Thursday, August 7, 2003
NEWS FROM THE BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP DRAW
DETTORI LOOKS FORWARD
Frankie Dettori, captain of the Dubai Duty Free Rest Of The World team, is looking forward to Saturday's Blue Square Shergar Cup following the draw at Ascot today.
"I've got a great team and just need the luck of the draw now. It looks very competitive and won't be a whitewash like last year," said Dettori.
"I like the whole format, it gives everyone a chance, the riders and the team. Looking at all the mounts I couldn't pick out the rider that has the best rides. We have the weather, the track and the best riders in the world - it's something everybody can enjoy.
"The horse that will really suit Shane (Dye) will be Surprise Encounter, I ride him regularly and he will suit Shane's style of riding and has won here before. I'm on a Northumberland Plate winner (Unleash) but coincidentally Pat (Eddery) has got on Mana D'Argent, a horse that won by seven lengths last year. It must be fixed!"
Michael Roberts, Team Selector of the Sodexho Great Britain and Ireland team, added: "I think it's quite well balanced although one or two horses stand out - Somnus in the last and also the filly Torosay Spring, but overall in the other races it is pretty evenly balanced. I'm very hopeful with Frankie on our side, we missed him last year.
"It's a unique event, for the public it is great to see different riders from around the world on a fantastic track. We need events like this for racing."
Among the Blue Square Shergar Cup debutants is Swedish ace Fredrik Johansson, who said: "I have ridden in one race at Wolverhampton a few years ago but Ascot is a big track and I've heard of it, we've certainly got nothing like this in Sweden. They don't usually write a lot about racing in the papers in Sweden but now they are."
Hong Kong's champion rider Doug Whyte, who made his Blue Square Shergar Cup debut 12 months ago, admitted that he loves coming to Ascot.
"I certainly enjoy coming out here, it's a different feel altogether," said the South African-born rider. "Hong Kong is more of a casino, it's a gambling freak's place. There's a lot of pressure. It's great to get to a track like Ascot where you can ride a race for once. It's good to be here with some of the best riders in the world.
"Happy Valley has its pros and cons - it's a good track in itself if you're used to it and it's a great little city track but it's great to be on a bigger track like Ascot.
"I remember we had a downpour last year and Muis (Roberts) had his hands full trying to change things and sort the form out. In Hong Kong we probably wouldn't have raced so I'm glad to see it's going to be fairly fast ground, I'm used to that so hopefully we can perform a lot better. I certainly would like to walk the track - I know Ascot though not very well and the track looks in very good nick ahead of Saturday."
The colourful New Zealand-born Shane Dye, the second most successful rider in Australian history, flew in this morning from Hong Kong, where he finished runner-up in the latest season to Whyte.
"Something like this is only going to add to the attraction of racing, if you get all the leading riders in the world to one meeting it's only going to benefit racing," said Dye, who in the past has criticised European raiders in Australia. "European jockeys can get away with riding in Hong Kong but unfortunately in Australia you cannot get away with covering ground. No disrespect to European riders but they think they can cover ground and you can't and if you do your horse just won't win."
Jason Weaver, Team Selector for Sodexho Great Britain and Ireland, added: "Everyone is really up for this and there are some great jocks on show. It's great that Pat (Eddery) our captain has got the leg up on Mana D'Argent. I think Somnus is a very solid 4/6 shot in the last, he was a brilliant two-year-old last year, but it's also the horses that finish fourth, fifth and sixth who are important for the points."
This year jockeys will be receiving £100 for every point they score on the day and Weaver added: "The points system now will iron out any problems from last year. It gives it a more even look and certainly would not be a negative for punters."
Nick Cheyne, Ascot's Clerk of the Course, said today: "The ground is currently GOOD TO FIRM, GOOD in places, and we've been watering all week - we have now almost completed our watering programme. We envisage the ground staying as it is for Saturday."
THE BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP DECLARED RUNNERS, DRAW, JOCKEYS AND BETTING.
1.45pm MOSS BROS SHERGAR CUP MILE (RATED STAKES HANDICAP)
Class B, £40,000 guaranteed, One Mile (Round), four-year-olds rated 0-100. Weights: highest weight: 9st 7lb. Penalties, after July 19, a winner of a Class A to D race 3lb.
No. Form Horse/Draw Age/Wt Owner/Trainer Jockey/Team
1) -3703 SURPRISE ENCOUNTER (6) 7-9-07 Ahmed BuHaleeba/Ed Dunlop Shane Dye ROW
2) -(3)229 GOBLET OF FIRE (USA) (5) 4-9-07 Susan Roy/Brian Meehan Frankie Dettori ROW
3) 53960 CALCUTTA (1) 7-9-05 Catherine Corbett/Barry Hills Kieren Fallon GBI
4) -0231 ISLAND LIGHT (8) 5-9-04 Gibson, Goddard, Hamer & Hawkes/Alec Stewart Mick Kinane GBI
5) 50450 KING'S IRONBRIDGE (3) 5-9-02 Johnsey Estates (1990) Ltd/Sylvester Kirk Pat Eddery GBI
6) 23-04 SUMMER VIEW (USA) (10) (T) 6-8-13 Beckhampton Stables Ltd/Roger Charlton Yutaka Take ROW
7) -0450 PENTECOST (2) 4-8-13 R & E H Investments Ltd/Andrew Balding Doug Whyte ROW
8) -0455 MUCHEA (9) 9-8-12 Mick Channon/Mick Channon Kevin Darley GBI
9) 0-10P GREEN LINE (7) 4-8-11 The Queen/Sir Michael Stoute Andreas Suborics ROW
10) 50009 WANNABE AROUND (4) 5-8-11 Peter Savill/David Nicholls Johnny Murtagh GBI
R1) 09102 FAITHFUL WARRIOR Mohamed Obaida/Barry Hills
R2) 01111 GILDED DANCER Perspicacious Punters Club/William Muir
Blue Square Betting: 3/1 Island Light, 11/2 Pentecost, 6/1 Surprise Encounter, Wannabe Around, 8/1 Green Line, 9/1 Muchea, 10/1 Calcutta, Goblet Of Fire, Summer View, 20/1 King's Ironbridge
2.15pm PORTHAULT SHERGAR CUP DISTAFF (RATED STAKES HANDICAP)
Class B, £40,000 guaranteed, six furlongs, three-year-olds and upwards rated 0-105. Weights: highest weight: 9st 9lb. Minimum weight: 8st 9lb, 3yo: 8st 5lb. Penalties: after July 19, a winner of a Class A to D race, 3lb.
No Form Horse/Draw Age/Wt Owner/Trainer Jockey/Team
1) 3-361 TOROSAY SPRING (9) 5-9-09 C I T Racing Ltd/James Fanshawe Darryll Holland GBI
2) 91500 PRESTO VENTO (2) 3-9-00 Ian & Mrs D Wight,Tony Everett/Richard Hannon Doug Whyte ROW
3) -9589 GOLDEVA (10) 4-8-13 M & Mrs T Pyle/Reg Hollinshead Frankie Dettori ROW
4) -9952 VITA SPERICOLATA (IRE) (1) 6-8-09 First Class Entertainment/John Wainwright Mick Kinane GBI
5) 51566 SIMIANNA (7) 4-8-09 The Monkey Partnership/Alan Berry Johnny Murtagh GBI
6) 47916 LOCHRIDGE (4) 4-8-09 Jeff Smith/Andrew Balding Fredrik Johansson ROW
7) 81202 HIGHLAND SHOT (8) 5-8-09 Jeff Smith/Andrew Balding Kevin Darley GBI
8) -7031 FOREVER TIMES (3) 5-8-09 Times Of Wigan/Tim Easterby Shane Dye ROW
9) 60270 ROSES OF SPRING (6) (CP) 5-8-09 Bottisham Heath Stud/Robert Cowell Pat Eddery GBI
10) 3085 GAELIC PRINCESS (5) 3-8-05 Andy Beard/Tony Newcombe Yutaka Take ROW
R1) 73944 BARRANTES W F Sandercock/Sheena West
R2) 60773 MICHELLE MA BELLE Bill Allan/Sylvester Kirk
Blue Square Betting: 5/2 Torosay Spring, 7/2 Lochridge, Vita Spericolata, 7/1 Forever Times, Simianna, 10/1 Highland Shot, 12/1 Goldeva, 16/1 Gaelic Princess, 25/1 Presto Vento, Roses Of Spring
GBI = Sodexho Great Britain and Ireland Team, ROW = Dubai Duty Free Rest Of The World Team
2.50pm NSPCC SHERGAR CUP JUVENILE
Class B,Auction Race, £40,000 Guaranteed. For 2yo which were sold or bought in as yearlings by public auction (under the hammer) or as a 2yo at the "Breeze Up" sales, for 75,000gns or less (first sale to govern the price if sold more than once). Weights: colts & geldings: 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: for each Class D race won 3lb; for each Class C race won 5lb; for each Class A or B race won 7lb. (nursery handicaps excluded for the purposes of penalties; penalties cumulative and maximum penalty 12lb). Allowances: horses sold or bought in for 65,000gns or less 1lb; for 55,000gns or less 2lb; for 45,000gns or less 3lb; for 35,000gns or less 4lb (allowances not cumulative).
