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Wednesday, September 18, 2002



ROCK OF GIBRALTAR 10-1 FOR BREEDERS CUP CLASSIC OPTION WITH CORAL




* Nayef nibbled at for Classic target

Coral is offering odds of 10-1 against Rock of Gibraltar winning next month's Breeders Cup Classic in response to a host of customer enquiries.

Rock of Gibraltar is currently 6-4 favourite with Coral to win the Breeders Cup Mile but today's demand for a price for the Classic was almost certainly prompted by an article in today's Racing Post pleading with connections to run him in the 10 furlong dirt race.


"Rock of Gibraltar has little to beat in the Mile but would face a far bigger challenge in the Classic. The home team is far stronger in the Classic division, and the dirt surface and the ten furlong trip would be unknown territory for Europe's best miler", said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.


Despite the doubts surrounding Nayef's Autumn target, Coral has begun to see a steady stream of bets on the Juddmonte International winner for the Breeders Cup Classic for which he is a 12-1 chance.


"If Nayef was declared a definite runner in the Classic his odds could halve", added Clare.


Breeders Cup Classic
5-1 Medaglio D'Oro, 7-1 War Emblem, 8-1 Repent, Macho Uno, 10-1 Hawk Wing, Came Home, Rock of Gibraltar, Lido Palace, 12-1 Nayef, Momentum, 14-1 Harlan's Holiday, 16-1 E-Dubai, 20-1 Bar

Breeders Cup Mile
6-4 Rock of Gibraltar, 6-1 Beat Hollow, 10-1 Sarafan, Forbidden Apple, 12-1 Congaree, 14-1 Affirmed Success, Gossamer, 16-1 Landseer, Irish Prize, Zenda, 20-1 Del Mar Show, Bach, Reddatorre, Noverre, Decarchy

Breeders Cup Turf
5-1 High Chapparal, Sulamani, 6-1 With Anticipation, 8-1 Golan, 12-1 Denon, Sarafan, 14-1 Mubtaker, 16-1 Next Desert, Super Quercus, Zindabad, Boreal, 20-1 Hap, 25-1 Suances, 33-1 Cetewayo, Strut The Stage

Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf
4-1 Islington, 5-1 Banks Hill, 6-1 Pearly Shells, 7-1 Golden Apples, 8-1 Astra, 12-1 Starine, 16-1 Sophisticat, Affluent, Englands Legend, Terre A Terre, 20-1 Turtlebow, Voodoo Dancer, Surya, 25-1 Janet, Spring Oak



GIVEN DREAMING OF AN AUTUMN DOUBLE




James Given, whose top two-year-olds SUMMITVILLE and WUNDERS DREAM both scored impressive Group Race victories at Doncaster last week, is looking to his two older stable stars, I CRIED FOR YOU and HUGS DANCER, to hit the headlines at Newmarket next month when they will lead his assault on the "Autumn Double".


I CRIED FOR YOU is one of 104 acceptors* for the £120,000 Tote Cambridgeshire on Saturday 5th October, a race that the seven-year-old won in great style last year, while the Tote Ebor hero, HUGS DANCER, is one of 65 acceptors* for the £120,000 Tote Cesarewitch on Saturday 19th October.


"I CRIED FOR YOU is in great shape," said Given this morning. "He's been trained with the Tote Cambridgeshire as his target and he's in just as good form as last season. At the start of the year he was only beaten a short-head in the Winter Derby and was third from a poor draw in the Lincoln. You can forget his last run (19th of 20 in the John Smith's Cup at York in July). He was over the top having been in work from so early in the year. He needed a break which he's had now.


"HUGS DANCER's also in fine form. He came out of the Ebor really well and goes straight to the Cesarewitch."

Advance booking discounts of 10% apply for both the Cambridgeshire Meeting, which starts on Wednesday 2nd October, and Champions' Day up to 14 days before the day in question. So this is the last few days to take advantage for Tote Cambridgeshire Day! Call 01638 657500 for details or visit www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk



JOCKEY CLUB & TURF CLUB MEETING ON INTERFERENCE RULES




Christopher Hodgson, Chairman of the Jockey Club Disciplinary Committee, said today that he welcomed the opportunity presented by this morning's meeting with Irish Turf Club representatives to further discuss the benefits of harmonising interference rules. He stated: "The proposals are still in formation, and require further consultation with relevant committees prior to a decision by our Regulatory Committee in November."

