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Friday, June 29, 2001


2.45 Newcastle

7-Bahamian Pirate, 25-Cretan Gift, 6-Doctor Spin, 5-Ellens Academy, 14-Ho Leng, 8-Jarn, 20-Yorkies Boy, 25-Bannister, 25-Bouncing Bowdler, 8-Emerald Peace, 9-Pan Jammer, 5/2-Volata

3.50 Newcastle
33-Copeland, 12-Brother Joe, 28-Yorkshire, 7-Bay Of Islands, 7-Cover up, 22-Virgin Soldier, 12-Hereos Fatal, 18-Zilarator, 18-Ravenswood, 18-Give Notice, 7-Distant Prospect, 14-Loop The Loup, 18-Inching Closer, 16-Order, 28-Accepting, 22-Arabian Moon, 9-Man D'Argent, 33-Carousing, 10-Prairie Falcon, 12-Archduke Ferdinand

Irish Derby
500-Cashel Bay, 200-Dr Brendler, 9-Exaltation, 1/3-Galileo, 11/4-Golan, 100-Ice Dancer, 200-March King, 22-Morshdi, 14-Mr Conbustible, 80-Pebble Island, 150-Pugin, 100-Vinnie Roe


Petrushka, whose retirement from racing was announced on June 14, has been sold to Darley Stud by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing for in excess of US$5 million (five million United States dollars). The exact price is not being disclosed.

The price paid for the four-year-old Unfuwain filly, last year's champion three-year-old of her sex, is a record for a broodmare prospect or filly in training in relation to those achieved at public auction.

The highest auction price is US$4.6 million, achieved twice, by Myhrr in 2000 and Open Mind in 1989, both at Keeneland's November Breeding Sale in the United States.

John Ferguson, Bloodstock Director of Newmarket-based Darley Stud, commented: "Darley is absolutely delighted to own a filly of this exceptional calibre.

"It is very unusual for a filly to become available who has such a superb race record, pedigree and charisma - she is a queen."

Harry Herbert, Managing Director of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, whose 20-strong Library Syndicate raced the filly, said: "I could not be more thrilled for the share-owners in the Library Syndicate that Petrushka has realised such a tremendous price. I understand that it is a world record for a filly, which is fantastic.

"From the moment that John Warren bought her, she always looked a very special filly and we will recall her career with the fondest memories. Her win in the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks was perhaps the highlight for me as she became the first syndicate-owned Classic winner.

"We greatly look forward to following her career at stud and wish Sheikh Mohammed every success with her. On behalf of all her owners, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Sir Michael Stoute and his team for everything that they have done in making her a champion."

Petrushka suffered a strain to her right fore tendon while running in the Group1 Vodafone Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 8. She won her only race at two and showed her brilliance early on at three last year when winning the Group 3 Shadwell Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket .

Her three consecutive Group 1 victories in 2000 came in the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks at the Curragh, the Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks at York and the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp. Before that she was in the frame in the two British fillies' classics, the Sagitta 1000 Guineas and Vodafone Oaks at Epsom.

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing had plenty of interest shown after her retirement was announced. John Warren, a Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Director, negotiated the sale to Darley Stud.

Petrushka, who was bought as a yearling for IR110,000 guineas as a yearling. moves the short distance from Sir Michael Stoute's training yard at Newmarket to Darley Stud this afternoon.

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing have just launched their eight syndicates for 2002, with shares ranging in cost from £11,500 to £41,500.


New ground was broken for the National Trainers' Federation yesterday (Thursday,June 28, 2001) with the staging of its first regional meeting following the recent restructuring of the Federation into six regions. It gave Newmarket Racecourses' new management team its first opportunity to sit down with a large group of local trainers in the "East Anglian Region" and respond to their views on a wide range of key issues.

Points covered included the ground on both the Rowley Mile, where the meeting was held, and the July Course, watering policy, rail positions, prize money and facilities for owners and trainers.

Rupert Arnold, Chief Executive of the NTF, said: "I thought it was an excellent meeting and I know the trainers felt the same. There was a very good atmosphere and it provided a great opportunity for everyone to consider the future of Newmarket's two racecourses in a very constructive way.

"It was very appropriate for us to start at Headquarters' and I hope to see something similar happen with other racecourses across the country."

Lisa Hancock, Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses, who led the Newmarket delegation together with Clerk of the Course, Michael Prosser, commented: "Having spoken on a one-to-one basis with many local trainers when we arrived here at the end of last year, we were delighted to have the opportunity to sit down with a large group and cover so much ground.

