NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Fri Sep 21
Newton Abbot
Sun Sep 23
Plumpton, Uttoxeter
Tue Sep 25
Warwick

Entries & Recent Form

The assembled masses at Goodwood yesterday afternoon were treated to a performance of sheer brilliance from the Sir Henry Cecil trained Frankel.  In what was billed as the "Duel On The Downs", there was only ever likely to be one outcome once Tom Queally committed Prince Khalid Abdullah's three year old for home.  The response was instant and decisive as he quickly put distance betweem himself and the pursuing Canford Cliffs.  While I was in the Canford camp before the race, I have to concede that it would have taken a career best (by some margin) for him to even make a race of it.

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David flies over to Ireland this morning to saddle our two runners, Qulinton (Conor O'Farrell) and Matuhi (Hadden Frost) in the Galway Plate at 5.25pm.  Both of them won nice prizes last time out and should perform creditably.  The horses left on Monday and arrived safe and sound and have settled in well - they were joined on the journey by David's first Irish winner, Street Entertainer who runs in the Galway Hurdle tomorrow - Conor will ride him.

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It looks to be a tricky start to Glorious Goodwood for punters this afternoon with three Group races and some wide-open big field handicaps to look forward to.  Over at Worcester the stable has three runners, with champion jockey A P McCoy booked for a couple of them, while over at Galway we will be having a few runners later in the week.

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What a shame for Frankie Dettori and the whole Godolphin team to lose Rewilding in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.  The horse, who enjoyed arguably his finest hour when denying the Ballydoyle superstar So You Think at the Royal meeting in June had to be put down after breaking his near fore leg in the home straight.  It is always very sad to see any horse go in this manner, but to lose a top-class horse during one of the flat's highest profile races is a great pity for all of racing.  Hopefully Frankie's x-rays will come back clear and he will be back in the saddle very shortly.  It was a great performance from the progressive Nathaniel and worthy of plenty of credit, but it was overshadowed by the tragic events.

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There is some good jumps race action to look forward to this week as well as Glorious Goodwood.  It is the Galway Festival over in Ireland and if you ever get the chance to go I recommend a visit!  David is sending three runners across the Irish sea with Street Entertainer taking part in the Galway hurdle on Thursday and Matuhi and recent Market Rasen winner Qulinton lining up in the Galway Plate on Wednesday. At home there is racing at Uttoxeter tomorrow,  Worcester and Perth on Tuesday, Perth again on Wednesday, Stratford on Thursday and Bangor on Friday.  Keep checking back here and in David's Blog for news of our runners this week.

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What a race to look forward to today, a Group 1 at Ascot.  We have Rewilding, Workforce and St Nicholas Abbey in the field and it looks a mouth watering contest.  It is a great way to start to the week with Glorious Goodwood to look forward to as well.  Flat racing at its very best.  Sit back, relax and enjoy everybody!  There is no jumping action his weekend but David has one runner on the flat this evening at Salisbury.  Reset City runs in the 8.10pm and she steps up in distance after making a pleasing debut effort for the yard last time out at Leicester.  She missed all of last season so it was great to see her run well on her comeback and we have have Richard Hughes in the saddle this evening so fingers crossed she will run well again tonight.  

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It's a shame that Madonna will not be riding in the charity race at Goodwood next week - what a great attraction she would have been to racegoers.  Eventer Daisy Trayford had been coaching the material girl but will now ride in her place owing to Madonna's other commitments.  The thing that amazes me is that you have this potentially huge draw for racing, and most people in the industry didn't know anything about it!  Emma Spencer will be competing in the same event and she looks like by far the most capable jockey in the field.  It's all in a good cause (Great Ormonde Street Hostpital in Lodon) so hopefully they will get a good response.

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