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Tuesday, August 12, 2003


Sulamani 2/1 favourite for Arlington Million

Arlington Million
Arlington Park, Chicago, Sat 16th August 2003
2 Sulamani, 11/4 Storming Home, 8 Paolini, 9 Honor In War, 9 Perfect Drift, 10 Olden Times, 11 Kaieteur, 14 The Tin Man, 25 Perfect Soul, 25 Touch Of Land, 33 Beauchamp Pilot, 40 Tripat, 40 Vangelis (1/5 odds 1,2,3)

2000 Guineas
1m, Newmarket, Sat 1st May 2004
4 One Cool Cat, 10 Three Valleys, 16 Grey Swallow, 20 Akimbo, 20 Imperial Stride, 25 Antonius Plus, 25 Grand Reward, 25 Lucky Story, 25 Magritte, 25 Pearl Of Love, 33 Carrizo Creek, 33 Kheleyf, 33 Old Deuteronomy, 33 Russian Valour, 33 Tycoon, 40 Kind Hesperus, 40 King's Point, 40 Matloob, 40 Mutahayya (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

1000 Guineas
1m, Newmarket, Sun 2nd May 2004
10 Attraction, 20 Much Faster, 25 Carry On Katie, 25 Ithaca, 25 Lucky Pipit, 25 Marching West, 25 Tarot Card, 33 Catstar, 33 Necklace, 33 Punctilious, 33 Silca's Gift, 40 River Belle, 40 Russian Dancer, 50 Badminton, 50 Majestic Desert, 50 Nataliya, 50 Surf The Net (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe
1m 4f, Longchamp, Sunday 5th October 2003
5/2 Dalakhani, 5 High Chaparral, 5 Sulamani, 8 Kris Kin, 12 Ange Gabriel, 16 Bright Sky, 16 Falbrav, 16 Nayef, 16 Super Celebre, 20 Doyen, 20 Vintage Tipple, 25 Bollin Eric, 25 Dai Jin, 33 Casual Look, 33 Fair Mix, 33 Highest, 33 Indian Creek, 33 Rakti, 33 The Great Gatsby, 33 Yesterday, 40 Asian Heights, 40 Black Sam Bellamy, 40 Next Desert, 40 Norse Dancer, 40 Leadership, 40 Warsaan, 50 Hanami, 50 Time Ahead (1/5 1,2,3)

Tote Ebor Handicap
1m6f, York, Wed 20th August 2003
10 Inglis Drever, 10 Salsalino, 10 Sentinel, 12 Big Moment, 12 Manoubi, 14 Distinction, 14 Double Obsession, 14 Handel, 14 Hugs Dancer, 14 Unleash, 16 Collier Hill, 16 Dawn Invasion, 16 Flownaway, 16 Holy Orders, 16 Morson Boy, 16 No Refuge, 16 Reveillez, 16 Saint Alebe, 16 Sindapour, 20 Shabernak, 20 Barolo, 20 Bourgeois, 20 Contraband, 20 Courageous Duke, 20 Counsel's Opinion, 20 Global Challenge, 20 Knavesmire Omen, 20 Lowlander, 20 Mobasher, 20 Muhareb, 20 Sadlers Wings, 20 Santando, 20 Singleton, 20 Westmoreland Road, 25 Conquering Love, 25 Defining, 25 Don Fernando, 25 Gulf, 25 Hambleden, 25 Harlestone Grey, 25 King's Consul, 25 Lodger, 25 Numitas, 25 Pole Star, 25 Putra Sandhurst, 25 Rahwaan, 25 Razkalla, 25 Red Wine, 25 Sarin, 25 Sun Bird, 25 Zibeline, 33 Allinjim, 33 Anticipating, 33 Canada, 33 Court Shareef, 33 Factor Fifteen, 33 Flotta, 33 Indian Solitaire, 33 Mamcazma, 33 Marakabei, 33 Midas Way, 33 Moon Emperor, 33 Prairie Falcon, 33 Promoter, 33 Royal Cavalier, 33 Sergeant Cecil, 33 Spanish John, 33 Sporting Gesture, 33 Tom Paddington, 33 Vicious Prince, 40 Almizan, 40 Gig Harbor, 40 High Point, 50 In Love, 66 Crathorne, 150 Homelife (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4)

