Sunday, 11 August 2013




Yesterday's Ascot Shergar Cup Racing Results

GOING: GOOD (Good to firm in places; Str 8.0, Rnd 8.0). Weather conditions: Sunny spells.
STALLS: Straight course - Stands' side; Round course - Inside

12:55 - Les Ambassadeurs Casino Shergar Cup Mile (Handicap)

1m, Class 2, £14,754.00
1 Nine Realms 9/2
2 Famous Poet 11/2
3 Jack's Revenge 100/30F
NR: Gaul Wood (IRE), Hefner (IRE)
10 ran Distances: ¾l, shd, 3l
TIME 1m 40.69s (slow by 0.69s)
Jockey: James Doyle
Trainer: William Haggas
toteswingers 1&2 £6.40, 1&3 £3.90, 2&3 £4.90 WIN £5.20 PL £2.10, £2.20, £1.80
Ex £33.30
CSF £28.25
TRICAST £94.26 TRIFECTA £200.00 Pool: £1695.12 - 6.35 winning units.

1:30 - Redcentric Shergar Cup Stayers (Handicap)

2m, Class 2, £14,754.00
1 Homeric 9/2J
2 Mutual Regard 9/2J
3 Oriental Fox 17/2
10 ran Distances: nk, hd, shd
TIME 3m 30.27s (slow by 8.27s)
Jockey: Kieren Fallon
Trainer: Ed Dunlop
toteswingers 1&2 £2.50, 1&3 £7.30, 2&3 £13.90 WIN £3.80 PL £1.70, £1.90, £3.90
Ex £19.30
CSF £24.73
TRICAST £137.46 TRIFECTA £351.60 Pool: £2334.38 - 4.97 winning units.
Following a stewards' inquiry, Highland Castle, who passed the post third, was disqualified and placed fourth, Oriental Fox was placed third.

2:05 - Barclays Shergar Cup Dash (Handicap)

5f, Class 2, £14,754.00
1 Ahtoug 11/2
2 Steps 11/4J
3 Swan Song 16/1
NR: Jiroft (ITY), Prohibit, Stone Of Folca
9 ran Distances: ¾l, 1l, ¾l
TIME 1m 0.29s (slow by 0.79s)
Jockey: Joao Moreira
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
toteswingers 1&2 £2.10, 1&3 £30.80, 2&3 £42.30 WIN £7.20 PL £1.80, £1.60, £4.80
Ex £19.00
CSF £21.84
TRICAST £234.95 TRIFECTA £455.60 Pool: £3199.59 - 5.26 winning units.

2:40 - Keltbray Shergar Cup Classic (Handicap)

1m4f, Class 3, £14,754.00
1 Royal Skies 7/1
2 Bushel 15/2
3 Statutory 12/1
10 ran Distances: ½l, 1l, 1¾l
TIME 2m 33.15s (slow by 3.15s)
Jockey: Gerald Mosse
Trainer: Mark Johnston
toteswingers 1&2 £12.80, 1&3 £21.20, 2&3 £14.30 WIN £8.70 PL £2.60, £1.90, £4.00
Ex £65.40
CSF £58.83
TRICAST £624.29 TRIFECTA £417.50 Pool: £2209.72 - 3.96 winning units.

3:15 - Pagegroup Shergar Cup Challenge (Handicap)

1m4f, Class 3, £14,754.00
1 Star Lahib 5/1
2 Sadler's Risk 10/1
3 Icebuster 16/1
NR: Communicator, Incendo
10 ran Distances: 4½l, 1¼l, ¾l
TIME 2m 31.34s (slow by 1.34s)
Jockey: Ioritz Mendizabal
Trainer: Mark Johnston
toteswingers 1&2 £10.00, 1&3 £17.10, 2&3 £25.90 WIN £5.20 PL £1.90, £3.70, £5.20
Ex £48.50
CSF £56.99
TRICAST £762.26 TRIFECTA £975.40 Pool: £2346.56 - 1.80 winning units.

3:50 - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint (Handicap)

6f, Class 2, £14,754.00
1 Annunciation 8/1
2 Noble Deed 3/1F
3 Barracuda Boy 9/2
NR: Freddy With A Y (IRE), Purcell (IRE)
10 ran Distances: shd, ¾l, shd
TIME 1m 14.55s (slow by 2.15s)
Jockey: Gary Stevens
Trainer: Richard Hannon
toteswingers 1&2 £7.40, 1&3 £4.60, 2&3 £3.00 WIN £9.00 PL £2.80, £1.80, £1.80
Ex £34.20
CSF £32.95
TRICAST £125.00 TRIFECTA £151.10 Pool: £4065.31 - 20.17 winning units.
PLACEPOT £213.00 to a £1 stake. Pool of £169,500.22 - 580.86 winning units
QUADPOT £49.50 to a £1 stake. Pool of £10,950.61 - 163.53 winning units

  Interesting facts about
The Shergar Cup (GB)  2013
Where Global Riders Compete In Teams

12.55: Winner Nine Realms - James Doyle 9-2 Team: (GB)  and (IRE)
James Doyle was born into a racing family, being the son of former trainer Jacqui Doyle (who is now his agent) while his older sister Sophie is also a jockey.


