Ashforth’s Angles: Codeshare not living up to breeding
Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Passage Of Time is a brother to Codeshare
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Well-related Codeshare not living up to breeding By David Ashforth 6:00PM 6 NOV 2016
THE Melbourne Cup, the Breeders' Cup, a nice cup of tea at Carlisle, Fairyhouse, Kempton and Newcastle – but will there be?
On the tea front, what awaits ordinary racegoers on Monday? Which racecourses pass The Tea Test? It's not a demanding test. It doesn't even insist that the tea itself is much good (it usually isn't).
The Tea Test poses three questions. Can the ordinary racegoer get a cup of tea in a real cup or mug? Is there somewhere to dispose conveniently of the teabag or are racegoers doomed to look around them wondering where to put it? Is there ready access to a seat to sit and drink the tea?
It's not much to ask. Carlisle, Fairyhouse, Kempton, Newcastle – do you pass The Tea Test?
It's particularly important at Kempton and Carlisle because with three three runner races at Kempton and a two runner race at Carlisle, there'll be extra demand for a nice cup of tea and possibly a biscuit to pass the time.
Small fields suggest firm ground which, nowadays, is considered unacceptable. As Jason Loosemore, Taunton's clerk of the course, reported last week, "it's firm and hard in places and therefore unfit for racing." Years ago but during the present Queen's reign an official going description of "Hard" was commonplace.
Anyway, it's not firm at Carlisle or Kempton. As I write, the official going at Carlisle is good, good to soft in places and at Kempton it is officially good. Yet four of Carlisle's six races and six of Kempton's seven races have fewer than eight runners. Why?
Is it because trainers don't trust the official going descriptions? Is it because the race conditions militate against good size fields? Does everyone still do their laundry on Mondays, as in the old days, and need to be at home for their shirts?
Those who stay for the closing bumper race at Carlisle (4.00) will see the day's best bred horse. The four-year-old Codeshare is a full brother to both Passage Of Time, who won the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud in 2006 and Father Time, winner of the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes in 2009. Codeshare is also a half-brother to Timepiece, who won the Group One Falmouth Stakes in 2011.
Unfortunately, that doesn't mean Codeshare can run fast. Last year Juddmonte sold him, unraced, for £27,000. On his only appearance since, Codeshare was tailed off in a Market Rasen bumper. Let's hope he does better this time.
Money well spent?
The same applies to another well bred reject, Dubawi Fifty (Newcastle 3.15). His dam, Plethora, is the unraced sister of Brian Boru, winner of the Racing Post Trophy in 2002 and St Leger the following year, and of Soviet Moon, the dam of 2010 Derby and Arc winner Workforce.
It sounds encouraging but after finishing last of six in a maiden race at Chelmsford in April, Dubawi Fifty was sold for £5,500. Two not unpromising runs later, Dubawi Fifty steps up to a more suitable one and a half miles. Was he a bargain?