Jenny - Clean

IT was nearly twelve months that since Gai Waterhouse set out on her annual pilgrimage to Royal Ascot leaving the shores of Australia behind but for the three-times Melbourne Cup wining trainer, the Royal Winner’s Enclosure wasn’t to be on sole focus of her attention that week but the sales ring on the eve of the meeting itself.

Having missed out on an opportunity to purchase Café Society, a 4-year-old by Motivator the previous year, Gai (pictured with Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer) wasn’t going to miss out for a second time and was quick to snap up an invitation to attend Goffs inaugural London Sale in association with QIPCO on the eve of the five-day festival, held in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

A woman whose job is her passion will always mix business with pleasure and using the opportunity of a holiday to broaden her horizons. ‘I am a huge advocate of innovation which is why I like to visit other trainers when I holiday to Europe and the US,’ Waterhouse said. ‘My father once told me that you never finish learning because technologies and techniques are always advancing. I constantly try to think outside of the box when training my racehorses and I think that is key in any business. The Goffs London Sale does exactly this.’

A LEADING trainer for the powerful Godolphin operation has been banned for eight years for his part in a major doping scandal that has rocked British horse racing.

STEVE DOUGLAS reports for ASSOCIATED PRESS that Mahmood al-Zarooni admitted to giving 15 horses anabolic steroids at his stables in Newmarket, England, when he attended a disciplinary hearing of the British Horseracing Authority.
All 15 horses were banned from racing by the BHA for six months in a case that has brought embarrassment to Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the owner of Godolphin and the ruler of Dubai.

LEGENDARY jockey Frankie Dettori was suspended from riding worldwide for six months for what was termed a "serious infraction of the doping rules" by French racing's governing body France Galop on Wednesday.

AGENCY FRANCE PRESS reports that crucially, though, Dettori's ban was backdated to November 20 - something he and his lawyer had been arguing for but which France Galop have never allowed before - which frees him up to ride in the Epsom Derby on June 1.

It means that the ban - which runs till May 19 - will see the 41-year-old Italian-born England based rider miss just the prestigious English Guineas meeting.

PETER Moody did not blame jockey Luke Nolen after his pride and joy Black Caviar came desperately close to losing her unbeaten record in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

THE LONDON SUN reports that the trainer felt there may have been other reasons why the Aussie superstar did not put in the performance that was hoped for before edging home by a head from Moonlight Cloud after Nolen alarmingly eased up close home.

TWO stablehands breached security in the stables of champion Australian racehorse Black Caviar in England, forcing a 24-hour guard and extra measures to be put in place ahead of her race debut at Royal Ascot.

RAY THOMAS of the SYDNEY TELEGRAPH reports from LONDON that the men tried to take pictures of themselves with the world's best sprinter after entering her stable at Abington Place, near Newmarket racecourse, in England.

BLACK Caviar's groupie army is on the move. Thousands of Australians are following the mare to Royal Ascot to witness her historic run firsthand on Saturday week.

''A huge number of people are going who wouldn't normally be involved in this sort of travel,'' said Peter Harney, managing director of Brisbane-based racing itinerary specialist Ambassador Travel.

ASCOT’S red carpet is being rolled out for the arrival on Thursday (British time) of Australia’s most famous horse since Phar Lap.

The LONDON DAILY TELEGRAPH tells racing fans to standby for the Black Caviar Show to hit British racing in the build up to Europe’s most glittering racing festival.

JIM McGRATH reports that the Royal meeting has been such a resounding success in attracting the best horses internationally that it has grown to become Britain’s answer to the Breeders’ Cup – and it takes place over five days.

‘DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON’ was a classic written in the 1930s by the great ERNEST HEMINGWAY about the traditions of bull-fighting in Spain. It could almost apply to the present down down-side of horse racing in America.

AUSTRALIAN racing does not know how lucky it is to have a much stricter control on the use of illegal drugs that doesn’t apply in America even if some applications continue to go undetected.

NEW YORK TIMES reporters WALT BOGDANICH, JOE DRAPE, DARA L MILES and GRIFFIN PALMER combined to prepare this extensive MUST READ feature for any who loves horse racing.

BRITISH jockeys Paul Doe and Greg Fairley have been banned from racing for 12 years for "not riding a horse to its merits" after an investigation into corruption.

BBC SPORT reports that two other jockeys are among 11 people barred from the sport following a British Horseracing Authority probe.

AN estimated  40,000 is expected to cram into the Champ de Mars racecourse today for the gala feature race of the Mauritius calendar, the oddly  named Maiden Cup

TERRY BUTTS reports from MURITIUS that this highly prized 2300m race, with Group 1 status, was first run in 1834 and as in most years it will have a very strong Australian representation.

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