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  1. #11
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    Geraghty doing daily blog during Aintree

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    Aintree Thursday

    Hotspur's selections: 2.00 Big Buck’s, 2.30 Grumeti (nap), 3.05 Riverside Theatre, 3.40 Gwanako, 4.15 Tanks For That, 4.50 Menorah, 5.25 Our Father

  3. #13
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    Marlborough Aintree

    2.00 Big Buck's
    2.30 Countrywide Flame
    3.05 Diamond Harry
    3.40 Silver Adonis
    4.15 de Boitron
    4.50 Al Ferof (nb)
    5.25 Deireadh Re

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    On Saturday I am back at Ayr again to ride Galaxy Rock (3.25) in the Coral Scottish Grand National. The only time I have previously won this race was on Belmont King, for Paul Nicholls, way back in 1997 but Galaxy Rock has a very good chance of providing me with a second victory.
    He has won over three-and-a-half miles at Cheltenham, so I don’t envisage him having too many problems over four miles at Ayr.

    Recent records show that horses carrying more than 11 stones face a really stiff task, so he looks on a nice weight with 10st 12lb.

    Jonjo has trained him with this race in mind for a while and after he ran fourth To Calgary Bay in the Great Yorkshire in January he had a good spin over hurdles at Bangor last month.

    The dangers are Walkon, one of the classiest runners in the 25-strong field, the Philip Hobbs trained Mostly Bob and I have a feeling that the trip should suit Gary Moore’s Fruity O’Rooney.

    In the Isle of Skye Blended Whisky Scottish Champion Hurdle (2.50) I ride Tetlami for Nicky Henderson. He’s a pretty smart novice and after winning three times he ran ninth behind Cinders And Ashes in the Supreme Novices’ at Cheltenham.

    I believe Barry Geraghty had the choice of the Henderson horses and he’s gone for Petit Robin, if that’s any sort of a hint for you.

    However, we both have Ruby Walsh’s mount Edgardo Sol to beat. I just got the better of him on Alderwood in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but he hacked up in a two-mile handicap chase at Aintree last week and it looks like we may not have seen the best of him yet.

    Russian War (4.00) runs in the two mile-five furlong handicap hurdle. He won a few handicaps last season and two in April last year including this race, but he’s been struggling a bit this season. If it doesn’t rain American Trilogy, who had a nice prep when running out an impressive winner of the Legends Charity Race at Aintree last week with Mick Kinane in the saddle, should take all the beating.

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    No blog from Barry today ...

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    Barry finished with ATR for the summer William Buick is their flat columnist this year...where did Hanaghan go to ? McCoy finished with Telegraph until October too.

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    Buicks blog ..posted his Fugue thoughts on oaks thread


    I start with JOVIALITY (1.40) in the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes and I’m hoping for a forward display.

    She gained some experience of the track at the Breakfast With The Stars last week when Saleem Golam rode her and that will help because it’s always tricky for horses round there first time.

    She had some solid form last season when she won the Musidora in 2011 by a head from Barefoot Lady who’s in this and has the benefit of two runs this season including a three-length fourth to Izzi Top at York last time.

    But if Joviality can produce her two-length fourth to Timepiece in the Falmouth last July then we’ll be in with a serious chance.

    I’m looking forward to GATEWOOD (2.15) who made such a solid reappearance winning a ten-furlong handicap at York’s Dante meeting when we team up for the Investec Wealth and Investment Handicap.

    That was only the fourth race of his career and I loved his attitude.

    He should be capable of defying his 5lb rise and it’s just a case of if he’s street-wise enough to handle this track.

    He should be and it wouldn’t be a concern if the ground is on the faster side.

    UNEX EL GRECO (3.25) isn’t without a chance of making a good showing in the Investec Mile Handicap but he’s got to get the start right.

    He’s usually badly away and in a race like this he won’t be able to do that.

    Despite missing the break he’s turned in some good performances and was only beaten two lengths when fourth at Newmarket last time and before that he was beaten only five lengths despite finishing tenth of 14 at Kempton.

    If he doesn’t give the field a start and can compete on levels terms then we are definitely players over a track that might just interest him.

    FALLEN FOR YOU (4.50) goes for the Investec Surrey Stakes over seven furlongs and she just comes out top on official figures after running over a trip that was a little on the quick side at Lingfield last time.

