Monday, September17, 2012
CAMELOT'S LADBROKES ST LEGER RUN FIVE POUNDS BELOW HIS BEST
Camelot ran five pounds below his best in the Ladbrokes St Leger according to the official BHA ratings for the race.
He has been given a rating of 119 for Saturday's performance, the same as he registered in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket in May.
The previously unbeaten Aidan O'Brien-trained colt, who was attempting to become the first Triple Crown winner for 42 years, got to within three-quarters of a length of the winner, Encke, who was given a career-best rating of 120, up from his previous best of 112.
After a slow early pace over the extended mile and three-quarters trip at Doncaster, Camelot failed to find the acceleration that he had shown when running away with the mile and a half Investec
Derby at Epsom in June.
On that occasion, he registered his career-best performance rating of 124.
As well as having put up the second best performance in a Long Distance race in the QIPCO British Champions Series this season, Camelot has achieved the third best Mile performance so far (behind Frankel and Excelebration) and the joint fourth-best Middle Distance performance (behind Frankel, So You Think and Nathaniel and tied with Farhh and St Nicholas Abbey).
Encke now heads the Long Distance performance table from Camelot with the Gold Cup winner, Colour Vision, who ran below his best in Friday's Stobart Doncaster Cup, in third.
The Stobart Doncaster Cup winner, Times Up, ran a pound below his Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup mark last month, being given 113 for Friday's victory as opposed to 114 at York.
Runner-up, High Jinx, ran to the same 111 rating in both races.
Camelot's second place on Saturday enabled both Aidan and Joseph O'Brien to increase their leads in the Trainer and Jockey of the Series tables with six races to go - the Nayef Joel Stakes in the mile category at Newmarket on Friday 28 September and the five category finales on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 20 October.
QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES LONG DISTANCE PERFORMANCE TABLE (after 6 races)
NOTE: To qualify for entry into the Performance Tables, which use BHA performance ratings , a horse must finish in the first three in a QIPCO British Champions Series race. Performance ratings may retrospectively be changed if the handicappers revise their ratings for a race in the light of subsequent results.
TRAINER OF THE SERIES (AFTER 29 RACES)
JOCKEY OF THE SERIES (AFTER 29 RACES)
Points are awarded on a 20-10-5 basis to the jockeys and trainers of the first three horses in each QIPCO British Champions Series race. In the event of a tie, the number of winners (and, if necessary, second places) will be taken into account. The Jockey and Trainer of the Series will be presented with a specially commissioned trophy on QIPCO British Champions at Ascot on Saturday 20 October.
The remaining QIPCO British Champions Series races are:
BETFRED EXTENDS CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP SPONSORSHIP
Cheltenham Racecourse announced today that Betfred has extended its sponsorship of the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup for a further three years, up to and including 2015.
Betfred took over sponsorship of Cheltenham's most important race in 2012 following its purchase of the Tote.
Welcoming the news, Betfred's Managing Director, John Haddock, said: "After the tremendous success of the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup last year, we wanted to secure a further long-term deal.
"It has been a pleasure dealing with Peter McNeile, the Cheltenham team and also the Jockey Club who were a major contributor in getting the agreement concluded in record time.
"We are delighted to be associated for three more years with the greatest steeplechase in the world and look forward to working with Cheltenham to making the race even bigger and better."
Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director, Jockey Club Racecourses, said: "This is an important deal for Cheltenham, Jockey Club Racecourses and British racing.
"People from all walks of life get excited by the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup and we look forward to continuing to grow its unique appeal in partnership with Betfred."
Cheltenham's Director of Sponsorship, Peter McNeile, added: "Naturally, we are delighted to secure Betfred's sponsorship of the Cheltenham Gold Cup for a further three years.
"Their support of the race and the enthusiasm they put into promoting it last season made us keen to extend our partnership and it was clear from our first conversations on the subject that the
Betfred team felt the same way.
"We are both now committed to raising the profile of this iconic event even further over the next three years."
The 2013 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place on Friday, March 15, the final day of The Festival, which begins on Tuesday, March 12.
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