Friday, November 19, 2010




Neil Mulholland saddled I’moncloudnine to a handicap chase victory at Aintree on day two of the 2009 Northwest Masters and 12 months on the ascendant trainer is optimistic of his charge’s chances in Sunday’s feature race itself, the £100,000 Listed Becher Chase (1.45pm) over three and a quarter miles of the world famous Grand National course.

Aintree’s excellent seven-race card on Sunday, November 21, is the second and final day of the Northwest Masters that commences at Haydock Park on Saturday, November 20, when the feature event is the £200,000 Grade One Betfair Chase.

Fresh from a notable success with stable star Midnight Chase at Cheltenham last week, Mulholland is hopeful that I’moncloudnine can build on his only previous Aintree effort that saw him take the toteswineger Flexibetting Handicap Chase over the Mildmay course by a comfortable 17 lengths.

The Becher Chase requires a step up on I’moncloudnine’s recent promising fourth behind Meanus Dandy in the Listed Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton on November 6, but Mulholland believes that the Grand National course’s unique test will be right up the seven-year-old’s street.

The Devon-based trainer revealed today: “We schooled I’moncloudnine over Grand National-style fences at home and he jumps them very well - we would be hoping he can make into a Grand National horse in time. His jumping is an asset and he does stay very well, so off a nice weight, 10st 8lb, we will be hoping that he can stay galloping and be competitive at the end.

“He won by 17 lengths on the Mildmay course last year and this track will suit him. He‘s in great order, he’s a bit stronger than he was last year and hopefully he is going to improve a bit.

“It was a pretty competitive race at Wincanton last time and he just found that everything happened a bit quicker than he liked. The track there was a bit quicker than he will find on Sunday. His jumping kept him in it but he was flat-out the whole way and just kept on galloping. With the bigger fences over three and a quarter miles, the hope is that he can make a good show for himself.

“He is what he is, he ran well twice this season already and is in good order. He’s a nice horse and I’m not saying he will be going for the Grand National this season - we will see how he gets on on Sunday - but for these kind of races he does have a nice weight. Instead of trying him in the smaller races, we will try to get him to run well in big ones and hopefully he might win one some time.”

A high-class field of 17 has been declared for the Becher Chase, headed by the Jim Dreaper-trained Notre Pere, successful in the 2008 Coral Welsh National and 2009 Grade One Punchestown Gold Cup.

Also among the runners are the two most recent Scottish Grand National victors, Merigo (2010) and Hello Bud (2009), while Irish Raptor is already a winner over the course, having landed the 2009 John Smith’s Topham Trophy.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls is set to run Gullible Gordon and Meanus Dandy, while others of note include Maljimar, Whatuthink, One Cool Cookie and the 2009 Becher Chase third Royal Rosa.

Latest Becher Chase odds from the sponsor: Gullible Gordon 7/1, Meanus Dandy 7/1, Maljimar 8/1, Merigo 8/1, Notre Pere 9/1, Hello Bud 10/1, I’moncloudnine 10/1, Royal Rosa 12/1, Whatuthink 12/1, Irish Raptor 14/1, Ballyvesey 16/1, Newman Des Plages 16/1, Pak Jack 16/1, Midnight Gold 20/1, Minster Shadow 20/1, One Cool Cookie 20/1, Au Courant 40/1

Aintree on Sunday is the only time that racegoers can enjoy two races over the Grand National course on the same day. The other event over the famous spruce fences is the £60,000 totesuper7 Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (12.35pm).

A total of 16 horses are declared for the extended two-mile, five-furlong contest, including the Peter Bowen-trained Always Waining, triumphant in the John Smith’s Topham Trophy over the course and distance in April.

Trainer Jim Goldie saddled Lampion Du Bost (2007) and Endless Power (2008) to win the totesuper7 Grand Sefton and the first named takes his chance again alongside stable mates Stormin Exit and last year’s third Craiglands.

Other contenders of note include Moon Over Miami, Magic Sky, Private Be, and Battlefront.

Sunday’s racing kicks off with the £8,000 toteplacepot Maiden Hurdle (12.05pm) over an extended two miles and also includes the two and a half-mile £20,000 Live Football Betting at Handicap Hurdle (1.10pm).

The popular fixture also incorporates the £12,000 toteswinger Flexibetting Handicap Chase (2.20pm) over three miles and a furlong, and continues with the £8,000 toteexacta Flexi Betting Handicap Hurdle (2.55pm) over two and a half miles, before concluding with the £3,000 totepool A Better Way To Bet Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (3.30pm) over two miles and a furlong.

There will be a festive theme to proceedings with Santa Claus and his real-life reindeer on hand to meet children aged under 17, who gain FREE ENTRY to the course if accompanied by an adult. There will be plenty of Christmas shopping opportunities at the course and live Christmas music to provide winter cheer and get racegoers in the Christmas mood. General admission is from £19.

