Sheila Lewis reveals how she balances being a successful jumps trainer with running a beauty salon


‘I’m out with the horses then I have to get my act together for the salon’: Sheila Lewis reveals how she balances being a successful jumps trainer with running a beauty salon

  • In the last two weeks all five runners that Sheila Lewis has saddled have won
  • Sheila had previously only trained five winners in the past four seasons 
  • Her only help running the stables is 18-year-old amateur jockey Katie Powell 
  • Sheila has balanced training horses and running a beauty salon for five years

The hottest jumps trainer in the country right now is not one of the familiar big-name operators but a woman who has only eight horses in training in her stable in Wales.

In the last two weeks all five runners that Sheila Lewis has saddled have won. Her seasonal tally is seven wins from 32 runners, a strike rate of 32 per cent.

That becomes an even more remarkable achievement when you consider Lewis had trained only five winners in the previous four seasons as she juggled her training career alongside running a beauty salon which means shortly after riding out she can be administering a spray tan.

In the last two weeks all five runners that Jumps trainer Sheila Lewis has saddled have won 

Lewis, 52, who trains in the village of Three Cocks, five miles from Hay-on-Wye and 10 from Brecon, might not have finished yet.

Cotton End, Straw Fan Jack and Knight Commander, who all won at her local track Hereford on October 13 as Lewis landed an 1,182-1 treble, are all due to run again next week alongside stablemate Volcano.

Lewis, speaking before administering a hot-stone massage to a client at her salon The Beauty Mill on Friday, admitted: ‘I can’t believe it.

‘I only have eight horses and that includes two youngsters, but they’re bouncing and before they ran I did feel they were in the best form I’ve ever had them.

‘Knight Commander has won two races and probably should also have won before that. He got badly hampered when looking like the winner at Uttoxeter.

Sheila has overseen an amazing revival in her horse training career while also running a salon

Sheila has overseen an amazing revival in her horse training career while also running a salon

‘I’ve juggled the two jobs for five years. It has been really tough because they’re completely opposite. I’m out with the horses then I have to get my act together and get my glam kit on for the salon.

‘In March we were locked down so I had to close the salon. I concentrated on the horses and threw myself into the training. I think there’s definitely a connection.

‘In July we opened up again but my salon has taken a huge hit and I’m only taking a third of what I was taking. The positive is it has all turned around. The horses are now paying for the salon rather than the salon topping up the horses.’

Her only help at the stables is 18-year-old Katie Powell, whose first two rides as an amateur jockey this month on Knight Commander have been winners.

Lewis added: ‘I’m up with the horses at 6am and I have Katie who lives in the next village. We manage it together and I do four lots before I start in the salon at about 11am.

Training horses has been a pleasant distraction for Sheila as her salon was closed due to Covid

Training horses has been a pleasant distraction for Sheila as her salon was closed due to Covid

‘I go back up at night to the horses and it’s just me. It’s nothing for me to be up there until 8pm or 8.30pm, especially if we have a horse racing the next day. I feel like this is four years of hard slog to get to this.’

With changes to the Covid-19 rules instigated in Wales the closed signs had to be put up at the salon again on Friday.

Lewis, who said her dream would be to have a horse good enough to run in a big race at Cheltenham, said: ‘We are shut for two weeks. As it is, it has worked out quite well because I have three days next week when I’m away racing. I would have had to juggle clients, but they’re very good and understanding. They back the horses and love to hear the stories.

‘The horses are a huge distraction. I feel so blessed to be able to go and get lost with them as opposed to being stuck in the house.

‘They have given everyone here in the village a lift and it’s a nice positive story at such a glum time.’



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Saturday, October 24


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Saturday, October 24

Trust in ONE RULER (Doncaster, 2.55) to dictate terms and land Saturday’s Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes.

After sweeping the board with last year’s leading two-year-old Pinatubo, Godolphin are yet to discover a ready-made replacement. But both the selection and La Barrosa, who runs in today’s Group One Saint-Cloud Criterium, will be hoping to establish themselves at the top of this season’s juvenile pecking order with victories.

The case for One Ruler is strong given that he overcame what appeared a difficult track position to land Newmarket’s Autumn Stakes with a degree of ease and class.

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Saturday’s meetings

Admittedly, the base level of that form and a cosy two-length defeat of Van Gogh in Group Three company is a little way short of that produced by chief market rival Wembley in the Dewhurst Stakes and further improvement will be required.

However, Charlie Appleby’s Dubawi colt stepped forward markedly last time for the first try at a mile on soft ground and he is returning to the scene of his rather unfortunate run in the Flying Scotsman Stakes when beaten by New Mandate.

That event has already produced a host of winners as well as highly creditable efforts from those down the field like Thank You Next (fifth) who was narrowly touched off in a Newmarket Group Three on her next start.

Hopefully, previous track experience will count for something this afternoon and Godolphin can claim their first win in this afternoon’s historic race since Ibn Khaldun in 2007.

Cheltenham stage the second day of their opening fixture and FLINCK (Cheltenham, nap, 3.15) looks an interesting contender in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle. The six-year-old is yet to tackle the undulations of Prestbury Park, but he coped well enough with Chepstow on his reappearance when third to Tea Clipper in a hot handicap.

I get the impression there will be more to come now that he tackles a stiffer test of stamina.

CHELTENHAM

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

2.05 Anna Bunina

2.40 Southfield Stone

3.15 Flinck (nap)

3.50 Cogry

4.25 Streets Of Doyen

5.00 Osca Loca

5.35 Smurphy Enki

GIMCRACK 

2.05 Allmankind (nap)

2.40 Not That Fuisse

3.15 Flinck

3.50 Frodon

4.25 Streets Of Doyen

5.00 Plantagenet

5.35 My Drogo

DONCASTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.10 Fishable

1.45 Zamaani

2.20 Came From The Dark

2.55 One Ruler

3.30 Conservatoire

4.05 Ejtilaab

4.40 Right Action

5.10 Super Den

GIMCRACK

1.10 Laafy

1.45 Helmont

2.20 Wrenthorpe

2.55 One Ruler (nb)

3.30 Sir Maxi

4.05 Musicality

4.40 It Had To Be You

5.10 Velma

NEWMARKET – 2.55 One Ruler (nb)

NORTHERNER – 2.20 Mighty Spirit (nap); 4.40 Erich Bloch (nb).

NEWBURY

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

1.50 Oasis Cove

2.25 Caribou

3.00 Gift List

3.35 Laneqash

4.10 Euchen Glen

4.45 Surrey Pride (nb)

5.20 Enhanced

GIMCRACK  

1.50 Enjoy

2.25 Mahaamel

3.00 Little Kitten

3.35 Laneqash

4.10 Euchen Glen

4.45 Tempus

5.20 Dance King

NEWMARKET – 3.35 Existent (nap)

KELSO

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.50 Chuvelo

1.25 Universal Folly

1.59 Tekiblue de L’Orme

2.33 Truckers Lodge

3.08 Rob Royal

3.43 Lastin’ Memories

4.18 Court Jurado

4.53 Petite Ganache

GIMCRACK  

12.50 Chuvelo

1.25 Universal Folly

1.59 Darius Des Sources

2.33 Some Chaos

3.08 Rob Royal

3.43 Mint Gold

4.18 Southeast Rose

4.53 Petite Ganache

CHELMSFORD CITY

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

4.07 Inveigle

4.42 Smokey

5.15 Indian Pursuit

5.45 Burke And Wills

6.15 Nigel Nott

6.45 Red For All

7.15 Byford

7.45 Taima

8.15 Bad Attitude

GIMCRACK  

4.07 Inveigle

4.42 Captain Ryan

5.15 Indian Pursuit

5.45 Alamora

6.15 Rock Sound

6.45 Red For All

7.15 Thrill Seeker

7.45 Jen’s Lad

8.15 Bad Attitude



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Fusil Raffles delights Nicky Henderson with impressive victory at Cheltenham


Fusil Raffles delights trainer Nicky Henderson with impressive victory in the Two Farmers Crisps Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham

  • Daryl Jacob-ridden odds-on favourite produced a display to whet the appetite
  • He was a Grade one-winning hurdler as a four-year-old but fell away last season
  • Henderson said Fusil Raffles could be aimed at the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase 

Nicky Henderson said Fusil Raffles has got his racing mojo back after the gelding cruised to victory in the Two Farmers Crisps Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham.

On the first day’s action at jump racing’s HQ since the festival in March, the Daryl Jacob-ridden odds-on favourite produced a performance to whet the appetite for the coming month with a nine-and-a-half-length win from Sir Valentine.

