Stradivarius finishes second at Longchamp but gets pass mark ahead of Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe 


Stradivarius finishes second at Prix Foy at Longchamp but gets pass mark ahead of next month’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

  • Stradivarius the three time Ascot Gold Cup winner was narrowly defeated 
  • Aidan O Brien’s Anthony Van Dyck took the victory at Prix Foy at Longchamp
  • Stadivirus still got a pass mark ahead of next month’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

Stradivarius finished second in the Prix Foy at Longchamp but still got a pass mark from trainer John Gosden in his prep race for next month’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.

The three-time Ascot Gold Cup winner was beaten a short neck by Aidan O’Brien’s Anthony Van Dyck as the race turned into a 500metre burn-up.

The mile-and-a-half Prix Foy was run in a time eight-and-a-half seconds slower than the Grand Prix de Paris won by O’Brien’s Mogul. 

Stradivarius was narrowly beaten by Anthony Van Dyck at the Prix Foy at Longchamp

Stradivarius is likely to face a stronger pace and more stamina-sapping conditions on October 4. 

And Gosden confirmed the intention was still for the colt to join stablemate Enable in the Arc.

Gosden said: ‘It was a stroll in the park and then a sprint. He has run a very nice trial.

‘I don’t think Frankie (Dettori) wanted to go out in front. He wanted a feel of the track. I thought his last furlong was his best furlong and he ran out of real estate in the end.’



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Replacement jockey Tom Marquand lands first classic win with Galileo Chrome in the St Leger


Replacement jockey Tom Marquand lands first classic win with Galileo Chrome in the St Leger after regular rider Shane Crosse tested positive for Covid-19

  • Galileo Chrome edged out 16-1 shot Berkshire Rocco by a neck in the St Leger
  • Marquand claimed his first Classic win, having only secured the ride on Friday
  • Galileo Chrome’s trainer Joseph O’Brien won the Classic as a jockey in 2013

COVID-19 prevented crowds at Doncaster for the Pertemps St Leger and the pandemic also played a part in the result of the final Classic of the season with late substitute jockey Tom Marquand stepping in on winner Galileo Chrome for quarantined colleague Shane Crosse.

Marquand was only called up by trainer Joseph O’Brien on Friday to partner the 4-1 winner when 18-year-old Crosse tested positive for Covid despite being asymptomatic.

In a further twist, Marquand had originally been booked to ride English King and only became available when trainer Ed Walker decided to re-direct that colt to Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.

Joseph O’Brien sealed a jockey-trainer St Leger double with triumph by Galileo Chrome (right)

Marquand, 22, emotionally celebrated his first Classic win as Galileo Chrome edged out 16-1 shot Berkshire Rocco by a neck but admitted his thoughts were with Crosse.

Marquand said: ‘Shane’s misfortune is lucky for me. I can’t stress enough how bad I feel for him. We are both relatively young so I can relate. He’ll be in pieces no doubt.

‘It is probably the most clichéd thing that can come out of my mouth but to win is a dream come true. To have my first group one winner on UK soil in the St Leger for Joseph O’Brien, who when I was growing up was one on the best jockeys around, is mind-blowing.’

Galileo Chrome’s win was a first Classic win for O’Brien in Britain in a race he won as a jockey seven years ago on Leading Light.

Jockey Tom Marquand claimed his first Classic win, having only secured the ride on Friday

Jockey Tom Marquand claimed his first Classic win, having only secured the ride on Friday

He became the first person to ride and train a St Leger winner since Harry Wragg, who saddled Intermezzo to glory in 1969, 26 years after partnering Herringbone to success in the world’s oldest Classic.

Because he has had close contact with Crosse, Joseph was forced to watch from home. The trainer said: ‘Tom has obviously been riding extremely well for a number of years now all over the world. When he was available, we didn’t have to look any further.

‘Shane is obviously gutted to miss the ride but he is a young man and a very talented rider. He’ll have plenty of big rides in the future.’

