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European Trainer ISSUE 39 – AUTUMN 2012


ISSUE 39 – AUTUMN 2012 £5.95



The up-and-coming trainer from Munich, taking the right risks

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Is China the new racing frontier?

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GILES ANDERSON Michael Figge’s rise to prominence

UR MAIN trainer profile in this, our autumn issue of European Trainer, is on the up and coming Michael Figge. Figge rose to prominence this year with victory in the Italian Derby by his horse Feuerblitz, a €3,000 purchase as a yearling from BBAG. Reading Figge’s story, it would be easy to say that both Figge and the owner of Feuerblitz have certainly made their own luck and prove once again that you don’t have to buy the fancy-pedigreed horses at the sales to win the biggest prizes, but you have to be prepared to take risks as well. Michael Figge’s main owner – Patrick Bertermann – is a relative newcomer to the sport. In his professional life, he heads up a very well regarded digital advertising agency in Munich and now has more than ten horses in training. I for one think we’ll be hearing plenty more about this partnership on the European circuit in the months to come. Our major study in this issue is on trainer and jockey fees across Europe. We’ve put together a set of statistics on prize money, riding fees, trainers’ percentages, and staff wages. The article makes for interesting reading and it reveals some massive variances across Europe. Dr Catherine Dunnett examines the role of beetroot in the horse’s diet. Human athletes are turning to it more and more as an excellent

natural source of antioxidants and nitrate content. Earlier this year, studies were conducted with a group of long distance runners and cyclists, and the results showed an increase in stamina. As Catherine states, no similar study has yet been undertaken amongst horses but its incorporation within a diet could certainly be of benefit to any feeding regime. At this time of the season, Flat racing always takes on an international feel, with big international race meetings every month between now and the end of the year. One country not yet on the international radar is China. Much has been written and discussed about how China is going to become the new big frontier for racing; only time will tell if tell if that is true, and the article in this issue sets the scene for where the industry currently is in that republic. We also catch up with news from the Asian Racing Conference in Turkey, look at how the effects of laminitis could be reduced with the use of cryotherapy, examine the latest work done on fracture repairs, as well as profile Yasutoshi Ikee – who with Arc-bound stable star Orfevre is bidding to emulate his father’s international training success. If that’s not enough, we also tell the story of the link between the King’s Royal Hussars and racing. So wherever racing takes you this autumn, good luck! n

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Chairman’s message

CRIQUETTE HEAD Quite rightly, Frankel has occupied the racing headlines in Europe and beyond this summer. He is a wonderful horse and we are lucky to be able to see a horse of his talent.


IS domination over a mile is extraordinary and I am sure that he will have no problem in staying further. However, the excellence of Frankel presents the racing community with something of a contrast: We need champions to promote and publicise our sport, but Frankel is so far superior to his rivals that few dare to oppose him on a racecourse, leaving small fields with little suspense for the public. I understand the reluctance of trainers to line their best horses up against the seemingly-unbeatable Frankel. Personally, if I had a horse of this category in my stable this season I think I would try to avoid a clash with him. Remember that an important part of the trainer’s profession is to find the best engagements for their horses, to find winnable races of the highest level possible to ensure black-type for a breeding career or a maximum of prize money. Sir Henry Cecil deserves congratulation for his handling of Frankel, who has improved throughout his career from being very quick and racy to the consummate professional racehorse. I hope that we will see Sir Henry back to full health and on the racecourse soon. 02 ISSUE 39

“I understand the reluctance of trainers to line their best horses up against the seeminglyunbeatable Frankel. Personally, if I had a horse of this category in my stable this season I think I would try to avoid a clash with him” I would also like to congratulate John Gosden who is enjoying an exceptional season as the winning most trainer at Royal Ascot and with six Group 1 victories to his name so far this year. Royal Ascot once again provided us with an extraordinary week of racing and I take my hat off to the connections of Black Caviar for crossing the globe to participate in this meeting. The world of racing is small and it

is fascinating to be able to establish international formlines as when Diamond Jubilee runner-up Moonlight Cloud went on to win at Deauville this month. Away from the course, I was invited in my role as President of the ETF to attend the Asian Racing Conference in Turkey. This was a most interesting experience and I was delighted to see that one of the major themes of the conference was the harmonisation of racing rules. With international support, hopefully we can make some progress on this matter. The conference was very well organised and we were made most welcome by our Turkish hosts. This is a country which loves racing and the Turkish Jockey Club have done a remarkable job in placing their international race meeting of September on the world calendar with impressive prize money and a good level of local competitors to oppose the visitors. When I have the right horse, I will not hesitate in participating in this meeting, and I would also be pleased to see a Turkish representative within the ETF in the future. I wish you all the best of luck on the racecourse and in your quest for future champions at the yearling sales during this busy season. n

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CONTENTS... 10 TRM Trainer of the quarter

Pat Shanahan, former-jockey-turnedtrainer of Debuntant Stakes winner My Special J’s.

12 Michael Figge

David Conolly-Smith introduces us to Munich’s Classic-winning trainer Michael Figge.

20 Jockey and trainer fees

Lissa Oliver delves into the financial aspects of how prize money gets distributed among trainers, jockeys, and stable staff across Europe.

30 To beet, or not to beet

36 Yasutoshi Ikee

Meet the man who trains Japanese Horse of the Year Orfevre, who will visit Europe this autumn with a view to winning the Arc, by Isabel Mathew.

42 Laminitis and cryotherapy

Using cryotherapy as a means to ward off laminitis, by Stacey Oke.

48 Asian Racing Conference

Geir Stabell summarises some of the goings-on at the Asian Racing Conference held in Turkey in July.

56 Standing fracture repair

Polly Compston and Celia Marr on the new procedure to repair fractures with the patients standing and under local anaesthetic.

Is beetroot a good addition to the equine athlete’s diet?, by Catherine Dunnett.

60 Chinese racing by

Golden opportunities may await horseracing in an unexpected place, Suzy Crossman and Marco Wong.

66 All the King’s horses

Clive Webb-Carter writes on some of the fascinating racing history associated with the King’s Royal Hussars.

70 Product Focus 76 Stakes Schedules

Forthcoming stakes races from Europe and around the world.

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CONTRIBUTORS Publisher & Editorial Director Giles Anderson Assistant Editor Frances Karon Executive Assistant Alice Jefford Design/Production Neil Randon Advertising Sales Giles Anderson Photo Credits, KRH, Molly Higgins,, Japan Racing Association, Press Association, Rossdale and Partners, Sandown Park Racecourse,, Frank Sorge, Turkish Jockey Club

Cover Photograph Frank Sorge

Trainer Magazine is published by Anderson & Co Publishing Ltd. This magazine is distributed for free to all ETF members. Editorial views expressed are not necessarily those of the ETF. Additional copies can be purchased for £5.95 (ex P+P). No part of this publication may be reproduced in any format without the prior written permission of the publisher. Printed in the European Union For all editorial and advertising enquiries please contact Anderson & Co Publishing Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1380 816777 Fax: +44 (0)1380 816778 email: Issue 39

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David Conolly-Smith was born in Nottingham, but has lived in Germany for more than 40 years and for the past 30 years has been the leading English-language racing correspondent in the country. He used to run a bookshop in Munich, but is now a full-time freelance journalist and translator. Dr Catherine Dunnett BSc, PhD, R.Nutr. is an independent nutritionist registered with the British Nutrition Society. She has a background in equine research, in the field of nutrition and exercise physiology, with many years spent at The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. Prior to setting up her own consultancy business, she worked in the equine feed industry on product development and technical marketing. Professor Celia Marr is an equine clinician at Rossdales, Newmarket. She is a RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Medicine and Honorary Professor at the Glasgow University Veterinary School. She has previously worked at veterinary schools in Glasgow, Pennsylvania, Cambridge and London and in racehorse practice in Lambourn. She is Chairman of the Horserace Betting Levy Board’s Thoroughbred Research & Consultation Group and Editor-in-Chief of Equine Veterinary Journal. Isabel Mathew is a freelance journalist based in Paris. She works for several different publications covering subjects related to the French Horseracing Industry and elsewhere. After graduating from the Darley Flying Start and working in racing across many different countries, she has been in France for nearly two and a half years.

Dr. Stacey Oke is a licensed veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. In addition to writing for various horse publications, she also contributes to scientific journals, is an editor of an internationallyrecognized, peer-reviewed journal, creates continuing education materials for both human and veterinary medicine, and conducts biomedical research studies. Lissa Oliver lives in Co Kildare, Ireland and is a regular contributor to The Irish Field and the Australian magazine, Racetrack. Lissa is also the author of several collections of short stories and two novels. Geir Stabell, founder and Editor of Globeform has worked with many leading publications which include; The Sporting Life, ParisTurf, Blood-Horse, Racing World, Ridsport and the Irish Field. He was also international handicapper to the Racing Post for seven years,where he introduced European style ratings in North America, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. He has also worked as a TV presenter & expert guest in Scandinavia and USA. Clive Webb-Carter is a British-based bloodstock consultant trading under the name, Clive Webb-Carter Bloodstock Services. As well as bloodstock writing, Clive also specialises in bloodstock and pedigree consultancy. Clive’s services and blog, “Pedigree Thoughts”, can be found at:

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EUROPEAN TRAINERS’ FEDERATION AIMS and OBJECTIVES of the ETF: a) To represent the interests of all member trainers’ associations in Europe. b) To liaise with political and administrative bodies on behalf of European trainers. c) To exchange information between members for the benefit of European trainers. d) To provide a network of contacts to assist each member to develop its policy and services to member trainers.


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Patrick Shanahan (right) with My Special J’s after her victory in the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh

TRM Trainer of the Quarter

PATRICK SHANAHAN The TRM Trainer of the Quarter award has been won by Patrick Shanahan. Shanahan and his team will receive a selection of products from the internationally-acclaimed range of TRM supplements worth €2,000, as well as a bottle of select Irish whiskey. WORDS: LISSA OLIVER PHOTO: WWW.HEALyRAcIng.IE

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HE transition of jockey to trainer could not have gone more smoothly for Pat Shanahan, who swapped a 33 year career in the saddle for a trainer’s license only in March and welcomed home his first winner, Prince Jock, at Wexford on 19th May, quickly followed by his first stakes winner, My Special J’s, at the Curragh on 12th August. It was the Group 2 win of the two-year-old filly My Special J’s in the Debutante Stakes that earned Shanahan his TRM Trainer of the Quarter and, like her trainer, she is going from strength to strength. Beaten just a neck first time out when second to John Oxx’s Sinaniya at the tail end of June, My Special J’s came up against another highly-regarded Currabeg filly next time out when second to Harasiya in the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown. She didn’t have long to wait before reversing those placings with Harasiya at the Curragh on her third start, and she has now earned a well-deserved break, with the Group

1 Prix Marcel Boussac her prime target. Although it may have come as a shock to many when Shanahan finally decided to call it a day and hang up his riding boots in March, he hasn’t found the switch to training that difficult. “I was thirty years with Con Collins and add to that twenty years as well with Dermot Weld, you couldn’t want for better mentors,” he says. “I was always fond of working behind the scenes in the yards and I ride all my own horses at work now, so it isn’t so different, apart from riding races in the afternoon. I should have started ten years ago!” He is quick to acknowledge the influence the late Collins had on his career as a jockey and will continue to have now that he is training. Since Prince Jock, a former regular partner of Shanahan’s when trained by Tracey Collins, got him off the ground with a win at Wexford, Shanahan has had four wins and 23 placings, which isn’t bad from a string of 20. Things can only improve, and the state-ofthe-art facilities at his Danesfort yard in

County Kilkenny will be home to 40-45 horses next season, with 17 yearlings just arriving to be broken. He plans to take four or five horses over to Dubai for the winter, My Special J’s among them, pointing out, “They’ll get sun on their backs that they certainly won’t get here!” As a jockey, Shanahan won virtually every major race in Ireland and considers his wins in the Irish Derby on Zagreb and Irish Oaks on Princess Pati career highlights but admits My Special’s J’s Group 2 win comes pretty close. “It’s nearly better, actually. When you’re riding them they’re just handed to you and you can walk away afterwards, but when you’re training them you’ve had all the preparation and worry of actually getting them there.” Hearing him talk and enthuse about the horses already in his yard and those due to arrive, “worry” doesn’t seem to be included in Shanahan’s new life as a trainer and he remains as enthusiastic a horseman as he always was. n

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Michael Figge hit the headlines earlier this year when he saddled Feuerblitz, a €3,000 pick from the BBAG autumn sale, to win the Derby Italiano. The Munich-based son of leading trainer Wolfgang Figge has a supportive owner behind him and plenty of decent youngsters to help propel him into the limelight. WORDS: DaviD COnOlly-Smith PhOtOS: FRanK SORGE/GalOPPFOtO.DE


Y FAR the most important training centre in Germany is Cologne, but after that there is little between Hoppegarten (Berlin), Hanover, Iffezheim (Baden-Baden), and Munich. Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is one of the most attractive cities in Europe and has a very pleasant racecourse at Riem, about five miles east of the city. There is also a training area behind the racecourse – a luxury very few other German tracks possess – with over 200 horses in training there. For many years the Munich trainers played second or even third fiddle to their colleagues from Cologne and elsewhere. They got the occasional big handicap or Listed race, but nothing more. This has all changed in the last few years and suddenly Munich-trained runners are all over the place. Wolfgang Figge was for many years the leading trainer here and he set the ball rolling in 2009 when his filly Night Magic won the Preis der Diana (German Oaks) to become the first classic winner trained in Munich. The following year she won the Grosser Preis von Baden and was voted Horse of the Year in Germany – both firsts for Munich. She was owned by Stall Salzburg (Hans-Gerd Wernecke), his main patron. Now Wolfgang Figge has competition from two upand-coming trainers in Munich – Irishman John Hillis, who has made an excellent start; and Figge senior’s own son, 39-year-old Michael Figge, who hit the headlines earlier this year by saddling Feuerblitz to win the Italian Derby. The eldest of three

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Stable star Feuerblitz, winner of the Derby Italiano

boys, Michael Figge was brought up in a racing stable and was a successful amateur jockey, riding in FEGENTRI races all over Europe and gathering valuable international experience. The idea was that Michael should also become a trainer, and he became an assistant to his father in 2003. Wolfgang is an excellent trainer with one big weakness: he is not much good as a businessman, and as a result of his failure to file proper returns and pay social security for his employees, he ended up in court and was banned from running his own business. Michael was therefore installed as the manager of the stable and basically his father’s employer. Not surprisingly this arrangement did not last; after several disagreements, there was an acrimonious split in 2006. Wernecke, who is a proper businessman, stepped in to take over Wolfgang’s stable, with happy results for both of them, while Michael started out on his own with just two horses out in the sticks. In 2007 Michael moved back to Riem and was given stabling at the racecourse. “I was lucky,” he now says, “as I had a good owner to start with – an Englishman named Simon Bold – who was based in Gibraltar and wanted to establish his betting business Betbull in Germany. He had a decent handicapper, Cyclonic, who won several races for us, and then a classy horse Double Handful, of whom we had high hopes.” Double Handful even ran in the German Derby, finishing 16th of 17 after making much of the running. When Bold closed down the Betbull operation in Germany, Double Handful was sent to the UK and is now quite a useful hurdler for Venetia Williams. Michael’s main owner became Peter Vischer, a member of a well-known German racing family but who now has his horses trained in

“Cappanelle is a similar course to Hamburg. There was excellent prizemoney, and although we were not really expecting to win, we certainly hoped to pick up some place money” Michael Figge France. The decisive moment in Michael Figge’s training career, however, came in August 2010, when he met Patrick Bertermann for the first time. Bertermann had built up an online marketing business and was wellknown in Munich’s night life. He came to the stables to take photos of Michael’s girlfriend Claudia Fleissner, a model, and was fascinated by the atmosphere of the racing stables. They all went off to lunch together, where Michael explained in detail how racing worked. Bertermann was hooked and wanted to start his own stable straight away. Figge advised him to put a toe in the water before jumping in head first, suggesting he start off by buying a horse out of a “reclamer” in France. Two weeks later they were in Longchamp. Figge had picked out a suitable race and there were two runners in it that he liked. They finished first and second, a tribute to his judgment, and Bertermann made a claim for the runner-up

Jolie Salsa, a daughter of Kingsalsa. Bertermann registered his colours – pink and black – and a nom de course – Stall EIVISSA, after the island of Ibiza where he lived for part of the year. Jolie Salsa won a race for him. She was “a very nice filly” but difficult to train as she was frequently in season. She still belongs to Bertermann and is in foal to Soldier Hollow. Later in 2010 Wolfgang Figge, by now on good terms again with his eldest son, trained Night Magic to win the Grosser Preis von Baden. At the next Munich meeting, the filly was paraded in front of the crowd and Bertermann was so impressed by her career and earnings that he then started buying horses in earnest – “one every fortnight,” as Figge puts it – preferably yearling fillies. Out of a Saint-Cloud claimer he also bought Amazing Beauty, now a Listed race performer, and at Deauville (October) he paid €22,000 for Chica Loca, one of Germany’s top fillies last year and seventh in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches in 2012. Unfortunately she was injured in her next start, and it is not certain when or if she will be able to run again. His best buy, however, was Feuerblitz, whom Figge picked up for an astonishing €3,000 at the BBAG autumn sale for another owner of his. That man ran out of money and Figge passed Feuerblitz, who has a good pedigree and was probably so cheap “because he was ugly,” on to Bertermann. The colt’s price had risen sharply in the meantime, but it was still a good buy. By the spring of this year Figge and Bertermann knew that they had a smart prospect on their hands. Their aim was the German Derby, but after he had run well in a trial for that race, he was sent to Rome to contest the Derby Italiano.

