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Saturday, June 30, 2001


THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY

NEWCASTLE, SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2001



Going - Good to firm BP= best odds offered by Coral, Ladbroke, Tote and William Hill

3.50pm £120,000 THE FOSTER'S LAGER NORTHUMBERLAND PLATE (SHOWCASE HANDICAP) (CLASS B) two miles


1) 30142/-0 Copeland 6-9-10v M. C. Pipe S. Drowne 4 BP= 33 generally
Very useful hurdler at best - has quite a lot to do off this weight and lightly-raced on the Flat.


2) 0332/-42 Brother Joe (NZ) 7-9-10 P. J. Hobbs S. W. Kelly 11 BP= 14/1 Coral & WH
Useful hurdler and ran a great rial for this when second, clear of the rest, at Haydock last time and the form looks good. Will go on the ground and is a good value each-way. Group race performer in new Zealand.


3) 5304-22 Yorkshire (IRE) 7-9-9 P. F. I. Cole J. Carroll 12 BP= 33 Coral & WH
An unlucky sort of horse who stays this trip and is not without a chance. Fast ground may not be his cup of tea.


4) 1303-03 Bay of Islands 9-9-6v D. Morris K. Darley 19 BP= 7 Ladbrokes
Won this last year and it will be hard to follow up off a higher mark but not out of it.


5) 0010-41 Cover Up (IRE) 4-9-6 Sir Michael Stoute K. Fallon 13 BP= 7 Labrokes
Won the two and a half mile Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot. Stays very well and will be suited by a strong pace. Could follow up but is not value.


6) 30-0010 Virgin Soldier (IRE) 5-9-4 M. Johnston K. Dalgleish 20 BP= 25 Coral
Won a Kempton two-miler but seems to have plenty to do.


7) 453/301- Heros Fatal (FR) 7-9-3 M. C. Pipe G. Carter 7 BP= 14 Coral & Tote
Won the Tote Cesarewitch but unplaced in this last year and was tried novice chasing over jumps last season. Has not raced since February 15.


8) 6152-66 Zilarator (USA) 5-9-3 W. J. Haggas B. Marcus 6 BP= 18 Ladbrokes & WH
Sixth in the Chester Cup. May need give in the ground for his best form.


9) 421400- Ravenswood (IRE) 4-9-0t M. C. Pipe M. Roberts 3 BP= 22 Tote
Has not run since October of last year. This is asking a lot.


10) 100-245 Give Notice 4-9-0 J. L. Dunlop S. Sanders 9 BP= 18 Ladbrokes & Tote
Consistent sort who should stay.

11) 4111-00 Distant Prospect (IRE) 4-8-11 I. A. Balding Martin Dwyer 2 BP= 15/2 Coral & WH
Suited by softer conditions last year - yet to hit form this year.


12) 00001-6 Loop The Loup 5-8-11 Mrs M. Reveley W. Supple 18 BP=14 Ladbrokes & Tote
Likes fast ground, showed signs of his best form last time out and must be considered.

13) 062201 Inching Closer 4-8-11 N. A. Callaghan A. Clark 10 BP= 22 except Ladbrokes
Won narrowly at Newbury over lesser trip and there is a doubt about his stamina. Has much more to do here.


14) 211 Order 5-8-10 R. M. Beckett R. Winston 1 BP= 16 Ladbrokes
Won lesser races over lesser distances. Will need to improve again.

15) 2/64-301 Accepting 4-8-10 J. Mackie L. Newman 15 BP= 33 Coral
Won poor Musselburgh event and has plenty to do.


16) 46-5062 Arabian Moon (IRE) 5-8-10 S. Dow P. Doe 14 BP=22 except Coral
Always thereabouts but has yet to find right trip.


17) 6-35004 Mana d'Argent (IRE) 4-8-10 M. Johnston J. Fanning 5 BP= 10 except Ladbrokes
Another who is always knocking at the door but this is a tougher assignment.


18) 106130 Carousing 4-8-8 A. Bailey I. Mongan 16 BP= 33 generally
Won here at two miles in May but has to improve on current form to have any chance.


19) 65-0301 Prairie Falcon (IRE) 7-8-7 B. W. Hills M. Hills 8 BP= 16 Coral & WH
Third in the Chester Cup and won at York over two and bit furlongs shorter last time out. Could be considered by some.


