Latest Horse Racing News (Week 4 July 2018)

Sea of Class wins Irish Oaks

With a thrilling finish, Sea of Class made a late burst to win the Irish Oaks. This makes a treble of group wins for Sea of Class’ jockey, James Doyle. He had previously partnered Larchmond Lad at the Minstrel Stakes and ridden Marie’s Diamond to the first position at the Anglesey Stakes. James held 11-4 chance during the most of the game, towards the back of the field before the final furlong when he raced to narrowly beat Forever Together. Sea of Class’ trainer, William Haggas had decided to skip Royal Ascot and Epsom to prepare for the Curragh meet. He had instructed Doyle to hold the burst for the finishing line till as late as was possible and the English jockey followed to with his perfectly timed sprint, storming past Aiden O’Brien’s Forever Together by a neck. The Irish Oaks victory is the filly’s third consecutive victory in only four starts, both of her previous victories being at Newbury.


Tim Brennan cleared of allegations of passing on information about Faugheen

Leading Irish vet, Time Brennan has been cleared of charges for allegedly passing on information before popular hurdler Faugheen was withdrawn from the Cheltenham Festival in 2016. Brennan was accused of conspiring with his brother Michael and placing lay bets against Faugheen for the Champion Hurdle and faced charges by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). Having cleared him of all charges now, the BHA stressed on point that during the time that the allegations on Brennan were placed, the horse’s trainer Willie Mullins was suspected to be involved in any wrongdoing. Faugheen, known to many as ‘The Machine’, had won the Champion Hurdle in 2015, but was unable to defend his title the following February, due to a serious leg injury. The BHA had claimed that being Faugheen’s veterinary surgeon, Brennan had acquired and passed on information about the horse, which were not supposed to be publicly available. Brennan, on the other hand, had continued to deny the charges.


Brian Kavanagh hails lifetime ban on doped horses

Chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland, Brian Kavanagh recently announced a new anti-doping policy which will impose lifetime bans on horses who return positive tests for substances like anabolic steroids. This industry-wide agreement was finalised at a Horse Racing Ireland board meeting held last Monday. The agreement, however, allows the provision for a notice period of one day for yards and studs which are not licensed by the regulatory body. The policy would grant vets from the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board the access to unlicensed premises to test horses that are not in training. Kavanagh suggested that the policy would come into effect before the 2019 foal crop.