Fuller Fillies

18 Jun 19
The Irish Sun
OUR team of racing experts have picked out their best bets for the opening day of Royal Ascot. Sun Racing resident tipsters Tom Bull, Jack Keene, Callum Jamieson and Harriet Fuller have been looking forward to this week for a long time and they’re raring to go! Bully’s Banker Blue Point – 3.40 King’s Stand Stakes I’m all over Charlie Appleby’s electric sprinter BLUE POINT. He’s been bashing his opposition for fun over in Dubai and is a speedster straight out of the top drawer – whether over 5f or 6f. Battaash is the hot favourite but Blue Point beat him last year and considering he’s had a better prep this time around, he should be able to stamp his authority once again. The market has him around the 11-4 mark but I reckon he should be a lot shorter, particularly as he has course form figures of 1311 and is clearly suited by a stiff 5f. He’ll be staying on strongly and can pick off Battaash for the second time on the trot. CRACKING ON Enter the Royal Ascot villa and find out who Tommy Fury and Maura Higgins would be on the racecourse Jack The Tipper Magic Wand – 5.35 Wolferton Stakes MAGIC WAND can make her rivals disappear in the Wolferton Stakes. Aidan O’Brien’s filly takes a big drop in class having been campaigned exclusively in Group/Grade 1 company for the past 12 months. She was an excellent third around a sharp track in the States last month, and the return to this stiff course will suit. She receives weight all round and has winning form at this meeting having sauntered clear of the high-class Wild Illusion in the Ribblesdale. Provided Ryan Moore can get a good early position from his wide draw she will be tough to beat. [boxout headline=”Sun Racing’s top tips for Tuesday”]Bully: 3.40 Blue Point Harriet: 5.35 Magic Wand Jack: 5.35 Magic Wand Callum: 2.30 Mustashry [/boxout] Fuller’s Fancy Magic Wand – 5.35 Wolferton Stakes I also reckon Ryan Moore can wave his MAGIC WAND in the final race of the day. This year’s Wolferton looks an absolute belter and is full of top-class horses right through the field. But Aidan O’Brien’s filly could just be a good thing fresh from her third place in an American Grade 1 contest. That was a cracking run and she has been freshened up for Ascot since then and the shorter trip shouldn’t be an issue on Tuesday. She takes a significant drop in class for this Listed contest and if she can repeat the form of her win in the Ribblesdale at the Royal meeting last year then she has to be in with a winning chance. PLACE YOUR BETS Don’t miss Sun Racing’s top tips for Tuesday’s Placepot at Royal Ascot Callum Calls It Mustashry – 2.30 Queen Anne Stakes The opener is an odd race to have your strongest fancy in, but there was no fluke about MUSTASHRY’S Lockinge win at Newbury last month. He’s clearly come forward this year, and on all the numbers is the horse to beat in this Group 1. Sir Michael Stoute has brought this horse forward this season, and I believe the stiff mile at Ascot will suit better than Newbury did. I’m praying the rain stays away in the run up to this as that is vital to his chances. Had he been trained by John Gosden or Aidan O’Brien he would be a strong favourite for this. His Lockinge win was given a rating of 121 and that would have been enough to win last year’s renewal won by Accidental Agent, a tad cosily. The milers that have been doing the rounds in this division have failed to pull up any trees and I think the threat comes from Laurens who blew up late on in the Lockinge after travelling like the winner. Matterhorn could be a sneaky one at a big price, I can give him one more chance. [bc_video video_id=”6048632765001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Moment injured jockey nearly gets trampled on in the middle of a race in Japan”]
18 Jun 19
The Scottish Sun
OUR team of racing experts have picked out their best bets for the opening day of Royal Ascot. Sun Racing resident tipsters Tom Bull, Jack Keene, Callum Jamieson and Harriet Fuller have been looking forward to this week for a long time and they’re raring to go! Bully’s Banker Blue Point – 3.40 King’s Stand Stakes I’m all over Charlie Appleby’s electric sprinter BLUE POINT. He’s been bashing his opposition for fun over in Dubai and is a speedster straight out of the top drawer – whether over 5f or 6f. Battaash is the hot favourite but Blue Point beat him last year and considering he’s had a better prep this time around, he should be able to stamp his authority once again. The market has him around the 11-4 mark but I reckon he should be a lot shorter, particularly as he has course form figures of 1311 and is clearly suited by a stiff 5f. He’ll be staying on strongly and can pick off Battaash for the second time on the trot. CRACKING ON Enter the Royal Ascot villa and find out who Tommy Fury and Maura Higgins would be on the racecourse Jack The Tipper Magic Wand – 5.35 Wolferton Stakes MAGIC WAND can make her rivals disappear in the Wolferton Stakes. Aidan O’Brien’s filly takes a big drop in class having been campaigned exclusively in Group/Grade 1 company for the past 12 months. She was an excellent third around a sharp track in the States last month, and the return to this stiff course will suit. She receives weight all round and has winning form at this meeting having sauntered clear of the high-class Wild Illusion in the Ribblesdale. Provided Ryan Moore can get a good early position from his wide draw she will be tough to beat. [boxout headline=”Sun Racing’s top tips for Tuesday”]Bully: 3.40 Blue Point Harriet: 5.35 Magic Wand Jack: 5.35 Magic Wand Callum: 2.30 Mustashry [/boxout] Fuller’s Fancy Magic Wand – 5.35 Wolferton Stakes I also reckon Ryan Moore can wave his MAGIC WAND in the final race of the day. This year’s Wolferton looks an absolute belter and is full of top-class horses right through the field. But Aidan O’Brien’s filly could just be a good thing fresh from her third place in