Zebelini Makes Winning Debut For Ilka Gansera-Leveque

Zebelini gave Ilka Gansera-Leveque her first winner of the season when outrunning odds of 40-1 in the At The Races Sky 415 Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Ripon.

The daughter of Zebedee was given a positive ride by Lemos De Souza and she stayed on well to hold Zuzinia by a neck. 

The Newmarket-based handler told At The Races: "Racing definitely has it's ups and downs and that's a nice change for us as we lost a horse on Sunday and now we have a winner. We all had very high hopes for her and a lot of confidence going into this race. I thought she was going to be my Royal Ascot filly, but things went wrong for her and she had a growth spurt. I always thought she was nice, ever since she stepped off the lorry, and we'll maybe find her a race at Ayr now given the owners, Lamont Racing, are Scottish based." 

This daughter of first season sire Zebedee out of an unraced mare was purchased as a yearling by Linda Saddler Bloodstock for 5,500gns from Tattersalls October Sale 2013. 

De Souza, who was having his first ride at the North Yorkshire track and is based at Luca Cumani's yard, said: "She's been working very well at home, so I was pretty confident on her today."

Visit Ilka Gansera-Leveque website here

Read this great article by Lissa Oliver and learn more about this talented trainer. 

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Horse Training: Keeping Your Horse Happy

While owning a horse can be an extremely rewarding experience, these majestic animals require an incredibly amount of care. As horses are extremely intelligent, both their physical and emotional needs must be catered to on a regular basis, and it’s important to recognise this as soon as you take on the responsibility of a horse’s care. 

While this can be challenging for those who are unfamiliar with the equestrian lifestyle, there are nonetheless a few worthwhile tips to remember. This latest guest editorial piece takes a quick look at some practices that will keep your horse happy, healthy and full of life.

Choosing High-Quality 

Tack Horse tack is extremely important to consider, for not all suppliers will offer the same levels of durability, quality and comfort. Ideally, the tack needs to be based around the dimensions of the horse and the type of events that your horse may be participating in. Good tack is moulded around its unique body frame. Items such as bridles, halters, lunge lines and saddle pads must seamlessly fit the horse in question. Additionally, soft leather products such as those supplied by specialists such as Metropolitan Leather are highly resistant to wear while they will not chafe the hide. Recall that shiny and pretty tack may not always be the best choice; it will need to be as functional as it is visually appealing. 

Ground Training

In the world of riding, there is an expression which reads ‘Green on green can lead to black and blue’. In other words, an inexperienced rider and a new horse can both encounter problems. In this manner, ground training is important. The horse will need to respect the leadership qualities of its new owner. Without this trust, the horse may very well become wilful and refuse even the most basic commands. Establishing a firm relationship from the onset is critical in allowing the horse to know who is in charge. 

Horse Blankets

This type of tack deserves special attention, since choosing the wrong type of blanket can be dangerous to the horse. Even in the colder months, an overheated horse will sweat. This sweat will cool its body and place it at risk of developing hypothermia, so high-quality blankets are a must. Modern designs have a waterproof outer shell and an inner lining that is comfortable on the skin. Insulating fibres in between these two layers will enable the horse to remain warm and if sweating does occur, it can be wicked away from the body; lessening the chances of developing a chill. 


Not only is a clean horse a happy horse, but infections and illnesses are much less likely to occur. So, while it might sound obvious, it is important to groom a horse regularly and this importance can’t be stressed enough. The mane and the tail are the two most obvious areas to pay attention to, since kinks can be painful and longer hair is a breeding ground for mites and other bacteria. Combing the remainder of the hide is also just as critical. Removing any caked-in dirt and debris will allow the underlying skin to ‘breathe’ while helping to prevent rashes and other uncomfortable conditions. 

Outside Opinions

An expert opinion is always a good idea if you are not completely comfortable with the horse. Trainers can determine personality types and help you establish a rapport with the animal that will last for years into the future. This is particularly the case if it has suffered past physical or emotional trauma; a trainer can help to bridge the gap and the horse will begin to trust you as its new owner.

Horses are wilful, intelligent and caring creatures. By providing them with the support and comfort that they require, both parties can enjoy a rewarding and heartfelt relationship. Do you have any top tips of your own you’d like to share? Drop a comment below!

Pallasator all the rage for Ebor Handicap

Sir Mark Prescott had a miserable start to the 2014 campaign with a number of his horses picking up a virus. The baronet decided to close his stables until he was satisfied all his horses were fully recovered and the results have been plain to see since he had his first proper runners of the campaign in July, writes Elliot Slater.

Amongst a stream of recent winners for Prescott is Pallasator, a big, rangy son of the Derby winner Motivator, who was very progressive in 2012 when winning all three of his handicap races. He was only lightly raced last term – including finishing fifth in the Cesarewitch Handicap – and this year has really been making up for lost time, failing by just a neck to catch De Rigeur in the valuable Old Newton Cup at Haydock on his seasonal reappearance, then most recently putting up a great display in beating Double Bluff by an impressive two lengths in a tough 12-furlong handicap at Ascot on ‘King George’ day.