20) 55-3630 Archduke Ferdinand (FR) 3-8-4 P. F. I. Cole F. Norton 17 BP=14 Tote
Seventh in the Ascot Stakes and another who has yet to find his trip.


Summary
My two against the field are BROTHER JOE who is outstanding value at 14/1 each-way and Loop The Loup who is fair value at 14/1.


GOOD LUCK




MINNALOUSHE SET TO JOIN CORAL EUROBET ECLIPSE LINE-UP

MINNALOUSHE SUPPLEMENTED TODAY FOR CORAL EUROBET ECLIPSE

Black Minnaloushe, winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh and Ascot’s St James’s Palace Stakes, was supplemented today at a cost of £20,000 for next Saturday’s Group 1 Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes.


Trainer Aidan O’Brien is hoping that the Storm Cat three-year-old can emulate his Giant’s Causeway who captured five consecutive Group 1s including the Coral Eurobet Eclipse last year.


Black Minnaloushe’s entry increases the total prize money for Sandown Park’s top Flat race to £345,000. There are now 42 horses left in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse that takes place on the middle day of the Sandown Summer Carnival which runs from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 8, 2001.


Andrew Cooper, Clerk of the Course at Sandown Park, commented today: “It is very pleasing to have a classic winner supplemented for the Coral Eurobet Eclipse and we are looking forward to a great race.”

Running plans are still being finalised but the Godolphin team, which has won three of the last six runnings, could field dual Group 1-winning two-year-old and Vodafone Derby third Tobougg, the 2000 Emirates World Racing Series Champion Fantastic Light, who has won top-class Group 1 races on his last two starts, Noverre, the French 2,000 Guineas who was just beaten by Black Minnaloushe in an outstanding renewal of the St James's Palace Stakes, and the 2000 Vodafone Derby second Sakhee.


Prince Khalid Abdulla is another owner with multiple entries. His representatives include the 2000 Vodafone Derby third Beat Hollow, who has not run since winning the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp a year ago, the 1999 Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes winner Distant Music, and Observatory, who landed the Group 1 Prix d'Ispahan on his seasonal bow.


Only five horses have ever won the Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes more than once since the first running in 1886 and Compton Admiral, the 1999 winner, aims to become the sixth and the first horse not to achieve the double in consecutive years.


Andrew Cooper added: "The going is good to firm and we have been watering. The first chance of any appreciable rain is on Tuesday, when showers are possible, and we will keep watering through the weekend to hold the ground at good to firm.


"The plan is to provide a strip of fresh ground on Saturday for the last seven furlongs of the race."



BEAT HOLLOW FACTFILE



b c Sadler's Wells (USA) - Wemyss Bight (Dancing Brave (USA))

Form: 1/131- Owner: Khalid Abdulla

Trainer: Henry Cecil Breeder: Juddmonte Farms

Beat Hollow
There are few better-bred animals racing than Beat Hollow, by the multiple champion sire Sadler's Wells out of the 1993 Irish Oaks winner Wemyss Bight. And Prince Khalid Abdullah's home-bred has not let the pedigree down so far. The subject of glowing gallop reports, he made his debut at Yarmouth on September 16, 1999, and won by three lengths from Peacock Jewel.


He reappeared last season at Newmarket on May 5, where he took the ten-furlong Listed Green Ridge Stables Newmarket Stakes by a comfortable length and a quarter from stablemate Sandmason, and, following a racecourse gallop at Yarmouth, he finished a fine third to Sinndar in the Vodafone Derby. He then went on to Group 1 glory in the ten-furlong Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on June 25. A series of setbacks have meant that he has not raced since.


Race Record: Starts: 4; 1st: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £251,258.25

Khalid Abdulla


Prince Khalid Abdulla, who prefers to be known just as Mr Abdulla on the racecard, is a first cousin to King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. He owns extensive racing and breeding interests in America, Britain and Ireland. A businessman presiding over a huge international combine known as "Mawared", he developed a love for British racing during the 1960s when renting a house in London and, with the help of former trainer Humphrey Cottrill, had his first winner on May 14, 1979, when Charming Native scored at Windsor.

Born in Taif, Saudi Arabia, in 1937, Abdulla has been one of the most successful owner-breeders in Europe in the past two decades and is the only current owner to have owned and bred the winners of all five British classics - his winners being Vodafone Derby (1990 Quest For Fame, 1993 Commander In Chief), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse), 2,000 Guineas (1980 Known Fact, 1986 Dancing Brave, 1993 Zafonic), 1,000 Guineas (1999 Wince) and St Leger (1991 Toulon).

