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Wednesday, December 1, 2004


Armaturk (11st 12lb) heads the weights for the £110,000 bonusprint.com Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 11, details of which are revealed today, Wednesday, December 1.

Paul Nicholls' charge has won both his starts this season, with his most recent victory coming at Cheltenham on November 12 when he was successful by a head from Well Chief in the Beards Jewellers Cup Handicap Chase over two miles. The seven-year-old could be joined by stable companions Thisthatandtother (11st 5lb), runner-up in the Paddy Power Gold Cup last time out, L'Ange Au Ciel (10st), Le Duc (9st 13lb) and Spring Margot (9st 8lb).

Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson is seeking his third consecutive success in the Grade Three event, having won the prestigious handicap chase over two miles and five furlongs in 2002 with Fondmort (11st 11lb), and Iris Royal last year. In addition to Fondmort, the Seven Barrows handler could also rely on Calling Brave (11st 2lb), a Grade Two winner at Kempton last season, Scots Grey (10st 9lb) and Non So (10st 8lb).

Martin Pipe's two successes in the bonusprint.com Gold Cup came with Northern Starlight six years ago and Fragrant Dawn in 1993 and the champion trainer has plenty of ammunition this year with no less than 10 possibles to choose from. These include Seebald (11st 10lb), who made Best Mate work hard for victory at Exeter earlier this month, two of last season's leading novice chasers in Therealbandit (11st 4lb) and Our Vic (11st 3lb) plus Celestial Gold (11st 4lb), who gave the trainer a seventh success in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on November 13 during The Open before going on to lift the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury last Saturday.

The Nicholashayne handler could also run Vodka Bleu (10st), who was also successful at The Open when taking the Jim Brown Memorial Novices' Chase, Puntal (11st 2lb), Mondial Jack (10st 9lb), It Takes Time (10st 9lb), Iznogoud (10st 8lb) and Latitude (9st 9lb).

Of those that ran behind Celestial Gold and Thisthatandtother in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, several could also run in the bonusprint.com Gold Cup including the third Monkerhostin (10st 2lb), fourth Ollie Magern (11st 4lb), fifth It Takes Time, seventh Tikram (10st 11lb), ninth Le Duc, tenth Kelrev (10st 1lb) and eleventh Fondmort.

Legendary Irish owner and gambler J P McManus has three horses engaged - Knife Edge (10st 13lb), Shamawan (10st 3lb) and Hawk's Landing (9st 10lb). Knife Edge was last seen in action when the 17 length third to Mister McGoldrick in a handicap chase at Wetherby at the end of October, while Shamawan, also trained by Jonjo O'Neill, was fourth, just over six and a half lengths adrift of Rosemauve, in a similar event over hurdles at Uttoxeter on November 25. Hawk's Landing, a third O'Neill possible, was unplaced on his latest start in a handicap chase at Newbury last Saturday.

Frank Berry, racing manager to J P McManus, said: "Knife Edge and Shamawan would be possibles for the bonusprint.com Gold Cup. Hawk's Landing was a bit disappointing at Newbury on Saturday so I would say more than likely not."

Fundamentalist (11st 7lb), Nigel Twiston-Davies' very exciting novice has won two of his three starts over fences, as well as last season's Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle at The Festival. His penultimate run was at The Open on November 14 when the impressive winner of the Grade Two Independent Newspaper Novices' Chase before he was surprisingly beaten by Vodka Bleu at Newbury last weekend. The trainer also has Redemption (10st 10lb), who was going well when falling two out last year, and Ollie Magern entered.

Other leading contenders for the bonusprint.com Gold Cup include Farmer Jack (11st 9lb), who fell in the Paddy Power Gold Cup but is the current leader in the British Horseracing Board's Order of Merit series, of which the bonusprint.com Gold Cup forms a part, and Massac (10st 12lb) who completed a hat-trick in a valuable handicap chase at Windsor on November 20.

Owner Jim Lewis and trainer Henrietta Knight might be represented by Impek (11st 7lb), runner-up in the 2003 Irish Independent Arkle Trophy at The Festival, while Howard Johnson could send down Ballybough Rasher (11st 1lb), not seen out since landing the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby last season.

This year's bonusprint.com Gold Cup forms part of the British Horseracing Board's Order of Merit series, which awards points to the best chasers and hurdlers throughout the season with a total of £300,000 in prize money up for grabs.

Admission prices for both days of the bonusprint.com meeting are Club/Tattersalls: £20 (£18 in advance); Group Rate (15 or more): £16; 16-24s: £12; Best Mate: £6; Rooster Booster Raceday Package: £44 and Best Mate Raceday Package: £22.

The next confirmation stage for the bonusprint.com Gold Cup is at the five-day stage on Monday, December 6.

