Frankel colt is winner in Dubai
I SAW in the New Year at a party at the Bedford Lodge along with many of the town’s racing trainers toasting what hopefully will be a great year ahead for our HQ yards. Despite the late night everyone was up and about the next morning attending to their duties at the stables.
THE Dubai Carnival meeting at Meydan started well on Thursday with Saeed bin Suroor landing a brace of winners including DREAM CASTLE, the son of Frankel who has improved a lot since being gelded.
Charlie Appleby should soon be among the winners there as he has a very strong team. Simon Crisford should also have a nice Carnival as he has taken some nice sorts to Dubai.
FORMER Newmarket trainer Robyn Brisland told me he has completed his move to Newark in Nottinghamshire.
He is now training at Mill Top Equestrian Centre at Danes thorpe just a few miles from Newark, where Mick Appleby used to train.
Robyn had a nice winner recently when KATIE GALE won under young rider Gina Andrews. He has expanded now and has 50 horses under his care.
BOTH John Gosden and William Haggas have a number of horses in full training, including several as yet unraced types. William is hoping to give unraced colt SPARKLE IN YOUR EYE his first race soon, this is a nice Chestnut son of Sea The Stars owned by Anthony Oppenheimer. This colt is working like a useful kind and will do well for the Somerville Lodge yard in the new Flat season.
I was sad to hear of the death this week of former trainer Bill Elsey at the age of 97. He bought his horses to race here at Newmarket from his stables at Malton in Yorkshire, always very modest and never one to shout the odds he was a perfect gentleman.
His two Classic winners PIA and PELEID are very memorable, the former ridden by Eddie Hide and the later by Frankie Durr. His horses were always like himself elegant and well turned out.