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PROFILE their nerves. The big advantage here is that the horses can continue in training while being given this treatment. Also, of course, as they are all natural remedies in small quantities, there are no illegal substances that could show up in doping tests. I also like to give my horses, particularly the fillies, water therapy and take them for regular walks in a nearby brook. I find that this is good for the psyche as well as the legs and gives them peace of mind.” This year has been easily his best ever. His stable had won more races by July than in any of the previous years, and although his prize winnings are also his best ever, a large proportion of it comes from the Italian Derby (when it gets paid). With Feuerblitz still on the go and some very promising two-year-olds in the pipeline, the autumn promises to be just as successful. An important factor in his success has been his girlfriend Fleissner. This very attractive young lady wears several hats: she rides out for Figge and is also the stable’s amateur (with no wins yet but several places), but she is best known for other activities. She is a model and

“One must be prepared to take risks, as for example, our decision to run Feuerblitz in the Italian Derby. Everybody advised us against this step, but we went for it and were rewarded” Figge likes to walk his horses in a nearby brook which acts as a water therapy

Michael Figge

“People told me I was crazy to do this,” remembers Figge, “but it seemed the most suitable race for several reasons. The timing was right, and Cappanelle is a similar course to Hamburg. There was excellent prize-money, and although we were not really expecting to win, we certainly hoped to pick up some place money.” After an excellent ride by Robert Havlin, Feuerblitz got up close home to win the Italian Derby and a purse of €250,000. Admittedly, up to the time of writing (in midAugust), the money has not yet been paid. However, despite the problems facing the Italian racing industry, it seems that the money is promised and will be on the way soon. This, of course, is the kind of problem which all small trainers face, and Figge is lucky to have an understanding owner in Bertermann, who currently owns 13 of the 22 horses in the stable. Feuerblitz did not win the German Derby, finishing tenth after being badly hampered. He then finished a respectable fifth in the Group

a professional go-go girl – a most unusual job for a trainer’s partner, but nobody is bothered by this although the press like to give it a play. Wolfgang Figge was apprenticed to the great German trainer Sven von Mitzlaff, very much a horseman of the old school, and his son says that Wolfgang has been his greatest influence. However, Michael Figge has already shown that he is more than open to modern technology as well, and this seems to run in the family as his younger brother Florian is a website designer. “My aim is to combine the old traditional methods my father learned from von Mitzlaff with modern innovative techniques, but also to be prepared to use alternative methods,” he says. “And one must be prepared to take risks, as for example, our decision to run Feuerblitz in the Italian Derby. Everybody advised us against this step, but we went for it and were rewarded.” With a good owner behind him and several well-bred youngsters in the yard, the future looks bright for Michael Figge. n

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One Grosser Dallmayr-Preis at Munich before contesting another Munich Group One. Figge’s mother Marika, long-divorced from Wolfgang, has an alternative therapy treatment centre in Deggendorf, about 50 miles from Munich, and Michael did a three-year course there to qualify as a therapist in 2003. These treatments are intended for humans, but Figge has found that many of them are equally effective with horses. He finds homeopathy to be particularly useful; very small doses work with thoroughbreds, who are extremely delicate and sensitive. “I treat all minor complaints myself, such as muscular pains and colds and I also massage my own horses. Of course for major injuries, we call in the vets.” Certainly his treatment seems to be working, as his horses have been running out of their skins this year. “I give my horses homeopathic remedies in the form of pills, infusions, or injections to help with muscular problems, and it also aids their digestion mobility as well as being good for

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Riding fees and percentages – who gets what across Europe?

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ELL, perhaps the latter is true and some owners do have titles, but the harsh reality is that working with horses means manual labour, long hours, and scant financial reward, whether you happen to be a trainer, jockey, or stable lad. No one who works with horses is in it for the money. What they have in common is passion and without it there would be no Sport of Kings, but are we nearing the point where our stars are being expected to live on passion alone? Maths doesn’t have to be your forte to work it out. In the most recent figures from the International Federation of Horseracing

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To those not directly involved in horseracing, the industry can appear to be very glamorous. Lords, Ladies, Sheikhs, and Princes send their Derby winners to expensively-accented trainers, who spend their days in the champagne bars of Ascot and Cheltenham. Jockeys wear Italian suits and drive fast cars and collect their share of the well-advertised million-euro or -pound races they win. You never see a poor bookmaker and they all holiday in the Bahamas. WORDS: LISSA OLIVER PHOTOS: HORSEPHOTOS.COM

Authorities, examining the year 2010, the number of races, number of runners, and prize money available paint a stark picture when presented against the number of licensed trainers and jockeys. Across the board there are an average of nine runners per race and while Britain and France can boast around 11,000 runners per year, other European neighbours average just 4,500, each chasing no more than 1,400 race prizes. In Britain and France, there are a greater number of races available, but the opportunities for horses to pick up prize- money are basically the same. For jockeys, on average 195 riders are chasing 24,000 mounts a season, but with most jockeys in France managing 345 bookings a year and those in Spain scraping 90 rides there is no such thing as an even distribution of wealth. A comparison of training fees shows

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that staffing costs and feeding costs vary little throughout Europe and the majority of trainers, if not all, are also prize money dependent. With prize money outside of France and Ireland not even averaging €10,000 a race, the lifeblood of racing is not pulsing so healthily. As in any profession, those at the top are always going to do well. The most successful trainers have the biggest strings and pick up more valuable races. The leading jockeys get the most (and usually better) rides, farming the bigger races. Life a little further down the Championship tables is not so rosy, with trainers taking nothing for themselves from the training fees alone and journeyman jockeys chalking up to 900 miles a week in the quest for rides and winners. With current fuel prices, that can easily equate to €200 a week for many jockeys. prize money is suddenly very vital. We are no longer looking at simply how an owner can afford to keep a horse in training and find the money to buy the next one. The owner is maintaining the pool for stable staff, breeders, and bloodstock agents, but it’s quite clearly prize money alone that keeps trainers and jockeys in the game. Many would point out that much of that prize money, too, is funded by the owner. It can be seen from the accompanying table on riding fees that industry bodies recognise that the fee is subsidised by prize money percentage. Where there are fewer races and lower levels of prize money, the riding fee increases. In France, where the mounts of 25 of the top 42 Flat jockeys earned prize money of over €1 million, only two of the top 80 riders failed to earn six-figure sums in prize money. For the lower half of the French Championship table the riding fee represents just a third of their income. At the top end, it’s as little as a seventh of their income, and the story is much the same for NH riders, with little difference in respective prize money between the two codes for either jockeys or trainers. More importantly, as the Association Entraîneurs de Galop points out, jockeys only receive their riding fee for unplaced mounts.

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JOCKEYS AND TRAINERS FEES It is not unusual for French jockeys to request a ‘top up’ of their percentage on a winning ride to bring it to 10%, via an invoice to the winning owner, but payment is optional and one leading trainer claimed to have only rarely experienced this. Similarly, in Italy, where the state of racing is quite another matter altogether, senior riders are allowed to request 10% of prize money, rather than the mandatory 5%. In contrast to France, Spain has just 51 jockeys chasing 4,738 rides in 513 races (an average of 90 rides at a riding fee of just €60) for 10% of the average prize of €10,904. Spanish jockeys are looking at little more than €100 per week on fees alone, in a country where the average weekly wage is €295. Poland, with similar numbers of runners, races, and licensed jockeys, as well as the same average weekly salary, can offer little incentive to budding apprentices – the riding fee amounts to just €25 and a senior jockey can expect only 5% of the

lowest purses in Europe. On the plus side, Poland is one of the few countries where prize money showed a significant increase. The big discrepancy in riding fees isn’t helped by additional levels set by individual countries. Susanna Santesson, General Secretary of Fegentri, points out the variety in levels of riding fees in Germany, according to status. Fees from €20-€55 are paid to three categories of rider: those who have ridden 50 or more winners, those with less than 50 wins, and apprentices. The fee is also variable according to the value of the race, with a fee of €25 for a ride in a race valued at €500 to a €55 fee for a €3,000 race. In the case of a winning ride, the German jockey’s fee is doubled. From their percentages, jockeys must then pay their valets and agents. In some countries, such as Italy, this is not regulated by the governing bodies. In Ireland and Britain both valets and agents each receive 10% and many agents and valets spoke in praise of the

statements issued by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) that accompany their cheques. Margaret Davin of HRI explained that as many accounts as required can be set up through HRI, including VAT accounts, and cheques can be issued as regularly as requested. An online system, similar to online banking, is being developed for the early autumn and HRI is proactive in encouraging industry professionals to work with them in developing userorientated services. A little less straightforward is the trainers’ percentage, particularly in Ireland, where few trainers can accurately recall the percentage of prize money they are due. This is because what starts out as a 10% deduction from the owner’s gain is quickly whittled away by HRI at source. Four percent is transferred to the Industry Services Fund, from which 3% goes to the Irish Racehorse Trainers’ Association (IRTA) and 1% to Irish Thoroughbred Marketing. The IRTA funds are used for the benefit of stable staff, a

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BUSINESS 2010 STAFF mINImUm HoURLy WAGE minimum hourly wage





Germany Ireland


No statutory minimum



No statutory minimum





Some countries, as in Ireland, set a higher minimum for stable staff

2010 STAFF pERCENTAGE oF pRIzE moNEy Staff percentage of prize money





2010 JoCKEyS – pERCENTAGE oF pRIzE moNEy Flat & NH combined Number licensed

Flat senior

NH senior

percentage of prize money






From which, 10% goes to valet and 10% goes to agent






The riding fee applies only to unplaced rides






Riding Fee is doubled in the case of a winning ride






From which, 10% goes to valet and 10% goes to agent






Some senior riders may ask for 10%, no standard to valets












Average fee where fee varies according to number of winners ridden or value of race, as in Germany


2010 TRAINERS – pERCENTAGE /AVERAGE WIN & pLACE pRIzE moNEy 1.5% to work riders, 1% to headlad, 0.5% to travelling headlad, or all 3% to work riders if no head staff

Flat & NH combined Average weekly Number licensed training fee

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From which 2% is paid to staff





10%, from which HRI deductions are made to various welfare and RACE























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Benevolent Fund, the Blue Cross, RACE (Racing Academy & Centre of Education), and Irish Horse Welfare Trust. Zero point one percent of the entire stakes is paid to the Irish Stablestaff Association and 3% of the entire stakes is paid to the Stable Employees Bonus (SEB) Scheme. The SEB Scheme puts the onus on the trainer to distribute the share of prize money to the correct members of staff. This will have been agreed beforehand and the details registered with the Turf Club. In France, 3% of prize money is deducted at source for stable staff and 1.5% goes to the winning stable’s work riders, 1% to the head lad, and 0.5% to the travelling head lad. One hundred sixty-three French trainers employ less than five members of staff and in the absence of a head lad or travelling head lad, the work riders receive the full 3%. In Italy, Poland, and Spain there is no percentage for staff. When taking into account trainers’ fees, there are always conspicuous variables such as feed and bedding. Poor weather and resulting poor harvests will drastically affect the costs

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“Not all racing authorities deduct the percentages at source and French trainers, in particular, are required to invoice the winning owner for their share of the prize money” and no European country is immune from such vagaries. Stable staff are generally expected to look after three horses each and minimum wages such as £6.08 per hour in Britain, €9.40 per hour in France, and €9.52 per hour in Ireland make an obvious dent in the weekly fee. Added to a trainers’ financial woes is the fact that not all racing authorities deduct the percentages at source and French trainers, in

particular, are required to invoice the winning owner for their share of the prize money. When trainers send their horses abroad to race this can sometimes lead to a lack of prize money payment and Linda Corn at Weatherbys suggests a simple solution. We have a Foreign Trainer and Stable Mandate for our clients. If a client has a Weatherbys account it gives us authorisation to pay the trainer and yard from the prize money. We calculate the percentage and amount involved so the owner doesn’t have to worry about calculating it. Similar mandates can be set up with individual authorities where necessary and can be drawn up by the trainer. Drawing prize money from Italian tracks can be problematic for some foreign trainers as individual racecourses are responsible for the distribution of their own prize money. The figures collated by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities relate to 2010 and Italian racing has, of course, faced crisis since then. On Christmas Eve in Italy came the announcement that prize money was to be dramatically cut by 40% from €185 million to

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As in most professions, the leading riders do well but the majority of jockeys have to chase rides across the country in a bid to make ends meet

€111 million for both thoroughbred and trotting races combined as a result of the decrease in betting revenue, which fell by 20% last year. Prior to the arrival of slot machines and poker in 2006 the betting turnover had been as high as €2.5 billion. Added to this financial disaster was the reduction of race meetings, from 609 down to just 540. This meant that the winning prize for a maiden race at the two major tracks San Siro and Capannelle dropped to €4,250 from €8,500. The government is struggling to resolve this issue and secure Italian racing and it can only be hoped it succeeds, because there are other countries in danger of facing a similar crisis. Put into perspective, 50,000 employees depend upon the racing industry in Italy. In Ireland, a country with high unemployment and a largely rural-based populace, 17,000 are

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“The owner is maintaining the pool for stable staff, breeders, and bloodstock agents, but it’s quite clearly prize money alone that keeps trainers and jockeys in the game” dependent on the industry for work. This figure has dropped by 22% over the past two years and the decrease in horses in training will only escalate it further. In short, an average of 5,000 staff are directly

employed within racing yards in each country, all reliant upon the stability of training fees. The satellite employees – farriers, feed merchants, drivers, specialist laundry services, etc. – bring this number up into five figures. Wholly dependent on prize money are trainers and most jockeys. And without prize money to keep the hobby afloat, many owners will not be making further purchases at the sales. Are we in this industry for love or money? We all know the answer, but it isn’t going to satisfy our bank manager or suppliers. n

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ROWSING the supermarket shelves today you may have noticed that beetroot can now be found in the juice section – it has become very popular in this form. A resurgence of interest in beetroot is largely due to new information available on its health benefits and some scientific research reporting a potential benefit for exercise performance. In the last two years, I have come across two trainers that have incorporated beetroot juice into their horses’ diets. In this article, I will outline the reputed beneficial effects of beetroot for human athletes and discuss its relevance for horses in training. Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) is a root vegetable from the same family as sugar beet, the latter of which is commonly used in equine diets.

TABLE 1: NuTriTioNAL chArAcTErisTics of BEETrooT Nutritional Analysis

‘As fed’

Dry matter

Dry Matter







Crude Fibre










Protein Oil

Sugars Estimated Energy (DE)

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Beetroot is regarded by many as an acquired taste, but despite this it has featured in our own diet for centuries in many different forms. We eat beetroot in salads, chutney and of course as the cold soup, borscht In the Middle Ages, beetroot was recommended for the treatment of a variety of conditions, especially relating to the digestive tract and the blood. WORDS: CatheRine Dunnett BSC, PhD, R.nutR PhOtOS: ShutteRStOCK.COM

Beetroot grows well in Europe and is also commonly grown in North and South America. The nutritional profile of beetroot is good and includes a relatively high protein and fibre content, coupled with low oil; starch and sugar (see Table 1). Characterised by an intense red colour, beetroot contains a number of antioxidant pigments including polyphenols, such as resveretrol and quercetin. The main red pigment in beetroot is known to be betanin, a glucoside that is used as a natural food colouring agent. Betanin is also recognised as a natural antioxidant, which may in itself bring health benefits. However, when beetroot is eaten in significant amounts, this red pigment can lead to a pink colouring of both urine and faeces in people, although whether this phenomenon (known as beeturia) occurs in horses is currently unknown. By far the most interesting and potentially exciting effect of beetroot lies in its naturally high nitrate content. Nitrates (NO3) belongs to a family of compounds that contain

nitrogen and oxygen. They are found in varying amounts in plants and vegetables and certain vegetables such as beetroot are regarded as being a very rich source, whilst others such as carrots only have a moderate to low level (Table 2). Researchers have suggested that the health benefits attributed to a high vegetablecontaining diet in people may actually be largely due to a parallel increase in nitrate intake. Specific research on beetroot has reported a beneficial effect on blood pressure and also on exercise tolerance. In people, the nitrate from beetroot is absorbed in the stomach and small intestine into the blood. A proportion of this circulating nitrate is then concentrated in the salivary glands. Once in saliva, the nitrate is broken down by bacteria in the mouth to form nitrite. Nitrite is then absorbed, or broken down further to nitric oxide once in contact with stomach acids. Absorbed nitrite then can also be broken down to nitric oxide in the circulation following the consumption of beetroot. Nitric oxide has a wide range of physiological effects within the body, but specifically is believed to bring about a reduction in blood pressure, as nitric oxide opens up or dilates blood vessels allowing blood to flow more easily. Consuming beetroot immediately before exercise or supplementing chronically for 3-15 days in humans has also been reported to improve the economy of sub-maximal exercise by allowing energy to be generated more efficiently with less oxygen used (~10% less). Run time to fatigue during maximal exercise has also been improved in humans by 15-20% following beetroot supplementation. There has not been any research on the effects of beetroot in horses, but clearly if these findings were repeated, beetroot may well be a beneficial addition to horses’ diets. However, the story is not so straightforward and simple, as there are major differences in both the diet between humans and horses and also in the structure and function of their respective digestive tracts, which will

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NUTRITION TABLE 2: LEVEL of NiTrATE from A VAriETy of VEgETABLE sourcEs Nitrate

content ( per kg fresh vegetable)

2500 mg/kg

Beetroot and beetroot juice, celery, lettuce, rocket, spinach

feed Nitrate Level (No3)

1000-2500 mg/kg

Chinese cabbage, celeriac, endive, leek, parsley, kohlrabi,

Alfalfa Dehydrated Chop


Alfalfa hay


500-1000 mg/kg

Cabbage, dill, turnips, carrot juice

200-500 mg/kg

Broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, pumpkin

<200 mg/kg

Asparagus, artichoke, broad beans, green beans, peas, capsicum, tomato, watermelon, sweet potato, potato, garlic, onion, eggplants, mushroom

Very High High Moderate Low

common Vegetables

TABLE 3: TypicAL NiTrATE coNcENTrATioNs iN commoN fEEDs & forAgEs for horsEs

Very low

*Data from Australian Institute for Sport publication

influence the outcome. Firstly, as herbivores, a horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intake of nitrate from its diet is potentially much higher than that of a human. Typically an average diet in people will deliver 60-120mg of nitrate per day. The published improvement in exercise capacity was delivered following an acute intake of a concentrated beetroot shot of 70120mls providing about 300mg of nitrate about 2-2.5 hours before exercise. The nitrate content of typical ingredients that feature in the diet of a horse in training is shown in Table 3. It can immediately be seen

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that some components such as alfalfa have comparably high nitrate content. Given that horses in training may be consuming 5-8kg of forage per day, their nitrate intake compared to people may be much higher. However, at this stage we have no idea what the o ptimum intake of nitrate is for a horse given its greater bodyweight, blood volume, etc., and some species specific research would certainly be needed before any conclusions are drawn.