THE bonusprint.com GOLD CUP

Class A, Grade Three, £110,000 Total Prize Fund, 2.40pm, Cheltenham, Saturday, December 11, 2004, 2m 5f (New Course). For 5yo & upwards. Penalties: after November 27, 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 24 (44 entries), weights released December 1, five-day entry stage Monday, December 6, final declaration stage 10.00am December 10. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including Monday, November 29.

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
2624-11 ARMATURK (FR) 7-11-12 Barry Marshall Paul Nicholls
4534F-0 FONDMORT (FR) 8-11-11 Bill Brown Nicky Henderson
U510-22 SEEBALD (GER) 9-11-10 The Macca & Growler Partnership Martin Pipe
100-1F2 FARMER JACK 8-11-09 Peter Partridge Philip Hobbs
5U232-4 IMPEK (FR) 8-11-07 Jim Lewis Henrietta Knight
542-2F0 TURGEONEV (FR) 9-11-07 David Sills Tim Easterby
121-112 FUNDAMENTALIST (IRE) 6-11-07 Gripen Nigel Twiston-Davies
21F22-2 THISTHATANDTOTHER (IRE) 8-11-05 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
64-11142 OLLIE MAGERN 6-11-04 Roger Nicholls Nigel Twiston-Davies
13321-11 CELESTIAL GOLD (IRE) 6-11-04 David Johnson Martin Pipe
111F0-0 THEREALBANDIT (IRE) 7-11-04 David Johnson Martin Pipe
11/2113- OUR VIC (IRE) 6-11-03 David Johnson Martin Pipe
415UU1-6 PUNTAL (FR) 8-11-02 Terry Neill Martin Pipe
0/1111U- CALLING BRAVE (IRE) 8-11-02 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson
UP4P/21- BALLYBOUGH RASHER (IRE) 9-11-01 BDR Partnership Howard Johnson
06334-3 KNIFE EDGE (USA) 9-10-13 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
223-111 MASSAC (FR) 5-10-12 Million in Mind Partnership Alan King
11P2-0F1 SUPREME PRINCE (IRE) 7-10-12 Karola Vann Philip Hobbs
14112-0 TIKRAM 7-10-11 Mike Charlton & Rodger Sargent Gary Moore
61/113-4P NIL DESPERANDUM (IRE) 7-10-11 Mike Shone Frances Crowley IRE
231331-0 AVALANCHE (FR) 7-10-10 The Downhill Partnership John Best
U5003-0 REDEMPTION 9-10-10 John Duggan & Mr Michael Purtill Nigel Twiston-Davies
115103- JAKARI (FR) 7-10-10 The Earl Cadogan Henry Daly
133F/1F- SCOTS GREY 9-10-09 Henry Ponsonby Nicky Henderson
62/F5P-55 IT TAKES TIME (IRE) 10-10-09 David Johnson Martin Pipe
1P01-126 MONDIAL JACK (FR) 5-10-09 Chris, Basil & Rosie Batterham II Martin Pipe
42FF-251 MOSSY GREEN (IRE) 10-10-08 Greenstar Syndicate Wilie Mullins IRE
40/112-F NON SO (FR) 6-10-08 ROA Dawn Run Partnership Nicky Henderson
P132F6- IZNOGOUD (FR) 8-10-08 The County Stores & Avalon Surfacing Martin Pipe
F120B5-2 CLAYMORE (IRE) 8-10-05 Brian Stewart-Brown Oliver Sherwood
2/F132/5-4 SHAMAWAN (IRE) 9-10-03 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
U41-054 SIMPLY GIFTED 9-10-03 Steve Hammond Jonjo O'Neill
3P0-0P13 EUROPA 8-10-03 Trevor Hemmings Ferdy Murphy
116-132 MONKERHOSTIN (FR) 7-10-02 Martin St Quinton Philip Hobbs
2204-20 KELREV (FR) 6-10-01 Len Jakeman, Flintham, King & Roberts Venetia Williams 2112311 VODKA BLEU (FR) 5-10-00 David Johnson Martin Pipe
1/1-F L'ANGE AU CIEL (FR) 5-10-00 Barry Marshall Paul Nicholls
13P4-40 LE DUC (FR) 5-9-13 Judy Stewart Paul Nicholls
2F1F-3U0 HAWK'S LANDING (IRE) 7-9-10 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
034-0134 SPRING GROVE (IRE) 9-9-10 Exors of the late Harry Perry Robert Alner
3F611-33 LATITUDE (FR) 5-9-09 Neil Edwards Martin Pipe
1311P//-15 SPRING MARGOT (FR) 8-9-08 Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
32-30310 JASMIN D'OUDAIRIES (FR) 7-9-06 Decies & Dubs Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
P/11U0/5-4 HALEXY (FR) 9-9-06 Sir Robert Ogden Jonjo O'Neill

44 entries
3 Irish-trained


Trade stepped up dramatically on a strong second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale with the multiple Group 1 winning broodmare IPI TOMBE heading proceedings along with Group 1 producing broodmares RENASHAAN and KENMIST. 177 lots were sold on thesecond day for 14,330,300 guineas, at an average of 80,962 guineas and a median of 42,000 guineas. The average was down 1% and the median up 18% on last year's corresponding session which had included the 2,100,000 guineas European record priced mare RAMRUMA, and the Newgate Stud dispersal.

