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Wednesday, November 3, 2003


Fondmort has 11st 11lb as he aims to enter the record books with a second Tripleprint Gold Cup success

Trainer Nicky Richards today revealed that Telemoss (10st) will make his seasonal debut in the Tripleprint Gold Cup, for the which the weights are announced today, Wednesday, December 3.

While this prestigious event may well have figured on the nine-year-old's agenda anyway, the Penrith-based trainer, who enjoyed the greatest success of his career when sending out The French Furze to win Saturday's Pertemps Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, has been unable to run his charge so far this term due to fast ground.

"Telemoss is going to start off for the season in the Tripleprint," Richards said. "He's done well over the summer and he's been ready to run for a while now - this is about his third choice race really. If we'd had a normal sort of autumn it might have been his second or third run by now but with such a dry spell we haven't been able to get going.
"We've been quite lucky really here at home. It's just I haven't been able to run him where I've wanted to run him - the two Wetherby meetings have been very firm and Ascot was pretty firm, although as it happened they had an avalanche of rain on the Friday night!
"So we missed that one and we thought the next nice target would be the Tripleprint Gold Cup."
Telemoss has run well on both his previous appearances at Prestbury Park. In 2001 he was the four length runner-up to See You Sometime in the equivalent of the paddypower.com Handicap Hurdle and the following year he was 16 lengths adrift of Baracouda when fourth in the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham's National Hunt Festival.

Asked if he thought Telemoss was particularly suited to competing at Cheltenham, Richards responded bullishly: "I think he's a pretty good horse - that's the first and most important thing you need for Cheltenham - you need a high-class horse and I think he's that.
"He seems to act nicely around the track. He's never run over fences there but I would expect he'll be fine."
The trainer thinks that the two mile five furlong trip of the Tripleprint could be perfect for the Montelimar gelding.

"Telemoss was second over hurdles over two mile five furlongs at Cheltenham and then he was fourth in the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle - he led them over the second last that day if everybody remembers and maybe just got ran out of it a little bit going up the hill," he explained.

"I think he'll stay three miles on a flat track, no doubt about that, but maybe around Cheltenham two mile five furlongs may be the ideal trip for him - I hope it is anyway!"

Fondmort has been allotted 11st 11lb for the 2003 Tripleprint Gold Cup, the second leg of Cheltenham's Autumn Double on Saturday, December 13.
Nicky Henderson's charge is bidding to become the first horse to win the prestigious handicap chase twice, having been successful in the 2002 renewal. Earlier this season the seven-year-old landed the first leg of Cheltenham's Autumn Double when successful in the Paddy Power Gold Cup and will be hoping to join Pegwell Bay (1988) and Senor El Betrutti (1997) and win both races in the same season.

In addition to Fondmort, Henderson could also be represented by Geos (11st 1lb), Irish Hussar (10st 9lb), Iris Royal (10st 7lb), Got One Too (10st 2lb), and Stormyfairweather (9st 4lb). The Seven Barrows handler recently revealed that Fondmort and Iris Royal are his two most likely starters in the Tripleprint Gold Cup.

The weights are headed by Seebald (11st 12lb), one of six entries for Martin Pipe, who also has Cyfor Malta (11st 9lb), It Takes Time (10st 12lb), Tarxien (10st 12lb), Tresor De Mai (10st 2lb) and Blowing Wind (9st 9lb).

The Henry Daly-trained Hand Inn Hand, the joint favourite with Fondmort after Coral betting opened on Monday when the record 43 entries were announced, has 10st 10lb.

The £100,000 Tripleprint Gold Cup is the highlight of Cheltenham's two-day Tripleprint Meeting which takes place on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13.

Admission prices for the Tripleprint Meeting are Club & Tattersalls £18 and 16-24 year-olds £10. The Courage enclosure is currently closed. Parking is free. The first race is at 12.00pm on Friday, December 12 and at 12.10pm on Saturday, December 13.

For further information, please contact Peter McNeile, Cheltenham's Commercial Manager at Cheltenham Racecourse on 01242 537600 or on his mobile 07850 091523


Class A, Grade Three, £100,000 Total Prize Fund, 2.30pm Cheltenham, Saturday, December 13, 2003, 2m 5f (New Course). For 5yo & upwards. Penalties: after November 29, a winner of a Class C steeple chase 4lb; of a Class A or B steeple chase 6lb. No penalty to increase a horse's weight above 11st 12lb. Entries closed November 26, entries revealed December 1 (43 entries), weights released December 3, five-day confirmation stage Monday, December 8, final declaration stage 10.15am December 12. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including Tuesday, December 2, 2003.

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
22F21-4 SEEBALD (GER) 8-11-12 The Macca & Growler Partnership Martin Pipe
1F022-1 FONDMORT (FR) 7-11-11 Bill Brown Nicky Henderson
2P/14U-5 CYFOR MALTA (FR) 10-11-09 David Johnson Martin Pipe
0P/4220- FOLY PLEASANT (FR) 9-11-06 Jim Lewis & Friends Henrietta Knight
11123-2 IMPEK (FR) 7-11-01 Jim Lewis Henrietta Knight
312405-2 GEOS (FR) 8-11-01 Thurloe Finsbury Nicky Henderson
U6/11P-5 ESKLEYBROOK 10-11-00 Victor Gethin Nigel Twiston-Davies
306/1-44 YOUNG SPARTACUS 10-10-13 Bart Hellyer Henry Daly
32162-F IT TAKES TIME (IRE) 9-10-12 David Johnson Martin Pipe
111/440- ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) 6-10-12 Clive Smith Paul Nicholls
121F2-3 TARXIEN 9-10-12 Brian Kilpatrick Martin Pipe
3F332U- DARK'N SHARP (GER) 8-10-11 Ascot Five Plus One Richard Phillips
42100-5 ARMATURK (FR) 6-10-11 Barry Marshall Paul Nicholls
11115-3 HAND INN HAND 7-10-10 Patrick Burling Developments Ltd Henry Daly
41F1F-5 ADAMANT APPROACH (IRE) 9-10-10 Greenstar Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
0/1F121-P IRISH HUSSAR (IRE) 7-10-09 Major Christopher Hanbury Nicky Henderson
3314P-P3 BALLINCLAY KING (IRE) 9-10-08 Ian Guise, Brian Leatherday & Nicola Spence Ferdy Murphy
1PP2-11 IRIS ROYAL (FR) 7-10-07 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson
111-F21 KADOUN (IRE) 6-10-07 J P McManus Michael O'Brien IRE
F5F4-UP1 REDEMPTION 8-10-07 John Duggan & Michael Purtill Nigel Twiston-Davies
2132U0/- BANKER COUNT 11-10-06 Mrs Hector Brown Venetia Williams
413443 EI EI 8-10-05 Susan Richards Michael Chapman
P/F2P13-P IL'ATHOU (FR) 7-10-04 Lady Thompson Simon Sherwood
1/430-530 TRESOR DE MAI (FR) 9-10-02 Joe Moran Martin Pipe
23-161F RISK ACCESSOR (IRE) 8-10-02 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE
0/12U10- GOT ONE TOO (FR) 6-10-02 Sir Eric Parker & Mary Anne Parker Nicky Henderson
3/4P421-0 MASTER TERN (USA) 8-10-01 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
1123-25 JOLY BEY (FR) 6-10-01 David Dunsdon Nick Gifford
513F-14 BEACHCOMBER BAY (IRE) 8-10-00 Lobby Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
1414-11 CAMERON BRIDGE (IRE) 7-10-00 The Country Side Philip Hobbs
44/1114- TELEMOSS (IRE) 9-10-00 Ashleybank Investments Limited Nicky Richards
R5-0000 CREGG HOUSE (IRE) 8-9-12 Kathleen Kennedy Shane Donohoe IRE
4012-14 BACK ON TOP (IRE) 9-9-11 Sue Magnier John Hassett IRE
131UP-12 CLAYMORE (IRE) 7-9-9-11 Brian Stewart-Brown Oliver Sherwood
3/36000- BLOWING WIND (FR) 10-9-09 Peter Deal Martin Pipe
2-1P52P MR BAXTER BASICS 12-9-07 P Ryan Venetia Williams
P/11U0-5 HALEXY (FR) 8-9-06 Sir Robert Ogden Jonjo O'Neill
3/2P231-5 MIDLAND FLAME (IRE) 8-9-05 Trevor Hemmings Henrietta Knight
/P1/5//P-P STORMYFAIRWEATHER (IRE) 11-9-04 Bridget Hanbury Nicky Henderson
1P//12F-3 INDIAN SCOUT (IRE) 8-9-04 Indian Scout Partnership Ben De Haan
2312U-6 NOMADIC 9-9-03 Des Sharkey Noel Meade IRE
013-412 STAR CLIPPER 6-8-12 Des Sharkey Noel Meade IRE
FPU-2540 WAVE ROCK 8-8-11 Sterling Racing Syndicate Philip Hobbs

