David Young­man pays trib­ute to the pass­ing of a great trainer as New­mar­ket gears up for the au­tumn sea­son

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Dave Young­man with all the lat­est news from head­quar­ters

WELL done to all you read­ers who at­tended the New­mar­ket Open Week­end.It was a great plea­sure meet­ing so many of you, I know from what a lot of you told me you all very much en­joyed your­selves,next year will be big­ger and even bet­ter. Num­bers were down slightly this year but Char­lie Ap­pleby’s Moulton Pad­docks yard had over 1,000 peo­ple visit.

AMY Mur­phy told me she had a good show­ing at her yard on the Hamil­ton Road, the chil­dren loved see­ing the Shet­land pony she has there named Rita. Roger Var­ian and James Fan­shawe told me they had a good at­ten­dance too.

THE Showjump­ing com­pe­ti­tion was won by Francesca Cu­mani, Roger Var­ian was sec­ond and Jen­nie Sim­cock third. Ryan Moore had four faults so didn’t make the jump-off, ev­ery­one had a great time and can’t wait for next year for the next open day.

EV­ERY­ONE here at New­mar­ket is sad­dened to learn of the death at 87 of for­mer trainer Ge­off Wragg. Ge­off took over at Abing­ton Place when his fa­ther Harry re­tired, and trained Teenoso, rid­den by Lester Pig­gott,to win the 1983 Derby early in his train­ing ca­reer. As a child Ge­off grew up at Bed­ford Lodge, which was the fam­ily home;it is now a ho­tel.He knew his horses in­side out and was a very pa­tient trainer, his pass­ing leaves a big hole in the community here in New­mar­ket. I al­ways en­joyed talk­ing to him on the gal­lops.

SIR Michael Stoute was ab­so­lutely thrilled with the per­for­mance of Crys­tal Ocean in the St Leger.The colt will not run again this year and will be put away for next sea­son now. Sir Michael told me the horse won’t run be­yond a mile and a half next sea­son.

The un­raced Bari­tone im­pressed Ryan Moore af­ter he rode work on it on the Limekilns gal­lops and, af­ter watch­ing it work re­cently I was most im­pressed too. This son of Camelot is out of Star Ruby.

Mori, trained at the Stoute Freema­son Lodge yard, had a nice break af­ter Royal As­cot and badly needed her race re­cently at York, she has been working very nicely and hope­fully will win again this sea­son. I hope you like this photo of me with her, she is my favourite filly at the Stoute yard.

NICK Littmoden has de­cided to start train­ing again, he is rent­ing a few boxes fron Jon Scargill on the Hamil­ton Road. Nick was a fine trainer of all-weather rac­ers. He has only a small string at present but is look­ing to buy more at the sales. I am sure he will soon es­tab­lish him­self again in the New­mar­ket train­ing ranks.

FOR­MER Henry Ce­cil-trained Time­piece is now a brood­mare at Khalid Ab­dul­lah’s Banstead Manor Stud here in New­mar­ket. She was a big favourite of mine when she raced.She has a two-yearold filly by Dan­sili named Week­day in train­ing at the Stoute yard, a year­ling filly by In­vin­ci­ble Spirit, that will go into train­ing later this year, and a foal at foot by Dubawi.

TRAIN­ERS will be very busy at the year­ling sales this month. John Gos­den told me he had a fruit­ful time in Amer­ica re­cently at the Keeneland sales where he pur­chased horses with An­thony Stroud for Sheikh Mo­hammed.Some of these will be go­ing into train­ing atWar­ren Place.Things look very bright in­deed for Godol­phin next sea­son with the ad­di­tion of War­ren Place to add to their train­ing es­tab­lish­ments.

Dave Young­man with Mori

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