Covid-19 has thoroughly disrupted racing in 2020 but Marquand has emerged as well as any jockey. While the sport was shut down in March, he rode his first group one winners while based in Australia as part of his burgeoning partnership with Newmarket trainer William Haggas.

He lost the Derby ride on English King to Frankie Dettori at Epsom in July but his replacement mount Khalifa Sat ended up doing better, finishing second. Marquand lies third in the Flat jockeys championship but it has been his partner Hollie Doyle who has been attracting more headlines with her ground-breaking achievements.

Marquand said: ‘We are both extremely proud of each other’s achievements. Long may the household continue on that path!’

The long, searching Doncaster straight sorts out the suspect stayers in the St Leger and it was stamina which counted for Galileo Chrome, who had won a one-mile five-furlong Listed race at Navan on his latest start.

Frankie Dettori reckoned fourth-placed 5-2 favourite Santiago would have appreciated softer ground but those who failed to last included fifth-placed Hukum and third-placed Pyledriver, who had been cruising two furlongs out.

His jockey Martin Dwyer said: ‘I thought I would win turning in but he was tired in the final furlong.’

Meanwhile, Joseph’s father Aidan landed the Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown with Magical.

The Seamus Heffernan-ridden mare beat odds-on favourite Ghaiyyath by three-quarters of a length to land the prize for the second year running.



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Saturday, September 12


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Saturday, September 12

Joseph O’Brien has already secured victories in some of world racing’s marquee events in a burgeoning training career and GALILEO CHROME (Doncaster, 3.35) can create history in Saturday’s Pertemps St Leger.

No one has won the last Classic of the Flat season as a rider and trainer since Harry Wragg managed it when saddling Intermezzo in 1969, 26 years after riding Herringbone to success for Walter Earl.

O’Brien bids to achieve the feat seven years after steering Leading Light to a hard-fought win and, in Galileo Chrome, he looks to have an ideal candidate. His grandfather is Galileo and the Australia colt appears to have the blend of speed and stamina required to lift Britain’s oldest Classic. He is in grand form courtesy of an emphatic five-length win in Listed company at Navan.

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Any horse which hits the line strongly at that venue is talented, so the fact Galileo Chrome did that following a slick change of gear was all the more impressive.

A good day’s action also features the Irish Champion Stakes. in which the presence of the world’s highest-rated Flat horse GHAIYYATH (Leopardstown, 4.10) illuminates the card. He has beaten both main rivals, Magical and Japan, with a degree of comfort this season and would need to under perform significantly to be beaten.

DONCASTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW    

1.15 Magical Morning

1.50 Chindit

2.25 Arecibo (nb)

3.00 Breathtaking Look

3.35 Galileo Chrome (nap)

4.05 Lone Eagle

5.15 Spanish Archer

GIMCRACK   

1.15 Magical Morning

1.50 Chindit (nb)

2.25 A Momentofmadness

3.00 Molatham

3.35 Hukum (nap)

4.05 Lone Eagle

5.15 Mankayan

Newmarket – 4.05 Legend Of Dubai (nap); 5.15 Al Muffrih (nb). 

CHESTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW   

1.30 Sands In Time

2.05 Alignak

2.40 PREJUDICE

3.15 Mancini

3.45 Selected

4.20 Gabrial The Devil

4.50 Thomas Cranmer

GIMCRACK   

1.30 Sir Benedict

2.05 Alignak

2.40 Prejudice

3.15 Mancini

3.45 Dark Illusion

4.20 Bossipop

4.50 Mutaabeq

Northerner – 1.30 Sands in Time (nb); 4.20 Penwortham (nap).

