updated 5:20 PM UTC, Feb 20, 2019

California Chrome earns decisive win, and vindication, in $10-million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race

California Chrome became the highest-earning thoroughbred in North American history Saturday when he impressively and decisively won the $10-million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates.

It was vindication for the popular California-bred. Chrome finished second in the race last year, part of a disappointing campaign for the 4-year-old. Returning to win this race was one of the reasons he was brought back as a 5-year-old. Most horses of Chrome's caliber are placed into stud by that age.

Chrome had more than $6.5 million in earnings before winning $6 million in Saturday's race. The former record-holder was Curlin, with about $10.5 million in earnings.

There was concern that Chrome would be hindered by his No. 11 post and some recent walks where he appeared lathered. But it didn't matter under the lights Saturday as trainer Art Sherman had the horse prepared just right.

Victor Espinoza sharply broke him and took him up near the lead. He ran most of the race three and at times four wide before accelerating in the stretch in a way that truly underscored the horse's place in history. The winning margain was almost four lengths.

It was even more impressive when, after the race, it was seen that Chrome's saddle had slipped back near his hind end, yet it did not deter him.

"The saddle was slipping back a little further and further," Espinoza said. "So I didn't want to take any chance, so I let [him] go."

Chrome won the 1 1/4-mile race in a track record of 2:01.83. Mubtaahij finished second, and California-based Hoppertunity was third. Other U.S.-based horses in the race were Frosted (fifth), Mshawish (sixth) and Keen Ice (eighth).

Sherman was even a little teary eyed in the winner's circle.

"Just to get him back and be here with all of my friends, it's the dream of a lifetime," Sherman said.

Chrome became the third Kentucky Derby winner to win the world's highest-paying race. Silver Charm (1998) and Animal Kingdom (2013) also won this race.

If the current plan holds, Southern Californians will get at least two more chances to see this winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness. After some time off, he's expected to race at Del Mar, possibly in the Pacific Classic, and then conclude his career in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Chrome's inauspicious beginnings, bred for $2,500 to an $8,000 mare, and his rise to racing royalty have steadily been growing his fan base nationally, but especially in California.

His legion of followers, including some 17,500 on Twitter, call themselves Chromies. The horse has shown an affinity for a special brand of cookies, which fans liberally send to the horse's stable at Los Alamitos.

After last year's second in the World Cup, Chrome spent the rest of 2015 being shipped from place to place, but something always kept him from running. He was finally sent to the farm, where he was able to put on needed weight and rest.

He returned to racing in January, easily winning the San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita. He then was shipped to Dubai, where he won a handicap race in late February.

Sherman had talked about how good the horse was looking, and at one point said the horse was five lengths better than he was a year ago. Sherman later backed off that a little as the race approached.

He was right the first time.

Courtesy : Los Angeles Times

Fortune smiles on Karis Teetan with Master double

Options are fast running out for track specialist Horse Of Fortune after a dominant Happy Valley Vase win at the city circuit last night but trainer Tony Millard believes his South African import has already overachieved anyway.

Horse Of Fortune made it back-to-back Class One wins over the extended mile, a soft win that pushed the gelding’s rating into Group race territory, and Millard said whatever happens next is a bonus for the bargain buy.

“He is a real Valley specialist and I guess he has to go to Sha Tin now,” Millard said. “He has done so well to win three races this season, and four overall.

"He didn’t cost much and it took him a while to settle in and reach his potential, but that’s the thing with South African horses - they can take a long time to acclimatise, but the upside is that they cost one-fifth of what horses from other parts of the world do.”

Horse Of Fortune’s win brought up a double for Millard and jockey Karis Teetan, the pair having combined earlier with sprinter Master Viking, a four-year-old that had dropped into Class Five but has now won three straight with yet another front-running display.

“He is in the same boat, it really didn’t agree with him here in Hong Kong to start with,” Millard said. “Barrier one with the rail out in the C really suited him tonight - he was able to use his speed and get his own way.”

Earlier in the night, Matthew Chadwick broke out of a slump in spectacular fashion as he won his first race since returning from injury midway through last month with an early move from the back on Class Five stayer King Bountiful in a 2,200m race.

“The jockey won that race, not the horse,” King Bountiful’s trainer John Size said post-race, the trainer having already won the opener with Go-Getter.

Chadwick had gone 10 meetings without a winner since resuming after early season knee surgery and he wasted no time notching another winner in the following race on Sean Woods-trained Happy Journey.

“He got everything he needed to win there tonight,” said Woods, who moved to seven wins in his quest for 15 - the minimum number he needs to avoid a show cause hearing at the end of the term. “I’m not sure he is a horse that wants to win. He will go back to the dirt now - I think he needs some give out of the ground and that is what helped him tonight.”

Hong Kong’s only female rider Kei Chiong Ka-kei continues to make good progress, notching a first career double and was involved in the most dramatic finish of the night.

The 10-pound claiming apprentice led all the way on Brilliant Proposal, although she did earn a two-day careless riding suspension and a fine when crossing from gate 12 on the Derek Cruz-trained sprinter.

The real drama occurred just before the line - and just after - when Alex Lai Hoi-wing appeared to have the race at his mercy on Fantastico. However, when correcting his mount, which was hanging in, he seemed to cost his horse victory.

Lai was suspended anyway, receiving a three-day careless riding ba and HK$30,000 fine before Chiong was forced to dismount shortly after the line after Brilliant Proposal showed signs of severe lameness.

“Let’s hope the horse is OK,” Cruz said after his horse was immediately taken by float back to Sha Tin. “Kei showed good presence of mind to jump off when she noticed something was wrong. She is riding well and we thought the 10 pounds off his back would be perfect.”

Chiong later denied Teetan a treble when she swooped late on All Win Boy – just her second win for boss Francis Lui Kin-wai.

Joao Moreira took his season tally to 107 wins with a double on Go-Getter and then King Of Mongolia at the five-year-old’s second start for Danny Shum Chap-shing.

“He is a happy horse at the moment,” Shum said. “He had the right situation - a nice draw, a solid speed and a top jockey.”

Neil Callan also fell foul of the stewards, receiving a two-day ban and a fine for careless riding on Amazingly in race six.


Courtesy: South China Morning Post

David enjoys quickfire Singapore trip

Nicci Garner: South African jockey Derreck David, who made a dream debut in Singapore last Friday when he won the Kranji feature on Australian trainer Cliff Brown’s charge Poseidon, says South African jockeys who have ridden internationally in the past have paved the way for their compatriots in Asia.


He mentioned his uncle Bartie Leisher, the first SA jockey to ride in Hong Kong, Dougie Whyte, Karis Teetan, Gavin Lerena and Singapore-based Barend Vorster.

“I take my hat off to them. South African jockeys have good reputations – they have left such a mark with their respectful attitudes and their discipline that my reception here has been amazing.”

In fact, Brown had not even heard about David but still put him up on Poseidon in the feature. “He’s a really nice man,” said the 27-year-old jockey who exchanged a few quips with Brown during his first official appearance in the Kranji parade ring and rode a few of the trainer’s horses in work yesterday.

David, ruling champion jockey in Mauritius, tried his hand in Dubai for six weeks from 4 January during the Mauritian off season before being given a six-week contract in Singapore.

“Dubai wasn’t for me this time,” he said. “I never had a big enough stable behind me, although I did ride a few places.”

Unfortunately, an immigration snag resulted in his tenure in Singapore being reduced to just a week but he was thrilled to “just get a foot in the door”.

“I finally got here after waiting a long time,” he said. “I applied three years ago but got the contract to ride for Gilbert Rousset in Mauritius instead.”

He continued: “Singapore is amazing and the people are amazing. The Singapore Turf Club has been professional and accommodating. They’ve given me a highlight of my career.

“These last few days have been magical, although it’ll probably only sink in on Saturday when I’m on the plane back to Mauritius,” said David, who arrived there last Thursday. “I felt like I was floating on air after winning the feature.

“And the win opened doors with a lot of trainers so I’ve picked up quite a few nice rides on Friday night. I’ll only know tomorrow exactly which horses will be running.

“Some trainers have asked me to extend my contract – and the Singapore Turf Club has indicated they could extend it. But I’ve agreed to ride for Gilbert again this year and it would be unprofessional to let him down at the 11th hour, especially after all he’s done for me. So, rather than striking while the iron’s hot, I’m hoping to get into Singapore next year.”

His Mauritius contract starts today but Rousset has agreed to allow David to ride in Singapore on Friday night and to start work on Tuesday morning. The first Mauritius meeting is on 26 March.

A consummate professional who sets himself achievable goals, David would like to not only win the Mauritius jockeys’ championship again this year, but also to help Rousset win the trainers’ championship.

“I had a remarkable season last year, riding 47 winners at the 33 race meetings (including a five-timer in July). The stable had 52 winners and finished second by stakes on the trainers’ log to Ramapatee Gujadhur.

“My long-term goal,” he added, “is to ride as many winners in as many countries as possible.”


Source: tabnews.co.za

Bouclette Top: Top Of The Island

Gr2 Charity Mile winner Bouclette Top ran his last race on South African soil when unplaced behind Legal Eagle in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate earlier this year.


