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Monday, August 18, 2003



LADBROKES PRICES FOR YORK TOMORROW




1-45 York

10/1 Hambleden
7/1 Navado
10/1 Ring Of Destiny
16/1 Solo Flight
10/1 Conquering Love
5/1 Spectrometer
33/1 Bagan
10/1 Sarin
18/1 Neckar Valley
20/1 Aleron
14/1 Trust Rule
25/1 Blue Star
40/1 Arjay
12/1 Sporting Gesture
25/1 Crathorne
50/1 Red Scorpion
7/1 Arcalis
25/1 Night Sight
14/1 Ampoule

Each Way 1/4 Odds 1-2-3-4

Time/meeting 2-20 York

15/8 Bollin Eric
5/1 Persian Punch
10/3 Boreas
9/1 Cover Up
9/2 Jardines Lookout
6/1 Zindabad

Each Way 1/4 Odds 1-2

2-55 York

N/R Dubai Destination
5/2 Falbrav
16/1 Indian Creek
150/1 Izdiham
3/1 Nayef
7/4 Kalaman
20/1 Magistretti
6/1 Mingun
16/1 Norse Dancer

Each Way 1/5 Odds 1-2-3
3-30 York

3/1 High Accolade
8/1 Brian Boru
5/1 Delsarte
25/1 Dubai Success
10/1 Dutch Gold
33/1 Forest Magic
7/2 Hawk Flyer
14/1 Piano Star
9/2 Powerscourt
10/1 Yawmi

Each Way 1/5 Odds 1-2-3



FANTASTIC TWO-DAY MEETING ROUNDS OFF THIS YEAR'S ACTION ON THE JULY COURSE




A high-class two-day meeting on Friday, August 22, and Saturday, August 23, brings down the curtain on a fantastic summer of competitive horseracing action on Newmarket's July Course.


To capture all the great moments here is impossible, but the highlight for most racegoers must be Oasis Dream's brilliant victory in the Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket's July Meeting, when he proved a length and a half too strong for top Australian sprinter Choisir, who had earlier won the Group Two King's Stand Stakes and the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.


The feature event on the six race programme on Friday, August 22, is the Listed £32,000 Hopeful Stakes (3.45pm), over six furlongs. Last season this event went to Godolphin's Three Points, who was given a fine ride by local hero Frankie Dettori to justify odds-on favouritism from Mugharreb.


This year 21 entries have been received for this prestigious event, including Godolphin's Country Reel, who won last season's Group Two Scottish Equitable Gimcrack Stakes at York, the Roger Charlton-trained Move It, whose five victories this term include the Tote Exacta Rated Stakes over course and distance on July 8, and Revenue, trained by Michael Bell, a Royal Ascot winner in last year's Windsor Castle Stakes.


Friday's card also features three juvenile events including the £8,000-added EBF Blue Peter Maiden Stakes, over seven furlongs. Last year in the equivalent contest David Loder unleashed what was supposedly his best two-year-old in the form of Almushahar. The Silver Hawk colt did not let his reputation down beating Maghanim by one and a half lengths with Trade Fair a further two and a half lengths away in third. The winner went on to land the Group Two Champagne Stakes on his next start, while
Trade Fair has won twice at Newmarket this season including in the Group Three Betfair Criterion Stakes on June 28.


The final race on Friday is now to be called the £8,000-added Ronald Albert Fitzgerald Handicap (4.55pm), over five furlongs. Pamela Totman won an attheraces competition at Newmarket last Friday evening and she has decided to name the race in honour of her father who is in his eighties.


The seven race programme on Saturday, August 23, opens with two ultra-competitive handicaps in the form of the £25,000-added newmarketracecourses.co.uk Rated Stakes (2.05pm), over a mile and two furlongs, and the £25,000-added RHT Summer Scurry Handicap (2.35pm), over six furlongs.


The equivalent of the newmarketracecourses.co.uk Rated Stakes went to the Lydia Pearce-trained Tissifer in 2002. The six-year-old was belying odds of 20/1 to deny Beat The Heat by three-quarters of a length.


The RHT Summer Scurry Handicap is the bonus race for the RHT Summer Scurry Bonus Series'. Horses which finished in the first four in one of the 18 qualifying races of this series will be eligible to receive double prize money in this valuable finale event provided they finish in the first four here.


This season the newmarketracecourses.co.uk Rated Stakes has attracted 35 entries including the Paul Cole-trained Scent Of Victory, who deserves a success having been placed on his last three starts, while there are 46 entries for the RHT Summer Scurry Handicap including Million Percent, trained by Karl Burke, who won the most recent qualifier for this contest, the Skybet Handicap, at Newmarket on August 15.


