Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sole Power wins at York

Sole Power edging through with an extraordinary win

Sole Power edging through with an extraordinary win

Irish flyer Sole Power won the highlight of the third day of the York Festival, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, this afternoon.

Sole Power, ridden by Richard Hughes, just got a gap with half a furlong to go and burst through it to win the £150,000 purse by half a length.

It was the second Group One win for the five-furling king this season, having already won the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Prix de l'Abbaye, on the first Sunday of October in Longchamp, now looks the most likely target for this speedster, as long as the ground does not turn up too soft in Paris on that day.

Sole Power wins at York

Sole Power edging through with an extraordinary win

Sole Power edging through with an extraordinary win

Irish flyer Sole Power won the highlight of the third day of the York Festival, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, this afternoon.

Sole Power, ridden by Richard Hughes, just got a gap with half a furlong to go and burst through it to win the £150,000 purse by half a length.

It was the second Group One win for the five-furling king this season, having already won the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Prix de l'Abbaye, on the first Sunday of October in Longchamp, now looks the most likely target for this speedster, as long as the ground does not turn up too soft in Paris on that day.

Australia triumphs at York in super style

Easy: Australia

Easy: Australia

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Double-Derby winner Australia was a brilliant victor of the Juddmonte International at York this afternoon.

Produced superbly by Joseph O'Brien at the furlong pole, Australia sprinted away from the French Derby hero The Grey Gatsby with Telescope third and the Eclipse Stakes winner, Mukhadram, in fourth.

It was well worth Joseph sweating down to 8st 12lbs to ride this horse as he won a third Group One of the season, and over half a million pounds sterling, in super style.

Surely now Australia will head to Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes on September 13th, where his presence will give a great boost to the first-ever Irish Champions Weekend.

Even before he had won a race this season, trainer Aidan O'Brien called this horse 'the best we've ever had at Ballydoyle'. Maybe now people will start believing him.  

Australia triumphs at York in super style

Easy: Australia

Easy: Australia

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Double-Derby winner Australia was a brilliant victor of the Juddmonte International at York this afternoon.

Produced superbly by Joseph O'Brien at the furlong pole, Australia sprinted away from the French Derby hero The Grey Gatsby with Telescope third and the Eclipse Stakes winner, Mukhadram, in fourth.

It was well worth Joseph sweating down to 8st 12lbs to ride this horse as he won a third Group One of the season, and over half a million pounds sterling, in super style.

Surely now Australia will head to Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes on September 13th, where his presence will give a great boost to the first-ever Irish Champions Weekend.

Even before he had won a race this season, trainer Aidan O'Brien called this horse 'the best we've ever had at Ballydoyle'. Maybe now people will start believing him.  

Fergal Lynch returns to UK racing

Fergal Lynch happy to be back in the UK

Fergal Lynch happy to be back in the UK

Fergal Lynch is viewing the rest of his career as a “new era” after being allowed back to ride in the United Kingdom.

The British Horseracing Authority last week lifted the restrictions placed on Lynch, who admitted stopping Bond City from winning at Ripon in August 2004.

He has been based in Ireland since being granted a licence by the Irish Turf Club in 2012, but returned to ride at Ayr on Monday aboard Mr Bounty, a horse owned by his father and trained by Michael O'Callaghan.

Lynch will be assisting the BHA in its integrity courses, specifically helping with the education of young jockeys.

"My last ride here (in Britain) was at Beverley August 2008 just before I went to America," said Lynch.

"I'm delighted to be back, I never gave up and went to rebuild my career and it's good to be back.

"It's all been dealt with between myself and the BHA and there are a lot of positives to take out of the story like an integrity video for younger jockeys, helping them to move forward and prevent them making the same mistakes..

"I just hope now I can help young jockeys not to get into problems – I am ashamed of what I did and wish it never had happened.

"The plan is to take things week by week and whenever the chance is there to come over here to ride I will come over, but I am an Irish jockey, still based in Ireland.

"Plenty of trainers have offered me rides and it is very kind of them, but as I say, I will be based in Ireland.

"The BHA will be dealing with what plans we have in mind (working with racing colleges), running apprentice courses, making them aware of the downfalls of gambling.

"I don't want to dwell over these things every day, everything has been covered, this is a new era for me.

"I definitely want to come back to ride in England when the opportunities arrive. Nothing has changed much over here, a lot of the jockeys are a bit younger, but it's mostly the same jockeys and valets so there's not a lot different.

"Everything has been well documented, but every box has been ticked and I'm excited at being back. There have been some critics, but everyone is entitled to their opinion and if they say I shouldn't come back, that is up to them."