Wednesday 4 June 2014

Racing Post countdown to the Derby Saturday June 7, 2014.

Terimon (Tony) lead horse for Clive Brittain Newmarket 1991
Mystiko (Jock red jacket) days before winning the 1991 2,000 Guineas.
At Home

Graham Dench remembers Derby Longshot Terimon (1989)
Racing Post today countdown to Epsom:

Pic: Terimon (green cap) chases home Nashwan at Odds of 500-1

Clives book Chapter Thirteen  King of the Outsiders page 163 -164

Clive's motto Aim High policy (same as mine at school), and of the streak of hard- headed realism that can lie beneath it, was Terimon's second in the 1989 Derby to the virtually unbeatable Nashwan  partner Willie Carson (Clive's great friend Willie Carson) at the astonishing odds of 500-1, the longest price ever for a place in a Classic.


"Lady Beaverbrook's Bustino colt, who had cost her £140,000 guineas at the Newmarket sales, had failed to win in four starts as a two -year- old. His trainer always had regard for his ability, which was why he ran him in races like the Middle Park, but it was taking time to reveal itself. When Terimon won the Groby Maiden Stakes at Leicester nine days before the Derby, it was his eighth race and the 500-1 against him winning at Epsom seemed realistic.


" Lady Beaverbrook was worried that Terimon's participation in the Derby was going to lead to mockery. "You're not going to embarrass me, are you, Mr Brittain? She asked him more than once in her formal way. "Oh no, m'lady, I'm not going to sing, ' replied her trainer with a twinkle, before assuring her in all sincerity that Terimon was going to run into a place.


"Clive had his eyes not on the winner's prize - he never imagined that Terimon could beat the hugely impressive Nashwan - but on the £100,000 for second, and Terimon ran an excellent race to fulfil the plan.

Terimon with Tony At Home
"Held up at the back by Michael Roberts, Terimon was last but one turning for home. Switched off the rail, he began to stay on well and was driven out to pass Cacoethes and gain second, five lengths behind Naswan.


"It was an apperant improvement of 28lb's and some called it a fluke. Timeform, however, reflected that a strongly run race over the Derby distance suited Terimon: 'His improvement at a mile and a half should'nt have been surprising even if the ammount of the improvement he made was.


"Jockey and trainer had planned to ride Terimon for a place, dropping him out and picking off the others up the straight, and Roberts rode a copybook race doing just that says Clive. 'His confidence and judgement of pace got him there. ' The South African-born champion says "I dropped him out and took the shortest way home. Terimon kept picking up and rounding Tattenham Corner I was going so well that I was looking for Nashwan and thinking. "If Nashwan doesn't find another gear I'm going to win the Derby" .  Terimon ran a terrific race and was only beaten by a great horse. '


"Since becoming a trainer Clive has had a bet only on rare occasions. But he did one acquaintance a real favour over Terimon. A tailor's cutter in London was always pestering him for tips and Clive, in for a fitting shortly before the Derby, told him; "I've got this horse running at Leicester in a maiden. He'll win that and then he'll be in the Derby at any kind of price, back him each-way in that. Having picked up some punting money from Leicester in a maiden where Terimon won at 9-2, the intrepid punter put £400 each - way on Terimon at £1,000-1. To cap it all, he did the forecast with Nashwan, which paid more than £1,000 to a £1 stake. He won enough money to buy himself a sandwich shop in London and, through Clive, obtained Lady Beaverbrook's permission to name it after her horse. Clive and Maureen were on the offer of a free sandwich anytime they chose to call. "

Saturday 17 May 2014


Happy Birthday to Michael Roberts 60 to-day.  May all your dreams come true.
 Global Flat Turf Rider Champion jockey in South Africa and in Britain.

Read about some of Michael’s dreams that have already come true in Clive Brittain's book.

Read in Clive’s book Chapter 12 Page 145  “Working Marvels With Mystiko”
“Clive says “You don’t win races with wooden horses. They must have fire and passion and it’s our job to control it”  .
Michael rode Mystiko out himself nearly every day at Clive’s in Newmarket.
 Page 145
Clive says:  “Mystiko wouldn’t have won a Classic with just an ordinary jockey. He was a tearaway. There were only so many gallops in him. Michael Roberts got on well with the colt.

“As for his rider,  Clive said of Roberts at the time: “He wins a lot of races before the finish with his tactical skills during the race. As a man he has great character. He always gives you 100 per cent. Nothing is too much trouble. If there is a problem with a horse, say with his temperament, he makes light of the difficulty He is a tremendous horseman  And if you listen he is always there with something worthwhile to say “

“South Aftica’s Sunday Tribunal  greeting Mystiko’s victory in the 2,000 Guineas of 1991 with the headline ‘Our champion!’ saying that the victory of jockey Michael (Muis) Roberts ‘took South African racing to the top of the world’ . The South African racing champion, who had ridden the winners of 16 Classics in his home country, was described  as having ridden the race of his life after driving Mystiko to rally over the last 50 yards of the race and deny Steve Cauthen on the French raider Lycius by a head in a photo finish. The pair were six lengths clear of another French runner, Ganges, in third place.

“Although Mystiko had gone clear of his field with 220 yards to go the American ace had come hurtling out of the pack to give chase and had  headed Mystiko late on. But Roberts had kept just enough in reserve to galvanise one further effort out of his grey mount to ensure an exciting victory" .

Roberts has had a successful career, winning many English and South African races multiple times. He was British flat racing Champion Jockey in 1992.
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Monday 12 May 2014

Rizeena's British Qipco 1,000 Guineas challenge Sunday May 4th 2014 Newmarket Rowley Mile Racecourse.

Rizeena partner Richard Hughes,  Rizeena  held up in touch midfield racing strongly on the bridle in behind the winner.  1 furlong out when Hughes asked her to go on to win this race he didn’t get the spark he was hoping for.  Rizeena stayed on same pace throughout the final furlong  never going pace to challenge Miss France 9-2  finishing 7th of 17 runners. beaten four and a half lengths.

Jon Lees:
"This was disappointing, and it remains to be seen whether this was her true form or not. It’s possible she is just a sprinter she did win three times over 5f last year after all.
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The  Winner: Miss France partner Maxime Guyon  Team (Andre) Fabre (FR)
“Quotes “Andre Fabre, trainer of Miss France: I was a bit worried to see her so close to the pace. It was not the plan at all but Maxim gave her a fantastic ride because he didn’t listen to me.  Maisons-Laffitte was not a race. The Coronation Stakes is an option and we’ll discuss it with the owner because she can go for the Prix de Diane as well.

“Olly Stevens, trainer of Lightning Thunder: “She has run a wonderful race. We’ve always thought the world of this filly. She’s a big, strong girl. We didn’t want to run her in a prep, we’d already gone seven so there was nothing to prove. I thought she’d run down Miss France but she didn’t quite do it.  Miss France is two nil against us and it would be lovely to have them see each other in the Coventry Stakes.


Jon Lees say’s “JOHN GOSDEN last week described Andre Fabre as “The greatest trainer in Europe” , and France’s 25-times champion showed why he deserved  such an accolade by completing a full set of British Classics when Miss France secured him a first 1,000 Guineas.


“Fabre shrugged off his achievement as “ just another racing day” but he could delight in his handling of Miss France, the  filly he sent to Newmarket last autumn to gain vital course experience and to where she returned on Sunday May 4th to claim a debut British Classic victory for Diane Wildenstein’s Ballymore Thorougbred  Ltd and jockey Maxime Guyon.


Fabre said of the ride Maxime Guyon  “It was exactly the opposite  to the way I wanted her to be ridden, but it worked  “ he said. “I was a bit worried at seeing her hit the front so early because she idles, but she had a bit in hand. It was not the plan, but Maxime gave her a fantastic ride because he didn’t listen to me.  Fabre said of Miss France “ This filly is a nice quiet filly she has a long stride and covers a lot of ground when galloping . Owner Diane Wildenstein said “This race wasn’t easy. We had lots of competition 17 ran. We were hoping to be in the first three, but she proved she could do better.

“It was fantastic. She will go to the Prix de Diane, that has always been the goal. We are very happy with what she has done today.

“Guyon was enjoying only his third win in Britain, the first coming in the 2010 Prince of Wales’s Stakes partnering Byword and the second just an hour or so before the Guineas on Esoterique .


Friday 2 May 2014


An interesting Sea The Stars filly from Ireland to compete for the British 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday (3.50)

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Tuesday 22 April 2014



04 May 14 NEWMARKET Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (The 201st Running) (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies) Cl1 1m

12312-Owner details RIZEENA
RIZEENA challenges for Trainer Team (Clive) Brittain 
George Margarson is a racehorse trainer based in Newmarket .

11611-Owner details LUCKY KRISTALE
LUCKY KRISTALE challenges for Trainer Team (George) Margarson
We meet up with LUCKY KRISTALE and see her working along at exercise. She is a striking, smart and impressive mover. Like she hardly touches the ground but sort of float's over the top of it.
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Nick Lightfoot interviews the trainer of one of the leading fancies for the 1,000 Guineas this year.

1,000 Guineas (Fillies) 2014
Ch4 Horseracing Team Live from Sandown Park 

 YESTERDAY CH4 Nick Luck introduces us to Clive Brittain at home in Newmarket with his horses.

Friday April 25th 2014 
Clive tells us he is as confident before the race in Rizeena winning the 2014
1,000 Guineas as he was in 1984 before Pebbles won the 1,000 Guineas.    


      1984: Pebbles won 1,000 Guineas run on Thursday May 3rd 1984 .
Clive tells us same as it was in 1991 before Mystiko won the 2,000 Guineas (Colts)

 Clive tells us same as it was in 1993 before Sayyadati won the 1,000 Guineas (Fillies).


Chapter Eight  "Pebbles Takes The Guineas" .
Pages 93 to 100
 You will notice Clive opens up his  Chapter Eight saying:

 “She always had it. She was a character. You look at her and there was something honest. She had that natural ability. She didn’t look for affection. She was very much her own person. “

“ The racing public adores a top-quality filly, especially a filly who demonstrates a flash or two of feminine temperament, and a key test of a top trainer in his or her capacity to bring the best out of such characters. Clive’s mentor Noel Murless did it with the likes of Petite Etoile and Clive passed the test with honours in handling Pebbles, one of the best there has ever been on the racetrack but a nervy sort who could be easily upset in the preliminaries. As he says: “It was a  question of working out her break level. All that pent-up power and emotion had to be saved and directed.

“Pebbles was not just an international racing star, the first from Britain to win a Breeders’ Cup race in the USA, she was one of those who took her sport off the racing pages and into the
general news column thanks to her ‘love affair’ with the gelding Come On The Blues, a consort who travelled the world with her and help to keep her calm enough to do justice to her talent. In America there were constant calls when she appeared of ‘Where’s the boyfriend?”

“Certainly  Pebbles was all girl. Clive likened the bright chestnut with the white splash running right down her face and a big bold eye to a lissom French model rather than the more masculine fillies who have often prevailed in top races. Her trainer, who had won five races with her dam La Dolce, was convinced from early on that Pebbles, by Sharpen Up, would prove something special. But she was not the precocious type and many experts came around slowly to his opinion as her racing career progressed.

 TIME LINE MAY 4, 2014
British 1,000  Guineas Newmarket (Rowley Mile)

Will Clive give us a little character sketch on the life and times of Rizeena before Sunday May 4 in the Racing Post I wonder? Don’t forget that Rizeena will have started her racing career from an early age as a foal and then as a yearling on through her two-year-old prep races last year; and now as a three year old. She will have strengthened up this year both physically and mentally. They say it is in the first four years of a child’s life that a child learns more than at any other time in a lifetime; That is if they are allowed too.  It is the same with foals, yearlings, two, three and four year old. The key, the person who is with them every day, minding them,  little by little.
YES, yes yes ....  CH4 Live focus
(Saturday 25. 04. 2014)

Chapter Nine  'Pebbles Conquers America'
Page 101 to 116

"How good is Pebbles? Just look at what she did. She found three lengths more trouble than I did and still she won. '  Steve Cauthen, who rode the runner-up, on Pebbles' Breeders' Cup victory.

"For Pebbles and for Clive, 1985 was an annus mirabilis  in which she was to prove herself the best filly in the world, winning the hearts not only of the British racing public but of many Americans too.

 (four year old)

"After the promise shown on her return from injury in the 1984 Champion Stakes, Pebbles began her third season back at the track where she had made her racing debut, scoring easily in the Group Two Sandown Mile. She was then sent to Ascot to take on the St Leger hero Commanche Run in the Prince Of  Wales's  Stakes. Commanche Run, who had opened his season with a 12-length victory in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes, started at 8-11 and Pebbles at 5-4, and both were beaten in one of the shocks of the year by the 33-21 shot Bob Back. But Ascot never seemed to be quite her course.

"She renewed rivalry with Commanche Run and their Ascot conqueror in Sandown's Coral-Eclipse Stakes. It was to prove an unhappy occasion for Commanch Run. He kicked out wildly in the paddock and, although he seemed to parade and canter down normally, he was found to be lame at the start and withdrawn. The Jeremy Tree-trained Coronation Cup winner Rainbow Quest, who went on to win the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe that year, was made the 4-5 favourite, with Pebbles at 7-2.  If that seemed a generous price, punters had to ignore a supposed hoodoo in the race. Since its inception in 1886, no filly had ever won the Eclipse, despite the participation of such great racers as Park Top and Time Charter.  It was a detail that led some to recall the dictum of Clive's great mentor Sir Noel Murless that June was the point of no return for four-year-old fillies, with their hormones taking over from that point and turning their thoughts to matters other than racing at high speed.

