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The Saturday Edition - Ep. 79 by Nick Luck
Nick, in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes, is joined by RTE and Racing TV broadcaster Jane Mangan to look over all today's news from around the racing world. Nick talks to trainer Bob Baffert about seeking an eighth win in the Preakness Stakes and how he feels to be back at the centre of a Triple Crown race for the first time since the Kentucky Derby DQ of Medina Spirit. Nick and Jane continue our look at the key York trials, and ask what the Dante told us about likely outcomes at Epsom. Nick talks to Ruth Dancer of White Griffin about York's sustainability drive, while - as promised - Lydia has been sampling the track's new Theakston's IPA in the Flying Frankie bar. In response to yesterday's call for more pre-race screening, Nick talks to Stevie O'Dwyer. whose company Trojan Track is attempting to revolutionise racing with biomechanics and AI. With Newbury's big day this weekend, Nick talks to Clerk Keith Ottesen, while Graham Cunningham gives the lowdown on that card from a WorldPool standpoint. Goffs auctioneer Nick Nugent drops in to talk about the London Sale, while Jour de Galop's Adrien Cugnasse gives us all the relevant insight into Auteuil's big weekend.
Nick is joined by writer and broadcaster Lydia Hislop to discuss the latest news from around the racing world. Nick is in Baltimore ahead of the Preakness Stakes, where he catches up with leading trainer Brad Cox, whose First Mission poses the most obvious threat to Derby winner Mage. Back home, Lydia is in York, where she reflects on the performances of Soul Sister and Azure Blue on the first day of the Dante meeting, and also gives. her thoughts on the two fatalities and measures she feels must now be taken to improve screening procedures and the keeping of veterinary records. With the war of words intensifying over the sport's premierisation plans, Nick is joined by Chester CEO Louise Stewart, while Levy Board boss Alan Delmonte reads between the lines of the latest announcement of projected levy yield. York's catering manager Kevin Pinnington reflects on a good start to his week, while Nick and Lydia also try to pick the winners of the Dante and the Yorkshire Cup.
Nick is joined by Cornelius Lysaght to look at today's news and events from around the racing world. With York's Dante Festival about to get underway, Nick talks to the racecourse's head of marketing James Brennan, to trainer Roger Teal, hoping to upset the applecart in tomorrow's Dante with a maiden, and to jockey Connor Beasley, looking for the outright York wins record on Dakota Gold and with a view on a filly he rode last time, Gather Ye Rosebuds. Ahead of flying to the Preakness, Nick talks to Commonwealth supremo Chase Chamberlin about Mage's bid to add the Triple Crown's middle jewel, while Tattersalls Jimmy George joins the show with thoughts on his recent visit to Japan. Nick and Cornelius also discuss the latest revisions to the GB whip regulations.
Nick is joined by Racing Post writer Jonathan Harding to discuss the latest news from around the racing world. They look ahead to York this week, and particularly the comeback of European Champion Sprinter Highfield Princess, whose trainer John Quinn joins the show to outline her ambitious plans for global domination. With an eye to the Lockinge on Saturday, trainer William Haggas outlines the reasoning for running My Prospero, and also highlights the forgotten talent of Maljoom, sidelined since his unlucky fourth in last season's St James's Palace. Later in the show, Asian racing Report's Michael Cox joins us with an interesting take on the de Sousa/Borges situation and its implications, while owner, breeder and Hoppegarten racecourse supremo Gerhard Schoening is our Weatherbys Bloodstock Guest.
Nick is joined by Mirror writer David Yates to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world. They review the weekend's Classic action from Longchamp (trainer Andreas Schutz joins the show), while casting an eye forward to the week ahead in the company of Chris Richardson and Jack Channon, who gives a strong update on Musidora contender Gather ye Rosebuds. Nick and Dave also discuss the Greatrex/Kitts running and riding enquiry, Wille Mullins's US raid, and the owners' badge controversy at Warwick. Meanwhile, Nick Smith joins the show to talk about International contenders at Ascot in the wake of Gulfstream's Royal Palm Challenge, where - in addition to the winners - second placed Mattingly may also be on the plane according to owner Harlan Malter, who also drops in for a chat.