Pallasator looks just the right type of horse for tough race like the one-mile-six furlong Ebor Handicap, Europe’s most valuable staying handicap and a race in which the hurly-burly can affect horses who aren’t robust enough to stand their ground. That shouldn’t be a problem for Pallasator who is literally built like a tank. Anything that crosses swords with him during the contest is sure to know they’ve been in a fight, even before they reach the business end of the contest!

Heavily supported following his taking victory at Ascot, Pallasator is currently favourite with Betfair in their ante-post list for the big race at odds of 7.4.There are plenty of other horses however that have claims to serious consideration for a race much sought after by trainers the length and breadth of Britain and further afield.

Like Sir Mark Prescott, Luca Cumani is based at Newmarket and is always a man to respect when saddling runners in top handicaps. The Italian-born trainer won the Ebor in 1999 with Vicious Circle, hit the target again with Mephisto in 2004, and most recently with Purple Moon in 2007. He’s had a number of horses run well in the race since and this year looks to have a likely sort in the shape of Havana Cooler.

A rock solid third in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot in June, Havana Cooler was slightly disappointing when sent off favourite for the Old Newton Cup and only able to finish sixth behind De Rigeur and Pallasator, but he bounced back with a big effort last time out at Glorious Goodwood when only just coming off second best in a titanic tussle with Van Percy in the value Summer Handicap.

Pallasator, Havana Cooler, or one of a host of other potential leading contenders for a race that attracts a crowd of around 40,000 and is one of the hottest betting heats of the year, the Ebor Handicap promises to be, as always, a tremendous spectacle.

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Australia Set For Bright Future

After his spectacular victory on Saturday in the Derby at Epsom, connections of Australia will be considering the next steps for their Classic winner Australia this year.

The three-year old improved from a step up from 1m in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket to 1m4f at Epsom for the biggest race on the British flat calendar. He was able to score by just under two lengths ahead of Kingston Hill and Romsdal, respectively after going off as the favourite at Betfair.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has already hinted that a shot at the Irish Derby is a likely option next, if ground conditions fall right. The Irishman will not risk his superstar colt on soft side at the Curragh though.

O’Brien has been successful in the Irish Derby in seven of the last eight runnings and if Australia was to win the Curragh showpiece event, it would be the trainer’s 11th win in the contest.

Looking further ahead into the season and the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is often the destination for the Derby winner from Epsom. Run over 1m4f at Longchamp, Australia would be taking on the best middle distance horses in Europe with betting currently available with Betfair.

O’Brien has only won the Arc once in which Dylan Thomas gave him success in 2007 to reward backers in the race market. In 2012, Camelot attempted to win Europe’s premier race after victory at Epsom but fell short, while 12 months ago his hopes were on Ruler of the World and Leading Light but neither could get in the frame.

Another option for the Derby winner could be to step back down in trip as the 1m2f Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on the calendar this summer. Sea The Stars won that prestigious Group One contest in 2009 after his victory at Epsom and before later success in the Arc in France.

Your Guide To Royal Ascot Coventry Stakes (Group 2): Adaay Looks A Hot Tip For William Haggas

Paul Hanagan will pilot Adaay
Purchased for a whopping 240,000gns at Tattersalls  Breeze-Up Sale 2014 (17th April) by Shadwell Estate Company, Adaay looks a live prospect to win the Coventry Stakes Group 2 at Royal Ascot, Tuesday, 17th June. This handsome colt, racing in the ownership of Hamdan Al Maktoum, has been very much a talking horse. 

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This March foal was fancied to go well on debut at Newbury when starting at 3/1 when sent off second favourite behind hot-pot debutante Alediad, trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Frankie Dettori. However, Adaay ran on strongly to take that maiden over 6f 8y in ready fashion. 

William Haggas was quoted as saying he was pleased with that introduction but proposed a second start before the big race as he showed signs of inexperience. Paul Hanagan [jockey] said this two-year-old colt was quite noisy behind the stalls in contrast to his calm nature at home on the gallops. 

His trainer said he was confident of making a winning return.

Second start saw him face an equally impressive debut winner with lofty claims:  Mind Of Madness. This bay son of Azamour - trained by David Brown for notable owners Qatar Racing Ltd - contested the EBF Stallions / 4 Head Novice Stakes at Yarmouth (3rd June) over 6f 3y on good-to-firm ground. 

Adaay won comfortably by three-quarters of a length from Mind Of Madness, with debut winner, Natural Order, in third. 

At present, Adaay is priced 6/1 for the Coventry Stakes (Group 2),behind Aidan O'Brien's The Great War, who won easily on both his starts to date. This American-bred son of War Front cost a staggering $1,000,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sales. 

O'Brien is now represented by War Envoy. 

The Coventry Stakes (Group 2) is one of the leading two-year-old races in Great Britain over a distance of 6f on the opening day of Royal Ascot. Both colts & fillies can take part and it is a race won by a number of outstanding juveniles.

Aidan O'Brien is joint leading  trainer of this race with 7 winners, since Harbour Master won in 1997. Other victors include: Fasliyev (1999), Landseer (2001), Statue Of Liberty (2002), Henrythenavigator (2007), Power (2011) & last year's impressive winner War Command.   

Get ready for the 3:05 Coventry Stakes Group 2, Tuesday, 17th  June 2014.