Nitrate overload Some serious words of caution are also

Approx. No3 mg/kg As fed

Soaked sugar beet (x 6 with water)






Soybean oil meal


Adapted from Guyer and Flowerday (1969). needed dampen our enthusiasm for nitrates, as this is a classic case of more is not always better. Excessive intake of nitrate can lead to a very high circulating level of nitrite, which can induce toxic effects such as methemoglobinemia. In this toxic state, the high nitrite oxidises the iron that forms part of the haemoglobin molecule in blood to form methaemoglobin, which is unable to carry oxygen. This is a clear disadvantage to horses in training. It is the bacteria that reside within the digestive tract that mediate the conversion of dietary nitrate to nitrite. In humans, babies are more susceptible to methemoglobinemia (blue baby syndrome) and adults are not normally at risk except where nitrate intake is exceptionally high. In contrast, ruminants and horses have a well developed fermentation chamber with bacteria capable of converting nitrate to nitrite. Horses, however, have a lower risk of nitrate intoxication than ruminants, as the conversion of nitrate to nitrite is reportedly lower (25%) and the hindgut is anatomically located after the main site of nitrate absorption (stomach and small intestine). Care should be taken to avoid cereals or forage that has been very heavily dressed with nitrogenous fertilisers. Some weeds such as Johnson grass, pigweeds, Jimson weed, Fireweed, and lambâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarter can accumulate nitrates and the level is also affected by environment including weather. Despite these potential negative issues, establishing the optimal nitrate intake for horses in training is an exciting challenge but one that requires a significant level of fundamental research. Beetroot may yet offer a new and exciting feed ingredient for horses in training and I will certainly be looking out for the beetroot story in humans to unfold in order to assess its potential application for horses. n

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YASUTOSHI IKEE Aiming at Arc glory Yasutoshi Ikee has dreamed of winning the Prix de lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arc de Triomphe ever since he watched Pilsudski finish second in the 1997 edition. Working for Sir Michael Stoute at the time, he now has his own chance to make history with Japanese Horse of the Year Orfevre. WORDS: ISABEL MATHEW PHOTOS: JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION, HORSEPHOTOS.COM

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ASED at Ritto Training Centre near Kyoto, Ikee currently occupies the top spot in the trainer’s championship by prize money and lies second in terms of winners. Now one of the stars of Japanese racing, it was only by chance that his family became involved.


“My grandfather was a barber, so we don’t come from a racing family,” Ikee explains, before adding, “When my father Yasuo was at junior school, his teacher said to him that he should become a jockey because of his size.” And so started the dynasty. Ikee senior began his new career in the saddle in 1959, which spanned 20 years. During this time, he won 368 races, including 17 at stakes level, and was known universally as “front running Ikee” for his style of riding. After hanging up his boots, Yasuo then became a trainer, going on to handle the careers of several Group 1 winners, including Japanese Horse of the Year and young sire sensation Deep Impact. Growing up, Ikee junior dreamt of becoming a jockey. With so much in common,

he became great friends with Yutaka Take, who attended pre-school with him, and later rode for his father. Much to Yasutoshi’s disappointment, this career choice was never to materialise. “I always knew right from the start that I was going to be involved in racing. I wanted to start by riding in races, but I quickly became too tall, so that went out of the window.” As a result, Ikee then trod the path to becoming a trainer. After spending some time with Kuniichi Asami, he went to work for Sir Michael in 1996. “I saw a clip of the Warren Hill gallops on television, and asked my father where it was. When he told me, I made up my mind to go and work in Newmarket because racing started in England, and I wanted to see where it all came from.” During his year spent at racing’s headquarters, Ikee worked with the likes of Pilsudski, with whom he experienced his first Arc when taking him to Longchamp. Also in the stable at the time was multiple Group 1 victor Singspiel, as well as the talented filly Whitewater Affair, later the dam of Dubai World Cup winner Victoire Pisa for Japan. The following season, Ikee had a spell in America with Neil Drysdale. “I wanted to see how racing worked in the United States because they train on a round track like we do in Japan. I learnt a lot from him because it was a

Tosen Jordan with trainer Yasutoshi Ikee after winning the Grade 1 Tenno Sho at Tokyo racecourse last September

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PROFILE good combination – he trained like a European, but on a Flat racecourse.” Ikee first passed his training licence in March 2003, and started his career a year later. Everything fell into place from the outset, something that was becoming customary for the young Nippon. “As is always the case in Japan, I took over from a retired trainer. My first runner had been due to race the week previously before I began, but had been balloted out. He was entered again, and won for me as my first runner. It was just luck!” One could say that Ikee may have had a head start because of his father’s success, but make no mistake: his impressive results are down to hard work and graft. Like many of his countrymen, he is strikingly modest. The 37-year-old started with approximately 20 horses and now has three times as many. Such was the confidence in his ability early on, renowned businessman Fusao Sekiguchi, owner of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi

Pegasus, sent him his €2.27 million sales topping foal when the time came. Clearly the world new he was destined for great things. Another important patronage Ikee was to receive from the beginning was that of the Yoshida Family, who owned half his stable. They now count approximately two thirds of his horses, and gave the young trainer his earliest big race success with Dream Journey, who became champion two-year-old in 2006. One of the most striking things about Dream Journey when he first saw him was his size, Ikee remembers. “I knew him as a foal at Shadai Stallion Station after he was born, and he was absolutely tiny. He turned into a very good racehorse however, so it definitely didn’t matter.” It wasn’t by chance that the Yoshidas sent Dream Journey to Ikee, as no other family could know his pedigree so well. Yasuo had trained his sire Stay Gold whilst Yasutoshi had been working as his assistant. Together they had travelled to Dubai, where the son of Sunday Silence won the Sheema Classic in 2001, beating Fantastic

Ikee bids to win the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe with Ofrevre (left). Ikee’s first big-race success came with Dream Journey (right) who became champion two-year-old in 2006

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Light. That year, he also took the Hong Kong Vase. Out of the three-time winning mare Oriental Art, Ikee senior had also trained her sire Mejiro McQueen. Inducted into the Japanese Hall of Fame, the grey won four Group 1s for his connections on home soil, including the Tenno Sho Spring (Emperor’s Cup) twice, becoming the third generation of his family to take this race. After Dream Journey’s success, it was then set in stone that Ikee would continue to receive his dam’s progeny. After coverings by several other Shadai Stallions, it wasn’t until four years later that she visited Stay

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YASUTOSHI IKEE Gold again, this time producing a phenomenon. Named Orfevre, or “goldsmith” in French, it seems that the chestnut colt was always destined to take his chance in Longchamp’s €4 million event. Born in early May, Ikee was already impressed. “When I saw Orfevre as a foal, the first thing I thought was that he was so much bigger than his brother, and a different colour! I said to myself, if his brother was so tiny and he was such a good horse, then this one will be even better.” Dreams were about to become reality for Ikee, but not without some teething problems. Top class racehorses always have that special something, and for Ikee, it became clear that the highly-strung temperament of the colt’s family was to play a big factor in Orfevre’s career for better and for worse. This was there for all to see when he made his racecourse debut. “Before his maiden race at Niigata, everything had gone very smoothly. He was training really well and his preparation had pleased me.” On race day, everything continued in the same vein, until the colt’s temperament shone through. “Orfevre crossed the finishing line with a length and a half to spare, before he succeeded in getting rid of his jockey straight afterwards. They then couldn’t hold the winning ceremony after the race. He is a monster!” Ikee laughs. The colt quickly progressed to better things, and after another couple of races, Orfevre turned into his Classic year. “His first two prep races didn’t go according to plan, as he was showing a lot of attitude. By the third however we had worked out a way to handle him.” What was to follow was outstanding, and Orfevre became the first Japanese Triple Crown winner since Deep Impact in 2005. His win last October in the Kikuka Sho-Japanese St. Leger, the third leg, was an extremely emotional moment for both Ikees, with Yasutoshi dedicating the feat to his family. It was at this point that the Arc picture started to become a reality. Winning Europe’s richest race has

“When I saw Orfevre as a foal, the first thing I thought was that he was so much bigger than his brother. I said to myself, if his brother was so tiny and he was such a good horse, then this one will be even better”

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PROFILE long since been a preoccupation for the Japanese, whose best results have come with the Yoshitaka Ninomiya-trained pair El Condor Pasa and Nakayama Festa, runnersup in 1999 and 2010, respectively. Six years ago, Ikee accompanied Deep Impact to France, where he was third past the post in the Arc before later being disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance. At the same time, Ikee brought over his own Picaresque Coat, who went on to finish second in the Group 2 Prix Dollar. “In Japan he wasn’t even stakes class, so I was amazed that he did so well,” he remembers. That experience has proved invaluable for Yasutoshi, who came to Chantilly in July to do a reconnaissance mission. “Orfevre will stay at Satoshi Kobayashi’s stable during his time here, and I think it will suit him. “He will have a stable companion, and I think this will make him calmer. It is a fantastic place to train, and the gallops are amazing. Even if he is used to training on the racetrack, it is so peaceful that I think he will have the time to relax that he needs. The way they race in France is quite like Japan, going slowly at the beginning before a sprint finish, so I think that this will suit him too.” Currently resting at Shadai before his journey at the end of August, Orfevre will use the Prix Foy as a prep race before the big event. Here he will experience French racing

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Yasou Ikee began his career as a jockey, winning 368 races, including 17 stakes

for the first time, but also a new jockey. “It has been decided to use Christophe Soumillon, because he knows Longchamp like the back of his hand, and has won two Arcs,” Ikee explains. The Belgian jockey has been riding in Japan for the Yoshidas and Ikee for several winters. “Christophe said to me last December that it is his dream to win the Arc on a Japanese horse trained by me. At the time I thought he was

flattering me, but now it could become reality. One of the most important things is that they get on well together, because Orfevre can be very difficult.” It won’t be the first time that the two-time Champion jockey has ridden the colt however, as he remembers riding him as a juvenile one morning at Ritto when working for Ikee. Come the first Sunday in October, both Ikees will be present, together with Yasutoshi’s son, who one suspects is likely to take over the reins when the time comes. Although recently retired, Yasuo still keeps a close eye on the horses, watching them train at least once a week, and goes racing every weekend. They have a very close relationship, conversing regularly about Yasutoshi’s charges, however where the Arc is concerned, father has let son find his own path. Japanese trainers have won several international prizes, but Longchamp has thus far remained elusive. It surely won’t be long before they do succeed, as one of the Nippons’ most enduring traits is that they never give up. Should Orfevre be within winning distance in the final stages of the Arc on 7th October, one thing is certain: his many fans will be riding the last few furlongs with Soumillon. A If anyone can win the Arc for Ikee, it’s him and Orfevre. n

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Preventing Laminitis with cryotherapy

How cold will you go?


UMOUR has it that healthy, fit thoroughbred racehorses never develop laminitis… Apparently, someone forgot to tell this to the horses. “No horse, no matter how valuable or well cared for, is immune to laminitis. Standardbred stallion Artsplace and his sire Abercrombie, along with thoroughbred champion Sunday Silence and American quarter horse stallion This Snow Royal, are just a few legendary horses whose lives were cut short by laminitis. Although these are some of the more well known horses, many more horses ranging from athletes to breeding stock to pets and companions have been afflicted by and lost the battle with this dreaded disease.” Rustin Moore, a veterinary surgeon and chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, shared the above in an article he authored for the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot in 2009 called, “Vision 20/20 – Conquer Laminitis by 2020.” Moore, together with a multitude of veterinarians and horse people, is dedicated to raising awareness of laminitis and finding a cure for the disease. Multiple other famous racehorses, like Secretariat, have also been victims of laminitis; however, one racehorse really stands out in the list.

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Racing thoroughbreds can and do develop severe laminitis. Preventative cold therapy (cryotherapy) can help minimise the pain, suffering, and loss of such horses. WORDS: STACEY OKE, DVM, Msc PHOTOS: MOLLY HIGGINS, HORSEPHOTOS.COM

“Barbaro opened the public’s eyes about the importance of laminitis in horses and exemplified how devastating, and sometimes untreatable, this disease can be,” adds James Orsini, Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of the International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot and the Laminitis Institute at Penn Vet. Although Barbaro developed laminitis while recovering from a severe injury in one of his hindlimbs (called a support or contralimb laminitis), Orsini says, “Laminitis of the same

“Many more horses ranging from athletes, to breeding stock, to pets and companions have been afflicted by and lost the battle with this dreaded disease”

severity can and does occur in racing thoroughbreds more commonly than realized by the general public. On average 10-13% of horses are affected with laminitis and, annually, another 2% of new cases are added to the total.” In one study, Orisini and colleagues found that almost half (42%) of the 591 horses treated for laminitis at the New Bolton Center in Maryland between 2000 and 2009 were thoroughbreds and 31.3% of the 591 horses were racehorses. “One notable finding of that study for thoroughbred owners and trainers was that racehorses – thoroughbred racehorses in particular – had a higher risk of either dying or being euthanised than any of the other horses,” explains Orsini. Carol Clark, an internal medicine clinician at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital in Florida, adds: “Perhaps one reason that people think thoroughbred racehorses don’t develop laminitis is because sick or lame horses [which can develop laminitis] are shipped off the track before severe laminitis develops.” Treating laminitis, regardless of the drugs,

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Applying cold to the lower aspect of the leg where there is little muscle or soft tissues will, in theory, cool the blood flowing to the foot, causing the metabolism in the lamellae in the hoof to be reduced, therefore decreasing inflammation and the amount of blood reaching the lamellae. Right and below right: diagram showing acute laminitis and laminitis rotation (below)

shoeing, and supportive therapy, has proven again and again to be fraught with misery. As an alternative, researchers began looking at ways to prevent the disease. And to do this, they ignored all the fancy fads and went back to the basics: cold therapy (also known as therapeutic hypothermia or cryotherapy).

Cryotherapy for preventing laminitis There are a multitude of factors that can predispose horses to laminitis. Knowing these risk factors, according to Clark, is an important step in prevention. Cryotherapy – which is different than the “cryoing” used to treat splints or curbs – is one method that, when applied properly, appears to effectively limit the development of laminitis. “Cryotherapy should be considered for any horse that is ill or has a fever, before any signs of laminitis begin to develop,” recommends Clark. Orsini concurs and adds, “Continuous cryotherapy is an evidence-based treatment that when instituted early and until resolution

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of the primary disease, is an effective preventative for laminitis. This technique is used all the time in horses identified as at-risk for laminitis.” What exactly does cryotherapy entail? Two or three full days of constant cold applied to the lower aspect of the horse’s limbs. The theory is that applying cold to the lower aspect of the leg where thoroughbreds have little muscle or soft tissues will cool the blood flowing to the foot. In turn, the metabolism in the lamellae in the hoof (the sensitive tissue of the foot that essentially hold the coffin bone to the hoof wall) will be reduced, inflammation and pain is decreased, and the blood vessels will constrict, thereby decreasing the amount of blood reaching the lamellae. What’s the catch? The current statistics show that for cryotherapy to be effective in horses at risk for laminitis, the horse needs to have

“Orisini and colleagues found that almost half (42%) of the 591 horses treated for laminitis at the New Bolton Center between 2000 and 2009 were thoroughbreds and 31.3% of the 591 horses were racehorses” continuous cryotherapy applied to the entire distal limb (from the mid-cannon bone down) for approximately 48–72 hours and the water needs to be maintained at 1°C throughout that period to reduce the internal hoof temperature sufficiently. Clearly, this poses an issue for managing horses at the track. Luckily, according to Clark, there are options that make cryotherapy a viable option.

Applying cryotherapy in the racetrack setting Clark routinely uses cryotherapy on her patients, including racing thoroughbreds, and has used it for at least the past five to seven years. She says, “The use of cryotherapy is not new, and it has been the standard of care for us for a while now.” In Clark’s hands, all horses with any risk

CAUSES OF LAMINITIS IN THOROUGHBREDS Exactly how the sensitive tissues of the foot ultimately become inflamed and what factors contribute to the severity of the disease aren’t known, which makes preventing and treating laminitis challenging and, in some cases, impossible. Veterinarians do know that there is a long and varied list of situations or diseases that put horses at risk for laminitis. Due to the fact that many racehorses are primped, preened, babied, and basically have every step they make monitored at all times, many of the items on the “laminitis list” are not applicable (e.g., contact with black walnut shavings, metritis [inflammation/ infection of the uterus], obesity). But again, that does not mean that racehorses are immune to laminitis. There are still several events on the list of laminitis risk factors (indicated by *) that even the most well-managed thoroughbred cannot completely avoid. Colic, for example, is one condition that is totally unpredictable and no horse is ever completely safe from. Laminitis – the risk factors Events that contribute to the development of

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laminitis can be broken up into three main categories: 1.Inflammatory/gastrointestinal events l Colic* l Excessive grazing on lush pasture l Grain overload l Pleuropneumonia (shipping fever)* l Colitis (diarrhoea)* l Metritis (infection/inflammation of the uterus – often postpartum) l Contact with black walnut shavings 2.Metabolic/endocrine alterations Insulin resistance l Metabolic syndrome l Equine Cushing’s syndrome l Obesity l Glucocorticoid (steroid) administration* l

3.Traumatic events l Excessive weight bearing on one limb* l Excessive concussion (impact with the ground)*

factor indicative of impending laminitis are immediately administered cryotherapy. “We poke holes in the bottom of 5-litre fluid bags, have the horses step into the bags, fill the bags with ice, and duct tape the bags to the horse’s legs,” explains Clark. “The holes allow the water from the melted ice to drain, and the ice can be refreshed as needed.” There are actually several other ways currently available to induce hypothermia in an attempt to prevent laminitis. Commercial cold gel wraps, cold cuffs, cold water baths, and products that are like a wading boot for horses can all be used to cool a horse’s limb, but which is the best option? The research team of Jonathan Cheetham, VetMB, PhD, Dipl. ACVS at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine published a study in June 2012 that compared three different cooling techniques for the equine distal limb: commercial gel packs; simple five-litre fluid bags that were filled with an ice slurry; and a vinyl wader boot that was filled with an ice slurry. The gel boot did not result in any substantial cooling of digits whereas both the ice bag and wader boot cooled the horses’ feet. Both techniques reduced the temperature in the feet to approximately 14°C. The researchers concluded that, like Clark recommends, “Cryotherapy by use of 5L fluid bags with ice slurry may be a readily available, practical, and efficient method for prevention of laminitis in horses.” It should be noted, however, that both the fivr-litre fluid bags and wader boots were replenished every hour during the study period. Nonetheless, Clark is adamant that “any ice is better than no ice,” and suggests that any form of cryotherapy would be advantageous on the track and can be achieved to some extent with minimal effort.

