Saturday, 3 August 2013



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J Margaret Clarke Turfcall Comment

The curtain comes down on Glorious Goodwood 2013.

Channel 4 Horseracing Team Mastermind Great Coverage every day throughout the week, bringing fresh insight and interest to the fore on the one hand ..... On the other the fierce winds of change howl around the British Horseracing Authorities Domain. As the evidence of their third seriously out of order Interference Negligence Issues hit the headlines, leaving decades of debris strewn out in its howling wake.

Lee Mottershead: for the Racing Post today.
Golden Goodwood for Hughes has grey cloud as Sky Lantern suffers Nassau nightmare Reports, pages 2-4

" Gosden team on top again as Winsili causes shock."

"Sky Lantern gets nightmare passage as Hughes luck finally runs out."

JMC: Zara Phillips will know much more about the sport of Rugby than I do.
Yesterday's sad sight to observe SKY LANTERN having her light extinguished by others. One is left to wonder what sort of a yarn the BHA can spin on this Nassau Stakes run, over 1m2f at Goodwood looking like a Rugby Scrum of a very different kind. A rugby scrum where racehorses are being used as battering rams to bare the brunt of rough cruel horseracing scrums.

Johnny Murtagh aboard Ambivalent dangerously closes the back door escape route of Richard Hughes aboard Sky Lantern, whilst Tom Queely aboard Hot Snap races upsides Sky Lantern as shown in today's Racing Post photograph.
Racing Post  Review Report: "SKY LANTERN "Held up in touch in midfield, closed to track leaders and travelling well but nowhere to go over 1f out, hampered again soon after, some room and pushed along inside final furlong, no headway and not given a hard time after7-4 f

"Plenty of runners, but not a great deal between a whole host of them and, with several still competitive late on, a few found trouble. The early gallop seemed reasonable enough, although the leader, Just Pretending, almost took a wrong turn at around half way, going right  as the rail briefly disappeared, instead of staying straight - a poor mistake from Seamie Heffernan - before quickly recovering her position. All told, this was quite a messy race and the form shouldn't be taken too literally

JMC: JUST PRETENDING  - SEAMIE HEFFERNAN  almost took the wrong course when leading the field. Those feeble small yellow cones a poor attempt to mark the way to go on the racetrack. Not nearly good enough. There needs to be portable white plastic railings in all places like this in future. All racecourses need to be aware and use portable white plastic railings, to make absolutely clear and safe. Surely this is not to difficult to comply with for safety sake.

RP Review: "There were a couple of superb rides on the first pair, who were drawn in the top two boxes but were soon tucked in well off the pace before being produced with sustained challenges out wide, and it was Winsili, the stronger stayer, who just came out on top.

"The winner (WINSILI) had a bit to find at this level, but she didn't seem to get 1m4f when fourth in the Ribblesdale  and prior to that she'd won a Listed race over this trip at Newbury on her reappearance. This was only her fifth start and she found her requisite improvement,  While the form might be a bit muddling , Winsili, is entitled  to make further progress."

John Gosden, trainer of WINSILI ; "She doesn't like being saddled but she has lots of talent. I ran her in the Ribblesdale but she quite simply didn't stay. She can run in nice mile-and-a-quater races and I intend to keep her with fillies. She could be a possibility (for the Breeders Cup), but I'd have to get there a week early and school her in the Santa Anita paddock."

"SKY LANTERN  travelled strongly (matched at 2  in running) but she 'd been caught a bit wide and was in danger of getting there too soon, so she was switched inside early in the straight. While that solved one problem, it created another as the filly had nowhere to go. It's hard to say where she might have finished with a clear run."

Richard Hughes, rider of SKY LANTERN  "I had a good run through and I was behind the Godolphin filly (SAJJHAA) at the two- furlong pole, but when I went to edge out round her Mr Buick's horse rolled in and pushed me back on their heels, I think I was on the best horse in the race. She was coming to win her race, but that's racing."  Is it? Why should it be racing?

JMC: Licensed true world class professional jockeys, (Group 1) need to be fully aware of what they can, or cannot do on whatever racecourse they are expected to ride on.
British stewards who block, restrict, and dangerously undermine jockeys, a cruel and evil practice.

