at racing pace that make these 'Novice Chases' the most dangerous of all races. It is a highly skilled work of art to prepare a 'Novice Chaser', to ride and to guide him, at home, and in a race) Confidence can drain away fast with a 'Novice Chaser' if he is overfaced too soon, or looses consentration with other horses all around him whilst racing for instance. A 'Novice Chaser' needs a top professional rider in the saddle at all times.

"On Monday, it was the ninth annual Stud and Stable Staff Award lunch, which is the most uplifting awards event of the year, for which we have Sheikh Mohammed to thank. Through Godolphin, he has funded generous awards; to the winner, the finalists and their yards, and he has carried on funding them. It's a fine recognition of valued contributions by stud and stable staff and it would be a hard-hearted person who didn't find pleasure in it. Well done to the Employee of the Year, Brian 'Jock' Bennett, Mark Johnson's long-serving assistant trainer, and to all the other winners and finalists.

"Some of us decided to make a day of it. Unfortunately, dinner fell at the third last hurdle at Southwell, along with Robert Thornton and Our Phylli Vera. Sadly, Thornton now misses Cheltenhamwhile trainer Alan King faces the daunting task of finding another equally feeble contest for Our Phylli Vera. At least no one in the William Hill shop said: "Don't worry, your money's only lent, " a half -finished expression, the full version of which continues, "Until you try to get it back again."

"Never mind, Cheltenham will put everything right, and in a rather shocking way. This year, the key to success on the opening day is to picture a terrace full of football fans, all shouting: "Head it! Head it!

"You see, when it comes to the Racing Post Arkle, and Overturn, you must use your head, not your heart (or your feet). Overturn is one of my favourite horses and Jason Maguire one of my favourite jockeys and it will be sad to see Maguire dissapointed afterwards, his hopes dashed (I don't suppose Overturn will care too much, as long as dinner isn't late) but Maguire will just have to come to terms with it as best he can.

"Overturn finished second in last years Champion Hurdle and has taken well to fences and is as bonny and willing a front -runner as you could wish for, but he's not going to win and, at about 3-1, the thing to do is to lay him for all you are worth. Admittedly, if Overturn does win, that means you won't be worth anything afterwards and might be homeless, carless and wifeless, but as long as you aren't too old, you'll be able to start life again, sadder but wiser, possibly.

"OVERTURN, admirably versatile, has jumped well and won well in his three chases but he's faced a grand total of only nine opponents, most of them not good enough to provide a meaningful challenge. Their combined record over fences currently reads four wins from 28 tries and only one, Conquisto, is rated over 140. Conquisto has since been beaten easily at level weights by a horse rated 133, in a three-horse race, before successfully given 7lb to the very moderate, 115 -rated, no- wins- from- six-chases Jack the Gent.

"Similar holes can be picked in Simonsig's form over fences and, in both cases, it's not what they achieved but how they achieved it that was impressive. What matters more than the dubious value of Overturn's form is that leading all the way at Cheltenham, a course less well suited to front-runners than Sandown, Doncasteror Musselburgh, against better horses, possibly on unsuitable soft ground, will be a much more formidable test. Overturn isn't very big and he still has to show that he can impose himself over Cheltenham's fences. Anyway, you can think what you like but that's what I think.


"After that, there's the Champion Hurdle (don't know) and, after that, there's a break during the cross-country chase to give us time to decide what to back each-way against Quevega in the mare's hurdle. That's the race Quevega wins every year before going on to win that other race at Punchastown. She's a nine-year-old now and maybe she'll be less formidable this year but, in any event, the best each-way bets are Alasi, at 20-1, and Swing Bowler (also entered in the County Hurdle), also 20-1. I could tell you why - and you would find the reasons jolly convincing-but it'll save a lot of time, and words, if you just take my word for it.

"So that's the festival off to a cracking start and it's a pity that there not room to tell you what's going to win on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but I'll tell you next Saturday. In the mean time - head it!"   ENDS

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