MARTIN CONSIDERING RIVER RAID ON BOYLESPORTS.COM GOLD CUP
LATEST Boylesports.com GOLD CUP BETTING
Irish trainer Tony Martin revealed today that the £150,000 Boylesports.com Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 9, is a "big possibility" for Ross River who is currently a 10/1 chance with the sponsor following a winning seasonal debut at Punchestown on November 18.
The prestigious two mile, five furlong handicap chase has received a £40,000 prize money boost thanks to the generous support of Boylesports, Ireland's fastest growing independent bookmaker.
The Boylesports.com Gold Cup has a high-class 47-strong entry, which was announced yesterday, and takes place on day two of Cheltenham's mouth-watering Boylesports International, Saturday, December 9. The weights are announced on Wednesday, November 29.
Martin has a good 19% strike-rate with his raiders at Cheltenham over the past five seasons and was on the mark with After Midnight in the Royal Bank Of Canada Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at The Open on his most recent foray earlier this month.
The County Meath handler revealed this morning: "Ross River is entered in the Boylesports.com Gold Cup. We'll have a look at the race closely and it's a big possibility.
"We just have to confirm because we haven't made our minds up yet where exactly we'll go with him. There are a couple of options at Leopardstown over Christmas so it would depend how he's treated by the English handicapper, how the race shapes up and how he is next weekend.
"He only raced last Saturday so I'd be waiting until next Saturday morning (December 2) to see how he is before committing to any plans."
Ross River fell at the eighth fence when sent off favourite for the Grade Three Racing Post Plate over the course and distance at The Festival in March, and made a winning seasonal bow in the Panoramic Restaurant Handicap Chase over two and a quarter miles at Punchestown last Saturday.
Martin reported: "We were very happy with his run at Punchestown but it wasn't a Cheltenham standard race. They were very middling horses and there was only a handful of runners. It wasn't a run to be getting carried away with but we were happy with him.
"He's turning 11 so his better years could be behind him but he hasn't a lot of mileage on the clock and - touch wood - his limbs seem to be in good shape so hopefully, if we can preserve them for a while longer, he should perform adequately this season.
"Our horse ran last year off 130 at The Festival, so it depends what the handicapper decides to do with him. He's going on for 11 years of age and coming off a win in a middling race, so I would think he'll probably stick him in there on about 132 or 133.
"He won on heavy last time and would go on any ground, so that's never a worry with him."
The superb entry for the Boylesports.com Gold Cup also includes the first five home in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, headed by the winner Exotic Dancer (10/1 with Boylesports), runner-up Vodka Bleu (8/1), third-placed New Alco (12/1), fourth-placed Butler's Cabin (12/1) and fifth Graphic Approach (14/1).
The Paul Nicholls-trained Taranis was well in contention when falling two out in the Paddy Power Gold Cup and Boylesports makes the five-year-old the 5/1 market leader.
The mouth-watering entry also includes the 2005 Boylesports.com Gold Cup victor Sir Oj, trained by Noel Meade, and the 2004 runner-up Thisthatandtother, as well as last season's Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase victor Reveillez.
The Boylesports International stages two days of fantastic racing on Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9. All races will take place on Cheltenham's New Course, which has not been used since May.
The feature race of the great seven-race card on day two is the £200,000 Grade Two Boylesports.com International, which is one of the season's premier races for Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle candidates.
Boylesports has transformed the prize money for the two mile, one furlong contest and is also offering a huge £200,000 bonus (£180,000 to the owner, £10,000 to the trainer & £10,000 to the yard's stable staff) to any horse that can win the Boylesports.com International and the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on March 13.
The feature race of the high-quality seven-race programme on Friday, December 8, is the Boylepoker.com Chase over three miles, one and a half furlongs, which was won last year by the Paul Nicholls-trained Royal Auclair - runner-up in the 2005 John Smith's Grand National - and this year carries tremendous doubled prize money of £100,000.
Latest Boylesports prices for the Boylesports.com Gold Cup:
5/1 Taranis, 8/1 Vodka Bleu, 8/1 Commercial Flyer, 10/1 Exotic Dancer, 10/1 Ross River, 12/1 Billyvoddan, 12/1 Butler's Cabin, 12/1 Hasty Prince, 12/1 New Alco, 12/1 Reveillez, 12/1 Thisthatandtother, 14/1 Cerium, 14/1 Darby Wall, 14/1 Fundamentalist, 14/1 Graphic Approach, 14/1 Kill Devil Hill, 14/1 Locksmith, 14/1 Mariah Rollins, 14/1 Sir Oj, 16/1 Albuhera, 16/1 Bannow Strand, 16/1 Contraband, 16/1 Copsale Lad, 16/1 Crozan, 16/1 Kandjar D'Allier, 16/1 Knowhere, 16/1 Le Volfoni, 16/1 Madison Du Berlais, 16/1 Our Ben, 16/1 Pearly Jack, 16/1 Tamarinbleu, 16/1 Wild Passion, 20/1 Bar
FOUR JOCKEYS, ONE TRAINER, A DISQUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL AND SIX OTHERS CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH 40 RACES
Following a Security Department investigation, jockeys Josh Byrne, Fran Ferris, Shane Kelly and David Nolan, licensed trainer Phil McEntee, disqualified former owner Ajaz Khan and six individuals not bound by the Rules of Racing ('unlicensed individuals') have been informed that they face various charges in relation to 40 races that took place between September 2004 and March 2005.
