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Monday, May 17, 2004


The £90,000 totesport Silver Bowl at Haydock on Saturday, May 22, has attracted an excellent 28-strong entry of three-year-olds including the unbeaten Peter Harris-trained Oasis Star.

Pete Mason, a partnership manager for Harris, today revealed that the Desert King filly will run in this prestigious event providing she makes the cut, with there being a safety limit of 18.

He said: "We would like to run Oasis Star in the totesport Silver Bowl if she gets in. Obviously, the entry has only been made this morning so it depends what the opposition is.

"She's gone up to a mark of 86 so it's 50/50 as to whether she'll get in the race.."
The weights are issued tomorrow and Oasis Star gained the third victory of her career, from the same number of outings, at Chester recently in an extended seven-furlong handicap when just holding on from the strong late challenge of Zonus by a head.

She had begun her year with a neck win over Ifteradh in a seven-furlong handicap at Newmarket on April 15, having previously won her only start as a two-year-old by the same distance from Flame Queen in a six-furlong maiden at Leicester in October.

According to Mason, Oasis Star has come out of the Chester race well. The going at Haydock is currently good.

"Oasis Star is fine - we certainly wouldn't be considering a race like the totesport Silver Bowl if she wasn't 100%. She's in good shape," he said.

"I think that the general feeling is that she would prefer a firmer surface. I wouldn't say we were concerned at Chester but we would have preferred better ground undoubtedly. She's got such a lot of determination and guts that she pulled it off."
Oasis Star defied a 6lb rise in the weights at Chester and, when asked if she had enough improvement in her to overcome a further 5lb rise, Mason added: "You would think so - she does just enough to win, she's got a great attitude and we go to Haydock hoping that she can find that little bit more. We'll certainly find out."
As well as a possible rematch with the second at Chester, Oasis Star also looks likely to face a strong challenge from the Clive Brittain-trained Bahiano, who kept on well in the final two furlongs when seventh in a seven-furlong handicap at York last week .

The Newmarket trainer, successful in this race 23 years ago with Silver Season, today revealed: "Bahiano is an intended runner in the totesport Silver Bowl.

"From where he was drawn [in stall six] at York, he lost his position and then had to switch to the outside and I thought he ran quite a good race really.

"I was very encouraged by that outing and the step up to just over a mile should suit him."
The totesport Silver Bowl is the highlight of a strong race programme at Haydock Park on Saturday, May 22.

For further information, please contact Adam Waterworth, Haydock Park's Managing Director, on 01942 725963, or visit www.haydock-park.co.uk


The totesport Silver Bowl was first run at Haydock in 1957 and has grown into one of the most important mile handicaps for three-year-olds.
It is also an extremely valuable race, with a total prize fund of £90,000 for the 2004 renewal, which compares favourably with £50,000 on offer for the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot in June.

The contest was known in 1957 as the John Davies Handicap but between 1958 and 1985 it was run under the banner of the Cecil Frail Handicap - in memory of Cecil Frail, who was the clerk of the course at Haydock until 1936 and came from a famous racing family.
His father, John Frail, was clerk of the course for over 50 years at Shrewsbury Racecourse until its closure in 1888, while his brother, Charles, also acted in the same capacity.
totesport sponsored the Silver Bowl for the first time in 1986 and racing's biggest sponsor has continued to back the mile handicap since then.

Mark Antony won the inaugural running for trainer Jack Jarvis and jockey Manny Mercer in 1957.

Over the years, the most successful jockey in the Silver Bowl has been John Lowe, who won the race on three occasions - Fair Top (1978), Trucidator (1985) and Mohammed Abdu (1987). No current jockey has captured the totesport Silver Bowl more than once.

No trainer has been dominant either, although nine have saddled the winner twice. Gerard Butler is the latest handler to have achieved this feat, sending out Common World to victory in 2002 and Jazz Messenger last year while Newmarket-based Ed Dunlop has also done well in recent years, winning with Winter Romance in 1996 and Date in 1999.

The best horse to have won the totesport Silver Bowl during its 47-year history is Gunner B, who recorded the widest winning margin seen to date when successful by eight lengths in 1976. Later in his career the son of Royal Gunner was transferred to the care of Henry Cecil and in 1978 won the Earl of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket, the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot while his biggest victory came in the Group One Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park. During his long career at stud, Gunner B became an outstanding sire of jump horses, with the likes of Grand National winner Red Marauder and star hurdler Iris's Gift among his talented offspring.

Other good horses to have been successful in totesport Silver Bowl include the 1967 victor Frankincense, trained by John Oxley. Frankincense went on to capture the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster in 1968, landing Oxley's head lad Barry Hills a small fortune which enabled him to set up his own training establishment.
Safawan, triumphant for Sir Michael Stoute and the Aga Khan in 1989, progressed to Pattern race success the following season with victory in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

Ecclesiastical, the 2001 hero, went on to finish second at Royal Ascot in the Britannia Handicap. As a four-year-old, he moved to Hong Kong (where he ran under the name of Olympic Express) and has proved a top-class performer for Ivan Allen in the former British colony with four Group One victories coming in the Hong Kong Classic Mile, Hong Kong Derby, Hong Kong Mile and Hong Kong Gold Cup.

THE totesport SILVER BOWL ROLL OF HONOUR (1957-2003)

1957 15 MARK ANTONY 8-11 10/1 Manny Mercer Jack Jarvis Jim Philipps
1958 8 ROYAL PAINTER 7-5 7/1 Michael Hayes Sam Hall H Halmshaw
1959 8 MUCKLE JOHN 8-9 100/9 Geoff Littlewood Harry Peacock Lord Zetland
1960 9 QUADRUPLE 8-7 9/4F Doug Smith Jack Watts Lord Derby
1961 10 DOUBLE BEE 8-4 8/1 Snowy Fawdon Jimmy Elwell J Hardy
1962 10 GAY CASINO 9-1 8/1 Johnny Greenaway Rufus Beasley Major Hugh Dawson
1963 11 HIGH FLOWN 9-5 9/2 Frankie Durr Jimmy James Major Lionel Holliday
1964 12 CURRENT SPEECH 8-11 6/1 Joe Sime Sam Hall Jack Hanson
1965 8 DANELLA 8-3 4/1 Edward Hide Bill Hide H G Webster
1966 15 TRACKER 7-11 10/1 Johnny Greenaway Dick Peacock Sir Edward Hanmer
1967 7 FRANKINCENSE 8-7 7/2 Greville Starkey John Oxley Lady Halifax
1968 10 CHARLIE'S PAL 7-3 9/2 George Duffield Ryan Jarvis H R Strangward
1969 12 TATJANA 7-0 100/7 Michael Teelin Bill Elsey Countess Margit Batthyany
1970 9 TUDOR TINKER 9-0 4/1 Colin Williams Michael Jarvis David Robinson
1971 7 SMART SAM 8-5 7/4F Tony Murray Doug Smith A Don
1972 6 ROY BRIDGE 9-2 9/4F Lester Piggott John Oxley Maj Gen Sir Randle Feilden
1973 9 APPLE KING 8-4 5/2F Brian Connorton Eric Collingwood H Price
1974 15 VOTECATCHER 8-2 13/2 Tony Murray Ryan Price Major Derek Wigan
1975 9 REBEC 7-12 5/1 Frankie Durr Henry Cecil Lord Howard de Walden
1976 12 GUNNER B 8-8 7/2 Joe Mercer Geoff Toft Pauline Barratt
1977 11 OWEN JONES 7-9 5/1 Malcolm Johnston Henry Cecil Jim Joel
1978 11 FAIR TOP 7-10 7/2F John Lowe Bill Elsey Hugh Leggatt
1979 10 BOLD OWL 8-1 6/1 Taffy Thomas Harry Wragg Norman Wachman
1980 13 GREENWOOD STAR 7-7 5/2F Philip Robinson Gavin Hunter Greenwood Homes Ltd
1981 12 SILVER SEASON 9-5 20/1 Ernie Johnson Clive Brittain M Hassan
1982 12 SPANISH POOL 9-6 5/1 Brian Taylor Jeremy Hindley Mrs M Haggas
1983 10 SCHUSS 8-5 11/4F Willie Carson Dick Hern Lord Porchester
1984 10 INCISIVE 7-9 7/2JF Kevin Darley Ernie Weymes Lady Howard de Walden
1985 11 TRUCIDATOR 9-7 12/1 John Lowe Steve Norton M S H Hartley
1986 13 AL BASHAAMA 7-10 8/1 Paul Hamblett Luca Cumani Sheikh Mohammed
1987 8 MOHAMED ABDU 7-8 9/4 John Lowe Steve Norton N Shainan
1988 15 JAMARJ 9-7 6/1 Mark Birch Peter Easterby Ian Armitage
1989 13 SAFAWAN 8-11 11/2 Pat Eddery Michael Stoute H H Aga Khan
1990 8 CASHTAL DAZZLER 7-7 14/1 Lindsay Charnock Jack Berry G H Atkinson
1991 13 TAKADDUM 9-3 5/1 Geoff Baxter Peter Walwyn Hamdan Al-Maktoum
1992 11 SHARPITOR 9-0 13/2 John Reid William Jarvis Henry Lopes
1993 13 MOORISH 8-2 11/1 Tom McLaughlin Paul Cole Fahd Salman
1994 12 DANCE TURN 9-0 25/1 Russell Price Robert Armstrong George Ward
1995 9 SONIC BOY 9-7 9/1 Jimmy Quinn Fulke Johnson Houghton Anthony Pye-Jeary
1996 10 WINTER ROMANCE 9-0 9/4F Pat Eddery Ed Dunlop Maktoum Al-Maktoum
1997 6 ALEZAL 9-1 5/2F Seb Sanders William Jarvis Howard Spooner
1998 10 FRENCH CONNECTION 7-9 12/1 Paul Fessey Jack Berry Peter Dodd
1999 17 DATE 8-13 12/1 Willie Ryan Ed Dunlop Abdullah Ali
2000 16 ATLANTIC RHAPSODY 8-3 11/1 Joe Fanning Mark Johnston Atlantic Racing Ltd
2001 18 ECCLESIASTICAL 8-8 11/2 Oscar Urbina James Fanshawe Cheveley Park Stud
2002 12 COMMON WORLD 8-13 7/4F Kieren Fallon Gerard Butler Sheikh Khaled Al Sabah
2003 12 JAZZ MESSENGER 7-12 6/1 Paul Hanagan Gerard Butler Sven Hanson