In addition to the obvious advantages harmonisation of the interference rules on either side of the Irish Sea would bring, Christopher Hodgson also identified a number of other benefits the changes would produce. In particular, in most instances the outcome of enquiries involving interference would be announced more quickly as the proposed rule would be simpler and more transparent to apply. Furthermore he said, "It was likely that the number of demotions or disqualifications would be marginally reduced without affecting racecourse safety."

The Turf Club representatives were Gordon Holmes, Turf Club Steward, Frank Clarke, Senior Counsel and Peter Matthews, Senior Stewards' Secretary. Gordon Holmes said he greatly welcomed the progress made: "Racecourse safety has always been a priority of the Jockey Club and we for our part must reflect this."

He added: "Both bodies have had a considerable input into the new proposals which will hopefully benefit racing as a whole."



TWO-DAY SEPTEMBER MEETING BRINGS GOODWOOD'S BICENTENNIAL YEAR TO A CLOSE




EVEN MORE TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2003

The 2002 season at Goodwood, Britain's most beautiful racecourse, closes with a two-day meeting on Wednesday, September 25, and Thursday, September 26.

These are the last two of the 20 racedays staged at Goodwood during 2002, while next year will see 21 opportunities to watch top-class Flat racing, with an extra fixture on Sunday, October 12, 2003. Sunday fixtures at Goodwood are very popular and the Sussex course will be holding three in 2003, the others being on June 29 and August 24.


The celebration of Goodwood Racecourse's bicentenary this year has involved the publication of the splendid book, Glorious Goodwood, the production of a fascinating commemorative video and the revival of the July Raceweek Ball as well as many other initiatives and events. The book and video can be purchased via the Goodwood Internet site, www.goodwood.co.uk

Rod Fabricius, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Goodwood, commented: "The bicentennial year at Goodwood has proved a great success, with the book and video being well received while the ball raised lots of money for charity.


"Once again, Goodwood racegoers have seen some of the very best horses, with Rock Of Gibraltar's success in the Sussex Stakes and Islington's very impressive display in the Vodafone Nassau Stakes being two races that will not be forgotten.


"This last meeting of the year on September 25 and 26 has some excellent races and we are also eagerly looking forward to 2003."

The seven-race programme on September 25, Merbury Caterers Day, is headed by the 26,500-added Listed FOUNDATION STAKES (4.15pm), a mile and a quarter contest for three-year-olds and upwards. Mont Rocher gave John Hammond, who trains at Chantilly in France, his first-ever winner at Goodwood after a thrilling finish to last year's race.


The action starts with the 7,000-added MACPHIE FOODSERVICE CLASSIFIED STAKES (2.30pm), a mile and a half contest for three-year-olds and upwards, followed by the 6,500-added UNIQ FOODSERVICE GOLD CUP EBF MAIDEN STAKES (3.05pm) over a mile. The latter went to Godolphin's Mamool in 2001, the Queen's Vase winner and St Leger fourth this season.


A valuable opportunity for horses sold at public auction for 40,000 guineas or less is the third race of the afternoon, the 12,000-added seven-furlong SHARP COMMERCIAL MICROWAVE OVEN AUCTION STAKES (3.40pm) for two-year-olds.


The remaining races on September 25 are the KERRY FOODSERVICE HANDICAP (4.45pm) over five furlongs and the mile PREMIER INTERNATIONAL FOODS CLAIMING HANDICAP (5.15pm) and the 7,000-added MERBURY CATERERING CONSULTANTS HANDICAP (5.50pm) over a mile and a half.
National Hunt jockeys get the opportunity to sample the unique demands of Goodwood on September 26 in the seventh renewal of the UCELLO II & UBU III TROPHY HANDICAP (2pm) over two miles.


The most prestigious race on the Thursday is the 35,000 seven-furlong Group Three CHARLTON HUNT SUPREME STAKES (3.05pm). Past winners include Mount Abu in 2000, who went on to land the Group One Prix de la Foret at Longchamp the following year. Late Night Out, trained by William Jarvis, gained his first Pattern race success in last season's renewal.


The Charlton Hunt will stage a parade of hounds on the course before the race.


Also on the card are the 7,000-added RENAULT KANGOO VAN NURSERY (2.30pm) over a mile, the 7,000-added RENAULT TRAFFIC VAN MAIDEN STAKES (3.40pm) over a mile and a quarter, the ST JOHN AMBULANCE EBF NOVICE STAKES (4.15pm) over six furlongs and the RENAULT MASTER VAN HANDICAP (4.45pm) over seven furlongs.


Goodwood's 2002 season is brought to a close with a valuable race, the 20,000-added EUROPEAN BREEDERS' FUND CLASSIFIED STAKES (5.15pm) over a mile, captured last season by Winning Venture.


