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The Queen"s horse Carlton House to be trained in Australia

The Queen's horse Carlton House to be trained Down Under in bid to revive fortunes



17:06 GMT, 4 December 2012

The Queen is to have her first horse trained in Australia with Carlton House being transferred from Sir Michael Stoute to leading Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Carlton House has ensured a disappointing season and failed to build on his third to Pour Moi in last year's Derby when he had an interrupted preparation and then lost a shoe in the final furlong.

The colt, whose biggest win came in last year’s Group Two Dante Stakes at York, will head Down Under after competing in Sunday’s Hong Kong Cup.

Down Under: Carlton House will now be trained in Australia by Gai Waterhouse

Down Under: Carlton House will now be trained in Australia by Gai Waterhouse

This season the son of Street Cry, who was a gift from Sheik Mohammed, won the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes on his comeback at Sandown. Before putting up arguable a career best when second to So You Think in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A failure to settle in the early stages of his races led Stoute to drop Carlton House back to a mile but on both occasions, most recently when fourth to Excelebration in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October, he disappointed.

The Queen’s racing advisor John Warren said: ‘Carlton House looks the perfect candidate to race in Australia where there are a considerable number of options for an older horse.

‘The Queen is very enthusiastic about the prospect of having her first runner in Australia and Gai Waterhouse, who is one of Australia's leading trainers, will train the horse.

Change: Her Majesty will be hoping Carlton House's move will revive the horse's fortunes

Change: Her Majesty will be hoping Carlton House's move will revive the horse's fortunes

‘We will let Carlton House settle in and acclimatize before a race programme will be decided upon. It is an exciting plan and a wonderful opportunity for Her Majesty to have a horse that can participate in Australia where racing is top class.’

Waterhouse is a former actress and model who once appeared in The Young Doctors Down Under as well as making an appearance in Dr Who. She was born in Scotland.

She is one of Australian racing's most famous racing names and the daughter of TJ Smith, who was also a top racehorse trainer in Australia.

Grand National shortened in bid to reduce horse deaths

Grand National shortened as safety changes bid to reduce horse deaths



13:20 GMT, 20 September 2012

The 2013 Grand National will be run over about half a furlong shorter after a safety review concluded that the start should be moved closer to the first of the 30 fences.

The review, conducted by both the BHA and Aintree, will result in a change in position of the starting line by around 90 yards. The hope is that this will reduce the speed built up by the field as they run to the first fence.

Procedural changes to the starting process will also include the establishment of an larger ‘no-go’ zone, defined by a line on the track away from the starting tape. This will be extended from 15 yards to around 30 yards from a starting tape, which will be made more visible.

Changes: The 2012 Grand National brought more chaotic scenes

Changes: The 2012 Grand National brought more chaotic scenes

There will also be a general drive throughout the jumps season to improve the starting process, particularly in big races. It is hoped this will help prevent the farcical scenes which saw two false starts in April and all 40 jockeys later told that they were in breach of starting regulations even though no charges were pressed.

The safety review, the second in two years, has been carried out after both Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised and According To Pete died in this year’s race.

It was the second year running two horses have been killed in the most watched jumps race of the year, prompting calls for significant changes to the four and a half mile contest from animal welfare groups.

These included reducing the size of the 40-runner field and abolishing the drops on the landing sides of fences, particularly Becher’s Brook where According To Pete was fatally brought down by another faller.

Another significant proposal relates to the testing of a newly designed prototype fencer.

This specifically focuses on utilising materials other than the existing timber and protective rubber padding that make up the central frame of a fence, also known as the 'core'.

This work is now in development stage with prototype fences currently being assessed and it is planned that at a small number of fences be trialled with a different core at the Becher Chase meeting in December.
Fence heights will remain unchanged

John Baker, who runs Aintree Racecourse as part of his role as North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “Balancing the Grand National’s enduring appeal whilst working to reduce risk in the race is a delicate but important balance to strike.

'In recent years, we have made significant investments in safety and believe today’s announcement demonstrates we will continue to do so whilst preserving the unique character and appeal of the nation’s favourite race.'

Jamie Stier, Director of Raceday Operations and Regulation for the BHA, added: ‘Aintree and the BHA’s approach has been to reference the findings of the comprehensive 2011 Review, while taking account of any additional data and evidence collated from this year’s race.

'This includes the BHA’s thorough report into specific incidents in the 2012 running published in May. Following this year’s race, our priorities were to establish the facts surrounding the incidents that occurred during the running of the race and, secondly, to review the events which led to what was an unsatisfactory start to the race.

