F.B.A. Review of 2010

 

After Sea The Stars in 2009, it was always going to be a tough act to follow but some big results were achieved on the racecourse in 2010 nonetheless. Newmarket had a great year with the Oaks, Derby, St Leger and King George plus the Prix de líArc de Triomphe all being won by Newmarket based trainers. We will probably look back on 2010 as the year when Frankel emerged as a potential all time great. Itís wonderful to see Henry Cecil back at the top, despite losing the 1,000 gns on disqualification he had a sensational year thereafter with Group 1 winners Frankel, Midday and Twice Over.

Sir Michael Stoute accounted for the Epsom Derby and Prix de líArc de Triomphe with Workforce and Harbinger won a record breaking King George smashing the course record and winning by 11 lengths. Sadly that proved to be his last race due to injury but Workforce stays in training and is one to look forward to. His sire Kingís Best had a Derby double with Eishin Flash also winning the Japan Derby.

In the fillies ranks Snow Fairy was the standout. By Intikhab and bought back for Ä1,800 as a yearling she has now amassed a total prize-money of just over £2 million. She won the English and Irish Oaks before winning two further Group 1ís in Japan and Hong Kong and now heads to Dubai.

Snow Fairy gave Ryan Moore his first Classic winner, which was quickly followed by his second the following day when Workforce won the Derby. The Flat Jockeyís Championship went right to the wire with a ding dong battle between Paul Hanagan and Richard Hughes. Finally decided on the final day of the season, Hanagan came out on top with 191 winners which included his first Group 1 winner. Richard Hannon had a phenomenal year sending out 214 winners and winning prize money of £3.25 million, he was crowned Champion Trainer for the second time in 2010.

Goldikova won her third consecutive Breeders Cup Mile, the only horse ever to do so. Her Group 1 race tally has now reached 12 which puts her above Miesque as the only European trained horse to have won more than ten Group 1 races. Now a six year old she stays in training in 2011.

Over the jumps Tony McCoy completed his now perfect CV by winning his first Grand National on Donít Push It for JP McManus and Jonjo OíNeill. His amazing achievements were recognised when he was awarded Sports Personality of the Year in December. There was a new Gold Cup winner crowned in Imperial Commander and Champion Hurdler in Binocular.

 

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