Three races will be shown live on the BBC. Clare Balding will anchor the show and will be joined by Rishi Persad, Grand National-winning jockey Mick Fitzgerald and star commentator Jim McGrath. Three races will be broadcast: totesuper7 Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (12.35pm), the Bet On Live Football At Handicap Hurdle (1.10pm) and the Becher Chase (1.45pm).

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander heads a fantastic seven-strong field for Saturday’s Haydock Park feature, the Betfair Chase, with his rivals consisting of What A Friend, Nacarat, Tidal Bay, Planet Of Sound, Chief Dan George and Atouchbetweenacara.

The going at Aintree is currently:
Mildmay & Hurdle Course - Soft, Good to Soft in places
Grand National Course - Soft, Heavy in places (Canal Turn area)

Andrew Tulloch, Aintree's Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing, commented: "The forecast is for generally dry conditions today and over the weekend with the chance of the odd shower, so we should see some drying out of the course.

"We are delighted with the declarations for the two races over the Grand National fences. With 16 declared runners in totesuper7 Grand Sefton Chase and 17 runners set to go to post in the Becher Chase, we have two cracking contests to look forward to."

For further information, please contact Emma Owen, Aintree’s Marketing & PR Manager, on 0151 522 2906 or e-mail

Wednesday, November 17, 2010



Goldikova’s joint owner-breeder Gerard Wertheimer last night told guests at the 20th Cartier Racing Awards that he hoped the record-breaking mare could return in 12 months’ time to land another accolade at the glittering event.

The five-year-old was named 2010 Cartier Horse Of The Year and also took the Cartier Older Horse Award at the ceremony in the ballroom of London’s Dorchester Hotel attended by an invited audience of 350, including some of the biggest names in racing plus some owners better-known outside the sport such as Liz Hurley, Lord Lloyd-Webber and actor Nat Parker.

Goldikova, owned and bred by Wertheimer and his brother Alain, also won the Cartier Older Horse Award last year (she is the first horse to win this Cartier award twice) and she stays in training with Freddy Head in 2011, a year that marks a significant anniversary for her connections.

“In 2011, we celebrate 100 years of my family’s stud, which was created by my grandfather Pierre in 1911. We are immensely proud that we have been able to maintain this passion for breeding and racing for three generations.

“Some great champions have emerged. The principal winners in Great Britain have been Lavandin, winner of the Derby in 1956, Green Dancer, Gold Splash and Pas De Reponse.

“Of course I can’t forget my grandfather’s first great horse Epinard, who won the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood in 1923 and is surely giving a nod and a wink to Goldikova, who is seven generations on from him.

“Last but not least, I would like to thank Cartier and their Executive Chairman, Mr Arnaud Bamberger, for the promotion of the Cartier Racing Awards which are always such a big incentive in the racing world. On behalf of Goldikova and the whole team, thank you for this wonderful award. I hope to see you all again in 2011!”

Newly-crowned champion trainer Richard Hannon was the recipient of the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit and, although he could not make the awards’ dinner having recently undergone heart bypass surgery, his son Richard junior and wife Jo were on hand to collect the Award.

A film was shown paying tribute to Hannon and among those to pass on their congratulations was his best-known owner, Her Majesty The Queen, via her bloodstock advisor John Warren.

“When I told the Queen that you had received the Cartier Award of Merit, she was absolutely delighted and asked me to send you many, many congratulations,” Warren told Hannon. "She once said to me that you brighten up her day and I'm sure that applies to everyone you train for."

An emotional Hannon junior added: “My family are all extremely proud of dad. On a bright note, it has to be his health. He is in great form and is recovering well from his operation. You all know he wouldn’t miss this for the world. Everything reported on the film, is exactly the man he is.

“He’s given me one quote to give to you - tell Harry (Herbert) that the doctor tells me that after this operation I’ll be 20 years younger, recover and come back as good as gold. In the New Year, you’ll see me racing and you’ll be referring to me as (Richard) junior!”

Others collecting awards included Prince Khalid Abdulla’s racing manager Lord Grimthorpe, who picked up Frankel’s prize for Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and Workforce’s trophy for Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt.

The Henry Cecil-trained Frankel is named after Bobby Frankel, who died a year ago after training many of Abdulla’s best American performers and Grimthorpe commented: “It’s a really special award for what we hope will become a really special horse. It’s no coincidence that Prince Khalid’s absolutely prized two-year-old was sent to an outstanding practitioner and named in honour of another outstanding practitioner. We are lucky to have him.”

J P Magnier, whose mother Sue jointly owns Misty For Me and Starspangledbanner, and Paul Smith, whose father Derrick is also involved in both horses, jointly collected the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly Award and the Cartier Sprinter Award.

Owner-breeder the Duquesa de Durcal y Borbon received the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Award for Snow Fairy, while owner Dr Ronan Lambe travelled from Ireland to pick up the Cartier Stayer Award for Rite Of Passage.

The evening was compered as usual by Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, with the awards presented by Arnaud Bamberger, the Executive Chairman of Cartier UK

Herbert, in introducing the awards, said: “I know I speak on behalf of everybody in this room when I say how much Cartier's sponsorship means to our industry - 20 years is a very long time for a company to support any sport and there will be few within racing who have done so for so long and especially at this unbelievably significant level.

