Saturday 3 December 2016

Sunday service: Richard Forristal

Published 18/06/2011 | 05:00

Outsider to note: Alldunnandusted: Alldunnandusted has a chance of at least making the frame at what could be double-figure odds in the two-mile-five-furlong handicap chase at Hereford tomorrow.

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A number of form horses take their chance in the 12-runner contest, but the selection isn't one of them.

Nonetheless, he showed by winning twice over flights last summer that he goes well at this time of the year, and he caught the eye when keeping on for fourth on his first run since March at Newton Abbot a month ago.

Following that, Alldunnandusted has dropped 1lb in the handicap, which might be enough to see him involved at the death.

On his penultimate start, off a 2lb higher rating, a last-fence blunder cost him dearly, so he could go close again now.

Sunday Yankee

Hereford 3.20 -- Alldunnandusted

Hexham 4.0 -- Chino Valdes

Hexham 4.30 -- City Of Doral

Gowran Park 5.05 -- Tavern Times

Numbers game

56,770The pounds sterling figure that Lolly For Dolly earned when becoming the first Irish-trained winner of the Windsor Forest Stakes on Wednesday.

39Days left to the potential clash of Frankel and Canford Cliffs in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on July 27.

5Aidan O'Brien's Gold Cup haul following Fame And Glory's win at Ascot on Thursday. Only for Rite Of Passage's neck verdict over Age Of Aquarius last year, it might have been six on the trot.

Three things we

learned this week

1 Pacemakers are counter-productive. Nothing new there, but the detrimental effects of using one were laid bare in spectacular fashion at Royal Ascot, when both Frankel and So You Think ended up being ridden to beat their own lead horses rather than their main rivals.

Only Frankel got away with it. Even early on in Wednesday's race, So You Think got revved up when Jan Vermeer rushed alongside him, before then being left in front far too soon when that one ran out of gas.

Had Ryan Moore been able to ride a normal race, So You Think would probably have won, and it makes you wonder what is the point in hiring a top-class rider if you don't trust him to do his job.

2 Goldikova was denied a fair chance in the Queen Anne. Given what is at stake every time he rides the 13-time Group One-winning super-mare, Olivier Peslier's failure to do the weight on Tuesday was reprehensible.

The official guidelines state that, in races over a mile, 2lbs equates to one length, which was Canford Cliffs' winning distance. Maybe he would have won anyway, but that's not really the point.

3 An Bord Pleanala's decision to grant planning permission for the Tipperary Venue is as daft as the venture itself.

Bearing in mind the struggle required to get Dundalk a winter season, which HRI is not funding, what exactly we would do with a second all-weather track that won't appeal to race-goers any more than the first is unclear.

Quote of the week

"When he came to us he was a young fellow and coming into a pressure-cooker place like ours wasn't easy for him. I can probably be a little intense sometimes. I don't blame him for running away from me." -- In a light-hearted moment following Fame And Glory's Gold Cup triumph, Aidan O'Brien offers an insight into Jamie Spencer's reason for walking away from the Ballydoyle job back in 2005.

Racing Diary

Monday: Kilbeggan*, Chepstow*, Kempton (AW), Windsor*, Wolverhampton (AW)

Tuesday: Ballinrobe*, Beverley, Brighton, Newton Abbot*, Newbury*

Wednesday: Naas*, Bath*, Carlisle, Kempton* (AW), Salisbury, Worcester

Thursday: Tipperary*, Ffos Las, Hamilton*, Leicester*, Newcastle, Warwick

Friday: Curragh*, Chester*, Doncaster, Folkestone, Market Rasen, Newcastle*, Newmarket*

Saturday: Curragh, Chester, Doncaster*, Lingfield*, Newcastle, Newmarket, Windsor

Sunday: Curragh, Salisbury, Uttoxeter, Windsor

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