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Friday, February 4, 2005


Carnival Winners from Turkey, Brazil, Britain, Singapore and Dubai

Ribella, trained in Turkey by Selman Tasbek, got up in the final strides in a thrilling finish to win the US$150,000 Cape Verdi Stakes over 1,600 metres on the turf for fillies and mares.

Ribella, partnered by Halis Karatas, was sixth coming into the straight with the field being taken along by the Richard Gibson-trained Petit Calva, the mount of Thierry Jarnet. Mike de Kock's Emerald Beauty, already a Carnival winner, took up the running 150 metres out and looked the winner.

Moon Dazzle, Johnny Geroudis in the saddle, and the six-year-old Ribella began to run on and close on the leader, in a sudden burst of energy Ribella broke free to win by a neck from Moon Dazzle, who was a neck ahead of Emerald Beauty. Petit Calva was a further half length back in fourth with the Pat Smullen-partnered Brindisi in fifth, beaten half a length.

After the race Tasbek said, "Turkish horses have been adding some real international flavour to the Carnival and this is the first time a Turkish horse has won in Dubai, so it is a great night for Turkish racing. We will aim Ribella at the Dubai Duty Free (Gr.I) but will first run her in the Balanchine Stakes (February 25th)."

Littletown Bridge, who is based with trainer Mazin Al Kurdi for the Dubai International Racing Carnival, claimed the first race of the evening, the US$30,000 Curragh Trophy over 1,400 metres for three-year-old fillies.

De Kock's Tropical Snow led the field into the straight, with stablemate Royal Emblem, the mount of Marwing, showing a good turn of foot to take the lead at the 450 metres out.

Jerry Barton's Queleden Candela, Willie Supple up, took over the lead 200 metres out but could not hold off the challenge of the Richard Mullen-partnered Littletown Bridge, who got up in the shadow of the line and ran on to victory.

Debutant Sun Sprinkles, also trained by Al Kurdi and ridden by Ted Durcan, was flying at the end to finish second, only beaten a head.

After the race owner Peter Mooney said, "We bought her at the breeze-up sales in Florida in March and then took her to Ireland and trained her on the Curragh. She had one run in Ireland and she finished eighth, but ran very green, so we put the rugs back on and decided to send her to Dubai.

"We are over the moon that she has won and she will stay further. The aim now could be to go for the 1,000 Guineas or straight for the UAE Oaks. She is in all the Classics in Europe so there is a lot to look forward to."

Singapore-based trainer John Meagher enjoyed his first win of the 2005 Carnival when the Geroudis-partnered Lim's Classic made use of his inside draw to come up on the rail to land the US$120,000Turffontein International Rated Stakes over 1,300 metres on the turf.

As the line approached there were four horses battling for the line, but Lim's Classic put his head down to cross the line half a length from the Satish Seemar-Al Nitak, who has bounced back from his disappointing 11th place in the Al Shindagha Sprint a week ago.

T-Bird, trained by de Kock, held on for third with the Conrad Allen-trained Prince of Aaron, a winner here on the opening night of the Carnival, in fourth.

It was the turn of the Brazilian flag to be raised at the 2005 Dubai International Racing Carnival with the Fabricio Borges-trained Sushi-Bar winning the US$90,000 Saratoga International Rated Stakes over the straight 1,200 metres in impressive style.

Sushi-Bar, ridden by Tiago Pereira, was always going well with the Seemar-trained Chaplinesque setting the early pace. Sushi-Bar made progress to lead just after the half-way post, as the line approached Pereira changed up a gear and the four-year-old went clear of the field to win by three and three quarter lengths from the Durcan-partnered San Salvador and Persuasivo Fitz in third.

Jeremy Noseda, who landed a double at the Carnival meeting last week, continued his success when saddling the Eddie Ahern-partnered Twilight Blues to win the US$120,000 Kranji International Rated Stakes over 1,300 metres on the turf.

Twilight Blues made progress to go third in the straight and came between horses to lead 300 metres out. The son of Bluebird ran on well when challenged by the David Flood-trained Jonny Ebeneezer and Lim's Grand to win by three quarters of a length. Swedish Shave, trained by Richard Gibson, ran on well at the end and should be one to watch in the future.

Opportunist, Supple in the saddle, was the easiest of winners when landing the US$110,000 Chantilly International Rated Stakes over 1,600 metres on the dirt course.

Trained by Doug Watson, Opportunist was winning his third race on the bounce and took the lead will into the straight and ran on to a three and three quarter length win from Bo Bid.