How low can you go? If someone slapped us in a 1ºC cold water bath – even under the guise of some sort of “therapy” – we simply could not handle that low of a temperature for even a few minutes, never mind 48–72 hours straight. In the studies conducted in horses so far, all of the tested horses proved themselves the superior species and tolerated cold therapy well, including those confined to the “box in the stocks” for three entire days. Exactly how cold can a horse’s foot get and a “target temperature” remain undetermined, but according to Orsini, some studies indicate that “Horses feet can tolerate temperatures as low as 2-3°C without injury to the foot.” According to Andrew van Eps, BVSc, PhD, “The equine distal limb seems resilient to the effects of extreme continuous hypothermia. There are no reports in the literature of complications directly related to the clinical application of distal limb cryotherapy in horses,” and, “Cold-induced pain, observed in

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Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro developed support limb laminitis when recuperating from surgery for his fractured hind leg

human patients when cryotherapy is applied at 5°C or less has not been noted in horse studies.”

The science supporting cryotherapy Much of the published research on cryotherapy for preventing laminitis has been conducted by a single pair of researchers from the Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit in Queensland. Those researchers – van Eps and Chris Pollitt, BVSc, PhD – have actually conducted several studies over the past decade to evaluate the impact of cryotherapy on preventing laminitis in horses. Van Eps and Pollitt recently used a “laminitis model” that is known to reliably and consistently cause laminitis in horses to better study the impact of cryotherapy on laminitis. After establishing the model, which essentially gives the horses a grain overload, the horses were divided into two groups: one group of horses underwent continuous cryotherapy while the second group was left untreated. The horses in the continuous cryotherapy group were placed standing in stocks in a wooden bath that submerged the horses’ distal (lower) limbs. The cold water was circulated constantly for 72 hours at a chilly 1°C. After the 72-hour confinement, horses that received cryotherapy were significantly less lame than the horses in the control group. Significantly more microscopic changes in the tissues of the feet (the lamellae) that occur during laminitis were found in the control group than the cryotherapy group. The results of that study, together with a numerous other studies in horses and other

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species, clearly support the use of cryotherapy when it is applied throughout the development period. “Prevention is clearly the best alternative in any horse at risk of laminitis due to either a life threatening illness or injury,” concedes Orsini.

Future directions in cryotherapy for racehorses The verdict is in, and veterinarians and researchers alike agree that cryotherapy is an invaluable tool in the prevention of laminitis. But, as pointed out by van Eps and Pollitt during a presentation at the 2006 AAEP annual convention, confining a horse to stocks and ensuring it remains standing for the entire treatment period would be “difficult to achieve in clinical cases.” As such, van Eps and Pollitt have been seeking alternatives to the water bath and stocks approach to cryotherapy that provide better temperature regulation than the currently available systems (e.g., ice packs, gel packs, etc.). Even Clark admits that her method, the “5litre fluid bag technique,” does not reach the middle of the cannon bone and likely does not keep the feet at a consistently low temperature, but given the circumstances, is a reasonable and apparently important step in treating her patients until better options are available. Van Eps and Pollitt are currently striving to develop a system that permits horses to walk and lie down while providing continuous cryotherapy. In the meantime, it seems prudent to heed Clark’s advice and stick with the ice. n

“BARBARO’S DISEASE”: SUPPORT LIMB LAMINITIS Another time to let the powers that be whisper the word “laminitis” in your ear is when a racehorse is undergoing a surgical procedure, which is exactly what happened with Barbaro. “Any horse undergoing a surgical procedure of the limbs, such as repairing a fracture or treating an infection or other severe lameness problem, places these horses in the at-risk category for support (contralateral) limb laminitis,” says Orsini. Typically, support limb laminitis usually develops in horses that have some sort of cast to treat a severe injury/lameness resulting in more weight-bearing most of their weight on the opposite fore- or hindlimb. For example, Laurie Goodrich, a veterinary surgeon at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, reported that 14 of 113 (12%) horses that had casts following surgery developed supporting limb laminitis. Goodrich, who presented this data at the 2011 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention in Texas, added, “Support limb laminitis is a relatively common complication…” and that “Greater duration of casting and higher body weights increase the likelihood of developing this complication.” “Unilateral weight bearing increases the time that a single limb sustains constant weight, which places the foot at increased risk for support limb laminitis,” explains Orsini.

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HE first session was opened by Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, who gave an introductory speech – serving an “as is” assessment of the challenges to racing in the digital age. With 90% of the information today being relayed digitally versus just 10% face-to-face, racing needs to embrace technology as a key driver for business growth. But in this scenario it is also worth remembering that with so much digital communication, there is always a danger of confusion caused by too much information, combined with changes going on all the time. “Surveys show that 40% of people are today happy to communicate via devices, rather than face-to-face,” Engelbrecht-Bresges said. In such a rapidly growing 'digital world,' will it not be the case that any message brought across face-to-face will have incredibly high value and will be seen as quality information? Perhaps, but there is no way horseracing can escape the digital age. Our product is probably one best served by, and suited to, the internet. Followers of international horseracing can today watch

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The Asian Racing Conference, held in Istanbul over five days in the middle of July, was an impressively comprehensive affair. With over 500 delegates plus staff from the hosts – the Jockey Club of Turkey – and members of the media, this conference is numerically a gathering on the scale of a medium-sized primary school. Same number of heads, almost the same enthusiasm, only a bit more advanced. A range of topics was discussed and presented. WORDS: GEIR STABELL PHOTOS: TURKISH JOCKEY CLUB

races from just about any corner of the world streamed live on the web. Just over 20 years ago, anyone who wanted to keep up with the action abroad sat patiently waiting for his or her weekly magazine to arrive from across the oceans. By the time a reader in Europe had read the reports of last week's races in North America, many of the horses involved were back in fast work and aiming for their next big tasks. Today, it makes no difference where you are in the world – by the time the horses are pulled up, you know the result. Not only that,

but you have seen the race on your computer. Internet is perfect for horseracing, and racing is perfect for the internet – for viewing and betting. Why then are we lagging behind many other entertainment products in a digital race for customers and their business? Figures show clearly that horseracing is not a big player. Engelbrecht-Bresges explained that, while games such as poker have grown rapidly in the international e-markets of wagering, horseracing only has a 5% market share.

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Since 2000, global internet access has grown by 528%, and these days the mobile betting market plays a significant role. Paddy Power Bookmakers already take 38% of their turnover via mobiles, and William Hill Bookmakers targets 40% by next year. Five years ago, no more than 5% of the betting turnover on the French PMU came from digitally placed wagers. Today, more than 13% of the PMU turnover comes digitally. These figures send out a powerful message that cannot be ignored. Embracing the technology is perhaps the best plan of action, though knowing the lay of the land is just as vital. Though, as the National Basketball Association's speaker Dan Markham pointed out, things are changing all the time. “We work with one-year plans,” he said, “never five-year plans.” Paul Lee, Global Director of Technology, Media and Telecommunications at Deloitte Research, says, “Racing is not reaching young people, who are the primary users of devices.” Lee argues that horseracing must use devices more, and reminds us of how the world has changed over the past half century. “Back in 1950, there were five big computers in the world, one on each continent,” Lee said, “and by the end of 2012 the world markets will

have sold 500 million smart-phones each costing $100 or less.” One problem horseracing is facing, when competing with other sports for young fans, is the fact that it is funded mainly through betting – and many of the young fans are too young to bet. By the time they reach the age when they can bet, most of them will have been captured, so to speak, by other sports, such as football, basketball, golf, and tennis. Another factor worth bearing in mind is that while most young people will have had the opportunity to try out many of these sports themselves, that is hardly ever the case with horseracing.

Wi-fi so important, but not always welcome “If you have a venue, customers today expect wi-fi connection, and you must provide this service,” Lee hammered home. Racecourses in the UK do not offer wi-fi, and on big racedays the mobile networks get so congested it is virtually impossible to get a signal. Mobile phones get priority, but if the course offered wi-fi that would solve the problem. It is a bit strange that, when the rest of the world is surfing on this digital boom, racing administrators manage

to ignore or even block it out. Lee also reminded the audience that “people like to do things in groups.” Hence the success of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. This creates another vast difference between horseracing and other sports: While fans at a football match or a basketball game get the 'team experience' and go to the event in groups, racing fans seldom do that. Is racing doing enough to create, if not the exact same feeling of being 'part of', then at least a more social aspect to enjoying the sport?

One man hooking new fans, for free When visiting a friend in a small town in Sweden recently I decided to have a crack at the incredibly popular, yet terribly tricky, bet called the V75, setting the punter the challenge of picking the winners of seven races. If you want some cover, it becomes expensive and my budget for harness race betting is not negotiable. “Why don't you get a share in Leffe's syndicate?” my friend said. Everybody knew Mr Leffe, who held the ATG license in his busy 'Bets and Tobacco Corner' down by the market place. Good name for what started as a sweets and news shop, by the way.

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RACING investors. No wonder it has never really taken off. The Swedish model, and their weekly V75 bet, has. This product is sold abroad, and the turnover on a Saturday is typically around 70 million kroner (£6.7 million / €8.4 million). Not bad, for a nation of just over nine million people. As a comparison, on the Saurday of this year's Cheltenham Festival, only £222,860 was bet on the English Scoop 6. Totepool's spokesman George Primarolo called it “massive” but in truth it is an embarrassingly small pool.

International product – international fees

Henry Birtles addresses the conference

Soon I knew Leffe too. He was a shrewd form expert. Every week, he compiled a solid V75 ticket, which was way out of anybody's budget, never mind mine. He made photocopies of the bet, displayed it in the shop, and offered punters shares. This syndicate was rumoured to be the best thing since motorised snow ploughs. I wonder how they trust the man, I was thinking while taking the short walk to join the syndicate. After all, if they won millions one day, he would be the one holding the ticket. It might be tempting to close up shop and swap picking horses and clearing snow in Sweden with an easy life on some beach in Brazil. When I told Leffe I would like a share in his bet, he took my cash, punched the ticket, and out of his machine came a betting slip, which was mine to keep. Not for the whole amount of course, which was based on one krone per line. No, what I got was a tenth of that, as his machine was able to process a bet with just 10 öre per line (less than a pence). I had bought my own ticket, yet still I was part of a group and I could go to the pub and watch the races with other members of this group. We all had the same horses to cheer for. Small punters thus got a piece of the action, sensibly reasoning that it's better to have a small share in a big cruise ship that's thriving than owning a small and sinking trawler outright. So, because people like doing this in groups, a group had been easy to form. Leffe's turnover increased, and harness racing did, more or less by default, get new customers. What's more, down at the pub I got to know interesting people I would normally never have met. We did not win on the night, as Leffe had failed to go for cover in the race won by a 45-1 shocker, but it was still a win-win scenario, not least for the sport itself. The beauty of the whole scheme is that people actually learn about the sport this way. “Why did Leffe pick that horse as a banker?”...

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“And why did he not pick the favourite in the first?”...”How on earth could that horse suddenly improve?” There can be no doubt that these small-time punters were far more likely to be become more serious gamblers than those buying a 'lucky dip' ticket. And if they did, they would be sticking to betting on horses. Australian author Les Carlyon, who sat in the panel on the session on how to use popular culture to build bridges to a broader

“In football and basketball a goal is a goal and a foul is a foul. Horseracing is not so clear, and observing how rules are interpreted in different ways in different jurisdictions can be confusing to say the least” audience, summed it up well when saying, “The answer is more creativity.” This also goes for creating and promoting betting products. Horseracing could do with a few more like Leffe. His idea has spread quickly across the nation. Imagine if the Scoop 6 in England could offer similar opportunities to what this man came up with. It is a ridiculously expensive wager, with £2 per line, and of no interest to small players at all, not least since the media tends to help the big players when they come to the fore looking for partners and co-

Touching on betting products offered in various countries leads to another topic discussed in Istanbul, during a session with the headline “Re-writing the Rules Book; Reform and the Rules of Racing in the 21st Century” – the one session that was rather a tame affair. The discussions never had any punch to them, perhaps yet another sign of how defensive everyone still is in this field. Nevertheless, one message that came across was that international racing rules are important if we are going to expand the international betting markets. North American racing fans would find it hard to swallow seeing a horse keeping the race after having caused marked interference, as is so often the case in England, while English racing fans feel hard done by when horses are strictly disqualified for seemingly minor interferences, as is often the case in France. In football and basketball a goal is a goal and a foul is a foul. Horseracing is not so clear, and observing how rules are interpreted in different ways in different jurisdictions can be confusing to say the least. Also, it can all too easily make neutral observers question the seriousness and integrity of this sport.

New whip rules reducing interference cases The use of the whip, and its regulations, has become a hotter topic these days, and some interesting points were made on this. Jamie Stier, Director of Raceday Operation and Regulations at the British Horseracing Authority, explained that the current system in England, which has taken some time to be ironed out, is acceptable, as “the horse needs to be in contention, the horse must respond, and the horse must be given time to respond.” The first point, being in contention, is easy to observe and define; the other two perhaps not so easy to assess. Stier also told the audience that since the new whip regulations were introduced in England, stewards' reports show that cases of interferences have dropped by 20%. This is particularly interesting, since many argue that the whip is vital for the riders for safety reasons. It does not seem to quite add up. Whether

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RACING the English system is good or not so good, it is worth mentioning that, on the day this conference ended, the riders of the first three home in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot were all given bans for excessive use of the whip, while the owners of these horses kept the prize monies and Group One status for their horses. Sven Hanson, speaking of Pride Racing Club's colt Reliable Man, who finished fourth at Ascot, said, “I find it a little strange that the only ones losing out are the owners of the horse that was ridden within the rules. The same thing happened in the Grand Prix de Paris, where the winner held on by a nose, while his rider broke the rules about the use of the whip.” The whip has been part of horseracing since day one, so any radical changes are not going to come easily. Personally, I have my doubts about horses running that much faster for being whipped. What we have seen are jockeys riding badly because they are too eager with the whip, and we have all heard how people from outside the sport feel disgusted when seeing horses come under the whip in races. David Muir, former Commander of the Mounted Branch of the Lancashire Constabulary and today an RSPCA consultant in England, is not impressed by recent developments in the UK: “Inflicting pain is unacceptable,” he said,

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“and defining safety purposes is impossible.” He went on to add that the term “discretion of the stewards” creates a “state of fog” and called for stricter, more clearly defined rules. “They had it right but they moved back,” said Muir, referring to the U-turn made in England after they first introduced much stricter regulations last autumn. “They have simply lost the plot,” he argued, “having the whip for safety, yes, but it has to be strictly controlled. The problems we saw before are beginning to come back.” Four days later we saw those three jockeys dominating the finish to the King George, proving Muir’s case.

