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student racing flying high michael owen us the low down from his Manor House Stables

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ISSUE 01 / October 2010 / FEATURE RACE 2,000 Guineas & The Derby 5 MINUTES WITH ... Sir Alex Ferguson INTERVIEW Michael Owen & Frankie Dettori PREVIEW Arc De Triomphe

SR Student Racing By Students For Students


Multiple Group 1 winners, make Group 1 sires! STALLION, SIRE

YEATS by Sadler’s Wells ROCK OF GIBRALTAR by Danehill DYLAN THOMAS by Danehill MONTJEU by Sadler’s Wells HIGH CHAPARRAL by Sadler’s Wells DUKE OF MARMALADE by Danehill HURRICANE RUN by Montjeu MASTERCRAFTSMAN by Danehill Dancer ORATORIO by Danehill GALILEO by Sadler’s Wells PEINTRE CELEBRE by Nureyev

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New for 2010 Group 1 sire First yearlings in 2010 Champion sire Group 1 sire First foals in 2010 First 2YO's in 2010 New for 2010 Group 1 sire Champion sire Group 1 sire

Welcome to Student Racing - a new scheme run by students for students. We aim to introduce fellow students from Universities and Colleges around the UK, to the exciting world of horse racing! Student Racing started as a project as part of our degree course, where we had to devise and run an imaginary business. However we realised quite quickly that there were plenty of our friends at Newcastle - and other Uni’s - who wanted to get into racing and enjoy the buzz and excitement on the course. Through Student Racing, we hope to introduce horseracing to a wider audience, and make it more relevant. We are going to produce a monthly magazine, available during term time, and have already launched our website which has live news feeds and results. We’re going to help students understand the world of racing, with a guide to betting and the different race meetings, and help you learn what the jargon means. We’ll also bring you a guide to racing, celebrity interviews and - on the website online blogs from people in racing from our generation. We’re going to bring you exclusive offers and Student Racing trips at courses throughout the UK. We’re going to have

competitions - including “Best Dressed Fillies” and we hope that the girls will buy into Student Racing too. In the pipeline are Apps for iPhone and Blackberry - so watch this space. That said, we can’t create a successful business without your help. We’re looking for students from Universities and Colleges around the UK to get involved with Student Racing; to contribute to our magazine and website, and to help us promoted students in the UK. In particular we’re looking for students in journalism, photography, designers - such as fashion, millinery - that can help us with the magazine content. We need help with content on the website and its design. In turn, Student Racing is going to be promoting talented students through competitions and introduction into the industry and showcase the best of our generation. The future of racing is in our hands. We hope to help get students involved the Sport of Kings horseracing in the UK - so that we can be the people running and influencing the industry in the future.



2,000 guineas Magnificent Makfi cruises home Chief Executives Mike Spence Alex Bell Editor Jackie Jarvis Designed by Nicole Feuersenger Printed by Supported by Racing for Change


Contact: Coolmore Stud, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Tel: 353-52-6131298. Fax: 353-52-6131382. Christy Grassick, David O’Loughlin, Eddie Fitzpatrick, Tim Corballis, Maurice Moloney, Gerry Aherne or Mathieu Alex. Tom Gaffney, David Magnier, Joe Hernon or Cathal Murphy. Tel: 353-25-31966/31689. Kevin Buckley (UK Rep.) 44-7827-795156. E-mail: Web site: All stallions nominated to EBF.

the derby Workforce wows Epsom crowd


sir alex ferguson PAGE 10 / INTERVIEW

michael owen frankie dettori

Wish us luck - we’re going to need it!

betting made easy William Hill gives students the in and outs of placing a bet


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“the opening classic of the season...�

Special Duty

guineas meeting PHOTOGRAPHY /



he 2,000 Guineas is held on the Saturday at the HQ of racing, Newmarket, and the first heat is for the boys. Being the opening classic of the season this is always hotly contested and is the first real chance for the most precocious talent to prove their worth. This year’s was a vintage renewal and had a somewhat surprise outcome when the unbeaten French raider, Makfi, landed the spoils at enormous odds of 33/1 sending the bookies home doing handstands. Following the 2,000 Guineas up on the

Sunday is the ladies heat, the 1000 Guineas, over the same course and distance as the boys the day before. Not traditionally as strong as the lads, but a no less coveted prize and definitely no less competitive the girls go at it all the way to the line. This year there was an epic duel between another French raider in Special Duty and one of the outsiders of the field Jacqueline Quest, despite the latter crossing the line first, the judges somewhat harshly interfered denying a very popular winner the race and awarding it to Special Duty for interference.