"The trainers' reactions were extremely encouraging and, while we are well aware that there is a vast amount we need to achieve as we strive to bring a bright new era to Newmarket Racecourses, it is great to know that we can count on such solid support from our closest and most important group of customers."

More than 20 trainers were present, including William Haggas (Chairman of the East Anglian NTF Region), Sir Michael Stoute, Michael Jarvis, Geoff Wragg, Luca Cumani, Ed Dunlop, Alex Stewart, Jeremy Noseda and Pip Payne.


With Sandown Park's three-day Summer Carnival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 6, July 7 and July 8, rapidly approaching, the scene is set for a meeting full of high-class Flat racing, with connections competing for £677,000 of prize money in a setting full of fun-packed entertainment, providing something for the whole family.

It is the second year that the Surrey track has staged this three-day Summer Carnival and following on from last season's highly-popular extravaganza the entertainment in 2001 will include the Notting Hill Carnival Roadshow, appearing at Sandown Park for the first time (for a full description of the entertainment planned for all three days please see below).

While all three days of the Summer Carnival will feature top-class horses and jockeys, the highlight of the racing programme is the £325,000 Group One Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes on Saturday, July 7.

This year the prize money for this ten-furlong event, which provides the first opportunity for the cream of this year's three-year-olds to compete with their older rivals, has increased by £25,000 - a rise of over 8%.

As trainers make their final calculations for this year's renewal of the Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes, racegoers will be hoping that they can again witness one of the best finishes of the season after last year's amazing final-furlong battle between Giant's Causeway and Kalanisi, in which the former prevailed by a head.

Friday, July 6, features the £100,000 Tote Exacta Handicap, one of Europe's most valuable handicaps and a prize any trainer would love to collect.

Another valuable handicap, the £45,000 sandown.co.uk Handicap, over one mile, is the feature race on Sunday, July 8, when the exciting six-race programme begins at 2.15pm.

This competitive handicap is well-supported by the £20,000 added Listed Dragon Stakes (sponsored by ABN Amro), which will see some of the fastest two-year-olds in Britain attempt to scorch home first up Sandown's five-furlong course (for further information on the racing programme and quotes from trainers about Sunday, July 8, see below).

Steve Brice, General Manager of Sandown Park, said: "Last year saw the introduction of the three-day Summer Carnival and it was a great success with the mixture of top-class racing in a Carnival atmosphere and the £325,000 Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes is one of the most prestigious races in the Flat racing calendar.

"Sunday, July 8, is a fun-packed family day with an excellent race programme, the atmosphere of the different bands, entertainers and a host of other additional activities. The Notting Hill Carnival Roadshow will give our racegoers added value with all the different attractions on offer."


Friday, July 6

2.10pm Carnival Starts Here Handicap 5f £15,000 added
2.40pm Pentax "Never A" Novice Stakes 7f £10,000 added
3.15pm Tote Exacta Showcase Handicap 1m 2f £100,000
3.50pm Pentax "Under Any" Conditions Stakes 1m £12,000 added
4.20pm TQ3 Travel Solutions Maiden Stakes 1m 6f £6,000 added
4.55pm Calypso Handicap 5f £7,000 added

Saturday, July 7

2.15pm Summer Carnival Handicap 7f £40,000
2.50pm Porcelanosa Sprint Stakes (Listed) 5f £30,000
3.30pm Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes (Group 1) 1m 2f £325,000
4.05pm Theodore Goddard Handicap 2m £20,000 added
4.40pm EBF Maiden Stakes 7f £10,000 added
5.15pm Caribbean Handicap 1m 2f £10,000 added

Sunday, July 8

2.05pm EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes 5f £6,000 added
2.40pm Steel Drum Handicap 1m 2f £8,000 added
3.15pm Dragon Stakes (Listed) (sponsored by ABN AMRO) 5f £20,000 added
3.50pm sandown.co.uk Showcase Handicap 1m £45,000
4.20pm ABN Amro Futures Abacus' Maiden Stakes 1m 2f £6,000 added
4.55pm Copacabana Handicap 1m 3f £7,000 added

Prize Money for whole Sandown Summer Carnival £677,000


The £45,000 sandown.co.uk Showcase Handicap is the feature race on Sunday, July 8, the third and final day of Sandown Park's Summer Carnival, and it promises to be an ultra-competitive affair contested by some of Britain's top mile handicappers.

Last year's equivalent race was won by the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Caribbean Monarch, who was following up on his earlier victory in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot the previous month.

