Tuesday, August 7, 2001
LATEST WILLIAM HILL ANTE-POST PRICES
ROTHMANS ROYALS ST LEGER: 3-1 Alexius, 5-1 Morshdi, 8-1 And Beyond, Milan, Mr Combustible, 10-1 Beekeeper, 12-1 Pugin, Xtra, 16-1 Putra Sandhurst, Theatre Script, 20-1 Fair Question, Year Two Thousand, 33-1 Bosham Mill, (Others Upon Application)
WILLIAM HILL TAX-FREE BETTING ON THE ARC (Longchamp, Oct 7th): 3-1 Fantastic Light, 6-1 Aquarelliste, Imagine, 7-1 Hightori, 10-1 Chichicastengo, Egyptband, Mirio, Storming Home, 12-1 Tobougg, 14-1 Anabaa Blue, Grandera, 16-1 Golden Snake, Lailani, 20-1 Beat Hollow, Maille Pistol, Morshdi, 25-1 Ela Athena, Sakhee, 33-1 Wellbeing, With The Flow, 40-1 Mr Combustible, 50-1 Endless Hall, (Others Upon Application)
THE TOTE EBOR: 10-1 Artillery, Ovambo, 12-1 Akbar, Cover Up, Maniatis, 14-1 Ansar, First Ballot, Harlequin, Solo Flight, Tomasino, 16-1 Fly With Me, Hambledon, Kuster (from 20), 20-1 Capal Garmon, Elsaamri, Mediterranean, Mutakarrim, Ravenswood, Travelmate, 25-1 BAR
2002 SAGITTA TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS: 16-1 Johanesburg, 20-1 Dubai Destination, Mushaheer, Naheef, Rock Of Gibraltar, 25-1 Funfare Wane, Leos Luckyman, Waldenburg, 33-1 Serieux, (Others Upon Application)
2002 SAGITTA ONE THOUSAND GUINEAS: 16-1 Silent Honour, 20-1 Gossamer, Leggy Lou, Seba, (Others Upon Application)
BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP RUNNING PLANS
Several trainers have spoken today about the horses they plan to run in Saturday's Blue Square Shergar Cup at Ascot.
Newmarket-based Ben Hanbury has revealed that he is considering the lightly-raced Murghareb for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint.
Hanbury said today: "He runs, all being well, if he gets in," said the trainer today. "But he won't run if it gets too soft.
"It's the only sprint for three-year-olds at this time of year and it's worth £100,000 to boot - it's very hard taking on the older horses.
"He ran an exceptionally good race at Newbury. He was short of room and we were a bit unlucky not to finish closer to the winner.
"I think the winner had a bit in hand but mine would certainly have give him a fight. He's been in great form since.
"Sprinting is his game, like his mother and father before him.
"But he won't run if it's very heavy ground. It's unbelievable to see all this rain around but it does dry up quickly at this time of year."
Meanwhile toby balding has revealed that he is considering the ILPH Shergar cup Mile for Bomb Alaska with Palace Affair a possible for the Ritz Club Shergar Cup Distaff.
Balding reported: "They are possibles rather than probables at this stage. We are basically waiting on the ground.
"The ground at Windsor last night would have just about been OK but I think it's a bit firmer at Ascot. They are forecast rain but we'll have to see if it comes.
"I have to make my mind up by Thursday when we declare."
"They are both in great heart and under serious consideration, Palace Affair ran well enough last time on ground plenty fast enough."
However one horse definitely not heading to the Berkshire track on Saturday is George Margarson's Atavus, winner of this season's Bunbury Cup and Tote International. The Distant Relative colt holds an entry in the ILPH Shergar Cup Mile.
Margarson said: "He's highly likely to miss the race," said Margarson. "I just feel it's a bit soon for him. He doesn't owe us anything and I think it's the fairest thing for the horse - this would be his fourth hard race in a short space of time.
"He's in super form but I think it's asking too much.
"His main aim is the £75,000 race (Tote Trifecta Stakes) at the Ascot Festival in September and he is likely to have just one run between now and then, probably at York.
"But it wouldn't worry me if he went there fresh."
MICK QUINN APPEAL TO BE HEARD TOMORROW
The Appeal Board of the Jockey Club will consider, on 8th August 2001, an appeal lodged by Mick Quinn, a licensed trainer, against the decision of the Disciplinary Committee on 28th June to withdraw his current Licence to Train and inform him that he should not reapply for a further Licence to Train before 1st January 2004, following an admission from him that he was in breach of Rule 51.
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club held an enquiry on 28th June 2001 to establish whether or not Mick Quinn, a licensed trainer, had committed a breach of Rule 51 of the Rules of Racing, in that the overall condition of Winsome George, Arab Gold and Zola (IRE) fell below that expected of a licensed trainer, indicative of a lack of care and skill on Quinn's part towards both the owners and the horses in his charge
Having considered the evidence, including a statement from Quinn, who was legally represented, Dr Peter Webbon, the Jockey Club Chief Veterinary Advisor, a Jockey Club Investigating Officer, Mick O'Gorman, a Veterinary Surgeon, Ms Jane Murfett, a member of the public and Joe Darby, a stable employee, the Committee accepted an admission from him that he was in breach of Rule 51, withdrew Quinn's Licence to Train with effect from Friday 6th July and informed him that he should not reapply for a licence before 1st January 2004.