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he Derby is exclusively for the top dogs of the equine world to showcase their talent. This is the pinnacle for any horse, and along with the prestige it is worth just over ÂŁ700k to the winner so there is little wonder it is so coveted. Epsom play host to this spectacle every year in June, with over 50, 000 people roaring them on over a mile and a half. Like Becks being the triple threat combining football, looks and a slightly ropey camera presence, to win the Derby you must

combine speed, stamina and balance. This year’s renewal proved to be no let down with Workforce storming away to win by 7 lengths. The Oaks is the time for the girls to strut their stuff on the Epsom Downs and the 2010 renewal left us with a great race. Ryan Moore gave Snow Fairy a fantastic ride to weave through an apparent wall of horses to deny Meeznah, claiming the coveted prize.

Snow Fairy





amous for his management of Manchester United, few know that a few years ago he was enjoying that type of success on the racecourses with Rock Of Gibraltar. A keen racegoer since he was younger and always up for a flutter, he now owns top class horses What A Fried, trained by Paul Nicholls and Face The Problem with Barry Hills, amongst others. We fired a few questions at him, and here’s how he got on...

student racing Flat or Jumps? ALEX FERGUSON Well I suppose I prefer the atmosphere of the jumps but I own more flat horses so it’s a weird one.

student racing Best moment in your life so far? ALEX FERGUSON Barcelona ‘99.

student racing Wife might not be too happy. Last time you went racing and where?

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ALEX FERGUSON Haydock Sprint cup day.

student racing You’ve just won the Champions League and we’re working the bar… What’s it going to be? ALEX FERGUSON Pint of red wine.


student racing What couldn’t you live without… Women, Football or Racing? ALEX FERGUSON Football.

student racing We’re giving you a loan, are you buying a new player or a horse? ALEX FERGUSON New player.

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 Arctic Cosmos

“the final classic of the season...”

alex ferguson student racing Favourite racecourse?



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he St Leger is the final Classic of the season run at Doncaster, for the 3 year olds boys and girls. Run over 1 and ¾ miles, the St Leger enables the great stayers to prove themselves. This year’s renewal was as good as ever with Oaks winner Snow Fairy representing the girls against Derby runners Rewilding and Midas Touch. The win

though, came down to the rapidly improving and super consistent Arctic Cosmos, who had finished in the first 3 on all his 5 starts this year. At odds of 12/1 Arctic Cosmos, he made it seem so easy running away from the field with ease to land the final Classic of the year for trainer John Gosden and young jockey William Buick.

Are you partial to a flutter? ALEX FERGUSON Oh God yeah, of course yeah.

student racing Favourite horse and why? ALEX FERGUSON Red Rum because aside from the fact he was a brilliant horse I backed him every time.

student racing You had a phenomenal horse in Rock of Gibralter a few years ago, would you swap your knighthood for another horse as good as him? ALEX FERGUSON Absolutely no way.


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student racing

Michael Owen

What got you into racing?

Derby or Premier League?

MICHAEL OWEN I first started taking an interest in racing when I used to watch my Dad picking his 3 horses to put in his 50p patent on a Saturday. I then used to follow the top jockeys and trainers through the results section of the paper and once I got an idea of the game, my Dad used to let me pick one of his three horses.

MICHAEL OWEN Premier League. Ask me in 5 years and that may change!

student racing Most memorable moment in the sport?

What’s more nerve wrecking... Having a runner in a big race or walking onto the pitch? MICHAEL OWEN Having a runner in a big race. I can control my actions playing football but there is nothing I can do once the horse and jockey leave the paddock bar cross my fingers!

student racing We are taking you back in time, you’re a student... Why would you be going racing? MICHAEL OWEN We all like different things in life. For me, Horses are the most beautiful creatures, speed is a massive thrill and the skill of trainer and jockey to teach a horse from such a young age how to race. It's also a great day out, especially at my home course Chester!

student racing student racing Horse for students to follow next season? MICHAEL OWEN Of my horses I'm convinced Mr Macattack will win a nice race one day.

student racing There are lots of footballers in racing at the moment, is this likely to continue? MICHAEL OWEN I think so. I am probably the most heavily involved in the game but there are plenty of footballers that own horses, quite a few of them at my yard.

student racing Due to the competition in racing do you think your stables can make it to the top? MICHAEL OWEN Yes I do. Racing is so competitive but if me and my partner Andrew Black didn't think we could compete at the highest level we wouldn't be doing this. It may take a bit of time but I'm convinced we will get there.

student racing Best horse in the yard? PHOTOGRAPHY /



MICHAEL OWEN I have had some great times already but I'm sure the best is yet to come! Treble Heights was my best horse. When she came round the final bend at Chester in her first ever race with John Carroll sat motionless my heart skipped 10 beats! She then ran some great races in Stakes company including a Listed race win at Newmarket but the best moment was when she came 2nd in a Group 2 in Deauville under Frankie. The whole day was fantastic and she tried her heart out in the searing heat to do us proud. Blue Jack winning a Listed race at Chester was another great day.

