Tuesday, July 4, 2000
LATEST CORAL ECLIPSE BETTING
BEST PRICES - 04-07-00
Shiva-7/2 C, L
Beat Hollow-11/2 C
Fantastic Light-5 L
Giant's Causeway-6 L
Gracioso-16 C, L
Border Arrow-25 C, L
Gold Academy-40 L
Ela Athena-66 C, L
Sun Charm-150 C, L
CELTIC SILENCE SOLD TO GODOLPHIN
Celtic Silence has been sold by BHB Chairman Peter Savill to Godolphin for an undisclosed sum.
The two year-old colt is by Celtic Swing, the champion two year-old of 1994 and victor of the 1995 French Derby. Celtic Silence, who had been trained by Mark Johnston up to now, is unbeaten in his two runs to date. On his racecourse debut he easily landed a maiden at Ayr on June 2 and then followed that up with an impressive win in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 21.
Celtic Silence will now be trained by David Loder at Evry in France for the remainder of the season before being sent to Dubai for the winter.
KING'S BEST RECOVERING
King's Best, winner of this season's Sagitta 2000 Guineas, is said to be making a satisfactory recovery after an operation on his fractured off-fore cannon-bone.
The Kingmambo colt was treated on Monday, after being pulled up by Pat Eddery in Sunday's Budweiser Irish Derby.
Joe Mercer, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail stated: "As far as I know the horse is progressing very nicely. There are no problems but he is going to be in his box for months."
FLYER COULD BE RETIRED TOMORROW
Popular old sprinter Selhurstpark Flyer could be retired tomorrow in his "own" race - the ROA Selhurstpark Flyer Handicap over six furlongs at Epsom tomorrow night.
The nine year-old was victorious in the 1997 and 1998 Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot and has also won three times at Epsom. However, he has not managed to score since his success in the 1998 Wokingham.
Trainer Alan Berry stated: "It could be his last run but it depends on how he gets on as there is a race for him at the next Epsom meeting. He's high in the ratings and if he cannot win there's no point carrying on."
STANLEY LEISURE LAUNCH OFFSHORE VENTURE
Stanley Leisure, the UK's fourth largest betting shop chain, is to join the list of bookmakers and set up an offshore division. Tax-free betting will be offered from Stanleybet.com, which will be based in Malta.
The number of betting shops owned by Stanley Leisure now stands at around 650, following the recent acquisition of Coventry-based Regency Bookmakers (Midlands) Limited. In addition to their bookmaking operation, Stanley also own 30 casinos around the country, including Crockfords in Mayfair and the recently-acquired Kings Casino in Great Yarmouth.
CHELTENHAM APPOINT NEW HEAD GROUNDSMAN
Cheltenham Racecourse have appointed a new Head Groundsman.
John Nicholson will take over from Reg Lomas in October 2001. Nicholson, 34, is currently the head groundsman at Warwick. Prior to that he had worked for a number of training and breeding establishments around the world. Commenting on his appointment, Nicholson stated: "Joining Cheltenham Racecourse is a wonderful opportunity and I am looking forward to working with the team and continuing to build on the high standards at Prestbury Park."
Simon Claisse, Cheltenham's Clerk of the Course stated: "We are delighted that John will be joining us at the beginning of October. His experience within racing to date ensures he comes with the determination to meet our aim of putting the welfare of horses at the top of our agenda."
ENRIQUE TO STAND IN FRANCE FOR 2001
Enrique, runner-up last season in both the Sagitta 2000 Guineas and the Entenmanns Irish 2000 Guineas when trained by Henry Cecil, will stand in France for 2001 at the Haras de La Tuileriie in Normandy.
He has been syndicated for the price of 100,000FF (approximately £10,000) a share and his stud fee will be 35,000-40,000FF (approximately £3,500-£4,000).
FFRENCH APOLOGIES TO HAPPY DIAMOND CONNECTIONS
Royston Ffrench has apologised to the connections of Happy Diamond after losing on the colt on Sunday at Doncaster, after dropping his hands prematurely.
Terry Norman, Ffrench's agent stated: "He doesn't want to say anything. He's apologised to Mark Johnston and the owners, and hopefully that's the end of it. He's got a 14-day ban and it's cost him a grand as his win percentage, so he hasn't come out of it scot-free and he's embarrassed as well."
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