He has won most of the other major European races such as the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Rainbow Quest (1985) and Dancing Brave (1986) and also races with great success in France and the United States. Abdulla is an honorary Jockey Club member and his daughter is married to Prince Fahd Salman, who won the 1991 Derby with Generous. He has retained jockey Richard Hughes in 2001.


Previous Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes Wins: 1986 DANCING BRAVE

Henry Cecil


Born in Aberdeen on January 11, 1943, Henry Cecil has achieved just about everything he could have dreamed of in a training career spanning more than 30 years. If classic success is a measure of achievement on the Flat, the ten-time champion trainer is second to none among current trainers having won every domestic classic at least twice and amassed a total of 23 in all, and can also include three Coral Eurobet Eclipse victories.


The Lord Howard de Walden-owned Slip Anchor brought Cecil the first of his four Blue Riband triumphs with an emphatic victory. Ridden by the American Steve Cauthen, the colt led from almost start to finish to win by seven lengths. Reference Point, also ridden by Cauthen, won the 1987 Derby holding off the challenge of Most Welcome while Commander In Chief, Cecil's supposedly second string behind Tenby in the 1993 Vodafone Derby, made it a hat-trick of wins, this time under the Irishman Mick Kinane, while in 1999 Oath - partnered by Cecil's then stable jockey Kieren Fallon - provided a third classic success of the season. Last season was not so successful but he did send out Love Divine to win the Vodafone Oaks, his seventh success in that classic.

Cecil's passion for the turf was nurtured by his stepfather, Sir Cecil Boyd-Rochfort, with whom a young Cecil served as assistant trainer to between 1964 and 1968, before taking out his own licence to train in 1969. It was not long before he staked his claim among the ranks of the leading trainers with a victory by Wolver Hollow in the Eclipse Stakes of that year. On the retirement of Sir Noel Murless, father of his first wife Julie, in 1976, Cecil took over Warren Place Stables in Newmarket where he has remained. He has a string of 157 horses in training for 2001, with Richard Quinn as stable jockey for a second year.


Henry Cecil's Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes Record: 1969 WOLVER HOLLOW (WON); 1972 Charladouce (4th); 1976 WOLLOW (WON); 1977 Lucky Wednesday (2nd); 1978 GUNNER B (WON); 1979 Borzoi (5th); 1980 Hello Gorgeous (2nd); 1987 Reference Point (2nd); 1988 Indian Skimmer (4th); 1989 Opening Verse (2nd), Indian Skimmer (3rd);1990 Razeen (5th); 1992 Twist And Turn (5th); 1993 Tenby (3rd); 1995 Eltish (5th); 1997 Bosra Sham (3rd); 1999 Chester House (4th); 2000 Shiva (3rd).




BLACK MINNALOUSHE (USA) FACTFILE


3 b c Storm Cat (USA) - Coral Dance (FR) (Green Dancer (USA))

Form: 11-25711 Owner: Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor

Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE Breeder: John R Gaines Thoroughbreds and William Condren

Black Minnaloushe


A half-brother to the 1995 2,000 Guineas winner Pennekamp, by American stallion sensation Storm Cat, Black Minnaloushe was bought as a foal by Demi O'Byrne for $750,000 at Keeneland in November 1998. He won both his juvenile starts, a six-furlong maiden at Cork in August and a Listed event over the same trip at the Curragh on September 17.

He returned to the Curragh for his three-year-old debut on April 21, when beaten two lengths by Legal Agenda in a seven-furlong Listed event and on May 7 lost ten lengths when leaving the stalls in the Group 3 Tetrarch Stakes at the same course, finishing a close last of five. He was seventh to Noverre in the French 2,000 Guineas six days later before being sent off a 20/1 shot in the Irish equivalent on May 26 when he led home a 1-2-3 for trainer Aidan O'Brien, with more-fancied stablemate Minardi in third.

He proved that victory was no fluke when beating his Longchamp conqueror Noverre by a neck in a top-class renewal of the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He now looks set to embark on the Group 1 trail followed by Giant's Causeway, another O'Brien trained Storm Cat colt, who had the second of five consecutive wins at the highest level in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes.

