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Wednesday, July 18, 2001



LATEST WILLIAM HILL ANTE-POST PRICES




THE WILLIAM HILL MILE: 8-1 Surprise Encounter (from 10), 11- Ecclesiastical, 12-1 Analyser, Big Future, Petit Marquis, Top Dirham, Vicious Night, 16-1 Muthaaber, Persiano, 20-1 Amicable, Camberely, Digital, Little Amin, Nimello, Parisein Star, Peartree House, Riberac, Thihn, Wannabe Around, 25-1 BAR

STEWARDS CUP: 10-1 Seven No Trumps, Undeterred, 14-1 Brevity, 16-1 Continent, Palanzo, 20-1 Cubism, Deep Space, Mujado, Palace Affair, 25-1 Candleriggs, Cotton House, Danielles lad, Guinea Hunter, Juwwi, Marsad, Mitcham, Night Haven, Pan Jammer, Polar Kingdom, Tayif, 33-1 BAR

THE TOTE INTERNATIONAL HP: 8-1 Surprise Encounter, 10-1 Atavus, 11-1 Nice One Clare, 12-1 Big Future, Capricho, Misraah, Tillerman, 14-1 Persiano, 16-1 Muthaba, Petite Marquess, Viciuos Night, 20-1 BAR

KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES (Ascot 28th July): 4-7 Galileo, 5-2 Fantastic Light, 8-1 Anabaa Blue, 10-1 Golan, 12-1 Morshdi, 14-1 Golden Snake, 16-1 Grandera, Hightori, Millenary, Mutamam, Storming Home, 20-1 BAR

WILLIAM HILL TAX-FREE BETTING ON THE ARC (Oct 7th): 9-4 Fantastic Light, 6-1 Aquarelliste, Imagine, 8-1 Anabaa Blue, 10-1 Egyptband, Mirio, 12-1 Golden Snake, Grandera, Hightori, Tobougg, (Others Upon Application)

2001 INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATIONS: 1-3 Galileo, 9-4 Fantastic Light, (Others Upon Request)

2002 TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS: 16-1 Johanesburg, 20-1 Mushaheer, Rock Of Gibraltar, 25-1 Dubai Destination, Funfare Wane, Leos Luckyman, Waldenburg



HUNT CUP HERO MAY WELL BE HEADING BACK TO ASCOT




ED DUNLOP is "leaning towards" taking his Royal Ascot hero Surprise Encounter back to the Berkshire course for the Tote International a week on Saturday.


The Royal Hunt Cup winner is currently 9-1 favourite for Ascot's £150,000 event with the sponsors, but has the William Hill Mile at Goodwood as an alternative option.


Dunlop told the Tote today: "Surprise Encounter is a possible rather than a definite for the Tote International. He can't run at both Goodwood and Ascot, and at this stage I'm leaning towards Ascot. But I might change my mind."

Two horses on target for the Tote International are Wokingham heroine Nice One Clare and Bunbury Cup victor Atavus. Pip Payne, who trains Nice One Clare, said today: "The plan is to run in the Tote International and she's won well over seven furlongs before so I'm not worried about the trip.


"I am, though, worried about the weight. She's gone up a lot in the handicap for her Ascot win - I think the handicapper wanted Adrian Maguire to ride her! That said, I've asked Johnny Murtagh and he's very keen provided he doesn't have other commitments."

George Margarson trains Atavus, and he said: "He's in super form and did a half-speed canter this morning. He's missed no work since his win at Newmarket. Jamie Mackay will keep the ride and we've got to take our chance as we've only got a 3lb penalty. He likes Ascot, as he just found the trip too far in the Hunt Cup when fourth behind Surprise Encounter."

Amanda Perrett, who saddled Tillerman to land last year's Tote International, will either saddle that colt or Big Future. The handler said today: "A decision will be made at the weekend - one or the other will hopefully run."

TOTE INTERNATIONAL HANDICAP (ASCOT, JULY 28)

Tote bet: 9 Surprise Encounter, 10 Atavus, Big Future, Capricho, Nice One Clare, 12 Tillerman, 14 Muthaaber, Persiano, Petit Marquis, Vicious Knight, 16 Hurricane Floyd, Raheibb, Valentino, Misraah, 20 bar.




349 HORSES ENTERED FOR THE BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP




A massive 349 horses have been entered for the six races comprising this year's Blue Square Shergar Cup, to be run at Ascot on Saturday, August 11, representing an increase of 57 on last year's figures.


All 349 entries will be eligible to compete in either the Vinnie Jones-managed Great Britain and Ireland team or the Rest of the World team, under the guidance of Australian cricket legend and current Sky Television Ashes Series commentator Jeff Thomson.


£100,000 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint (6 furlongs) 3-y-o

July Cup winner MOZART is the star name among 59 entries, which also include several proven Group race performers. Among the possible runners are ENTHUSED (Sir Michael Stoute), VOLATA (Mark Tompkins), MUNIR (Barry Hills) and DANEHURST (Sir Mark Prescott). King's Stand Stakes runner-up MISTY EYED (Nerys Dutfield) would be interesting returning to the scene of her finest hour while SUMMERHILL PARKES (Michael Jarvis) is reported to be on course for the race following her victory in the Listed Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock.


£50,000 Millennium & Copthorne Shergar Cup Stayers (2 Miles) 4-y-o and up

49 Top Stayers, headed by last year's winner DOMINANT DUCHESS (John Hills), are among the possibles along with The Queen's TEMPLE WAY (Roger Charlton) and YORKSHIRE (Paul Cole).


£50,000 Ritz Club Shergar Cup Distaff (6 furlongs) 3-y-o and up, fillies and mares

34 fillies and mares have been entered including Nell Gwyn Stakes winner LIL'S JESSY (Jeremy Noseda) and last year's Royal Ascot winner AUTUMNAL (Brian Meehan).

£45,000 Carvill Shergar Cup Challenge (1 mile 4 furlongs) 4-y-o and up

Old Newton Cup winner HANNIBAL LAD (Mark Brisbourne) could be opposed by the Haydock third CRACOW (John Hills) and fourth LIVIUS (Chris Dwyer) who are among the 43 entries.


£45,000 ILPH Shergar Cup Mile (Old Mile) 4-y-o and up

Royal Hunt Cup second BIG FUTURE (Amanda Perrett), the third, MUCHEA (Mick Channon), and fourth, the subsequent Bunbury Cup winner ATAVUS (George Margarson), are among 54 top handicappers entered for the Mile.


£45,000 Shergar Cup Juvenile (7 furlongs) 2-y-o

An impressive 110 horses have been entered for the Juvenile including John Gosden's ROAD TO JUSTICE and no less than 15 from the Richard Hannon stable.


