I HOPE the Monday Yeeehaaa will put a smile on your face.
But of course racing today is mourning the very sad and tragic loss of amateur jockey Lorna Brooke. Her passing so young is awful. All we can do is think of her family and remind them we are all family in this game.
As I said, I hope I can put a smile on your face today, with news of a ‘fake’ Australian challenge to Addeybb, a worry for Thady Gosden, the colt who appears to like geldings, and the horse whose nickname is so bad I can’t even tell you what it is!
Let’s start with Addeybb. Now, the Australian media is claiming that a challenge was handed over the weekend to the connections of the brilliant William Haggas-trained gelding in the shape of a match race with Verry Elleegant, who he smashed up in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Sydney on Saturday.
7HorseRacing claimed Haggas was offered the chance to put up £2.8 million to be matched by Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum for a £5.6 million run for glory.
Obviously this created much banter. However, my sources tell me this is nonsense.
Actually what happened is one of the owners of Verry Elleegant asked if they ‘found’ £5.6 million, would connections of Addeybb be up for a match. That’s a very different line.
As it happens, Addeybb is on his way home. Good. He’s already beaten the best of Australia under an awesome Tom Marquand.
Not bad for a seven-year-old gelding.
John Gosden was in cracking form at Newmarket last week, and one of his quips involved son Thady. Now Thady has been living the dream jetting around the world and enjoying the high life with Mishriff and at the sales.
Gosden, with a broad grin, said: “Thady is currently in quarantine. When he’s out I can’t wait to send him to Catterick.”
Speaking of Haggas, his stable is flying and had a terrific winner with Al Aasy in the John Porter.
Al Aasy is a talented handful, and doesn’t always have his mind on the job. It also appears anything goes, as while being saddled he took a real shine to old boy Red Verdon.
Nothing wrong with that, but he’s a gelding.
Finally, Marcus Tregoning ran Alkumait in the Greenham at Newbury and it’s fair to say he didn’t come up to scratch.
However, it might just be that he had an off day. You see, Alkumait has a split personality which means that while totally loved in the yard he is nicknamed after one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers!
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