Wednesday, July 26, 2000
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Tote Ebor Handicap, 1m 6f, York, Wednesday, August 23
TOTE PRICES - AVAILABLE FROM THURSDAY MORNING (27/07/00)
10 Romantic Affair
12 Eminence Grise
14 Give The Slip
16 Alva Glen
16 Bay Of Islands
16 Give Notice
16 Inch Perfect
16 Ligne Gagnante
16 Quality Team
16 Rada's Daughter
16 Temple Way
16 Vicious Circle
20 Cover Up
20 Lucky Lady
20 Media Puzzle
25 Arctic Owl
25 Dominant Duchess
25 Il Capitano
25 Inigo Jones
LATEST PRICES FOR THE KING GEORGE
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, 1m 4f, Ascot, Saturday, July 29
(Best Prices at 18.00GMT 26/07/00)
Montjeu - 8/13 C, WH
Daliapour - 9/2 L, WH
Kayf Tara - 11 C
Fruits Of Love - 12 L
Air Shakur - 14 L
Shiva - 16 C
Beat All - 25 L
Compton Ace - 40 C
Gold Academy - 66 C, L
Raypour - 66 C, L, WH
C=Coral L=Ladbrokes WH=William Hill
TAX FOR ON-COURSE CREDIT CUSTOMERS ABOLISHED BY THE TOTE
The Tote are to abolish betting tax currently charged to members of the Tote Credit Club, for bets placed in on-course Tote Credit Club Offices. The level of tax paid by members on-course was previously 2%, as opposed to 9% in off-course betting shops. However, from tomorrow, all off-course charges will be dropped.
Jeremy Scott, the Tote Press Officer stated: "This is great news for all Tote Credit customers who enjoy being close to the sporting and betting action, and benefit from the facilities offered through Tote Credit Club at the racecourse.
"Racecourses will not lose out, as the payments will still be made - however the funds will now come directly from the Tote, and will no longer come out of the pockets of Credit Club Members.
"By absorbing these costs ourselves, Tote Credit Club members betting on-course will now operate on a level playing field with punters who bet with the on-course bookmakers, and in doing so Tote Credit hopes to see its on-course market share continue to grow."
FRUITS DECISION DELAYED
The participation of Fruits Of Love in Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes still hangs in the balance. The son of Hansel injured a hock while swimming last weekend.
Deirdre Johnston, wife of trainer Mark Johnston reported: "We still can't say whether he'll run. Fruits Of Love is sound now but his leg is still slightly swollen. It will be entirely up to Mark in the morning."
GLORIOUS WEEK AHEAD AT GOODWOOD
There is just a week to go until the start of ‘Glorious Goodwood', the five days of top-class racing at Britain's most beautiful course which for many people are the highlight of the whole season.
Running from Tuesday, August 1, to Saturday, August 5, there is sport of the highest quality on each of the five days with a galaxy of stars trying to win some of the record £1,547,000 prize money on offer at this year's meeting.
On the opening day, the Group 3 King George Stakes traditionally attracts some of the speediest performers around while the Peugeot Gordon Stakes, another Group 3 event, is frequently used as a stepping stone to the final classic, the Rothmans Royals St Leger. Hataab, trained in Newmarket by Ed Dunlop, is a possible starter.
All eyes will be on last year's winner Aljabr in the £250,000 Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes on Wednesday, August 2. The Godolphin-owned colt bids to become the first-ever horse to win the Group 1 contest more than once. The race was confined to three-year-olds until 1959.
He could be joined in the line-up by stablemate Josr Algarhoud and possibly Diktat, who would need to be supplemented tomorrow (Thursday). "This would be Josr Algarhoud's first try at a Group 1," said Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford. "He may not definitely take part as he is in masses of Group races but he is ready for a run. There is a chance that we may supplement Diktat, but it is only a possibility."
Other possible rivals include Arkadian Hero, winner of the Group 3 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket last time out, and Almushtarak, who finished third last year and has been kept fresh for the race.
The latter's trainer Kamil Mahdi said: "We are planning to run Almushtarak but I hope we get some rain as he wouldn't want the ground too fast. He's in very good form and we deliberately haven't run him since Newbury as we have been waiting for this Group 1 race. We don't want to run him too much this season.
"I also plan to run Debbie's Warning in the William Hill Mile and could have three or four other runners at the meeting."
Luca Cumani, Arkadian Hero's trainer, added: "I was absolutely delighted with his win last time at Newmarket. He's in very good form and Jamie Spencer will ride him again. I will only be having a handful of other runners during the week."
Wednesday's card also features the Group 3 Champagne Lanson Vintage Stakes for two-year-olds, which had previously been run on Thursday. The race could feature Henry Cecil's Vacamonte, already prominent in the betting for next year's classics after his win at the Newmarket July Meeting, the impressive Vodafone Woodcote Stakes winner Atmospheric, and Baaridd, runner-up to Celtic Silence in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Baaridd's trainer Michael Jarvis said: "The intention is to run in the Champagne Lanson Vintage Stakes, although I have to confirm it with his owner. He's come out of the Chesham fine and is in good form. I think we were beaten by a better horse at Ascot but we're hopeful of a good run next week - he's won on the track already and proved that he can stay the seven furlongs at Ascot, so he should get the trip at Goodwood."