1.30:  Winner  Homeric -Kieren Fallon 9-2jf  Team: (GB) and (IRE)
Kieren Francis Fallon (born 22 February 1965 in Crusheen, County Clare, Ireland) is a professional flat racing jockey and has been British Champion Jockey six times. His career has been marked by many important successes as well as a number of problems and controversies.


2.05: Winner Ahtoug -Joao Moreira  11-2 Team: (ROW)
Brilliant Brazilian takes International Jockeys' Championship by a nose in the last leg - now he could be keen on a more permanent role in HK

2.40: Winner Royal Skies - Gerald Mosse 7-1 Team: (EU)
Mosse, captain of winning team Europe (pale blue colours) win the Shergar Cup at Ascot yesterday. It is the mark of a world-class (Group 1) jockey to be able to turn up at a foreign destination and give professional riding performances on horses he or she has never previously encountered. Mosse (FR) wins individual rider silver saddle award.

3.15:  Winner Star Lahib -Ioritz Mendizabal 5-1 Team: (EU)
"I was influenced by Cash Asmussen, who rode to perfection and I applied his style."

3.50: Winner Annunciation -Gary Stevens 8-1 Team: (ROW)
In 1993, Gary Stevens became the youngest jockey to surpass $100 million in earnings

12.55: Second Famous Poet - Joao Moreira  11-2 (Team ROW)

1.30:  Second  Mutual Regard - Gerald Mosse 9-2jf (Team EU)

2.05:  Second Steps - James Doyle 11-4jf (Team GB and IRE)

2.40:  Second Bushel - Kieren Fallon 15-2 (Team GB and IRE)

3.15:  Second  Sadler's Risk - Gerald Mosse 10-1 (Team EU)

3.50: Second Noble Deed-Rosie Napravnic 3-1f  (Team ROW)

"Coming here is a little bit tough because it is right in the middle of our premier meeting — Saratoga. It is quite a commitment,” said Napravnik, who has ridden close to 1,600 winners since making her debut in 2005." 

12.55: Third Jack's Revenge - Gerald Mosse 100-30f (Team EU)

2. 40: Third  Statutory - A Starke 12-1 (Team EU)
Starke began racing at age fifteen as an amateur and since turning professional has won the German riding championship six times. He has competed in Canada and the United States and has won races in Dubai, France, Italy, and Singapore 
3. 15:  Third Icebuster - A Starke 16-1 (Team EU)
3. 50: Third  Barracuda Boy - Ioritz Mendizabal 9-2 (Team EU)

David Ashforth at the Derby Awards 6.12.10
David Ashforth:
Twice voted journalist of the year
PICTURE: Dan Abraham
Racing Post Saturday August 10th 2013 p15
A life less ordinary among Brighton belles and bellies
"TREMENDOUS news for older racefans. A study has shown that loneliness, a common affliction among the elderly, is more damaging to your health than either smoking or obesity. This means you can go racing, chatter away to fellow racegoers, generally 'muck-in', smoke, eat and drink as much as you like, and still be healthier than you were before. Excellent.
"So it might be worth going along to Ascot today to join the crowd for the Shergar Cup. You could squeeze some poor unfortunate against the rails (jockeys do it all the time), and enflict a quiz on him/her. For instance, how do you spell jockeys Yasunari Iwata and Joao Moreira? In 1847, which Brighton seafront hotel did Charles Dickens stay in to finish writing Dombey and Son? What is going to win the Redcentric Shergar Cup Stayers Handicap?
"The answers, as you probably know are a) Yasunari Iwata and Joao Moreira. b) the Holiday Inn,  c) Mutual regard.
"If you feel inclined to challenge answer b) , the Holiday Inn, there's one of those round blue plaques on the hotel  wall to prove it, although in 1847 it was the Bedford Hotel. The plaque doesn't say whether Dickens, who went to the St Leger ten years later, went to Brighton races. Dombey didn't, nor did his son. No wonder they were so miserable.
"If they'd gone on Thursday, they'd have been able to savour ladies' day. There were some very nice dresses, many of them worn by women.  One lady was wearing a leopardskin cast on her broken leg and one gentleman was wearing an enormous stomach, which he carried before him with a certain steady dignity, gliding along like the SS Queen Elizabeth, parting the crowds on either side,
"It wasn't bookmaker and television pundit Gary Wiltshire, even though Wiltshire was betting from a pitch bearing the slogan "The Belly from the Telly".
"Wiltshire has taken drastic steps to loose weight and says he's lost eight stone and is planning to lose seven more. It's good news for those of us who would much rather that he was alive than dead. Well done, mate, it can't be easy, keep it up.
"Speaking of death, I gazed at the spot where I'd like my ashes to be spread - about a

yard past Brighton's winning post, which is where a lot of the horses I've backed get their head in front.

