Brittain set to retire at end of the season

Multiple Classic-winning trainer Clive Brittain has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season.

The veteran Newmarket handler has enjoyed a stellar career, winning every British Classic at least once apart from the Epsom Derby, although he famously sent out Terimon to finish second at 500-1 to Nashwan in 1989.

“I’m retiring with some regret, as I’ve had some fantastic owners over the years and still have, as well as great staff.

“I’ve lived a charmed life,” he said.

Brittain enjoyed his first taste of Classic glory with Julio Mariner in the 1978 St Leger, a race he later won the the great User Friendly, who also completed the English-Irish Oaks double during a glorious campaign in 1992.

He saddled two winners of the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in Pebbles (1984) and Sayyedati (1993).

Pebbles was perhaps Brittain’s greatest ever horse, also winning the Champion Stakes, the Eclipse and the 1985 Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Brittain won the 2000 Guineas with Mystiko in 1991 and Terimon enjoyed his day in the sun when claiming the Juddmonte International that year.

He broke new ground for British trainers when Jupiter Island and Pat Eddery lifted the Japan Cup in 1986.

  • Jim Bolger’s top-class filly Lucida has been retired after suffering an injury. Winner of last season’s Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket, the daughter of Shamardal was runner-up in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in May before finishing a close third in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot the following month.

She was last seen finishing sixth when favourite for the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket and had been due to run in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday week.

  • Former top jump jockey Graham Bradley has withdrawn his application to the British Horseracing Authority for a training licence.

In October last year Bradley, who retired from race-riding in 1999, was cleared of charges alleging he was training horses under the name of Brendan Powell from the latter’s yard, where he was assistant, in what was the first case of its kind brought by the BHA.

Powell was also cleared of any wrong-doing in what the BHA disciplinary panel said was a “finely balanced” case.

Bradley reiterated his desire to pursue his licence in the aftermath, but said on Thursday he intends to concentrate on his bloodstock business.

He said: “I’ve withdrawn my application for a licence as it was taking that long that the yard I had lined up has fallen through and I haven’t got the right premises.

“I’m at Doncaster sales now and I’m just going to concentrate on Berkshire Bloodstock for the moment. I bought six horses the other day at Newmarket and another two at Doncaster, so that’s what I’m concentrating on.”

  • Triple Crown hero American Pharoah will take his chance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic despite his shock defeat at Saratoga last weekend.

Bob Baffert’s three-year-old became the first horse since 1978 to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes earlier this summer and subsequently added the Haskell Invitational to his tally at Monmouth.

There were suggestions his racing days could be over after being beaten by Keen Ice in the Travers Stakes, but owner-breeder Ahmed Zayat is keen to see his charge sign off in what he describes as “the sport’s premier year-end event.” The news sets up a potential clash with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Gleneagles, after the Ballydoyle trainer said earlier in the week the Keeneland showpiece was the “end-of-season target” for the dual 2000 Guineas winner.

  • John Gosden insists ground on the easy side of good would not be a major issue for Qipco Irish Champion Stakes favourite Golden Horn.

The Investec Derby and Coral-Eclipse hero saw his unbeaten record go up in smoke at York last month as he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of David Elsworth’s filly Arabian Queen.

Provided conditions are not deemed too testing, the Cape Cross colt will head to Leopardstown on Saturday week for what will be his first appearance on Irish soil.

Gosden said: “He’s quite capable of racing on an easier surface, he just doesn’t want ground that’s gone very dead. I’d just like to see good, or good to soft ground, that’ll be fine. Leopardstown does drain very well, which is a big help. It’s a good track from that point of view.

“We’re looking forward to running. He’s in good order.

“We’ll have to see how the race shapes up. It looks an exciting contest, it’s a great race and we’ve been lucky enough to win it (The Fugue) and been second in it (Nathaniel).

“Leopardstown is a very nice racecourse.”

My Titania, a Group Three winner during her two-year-old season, has been retired.

The John Oxx-trained filly looked to have a very bright future when landing the C.L. Weld Park Stakes, but has not found things going to plan since and her three-year-old campaign was delayed until Royal Ascot.

A fine fourth to Rizeena in the Coronation Stakes at that meeting promised much for the daughter of Sea The Stars, only for her to run just once more during that year, when third at the Curragh the following month.

Three outings this year have failed to yield a win and she was seventh of nine to Boccia Baciata in the Dance Design Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.


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