Enable Unlikely to Race before Royal Ascot

“Every sport needs champions and she’s been amazing, Dettori said. “She’s captured not just racing’s imagination, but she’s attracted other people to watch the sport.”

The Guardian:  Enable is unlikely to begin her fifth racing season until Royal Ascot at the earliest, with her campaign being planned entirely around a return to Longchamp in October in search of an elusive third win in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, John Gosden, the mare’s trainer, said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the annual Longines World’s Best Racehorse ceremony in London, Gosden said that “June time, Royal Ascot” is the obvious place for the six-year-old to start what seems almost certain to be her final year on the track.

“If you aim for the autumn, you don’t want to be starting in the spring,” Gosden said. “We aimed at Ascot last year and ended up running in the Eclipse [in July]. We’ll see how she is make the decision together, but the final thing is that the decision will be taken by the filly herself.”

Enable’s defeat when favourite for last year’s Arc was the only significant reverse in what was otherwise the best season of Frankie Dettori’s three decades in the saddle, and he is eager to be back aboard a horse whose performances at times rendered him almost speechless with emotion in 2019.

 

A look back at Paul Nicholls’ four Gold Cup wins – can he make it five?

In the history of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, one trainer stands above the rest with their record number of wins. Tom Dreaper famously won a trio of races in the 1960s with Arkle, but his first win came in 1946 when Prince Regent was the favourite. He went on to have further success with Fort Leney in 1968, bringing his total number of Gold Cup wins to five.

Of all the currently active trainers, Paul Nicholls holds four Gold Cup titles and is one win away from sharing Dreaper’s record. But can Nicholls make it five? Let’s take a look back at his Gold Cup success and his chances in this year’s race.

2020: Clan des Obeaux or Frodon?

This year, Nicholls rests his hopes on two eight year olds: Clan des Obeaux and Frodon, and betting odds ahead of the Cheltenham Gold Cup price the former at the better price of 9/1, while Frodon can be found as an outside chance at 25/1. The early favourite at the time of writing is last year’s winner, Al Boum Photo, trained by Willie Mullins.

Clan des Obeaux came fifth in last year’s race, but is in reasonable form, having recently won the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day by 21 lengths. Frodon will be making his Gold Cup debut, but won last year’s Festival Trophy. Earlier this month, the gelding ridden by Bryony Frost won the Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton, making a swift return to form.

2009: Kauto Star

Nicholls’ last success came in 2009, when the legendary Kauto Star made history in becoming the first horse to regain the Gold Cup. Rode by Ruby Walsh, Kauto Star beat stablemate Denman to the finish line by some 13 lengths – and no other horse could come close. It was a return to form for the pre-race favourite, who had been beaten in the previous year’s race. And it could have been a trio of placed-finishes for Nicholls, but for Exotic Dancer securing third, ahead of Neptune Collonges.

2008: Denman

The 2008 Gold Cup saw Nicholls famously orchestrate a winning one-two-three, as Denman got one over on Kauto Star, ensuring the horse didn’t secure back-to-back races for the first time since Best Mate in 2003-04. Neptune Collonges completed the placing. Denman took the lead as early as the eleventh fence and never looked like relinquishing his advantage – going on to win by seven lengths. Many were expecting a close race between Denman and Kauto Star, but it never materialised and the previous year’s winner only made up ground with three fences to jump.

2007: Kauto Star

Kauto Star secured his first win in the Gold Cup on his debut, but it could have been oh-so different for Nicholls’ horse. Exotic Dancer was the pre-race favourite, but was eventually beaten by two-and-a-half lengths. Kauto Star had come from behind and came into his own on the second lap. With four fences remaining, he chased the leading pack before taking the lead with two fences left to jump. But after hitting the final fence, the win was in doubt. However, he stayed on strongly to reach the finish line first.

1999: See More Business

1999 was a breakthrough year for Nicholls at the Cheltenham Festival, where he won a trio of races. After success in the Arkle Challenge Trophy and Queen Mother Champion Chase, he went on to win the Gold Cup with See More Business. The Irish-bred gelding had previously won the King George VI Chase that season, but despite that, was by no means the favourite going into the Cheltenham centrepiece. The 16/1 hopeful hadn’t started well and it wasn’t until the final fence that he soon led, with one length separating See More Business from second-placed Go Ballistic.

