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2018 Longines International Jockeys’ Championship: Jockeys, Rides, Jockey Profiles & IJC Winning Odds

WEDNESDAY

5 DECEMBER 2018

HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE 

2018 Longines International Jockeys’ Championship

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The Jockey Challenge will be conducted on the four races of the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship, that are, Races 4, 5, 7 and 8.

 

The 2018 LONGINES IJC is a four-race competition in which points will be awarded as follows in each race:

12 points for 1st

6 points for 2nd 

4 points for 3rd

The ranking of each jockey will be determined by the total number of points earned over all four races and the IJC champion will be the jockey with the highest accumulated points.

In the case of a dead-heat for any of the first three placings, points will be added and then divided by the number of horses involved. In the LONGINES IJC, substitute jockeys are eligible for points and if a count-back is required it will go back to 4th places. Local jockeys with 2lb or 3lb claims are eligible for selection for the LONGINES IJC but there will be no claiming allowance in the four LONGINES IJC races. Apprentice jockeys do not qualify for selection.

 

Jockey Country / Region Race 4  Race 5  Race 7  Race 8 
Hugh Bowman Australia 3. MR RIGHT 6. MARVEL JOY 5. LOTUS BREEZE 4. LUCKY GIRL
Zac Purton Hong Kong 1. GENERAL IRON 4. NAMJONG INVINCIBLE 7. POSITIVELY HIGH 9. VIGOR FAME
Ryan Moore Britain 6. LUNAR ZEPHYR 3. EXCEPTIONAL DESIRE 4. MIDNITE PROMISE 6. BANK ON RED
Silvestre de Sousa Britain 2. MIDNIGHT RATTLER 10. GLORY STAR 2. ALL YOU KNOW 11. EXPERTO CREDE
Mickael Barzalona France 9. BRAVE BABY 7. CLEAR CHOICE 3. KIROV 7. FAITHFUL TRINITY
Karis Teetan Hong Kong 11. GODSPEED 11. SAVVY SEVEN 11. FORMULA GALORE 10. ELECTRIC LIGHTNING
Vincent Ho Hong Kong 4. SUPER EIGHTEEN 12. YOUNG GLORY 12. LITTLE ISLAND 8. PLANET STAR
Matthew Poon Hong Kong 12. FLYING NOBLE 8. ISHVARA 10. LETSGOFREE 5. SUMSTREETSUMWHERE
Colin Keane Ireland 8. SPECIAL STARS 5. C P POWER 1. SPARKLING SWORD 1. THUNDER STOMP
Christophe Lemaire Japan 5. WINNING SUPREME 1. MICKEY RICH 8. GENTRY 3. THE JUDGE
Yutaka Take Japan 10. LUCKY LUCKY 9. SWOT WINDICATOR 6. MEGATRON 12. BEAUTY DAY
Javier Castellano USA 7. ROYAL RACER 2. GOOD FOR YOU 9. CURLING LUXURY 2. SUPER FORM

 

 

QUALIFYING RACES (AEDST):

RACE 4: 23:10

RACE 5: 23:40

RACE 7: 00:40

RACE 8: 01:10

 

 

THE

12

2018 Longines International Jockeys’ Championship

Competitors

 

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Mickael Barzalona

Representing Country/Region: France

Age: 27

Background: Mickael Barzalona was born in Avignon, France, a grandson of Corsican trainer Christian Barzalona and nephew of former Flat and Jumps jockey Armand Barzalona. He began his career with France’s standout trainer, Andre Fabre, with whom he is still associated, and is Godolphin’s number one rider in France. A precocious sensation, he enjoyed a stunning Dubai Carnival in 2011, at age 19, winning major races for the Godolphin operation, and that momentum took him to a famous English Derby win in June of that year aboard Pour Moi for Fabre and Coolmore. He then headed to Hong Kong for a short stint in 2011/12, notching one winner from 42 rides. Barzalona won the 2012 G1 Dubai World Cup aboard Monterosso and the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Turf on Talismanic. The latest of his 13 G1 wins came on Kitesurf in the 2018 Prix Vermeille.

IJC record: 2016 – 10th.

ODDS: $15.00

 

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Hugh Bowman

Representing Country/Region: Australia

Age: 38

Background: The 2017 LONGINES World’s Best Jockey award recipient, Bowman boasts an outstanding career record of 87 G1 victories among more than 2,000 wins since his debut ride on Naturalised in 1999. He has been champion jockey in Sydney four times. He has been the most prolific G1-winning jockey in Australia for each of the past three seasons. He has a record of 28 wins from 29 rides on the champion mare Winx, notably an incredible four wins in the Cox Plate. In Hong Kong, he has won the QEII Cup, Hong Kong Derby, Hong Kong Gold Cup and Champions & Chater Cup with Werther, and the 2017 G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize on Lucky Bubbles. This season he has already notched six top-level wins.

Notable honours include: Sydney champion jockey (2008/09, 2011/12, 2014/15, 2016/17); LONGINES IJC (2016)

IJC record: 2017 4th; 2016 – WON; 2015 – 10th (DH); 2009 – 7th.

ODDS: $3.75

 

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Javier Castellano

Representing Country/Region: USA

Age: 41

Background: Javier Castellano was inducted into the American National Museum Racing Hall of Fame in 2017. The native of Venezuela is a four time Eclipse award winner, for the nation’s top jockey, in North America and 12 times leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit. He’s ridden 108 Group 1 winners including ten Breeders’ Cup victories. He won consecutive races, at Belmont Park on 21 October, to give him his 5,000th career victory in North America. He set the record for earnings in one year when his mounts won US$28.1 million in 2015.He began his career in Venezuela in 1996, before moving to the United States a year later and riding his first winner at Calder in Florida. He won the Preakness Stakes in 2006 and 2017 and the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Travers Stakes in 2004. He won this year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on Bulletin and the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on City Of Light.

Notable honours include: Eclipse award winner in North America four years straight from 2013. 2017 Hall of Fame inductee. 10-time Breeders’ Cup winner. More than 5,000 career winners of more than US$300 million.

IJC record: 2006 – 12th

ODDS: $13.00

 

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Silvestre de Sousa

Representing Country/Region: Britain

Age: 37

Background: One of 10 children, Brazilian ace Silvestre de Sousa first sat on a horse at age 18 and within two years he was champion apprentice in Sao Paulo. He moved to Europe at age 22 and was employed as a work rider for Dermot Weld. In 2004, dispirited after two years without a ride in public, De Sousa moved to England and teamed up with North Yorkshire trainer Dandy Nicholls. His first UK win was achieved aboard Sonic Anthem at Southwell on 1 January, 2006. Riding mainly for lesser trainers, often on longshots, he established his reputation on the northern circuit and in 2010 he rode his first century. With trainer Mark Johnston’s support he finished runner-up in the 2011 British champion jockey race. He was retained by Godolphin from 2012 to 2014, during which time his haul included the G1 Dubai World Cup on African Story. Riding freelance in 2015, he achieved 132 wins to claim the UK champion jockey title and repeated in 2017 (155 wins) and again in 2018 (148 wins). De Sousa has notched an admirable 16 winners in each of his two short winter stints in Hong Kong (2015/16 and 2016/17) and is currently based in Hong Kong.

