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Re: Across the pond

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:02 pm
by Starine
Nothing to say, other than I am psyched for the Roaring Lion - Cracksman showdown. :D

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:25 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
We have to 'un-psych" ourselves; there will not be a showdown between Cracksman and Roaring Lion. :(

Oisin Murphy: 'exceptional' Roaring Lion will have no problem dropping in trip
Roaring Lion will head to the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday in preference to the longer Qipco Champion Stakes with Oisin Murphy brimful of confidence his partner is ready to shine back at a mile.
Read more: https://www.racingpost.com/news/champio ... kes/349945

Can't argue with Gosden's reasoning. The QEII should still be a good race, as Roaring Lion will have to face horses like Beat the Bank, Lightning Spear, Recoletos and good fillies Happily and Laurens.

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:27 am
by ThreeMustangs
Roaring Lion narrowly wins the QEII over I Can Fly. Cracksman’s swan song is up next. I hope he goes out a winner.

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:30 am
by Northport
Roaring Lion won the QEII, and John Gosden intimated that the horse may be off to stud now. I can't really blame the owners, as the horse captured 4 of Europe's top contests this year, and this would be a great note to sign off on. But it would be thrilling if he made the trip to Churchill.

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:37 am
by Mylute
The Bloodhorse article about Roaring Lion going to the QEII mentioned that they've been dealing with Lion's studdish "I like the ladies" attitude for a while. Pretty sure I've seen that about Cracksman as well.

Sometimes when mares get baby fever it's better to retire them, and it can happen to the boys as well.

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:50 am
by Northport
In Sheikh Fahad's post race interview, he said he hasn't ruled the Breeder's Cup out for Roaring Lion yet. Fingers crossed!

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:57 am
by ThreeMustangs
Cracksman. Wow.

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:00 am
by Northport
Cracksman - WOOSH!

Back to his old self, a great end to his career.

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:16 am
by ThreeMustangs
What a shame we never got to see Enable vs. Cracksman. Wonder which one Frankie would have chosen to ride?

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:20 am
by Mylute
Northport wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:50 am
In Sheikh Fahad's post race interview, he said he hasn't ruled the Breeder's Cup out for Roaring Lion yet. Fingers crossed!
That would be super cool!

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:30 am
by carole
Kudos to Subway Dancer who ran a very credible 3rd in the Champion Stakes for the Czech Republic!

And whilst not the most impressive victory, I'd like to give credit to Stradivarius and his team. 5 wins in a row this season, undefeated winning the $1 million stayers bonus and now the Long Distance Cup to cap off an incredible season for him!

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:00 pm
by tachyon
What a great run by Cracksman!!!
I wonder if he gets 130+ with his final performance.

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Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:52 pm
by Diver52
Was Happily officially scratched from the QEII? It happened so fast.

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:44 pm
by Le Beau Bai
Diver52 wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:52 pm
Was Happily officially scratched from the QEII? It happened so fast.
Yes she was. https://media.britishhorseracing.com/pd ... &year=2018
Withdrawals
3:15pm HAPPILY (IRE), trained by Aidan
O'Brien.
Unruly in stalls
Wtihdrawn by the Starter at 3.19pm - See report

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:00 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
It looked like Happily was rearing/flailing and may have knocked herself against the gate sides pretty hard. The starters backed her out and then immediately sent the field on its way, so they didn't even bother to take time with a vet exam before the scratching.

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:23 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
Regarding Roaring Lion...that was a very brave win by the big grey colt. He really had to hang tough to keep his nose in front. A race like that can take a lot out of a horse, so I wouldn't be surprised if Gosden ends up deciding that shipping across The Pond for a big race in just two weeks might be a bit much for RL.
Wonderful win by Cracksman. Looked like the racehorse 'light' went back on in his stallion brain, as he ran like he did last year. Where is he headed to stud now?

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:16 pm
by ThreeMustangs
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:23 pm
Regarding Roaring Lion...that was a very brave win by the big grey colt. He really had to hang tough to keep his nose in front. A race like that can take a lot out of a horse, so I wouldn't be surprised if Gosden ends up deciding that shipping across The Pond for a big race in just two weeks might be a bit much for RL.
Wonderful win by Cracksman. Looked like the racehorse 'light' went back on in his stallion brain, as he ran like he did last year. Where is he headed to stud now?
Stud plans are still undecided:

"Where Anthony Oppenheimer's four-year-old will begin stallion duties remains unclear..."

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cracksm ... BTHHyvI0bg

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:37 pm
by WaquoitNBroadBrush
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:00 pm
It looked like Happily was rearing/flailing and may have knocked herself against the gate sides pretty hard. The starters backed her out and then immediately sent the field on its way, so they didn't even bother to take time with a vet exam before the scratching.
That's the British way of dealing with horses that delay the start, whether they're unruly in the gate or simply refuse to load. Little patience for any of it and no unloading of stalls after the late withdrawal to give fans a chance to restructure their bets, just, as you saw, back the horse away and send the field off immediately.

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:07 pm
by Northport
The safety and patience of the horses already standing in the gate > fans restructuring their bets.

That's just this fan's opinion, though I'm not really much of a gambler.

Re: Across the pond

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:16 pm
by Mylute
Horse With No Ear Wins Steeplechase at Carlisle

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https://www.horseracingnation.com/news/ ... rlisle_123