Bianconi, Durcan, up came with a late run to land the final race of the evening, the US$110,000 Taby Stakes, by a length from the Richard Hills-partnered Shahkis.

Dubai Racing Club
Nad Al Sheba Racecourse
Dubai. UAE
Thursday, February 3rd, 2005
Dirt. Track: Fast. Turf Track: Good

Key: The figures beside the race conditions (ie 00-80) are for horses rated in that division and these figures are in pounds. All races on dirt unless stated otherwise.

Race One. Curragh Trophy, Thoroughbreds. 1,400m.
NH & SH 3yo Fillies Conditions.
Prizemoney: US$ 30,000.
1st: US$ 19,500. 2nd: US$ 6,000. 3rd: US$ 3,000. 4th: US$ 1,500.
2002 b f Stormin Fever – Fire The Deputy (Deputy Minister)
Owner: Peter Mooney
Breeder: Edward P Evans
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: R Mullen
2002 b f A P Indy – England's Rose (Nureyev)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Vinery LLC
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
2001 b f West By West – Celia La Rumbera (Robin des Bois)
Owner: Prince Sultan Mohammed Saud Al Kabeer
Breeder: Haras de la Pomme
Trainer: J Barton (KSA). Jockey: W Supple
Then came (in order): Royal Emblem (SAF), Chantilly Beauty (FR), Fashion House (USA), Bibury Flyer (GB), Tropical Snow (SAF), Castelletto (GB), Pride of Baghdad (USA), Sakheeya (GB), Woodcut (SAF) All 12 ran. Margins: hd, 1 Ό, 1 ½. Time: 1m 26.68s

Race Two. Turffontein International Rated Stakes. Thoroughbreds 1,300m.

TURF. NH 4yo+ & SH 3yo+. 95 – 110.
Prizemoney: US$ 120,000.
1st: US$ 78,000. 2nd: US$ 24,000. 3rd: US$ 12,000. 4th: US$ 6,000

1. LIM'S CLASSIC (AUS) 56.5kgs
1999 b h Dehere – Augustine (Black Zephyr)
Owner: Lim's Stable
Breeder: G W Macnicol Past Holdings Pty Ltd
Trainer: J Meagher (SING). Jockey: J Geroudis
2. AL NITAK (SAF) 60kgs
1997 b g Al Mufti – Jessamine (Del Sarto)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Dr M Thomson
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan
3. T-BIRD (SAF) 53.5kgs
2001 ch c Special Preview – Lady Greystoke (Lords)
Owner: Hamad Sarhan Hamad Al Darei
Breeder: D Cohen & Sons (Pty) Ltd
Trainer: M de Kock (SAF) Jockey: W Marwing
Then came (in order): Prince Aaron (IRE), Simianna (GB), Terfel (GB), Sabbeeh (USA), Helm Bank (GB), Millennium Force (GB), Morshdi (GB), Boston Lodge (GB), Prince of Denmark (IRE), Summoner (GB). All 13 ran.
Margins: ½, Ύ, Ύ. Time: 1m 16.52s

Race Three. Saratoga International Rated Stakes. Thoroughbreds. 1,000m.
NH 4yo+ & SH 3yo+. 85 - 100
Prizemoney: US$ 90,000.
1st: US$ 58,500. 2nd: US$ 18,000. 3rd: US$ 9,000. 4th: US$ 4,500
1. SUSHI-BAR (BRZ) 57.5kgs
2000 b c Jato d'Agua – Sassy Doll (Giboulee)
Owner: Estrela Energia Stables
Breeder: Haras San Francesco
Trainer: F Borges (BRZ). Jockey: T Pereira
1997 dk b or br g Dayjur – Sheer Gold (Cutlass)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Robert n Clay & Stud TNT
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
1994 dk b or br h Fitzcarraldo – Kalnipe (Kaljerry)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Agrofarm SA
Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: R Hughes
Then came (in order): Malapropism (GB), Chaplinesque (USA), Dancing Mystery (GB), Quiet Times (IRE), Raging Creek (USA), Tala Ya (USA), Cottage Flower (ITY), Forever Phoenix (GB), Forty Rumano (ARG), King Jock (USA), Mokabra (IRE), Desert Lord (GB), Ready Plus (ARG). 16 ran. NRs: Rydal (USA), Tarfaa bint Swain (USA), Instant Recall (IRE), Maksad
(IRE) Margins: 3 Ύ, 3 ½, shd. Time: 58.37s

Race Four. Kranji International Rates Stakes. Thoroughbreds. 1,300m.

