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the news Meanwhile, the global sport and entertainment company CSM is also hoping to launch its world-wide series in 2018. CSM is working with consultants Oakwell Capital on their bid and are in discussions with private investors and cities across the world, with more information to come soon. Neil said to the Racing Post: “We will create a global circuit of horseracing events with highquality local horses thundering down iconic city streets ridden by the world’s top jockeys.

Sinndar, now 20, was at the farm on holiday from Lion d’Angers ready for La Route and a busy new covering season. The new recruit is Dariyan, a Shamardal son of Daryakana and the family of Almanzor. He had more quality than I was expecting for a son of Shamardal and a maternal grandson of Selkirk; let us hope he passes this on. I plan to send Lady Melior, a Multiplex mare now in-foal to Sinndar after producing a Phoenix Reach filly who has already won a race (in utero). Interestingly, the Aga’s stud book has added two recent southernhemisphere Group 1s. Whisky Baron, by Manhattan Rain, won the Met at Kenilworth and Full Of Luck collected the Chilean Derby. Tazkara, the dam of Whisky Baron, has returned to France from Arrowfield Stud in-foal to Snitzel on northern-hemisphere time. Full Of Luck is out of a Fusaichi Pegasus mare from the Shemaka line. The Aga has around a dozen mares in the US and in Australia. He sold Whisky Baron as a yearling at Inglis Easter Sales. Another partnership to enjoy racing and sales success in South Africa and Australia is Sheikh Fahd and David Redvers. David, in a recent Thoroughbred Daily News interview with Chris McGrath, waxed eloquently about the prize-money, and the high

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“We’re going to do for horseracing what Twenty20 has done for cricket and 3x3 for basketball – reinterpreting the Sport of Kings for a young urban audience and dialling up on technology, entertainment, excitement and energy.” Entrepreneurs Neil and Andy King have created and patented a racing track-system that can be laid and removed in “record time”. The modular system has adjustable feet to ensure a smooth, level and constant surface.

William was impressed with Dariyan on a visit to Haras de Bonneval

profile and widespread appeal of racecourse ownership among Australians. He also suggested would-be British trainers should spend six months as assistants down under. Primarily they would learn communication skills and the value of keeping the information flow going. Biut, in fact, there has already been quite a list of trainers treading the Australian path: Henry Candy, William Jarvis, John Berry, Stuart Williams, Charlie Hills, and recently Hugo Palmer and Amy Murphy.

Hugo was transformed by Gai Waterhouse in an almost cult-like way both physically and personally. He certainly learnt the art of getting in front of a microphone and TV camera from her, perhaps not the dress sense. I, too, was lucky enough to spend six months there with Bart Cummings, T.J.Smith and Colin Hayes in their prime. Then it was the feeding routine and getting horses fit that was the lesson to learn. Now communication skills separate the wheat from the chaff.

“The plan is to create a city horseracing world series that will visit six global cities each year — including a grand finale where the champion jockey will be crowned,” said King. The track is like a “giant Scalextrics” in the way it can be adjusted, built and moved. He told the Horse and Hound that London would be a “fantastic venue” and they have surveyed Constitution Hill and The Mall as possible locations. The early proposals include seating for 10,000 spectators as well as big screens, LED boards and a spectator app that allows visitors to track the position of “their” horse. “LED wrist bands on spectators will change colour as the horses pass and will flash with the winning silks,” said Andrew Owen of CSM. “Adding to the whole experience will be a programme of entertainment, featuring music and lights.” A London horserace has been mooted in the past but never got off the ground. This current plan is still in its early infancy, the Evening Standard reporting that organisers have admitted that they need to raise both the necessary capital for the track and to ensure safety standards can be met. An initial host venue is said to be announced at the beginning of next year, with the first race scheduled for the final quarter of that year. BHA spokesman Robin Mounsey said: “Any proposal would require BHA approval and clearly there are significant issues, including logistical and welfare-related, that would need to be addressed before any application could be processed.” Both companies are keen to ensure that welfare issues would be top priority and that the races would not in anyway resemble the ancient Palio race that is run on the streets of Sienna.


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