Chapple-Hyam has faith in the Authorized version

It is only four years since Peter Chapple-Hyam brought a young colt by Montjeu to Newbury for the most historically resonant race of its type in the calendar. Authorized made a promising debut, in third, without suggesting himself an especially obvious heir to such distinguished graduates of the Haynes, Hanson & Clark Stakes as Nayef, Shahrastani, Rainbow Quest, Henbit and Shergar. But Authorized then won the Racing Post Trophy at 25-1, and the following year the Derby.

To the exasperation of his many admirers, Chapple-Hyam has since contrived to lose some of his best patrons and is now down to 40 horses. After a career of giddy ups and downs, it is surely asking too much for him to return to Newbury today and revive the memory of Authorized with a colt who cost just 3,000 guineas last October.

With another round of yearling sales under way, however, perhaps Cloud Rock can restore Chapple-Hyam in the regard of investors prepared to compromise on some of the fawning attention they might get elsewhere. A son of Tiger Hill, Cloud Rock was sent off odds-on for a maiden at Folkestone last month and duly outclassed his rivals.

"He's got to be the cheapest horse in England," Chapple-Hyam enthused yesterday. "I promise you he's decent. We found him at Tattersalls, [bloodstock agent] Tom Goff and myself, and he's always gone like a nice horse, from day one. Even last Christmas the lads were already telling me he was a racehorse, but I assumed that they had been drinking. A few mates are in the horse – they're the Coalition Partnership –and I must say I was quite keen to run him at Sandown on Wednesday, because it would have been the million-dollar horse [Treasury Devil] against the three-grand horse. But he would probably have been beaten."

As it is, Cloud Rock faces four other maiden winners. "I've always liked this race," Chapple-Hyam said. "Even though I think I've managed to get everything beaten in it – not just Authorized, but White Muzzle as well."

He acknowledges that he could do with another good one now, but is satisfied with the form of his string. "The ones I've got are going OK," he said. "I don't have expensive yearlings. I never did. Authorized is the only expensive one I ever had. Dutch Art cost 16 grand, and he wasn't too bad. We knock around with what we've got."

The card also offers Godolphin's older horses the chance to match the fine work of their juveniles at Doncaster last week. Campanologist, whose two Group One wins in Germany represent half Godolphin's tally for the year, arguably faces a stiffer task giving weight to Rainbow View in a Listed race. There is no mistaking the elite calibre of Delegator, however, and the drop to seven furlongs for his comeback looks a smart move. Though not seen since being swatted aside by Goldikova in California last November, Delegator has gone well fresh in the past and could yet set himself up for another crack at the Breeders' Cup Mile.

An excellent afternoon's sport extends to eight juvenile races at Newmarket, and the second day of the Western Meeting at Ayr. The Listowel Festival, meanwhile, continues its marathon challenge to the livers of Co Kerry, though yesterday it briefly tarred one of the most blameless men in Ireland with the brush of excess. Davy Russell, a teetotaller, managed to fail a breath test after using a mouthwash – giving a reading twice the limit. Luckily he had time for a second test, which proved negative, and was permitted to take his mounts after all. "The last time I had a drink was 15 years ago," Russell said. "Fortunately, because I'd arrived early, they allowed me a second test. It has to bring into question the whole system. If I'd been a bit later to the track, I wouldn't have been allowed to ride."

One eminent visitor to Britain would doubtless approve of his abstinence. Whether he might perceive divine intervention in the success of Man Of God, in a two-year-old maiden at Yarmouth yesterday afternoon, would seem less certain. But someone up there certainly seems to be taking a benign interest in John Gosden's juveniles, Man Of God being the sixth to win inside barely 24 hours.

Turf account

Chris McGrath's Nap

Descaro (5.05 Ayr) Rookie trainer has made a big impression and quickly unlocked the latent talent in this Irish import, giving him a big step up in trip to win at Ripon last time.

Next best

Rainbow Peak (3.10 Newbury) Looked ready for a stiffer test when second over 9f at York last time, but looks the one to beat even on that bare form.

One to watch

Blazing Desert (J J Quinn) Was disappointing, on the face of it, at Chester on Saturday, but made up good ground once finding his stride in the straight.

Where the money's going

The sponsors eased Poet's Place to 6-1 from 5-1 for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup tomorrow after the favourite was last out of the hat for the draw, leaving his trainer with no choice but stall 12.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
glastonbury
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Shock of the news: Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Nightcrawler’
filmReview: Gyllenhaal, in one of his finest performances, is funny, engaging and sinister all at once
Arts and Entertainment
Shelley Duvall stars in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining
filmCritic Kaleem Aftab picks his favourites for Halloween
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Kit Harington has been given a huge pay rise to extend his contract as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones
tv
Life and Style
Taste the difference: Nell Frizzell tucks into a fry-up in Jesse's cafe in east London
food + drinkHow a bike accident left one woman living in a distorted world in which spices smell of old socks and muesli tastes like pork fat
Sport
Luke Shaw’s performance in the derby will be key to how his Manchester United side get on
footballBeating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Life and Style
Google's doodle celebrating Halloween 2014
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Don’t send in the clowns: masks and make-up conceal true facial expressions, thwarting our instinct to read people’s minds through their faces, as seen in ‘It’
filmThis Halloween, we ask what makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?
News
peopleFarage challenges 'liberally biased' comedians to 'call him a narcissist'
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Senior IP Opportunity at Major Firm

vary Attractive Salary: Austen Lloyd: MANCHESTER - AN OPENING AT A VERY HIGH Q...

Nursery Manager

£100 - £110 per day: Randstad Education Ilford: Nursery Manager Long term Ran...

Sales Consultant – Permanent – West Sussex – £24-£25k plus commission and other benefits

£24000 - £25000 Per Annum plus company car and commission: Clearwater People S...

SEN Teaching Assistant

£45 - £65 per day: Randstad Education Bristol: Supply SEN Support Jobs in Bris...

Day In a Page

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes