updated 12:08 PM UTC, Oct 20, 2018

Fortune fires title warning shot

The brilliant veteran jockey Andrew Fortune made his intentions of winning the National Jockeys Championship for a second time in his career clear on Sunday when riding a five-timer at Flamingo Park.

He has ridden 35 winners this season so far at a strike rate of 18.52% and has opened a five winner lead over Anthony Delpech.

Four of Fortune’s winners were for trainer Tienie Prinsloo and one was for Cliffie Miller. They returned odds of 5/1, even money, 3/1, 2/1 and 9/10.

Muzi Yeni, who rode one winner , is seven off the pace on the national log in third place. Last year’s champion Gavin Lerena is now 21 off the pace as is Anton Marcus, while Piere Strydom, who has a suspension cloud hanging over his head, is 15 winners behind Fortune.

The 2013/2014 champion S’Manga Khumalo had one winner, but is 22 off the pace in the early running for the championships.




Qatar Prix Vermeille : Fly Away Trêve !!!

Incroyable ! Au frein à main pendant 1.500m, Trêve sort le peloton de sa torpeur dans la fausse ligne droite et la phase finale du Qatar Prix Vermeille n'est finalement qu'une formalité pour elle. Son acte 3 est une totale réussite et, plus que jamais, Trêve est la grande favorite du prochain Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Quelle impression ! Trêve était en balade dans ce Qatar Prix Vermeille (Groupe 1), son acte 3 en vue du prochain Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Groupe 1). Ses adversaires les plus proches, les deux 3 ansCandarliya et Sea Calisi, ne peuvent que constater les dégâts à distance. Trêve s’impose comme une pouliche de Groupe dans un simple maiden. L’impression visuelle quelle laisse est formidable.

Des écarts énormes à l’arrivée

A deux doigts d’être très brillante dans le parcours, Trêve a finalement livré une copie qui ressemble à celle de sa victoire dans l’Arc 2013 (où elle battait Orfèvre et Intello). Venue dans la fausse ligne droite – un endroit où il ne faut pas bouger à Longchamp… avec un cheval « normal » – elle accélère de nouveau dans la ligne droite, clouant sur place l’opposition. Ici, elle relègue à plus de 4 longueurs (écart « officiel ») Candarliya et Sea Calisi, deux 3 ans en progrès qui n’ont jamais pu accrocher la championne aux deux « Arc ».

A douze longueurs (écart « officiel ») de Trêve, on retrouve Arabian Queen, qui venait de faire tomber l’invincibilité de Golden Horn dans lesJuddmonte International Stakes (Groupe 1). A sa décharge, Arabian Queen s’est montrée brillante et elle débutait sur la distance de 2.400m.



Source: Equidia




Gregorio Arena and Paula Terase in coma after "suspicious" falls

Italian police are investigating two suspicious falls that left an English jockey in a coma and an Italian rider seriously injured on Tuesday.


The two horses fell over a hole in the San Siro racecourse in Milan within an hour of each other on Tuesday morning, La Stampa reported.

Angela Paula Terase, a 52-year-old amateur jockey and horse trainer, was warming up her horse when the animal tripped over the hole 15 meters from the finish line.

The fall unseated the rider, who fell to the ground. Paramedics arrived immediately and Terase was rushed to hospital, where she was put in an induced coma.

Police say the hole is around 20cm deep and 40cm wide, and suspect that it was made, either intentionally or by accident, some time on Monday.

“No hole should ever have been there,” Fabio De Pasquale, the public prosecutor who opened the case, told La Stampa.

It is thought that the hole was man-made, but police are not ruling out the possibility that it was made by the hoof of a galloping horse.

Police are also investigating why, following the first fall, the hole was not spotted or filled in by the racetrack maintenance team - which led to another serious incident shortly afterwards.

Just one hour later, Gregorio Arena, a professional 29-year-old jockey from Catania, was unseated as his horse, Pittura d’Arcadia, fell over the same hole.

Arena was also seriously injured in the fall and was rushed to hospital, where he underwent surgery for a subdural hematoma.

Following the second fall the track was closed and an investigation opened.

Both horses escaped uninjured.



Damien Oliver wins his 10th Melbourne Jockey’s Premiership and is one away from the record

DAMIEN Oliver edged closer to the highest record after a late-season surge secured his tenth Melbourne Jockey’s Premiership when city racing for the season ended at Geelong on Sunday.