"You have created something Arnaud that really is the envy of other racing nations and we hope your generosity will continue for many years to come.”

Bamberger commented: “I am so very happy and proud as we celebrate the 20th presentation of these most prestigious awards.

“I simply cannot believe it was 20 years ago that the late Wing Commander Tim Vigors came and talked to Pilar Boxford who helped set up so many wonderful things for Cartier.

“He had the idea of creating an award that everyone in racing would aspire to win. It goes without saying therefore that all of us here are enormously grateful to Tim. I am sorry that Diana, his wife, was not able to come tonight because she was sick.

“The past 20 years, I have met so many new friends from within the world of racing and I have learnt to appreciate what an intoxicating and thrilling sport it is.

“Not only have we honoured over 150 champions within the various divisions but also through the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit, we have honoured 20 very special people who during their lives have made such a remarkable contribution to racing.

“For me personally, one of the greatest highlights was in the year 2000 when I presented Her Majesty The Queen with a special millennium award in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

“I would like to say a big thank you to The Daily Telegraph and especially to a man who is here tonight, Jeremy Deedes, who was then the managing director.

“My thanks also go to the Racing Post and all of their team whose help over the years has given our awards the profile that they so richly deserve within the industry itself.

“Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Harry for all you have done to help us since you started - you have guided us so well and your enthusiasm has been truly infectious especially during these recent difficult economic years. You have also provided so much humour to our evenings despite your extremely poor impersonation of me.

“All of you here tonight are involved with the sport which is truly magical, a sport that has glamour and excitement - in short everything that is Cartier.

“Thank you so much for coming tonight and here is to the next 20 years.

Herbert and Bamberger gave each other surprise awards.

The full speeches of the 2010 Cartier Racing Awards winners are below.

Copyright free images of the winners can be supplied by Racenews - please email or ring Mark Popham on 07980 691256

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)
Copyright images of the winners can be supplied by Racenews - please email

Cartier Horse Of The Year & Cartier Champion Older Horse
GOLDIKOVA (IRE)5 b m Anabaa (USA) - Born Gold (USA) (Blushing Groom (FR)
2010 form: 111211 Owner/Breeders: Wertheimer et Frere Trainer: Freddy Head FR

Gerard Wertheimer: “My lords, ladies and gentleman, last year you had a very quick speech from me but this time I’m prepared and it might be a bit longer!

“When I was here a year ago receiving the award for the best older horse we had not made our decision whether we would keep Goldikova in training in 2010. To find myself in front of you all again tonight is very comforting since it means that the decision we made to keep Goldikova in training was the right one.

“Everything has already been said about Goldikova being a great champion but three events during this year remain firmly in my mind.

“Firstly, her victory at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes. We are very proud to have a succeeded in winning this Group One race at the marvellous and celebrated Royal Meeting against two of the best horses, Paco Boy and Rip Van Winkle.

“The second event is to have beaten by one the record of Dahlia in winning 11 Group One races and to have surpassed Miesque’s 10 Group Ones, two great horses who have left their mark, was amazing.

“Thirdly, to have made history by winning her third Breeders’ Cup. Goldikova is now internationally famous and has won the hearts of the public on the great racetracks of the world.

“The applause for Goldikova tonight was most wonderful.

“It is also the best award possible for her whole team from the start - Freddy Head and his whole family and Olivier Peslier, the most remarkable jockey.

“In 2011, we celebrate 100 years of my family’s stud, which was created by my grandfather Pierre in 1911. We are immensely proud that we have been able to maintain this passion for breeding and racing for three generations.

“Some great champions have emerged. The principal winners in Great Britain have been Lavandin, winner of the Derby in 1956, Green Dancer, Gold Splash and Pas De Reponse.

“Of course, I can’t forget my grandfather’s first great horse Epinard, who won the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood in 1923 and is surely giving a nod and a wink to Goldikova, who is seven generations on from him.

“Last but not least, I would like to than Cartier and their Executive Chairman, Mr Arnaud Bamberger, for the promotion of the Cartier Racing Awards which are always such a big incentive in the racing world. On behalf of Goldikova and the whole team, thank you for this wonderful award. I hope to see you all again in 2011!”

Freddy Head: “On my behalf and on Goldikova’s behalf, I want to thank all the team at Chantilly, Olivier (Peslier), Gerard and Alain Wertheimer for sending me that great mare and keeping her in training. I thank you all.”

Cartier Champion Two-Year-Old Colt
2 b c Galileo (IRE) - Kind (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
2010 form: 1111 Owner: Khalid Abdulla

Trainer: Henry Cecil Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd
Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Frankel’s owner Khalid Abdulla, said: “Thank you to Cartier and we really need you. Prince Khalid will be absolutely delighted to get this award; it’s a really special award for what we hope will become a really special horse. It’s no coincidence that Prince Khalid’s absolutely prized two-year-old was sent to an outstanding practitioner and named in honour of another outstanding practitioner. We are lucky to have him.”