No. Form Horse/Draw Wt Owner/Trainer/Odds Jockey/Team
1) 42(1)11 CHINSOLA (IRE) (4) 9-06 Nicholas R Hodges/Richard Hannon Andreas Suborics ROW
2) 8315 MENFEE (IRE) (7) 9-03 Mohammed Jaber/Ed Dunlop Mick Kinane GBI
3) 42 QUEENSTOWN (IRE) (5) 8-13 Matham Investments/Brian Meehan Doug Whyte ROW
4) 855 EURO ROUTE (IRE) (1) 8-12 J Wholey/Edgar Byrne IRE Kevin Darley GBI
5) 9550 GALLAS (IRE) (6) 8-12 First Class Entertainment/John Wainwright Yutaka Take ROW
6) 610 KINGDOM COME (IRE) (8) 8-12 Martin White & Partners/Sylvester Kirk Shane Dye ROW
7) 1151 KINNAIRD (IRE) (9) 8-12 Alistair Dinsmore/Patrick Haslam Kieren Fallon GBI
8) 311 THINK TANK (2) 8-12 Markus Graff/Mark Johnston Frerik Johansson ROW
9) 723 VAMOSE (3) 8-12 Daphne Downes, K McCourt/Gay Kelleway Johnny Murtagh GBI
10) 16213 VIENNA'S BOY (IRE) (10) 8-12 M Sines/Richard Hannon Darryll Holland GBI
Blue Square Betting: 6/4 Kinnaird, 7/4 Chinsola, 6/1 Think Tank, 12/1 Vienna's Boy, 14/1 Kingdom Come, Menfee, 16/1 Queenstown, 20/1 Euro Route, 50/1 Vamose, 200/1 Gallas
3.25pm SODEXHO SHERGAR CUP STAYERS
Class B, Rated Stakes Handicap, £40,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo+ rated 0-100. Highest weight 9st 7lb; minimum weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after July 19, a winner of a Class A to D race 3lb.
