It has been a sombre week for British and Irish racing for different reasons and the announcement that Freddy Tylicki suffered paralysis to the lower half of his body as a result of the four horse pile up at Kempton last Monday is deeply saddening. Freddy had, of course, enjoyed three high profile wins on Helena Springfield Ltd’s Speedy Boarding earlier this year, including the Prix Jean Romanet and Prix de l’Opera (both Group 1s), so for him to suffer life changing injuries is cruel beyond words. Freddy has always been so positive in life and has been a pleasure to work with, and we are sure he will prove just as successful in whatever he turns his attentions to next.
There has been over £250,000 raised through a fundraiser set up for Freddy at the time of writing, including £20,000 donations from Mr Bill Gredley, £3,000 from Andrea Atzeni and his family and several contributions from the lads and lasses at Bedford House. We would like to think the total will keep climbing too as, while plenty of jockeys, trainers and other racing professionals have donated, there are still many names missing as far as we can see. To donate however much you can spare please go to www.gofundme.com/freddie-tylicki
We are set to make another journey across the Channel later in the week as Rosental, recently purchased by Mr Bruce Neill of Cressfield Stud – Australia, is due to contest the Group 3 Prix Fille de l’Air over the extended 10 furlongs at Toulouse on Friday. She has been in good form at home since her win in the Listed Prix Dahlia – Fonds Europeen de l’Elevage at Saint-Cloud last month and we are hopeful of another bold showing.
It was nice to see Mr Stuart Stuckey’s Vuela (pictured) get off the mark at just the second time of asking at Newcastle on Monday. It was only a five runner maiden, however, every winner is always satisfying. She has always been a horse that was going to take time to develop and, unlike her smart siblings Validus, Velox and Volume, she lacks a change of gear but she tries hard and should stay further than a mile and a half. That is her finished for the year now and she will stay in training for 2017.
Normandie Stud’s Stanley probably should have gone close to winning a maiden at Wolverhampton last Tuesday, getting caught in a pocket at a crucial stage, but Adam Kirby was big enough to hold his hands up after the race. These things happen and Stanley remains a nice handicapper for next year. Adam was maybe so annoyed with himself that he decided to give the Flat game up…for one day only as he rode in the “Flat Jockeys” Handicap Hurdle at Lingfield on Tuesday finishing second to Tom Queally!
Kitty Boo and So Sleek both ran well to finish third in separate divisions of the two year old fillies’ maiden at Kempton last Wednesday, although unfortunately for her backers, Mr Stuart Stuckey’s Kitty Boo could never get into striking distance after being slowly into stride and it was perhaps, again, a case of a race that got away. She is the type of filly who will come into her own as a three year old year, provided her temperament holds, as is Lordship Stud’s So Sleek, who perhaps could have gone a stride faster, but improved nicely on her debut run. So Sleek is also a big filly and, being a half-sister to Silk Sari, is another pointer to her improving with time and distance.
Fittocks Stud’s Materialistic ran respectably when fifth in the Listed Betfred TV EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Gillies Fillies’ Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday and we are still deciding whether she stays in training for 2017. The would only keep her going if we were sure if she would improve for a mile and a half, and we need to have a few more watches of her races to make up our minds on that one.
Finally, we very much enjoyed watching the fantastic Breeders’ Cup action at Santa Anita on Friday and Saturday. Frankie Dettori and Seamus Heffernan gave inspired rides to Queen’s Trust and Highland Reel respectively, in completely contrasting fashions, but the star of the show was Arrogate who responded generously to run down the gallant California Chrome in the Classic. Arrogate is so good that we can just about forgive Juddmonte Farms for missing out the ‘H’ in his name—after American Pharoah last year, it seems that spelling your horse’s name incorrectly is the key to winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic!