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Tuesday, September 10, 2002



TOTE REVISE ST LEGER BETTING FOLLOWING KAZZIA WITHDRAWAL




The Tote revised their betting for the final Classic of the flat season - the St Leger - on Saturday following the news that dual Classic winner Kazzia will miss the race.


The Godolphin horse had been a 7-1 chance with the Tote, and her withdrawal has seen the top of the betting market tighten. Race favourite Bandari has now been clipped into 9-4 (from 5-2), with second favourite Balakheri now a 7-2 shot (from 4-1)

Market Movers

Rothmans Royals St Leger
Bandari 9-4 (from 5-2)
Balakheri 7-2 (from 4-1)
Kazzia - Removed from betting

ROTHMANS ROYALS ST LEGER (Doncaster Saturday)

9-4 Bandari, 7-2 Balakheri, 8 Bollin Eric, Highest, Sholokhov, 10 Ballingarry, Mr Dinos, 14 Mamool, 16 First Charter, 20 Nysaen, 25 Lady's Secret, 33 Black Sam Bellamy



ALLAN TAKES AUGUST PRIZE




Dave Allan, aged 20, is the Cocked Hat Northern Apprentice of the Month for August, after riding five winners last month, including a double at Thirsk on Timing and Mary Jane.


Based with Malton trainer, Tim Easterby, Dave has ridden 16 winners this year, taking his career number of wins to 31. He rode his first winner in July 2000.


The award is supported by Cocked Hat Farm Foods Ltd. of Ripon as part of the company's involvement in the Northern Flat Jockeys' Championship - The Cock O' The North Award, which up to 8 September is led by the many-times northern champion, Kevin Darley (who Dave Allan admires most), with 86 during the Flat season on Turf, followed by Paul Hanagan (68 winners) and Fergal Lynch (67).




IRISH THOROUGHBRED NEWS




GRANDERA WINS LEOPARDSTOWN THRILLER

Grandera, which was sold for just IR£30,000 at the 1999 Goffs Orby Sale, landed his third Group 1 event of the season at Leopardstown.


The son of Coolmore stallion Grand Lodge came out on top in a three-way photograph in the EUR1,100,000 Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes beating odds-on favourite Hawk Wing in a thrilling finish.


Bred in Ireland by Stan Cosgrove, manager of Moyglare Stud, Grandera was adding to his earlier Group 1 wins in Singapore and at Royal Ascot and could now head to Australia for the Cox Plate.


The winner earned EUR625,200 for his owners Godolphin and their Irish-bred Best Of The Bests (Machiavellian) secured a further EUR97,200 for the Newmarket team when finishing a close third.


Margarula (IR£33,000), Rebelline (IR£68,000) and Mail The Desert (IR£54,000) are other recent Group 1 winners also sold at Goffs.


ROCK MAKES IT SEVEN IN A ROW

Rock Of Gibraltar had little difficulty in breaking Mill Reef's long-standing record of six consecutive Group 1 wins when taking the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.


Michael Kinane brought the Irish-bred son of Danehill from off the pace to challenge at the furlong pole and Rock Of Gibraltar soon headed Banks Hill,a daughter of Danehill, to win by half a length.


His trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "He is a super horse and has so much speed. It is so easy for him in his races, he settles so well and it does not matter what pace is set, as he quickens and stays.


"Rock Of Gibraltar will be aimed at the Breeders' Cup Mile and if he comes out of this race well he could take in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot".


Michael Kinane commented, "I have never sat on a better miler and he's got so much speed".


DRESS TO THRILL TO CAMPAIGN IN AMERICA

The Dermot Weld-trained Dress To Thrill maintained her unbeaten run this season with a convincing success for owners Moyglare Stud Farm in the EUR70,000 Group 3 Matron Stakes.


An Irish-bred daughter of Danehill, Dress To Thrill was winning her fourth race and her second Group 3 in just six starts and she now heads to America.


"Her next race is likely to be the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Cup at Keenelandfollowed by the Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park", said Weld.


SIGHTS ON GOLD BACK TO WINNING WAYS

Moyglare Stud Farm completed the second leg of a home bred/owned double when Sights On Gold got back in the winners' enclosure after the EUR60,000 Listed Lyons Gold Blend Kilternan Stakes. Having run so well in Group class on his two most recent outings, it was no surprise to see the Indian Ridge-colt take this event. His next target may well be abroad.

Sights On Gold was winning for the third time and giving his sire, who stands at the Irish National Stud, his eighth stakes winner of the year.

VINNIE ROE ON TARGET FOR IRISH LEGER

Before heading to Australia next month for the Melbourne Cup in early November, Vinnie Roe will bid for a second Irish St Leger at the Curragh next Saturday.


There is no doubt that Vinnie Roe will face stiff opposition in the EUR300,000 event and he is expected to face prolific winner Yavana's Pace, Pugin, Narrative and Arctic Owl, winner of the race two years ago, among others.

Aidan O'Brien has made numerous entries for the Group 1 event and will decide early this week which horses will represent Ballydoyle.


