Week 44 horse racing news
Despite being badly bruised after falling off Bogside Theatre in the bet365 Mares Hurdle, jockey Barry Keniry intend on coming back to action soon. The jockey said that besides experiencing a lot of pain he’s alright and will be back on track in no time.
Richard Hughes has narrowed the gap on Paul Hanagan to just 3 points. The two battle for the Flat jockey championship and it seems at first Hughes as if efforts are in vain following his 7 day ban which ended on the 22nd of October. Since then Hughes managed to climb up and get closer to Hanagan.
The successful two mile chaser, Captain Cee Bee, is aimed at several future meetings after laying down two wins in his last two starts at Punchestown and Nass. Among the meetings connections tend to aim Captain Cee Bee are the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown and Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.
Despite having suffered a drift to the right, Roderic O’Connor managed to pull through in the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud. Jockey Johnny Murtagh held the Aidan O’Brien’s colt in a useful position and had overcome the setback just before the track turned straight to beat Salto, the biggest threat to Roderic O’Connor in the race, by a length.
Richard Hughes will miss the Breeder’s Cup due to his attempt to beat Hanagan in the race for the jockey championship title. Hughes was booked to ride Paco Boy in the Breeder’s Cup Mile but as he decided to remain in the UK Ryan Moore was called to flag and he’ll ride Paco Boy instead.
As the ground at Churchill Downs turf track goes good to firm, Workforce’s trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, has expressed his concern over the matter. Stoute has allowed Workforce to gallop the turf track under Ryan Moore to examine the colt’s form. Connections have stated that in case the going gets too fast, Stoute will reconsider Workforce’s participation Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Trainer Paul Nicholls earned a respectable one two in the totesport.com Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter when Twist Magic trailed his stable mate Tchico Polos to meet the finish line. The six year old was given a fine ride by Ruby Walsh who got on his better side coming towards the last fence and lead home over favorite Somersby.