Today’s News Round-Up
Buick Bags Ivanhowe Ride
William Buick has bagged the plum ride on German raider Ivanhowe in this weekend’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Several top jockey’s had been touted to take the ride on the Jean-Pierre Carvalho trained 4yo but Buick has won the battle and will now partner the general 20/1 shot on Sunday.
Ivanhowe, a Group 2 winner on his first start this season, really hit the headlines last time when beating one time ‘Arc’ favourite Sea The Moon in the Grosser Preis Von Baden at Baden-baden. He will now line up against a maximum 19 rivals, after twenty entrants remained in the running after this morning’s first forfeit stage.
Australia is the big name to be withdrawn but trainer Aidan O’Brien will be represented by both Ruler Of The World and Chiquita. Last year’s impressive winner Treve is still in contention, as is the Japanese trio of Gold Ship, Just A Way and Harp Star. Oaks winner Taghrooda and St Leger winner Kingston Hill could head the British challenge alongside Al Kazeem.
Tiggy Wiggy finished for the Season
One British raider that will not be making her way to France is Richard Hannon’s Tiggy Wiggy, who will swerve the Prix de l’Abbaye and instead will be rested for the remainder of the season. The speedy filly, so impressive again when winning the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, has been busy this summer with eights starts, six of which resulted in victories.
Hannon has now decided to rest his star Kodiac filly for the rest of the season, meaning she will not take on her older rivals for the first time in the Prix de l’Abbaye, a race for which she had been the 5/2 favourite.
“She’s not going and that’s her done for the season,” Hannon told the Racing Post. “She puts a lot into her races and I think she’s done enough for the season.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Archive
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