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by Panther's tributes
Tom Dascombe is determined the show must go
on after the stable was hit hard by the death of
Brown Panther on Sunday.
The seven-year-old, who was bred and part-owned
by former England star Michael Owen, suffered a
broken hind leg having been pulled up in the
Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the
Curragh on Sunday, a race he famously won 12
Owen spoke of it being "the saddest day of my
life", and Dascombe too was rocked by the fatal
injury to his flag-bearer, saying he was "blessed" to
have trained the son of Shirocco.
Writing on the Facebook page of Manor House
Stables, Dascombe said: "I would like to thank
everyone for their kind messages of support at our
tragic loss. It really is overwhelming the genuine
affection in which Brown Panther was held.
"It is touching to know that complete strangers
and many people within our industry share in our
despair. It is apparent that many people saw Brown
Panther as their horse not just ours.
"It would be easy to have regrets at this time but I
have none. Of course it is desperate that he
fractured two bones in his right hind leg, both of
which had no previous medical history. It was just a
"He died at the scene of his greatest triumph,
doing what he loved best. No matter how
heartbreaking this is for us, Brown Panther was
happy and cared for by everyone right up until the
moment he was put down.
"We were blessed to have him and, of course, he
will be hugely missed. In Brown Panther's honour we
must put our heads down and just get on with it as
he always did."
Wait and see for Free Eagle
Connections of Free Eagle are keen to let the dust
settle on his controversial defeat in Saturday's Qipco
Irish Champion Stakes before committing to future
The four-year-old moved menacingly towards the
front in the closing stages of the Leopardstown
showpiece before being badly bumped by winner
Found eventually relegated Free Eagle to third and
the placings remained unaltered after a stewards'
inquiry, leaving trainer Dermot Weld and owners
Moyglare Stud to reflect on what might have been.
Moyglare's breeding advisor Fiona Craig said: "We
obviously have mixed emotions. He ran a very good
race, giving 7lb to a champion and a Derby winner in
Golden Horn, but it was desperately disappointing at
"Who knows whether the result would have been
different? What we do know is our horse wouldn't
have gone down without a fight.
"He was trained for the race, he was coming with
his challenge and was knocked sideways. It's just so
disappointing he didn't get the chance to fight out
Ground key to Golden opportunities
Owner-breeder Anthony Oppenheimer is not ruling
out the possibility of Golden Horn running twice
more before the end of the season.
The Derby and Eclipse hero bounced back from a
shock defeat in the Juddmonte International at York
with victory in the Irish Champion Stakes at
Leopardstown on Saturday, to set up a potentially
mouthwatering clash with Treve in the Prix de l'Arc
de Triomphe at Longchamp.
However, ground conditions will be the key factor
in deciding whether Golden Horn makes the trip to
Paris, with the Champion Stakes at Ascot and the
Breeders' Cup Turf also under consideration.
Oppenheimer said: "It was quite an exciting race
and he certainly keeps us occupied. I was so pleased
for him and it was great to see him make amends
"He travelled to Ireland and back by plane for the
first time and I think he rather enjoyed it. When he
came home he was quite sleepy, but very happy.
"The picture as I see it is there are three possible
races for him and I think we have to have decent
ground. We can't really give others the advantage.
Charlie Appleby is excited about the
prospect of seeing impressive At The Races
Champagne Stakes winner Emotionless
take on Air Force Blue in the Dubai
Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket next
The imposing son of Shamardal followed
up his stylish maiden victory at Newmarket
when making it two wins from as many
starts with a three-and-a-half-length cruise
in the Group Two prize at the weekend.
With the Newmarket trainer stressing an
outing in the Group One contest on October
10 is now on the agenda, he is on course to
collide with Aidan O Brien s National Stakes
winner after the Rowley Mile feature was
also mentioned as his most likely next port
Appleby said yesterday: "Emotionless had
a jog this morning and looks great. Hopefully
we will get a clear run until the Dewhurst.
I am delighted to have a horse of this calibre
for the boss (Sheikh Mohammed) to go into
Future Champions Day with.
"It is exciting with Aidan O Brien s Nation-
al Stakes winner (Air Force Blue) likely to go
there too. It is the next step forward for us
taking on a Group One winner if he heads
there and it would be great for racing and
great for us if he does.
"We have been fortunate to have two nice
experiences to go into a Group One. The
Dewhurst will be it for him win, lose or draw.
He is a big, scopey two-year-old and what-
ever he achieved this year was always going
to be a bonus."
Although having enjoyed top-level success
with two-year-olds in the past, Appleby is
of the opinion Emotionless---who is 5/1 sec-
ond-favourite behind Air Force Blue for the
Qipco 2000 Guineas---looks to be a cut above.
Appleby said: "Obviously it is nice to have
an opinion about a horse and see them bring
their homework to the track. It was the best
visual performance that I have seen by a
"The way he won so impressively first
time out we had to take the Champagne
Stakes into serious consideration.
"He has always stood up like a nice horse
and has got a great pedigree. To see a jockey
take a pull a furlong out like William (Buick)
did on Saturday and have a look between
his legs, you could see he had plenty left
under the bonnet.
"At this stage of his career he is the most
exciting two-year-old we ve had. Charming
Thought went into the Middle Park as a 25/1
shot while Outstrip won in America (Breed-
ers Cup Juvenile Turf), and as much as we
thought he had a great chance he didn t
quite have the same sort of profile as this
"It s nice to have a horse that is second-
favourite in the Guineas as we have never
been in that position before."
Shaka Zulu and Zain Emperor will com-
prise an each-way double in two divisions
of the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes over six fur-
longs of good Catterick ground today
when there are also three turf-flat fixtures
scheduled for Chepstow (good), Carlisle
(good to firm) and Yarmouth where their
three-day September meeting kicks off
with a somewhat farcical seven-race pro-
Due to recent remedial work on the turf
of this East Anglian coastal venue the straight
is narrowed and maximum number of run-
ners will be ten; perfect for form analysis
and I ll be concentrating on that card as it s
a favourite venue where I ve plundered
very successfully down the years.
An obvious nap is once-raced, Roger Var-
ian-trained, Fourth Way, in the nine-runner
2-y-o Maiden Fillies Stakes over six fur-
longs; this Iffraaj filly gave us a slight scare
when running our nap Alqubbah to a neck
over course and distance last month; the
actual time-figure was above average.
Down the years we ve also had a feel
for the North-eastern venue, close to the
A1 motorway, and it will take an act of
God for both Shaka Zulu and Zain Emperor
to be out of placings according to our time-
handicap, an extremely reliable source for
Whereas Zain Emperor is clear best-in
and mount of Graham Lee it s obvious
Shaka Zulu has an obvious danger, thrice-
raced Geno, but others need to improve
considerably, hence the EWD angle with
three places available in both races.
That s definitely the way to play and these
have a solid feel on typical mid-week cards.
Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am --- 9-3
6.30 pm --- 8-36
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 9 5 7 3 24
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 8 5 1 25
05PARSONMAN 5 5 6 5 20
15SICKWOMAN5 5 6 2 18
18WATERBOAT 4 7 7 1 19
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 3 5 0 11
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 8 7 0 23
30HOUSECAT 5 6 6 2 19
31PARSONWIFE7 7 5 0 19
34BLINDMAN 3 7 4 3 17
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, September 14
6.30 pm 5
23 (House) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
15 (Sick Woman) 4 pm
17 (Pigeon) 1 pm
12 (King) 10.30am
10.00 Zain Emperor
10.30 Shaka Zulu
10.20 Fourth Way
Double up with Shaka, Zain
Appleby excited by Emotionless
The impressive Emotionless in action.
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