Sunday, 5 May 2013


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WORLD CLASS: Dawn Approach even further clear than he was at two

By Sam Walker
Jim Bolger looks set to point 2,000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach at the Derby. It's a bold move since there's no evidence in his pedigree or on the racetrack that he'll see out the extra half mile. (17 hours ago)More


Jockey view of Kentucky Derby

Reaction coming in to the Kentucky Derby won by Orb. Jockey Gary Stevens (‏@HRTVGary), who finished sixth on Oxbow, tweeted: "Cleanest run derby I have ridden in. Hats off to every jockey in the race." (2 hours ago)                         Kentucky Derby report


Well-fancied Orb lands popular Kentucky Derby win

By Nicholas Godfrey
THE heavily fancied Orb (Shug McGaughey/Joel Rosario), a sentimental favourite in his trainer's home state, landed a hugely popular victory at a mud-splattered Churchill Downs with a come-from-behind success in the Kentucky Derby. (10 hours ago)More


Guineas ground

By Andrew Dietz
The ground at Newmarket for 1,000 Guineas day remains good to firm after a dry night. Officials applied 3mm of water last night from the mile to the winning line.
Editor Comments

Ladies' day

By Andrew Dietz
Morning folks. The colts have had their chance to shine and now it's the turn of the fillies as we countdown to the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at 3.50. We've got breaking news and betting intelligence too so stick around. (3 hours ago)

Today's Horse Racing Cards




Newmarket More from Prosser

"We had about 1mm of rain in the shower before the Guineas, and the plan now is to put on 3mm throughout the final mile. Tomorrow is forecast to be very pleasant and warmer than today." (13 hours ago)
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    Newmarket clerk of the course Michael Prosser

    Newmarket groundstaff started to water immediately after racing to maintain good to firm conditions. Prosser said: "The feedback from the jockeys today has been excellent and I want to maintain conditions where we are." (13 hours ago)

    GOING: GOOD TO FIRM (Watered; GoingStick 9.0) (Stands' side 9.1; Centre 9.0; Far side 9.0). (Partly cloudy)

    STALLS: Stands' side course: 1000 Guineas & 1m4f - Centre; Remainder - Stands' side
    Feature Race
    2:05 Qipco Supporting British Racing Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 1m4f CH4 Card Betting
    2:35 Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 1m1f CH4 Card Betting
    3:10 Timeform "European Champion Two-Year-Old" - Harbour Watch Handicap Cl2 6f CH4 Card Betting
    3:50 Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (The 200th Running) (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies) Cl1 1m CH4 Card Betting
    4:25 Makfi Future Stars Maiden Stakes Cl4 5f Card Betting
    5:00 Tweenhills Pretty Polly Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 1m2f Card Betting
    5:35 Qatar Racing Handicap (The Sunday £5K Bonus Race) Cl2 1m2f Card Betting
    David Ashforth at the Derby Awards 6.12.10
    David Ashforth:
    Twice voted journalist of the year
    PICTURE: Dan Abraham
    04. 05. 2013
    Hannon Team fighting shy of dream double with Toronado

    Pic: The Hannons pose with Richard snr’s champion trainer trophy, but are they overlooking an opportunity to get their hands on a cup of a different kind?
    “It’s wise to wait until the first leg has been won before discussing the second, but those who have researched the subject properly (me) are in no doubt Toronado would be a live contender for jump racing’s blue riband, as well as Flat racing’s blue riband, coming up soon at Epsom.

    “Should there be any doubters, I refer them to the Grand Steeple Chase di Roma, run at Capannelle racecourse on January 19. If you haven’t seen the race, you’re not really qualified to comment on Toronado’s future prospects. If you have (I have), you are.
    There is a wonderful perfume called Roma  Laura Biagiotti
    “As you know, the Grade 3 race was a cross-country event over 4,270 metres, alias 2.65 miles. After Crack Chichifell, Wan led the remaining three runners the proverbial merry dance, up banks, over poles, across fences, eventually holding Luxury Baby at bay.

    “Since then, Wan has won two more cross-country races, at Treviso, again ridden by Raffaele Romano and trained by Paola Favero. Wan jumps well, stays at least 2.95 miles and is Toronado’s half-brother. Their shared dam is Wana  Doo.

    The two horses are very similar. Both are bay, both have white on their foreheads and, judging from Wan’s performances, Toronado should cope admirably with Newmarket’s, and Epsom’s, undulations. For those familiar with Wan’s talents, it was no surprise Toronado handled the Dip with aplomb when winning the Craven Stakes. (Newmarket

    “Being by High Chaparral rather than Tagula, Toranado should stay better than Wan, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup distance will be well within his compass. It is just a question of whether to aim for that, or for the festival’s longer cross country chase, possibly in 2017.

    “When Toronado appeared at the yearling sales at Deauville in August 2011, Wan had won only once, a claiming chase at Pau, so it was clever of bloodstock agent Amanda Skiffington to snap up the jumping prospect for only £55,000. Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson must have been busy elsewhere and will no doubt have questions to ask of their continental agents.

