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Sunday, July 7, 2002

Palace Affair shortened to 16/1 by Ladbrokes

Palace Affair has been shortened to 16/1 for the Vodafone Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood on August 3 after landing the opener at Sandown yesterday.

In the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Thursday, Danehurst & Landseer are the 3/1 joint favourites.

The Vodafone Stewards’ Cup
10-Chookie Heiton, 12-Border Subject, 16-Halmahera, 16-Feet So Fast, 16-Onlytime Will Tell, 16-Trace Clip, 16-Torosay Spring , 18-Doctor Spin, 20-Bond Boy, 20-Brevity, 20-Candleriggs, 20-Cubism, 20-Gateman, 20-Kier Park, 20-Malhub, 20-Manorbier, 16 from 20-Palace Affair, 20-Salviati, 20-Tom Tun, 20-Watching, 25-Artie, 25-Bali Royal, 25-Banjo Bay, 25-Boanerges, 25-Elvington Boy, 25-Flying Millie, 25-Good Girl, 25-Grey Eminence, 25-Just James, 25-Kathology, 25-Maromito, 25-Mitcham, 25-Muja Farewell, 25-Peruvian Chief, 25-Scotty's Future, 25-Seven No Trumps, 25-Surprised, 25-Tudor Wood, 25-Undeterred, 25-Vanderlin
Each Way a quarter the odds a place 1,2,3,4

Darley July Cup
3-Danehurst, 3-Landseer, 5-Malhub, 6-Three Points, 12-Invincible Spirit, 12-Meshaheer, 12-Millennium Dragon, 14-Continent, 16-Misraah, 20-Bahamian Pirate, 25-Juniper, 25-Maderno, 25-Reel Buddy, 25-Sahara Desert, 33-Twilight Blues, 66-Misty Eyed
Each Way a fifth the odds a place 1,2,3


The going on Newmarket's July Course remains GOOD ahead of this week's July Meeting, with Clerk of the Course, Michael Prosser, describing it as “absolutely beautiful ground” after walking it on Saturday morning.

"We've had just over an inch of rain this week, but the course has taken it really well and I have to say that it really is absolutely beautiful ground now. The forecast for today and Sunday is for mainly overcast, but dry weather with only a small chance of a shower. Thereafter the forecast is unsettled, with showers very likely on Monday and into Tuesday."


The July Meeting programme will be run on the far side of the course, on fresh ground unused since last season. For all races starting in the straight (i.e. races over 5f, 6f, 7f and 1 mile), the stalls will be on the far side.


French 2000 Guineas (G.1) winner, LANDSEER, who finished runner-up to Rock of Gibraltar in the St James's Palace Stakes (G.1) at Royal Ascot, is set to represent Aidan O'Brien in the £250,000* Darley July Cup (G.1) at Newmarket on Thursday. He is one of 16 horses confirmed for Europe's premier sprint race, which has been won by Europe's champion sprinter in 20 of the 25 runnings since the international classifications were introduced in 1977.

O'Brien has also confirmed JUNIPER, MADERNO and SAHARA DESERT for a race in which he has saddled the winner in two of the last three years. The toughest opposition looks likely to come from MALHUB and MILLENNIUM DRAGON, both supplemented for the race yesterday, and the Sir Mark Prescott-trained DANEHURST.

Godolphin have confirmed both THREE POINTS and MESHAHEER, while CONTINENT, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, MISRAAH and REEL BUDDY all have good sprint form to their names this season.

The £60,000 Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup, the week's big sprint handicap, has attracted an extremely competitive entry of 35 horses, including this year's Wokingham winner, CAPRICHO.

* The Darley July Cup's advertised total value was £220,000, but this has now been boosted by two supplementary entries at £15,000 each.



Son of Cyborg, CYBORSUN (lot 109) was knocked down to Highflyer Bloodstock for 235,000 euros. He had won nicely a steeple chase at Auteuil and is still a novice.

M Rolland sold another nice prospect with lot 122 KERRIGAND who was
snapped up by H Barbe for 72,000 euros, who also was the successful bidder for the Andre Fabre-trained VAHORIMIX at 60,000.

Later Barbe bough two nice untried horses Lot N211 by Villez for 44,000 euros and lot 182 by Useful for 31 000 euros.

Guy Petit Agent is always promirent at this sort of sale and he went to 60,000 euros to secure the 4-year-old AQPSA KOCK DE LA VESVRE.

The sale also include a two year olds section who breezed on Wednesday
afternoon. Lot 18 , a son of Double Bed who showed a pleased action and Chantilly based trainer G Collet was clearly impressed to come to 82,000 euros to get him.

The leading buyers at the sale was Highflyer Bloodstock French agent Guy Petit who signed for 12 lots.

The sale was extremely selective, even more so than last year. There was a
drop in aggregate and average, but it should be remembered that this sale saw
remarkable growth between 1995-2000, and maintained the advance last year.

Catalogued Offered Sold Agregate Average

2002 228 205 128 2,275,500 17,777

2001 210 183 115 2,553,130 22,200

2000 195 171 129 2,745,200 21,280

1999 173 135 113 1,776,400 15,720

1998 156 132 110 1,555,600 14,140

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