"As you'll know, if you've ever been brave enough to lock horns with a Brighton card, horses you expect to run well often don't. So Maria Montez didn't win the first, promptly ruining the carefully considered script constructed by Ian Carnaby and myself. In the placepot, we had three out of ten in the seller, which was never likely to be enough (have you seen those Brighton sellers?) and wasn't.  Still my day was always going to revolve around Whinging Willie, a certainty in the final race, for lady amateur riders.
"I warned bookmaker Adrian Pariser, betting as Sam Harris, that he should duck it,  but you just can't help some people.
"PARISER drew my attention to a curious headline in the Daily Telegraph, reading 'French nurse offers breasts for hire to gay parents' . Pariser said if it appeared in my column he'd give £100 to charity. So now he's even worse off than he was when Whinging Willie scrambled home at 5-4.
"At Brighton, it's not just the racetrack that's out of the ordinary, a thought that crossed my mind later on sitting in a pub watching two men kiss each other while two women discussed changing trends in lesbianism and the state of their eyelashes. One explained she had long eyelashes, that needed cutting, while the other had short, stubby ones, that didn't.
"None of them seemed to have seen Beacon Lady, a real course specialist, win the Brighton Challenge Cup.  It was nice for apprentice Daren Egan, who rode her well and does ride well, but I felt a bit sorry for Nicole Nordblad, Beacon Lady's partner earlier in the season. Oh, well, c'est la vie,  as Gerald Mosse may be saying when he dismounts from Mutual Regard this afternoon.
"It's a competitive race and Mutual Regard  has been raised a challenging 8lb for his latest, cheekpieces-equipped success at Ffos Las, but trainer Sir Mark Prescott's horses are reaching the winning post first with impressive frequency at the moment and  Mutual Regard might be up to the task. Or he might not; that's the trouble.
"If not, there's Bremner, who made the proverbial promising debut at York last month, waiting to put things right - if they need putting right - in the maiden race at Ayr this evening.
"That's the theory but, if it's anything like Brighton ...   


J Margaret Clarke Turfcall Comment. David ends with "That's the theory but, if it's anything
like Brighton ...  "
British Horseracing is being run without Equus Zone Global Intelligence as is the Royal Western India Turf Club. Causing dreadful injustices to the horses, their owners, to the people who work with the horses every day, and to all punters worldwide.
Yes, yes, yes  David  there is masses more in practice, vital if any racehorse is to actually run in a race, leave alone win a race. British horseracing regulation government (BHA) don't count the practical side at all. That is why things have been left to get so dangerously wrong over the last 5 decades. We have false rules activated by false stewards.

The theory and the practice within the life and times of Rudolf Nureyev . The first thing  is that Nureyev was throughout his career highly athletically fit. Top professional Global Group 1 race riders need to be as fit as the racehorses themselves. Both accurately in tune with each other. No one can drive a car with only two wheels on. People who can't drive call a cab. A car a machine.

A letter in today's Racing Post from James Toller Newmarket.
"Rules are not working: CAN anyone at the BHA explain to me what incentive jockeys have to keep their horses straight in a finish?

"We have now seen three Group 1 races recently in which horses have been badly hampered and in all cases the transgressor got off scot free (unless you count a short holiday).

"William Buick describes it as race-riding and under the current rules he is right. However, had these races taken place in other countries where the rules allow disqualification you have to assume he would have made more effort to straighten his two horses.

"There is no doubt  these rules are not working; there are incidence similar to these nearly every day, a lot of which do not even warrant a stewards' inquiry. The rules were there to ensure safety and fairness, something they are not now achieving.

"On a slightly different note, the Appeal Board's decision to keep Sky Lantern's connections' deposit appears an act of spite. If they were not entitled to appeal, there is no point anyone else bothering."


"Ever wondered what makes Sir Mark Prescott tick? Have something you've been itching to ask him about horses, handicaps or Heath House? Now's your chance to put your questions to the  master trainer - send them in and we'll put the best of them to Sir Mark and print the answers in the Racing Post on Tuesday, August 20.

