Whilst the cyclists had spent three weeks riding over 2,000 miles, it took the horses just 64 seconds to cover the five and a half furlongs of the Group 2 race. Cox was delighted with the run, and the two year old has already more than paid his way for two owners. He cost £24,000 to buy, and has picked up over £100,000 in prize money in winning his three racers to date.
Meanwhile, the Racing Post reports on a rare achievement from the borders of Europe and Asia. Frankie Dettori’s magnificent seven at Ascot in 1996 is an achievement that has stood the test of time as a superb feat of horsemanship. Yesterday it was equalled at the rather less well-known Veliefendi track in Istanbul. Turkey’s leading jockey, Halis Karatas rode in the four turf and three Polytrack races that made up the card before speaking of a “secret bond” he has with the horses he rides.
Finally, over in Canada, plans are well under way for the annual Canada Horse Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will take place on 16 August in Mississuaga, Ontario. You might think that this was an event to recognise recent outstanding performance, whether from horse, trainer or rider, but far from it. The focus is very much on lifetime achievements, with this year’s new representatives including a horse that was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 1977 and a major breeder who died in 1993. We’ll look in more detail at the reasons behind their nominations in the next few weeks.