From The Horse’s Mouth: Neigh 9

Updated: August 25, 2014

Since the last newsletter was published, the British classic meets of Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood have taken place. Full result details and personal reviews of both are available on this website. However, being a curious horse the eye has been drawn to other races that have taken place worldwide over the summer, and in this edition we will look at some global winning ways.

Contaminated Feed Causes Failed Dope Test

The big story over the summer has been the eight horses who failed post race dope testing, all showing traces of morphine in the system. The Queen’s horse Estimate was probably the most high profile case, and investigations suggest that a contaminated food supplement is the root cause. Morphine normally is used to medicate a horse, and would I suspect hinder performance rather than enhance it. I can’t imagine any trainer using morphine to enable them to run a less than fully-fit horse, the danger of causing more damage would be too great.   An athlete (human or equine) relies on a combination of favourable DNA, natural aptitude, training and nutrition to be at their best. Therefore the suspected food contamination source will no doubt be off the menu from now on.

British Classics

Saturday 5th July at Sandown: Coral-Eclipse (British Champions Series) (Group 1 Class 1):3yo+: Distance 1m 2f 7y: 9R.

Winner: Mukhadram 14-1, Second: Trading Leather 12-1, Third: Somewhat 100-1.

This was a rather odd race where the first three horses led from the start and finished together. Somewhat acted as pacemaker but only managed to slow the race down from the back straight into the home turn. This meant that Kingston Hill (4th), The Fugue (6th), War Command (7th) and Night of Thunder (8th) had too much ground to make up in what became a three furlong sprint finish.

Glorious 12th of July

Ascot: Fred Crowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes: (Group 2 Class 1) 4yo+: Distance 1m: Going Good to Firm 9R. Winner: Guest of Honour (IRE) 11-4f by half a length over, Second: Mull of Killough (IRE) 9-2, Third: Long John (AUS) 5-1, Fourth: Producer 4-1.

Newmarket: Darley July Cup (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1, Class 1) 3yo+: Going Good to Soft: Distance 6f: 13R. Winner: Slade Power (IRE) 7-4f by 1 ½ lengths over, Second: Tropics (USA) 66-1, Third: Gregorian (IRE) 12-1, Fourth: Undrafted (USA) 25-1.

Newmarket: 666bet Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class2) 3yo+: Going Good to Soft: Distance 7f: 13R. Winner: Heavens Guest 12-1 by half a length over, Second: Absolutely So 5-1, Third: Hoodna 12-1, Fourth: Fort Bastian 22-1.

York: 55th John Smith’s Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 3yo+: Distance 1m 2 ½ f: Going Good to Firm: 16R NR Energia Davos, Macbeth, Nabucco, Tres Coronas. Winner: Farraaj 6-1 by 1 ½ lengths over, Second: Zain Eagle 20-1, Third: Bold Sniper 4-1f, Fourth: Educate 20-1.

 Emerald Isle: Irish Derby, Irish Oaks & Keeneland Phoenix

Saturday 28th June at The Curragh: Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) 3year olds colts and fillies: Going Good to Firm: Distance 1m 4f: 5R

There was no real stiff competition for winner Australia at 1-8f odds with pacemakers Kingfisher at 25-1 in second place and 12-1 Orchestra in third. With no Kingston Hill, Kingman or Geoffrey Chaucer to joust with Australia, the horse won easily with his lethargic style being the only possible hindrance to winning the race.

Saturday 19th July at The Curragh: Darley Irish Oaks (Grade 1 Class 1)3 yo fillies: Distance 1m 4f: 10R

Winner: Bracelet 10-1 by a neck over Second: Tapestry 13-2, a neck ahead of Third: Volume 4-1.

Volume had to be replated before the race as it was discovered she had illegal shoes (for Irish racing) on the hind legs, and this caused a twenty minute delay. It did not impede the horse however as she initially took to the front and stayed there holding well. Bracelet and stable mate Tapestry took on Volume and made it a thrilling finish with Volume battling all the way. Trainer Aidan O’Brien with Bracelet’s victory took his fourth Irish Oaks title.

Sunday 10th August at The Curragh: Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group1) 2yo colts & fillies: Going Soft: Distance 6f: 6R. Winner: Dick Whittington (IRE)6-1, Second: Kool Kompany (IRE) 8-11f.

