Gary Mudgway has been appointed as an Ambassador for Great British Racing International, working to promote British Racing in Australia and New Zealand.
The British racing and breeding industry already enjoys excellent relations with the sport in Australasia with many British-bred and -trained horses going on to great success in the region, particularly in Australia.
In replacing Mark Player as GBRI Ambassador, Mudgway will work to continue to enhance the strong relations between racing in Britain and Australia and New Zealand, encouraging greater participation in British racing and British bloodstock sales. He will also assist owners and breeders who want to experience racing in Britain.
Mudgway is steeped in racing, having been raised in racing stables in his native New Zealand before switching his attention to the breeding industry. He worked for the doyen of New Zealand’s breeders, Sir Patrick Hogan, at the famed Cambridge Stud for many years. He emigrated to Australia in 2000 and now runs the successful Grange Thoroughbreds operation in the heart of Victoria. He is a regular at all yearling sales in Australasia and has been active at Northern Hemisphere breeding sales for the last decade.
GBRI’s International Executive, Carter Carnegie, commented: “I am delighted that Gary has come on board as a GBRI Ambassador. He brings to the role a wealth of knowledge of the Australasian markets and is ideally placed to facilitate introductions and assist those who want to experience racing in Britain, as well as introduce high net worth individuals who are interested in investing in Britain.
“Results in Australia in recent years have highlighted the appeal of British bloodstock in the southern hemisphere while Australasian owners have done well with horses trained in Britain such as Tac de Boistron and Dandino. We are committed to increasing the number of owners from Australia and New Zealand and showcasing the fantastic raceday experience on offer at Britain’s premier meetings.”
Gary Mudgway said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Great British Racing International team and look forward to promoting the exciting opportunities that the breeding and racing industries in Britain have to offer.” “Investment in British horses is growing dramatically, buoyed by the startling success of the likes of Fiorente, Hartnell and Red Cadeaux. Australians are increasingly looking to acquire British bloodstock to enhance our bloodlines and they know that by racing their purchases in Britain they can multiply their value.
“To be able to introduce and encourage participation in British racing and breeding is an honour. I look forward to assisting my colleagues from Down Under in their endeavours and am excited at the opportunities afforded by horses from Britain.”
Great British Racing International (GBRI) announced today the appointment of Diego Mitagstein as a South American Ambassador, working to promote GBRI in the region and the British racing industry to a key international audience.
As a GBRI Ambassador, Mitagstein will focus on continuing to enhance and develop the relationship between British racing and South America, providing valuable guidance and advice to GBRI and encouraging greater participation in British bloodstock and racing.
Based in Argentina, Mitagstein brings a wealth of insight into the South American racing industry. He is currently a special columnist for ESPN and the Editor-In-Chief of Turf Diario, the daily Argentinian and South American racing digest. He previously held the same position for the Argentinian racing newspaper El Crack. He is also a regular contributor to European Bloodstock News (UK), Thoroughbred Daily News (USA), Diario La Hipica (Chile) and Jornal do Turfe (Brazil).
Carter Carnegie, GBRI’s International Executive, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Diego to the team as an International Ambassador. His wealth of knowledge of the South American region will be a great asset to British racing, as we grow our understanding of the market and build awareness for the British horseracing industry. He is ideally placed to facilitate introductions and assist those who want to experience racing and/or breeding in the United Kingdom.”
Of his new role, Mitagstein said, “I am incredibly excited to join GBRI, to promote the vast opportunities the British thoroughbred industry has to offer to South America and to continue the international growth of racing.”
Team British Racing begins its second season with a bang when it is represented by all 15 British-trained runners at Super Saturday, a seven-race US$1.775 million (£1.138 million) card at Meydan in Dubai on Saturday (March 7th) which acts as trials day for Dubai World Cup Night at the same venue on March 28th.
The group includes horses from no less than eight trainers making their Team British Racing debuts – Tony Carroll, Robert Cowell, Rae Guest, Dean Ivory, Paul Midgley, John Ryan, Bryan Smart and Ian Williams.