Race Record: Starts: 7; 1st: 4; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0; Win & Place prize money: £323,825


Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor


Few in the racing world can boast better connections than Sue Magnier. Not only is she married to the most powerful man in the bloodstock world, she is a daughter of arguably the greatest 20th century trainer, Vincent O'Brien, and sister of another Derby winning trainer, David O'Brien, while another brother, Charles, is also a successful handler.


In the 1970s John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a Co Cork dairy farmer and breeder, teamed up with Vincent O'Brien and owner Robert Sangster with the idea of buying potential stallions as yearlings. This they did with great success, counting Alleged, Caerleon, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird amongst those and this provided the financial foundations for Coolmore Stud in Co Tipperary, Ireland


With Sangster now racing mainly home-breds, Magnier found a new partner in the 1990s with whom to resume the search for potential stallions, former bookmaker Michael Tabor.

Tabor was born in the East End of London on October 28, 1941, but is now a resident of Monte Carlo with a reputed £20-million house in Barbados, and a $27-million yacht, and has enjoyed enormous success on the racecourse in recent years in both Europe and North America, investing millions at the major bloodstock sales.

The financial foundation for this came from the sale of his Arthur Prince betting shop chain and an on-course bookmaking division for a reputed £28 million to Coral in September, 1995. Tabor now speculates in the currency markets and owns a major stake in the Victor Chandler bookmaking firm. His wealth was recently estimated at £400 million by the Sunday Times.

Entrepreneur in the 1997 Sagitta 2000 Guineas provided the Tabor/Magnier team with a first British classic success, and they also won that season's Irish equivalent and Irish Derby with Desert King. Tabor first tasted classic success with Thunder Gulch in the 1995 Kentucky Derby. Other major wins include the 1998 Sagitta 2000 Guineas with King Of Kings, the 1999 Irish 2,000 Guineas with Saffron Walden, the 1999 French Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe plus the 2000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes with Montjeu, and a run of five consecutive Group 1 successes last season from Giant's Causeway.


Tabor and Magnier have enjoyed a phenomenal 2001 season winning the French 1,000 Guineas with Rose Gypsy, landing a 1-2-3 in the Irish 2,000 Guineas led by Black Minnaloushe and the Vodafone Derby with Galileo. Magnier also part-owns the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Vodafone Oaks winner Imagine.


Previous Coral Eurobet Stakes Win: 2000 GIANT'S CAUSEWAY


Aidan O'Brien IRE


Born on October 16, 1969, Aidan O'Brien has been phenomenally successful in his relatively short training career and never more so than this season. After a spell with Jim Bolger, he became assistant to his now wife, Anne-Marie, and her father Joe Crowley, before taking over the reins when granted a licence to train himself in 1993.

His impact on the Flat was made with backing of the highest calibre in the shape of Coolmore, which offered the precocious O'Brien the use of Ballydoyle Stables, where the young trainer's namesake and legendary Irish trainer Vincent O'Brien had enjoyed so much success. In 1997, in only his third season at the helm of the Tipperary yard, he confirmed his intentions on the Flat when winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby. He had previously never won a classic.

O'Brien's prowess on the Flat is matched by his achievements with his jumpers, which saw him crowned champion National Hunt trainer in Ireland for the first five seasons since he took out his licence in the 1993/4 campaign. He now only trains a handful of jumpers but these include the great Istabraq, winner of three Smurfit Champion Hurdles. In 1998 King Of Kings provided O'Brien with a first British classic win from his first runner when taking the Sagitta 2000 Guineas. His second runner, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas the following day and went on to win the Vodafone Oaks. Last season he sent out Giant's Causeway, who finished runner-up in both the Sagitta 2000 Guineas and its Irish equivalent, to win five consecutive Group 1 races and narrowly fail in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

He has made a sensational start to the new season winning the French 1,000 Guineas with Rose Gypsy, the Irish equivalent with Imagine, landing a 1-2-3 in the Irish 2,000 Guineas led by Black Minnaloushe and pulling off the Vodafone Derby/Vodafone Oaks double with Galileo and Imagine.


Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes Record: 2000 GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (WON)



COMPTON ADMIRAL FACTFILE


5 b h Suave Dancer (USA) - Sumoto (Mtoto)

Form: 2212/101815/3 Owner: Erik Penser

Trainer: Gerard Butler Breeder: Hascombe and Valiant Studs

Compton Admiral


A bargain 21,000gns Tattersalls October yearling, Compton Admiral bids to become only the sixth horse to win the Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes on more than one occasion, and the first not to do so in consecutive years.


Racing for Erik Penser, landlord at Gerard Butler's Oxfordshire stable, he made his debut in a Goodwood maiden on June 5, 1998, when beaten a neck, then went down by a head to Rhapsodist in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot 13 days later. He returned to Ascot to defeat the highly-touted Killer Instinct by a length on July 24 and rounded his juvenile campaign off by finishing second to Raise A Grand in the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown.


His three-year-old season with a length success in the Group 3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket, although he could finish only 13th behind Island Sands in the 2000 Guineas and eighth to Oath in the Vodafone Derby. He was then sent off a 20/1 for the Coral Eurobet Eclipse and he held on by a neck to beat Xaar with Fantastic Light in third.


He came fifth in the Group 1 Juddmonte International at York when it transpired that he had fractured an off-fore knee bone and did not race again until finishing third in a Newbury conditions event on May 30.


Race Record: Starts: 11; 1st: 4; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 1; Win & place prize money: £222,906.50


Erik Penser


Born August 22, 1942, Erik Penser is a native of Sweden, where he is involved in banking and stockbroking in Stockholm although he spends much of his time at his home at Compton Beauchamp in Wiltshire. He has had horses in training in England for around 20 years and achieved his best results when Beauchamp King won the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in 1995 and the following season's Craven Stakes at Newmarket, a race also won in 1999 by Compton Admiral, who was a 20/1 shock winner of that year's Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes.


Beauchamp King was trained by John Dunlop, who at the time shared Penser's horses with Henry Candy, but all the owner's much-expanded string are now handled by Dunlop's former assistant Gerard Butler at Penser's purpose-built yard near Blewbury in Oxfordshire on an 1,800-acre estate. Penser currently owns 16 of the 82 horses in training at the yard.


His home-breds begin with the name Beauchamp and those bought as yearlings with Compton, after his home village. The second names move one letter down the alphabet each year - the Beauchamp two-year-olds are now on Q and the Comptons have reached D. Penser was appointed a non-executive director of Newbury racecourse in October, 1998, and a Jockey Club member in December, 1999.


Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes win: 1999 COMPTON ADMIRAL


Gerard Butler


Gerard Butler was born on April 24, 1966 and hails from Co Kildare in Ireland where his family owned the Pier House Stud on the Curragh. He first became professionally involved in racing as a stable lad at Chantilly in 1988 and he then had a spell with top trainer (the late) Colin Hayes in Australia before returning to his native Ireland to work at Coolmore Stud.


The next move was to the United States where he was attached to D Wayne Lukas' team for three and a half years, working his way up to becoming assistant trainer before his return to Europe coincided with John Dunlop needing a new assistant.


He was at Castle Stables until the end of 1997 when he took up the role of training at Erik Penser's Churn Farm Stables in Oxfordshire and had his first success when Beauchamp King won at Ayr in May, 1998. Compton Admiral flew the flag for him in 1999 with victories in the Craven Stakes and Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. He has a team of 82 listed in training for 2001 and came close to pulling off an upset in last season's Sagitta 1000 Guineas when 66/1 chance Princess Ellen just failed to catch the winner Lahan.


Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes Record: 1999 COMPTON ADMIRAL (WON)



FANTASTIC LIGHT (USA) FACTFILE



5 b h Rahy (USA) - Jood (Nijinsky (CAN))

Form: 113/1423110/125214531-211 Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Breeder: Gainsborough Farm Inc


Fantastic Light


This son of Rahy, home-bred by Maktoum Al Maktoum, won two of his three races as a juvenile, making a winning debut in a maiden at Sandown, before returning to the Esher track to take a conditions event. He then finished third in a Listed contest at Goodwood behind Mutaahab to conclude his two-year-old career. On his three-year-old debut, Fantastic Light gained his first Pattern victory, taking the Group 3 Thresher Classic Trial at Sandown. Later that season he finished second to Lear Spear in the then Group 2 Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot beaten a head, before winning the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.


The 2000 season began well with a triumphed in the Group 3 Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad al Sheba and he then left Sir Michael Stoute's stable for Godolphin. On his first start for the Maktoum family's operation, he finished second to Daliapour in the Group 1 Vodafone Coronation Cup, was then fifth to Giant's Causeway in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes and runner-up to Montjeu in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot. A triumph in the Grade 1 Man O'War Stakes at Belmont followed and after a fourth in another Belmont Grade 1 and fifth to Kalanisi in the Breeders' Cup Turf, he finished third in the Japan Cup. His busy and cosmopolitan season was rounded off by a length and three quarters success from Greek Dance in the Group 1 Hong Kong at Sha Tin in December. That success, combined with earlier placed efforts, ensured that he was Emirates World Racing Series champion of 2000.

He was beaten a nose on his comeback in the Group 2 Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba in March and then landed the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup by a neck from Golden Snake on May 27 at the Curragh and put in an outstanding effort to win the Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot by two and a half lengths from Kalanisi.

Race Record: Starts: 21; 1st: 10; 2nd: 4; 3rd: 3; Win & Place Prize Money: £2,939,686


Godolphin

Godolphin is the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed and other members of the Maktoum family, and its aim is to prepare horses in Dubai during the winter to gain the advantage when challenging for major races worldwide. The experiment began on a small scale in the winter of 1992, with horses enjoying the benefits of the warm climate before arriving in Britain for the 1993 season. The Godolphin operation was properly established in 1994, with Hilal Ibrahim as trainer, when Balanchine won the Vodafone Oaks and Irish Derby.

The following year Saeed bin Suroor was appointed as the official trainer. When flown over from Dubai, the horses are stabled at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket, and, in 1999 and 2000, Godolphin’s two-year-olds were housed at the former Evry racecourse in France under the care of David Loder, who has now relocated to Godolphin Stables in Newmarket.

In 2000, Godolphin set up an additional training centre at Santa Anita racecourse in the United States, where Eoin Harty supervises a select band of American-bred two-year-olds. Godolphin’s colours have been carried to victory in every British classic bar the Vodafone Derby, although Saeed bin Suroor did train Lammtarra to win the premier classic for Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum in 1995.

The British Godolphin classic successes so far have been Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi), Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell) and St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq). Daylami led an historic 1-2-3 in the 1998 Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes, the first time that the same owner and trainer has had the first three in a British Group 1, and the Godolphin ambitions, other than landing the Vodafone Derby, include taking the American Triple Crown series, winning the Japan Cup, Melbourne Cup and capturing the Emirates World Racing Series Championship which was achieved in 1999, the inaugural year, by Daylami, and in 2000 by Fantastic Light.

Godolphin's tally of 70 Group/Grade 1 wins includes this season's French 2,000 Guineas (Noverre), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel, 2000 Dubai Millennium), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), French 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami), Irish St Leger (1998, 1999 Kayf Tara) and three successes in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes. Godolphin has been leading British owner in 1996, 1998 and 1999.

Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes Wins: 1995 HALLING, 1996 HALLING, 1998 DAYLAMI


Saeed bin Suroor


Godolphin’s principal trainer, former policeman Saeed bin Suroor, was born in Dubai on October 10, 1967. He has been champion British trainer three times - in 1996, 1998 and 1999 - but a low-key season for Godolphin in 2000 saw him finish only seventh in the table. Coupled with his phenomenal achievements with Godolphin, bin Suroor trained the redoubtable Lammtarra for Sheikh Mohammed’s nephew, Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum, to win the 1995 Vodafone Derby, Ascot’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

That the horse raced only four times in his career and yet was trained by bin Suroor to succeed in those three pre-eminent Group One events is an achievement which cannot be overstated. Bin Suroor is helped with the training by Tom Albertrani, formerly assistant to Cigar’s handler Bill Mott in America, with Simon Crisford acting as racing manager. Cape Verdi’s Sagitta 1000 Guineas win completed the full set of British classics for bin Suroor in 1998.

His domestic classic winners are Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra), Vodafone Oaks (1995 Moonshell), St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq). Godolphin has enjoyed numerous other big-race wins worldwide and took the French 2,000 Guineas in May with Noverre.

Saeed bin Suroor's Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes Record: 1995 HALLING (WON), Red Bishop (3rd), 1996 HALLING (WON), 1997 Allied Forces (4th); 1998 DAYLAMI (WON), Faithful Son (2nd), Central Park (3rd); 1999 Xaar (2nd), 2000 Fantastic Light (5th), Sun Charm (8th).




TOBOUGG (IRE) FACTFILE



3 b c Barathea (IRE) - Lacovia (USA) (Majestic Light (USA))

Form: 111-93 Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Breeder: Citadel Stud


Tobougg


Born on February 28, 1998, Tobougg was bred in Ireland by Gerry Oldham’s Citadel Stud and sold at the 1999 Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sales in Newmarket for 230,000gns to agent John Ferguson. By Barathea, who finished fifth in the 1993 Eclipse, he is out of Lacovia, Oldham’s 1986 French Oaks winner. He joined Mick Channon’s Lambourn team, carrying the colours of Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, and made a successful debut last season at York on August 30 when beating Love Everlasting by a length and three quarters in a seven-furlong maiden.

He was stepped up in class sharply on September 16 to take the four-runner Group 1 Prix de la Salamande at Longchamp by two lengths from Honours List, then faced formidable opposition in the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes on Champions’ Day at Newmarket on October 14 but again prevailed to win by a length and a quarter from Godolphin’s Noverre.

After that effort he was sent to join the Godolphin team in Dubai over the winter and in the first colts’ private trial on April 9 he finished a close third to Rumpold. He was sent off 4/1 favourite for the Sagitta 2000 Guineas when ninth to Golan, beaten just over six lengths, but put in a much-better effort when under four lengths third to Galileo in the Vodafone Derby.

Race Record: Starts: 5; 1st: 3; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1; Win prize money: £279,618.50


Godolphin


Godolphin is the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed and other members of the Maktoum family, and its aim is to prepare horses in Dubai during the winter to gain the advantage when challenging for major races worldwide. The experiment began on a small scale in the winter of 1992, with horses enjoying the benefits of the warm climate before arriving in Britain for the 1993 season. The Godolphin operation was properly established in 1994, with Hilal Ibrahim as trainer, when Balanchine won the Vodafone Oaks and Irish Derby.

The following year Saeed bin Suroor was appointed as the official trainer. When flown over from Dubai, the horses are stabled at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket, and, in 1999 and 2000, Godolphin’s two-year-olds were housed at the former Evry racecourse in France under the care of David Loder, who has now relocated to Godolphin Stables in Newmarket. In 2000, Godolphin set up an additional training centre at Santa Anita racecourse in the United States, where Eoin Harty supervises a select band of American-bred two-year-olds. Godolphin’s colours have been carried to victory in every British classic bar the Vodafone Derby, although Saeed bin Suroor did train Lammtarra to win the premier classic for Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum in 1995.

The British Godolphin classic successes so far have been Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi), Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell) and St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq). Daylami led an historic 1-2-3 in the 1998 Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes, the first time that the same owner and trainer has had the first three in a British Group 1, and the Godolphin ambitions, other than landing the Vodafone Derby, include taking the American Triple Crown series, winning the Japan Cup, Melbourne Cup and capturing the Emirates World Racing Series Championship which was achieved in 1999, the inaugural year, by Daylami, and in 2000 by Fantastic Light. Godolphin's tally of 70 Group/Grade 1 wins includes this season's French 2,000 Guineas (Noverre), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel, 2000 Dubai Millennium), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), French 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami), Irish St Leger (1998, 1999 Kayf Tara) and three successes in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes. Godolphin has been leading British owner in 1996, 1998 and 1999.

Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes Wins: 1995 HALLING, 1996 HALLING, 1998
DAYLAMI


Saeed bin Suroor


Godolphin’s principal trainer, former policeman Saeed bin Suroor, was born in Dubai on October 10, 1967. He has been champion British trainer three times - in 1996, 1998 and 1999 - but a low-key season for Godolphin in 2000 saw him finish only seventh in the table.

Coupled with his phenomenal achievements with Godolphin, bin Suroor trained the redoubtable Lammtarra for Sheikh Mohammed’s nephew, Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum, to win the 1995 Vodafone Derby, Ascot’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. That the horse raced only four times in his career and yet was trained by bin Suroor to succeed in those three pre-eminent Group One events is an achievement which cannot be overstated. Bin Suroor is helped with the training by Tom Albertrani, formerly assistant to Cigar’s handler Bill Mott in America, with Simon Crisford acting as racing manager. Cape Verdi’s Sagitta 1000 Guineas win completed the full set of British classics for bin Suroor in 1998.