The Argentinian-bred gelding, who raced with success in the familiar black of Mauritzfontein Stud, has joined the Ramapatee Gujadhur yard and will continue his career in Mauritius this season.

While he was always thereabouts in the classics, his biggest career success came in the R1 million Gr2 Charity Mile in October 2015 when a clever change of tactics saw him swoop from some way off the gallop under SA champion jockey Gavin Lerena to beat a revitalised M L Jet and the handily weighted Mitraad.

Bouclette Top had generally raced handily, but showed his versatility with a nice turn of foot.

Bred in Argentina by Firmamento, Bouclette Top is a 5yo gelded son of Storm Cat stallion, Giant’s Causeway, out of the four time winning Gr1 winning Honour And Glory mare, Bouclette Glory.

He won 5 races from 1160m to 1800m, so has a nice mix of speed and stamina to be an effective runner on the tight Champ de Mars circuit.

Bouclette Top also ran 11 places from his 24 starts with stakes earnings of over R1 500 000.

Courtesy : Sporting Post

Piere Strydom Injury Update

After falling from Louis Goosen charge, Winter Breeze after the pull up of race 5 at the Vaal on Thursday, 11 February 2016, jockey Piere Strydom suffered a concussion and broken collar bone and has been out of action ever since.


While he had hoped to be back in the saddle 6 weeks after the fall, Piere has recently been advised that he will be out of action longer than anticipated, taking him out of contention for riding Harry’s Son in the forthcoming Dubai Turf on World Cup night.

‘Striker’ spoke to the Sporting Post to say that “It’s the fourth time I’ve broken my collar bone and I thought ‘oh well, it’s just six weeks and then I can start riding work and move on’. I was hoping that I might just make the World Cup meeting, but have been told that there’s no chance and I mustn’t even consider it. I’ve suffered a compound fracture which means it’s not just the clavicle, the whole shoulder has been affected and because the injury is a bit more complicated than we originally thought, it will take longer to recover.”

“The clavicle is healing nicely. I’ve taken off the sling and am trying to move and be as active as possible without it, but at the moment there’s not a lot of mobility and my range of movement is compromised. I can only get my arm to shoulder height, but no higher. That is obviously a concern, but everything else is healing nicely, and last Thursday was only 4 weeks since the fall, so I mustn’t be ridiculous. I am going to the physio and we will have a better idea of where we stand in the next 2 to 3 weeks.”

“There are some big features coming up in April and then Harry’s Son has been invited to the Gr1 Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on 1 May and I wouldn’t like to miss that. A couple of years back I went for JJ The Jet Plane and the KrisFlyer International Sprint and we won that, so Sha Tin is a good hunting ground for me.”

We wish Striker a speedy recovery.

Courtesy : Sporting Post

Racing great Pat Eddery dies at the age of 63

PAT EDDERY, champion Flat jockey 11 times and the winner of 14 British Classics, has died at the age of 63.

Eddery was one of the most successful riders of all time and partnered more than 4,600 winners.

He also won four Arcs and was aboard Dancing Brave for his breathtaking triumph in 1986.

His CV is punctuated with many of the world's other great races including a brace of Gold Cups, two King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and he was also champion jockey in Ireland in 1982, 27 years after his father Jimmy had won the title for the second time.

As well as Dancing Brave, he was associated with some of the best racehorses of the late 20th century, among them Bosra Sham, Sadler's Wells, Rainbow Quest, El Gran Senor, Grundy, Zafonic, Warning and Pebbles, whom Eddery won the Breeders' Cup Turf on in 1985.

Only Sir Gordon Richards has ridden more winners than him in Britain.




Prince Of Penzance Wins The Melbourne Cup, Michelle Payne Makes History

Rank outsider Prince of Penzance made an incredible run to win the Melbourne Cup - but it was the historic ride of jockey Michelle Payne that will mark the 2015 race in history. Payne, 30, became the first female jockey in the history of the storied Cup to win, and did so after a strong ride aboard Darren Weir's 100-1 Prince of Penzance at Flemington on Tuesday.

"It's unbelievable," she said. "It's like a dream come true. This horse is awesome. Far out I didn't think he was that strong. He burst to the front and was powering to the line."

Payne had a strong message for her male critics after dominating the field.

"I just want to say to those who say women aren't strong enough: 'get stuffed'," she said.

"It's such a chauvinistic sport. I know some owners were keen to kick me off for instance. It's a very male dominated sport and people think we're not strong enough. It's not all about strength, it's getting the horse into a rhythm, it's getting the horse to try for you," Payne added.

