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Sunday, December 19, 2004


Connections of King George VI Chase favourite Kicking King will be delighted to see a mostly dry forecast in the run up to the Boxing Day thriller.

Totesport spokesman Damian Walker said: “The Met Office forecast is for a cold, dry week and, with the going at Kempton officially good, good to soft in places, Kicking King looks likely to get his favoured ground.

“He was seriously impressive last time on soft going in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown and, worryingly for connections of his Kicking King,s rivals, trainer Tom Taaffe believes Kicking King is a better horse on good ground.”

Meanwhile, Wain Mountain was the best backed horse today for the Coral Welsh National and is now 20-1 from 33s. In the Triumph Hurdle Francois Doumen’s Danaw is now 16-1 co favourite from 25-1 after good support.

King George VI Chase
3m, Kempton, December 26, 2004
5-2 Kicking King, 4 Le Roi Miguel, 7 Calling Brave, 8 Azertyuiop, Therealbandit, 10 Kingscliff, 12 Lord Sam, Tiutchev, 14 Edredon Bleu, 16 One Knight, Seebald, 20 Murphys Cardinal, 25 Joly Bey, Royal Auclair, 33 Impek, First Gold, Farmer Jack, Fondmort, Simply Supreme, 50 Scots Grey, 66 Puntal, 80 Hot Shots, 100 Avalanche, 150 Royal Atalza, 250 Enzo De Baune
Each-Way 1/4 odds 1, 2, 3

Coral Welsh National
3m 5.5f, Chepstow, December 28, 2004
5 Chives, 13-2 One Knight, 8 L'Aventure, 10 Akarus, Bindaree, Celestial Gold, Silver Birch, 12 Comply Or Die, Strong Resolve, 14 Lord Jack, Tipsy Mouse, 16 Bear On Board, Jack High, Frenchman's Creek, Native Emperor, Be My Royal, Colnel Rayburn, Granit D'Esturval, Grattan Lodge, Mini Sensation, Royal Auclair, World Wide Web, 20 (from 33) Wain Mountain, Ballycassidy, Double Honour, French Executive, Gunther McBride, Jurancon II, Supreme Glory, Take the Stand, 25 Ad Hoc, Ask Henry, Desailly, Fox in the Box, Limerick Leader, Maximize, Puntal, Sherkin Island, Shotgun Willy, Stormez, 33 Artic Jack, Ballybrophy, Count Campioni, Farinel, Merchant's Friend
Each-Way 1/4 odds 1, 2, 3, 4

Record Number of International Challengers for Carnival 2005

A record number of international horses will be arriving in Dubai over the next month as the countdown begins to the start of the richest horseracing carnival in the world - the 2005 Dubai International Racing Carnival.

The 2005 Dubai International Racing Carnival, with total prize money of US$25,000,000, kicks off at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Thursday, January 20th with the US$200,000 first round of the HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge (Group 3).

The Dubai International Racing Carnival is spread over 11 race meetings and culminates on March 26th, with the tenth running of the US$6,000,000 Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline.

Following on from the success of the inaugural Carnival a large number of trainers have decided to return to Dubai with an increased number of horses for the 2005 Carnival.

Returning trainers include Gerard Butler, who looks likely to bring 10 horses this time, John Gosden, Jerry Barton, Clive Brittain, Mike de Kock, Mick Channon, Mark Johnston, John Oxx. Dermot Weld, Jeremy Noseda, Ed Dunlop and a large contingent from Macau.

South African trainer De Kock, who enjoyed a highly successful 2004 Carnival when winning just over US$3,400,000 in prize money, returns to Dubai with approximately 20 contenders.

Included in the 20 are a majority of South Africa's leading horses; last year's South African Horse of the Year Yard-Arm, Grey's Inn, winner of two legs of the Triple Crown, champion sprinter Key of Destiny, champion two-year-old colt, Candidato Roy, and the top two three-year-olds - Otter Trail and Grand Emporium.

Great Britain will be very well represented with the first of the Channon-trained team arriving at Nad Al Sheba's state of the art International Stables on Thursday. Among the Channon Carnival raiders are the multiple Group winner Royal Millennium, who was placed behind the awesome Silent Witness in the Hong Kong Sprint on Sunday, and recent Lingfield winner Master Robbie.

Brittain, a seasoned global campaigner, is planning on sending a full team including; Var, winner of the Prix de l'Abbaye, Mazuna, winner of the Princess Royal John Doyle Stakes (Gr.III) at Ascot in September and the promising two-year-old Fox. Brittain is also bringing back his 2004 Carnival contender Membership.

Butler, who was well represented in the 2004 Carnival returns in 2005 with what looks a strong team including Jack Sullivan, who was runner-up to Little Jim in the 2004 UAE 2,000 Guineas (Gr.III) before finishing fourth in the UAE Derby (Gr.II) on Dubai World Cup day. Butler is alsoplanning on sending over his Gordon Richards Stakes (Gr.III) winner Chancellor.

Peter Chapple-Hyam looks likely to have his first runners in Dubai with the multiple Group winner African Dream and the filly Alta Petens.

Johnston, who has always been a great supporter of international competition, is returning with a likely team of six challengers including the consistent Gateman and the 2003 Gran Criterium (Gr.I) winner Pearl of Love.

Gosden, who enjoyed Carnival success with Rawyaan back in February, is back with a probable team of five horses including Privy Seal, runner-up in both the Chester Vase (Gr.III) and the Classic Trial (Gr.III).

D'Anjou, winner of the Al Fahidi Fort (Gr.III) at the 2004 Carnival, is one of Irish trainer Oxx's team for the 2005 Carnival. The son of Marju looks likely to be joined by Trefflich, runner-up in the International Stakes (Gr.III) at the Curragh.

Fellow Irish trainer Weld looks set to return to Dubai with One More Round, runner-up to D'Anjou in the Al Fahidi Fort and King Jock.

French-based trainers Richard Gibson and Rupert Pritchard-Gordon will be having their first Carnival runners in 2005.

El Hurano, Eclipse West and Namorado, trained by Gibson have already arrived in Dubai and have settled into the International Stables, as have Pritchard-Gordon's trio of Chantilly Beauty, Malaica and Imshy.

Barton, who is based in Saudi Arabia, has again set his sights on the Dubai International Racing Carnival following his success with Petit Paris, winner of the Al Bastakiya on Super Saturday before finishing three quarters of a length runner-up to De Kock's Lundy's Liability in the UAE Derby (Gr.II).

Brazilian trainer Fabricio Borges has sent nine horses from Brazil for the 2005 Carnival including the highly rated Tignon Bay.

The 2005 Dubai International Racing Carnival is being supported by a number of leading global companies.

Shadwell Estate and Shadwell Farm continue their long association with the Dubai Racing Club by sponsoring the racemeetings on January 20th and Friday, February 25th. Al Rostamani Group of Companies are sponsoring the Carnival meeting on February 10th which includes the second round of the Al Maktoum Challenge (Gr.II) and the UAE 2,000 Guineas (Gr.III).

The Melbourne Racing Club continue their support of the One Event Two Race meetings and are sponsoring racing on March 10th, including the Melbourne Racing Club UAE Oaks. Racing on January 27th, which includes the Al Shindagha Sprint (L) is sponsored by Damas.

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