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Tuesday, July 21, 2009



FIREBET AMONG 21 HIGH-CLASS ENTRIES FOR THE SKY BET YORK STAKES




A fantastic renewal of the £100,000 Sky Bet York Stakes takes place at York on Saturday, July 25, with trainer Richard Fahey considering the 10-furlong contest for his exciting three-year-old, Firebet.


The Dubai Destination colt, a 14/1 chance with Sky Bet, landed his third handicap on the bounce when defeating Roman Republic in a 10-furlong heritage handicap at Newmarket on July 9, and his trainer is prepared to let Firebet take a marked leap in class.


Fahey revealed: “Firebet is in the Sky Bet York Stakes as well as a race in France on Sunday, the Prix Eugene Adam, so I’ll have a look at both races and then make a decision.

“Wherever he goes, we will find out this week if he is a Group Two horse. We don’t know how good he is but what I do know is that he is getting better and he is in great order.”

Another Yorkshire-based trainer considering the lucrative 10-furlong York contest is Tom Tate. The Tadcaster handler could give former South African star Kings Gambit his first outing since arriving from Dubai.

The five-year-old won both the Grade One South African Classic and the Grade One South African Derby before competing at the Dubai International Racing Carnival earlier this year for owner Fitri Hay.


Tate said : “We gave Kings Gambit an entry in the Sky Bet York Stakes but I don’t know yet whether he runs, I’ll talk to the owners and then a decision will be made. He is a very interesting horse and we will know more about that after he has a race. He has pleased me since we got him and he looks a useful animal.”

Hay could also see her colours carried by the Paul Cole-trained Traffic Guard, who was a half-length runner-up to 2008 champion New Approach in the Group One Irish Champion Stakes in September.


Classic form could be put to the test with Oaks third High Heeled entered from the Barry Hills yard. The filly was third again on her latest outing when chasing home Barshiba in the Group Two Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on July 4.


Luca Cumani could saddle the high-class Curtain Call, a good fourth in the Group One Grand Prix de Saint Cloud in June, having defeated Famous Name in the Group Three Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh the previous month.


Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor won the Sky Bet York Stakes in 2007 with Stage Gift and has engaged Trincot, winner of the Group Two Prix d’Harcourt in April, as well as Kirklees, the 3/1 favourite wit Sky Bet. The last-named was a Group One-winning juvenile in 2006 and impressively landed the Listed Gala Stakes at Sandown on July 3, a race in which Tranquil Tiger was third.


Middleham trainer Mark Johnston may be double-handed, having entered Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes hero Jukebox Jury alongside Lady Jane Digby, winner of the Listed Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle on her latest start.

Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Muhannak could represent trainer Ralph Beckett, while Walter Swinburn has entered Stotsfold, successful in the Group Three La Coupe at Longchamp in June.

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute and owner Saeed Suhail enjoyed success in the Sky Bet York Stakes when Best Alibi prevailed in 2006. They are seeking further glory in the contest with Perfect Stride, winner of the Listed Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot last time out.

Group Three winner Tazeez may line up for trainer John Gosden, while the three-year-old Monitor Closely, fourth in the Group Two Dante Stakes over the course and distance in May, is another that could take his chance.


Mikel Delzangles could saddle the French raider Court Canibal. The trainer teamed up with the Montjeu colt’s owner, the Marquesa de Moratalla, to register one of the biggest successes of his career when Chineur won the King’s Stand Stakes at York when the racecourse hosted the 2005 Royal Meeting.


The entry also includes the Ed Dunlop-trained Wasan, Allied Powers from the Michael Bell yard, Halicarnassus, trained by Mick Channon, the Gary Moore-trained Macorville and Group Three winner Smokey Oakey from the Mark Tompkins stable.


