Wednesday, June 27, 2001
LATEST LADBROKES ANTE-POST PRICES
Northumberland Plate - 30th June 2001 Newcastle
6-Bay Of Islands, 6-Cover Up, 8-Temple Way, 9-Distant Prospect, 10-Guard Duty, 11-Mana D'argent, 12-Prairie Falcon, 12-Heros Fatal, 12-Loop The Loup, 14-Order, 14-Brother Joe, 14-Zilarator, 16-Archduke Ferdinand, 16-Give Notice, 16-Virgin Soldier, 20-Arabian Moon, 20-Inching Closer, 20-Knockholt, 20-Ravenswood, 20-Yorkshire, 25-Carousing, 25-Typhoon Tilly, 25-Copeland, 25-Eternal Spring, 25-Talaash, 33-Accepting, 33-Il Cavaliere, 33-Lemon Brdge, 33-Dancing Bay, 100-Sconced.
Each way ¼ the odds a place 1, 2, 3, 4
King George Vi & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes 28/07/01 Ascot
5/4-Fantastic Light, 5-Golan, 10-Millenary, 10-Anabaa Blue, 10-Golden Snake, 12-Hightori, 12-Imagine 14-Storming Home, 14-Aquarelliste, 16-Mutafaweq, 16-Sandmason, 20-Milan, 20-Mutamam, 20-Wellbeing, 25-Beat Hollow, 25-Dilshaan, 25-Ela Athena, 25-Endless Hall, 25-Exaltation, 25-Mr Combustible, 25-Sakhee, 25-Equerry, 25-Fruits Of Love, 33-Lucido, 33-Pebble Island, 33-Grandera, 33-Marienbard, 40-Ekraar, 40-With The Flow, 40-Hans Anderson, 40-Holding Court
Each way 1/5 the odds a place 1, 2, 3
Flat Jockeys Championship
2/5-K. Fallon, 5-T. Quinn, 5-Pat. Eddery, 10-K. Darley, 25-R. Hughes
UPCOMING JOCKEY CLUB ENQUIRIES
10.30am - Mick Quinn
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club will hold an enquiry on 28th June 2001 to establish whether or not Mick Quinn, a licensed trainer, has committed a breach of Rule 51 of the Rules of Racing, in that the overall condition of Winsome George, Arab Gold and Zola (IRE) fell below that expected of a licensed trainer.
12.15pm - Rory Lawther
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club will hold an enquiry on 28th June 2001 to consider whether or not Rory Lawther, Point-to-Point rider, has committed a breach of Rule 220 (vii)(c) of the Rules of Racing, in that he failed to include the dislocation of his right foot, which occurred in August 2000, on the Declaration of Health, signed and dated 12th December 2000, which accompanied his application for a Riders Qualification Certificate for the 2001 Point-to Point season.
GREAT START TO SANDOWN SUMMER CARNIVAL
Sandown Park's three-day Summer Carnival kicks off on Friday, July 6, 2001, with a fascinating card, featuring one of Europe's most valuable handicaps, the £100,000 Tote Exacta Stakes.
The mile-and-a-quarter contest has a maximum field of 20, something that has been achieved for the last three years and it will interesting to see whether the potentially well-handicapped Henry Cecil-trained Arabie, third in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot on June 21, will get a run, being 40th in the weights out of the 44 entries still going forward for the Tote Exacta.
Another improving three-year-old is the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Foreign Affairs, winner of two races within a week after the weights had been decided. This means that Foreign Affairs will carry a 3lb penalty for the victories at Salisbury (June 12) and Goodwood (June 15), bringing his weight to 7st 13lb.
Lambourn-based Marcus Tregoning reveals that Listed winner Mubtaker could attempt to defy top-weight of 9st 10lb in the Tote Exacta Stakes.
Any representative saddled by Tregoning in this very valuable handicap is worthy of respect - in 1999 he won the race with Moutahddee, who never looked in any danger when beating King Darius, while his attempt to gain back-to-back successes last season with Albarahin, who carried the same weight that Mubtaker has been allotted, was just foiled by a head by Lady Angharad.
