Trainer John Gosden saddles the exacta in the listed Quebec Stakes at Lingfield this morning with less than length separating the top 4 finishers. Dick Doughtywylie got the win for Gosden's wife, owener Rachel Hood, with the George Strawbridge owned Gatewood a 1/2 length further back in 2nd. A neck away in 3rd was the Mark Johnston trained filly, Galician, for owner Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, and a head behind her was the Marco Botti trained Energia Davos in 4th for owner Stefan Friborg.
Appologies for the double posting. My computer's gone whack-a-do again, LOL!!
A quote from trainer Peter Moody in the new Black Caviar book: "I've been around horses all of my life and I've never known one better than Black Caviar. I find judging her place in racing history hard because I'm so close to her. That's why I've always deferred to other people's opinions. What I do know is this, Black Caviar is the finest horse I've ever seen or worked with.....until I saw Frankel win on that Tuesday at Royal-Ascot"(2012 G1 Queen Anne Stakes). End quote. In the great debate about which was the better horse between Black Caviar & Frankel, I'd say that's question asked and answered right there by none other than Black Caviar's trainer himself.
Mine That Bird sort of lost his way a bit after the Triple Crown races, but boy why he was on the Triple Crown trail that year that little gelding was a tough and determined as it gets. Maybe someday Mine That Bird will be walking around at the Ky. Horse Park with former stud champions of the past bragging about the hundreds of mares they once bred while Mine That Bird simply smiles and says "yeah, but you never won the Ky. Derby."!!
Surely this colt suffered suffered an injury of some sort post-Lingfield Derby Trial Stakes that I never got the memo about? If not, how is that 9 length winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial for the rest of the season never rates even one start in the Epsom Derby, Irish Derby, Prix Du Jockey Club, Grand Prix De Paris, Great Voltigeur Stakes, or English St Leger? I'm certainly not suggesting the Derby Trial at Lingfield is as tough of a race as other Derby preps like the English 2000 Guineas, Dante Stakes, etc..., but nonetheless, a 9 length winner of a race that's usually a decent Derby prep and you don't run the rest of the season in any of the other top middle distance races for 3yo? Seems very odd to me unless like I said there was some sort of injury involved I didn't hear about?
Orfevre's last dance!! Really would like to see him end a stellar career with a special performance at Nakayama racetrack on Dec 22nd!!
Thistle Bloodstock's 3YO, Ralston Road, who finished 7th in both the G1 Irish Derby & G1 English St Leger earlier in the season gets a nice win in his first ever lifetime start in Dubai. Izaaj finished 2nd and heavy race favorite, Meandre, could only manage to get up for 3rd in The Entisar-Sponsored By Range Rover Sport Conditions Race at Meydan ran over 2000 meters on tapeta. Liked this colt when I saw him race in Ireland back in summer. I felt like then he was better than the finish to a lot of his races were showing.
Surfer will head into the upcoming 2014 Dubai Carnival with at least 1 win already on his resme' from Meydan's winter meeting. Surfer won the Dubai Creek Mile Conditions Race on the tapeta main track at Meydan finishing ahead of the always consistent on tapeta Mufarrh in 2nd, Samari Sword in 3rd, Derbaas in 4th, and Barbecue Eddie in 5th.
@kaitlinefree1, I'd really like to see Orfevre end his career with a major G1 wins also. Still can't believe he didn't win that 2012 renewal of the Arc De Triomphe.
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