Guineas winner Cachet selling

at Tattersalls December Sale

LAST year’s 1000 Guineas winner Cachet will be offered at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale. Trained by George Boughey for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, the four-year-old is an intended runner in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes.

New Orby Sale online game

AN online competition has been launched inviting participants to guess which yearlings will fetch the highest prices at next week’s Goffs Orby Sale. The game is a fundraiser for the Irish Injured Jockeys and has been set up by Martina Dempsey of Godolphin, who is taking part in this year’s Corinthian Challenge. For a €10 entry fee, players are invited to select five yearlings from the Orby catalogue. The yearlings’ sale prices will determine each player’s final score. The prizes are dinner for four at The Club at Goffs, a four-ball at Palmerstown Golf Club, and four tickets to the Goffs Million fixture in 2024.


Breeder of the Month result

LORNA Doyle, breeder of Nunthorpe Stakes winner Live In The Dream, has won the Connolly’s Red Mills The Irish Field competition for August.

Irish-bred fillies can win enhanced bonus

THE Weatherbys ITBA National Hunt Fillies Bonus Scheme will pay €7,500 to bonus winners from January 1st if the mare is Irish-bred and is winning her first bonus race. The news item published in last week’s edition failed to clarify that the bonus payments remain at €5,000 if the filly is not Irish-bred. See page 45 for entry form and details.

New flat date for Gowran Park

GOWRAN Park will host a replacement flat card on Monday, October 16th, replacing last Saturday’s cancelled fixture.

Constitution Hill stays over hurdles

CONSTITUTION Hill will stay over hurdles this season and probably for the rest of his career, trainer Nicky Henderson has announced. The six-year-old is unbeaten in seven career starts to date, with six of those victories at Grade 1 level, including a nine-length triumph in last season’s Champion Hurdle.

Henderson said: “We’ll start off in the Fighting Fifth, then there’s only 20-odd days until the Christmas Hurdle. This year what is different is they have moved the International Hurdle to Trials Day at Cheltenham (January 27th) when it used to be in December. That gives us another race potentially, before Cheltenham in March. We’ll see what happens after that because then you have Aintree and Punchestown.”

BHA moves on John Dance status

THE British Horseracing Authority has ruled that racehorse owner John Dance cannot have runners pending an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority into his wealth management business. Dance was first prevented from having runners in April but the ban was lifted in time to allow Bravemansgame, which he part-owns, run at Punchestown. On the flat his horses are trained privately by James Horton and the yard has had six winners this season. However, it is believed the BHA was prompted to take fresh action this week over the sale of Sacred Angel by the Titanium Racing Club, of which Dance is patron, to owner Nurlan Bizakov.

Godolphin Bursaries awarded

GODOLPHIN presented eight 6th year students with a laptop and a €1,500 per year bursary (for up to four years) at a ceremony in Kildangan Stud last Saturday.

The Godolphin Bursary is offered annually to 6th year students who intend to continue full-time study at an institute of technology or university in Ireland, or at an equivalent institution overseas. Now in its ninth year, the Godolphin Bursary is offered to students at nominated schools based in localities in which Godolphin Ireland has stud farms.

Candidates for the bursary are assessed on evidence of engagement in school and community activities and on the focus and clarity of their submissions.

The full list of 2022 Godolphin Bursary recipients and schools are as follows: Amy Carty (Scoil Mhuire Community School, Clane, Co. Kildare), Katie Davey (St Peter’s College, Dunboyne, Co. Meath); Scarlett Duffy (Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin, Rathangan, Co Kildare), Tomás Hartnett (Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge, Co Kildare); Caoimhe Healy (Cashel Community School, Co Tipperary), Erika Long (Holy Family Secondary School, Newbridge, Co. Kildare), Jamie Martin (St Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin, Co Kildare) and Meadhbh O’Loughlin (Scoil Ruáin, Killenaule, Co Tipperary).