Queen Elizabeth enjoys most successful horse racing year yet

The British royal has seen Fresh Fancy emerge as her 32nd winner following a successful day at Kempton Park, and it’s said she’s won over £460,000 in prize money in nine months.

“The Queen rarely misses a race in which one of her horses is racing and has a television so she can catch the drama.” A source told The Sun newspaper

“It would have no doubt cheered her up with everything that is going on.”

With Fresh Fancy’s win – which came with £3,780 in prize money – she has blown away her previous record of 29 wins in 2019, while her third best total was 23 in 1992, 2014 and 2016.

This year’s tally includes 30 flat race wins and two over fences, and flat racing doesn’t officially end until mid-October, meaning there could be more triumphant moments in the pipeline.

Meanwhile, the queen will also have Reach For The Moon racing in the Derby next June, which comes during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations – although no reigning monarch has won the race since Edward VII in 1909.

Broadcaster Cornelius Lysaght said: “The Queen is a big breeder, owner and patron of horse racing.

“It is not just hype…

Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar: Is this Andre Fabre’s Best Horse Ever?

Horse Racing NAP of the Day: 13/8 Horse Racing Betting Tip This Wednesday + a £25 Risk Free BetAndre Fabre has hailed the unbeaten filly as probably one of the best he has ever trained – after just two races.

Owned by Juddmonte Stud, she is by Frankel and out of multiple American Grade One winner Emollient.

A winner over an extended seven furlongs at Deauville on debut, Raclette was hugely impressive in a conditions race at Chantilly last week and now has a Group One date in the Prix Marcel Boussac looming.

“She was very impressive last time out and she is probably one of the best fillies I have ever trained – she’s got everything,” said Fabre.

“She has acceleration, a wonderful temperament, so far she is doing everything right. We’ll go for the Boussac with her next.

“It is quite a big step going from a conditions race to a Group One, but she was way better than her opponents last time.

Is this Andre Fabre’s Best Horse Ever?

 

Preview: G1 Prix Vermeille – Sunday morning Sept. 12

A Breeders’ Cup prep for Del Mar

The stand-out performer of the season, Snowfall has set records in both the G1 Epsom Oaks and the G1 Irish Oaks with impressive winning margins.

The G1 Prix Vermeille (run at 2400m) is the headline race on Arc Trials Day, and it has attracted the best fillies and mares in Europe. This race looks like being one of the 2021 highlights on the racing calendar globally. G1 Epsom Oaks (2400m) heroine Snowfall will take on G1 Prix de Diane (2100m) winner Joan of Arc in an exciting contest ahead of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m)…

Burgarita
Burgarita remains unexposed compared to her opponents with only four starts. She impressed with a useful third in the G1 Prix de Diane (2100m) on her third outing and has since placed second in the G3 Prix Minerve (2500m) at Deauville. She is capable of featuring.

Arc winner Enable winning in France French

Enable winning in France

Philomene
Philomene has enjoyed a strong Classic campaign, finishing sixth in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1600m) before a second in the G1 Prix de Diane (2100m). She would need to step up from her recent fourth in the G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (2000m) though. This will be her first attempt over the trip.

Teona
After a disappointing run in the G1 Epsom Oaks (2400m), Teona was dropped in class and impressed with a three and three-quarter length win in the Listed August Stakes (2290m) at Windsor. This is a considerably tougher task.

La Joconde
Despite finishing downfield in the G1 Irish Oaks (2400m), La Joconde showed a better level of form when third in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks (2370m) behind stablemate Snowfall. She is probably the weakest of the O’Brien quartet on form.

Joan of Arc
A beautifully bred full-sister to Group One winners Gleneagles, Happily and Marvellous, Joan of Arc was an eye catching winner of the G1 Prix de Diane (2100m). She did not perform up to expectations when third in the G1 Nassau Stakes (1980m) subsequently and may appreciate the return to a longer journey.

Snowfall
The stand-out performer of the season, Snowfall has set records in both the G1 Epsom Oaks (2400m) and the G1 Irish Oaks (2400m) with impressive winning margins. She was a comfortable three and a half-length winner when tried against the older mares in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks (2400m) and is the horse to beat.

Incarville
Winner of the G1 Prix Saint-Alary (2000m) at Longchamp in May, the French trained filly has been disappointing since. She was beaten less than two lengths when fifth in the G2 Prix de la Nonette (2000m) at Deauville and could plausibly improve for a longer trip.

Source: French PMU

Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar: Sunday’s G1 Prix du Moulin

Preview: G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp on Sunday, September 5

The Prix du Moulin is a Group One thoroughbred race for horses aged three years or older, over 1600m at Longchamp. First run in 1957, the event has been staged at the Parisienne venue since 1987. They have raced on the first Sunday in September since 1980 with a view to realigning the European mile division. The aim was to avoid a clash between the Group One contests of the Sussex Stakes, Prix Jacques le Marois and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (all over 1600m). We look at this season’s line-up, which could include a Breeders’ Cup starter or two at Del Mar.

Lope Y Fernandez

Winner of a Listed event on seasonal reappearance, the Aidan O’Brien-trained four-year-old has contested four consecutive Group One events, including a well-held seventh dropping to 1300m in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville last month. This extra distance is likely to help but needs to find something to reach the placings.

Victor Ludorum

A talented performer under the tutelage of André Fabre. Finding it hard to scale the heights at the top table since winning last year’s G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) with the Shamardal colt finishing downfield in the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois (1600m), nearly eight lengths behind the reopposing Poetic Flare. This looks a tough assignment.

Horse racing: Del Mar’s closing weekend includes 4 graded stakes racesOrder Of Australia

Last season’s shock G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner arrives after arguably a career-best performance. The Aidan O’Brien contender is likely first string and ran a good third in the Prix Jacques le Marois after setting a strong pace throughout. He thrives on a fast surface and could play a pivotal pace angle to the contest, with the chance of sneaking a place.

Baaeed

The William Haggas-trained Baaeed has swept all before him in four unbeaten starts, including an easy victory in the G3 Throughbred Stakes (1600m) at Goodwood in July. The son of Sea The Stars had already shown Group One potential prior to that effortless success, with an abundance of scope for progress. This is his toughest test to date, taking on proven Group One winners, but the manner of his victories indicates he rates a leading candidate on his first attempt at this level. He is the style angle versus the substance already showcased by his rivals, which should offer a fascinating conclusion to this epic encounter.

Novemba

Novemba was a Group Two winner in Germany earlier in the campaign. The Gleneagles filly was a fine fourth in the G1 Coronation Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot subsequently but has ground to make up with both Snow Lantern (second) and Coeursamba, who ran sixth in the G1 Prix Rothschild (1600m) in August, when Novemba was a well-beaten eleventh.

Snow Lantern

The G1 Falmouth Stakes (1600m) heroine Snow Lantern bids to give Richard Hannon a first win in the race. The daughter of Frankel brings strong form to the event, finishing ahead of a trio of subsequent Group 1 winners in the Newmarket showpiece including Mother Earth who subsequently won the Prix Rothschild, Alcohol Free scored in the G1 Sussex Stakes (1600m) and Lady Bowthorpe was successful in the G1 Prix Nassau (2000m). This track should suit her better than at Goodwood, when a luckless third in the aforementioned Sussex Stakes and she rates a major contender with her three-year-old fillies weight allowance.

Coeursamba

Coeursamba was a determined winner of the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1600m) at this track prior to a pair of held efforts in subsequent Group One races. The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained three-year-old filly ran better than her finishing position of sixth suggests in the Prix Rothschild, when denied a clear run at a crucial point of the race. She can’t be ruled out for a placing with her age and sex weight allowance.

Source: French PMU

Preview of Sunday’s G1 Prix Jacques Le Marois, the race won by Goldikova

French horse racing blurrGroup 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois – Sunday at Deauville, France

Sunday’s Prix Jacques le Marois is a Group One contest over the 1600m distance for colts and fillies aged three years or older at Deauville, with a prize pool of $1M. This race, which typically has Breeders’ Cup implications, was named after Jacques le Marois, who was President of the Deauville racecourse committee.

Three-year-olds have an excellent record in the Deauville carnival highlight. They are in receipt of 2.5kg from their older rivals, which has proved to be a notable advantage in recent years.

Seven three-year-olds have triumphed in the previous ten seasons, including a pair of three-year-old fillies. Three-year-old fillies hold the greatest edge receiving an additional 1.5kg weight allowance and those from that category to have won this prestigious prize include Immortal Verse (2011) and Alpha Centauri (2018).

Dual Group One winner Poetic Flare (Dawn Approach) looks to be the standout three-year-old, attempting to dethrone Palace Pier (Kingman) after his determined victory in this race last term. Another eyecatching contender is three-year-old filly Mother Earth (Zoffany), who won the G1 Prix Rothschild (1600m) over course and distance at the start of this month.

Palace Pier 

Winner of this race in 2020, Palace Pier has only been defeated once in his nine race career. He has been a comfortable winner of all three starts in 2021 including the G1 Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot and is the horse to beat again.

Victor Ludorum

Victor Ludorum was the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) champion in 2020 and was back to winning ways when scoring by three lengths in the G3 Prix Messidor (1600m) at Chantilly on 18 July. His confidence will be boosted by that success, and he is very capable of a big performance at the top level.

Order of Australia

Order of Australia surprised many when out-running long odds to win the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile (1600m) at Keeneland in November. He has not shown the same level of form since despite winning the G2 Minstrel Stakes (1400m) at the Curragh in July and would need to prove he can replicate.

Ecrivain

Fourth in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) in 2020, Ecrivan has always demonstrated a fair level of ability. He bounced back with a win in the G3 Prix Bertrand du Breuil (1600m) at Chantilly in late June but may struggle back in Group One company.

Alpine Star

Alpine Star is looking to emulate her half-sister Alpha Centauri, winner of the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois (1600m) in 2018. She defeated a good field of Classic fillies in the G1 Coronation Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot in 2020 and subsequently finished runner up in the G1 Prix de Diane (2100m) at Chantilly. She also finished second in last year’s renewal of this race.  She was a narrow second in the Listed Lyric Fillies’ Stakes (2050m) on reappearance at York in late July and is expected to improve for the run.

Poetic Flare  

Poetic Flare has demonstrated toughness and tenacity during his Classic campaign. He started with a success in the G1 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Newmarket before a sixth in the French equivalent and was narrowly defeated by his stable-mate Mac Swiney in the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas (1600m). There was a return to winning ways in the G1 St James’ Palace Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot and he produced another bold effort when second against the older horses in the G1 Sussex Stakes (1600m). The Dawn Approach colt can never be ignored at the top level.

Colosseo 

Unable to win since his juvenile debut in September 2020, Colosseo has produced some big efforts at the top level including a second in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m). It would be a big ask to defeat the leading contenders.

Midtown 

Midtown took a considerable step up in class when third in the G1 Prix Jean Prat (1400m) and is open to further progression after only three starts. He is an unknown quantity in a field of experienced rivals.

Chindit

Winner of the G2 Vintage Stakes (1410m) at Glorious Goodwood as a juvenile, Chindit has struggled to break through at Group One level despite two solid fifths in G1 2000 Guineas (1600m) and G1 St James’ Palace Stakes (1600m). Improvement would be required.

Mother Earth  

Mother Earth continued to add further success to her glittering three-year-old CV, winning the G1 Prix Rothschild (1600m) at the start of the month. She has not finished out of the top three all year and cannot be ignored.

Past winners of the Prix Jacques Le Marois include: Palace Pier (2020), Alpha Centauri (2018), Ribchester (2016), Kingman (2014), Moonlight Cloud (2013), Excelebration (2012), Makfi (2010), Goldikova (2009), Manduro (2007), Dubawi (2005), Six Perfections (2003), Banks Hill (2002), Dubai Millennium (1999), Spinning World (1996 and 1997), East Of The Moon (1994), Sayyedati (1993), Miesque (1987/1988), Lianga (1975), Nonoalco (1974), Hula Dancer (1963), Pearl Cap (1931) and Sir Gallahad (1923).

Source: French PMU

The Horse Racing League. Broadcasts Begin Today in the UK.

Sky Sports Racing has unveiled its ‘stellar’ on-screen talent line-up for the inaugural team-based series, the Racing League.

An anchor team of Alex Hammond, Josh Apiafi and Leonna Mayor will be joined by special guest presenters to provide ‘unique insight’ including David Lloyd, Michael Holding and Rosie Tapner.

The brand new Racing League – which will be broadcast live and exclusive on Sky Sports Racing with new-look graphics and production innovations – takes place over six Thursday evenings starting on 29 July at Newcastle.

The Racing League aims to bring ‘innovation to the sport’ in the form of a points and team-based competition worth £2 million in prize money.

Rob Dakin, Director of Sky Sports Racing, commented: “We are really excited about how we can reflect the ground-breaking format of the Racing League series…  more on the UK Horse racing league

Breeders Cup at Del Mar: French Group Summer Stakes

French horse racing blurrThe spring and summer French Classics have now been run and we have seen the best of the European three-year-olds in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris (2400m) and the G1 Prix Jean Prat (1400m) – so what have we learnt so far?

It has been a year of Irish domination so far with Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O’Brien picking up three of the four French Classics. It began with a historic first success in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) with St Mark’s Basilica. The Siyouni colt swerved the G1 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Newmarket (UK) and dominated the French equivalent two weeks later, comfortably winning by one and three-quarter lengths ahead of the Italian-trained Colosseo in second.

St Mark’s Basilica recorded the same winning margin a month later when taking the G1 Prix du Jockey Club (2100m) at Chantilly, easily beating the French-based Sealiway and Millebosc. Stable-mate Joan Of Arc had a harder task in the G1 Prix de Diane (2100m) against short-priced favourite Philomene from the André Fabre stable. A beautifully bred half-sister to multiple Group One winners, Joan Of Arc had to be driven hard to repel the late surge of Philomene but stayed on well and was eased close to home.

The only French victory in the Classics came in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1600m) when Couersamba out-ran long odds to beat the Aidan O’Brien trained G1 1000 Guineas (1600m) heroine Mother Earth. Couersamba was settled in mid-division and made good progress in the final 400m under jockey Cristian Demuro, recording a one and a quarter length winning margin.

The Irish sprang a surprise in the G1 Prix Jean Prat with Laws Of Indices improving from his fifth in the G1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m) at Royal Ascot. This Ken Condon trained colt seemed to appreciate the step up in distance and held on to win by a head from Joseph O’Brien’s Thunder Moon. Midtown finished the best of the home team in third.

Hurricane Lane backed up his eye catching G1 Irish Derby (2400m) success with an impressive six length win in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris (2400m). The top four at the finishing line were all trained in the UK or Ireland, with Baby Rider achieving the best finish of the French-trained contingent in fifth.

French 3yos

With the Classic generation now stepping into open company, it will be interesting to see how the three-year-olds fare against their older rivals. Over the shorter distances, the top sprinters are expected to come together in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest (1300m) at Deauville on 8 August. Connections of G1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m) first and second Campanelle and Dragon Symbol will be looking to confirm who is the best three-year-old sprinter after the original placings were reversed due to interference by Dragon Symbol. The colt has since proven he can race with the fastest horses in Europe, finishing second in the G1 July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket (UK). G1 Prix Jean Prat (1400m) winner Laws Of Indices is expected to join them and Jean-Claude Rouget indicated Prix Jean Prat fourth Valloria will try her luck over 1300m.

Looking towards the Autumn, three-year-olds dominate the betting for the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) and Aidan O’Brien’s Snowfall continues to shorten at the head of the market. The filly set a new record for the largest winning distance in a UK Classic when defeating her nearest rival by sixteen lengths in the G1 Oaks (2400m) at Epsom Downs (UK) and has since won the Irish equivalent by eight and a half. With a three-year-old fillies weight allowance, she deserves her place as favourite for the Autumn showpiece. Hurricane Lane is well-fancied to go close after his performance over course and distance in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris (2400m) while G1 Derby (2400m) hero Adayar cannot be dismissed.

Although well-fancied in the betting for the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, double Classic winner St Mark’s Basilica is expected to dominate the 2000m division for the remainder of the season. He comfortably beat the older horses by three and a half lengths in the G1 Eclipse (2000m) at Sandown Park in early July including 2020 G1 Prix du Jockey Club winner Mishriff. At this stage of the year, it is difficult to imagine who can beat the rising star of the 2021 season.

Source: French PMU

Hong Kong sees all-time record turnover for horse racing betting

The [Hong Kong] government-granted monopoly club, which provides pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in the region, saw a record 835 races and 88 meetings that resulted in a 12.1% increase in turnover.

After a period of social unrest in 2019, the Hong Kong Jockey Club returned to its traditional 88-meeting season and figures escalated in contrast with the previous years: hosted local races went from 828 to 835 (which represents an increase by 11%), had 26 more simulcast days (accounting HK$7bn) and 206 more races than ever before.

Of the total revenue numbers, HK$13.7 billion went to the Hong Kong government, 13.6% more than after the last campaign.

“We are delighted to have been able to again complete a full season with a clear focus of ensuring racing to continue while upholding the principle of protecting the public health and safety of our employees, stakeholders and the public”, Winfried Engelbretch-Bresges, HKJC’s chief executive said…

Sunday’s Group 1 Prix Jean Prat

Stakes Analysis of the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat from Deauville, France, a race that could produce a starter or two in this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar.

