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I expect 2013 to be a huge year for Frankie Dettori   Leave a comment

I expect 2013 to be a huge year for Frankie Dettori

No review of the 2012 racing year would be complete without asking the question which was on everyone’s lips at the start of last April: “How the hell are we going to keep our racecourses watered?”

I expect 2013 to be a huge year for Frankie Dettori

Winning feeling: Frankie Dettori can look forward to enjoying plenty of success in 2013 Photo: GETTY IMAGES

5:48PM GMT 31 Dec 2012


Southwell came up with the best solution when diverting the River Trent through the weighing room.

It was at about the same time of the year that Richard Hughes picked up a 50-day ban for an infringement of a rule of racing in Mumbai that does not exist in Britain – ‘not riding to the trainer’s orders’ – which meant he would miss the first month of the new Flat season.

The upshot of this penalty was that all of us ruled him out of the winning his first jockeys’ title, he said he would never ride in India again and British trainers drooled over the prospect of such a rule being introduced here. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted January 1, 2013 by belesprit09 in International

Angry trainer lashes out at Riggs after Sweet Orange joins star Cirrus des Aigles on the sidelines   Leave a comment

  • Ferraris blames vets’ new policy

    Angry trainer lashes out at Riggs after Sweet Orange joins star Cirrus des Aigles on the sidelines following routine pre-race check

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David Ferraris says he is finding it difficult to train Sweet Orange under the new veterinary treatment policies. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The withdrawal yesterday of outsider Sweet Orange from the HK$22 million Longines Hong Kong Cup may not have caught the racing world’s attention like the morning announcement that Cirrus des Aigles was out, but his angry trainer, David Ferraris, reawakened the verbal battle with vets over treating horses’ joints.

The world’s highest-rated racehorse, Cirrus des Aigles, was scratched from the Cup yesterday just as the visiting horses were starting their Sha Tin trackwork session, with what Jockey Club vets described as a “soft tissue injury” to his left front tendon area.

“It’s a relatively mild injury but it would be very unwise to run him in a race,” said Dr Chris Riggs, the club’s head of veterinary clinical services. “They have wisely decided not to run him and we’ve been able to medicate him to better treat the injury. When he gets back to France, he’ll need another thorough exam and in about a week’s time they’ll have a much better understanding about the extent of the injury.”

But Riggs became a target for Ferraris when Sweet Orange had to be withdrawn during the afternoon following a routine pre-race check which found him lame in his troublesome right fore fetlock. That same joint had been the cause of a spat between Ferraris and Riggs last month when the trainer outlined the difficulties of training Sweet Orange under this season’s new policy which does not allow horses to have their joints treated with cortisone more than once in 30 days. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted December 8, 2012 by belesprit09 in International

Europeans held up by track conditions   Leave a comment

Cirrus Des Aigles - Prix Dollar - Longchamp 6.10.12

Cirrus Des Aigles: one of several European runners set for Sha Tin races

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (

Europeans held up by track conditions


Hong Kong: The rain-softened turf track at Sha Tin is giving connections of European runners a headache as they prepare for Sunday’s international races.

Most visitors, including Hong Kong Cup candidates Cirrus Des Aigles and Saonois, were forced to work on the dirt track on Monday due to unseasonal rainfall.

Jean-Jacques Poincelet, assistant to Cirrus Des Aigles trainer Corine Barande-Barbe, said: “Cirrus did not do much today. With such weather, the track condition is not right for a real piece of work. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted December 4, 2012 by belesprit09 in International

Gentildonna thwarts Orfevre in Japan Cup   Leave a comment

Gentildonna wins Yushun Himba

Gentildonna: fillies’ Triple Crown winner denied Orfevre in Japan Cup

PICTURE:Masakazu Takahashi


Report: Japan, Sunday

Tokyo: Japan Cup (Grade 1) 1m4f, turf, 3yo+

WITH the European contingent nowhere to be seen, domestic horses completed a clean sweep in the Japan Cup on Sunday as top three-year-old filly Gentildonna (Sei Ishizaka/Yasunari Iwata) got the better of Arc runner-up Orfevre in a thrilling dash to the line.

Gentildonna, a daughter of the great Racing Post world champion Deep Impact, had won the fillies’ Triple Crown in Japan this year prior to Sunday’s victory, in which she thrust her head forward on the rail to nip Orfevre.

The Ed Dunlop-trained Red Cadeaux did best of the visitors in about eighth place, though neither he nor any of his British-trained compatriots ever looked likely to play a meaningful hand in Sunday’s 476 million yen (£3.63m) contest. Surprise Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Solemia beat just a couple home. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 25, 2012 by belesprit09 in International

Local hero Orfevre drawn wide in Japan Cup bid   Leave a comment

Orfevre - Longchamp - 16/09/2012

Arc runner-up Orfevre (left) will break from stall 17 in Sunday’s race


Local hero Orfevre drawn wide in Cup bid


JAPAN’S latest equine hero Orfevre will become the first winner to start from a draw as high as 17 in the Japan Cup’s 32-year history if he justifies both short-priced favouritism with British bookmakers and overwhelming local support in Tokyo on Sunday.

None of the seven previous runners drawn 17 – the outside of this year’s field and one short of the maximum allowed, which Orfevre was allocated in Thursday’s behind-closed-doors ballot – has even been among the first five finishers.

The 1m4f contest starts in the straight and the first left-handed turn comes within about a furlong and a half. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 23, 2012 by belesprit09 in International

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Japan Cup hope Solemia coping well with travel   Leave a comment

Solemia - Longchamp - 7/10/2012

Solemia: shock Arc winner is doing well before Japan Cup run

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Japan Cup hope Solemia coping well with travel


Japan: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Solemia is coping well with her the preparation for her first overseas engagement in the Japan Cup, her trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias has said.

Among the rivals she is set to face at Tokyo on Sunday is Orfevre, who she defeated by a neck in a shock 33-1 victory at Longchamp last month. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 22, 2012 by belesprit09 in International

The Marco Botti-trained Jakkalberry is set to take his chance in Sunday’s Japan Cup   Leave a comment

The Marco Botti-trained Jakkalberry is set to take his chance in Sunday’s Japan Cup

Last Updated: November 20, 2012 1:13pm

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Marco Botti is looking forward to seeing Melbourne Cup third Jakkalberry shoot for further international glory this weekend when he takes his chance in the Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse.

The six-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic campaign since joining the Newmarket-based Italian at the start of this year, running well in the Dubai Sheema Classic and winning the American St Leger before his superb run in defeat Down Under earlier this month.

He comes back to a mile and a half from two miles in the Far East, but his trainer is not too worried about the distance. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 21, 2012 by belesprit09 in International

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