In this episode Charlotte Greenway recaps on the headlines new from this week including the news that Silvestre de Sousa has picked up a 10 month world wide ban, the Irish Media Rights and the Classic Trials from Chester. Looking ahead to the upcoming Derby trials, James Savage discusses Sir Michael Stoute's colt, Circle of Fire and filly, Infinite Cosmos as well as input from Charlie Johnston on his Dante hope, Dear My Friend. Ahead of the Royal Ascot trials races in the US, Wesley Ward discusses his runners and finally Brian Meehan shares his hopes for runaway Greenham winner, Isaac Shelby in Sunday's French Guineas,.
Nick is joined by broadcaster Rishi Persad to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world today. They lead with the breaking news of Silvestre de Sousa's 10 month worldwide ban from the Hong Kong Jockey Club and consider the implications for the multiple UK Champion. They also look ahead to forthcoming Classic Trials with James Savage, assistant to Sir Michael Stoute, and the French Classics in the company of Brian Meehan, trainer of Plains fancy Isaac Shelby. Patrick Cummings, director of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, gives weighty context to the goings on in the United States surrounding Forte's positive test, while Racing Foundation's Rob Hezel looks ahead to the Racing Industry Conference. Meanwhile, Fitzdares CEO Will Woodhams explains why his firm have stepped into sponsor Lingfield's Classic Trials.
Nick is joined by journalist and broadcaster Lydia Hislop to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world. Reflecting on a soggy, but talent fuelled opening day of Chester's May Festival, they are joined by Frankie Dettori, who won the Vase aboard Arrest, and by that horse's breeder, Swordlestown Little's Des Leadon. Also on the show today, Charlie Johnston talks Derby with regard to his Guineas fifth Dubai Mile, who beat Arrest as a two year old, and Dear My Friend, his Dante runner next week. Nick and Lydia also talk about Chester's unease over the industry's premierisation plan, Charles Byrnes's latest brush with authority, the implications of Marwan Koukash's bankruptcy, and the renaming of the Ascot sprint for QEII. Tim Kent, Goffs UK MD, drops in to talk about the forthcoming jumps sales at Doncaster.
Nick is joined by RTE and Racing TV broadcaster Jane Mangan to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world today. They lead with the latest on the Irish Media Rights deal and the breakaway faction of five tracks who are now set to join Sky Sports Racing. AIR's CEO Paul Hensey and Chair of the HRI Media Rights Committee Conor O'Neill join the show. Nick and Jane continue the coverage of Chester's May Festival, accompanied by James Fanshawe, whose Novel Legend has missed the cut for the Chester Cup, while they also discuss the developing case of the scratched Kentucky Derby favourite Forte, the subject of an expose in the New York Times today. France Galop CEO Olivier Delloye drops into talk about the expansion of the Arc field, while Coral PR boss Simon Clare talks about the new fly on the wall documentary with Joe Tizzard. JA McGrath brings you the latest from Hong Kong?
Charlotte Greenway is in for Nick today and is joined by Lee Mottershead to first discuss the the current issues at the PJA and why the jockeys are currently unhappy with their representation before going on to discuss the key Derby and Oaks trials at Chester this week. The first race of Chester's May Meeting is the Lily Agnes for which Alice Haynes trains one of the favourites and is along to give an update. Then following the news that Princess Zoe has left Tony Mullins's yard, Charlotte catches up with Tony to reflect on a remarkable bond between trainer and horse. Finally, it's Tuesday so we go around the Bloodstock world with Weatherbys to France and to Tony Fry.
Nick is joined by Mirror journalist David Yates to reflect on a stunning Classic weekend across either side of the Atlantic. Fresh from Newmarket, David picks up all the key themes from Newmarket's 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas, talks Dettori, Murphy, bin Suroor, overwatering and the O'Brien showing. Ed Harper, breeder of Chaldean, joins the show. After an excellent weekend, Charlie Hills also drops in to discuss big plans for Cicero's Gift, Mutasaabeq, and Galeron. Meanwhile Nick, in the company of NBC's Matt Bernier, reflects on the 149th Kentucky Derby from Louisville, the withdrawal of Forte and which of the protagonists may end up the season's leading three year old. They are joined by owner of Mage and pod regular Ramiro Restrepo.
