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Tuesday, December 9, 2003


Ladbrokes spokesman Balthazar Fabricius said: "Telemoss had been as big as 20/1 only a few days ago and having gone 14s we've been forced to go 8/1 following sustained support today."

The Tripleprint Gold Cup
2m5f, Cheltenham, 13th December 2003.

4 Hand In Hand, 9/2 Fondmort (With A Run), 6 Iris Royal, 7 Risk Accessor, 8 (from 11) It Takes Time, 8(from 14) Telemoss, 10 Redemption, 11 Young Spartacus, 12 Kadoun, 14 Cameron Bridge, , 14 Foly Pleasant, 16 Ballinclay King, 16 Cyfor Malta, 20 Indian Scout, 20 Master Tern, 25 Banker Count, 25 Adamant Approach, 25 Armaturk, 25 Royal Auclair, 33 Ei Ei, 33 Eskleybrook (1/4 odds 1,2,3,4)

Pertemps King George VI Chase
3m, Kempton, 26th December 2003
7/4 Best Mate, 9/4 Jair Du Cochet, 5 First Gold, 16 Valley Henry, 16 Fondmort, 16 Irish Hussar, 16 Le Roi Miguel, 20 La Landiere, 20 Marlborough, 20 Hussard Collonges, 20 Keen Leader, 20 Tiutchev, 25 One Knight, 25 Rince Ri, 25 Swansea Bay, 25 Truckers Tavern, 33 Shardam, 33 Batman Senora, 33 Commanche Court, 33 Hand Inn Hand, 33 It Takes Time, 40 Sleeping Night, 40 Tarxien, 40 Ad Hoc, 40 Cyfor Malta, 40 Kingsmark, 50 Royal Auclair, 50 Adamant Approach, 50 Ballinclay King, 66 Man On The Hill, 66 Tresor De Mai, 66 Gunner Welburn (1/5 odds 1,2,3)

Welsh National
3m5½f, Chepstow, 27th December 2003
4 Sir Rembrandt, 7 Hedgehunter, 8 Bindaree, 8 Joss Naylor, 12 Akarus, 12 Take Control, 14 Mini Sensation, 16 Gunner Welburn, 16 Haut Cercy, 16 The Bunny Boiler, 20 Bounce Back, 20 Kings Mistral, 20 Gunther McBride, 20 Shardam, 20 Silver Steel, 20 Stormez, 20 Ad Hoc, 20 Gola Cher, 20 Joe Blake, 25 Bar (1/4 odds 1,2,3,4)

Arkle Chase
2m, Cheltenham, 16th March 2004
2 Thisthatandtother, 12 Le Duc, 12 Our Vic, 12 Lilium De Cotte, 16 Anxious Moments, 16 Kicking King, 16 Ned Kelly, 20 Our Amargeddon, 20 Chauvinist, 20 Fota Island, 20 Westender, 25 Bal De Nuit, 25 Central House, 25 Copeland, 25 Glenhaven Nugget, 25 L'ange Au Ciel, 25 Non So, 25 Santenay, 33 Inca Trail, 33 Keltic Bard (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Champion Hurdle
2m, Cheltenham, 16th March 2004
11/4 Rooster Booster, 9/2 Rhinestone Cowboy, 10 Back In Front, 12 Intersky Falcon, 16 Specular, 16 Spirit Leader, 20 Sporazene, 25 Lingo, 33 Liberman, 33 Quazar, 33 Spectroscope, 33 Well Chief, 40 Hasty Prince (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Royal & Sun Alliance Chase
3m1/2f, Cheltenham, 17th March 2004
7/4 Strong Flow, 10 Lord Transcend, 10 Nil Desperandum, 12 Lord Sam, 12 Our Vic, 12 Royal Emperor, 12 Xenophon, 14 Supreme Prince, 16 Ballycassidy, 16 Brooklyn Breeze, 16 Emotional Moment, 16 Native Emperor, 20 Royal Supreme, 20 Camden Tanner, 25 Satco Express, 25 Tribal Venture, 25 Inching Closer, 25 Korelo, 25 Murphys Cardinal, 25 Rosslea, 33 Slooghy, 33 Mister Banjo (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Queen Mother Champion Chase
2m, Cheltenham, 17th March 2004
7/4 Moscow Flyer, 5/2 Azertyuiop, 14 Le Roi Miguel, 16 Cenkos, 16 Flagship Uberalles, 20 Adamant Approach, 20 Impek, 20 Native Upmanship, 20 Seebald, 20 Tuitchev, 20 Kadarann, 25 Geos, 25 Isio, 25 Latalomne, 33 Farmer Jack, 33 Palarshan (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle
3m, Cheltenham, 18th March 2004
7/4 Iris's Gift, 9/4 Baracouda, 5 Solerina, 7 Hardy Eustace, 12 Sacundai, 20 Calling Brave, 20 Sh Boom, 25 Foreman, 25 Golden Cross, 25 Holy Orders, 40 Deano's Beano, 40 Rostropovich, 40 Stromness (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Triumph Hurdle
2m, Cheltenham, 18th March 2004
10 Tamarinbleu, 16 Howle Hill, 20 After Eight, 20 Al Eile, 20 Lough Dearg, 25 Trouble At Bay, 25 Zimbabwe, 33 Kjetil, 40 Blue Corrig, 40 Chokdee, 40 Damarisco, 40 Maiful, 40 Pantarez, 40 Web Perceptions (1/4 odds 1,2,3,4)