"The entries for the Blue Square Shergar Cup are nicely up on last year and, given the tremendous prize money on offer, we're confident that we'll get a full turn out of 10 runners for each race." said Nick Cheyne, Clerk of the Course at Ascot.

"The jockeys on show, including Norihiro Yokoyama and David Flores, our representatives from Japan and the USA, are the best in the world. Any horse could be drawn to be ridden by any of the jockeys in either team which is sure to be tremendously exciting for the horses' owners."



CLASSIC STARS AMONG 26 ENTRIES FOR VODAFONE NASSAU STAKES




The heroines of both the Vodafone Oaks at Epsom and Irish Oaks - Imagine and Lailani - head the wonderful quality entry for the £135,000 Group One Vodafone Nassau Stakes which takes place over a mile and a quarter at Goodwood on the final day of the five-day Festival Meeting, Saturday, August 4, 2001.


Imagine, who is a dual classic winner having also landed the Irish 1000 Guineas, is one of seven of the 26-strong entry made by Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien.

The master of Ballydoyle could also be represented by French 1000 Guineas victor Rose Gypsy, Toroca, who finished third in both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas, as well as Karsavina and Sequoyah, third and fourth respectively in the Irish Oaks. Love Me True and Snowflake are O'Brien's other two entries.


The Vodafone Nassau Stakes is where the top three-year-old fillies meet older opposition, often for the first time, but those of the classic generation have the best record, having won the eight most recent runnings. Ruby Tiger, the winner in both 1991 and 1992, was the last older horse to succeed.


Ed Dunlop has two other entries in addition to Irish Oaks victor Lailani who could target the prestigious Goodwood race - Mot Juste, beaten a head by her stable companion in the Irish classic at the Curragh on Sunday, plus four-year-old Cayman Sunset, winner of a Listed contest at Newmarket earlier this season.


Trainer Sir Michael Stoute has been victorious four times in the Vodafone Nassau Stakes and his brace of entries this year are All Grain and Dear Daughter. All Grain was third in the Lancashire Oaks on her latest appearance, while Dear Daughter was fifth, running on, in the mile Group Two Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket last week.

The Michael Jarvis-trained Ela Athena chased home Crimplene in this contest last season and she could bid to go one better after a busy intervening 12 months in which she has raced in America, Japan, Hong Kong and most recently Italy, when second in the Group One Premio di Milano at San Siro on June 17. Jarvis has also entered Tarfshi, a Listed winner at Newcastle on June 30.


John Gosden, who won the race with Ryafan in 1997 could be represented by Crystal Music and Encore du Cristal. Crystal Music, winner of last season's Group One Fillies' Mile, finished fourth in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, second in the Irish equivalent and was most recently runner-up in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Encore Du Cristal broke her maiden at Salisbury on June 28 but this entry suggests she is clearly well-regarded.

Jim Bolger was the last Irish trainer to win the Vodafone Nassau Stakes, with Park Express in 1986, and this year he has entered the promising Siringas, unbeaten in her two starts to date. Most recently she was seen out in a Listed contest at Leopardstown on July 7 when making a triumphant seasonal debut, with the Nassau Stakes definitely on the agenda.


Other notable entries include the Geoff Wragg-trained four-year-old Danceabout, fourth in Group One and Two company this season, French Oaks third Time Away, Nafisah, second in the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, Molomo, second in an Irish Group Two last time out, and the David Elsworth-trained Foodbroker Fancy, who landed the Listed Victor Chandler Lupe Stakes over the course and distance at the Goodwood May meeting. French trainer Valerie Dissaux has entered Acceleration, fourth in the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on July 1.


Rod Fabricius, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Goodwood, said: "The Vodafone Nassau Stakes attracts the best fillies and we should have another cracking race on Saturday, August 4, 2001."

THE VODAFONE NASSAU STAKES

Class A, Group One, total prize fund £135,000, 1m 2f, 3.20pm, Saturday, August 4, 2001. For three-year-olds and upwards, fillies and mares only. Weights: three-year-olds 8st 6lb; four-year-olds and upwards 9st 1lb. Entries closed Wednesday, July 11, 2001 (26 entries). Five-day confirmation stage Monday, July 30, 2001. Final 48-hour-declaration stage 10am, Thursday, August 2, 2001. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, July 16 but may not include some overseas form.


400-314 ACCELERATION (FR) 4 Hillbrow Breeding Limited Valerie Dissaux FR
6-313 ALL GRAIN 3 Robert Barnett Sir Michael Stoute
4-14640 CAYMAN SUNSET (IRE) 4 Martyn Burke Ed Dunlop
111-422 CRYSTAL MUSIC (USA) 3 Lord Lloyd-Webber John Gosden
3121-44 DANCEABOUT 4 Bloomsbury Stud Geoff Wragg
34-125 DEAR DAUGHTER 3 Philip Newton Sir Michael Stoute
2342-22 ELA ATHENA 5 Gary Tanaka Michael Jarvis
0-41 ENCORE DU CRISTAL (USA) 4 Thomas Tatham John Gosden
02-2610 FOODBROKER FANCY (IRE) 3 Food Brokers Ltd David Elsworth
12-2311 IMAGINE (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle Aidan O'Brien IRE
23-2143 KARSAVINA (IRE) 3 Joseph Allen Aidan O'Brien IRE
0-11111 LAILANI 3 Maktoum Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
3-60032 LOVE ME TRUE (USA) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
20-3152 MOLOMO 4 Barouche Stud Ltd Noel Meade IRE
1-142 MOT JUSTE 3 Mohammed Al Nabouda Ed Dunlop
25-1212 NAFISAH (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Ben Hanbury
61/630- PREMIER PRIZE 4 Jeff Smith David Elsworth
1-230 RELISH THE THOUGHT (IRE) 3 Maktoum Al Maktoum Barry Hills
1-22100 ROSE GYPSY 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
33-2106 SANTA ISOBEL 3 Exors of the late Robert Hitchins Ian Balding
215-404 SEQUOYAH (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1-1 SIRINGAS (IRE) 3 Lady O'Reilly Jim Bolger IRE
4-02400 SNOWFLAKE (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
31-0201 TARFSHI 3 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
1-53136 TIME AWAY (IRE) 3 Robert Barnett John Dunlop
133653 TOROCA (USA) 3 Evie Stockwell Aidan O'Brien IRE

26 Entries, 9 Irish-trained, 1 French-trained

BREAKDOWN OF ENTRIES BY TRAINER WITH PAST SUCCESSES FOR THE VODAFONE NASSAU STAKES

Ian Balding (1)
Santa Isobel

Jim Bolger IRE (1)
(1986 PARK EXPRESS)

