Williams evaluates Kubica in Hungary

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Taj Mahal has Cox Plate option

Taj Mahal has Cox Plate option

Taj Mahal ©Healy Racing Photos Aidan O’Brien’s travelling head lad TJ Comerford indicated that the team are still aiming to press on to the Cox Plate with Taj Mahal, who finished 10th in the Group One Ladbrokes Stakes at Caulfield over the weekend. “The Cox Plate is the big option for him, we can change a few little things around with him the next time, I will have to see what Aidan and Lloyd (Williams, part-owner) think, but I do think it would be an option,” he said. “Taj Mahal just ended up being a bit lazy, he probably needed that to wake him up because he is a good horse you know, there is better to come from Taj Mahal, I don’t doubt that he will improve.”
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Preview punchestown 18th Oct

All eyes will be on high-class hurdler Petit Mouchoir as he makes his eagerly awaited chasing debut in the Coral.ie Bet & Watch Irish And UK Racing Live Beginners Chase at Punchestown. Henry Dr Bromhead’s charge signed off last season with a fine third in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and like so many from the stable, he can be expected to have been well schooled ahead of his first start over the larger obstacles. Brelade was a useful sort over hurdles himself and has previous chasing experience to his name, having finished second at Gowran Park recently. The Coral.ie Free Racehourse Ownership With The Coral Champions Club Rated Hurdle looks set to provide more top action and old favourite Hidden Cyclone is sure to have his supporters after finishing second over fences recently. Even at the age of 12, he retains plenty of enthusiasm for the game but might have his work cut out in taking on potential improver Campeador and the hat-trick seeking The Game Changer. Wide-margin Fairyhouse bumper winner Cracking Smart makes a welcome return to hurdling duty when he contests the Coral.ie Bet 5 Euros Get 20 Euros In Free Bets Maiden Hurdle but this has the look of a competitive affair. Heading the list of dangers is recent Gowran Park runner-up Beyond The Law, while Borderline Chatho and Shady Operator take the eye on their respective reappearances. Racing gets underway with the Coral.ie Best Price Guaranteed On All Irish Races 3-Y-O Hurdle and better ground should suit Minnie Dahill, who looked very promising at Down Royal before flopping in desperate conditions last time. There should be more to come from A Sizing Network as he goes for the double in the Coral.ie Download The App Handicap Chase, while debut runner-up Iamastartoo could be hard to beat in the concluding Black Hills Mares INH Flat Race.
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A look ahead to the Caulfield Cup

Trainer Hughie Morrison (right) seen here with Jim Crowley ©Healy Racing Photos Jockey Hugh Bowman is anticipating a big run from British raider Marmelo in Saturday’s BMW Caulfield Cup at Caulfield. The Hughie Morrison-trained four-year-old has next month’s Melbourne Cup as his primary target after two Group race victories in French staying contests this year. Bowman was on hand to partner his big-race mount in a five-furlong spin at Werribee on Tuesday and despite dropping back in in trip for Saturday’s Group One, he expects Marmelo to be in the shake-up. “He had a pretty firm gallop on Friday and I feel that it did its job because he was much more on the bridle today, much more alert and aware of what he was up to,” Bowman told www.racing.com. “It’s a long time since he’s raced over 12 furlongs and we are aware of that. “He’s here for the Melbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup is obviously a good stepping stone towards that, but judging on what I’m feeling, I think he’ll run a very good race on Saturday. “I just want a trouble-free run and if things go our way there’s no reason why he can’t win the race.” Marmelo is one of 17 horses declared for the Caulfield Cup, with Aidan O’Brien’s Johannes Vermeer and the Willie Mullins-trained Wicklow Brave also taking their chances. Marmelo will break from stall 10 with Johannes Vermeer in two and Wicklow Brave in 16. Admire Deus was expected to run but the former Japanese star sustained a serious leg injury in his final piece of work on Tuesday morning.
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Ten years on: An opportunity lost for F1 at Indianapolis

Ten years on: An opportunity lost for F1 at Indianapolis
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Ridley takes over as Augusta National chairman

Ridley takes over as Augusta National chairman
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Romanised recovering after setback