43 entries
8 Irish-trained


Panel: Alistair Macdonald-Buchanan (Chairman), Tim Bell and John Wallinger

Dominic Elsworth and Sue Smith

The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 3rd December 2003, considered an appeal lodged by Dominic Elsworth, the rider, and Sue Smith, the trainer of ARDENT SCOUT, against the decision of the Wetherby Stewards on 1st November, following the running of the Rocom Handicap Steeplechase, to find Elsworth in breach of Rule 158 and suspend him from riding for ten days, to find Smith in breach of Rule 155(ii) and fine her £800 and to suspend ARDENT SCOUT from running for 30 days.

The Panel heard evidence from Elsworth and Mrs Smith, who were both legally represented. It also viewed video recordings of the race.

Having considered the evidence, the Panel found Elsworth to be in breach of Rule 158 in that he failed to use sufficient effort until after the last fence, after which, in the opinion of the Panel, the gelding responded to the rider's greater efforts. The Panel did not accept Elsworth's explanation that the gelding was going as fast as it could up that point and were of the view that greater effort should have been asked of the gelding earlier in the race.

The Panel was not satisfied that Elsworth's ride was a consequence of a failure on his part to comply with the instructions given to him by Mrs Smith and consequently Mrs Smith was found to be in breach of Rule 155(ii).

It therefore dismissed the appeal and suspended Elsworth from riding for 10 days, this being his second offence within the previous twelve months from Friday 12th December to Friday 26th December on days on which jump racing is scheduled to take place, imposed a fine of £800 on Mrs Smith and suspended ARDENT SCOUT from running for 30 days from Thursday 11th December to Friday 9th January 2004.

The Panel ordered the deposit money to be returned.


The dispersal of the late Prince Fahd Salman's breeding stock, headed by Champion RAMRUMA and Grade 2 winning Classic-placed MIDNIGHT LINE pushed the average and median to new heights on the second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale. 188 lots were sold for 15,363,000 guineas, up 40% on last year and the second highest turnover for a session at the December Mare Sale whilst the average of 81,718 guineas and median of 35,500 guineas, up 49% and 18% respectively on last year's figures, represented new records for a session at the mare sale.

The dispersal of the late Prince Fahd Salman's breeding stock, consigned by Voute Sales on behalf of Newgate Stud, was always going to be one of the highlights of the 2003 Tattersalls December Sale and so it proved with a packed sales ring greeting the thirteen strong consignment.

RAMRUMA, winner of the English, Irish and Yorkshire Oaks looked a standout in the catalogue and the daughter of DIESIS was offered carrying to Darley Stud's MACHIAVELLIAN. The 1999 European Champion three year old filly saw initial interest from local agent Penny Barnes and Irish breeder Seamus Burns before Rory Matthews, bidding on behalf of Barbara Facchino's Barouche Stud entered proceeding's in the most dramatic fashion with a bid of 1,000,000 guineas. London based agent Charlie Gordon-Watson and Shadwell Estates' Angus Gold soon joined the fray before Coolmore Stud principal John Magnier signalled his intent with his first bid of 1,800,000 guineas. Gold soon regained the upper hand with a bid of 2,000,000 guineas but it was Magnier who was to prove triumphant with a final bid of 2,100,000 guineas, the highest price for a broodmare at auction in Europe beating the previous record of 1,700,000 guineas, paid for BROCATELLE at this sale in 2000.

