Haggas gives me birthday boost
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.