The GnuMad Cup – 24th September 2016 – River Nile Delta Racecourse


The GnuMAD Cup

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

In the chapter “A Mad Tea Party”, the Hatter asks a much-noted riddle “why is a raven like a writing desk?” When Alice gives up trying to figure out why, the Hatter admits “I haven’t the slightest idea!”

Well this writer is in the same boat. He hasn’t got the slightest idea, also who the winner of today’s race will be.

Lets just sit back and watch the spectacle unfold.



Final Result
Pos Gate Horse Stable Jockey Time
1 3 Nomuch Horntail ghanainternational Daniel Trias 1:45.329
2 1 Closing Zenobia Manor Park Stud Judith Eakes 1:45.929
3 4 Secret Phantom Dixon Racing Pierre Strydom 1:46.249
4 7 Seascape Scientist Desert Wind Stables Kizzie Jerman 1:46.280
5 5 Dyke Stubborn Dawg’s Ranch Joyce Ginolfi 1:46.720


1. Closing Zenobia

9yo mare from Manor Park Stud, Career earnings: $8,172,002
Overall rating: Spectacular(87) – Natural champion
Born:Sun 5th Oct 2014, bred by Manor Park Stud
Recent form:2,1,1,1,2

Stable comments: – “

2. Steele Starz

7yo stallion from woodchuckers, Career earnings: $5,126,623
Overall rating: Tremendous(72) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 3rd Apr 2015, bred by woodchuckers
Lineage:By Americain out of Venus Starz
Recent form:1,1,2,4,1

Stable comments: – “Steele is a talented galloper and his record shows that, will probably be the youngest in the field. Steele will absolutely be smashed in the GNU some outstanding talent on show. So why run Steele he not run many times on good ground the last 2 seasons and not been injury free in that time so no better test he fit the distance a tad short but will have a crack.”

3. Nomuch Horntail

9yo mare from ghanainternational, Career earnings: $8,038,305
Overall rating: Majestic(84) – Fast finisher
Born:Sun 5th Oct 2014, bred by ghanainternational
Lineage:By Warrior King out of Csiillag Bliss
Recent form:1,1,3,1,1

Stable comments: – “This is Horntail‘s last real chance of winning a world title. The conditions are favorable, so a big run is expected. Hopefully a winning run”

4. Secret Phantom

8yo stallion from Dixon Racing, Career earnings: $8,208,746
Overall rating: Majestic(82) – Fast finisher
Born:Sat 24th Jan 2015, bred by Goresbridge Stud
Lineage:By Dead Cat Bounce out of Eeyore Alan
Recent form:1,1,1,1,1

Stable comments: – “Phantom had an impressive league season and this will be his biggest test to date. Difficult to judge how he will do against some of the best in the game but looking for a solid run. Nomuch Horntail and Seascape Scientist look the ones to beat in a good looking field.

5. Dyke Stubborn

9yo mare from Dawg’s Ranch, Career earnings: $8,397,030
Overall rating: Marvelous(79) – Needs space
Born:Sun 5th Oct 2014, bred by Gray Dog Stables
Lineage:By Emerald Stud out of Both Tete
Recent form:1,1,1,1,1

Stable comments: – “

6. Oregon Puddles

10yo stallion from Smogville, Career earnings: $6,950,214
Overall rating: Grand(69) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 11th Jul 2014, bred by STYLES
Lineage:By Cronus out of Auto Jericho
Recent form:1,2,2,2,1

Stable comments: – “Oregon Puddles: A horse I’ve grown to really like. Bought as a Monday stakes fodder horse then realised it was faster than my league runners. Has been lightly trained and put in some useful runs. Should be fit enough for the final but giving away OR and XP to some classy runners it has already finished behind. If we can improve on the 6th of last season I’ll be delighted…and shocked. No real hope, just going along for the fun before it’s retired.”

7. Seascape Scientist

9yo mare from Desert Wind Stables, Career earnings: $8,613,101
Overall rating: Majestic(83) – Fast finisher
Born:Sun 5th Oct 2014, bred by Desert Wind Stables
Lineage:By Nobel Dancer out of Urban Sea
Recent form:1,2,2,1,2

Stable comments: – “High hopes as last chance for her to race in a cup on good ground. However, gate position may be an issue.”

8. Celsius

10yo stallion from Shinibana, Career earnings: $14,665,113
Overall rating: Spectacular(86) – Competitive
Born:Fri 4th Jul 2014, bred by Shinibana
Lineage:By Einstein out of Shaw MilkyWay
Recent form:1,1,1,1,1

Stable comments: – “Last time mine Celsius won this cup, but that was at dead track. This time the track is going to be fast or good and the winner is going to be Seascape Scientist from the legendary Desert Wind Stable. Mine Celsius, Secret Phantom and Oregon Puddles have a chance to come at second and third place. But racing is not the same as tipping so you never know for sure.”

9. Chaos

10yo stallion from Nashayman, Career earnings: $5,821,421
Overall rating: Majestic(82) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 4th Jul 2014, bred by Nashayman
Lineage:By Lussum Peeling out of Boom Punchin
Recent form:7,5,1,3,2

Stable comments: – “My jockey is new, will be running for the first time and has low morale but sure will be fun to watch. Competition is surely strong. If I can make it into the top 5 it would be cool Smiley

10. Mack Taste Bennet

10yo mare from Dark Times, Career earnings: $7,656,594
Overall rating: Marvelous(75) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 4th Jul 2014, bred by Dark Times
Lineage:By Top Job out of Feeling Wanderer
Recent form:3,4,2,1,4

Stable comments:“MTB is a fine horse but a little unpredictable, I’m hoping everyone gets in each others way and he has a clear run for the first quarter, from there anything could happen, he’s unlikely to win but my Sprinter’s Shield win came against the odds so I’m not giving up yet!”

11. Wish Tinner

10yo stallion from Klaatu Barada Nikto, Career earnings: $3,561,327
Overall rating: Tremendous(73) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 4th Jul 2014, bred by Violet Horses
Recent form:1,1,2,2,7

Stable comments: – “

12. Ransom Sigma

6yo mare from Spalrom, Career earnings: $1,363,500
Overall rating: Average(28)
Bred by:Unknown origins, birthdate Tue 1st Sep 2015
Lineage:Breeding history unknown
Recent form:1,1,10,1,4

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