In the latest Saturday Edition, Charlotte Greenway recaps on all the interviews from this week ahead of the 1000 and 2000 Guineas from Newmarket including, jockeys Jim Crowley, James Doyle and trainers Dermot Weld and Roger Varian. Whilst across the Atlantic, ahead of the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby, we hear from connections of Verifying, Confidence Game, Jace's Road and Raise Cain.
Nick is joined by RTE and Racing TV host/analyst Jane Mangan to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world. The begin with the sensational news of enforced scratching from the Kentucky Derby and the indefinite suspension of trainer Saffie Joseph, who joins Nick to express his anger at the situation. Also on today's show, Nick talks Kentucky Derby with Hall of Fame-turned NBC analyst Jerry Bailey and trainer of first time starter Ben Colebrook. Nick and Jane look ahead to the Guineas with final decs, while Jane updates us on the David Dunne appeal. Cormac Farrell tells us about topping the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sales, Chloe Martin drops in with news of Racing Staff Week, while Jamie Hart is back to preview Saturday's WorldPool action. Plus, there's news on how you can get massive discounts on tickets at York's Dante Festival.
Nick is joined by journalist and broadcaster Lydia Hislop to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world. Under discussion on today's show are the final declarations for the 2,000 Guineas (and the late jockey decs), the excellent action at Newmarket at the weekend, the promising performances on Trials Day at Ascot, more newspaper stories surrounding MPs links with betting companies, the technological deficiencies in executing White Paper recommendations, and the interesting intervention of the former CEO of the PJA on the whip. Joining the show today are FOX Sports analyst Jonathan Kinchen on the Kentucky Derby, Ben Pauling on the new challenge of saddling an important Flat runner, and bloodstock expert Michael Youngs, who gives fascinating insight into the lineage of Blue Point and his own sire Shamardal.
Nick is joined by ITV presenter Rishi Persad to discuss the latest news from around the racing world today. Nick is in Kentucky for the 149th Derby, where he is joined by West Point Thoroughbred's supremo Terry Finley, responsible for contender Jace's Road. Jim Crowley drops in to discuss Royal Scotsman and Polly Pott, while Dermot Weld follows up his Monday call with confirmation that Tahiyra will indeed travel to Newmarket. Newmarket and Ascot sponsor David Howden joins the show, in which he discusses his burgeoning portfolio plus looks ahead to Running Lion in the Howden Pretty Polly Stakes. JA McGrath rounds up all the goings on in Hong Kong.
Tom in for Nick and joined by the Racing Post's Lee Mottershead. We predominantly look ahead the first classics of the season but do first hear Lee's thoughts on the white paper and what the industry could and should be doing to give more protection to punters. Roger Varian is along to touch on his Guineas team, two in the 2000 and a sole representative in the 1000. James Doyle will partner Noble Style on Saturday, even though he rode Silver Knott in a racecourse gallop and he tells us why. Nick joins us from Kentucky talking to Charlie O'Connor from Coolmore America and we check in with Newtown Stud and ITBA Chair Cathy Grassick in our regular Tuesday bloodstock segment in association with Weatherbys.
Nick is joined by Mirror man David Yates to look at the news and events around the racing world today. Dermot Weld joins the show to confirm Tahiyra an intended runner in the 1000 Guineas, while Royal racing manager John Warren drops in to discuss Slipofthepen, who will bypass the Coronation Day Classic for a tilt at the French equivalent. Keith Desormeaux joins the show to discuss his Kentucky Derby hopeful Confidence Game, while Asian Racing Report editor Michael Cox dissects the Champions Day action in Hong Kong and looks ahead to a possible clash between Romantic Warrior and Equinox. Nick and bloodstock agent David Minton pay tribute to Bangor Chair and Goldford Stud's Richard Aston, who has died aged 68.
In a special episode of the popular daily podcast, Nick takes a deep dive into the Gambling Review and the resulting White Paper, published yesterday. First is an extended interview with Betting and Gaming Council CEO Michael Dugher, followed by analysis from Neil Channing and the thoughts of Horserace Bettors' Forum Chair Sean Trivass.