    I’m just hoping that run has sharpened her up because this looks a very winnable race.

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    Richard Hahey on this weekends team

    I have three runners at Epsom on Friday, with Barefoot Lady running in the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes that opens the meeting.

    She ran a better race at York after she bombed out at Goodwood. To be fair to Tony he said he had to get her racing a bit sooner than he wanted to down there and she wobbled home.

    This trip will suit her and I imagine the track will be fine too. If she got placed it would be fantastic and if she could win it would be a huge bonus.

    Kay Gee Be runs in the Investec Mile and he's a wonderful little horse but he hasn't fared well with the draw in 16 here. It's not where you want to be on the outside at Epsom.

    From there he's going to have to step up on what he's shown this year. He's still capable, he's not a back number, but from that box it will be tricky.

    It depends what the opposition do. If they go flat out it will give him a chance to get them coming home but it will be what they do, not what he does, that will determine where he finishes so we will have to see.

    Alejandro has a better slot in stall two in the Investec Management Asset Handicap and he's come down 7lbs since the start of the season. We're hoping the trip will suit him a little bit better but he's got to step up on what he's shown so far.

    He ran okay first time out and I'd be expecting his best run of the year in this. Whether that's good enough we'll see but he's fit and well.

    Onto Derby day and I have five other horses representing me at Epsom with Blades Lad going in the Diamond Jubilee Handicap.

    He just ran terrible at York last time when he hung like mad but he probably didn't get the trip that day and he's come back fine.

    He'll need a bit of luck from his draw but he's got a flyweight on his back and if he finished placed I'd be delighted.

    Euxton Hall goes for the Investec Woodcote Stakes and I presume he's the one they've all got to beat, I just hope he handles the track. You don't know until you try and run there but we feel that he'll handle it well. He was very impressive first time out and the second has won by six lengths at Windsor since.

    He did everything really professionally first time but a run always does them good and he'll improve plenty for that. I'm happy with him. He's a cracking horse.

    We've got two good draws in the Investec Specialist Bank 'Dash' with Arctic Feeling in 17 and Jamesway next door in 18, it's good to be drawn high in this race.

    It's just whether they can hold their position early on - that will dictate how well they will run. You need a lot of luck in this contest, it's not a race I would like to ride in myself!

    Jamesway ran a good, solid race first time he just can hang a little bit right-handed so at least he hasn't got far to go to the rail.

    If Arctic Feeling can hit the lids he could run a big race too. I just hope the pair of them are quick enough to take advantage of their draws.

    Baldemar loves Epsom, it's the only place he can win at and the owners are very keen to go down for the Investec Out Of The Ordinary Handicap.

    I'm a little bit worried the ground might be a bit too quick for him, but we're happy enough with him. On his best form he could run well but the main thing in his favour is the course. He loves it.

    Up at Haydock I've six runners starting with Badea in the Blue Square Maiden Stakes.

    This horse was very disappointing from a flip-start at Chester, he just never went a gallop. He was the only horse Dr Koukash has with me that ran poorly at the meeting.

    He needs to bounce back to his best to have a chance and we're happy with him at home but he is coming off a really bad run.

    Halla San isn't getting any younger but he'll love the trip and he'll like the ground in the Bet At Handicap.

    I'd love him to win a race as he hasn't won on the Flat for nearly three years but he's been running okay. Sometimes he can bomb out and run a bad race like he did last time but he could bounce back here and he has a small place chance.

    Majestic Myles runs in the Timeform Jury Stakes and it's a tough little race with Red Jazz, who beat him last time, running again.

    He'll come on for that run, though, we thought he'd need it and he ran a bit fresh so he has a chance of reversing the form. He has a good-each-way shout and if all drops well he could get his head in front.

    The trip and ground will suit, he ticks all the boxes but it is a competitive little race.

    I'd like some rain for Myplacelater in the Grosvenor Casino Pinnacle Stakes.

    Dr Koukash was keen to run her and on her best form she'd have a chance but if it doesn't rain she won't run.

    Kimbali will run for the Doctor in the Grosvenor G Casino Handicap.

    Seven furlongs is probably his best trip, he ran okay at Chester but was a bit disappointing at Newmarket the other day. He's in good order and I'm happy with him but the trip does concern me a little.

    Finally, I've three running for me up at Musselburgh.

    Tatlisu needs to put his York run behind him in the toteplacepot Edinburgh Castle Conditions Stakes.

    Paul Hanagan thinks he hit the side of the stalls last time and he's quite a smart early season two-year-old who I like a lot.

    I'd like to see him bounce back and win and then we could maybe make plans to go to Ascot. He's got to win though for that to happen. If he jumps out and races properly he has a big chance.

    So does Sparkling Portrait in the valuable Edinburgh Cup Handicap. He's a horse I love and he's improving the whole time.

    He's got top weight here but he's very talented and I think he's a proper horse in the making. I'm expecting him to run a very big race.

    I'd say he could win over any trip and he's capable of giving the weight away. He's not a horse that would ever win extravagantly and win by big distances as he's big and raw and backward but I love this guy.

    I'd love to see him win as after that he would probably end up a Pattern horse but we'll see. He hasn't done a hard day's work yet, he's only learning his trade.

    I was thinking of saving him for Newmarket or Goodwood later in the summer but he's in very good order, this is very good prizemoney and we're keen to run him.

    He's talented, could be anything and he's my charity bet this week.

    Munsarim runs in the Queen's Jubilee totequickpick Handicap and he works as though he would win a handicap off his current rating so we thought we'd give it a punt and see what happens.

    We claimed him, he made the running on his debut for us the other day and at one stage I thought he would win at Kempton before he finished tamely.

    We'll drop him in this time and with his tendency to go right we're on the right track.

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    Ryan Moore rides six on Friday at Epsom. Betfair column ...


    Stand To Reason

    Gatewood looked good at York and I think he may take plenty of beating off just a 5lb higher mark here. Compare that rise to my mount Stand To Reason, who went up the same amount after being beaten at Chester last time. Granted, we were only just touched off by a short head, and pulled 13 lengths clear of the third, but it was very testing ground there and I think that rise is harsh. But even though he has done his winning on soft, I actually think better ground may suit my horse and I can see him running a good race.


    Dance and Dance

    The last time I rode this horse we finished second in the Hunt Cup, and I should have got the race in the stewards room. I don't think that is being too controversial. On a related point, I think stewards should have more flexibility when assessing whether interference has been deliberate or accidental in stewards enquiries and action taken accordingly. It appears that you have to be beaten a neck or under to have any chance of getting a race, but if it is deliberate interference then I think they should run the risk of being thrown out. Anyway, Dance And Dance had earlier shown he handles this track well when winning a handicap on this card off a mark of 97 last season. Things didn't work out for him in Dubai but I have ridden him at home and he is working real nice. This is a competitive little race but I fancy my chances a bit. I rode Marcret to win over an extended 1m2f in the soft at Chester, and he is a very generous horse, but a combination of stepping back in trip and on better ground could be his undoing. Worthadd won a Group 3 in Germany on his first start for his new stable a fortnight ago and he rates a big danger on his Lockinge second to Canford Cliffs. And you can't rule out Side Glance either, as he ran better at Kempton last time. But, like I said, I think we will go close, especially getting 3lb from the top two.



    Was an impressive winner of the Whitsun at Sandown at this time last year and the handicapper looks to have been fairly kind to him as he can race off a 1lb lower mark here just five starts later. And, although there wasn't much obvious promise from him at Ripon on his first start for a new stable, hopefully that would have put him right for this. But this will take plenty of winning.


    Kissed - See separate story.



    I was beaten at 4-9 on him at Yarmouth last season, but Saigon won the race so it wasn't as bad as it looked at the time. Went on to win at Newmarket and finish fourth in the Gimcrack. Has a bit to find with some of these on official marks but you cannot rule out any William Haggas horse out at the moment, as the horses are in great form. And this race is full of some disappointing horses. But I can't be confident myself.



    This looks a hottish handicap but I have to be hopeful given the profile of the horse and the way the stable is going. This is a clearly a lot more competitive a race than at Wolverhampton last time (I believe he was gelded over the winter) but he won well there and I suppose the handicapper could have hit him with more than a 4lb rise. Being drawn in 13 is a negative though.

  10. #20
    Ryan Moore vs Lee & Lydia

    After the piece in the Racing Post today, Ryan Moore responds and details the reasons behind why he declined a Racing UK interview after winning on Regal Realm at Glorious Goodwood. And he isn't happy. He tells his side of the story here...

    Many who read Lee Mottershead's piece in the Racing Post today - it's the second last paragraph if you haven't read it - will rightly assume that he is referring to me when he says that "during Glorious Goodwood many in the winner's enclosure witnessed one top jockey decline a Racing UK interview."

    He then went on to add that this was "not so much miserable behaviour, more inexcusably rude."

    So quite why he hasn't got the balls to name me, I don't know.

    It wouldn't have bothered me in the slightest if he had. Provided he had told the full story.

    What did annoy me is that the Racing Journalist Of The Year didn't have the courtesy to check his facts, and the background, with me before going into print. It was presented in a very black and white, uncomplimentary, manner.

    If he didn't have my phone number, I am sure Hughsie would have given it to him.

    I don't know if Lee was privy to what happened first hand at Goodwood, or if someone has been telling him tales out of school.

    But this is what I would have told him had he bothered to ring me.

    Everyone was aware that I had a bad fall on the Tuesday and I was very sore and not feeling 100 per cent during the week. So after Regal Realm won the Oak Tree, I went straight in to the weighing room afterwards as neither her owner or trainer were present.

    But I came straight back out and fulfilled my duty to the sponsors Oak Tree by accepting the prizes in the absence of connections.

    Now, between all races at Goodwood since the fall, I was having treatment on my injuries and that involved re-strapping my thumb and wrist. That alone was taking 4 or 5 minutes. So I didn't have any time to waste before going out to ride in the last.

    After the prize giving, Lydia Hislop from Racing UK approached me. I was clearly rushing but she asked me for an interview.

    Clearly very keen to get my injuries seen to and re-strapped, I told her that I was not feeling up to it, and didn't want to go on TV.

    She then pressed and said they needed someone because no-one else was there. I told her I wasn't well and that I was going.

    If being professional and getting myself prepared to ride the favourite in the concluding handicap is "miserable" or "rude" then Lee is entitled to his opinion. As long as he gets himself in full possession of the facts before voicing it.

    I don't know whether being Racing Journalist Of The Year means he has to get more controversial these days, but I am of the opinion that he is bang out of order here.

    And comparing a Racing UK interview to a BBC interview with Olympians is utterly ridiculous, though I would have done the interview at Goodwood if Michael Johnson had asked me!

    Firstly, Racing UK is more Eurosport than BBC given its viewing figures. And secondly I don't think the Olympians - and by the way last night's closing ceremony was superb and cheered me up after a bad day - would agree to an interview if they had go for treatment and run in another race in the next 15 minutes, do you?

    I will give interviews as and when I can, and when I believe it is appropriate.

    Why only yesterday, after I came off Havana Gold, did I speak to the Racing Post. Scott Burton was sent over to interview me at a clearly tricky moment after the fall. I initially told him, no. But I felt sorry for him being asked to do that, and because I had the time and it was justified, I came out and did it. I had something worthwhile to communicate, so I did.

    I felt I could have ridden Excelebration - I know my body but the doctor saw the swelling from my Goodwood fall and played it safe - and I obviously wasn't too happy at the time.

    But I spoke to the Racing Post guy, no problem.

    However, there are times when interviews with the media simply aren't on for a number of reasons, of which they know full well why.

    For example, after coming back from winning on Gospel Choir at Haydock on Saturday, I was asked by Lydia if I felt if he was a Melrose horse.

    I think I said something like "hope so", walked on, and left it at that. But I gather that my response was communicated on air in a not-so-positive light.

    Well, I will let Lee and Lydia into a secret. The only job I care about - and should care about - is the one that I do for my trainers and the owners. The only reason I am responding in my Betfair column today is that I have the day off, and the time to do so.

    Do you think it would really be appropriate and respectful to talk about running plans for horses just after I came in after winning on them, having not even spoken to the boss?

    Well, I don't.

    Would they speak, in a live interview, to journalists about the editorial and commercial direction the Racing Post or Racing UK are taking without speaking to their editors and chief executives?

    No, I don't think so.

    Everyone knows what kind of a character I am, and my priorities as a jockey. I'm not easy, I know that.

    And if that doesn't sit well with some journalists, then that's fine. I know they have a job to do.

    But part of their job is getting their facts straight, and presenting the story in an informed and balanced manner, before putting that opinion in print.

    Especially in the Racing Post. Everyone reading the trade paper today only gets half of the Goodwood story, and that angers me.

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