His domestic classic winners are Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra), Vodafone Oaks (1995 Moonshell), St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq). Godolphin has enjoyed numerous other big-race wins worldwide and took the French 2,000 Guineas in May with Noverre.

Saeed bin Suroor's Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes Record: 1995 HALLING (WON), Red Bishop (3rd), 1996 HALLING (WON), 1997 Allied Forces (4th); 1998 DAYLAMI (WON), Faithful Son (2nd), Central Park (3rd); 1999 Xaar (2nd), 2000 Fantastic Light (5th), Sun Charm (8th).




FRENCH EVENING AND DISCOVER RACING AT SALISBURY


The next two fixtures at Salisbury Racecourse are the wonderful French Evening on Friday, July 6, 2001, and the Discover Racing Day on Saturday, July 14, 2001 and there is plenty to look forward to on both days.


Always a popular fixture in Salisbury’s race programme, the French Evening offers a variety of activities to keep all racegoers amused besides the racing and there will be lots of opportunities to win prizes.

Unsuccessful punters will have various chances to make good their losses with a draw of all losing betting tickets taking place after each race. Prizes with a French theme on offer will include a case of champagne and two tickets to see the musical Les Miserables in London. The racecourse will also be running a racecard competition, with each £1-racecard being numbered and the lucky winner whose number comes up will receive a day trip to France for two on Eurostar to see the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe- Lucien Barriere, Europe’s premier middle-distance race, at Longchamp on Sunday, October 7.


Throughout the evening there will be a number of French-style activities to keep racegoers amused, including a Parisian-style jazz band, tasting of French food and wine, boules, a caricaturist and a mime artist. A Pimms bar will also be in operation.


Racegoers will see top jockeys in action on the six-race card, with the highlight of the evening being the £15,000-added EUROPEAN BREEDERS’ FUND NIGHTFALL CLASSIFIED STAKES (8.35pm), a race for three-year-olds rated 0-95 over a mile. Action gets under way with the AXMINSTER APPRENTICE HANDICAP (6.35pm) over a mile, the continuing series for apprentices at Salisbury which is sponsored by Axminster Carpets.

The other four races on the card are the HORSERACING ABROAD NURSERY (7.05pm), the WINE AND BEER COMPANY MAIDEN (7.35pm), and the FRENCH EVENING HANDICAP (8.05pm), with the evening’s racing action finishing with the FRENCH EVENING MAIDEN (9.05pm).


The Discover Racing day, Salisbury’s only Saturday raceday of the year, is the second fixture in a series organised by the British Horseracing Board aimed at attracting new racegoers. An extensive radio advertising programme to promote the series, fronted by Channel 4's Graham Norton, will soon start alongside a series of advertisements in the press.


Throughout the afternoon helpers will be on hand to deal with any kind of queries that new racegoers may have. Before racing a forum will take place featuring a number of racing professionals, including a jockey and trainer, giving members of the public a chance to put forward any questions about horseracing.


A six-race programme is again on offer, beginning with the EUROPEAN BREEDERS’ FUND QUEENPOT MAIDEN STAKES (2.10pm) and running through to the DISCOVER RACING MAIDEN STAKES (5pm). The intermediate races are the MYROBELLA NOVICE AUCTION STAKES (2.40pm), the FAIR TRIAL HANDICAP (3.15pm), the CARNARVON AMATEUR RIDERS’ HANDICAP (3.50pm) and the KEVIN & PAMELA REID LASTING THE DISTANCE HANDICAP (4.25pm).


Jeremy Martin, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Salisbury, said:"Our French Evening on July 6 is always a popular and entertaining evening . Hopefully, it should be so again this year with the wide variety of entertainments and competitions we have on offer.


"The Discover Racing day on July 14 offers an excellent opportunity for first-time racegoers to experience the joys of a day’s racing and we look forward to welcoming a large number of them to Salisbury.


"The two-day Bibury meeting, which took place June 27 & 28, saw pleasing crowd numbers and hopefully the two upcoming fixtures in the first half of July will prove to be as popular.”

Admission prices for both fixtures are Members £15, Tattersalls £10, Course £5 and, as at all Salisbury’s meetings, accompanied children under 16 are admitted FREE. Car parking is also FREE. For the French Evening the gates open at 4.30pm and at 12 noon on the Discover Racing day.



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