Mubtaker has been tremendously consistent this season, finishing in the first three on all four of his outings which included victory in the Listed Festival Stakes at Goodwood in May.
Tregoning said: "At this stage it is quite a possibility that Mubtaker will run at Sandown - he does hold other engagements and we're weighing up all of the possibilities, but the prize money is nice at Sandown!"
When asked if he was concerned that Mubtaker would be carrying top-weight in a high-class handicap having raced in Listed contests, Tregoning replied: "No not really. He's a proper Listed/Group-class horse and I hope that he'll carry the weight all right. There are a few lower in the handicap who could be thrown in and possess a bit of speed."
The Silver Hawk colt was beaten last time out by the narrowest of margins in a Listed race at Leicester over a mile and a half by Zindabad, form that has been boosted by his conqueror's subsequent narrow defeat in the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. Tregoning is unconcerned about reverting to Sandown's two-furlong shorter trip with the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned four-year-old.
The trainer added: "I don't think it matters. He's a classy horse who has won over one mile two furlongs at Goodwood ." (For more trainers planning to have runners see below)
The Tote, which first sponsored the Tote Exacta Stakes last year, is set to issue prices on Monday following Saturday's five-day stage.
Andrew Cooper, the Clerk of the Course at Sandown Park, has been watering the track in preparation for the Sandown Summer Carnival which features the £325,000 Group One Coral Eurobet Eclipse, the first clash of this year's classic crop with older horses, on the second day, Saturday, July 7.
He said: "Some showers are forecast this week and at present the ground is good to firm. The Tote Exacta Stakes is a tremendous race, the highlight of the first day of the Sandown Summer Carnival, and always attracts plenty of betting interest."
MORE TRAINERS KEEN TO WIN TOTE EXACTA HANDICAP
Dave Morris wants to run Pinchincha in the Tote Exacta Handicap again after the seven-year-old's fourth last year, but he is worried that his charge may not get into the race because twelve of the entries higher in the handicap need to defect.
The Newmarket trainer said: "He'll be declared but quite a few need to come out. Pinchincha seems to like Sandown - he was fourth there the other day (in the SBJ Group Handicap on June 15) and he was a bit unlucky as he got shuffled back.
"He needs a proper pace and a proper gallop which he seems to get in these top-grade handicaps. He was third in the Tote Cambridgeshire last year, but in lower grade races there's not enough pace."
Morris added: "This is a very, very hard race to win but, with a bit of luck at Sandown, I think he's capable of running a big race. The prize money goes down to sixth and there's a big prize in him if lady luck is shining."
Richard Hannon has entered Blue Gold and Gold Academy, and the Marlborough-based handler names the latter as his probable representative in the Tote Exacta Handicap.
Gold Academy finished fifth to Island Sands in the 1999 Group One 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and Royal Academy horse was among the first three in two subsequent Group One contests that season - the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
On his most recent outing the five-year-old was hampered in an Ascot handicap under top-weight earlier this month. The trainer said: "Have a look at his last race yourself - Gold Academy got knocked over."
Hannon believes that his charge is still a very talented performer and when asked if he thought that Gold Academy was capable of scoring in a top handicap like the Tote Exacta, the trainer replied: "Yes I do. His form is all good and I've put him in some handicaps with lumps of weight hoping that he'll win one."
Elmhurst Boy, the winner of Sandown's Hargreave Hale Rated Stakes in April, is on course to be given the toughest test of his career when he returns to the Esher course to compete in the Tote Exacta Handicap according to trainer Simon Dow.
Reflecting on that victory, Dow said: "He certainly seems to like Sandown. However, it was absolutely bottomless that day and conditions this time will be completely different. But fingers crossed and the hill there suits him."
Elmhurst Boy went up 5lb in the ratings for that success and the Merdon Melody horse has been defeated twice since. Talking about this weight rise, the Epsom-based handler said: "It's always a problem because weight stops trains.
"He's never been in a race of this class before, but we think he is capable of running well or we wouldn't have entered him. He's improving and he's well-handicapped in that all the good horses have to give him weight."
THE TOTE EXACTA STAKES
Showcase Handicap, Class B. Total Prize Fund £100,000 1m 2f, Sandown Park, Friday, July 6, 2001. For three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; lowest weight 7st 10lb. Any horse rated above 110 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight alloted shall be 9st 10lb. Subsequently, the excess over 110 in any rating shall be added to the weight alloted without limitation to the highest weight carried. Penalties: after June 9, a winner 4lb. Entries closed June 6 (57 entries). Forfeit stage June 19 (44 remained). Five-day declaration stage June 30. Final declaration stage 10am July, 5. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys correct up to and including the racing of Monday, June 25 (may not include some overseas form).
13-3212 MUBTAKER (USA) 4-9-10 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
31-4310 CATCHY WORD 4-9-07 Abdullah Ali Ed Dunlop
0123-46 BLUE GOLD 4-9-07 Mohamed Suhail Richard Hannon
0-31330 MOON SOLITAIRE (IRE) 4-9-06 Maktoum Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
5210-(6)1 ULUNDI 6-9-06 David Heath Paul Webber
23-4100 MASTERMIND (IRE) 4-9-06 John Martin Lynda Ramsden
53-6331 BOGUS DREAMS (IRE) 4-9-05 Dwayne Woods Sean Woods
642-042 MAN O'MYSTERY (USA) 4-9-05 Ecurie Pharos Jeremy Noseda
40-3540 GOLD ACADEMY (IRE) 5-9-04 George Teo Richard Hannon
30-4100 MOSELLE 4-9-02 Gary & Lesley.Middlebrook/Mr & Mrs P.Brain William Haggas
006-450 SHARP PLAY 6-9-01 Mrs I. Bird Mark Johnston
(2)(1)(1)-400 CRIMSON TIDE (IRE) 7-9-00 Chris Wright & Partners John Hills
030321 PANTAR (IRE) 6-9-00 (4lb ex) Exors of the late Robert Hitchins Ian Balding
221-620 BLUE SUGAR (USA) 4-8-10 G. Algranti James Fanshawe
046133 RIBERAC 5-8-09 Gary & Lesley Middlebrook Mark Johnston
(2)(0)-1200 FERZAO (IRE) 4-8-08 Clive & Elaine Batt Amanda Perrett
1500 HERODOTUS 3-8-07 Tony Richards Clive Brittain
52-2110 RANIN 3-8-07 Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
2300/-00 ROKEBY BOWL 9-8-07 Kingsclere Stud Ian Balding
533641- FRONTIER 4-8-06 Eastwind Racing Ltd David Arbuthnot
510-250 JULIUS (IRE) 4-8-06 Karen Daley Mark Johnston
23-4660 LUCAYAN CHIEF (IRE) 3-8-03 Lucayan Stud Sean Woods
22-5011 CANADA 3-8-03 (4lb ex) Bill Gredley Barry Hills
50-(0)100 ELMHURST BOY 5-8-03 R. E. Anderson Simon Dow
000163 SARANGANI 5-8-02 Exors of the late Robert Hitchins Ian Balding
432-424 THUNDERING SURF 4-8-00 C. N. & Mrs J. C. Wright John Jenkins
420(1)(1)-2 FARAWAY LOOK (USA) 4-7-13 Cheveley Park Stud James Fanshawe
(2)(1)-211 FOREIGN AFFAIRS 3-7-13 (4lb ex) The Speculators Sir Mark Prescott
03000-0 TACTFUL REMARK (USA) 5-7-12 Dr D. B. A. & Mrs Heather Silk Jamie Osborne
(1)(4)0030 INVADER 5-7-12 R. J. Swinbourne Clive Brittain
650-011 LITTLE AMIN 5-7-11 Asterlane Ltd Karl Burke
533-454 PINCHINCHA (FR) 7-7-10 T. J. Wells Dave Morris
230-020 ZIBELINE (IRE) 4-7-10 Athole Still and Partners Rod Millman
42-20 BORDER COMET 3-7-09 The Queen Sir Michael Stoute
(1)(1)400 COUNSEL'S OPINION (IRE) 4-7-09 J. Roberts Sean Woods
4410 BAKIRI (IRE) 3-7-08 H.H. Aga Khan Sir Michael Stoute
0-5100 ALOWMDAH (USA) 3-7-07 Hamdan Al Maktoum Ben Hanbury
0421 WOOD DALLING (USA) 3-7-07 (4lb ex) Wafic Said Henry Cecil
200-136 DANCE ON THE TOP 3-7-06 Khalifa Sultan Ed Dunlop
04213 ARABIE 3-7-05 H.R.H. Prince Fahd Salman Henry Cecil
0(1)330 HAREWOOD END 3-7-03 G. A. Roberts Sean Woods
12-(0)600 GREENAWAY BAY (USA) 7-7-03 Asterlane Ltd Karl Burke
300-210 DENISE MARGARET (IRE) 3-7-02 Martin O'Connor & Kurt Stern Jeremy Noseda
(3)(4)(4)(1)(3)2 PUNISHMENT 10-6-13 Tony Richards Ken Cunningham-Brown
BREAKDOWN OF ENTRIES BY TRAINER WITH PAST SUCCESSES FOR THE TOTE EXACTA STAKES
Dance Of The Top
James Fanshawe (2000 Lady Angharad)
Mark Johnston (1998 Yavana's Pace)
Sir Mark Prescott
Lynda Ramsden (1997 Hawksley Hill)
Sir Michael Stoute (1988 Rambo Dancer, 1987 Loud Appeal)
Marcus Tregoning (1999 Moutahddee)
TOTE EXACTA STAKES ROLL OF HONOUR (1987-2000)
2000 LADY ANGHARAD 4-8-01 Ian Deane James Fanshawe Richard Mullen 14/1
1999 MOUTAHDDEE 3-8-02 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning Tim Sprake 10/1
1998 YAVANA'S PACE 6-8-03 Joan Keaney Mark Johnston Eddie Lai 20/1
1997* HAWKSLEY HILL 4-9-01 P R C Morrison Lynda Ramsden Jimmy Fortune 10/1
1996 SHEER DANZIG 4-8-07 R J Arculli Robert Armstrong Wendyll Woods 10/1
1995 YOUSH 3-8-01 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis Brett Doyle 6/1F
1994 KNOWTH 5-7-08 Ruelles Partners Reg Akehurst Jimmy Quinn 13/2F
1993 SMARGINATO 3-8-10 Gerecon Italia John Dunlop Gary Carter 12/1
1992 FIRE TOP 7-8-09 Mrs A Valentine Reg Akehurst Richard Quinn 14/1
1991 YOU KNOW THE RULES 4-7-12 John Henwood Mick Channon Chris Rutter 14/1
1990 BOLD FOX 4-9-05 Blue Chip Racing Plc Guy Harwood Ray Cochrane 12/1
1989 UNKNOWN QUANTITY 4-8-12 The Queen Willie Hastings-Bass Bruce Raymond 10/1
1988 RAMBO DANCER 4-9-10 Mana Al Maktoum Michael Stoute Pat Eddery 4/1
1987 LOUD APPEAL 3-8-08 Mrs Denis Haynes Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn 4/1F
* Run over 1m in 1997
SOME FACTS ABOUT THE TOTE EXACTA STAKES
The Tote Exacta Stakes was first run in its present form - a 1m 2f event for horses rated 0-110 - back in 1987.
The race is run over the same course and distance as the Coral Eurobet Eclipse, which takes place the following day.
In 1997 the race was over a mile and won by Hawksley Hill, who subsequently finished second to Da Hoss in the Grade One Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs in 1998.
With £100,000 on offer in prize money, the Tote Exacta Stakes is the second-richest ten-furlong handicap to be run during the British Flat season.
Over the years, some high-class performers have run in this race, including Godolphin's subsequent Group One Irish Champion Stakes winner Cezanne in 1994 and the David Elsworth-trained Lear Spear in 1998, who went on to success in the Group Two Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot the following season.
Sir Michael Stoute is the most successful current trainer in the Tote Exacta Stakes with two wins (Loud Appeal, 1987 and Rambo Dancer, 1988). Stoute has a brace of entries this year - Bakiri and Border Comet, owned by the Queen who was successful with Unknown Quantity in 1989.
The trainers successful in each of the past four renewals could be represented once gain this year - James Fanshawe (Blue Sugar and Faraway Look), Marcus Tregoning (Mubtaker), Mark Johnston (Julius, Riberac and Sharp Play) and Lynda Ramsden (Mastermind).
Always a competitive affair, the field for the Tote Exacta Stakes has been the maximum permitted number of 20 for the past three years and since 1987 the average field size has been 17.
GOODWOOD FIRST FOR FLAG COLOURS
Silks representing national flags will be worn for the first time ever by riders in Britain at Goodwood on Sunday (July 1, 2001) in the opening FEGENTRI World Cup Of Nations Stakes (2.10pm).
Tom Scudamore and Alyson Deniel, the two British riders in the race which sees amateurs from five other countries compete, will sport dark blue with union jacks front and back.
Sandy Murphy, Chief Executive of the Amateur Riders' Association of Great Britain, commented: "It is very exciting that the Goodwood race, part of a six-strong international series between countries, will have colours representing national flags rather than owners' silks for the first time. The British Horseracing Board kindly sanctioned this and it should be a good attraction for Goodwood's family day on Sunday."
The other countries providing two amateurs each to the contest are France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the USA. The USA pair of Keith O'Brien and Leigh Offut will have colours of white, red hoops and cuffs, blue yoke, white stars, while Christian Keller and Kirsten Neumann from Germany, which is leading the series after the initial race in Baden-Baden, will ride in black, red and yellow hoops.
Goodwood has staged a FEGENTRI race since 1977 for the Richmond-Brissac trophy, started because of the link between the beautiful Sussex course and the French track of Angers, and up to this year it was confined to male amateurs.
But the chance to host the British leg of the FEGENTRI World Cup Of Nations contest has led to changes, with the race moving forward from the late August meeting to July 1 and amateurs of both sexes participating. The Richmond-Brissac trophy will still be presented to the winning rider and the national anthem of his or her nation will be played.
Tom Scudamore partnered last year's easy winner of the Goodwood race, Bound For Pleasure for trainer John Gosden. All the amateurs taking part have ridden at least five winners, with many of the continental amateurs partnering many more because of extra opportunities in their home countries. The accumulated total of winners among the 12 riders tops 500.
Sunday's race, a nine-furlong handicap with £7,500 in added prize money, has attracted 58 entries at the five-day stage. There will be 12 runners, with two reserves, made up of the top 14 horses in the handicap after the overnight declaration stage. Weatherbys will conduct a random draw to allocate riders with horses. After Goodwood the series goes to France, at Deauville in August, with the final race in the USA in October.
Rod Fabricius, Goodwood's General Manager and Clerk of the Course, commented: "We are very pleased to put on the British leg of the FEGENTRI World Of Nations series and will hold a dinner the evening before welcoming everyone to Britain. The use of national silks is a great innovation.
"The race is the first of seven that we stage on Sunday and they include the £30,000-added Listed Royal Navy On The House Stakes, two £20,000-added handicaps, the Vodafone Stewards' Cup Trial Stakes and the Mail On Sunday Mile, and the £15,000-added Adenstar Rated Stakes, so there will be excellent racing action besides all the family entertainment."
All runners at Goodwood on Sunday qualify for £300 in appearance money and the family day theme means that all children receive a FREE gift and a FREE ice cream. There is plenty of entertainment for children, including a Crazy Cottage, face painters, an exciting rock climbing wall, swing-boats, roundabouts and fun-castles. There is also a supervised playground for 4-11 year-olds. In the Gordon Enclosure, families can safely leave babies and toddlers in the creche and, for the slightly older, more fashion conscious child, that enclosure will also feature a hair/nail and temporary tattoo artist, as well as the Crazy Bears show.
As usual at Goodwood, accompanied children aged under 17 receive FREE admission to all enclosures. There is also plenty for adults, with Gary Jamieson sketching caricatures, plus the Stane Street Jazz Band and Russ Henderson's Steel Band playing. The Royal Navy helicopter flypast and parachute landing happen between 1pm and 1.20pm and leading jockeys will sign autographs. The gates open at 11.30am and there is FREE parking.
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