Jockey Hayley Turner’s tips for the second day of Glorious Goodwood

Tips from jockey Hayley Turner for the second day of Glorious Goodwood

Tips from jockey Hayley Turner for the second day of Glorious Goodwood

Jockey Hayler Turner, has been through the card for the second day of Glorious Goodwood and gives her tips and thought for the races here, saying:

“Today is the big day, with the QIPCO Sussex Stakes, one of the big races of the week. It’s been billed as the Duel on the Downs, between Toronado and Dawn Approach who battled it out in the St James’s Place at Royal Ascot with the latter just winning. However, I also like DECLARATION OF WAR who won at Royal Ascot and was then second in the Coral-Eclipse. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a cracking race and I am looking forward to watching it on TV.

The first race is the longest race on the card, over two miles and five furlongs and so the horses start in front of the grandstand. Nicky Henderson, the Champion Jumps trainer saddles LIEUTENANT MILLER, ridden by Tom Queally. He is a very consistent horse who runs in many of these long distance handicaps – the last race he ran in at Royal Ascot he was third.

In the second race, the Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes I think ELKAAYED is in with a good chance. Roger Varian’s three-year-old was fifth at Ascot but I think he can improve on that and is drawn in stall 1.

Richard Hannon has a great record in the two-year-old races at Glorious Goodwood and runs TOORMORE in the Verve Cliquot Vintage Stakes, a race he won last year with Olympic Glory. The colt has only run once but with Hannon’s track record in these kind of races, he has to be fancied.

Another difficult maiden follows with the Vintage Stakes, where I would have to pick VALONIA  – she ran a good race in a strong maiden at the July Meeting, finishing second and I think that she can improve from that.

RIBBONS is a really improving horse that I imagine I would be riding if I were able to. I’ve ridden her in all three of her starts, including a good win at Goodwood in May and I’d love for her to remain unbeaten.

Another tricky handicap in the last, the Harwoods Racing Club Handicap over seven furlongs. My pick would be NENGE MBOKO.

 

Chance to win tickets to Brighton Racecourse’s August Festival of Racing

Win a ticket to a day at Brighton Racecourse's Summer Racing Festival

Win a ticket to a day at Brighton Racecourse’s August Racing Festival

With Brighton Racecourse’s three-day August Festival coming up some, the course is offering a chance to win free tickets to either Frosts Ladies Day or Scouting for Girls.

The Festival starts wiith the John Smith’s Race Day on Wednesday August 7, featuring the John Smiths Brighton Mile.

This is then followed with Frosts Ladies Day and the festival closes with a Fundraising Friday featuring the BetVictor Brighton Bullet, and what will be a stunning live performance after racing from Scouting for Girls onFriday August 9. There will be something for everyone.

For the chance to win a pair of Premier Badges to either day, answer the following:

What are the dates of the 2013 August Festival of Racing at Brighton Racecourse?

Send your answers to info@brighton-racecourse.co.uk with the subject header of Ladies Day or Scouting for Girls depending on the day you would like tickets for.

Hannon stakes a claim for Goodwood title by winning first two races on opening day

 

Jockey Richard Hughes took the opening race at Glorious Goodwood

Jockey Richard Hughes took the opening race at Glorious Goodwood

Trainer Richard Hannon and jockley Richard Hughes, each launched their bids for a fourth Glorious Goodwood title at the earliest opportunity as they combined to take the opening bet365.com Handicap with Viewpoint.

The four-year-old son of Exceed And Excel, a 16/1 shot, came from off the pace with a strong late run to cut down Nabucco by a length.

After a promising fourth to Nabucco on his seasonal debut, Viewpoint had finished only third at Ascot on Friday. The difference, according to Hannon, was the ground, softened during the morning by the driving rain that caused the abandonment of the Glorious meeting’s opening ceremony.

“It was just too firm for him at Ascot,” said the trainer, the current leading trainer at Goodwood and this meeting’s champion in 2008, 2010 and 2011. “He could never pick up on it and lengthen. He likes to get his toe in and today was just perfect.

Hannon won the second race with Brown Sugar, ridden by Pat Dobbs, who finished narrowly ahead of Richard Hughes on board stablemate 7-2 shot, Anticipated.