an American Grade 1 contest. That was a cracking run and she has been freshened up for Ascot since then and the shorter trip shouldn’t be an issue on Tuesday. She takes a significant drop in class for this Listed contest and if she can repeat the form of her win in the Ribblesdale at the Royal meeting last year then she has to be in with a winning chance. PLACE YOUR BETS Don’t miss Sun Racing’s top tips for Tuesday’s Placepot at Royal Ascot Callum Calls It Mustashry – 2.30 Queen Anne Stakes The opener is an odd race to have your strongest fancy in, but there was no fluke about MUSTASHRY’S Lockinge win at Newbury last month. He’s clearly come forward this year, and on all the numbers is the horse to beat in this Group 1. Sir Michael Stoute has brought this horse forward this season, and I believe the stiff mile at Ascot will suit better than Newbury did. I’m praying the rain stays away in the run up to this as that is vital to his chances. Had he been trained by John Gosden or Aidan O’Brien he would be a strong favourite for this. His Lockinge win was given a rating of 121 and that would have been enough to win last year’s renewal won by Accidental Agent, a tad cosily. The milers that have been doing the rounds in this division have failed to pull up any trees and I think the threat comes from Laurens who blew up late on in the Lockinge after travelling like the winner. Matterhorn could be a sneaky one at a big price, I can give him one more chance. [bc_video video_id=”6048632765001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Moment injured jockey nearly gets trampled on in the middle of a race in Japan”]
18 Jun 19
The Sun
OUR team of racing experts have picked out their best bets for the opening day of Royal Ascot. Sun Racing resident tipsters Tom Bull, Jack Keene, Callum Jamieson and Harriet Fuller have been looking forward to this week for a long time and they’re raring to go! Bully’s Banker Blue Point – 3.40 King’s Stand Stakes I’m all over Charlie Appleby’s electric sprinter BLUE POINT. He’s been bashing his opposition for fun over in Dubai and is a speedster straight out of the top drawer – whether over 5f or 6f. Battaash is the hot favourite but Blue Point beat him last year and considering he’s had a better prep this time around, he should be able to stamp his authority once again. The market has him around the 11-4 mark but I reckon he should be a lot shorter, particularly as he has course form figures of 1311 and is clearly suited by a stiff 5f. He’ll be staying on strongly and can pick off Battaash for the second time on the trot. CRACKING ON Enter the Royal Ascot villa and find out who Tommy Fury and Maura Higgins would be on the racecourse Jack The Tipper Magic Wand – 5.35 Wolferton Stakes MAGIC WAND can make her rivals disappear in the Wolferton Stakes. Aidan O’Brien’s filly takes a big drop in class having been campaigned exclusively in Group/Grade 1 company for the past 12 months. She was an excellent third around a sharp track in the States last month, and the return to this stiff course will suit. She receives weight all round and has winning form at this meeting having sauntered clear of the high-class Wild Illusion in the Ribblesdale. Provided Ryan Moore can get a good early position from his wide draw she will be tough to beat. [boxout headline=”Sun Racing’s top tips for Tuesday”]Bully: 3.40 Blue Point Harriet: 5.35 Magic Wand Jack: 5.35 Magic Wand Callum: 2.30 Mustashry [/boxout] Fuller’s Fancy Magic Wand – 5.35 Wolferton Stakes I also reckon Ryan Moore can wave his MAGIC WAND in the final race of the day. This year’s Wolferton looks an absolute belter and is full of top-class horses right through the field. But Aidan O’Brien’s filly could just be a good thing fresh from her third place in an American Grade 1 contest. That was a cracking run and she has been freshened up for Ascot since then and the shorter trip shouldn’t be an issue on Tuesday. She takes a significant drop in class for this Listed contest and if she can repeat the form of her win in the Ribblesdale at the Royal meeting last year then she has to be in with a winning chance. PLACE YOUR BETS Don’t miss Sun Racing’s top tips for Tuesday’s Placepot at Royal Ascot Callum Calls It Mustashry – 2.30 Queen Anne Stakes The opener is an odd race to have your strongest fancy in, but there was no fluke about MUSTASHRY’S Lockinge win at Newbury last month. He’s clearly come forward this year, and on all the numbers is the horse to beat in this Group 1. Sir Michael Stoute has brought this horse forward this season, and I believe the stiff mile at Ascot will suit better than Newbury did. I’m praying the rain stays away in the run up to this as that is vital to his chances. Had he been trained by John Gosden or Aidan O’Brien he would be a strong favourite for this. His Lockinge win was given a rating of 121 and that would have been enough to win last year’s renewal won by Accidental Agent, a tad cosily. The milers that have been doing the rounds in this division have failed to pull up any trees and I think the threat comes from Laurens who blew up late on in the Lockinge after travelling like the winner. Matterhorn could be a sneaky one at a big price, I can give him one more chance. [bc_video video_id=”6048632765001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Moment injured jockey nearly gets trampled on in the middle of a race in Japan”]
07 Jun 19
Equestrian Strong

I have fat calves, there is no way around it! They are muscular because I ride horses, but I am also plus sized so they are large. Even when I get in some sort of shape they do not get smaller they just get more muscular. This is a real problem when it comes to […]

18 Feb 19
Archy Worldys

Brandon Shields, Jackson Sun. Published 15:55 pm CT, 18 February 2019 Buy photo Morgan Fuller, second from the left, her Make-A-Wish sponsors Cliff Carter and Kendra Street, as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse pose for a photo on the field at Ballpark in Jackson after Fuller's request was fulfilled before the Jackson Generals beat […]