"Some had kept the faith, In the Sporting Life of Saturday July 6, Geoff Lester had taken the front-page headline with his opinion: "Pebbles ready to Eclipse the colts' .  He pointed out her course win in April and
fast-finishing neck second to Palace Music in the previous season's Champion Stakes. She could be forgiven her defeat by Bob Back at Ascot, he said, because she had been in season two days earlier. She had a run a  stone below her form in that but had worked with great dash since.

"In the Eclipse Rainbow Quest had a pacemaker, August, but his rider Alain Lequeux didn't pay much heed to him and settled in behind Pebbles six lengths behind his ally, Steve Cauthen was on Pebbles and he made a decisive move past the pacemaker August three furlongs out.  He gave Pebbles just one tap with the whip and she stretched away from Rainbow Quest to become the first filly to win the race in its 99 years of existence. Rainbow Quest never looked like having the speed to match her acceleration  and she never gave him a second chance.
JMC note: "He gave Pebbles just one tap with the whip. " If a racehorse is being prepared properly at home one tap with a whip gets the message through fast, receiving the required  immediate response from the horse. "

"John Oaksey wrote: "Clive Brittain's optimism was gloriously fulfilled.  He has taken endless pains to see that Pebbles does not boil over before her races and yesterday she was
accompanied until the last minute by her great friend and companion Come On The Blues. "

"Those were not the only pains Clive had taken to spare his stable star
emotional distress.

"For the Eclipse at Sandown we knew we had to go into the saddling boxes and then across and down into the parade ring. I knew it would blow her mind if we did that, so I made an arrangement with the blacksmith. They had the dope testing box on the corner as you came out of the main block. I waited until Rainbow Quest and the others went past and brought Pebbles out. We left the paddock area apparently joining the queue but I said to the guy in the dope box - I was quite friendly with him - that I didn't want her in the parade ring for too long and asked if there was any way I could take her in the box because I thought she had got a loose shoe. I didn't want to announce that she had spread a plate because the jockeys would all have waited, so I said she had just got a clinch up . I had  given the blacksmith a drink to be handy. So we got her in the box and I kept an eye open. I had a lad overlooking  the paddock from the upper end and I told him to give me the signal when the jockeys were mounting.   


Chapter Twelve  "Working Marvels With Mystiko."
Pages 145 to 158
Mystiko won the 2,000 Guineas (Colts) in 1991


Chapter Sixteen

 "Sayyedati Captures Another Guineas (Fillies)

Page 201 to 206.

"The combination of Brittain and Sayyedati's jockey Walter Swinburn takes a lot of beating . Win, loose or draw they always come back smiling and when they have something as good as this to smile about you cannot but smile with them' . "George Ennor  on Sayyedati's 1,000 Guineas win. "

"Racing is all about dreams and when Clive won the 1,000 Guineas of 1993, his second success in the race, it marked the realisation of a dream that had disturbed owner Mohammed Obaida's sleep for eight years. Obaida's good filly Dubian, a half- sister to the three times Champion Hurdle winner See You Then, had finished third to the superstar Oh So Sharp in the Oaks in 1985 and ever since then he had a dreamed of breeding a Classic winner from her.

"In 1992 Clive had a string of potentially top-class fillies. Ivanka and Love Of Silver both went on to win good races and so did two of Obaida's fillies, Sueboog and Sayyedati. But it was Sayyerati, a filly by Shadeed out of Dubian, who became the winter favourite for the 1,000 Guineas on the strength of her two-year-old form. In four outings as a juvenile she was beaten only once, first time out in the Halifax Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Ascot in June, when Sumoto beat her by two lengths.

" Sayyedati soon left that form behind.  Three weeks later in the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket, ridden by Michael Roberts, she took on and beat the second and third in that year's Queen Mary (Mystic Godess and Toocando) , the Norfolk Stakes winner Niche, the Acorn Stakes winner Anonymous (trained by Clive) and two others, despite idling qwhen she got to the front. After a two - month break Sayyedati started a short-priced favourite for the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September. The decision that year to increase the distance  of that race from six furlongs to seven furlongs brought about an attractive clash with Bright Generation. Sayyedati won by a length and a half but didn't look comfortable on the soft ground.

"In optimistic moments - some would say the only kind he has - Clive had been heard to mention Sayyedati in the same breath as Pebbles, although the two were different physically. Sayyendati  rangy  and attractive with plenty of scope, but both were high-mettled as well as brilliant fillies and , like Pebbles, Sayyendati was sometimes provided with a travelling companion.

