Saturday, 14 September 2013

SACRED SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15th CH4 REVIEW OF THE 2013 ST LEGER FESTIVAL AT DONCASTER. PLUS TODAYS ACTION FROM THE CURRAGH. AND LONGCHAMP

 
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RACING REVIEW ST LEGER FESTIVAL 2013
THE VISUAL THEORY on opening the Racing Post yesterday morning and turning to the St Leger Card it was quickly evident that there was one colt with the numbers 41-111 before the name LEADING LIGHT.

LEADING LIGHT.
Looking a little bit closer still , one could see that he was trained by A P O'Brien in Ireland, to be partnered by JOSEPH O'BRIEN with a Racing Post Rating of 125. Owned by Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor.
 
 




LEADING LIGHT.

Racing Post SPOTLIGHT had this to say "Lazy sort who has left his 2yo form well behind this season raced in cheek pieces, making all in May over 1m2f at Navan (yielding) and the Curragh (Group 3) and then always up with strong pace when taking 2m Queen's Vase on firm at Royal Ascot; stamina looks his strong suit and likely to try and run the finish out of these; trainer won this in 2001,2003 and 2005.

EXCESS KNOWLEDGE
This colt fancied in the morning papers 127-32 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE trained by John Gosden owned and bred by Prince K Abdullah to be ridden by JAMES DOYLE Racing Post Rating 126. Racing Post SPOTLIGHT had this to say, "Not seen out this year until July and run well both starts, strong-finishing third against older opposition in 1m2f Sandown Listed event on return and then looking unfortunate when just failing to overhaul CAP O'RUSHES on slower ground upped to 1m4f in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood; should have no problem with longer trip and trainer has fine record in this (won it 3 times in last 6 years) but clearly needs improvement.

EXCESS KNOWLEDGE
As the horses were cantering to post Gosden was asked what he made of EXCESS KNOWLEDGE chances, he replied "This track here a big wide open galloping track, the going really tacky and testing, the fear being that in this ground EXCESS KNOWLEDGE's speed may be blunted."


EXCESS KNOWLEDGE was no match for LEADING LIGHT this day racing in these conditions. Ch4 Tanya Stevenson pre-race market movers confirmed this, as the money came for LEADING LIGHT, backed down to start the 7-2 favourite. TALENT partner JIM CROWLEY finished 2nd of 11 runners at 9-1. With CH4 Morning Line Star Guest TALENT'S trainer Ralph Beckett lost for words stunned, amazed. JIM CROWLEY took great care, every possible care of TALENT throughout her adventure experience most beautifully. The true mark of a great Equus horseman in practice. A joy to watch.
 






RACING POST PRICEWISE

TOM SEGAL CLUES FOR YESTERDAY REVIEWED
2.40 Doncaster DOC HAY
1pt win at 12-1 with Ladbrokes. 11-1 Boylesports.
 
2.40 Doncaster Win: ANGELS WILL FALL
1pt win at 25-1 generally.
 
3.15 Doncaster Win: VIZTORIA
1pt win at 11-2 with Hills (5-1 Coral)
 
EQUUS IN ACTION TRAINERS TEAMS:
 Outstanding performance yesterday:
2.40.WIN: CHARLES HILLS  ANGELS MUST FALL- ROBERT WINSTON 16-1 SP
 
3.15. WIN: EDWARD LYNHAM VIZTORIA-WAYNE LORDAN  7-2 SP
 
3.50 WIN: AIDEN O'BRIEN LEADING LIGHT-JOSEPH O'BRIEN 7-2 SP
 
3.50   2nd: RALPH BECKETT TALENT -JIM CROWLEY  9-1 SP
 
4.25. CHARLES HILLS WIN: FORGOTTEN HERO-
JAMES SPENCER 12-1 SP 


PAUSE FOR THOUGHT





David Ashforth at the Derby Awards 6.12.10
David Ashforth:
Twice voted journalist of the year
PICTURE: Dan Abraham
Racing Post Saturday September 14th 2013 p23

Hoping to make a mint before I raise a toast to Sollit
Pic: After Eights: non-speaking role in Abigail's Party
 
"IT'S A rum business, isn't it, the Ladbrokes St Leger? Being a saint is usually a very bad thing, often requiring  an untimely and gruesome death. If offered a  sainthood, my advice is to plump for a knighthood instead . Sir Tatton Sykes would be a good one to choose. As a horse, he won the St Leger in 1846.
 
"Luckily for Major-General Anthony St Leger he wasn't a real saint, although he did die when only 55, in Ireland, where he was also born, and buried, in 1786. Really, it would have made more sense for him to have founded the Irish St Leger, in which case it wouldn't have had to wait until 1915.
 

"This year's favourite Excess Knowledge won a maiden  at Sandown on his debut more than a year ago and hasn't won since, despite trying four times, none of them Group 1 events.

 

"The horse he beat at Sandown, stablemate Nichols Canyon, has won one of his six subsequent races, a maiden race at Goodwood. The horse Nichols Canyon beat that day, Elidor, has won one of his eight subsequent races. This year, between them, the trio's record stands at one from 15 attempts.

 

"Sticklers for objectivity may protest that this is not a very fair, nor relevant, way off viewing Excess Knowledge's record, although it is quite an enjoyable one.  Far more flattering perspectives are available, but it is striking that only two of today's Classic contenders won their last race. In the case of Leading Light it was the Group 3 Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot ; in the case of Great Hall, a handicap at Haydock off a mark of 88. I wonder what Anthony St Leger would have made of it?

 

" He'd probably have been amazed at how busy and successful this year's runners have been. The first St Leger in 1776 wasn't called the St Leger, which was probably just as well because it attracted only six runners, none of whom had a name. The race was won by Lord Rockingham's  brown- bay filly by Sampson, who had run only once before, when third at Nottingham.

 

"When the race did assume the title of the St Leger, in 1778, it was won by Hollandoise, who had never raced before in her life. A rum business indeed.

 

"So from some points of view things have moved forward in a positive direction. Even so, this year's St Leger isn't easy to get excited about. Obviously, when you're 64, and sitting down, talking to yourself in front of a computor, it's not as easy to feel excited as a 24-year-old standing in a bar of the Grand St Leger Hotel near Doncaster racecourse, eyeing up the day's second pint while chatting to a lightly dressed Doncaster lass.

 

"Also, although I'm heartened by Hayley Turner's escape from serious injury, the sight of an obituary of Brian Sollit has put something of a damper on the meeting. Sollit, as you probably know, invented After Eight mints, and his recent death marks the end of an era. If you are as old as Sollit was (74), you may remember the appearance of After Eights in Mike Leigh's classic play, Abigail's Party, in a non-speaking role.

 

"PERSONALLY, after the Leger I will be toasting Sollit, who also launched Matchmakers, Yorkies, Lion bars and Drifters, by sampling the contents of a box of After Eights. They're incredibly sweet, and I will probably be sick, especially if Invisible Hunter doesn't win the 8.30 at Kempton.

 

"The link between Sollit, Abergail's Party, being sick and horseracing is not strong, although After Eight did win a seller at Lingfield in 1998, after which owner-trainer Malcolm Sanders bought him back for 5,400gns. It's a lot of mint, especially one that went on to lose his next 19 races. For After Eight, there wasn't a 20th race. I suppose someone ate him.

 

"But I digress. Careful appraisal of the St Leger leads me to the conclusion that it might be best, from a pecuniary point of view, to leave the race to Ladbrokes and concentrate instead on tyres. To be precise, on the Bathwick Tyres Bath Maiden Stakes race at, predictably, Bath, This altogether more straight forward contest will, I suggest, be won by Charlotte's Day. If Lord Derby's filly is a prohibitively short price, just add a few noughts to your stake. Easy.

 

"It is a sad reflection on the decline of the English aristocracy that the currant, 19th, Earl of Derby has never won the St Leger and is not represented this year. His great-great uncle, the 17th Earl, won the Classic six times between 1910 and 1943. Still, Lord Derby does have Voodoo Prince running in the race after the St Leger, so he's getting close."
 
 
 
J. Margaret Clarke Turfcall Comment (JMC)
 
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16th 2013
Are we living in a world of peoples who have lost their way? Peoples ravaged by war and rumour of war, traumatized through horrific cruelty beyond all belief and understanding.
 
In the last four months we have lost Sir Henry Cecil to cancer, the celebration  of his life and times this afternoon held at Ely Cathedral. Sir Henry one of the greatest pioneering horseracing horsemen of all time.

Last evening ITV 6.00pm Prince William's Passion: New Father, New Hope. In his first interview since the royal birth, the Duke of Cambridge talked to Jane Treays about parenthood and his hopes that Prince George will one day share his passion for wildlife conservation. He explains the influence that Africa has had on his life and reflects on how he can extend the royal legacy in the continent by building  on the work of his parents.

We have a new tiny baby boy born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a baby prince to be called Prince George.






OVER THIS LAST WEEKEND in horseracing we have, presented to us by Equus the 2013 running of the British St Leger (Doncaster Saturday) The Irish St Leger and the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Curragh Sunday) and the Arc Trials 2013 (Longchamp Sunday) We have seen:

 3.50. LEADING LIGHT-JOSEPH O'BRIEN win the British St Leger Doncaster
Saturday minder JAMES DOYLE TEAM O'BRIEN (IRE)  7-2f
 

 4.25. TOORMORE-RICHARD HUGHES win the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes
(2yo's) (Group 1) Sunday TEAM HANNON (GB) minder MICHELLE McCARTHYEvsf
 
 
3.50. VOLEUSE De COEURS- CHRIS HAYES win the Irish St Leger Curragh
Sunday minder CARLOS ATHILAS  VIEIRI.  TEAM WELD (IRE) 9-1
1.30. KIZUNA-YUTAKA TAKE win the Prix Neil Longchamp
 Sunday TEAM SHOZO SASAKI (Japan) 6-1
 
2.40. TREV-FRANKIE DETTORI  win the Prix Vermeille Longchamp
Sunday TEAM C HEAD-MAAREK 11-10f
 
3.10. ORFEVRE-CHRISTOPHE SOUMILLON win the Prix Foy Longchamp
 Sunday TEAM YASUTOSHI IKEE 4-6f

WEDNESDAY 18th SEPTEMBER

British political, medical and horseracing government throw away ... get rid quick of people when of no further use.
Out of sight, out of mind style.

The 'LOT' of a pioneering dying horseman, human being (cancer) someone who has served the British Horseracing Multi Billion Pound Horseracing Industry within what should be termed The British Horseracing  Equus Zone. A top licensed professional  lightweight Flat Turf Rider (Group 1) a compassionate horseman of the highest calibre, a highly skilled achiever in his own right. A person who has throughout his entire working lifetime since the age of 16 has gone out every single day to compete, or to prepare to compete on racetracks around the world. For which there are no Global Equus Rules for Horseracing .......
 




The 'LOT' of a dying human being (cancer). A human being who has suffered
 eight bad falls resulting in concussion, the eighth being the reason for his forced retirement.
 
 The 'LOT' of a dying human being (cancer). Living out the last days of his life alone, with only the clothes he stands up in, a roof over his head, some dilapidated spectacles that have long since fallen to bits, but little else.
 
LIP SERVICE
Sick people surrounded by pecking order vultures.
Nothing joins up properly. Nothing works properly. We in Britain have a  British National Health Service joined up to a Medical Profession from hell. Mental Cruelty uncovered on a  massive scale. Failed working practices dragged straight out of the dark ages. Still the order of today, so say the political, medical and horseracing governments.
 
No one to visit, left to die alone far from home and surrounded by bossy dominating dictatorial jailers all dressed up in uniform posing as Nurses and Doctors. With social pecking orders that stink. Where are the Wards washing machines? Where are the patients clean clothes? Why are patience left in urine soaked beds? Left in urine soaked night clothes? Left in urine soaked clothing sitting in urine soaked wheelchairs?
How can any of this ever be deemed acceptable by any government?
The present Minister for Health Jeremy Hunt. What sort of a man is this Jeremy Hunt?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_State_for_Health 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10055067/Minister-NHS-will-collapse-if-elderly-bed-blocking-continues.html 

THURSDAY 19th SEPTEMBER





Catching up with WAR EMBLEM
Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem sold
One more race and it's off to Japan for stud duty. It'll be interesting to see what his foals will be like.
http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/around-the-globe/archive/2012/07/17/war-emblem.aspx 



URBAN SEA

URBAN SEA, THE GREATEST
BROUGH SCOTT
URBAN SEA AND HER LEGACY

NORTHERN DANCER

SADLERS WELLS

 
FRIDAY 2oth SEPTEMBER
 
THE FUGUE
 
LADY LLOYD-WEBBER: "My heart is set on the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita in California, with its guaranteed fast ground. "
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The Newmarket Open Day  on Sunday
Racing Post yesterday brings us news of this event:
 
Gosden The Fugue's trainer says: I'll be cantering horses on Warren Hill and speaking over the PA system. I'll also be present on Warren Hill after the horses have cantered and will be pleased to discuss any of the horses in my care with visitors to Warren Hill during the morning.

There are fears in Newmarket of a coughing germ in some yards. Due to this risk Gosden has cancelled his plans to open his stable yard, saying "Our primary duty is to care for the horses and their owners."
 
 
 
 




 
 


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