The 1999 renewal was taken by Brilliant Red, who is trained by Lydia Richards. The West Sussex-based trainer has confirmed that her eight-year-old, who won a Goodwood handicap in May, is set to attempt to gain his second success in this competitive event.

Mrs Richards said: "Brilliant Red was meant to run at Salisbury on Wednesday, but he bruised the sole of his foot and was taken out with a vet's certificate. He'll be fine in three or four days time and his next planned race is at Sandown."

She added: "Who knows how he'll run - last time out he was rather disappointing, but the time before he won at Goodwood. He does like Sandown though."

Another trainer who is targetting this valuable prize is John Hills and of his two runners last season the Lambourn handler saddled Regal Philosopher to finish third.

Hills is hoping to run Crimson Tide and Bold King, who were both unplaced in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last time, but their participation is dependent on the going at Sandown.

Hills explained: "Both Crimson Tide and Bold King will be entered on Monday, although neither would run on fast ground and I'll be watching the advanced weather forecast with interest.

"It was a bit too fast for them at Ascot and neither let themselves down on the ground. They have come out of the race well and ground on the soft side of good would be ideal."

Sunday's six-race programme, which begins at 2.05pm with the EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes, also features the £20,000 added Listed Dragon Stakes, a five-furlong sprint for two-year-olds.

Last season Nerys Dutfield provided the winner Misty Eyed , who went on to take the Group Three Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood's July meeting and this month ran extremely creditably to finish runner-up to Cassandra Go in the Group Two King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Mizillablack also ran at the Royal Meeting, finishing 12th in the Group Three Queen Mary Stakes, and the Eagle Eyed filly will represent Mrs Dutfield in this year's running of the Dragon Stakes. The trainer said: "Mizillablack was badly hampered in the Queen Mary and, while she wouldn't have won, she would have finished in the middle of the runners. She has come out of that race very well, she's eating up and working well at home and I'm hoping that she'll run well at Sandown."

The Clive Brittain-trained Shiny has already beaten Mizillablack twice this season, first when she was victorious in the Listed Credit Suisse First Boston National Stakes at Sandown in May and then when finishing ninth in the Queen Mary.

The pair again look set to do battle with Brittain confirming that Shiny will probably run in the Dragon Stakes. He said: "She's fine although Philip [Robinson, Shiny's rider on her three starts this season] didn't think that she ran quite up to her Sandown form at Ascot last time.

"We've decided to go back to Sandown. I thought the way she ran there last time that the uphill finish suited her down to the ground and I've got no fears about taking the colts on again."

Another competitive handicap on Sunday, July 8, is the £8,000-added Steel Drum Handicap (2.40pm), which is a one mile two furlong contest for horses aged four or older Rated 0-85.

Last season racegoers had a difficult time deciding which of the 15 runners in the equivalent event should be made the favourite and in the end three horses were returned the joint 5/1 co-favourites.

Two of these co-favourites, Octane and Stromsholm, finished first and second respectively, but their starting prices did not really show Octane's complete superiority over the rest of the field as the Mark Brisbourne-trained four-year-old came home a five length authoritative winner.

The last of Sunday's three handicaps, the £7,000-added Copacabana Handicap, is the concluding event of the day at 4.55pm.

Once again the equivalent race last year provided another tremendous finish at the Summer Carnival as Wasp Ranger, trained by Gary Moore in East Sussex, swooped late to snatch the race in the shadow of the winning post and deny rival Just Gifted, who had looked the winner inside the final furlong.

Sunday's programme is completed by the £6,000-added European Breeders' Fund Maiden Fillies' Stakes (2.05pm), a juvenile fillies' event over five furlongs, and the ABN Amro Futures Abacus' Maiden Stakes (4.20pm), for three-year-old maidens over one mile and two furlongs.

The Ian Balding-trained Silla took the first of these contests last season and she went on to win a nursery at Kempton two weeks later before finishing runner-up in a Listed race at Newbury last August.

Newmarket-based Sir Michael Stoute sent two good maidens down to contest the three-year-old event and the less-fancied of the pair Kiftsgate just held on by a neck from De Tramuntana.


This year racegoers at the three-day Sandown Park Summer Carnival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 6, July 7 and July 8, are to be entertained by the Notting Hill Carnival Roadshow for the first time.

On Friday, July 6, the unique sounds of Soca Jazz Sax will be heard on the stage. The band features Ray Carlesson on the saxophone, Princess Adua as vocalist and the accompanying musicians will be the London All Stars Steel Drum band.

Friday's entertainment also includes Mangrove Steelband on the open terraces and the racecourse is likely to be a sea of diverse colours as the costumes of the South Connections Carnival Club will be present.