An Appeal Board is comprised of an independent legal Chairman, supported by two members of the Jockey Club. Wednesday's hearing will be chaired former High Court Judge, Sir Edward Cazalet, supported by Anthony Mildmay-White and Fiona Whitaker.
The hearing will be the second time the Appeal Board has sat following its establishment on 1st March. Trainer Neville Callaghan had an Appeal overruled in June.
WINDSOR PLACEPOT HITS THE BIG-TIME
A fantastic Placepot dividend of £30,988.10 at Windsor on Monday night was the second highest in the history of the bet - celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year - and leaves a bumper carry-over of nearly £20,000 at Pontefract tomorrow (Wednesday).
Punters might have had an inkling of what was to come when the first three home in the opening amateur riders' handicap returned SPs of 10-1, 12-1 and 7-1. But for Placepot followers better was to come, when the first four (18 runners) in the following extended mile handicap returned at 8-1, 14-1, 33-1 and 20-1.
The real Placepot 'helper', though, was race three won by 25-1 chance Border Minstral, who scooted clear of a 10-1 shot and a 25-1 chance.
Both maidens were 'gettable', but only Mutasawwar was a seriously fancied horse to reach the frame in the five-furlong handicap.
Tote PR director, Matt Chapman, said: "After a whopping Jackpot of £312,122 at Chester on Sunday, it's great to have a near history-making Placepot at Windsor. Both bets continue to be really popular with punters, and they prove that for a relatively small stake you can enjoy a lumpy return.
"We are also thrilled with the Exacta. You only have to look at the first race at Ripon yesterday (Monday). The Exacta paid £1,227 and the CSF £169!"
The Monday night Placepot return of £30,988.10 was to a £1 stake. There were 0.55 winning tickets, leaving £19,102.26 carried forward to Pontefract.
TOP FIVE PLACEPOTS
16/5/1998 £41,256 Newbury
6/8/2001 £30,988 Windsor
25/1/2001 £25,440 Wincanton
3/5/1998 £23,914 Newmarket
20/4/1999 £22,015 Chepstow.
FASHION THE WINNER AT BEVERLEY'S 'LADIES DAY' MEETING
High Fashion and elegance will be in abundance when Beverley stages its own version of 'Royal Ascot' - the annual 'Journal Ladies Day' on Wednesday (15 August). A competitive seven-race programme on the Westwood is complemented by fashion shows during the afternoon organised by The Hull Daily Mail in conjunction with leading department store, Allders of Hull.
There's also action at Beverley on Thursday (16 August), when the feature race is held in memory of a former director of the Beverley Race Company, Mr. Nick Wilmot-Smith.
The Fashion Showcase - which is free to all - on Wednesday features fashion shows displaying a range of the latest outfits and styles. These will take place between races, with leading fashions including Jacques Vert, Planet, Betty Barclay, French Connection along with evening wear and Swarovski body jewellery. There is also expert advice regarding perfumery and skin-care. The Fashion Show is compered by BBC Radio Humberside presenter, Steve Massam. The best dressed ladies and wearers of the finest hats will receive a selection of vouchers for Lancome beauty products and Yves St. Laurent products from Allders, along with champagne.
Racing on Wednesday begins at 2.00 p.m. with The Allders of Hull Claiming Stakes over the extended mile, while the card also features races supported by The Hull Daily Mail and The Journal, including The Downey's Diary Classified Stakes (one mile and a half). The most valuable race of the afternoon is The Tote Placepot Stakes - a handicap contest for sprinters over five furlongs - the trophy for which will be presented by the chairman of the Tote, Peter Jones.
The Hull-based Kingston Communications return to Beverley to support a nursery handicap for two-year-old fillies over five furlongs, while stayers are in action in The Charles Elsey Memorial Challenge Trophy, a handicap contest over two miles which commemorates one of the north's great trainers who was the Champion trainer in 1956. Racegoers will be able to watch the action on the giant ToteVision screen situated opposite the main stands.
There's a 2.25 p.m. start to the proceedings on Thursday, the feature race being the inaugural running of The Nick Wilmot-Smith Memorial Stakes, a handicap contest over one mile and a quarter. Mr. Wilmot-Smith, who passed away in May, aged 88 years, became a director of the race company in March 1961, retiring from the board in April 1999. He then became a Patron of the racecourse.
Thursday's programme also includes a qualifying race in this season's Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series - a national series for gentleman amateur riders in association with The Daily Telegraph - which culminates in a Final at Ascot in September.
MONDAY EVENING CARD AT THIRSK
There's plenty of action at Thirsk on Monday evening (13 August), with the first race scheduled to start at 5.55 p.m. All six races are supported by regular sponsors of the racing programme at Thirsk.
The opening race is The Calverts Carpets Selling Stakes, a handicap contest over one mile, while Monday's card features The Tote Exacta Handicap Stakes (three-year-olds - one mile) and The Black Sheep Brewery Handicap Stakes (a race for stayers over two miles).
Three-year-old sprinters are catered for in The Weatherbys Marketing Services Handicap Stakes over the minimum distance of five furlongs. Weatherbys Group Ltd of Wellingborough provide many vital services to the racing industry, both commercial and administrative.
Studford Inns support a race for two-year-olds, The Feversham Arms Maiden Auction Stakes over seven furlongs, while juveniles are also in action in The E.B.F. Union Trucks/Scania Median Auction Maiden Stakes (five furlongs).
Musical entertainment is provided by jazz band 'Some Like It Hot', while for younger racegoers, there's a roundabout and appearances by children's entertainer 'Flourescent Flo'!
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink