Sunday, May 23, 2004
FEW CLASSIC CLUES WITH CORALS AS BACHELOR DUKE BREAKS MAIDEN TAG WITH CURRAGH SUCCESS
Yeats remains 9-4 favourite with Coral for the Vodafone Derby after Azamour and Grey Swallow were beaten by Bachelor Duke in yesterday's Irish 1,000 Guineas, and Duke Of Venice found Hazyview too good at Newmarket.
9-4 Yeats, 10-3 Snow Ridge, 9-2 North Light, 10-1 American Post, 12-1 Salford City, 14-1 Azamour, Cairdeas, Let The Lion Roar, Rule Of Law, 16-1 Grey Swallow, Percussionist, 25-1 Meath, 33-1 Book Of Kings, Duke Of Venice, Moscow Ballet, 50-1 Elshadi, Pukka, 66-1 Massif Centrale, Moncreiff, Return In Style, 80-1 Coming Again, 100-1 Shaaban
9-4 Sundrop, 9-2 Ouija Board, 5-1 Punctilious, 6-1 All Too Beautiful, 8-1 Baraka, 12-1 Hathrah, 14-1 Necklace, 20-1 Kinnaird, 33-1 Alexander Goldrun, Crystal, Green Swallow, Last Love, 40-1 Australie, Bowstring, Kisses For Me, 50-1 Menhoubah, Tamarillo, 66-1 Lisieux Orchid, Si Si Amiga, 100-1 Anna Pallida
**Prince Of Wales' Stakes
7-2 Rakti, 5-1 Russian Rhythm, 10-1 Nebraska Tornado, Kalaman, 12-1 Alkaadhem, Elegant Fashion, Magistretti, Phoenix Reach, 14-1 Bandari, Kaieteur, Vespone, 16-1 Lateen Sails, Leporello, Mingun, 20-1 Chancellor, Ikhtyar, Paolini, 25-1 Imperial Dancer
**Ascot Gold Cup
4-1 Mr Dinos, Westerner, 5-1 Vinnie Roe, 10-1 Millenary, Alcazar, 16-1 Delsarte, Powerscourt, 20-1 Shanty Star, Maktub, Jardines Lookout, The Great Gatsby, 25-1 Fantastic Love, Dusky Warbler, Misternando, Darasim, Royal Rebel, Salsalino, Sun Bird, Savannah Bay
**Golden Jubilee Stakes
6-1 Exceed And Excel, 7-1 Attraction, 10-1 Avonbridge, Patavellian, Frizzante, 12-1 Airwave, Monsieur Bond, 14-1 Balmont, 16-1 Arakan, Carry On Katie, Somnus, Crystal Castle, Trade Fair, Peak To Creek, 20-1 Howick Falls, Much Faster, Pastoral Pursuits, Soaring Free, Steenberg, Three Valleys, 25-1 Byron, Fayr Jag, Kheleyf, Polar Way, Royal Millennium
**King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes
5-1 Sulamani, 7-1 Mubtaker, Yeats, 10-1 Doyen, 12-1 Polish Summer, Snow Ridge, 14-1 North Light, 16-1 Brian Boru, Scotts View, Hard Buck, Phoenix Reach, 20-1 Epalo, Salford City, 25-1 Grey Swallow, 33-1 Fair Mix
TRIPLE CROWN CHALLENGER A BIG ATTRACTION
Philadelphia Park Racecourse officials estimated 8,500 fans turned out to see Smarty Jones gallop at 8:30 a.m. yesterday Smarty Jones galloped 1.5 miles under exercise rider Peter van Trump and then was accompanied back to the barn by his regular pony Butterscotch.
TRAINER JOHN SERVIS: "Again, I want to thank everyone for coming out today, and as you can see Smarty is doing great and we're really looking forward to the Belmont."
QUESTION FOR SERVIS: HOW OVERWHELMING IS IT TO SEE SO MANY FANS TURN OUT THIS MORNING? "I don't know if I'd use the term overwhelming; it's a joy to me to see people come out and flock around this horse like they do. It's great for the whole industry and I just hope it carries on."
QUESTION FOR SERVIS: THE BELMONT STAKES IS TWO WEEKS AWAY. WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST CONCERNS? "You have to watch it with (Smarty Jones) because he wants to train so hard and you have to watch that he doesn't over-train himself. So it's always a day-to-day thing with him. Today (Saturday, May 22) was awesome. I mean he relaxed so good. I was a little concerned with all the people, but he handled it well. Every day he impresses me more-and-more. He was so professional, and that's what's making him the horse that he is. As far as a workout, I'm thinking some time toward the end of next week."
QUESTION FOR STEWART ELLIOTT: WHAT IS IT LIKE TO RIDE SMARTY JONES: "It's great. It's a pleasure to have a horse like Smarty Jones to ride. It's a great thing."
QUESTION FOR ELLIOTT: HOW ABOUT THE JOB JOHN SERVIS HAS DONE WITH SMARTY JONES? "I can't say enough about it, and I'm not just saying that because John is sitting right here. Honestly, what people don't understand a lot of times is that horses, even though they may have a lot of ability, is their confidence becomes so great from winning. And their hearts get so big, they just want to win so badly. I think that's what Mr. Servis has done with this horse. You know, people said he took the easy route to Arkansas, but in the meantime the horse was winning, he was improving and his heart was getting bigger. So by the time he stepped up to those bigger races, he was ready. This horse is push-button now, and John's schedule has been magnificent."
QUESTION FOR SERVIS: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SMARTY JONES-SECRETARIAT COMPARISONS? "I think it's too early. Secretariat to me. . .I don't
think there'll ever be another Secretariat. There's nothing I would love more than for my horse to be another Secretariat. All I can tell you is he's improving all the time and he's on that track. If he continues to improve then the possibility is certainly there."
QUESTION FOR SERVIS: WHY DID YOU CHANGE PLANS ON SHIPPING TO NEW YORK,AND DON'T YOU THINK SMARTY JONES NEEDS TO ACCLIMATE TO THE BELMONT PARK SURFACE? "Well, (Belmont Park) is a lot like Pimlico. I've run a lot of
horses there and I've taken them up the morning of the race and they've run very good. My horse is doing really good right now, and you know the old saying, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. We're keeping things the way they are."
QUESTION FOR SERVIS: WHEN ARE YOU PLANNING TO SHIP? "I don't know."
QUESTION FOR ELLIOTT: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE BUILD-UP AND
ANTICIPATION TO THE BELMONT STAKES? DO YOU WISH YOU COULD FAST-FORWARD TO THE RACE? "Sometimes you feel like you want to fast-forward it but I always think this is a lifetime opportunity, just enjoy it. But sure, a lot of times, especially when you get closer to the race I feel like come on, let's go. Let's get it on and let's get it over with."
QUESTION FOR SERVIS: WHAT TWO BIGGEST CONCERNS DO YOU HAVE LEADING UP TO THE BELMONT? "For me, right now, my horse came out of the (Preakness) so good, my two biggest concerns are to keep him from hurting himself, number one, and I don't want him too sharp going into the race, number two. It's a mile and-a-half race and I don't want him to get rank early on. I want him to be able to do what he's done the last couple of races, and settle and be comfortable."
QUESTION FOR ELLIOTT: ANY CONCERNS HEADING INTO THE BELMONT? "Nope. I'm leaving it up to Mr. Servis here. When he puts me on (Smarty Jones) I'm confident and just going into it the same way."
QUESTION FOR SERVIS: WHAT DO YOU SAY TO SMARTY JONES WHEN YOU'RE ALONE WITH HIM IN THE STALL? "You know, I talk to him like he's a human being. I just tell him how good he is. I tell him how much he has changed my life. I try to keep him happy, and I tell him to just keep telling me what you want buddy."
MITANNI SMASHES GOLD COAST TRACK RECORD
Consistent galloper Mitanni etched his name into the record books on the Gold Coast, Australia, yesterday when he scored a stunning win in the L&M Resort News Handicap.
The four-year-old gelding raced just behind the leader before cruising to the front midway up the home straight and then clearing away from former Victorian speedster Resort to Rory.
Mitanni held a sizeable two and a half length break over the runner-up, while Play Me was a further length and a quarter back in third place.
Prepared by leading Queensland horseman John Wallace, Mitanni stopped the clock at a sizzling 55.67 seconds - smashing the previous record by close to a second.
The final section (600 metres) of the race was covered in a slick 33.38 seconds.
Mitanni was selected and purchased as a yearling by Wallace at the 2001 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. Wallace paid $30,000 for the son of Danewin, a member of the Furlong Stud draft.
Meanwhile, earlier on the Gold Coast card youngster Moonbi Nymph cruised to an easy one and three quarter length success in the race for two-year-olds over 1300 metres.
Prepared by Helen Page, who purchased the daughter of Shinko Forest for $25,000 during the fifth session of last year's Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Moonbi Nymph beat fellow Magic Millions graduates Willy Leica (Latarmiss) and Pick of Picks (Piccolo).
While Moonbi Nymph's win was one of the more impressive performances, Gold Coast racecaller Steve Hawkins summed up the day perfectly.
"Mitanni's brilliant track record was clearly the highlight of the day," Hawkins noted
Kelso Racecourse's eagerly anticipated 'Isle of Skye 8 Years Old Scotch Whisky Kelso Carnival' brought the National Hunt racing season to a spectacular close on Thursday with prize money topping £168,000.
Whisky distillers, Ian Macleod, were the headline sponsors of 'Britain's friendliest course' for the second year running to promote their flagship brand - the Isle of Skye 8 Years Old blended Scotch Whisky.
Kelso Racecourse attracted more than 6,000 people over the prestigious two-day carnival and top National Hunt trainers Martin Pipe, Nicky Henderson, Philip Hobbs and Paul Webber all supported the event and brought with them top jockeys, Tony McCoy, Ruby Walch, Mick Fitzgerald and Graham Lee. Legendary Irish gambler J.P.McManus was also in attendance which added greatly to the two-days excitement.
Peter Russell, Chairman of Ian Macleod Distillers said, “This year's carnival proved be a great success once again. The racing was of extremely high quality and we are looking forward to an even bigger and better Isle of Skye 8 Years Old Scotch Whisky Kelso Carnival next year.”
Richard Landale, Managing Director of Kelso Races, said, “Our association with Ian Macleod Distillers has been to such great mutual benefit that this year we extended the racecourse franchise to include some of their other leading brands including Glengoyne Single Highland Malt Whisky, London Hill Dry Gin and Watson's Trawler Rum. We are delighted that they once again sponsored the feature race of the meeting with their Isle of Skye Whisky and look forward to working with them again in the future.”
Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd. is an independent family-owned company, founded by Leonard Russell in 1936. The acquisition of Glengoyne Distillery, in April 2003, fulfils Ian Macleod's strategic objective to become a fully integrated distiller, blender and bottler. Ian Macleod produces a range of blended and malt whiskies, as well as rum, gin and vodka.
Award-winning Isle of Skye is an exceptional blended whisky that was created over 100 years ago by Islander and Clan Member, Ian Macleod, who lived on the Isle of Skye, which is a mystical island on the west coast of Scotland. His quest was to produce a whisky evocative of his beloved isles, and it is a measure of his success that his original family recipe is still used
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