LATEST SKY BET PRICES: 3/1 Kirklees, 5/1 Perfect Stride, 6/1 Stotsfold, 7/1 Tazeez, 8/1 Curtain Call, 9/1 Monitor Closely, 10/1 High Heeled, 12/1 Tranquil Tiger, 12/1 Court Canibal, 14/1 Traffic Guard, 14/1 Trincot, 14/1 Firebet, 16/1 Jukebox Jury, 16/1 Wasan, 16/1 Allied Powers , 16/1 Muhannak, 20/1 Halicarnassus, 25/1 Lady Jane Digby, 25/1 Kings Gambit, 33/1 Smokey Oakey, 66/1 Macorville

The seven-race card at York on Saturday, July 25, is sponsored in its entirety by Harrogate-based Sky Bet and offers a total of £209,800 in prize money.

Saturday’s programme also features the £50,000 Sky Bet Dash (3.45pm) for which a bumper 51 entries have been received.


Sprint special David Nicholls accounts for no less than seven of the entries in the six-furlong handicap including course and distance winner Valery Borzov recent Ascot scorer Sonny Red, Striking Spirit, who also won over the course and distance at York’s last meeting on July 11, last year’s Great Wilfrid Stakes victor Tajneed, Something, Northern Dare and Burrnwynd Boy.


Other entries include the high-class Intrepid Jack from the Hughie Morrison stable, a Group Three winner at Newbury in 2008, the Godolphin operation could be represented by Global City while the evergreen Knot In Wood won the Group Three Chipchase Stakes at Newbury in June and is from the Richard Fahey stable which is always to be feared on the Knavesmire. Yesterday’s Ayr scorer Pavershooz is also entered, although trainer Noel Wilson revealed this morning that the four-year-old is a doubtful runner at this stage.


LATEST SKY BET PRICES: 10/1 Knot In Wood, 10/1 Roker Park, 10/1 Striking Spirit, 10/1 Pavershooz, 11/1 Sonny Red, 12/1 Aldermoor, 12/1 Harrison George, 12/1 Kostar, 12/1 Something, 12/1 Valery Borzov, 12/1 Baunagain, 14/1 Cheveton, 14/1 Kerrys Requiem, 14/1 Northern Dare, 14/1 Rowayton, 14/1 Tabaret, 14/1 Biniou, 16/1 Al Khaleej, 16/1 Hogmaneigh, 16/1 Everymanforhimself, 16/1 Filligree, 16/1 Global City, 16/1 River Falcon, 16/1 Servoca, 16/1 Tajneed, 16/1 Spitfire, 20/1 Favourite Girl, 20/1 Kaldoun Kingdom, 20/1 Intrepid Jack, 20/1 Pusey Street Lady, 20/1 Barney McGrew, 20/1 Thebes, 20/1 Viking Spirit, 22/1 Able Master, 25/1 Capucci, 25/1 Esteem Machine, 25/1 Excusez Moi, 25/1 Mullein, 25/1 Artistic License, 25/1 Perfect Flight, 25/1 Proclaim, 25/1 Shotley Mac, 25/1 Barons Spy, 25/1 Bond City, 25/1 Burnwynd Boy, 33/1 Chjimes, 33/1 Damika, 33/1 Klynch, 33/1 Sea of Leaves, 33/1 Vhujon, 40/1 Ajigolo

Sky Bet spokesman Matt Doyle said: “Sky Bet is proud to sponsor all seven-races on the card at York on Saturday and it is a real coup for us to have Frankie Dettori jocked up to ride at the meeting for the second year running.


“The Sky Bet sponsored meeting has gained in popularity since our association began six years ago and with over £200,000 in prize money up for grabs, entries in the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes and the Sky Bet Dash are well up on last year.”

Sky Bet Day is the second day of York Racecourse’s two-day Music Showcase Weekend. X-Factor singing stars will perform around the racecourse on Saturday, July 25, at the end of racing.

The X-Factor contestants Eoghan, Austin, Laura and Ruth take centre stage after racing at 5.40pm on the back of a sell-out nationwide arena tour. The extravaganza concludes at 7.10pm.




MARSH LOOKING FOR ASPECTS OF LOVE IN BLUE SQUARE NASSAU STAKES - GALLAGHER HOPING MAC CAN PROVE SUPER IN Bluesquare.com STEWARDS’ CUP




Owner and racing manager Simon Marsh could have split loyalties in this year’s £200,000 Group One Blue Square Nassau Stakes (3.10pm), with both Dar Re Mi and Moneycantbuymelove being considered for the prestigious 10-furlong contest, highlight of racing on the fifth and final day of Glorious Goodwood on Saturday, August 1.


As manager of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s Watership Down Stud, Marsh has overseen the home-bred Dar Re Mi’s rise from maiden company to success at the highest level, culminating in a game victory in the 10-furlong Group One Audi Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 27. Marsh is also joint-owner of the progressive Moneycantbuymelove, who could also line up in the Blue Square Nassau Stakes.


The John Gosden-trained Dar Re Mi landed the Group Three Prix Minerve at Deauville in August last year before going on to be second to Lush Lashes in the Group One Yorkshire Oaks at Newmarket just eight days later.

She was also second in the Group One Prix Vermeille at Longchamp in September, when she found French wonder filly and subsequent Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Zarkava two lengths too strong.

Simon Marsh commented: “Dar Re Mi is a possibility for the Blue Square Nassau Stakes and we will take a look nearer the time before deciding whether to go for the race.


“It was fantastic that she won a Group One last time out and it was great that she did it over a mile and a quarter as well. We have a pretty big autumn campaign planned for her, with races like the Yorkshire Oaks, the Prix Vermeille, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe or the Prix de l’Opera as potential targets. There are a lot of Group One races for older fillies in the autumn calendar these days.


“She just runs true to form in all of her races - she’s gutsy, she has never been out of the first three in her life and she doesn’t mind heavy or fast ground. She’s won her Group One over 10 furlongs but I think that a mile and a half is her optimum trip and will be stepping her back up in trip later in the season.”

Marsh may also be represented in the Blue Square Nassau Stakes as an owner with the progressive Moneycantbuymelove, whom he owns in partnership with New England Stud owner Peter Stanley, breeder Nick Wright, bloodstock agent Hugo Lascelles and Lordship Stud’s owner Trevor Harris.


The three-year-old, trained by Michael Bell, lost her maiden tag in emphatic style when taking the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes over the same distance as the Blue Square Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on May 21, and followed that effort with another impressive performance, coming with a storming late run to land the mile Listed Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot on June 17.


Marsh continued: “I believe that the intended target for Moneycantbuymelove is also the Blue Square Nassau Stakes. We decided to miss the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket because we felt that she wasn’t quite ready for it - she had a hard race at Ascot and we wanted to give her a little break.


“She won over 10 furlongs at Goodwood in May and so the Blue Square Nassau Stakes seemed the obvious target. I don’t know if she is a Group One filly but she’s certainly going in the right direction and we will hopefully find out next Saturday.


“If both fillies lined up at Goodwood, then I certainly wouldn’t favour Moneycantbuymelove and it would be absolutely fantastic if either of them won. At the moment, I am probably more fond of Dar Re Mi because she means more to me.”

Dar Re Mi is currently 9/2 second favourite for the Blue Square Nassau Stakes with the race sponsor, while Moneycantbuymelove is rated as an 8/1 chance. Blue Square make Oaks runner-up Midday their 4/1 market leader, with last season’s champion juvenile filly Rainbow View and Coronation Stakes second Reggane both quoted at 6/1.

Other notable contenders include Irish Group Two winner Katiyra (7/1), the Cheveley Park Stud-owned pair of Heaven Sent (8/1) and Spacious (8/1), who were second and third respectively in the Falmouth Stakes, and three-time Group One scorer Lush Lashes (12/1), who was beaten a head in last year’s Blue Square Nassau Stakes.

The final day of Glorious Goodwood also includes the fiercely competitive £100,000 Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup (3.45pm). After saddling Mac Gille Eoin (8st 11lb) to be fifth in the six-furlong heritage handicap last year, trainer John Gallagher is optimistic that his talented can fare even better in this season’s contest.

The five-year-old, rated a 14/1 chance with Blue Square, booked his place in the race by breaking the track record with an all-the-way success in a six-furlong handicap at Epsom on July 2, and was narrowly denied over the same course and distance in another handicap on Derby Day.

Gallagher commented: “The plan has been the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup for Mac Gille Eoin for quite some time now and we ran him at Epsom at the start of July just to give him a confidence boost and just to make sure that he got into the race.