No. Form Horse/Draw Age/Wt Owner/Trainer Jockey/Team
1) 275-1 UNLEASH (USA) (2) 4-9-07 Patricia Thompson/Philip Hobbs Frankie Dettori ROW
2) 01913 KNAVESMIRE OMEN (9) 4-9-07 The Omen Partnership/Mark Johnston Andreas Suborics ROW
3) 96005 TAFFRAIL (4) 5-9-06 Sir David Sieff/John Dunlop Kevin Darley GBI
4) 86550 MOON EMPEROR (3) 6-9-03 Robert Ellis & Christopher Shankland/John Jenkins Mick Kinane GBI
5) 66014 MANA D'ARGENT (IRE) (5) 6-9-00 Daniel A Couper/Mark Johnston Pat Eddery GBI
6) 82753 SHABERNAK (IRE) (10) 4-9-00 Thurloe Thoroughbreds/Michael Bell Kieren Fallon GBI
7) -7023 RANDOM QUEST (7) 5-9-00 The Blandford Partnership/Paul Cole Darryll Holland GBI
8) 090-8 ARCHDUKE FERDINAND (FR) (1) 5-8-13 Chris Wright and Catherine Corbett/Paul Cole Doug Whyte ROW
9) 1-200 BID FOR FAME (USA) (6) 6-8-11 Elite Racing Club/Nicky Henderson Fredrik Johansson ROW
10) 42555 RAHWAAN (IRE) (8) 4-8-11 Six Iron Partnership/Chris Fairhurst Shane Dye ROW
R1) -8050 SPARKLING WATER (USA) Mrs Jeffrey Robinson/Dai Williams
R2) 0-423 TOM PADDINGTON M S Wilson, Mrs Wilson (Camp Farm Racing)/Hughie Morrison
Blue Square Betting: 7/4 Mana D'Argent, 4/1 Unleash, 7/1 Moon Emperor, Shabernak, 8/1 Knavesmire Omen, 10/1 Rahwaan, Random Quest, 16/1 Bid For Fame, 25/1 Archduke Ferdinand, 33/1 Taffrail
GBI = Sodexho Great Britain and Ireland Team, ROW = Dubai Duty Free Rest Of The World Team
4.00pm CARVILL SHERGAR CUP CHALLENGE
Class B Rated Stakes Handicap, £40,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo+ rated 0-100. Highest weight 9st 7lb; lowest weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after July 19, a winner of a Class A to D race 3lb.
No/Form Horse/Draw Age/Wt Owner/Trainer Jockey/Team/Odds
1) 06130 MUHAREB (USA) 4 4-9-07t Saeed Manana/Clive Brittain Fredrik Johansson ROW 10
2) 23202 MAMCAZMA 10 5-9-07 H A Cushing/Dave Morris Frankie Dettori ROW 6
3) (2)1010 FLOWNAWAY 8 4-9-06 Sales Race 2001 Syndicate/William Jarvis Darryll Holland GBI 10
4) 01247 COURAGEOUS DUKE (USA) 7 4-9-06 Lucayan Stud/Jeremy Noseda Johnny Murtagh GBI 12
5) 7140- VICIOUS PRINCE (IRE) 3 4-8-12 Jeff Samuel/Richard Whitaker Michael Kinane GBI 20
6) 10-58 CAPITANO CORELLI (IRE) 5 4-8-11t Alessandro Gaucci/Paul Cole Shane Dye ROW 14
7) 6-901 GOLDEN LARIAT (USA) 1 4-8-10 Maktoum Al Maktoum/Sir Michael Stoute Yutaka Take ROW 3
8) 42212 REVEILLEZ 6 4-8-10 Miss A Church/James Fanshawe Pat Eddery GBI 11/4 9) 01218 SERGEANT CECIL 9 4-8-10 Terry Cooper/Rod Millman Kieren Fallon GBI 8
10) 64024 KYLKENNY 2t 8-8-07t Wetherby R'ng B 59/Hughie Morrison Andreas Suborics ROW 14
R1) -0327 TREASURE TRAIL Terry Neill & Mrs John Lee/Sylvester Kirk
R2) -055 HOMELIFE (IRE) Jean Mitchell/Paul D'Arcy
4.30pm DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP SPRINT
Class B, £60,000 Guaranteed. For 3yo. Weights: colts & geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 7lb. Penalties: after July 29, 2002, a winner of a Group Three race 4lb; of a Group Two race 6lb; of a Group One race 8lb.
No/Form Horse/Draw Age/Wt Owner/Trainer Jockey/Team/Odds
1) -6236 COCONUT PENANG (IRE) 9 3-8-12 Mrs A K H Ooi/Rod Millman Pat Eddery GBI 6
2) 11281 MOVE IT 7 3-8-12 Mountgrange Stud/Roger Charlton Doug Whyte ROW 7/2
3) 07066 PERCY DOUGLAS 6 3-8-12 Caron Stokell/Ann Stokell Darryll Holland GBI 150
4) 2-597 ROYAL BEACON 3 3-8-12 Tweenhills Racing/Mark Johnston Yutaka Take ROW 16
5) 91224 SEMENOVSKII 4 3-8-12 Peter Beaton-Brown/Paul D'Arcy Kieren Fallon GBI 33
6) -5811 SOMNUS 1 3-8-12 Legard Sidebottom & Sykes/Tim Easterby Kevin Darley GBI 4/6
7) 25556 TELEPATHIC (IRE) 2 3-8-12 Pisani PLC/Alan Berry Frankie Dettori ROW 40
8) 11536 THE KIDDYKID (IRE) 8 3-8-12 Claire Massey/David Evans Johnny Murtagh GBI 7
9) 05802 WIMPLE (USA) 5 3-8-07t Saeed Manana/Clive Brittain Andreas Suborics ROW 25
Fredrik Johansson sits out this race and automatically is awarded four points.