Fusil Raffles, who won his first chase at Uttoxeter last month, was a Grade one-winning hurdler as a four-year-old but fell away last season after victory in the Elite Hurdle. He pulled up in the Christmas Hurdle and finished ninth to stablemate Epatante in the Champion Hurdle.

Daryl Jacob guided Fusil Raffles to a nine-and-a-half-length win at Cheltenham on Friday

Henderson said: ‘He is a happy boy again. I know he won the Elite Hurdle last season but I wasn’t happy. 

‘Things went a bit AWOL last year. He looked like the real deal again. He is neat, nimble and athletic.’

Henderson said Fusil Raffles could be aimed at the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase at Kempton’s Christmas meeting. 

Meanwhile, Henderson’s two-time Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air, who has not run since a wood splinter pierced his hoof when running last year, is back cantering but unlikely to run again until 2021.



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Friday, October 23


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Friday, October 23

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Friday’s meetings at Cheltenham, Newbury, Doncaster and Newcastle. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Friday’s meetings

CHELTENHAM

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.50 Ask For Glory

2.25 Galvin

3.00 Hijack

3.35 Rouge Vif

4.10 Pipesmoker

4.45 Getaway Trump

5.15 Benny’s Bridge (nb)

GIMCRACK 

1.50 Ask For Glory

2.25 Galvin (nap)

3.00 Fix Sun

3.35 Rouge Vif (nb)

4.10 Champagnesuperover

4.45 Fusil Raffles

5.15 Wild Max

NEWBURY

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

12.40 Achelois

1.10 Aleas

1.40 Eagle Terrace

2.15 Dutch Schultz

2.50 Colony Queen

3.25 Jacinta De Vega

4.00 With Respect

4.35 Teruntum Star

5.06 Graceful Lady

GIMCRACK

12.40 Statement

1.10 Keeper

1.40 Eagle Terrace

2.15 Dutch Schultz

2.50 Moonlight In Paris

3.25 Daysan

4.00 Typhoon Ten

4.35 Additional

5.06 All My Love

NEWMARKET – 1.40 Eagle Terrace (nap); 2.50 Moonlight In Paris (nb).

DONCASTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

1.00 Mr Trick

1.30 Beloved

2.05 Otyrar

2.40 Dazzling Dan (nap)

3.15 Ocean Wind

3.50 Amir Kabir

4.25 First Charge

5.03 Firewater

GIMCRACK  

1.00 Victim

1.30 Haykal

2.05 Pagan

2.40 King’s Lynn

3.15 Ocean Wind

3.50 Junkanoo

4.25 St Just

5.03 A’shamardi

NORTHERNER – 2.50 No Regrets (nap) 

NEWCASTLE

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

4.30 Bellatrixsa

5.00 Wild Iris

5.30 My Ukulele

6.00 La Rav

6.30 Royal Jazz

7.00 Ivynator

7.30 Habit Rouge

8.00 Foreshore

8.30 Kapono

GIMCRACK  

4.30 Red Tornado

5.00 Coloratura Soprano

5.30 My Ukulele

6.00 La Rav

6.30 Scarboroughdebut

7.00 Berry Edge

7.30 Habit Rouge

8.00 Lion Tower

8.30 Six Strings

 NORTHERNER – 8.30 Sassoon (nap)



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Two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll finishes sixth on seasonal reappearance at Navan


Two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll finishes sixth on seasonal reappearance at Navan under 16-year-old jockey Sam Ewing

  • Gordon Elliott’s 10-year-old was one of nine runners in the Flower Hill Maiden
  • After his sluggish start, Tiger Roll stayed on in the mile and three-quarter race 
  • It was his first run since finishing second in the Cross Country Chase in March

Dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll could race at Cheltenham next month in the Cross County Handicap Chase after starting the season with a sixth-place finish in a Flat race at Navan on Thursday.

Trainer Gordon Elliott said a pre-Christmas return to Cheltenham was a good option for the 10-year-old, whose priorities are a delayed tilt at a third victory in the Grand National after this year’s race had to be cancelled, preceded by a shot at winning the Cross Country Chase at the Festival for a third time.

Elliott, who runs Galvin in the Novices’ Chase as the track stages its first meeting of the season, said: ‘It was a good day out. Tiger Roll fell out of the stalls and was left 10 lengths, so, all things considered, we are very happy to finish sixth. He could now go Cheltenham in November for the Cross Country Chase.’ 