TURF NH 4yo+ SH 3yo+ 95-110
Prizemoney: US$ 120,000.
1st: US$ 78,000. 2nd: US$ 24,000. 3rd: US$ 12,000. 4th: US$ 6,000
1999 ch h Bluebird – Petty Sharp (Interrex)
Owner: Susan Roy
Breeder: David John Brown
Trainer: J Noseda (GB). Jockey: E Ahern
1999 b g Hurricane Sky – Leap of Faith (Northiam)
Owner: Mrs Ruth Serrell
Breeder: John Purcell
Trainer: D Flood (GB). Jockey: T Culhan
3. LIM'S GRAND (NZ) 54kgs
2000 ch or ro g Gold Brose – Shephards Delight (Famous Star)
Owner: Lim's Stable
Breeder: Mr & Mrs Gibbs
Trainer: J Meagher (SING). Jockey: S Chin
Then came (in order): Swedish Shave (FR), Talbot Avenue (GB), Millbag (IRE), Bold Demand (GB), Mount Abu (IRE), Damachida (IRE), Love Regardless (USA), Naahy (GB), Lydgate (USA). 12 ran WD: Holborn (UAE). Margins: Ύ, nk, 2 Ό. Time: 1m 17.20s

Race Five. Chantilly International Rated Stakes. Thoroughbreds 1,600m.
NH 4yo+ SH 3yo+ 90 - 105
Prizemoney: US$ 110,000.
1st: US$ 71,500. 2nd: US$ 22,000. 3rd: US$ 11,000. 4th: US$ 5,500
1. OPPORTUNIST (IRE) 57.5kgs
1999 b h Machiavellian – Fatefully (Private Account)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd
Trainer: D Watson. Jockey: W Supple
2. BO BID (USA) 55kgs
2000 ch h Helmsman – I'm Italian (Alleged)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Joanne W Wilson
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
3. ALMA'ARRY (USA) 55kgs
2000 dk b or br c A P Indy – My Darling One (Exclusive Native)
Owner: Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Darley Stud Management LLC
Trainer: A Rashid Al Raihe. Jockey: D Mernagh
Then came (in order): Gold History (USA), Thajja (IRE), Lygeton Lad (GB)

6 ran NR: Dunhill Star (IRE). Margins: 3 Ύ, nse, 3 Ό. Time: 1m 38.31s

Race Six. Cape Verdi Stakes. Thoroughbreds 1,600m. TURF.
NH 4yo+ SH 3yo+ Fillies & Mares. Conditions
Prizemoney: US$ 150,000.
1st: US$ 97,500. 2nd: US$ 30,000. 3rd: US$ 15,000. 4th: US$ 7,500
1. RIBELLA (IRE) 57kgs
1999 b m Revoque – Tajarib (Last Tycoon)
Owner: Selman Tasbek
Breeder: W G McKinley
Trainer: H Gunes (TUR). Jockey: H Karatas
2. MOON DAZZLE (USA) 57kgs
2000 b f Kingmambo – June Moon (Sadler's Wells)
Owner: Bernard Kantor
Breeder: Wentworth Racing
Trainer: M de Kock (SAF). Jockey: J Geroudis
2000 GR F Equalize – Emerald Girl (Candy Stripes)
Owner: G Blank, B Burgess, A Chandler, Mr Trakman
Breeder: Abolengo
Trainer: M de Kock (SAF). Jockey: W Marwing
Then came (in order): Petit Calva (FR), Brindisi (GB), Arlecchina (GER), Mansfield Park (GB), Majestic Desert (GB), Cat Belling (IRE), Desert Glow (IRE), Sarre (FR), Why Dubai (USA), Festive Style (SAF) All 13 ran.