Attracting new fans, younger fans How can horseracing attract new customers, including young people and women? These questions were continually repeated and debated at the Asian Racing Conference. There are various ideas, tools and programmes one can suggest. They all have one thing in common: make the sport a nice experience and the information first class. Conservatism is a serious problem in this industry, and in many cases creates a stumbling block. Often, administrators have little or no clue of very simple moves that would make it easier for the public to understand and enjoy the sport. Take English courses, where they have still not introduced big, clearly visible number

cloths on the grooms leading horses in the parade ring. Those number cloths work in Turkey, they work in the US, so why not in England, where the paddocks are often huge? That small number plate flipping around on the groom's arm is hardly customer friendly, and at Nottingham racecourse these number plates don't even display what race the horse is running in, meaning that if you like horse number five in the preparade ring you have no way of knowing whether the animal is due to run in race two or three. At principal racecourses in France, starting stalls operate without numbers displayed above each stall. What is the point in informing a punter that his chosen horse is in stall five, when it is impossible to tell exactly which stall that is when the gates open? It’s easy to understand how any newcomer in the stands finds it hard to keep up with the action, and it is pretty hard to enjoy the action when the picture is as blurred as this. Most of us have heard W L Bateman's famous words: “If you keep on doing what you've always done, you keep on getting what you've always gotten.” Some argue that these words no longer hold much credence, as doing the same thing today will get you less and less. For the horseracing industry, that is probably the case. Therefore, more conferences like the one staged in Istanbul would be welcome. n

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An important step forwards in equine fracture repair In the past, surgical repair of equine limb fractures has always been performed under general anaesthesia. Anaesthesia in horses is an inherently risky procedure, and the surgeon’s careful work can be destroyed in a moment as the horse wakes and rises unsteady on his feet only to break the limb for a second time. A second break at this stage is usually beyond repair. A new study, published in Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ), has shown that a new approach has excellent results. WORDS: Celia M MaRR, POlly COMPStOn PHOtOS: ROSSDaleS anD PaRtneRS


TANDING surgery in the horse is growing in popularity across soft tissue and orthopaedic disciplines, as it is often quicker and avoids the inherent risks of general anaesthesia. At Rossdales Equine Hospital in Newmarket, some racehorses with specific fracture configurations now have surgery ‘standing’- that is, under standing sedation and local anaesthetic. As increasing numbers of racehorses have had fractures repaired in this way, it has developed into a routine procedure for certain patients. General anaesthesia is known to be of particularly high risk in the horse, and this is especially true for horses that are having a fracture repaired. Racehorses are extremely high performance athletes and therefore injuries that require surgery are inevitable. Two very common fracture sites in racehorses involve the fetlock joint: condylar fractures of

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Polly Compston, clinical researcher at Rossdales

the cannon bone and midline ‘split pastern’ fractures. Both can be repaired with bone screws, which has been traditionally performed under a general anaesthetic. However, in 2006 two scientific studies advocated a novel approach so that these fractures could be repaired using local anaesthetic to desensitise the leg in a sedated patient. Shortly thereafter, Richard Payne at Rossdales started to perform this operation on standing horses. Horses are sedated heavily, in an area with padded floors and walls. The reasons for this are three-fold: firstly it is a clean and quiet environment; secondly it means that if the horse should need the procedure to be completed under a general anaesthetic for some reason (it has not happened yet!) then everything is set up and the horse is in the right place for this; and thirdly, it is thought that the padded floor helps disperse the vibrations from the drill

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STANDING FRACTURES that is used to place the screws in the bone, making it less likely that the horse reacts. The operation itself is very similar to when it is performed under a general anaesthetic except for the position the horse is in. Polly Compston, a clinical researcher at Rossdales, followed the progress of 34 racing thoroughbreds and arabs that had a fracture repaired standing between March 2004 and June 2011. All these horses tolerated the operation very well, although four had some post-operative gastrointestinal problems – a fairly common complication of any major surgical procedure, independently of any veterinary treatment they are given. Sadly one of these could not be saved despite intensive care. One horse developed minor skin sores, which again resolved without incident following appropriate treatment. Thirty-three horses left the hospital to return to race training. Three of these were operated on less than six months before the study was conducted and therefore subsequent performance information was not

“General anaesthesia is known to be of particularly high risk in the horse, and this is especially true for horses that are having a fracture repaired” collected for them. Twenty-eight horses successfully returned to training. Two-thirds of the group raced and of these twelve, were placed or won at least one race. These fantastic results compare well to horses that have had similar fractures repaired under general anaesthesia. For example, in the split pastern category, 71% of the horses that were operated on standing raced again, compared to 59% – even 67% in a large study in the U.S. – of those under a general anaesthetic. Standing fracture repair is not suitable in all fractures or for all horses. This is only possible in relatively simple lower limb fractures such as split pasterns and condylar fractures – both common racing injuries. It is very important that the fracture itself is not displaced – in other words, that bone has not moved along the fracture line. This has two important implications: The first is that many of the fractures in this study are relatively small and ‘incomplete’ – that is, they are a crack in the bone rather than a full fracture line that breaks the bone into two pieces. In the EVJ study, horses operated on standing return to racing more quickly than those that had been operated on under a general anaesthesia. However, this is most likely because the initial

RP performing surgery (left): Richard Payne prepared to begin the procedure. The padded floor is extremely important as the drill vibrations are dispersed through this surface Split pastern repair (right): A midline incomplete fracture at the top of the pastern within the fetlock joint, or ‘split pastern’, fracture that has been repaired using two bone screws

Condylar fracture before (left): This X-ray shows how a condylar fracture spirals as it runs almost vertically up the cannon bone Condylar fracture after (right): The fracture has been repaired with 3 screws through the cannon bone

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“Only those with an amenable temperament should be selected for standing surgery, as they must stand totally still whilst the operation is taking place” fracture was smaller rather than a direct effect of standing surgery. Small, incomplete fractures are being increasingly diagnosed using the more sophisticated methods that are now available, such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and CT (computed tomography). This allows early recognition, for example of stress fractures, so developing solutions to these problems that may not have been recognised in the past becomes ever more critical. Condylar fractures, the second type of fracture in which standing repair is possible, are important. The term condylar fracture refers to a vertical break in the lower part of the cannon bone, often spiralling around the bone from the inside towards the outside as it travels up the bone. This “spiralling” process,

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This X-ray shows how a condylar fracture spirals as it runs almost vertically up the cannon bone

although incomplete and non-displaced initially, can be progressive, ever weakening the bone. This has important consequences if the horse is going to be anaesthetised, as it is at a higher risk of becoming a complete and catastrophic fracture following surgery as the horse gets up. If this happens then the fracture cannot be repaired and the horse must be euthanased. This has been a major motivator for developing standing fracture repair techniques. The procedure may not suit every horse: only those with an amenable temperament should be selected for standing surgery, as they must stand totally still whilst the operation is taking place. A highly skilled hospital team is needed, with wellchoreographed nursing, horse-handling, and x-ray support for the surgeon. Finally, the bone screws are placed through small ‘stab’ incisions in the skin. Fractures that are higher up the leg cannot be repaired in this way as there is too much muscle covering them. To summarise, the results of this Equine Veterinary Journal study have shown that fracture repair under standing sedation and local anaesthesia appears to have comparable results with fracture repair under a general anaesthetic. Standing fracture repair avoids the inherent risk of general anaesthesia and offers a viable alternative to getting horses back to the racecourse. n

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Has the golden gate opened for racing in China?

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RACING IN CHINA Wuhan is the largest racetrack in China and can accomodate 34,500 people

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HINA’S communist government officially banned horseracing in 1949, but the rapid development of new racetracks since the 1990s has slowly but surely brought about a change of mind from government officials. Now, racing is now one of the largest growing industries in the country. Racehorse ownership is viewed as a status symbol; the number of racehorses wealthy people in China own is more important to them than the money they could earn if gambling were legal. Their two “must-haves” are a luxury car…and a racehorse. With Shanghai and Beijing being among the world’s richest cities, there is a lot of money available to spend on this growing sport. Although China is vast in size, all the major racetracks are situated within the east of the country. Wuhan, otherwise known as Orient Lucky City, is the largest of them. Established in 2003, Wuhan has the capacity to stable 500 horses for training and racing, and can accommodate a crowd of 34,500 people. With an initial investment of roughly £130 million (€160 million), its training


How much do you know about the racing and thoroughbred industry in China? The most common answer is probably, “Not much.” As its government has the country poised to become a racing nation fit to compete with the rest of the world, this will soon change. WORDS: SUZY CROSSMAN AND MARCO WONG

facilities could see it become a world leader. The most recent development, well documented in the media, is Tianjin. Beijing is the nearest city to this new HK$26 billion (£2.1 billion, or €2.7 billion) development. With plans for a racetrack, a training centre with the ability to house 4,000 horses, a breeding centre, and quarantine and veterinary facilities, it will be on a par with Meydan. It has already attracted support from world leaders in their specialist fields such as Coolmore Stud in Ireland and the Royal Agricultural College in the United Kingdom. Although it seems to be behind schedule at present, there is no doubt that the Chinese want this to be their showpiece, and it proves

Wuhan, otherwise known as Orient Lucky City, has the capacity to stable 500 horses

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their commitment to horseracing and thoroughbred breeding. China’s stringent quarantine laws have been a major problem for the importation of horses. This autumn, the first Global Champions Tour – a worldwide show jumping competition series – was due to take place for the first time in Shanghai but was put off until 2013. That they hadn’t yet eased their quarantine laws was a blow to many but they’re aware that its commitment to change for next year could open up a huge market to them. With an ease in quarantine regulations, it’s hoped that it will be as easy to import horses to China as the many thousands of horses that

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Billions of dollars have been invested into racing by the government including an initial €130 million at Wuhan

have already been imported to Hong Kong. There are nine major racetracks in the eastern region of China, and with billions of pounds being invested by the government the window of opportunity for all equine-related businesses is enormous. The key players in the Chinese bloodstock industry will become familiar faces at venues such as Keeneland and Ocala; they want the best and are prepared to pay for them. This autumn two international horse fairs will be held: the smaller trade fair in Beijing; and the China International Horse Fair in Shanghai, which last year attracted nearly 5,000 visitors. The Chinese need horses, knowledgeable professionals, and top class products and nutrition advice, and HORFA Shanghai has extended an invitation to the rest of the world to exhibit their goods with the hope of building business partnerships and gaining access to the best products on offer. Everything the Chinese are doing only goes to prove that they want to be taken seriously and gain the world’s respect, and not simply be the poor relation. Coolmore have

“With an ease in quarantine regulations, it’s hoped that it will be as easy to import horses to China as the many thousands of horses that have already been imported to Hong Kong” commited to helping the Chinese import over 100 Irish-bred thoroughbred mares over the next three years and Darley already have stallions on the ground. “We stood two stallions in China for the first time this season,” says Darley Flying Start director Joe Osborne, also managing director of Darley’s Kildangan Stud. “Both have been very well accepted by Chinese breeders. Jalil, who won the Group 2 Maktoum Challenge

for Godolphin in Dubai and is by the influential Storm Cat, stands at Lisui Farm in Beijing, while Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Sousa stands at Ordos Farm in Inner Mongolia. Both stallions have covered about 60 mares each which we are very pleased about. “Standing stallions is one way we can help China develop its thoroughbred breeding industry,” he continues. “Education is another. In addition to having three Chinese graduates of, and one trainee currently on, our Darley Flying Start programme, we recently launched an initiative called Dubai International Thoroughbred Internships. These internships will see an annual intake of Chinese university graduates spend nearly a year at a Darley facility in either Australia, America, England, Ireland, or Japan to learn the fundamentals of thoroughbred breeding and racing. The interns will also visit Dubai to experience Dubai’s local horse racing industry and learn how Sheikh Mohammed has been instrumental in the development of the Emirate over the past 40-plus years. Our long term plan is to have a Darley breeding and

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ChiNa’S RaCeTRaCkS Beijing Countryside Racetrack Beijing Tongshun Racetrack

Jinan Racetrack

Nanjing Racetrack

Wuhan Racetrack

Ningbo Racetrack

Guangzhou Racetrack Dongguan Racetrack Shenzhen Racetrack

education base in the Beijing area.” A host of high-profile investors is hoping that with 2014 being the “Year of the Horse” a bright and prosperous new era of racing in China will have been born. But for their substantial outlays to pay dividends, breeding giants and other big money financiers are gambling on the government lifting a ban on betting. There is no indication betting on horseracing will be allowed any time soon, but it hasn't stopped hopeful overseas entrepreneurs from making ambitious plans, or just trying to gain a foothold – so that if gambling does get the green light, they're ready to go. Until the revenue from pari-mutuel wagering becomes a reality, racing will remain an unprofitable pastime for China's nouveau riche and a potential financial black hole for backers, with many already lured by the tantalising, untapped market. Racing exists in many parts of China – ranging from traditional, non-thoroughbred events, to more orthodox racing – but the ban on betting renders them all hobby-level pursuits for participants. It was less than seven years ago when Beijing

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“We stood two stallions in China for the first time this season. Both have been very well accepted by Chinese breeders” Joe Osborne of Darley Race Club seemed headed in the right direction with its world-class facilities and pari-mutuel wagering. But when the government clamped down on gambling at the venue, investors fled and more then 600 horses were destroyed in the immediate aftermath, with reports of animal neglect since then. While the racing world edges tentatively into the volatile market, Chinese owners are breaking out and making their presence felt abroad. At the Hong Kong International Sale in March, a mystery Chinese businessman – a first-time buyer no less – splurged a massive

HK$9 million (£750,000, or €950,000) on a two-year-old by Fastnet Rock, caring little for the gelding's lack of residual stud value. The Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong remains the only part of China to get racing right, at least since the halcyon days of the Shanghai Race Club in the early part of the 20th century. Perhaps the Hong Kong Jockey Club [HKJC] have the right idea with its longterm strategy in establishing a presence in its neighbouring country. The HKJC is building a training centre for 400 horses at Conghua, 25 miles north east of Guangzhou and a 3½-hour drive from the Jockey Club's existing facilities at Sha Tin. The site was originally developed to host the equine events at the 2010 Asian Games, but by 2014 the club plans to make it an alternate training base. The beauty of Conghua is that it could be converted into an operational racecourse in a matter of months. Of course, despite the HKJC being a global betting giant, boasting turnover figures the envy of any racing jurisdiction, even it has to wait for the allimportant decree on gambling by the Chinese government. n

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Scots Dragoon, ridden by Major A Michael, on his way to winning the 2010 Grand Military Gold Cup


HE King’s Royal Hussars pride themselves on their rich heritage, and its light-hearted, welldisciplined and professional approach has been their hallmark for years. With many of their ranks filled with sons, brothers, and grandsons of former members, there is a strong family feel to the organisation. Commanded by Colonel Alex Potts, KRH are garrisoned in Aliwal Barracks, Tidworth. They are equipped with Challenger II main battle tanks, the first version of which was brought into service by The Royal Hussars in 1982. Although the KRH are part of a modern army, their alliance with the horse very much lives in its history. It was an officer in the Tenth Hussars, Edward Hartopp, who in 1869 first introduced polo to England when he organised a game at Aldershot. Their current Colonel, David Woodd, is the Chief Executive of the Hurlingham Polo Association. However, it is their history with the thoroughbred that is the focus of this article. Sainfoin was owned by a Fourteenth Hussar and is the only Epsom Derby winner ever owned by a serving officer. Despite having been bred at Queen Victoria’s Hampton Court Stud, Sainfoin was sold as a yearling to trainer John Porter and later to Sir James Miller for £6,000 after Porter thought he hadn’t shown sufficient

Sainfoin’s 1890 Derby win and the last British cavalry charge, in 1920, are just two events that are part of The King’s Royal Hussars’ (KRH) rich history. These historic events, separated by only 30 years, greatly demonstrate the impact and spirit that the horse has had and continues to have on The King’s Royal Hussars. WORDS: CLIVE WEBB CARTER PHOTOS: KRH, SANDOWN PARK RACECOURSE, PRESS ASSOCIATION

ability to be a Derby horse. However on 4th June, 1890, the colt defied odds of 100-15 to win the race by three-quarters of a length. To this day, Sainfoin appears in many pedigrees through his son Rock Sand and his daughter Bromus, the dam of influential stallion Phalaris. There is a silver statue of Sainfoin by Adrian Jones in the Officers’ Mess, which also houses a portrait of Master Robert, winner of the 1924 Grand National for the Earl of Airlie of the Tenth; and a fine portrait, again by Jones, of Persimmon, owned by the Prince of Wales, who had the honorary title of Colonel of the 10th Royal Hussars from 1863-1901, until he became Colonel-in-Chief. Persimmon won many races including the Epsom Derby and St Leger in 1896, and the Ascot Gold Cup in 1897.

The Grand Military Gold Cup, the most prestigious steeplechase open only to military owners and jockeys, was started in 1841. Officers from the KRH and its antecedent regiments have a remarkable record in the race. Colonel Peter Payne-Gallwey was one of the best amateur jockeys of his era, when amateur racing was probably at its strongest. Not only did he win the 1933 Grand Military Gold Cup on Backsight, but in one season he had 14 winners from 80 rides under rules, during two months of leave. As a result, many questioned whether he was a jockey or a soldier. He not only commanded the Eleventh but also won three Distinguished Service Orders (DSOs) during the Second World War. Retiring from military service after the war, Payne-Gallwey trained from Lambourn and recorded a unique

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Colonel Alex Potts, commander of the King’s Royal Hussars

double in Goodwood’s Stewards Cup with Shy Diver in 1967 and 1968, a feat that has not been achieved since. Captain Mark Roddick of the Tenth Hussars was another smart amateur jockey of the 1930s, owning and riding consecutive winners of the Grand Military Gold Cup from 1927 to 1929, on three different horses. One of the Tenth’s most distinguished officers was Brigadier Roscoe Harvey, who was considered one of most talented cavalry commanders of the Second World War, with three DSOs. Harvey was a superlative horseman, so much so that the 26-time champion jockey Sir Gordon Richards described him as “the greatest man racing has known in my lifetime.” Harvey rode at the Cheltenham Festival and in the Grand National. Sir Piers Bengough, who was to become the "Her Majesty's Representative" at Ascot from 1982 and 1997, was an accomplished amateur, with more than 30 winners while serving in the Tenth and Royal Hussars. He won the Grand Military four times, including three consecutive victories (1970-72) aboard his own Charles Dickens, the last two years as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was one of only two individuals to win the race while carrying that rank. Much to his annoyance, Bengough was beaten into second place in 1973 by the Regiment’s doctor, Major David Chesney. Bengough also rode in four Grand Nationals – all on April Rose. Their best effort was an eleventh place finish in 1965. One the biggest bloodstock names of the 20th century, Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey – a cousin of Peter’s – was commissioned into the Eleventh in 1957. He joined the British Bloodstock Agency (BBA) in the mid-1960s and went on to manage and advise Stavros Niarchos’s racing organisation. In this role he had plenty of success, perhaps the greatest being his purchase of Nureyev in 1978 for $1.3-million at the Keeneland July yearling sale. Nureyev was disqualified from his

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impressive win in the 2,000 Guineas. Syndicated to stand at stud in Kentucky for $14 million after a season in France, he sired over 20 champions. ‘The Captain’ Tim Forster was another Eleventh Hussar to have a successful career in racing. Forster was not only an amateur jockey, but as a National Hunt trainer had 1,346 winners, including three Grand National winners, from 1962 to 1998. His first National victor was Well To Do, who was the race’s first winner to be owned by its trainer, in 1972. His other winners were Ben Nevis (1980) and Last Suspect (1985). Forster also trained Royal Marshall to win the Hennessy and King George, Lefrak City to win the Arkle, and Pegwell Bay to win a double at the Mackeson Gold Cup. One of Forster’s greatest horses,

“Since the KRH’s formation in 1992, its officers have won the Grand Military Gold Cup nine times” Martha's Son, came at the end of his career, winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Melling Chase at Aintree. Major Jonny Lewis of the Eleventh was another useful amateur rider. He won the Past and Present Hurdle at the Grand Military meeting on New Boy, trained by Forster. Lewis later became a leading bloodstock agent and director and vice-chairman of the BBA dealing, with clients in Japan and Europe. He also managed the interests of Prince AA Faisal al Saud and as such, he oversaw many stakes winners including Rafha, Invincible Spirit, and Olden Times. There is also a connection with the

