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Friday 22 April 2011
Kieren Fallon's decision to appeal against a 10-day ban for a riding offence was partially vindicated yesterday after his punishment was reduced to seven days. But the former champion jockey will still miss the potentially rich pickings of next weekend's Guineas meeting at Newmarket, including a plum ride in the season's first Classic, the Qipco 2,000 Guineas.
Saturday 16 April 2011
Friday 15 April 2011
As a man who thrives on momentum, Kieren Fallon has been transparently impatient with a fitful start to his season. He has already changed his agent, in fact, and it was easy to perceive how vexed he felt even after his first headline success of the campaign yesterday. For while Native Khan did more than enough to warrant a crack at the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, back here a fortnight tomorrow, Fallon is likely to end up an exasperated spectator of the first Classic.
Wednesday 13 April 2011
Tuesday 12 April 2011
Trainers of the old school may not be concerned by the way Richard Fahey deals with his horses – though the evidence, for all the obtuseness of the sport's wealthiest patrons, is that they jolly well ought to be. Yesterday, however, Fahey showed that his dealings with the public are just as exemplary.
Monday 11 April 2011
Thursday 07 April 2011
She will slip under most radars, on the first day of Aintree, but the fact is that Helleborine's discreet reappearance in Paris today represents the most significant moment to date in the nascent Flat season. This filly is quoted around 8-1 to give Criquette Head-Maarek a fifth success in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, and her trial in the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte takes her trainer to very familiar territory.
Thursday 07 April 2011
Wednesday 15 December 2010
Friday 10 December 2010
John Gosden's acceptance speech was the customary string of thank-yous as he picked up International Trainer of the Year in front of the racing fraternity this week. But a sudden frisson gripped the audience at the Horserace Writers' and Photographers' Association lunch as the usually mild-mannered trainer launched a barbed attack on a man sitting nearby, the Earl of Derby, the event's patron.
Wednesday 03 November 2010
Henry Cecil ambled back towards the quarantine barn yesterday morning, his drawled asides drifting and dispersing in the tobacco smoke, each jealously salvaged by a cluster of notepads and microphones. His magnetism seemed to obtain a literal quality as press and photographers tried to keep step, stumbling backwards, craning and twisting. Better testimony to his standing on the Turf, however, came from those who have shared it – both the living and the dead.
Monday 01 November 2010
By winning the Critérium International at Saint-Cloud yesterday Roderic O'Connor, named after an 11th-century king of Connaught, ensured that this year's two-year-old crown will sit squarely on the head of his Dewhurst Stakes conqueror Frankel. Not that there had been many doubts but now the head, in the form of the men who clinically compile the end-of-season ratings, can concur with the heart, represented by the public's love affair with Frankel's trainer, Henry Cecil.
Saturday 30 October 2010
Friday 29 October 2010
Looking for a nice little runner, sir? Low mileage, one careful owner? Then the Tattersalls equine auction ring in Newmarket has been the place to be this week. The emphasis in the elegant, domed arena has shifted from the theatre of dreams of the yearling sales, where every transaction represents bright-eyed hope, to the reality show of the end-of-season business of cutting losses or cashing in.
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.
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