 

Trainer Richard Hannon

Trainer Richard Hannon

Hannon will saddle Toronado in tomorrow’s QIPCO Sussex Stakes and does not see the softened ground as a problem. “He should be fine with it,” he said. “And he should be OK on the track too, he’s a well-balanced horse. The other two [Dawn Approach and Declaration Of War] have both pacemakers in, but ours will appreciate a good gallop too.

“When Dawn Approach beat us at Ascot there was only inches in it, and although both horses suffered interference, we took a right whack. We’ll just have to see what happens. He’s in good form and we’ve done our bit at home. We pay a good man to do the rest of the job and it’s up to Hughsie now.”

Jockey Ryan Moore notched up his 100th Goodwood winner with Brazos, trained by Clive Brittain in the Casino at bet365 Maiden race, coming through at the last minute to beat Lyn Valley and Mystique Rider, trained locally by Olly Stevens, by two necks.

The rider was more impressed with the colt than his own landmark. “He did that well and he’ll be better for it,” he said. “He’ll be a nice horse.”

Told it was his century at the track, he said in typically dry deadpan style: “Is that all? Disappointing.”

 

Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore

He had earlier won on board  Garswood  and ended the day as leading jockey with two wins.

Five jockeys tied for runner-up spot  with one win each: Richard Hughes, Pat Dobbs, George Baker, Willliam Buick, and Raul Da Silva.

 

 

 

 

 

Top equine artist Trudy Redfern will be at Glorious Goodwood again this year

Trudy Redfern at Goodwood last year Photo by Barry Davis

Trudy Redfern at Goodwood last year
Photo by Barry Davis

During Glorious Goodwood acclaimed equine artist Trudy Redfern, who was Artist in Residence there last year, will be at the course again throughout the meeting.
Frequent Goodwood racegoers will recognise Trudy. She will be erecting her easel at the winning post tomorrow, Wednesday for the Sussex Stakes to capture the horses on canvas streaking home.
Before Tne Off by Trudy Redfern

Before Tne Off by Trudy Redfern

On other days Trudy will be situated in and around the course.
When not painting at Goodwood she will be  opening her studio to the  general public and for racegoers to pop and view her paintings before or after racing.
Final Turn  by Trudy Redfern

Final Turn by Trudy Redfern

 There will be many paintings for sale including Frankel painted at Goodwood last year and London prize winning paintings featured. Other paintings include wildlife,  landscapes and life work
Commissions are also undertaken. Opening times of her local studio are as follows:
Wednesday 31st July – 6.30-8.30 pm
Thursday 1st August – 6.30-8.30 pm
Friday 2nd August- 11.00-1pm and 6.00-8.00 pm.
Saturday 3rd August- 11-1pm and 6-8pm
Please phone Trudy for details on 07740 647310
Trudy’s full contact details are:
Trudy Redfern
10 Oak Tree Farm
Hambrook
Chichester
PO18 8QA
01243 572504
www.trudyredfern.co.uk

Richard Hughes and Kevin Manning square up for ‘duel on the downs’

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Jockeys Richard Hughes and Kevin Manning prepare to square up for the Duel on The Downs:   Photo courtesy of Dan Abraham

The Duel on the Downs, a confrontation at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday is now on.

Toronado (ridden by Richard Hughes) and Dawn Approach (ridden by Kevin Manning)have both been declared for the QIPCO Sussex Stakes on Wednesday this week at Goodwood Racecourse – this year’s ‘Duel on the Downs’.

The current tally is 2-0 to the Jim Bolger-trained Dawn Approach who won the 2,000 Guineas, coming home ahead of Richard Hannon’sToronado. He failed to handle the longer trip over 12 furlongs in the Derby, and had a hard-fought win at Royal Ascot.

Richard Hannon junior, whose father trains Toronado, said: “We were unlucky in the race at Ascot. I thought we came there to beat Dawn Approach but to his credit, Dawn Approach stayed on and beat us – he’s a hard horse to go past. We were unlucky earlier in the race but maybe at the line we weren’t.

