John Gosden

Stradivarius To Stay In Training

Champion stayer and seven-time Group 1 winner Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) will race on next year at eight with a three-race campaign in mind. Bjorn Nielsen's popular chestnut homebred won the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Those first two wins were part of a 10-race win streak that also encompassed two of his four victories in the G1 Goodwood Cup. Stradivarius has also won the 2018 G2 Long Distance Cup in British Champions Day, three editions of the G2 Lonsdale Cup and...

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Gosden: Contamination From Employee Caused Drug Positive

Trainer John Gosden has said that it was contamination "through an employee" that led to the ketamine positive returned by Juddmonte filly Franconia (GB) (Frankel {GB}) after her win in last June's Listed Abingdon Fillies' S. at Newbury. Gosden told a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel on Thursday that Franconia had been handled at the races that day by a stable worker who subsequently admitted to using ketamine recreationally. Franconia was disqualified from the win and Gosden was fined £500. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today Programme on Friday morning,...

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Mishriff To Miss Breeders' Cup

Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}), the globetrotting winner of this year's G1 Juddmonte International, G1 Dubai Sheema Classic and Saudi Cup, will put a pause on his travels and miss the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar. Trainer John Gosden told Daily Racing Form that the world's joint highest-rated horse needed "a little bit of a rest" after finishing fourth in last weekend's G1 Champion S. at Ascot. "You need to be 100% happy that you're doing the right thing," Gosden told that publication. "He's been a pretty busy boy." The...

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Mishriff To Target Champion S.

Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}), the world's joint highest-rated horse and the six-length winner of last month's G1 Juddmonte International, will bypass the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 3 and instead point in the G1 Champion S. at Ascot on Oct. 16, Racing Post reports. "After discussions with owner Prince Faisal it has been decided that Mishriff will have his next race in the Qipco Champion S. at Ascot," said trainer John Gosden. "We feel we should stick to a mile and a quarter with him rather...

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Another Day At The Office For “Strad”

Friday at Doncaster's St Leger festival means Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), and after John and Thady Gosden and Frankie Dettori's Group 2 double and a treble overall on Thursday the tide is rising for the esteemed combo as the G2 Doncaster Cup looms. Bjorn Nielsen's golden boy of the staying scene since 2018 needs no introduction and this special week on Town Moor is there for turf's icons such as him to enjoy widespread adulation. If there were any doubts as to the appetite of the 7-year-old, those...

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Champions Day Likely To Be Palace Pier's Swansong

Trainer John Gosden has said that Qipco British Champions Day, where Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) has entries in the G1 Champion S. and G1 Queen Elizabeth II S., is likely to be the 4-year-old's swansong before he goes off to stud. Palace Pier, last year's champion 3-year-old off wins in the G1 St James's Palace S. and G1 Prix Jacques le Marois, is a perfect four-for-four in 2021. Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum's bay won the G2 bet365 Mile, G1 Lockinge S. and G1 Queen Anne S. before defending his...

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King George, York Options For Mishriff

While the July 24 G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II S. is the most likely next port of call for dual Group 1 winner Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}), the 4-year-old also has the option of the G2 York S. on the same day, said Ted Voute, racing manager to the colt's owner Prince Faisal. The plan would be to then push on to the G1 Juddmonte International on Aug. 18. After winning the Saudi Cup going 1800 metres on the dirt in February, Mishriff backed up five...

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No Lord North In the Prince Of Wales's

John Gosden has announced that Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Racing's Lord North (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) will not run in Wednesday's G1 Prince of Wales's S. due to the fast ground. Successful 12 months ago on rain-softened going, the 5-year-old will not be risked with the forecast thunderstorm not due until Thursday.  "The ground will be too quick for Lord North and unfortunately, he's a non-runner in the Prince of Wales's Stakes," Gosden Sr said. Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) will  now face just five rivals in the 10-furlong feature.

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BHA Forms Whip Consultation Steering Group

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has assembled a 15-strong Whip Consultation Steering Group ahead of the forthcoming consultation regarding the use of the foam-padded whip in British racing. The group, which is chaired by BHA independent regulatory non-executive director David Jones, is comprised of a range of industry participants, vets and politicians, including champion trainer John Gosden and jockey PJ McDonald, as well as Roly Owers, CEO of World Horse Welfare. As part of the independent Horse Welfare Board's strategic plan, A life well lived - a new strategic plan...

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Havlin Decides Against Appeal

Jockey Rab Havlin has decided he will not appeal the decision by Lingfield stewards to suspend him 21 days for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to win a race on Apr. 21. Havlin was riding the John and Thady Gosden-trained Stowell (GB) (Zoffany {Ire}) when the 3-year-old made a late move on debut but just failed to catch his stablemate Polling Day (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), ridden by Frankie Dettori. Stowell was beaten a head under a hands and heels ride. Gosden spoke out in support...

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Kilroe Winner Hits the Road for First Time in Maker's Mark Mile

The winner of four straight races and six of nine overall, including a first-ever Grade I triumph for his trainer last out, progressive Hit the Road (More Than Ready) will travel outside of California for the first time in his career to face eight rivals in a competitive renewal of the GI Maker's Mark Mile Friday at Keeneland. Capturing his first two turf tries, the latter coming in the Zuma Beach S., as a 2-year-old, the bay ran seventh before being disqualified to last in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile...

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Future Targets Outlined For Mishriff and Lord North

After his victory in the G1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic on Saturday, Prince Faisal's Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) exited the race well. A potential long-term goal for the bay is the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp in October. Successful in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club and G2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at three for trainer John Gosden, who now trains with his son Thady, the 4-year-old colt saluted in the $20-million Saudi Cup on dirt in Riyadh on Feb. 20 before switching back to grass...

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