Over The Pond

Sunday 29th June: The Gold Cup at Santa Anita (Grade 1): Turf Firm Dirt Fast: 3yo+: Distance 1m 2f: 7R. Winner: Majestic Harbor 144/10 (USA) Second: Clubhouse Ride 51-10 (USA).

Jockey Tyler Baze rode Majestic Harbor to victory to reward trainer Sean McCarthy with his first Grade 1 win.

Saturday 5th July at Belmont Park: Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (Grade 1): Turf Good Dirt Fast: 3yo: Distance 1m 2f: 10R. Winner: Mr Speaker 235/10 (USA), Second: Adelaide 9-4f (IRE), Third: Flamboyant 196-10 (FRA). Toast of New York came in sixth at 9-2.

Saturday 5th July at Belmont Park: Belmont Oaks Invitational (Grade 1): Turf Good Dirt Fast: 3yo fillies: Distance 1m 2f: 10R. Winner: Minorette 63-10 (USA), Second: Sea Queen 91-10 (USA), Third: Summer Solo 34-1 (USA)

Sunday 27th July at Monmouth Park: William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (Grade 1) 3yo: Dirt Fast: Distance 1m 1f: 9R. Winner: Bayern 47-10 (USA), Second: Albano 116-10 (USA), Third: Wildcat Red 97-10 (USA)

Sunday 27th July at San Diego Del Mar: Bing Crosby Handicap (Grade 1) 3yo+: Polytrack: Distance 6f:

Winner: Big Macher by half a length over, Second: Goldencents, Third: Seeking the Sherif.

Jockey Tyler Baze rode Big Macher to victory giving trainer Richard Baltas his first Grade 1 victory. The horse last won the Grade 2 Potrero Grande at Santa Anita on 12th April and had not raced since, having to make a comeback from a quarter crack injury. Having won the Bing Crosby race Big Macher has guaranteed an entry fee and expenses paid trip to the Turf Sprint in the Breeders Cup World Championship in November at Santa Anita.


Sunday 27th July at Munich: Grosser Dallmayr-Preis-Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (Group 1)3yo+: Turf Soft: Distance 1m 2f: 11R NR Feuerblitz.

Winner: Lucky Lion 7-2, Second: Noble Mission 3-5f, Third: Calyxa 242-10. It was generally felt that Noble Mission should have a reasonable chance of winning, but Lucky Lion his main rival in the field took the accolades.

Sunday 10th August at Hoppegarten: 124th Grosser Preis Von Berlin (Group 1)3yo+: Turf Good: Distance 1m 4f: 9R.

Winner: Sirius 13-5 (GER), Second: Berlin Berlin 135-10, Third: Lucky Speed (IRE) 11-5f

French Fancies

Sunday 29th June at Saint Cloud: Grand Prix De Saint-Cloud (Group 1) 4yo+: Turf Good to Soft: Distance 1m 4f: 7R.

It looked like runner up Noble Mission at 2-1 odds had the race in the bag having never looked troubled and with at least a four length lead at one point. With about half a furlong left Noble Mission began to wind down his run thus enabling the persistent chaser Spirit Jim to catch the leader in the last 100m. On the line 8-1 Spirit Jim took victory by a nose.

Sunday 10th August at Deauville: Larc Prix Maurice De Gheest (Group 1) 3yo+: Turf Heavy: Distance 6½ f: 14R. Winner: Garswood 17-2, Second: Thawaany (IRE) 5-1, Third: Fiesolana (IRE) 10-1.

Garswood travelled well and looked comfortable taking victory whilst Thawaany fought hard against tough opponents to run a career best to take second place. Fiesolana seemed to enjoy her first sub mile run this season to secure a third place.

Bits and Pieces

The racecourse at Wolverhampton has reopened having been closed since the end of April. Dunstall Park has a new Tapeta surface installed, having removed the old Polytrack one. Tapeta is already used in places such as Meydan in Dubai, but until now British racecourses have never installed it. Once again Wolverhampton is a pioneer for British racing, having been at the forefront for enabling floodlit racing to take place.

Shortly after racing in the Coral-Eclipse The Fugue was retired having suffered a career ending injury.

California Chrome will return to the racetrack in the USA in either the Pennsylvania Derby on September 20th or the Awesome Again Stakes on September 27th.

California Chrome Looking Good. Image credit California Chrome's Facebook page.

California Chrome Looking Good. Image credit California Chrome’s Facebook page.



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