Margins: nk, nk, nk. Time: 1m 37.03 (Track Record)

Race Seven. Taby International Rated Stakes. Thoroughbreds 2,000m TURF. NH 4yo+ & SH 3yo+.
Prizemoney: US$ 110,000.
1st: US$ 71,500. 2nd: US$ 22,000. 3rd: US$ 11,000. 4th: US$ 5,500
1. BIANCONI (SAF) 55.5kgs
1999 b h Rambo Dancer – Coconut Ice (Jungle Cove)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan
2. SHAKIS (IRE) 59.5kgs
2000 b h Machiavellian – Tawaaded (Nashwan)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd
Trainer: D Watson. Jockey: R Hills
3. ANANI (USA) 57kgs
2000 ch c Miswaki – Mystery Rays (Nijinsky)
Owner: Mohammed Jaber Abdullah
Breeder: Flaxman Holdings Ltd
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: R Mullen
Then came (in order): Etesaal (USA), Jazz Scene (IRE), Lundy's Lane (IRE), Clodion (IRE), Top Seed (IRE), Sekula Pata (NZ), Surbiton (USA), Manyana (IRE), Cyril (NZ), Izdiham (IRE), Murray (GB), Landslide (IRE), Senhor Vencedor (BRZ). All 16 ran. Margins: 1, 1 ½, Ύ. Time: 2m 04.25s


Records were set across the board at the Tattersalls February Sale along with new record prices for a yearling and a broodmare as turnover rose 79% to 1,599,200 guineas. The average of 10,185 guineas and the median of 5,000 guineas represented increasesof 34% and 25% respectively

The highest priced lot for the day was the 115,000 guineas paid for the JOHANNESBURG yearling colt out of the Listed placed WOLFHOUND mare ROZEL. Consigned from Kirsten Rausing's St. Simon Stud in Newmarket, the colt, who is closely related to last year's Group 2 Champagne Stakes winner ETLAALA, saw initial interest from Italian agent Alberto Panetta and Tattersalls' Greek representative Chris Imirziadis. Irish agent John O'Byrne, accompanied by Paul Shanahan and Tom Magnier soon entered the fray and they were soon joined by Yeomanstown Stud's Gay O'Callaghan, standing alongside Paddy Twomey. As the price soared towards six figures, only O'Callaghan and O'Byrne remained and as the hammer went down, it was O'Callaghan who proved triumphant with his bid of 115,000 guineas. The price was a new record for a yearling at the February Sale, shattering the previous record of 34,000 guineas. O'Callaghan indicated that the colt, who is from the first crop of four time Group 1 winning two year old be re-offered at Part 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

Another record-breaker was the multiple stakes-winning nine-year-old mare SILVER BANDANA whose sale price of 95,000 guineas was a new record for a broodmare at the February Sale. Consigned from Kingwood Stud on behalf of Mountgrange Stud, the daughter of SILVER BUCK was offered in foal to Juddmonte Farms' triple Group 1 winning sprinter OASIS DREAM. SILVER BANDANA, who is out of the HIGH LINE mare DATUM LINE is from the same family as Group 1 Irish Oaks heroine PURE GRAIN and two-time Group 1 Lockinge Stkes winner SOVIET LINE. The battle to secure the well bred and well performed mare soon settled down to a head to head dual between Hedsor Stud's Tim Lock and local bloodstock agent Larry Stratton with the latter prevailing on behalf of an Irish Stud.

The twenty-two strong consignment from Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms looked a standout on paper and so it proved as they realised a total of 448,500 guineas at an average of 20,386 guineas. The three highest priced of the draft were SOFT, a three year old LEAR FAN own-sister to the high class Listed winner COMFY who was purchased by Emerald Bloodstock for 53,000 guineas, BOLIVIA, a three year old filly by DISTANT VIEW purchased by Jill Lamb Bloodstock for 46,000 guineas and KIRKSTALL, the three-year-old SELKIRK colt purchased by MCR Bloodstock for 42,000 guineas.

At the conclusion of the 2005 Tattersalls February Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

"At present the February Sale may only be small, but this is a sale very much on the upgrade, and today's trade has provided a wonderful start to 2005. We have seen wide margin records across the board with average, median and turnover all breaking new ground, as well as individual sale records for both a yearling and a broodmare.

"The February Sale is only in its sixth year but has already carved a niche in the European sales calendar, thanks largely to much valued support from our vendors including many of Europe_s major owner/breeders. This year's catalogue was the largest since the sale began and it has attracted interest from throughout Europe and further afield.

"Obviously we were delighted with the record 115,000 guineas for the JOHANNESBURG colt out of ROZEL from St Simon Stud, and the record 95,000 guineas for the broodmare SILVER BANDANA from Kingwood Stud, but the real feature of the sale has been the consistent demand at all levels of the market, with the Juddmonte Farms consignment proving to be a particular highlight.

"The success of today's sale has shown that the February Sale has a real future, and we look forward to continuing to build on this in the years to come."

The next Tattersalls Sale is the Breeze Up Sale which takes place from April 12th - 14th with the catalogue online from February 14th.

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