From The Horse’s Mouth: Neigh 3

Updated: April 3, 2014

The Horses Mouth

The Lincoln and the razzmatazz of the Dubai World Cup dominated last Saturday’s racing, whilst the anticipation of the Grand National is building with the start of the three day Aintree Festival.

The Week Just Gone:

It was with great sadness that the horse racing world learned of the death of former jockey Sharron Murgatroyd at the age of 54. Sharron had been left severely disabled after a fall at Bangor race course in August 1991. Her determination to live a life as full as possible, and her acceptance (without bitterness) of the fate that horse-racing had dealt her, was an inspiration to many. Although I knew little about Sharron other than she was a prolific fund-raiser for the Injured Jockey Fund, from the tributes I have read she seemed to possess a remarkable lack of self pity and a dry sense of humour. Her poetry showed a wonderful way with words, and despite the pain her condition inflicted upon her, Sharron appears to have maintained a sunny disposition that truly is an example to us all.

British Races

The Lincoln at Doncaster: Winner Ocean Tempest 20-1, 2nd Tullius 7-1f, 3rd Robert the Painter25-1, 4th Sweet Lightning 11-1, 5th Off Art

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7-1 j f. My choice Bronze Angel was withdrawn before the race.

I mentioned two horses running in the 3pm on Sunday March 30th at Ascot. Carry On Sydney came in 8th and Ronaldinho was 3rd at 7-1.

Toast of New York wins in Dubai. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Toast of New York wins in Dubai. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Dubai World Cup Review

With six horses in four races the Coolmore Triumvirate had one winner, and one fourth place.

Dubai Gold Cup: ERNEST HEMMINGWAY was 8th of 15. Winner Certerach, 2nd Cavalryman, 3rd Star Empire.

UAE Derby: GIOVANNI BOLDINI came in 4th; SIR JOHN HAWKINS 12th of 12. Winner: Toast Of New York, 2nd Asmar, 3rd Emirates Flyer.

Dubai Sheema Classic: Winner GENTILDONNA , 2nd Cirrus Des Aigles, 3rd Ambivalent, FESTIVE CHEER was 13th of 14.

Dubai World Cup: RULER OF THE WORLD was way off the pace. Winner: African Story, 2nd Mukhadram, 3rd Cat O Mountain.

My Dubai Horse Choices

Kahayla Classic: Raaziq came in fourth. Winner: Rabbah De Carrere, 2nd Djainka Des Forges, 3rd Musharab.

Godolphin Mile: Mull of Killough came in 12th of 16!!! Winner: Variety Club, 2nd Soft Falling Rain, 3rd Flotilla. I had liked the name of the horse that came in second but was swayed by the trainer target information.

Al Quoz Sprint: Winner : AMBER SKY, 2nd Ahtoug, 3rd Shea Shea. Dux Scholar was 8th of 12.

Dubai Golden Shaheen: Winner: Sterling City, 2nd RICH TAPESTRY, 3rd United Color.

Dubai Duty Free: Winner: JUST A WAY, 2nd Vercingetorix, 3rd Dank. The Fugue was 11th of 13.

For the Dubai World Cup I mentioned that I liked the look of Prince Bishop and Side Glance. Prince Bishop was off the pace probably due to his being drawn in stall one. Side Glance came in 4th though. So from nine horses in six races I had two winners, one second place and two fourth places.

Grand National Review

The oldest horse in the field is 13 year old Tidal Bay carrying the heaviest load of 11 stones, but despite the statistics going against him seems an extraordinary horse. Can Tidal Bay trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies become the oldest horse since 1923 to win the race? The last winner with the heaviest load was Red Rum in the 70s, not a bad set of hooves to follow in. Red Rum was twelve when he won 37 years ago.

Looks like the favourite is TeaForThree who ran exceedingly well in last year’s race and has a better more favourable handicap for this one.

If it’s trainers you look to for inspired bets Nicky Henderson seems to have the most entries with 4: Long Run, Hunt Ball, Triolo D’Alene and Shakalakaboomboom.

If it’s jockeys you prefer to influence your choice the A P McCoy rides Double Seven, Barry Geraghty mounts Triolo D’Alene, Noel Fehily is on Rocky Creek and Richard Johnson on Balthazar King.

So looking at the remaining contenders in the expected field of 40 runners I’ve picked out four less obvious choices. Mr Moonshine is a good jumper (staying power?) who showed form over these fences in December. Raz De Maree 2012 winner of the Munster and Cork nationals and Lion Na Bearnai 2012 Irish National winner (seems to prefer softer ground). And my emotional choice is Across The Bay trained by Donald McCain, a horse who ran with such heart in last year’s race but faded to finish 14th. It’s another horse that appears to thrive in muddy conditions, but with it being ten years since a McCain horse won the Grand National (Amberleigh House), I’d love to see Across The Bay make an impression.

Last 10 Grand National Winners (retired). Image credit @lovethe_races

Last 10 Grand National Winners (retired). Image credit @lovethe_races

Horse Whispers

Some of the chatter gleaned from the stable called Twitter

A minute applause for the Hillsborough 96 will take place at 1.25pm on Saturday.

The 3.40 today going over the Grand National fences will be named the Crabbie’s Supporting The Hillsborough Families Fox Hunters’ Chase

Sad news came through that after an illness the 23 year old Australian jockey Nathan Berry had died.

Lost Glory a late withdrawal from the Grand National and David Pipe’s Swing Bill takes the place instead.

Bookies are reducing the odds for Monbeg Dude trained by Michael Scudamore and ridden by Paul Carberry.


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