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Monday, July 1, 2002


Hawk Wing is Coral's 4-6 favourite to win Saturday's Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes following today's five day declaration stage.

"Hawk Wing is the clear form choice but he had a tough race in the Derby and we won't be afraid to lay him albeit at the right price", said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.

Equerry was the subject of good each way support yesterday afternoon and is now a 7-1 chance from 10-1, while stablemate Noverre was eased to 9-2 from 4-1.

"If Dettori choses to ride Equerry instead of Noverre the two will undoubtedly flip-flop in the betting", predicted Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.

Coral's association with the Eclipse dates back to 1976 when Wollow was awarded the race after Trepan was disqualified making it one of the longest standing sponsorships in British racing.

Coral Eurobet Eclipse Betting:
4-6 Hawk Wing, 9-2 Noverre, 7-1 Equerry (from 10-1), No Excuse Needed, 10-1 Olden Times, 12-1 Indian Creek, 14-1 Kutub, 16-1 Bach, 25-1 Sholokhov, 33-1 Century City, Imperial Dancer, 50-1 Cape Town, 100-1 Della Francesca, Creekview



Record-breaking sire Sadler's Wells supplied his sixth Irish Derby winner when his latest superstar High Chaparral led home an Aidan O'Brien-trained one-two-three in the EUR1,300,000 Budweiser Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Already the winner of the Vodafone Derby at Epsom this season, High Chaparral secured his third Group One victory in impressive fashion and will now bid for further glory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe later in the season.

High Chaparral was chased home by his high-class stable companions Sholokov and Ballingarry with Nysaean proving best of the English raiders in fourth. All three are also by Sadler's Wells.

Impressive Royal Ascot winner Balakheri, another Irish-bred, picked up an impressive EUR30,450 for finishing in fifth place.


Daliapour recorded his first success since winning the Hong Kong Vase in December 2000 when taking the Group 3 IAWS Curragh Cup. Settled in second place behind Murgham, the Michael Stoute trained colt settled the contest in a matter of strides when he quickened up well over a furlong from home.

The Aga Khan-bred six-year-old son of Sadler's Wells won this EUR80,000 event by two lengths from Boreas with Quality Team third for Dermot Weld.


Richard Hannon added to his remarkable run of success in sales companies' two-year-old races when Hurricane Alan won the EUR130,000 Goffs Challenge at the Curragh.

Completing a hat trick of wins, Hurricane Alan quickened clear over a furlong from home to secure the EUR76,700 first prize for owners Ian and Debbie Wight. The winner was bought for IR£13,000 by Irish Bloodstock agent Peter Doyle at Goffs Challenge Sale in October.

Hannon has now won the Goffs Challenge twice and the Tattersalls (Ireland) Sales Race five times. The trainer is already eyeing the Tattersalls event at the Curragh in August and plans to run last week's Salisbury winner Cosmo in the race.


And Beyond, winner of the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot last year, returned to the winners' enclosure when making all the running to win the Prix La Moskowa at Chantilly.

The Irish-bred four-year-old son of Darshaan readily held off a strong home challenge to win for trainer Mark Johnston and is now likely to bid for further success at Group level.


Tiger Royal recorded his sixth career win and his fifth at the Curragh when landing the Listed Budweiser FIFA World Cup Stakes.

Winning for the fourth time this season, the 6yo gelded son of Royal Academy narrowly accounted for his determined stable companion Agnetha, to give trainer Dermot Weld a one-two in the race.


Leading National Hunt owner JP McManus set a new record for a store filly at the Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby Sale last week.

Timmy Hyde, acting for McManus, went to EUR215,000 to secure a three-year-old daughter of Moscow Society sent up by Jim Mernagh of Coolamurry Stud. The filly is a full-sister to the Arkle Trophy winner Moscow Flyer and is eligible for the Bewleys Hotels and EBF National Hunt Fillies Scheme.

Hyde also signed for a four-year-old son of Be My Native out of a half-sister to the ill-fated That's My Man from Suirview Stables which sold for EUR125,000.

Hyde was bidding for trainer Jonjo O'Neill when he went to EUR110,000 for an Accordion three-year-old out of a half-sister to Kingsmark from Parkville Stud.

A well-related four-year-old by Simply Great out of Merry Madness was sold to a cash customer for EUR135,000 and trainer Ted Walsh paid the same amount for a Roselier four-year-old from the family of Bannow Bay and Mighty Moss.

Gigginstown House Stud paid EUR130,000 for a three-year-old Flemensfirth, half-brother to Cheltenham Gold Cup winner See More Business from Bishopstown Stud.

Trainer Dessie Hughes went to EUR100,000 for a Borotown Stud four-year-old filly by Supreme Leader, a full-sister to Dawn Leader. She will be aimed at the valuable Bewleys Hotels & EBF National Hunt Fillies Championship Bumper at next year's Punchestown Festival.


Goff's new International Sale saw 27 of the 40 lots offered sold at an average price of EUR19,648.

The top price paid was EUR105,000 by US based agent Richard Galpins Newmarket Bloodstock Services, for Wide Range, a four-year-old filly from the Smurfit family's Forenaghts Stud. She was a half sister to the Great Voltigeur Stakes winner Air Marshall. She is a twice-placed daughter of Spectrum who has been covered by Alhaarth.

Having won at Leopardstown only three days previously, Musical Fusion was always going to feature prominently and trainer Des McDonogh went to EUR60,000 for the Sadler's Wells gelding.

A price of EUR55,000 was paid for Peaceful Sarah, a six-time winner by Sharpo currently in foal to Royal Applause, while the Danehill three-year-old Kerkira is New Zealand bound after fetching EUR40,000.


The annual Association of Irish Racehorse Owners awards were held on Sunday night in the Killashee House Hotel. Each category was strongly contested and the National Hunt owner of the year was awarded was no exception. It went to Mrs Violet O'Leary and her admirable chaser Florida Pearl.

The New Owner of the year award was given to the G&T Syndicate who enjoyed the exploits of the admirable Rapid Deployment throughout the last year under both rules.

Fairyhouse was the winner of Racecourse of the year and James Bowe was the winner of the Owner/Breeder of the year award for the exploits of Limestone Lad. Scolardy was the Bargain of the year and his owner John Brennan collected the award.

Syndicate of the year was the Usual Suspects Syndicate thanks primarily to their Dual National winner The Bunny Boiler. Mrs. John Magnier was the Flat Owner of the year thanks to an amazing season headed by the Champion Galileo.

The Hall of Fame Award went to Mr.J.P.Mc Manus for his contribution to the Irish National Hunt industry. A short video on the life and times of Istabraq was shown and Frank Berry was on hand to pick up the award on behalf of J.P.

The awards were attended by amongst others the Minister for Arts, Sport and Recreation John O'Donoaghue. In his address he expressed his delight at having responsibility for the Racing industry. The Minister joined the various sponsors on stage to present the awards.


Cheltenham Gold Cup winning-owner Jim Lewis has privately purchased four horses during a brief holiday in Ireland.

Lewis, owner of the Irish-bred Best Mate, has purchased Athenry point-to-point winner Ross Lea, a son of Roselier out of the Strong Gale mare Burrengale.

Last season, an Irish point-to-point graduate won almost every major chase in Britain and Ireland. With an eye to the future, Lewis has also bought three two-year-olds by Best Mate's sire Un Desperado.


Hold That Tiger is the latest winner of the railways stakes trained by Aidan O'Brien. He has now trained the last five winners of the race and King of Kings and Rock of Gibraltar have gone on to win the Newmarket 2,000 Guineas the following season.

Having taken up the running with a furlong and a half to run, he battled on gamely to hold of the spirited challenge of Coventry Stakes second, Pakhoes, by a neck.


With more than £83,000 in prize money up for grabs, Beverley's meeting on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon (5 & 6 July) should produce plenty of competitive racing.

Racing on Friday evening begins at 6.45 p.m. with the most valuable race of the entire meeting, The Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Pudding Handicap Stakes. This £11,000-added contest over the extended mile is one of three races supported by the Hull-based independent family-owned company, William Jackson & Son Ltd., it being the 33rd year they have sponsored at Beverley; the other two races the company is associated with on Friday evening are The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms Handicap Stakes (one mile and a half) and The William Jackson Bakery Stakes (a handicap contest for three-year-old fillies over one mile and a quarter).

Returning to Beverley for the second year are de Vries Honda of Hull, York and Northallerton. The de Vries Honda Maiden Stakes is a race for two-year-olds over the minimum distance of five furlongs, while juveniles are also in action in The European Breeders Fund WellBeing Novice Stakes, a race which once again draws attention to the national charity, WellBeing, which funds medical research to promote better health for women and babies. Funds will be raised for the East Riding committee of WellBeing.

Saturday's seven-race programme starts at 2.00 p.m. Specialist grain traders, Timmgrain Ltd. of Goole, return to Beverley for the 28th year to support the racing programme. The Timmgrain Stakes is a handicap race for three-year-olds over the extended mile, while sprinters are catered for in The Hypac Handicap Stakes over the minimum distance of five furlongs, also sponsored by long-standing supporters of Beverley racecourse, Hypac Ltd.

The second running of The John Jenkins Memorial Novice Stakes - a race for two-year-olds over seven furlongs - is held in memory of a former local vet, who was a member at Beverley for many years.

Musical entertainment is provided on Friday evening by Aunt Bessie's Brass Band, while on Saturday, it's the turn of The Street Band, playing popular music.