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Mark Prescott

Equus Zone Global Intelligence
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Sir Mark Prescott, 3rd Baronet (born 1948) is a race horse trainer with over 1300 winners to his name.[1] An English baronet he inherited his knighthood from his father and obtained his first trainers license in 1970.[2]


The son of a theatre and art critic for Punch magazine,[3] the young Prescott broke his back in a riding accident in 1965 resulting in a 9 month stay at Oswestry Orthopedic Hospital.[4]
On 1 September 2009 Prescott and television cook Clarissa Dickson-Wright received an absolute discharge from Scarborough Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to hare coursing whilst attending an event organized by Yorkshire Greyhound Field Trialling Club in March 2007.[5]
Sir Mark trains at the Newmarket yard, Heath House (which traces back to Tregonwell Frampton, England's first professional race horse trainer). He took over running the yard in 1970 on the retirement of Jack Waugh, to whom Sir Mark was assistant. Sir Mark is well known and hugely respected as a patient trainer, whose horses are given time and not rushed. Sir Mark is also a famously skilled 'placer' of horses, choosing horse's races very carefully. He formerly had a decades-long association with veteran jockey George Duffield - the pair shared probably the sport's longest and strongest jockey/trainer alliance. Since George Duffield's retirement, Sir Mark has largely used riders Seb Sanders, Stevie Donohoe and Rosie Jessop.


Creative Sir Mark Prescott Equus Zone In Theory and In Practice 

Trying to stick to comparisons that show in part the big differences between
 The Theory, and The Practice of global horseracing . Where Theory is needed to join up through  Practice to prepare a yearling to run as a two year old for instance. To Sir Mark and his Team this is his daily creative practice.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's words on the subject of Theory and Practice.
“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
We can see on TV some fabulously created gardens and some equally fabulously creative gardeners.
Creative Monty Don on TV
Creative Alan Titchmarsh on TV
Alan Fred Titchmarsh,[1] MBE DL D.Sc. h.c. (born 2 May 1949)[2] is an English gardener, broadcaster and novelist. After working as a professional gardener and a gardening journalist, he established himself as a media personality through appearances on gardening programmes. More recently he has developed a diverse writing and broadcasting career.
How to create "A Beautiful Garden'
How to create "A Herb Garden"
How to create "A Kitchen Garden" 
How to create "A New Garden out of an Old Neglected Garden"
How to create "A Gardener " 


Creative Gary Stevens (USA) A Mighty Fine Global Horseman.
Equus Zone Global Intelligence
Global Horseracing In Theory and in Practice
"Ahead of Saturday's Shergar Cup, legendary jockey 50 year old Gary Stevens talks to BBC Radio Berkshire about his return to the sport, his love of racing and starring in the film Seabiscuit.

"The biggest thing for me when I go out to ride a race is the fear of failure and fear of disappointing the trainer I'm riding for or the owner," Stevens told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"The same applies when you are doing a scene for a film. I did not want it to be a failure because I had failed, I wanted it to be somebody else's fault.

"You get the same buzz when a director looks at you and you've hit a scene perfectly and he doesn't have to say anything but smile at you.

"It's the same feeling you get when you have ridden a winner and you go back to the winner's enclosure and the trainer looks at you and doesn't say anything, he just winks with a slight smile and you know you've done your job."

The Royal Western India Turf Club
Breaking news hitting the headlines: ICE AGE  partner MARTIN DWYER (GB)
 racing at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai on February 17th . 
ICE AGE suffers a burst blood vessel in the closing stages of this race and the stewards of the Indian Turf Club blame her jockey Martin Dwyer (GB), accusing  him and dishing out a harsh punishment, a lengthy ban for what they accuse him of,  not trying.


 British influence over India

Everyone is influenced by one’s past. So it is with nations. India’s conquerors tended not to adopt Indian language, practices and culture, resulting in massive diversity – more of that later. And, in particular, its British colonial legacy, in particular the English language as well as many of the institutions such as parliament, democracy and corporate governance and so forth, has been embedded into India and have stood it in good stead. Has it?

Who was Malcolm Muggeridge?
What were Malcolm's experiences in India?
Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge (24 March 1903 – 14 November 1990[1]) was an English journalist, author, media personality, and satirist. During World War II, he was a soldier and a spy. In his early life a left-wing sympathiser, Muggeridge later became a forceful anti-communist. He is credited with popularizing Mother Teresa and in his later years became a Catholic and moral campaigner
Malcolm Muggeridge was  born in 1903, educated at Selhurst Grammar School  and Selwyn College, Cambridge. He started his career as a university lecturer in Cairo before taking up journalism.  As a journalist he worked around the world on The Guardian, Calcutta Statesman, The Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph, and then in 1953 became editor of Punch where he remained for four years. In the 1939-45  war he served as a Major in the Intelligence Corps, being awarded both the Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre.  In later years Malcolm Muggeridge  became best known as a broadcaster both on television  and radio for the BBC. He died at the age of  87 in 1990.


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