Siringas

Valerie Dissaux FR (1)
Acceleration

Ed Dunlop (3)
Cayman Sunset
Lailani
Mot Juste

John Dunlop (1)
Time Away

David Elsworth (2)
Foodbroker Fancy
Premier Prize

John Gosden (2)
(1997 RYAFAN)

Crystal Music
Encore du Cristal

Ben Hanbury (1)
Nafisah

Barry Hills (1)
Relish The Thought

Michael Jarvis (2)
Ela Athena
Tarfshi

Noel Meade IRE (1)
Molomo

Aidan O'Brien IRE (7)
Imagine
Karsavina
Love Me True
Rose Gypsy
Sequoyah
Snowflake
Toroca

Sir Michael Stoute (2)
(1994 HAWAJISS, 1990 KARTAJANA,
1984 OPTIMISTIC LASS, 1977 TRIPLE FIRST)

All Grain
Dear Daughter

Geoff Wragg (1)
(1988 ELA ROMARA)

Danceabout


84 REMAIN IN VODAFONE STEWARDS' CUP

The Vodafone Stewards' Cup looks more competitive than ever after 84 entries have remained in the six-furlong handicap feature at the forfeit stage. Undeterred, owned by British Horseracing Board chairman Peter Savill and one of 15 David Nicholls-trained entries, is ante-post favourite after some good support although Seven No Trumps, who finished third in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot, has also been well backed.


Brevity, from the in-form Milton Bradley stable, is also at the forefront of bookmakers' lists along with Undeterred's stablemate Continent and Mujado, who finished third in a Listed event at York on Saturday.


THE VODAFONE STEWARDS' CUP

Class B, Showcase Handicap, Total Prize fund £85,000. Goodwood, Saturday, August 4, 2001, 6f. For three-year-olds and upwards. Lowest weight 7st 10lb; highest weight not less than 9st 10lb. Any horse rated above 110 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb. Subsequently, the excess over 110 in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted without limitation to the highest weight carried. Penalties: after June 30, a winner of a Class C race 3lb; of two such races or a Class B race 5lb; of a combination of 3 Class C or B races, or of a Class A race, 7lb. Entries closed Wednesday, June 20, 2001 (104 entries). Forfeit stage Tuesday, July 17, 2001 (84 remain). Five-day confirmation stage Monday, July 30, 2001. Final 48-hour declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, August 2, 2001. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and include the racing of Monday, July 2, 2001. May not include some overseas form.



040353 PAN JAMMER 3-9-10 Lynn Bell Mick Channon
24-1030 NOW LOOK HERE 5-9-08 S L Edwards Bryan McMahon
10-21501 PALACE AFFAIR 3-9-08 (7lb ex) Bridget Swire Toby Balding
(0)201656 FIRE DOME (IRE) 9-9-04 Andrew Reid Andrew Reid
0544004 COTTON HOUSE (IRE) 4-9-04 Michael Foy Mick Channon
0-552122 PALANZO (IRE) 3-9-04 Karyl Harris Peter Harris
56100034 YORKIES BOY 6-9-03 Mrs M Beddis Alan Berry
13-06304 DEEP SPACE (IRE) 6-9-03 Maktoum Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
10-10604 VICIOUS DANCER 3-8-13 Mr & Mrs Jeff Samuel Richard Whitaker
5300-503 CUBISM (USA) 5-8-13 K Y Lim John Hills
00-2030 GUINEA HUNTER (IRE) 5-8-12 Martyn Burke Tim Easterby
50-0000 HO LENG (IRE) 6-8-11 Alan Guthrie Linda Perratt
0-0020000 MITCHAM (IRE) 5-8-09 Terry Mills Terry Mills
5/120-203 CANDLERIGGS (IRE) 5-8-08 The Right Angle Club Ed Dunlop
542-035 CONTINENT 4-8-07 Lucayan Stud David Nicholls
0-021202 MARSAD (IRE) 7-8-07 Canisbay Bloodstock Ltd Jon Akehurst
45-11032 NIGHT HAVEN 3-8-06 B H Farr Michael Bell
11-0000 HONESTY FAIR 4-8-04 P and S Partnership Jeremy Glover
00-61135 SEVEN NO TRUMPS 4-8-04 Paul McNamara Barry Hills
0-06021 UNDETERRED 5-8-04 Peter Savill David Nicholls
061-300 Y TO KMAN (IRE) 3-8-04 The Cayman 'A' Team Richard Hannon
6-006006 PERFECT PEACH 6-8-04 Ann Morris Chris Fairhurst
500-0000 RUDIK (USA) 4-8-04 Thoroughbred International David Nicholls
210-0015 MUJADO (IRE) 3-8-03 Lael Stable William Haggas
20040041 JUWWI 7-8-03 (3lb ex)Milton Bradley Milton Bradley
(1)213530 LABRETT 4-8-02 Mrs E A Lerpiniere Brian Meehan
5010010 SMART PREDATOR 5-8-02 B Shaw John Quinn
04003001 DANIELLE'S LAD 5-8-05 (3lb ex)Mrs P K Chick Bryn Palling
030020 KATHOLOGY (IRE) 4-8-02 McDowell Racing Mark Johnston
620000 HALMAHERA (IRE) 6-8-02 Exors of the late Robert Hitchins Ian Balding
1121101 BREVITY 6-8-02 (3lb ex)Eddie Hayward Milton Bradley
24400252 GET STUCK IN (IRE) 5-8-01 David Sutherland Linda Perratt
5-10200 CADEAUX CHER 7-8-01 Nick Browne Barry Hills
030000 GALLOWAY BOY (IRE) 4-8-01 C P Byrne David Nicholls
340/554- DIFFERENTIAL (USA) 4-8-01 Smart Movers Bryan Smart
6562205 BANDANNA 4-8-00 Miss R Dobson Ron Hodges
0300104 TAYIF 5-8-00 J Herrington, P Forster, J Hames David Nicholls
00-6000 SILLA (USA) 3-8-00 George Strawbridge Ian Balding
3-040000 WHISTLER 4-7-13 Raymond Tooth Richard Hannon
023-6203 PAYS D'AMOUR (IRE) 4-7-13 Mrs M W Bird Richard Hannon
100006 LAGO DI VARANO 9-7-13 The PBT Group Richard Whitaker
04-320000 BON AMI (IRE) 5-7-13 Ken Ivory Ken Ivory
0-(1)00240 SMOKIN BEAU 4-7-13 Turf 2000 Limited John Cullinan
310-0000 JAMES STARK (IRE) 4-7-12 Paul Dixon Nick Littmoden
40-61605 ATLANTIC VIKING (IRE) 6-7-12 David Faulkner David Nicholls
2-000440 LORD PACAL (IRE) 4-7-12 Paul & Jenny Green Neville Callaghan
0004504 NIGHT FLIGHT 7-7-11 Charlie Stevens Richard Fahey
3305003 PERUVIAN CHIEF (IRE) 4-7-11 M C S D Racing Ltd Nick Littmoden
00-23300 BLACKHEATH (IRE) 5-7-11 G H Toller James Toller
41135 POLAR KINGDOM 3-7-11 Peter Goulandris Jeremy Noseda
0012-14 ANTONIO CANOVA 5-7-10 The Antonio Canova Partnership Bob Jones
0(0)34446 ALEGRIA 5-7-09 Jeff Smith James Eustace
0005310 LOYAL TYCOON (IRE) 3-7-09 Michael & Mandy Hall Simon Dow
150-201 GLOWING 6-7-08 Peters Friends James Fanshawe
00-0005 PROMISED (IRE) 3-7-08 Paul Dixon Jeremy Glover
00-26000 FRIAR TUCK 6-7-07 Cree Lodge Racing Club Linda Perratt
300-00012 BRAVE BURT (IRE) 4-7-07 Lucayan Stud David Nicholls
0-0606520 ALPEN WOLF (IRE) 6-7-07 Rob Haim William Muir
(1)120-00 AMELIA (IRE) 3-7-06 Alan Spargo Ltd Toolmakers John Cullinan
0000202 SALVIATI (USA) 4-7-05 Milton Bradley Milton Bradley
0455033 ZUHAIR 8-7-05 The Gardening Partnership David Nicholls
0000-036 RAILROADER 4-7-04 Peter Richardson Toby Balding
050040 BRECONGILL LAD 9-7-04 P Davidson-Brown Mary Reveley
(3)(1)2030 TARANAKI 3-7-03 Eric Evers Peter Cundell
1230-005 ZHITOMIR 3-7-02 George Steinberg Simon Dow
00-056006 DESRAYA (IRE) 4-7-01 Pendle Inn Partnership Kevin Ryan
160(0)(6)-05 SUSSEX LAD 4-7-00 Peter Crane Amanda Perrett
(6)0413306 SIR SANDROVITCH (IRE) 5-6-12 W G Moore & G Winton Richard Fahey
6-06000 PEDRO JACK (IRE) 4-6-11 Michael Peart Brian Meehan
405-121 COLD CLIMATE 6-6-10 The Cold Climate Partnership Bob Jones
40612501 AMERICAN COUSIN 6-6-10 Middleham Park Racing XIV David Nicholls
003-3644 BOND BOY 4-6-09 R C Bond Bryan Smart
0000-(0)R ALASTAIR SMELLIE 5-6-09 Fayzad Thoroughbred Limited David Nicholls
(6)(6)0500 EURO VENTURE 6-6-08 Bill Swiers David Nicholls
501/P-00 CANOVAS HEART 12-6-07 D S Blake & M J Osborne Bob Jones
06-53500 LOCH LAIRD 6-6-07 E. M. L. Coller Michael Madgwick
00-344055 SHIRLEY NOT 5-6-07 P Whinham-P Brown-J Stelling Steve Gollings
0-000005 IVORY DAWN 7-6-07 Dean Ivory Ken Ivory
0-0300241 FLAK JACKET 6-6-06 The Knavesmire Alliance David Nicholls
0060004 DOUBLE OSCAR (IRE) 8-6-05 Trilby Racing David Nicholls
10000030 REFERENDUM (IRE) 7-6-04 M A Scaife David Nicholls
-(1)(5)(0)200 ZOENA 4-6-03 Mrs R Pease Jonny Portman
(0)(1)(0)2(0)(0) WATERFORD SPIRIT (IRE) 5-5-08 Bill Swiers David Nicholls
0000022 LONE PIPER 6-5-04 P Smith Jedd O'Keeffe

