Racing: An Elephant in the room

First the awful news. Racing’s most modern cult horse inside the making doesn’t without a doubt live as much as his name.

Elephant, who remained unbeaten with a excessive-magnificence win at Te Rapa on Saturday, is neither massive, intimidating or remotely elephant-like.

“I think human beings count on him to be however he is not,” laughs co-teacher Emma-Lee Browne. So this horse got the name.

The good news is everything else about Elephant appears to be authentic.

He had to be right to wear out the leaders in a fast 1:21.8 for the 1400m of his rating seventy four on Saturday, especially with the leaders racing their final 600m in 33.sixty nine seconds.

There had been anxious moments on the top of the directly whilst the front pair had were given away on him however Elephant surged clear in the last 50m, looking like a horse who should play his function in a race which include the Easter later in the season.

Before then he’ll head to Ellerslie on January 10 and still holds a nomination for the Thorndon Mile at Trentham on January 30, a race headlined by Melody Belle.

This no longer-so-significant Elephant seems to have picked up the first-class genes of his parents, having the scope from his Melbourne Cup prevailing sire surprising and the rate of his open-elegance sprinter dam Ticklish, also the dam of pinnacle mare soften.

His call and ability method Elephant now includes the load of expectation but he looks in all likelihood to live up to it, with the pathway to the best open handicaps reputedly nicely inside his variety now. How effective he can be while he receives there may be a question best time can solution.

The huge and quirky gray made it 3 wins from his closing four starts, all within the fingers of Opie Bosson, and Saturday’s win qualifies him for the $100,000 Dunstan Stayers final on New Year’s Day.

The manner he shouldered his way into the clear before powering home over 2100m on Saturday suggests he’s going to love the 2400m of that final, as you will expect from a son of former first-class staying mare Pravda.

Long gone West has no longer best inherited mum’s staying ability however her stubbornness.

Pravda is quality regarded for the race she did not participate in, refusing to go right down to the begin of the 2000 Melbourne Cup and conserving up the race for 10 mins whilst jockey Lance O’Sullivan did not get her to prelim.

Pravda was scratched even as nevertheless standing on the track in the front of the huge Flemington crowd and retired.

But Opie gets on properly with him and might get the fine out of him,” says Browne.


Honda shocks F1, says it will quit the sport after 2021

On Friday morning in Tokyo, the Honda Motor company taken aback the sector of system 1 by pronouncing it has decided to leave the game on the cease of 2021.

At the moment, Honda decided to in addition accelerate such tasks and strive for “the conclusion of carbon neutrality via 2050” so one can understand a sustainable society. To this stop, our modern-day purpose of “electrifying two-thirds of our worldwide vehicle unit sales in 2030” turns into a checkpoint we need to bypass before we get to the 2050 goal, and therefore we have to in addition accelerate the creation of our carbon-loose technology.

In place of spending $164 million a year on an F1 engine software, Honda will as an alternative devote those resources to carbon-unfastened generation for street vehicles, along with battery and gas cellular electric powered automobiles. A Honda system E application has already been dominated out, but we consider the IndyCar program will maintain unchanged, for the reason that it’s miles funded with the aid of the yank Honda Motor employer.

with the aid of my remember, this is the fifth time that the japanese automaker has quit F1; it contested the game as a manufacturer of its personal automobile and engine between 1964-1968 and from 2006-2008 and as simply an engine dealer to different teams within the Eighties, 2000s, and however due to the fact that 2015.

It turned into for the duration of the Eighties and Nineties that it determined the best success. Honda engines racked up seventy seven wins, 194 podiums, and contributed to 5 Global Drivers’ Championships and 6 international Constructor’s Championships for legendary names like Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost.

However it hasn’t all been smooth crusing. when the business enterprise took over the British American Racing group to rebrand it as Honda Racing F1 in 2006, the result became a sharp decline within the crew’s fortunes that saw the automaker go away the game two years later inside the face of a international economic crisis. ironically, the following year, the same crew—now being run on a shoestring as an independent the usage of Mercedes engines—won the WDC and WCC as Brawn GP, which the year after have become Mercedes-AMG F1, which has thoroughly dominated F1 in the hybrid generation.

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Area Stock Car Racing: McCoy, Horning, Gray score wins at Glen Ridge

In the Red Chair DIRTcar 602 sportsman function Scott McCoy took the victory over Andrew Buff, with Travis Green, Justin Buff and Tucker O’Connor finishing the pinnacle five.
In the confined sportsman feature Stephen Gray took the win beforehand of Garrett Poland, Tim Billington, Paul DeRuyler and Teddy Starr. Three vehicles had been disqualified after post-race technical inspection, which changed the authentic finishing order.

Adam Tranka scored in the avenue inventory feature. Following the leader throughout the line have been Damon Anderson, Kenny Allen, Jacob Zennaiter, and Chris Daughtery.

Beau Ballard (15) races with Andy Graves (96) during pro stock action Sunday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Dale VanAllen gained the mini inventory single cam and Josh Kane gained the mini inventory dual cam. Slingshot motion noticed Conner Hill score the Northeast Paving & Seal Coating All-Star feature and Frank Twing Jr. used to be positive in the junior slingshot feature.

After being rained out on Wednesday Fonda Speedway held its huge modified Firecracker 50 for the Short Track Super Series on Sunday. Adam McAuliffe took the early lead, but it was once Stewart Friesen claiming the $10,000 grand prize at the end. Larry Wight finished 2d accompanied through Mike Maresca, Adam McAuliffe and Jessica Friesen.

In the 25-lap 602 sportsman function Chad Edwards claimed the win over Brian Calabrese, Matt Meade, Ricky Quick and Tim Hartman Jr.

Last Thursday, Devil’s Bowl Speedway held a midweek event to celebrate Independence Day. Bobby Hackel scored the win in the crate modifieds, with Demetrios Drellos ending second. Completing the pinnacle five were Tim LaDuc, John St. Germain and Jack Speshock.

Albany-Saratoga Speedway was rained out remaining Friday and a few groups decided to head south down I-88 to the Afton Motorsports Park. In the modifieds Jeremy Smith scored the win over Andy Bachetti. Craig Hanson of Johnstown finished 18th. Dave Rosa won the 602 sportsman feature over Bobby Flood and Brian Calabrese.

Danny Varin of Fonda loaded up closing Friday and hauled his wingless sprint auto to the Big Diamond Speedway in Pennsylvania to compete with the USAC East Coast sprints. Varin used to be worried in a mishap during his heat race, which caused him to have to start 19th in the feature. By lap six he had moved up into the top 10. Unfortunately, he caught the berm and took a wild trip out of the park. Naturally the automobile suffered damage, however Varin was OK.

Fonda ran its Fourth of July activities final Saturday and again it was once Stewart Friesen at the pinnacle of the modified field. Wight and Jessica Friesen did offer fans a suitable fighting for second. Wight would go on to win that battle. Hanson, who led the first half of the race, hung on for a true fourth-place end and 2019 modified song champion Rocky Warner was fifth.

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Le Mans dominates racing records on 14 June, but there had been also two grand prix over the years on this day.

While Jim Clark made a habit of winning the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, his 1964 win in a Lotus 25 Climax, used to be the solely of those that may want to be labelled as fortuitous. Dan Gurney ran dry on the penultimate lap after main most of the before Graham Hill, who took the lead only stopped rapidly after when his BRM engine broke. That left Clark to combat Bruce McLaren’s Cooper off for his third of 4 Spa wins on the trot, with Jack Brabham third.

It was a comparable scenario for Gerhard Berger in the Canadian Grand Prix this day ’92, after Nigel Mansell went off whilst fighting for the lead with Berger’s McLaren Honda teammate Ayrton Senna, earlier than Senna suffered engine failure to permit the Austrian to take the win from Michael Schumacher’s Benetton and Jean Alesi’s Ferrari.

Getting lower back to Le Mans, Sir Henry Birkin and Earl Howe gained the 1931 24 Hour using an Alfa Romeo 8C-2300, whilst Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt led a Jaguar 1-2-4 at the Sarthe epic put down to their jogging progressive disc brakes in the victorious C-types.

More recently, Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann took Porsche’s first normal Le Mans win driving a 917K in 1970, in view that when the Stuttgart carmaker has won three of the four 24 Hours run on this day.

Derek Bell gained twice, alongside Jacky Ickx in a Porsche 936/81 in 1983, and in 1987 with Al Holbert and Hans-Joachim Stuck in a Porsche 962C. David Brabham, Marc Gene and Alex Wurz broke Porsche’s 14 May streak through prevailing in a Peugeot 908 HDi in 2009, however Nico Hulkenberg, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy were returned to Porsche’s winning approaches in a 919 Hybrid in 2015.

In other sportscar race outcomes on this day, Dan Gurney took the 1970 Mosport Can Am in a McLaren M8D-Chevrolet, a race that Teo Fabi additionally received in a March 817-Chevrolet in ’81. 14 June IMSA winners encompass Hurley Haywood in a Porsche 911 at Mosport in ‘75 Klaus Ludwig’s Ford Mustang at Brainerd ’82, Juan Manuel Fangio II’s Eagle MkIII-Toyota in New Orleans ‘92 and Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Dorsey Schroeder at Mid-Ohio ‘98.

In other primary races over the years, Fernand Wheelwright drove his Panhard-Levassor to 1900 Gordon Bennett Race honours, Konstantin Kapustin advised his Richard-Brasier to win the 1903 Gentleman’s Race of St. Petersburg, Felice Nazzaro’s Fiat 72 took the 1907 Kaiser Preis and Giuseppe Campari’s Alfa-Romeo 40/60 the 1920 Circuito del Mugello.

Enzo Ferrari won the Italian Bobbio Penice Hillclimb with a 2.3 litre Alfa Romeo in one of his last appearances behind the wheel earlier than turning into a team owner in 1931 and in 1936, three hundred thousand race fans became up to witness Bernd Rosemeyer’s amazing potential to ‘see via the fog’ as he defied the odds to drive his Auto Union Type C via the blanket to a magnificent victory in the Nürburgring Eifelrennen.

Over in the US meanwhile, Ralph Mulford’s Frontenac received two and Ralph DePalma’s Packard and Tommy Milton in a Duesenberg one 1919 AAA Champ Car International Sweepstakes warmness apiece, while Jimmy Murphy received in Altoona driving a Miller in 1924. Billy Arnold additionally won that race in a Miller-Hartz in 1930, while Louis Meyer’s Stevens Miller gained in Detroit 1931. Staying with Indy racing, Van Johnson gained the 1959 Langhorne 100, whilst Bobby Unser received in 1970 and Bobby Rahal in ’87.

On the stages, Mikko Hirvonen recommended his Ford Focus RS to 2009 Acropolis World Rally Championship victory, whilst Sebastien Ogier took his Volkswagen Polo R to 2015 Rally Sardinia honours. Leon Duray additionally drove his Miller ninety one Packard Cable Special to a 148 mph speed report in Utica, Michigan on this day 1928.