Lisa Hancock, Newmarket Racecourses' Managing Director, commented: "The racing on the July Course at Newmarket this season has been of the highest calibre and I personally will never forget the tremendous tussle between Oasis Dream and the great Australian hope Choisir in the Darley July Cup.


"We round off the season on the July Course with an excellent two-day meeting on Friday, August 22, and Saturday, August 23, and I look forward to greeting regular patrons as well as meeting new racegoers."

Racing returns to Newmarket's Rowley Mile Course on Tuesday, September 23, 2003.




GREAT SPORTING ACTION AT SALISBURY




Salisbury opens its doors for two days of high-class racing on Thursday, August 28, and Thursday, September 4, with the latter meeting being the beautiful Wiltshire racecourse's most valuable day of the season with total prize money of £100,000 on offer.


A big screen will be in operation on both days, while a bouncy castle and creche will be available on Thursday, August 28.


The feature event on the six-race programme on Thursday, August 28, is the £17,000-added EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND CHEVIOT CLASSIFIED STAKES (3.55pm), over a mile.


Last year Karl Burke launched a successful raid on this event from his Middleham training base with Blue Sky Thinking, who won a shade cosily by a neck from Passing Glance under a fine ride from Richard Hughes.


Few racegoers at Salisbury a year ago would have realised they had seen this year's Vodafone Oaks heroine, Casual Look, after she had finished fourth behind Wondrous Story in Division I of the equivalent of the opening £7,000-added "GOOD JOB IT'S WILSONS" E.B.F. MAIDEN FILLIES' STAKES (2.25pm), over seven furlongs.


This really was a tremendous heat as, in addition to the future Classic winner, the John Dunlop-trained Santa Sophia was eighth. She subsequently won this season's Listed Bet Attheraces On 0800 083 83 83 Oaks Trial at Lingfield in May.


The other principal heat on Thursday, August 28, is the £8,000-added NUMERICA MAIDEN STAKES (2.55pm), over a mile, for three-year-old maidens.


The £30,000 E.B.F. DICK POOLE FILLIES' STAKES (4.15pm), over six furlongs, on Thursday, September 4, has been granted Listed status for the first time this year. Last season this event was won by Wimple, trained by Clive Brittain, who also saddled Crimplene to take this contest in 1999. The following season Crimplene won three Group One races including the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Vodafone Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.


Lovers of handicaps will appreciate the £22,500-added E.B.F. LOCHSONG FILLIES' HANDICAP (3.15pm), over seven furlongs, which is always a hugely competitive affair. Last year this event, named after the great filly Lochsong, went to the James Fanshawe-trained Curfew.


Other highlights on Thursday, September 4, are the £15,000-added CATISFIELD HINTON AND STUD CONDITIONS STAKES (4.45pm), the longest heat of the day over a mile and six furlongs, and the £15,000-added EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND QUIDHAMPTON MAIDEN FILLIES' STAKES (3.45pm), over seven furlongs.


One regular racegoer at Salisbury said that he had never heard a cheer like it at the racecourse after Persian Punch, arguably the most popular horse in training, was announced the winner of last year's renewal of the former after a photo, getting the better of subsequent Coronation Cup hero Warrsan by a short-head in a tremendous finish.

The gelding joined an illustrious list of former winners including 2001 scorer Hatha Anna, who was successful two months later in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington, Australia, Sir Michael Stoute's Tote Ebor winner Clerkenwell (1997) and the Roger Charlton-trained Royal Ascot dual winner, Source Of Light, in 1995.


Local handler John Gosden has won the last two runnings of the European Breeders Fund Quidhampton Maiden Fillies' Stakes courtesy of Air Adair last year and Sulk in 2001. Sulk gained Group One glory on her next start in France in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp.


Jeremy Martin, Salisbury's Clerk of the Course and Racecourse Manager, said: "We are looking forward to the next two meetings at Salisbury on Thursday, August 28, and Thursday, September 4.


"The fixture in early September is one of the highlights of the year here and season after season, the races on this card seem to be won by very decent horses."

The next two meetings at Salisbury follow on from a highly-successful two-day meeting on August 13 and 14, when over 6,000 people over the two days enjoyed watching the good horses on view including the Andrew Balding-trained Passing Glance, part-owned by Salisbury Racecourse Chairman Michael Wates together with racecourse director Ian Balding, who scored in the Listed Sovereign Stakes, just beating last year's winner Priors Lodge by a short-head in a cracking finish.


Another interesting winner was Iqte Saab, trained by John Dunlop, who looked extremely promising on his racecourse bow when successful in the Race Down To Salisbury Playhouse' EBF Maiden Stakes by half a length from the more experienced Treasure House. The Bahri colt received a quote of 33/1 from Ladbrokes for next year's 2000 Guineas.


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