Nick is joined by Daily Mirror writer David Yates and market commentator David Buik to discuss the Gambling Review White Paper, which was published this morning and delivered to the House of Commons by DCMS SoS Lucy Frazer at lunchtime today. They consider its potential impact for bettors, for Horseracing at large, and for the betting and gaming industry locally and globally. They also examine the consequences of potential levy reform and the response from the BHA. Also on today's show, Nick and Dave look back on yesterday's shock result in the Punchestown Gold Cup, digest the changes to the Jump Racing Pattern and have a last word on the 1.30 Derby. Trainer William Knight drops in to talk about Checkandchallenge in tomorrow's Bet365 Mile, while Charlotte catches up with Harry Whittington on his final day with a license.
Nick is joined by Racing Post senior writer Lee Mottershead to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world. With the Police stipulating an FA CUP Final kick off at 3pm this year, officials at the Jockey Club and ITV are set to announce that the Derby will be run at lunchtime in order to guarantee uninterrupted network coverage. Nick and Lee talk through the options that were available in preparation for an imminent announcement. Also on this show, they look back on yesterday at Punchestown and Epsom, while guests include David Redvers - talking about the new QIPCO BCS 18 -26 ticket offer, National Stud's Joe Bradley on Stradivarius and the MyRacehorse breeding syndicate, Ramiro Restrepo on Mage's Kentucky Derby bid, JA McGrath in Hong Kong and Gestut Goerlsdorf's Heike Bischoff as this week's Weatherbys Bloodstock Guest.
Nick is joined by writer and broadcaster Lydia Hislop to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world today. They are joined by Paul Nicholls to talk Bravemansgame, the controversy surrounding the British entries for the Punchestown Hunter Chase, and the bet365 Finale meeting this weekend at Sandown, whose general manager Sarah Drabwell also joins the show. Also today, Patrick Cooper reflects on his 38k Tattersalls breeze-up buy Village Voice, Naohiro Goda talks the Japanese contingent in the Kentucky Derby, while respected NZ broadcaster and journalist Michael Guerin fills us in on the deal with Entain that could revolutionise the sport and gambling in New Zealand.
Nick is joined by RTE and Racing TV broadcaster Jane Mangan to discuss all the latest news and events from around the racing world. Channel 7's Jason Richardson joins from the outset to pay tribute to Australian jockey Dean Holland, who has died aged 35. Nick and Jane review the weekend action in the company of Julian Richmond Watson, owner-breeder of Guineas trial winner Remarquee. They also discuss look ahead to Punchestown and the likely Mullins benefit, with Jane providing numbers that will strike fear in the heart of the trainer's rivals. They also talk Bravemansgame, protestors at the Scottish National, the talent of Jack Tudor and the ongoing threat to Irish pointing. Further afield, Nick talks to Wesley Ward about his latest Ascot-bound flying machine, while long standing Arkansas based owner Frank Fletcher lives the Kentucky Derby dream with Rocket Can, the 84th horse he has named after his dog.
In the latest episode of the Saturday Edition, Charlotte Greenway recaps on the two main Guineas trials from Newmarket this week, which both went the way of Amo Racing and we hear the thoughts of jockey, Sean Levey and trainer, Karl Burke. Looking ahead to key 2000 Guineas trial tomorrow, the Dewhurst Stakes at Newbury, Juddmonte's racing manager Barry Mahon discusses hot favourite Chaldean while Eve Johnson Houghton shares her hopes for her unbeaten colt Streets of Gold. Up in Scotland, Ayr host the Scottish Grand National and Sandy Thompson gives the low down on his two contenders whilst Alastair Ralph has high hopes for Magna Sam.
Nick is joined by Racing Post writer Jonathan Harding to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world. With fixture reform imminent, on course bookmaking veteran Paul Garrity joins the show to express his concerns over the marginalisation of smaller racecourses and its possible impact. Also on today's show, Nick and Jonathan discuss Pat Cosgrave's suspension as well as the upcoming trials and reflections from the Craven meeting. Craven Stakes winning trainer Karl Burke gives us the debrief, and Cheveley Park Stud's Chris Richardson reflects on positive recent results for his stallion Ulysses in the wake of Passenger's Wood Ditton win. Alastair Ralph drops in for a word on his Scottish National runner, while Mick Murphy discusses his Longview Stables draft at the upcoming Goffs Breeze-up sales.
