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Thursday, July 6, 2000


Eight horses have been declared for Saturday's £300,000 Group One Coral Eclipse at Sandown.

Sakhee, winner of the Thresher Classic Trial at Sandown on April 29, looks to be the pick of the classic generation after his fine second behind Sinndar in the Vodafone Derby. Also present among the three-year-olds is Giant's Causeway, winner of the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, who represents the Ballydoyle yard of Aidan O'Brien.

Of the older generation, Henry Cecil's mare Shiva would appear the leading contender after her effortless win in the Credit Suisse First Boston Brigadier Gerard Stakes here at Sandown on May 30, where she had Border Arrow behind her in second place.

Godolphin has an impressive recent record with both Halling (1995 and 1996) and Daylami (1998), who led a Godolphin 1-2-3, successful. This year Sheikh Mohammed's operation is represented by Fantastic Light, who was triumphant in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba on March 25 before finishing runner up to Daliapour in the Group One Vodafone Coronation Cup at Epsom. Pacemaker Sun Charm also runs for Godolphin.

The remaining two runners are Kalanisi and Gold Academy. Kalanisi, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, has run just five times in his career and has been successful in four of them. His most recent outing was his victory in the Group Two Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 20. Gold Academy represents Richard Hannon and was sixth in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot on his last appearance.

CORAL ECLIPSE STAKES (GROUP 1), Sandown 4.05pm, Saturday, July 8

1) (4) -623 BORDER ARROW Ian Balding 5-9-07

2) (1) 0-12 FANTASTIC LIGHT Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-07 John Reid

3) (7) 4-66 GOLD ACADEMY Richard Hannon 4-9-07 Dane O'Neill

4) (2) 1-21 KALANISI Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-07 Pat Eddery

5) (3) 2-71 SHIVA Henry Cecil 5-9-04 Richard Quinn

6) (4) 1221 GIANT'S CAUSEWAY Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-8-10

7) (5) -112 SAKHEE John Dunlop 3-8-10 Richard Hills

8) (6) 15-3 SUN CHARM Saeed bin Suroor 3-8-10 Daragh O'Donohoe


2/1 Shiva
9/4 Sakhee
9/2 Fantastic Light, Kalanisi
7/1 Giant's Causeway
20/1 Border Arrow
25/1 Gold Academy
150/1 Sun Charm


Ayr's Glasgow Fair Holiday Monday fixture on July 17 is one of Scotland's finest days of Flat racing - the main attraction on the card being the £35,000 Group Three SODEXHO PRESTIGE SCOTTISH CLASSIC (3.45pm), run over a mile and a quarter.
The day is part of the Glasgow Fair celebrations and always attracts plenty of families who come to enjoy a fine afternoon of entertainment.

First run in 1979, the Scottish Classic has been won by some useful performers over the years, including future St Leger victor Moon Madness in 1986 and is Scotland's only Group race. Last year's renewal went to the Barry Hills-trained Prolix who had finished a decent fifth behind Dream Well in the French Derby the previous season.
Ed Dunlop's Winter Romance won the Scottish Classic in 1998 while the year before Henry Candy's Crystal Hearted obliged and then went on to further success that year by lifting a Group Two event in Germany. Other recent winners include the Paul Cole-trained Montjoy (1996), Roger Charlton's Baron Ferdinand (1995) and Geoff Wragg's Beneficial (1994), who the previous season won the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

This year the Scottish Classic has a new sponsor in the shape of caterers Sodexho Prestige. Sodexho took over at Ayr at the beginning of the year and also provide on-course catering at other racecourses in Britain. The race's value has been boosted by £5,000.

The afternoon gets under way with the £5,000-added EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND MAIDEN STAKES (2.15pm) over five furlongs for two-year olds. Barry Hills also had the winner of this race last year when Il Capitano was successful.

Two-year-olds are seen again in the second event of the afternoon, the GARRY OWEN NURSERY HANDICAP STAKES (2.45pm) which takes place over seven furlongs.

A seven-furlong handicap for three-year-olds is the next event on the card, the ROCK STEADY 20TH ANNIVERSARY HANDICAP STAKES (3.15pm). Rock Steady provide security at Ayr throughout the year and show their support for racing at Ayr by sponsorship of this race.
The feature race of the day, the Group Three SODEXHO PRESTIGE SCOTTISH CLASSIC (3.45pm), is followed by the £10,000-added TOTE CREDIT CLUB STAKES (SHOWCASE HANDICAP ( 4.15pm) over five furlongs, which has all the makings of a very competitive handicap.

An all-age maiden brings the afternoon to a close when Rock Steady return to sponsor the ROCK STEADY EVENT SAFETY MAIDEN STAKES (4.45pm) over a mile and a quarter. Cheshire Cat landed the equivalent event last year to give the partnership of Barry Hills and jockey Richard Hughes a treble for the afternoon.

As well as good racing, with top jockeys in action, there will be plenty of entertainment on offer for the whole family throughout the day, with attractions for children and a FREE creche. Admission prices are Club £16, Grandstand £7 (for students and OAPs £4) and accompanied children under 16 are admitted FREE into both enclosures. Coach and Car Parking is also FREE. Additionally, members of the Racegoers Club visiting Ayr will receive £5 off admission to the Club enclosure.

Carol Moore, Corporate and Sponsorship Manager at Ayr Racecourse, said: "Scottish Classic day is always one of the highlights of the year and hopefully this year's renewal, which is worth an additional £5,000, will attract a quality field for our new sponsors Sodhexo Prestige.

"We are looking forward to again welcoming many families to this fixture which offers plenty of extra entertainment for children."


Beat Hollow, third in the Vodafone Derby, will bypass an outing in Saturday's Coral Eclipse at Sandown.

A spokesman for Warren Place stated that there was nothing amiss with the Sadler's Wells colt, who was last seen out when landing the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on June 25, he would merely not be declared at the 48-hour stage.

Henry Cecil's sole representative in the race will now be the mare Shiva.


Popular sprint handicapper Selhurstpark Flyer has been retired after finishing sixth in his "own" race at Epsom last night - the ROA Selhurstpark Flyer Handicap.

The nine year-old gelding was successful in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot in both 1997 and 1998. In total, he won 10 races from 64 starts, earning £203,954 in prizemoney.


Love Divine, winner of the Vodafone Oaks on June 9, will not run in the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks on July 16 at the Curragh.

The Diesis filly "worked flat" in a gallop yesterday morning and was found to have mucus in her lungs when scoped afterwards. Trainer Henry Cecil stated: "She had mucus on her lungs in the spring but it cleared up in time for Epsom. Now she seems to have a second bout. It has got to be cleared up."

A possible alternative engagement for Love Divine could come in the Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks on August 23 at York.


Compton Admiral, winner of last season's Coral Eclipse, will not run this season. The four-year-old Suave Dancer colt is still suffering from a knee injury.

Trainer Gerard Butler reported: "He won't run at all this year but he will still be campaigned as a five-year-old. Unfortunately he won't be able to defend his crown and we will both watch the Eclipse on television!"

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