Dave Young­man re­ports from head­quar­ters

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DaveYoung­man re­ports from Rac­ing Club HQ

FIRST, num­ber four ULYSSES, what a great re­lief that was to me and my Rac­ing Club Mem­bers at Sandown when the re­sult of the photo fin­ish was an­nounced af­ter the re­cent Eclipse, my mem­bers all had big bets at 8-1 rid­ing on the re­sult.The many top foot­ball play­ers, past and present that are in my club had very big bets on the horse as I told them he had an out­stand­ing chance in the race.

SIR Michael Stoute and the Freema­son Lodge team have done a great job with the son of Galileo. Spe­cial men­tion must also go to Radka Ho­vadova, who looks af­ter Ulysses.She joined the Stoute sta­ble hav­ing pre­vi­ously been with trainer Hugo Palmer and is a valu­able mem­ber of the staff. I hope you like this photo of me with Ulysses at his sta­ble.He could go to York for the Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional or to Ire­land for the Cham­pion Stakes next but will hope­fully end up at the Breeder’s Cup in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia at the Del Mar Race­course in Novem­ber.

GODOL­PHIN have ap­pointed James Cum­mings a their head trainer in Aus­tralia and Darren Bead­man will be his as­sis­tant.James is the grand­son of the leg­endary trainer Bart Cum­mings and he looks set for much suc­cess with so many high class horses un­der his care. He was re­cently here in New­mar­ket and I was lucky enough to get to chat to him on the gallops here at HQ, he is a very pos­i­tive and im­pres­sive young man.

CRACKS­MAN ran a fine race in the Ir­ish Derby re­cently and John Gos­den was very sat­is­fied with the son of Frankel. He will in all prob­a­bil­ity con­test the Voltigeur at York next month then be put away un­til next sea­son. He is still a lit­tle im­ma­ture but will be a stun­ning four-year-old.

TRAINER Ge­orge Scott is soon get­ting mar­ried to owner Bill Gred­ley’s daugh­ter Poppy, as a wed­ding present Bill Gred­ley plan to build a new 130-box yard for Ge­orge to train from in Black Bear Lane here in New­mar­ket. He is a young trainer go­ing places backed by some very en­thu­si­as­tic own­ers. Tim Gred­ley, son of Bill, re­cently won the New­mar­ket Town Plate and is a firm friend of the trainer.

ANOTHER trainer, Mar­tyn Meade, told me re­cently he plans to give EM­I­NENT a nice break now un­til the Au­tumn and wait for some cut in the ground. He is still a lit­tle keen and still some­what im­ma­ture, he will stay in train­ing next year as a fouryear-old and should be very use­ful next sea­son.

MEAN­WHILE, Ed Vaughan was very im­pressed with the rid­ing of 7lb claim­ing ap­pren­tice Fin­ley Marsh when he won on STAINTON LASS for him re­cently. Fin­ley is ap­pren­ticed to for­mer top jockey Richard Hughes and agent Tony Hind is get­ting Fin­ley plenty of good rides and he looks a fine rid­ing prospect. Many of our HQ train­ers will be putting up in fu­ture races.

SIR Mark Prescott was re­cently away at­tend­ing the Bull­fight­ing in Spain and told me he had a nice break and en­joyed him­self. He has re­cently had a new of­fice block and tack room built at Heath House Sta­bles.Two horses he is keen to get into the win­ners en­clo­sure are ANNA MEDICI and EASY WIND, both nice fil­lies, owned by Chris Jenk­ins and Neil Greig, both most loyal own­ers of the Prescott yard.

MUTAKKAYEF came back from his re­cent win at As­cot with a very swollen leg and has to have it scanned. Trainer Wil­liam Hag­gas is hop­ing it go well but sus­pects it could be lig­a­ment prob­lem around the base of the Se­samoid area of the leg. Hope­fully he will make a good re­cov­ery.

Dave Young­man with Ulysses

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