Notable honours include: British Champion Jockey (2015, 2017 & 2018).

IJC record: 2017 – 2nd; 2015 – 4th.

ODDS: $5.00

 

 

 

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Colin Keane

Representing Country/Region: Ireland

Age: 24

Background: Born in County Meath, Colin Keane is the son of trainer Gerry Keane and has emerged as a star of the Irish racing scene since riding his first winner, No Trimmings, for his father at Dundalk on 10 December, 2010. He teamed with trainer Ger Lyons in 2014 and was Ireland’s champion apprentice with 54 wins, the second highest tally in history behind Joseph O’Brien’s record of 57. After running second on the overall championship in 2015, he was crowned Ireland’s outright champion in 2017 with 100 wins. This season he was second in the premiership with 82 wins. He secured a first G1 victory atop Laganore in the 2017 Premio Lydia Tesio.

Notable honours include: Ireland’s Champion Jockey (2017); Ireland’s Champion Apprentice (2014)

IJC record: Debut

ODDS: $15.00

 

 

 

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Christophe Lemaire

Representing Country/Region: Japan

Age: 39

Background: Christophe Lemaire leapt to prominence in 2004 thanks to his partnership with the brilliant French champion filly Divine Proportions and two years later he rode the crack mare Pride to win the G1 Champion Stakes and G1 Hong Kong Cup. Other top class winners in those days include Stacelita, Makfi, Flotilla and Elusive Wave, while Dunaden carried him a Melbourne Cup win in 2011. His first Japanese major came a few years earlier aboard Heart’s Cry in the 2005 Arima Kinen and the duo took the 2006 Dubai Sheema Classic. Star mare Vodka’s Japan Cup is also among his 63 G1 wins to date. In early 2015 he and Mirco Demuro became the first overseas riders to be granted full-time jockey licences in Japan. In November 2016, he equalled the record of Yutaka Take for most wins at a single Japanese meeting with eight victories.

Notable honours include: JRA champion jockey (2017); LONGINES IJC winner (2009 [DH])

IJC record: 2012 – 10th (DH); 2011 – 3rd; 2010 – 6th; 2009 – WON (DH); 2008 – 2nd

ODDS: $15.00

 

 

 

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Ryan Moore

Representing Country/Region: Britain

Age: 35

Background: Ryan Moore is a two-time winner of the LONGINES IJC. He is the outstanding international rider of recent years and was the first recipient of the LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award as a result of 15 G1 wins in 2014. He won that accolade again in 2016. Moore hails from a racing family. His first win came for his trainer father, Gary Moore, on Mersey Beat over hurdles at Towcester in May, 2000. His first professional Flat win came on Marwell’s Kiss at Lingfield in January, 2002. He notched a first G1 aboard Notnowcato in the 2006 Juddmonte International Stakes at York and he has since taken his G1-winning tally to 119 in 11 different countries. Moore has won some of the world’s’ foremost races including the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2016 Maurice), LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (2015 Maurice), LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, English Derby, Japan Cup, Breeders’ Cup Turf and Melbourne Cup.

Notable honours include: British Champion Jockey (2006, 2008, 2009); British Champion Apprentice (2003); LONGINES IJC winner (2009 [shared] & 2010); LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award winner (2014 & 2016).

IJC record:  2017 – 6th; 2016 – 2nd; 2015 – 2nd; 2014 – 4th; 2013 – 5th; 2012 – 3rd; 2011 – 6th (DH); 2010 – WON; 2009 – WON (DH); 2007 – 10th (DH); 2006 – 6th.

ODDS: $8.00

 

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Zac Purton

Representing Country/Region: Hong Kong

Age: 35

Background: Defending champion Zac Purton took last year’s contest on the way to an epic second Hong Kong Jockey’s premiership. Having ended Douglas Whyte’s 13-season dominance with his first Hong Kong jockeys’ championship in 2013/14 (112 wins), in 2017/18 he halted Joao Moreira’s title streak at three. His second championship was a remarkable effort as he chased down Moreira to take the lead for the first time that term on June 10, 2018. Five weeks later, at season’s end, he had outpointed Moreira 136-134 with a win strike rate of 21% to the Brazilian’s 20%. Purton started his career in Brisbane and was an apprentice sensation, winning the premiership there in 2003. He then moved on to Sydney where he was twice second in the premiership. Purton moved to Hong Kong in September, 2007. His many major wins include the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012 and six victories at the LONGINES HKIR including wins in each of the four G1s.

Notable honours include: Hong Kong Champion Jockey (2013/14, 2017/18); Brisbane Champion Jockey (2003 – when still an apprentice); LONGINES IJC (2017); World Super Jockeys Series (Japan) winner (2012).

IJC record: 2017 – WON; 2016 – 7th; 2014 – 6th; 2013 – 2nd; 2012 – 2nd.

ODDS: $6.00

 

 

 

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Yutaka Take

Representing Country/Region: Japan

Age: 49

Background: Take is the son of famed jockey Kunihito Take and is a living legend in Japan, with more than 4,000 wins in his homeland and overseas. He has been champion jockey in Japan 18 times and was the first jockey to ride eight winners in a day in Japan, a feat achieved in December 2002. He became the first Japanese jockey to win a G1 race in Europe when Ski Paradise captured the 1994 Prix du Moulin. In 2000 he spent time riding in the US and in 2001 he was based with trainer John Hammond in France. His 110 G1 wins include four Japan Cups with Special Week (1999), Deep Impact (2006), Rose Kingdom (2010) and Kitasan Black (2016). His overseas achievements include the Hong Kong Cup (2015 A Shin Hikari) and Hong Kong Vase (2001 Stay Gold). In winning the G3 Sirius Stakes in October, 2015 he became the first rider to win 300 JRA Graded races in Japan.

Notable honours include: JRA champion jockey (x18); IJC winner (2004 [DH]); eight wins on a JRA race day.

IJC record: 2006 – 4th; 2005 – 11th; 2004 – WON (DH); 2003 – 5th; 2002 – 3rd; 2001 – 10th; 2000 – 8th.

ODDS: $31.00

 

 

 

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Karis Teetan

Representing Country/Region: Hong Kong

Age: 28

Background: Mauritian rider Karis Teetan was well ensconced in the top 10 of the South African Jockeys’ Championship when he left for Hong Kong in August, 2013. After entering the South African Jockey Academy at the age of 14, Teetan went on to be crowned South African Champion Apprentice in 2008. He graduated in 2009 with 147 wins to his credit. Teetan passed the 100-win mark in every season as a senior jockey in South Africa. He has recorded five Group 1 wins with his inaugural success at the top level being in his native Mauritius on 24 November, 2008, aboard Halo Hunter. Teetan represented South Africa in the 2012 International Jockeys’ Invitational in Seoul, Korea and in the 2008 Macau Apprentice Jockeys Invitation Races. He notched an impressive 50 wins in his first Hong Kong season and has continued to build on that good start. He finished third in the 2017/18 premiership race with 52 wins, which included a trio of Group 3 triumphs.

Achievements: South African Champion Apprentice (2008).

Notable Wins Include: Hong Kong Classic Cup (2015 Thunder Fantasy), HKG2 Chairman’s Trophy (2014 Able Friend), HKG2 Premier Bowl (2015 Able Friend), G2 Sha Tin Trophy Handicap (2016 Designs On Rome), G3 Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse (2016 Horse Of Fortune), Cape Derby (2012 Jackson), Daily News 2000 (2012 Jackson), Paddock Stakes (2012 Thunder Dance), Castle Tankard (2011 Grisham).

IJC record: 2017 – 9th (DH).

ODDS: $13.00

 

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Vincent Ho

Representing Country/Region: Hong Kong

Age: 28

Background: HKJC Apprentice Jockeys’ School graduate Vincent Ho racked up 44 wins as a young rider in New Zealand under the tutelage of leading trainer Lance O’Sullivan. He made a good start to his Hong Kong career with 10 victories in his first season in 2009/10, including a trio of wins he achieved on only his fourth race day in Hong Kong. He sealed the 2010/11 Champion Apprentice title with 39 wins. Ho reached the graduation benchmark on 1 October, 2012 by claiming his 70th win in Hong Kong on board Castle Hero. He notched 33 wins in 2014/15 to be the season’s leading homegrown rider. He rode a short stint in Europe during the off-season in 2018 and notched a first UK win at the first attempt, partnering the Mark Johnston-trained X Rated to success at Haydock on 9 August.

Achievements: Hong Kong Champion Apprentice (2010/11); Best Freelance Jockey Award (2014/15).

Notable Wins Include: HKG3 National Day Cup (2014 Bundle Of Joy). 

IJC record: 2014 – 5th

ODDS: $8.50

 

 

 

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Matthew Poon

Representing Country/Region: Hong Kong

Age: 24

Background: Matthew Poon joined Hong Kong’s race-riding ranks in March, 2017. He landed a win on his first race-day but also suffered an injury that side-lined him for three weeks. Upon returning he raced to 20 wins and a reduction to his 10lb claim within 14 fixtures and 112 rides. His second Hong Kong season yielded 35 victories. The HKJC Apprentice Jockeys’ School student undertook his overseas training in South Australia, embarking in June, 2015, and was based with leading trainer Richard Jolly. His first race ride, a winner, came in October of that year. At the end of his first season, in July, 2016, he was crowned South Australia’s Champion Apprentice Jockey with 51 wins. His second season in Adelaide saw him ride 65 winners and at the time of his departure for Hong Kong in March, 2017, he was sitting second in the South Australian jockeys championship. Poon commenced his Hong Kong career with an overall record of 117 wins from 862 rides at a rate of 13.57%. His first pattern victory came aboard Faaltless in the SIN G3 Garden City Trophy in Singapore in August, 2017 and he notched a second win in that grade when taking the Jumbo Jet Trophy at Kranji during the Hong Kong off-season in 2018. He is indentured to trainer David Hall.

Notable Wins Include: SIN G3 Garden City Trophy (2017 Faaltless), SIN G3 Jumbo Jet Trophy (2018 Preditor).

IJC record: Debut

ODDS: $31.00

 

The winner will take home HK$500,000;

the runner-up HK$200,000 and

third, HK$100,000, in addition to prize money won on the night.

LAY OF THE DAY: FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER 2018

LAY OF THE DAY

FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER 2018

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MOONEE VALLEY

RACE 7

#8

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LOW ODDS: $4.80 (PALMERBET)

HIGH ODDS: $9.00 (LADBROKES)

 

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J: RYAN MOORE

T: AIDAN O’BRIEN

 

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2018 QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE FIELD, ODDS & TIPS

(1:05AM AEDST , 12:05AM AEST – MONDAY MORNING 08/10/18)

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Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe
€4,999,999 (AU$8,142,552.09)

3yo+

1m 4f

GROUP 1

19 runners

Going: Good to Firm

(1:05AM AEDST , 12:05AM AEST – MONDAY MORNING 08/10/18)

Draw

Horse

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

1

18

DEFOE 59,5kg ANDREA ATZENI R. VARIAN

2

07

SALOUEN 59,5kg OISIN MURPHY S. KIRK

3

04

CAPRI 59,5kg DONNACHA O’BRIEN AP. O’BRIEN

4

10

WAY TO PARIS 59,5kg GERALD MOSSE A. MARCIALIS

5

13

WALDGEIS-T 59,5kg PIERRE-CHARLES BOUDOT A. FABRE (S)

6

09

CLOTH OF STARS 59,5kg VINCENT CHEMINAUD A. FABRE (S)

7

08

TALISMAN-IC 59,5kg MICKAEL BARZALONA A. FABRE (S)

8

05

TIBERIAN 59,5kg WILLIAM BUICK A. COUETIL (S)

9

01

CLINCHER 59,5kg YUTAKA TAKE H. MIYAMOTO

10

06

ENABLE 58 kg LANFRANCO DETTORI J. GOSDEN

11

11

NEUFBOSC 56,5kg CRISTIAN DEMURO MME P. BRANDT

12

02

PATASCOY 56,5kg OLIVIER PESLIER X. THOMAS DEMEAULTE

13

14

KEW GARDENS 56,5kg RYAN-LEE MOORE AP. O’BRIEN

14

19

STUDY OF MAN 56,5kg STEPHANE PASQUIER P. BARY (S)

15

17

LOUIS D’OR 56,5kg ANTOINE HAMELIN T. CASTANHEIRA (S)

16

12

HUNTING HORN 56,5kg JAMES-ANTHONY HEFFERNAN AP. O’BRIEN

17

03

NELSON 56,5kg MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER HUSSEY AP. O’BRIEN

18

16

MAGICAL 55 kg WAYNE-MARTIN LORDAN AP. O’BRIEN

19

15

SEA OF CLASS 55 kg JAMES WILLIAM DOYLE WJ HAGGAS

1.DEFOE:

Trainer: Roger Varian

Jockey: Andrea Atzeni

Odds: $41.00

Group One wins: None

This son of Arc winner Dalakhani was back to his previously progressive form of last season in the wet spring, capped by victory in the Jockey Club Cup at Newmarket in May.