David Ashforth at the Derby Awards 6.12.10
David Ashforth:
Twice voted journalist of the year
PICTURE: Dan Abraham
Racing Post Saturday August 3rd 2013 p27

Remembering a rare triumph 39 years ago


"GOODWOOD. Right, that's enough of that. Wonderful setting, charming atmosphere, irritating track, full of draw biases, cambers, blocked runs and hard luck stories. It's fun to watch but you bet there at your peril. Anyway, today is the 39 anniversary of a rare triumph at Thirsk, where they are also racing. It would be shame to overlook that.


"In the (good old) days, the Bradford Telegraph and Argus ran a cartoon caption competition (right), with a first prize of tickets for Thirsk, lunch, a Timeform racecard and a £5 bet "provided by Ladbroke's of London". In May 1974, I won it.


"In those days, I didn't believe in having lunch when racing. Lunch was what racegoers insufficiently absorbed in the form and the horses had, while the properly obsessed had a quick bar of Dairy Milk chocolate before returning to The Sporting Life or the parade ring. Part of me still thinks like that, and I'll have a bar of Dairy Milk for old times' sake.


"The Timeform racecard was welcome, as was the free bet, worth about £45 today. After careful study of the opening seller, worth £706 to the winner (for students of prize-money, that's equivalent to about £6,000 today),  I entrusted my free bet to Carew Lady, the 4-1 second favourite, trained by Dave Thom and ridden by John Higgins. I mention them in case anyone as old as me is reading this, probably with  spectacles.


"Carrne Grey, the favourite (Paul Cole, Ernie Johnson), won by four lengths but hung into and bumped Carew Lady and to my delight the placings were reversed. Can you imagine that happening nowadays, when it's de rigueur for the leader to reduce the room available to a final-furlong challenger? And four lengths!


"Some names were the same as today. Clive Brittain won the Ladbroke Thirsk Hunt Cup with Pontam and Dandy Nicholls slipped up on Saloon Girl in the seller, when riding as an apprentice.


"At Thirsk's early August meeting, the equivalent  of today's, Nicholls, carrying 7st7lb (!) partnered Carne Gray in the John Bell Memorial Handicap. Today, there's the Peter Bell Memorial Handicap. I wonder if the Bells were related?


"The Racing Post's own Tom O'Ryan was riding as an apprentice, as were current trainers Paul D'Arcy  and Michael Wigham.  Major Michael Wyatt, an owner then as now, won the nursery with Material  but current trainers Nicky Henderson, Nicky Richards and  Nigel Tinkler all failed to win the amateur riders' race.


"GOODWOOD'S Saturday card was less familiar. The Nassau Stakes, then a Group 2 race confined to three-year-olds, attracted only four runners, probably because the going was officially firm. Can you imagine that being allowed to happen nowadays? Watering cans weren't what they are now.


"There was no Stewards' Cup because that had been run on the Tuesday, when Red Alert (trainer Dermot Weld, jockey Johnny Roe) won the race for the splendidly  named Bertram R. Firestone, who should have been a character from a Marx Brothers film, alongside Rufus T. Firefly and Otis B. Driftwood, but was an American property developer, who is still racing horses in the US.


"The Stewards' Cup was worth £8,563 to the winner, equivalent to about £73,200 today, when the victor will receive £62,250. That day in 1974 Weld, of course, also had a winner at Galway.


"Nostalgia, an ache for a misremembered past, is horribly seductive. I hope the recently established  Centre for Ageing Better (I'm not kidding) does something to encourage us to look forward to today's Robins Farm Racing Stewards' Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) instead of back 39 years, to the Crown Plus Two Apprentice Championship Maiden Stakes at Thirsk.


"O'Ryan finished fourth on Jill Owens, trained by Michael Stoute, who was a commoner in those days. Stephen Hives, who I used to think was pretty good, won , on Pikey for trainer Willie Stephenson. I expect Hives was given a few pots of paint and perhaps a roll of wallpaper.


