Thursday, September 30, 2010

30.09.2010 CASELA PARK - JESSICA LAMB REPORTS FOR THE RACING POST


Thursday, September 30th , 2010


CASELA PARK - A LETHAL CONCOCTION OF BLOODHORSE AND LEGAL ILLITERACY.

INJUSTICE SLAUGHTERS CASELA PARK AND ALL CONNECTIONS. CONTINUED.





TYRRELL: IF MY LICENCE GOES I'LL HAVE NOTHING.
“EAMON TYRRELL yesterday claimed that he faced not only the end of his career, but the loss of his house if he receives a lengthy ban from the BHA for Casela Park’s run in a Newcastle handicap last month.


“Tyrrell and jockey Behan were found guilty of deliberately preventing Casela Park from winning by the BHA’s disciplinary panel and await their sentences, which are unlikely to come until next week. Both could receive a disqualification of up to five years and are likely to be banned for a minimum of 18 months


“Whatever the outcome, Tyrrell already fears the worst for his training career as owners have put plans on hold and some have withdrawn altogether.


“Speaking from his base at the Curragh yesterday, he said: ‘It’s ground to a standstill here. I’ve owners wanting to bring me yearlings – some very nice ones that I bought for them – but they can’t because I might not have a license next week.


“The only thing I know is horses and if they take the license off me, I’ll have nothing. At this stage in the game I’m barely hanging on to my property, and to take my license would be to take my livelihood away from me.”
“Tyrrell, 50 has been training full time since 2002, having been apprenticed to Buster Harty (brother of Eddie) and assistant to multiple Classic winning trainer Kevin Prendergast.

“ At the height of his career, he had between 50 and 60 in his stable, including duel Listed winner Slip Dance, but this year he has run only four horses over both Flat and Jumps.


“Despite more than 35 years of working within the industry, Tyrrell insisted yesterday that at Newcastle last month, he entered a stewards’ room for the first time.


“He expressed disbelief at the level of the expected sentences , given his previous disciplinary record, which was forwarded with a letter of commendation to the BHA by the Turf Club.

“”He said: ‘ It’s like being found guilty of assault and getting sentenced for murder. The only thing I’ve been found guilty of is giving inadequate instructions.
 “My motto regarding that comes from Con Collins. I asked him one day how I should ride a horse, and he told me, ‘If you don’t know the horse well enough to know that then I don’t have the right jockey on him.’ I’ve gone through all the rules and guide lines, and don’t understand how I can be sentenced under a rule I haven’t been found guilty of.’


“At the BHA’s head office in London, Tyrrell and Behan represented themselves, suggesting they were unable to pay up front for a barrister and solicitor.



“Tyrrell considered approaching the Irish Racehorse Trainers’Association to help with these funds, but decided it would be ‘unfair to ask such a small organisation ‘.



“He added: ‘The whole issue has snowballed out of all proportion. It’s not like there was a big betting coup, or we’re even a betting yard.



“I trained Ireland’s first Listed winner in Germany for about 20 years when Impetious won at Hanover three years ago and didn’t get as much publicity as I’ve got for this..”


COMMENT J MARGARET CLARKE FOR TURFCALL
RIP OFF BRITAIN MARCHES ON - This time courtesy of the Bloodhorse Illiterate British Horseracing Authority, geared exactly the same as the British Legal Justice System, to suit only the rich and privileged.


TYRRELL points out ‘ It’s like being found guilty of assault and getting sentenced for murder. The only thing I’ve been found guilty of is giving inadequate instructions."

No horseman can give copious instructions in this case with CASELA PARK because he is such a troubled horse. CASELA PARK in the hands of Behan who most probably rides him out at home, so works with him each day and knows him best of all. Tyrrell's imput therefore has been working each and every day, not only on the race day. 

It appears that the BHA stewards take the view that a race , any race only need  be consentrated upon by their stewards over the last furlong or less. When in fact any and all races start when the starting stalls open, and continue on throughout until each and every horse passes the winning post. Throughout this time,  all incidences and action that occur need accounting for,  be they either fair or foul.



END

Labels:

29.09.2010 CASELA PARK - ANDREW SCUTTS REPORTS FOR THE RACING POST


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


CASELA PARK - A LETHAL CONCOCTION OF BLOODHORSE AND LEGAL ILLITERACY

INJUSTICE SLAUGHTERS CASELA PARK AND ALL CONNECTIONS. CONTINUED.






RACING POST REPORT BY ANDREW SCUTTS: "BHA  DEFENDS DECISION TO USE QC IN CASELA PARK INQUIRY."


THE BHA yesterday defended its decision to use a solicitor to present its case against Eamon Tyrrell and Jason Behan, arguing it was to late to change tack when realising the trainer and jockey would not be legally represented at last weeks hearing.



Tyrrell and Behan were found guilty of deliberately preventing a horse from winning- the first such instance of its type in Britain for nearly 20 years – and await their fate knowing that the maximum penalty is a five- year disqualification .



The disadvantage of not being able to afford a solicitor or barrister was underlined by Tyrrell and Behan during last Wednesday’s hearing, while yesterday Rupert Arnold, chief executive of the National Trainers Federation, described legal representation in such a scenario as “absolutely essential”.



In Ireland, should a trainer or a jockey not be legally represented at an inquiry, the Turf Club reciprocates. The BHA follows that policy, but did not last week, when the disciplinary panel conducted the hearing into Casela Park’s Newcastle run last month.



BHA spokesman Paul Struthers explained: “We’d normally reciprocate but found out only on Monday that Tyrrell and Behan weren’t going to be represented.



“We felt we could not change tack at that stage. We had already incurred costs and 24 hours was too late notice for someone internally to prep and present the case. If we had known all along that they were not going to be presented, it’s more than possible the case would have been presented by a member of the internal team. I don’t believe a delay (of the hearing) was requested.”



Struthers said the defendants’ lack of representation was not a critical factor in the disciplinary panel finding them in breach of the rules “as this was strictly a running and riding case, and the video evidence is damning”.



However, Tyrrell and Behan described themselves as “lambs to the slaughter”, after choosing not to be legally represented on the basis of costs - £18,000 according to the trainer.



Jim Kavanagh chief executive of the Irish Racehorse Trainers’ Association said: “We don’t have the finances to provide legal advise to trainers, but back them in whatever way we can.



“ I did speak to Eamon before the case, and know him well. It’s astounding he could loose his livelihood over it. The BHA used an anvil to crack a nut in employing a QC to prosecute this case.



“What chance would anyone have in Eamon and Jason’s position? The cost of legal representation are prohibitive and this ended up like an 11-a -side football team taking on a five-a-side team.


COMMENT J MARGARET CLARKE FOR TURFCALL
RIP OFF BRITAIN.

The British Legal Justice System is geared to suit the rich and privileged, the only ones able to afford the  "Rip Off Legal Fees."

The British Legal Justice System needs to be made available for all.


“What happened doesn’t do racing any good.”

Arnold, Kavanagh ‘s counter - part in Britain, said yesterday: “We provide free legal advice and representation at inquiries up to a certain level (of funding).

“Legal costs are a problem, but it’s absolutely essential to have representation in a hearing like last week’s. The system is so legalised now, and the BHA can provide reams of evidence for prosecution .


“It’s essential for a trainer or jockey to be fully represented, with professional legal representation to protect their interests.”


Kevin Darley, chief executive of The Professional Jockeys’ Association , said: “All our members are covered (for legal representation) through our group insurance scheme.

“What happened with this hearing is not a scenario that would occur with a member of the PJA.


“They would have a solicitor in such a hearing, the main ones we use being Andrew Chalk of Withy King, and Rory Mac Neice of Ashfords – they are well up to speed with rules and regulations .”


Darley, who confirmed the insurance scheme would cover a member at a Turf Club hearing, added: “I’d say it would b better to have legal representation.”     END

Labels:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

CASELA PARK - A LETHAL CONCOCTION OF BLOODHORSE AND LEGAL ILLITERACY



INJUSTICE SLAUGHTERS CASELA PARK AND ALL CONNECTIONS.

COMMENT J MARGARET CLARKE FOR TURFCALL




HOW TO UNTANGLE THIS MESS

BLOODHORSE ILLITERATE QC for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) GRAEME McPHERSON reached the wrong conclusion, he has given a wrong judgement, he has made false accusations, he has punished and condemned innocent BLOODHORSE LITERATE  parties, and he has totally ignored the rights and needs of CASELA PARK.. It could be said that McPHERSON could not have made more of a hash of  the CASELA PARK case, even if he had wanted to.


NOT GUILTY

LET THE HORSES DO THE TALKING


CASELA PARK

From the time that the starting stalls opened and this race at Newcastle started CASELA PARK took charge of his rider JASON BEHAN, and ran away with JASON … JASON could not hold CASELA PARK who was out of control, galloping flat out. JASON however was able to steer CASELA PARK which he succeded in managing to accomplish.

(To get carted anywhere by a horse is a ghastly and frightening experience) So in this context, JASON deserved a medal not punishment or disgrace.)


LEE MOTTERSHEAD REPORTING FOR THE RACING POST WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2010. (See full report as published herewith)


LEE REPORTS:“ In a statement that in no way tried to hide the (unnamed) panel’s view of the Irish duo’s actions, Tyrrell and Behan were accused of deliberate stopping Casela Park.”

TURFCALL COMMENT:Tyrrell and Behan were accused of deliberate stopping CASELA PARK by the BHA panel. However the true facts do not suggest this at all. The true facts show that from the time that the stalls opened in the Newcastle race, CASELA PARK fled, a frightened, traumatised CASELA PARK taking charge of his rider JASON BEHAN, he ran away, galloped off as fast as he could go, leaving BEHAN struggling to regain control.


