Saturday, July 1, 2000
THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY
3.45pm NEWCASTLE, SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2000
THE FOSTER'S LAGER NORTHUMBERLAND PLATE HANDICAP 2 miles
Going - Firm
BP= Best price of Coral, William Hill, Ladbroke and the Tote.
1) 5-122 RAINBOW WAYS Barry Hills 5-9-11 Richard Hughes
Classy performer at best, who defied topweight in on his seasonal reappearance at Newmarket and finished second to Kayf Tara in Yorkshire Cup. Was fourth last year on a rating of 94, now on 111. Likes good ground but has it all to do here and the stable is still not firing on all cylinders.
2) 01-73 SPIRIT OF LOVE Mark Johnston 5-9-08 Darryll Holland
Has decent form at two miles-plus, mostly recently when third in marathon Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot. Looks vulnerable here under a big weight and two miles appears to be his minimum - could go for home early.
BP=20/1 Coral, Ladbrokes
3) 2655/ YORKSHIRE Paul Cole 6-9-05 Fergus Sweeney
Was a fairly useful performer a couple of seasons ago but has not been out since finishing fifth in 1998 Melbourne Cup. Probably best watched for the time being. Second in the 1998 Queen Alexandra Stakes over two miles, six furlongs.
BP=33/1 Coral, Tote, William Hill
4) 13-44 BIENNALE Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-04 Fergal Lynch
Sole success to date came in a Hamilton maiden last season. Has been running credibly in Group company this season, including when fourth behind Persian Punch last time out at Sandown. Will appreciate the ground here and must be in with a chance if he really stays two miles in a fast-run race.
BP=9/1 Ladbrokes, Tote, William Hill
5) 3010- LIFE OF RILEY Charlie Mann 6-9-00 Seb Sanders
Has some decent form when previously trained by Brian Meehan, although never the most consistent. Likes to make the running but has had no luck in big fields previously. Having first run of season here and others make more appeal here. BP=28/1 Tote
6) 163-3 KUMATOUR Clive Brittain 5-9-00 Ted Durcan
Made encouraging return from two year absence at Thirsk last time out over a mile and a half. Has never tried anything like this distance but gave impression that he would get it last time out. Stable has been firing well lately and has some chance.
7) 3-145 INIGO JONES Peter Harris 4-8-07 Tony Culhane
Has been running fairly well in handicaps this season off of a fairly stiff mark. Has won over a mile and three-quarters, although does not always settle that well. Not out of it but this is the first time he has attempted two miles.
BP=25/1 Coral, Tote
8) 02-53 FANTASY HILL John Dunlop 4-8-07 Gary Carter
Fancied to go well in this very valuable handicap. Third in Chester Cup on last appearance and appears to have trained with this race in mind. Has a leading chance but his price has got skinny.
BP=6/1 ALL FOUR FIRMS
9) 23-72 ANSAR Dermot Weld IRE 4-8-05 Damien Oliver
The only Irish raider in the field. Has only ever won a Dundalk maiden but has put up some very decent performances in handicaps, being beaten a head in Chester Cup on latest start. Likes good ground and should be thereabouts.
10) -5127 AFTERJACKO David Elsworth 4-8-05 Neil Pollard
Has been fairly consistent this season, winning a mile and three-quarter handicap at Salisbury in May. Is another who has not tried this trip yet but he suggests he will stay. Not out of it.
11) 17-00 FIRST BALLOT David Elsworth 4-8-04 John Egan
Has struggled a bit this season, after winning 2m handicap at Ascot last August. Showed signs of a return to form at Royal Ascot last time out and will appreciate a return to two miles.
BP=20/1 Coral, William Hill
12) 3-083 BAY OF ISLANDS Dave Morris 8-8-04 Kevin Darley
Third here last year but then missed the rest of the season with injury. Ran a fair race last time out at York when encountering trouble in running. Will appreciate this test of stamina. Must run another decent race if back to his best.
BP=10/1 Coral and William Hill
13) 112-1 VIRGIN SOLDIER Mark Johnston 4-7-12 Royston Ffrench
Had a successful winter campaign on the sand winning six times and appeared to be just as good on turf when winning over the course and distance in May. This is his toughest task to date but he is genuine, in-form and could still be improving.
14) 6-25B ALHAWA Karl Burke 7-7-11 Jimmy Quinn
Successful three times at Newmarket last season and ran a good race over inadequate trip at York on penultimate start before being brought down in pile up in the Ascot stakes at Royal Ascot. Getting on a bit now but has a squeak here.
BP=25/1 William Hill
14) 453-3 HEROS FATAL Martin Pipe 6-7-10 Jamie Mackay (5)
Martin Pipe won this event last year so Heros Fatal must be respected. The subject of a major gamble last time when third at Ascot, it would not be surprising to see this one strip fitter today. However price is skinny and other horses represent better value.
BP= 5-1 Coral, Ladbrokes, Tote
16) 52-61 CHRISTIANSTED Ferdy Murphy 5-7-10 Keith Dalgleish (7)
The Ferdy Murphy-trained Christiansted has been well-supported. He finished fifth in this event last year, and with the horse expected to be ridden up with the pace today, he has a fine chance, especially with one of the season's leading apprentices taking 7lb off his back.
BP=8-1 Ladbrokes, Tote
17) 0-022 TEMPLE WAY Roger Charlton 4-7-10 Dale Gibson
Temple Way is only 3lb out of the handicap, and Roger Charlton hopes that he can make his mark in staying handicaps this term. He looked like he would win last time at Ascot's Heath Meeting, before finding just Generous Ways too good, and the 20-1 on offer with Ladbrokes is tempting. Trainer in form. Is a slightly tricky ride and does not want to be in front too soon. Even so the clear value.
18) 0P-40 SUPLIZI Peter Bowen 9-7-10
Suplizi ran in the 1994 Guineas won by Mister Baileys, but sadly now aged nine retains little of that earlier ability. A son of Alzao, he has not won since April 1996 and his price reflects this fact. 8lb out of the handicap.
BP=100-1 ALL FIRMS
19) 459-4 KAROWNA Stephen Brookshaw 4-7-10 Tyrone Williams
The Stephen Brookshaw-trained Karowna faces a mighty task at Gosforth Park today, running over a stone out of the handicap. Fourth at Haydock Park last time, but no chance today. 15lb out of the handicap.
BP=100-1 Ladbokes, Tote, William Hill
TEMPLE WAY is great value each-way at 20-1 in this open handicap.
NEWMARKET - Good to firm.
BATH - Firm.
WORCESTER- Good, good to firm in places on hurdles course.
DONCASTER- Good to firm, firm in places.
LINGFIELD- Turf course, Good to firm; All-Weather, Standard.
NEWTON ABBOT - Good, good to firm in places.
RACEGOERS TO ENJOY A TASTE OF FRANCE
Racing of a slower style than usual comes to Salisbury Racecourse at the special Soir de France evening fixture on Friday, July 7, when one of the many French attractions on offer, snail racing, is added to the more traditional programme of excellent horseracing.
Last year Salisbury hosted the first-ever French-themed race evening held in Britain, giving racegoers an opportunity to sample the pleasures of France and French living.
Other entertainments featured at this year's Soir de France jamboree include Parisian-style caricaturists (cartoon portrait sketchers), pétanque (boules) games organised by the Salisbury Pétanque Club, and French jazz band, Le Hot Jazz, providing a fun evening out for all of the family. Lovers of French cuisine are not forgotten as the racecourse restaurants and catering outlets will be serving food with a French flavour.
Racing fans in the Tattersalls and Club Enclosures with a passion for shopping can enjoy a French village of outlets and trade stands, which will be situated next to the parade ring. As well as being able to sample fine French food, including cheeses and wines, the Chantilly Partnership can advise would-be owners on how to purchase shares in French racehorses, while Condor Ferries will be selling tickets to France.
The first of these companies, the Chantilly Partnership, supports the opening contest at 6.40pm, the CHANTILLY PARTNERSHIP APPRENTICE HANDICAP STAKES, over one mile, with Condor Ferries sponsoring the £5,500-added CONDOR FERRIES HANDICAP STAKES (8.10pm), over one mile and four furlongs - the first time the Poole-based company has ventured into horseracing sponsorship.
The feature race of the evening is the £14,500-added EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND NIGHTFALL CLASSIFIED STAKES (8.40pm), over one mile and two furlongs. This race, which is part of the Soir de France fixture for the first time, was won last year by Residual Value, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by top American jockey Gary Stevens.
Anderson & Co, the Devizes marketing and public relations firm who conceived and manage the Soir de France evening, sponsors the £10,000-added ANDERSON & CO AUCTION CONDITIONS STAKES (7.40pm), over six furlongs.
This event, which is for two-year-olds bought for 35,000 guineas or less, was last year won by Halland Park Girl, who went on to win a very valuable sales race at the Curragh on her next outing, while the 1998 renewal was landed by the John Dunlop-trained Mujahid, who was successful three months later in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket and became champion European two-year-old of the year.
Anybody striking a losing bet in any race during the evening will have an opportunity to become a winner. Racegoers can write their name and address on the back of their losing betting ticket, with a prize draw being held between each race. The star prize, donated by Algarve Bloodstock, is a share in the Chantilly Partnership. Other prizes include tickets for Condor Ferries, meals at the Cheltenham Petit Blanc restaurant and Café Parisian in Salisbury, and bottles of wine and champagne.
The French are renowned for their sense of style, and there will also be prizes for the best-dressed male and female ‘chic' racegoers.
Ian Renton, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Salisbury, said: "The Soir de France fixture on Friday, July 7, is deliberately starting later at 6.40pm to allow racegoers plenty of time to get from their workplaces to the racecourse for a fine summer evening's entertainment.
"The population in the South of England is so close to France that the Soir de France is a perfect way of promoting France and French living in a fun and exciting manner, and there is something for all of the family to enjoy including excellent racing."
Admission costs £15 for the Members Enclosure, £10 into Tattersalls and £5 for the Course Enclosure. There is FREE admission for accompanied children aged under 16 and FREE Car Parking.
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