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Monday, August 11, 2003



25 ENTRIES FOR GREY DAY AT NEWMARKET




The £10,000-added SportingOdds.com Grey Horse Handicap at Newmarket on Saturday - the first race in Britain restricted to grey horses - has caught the imagination of owners and trainers, attracting an impressive 25 entries at today's five-day entry stage.


Heading the entries for the six-furlong contest is the Gay Kelleway-trained SILVER ELITE, who will run in Saturday's race in the ownership of Maurice Duranti from Chingford in Essex.


Mr Duranti, who will meet Silver Elite for the first time at the Kelleway stables in Newmarket on Wednesday morning, won the free draw held at Newmarket on Friday and Saturday last week to have ownership of the horse on Saturday. He will also be entertained by Gay Kelleway as well as receive lunch in the July restaurant.

A £200 free bet has been donated courtesy of SportingOdds.com and the competition winner will also be able to keep 50% of any prize money won by Silver Elite on the day.


Silver Elite comes into Saturday's race in good form, having won a handicap over five furlongs at Wolverhampton last Friday.


Other interesting contenders include Brooke Sanders' recent winner A WOMAN IN LOVE, Hughie Morrison's progressive looking three-year-old CAPE ST VINCENT and the veteran YORKIES BOY, who is now under the care of sprint wizard Milton Bradley.


Lisa Hancock, Newmarket's Managing Director, commented: "We are delighted to have received this number of entries for the first greys' race in this country.


"Hopefully we will have a large field on Saturday and racegoers will be able to savour the unique sight of an all-grey field bounding up the July Course at Newmarket."



ARAKAN TO BID FOR GOODWOOD GLORY IN CELEBRATION MILE




The excellent memories of this year's five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting will remain for a long time to come with racegoers, who get their next opportunity to visit Britain's most beautiful racecourse for the two-day August Bank Holiday meeting on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24.


Prize money for the14 races over the two days this year totals £315,500, which represents an increase of £41,000 (+15%).


The feature race on Saturday, August 23, is the Group Two CELEBRATION MILE (3.05pm), which boasts a total prize fund of £100,000.


Among the possibles for the renewal of this prestigious contest are Nayyir and Arakan, first and second in the seven-furlong Group Two Lennox Stakes at the last meeting.

The latter looked extremely unfortunate to be hemmed in a furlong out with nowhere to go before champion jockey Kieren Fallon switched him and he flew at the finish to go down to Nayyir by a head.


Alan Cooper, racing manager to the Niarchos Family, the owners of Arakan, commented: "The current plan for Arakan is the Celebration Mile and I think, having discussed it with Sir Michael [Stoute, trainer], that he will be suited by the extra furlong.


"We are taking it step by step with Arakan but he has now been second in a Group Three race, then a Group Two and we are now going for a Group Two again."

Tillerman disappointed in the Lennox Stakes but he was an extremely popular winner of the Celebration Mile in 2002, when he got the better of Redback by a neck, for local trainer Amanda Perrett.


Godolphin has won two of the last seven runnings of the Celebration Mile, courtesy of Mark Of Esteem in 1996 and Cape Cross three years later. The Maktoum family's racing entity has five possibles including Dubai World Cup hero Moon Ballad, Dubai Destination, the four-length winner from Tillerman on his last start in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, Blatant, Bowman and Lateen Sails, a Group Three scorer in France last time.


For many people Reel Buddy's victory in the Group One Sussex Stakes was the highlight of Glorious Goodwood. Legendary jockey Pat Eddery gave the five-year-old a marvellous ride to get him up in the final strides and the pair received an ovation in the winner's enclosure as this is Eddery's final season in the saddle before retirement.


Saturday's big race is well-supported by the opening Listed £32,000 MARCH STAKES (2.00pm) over a mile and six furlongs and the £30,000-added ladbrokes.com HANDICAP (2.30pm) over six furlongs.


Stoute is the most successful current trainer in the March Stakes with five victories including last year courtesy of First Charter. The Polish Precedent colt, owned by Saeed Suhail, who also owns this year's Vodafone Derby hero Kris Kin, justified favouritism to deny Spanish John by one and a half lengths in the St Leger trial.


Saturday's card is completed by the £20,000-added ALBERT THREE SCORE AND TEN RATED STAKES (3.35pm) over seven furlongs, the £7,000-added GOODWOOD SCULPTURE PARK MAIDEN AUCTION STAKES (4.10pm) over a mile, the £5,500-added KINCSEM MAIDEN HANDICAP (4.40pm) over a mile and four furlongs and the concluding £8,000-added SOUNDS OF THE BLUES BROTHERS HANDICAP STAKES (5.15pm), over five furlongs.


After racing on Saturday, band SOUNDS OF THE BLUES BROTHERS will be providing musical entertainment. The concert starts at 5.30pm in the Gordon Enclosure and is free of charge to all racegoers. Anyone wishing to just attend the concert can do so by paying £13 at the East Entrance.


The Sunday is one of Goodwood's famous Family Days, with children - who gain free admission if under 17 at all Goodwood's fixtures - receiving either a free gift or a free ice cream. There are plenty of attractions for children - crazy cottage, face painters, wacky racers, swing boats, roundabouts, fun castles, bucking bronco and a supervised playground for four to 11-year-olds - and adults - Shane Street Jazz, Russ Henderson Steel Band and aerobatic display - besides the excellent racing. In addition Goodwood offers a baby and toddle creche and the GG Junior Racing Club marquee.

The Sunday is also Civil Service Motoring Association day and the seven-race card features the £40,000 Group Three MALAYSIA AIRLINES NON-STOP PRESTIGE STAKES for two-year-old fillies over seven furlongs.


Two seasons ago this contest went to the Luca Cumani-trained Gossamer, who subsequently won two races at the highest level including the Entenmann's Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Geminiani triumphed for Lambourn trainer Barry Hills last year when beating subsequent Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Mail The Desert by a length and a quarter.


The two main supporting events on the Sunday are the opening £20,000-added TRAVELSPHERE HOLIDAYS HANDICAP (1.40pm) over a mile and four furlongs and the £20,000-added BRITANNIA RESCUE RATED STAKES (2.10pm) over a mile and a furlong.


Last year the John Gosden-trained Rawyaan justified favouritism in the latter contest and the four-year-old returned to Goodwood for his next start when proving a head too strong for Imtiyaz in the Listed Foundation Stakes in September.


The Travelsphere Holidays Handicap Stakes was a momentous event in 2002 for Peter Bowen. Mr Ed provided the Pembrokeshire-based trainer with his first winner at Goodwood, where despite having to wait for a run, he picked up well to beat Desert Island Disc by half a length.


Sunday's four other races are the £7,000-added CSMA AND FRIZZELL 80TH ANNIVERSARY EBF MAIDEN FILLIES' STAKES (2.40pm) over six furlongs, the £12,000-added ECOTEK CLEANBURN NURSERY STAKES (3.10pm) over seven furlongs, the £8,000-added SEAFRANCE DOVER - CALAIS FERRIES CLASSIFEID STAKES (4.15pm) over seven furlongs, and the concluding £6,000-added MOTORING & LEISURE DRIVE HOME SAFELY HANDICAP STAKES (4.50pm) over a mile and two furlongs. The gates open at 11.30am.


Rod Fabricius, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Goodwood, said today: "Reel Buddy's success in the Sussex Stakes with Pat Eddery aboard and Persian Punch proving that he is the bravest horse in training with his magnificent victory in the Lady O Goodwood Cup were just two of the memorable events at Glorious Goodwood.


"Our next meeting on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24, promises more high-class racing and we are looking forward to welcoming regular racegoers as well as plenty of new visitors."

Admission for each of the two days of the August Bank Holiday Meeting costs £20 for the Richmond Enclosure and £13 for the Gordon Enclosure. £6 (£4 for over 65s) for the Public Enclosure on Saturday, August 23, and £8 (£4 for over 65s) for the Public Enclosure on Sunday, August 24. There is FREE entry for children under 17 years accompanied by an adult in all enclosures on both days and at all Goodwood fixtures while plenty of FREE parking is available.


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