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As an avid follower of horse racing I scan the race card on a daily basis. Then I stop at an unfamiliar name.
Kevin Phillippart de Foy.
It was April, an early two-year-old race. Pokhara, ridden by Daniel Muscutt. A bay filly, a daughter of The Gurkha, in the ownership of the Run Away Racing Himalayan Syndicate.
They sound my kind of people!
This £15,000 yearling purchase, out of an unraced dam made her debut at Yarmouth, a 20/1 shot finishing fifth of five.
Another trainer with high hopes and limited ammunition?
Based at Machell Place, Newmarket, Suffolk, it would have been easy to say: ''Here today, gone tomorrow.''
However, this exceptional young trainer could well be one of those few handlers which hits the jackpot.
My specialist niche is two-year-old horse racing and I follow each and every season like a black taxi cab driver revises the knowledge.
I've been very impressed with Kevin Philippart de Foy's formative season. In fact, as a rookie trainer he reminds me very much of Archie Watson when he made an impact in 2016.
At the time of writing (21/07/2021) he has sent out just 10 two-year-old horses. For any trainer winners are hard to find. Having the talent to ready a debutante really takes a lot of skill. It's the reason most established trainers have so few horses hitting the frame when making their racecourse bow let alone winning in style.
Taking a quick glance at the juveniles he has raced so far for the 2021 season:
Two-year-olds: Winners underlined
Smooth Talking 3rd
Rock Melody 1st
New Pursuit 1st
Unexpected Arrival 5th
Scot's Grace 1st
Pearl Glory 1st
I will update his results until the end of the turf season.
Comments: That's a 40% win strike rate with his debutantes. From experience, any two-year-old that wins on debut is often good enough to dip its toe into pattern class. That was seen with Rock Melody who thrashed his rivals on debut at Redcar. The 16/1 shot stormed clear by over three-lengths winning comfortably.
I bet against this filly and cursing: ''Who is this bloke!''
This is what the Racing Post had to say: ''Raced freely, held up in behind leaders, headway going easily two out, ridden to lead 1f out, soon edged right, went clear inside final furlong, easily.''
She contested the Maureen Brittain Memorial Empress Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race) at Newmarket over 6f on good to firm going (20th June, 2021) finishing a respectable 10th, beaten just over five lengths.
Make no mistake, you will be hearing a lot about Kevin Philippart de Foy this season let alone years to come.
Take note of his other debut winners:
Impressive when winning well on debut at Epsom by over two-lengths. This son of New Bay, a steal at 30,000g as a yearling. In the ownership of Run Away Racing Quest Syndicate.
This daughter of Mehmas literally flew home when making her debut at Kempton. In the ownership of Bernard Havern, bred by Tally-Ho Stud, this bay filly was picked up for pocket money at the Tattersalls Ire Goresbridge Breeze Up @ Nmkt for £15,000. A four-and-a-quarter length victory, Scot's Grace stamped herself as a live chance for Group race success.
— Universal Stud (@StudUniversal) July 10, 2021
I was impressed and disappointed when this daughter of Cotia Glory won on debut. You've guessed it, I bet on the horse that finished second [Outside World, trained by Mark Johnston]. This bay filly won by a nose, after having traffic problems. Another inspired breeze-up purchase by this young trainer for just £12,000, from vendor Hyde Park Stud. She was purchased on the 3rd June and bringing home the bacon on the 14th July. Make no mistake this was a victory worth noting because the form of this debut effort will be proven to be high class.
Kevin Philippart de Foy has achieved in 10 two-year-old debutantes what many established trainers have failed to do in a decade.
Good luck for the future.
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A young trainer going places! ⬆️@kpfracing , former assistant to James Fanshawe, is already dreaming of Classic glory but his yard are "building slowly" after reaching 15 winners for the year at @LingfieldPark today pic.twitter.com/JofxBHw45L— Sky Sports Racing (@SkySportsRacing) July 14, 2021
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If you could see into the future, ten minutes would be just enough time.
You'd have been at Aintree, Liverpool, the home of the Grand National, and mysteriously know the name of the winning horse.
You'd have been disappointed back in 2001 as Red Marauder completed the greatest steeplechase in the world with a winning time of 11m 0.1s. Even worse, you'd have missed out on the odds at 33/1.
All recent winners have been right on time.
You would have been laughing all the way to the bank.
Highlights would be Mon Mone winning at 100/1 in 2009. A very pleasing 9m 32.9s.
To be honest, if you knew the outcome of a race before it started a mighty odds-on would be tempting.
A brazen smile as you placed your bet. We're talking suitcases.
This year's Grand National takes place on the 10th April. To give the race its full title: The Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) 7yo+
The winner gets prize money worth £375,000.
For many, the accolade of winning is worth even more.
Which of the 2021 horses and jockeys will prevail? There will be a maximum of 40 runners. At present there are 77 entrants.
Until the horses have been selected it is difficult to know which jockeys will be riding which mounts.
However, you can guaranteed certain owners and trainers will have their pilot waiting ready for the off.
In recent years, Tiger Roll has been the talking horse, winning consecutive races in 2018 - 2019. Sadly, he couldn't try and emulate the third success of the legendary Red Rum, beaten by an impossible opponent in Coronavirus.
It is disappointing to hear that Tiger Roll won't take his chance this year and heads to the Irish Grand National which takes place at Fairyhouse on the 5th April.
This time round, we have a strongly fancied favourite in Cloth Cap, trained by Jonjo O'Neill who won the National back in 2010, giving Tony McCoy his only success in the race and putting a smile on the face of many including owner J. P. McManus.
Cloth Cap has been well supported at 9/2 and may be one of the shortest priced favourites for over a century
Trevor Hemmings is the owner of Cloth Cap. This billionaire businessman is no stranger to success as he has won the Grand National three times since 2005 when Hedgehunter landed the odds at 7/1 in a time of 9m 20.8s.
That wasn't the best kept secret.
The Grand National is a race full of stories. This April, another story will be told. Perhaps it will be a winning favourite. It could possibly be a horse at odds of 100/1. Wouldn't it be something if this year saw the first female jockey win this biggest prize.
You'll have to wait until after the race because I'm keeping this secret under my hat.