There’s a New King in town – and he’s ready to reign
WHAT a wonderful occasion it was for me at the Qipco Champions Day at Ascot last Saturday and for our Newmarket stables.
John Gosden was crowned champion trainer for the third time and showed what a master handler he is with Stradivarius, Roaring Lion and Cracksman all winning.
It was a pity his son Thaddeus couldn’t be there to enjoy it but he is currently in Australia supervising affairs down there.
Negotiations are now under way to decide which stud CRACKSMAN will retire to, it is hoped he will stay here at Newmarket and go to Sheikh Mohammed’s Dalham Hall in Duchess Drive.
With so much as yet untapped talent in the Gosden stable success is certain to continue. The unraced colt NEW KING is ready for his first race and he will see the racecourse very soon. He is by Frankel out of Marine Bleue, this lovely moving bay is owned by Qatar Racing and has impressed me whenever I have watched him work on the HQ gallops. He has a beautiful action and is an exciting prospect for next season as a three-year-old when he has fully furnished and filled his frame.
Trainer Luca Cumani announced his impending retirement from the training ranks earlier this week. He intends helping his wife Sara run their highly productive Fittocks Stud at nearby Upend. Horses are his life and he will always want to be around them, it’s in the blood.
David Simcock, Marco Botti, Chris Wall, John Berry, Ed Walker and Amy Murphy were all assistant trainers that he took under his wing as were jockey's Frankie Dettori and Jayson Weaver. Ray Cochrane was a fine stable jockey for the Cumani yard and a fine horseman.
November 2-3 sees our final two days racing for the season here at Newmarket HQ and also our Horses In Training sales at Tattersalls Park Paddocks, where many trainers to sell off horses in order to make way for the newly arriving yearlings.