Tuesday, July 30, 2002
LADBROKES PRICES FOR GOODWOOD AND GALWAY TOMORROW
2-15 Goodwood - Marriott Hotels Goodwood Stakes, 2m 5f
Each Way: -1/4 Odds 1-2-3
3-50 Goodwood - Tote Gold Trophy
20/1-DUKE OF EARL
Each Way: -1/4 Odds 1-2-3-4
3-40 Galway -Galway Plate
10/1-PRINCE OF PLEASURE
22/1-NUZUM ROAD MAKERS
33/1-Native Performance (Reserve)
33/1-Carina Bay (Reserve)
33/1-Never Compromise (Reserve)
Each Way: -1/4 Odds 1-2-3-4
RICHEST-EVER MEETING AT SALISBURY IN AUGUST
Two Listed contests now each boosted by at least 60% to £40,000
Salisbury Racecourse's traditional August meeting will be the richest-ever two days of racing seen at the Wiltshire track - worth £147,500 in added prize money. The two-day meeting takes place on Wednesday, August 14, and Thursday, August 15, with top-quality action on offer over the two days.
Both of the Listed races at the meeting, the EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND UPAVON FILLIES' STAKES and the SOVEREIGN STAKES, have increased massively in value and now have added prize money of £40,000 each. This represents increases of 60% and 82% respectively compared to the 2001 values of £25,000 for the European Breeders' Fund Upavon Fillies' Stakes and £22,000 for the Sovereign Stakes.
The £40,000-added Listed EUROPEAN BREEDERS' FUND UPAVON FILLIES' STAKES (3.40pm) takes centre stage on the Wednesday. This 10-furlong contest provides a valuable opportunity for fillies and mares to gain some black type. Last season the race fell to the David Elsworth-trained Premier Prize, who belied her 25/1 odds to defeat Katie Nowaitee. Premier Prize has subsequently been placed in Group contests.
The racing action starts on Wednesday, August 14, with the £7,000-added EUROPEAN BREEDERS' FUND SANDOWN MAIDEN STAKES (2.10pm) over six furlongs. Barry Hills won both divisions of this contest last season with Broken Barricades and Negligee.
Stars of the future could be in action in the £15,000-added STONEHENGE CONDITIONS STAKES (3.10pm), for two-year-olds at a mile. This race, restricted to horses who have not won a Pattern event, is an exciting addition to the Salisbury programme.
The three remaining races on August 13 are the £5,000-added BEMBRIDGE CLAIMING STAKES (2.40pm), the £5,000-added VIOLET APPLIN CHALLENGE CUP HANDICAP (4.10pm) and the £7,000-added ALLER FILLIES' HANDICAP (4.40pm).
Taking centre stage on day two of the August meeting, Thursday, August 15, is the £40,000-added Listed SOVEREIGN STAKES (3.20pm) over a mile for colts and geldings aged three or above, won last year by the useful performer Umistim, trained by Marlborough-based Richard Hannon, and in 2000 by Hopeful Light, trained by John Gosden at Manton.
Racing begins on August 15 with the £5,000-added DOWNS MAIDEN AUCTION STAKES (2.15pm), a seven-furlong contest for two-year-olds, followed by the £7,500-added STELLA ARTOIS FILLIES' HANDICAP (2.45pm) over a mile.
Other races on Thursday, August 15, include the £5,000-added HAPPY BIRTHDAY TESSA EAST HANDICAP (3.50pm) over a mile and six furlongs and the seven-furlong £6,000-added KNIGHTS & CO MAIDEN STAKES (4.25pm).
The 2002 August Meeting concludes with regular Salisbury sponsor Axminster Carpets backing the AXMINSTER APPRENTICE HANDICAP (5pm) over six furlongs. This race forms part of the Axminster Apprentice Series, the final of which will be held at Salisbury racecourse on September 6. The talented apprentice who wins the series will win £1,000. with £500 for the runner-up and £250 for the third.
Other attractions at the August meeting include a bouncy castle for the children and full creche facilities will also be available. To assist viewing of all the racing action, a big screen will operate on both days of the meeting. The gates open at noon on both days.
Jeremy Martin, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Salisbury, said: "Salisbury Racecourse is proud to stage its richest-ever meeting. It is particularly pleasing to have two Listed contests worth £40,000 each and we look forward to owners and trainers supporting the EBF Upavon Fillies' Stakes and the Sovereign Stakes.
"Salisbury is enjoying a successful season, with overall attendance up on last year, and these prize money increases will help us to build upon that achievement."
Admission prices for both days of the August Meeting are £16 for the Members Enclosure, £10 into the Tattersalls Enclosure and £5 for the Course Enclosure, and, as at all Salisbury's fixtures, accompanied children under 16 are admitted FREE. Car parking is also FREE
IRISH THOROUGHBRED NEWS
BRAVE GOLAN TAKES KING GEORGE
The decision to keep last season's English 2,000 Guineas winner in training as a four-year-old yielded a rich reward when the Irish-bred son of Spectrum won the Group 1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.
Having his first run of the year, Golan beat Nayef in a thrilling tussle to claim a hugely important victory on his first start in 244 days.
Bred at Ballymacoll Stud, the winner is also a son of the Generous mare Highland Gift and carried the colours of owner Lord Weinstock who sadly died only days before the race.