Gold Cup
3m2f, Cheltenham, 18th March 2004
6/4 Best Mate, 8 Beef Or Salmon, 10 Jair Du Cochet, 10 Sir Rembrandt, 10 Kingscliff, 12 First Gold, 20 Hussard Collonges, 20 Keen Leader, 20 One Knight, 20 Truckers Tavern, 25 Irish Hussar, 25 La Landiere, 25 Valley Henry, 33 It Takes Time, 40 Harbour Pilot (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Martell Grand National
4m 4f, Aintree, 3rd April 2004
16 Monty's Pass, 20 Davids Lad, 20 Hedgehunter, 20 Rince Ri, 25 Joss Naylor, 25 Timbera, 25 Ad Hoc, 25 Amberleigh House, 25 Bindaree, 25 Clan Royal, 25 Chives, 25 Kingsmark, 25 Ryalux, 25 What's Up Boys, 33 Behrajan, 33 Gunther McBride, 33 Haut Cercy, 33 Knock Knock, 33 Iris Bleu, 33 Stormez, 33 Swansea Bay, 33 Truckers Tavern, 40 Mini Sensation, 40 Carbury Cross, 40 Gunner Welburn, 40 Mac's Gildoran, 40 Montifault, 50 Ballybrophy (1/4 odds 1,2,3,4)

2000 Guineas
1m, Newmarket, Sat 1st May 2004
2 One Cool Cat, 7 Grey Swallow, 10 Three Valleys, 12 Lucky Story, 14 Pearl Of Love, 16 Milk It Mick, 25 Akimbo, 25 Auditorium, 25 Batchelor Duke, 25 Fantastic View, 25 Haafhd, 25 Imperial Stride, 25 Magritte, 25 Snow Ridge, 33 Antonius Pius, 33 Balmont, 33 Byron, 33 Carrizo Creek, 33 Duke Of Venice, 33 Fort Dignity, 33 Grand Reward, 33 Iqte Saab, 33 Mukafeh, 33 Old Deuteronomy, 33 Peak To Creek, 33 Russian Valour, 33 Tycoon, 40 Barbajuan, 40 Kheleyf, 40 Kind Hesperus, 40 King's Point, 40 Matloob, 40 Mutahayya, 40 Pastoral Pursuits, 40 Sabbeeh (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