19 Oct 18
The Sun
THERE have been ups and downs, hard luck stories, the inevitable injury curse and a case of the sniffles at Aidan O’Brien’s. But as always, there’s been a host of horses to keep flat racing fans enthused and the Sun Racing team have each picked out their favourite four-legged star. Callum Jamieson – Laurens This was an easy choice. And not just because of the “she doesn’t get enough credit” bandwagon. Laurens is now a five-time Group 1 winner – four of those this season, in three different countries. Owner John Dance has had a hell of party with her and she could cap it off with a win in the QEII on Champions Day, which truly would be the best encore for any knees up. The handicapper still has her 8lbs shy of Alpha Centauri on paper, but it would have been hard to see Alpha giving her that weight and coming out on top. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST IN HORSE RACING” posts_category=”343″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] She started the summer with a bold front-running second in the 2000 Guineas, on ground connections didn’t fancy her. She quickly gained compensation by the end of the month, picking up the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary. As the eyes of the racing world were on Royal Ascot, she wined and dined again in France, with a £500,000 pay day in the Group 1 Prix Diane. Following a blip in the Yorkshire Oaks – where she clearly didn’t stay – she bounced back in the Matron Stakes, beating Alpha Centauri. Then back on home soil she saw off her rivals with another battling win in the Group 1 Sun Chariot. She’s danced every dance, and been the best in show more often than not. A true “credit” to all involved and there could be more to look forward to next year. A shout must also go to Patrick Chamings’ What A Welcome who has won an incredible eight races from ten starts for the yard. Jumping from a mark of 63 to a horse rated 100. Karl Burke celebrating Laurens’ Matron with stand in jockey Danny Tudhope who took over from the injured PJ McDonald Tom Bull – Mabs Cross It would be easy to say Too Darn Hot, or Roaring Lion, or Alpha Centauri. Yes, each has been exceptional in their own way – but none has quite touched the heartstrings like Mabs Cross. At the start of the season Michael Dods sprinkled what was left of his magic dust on the flanks of his fantastic filly – he kept some back after using most of it up on Mecca’s Angel – and she duly delivered. Beginning the year with a neck to second to the then 91-rated Mrs Gallagher, she has been a model of progression. A fourth in the Temple Stakes was followed by a third in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot, and then a second in the Nunthorpe. But it was on the feathered plains of Longchamp that she produced her pièce de résistance, flying down the outside in the Prix de l’Abbaye to break French hearts and land her first Group 1. It was all she deserved after so many near-misses, and all her trainer Dods deserved after doing such a herculean job with not just her, but all his sprinters. Mabs Cross gets Tom’s vote A close second goes to Skitter Scatter. Philip Prendergast’s filly really is one for the little man – the trainer from Kildare has fewer than thirty horses in his stable and only two are rated over 100. However, that hasn’t stopped him from amassing nearly €550,000 in prize-money, with most of it coming from his star two-year-old. The daughter of Scat Daddy has won her last three races, with a sensational success in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes last time out the icing on the cake. She showed a memorising turn of foot that day and is definitely one to follow next season. A special mention must also go to Maid Up. Andrew Balding’s filly began the year rated 67 but has rise to a mark of 105. She found the St Leger company a bit hot last time out but has earned her place at a high level. She’s also done wonders for showcasing Rob Hornby’s talent in the saddle. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST IN HORSE RACING” posts_category=”343″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Oliver Cook – Roaring Lion  Let’s keep it simple. The dashing grey is my choice, the strongest horse this year beside Enable and Too Darn Hot. There’s been no stopping John Gosden’s top-class colt, and the same can be said for jockey Oisin Murphy. The three-year-old is coming off a trio of successive Group 1 wins in the Coral-Eclipse, Juddmonte International Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes – no mean feat. Perhaps the most impressive of those was at Leopardstown, where he thwarted Ryan Moore and old rival Saxon Warrior in an epic battle, just getting his nose up where it mattered. The son of Kitten’s Joy looks set to continue his rich vein of form if taking his chance in the Champions Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, a Group 1 over a mile on the same card, is being kept as a back-up option. Roaring Lion and Oisin Murphy landing the Juddmonte Stakes earlier this year Jack Keene – Sea Of Class Lets save the best ’til last. There is no doubt that Sea Of Class is the horse of the season in my book, given her rapid progress through the ranks for genius trainer William Haggas. A late foal, she only made her debut in April and quickly rattled up a pair of Listed wins at Newbury. Connections rolled the dice and sent her for the Irish Oaks at the Curragh, and jockey James Doyle showed balls of steel to win the race in the last strides. Further improvement came at York when she breezed to a hugely impressive victory in the Yorkshire Oaks. Sea Of Class won two Group 1’s during the summer and was an unlucky loser in the Arc But it was heartbreak for her supporters in the Arc when she came from the clouds to finish a never-nearer second having been set a near impossible task from her outside draw. The best is yet to come from this wonder filly. Honourable mentions to Poet’s Word, who was so impressive in the Prince Of Wales’s and King George at Ascot, and Sir Dancealot, who has graduated from smart handicapper into dual Group 2 winner this year. And we can’t forget Thundering Blue, who won the York Stakes before running such a blinder to take third in the Juddmonte International at odds of 50-1. El Astronaute (inside rail) has been a brilliantly consistent horse this season Harriet Fuller – El Astronaute While the Group 1 winners are the ones making the headlines, El Astronaute has been going about his business in tremendous fashion this summer. John Quinn’s five-year-old isn’t your typical ‘Flat horse of the season’ but he has to be mentioned for his consistency. He has run 12 times this season and never been out of the first four, and has been unlucky to only pick up three wins. As a punter, he’s a grand horse to follow as he never puts in a bad race. He is always there or thereabouts and his fighting attitude is brilliant to see. Take his Doncaster second for example, he looked to have been headed and beaten by Global Applause but he fought right back and only went down by a neck in the end. He must be a joy to own and train, and his season isn’t finished yet with connections set to roll the dice at the Breeders’ Cup. El Astronaute is likely to line up as a big outsider, but he’s certainly a horse you don’t want to write off just yet. Alpha Centauri tore her rivals apart at Royal Ascot Laurens has been a star of the season but so too has Alpha Centauri and it was a shame to see her career cut short when suffering an injury in the Matron Stakes. She was simply breathtaking when bolting up at Ascot and produced two more devastating performances at Newmarket and Deauville before her final career run. A mention has to go out to Thundering Blue who has repaid his connections handsomely this year. After a Group 2 win at his favourite track – York – he was then supplemented for the Juddmonte Stakes which many declared a silly decision. However, he proved up to the task and finished a running-on third to pick up prize money. He then started his travels abroad and was last seen finishing second in the Grade 1 Canadian International behind Desert Encounter. A tilt at the Japan Cup could be on the agenda. [bc_video video_id=”5848951149001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”The top jockeys and trainers as you’ve never seen them before… “]
19 Oct 18
The Scottish Sun
THERE have been ups and downs, hard luck stories, the inevitable injury curse and a case of the sniffles at Aidan O’Brien’s. But as always, there’s been a host of horses to keep flat racing fans enthused and the Sun Racing team have each picked out their favourite four-legged star. Callum Jamieson – Laurens This was an easy choice. And not just because of the “she doesn’t get enough credit” bandwagon. Laurens is now a five-time Group 1 winner – four of those this season, in three different countries. Owner John Dance has had a hell of party with her and she could cap it off with a win in the QEII on Champions Day, which truly would be the best encore for any knees up. The handicapper still has her 8lbs shy of Alpha Centauri on paper, but it would have been hard to see Alpha giving her that weight and coming out on top. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST IN HORSE RACING” posts_category=”419″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] She started the summer with a bold front-running second in the 2000 Guineas, on ground connections didn’t fancy her. She quickly gained compensation by the end of the month, picking up the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary. As the eyes of the racing world were on Royal Ascot, she wined and dined again in France, with a £500,000 pay day in the Group 1 Prix Diane. Following a blip in the Yorkshire Oaks – where she clearly didn’t stay – she bounced back in the Matron Stakes, beating Alpha Centauri. Then back on home soil she saw off her rivals with another battling win in the Group 1 Sun Chariot. She’s danced every dance, and been the best in show more often than not. A true “credit” to all involved and there could be more to look forward to next year. A shout must also go to Patrick Chamings’ What A Welcome who has won an incredible eight races from ten starts for the yard. Jumping from a mark of 63 to a horse rated 100. Karl Burke celebrating Laurens’ Matron with stand in jockey Danny Tudhope who took over from the injured PJ McDonald Tom Bull – Mabs Cross It would be easy to say Too Darn Hot, or Roaring Lion, or Alpha Centauri. Yes, each has been exceptional in their own way – but none has quite touched the heartstrings like Mabs Cross. At the start of the season Michael Dods sprinkled what was left of his magic dust on the flanks of his fantastic filly – he kept some back after using most of it up on Mecca’s Angel – and she duly delivered. Beginning the year with a neck to second to the then 91-rated Mrs Gallagher, she has been a model of progression. A fourth in the Temple Stakes was followed by a third in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot, and then a second in the Nunthorpe. But it was on the feathered plains of Longchamp that she produced her pièce de résistance, flying down the outside in the Prix de l’Abbaye to break French hearts and land her first Group 1. It was all she deserved after so many near-misses, and all her trainer Dods deserved after doing such a herculean job with not just her, but all his sprinters. Mabs Cross gets Tom’s vote A close second goes to Skitter Scatter. Philip Prendergast’s filly really is one for the little man – the trainer from Kildare has fewer than thirty horses in his stable and only two are rated over 100. However, that hasn’t stopped him from amassing nearly €550,000 in prize-money, with most of it coming from his star two-year-old. The daughter of Scat Daddy has won her last three races, with a sensational success in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes last time out the icing on the cake. She showed a memorising turn of foot that day and is definitely one to follow next season. A special mention must also go to Maid Up. Andrew Balding’s filly began the year rated 67 but has rise to a mark of 105. She found the St Leger company a bit hot last time out but has earned her place at a high level. She’s also done wonders for showcasing Rob Hornby’s talent in the saddle. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST IN HORSE RACING” posts_category=”419″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Oliver Cook – Roaring Lion  Let’s keep it simple. The dashing grey is my choice, the strongest horse this year beside Enable and Too Darn Hot. There’s been no stopping John Gosden’s top-class colt, and the same can be said for jockey Oisin Murphy. The three-year-old is coming off a trio of successive Group 1 wins in the Coral-Eclipse, Juddmonte International Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes – no mean feat. Perhaps the most impressive of those was at Leopardstown, where he thwarted Ryan Moore and old rival Saxon Warrior in an epic battle, just getting his nose up where it mattered. The son of Kitten’s Joy looks set to continue his rich vein of form if taking his chance in the Champions Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, a Group 1 over a mile on the same card, is being kept as a back-up option. Roaring Lion and Oisin Murphy landing the Juddmonte Stakes earlier this year Jack Keene – Sea Of Class Lets save the best ’til last. There is no doubt that Sea Of Class is the horse of the season in my book, given her rapid progress through the ranks for genius trainer William Haggas. A late foal, she only made her debut in April and quickly rattled up a pair of Listed wins at Newbury. Connections rolled the dice and sent her for the Irish Oaks at the Curragh, and jockey James Doyle showed balls of steel to win the race in the last strides. Further improvement came at York when she breezed to a hugely impressive victory in the Yorkshire Oaks. Sea Of Class won two Group 1’s during the summer and was an unlucky loser in the Arc But it was heartbreak for her supporters in the Arc when she came from the clouds to finish a never-nearer second having been set a near impossible task from her outside draw. The best is yet to come from this wonder filly. Honourable mentions to Poet’s Word, who was so impressive in the Prince Of Wales’s and King George at Ascot, and Sir Dancealot, who has graduated from smart handicapper into dual Group 2 winner this year. And we can’t forget Thundering Blue, who won the York Stakes before running such a blinder to take third in the Juddmonte International at odds of 50-1. El Astronaute (inside rail) has been a brilliantly consistent horse this season Harriet Fuller – El Astronaute While the Group 1 winners are the ones making the headlines, El Astronaute has been going about his business in tremendous fashion this summer. John Quinn’s five-year-old isn’t your typical ‘Flat horse of the season’ but he has to be mentioned for his consistency. He has run 12 times this season and never been out of the first four, and has been unlucky to only pick up three wins. As a punter, he’s a grand horse to follow as he never puts in a bad race. He is always there or thereabouts and his fighting attitude is brilliant to see. Take his Doncaster second for example, he looked to have been headed and beaten by Global Applause but he fought right back and only went down by a neck in the end. He must be a joy to own and train, and his season isn’t finished yet with connections set to roll the dice at the Breeders’ Cup. El Astronaute is likely to line up as a big outsider, but he’s certainly a horse you don’t want to write off just yet. Alpha Centauri tore her rivals apart at Royal Ascot Laurens has been a star of the season but so too has Alpha Centauri and it was a shame to see her career cut short when suffering an injury in the Matron Stakes. She was simply breathtaking when bolting up at Ascot and produced two more devastating performances at Newmarket and Deauville before her final career run. A mention has to go out to Thundering Blue who has repaid his connections handsomely this year. After a Group 2 win at his favourite track – York – he was then supplemented for the Juddmonte Stakes which many declared a silly decision. However, he proved up to the task and finished a running-on third to pick up prize money. He then started his travels abroad and was last seen finishing second in the Grade 1 Canadian International behind Desert Encounter. A tilt at the Japan Cup could be on the agenda. [bc_video video_id=”5848951149001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”The top jockeys and trainers as you’ve never seen them before… “]
19 Oct 18
The Irish Sun
