Amosite will chase a hat-trick at Goodwood’s Friday night racing fixture this week

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Goodwood stages the third and final Friday night racing fixture this week ( June 21) (Friday, June 21) when internationally-renowned DJ Trevor Nelson takes to the decks in the paddock after racing.

There are six races before Nelson’s set and Amosite, trained by John Jenkins, will be chasing a hat-trick when she lines up in the £8,000 Trevor Nelson Fillies’ Handicap (8.25pm, 15 entries) over seven furlongs.

The seven-year-old mare has been a revelation since reverting to turf this season, annexing seven-furlong handicaps at Warwick on May 6 and Newbury on June 8.

Jenkins said today: “I don’t see any reason why Amosite won’t run at Goodwood on Friday. She has been in very good form since her win at Newbury and there have been no problems.

“I don’t think there has been any particular reason for her improvement but she is a really tough filly and maybe the step up in distance to seven furlongs has helped her.

“It is a tricky old track at Goodwood but I think she will be OK and I’m hoping there is more to come from her.”

The 15 entries for the Trevor Nelson Fillies’ Handicap also include Keep The Secret, trained locally by William Knight, who was an impressive winner of a Lingfield Park maiden in December, and David Simcock’s Midnight Flower, who beat Nardin in a competitive six-furlong handicap at Newmarket on June 7.

Knight sent out the Frankie Dettori-ridden Goodwood Mirage to win the 10-furlong Bibendum Handicap at Goodwood last Friday for the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group.

Dettori secured a double (Stormy Paradise in the Advance Resources Managers Maiden Auction was his other winner) during the evening when there was a race named in his honour, marking the 26 years that have gone by since he partnered his first British winner (Lizzy Hare in 1987) at Goodwood.

Racing gets underway this Friday at 6.15pm with the “MTV Staying Alive Foundation” Apprentice Handicap (22 entries) and runs through to 8.55pm with the Goodwood Farm Shop Handicap (15 entries).

The remaining races on the card are the Three Friday Nights Handicap (6.50pm, 17 entries), the Bibendum Fillies’ Maiden (7.20pm, 22 entries) and the richest race of the evening, the £12,000 Gordon’s Handicap (7.55pm, 18 entries), over a mile and three quarters.

The entries for the Gordon’s Handicap include Arch Villain and Stock Hill Fair, both winners at Goodwood last time out.

Purple patch for Amanda- who is currently top trainer at Goodwood

Dual winner Knights Parade coming in from exercise at Coombelands

Dual winner Knights Parade coming in from exercise at Coombelands

Trainer Amanda Perrett, who is based at Coombelands Stables, Pulborough is enjoying a purple patch with a good flow of winners.

At the latest Goodwood meeting, she send out Royal Signaller to win the opening Crimbourne Stud Stakes at 8-1, followed by Extrasolar, a 4-1 shot in the TFN Stakes. Both horses were ridden by Pat Dobbs and the wins were hot on the heels of victory the previous day at Nottingham when Fast Pace, ridden by Graham Lee, won.

The Goodwood victories were some compensation for two other Coombelands runners, Pivotal Silence and Lady Baraster, both having been beaten by a nose in close photo finishes in their races at Lingfield Park on Thursday.

Amanda has now trained five horses to win at Goodwood and currently heads the list of winning trainers there- ahead of Sir Michael Stoute and Richard Hannon.

Saturday saw three-year-old Knight’s Parade scoring his second win of the season for Coombelands at Bath, again partnered by Pat Dobbs. This brought the yard’s winning tally of the season to 17- with 12 of these coming from three-year-olds, and five from four-year-olds and runners are in impressively strong fettle.

 

Head of Steam ridden by Pat Dobbs- another of Amanda's Goodwood winners

Head of Steam ridden by Pat Dobbs- another of Amanda’s Goodwood winners

Empiricist, a Holy Roman Emperor three-year-old, is entered in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot this week- and the yard’s juveniles are only just beginning to emerge and should contain some talented newcomers.

A new alliance between Goodwood Racecourse and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts announced

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Don’t be surprised to see a special tea created by the chefs at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts when visiting Goodwood Racecourse this summer.

The afternoon tea, prepared by the chefs of The Savoy, A Fairmont -managed hotel, will be served at that summer season perennial, Glorious Goodwood, July  30– August 3 this year.

This new partnership between Goodwood Racecourse and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will see Goodwood’s main bar renamed The Trilogy Bar to honour the brand’s three historic hotels:  The Savoy London, Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai and The Plaza, New York.

The promotion will conclude on October 13 with Goodwood’s last race meeting of the season.

Major revamp has been made to next month’s Upton House Trials

Organisers of Upton House Horse Trials (10-11 July) near Banbury have announced an impressive major revamp for this year’s event.

Brand new course will be great attraction at Upton

Brand new course will be great attraction at Upton

As well as a different layout, there is a brand new cross-country course (BE90, BE100 and Novice), designed by Charles Etherington-Smith and built by David Evans and his team.

There are great prizes spread across the sections including a rug to all section winners. Classes at the event include four and five year old qualifiers for the 2013 KBIS British Eventing Young Horse Championships plus a KBIS ON U18 qualifying class as well as a BE100 Veteran class.

The event also hosts BE90, BE90 Open, BE100, BE100 Open, Novice and ON classes.

All BE100 competitors who complete a double clear in the show jumping and cross country will obtain one qualifying result towards entry for the BE100 Eventer Challenge competition held at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace Horse Trials on September 12 (see www.blenheim-horse.co.uk).

The event, by kind permission of Upton Estates includes RoR/Bedmax Racing to Eventing Series – BE90. This new series is open to RoR registered horses that have raced in the uk. RoR together with Bedmax sponsorship prizes 1st-4th (1st Bedmax bedding vouchers (£50) plus rosettes and other RoR prizes.The cross country course runs across undulating, old parkland, with the backdrop of two magnificent Houses. There is a very straightforward BE 90 course with less taxing undulations. Organisers are continuing to update and improve all courses. To ensure the best possible going, the equivator will be used when and where required.

Upton House (National Trust), is situated on the A422 Banbury – Stratford on Avon, approx. 6 miles from Banbury. Use M40 Gaydon exit (12) from the North and Banbury exit from South. The entrance to the event is immediately after Upton House on the left coming from Banbury. There will be a separate exit.

Impressive entry for polo’s Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup

Guillermo Terrera (El Remanso) in action with Francisco Elizalde   Photo by John Periam Equestrian Photojournalist 01243 584718.

Guillermo Terrera (El Remanso) in action with Francisco Elizalde in 2012 Gold Cup.   Photo by John Periam Equestrian Photojournalist 01243 584718.

AN impressive entry of 17 teams has been received for the 2013 Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup- the world’s premier polo tournament at 22-goal level, which takes place at Cowdray in West Sussex from June 25.

The sport’s leading players, including seven ten-goal players – the highest ranking a polo player can achieve – will be seen in action at Cowdray from June 25, leading to quarter-finals over the weekend of July 13 and 14, semi-finals on July 18 and the prestigious final of the British Open Polo Championship for the most coveted trophy in polo on Sunday, July 21.

Adrian Kirby brings a new line-up to defend the British Open title, having won the Veuve  Clicquot Gold Cup in 2012 at his sixth attempt. In his team is nine-goal player Eduardo Novillo Astrada, an ambassador for the iconic watchmakers Jaeger-LeCoultre, and the team will bear the new name Cortium Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Co-finalists in the 2012 Final, El Remanso return with a new line-up, having lost Charlie Hanbury to Jerome Wirth’s Enigma team because of handicap changes. Zacara, winners of the Gold Cup in 2011, return with a strong team which includes ten-goal player Facundo Pieres. His ten-goal brother, Gonzalito Pieres, remains in the La Bamba de Areco side of Jean-Francois Decaux playing alongside Polito Pieres (eight goals) and  young English player Ollie Cudmore.

England captain Luke Tomlinson, at seven goals one of England’s highest handicapped players, joins Spencer McCarthy’s Emlor side, Spencer entering the Gold Cup for the first time. James Beim, also a seven-goal England player, plays a third season with Nick Clarke’s Salkeld team, whose new line-up also includes Miguel Novillo Astrada and English player Max Routledge.

Jaime Huidobro (Cortium) strikes the ball in 2012 Photo by John Periam Equestrian Photojournalist 01243 584718.

Jaime Huidobro (Cortium) strikes the ball in 2012
Photo by John Periam Equestrian Photojournalist 01243 584718.

Always a front-runner, the Dubai team returns with the patron’s son, Rashid Albwardy, a competent two goal player, playing alongside Adolfo Cambiaso, arguably the world’s greatest player, Nico Pieres (seven goals) and Australian player Alec White, (three goals).

Black Bears, winners in 1992, 2002 and 2006, make a welcome return with their young patron Guy Schwarzenbach forming a strong and balanced team with Patrick O’Dwyer (four goals), Nachi du Plessis (eight goals) and New Zealand captain John Paul Clarkin (eight goals).

Also in the frame are Les Lions, Sumaya, Talandracas and Thai Polo, while EFG Aravali re-enter with a new patron, John Muse. Patron Stefano Marsaglia has meanwhile re-named his team Twelve Oaks.Two brand-new teams enter the competition – HB Polo with French brothers Ludovic and Sebastien Pailloncy playing alongside Ignacio Toccolino and Pite Merlos, and UAE Polo Team is brought into the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the first time by HH Sheika Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

 

Hayley Turner gives her tips for tonight’s meeting at Goodwood

Hayley Turner

Hayley Turner

Jockey Hayley Turner, who is ambassador for Goodwood racecourse, has given her tips for tonight’s meeting at the Sussex track.

She said: “In the first, the Gordon’s Apprentice Stakes I like Good Authority. The horse ran well last time out under William Buick and will have the added bonus this time out when Thomas Brown claims 3lbs.

“In the second race, it has to be Ultimate Warrior, the Hannon team always do so well at Goodwood and although some of the other maidens have run before, the Hannon team always does well in races of this type.

“In the next I fancy Empiricist, who won well last time out for local Goodwood trainer, Amanda Perrett -and her horses are running well at the moment.

“In the Crimbourne Stud Stakes I like David Simcock’s Majeed – he finished really well at Chester last time out when fourth and should come on from that run.

“In the Frankie’s 26th Anniversary Maiden I like Anna’s Pearl. The horse was runner-up on three of his four starts as a juvenile, including a French Group 1. Well held in Free Handicap at Newmarket in this headgear on reappearance, but has sights lowered considerably now, and the one to beat.

“In the final race, my choice is Bluegrass Blues, who is drawn 2 and should run well following and encouraging run at Pontefract last week.”

 

Expect top action at Hickstead’s Derby meeting next week

Aerial View of Hickstead Courtesy of Hickstead

Aerial View of Hickstead
Courtesy of Hickstead

Loughnatousa WB, the winner of last year’s Hickstead Derby, will return to the All England Jumping Course next week ( June 19-23) in a bid to become one of the elite band of horses who have won this famous class more than once. Last year, despite being first drawn, Loughnatousa WB jumped double clear for Irish rider Paul Beecher to beat former three-time Derby winner William Funnell in a jump-off.

Soon afterwards, the ride on Patricia Brown’s gelding, know as ‘WB’ passed to Michael Londsdale, and four months later the partnership pulled off a remarkable double by finishing joint-first in the Puissance at the Horse of the Year Show. Michael is now hoping to continue this run of success in this year’s British Jumping Derby. With their Derby victory last June, Paul and Loughnatousa WB joined a winners’ roll call that reads like a Who’s Who of the sport. Indeed, three out of the four members of the gold medal-winning  British showjumping team at London 2012 were previous winners of the Hickstead Derby.

Nick Skelton won three years in a row, on J Nick in 1987 and then twice on the great Apollo in 1988 and 89. Peter Charles emulated his feat with the superb mare Corrada, who won every year from 2001-2003, while a 22-year-old Ben Maher scored his victory in 2005 with Alfredo, making him the second-youngest winner of this class.

Winning the Derby remains a highlight for many showjumpers’ careers, but before any rider can attempt to go clear round the long, difficult course, they must qualify during Friday’s Bunn Leisure Derby Trial. This 1.60m class often throws up useful pointers as to who might win Sunday’s main event.

In the LED Sport Europe Speed Derby, the bravest and fastest horses will prevail as riders race round the International Arena jumping some  of the fixed obstacles, including the Irish Bank and the main Derby bank, albeit the less steep slope. Last year, Irish international showjumper Trevor Breen took the honours, beginning a remarkable Hickstead season in which he also won the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix and the All England Grand Prix.

Trevor Breen following a win at Ardingly recently

Trevor Breen following a win at Ardingly recently

He comes to this year’s event hot on the heels of successes abroad and at the South of England Show and is expected to do well.

As well as the major international, the Hickstead Derby has a huge range of novice and young horse competitions in the outer rings. This summer, a new all-weather Ring 4 will ensure foot-perfect going for competitors, with the Bunn family investing a further £200,000 to maintain Hickstead’s position as one of the premier showgrounds in the UK. Constructed by Andrews Bowen, the new arena will incorporate the stone and all-weather surface from the London Olympics in Greenwich Park.

“After last year’s unseasonal weather, we felt we needed to put in another all-weather arena as an insurance against wet years. We have built it with many permanent features on the perimeter, such as a water splash, a Devil’s Dyke, banks and steps so that it can also be used for Derbies or working hunter classes if the need arises,” said Hickstead director, Lizzie Bunn.

Showing classes are a big feature of Hickstead’s June show, with championships for cobs, riding horses, hunters, mountain and moorlands and coloured horses. The final judging of the Tattersalls and Retraining of Racehorses Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship- a popular series for ex-racehorses-will take place in the International Arena, shortly before the Derby. There is also scurry as well as private driving classes, plus the Hickstead Derby Polo Challenge, held on the Saturday night.

Shoppers can browse through hundreds of tradestands in the Charles Owen Shopping Village, plus there is a vast range of bars, restaurants and eating places to sample. Hospitality tickets are selling fast, so book without delay to avoid disappointment.

Tickets for this show and also the Longines Royal International Horse Show ( July 30- August 4) can be obtained from the box office on 01273 834315, or visit www.hickstead.co.uk

Brendon Powell hopes to secure Fallon for Dark Emerald at Goodwood on Friday evening

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Kieren Fallon could ride Dark Emerald for Powell

Goodwood Racecourse plays host to the second of  three Friday night meeting this week  with the six race card starting at 6.20pm and the highlight is the £12,000 Bibendum Handicap, just short of 10 furlongs for three-year-olds.

A total of 25 horses have been entered including a number of lightly-raced performers such as the William Haggas-trained Danal Al Atheer, Epsom maiden scorer One Pekan from the stable of Roger Varian, and Persepolis, trained by Sir Michael Stoute.

Brendan Powell will be represented by dual winner Dark Emerald providing the Lambourn handler can secure the services of former champion jockey Kieren Fallon, who steered the colt to victory on his seasonal return at Yarmouth on April 30.

The son of Dark Angel failed to build on that win when tackling 10 furlongs for the first time at Sandown Park on May 23, finishing fifth under William Buick.

Powell said: “If Kieren Fallon can ride Dark Emerald, which I think he will be able to do,  then the horse will run in the Bibendum Handicap.

“He has been in great form since his run at Sandown but I felt William (Buick), having not ridden the horse before, probably didn’t make enough use of him. I think he was worried about getting the trip but I can see Dark Emerald staying a mile and a half in time.

“When Kieren rode him for the first time at Newbury last year, he came back and said we need to make plenty of use of him because all he does is stay.

“He went a right good gallop at Yarmouth and every time a horse came to him he found a bit more. He is lazy like that at home but very genuine and needs something with a bit of speed to take him along.

“He was second to Olympic Glory at Goodwood last year and ran against some other nice types but always put up a good performance despite being quite weak still.

“Since Sandown, his work has improved and I have always thought he would be better than an 88-rated horse. I’m still sure he will be and he could be a horse to take abroad for some Listed races later in the season.”

Other notable entries include the William Knight-trained Goodwood Mirage, owned by the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group, and Rock God from the yard of Eve Johnson Houghton, whose best performance came when narrowly beaten by Steeler in a maiden at Glorious Goodwood last year.

Frankie Dettori enjoyed his first British success at Goodwood on June 9, 1987, on Lizzy Hare and this is remembered by the Frankie’s 26th Anniversary Maiden (8.35pm, 19 entries) over a mile.

The  jockey, who partnered his first winner on Thursday, June 6, since returning to action on May 31, could ride at Goodwood on Friday.

The four remaining races on the card are the opening Gordon’s Apprentice Handicap (6.20pm, 15 entries), the Advance Resource Managers Auction Maiden (6.50pm, 23 entries), the Crimbourne Stud Handicap (8.00pm, 25 entries) and the concluding TFM Handicap (9.05pm, 17 entries).

 

Cannon misses seven rides at Fontwell Park -and local trainers do well at the rain-softened track

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Inner Steel following an earlier run at Fontwell Park

Inner Steel pictured  at Fontwell Park

Inner Steel put some tantalising places and a couple of falls behind him when he was an emphatic winner at Fontwell Park’s rain-soaked meeting yesterday, Tuesday June 11, taking the last race on the card, the 32Red.com Handicap Chase,by a 14 length margin when partnered by Paddy Brennan.

His performance thrilled his owners, the Inner Steel Partnership, and trainer Lydia Richards who is based at Chichester. Her main concern has always been that the eight-year-old Zagrob gelding should come home safely, following one particularly bad fall at Plumpton.

But there were no doubts about his latest performance, which put eight places behind him for a well deserved victory.  Basoda, trained by Kim Bailey finished second at 8-1, with Richard Rowe’s Alteranthela, a 16-1 shot, was third at 16-1.

Jockey Jamie Moore, with one of the most notable rides of the day, coaxed Lajidaal, home to victory on the softening ground in the West Sussex Handicap Chase. The six-year-old gelding responded to persistent encouragement from his rider to achieve the second chase victory of his career.

Jamie and Gary Moore

Jamie and Gary Moore

Trained by his father, Gary Moore, at Cisswood Stables, Horsham, Lajidaal’s previous win was in June last year when ridden by Moore’s brother Joshua- currently sidelined through a long spell of injury.

The 7-1 shot was seven lengths clear of the labouring Tom George runner, 2-1 favourite Celtic Intrigue, and 17 lengths clear of the third horse in an impressive performance for the Sussex yard.

Jockey Tom Cannon missed seven rides at the meeting, following an incident at Newton Abbott the previous day when his mount,  Oscar Jane, slipped up on a bend.

Conditional jockey Tom Cannon

Jockey Tom Cannon

 

It deprived him of a certain winner in the opening Fontwell race when Tony McCoy came in for the ride on Synthe Davis trained by Lynda Mongan. This 5-1 shot was an easy winner, comfortably beating 11-4 favourite Try To Catch Me.

He missed another win for Hampshire trainer Chris Gordon,  for whom he has enjoyed prolific victories, when the trainer sent out Marie Deja to win the Brighton Hurdle Division 11 with substitute jockey Marc Goldstein in the saddle. 

Earlier, Experimentalist, trained by Tim Vaughan and ridden by Richard Johnson, appeared to benefit from the softer ground when winning the novice hurdle race from Oliver Sherwood’s  Luci Di Mezzanotti with Leighton Aspell in the saddle.

Jockey Leighton Aspell

Jockey Leighton Aspell

 

Leighton Aspell has made a great start to the new National Hunt season, with 14 winners to his credit already at this early stage- and with Oliver Sherwood’s horses generally running extremely well, that tally should increase. It would be no surprise to see Luci Di Mezzanotti come back and win again.

Third placed horse in this race, Gary Moore’s lightly-raced Agincourt Reef, again with son Jamie on board, was much closer than when third on his previous outing at Fontwell last month- and could progress further.

Petworth trainer Alison Batchelor sent out Border Station ridden by Mark Quinlan to win the two and a quarter mile hurdle race at 6-1, foiling a significant gamble on Charlie Lonsdon’s Pampelonne.

But Lonsdon won the following race, the 32 Red Handicap Chase with 10-1 shot Dom Lukka, at the expense of Old Dreams, who ran particularly well under jockey Liam Treadwell for Findon trainer Nick Gifford, who had to settle for second place.

There was a hefty gamble on Dougie Castello’s mare, Realta Mo Croi, who finally got her head in front  at 4-1 in Division 1 of the Brighton Hurdle race.

 

 

 


Hickstead launches official clothing range

 

\Part of the new Hickstead range

\Part of the new Hickstead range

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead has teamed up with Beewear Ltd to launch an official merchandise range for this season. The fantastic products include polo shirts and hoodies for adults and children, and cosy neck warmers; or treat your horse to a brand new saddle cover emblazoned with the famous Hickstead logo.

There’s also a child’s t-shirt with the slogan ‘I came 1st @ Hickstead’, plus a pair of pyjamas with a Hickstead-branded vest top and tartan pyjama bottoms, which are currently the best-selling item from the range – perfect to wear while dreaming of Hickstead success!

Beewear Ltd will be selling the official merchandise at the British Jumping Derby Meeting (19 – 23 June), the Longines Royal International Horse Show (30 July – 4 August), the Hurstpierpoint College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships (8 August) and the All England Jumping Championships (5 – 8 September).

“If you are attending any of these events, please make sure you pop in and meet the team – we will be happy to show you the 2013 range on offer,” says Bee Beauchamp. “We have gone for a mix and match range this season – so whichever items you purchase, they will co-ordinate beautifully.”

Commemorate your visit to Hickstead this season by purchasing a keepsake from the Official Hickstead Shop – or you can buy online from www.beewear.co.uk