LINGFIELD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW   

2.45 Her Indoors

3.20 Walton Street

3.50 Hiconic

4.25 Company Minx

5.00 Capla Berry

5.30 Little Rollright

6.00 Keeper’s Choice

GIMCRACK   

2.45 Approximate

3.20 Walton Street

3.50 Fulbeck Girl

4.25 Al Dawodiya

5.00 Magical Ride

5.30 Bellazada

6.00 Dourado



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O’Brien backs Serpentine to show Derby success was no fluke in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp


Aidan O’Brien backs Serpentine to show Derby success was no fluke in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp

  • Serpentine pulled off a shock at Epsom a week after landing a Curragh maiden 
  • He runs for the first time since then in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp
  • O’Brien expects Serpentine to show his Derby success in July was no fluke

Aidan O’Brien expects Serpentine to show his Derby success in July was no fluke when he runs for the first time since then in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.

Serpentine pulled off a 25-1 shock at Epsom when — just a week after landing a Curragh maiden — he made all under jockey Emmet McNamara and never looked like being pegged back when rounding Tattenham Corner 12 lengths clear.

The tactical nature of the race saw some question the value of the form, but the stopwatch was evidence of a top-notch effort.

Aidan O’Brien (left) expects Serpentine to show his Derby success in July was no fluke

O’Brien, who has booked Christophe Soumillon to ride Serpentine in France, said: ‘We always thought Serpentine was a very smart middle-distance horse. He has always been relentless in his work. He’d go an even, strong gallop and would not surrender.

‘I would not be fooled by what anyone thinks about Epsom. Whatever race he runs in, he makes the running and you need to follow him because he does not come back.

‘It will be a run to get him started back and we will see where we go after that, but a race like the Arc is obviously possible.’

The opposition includes Ed Walker-trained English King (Frankie Dettori), diverted from Saturday’s St Leger, plus Paul and Oliver Cole’s Highland Chief and O’Brien’s Mogul.



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William Muir dreaming of Classic glory with unfashionable Pyledriver in the St Leger


William Muir dreaming of Classic glory as unfashionable Pyledriver seeks to provide the trainer with his first top-level success in the St Leger

  • Pyledriver has added a splash colour to a disrupted season with impressive wins
  • The unfashionably-bred colt aims to realise Classic dream in the St Leger
  • He shares favouritism at 11-4 with Irish Derby winner Santiago 

Some of the best Flat horses in Europe line up in some glittering prizes this weekend but there is little doubt that the most popular winner will be Pyledriver if he can land the Pertemps St Leger at Doncaster.

The unfashionably-bred colt who no-one wanted when he was offered for sale as a foal has already added a splash colour to a disrupted season with impressive wins in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

The successes have been the biggest in the career of jockey Martin Dwyer since he landed the 2006 Derby on Sir Percy and led to owner-breeders Roger Devlin and brothers Guy and Huw Leach receiving and turning down ‘life-changing offers’.

Pyledriver has already added a splash colour to a disrupted season with impressive wins

The only disappointment came in the Derby when Pyledriver’s race was over virtually as soon as it had begun when he ended up in an impossible position at the back of the field.

The blip never dented the faith and confidence of trainer Willie Muir, who will once again be at the wheel of his horsebox when he drives Pyledriver from his 26-horse stable in Lambourn to take on some of the biggest operations in Britain and Ireland in the world’s oldest Classic race.

Muir also believes Pyledriver, whose sire Harbour Watch was a sprinter who only raced three times as a two-year-old and dam La Pyle a hurdler beaten over 70 lengths on her final race at Fontwell, will stay the St Leger’s one mile, six and a half furlong distance

Muir said: ‘I am looking forward to it. We are going into uncharted waters with the distance but people raised exactly the same doubts when we went from a mile and a quarter to a mile and a half. I am very relaxed about it.

Pyledriver shares favouritism at 11-4 with Irish Derby winner Santiago on Saturday

Pyledriver shares favouritism at 11-4 with Irish Derby winner Santiago on Saturday

‘I thought we had a great chance in the Derby, and it all went wrong. We were the meat in the sandwich and got knocked out of the race. You have to get up and shake yourself down.

‘If it hadn’t happened, we would have placed if you watch him from a furlong and a half out. Some people thought I was being too bullish but his win in the Voltigeur proved it. The Derby was a disappointment but it was not a blip.