The two-time Melbourne Cup winner now only trails Roy Higgins and Bill Duncan who both won eleven premierships after recording a winner in the opening race on Sebring Sally to take his season tally to 60.

Craig Williams, who started the final day of the season two wins behind Oliver, later won on Strong Hand but remained two behind.

Oliver, who won his first premiership 24 years ago, said he would put equalling the premiership record high on his agenda for next season.

“That’s something I’ll aim for next year. It’s something I’ve never thought achievable to equal such great jockeys,” Oliver said,

Oliver said winning the premiership this year was fulfilling.

“I won my first premiership when I was 19. To be able to get another one when I’m 43 is testimony to my longevity,” he said.

“It’s been an exciting battle with Dwayne (Dunn) and Craig (Williams) over the past month.”

Oliver described this season as one of the busiest he had had. He rode more than 100 winners for the first time in several years with a total of 115 ½ winners for the season having gone further than most years for rides.

“I’ve had to ride a lot more in the country as it’s just so competitive and I’ve ridden more country winners than I have for many years,” he said.

“It’s one of the busiest seasons I’ve ever had. I’ve worked hard the whole season as you’ve just got too,”

Oliver said the highlights of his season were winning the Victoria Derby on Preferment and also the Mackinnon Stakes on Happy Trails where he defeated Joao Moreira.

Oliver said he thought his chances of winning the premiership may have been over when he fell at Bendigo in early June but luckily he recovered quickly from that.

Oliver said he would take it a little easier in the next few weeks and wouldn’t ride as much in the country, but wouldn’t be jumping out of the saddle completely.

“I won’t take a break as you can’t afford to with spring around the corner,” he said.

Oliver said two exciting horses he was committed to for the upcoming spring were Alpine Eagle and Rich Enuff.




Power King overcomes wave of drama to win 2015 Vodacom Durban July

A sense of déjà vu washed over Greyville Racecourse on Saturday 4 July as for the second year running the capacity crowd and millions of television viewers the world over waited on the edge of their seats for the final outcome of the Vodacom Durban July however in the end first across the line Power King claimed victory from Punta Arenas.

Yet again Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event lived up to expectation as race seven’s drama added to the glitz and the glamour of the morning’s array of fashion competitions, entertainment and on-track action and paved the way for a long night of celebrations and enjoyment for many.

Stuart Randolph ridden and Dean Kannemeyer trained Power King was locked in a neck-and-neck tussle with fellow son of Silvano and Maine Chance Farms bred gelding Punta Arenas over the final few hundred meters before contact between the two and an objection delayed the announcement of the final standings for ten agonizing minutes.

In the end the judges believed nothing was untoward and the results stood, sending some punters into elation while others were left wondering what could have been, the rest soaked up the final few rays of the gentle winter sun after a day of clear and warm conditions.

While the field was abuzz with punters and socialites, hundreds of fashionistas sporting outfits inspired by the cruise couture fashion theme, ‘The Captain’s Table’, had their eyes set on claiming a victory of their own as the day’s various race day competitions afforded them an opportunity to clinch a moment in the limelight.

In the end designers Mthonzi Mthembu, Kireshen Chetty, Teez M Fashion House and Sifiso Sabele claimed victory in the Gold Circle Most Striking Couple, Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator and Classic Racewear for Male and Female categories respectively.

The Vodacom Durban July Fashion Experience didn't stop there though with the winners of the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer and Fashion Challenge presented by Durban Fashion Fair handpicked by a panel of fashion experts and announced on the ultimate fashion stage.

After months of hard work, preparation, excitement and nerves, Carla Gerstmeier of Durban University of Technology and Cailtin Shoesmith saw their dreams realized.

The massive crowd also had the opportunity to soak in all the glam of the eight Invited Designer’s collections made up of Terrence Bray, Haroun Hansrot, Brenda Quinn, Sibu Msimang, Colleen Eitzen, Jane Wolff and Dale McCarthy from McCarthy & Wolff from Durban and Hangwani Nengovhela and Craig Jacobs from Johannesburg, their splendid outfits modeled on the action stage to a crowd of adoring onlookers.