MONDAY APRIL 28th 2014
Countdown to the 1,000 Guineas 2014 to be run on Sacred Sunday May 4.


Chapter Twelve  "Working Marvels With Mystiko."
Pages 145 to 158
Mystiko won the 2,000 Guineas (Colts) in 1991

‘You don’t win races with wooden horses. They must have fire and passion and it’s our job to control it’ . Clive Brittain on his feisty 2,000 Guineas winner Mystiko.

Both at home every day and in his races
“CLIVE SAID OF ROBERTS AT THE TIME: “He wins a lot of races before the finish with his tactical skills during the race. As a man he has great character. He always gives you 100 per cent. Nothing is too much trouble, If there is a problem with a horse, say with his temperament, he makes light of the difficulty. He is a tremendous horseman. And if you listen he is always there with something worthwhile to say. ‘

“To understand why there was such empathy between Clive and the 11-times South African champion you only had to listen to Roberts enthusing about Mototo, the great horse he used to ride for Alex Stewart. I don’t like to get up on a horse, ride him and forget him. Horses love attention, love to be fussed over. When you get a special one you give him special treatment, treasure him. That was a natural match with Clive’s ‘put the horse first and let him tell you’ patience and Roberts’ key contribution was in getting Mystiko to keep his head down and relax.

“Clive has always been quick to spot the potential of emerging riders from home and abroad. He was one of the first to give significant opportunities to the hard – working former South African champion when he tried his luck in Britain and he and Roberts developed a fruitful partnership, at least until Roberts was riding regularly for Henry Cecil and the Maktoum family. Clive says:  ‘The more I used him the more I appreciated he had a racing brain [Mind-Set] second to none.  Plotting and planning a race were second nature to him. ‘ Trainer and jockey trusted each others judgement.

“Mystiko had speed and the ability to quicken off a fast pace. Clive called him the first real Guineas horse he had had in 19 years’ training and soon spotted his talent. “When you have speed in a horse you know you’ve got something. Everything comes with speed. You don’t win the Guineas without it. I had some good two-year-olds and I worked them in different sequences over three months. The horse that kept coming out best was Mystiko. I started thinking about the Classics after he won a Newmarket maiden impressively. ‘

“But Mystiko was also excitable  and was frequently exercised on his own, giving the media much amusement in labelling him the racing equivalent of the ‘I vant to be3 alone’ Swedish film star Greta Garbo.

“Mystiko wouldn’t have won a Classic with just an ordinary jockey. He was a tearaway. There were only so many gallops in him. Michael Roberts got on well with the colt. I tended to work him and pick the horses I worked him with according to the weather conditions. He did his most serious work on foggy mornings. He was more manageable when he couldn’t see where he was going. Put another horse with him and he would do far too much. He was most impressive in fog.  When he passed me I knew he hadn’t done too much. His stride pattern was OK and he didn’t finish his gallop legless. “

“The South Africa’s Sunday Tribune greeted Mystiko’s victory in the 2,000 Guineas of 1991 with the headline ‘Our Champion!’  saying that the victory of Michael (Muis) Roberts ‘took South African racing to the top of the world’ .  The South African champion , who had ridden the winners of 16 Classics in his home country was described as having ridden the race of his life after driving Mystiko to rally over the last 50 yards of the race and deny Steve Cauthen on the French runner, Ganges, in third place.

“Although Mistiko had gone clear of his field with 220 yards to go the American ace had come hurtling out of the pack to give chase and had headed Mystiko late on.  But Roberts had kept just enough in reserve to galvanise one further effort out of his grey mount.

“It was a thrilling race but Clive acknowledges that Roberts’ contribution to the colt’s victory was his tactical nous and finishing strength in the race itself.

Clive says:  “Mystiko couldn’t have won a Classic with just an ordinary jockey. "
JMC says:  Mystiko was an excitable highly strung colt a tearaway by nature.  Like many racehorses are.  Mystiko needed careful highly skilled gentle handling and riding throughout his entire racing career. If he hadn’t received that he would not have been seen or heard of on any racetrack anywhere in the World.  Millions of racehorses around the world never make it to a racecourse due to ignorant bloodhorse illiteracy. Perhaps Monty Roberts and our Queen Elizabeth in the early 1980's when they met up at Windsor Castle have found the eighth wonder of this world  "Bloodhorse Literacy" Listening to the Horses" understanding their language. The Equus Zone the mainly silent language of the horse.

 more later