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A grey won at Newmarket

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  • A grey won at Newmarket

    Then again sixteen (one scratch) of them all went to post in the same race - so ignoring a grey was impossible

    The race was instituted after Peter Jensen, a director of Newmarket, came across a greys' race while visiting the Melbourne Carnival. “When we took the idea to the British Horseracing Authority for approval, they thought it was an April Fools' prank,” Prosser said.

    Those who habitually back greys for their distinctive colour are seemingly on the horns of a dilemma. Not so, according to Prosser. “There are roan greys, steel greys and greys that are nearly white,” he said. “No two will be identical.”
    UK's Independent Aug 16 "Colourful spectacle results from many shades of grey"

    And here yesterday, many an eye was gladdened by one of the oddities in the calendar, a race exclusively for grey horses. And although only an inconsequential low-grade sprint, there was no denying its aesthetic value to a charmed audience. Dappled light glinted on dappled hides as 16 silvered darlings paraded beneath a cathedral roof of trees before massing for a dashing white charge down the track.

    The jockeys' motley contrasted strikingly with the cool-hued coats of their monochrome mounts. Not that shades of grey, from the near-black tempered steel of Isabella Romee to the milky paleness of Sir Edwin Landseer, are dull, though. There was Nickel Silver, with platinum flashes among the iron; Hits Only Jude, with his rocking-horse rump and the winner Sarah's Art, her pewter set off by a snow-white mane and tail.

    Grey horses comprise a tiny proportion of the thoroughbred population and at one time the colour was endangered, until the emergence of the brilliant grey The Tetrarch as a sire of note nearly a century ago. His influential descendants to have propagated the smoky jacket in the past include Mahmoud, Grey Sovereign, Abernant, Zeddaan, Kalamoun and Caro, a job being carried on today by the likes of Linamix, Highest Honor, Dalakhani and Verglas.

    None of yesterday's contestants – the race was a six-furlong 0-85 handicap – could be mentioned in the same breath as the Flat game's amazing greys, but every one of them owes his or her grizzled coat to The Tetrarch. Sarah's Art is a seven-greats grand-daughter of the 1913 juvenile champion.
    Image: "I bet on the grey" - Jim Crowley on Sarah's Art emerges victorious in the Super 6 handicap for Grey Horses at Newmarket

  • #2
    Just goes to show--
    They didn't mention Native Dancer in their list of great grays.
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    • #3
      Well, these were ENGLISH greys

      it was on HRTV this morning, and at first i thought it was a joke but it was for real! Cool beans!
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      • #4
        Cool photo, alittle freaky, but cool!
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        • #5
          That is so cool! Sounds like a fantastic way to get folks interested in racing again. Wonder if there'll be one for coloured horses in a few years? (I'm talking about the pallys, dilutes, and wildly marked ones.)
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          • #6
            It looks like a color tinted photo, all except the horses. Very cool


            • #7
              I would like to go hunter shopping after that race....lol
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              • #8
                This would have been a tough one for the better that always picks a grey to win, LOL.

                We do have an all grey race here in the U.S., I just can't remember where it is run though.
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                • #9
                  There's some real racing at York this week, including the best horse in the world taking on a funky coloured horse for those not so interested in the actual racing.
                  Tune in on Tues.
                  Last edited by Drvmb1ggl3; Aug. 16, 2009, 09:03 PM.


                  • #10
                    The all grey race stateside is at Aqueduct on halloween.


                    • #11
                      Meadowlands actually.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Drvmb1ggl3 View Post
                        There's some real racing at York this week, including the best horse in the world taking on a funky coloured horse for those not so interested in the actual racing.
                        Tune in on Tues.
                        Well, I hoped y'all tuned in. Sea The Stars stepped up to probably his toughest challenge so far and dug deep to hold off the grey-roan-whatever colour he is horse. Cracking race.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Drvmb1ggl3 View Post
                          Meadowlands actually.
                          Yup. Grey Ghost Handicap It's actually named for our most famous grey ghost, Native Dancer.


                          They're neat kind of races to watch.


                          • #14
                            There is also one at Philadelphia Park called the Grey Goblin run on or close to Halloween depending on schedule.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Drvmb1ggl3 View Post
                              Well, I hoped y'all tuned in. Sea The Stars stepped up to probably his toughest challenge so far and dug deep to hold off the grey-roan-whatever colour he is horse. Cracking race.
                              Oh, you tease!! What, you couldn't provide a link?
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                              • Original Poster

                                A brief clip of Sea The Stars from today

                                Older butSchillaci - The Grey Flash largely at Newmarket


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Beezer View Post
                                  Oh, you tease!! What, you couldn't provide a link?
                                  There is a clip of the stretch run on the RTE evening news. Starts about 30 seconds in.


                                  • Original Poster


                                    The full race above of 'Sea The Stars' in the Juddmonte International Stakes


                                    • #19
                                      Very cool race. The annoucer must have had fun trying to call the race! lol

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                                      • Original Poster

                                        Interestingly the first race at Aquduct on Wed Feb 3rd will be a starter handicap restricted to gray or roan horses. The actual restirction is: "For Four Year Olds And Upward Grey Or Roan Horses Which Have Started For A Claiming Price Of $16,000 Or Less In 2007-10."

                                        Entries closed Wenesday, January 27, 2010 with 21 Nominations. Although just 7 starters per equibase.

                                        In the field will be Najarans Star, a mare taking on males with Ramon Dominguez up, who has won three of her last four. She is trained by Rick Dutrow.