St Leger Stakes
1m6f, Doncaster, 13th September 2003
9/2 High Accolade, 6 Hawk Flyer, 8 Phoenix Reach, 8 Shanty Star, 8 The Great Gatsby, 9 Maharib, 10 Brian Boru, 10 Casual Look, 10 Moments Of Joy, 12 Roosevelt, 12 Salsalino, 16 L´Ancresse, 16 Powerscourt, 16 Yesterday, 20 Delsarte, 20 Franklins Gardens, 20 Let Me Try Again, 25 Fantastic Love, 25 Westmoreland Road, 33 Arundel, 33 Cruzpiel, 33 Forest Magic, 33 Gold Medallist, 33 Hanami, 33 Hawksbill, 33 Osorio, 33 Piano Star, 33 Summitville, 33 Warhol, 33 Yawmi, 40 Alberto Giacometti, 40 Dubai Success, 40 Graikos, 40 Handel, 40 Ingres, 40 New South Wales, 40 Singleton, 50 Desert Quest, 50 Ssyadaw, 50 Summerland, 50 Wavertree Boy, 66 Hilbre Island, 66 Putra Kuantan, 66 Santando, 66 Strength N' Honour, 66 Sun On The Sea, 66 Unigold, 100 Titurel (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)


Hot on the heels of the exciting news that York Racecourse will be the temporary home for the Royal Meeting during the redevelopment at Ascot racecourse planned for 2005, comes the showcase of York's 2003 season, The Tote Ebor Festival – one of the most prestigious meetings in the European racing calendar. It is all set to take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (19th, 20th & 21st August). With almost £2 million in prize money on offer, and several of the 21 races receiving a boost in value, racegoers will see the best thoroughbreds competing for some of the most sought-after trophies in racing.

Racing on both Tuesday and Wednesday begins at 1.45 p.m., while the action on Thursday starts at 1.55 p.m. The gates will open each day at 11.15 a.m.

Tuesday's star-studded programme is

* The Ladbroke Knavesmire Stakes This Showcase Handicap provides an action-packed start to the 2003 Festival. The epitome of competitive handicap racing, this contest over one mile and a half, looks set to attract the maximum field of 22 runners.

* The Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Stakes York's longest race of the season, this Group 3 contest over two miles has a deserved reputation for attracting the very best stayers. A winner in 1998 and 2001, Persian Punch – one of the most popular horses in training – could well attempt to win this race for the third time.

* The Juddmonte International Stakes This famous Group 1 race is the richest-ever contest held at York, with this year's Total Prize Fund being £460,000. The cream of Europe's middle-distance horses will compete for one of the most coveted prizes in the racing calendar, which holds a higher rating than the Derby on the current International classifications. Tuesday's renewal forms the anchor leg of the British Middle Distance Championship Series, a new initiative to promote further competition amongst the best of the best and organised by the governing body of the sport the British Horseracing Board. It looks likely that last year's winner, Nayef and King George Diamond Stakes hero Falbrav could both be in the line-up to contest the race and the overall series.

* The Daily Telegraph Great Voltigeur Stakes This Group 2 race should provide significant clues regarding the final Classic of the season – next month's St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster. Indeed, the first three in last year's race occupied the same positions at Doncaster, albeit in a different order, as Bollin Eric – third at York – reversed placings with his York conqueror, Bandari. The Daily Telegraph sponsors the 54th running of this race – new sponsors to York.

* The Acomb Stakes A Listed race for talented two-year-olds, which usually signals the arrival of a precocious juvenile.

* The Royal & SunAlliance Eglinton Nursery Handicap Stakes

* The Royal & SunAlliance Handicap Stakes The final two races on the opening day are sponsored by Royal & SunAlliance, as the company extends its support at the Festival which also includes the first race on Wednesday. Two-year-olds are in the spotlight in the Eglinton Nursery Handicap Stakes, while a good turnout of sprinters in the last race will ensure a competitive dash to the line.

Wednesday is Tote Ebor Day and the action comes thick and fast

* The Motability Supported By Royal & SunAlliance Rated Stakes A cracking handicap race to begin the second day. This contest over the extended one mile and a quarter once again draws attention to the national charity Motability.

* The Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks A Group 1 contest for fillies of Classic pedigree, with last year's winner, Islington set to defend her title in a bid to secure the major share of the £250,000 prize money.

* The Tote Ebor Europe's richest handicap now boasts record prize money of £190,000. Contested over one mile and threequarters, it's likely that last year's hero, Hugs Dancer, will attempt to become the first horse to retain the crown in this famous race since Flint Jack achieved the feat 80 years ago. First held at York in 1843, the Ebor Handicap is the oldest race at the Festival and has been sponsored since 1976 by The Tote.

* The Scottish Equitable Gimcrack Stakes Two-year-old colts with Classic aspirations will compete in one of Britain's best known races. This Group 2 contest has enjoyed the support of Scottish Equitable plc since 1985, and was first held on the Knavesmire in 1846. Tradition once demanded that the successful owner provided ‘six dozen of champagne to the Gimcrack Club Dinner.' Many years have passed since a winning owner fulfilled that obligation; however, he or she is still invited to provide a keynote speech at the Dinner in December, a circumstance that saw Sir Alex Ferguson cross sporting codes after his colt Rock of Gibraltar won the race in 2001.

* The Costcutter Roses Stakes A Listed race for juvenile sprinters won last year by Sir Albert, ridden by stylish French jockey, Olivier Peslier and retaining the support of the Yorkshire based supermarket chain.

* The newitts.com Convivial Maiden Stakes Two-year-olds line-up for this contest over six furlongs, supported for the first time by the long-established York-based sports outfitters, Newitts.

* The Eventmasters Falmouth Handicap Stakes Three-year-old sprinters are put through their paces in this race sponsored for the second year by Eventmasters, the Egbaston-based sports event management company.

It's ‘Ladies Day' on Thursday, beginning appropriately with a race for fillies and mares

* The European Breeders Fund Galtres Stakes A Listed race that once again enjoys the support of the EBF – one of eight races supported at York this season by them.

* The Peugeot Lowther Stakes A Group 2 race for top-class two-year-old fillies, won last year by Russian Rhythmn who has gone on to Classic success this year in the 1,000 Guineas, as well as winning the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Also, the Peugeot Charity Trophy, specially commissioned through Aquascutum, will be presented to the leading jockey of the Festival. Jamie Spencer won it last year
with four winners.

* The Victor Chandler Nunthorpe Stakes York's fastest race of the year, this is a prestigious contest for Europe's top sprinters, which produced a momentous victory last year for Kyllachy – ridden by Jamie Spencer.

* The Arriva Trains Rated Stakes This valuable Showcase Handicap over one mile always attracts a good turn-out, and this year's running is supported for the first time by regional train operators, Arriva Trains Northern Ltd., as they extend their sponsorship at York.

* The Melrose Rated Stakes A handicap race for stayers named after James Melrose, a former chairman of The York Race Committee from 1875 until 1925.

* The City of York Stakes A Listed race over seven furlongs that has enjoyed an increase in prize money.

* The Bradley's Jewellers Stakes The concluding race of the 2003 Tote Ebor Festival is a Nursery Handicap for two-year-olds – won last year by the Yorkshire-trained Logsdail that marks a first involvement in race sponsorship for the regional retail jewellers who have been specialists in both new and pre-owned jewellery for over thirty years.

As usual, on ‘Ladies Day' there will be a special ‘Best-Dressed Lady Racegoers' competition which is also be supported by Bradley's and will be judged by Yorkshire's daytime's TV darling, Richard Whiteley. The prize on offer is an elegant 18-carat, brilliant cut diamond pendant valued at over £1,000.

After the July Meeting, Sir Michael Stoute and Kieren Fallon lead the awards for the leading trainer and jockey of the season at York. With five winners so far this term, Stoute heads the table for the Minster Jaguar Trophy, while Fallon is in pole position for the Jockeys' award having recorded eight winners this season on the Knavesmire.

Two large screens will enable racegoers to see all of the action, while the free crèche facility, ‘Colts & Fillies' is available. The popular ‘Punters Panel,' part of the Tote Partnership Initiative with the racecourse, takes place prior to racing on all three days from the winners' podium.

For many racegoers, it will be their first opportunity to enjoy the enhanced facilities at York this season, including the new, much-acclaimed Ebor Stand that has been operating successfully since the start of the season in May.

With diamond pendants and silver trophies to be won it looks set to be another sparkling occasion on the Knavesmire.

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