#startrackingWednesdayAugust3rd 12.15pm

Sorry I have been quiet on the blogging front recently but I am deep into research for York’s Ebor meeting (my favourite four days on the flat) and that has involved trawling the net for owners/trainers saying York is the plan. Of course getting constantly side-lined is part of the fun!!

Here are some bits and pieces I found on the way that I found interesting and hope you do as well! Especially the Frankel piece!


“…there’s a bit of coughing going around in Newmarket at the moment…” James Fanshawe on sportinglife.com Aug. 2nd

Paul Smith, son of part-owner Derrick Smith, said: “I think the ground is important. As we’ve seen with War Fronts, it’s important they get good ground.”


Don’t forget your Jersey Ian Ogg Sporting Life August 2nd

“Hugo Palmer was also annoyed at the defeat of Home Of The Brave who “ran with the choke out all the way” and he was left hoping that he won’t have to run Home Of The Brave and Lennox Stakes third Gifted Master against each other again. He did add that he was “delighted with how they have run” and the latter gave some sort of boost to the form of the Jersey Stakes having only finished ninth at Royal Ascot – indeed, that Group Three contest was seen to the fore throughout the week. The winner, Ribchester, ran a blinder in the Sussex Stakes and may well have gone closer still granted a little more luck in running while Ascot second and third, Thikriyaat and Forge, filled the first two places in the Thoroughbred Stakes. The former was a snug winner but the second also deserves credit as he was noticeably coltish in the pre-parade ring, whinnying and paying little attention to the day job. The eighth home from the Jersey, Raucous, has reverted to sprinting since but followed up his third in the Hackwood Stakes by filling the same position in the Stewards’ Cup. It’s a race that could continue to pay to follow and while the likes of fifth, sixth and seventh home – Remarkable, Castle Harbour and Haalick are of obvious interest – don’t ignore some of those that finished further back such as the lightly raced C Note who could relish a return to racing on softer ground this autumn and pick up a decent handicap.”

Racing UK Thoroughbred Stakes report “Former high-class juvenile Emotionless took the field along for much of the one-mile journey, with both Paul Hanagan aboard Thikriyaat and Forge‘s rider Ryan Moore biding their time. Moore kept out of trouble, delivering his challenge on the outside of the field, while Hanagan was briefly caught in a pocket before the gap came. The stablemates picked up almost as one in the final furlong and it was Thikriyaat who got the better of the argument by half a length. Hanagan said: “He does just enough, really. I had to really sit and suffer on him, but he’s got such a lovely temperament – he loves to please. In time, you’ll see him step up in trip. Without doubt he’ll get further.” Stoute said of the winner: “He’s very tough and honest and consistent – he’s a very admirable horse. I think he’ll get a bit further than that (a mile).”

Of the runner-up, the Newmarket handler added: “He’s a nice horse in the making.”


“…the list of Gordon Stakes winners is pretty impressive too. It’s the winner of that race, Ulysses, that I’m most excited about, even if we’re going to have to wait until next year to see the best of the brilliantly-bred colt.” Ian Ogg Sporting Life August 2nd


Sunday 31 July 2016 Racing UK

Foundation could have his first start since he underwent a gelding operation on Saturday after connections earmarked a likely assault on the Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock. The John Gosden-trained three-year-old, winner of the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket last season, underwent the procedure after he finished last in the French Derby at Chantilly in June. Harry Herbert, spokesman for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: “We have gelded Foundation as he was very shouty in France and he ran no sort of race.The plan is to run him in the Rose of Lancaster and to take it one step at a time with him.”

Also in contention for the Group Two on Merseyside is the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Arab Spring. The six-year-old, winner of the 2014 Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot, has not been seen since finishing second in last year’s Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown. Stoute said: “I am hoping to run Arab Spring in the Rose of Lancaster. He has had a series of setbacks and that is the story of his life.”


TOP 2yo’s 2016

SOUTH SEASAndrew Balding looking towards Solario date with South Seas Sunday 24 July 2016

Andrew Balding is contemplating stepping the unbeaten South Seas up in both trip and class for next month’s Solario Stakes at Sandown. Although plans are yet to be firmed up for the two-year-old, the Kingsclere handler has earmarked the seven-furlong Group Three contest as a potential target. After bolting up by eight lengths over six furlongs on his debut at Windsor, the son of Lope De Vega sidestepped an outing in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket’s July Festival on account of quick ground. The Qatar Racing-owned colt made it two wins from as many starts when taking a novice event over the same trip at Haydock earlier this month. Balding said: “We might look at the Solario with South Seas. At this stage he does not want fast ground, he will handle it at some stage in his career but it doesn’t have to be this year. He will probably only have a couple more runs this year so we will pick and choose where he goes.”

SEVEN HEAVENS – Seven Heavens team bide their time Monday 25 July 2016

John Gosden has no fixed target as yet for his exciting Frankel colt Seven Heavens. The youngster, who is out of Cheveley Park’s Group Three-winning mare Heaven Sent, was an impressive winner at Ascot on his debut. He held entries at both Ascot and Newmarket last weekend but Gosden chose to bide his time. What makes Seven Heavens slightly unique is that he was a rare youngster purchased at the sales by Khalid Abdullah, with Frankel’s owner going to 620,000 guineas at Tattersalls last October.

“He’s in good form, we’re just considering our options,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, Abdullah’s racing manager. John wasn’t keen on him running at the weekend, he thought it might just come a little too soon. He came out of his race well and we were very pleased with him. Frankie (Dettori) rode him last week in a piece of work and was pretty pleased with him. We’ll just take him as we find him.”


CHURCHILL – Derby favourite Churchill digs deep to take Tyros Stakes Racing UK Thursday 21 July 2016

Churchill had to battle to justify his short price in the Japan Racing Association Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.

Ante-post favourite for the Investec Derby after his Chesham Stakes success at Royal Ascot, the Aidan O’Brien-trained winner was given a real fright by the once-raced Alexios Komnenos on his outside from the furlong pole.

But in the end the 2-5 market leader dug deep for Ryan Moore to prevail by a neck from the Tommy Stack-trained runner-up, adding his name to a roll of honour that includes the likes of Gleneagles, Rip Van Winkle, New Approach and Teofilo among others. RaceBets left Churchill unchanged at 16-1 joint-favourite for Epsom and 8-1 second-favourite for the 2000 Guineas.

O’Brien said: “When he gets there he’s very babyish and green. We saw that at Ascot. He’s a little immature still. He got there very easily, but the other horse challenged wide and Ryan said he didn’t see him until late. I was delighted with the way he travelled through the race.” He went on: “We always thought he was very good. He had a nice run when third at the Curragh and we obviously saw what he did in Ascot. We were a little worried in Ascot as they went slow and he got there early and was green. He got to the front today and waited again. I think the Futurity is where we will go now.”


GENERAL MACARTHUR – Racing UK Thursday 21 July 2016

Sharing favouritism for the Derby is Churchill’s stablemate Douglas Macarthur, after he banished the memory of a disappointing first run in the Frank Conroy EBF Maiden. The full-brother to 2012 Oaks heroine Was never a factor when backed as if defeat was out of the question on his introduction, but his supporters kept the faith and sent him off at 9-10. In contrast to that debut, he bowled along happily at the head of affairs and Moore did not have to get too serious for him to see off World War by five lengths. O’Brien said: “We’re very happy with that. The reason we let him roll on was because he was so green last time and needed to learn. Even today at the road he landed in the middle of it and he’s still a baby. In an ideal world he’d have a run or two more before next year. His mind is still sleeping but we knew he had a massive engine. He would have learned a lot today. We knew he had a big engine as he was doing very good things. We were taken a little aback by how green he was. We’ll look at the Beresford or the Golden Fleece for him. I’d like to give him a little bit of time. He’s still very babyish.”


APEX KING – Apex King rules at Ascot on ‘emotional’ day for Eddery family  RacingUK Saturday 23 July 2016

Apex King emerged victorious after a thrilling climax to the Wooldridge Group Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot. The Ed Dunlop-trained juvenile finished down the field on his Leicester debut at the end of May and though he appeared much improved when scoring on his second start at Newmarket last month, he was a 12-1 shot stepped up in grade.

Andrea Atzeni settled his mount in midfield before angling wide to throw down his challenge in the last of seven furlongs. Apex King responded gamely, coming home best to deny the front-running Monticello by a neck.

The runner-up ran a fine race in defeat, but came up narrowly short in his hat-trick bid, with his stable companion, Frankuus, a close third. Dunlop said: “He’ll never run over that trip again as he wants a mile now. He did exactly what he did at Newmarket, but beat better class horses this time. All being well, subject to the owner’s approval, he’ll go for the Royal Lodge (Newmarket, September 24). I think he’s shown he goes on any ground.”


Ten unraced Frankel progeny to look out for over the months ahead Racing UK Andy Stephens Sat. 23 July

1: ERDOGAN (Bay colt with John Gosden)

Bought by Sheikh Joaan al‑Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing for 750,000gns at Tattersalls at Newmarket in October, when the auctioneer kept referring to him as “The Magnificent Frankel”. The colt’s dam is Dar Re Mi, the triple Group One winner who herself was trained by John Gosden. There has been a real buzz about this youngster and his debut is keenly anticipated.

2: LA FIGLIA (Chestnut filly with William Haggas) “We just wanna make the world dance, forget about the price tag,” sang Jesse J in her pop ditty Price Tag from 2011, which was in the top 20 when Frankel won the 2,000 Guineas. No doubt William Haggas would like everybody to forget about the price tag of La Figlia, but there is no escaping that Australian entrepreneur Paul Makin smashed the Irish foal record when paying €1.8 million for her in 2014. She is a daughter of Finsceal Beo, the runaway Prix Marcel Boussac winner of 2006 who the following year won the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas.

3: NOTHING BUT DREAMS (bay filly with Roger Varian) Just how good could a filly sired by Frankel out of an Prix De l’Arc De Triomphe winner be? Well, over the months ahead we are going to find out, because Nothing But Dreams has a famous mum in German-trained Danedream, the five-length winner of winner of the Arc in 2011 who came to British shores to land the King George the following summer. She ended her career with rating of 128. Nothing But Dreams is her first foal so may be on the small side (the first offspring of dams generally are) but, in her favour, she was an early foal (January 27).

4: FINCHE (chestnut colt with Andre Fabre) Naming racehorses can be a delicate process and sometimes there are a multitude of hidden reasons behind the process. However, in this instance it seems pretty basic. Finche is a product of Frankel and Binche. It is no great surprise he has been sent to Fabre because he has trained Binche’s best offspring – Byword (winner of the 2010 Prince of Wales’s Stakes) and Proviso, although the latter enjoyed her biggest days in America after leaving him.

5: AMSER (bay filly with Andre Fabre) A March 1 daughter of Clepsydra, who managed one win from six starts and ended her career rated 75. However, the daughter of Sadler’s Wells has been a revelation as a broodmare – producing seven winners including Timepiece (won Falmouth Stakes in 2011), Passage Of Time (Group One winner), Father Time (won King Edward VII Stakes in 2007) and Continuum (rated 98 at peak).

6: MORI (Bay filly with Sir Michael Stoute) A daughter of the mighty Midday, a seven-time Group One winner. A month after she was born, Juddmonte Stud Manager Simon Mockridge said: “Attractive, quality filly. Has size and scope. Deep girthed, broad hips, strong quartered. Good bone. Strong hind leg. Very good foal.”

7: AURORA GOLD (Bay filly with John Gosden) John Gosden has already struck with two Frankels – Cunco and Seven Heavens – and will no doubt be disappointed if this daughter of Midsummer, who was the dam of Midday, does not add to the tally. Her other offspring have included Hot Snap, a Group Three winner.

8: MIRAGE DANCER (bay colt with Sir Michael Stoute) Will hopefully fare better than the Mirage Dancer who began his career in the 1980s and ended up winning four modest races over jumps from 63 starts. On that subject, will we ever see a Frankel over obstacles? What a thought. This Mirage Dancer is a daughter of Heat Haze, which means his grandam is the exceptional Hasili – also dam of Champs Eysees, Banks Hill, Intercontinental, Cacique and Dansili.

9: OCCURRENCE (bay filly by Arrive with Roger Charlton) The Charlton stable already one piece of Frankel hot property in Fair Eva – could Occurrence be another? She is a daughter of Arrive (sired by Derby winner Kahyasi) and has two excellent offspring to her name – the Group One-winning Promising Lead and Visit, who was trained by Bobby Frankel, the man the equine great is named after.

10: GOLDRUSH (bay filly with Jim Bolger) There have been a few horses christened Goldrush or Gold Rush over the years, none of them superstars. Then again, none of them were a mix between Alexander Goldrun and Frankel. Alexander Goldrun was a five-time Group One winner over a mile and a quarter, although she has yet to shine in the paddocks. This filly was foaled on March 1.



May 13: Cunco (7-2) wins a 6f maiden on at Newbury.

May 27: Majoris (13-2) is a staying-on sixth at Haydock.

June 3: Queen Kindly (2-5) scores easily over 5f at Catterick.

June 8: Fair Eva (evens) routs the opposition in a novice event at Haydock.

June 9: Frankuus (4-1) wins a novice stakes over 7f at Haydock.

June 17: Queen Kindly (7-2) is half a length third in the Group Three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

June 18: Cunco (7-2) is third in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. Frankuus (15-2) is fifth in the same race.

July 5: Majoris (5-6) takes a 7f maiden at Brighton.

July 9: Cunco (7-2) finishes fourth in the Group Two bet365 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket. On the same day Toulifaut (7-5), one of his daughters, trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, won a 7f fillies’ maiden at Clairefontaine. On the same card, one of his sons, Last Kingdom, finished second.

July 13: Queen Kindly wins at 1-16 in a minor event at Catterick. Frankel was 1-20 for his second Sussex win!

July 16: Lightening Fast (5-2), trained by Ger Lyons, is Frankel’s first runner in Ireland. Slow away and eighth of 13.

July 23: Frankuus (11-2) keeps on stoutly to finish half a length third in a 7f Listed race at Ascot. In the next race, Fair Eva romps home by four lengths in the Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes and is slashed to as low as 4-1 for the 1,000 Guineas.

July 27: Richard Fahey’s Senator (13-8) gets up late on over six furlongs on his debut at Leicester after trading at 43-1 in-running.


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