Racing: Hoof prints; GALLOPING BACK IN TIME.
30 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
THE Cambridgeshire looks easier than usual this year ... NOT! Derrick Candy's 1972 winner Negus (J Mercer) goes off 9 to 1 fav. But it's Ian Balding's 14 to 1 chance Siliciana (G Lewis) who leads home the charge of the gallant 37 from the 66 to 1 outsiders My Hero (R Wernham) and Mystic Circle with John Gorton in the plate.
CONTRASTINGLY, only two go to post for the Sun Chariot Stakes and Noel Murless' 1,000 Guineas and Oaks heroine Mysterious (G Lewis) mysteriously gets turned over by Harry Wragg's Cheveley Princess ridden by Lester Piggott.
HANDICAP specialist Bill Wightman lands the Wyck Hall with 20 to 1 chance Somersway ridden by super lightweight Des Cullen. One year later they head north to plunder the Ayr Gold Cup.
AT Longchamp, a 37-year-old Piggott wins his first Arcde Triomphe at his 17thattempt. The Long Fellow boots home Barry Hills' Rheingold by a couple of lengths from odds-on fav Allez France (Y St-Martin). El Pig's previous best was runner-up on Park Top (1969) and Nijinsky (1970).
RYAN Price's Sandford Lad scoops Europe's Sprint Championship the Prix de l'Abbaye under a great ride from the ill-fated Tony Murray.
20 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
BILL Watts' Teleprompter (W Carson) is plunged into 8 to 1 fav for the Cambridgeshire but comes up against a formidable team in Frankie Durr's 35 to 1 shot Sagamore and Taffy Thomas and fail by a head. Two years later Watts' colt would make all to seize the Arlington Million.
IMPROVING filly Cormorant Wood (S Cauthen) lands the Sun Chariot for Barry Hills, with John Dunlop's 2 to 1 fav Sedra (W Carson) a length away. Two weeks later Hills' three-year-old would return to HQ to land the Group 1 Champion Stakes.
CHOIRBOY Swinburn lands the Arcon All Along (Piggott turned her down), beating Dick Hern's brave Sun Princess by a length. Biancone's four-year-old filly scoops connections a $1 million bonus by winning the Rothmans (Woodbine), Turf Classic (Aqueduct) and the Washington at Laurel.
JOHN Dunlop's Habibti (W Carson) scorches to the sprint crown in the l'Abbaye from David Chapman's brilliant Soba (D Nicholls) with both fillies smashing the track record.
10 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
LORD Huntingdon's Penny Drops (D Harrison) turns the Cambridgeshire into a procession, much to the unbridled delight of those who lumped on the 7 to 1 fav. Snooty's filly skooshes home by six lengths from 33 to 1 stablemate Talent (A Munro) who wins the race the far side.
PETER Chapple-Hyam's 54 to 1 outsider White Muzzle (J Reid) comes within a neck of lifting the Arc but wily old garlic-cruncher Saint-Martin canes home 37 to 1 chance Urban Sea for a French victory. Stoute's Opera House (M Roberts) finishes close up in third with fav Hernando, given une ride terrible from Asmussen, doon la parc.
THINGSare looking good for the Brits when John Gosden's Knifebox (M Roberts) cuts through the field in the Prix Dollar and Hannon's Assessor (J Reid) strolls away with the Prix du Kadran. But wee Frankie brings the house down when coasting home in l'Abbaye on Ian Balding's Lochsong.
BEVERLEY-based Alf Smith lands the valuable Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar with Cape Merino, his only juvenile. John Lowe, riding at 7-7, makes all and holds ongamelyon the 33 to 1 chance from Hannon's 11 to 10 fav Risky (M Hills).
QUEEN OF LONGCHAMP: Mighty Lochsong
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Oct 4, 2003|
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