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Tuesday, August 28, 2001



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2002 TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS: 5-1 Johannesburg, 14-1 Rock Of Gibraltar, 20-1 Comfy (from 25), Dubai Destination, Mushaheer, Naheef, 25-1 Flat Spin, Funfare Wane, Hawk Wing, Leos Luckyman, 33-1 Camberra, King Of Happiness, Landseer, Official Flame, Roar Of The Tiger, Waldenburg, War Zone, Zipping (Others Upon Application)

2002 ONE THOUSAND GUINEAS: 7-1 Gossamer (from 8), 12-1 Queens Logic, 16-1 Silent Honor, 20-1 Muklah, Seba, 25-1 Islington, Sophisticat, 33-1 Carinae, Karamah, Kootenay, Lady High Havens, Leggy Lou, Ya Hajar, (Others Upon Application)

THE ST LEGER: 7-2 Alexius, Milan, 4-1 Mr Combustible, 6-1 Nayef, 10-1 And Beyond, 12-1 Beekeeper, 16-1 Artillery, Pugin, Vinnie Roe, Xtra, 20-1 Equerry, Putra Sandhurst, Qaatef, Year Two Thousand, 25-1 Theatre Script, Wareed, 33-1 Bosham Mill, When In Rome, 50-1 Fair Question, (Others Upon Application)

WILLIAM HILL TAX-FREE BETTING ON THE ARC (Longchamp, Oct 7th): 4-1 Fantastic Light, 9-2 Hightori, 6-1 Aquarelliste, 7-1 Imagine, 12-1 Anabaa Blue, Chichicastengo, Egyptband, Maille Pistol (from 16), Mirio, 14-1 Alexius, Storming Home, 16-1 Tobougg, 20-1 Holding Court, Lailani, Morshdi, Sabiango, 33-1 Ela Athena, Grandera, Millenary, Mr Combustible, Wellbeing, With The Flow, 50-1 Endless Hall, (Others Upon Application)



HIGHTORI CAN TAKE EMIRATES WORLD SERIES LEAD




Hightori, trained in France by Philippe Demercastel, can take the lead in the 2001 Emirates World Series following his supplementary entry into Sunday's fourth leg of the Series; the UAE Grosser Preis von Baden, over a mile and a half at Baden-Baden Racecourse, Germany.


Sponsored by Emirates, the award winning international airline of the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates World Series travels around the globe taking in the twelve most prestigious thoroughbred horse races in ten countries on four continents to establish one true world champion.

Hightori, a four-year-old son of Vettori, is currently on eight Emirates World Series points following his third place finish, gaining him four points, behind Captain Steve in the first leg of the Series; the Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates, at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in March.

Hightori picked up the further four points when finishing third in the second race of the Series; the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot in July won by the joint Series leader, Galileo. A win or a second place finish in Sunday's race would put Hightori clear of the current joint leaders.

A total of 18 horses were left in the UAE Grosser Preis von Baden after Tuesday's forfeit stage. The trainer of last year's winner Samum, Andreas Schutz, has left in his multiple group winner Subiaco. The son of Monsun has already won at Baden-Baden when he lifted the Group Two Betty Barclay Rennen in May.

Also included in the home defence is the Peter Schiergen-trained German Derby winner Boreal, who would appreciate a bit of cut in the ground on Sunday.

Andreas Wohler, currently the joint leader of the Emirates World Series after his victory in the third leg of the Series; the Arlington Million in Chicago with his globetrotting Silvano, will be represented on Sunday by Sabiango. This half brother to Silvano has been referred to as the best three-year-old in Germany but did not run in the German Derby due to the soft going.

Wohler could also run Paolini a dual Group One winner in Italy this season including the Gran Premio di Milano at San Siro.


Baden-Baden looks likely to play host to a number of other European runners including Morshdi, the winner of the Italian Derby. Trained by Michael Jarvis in Newmarket, the son of Slip Anchor also finished runner-up to the awesome Galileo in the Irish Derby.

Jarvis may also send Ela Athena, the daughter of Ezzoud finished second to Paolini in the Gran Premio di Milano and last year was fourth in the penultimate leg of the Emirates World Series; the Japan Cup.


Sir Michael Stoute, who won this race in 1996 with Pilsudski, may run Little Rock, a five-year-old son of Warning, who in 2000 won the Group Two Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket and finished runner up in the same race this year.


France based trainer Henri-Alex Pantall has left in Earlene, owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, winner of the Group Two Prix d'Harcourt at Longchamp in April.

The full field for Sunday's UAE Grosser Pries von Baden will be declared on Wednesday.


