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    • By Chief Stipe in Cessation of The Informant Publication 15
      Today we have seen the only remaining truly independent racing industry publication "hang the bridle on the wall."  The Informant has ceased to publish.
      Why?
      In my opinion the blame lies firmly at the feet of the NZRB.  Over the next few days BOAY will be asking some very pertinent questions to those in charge.
      For example:
      How much is the NZRB funded Best Bets costing the industry?  Does it make a profit?  What is its circulation?  800?  Or more?  Does the Best Bets pay for its form feeds?  Was The Informant given the same deal?
      How much does the industry fund the NZ Racing Desk for its banal follow the corporate line journalism?
      Why were the "manager's at the door" when Dennis Ryan was talking to Peter Early?
      Where are the NZ TAB turnover figures?
      The Informant may be gone for the moment but the industry must continue to ask the hard questions.
       


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    • The tide continues to turn for South African jockey Lyle Hewitson, who produced a peach of a ride aboard Kiram to snare his first Happy Valley winner on Wednesday night.The likeable 22-year-old endured a nightmare start to his Hong Kong career – his first winner came at his 140th ride – but through hard work and a steely resolve, positive results are starting to come.After a host of placings on horses at big prices, Hewitson didn’t have to wait anywhere near as long to return to the winner’s… View the full article
    • LONDON, UK—The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2019 delivered a three-way tie for top honours between Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) and Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}). Announced in London’s Landmark Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, the ratings, assessing horses from 17 racing nations, are derived from individual performances. Look back to the replay of the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO S. from last July and you will find the trio finishing in the order above, and it was for this race that the runner-up, Crystal Ocean, was given his year-high mark of 128 when giving three pounds to Enable and finishing just a neck behind her in a bravely-fought finish. Enable’s matching mark was achieved in her next race, the G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks, the final race in Britain for the mare last year before she took her seasonal bow in the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. And from this Paris showdown, her conqueror Waldgeist was also awarded 128, the trio having been judged to be a pound clear of the performance of the Hong Kong-trained Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road To Rock {Aus}) in the G3 Celebration Cup. All foaled in Britain, the leading trio each raced for their breeders: Enable represents Prince Khalid Abdullah’s powerful Juddmonte operation, while Crystal Ocean, bred at Southcourt Stud, carried the colours of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild to victory on eight occasions, including in last season’s G1 Prince of Wales’s S. He was trained by Sir Michael Stoute just metres along the road from where Enable is stabled at John Gosden’s Clarehaven. Meanwhile, Waldgeist, now resident at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland ahead of the start of the covering season, was bred by the Waldlerche Partnership which consists of Gestut Ammerland, Newsells Park Stud and Coolmore. The latter relinquished their ownership in Waldgeist in 2017, after which he continued to race for the other two partners. Coolmore still has a link to one of the top trio, however, as Crystal Ocean has recently taken up residence on its National Hunt roster at Beeches Stud. The phenomenally consistent 7-year-old Beauty Generation, trained by John Moore, flew the flag for the southern hemisphere-breds on 127, while an international quartet was awarded a mark of 126. These were the highest-rated sprinter, Shadwell’s Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), who achieved this rating for his record-breaking G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe S. victory; Godolphin’s wide-margin G1 Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden winner Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}); Japan’s Horse of the Year Lys Gracieux (Jpn) (Heart’s Cry {Jpn}) for her GI Arima Kinen win, and GI Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Vino Rosso (Curlin), who was deemed the world’s top-rated dirt horse. Also tied on 125 were Benbatl (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), the five-length winner of the G2 Shadwell Joel S., G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase hero Glory Vase (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), and Australia’s darling Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}), who bowed out permanently from racing on April 13 last year with an extraordinary 25 Group 1 victories to her name. The GI Tenno Sho victrix Almond Eye (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}), dual Royal Ascot winner Blue Point (Ire) (Shamardal), City Of Light (Quality Road), for his Pegasus World Cup victory, and G1 TJ Smith S.-winning sprinter Santa Ana Lane (Aus) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) were all level on 124. Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) was king of the staying division having been awarded a mark of 122 for his runs in both the G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup and G2 Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup. A total of 296 horses across the world were rated 115 or higher. The post Crystal Ocean, Enable, Waldgeist Joint World’s Best appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
    • This installment of “Daily Life” is the first in a series that will appear across all platforms at BloodHorse, examining the varied and critical jobs that make racing “the greatest game played outdoors.” View the full article
    • MGISW Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday–Refugee, by Unaccounted For) has his first foal on the ground. The bay filly was born Jan. 14 at Peter Alafoginis’s farm in Lawrenceville in north central Pennsylvania. Bred by Rick Molineaux, she is out of stakes-winning Rhythm in Shoes (by Rhythm), and is a half-sister to seven winners. Hoppertunity stands his second season at Northview Stallion Station PA for $5,000 live foal, payable when the foal stands and nurses. The post First Foal for Hoppertunity appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
    • The Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building on H.R. 1754, the “Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019,” Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) announced. The hearing is entitled, “Legislation to Promote the Health and Safety of Racehorses.” “Over the last couple of years, the horse racing world has experienced some alarming deaths that call into question the health and safety of racehorses,” said Pallone and Schakowsky. “We are holding this hearing to explore legislation to protect racehorses, and their jockeys, across the country and ensure their health and safety is top of mind for all parties involved in the sport.” Information for this hearing, including the Majority Memorandum, witness list and testimony, and a live webcast, will be posted on energycommerce.house.gov click here as they become available. The post Hearing on Horseracing Integrity Act Next Tuesday appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
    • With the first foals of 2020 starting to appear and the finalization of mating plans taking place, there is no better time than the present to consider the new stallions who have joined rosters across Europe. On that list is Eqtidaar (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) who has joined his owner/breeder Sheikh Hamdan’s Nunnery Stud just outside Newmarket. Eqtidaar was an impressive winner of the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, a win which on closer inspection showed strong form lines and which Tom Pennington, nominations and marketing Manager at Shadwell, points out was also won in a record time. “Eqtidaar was an exceptionally fast horse. He was always held in very high regard by Sir Michael Stoute. He won on his debut at two in Nottingham and it all sort of culminated with him winning the Commonwealth Cup, a fairly deep renewal. He beat some very good horses: Sands of Mali (Fr), Unfortunately (Ire), Sioux Nation, Heartache (GB). And he won in quicker time than Caravaggio and Quiet Reflection (GB).” His speed and ability should come as no surprise upon closer inspection of his pedigree. He is out of Madany (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}), who herself was a two-time winner over six furlongs and his half-brother, Massaat (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}), won the G2 Hungerford S. over seven furlongs as well as being placed in the G1 2000 Guineas behind Galileo Gold (GB) (Paco Boy {Ire}). Further back in the pedigree come Group 1 performers Scottish (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) and Precieuse (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}), the latter of which won the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches. While his dam’s side exudes class, it would be remiss not to mention Eqtidaar’s sire line. Pennington points out just how potent and prevalent Invincible Spirit is as a sire of sires. “Invincible Spirit is the sire line of the moment. What can you say? He’s doing it all around the world. I Am Invincible (Aus) is getting sale stoppers in Australia. Kingman (GB), what can you say about Kingman? He’s the most exciting young stallion in Europe. And of course Cable Bay (Ire), who upgraded his mares as we saw with his 2-year-olds last year.” This analysis of Eqtidaar doesn’t seems to weight too heavy on the shoulders of the young horse though, who seems at home in new surroundings. “He’s very relaxed,” Pennington says. “He’s been with us now three or four months and he’s settled in. You’d have thought he’d been here the whole time.” When you meet Eqtidaar his impressive topline hits you as does his head, which catches the eye, “he’s got plenty of size about him. He’s very good-looking, stands over plenty of ground and is very athletic. He’s got that length to him, but he’s got his dad’s head. He’s a gorgeous-looking horse.” Breeders who have yet to see Shadwell’s newest recruit will have another opportunity to view him during the Tattersalls February Sale when he will be stabled at Beech House, which is just a short drive from the sales complex. Nowadays there is a concern over the market for selling foals and yearlings and the possible saturation of any one stallion’s progeny. This concern need not apply to those who are considering a visit to Eqtidaar or indeed to any of the stallions on the Shadwell roster. “I think that’s a string we’ve got to our bow, is that we limit our books at 120, 130, and I think that gives breeders confidence going into the sales ring,” Pennington says. “The market’s not going to be saturated and they’ve got a great opportunity of maximizing profit.” And from a £6,500 cover fee it would come as no surprise if breeders saw a healthy return from a nomination to Eqtidaar. The post Eqtidaar Another Top Sprinter At Shadwell appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
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    • Wrong.  Just because times have changed moral absolutes do not. And because the greater public perceive smacking as wrong does not make it so."Spare not the rod" comes to mind ,and society's ills can be traced back to lack of discipline now propagated in our schools and homes.  One cannot compare a child to a horse in the first instance, and those "animal" lovers would be better disposed in bettering humanity's position  or disposition depending on which side of the fence you are on. We are far crueler to our own kind  than any poor horse.
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