Sunday, August 13, 2006

Rain, rain, rain

What a wet weekend! The past two nights all we've heard is rain, rain, rain. Such changeable weather is the last thing the BHB wanted in the first few weeks of 48-hour declarations, because a swag of non-runners is hardly the best way of convincing punters and racegoers that this has been a change for the better. If Brief's race yesterday hadn't been at Newmarket, the change from good-to-firm to soft would have seen him a scratching but, as it was Newmarket and virtually no travelling was involved, it made sense to let him run. Sixth of eight was as much as we could have hoped for under the circumstances, and the outing will have done him no harm. Amazingly it stopped raining for most of the afternoon, so the day turned out quite pleasant, as we certainly weren't disappointed with the run under the circumstances. One memory to carry away from the day was the win of Barry Hills-trained English Ballet in the following race, the Sweet Solera Stakes. She's a big, strong chestnut daughter of Danehill Dancer, and she could add further lustre to the list of recent winners of this race, which includes Soviet Song, Maids Causeway and Nasheej.

I'd like to echo Montreal Moonbeam's approval of the quality of the recent postings on this site, so thank you to all concerned. It's nice that the Aga Khan's studs are so well represented, with Alamshar and Sinndar making some good contributions. It's been an interesting week for Sinndar, most notably for his first steeplechase success as a stallion. Yes, that's correct, notwithstanding that his oldest offspring are only four. At Sedgefield of all places, although I'm sure they won't mention that in his stallion brochure. They'd be more likely to mention that the runner-up was by Warning out of Reprocolor (dam of Cezanne); fair to assume neither was bred with a beginners' chase at Sedgefield in mind. I can't ever remember a four-year-old winning a steeplechase this early in the season, although I'm sure old-timers will recall the four-year-old steeplechase which I'm told used to be run at the Cheltenham March meeting. I would be more than surprised if that were ever reinstituted!

So to the forthcoming week. Rem Time should run well at Wolverhampton tomorrow. I certainly hope she does, because - airlines permitting - it will be the first time any of the A N Other Partnership will have been present for one of her races in England. I'm looking forward to the day, as I am to Tuesday and Wednesday. I know I won't enjoy Tuesday, because I will be as nervous as hell when Jack makes his resumption after a 15-month injury-induced absence from the course, but I'm looking forward to the day anyway. I really enjoyed my ride on him this morning and can state that I have no worries whatsoever about his current soundness, but still I'll be so worried. Wednesday will also be a worrying day, because I've already grown very fond of Mozie Cat and believe that she has a good future, so I very much hope she runs a promising race and that she enjoys it. I'll be disappointed in her and in myself if things go badly.

More immediately, it's now only nine minutes to the 5.15 at the Curragh, which is a two-year-old fillies' maiden. It contains a Danehill ex Offshore Boom (ie full-sister to Rock Of Gibraltar) and a Storm Cat ex Cee's Song (ie half-sister to Tiznow). Both are owned by Mrs Magnier; the former trained by O'Brien, and the latter by Wachman. You see what we're up against? As Scobie Coogan said so memorably in Emma's piece in the Racing Post last week, it's like playing brag against a man with £20 billion when you've got a tenner. You just can't beat them, but you can at least watch them, so I'm off to sit in front of the TV. Bye.


alamshar2 said...

Get a grip, John. That two-year-old fillies' race at the Curragh wasn't a maiden; it just happened to contain nothing but maidens. And what about the winner? Never mind telling us about Sinndar becoming the next boom National Hunt sire, you didn't mention that he was about to sire the winner of that race, did you? Looked a very smart filly, I thought. He seems to get a Classic horse per crop (Shawanda, Visindar, both of whom are now becoming the invisible horses) and Four Sins looks the next one. And why so bearish? Mrs Magnier's two both looked very ordinary, so don't forget that any opponent is beatable.

One point you should investigate: Four Sins carrying a German suffix. Why would her dam have been in Germany the spring she foaled her? Which stallion would the Aga Khan be using? Has to be Monsun, I'd say. So that's one to look out for, next year. Interesting to note that the Moyglare Stud actually had a Monsun in that race. Don't know what to make of that experiment at this stage, as the filly was tailed off last, eased, so presumably went amiss.

Sinndar1 said...

