1994 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Adam Kondrat dies aged 53


Adam Kondrat, French-based jockey best known for winning the 1994 Cheltenham Gold Cup, dies aged 53

  • Adam Kondrat, best known for winning the 1994 Gold Cup, has died aged 53 
  • Telecaster has a minor injury and will not race in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
  • Last time out he won the Grand Prix de Deauville by six and a half lengths 

Adam Kondrat, the Polish-born, French-based jockey best known in Britain for winning the 1994 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Francois Doumen-trained The Fellow, has died aged 53.

Kondrat rode The Fellow in four Gold Cups and the pair were twice beaten a short-head, by Garrison Savannah in 1991 and Cool Ground in 1992. 

Kondrat and The Fellow contested the King George VI Chase at Kempton five times, winning the race in 1991 and 1992. 

Adam Kondrat, the Polish-born, French-based jockey best known in Britain for winning the 1994 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Francois Doumen-trained The Fellow, has died aged 53

Champion jockey Peter Scudamore was saddened and described Kondrat as 'a lovely guy'

Champion jockey Peter Scudamore was saddened and described Kondrat as ‘a lovely guy’

The Gold Cup near-misses led to criticism of Kondrat but eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore said: ‘I always felt the criticism was unfair and came from people who didn’t understand the French style of riding. Adam was a lovely guy. He used to stay with me during the Cheltenham Festival. The news is very sad.’ 

Telecaster withdraws from Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 

Hughie Morrison-trained Telecaster has been taken out of Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe because of a minor injury.

His absence from Longchamp on Sunday means that the only British-trained representatives in the race at Longchamp on Sunday will be John Gosden-trained pair Enable and Stradivarius.

Telecaster looked assured to have his favoured soft conditions in Paris after a further 3.5 millimetres of rain overnight with the Longchamp ground described as very soft.

Telecaster has a minor injury and will not race in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday

Telecaster has a minor injury and will not race in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday

Telecaster won the Dante Stakes at York last year but he arguably put up a career-best performance last time out when winning the Grand Prix de Deauville by six and a half lengths.

It was his second win in France this year, following a success at Longchamp in June.

Mark Weinfeld of owners Castle Down Stud said: ‘It’s a real shame, but this is what can happen with horses, he’s just wasn’t 100 per cent sound this morning.

‘We’re absolutely gutted. It’s nothing too serious, but it’s just sod’s law.

‘He’s in the Champion Stakes at Ascot and as I haven’t heard what the vet has said, I’m not sure if he’ll make that or not. We just need to know what the problem is.

The British-trained representatives will be John Gosden-trained pair Enable and Stradivarius

The British-trained representatives will be John Gosden-trained pair Enable and Stradivarius

‘It would be nice if he made Ascot, because that is likely to be soft ground too. It’s rather deflated the week, though.’

Looking further ahead, Weinfeld added: ‘I think he’ll probably stay in training next year.

‘I was hoping we’d have had a good offer from a stud by now but nothing has come yet, so we could continue next year and hope for a wet year.

‘We’re all very disappointed. But the horse is in one piece, and we live to fight another day.’

The BHA have agreed new protocols which allow jockeys to ride at the Arc meeting without the need to self-isolate on return. 

The programme which involves extra testing will enable Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore to ride in France and also take part in Newmarket’s Future Champions’ meeting the following week and allow Jim Crowley to take up the Prix de L’Abbaye ride on Battaash. 



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Stan Mellor, the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners, has died aged 83


Three-time champion jockey Stan Mellor, the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners, has died aged 83

  • Mellor was one of the few riders to triumph in a race against Arkle
  • He guided Stalbridge Colonist to victory in the 1966 Hennessy Gold Cup
  • Three-time champion jockey was awarded an MBE for his services to racing

Peter Scudamore described Stan Mellor as ‘one of the great innovators’, after the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners died at the age of 83.

Mellor, awarded an MBE for his services to racing and achieving Champion Jockey status three times from 1960 to 1962, was a stylist in the saddle and a jockey who advocated only using the whip as a last resort.