Romanised recovering after setback

Romanised (far left) pictured on his way to victory at Navan earlier this season ©Healy Racing Photos Ken Condon was left ruing his luck after Romanised travelled to France but was prevented from running last Friday by a small setback. The Solario Stakes runner-up may now be put away for the winter, after which he will be trained with the Irish Guineas in mind. “It was disappointing, but he was found to be lame on Thursday night,” said Condon. “He had his shoe removed and we iced it overnight, but it didn’t respond quickly enough so he couldn’t run. “He’s back on the Curragh now and we’ll check him over fully. It’s a shame as it looked a good opportunity. I’m not sure if he’ll run again (this season), as that was the plan. “He’ll be trained for the Irish Guineas, I’m not sure running him in a Guineas trial on bad ground would be a good idea, but I’m sure a mile will be fine for him at three. “In time, if he’s up to it, it may turn out that the Prix de la Foret is his ideal race.”
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Perrett pays tribute to Ken Dooley

Amanda Perrett ©Healy Racing Photos Emotions were high at Windsor on Monday as Amanda Perrett saddled her first runners since her groom Ken Dooley was announced as the man who had tragically died at Kempton on Saturday night. The West Sussex handler saddled two horses in a mile-and-a-quarter handicap on the card, with Intermodal, owned by Khalid Abdullah, the responsibility of Dooley at Coombelands Stables. Intermodal finished 11th of the 12 runners – one place ahead of stablemate Zamalight. Speaking from Windsor, Perrett told At The Races: “Fittingly, he (Dooley) has looked after Intermodal for the last couple of years for Prince Khalid. “He was a tremendous asset to us. He knew his horses inside out.” Dooley, who was in his 50s, suffered fatal injuries following an incident in the stable yard prior to race seven at the Sunbury-on-Thames venue. Perrett described Dooley as “one of the world’s enthusiastic guys”. She said : “It’s very difficult for his family and all of his friends back at Coombelands. “He’s been very much part of our lives for the last seven years. “He lived at Coombelands for 11 months of the year. He was hugely experienced in every walk of life of the racing industry – from riding, training and jockey coaching. “Racing was Ken’s life. He was just one of those wonderful, 4.30-in-the-morning guys. “He never, ever had anything other than a great big grin on his face. He was just one of the world’s enthusiastic guys and we’re very sorry we’ve lost him.”
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Streak could be Greatwood bound

Tom O’Brien has won on Silver Streak ©Healy Racing Photos Silver Streak is being considered for a tilt at next month’s Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham after making a successful return to action at Chepstow on Saturday. The four-year-old could be stepped up in class for the Grade Three prize on November 19 after forming the opening leg of a double for trainer Evan Williams at the Monmouthshire track. He said: “That was a good performance at Chepstow and we turned the tables on a few that beat us last year. He looks like he has improved and physically he has had a good summer and came back looking a different horse. “He looks like a progressive four-year-old and I would like to think he will tighten up for that. “He might, with a featherweight, be a Greatwood horse or something like that, but that is talking quite high.” The Llancarfan handler has no immediate plans for Court Minstrel after he completed his brace when landing the totepool Silver Trophy for the second time having also won the race in 2015. He said: “It is lovely when an old horse gets a win and everything fell right on the day. “If he does nothing else in his life, he has been a very good servant. It was nice to win the Silver Trophy again as it is a lovely prize. “We will just pick and choose our races with him. He might end up in another handicap or in a couple of conditions races.”
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Tom Davies scores the winner as England Under-21s maintain grip on Group Four

England Under-21s strengthened their position at the top of their Euro 2019 qualifying group as Tom Davies’ second-half header earned.
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Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp backs Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to prove critics wrong

JURGEN KLOPP believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is finally ready to shine for Liverpool.
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Tiger cleared to resume full golf activities

Tiger cleared to resume full golf activities
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Expert Eye 'fine' after Dewhurst flop

Expert Eye ‘fine’ after Dewhurst flop

Expert Eye ©Healy Racing Photos Connections of Dewhurst Stakes disappointment Expert Eye remain baffled by his performance at Newmarket. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained juvenile looked a potential superstar when winning the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. With that form working out incredibly well as James Garfield subsequently won the Mill Reef and Seahenge the Champagne Stakes, confidence was high going into the Group One. However, Expert Eye, having raced a little keenly early on, was one of the first beaten under Andrea Atzeni and he trailed home last of the nine runners. It was initially reported he was lame on his right hind, but he later trotted up sound. “Everything is fine with him this morning,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, owner Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager, on Sunday.
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O’Brien eight among Champion Stakes 17

