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Monday, June 4, 2001



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2001 VODAFONE DERBY: 2-1 Golan, 5-2 Galileo, 7-2 Dilshaan (from 4), 7-1 Perfect Sunday, 12-1 Putra Sandhurst, 14-1 Storming Home (from 16), 16-1 Chancellor, Tobougg, 25-1 Mr Combustible, 40-1 Wareed, 100-1 Ice Dancer, Sunny Glen, 200-1 Cashel Bay, King Carew

2001 VODAFONE OAKS: 11-4 Flight Of Fancy (from 3), Imagine, 6-1 Tarfshi, 10-1 Relish The Thought, 12-1 Mot Juste, 14-1 Candice, Gay Heroine, Silver Grey Lady, Zanzibar, 20-1 Foodbroker Fancy, Najah, 25-1 Santa Isobel, 66-1 Mameha, Sunstone

ROYAL HUNT CUP: 7-1 Tough Speed, 10-1 Camberley, Surprise Encounter, 14-1 Border Subject, 16-1 Calcutta, Kirovski, Soviet Flash, 20-1 Duke Of Modena, Man O'Mystery, Mastermind, Nimello, Tillerman, 25-1 BAR (25-1 Crimson Tide (from 33)

THE WOKINGHAM HCP: 8-1 Capricho, 12-1 Ellens Academy, Seven No Trumps, 14-1 Nice One Clare, Orientor, 16-1 Border Subject, Candleriggs, Misraah, Mitcham, Sartorial, 20-1 Deep Space, Duke Of Modena, Harmonic Way, Juwwi, Tiger Royal, 25-1 BAR



SALISBURY GETS INTO FULL SWING




Salisbury's season steps up into top gear with two excellent days of racing on Tuesday, June 12, and the course's second Sunday meeting on June 17.


Tuesday's fixture is the day's principal race meeting and promises some good-quality competitive sport. The seven-race card, which begins at 2pm, features the £12,500-added EBF Margadale Classified 85' Stakes at 3pm, a ten-furlong contest that attracts some progressive three-year-olds, and the £10,000-added Tote Jackpot Stakes at 4pm, a six-furlong sprint handicap for three-year-olds and upwards in which Bold Effort saw off 18 rivals last year.


At 4.30pm there is a race in the Bollinger Champagne Challenge Handicap Series, in which gentleman amateurs get a chance to advertise their skills in the saddle. There will be a big screen on which to watch all the action.


The spotlight returns to Salisbury on Sunday, June 17, when the course hopes to repeat the success of the previous Sunday fixture in May when a good family crowd enjoyed an excellent afternoon both on and off the course.


June 17 is Armed Forces Day and racegoers will be entertained by the Band of the Hussars and Light Dragoons and there will be a freefall parachute display from the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. There will also be a whole host of children's attractions as well as military equipment to look at around the course.


The Sunday is also Father's Day and the local Salisbury Journal is running a competition for a father to have the opening two-year-old event, run at 2pm, named after him.


The six-race card should offer some attractive racing with two £10,000-added handicaps - the Bishopstone Rated Stakes at 2.30pm run over 1m 6f and the Tote Placepot Stakes half an hour later, a five-furlong sprint.


The military theme is continued with the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry City Bowl, a fillies' handicap at 3.30pm, and racing finishes at 4.30pm with another race in the Axminster Apprentice Handicap Series, in which young jockeys bid for a £1,000 prize at the end of the season. There will again be a big screen.


Jeremy Martin, Salisbury's Clerk of the Course and General Manager, said: "We are approaching a very busy period at Salisbury with two excellent days' racing in prospect on Tuesday, June 12, and Sunday, June 17.


"Sunday should be an exciting day out for all the family and an ideal way to spend Father's Day with good racing and plenty of other entertainment for racegoers of all ages."

Admission prices 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.




2002 FIXTURES INCENTIVE SCHEME APPROVED




The Levy Board has approved the terms of the Fixtures Incentive Scheme for 2002, allocating £5.966 million - an increase of 2.5% over the 2001 total.

There will be no structural alterations to the scheme whose drafting received input from the British Horseracing Board and Racecourse Association.


Under the scheme, distribution between Flat and National Hunt fixtures is on a 52:48 basis. Flat fixtures will receive an increase of between 2.4% and 3.2% across the board, while National Hunt fixtures will receive an increase of between 2.5% and 3.0%.


Incentives are paid under the scheme to racecourses holding fixtures on weekdays and range from £5,250 to £11,600 a day for Flat racing and from £2,150 to £13,400 for National Hunt racing. In addition, racecourses staging Flat AWT fixtures on a Saturday between January 1 and March 20, 2002, will also receive incentive payments.

All National Hunt fixtures on a Saturday, evening fixtures, Bank Holiday fixtures and Sunday fixtures are excluded from the scheme. Major festival meetings including Cheltenham, Aintree, Goodwood, Newmarket, Royal Ascot, Chester, York and Doncaster are also excluded.


A number of Special Incentive Payments will continue to be paid, including fixtures which take place on Cup Final and Grand National Day (other than Aintree). Racecourses holding fixtures during the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot will also receive double the usual amount payable under the scheme.

Racecourses with up to three single day fixtures on a Friday during June and July will receive an additional £3,400 in addition to the ordinary incentive payment.


There will be an allocation fund of £170,000 for facility fee payments to racecourses in the scheme who stage seventh races, with £600 (up £50) for a Flat seventh race and £700 (up £50) for a National Hunt seventh race.


When a fixture has to be abandoned, racecourses will receive a payment of £4,770 under the Abandonment Payments Scheme. If a racecourse has to abandon three or more fixtures, there will be an additional payment of £2,535 for each fixture lost. These sums have been increased by 2.5% since the 2001 scheme.


Rodney Brack, Chief Executive of the Levy Board, said: "The Levy Board is pleased to be able to announce increases in funding for the Fixtures Incentive Scheme for 2002. The scheme plays a vital role in supporting the racecourses who put on weekday fixtures."



ANABAA BLUE WINS FRENCH DERBY




"Anabaa Blue has confirmed Anabaa's status as one of the world's most promising young stallions with a gutsy win in the Prix du Jockey Club" - European Bloodstock News June 4 2001.

Champion first crop and champion two-year-old sire Anabaa has recorded his first Classic winner with exciting colt Anabaa Blue winning the Group One Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) by half a length at Chantilly on Sunday.

Racing prominently throughout, Anabaa Blue, a FF650,000 Deauville August purchase, headed the front-running favourite Maille Pistol (Pistole Bleu {Ire}) and fought on to turn the tables on Prix Lupin winner Chichicastenango (Smadoun {Fr}) with Grand Lodge colt Grandera a further short head away third in the 2400m event. Anabaa Blue won the Group Two Prix Noailles by six lengths in April and he is the second Group One winner for Anabaa after Amonita captured the Prix Marcel Boussac last year.


Anabaa, who will return to Widden Stud from Haras du Quesnay Stud this season, now has eight individual black type performers from his first crop of 50 apiece in France and Australia.

The son of Danzig and Group One winning Gay Mecene mare Balbonella, Anabaa earned European champion sprinter honours in 1996 winning the Group One July Cup and Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest, and it is increasingly apparent his blinding speed is replicated in his offspring.


Anabaa yearlings have been sought by top judges such as Bart Cummings, Gai Waterhouse, Neville Begg, Clarry Conners and Peter Hayes, fetching as much as FF1.4 million at Deauville, IRE £360,000 at Goffs Orby and $A350,000 at Australian sales in 2001.


"Unfortunately a minor injury curtailed Anabaa's 2000 southern hemisphere season, but he will be back this year and he is attracting a fantastic book of mares on the strength of his unbelievable first crop performance," said Widden Stud's Antony Thompson. Breeders including Gooree Stud, Woodlands Stud, Gerry Harvey, Rob Ferguson and Michael Goodbody have booked mares to Anabaa and one interesting booking is Zabeel mare Pravda.


"He has a great crop of weanlings including a half-sister to Saturday's Rosehill winner Angora, a half-brother to Group One winner Saleous, and a half-sister to Donna Dior," said Thompson.


"With 23 individual winners from 55 starters in both hemispheres to date, Anabaa is enjoying a 42 per cent runner to winner strike rate."

"First we had Donna Natalia come out and win the Gimcrack by six lengths in record time, then King Of Prussia won brilliantly on Melbourne Cup day and Amonita won the Group One Prix Boussac it was a dream start for any stallion," he said.


"Now, to get a classic winner from his first crop is just fantastic," he said. "Alec Head has always insisted Anabaa would be extraordinary and he is being proven right yet again."

"Anabaa Blue was beaten a neck in the Group One Prix Lupin but he has obviously appreciated the extra two furlongs of the Derby and his long term aim is the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 7."


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