His dislike for fast ground was illustrated by defeat in the Tattersalls Gold Cup behind Lancaster Bomber in May and he was kept at home during the summer.

There is not a lot wrong with his comeback second in the Grosser Preis Von Baden, when surrendering ground on the home turn to finish a neck behind Godolphin’s Best Solution, but looks unlikely to get the testing conditions he needs.

2.SALOUEN:

Trainer: Sylvester Kirk

Jockey: Oisin Murphy

Odds: $67.00

Group One wins: None

Seems capable of ssecuring a place without winning at whatever level he sets his sights at, going particularly close behind Cracksman under a masterful Silvestre De Sousa ride in the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June and ran bravely against Waldgeist at Saint-Cloud in the summer.

Has not gone forward in two subsequent efforts.

Snaffling a minor place, if not out of the question, is the best he can hope for.

3.CAPRI:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Donnacha O’Brien

Odds: $17.00

Group One wins: Irish Derby, St Leger

A missing man for much of this season but as interesting as any of those at a big price.

Won what now looks an outstanding contest in last year’s St Leger and best forgiven beating only one home when reappearing just a fortnight later in the Arc.

Fifth spot behind Waldgeist on a belated comeback in the Prix Foy does not make encouraging reading on paper, but he hit a flat spot and rallied at the end. Capable of much better and is a big price for his achievements.

4.WAY TO PARIS:

Trainer: Antonio Marcialis

Jockey: Gerald Mosse

Odds: $101.00

Group One wins: None

Exactly 30 years since the last Italian-trained Arc winner, Tony Bin, and this would be considerably more of a surprise.

Deserving of a place in the line-up, given he has not been far behind Waldgeist on three occasions this year, most recently in the Prix Foy, but has never looked likely to overhaul that rival and there is no immediately forthcoming reason why that should change here.

5.WALDGEIST:

Trainer: Andre Fabre

Jockey: Pierre-Charles Boudot

Odds: $7.50

Group One wins: Criterium de Saint-Cloud, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud

No trainer knows what an Arc horse looks like better than Andre Fabre and this son of Galileo appears to have been campaigned as one all season.

Not impressive in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud when he edged out Coronet, the four-year-old was far more convincing when winning the Prix Foy last month and must be greatly respected.

Whilst the ground is unlikely to be allowed to become lightning fast, it must be a concern whether he is effective on quicker conditions.

6.CLOTH OF STARS:

Trainer: Andre Fabre

Jockey: Vincent Cheminaud

Odds: $26.00

Group One wins: Prix Ganay

Ran a blinder last year to stay on through the field for second behind Enable, but had a much stronger back catalogue of efforts to show than he does this year. Encouragement could be taken from his third behind Waldgeist in the Foy and will have been brought on to peak here but still looks short of what is required.

7.TALISMANIC:

Trainer: Andre Fabre

Jockey: Mickael Barzalona

Odds: $21.00

Group One wins: Breeders’ Cup Turf

Popular performer, not only for his distinctive white markings but for a string of genuine efforts.

Fabre had no complaints with a runner-up placing behind Waldgeist in the Foy but issued some concern about the mile and a half now being a little beyond his capabilities.

Likes to hear his feet rattle, but this is a tougher test than when he won at the Breeders’ Cup.

8.TIBERIAN:

Trainer: Alain Couetil

Jockey: William Buick

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

A fine servant to connections over time, who was a respectable seventh in the Melbourne Cup this time last year.

Unfortunately he is without a win in a year now and a tame fifth in the Grand Prix de Deauville was not a glowing recommendation for his prospects in such company.

9.CLINCHER:

Trainer: Hiroshi Miyamoto

Jockey: Yutaka Take

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

Japanese runners in the Arc always merit respect but not many have arrived with less fanfare in recent years.

A fine third in the Tenno Sho over two miles and has some reasonable middle-distance form, too.

Although his trainer admitted prior to the Prix Foy that he would expect improvement on his next outing, there needs to be an awful lot as he was beaten eight lengths.

10.ENABLE:

Trainer: John Gosden

Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Odds: $2.10

Group One wins: Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George, Yorkshire Oaks, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

There was not a more welcome sight all year than seeing this fabulous filly skip to a ready defeat of the high-class Crystal Ocean in the September Stakes at Kempton last month.

A fine winner of the race last year and she ought to strip even fitter after looking as if she had developed into an even more robust specimen on her first run since last October.

Earlier issues with her knees will continue to be a worry but if Gosden has her on the starting line, she will take all the beating.

11.NEUFBOSC:

Trainer: Pia Brandt

Jockey: Christian Demuro

Odds: $34.00

Group One wins: None

Lightly-raced colt who was worn down by Kew Gardens in the Grand Prix de Paris before being put away for the summer. Looked rather rusty under restrained tactics when third in the Prix Niel. Has a lot to prove on form, but represents a shrewd trainer who would not allow him to take part unless she felt he could be competitive.

Not an obvious winner, but not one to underestimate.

12.PATASCOY:

Trainer: Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte

Jockey: Olivier Peslier

Odds: $34.00

Group One wins: None

Appeared from out of the provincial tracks to run a blinder in the French Derby, finishing second behind Study Of Man from a wide draw. Unfortunately, that has not looked much of a race and although his comeback in a tactical race behind Knight To Behold at Deauville was perfectly OK, he just does not look good enough.

13.KEW GARDENS:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Odds: $11.00

Group One wins: Grand Prix de Paris, St Leger

Had begun to look one to avoid in the Derby trials only to summon a dramatic turnaround, barely looking back since his towering win in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot. The change in tactics from a prominent role, to one being held-up seems to have made all the difference.

Produced an admirable victory in the St Leger and very much deserving of a chance at this level.

Main worry is that following up here after the demands of Doncaster has been beyond other Ballydoyle runners such as Leading Light, Scorpion and Capri and he is not an obviously different specimen.

14.STUDY OF MAN:

Trainer: Pascal Bary

Jockey: Stephane Pasquier

Odds: $34.00

Group One wins: Prix du Jockey Club

Showed a willing attitude in winning the French Derby but has not been smooth sailing since then, suffering fairly heavy defeats in both his Deauville comeback and in the Irish Champion Stakes.

Untried beyond a mile and a quarter and pedigree does not exactly scream that he wants the trip either, so fairly quickly passed by.

15.LOUIS D’OR:

Trainer: Tony Castanheira

Jockey: Antoine Hamelin

Odds: $101.00

Group One wins: None

One win at conditions level in 13 starts probably sums up the prospects of this fellow.

A career-best when outrunning huge odds to be third in the French Derby but has not built on that when his sights have been lowered and seemed not to stay when tried at this trip last time in the Prix Niel.

16.HUNTING HORN:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Seamie O’Brien

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

Made a valuable contribution to the O’Brien yard this year, not only winning the Hampton Court Stakes in fine fashion but taking third in the Belmont Derby and struggling to overcome a wide draw in the Secretariat Stakes.