Tiger Roll (right) finished sixth on his seasonal reappearance at Navan on Thursday

Tiger Roll ran in the race in 2018 when he finished fourth to Josies Orders.

After his sluggish start on Thursday, Tiger Roll stayed on in the mile and three-quarter race — less than half the distance of the Grand National — but was still beaten just under 30 lengths.

There were two winners on the Navan card for jockey Colin Keane, who has been installed by one bookmaker as favourite to be No1 jockey to Aidan O’Brien next year. That position is currently held by Ryan Moore and he will try to win the final Group One race of the domestic season when he partners O’Brien’s Dewhurst Stakes runner-up Wembley in the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster tomorrow.

Enable was yesterday ridden about for the last time by Frankie Dettori at Newmarket before she was transferred to owner Khaled Abdullah’s Banstead Manor Stud.



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Mullins vows to stick to the same routine as Al Boum Photo seeks to claim third Cheltenham Gold Cup


Willie Mullins vows to stick to the same routine as trainer seeks to claim third successive Cheltenham Gold Cup with Al Boum Photo

  • Al Boum Photo has won the last two runnings of the Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • He will prepare for tilt at theird crown with one prep race on New Year’s Day.
  • The eight-year-old will seek to emulate Cottage Rake, Arkle and Best Mate

Willie Mullins-trained Al Boum Photo, winner of the last two runnings of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, will tread an identical path to the Festival for the third season running with just one prep race in the Savills Chase at Tramore on New Year’s Day.

The eight-year-old potentially will be bidding to emulate Cottage Rake (1948-50), Arkle (1964-66) and Best Mate 2002-4) as three-time Gold Cup winners at the 2021 National Hunt Festival.

Mullins’ son and assistant Patrick said: ‘It’s a plan which seems to work. We have all these beautiful, fine chasers in the yard, the likes of Douvan, Florida Pearl, Hedgehunter, On His Own and Sir Des Champs, and they haven’t won a Gold Cup.

Al Boum Photo will tread an identical path to the Festival for the third season running

‘Al Boum Photo doesn’t stand out from the crowd. He is not overly big or flashy and he is not a fantastic jumper but in March in Cheltenham he doesn’t miss.’

Meanwhile, stablemate Faugheen, who will be 13-years-old on January 1, is back in training. The 2015 Champion Hurdler went chasing for the first time last season, winning twice at grade one level and being beaten a length by Samcro when third in the Marsh Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham

Patrick added:’I look at his form rather than his age and what he is showing us at home. I imagine we will train him as normal and it he shows he’s still got all the enthusiasm and ability we’ll probably go again and if he doesn’t he doesn’t owe anyone anything.

‘The Gold Cup would be the dream – it would be incredible – but he could be a Ryanair Chase horse.’



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Thursday, October 22


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Thursday, October 22

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Thursday’s meetings at Carlisle, Chelmsford City, Lingfield, Ludlow and Wolverhampton.

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Thusday’s meetings

CARLISLE

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

12.35 O’Hanrahan Bridge

1.08 Jetaway Joey

1.40 Protektorat

2.15 Ribble Valley

2.50 Magic Dancer

3.25 Federici

4.00 Bandsman

4.34 Piggy Winkle

GIMCRACK 

12.35 Grandads Cottage

1.08 Getaway Bay

1.40 Bean In Trouble

2.15 Ribble Valley (nap)

2.50 No Regrets (nb)

3.25 Lough Derg Farmer

4.00 Victory Echo

4.34 Orkan

NORTHERNER – 2.50 No Regrets (nap)

CHELMSFORD CITY

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

4.59 Varenna Storm

5.30 Baba Reza

6.00 Arabic Charm

6.30 Araifjan

7.00 Earth And Sky (nb)

7.30 Cashel

8.00 Fivehundredmiles

8.30 Golden Rules

GIMCRACK 

4.59 Valley Of Flowers

5.30 Marks Bear

6.00 Messalina

6.30 Gold Zabeel

7.00 Delicate Kiss

7.30 Cashel

8.00 Lily Beach

8.30 Golden Rules

NORTHERNER – 6.30 Highfield Princess (nb)

NEWMARKET – 7.00 Conscious (nb); 8.30 Golden Rules (nap).