Cheltenham Festival’s Kim Muir Chase for amateur riders, founded in 1946 by Mrs Evan Williams in memory of her brother, who was killed in France in 1940 while serving with the Eleventh. It would be impossible to name all riders with a strong racing heritage linked to KRH. Some others are Ben Leigh, an Eleventh Hussar who won the Grand Military in 1965 on Rueil – who was selected by Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey and trained by Forster; Brigadier Christopher Price, who commanded the 14th/20th King’s Hussars and was Colonel of the KRH, won the Grand Military in 1977 and 1982; Michael Villiers, an Eleventh Hussar and Royal Hussar, had many successes as a jockey including and was the leading Point-to-Point rider in the South of England in 1973; and Richard Russell, who rode as an amateur for 30 years and now sits on the Point-to-Point Authority Board. Some notable National Hunt breeders with links to the regiment are James Burridge, an Eleventh Hussar who bred Desert Orchid; David Stoddart (14th/20th King’s Hussars), who bred 1992 Grand National winner Party Politics, who he sold the night before the race; and Ivan Straker, another Eleventh Hussar, chairman of Seagrams (UK) when it started sponsoring the National meeting in 1992. Five years before that, Straker had come very close to winning the race when his horse, The Tsarevich, finished second. As race riding was taken seriously by officers of all these regiments, it is not surprising that the Officers’ Mess at Aliwal Barracks holds two sets of scales, originally belonging to the Tenth and Fourteenth. The ledger recording the weights of famous Tenth Hussars, including a young Field Marshal Viscount Byng, still accompany the scales. These Victorian officers were careful to indicate the form of dress worn and whether their weighing occurred before or after their dinner. Since the KRH’s formation in 1992, its officers have won the Grand Military Gold Cup nine times. The first of these was Major Dominic Alers-Hankey, who won the race in 1994 aboard his Quick Rapport, and again in 1999 on Court Melody. Between the years of 2002 to 2010, it is fair to say that the KRH jockeys dominated the Grand Military. Captain Jamie Snowden and Major Alex Michael both proved themselves very accomplished jockeys by winning the race Grand Military seven times between them. Snowden won his first in 2002 while an Officer Cadet, on Folly Road, before winning on three consecutive occasions between 2005 and 2007 aboard Whitrnzo, Inca Trail, and Hoo La Baloo. Snowden, who is now in his fourth season as a trainer, explained that the KRH’s racing heritage was certainly a factor that led him to join them for his short service commission and, when time allowed, he was encouraged to ride out and race ride at every opportunity. Michael won his first of three Grand Military races on King’s Mistral in 2003, on Bolachoir in 2007, and in 2010

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Top left: Well To Do, winner of the 1972 Grand National for trainer Tim Forster Top right: a silver statue of Sainfoin by Adrian Jones in the Officers’ Mess Above: Master Robert, winner of the 1924 Grand National for the Earl of Airlie of the Tenth Right: The Officers’ Mess at Aliwal Barracks holds two sets of scales, originally belonging to the Tenth and Fourteenth

with Scots Dragoon. Michael is still a serving officer in the KRH and currently commands C Squadron. Commanding Officer Colonel Potts points out that their link with the horse means more than just the enjoyment of racing successes. Although they no longer fight with the horse, the ethos of ‘looking after the well being of your horse first’ has easily transferred to the care of their tanks and other vehicles in the regiment. In late March the KRH deployed to the Lashkar Gar district of Helmand Province as part of Operation HERRICK 16, a six-month tour of duty. The regiment will fulfil a range of tasks and roles including the provision of advisors for the Afghan Army, crews for armoured vehicles, as well as providing two formed dismounted squadrons. This versatility is nothing new for the regiment, as Potts explains. “The Regiment has adapted to the requirements of warfare for

almost three centuries and in recent years we have deployed in a variety of guises to Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. We have provided a range of capabilities tailored to the specifics of each of these missions. It means that our soldiers can be equipped with main battle tanks, light tanks, personnel carriers, and other combat vehicles, as well as deploying as dismounted combat troops. We work hard to maintain our Regiment’s reputation for professionalism and loyal service alive and relevant in the 21st Century.” The Regiment sent squadrons to Afghanistan in 2007 and 2009, but is their first complete deployment. Potts points out that his regiment has been very well trained for the operation and that the training not only includes equipment and weapon training but also language and cultural awareness – essential skills in order to build relationships with both the locals and the Afghan National Security Forces.

As with any regiment in a combat zone, there is a clear understanding within the KRH of the potential human costs involved. The Ministry of Defence and the Services Charities, including ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Combat Stress, offer good support to casualties and their families. But there remains a meaningful role for a regiment, particularly a small family one like the KRH, in the provision of welfare support for casualties, which is why Potts launched the KRH Appeal with the aim of raising £250,000. n For further information of the KRH Appeal visit

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where most of the concussion enters the hoof capsule and where the horse’s natural anti-concussion structures are located. The benefit of the Smart Bond process is that, in the front half of the race plate, where the nail holes are located, the aluminium plate is in direct contact with the hoof. This ensures that the race plate doesn’t move, which in the past has sometimes resulted in risen clenches. The Smart Bond is located only at the heels of the race plate, which is where the anticoncussion mechanism for the hoof is found. The innovative features found on the new Super Sound, which include more pitch on the nail holes at the toe quarter. Wider heels which are also slightly elevated, giving both extra support to the heels and improved hoof pastern angle. Plus extra bevel on the ground surface for improved break-over, reducing stress to the limb. The Super Sound Smart Bond has all the excellent design features you have come to expect in the Kings Race program. These include an easy-to-fit shape, the highest grade aluminium together with a steel toeinsert for better wear. Sole relief and a wider section, to give the hoof more cover and support. Plus precisely punched nail holes for stronger nailing. The Super Sound Smart Bond – A winning combination

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fencing. The fence eliminates any of the safety risks associated with wire or traditional timber fencing. Should a horse run into traditional fencing there can be major injuries, with Horserail the fence absorbs the impact and thereby eliminates

this problem completely. When horses roll into a Horserail fence they will not get caught as they can do with a timber post and rail as the rail will flex allowing them to roll away unharmed. The added feature of the fence being electrified adds considerable benefits to the fence as it deters crib biting and reaching across. The rail is available in three colours black, brown, and white. For all these reasons Horserail is fast becoming the choice with trainers and breeders everywhere. If you would like more information you can contact us on +44 (0)808 2344766.

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Building better bones Concerned about bone health? You’re not alone. At least half of racehorses suffer from sore shins, whilst stress fractures account for approximately a quarter of days lost from training. Bone-related problems are most frequently seen 50-60 days after the onset of training as it’s during this period that the bones are temporarily weakened as they re-model following the commencement of exercise. However, recent nutritional research has highlighted how a dietary supplement can help support bone health during this critical time. Vitamin K: Researchers in Australia showed that feeding horses a vitamin K supplement increased bone mineral density, decreased sore shins and reduced OCD lesion scores. However, research funded by the Japanese Racing Association has shown that not all forms of vitamin K are active in this context. In scientific studies, it was shown that dietary supplementation with menadione (K3) was the only effective way of significantly increasing active K2 levels in the plasma. Vitamin D: Horses synthesise vitamin D3 when exposed to sunlight and this vitamin plays a key role in calcium absorption from the gut. However, as horses in training are typically stabled for most of the time with limited turn out, they will produce much less vitamin D3. To overcome this potential deficiency it is possible to feed a 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 glycoside that is a recently developed, highly active form of vitamin D that’s absorbed directly into the blood stream. Silica: Has recently been discovered to have a beneficial effect on skeletal health in horses because of its role in the formation of the collagen matrix of bone and cartilage. Studies in the USA have

shown that silica supplementation of young racehorses decreased the occurrence of skeletal injuries; horses fed the silica supplement had only a 22% injury rate compared to 61% in the unsupplemented group. In addition, those horses receiving silica supplementation were able to be trained for double the distance before suffering any injury. Omega-3 fatty acids: These acids have beneficial effects on bone growth and bone re-modelling. These essential fatty acids have been linked to greater bone mineral density, inhibition of osteoclast activity (cells responsible for bone reabsorption) and enhancement of osteoblast activity (cells responsible for bone formation). Omega-3 fatty acids also inhibit cytokines, which cause inflammation and cartilage degradation. Marine algae: Calcium comprises up to a third of the horse’s skeletal structure. Various forms of calcium are commonly fed to horses, the most common being calcium carbonate (limestone). However, a recent study investigated the effect of feeding a novel marine algal calcium source on bone health. Researchers showed that horses fed the supplement for four months had higher levels of osteocalcin and greater C-telopeptide concentrations indicating increased bone metabolism. The authors concluded that feeding calcium-rich marina algae may aid in repairing damaged bone and preventing injuries. All of these ingredients are included in Dodson & Horrell’s new Bone Support supplement. Bone Support is available in 3kg and 10kg tubs and costs as little as £0.90/day. For more information visit

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Trainers trust Red Cell to fuel their champions Red Cell, the market leader and industry standard, is the multivitamin/iron supplement which keeps their blood powered with all other trace elements allowing the free exchange of oxygen to the cells aiding with recovery is the industry standard for all blood builders. Red Cell gives them that extra boost which stays with them all the way through the race. Allowing them to hang on and power through to the finish line when others fade. Why use anything but Red Cell? Penny for penny, Red Cell is an economical way past the winning post. Go to our website: to read the label of ingredients, which specifies precisely that every requirement of a race horse’s needs will be met or exceeded with Red Cell. Nothing has been left to chance. Farnam , one of the largest equine products companies in the USA has its own laboratories to develop products which help you win races and present your sales yearlings fit and healthy achieving your financial rewards. Farnam has for years kept horses sound and running strong at the forefront of the racing industry worldwide. Farnam has an extensive range of grooming and sale preparation products. Weightbuilder, to give a great topline. Horseshoer’s Secret and Rainmaker, for great hooves. Then, Lasersheen, Vetrolin Detangler,

Vetrolin White n Brite shampoo, and more for the final touches which may make the difference of thousands of pounds, down to a healthy looking yearling. Farnam also has a Range of calmers for the sales ring, tryptophan and/or valerian based to keep them on the ground and focused on the big day. B-Kalm-Tryptophan, oral syringe. Quietex-valerian in either powder or oral syringe. And Vision Calm and Clear, which a mixture of both valerian and tryptophan. All Farnam Products are tested year in and year out to improve their effectiveness in this every changing world of racing and high finance. The Farnam product labs are evolving on a day to day basis to keep you at the top of your sport, giving you the chance to benefit from years in the industry of winning. Let Farnam help you win your next race or get that top dollar in the sales ring. Farnam knows what you need and what you want to succeed in your equine business. Contact Leslie Sutcliffe on +44 (0)1608 68 38 55 for any advice you might need on the Farnam range of products.

Bedmax – high quality shavings for all stabled horses Bedmax is a completely natural bedding with no additives and is the original shaving made specifically for the purpose of bedding all stabled horses. Virtually dust free, absorbent, offering extremely good value for money and extremely easy to use, these bespoke shavings are made in strictly controlled conditions to ensure the same high quality in every 20 kg bag. They are screened to remove dust which

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often cause respiratory problems and dried to an optimum moisture level at sterilising temperatures. The flakes are designed to produce a deeper more aerated bed, which increases drainage, prevents compaction, and offers far more cushioning for the horse’s feet and joints Since the company launched we have worked with the racing industry at all levels and have been supplying BEDMAX shavings to many of the leading racecourses and racehorse owners in the UK and further afield. This includes centres such as Newmarket, Middleham, Malton and Lambourn in England, Chantilly, Deauville in France and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Making our shavings from pine

does not add to the cost of BEDMAX, but it does help BEDMAX to add an extra dimension of natural hygienic protection in the horse’s stable, this is especially important in all racing environments. • Pine contains natural active ingredients that kill a wide range of harmful bacteria and fungi. • Pine completely kills E.coli (one of the most prevalent strains of bacteria) and prevents it regeneration. • Tests comparing pine against larch and spruce (the most common softwoods used to mak bedding) show that pine offers faster and more powerful antibacterial protection than any other softwood. With three production plants BEDMAX is available throughout the UK and is used throughout Europe, the UAE and Hong Kong. For stockists and further details visit: or +44 (0)1668 213467

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HorseSource – supporting the Injured Jockeys Fund and fundraising for ‘The House that Jack Built’ through sales of their unique Seabuckthorn Gastric Formula M A D E BY NAT UR E , P R O V E N BY SC IE NC E

Jack Berry MBE and Jo Bower, the MD of HorseSource have been firm friends for over ten years, and first worked together to raise funds for the Injured Jockeys Fund at one of Jacks spectacularly successful summer auctions held at his home in Bedale. Such has been the success of the first jockeys’ rehabilitation centre Oaksey House in Lambourn, that Jack is now determined to build a second top class facility in the Malton area. To help raise awareness and to continue to encourage racing connections to contribute towards this inspiring project, HorseSource are offering readers of European Trainer a special promotion where for every 5L bottle of HorseSource Seabuckthorn Gastric Formula ordered from 1st September to 1st December 2012, HorseSource will donate £5 towards the fund for ‘Jack Berry House’. Every time £50 has been raised in this way, a ‘brick’ will be named after the winning orders choice of horses name, stable name or alternatively as a simple commemoration for a family member or friend. These special ‘named’ bricks will be used in the gable ends, walls and walkways of the new facility as a perpetual record of the donations made, for all to see. HorseSource Seabuckthorn has been specifically researched and formulated by us and our product development team at The British

Seabuckthorn Co. Ltd using a blend of unique ingredients to produce the most effective 100% natural gastric health supplement available on the market today. It is ideal for use on horses coming into training, suffering from stress and lack of appetite, gastric ulceration and also those horses showing a reluctance to train. There is no withdrawal time, the beneficial effects have been seen in a few days and leading trainers are now including this cost effective ( 89p per day) daily treatment into their feeding regime to give additional support to their horses alongside prescribed ulcer treatments. They are finding it especially useful as an extra protection whilst racing because the ulcers that are treated by conventional drugs can return within as little as 3 days – so with a withdrawal time of 5 days you can be back to where you started before the expensive drug treatment began - and before the horse is anywhere near the track! For information on HorseSource, its unique health products and services and to place your orders too please email and quote reference ET/ HS38 with details of your requirements. This special offer is open to readers worldwide, and on behalf of Jack and the Injured Jockeys Fund we look forward to hearing from you!

Hay Bar makes an impression on the dentists

Hay Bars’ natural feeding position has received endorsements from the dental profession. Keith Evans Eq DT I am convinced that I would see less dental problems in horses I treat if they were fed from the floor by use of the Hay Bar. It is common sense to get the horse to eat in the way that he is designed for. We impact the horses’ environment in so many ways it can only be of benefit to offer him some form of normality in his daily life. Wayne Abbott B.E.V.A./B.V.D.A. One of the most important things I advise my clients is that horses benefit significantly from being able to eat at ground level when

stabled. In my experience horses that are not fed from nets or racks maintain a far more balanced wear pattern to their teeth enabling them to grind properly and in turn gain full value from their food. The Hay Bar offers a practical solution to being able to provide hay/haylage in their stable and it also helps prevent bedding contamination Hay Bar has truly improved the quality of life for horses and trainers alike. When horses are stabled for most of their day it is important to keep their environment as natural as possible. Hay Bar helps to make this possible. Saving on time filling nets and racks. Helping to avoid the waste and also cross-contamination when forage and bedding become mixed. Hay Bar takes us back to nature but is truly the way forward. Tel:. +44 (0)1723 882434

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Races are divided by distance and the relevant surface is indicated as follows: AWT - All Weather Track D - Dirt T - Turf European counties covered in this issue are: Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom. The indexes also include Grade 1 races from North America as well major races from Australia and Japan.


Closing dates for all Irish races are set for international entry dates. For certain races, Irish trained horses, may be able to enter after the published dates. Please check dates with the relevant issue of The Racing Calendar. All main French races have been given an eight day closing date with provincial races set to a ten day closing

date. The Italian authority (UNIRE) do not publish closing dates for Listed races but we have been advised to set each race closing date ten days in advance of the race.