Defeat to Brundtland in the Prix Niel, though, is not Arc-winning form and surely only included as back-up to Kew Gardens.

17.NELSON:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Michael Hussey

Odds: $101.00

Group One wins: None

Been on pacemaking duties for Ballydoyle for most of the year and that is the only feasible reason for his inclusion in the field.

18.MAGICAL:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Wayne Lordan

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

Might well have got closer to Laurens in the Matron Stakes, but for meeting interference and looks to have been primed to pick up a big prize before the year is out.

However, managing that in such a distinguished line-up would be a lot to ask and although full-sister Rhododendron stayed a mile and a half, she has barely set foot beyond eight furlongs yet.

19.SEA OF CLASS

Trainer: William Haggas

Jockey: James Doyle

Odds: $4.50

Group One wins: Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks

Missed the Oaks at Epsom but certainly made up for lost time and has really gelled with the confident riding of James Doyle.

Bred for the challenge and even his often cautious trainer has warmed to the idea of Paris.

Will not mind the dry spell and although this is a very different assignment to what she has experienced before, she ought to be ready for it.

TIPS:

10.ENABLE*****

19.SEA OF CLASS

14.STUDY OF MAN

13.KEW GARDENS

6.CLOTH OF STARS

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#HKIR: HONG KONG TIPS – HAPPY VALLEY – WEDNESDAY, 06/12/17

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#HKIR: HONG KONG HORSE RACING TIPS

– HAPPY VALLEY –

WEDNESDAY – 06/12/17

LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY’S CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT

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RACE 1: 6.WINNING CONTROLLER

RACE 2: 11.HAPPY HAPPY

RACE 3: 4.SIR REDALOT

 

RACE 4: LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY’S CHAMPIONSHIP – HEAT 1:

7.FOREVER POSH (MOORE)

12.MONEY WINNER (MOREIRA)

2.SANGRIA (TEETAN)

 

RACE 5: LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY’S CHAMPIONSHIP – HEAT 2:

11.RICHCITY FORTUNE (TEETAN)

9.FISH ‘N’ CHIPS (MOREIRA)

7.LUNAR ZEPHYR (DEMURO)

 

RACE 6: 12.OCEAN ROAR

 

RACE 7: LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY’S CHAMPIONSHIP – HEAT 3:

11.GODSPEED (TOSAKI)

9.DESETIN (HENRIQUES)

2.SPEEDY WALLY (MOORE)

 

RACE 8: LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY’S CHAMPIONSHIP – HEAT 4:

9.SUPER FORM (DEMURO)

5.FLYING QUEST (MOORE)

11.MIGHTY MAVERICK (DE SOUSA)

 

RACE 9: 3.DINOZZO

 

BEST BET:

RACE 8-9 SUPER FORM

 

LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY’S CHAMPIONSHIP TIP:

RYAN MOORE @ $4.75

BOWMAN RATED CLEARLY WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY IN 2017

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It’s been a question that many a punter & racing fan would have pondered at one point or another while watching the local races down at the track or watching a huge international racing day / carnival from across the other side of the globe on live telecast.

For 100’s of year’s since organised thoroughbred races were commissioned, no doubt there would have been more than just an odd few heated arguments, pondering the answer to a seemingly simple question: 

 

Who is the best jockey in the world?

 

The problem was that there was never a right or wrong answer to the somewhat intriguing question, as it was a totally & purely subjective question where a punter’s inevitable answer would be his favourite hoop from his home town or the rider who had just ridden the nice priced winner to victory that he’d backed.

However after the roaring success of a year long competition created by the “International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities” in 2008, known as the “LONGINES WORLD’S BEST RACE HORSE RANKING’S”. It was inevitable racing fans would want to know not only who the world’s best horses were they wanted to know also who was the world’s best race rider.

It took a while but and much after much debate & internal planning about what the competition rules would be & how the contest would work properly by providing equal point scoring opportunities  & fairness for all jockey’s no matter which racing jurisdiction they called their home base.

In 2015, the inaugural “LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY” competition was launched, with every single jockey from every racing jurisdiction fully eligible to take part.

The beauty of the global jockey challenge, was in the simplicity of it’s rules which were simplified right down from original idea’s to ensure horse racing enthusiasts could keep up to the minute with the progress of the competition.

UK RACES

THE RULES WHICH HAVEN’T BEEN ALTERED SINCE THEIR INITIAL CREATION IN 2014 ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY OFFICIAL RULES

(i) The LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY award is given to the jockey who has achieved the most points in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races as established for the year by the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee. The scoring will incorporate races from 1st December of the previous year until 30th November of the current year.

(ii) Jockeys are assigned points riding the 1st, 2nd and 3rd horses, as follows:

~Jockey riding the 1st horse: 12 points

~Jockey riding the 2nd horse: 6 points

~Jockey riding the 3rd horse: 4 points

(iii) Provision’s for points distribution in the event of a dead heat for either 1st, 2nd or 3rd were also made in that event a dead heat amongst the top 3 should occur in any of the 100 points earning races.

 

CLICK HERE:

THE LIST OF THE 100 ELIGIBLE GROUP/GRADE 1 RACES TO ACCRUE POINTS IN DURING 2017

 

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2014 LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY

CHAMPION: RYAN L. MOORE – 94 POINTS

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2014 – FINAL POINTS TABLE

Jockey 1st Place(s) 2nd Place(s) 3rd Place(s) 1st Place Points 2nd Place Points 3rd Place Points Total Points
Ryan L. Moore 5 3 4 60 18 16 94
Christophe Soumillon 4 4 4 48 24 16 88
Joseph P. O’Brien 3 4 3 36 24 12 72

 

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2015 LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY

CHAMPION: LANFRANCO “FRANKIE” DETTORI – 100 POINTS

 

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THE 2015 “WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY” FRANKIE DETTORI COLLECTS HIS WINNING PRIZES A COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY PLUS A LIMTED EDITION LONGINES WATCH PROVIDED BY THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION’S PRINCIPLE SPONSOR – LONGINES

 

2015 – FINAL POINTS TABLE

Jockey 1st Place(s) 2nd Place(s) 3rd Place(s) 1st Place Points 2nd Place Points 3rd Place Points Total Points
FrankieDettori 5 4 4 60 24 16 100
Victor Espinoza 6 3 0 72 18 0 90
Ryan L. Moore 4 5 3 48 30 12 90

 

 

2016 LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY

CHAMPION: RYAN L. MOORE – 166* POINTS

(*RECORD TOTAL SEASON POINTS SCORE)

 

