St Nicholas Abbey, the Classic flop who became the winner of six Group One races and the highest-earning runner in the history of Ballydoyle, lost his battle with chronic health problems when he had to be put down after an attack of colic.
Derby (horse Race)
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Monday 25 October 2010
Identifying the best wager to become available on the Turf over recent days is very much a matter of disposition. To the more jaundiced eye, for instance, the bet of the season was also the most flagrant one – made, when Betfair shares were floated on the Stock Exchange on Friday, by fund managers working under the British Horseracing Authority chairman. To the sort of romantics who backed the evergreen Monet's Garden at Aintree on Saturday, no doubt, a more edifying investment now would be Cue Card, who made a dynamic hurdling debut at the same track yesterday and is now generally 6-1 favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. To patriots, in turn, maybe confirmation that Workforce will contest the Breeders' Cup Turf makes 13-8 too good to resist. To those simply attempting a clinical judgement of value, however, the most fertile prospect to emerge from the weekend is a horse who instead appeared to have his limitations exposed.
Sunday 24 October 2010
Saturday 23 October 2010
Thursday 21 October 2010
The final opportunity this season in this country for a two-year-old to present his claims as a wonder horse comes at Doncaster on Saturday. Or, if not wonder horse – for the Dewhurst Stakes winner Frankel already seems to have annexed that popular title – then maybe, with less fanfare, a champion. The Racing Post Trophy has as good a record in unearthing elite performers as the Newmarket race, and a better recent hand of Derby winners in recent years, trumping the Dewhurst's New Approach and Sir Percy with Authorized, Motivator and High Chaparral.
Sunday 10 October 2010
After 38 years of trying, Sir Michael Stoute landed his first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last Sunday. Rod Simpson, at 65 the same age as Stoute and currently training in Abu Dhabi, is unlikely to emulate that feat, but in the words of the former champion jump jockey John Francome, he's "a proper horseman, a great trainer and on a different path he could have been a Sir Michael Stoute".
Monday 04 October 2010
There were just inches in it at the line – une tête, to be precise – but the contrast with that seven-length annihilation of his rivals for the Derby in June was instructive of margins that are finer still. Workforce was only confirmed as an intended runner on Thursday morning, but the fact that he had finally satisfied a judgement as fastidious as that of Sir Michael Stoute should have told us all we needed to know. Yesterday, contesting the richest prize on the European Turf, Workforce vindicated his trainer in gripping fashion – and in the process redressed the most painful of the few remaining omissions in Stoute's CV.
Sunday 26 September 2010
Thursday 23 September 2010
A year ago at Goodwood, those shrewdies who latched on to the promise of the youngster who won his maiden by six lengths were spot on, his name being Workforce. Interest in yesterday's running of the same seven-furlong contest was, therefore, all the keener and, although the Sir Michael Stoute stable did not have a representative this time, there were likely lads enough from other top Newmarket yards.
Monday 06 September 2010
Sunday 05 September 2010
Friday 03 September 2010
Frankie Dettori led the jockeys into the sunlit parade ring here yesterday and suddenly noticed the cameras trained on the posse behind. He turned and sought out the champion jockey, who was maintaining a scrupulously stony aspect in the Queen's silks. "Don't smile, Ryan!" he shouted. Ryan Moore blushed, stared at the ground and succumbed to a helpless grin.
Sunday 29 August 2010
The title echoes G K Chesterton's Father Brown, but these are tales of a punting priest rather than a saintly sleuth.
Wednesday 11 August 2010
Sir Michael Stoute remains top of the trainers' table but this week must feel like the nadir of his season. On Saturday his blossoming champion, Harbinger, broke down in the course of what should have been a perfectly innocuous workout. Then, on Monday, his stable jockey had a fall at Windsor and suffered a wrist injury that yesterday remained ominously vague in extent. Ryan Moore has given up all his rides until Friday at the earliest and may lose critical ground in his pursuit of Paul Hanagan in defence of his own title.
Wednesday 04 August 2010
Revenge may indeed be a dish best served cold but, even so, the International Stakes at York is shaping up as hot stuff. Harbinger – who emerged as one of the season's superstars with his 11-length romp in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes last month – will put his new-found reputation to the test on the Knavesmire, ground allowing. Two of his chief rivals will be Byword and Twice Over, who carry the Khaled Abdullah colours of Derby hero Workforce, highest-profile among those vanquished at Ascot.
Tuesday 03 August 2010
However muddled the three-year-old middle-distance division is in these parts, at least in the States they now know who will be carrying the Stars and Stripes against the Europeans at Breeders' Cup time in November. Lookin At Lucky re-established himself as the clear leader of his generation as he put a field that included Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver to the sword in the Haskell Invitational.
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