Admission costs on both days are Richmond Enclosure 20, Gordon Enclosure 12 and Public Enclosure 5. Over 65s with identification can enter the Public Enclosure for 4. Accompanied children aged under 17 are admitted FREE into all enclosures, while there is also FREE car parking available. Gates open at 11.30 am on both days.


Goodwood's first meeting of 2003 is the three-day May meeting, which runs from Tuesday, May 20, through to Thursday, May 22, inclusive.




LATEST WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS




through September 15, 2002

The following are World Thoroughbred Rankings for the top 10 horses in each racing division for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be held October 26 at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. The World Thoroughbred Rankings are established by an international panel of racing secretaries and handicappers. Rankings are determined by an analysis of the horses' past performances in graded and group stakes races around the world through the date of ranking. The rankings will be published weekly through October 8.

The rankings will be part of the criteria used to determine horses' qualifications to participate in the World Thoroughbred Championships.The rankings currently reflect all eight Breeders' Cup divisions:Distaff, Filly & Mare Turf, NetJets Mile, Sprint, John Deere Turf, Classic, Bessemer Trust Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies.


For a rankings list that includes owners, breeders and jockeys, go to www.ntra.com.


CLASSIC DIVISION
Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Came Home USA J. Paco Gonzalez 123
1T Medaglia d'Oro USA Robert J. Frankel 123
1T Nayef GB Marcus Tregoning 123
1T War Emblem USA Bob Baffert 123
5 Repent USA Kenneth G. McPeek 121
6 Harlan's Holiday USA Todd A. Pletcher 120
6T Lido Palace (CHI) USA Robert J. Frankel 120
6T Milwaukee Brew USA Robert J. Frankel 120
6T Momentum USA Craig Dollase 120
10 Macho Uno USA Joseph F. Orseno 117

JOHN DEERE TURF DIVISION
Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Golan (IRE) GB Sir Michael Stoute 127
1T Grandera (IRE) GB Saeed bin Suroor 127
3 High Chaparral (IRE) IRE Aidan O'Brien 126
3T Nayef GB Marcus Tregoning 126
5 Beat Hollow (GB) USA Robert J. Frankel 125
5T Sulamani (IRE) FR Pascal Bary 125
5T With Anticipation USA Jonathan Sheppard 125
8 Hawk Wing IRE Aidan O'Brien 123
9 Best of the Bests (IRE) GB Saeed bin Suroor 122
9T Denon USA Robert J. Frankel 122

DISTAFF DIVISION
Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Azeri USA Laura De Seroux 123
2 Farda Amiga USA Paulo H. Lobo 121
2T Summer Colony USA Mark A. Hennig 121
4 Take Charge Lady USA Kenneth G. McPeek 120
5 Dancethruthedawn CAN Mark R. Frostad 118
5T Raging Fever USA Mark Hennig 118
5T You USA Robert J. Frankel 118
8 Affluent USA Ronald L. McAnally 117
8T Imperial Gesture USA Saeed bin Suroor 117
10 Allamerican Bertie USA Steven B. Flint 116
10T Mandy's Gold USA Michael E. Gorham 116
10T Miss Linda (ARG) USA John C. Kimmel 116

SPRINT DIVISION
Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Orientate USA D. Wayne Lukas 122
2 Xtra Heat USA John E. Salzman, Sr. 121
3 Disturbingthepeace USA Darrell Vienna 120
3T Squirtle Squirt USA Robert J. Frankel 120
3T Swept Overboard USA Craig Dollase 120
6 Gygistar USA Mark A. Hennig 119
6T Kona Gold USA Bruce Headley 119
8 Invincible Spirit (IRE) GB John Dunlop 118
9 Bonapaw USA Norman Miller III 117
9T Carson Hollow USA Richard E. Dutrow 117
9T Malhub GB John Gosden 117

FILLY & MARE TURF DIVISION
Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Astra USA Laura De Seroux 122
2 Banks Hill (GB) FR Andre Fabre 121
2T Golden Apples (IRE) USA Ben D. A. Cecil 121
4 Islington (IRE) GB Sir Michael Stoute 120
4T Starine (FR) USA Robert J. Frankel 120
6 Kazzia (GER) GB Saeed bin Suroor 119
6 England's Legend USA Christophe Clement 119
6T Voodoo Dancer USA Christophe Clement 119
9 Affluent USA Ronald L McAnally 118
9T Aquarelliste (FR) FR Elie Lellouche 118
9 Gossamer (GB) GB Luca Cumani 118
9T Rebelline (IRE) IRE Kevin Prendergast 118

NETJETS MILE DIVISION
Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) IRE Aidan O'Brien 126
2 Beat Hollow (GB) USA Robert J. Frankel 124
3 Forbidden Apple USA Christophe Clement 123
3T Sarafan USA Neil D. Drysdale 123
5 Good Journey USA Wallace A. Dollase 121
6 Noverre GB Saeed bin Suroor 119
6T Redattore (BRZ) USA Richard E. Mandella 119
8 Landseer (GB) IRE Aidan O'Brien 118
8T Tillerman (GB) GB Amanda Perrett 118
10 Del Mar Show USA William I. Mott 117

BESSEMER TRUST JUVENILE DIVISION

Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Elusive City GB Gerard A Butler 117
1T Sky Mesa USA John T. Ward, Jr. 117
1T Whywhywhy USA Patrick L. Biancone 117
4 Zavata USA Patrick L. Biancone 116
5 Refuse to Bend (IRE) IRE Dermot Weld 115
5T Vindication USA Bob Baffert 115
7 Icecoldbeeratreds USA Bob Baffert 114
7T Lone Star Sky USA Thomas M. Amoss 114
7T Pretty Wild USA Stanley M. Hough 113
10 Van Nistelrooy IRE Aidan O'Brien 113

JUVENILE FILLIES DIVISION
Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Awesome Humor USA W. Elliott Walden 115
1T Russian Rhythm GB Sir Michael Stoute 115
1T Storm Flag Flying USA Claude R. McGaughrey 115
4 Miss Houdini USA Warren Stute 113
4T Six Perfections (FR) FR Pascal Bary 113
6 Buffythecenterfold USA Melvin F. Stute 112
6T Santa Catarina USA Bob Baffert 112
8 Handpainted CAN Josie Carroll 111
8T Ivanavinalot USA Kathleen O'Connell 111
8T Luvah Girl (GB) GB Roger J. Charlton 111

*(T) next to a ranking indicates a tie.

**A country code follows a horse's name if that horse was born outside
of the United States or Canada.


Changes in World Thoroughbred Rankings from Sept. 9 - Sept. 16, 2002

WHYWHYWHY, VINDICATION, ICECOLDBEERATREDS AND REFUSE TO BEND
(IRE) RISE IN BESSEMER TRUST JUVENILE DIVISION;

STORM FLAG FLYING TIES FOR FIRST IN JUVENILE FILLIES RANKINGS

CLASSIC - UNCHANGED

JOHN DEERE TURF - UNCHANGED

DISTAFF - DANCETHRUTHEDAWN rises from seventh into a fifth-place tie with YOU, second in Belmont's Ruffian Handicap, and RAGING FEVER, fifth in the Ruffian. MANDY'S GOLD, winner of the Ruffian, is now tied for 10th place with ALLAMERICAN BERTIE and MISS LINDA (ARG).


SPRINT - CARSON HOLLOW, winner of the Floral Park Handicap at Belmont, ties BONAPAW and MALHUB in 9th place.


FILLY AND MARE TURF - STARINE (FR) re-enters the Rankings tied for fourth with ISLINGTON (IRE). AQUARELLISTE (FR) re-enters the Rankings tied for ninth place with AFFLUENT, GOSSAMER (GB) and REBELLINE (IRE). KAZZIA (GER), tied for fifth last week, drops out of the Top 10.


NETJETS MILE - UNCHANGED

BESSEMER TRUST JUVENILE - WHYWHYWHY, winner of the Belmont Futurity, moves from a fifth-place tie to joining ELUSIVE CITY and SKY MESA atop the division. VINDICATION, impressive winner of the Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway Park on Saturday, enters the rankings tied for fifth with REFUSE TO BEND (IRE), winner of the National Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland on Sunday. ICECOLDBEERATREDS, who won the Del Mar Futurity last week, joins the Rankings tied for seventh place with LONE STAR SKY and PRETTY WILD. VAN NISTELROOY, second in the National Stakes, moves into the Rankings at No. 10. STATUE OF LIBERTY, DUBLIN (IRE), CROWNED DANCER, KAFWAIN, PAKHOES (IRE) and VALID VIDEO drop out of the Top 10.

JUVENILE FILLIES - STORM FLAG FLYING, winner of Belmont's Matron Stakes on Sunday, moves into the Rankings tied atop the division with AWESOME HUMOR and RUSSIAN RHYTHM. LUVAH GIRL (GB) joins the Top 10, tied for eighth place with HANDPAINTED and IVANIVINALOT. MAIL THE DESERT (IRE), ROMANTIC LIASON (GB) and WILD SNITCH drop out of the Top 10.


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