84 entries remain after July 17 forfeit stage

ENCOUNTER HEADS 57 IN WILLIAM HILL MILE

A total of 57 entries remain in this ultra-competitive and valuable handicap after the forfeit stage with the Royal Hunt Cup winner Surprise Encounter heading the sponsor's betting. Britannia Stakes first and second, Analyser and Ecclesiastical, are also prominent in bookmakers' lists as is the recent Sandown conditions race winner Vicious Knight and Epsom handicap scorer Top Dirham, who was fifth when sent off favourite for the Britannia Stakes.


Other leading contenders include the progressive Petit Marquis, like Ecclesiastical trained by James Fanshawe, and the Royal Hunt Cup runner-up Big Future, trained just a few miles from Goodwood at Pulborough by Amanda Perrett.


THE WILLIAM HILL MILE

Class B, Showcase Handicap, Total Prize fund £100,000. Goodwood, Thursday, August 2, 2001, 1m. For three-year-olds and upwards. Lowest weight 7st 10lb; highest weight not less than 9st 10lb. Any horse rated above 110 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb. Subsequently, the excess over 110 in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted without limitation to the highest weight carried. Penalties: after July 7, a winner of a Class C race 3lb; of a Class B race 5lb; of a Class A race, 7lb. Entries closed Wednesday, July 4, 2001 (67 entries). Forfeit stage Tuesday, July 17, 2001(57 remain). Five-day confirmation stage Saturday, July 28, 2001. Final declaration stage 10.00am, Wednesday, August 1, 2001. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and include the racing of Monday, July 9, 2001. May not include some overseas form.


246-130 SOVIET FLASH (IRE) 4-9-10 Khalifa Sultan Ed Dunlop
5421-11 SURPRISE ENCOUNTER 5-9-10 Ahmed Ali Ed Dunlop
43-(1)110 NIMELLO (USA) 5-9-08 C Shiacolas Paul Cole
536050 BLUE MOUNTAIN 4-9-06 Mrs C J Hue Williams Fulke Johnson Houghton
114-455 CORNELIUS 4-9-05 Sir George Meyrick Paul Cole
614-6200 DUKE OF MODENA 4-9-05 Bridget Swire Toby Balding
0-03353 MUCHEA 7-9-05 Andy J Smith Mick Channon
510-U02 PERSIANO 6-9-03 Miss A Church James Fanshawe
205-102 PROCEED WITH CARE 3-9-01 Maktoum Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
010-023 BIG FUTURE 4-9-01 Khalid Abdulla Amanda Perrett
6126-01 VICIOUS KNIGHT 3-9-01 David Metcalf Luca Cumani
121541 WANNABE AROUND 3-9-01 Terry Mills Terry Mills
352100- OMAHA CITY (IRE) 7-9-01 Brian Gubby Ltd Brian Gubby
034-2100 VOLONTIERS (FR) 6-9-01 The Commoners Peter Harris
06-45050 SHARP PLAY 6-9-00 Mrs I Bird Mark Johnston
(0)05104 BRILLIANT RED 8-9-00 Mrs M J George Lydia Richards
00600-0 BOMB ALASKA 6-9-00 Bridget Swire Toby Balding
042100 CALCUTTA 5-8-13 Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright Barry Hills
461333 RIBERAC 5-8-12 Gary & Lesley Middlebrook Mark Johnston
2-200030 HIGHLAND REEL 4-8-11 Sir Gordon Brunton David Elsworth
2106-050 CAMBERLEY (IRE) 4-8-10 H R H Sultan Ahmad Shah Paul Cole
0-15066 J R STEVENSON (USA) 5-8-10 Claret & Blue Army Paul Webber
2-11020 AMICABLE (IRE) 3-8-10 Lady Harrison Barry Hills
(2)(0)-1200 FERZAO (IRE) 4-8-09 Clive & Elaine Batt Amanda Perrett
02-112 ECCLESIASTICAL 3-8-09 Cheveley Park Stud James Fanshawe
00-01241 ATAVUS 4-8-08 (5lb ex) Stableside Racing P'ship II George Margarson
164-2600 BOLD KING 6-8-07 Farleigh Court Racing Partnership John Hills
121-0002 CELEBRATION TOWN (IRE)4-8-06 Meadowcrest Limited Dave Morris
(1)200-31 PETIT MARQUIS (FR) 4-8-05 Miss A Church James Fanshawe
40-05200 PARISIEN STAR (IRE) 5-8-04 John Hopkins (T/A South Hatch Racing) Nigel Hamilton
50-01125 LITTLE AMIN 5-8-03 Asterlane Ltd Karl Burke
03-(6)115 HILLTOP WARNING 4-8-03 G Noble Sean Woods
123212 THIHN (IRE) 6-8-02 The Square Milers John Spearing
062-031 EXEAT (USA) 5-8-02 Lady Harrison David Nicholls
52-103 MUTHAABER 3-8-02 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
40-0211 ANALYSER (IRE) 3-8-02 Robert Sangster & Tony Collins John Gosden
132-0104 TURKU 3-8-01 John Good Mark Johnston
0115 TOP DIRHAM 3-8-01 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
5600130 PREMIER BARON 6-8-00 Miss T J Fitzgerald Phil McEntee
2020031 DIGITAL 4-8-00 Bill Wightman Mick Channon
6-42100 LAPWING (IRE) 3-8-00 Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright Barry Hills
6151444 NORFOLK REED (IRE) 4-7-13 The South-Western Partnership Richard Hannon
001000 SWIFT DISPERSAL 4-7-13 Marion Southcott Stuart Williams
3210 MOMENTUM (USA) 3-7-13 Letsgogolfin Syndicate John Hills
203011 YAROB (IRE) 8-7-13 Lucayan Stud David Nicholls
0/340-61 GALLANT 4-7-12 Ladyswood Stud Martyn Meade
25-(1)326 LORD PROTECTOR (IRE) 3-7-11 Derrick Broomfield David Arbuthnot
0004213 TRUE NIGHT 4-7-11 The Hon Mrs M A Marten Henry Candy
0-04460 KAREEB (FR) 4-7-11 J Bernstein William Muir
00-0120 JUST NICK 7-7-10 D G Clarke William Muir
6211 GOLDEN DRAGON 3-7-10 N S Yong Michael Jarvis
0000001 PEARTREE HOUSE (IRE) 7-7-09 G Vettraino/Fayzad Thoroughbreds I David Nicholls
4-2221 MASTERFUL (USA) 3-7-08 Sheikh Mohammed John Gosden
000(1)-30 ROYAL INSULT 4-7-05 D R Kerr Karl Burke
61-040 COSMIC MILLENNIUM (IRE) 3-7-05 Cosmic Greyhound Racing P'ship III Rae Guest
40-0006 NAVIASKY (IRE) 6-7-00 Oakview Racing David Nicholls
0002000 COMPANION 3-6-08 Custom Racing Brian Pearce

57 Entries remain after July 17 forfeit

30 REMAIN IN SUSSEX STAKES

THE CHAMPAGNE LANSON SUSSEX STAKES

Group 1, Class A, Wednesday, August 1, 2001, £275,000 total prize fund, one mile, for three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings: 9st; 3yo fillies: 8st 11lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings: 9st 7lb; 4yo+ fillies: 9st 4lb. Entries closed May 30 (69 entries), forfeit stage July 10 (30 remain), £25,000 supplementary entry stage July 26, five-day confirmation stage July 27, final declaration stage 10am Monday, July 30. (Form figures from Weatherbys correct up to and including Monday, July 16).


Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
126-15 AMEERAT 3 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
6120-563 ARKADIAN HERO (USA) 6 Lindy Regis & Michael Dawson Luca Cumani
1/122-252013 BACH (IRE) 4 Satish Sanan & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11-250115 BLACK MINNALOUSHE (USA)3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
135-536050 BLUE MOUNTAIN 4 Mrs C J Hue Williams Fulke Johnson Houghton
132203-33 BONNARD (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
302333-11 CAPE TOWN (IRE) 4 S A Six Richard Hannon
53121-44 DANCEABOUT 4 Bloomsbury Stud Geoff Wragg
164-01500 DARWIN (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
20130-41 DISTANT MUSIC (USA) 4 Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
255-21030 FREUD (USA) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1050-2402 GOLDEN SILCA 5 Aldridge Racing Limited Mick Channon
31-306 JUNIPER (USA) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
211-11 KING CHARLEMAGNE (USA)3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
30314-111 MEDICEAN 4 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
211-430 MINARDI (USA) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
4255-100 MODIGLIANI (USA) 3 Sue Magnier,Robert Sangster,Diane Nagle Aidan O'Brien IRE
121(4)/-62 MULL OF KINTYRE (USA) 4 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
31-160 MUNIR 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
010-3116 NICOBAR 4 Robert Hitchins Ian Balding
115-5 NO EXCUSE NEEDED 3 Maktoum Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
312(0)-(2)12 NOVERRE (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
4-1513 OLDEN TIMES 3 Prince A A Faisal John Dunlop
31-22100 ROSE GYPSY 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
31215-404 SEQUOYAH (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
10241-3 SHOAL CREEK (IRE) 4 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
5/1010-6 SLICKLY (FR) 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
212-4250 TAMBURLAINE (IRE) 3 Jeffen Racing Richard Hannon
2114-(3)43 TEMPTING FATE (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

30 entries
13 Irish-trained




LATEST NEWS FROM KEENELAND JULY SALE




Mr. Prospector Colt Tops Keeneland Session

On Monday night, during the first session of Keeneland's July Selected Yearling Sale, highly respected bloodstock agents John Ferguson and Reynolds Bell were content to bid on some of the world's most heralded yearlings for their powerful clients. And, they had to be content on waiting. For one of the first times in recent memory, the powerful duo was shutout in their efforts to buy at the world's most prestigious yearling sale.


"We were bidding," Ferguson said with a smile.


"We were trying," said Bell.


On Tuesday night, though, the waiting was over. On Tuesday night, both Ferguson and Bell were content on bidding and winning. On Tuesday night, Bell spent $3.7 million to purchase a Seeking the Gold filly out of the champion mare Escena for Richard Santulli and his powerful Jayeff B Stables. Earlier Tuesday night, Ferguson and Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's Godolphin Stable first spent $3.6 million and then bid another $1.9 million to purchase the top two sons of the late, great Mr. Prospector that were catalogued in this year's sale.

A little later, Ferguson spent another $1.5 million to purchase a son of Unbridled (Hip 120), another $1 million to buy a son of Danzig (Hip 135), another $2 million for a colt by Seeking the Gold (Hip 148), another $3 million for a filly by Storm Cat (Hip 150), another $2.4 million for a colt by Storm Cat (Hip 160). All told on Tuesday, Ferguson spent $16,325,000 on yearlings.


At night's end, Bell had scored a coup for Santulli and Ferguson had restocked the barn for Godolphin Stable. And, at the end of the night, Keeneland had sold a bounty of yearlings.

On Tuesday, Keeneland sold 45 yearlings for a total of $37,365,000. The average was $830,333 and the median price was $450,000. A year ago, for the same session, Keeneland sold 45 yearlings for a total of $38,495,000. The average was $855,444 and the median was $450,000.


For the two days, Keeneland sold 89 head for a gross of $63,212,000. The average was record $710,247 and the median was $430,000. A year ago, in a record-breaking sale, Keeneland sold 130 yearlings for a grand total of $80,732,000. The average a year ago was $621,015 and the median $400,000.


"It's going to take a little while tonight to go to sleep. This was a very exciting night. It was a great sale," said Keeneland President Nick Nicholson.


Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's Director of Sales, was equally as pleased. "We started off a little jittery. We had some rough times in the first day, but we expected to have some fireworks today and we did have some fireworks. To end up with the average of this sale ($710,247) is something to be very proud of."

It didn't take long for the action to heat up on Tuesday night. The third yearling to enter the ring was Hip 85 a strapping chestnut colt by one of the sport's most outstanding stallions, Mr. Prospector. And, it didn't take long for the bidding to meet the day's heat index.


On one side of the sales pavilion, Frank Stronach was bidding on behalf of his Adena Springs Farm. On another side of the pavilion, Bell was bidding on behalf of longtime client Santulli. In-between, there was Robert and Beverly Lewis, who were bidding along with one of their high-profile trainers, Bob Baffert.


But in the end, it was Ferguson, standing in the back of the pavilion, who won the bidding wars and won the rights to one of the last yearling sons of Mr. Prospector. The colt, consigned by Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Sales as agent for Warner L. Jones Farm, Inc., was purchased for $3.6 million. Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum of Dubai operates Godolphin.


The colt is a half-sister to the Grade I winner Tap to Music, and the Grade II winner Northern Afleet. He is also a half-brother to the stakes winner Boss Soss. The colt is also from the same female family as the great Kamar, Love Smitten, Cuddles and the Grade II winner Katz Me If You Can.


"He's a lovely colt with an outstanding pedigree," said Ferguson. "He's a real Mr. Prospector. We priced him for Godolphin and we really thought he was one of the best in the sale. He can go either way. He can stay here or race in Europe. The final decision will be up to Sheikh Mohammed. You know us. We'll wait until the end of the year to make that decision. We really liked this one. He has an exceptional pedigree."

On Monday night, Ferguson made several bidding attempts, but ended the day without a single purchase. "We made a few tries and did some bidding, but we just didn't get anything. There are some nice horses here. Anywhere they have nice horses, I'll be there," said Ferguson.


Ferguson said he wasn't worried about the size of this year's catalogue for the July Selected Yearling Sale. "I don't worry about those kinds of things. At the end of the day, you go and look at the horses and you make your judgments. If you like them, you like them."

Ferguson was just warming up. A little later, another son of Mr. Prospector was led into the sales ring. Once again, Ferguson and Godolphin were up to the task. When the bidding was done on Hip 108 a dark bay or brown colt by Mr. Prospector and out of the Honey Jay mare Windy Mindy Godolphin had another high-priced yearling to add to its stable of stars.


The colt, consigned by the Eaton Sales Agency, is a half-brother to the multiple Graded stakes winner Rob ‘n Gin and is from the same female family as stakes winner Stanbery Road and Perhaps So.


"I saw both of these horses (the two Mr. Prospectors) before the sale and I liked them very much," said Ferguson. "They are different types of horses Their pedigrees (are different), as much as anything."

When asked if the fact that this is the last crop of Mr. Prospector yearlings impacted the decision to bid for the sons of Mr. Prospector, Ferguson smiled and nodded in the affirmative. "Yes. Obviously, Mr. Prospector has been a fantastic stallion and to know that these are some of the last ones means something. Plus, we've had some luck with Mr. Prospector, as well."

Ferguson would not confirm whether the colts would stay here and train in the United States or join the Godolphin Stable in Europe. "We just don't make those decisions yet. At the end of September, we'll sit down and look. Mr. Prospectors have done very, very well here, but he's had some good runners in Europe, too. That's just not my decision."

The biggest news of the night was saved for Bell, Santulli and Hip 136 a bay filly who is out of the champion mare Escena. The filly, consigned by Craig Bandoroff and his Denali Stud as agent for Falls Creek Farm, was purchased for $3.7 million. It marked the highest price paid for a filly at the Keeneland July Selected Yearling Sale since 1984 when Darley Stud Management spent what was then a world record price of $3.75 million for a daughter of Seattle Slew. Hip 136 became the second highest priced filly in the 58-year history of the sale.


The filly is the first foal out of the champion older mare Escena, who was purchased by Guy and Diane Snowden at the 1999 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale for $3.25 million. It is the female family of the great Seattle Slew mare Claxton's Slew and Gold Digger.


"From the first day, we thought that she was the best horse in the sale," said Bell, a few minutes after signing the sales slip for Santulli. "She just seems pretty special to me. She is by Seeking the Gold and out of a champion mare. From Day One, the first time I saw her here at the sale, until the time she went through the sales ring, I don't think she changed a hair. She just had the same presence. I think she can be something really special."

When the bidding reached $3.5 million, it appeared that the filly might be hammered down to Ferguson, bidding on behalf of Godolphin Stables. But a late bid came in at $3.6 million on behalf of Eugene Melnyk. After waiting just a few seconds, Bell fired one more bid at $3.7 million. It was just enough to capture the yearling.


"When you get that high, the air gets pretty thin," said Bell. "We thought that she would go pretty high. We were hoping not to have to spend that much, but it ended up that we did. When it got to $3.5 million, I thought they were going to knock it down to John Ferguson, but then the bid came in late for Melnyk. When it took so long for another bid, I just guessed that John might be out. We talked it over and we decided to give it one more shot. With John being out, it made a difference with us, and we got the job done. We're glad to have her."

Bandoroff -- who was supposed to consign a yearling out of the great champion Serena's Song before the owners, Robert and Beverly Lewis, decided to pull her from the sale and keep her to race was thrilled to have sold Hip 136.


"We thought we still had a couple of bullets in our guns, but you just don't know what you have sometimes until you get here," said Bandoroff. "I know that you have to jump through a lot of hoops once you get here. You have to come out and prove yourself. But this filly showed a lot of class ever since she got here. She did it every step of the way. We kind of knew that we had something special when all the right people started to show up to look at her over and over. In the end, we knew that we had something special."



YARMOUTH OFF TODAY




Today's meeting at Yarmouth had to be abandoned after heavy overnight rain caused the track to become waterlogged in places.


David Henson, Clerk of the Course, said this morning: "We have had to abandon.


"We had 19mm of rain between 8.00 last night and 6.45 this morning. There is water lying at the three-furlong marker, it is raining now and there is more rain forecast.


"We had no chance."



LATEST BREEDERS' CUP NEWS





TIZNOW ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL; MAY RETURN AT DEL MAR

While three-year-old sensations Point Given, Congaree (see Swaps result below) and Galileo (IRE) have been grabbing the headlines in recent weeks, Michael Cooper and Cecilia Straub-Rubens Trust's 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year TIZNOW had been idle with his future racing career uncertain. Official Equibase Past Performances for TIZNOW

An abrupt turnaround came Friday morning at Santa Anita when the California homebred by Cee's Tizzy breezed three furlongs in :36 2/5 under regular rider Chris McCarron, his first workout in nearly three months. Tiznow won the Santa Anita Handicap when he last raced, on March 3.


After the Santa Anita Handicap, trainer Jay Robbins became very concerned over a nagging back injury that was detected when the colt didn't train up to expectations. A lot of time and patience appears to be yielding rewards.


"We've been using muscle relaxants the last month," said Robbins on Friday after the workout.


"The last few days he has been looking good galloping. After the work he galloped out well, and Chris had trouble pulling him up. I got him the last eighth in :11 3/5. He cooled out well and looked like his old self. It's kind of unexplainable after all these months why he was so perfect this morning," said Robbins.


The trainer shipped Tiznow and the rest of his stable to Del Mar and indicated that if things with the colt continued to go well and there were no further setbacks, he would be pointed for a return in the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Mile on September 2.


Since the Santa Anita Handicap, when Tiznow was the undisputed leader among the nation's older horses, the reputations of other division leaders have risen and fallen. Mike Pegram's four-year-old Captain Steve rocketed in the polls when he won the Dubai World Cup, but he has since finished second in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs and was a tired fourth in the controversial renewal of the Hollywood Gold Cup.


In the East, Robert Meyerhoff's four-year-old Include became an emerging star with an upset victory in the Pimlico Special over Tracy Farmer's heavily favored Albert the Great. However, Albert the Great gained revenge with an easy score in the Suburban Handicap at Belmont. Include finished third and came out of the race with an injury that will have him sidelined for two months.


Until the star three-year-olds begin to take on older rivals later in the summer and early fall, the older horses, such as Juddmonte Farms' team of Aptitude and Skimming and Miller Trust's Futural and those mentioned above, will have to continue to separate themselves. The next major events in the Classic Division are the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga (July 28) and Pacific Classic at Del Mar (August 19).


ROAD TO THE WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS


A listing of the upcoming major stakes races this weekend:


ROAD TO THE BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC

July 21 - $500,000 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park. Run at 1 1/4 miles for three-year-olds.

ROAD TO THE BREEDERS' CUP TURF

July 22 - $250,000 American Derby at Arlington Park. Run at 1 3/16 miles on turf for three-year-olds.


July 22 - $250,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy Stakes at Woodbine. Run at 1 3/8 miles on turf for three-year-olds and up.


ROAD TO THE BREEDERS' CUP DISTAFF

July 21 - $350,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park. Run at 1 ½ miles for three-year-old fillies.


July 21 - $250,000 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park. Run at 1 1/16 miles for three-year-old fillies.


July 22 - $600,000 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park. Run at 1 ¼ miles for fillies and mares.


ROAD TO THE BREEDERS' CUP SPRINT

July 22 - $200,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap at Del Mar. Run at six furlongs for three-year-olds and older.

ROAD TO THE BREEDERS' CUP FILLY & MARE TURF

July 21 - $400,000 Ramona Handicap at Del Mar. Run at 1 1/8 miles on turf for fillies and mares.


MAJOR STAKES RECAP JULY 14-15

Race: $500,000 Swaps Stakes (G1), 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles

Track: Hollywood Park

Finishing Order: 1-CONGAREE, 2-UNTIL SUNDOWN, 3-JAMAICAN RUM

Margins: 4, ¾, ½

Also ran:
TOP HIT, BAYOU THE MOON, HOOVERGETTHEKEYS

Winning Connections:
Owner: Stonerside Stable; Trainer: Bob Baffert; Jockey Gary Stevens

Time: 1:48 3/5 (fast)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Classic - Stonerside Stable's CONGAREE, making his first start since finishing third in the Preakness, was more than ready for his comeback and won Sunday's Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park by four lengths under jockey Gary Stevens. San Gabriel Investments and Sid Port's improving UNTIL SUNDOWN ran well to be second as Southern Nevada Racing Stable's JAMAICAN RUM rallied for third in the field of six. Trained by Bob Baffert, Congaree was sent off as the 1-to-10 favorite and led throughout the race while setting a moderate early pace. The trainer did not specify a particular race for the Arazi colt's next start. Baffert reported that The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Point Given continues to train forwardly for his anticipated return, which could come in Monmouth Park's $1 million Haskell Invitational on August 5. One option for Congaree could be the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga the day before the Haskell. Official Equibase Past Performances for CONGAREE; Official Equibase Past Performances for UNTIL SUNDOWN; Official Equibase Past Performances for JAMAICAN RUM

Race: $250,000 Sunset Handicap (G2), 3-year-olds & up, 1 ½ miles on turf

Track: Hollywood Park

Finishing Order: 1-BLUEPRINT (Ire), 2-KUDOS, 3-NORTHERN QUEST (Fr)

Margins: ½ neck, 4 ½

Also ran: LOVING (Brz), THE EDITOR (GB)

Winning Connections:
Owner: Fog City Stable; Trainer: Bob Hess, Jr.; Jockey: Gary Stevens