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2016 – FINAL POINTS TABLE

Jockey 1st Place(s) 2nd Place(s) 3rd Place(s) 1st Place Points 2nd Place Points 3rd Place Points Total Points
Ryan L. Moore 8 9 4 96 54 16 166
Christophe Soumillon 5 5 2 60 30 8 98
Hugh Bowman 6 1 4 72 6 16 94

 

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2017 LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY

CHAMPION: TO BE DETERMINED ON NOVEMBER 30, 2017

2017 WORLD’S BEST JOCKET POINTS TABLE (INTERIM)

Jockey 1st Place(s) 2nd Place(s) 3rd Place(s) 1st Place Points 2nd Place Points 3rd Place Points Total Points
Hugh Bowman 6 3 1 72 18 4 94
Ryan L. Moore 4 3 2 48 18 8 74
Joao Moreira 3 2 3 36 12 12 60
Tommy Berry 3 2 3 36 12 12 60
Zac Purton 3 2 0 36 12 0 48
William Buick 3 0 2 36 0 8 44
Javier Castellano 3 1 0 36 6 0 42
James Doyle 2 3 0 24 18 0 42
Andrea Atzeni 1 1 2 12 6 8 26
Brad Rawiller 2 0 0 24 0 0 24

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Super Star Australian jockey Hugh Bowman is a short priced, odds-on favourite to continue his stellar 2017 form for the rest of Year & become not only the first Aussie to be awarded the prestigious honour on November 30 by the “International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities” at the gala awards night, but he’d also become the first non European winner in the competitions 4th year.

Bowman know’s he’s had a brilliant 2017 to date, mainly thanks to his world champion mare Winx, but despite the comfortable 20 point buffer he holds over Ryan Moore currently, he knows Moore will keep on winning big races around the world, so Bowman admits he will have to return serve & keep piling on the points, if he’s to prevent the Englishman, Ryan Moore from winning the coveted award for the 3rd time in just 4 years on the concept.

This great new concept that has been terrifically received by jockeys world wide, and it’s already widely regarded amongst the jockey fraternity as the highest single individual honour available to every jockey in the world.

“Hughy” knows he’s still got plenty of winning at the Group 1 level to do for the remainder of 2017 if he’s to take out the gong despite the handy points buffer he has at this point in time which is well past the half way point of the 2017 competition.

Ryan Moore will take a power of beating, as was evidenced by the mammoth 166 points he accumulated in taking out the 2016 award. Christophe Soumillion who was the 2016 runner-up was an astronomical 68 points off the champion in 2nd spot.

However, Bowman has several aces up his sleeve coming into Spring time in Australia. He’ll again ride champion mare WINX at all her starts & that appears that it’ll convert into easy points for Bowman who has partnered the mare at the last 16 wins out of her stunning 17 consecutive victories,

It’ll go right down to the wire but our bipartisan view on the race for the prize, is that with Winx in his corner Hugh will prove to hard to run down even with three elite jockeys still within a points striking distance:

  • Ryan Moore (2nd – 20 points adrift)

  • Jo Moreira (=3rd – 34 points adrift)

  • Tommy D. Berry (=3rd – 34 points adrift)

 

 

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The top 10 leaderboard makes pleasing reading for the Australian horse racing industry with, 4 of the spots filled by Australian born & bred jockeys:

  • Hugh Bowman, 1st – 94 points

  • Tommy Berry, 4th – 60 points

  • Zac Purton, 5th – 48 points

  • Brad Rawiller, 10th – 24 points

 

Progress of other Australian riders outside the top 10:

  • Corey Brown, 13th – 20 points

  • Brett Prebble, =14th – 18 points

  • Damien Lane, =14th – 18 points

  • Glyn Schoefield, =14th – 18 points

  • Blake Shinn, =19th – 14 points

 

The 2017 instalment of the LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY” championship has been by far and away the best collective effort by our Australian contingent of jockeys, who have been able to rack up plenty of meaningful points throughout the 1st, 2/3rds of the 2017 points race.

Whether they’re based at home or abroad. It’s clear too see that Australia has the most amount of jockey’s earning points of any country globally.

We really do produce the world’s best riders as a collective whole, I believe whole heartedly – I’m not just wearing my Aussie rose tint glasses.

It’d be terrific for Australian racing if “Huge” Hughy Bowman could go on and build on his buffer to take out grand 1st place award, because he’s long been one of our favourite son’s.

He’s a humble outback kid hailing from country New South Wales, if he could come from such humble beginnings and go on to become the official Best jockey on the Globe he’d inspire hundred’s of country kids, who would dream of travelling a similar path. 

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Hugh Bowman in the colours of his world champion mare Winx. It could be this dynamic combination that see’s him win the 2017 World’s Best Jockey title

 

Comprehensive Preview: Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint fet. Buffering 

26.03.16

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MEYDAN

RACE 5

Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored By Meydan Hotels & Hospitality

18:10

Group I

1000M (5F) – Turf

USD 1,000,000

Weather: Fine

Track Condition:Good

Rail Position:True

1st 600,000 4th 50,000
2nd 200,000 5th 30,000
3rd 100,000

What time is the Al Quoz on?

1810 – Local

0010 – Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart

2340 – Adelaide, Darwin

2210 – Perth

 

1(1)

Sh Mohd bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

NAADIRR (IRE) 5 yrs. Bay G 17 (3-5-1)

Owner: Sh Mohd bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Trainer: M Botti

Jockey: Christophe Soumillon

Weight: 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating: 110

 

2(2)

Godolphin

JUNGLE CAT (IRE) 4 yrs. Bay C 12 (2-4-3)

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: C Appleby

Jockey: William Buick

Weight: 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating: 112

3(3)

North Hills Co Ltd

BEL CANTO (JPN) 5 yrs. Ch M 16 (5-1-0)

Owner: North Hills Co Ltd

Trainer: K Tsunoda

Jockey: Yutaka Take

Weight: 55.0 Kgs

Official Rating: 108

4(4)

Matthew Wong Leung Pak

NOT LISTENIN’TOME (AUS) 5 yrs. Bay G 21 (7-3-4)

Owner: Matthew Wong Leung Pak

Trainer: J Moore

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Weight: 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating: 118

 

5(5)

Huang Kai Wen

PENIAPHOBIA (IRE) 5 yrs. Bay G 24 (10-6-4)

Owner: Huang Kai Wen

Trainer: T Cruz

Jockey: Joao Moreira

Weight: 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating: 119

6(6)

Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

ERTIJAAL (IRE) 5 yrs. Bay G 15 (7-1-1)

Owner: Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Trainer: A Al Raihe

Jockey: Paul Hanagan

Weight: 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating: 116

7(7)

Mrs Sabena Power

SOLE POWER (GB) 9 yrs. Br G 55 (12-7-7)

Owner: Mrs Sabena Power

Trainer: E Lynam

Jockey: Christopher Hayes

Weight: 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating: 118

 

8(8)