"Hopefully [this win] will get more female jockeys more of a go."

Prince of Penzance came home strong with an incredible burst down the home straight to head Max Dynamite and Criterion across the line. Michelle's brother Stevie was the strapper for trainer Weir's horse. They're the youngest members of the Payne racing family. Heavy favourite Fame Game was a disappointment to connections and punters, finishing 13th in the 24-strong field.

Three-time runner-up Red Cadeaux did not finish the race and was taken to a trailer after suffering an injury.

It was only Payne's second Melbourne Cup ride, and her first since 2009 when she steered Bart Cummings horse Allez Wonder.

At 30 years old, she is the eighth of the 11 Payne siblings to chase a career in the saddle. She has ridden Prince of Penzance in almost every one of its rides.


Source: The Huffington Post

Payne was the only female jockey in the race, but speaking to Fairfax Media, she said she was not perturbed by the male dominance in the race.

Triplé de Karis Teetan, avec un G2 hongkongais au passage

Lors de la réunion hongkongaise d’hier à Sha Tin, ils ont été 3 jockeys à avoir réalisé le triplé : Joao Moreira, Brett Prebble et Karis Teetan. Du côté des entraîneurs, deux ont remporté 2 victoires : David Hall et John Size.

Notre compatriote a cependant dû attendre la 7e course, le JAEGER-LECOULTRE EXCELLENT HANDICAP sur 1600m, alors qu’il pilotait Sergeant Titanium, pour se distinguer pour la première fois. L’élève de John Size s’est imposé devant Kiram, piloté par Joao Moreira.


Après que ce dernier ait remporté le Groupe 2 de la 8e course, Karis Teetan en fit de même dans la 9e, THE PREMIER BOWL (HANDICAP), quand il était associé à Able Friend, entraîné par John Moore. Il a enlevé ce 1200m face à Gold Fun (Douglas Whyte).

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Le Mauricien compléta son triplé dans la 10e et dernière épreuve, le ZENITH EXCELLENT HANDICAP sur 1400m, en selle sur Blizzard de l’entraînement P.F.Yiu. A cette occasion, il devait une nouvelle fois prendre la mesure de Joao Moreira, qui pilotait The Wizardofoz.

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Avec 10 victoires au compteur, Karis Teetan occupe actuellement la 5e place au classement des jockeys à Hong Kong, où Joao Moreira se détache inlassablement de ses homologues avec 33 réussites, devant Brett Prebble, loin derrière (12).


Source: MTC

1e course: Black Gambit (Rs 750) renoue avec la victoire

Black Gambit a retrouvé le winner’s enclosure après sa victoire dans la première course. Suivant sur les barres, le coursier de l’écurie Perdrau, avec Vinay Naiko en selle a produit une belle accélération pour s’imposer devant Leo’s Rush (D. David). Il était coté à Rs 750 chez SMS Pariaz. Captain Matthew (J. Bardottier) termine troisième devant Tiger Master (R. Joorawon).

Hillbrow, Direct Approach & Prince Of Wings, 3 top shots !

29e journée- Samedi 24 octobre 2015

Hillbrow, Direct Approach et Prince Of Wings possèdent de solides arguments pour triompher lors de cette 29e réunion 2015. Tandragee et Royal Performer quant à eux, demeurent deux excellents outsiders. 

Course 1

Tiger Master : Malgré une course difficile lors de sa dernière sortie, il n’avait pas été surclassé pour autant. Il nous revient dans de belles dispositions après un bon break. On peut même avancer qu’il se trouve proche de son meilleur niveau actuellement et il faudra compter avec lui pour la victoire.

Cirac : Ce coursier nous a tapé dans l’œil au training et il donne l’impression d’avoir progressé par rapport à sa dernière sortie. Avec un bon train à l’avant, il pourrait faire valoir son excellent finish en fin de parcours.

Betting proposition: Tiger Master

Valuable bet: Cirac


Course 2

Headstrong Harry: Cet élève de Ramapatee Gujadhur semble bien placé pour signer sa deuxième victoire mauricienne. Il donne l'impression d'être encore mieux au niveau de la condition et semble proche de sa meilleure forme. Il sera définitivement un gros danger lors de l’emballage final. ‘’Watch out’’ !

Deux Fabuleax : Ce fils de Var a fait forte impression lors de son ‘’speed work’’ en solitaire mardi matin. On peut même avancer qu’il se trouve à son meilleur niveau actuellement et avec sa ligne en or, il pourrait se porter en tête et piéger ses adversaires à l’avant. Dans ce lot, il reste un adversaire de taille pour les principaux protagonistes.