Luckily for JASON and the other runners competing in this race JASON was able to steer CASELA PARK whilst he was attempting to regain control.



LEE REPORTS: Brian Storey and Dick Allan, the last jockey and trainer convicted of preventing a horse from winning, were each warned off for three months after Flowing River’s defeat at Kelso in 1991. At that stage, no guidelines for punishment existed.”


TURFCALL COMMENT: In 1991 at Kelso, Lee points out a key fact. “At that stage, no guidelines for punishment existed.” Now in 2010 we have BHA ‘Bloodhorse Illiterate’ regulation and disciplinary parties acting in ignorance as this case highlights so sadly.


LEE REPORTS: “ CASELA PARK sent off  17-2  for the Newcastle race, a winner of two of his previous six outings finished an eye catching sixth.”

TURFCALL COMMENT: CASELA PARK clearly has talent, the problem is finding the key to unlocking his talent. As things stand at present he is so traumatised that he deals with his fears the only way he knows how by running away.



LET THE HORSES DO THE TALKING

CASELA PARK is now five years old. The way he is now shows that he has had many bad experiences, each and every one have left their scares along the way toward destroying the quality of his life.


Similar to that which Monty Roberts Blushing ET documentary shows. (Link on Turfcall’s Home page)


LEE GOES ON: “That effort prompted the Newcastle stewards to refer Casela Park’s connections to the BHA, who’s QC, Graeme McPherson, claiming that last weeks hearing that the horse had been “stopped” in order that connections could obtain a better price when contesting a Musselburgh handicap two days later.


TURFCALL COMMENT: QC Graeme McPherson makes a very dangerous assumption here. CASELA PARK was not stopped, because JASON BEHAN could not hold him. Simple as that.

QC for BHA Graeme McPherson together with the unnamed BHA panel need to ask themselves who would want to place a bet on a horse that is impossible to hold? A horse who shows in his races what a nervous wreck he has become.


LEE REPORTS: Summing up its assessment of Casela Park’s Newcastle run, the panel stated, “but for its treat by Behan, it would have won.” It argued that Behan was guilty of “deliberately preventing a horse from winning”, and stressed that Tyrrell’s assertion that Casela Park was “very difficult to ride” was “plainly false”.


TURFCALL COMMENT: Total rubbish. There could be no argument about anything other than if JASON had been able to hold CASELA PARK from the off, he may well have won this race. As JASON was unable to hold one side of CASELA PARK from the off, CASELA PARK ended up being a spent force by the time he needed to make his winning move. CASELA PARK is indeed a very difficult ride.


LEE REPORTS: The panel’s statement concluded: “This was not merely a case where a rusty over interpreted the instructions ‘not to kill the horse’ ... this was a deliberate stopping ride on Tyrrell’s instructions .”

TURFCALL COMMENT: Total Rubbish. JASON BEHAN is not a rusty rider, he is a skilled and brave rider to have agreed to ride such a traumatised CASELA PARK.



LEE MOTTERSHEAD REPORT RACING POST 28.09.2010

"GUILTY CASELA PAIR FACE LENGTHY BANS."

The trainer and jockey to be found guilty of deliberately preventing a horse from winning in Britain for almost 20 years could be warned off for five years each after BHA disciplinary panel found Eamon Tyrrell and Jason Behan guilty of insuring Casela Park did not win a Newcastle handicap in August.


In a statement that in no way tried to hide the panel’s view of the Irish duo’s actions, Tyrrell and Behan were accused of “deliberate stopping”.


However, the London announcement sent shock waves and anger through parts of Ireland’s racing’s hierocracy. Jim Kavanagh head of the Irish Racehorse Trainers’ Association , described himself as “astounded” and “amazed” at the verdicts while Irish jockeys’ chief Andrew Coonan said a lengthy ban for Behan would be extremely harsh”.


A decision on penalties is unlikely to come until next week, but with the panel having found the accused guilty, a disqualification at, or close to, the maximum tier of five years seems likely. The minimum possible punishment is a one year disqualification, with the Irish racing authorities expected to reciprocate any bans.


Brian Storey and Dick Allan, the last jockey and trainer convicted of preventing a horse from winning, were each warned off for three months after Flowing River’s defeat at Kelso in 1991. At that stage, no guidelines for punishment existed.


Sent off at 17-2 for the Newcastle race, Casela Park, a winner of two of his previous six outings finished an eye catching sixth , the Racing Post comment noting that the horse had made “steady headway going well when switched repeatedly from over one furlong out”. Thereafter he was nudged along and kept on strongly” in the last 100 yards, eventually passing the post two lengths adrift of the winner.


That effort prompted the Newcastle stewards to refer Casela Park’s connections to the BHA, who’s QC, Graeme McPherson, claiming that last weeks hearing that the horse had been “stopped” in order that connections could obtain a better price when contesting a Musselburgh handicap two days later.


Under intense media scrutiny, and with Patrick Mathers taking over in the saddle, Casela Park a 3/1 shot, finished fourth in Scotland.

Summing up its assessment of Casela Park’s Newcastle run, the panel stated, “but for its treat by Behan, it would have won.” It argued that Behan was guilty of “deliberately preventing a horse from winning”, and stressed that Tyrrell’s assertion that Casela Park was “very difficult to ride” was “plainly false”.


The panel’s statement concluded: “This was not merely a case where a rusty over interpreted the instructions ‘not to kill the horse’ ... this was a deliberate stopping ride on Tyrrell’s instructions .”

Reacting to the panel's verdict, Kavanagh said: "I'm astounded to hear
that Eamon has been found guilty and I'll be even more astounded if he
receives a five - year penalty.


"I saw both races and felt Eamon made a very logical case. I also believe
there was no illegal movement on the exchanges, so I'm amazed at the decision.


"I cannot speak about the jockey but I know Eamon very well. He's a very good trainer and has never come under unfavourable notice in Ireland. A five year ban would effectively end his career."


Coonan added:"I have yet to read the findings, but the possibility of a lengthy suspension does seem extremely harsh, with regards Jason, who has at all times denied culpability."


The BHA, Tyrrell and Behan are now able to make representations to the panel before penalties are determined. END.



KEY EXCERPTS FROM THE PANEl'S FINDINGS.

ON THE RACE.
“The gelding was subjected to strong and persistent episodes of restraint ... and was manoeuvred several times away from gaps and back behind other runners. It was running on well in the last 50 yards, despite an absence of any driving or encouragement. But for its (Casela Park) treatment by Behan, it (Casela Park) would have won. That may seem a strong conclusion , but the more the panel viewed the recordings, the more it felt driven to this view.”

Comment J Margaret Clarke for Turfcall
To follow shortly


ON THE RIDE.
“Behan’s ride was not misjudged: it was deliberate, and Tyrrell’s late criticism of a different aspect of it did not touch on that. He did not identify any aspect of the ride which failed to meet his instructions. He (Tyrrell’s) failure to ensure Casela Park ran on its merits was intentional ... The panel concluded that the ride came within category (b - deliberately preventing a horse from winning.”

Comment J Margaret Clarke for Turfcall
To follow shortly


ON THE MOTIVE.
“The more likely possibility is that, for whatever reason, the money was not planned to be down for Newcastle but was planned down for Musselburgh. This explanation finds some support from Tyrrell’s remark of not killing the gelding or ‘we wouldn’t be able to go to Musselburgh’ ... The panel was left in the position that there was no clear or obvious motive for the ride given at Newcastle. There may have been one but it didn’t emerge.”

Comment J Margaret Clarke for Turfcall
To follow shortly

ON THE VERDICT.
“Tyrrell’s denial of the obvious was so striking that the panel felt bound to conclude that he caused ... Behan to ride as he did. Tyrrell chose to paint a portrait of the gelding as very difficult to ride and as sometimes uncontrollable , which was plainly false. The important picture that emerged ... was that the gelding was a genuine trier and could be relied upon to run straight, even under strong driving . This was not merely a case where a rusty jockey (Behan) over- interpreted the instruction ‘not to kill the horse or get milled to finish third’. This was a deliberate stopping ride on Tyrrell’s instructions.” END

Comment J Margaret Clarke for Turfcall
To follow shortly



RACING POST COMMENT Andrew Scutts
Defendents’ lack of representation was unsatisfactory.

Whatever the eventual fate of Eamon Tyrrell and Jason Behan after being found guilty, their lack of legal representation at the hearing last Wednesday cannot be allowed to pass without comment.


A report in the Racing Post on September 4 revealed that the trainer and jockey had secured the services of the legal team who successfully represented Harry Findlay when the owner-gambler’s six-month suspension was quashed in July.


But when Tyrrell and Behan walked into the lion’s den, otherwise known as the BHA inquiry room in the basement of its London office, they did so unaccompanied .


Tyrrell said that until a couple of days earlier they were set to have barrister Roderick Moore and solicitor Daryl Cowan in their corner, but that the cost - £18,000 according to Tyrrell – led to a change of mind.


Whether it should be incumbent on the BHA to conduct a potentially career-ending or financial damaging hearing with legal representation on both sides of the room – ie stand the cost of providing a solicitor for the defence – could be a matter for debate, but with integrity spend already under pressure, given the industry’s financial straits, it is probably a non starter.


As things stand, it is up to the defence to meet the cost of being represented. An irony of this inquiry is that Graham McPherson QC, for the BHA, in trying, is trying to paint a picture of a future betting coup that would provide a motive for Behan’s ride at Newcastle, made a lot of Tyrrell’s dwindling string- down to four
from 60 before the credit crunch – and Benham’s dwindling rides: seven this year, down from 50- plus in 2005.

Comment J Margaret Clarke for Turfcall
To follow shortly


So if they are down on their luck, they can hardly have been expected to enter the fray with a legal representative to challenge McPherson’s assertions .


