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Soviet Song dies, aged 15
Multiple Group One-winning filly Soviet Song has
died at the age of 15.
The mare, owned and bred by the Elite Racing Club,
was put down at the Oak Lodge Stud in Kentucky
"She was put down on Monday, sadly," said Elite's
racing manager Dan Downie.
"She was special in lots of ways. She was home-
bred and our first ever Group One winner and she
went on to win five.
"She had been struggling with her feet and it got
progressively worse. I was over in Kentucky for the
Breeders' Cup and went to see her. We agreed---me
and Suzy (Fitzsimons) who runs Oak Lodge Stud
where she was---that she couldn't carry on like that.
She was an amazing horse really."
Trained by James Fanshawe, Soviet Song won her
first Group One as a two-year-old in the Fillies' Mile at
Ascot in 2002 and went on to record four more victo-
ries at the top level in the Falmouth Stakes (twice),
the Sussex Stakes and the Matron Stakes.
She was retired at the age of six after winning nine
of her 24 starts and amassing over £1,168,000 in
Soviet Song did not have much luck as a broodmare
but her last offspring, a yearling filly by Speightstown,
could change that.
"We've got one yearling filly by Speightstown who
is going to go into training with James Fanshawe,"
"That's her only one now. Fingers crossed she'll be
OK. She was around for quite a long time as a race-
horse. She won three times at two and was retired at
six. Her career as a mare didn't really happen, but
hopefully this yearling will do us proud. She will be
Fanshawe paid Soviet Song the ultimate tribute by
describing her as the "best filly" he has trained.
The Newmarket handler said: "She was really good
because she won a Group race at two and raced on
until she was six. She was the best filly I've trained.
She won five Group Ones and as a four-year-old she
was the highest-rated filly in the world. When she
won the Falmouth at the age of five that was special.
"She didn't have the same luck as a broodmare as
she did as a racehorse. The yearling daughter by
Speightsown has just arrived here with us.
"Ribbons is her niece and Zest is another niece.
She's won her maiden so hopefully she can carry the
Fitzgerald supports Jockey Day
Former top jumps jockey Mick Fitzgerald is de-
lighted to be supporting Betfair's 'National Jockey
The campaign aims to increase recognition for jock-
eys up and down the country, as well as raise money
for the Injured Jockeys Fund.
This year's year's event takes place in collaboration
with the Betfair Chase Festival at Haydock and Betfair
will donate £1 to the IJF for every tweet which con-
tains the hashtag #NationalJockeyDay.
It is hoped National Jockey Day will raise up to
£50,000 in 2015, nearly five times more than the first
campaign last year.
Fitzgerald, the campaign ambassador and a broad-
caster on Channel 4 and At The Races, said: "For me
the most fantastic part of this campaign is that it
recognises the great job the Injured Jockeys Fund do
and increases the money in their pot.
"With Betfair donating a pound every time some-
one tweets using the hashtag we managed to raise
£15,000 last year and they're talking about more than
double that this year, which would be brilliant.
"That money would provide an awful lot of consul-
tations for jockeys and the great thing about the IJF is
it doesn't matter whether you're a jockey who's had
one ride or 5,000 rides, you're treated and dealt with
exactly the same."
Fitzgerald believes it is also important to raise
awareness of the daily struggles many jockeys en-
counter on a daily basis.
"I think we're all guilty of watching the TV and see-
ing the likes of Frankie Dettori pulling up at the races
in his nice car and thinking that's the lifestyle of a
jockey," he said.
"That couldn't be further from the truth for proba-
bly 80 per cent jockeys, so it's important to let people
know what a tough job it is for a lot of people."
Rebel Lightning is expected
to strike in division one of an
eleven-runner Maiden Stakes
over seven furlongs of Wolver-
hampton Tapeta today, despite
a wide draw; an impressive
debut only fifteen days ago over
a furlong less gives this David
colt a gilt-edged opportunity.
A 33/1 chance Rebel Lightning
was sluggish early but soon got
into a rhythm under William
Twiston Davies who elicited a
ready response in the closing
stages; heavily-backed Certified
was always going best but anoth-
er big-priced newcomer, Turn
On The Tears, hunted him and
finished only half a length off
A similar distance away was
strong-finishing Rebel Lightning
and Morris was delighted.
Given Rebel Lightning is out
of a Gulch mare stamina should-
n t be at issue and what beats
him will win!
