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What has traditionally been a mixed card, the Birdcatcher Premier Nursery race day at Naas Racecourse, will for the first time this year be an all flat card with feature races including the Clodovil EBF Garnet Stakes (L) and the Es Que Love EBF Bluebell Stakes (L) taking centre stage this Sunday October 18th.
The first running of the Bluebell Stakes (L), a one mile four furlong race for fillies only has received a very competitive entry. Endless Time is the sole English raider, a good winner at Newmarket recently, who is trained by Chris Appleby. Other notable entries are the Dermot Weld-trained Almela who was narrowly beaten in the Oyster Stakes (L) in Galway, dual Listowel winner Sr Cartage and John Kielys, Toe the Line, who finished just ahead of Shu Lewis when the pair were second and third in the recent Loughbrown Stakes (L) at the Curragh.
Alan King and Adam Beschizza tasted Betfred Cesarewitch glory at Newmarket with 50/1 shot Grumeti as they claimed a thrilling win from gambled Oriental Fox in second.
Beschizza also rode the Cambridgeshire winner Third Time Lucky so completes a famous Autumn double with the dual purpose charge Grumeti and stayed on all the way to the line in an absolute belter of a finish.
In behind it was third place again for Tony Martin’s Quick Jack with Willie Mullins’ Renetti in fourth and the one who went for home first in the straight Nearly Caught finishing in 5th spot.
Minding’s romp yesterday was followed up by an even more impressive display from Aidan O’Brien’s Air Force Blue in the Group 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket this afternoon as Ryan Moore pushed a button and cleared away from his rivals.
Emotionless was billed as the main rival but lost the unbeaten tag trailing in at the back under William Buick as Massaat came through to finish closest to the winner but still well behind at the line.
“It was a brilliant performance, I rode him Irish Guineas day and he won first time, but he was a big frame of a horse. Then he got beat in the Coventry but he still wasn’t quite developed yet. It’s the first time I’ve sat on him since June, cantering down you could feel he’s really strengthened and developed.” Ryan Moore
We spoke to Olly Murphy assistant to Gordon Elliott about the big guns coming back for the start of the jumps season proper and also the excitement of launching the Gordon Elliott Racing Club – a super way to be involved with a great team.
Top of the market for next season’s 1000 Guineas after a dominant performance at Newmarket this afternoon it was Aidan O’Brien’s Minding who demonstrated her class in the Group 1 Dubai Fillies’ Mile.
The Galileo filly added a second Group 1 to her cv and only needed minimal encouragment from Ryan Moore to streak clear from closest rival Nathra and Hawksmoor back in third with Coolmore also for Aidan O’Brien in fourth spot.
A win over Ballydoyle at Irish Champions Weekend when landing the Moyglare Stud Stakes this was another step forward for the filly who is exciting connections ahead of next season.
Paris got most of the attention this week with an orgy of Group 1 races ran at Longchamp last Sunday which threw up plenty of talking points, not least the slowly run Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe which may have scuppered Treve’s attempt at immortality.
Back home, the quality mixed card at Tipperary rounded off the week and it will be hard to keep attention on the flat in the coming weeks before the turf season ends with a lot jumps fans coming out of summer hibernation or aestivation to give it its proper term (no, it makes no sense to me either).
Cheltenham Racecourse will open its new, five and a half storey grandstand on the first day of The Open, Friday 13th November 2015, on time and on budget. It is the final part of a £45million redevelopment of the course to be unveiled to the public. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will be present to open the stand at 11.30am.
Over the past 19 months, a number of different areas of Cheltenham Racecourse have been redeveloped, with the new stand the centrepiece of the project. The grandstand will provide bars, toilets, restaurants, private boxes and viewing facilities for racegoers.
There is a strong Britsh-trained presence in this Sunday’s Tote Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh for which the Brian Ellison-trained Seamour currently tops the weights and the four-year-old is one of 10 potential runners from Britain in this year’s renewal.
Classy dual purpose types Western Boy, Ted Veale and Silver Concorde were also among Tuesday’s acceptors for the two-mile contest.
Trainer Harry Rogers is looking forward to sending out Benkei who has already won three-times this season and was last seen when finishing a creditable sixth at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend.
Golden Horn defied a historic bid for a third straight Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe by the wonder Treve on ground that perhaps blunted the dual winner on Sunday and Frankie Dettori rode a master class on the John Gosden trained three year old to cement superb season into the record books.
A race that worked perfectly for Dettori was perhaps needed as he was able to get across from what was a poor draw and track a pace set for his rivals primarily and use his horse’s class to come through and repel challengers with a perfectly time burst to the front and stay in front at the line. Flintshire was beaten into second with New Bay and Treve in behind and whilst the winning margin was not comparable to Treve in 2014 it was an authoratative success.