“He’s won there, picked up a 3lb penalty, and he has come out it in good order. He loves the six furlongs at Goodwood, having won over it twice, and I thought he ran a very good race in the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup last year on ground that was probably a bit soft for his liking.

“We thought that if we could get him into this year’s race on a mark of around 95 or 96, then we would be in with a definite squeak. He works on an undulating gallop at home and that might be the reason why he runs so well at Goodwood. As a two-year-old, he was a big baby and terrified of everything but once he won his first race, he seemed to change overnight and he became a lion.

“The ideal situation would be for him to sit in the first half dozen and then go as soon as they hit the dip - he loves the rising ground at Goodwood. I was over the moon to hear that High Standing will skip the race because that was the one horse who looked head and shoulders above the rest and it looks a very open race now.


“I am more confident coming into the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup this time around. He’s suddenly come into himself and, while the ground will play a major part, he’s probably running off a mark that is 3lb better off than last year. He wasn’t beaten far then and the fact that he loves the track and is coming into the race off the back of a confidence-booster mean I would have to be hopeful of his chances.”

The market for this year’s Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup is headed Markab (8st 13lb) and Prohibit (8st 13lb), who were fourth and fifth respectively in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot and are quoted as 8/1 joint favourites with the race sponsor.

Other notable contenders include top-weight and Wokingham Handicap second Asset (10st & 14/1), Something (8st 9lb & 14/1), Genki (8st 10lb & 14/1), the progressive Roker Park (8st 8lb & 14/1) and Group Three winner Knot In Wood (9st 3lb & 20/1).


Glorious Goodwood, which runs from Tuesday, July 28, to Saturday, August 1, inclusive, features five days of outstanding racing action at one of the world’s most beautiful racecourses. With tickets selling well for all five days, racegoers are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment.


To book tickets please call 01243 755022 and to reserve restaurant places call 01243 755027 or alternatively visit the website www.goodwood.com and book online.





Blue Square Nassau Stakes - Sponsor’s Prices
4/1 Midday, 9/2 Dar Re Mi, 6/1 Rainbow View, 6/1 Reggane, 7/1 Katiyra, 8/1 Spacious, 8/1 Moneycantbuymelove, 8/1 Heaven Sent, 12/1 Lush Lashes, 12/1 Barshiba, 16/1 Mad About You, 16/1 Perfect Truth, 20/1 Saphira’s Fire, 20/1 High Heeled

Others on request, Each-way 1/4 1,2,3

Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup - Sponsor’s Prices
8/1 Markab, 8/1 Prohibit, 14/1 Something, 14/1 Asset, 14/1 Bouvardia, 14/1 Mac Gille Eoin, 14/1 Genki, 14/1 Roker Park, 16/1 Al Khaleej 16/1 Buachaill Dona, 20/1 Jimmy Styles, 20/1 Knot In Wood, 20/1 Tajneed, 20/1 Striking Spirit, 20/1 Master Of Disguise, 20/1 Tamagin, 25/1 Valery Borzov, 25/1 Beaver Patrol, 25/1 Fol Hollow, 25/1 Barney McGrew, 25/1 Global City, 25/1 Zidane, 25/1 Thebes, 25/1 Enderby Spirit, 25/1 Evens And Odds, 25/1 Advanced, 25/1 Sonny Red, 25/1 Kaldoun Kingdom, 25/1 Parisian Pyramid, 25/1 Pearly Wey, 25/1 Rain Delayed, 33/1 Harrison George, 33/1 Leandros, 33/1 Viking Spirit, 33/1 Hitchens, 25/1 Hamish McGonagall, 33/1 Joseph Henry, 33/1 Judd Street, 33/1 Romeo’s On Fire, 33/1 Fishforcompliments, 33/1 Peak District, 33/1 Everymanforhimself, 33/1 Proclaim, 33/1 Brave Prospector, 33/1 Kostar, 40/1 Protector, 40/1 Osiris Way, 40/1 Orpsie Boy, 40/1 Nota Bene, 40/1 Internationaldebut, 40/1 Flash McGahon, 40/1 Biniou, 40/1 River Falcon, 40/1 Baby Strange, 40/1 Akhenaten, 40/1 Quest For Success, 50/1 Perfect Flight, 50/1 Fault, 50/1 Jobe, 50/1 Capricorn Run, 50/1 Saucy Brown, 50/1 Bond City, 66/1 Carcinetto

