Tuesday July 11th 2.00pm

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Parish News

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Aidan o’Brien Fillies Update          11.07     Rhododendron “Rhododendron is grand and she is cantering away She’s still on the easy list and we haven’t stepped her up in work just yet. Everything has been perfect since France, but because it was so traumatic for her we just have to take our time with her. We have our eye on the Breeders’ Cup and maybe we might give her a prep beforehand, but we’re not in any major panic just yet about plans; we’re just concentrating on building her back up and are feeling our way.” Alice Springs “Alice Springs is in a similar situation to Rhododendron. She’s back cantering every day and could go to the Breeders’ Cup as well, but she’d definitely need a prep run beforehand.” Promise To Be True “She has been retired”.

Racing Post‏ @RacingPost  The Mark Johnston-trained Permian has today been supplemented to Friday’s Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud at a cost of €43,200.

George scott‏ @georgeoscott  Jul 9 Gilgamesh is entered and therefore in the betting at both Ascot and Goodwood. Please note he will not be taking up either of these entries.

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Alastair‏ @SackvilleDonald First 2 Frankels off to race in Hong Kong- Seven Heavens & Senator @JuddmonteFarms

Katy Mowat‏ @KatyMowat  Rivet gone to HK too it would seem.

Plus Irishcorrespondent according to Thoroughbred Daily News. The Michael Halford trained 3-year-old Irishcorrespondent (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) has been sold to continue his racing career in Hong Kong. “Irishcorrespondent was a very good horse for us and I’m sure that he’ll do well for his new connections over there. We are sad to see him go. He was a pleasure to have around the place, he is a high class horse and I wish his new connections well.””


NEWS NEWMARKET GALLOPS Names to note: the horses to follow with big targets in mind David Milnes JUL 8 2017

Bin Battuta (Saeed Bin Suroor) Graham Tredgett is one of the most important men in Newmarket in high summer as he prepares and looks after the watered gallop. The Jockey Club employee has issued a ban on any work before 6am on the nine-furlong treated strip, where Kieren Fallon and this chestnut – who was unlucky at Royal Ascot last time – found the fresh ground to their liking.

Autocratic (Sir Michael Stoute) Ted Durcan was back among the Stoute ranks for the first work morning since recovering from his latest ankle injury, but it was Kevin Bradshaw who caught the eye on the Brigadier Gerard Stakes winner on the Al Bahathri. The son of Dubawi is looked after by Workforce’s former lad Paul Grassick, who will be taking his latest project up the A1 later this month for the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes.

Unforgetable Filly (Hugo Palmer) James Doyle has been a regular on the Kremlin Cottage worklist of late and was seen to good effect on the German 1,000 Guineas winner, who swept out of the dip on the watered gallop with Galileo Gold’s former lead horse Extremity. Due to lack of opportunities in her own age group, the daughter of Sepoy is to face her seniors for the first time in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

Deja (Jeremy Noseda) Before embarking on a trip to Sandown on Friday – only for his two booked rides to be non-runners – Gerald Mosse did at least get to sit on a horse on the watered gallop, where Noseda was paying a rare visit. The unraced son of Youmzain knew all about the undulations having worked two furlongs on an adjacent strip before being purchased by Phoenix Thoroughbreds for 350,000gns at the Tattersalls Craven breeze-ups.


Circulate (Tom Clover) It was the annual Newmarket Carnival on Saturday and they will be putting the flags out at White Stables if this frustrating daughter of Dutch Art can finally get her head in front at Brighton on Tuesday. The three-year-old certainly looked the part after a break on the Al Bahathri, where she winged by under Clover’s partner Jackie Jarvis.



Ronald R (Michael Bell) Tim Gredley will be sporting the Big Orange colours, “but not the skin tight ones”, on Bivouac in the Newmarket Town Plate next Thursday. Later the same day the Britannia Handicap second, who impressed on the peat moss gallop, is pencilled in for the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes.

Tenzing Norgay (Sir Mark Prescott) Prescott will soon be cutting the ribbon on a new office/tack room at Heath House, which may encourage the great man to send an email for the first time. This grey has a typical Prescott under-the-radar entry in an amateur riders’ race at Bellewstown on Friday and will be fit.

Erdogan (John Gosden) Attracted a lot of interest at the sales in 2015, as you would expect of a Frankel half-brother to So Mi Dar, but has been less high profile since. The Al Shaqab colt, a 750,000gns purchase, took another step towards a belated debut on the Limekilns on Tuesday.

Ship Of The Fens (Martyn Meade) The Champs Elysees colt is named after Ely Cathedral, which is 12 miles from Newmarket and on a clear day can be seen from the Limekilns. The youngster showed enough in his work on the Al Bahathri to give Meade something to build on.

Great Work!!!