LINGFIELD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

1.15 Glenlivet

1.47 Opine

2.22 Big Penny

2.57 Hold That Taught

3.32 Ballymillsy

4.07 Bear Ghylls

4.45 Hawthorn Cottage

5.15 Go As You Please

GIMCRACK  

1.15 Glenlivet

1.47 Opine

2.22 Big Penny

2.57 Mercian Knight

3.32 Threeunderthrufive

4.07 Bear Ghylls

4.45 Outonpatrol

5.15 Operatic Export

LUDLOW

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

1.25 Ajero

2.00 Pembroke House

2.35 Wynn House

3.10 Goa Lil

3.45 The Garrison

4.20 Chasamax

4.53 Jack Thunder

5.25 Shininstar (nap)

GIMCRACK  

1.25 On The Platform

2.00 Trumps Benefit

2.35 Wynn House

3.10 Golden Taipan

3.45 The Garrison

4.20 Cremant

4.53 Jack Thunder

5.25 Anti Cool

WOLVERHAMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

4.05 Watchable

4.40 Peachey Carnehan

5.10 Frow

5.40 Main Target

6.15 Wirko

6.45 No Recollection

7.15 Hemmsa

7.45 Fair Power

8.15 Greengage

GIMCRACK  

4.05 Fizzy Feet

4.40 Dubai Elegance

5.10 Frow

5.40 Main Target

6.15 Military Mission

6.45 Falcon Brook

7.15 Disco Beats

7.45 Rose Grey

8.15 Old Harbour



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Wednesday, October 21


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Wednesday, October 21

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday’s meetings at Fontwell, Hereford, Newmarket and Kempton.

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday’s meetings

FONTWELL

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.25 Lord Accord

2.00 Coquelicot

2.35 Bad Boy Du Pouldu

3.10 Mr Pumblechook (nb)

3.45 Eclair De Guye

4.23 Caviciana

4.55 Furius De Ciergues

5.30 Brilliant Present

GIMCRACK 

1.25 Furkash

2.00 Rookie Trainer

2.35 Atomix

3.10 Harefield

3.45 Uallrightharry

4.23 Sixties Secret

4.55 Seaside Girl

5.30 Brilliant Present

NEWMARKET

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.00 Glyndebourne

1.35 Aramaic

2.10 Pied Piper

2.45 Oman (nap)

3.20 Lorton

3.55 Otyrar

4.30 Inveigle

GIMCRACK 

1.00 Glyndebourne

1.35 Aramaic (nap)

2.10 Harlem Soul

2.45 Act Of Wisdom

3.20 Zezenia

3.55 Royal Touch

4.30 Elusive Artist

NORTHERNER – 1.00 Rattling Rosie (nap); 1.35 Thunder Of Niagara (nb)

NEWMARKET – 2.10 Pied Piper (nap)

HEREFORD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

1.15 Marada

1.50 El Presente

2.25 Ziggy Rose

3.00 Carolines Charm

3.35 Lucky One

4.15 Miss Zip

4.45 City Derby

5.20 Immortal Fame

GIMCRACK  

1.15 Marada

1.50 Ruthless Article

2.25 Young Buck

3.00 Flying Tiger

3.35 Lucky One

4.15 Miss Zip

4.45 Walk In The Wild

5.20 Translink

KEMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

4.10 Noble Masquerade

4.40 Peerless

5.15 Portfolio

5.45 Malathaat

6.15 Quintillus

6.45 Noble Dynasty

7.15 Areehaa

7.45 Brenner Pass

8.15 Burning Sun

GIMCRACK  

4.10 King Of Spies

4.40 Grey Sparkle

5.15 Portfolio (nb)

5.45 Looktotherainbow

6.15 Quintillus

6.45 Noble Dynasty

7.15 Areehaa

7.45 Blessed

8.15 Gherkin

NEWMARKET – 8.15 Passional (nb)



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Jockey Saffie Osborne broke her left arm, fractured ribs and punctured a lung in horror fall


‘There are broken bones but they will mend’: Trainer Jamie Osborne reveals jockey daughter Saffie, 18, broke her left arm, fractured ribs and punctured a lung in horror fall

  • Jamie Osborne revealed daughter Saffie escaped serious injury after horror fall
  • Osborne, 18, was thrown off saddle in Follow At The Races on Twitter Handicap
  • Incident caused following race to be delayed and other rider was suspended 

Apprentice jockey Saffie Osborne underwent an operation on a fractured left arm on Tuesday as the extent of the injuries she sustained in an x-rated fall at Windsor on Monday emerged.