J Sargeant & Mrs J Morley

GOLDREAM (GB) 7 yrs. Br G 34 (7-6-5)

Owner: J Sargeant & Mrs J Morley

Trainer: R Cowell

Jockey: Martin Harley

Weight: 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating: 116

9(9)

Mrs V Heathcote, S Krslovic, C Moore et al

BUFFERING (AUS) 8 yrs. Bay G 51 (19-9-8)

Owner: Mrs V Heathcote, S Krslovic, C Moore et al

Trainer: R Heathcote

Jockey: Damian Browne

Weight: 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating: 115

 

10(10)

Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

MUTHMIR (IRE) 6 yrs. Bay G 16 (5-2-3)

Owner: Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Trainer: W Haggas

Jockey: Dane O’Neill

Weight: 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating: 115

 

11(11)

Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

FITYAAN (GB) 8 yrs. Bay G 41 (5-10-3)

Owner: Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Trainer: M Al Muhairi

Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa

Weight: 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating: 110

 

12(12)

Paul Wildes

SIR MAXIMILIAN (IRE) 7 yrs. Bay G 34 (8-5-5)

Owner: Paul Wildes

Trainer: I Williams

Jockey: Patrick Dobbs

Weight: 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating: 112

 

13(13)

Ranlo Investments, LLC

LADY SHIPMAN (USA) 4 yrs. Ch F 13 (9-2-2)

Owner: Ranlo Investments, LLC

Trainer: K McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr

 

It’s a truly international field that’s been assembled for the 2016 Al Quoz Sprint @ Meydan Racecourse on Dubai World Cup night (26 March). It contains 5x local UAE horses, 2x Hong Kong gallopers, 2x United Kingdom sprinters and one representative each for Australia, USA, Ireland and Japan.


1.NAADIR (UAE)Sh Mohd bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
 20-1

TIMEFORM COMMENT: Not straightforward, but ran well in good company after being gelded last summer. Better than ever when second in 6f handicap last time, though work cut out in this company back at the minimum trip.

 

VIDEO COMMENT: Only an average beginner. Gets back in behind the speed and runs on. More a dour type than a horse with a brilliant turn of foot.

 

LAST 2 RUNS;

 

 

 

2.JUNGLE CAT (UAE)Godolphin 20-1

TIMEFORM COMMENT: Smart juvenile and though didn’t get going last year, proved better than ever when winning 6f handicap here in January. Beaten a nose by Fityaan in C&D Meydan Sprint 3 weeks ago, and not dismissed.

 

VIDEO COMMENT: On pacer who has a high cruising speed and isn’t afraid of a true staying test. Runs a very strong 5f.

LAST 2 RUNS;

 

3.BEL CANTO (JAPAN)North Hills Co Ltd 33-1

TIMEFORM COMMENT: Japanese mare, multiple winner at Group level on home soil, including twice last August (5f-6f). Comes here after 4 months off and this test should suit, but significant improvement required still.

 

VIDEO COMMENT: Bold on-pacer who jumps and runs, before trying to find a kick.

LAST 2 RUNS;

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4.NOT LISTENIN’TOME (HK)Matthew Wong Leung Pak 7-1

TIMEFORM COMMENT: Taken form to new levels this season, 3-3 over 5f at Sha Tin, twice in Group 3’s and also handicap latest. Third to Peniaphobia in Hong Kong Sprint in December and big player with Ryan Moore booked.

 

VIDEO COMMENT: Travels strongly in the run, with a tendency to over-race. Generally settles just backward of mid-field with cover. Has a short sharp sprint, but it is very powerful.

LAST 2 RUNS;

 

5.PENIAPHOBIA (HK)Huang Kai Wen 13-2

TIMEFORM COMMENT: Runner-up to Sole Power in this last year and typical standing dish at top level in Hong Kong since, better than ever when winning Hong Kong Sprint in December (6f) and third in Group 1 there latest.

 

VIDEO COMMENT: On pace runner who likes to roll along. Able to find another gear even when leading at good clip.

LAST 2 RUNS;

 

 

6.ERTIJAAL (UAE)Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum 3-1

TIMEFORM COMMENT: Drop to 5f has worked the oracle this season, and has looked high-class when blitzing rivals in pair of C&D handicaps this Carnival. Plenty of competition for the lead, but entitled to major respect.

 

VIDEO COMMENT: Fast beginner who takes advantage of his gate speed and races on speed. Has a high cruising speed but ups the anti mid-race to get rivals off the bit and chasing. Able to sustain burst of speed right through the finishing wire.

 

LAST 2 RUNS;

 

7.SOLE POWER (IRE) Mrs Sabena Power 13-2

TIMEFORM COMMENT: Ended Dubai hoodoo when winning this last year, and arguably shaped best when narrow third to Fityaan/Jungle Cat in prep for this 3 weeks ago. Will get race run to suit and bold bid likely again.

 

VIDEO COMMENT: Get back run on type. Always reliant on luck by virtue of his race pattern. Takes plenty of riding but once he finds top gear possesses a powerful turn of foot.

LAST 2 RUNS;

 

 

8.GOLDREAM (UK)J Sargeant & Mrs J Morley  14-1

TIMEFORM COMMENT: Had fine 2015, won Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and Prix De L’Abbaye at Longchamp. Ordinary return in C&D Group 3 won by Fityaan last time, but that should leave him spot on for this

 

VIDEO COMMENT: Good beginner who likes to race just in behind pace. Has a sustained sprint that allows rider to put the acid on his opponents early.

LAST 2 RUNS;

 

9.BUFFERING (AUS) Mrs V Heathcote, S Krslovic, C Moore et al 10-1

TIMEFORM COMMENT: High-class Australian sprinter over the years and not far off very best of late, won pair of Group 1’s in October/November and added valuable 6.5f event at Gold Coast latest. Can give a good account.

VIDEO COMMENT: Good beginner. High cruising speed that allows jockey Browne to put the pressure on rivals mid-race and have them off the bit chasing him. Runs a strong 6f. Finds best form when locked in a fight late.

LAST 2 RUNS;

 

10.MUTHMIR (UAE)Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum 8-1

TIMEFORM COMMENT: Won twice at Group 2 level last term and also third to Goldream in King’s Stand/L’Abbaye. Fair return last month and though Hanagan understandably prefers Ertijaal, this test ought to prove ideal.

VIDEO COMMENT: OK beginner. Races off speed. Possesses strong dash when let go in straight.

LAST 2 RUNS;

 

11.FITTYAAN (UAE)Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum 33-1

TIMEFORM COMMENT: Often not far away in Carnival handicaps over the years, but improved out of sight when narrowly getting the better of Jungle Cat/Sole Power in Group 3 last time. Hard to see him confirming the form.

VIDEO COMMENT: On speed galloper who only has one speed but gives all.

