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Companies pitching to bring horseracing to City of London Two companies are in a head to head in an attempt to bring horseracing to the streets of London as part of a global proposal for the sport.

Plans have been put together to run evening meetings in a host of cities — with the capital among the possible venues — with a temporary track laid down. The BHA has confirmed that it has been talking to one of the companies about the possibilities. Racing consultant Johnno Spence suggested his company City Racing could host an event in London as early as September

this year, while Olly Neil, behind the bid by GAG 403 Limited, said they were hoping to announce in the first quarter of this year the venue for an inaugural event in 2018. “We are looking at an international city centre thoroughbred horseracing series with the inaugral event taking place in London,” said Spence to the Racing Post. “City Racing is a horseracing

industry backed consortium working together on establishing the best model. “We could have our first event in London as early as September this year, with the series expanding around the world over the next few years”. He said that more information will be available towards the end of March and that the idea is about attracting a “new audience to racing”.

Huntingdon organises a mini Route des Etalons

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very well, including the recently transferred Dream Ahead, as well as Dabirsim, who has his first runners this year, and Tin Horse. Liam Norris and I had bought a Dubawi mare in-foal to him and the resulting colt, named Prost, won his two-year-old maiden at Deauville in December. All credit to his trainer Ed Vaughan, who won some nice “primes” for owners and breeders. The mare Plebeya is now in-foal to Kendargent on a foal share and will visit Myboycharlie. She has an Anodin yearling filly, and it is hoped she will sell at Osarus in September. There may not be too many by Anodin in the sale. I was then joined by Amanda Zetterholm and she gave me a good lead across a sunny and frosty Normandy to Haras de Mont Goubert. On the very rural way we passed plenty of newly planted apple orchards and some stunning villages, particularly Beuvron-en-Auge. Mont Goubert, primarily a trotting stud, stands two new thoroughbred stallions, Morandi and Triple Threat. Morandi is a son of Holy Roman Emperor and a Group 1 two-yearold winner of the Criterium of Saint Cloud. He is very reasonably priced, but I passed him up in favour of Scissor

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Siyouni is looking superb and, interestingly, the Aga is breaking his general habit of not using stallions twice on the same mare and is sending Siyouni’s dam back to Pivotal this spring

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revious commitments, including a G1 Goldmine seminar in Lambourn, prevented me joining the organised Route des Etalons in Normandy – it meant that I had to organise a personal “mini” tour the week before. Starting out from Portsmouth, the ferry got me to Ouistreham and my South Caen hotel shortly after 10pm. It is very close to the ring road, but a room at the back ensured a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately the hotel’s wifi was not working very well and so I headed to Falaise, birthplace of William the Conqueror, for some petit dèjeuner and some internet access. It turned out there was only one café with wifi in town and that also was not working! However, an excellent boulangerie provided a delicious almond (healthy element) croissant and the café two cups of strong coffee with hot milk on the side. This set me up for the 25-minute drive to Trun (also no wifi cafe) and an appointment with Eric Lhermite at Haras de Grandcamp. I had hoped to see Martinborough, a son of Deep Impact, but complicated travel plans had delayed his arrival. Grandcamp’s stallions all looked

Kick, a Redoute’s Choice scion of Juddmonte’s Hasili family. My mare Salute The Sun has produced a French Group winner by Multiplex, so it appears the Danehill cross works. She is back in-foal to Multiplex after a successful “fallopian flush” by Huw Neale of Newmarket Equine Hospital. This is a procedure originating from Twink Allen of the now defunct Equine Fertility Unit. Huw has done operations on 29 mares, whom he felt were suitable cases, resulting in getting 24 pregnant over two cycles. Those interested in reading about it will find it on pages 454-459 of Issue 5, volume 38 of the Equine Veterinary Journal. The article is entitled “Laparoscopic application of PGE2 to re-establish oviducal patency and fertility in infertile mares.” My final visit was to the Aga’s Haras de Bonneval. The first time I visited was to see Siyouni in his first year at stud. Fortunately, I liked him then and was well rewarded at the yearling sales. Siyouni is looking superb and, interestingly, the Aga is breaking his general habit of not using stallions twice on the same mare and is sending Siyouni’s dam back to Pivotal this spring.

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We speak to champion UAE trainer Doug Watson ahead of the Dubai World Cup, we put some data behind the Jockey Club's Kempton Park proposals,...

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We speak to champion UAE trainer Doug Watson ahead of the Dubai World Cup, we put some data behind the Jockey Club's Kempton Park proposals,...