Saturday, August 18, 2001
THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY
2.30pm STAN JAMES HUNGERFORD STAKES (GROUP THREE), 7F 64Y, NEWBURY, SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2001
GOING: Good to firm
BP = best price offered by William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral Eurobet & Tote
1) (5) 120-563 Arkadian Hero Luca Cumani 6-9-02 Jamie Spencer
High-class performer at best, although has never managed to score in Group One company. Has been running reasonably well this season, including on his most recent start when third to Medicean in the the Group Two Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Will be running over what appears to be his optimum trip today and with his stable in fine form he must be given a major chance of repeating his victory in this race last season.
BP = 4/1 William Hill
2) (3) 552011 Fath Marcus Tregoning 4-9-02 Richard Hills
Had some very decent form for Marcus Tregoning as a juvenile before a largely disappointing season with Godolphin in 2000, where his only success came in a conditions event at Doncaster over six furlongs. Returned to his original trainer at the start of the season and he has bounced right back to form on his last two outings with victories in a conditions event at Chester and a Group Three event at Glorious Goodwood, both over seven furlongs. He probably needs to improve again to win again here, but with his stable really firing he looks to offer good value. There are some lines of form to say that he can march Arkadian Hero.
BP = 9/1 Ladbrokes
3) (1) 503-012 Warningford James Fanshawe 7-9-02 Kieren Fallon
Now seven years old but appears to be as good as ever this season, with a victory in the Group Three Leicestershire Stakes at Newmarket and a fine neck second to Medicean in the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May, probably his best performance. Will be returning to his favoured distance of seven furlongs today (has never won over further) and should go well with his stable in form at present. Although he has won on all types of ground, he seems to have shown his very best form on a softer surface. Has not run since May and needs rain. Fair value.
BP = 13/2 Coral
4) (6) 124114 Atavus George Margarson 4-8-13 Jamie Mackay
Has been a real star for the small Newmarket yard of George Margarson this season, taking in the Bunbury Cup and Tote International handicaps. Those victories came off marks of 86 and 93 respectively and it appears doubtful that he can pose a threat to the main contenders today at these weights, with up to 20lb to find.
BP = 40/1 Ladbrokes
5) (7) 025134 Misraah Sir Michael Stoute 4-8-13
Has been unlucky on more than one occasion this year, with his only success coming in a five-furlong Listed contest at Sandown. Followed that up with a staying-on third behind Mozart in the Group One Darley July Cup and an unlucky fifth in the Tote International. Must have a good chance here with his stable another that is in good form at present. But has yet to find his right distance.
BP = 9/2 Tote, William Hill
6) (8) 016-403 Tillerman Amanda Perrett 5-8-13 Richard Hughes
Often runs well but is not a horse who actually wins that often (three wins from ten starts). His third off of top weight to Atavus in the Tote International gives him a very decent chance here but seems to need everyhing to go right for him others make more appeal. Disappointed in this race last year when fifth.
BP = 5/1 Tote
7) (4) 113025 Reel Buddy Richard Hannon 3-8-08 Pat Eddery
Started the season off in handicaps but has clearly improved and ran well in pattern company on his last two outings behind Shibboleth at Newmarket and Fath at Goodwood (where he encountered some trouble in running). Probably improving. Has a chance but others would appear to offer better value. May need a mile.
BP = 7/1 Coral, Ladbrokes, Tote, William Hill
8) (2) 12-4250 Tamburlaine Richard Hannon 3-8-08 Frankie Dettori
His second in the 2000 Guineas to Golan is some of the best form in this race and there were legitimate excuses for his defeats in the Irish 2000 Guineas (ground too soft) and the St James’s Palace Stakes (had a gut infection). Conditions may be more in his favour today and has an excellent if he has returned to his best.
BP= 5/1 Tote
SUMMARY A very open looking contest, with it being impossible to rule out many of the runners. The value appears to lie with FATH who is a big price and is worth backing each-way.
GOODWOOD BREAKS NEW GROUND WITH THE FAB BEATLES
Goodwood takes advantage of its fabulous new paddock development to present the first-ever pop concert at the Sussex racecourse after racing on Saturday, August 25, 2001.
The well-known and excellent Fab Beatles will play in the paddock from 5.30pm, providing a magical evening of nostalgia following an afternoon of terrific racing.
Rod Fabricius, General Manager of Goodwood Racecourse, commented: “The new paddock development, which has opened to much acclaim this year, allows us to host, in the right conditions, after-racing entertainments for the first time.
“The Fab Beatles will be the first band to play at Goodwood in an early-evening slot and I am sure the music will be an added attraction for our crowd, many of whom are holiday makers.”
Racing and music on Saturday, August 25, is followed by one of Goodwood’s famous Family Days on Sunday, August 26, which combine racing and treats for all the family and especially children.
The weekend sees the first racing at Goodwood since the highly-successful Festival meeting over five days which ended on August 4.
Britain’s most beautiful racecourse plays host again to racing action featuring top-class horses, with leading jockeys, trainers and owners in attendance.
Saturday’s seven-race programme offers over £175,000 of prize money and the highlight is the £80,000 Group Two Celebration Mile (2.50pm).
Last season racegoers were treated to a tremendous battle in the Celebration Mile between Medicean and Observatory, with the former prevailing by a length.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained winner is a top-class performer and this season has gone on to win two Group One events, the Lockinge Stakes and Eclipse Stakes.