LAST 2 RUNS;

 

12.SIR MAXIMILLIAN (UK) Paul Wildes  33-1

TIMEFORM COMMENT: Group 3 Meydan Sprint winner last term, and after impressively landing handicap was a respectable fourth in same race latest. Will get race run to suit, but majority call is he’ll come up short.

VIDEO COMMENT: Jumps and settles well, usually about midfield. OK turn of foot, but not brilliant.

LAST 2 RUNS;

 

13.LADY SHIPMAN (USA)Ranlo Investments, LLC  16-1

TIMEFORM COMMENT: Most consistent filly, won 9 of 13 starts in US and placed all other occasions, notably neck runner-up in Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in November. Easily landed prep last month and should go well.

VIDEO COMMENT: On pacer. Leads at good clip and gives all. No turn of foot.

LAST 2 RUNS;

 

 

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RACE OVERVIEW

Plenty of speed engaged meaning it will be a strongly run race. Bar, Sole Power, all the chances are amongst those who will be making the speed. Thus it’ll likely come down to who’s the toughest at the end of 5f. The Australian horse Buffering is notorious for finding when under pressure and engaged in a drive to the line. He has form around Lankan Rupee, Black Caviar and Hay List. If he brings his ‘A’ game he’ll be the one they’ve got too beat. 

 

TIPS

#9 BUFFERING

#5 PENIAPHOBIA

#4 NOT LISTENIN’TOME

#6 ERTIJAAL

#7 SOLE POWER

 

BETS

#9 BUFFERING ~EACH WAY~ @ 10-1

 

2015 Longines World’s Best Jockey Award

The 2nd annual world’s best jockey award has been decided with the great Frankie Dettori winning the 2015 title in large part thanks to his association with champion Colt Golden Horn, who amongst others races claimed the top huge one’s the Epsom Derby and the Arc.
  

Dettori scored 100 points for the year. The points system is an easy one to grasp and is equally fair to jockeys from every racing jurisdiction around the globe. 

The International Horse Racing Federation has come up with a list of the 100 best Gr1 races annually from every corner of the globe. These 100 races provide the basis of deciding the ‘world champion’ with 12 points awarded for winning one of the 100 races. 6 points for finishing runner-up and 4 points for finishing in 3rd place. The most points after the 100 annual races wins the award.

American Victor Espanoza, jockey of historic triple crown winner American Pharoah was the award runner up. He was 10 points back of Dettori with 90 for the year.

Last year’s innugural world champion jockey Ryan Moore finished in 3rd, also on 90 points which was equal with Espanoza, but Espanoza won the tie-breaker having won 6 races to Moore’s 4.

Australiasian jockeys did us terrifically proud, headed up by kiwi come Aussie James McDonald who finished in 6th spot on 82 points for the year.

Tommy Berry finished 8th polling 56 points overall, whilst Hugh Bowman was also in the top 10 at number 9 with 54 points.

We had a further 4 jockeys finish up in the top 20 of the rankings, funnily enough they finished in order from 17th to 20th.

Michael Walker was 17th. Damian Oliver was 18th. Craig William 19th. And Ben Melham 20th.

I think we’ve done extremely well as a region to have 7 of the top 20 world jockeys, it really does support our argument that we produced some of the world’s best riders. 

Dettori will have a special presentation ceremony conducted in his honor to present the award at Sha Tin on Hong Kong International Day. 

Royal Ascot: Gleneagles heads Ryan Moore treble

Gleneagles won the St James’s Palace Stakes and headed a 54-1 treble for jockey Ryan Moore at Royal Ascot.

The dual Guineas winner scored by two-and-a-half-lengths from Latharnach (25-1) to give trainer Aidan O’Brien a record seventh win in the race.

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Moore went on to clock up wins aboard Clondaw Warrior and Washington DC.

Solow led a French 1-2 in the opening Queen Anne Stakes, while Goldream held off fellow outsider Medicean Man to land the King’s Stand Stakes.

Buratino was an impressive winner of the Coventry Stakes and is rated a 12-1 chance for next year’s 2,000 Guineas.

Moore clocked up a double when winning the Ascot Stakes on Clondaw Warrior for trainer Willie Mullins, with top jump jockey Ruby Walsh among those celebrating as his wife Gillian owns the horse with a group of friends.

And three-time champion Moore sealed the treble with Washington DC in the concluding Windsor Castle Stakes, bringing up a double for O’Brien.

“He’s the best in the yard at the minute and the best miler we’ve ever had,” said trainer O’Brien after Gleneagles continued his unbeaten run this season.

The son of leading stallion Galileo showed thrilling acceleration to pick up long-time leader Consort.

Latharnach came through to claim the runner-up spot, with Make Believe a long last of the five runners.

Bookmakers claimed they had suffered one of their worst opening days of the meeting – with Solow, Clondaw Warrior and Washington DC joining Gleneagles as winning favourites.

Royal Ascot 2015: Shamal Wind faces tough task in King’s Stand Stakes

 Leo Schlink — HeraldSun.com.au

CHAMPION English jockey Ryan Moore is wary of ageless Irish sprinter Sole Power as Shamal Wind attempts to end Australia’s King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) drought at Royal Ascot tonight.
Sole Power is chasing an unprecedented third win in the Group 1 dash and Moore believes the greybeard is again the measuring stick.
“Sole Power is back again, he has won the last two renewals of the King’s Stand and he will have his favoured fast ground.” Moore said.
“He is very difficult to beat over five furlongs on fast ground off a fast pace, and he loves Ascot.”
Moore hopes Shamal Wind can become the first Australian sprinter since Scenic Blast to win the King’s Stand.
“Foreign raiders have done well in the King’s Stand in recent years, and I am hoping that she can go well,” Moore said.
Oakleigh Plate winner Shamal Wind must overcome a tricky draw to succeed against 18 rivals.
Trainer Robert Smerdon has walked the rolling 1000m straight course and, acknowledging barrier four has “done us no favours”, will entrust Moore to plot a winning course.
“Over here, he’s (Moore) regarded as the best jockey in the world,” Smerdon said.
“It’s got to be a plus knowing the local terrain. Having the best local jockey has got to be a plus.”
Shamal Wind is on the fourth line of betting with local bookmakers at 7-1 behind Sole Power (4-1), Muthmir (5-1) and Mecca’s Angel (6-1).
While Royal Ascot officials are elated with the publicity generated by tonight’s Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) clash between Hong Kong’s Able Friend and Solow, their mood was dampened by injury to US star California Chrome.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner has a hoof abscess and is certain to be scratched from Wednesday’s Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2000m).
Trainer Art Sherman told the Racing Post: “It’s devastating. We have never had a pimple on this horse all the time we’ve had him but the abscess popped out and the foot wasn’t good. I am so sorry he can’t run.”
Australia will be represented in the Prince Of Wales’s by Criterion.
Dermot Weld’s Free Eagle has been heavily backed from 5-1 to 11-4.

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