Cartier Champion Two-Year-Old Filly
2 b f Galileo (IRE) - Butterfly Cove (USA) (Storm Cat (USA))
2010 form: 01211 Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Breeder: March Thoroughbreds

J P Magnier, son of part-owner, Sue Magnier, said : “My lords, ladies and gentleman, I’m delighted to accept this award of behalf of Doreen and Michael Tabor, Gay and Derrick Smith and my parents. Misty For Me is obviously an exceptional filly and played a role in Galileo’s phenomenal year. Most importantly we must thank the team at Ballydoyle and Aidan, who managed to keep her fresh to the very end and she did us proud.

“And of course to the three lads who rode her - Colm (O’Donoghue), Seamie (Heffernan) and Johnny (Murtagh), who did a great job as always. Finally I’d just like to thank Cartier, The Daily Telegraph and Racing Post for another fantastic evening.”

Cartier Champion Three-Year-Old Colt
3 b c King´s Best (USA) - Soviet Moon (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
2010 form: 2151 Owner: Khalid Abdulla

Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd
Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Frankel’s owner Khalid Abdulla, said: “I think Prince Khalid is one up on Prince William with two acceptances tonight! Again I have to say thank you to Arnaud and Cartier, their support of the racing industry is spectacular. We know it can go elsewhere so we are incredibly grateful.

“I think if you come into racing you probably dream of winning two races and Workforce managed to do that through the wonderful skill of Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore and we’re very lucky.”

Cartier Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
3 b f Intikhab (USA) - Woodland Dream ((IRE) (Charnwood Forest (IRE))
2010 form: 111241 Owner: Anamoine Limited

Trainer: Ed Dunlop Breeder: Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc.

Owner/Breeder the Duquesa de Durcal y Borbon said: “I’d like to first of all thank Mr (Arnaud) Bamberger, Cartier, the Racing Post and the Telegraph, which I read every day. I would like to thank several people, first and foremost La Grange Stables and all their supporting staff and of course Ed, who has done the most marvellous job with Snow Fairy. Ryan Moore is not here tonight but I would like to thank him very much for the three fantastic and magical rides he gave Snow Fairy. A very special thanks to Castle Stables (in Arundel) for all their support and especially to (Ed Dunlop’s parents) John and Sue for all their support at times when I was very nervous and I want to thank them very much.”

Cartier Champion Stayer

6 ch g Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Dahlia’s Krissy (USA) (Kris S (USA))
2010 form: 1 Owner: Dr Ronan Lambe

Trainer: Dermot Weld IRE Breeder: Newsells Park Stud
Dr Ronan Lambe, the owner of Rite Of Passage, said: “I’d like to thank Cartier for this award, which was particularly special for me because it was my first Group One winner on the Flat. What a race too, in which to achieve your first Group One success. Having seen the race again, I’d like to commiserate with Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore team for the premature retirement of Age Of Aquarius - we had been looking forward to some stirring battles over the next couple of years. I’d like to say a special word of thanks to my trainer Dermot Weld. Dermot’s exploits on the international stage are very well known to all of us but to take a horse that was beaten in a Cheltenham bumper and beaten in a Cheltenham novice hurdle and train him to win one of the most historic and prestigious Flat races in the world was an outstanding achievement so thank you very much Dermot.”

Cartier Champion Sprinter
4 ch c Choisir (AUS) - Gold Anthem (AUS) (Made Of Gold (USA))
2010 form: 413511

Owner: Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michelle Massey

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Breeder: Emily Krstina
Paul Smith, son of part owner Derrick Smith, said “A horse like Starspangledbanner likes to keep his races very brief and I think I’ll do the same with my speech. His success is due to a number of people. I’d like to thank Tom Magnier, Michael Kirwan and all the team at Coolmore Australia, the team at Ballydoyle, to Colm, Seamie, the inspired training of Aidan O’Brien and to the man on board. He rode the horse’s sire Choisir to a famous sprint double at the 2003 Royal Meeting, the brilliant Johnny Murtagh. On behalf of all the owners, I’d like to thank Cartier for hosting a fabulous evening and showcasing an industry that really does mean so much to all of us.”

Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit 2010

Richard Hannon junior commented: “I’d like to thank Cartier and The Daily Telegraph for giving this award to my father this evening. It’s very fitting that Mum is here this evening because in many ways I think she is a better trainer than my dad. It’s not possible without all the backroom staff and our owners over the years.

“We’ve had the most fabulous year and it’s been amazing to have all the good horses in one year - Canford Cliffs, Paco Boy and Dick Turpin. It is not just this year but for 30 or 40 years of my father’s career that he’s been so lucky to have so many friends and owners.

“My family are all extremely proud of dad. On a bright note, it has to be his health. He is in great form and is recovering well from his operation. You all know he wouldn’t miss this for the world. Everything reported on the film, is exactly the man he is.

“He’s given me one quote to give to you - tell Harry (Herbert) that the doctor tells me that after this operation I’ll be 20 years younger, recover and come back as good as gold. In the New Year, you’ll see me racing and you’ll be referring to me as (Richard) junior!”