    “Wana Doo’s other offspring to have raced, Seventh Cloud and Wedding Dance, were both hopeless on the Flat, so it was clear Toronado’s future would be over jumps; at Pau, or Capannelle, or Treviso, or Cheltenham or, in time, at Aintree. Yes, for the 2018 Grand National.

    “It was an act of genius by Hannon to fill in the time before Toronado goes novice chasing by giving his new recruit a spin on the Flat. It was worth a go, and it has worked out wonderfully well, with Toronado having a great chance of joining the distinguished archive of 2,000 Guineas winners. Not all of them have been great horses. At least one was indisputably a handicapper, and nothing more. That was the 1901 winner, Handicapper.

    “But I digress, e55,000 was a bargain, as you will realise if, on Tuesday, you cast your eye (s) over the field for the Class 5 maiden stakes for three-year-olds on the all-weather at Lingfield, worth £3,881 to the winner. It was won by Messila Star, who cost 215,000gns, from Shaishee, who cost $325,000, from Hanzada, who cost 225,000gns, from Living Desert, who cost  100,000gns. In all, horses costing about £1 million, plus training costs, were competing for an old Ford Fiesta.

    “At the yearling sales, I wonder if someone stood next to Sheikh Khaled Duaij Al Sabah, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and Nurlam Bizakov and said: “That’s great value, sir,” or if the prospective owners, unconstrained by considerations of value, just pointed and said: “I’ll have that one.”

    “To be fair, it looked an above average Class 5 maiden, and Shaishee and Hanzada will probably win one of their own soon, or something better. The trouble is, when you pay more than £200,000 for a yearling it does have to be quite a lot better to make financial sense.

    “Racegoers at Lingfield were able to watch the race on a big screen but those at Yarmouth and Bath that day were not so fortunate, and neither were those, including this one, at Worcester. These are all courses owned or operated by the Arena Racing Company. It’s poor customer service and isn’t good enough.

    “Unlike You’re The Boss, who should give Ed Walker his first winner of the season in the 3.20pm at Thirsk. He’ll be a short price, so it’s best to put an enormous amount on.”

    “PS Breaking news. No big screen at Chepstow on Thursday or yesterday but, with Phil Bell now executive director for the region, one could be on the way. Yippee! Is this a turning point?”  

    J Margaret Clarke Turfcall Comment

    David threads his humorous way through here bringing to light several key horseracing pointers to take note of. To bring your horseracing adventure to life.

    The British Racing Codes as follows;
    Flat Turf
    Jumps Turf
    Plus various Flat All Weather Surfaces
    There are many different sorts of races to learn about, a large variety under both codes.

    All Yearly Qipco Champions Series Races Flat Turf.
    Qipco website will help you sort this out to a certain extent.

    All Yearly Championship Series Races Jumps Turf:
    The Cheltenham Festival 2013: March 12 to March 15.

    Aintree Grand National Meeting 2013: April 4 to April 6   

    Flat Turf
    RICHARD HUGHES challenged aboard TORONADO for the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday for trainer Richard Hannon, a three-year-old colt who last year as a two-year-old just starting out on his racing career with so much to learn before he ever set foot on a racecourse or learned how to race. TORONADO ran 3 times as a two-year-old winning all 3 races.
    This year TORONADO had one run winning the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on April 18th before taking his chance to challenge long time 2,000 Guineas British Classic favourite DAWN APPROACH..Saturday May 4th Newmarket 2013.

    Owner: HW Sh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani
    David tells us that TORONADO was purchased at the Deauville Yearling Sales in August 2011 by
     Richard Hannon for Fifty Five Thousand Euros..
    David gives further reference to the cost of purchasing yearlings for Flat racing, and how costly that can be, then the further training fees on top of that. Plus Flat racehorses who may at a later date move on to Jump Racing when they are older. Richard Hannon is a Flat trainer. David clearly believes TORONADO may train on to become a top  jumper in the future.

    David gives further reference to racehorses who are termed as "Full Brothers" or "Half Brothers" to other great proven racehorses, he points out that  WANA DOO  is dam to both TORONADO (Sire HIGH CHAPARRAL)   and WAN ( TAGULA)  making them "Half Brothers". It doesn't always follow though that this works out in practice..
    At present and reviewing  TORONADO – RICHARD HUGHES performance on Saturday in the 2,000 Guineas (for three year old colts) where he finished 4th to DAWN APPROACH – KEVIN MANNING backed down to 11-4 beaten 5lengths, 2+l, nk RICHARD’S  hopes dashed, but not for long as on Sunday RICHARD HUGHES won the1,000 Guineas (for 3 year old fillies) aboard SKY LANTERN 9-1 Yes, yes, yes joy at last forEQUUS TEAM HANNON. TORONADO and SKY LANTERN will no doubt be thrilling us all again throughout this Flat season.
    It was found that TORONADO blew after the race for along time a sign perhaps that something was not quite right on this most vital day of days. The rollercoaster rides Richard Hughes experienced over the weekend the highs and the low’s tough sometimes to bare.It's not always the punters who feel this.

     Guide to further interesting Web Sites
    To piece together your very own horsereacing jigsaw.


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