“Our horse is a very good horse and we are going to take on Dawn Approach again. He didn’t run his race in the Guineas when he didn’t finish as he can. He definitely put that to bed at Ascot – his breathing was right and he is much more relaxed.

“He’s going very well now and is very relaxed in his work. Hughesie (Richard Hughes) has been in to ride him and  thought the horse would run really well in the Sussex Stakes. We’re very pleased with Toronado and hope he runs a massive race.”

 

Hayley Turner’s tips for Glorious Goodwood’s opening day on Tuesday

Goodwood ambassador and lady jockey, Hayley Turner, will have a frustrating time sitting it out during Glorious Goodwood this week, with a broken ankle.

Tips from jockey Hayley Turner

Tips from jockey Hayley Turner

She said:”I love Glorious Goodwood and am so upset that I am not going to be there this week. I broke my ankle last week and have to have an operation so will be lying on my sofa at home watching it all on TV, which certainly won’t be the same!

“However, I have studied the form for Tuesday’s racing and it’s a great card of racing to kick off the five days. In the first race, the bet365.com Stakes, I like WHISPERING WARRIOR,  trained by David Simcock. He’s been really consistent this season, winning over the same distance in his last two starts and David Simcock’s horses are in good form at the moment.

“In the second, the bet365 Molecomb Stakes I like SUPPLICANT for Richard Fahey. A really consistent two year old, he was second in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot. It’s a really strong field with lots of exciting two year olds in there.

“The bet365 Lennox Stakes sees Boom And Bust run, who provided me with my first Glorious Goodwood winner – I’d probably be on him if I were able to ride. I like another Richard Fahey horse in this race, GARSWOOD who was well fancied when he ran in the 2000 Guineas earlier this season. The yard obviously thinks a lot of him. He steps down slightly in class tomorrow, after a good fourth in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

CAVALEIRO is another that I would probably be riding if I were at Goodwood. I rode him in last year’s Derby and although he probably isn’t up to that level, he ran well on his debut this season at Nottingham in April, when I rode him. He is drawn in stall one. This race is always a really good trial for the Ebor at York in a few weeks.

It is always difficult to pick winners in maiden races, but BRAZOS for Clive Brittain has run well on both his starts this season, finishing second both times. The next two handicaps are equally as difficult to find the winner, but I have gone for DESERT REVOLUTION in the sixth race – Mark Johnston’s horses always run well at Goodwood and this relatively unexposed colt won 11 days ago.

Finally, in the sprint handicap over five furlongs, my selection is

BLANC DE CHINE.

 

National entries at Hickstead have soared this year

National Schools event is another popular Hickstead fixture Photo by Samantha Lamb

National Schools event is another popular Hickstead fixture
Photo by Samantha Lamb

Organisers at the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead have reported record numbers of entries for its two flagship shows – the British Jumping Derby Meeting in June and the forthcoming Longines Royal International Horse Show (July 30 – August 4).

All of the classes in all of the rings for this week’s show are already full. Classes held in the brand new all-weather The British Horse Society Ring 4 have been especially popular, with riders flocking to compete in this innovative arena with its own devil’s dyke, steps and water splash.

“We have been inundated with national entries this year, and hope that the increase in competitor numbers will continue throughout the rest of Hickstead’s show season,” said Lizzie Bunn, show director.

On Thursday August  8 Hickstead hosts The Hurstpierpoint College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships. First held in 1964, the championships attract schools and branches of the Pony Club from across the British Isles. The Schools competition is split into a junior and senior division, while the Pony Club teams have to qualify in advance of the show.

The All England Jumping Championships will be held from September 5-8. Now in its third year, the championships feature a huge range of classes for amateurs and young horses.

Feature classes at the September show include the Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge. Formed last year in memory of the All England Jumping Course’s founder, the class includes many of Hickstead’s permanent obstacles, making it the perfect introduction for future Hickstead Derby Horses. The show culminates in the All England Grand Prix, with a £9,000 prize fund.

Entry to both fixtures is completely free of charge to spectators.