Runner-up Observatory, trained by John Gosden, has also won two Group One events since then, the 2000 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the Longchamp’s Prix d’Ispahan this year. He finished last season as the top-rated three-year-old in the International Classifications over seven furlongs plus.
Medicean’s victory was the third success in this race for Sir Michael, who was also successful with the amazing filly Milligram in 1987 and Among Men a decade later. This year the Newmarket-based handler has left in No Excuse Needed after the August 7 forfeit stage and the Machiavellian colt proved his liking for Goodwood winning last season’s Group Three Champagne Lanson Vintage Stakes and he returned to finish runner-up to Noverre on his last start in the Group One Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes.
Noverre has subsequently been officially rated the best miler in Europe and he is one of two possible Godolphin runners along with Tempting Fate. Sheikh Mohammed’s racing entity has a tremendous recent record in the Celebration Mile, taking two of the last five renewals with Mark Of Esteem (1996) and Cape Cross three seasons later.
The card on Saturday, August 25, also features the £25,000-added Listed San Miguel March Stakes (1.45pm), over a mile and six furlongs, and the £30,000-added ladbrokes.co.uk Handicap (2.15pm), a competitive six-furlong sprint.
The former, sponsored for the first time by San Miguel, is a recognised trial for the season’s final classic, Doncaster’s St Leger, and Sir Michael also came up trumps in the race last season, saddling Alva Glen for a facile three-length victory.
Yorkshire-based trainer Richard Fahey conducted a long-distance raid on last year’s ladbrokes.co.uk Handicap with Surprised, who hit the front over a furlong out and none of his 20 rivals proved good enough to peg the five-year-old back.
Saturday’s other sponsored heats are the £15,000-added Persimmon Homes Rated Handicap (3.20pm) over seven furlongs, and the £6,000-added Chichester Observer Series Median Auction Maiden Stakes (4.20pm), another six-furlong dash. The Fab Beatles get their own race at 3.50pm, the Fab Beatles Maiden Handicap over a mile and a half, while the five-furlong Triumvirate Handicap rounds off the racing action at 4.55pm.
The gates open at 11.30am and admission charges are: £19 Richmond Enclosure, £12 Gordon Enclosure (Tattersalls) and £5 Public Enclosure (£3.50 over 65s). All accompanied children under 17 gain FREE entrance while FREE car parking is available.
Sunday, August 26, represents the last chance for racing enthusiasts to attend Goodwood on a Sunday this year. This second Sunday features a seven-race programme with over £110,000 in prize money and the highlight is the £40,000 Group Three Touchdown In Malaysia Prestige Stakes (3.15pm) over seven furlongs for juvenile fillies, plus all the Family Day treats and entertainments.
Last season the Brian Meehan-trained Freefourracing produced an exhilirating burst of acceleration to win this prestigious event by a neck from Summer Symphony.
Racegoers should take careful note of any runners in the Touchdown In Malaysia Prestige Stakes from Henry Cecil’s powerful Newmarket training base. The ten-times champion is the most successful trainer in the history of the race, which was first run in 1974, having sent out the winner on six occasions, most recently with Midnight Line in 1997.
The Sunday card’s sponsorship is again organised by the Civil Service Motoring Association
whose members enjoy their day out at the races. The gates open at 11.30am and there is a FREE gift and a FREE ice cream for all children. Entertainment for youngsters in the Public Enclosure includes Crazy Cottage, Face Painters, Rock Climbing Wall, Swingboats, Roundabouts and Funcastles, plus there is a supervised playground for 4 to11-year-olds and the Crazy Bears show at 1.30pm, 2.50pm and 4.15pm.
A baby and toddler creche and bouncy castle is situated in the Gordon Enclosure where a nails/tattoo artist and face painters are also to be found. Caricaturist Gary Jamieson will operate from 12.30pm in the Gordon Enclosure while the Stane Street Jazz Band strike up at 1pm when an Aerobatics Display takes place and is repeated at 1.45pm.
Sunday’s first two races are valuable handicap events. The opening contest, the £20,000-added Motoring & Leisure magazine Handicap, over one mile and four furlongs, goes to post at 2.15pm, while the £20,000-added Britannia Rescue Handicap (2.45pm) is run over three furlongs less. Livius ran on well to win the equivalent of the former event last year and half an hour later the Paul Cole-trained Everest snatched victory on the line from Kathir in the Britannia Rescue Handicap.
Sunday’s card is completed by four competitive races - the £10,000-added Ecotek Cleanburn Nursery (3.50pm) over seven furlongs, the £6,000-added DFDS Seaways European Breeders Fund Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (4.20pm) over six furlongs, the £6,000-added csma - it pays to belong Classified Stakes (4.50pm) over seven furlongs, and the £6,000-added Drive Home with Proton Cars Handicap, the final race of the afternoon at 5.25pm over a mile and two furlongs.
Admission prices are £19 Richmond Enclosure, £12 Gordon Enclosure, and £7 Family Enclosure (£3.50 over 65s). All accompanied children under 17 gain FREE entrance while FREE car parking is available.
Rod Fabricius commented: “The weekend of August 25 & 26 at Goodwood combines first-class horseracing and entertainment. Racegoers may get to see this year’s top miler, St Leger contenders and a fillies classic candidate for next season over the weekend.
“As far as the entertainment goes, we have our first after-racing pop concert on the Saturday and one of our very popular Family Days on the Sunday.”
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink