The Racing Hub Round-up: the week’s top stories
The Racing Hub Round-up: your catch-up on the week’s top stories
Racing and Racecourses
The Irish government’s new Living With Covid roadmap for the next six months means racecourse attendance would be limited to a 500 maximum until April next year.
The roadmap does however mean an extra 200 people can attend a meeting which would allow owners to be on-course since racing in Ireland was held behind closed doors.
Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive, Brian Kavanagh, said: “It’s not a sustainable number for a lot of racecourses but there’s provision in the legislation to engage on those issues and we will do so in the coming weeks on that. A total of 200 will probably allow owners and 500 doesn’t give much more leeway but we’ll look at that over the course of the coming days.”
In respect of the viability of Irish racecourse, Kavanagh said: “It’s a real concern. Racecourses can survive one shock, but if you say to a track that you’ll lose a big festival meeting for a second time that creates a real problem.
“There’s specific provision in there regarding large-scale events, so let’s see what that means and what’s involved in that.”
Newmarket Racecourse has been successful in convincing local authorities that it has in place the necessary measures to hold a pilot event where 1,000 racegoers will attend a day’s racing.
Amy Starkey, regional director of the East region for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “We’re pleased to be working closely with local authorities to stage a limited spectator trial at the Rowley Mile over the course of the Cambridgeshire meeting.”
Warwick is still on course to stage a pilot event with a maximum of 800 racegoers in attendance, but Scottish tracks have decided against piloting the return of spectators due to continued uncertainty and the loss of money if, like Doncaster and Goodwood, there is last-minute cancelation is impost upon them.
Chester racecourse has indicated that it could “mothball” the track in 2021 if the venue is unable to hold race meetings with spectators in attendance.
Racing Welfare’s Virtual Yorkshire Open Day had, by mid-afternoon, attracted over 40,000 views of all the videos produced for the event and its website had 5,000 views alone
A total of 24 trainers from across the county were “open” to the public on what should have been Malton Open Day.
“We’re delighted,” said Racing Welfare head of fundraising Mark Loades.
“We’ve collected around £1,000 in voluntary £2.50 donations when people registered and the total for the online auction, which runs until September 24, is now past £37,000.
“At the same time that we cannot raise funds, our services have never been more needed. We’ve been busier than ever. Last year was a record year for us in terms of the number of people we helped at 2,500. This year we’d helped 3,500 before the end of June.”
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Nine times Irish Champion jockey Pat Smullen has died aged 43. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two-and-a-half years ago and suffered a relapse in recent months. At one point last year he had been given a clean bill of health but the cancer returned and his condition got worse in the past week.
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Jeremy Noseda, who quit as a trainer in June 2019, was fined £1,500 and Walk In The Sun disqualified from a novice race at Kempton in January 2018 after the horse tested positive for cocaine.
In March 2018 the The Sun newspaper reported that the Phoenix Thoroughbreds owned horse, which cost a €1.4m, had failed a dope test. Three months later it emerged that the substance was a metabolite of cocaine.
Due to the sensitive nature of some of the specific facts involved, the hearing before an independent disciplinary panel was held in private and the BHA said full written reasons from the panel would follow in “due course”.
Noseda said: “I had a very fair hearing. William Norris QC headed the panel. He and his panel found, unreservedly, that I was not responsible for this and never instructed anybody regarding it.”
In May 2018, Phoenix, which last week was barred from having runners in Britain, removed 14 horses from Noseda’s Newmarket yard.
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Hollie Doyle, who rode 116 winners last year which set a record for a female jockey in Britain, brought up her 100th winner of 2020 when 2/7 favourite Maximal, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, won at Sandown. And winner number 101 was then achieved on Lalania at 7/1 trained by William Stone.
Doyle said: “It’s excellent. It’s especially nice to do it here riding for Sir Michael and Khalid Abdullah,” adding: “I just wanted to beat last year and at the start of the season it looked a no-go really. I’ll just see how things go.”
One Master, beaten a short-head in a Doncaster Group 3 race following her narrow defeat at Doncaster on Saturday, is due to return to Longchamp to win the Group q Prix de la Foret for the third year running.
Trainer William Haggas confirmed the Foret as the target and said: “She ran very well. She’s just been unfortunate, but that’s the way it goes.”
Telecaster, winner of last year’s Dante Stakes at York, is a strong possibility to have a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe to add to the two striking wins the four-year-old has already achieved in France this season, in a Group 3 at Longchamp and a Group 2 and Deauville.
“It’s definitely a possibility that he could go,” said trainer Hughie Morrison, adding: “Nothing really sprang out of the trials to put us off. The filly who won the Vermeille [Tarnawa] was impressive, but connections said afterwards that was her day.”
Century Dream, who finished fifth when favourite for the Group 2 Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown, has the Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot as his next target.
However, co-trainer Ed Crisford will be hoping the winner of Goodwood’s Celebration Mile gets soft ground.
Crisford said: “I think the ground was a bit quick at Leopardstown and they went strong enough up front.
“The ground was probably a bit quick for him, but he’s come back fine and I think we’ll just head to the QEII on hopefully softer ground.”
ITV Racing – Saturday 19 September
- 13.40 DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WORLD TROPHY STAKES (Group 3)
- 14.15 DUBAI DUTY FREE HANDICAP STAKES (Class 2) 1m 2f
- 14.50 TDUBAI DUTY FREE LEGACY CUP STAKES (Class 1) (Group 3)
- 15.25 DUBAI DUTY FREE MILL REEF STAKES (Group 2)
- 13.55 JORDAN ELECTRICS DOONSIDE CUP Stakes (Class 1)
- 14.30 QTS AYR SILVER CUP HANDICAP STAKES (Class 2)
- 15.05 SCOTTY BRAND FIRTH OF CLYDE FILLIES’ STAKES (Group 3)
- 15.40 QTS AYR GOLD CUP HANDICAP STAKES (Class 2) (Heritage Handicap)
♦ Ayr Gold Cup 10-year stats http://wp.me/s8e3Dl-18946