Whatever the ins and outs, it was uncomfortable at times observing the aggressive nature of McPherson questions and statements, knowing there was no – one on the opposite side of the room to give him some back.


McPherson has presented many BHA cases and is comfortable in an environment that Tyrrell and Behan were clearly understandably uncomfortable in.


“Lambs to the slaughter,” was a phrase Tyrrell and Behan both used to describe their situation. Behan had never ever been to London before, and in his summing up again made mention of the difference it made to him and the trainer in not having the money for a barrister or a solicitor..


Both were happy with the way panel chairman Tim Charlton conducted affairs , but if their not being legally represented was bad news for Tyrrell and Behan, you sensed it was not ideal for the panel either.


Inevitably, in mulling over the verdict, it would have reflected the disadvantage to trainer and jockey of not having representation. That is unsatisfactory all round.


It was easy to imagine a solicitor and/or barrister getting stuck in to McPherson after many of his exaggerations , comments and questions, particularly in regard to his trying to explane a “betting coup” motive for the Newcastle ride, and the use of articles in the Racing Post as evidence.


Should this end up with an appeal against their penalties, it would be fascinating to see what difference legal representation would make.


Perhaps if Harry Findlay wins the Scoop6 this week, he’ll stand the cost, just for the hell of it. END

Labels:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

MIDDAY ENTERS RECKONING FOR CARTIER RACING AWARDS RECOGNITION



AUTUMNAL LONGCHAMP has been the scene of many thrilling performances down the years and the Paris venue witnessed another on Sunday, September 12, when Midday enhanced her Cartier Racing Awards credentials with a dominant victory in the Group One Qatar Prix Vermeille.



On a weekend of outstanding European racing at Doncaster, the Curragh and Longchamp, Midday’s fifth Group One triumph took her Cartier Awards points tally this year to 104, placing Cartier Older Horse category leaders Goldikova (112 points) and Starspangledbanner (112) firmly in her sights.



The Cartier Racing Awards recognise excellence in horseracing and the awards are the sport’s equivalent of the Oscars. Split into eight categories for the year’s top horses, including the particularly coveted Cartier Horse Of The Year, the awards are determined by points earned in Pattern races combined, at the end of the season, with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists, as well as votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph.



European horseracing's most prestigious accolades will be presented for the 20th time on November 16, during a glittering ceremony before an invited audience in the ballroom of London’s Dorchester Hotel.



The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to recognise the achievements of racehorses in Europe. There is also the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award Of Merit for the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 18-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.



Trained by Henry Cecil for owner/breeder Khalid Abdulla, Midday saw off a classy pair of fillies, Group One Grand Prix de Saint Cloud winner Plumania and previously unbeaten Group One Prix de Diane heroine Sarafina (72), as she posted an excellent third Group One win from four starts this season.



The four-year-old Oasis Dream filly’s next outing will see her attempt to clinch a second Grade One Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf victory at Churchill Downs, USA, in early November.



The juvenile divisions’ various form threads are beginning to interweave and Pathfork emerged as a strong candidate for Cartier 2-Y-O Colt Award recognition when defeating a top-class field to win the Group One boylesports.com Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday, September 11.



Unbeaten now in three starts, Jessica Harrington’s charge saw out the seven-furlong trip well as he held Casamento by a head with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes winner Zoffany five lengths back in third.



Pathfork and Zoffany head the category on 48 points, while the William Haggas-trained Approve moves to 46 points after finishing second to Godolphin’s impressive scorer Saamidd in the Group Two Neptune Investment Management Champagne Stakes at Doncaster the same afternoon. Saamidd now heads for the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, also over seven furlongs, at Newmarket on October 16



Two weeks earlier, on Sunday, August 29, the O’Brien-trained Misty For Me saw off the Harrington-trained Laughing Lashes (36) to take the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes and leap to the top of the Cartier 2-Y-O Filly category with 40 points.



Hooray (28) followed success in the Group Two Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes at York in August with a Group Three win in the totepool Sirenia Stakes at Kempton on September 4, while Moyglare Stud Stakes flop Memory has 24 points, the same as Godolphin’s White Moonstone, who easily landed the Group Two Keepmoat May Hill Stakes at Doncaster on September 10.



Cape Blanco received plenty of plaudits and rightly so after he pulverised a top-class field to win the Group One Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes at the Curragh on September 4.



The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner had finished 11 lengths second to Harbinger in the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July but relished the drop back to 10 furlongs as he made all for a resounding five and a half-length success over Group One Juddmonte International Stakes winner Rip Van Winkle, with the five-year-old Emirates Airline Champion Stakes and Coral-Eclipse Stakes hero Twice Over a short-head back in third (92).



With 136 points, Cape Blanco now sits second to triple Group One-winning miler Canford Cliffs (140) in both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt categories.



O’Brien was on the mark the same card with Lillie Langtry who took her Cartier 3-Y-O Filly tally to 72 in the Group One Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes over a mile. Successful in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Danehill Dancer filly held Spacious by a neck with Music Show (80), her conqueror in Newmarket’s Group One Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes, back in third.



Dual Oaks heroine Snow Fairy, a non-staying fourth to Arctic Cosmos in the final British Classic, the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on September 11, tops the division with 118 points, 20 more than fellow dual Classic winner Special Duty.



In the Group One Irish Field St Leger, also run on September 11, the Jeremy Noseda-trained Sans Frontieres saw off Profound Beauty to win his third race on the bounce and move second in the Cartier Stayer division with 32 points, 16 behind the Ascot Gold Cup winner Rite Of Passage.



Markab’s excellent demonstration of speed clinched victory in the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup over six furlongs at Haydock on September 4 and put him in contention for Cartier Sprinter honours with 52 points. Henry Candy’s charge had Starspangledbanner, currently top of both the Cartier Sprinter and Cartier Older Horse divisions, back in fifth. Regal Parade, sixth at Haydock, has 40 points, while King’s Stand Stakes winner Equiano has 72 points.



Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant, commented today: “This year’s Cartier Racing Awards are wide open, which makes the coming weeks particularly exciting.



“Midday and Cape Blanco have leapt back to the fore in recent weeks to challenge the likes of Snow Fairy, Makfi, Canford Cliffs, Goldikova, Starspangledbanner and Harbinger in the Cartier Awards standings, and there are talented horses like Investec Derby winner Workforce and last year’s Cartier 2-Y-O Colt St Nicholas Abbey due to make comebacks.



“With the Ascot Festival, Arc weekend and Newmarket’s big autumn meetings looming, the European season is building towards a fantastic climax.”



For more information, please contact Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant (01488 669166), Sima Bibi of Cartier (020 7408 5740) or Mark Popham of Racenews (020 7704 0326)



CARTIER AWARDS 2010 LATEST POINTS STANDINGS

(up to and including September 12, 2010)


Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt

CANFORD CLIFFS - 140

CAPE BLANCO - 136

DICK TURPIN - 104

LOPE DE VEGA - 98

MAKFI - 88





Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly

SNOW FAIRY - 118

SPECIAL DUTY - 98

MUSIC SHOW - 80

LILLIE LANGTRY - 72

SARAFINA - 72





Cartier Older Horse

GOLDIKOVA - 112

STARSPANGLEDBANNER - 112

MIDDAY - 104

BYWORD - 94

TWICE OVER - 92





Cartier Sprinter

STARSPANGLEDBANNER - 112

EQUIANO - 72

MARKAB - 52

REGAL PARADE - 40





Cartier Stayer

RITE OF PASSAGE - 48

SANS FRONTIERES - 32

AGE OF AQUARIUS - 28

ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE - 26





Cartier Two-year-old Colt

PATHFORK - 48

ZOFFANY - 48

APPROVE - 46





Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly

MISTY FOR ME - 40

LAUGHING LASHES - 36

HOORAY - 28

MEMORY - 24

WHITE MOONSTONE - 24





Cartier Horse Of The Year

CANFORD CLIFFS - 140

CAPE BLANCO - 136

SNOW FAIRY - 118

STARSPANGLEDBANNER - 112

GOLDIKOVA - 112





END

Labels:

CHELTENHAM ANNOUNCES EXCITING ADDITIONS TO PERTEMPS HANDICAP HURDLE SERIES AS SPONSORSHIP IS EXTENDED FOR FURTHER THREE YEARS



CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE today announced that leading recruitment company Pertemps Group has renewed its sponsorship of the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Series and added seven new qualifiers for the 2010/11 season.



The Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final has been a feature since 2002 and is always one of the most keenly-fought races at The Festival. Run over three miles and one and a half furlongs, the race is a betting highlight on the Thursday of Cheltenham’s four-day March highlight and, in order to run in the final, horses must have taken part in a qualifier (or been declared to run should a qualifier be abandoned).



In 2007 a qualifier was introduced at Auteuil, and France features heavily in the series this season, with two new races each at Cagnes sur Mer (in December and January) and Pau (in January and February).



With additional races at Exeter, Huntingdon and Carlisle, and a new qualifier at Punchestown in Ireland, the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle series now includes 16 qualifying races plus the final, seven more than were programmed in 2009/10.



Tim Watts, Chairman of Pertemps Group, said: “The Pertemps Handicap Hurdle series is a significant investment for us, but one that is great value too.



“The final at The Festival is one of the highlights of the year for many of our staff and clients, and the series of qualifiers over the course of the season allows us to place our brand in front of countless racegoers, television viewers, newspaper readers and Internet users.



“I’m delighted that we have extended the series even further and look forward to welcoming some French-trained qualifiers to the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final this season.”



Peter McNeile, Director of Sponsorship at Cheltenham, added: “We are thrilled that the Pertemps Series continues to flourish and grateful to Pertemps Group for their commitment.