‘We’re not a fashionable yard but If we happen to win a Classic what an achievement for a small yard.’

Pyledriver shares favouritism at 11-4 with Irish Derby winner Santiago, one of the Aidan O’Brien three entries and the mount of Frankie Dettori.

Santiago subsequently finished third to Stradivarius in the two-mile Goodwood Cup but the race did go to plan with O’Brien reckoning the son of Galileo did a bit too much too soon when racing ‘a gear too high all the way’.

The way Hukum lit the line when winning one mile five and a half furlong Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury makes it hard to believe he won’t stay and the Owen Burrows-trained classy Royal Ascot winner looks a big danger to all.

Best outsider could be David Simcock’s 22-1 shot Mohican Heights. The Derby did not work out for Jamie Spencer’s mount but he was previously an eye-catching third to Pyledriver at Royal Ascot.

Leopardstown’s Irish Champion Stakes, signature race of Irish Champions weekend, features the world’s highest rated horse in Charlie Appleby’s Ghaiyyath, winner of the Coronation Cup, Eclipse and International Stakes plus 2019 French Derby winner Sottsass.

O’Brien runs three led by last year’s winner Magical, the International Stakes runner-up, but Ryan Moore chooses to ride Japan, who races for the first time since finishing last of three to Enable in the King George.

Japan was subsequently lame with sore soles in both front feet.

Meanwhile, Tom Marquand rides Joseph O’Brien-trained St Leger hope Galileo Chrome after intended jockey Shane Cross was prevented from travelling from Ireland after a positive Covid-19 test.

Crosse was tested under the protocols required for travel to Doncaster and Dr Jennifer Pugh, IHRB Senior Medical Officer, said: ‘Shane was completely asymptomatic and was very surprised to learn of the test result. He was not unwell and hadn’t engaged in any high-risk behaviour. He is now in isolation for 14 days and has worked with us on identifying his close contacts.’

Marquand had been booked for English King in the Leger before that colt was switched to the Grand Prix de Paris.



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Friday, September 11


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Friday, September 11

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Friday’s meetings at Salisbury, Doncaster, Chester and Sandown. 

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

SALISBURY

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

3.25 Albanman

3.55 Remedium

4.30 Mojandil

5.00 Flirty Rascal

5.30 Al Simmo

6.05 Irene’s Dream

6.35 Rock Eagle

7.05 Spring Run (nb)

GIMCRACK   

3.25 Prey For Glory

3.55 Remedium

4.30 Royal Musketeer

5.00 Kohinoor

5.30 Molly Shaw

6.05 Second Slip

6.35 Floating Artist

7.05 Peckinpah

DONCASTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW    

1.10 Almareekh

1.40 Sleeping Lion (nap)

2.10 Tranchee

2.40 Sacred

3.15 Spanish Mission

3.45 One Ruler

4.15 Tawaareq

GIMCRACK   

1.10 Sorrel

1.40 Alfaatik

2.10 Musicality

2.40 The Lir Jet (nap)

3.15 Spanish Mission

3.45 Spycatcher (nb)

4.15 Muay Thai

Newmarket – 1.10 Almareekh (nap); 1.40 Alfaatik (nb).

Northerner – 3.15 Eagles By Day (nap); 3.45 Spycatcher (nb). 

CHESTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW   

2.20 Keep Right On

2.55 Blowing Wind

3.30 Surrey Pride

4.00 Endowed

4.35 Baryshnikov

5.10 Dark Lochnagar

5.40 Pacino

GIMCRACK   

2.20 Dubai Honour

2.55 Paws For Thought

3.30 Rosa Gold

4.00 Redrosezorro

4.35 Saeer

5.10 Heart Of Soul

5.40 Voltaic

SANDOWN

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

12.50 First Edition

1.25 Union Rose

2.00 Maximal

2.30 Yes My Boy

3.05 Zap

3.35 Lawahed

4.05 Andaleep

GIMCRACK

12.50 First Edition

1.25 Pink Flamingo

2.00 Maximal

2.30 Raaeq

3.05 Breath Of Air

3.35 The Blue Bower

4.05 Dubai Welcome

 



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Frankie Dettori hopeful of securing seventh St Leger win on Aidan O’Brien trained horse Santiago


Frankie Dettori hopeful of securing seventh St Leger win on Aidan O’Brien trained horse Santiago

  • Frankie Dettori is hopeful his horse Santiago can land him seventh St Ledger win
  • It would be his second at St Leger for trainer Aidan O’Brien after 2005 success
  • Twelve runners have been declared for the final Classic of the season 

Frankie Dettori reckons the Pertemps St Leger mount on Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish Derby winner Santiago on Saturday is a ‘great ride to get in an open race’.

Dettori will be trying to win his seventh St Leger and second one for O’Brien having won the 2005 edition for Ireland’s champion trainer on Scorpion.

Dettori said: ‘Santiago is a Classic winner and he stayed two miles when he ran in the Goodwood Cup. He’s a great ride in an open race. I think Willie Muir’s Pyledriver is the biggest danger. He has got class.’

Frankie Dettori will be trying to win his seventh St Leger on Saturday 

Twelve runners have been declared for the final Classic of the season but Ed Walker-trained English King looks like he will skip the run in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on Sunday where he will be ridden by Dettori.

Ladbrokes make Great Voltigeur Stakes winner Pyledriver their 11-4 St Leger favourite with Santiago 3-1 and Owen Burrows-trained Geoffrey Freer Stakes winner Hukum 7-2.

Dettori landed last year’s St Leger on John Gosden-trained Logician, who comfortably beat only rival Mythical Magic on his first race since in the Sky Sports Racing Conditions Stakes at Doncaster on Thursday.

Dettori, pictured at Kempton Park last week, will take part in the race on the horse Santiago

Dettori, pictured at Kempton Park last week, will take part in the race on the horse Santiago

The grey colt was close to death in February after succumbing to the intestinal disease Peritonitis.

Gosden said: ‘You’ve got to remember this horse had two months in intensive care. We’re very pleased to see him back, it’s been a long road.’

Gosden will tread carefully with Logician this season but races like the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes should be on his agenda in 2021.

Dettori also teamed up with Gosden to win the Group Two May Hill Stakes with Indigo Girl, who should step up to group one level in her next race in either the Fillies’ Mile or the Prix Marcel Boussac.



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Thursday, September 10


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Thursday, September 10

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Thursday’s meetings at Chepstow, Doncaster, Chelmsford City and Haydock.

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

CHEPSTOW

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

1.50 Coul Kat

2.20 Il Bandito

2.50 Tawaafoq

3.25 Under Curfew

3.55 Gambon

4.30 Vivacious Boy

5.05 Wiff Waff

5.40 Beholden

GIMCRACK   

1.50 Coul Kat

2.20 Il Bandito

2.50 She Strides On

3.25 Glamorous Crescent

3.55 Gambon

4.30 Holbache

5.05 Wiff Waff

5.40 Alpin King

DONCASTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW    

1.10 Logician

1.40 Nazuna (nb)

2.10 Zabeel Queen

2.40 Uncle Jumbo

3.15 Believe In Love

3.45 Jumaira Bay

4.15 Breanski

GIMCRACK   

1.10 Logician

1.40 Spright

2.10 Indigo Girl (nap)

2.40 Digital

3.15 Pista

3.45 Jumaira Bay (nb)

4.15 Fresh

Newmarket – 2.10 Zabeel Queen (nb); 3.15 Believe In Love (nap)

Northerner – 1.40 Ventura Diamond (nb)

CHELMSFORD CITY

ROBIN GOODFELLOW   

5.30 Hiroshi

6.00 Desert Rose

6.30 Electric Mistress

7.00 Cemhaan

7.30 Thegreatestshowman

8.00 Affair

8.30 Harbour Vision

GIMCRACK   

5.30 Hiroshi

6.00 Creedmoor

6.30 Electric Mistress

7.00 Glen Force

7.30 Drakefell

8.00 Affair

8.30 Rondo

HAYDOCK

ROBIN GOODFELLOW   

1.00 Bellatrixsa

1.30 Al Qahwa

2.00 Barney’s Bay

2.30 Zip (nap)

3.00 Delph Crescent

3.35 Francisco Bay

4.05 Proclaimer

4.40 Kuwait Shield

GIMCRACK   

1.00 Bellatrixsa

1.30 Viva Voce

2.00 Rich Dream

2.30 Tacitly

3.00 Mark Of Gold

3.35 Francisco Bay

4.05 Vulcan

4.40 Frozen Waters

Northerner – 1.30 Viva Voce (nap)



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Wednesday, September 9


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Wednesday, September 9

Side with MUBTASIMAH (Doncaster, 3.15) to prove herself the jewel in the bet365 Sceptre Fillies Stakes.

A return to turf could be the catalyst to a better performance from the Dark Angel filly, who posted a rare below-par effort at Chelmsford when last seen. But there may have been excuses for that defeat.

The winner that day, Miss Celestial, made all of the running while the runner-up and third home were both well positioned towards the head of affairs, unlike Wednesday’s selection, who was switched off in rear before making late headway.

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

That performance was in contrast to her impressive comeback display when landing a sizeable gamble at Newbury. After travelling powerfully, she put a competitive race to bed with an impressive change of pace to register a valuable first Listed success, with her Chelmsford conqueror, Miss Celestial, one of those beaten.

That trademark change of gear is a potent weapon at this afternoon’s level and a dry night and quickening ground would help Mubtasimah to once again showcase her talents.

FLYING DRAGON (Doncaster, nap, 2.40) is a far from prolific winner, but was perhaps a shade unfortunate not to improve that strike rate at Salisbury on his most recent start.

September appears to be the selection’s time of year with a win, three seconds and a couple of third-place finishes from six starts.

And he will hopefully give it a good go in trying to improve on a narrow defeat in this event 12 months ago.

Pat Dobbs takes over in the saddle from a young apprentice and his mount appears to have been slowly reaching a peak judged on recent efforts, a second at Salisbury — and at Beverley last month, when staying on well to grab fifth from a difficult position.

KEMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.55 Toptime

1.25 Show Yourself

1.55 Win O’Clock

2.25 Impatient

2.55 Sammy Sunshine

3.30 Mishal Star

4.05 Cool Strutter

4.40 War Empress

GIMCRACK   

12.55 Toptime

1.25 Carnation

1.55 Omnivega

2.25 Zhui Feng

2.55 Million Reasons

3.30 The First Hurrah

4.05 Badger Berry

4.40 War Empress

DONCASTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW    

1.10 Latest Generation

1.40 Gumdrop

2.10 Dakota Gold

2.40 Flying Dragon (nap)

3.15 Mubtasimah

3.45 Derevo (nb)

4.15 Manshood

GIMCRACK   

1.10 Mohaafeth

1.40 Party Game

2.10 Acklam Express (nap)

2.40 Roca Magica

3.15 Onassis (nb)

3.45 Hypothetical

4.15 Dark Shot

Newmarket – 1.40 Ataser (nb); 3.15 Mubtasimah (nap).

Northerner – 2.10 Dakota Gold (nb); 3.45 Strait Of Hormuz (nap).

UTTOXETER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW   

1.30 No Thanks

2.00 Throckley

2.30 Minella Encore

3.05 Longhouse Sale

3.35 Flashing Glance

4.10 Kings Temptation

4.45 Tricky Customer

5.15 Innerpickle

GIMCRACK   

1.30 Giga White

2.00 Enchant Me

2.30 Last Royal

3.05 The Butcher Said

3.35 Presence Of Mind

4.10 Flying Verse

4.45 Tricky Customer

5.15 Innerpickle

WOLVERHAMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW   

4.00 Thegreyvtrain

4.35 Lady Florence

5.10 Silent Queen

5.45 Abduction

6.15 Mystery Angel

6.45 Precisely

7.15 Gold Arch

7.45 Capla Huntress

8.15 Embolden

GIMCRACK   

4.00 Tilsworth Rose

4.35 Smokey

5.10 Max Oclock

5.45 Ghazaaly

6.15 Mystery Angel

6.45 Precisely

7.15 Perfect Arch

7.45 Hold Fast

8.15 Van Dijk



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Doncaster set to welcome first racegoers since March after coronavirus lockdown


