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Monday, 22 October, 2018

Lah Di Tar and Forever Together among five fillies engaged in St Leger 48

Lah Ti Dar: setback meant the smart filly missed the Oaks
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Lah Ti Dar, the ante-post Oaks favourite who was forced to miss Epsom because of a setback, could yet aim for Classic glory after she was among five fillies entered in the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster on September 15.

Oaks heroine Forever Together is also engaged and is one of 19 entries for Aidan O'Brien, who could also run Grand Prix de Paris winner Kew Gardens as he chases a sixth St Leger triumph.

O'Brien's son Joseph also has a live hope for Britain's oldest Classic in Latrobe, who was last seen landing the Irish Derby.

Derby runner-up Dee Ex Bee was more soundly beaten in the Irish version, but is also among the 48 possibles, along with Wells Farhh Go, who struck in the Bahrain Trophy on his most recent appearance.

Lah Ti Dar's trainer John Gosden, a four-time winner of the race, has also entered Almoghared, Sevenna Star and Surya.

Howling back on scene

Paul Howling, the trainer who played a big part in the story of Britain's business racehorse Dvinsky, sends out his first runners for more than five years at Yarmouth on Thursday.

Howling, whose nomadic career included a spell alongside Sir Henry Cecil on Warren Hill in Newmarket, had two spells training the record-breaking Dvinsky, who made a whopping 231 appearances in a ten-year period.

A Listed winner with Shamrock City in the Listed Fairway Stakes in 2000 and successful with Anousa in the Bahrain Trophy four years later, Howling, who started training in 1988, fields At Your Service (2.00), Voice Of A Leader (3.05) and Holy Tiber (5.10) at Yarmouth.

Turkey off the menu for British trainers

Turkey's international meeting, so often the preserve of British raiders, will have no overseas interest on September 1 and 2 due to an outbreak of glanders, an infectious disease that primarily affects horses.

A host of British trainers have plundered the valuable Veliefendi prizes, which include the Topkapi Trophy and Bosphorus Cup, in recent years, but this year's fixture will be a domestic affair.

A note to trainers from the International Racing Bureau read: "We have been informed by Veliefendi racecourse that due to an outbreak of glanders this year's international races, that were due to be run on September 1 and 2, will now only be run as domestic races and will not be open for overseas horses.

"They are hoping everything will be back in place for 2019."

Phoenix splashes out again

Phoenix Thoroughbreds, which in its short existence has already enjoyed a Royal Ascot winner and had a horse finish second in the final leg of the US Triple Crown, has got the cheque book out again to acquire Mm Sixsevei.

The daughter of Dragon Pulse made her debut at Navan last year and has not been seen since bolting up by 14 lengths at Tipperary in May. She is set to remain in the care of trainer Patrick Prendergast.

The ambitious operation, which had its colours carried to victory in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot by Signora Cabello and by Belmont Stakes second Gronkowski, was formed last year, and chief executive Amer Abdulaziz said: "We're always looking to add to the string and this is a filly who, hopefully, fits the bill. She looked very good winning her maiden and is in a good yard.

"Hopefully she can build on what she's achieved and prove an exciting acquisition as we continue to grow as an organisation."

Godolphin competition open

The latest round of the Godolphin Fantasy Stable League has been launched.

Free to enter, the competition runs from August 1 to November 6, offering players the chance to select Godolphin horses trained in Europe and the USA.

Prizes include an all-expenses-paid trip to next year's Dubai World Cup, and entries can be made at

Dunlop gets on his bike

Group 1-winning trainer Harry Dunlop clocks up plenty of miles on his successful raids to France and has another major expedition on Sunday, when he will take part in a charity cycle to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Lambourn-based Dunlop, whose biggest win came in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud with Robin Of Navan in 2015, will take on 100 miles in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and said: "I'm being sponsored by Saracen Horse Feeds, Jockey Club Estates, Baker McVeigh and many others and am nearing a target of £10,000, but would love to raise more."

Dunlop can be sponsored at

ITV4 boost

Coverage of horseracing has helped boost ITV4's audience share, according to the broadcaster's interim results published on Wednesday.

The channel's male share of commercial impacts, a measure of a broadcaster's share of the commercial TV audience, was up eight per cent in the period "helped by ITV’s coverage of horseracing, the French Open and Tour de France".

The broadcaster also noted horseracing performing well alongside the World Cup and Six Nations Rugby Championships as part of its sporting schedule.

Jockeys named for Singapore challenge

Hayley Turner (England), PJ McDonald (Ireland) and Robert Havlin (Scotland) are in line to participate in an international jockeys' challenge in Singapore on September 25.

Three jockeys each from Britain, Australia, Asia and South Africa will do battle.

Hugh Bowman, Corey Brown and Kerrin McEvoy are set to represent Australia, while Joao Moreira could lead the Asia team.

South Africa will be represented by the top three jockeys as at the end of July, depending on their availability to ride in Singapore. Lyle Hewitson, Muzi Yeni and Greg Cheyne are currently the top three.

Final furlong for Walliams and Jenkins

The fifth and final episode of Great British Racing's 'Horsing Around' series, starring David Walliams and Billy Jenkins, has been released. 

The series highlights the fun families can have at racedays during the school holidays, as part of the under-18s race for free campaign. 

'The Final Furlong' brings an end to their family fun day out, where they meet trainer Amy Murphy and ex-racehorse Cesare, the "hairy beast" to which Walliams likens Simon Cowell.

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