Racing stories that made the news between September 12-18.
Amateur rider Lisa O’Neill was thrust into the limelight on Wednesday afternoon as the gambled-on Wrath Of Titans landed the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel.
The 7lb claimer produced the seven-year-old, trained by Gordon Elliott, to challenge Rightville Boy at the second-last where the winner’s stablemate Lord Scoundrel, came down when also in contention.
Rightville Boy held a narrow lead at the final fence, but Wrath Of Titans (7-1) ran away to beat Rightville Boy by five lengths.
British raider Gas Line Boy, who made most of the running, was eight lengths away in third place for trainer Ian Williams.
Elliott said: “Lisa gave him a real peach. I’m thrilled for her and it’s great to repay her a bit for all the work she does. She does some pre-training for me, she works in the office, she will lead one up at the races and she can drive them to the races as well.”
In a surprise announcement this week, Adrian Heskin, one of the emerging young talents in Ireland, is to ride in Britain this jumps season as stable jockey to Tom George.
Heskin, 24, replaces Paddy Brennan, who has ridden for the Gloucestershire trainer for the past six seasons. He shot to prominence in 2010, gaining a first Cheltenham Festival success on board A New Story in the Cross Country Chase and landing the Bet365 Gold Cup on board Church Island at Sandown Park.
Heskin’s arrival paves the way for Paddy Brennan to take up more rides with the Fergal O’Brien stable and the chance to enhance his current commitments with the Colin Tizzard team.
Brennan and George teamed up for two Grade One successes last season with God’s Own.
Matt Chapman will be ITV’s betting reporter and presenter for its racing coverage, it was revealed this week.
Chapman will provide insight and guidance on all the betting stories across the racing season which begins on the channel on the 1st January 2017.
Chapman has spent his career in the sport, as a former Racing Post news reporter and winner of the HWPA Broadcaster of the Year Award 2010.
ITV appear to be looking for a punchy edge with the appointment of Chapman and you can bet your bottom dollar he will bring along a McCririck like persona to our TV screens.
The wonder mare Winx has made a procession of the George Main Stakes at Randwick at the weekend and her sights are now set firmly on further riches in Melbourne.
Saturday’s victory was her seventh at Group One level and her eleventh in succession, matching the winning streak registered by Kingston Town.
“There is nothing like that winning feeling. The dream continues,” trainer Chris Waller said.
If she goes unbeaten through the spring, culminating in the $2 million Emirates Stakes at Flemington on November 5th, she will join Phar Lap on 14 wins.
The viral sensation Pakistan Star hit the headlines once again over the weekend with another last-to-first victory at Sha Tin.
Pakistan Star powered home from the back of the field to win by a length and a quarter under jockey Michael Chadwick, completing the final 400m in a staggering 21.44s.
Pakistan Star is set to step up in grade after this latest win and trainer Tony Cruz hopes he will become a Hong Kong Derby contender next year.
Tepin beat the boys again in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile,under Julien Leparoux to win the 20th running of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In qualifier.
Norm Casse, assistant trainer, said Tepin will run back at Keeneland on Oct. 8 in either the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile or the Grade 1 First Lady, whichever one is easier. That will be her final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Mile in November at Santa Anita, which she won last year when it was staged at Keeneland.
Tepin has now won 13 or her 21 starts.
Kevin Ryan was the master of the Ayr Gold Cup once again on Saturday after Brando triumphed in Scotland’s premier flat race. It was the fourth time Ryan has won Britain’s richest sprint handicap, his first success coming in 2007 with Advanced.
Ayr’s packed stands witnessed the 11-1 shot running on strongly in the final furlong to hold off a challenge from the hot favourite Growl.
The Prix de l’Abbaye at Chantilly and the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot are the options under consideration now according to Ryan.
“We’ll see how he is in the next four or five days and make a plan from there. He’s in the Abbaye and he’s in on Champions Day at Ascot.
“We wouldn’t be worried about going back to five (furlongs) in the Abbaye and he obviously stayed the six (furlongs) well on Saturday.
“He’s just a very adaptable horse and we could go either way with him.”
Armchair fans of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe had reason to cheer this week when it was announced that the meeting will be shown live in an extended three-hour broadcast on Sky Sports 2 on October 2nd.
After Channel 4 announced earlier in the month that they were not purchasing the broadcasting rights this year it was all looking fairly bleak on the coverage front.
Eurosport is another broadcaster to take the race, which will be run at Chantilly with Longchamp being redeveloped. Attheraces and Racing UK are also going to be showing Europe’s premier middle-distance all-aged contest.
Chantilly will also next year’s race as Longchamp announced this week they would not be ready for the 2017 running.
Top flat jockeys (last 14 days): G.Cox (5/9), R.Hornby (7/20), L.Dettori (9/29), L.Stanford (3/10).
Top flat trainers (last 14 days): M.Saunders (4/9), D.Menuisier (3/7), W,Haggas (18/45).