Churchill is one of the 17 confirmed ©Healy Racing Photos Aidan O’Brien has eight of the 17 horses confirmed for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday The Ballydoyle battalion includes Highland Reel, Churchill and Rhododendron – but not multiple Group One-winning filly Winter, who has also been taken out of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes. Cracksman and Barney Roy also feature in the entries for the Group One contest. Since placing in both the Epsom Derby and the Irish equivalent at the Curragh, the John Gosden-trained Cracksman has impressed in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York and the Prix Niel at Chantilly. Connections decided against a clash with stablemate Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and he is instead set to drop to a mile and a quarter on Champions Day. Barney Roy, trained by Richard Hannon for Godolphin, was runner-up to Churchill in the 2000 Guineas before gaining his revenge in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. The Excelebration colt has since been beaten by Ulysses in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and in the Juddmonte International at York. Ulysses still has the option after finishing third in the Arc at the start of the month. Trainer Sir Michael Stoute could also saddle Poet’s Word. Potential French challenger Brametot is another interesting contender.
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Poetic Rhythm wins Persian War at Chepstow

Paddy Brennan rider of Poetic Rhythm ©Healy Racing Photos Poetic Rhythm ran out a game winner of the Grade 2 totepool Persian War Novices’ Hurdle when holding off Amour De Nuit at Chepstow on Sunday. Fergal O’Brien’s 3/1 chance hit the front a long way out under Paddy Brennan and looked a sitting duck for much of the home straight. Sam Twiston-Davies sat motionless on Paul Nicholls’ Amour De Nuit and it appeared to be only a matter of time before he picked off Poetic Rhythm. However, the six-year-old dug really deep to win by a length and a quarter. Vision Des Flos made a pleasing hurdling debut back in third against far more experienced rivals. The likes of Silviniaco Conti, Fingal Bay and Blaklion are all on the recent roll of honour. Brennan said: “When he came in from the field I said to Fergal the Persian War was the race for him, so it’s good training. “He’s had a hard race today so it’s important he has a few weeks to recover, it was a very good race today. “I was in front too far out, but nobody could take me there any longer and I knew I had enough horse under me.” O’Brien told At The Races: “We came here last year and won the bumper with him and Paddy said early last season this is where we should come with him. “We haven’t thought beyond today. “We’d always been looking at this race and it’s worked out brilliantly. “We’ll probably look at taking him to Cheltenham for something at the November meeting.” At this early stage of the season Philip Hobbs already has the favourite for the Triumph Hurdle with Gumball (4/6 favourite) who took his tally to two from two in Britain in the Champion Hats Juvenile Hurdle. While the Stratford race he won might not have taken much winning, there was strength in depth to this with Speedo Boy, rated 96 on the Flat, beaten a long way back in third. Hobbs is not scared to run his juveniles, with Defi Du Seuil winning the Triumph on his sixth start of the season. Gumball is 16/1 for the Triumph from 33s with BetVictor. Hobbs said: “He’s got a fair engine, I’m delighted. We knew he was pretty good but the race at Stratford was that bad it showed us nothing. “We knew coming here we’d find out and if he got beat he’d only have one penalty. “Apparently in his run in France he didn’t jump so well, he was brilliant at Stratford but not so clever here but we’ll get it together. “There’s the novice hurdle at Wetherby, the Wensleydale, that’s the obvious one and then Cheltenham in November.” Alan King’s Mia’s Storm (9/2) was a very impressive winner of the totepool Supports Responsible Gambling Week Novices’ Chase. Making her chasing debut, Wayne Hutchinson oozed confidence and breezed past Elegant Escape on jumping the last. “She’s a decent mare and was very impressive on her last run over hurdles, but I’ve no plans at the moment. She’s probably best fresh,” said King. Bob Ford, who specialised in winning at Ffos Las and Chepstow for former trainer Rebecca Curtis, landed the Bob Champion Cancer Trust Veterans’ Handicap Chase for new handler Alistair Ralph in the colours of fellow trainer Dr Richard Newland. Newland said: “He’s the first horse I’ve had with someone else for 10 years. Alistair does a lot of the pre-training with our horses.” Romain De Senam absolutely bolted up when justifying (7-4 favouritism) in the John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase for Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston-Davies. “I don’t want to throw him in at the deep end too soon and there’s a graduation chase at Kempton in November we’ll aim him for before going into better handicaps in the spring,” said Nicholls. Harry Fry’s Misterton (4-1) fended off all-comers to win a competitive totepool Live Info Download The App Handicap Hurdle for Noel Fehily.
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Vermeer set for quick return in Caulfield Cup