The triple Group 1 winning Zimbabwean bred IPI TOMBE was one of the best fillies of her generation with two Group 1 victories in South Africa before her spectacular victory in Dubai in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Stakes. The daughter of the MR PROSPECTOR stallion MANSHOOD was consigned from Craig and Holly Banderoff's Denali Stud in Kentucky with a covering by twelve-time GB/Ireland Champion sire SADLER'S WELLS. European Bloodstock Management's Marc du Chambure made the early running along with Hill 'n'Dale Farms' Donato Lanni along with Britton House Stud's manager Anthony Penfold. As the price passed 500,000 guineas, the BBA Germany's Dirk Eisele signalled his interest as did Yorkshire based bloodstock agent James Delahooke. At the finish it was Delahooke who outlasted Penfold for the six year old mare with Penfold shaking his head when asked to counter Delahooke's bid of 850,000 guineas. Delahooke indicated that the mare was purchased for a group of US breeders and would return to the where she had her last racecourse appearance when winning Grade 3 Locust Grove Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Penfold received ample compensation for his disappointment shortly afterwards when he secured the ten year old Listed winning mare KENMIST for 775,000 guineas. The dam of this season's Group 1 Prix du Moulin winner GREY LILAS was offered from Marc du Chambure's European Sales Management with a covering to seven time Group 1 winner ROCK OF GIBRALTAR. Penfold had to withstand the efforts of Katsumi Yoshida of Northern Farm in Japan to land the mare on behalf of Roger Baines' Britton House Stud.

The DARSHAAN mare RENASHAAN had also benefitted from a Group 1 victory this year when her three year old GOLD AWAY daughter ALEXANDER GOLDRUN won the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp. The fifteen year old mare, who is also the dam of Group 3 winner and Classic-placed MEDECIS, was consigned from the Castlebridge Consignment with a covering by sire of the moment PIVOTAL. Interest in the mare came initially from James Wigan along with Jim Collins, who was seated with Japanese bloodstock agent Ko Saito of Ever Union, and they pushed the price towards half a million guineas. At this point Barouche Stud's Rory Matthews, standing alongside his employer Barbara Facchino joined the battle for the mare along with Timmy Hyde. After a protracted duel, it was Matthews and Facchino who cried enough after Hyde had bid 640,000 guineas. Hyde indictaed that RENASHAAN would return to his Camas Park Stud in County Tipperary with mating plans as yet undecided. RENASHAAN provided her previous owners with that, having been purchased at the 2000 Tattersalls December Sale for 30,000 guineas.

Another mare to break the 500,000 guineas barrier was the Group 1 Prix de Diane Hermes second TIME AHEAD who was offered by agent Jamie Railton carrying a foal to last year's Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Group 1 Prix du Jockey-Club winner DALAKHANI. The half sister to the Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed TIME AWAY is also a grand-daughter of the Champion mare TIME CHARTER, a four time Group 1 winner of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Champion Stakes, Coronation Cup and Oaks Stakes. The BBA Ireland's Adrian Nicoll purchased the mare for 650,000 guineas after outlasting the efforts of Georges Rinaud, the French based representative of the Aga Khan Studs.

The day's top priced filly in training was AUSTRALIE, a daughter of SADLER'S WELLS out of the SPEND A BUCK mare ASNIERES. Consigned from Peter Stanley's New England Stud in Newmarket, and trained in Chantilly by Richard Gibson, the three year old filly,already a Listed winner, had added a victory in the Group 3 Prix de Flore at Saint-Cloud to her accomplishments since the catalogue was printed. Interest in the filly came from all quarters including Charlie Gordon-Watson, standing alongside Watership Down Stud Manager Simon Marsh, and bloodstock agents Penny Barnes and James Wigan, but it was locally-based bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud and Belinda Strudwick of Ballygallon Stud who then took up the running. It was the latter who was to prevail when Stroud failed to answer her bid of 500,000 guineas. Strudwick said that the filly would stay in training with Gibson in 2005.

The Tattersalls December Mare Sale continues at 10am on Wednesday, 1st December with 277 lots catalogued.

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