The most successful horse in the history of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Golden Miller.

Born on 30 April 1927 in Ireland and bred by Laurence Geraghty, he was sired by the unraced Goldcourt, out of Miller’s Pride, an ex-hunter who was placed and also the dam of the good steeplechaser, May Crescent.

Golden Miller was first trained by Basil Briscoe, later by Owen Anthony, and owned from 1931 by Dorothy Paget, the British Flat Racing Champion Owner of 1943, and the Leading National Hunt Owner in 1933-34, 1940–41 and 1951-52.

He made his steeplechasing debut in 1931 at Newbury where he finished first, only to be disqualified for carrying incorrect weight. On 30 December he won the Reading Chase, and landed the Sefton Steeplechase on 20 January 1932.

As a six-year-old in 1933 and winner of two Cheltenham Gold Cups, he started as the 9/1 favourite in the Grand National, but fell at the Canal Turn.

He returned to Aintree for the Grand National again the following year, where he not only won, but also set a new course record of 9 min 20.4s f.

By being the only horse to win five Cheltenham Gold Cups, from 1932-1936, he also is the only to have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National - Britain’s premier chases, - in the same year, in 1934.

Golden Miller was retired in 1939, with a record of 52: 29-7-6.

He died in 1957, and is buried at Elsenham Stud.

A statue of Golden Miller was erected near the parade ring at Cheltenham.

Photo: Copyright The National Horseracing Museum / X
Golden Miller with trainer Basil Briscoe and jockey Jerry Wilson

A very disappointed Frankie Dettori has been replaced by Thierry Jarnet on Trêve, for the champion filly’s next to races, the Prix Vermeille and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Announced on 8 September 2014.

Both races were won by the then-undefeated champion, the Vermeille under Frankie, and the Arc under Thierry (because Frankie got injured less than a week ealier - a broken ankle).

Trêve was, in her first three starts - an unraced filly maiden, a conditions and the Prix de Diane, ridden by Thierry, then by Frankie in the Vermeille, then again Thierry in the Arc, and in the previous two races by Frankie, where she finished second in the Prix Ganay and third in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, respectively.

The shock news is the result of a direct appeal by trainer Criquette Head-Maarek to owner Sheikh Joaan Al Thani to make the switch in the best interests of the filly.

Al Shaqab racing manager Harry Herbert told the Racing Post: “Criquette came to the sheikh and to me too, and has spoken to Frankie.”

"It was my decision, nobody else’s. I think it is the best decision for the filly." said Criquette.

Both jockeys count to my favourites, and as happy as I am that Thierry is back in Trêve’s saddle, I am really sorry and sad that Frankie has been replaced.

Photo source: X
Trêve and Frankie at Royal Ascot before the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, June 2014

HIP#: 0997 Wooden Broomstick an Unraced .592 Working 2yo Colt by Broomstick Nebraska

HIP#: 0997 Wooden Broomstick an Unraced .592 Working 2yo Colt by Broomstick Nebraska

2yo Chestnut Colt: foaled April 7th 2014 in La

A nice looking unraced colt that has had a number of fast 5f dirt works between .592 and .593. His dam’s sire won a grade 1 stakes over 6f on dirt and looks to have passed some of that fast blood on.

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