Tuesday, November 16, 2010



Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) will launch its new ‘Racing to Riding’ DVD on Friday 12th November at the ‘How to retrain an ex-racehorse’ evening clinic at Gleneagles with World Class Performance Manager Yogi Breisner.

Di Arbuthnot, RoR director of operations, said: “If you are thinking of owning an ex-racehorse, or already have one, this DVD is an excellent educational tool to help you. In the DVD Yogi Breisner is joined by European Eventing Gold Medalist Tina Cook as they work with a number of ex-racehorses on the flat and over small jumps. This includes Yogi lungeing an ex-racehorse and giving a jump clinic to three riders with their ex-racehorses, as well as Tina schooling a filly recently out of racing.”

For a preview and details on how to purchase the DVD visit

The RoR ‘Racing to Riding’ DVD will cost £16.99. Alternatively, those attending the RoR clinics with Yogi Breisner held nationwide over the next few weeks will receive a free DVD.

Ex-racehorse enthusiasts are invited to come and watch Yogi training ex-racehorses at all levels at these venues:

12th November at the Scottish Equestrian Centre, Gleneagles, Perthshire (7.00pm to 9.00pm)

18th November at the Unicorn Centre, Gloucestershire (7.00pm to 9.00pm)

23rd November at the Oldencraig Equestrian Centre, Surrey (6.30pm to 8.30pm)

YOGI BREISNER  was appointed World Class Performance Manager and Chef d'Equipe to the British Eventing team in 2000. He has since led many medal winning teams including the recent Gold Medal winning team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Yogi is also much in demand in National Hunt racing, training both jockeys and horses to jump.

The cost to attend the RoR clinic will be £15. Those wishing to attend should email their name and clinic location to , payment is required on the day.

RoR is also launching two more DVDs for specific equine disciplines at £16.99 each: ‘Racing to Showing’ with top show rider and producer Lynn Russell, and ‘Racing to Polo’ with leading polo pony trainer David Morley and England International Tom Morley.

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing.

Yogi Breisner

For further information contact: Di Arbuthnot, RoR
T: 01488 648998
M: 07836 293191


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Live coverage of the Breeders’ Cup and the thrilling end to the Jockeys Championship title race helped At The Races to record its highest ever daily audience reach, it was announced today.

According to latest BARB figures, 565,487 viewers tuned into At The Races on Saturday 6th November to watch live coverage from Churchill Downs, Doncaster’s November Handicap meeting and action from Down Royal where Kauto Star’s return was the feature of Champion Chase Day.

Jason Weaver, Matt Chapman and John McCririck led an exclusive, live presentation of the 27th Breeders’ Cup event from Churchill Downs while Steve Millar hosted a London studio set. The dramatic final days of the Flat season and the epic duel between Paul Hanagan and Richard Hughes for the Jockeys Championship title proved equally compelling for ATR viewers. A quarter hour audience of 184,563 was recorded by BARB on Saturday afternoon while 144,139 was the figure registered on Friday at 7pm during coverage of Wolverhampton’s evening meeting. recorded just under 7 million page views on Saturday 6th November, a figure the site has surpassed only during this year’s Cheltenham Festival. The Churchill Downs showpiece helped reach a total of 983,000 unique users for the 31 days Oct 7th – Nov 6th 2010.

Matthew Imi, Chief Executive, At The Races said:
“The Breeders’ Cup and Churchill Downs are to be congratulated for putting on another spectacular event, one that continues to be enjoyed by ATR viewers and online users. Our exclusive coverage this year has again helped us set new audience records. In basic terms we now regularly reach 2 million TV viewers and 1 million web users a month – that has to be good news for racing.”

For more information please contact:
Matthew Imi
Chief Executive, At The Races
Tel: 020 7420 3203

James Singer
Marketing Director, At The Races
Tel: 020 7420 3218
Notes to Editors
At The Races

At The Races is the UK and Ireland’s most watched dedicated horseracing channel. It launched on June 11th 2004.

It is a joint venture between BSkyB, Arena Leisure plc, Ascot Racecourse, Northern Racing and Plumpton, Ripon and Newton Abbot Racecourses. It has media rights arrangements with 30 UK racecourses and all 26 Irish racecourses.

Broadcasting 24 hours a day in basic subscription packages, At The Races is currently available to over 13 million multi-channel homes across the UK and Ireland through Sky, Virgin Media and UPC.

Up to 2 million individuals tune into the channel every month (BARB). now attracts over 900,000 monthly unique users (Adobe Hitbox). The site serves over 2 million video streams each month with instant race replays available free of charge.

At The Races won ‘Best Sports Service’ at the prestigious Broadcast Digital Channel Awards in both 2008 and 2009.

At The Races won ‘Best Broadcaster’ at the inaugural Irish Independent Sport Betting Awards in Ireland in 2009.

Outside the UK and Ireland At The Races distributes its content into over 20 countries by means of GBI Racing, its joint venture operation with Racecourse Media Group.

