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Monday, July 17, 2000



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HENRY CECIL ARRESTED




Ten-times champion trainer Henry Cecil has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.


The Master of Warren Place was arrested yesterday when breath-tested after his blue Mercedes car collided with two pedestrians, Leonard and Joan Hurrell, at Ashley near Cambridge. The pair were later taken to the West Suffolk Hospital at Bury St Edmunds, after suffering minor injuries.


The 57-year-old will have to present himself at Cambridge Police Station on August 15.




THOMAS PINK GOLD CUP THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE OPEN 2000 AT CHELTENHAM




Cheltenham Racecourse is delighted to announce today, Monday, July 17, that the first jump ‘classic' of the 2000/01 National Hunt season has a new sponsor in Thomas Pink and is to be called the Thomas Pink Gold Cup.


Previously known as the Murphy's Gold Cup, the £80,000 contest is run on Saturday, November 11, 2000, and is the joint richest handicap chase at Cheltenham, the home of National Hunt racing.


For Thomas Pink, the well-known shirtmakers whose flagship shop is in London's Jermyn Street, this is a first venture into horse-race sponsorship.

Thomas Pink's involvement will extend throughout the three days of The Open 2000, to include the £10,000-added Thomas Pink Amateur Riders' Handicap at Cheltenham on the first day, Countryside Day, Friday, November 10.


Explaining why the company decided to get involved, Des Swan, Thomas Pink's Managing Director, said today: "Thomas Pink is the leading brand of luxury shirts, both in the UK and internationally. Our shirts are of the highest quality, yet accessible to a wide range of people.

"We believe that this exciting event at Cheltenham complements Thomas Pink perfectly. Both Thomas Pink and Cheltenham are prestigious brands in their respective fields, and both have a strong Irish connection; in our case all our shirts are made in Ireland.

"We wanted to become involved in a leading UK sport that is prestigious, fun and open to all. Horse racing is particularly attractive at the moment because it is undergoing significant change and we feel Thomas Pink can contribute to broadening its appeal.

"Our heritage is also linked with horses - the original 18th century Thomas Pink was renowned for making the finest hunting coats. We are delighted to extend this association into National Hunt Racing with the Thomas Pink Gold Cup."




Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham's Managing Director, welcomed the sponsorship. He declared: "We are thrilled that Thomas Pink has decided to sponsor this high-profile race at Cheltenham.


"We are delighted that the Thomas Pink Gold Cup is being sponsored by a company that had not previously been involved in racing - it is great news for the sport."

There will be a very substantial boost to overall prize money at The Open 2000, jumping to £435,000, an increase of 24% from last year's £349,000 for the three days.


Gillespie added: "We have decided to call the November three days The Open 2000 for a number of reasons.

"The Open 2000 follows on from the close of the Flat turf season and effectively launches the core National Hunt season.

"In other sports, such as tennis and golf, Open denotes a quality sporting occasion and that is what the three days are.

"The ethos of National Hunt racing is that the sport is open to both professionals and amateurs - riders and trainers - something which is becoming increasingly rare in major sports."


REACTION TO THE THOMAS PINK SPONSORSHIP



Teresa Cash, Marketing Director of the British Horseracing Board, said: "It is very encouraging for racing to see new sponsors coming into the sport and the British Horseracing Board warmly welcomes Thomas Pink to racing."


Michael Harris, Chief Executive of the Racehorse Owners' Association, commented: "We are delighted at the news that Thomas Pink is to back this prestigious race. Cheltenham has set an excellent example in increasing the prize money for The Open 2000 by such a significant amount, a move that all racehorse owners will welcome."


Louise Kemble, Chief Executive of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, declared: "Thomas Pink represents traditional values with a modern edge - a perfect partner for British racing."


Venetia Williams, who trained The Outback Way to win the Cheltenham race last year, said: "The Outback Way's win was one of the highlights of last season for our stable and we would dearly love to win the Thomas Pink Gold Cup again. I am sure that all of my fellow trainers will join me in welcoming this new sponsorship."