Central Square (Roger Varian) Varian threw a pizza party for the staff at Carlburg on Monday night following Nezwaah’s Group 1 triumph in Ireland the day before and he could have further reason to celebrate judging by the way this useful handicapper went up the long gallop. Unlucky in running at Royal Ascot last time, the five-year-old is on course for the John Smith’s Cup at York on Saturday week.


Interesting man!!


Thai billionaire , who has been the owner of Leicester City FC since 2010, bought five Royal Ascot runners at an auction of racehorses in Britain’s capital city yesterday. At Goffs’ London Sale, an annual event held on the eve of Royal Ascot, Srivaddhanaprabha bought tomorrow’s Sandringham Handicap prospect Tisbutadream (£400,000) from David Elsworth’s stable, and Twin Star (£260,000), the Sheila Lavery-trained gelding who runs in Thursday’s King George V Handicap. He also purchased three horses who will line up on Friday, namely Jessica Harrington’s Albany Stakes hopeful Whitefountainfairy (£300,000), the Michael O’Callaghan-trained Queen’s Vase contender Night Of Glory (£340,000), and Straight Right (£450,000), who will tackle the Commonwealth Cup for trainer Christophe Ferland.

Of the 19 horses offered at the event, 12 changed hands and Srivaddhanaprabha bought half, for he also added the broodmare Baldovina, the dam of Royal Ascot winner Ceiling Kitty. Baldovina was offered by Betfair founder Andrew Black of Chasemore Farm who sold her with a filly foal by Commonwealth Cup winner Muhaarar and carrying a foal by Le Havre.

When Baldovina’s £300,000 sale was added to Srivaddhanaprabha’s purchases, his total spend came to £2,050,000, which compares to overall turnover at the event of £4,525,000. Head of the King Power Group, which operates duty free shops, his horses run in the name of Abudiencia Co Ltd, and include the Andrew Balding-trained Beat The Bank, who has been declared for tomorrow’s Gr.3 Jersey Stakes

Quoted in today’s European Bloodstock News, Alastair Donald, a bloodstock agent who acted for Srivaddhanaprabha, said of his client: “He’s looking to build up his stable, and was attracted by the Royal Ascot element of this sale. He likes horses in general, is very keen on polo, and spends a lot of time in Britain – he’s enjoyed being at this sale and getting involved. His purchases today will stay with their trainers for this week and then decisions will be made about their futures.”

The top lot proved to be the William Haggas-trained Lockheed, who was bought by Australian bloodstock agent Chris McAnulty on behalf of a Hong Kong client, but the buyer said the three-year-old colt would not take up his entry in Thursday’s Hampton Court Stakes. Also bound for Hong Kong is Born To Play, who had entries at Royal Ascot on Thursday for Joseph Murphy’s stable, but will not run. He was bought for £500,000 by another Australian agent, Justin Bahen.


4 JULY 2017 • 12:28PM

The Financial Ombudsman, Laura Ashley and Ladbrokes are some of the worst companies to work for in the UK, according to employee ratings on the job site Glassdoor. The website holds a database of millions of company reviews curated by those who know the company best — their employees. The Telegraph browsed dozens of company profiles on the platform and randomly selected 10 that had a rating of 2.6/5 or less – the average overall rating across the site is 3.3/5. These are not the 10 worst rated firms on the site, but a randomly selected sample, and in no particular order.

William Hill – 2.5/5

Bookmaker William Hill has a score of just 2.5/5 on Glassdoor, with both current and former employees calling the firm out for the “long hours” and poor “work/life balance”. One employee said: “Not receiving breaks is one of the cons you get pretty used to”, while another said: “Unsociable work hours, most of which are spent working alone.”

On the plus side, employees say that the hours can be flexible, and that it is relatively easy to progress to more senior management.

A spokesperson for William Hill said: “William Hill employs 13,500 people in the UK many of whom tell us they love their jobs – in particular the interaction they have with customers and colleagues. There has been a lot of change in the business in the last 12 months which has been supported by many colleagues but which some have found more challenging.”

Ladbrokes – 2.3/5

Betting firm Ladbrokes has a rating of just 2.3/5, with workers complaining of “lone working” and difficulty dealing with “abusive customers”. Others lambasted the company over its merger with Coral, which one said had “ruined the company”. The staff member wrote: “I was doing an average 45 hours per week before the changes the merge made. Now doing 30 hours. Have asked to up my contract but cuts cuts cuts to everything. Going down the pan.”

On the other hand, staff members commended the firm for its “flexible working hours” and the fact that there is “a lot of room for progression”.

A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “Working in the bookmaking industry is not for everyone but we regularly celebrate colleagues who have 10, 20, 30 and 40 years’ service so it does appeal to many. The beauty of democracy is free speech and the beauty of social media is freedom to air it, but we don’t think this fairly reflects the brand and would encourage anyone interested to come and experience the job before allowing others to make up your mind for you.”


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