“The addition of extra qualifying races this season will make the Final more competitive than ever, and with seven races taking place away from Britain, it truly is now a European race series.”



The schedule for the series is as follows:



Friday, October 15, 2010
Cheltenham

Monday, November 1, 2010
Kempton Park

Sunday, November 7, 2010
Auteuil

Friday, November 19, 2010
Exeter

Saturday, December 4, 2010
Sandown Park

Monday, December 20, 2010
Cagnes sur Mer

Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wincanton

Sunday, January 9, 2011
Leopardstown

Sunday, January 9, 2011
Cagnes sur Mer

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Warwick

Sunday, January 16, 2011
Pau

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Huntingdon

Sunday, January 30, 2011
Punchestown

Friday, February 4, 2011
Pau

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Carlisle

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Haydock Park

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Cheltenham




Further information from Andy Clifton, Cheltenham’s Communications Manager, on 07876 330090




END

REVIEW WEDNESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER THE FIRST DAY OF DONCASTER’S ST LEGER FESTIVAL MEETING 2010.




REVIEW: DONCASTER INTRODUCE A NEW CHARITY RACE, UNDER RULES. OPEN TO RACE RIDING LEGENDS OF THE PAST. WHO HAD BETWEEN THEM WON THE MAJORITY OF BIG RACES AROUND THE WORLD, BOTH ON THE FLAT AND OVER JUMPS, INCLUDING THE DERBY, ARC, CHAMPION HURDLE, GOLD CUP, AND GRAND NATIONAL.


The debut of this race, 3.45 The Fudge and Smudge Leger Legends Classified Stakes (Class 5) 1m. Winner £6,476. 16 ran. This race open to 3 year olds + rated 1-70 partnered by Riding Legends of the past. 16 runners took part. With three reserves standing by.


Being a classified stakes race. The runners were tightly matched judged on official ratings, which meant the skill and more importantly the fitness of their riders, was always likely to prove paramount. In the event, nothing was able to come from off the pace.


WINNER: MIAMI GATOR (v) 3-11-2 partner CHARLIE SWAN trainer Mrs K Burke for Mrs Elaine M Burke. 9/2 j . In form, front runner took command from the start, never headed.


SECOND: LEGAL LEGACY 4-11-13 partner DALE GIBSON trainer M Dods for D Vic Roper. 9/2 j Top weight, beaten one and three quarters of a length. Took keen hold from the off, always in touch.



THIRD: AFLAAM 5-11-7 partner GRAHAM BRADLEY trainer RA Harris for The Circle Bloodstock Limited. 8/1 . Beaten nk. Always in touch, could find no extra.


FOURTH: CAPE KIMBERELY 3-11-2 partner ERNIE JOHNSON trainer AG Newcombe for J R Salter 25/1. Beaten three and a quarter lengths. No more to give from over a furlong out.


FIFTH: PLENTY O’TOOLE 3-11-2 partner KEVIN DARLEY 20/1
SIXTH: GRAND DIAMOND 6-11-7 partner TONY DOBBIN 8/1
SEVENTH: ARCHIE RICE 4-11-7 partner JOHN FRANCOME 20/1
EIGHTH: DARING DREAM 5-11-7 partner ALEX GREAVES 9/1
NINTH: DARK MOMENT 4-11-7 partner GEORGE DUFFIELD 20/1
TENTH: NEVADA DESERT 10-11-7 partner JOHN REID 20/1
ELEVENTH: RISING KHELEYF 4-11-7 partner GARY BARDWELL 25/1
TWELFTH: KINSYA 7-11-7 partner STEVE SMITH –ECCLES 9/1
THIRTEENTH: JACKSON 8-11-7 partner GRAHAM THORNER 100/1
FOURTEENTH: MASTER OF DANCE 3-11-2 partner PAT EDDERY 10/1
FIFTEENTH: EASTERN GIFT 5-11-7 partner GAY KELLEWAY 33/1
SIXTEENTH: ARMY OF STARS 4-11-7 partner JAMIE OSBORNE 20/1


The total sum to date received in through the running of this chartity race, amounts to £116,000. (One hundred and sixteen thousand pounds) To be shared between the Injured Jockey Fund and the Northern Racing University's project "The House that Jack Built.



END

Labels:

EUROPEAN BREEDERS' CUP FUND BOARD DECISION (EBF)



It is with regret that the European Breeders’ Fund (EBF) acknowledges that Breeders’ Cup Ltd has opted to terminate the BC/EBF Cross-Registration Agreement, an Agreement which has stood the test of time since the 1995 Covering Season. Now, from the 2011 Covering Season, BC will be applying different regulations in an attempt to boost the numbers of horses eligible to run in the “World” Championship days – and we wish them well in their efforts.



For its part, the EBF will continue to operate under the same general format as before, sponsoring over 1,200 races in Europe each year. It has proved a successful, significant and stabilizing factor since 1984, when EBF funds were first applied to European racing. Although the aims of BC and EBF have been very different, the Cross-Registration Agreement has meant that the two parties have worked closely together throughout the period of the Agreement.



In general terms, the BC and EBF will be operating completely separately, but under similar terms. The EBF is very conscious of the large number of US-sired youngstock which are imported each year to race in Europe – very different to the traffic in the opposite direction. We know that it is highly unlikely that the whole of a crop by a US-based sire will ever be imported to Europe, but details of the 990 Breeders’ Cup sired yearlings of 2010 that have already been nominated to the EBF at $500 by 1st May 2010 make interesting reading. The 990 are the progeny of no less than 132 individual BC sires. Three of those sires have had over 41 yearlings nominated; three have had between 31 and 40 nominated; eight have between 21 and 30 nominated; and four have between 15 and 20 nominated. It might make some sense for some of those stallions to be nominated to the EBF in 2011 at a rate yet to be ratified, thus providing the breeders, who used those stallions, with significant savings, as the progeny will be automatically eligible for the EBF programme which involves around 1,200 races confined to EBF Eligibles.



TELEPHONE: (01638) 667960

FACSIMILE: (01638) 667270

STANSTEAD HOUSE

THE AVENUE

NEWMARKET

SUFFOLK, CB8 9AA

EMAIL: info@ebfhorseracing.co.uk

WEBSITE: www.ebfhorseracing.com


END

Labels:

Friday, September 10, 2010

FINDLAY IN AMAZING TIRADE AT BHA CHIEF. RACING POST FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2010



“YOU’VE RUINED MY LIFE” OWNER TELLS COWARD IN PUBLIC OUTBURST. REPORT BY DAVID CARR.

RACEGOERS at Doncaster yesterday witnessed an astonishing outburst from gambler and Cheltenham Gold Cup winning owner Harry Findlay as he accused British Horseracing Authority (BHA) chief executive Nic Coward of “ruining my life”.


“Still angry at having been warned off for six months by the BHA disciplinary panel for laying his own horse Gullible Gordon, a punishment later reduced to a fine on appeal, Findlay confronted Coward near the parade ring and loudly called for his resignation, along with that of BHA chairman Paul Roy.


Findley, best known as part owner of Denman, was later seen in heated discussion with owners’ chief Paul Dixon at Doncaster sales over Dixon’s suggestion that Findlay’s initial six-month ban had been merited.


Coward refused to engage with Findlay, telling him this was “not the time or the place”, but he was clearly shaken by the incident.


Speaking to the press outside the weighing room a few minutes after the confrontation, Findlay said: ”I don’t care if I never own another racehorse in my life, all I want is my respect back.


“You can call me a bigmouth, you can call me a loudmouth, you can call me fat, but you don’t call me a liar. I haven’t lied for 27 years.”


Findlay promised to return to Doncaster today, when Black Moth – a colt he used to own – runs in the opening Flying Childers Stakes. “I am telling you now, they have picked on the wrong guy,” he said.


Findlay claims the BHA is pursuing a vendetta against him, and that its investigators had given him permission to lay other horses from Paul Nicholls’ stable.


FINLEY IN PUBLIC ATTACK ON BHA.

In June, Findlay asserted that, because of his “exemplary relationship with the BHA and Betfair” he was treated as a special case, where the laying regulations were concerned.


However, Roy was adamant in his rebuttal of the owner’s claims. “the BHA never gave permission to Harry Findlay to lay horses in yards where he had horses in training.” he said in a statement.


During yesterday’s outburst, Findlay told Coward: “You’ve ruined my life.”

Later he said: “Nic Coward said to me, ‘this is not the time or the place.’ He won’t speak to anyone. I’ve been waiting four and a half years to speak to him. I asked him, ‘Why have you tried to ruin my life?’ I really think Paul Roy has no choice but to go.”


Speaking after the incident, Coward said: ”Harry can make his point wherever he wishes to, but I deal with matters in the right way through the right processes. Dealing with things on the racecourse in that manner is not the right process.”


When Findlay’s accusations were put to him, he said: “You will have to speak to Mr Findlay , that is Mr Findlay’s business. Mr Findlay was dealt with through a disciplinary process in the right way. There was an outcome through a disciplinary panel and an appeal board and that is an end to the matter.


“You will have to speak to Mr Findlay about what Mr Findlay now wishes to say. You have seen repeatedly what we have said on this matter on the record.” END



COMMENT J Margaret Clarke for Turfcall.

Paul Roy and Nic Coward's attitude " When we say jump ....you jump ....."
Both these pompous regulators must go, and all the rest like them, OUT.

Britain is riddled with people as this:

British Courts riddled with same. ( British Legal Justice System)

British Political System riddled with same (British Political System)

British Horseracing Parties riddled with same (British Horseracing Authority)

British National Health Parties riddled with same

British Police Force riddled with same

British County Council’s riddled with same.