First Day - Friday 21st May

2.00pm The Stella Molony Memorial Maiden Auction Stakes 5f £5,000
2.35pm The Performance Car Hire Handicap Stakes 6f £8,000
3.05pm The Haydock Park Annual Badgeholders Maiden Stakes abt 1m £8,000
3.40pm The Golborne Rated Stakes abt 1m £14,000
4.10pm The George Formby Centenary Stakes 1m 2f abt 120yds £5,000
4.45pm The Crankwood Maiden Stakes 1m abt 4f £8,000
5.15pm The Monks Heath Apprentice Handicap Stakes 5f £5,200

Second Day - Saturday 22nd May

*1.30pm The Option Hygiene Handicap Stakes 5f £20,000
*2.00pm The Purely Scottish Mineral Water Stakes (Listed) 6f £30,000**
*2.30pm The totesport Silver Bowl 1m £90,000
3.05pm The E.B.F. Bollin Maiden Fillies' Stakes 6f £7,750
3.35pm The E.B.F. Joan Westbrook Pinnacle Stakes 1m 4f £40,000
4.10pm The MTB Group Maiden Stakes 1m 2f 120yds £8,000
4.40pm The Mary Page Birthday Handicap Stakes 1m 6f £5,000

* BBC Televised Races


Two-Day Jump Meeting at Stratford Racecourse

Friday Evening 21st May (1st Race 6.20pm) & Saturday Evening 22nd May (1st Race 5.50pm)

The Intrum Justitia two-day meeting is Stratford Racecourse's premier race meeting of the year and attracts a large crowd of around 15,000 people over the two days. There is over £165,000 added prize money on offer in 13 races.

The meeting starts on Friday evening when the feature race is the Weatherbys sponsored John Corbet Cup, the end of season Champion Novice Hunters' Steeplechase, run over 3 miles and 4 furlongs with £20,000 of added prize money. This race is open to Irish connections will be encouraged to bring their horses to Stratford to compete for what is one of the most coveted of Hunter Chase crowns. Also the English Point to Point fraternity will be present in large numbers to attend the 27th Annual Point to Point Owners' and Riders Association luncheon.

Irish entries are also encouraged for the climax of the two day meeting, the 46th running of the Intrum Justitia (Horse and Hound Cup) Final Champion Hunters' Steeplechase, which is worth £32,000 this year.

Prices: Club £16 Tattersalls £12 Course £6
Accompanied children under 16 admitted FREE.

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