Four Sins was a yearling purchase at last year's Goffs Million Sale. The Aga Khan is a major shareholder in Goffs and bought a filly to support the sale. She was bred by Philip Von Staufenberg in Germany. She looks a nice filly and the Master of Curraghbeag nominated the 'Goffs Fillies Five Hundred' as her next start.

Kentucky Wildcat said...

Dear All,
It's good to see the cream is starting to rise to the top in Europe.
Just been logging on to European websites looking for the Arlington Million reports. All I have read so far have failed to capture the story of the race at all?
I know the horse that won was an 8 year-old gelding but hey come on this horse really has lived up to his name.
The Tin Man followed his yellow brick road at Arlington with all the field in his rear view mirror from start to finish. He was all heart. The reports have failed to say that he bowed both his front tendons as a 2 year-old and has since come back from 3 other major injuries. All credit to his trainer Richard Mandella who has given this horse the chances and nursed him back to health. Can anyone name other FLAT race Group/Grade 1 winners with 1 bowed tendon, never mind 2?

Sinndar1 said...

Azeri bowed a tendon and D Wayne got her back, despite Laura Desoreux saying that only Robin Hood can come back from a bow!

Kentucky Wildcat said...

Thanks Sinndar. Hope u r well.

alamshar2 said...

Without in any way wishing to undermine The Mighty Tin Man's reputation for being able to bounce back from injury, I would be a little bit sceptical about the extent of the injury of his two bowed tendons as a two-year-old. Veterinary opinion which I have heard on the subject of tendonitis in two-year-olds suggests that, by and large, the tendons of a horse that young are too elastic to be torn or holed. So that, while a two-year-old's tendon (or tendons) can indeed bow, it is normal for a scan of this injury to show no abnormality, other than increased size obviously; and that the tendon with rest just regains its pristine shape and condition. He's obviously been plagued by several other (more serious) problems in the intervening six years and appears to be a very special horse, so we hail his success. 46.2 for the final four furlongs was pretty impressive.

But what about Gorella? And Showing Up? Their two wins were superb. Arlington Million day 2006 must have been a mighty occasion. Postings on this blog don't make it clear how many of our correspondents were present. Kentucky Wildcat seems to have been there, which presumably means Stato-one must have been there too, but was anyone else present?

Has Alcazar ever bowed a tendon? Prior to winning the Prix Royal-Oak (Gp One) last year at ten his racing career had been very interrupted (I think there were three separate years in which he didn't race at all), so tendon trouble might have been the cause of at least one of his prolonged absences, although I think he's fractured his pelvis at least twice. Can anyone give us chapter and verse on that?

What Aussie gallopers have saluted at the highest level after recovering from tendon trouble. There must have been some. Has FOO ever had tendon trouble?
No doubt Mayfield-Smith has nursed a few back. (And it goes without saying that John Oxx is master of the art).

Next winter will be interesting as we wait to see how Azertyuiop and Trabolgan come back from tendon trouble, although it sounds as if Trabolgan's wasn't anywhere near as serious as a fair dinkum bow.

westtip said...

Is Four Sins the first yearling bought by HH Aga Khan at public auction since Blushing Groom? If so, it's surprising that her purchase didn't attract any attention at the time.

Stato-man said...

Statoman is in fact bailed up in bed convalescing so maybe Stato one is a half relation I wasn't aware of slipping up my inside over there.
I was just reading this week's international report in Winning Post which briefly touched on the tendon problems The Tin Man had but I suspect, not nearly as in depth a report as I will (eventually) get when my personal US correspondent touches base with me -later tonight I'm told. I'll get all the 'dirt' on what's happening in both America and the UK. I hope Jack Dawson went well yesterday.

Kentucky Wildcat said...

All this discussion of tendons is getting me all wound up.. this is great banter. John loved your piece in 'The Owner Breeder' Magazine and also loved Emma's photos. I was alone at the Arlington Million but the Brahma master was there in spirit.
Off to watch the Saratoga Special, watch out for Shermanesque maybe he will improve y'alls opinion of Fusachi Pegasus, correct me if i am wrong...Fu Peg was given the highest rated yearling conformation by Keeneland Sales Dept.......

Sinndar1 said...

Four sins is the first yearling bought at auction since Blushing Groom by HHAK.