1994 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Adam Kondrat dies aged 53

Adam Kondrat, French-based jockey best known for winning the 1994 Cheltenham Gold Cup, dies aged 53

  • Adam Kondrat, best known for winning the 1994 Gold Cup, has died aged 53
  • Kondrat rode The Fellow in four Gold Cups and in five King George VI Chases
  • Meanwhile Telecaster has an injury and will not race in Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Adam Kondrat, the Polish-born, French-based jockey best known in Britain for winning the 1994 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Francois Doumen-trained The Fellow, has died aged 53.

Kondrat rode The Fellow in four Gold Cups and the pair were twice beaten a short-head, by Garrison Savannah in 1991 and Cool Ground in 1992. 

Kondrat and The Fellow contested the King George VI Chase at Kempton five times, winning the race in 1991 and 1992. 

Adam Kondrat, the Polish-born, French-based jockey best known in Britain for winning the 1994 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Francois Doumen-trained The Fellow, has died aged 53

Champion jockey Peter Scudamore was saddened and described Kondrat as ‘a lovely guy’

The Gold Cup near-misses led to criticism of Kondrat but eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore said: ‘I always felt the criticism was unfair and came from people who didn’t understand the French style of riding. 

‘Adam was a lovely guy. He used to stay with me during the Cheltenham Festival. The news is very sad.’ 

Telecaster withdraws from Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 

Hughie Morrison-trained Telecaster has been taken out of Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe because of a minor injury.

His absence from Longchamp on Sunday means that the only British-trained representatives in the race will be the John Gosden-trained pair Enable and Stradivarius.

Telecaster looked assured to have his favoured soft conditions in Paris after a further 3.5 millimetres of rain overnight with the Longchamp ground described as very soft.

Telecaster has a minor injury and will not race in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday

Telecaster won the Dante Stakes at York last year but he arguably put up a career-best performance last time out when winning the Grand Prix de Deauville by six and a half lengths.

It was his second win in France this year, following a success at Longchamp in June.

Mark Weinfeld of owners Castle Down Stud said: ‘It’s a real shame, but this is what can happen with horses, he’s just wasn’t 100 per cent sound this morning.

‘We’re absolutely gutted. It’s nothing too serious, but it’s just sod’s law.

‘He’s in the Champion Stakes at Ascot and as I haven’t heard what the vet has said, I’m not sure if he’ll make that or not. We just need to know what the problem is.

‘It would be nice if he made Ascot, because that is likely to be soft ground too. It’s rather deflated the week, though.’

Looking further ahead, Weinfeld added: ‘I think he’ll probably stay in training next year.

‘I was hoping we’d have had a good offer from a stud by now but nothing has come yet, so we could continue next year and hope for a wet year.

‘We’re all very disappointed. But the horse is in one piece, and we live to fight another day.’

British-trained representatives will be John Gosden-trained Enable and Stradivarius (above)

New Covid-19 protocols 

The BHA have agreed new protocols which allow jockeys to ride at the Arc meeting without the need to self-isolate on return.

The programme which involved extra testing will enable Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore to ride in France and also take part in Newmarket’s Future Champions’ meeting the following week as well as allow Jim Crowley to take up the Prix de L’Abbaye ride on Battaash.

Under the new protocol, which is effective immediately, jockeys, trainers and stable staff who make frequent trips abroad for competition at Covid-19 secure venues in non-exempt countries may choose to register for a ‘Frequent Private Traveller’ option.

Under the new protocol, for the first seven days after return to the UK, individuals are only exempt from self-isolation for the purposes of training or competing. Otherwise, they must self-isolate as usual.

Journeys to and from the international venue must be undertaken in private cars or planes and return journeys must be completed on the same day with no overnight stays.

Private cars must have a maximum of two occupants and private flights must only be shared if 2m social distancing can be maintained.

Monitoring of individuals who travel under this scheme will last for a minimum of 21 days. It will include weekly Covid-19 tests organised through BHA Medical Department funded by the applicant with the first test result returned prior to initial trip abroad.

A minimum of three tests will be required under this scheme with two taking place after any trip.

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