Others on request, Each-way 1/4 1,2,3,4,5



COURSE IN FANTASTIC CONDITION AHEAD OF GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 2009




Seamus Buckley, Clerk of the Course at Goodwood, today reported the ground at the West Sussex venue to be in “fantastic condition” ahead of Glorious Goodwood 2009, which commences on Tuesday, Wednesday 28, and runs through to Saturday, August 1.


Buckley reported at 3.00pm today: “I have just walked the course and am describing the ground as good. The GoingStick reading is currently 8.4 and that is indicative of current conditions.


“The course is in fantastic condition and I am absolutely delighted with it. There is a great covering of grass and it walks extremely well.


“Over the past few weeks the weather has been kind to us and it will be great to start Glorious Goodwood on natural ground. We do not anticipate having to water the course before racing begins on Tuesday, July 28.


“We are all set fair for what promises to be five wonderful days of racing.”

Six-day confirmations for the opening day of Glorious Goodwood will be made tomorrow.




DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1 FOR $100 DISCOUNT ON BREEDERS’ CUP FOAL NOMINATIONS




LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 21, 2009) – Deadline for the early discount of $100 off the $500 price for a Breeders’ Cup foal nomination is midnight ET Aug. 1. As a part of a nominator stimulus plan announced April 7, the discount applies to all foals nominated electronically or “on-line” to the Breeders’ Cup program for the 2009 foal crop if made on or before the Aug. 1 deadline.


To date, Breeders’ Cup has received 1,760 foal nominations via the on-line service. Through this time last year Breeders’ Cup had received 638 nominations when the price was $500 per foal.


The early on-line discount was proposed by the Racing and Nominations Committee as a way to stimulate nominator participation during the challenging economic environment and to encourage greater use of the Web to increase efficiency and reduce costs.


“Nominators have responded enthusiastically by taking advantage of our stimulus program and 20% reduction for on-line users,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Greg Avioli. “We appreciate their loyal support in these difficult economic times and encourage all to take advantage of the discount over the next two weeks.”

Early nomination insures the Breeders’ Cup nomination is included on the catalogue page for weanlings entered into November sales.


All foals sired by a fully nominated Breeders' Cup stallion, European Breeders' Fund stallion or BCL/EBF Common Fund stallion are eligible for nomination to the Breeders' Cup program in their year of birth. The standard $500 foal nomination, for those choosing not to nominate on-line, will remain in effect, wit h a deadline of Midnight (ET), October 15. Late foal nominations may be made by Midnight (ET), December 15 of the year of birth by payment of a one-time $1,500 nomination fee.


A Breeders' Cup-nominated foal is eligible to participate in the racing programs of the Breeders’ Cup for its entire racing career without any further nomination payments due. Breeders’ Cup provides over $30 million in Purses and Awards for Breeders’ Cup nominated horses to earn. The Breeders’ Cup funded purses include $25.5 million at the Championships 20and over $5 Million in 100 Nominator Stakes held at 40 tracks around the country.


The Breeders’ Cup foal nomination program began in 1983 with a standard $500 per foal fee. The standard fee has never been increased since its inception. The late nomination fee of $1,500 per foal by December 15 was introduced in 2004.


Early 2009 Foal nomination for 2009 is available on the Breeders’ Cup Web Site at http://www.breederscup.com/content.aspx?id=26439.

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships; Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships consisting of 14 races and $25.5 million in purses, which makes it the richest event in sports. At last year’s Breeders’ Cup, more than $100 million in winning wagers were returned to fans at betting locations around t he globe. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, and the Breeders’ Cup Stakes Program. Breeders’ Cup has offices in Lexington, Ky., and in New York City. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You may follow the Breeders’ Cup on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BreedersCup


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