British National Health Service Parties all riddled with same

British Entrapment Policies, how they work, all riddled with same

British Church of England Parties all riddled with same

British Veterinary Surgeons all riddled with same


All tarred with the same brush. All riddled with the same bully beaurocracy.


British Horseracing repressed by Bloodhorse Illiterate Tyrant Parties using archaic tactics to punish and destroy peoples lives, to include the horses. Britain in the grip of archaic regulation stitch-ups by BHA bullies.



END

Labels:

BHA DEFENDS HEREFORD STEWARDS OVER LACK OF 'AM I BLUE' INQUIRY



RACING POST TAKES ISSUE TODAY (10.09.2010)'AM I BLUE' INQUIRY BY GRAHAM GREEN

While the investigation continues into the background to last week’s successful gamble on AM I BLUE, the BHA has defended the competence of the Hereford stewards whose decision not to hold an inquiry infuriated on-course punters.


It was only when the regulatory body stepped in that a closer inspection of events was ordered after stipendiary steward, Simon Cowley, accepted owner-trainer Delyth Thomas’s explanation on the day for the filly’s improved performance.


BHA spokesman Paul Struthers said there were no grounds for taking disciplinary action against Cowley and the stewarding panel on duty as official procedure had been followed..


AM I BLUE , who had been tailed off 88 lengths behind the winning horse at Worcester 15 days earlier, and before that was beaten 75 lengths at Newton Abbot, was backed down from an early morning price of 25/1 to 5/1 before recording a 19-length victory in the 2m4f handicap hurdle under Richard Johnson , who was a late replacement for Dean Coleman.


The 5lb claimer has since admitted it was a lack of confidence, and not a puncture, that caused him to miss the ride. The gamble is estimated to have cost the betting industry a six-figure sum and represented a massive improvement by AM I BLUE, who had appeared to have lost her form having previously been placed three times for former trainer Tim Vaughan.


After being told by Thomas, who was visited by BHA investigators on Tuesday, that the filly had benefited from “some spinal therapy”, and a change of tactics, Cowley said: “It was not necessary to call a formal inquiry, because there was nothing suspicious to investigate. There was a change of jockey because Dean Coleman was unwell and that was straight forward enough.”


AM I BLUE, again partnered by Johnson, reappeared under a 7lb penalty at Newton Abbot on Monday and hacked up at odds of 5-6.


Asked what action was going to be taken against the Hereford stewards for not holding an inquiry, Struthers replied: “None.”


He said: “The procedures laid out compel them to hold an inquiry if a horse has never been placed. If a horse has been placed before, they can still hold an inquiry, but they do not consult with the handicapper on duty and aren’t compelled to hold an inquiry.


“Moreover in the absence of the stewards holding an inquiry and referring anything to us, it doesn’t preclude us from looking at previous races or indeed investigating, and that is exactly what happens, so they haven’t done anything wrong as such, and therefore no action will be taken.” END



COMMENT David Ashforth for the Racing Post

The BHA should tell the Hereford stewards that they made a serious error of judgemant in failing to call an official inquiry into the improved form shown by AM I BLUE on September 1st.


Yet the BHA proposes doing nothing, on the basis that official procedures did not compel the stewards to hold an inquiry and it was open to the BHA to initiate an investigation itself, which it promptly did. “They haven’t done anything wrong, as such,” said BHA spokesman Paul Struthers, “and therefore no action will be taken.”


But they did do something wrong. The stewards failed to use their discretion to call an inquiry that clearly needed to be called, which meant a lost opportunity to question the horses connections immediately after the race. It was also a decision guaranteed to inflame punters.


Here was a horse, transferred from trainer Tim Vaughan to Delyth Thomas, that had been beaten 75 lengths on August 2 and 88 lengths on August 17 . Yet 15 days later, backed from 25/1 to 5/1, she strolled home by 19 lengths. AM I BLUE’S handicap mark had slipped from 100 to 83, but that was an insufficient explanation. She appreciated the reversion to two and a half miles, but was that a sufficient reason? Then there was the late replacement of conditional jockey Dean Coleman by Richard Johnson to consider.


The stewards should have summoned Thomas, Johnson and Coleman and asked the questions that needed asking but Simon Cowley, the professional steward, didn’t think any questions needed to be asked beyond those he informally gave to Thomas. He told him that the explanation lay in spinal therapy conducted since AM I BLUE’S last run and a change to front- running tactics. “It was not necessary to call a formal inquiry because there was nothing suspicious to investigate,” said Cowley, naively. “There was a change of jockey because Dean Coleman felt unwell, and that was straightforward enough.”


No it wasn’t, since it wasn’t clear whether Coleman was suffering from the dentist, a punctured tyre or a lack of confidence.

An issue is not only the question of whether any rules were broken but the competence of the stewards.


A case like this undermines the betting public’s fragile faith in the system


Punters need to know that the BHA has instructed all stewards that, in a case such as this of AM I BLUE, they must hold an official inquiry. END


COMMENT J Margaret Clarke for Turfcall.

FAILED BRITISH HORSERACING AUTHORITY PERSONNEL PRACTICES (BHA)

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ working practices within Disciplinary Department

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ working practices within Regulation Department

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ practices burdened upon Licensed Trainers

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ practices burdened upon Owners and Breeders

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ practices used legally in all cases where handler/rider/horse issues are at stake. Rampant Bloodhorse Illiteracy the norm.

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ practices used within the Rules of Racing

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ miss interpreting the meaning of such rules within perspective

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ practices relevant to all handler/riders, all those who go to make up each and every licensed trainer teams.

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ practices burdened upon all handler/rider training and career structures

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ practices toward Punters

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ working practices on Racecourses.

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ within intelligence perspective practices

Failed ’Duty of Care’ Veterinary practices on Racecourses

Failed ’Duty of Care’ Veterinary practices whilst acting within licensed trainer establishments

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ Medical practices on Racecourses

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ political practices

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ within horsemanship practices

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ practices toward animals

Failed ‘Duty of Care’ practices toward people


RIP OFF BRITAIN TACTICS USED RIGHT ACROSS THE BOARD, BLIGHTING AND CONTAMINATING PEOPLES LIVES, AND THE LIVES OF ALL LIVING CREATURES INCLUDING THE HORSES.



END

Labels:

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

DONCASTER WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH 2010 DAY ONE OF THE ST LEGER FESTIVAL MEETING WITH A DIFFERENCE



FOUR DAYS OF CLASSIC RACING, WELCOME TO YORKSHIRE. Yorkshire.com This meeting is sponsored and supported by Welcome To Yorkshire, the marketing organisation for our region,showcasing the wonderful variety of opportunities for visitors to Yorkshire. For lots of great ideas on planning your break in Yorkshire visit www.yorkshire.com


We will also be raising money on our opening day, Wednesday 8th September for the Injured Jockey Fund, and the Northern Racing University as we hold the LEGER LEGENDS RACE. RETIRED CHAMPIONS FROM BOTH THE FLAT AND JUMPS AS FOLLOWS:


BRING ON THE LEGENDS THE FOURTH RACE ON TODAYS CARD 3.45 FUDGE AND SMUDGE LEGER LEGEND CLASSIFIED STAKES (Class 5) 1m Str WINNER £6,476 16 run.

The race riding stars of yesteryear take centre stage this afternoon at 3.45pm

1. LEGAL LEGACY DALE GIBSON

2. AFLAAM GRAHAM BRADLEY

3. ARCHIE RICE JOHN FRANCOME

4. ARMY OF STARS JAMIE OSBORNE

5. DARING DREAM ALEX GREAVES

6. DARK MOMENT GEORGE DUFFIELD

7. EASTERN GIFT GAY KELLEWAY

8. GRAND DIAMOND TONY DOBBIN

9. JACKSON GRAHAM THORNER

10. KINSYA STEVE SMITH-ECCLES

11. NEVADA DESERT JOHN REID

12. RISING KHELEYF TOM O'RYAN

13. CAPE KIMBERLEY ERNIE JOHNSON

14. MASTER OF DANCE PAT EDDERY

15. MIAMI GATOR CHARLIE SWAN

16. PLENTY O'TOOLE KEVIN DARLEY


END

Labels: ,

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL MEETING DONCASTER SEPTEMBER 8th to 11th 2010



THE FIRST WINNER OF THE ST LEGER IN 1776 WAS: ALLABACULIA partner JOHN SINGLETON trainer Christopher Scaife for the Marquess of Rockingham.
Owner Charles Watson- Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham. (13 May 1730 – 1 July 1782) Served as Prime Minister of Great Britain, in office 27 March 1782 – 1 July 1782. Monarch George 111.


Despite the attractions of other Autumn races such as the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Breeders’ Cup, the St. Leger remains a key feature of the British racing calendar. Don’t miss the continuation of St Leger’s history, the 234th running of this race will take place on Saturday afternoon 11th September 2010.


THE ST LEGER FAMILY IS AN OLD ANGLO - IRISH FAMILY WITH NORMAN ROOTS GOING BACK OVER A THOUSAND YEARS, AND WHOSE NAME HAS APPEARED MORE THAN A FEW TIMES IN HISTORY.
ST LEGER 616? – 678 7th century martyr and bishop of Autun, contributed to the popularity of the name in France. The name was introduced into England by the Normans after 1066, and to Ireland in the 12th century following the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169, where it achieved considerable status.
As part of Leger’s episcopal duties, he not only preached and taught ordinary folks, but he also reformed many of the clergy who had become lax in their responsibilities. He said that if monks were doing what they were supposed to do, their prayers would preserve the world from many disasters.


St Leger's words way back then, ring true, and continue to ring true throughout and over all these centuries, to the present day: "If each of us were doing no more and no less than what we were supposed to, the world would be in much better shape. The problem is we sometimes become so overwhelmed we don’t know where to start.
"Whether we’re dealing with global issues or sorting out personal ones, the process is exactly the same. We can’t try to solve the whole thing all at once. We’ve got to take it one step at a time. What issue concerns me the most at this moment? What one thing can I do to help?


St Leger's words were brought to light in recent years by Mother Teresa “What you are doing, I may not be able to do ... what I am doing you may not be able to do ... But all of us together are doing 'Something Beautiful For God' (www.lionhudson.com) If we each do what we can right now, together we will be able to accomplish all that needs to be done."


The author of this book, Malcolm Muggerage, was born in 1903, was educated at Selhurst Grammer 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 latter years Malcolm Muggerage became best known as a broadcaster both on television and radio for the BBC. He died at the age of 87 in 1990.


Mother Teresa is an unsurpassed inspiration of simplicity, faith and compassion. As she daily cared for the poor of Calcutta, she challenged the world to greater acts - to the importance of small things done with great love. First published in 1971 'Something Beautiful For God' is an uplifting chronicle of Malcolm Muggerage's discovery of Mother Teresa and the religious order she instituted. It is not, in the ordinary sense, a biography, but arises out of Muggerage's observations and reflections on being with her in Calcutta. It is the classic work that introduced Mother Teresa to the Western world. Now colour illustrated throughout, the book includes, along with Muggerage's reflections, the transcript of his conversations with Mother Teresa and a selection of her own writings and meditations. Her message is forever relivant. As is St Leger's 616? – 678 from way back in the 7th century.
St Leger was raised at the court of King Clotaire II and by his uncle, Bishop Didon of Poitiers. Leger was made archdeacon by Didon, was ordained, and in about 651, became abbot of Maxentius Abbey, where he introduced the Rule of St. Benedict. He served Queen Regent St.Bathildis and helped her govern when Clovis II died in 656, and was named bishop of Autun in 663. He reconciled the differing factions that had torn the See apart, introduced reforms, fortified the town, and was known for his concern for the poor. His feast day is October 2.



Doncaster benefited from the lucrative stagecoach trade in the 16th century. This led to horse breeding in the town, and to the popularity of horse racing. The first known horse races were held there as early as the 17th century.
The St. Leger Stakes is a Group 1 flat horserace, run in Great Britain, open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 132 yards (2,937 metres), and it is scheduled to take place every September. Established in 1776, the St. Leger is the oldest of Britain's five Classics. It is the last of the five to be run each year, and it is raced over a longer distance than any of the previous four. To be run this year on Saturday 11 September 2010 and televised live by the Channel 4 Horseracing Team.


Race Date Distance Course.

2,000 Guineas Stakes
Late April / early May 1 mile Newmarket

1,000 Guineas Stakes
Late April / early May 1 mile Newmarket

Epsom Oaks
Early June 1 mile 4 furlongs 10 yd
Epsom Downs

Epsom Derby
First Saturday in June 1 mile 4 furlongs 10 yd
Epsom Downs

St. Leger Stakes September 1 mile 6 furlongs 132 yd Doncaster


A later St. Leger of historical importance was Gen. Anthony St. Leger. He was born in 1731 probably in Kildare, Ireland. He was one of a group of noblemen and gentlemen who in 1778gathered for a private dinner party in an upper room of the Red Lion Inn which standsin the market square in Doncaster. When they departed, history had been made. A horse race which was to set the pattern for classic racing throughout the world had been christened the St. Leger. The race, a sweepstake for three-year-olds, had been born two years earlier in 1776, at the suggestion of Lt. Col. (later Major-General) Anthony St. Leger and ran for the first time over a two-mile course on Cantley Common in Doncaster. The classic race, The St. Leger has been run at Doncaster ever since. St Leger died on 19 April 1786. He was buried in Saint Anne’s Church Dublin.


END

Labels:

ALL THE NEWS & QUOTES FROM MONDAY’S (06.09.2010) LADBROKES ST LEGER LUNCH



DOZEN CHASING LADBROKES ST LEGER GLORY

The 2010 Ladbrokes St Leger, the 234th running of the world’s oldest Classic, has attracted 12 horses at today’s five-day stage, headed by the clear market leader, Godolphin’s Rewilding.



The Classic, scheduled for 3.20pm on Saturday, September 11, and run over one mile six furlongs and 132 yards, is the highlight of the final day of the four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster.



Simon Crisford, the Godolphin racing manager, talked about Rewilding at today’s Ladbrokes St Leger lunch at the Landmark Hotel in London. The three-year-old colt had an excellent prep race for the Doncaster Classic by winning the Great Voltigeur Stakes in good style by four lengths at York in August.



Crisford said: “Rewilding has done very well since winning at York - Mahmood (Al Zarooni, his trainer) has been extremely happy with Rewilding - he is a very straightforward colt and does not carry a lot of condition.



“He has got a fantastic profile - he was third in the Derby and then he won the Great Voltigeur like a really classy colt.



“To win the Ladbrokes St Leger is all about class in my view. We have been lucky enough to win this Classic with five horses but you have to be good and he has the class.



“I watched Rewilding work on Saturday morning - he did a little breeze on his own because he did not actually need any work. He is very athletic and very fit and does not take any training.



“He is a little bit like a filly in a roundabout way but the great thing about him is that he comes from a fabulous family - he is a half-brother to Dar Re Mi plus a host of other talented middle distance performers.



“A mile and six furlongs is great while he also has enough speed to win over a mile and a quarter - next year we will be campaigning him over shorter distances. He is a very uncomplicated horse.



“He had just arrived from France (before running at Goodwood in May) - people underestimate the difficulty of moving horses around and mid-season is even more difficult.



“He ran extremely well in the Predominate at Goodwood and then he put up a huge run in the Derby - he did not like the track at Epsom and encountered the fastest ground of his life.



“He only got going in the last quarter-mile and that was a big run to finish third - he probably should have been second on a level track but the winner was outstanding.



“At that time, by looking at the horse and thinking of the big picture, it was thought best to give him a holiday and miss Goodwood. So that is what we did as Sheikh Mohammed was very keen to focus all attention on the Ladbrokes St Leger.



“We will see what happens afterwards and whether we consider the Arc - he has got to win on Saturday for that to happen.



“There are some fabulous horses in the Ladbrokes St Leger and he has to be every bit as good as he was at York.”



Corsica, trained by Mark Johnston for Sheikh Mohammed’s son, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum, will act as a pacemaker for Rewilding who is the 13/8 favourite for the Ladbrokes St Leger with the sponsor.



Simon Crisford added: “Corsica will be pacemaking for Rewilding. Obviously, he will be running on his own merits. He is a natural front runner and has every right to be in the race himself, but his primary task will be to set the pace for Rewilding.”



Ed Dunlop, the trainer of dual Oaks winner Snow Fairy, also attended the Ladbrokes St Leger lunch and he said: “Whether she runs depends on the weather actually.



“If it is not too bad, she will definitely run in the Ladbrokes St Leger. She has been a total surprise package.



“We have been lucky enough to place her well and it has been a great story for me, the staff and the owner (Cristina Patino).



“I was going to run her in a Listed race at York at the start of the season and took her out of that because the ground was too firm. I looked at the programme book and found the Lupe Stakes (at Goodwood) and she won that well and then we supplemented her to the Oaks and Irish Oaks.



“My brother and I train one horse each for the owner and my father has about 20. My father gets the choice of the ones she breeds but obviously did not pick Snow Fairy.



“She has won two Oaks and was beaten by a better filly at York (Midday in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks).



“We are looking forward to the race - I’ve never had a runner in the Ladbrokes St Leger before, although the Godolphin horse (Rewilding) is going to be very hard to beat and I know that (Godolphin's racing manager) Mr (Simon) Crisford is pretty bullish.



“I hope Snow Fairy runs well but if she doesn't stay at Doncaster she won’t be bullied into having a hard race - she does not deserve that. She’s still in the Prix Vermeille (on Sunday) and will stay in there and will have one, or maybe two, more runs this year.



“Hopefully, Ryan Moore will be available to ride her but if he is not able to then we will look to either Richard Hughes or Eddie Ahern, although they don’t know that yet.”



Mark Tompkins, trainer of Ted Spread, said: “In the winter I told the boys that owned him that, if he was going to be a nice horse, then the Ladbrokes St Leger was his race.



“He’s a big, tall horse and he was always going to be better at this time of year and even more so next season.



“He won his Derby trial at Chester and then you feel nearly forced to run in the Derby - the course and ground did not suit him. I was then delighted with his run at York last time.



“I’m pleased that rain is forecast but it has still got to actually happen. Any rain will undoubtedly suit him and if we get it then I think we have a chance of being in the frame. Mr (Darryll) Holland will definitely ride and, although I’m not getting excited, I’m hopeful.



“He doesn’t have many similarities to my St Leger winner Bob’s Return, who had a lot more pace and was a smaller horse. This fellow is much bigger but they both like soft ground.”



Sir Michael Stoute, trainer of Total Command, said: “We confirmed him this morning and then will check on the ground on Thursday morning before deciding whether he runs. He wants it good or softer.



“His preparation for the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York went badly and he needed the race. The ground was also probably quick enough for him at York. He had had a skin infection and then a joint infection before York so we just got messed around a bit. But things have gone smoothly since then and we have done what we have wanted with him



“After he finished third behind Mikhail Glinka in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot we thought that he might be a Leger horse because the two miles there was stretching him a bit far. But a mile and six should be ideal for him at Doncaster and his full-sister Quiff got touched off by a short-head in the race (in 2004). Ryan Moore will ride if he runs.”



Aidan O’Brien has left four in the race - Midas Touch, Joshua Tree, Flying Cross and Bright Horizon - and he reported: “The plan is to run Joshua Tree and Midas Touch and Bright Horizon is also a possible. At the moment, Flying Cross is a possible for the Irish St Leger at the Curragh but nothing is set in stone and a lot depends on the weather because we are forecast rain at home and in Doncaster.



“Midas Touch has been a very consistent horse and ran a very good race when second in the Irish Derby and again in the Great Voltigeur Stakes. We still think he’s on the upgrade and gave him a break after the Irish Derby and used York as a prep for the St Leger. He was giving 3lb to Rewilding that day and we were delighted with his run.



“I was happy to get a run in to Joshua Tree at York and he was only just ready to come back then. We’ve taken our time with him and we’re delighted because he’s come on again since the race.



“We’ve given plenty of time to Flying Cross and the race he won at Tipperary came up lovely for him. He won it nicely as well.



“It’s possible Johnny (Murtagh) will be riding at Doncaster but we also have the National Stakes in Ireland that day so nothing is decided on jockeys yet.”



John Gosden is set to be represented by Arctic Cosmos, owned jointly by his wife Rachel Hood and Robin Geffen, and the trainer said: “Looking at my two previous winners of the race then, like Lucarno, he was second in the King Edward VII Stakes, as was Conduit who won last year for Sir Michael Stoute.



“But my other winner, Shantou, ran in the Rewilding race and for me that horse has the best form and sets the gold standard coming into the race.



“We’ve had the Leger in mind for Arctic Cosmos since Royal Ascot and he’s a giant of a horse who we’ve not rushed at all. The end of this year and next year will be important for him.



“The spring was brutal for us this year with a cold north-east wind and no rain and we had a problem with the ground so he ran on the all-weather so as not to come back jarred up. He actually loved it and won at Wolverhampton and Kempton.



“There is nowhere to run a three-year-old like him between Royal Ascot and the Leger other than the Gordon Stakes and Great Voltigeur. We chose the Gordon because I knew they’d watered the track well at Goodwood. He was very uncomfortable coming down the hill but then finished very well. He loved the last furlong but not the previous bit of the race.



“I always buy one yearling on spec and this is the one my wife got landed with and it has worked out well. She very kindly lets me get on with my life and luckily thinks everything I do is great and we have brought in a marvellous partner in Robin Geffen.”



Jeremy Noseda is set to run Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s Theology and he said: “He won’t mind a bit of cut and a stiff test of stamina should suit him. His last few pieces of work have been good and he’s approaching the race in top shape.



“He doesn’t have a lot of similarities with Sixties Icon, who won the race for me when it was staged at York in 2005. That horse went in there with a favourite’s chance, whereas this time we’re an outsider but I think he has a bit of a chance.



“His future’s really in front of him and he should be a Cup horse next year. I’m delighted to have a runner for Highclere, who are the top syndicate in Europe.”



James Given flew in for the lunch from Turkey, where he saddled Indian Days to score yesterday, and he is looking forward to running Dandino at Doncaster on Saturday. He said about the Elite Racing Club’s three-year-old: “It was a great result yesterday and the horses are running very well at the moment.



“Dandino was a very backward horse mentally and took a long time to get the hang of things, but he’s certainly got the hang of it now. As a two-year-old, he suffered from attention-deficit disorder and would get distracted by things like pigeons flying around or a bus on the road.



“I was initially disappointed leaving Goodwood when he was second in the Gordon Stakes but in hindsight he just didn’t come down the hill very well and I think it might have been a different result in a few more strides.



“Whatever ground we get at Doncaster won’t be a problem. When he won at Epsom it was quite quick and if anything at Goodwood it was a little loose on top.



“I’d like to think he could be good enough to win on Saturday. Rewilding is the one to beat, he was very impressive at York but we will be there to give it a fight.”





THE LADBROKES ST LEGER FIVE-DAY CONFIRMATIONS



Class 1, Group 1, £500,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.20pm, Doncaster, Saturday, September 11, 2010. For 3yo only, entire colts and fillies. One mile, six furlongs & 132 yards. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed July 20, entries revealed July 21 (42 entries). Scratchings deadline noon, August 24 (16 remained), five-day confirmation & £45,000 supplementary entry stage Monday, September 6 (12 remain, no supplementary entries), final declaration stage 10am, Thursday, September 9. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, September 5, 2010.



Form Horse Owner Trainer/Probable Jockey

.(4)4-(1)3(1)23 ARCTIC COSMOS (USA) Rachel Hood & Robin Geffen, John Gosden/William Buick



.(2)-5110023(4) BRIGHT HORIZON Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE/



1(1)13415 CORSICA (IRE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston/



02-11112 DANDINO Elite Racing Club James Given/Paul Mulrennan



41-1 FLYING CROSS (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE/



121-3 JOSHUA TREE (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE/



314-1522 MIDAS TOUCH Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/David Smith/Denford Stud Aidan O’Brien IRE/



21-2131 REWILDING Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni/Frankie Dettori



430-1112 SNOW FAIRY (IRE) Anamoine Ltd Ed Dunlop/



013-104 TED SPREAD False Nose 'n Glasses Partnership Mark Tompkins/Darryll Holland



30-4126 THEOLOGY Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Touchstone Jeremy Noseda/



62-4130 TOTAL COMMAND Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute/





12 entries remain at five-day confirmation stage on Monday, September 6

4 Irish-trained



THE FOLLOWING FOUR HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED TODAY:

AWAIT THE DAWN (USA), BUZZWORD, CAPE BLANCO (IRE), VIBRANT FORCE (USA)



LATEST LADBROKES BETTING ON THE LADBROKES ST LEGER AFTER TODAY’S FIVE-DAY CONFIRMATIONS



Rewilding 13/8

Arctic Cosmos 7/1

Dandino 7/1

Midas Touch 7/1

Snow Fairy 7/1

Joshua Tree 8/1

Ted Spread 14/1

Flying Cross 25/1

Theology 25/1

Corsica 33/1

Total Command 33/1

Bright Horizon 200/1



Each-way 1/4 odds 1-2-3





For further information, please contact:

David Williams at Ladbrokes on 07976 180236

or e-mail david.williams@ladbrokes.co.uk



LATEST GOING NEWS AT DONCASTER

David Williams, Doncaster’s Clerk of the Course & Estates Manager, reported this morning: “We are due rain overnight tonight into Tuesday with anything up to between 20 and 30 millimetres, so it’s a pretty significant amount.



“We could see more rain on Friday, with the forecast being for between seven and eight millimetres and I just hope this doesn’t run over into Saturday. The forecast is certainly looking unsettled for the week.



“The ground is currently still good to firm and we have just been keeping it ticking it over for the past three weeks. Up until last Friday, we were not forecast any rain at all - there was a band coming through but not for the amount we are looking at now for this week.



“It’s been a funny old year to be honest. It has been dry and we have pretty much had a drought here, although we had 15 millimetres of rain in two days three weeks ago. Some rain would be welcome, but not in the amount we are forecast.



“In some respects, it is a godsend that we have been so dry with the amount of rain that is forecast.



“On the round course, I have railed out from the bottom of Rose Hill to into the straight to provide some fresh ground for Friday and Saturday.”



QUALITY SATURDAY CARD



Ladbrokes St Leger Day also features two superb Group Two contests including the £160,000 Eddie Stobart Park Stakes (3.55pm) and a total of 18 horses remain on course for the seven-furlong contest at the five-day confirmation stage.



Premio Loco has enjoyed a superb season and the Chris Wall-trained six-year-old may head to Town Moor having scored in the Group Two Summer Mile at Ascot and found only Canford Cliffs and Rip Van Winkle too strong in the Group One Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.



The Jeremy Noseda-trained Arabian Gleam is set to bid for a third victory in the race following his successes in 2007 & 2008, while last year’s winner Duff may bid to plunder another big prize for his Irish handler Eddie Lynam, who sent over Sole Power for a famous 100/1 triumph in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York last month.



Both Cat Junior, from the stable of Brian Meehan, and the Barry Hills-trained Ouqba may also re-oppose Duff having finished second and fourth respectively last season. Both horses have performed admirably in Group company again this term, including when filling the places behind the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Shakespearean in the Group Two Hungerford Stakes at Newbury in August.



High Standing was third behind Regal Parade in last season’s Group One Haydock Sprint Cup for William Haggas and the five-year filled the same position behind the David Nicholls-trained sprinter in the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on his latest start.



Group Two winners Finjaan, representing Marcus Tregoning, and the Clive Cox-trained Balthazaar’s Gift may also bid for further big race glory alongside the Mark Johnston-trained Rainfall and St Moritz and Irish Group Three scorer Air Chief Marshal, from the Ballydoyle yard of Aidan O’Brien.

The 12 five-day confirmations for the £118,700 Group Two Investment Management Champagne Stakes (2.10pm) have been joined by a pair of supplementary entries, who were added to the field for the seven-furlong contest at a cost of £10,000 each. The William Haggas-trained Approve will be bidding for a third Group Two success this term following victories in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Gimcrack Stakes at York, while Saamidd, representing Saeed bin Suroor, was an emphatic seven-length winner on his only start at Newbury on August 13.



Other notable contenders include Waiter’s Dream, who was a ready winner of the Group Three Acomb Stakes at York for Brian Meehan and Ascot Listed winner Toolain, from the stable of Michael Jarvis. A quartet of remaining entries from Aidan O’Brien features Samuel Morse, who was beaten a short-head in the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh in June, and Group One Phoenix Stakes fourth Emperor Hadrian.