 

 

 

Three big questions ahead of the Cheltenham Gold Cup

The 2020 Cheltenham Festival is less than two months away and already punters are gearing up to one of the biggest highlights in the jump racing calendar. The entries to this year’s Gold Cup have been announced and even at this early stage, many are checking out the latest odds in Cheltenham betting with Paddy Power. But ahead of this year’s festival, what are the key points of interest?

  1. Can Al Boum Photo win back-to-back Gold Cup titles?

Not since Best Mate’s trio of wins between 2002 and 2004 has a single horse won consecutive titles. In the race’s history, only seven horses have won the Gold Cup more than once. Looking to make the record books this year is Al Boum Photo, one of the entrants from Willie Mullins’ yard. In 2019, Al Boum Photo could be found at odds of 12/1 ahead of the race and this year he is the favourite at 7/2. In winning last year, he beat the likes of runner-up Anibale Fly and bookies’ favourite Presenting Percy to hand Mullins his first success in the Gold Cup.

Al Boum Photo went into last year’s race in good form, having won the Savills Chase on New Year’s Day at Tramore. On that occasion, he beat Total Recall by six lengths and had the same margin of victory in this year’s chase – this time as one of four finishers. Not only does Al Boum Photo go into the Gold Cup as the favourite but of all the winners, 22 horses have been eight years old, so it looks like a lucky omen for the French thoroughbred.

  1. Will the dominance of Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins be too much for the rest of the field?

Irish trainers Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins are both hugely successful in their own right, but both have one thing in common: just one winner in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. After fielding six runners-up, Mullins received his first victory last year; while Elliott fielded a winner on his debut in 2016 (Don Cossack) but hasn’t come remotely close to matching that in subsequent years. Of his three entrants in the following three races, his best result came last year, when Shattered Love came ninth.

This year, both men field four horses each, the most of any trainer. As well as favourite Al Boum Photo, Mullins enters Kemboy, who’s worth a shout at 11/2, as well as outsiders Bellshill and Real Steel. For Elliott, his best chance comes from Delta Work, priced at 8/1, with his other three entrants (Alpha des Obeaux, Death Duty and Shattered Love) all completely unfavoured. However, it’s rare that the favourite wins the Gold Cup and the last three years have seen lesser-favoured horses win, so anything is possible.

Of the other trainers representing, Henry de Bromhead and Colin Tizzard boast three entries each, while the highly-decorated Paul Nicholls and 2017 winner Jessica Harrington each fancy their chances with two.

  1. Can Paul Nicholls break records and become the most successful Gold Cup trainer?

In terms of active trainers, Nicholls is the most successful in the Cheltenham Gold Cup – with four winners to his name. After a first win in 1999 with See More Business, Nicholls won the race three years running with success for Denman sandwiched between Kauto Star’s two titles. Nicholls hasn’t won the Gold Cup since 2009 and hangs his hopes on Clan des Obeaux (8/1) and Frodon (25/1).

The former came fifth in last year’s race but has recently performed well and won the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day by 21 lengths. It will be the eight-year-old’s second entry into the Gold Cup, despite plenty of experience over the Cheltenham fences.

Frodon looks to make his Gold Cup debut, after winning last year’s Festival Trophy. With five wins at Prestbury Park to his name to date, the eight-year-old made a quick return to form earlier this month, winning the Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton.

In Gold Cup history, Tom Dreaper is the most successful trainer with five wins from three horses. He won his first title in 1946 and went on to famously win the treble with legendary horse Arkle in the 1960s. Can Nicholls equal the record this year?

 

*Odds correct at time of writing

Latest 2020 Cheltenham News Updates

We are in the new decade of 2020 and the Cheltenham Festival 2020 is just a couple of days away. Some of the leading horses and jockeys are expected to participate at the biggest world horse racing event in the UK. Top bookmakers are gearing up for the event and luring punters with exciting betting offers for the expected races there. This year’s event is expected to be very competitive as the leading jockeys and top horses are going to participate.

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest horse racing events in the UK that is only rivaled by the Grand National. It is a perfect gift for all horse race fans and punters alike who like to try their luck by placing bets on their popular sport. While the festival is known to be a horse racing event, it does more than just horse racing. It is also acts as a perfect venue for people from different parts of the globe to converge and get to know each other!

A review of the latest betting odds for the Cheltenham Festival 2020

Being one of the biggest horse racing betting events in the national hunt calendar, punters are usually on the look for exciting betting offers from bookmakers. As a punter, you are also perhaps looking to review the latest Cheltenham betting odds 2020. Well, the event features some of the best jockeys and horses that you could select to help you win a bet.

Basically, bookmarkers usually offer lower odds for horses or jockeys that are favorites to win a race. If you wish to increase your chances of winning a bet then the best thing you could do is choose a horse or jockey with the lowest odds. While lower odds may not offer you much of possible win price, your chances of winning remain high.

Conversely, horses or jockeys that are not likely to win a race are usually offered higher odds. This is usually a subtle strategy used by bookmarkers to persuade punters to pick jockeys or horses that are least likely to win.

So, which betting is good – online or brick and mortar betting?

The Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner and if you that punter seeking to try his/her luck through bets perhaps you are wondering what type of bet is best. Is online betting better that the traditional betting at a physical brick and mortar shop? Of course, you will have a variety of horse races that you can opt to place your bets for.

As the prestigious sporting event keeps drawing nearer, you certainly have the choice to select which type of betting to go for. There is the in-shop betting that involves walking into a physical betting shop and pacing your bet on either of your favorite jockey or horse to win a race. You also have the option of choosing a bookmaker and placing your online bet on a favorite horse or jockey to win at the race. The choice obviously is yours but several reports suggest that online betting has got more benefits and advantages over the traditional in-house bets.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the amazing benefits and advantages of online betting:

  • If you are signing up for a bookmaker for the first time, you get offers such as the introductory free bet offer and amazing bonus offers. These are things that lack on in-house betting shops.
  • There are some bookmarkers that do offer ¼ odds offers which are non-existent in-house betting shops.
  • Instant payouts on winnings right on your bookmarker account unlike in-shop betting shops that you need to collect winnings yourself in person.
  • Online betting also offers you important betting information such as a team’s, recent stats and performance so that you can make an informed betting move. This is lacking in in-house betting shops.
  • When you are betting online, you will also have various funding options including debit card, PayPal, mobile wallet etc.
  • You also have the opportunity to watch live sporting action from bookmakers with live stream.
  • Bookmarkers also provide their users with a complete bet slip history thus raising confidence amongst users.

Industry Profile: Jockey Frankie Dettori and his Incredible Year

UK correspondent Edward Sadler has a sit-down interview with superstar jockey Frankie Dettori to look back on his incredible year in the saddle in 2019.

There’s Horse racing in St Lucia

Royal St Lucia Turf Club Opens on Schedule

KINGSTON, Jamaica — St Lucia placed themselves on the horse racing map when they hosted their first race meeting under the auspices of Royal St Lucia Turf Club.

The feature offering on the five-race card was the US$150,000 Pitons Cup, which was won by the American-bred Casting Crowns.

The event run over nine furlongs saw Casting Crowns, ridden by Qin Young, come from off the pace to catch Colonel’s Pride at the top of the straight to win convincingly.

Casting Crowns is trained by Deoner Visser and owned by well-known American outfit Taylor Made Farms. The winning time was 1:50.91. Second, went to Colonel’s Pride.

Run Bayou, ridden by Rasheed Hughes and trained by Jamaica’s Andrew “Busha” Nunes, was third. Busha Nunes now trains in Barbados.

Andrew’s brother and current leading trainer in Jamaica, Anthony Nunes had three runners in the Pitons Cup, one of which, Rock Creek, was ridden by Shane Ellis. Rock Creek finished sixth with Oriental Crown occupying the fifth slot.

In the other races on the five-race card, Anthony’s horses Shane Doan finished second with Nasty Critter and Queen of Pitons both earning third spots.

Earnings on all races were paid out to positions one to six.

Queen Elizabeth Visits Central Kentucky in Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Episode

In the fifth episode of season three of Netflix’s “The Crown,” Queen Elizabeth II travels to Kentucky and spends a month in the commonwealth looking for horses to breed with her mares, some of whom were stabled in Central Kentucky. In the episode, she spends her time in Kentucky lamenting “the unlived life” and the restrictions that accompany her station as a monarch.

Fans of “The Crown” love to parse through the show’s events and storylines to mine what is based on fact and what is based on fiction. This episode provided much fodder for those students of “The Crown’s” allegiance to history…

In “The Crown,” the queen’s visit to Kentucky is cut short by word of a coup attempt back home, a story that does have some root in actual fact. While no actual coup attempt was in fact ever made, there were discussions of a coup among a group of wealthy industrialists, military generals, and Lord Mountbatten in 1968 about the possibility of pushing out the elected Labour government. Nothing much came of those talks, and certainly nothing rose to the level seen in “The Crown.”… more about Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Episode:

Is Australian Horse Racing Model Broken?