At The Races broadcasts racing from over 1,200 UK and Irish meetings, holding the rights to broadcast nearly 60% of all UK and 100% of Irish fixtures. It also broadcasts high quality racing from the USA, France, Italy, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Dubai and Germany.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Paddy Power has opened a market on the Thomas Pink Leading Rider Award at The Open.

Heading the market at 5/2 for the coveted prize, which is awarded to the jockey who rides the most winners over the three days of The Open (Friday, November 12 to Sunday, November 14), are Richard Johnson and Noel Fehily. With Ruby Walsh on the sidelines, Fehily looks set to gain a number of lucrative spare rides from the powerful Paul Nicholls stable during The Open.

Top Jockey at Cheltenham this weekend (Paddy Power bets):

5/2 Richard Johnson, Noel Fehily, 5/1 Barry Geraghty, 6/1 AP McCoy, 14/1 Paddy Brennan, Joe Tizzard, Jason Maguire, 20/1 Timmy Murphy, 25/1 Tom Scudamore, 33/1 Wayne Hutchinson, Graham Lee, Nina Carberry, Paul Moloney, Sam Twiston-Davies, 50/1 Sam Waley-Cohen, Sam Thomas, Tom O’Brien, Daryl Jacob, 66/1 Will Kennedy

Paddy Power himself said: “Ruby Walsh’s misfortune has been Noel Fehily’s gain and champion trainer Paul Nicholls has provided him with some wonderful rides at Cheltenham this weekend.

“Noel’s rides are likely to include Tchico Polos, who looks to have a lively chance in the Paddy Power Gold Cup as well as Sanctuaire, who obviously has a favourite’s chance in the Greatwood Hurdle the following day.”

In the event of a tie, the number of placed mounts will be taken into consideration.

Thomas Pink, the leading shirtmaker, also extends its support to the Leading Trainer Award at The Open as well as the awards for both leading jockey and leading trainer at The Festival in March.

The previous top jockeys at The Open over the last five years are:
2009 - Paddy Brennan & Ruby Walsh (2 winners)
2008 - Paddy Brennan (2 winners)
2007 - Paddy Brennan (2 winners)
2006 - Ruby Walsh (6 winners)
2005 - Timmy Murphy (4 winners)

Leading Jockeys at The Open since 1990
Tony McCoy - 39
Timmy Murphy - 19
Ruby Walsh - 16
Richard Johnson - 11
Mr J T McNamara - 7
Paddy Brennan - 6
Joe Tizzard - 6
Robert Thornton - 6
Barry Geraghty - 5
Noel Fehily - 4
Paul Carberry - 3
Brian Harding - 3
Philip Hide - 3
Graham Lee - 3
Jimmy McCarthy - 3
Tom Scudamore - 3
Sam Thomas - 3

For further information please contact Andy Clifton, Communications Manager at Cheltenham Racecourse, on 07876 330090, or visit the website at





First race - 1.15pm Friday, 12.45pm Saturday, 1.10pm Sunday

Tickets available from or by calling 08445 793 003.

Forpadydeplasterer heads to Cheltenham for an exciting renewal of the £50,000 Sinbad Testimonial 2010/2011 Chase (1.45pm), which brings together a select bunch of crack two-milers on Sunday, November 14.

The Tom Cooper-trained top-class chaser makes his seasonal return in the two-mile contest, having finished runner-up in each of his five starts last season, including when six lengths behind Big Zeb in the Grade One Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase over the course and distance at The Festival in March.

Forpadydeplasterer boasts top-class winning form over two miles at Cheltenham too, with a battling triumph over Kalahari King in the Grade One The Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase at The Festival in 2009, the highlight of his career to date.

Cooper revealed this morning: “Forpadydeplasterer is going to Cheltenham on Sunday. He had a good summer off, all has gone well with him since he came back and I am very happy with him.

“This is a nice race to start him off in. He goes there without a penalty and he has always run well at Cheltenham. Good to soft ground will be fine for him.

“The plan this year is to step him up to three miles, so after this we will go to Kempton with him for the King George at Christmas.”

The lucrative contest could also feature the Paul Nicholls-trained dual (2008 & 2009) Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase victor Master Minded, who was third to Well Chief in last season’s Sinbad Testimonial 2010/2011 Chase and must concede 10lb to Forpadydeplasterer.

Nicholls could also saddle Tataniano, who proved himself a top-class novice with a Grade Two victory in The Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase over the course and distance at The Open last year, before going on to clinch a Grade One triumph at Aintree in April.

Also among the 14 entries are Nicky Henderson’s high-class charge Petit Robin and the smart performers Consigliere, Chaninbar, Mahogany Blaze, Oiseau De Nuit, Oh Crick, I’msingingtheblues and Moon Over Miami.

Nick Williams could run Gauvain, who was last seen in public winning an extended two-mile novice chase by six lengths from Chapoturgeon at Cheltenham in April, 2009, for his former trainer Charlie Mann.

The £100,000 Grade Three Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2.20pm) headlines Sunday’s thrilling six-race card, while other highlights include the £30,000 Grade Two The Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (1.10pm) and the £25,000 Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (3.30pm).

