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Kinane and Murtagh lead tributes to Pat Smullen

PA Sport 11:12am, Wed 16 Sep 2020

Pat Smullen, pictured at Royal Ascot (David Davies/PA) Mick Kinane hailed a “top-class professional and top-class man” as he paid tribute to his long-time weighing-room colleague Pat Smullen. Smullen, who died on Tuesday evening at the age of 43 following a brave battle against cancer, succeeded Kinane as stable jockey to Dermot Weld at Rosewell House on the Curragh in 1999 and enjoyed huge success in the role.

A gentleman and complete professional – Pat Smullen was one of the greats

PA Sport 11:29pm, Tue 15 Sep 2020

Pat Smullen was admired throughout the racing world (David Davies/PA) Pat Smullen had a riding career to match – and surpass – many of the modern-day riding greats. He also battled with such heart and dignity after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2018. Advice from doctors regarding a return to race-fitness ultimately led to him hanging up his riding boots – and it is was no surprise at the time when the tributes to his talents poured in.

Vinnie Roe and Harzand were two of the jewels in the crown for Pat Smullen

PA Sport 10:50pm, Tue 15 Sep 2020

Pat Smullen is presented with his trophy for winning the Derby by the Queen (David Davies/PA) Pat Smullen enjoyed many magical moments in his long and illustrious riding career. Here, we look at six of the best: Vinnie Roe Trained by Dermot Weld, Vinnie Roe was a magnificent stayer and gave Smullen his first Classic success when winning the Irish St Leger in 2001. Remarkably they were also triumphant in the following three years. In total Smullen and Vinnie Roe won 13 races together – five of them at Group One level.

Racing world mourning death of Pat Smullen at age of 43

PA Sport 10:46pm, Tue 15 Sep 2020

Pat Smullen after winning the Derby with Harzand (David Davies/PA) Nine-times Irish champion jockey and multiple Classic-winning rider Pat Smullen has died at the age of 43. Smullen, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2018, died at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin on Tuesday evening.

Newmarket crowd pilot remains on course for next week

PA Sport 6:36pm, Tue 15 Sep 2020

Newmarket’s Rowley Mile racecourse (Edward Whitaker/PA) Plans for a limited-capacity pilot event over three days at Newmarket next week remain on track. Pilots for racing have so far proved stop-start, with a planned 5,000-strong attendance on the final day of Glorious Goodwood being called off the day before, and hopes of trialling crowds at all four days of last week’s St Leger meeting at Doncaster lasting only as far as the first afternoon.

Highly-regarded Emissary back to winning ways at Yarmouth

PA Sport 5:13pm, Tue 15 Sep 2020

Emissary returned to winning ways at Yarmouth (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Hugo Palmer can begin to be more ambitious with his plans for Emissary once again following his impressive front-running victory at Yarmouth. Big things were expected of the Kingman colt – who is a half-brother to 2010 Derby winner Workforce – following his winning debut at Wolverhampton in October. However, until this success, things had failed to go his way in three previous starts this season.

Menuisier has Group One options for Wonderful Tonight

PA Sport 4:12pm, Tue 15 Sep 2020

David Menuisier has plenty to look forward to with Wonderful Tonight (Edward Whitaker/PA) Ground conditions will dictate the next step of David Menuisier’s Prix Minerve winner Wonderful Tonight. The filly stepped up in class markedly at the weekend to run in the Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp and acquitted herself well, in what looked a strong renewal.

QEII target on Champions Day for Century Dream

PA Sport 3:56pm, Tue 15 Sep 2020

Century Dream is bound for the QEII at Ascot (Francesca Altoft/PA) Ed Crisford is keeping his fingers crossed for soft ground on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot to give Century Dream the best possible chance of bouncing back from a slightly underwhelming performance in Ireland on Saturday.

Barande-Barbe back in big time with Air De Valse

PA Sport 3:48pm, Tue 15 Sep 2020

Corine Barande-Barbe (left) with Cirrus Des Aigles (Steve Parsons/PA) Corine Barande-Barbe is targeting the Prix de l’Abbaye with high-class sprinter Air De Valse. The four-year-old was a rapid winner of the Group Three Prix du Petit Couvert at ParisLongchamp on Sunday, breaking the race record when stopping the clock at 55.34 seconds.

Telecaster team tempted by Arc chance

PA Sport 2:30pm, Tue 15 Sep 2020

Telecaster looks likely to run in the Arc (Simon Cooper/PA) Connections of Telecaster are leaning towards letting him take his chance in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Winner of the Dante Stakes last season, the four-year-old has already made two victorious trips to France this year, winning a Group Three at ParisLongchamp and a Group Two and Deauville in impressive fashion.

Foret hat-trick now the aim for One Master

PA Sport 10:43am, Tue 15 Sep 2020

One Master (right) is narrowly beaten by Wichita in the Park Stakes (Alan Crowhurst/PA) A Prix de la Foret hat-trick bid is on the cards for One Master following her narrow defeat at Doncaster on Saturday. The William Haggas-trained mare has claimed Group One glory on Arc weekend in each of the past two seasons and has had a return to Paris top of the agenda throughout the current campaign.