Norman Williamson, the most successful current jockey in the chase which is now the Thomas Pink Gold Cup, said: "I have had a lot of luck in the Thomas Pink Gold Cup and it is the first major highlight of the season. I hope that Thomas Pink has a long and fruitful association with Cheltenham."


THE THOMAS PINK GOLD CUP



Thomas Pink is taking over sponsorship of a great race with an illustrious history. The 2m 4½f Thomas Pink Gold Cup, the feature event at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 11, 2000, was first run in 1960 and the race has seen many well-known chasers in action.

Perhaps the best performance of all was produced in 1965 by Dunkirk, who carried a massive 12st 7lb to victory, but there have plenty of other memorable performances.
Dunkirk's success came three years after the Irish-trained Fortria had won the race for a second time, an achievement which has been matched by only three other horses since - Bradbury Star (1993 and 1994), Half Free (1984 and 1985), and Gay Trip (1969 and 1971).

Gay Trip's two victories formed part of Fred Rimell's extraordinary training feat when he sent out the winner four years in a row. Jupiter Boy in 1968 and Chatham in 1970 completed Rimell's quartet.

His record remains the best in the history of the race but the present champion Martin Pipe, currently tied on three victories with Fred Winter, could draw level if he wins this season's renewal.

Gay Trip won the Grand National in 1970, in between his Cheltenham successes, and other horses who were victorious at Cheltenham, Red Candle (1972), Bachelor's Hall (1977) and Bright Highway (1980), also proved their stamina when subsequently capturing the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

Two and a half mile specialists like the dual-winner Half Free and Dublin Flyer (1995) have triumphed, while Skymas (1973) won the Queen Mother Two-Mile Champion Chase twice.

When Norman Williamson on the Venetia Williams-trained The Outback Way held off Stormy Passage to win last year's race by a neck, he became the most successful current jockey, having also ridden Multum In Parvo to glory nine years earlier.

Williamson requires one more victory to join Richard Linley and Richard Dunwoody who both achieved three successes in the race during their riding careers.
Linley was victorious on Fifty Dollars More in 1982, and Half Free in 1984 and 1985, while Dunwoody gained his wins on Very Promising in 1986, Another Coral in 1991 and Challenger Du Luc in 1996.

The popularity of Cheltenham's Open Meeting increases each year with the Irish. One of the great strengths of the three days is the relationship which draws Irish-trained horses and racegoers.
Both Cheltenham and Thomas Pink , who manufacture all their shirts in Ireland and have a shop in Dublin, are keen to continue this tradition. Travel allowances for Irish horses will be maintained. Last year there were 23 Irish runners over the three days.
But it is 20 years since a horse trained across the Irish Sea has been successful in the big race - Michael O'Brien saddled Bright Highway to win by seven lengths in 1980.
Bright Highway was the fourth winner to emerge from across the Irish Sea, joining dual winner Fortria and Skymas in 1973. In the 1990s, Toranfield (1991) and Second Schedual (1994) came second for the Irish and Anabatic was fourth in 1996.

Thomas Pink is keen to attract runners from other countries as well, particularly France and America where it already has a number of stores.




THE THOMAS PINK
GOLD CUP
ROLL OF HONOUR





Year Name Age/Wgt Jockey Trainer Owner Runners SP
1999 THE OUTBACK WAY 9-10-00 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams Seasons Holidays 14 9/1
1998 CYFOR MALTA 5-11-03 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe David Johnson 12 3/1F
1997 SENOR EL BETRUTTI 8-10-00 Jamie Osborne Susan Nock Gerard Nock 9 33/1
1996 CHALLENGER DU LUC 6-10-02 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe David Johnson 12 7/1
1995 DUBLIN FLYER 9-11-08 Brendan Powell Tim Forster John Sumner 12 4/1JF
1994 BRADBURY STAR 9-11-11 Philip Hide Josh Gifford J Campbell 14 5/1
1993 BRADBURY STAR 8-11-08 Declan Murphy Josh Gifford J Campbell 15 13/2
1992 TIPPING TIM 7-10-10 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies Jenny Mould 16 11/2F
1991 ANOTHER CORAL 8-10-01 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson M R Deeley 15 15/2
1990 MULTUM IN PARVO 7-10-02 Norman Williamson John Edwards A Parker 13 12/1
1989 JOINT SOVEREIGNTY 9-10-04 Graham McCourt Philip Hobbs G J Giddy 15 10/1
1988 PEGWELL BAY 7-11-02 Peter Scudamore Tim Forster A K Barlow 13 6/1
1987 BEAU RANGER 9-10-02 Mark Perrett Martin Pipe White Bros Ltd 14 13/2
1986 VERY PROMISING 8-11-13 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson Mr & Mrs Paul Green 11 7/1
1985 HALF FREE 9-11-10 Richard Linley Fred Winter Ali Abu Khamsin 10 9/2
1984 HALF FREE 8-11-10 Richard Linley Fred Winter Ali Abu Khamsin 10 5/2F
1983 POUNENTES 6-10-06 Neale Doughty Billy McGhie Billy McGhie 9 7/1
1982 FIFTY DOLLARS MORE 7-11-00 Richard Linley Fred Winter Ali Abu Khamsin 11 11/1
1981 HENRY KISSINGER 7-10-13 Paul Barton David Gandolfo J J Mansworth 11 5/1
1980 BRIGHT HIGHWAY 6-11-01 Gerry Newman Michael O'Brien IRE George Strawbridge 15 5/1F
1979 MAN ALIVE 8-10-09 Ron Barry Gordon Richards J Ennis 11 6/1
1978 BAWNOGUES 7-10-07 Craig Smith Martin Tate Mrs H Lawler 11 5/1
1977 BACHELOR'S HALL 7-10-06 Martin O'Halloran Peter Cundell Mr & Mrs P Harris 16 11/2F
†1976 CANCELLO 7-11-01 Dennis Atkins Neville Crump W V Burdon 13 4/1
1975 CLEAR CUT 11-10-09 David Greaves Maurice Camacho J W Hemingway 13 13/2
1974 BRUSLEE 8-10-07 Andy Turnell Michael Scudamore Mrs D Rees-Davies 11 2/1F
1973 SKYMAS 8-10-05 T S Murphy Brian Lusk IRE Matt Magee 15 7/1
1972 RED CANDLE 8-10-00 Jimmy Fox Ricky Vallance Mrs C O'Shea 11 20/1
1971 GAY TRIP 9-11-03 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell A J Chambers 10 8/1
1970 CHATHAM 6-10-03 Ken White Fred Rimell C Knott 17 33/1
1969 GAY TRIP 7-11-05 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell A J Chambers 14 8/1
1968 JUPITER BOY 7-10-03 Eddie Harty Fred Rimell J E Liley 13 9/1
1967 CHARLIE WORCESTER 10-10-11 Josh Gifford Ryan Price Mrs Ryan Price 13 7/1
1966 PAWNBROKER 8-11-09 Paddy Broderick Arthur Stephenson E W Cliff-McCulloch 5 7/2
1965 DUNKIRK 8-12-07 Bill Rees Peter Cazalet Bill Whitbread 8 11/10F
1964 SUPER FLASH 9-10-05 Stan Mellor Frank Cundell A H Wood 9 8/1
1963 RICHARD OF BORDEAUX 8-10-05 H Beasley Fulke Walwyn J Schilizzi 20 20/1
1962 FORTRIA 10-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE G Ansley 25 5/1F
1961 SCOTTISH MEMORIES 7-10-12 C Finnegan Arthur Thomas G B Sanderson 17 9/2
1960 FORTRIA 8-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE G Ansley 19 8/1

† Held at Haydock Park



RICHARD HANNON AFTER FOURTH WEATHERBYS SUPER SPRINT




High prize money, excellent racing, top jockeys, leading trainers and major racehorse owners will be seen at Newbury Racecourse during the exciting two-day meeting on Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, 2000, with the added bonus of the London Irish Inflatable Rugby Show on the second day.


