Keith Hamer examines five of the main talking points from an informative weekend of racing...
1: GODOLPHIN BACK ENJOYING THE GOOD LIFE
The wind of change John Ferguson has brought to Godolphin was there for all to see at Sandown as Hawkbill took the Coral-Eclipse. Though they have had lots of success this year in all manner of races, Sheikh Mohammed’s operation has been lacking a top-class colt. Now they have one. It may have been an easy financial decision to raise the supplementary fee to put Hawkbill in the summer showpiece, but that has to be vindicated on the track. On that performance Hawkbill could prove a tough nut to crack in any major middle-distance prize he goes for.
2: BUICK SEEN IN HIS TRUE COLOURS AS HE ECLIPSES MOORE
The last few weeks cannot have been easy for William Buick following his well-publicised clash with the French stewards that means he will sit out the next 30 days. However, he showed just what a top jockey he is with a brilliant ride on Hawkbill in the Eclipse. The pressure on him must have been immense but he handled it in a tremendously professional manner. He also looked to outride Ryan Moore in the final furlong. That is incredibly difficult to do.
3: MIDDLEHAM PARK PICK UP ANOTHER BIG WINNER FOR A SONG
Middleham Park Racing know a potentially good horse when they see one, however cheap it might be. The latest picked up for a song is Tawdeea. Bought for a meagre 11,000 guineas at Tattersalls Horses In Training Sales in October, the four-year-old lifted the £62,250 Old Newton Cup at Haydock, much to the delight of an enthusiastic crowd of syndicate members lapping up the success in the winner’s enclosure. They are sure to get more fun - and victories - out of the four-year-old as well, possibly at York on Saturday.
4: FULLY-FIT TUDHOPE FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS
There was a beaming smile of satisfaction on Danny Tudhope’s face after he chalked up a double at Haydock with Tawdeea and Dandyleekie. Sidelined for a few weeks with a troublesome back injury incurred in a fall at York in May.
Tudhope has put that behind him and is riding full of confidence once again. David O’Meara’s stable jockey was especially pleased to ride another big winner for owners Middleham Park Racing as they provided him with Group One glory on G Force in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock in 2014.
5: FAHY THE LATEST TO FALL FOUL TO BHA’STOTTING-UP PROCEDURE
Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa slated the totting-up system when hit with a hefty ban recently and John Fahy looks like he will be given a lengthy holiday after he was referred to the British Horseracing Authority foir his ride on Threat Assessed at Haydock. The local stewards took that course of action after they found him guilty of flouting the whip rules, his fifth such suspension in the last six months. A long holiday without pay is the last thing a journeyman jockey like Fahy wants.
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