Magnificent Treve Triumphs at Saint-Cloud

Dual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Treve is on course for a third bid to win Europe's premier middle distance race after digging in to capture the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) June 28.
Sheikh Joaan's 5-year-old Motivator mare was the headliner entering the race and lived up to her star billing when she snatched a victory from Juddmonte's group I winner Flintshire, with the Aga Khan's Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) victress Dolniya third. Flintshire made the lead a quarter mile out, but eventually Treve found another gear when called upon and won by 1 1/4 lengths.
"She won very easily. She just needed a little tap to make her go," trainer Criquette Head-Maarek told England's Press Association.
In covering the 2,400 meters (about 1 1/2 miles) on good turf in 2:27.59, Treve won for the second time in as many starts this season; she also took the Prix Corrida (Fr-II) May 29 for trainer Criquette Head-Maarek. Regular rider Thierry Jarnet was aboard for Sunday's victory.
Treve was keen to race early on before Jarnet settled in her fourth. Stablemate Altaira dictated the tempo and then went wide into the stretch with Jerome Claudic, making way for Treve's run. Flintshire, cruising comfortably along the rail with Vincent Chaminaud, gained command when Altaira faded, but Treve was in pursuit over a furlong out and gradually wore him down before blowing by the final 150 yards with urging from Jarnet. 
Treve captured the 2013 Arc and was retired after her second Arc win last October. A mating with Dubawi was planned and then shelved when her connections decided to bid for a historic third Arc win in Oct. 4 at Longchamp.
If all goes according to plan, Treve have some time off, then will prep for the Arc in the Prix Vermeille (Fr-I) Sept. 13.
Treve tallied a fifth victory at the top level Sunday and improve her career line to 8-1-0 from 10 starts.
"That was really exciting," Sheikh Joaan's racing adviser Harry Herbert said. "It just shows she's as good as ever or better than ever because it was a very impressive performance on ground that was certainly quicker than ideal.
"She was a little bit free, but Thierry got her beautifully settled and she's just a champion."

SA Racing’s Farewell To Top Jock

Kevin Shea has officially hung up his riding boots after both his neurosurgeon and doctor declared him unfit to race ride again due to the effects of wear and tear on his back.

Shea had a glittering 37 year career and will be remembered not only for his brilliance in the saddle but also his colourful personality. Fortunately the latter will not be lost to the industry as he is clearly enjoying his new role as an on course presenter.

He joined the South African Jockeys Academy in 1977 and rode his first winner in 1979 on the Des Rich-trained Druids Robe over 1200m at Greyville.

He was still an apprentice when landing his first Gr 1 winner on the Buller Benton-trained Have A Fling in the Holiday Inns at Turffontein. The horse landed a  betting coup for one of the country’s biggest owners and punters, Cyril Hurvitz.

Shea, thanks to a pair of the finest hands in the game and peerless big match temperament, was at his best on top horses.

In the 2008 Vodacom Durban July he rode the Justin Snaith-trained Dancer’s Daughter for the first time and this powerful grey filly had over raced in her previous start when winning the Gr 1 Gold Challenge, so many pundits wrote her off, saying that from the wide draw over 2200m she would never settle. However, if anybody was going to be able to settle her it would be Shea and he duly relaxed her beautifully towards the back of the field, which as a handy sort she had never experienced before. She stormed up the straight to dead-heat with the great Pocket Power in one of the big race’s most thrilling finishes.

Shea’s other July win was also aboard a filly, the great Mike de Kock-trained Ipi Tombe, whom he regards as one of the best he has ever ridden.

He holds another De Kock-trained filly, Sun Classique, in equal regard. (she was formerly trained by Mike Bass)

Shea always enjoyed plenty of support and was associated with top trainers like Tony Furness, David Payne, Doug Campbell, David Goss, Mike De Kock and Duncan Howells.

However, his best years were undoubtedly with De Kock, and he played a particularly vital role for the master trainer in his overseas campaigns.

His first international Gr 1 win for De Kock was aboard Ipi Tombe in the Dubai Duty Free in 2003. Then in a memorable 2008 the pair combined to win the Gr 1 Dubai Sheema Classic with Sun Classique, the Gr 1 QE II Cup in Hong Kong with Archipenko and the Gr 1 Hong Kong Cup with Eagle Mountain. However, they also suffered one of the most disappointing moments of their respective careers that year when Archipenko was kept in a pocket in the  Gr 1 Arlington Million and denied almost certain victory. Later in 2010, the pair combined to finish second in the world’s richest race, the $US million Dubai World Cup, with the South African-bred Lizard’s Desire, losing in a photo finish that took an age to decide.

Shea had a number of other stakes victories for De Kock overseas, including winning the Gr 2 Al Fahidi Fort five times.

He also rode for De Kock in the UK, which is not always a welcome environment for a foreign jockey. However, his gregarious and likeable personality enabled him to fit in easily and he reveled in the opportunity to experience the many different racecourses and the centuries of tradition behind their races. His most memorable moment over there was aboard Eagle Mountain when breaking the course record on the famous Rowley Mile course at Newmarket in the Gr 2 Joel Stakes over a mile. He also won the Gr 2 Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot on Archipenko. He rode in one of the world’s most famous races, the Ascot Gold Cup, and recalls the immortal four-time winner of this race Yeats running with his head in his chest while he was pushing his mount Thundering Star along to stay in touch coming up the hill from Swinley Bottom.

Shea’s skills were not blunted by age and, already in his fifties, he rode four Gr 1 winners last year, two aboard the Duncan Howells-trained Via Africa, one on the Joey Soma-trained Athina and one on the Howells-trained Same Jurisdiction.



Frankie Dettori steals the show on fifth and final day at Royal Ascot despite Ryan Moore's record-breaking week

If only Ryan Moore had booked a holiday this week, Frankie Dettori would stand alone again as the darling of the Royal Ascot crowd. Moore, surprisingly, drew a blank on the final afternoon – his best place being second on Ballydoyle in the Chesham Stakes. He received his leading jockey trophy – his fifth in six years - from the Queen.

But it was Dettori, the jockey who still draws the biggest cheers at this historic and theatrical feature of the British summer, who stole the show on the fifth and final day. The resurgent 44-year-old may have lagged the racing version of a country mile behind Moore’s modern-day record nine winners for the week. But three winners for a jockey who looked virtually down and out at this meeting two years ago is some return, especially as it maintained the momentum of his Derby win on Golden Horn and his French Oaks on Star of Seville.

In many years, three victories would have secured Dettori’s the prize of being the meeting’s top jockey as it did for him in 2003.

Saturday’s climax, in front of a 71,000 crowd, saw the Italian follow up wins of Osaila in Tuesday’s Sandringham Stakes and Time Test in Wednesday’s Tercentenary Stakes with Group One glory on American sprinter Undrafted in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. It was a second winner at the meeting for trainer Wesley Ward, who proved he was a signed-up member of the Dettori fan club when he said: ‘I love him more than his wife.’ Emotions were running high. Ward, who heralded the win as the greatest of his career, had watched as Dettori hit the front in the six-furlong dash in the final 75 yards and hold off Aussie 7-2 favourite Brazen Beau by half a length.

Adding to the emotion, a tearful Ward had feared he might have to miss the race after spending Friday night in hospital when he young daughter Derae was taken ill with Bell’s Palsy.

Fortunately she recovered and was well enough to be at his side to witness Undrafted, a gelding part-owned by absent former Denver Broncho’s wide receiver Wes Welker who had finished fourth in last season’s July Cup at Newmarket.

Ward said: ‘He is a tremendous horse at the top of his game and he showed it today.

‘I have been on the phone to Frankie for weeks telling him how good he was. I really felt that, given the right ride, we could get it done.

‘Frankie is superb. You can have a Porche against Porches but you still have to have the right guy at the wheel and this is a magical guy.

‘He is just a cool-sitter and go-getter.’

Dettori responded: ‘I won this race when it was a group three but not as a group one so it was something missing from my CV.

‘Wesley is a big supporter of me and a good friend. Nothing give me more pleasure than winning this race for him.’

Dettori had enjoyed a less enjoyable time on John Gosden’s Eagle Top, three-and-three-quarter length runner-up to Sir Michael Stoute’s Snow Sky in the Hardwicke Stakes.

In truth, the winner was probably the best horse and benefited from an exquisitely-timed Pat Smullen front-running ride.

But Gosden took exception to what was interpreted as the ride of Adam Kirby on third-placed Postponed, who raced legally but close to Eagle Top.

Gosden said: ‘I always felt when a jockey is paid to ride a horse they should ride their own horse. Unfortunately, a certain jockey spent the whole of the race riding ours!’

