Navan Racecourse Announce Four-Year Sponsorship of thetote.com Fortria Chase
Navan Racecourse today announced a new four year sponsorship agreement with Tote Ireland to sponsor one of its flagship chases, the Grade 2 thetote.com Fortria Chase, on Sunday November 8th.
Tote Ireland’s sponsorship of the race, named after Fortria, a successful Irish-trained chaser in the late 1950s and early 1960s, was announced at a media visit to Trainer Noel Meade’s Tu Va stables in County Meath this morning. Gathered media watched Noel work some of his leading horses, including Road To Riches, Apache Stronghold, Monksland and Ned Buntline and were addressed by Manager of Navan Racecourse, Peter Killeen and CEO of Tote Ireland, Tim Higgins.
• Racing united in not believing that the combined offers represent a fair deal for the sport in the coming years
• The sport had issued a constructive and reasonable offer this week
• Further evidence that a Horserace Betting Right is necessary
• Racing to work with betting operators willing to support the sport
The following statement has been issued on behalf of British Racing, being represented by the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association and the Horsemen’s Group.
The Triple Crown surely topped in the final race of a career that sends shivers down the spines of history books as American Pharoah delivered once again when it mattered landing the Breeders Cup Classic by a whopping six and a half lengths for Victor Espinoza and Bob Baffert.
The super colt ran a new track record at Keeneland and never looked to be in trouble taking them along from the wire to the post to a huge ovation from the crowds in America and the huge television audience around the globe.
A final race defeat for Golden Horn who failed to repel a remarkable reverse of recent form with Found at Keeneland last night.
The Breeders Cup Turf went the way of Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien as the filly Found maintained a slight advantage at the post after hitting the front not far from home to finally land a big one this season and gain revenge on the Arc, Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner.
Aidan O’Brien was over the moon…. “She’s a very special filly, when you think she has run in two Champion Stakes and an Arc, and now this. To do it all in a month is remarkable. I thought the lads’ decision to come here was a little bit far fetched to be honest, but she didn’t have any luck in any of her races. I take my hat off to them for running her.”
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6.10 – Breeders Cup Filly And Mare Turf
Newmarket 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo has been a superstar for connections this season and will look to sign off in style with victory in the Filly And Mare Turf. This nine furlong trip should be ideal for her and if the exertions of a long season don’t catch up with her she is very much the filly to beat. She will have to get the better of the 2014 1000 Guineas winner Miss France but she is yet to get her head in front yet this season and perhaps a bigger danger will be Queen’s Jewel representing Freddie Head.
Pat Brennan of www.thetote.com joins us to look ahead at two huge nights of Breeders Cup 2015 action….
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Conor O’Hehir put a call in Stateside to Joseph O’Brien ahead of the Breeders Cup 2015 – they discuss previous visits, the team this year and the future ahead of a huge couple of days. Catch all the Breeders Cup action with Conor on RacingFM this weekend with thanks to www.thetote.com – Join here
The Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster was a shock result this afternoon as outsider of the field Marcel stormed clear to give Peter Chapple-Hyam a second winner of the race and Andrea Atzeni a third on the bounce after he steered Kingston Hill and Elm Park to wins in 2013 and 2014.
The race was set up as a match between prominent 2016 Derby hopes Foundation and Deauville but neither landed a blow as Marcel went clear with only Johannes Vermeer for company at the finish.
Frankie Dettori found traffic problems on Foundation but did push out for a third place finish whilst Deauville was well placed to challenge but failed to go through with a meaningful effort at the 2f pole.
Retiring trainer Clive Brittain saddles a final runner in a stellar training career at Newbury although he will not be present at the track this afternoon.
Acclio runs at 4.45 for Brittain and would be a fitting end should she be able to win the Fillies Handicap for the 81 year old trainer who has been saddling up runners to major success since 1972. Brittain will be with his wife Maureen as the curtain comes down on a much loved man and career at the top end of Racing.
As quoted in the Racing Post.
No joy for European raiders in Australia although Highland Reel ran into third place behind winner Winx in the William Hill Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
Aidan O’Brien will have hoped to land the race again as he did with Adelaide last year but an impressive performance from Winx for trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman proved too much for rivals. Arod for Peter Chapple-Hyam was prominent for a long way in contest but ultimately faded away to finish behind the main pack.
Winx swooped into an unassailable lead at the start of the run for home and quickly asserted for a prestigeous win for connections with Criterion in second and Highland Reel a credible third under Ryan Moore.