Time: 2:26 (firm)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Turf - Fog City Stable's six-year-old Irish-bred BLUEPRINT didn't make much of an impression in three races last summer after arriving from England, where he had won the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket for previous trainer Michael Stoute. However, the son of Generous appears to have adjusted well to American racing this year with trainer Bob Hess Jr. and won Sunday's 12-furlong Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park by a half-length. Jockey Gary Stevens has ridden him in all three starts this year. Prior to the Sunset, he had won the 12-furlong San Luis Rey Handicap at Santa Anita in his first start in six months. Last out in the San Juan
Capistrano at 14 furlongs, Blueprint finished a respectable third to California turf division leader Bienamado. Hess said after the race that he planned to run Blueprint only once more this year before a possible start in the Breeders' Cup Turf-either the Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga (August 11) or Turf Classic at Belmont Park (September 29). Official Equibase Past Performances for BLUEPRINT (IRE)

Race: $150,000 Hollywood Oaks (G2), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/8 miles

Track: Hollywood Park

Finishing Order: 1-AFFLUENT, 2-COLLECT CALL, 3-SECRET OF MECCA

Margins: 2 ½, 12, 4 ½

Also ran: KATY KAT, BARTLEY

Winning Connections:
Owner: Janis R. Whitham; Trainer: Ron McAnally; Jockey: Eddie Delahoussaye

Time: 1:49 1/5 (fast)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally has collected three Breeders' Cup Distaff trophies-two for Bayakoa (ARG) (1989-90) and one for Paseana (ARG) (1992)-and may have a solid candidate for a fourth in Janis Whitham's homebred three-year-old filly AFFLUENT. Saturday at Hollywood Park, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Affirmed made an impressive last-to-first rally to win the Hollywood Oaks by 2 ½ lengths over Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez' COLLECT CALL in the field of five. Affluent's second dam is Bayakoa, two-time Eclipse champion for Whitham and her late husband, Frank. Third to Golden Ballet in the Santa Anita Oaks, Affluent appears to be improving with each start. McAnally did not indicate what might be next for the promising prospect. Official Equibase Past Performances for AFFLUENT; Official Equibase Past Performances for COLLECT CALL

Race: $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (G3), fillies & mares, six furlongs

Track: Calder Race Course

Finishing Order: 1-DREAM SUPREME, 2-HIDDEN ASSETS, 3-SUGAR N SPICE

Margins: 4 ¾, 3 ½, neck

Also ran: PENNY BLUES, WIRED TO FLY, PRECIOUS FEATHER, TUGGER, VAGUE MEMORY, DYNAMITR DIABLO

Winning Connections:
Owner: Kinsman Stable; Trainer: Bill Mott; Jockey: Pat Day

Time: 1:10 2/5 (fast)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Sprint - Kinsman Stable's four-year-old filly DREAM SUPREME was widely regarded as the best sprinting female in the nation after capturing the Test and Ballerina at Saratoga last summer. She completed her three-year-old campaign with a respectable sixth-place finish behind Eclipse champion Kona Gold in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, beaten by only four lengths. The daughter of Seeking the Gold out of Grade I winner Spinning Round added victories in the Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct and Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs this spring to her imposing resume. Saturday at Calder Race Course, she overpowered a strong field to win the Princess Rooney Handicap-the richest filly and mare sprint on the North American racing calendar-by 4 ¾ lengths under Pat Day. The victory pushed her significantly closer to another career milestone, as she has now won more than $950,000 from her nine victories in 14 starts. She is expected to bid for the million-dollar mark when she goes for a repeat victory in the Ballerina (August 26). Trainer Bill Mott didn't rule out another chance in the Breeders' Cup but indicated it was a doubtful goal at this time. Official Equibase Past Performances for DREAM SUPREME

Race: $250,000 Carry Back Stakes, 3-year-olds, six furlongs

Track: Calder Race Course

Finishing Order: 1-ILLUSIONED, 2-BEYOND BRILLIANT, 3-GALLANT FROLIC

Margins: 4 ½, half, half

Also ran: RED'S HONOR, RADICAL RILEY, LOIS'S LEGEND, ONE BY THE KNOWS, ICANSEETHERAIN, NORTHEND

Winning Connections:
Owner: Kinsman Stable; Trainer: Bill Mott; Jockey: Jorge Chavez

Time: 1:11 (fast)

If owner-breeder George Steinbrenner and trainer Bill Mott opt not to try Dream Supreme in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, they still may be well-represented by the stable's three-year-old colt ILLUSIONED. In the race before the Princess Rooney at Calder Saturday, Illusioned made only the fifth start of his career in the Carry Back Stakes and coasted to a 4½-length victory under jockey Jorge Chavez. The homebred son of Woodman won his first two starts at Tampa Bay Downs early this year with trainer Richard Ciardullo Jr. and then finished third in Hialeah's Bahamas Stakes. Transferred to Mott in New York, Illusioned won a six-furlong allowance at Belmont Park by seven lengths in late May prior to the Carry Back. Mott wasn't certain where the talented chestnut might start next. OfficiaEquibase Past Performances for ILLUSIONED

Race: $250,000 New York Handicap (G2), fillies & mares, 1 ¼ miles on turf

Track: Belmont Park

Finishing Order:
1-ENGLAND'S LEGEND (Fr), 2-GAVIOLA, 3-SPOOK EXPRESS (SAf)

Margins: 1 ½, ¾, 1

Also ran: MELODY QUEEN (GB), WINDSONG, JAZZ, PLAYACT (Ire)

Winning Connections:
Owner: Edouard de Rothchild; Trainer: Christophe Clement; Jockey: Corey Nakatani

Time: 1:59 3/5 (firm)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - Trainer Christophe Clement's magic with European-raced imports, particularly fillies, over the last decade has been remarkable, and the talented French-born horseman has another good one in Edouard Rothchild's four-year-old filly England's Legend. Saturday at Belmont Park, the French-bred daughter of two-time Breeders' Cup Mile winner Lure stalked Twilite Farms' 8-to-5 favorite GAVIOLA from second to the top of the stretch and edged clear to win by 1 ½
lengths under jockey Corey Nakatani. After four starts last year in France with Christophe's brother Nicolas Clement, England's Legend made her American debut at Gulfstream in February, finishing fourth. When Clement shipped another horse to Santa Anita for a stakes engagement in mid-March, he sent England's Legend along as company, and she won a "two other than" allowance race impressively. It was to be her final start until Saturday, when she made just her seventh career start, in the New York Handicap. Clement speculated that her targets likely would be the Beverly D. at Arlington Park (August 18) and/or the Diana Handicap at Saratoga (September 3). Official Equibase Past Performances for GAVIOLA.


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