Turn On The Tears contests
the first division!
Jamie Osborne s charge will
surely be on the premises under
Timmy Murphy but our fancy
is once-raced Haweeya, trained
by Marco Botti whose two-year-
olds have been successful several
times second time out.
Significantly Haweeya was a
close second over course and
distance earlier this month; this
is a unique surface, experience
could be vital.
On the time-handicap well-
regarded Haweeya is clear best-
in and very much expected but
these two legs will be absolutely
fascinating and, hopefully,
Morris-trained Napoleon Solo
is one of ten decs for an aged
Maiden Stakes over seven fur-
longs, only consistent, hitherto
luckless Jaiyana stands in the
way of success at the fifth
attempt. The latter was beaten
a nose over six furlongs when
James Tate s charge was a hot-
favourite; this looks a panic
Our daily patent should be
played each-way with the dou-
bles and trebles.
Lightning to strike
The Tingle Creek at
Sandown and the Peterbor-
ough Chase at Huntingdon are
under consideration for
Somersby following his fine
effort behind Sprinter Sacre
at Cheltenham on Sunday.
It is over two years since the
admirable 11-year-old last tast-
ed victory, in the Haldon Gold
Cup at Exeter, but he has run
some excellent races in defeat
since, most notably filling the
runner-up spot in last season s
Queen Mother Champion
Somersby was no match for
a resurgent Sprinter Sacre in
the Shloer Chase, but trainer
Mick Channon is in no doubt
that his inmate retains plenty
of ability and enthusiasm.
He said: "I m delighted with
the old boy as he s in very good
form and in great heart.
"There s not a lot you can
say when you bump into
Sprinter Sacre in that sort of
form and we ll have a think
about where we go now.
"That race on Sunday was
his race, really. A year ago
Sprinter Sacre wouldn t have
been running, but what can
"We ll look at the Tingle
Creek (December 5) and there s
the Peterborough Chase the
following day, as well.
"I think he might get a bit
further now he s getting older.
"He s come out of the race
on Sunday really well---he s a
Channon entered the Chel-
tenham winner s enclosure last
Friday as an excellent ride from
Nina Carberry helped Knock
House gain a narrow victory in
an amateur riders handicap
"We were delighted with him
and there are a few options for
him," said the West Ilsley han-
"I believe there s a race at
Aintree, although that might
come too soon, and there s also
a race at Ascot on December
"He s rated 145 now, so we ll
see where we go. I wouldn t
want to run him again for a
few weeks. He s not a big horse
but he s tough."
Meanwhile, Ttebbob cruised
clear in the hands of Robbie
Power to run out an emphatic
winner of an eventful
The long-absent Moyle Park
was the 9-10 favourite for his
chasing debut and first start
since finishing third in the
Future Champions Novice Hur-
dle at Leopardstown almost
two years ago, but the saddle
slipped on the Willie Mullins-
trained gelding and he was
pulled up by Ruby Walsh.
It soon got worse for the
champion trainer, with Net
D Ecosse coming to grief, and
Jessica Harrington s Ttebbob
soon took the initiative and
opened up a big lead on the
rest of the field.
All Hell Let Loose closed the
gap in the straight, but Power
remained motionless on the
run to the final fence and Tteb-
bob skipped over to seal an
impressive six-length success.
"I have been looking forward
to that for a while. He schooled
on his own at Punchestown on
Monday and was very good
and my only worry today was
if other horses took him on
over the first few fences," said
Somersby's run delights Mick Channon
12.45 Napoleon Solo
2.20 Rebel Lightning
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am 26-7
4 pm 11-14
6.30 pm 2-3
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 13 6 8 3 30
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 12 11 5 4 32
05PARSONMAN 5 7 7 5 24
15SICKWOMAN6 6 9 2 23
18WATERBOAT 7 9 7 1 24
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 5 0 13
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 9 8 8 1 26
30HOUSECAT 7 8 8 2 25
31 PARSONWIFE 11 10 5 2 28
34BLINDMAN 3 7 6 5 21
35BIGSNAKE 10 7 6 2 25
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, November 19
6.30 pm 7
2 (Old Lady) 6.30 pm
26 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
17 (Parson Man)
32 (Shrimp) 4 pm
31 (Parson Wife) 10.30 am
28 (Red Fish)
16 (Jamette) 1 pm
Trainer Mick Channon is in no doubt that Somersby retains plenty
of ability and enthusiasm.
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