ROCK TO REAPPEAR THIS WEEK
Rock Of Gibraltar, Aidan O'Brien's dual 2,000 Guineas winner, will bid for a sixth consecutive Group 1 win in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood this week.
The son of Danehill will be one of two runners in the race representing Ballydoyle with Sahara Desert likely to take on a pace making role for Rock Of Gibraltar, last seen when winning the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
Great Pyramid, a full brother to Rock Of Gibraltar, made a highly promising start to his career when a close second on his debut at Naas.
MARIENBARD WINS FIRST GROUP 1
The Irish-bred Marienbard (Caerleon) won his first Group 1 when successful in the WGZ Bank-Deutschlandpreis at Dusseldorf in Germany.
Trained in England by Saeed Bin Suroor, Marienbard came from well off the pace to win in good style from Yavana's Pace under a confident Frankie Dettori. The winner is to return to Germany for the Grosser Preis Von Baden in September.
WELD'S U.S. RAID JUST FAILS
The Dermot Weld-trained Jazz Beat was only headed in the closing stages when second in the Grade 2 American Derby at Arlington.
The son of Darshaan, owned and bred by the Moyglare Stud Farm, continues to improve and turned in a career-best performance here. He is to return to the United States later in the year for the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes.
GOLDEN APPLES GOES CLOSE AT DEL MAR
Golden Apples, bred in Ireland and formerly trained on the Curragh by David Hanley, was a close second in the Grade 1 John C Mabee - Ramona Handicap at Del Mar in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The four-year-old daughter of Pivotal was only beaten a fast diminishing neck, by Affluent, after delivering a strong late run down the middle of the track.
DINOS CLAIMS FRENCH SUCCESS FOR DESERT KING
Mr Dinos made every yard of the running to win the Group 3 Prix Berteux-Etalon Marchard de Sable at Vichy in France. Having finished second at Royal Ascot, this was his first stakes success.
Winning for the third time in his career, the Mocklerstown House Stud-bred son of Desert King was sold for just IR 40,000gns at the Goffs Orby Sales. He looks to be an improving colt and is developing into a formidable 3yo stayer.
LURE OF THE EURO ATTRACTS FOREIGN RAIDERS
Increased prize money in recent years has certainly played its part in attracting a greater number of horses trained abroad to compete in Ireland.
The Group 3 Meld Stakes at the Curragh boasted a prize fund of EUR70,000 and two British 'raiders' captured the majority of the money on offer.
The Mick Channon-trained Imperial Dancer ran out a narrow winner and collected EUR45,500 for connections while Chancellor, trained by Barry Hills, finished second to win EUR13,300.
CURRAGH OPEN DAY FOR PROSPECTIVE OWNERS
Irish Thoroughbred Marketing hosted their fourth annual Open Day for prospective owners on the Curragh on Saturday 27th July. This year's event was well supported with almost fifty people in attendance, all of whom who had expressed an interest in racehorse ownership to ITM in recent months.
The day commenced with an early morning visit to the famous Curragh gallops before yard visits to Michael Halford, Michael Grassick and Jim Gorman's stables. An enjoyable afternoon was spent racing at the Curragh which turned out to be quite profitable for those who had taken heed of the trainers' comments about their runners.
For further information about future events or racehorse ownership in Ireland contact Debbie McMillan on +353 1 2065 869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ENTRIES NOW TAKEN FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER SALES
Owners and Breeders are reminded that entries are closing for the Goffs Autumn Bonus Yearling Sale.
Graduates from this sale in recent years include Desert Sky, Misty Eyed, Lady Dominatrix and Miss Beabea and this year's renewal runs from October 21 to 23.
Entries are also now been accepted for the Tattersalls (Ireland) November Breeders Flat Sale.
The sale will be held on November 18 and 19 at the Tattersalls complex opposite Fairyhouse Racecourse in Ratoath, County Meath.
OVER 800 HORSES CONSIGNED FOR TATTERSALLS (IRE) AUGUST SALE
The Tattersalls (Ireland) August sale catalogue is the largest ever assembled and there is a plethora of attractive stock on offer in this years' sale.
With over 853 lots catalogued there is an abundance of choice on offer including three and four-year-old fillies that are eligible for the Bewleys Hotels and EBF National Hunt fillies scheme. Qualified fillies sold at this sale will be eligible for the E100,000 Bewleys Hotels and EBF National Hunt fillies Championship Bumper at the Punchestown Festival 2003 and the Bewleys Hotels and ITBA Fillies Bonus Bumper at Punchestown in November/December 2003
As is normal at our sales all overseas purchasers will have the apex equivalent of their flights reimbursed by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing. The sale commences on Wednesday 14th August at 9.30 a.m. and will conclude on Friday evening August 16th. The catalogue can be viewed online at www.tattersalls.ie or contact the Tattersalls office for a hard copy on (01) 88643000.
QUEENS LODGE TAKES BREEDERS RACE ON DEBUT
Belinda Strudwick was the proud owner of the promising debutant Queens Lodge, the winner of the Ballygallon Stud Maiden at Newmarket last week. A daughter of Grand Lodge and the Kris mare Manilia, Queens Lodge looked a filly full of promise and is certain to improve for the outing. The victory was especially sweet as Belinda Strudwick is the joint owner of Ballygallon Stud with her husband Roy who presented her with the winning trophy.
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