Hag­gas gives me birth­day boost

The Racing Paper - - Feature - Dave Young­man, with his weekly re­port from New­mar­ket

IT has been a most mem­o­rable week for me. On Wed­nes­day I had lunch with friends at Mot­combs in Lon­don to cel­e­brate my 70th birth­day.

We en­joyed lobster risotto washed down with a glass of Dom Perignon. I was re­ally spoilt.

Later we spent the evening at the rac­ing at Kemp­ton, where the Wil­liam Hag­gas trained ALKAAMEL won un­der jockey Fran Berry. I had put it up as a strong bet to my Rac­ing Club mem­bers so it was the end to a per­fect day.

WHILE Saeed bin Suroor is away train­ing at the Al Quoz sta­bles in Dubai, Tony Howarth and Chris Burns are in charge of the horses at the Godol­phin sta­bles at Stan­ley House. Their horses are now start­ing to do lots of walk­ing and trot­ting ready.

IT was good to see Char­lie Appleby have his first win­ner at Meydan on Thurs­day for Godol­phin when GOOD FOR­TUNE won un­der James Doyle. Char­lie has taken a strong team there so fur­ther suc­cess is cer­tain.

GODOL­PHIN this week bought a 50 per cent share in PER­SIAN KING from the Wilden­stein fam­ily. This son of King­man, trained in France by An­dre Fabre, was a most im­pres­sive win­ner of the Au­tumn stakes on the Row­ley Mile course here at HQ last Oc­to­ber and is cer­tain to make his mark this year.

He will be stay­ing in France to be trained but could come to New­mar­ket for the 2,000 Guineas.

FRANKIE Det­tori and Ryan Moore were home for a few days this week, Frankie told me he plans to get back rid­ing out over the next few days for John Gos­den and Jeremy Noseda. He is look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing his as­so­ci­a­tion with EN­ABLE and TOO DARN HOT.

TRAINER Amy Mur­phy has started KALASH­NIKOV back in work fol­low­ing his run in the Way­ward Lad chase at Christ­mas. Amy plans to take him back to War­wick on Fe­bru­ary 9, where he will run in the King­maker Novice Chase. She told me Kemp­ton was too quick for him and he needs a more gal­lop­ing track.

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