Osborne’s trainer father Jamie had tweeted on Monday evening that his 18-year-old daughter had avoided serious injury – an acknowledgement that the outcome could have been much worse after she was unseated by mount Zeyzoun when he clipped heels and then trampled like a rag doll by the pursuing runners.

 

But as well as her arm fracture Saffie, who remains in Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, fractured ribs and punctured a lung.

Jockey Saffie Osborne, 18, was thrown off saddle in Follow At The Races on Twitter Handicap

Jamie, a former top jump jockey, said: ‘I was with her until 1am last night but can’t go back because of covid-19 so she is on her own, poor kid.

‘When you watched the fall you would have settled for what has happened to her. You kind of have a sense of when it’s not good and watching that fall, it had the potential to be a not very good outcome.

‘There are broken bones but they will mend.’

Saffie, in her first season as a professional jockey, was supposed to go abroad riding this Winter but that trip will now have to be delayed.

He father added: ‘This year was all about her gaining as much experience as possible so she’s experienced a little bit of everything now!’

Meanwhile, trainer Gordon Elliott has now decided to let dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll run on the Flat in a mile and three-quarter maiden at Navan tomorrow (Thursday). In a 37-race career, the 10-year-old’s only previous run on the Flat came in March 2016 when second at Dundalk.

As a reward for a successful 2020 season, trainer Johnny Murtagh has been added to the Aga Khan’s roster of trainers in Ireland for 2021. As a jockey, Murtagh’s successes for the Aga Khan included the 2000 Derby and Arc on Sinndar.



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Ghaiyyath retired to stud by Godolphin owners after appearing to suffer from muscle issues


Ghaiyyath retired to stud by Godolphin owners after this season’s Eclipse and International Stakes winner appeared to suffer from muscle issues after routine workout

  • Ghaiyyath’s last run was his second place in the Irish Champion Stakes
  • The plan had been to run Ghaiyyath in next month’s Breeders’ Cup Turf 
  • But that decision has now been scrapped following Ghaiyyath’s muscle issues 
  • Ghaiyyath will however stand at Sheik Mohammed’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland 

Ghaiyyath, whose wins in this season’s Eclipse and International Stakes were among the highlights of the 2020 Flat season, has been retired to stud.

The decision by Ghaiyyath’s Godolphin owners means that the last run for the Charlie Appleby-trained son of Dubawi was his second place to Magical in the Irish Champion Stakes.

The plan had been to run Ghaiyyath in next month’s Breeders’ Cup Turf in the US but that has been scrapped after he appeared to be suffering from a muscle issue after a routine work-out over the weekend.

This season’s Eclipse and International Stakes winner Gaiyyath has been retired to stud

Appleby said: ‘Ghaiyyath has had a fantastic career, winning nine of his 13 races. His high-class cruising speed and relentless style of galloping was a joy to watch – and as I have said before, this year he came together both physically and mentally and looked the finished article.

‘It is obviously disappointing not to be taking him to the Breeders’ Cup – but the exertions of a long season, which started in Dubai in January, were starting to show, and the decision has been made to retire him.’

Ghaiyyath, who also won this season’s Coronation Cup, will stand at Sheik Mohammed’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland.

The decision to retire the five-year-old comes on the back of Appleby also seeing his other stable star, Pinatubo, retired to stud recently.

The news comes after he appeared to be suffering from a muscle issue after a routine work-out

The news comes after he appeared to be suffering from a muscle issue after a routine work-out

Also retired to stud is Clive Cox-trained Commonwealth Cup winner. He departs the racing stage after sustaining a tendon injury.

Cox said: ‘He suffered a tendon issue that proved to be longer term than first realised, so rather than miss a complete season it was with reluctance that it was decided to retire him to stud. He was the best horse owned so far by HH Sheikh Sultan Al Deen bin Mohammed bin Salman Al Khalifa, who has been deeply involved with all decisions regarding what is best for the horse.

‘We had hoped to finish this season on a high in the Champions Sprint at Ascot last Saturday, but it wasn’t possible. It is a premature close to his racing career. Everyone was looking forward to his four-year-old season.

‘I’ve been fortunate enough to train some top-class sprinters, most recently Harry Angel, but Golden Horde had all the physical attributes to maintain his progress plus a wonderful temperament.

‘We will all miss having him around, and I hope he will be of interest for the next chapter in his life but greatly look forward to handling his progeny.’



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