This powerful Team British Racing raid is led by Newmarket trainer David Simcock, who saddles four runners including all three of the horses that last year he sent across the Atlantic to plunder a trio of Canada’s top races – Sheikhzayedroad, Trade Storm and Caspar Netscher.
Simcock is particularly sweet on the chances of Sheikhzayedroad in the Group 2 Dubai City Of Gold. “Sheikhzayedroad is fresh and happy and is one of the easier ones to get ready. He has his optimum conditions – a mile and a half on fast ground – and has all the right attributes,” he said.
“Trade Storm, by contrast, will need his run in the Jebel Hatta in order to blow the cobwebs away. It will be his first run back from a break and you know what you get from him – once that first run is out of the way he is usually a model of consistency.”
“Caspar Netscher will be dropping back to five furlongs for the first time since his juvenile days in the Meydan Sprint but he is not suited by the sand so we have decided to try something different with him. Some sprinters definitely do get quicker with age and though he will improve for the run, how much I can’t tell you.”
“Calling Out is a horse that we have only had since December but he trains pleasingly and shows a certain amount of ability. He was undercooked and got very tired on his first Meydan run [when seventh on February 19th] so I expect him to improve but the Jebel Hatta looks a very hot race.”
Caspar Netscher is one of no less than nine Team British Racing contenders for the Group 3 Meydan Sprint. His rivals include both the Group 3 winner and Nunthorpe Stakes third, Extortionist (below), and Moviesta, who was one place behind Extortionist in the Nunthorpe and went on to finish a fearfully unlucky third in the Prix de l’Abbaye.
Olly Stevens, trainer of Extortionist, said: “He is incredibly well and is a little tighter than for his first run last year. He worked very well under Andrea [Atzeni] at Lingfield the other day but I will not be surprised if he needs the race – it should put him spot on for three weeks time.”
“As a nation we have to be aware that we are in an export market, whether that means chasing lucrative opportunities abroad [like this one] or attracting overseas owners, and I am very much in favour of the concept of Team British Racing and everything else that Great British Racing International is doing.”
Bryan Smart, trainer of Moviesta, said: “He has done really well over the winter, growing and strengthening, and he travelled over to Dubai well too. He has had a racecourse gallop, is in very good order and will love the fast ground.”
A full list of the Team British Racing runners is as follows:
Meydan, Saturday March 7th
US$200,000 Mahab Al Shimaal sponsored by Emirates Skywards – Group 3, 6f (dirt)
Speed Hawk (Andrea Atzeni/Robert Cowell) 1.45pm GMT
US$175,000 Meydan Sprint sponsored by Arabian Adventures – Group 3, 5f (turf)
Caspar Netscher (Andrew Mullen/David Simcock)
Caspian Prince (William Carson/Tony Carroll)
Extortionist (Andrea Atzeni/Olly Stevens)
Lancelot du Lac (Jim Crowley/Dean Ivory)
Line Of Reason (Oisin Murphy/Paul Midgley)
Mirza (James Doyle/Rae Guest)
Moviesta (Paul Mulrennan/Bryan Smart)
Monsieur Joe (Pat Dobbs/Paul Midgley)
Sir Maximilian (Keiren Fallon/Ian Williams)
2.20pm GMT US$200,000 Burj Nahaar sponsored by Emirates Holidays – Group 3, 1m (dirt) Ocean Tempest (Kieren Fallon/John Ryan)
Sirius Prospect (Richard Hughes/Dean Ivory)
2.55pm GMT US$250,000 Dubai City Of Gold sponsored by Emirates SkyCargo – Group 2, 1m 4f (turf)
Sheikhzayedroad (Martin Lane/David Simcock)
4.05pm GMT US$300,000 Jebel Hatta sponsored by Emirates Airline – Group 1, 1m 1f (turf) Calling Out (Jim Crowley/David Simcock)
Trade Storm (Andrea Atzeni/David Simcock)
To follow Team British Racing visit https://www.facebook.com/teambritishracing or follow @GBRI_UK using #TeamBritishRacing
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