Gosden’s Paul Hanagan-ridden Wolverton Handicap winner Mahsoob is progressing through the ranks so fast he could end up in next month’s King George and waiting for him could be Snow Sky, although connection will have to supplement a colt who looked a stayer when winning last month’s Yorkshire Cup.

It was a welcome change of luck for Stoute, who cruelly had had three horses pulled up at the meeting with one, Stravagante, having to be put down yesterday.

The trainer, who ran three in the race, said: ‘I thought (sixth-placed) Telescope was my best chance but Ryan said he ground was too quick.

‘I was thinking he was a Melbourne Cup horse but were might have to have a re-think is programme. I knew Snow Sky would run well – he has been in great form at home – but I am surprised by the way he did it.

‘That is the best race he has run by a long way. This week has not been a success but you have to look forward in this game otherwise it will kill you.

Meanwhile, Stoute’s royal filly Capel Path, who fractured his left foreleg in Thursday’s Britannia Stakes, remains under treatment in Newmarket. Swelling in the leg needs to subside before accurate assessment of his injuries can be made.

The feature Wokingham Handicap went to David Lanigan-trained 10-1 shot Interception, ridden by George Baker.




Frankie Dettori wins Epsom Derby with Golden Horn

FRANKIE DETTORI hailed Golden Horn as "as good as I've ridden" in the wake of his stunning Investec Derby win at Epsom on Saturday.

The jockey celebrated a second victory in the Epsom Classic well into the night after the 13-8 favourite led home stablemate Jack Hobbs in a 1-2 for trainer John Gosden.

Dettori displayed his Derby-winning trophy when dropping by Gosden's Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket where William Buick, rider of the runner-up, was also in attendance.

"I told my dad after the race that in my 28 years yesterday was the most thrilling moment of my career," he said. "It was even better than the magnificent seven at Ascot. It was really special. It was a great training performance by John and Golden Horn is as good as I've ridden. Yesterday was as good as it gets."

Dettori, who misses his ride at Goodwood on Sunday afternoon, can look forward to renewing acquaintance with the winner in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown next month for which he is 6-4 favourite with the sponsors.


Source: www.racingpost.com

American Pharoah Wins Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown

As American Pharoah came out of the far turn and squared his shoulders to let his rider Victor Espinoza stare down the long withering stretch of Belmont Park, a sense of inevitability surged through this mammoth old grandstand. The fans in a capacity crowd strained on the tips of their toes and let out a roar from deep in their souls. It was going to end, finally — this 37-year search for a great racehorse.

No, a battered old sport was looking for an immortal thoroughbred, one worthy to stand alongside Sir Barton and Assault, War Admiral and Whirlaway, Count Fleet and Citation, a horse able to earn the title of a Triple Crown champion.

There had been only 11 of them in history, and America had elected five presidents, fought three wars and lived through at least three economic downturns since Affirmed had last completed the feat in 1978. In the interim, 12 other very good racehorses had pulled into the starting gate at this grand old racetrack on Long Island with a chance to become the next great horse, only to fall short at the hands of a great rival, as Sunday Silence did to Easy Goer in 1989 or as Real Quiet did in 1998 in a heartbreaking photo finish, or to find the mile-and-a-half distance of the Belmont Stakes just too much, as California Chrome did last year.

But as American Pharoah bounded into the stretch amid a deafening roar, the memories of the gritty Affirmed, the speedy Seattle Slew (1977) and that tremendous machine Secretariat (1973) were summoned from backside to grandstand, and rightfully so.

No one doubted that American Pharoah was about to enter the history books. He was bouncing down the lane as if jumping from one trampoline to another, and no one was going to catch him.

The colt’s trainer, Bob Baffert, was transported. He, too, had previously come here certain that he had a horse that belonged among the giants of racing, only to feel his heart ascend to his throat. In 1997, Silver Charm had been caught two jumps before the wire by Touch Gold, a rival he did not see. In 1998, Baffert watched as Victory Gallop got a half-nostril ahead of Real Quiet at the wire. In 2002, he watched War Emblem stumble out of the gate and lose any chance to win.

Baffert had watched Secretariat win the Belmont by 31 lengths on a little television in Arizona with his father, Bill. He remembered that moment and wished that his parents were still alive to see this. Suddenly, he was a fan rather than a Hall of Fame trainer.

Source: New York Times