 

Robins Farm Racing Stables to sponsor Glorious Goodwood’s Stewards’ Cup on Saturday

Superb facilities at Robins Farm Racing Stables

Superb facilities at Robins Farm Racing Stables

Olly Stevens, who together with his wife, Hetta, trains on the Sussex-Surrey border at Robins Farm, near Chiddingfold, is delighted that their training establishment owned by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani will be sponsoring the 2013 Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood this Saturday.

The famous handicap, run over six furlongs and one of the most competitive races during the five days of Glorious Goodwood, will be titled the Robins Farm Racing Stewards’ Cup.
 Olly said: “To have Robins Farm associated with such an iconic and popular race as the Stewards’ Cup is very exciting for us. We are extremely grateful to Sheikh Fahad for providing us with this opportunity to promote Robins Farm. 

 

Olly Stevens on the gallops at Robins Farm Racing Stables

Olly Stevens on the gallops at Robins Farm Racing Stables

“Through QIPCO Holding’s on-going sponsorship of the Sussex Stakes, Sheikh Fahad and his brothers have established an excellent relationship with Goodwood and he identified the chance to sponsor the Stewards’ Cup as a way to raise the profile of Robins Farm and what we have to offer all owners.The season has gone really well so far and it was a great thrill to reward Sheikh Fahad’s support by training his Royal Ascot winner, Extortionist. He takes great pleasure in seeing any horse trained at Robins Farm succeed, whether they are owned by him, his brothers or one of our other clients or partnerships.” 
Both Olly and Hetta have outstanding racing experience, with both of them more than qualified to hold the trainer’s licence- but with very young twin daughters, Hetta felt it was better that Olly’s name should be on it.

They have made their mark this season with eight winners and 27 horses in the frame so far sent out from Robins Farm.

Green Door, a winner of the Makfi Future Star Race at Newmarket,  and another juvenile, Mystique Rider, a promising third on his Salisbury, had been earmarked for a possible run on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood, yesterday. Green Door and Extortionist also hold entries in The Keeneland Phoenix Stakes Group One race at The Curragh in August.

Extortionist

Extortionist


In addition to training for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani,  Olly trains horses for local owners, and amongst these is School Fees, which has won twice for Messrs Elias, Mitchell and Newton this season.  All horses enjoy superb facilities at Robins Farm, with a selection of top class gallops, paddocks ,salt water horse walkers and boxes with rubber walls and floors.


Adam Waterworth, managing director of Goodwood Racecourse said: “I am really pleased that Robins Farm is sponsoring the Stewards’ Cup this year. It is one of our local training yards and it is good to have it involved with Glorious Goodwood, especially in such a high-profile race as the Stewards’ Cup.”


Also taking place on the Saturday of Glorious Goodwood is the race for those horses who did not make the cut for the Robins Farm Racing Stewards’ Cup, which will be run as the Robins Farm Racing Stewards’ Sprint.

Olympic riders to contest Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™at Hickstead

 

Fierce competition in the International Arena Photo:Samantha Lamb

Fierce competition in the International Arena
Photo:Samantha Lamb

THREE of the four members of the gold-medal winning Olympic showjumping team will make up the British squad for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain, at Hickstead, West Sussex next week.

Scott Brash (Ursula XII), Peter Charles (Murka’s Odie de Frevent) and Ben Maher with his Olympic ride Tripple X III will line up for Britain for this prestigious team competition, held this Friday of the Longines Royal International Horse Show which runs from Tuesday until August 4.

The other squad members are William Funnell (Billy Congo) and William Whitaker (Fandango), with the final team of four to be announced before the day.

The home team will be hoping to repeat its success from Greenwich last summer, but will face stiff competition from teams from France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the Ukraine, the USA and last year’s winners Ireland. The teams are aiming to pick up points in order to qualify for the first ever Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup final in Barcelona

Before the FEI Nations Cup action gets underway, there will be a celebration to mark one year since Britain’s Olympic success, with a group of Gamesmakers chosen to carry the flags for the riders’ parade. All Gamesmakers will be given free entry (including parking) to the showground on Friday 2 August, providing they wear their uniform and accreditation.