Vaughan pleased with Malliot’s Vermeille run

PA Sport 9:16am, Tue 15 Sep 2020

Dame Malliot finished third in the Prix Vermeille (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Further top-level assignments await Dame Malliot following her fine effort in defeat in Sunday’s Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp. After claiming Group Two honours under Hollie Doyle in Newmarket’s Princess of Wales’s Stakes in July, the daughter of Champs Elysees came close to providing both the record-breaking rider and trainer Ed Vaughan with a first Group One success when narrowly beaten in Germany.

Hannon pays tribute to King Of Change following retirement announcement

PA Sport 4:52pm, Mon 14 Sep 2020

King of Change winning the QEII at Ascot (Simon Cooper/PA) Crack miler King Of Change is to be retired to stud, trainer Richard Hannon has announced. Runner-up to Magna Grecia when a 66-1 shot for last year’s 2000 Guineas, the Farhh colt went on to prove that effort was no fluke when following up victory in the Fortune Stakes at Sandown with a top-level triumph in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October.

Summerghand heads weights for Ayr Gold Cup

PA Sport 4:14pm, Mon 14 Sep 2020

Summerghand (centre) would have to give weight all round in the QTS Ayr Gold Cup (Steve Davies/PA) Stewards’ Cup winner Summerghand heads the weights for the QTS Ayr Gold Cup following the five-day acceptance stage. Fourth in the six-furlong handicap showpiece 12 months ago, David O’Meara’s smart sprinter is rated 1lb higher this time – but is burdened with 11lb more having to carry 9st 13lb.

Foret next stop for Earthlight – with Breeders’ Cup in the mix afterwards

PA Sport 3:18pm, Mon 14 Sep 2020

Jockey Mickael Barzalona on Earthlight after winning The Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes during day three of The Cambridgeshire Meeting at Newmarket Racecourse. Earthlight is set to head for the Qatar Prix de la Foret at ParisLongchamp next – and could go to the Breeders’ Cup after that. Having lost his unbeaten record in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, the Andre Fabre-trained dual Group One winner successfully stepped up to seven furlongs in the Group Three Prix du Pin at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

Murphy straight back to business with 100th winner of the season

PA Sport 2:59pm, Mon 14 Sep 2020

Oisin Murphy (Edward Whitaker/PA) Champion jockey Oisin Murphy made a successful return from suspension when bringing up his century for the season aboard The Kodi Kid in the opening race at Bath on Monday. Murphy received a seven-day ban for careless riding after steering Tiritomba to victory at Ayr last month and was forced to sit out last week’s St Leger Festival at Doncaster and Longines Irish Champions Weekend as a result.

Raabihah not ruled out of Arc reckoning

PA Sport 2:34pm, Mon 14 Sep 2020

Jean-Claude Rouget (Julian Herbert/PA) Raabihah could still take her chance in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, despite suffering defeat in the Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp on Sunday. Connections of the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained filly will wait a few days and see how the daughter of Sea The Stars has taken the race before committing her to Europe’s premier all-aged middle distance contest.

Bahrain Pride part of smart 12-strong entry for Mill Reef Stakes

PA Sport 2:16pm, Mon 14 Sep 2020

Bahrain Pride wins at Ripon (Tim Goode/PA) Bahrain Pride is one of 12 contenders for the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. Simon and Ed Crisford’s colt is unbeaten in two starts to date, having followed up a debut victory at Windsor with a Listed triumph in the EBF Ripon Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy.

Wait and see on next target for Galileo Chrome

PA Sport 12:43pm, Mon 14 Sep 2020

Galileo Chrome wins the St Leger under Tom Marquand (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Joseph O’Brien is in no rush to firm up future plans for his Pertemps St Leger hero Galileo Chrome. The Australia colt was well fancied for the final Classic of the British Flat season at Doncaster on Saturday, having won each of his three previous starts this season at the Curragh, Leopardstown and Navan.

Dewhurst option for National hero Thunder Moon

PA Sport 11:19am, Mon 14 Sep 2020

Thunder Moon was a brilliant winner of the National Stakes (PA) The Dewhurst Stakes is a possible next port of call for Joseph O’Brien’s Thunder Moon following his impressive display at the Curragh on Sunday. An emphatic winner on his racecourse debut over the course and distance little over a month ago, the son of Zoffany faced a big step up in class for the Group One National Stakes.

Breeders’ Cup date beckons for Safe Voyage

PA Sport 10:05am, Mon 14 Sep 2020

Safe Voyage (right) wins a thrilling renewal of the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown (PA) John Quinn has put the Breeders’ Cup Mile top of the agenda for Safe Voyage following his latest big-race success in Ireland on Saturday. Following an impressive display in last month’s City of York Stakes, the seven-year-old doubled his Group Two tally and claimed his 12th career victory overall with the narrowest of triumphs over Sinawann in the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown.

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