DUAL DERBY WINNER SET FOR PARIS

High Chaparral looks set to clash with French Derby winner Sulamani at in the Prix Neil at Longchamp next Sunday.


The dual Derby winner was taken out of the Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes at the last minute, as Aidan O'Brien was unhappy with the colt's blood picture.


Many of O'Brien's horses are clearly not over the coughing bug that has affected Ballydoyle over the past few weeks but the performances of leading colts Hawk Wing and Rock Of Gibraltar in recent days will a have given the stable a much needed lift.


High Chaparral is an intended runner at Longchamp and O'Brien said, "We will see how he is over the next few days before making a final decision."

CHOC ICE WINS EASILY AT LONGCHAMP

The Irish-bred Choc Ice scored a facile success in the Listed Prix de Bologne over 10 furlongs at Longchamp.

The daughter of Kahyasi will now bid to win the EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine Park, a race she won last year.


COLLINS NEW MAN AT DERRINSTOWN

Stephen Collins is to succeed Hubie de Burgh as general manager of Derrinstown Stud later this year.


A son of Sean Collins of Corbally Stud, Stephen has been a manager of the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned farm since 1983 and had worked at Pegasus Stud and Airdrie Stud in Kentucky previous to that.




FRENCH BLOODSTOCK NEWS




KELTOS RETIRED TO STUD

Gr.1 Lockinge Stakes winner Keltos (Kendor) has been retired to stud following a fetlock injury.


The four-year-old has been troubled by a virus since his Newbury win and missed the Gr.1 Prix Jacques Le Marois but was being aimed at an autumn campaign.


Trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias, Keltos was described "as the best horse I have ever trained."

His other big wins were the Gr.3 Prix du Muguet, Gr.3 Prix Perth and the Listed Prix de Pontarme.


It has yet to be announced where he will stand, although Haras d'Etreham appears to be the favourite.

MARIENBARD SECURES ARC PLACE

The five year old Marienbard secured his place in the Arc line up with a smooth win in the Grand Prix de Baden Baden last Sunday. Godolphin's Irish-bred money-spinner was giving his owners their tenth worldwide Group 1 win this year.


Frankie Dettori said about the son of Caerleon "he has been flying in his work and I knew it would take a good one to beat him. This is the best he's ever been." The French challenger Califet could only finish fourth in the Gr.1 event.

Godolphin are also likely to have Sakhee as a runner in the Arc.


PESLIER INJURED AT SAINT-CLOUD

Top French jockey Olivier Peslier has broken a collar-bone following a fall from Haimonnious at Saint-Cloud on Wednesday. He could be out of action for three weeks, which would meant he missed the ride on Banks Hill on the Gr.1 Prix du Moulin on Sunday and will also be unavailable for the three big Arc trials at Longchamp on the 15th September.


ROCK IN SEVENTH HEAVEN

Rock of Gibraltar earned his place in racing history when winning his seventh consecutive Gr.1 on Sunday at Longchamp, sprinting passed Banks Hill inside the final furlong to win the Gr.1 Prix du Moulin.


Rock of Gibraltar's end of season target is the Breeders' Cup Mile, but he is likely to contest the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on the 28th September en route.


TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

Coastal Jewel Bloodstock have launched a "try before you buy" approach to racehorse ownership. Interested parties, once approved, can take a yearling on a FREE lease (with option to buy) without the committment of a capital outlay. Likely groups taking advantage of this offer are young, ambitious trainers, syndicate managers and individual owners. Contact Andrew Crabb for further information and a list of horses currently available.


RESULTS

LONGCHAMP 8th September (good 3.2)

Gr.1 PRIX DU MOULIN 1m 3yo+ 171,420 68,580 34,290
1. ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (Ire) 3c Danehill - Offshore Boom (Be My Guest)
2. BANKS HILL (GB) 4f Danehill - Hasili (Kahyasi)
3. GOSSAMER (GB) 3f Sadler's Wells - Brocade (Habitat)
O: Sir A Ferguson & Mrs J Magnier B: J Crowley & Mr & Mrs A P O'Brien T: A P O'Brien J: M J Kinane
Distances: ½ 1 Time : 1'39"30

Gr.2 PRIX DE LUTECE1m7f 3yo 33,000 13,200 9,900
1. SAVANNAH BAY (GB) 3c In The Wings - High Savannah (Rousillon)
2. SWING WING (GB) 3c In The Wings - Swift Spring (Bluebird)
3. CHARLEY BATES (USA) 3g Benny The Dip - Vouch (Halo)
O: Joe L Allbritton B: Pegasus Racing T: B J Meehan J: O Doleuze
Distances: ½ 3 Time: 3'10"60

Gr.3 PRIX GLADIATEUR 1m7½f 4yo+ 33,000 13,200 9,900
1. MIRACULOUS (Fr) 5g Linamix - Bernique (Affirmed)
2. BANGALORE (GB) 6g Sanglamore - Ajuga (The Minstrel)
3. TERRAZZO (USA) 7g Nureyev - Diese (Diesis)
O: B Giraudon B: snc Lagardere Elevage T: D Prod'Homme T: T Jarnet
Distances: 2 shd Time: 3'20"10


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