The relevant races and the licensed individuals involved are:
DATE COURSE JOCKEY / TRAINER HORSE
16.09.04 Yarmouth Phil McEntee BAYTOWN FLYER
7.10.04 Wolverhampton Phil McEntee PIDDIES PRIDE
18.10.04 Wolverhampton Phil McEntee GOOD WEE GIRL
16.11.04 Lingfield Phil McEntee PIDDIES PRIDE
23.11.04 Southwell Shane Kelly / Phil McEntee SIRAJ
27.11.04 Wolverhampton Shane Kelly / Phil McEntee ANDURIL
1.12.04 Southwell Fran Ferris COCO REEF
4.12.04 Lingfield Fran Ferris IM AIMEE
12.1.04 Southwell David Nolan / Fran Ferris STAR LAD
15.12.04 Lingfield David Nolan / Fran Ferris HAGLEY PARK
20.12.04 Lingfield David Nolan / Fran Ferris POMPEY BLUE
20.12.04 Lingfield David Nolan / Fran Ferris MUJKARI
21.12.04 Southwell Shane Kelly LIZARAZU
22.12.04 Lingfield Shane Kelly GLINTING DESERT
22.12.04 Lingfield Shane Kelly ADANTINO
31.12.04 Wolverhampton Fran Ferris FERRARA FLAME
2.1.05 Southwell David Nolan / Fran Ferris NUZZLE
2.1.05 Southwell David Nolan / Fran Ferris NEUTRAL NIGHT
4.1.05 Wolverhampton Shane Kelly TROPICAL SON
4.1.05 Wolverhampton Fran Ferris BOLD WOLF
7.1.05 Wolverhampton David Nolan / Fran Ferris HAWKES RUN
8.1.05 Uttoxeter Josh Byrne POLLENSA BAY
11.1.05 Sedgefield Josh Byrne DARK CUT
12.1.05 Lingfield Fran Ferris ORCHESTRATION
13.1.05 Lingfield Fran Ferris IM AIMEE
14.1.05 Wolverhampton Shane Kelly BELLA PAVLINA
18.1.05 Southwell Shane Kelly COMPTON ARROW
20.1.05 Ludlow Josh Byrne SILVER SAMUEL
21.1.05 Wolverhampton Shane Kelly MUY BIEN
21.1.05 Wolverhampton Fran Ferris THEATRE LADY
22.1.05 Lingfield David Nolan VIZULIZE
25.1.05 Southwell Shane Kelly COMPTON ARROW
1.2.05 Lingfield Phil McEntee PIDDIES PRIDE
1.2.05 Southwell Fran Ferris FIREBIRD RISING
2.2.05 Leicester Josh Byrne SHADY GREY
15.2.05 Southwell Shane Kelly ESCALADE
15.2.05 Southwell Shane Kelly ZORN
18.2.05 Wolverhampton Shane Kelly BELLA PAVLINA
19.2.05 Wolverhampton Fran Ferris DAYBREAK DANCER
28.3.05 Warwick Shane Kelly LOCAL FANCY
JOSH BYRNE, FRAN FERRIS, SHANE KELLY, PHIL McENTEE and DAVID NOLAN*
*DAVID NOLAN IN RELATION TO VIZULIZE RACE ON 22.1.05 ONLY - FOR OTHERS SEE BELOW
Josh Byrne, Fran Ferris, Shane Kelly, Phil McEntee and David Nolan (in relation to the VIZULIZE race) are charged, in relation to the races in which they took part as a rider or trainer, with a breach of:
Rule 243 by communicating to Ajaz Khan, for material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind information that was not publicly available or provided for in Appendix N to the Rules ('Inside Information') about the horse named against that race;
Rule 220(i) by aiding and abetting the commission of a corrupt and/or fraudulent practice by Ajaz Khan (namely, directly or indirectly laying the Named Horse in that race with the benefit of Inside Information relating to its prospects in the race - in breach of Rule 201(v)) by communicating to Ajaz Khan an agreement, assurance or other Inside Information relating to the horse's prospects in that race knowing that, or being reckless as to whether, or contemplating as a real possibility that (i) such information was Inside Information and (ii) Ajaz Khan would use or enable someone else to use it for such a corrupt and/or fraudulent practice.
