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Monday, July 3, 2000


A total of 11 horses remain in the Coral Eclipse at the five-day declaration stage. They are:
Border Arrow(Ian Balding)
Gold Academy(Richard Hannon)
Ela Athena(Michael Jarvis)
Shiva(Henry Cecil)
Beat Hollow(Henry Cecil)
Giant's Causeway(Aidan O'Brien IRE)
Sakhee(John Dunlop)
Kalanisi(Sir Michael Stoute)*
Fantastic Light(Saeed bin Suroor)*
Gracioso(Saeed bin Suroor)*
Sun Charm(Saeed bin Suroor)*



Sagitta 2000 Guineas winner King's Best has undergone an operation following a fracture to a cannon bone, sustained in yesterday's Budweiser Irish Derby.

The son of Kingmambo was pulled up at around the half-way point by Pat Eddery. Eddery stated: "We'd gone half a mile when the leg suddenly went. Fortunately he let me pull him up, otherwise the leg would have been even worse."

It is unclear whether King's Best's racing career is over. Joe Mercer, racing manager to Saeed Suhail, stated that no decision has yet been made.


Holding Court, who finished a disappointing sixth in yesterday's Budweiser Irish Derby, will now be rested until the autumn, with the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe-Lucien Barriere on October 1 a possibility.

Trainer Michael Jarvis had no explanation for the Hernando colt's poor showing in yesterday's race and stated that the horse simply ran a bit flat. Holding Court won his first three starts this season, culminating in an impressive six-length victory in the Prix du Jockey-Club at Chantilly on June 4.


John Hammond, trainer of the brilliant Montjeu, issued a challenge to Godolphin yesterday after the Sadler's Wells colt ran out a facile winner of yesterday's Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over a mile and a half.

Hammond stated after the race: "The plan now is the King George, and it would be fun if Dubai Millennium turned up. We would be happy to take him on."

Montjeu is currently quoted at 2/1 by Coral for the Ascot showpiece on July 29 with dual Derby-winner Sinndar on 5/2.


Former National-Hunt jockey Brendan Powell yesterday moved into Morestead Stables near Winchester, Hampshire.

The 39 year-old has almost completed the compulsory training course at the British Racing School in Newmarket and hopes to send out his first runners later in the summer.

Powell stated: "The response from potential owners has been most encouraging and I'm looking forward to getting the show on the road. I'm not sure at this stage how many horses I'll be starting with, or when I'll saddle my first runner."

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