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Friday, 29 April 2011

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Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage. 

~Finnish Proverb

29-04-25

First lot cantering on Warren Hill

We have started early this morning, so that the lads can get off and watch the royal wedding. The weather has held up well for that but it must break soon and then, I am sure, it will come down in torrents. The United States have had the big twisters, which have killed over 200 people - let's hope we just get rain rather than one of those. All the horses have had a good couple of canters this morning and I am very pleased with how things are going. A couple of runners tomorrow at Goodwood, which I will discuss in the morning and you have Phil's Guineas quiz to get your mind round over the Bank Holiday weekend. You can find it below as well as on the 'Competitions' page, so have a go and don't worry if you can't get them all right, as you may still win not answering all the questions. 

29-04-08

Dictate (Lee), Colzium (Wajid) and Comrade Bond (Abbi)

Two below tariff flat meetings today, at Doncaster and Leicester and I am delighted to see that the top trainers have no runners at Doncaster. It is very disappointing that this track is behaving in this way, as it has always been one of my favourites and has been very lucky for me in the past. The St. Leger and two Lincoln Handicaps are fondly remembered but since the re-hash and downgrading of the grandstand, the incoming administration has let the whole place slip down a notch. I hope they will come to their senses quickly and put Doncaster back where it belongs but it needs determination and the will to do it.

29-04-30

Mystery Star (Rhea), who runs in the Chester Cup next Wednesday

There is an interesting piece on page 6 of The Racing Post about having a break in the season for the jumping fraternity. There are lots of pros and cons and good points are made. I wonder what would happen, if we asked all the participants in the National Hunt industry, what they would like to see happen in a referendum-style vote. However, I expect similarly to trying to get a vote on Europe, the political elite would find every reason why there shouldn't be one - just a thought. 

29-04-40

Chankillo (Nikki), who is for sale (see 'Horses for Sale' page) 

I am pleased to report that Locum is back cantering after his hiccup at Yarmouth and thanks go to all the vets involved. He is a smashing horse who has been around Flint Cottage for so long now everybody is delighted he is on the mend.

29-04-44

My Guardian Angel (Dan), who is also for sale (see 'Horses for Sale' page)

29-04-57

Eanans Bay (Lee)

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Our Guineas quiz

 

The perfect antidote …..

 

Not celebrating the wedding? Still leaving May Day festivities to the Russians? Not interested in football’s decisive weekend? Or hours and hours of world championship snooker? Not even tempted by Eurosport’s figure skating from Moscow – live?

Then you’ll have time to try our special Guineas Quiz. A bottle of champagne awaits the winner but, much more importantly, it’s your chance to take over the prestigious title of Racing Brain of Flint Cottage.

 

Our earlier quizzes proved extremely popular. Now, as then, please send in an entry even if you think you have only a few correct answers. A few might be enough.

The Guvnor’s decision in all matters will be final and there will be no arguments! In the event of a tie the winner of the champagne will be decided by an independent ballot, and the honour of becoming Racing Brain of Flint Cottage will be shared.

We can accept entries only by post or fax. Just print off the questions, write your answers in the spaces beneath, complete the form below and fax the lot off to 01638 668107 or post everything to:

            Phil Green

            Mark Tompkins’ Office

            Flint Cottage Stables

            Rayes Lane

            Newmarket CB8 7AB

All entries, which are free, must arrive by Saturday, May 14th, and we hope you get some fun out of it. There are 22 questions, some with multiple answers, so the maximum score is 30.

Answers and results will be published on this site as soon as possible.

Best of luck!

ENTRY FORM

 

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  1. 1)      In a single season four of the Classics were won by horses leased to King George VI by the National Stud. Which of his horses won the Two Thousand Guineas and One Thousand Guineas that year?

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  1. 2)      In a 1970s year more than 1,000 horses were entered for the Two Thousand Guineas. How many actually went to post?

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  1. 3)      Which of Mill Reef’s offspring won the One Thousand Guineas?

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  1. 4)      Which was the only filly ever to win the One Thousand Guineas and Derby?

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  1. 5)      What is the French equivalent of the Two Thousand Guineas?

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  1. 6)      Michael Stoute won five Classics in five seasons in the 1980s. What were his two Two Thousand Guineas winners in that sequence?

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  1. 7)      Can you name Lester Piggott’s six Guineas winners?

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  1. 8)      Which filly won both the One and Two Thousand Guineas having been beaten in the Lincoln?

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  1. 9)      The winners of the first Two Thousand Guineas and the first One Thousand Guineas were both owned by the same sporting Yorkshireman. Can you name him?

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  1. 10)   Form sometimes works out, or used to. In the late 19th Century the first three home in the Two Thousand Guineas filled the same positions in the Derby, and the leading two were first and second again in the St. Leger. Can you name the winner and second in all three races?

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  1. 11)   Who rode the winner of the Two Thousand Guineas (and became champion jockey) 19 years after winning the One Thousand, and had no other Classic winner in between?

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  1. 12)   He was once described by Michael Oswald, manager of the Royal Studs, as “The greatest all-round racehorse I have ever seen.” He lost the Two Thousand Guineas though (to a horse beaten only once in his life) and himself remained unbeaten for the rest of his career before injury forced retirement. Who was he?

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  1. 13)   Tontine ‘walked over’ in the One Thousand Guineas of 1825. She was one of eight winners in nine years for the same owner. Can you name him?

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  1. 14)   Who attempted to disrupt the running of both Guineas races in 1975?

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Some Guineas (and other) firsts:

  1. 15)   What was Henry Cecil’s first English Classic winner?

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  1. 16)   What was the first Arab-owned Two Thousand Guineas winner (he got the race on a  disqualification?

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  1. 17)   What was Steve Cauthen’s first English Classic winner?

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  1. 18)   And Sheikh Mohammed’s first One Thousand Guineas winner?

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  1. 19)   What was the first horse to win the Two Thousand Guineas and Derby?

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  1. 20)   What was the first winner of the Triple Crown?

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  1. 21)   The Two Thousand Guineas was the first Classic to be decided by a photo finish. What won the race?

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And, unfortunately, a second:

 

  1. 22)   Almost everyone (except The Guvnor himself) thought Even Top had won the Two Thousand, but what beat him in the photo and which horse was a head behind in third place?

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