GBI = Sodexho Great Britain & Ireland Team, ROW = Dubai Duty Free Rest Of The World Team
Odds from Blue Square, the event sponsor.
BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP TITLE BETTING
1/3 Sodexho Great Britain & Ireland Team 9/4 Dubai Duty Free Rest Of The World Team
SILVER SADDLE FOR THE TOP JOCKEY AT BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP
BLUE SQUARE BETTING
7/2 Kevin Darley
4 Pat Eddery
6 Kieren Fallon
7 Andreas Suborics
7 Michael Kinane
10 Frankie Dettori
12 Doug Whyte
12 Fredrik Johansson
16 Yutaka Take
16 Darryll Holland
20 Shane Dye
20 Johnny Murtagh
DUBAI DUTY FREEREST OF THE WORLD TEAM
PAT CASH (Team Leader)
Pat Cash is the new Team Leader for the Dubai Duty Free Rest Of The World Jockeys. He was named last night after the late withdrawal of Sven Goran Eriksson, the England football manager.
The winner of the Wimbledon Men's Singles title in 1987 at the age of 22, Pat Cash is a popular and forthright summariser for BBC TV among other roles.
He is currently taking a break from the filming of Wimbledon, a romantic comedy charting the fortunes of Peter, a lowly-ranked player who is given a wild card at Wimbledon for what is to be his last tournament. Once at the event, he falls in love with Lizzie, an American starlet, and is influenced by her aggressive style on court. Pat has been coaching members of the cast, including the lead actor Paul Bettany.
His famous climb through the seats on Centre Court to embrace his family after beating Ivan Lendl in straight sets remains one of the Championships' most enduring images.
Pat was born in Melbourne in May 27, 1965. From the age of nine, he was taught to knock balls about on court by his father, Patrick, a lawyer and former Australian Football League player and was the best player in Australia by the time he was 14.
A hard-fighting serve and volleyer, he turned pro in 1982 and reached his highest ranking of world number four in 1988. In 1984, he became the youngest player to compete in the Davis Cup Final, helping Australia to defeat Sweden 3-2.
Unfortunately, persistent serious injuries eventually brought his career to an end at the highest level - he was reputed to be the most injured player in the history of tennis. Problems included his knee, back, shoulder, wrist and a snapped achilles tendon.
He coached British player Greg Rusedski until 2000 for a brief spell and has also coached fellow Aussie Mark Philipoussis.
Pat regularly works as a TV commentator and presenter, as well as maintaining his business interests. A father of four, his passion away from tennis and his family is playing the guitar in a band. His autobiography - Uncovered - was published in 2002.
"We are delighted that Pat Cash has agreed to step in," said Ascot spokesman Nick Smith. "When we lost Sven it was going to be very difficult to find a replacement, but Pat has agreed to do it. He is a big name and will have an ambassadorial role for the Rest Of The World team."
NO LOSS OF FIXTURES AT CHELTENHAM
Cheltenham Racecourse, the home of National Hunt racing, wishes to emphasise that there will be no loss of fixtures during the 2004/05 season.
The fixture list, published today, reveals that there will be 15 racing days at Cheltenham in 2004, whereas 2003 sees 16 days of racing.
However, to take the statistics at face value is somewhat misleading. While there will be one less fixture at Cheltenham in 2004 (the calendar year), this will be transferred to 2005 when the National Hunt Festival is extended to four days and therefore the 2004/05 season has the same number of fixturess as the 2003/04 season.