Nick is joined by RTE and RTV analyst and host Jane Mangan to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world. They reflect on a mighty performance in the Nell Gwyn from Mammas Girl, whose rider Sean Levey joins the show with some insight into the strength of the horse and the race. Nick catches up with Rodgie Kavanagh, who turned 42,000 into 625k at the Craven Breeze-up last night. With news that the White Paper will likely be released next Thursday, gambling industry expert Neil Channing pops in for a quick chat, while Levy Board CEO Alan Delmonte gives notice of a transparency initiative which will show Levy board contributions to each individual race. Alistair Gordon talks us through the catalogue for the South African National Yearling sale, while Kate Grimwade tells Nick about her London Marathon training in aid of Racing Welfare and slips in some cheeky betting advice from the Varian stable.
Nick is joined by Lydia Hislop to discuss the latest news from around the horsearcing world. Lydia reflects on all the action from Day One of the Craven meeting and looks ahead to the remainder of this week's Classic trials. They are joined by David Egan, who gives an honest appraisal of his Guineas hope Sakheer, and by Juddmonte's Barry Mahon, who talks the team's impressive winner yesterday plus Chaldean in Saturday's Greenham. Eve Johnson Houghton also joins the show with news of Streets of Gold, while - turning attention back to jumping - Sandy Thompson reflects on a challenging week and looks forward to the Scottish Grand National. JA McGrath brings news from Hong Kong, while Lydia has her say on the Robyn Brisland case.
Nick is joined by Lee Mottershead, senior writer for the Racing Post, to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world. Among discussion points today is the case surrounding Hampshire trainer Robyn Brisland, on which Post reporter Peter Scargill has his say. Also on the show, Kevin Blake talks StandUp4Racing and its impact since the Grand National, George Boughey with news on Believing, Cachet and his success at the Craven Breeze-Up Sales, Ed Babington on Missed the Cut and his new Racehorse Trader venture, while Oussama Aboughazale, from Haras Sumaya in Chile, joins the show as an excellent addition to the Weatherbys Bloodstock roster.
Nick is joined by Daily Mirror journalist to consider the considerable fallout from the 2023 Random Grand National, taking stock of the race's glorious winning storyline, the protests that disrupted the event, and the likely outcomes and changes. Nick talks extensively to Aintree's MD Dickon White about leading the complex and highly charged logistical response on Saturday, while trainer Dan Skelton offers his perspective on how the sport should move forward. Devon based trainer and former rider Chester Williams suggests tweaks to the race that could make it safer, while Shark Hanlon updates us on the condition of Cape Gentleman.
Nick is joined by Lydia Hislop for the annual canter through all 40 runners for this year's Grand National, ultimately reducing each to CHANCE or NO CHANCE. Their rundown is interspersed with the musings of David Yates, Cornelius Lysaght, Jane Mangan, Charlotte Greenway, Lee Mottershead, Rishi Persad and Tom Stanley. Plus, Nick gets pick from all 9 race callers on the grounds at Aintree while Neil Phillips and Alistair Coe provide food and drink.
Nick is joined by broadcaster Cornelius Lysaght to look ahead to three fabulous days at Aintree and to reflect on the latest news from around the racing world. They dissect the latest in the John Dance case with rumours swirling of multiple repossessions in Middleham and the enforced withdrawal of Bravemansgame from the Bowl today. They also discuss the Animal Rebellion threat and the BHA's response plus consider why this is a huge day for Brian Hughes. Guests today include Nico de Boinville, Keith Donoghue, Eddie O'Leary, Sam Thomas and Sandy Thompson.
Tom in for Nick and joined by broadcaster Rishi Persad to discuss plenty. We start with the news that broke yesterday of a new sponsor for the Oaks and Derby in the form of bookmaker Betfred. Jockey Club Chief Executive Nevin Truesdale joins us to give more information and then turns his attention to Aintree. An interview with an animal rights activist group on Good Morning Britain yesterday has caused a stir in the racing world and both Nevin and Rishi give their views. Trainer Sean Curran is along to tell us his version of events from Exeter yesterday when his well-backed horse Aces Full was withdrawn moments before lining up in his race. Exact reasons as to why are currently thin on the ground in what is a rather curious case. And with Aintree just around the corner we hear from trainers Jamie Snowden and Josh Guerriero about their respective teams.
Nick is joined by Racing Post senior writer Lee Mottershead to discuss the latest news and developments from around the racing world today. Their Grand National coverage continues with news from Lucinda Russell on Derek Fox, who will miss the ride on Ahoy Senor in the hope of returning fit for Corach Rambler. Nick and Lee consider the likely make up of the final field, react to the news that Aintree Bowl runner Bravemansgame would run in the sole ownership of Bryan Drew, and hear from Joe Tizzard about the chances of The Big Breakaway. Also today, Ruby Walsh tells us why Paul Townend's ride on I am Maximus was so good, while Jess Stafford anticipates the return of Buzz at Nottingham on Wednesday and Robert Giffen joins us with some unorthodox views as the Weatherbys Bloodstock Guest. Nick and Lee also cast their eye over the latest alterations to the Racing Victoria regulations for International Spring Carnival runners.
Nick is joined by Mirror man David Yates to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world today. In a comprehensive interview, Willie Mullins reflects on his 8-timer yesterday and firms up his running and riding plans for the Grand National. Also in this edition, Nick and Dave bring you the latest on John Dance and whether Bravemansgame will be able to run at Aintree this week, plus the retirement of Clan des Obeaux, rumours of a Derby sponsor and more. Donald McCain looks ahead to Aintree with Minella Trump, Maximilian and Minella Drama, while Frankie Dettori's manager Peter Burrell plots the rest of the year with the Italian set to return to the UK next week, and Oliver Cole issues positive noises around Guineas hope Royal Scotsman.
In the latest Saturday Edition, Charlotte Greenway looks ahead to this weekend's action from the Northern and Southern hemisphere. Firstly, ahead of the big clash down under between Anamoe and Dubai Honour, Dubai Honour's trainer William Haggas gives an insight into what it's been like in the build up to the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Channel 7s Jason Richardson explains why this race is so important. Teme Valley also run two in opposition so racing manager Richard Ryan discusses whether they might be able to cause an upset. Back in the Northern Hemisphere and changing codes, ahead of the Irish Grand National on Monday, Noel Meade runs through his likely runners including favourite, Thedevilscoachman whilst Rich and Susannah Ricci's racing manager Joe Chambers reveals their best chances over the Easter weekend.
Nick is joined by renowned sports broadcaster Rishi Persad to bring you the latest news and events from around the world of horseracing. Among the guests today are Ricci racing manager Joe Chambers, who signposts that Royale Pagaille is likelier to head to Fairyhouse than Aintree, Noel Meade, trainer of Irish National favourite Thedevilscoachman and Aintree hopeful Diol Ker and Richard Ryan, whose Teme Valley Racing is trying to conquer in two hemispheres this weekend. Dr George Wilson tells Nick about his research into jockeys' nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University, while Josh Apiafi details how racing is marking the 30th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence. Nick and Rishi also touch on the appointment of Jack Tudor at David Pipe's stables and the latest leaks from the gambling white paper.
Nick is joined by RTE broadcaster and journalist Jane Mangan to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world today. Breaking News regarding the Police and Financial Conduct Authority's investigation into companies founded by leading racehorse owner John Dance heads today's news list, followed by a lengthy interview with Davy Russell about his comeback at Aintree, where he'll ride Galvin in the National. Neil Channing joins the show to discuss the implications of the Scott Benton sting for the gambling and racing industries, while US trainer Kenny McPeek is dreaming of Epsom glory with Mendelssohn's March and JA McGrath brings the latest from Hong Kong. Nick and Jane also discuss University College Cork banning the promotion of racing and a tense time ahead for Leopardstown as they attempt to stave off a housing development.
Nick is joined by writer and broadcaster Lydia Hislop to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world. They begin by discussing yesterday's 'Dashel Drasher' appeal hearing, and are joined by the Racing Post's senior reporter Chris Cook for further insight. Nick and Lydia also consider the threat to the sport posed by Animal Rebellion as the ripple effect is felt from the Mail on Sunday expose, and touch on the latest developments from a gambling call for evidence in Australia and the associated parallels. Also 'Down Under', William Haggas looks forward to the Dubai Honour/Anamoe clash and nominates an unraced horse that might be top of his Derby pecking order. Meanwhile, Chelmsford's Neil Graham outlines the rollout of new CCTV following the John Butler case, while Grand National entry Fortescue is given the green light by Henry Daly.
Nick is joined by Daily Mirror racing correspondent David Yates to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world. Today, they meld key flat and jumping stories, leading with the build up to the Grand National, and unearthing potential storylines as the field begins to whittle down. Nick tracks down Waterford owner/trainer/breeder Bob Murphy, whose homebred Darren's Hope has squeak of making the cut and who would be a fairytale result for a small yard. With Amo racing striking either side of the Atlantic at the weekend, Nick catches up with owner Kia Joorabchian for an update on his plans for 2023, plus news of new trainers for the operation. Middleham Park's Tom Palin toys with an ambitious Kentucky Derby bid, while Argetinian owner/breeder Alberto Stein of Haras la Leyenda is this week's Weatherbys Bloodstock guest.
Nick is joined by Racing Post senior writer Lee Mottershead to discuss the latest news and events from around the racing world. Joining the show today are Dermot Weld, with an update on Champion 2yo filly Tahiyra and her likely starting point for the season, and George Murphy, whose father John sprung a surprise with White Birch in yesterday's Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown. Nick and Lee also rundown the other key trials over the weekend. Also on today's show, they discuss whether the maximum field of 40 will be reached in this year's Grand National, with trainer Fergal O'Brien joining to keep his fingers crossed for Captain Cattistock, currently number 53. With disquiet surrounding the discontinuing of the ROA owners' badge scheme, Head of Ownership Louise Norman joins the show to answer the questions and to clarify the available free entry benefits for members, while Channel 7's Jason Richardson drops in to talk about his own ownership success at Doncaster yesterday and to preview this weekend's Randwick clash between Anamoe and Dubai Honour.
In this week's Saturday Edition, Charlotte Greenway looks ahead to the start of the flat season in the UK at Doncaster tomorrow. The feature race on Saturday is the Pertemps Network Lincoln Heritage Handicap and trainers Ralph Beckett, Ed Crisford, George Boughey and Karl Burke are along to discuss their runners in the race, as well as their other runners on the card.
Tom in for Nick and joined initially by trainer John Butler who has alleged one of his horses may have been deliberately doped with a potent pig tranquilliser before running. Rishi and Tom discuss the implications of this and we also assess a change to the administration of the new whip rules which give riders more leeway regarding repeat offences. We hear from trainer Tom Gibney who is set to send Velvet Elvis to run in the Grand National at Aintree. Karl Burke is along to asses a host of Saturday runners and also run through his six Guineas entered horses. And we check in with Tattersalls Marketing Director Jimmy George ahead of breeze up season.
Tom in for Nick and joined initially by trainer and National Trainers Federation President Ralph Beckett. Ralph talks about his Lincoln runner Jimi Hendrix and his host of potential 1000 Guineas fillies before explaining the reasoning behind his tweet yesterday highlighting the prize money on Thirsk's card this Tuesday. Thirsk's CEO and Clerk of the Course James Sanderson then gives his response. Lydia reflects on both interviews before going on to discuss plenty including a BHA tweet yesterday highlighting their response to a DCMS Select Committee inquiry into Gambling Regulation. Lydia also raises the point of advertising the sport and highlights the difference between two posters out there at the moment, one for Royal Ascot and one for the Derby. We also hear form Barnane Stud'd Craig Kieswetter about a smart looking filly who won at Wolves on Monday and on the season ahead.
In Episode 708, ahead of the start of the flat season in the UK Charlotte Greenway and Jane Mangan look at what's going on in Ireland with regards to the media rights as well as who might be the standout three years old this year and James Savage, assistant trainer to Sir Michael Stoute gives an update on Nostrum who could be Guineas bound as well as the two stable stars Desert Crown and Bay Bridge. Sam Hockenhull of Fitzdares also provides an update on the First Season Sire market and where the money seems to be going at the moment. With the Grand National only two and a half weeks away Charlotte catches up with Sam Thomas, who's Our Power now looks sure to get in while Jane discusses the lack on British entries following the latest entry stage. Today GBRI have released their new series an American Dream, the return to Royal Ascot, which follows Harlan Malter on his quest and Harlan drops in to discuss his ambitious plans. Finally, JA McGrath gives his weekly update from Hong Kong
Tom in for Nick and joined by Newsboy of the Daily Mirror David Yates to look at whether or not a bookmaker could and should sponsor this year's Derby. This in response to yesterday's Greg Wood article in the Guardian asking the same question. We hear from Star Sports's founder Ben Keith who staunchly defends the bookmaker's right to sponsor such a race. With the flat turf season just around the corner in the UK we hear from George Boughey who could run three horses in the Lincoln and from trainer Dominic Ffrench Davis who will saddle his first Brocklesby runner this weekend after a tie-up with Amo Racing. And it's Tuesday so we go around the bloodstock world with Wetherby's and this week to Nikolas Schenke and Tommy Wit who run Gestut Lunzen in Germany.
Charlotte Greenway in for Nick, as she catches up with Japanese racing expert Naohiro Goda who reflects on another wonderful Dubai World Cup night for Japan, with 3 winners and nominates their likely target going forward. Ed Crisford also discusses the run of Algiers, who finished second in the World Cup behind Ushba Tesoro. Lee Mottershead gives his thoughts on the European runners including Lord North, who gave Frankie Dettori his first Group 1 on his Farewell Tour. Lee provides an update on the latest issues associated with affordability checks as well as uncertainty around the start time of this year's Derby. At the end of the show Martyn Chapman, syndicate manager for Crest Racing, shares his hopes for the GOFFS Bumper winner Crest of Glory, who was extremely impressive at Newbury on Saturday.
The Saturday Edition - Ep. 73 by Nick Luck
Nick is joined by writer and broadcaster Lydia Hislop to discuss the latest news and developments from around the racing world. Under the microscope today are migration of top horses from the UK, chances to the handicapping system, Sean Quinlan's unseat at Sedgefield, the Dashel Drasher appeal, starts at Cheltenham and in-foal mares banned from racing in France. Among Nick's guests are Dubai participants Ralph Beckett and George Boughey, while Amy Murphy talks to Nick about saddling a first 2yo winner of the season at Saint Cloud, while Jayne McGivern announces the birth of Constitution Hill's little sister.
Nick is joined by Racing Post senior writer Lee Mottershead to canter through the latest news and developments from around the horseracing world. Nick is in Dubai, where James Doyle tells him of his hopes of success aboard Algiers, Master of the Seas and more this Saturday night. Also on today's show, York CEO William Derby details a significant prize money uplift for 2023 while outlining sustainability initiatives in the face of the energy crisis. With last week's heroes Honeysuckle and Constitution Hill both conceived in the same UK covering barn, Yorton's Dave Futter pays tribute to their sires and indicates who might be the next influential stallion in his care. Meanwhile, TV presenter Rosie Tapner talks to Nick about her foray into the boxing ring in aid of Racing Welfare.
Nick is joined from Dubai by broadcaster Rishi Persad to reflect on the events from around the racing world. They are joined in Dubai by jockey Jim Crowley. who rides Saudi hero Mostahdaf in the Sheema Classic and who looks ahead to a potentially fruitful season, and by trainer Ian Williams, whose Enemy is no forlorn hope in the Dubai Gold Cup. Nick and Rishi debrief on the latest round of whip offences, which - as expected at the weekend - showed a very encouraging return from the Cheltenham Festival. Later in the show, Nick talks to Australian trainer Sam Freedman, whose Artorius is once again targeting Royal Ascot, while Anthony Honeyball looks ahead to jumping at Newbury the weekend, and to unleashing two smart recruits in the GOFFS sales bumper. JA McGrath has all the latest from Hong Kong.
Nick is joined by RTE and Racing TV broadcaster Jane Mangan to discuss the latest news and developments from around the racing world. They continue to reflect on aspects of Cheltenham last week, while taking stock of some notable developments and upcoming races from around the world. On today's show, Caldwell rep Joey Logan brings us the latest on Mighty Potter, the ride he received and more. Also, ex-jockey and trainer Thierry Doumen tells the sad tale of the fate that befell Galopin Des Champs's sire, Timos, whom he raced for the Marquesa de Moratalla. Katie Walsh reflects on Any Second Now's performance at Navan and looks ahead to tonight's Goffs Breeze-Up sale in Dubai, while Coolmore's Tom Magnier explains the significance of Shinzo's win under Ryan Moore in the Golden Slipper. 1ST Racing CEO Aidan Butler outlines the new Royal Palm series, giving US horses an automatic entry to Royal Ascot, while Con O'Keefe - who stands Impaire et Passe's sire Diamond Boy - is this week's Weatherbys Bloodstock Guest.