As well as contesting team honours in the FEI Nations Cup, top riders from around the world will battle it out to claim the Longines King George V Gold Cup, held on the final day of Hickstead’s six-day fixture. Set over a vast, technical and demanding course, this class offers a prize fund of €200,000 and remains one of the most coveted Grands Prix of all.

Our five Nations Cup squad members are due to take part, alongside some of the best known British riders in the sport – including Michael, John and Robert Whitaker, Laura Renwick, Guy Williams, Tim Stockdale, Joe Clayton, Robert Smith and this year’s Hickstead Derby hero, Phillip Miller.

The show gets underway on Tuesday with a day of national showjumping and showing classes. All of the showing classes are championships, where riders from around the country have worked hard to qualify.

There are championships for coloured horses and ponies, working hunters, show ponies, show hunter ponies, pure bred and part-bred arabs, hackneys, mountain and moorlands, hunters, riding horses, cobs, hacks, intermediates and miniature horses. Many of these champions will then progress to the final judging of The British Horse Society Supreme Horse and the Underhill Supreme Pony titles.

The action in the International Arena begins on Wednesday, with the culmination of several of British Showjumping’s Winter Finals.

The international classes begin on Thursday August 1, with the famous Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix. This class sees showjumpers and eventers go head to head over a course of coloured poles and solid cross-country jumps.

This year’s line-up includes Tina Cook, a member of the London 2012 silver medal-winning eventing team; Rolex Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell, eventing legend Mark Todd and four-time winner of the class Gary Parsonage.

Among the showjumpers are Ireland’s David Simpson, fourth in last month’s Hickstead Derby, and Michael Lonsdale, winner of the HOYS Puissance in 2012. Olympic rider Caroline Powell will be competing on Lenamore, who retired from top-level eventing earlier this year, while showjumper Trevor Breen will compete on Noble Bestman, normally the ride of eventer Laura Collett (who was injured in a cross-country fall earlier this month).

The Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Sky Sports Speed Classic will form the showjumping highlights of the Saturday, which is also Hickstead’s Ladies’ Day, where the best dressed visitors have the chance to win great prizes.

General admission tickets start from just £16 per adult and £8 for children, while a huge range of hospitality options are also available, including private boxes, ringside lodges, the exclusive 120-seater Members’ Restaurant, the al fresco Ringside Restaurant and the Beethoven Suite, found at the top of the Members’ Grandstand. Tickets are also available on the gate.

Sky Sports will once again be providing comprehensive daily coverage of the action from Thursday to Sunday. Viewers can also purchase a day pass to watch Sky Sports online for just £9.99 for 24 hours – visit http://www.nowtv.com/sports to sign up.

To book tickets go to www.hickstead.co.uk or call 01273 834315.

 

 

 

Horsham Riding Club’s show was a major success

 

Horsham Show's Champion of Champions, Pami Nixon and Hurtwoods Oliver Photo by Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Horsham Show’s Champion of Champions, Pami Nixon and Hurtwoods Oliver
Photo by Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Horsham and District Riding Club Open Horse Show took place in scorching sunshine at Eastlands Farm, Plummers Plain, Near Horsham this month.

It could not have been more of a contrast to last year when it was cancelled due to dreadful weather.

The good weather certainly helped attract a good crowd, but this is a show with a growing reputation for good facilities, being well organised, and with a wide variety of classes with something for everyone, so it is always a major attraction.

There were some of the best side saddle riders in the country competing in the equitation class and  nearly 30 in the walk and trot dressage – many with young horses or doing their first ever show.

There were 60 other classes of  dressage, showjumping and showing in seven different rings so plenty to choose from for the budding professionals to the grassroots riders.

The club thanked new Sponsors Equi-Star Horse Boxes as well as the club’s many long standing ones including Powells of Coolham, Mr & Mrs Greenwood and Bodle Bros. and also  the many judges.

The ride judges rode more than 50 horses each in the heat, one ride judge who found herself jumping a fence on a naughty horse when it was not required, but still managed to laugh about it, and  there were those who were complimentary about the standard of horses presented before them, which made their decisions so difficult.

Thanks particularly went to the team of HDRC volunteers who helped make the show happen, and the many competitors supported the event, and making it such a successful day.

Also LRG Photography, who covered the show.

Words by Maxine Gayler