2001 Emirates World Series Current Points Rankings

After Round 3; The Arlington Million


HORSE

Captain Steve 12
Galileo 12
Silvano 12
Hightori 8
To The Victory 6
Fantastic Light 6
Hap 6
Redattore 4
State Shinto 3
Storming Home 3
Caitano 3

JOCKEY

Jerry Bailey 18
Michael Kinane 12
Andreas Suborics 12
Gerald Mosse 8
Yutaka Take 6
Lanfranco Dettori 6
Alex Solis 4
Kent Desormeaux 3
Ted Durcan 3
Michael Hills 3


Emirates World Series 2001

Dubai World Cup, Sponsored by Emirates - 24th March, Won by Captain Steve

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Sponsored by De Beers - 28th July, Won by Galileo

Arlington Million - 18th August, Won by Silvano

United Arab Emirates - Grosser Preis von Baden - 2nd September, Baden-Baden, Germany

Ireland The Food Island Irish Champion Stakes - 8th September, Leopardstown, Dublin

Canadian International - 30th September, Woodbine, Toronto

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere - 7th October, Longchamp, Paris

Carlton Draught Cox Plate - 27th October Moonee Valley, Australia

Breeders' Cup Turf - 27th October, Belmont, New York

Breeders' Cup Classic - 27th October, Belmont, New York

Japan Cup - 25th November, Tokyo

Hong Kong Cup - 16th December, Sha Tin



RIPON'S SATURDAY FINALE




Ripon's final meeting of 2001 takes place on Saturday (1 September), when the principal race is The betabet City of Ripon Handicap Stakes.


This valuable handicap contest over nine furlongs is supported by betabet - one of 18 races sponsored this year on the Yorkshire racecourses (two at each course) by betabet, the largest network of independent bookmakers in the U.K.


Regular supporters, accountants and business advisors Lishman Sidwell Campbell & Price return to Ripon to support a Nursery handicap for two-year-olds (one mile), while The Accountant Online Maiden Fillies' Stakes, a contest for three-year-old fillies (one mile and a quarter) draws attention to a new venture developed and promoted by Lishman Sidwell Campbell & Price, utilising the latest I.T. technology to provide accountancy services to clients and businesses.


Racing on Saturday begins at 2.15 p.m. with a selling handicap race for three-year-olds over a mile and a quarter, named in honour of Gerald Curtis - one of a series of races organised in the north by Racing Welfare in recognition of stable staff who have given a lifetime to the sport of racing. Gerald now lives in retirement at Richmond, North Yorkshire with his wife, Valerie, having spent 37 years working at Hurgill Lodge in Richmond as Headman for a succession of trainers - Harry Peacock, Buster Fenningworth, Walter Wharton and Bill Watts.


Also featured on Saturday are The Racing Welfare Maiden Stakes (for two-year-olds over six furlongs) and The Bernadette McWilliams Memorial Handicap Stakes (extended mile and a half) - supported once again by the McWilliams family of Leeds.


Musical entertainment on Ripon's last day of the season is provided by The Ripon City Band.




ALTIERO SET TO RESUME RACING WEDNESDAY




Early Metropolitan favourite Altiero will resume racing at Wyong in New South Wales on Wednesday.


New Zealand-bred Altiero will carry topweight of 60kg when she contests the $A31,000 Vinery Australia Mona Lisa Plate (1350m) for fillies and mares at Wyong.


Altiero, trained by Gai Waterhouse, is an exciting staying four-year-old mare by Kashani who stands at Highview Stud in New Zealand. She finished third in last season's Group One Queensland Oaks at the Brisbane Winter Carnival.


Also in the field against Altiero at the Wyong meeting is another well-performed daughter of Kashani, Kashkow, from the Graeme Rogerson stable.


Waterhouse has already stated that Altiero is a huge chance to take out the major prize in the $A600,000 Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on September 29.


"Altiero is in the same mould as many of my other Metropolitan winners," Waterhouse said.


Waterhouse has already won the Metropolitan on five previous occasions each time with New Zealand-bred horses. Her previous successes in this Group One feature have been with Te Akau Nick (1992), Electronic (1995), Hula Flight (1996), In Joyment (1998) and Coco Cobanna (2000).




GREAT START TO NEW SEASON FOR CHAMPION BREEDER




The Mercedes Racing Awards New Zealand Champion Breeder Of The Year, Windsor Park Stud, has begun the new season in fine style.


Mulan Princess, bred by Windsor Park Stud and private breeder Alan Burnet, won the Listed Premier's Cup at Rosehill last Saturday.


Mulan Princess is by Windsor Park-based sire Kaapstad from the well-performed mare, Madam Valeta and is trained in Sydney by Gai Waterhouse.


She was sold by Windsor Park Stud from its draft at the 1999 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale at Karaka for $100,000.


Mulan Princess is one of a number of Kaapstad's progeny who have been successful in Australia since the start of the new season.


Also successful at Flemington a week ago was the Kaapstad-Timeless Moments four-year-old gelding, As You Wood, while Docstad (Kaapstad-Oakfields) won a maiden event at Kyneton.


Another Windsor Park resident sire to make his mark early in the season was Volksraad who was represented by outstanding Jim Gibbs-trained three-year-old Vinaka in the winners' circle at Hastings last Saturday.


Vinaka is now to be set for a start in the $NZ50,000 Side Line Bar Hawke's Bay Guineas (1400m), Gr III, at Hastings on September 15.


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