One of the world’s biggest punters, abandons Australian racing

…”They’re killing the goose that laid the golden egg,” renowned bookmaker Robbie Waterhouse said.

“This is all in response to the increasing taxes being imposed on Australian markets and it’s unbelievable someone as big as Dr Nick has turned his back on Australian racing.”

The majority of the country’s foreign-owned bookmakers reported huge cuts in profits of their Australian operations after the introduction of the point of consumption tax, levied at different rates by state governments.

It has left bookmakers increasing their margins on betting markets, resulting in some of the industry’s biggest punters lowering their turnover. Other professional punters are having their accounts shut by oddsmakers who don’t want to take their bests.

Australia’s biggest online bookmaker Sportsbet reported a $40 million hit to its profits for the six months to June 30 this year.

Trainer Charlie Appleby has Old Persian as a Major Player in Breeders’ Cup Turf

The Breeders’ Cup meeting at Santa Anita lost three of its European team members on Monday – including —Magical, the Champion Stakes winner – but there is still likely to be a total of 33 runners from the continent’s stables in California on Friday and Saturday …

Charlie Appleby’s challenge at the meeting was reduced from two to one in desperate circumstances on Saturday when Line Of Duty, who took the Juvenile Turf last year and was due to contest the Mile on Saturday, suffered a fatal injury on the gallops. Appleby will now rely on Old Persian, a leading contender for the Turf, as he attempts to improve an already remarkable strike rate at the Breeders’ Cup, where he has had three winners and a second from six starters.

“It was six years ago that we were here with Outstrip, bless him,” Appleby said on Tuesday, looking back to his first Breeders’ Cup runner, and winner, in the 2013 Juvenile Turf. “It’s great to be here but it’s not a holiday, as much as it’s lovely to have the [mountainous] backdrop we see out there. We try to bring the right horses out, with the experience we’ve had through the years.

“I was always looking [for a juvenile to run] but didn’t want to put one on the wagon just to have a spin around. The great thing about a horse like him [Old Persian] is that shipping is second nature to him. He went to Dubai, he went to Canada [to win the Grade One Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine last time] and he’s shipped well here.

“This race was our target from Dubai [in March, where he won the Group One Sheema Classic]. I was confident he’d take all the beating [in Canada], he was the class horse in the race and he showed it. We wanted to keep the dream alive and we were always going to come straight here.

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No Winx in this Year’s Group 1 Cox Plate

Source: Sky Racing World

Star Japanese mare Lyx Gracieux won the middle-distance championship of their spring, the Takarazuka Kinen, and did it posting the sort of figure that would win many Winx-free Cox Plates, but the betting hasn’t missed her and it’s hard to see what the betting has missed about her with prices inside $4.00 in early markets.

Her positives are that she has run ratings that are in or around the likely winning zone for this Cox Plate in all bar one run in the last two years and she has been able to take that form on the road, running well twice in Hong Kong.

Prepare now for this year’s Breeder’s Cup – here’s how

The market still looks to be giving her all the credit she deserves for that, with several others capable of hitting similar levels, and one of those, Mystic Journey, looks a good each way bet in our eyes.

She was dragged back off a crawl last time, and did what she could from where she was, but this time she draws to land in her preferred stalking role and get every chance to show her best – which we know is very good.

Twelve months on from the blistering performance that skyrocketed her towards the top of the Australian racing tree she looks well set-up for a big peak again and that peak should have her right in the finish regardless of what the others bring.

Our bet of the day comes earlier in the day with the Gerald Ryan-trained Villami looking really well placed in the fourth on the card.

She was a touch flat when third at the same course and distance last time but was only beaten by a couple of high quality fillies in a deeper race than what she faces here.

From the wide draw she should go on with it this time and take control of the race and if she can return to her Sydney peak the rest of these will do well to keep up.

She’s tight in the betting but with a good jock, good map and the most talent she looks the sort of favourite that we can get stuck into.

THE MELBOURNE MAIL 

Bet Of The Day: Race 4 #3 Villami @ $2.25

Each Way Play: Race 9 #12 Mystic Journey @ $7.00