Fast Raaj

Winner of the G3 Prix Djebel (1400m) at Deauville in April, Fast Raaj struggled to get involved in the G3 Jersey Stakes (1400m) at Royal Ascot subsequently. He is a specialist over this distance and can play a major role.

Colosseo

Colosseo returns to a shorter distance after a good second in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) behind dual Classic winner St Mark’s Basilica. That was a career best performance from the Street Boss colt, and it will be interesting to see how he fares after a break. It will be Colosseo’s first attempt over less than 1600m.

Naval Crown

From the Charlie Appleby yard in Newmarket (UK), Naval Crown has featured in some of the best UK races of the season, including a fourth in the G1 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Newmarket (UK). His second in the G3 Jersey Stakes (1400m) is the strongest piece of form in the race and he looks very capable of winning. Godolphin has a good winning record in this race.

Erasmo

Erasmo is chasing a third consecutive win and made a successful step up in class when winning the G3 Prix Paul de Moussac (1600m) at Chantilly. He was a Listed winner over 1400m at Longchamp prior and can feature in the closing stages if continuing to progress.

Midtown

Midtown is unbeaten after two racecourse starts. He caught the eye on second outing with a comfortable two length success in the Listed Prix Herod (1400m) at Chantilly last November. This Andre Fabre trained colt is making his seasonal reappearance and is a full brother to Black Type performer Laieth. The Dubawi colt is open to further improvement and is another runner for Godolphin.

Mehmento

UK representative, Mehmento caught the eye with a comfortable two length success in a conditions race at Epsom Downs over 1400m in early June. He struggled in the G2 Jersey Stakes (1400m) subsequently and would need to find more.

Laws of Indices

The Ken Condon trained Law of Indices has been racing consistently at a good level and closed off his juvenile season with a third in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardare (1400m) behind Sealiway. He was fifth in the G1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m) and may appreciate the slight step up in trip.

Thunder Moon

Thunder Moon was an exciting juvenile, winning the G1 National Stakes (1400m) at the Curragh and placing third in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes (1400m) at Newmarket behind subsequent dual Classic winner St Mark’s Basilica. He has struggled in both starts over 1600m this year and could stage a revival over a shorter distance.

France ChantillyBest Lightning

Best Lightning is a German representative and finished second in the G2 German 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Cologne. He followed up with a second behind Erasmo in the G3 Prix Paul de Moussac (1600m) at Chantilly and drops in trip.

Battleground

Battleground was arguably one of the best two-year-olds for Aidan O’Brien last year, ending the season with a second in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (1600m). He out-ran his odds when third in the G1 St James’ Palace Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot and is probably better over 1400m. With the stable currently in-Group One winning form, he could further improve.

Wembley

One of two runners for in-form trainer Aidan O’Brien, Wembley will be looking to recapture his best from his juvenile campaign. His second behind St Mark’s Basilica in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes (1400m) is a useful piece of form but he has failed to run up to that level in three starts in 2021.

Valloria

Valloria takes a step up in grade after a win in the Listed Prix Volterra (1600m) at Longchamp in June. Though progressive she faces a very competitive field.

Reina Madre

Reina Madre impressed with a hard-fought success in the G3 Prix Imprudence (1400m) at Deauville in April but failed to make an impression in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1600m) subsequently. She returns to her preferred distance.

 

WIN – NAVAL CROWN

DARK HORSE – LAW OF INDICES

 

Source: French PMU

Celebrities in Horse Racing: Tony Parker

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He is one of the most successful sports personalities his country has ever produced and has huge popularity both in France and in Texas, where he helped the San Antonio Spurs to four NBA Championships.

Now Tony Parker has returned to a childhood love of horses and has embarked on the life of a racehorse owner.

Nothing unusual about a wealthy sportsman investing in horses, you might think. But Parker is determined to spread the gospel that racing is a sport for everybody, with his Infinity Nine Horses stable attracting widespread attention on social media, and the launch of a new fly-on-the-wall documentary, Tony Parker: The Big Bet.

And he has made himself available to racing institutions, signing ambassadorial deals with Equidia – which co-produced the Big Bet – and France Galop.

“My idea is to modernize the world of racing and make it more popular, to shine a light on the sport and to share my excitement with the community,” said Parker at a press screening of episode one at Longchamp…

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