Horse racing news Tuesday 6th November 2018

In the wee small hours, the Charlie Appleby trained three-year-old Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, won the Lexus Melbourne Cup and in the process gave Britain and Godolphin a first success in the race.

It was a bad day for Hugh Bowman who now has a month off after being given a big old slap on the wrist and handed a 35-meeting suspension following his ride on runner-up Marmelo in the race. He was done for careless riding, excessive whip use and weighing in more than half a kilogram over his weight of 55kg – not a great days work. Five other jockeys, including Kerrin McEvoy, were fined for breaching the whip rule in the race. Sadly a fatal injury was sustained by Cliffs Of Moher passing the post for the first time.  Joseph O’Brien was representing his father and told “Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around a field at home."

I was interested to read American trainer Chad Brown will give serious consideration to bringing the hugely impressive Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Newspaperofrecord to Europe next year. A trip to Royal Ascot for the Group One Coronation Stakes is reportedly among the options being considered.  

Finally, Dalham Hall Stud has released their fees for the 2019 covering season, if you are interested in these things (sadly I am) the can be found below; including new guys Cracksman, Harry Angel and Hawkbill.


Dubawi - £250,000
Golden Horn - £50,000 
Iffraaj - £35,000 
New Approach - £30,000
Cracksman - £25,000
Harry Angel - £20,000
Night Of Thunder - £15,000
Postponed - £15,000 
Territories - £12,000
Farhh - £10,000
Hawkbill - £7,500
Brazen Beau - £7,000
Charming Thought - £6,000
Outsstrip - £5,000