The fixture that is being transferred is the December 31 one. The best racing from this fixture will be combined with the best racing on the January 1 card to give an excellent day of racing to start 2005.
Simon Claisse, Cheltenham's Clerk of the Course, commented: "We wish to make it clear to everyone associated with Cheltenham Racecourse that there will be no loss of fixtures at Cheltenham next season. It is simply a matter of us reducing the New Year Meeting to one day in order for an extra day to be added to the National Hunt Festival in March 2005."
NEWMARKET GETS GREAT RESPONSE TO GREY RACE
The Gay Kelleway-trained Silver Elite To Be Won For The Day In A Draw At Newmarket This Weekend
Newmarket has been delighted with the response received from the connections of grey horses to the ground-breaking initiative launched by the racecourse in staging a race on Saturday, August 16, for horses registered as grey only.
Almost 20 trainers have indicated that they are likely to enter their greys in the £10,000-added SportingOdds.com Grey Horse Handicap Stakes over six furlongs of the July Course, with many already saying that theirs will definitely run in the contest which is for three-year-olds and upwards rated 0-80.
In addition SportingOdds.com are giving racegoers attending Newmarket this weekend - on Friday evening, August 8, and Saturday afternoon, August 9 - the opportunity to enter a draw to win the Gay Kelleway-trained Silver Elite in the grey race. The filly has been specifically trained for this unique event when the sponsor will lease the filly for the day from the horse's owner.
The lucky winner will not only experience the thrill of owning a racehorse for the day on Saturday 16th August, but will also be entertained by Ms. Kelleway and enjoy lunch in the July Restaurant. If this isn't enough, they will also be given a free £200 bet by SportingOdds.com and take home 50% of any prize money won by Silver Elite in the contest.
The likelihood of the competition winner scooping any prize money is reasonably strong as Silver Elite has already won at Southwell this year and has been in the frame on four of her nine career outings.
"I think the race is a fantastic idea. I rode in grey only races as a jockey in Australasia and South Africa and they were hugely popular - everybody loves to see greys racing," enthused Kelleway.
"I think the competition is wonderful and I'm really looking forward to meeting the people who win Silver Elite for the day. She's a lovely filly and I hope the winner has a very enjoyable day and gets a good run from her."
Other trainers keen on the race include John Quinn, responsible for Smart Predator. He said: "Predator will run. I think the race is a great idea - people love to see grey horses. It'll arouse a lot of public interest in the sport. I hope it's a fine day because they'll look magnificent in the paddock."
Bryan McMahon commented: "The grey 's only race at Newmarket will be Look Here Now's next target. I think a one-off race like this is a great idea to drum up interest in the sport. I'll be supporting it and I hope it's a success."
Lisa Hancock, Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses, said: "We are thrilled that trainers and owners are getting behind this unique race and we are looking forward to the tremendous spectacle of grey horses scorching across the turf on the day."
SportingOdds.com Head of Communications Mark Renshaw added: "We are delighted to be supporting the first-ever 'Greys' only race run in Britain.
"Our leasing of Silver Elite will give a racegoer at Newmarket this weekend the memory of a lifetime the following Saturday, especially if she manages to enter the winner's enclosure, and is the icing on the cake to our sponsorship and we wish Gay Kelleway's charge the best of luck."
Saturday, August 16, as well as being the date of the SportingOdds.com Grey Horse Handicap Stakes (1.55pm) which is the second race of a competitive seven-race programme, is also 'Newmarket Experience Raceday'.
The National Horseracing Museum, National Stud and British Racing School will be among the Newmarket organisations and attractions putting on displays and demonstrations for the crowd.
KATIE WORKS OUT BEFORE RACING THIS FRIDAY
There is an incentive for racegoers to arrive early at Newmarket's July Course for the Friday evening fixture on August 8 as Carry On Katie, Jeremy Noseda's exciting juvenile filly who won by 12 lengths on her debut at Ascot last month, is working prior to racing at 4.45pm in preparation for the Group Two Peugeot Lowther Stakes at York on August 21. Her ultimate aim this season is the £170,000 Group One Skybet Cheveley Park Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket on October 2.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink