Latest Horse Racing News (Week 5 July 2018)

Latest Horseracing News

Dettori’s ban reduced on appeal

Frankie Dettori recently faced a 10 day ban for careless riding at Duchess of Cambridge Stakes. The 47 year old jockey, who was riding Angel’s Hideaway, was penalised for having “allowed his mount to shift right without timely or sufficient correction”, besides causing interference to La Pelosa and Main Edition for over a furlong,as alleged by Newmarket stewards. However, his second place in the race results was kept unchanged. The riding would have initially cost Dettori at the King George in Ascot as well as the Glorious Goodwood festival. Frankie had requested an appeal against the findings as well as the penalty and succeeded in having a hearing last Tuesday, which resulted in the panel reducing the duration of his ban from 10 days to 6 days. Initially, the ban was supposed to run from July 27th to August 5th, but reduction in duration lets him be free to ride from the 2nd of August. This means that though he would not be able to fully participate in Goodwood, which ends on August 4th, Dettori will be able to ride at the King George, which commences from the 4th of August.


Justify retires due to ankle injury

Justify, the racehorse who recently became the undefeated American Triple Crown winner, has retired owing to injury. He has been in the limelight for a while now, having won all of his six starts, including the Belmont Stakes, the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby, which earned him over £2.8 million as prize money. However, trainer Bob Baffert recently informed that the three year old had filling in his ankle, which is making him unable to respond quickly enough for Bob to gain surety for a fall campaign. Jockey Mike Smith, who had ridden Justify for five of his six wins, said, “He truly is a gift from God.” He added,”Like everyone else, I am disappointed he won’t run again, but I am thankful he came into my life.” According to reports, Justify is going to be bought for stud duties by the Ireland-based racing empire, Coolmore.


Poet’s Word wins King George

Poet’s Word’s glorious victory at the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and King George VI resulted in much more than just the massive £1.25 million prize money- it earned trainer, Sir Michael Stoute his sixth success, a new record in horse racing. This is Sir Michael’s second win at King George, the first one being 37 years ago with Shergar. Ever since his first win, Sir Michael has trained to victory many horses in the mile and a half, such as Conduit, Golan and Opera House. Within the last half-furlong, jockey James Doyle rode Poet’s Word past Crystal Ocean, winning King George by a neck in an iconic finish.