THE EDDIE STOBART PARK STAKES

Class 1, Group 2, £160,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.55pm Doncaster, Saturday, September 11, 2010. For three-year-olds and upwards, seven furlongs. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 9st, fillies 8st 11lb; four-year-old and up colts and geldings 9st 4lb, fillies 9st 1lb. Entries closed Tuesday, July 20, entries revealed Thursday, July 22 (53 entries). Scratchings deadline noon, August 24 (32 remained), five-day confirmation stage September 6 (18 remain), final declaration stage, 10.00am, Thursday, September 9. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, September 5, 2010. May not include some overseas form.



Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer

1/3031-60 ARABIAN GLEAM 6-9-04 Saeed Suhail Jeremy Noseda

2105-005 BALTHAZAAR'S GIFT (IRE) 7-9-04 H E Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Clive Cox

5(5)(1)(0)4022 CAT JUNIOR (USA) 5-9-04 Roldvale Limited Brian Meehan

0-425026 DUFF (IRE) 7-9-04 Kilboy Estate Edward Lynam IRE

03/010-000 FINJAAN 4-9-04 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning

5-0110136 HARRISON GEORGE (IRE) 5-9-04 P D Smith Holdings Ltd Richard Fahey

134-1023 HIGH STANDING (USA) 5-9-04 Tony Bloom William Haggas

(3)(4)-0222343 HIMALYA (IRE) 4-9-04 Gillian Khosla Jeremy Noseda

642-2043 OUQBA 4-9-04 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills

100-53204 PALACE MOON 5-9-04 Canisbay Bloodstock William Knight

11-(5)0113 PREMIO LOCO (USA) 6-9-04 Bernard Westley Chris Wall

(1)5-32315 ST MORITZ (IRE) 4-9-04 Renata Jacobs Mark Johnston

010-200 SERIOUS ATTITUDE (IRE) 4-9-01 Derek Willis & Rae Guest Rae Guest

4-040(1)10 AIR CHIEF MARSHAL (IRE) 3-9-00 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE

2-(1)0324 ALDOVRANDI (IRE) 3-9-00 Tenuta Dorna Di Montaltuzzo SRL Marco Botti

116-1651 SHAKESPEAREAN (IRE) 3-9-00 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

242-12141 YAA WAYL (IRE) 3-9-00 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis

12135 RAINFALL (IRE) 3-9-00 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston



18 entries remain at five-day confirmation stage on Monday, September 6

2 Irish-trained



THE FOLLOWING HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: DALGHAR (FR), FRAVASHI (AUS), MABAIT, MAIN AIM, PRIME DEFENDER, SIROCCO BREEZE, SKYSURFERS, VARENAR (FR), ALVERTA (AUS), GOLDEN STREAM (IRE), AWZAAN, BEETHOVEN (IRE), POET'S VOICE, RED JAZZ (USA)



THE NEPTUNE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CHAMPAGNE STAKES

Class 1, Group 2, £118,700 Total Prize Fund. 2.10pm, Doncaster, Saturday, September 11, 2010. For 2yo, colts & geldings, seven furlongs. Weights: 8st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 3lb. Entries closed Tuesday, July 20, entries revealed Thursday, July 22 (82 entries), scratchings deadline noon, August 24 (37 remained), five-day confirmation and £10,000 supplementary entry stage September 6 (12 confirmations, 2 supplementary entries), final declaration stage, 10.00am, Thursday, September 9. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, September 5, 2010. May not include some overseas form.



Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer

3141431 APPROVE (IRE) 3-9-01 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Bahram) William Haggas

0 CASTLEMORRIS KING 2-8-12 C O'Connell Michael Chapman

1510 CASUAL GLIMPSE 2-8-12 Sir Robert Ogden Richard Hannon

02410444 EMPEROR HADRIAN (IRE) 2-8-12 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE

0124 HIGH RULER (USA) 2-8-12 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

(1) KARAM ALBAARI (IRE) 2-8-12 Fhad Al Harthi John Jenkins

614 LAKE ONTARIO (USA) 2-8-12 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE

213135 PREMIER CLARETS (IRE) 2-8-12 The Matthewman Partnership Richard Fahey

1 SAAMIDD 2-8-12 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

1142253 SAMUEL MORSE (IRE) 2-8-12 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

3146 THE LONG GAME 2-8-12 Sangster Families Brian Meehan

U(1)1 TOOLAIN (IRE) 2-8-12 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis

6211 WAITER'S DREAM 2-8-12 R P Foden Brian Meehan

1155 WALTZ DARLING (IRE) 2-8-12 Mike Browne Richard Fahey



12 entries remain at five-day confirmation stage on Monday, September 6 plus 2 supplementary entries

4 Irish-trained



THE FOLLOWING HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: FORMOSINA (IRE), KING TORUS (IRE), BELGIAN BILL, CHILWORTH LAD, FACTUM (USA), FITYAAN, HAPPY TODAY (USA), MANTOBA, MARDEN (IRE), MASTER OF HOUNDS (USA), MEMEN (IRE), OCEAN BAY, PARK AVENUE (IRE), PEARL ARCH (IRE), PETER MARTINS (USA), RODERIC O'CONNOR (IRE), ROMAN EAGLE (IRE), RUDOLF VALENTINO, SATIN LOVE (USA), SISINDU (IRE), STENTORIAN (IRE), THE BELLS O PEOVER, TITUS MILLS (IRE), ZAIDAN (USA), ZAIN SHAMARDAL (IRE)



For more information, please contact:



Kate Hills

Director of Public Relations and Communications, Arena Leisure Racing



Tel: 01342 834800

Fax: 01342 835874

Mobile: 07813 947201



Email: kate.hills@arenaleisureplc.com



END

Labels:

Monday, September 06, 2010

DONCASTER CUP HOPEFUL ELECTROLYSER HEADS STRONG COX TEAM FOR LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 8th TO 11th 2010




STRONG COX TEAM HEADS FOR LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL DONCASTER CUP HOPEFUL ELECTROLYSER.



Day three of the 2010 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Friday, September 10, features the £100,000 Group Two Doncaster Cup (2.40pm), run over two and a quarter miles and the oldest race run under the Rules of Racing.



Featuring among the 14 entries for this historic contest, first staged in 1766, is the Clive Cox-trained Electrolyser. The lightly-raced five-year-old, a grey son of Daylami, has made the progression from handicapper to Pattern race performer this season, performing admirably on his three starts of the current campaign. After a third behind Illustrious Blue in the Group Three Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in April, Electrolyser went on to run that rival to a length and a quarter in the Group Two Goodwood Cup in July and on his latest appearance didn’t enjoy the clearest of runs when fourth in the Group Two Lonsdale Cup at York in August.



Cox reported: “Electrolyser is very much on course for the Doncaster Cup. He has come out the York race very well and we have been thrilled with his performances so far this year. Hopefully, it won’t be long before he takes one of these big staying races.



“He improved on his form with Illustrious Blue, who beat him at Goodwood, in the Lonsdale and I would be hopeful that he is still on an upward curve.



“The only time that he has previously raced over two and a quarter miles was in last year’s Cesarewitch but that was a non-event. He got very badly hampered coming round the bend at Newmarket and was very lucky not to fall, which was the end of the race for him.



“He has been running really well over two miles so far this season and I am hopeful he will get the trip.”



The Lambourn handler is also planning to be represented on the final day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Saturday, September 11 by stable stalwart Balthazaar’s Gift in the £160,000 Eddie Stobart Park Stakes while Polly’s Mark is an intended starter in Thursday’s Group Two £100,000 DFS Park Hill Stakes.



The Lambourn handler continued: “We are also hoping to send up Balthazaar’s Gift for the Eddie Stobart Park Stakes. He missed the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury after the ground came up too easy at Newbury, but the weather forecast looks promising for Doncaster.





“He didn’t get the best of luck in running in this year’s Betfair Cup (when finishing fifth) but that’s the rub of the green. He is still a high-class performer and, given his best conditions, we are very much looking forward to seeing how he gets on next week.



“Polly’s Mark will be going for the DFS Park Hill Stakes. The ground was very, very soft on her latest start at Deauville and it turned into a bit of a sprint, which didn’t suit her.



“Her second in the Lancashire Oaks would very much put her on the premises and she goes to Doncaster in very good nick.”



Other entries for the Doncaster Cup include last year’s winner Askar Tau plus Opinion Poll and Samuel, who were first and second respectively in the Lonsdale Cup at York, and the progressive Motrice. A potential Irish challenge of five features recent Galway Listed scorer Rajik and Dirar, who gave Grand National-winning trainer Gordon Elliott the biggest Flat success of his career when taking the prestigious Ebor handicap at York last month.



Friday, September 10, also feature high-class two-year-old action with the £80,000 Group Two Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes getting the afternoon underway at 1.35pm. Featuring among the 17 entries for the five-furlong contest are Group Three Molecomb Stakes winner Zebedee, Group Two Queen Mary Stakes runner-up Meow and Dinkum Diamond, who acquitted himself well against the best sprinters in Europe when staying on to take seventh in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York’s Ebor meeting.



Juvenile fillies get their chance to shine in the £80,000 Group Two Keepmoat ‘Delivering Community Regeneration’ May Hill Stakes (3.15pm), a race won in recent years by subsequent high-class performers Spacious and Rainbow View. Among the 12 possible starters in this contest is White Moonstone, who posted a decisive victory on her latest start in a Newmarket Group Three, and impressive Curragh maiden winner Spin.



Also taking place on Friday’s seven-race programme is one of the season’s most competitive handicaps, the £60,000 Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap (2.05pm), which is run over the St Leger distance of one mile, six furlongs and 192 yards and has attracted 35 entries.



GROUND

The going at Doncaster remains Good to Firm.



For more information, please contact:


Kate Hills

Director of Public Relations and Communications, Arena Leisure Racing


Tel: 01342 834800

Fax: 01342 835874

Mobile: 07813 947201


Email: kate.hills@arenaleisureplc.com




END

Labels: , ,