Tommos World of Racing
Dandy Nicholls who in my humble opinion is one of the best trainers of sprinters in the world is aiming to hit the Dubai Carnival big time this season and has applied to send over up to a dozen horses!
I would love to send as many as I can because I think the place is wonderful said Dandy from his base just north of York after making a flying 2 day visit to Dubai last week.
The horses have got to be rated 100 plus to have a chance of getting in and with so many horses from so many countries wanting to race at the Carnival its not going to be easy but my top three rated horses are Regal Parade, St Moritz and In Excile.
Regal Parade may not be getting any younger but the 2008 winner of the Ayr Gold Cup-Europes richest sprint handicap-is still going strong. St Moritz is a very decent horse who has won between 7 and 10 furlongs while In Exile will be aimed at the big sprint on Dubai world Cup Night after finishing 6th in the race last year.
Nichols who is married to former top lady jockey Alex Greaves has sent out over 100 winners from his North Yorkshire stables this year and cant wait to chase the big money prizes on offer at the Carnival.
My owners and I are very keen to race in Dubai and although over the past couple of years Ive only sent over a few horses I now want to do the job right and will fly my team over just before Xmas so they can get acclimatised in time for the racing in January.
Racing has a habit of producing fairytales and it did it again when
Carruthers won the Hennessy Gold Cup-one of the classics of the National Hunt season-at Newbury last Saturday.
Carruthers was bred and is still owned by my former Channel 4 colleague Lord Oaksey who rode the winner of the race over 40 years ago and although he was too ill to be at the races on Saturday it must have been a great tonic to watch his horse lead all the way on tv.
Lady Oaksey or Chicky as she is affectionately known was there to greet the winner on behalf of her husband and after receiving the trophy went back to the Injured Jockeys Fund stall where she was selling dairies and calendars and other Xmas presents to raise money for injured jockeys.
The victory of Carruthers proved a personal triumph for winning jockey Mattie Batchelor who has been one of the great characters of the weighing room for nearly 15 years and this was by a long way the biggest victory of his career.
There was a frost at Newmarket this morning-the first of the winter-but that didnt deter the many buyers from all over the world to the Tattersalls December Sales.
As I predicted last week the trade continues to be incredibly strong and last week foals-and remember they are not even 1 year old- went for up to 450,000 guineas!
The sale topper was not surprisingly a filly by Sea the Stars and we look forward to seeing her in a couple of years time in the blue and white colours of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum.
Demand for yearlings drives the foal market said Tattersalls Chairman Edmund Mahoney and the strength of our October Yearling Sale gave the British and Irish Bloodstock Industry a real lift and a sense of renewed confidence!
This week the sale concludes with the brood mares and I wonder will more records be broken?!
You know there are over 60 trainers based here in Newmarket but the one with the best strike rate is based 6 miles south in the tiny Cambridgeshire village of West Wratting.
Shes Sarah Humphrey who this season has a strike rate of winners to runners of nearly 40% and shes done it with horses who cost an average of just 5,000 guineas!
But before the flat trainers start worrying about the opposition let me say Sarah who was once a top 3 day event rider is a jumps trainer however she has just taken on a 2 year old and if she does start training on the flat the others had better watch out!
She is married to Tony Humphrey who is a partner in worldwide international law firm Allen and Overy who have a big office in Dubai!
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