With Treve going for an unprecedented third consecutive victory in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the Paris-Turf is asking readers if this is the most important event in the history of French racing.
For close on a decade now, the Summerhill draft at the Ready To Run has been highlighted by the presence of a "hot" bunch of Aussie juveniles; most racing fans know they've included a liberal gathering of top class performers, yet the "stats" are revealing: fourteen (or a staggering 33%) have posted "Black type" performers: two Group One winners as well as a Horse of the Year
If you're a newswatcher, you'll know Jeff Randall, Business editor of the BBC. A redoubtable character who's rubbed shoulders with just about every business tycoon worth his weight. He's had the measure of most of them, but he hadn't reckoned on what happened when he ventured into the horse business.
Timing in this game is everything, and when you're going into a sale, there's nothing better than a good update. The Summerhill offering at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale (Sunday 18th October) includes four sons and daughters of Australia's best stallions of the current era, Lonhro, Exceed And Excel, More Than Ready and High Chaparral.
The racing man who's had more said and written about him than most of us together, was finally laid to rest at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the occasion was attended by leading racing identities, politicians, friends and family, filling St Mary's for the service led by Anthony Fisher, the Archbishop of Sydney. Bart Cummings' son Anthony, a Group 1 winning trainer in his own right, delivered the eulogy.
We've been much awarded at Summerhill and Hartford over the years, but this was the most extraordinary dance performance I had ever seen, and the adulation the Ngobamakhosi enjoyed at last year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as the big hit of the world's biggest arts and crafts festival, was little surprise to us. We all have our strengths in life, and when it comes to song and dance, our Zulus are up there with the best anywhere.
“Bart” was James Bartholomew Cummings. He was born into an Irish/Catholic racing family in South Australia, a man with no hobbies, father of five, virtual non-bettor, a one-time choir boy. He had a great mane of black (eventually silver) hair, a generous mouth and eyebrows that appeared to be climbing in search of a trellis. More important than any of this, he may have been (and there is no sensible way of proving these things) the finest racehorse trainer the world has ever known.