Eight-time Champion Jockey Scudamore said: ‘Stan was a friend of my father Michael, who always saw him as one of the great innovators. He really thought about his riding. He was small for a jump jockey and rarely picked up his whip.

‘Innovator’ Stan Mellor, the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners. has died aged 83

‘He adapted tactics used by the American jockeys, things others didn’t do, and I always thought it was a pity his expertise wasn’t tapped into more. He used to say you should use a whip properly and not on a tired horse.

‘His achievement of being the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners was a major sporting achievement at a time.’

Mellor’s 1,000th winner came on Ouzo at Nottingham in December 1971. His biggest wins came in the King George VI Chase, which he won on Frenchman’s Cove (1964) and Titus Oates (1969), the Queen Mother Champion Chase, which he won on Sandy Abbot (1963), and the Whitbread Gold Cup, again with Frenchman’s Cove (1962).

Mellor famously beat the great Arkle in the 1966 Hennessy Gold Cup on Stalbridge Colonist. He retired having ridden 1,035 winners and proceeded to land more than 750 races as a trainer, with his best horses including King’s Curate, winner of the 1991 Stayers’ Hurdle, and Pollardstown, in the race now known as the Aintree Hurdle in 1980.

The three-time champion jockey was one of the few riders to triumph in a race against Arkle

The three-time champion jockey was one of the few riders to triumph in a race against Arkle

Mellor’s big wins on the Flat included Al Trui in the 1985 Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood, a race won yesterday by David O’Meara-trained Summerghand.

The Danny Tudhope-ridden 22-1 shot got up in the final strides to beat Kimifive a head. It was big-race compensation for Summerghand, who was beaten by a nose when second in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Tudhope, who completed a double on John Quinn-trained Titan Rock, said: ‘He was very unlucky at Royal Ascot but it shows how good he is to come here to another big handicap.’

The Group Two Lillie Langtry Stakes was won for the second year running by John Gosden-trained Enbihaar.

The filly completed a great Glorious Goodwood for owner Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose four winners also included the King George Stakes with Battaash and Sussex Stakes with Mohaather.



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Arrogate, twice crowned the world’s best racehorse, dies aged 7 after mystery illness


Khaled Abdullah’s Arrogate, twice crowned the world’s best racehorse, dies aged 7 after mystery illness

  • Arrogate’s death was announced by Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farm Stud
  • A post mortem will be carried out on the horse owned by Khaled Abdullah
  • He was the biggest prize money winner in North American racing history 

Arrogate, whose wins in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, 2017 Pegasus World Cup and 2017 Dubai World Cup made him the biggest prizemoney winner in North American racing history, has had to be put down at stud after failing to recover from a mystery illness.

A post mortem will be carried out on the horse trained by Bob Baffert for owner Khaled Abdullah.

Arrogate’s death was announced by Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farm Stud on Tuesday.

Arrogate has had to be put down at stud after failing to recover from a mystery illness

In a statement, it was said that Arrogate had had a very successful breeding season this year until last week when his breeding was suspended due to an initial suspected sore neck.

Later in the week, he fell to the ground in his stall and efforts to get him back up proved unsuccessful.

Tirelessly efforts, including spinal tap evaluation, x-ray, ultrasound, CT Scan and many blood tests, failed to improve Arrogate’s condition.

Douglas Erskine Crum, CEO Juddmonte Group, said: ‘This is very hard on everyone at Juddmonte. Arrogate has bred three crops at stud, has his first yearlings to present to the sales this year and his physical and personality traits are passing very strongly to his offspring.’

Garrett O’Rourke, General Manager Juddmonte USA added: ‘We will never forget the ride Arrogate took us on.

‘Those four amazing races established him as one of the great racehorses of our time, breaking two track records, taking down champion California Chrome in a battle for the ages and then running by Gun Runner in another worldly performance in Dubai.

‘We hope that the heartbreak of losing him so young can be soothed by proudly watching the achievement of his runners.’



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