1000 Guineas
1m, Newmarket, Sun 2nd May 2004
8 Denebola, 10 Red Bloom, 12 Carry On Katie, 16 Cairns, 16 Secret Charm, 20 Badminton, 20 Kind, 20 Majestic Desert, 20 Punctilious, 20 Well Known, 25 Kinnaird, 25 Mansfield Park, 25 Marching West, 25 Necklace, 25 Sundrop, 25 Tarot Card, 33 Bay Tree, 33 Catstar, 33 Dunloskin, 33 Gracefully, 33 Phantom Wind, 33 Roseanna, 33 Silca's Gift, 40 Ithaca, 40 Lucky Pipit, 40 Ouija Board, 40 River Belle, 40 Russian Dancer, 50 Nataliya, 50 Surf The Net (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Vodafone Oaks
1m 4f, Epsom, 4th June 2004
16 Necklace, 20 Red Bloom, 20 Sundrop, 25 Poise, 25 Punctillious, 25 Top Romance, 33 All Too Beautiful, 33 Hathrah, 33 Ithaca, 33 Opera Comique, 33 Proud Traditions, 33 Treasure The Lady, 33 Well Known, 40 Kinnaird, 40 New Morning (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Vodafone Derby
1m 4f, Epsom, 5th June 2004
12 American Post, 12 Yeats, 16 Grey Swallow, 16 Magritte, 16 Snow Ridge, 25 Moscow Ballet, 25 Pearl of Love, 33 Akimbo, 33 Duke of Venice, 33 Five Dynasties, 33 Imperial Stride, 33 Lucky Story, 33 Salford City, 33 Sussex, 33 Wolfe Tone, 40 Antonius Pius, 40 Elshadi, 40 Let The Lion Roar, 40 Mukafeh, 40 North Light (1/4 odds 1,2,3)


Howard Johnson Hoping Forecast Rain Eases Ground Conditions

Milton Harris has an abundance of riches in the form of After Eight, Mondul and Travello in Saturday's opening £17,500-added Tripleprint Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (12.15pm) and the local trainer today revealed that he will definitely run at least one of them at Prestbury Park.

The horses were all formerly trained in Germany by Christian Von Der Recke. After Eight and Mondul both won on their first starts for Harris, while Travello was fourth of 13 on his initial outing for the trainer at Leicester earlier this month.

"All three of mine will run at the weekend and they are all also entered at Lingfield. It's fair to say that two will go to Cheltenham or Lingfield and one will go to the other venue," he said.

"I need to speak to the owners and also a lot will depend on the ground - I'm not based far from Cheltenham and it's a beautiful day today with sunshine."

Harris sponsored the entire programme at Warwick on Saturday and was delighted to see Mondul carry the colours of Let's Live Racing to a 14-length success over Stolen Song in the juvenile novices' hurdle.

The relative merits of Harris's three Cheltenham possibles are difficult to gauge at present.

"I couldn't believe that Mondul went from 13/8 to 3/1 in the betting at Warwick as clearly we sponsored the race meeting and we thought we'd win," continued the handler.

"He's a decent horse. According to Mr Von Der Recke, Mondul is better than After Eight - I can't clarify that either way as I haven't had them long enough to work them together."

While Harris contemplates which of his trio will line up in the Tripleprint Juvenile Novices' Hurdle, he also expects to have a contestant in the Jenny Mould Memorial Handicap Chase (1.25pm) at Cheltenham on Saturday.

"We plan to probably run a real nice chaser called Kandjar D'Allier in the Jenny Mould Memorial Handicap Chase," he said.

The five-year-old has not yet produced in three novice hurdle outings here anything like the form he showed in his native France, where he won a valuable handicap chase at Auteuil in May, but Harris believes that as soon as there is some juice in the ground Kandjar D'Allier will show his true ability.

"Kandjar D'Allier has been a little disappointing over hurdles but I think the ground is the key to this horse," explained the trainer. "He still hasn't had his ground here but we are forecast some rain at the weekend and if we got anywhere near soft ground, you would see a different horse.

"His last win in France was a high quality chase and I went over there and put in an offer. Paul Nicholls tried to buy him as well but I managed to get in first."

Howard Johnson is a trainer enjoying a good season thanks partly to the massive investment in horses by owner Graham Wylie.

The County Durham-based trainer has three entries at Cheltenham on Saturday although their participation depends on some cut in the ground.

"I've had Graham Lee [jockey] up this morning but to be quite honest, it just all depends on the ground and I just cannot say who will run at the moment," said Johnson.

"We've done well to work these horses because some of them are needing an airing and some of them are needing a blow. We've been held up a little bit with this frost and one thing and another. There are a few coming [to hand] but there's a few who maybe need the run."

Chivalry, this year's Tote Cambridgeshire hero on the Flat and one of Wylie's purchases, made a perfect start to his hurdling career when proving two lengths too powerful for Vintage Premium in a novices' hurdle at Ayr last month and is entered in the £75,000 Tote Bula Hurdle (3.05pm).

