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.
In June 1926 the South African Jockey Club introduced a new set of rules for .... jockeys as David Payne, John Gorton, Basil Marcus, Michael 'Muis' Roberts and Mark ... Muis Roberts, eleven times South African champion jockey had less luck  ...
26 Nov 2008 ... Michael Roberts, the 11 time Champion jockey of South Africa and 1992 Champion jockey of Britain, is now a racehorse trainer in the Karkloof ...
Mike de Kock and Michael "Muis" Roberts were the first two inductees to the ... Roberts, nicknamed "Muis" and champion jockey in SA 11 times from 1973 to ...
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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)

  211-  My Titania  partner D P McDonogh trainer Team (John M) Oxx (IRE)
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Oxx, John M, Mvb, Mrcvs, Racehorse Trainer, Co Kildare, Ireland on the guide to the horse racing and breeding industry