Only moments earlier the multiple Group winning eight year old mare MIDNIGHT LINE had become the second seven figure transaction of the sale. The daughter of KRIS S and the GREEN DANCER mare MIDNIGHT AIR, who had been sold for 255,000 guineas one lot earlier, was offered in foal to RAINBOW QUEST. It wasn't long before that price was surpassed with American bloodstock agent Jim Schenk, acting for Canadian interests, and Charlie Gordon-Watson pushing the price towards seven figures. At that point Darley Stud's John Ferguson joined battle taking the price past one million guineas, finally seeing off Gordon-Watson with a final bid of 1,300,000 guineas. The Newgate Stud dispersal realised 5,305,000 guineas for the thirteen lots offered at an average of 408,077 guineas.

The third highest price for the day was the 725,000 guineas paid for the Swettenham Stud consigned SECOND BURST, the own sister to Group 1 winner COMMANDER COLLINS offered in foal to MACHIAVELLIAN. The daughter of SADLER'S WELLS also counted Breeder's Cup Sprint winner LIT DE JUSTICE and Derby third COLONEL COLLINS as siblings and interest in the four year old mare was understandably high. From early on in proceeding's it was Italian owner/breeder Marchese Giacinto Guglielmi who made the running sitting alongside Derby Bloodstock's Paolo Benedetti. Locally based agent Johnny McKeever and the BBA Ireland's Adrian Nicoll both made strong challenges for the mare but it was the Italian breeder who emerged the victor for his Azienda Agricola San Agostino, one of the most historic stud farm's in Italy.

The Tattersalls December Mare Sale continued today.


The Jockey Club today revealed details for the phased introduction of the TurfTrax 'GoingStick', an electro-mechanical device which provides an objective assessment of going.

Developed by TurfTrax Racing Data Limited, the GoingStick produces a numerical reading - the GoingIndex - which can be correlated to a recognised going description, such as good to firm.

The phased introduction of the GoingStick will mean that initially it is in use on 15 of the 59 courses. The participating courses include the tracks which comprise the 'Super 12', as well as RHT's Huntingdon, Northern Racing's Uttoxeter and Arena Leisure's Lingfield. The first fixtures will be Sandown's meeting this Friday and Saturday. The other courses will follow suit as from their next meetings.

Tony Goodhew, the Jockey Club's Director of Racecourse Licensing and Standards, said today: "This is a very exciting development. We see the adoption of the GoingStick by fifteen courses as an introductory phase which will enable all the interested parties, including punters, trainers and the media, to familiarise themselves with how the device works before expanding its use to all British racecourses.

"Turftrax, racecourses and our team of Course Inspectors have been quietly putting the GoingStick through its paces over the last two years, and we've now reached a stage where we have seen enough of the device to support it going "live" and provide formal going descriptions.

"We're very aware that there have been a number of false dawns in the past, but it is our belief that Turftrax have produced a device which meets our criteria and should provide accurate and consistent readings to suit punters and racing professionals alike. We expect the results over the coming months to confirm this."

The GoingStick's numerical index spans a scale of 1 to 15 and is based on measurements of penetration - the amount of force taken to push the tip of the stick fully into the ground, and shear - the energy needed to pull the handle back to an angle of 45 degrees away from the ground. Research at Cranfield University, in conjunction with TurfTrax, showed these measurements, properly weighted, can replicate the impact of horses' hooves on the ground.

For the past two years the GoingStick has been subjected to rigorous testing at a variety of racecourses during which time more than 60,000 readings have been recorded on a wide range of soil types and extremes of ground and climatic conditions. The introductory phase for the GoingStick includes the courses who have been involved in this development stage and hence are familiar with its operation. Feedback from these courses as well as those using the information will be welcomed and could result in presentational, logistical and software refinements before the GoingStick goes into more widespread general operation.

TurfTrax is arranging presentations for racecourses, trainers and the media during this phase.

Rupert Arnold, Chief Executive of the NTF, said: "Accurate going reports are essential for trainers and we'd support anything which consistently helps to produce them. The NTF has been aware of Turftrax's work for some time and our members are looking forward to seeing the GoingStick used to produce official going reports."

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