"All I know for certain is that Chivalry will not run unless it is on the soft side."

Grattan Lodge, the winner of his last four starts over hurdles last season, is a possible to make his debut over fences in the £50,000 Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Future Champions Novices' Chase (1.55pm).

The trainer said: "Grattan Lodge is a lovely horse and he would run at Cheltenham if there was some juice in the ground. He's just been waiting and the softer the better. I don't know if the rain is going to come in time.

"He jumps from fence to fence although he's not a quick horse, he wouldn't be a Lord Transcend but hopefully, if he stays sound, in time he'll be a proper four-mile horse."

Royal Rosa, another of Wylie's powerful battallion, could make his debut over timber in the £30,000 Grade Two Tripleprint Novices' Hurdle (3.40pm), having won three bumpers last season for Nicky Henderson but is another one waiting for softer conditions.

The trainer also mentioned Inching Closer, this year's Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle winner at the Cheltenham Festival who has been bought by Wylie and has a choice of engagements at Prestbury Park on Friday - the opening 20,000-added Ian Williams' Owners Novices' Chase (12.35pm) or the 18,000-added Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Qualifier (2.55pm).

"I've got Inching Closer in the novices' chase and we've schooled him over a fence this morning and I've got him in the Pertemps Final Qualifier, the qualifier for the Festival race he won last year.

"He can always go novice chasing and then back to a qualifier for the Pertemps Final - I'm not really bothered."

Simon Claisse, Cheltenham's Clerk of the Course, reported the going on both chase and hurdle courses at Cheltenham at 3.30pm on Tuesday as "still good", with the average reading on the new going stick being 8.8. The range for good going is seven to nine.

"The forecast is for rain overnight Wednesday into Thursday, as well as on Friday and Saturday. It is currently expected that between 12 and 15 millimetres of rain will fall through Thursday, Friday and Saturday."

Admission prices for Tripleprint Meeting on Friday and Saturday are Club & Tattersalls combined 18 and 16-24 year-olds 10. The Courage Enclosure is currently closed. Parking is free. The first race is at 12.35pm on Friday, December 12 and at 12.10pm on Saturday, December 13.


The Dubai World Cup Committee announced on Tuesday that The Boeing Company will be an Official Supporter of the 2004 Dubai World Cup.

Emirates, the Dubai based International Airline is the title sponsor of the US$6,000,000 Dubai World Cup, which will take place at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on March 27th. This year's Dubai World Cup will be the highlight of the inaugural Dubai International Racing Carnival, a nine-week extravaganza of top class horse racing and social events.

Mr Ali Saeed Bilhab, Chairman of the Dubai World Cup Committee said, "It is with great pleasure that we welcome The Boeing Company as an official supporter of the Dubai World Cup. It seems fitting that the world's richest race is being supported by the world's leading aerospace company and we look forward to a long and successful partnership."

John B. Craig, The Boeing Company, International Relations, Vice President in the Middle East signed the contract for sponsorship on behalf of The Boeing Company. Craig said, "The Boeing Company is about Technology, Leadership and Partnership and I can't think of any better way to demonstrate partnership than to support the efforts of Emirates Airline and the Dubai World Cup."


Catterick's seven-race programme on Thursday (18 December) provides racegoers with the last opportunity to go racing in Yorkshire before Christmas.

Racing begins at 12.20 p.m., the highlights being The Christmas Time Handicap Hurdle, The goracing.co.uk Handicap Chase (both contested over the extended three miles and one furlong) and The Northgate Bedding Centre Novices' Hurdle over two miles and three furlongs. The latter race is supported by The Northgate Bedding Centre of Darlington, first-time race sponsors at the course.

The ‘Join The 2004 Catterick Race Club Today' Handicap Chase over two miles draws attention to Membership at Catterick for next year, applications for which are now being taken. For 28 scheduled racedays at Catterick in 2004, along with 14 reciprocal fixtures at other racecourses and eleven selected Yorkshire County Cricket Club matches, the cost of membership at the course is £95 (single); £170 (joint-husband and wife); £180 for a member and guest (transferable), while a Reserved Car Park Label can be purchased for £37.50.

Catterick's next meeting is the two-day fixture on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

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