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Track Beverley Doncaster Doncaster Longchamp Rome Ayr Milan Ascot Longchamp Milan Dundalk Longchamp

Race Name & (Sponsor) Beverley Bullet Sprint St (totesport) Scarbrough St Flying Childers St (Polypipe) Petit Couvert (Qatar) Divino Amore Harry Rosebery St Cancelli Cornwallis St (Jaguar Xj) Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (Qatar) Premio Omenoni Mercury St Criterium de Vitesse



World Trophy (Dubai Airport)

Class L L Gp 2 Gp 3 L L L Gp 3 Gp 1 Gp 3 L L

Race Date 01-Sep-12 12-Sep-12 14-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 21-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 06-Oct-12 07-Oct-12 21-Oct-12 26-Oct-12 28-Oct-12

Value £33,000 £40,000 £70,000 € 80,000 € 41,800 £30,000 € 41,800 £37,000 € 350,000 € 61,600 € 40,000 € 55,000

5f (1000m)

Age 3+ 2+ 2 3+ 2 2 3+ 2 2+ 3+ 2+ 2

Surface T T T T T T T T T T AWT T



Metres 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000

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Chantilly Chantilly Keeneland

Arenberg Bonneval Buffalo Trace Franklin County

Gp 3 L L

11-Sep-12 08-Oct-12 12-Oct-12

€ 80,000 € 52,000 $100,000

Taby Galopp

Taby Open Sprint Championship



Kokura Salisbury Haydock Park Kempton Park Curragh Hanshin Milan York Curragh Ayr Newmarket Belmont Park Belmont Park Belmont Park Curragh Ascot Santa Anita Keeneland Newmarket Redcar Milan Newmarket York Woodbine Curragh Doncaster Rome Nakayama Newmarket Maisons-Laffitte Maisons-Laffitte Rome Lingfield Park Fontainebleau Fontainebleau Kyoto Siracusa Nakayama

Kokura Nisai St Dick Poole St (EBF) Sprint Cup (Betfred) Sirenia St (Betfred Bonus King) Go and Go Round Tower St Centaur St Eupili Garrowby Renaissance St Firth of Clyde St (Laundry Cottage Stud) Cheveley Park St Vosburgh Invitational Futurity St Matron St Blenheim St Bengough St (John Guest) The Santa Anita Sprint Championship (Ancient Title S) Thoroughbred Club of America S Boadicea St (EBF) Two-Year-Old Trophy Criterium Nazionale Middle Park St (Emaar) Rockingham ( Nearctic S Waterford Testimonial St Doncaster (Racing Post) Pandolfi Ubaldo Sprinters St Bosra Sham St (EBF) Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte Seine-et-Oise Premio Carlo & Francesco Aloisi (Ex Umbria) Golden Rose St Contessina Zeddaan Keihan Hai Criterium Aretuseo Capella St



Mill Reef St (Dubai Duty Free)


SEK 600,000

2 3+ 3+ F&M


1100 1100 1100

02-Sep-12 06-Sep-12 08-Sep-12 08-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 22-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 06-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 07-Oct-12 13-Oct-12 13-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 27-Oct-12 28-Oct-12 30-Oct-12 02-Nov-12 06-Nov-12 06-Nov-12 11-Nov-12 17-Nov-12 22-Nov-12 22-Nov-12 24-Nov-12 08-Dec-12 09-Dec-12

$780,000 £25,000 £225,000 £37,000 € 52,500 $1,433,000 € 41,800 £33,000 € 57,500 £40,000 £150,000 $400,000 $200,000 $200,000 € 40,000 £70,000 $250,000 $200,000 £33,000 £150,000 € 41,800 £150,000 £40,000 CAN500,000+ € 40,000 £23,000 € 41,800 $2,470,000 £23,000 € 190,000 € 80,000 € 61,600 £33,000 € 52,000 € 55,000 $985,000 € 41,800 $911,000




2 2F 3+ 2 2 3+ 2F 3+ 3+ 2F 2F 3+ 2 2F 2 3+ 3+ 3+ F&M 3+ F&M 2 2 2C 2 3+ 3+ 2 2F 3+ 2F 2 3+ 2+ 3+ 3+ 2 3+ 2F 3+


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Presque Isle Downs Belmont Park Munich Maisons-Laffitte

Presque Isle Downs Masters S Foxwoods Gallant Bloom (Hdcp) Bayerischer Fliegerpris Saraca


Del Mar Saratoga

Del Mar Debutante Forego H’cap

Gr 2 Gr 2 L L

08-Sep-12 08-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 21-Sep-12

$400,000 $200,000 € 20,000 € 55,000

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$300,000 $500,000

5.5 5.5 5.5

22-Aug-12 03-Oct-12



6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

17-Jul-12 31-Aug-12 10-Jul-12 03-Sep-12 04-Sep-12 31-Jul-12 03-Sep-12 08-Aug-12 17-Sep-12 24-Jul-12 15-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 25-Sep-12 01-Oct-12 18-Aug-12 10-Jun-12 01-Jun-12 01-Oct-12 31-Jul-12 08-Oct-12 26-Sep-12 09-Oct-12 22-Oct-12 14-Aug-12 29-Oct-12 17-Oct-12 17-Oct-12 11-Oct-12 12-Nov-12

09-Oct-12 23-Oct-12



6.5f (1300m)

3+ F&M 3 + FM 3+ 2


1300 1300 1300 1300

2F 3+


1400 1400

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6.05f (1210m)


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6f (1200m)

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01-Oct-12 22-Aug-12 20-Sep-12 22-Oct-12

5.75f (1150m)

Visit Gr 3 L Gp 1 Gp 3 Gp 3 Gr 2 L L Gp 3 Gp 3 Gp 1 Gr 1 Gr 2 Gr 2 L Gp 3 Gr 1 Gr 2 L L L Gp 1 L Gr 1 L L L Gr 1 L Gp 2 Gp 3 Gp 3 L L L Gr 3 L Gr 3


5.5f (1100m)

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Closing 27-Aug-12 06-Sep-12 08-Sep-12 22-Aug-12

5.15f (1030m) 1030

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Furlongs 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5

29-Aug-12 08-Sep-12 04-Sep-12

7f (1400m) 7 7

01-Jun-12 18-Aug-12

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Track Saratoga Saratoga Goodwood Del Mar Curragh Longchamp Longchamp Doncaster Curragh Doncaster Doncaster Newbury Newmarket Newmarket Curragh Cologne Ascot Ascot Redcar Longchamp Longchamp Chantilly Dundalk Newmarket Newmarket Newmarket Longchamp Keeneland Leopardstown Newbury Kyoto Newbury Milan Hannover Leopardstown Maisons-Laffitte Tokyo Kyoto Saint-Cloud Hanshin

Race Name & (Sponsor) Spinaway St Three Chimneys Hopeful St Stardom St (Peter Willet) Del Mar Futurity Moyglare Stud St Pin La Rochette Sceptre St (JRA) Vincent O’Brien National St Champagne St Park St Cup (Dubai Duty Free) Somerville St (Tattersall) Oh So Sharp St (Sakhee) Park St (CL Weld) Kolner Herbst Preis Rous (Macquarie Group) October St (Miles & Morrison) Guisborough St Prix de la Foret (Total) Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-Grand Criterium Herod Star Appeal EBF St Dewhurst St Rockfel St (Vision.Ae) Challenge St Saint-Cyr Lexus Raven Run Killavullan St Horris Hill St (Worthington Highfield Social Club) Mainichi Broadcast Swan St Radley St Premio Chiusura Neue Bult Youngster Cup Knockaire St Miesque Keio Hai Nisai St KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy St Ceres Hanshin Cup

Class Gr 1 Gr 1 L Gr 1 Gp 1 Gp 3 Gp 3 Gp 3 Gp 1 Gp 2 Gp 2 L Gp 3 Gp 3 Gp 3 L L L L Gp 1 Gp 1 L L Gp 1 Gp 2 Gp 2 L Gr 2 Gp 3 Gp 3 Gr 2 L Gp 3 L L Gp 3 Gr 2 Gr 3 L Gr 2

Race Date 02-Sep-12 03-Sep-12 04-Sep-12 05-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 13-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 21-Sep-12 27-Sep-12 28-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 03-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 07-Oct-12 07-Oct-12 08-Oct-12 12-Oct-12 13-Oct-12 13-Oct-12 13-Oct-12 17-Oct-12 20-Oct-12 27-Oct-12 27-Oct-12 27-Oct-12 27-Oct-12 03-Nov-12 04-Nov-12 04-Nov-12 06-Nov-12 10-Nov-12 10-Nov-12 22-Nov-12 24-Dec-12

Value $300,000 $300,000 £23,000 $300,000 € 225,000 € 80,000 € 80,000 £55,000 € 200,000 £75,000 £100,000 £33,000 £37,000 £37,000 € 55,000 € 20,000 £35,000 £35,000 £33,000 € 300,000 € 350,000 € 55,000 € 57,500 £300,000 £60,000 £80,000 € 55,000 $250,000 € 47,500 £37,000 $1,433,000 £23,000 € 61,600 € 20,000 € 40,000 € 80,000 $931,000 $725,000 € 55,000 $1,687,000

7f (1400m) Age 2F 2 2 2 2F 3+ 2 3+ F 2 CF 2 C&G 3+ 3+ 2 C&G 2F 2F 3+ 3+ 3+ F&M 3+ 3+ 2 CF 2 2 2 C&F 2F 3+ 3F 3F 2 2 C&G 3+ 2F 2+ 2 3+ 2F 2 2F 3F 3+


Metres 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400 1400

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Sandown Park

Solario St

Gp 3




Concorde St (Coolmore Stud Home of Champions)

Gp 3


€ 65,000




Rome Rome Milan Rome Pisa Deauville

Repubbliche Marinare Rumon Coolmore Criterium Femminile Criterium di Pisa Luthier



Sandown Park Veliefendi Del Mar Chantilly Leopardstown Haydock Park Haydock Park Leopardstown Curragh Nakayama Dusseldorf Hannover Milan Taby Galopp Chantilly Doncaster Lyon-Parilly Woodbine Curragh Longchamp Munich Woodbine Sandown Park Longchamp Cologne Cologne Milan Newmarket Newmarket Newmarket Saint-Cloud Newmarket Newmarket Belmont Park Milan Curragh Milan Longchamp Belmont Park

Atalanta St International Topkapi Trophy Yellow Ribbon Handicap La Cochere Matron St (Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus) Ascendant St (Betfred) Superior Mile Golden Fleece St Solonaway (Moyglare Stud) Keisei Hai Autumn H’cap Junioren-Preis Grosser Preis der Metallbau Burckhardt Gmb Bessero Pietro Nickes Minneslopning Aumale May Hill St (Barrett Steel) Criterium de Lyon Natalma S Flame of Tara EBF St Prix du Moulin de Longchamp Europa-Meile Ricoh Woodbine Mile Fortune St Chenes Kolner Stutenpreis Winterkonigin Trial V. Riva (ex del Dado) Fillies’ Mile (Shadwell) Joel St (Nayef) Rosemary (Mawatheeq) Coronation Sun Chariot St (Kingdom of Bahrain) Royal Lodge St (Juddmonte) Kelso H’cap Premio Vittorio di Capua Beresford St (Juddmonte) Premio Sergio Cumani Prix Daniel Wildenstein (Qatar) Champagne St

16-Sep-12 23-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 04-Nov-12 09-Dec-12 14-Dec-12

€ 41,800 € 41,800 € 41,800 € 41,800 € 41,800 € 52,000




01-Sep-12 02-Sep-12 03-Sep-12 05-Sep-12 08-Sep-12 08-Sep-12 08-Sep-12 08-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 11-Sep-12 14-Sep-12 14-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 19-Sep-12 22-Sep-12 23-Sep-12 23-Sep-12 23-Sep-12 28-Sep-12 28-Sep-12 28-Sep-12 28-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 06-Oct-12 06-Oct-12

£55,000 € 459,000 $250,000 € 55,000 € 190,000 £23,000 £33,000 € 37,500 € 57,500 $985,000 € 20,000 € 20,000 € 41,800 SEK 600,000 € 80,000 £70,000 € 55,000 CAN200,000+ € 60,000 € 450,000 € 70,000 CAN1,000,000+ £33,000 € 80,000 € 20,000 € 20,000 € 41,800 £150,000 £100,000 £33,000 € 55,000 £160,000 £100,000 $400,000 € 209,000 € 95,000 € 61,600 € 200,000 $400,000

10-Oct-12 22-Oct-12 22-Oct-12 11-Sep-12 22-Oct-12 04-Oct-11 23-Oct-12 30-Oct-12 17-Oct-12 25-Sep-12 25-Sep-12 06-Oct-12





7.5f (1500m) 2F 2C 2F 2F 2 3+


1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500


1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600

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08-Oct-12 31-Jul-12 08-Oct-12 18-Sep-12

7.4f (1490m)

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Closing 18-Aug-12 18-Aug-12 29-Aug-12 01-Jun-12 30-May-12 22-Aug-12 22-Aug-12 07-Sep-12 30-May-02 24-Jul-12 24-Jul-12 15-Sep-12 21-Sep-12 22-Sep-12 25-Sep-12 25-Sep-12 01-Oct-12 01-Oct-12 01-Oct-12 22-Aug-12 22-Aug-12

7.05f (1410m)

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Furlongs 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3+ F&M 3+ C&F 3+ FM 3F 3+ F 2 3+ 2 3+ 3+ 2 3+ 3+ F&M 3+ 2F 2F 2 2F 2F 3 + CF 3+ 3+ 3+ 2 CG 3+ F 3+ 2C 2F 3+ 3+ 3F 3+ F 2 C&G 3+ 3+ 2 3+ F 3+ 2

7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5

8f (1600m) 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

27-Aug-12 23-Aug-12 04-Jul-12 03-Sep-12 03-Sep-12 03-Sep-12 08-Aug-12 31-Jul-12 28-Aug-12 28-Aug-12 09-Jul-12 22-Aug-12 08-Sep-12 29-Aug-12 10-Sep-12 22-Aug-12 24-Jul-12 29-Aug-12 13-Sep-12 05-Sep-12 11-Sep-12 20-Mar-12 24-Jul-12 04-Sep-12 22-Sep-12 24-Jul-12 24-Jul-12 15-Sep-12 30-Aug-12 22-Aug-12 30-Aug-12 22-Aug-12 22-Sep-12

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Track Belmont Park Keeneland Keeneland Kyoto Santa Anita Longchamp Saint-Cloud Chantilly Newmarket Milan Cologne Cologne Curragh Ascot Tokyo Cork Baden-Baden Milan Milan Naas Pontefract Nantes Deauville Doncaster Mulheim Saint-Cloud Saint-Cloud Lingfield Park Newmarket Newmarket Rome Belmont Park Santa Anita Hannover Toulouse Dundalk Tokyo Kyoto Saint-Cloud Saint-Cloud Kempton Park Aqueduct Aqueduct Siracusa Hanshin Nakayama

Race Name & (Sponsor) Frizette St First Lady S Shadwell Turf Mile Daily Hai Nisai St The Arroyo Seco Mile (Oak Tree Mile) Prix Marcel Boussac (Total) Thomas Bryon Ranelagh Autumn St Gran Criterium Winterfavoriten Weidenpescher Stutenpreis Silken Glider St Queen Elizabeth II St (Quipco) Saudi Arabia Royal Cup Fuji St Navigation St Winterkonigon Del Piazzale Premio Dormello Garnet EBF St Silver Tankard St (totepool) Sablonnets Reservoirs (Haras d’Etreham) Trophy (Racing Post) Berberis-Rennen Criterium International Perth Fleur de Lys St (EBF) Ben Marshall St (Novae Bloodstock) Montrose St (EBF) Premio Ribot Nashua St The Goldikova St (The Las Palmas S) Neue Bult Stuten Meilen Cup Criterium du Languedoc Cooley EBF St Tokyo Chunichi Sports Hai Musashino St Mile Championship Tantieme Isonomy Hyde St Go For Wand Hcap Cigar Mile H’cap Criterium Mediterraneo (ex Ippodromi e Citta) Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Asahi Hai Futurity St


Parx Racing Santa Anita Santa Anita Santa Anita Keeneland Keeneland Dusseldorf Woodbine Krefeld Gulfstream Park Fair Grounds Fair Grounds

Cotillion St The Frontrunner Stakes (Norfolk Stakes) The Zenyatta St (Lady’s Secret) The Chandelier St (Oak Leaf S) Darley Alcibiades S Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity Landeshauptstadt Dusseldorf Autumn S Herzog von Ratibor-Rennen Donn H Risen Star S Fair Grounds Oaks


Saratoga Saratoga Sapporo Del Mar Baden-Baden Belmont Park Hanshin Woodbine Parx Racing Ovrevoll Goodwood Belmont Park Santa Anita Milan Belmont Park Keeneland Tokyo Maisons-Laffitte Newmarket Keeneland Tokyo Longchamp Longchamp Keeneland Santa Anita Milan Kyoto Leopardstown Marseille Borely Aqueduct Aqueduct Aqueduct Hanshin Hanshin

The Woodward Bernard Baruch H’cap Sapporo Nisai St Del Mar Derby Berenberg Bank Cup Garden City St Kansai Telecasting Corp Sho Rose St Canadian S Pennsylvania Derby Semb Hovedgard Hoppelop Foundation St Beldame Invitational The Awesome Again St (Goodwood St) M.Se Ippolito Fassati Jamaica H’cap Juddmonte Spinster S Mainichi Okan Le Fabuleux Darley St Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S (by invitation only) Fuchu Himba St Conde Casimir Delamarre Fayette S The Twilight Derby (Oak Tree Derby) Campobello Miyako St Eyrefield St Delahante Gazelle St Demoiselle St Remsen St Japan Cup Dirt Asahi Challenge Cup

Class Gr 1 Gr 1 Gr 1 Gr 2 Gr 2 Gp 1 Gp 3 L Gp 3 Gp 1 Gp 3 L L Gp 1 Gr 3 L Gp 3 Gp 3 Gp 3 L L L Gp 3 Gp 1 L Gp 1 Gp 3 L L L Gp 2 Gr 2 Gr 2 L L L Gr 3 Gr 1 L L L Gr 2 Gr 1 L Gr 1 Gr 1

Race Date 06-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 07-Oct-12 11-Oct-12 12-Oct-12 13-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 20-Oct-12 20-Oct-12 20-Oct-12 21-Oct-12 21-Oct-12 21-Oct-12 21-Oct-12 22-Oct-12 23-Oct-12 24-Oct-12 27-Oct-12 28-Oct-12 01-Nov-12 01-Nov-12 01-Nov-12 03-Nov-12 03-Nov-12 04-Nov-12 04-Nov-12 04-Nov-12 04-Nov-12 08-Nov-12 09-Nov-12 11-Nov-12 18-Nov-12 20-Nov-12 20-Nov-12 21-Nov-12 23-Nov-12 24-Nov-12 08-Dec-12 09-Dec-12 16-Dec-12

Value $400,000 $400,000 $600,000 $931,000 $150,000 € 300,000 € 80,000 € 52,000 £37,000 € 209,000 € 155,000 € 20,000 € 42,500 £1,000,000 $985,000 € 40,000 € 105,000 € 61,600 € 88,000 € 60,000 £23,000 € 55,000 € 80,000 £200,000 € 20,000 € 250,000 € 80,000 £33,000 £33,000 £23,000 € 104,500 $200,000 $150,000 € 20,000 € 55,000 € 50,000 $911,000 $2,600,000 € 52,000 € 55,000 £33,000 $200,000 $350,000 € 41,800 $1,687,000 $1,832,000

8f (1600m) Age 2F 3+ F&M 3+ 2 3+ 2F 2 3+ 2 2 C&F 2 3+ F 2F 3+ 3+ 3+ 2F 3+ 2F 3+ F&M 2 2 2F 2 C&F 3+ 2 CF 3+ 3+ F&M 3+ 2F 3+ 2 3+ F&M 3+ F 2 3+ F&M 3+ 3+ 4+ 2 3+ 3+ FM 3+ 2 2F 2 No G


Metres 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600

3F 2 3+ F&M 2F 2F 2 3+ 3+ 2 4+ 3 3F


1700 1700 1700 1700 1700 1700 1700 1700 1700 1700 1700 1700


1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800

Now available for iPhone/iPad via Appstore Gr 1 Gr 1 Gr 1 Gr 1 Gr 1 Gr 1 Gp 3 Gr 2 Gp 3 Gr 1 Gr 2 Gr 2