The Open commences on Friday, November 12, with six enthralling races, including the £25,000 Grade Two Cheltenham Collection Novices’ Hurdle (1.50pm), the £40,000 Handicap Chase (2.25pm), and the £25,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechase (3pm) over Cheltenham’s unique cross country course.

Saturday’s excellent six-race card features the £150,000 Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.35pm) and also includes the £25,000 Grade Two JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (12.50pm) and the £50,000 Grade Three Morson Group Handicap Chase (1.50pm) over an extended three miles and three furlongs.

For further information please contact Andy Clifton, Communications Manager at Cheltenham Racecourse, on 07876 330090, or visit the website at





Champion trainer Paul Nicholls will bid to enhance his superb record in the £200,000 Grade One Betfair Chase (3.25pm) with leading chaser What A Friend on course to contest the prestigious three-mile chase at Haydock Park on Saturday, November 20.

The Ditcheat handler has dominated the Betfair Chase since its inception courtesy of 14-time Grade One winner Kauto Star, who took the spoils in 2006, 2007 and beat subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup victor Imperial Commander in a scintillating climax to last year’s race.

What A Friend himself posted a pair of Grade One victories last season, having scored in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown in December and ended his campaign with a comfortable success in the totesport Bowl at Aintree’s Grand National meeting, when he took on the likes of Nacarat and Imperial Commander.

The seven-year-old is part-owned Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and there is an outside chance he could be joined in the Betfair Chase by stable-companion Noland, who has not raced since taking the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase in December, 2008.

Nicholls revealed today: “What A Friend is likely to be our only runner in the Betfair Chase. He had a breathing operation over the summer and he looks in good form at the moment.

“After Haydock, his main objective of the season will be the Cheltenham Gold Cup. We didn’t aim him at Cheltenham last season because we wanted to give him a bit of time to mature but it is definitely his long-term target this time around.

“Denman and Kauto Star will not be heading to Haydock but Noland is a slight possibility for the Betfair Chase. I have just had a little temporary hold-up with him and I would want him bang on when he runs.

“It’s pointless if horses need a run after they have been off for while and we might need another fortnight with him. I am trying to find a race for him and will have to discuss it with (owner) John Hales, so it’s 99 per cent certain that What A Friend will be our only representative.”

The Betfair Chase is the highlight of the two-day Northwest Masters, which continues at Aintree on Sunday, November 21, and is one of only three Grade One staying chases in Britain, the others being the three-mile King George VI Chase at Kempton in December and the extended three and a quarter-mile Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March.

Haydock’s fantastic seven-race card on November 20 also features the £75,000 Listed 40% Better Off On Betfair SP “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle (2.55pm) over three miles, as well as the £40,000 Betfair iphone & Android App Hurdle (1.50pm) over two miles for four-year-olds.

The day commences at 12.40pm with the £17,500 Coronation Street 50th Anniversary Novices’ Hurdle over two miles, while the remaining contests are also over two miles, the £25,000 Follow Paul Nicholls On Facebook And Twitter Handicap Chase (1.15pm) and the £7,000 Timeform Betfair Racing Club Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (3.55pm).

The Northwest Masters continues at Aintree on Sunday, November 21, which is the only raceday of the year to feature two races over the famous Grand National fences - the £60,000 totesuper7 Grand Sefton Chase (12.35pm) and the £100,000 Listed Becher Chase (1.45pm).

For further information please contact Dickon White, Managing Director at Haydock Park, on 01942 725963 or 07798 928924 or e-mail:





There is great anticipation ahead of the 2010 Cartier Racing Awards after another fabulous year of horseracing, with the winners announced in London on the evening of Tuesday, November 16.

European horseracing’s most prestigious accolades will be presented for a landmark 20th time during a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of 350 in the ballroom of London’s Dorchester Hotel.

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 leading racing journalists, as well as votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph.

The categories are Cartier Horse Of The Year; Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt, Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly, Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt, Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly; Cartier Stayer, Cartier Sprinter and Cartier Older Horse.

The nominations for this year’s awards - five in each category - will be announced tomorrow, Thursday, November 11.

The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to recognise the achievements of racehorses in Europe and have proved their staying prowess.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “We have enjoyed thrilling top-class racing throughout the year and the 2010 Cartier Racing Awards will honour the champions.

“The announcement of the Cartier Racing Awards on Tuesday will be particularly momentous, with it being the 20th unveiling of these very prestigious awards.

“This milestone is being celebrated during the evening by a film tribute to previous winners.”

The Cartier Racing Awards also include 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.

The list of past winners of the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit is as follows; HM The Queen (Cartier Millennium Award of Merit), John Oxx, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Niarchos Family, Peter Willett, Henry Cecil, David & Patricia Thompson, Lord Oaksey, Tony McCoy (Cartier Special Award), Prince Khalid Abdullah, John Magnier, His Highness The Aga Khan, Peter Walwyn, the Head Family, Sir Peter O’Sullevan, Frankie Dettori, John Dunlop, the Marquess of Hartington, Francois Boutin, Lester Piggott and Henri Chalhoub.

