David Simcock

Son Of Shamardal Another Rising Star At Newmarket

Newmarket's Sun Chariot card was a breeding ground for emerging talent on Saturday, with the MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed EBF Maiden S. the scene of the arrival of another TDN Rising Star in Earle Mack's newcomer Cash (Ire) (Shamardal). Sent off at 8-1 for his debut in this mile contest, the grey broke slowly before being held up by Jamie Spencer in rear throughout the early stages. Threaded up the rail to enter contention approaching two out, he had three lengths to make up on the 11-8 favourite Al Nafir...

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Walton Street, Desert Encounter Square Off in International

Walton Street (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}), still lightly raced as a 7-year-old, is pegged as the 8-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's GI Pattison Canadian International S. going a full circuit of the E. P. Taylor turf course at Woodbine. And if his current form is anything to go by, they might all be running for second prize money. The bay gelding, Group 3-placed in France in 2019, closed an abbreviated 6-year-old campaign with a victory in the Listed Godolphin S. at Newmarket and resumed witha five-length tally in the Listed...

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New Anglo-Australian Partnership For Rodrigo Diaz

British-based Quantum Leap Racing has teamed up with Australian Bloodstock in the 4-year-old Rodrigo Diaz (GB) (Golden Horn {GB}) with the aim of sending the 96-rated stayer to the Melbourne Cup. The winner of four of his 10 starts for David Simcock, Rodrigo Diaz was a 55,000gns Tattersalls December Yearling Sale purchase by Jeremy Brummitt, an agent with a good track record in buying European yearlings for the Australian market. The gelding will now race in a 50-50 partnership between the two syndicates.  Quantum Leap Racing, which was established by...

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Newmarket Red Leads Racing League

Team Newmarket Red leads the Racing League standings after the first card at Newcastle on Thursday evening, despite failing to post a winner. The six-race card was the first of six meetings that comprise the £1.8-million Racing League, which pits 12 teams against each other in races worth £50,000 apiece. Team Newmarket Red, comprised of Robert Cowell, John and Thady Gosden, Sir Mark Prescott and David Simcock recorded three seconds and two thirds, good for 85 points. Team talkSPORT sits second. Broadcaster Rupert Bell, who manages Team talkSPORT along with...

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Racing League Teams Taking Shape

John Gosden, alongside fellow Newmarket trainers Sir Mark Prescott, Robert Cowell and David Simcock, will make up one of the dozen teams of the Racing League tournament which begins next summer. Another Newmarket team is comprised of Michael Bell, Ed Dunlop, James Fanshawe and Roger Varian. Clive Cox, Nicky Henderson, Charlie Hills and Jamie Osborne are representing Lambourn. Another team is Mick Appleby, Michael Dods, David O'Meara and Paul Midgley. Mick Channon has joined Paul and Oliver Cole, Eve Johnson Houghton and Hughie Morrison. France will also send a team...

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Daughter of Madame Chiang Debuts at HQ

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Friday's Insights features a daughter of G1SW Madame Chiang (GB) (Archipenko). 12.45 Newmarket, Mdn, £10,000, 2yo, f, 7fT Kirsten Rausing's homebred RANI OF JHANSI (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) is a daughter of G1 British Champions Fillies & Mares winner Madame Chiang (GB) (Archipenko) and, like her dam, represents the...

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Breeze-Up Season Concludes In Positive Fashion

NEWMARKET, UK--A turbulent season of disrupted breeze-up sales has seen many firsts. Goffs UK and Arqana teamed up as allies to stage a combined sale, while Tattersalls stepped in to the breach to host the final 2-year-old sale of the year for its sister company Tattersalls Ireland, which had only a year earlier combined forces with Goresbridge to host this particular auction at its Fairyhouse base. With quarantine rules still stricter in Ireland than in Britain, a late move was made to bring the Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Breeze-up Sale to...

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Freshman Sire Charming Thought Off the Mark at Great Yarmouth

Darley stallion Charming Thought (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), who operated out of Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £5,000 this year, became the latest European freshman sire off the mark when the Tick Tock Partnership's Alicestar (GB) claimed a debut score going a shade over six furlongs in Wednesday's Southwold Novice Auction S. at Great Yarmouth. 5th-Great Yarmouth, £5,400, Nov, 7-22, 2yo, 6f 3yT, 1:13.47, g/f. ALICESTAR (GB) (f, 2, Charming Thought {GB}--Atheera {Ire}, by Shamardal) found cover in fifth from the outset of this unveiling. Angled into the...

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Post Surgery, Spencer on the Mend

Jamie Spencer is recovering after undergoing surgery following a fall on the gallops in Newmarket on Friday. Spencer was riding out for trainer David Simcock when his mount slipped and unshipped his Classic-winning rider, who was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for treatment on his hip. Spencer posted his thanks to Addenbroke's staff on his Twitter account on Sunday. He wrote, "On Friday morning at 8;40 a.m. I was returning from Warren Hill gallop when what can only be described as a freak accident when my horse spooked and...

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Spencer Injured In Training Accident

Jockey Jamie Spencer may require hip surgery after being taken to hospital following a training mishap on Friday. Spencer was aboard a David Simcock-trained horse when the horse slipped and fell. The Classic-winning rider was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for treatment. "He was riding out for David Simcock when his horse just slipped," said the rider's agent Niall Hannity. "It wasn't a serious fall, but he just landed awkwardly and was taken to Addenbrooke's. He has a hip injury and they're not sure whether he will require surgery...

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Simcock Looks to Heights

"The Industry Group is working hard to meet the needs of the racing industry in this period of great uncertainty. There has already been a huge collaborative effort and this will continue as we move to a point at which we can resume racing. "We are publishing the plan so that the industry's stakeholders and participants can see the extensive programme of work that is underway.  We believe this will help avoid duplication and use resources in the best possible way. We will continue to give updates at regular intervals."

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Under The Radar: Oriental Mystique

As we await the start of the delayed flat season, the TDN's Tom Frary will profile 'dark horses' that he expects to make an impact in 2020. He starts with the David Simcock-trained 3-year-old filly Oriental Mystique. ORIENTAL MYSTIQUE (GB), f, 3, Kingman (GB)--Madame Chiang (GB) (G1SW-Eng, $741,088), by Archipenko. This is the first foal bred from Kirsten Rausing's G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares S. and G3 Musidora S. heroine Madame Chiang, who also raced for this yard. Sporting the famous white-and-green silks brought to prominence by Alborada...

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