THERE have been ups and downs, hard luck stories, the inevitable injury curse and a case of the sniffles at Aidan O’Brien’s. But as always, there’s been a host of horses to keep flat racing fans enthused and the Sun Racing team have each picked out their favourite four-legged star. Callum Jamieson – Laurens This was an easy choice. And not just because of the “she doesn’t get enough credit” bandwagon. Laurens is now a five-time Group 1 winner – four of those this season, in three different countries. Owner John Dance has had a hell of party with her and she could cap it off with a win in the QEII on Champions Day, which truly would be the best encore for any knees up. The handicapper still has her 8lbs shy of Alpha Centauri on paper, but it would have been hard to see Alpha giving her that weight and coming out on top. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST IN HORSE RACING” posts_category=”21″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] She started the summer with a bold front-running second in the 2000 Guineas, on ground connections didn’t fancy her. She quickly gained compensation by the end of the month, picking up the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary. As the eyes of the racing world were on Royal Ascot, she wined and dined again in France, with a £500,000 pay day in the Group 1 Prix Diane. Following a blip in the Yorkshire Oaks – where she clearly didn’t stay – she bounced back in the Matron Stakes, beating Alpha Centauri. Then back on home soil she saw off her rivals with another battling win in the Group 1 Sun Chariot. She’s danced every dance, and been the best in show more often than not. A true “credit” to all involved and there could be more to look forward to next year. A shout must also go to Patrick Chamings’ What A Welcome who has won an incredible eight races from ten starts for the yard. Jumping from a mark of 63 to a horse rated 100. Karl Burke celebrating Laurens’ Matron with stand in jockey Danny Tudhope who took over from the injured PJ McDonald Tom Bull – Mabs Cross It would be easy to say Too Darn Hot, or Roaring Lion, or Alpha Centauri. Yes, each has been exceptional in their own way – but none has quite touched the heartstrings like Mabs Cross. At the start of the season Michael Dods sprinkled what was left of his magic dust on the flanks of his fantastic filly – he kept some back after using most of it up on Mecca’s Angel – and she duly delivered. Beginning the year with a neck to second to the then 91-rated Mrs Gallagher, she has been a model of progression. A fourth in the Temple Stakes was followed by a third in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot, and then a second in the Nunthorpe. But it was on the feathered plains of Longchamp that she produced her pièce de résistance, flying down the outside in the Prix de l’Abbaye to break French hearts and land her first Group 1. It was all she deserved after so many near-misses, and all her trainer Dods deserved after doing such a herculean job with not just her, but all his sprinters. Mabs Cross gets Tom’s vote A close second goes to Skitter Scatter. Philip Prendergast’s filly really is one for the little man – the trainer from Kildare has fewer than thirty horses in his stable and only two are rated over 100. However, that hasn’t stopped him from amassing nearly €550,000 in prize-money, with most of it coming from his star two-year-old. The daughter of Scat Daddy has won her last three races, with a sensational success in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes last time out the icing on the cake. She showed a memorising turn of foot that day and is definitely one to follow next season. A special mention must also go to Maid Up. Andrew Balding’s filly began the year rated 67 but has rise to a mark of 105. She found the St Leger company a bit hot last time out but has earned her place at a high level. She’s also done wonders for showcasing Rob Hornby’s talent in the saddle. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST IN HORSE RACING” posts_category=”21″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Oliver Cook – Roaring Lion  Let’s keep it simple. The dashing grey is my choice, the strongest horse this year beside Enable and Too Darn Hot. There’s been no stopping John Gosden’s top-class colt, and the same can be said for jockey Oisin Murphy. The three-year-old is coming off a trio of successive Group 1 wins in the Coral-Eclipse, Juddmonte International Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes – no mean feat. Perhaps the most impressive of those was at Leopardstown, where he thwarted Ryan Moore and old rival Saxon Warrior in an epic battle, just getting his nose up where it mattered. The son of Kitten’s Joy looks set to continue his rich vein of form if taking his chance in the Champions Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, a Group 1 over a mile on the same card, is being kept as a back-up option. Roaring Lion and Oisin Murphy landing the Juddmonte Stakes earlier this year Jack Keene – Sea Of Class Lets save the best ’til last. There is no doubt that Sea Of Class is the horse of the season in my book, given her rapid progress through the ranks for genius trainer William Haggas. A late foal, she only made her debut in April and quickly rattled up a pair of Listed wins at Newbury. Connections rolled the dice and sent her for the Irish Oaks at the Curragh, and jockey James Doyle showed balls of steel to win the race in the last strides. Further improvement came at York when she breezed to a hugely impressive victory in the Yorkshire Oaks. Sea Of Class won two Group 1’s during the summer and was an unlucky loser in the Arc But it was heartbreak for her supporters in the Arc when she came from the clouds to finish a never-nearer second having been set a near impossible task from her outside draw. The best is yet to come from this wonder filly. Honourable mentions to Poet’s Word, who was so impressive in the Prince Of Wales’s and King George at Ascot, and Sir Dancealot, who has graduated from smart handicapper into dual Group 2 winner this year. And we can’t forget Thundering Blue, who won the York Stakes before running such a blinder to take third in the Juddmonte International at odds of 50-1. El Astronaute (inside rail) has been a brilliantly consistent horse this season Harriet Fuller – El Astronaute While the Group 1 winners are the ones making the headlines, El Astronaute has been going about his business in tremendous fashion this summer. John Quinn’s five-year-old isn’t your typical ‘Flat horse of the season’ but he has to be mentioned for his consistency. He has run 12 times this season and never been out of the first four, and has been unlucky to only pick up three wins. As a punter, he’s a grand horse to follow as he never puts in a bad race. He is always there or thereabouts and his fighting attitude is brilliant to see. Take his Doncaster second for example, he looked to have been headed and beaten by Global Applause but he fought right back and only went down by a neck in the end. He must be a joy to own and train, and his season isn’t finished yet with connections set to roll the dice at the Breeders’ Cup. El Astronaute is likely to line up as a big outsider, but he’s certainly a horse you don’t want to write off just yet. Alpha Centauri tore her rivals apart at Royal Ascot Laurens has been a star of the season but so too has Alpha Centauri and it was a shame to see her career cut short when suffering an injury in the Matron Stakes. She was simply breathtaking when bolting up at Ascot and produced two more devastating performances at Newmarket and Deauville before her final career run. A mention has to go out to Thundering Blue who has repaid his connections handsomely this year. After a Group 2 win at his favourite track – York – he was then supplemented for the Juddmonte Stakes which many declared a silly decision. However, he proved up to the task and finished a running-on third to pick up prize money. He then started his travels abroad and was last seen finishing second in the Grade 1 Canadian International behind Desert Encounter. A tilt at the Japan Cup could be on the agenda. 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17 Oct 18
Enigma Horse NAPs

NAP – Katachenko (3.45 Wetherby) @ 6/1 (Bet365) Donald McCain says this gelding is a lot more relaxed nowadays.  He used to be a bit of a head case but there is no doubting his ability when he is on song.  He is a former winner of the Red Rum Chase at Aintree and his […]

15 Oct 18
Powell Wyoming Athletics

By Breanne Thiel The Powell High School Lady Panther swim team strongly concluded the regular season having swimmers qualify in four new events, post improved times in 12 events and had eight events where swimmers are close to qualifying. The last two meets of the regular season were triangular in Powell on Friday, October 12th […]

28 Aug 18
The Old Town Blogger

After twelve years of no horse riding I decided to get back in the saddle and do some therapy riding to aid with the chronic pain I suffer with due to having Fibromyalgia. Before I get exclamations of “you can’t ride a horse with fibro!” therapy riding is tailored to a riders specific needs and […]

25 Aug 18
Bonnie Wyrick

This post may contain affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are, as always, honest and my own. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t love being pregnant. I was insanely nauseous during the first trimester, so bad I would randomly and abruptly get sick everywhere. At work, at Target, at dinner, etc. During […]

19 Jun 18
The Irish Sun
AS ever at Royal Ascot, the festival is brimming with hype horses, odds-on favourites and bookies’ bankers. But which of Wednesday’s biggest names are actually banker material, and which are heading for a hiding? Cracksman faces six rivals in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes later on the card Chelsea Cloisters, Queen Mary Stakes: Banker or blowout? Callum Jamieson: The vibes are strong from those across the pond and any Wesley Ward filly must be taken seriously in this. The form is impossible to read in the context of this and if you don’t consider her price she’s the most likely winner in my book. BANKER Harriet Fuller: We used to think we could take these Ward juveniles on and it was all hype…not so much now. Everything suggests this is one seriously talented filly. The vibes from across the pond are strong too. BANKER Tom Bull: Won a race in Keeneland in very impressive fashion and runs at Ascot for American shrewdie Wesley Ward. Likely to have some serious early boot, but could be vulnerable late on as there are some very strong stayers lining up with top class form in the book. BLOWOUT Mark Nevin: Looked blisteringly fast when bolting up on her debut at Keeneland. Wesley Ward knows what it takes to win this race, but I have a feeling that she could set this up for one of her market rivals. At her current odds she is a little skinny. BLOWOUT Jack Keene: Wesley Ward knows what it takes to train the winner of this race. He has been talking up this filly, who won by eight lengths on her debut, and she could prove a class above her rivals. BANKER Hyrdangea was a comprehensive winner of the Fillies and Mares race on Champions Day Hydrangea, Duke Of Cambridge Stakes: Banker or blowout? Callum Jamieson: She’s a multiple Group 1 winning filly and a class above these. She continues to shorten but one of the favourites I’m most confident about through the five days. BANKER Harriet Fuller: Wasn’t impressive on her reappearance run, likely to improve but plenty in here to give her something to think about. Looks a bit on the short side. BLOWOUT [article-rail-section title=”Latest in horse racing” posts_category=”21″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Tom Bull: Was beaten at even money on reappearance by a horse rated a long way inferior so will need to produce a much better performance here. She probably will, but I wouldn’t want to be backing her at a short price after that, particularly as I think she needs further than a mile to produce her best these days. BLOWOUT Mark Nevin: A two-time Group 1 winner who should have too much quality for her rivals. She could possibly want a bit further to be at her very best but none of her rivals possess her class or toughness. BANKER Jack Keene: She is a very talented filly on her day and has proven herself versatile over a number of different trips. Carries a penalty today but unlikely that will stop her, though do keep an eye on Tribute Act at a big price. BANKER Frankie Dettori will ride Cracksman once again Cracksman, Prince Of Wales’s Stakes: Banker or blowout? Callum Jamieson: The reaction