Rule 243 by communicating to Fran Ferris for material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind information that was not publicly available or provided for in Appendix N to the Rules ('Inside Information') about the horses he rode in the races listed above (except VIZULIZE on 22.1.05);
Rule 220(i) by aiding and abetting the commission of a corrupt and/or fraudulent practice by Ajaz Khan (namely, directly or indirectly laying the Named Horse in that race with the benefit of Inside Information relating to its prospects in the race - in breach of Rule 201(v)) by communicating to Fran Ferris an agreement, assurance or other Inside Information relating to the horse's prospects in the race knowing that, or being reckless as to whether, or contemplating as a real possibility that (i) such information was Inside Information and (ii) Mr Ferris would use or enable someone else to use it for such a corrupt and/or fraudulent practice (except VIZULIZE on 22.1.05).
SHANE KELLY AND JOSH BYRNE - RUNNING AND RIDING
In relation to SHADY GREY (Josh Byrne) and LOCAL FANCY (Shane Kelly) both riders were found in breach of Rule 157 (Kelly - 14 day suspension) or 158 (Byrne - 7 days) on the day of the race and lodged appeals which have been put on hold pending this investigation. As an appeal is a re-hearing of the racecourse enquiry, the HRA are charging both riders with a breach of either Rule 157 or 158 in relation to these rides but this enquiry will also act as their appeal hearing.
Note: In relation to LOCAL FANCY, trainer James Eustace was found in breach of Rule 155 (ii) and fined £2000 for providing Shane Kelly with inadequate instructions necessary for the running and riding rules. He lodged an appeal against this finding which has been put on hold pending this investigation. It is not part of the HRA's case that Mr Eustace was involved in the corrupt agreement which is alleged between Kelly and Khan and the HRA will therefore not contest his appeal.
FURTHER CHARGES AGAINST ALL LICENSED INDIVIDUALS
Each licensed individual is also charged with one or more breaches of each of:
Rule 220(viii) by endeavouring by an overt act to mislead Officials.
Rule 220(vii)(b) by providing inaccurate information.
Rule 241(i)(b) by hindering or obstructing a person duly approved and authorised by the HRA under Rule 1A(xxi), engaged in carrying out an investigation in connection with horseracing.
Ajaz Khan is charged, in relation to all of the above races, with a breach of:
Rule 220(ix), in that, at some point prior to the start of each race, he had dealings with the licensed persons referred to above, which caused that person to be in breach of Rule 243;
Rule 201(v), in that he committed a corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to each race by laying and/or causing one or more other Betfair account holders to lay the Named Horse not to be placed in and/or to lose the race using information he had received from the licensed person relating to the prospects of the Named Horse in the race which was or included information (i) obtained by the licensed person in their capacity which was (ii) not publicly available or authorised for such disclosure by the Rules of Racing ('Inside Information'), and knowing that (i) and (ii) were the case, or being reckless as to whether this was so.
MOHAMMED ALYAS, SAM ALYAS, GREG HEDGER, MOHAMMED IMTIAZ, ABDUL KHALIQUE AND TANYA MCGREGOR-READ
The Disciplinary Panel will also consider whether the above six individuals - Mohammed Alyas, Sam Alyas, Greg Hedger, Mohammed Imtiaz, Abdul Khalique and Tanya McGregor-Read - are liable to exclusion pursuant to Rules 2(v) in that they used one or more Betfair accounts in their name(s) to lay horses not to be placed in and/or not to win that race and/or authorised Khan so to use that Betfair account and thereby aided and abetted Khan's commission of such a corrupt or fraudulent practice.
they unreasonably failed or refused to co-operate with enquiries made by investigators in relation to their role in and knowledge of the lay betting on the above races using their Betfair accounts.
A date for the substantive hearing will be set in due course. Due to the timetable in place for other enquiries it is unlikely to be before March 2007.
HENNESSY GOLD CUP TAKES CENTRE STAGE IN totescoop6
A retired Irishman living in London was celebrating winning the bonus fund last week and taking his total winnings to a life changing £182,208. The gentleman, who placed his £2 bet at his local totesport shop in Kentish Town, decided to keep a low profile last Saturday and sent his son to the shop to place his normal Saturday bets. Whilst his selection, Nayyir, did the business for him, it was bad news for most others as it knocked out all but 16 players chasing the win fund. With none on eventual final leg winner Berengario, it means that there is a rollover of £47,636.
Races this weekend are divided between Newcastle and Newbury and include the Hennessy Gold Cup.
Paul Petrie, totepool spokesman commented, "We have been spoilt with the standard of racing in the scoop6 in recent weeks and once again there are some terrific races included. It definitely helps turnover and a single winner would be looking at a £150,000 win."