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)

Past winners at the Cartier Racing Awards

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt: St Nicholas Abbey

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly: Special Duty

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt: Sea The Stars

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly: Sariska

Cartier Sprinter: Fleeting Spirit

Cartier Stayer: Yeats

Cartier Older Horse: Goldikova

Cartier Horse of the Year: Sea The Stars, owned by Christopher Tsui

Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit: John Oxx


Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt: Mastercraftsman

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly: Rainbow View

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt: New Approach

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly: Zarkava

Cartier Sprinter: Marchand D'Or

Cartier Stayer: Yeats

Cartier Older Horse: Duke Of Marmalade

Cartier Horse of the Year: Zarkava, owned by HH the Aga Khan

Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum



Monday, November 01, 2010



The identities of the four writers shortlisted for the title of Horserace Writers and Photographers Association Journalist of the Year, one of the showpiece awards at this year’s 44th HWPA Derby Awards lunch on Monday, December 6, supported by and Spinal Research, are announced today.

Chris McGrath (The Independent), who took the coveted Clive Graham Trophy three years ago, is a nominee along with another previous winner Brough Scott (Racing Post), who gained the title back in 1977 when writing for the Sunday Times.

The other two selected are first-time shortlisters, Chris Cook (The Guardian) and Peter Thomas (Racing Post).

A record entry of 25 was received for this year’s award, each of whom submitted three articles from the last 12 months to an independent judging panel comprised of former Sporting Life editor Monty Court, experienced Daily Star writer Tony Lewis and Mark Popham, editor and managing director of Racenews.

The panel was asked to select the shortlist on the basis of the three submitted articles plus the overall work of the writers concerned over the past 12 months.

Because of the size and high standard of the entry, the panel also requested that four other writers should receive commendations for their work - Sean Boyce (Boycie’s blog), Lissa Oliver (freelance), Tom Peacock (Press Association) and Tom Richmond (Yorkshire Post).

“There were some particularly strong pieces which meant deciding the shortlisted journalists wasn’t easy,” said Mark Popham.

“Away from finalising the shortlist, the most pleasing aspect of being involved was the number of writers with whom not all of the judges were familiar, but whose work was interesting and of a good standard. We felt they should be encouraged as much as possible.”

Members of the Horserace Writers and Photographers Association will now vote to choose between the four shortlisted to be the HWPA Journalist of the Year, while they will also vote on whether Nick Luck will claim the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Trophy as Broadcaster of the Year for the fourth year running.

The shortlist for the title of Photographer of the Year has been selected by award-winning sports photographer Chris Smith, who chose the portfolios submitted by Dan Abraham, Julian Herbert, Louise Pollard and Hugh Routledge.

Dan and Hugh are both former winners of the award, while Julian and Louise are also previous nominees, so there is plenty of experience among the shortlist. Incredibly, there were no less than eight former winners among the 17 photographers who submitted portfolios for the competition.

The winners of all of this year’s awards will be announced at a sell-out lunch at the Lancaster London Hotel on Monday, December 6.

HWPA President Will Hayler said: “The Derby Awards lunch has become known as the best racing lunch in town and the winners’ celebrations tend to go on well into the night. To have the largest-ever entry from 25 journalists and 17 photographers is a great compliment to the esteem in which these prizes are rightfully held.

“Everyone lucky enough to be attending the lunch should be grateful for the ongoing support of, and also to Andy Stewart, whose generous backing of the awards allows us to use the event to raise awareness of the important and groundbreaking work of Spinal Research.” has opened up betting on two of the awards and make Brough Scott the 4-5 market-leader to repeat his victory of 33 years ago in the Journalist of the Year title, while Nick Luck is the 4-9 favourite to continue his winning streak in the broadcasters’ division, ahead of Matt Chapman at 13-8. Betting for both competitions will be available on the website.

Head of Communications and Betting Spokesperson, Leon Blanche, commented: “We at are proud to be back to sponsor the HWPA Derby Awards for the second year running and congratulate all of the nominees. Last year’s event was fantastic and we received a great deal of positive feedback.

“We’re looking forward to an equally enjoyable event in 2010 and are thrilled to be joined by Spinal Research. It is a hugely important cause and this is the perfect stage to provide the organisation with plenty of publicity.”

Jonathan Miall, chief executive of Spinal Research, said: “Spinal Research is very pleased to be associated with this year’s Derby Awards lunch.

“This represents another major opportunity not only to support an excellent event, but also to further increase Spinal Research’s profile amongst key supporters in the horseracing industry, and to publicise its recent successes and ongoing developments in the research that it funds towards repair of damaged spinal cords.

“Spinal Research would like to congratulate all nominees and winners of awards this year. betting for Journalist of the Year:
4/5 Brough Scott

2/1 Chris McGrath

7/2 Peter Thomas
4/1 Chris Cook betting for Broadcaster of the Year
4/9 Nick Luck

13/8 Matt Chapman

8/1 Clare Balding

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For further details, please contact HWPA President Will Hayler at