"But I digress. It's amazing how wrong you (by which I mean me) can be. Last Saturday I picked four for Ascot's ladies race. Graphic, ridiculously short at 9-4, finished fourth of 15; Mambo Spirit, after a poor start, finished 12th; Seattle Drive and See The Storm, both of whom I expected to finish towards the front, finished towards the rear, in 13thand 14th places.


Luckily, I don't have an opinion on the Stewards' Cup except that, for betting purposes, you'd be better off studying maiden races for older horses. On the other hand, there is one thing I know about the Stewards' Cup that I bet you don't know. After Richard Hughes and Ryan Moore, which rider in today's race has the highest strike-rate this season? It's Rosie Jessop, with eight winners from 39 rides."


J Margaret Clarke Turfcall Comment. Wednesday August 7th
The 3rd Significant  Interference Issue within the last month that put a stop to 
SKY LANTERN and RICHARD HUGHES chances of winning the Nassau Stakes on Saturday at Goodwood (03.08.13). Backed down to start the  7-4 favourite. What did the punters who had made SKY LANTERN favourite have to say about this interference? Pay back time for Richard Hughes? How many times has Richard Hughes stopped William Buick, or any other riders in the past and got away with it? Due to the fact that the BHA stewards turn a blind eye to "All Interference Of All Sorts. "  These BHA Regulators are out of tune with all of these highly dangerous Interference Issues. Interference Issues that cause deaths and serious injuries in races, on the racetracks.
Racing Post Review of this Feature race won by WINSILI-WILLIAM BUICK trainer John Gosden 20-1. As follows:
5th SKY LANTERN (IRE) 3 8-11 partner RICHARD HUGHES trainer R Hannon.
"held up in touch in midfield, closed to track leaders and travelling well but nowhere to go over 1f out, hampered 1f out, badly hampered again soon after, some room and pushed along inside final furlong, no headway and not given a hard time after. "


Rosie Jessop
BRS Graduate Rosie Jessop is apprentice to Sir Mark Prescott and has been since March 2008, having already worked for him for 3 years. This patience paid off as her first ride resulted in a winner; Boundless Prospect, trained by Ms Gay Kellaway won by 2½ lengths in March 2008.

Rosie has been riding since a very young age, and competed at dressage, show jumping and cross country, but it was at the BRS in 2005 that she learnt to ride racehorses.

To date Rosie hasn't ridden any big race winners but is confident that this will happen, and her aims for the future? To ride out her claim and be a very successful jockey.

Mark Prescott

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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.   trainer_id=67&topTrainerTabs=trainer_record_race_form#topTrainerTabs=trainer_record_race_form&bottomTrainerTabs=trainer_big_race_wins

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Pope Francis on Young People

"There is no doubt that World Youth Day in Brazil caught the full attention of the media, with some very good reportage on the BBC TV News Channel. What was particularly interesting were the views of Pope Francis concerning young people and the Church, echoing the feelings of many priests.


"He felt that it was an "injustice" to regard young people as if they were a group separate from the rest of society. In respect of their being the future of society, it was also important to recognise that "they're not the only future. The elderly are as well, because they have the wisdom of life". He made it clear to journalists that we do not help Catholic youth by treating them as a special, exclusive group. "They belong to a family, a country, a culture and faith."


"Young people, he said, "have a bond with the old". He suggested that the fate of the elderly is not too different from that of the young in our "throwaway culture". Both are regarded by many as a nuisance, seeing them as economically unproductive and more of a burden than a gift. Increasing youth unemployment, because of economic crisis, is in danger of setting the young aside alongside the elderly. Perceptive words, worthy of deep reflection by all peoples and governments worldwide, whatever their age."
"Pope lavishes praise on Brazilians
 for warm welcome during World Youth Day"

Read more: The Associated Press

Published Sunday, August 4, 2013 8:16AM EDT
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis lavished praise on Brazilians for their warm welcome during his weeklong visit for World Youth Day.

Francis expressed his gratitude during the traditional Angelus Sunday blessing. He commented that there were many young people in St. Peter's Square, saying: "It looks like Rio di Janeiro."

The pope called Brazilians "good people," "people with a huge heart" and "a generous people," and added: "I won't forget the warm welcome."

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