Across the pond

Re: Across the pond

Postby stark » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:10 pm

https://twitter.com/AtTheRaces/status/8 ... 8463844353

An investigation is to be carried out after the 'wrong horse' won a race at Great Yarmouth at odds of 50-1.

The two-year-old Mandarin Princess, trained by Charlie McBride, was declared winner of the race at 13:40 BST after beating favourite Fyre Cay.

But a scan afterwards identified the horse as three-year-old stablemate Millie's Kiss, who had been due to run in a later race.

Stewards referred the matter to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

The result officially stands for betting purposes, but some bookmakers have said they will pay out on the horses finishing first and second.

The BHA described the incident as "unprecedented" since a microchipping identification system for horses was introduced in 1999.

It said: "The scan identified the horse to be Millie's Kiss, the trainer's other runner in race four.

"They (the stewards) interviewed the trainer, the stable groom, the veterinary officer and the equine welfare integrity officer responsible for the sampling unit.

"Having heard their evidence they referred the matter to the head office of the British Horseracing Authority and ordered Millie's Kiss to be withdrawn from race four."
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Re: Across the pond

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:14 pm

Dual Oaks winner Enable steps up in King George
A powerhouse renewal of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Qipco) (G1) is on tap July 29 at Ascot with dual Oaks winner Enable taking on older rivals Highland Reel, his full brother Idaho, Jack Hobbs and Ulysses.
The 1 1/2-mile test is a Breeders' Cup Challenge race offering a guaranteed spot in the Nov. 4 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T) at Del Mar.

Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... ing-george

From RacingPost:
As well as Enable, Highland Reel will have to contend with three other previous Group 1 winners: Jack Hobbs, My Dream Boat and Eclipse winner Ulysses. Sixties Song is also a dual Grade 1 winner in South America, while Highland Reel's year-younger brother Idaho comes in on the back of a win in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, perhaps the major trial for the King George.
The field is completed by Desert Encounter, Benbatl and Maverick Wave, the first two having recorded career-best efforts in the Eclipse and Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot respectively.
The most surprising of the six absentees at the declarations stage were Permian and Hawkbill.

Read more: https://www.racingpost.com/news/king-ge ... rge/294495

What a great field! I wouldn't have thought that Enable would be vying for favoritism over a horse like Highland Reel, but then I saw that she is getting a fourteen pound weight break from him. :o
I am going to have to get up early to watch this race. Looks like the race goes off at 7:35 AM Pacific.
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Re: Across the pond

Postby ThreeMustangs » Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:00 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Dual Oaks winner Enable steps up in King George
A powerhouse renewal of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Qipco) (G1) is on tap July 29 at Ascot with dual Oaks winner Enable taking on older rivals Highland Reel, his full brother Idaho, Jack Hobbs and Ulysses.
The 1 1/2-mile test is a Breeders' Cup Challenge race offering a guaranteed spot in the Nov. 4 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T) at Del Mar.

Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... ing-george

From RacingPost:
As well as Enable, Highland Reel will have to contend with three other previous Group 1 winners: Jack Hobbs, My Dream Boat and Eclipse winner Ulysses. Sixties Song is also a dual Grade 1 winner in South America, while Highland Reel's year-younger brother Idaho comes in on the back of a win in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, perhaps the major trial for the King George.
The field is completed by Desert Encounter, Benbatl and Maverick Wave, the first two having recorded career-best efforts in the Eclipse and Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot respectively.
The most surprising of the six absentees at the declarations stage were Permian and Hawkbill.

Read more: https://www.racingpost.com/news/king-ge ... rge/294495

What a great field! I wouldn't have thought that Enable would be vying for favoritism over a horse like Highland Reel, but then I saw that she is getting a fourteen pound weight break from him. :o
I am going to have to get up early to watch this race. Looks like the race goes off at 7:35 AM Pacific.


Frankie's battle to make weight for Enable:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/king-ge ... ide/294381

Bummed not to see Permian run.
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Re: Across the pond

Postby Starine » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:34 pm

I'd really like Jack Hobbs to step up and redeem himself after his Prince of Wales debacle, but I'm not sure how likely that is to happen.
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Re: Across the pond

Postby tachyon » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:43 am

Enable is a SUPERSTAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Across the pond

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:55 am

Tremendous race by Enable...although it's hard to discount the weight advantage (14 pounds less than Highland Reel!) the filly got. That has to help, especially over soft ground.
Ulysses was lengths back in second, Highland Reel's little bro, Idaho, got third, with HR fourth. HR never looked comfortable and came through most of the stretch with his head cocked to the left. I hope he gets some rest and then comes back for the fall...maybe the BC Turf, where he's most likely to find the fast ground that he likes?
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Re: Across the pond

Postby carole » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:03 am

Wow what a superstar! Looks like Nathaniel has finally beaten Frankel in something, he has sired that big superstar first!

Can't wait to see her take on the Arc :mrgreen: Maybe she will come face to face with Soul Stirring and then we'll get another battle between Frankel and Nathaniel :P
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Re: Across the pond

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:20 am

That would be quite a match-up. With the winning record fillies have in the Arc, I really like their chances. And the weight allowance sophomore fillies get in the French classic is a distinct advantage, IMHO.
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Re: Across the pond

Postby Sparrow Castle » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:36 am

Enjoyed this article.

Big, beautiful and ripe for a third tilt at glorious Goodwood
It is only when Big Orange is led from his box at Fitzroy House Stables that you recognise the sheer implausibility of his story. His heroic deeds on the racecourse conjure images of an equine gladiator with an indestructible physique. The reality is quite different. It is scarcely credible that he can raise a gallop at all.

A first, intimate encounter with the horse who bewitched galleries at Royal Ascot lays it bare. There’s nothing much wrong with his head save that it is overtly large. His ears are extravagantly long, which many judges like to see in a racehorse. Yet lower your eye to the rest of his frame and it soon becomes clear why he should more likely break down than break opponents’ hearts.

On that score his trainer, Michael Bell, makes no attempt to mitigate. “Basically, to look at him, he’s a very old fashioned National Hunt type of horse,” says the 56-year-old. “He stands 17 hands, he has very high withers and a jumper’s bump on his hind quarters. He's slightly back at the knee, and to top it all he was a box-walker when he was younger.”

He is also a little straight through his hocks, which can inhibit forward propulsion, and very upright on his pasterns, but it’s the box-walking that would ring the loudest alarm bell. Box-walking is an undesirable trait, redolent of a nervy disposition, and constant pacing around a box means the horse will invariably lose condition. In simple terms, you can’t train a horse who lacks condition.

More: https://www.racingpost.com/news/he-s-always-been-the-most-beautiful-mover-he-powers-past-you/294513
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Re: Across the pond

Postby tachyon » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:29 am

carole wrote:Wow what a superstar! Looks like Nathaniel has finally beaten Frankel in something, he has sired that big superstar first!

Can't wait to see her take on the Arc :mrgreen: Maybe she will come face to face with Soul Stirring and then we'll get another battle between Frankel and Nathaniel :P


It's a shame that Frankel filly Soul Stirring(JPN) will not be shipped to Europe this year but next year.
But it would be great if Enable comes to Japan to face with Soul Stirring in the Japan Cup (.... yeah, I know it's very unlikely, haha). :mrgreen:
Like Enable in Europe, Soul Stirring is believed to be the best 3yo in Japan at this point.
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