Betting proposition: Headstrong Harry

Outsider: Deux Fabuleax


Course 3

Hillbrow: Le petit champion de l’écurie Jean Michel Henry nous revient dans une superbe forme. La distance ne devrait pas lui poser de problème car c’est un cheval qui a beaucoup gagné en maturité et puissance cette année. Il faut aussi faire ressortir qu’il a déjà couru sur 1800 dans son pays natal. En l’absence de l’excellent Kremlin Captain, Hillbrow se pose définitivement comme un gros morceau dans cette épreuve.

Rasheed: Le hongre alezan du yard Allet a travaillé en champion mardi aux côtés du très puissant Maestro’s Salute et on peut même avancer qu’il est à son ‘’peak form’’ actuellement. Avec Holland sur le dos cette fois-ci, il demeure un très bon candidat pour la victoire sur ce 1850m.

Betting proposition: Hillbrow

Outsider: Rasheed


Course 4

Direct Approach: Voilà un coursier qui nous a laissé une très bonne impression à l’heure des galops. Du reste, son entraîneur a préféré l’aligner au profit de Tiger Island qui était lui aussi dans les entrées pour cette course. Dans ce lot restreint, il offre les meilleures garanties.


Mister Brightside: Mister Brightside est un coursier qui a paru en gros progrès cette semaine à l’entraînement. Étant le seul véritable ‘’front-runner’’ de la course, il pourrait facilement se porter en tête et piéger ses adversaires à l’avant. Attention à lui !


Betting proposition: Direct Approach

Outsider: Mister Brightside


Course 5

Prince Of Wings : Ce fils de Jet Master reste sur deux très belles victoires consécutives et il a maintenu ses excellentes dispositions. Avec sa bonne 2e ligne au départ, il sera idéalement placé sur les barres avant de faire valoir sa puissante accélération en ligne droite finale. Il semble bien placé pour signer le ‘’hat trick’’.


Maestro’s Salute: Il reste sur une performance remarquable la dernière fois en terminant à moins d’une longueur de Bobby Bear. Son départ lui avait probablement coûté la victoire ce jour –là. Il nous revient dans une superbe forme après un petit séjour à floréal et avec sa 1e ligne, il demeure un excellent prétendant pour la gagne.




Betting proposition: Prince Of Wings

Outsider: Maestro’s Salute


Course 6

Tandragee: Le vainqueur de la Coupe D’or 2012 donne l’impression d’avoir conservé la grande forme comme en témoigne chacune de ses séances d’entraînement. D’ailleurs, mardi il a très bien travaillé en compagnie du petit monstre, Kremlin Captain. Sa bonne première ligne plaide nettement en sa faveur car il ne va pas dépenser beaucoup d’énergie pour se placer. Dans de telles circonstances, il demeure un candidat redoutable pour la gagne malgré ses 61kg.


Roman Manner : C’est un coursier qui monte graduellement en puissance après sa superbe victoire au dépend de Nordic Warrior lors de la 20e journée. Du reste, il est le choix de Bardottier et il faut faire ressortir qu’il a déjà battu Recall To life en AFS sous la selle de G. Schlechter en  novembre 2013.


 Betting proposition: Tandragee

Valuable bet: Roman Manner 


Course 7

Roman Express: Le coursier du yard J.M.Henry fut l’auteur d’une bonne course derrière l’excellent Evergreen ‘’last out’’ et il avait trébuché et avait même perdu sa position. Il a bien encaissé cette course et se présente dans une bonne forme. Vers sa 2e victoire mauricienne !

Kapiti Coast : Il fut l’auteur d’un ‘’eye-catching run’’ lors de sa dernière sortie sur le kilomètre. Il avait pris un départ lent et avait été contraint de changer de ligne à 150m du but sans pour autant être surclassé par le vainqueur. Il sera définitivement plus à l’aise sur les 1365m et il devrait être de l’arrivée.

Betting proposition: Roman Express

Valuable bet: Kapiti Coast


Course 8

Mo Ichi Do : Deuxième derrière un très bon Kaafel la dernière fois, Mo Ichi Do donne l’impression d’avoir encore progressé comme en atteste sa belle prestation au training mardi. Sa ligne en or plaide nettement en sa faveur et il possède les moyens nécessaires pour dominer ce lot moyen.

Royal Performer : Ce coursier avait réalisé les meilleurs derniers 400m lors de sa dernière tentative. Il est passé sous la supervision de l’entraîneur Vincent Allet depuis, et il a travaillé de manière remarquable au training. Attention surprise !

Betting proposition: Mo Ichi Do

Outsider: Royal Performer