Vermeer set for quick return in Caulfield Cup

Johannes Vermeer ©Healy Racing Photos Johannes Vermeer is set to make a swift return to action in Saturday’s BMW Caulfield Cup after narrowly failing to strike at Caulfield over the weekend. Aidan O’Brien’s charge was beaten just a head in the Group One Ladbrokes Stakes, making eyecatching late headway but just failing to catch Gailo Chop over 10 furlongs. The four-year-old is now in line to step up to 12 furlongs just seven days later, with connections considering a midweek gallop to keep him ticking over. “He ran very well, we thought as much, he was absolutely flying since he got here, I think since he got here his work has come on again,” said O’Brien’s travelling head lad TJ Comerford. “I don’t think we need to do a whole lot with him, but we will think about going on the grass on Wednesday, just putting him back to his normal routine. “It (Caulfield Cup) does come a bit quick so we just have to change things around a little, but not a whole lot, the horse is fit and well, he is fresh, he actually looks very well. “(Backing up) would only be a problem if they don’t come out of his races well, he always seems to come out of his races well, he hasn’t been knocked about at all really, he had a lovely race, he came back, ate up at night and that is where we are now, I’m 100 per cent happy with him,” he told www.racing.com. O’Brien is still in hot pursuit of Bobby Frankel’s record of 25 top-level winners in a year and Johannes Vermeer will provide the next opportunity for the Ballydoyle handler to equal that mark.
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Lil Rockerfeller has Wetherby target

Lil Rockerfeller ©Healy Racing Photos Lil Rockerfeller is likely to kick off his campaign in the bet365 West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby for the second successive season. Neil King’s stable star finished third in the Grade Two contest last October before going on to finish second in both the Coral Hurdle and the Long Walk at Ascot. He was only fourth in the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, but returned to Prestbury Park in March to run a fantastic race in the World Hurdle, beaten just three-quarters of a length by the Willie Mullins-trained Nichols Canyon. A trip to Punchestown in the spring proved a step too far, but King could not be happier with his charge ahead of his intended reappearance on November 4th. “Lil Rockerfeller is in very good form. He summered really well, we’ve been really happy with him through the autumn and he looks great,” said the Wiltshire-based trainer. “The plan is to start him off in the West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby and he’ll go down the Stayers’ Hurdle route again. “He won’t be going chasing this season. He’s the second highest-rated staying hurdler in the country and I don’t feel the need to go jumping fences with him at this stage. “All being well he’ll go to Wetherby, then to Ascot for the Long Walk and hopefully all roads lead back to Cheltenham in March. “I’m really delighted with him at the moment. Dare I say it, I don’t think he’s ever been in as good a form at this time of year as he is now.”
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Wetherby likely for returning Ballyalton

Ballyalton pictured after winning at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016 ©Healy Racing Photos Cheltenham Festival winner Ballyalton could return from injury over hurdles at Wetherby on Wednesday. Winner of the novices’ handicap chase at the big meeting in 2016, he subsequently finished fifth to Native River in the Grade One Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree. It transpired he picked up a knock in that race which was enough to rule him out for the whole of last season. “Ground permitting, Ballyalton will make his seasonal debut at Wetherby,” said Williams. “The horse is in good form and has had a good time since he came back into training in July. “He is now ready to take a stepping stone to something like the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham next month. “We are anxious to get a start into him and the hurdles’ handicapper has been fair, which gives us the opportunity to go for a race like this.” He could meet Brian Ellison’s Seamour, a decent performer of the Flat who won his only two starts over hurdles to date in 2014. “Seamour will run at Wetherby provided the ground is OK,” said Ellison. “He’s been a bit disappointing this year on the Flat. He hasn’t been showing the toe in his races that he had last year and we hope the switch back to hurdles will gee him up a bit and get his head back on the job. “We will see how he goes, but I don’t think we will stay hurdling if it doesn’t look like he will be very useful. If he looks good, we will.”
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