A Carnival Procession will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and July 8, with musical portrayals being performed by a plethora of artists both before and after racing. The dancing will take place to the uplifting beats of the bands playing on the stage next to the Parade Ring.

The Carnival music will be Soca, Calypso and African Rhythms with the main band comprising a live 12-piece assemblage, including steelband, saxophone, African drums, guitars, keyboards and a singer. Supporting the band and keeping the crowd in festive mood will be DJ Antonn.

The dancers will be in a wide range of eye-catching, colourful costumes, up to 25ft high, and the various dance groups will respond to the different musical themes in a marvellous carnival procession around the racecourse. Racegoers will be encouraged to get into the groove and join in with any music that particularly takes their fancy.

Artists performing in this musical extravaganza include South Connections with their portrayal of Canboulay, Dragons Carnival Club, Delights of the Sky and Perpetual Beauty will perform Kung Fu.

BeeRaaHar Sweet Combination will interpret Y2K Celebrations, Flamingo Carnival Club are to portray Flamingos and the London School of Samba will allow Sandown Park to celebrate 500 years of Brazilian rhythm.


Sagitta 2000 Guineas winner and Vodafone Derby runner-up Golan will reoppose his Epsom conqueror Galileo in the Budweiser Irish Derby at the Curragh on Sunday.

The decision was made after the going eased at the Co Kildare venue following rain. Owner Lord Weinstock's racing manager, Peter Reynolds, walked the course yesterday. The going is now yielding up the last six furlongs and good elsewhere. Further showers are expected today.

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute told today's Racing Post: "The plan is to run Golan in the Irish Derby."

The full field for Sunday's Group One contest is:

1) (4) -546000 Cashel Bay Luke Comer 3-9-00b
2) (7) 532-18 Dr Brendler John Hayden 3-9-00
3) (9) -121 Exaltation John Oxx 3-9-00
4) (8) 1-111 Galileo Aidan O'Brien 3-9-00
5) (1) 1-12 Golan Sir Michael Stoute GB 3-9-00
6) (6) 212 Ice Dancer Aidan O'Brien 3-9-00
7) (5) 423-26 March King Tommy Stack 3-9-00
8) (10) 517-31 Morshdi Michael Jarvis GB 3-9-00
9) (11) 72-214 Mr Combustible Barry Hills GB 3-9-00
10) (3) 13 Pebble Island Aidan O'Brien 3-9-00
11) (12) 121 Pugin John Oxx 3-9-00
12) (2) 131-34 Vinnie Roe Dermot Weld 3-9-00


A maximum field will go to post for tomorrow's Pitmans Derby - the £120,000 Foster's Lager Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

They are:

1) (4) 30142/0 Copeland Martin Pipe 6-9-10 Steve Drowne
2) (11) 0332/42 Brother Joe Philip Hobbs 7-9-10 Shane Kelly
3) (12) 5304-22 Yorkshire Paul Cole 7-9-09 John Carroll
4) (19) 1303-03 Bay Of Islands Dave Morris 9-9-06 Kevin Darley
5) (13) 0010-41 Cover Up Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-06 Kieren Fallon
6) (20) 30-0010 Virgin Soldier Mark Johnston 5-9-04 Keith Dalgleish (3)
7) (7) 543/301- Heros Fatal Martin Pipe 7-9-03 Gary Carter
8) (6) 6152-66 Zilarator William Haggas 5-9-03 Basil Marcus
9) (3) 421400- Ravenswood Martin Pipe 4-9-00 Michael Roberts
10) (9) 100-245 Give Notice John Dunlop 4-9-00 Seb Sanders
11) (2) 4111-00 Distant Prospect Ian Balding 4-8-11 Martin Dwyer
12) (18) 00001-6 Loup The Loup Mary Reveley 5-8-11 Willie Supple
13) (10) 062201 Inching Closer Neville Callaghan 4-8-11
14) (1) 211 Order Ralph Beckett 5-8-10 Robert Winston
15) (15) 2/64-301 Accepting John Mackie 4-8-10 Lee Newman
16) (14) 46-5062 Arabian Moon Simon Dow 5-8-10 Paul Doe
17) (5) 6-35004 Man d'Argent Mark Johnston 4-8-10 Joe Fanning
18) (16) 106130 Carousing Alan Bailey 4-8-08 Ian Mongan
19) (8) 65-0301 Prairie Falcon Barry Hills 7-8-07 Michael Hills
20) (17) 55-3630 Archduke Ferdinand Paul Cole 3-8-04 Frannie Norton

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