to his Epsom win was hysterical. To me he showed how much of a monster he is by getting up that day despite hating every second of it. He still made up the lengths in taking fashion once he got rolling. He’s short enough but canters over these. BANKER Harriet Fuller: Scraped home last time but clearly hates Epsom. Destroyed his rivals in his last outing here and the same is set to happen again. BANKER Tom Bull: The star show of the week is odds-on favourite for a reason. He has class oozing out of every pore and there’s not a chance he will get beaten by a vastly inferior field. He wasn’t at his best at Epsom last time but he didn’t particularly like the track. Back at Ascot, he’ll be completely unbeatable. BANKER Mark Nevin: An absolute superstar who should continue to get better with every run. Won despite hating the track at Epsom and he is best judged on his smooth win in the Prix Ganay. I always thought he was best with cut in the ground but it was pretty quick ground when he won in France, so conditions should not be a problem. BANKER Jack Keene: Arguably the best horse in the world at present. Short of his best at Epsom last time but still managed to win and will be suited by the return to this track. Hard to beat. BANKER [bc_video video_id=”5797482696001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Richard Spencer sets his sights on further glory at the Royal meeting “]
19 Jun 18
The Scottish Sun
AS ever at Royal Ascot, the festival is brimming with hype horses, odds-on favourites and bookies’ bankers. But which of Wednesday’s biggest names are actually banker material, and which are heading for a hiding? Cracksman faces six rivals in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes later on the card Chelsea Cloisters, Queen Mary Stakes: Banker or blowout? Callum Jamieson: The vibes are strong from those across the pond and any Wesley Ward filly must be taken seriously in this. The form is impossible to read in the context of this and if you don’t consider her price she’s the most likely winner in my book. BANKER Harriet Fuller: We used to think we could take these Ward juveniles on and it was all hype…not so much now. Everything suggests this is one seriously talented filly. The vibes from across the pond are strong too. BANKER Tom Bull: Won a race in Keeneland in very impressive fashion and runs at Ascot for American shrewdie Wesley Ward. Likely to have some serious early boot, but could be vulnerable late on as there are some very strong stayers lining up with top class form in the book. BLOWOUT Mark Nevin: Looked blisteringly fast when bolting up on her debut at Keeneland. Wesley Ward knows what it takes to win this race, but I have a feeling that she could set this up for one of her market rivals. At her current odds she is a little skinny. BLOWOUT Jack Keene: Wesley Ward knows what it takes to train the winner of this race. He has been talking up this filly, who won by eight lengths on her debut, and she could prove a class above her rivals. BANKER Hyrdangea was a comprehensive winner of the Fillies and Mares race on Champions Day Hydrangea, Duke Of Cambridge Stakes: Banker or blowout? Callum Jamieson: She’s a multiple Group 1 winning filly and a class above these. She continues to shorten but one of the favourites I’m most confident about through the five days. BANKER Harriet Fuller: Wasn’t impressive on her reappearance run, likely to improve but plenty in here to give her something to think about. Looks a bit on the short side. BLOWOUT [article-rail-section title=”Latest in horse racing” posts_category=”419″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Tom Bull: Was beaten at even money on reappearance by a horse rated a long way inferior so will need to produce a much better performance here. She probably will, but I wouldn’t want to be backing her at a short price after that, particularly as I think she needs further than a mile to produce her best these days. BLOWOUT Mark Nevin: A two-time Group 1 winner who should have too much quality for her rivals. She could possibly want a bit further to be at her very best but none of her rivals possess her class or toughness. BANKER Jack Keene: She is a very talented filly on her day and has proven herself versatile over a number of different trips. Carries a penalty today but unlikely that will stop her, though do keep an eye on Tribute Act at a big price. BANKER Frankie Dettori will ride Cracksman once again Cracksman, Prince Of Wales’s Stakes: Banker or blowout? Callum Jamieson: The reaction to his Epsom win was hysterical. To me he showed how much of a monster he is by getting up that day despite hating every second of it. He still made up the lengths in taking fashion once he got rolling. He’s short enough but canters over these. BANKER Harriet Fuller: Scraped home last time but clearly hates Epsom. Destroyed his rivals in his last outing here and the same is set to happen again. BANKER Tom Bull: The star show of the week is odds-on favourite for a reason. He has class oozing out of every pore and there’s not a chance he will get beaten by a vastly inferior field. He wasn’t at his best at Epsom last time but he didn’t particularly like the track. Back at Ascot, he’ll be completely unbeatable. BANKER Mark Nevin: An absolute superstar who should continue to get better with every run. Won despite hating the track at Epsom and he is best judged on his smooth win in the Prix Ganay. I always thought he was best with cut in the ground but it was pretty quick ground when he won in France, so conditions should not be a problem. BANKER Jack Keene: Arguably the best horse in the world at present. Short of his best at Epsom last time but still managed to win and will be suited by the return to this track. Hard to beat. BANKER [bc_video video_id=”5797482696001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Richard Spencer sets his sights on further glory at the Royal meeting “]