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MICHAEL OWEN Officially Blue Jack is the highest rated horse in the yard. Tom has done a fantastic job with him this year.

student racing How heavily involved are you with the day to day running of Manor House Stables? MICHAEL OWEN I dip in and out depending on my football commitments. Football comes first. I speak to Tom most days and probably pop up to the yard on average twice a week.

Mick Channon was a great England striker like yourself, could you imagine yourself following his career path into training one day? MICHAEL OWEN No. I love my role as it is! Dealing with owners, getting up at 6am... no thank you!


FRANKIE DETTORI Exactly, like drive time with Steve Wright.

FRANKIE DETTORI And a half. That half is a lot.

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student racing

You will have a very decorated headstone when the time comes but your most famous for riding 7 winners in a day at Royal Ascot, “The Magnificent Seven.” Is this the best moment of your career and could this happen again?

Godolphin are one of the biggest operations in the world, financed by the Sheikhs of Dubai, and you have been tied to them for 16 years, do you think that was the turning point in your career?

FRANKIE DETTORI Yeah most definitely, along with the Derby which I had never won in 15 attempts, having won all the other major races, and is sort if the icing on the cake for my career. Could it be done again? Maybe one day somewhere, but I don’t think on another big day like that at Ascot.

FRANKIE DETTORI There have been a lot of turning points in my career but yeah I think that is the post pivotal for sure. I have ridden some of the best horses in the world and been to some of the best places so I couldn’t ask for more. And for me there is no life after Im finished with Godolphin, maybe something in racing or maybe with the restaurant (Frankies) with Marco (Pierre White.)

student racing You made one punter very happy though… FRANKIE DETTORI Yeah well he backed my horses in every race and was meant to win £900k but the maximum pay out was £500k so they cheated him out of £400k.

student racing A famous jockey once said that “winning a race was better than sex” do you echo these sentiments?

student racing If you could mark out the best horse you’ve ridden who would it be? FRANKIE DETTORI Dubai Millenium without a doubt. I have ridden too many great horses to name but he was the horse that really took my breath away.

student racing Obviously you’re a huge personality in racing with the flying dismounts and you used to have a weekly cameo on a Question of Sport. Do you think it needs more public figures to keep the sport alive?



or our first feature interview in racing we thought we’d aim high, and who better than the high flying jockey himself, Frankie Dettori. Most famous for his flying dismounts and his ‘Magnificent Seven’, when winning all 7 races at Ascot in one day, Frankie is arguably one of the most famous sports stars on the planet. Student Racing spent 15 minutes catching up with the star himself...

Lanfranco Dettori how are you? FRANKIE DETTORI Oh you even know my real name. Actually my middle name is Oscar which wasn’t a very popular name in Italy so it didn’t help in school.

student racing Yeah I do my mum used to fancy Ally Mcoist. FRANKIE DETTORI So did my wife. No but honestly I think there are a lot of charismatic people in the weighing room and you will be seeing more of them soon.

dettori student racing So were you picked on for being small and your clothes being too big? FRANKIE DETTORI Haha…yeah I was that kid at the front of the lunch queue who never got his food. No, I landed the name Oscar because my mum was in the circus, hence the jumping off horses.

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FRANKIE DETTORI Hang on a minute you don’t remember that.

So nothing to do with the films?

student racing So its well documented that jockeys have to watch their weight? Is this the case for you and are you partial to the odd drink?

FRANKIE DETTORI Yeah because for him a race lasts longer. The grand national lasts for 8 minutes where as he hasn’t broken the 30 second barrier.

FRANKIE DETTORI Yeah well some jockeys do but luckily for me my natural weight is 8 stone 9 so if I have a few drinks or a nice meal I will go to the gym and sweat it out the next day. I would aim to lose about 3 pounds minimum but other friends of mine would have just a cup of tea before racing to do the weight but I couldn’t do that.

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student racing

Must be the Usain Bolt of the bedroom…

For you what would be the reason for students to go racing?

FRANKIE DETTORI Haha. Spot on. Thing is I might be put on hold for a month from the missus if I say that riding is better than sex.

FRANKIE DETTORI Well it’s the perfect day out, an excuse to get dressed up and have a few drinks and most importantly its full of fit birds and I just wish I was still your age in the playing field.

student racing 5 children at home… Any new champion jockeys in there?

FRANKIE DETTORI No, no.horses.

FRANKIE DETTORI Well my eldest Leo is 11 and already has the same size shoes as me I think he is going to be a big lad.

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student racing

Bit of a face for radio…

What 3ft 2”?

student racing Finally, if there is one horse for students to watch next year who is it going to be? FRANKIE DETTORI Farrh. Thanks kiddo and good luck.


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at glorious goodwood A day at the races has something for everyone; drama and excitement, style and glamour, celebrities and socialising and some awesome horsepower. Get the low-down on horseracing's new website


ver 2 million people viewed ‘Orlando’ and his Gap Yah video, and this summer he was visiting Glorious Goodwood. We catch up with Matt Lacey, to find out how he found the racing and what he has planned for the future...

• Listen to the first ever 'Voices of the Races' - real racegoers giving advice on the best racecourse events, bars, eateries and entertainment • Watch James McQuillan, former star of The Apprentice, presenting his 'beginners' guide' to racing • See which celebs have been spotted at the races • Catch the latest gossip from the top jockeys

student racing So, Matt, how did you find Glorious Goodwood? MATT LACEY I think it pretty much did exactly what it said on the tin. Glorious. The weather and the surrounds were lovely and everyone seemed to be having a good time. I'd quite like to go back for a day without having to clown around and have McCririck shouting at me.

student racing Does that mean we're likely to be seeing you back on a racecourse in the near future? MATT LACEY I think Orlando's career as voice of the Races has finished for the foreseeable future, but I might go along and have a little look around Epsom as it's not too far from me.

student racing Why should students be coming racing?

MATT LACEY It's fun, and good for developing maths skills. I used my maths skills to work out that I had spaffed fifty quid on no-hope donkeys. They can't teach that in a classroom.

student racing Can you ever see yourself owning a horse in the future? MATT LACEY I wouldn't have the first idea what to do with one. I've never even ridden a horse!

student racing Obviously you've had huge success with your Gap Yah! videos, are you working on anything special for us to look forward to? MATT LACEY I've just finished a month-long Edinburgh run with my sketch group, The Unexpected Items, and we're all now going back to the desks to write up a whole new show.

quick-fire five BLONDE OR BRUNETTE Not sure I have a hair colour type. Maybe I'm not discerning enough... FAVOURITE DRINK Guiness ANGELINA JOLIE OR KELLY BROOK Kelly Brook. Jolie seems as mad as a bag of snakes. FAVOURITE SPORT Rugby WHO’S GOING TO WIN THE ARC? Fame & Glory. Otherwise this horse has been pretty arrogantly named.

• Get inspiration on what to wear at the races • Learn how to place a bet and pick a winner • Find out about special offers on trips to the races and much more…

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THE FAVOURITE FAME AND GLORY STARTS: 14 WINS: 9 As his name suggests, Fame and Glory is the one they all have to beat. In the green corner representing Ireland, Fame And Glory has enjoyed a fine season, winning four of his five starts. He has won over the distance and has a fantastic record with his jockey Johnny Murtagh. Probable price: 2/1 favourite DANGER BEHKABAD STARTS: 5 WINS: 5




3rd October, live on BBC 2 

Sea The Stars


he Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, usually referred to as the “Arc”, is considered the most prestigious horse race in Europe. Most coveted champions have usually added this race to their CV’s. Run over the same distance as the Derby (One and a half mile), it proves to be the test at the end of the season to prove who the greatest racehorse of the season is. Last year’s champion horse Sea The Stars can be seen winning the race above in 2009.


the big six

Based in France Behkabad has yet to hit the same heights as some others in the race but continues to progress, winning well last time he ran. He has won over the same course and distance and his last run makes him dangerous to dismiss. Probable price: 3/1

DANGER WORKFORCE STARTS: 4 WINS: 2 Workforce has a bit of an all or nothing profile, when he's hot he's scintillating but when he's not he's like your average school report, moderate to poor. Breathtaking in the Derby, winning in a course record time yet very disappointing in his last race. Probable price: 8/1 DANGER CAPE BLANCO STARTS: 8 WINS: 6 Also representing Ireland is the 3 year old Cape Blanco. He has run against Workforce twice this year and it’s currently 2-0 in head-to-heads. This is much harder but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s up to improving again to win the race. Ticks a lot of boxes and high on the shortlist. Probable Price: 8/1 EACH-WAY DANGER YOUMZAIN STARTS: 31 WINS: 6 Representing England, Youmzain has made his name as an international star, having run in 7 different countries. One of the biggest hard luck stories of modern times, he has run in the race 3 times, finishing 2nd on all three occasions. Probable Price: 16/1

LIVELY OUTSIDER DUNCAN STARTS: 14 WINS: 4 Brushed aside by the brilliant Harbinger in midsummer, he bounced back last time winning at Longchamp over the same distance as the Arc. He could surprise a few people at his odds and could be the fly in the ointment. Probable Price: 25/1

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