Week 45 horse racing news
Lingfield racecourse will undergo inspection though course’s clerk has stated that the course us full raceable despite the harsh weather. The inspection at Lingfield is due to take place at the morning of the race and is regarded as precautionary only.
Trainer John Shirreffs expressed his content with Zenyatta, the six year old mare which held a perfect score of 19 wins out of 19 starts, a record that is longer relevant, after Zenyatta failed to land the Breeder’s Cup Classic. The trainer said he’s proud of her nevertheless and is thankful to be given the opportunity to work with her.
Workforce will race next year’s Breeder’s Cup as a four year old after being withdrawn from last week’s Breeder’s Cup Turf due to unsuitable going.
Jack Doyle, the jumping jockey who suffered and injury similar to the one Ruby Walsh suffered at Hereford, will face a long period of idleness after fracturing the tibia and fibula of his right leg.
The fantastic mare Goldikova will remain under training for next year’s season following her magnificent success in Breeders’ Cup Mile. Plans for Goldikiva, however, are yet to be revealed as owners Gerard and Alain Wertheimer and trainer Freddie Head await her return to Chantilly after she’ll spend the winter at stud.
The Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen has denied rumors stating he’ll be replacing Johnny Murtagh as Ballydoyle’s first jockey. Pat Smullen has expressed his content with his current employer and ruled out any speculation regarding him talking over the Ballydoyle position. The Irish trainer, Dermot Weld, who has been working closely to Mullen, confirmed Mullen’s attention to remain as Weld’s to jockey.
Trainer Philip Hobbs has expressed his concern over the going in the Betfair Chase on Saturday, as he intends Planet Of Sound to run the race. Hobbs told the press that in case going goes soft or beyond, he’ll have no choice but to rule out the 8 year old from running the Betfair Chase and aim him at the King George solely.