Weatherbys, for the tenth year in succession, sponsors the feature event of Saturday's seven-race programme, the WEATHERBYS SUPER SPRINT (2.35pm), over five furlongs, which has a total prize fund of £125,000. This contest gives two-year-olds, who cost 40,000 guineas or less, the opportunity to win an extremely valuable prize.


Trainer Richard Hannon is after his fourth victory in the race, following Miss Stamper in 1996, Risky in 1993 and Lyric Fantasy in 1992. He has also had three seconds, Halland Park Girl last year, Femme Savante in 1994 and Pommes Frites in 1993, and four thirds, Ortolan in 1995, Options Open in 1994, Princely Favour in 1992 and Miss Nosey Parker in 1991.


The Marlborough, Wiltshire, trainer left in eight horses for this year's Weatherbys Super Sprint at the forfeit stage on July 4, Western Hero, Bram Stoker, Prince Millennium, Forest Dancer, Reel Buddy, Cayman Expresso, Millenium Princess and Elsie Plunkett.


There are three Listed races on the Saturday programme, starting with the opening £21,000-added RUINART CHAMPAGNE STAKES (registered as the Hackwood Stakes) (1.30pm), over six furlongs, which sees Ruinart UK Ltd again contribute to racing at Newbury. Arkadian Hero, trained by Luca Cumani, easily won this contest last term, and the son of Trempolino obviously loves the Berkshire track because he previously gained his greatest success here when winning the Group Two Mill Reef Stakes in 1997.


The other two Listed events are the £21,000-added STEVENTON STAKES (3.40pm), over one mile and two furlongs, and the £18,000-added ROSE BOWL STAKES (3.10pm), over six furlongs. The former was won last year by top French jockey Olivier Peslier on board the John Gosden-trained Rhapsodist, who had previously taken the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot as a juvenile, while the latter contest in 1999 went to local trainer Mick Channon with Master Fay, ridden by Richard Quinn, who finished runner-up in last season's Flat Jockeys' Championship with 151 wins.

Aston Upthorpe Stud and Ladbroke Group Plc are returning sponsors and they support respectively the £18,000-added MTOTO DONNINGTON CASTLE CONDITIONS STAKES (2pm), over seven furlongs, and the £10,000-added LADBROKE HANDICAP (4.10pm), over one mile and five furlongs, which promise to be highly-competitive events.


The last race of the day is the £9,500-added JUDY'S GETTING MARRIED HANDICAP STAKES (4.40pm), with Judy Vaughan having her hen party at the course and her family sponsoring the race.


The London Irish Inflatable Rugby Show involves a cyber cafe and two inflatable rugby games, generating fun for all the family.


Racegoers attending on Friday, July 21, can also look forward to a high-class racing, with the seven-race programme beginning at 2pm.

Friday's feature race is the £15,000-added A.N.A.C. (ITALIAN THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION) SALES CONDITIONS STAKES (2.30pm), over seven furlongs. Last year this contest, supported by the Italian Thoroughbred Breeders' Association for the first time, was won by Teapot Row, who returned to Newbury a month later to run a fine second to Lend A Hand in the Group Three Hungerford Stakes.


Tattersalls has been attracted to race sponsorship at Newbury, and supports the £6,000-added TATTERSALLS MAIDEN AUCTION FILLIES' STAKES (3pm), over seven furlongs, while Tote Chairman Peter Jones privately sponsors the £6,000-added PETER JONES CREME DE LA CREME FILLIES' HANDICAP (3.30pm), over one mile and two furlongs, a race held in honour of his former secretaries.


The £10,000-added TOTE JACKPOT SHOWCASE HANDICAP (4.30pm), over six furlongs, is a fiercely-fought sprint and generously supported by the Tote.


Mark Kershaw, Newbury's Managing Director, said: "With total prize money set to top£300,000 over the two days of Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, racegoers are assured of seeing high-class action featuring some of the biggest names in racing."

Admission costs for both days are Members £15, Tattersalls £8, Silver Ring £4 and Picnic Car Park £4. All accompanied children under 17 are admitted FREE and other than the Picnic Car Park all parking is FREE.


There is a further racing opportunity on Sunday, July 23, when Newbury stages Arab racing in the shape of the Dubai International Raceday.




HOLIDAY SPIRIT IN THE AYR




Racegoers of all ages are catered for at Ayr's next meeting on Monday, July 24. Not only does the six-race programme include two £10,000-added handicaps, but there will be no shortage of entertainments to amuse the younger members of the holiday crowd.


The day's Showcase Race is run at 4.15pm, the £10,000-added TOTE ‘totalbet.com' HANDICAP, a six-furlong contest that is likely to attract a very competitive field. The card finishes on a high note at 4.45pm with another £10,000 race, the WESTERN HOUSE FOR WEDDINGS HANDICAP.


Ayr is delighted to welcome a new sponsor, the investment management firm Capel Cure Sharp. The company backs the CAPEL CURE SHARP NURSERY HANDICAP at 2.45pm, part of recently-launched seven-race series for two-year-olds. The series culminates in a final on October 21, and Capel Cure Sharp generously offering a £100,000 bonus to the connections of any juvenile who is successful in two of the first six races and the final.


With the meeting taking place when many people are enjoying their annual holidays, there will be a kiddies' mini fun-fair with plenty of rides to keep younger racegoers amused throughout the afternoon.


Last year's equivalent of the £5,000-added EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND MAIDEN STAKES (2.15pm), over seven furlongs, was won by Nicholas Dudley, trained by Sir Mark Prescott, who was conducting a long-distance raid from Newmarket, as was the Mark Tompkins-trained Westminster, who took the equivalent of the BREATH OF FRESH AYR CLASSIFIED STAKES (3.45pm).


Richard Pridham, Ayr's General Manager and Clerk of the Course, said: "With so many people on holiday at this time of year, what could be better than bringing the family to the races at Ayr on Monday, July 24. We have some really good racing on offer and side attractions to keep the younger racegoers amused."

Racing begins at 2.15pm and admission prices are Club £14, Grandstand £7. Admission for students and OAPs costs £4 on production of ID and accompanied children under 16 are admitted FREE. Coach and Car Parking is also FREE and there is a FREE creche.




HANAGAN LEADS APPRENTICE CHAMPIONSHIP




Paul Hanaghan, a graduate of the British Racing School, is leading the Racing School's Apprentice Championship with 139 points. In second place, also from the British Racing School, is Glen Sparkes with 121 points with Derek McGaffin, from the Northern Racing School in third on 108 points. Kristin Stubbs, who also hails from the Northern Racing College, heads the Ladies Championship on 49 points.


The apprentice with the most points at the end of the year will collect a six-week working holiday in Dubai, courtesy of the British Bloodstock Agency, through the Robin Hastings Memorial Trust.


This year is the third year of the competition, which is open to gradates of the British Racing School, Northern Racing College and Racing apprentice Centre of Education in Ireland. Apprentices must still be claiming a lb. allowance at the start of the season to be eligible for the competition.




TREAT FOR STABLE STAFF AT REDCAR NEXT SUNDAY




At next Sunday's meeting at Redcar, every groom leading up a runner will receive £10 from the racecourse.


Peter Hill-Walker, Chairman at Redcar, stated: "We appreciate the efforts made by trainers and their stable staff in bringing horses to Redcar and this gesture is a token of our appreciation. We look forward to a good day's racing with plenty of runners."



PETRUSHKA PLANS




Yesterday's Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks heroine Petrushka has the Arc de Triomphe and Breeders Cup as possible long-term objectives for the remainder of the season.


Harry Herbert of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, owners of the Unfuwain filly stated: "We will look at the autumn options, races like the Arc and Breeders Cup and work back. At some point she'll need a break but she does thrive in the warmth so she might run while we have summer about. We'll sleep on it for a couple of days and have a better idea later on."


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