Author: Derek Thompson
THE ST LEGER winner, Logician, who could be one of the top horses in 2020 has recovered from peritonitis and is back in training with Champion Trainer John Gosden. The flying grey, who won all five of his races last year culminating in the world’s oldest Classic, the St Leger, was treated for the condition which affects the intestines at the Newmarket Equine Hospital and has now been given the all clear to resume training. This unbeaten son of Frankel is very highly rated in the Gosden camp and there are some who think he might be able to make a race of it with the dual Arc winner Enable who also carries the colours of Prince Khaled Abdullah.
It’s good to know he’s back in training but obviously won’t be seen out on the racetracks for a few months. David Simcock who has already sent out two winners from just two individual runners at the Dubai World Cup Carnival this year is about to send his big guns out to Meydan! Desert Encounter, who is owned by Abdullah Al Mansoori, won the Canadian International at Woodbine and Spanish Mission, who won the Belmont Derby, will also be flying out to contest Super Saturday before Dubai World Cup night. Both had a workout at Chelmsford City last week ‘just to take the freshness out of them’ and will now fly to Dubai. The world of racing was stunned last week when we heard that the 36yo former jump jockey James Banks had been found dead at his home.
And it was also sad to hear of the passing of Robert Alner at the age of 76. He had been ill for some time but rode and trained hundreds of winners including the 1998 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Cool Dawn ridden by Andrew Thornton. Kieren Fox who rode over 200 winners in the UK and Europe decided to retire last week at just 30 years of age! It was a bit of a shock to see a good rider call it a day at such a young age but he told me he couldn’t make it pay and needs a better job to help look after his wife and family. It’s certainly a lot of travelling expenses for just a ride or two and the prize money at the smaller tracks is not a lot which makes the jockeys’ win percentages quite small. One of Kieron’s biggest wins came in St Moritz last year when he rode the Grand Prix winner for trainer John Best and I wish him well in the future.
One man who just keeps on going and I’m certain he’s riding better than ever is Jimmy Quinn who is 53 years of age! He rode two winnesr on the same night at Chelmsford to pull off a double. Jimmy has had over 17,000 rides since coming over from Ireland as a young apprentice in 1985 yielding more than 1,500 winners and at the moment has no thoughts of retirement though he sadly fractured a hip just after I first wrote this. Altior and Native River both resumed winning ways much to the delight of the massive crowd at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday and both will head to next month’s Cheltenham Festival to contest the Champion Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup respectively. They could well win both races!