On Friday evening, there's a special racecard competition for racegoers, ‘The Own a Racehorse for a Day' promotion, organised on each of the county's racecourses this year by ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire' in association with Club Racing Ltd. and Ripon Travel.

A collection will be made on Saturday for Yorkshire Cancer Research.


The first of Redcar's two Sunday meetings this season takes place this coming weekend (Sunday, 7 July), starting at 2.20 p.m.

The gates will open at 12.20 p.m. and there's a variety of attractions for young racegoers in the Family Enclosure, including the children's playground, Punch & Judy shows, face painting, ball pool, bouncy castle and a clown. A giant 80' inflatable ‘Pirate Ship' will also be at the course, while musical entertainment is provided by both ‘The West Jesmond Rhythm Kings' and ‘Scarlett Heights'.

On the track, the feature race is The Pirate Ship Handicap Stakes, a £10,000-added contest for three-year-olds over one mile and three furlongs. The European Breeders Fund support a race for maiden two-year-olds over the straight seven furlongs.

The afternoon's racecard will include Tote betting vouchers to the value of £4 in total for use in both the course's Tote Bookmakers betting shop, and as a discount off a Tote ‘Course to Course' bet.

Family Tickets for Redcar's Sunday meeting on 11 August will be on sale at £5 into the Family Enclosure for two adults and children.



At the 1998 Sydney Easter Yearling Sales Les Samba signed the ticket for a stunning looking chestnut colt by the first season sire Grand Lodge.

The $200,000 sales price has subsequently shown to be a rare bargain. Racing as Shogun Lodge the Bob Thomsen-trained colt has earned over 4.5 million with 12 wins including the AJC George Main S. (G1) AJC Epsom H. (G1) and Queen Elizabeth S. (G1).

At the 2001 Easter Yearling Sale, Samba again signed the ticket for a stunning looking chestnut colt, this time by another first season sire Spinning World. The price was again $200,000 and again the colt entered the Randwick stables of Bob Thomsen. Named Thorn Park the Spinning World colt had his first start at Rosehill on Saturday. On a cold, wintry Sydney day of off-season fare, Thorn Park's winning performance shone through the gloom.

Given plenty of time to settle by Darren Beadman, Thorn Park unleashed a brilliant burst of acceleration to come from third last in the 12-horse field to defeat Bold Youth by 3 ¼-lengths with Sir Craiglee a length away third.

An ecstatic Thomsen could not hide his emotions. "He's real good, something else. Very exciting. And to match it he's got the acceleration of a good horse, got the looks, intelligent and bred in the purple. He's a very, very exciting horse."

"I've worked this horse with some real smart horses and he's just blown them away," Thomsen said. "I'll see how he pulls up and where we head next but I believe he's an ideal type for the Caulfield Guineas in the spring. "That's his main target, it's a great race for good colts."

Thorn Park comes from the first crop by champion miler Spinning World (Nureyev). From 16 starters in Australia Spinning World has sired 4 winners for earnings of $248,000. They include the Leslie Froggatt Stakes (LR) Cyberiad and the stakes-placed winner Coupe. Spinning World had 15 individual Northern Hemisphere first crop 2-year old winners last year including the Group winner Quad's Melody and stakes winner Chan Chan, the Group 1 placegetter Tendulker, the Group 3 placed Temple of Artemis and the Listed Stakes 2nd Spinnette. Flat Spin and King of Happiness have increased Spinning Worlds list of stakes winner in the northern hemisphere this year. In total Spinning World now has had 5 stakes winners,11stakes performers and 25 individual winners around the world.

Spinning World, who stood the 2000 season at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand and will be represented at next years Karaka's yearling sale with many outstanding individuals.


0n property 21st July 2002

Magic Millions will conduct the complete dispersal of Glen Avon Lodge Stud - featuring 94 broodmares, 60 weanlings and 8 two-year-olds.

Glen Avon Lodge over 20 years of successful breeding in some of Australia's best horses country, has bred group and stakes-winners and a high percentage of winners to runners.

This sale offers a rare opportunity for Australian Breeders, as the catalogue boasts a host of Black Type Producing Dams including the dams of CHENAR (BTC Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic Gr.3) and HELLO PAMELA (Gosford Classic L), SAHARA ZIP (QTC CE McDougall L), NOEL'S WISH (QTC Queensland Cup L), SIR BREAKFAST (QTC JF Meynick S L), SEA BREEZE (QTC Exhibition H L), AWESOME WEATHER (Ipswich Cup Gr.3), TOORAK (STC Birthday Card S L), etc.

Weanlings include Half and full relations to the Stakes and Group winners listed above.

The sale will be held on the property Glen Avon Lodge, Hazelwood Road, Southbrook, Darling Downs - to start at 11am.

Catalogues for the sale are available from Monday 8th July, contact Magic Millions on 07 - 5538 8933 or Email info@magicmillions.com.au

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