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Appleby hoping Line Of Duty can follow Masar and win Investec Derby

Wed 8 May 2019

LINE OF DUTY wins EBF Sire/ Dam Restricted race at Goodwood 2018

LINE OF DUTY wins EBF Sire/ Dam Restricted race at Goodwood 2018

 

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby is hoping Line Of Duty can emulate stablemate Masar by winning the 2019 £1.5 million G1 Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 1, Investec Derby Day and day two of the Investec Derby Festival.

One of British racing’s greatest supporters, Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation has enjoyed G1 and Classic success all over the world, with such winners in 12 countries. Despite its position as a racing powerhouse with approaching 5,500 wins since inception in 1992, until 2018, the Investec Derby, Britain’s richest race, had eluded “the boys in blue”.

Speaking yesterday during a media visit organised by Epsom Downs Racecourse at Moulton Paddock Stables in Newmarket, Appleby said: “Winning the Derby has been the highest point of my career, and for Godolphin and Sheikh Mohammed to do it in the blue colours was a dream.

“We all know how much Sheikh Mohammad puts into the sport. When I stood here six years ago when I started training and people asked me what my goals and ambitions were, obviously to win the Derby was on the agenda and it was fantastic to do that with Masar last year.”

LINE OF DUTY won one of the extremely successful British EBF supported Sire/ Dam Restricted two-year-old races in 2018 at Goodwood.  Having raced twice previously, this was the first win for the son of Galileo in a hat-trick of victories that saw him progress via a French Gr.3 to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at the end of the season.

Line Of Duty will trial for the Derby in next week’s Group 2 Al Basti Equiworld Dante at York, and Appleby said: “Masar and Line Of Duty have a similar profile in their two-year-old careers and in fact Line Of Duty came up with a better record than Masar, albeit Masar was unlucky at Del Mar.

“You want a horse with experience coming into the Derby and we feel Line Of Duty has that and we’re very pleased with him.”

Line Of Duty is 16-1 for the Derby in a market topped at 9-2 by last year’s unbeaten two-year-old star Too Darn Hot, who missed the 2,000 Guineas due to a splint and is too set to go instead for the Dante next Thursday.

 

Gr.1 performers among entries to Goodwood

Tue 30 Apr 2019

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2018 winner Isabel de Urbina

Goodwood Racecourse stages the Opening Saturday fixture this weekend, May 4, with an excellent seven-race programme featuring two Listed contests for fillies and mares plus the £50,000 Goodwood May Food Festival Handicap.

Coronet, who has raced consistently in Group One races on her past four starts, is the standout among 14 entries for the £50,000 Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Daisy Warwick Stakes (2.05pm) over 12 furlongs. Trained by John Gosden, the five-year-old Dubawi mare finished second in three G1 contests and third in the other during 2018, including an agonising nose defeat by Waldgeist in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in July.

Gosden won the inaugural running of the British Stallion Studs EBF Daisy Warwick Stakes in 2011 with Gertrude Bell. The Newmarket handler has also engaged Enbihaar, who finished fourth in the Listed Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot in October.   Cheveley Park Stud’s Pilaster, trained by in-form Roger Varian in Newmarket, could return to the scene of her biggest triumph, having landed the G2 Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes over two furlongs further at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in August.

The homebred Nathaniel four-year-old finished third on her 2019 return in the Listed Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham on April 10. Varian sent out the 2017 winner, Ajman Princess.   Another entry with winning form at Goodwood is Magnolia Springs. The Eve Johnson-Houghton-trained four-year-old captured the 10-furlong Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at the track in May last year during a light three-year-old campaign. The daughter of Shamardal was sixth on her comeback in a 10-furlong Listed race won by subsequent G3 scorer Morgan Le Faye at Longchamp on April 7.

Johnson-Houghton, based on the Berkshire downs at Blewbury, reported: “Magnolia Springs has done well physically since she won at Goodwood last season.   “I was really pleased with her run behind Morgan Le Faye. We went over to France hoping for some cut in the ground, but it was actually quite quick.   “When you consider that, I thought it was a good effort, and hopefully Goodwood will get a bit of rain to help her.”

Newmarket handler William Haggas has two possible contenders in Klassique, last seen out when just touched off in a G3 contest at Saint-Cloud in October, and lightly-raced Ascot scorer Alexana, who is a half-sister to high-class stayers Duncan and Samuel.

EBF features strongly as Fahey seeks Century

Thu 11 Apr 2019

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Thirsk Racecourse opens its doors this Saturday, April 13, for the first of its 16 fixtures, with an eight-race card running from 2.00pm through to 5.55pm and one trainer about to make history.

Richard Fahey, who is based at Musley Bank, Malton, has saddled 99 winners at Thirsk since he started training in 1993 and has five chances of reaching his landmark century at the course on Saturday.

These include two-year-old Pastoral Pursuits colt Ventura Rebel (Paul Hanagan), who is owned by a Middleham Park Racing syndicate and makes his debut in division two of the five-furlong British EBF Maiden (2.30pm, 11 runners).

Fahey said: “It would be very special to record our 100th winner at Thirsk on Saturday.

“Thirsk is a very fair track and we have run a lot of horses there over the years, having plenty of success.

“We have five runners on Saturday. Ventura Rebel is a two-year-old who has pleased us at home and he is quite forward.”

Fahey has been the leading trainer at Thirsk in each of the past five years. His other runners in EBF races on Saturday are: Kidda 2.00pm British EBF Maiden (Div I)

A trainer who has hit the ground running with two-year-olds in 2019 is Upper Lambourn-based Archie Watson, who has already saddled three juvenile winners from just five runners.

Watson is represented at Thirsk on Saturday by Baileys Freedom (Edward Greatrex), who also goes in division two of the British EBF Maiden. The Baileys Horse Feeds-owned colt is from the first crop of 2015 champion sprinter Muhaarar and finished sixth on debut at Musselburgh on April 2.

Watson said: “Baileys Freedom was very green up at Musselburgh, when he wasn’t drawn very well. He just could have done with another horse on his outside and he might have gone a lot closer.

“That was only his first run and he will come on a lot for it. It was a good experience and hopefully there is more to come.

“Thirsk is a very straightforward track and I am sure he will take a big step forward in the race.”

Saturday’s programme is headlined by the £15,000 EBFstallions.com Michael Foster Conditions Race (4.50pm, six runners), staged over seven furlongs for horses aged four and above.

The contest, run over a furlong shorter prior to 2012, boasts a fine roll of honour, with previous winners including Pipalong (2000) and Markab (2010), who both went on to capture the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup later the same year. Breton Rock took the spoils in 2014 and has since gained three victories at G2 level.

This year’s starters are headed by the 107-rated Muntadab (Roger Fell/Graham Lee), who won a trio of competitive handicaps in 2018 before rounding off the campaign by taking second in the Listed Ben Marshall Stakes at Newmarket in November.

So Beloved (David O’Meara/David Nolan), a G3 winner in 2015, was second in G2 company last year, while six-year-old Flying Pursuit (Tim Easterby/Rachel Richardson) was runner-up in the valuable Coral Sprint at York in 2018 and tackles seven furlongs for just the second time in his career.

Other contenders include Aeolus (Ruth Carr/James Sullivan), who captured the 2015 G3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle, and the Khalid Abdullah-owned Vanbrugh (Charlie Hills/Dane O’Neill), who was Listed-placed in France last season for Andre Fabre and makes a first start for his current trainer.

Courtesy of Thirsk Racecourse/ Racenews

 

Expanded Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Launched

Tue 26 Mar 2019

Expanded Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Launched

Expanded Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Launched

Owners & trainers poised to target €666,000 series with 24 qualifiers, €120,000 final & new €30,000 Nursery Handicap

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The Irish EBF and Foran Equine have launched the 2019 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series with two additional qualifying races, a further prize-money boost and a new €30,000 nursery handicap to take place the week after the €120,000 final. Total prize-money for the series has jumped to €666,000 and the number of qualifying races to 24. The two additional maiden races will cater for horses bought for €30,000 or less and the €30,000 nursery handicap will offer qualified runners the opportunity to race over a shorter distance at Navan racecourse after the series final has taken place.

Now in its fifth year the Auction Series has established itself as a principle target for two-year-olds bought at auction for €72,000 or less. Last year’s final winner Cedars Of Lebanon cost €11,000 and giving her owners an eight-fold return on her purchase price from prize-money earned in the series alone.

Each of the 24 qualifying races will have a minimum prize-fund of €20,000 as well as the added benefit of being Plus 10 registered, whereby qualified winners will be eligible for a bonus of €12,500 giving a winning owner a potential pay-out of just under €25,000. Horses must also be by an EBF registered sire to qualify.

The first race will take place at Naas Racecourse on Saturday April 13 with the €120,000 final to be held at Naas Racecourse on October 20.

Ger Lyons, trainer & winner of five series races in 2018 said; “It’s a huge addition, any series that brings over €660,000 into the equation has to be applauded. You can only win a maiden once, and when you win a Foran EBF Maiden for at least €20,000 with the opportunity to run for a first prize of €72,000 in the final, it’s very much appreciated by me and many other trainers. I don’t like the theory that people say you write a cheque for a horse and you just tear it up. The series helps make an argument to an owner to get involved, if you get a horse costing less than €72,000, with some ability, you are going to get well paid and it will keep you in the game for another season. For me there has to be some come back to justify staying in the game and this series is a huge step forward.”

Nessa Joyce, Irish EBF Manager said: “The series has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2015, with double the prize-money on offer this year and already double the number of runners taking part up to 2018. In response to requests from the industry, the Irish EBF board with the commitment of our co-sponsors Foran Equine, are delighted to be in a position to add two more maiden races this year, to cater for horses purchased for €30,000 or less. In addition, the new Nursery Handicap will give qualified horses another option to aim for at the end of the series. The series offers new and existing owners a chance to get involved at more modest prices with the potential to reap some of the excellent prize-money on offer.”

Gareth Connolly, Foran Equine said; “We’re really looking forward to the series getting underway at Naas, this will be our third year to partner with the Irish EBF and Horse Racing Ireland as sponsors of the series and it is hugely satisfying to know how well this initiative has been received by the industry. Our overall objective for this sponsorship was to create opportunities for our customers, and to see the growth in prize-money and the number of qualifiers reflected in the growth in runners and individual trainers and owners benefiting from the investment is what it is all about for us.”

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For Further Information:

Full series details and conditions – http://www.hri-ras.ie/ and www.auctionseries.ie

Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish European Breeders’ Fund

Greenhills, Kill, Naas, Co Kildare, W91 FY62

M: +353 85 7590970, E: info@irishebf.ie Twitter: @IrishEBF_

 

Jane Davis, Equine Brand Manager, Connolly’s RED MILLS/ Foran Equine

Goresbridge, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

M: +353 86 3490681, E: jane.davis@redmills.ie  Twitter: @ForanEquine