The £70,000 Tote Gold Trophy, run over 12 furlongs, also takes place on Wednesday.
The Group 2 J P Morgan Goodwood Cup, one of the top staying races of the year, is run on Thursday. The gutsy Dominant Duchess could be in the line-up, bidding for a first Pattern win on the back of her success in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The six-year-old's trainer John Hills said: "She's a lovely old mare and in great form and Goodwood is a definite possibility. She's ready and able but we'll only make a decision after we've seen the entries as she also has the option of the Shergar Cup Stayers' at Ascot." Another possible is Persian Punch, trained by David Elsworth and owned by Jeff Smith, who has had great success at this meeting over the years.
Thursday also features the Group 2 Richmond Stakes, in which Godolphin's Noverre, winner of the Group 3 TNT July Stakes at Newmarket earlier in the month, is a possible, as are Terry Mills's Ceepio and John Gosden's recent winner, Endless Summer.
The most-valuable handicap of the meeting, the £100,000 William Hill Mile, also forms part of Thursday's star-studded card. Caribbean Monarch, the Royal Hunt Cup winner, currently heads the ante-post betting.
Friday's racing includes the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's 100th Birthday Molecomb Stakes, celebrating the centenary of racing's best-loved supporter, while the card also has a new Group 3, the Theo Fennell Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs, which was formerly run as the Beeswing Stakes at Newcastle. Swallow Flight, trained by Geoff Wragg, is likely to line up after winning the Listed ‘On The House' Stakes at Goodwood on July 2.
Saturday is Vodafone Day and includes the second Group 1 of the meeting, the Vodafone Nassau Stakes. The outstanding Crimplene, winner of the Irish and German 1,000 Guineas, and most recently the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, is set to line-up after pleasing in a racecourse gallop at Yarmouth yesterday (Tuesday). Her trainer Clive Brittain said: "She's had a bit of a holiday since Ascot, and though the Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes has been mentioned, the most likely target is the Vodafone Nassau Stakes. She's in good form."
Princess Ellen, runner-up in both the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas and to Crimplene at Ascot, will bid to win her first Group 1 in the ten-furlong event. Her trainer Gerard Butler, who hopes to have around ten runners at the meeting including the unraced two-year-olds Lilleman and How Do I Know, said: "Princess Ellen is very well and we decided that she needed this step up in trip to ten furlongs." The gutsy Diamond White, who finished third in last year's race, is also set to reappear after an unusually long lay-off of over 60 days.
The big betting race of the meeting is the £85,000 Vodafone Stewards' Cup on Saturday. Pip Payne's Nice One Clare heads the market for this six-furlong cavalry charge.
There is a safety factor of 30 for the race and those runners that don't make the final cut can run in a consolation race, the Stewards' Sprint Stakes, on Friday. The effect of the draw is always one of the hotly-debated issues and, although a high stall number is said to be favoured, last year's first and second were drawn ten and eight. Trainers and owners, for the second year running, will be able to choose their horse's stall position.
With last year's top rider Kieren Fallon injured, there is a real battle for the jockeys' championship this season. Pat Eddery, one of the main protagonists, is suspended for the first three days of Glorious Goodwood, giving his main rivals for the title, Richard Quinn and Kevin Darley, the opportunity to strengthen their positions. Frankie Dettori could also reappear at the meeting, making his comeback after injuries sustained in a plane crash.
Rod Fabricius, Goodwood's General Manager, commented: "The stage is set for an outstanding five days of racing featuring record prize money of over £1.5 million. We look forward to welcoming some of the best known names in racing, both human and equine, who will be contesting the 35 races over five days on a race programme that has been significantly boosted this year."
SAKHEE AIMED AT YORK'S JUDDMONTE
Sakhee, second in the Vodafone Derby behind Sinndar before disappointing when only fourth in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on July 8, is to be aimed at York's Juddmonte International on August 22.
Trainer John Dunlop has reported that Sakhee returned "marginally lame" after Sandown, although he expects him to be fit in time for York. Dunlop stated: "I'd be very disappointed if he wasn't ready to run by mid-summer, and by that I mean the International at York." The Arundel handler went on to state that Sakhee is currently on the easy list and is in the middle of a two week break.
STILL GOOD TO FIRM AT ASCOT
The going at Ascot remains good to firm ahead of Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. Yesterday there was a second day of watering at the Berkshire track.
However, with showers predicted for Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, there is unlikely to be any further watering by the Ascot authorities. Nick Cheyne, Clerk of the Course at Ascot, stated: "Because of the forecast, I would think that will be it with the watering. There are thundery showers moving in our direction, so one has to be a bit careful. But if we get a shower, it would be just about right."
FREUD ATTEMPTS TO REDEEM REPUTATION
Freud, reportedly one of the best two-year-olds at Ballydoyle, attempts to open his winning account at Naas tonight in the Yeomanstown/Morristown Latin Studs EBF Maiden.
The son of Storm Cat, went down by half a length to Blixen in a maiden at the Curragh on July 1, when starting at 1/5.
Tonight's race also sees the return of Michael Kinane, who will be partnering Freud. Kinane has been out of action since sustaining a back injury on July 1.
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