From The Horse’s Mouth: Neigh 2

Updated: March 28, 2014

The Horses Mouth

The Lincoln at Doncaster is the big race this weekend heralding the beginning of the flat season. The jumps season however still has a few weeks to go; with the Aintree festival and Grand National still to come. And the “richest race in the world” the Dubai World Cup takes place on Saturday evening (UK time). So an exciting weekend is promised for all horse racing fans.


The Week Just Gone: Jockey News


A P McCoy looks to be well on his way to securing a 19th consecutive Champion Jockey title. On Wednesday 19th at Haydock riding Palermo Don he got his 200th winner of the season. He last reached this pinnacle in the 2010/11 season, and has done so this time, despite being out for a month with injury at the start of the season. His nearest rival Richard Johnson is more than 60 wins behind (as of March 19th).


A surprise announcement came on Friday March 21st that 34 year old jockey Joe Tizzard was retiring from professional riding. Joe is best known for his association with Cue Card and won the Betfair Chase in November, where Joe’s dad Colin (trainer to Cue Card) was moved to tears. Aged 8 Cue Card has won £639k prize money with Tizzard on board. Apparently the horse is 16-1 to win next year’s Gold Cup, but who will be the jockey now?

Joe Tizzard & Cue card make front page news. Image credit @FontwellPark

Joe Tizzard & Cue Card make front page news. Image credit @FontwellPark


Martin Harley suffered fractured ribs and bone

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in his neck at Lingfield on Wed 19th and his mount Red Art was a fatality. By some miracle Martin left hospital in a neck brace on Fri 21st and probably is out for around six weeks. Also returning home from hospital that day was Bryan Cooper.


It’s been a good week for Douggie Costello who won with Get A Buzz at Sedgefield on Friday 21st. He then rode Run Ructions Run to success in the Novices Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday 22nd before having to dash to the hospital, as his wife had gone into labour earlier that morning. On Sunday baby daughter Aoife was safely delivered before Douggie rode It’s A String to victory at Market Rasen. To complete the picture, a double win at Chepstow on Tuesday with Fayette County and Minella Present. Congratulations to the Costello family on an amazing week.


Last to First


Two races on Saturday March 22nd seen horses win having trailed for the most part at the back of the field. If ever there was an advert for not cashing in your bets mid race (available with some on-line bookmakers) this was the proof. In the 3m 2f 110yds Ultima Handicap Chase at Newbury No Secrets heroically led from the start, but was reduced to the runner-up spot by the late surge of Roalco De Farges. With a circuit to go the winner was in the last group of three and only took to the head of the field with 2 jumps to go. Then in the 1m 2f Winter Derby at Lingfield Robin Hoods Bay took the plaudits having been second last at the first corner and not making an impact on the commentary until the home straight. Windhoek in second place also ate up the ground but had to make a wide sweeping move in the process and maybe went a little too soon. Robin Hoods Bay (and his jockey with arm aloft) can be seen in the feature image in this article taken from @Channel4Racing.


Flat Season Begins With The Lincoln


With the Going turning soft for Doncaster’s showcase opener, the Lincoln’s co-favourite Captain Cat has been withdrawn from the running, leaving Gabrial’s Kaka the favourite by a long way. My feeling veers more toward Bronze Angel. Racing continues at Doncaster on Sunday but my attention has been turned toward the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Ascot. It’s another case of a trainer specifically targeting the race with horse Ronaldhino. As this is a juvenile race though perhaps many others would say the same, and I like the name Carry On Sydney as well.


Dubai Carnival Finale This Weekend


A nine race card fest on the Tapeta track at Meydan this Saturday brings an end to the Dubai racing season. The unusual track surface, relative short distances raced, heat & humidity, quarantine, travel required getting there, form and gate numbers are all factors to consider. In the history of the race meet, no horse has apparently won with a gate number less than five for instance. Familiarity of the horse to racing conditions, both weather and on the track, are paramount too. And as any good trainer knows preparation is key to success. It is interesting that the trainer Aidan O’ Brien with the Coolmore Triumvirate of Tabor/Smith/Magnier has six horses at the Dubai World Cup.


Dubai Gold Cup: ERNEST HEMMINGWAY with Joseph O’Brien


UAE Derby: GIOVANNI BOLDINI with Ryan Moore; SIR JOHN HAWKINS with C O’Donoghue


Dubai Sheema Classic: GENTILDONNA with Ryan Moore; FESTIVE CHEER with Seamie Heffernan


Dubai World Cup: RULER OF THE WORLD with Joseph O’Brien

Ruler Of The World & Joseph O'Brien train at Meydan. Image credit Edward Whitaker

Ruler Of The World & Joseph O’Brien train at Meydan. Image credit Edward Whitaker


Only this week Sheikh Joaan Al Thani of Al Shaqab Racing bought a 50% share of Ruler of the World one of the hot picks for the World Cup Race. The other fancied horses are Red Cadeaux, Military Attack and Mukhadram. Personally I like the sound of Prince Bishop but I think his stall number is one, which historically is a disadvantage and Side Glance in stall nine. Most of the other Coolmore horses stand a good chance as Ernest Hemmingway, Giovanni Boldini and Gentildonna all possess a combination of form, track knowledge, preparation and speed.


Having read about some of the horses competing in the other races, I’ve picked out my own favourites. Some I just like the name, whilst others I’ve chosen because I’ve liked the sound of their form. Mind you I’m no expert.


Kahayla Classic: Raaziq because I like the name.


Godolphin Mile: MULL OF KILLOUGH with Ryan Moore. My ears pricked up when I heard that Jane Chapple-Hyam’s stable had targeted this race with the horse in mind, and Ryan literally jumped at the chance to take the ride.


Al Quoz Sprint: AMBER SKY although I like the name Dux Scholar.


Dubai Golden Shaheen: RICH TAPESTRY


Dubai Duty Free: JUST A WAY and THE FUGUE although both are drawn below stall five.


Horse Whispers


Some of the chatter gleaned from the stable called Twitter


Goulanes the winner of the Midlands Grand National will NOT participate in the #Crabbies Grand National this year. He may be aimed at next year’s race instead. So the David Pipe 2014 Grand National runners are probably going to be The Package (highly rated by Pipe), Our Father and Swing Bill.


Recently retired Big Buck’s will be paraded at the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown on Saturday 26th April, to enable his fans to say farewell.


Aidan Coleman has been booked as rider to The Rainbow Hunter in the Grand National.


Silviniaco Conti trainer hints the horse will run in the Aintree Betfred Bowl next Thursday (April 3rd).


The £50k 2m 6f jump finale race on April 26th will be named the bet365 Oaksey Chase in honour of Lord Oaksey.



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