Doncaster set to welcome first racegoers since March as cash-strapped sport looks to turn on financial taps again after lockdown

  • Racing fans will return to Doncaster on Wednesday ahead of St Leger day
  • Approximately 28,000 spectators normally attend the annual event in Yorkshire
  • An estimated 6,000 race-goers will be present this year due to pandemic 
  • Event organisers are urging fans to adhere to health and safety protocols

The horse which triumphs in Saturday’s Pertemps St Leger will join the roll of honour of racing’s oldest Classic but, this season at least, it will be the people cheering the winner home who will be more significant to the sport.

Normally around 28,000 spectators flock to Doncaster for Leger day, a tradition etched in the calendar of many in South Yorkshire and beyond.

An estimated 6,000 race-goers and members will be present on Saturday but they, plus up to 4,000 who attend on each of the first three days of the meeting which starts on Wednesday, will be the first paying spectators at a racecourse since the lockdown in March.

An estimated 6,000 race-goers and members will be present at Doncaster on Saturday

The financial impact of their absence has been disastrous, with tracks saying they lost £8million a month during lockdown and have been losing £4m a month racing behind closed doors.

The Doncaster pilot event offers a first step back for fans and turns on the financial taps again. It will be a trickle at first and the race-day experience will be alien to many.

Quite simply, British racecourses were not designed to operate under the zoning system agreed with the Government that they must implement which restricts movement around the track.

Pyledriver has been made favourite for the St Leger at Doncaster this year

Pyledriver has been made favourite for the St Leger at Doncaster this year

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones has expressed her concerns about a crowd on Town Moor and its potential to impact on one of the lowest Covid-19 infection rates in Yorkshire.

But Mark Spincer, managing director of the racing division of Arena Racecourse Company which run Doncaster, said: ‘We have tried to ensure we can give the customer as good an experience as possible but it will be significantly different from what it was. We have had to take the guidelines and work with public health advisory groups to build a plan.’

Racegoers will have to sign up to a code of conduct when they purchase E-tickets, which includes observing social distancing. Anyone disregarding those rules will first be ‘reminded of their responsibilities’ with subsequent breaches risking ejection.

Frankie Dettori rides Logician to victory in front of a capacity crowd in 2019

Frankie Dettori rides Logician to victory in front of a capacity crowd in 2019

The two largely outdoor public areas at Doncaster — the Lawn and the Winning Post — have been divided into mini-enclosures, each with around 120 people to ensure subsequent track and trace could be focused in the event of a racegoer testing positive. Each mini-zone will have access to one of the 28 bookmakers, the Tote, toilets and a table service bar with orders made via an app.

Other key elements to the Doncaster experience will be:

  • Ticket purchases must be made no later than 48 hours before race day with details of every member of each individual party given.
  • Recommended arrival times and managed departures to prevent over-crowding outside the track.
  • Digital only racecards in the public zones.
  • Temperature testing on arrival for the 600 each day in the indoor hospitality areas or restaurants.
  • Racegoers will be encouraged to wear face-coverings on arrival, when placing bets and when using toilets.

Subsequent events will be held at Newmarket and Warwick this month. It is hoped that if social distancing rules evolve, more racegoers will be able to attend. But the reality is this general plan looks likely to be in place for the rest of the year and some time into 2021.

Spincer said: ‘We have been working on this plan since March when it was looking like there could be a pandemic, thinking how we could get racing back and in what stages it would come back.

‘We need this to work not just for Doncaster and ARC but the entire racing industry.’ 



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