'We have worked closely with Aintree and consulted widely with jockeys, trainers and legitimate welfare organisations – the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare – on a range of elements related to the race.'

Horse charity World Horse Welfare has welcomed the changes but said it was disappointed that race organisers do not plan to trial a reduction in the number of horses running in next year’s race.

WHW chief executive Roly Owers said: 'We welcome Aintree’s demonstrated commitment to making the course safer and the changes proposed today which make good sense.

'We are especially encouraged by their programme of work on the fences, replacing the hard cores with softer materials to make them more forgiving to the horses. This has the potential to make a big difference to safety.

'However, we are disappointed that they have not proposed reducing the size of the field, although we note that they are keeping this under review.

'We believe that the number of fallers, unseated riders and horses being brought down by other horses in the National is too high (50 per cent in 2012).

'While there is clearly no magic formula here, changes need to be made to significantly reduce the faller rate which will reduce the number of injuries, fatalities and loose horses which pose risks to themselves and others on the course.

'We believe the single most effective way of doing this is to trial a reduction in the field size – say for three years.’

Lester Piggott says Camelot can win Triple Crown

Better than Nijinsky! Piggott sure Camelot can win first Triple Crown since 1970



14:40 GMT, 6 September 2012

Lester Piggott believes unbeaten Camelot is better equipped to become a Triple Crown winner than Nijinsky ever was.

The legendary jockey was on board when Nijinsky became the last colt to achieve the landmark in 1970, adding the mile and three-quarter St Leger to previous wins in the 1,000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket and the mile and a half Derby at Epsom.

Nijinsky was trained in Ireland by Vincent O’Brien at his Ballydoyle base in Co Tipperary, when he completed his clean sweep of colts’ Classics.

Going for glory: Camelot, ridden here by Joseph O'Brien in the Derby

Going for glory: Camelot, ridden here by Joseph O'Brien in the Derby

From the same stable, his namesake Aidan is preparing Camelot for the Ladbrokes St Leger on September 15.

Camelot, who has looked the outstanding colt of his crop, is 1-3 favourite for the Leger and Piggott does not envisage him being beaten.

He said: 'Nijinsky was bred for much more speed than Camelot and we were never sure whether he would get a mile and a half, never mind the St Leger trip.

'There was always that doubt because he was by Northern Dancer and that was all speed. Camelot is bred differently – he’s bred to stay a St Leger trip.

'It should be quite straightforward really, there aren’t many runners in the race and he has the finishing speed. He should kill them over the last furlong and a half. I’d love to see Camelot win just to show how good he is.'

Recalling the day Nijinsky made history, Piggott remembers more drama before the race than during it.

Eased near the finish, he finished half a length in front of Meadowville; with Politico half a length further back in third.

Legend: Nijinsky, ridden by Lester Piggott, won the Triple Crown in 1970

Legend: Nijinsky, ridden by Lester Piggott, won the Triple Crown in 1970

Piggott added: 'What I remember about the St Leger is that I had a ride in the first race that day and coming out of the stalls the horse suddenly swerved to the right and I came off.

'The Police had a message to say I’d been shot at so there was big security in place when Nijinsky came out of the stables to be saddled. We were being watched all of the time – I didn’t know anything about it but that’s what they told me afterwards.

'I tried to save him as much as possible because he was going to run in the Arc de Triomphe afterwards so I didn’t want to win by 10 lengths – so I only let him do enough.

'It was just a nice race really. They didn’t’ go too fast and it was a nice even pace all the way and he came there very easily so it was only a matter of just riding for a couple of hundred yards.'

Frankel to race for last time at Ascot in October

Farewell Frankel… Unbeaten super horse to race for last time at Ascot in October



11:53 GMT, 31 August 2012

Frankel’s career will be exclusively conducted within Britain after his team confirmed the unbeaten colt’s final race will be the 10-furlong Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20.

The calls for the Sir Henry Cecil-trained colt to run in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 7 that followed his 13th win in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York last week always looked to generate more enthusiasm outside the Frankel camp than within it.

Farewell: Jockey Tom Queally will ride legendary horse Frankel for the final time in October at Ascot

Farewell: Jockey Tom Queally will ride legendary horse Frankel for the final time in October at Ascot

Crucially, owner Prince Khaled Abdullah appeared cool on an Arc bid in the immediate aftermath of the York victory.

His racing manager Lord Grimthorpe, who also ruled out a Prix du Moulin bid on September 16, said: ‘Following discussions with Sir Henry Cecil, Prince Khaled has decided that Frankel's next race will be the Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20.’

Coral had quoted Frankel at 1-4 ‘with a run’ for the Arc, which would have been his first run at a mile and a half.

He is a 1-10 shot for the Ascot contest when his opponents could include the 2011 winner Cirrus Des Aigles and John Gosden’s Eclipse Stakes winner Nathaniel.

Saying goodbye: Trainer Sir Henry Cecil has decided Frankel's last outing will be the Champion Stakes

Saying goodbye: Trainer Sir Henry Cecil has decided Frankel's last outing will be the Champion Stakes

Wayne Rooney horse Yourartisonfire wins at Haydock

Yourartisonfire lands Rooney first triumph as racehorse owner… but he missed it!



15:21 GMT, 5 July 2012

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney enjoyed his first taste of victory as a racehorse owner as Yourartisonfire scored at Haydock.

Rooney – away on holiday in Los Angeles – owns the Elaine Burke-trained two-year-old in partnership with Sunderland defender John O'Shea, among others.

First past the post: Yourartisonfire (Yellow), ridden by Michael Metcalfe, triumphed at Haydock to score Rooney's first win as a racehorse owner

First past the post: Yourartisonfire (Yellow), ridden by Michael Metcalfe, triumphed at Haydock to score Rooney's first win as a racehorse owner

Sent off the 6-4 favourite in the Distinction Doors EBF Maiden Stakes, the
Dutch Art colt built on his debut fourth at Nottingham, staying on strongly
throughout the final furlong to win going away by two and a quarter lengths from Mayaasem.

Winning jockey Michael Metcalfe told Racing UK: 'They went quite steady – you can sit and wait but I thought I would get him rolling and I always thought he would pick them up in the end.

Missing out: Rooney was not at the meeting as he is on holiday in Los Angeles

Missing out: Rooney was not at the meeting as he is on holiday in Los Angeles

'When I got him wide he picked up nicely and he'd probably even get an extra furlong the way he settled.

'He's very professional.'

So You Think goes lame

Sandown blow as So You Think struck by injury and is ruled out of Coral Eclipse Stakes



10:30 GMT, 5 July 2012

Hot favourite So You Think will miss Saturday’s Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown after going lame.

The 10-time group one winner, who is trained by Aidan O’Brien, was as short as 4-6 to end his European career on a high before heading back to Australia where he will stand at stud.

Lame: So You Think has been ruled of Saturday's meet at Sandown with injury

Lame: So You Think has been ruled of Saturday's meet at Sandown with injury

However O’Brien’s wife Annemarie this morning tweeted: ‘So You Think was found to be lame in his stable a short time ago and will not run in the Eclipse on Saturday.’

Eclipse sponsors Coral reacted by making Godolphin’s Farhh the new 9-4 favourite.

Farrh finished third to So You Think in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot last month after enduring trouble in running.

In-form John Gosden’s Nathaniel is 3-1 second favourite. The 2011 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner will be making his seasonal debut in the 10 furlong contest.

Izzi Top lands Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh

Buick gets tune out of Izzi Top with Pretty Polly victory at The Curragh



17:32 GMT, 1 July 2012

John Gosden is targeting further Group One prizes with Izzi Top after the talented filly opened her account at the highest level in the Barclays Bank Ireland Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh on Sunday.

The daughter of Pivotal finished third in last year's Oaks at Epsom and was sent off at odds of 6-4 to beat three rivals on her first appearance in Ireland.

Top class: William Buick and Izzi Top took the Pretty Polly Stakes from Sapphire (right)

Top class: William Buick and Izzi Top took the Pretty Polly Stakes from Sapphire (right)

Fresh from an accomplished display at the Middleton Stakes at York in May, the four-year-old moved sweetly in the hands of William Buick, sensibly tracking every move of Sapphire, the pacesetting 10-11 favourite.

The pair had it between them after rounding the home turn, but it soon became obvious Buick was holding on to rather more horse than Pat Smullen.

Once asked a question, Izzi Top soon put the race to bed, and while she idled close home she was good value for her one-and-a-quarter-length victory.

Dermot Weld's Sapphire was not disgraced in finishing second, simply meeting an opponent with a better turn of foot on the day.

The David Simcock-trained I'm A Dreamer finished third, with Up completing a four-runner field which was decimated following the earlier defections of Was, Maybe and Bible Belt.

Gosden said: 'It's great to win this race because Pretty Polly was trained where I train now (Clarehaven Stables, Newmarket).

'She was a champion race-mare and won over a range of distances.'

Of Izzi Top, Gosden said: 'William said she didn't like the ground, but not many like it that soft.

'A mile and a quarter is her trip and she tends to pull herself up when she hits the front – she got a bit idle there in the last furlong.

'We'll look at races like the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and the Prix de l'Opera in France and we may think about the Breeders' Cup, too.

'The best work she has ever done has been in the last few weeks.'

Standing dish: Pat Smullen and Famous Name scored another famous victory

Standing dish: Pat Smullen and Famous Name scored another famous victory

Although out of luck in the feature event, Weld and Smullen still enjoyed earlier success when the remarkably consistent Famous Name secured his 17th career victory in the Friarstown Stud International Stakes.

A winner of this 10-furlong contest in two of the last three years, the 4-7 favourite went about his business with his usual professionalism and pulled three and three-quarter lengths clear of Defining Year.

Weld said: 'As long as he keeps winning, we'll keep going with him.

'As soon as he tells us he's had enough, we'll stop.

'He'll go for a Group One in Munich (Grosser Dallmayr-Preis) in a couple of weeks' time.'

Wayne Rooney hopes for debut win for horse

Rooney bids to score on debut… Striker's horse set for first run at Chester



21:53 GMT, 7 May 2012

Trainer Tom Dascombe has sought to dampen expectations ahead of Wayne Rooney’s first ever runner as an owner.

Pippy, who carries the pink silks of the Manchester United striker and his wife Coleen, makes his debut in tomorrow’s five-furlong Lily Agnes Stakes on the opening day of Chester’s May meeting.

Pippy’s rivals include four stablemates from Dascombe’s Cheshire stable, which is owned by Rooney’s teammate Michael Owen.

New venture: The Rooney horse is set to make its debut at Chester

New venture: The Rooney horse is set to make its debut at Chester

The Old Trafford colleagues will be rivals on the track with Owen a joint owner of another of the Dascombe quintet, Trinityelitedotcom, in a race sponsored by his Manor Farm stable which is a traditional staging post for talented, precocious two-year-olds.

However, Dascombe said the entry son of Exceed And Excel, who will be ridden by Jamie Spencer, had been more dictated by a desire to keep Pippy apart form Rooney’s Tomway who is scheduled to make his debut in the only other two-year-old race at Chester meeting 24 hours later.

Pippy cost Rooney 60,000 last month after being bought at a ‘breeze-up’ sale, where an auction is conducted after buyers have had a chance to watch lots gallop.

Playing down expectation: Trainer Tom Dascombe

Playing down expectation: Trainer Tom Dascombe

Dascombe said: ‘Pippy breezed well and has done nothing wrong since he has been with us. Whether he will have enough experience to be competitive against horses which have run before, we will find out.

‘But if he doesn’t win on Wednesday, he will be winning before too long.

‘We have Wayne’s Tomway in the two-year-old raced on Thursday. There did not seem a lot of point running them against each other, that is why he is entered for the Lily Agnes.

‘He is a nice horse but it is not that we have targeted the race.’

One positive for Rooney is that, after a series of near-misses, Dascombe enjoyed his first two-year-old winner of the season with Ceiling Kitty at Kempton yesterday.

The trainer, who has prepared Owen’s St Leger second Brown Panther for a comeback in Friday’s Ormonde Stakes, said Rooney’s third two-year-old, 60,000gn colt Switcharooney, is still some way off making his debut.

He added: ‘Switcharooney was never going to be an early runner. He is a big horse but should be ready in the next couple of months.’

United players regularly attend Chester where Owen has a box and it will be surprising if Sir Alex Ferguson does not once again sanction a post-training chance to relax as a diversion to the tense finale to the Premier League season.

Willie Mullins dominates at Punchestown

Dominant Mullins goes down a storm in turbulent Punchestown weather



07:23 GMT, 26 April 2012

Champion Irish trainer Willie Mullins dominated on a truncated Punchestown card run in gruelling conditions.

Heavy rain, mixed with strong winds, forced the two chases to be scrapped on the day, including the feature Gold Cup, but that did not stop the County Carlow handler claiming four winners on an all-hurdles and bumper card which totalled five races.

Champagne Fever was the headline act as he followed up his Cheltenham success by making every post a winning one in the betchronicle.com Champion INH Flat Race.

Here you go Dad: Pat Mullins wins another race for his father on Flash of Glory

Here you go Dad: Pat Mullins wins another race for his father on Flash of Glory

The grey, owned by Rich Ricci, had demonstrated his class when winning the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and showed here he has guts to match.

The tiring ground took its toll on several of the field, including Cheltenham runner-up New Year's Eve, who was a spent force some way from home.

Champagne Fever had to show tremendous determination to shrug off a strong challenge from Jeremy Scott's Melodic Rendezvous in the straight.

Amazingly the 11-4 favourite pulled away in the final furlong for the trainer's son, Patrick, to score by seven and a half lengths. Mullins' other runner, Mozoltov, was third.

The winning trainer said: “That was an extraordinary performance – he is a super horse.

'I don't know what we'll do next year; we were thinking of going straight over fences like we did with Florida Pearl (after he won the Cheltenham bumper), but I'm not sure now.

'I thought he was out on his feet in the straight, but Patrick said he was just idling. We know that the third (Mozoltov) is a good horse but Champagne Fever obviously stays well and is a good jumper.

'He is one that we are really looking forward to and has huge ability.'

Mullins junior doubled up, and made it four for his father, as Flash Of Genius (11-4 favourite) proved aptly named for the pair in the At The Races INH Flat Race, this time in the Gigginstown House Stud colours.

Marasonnien (12-1) headed a clean sweep for Mullins – and Ricci – in the Irish Daily Mirror War Of Attrition Novice Hurdle.

The three-mile Grade One contest was run at a very sensible pace in the wet ground and there were many in with chances coming to the third-last flight.

Paul Townend brought Marasonnien to lead at the penultimate hurdle and the six-year-old kept on strongly to win by three lengths from Vesper Bell (14-1) with the 7-2 favourite Sous Les Cieux only third. All three carried the Ricci colours.

Mullins said: 'I don't think I've ever done that before and it's great for the owners. The winner loved the ground and Ruby (Walsh) said that Sous Les Cieux didn't stay so he'll step back in trip.

'I would think all three of them will go over fences. They are three stayers that we thought were the types to make chasers when we got them.'

Townend added: 'He's a fine size of a horse and has plenty of scope. They were probably going too slow for him. He has a nice future and he had his day today.'

Loch Ard got the ball rolling for the Mullins team as he ran out a convincing winner of the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle.

Wrekin Rock made a brave bid to lead all the way but he was headed by Walsh on Mullins' charge before the final flight, where he came down.

That left the 6-4 favourite to bound clear and score by 33 lengths from Un Beau Matin with Dysios third.

We'll try to find another race for him if the weather stays like this but he's on the team for France and will probably go for the four-year-old hurdle at Auteuil next,' said Mullins.

Walsh said: 'Loch Ard travelled well, jumped well and found plenty in. He's a fairish horse and he did it well.

'The ground isn't too bad – the water is lying on top but it's all surface water. There's a good bottom to it and it is perfectly safe.'

Shamiran (12-1) got the better of British raider Weekend Millionair in the Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle.

The two principals were always to the fore and had the race between them as Shamiran (12-1)took it up just before the final flight in the hands of Ian McCarthy.

He pulled away from the David Pipe-trained runner to score by two and three-quarter lengths for County Kildare trainer Stephen Nolan.

Harry Redknapp"s horse, Arry"s Orse, dies

Redknapp's suffers loss as his horse dies after suspected heart attack

Marcus Townend


22:27 GMT, 19 April 2012



22:27 GMT, 19 April 2012

Harry Redknapp has suffered a second devastating blow on the racecourse with a second horse carrying his colours dying in action in the last two months.

Arry’s Orse, who was trained in Yorkshire by David Nicholls, died of a suspected heart attack in the Malosa Medical Apprentice Handicap at Ripon on Thursday, collapsing after losing his place under apprentice jockey Shirley Teasdale around a furlong from the finish of the five-furlong sprint. No other horses were involved.

Sad day: Harry Redknapp's horse Arry's Orse died of a suspected heart attack

Sad day: Harry Redknapp's horse Arry's Orse died of a suspected heart attack

The equine tragedy for the Tottenham
Hotspur boss followed the loss of his hugely promising hurdler Bygones
in Brid, who was fatally injured in a heavy fall at the first hurdle in a
race at Taunton on March 1, seven weeks ago.

The five-year-old Arry’s Orse had won once in a 10-race career and had only just joined Nicholls, who said: ‘It was a suspected heart attack. It is a great pity but at least it was quick.’

Arry Orse had struggled to fulfil his potential but at one stage had been close to running in the 2010 2,000 Guineas having been bought originally for 92,000.

In action: Arry's Orse died in Ripon

In action: Arry's Orse died in Ripon

Redknapp was not at Ripon but had been present at Taunton when Bygones in Brid was killed, leaving shortly after grim-faced.

Bygones In Brid raced only six times but had been considered good enough to take part at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.

The son of stallion Old Vic, who was trained by Alan King, had cost Redknapp 100,000.