22-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 05-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 07-Oct-12 10-Nov-12 11-Nov-12 09-Feb-13 23-Feb-13 30-Mar-13

$100,000 $250,000 $250,000 $250,000 $400,000 $400,000 € 55,000 CAN150,000+ € 55,000 $500,000 $400,000 $400,000

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01-Sep-12 01-Sep-12 01-Sep-12 02-Sep-12 02-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 22-Sep-12 23-Sep-12 26-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 06-Oct-12 07-Oct-12 07-Oct-12 09-Oct-12 13-Oct-12 13-Oct-12 13-Oct-12 21-Oct-12 21-Oct-12 27-Oct-12 02-Nov-12 03-Nov-12 04-Nov-12 04-Nov-12 10-Nov-12 24-Nov-12 24-Nov-12 24-Nov-12 02-Dec-12 08-Dec-12

$750,000 $250,000 $780,000 $300,000 € 20,000 $300,000 $1,433,000 CAN300,000+ $1,000,000 NOK 250,000 £33,000 $400,000 $250,000 € 41,800 $400,000 $500,000 $1,560,000 € 55,000 £55,000 $400,000 $1,324,000 € 80,000 € 55,000 $150,000 $150,000 € 41,800 $911,000 € 37,500 € 55,000 $350,000 $250,000 $250,000 $3,392,000 $1,040,000

Closing 22-Sep-12 26-Sep-12 26-Sep-12 28-Aug-12 27-Sep-12 22-Aug-12 26-Sep-12 08-Oct-12 13-Sep-12 06-Dec-11 02-Oct-12 09-Oct-12 07-Aug-12 11-Sep-12 15-Oct-12 06-Dec-11 20-Sep-12 20-Sep-12 16-Oct-12 16-Oct-12 10-Oct-12 14-Aug-12 16-Oct-12 10-Oct-12 10-Oct-12 26-Oct-12 29-Oct-12 29-Oct-12 04-Oct-12 20-Oct-12 25-Oct-12 23-Oct-12 05-Nov-12 25-Sep-12 02-Oct-12

15-Nov-12 10-Nov-12 10-Nov-12 23-Oct-12 06-Nov-12

8.5f (1700m)

Call us on +44 (0)1380 816 777 to subscribe from £18 Gr 1 Gr 2 Gr 3 Gr 2 L Gr 1 Gr 2 Gr 2 Gr 2 L L Gr 1 Gr 1 L Gr 1 Gr 1 Gr 2 L Gp 3 Gr 1 Gr 3 Gp 3 L Gr 2 Gr 2 L Gr 3 L L Gr 1 Gr 2 Gr 2 Gr 1 Gr 3

Furlongs 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

3+ 3+ 2 3 3 3F 3F 3+ F&M 3 3+ F&M 3+ 3+ F&M 3+ 3 3 3+ F&M 3+ 3 3+ 3F 3+ FM 2 3F 3+ 3 2 3+ 2 2 3F 2F 2 3+ 3+

8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5

04-Jul-12 18-Aug-12 18-Aug-12 18-Aug-12 26-Sep-12 26-Sep-12 14-Aug-12 24-Oct-12 21-Aug-12

9f (1800m) 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

18-Aug-12 18-Aug-12 17-Jul-12 23-Aug-12 10-Jul-12 01-Sep-12 31-Jul-12 29-Aug-12 04-Jul-12 23-Jul-12 20-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 18-Aug-12 22-Sep-12 26-Sep-12 28-Aug-12 08-Oct-12 28-Aug-12 03-Oct-12 17-Oct-12 25-Oct-12 25-Sep-12 30-Oct-12 10-Nov-12 10-Nov-12 10-Nov-12 09-Oct-12 23-Oct-12

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Track Gulfstream Park Fair Grounds Fair Grounds Fair Grounds

Race Name & (Sponsor) Florida Derby Louisiana Derby Mervin H Muniz Jr Memorial New Orleans H

Class Gr 1 Gr 2 Gr 2 Gr 2


Gowran Park

Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies St

Race Date 30-Mar-13 30-Mar-13 30-Mar-13 30-Mar-13

Value $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $400,000 $400,000

9f (1800m) Age 3 3 4+ 4+

Surface D D T D

3+ F


Metres 1800 1800 1800 1800

Now available for iPhone/iPad via Appstore Gp 3


€ 70,000

Deauville Deauville

Lyphard Petite Etoile



Taby Galopp Longchamp Taby Galopp

Lanwades Stud St Prix Dollar (Qatar) Matchmaker St (Coolmore)


Niigata Longchamp Marseille Borely Leopardstown Leopardstown Curragh Yarmouth Maisons-Laffitte Longchamp Ayr Rome Belmont Park Belmont Park Santa Anita Hanshin Santa Anita Hoppegarten Chantilly Hawthorne Racecourse Newmarket Longchamp Milan Kyoto Woodbine Munich Taby Galopp Marseille Borely Ascot Leopardstown Rome Tokyo Frankfurt Rome Newmarket Rome Saint-Cloud Doncaster Marseille Borely Saint-Cloud Rome Dundalk Lingfield Park Frankfurt Fukushima Chukyo Chukyo Hanshin Lingfield Park

Niigata Kinen Boulogne Coupe de Marseille Irish Champion St (Red Mills) Kilternan St Blandford St (Moyglare Stud) John Musker (EBF) La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte Prince d’Orange Doonside Cup ( Archidamia Flower Bowl Invitational St Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational St The Rose Bowl St (The Yellow Ribbon S) Sirius St The John Henry Turf Championship (C L Hirsch S) Deutschen Einheit Charles Laffitte Hawthorne Gold Cup H’cap Severals St (Trm) Prix de l’Opera (Longines) Premio Verziere (Memorial A. Cirla) Shuka Sho E P Taylor S Nereide-Rennen Songline Classic Andre Baboin Champion (Quipco) Trigo St Premio Lydia Tesio Tenno Sho (Autumn) Herbstpreis Conte Felice Scheibler James Seymour Premio Roma Criterium de Saint-Cloud Gillies St (EBF) Grand Prix de Marseille Solitude G, Valiani (ex Buontalenta) Carlingford St Churchill St Hessen-Pokal Fukushima Kinen Kinko Sho Aichi Hai Radio Nikkei Hai Nisai St Quebec St


Longchamp Strasbourg Dundalk Saint-Cloud Le Croise-Laroche

Liancourt Grand Prix de la Region d’Alsace Diamond St Flore Grand Prix du Nord


Baden-Baden Louisiana Downs Newbury Milan Nakayama Belmont Park Hannover Rome Aqueduct Hannover Kyoto Dresden Pisa

Mercedes Benz Stutenpreis Super Derby Arc Trial (Dubai Duty Free) Premio Federico Tesio Sankei Sho All Comers Bowling Green H’cap Herbst Stuten-Preis Villa Borghese Memorial F. Cadoni Red Smith H’cap Neue Bult Stuten Steher Cup Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup Grosser Dresdner Herbstpreis Andred (ex Regione Toscana)




27-Nov-12 05-Dec-12

€ 52,000 € 55,000

09-Sep-12 06-Oct-12 14-Oct-12

SEK 400,000 € 200,000 SEK 400,000

3+ 3F


1900 1900

3-5 F&M 3+ 3+ F&M


1950 1950 1950

02-Sep-12 02-Sep-12 07-Sep-12 08-Sep-12 08-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 19-Sep-12 21-Sep-12 22-Sep-12 22-Sep-12 28-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 03-Oct-12 03-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 06-Oct-12 07-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 19-Oct-12 20-Oct-12 27-Oct-12 28-Oct-12 28-Oct-12 28-Oct-12 28-Oct-12 03-Nov-12 04-Nov-12 10-Nov-12 10-Nov-12 10-Nov-12 10-Nov-12 11-Nov-12 16-Nov-12 17-Nov-12 18-Nov-12 18-Nov-12 01-Dec-12 15-Dec-12 22-Dec-12 22-Dec-12

$1,040,000 € 52,000 € 55,000 € 750,000 € 57,500 € 100,000 £33,000 € 80,000 € 80,000 £35,000 € 41,800 $600,000 $1,000,000 $250,000 $911,000 $150,000 € 80,000 € 55,000 $500,000 £33,000 € 400,000 € 61,600 $2,311,000 CAN1,000,000+ € 20,000 SEK 400,000 € 80,000 £1,300,000 € 40,000 € 209,000 $3,437,000 € 20,000 € 41,800 £33,000 € 209,000 € 250,000 £33,000 € 60,000 € 55,000 € 41,800 € 40,000 £33,000 € 55,000 $1,040,000 $60,000,000 $911,000 $834,000 £33,000

3+ 4+ 3 3+ 3+ 3+ F 3+ F&M 3+ 3 3+ 3+ F 3+ F&M 3+ 3+ F&M 3+ 3+ 3+ 3F 3+ 3+ F&M 3+ F 3+ F 3F 3+ F&M 3+ F 4+ 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ F 3+ 3+ 3 3+ 3+ 2 CF 3+ F&M 3+ 3F 3+ F 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ F&M 2 3+


2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

02-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 05-Oct-12 29-Oct-12 03-Nov-12

€ 55,000 € 60,000 € 57,500 € 80,000 € 55,000

3F 3+ 3+ 3+ F 3


2100 2100 2100 2100 2100

01-Sep-12 08-Sep-12 22-Sep-12 23-Sep-12 23-Sep-12 25-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 30-Sep-12 03-Nov-12 04-Nov-12 11-Nov-12 21-Nov-12 09-Dec-12

€ 55,000 $500,000 £55,000 € 104,500 $1,570,000 $200,000 € 55,000 € 41,800 $200,000 € 20,000 $2,352,000 € 20,000 € 41,800

3+ F 3 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+F 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ FM 3+ 3+ F&M


2200 2200 2200 2200 2200 2200 2200 2200 2200 2200 2200 2200 2200


€ 41,800





Francesco Faraci



€ 41,800


Longines Grosser Preis von Baden

Gp 1


€ 250,000


23-May-12 01-Aug-12 01-Aug-12 13-Sep-12 05-Sep-12 05-Sep-12 17-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 18-Aug-12 14-Aug-12 21-Sep-12 07-Aug-12 26-Sep-12 01-Oct-12 22-Aug-12 13-Sep-12 28-Aug-12 26-Sep-12 04-Sep-12 06-Aug-12 03-Oct-12 07-Aug-12 22-Oct-12 27-Sep-12 11-Sep-12 16-Oct-12 29-Oct-12 04-Oct-12 24-Oct-12 05-Nov-12

12-Nov-12 12-Nov-12 25-Sep-12 09-Oct-12 23-Oct-12 06-Nov-12 06-Nov-12 17-Dec-12

10.5 10.5 10.5 10.5 10.5

29-Aug-12 10-Oct-12

11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11

10-Jul-12 25-Aug-12 17-Sep-12 23-Aug-12 16-Aug-11 25-Aug-12 07-Aug-12 20-Oct-12 23-Oct-12 02-Oct-12 13-Nov-12



11.5f (2300m) T


Visit GER

10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

11.25f (2250m)

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09-Jul-12 22-Aug-12 06-Aug-12

11f (2200m)

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9.75 9.75 9.75

10.5f (2100m)

Visit Gp 3 Gr 2 Gp 3 Gp 2 Gr 2 Gr 2 Gp 3 L Gr 2 L Gr 1 L L

9.5 9.5

10f (2000m)

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9.75f (1950m)

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9.5f (1900m)

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9.4f (1890m) 1890

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Furlongs 9 9 9 9


12f (2400m) 3+





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Track Veliefendi Kempton Park Taby Galopp Galway Chester Longchamp Longchamp Longchamp Woodbine Saint-Cloud Listowel Saint-Cloud Cologne Hanshin Toulouse Newmarket Newmarket Belmont Park Ascot Longchamp Kyoto Woodbine Curragh Milan Longchamp Baden-Baden Keeneland Nantes Newbury Milan Kempton Park Lyon-Parilly Calder Tokyo Kempton Park Toulouse

Race Name & (Sponsor) Bosphorus Cup September St (Betfred) Stockholm Cup International Oyster St Stand Cup (Star Sports) Prix Vermeille (Qatar) Prix du Niel (Qatar) Prix Foy (Qatar) Northern Dancer BC Turf Joubert Listowel Turenne Preis von Europa Kobe Shimbun Hai Panacee Princess Royal Richard Hambro (EBF) Godolphin (Aqualaam) Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational St Cumberland Lodge St (Grosvenor Casinos) Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Qatar) Kyoto Daishoten Pattison Canadian International Finale St Gran Premio del Jockey Club e Coppa d’Oro Conseil de Paris Baden-Wurttemberg-Trophy Rood & Riddle Dowager Grand Prix de la Ville de Nantes St Simon St (Worthington’s Champion Shield) Falck G. Floodlit St Grand Camp WL McKnight H’cap Japan Cup Wild Flower St Max Sicard


Saint Cloud Longchamp Deauville Tokyo Saint Cloud Nakayama

Tourelles Prix Royallieu (Qatar) Vulcain Copa Republica Argentina Belle de Nuit Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix)

Class Gp 2 Gp 3 Gp 3 L L Gp 1 Gp 2 Gp 2 Gr 1 L L L Gp 1 Gr 2 L L L Gr 1 Gp 3 Gp 1 Gr 2 Gr 1 L Gp 1 Gp 2 Gp 3 L L Gp 3 L L L Gr 2 Gr 1 L L

Race Date 02-Sep-12 08-Sep-12 09-Sep-12 11-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 17-Sep-12 19-Sep-12 20-Sep-12 23-Sep-12 23-Sep-12 26-Sep-12 27-Sep-12 28-Sep-12 29-Sep-12 06-Oct-12 07-Oct-12 08-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 14-Oct-12 21-Oct-12 21-Oct-12 21-Oct-12 21-Oct-12 23-Oct-12 27-Oct-12 03-Nov-12 07-Nov-12 16-Nov-12 24-Nov-12 25-Nov-12 28-Nov-12 09-Dec-12

Value € 306,000 £55,000 SEK 1,400,000 € 50,000 £33,000 € 350,000 € 130,000 € 130,000 CAN 500,000+ € 55,000 € 42,500 € 55,000 € 155,000 $1,354,000 € 52,000 £33,000 £33,000 $600,000 £55,000 € 4,000,000 $1,560,000 CAN 1,500,000+ € 40,000 € 209,000 € 130,000 € 55,000 $125,000 € 60,000 £55,000 € 41,800 £33,000 € 52,000 $150,000 $6,512,000 £33,000 € 60,000

12f (2400m) Age 3+ C&F 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ F 3 CF 4+ CF 3+ 3F 3+ 3 C&G 3+ 3 No G 3+ F&M 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ CF 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ F&M 3+ 3+ 3+ F 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+


Metres 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400

Call us on +44 (0)1380 816 777 to subscribe from £18 L Gp 2 L Gr 2 L Gr 1

01-Sep-12 06-Oct-12 24-Oct-12 04-Nov-12 15-Nov-12 23-Dec-12

€ 52,000 € 250,000 € 55,000 $1,433,000 € 52,000 $5,200,000

3+ F&M 3+ F 3 3+ 3+ F 3+

Chester Ascot Lingfield Park

Chester H’cap Noel Murless (Keltbray) River Eden St (EBF)



Curragh Dortmund Saint-Cloud Milan Rome

St Leger (Irish) Deutsches St Leger Scaramouche St Leger Italino Roma Vecchia


Doncaster Doncaster

Park Hill St (DFS) St Leger (Ladbrokes)


Longchamp Longchamp Kyoto

Lutece Prix Chaudenay (Qatar) Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger)


Longchamp Longchamp Saint-Cloud

Gladiateur (Qatar) Prix Royal-Oak Denisy



Rose Bowl St

01-Sep-12 05-Oct-12 01-Nov-12

£35,000 £35,000 £33,000

2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500

15-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 05-Oct-12 27-Oct-12 11-Nov-12

€ 220,000 € 55,000 € 52,000 € 61,600 € 41,800

3+ 3 3+ F&M


2600 2600 2600

3+ 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+


2800 2800 2800 2800 2800

13-Sep-12 15-Sep-12

£80,000 £550,000

3+ F 3 C&F


2920 2920

09-Sep-12 06-Oct-12 21-Oct-12

€ 80,000 € 200,000 $2,917,000

3 3 3 No G


3000 3000 3000

16-Sep-12 28-Oct-12 15-Nov-12

€ 80,000 € 250,000 € 52,000

4+ 3+ 3+


3100 3100 3100







Doncaster Nakayama

Doncaster Cup (Stobart) Sports Nippon Sho Stayers St


Prix du Cadran (Qatar)

Gp 2 Gr 2

14-Sep-12 01-Dec-12

£100,000 $1,560,000

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€ 300,000

10-Nov-12 08-Oct-12 22-Nov-12

12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5

22-Aug-12 25-Sep-12 06-Nov-12

13 13 13

27-Aug-12 29-Sep-12 26-Oct-12

14 14 14 14 14

23-May-12 24-Jul-12 27-Sep-12

14.6 14.6

07-Sep-12 24-Jul-12

15 15 15

22-Aug-12 22-Aug-12 CLOSED

15.5 15.5 15.5

22-Aug-12 10-Oct-12



18f (3600m)

3+ 3+


3600 3600




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16f (3200m)

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21-Sep-12 22-Sep-12 15-Sep-12 01-Oct-12 09-May-12 28-Aug-12 26-Sep-12 09-Oct-12 20-Sep-12 03-Oct-12 28-Aug-12 10-Oct-12

15f (3000m)

Visit Gp 3 Gp 1 L

26-Jun-12 14-Aug-12

14.6f (2920m)

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14f (2800m)

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03-Sep-12 09-Jul-12 06-Sep-12 10-Sep-12 22-Aug-12 22-Aug-12 22-Aug-12 29-Aug-12

13f (2600m)

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12.5f (2500m) T T T T T T

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Furlongs 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

18 18

08-Sep-12 23-Oct-12

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