Picture: Special Variety (JC Photos)
Rafeef’s Daughter Special Variety Set To Notch Third Victory
Regular winner Calvin Habib will be in the saddle
9th Race: (4) Special Variety (1) Emerald Princess (2) Golden Aspen (11) Rose Willow
Doug Campbell Leads Fitting Tributes At Anne Upton Memorial (Video)
A memorial to the late great trainer Anne Upton was held today at Hollwyoodbets Scottsville in the gazebo shelter in the parade ring which is named after her.
Picture: Mover And Shaker led in by Jonathan Nassif (left of horse) and a host of other partners on Saturday (Candiese Lenferna).
Mover And Shaker Unlikely To Be Seen Again This Season
Sporting Life Speculate On Real Reasons For Gosden/Dettori Reunion
Cancel the divorce lawyers – Frankie and Johnny renew their vows.
There’s something irredeemably sad about a famous couple splitting up in old age.
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall are back on the market as they head to the divorce courts aged 91 and 66, but what are we to make of the fact that another famous old couple are making up after one of the more dramatic public spats in recent racing history?
John Gosden initiated proceedings with his carefully crafted ‘sabbatical’ statement less than two weeks ago and ended the short-lived separation yesterday when announcing that Frankie Dettori was back in the fold to ride Inspiral in the Falmouth and Emily Upjohn in the Irish Oaks.
It’s John’s right to insist this was a necessary kick up the arse designed to get his mercurial rider back on point; it’s Frankie’s right to continue saying little outside of a brief RTV piece last week; and it’s our right to speculate on a few less-publicised factors that might have helped make this one of the shortest celebrity breakups on record.
The TIF: Also known as the Thady Intervention Factor. Perhaps the lad who will inherit the shop in due course was right behind his old man in benching Dettori. Or maybe the real Slim Thady played diplomat to help heal the rift. Young Thaddeus isn’t saying much. But I wouldn’t take a short price about option B.
The RFF: Aka the Reverse Ferret Factor. John’s ability to seduce the media with the honeyed word is unmatched but some of it just doesn’t stand up. Take the “I’m pleased Frankie has just got on with it and is getting rides everywhere” line. The bloke has had one solitary ride in Britain and two in Germany since Royal Ascot, for goodness sake.
The OOF (part one): Aka the Owners Opining Factor. I often wonder if Sheikh Mo leaned on Jim Bolger to run New Approach in the Derby but major owners often have strong views. It’s hard to think Cheveley Park (and Juddmonte) were content to lose Frankie with no top-class sub lined up. Still, it worked out well for Jolly Jim in 2008. And it might work out nicely for Big John if Inspiral and Emily do the business.
The OOF (part two): Aka the Other Offers Factor. Doors tend to open when superstars are free to roam and it’s clear from his RTV chat that Frankie is already eyeing an international tour before he retires. Only he knows whether there were offers from America as a bridge to the farewell tour but cutting the sabbatical short was a canny move from Gosden – just in case.
The WTF: Last but by no means least, the Weekend Traffic Factor. Did you not see how the Eclipse and Lancashire Oaks panned out? Gosden missed out on one big one at Sandown and might have seen another slip by at Haydock but for Free Wind’s agility. It might take a while to hear Frankie’s full version of Frexit and how his Italian pride was wounded. But world-class riders who make a difference on big days are few and far between. Over to you, Inspiral, Emily and, who knows, maybe even Stradivarius?
Japan’s Sodashi Is The Best White Thoroughbred In History
Sodashi, who won the Victoria Mile on Sunday, May 22, in Tokyo, has a rare genetic anomaly and may be the greatest thoroughbred of her kind.
Victor Mather (New York Times)
Sodashi won the Victoria Mile on May 22 with a closing rally and received an especially loud roar from the fans at Tokyo Racecourse. The cheers did not come exclusively from those who had bet her to win at 5-1. The filly has become a sensation in Japanese horse racing circles because of her color: pure white.
The win qualifies the 4-year-old Sodashi to run in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf in early November at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., as well as two big French races in August and September. It’s not clear whether she will participate: Her trainer Naosuke Sugai has not yet made a decision on any international travel for the filly. Wherever she goes, she will no doubt make a startling visual impression.
Picture: Sodashi (Kurofune) wins the Victoria Mile.(Japan Racing Association via YouTube)
Winter Smoke, Galla Vanting, Captain Lannister On CTS Horses In Training Sale At Turffontein (16 July)
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Picture: The unbeaten Grade 3 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Galla Vanting (Querari) (JC Photos).
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Newmarket July Festival 2022 Day 3 (Saturday) Tips
By Steve Chambers
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Picture: Group 1 winner in Japan, Sodashi (Kurofune) (Pininterest).
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