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Monday, September 2, 2002



LATEST WILLIAM HILL ANTE-POST PRICES




CONTINENT BIDS FOR STANLEY SPRINT

William Hill has opened the book on the Stanley Sprint on Saturday, making David Nicholl's Continent and Malhub both 5-1 joint favourites.


After Croeso Croeso's fourth at Sandown, Hills have cut her price for the Ayr Gold Cup from 20-1 and she now stands joint favourite with Impressive Flight and Torosay Spring.


STANLEY SPRINT: 5-1 Continent, Malhub, 6-1 Landseer, 7-1 Danehurst, 8-1 Sophisticat, 9-1 Air Thule, Nayyir, 10-1 May Ball, Three Points, 11-1 Invincible Spirit, 12-1 Bahamian Pirate, Mount Abu, 20-1 BAR

AYR GOLD CUP: 12-1 Croeso Croeso (from 20-1), Impressive Flight, Torosay Spring, 14-1 Cubism, Curfew, 16-1 Polar Way, 20-1 Al Maali, Artie, Attache, Bond Boy, Brave Burt, Budelli, Capricho, Compton Banker, Forever Times, Funfair Wane, Green Line, Halmahera, Hurricane Floyd, Injaaz, Little Edward, Mr Mahoose, Scotty's Future, Suggestive, Tayif, Tom Tun, 25-1 BAR.


CAMBRIDGESHIRE: 12-1 Chorist, 14-1 Beauchamp Pilot, Funfair, 16-1 Binary File, Champion Lodge, Heretic, Judge Davidson, Researched, Wixoe Express, 20-1 Adiemus, Divine Task, Eljohar, I Cried For You, Imbibing, Inchdura, Jabaar, Kirovski, Lingo, Macaw, Mamounia, Smirk, True Knight, Unshakable, Vicious Knight, 25-1 BAR

ST LEGER: 11-4 Bandari, 5-1 Kazzia, 6-1 Balakheri, 7-1 Sholokhov, 8-1 Ballingarry, Bollin Eric, Highest, 12-1 First Charter, 14-1 Mr Dinos, 20-1 Gamut, Mamool, Spanish John, 25-1 Black Sam Bellamy, Nysaean, Socerous, 33-1 Lady Secret, 40-1 Starbourne. ALL QUOTED

THE ARC: 5-2 High Chaparral, 7-2 Sulamani, 11-2 Sakhee, 7-1 Golan, 8-1 Islington, 12-1 Wellbeing, 14-1 Aquarelliste, 16-1 Manhattan Café, Next Desert, 20-1 Angel Gabriel, Boreal, Falbrav, Kazzia, 25-1 Bandari, High Pitched, 33-1 Quarter Moon, (Others Upon Application)

MELBOURNE CUP: 8-1 Magical Miss, Vinnie Roe, 12-1 Universal Prince, 14-1 Don Eduardo, Republic Lass, 16-1 Give The Slip, Rain Gauge, 20-1 Carnegie Express, Distinctly Secret, Pentastic, Prized Gem, 25-1 BAR



TOTE ANSWER ASCOT SOS AND TAKE OVER FESTIVAL SUNDAY SPONSORSHIP




The Tote have swept in to help Ascot following the withdrawal of title sponsors Betdaq.com at this months Festival meeting, by agreeing with the course to take over the sponsorship of the £70,000, one-mile-four-furlong televised handicap on Sunday 29 September.

The Sunday race-the Tote Exacta Handcap-will now complement the sponsorship of the £75,000 Tote Trifecta Stakes Showcase Handicap on the Saturday of the Festival

"The Ascot Festival has truly cemented itself as one of the highlights on the racing calendar over recent years, and we're delighted to help out Ascot and give ourselves some valuable additional coverage by sponsoring a second race at this year's event," said Tote spokesman Jeremy Scott.


"It's great news for the Tote to have the two biggest handicaps at this years Ascot Festival under our sponsorship umbrella, and again shows our commitment to use our profits to support British racing."

"Tote turnover figures pay homage to the popularity of the Festival and the way it has gone from strength to strength over the years. Turnover at this years Festival should break the £1 million barrier over the three days for the second successive year. However, with the additional benefit of a second Tote sponsored race, we hope to see all previous turnover records at the Festival broken."

"Our 300 Tote staff on course will be kept especially busy on Saturday-traditionally the biggest betting day of the festival-when we hope to take over £500,000."



EASTERBY AND LYNCH HEAD THE PACK FOR THE WATERFORD CRYSTAL TROPHIES




With the hectic summer period of racing in the county of Yorkshire nearly at an end, Tim Easterby and Fergal Lynch have both established what could be significant leads in the race for the Waterford Crystal Trophies presented to the top Trainer and Jockey on the Yorkshire racecourses during the current Flat season. The campaign ends with the traditional finale at Doncaster on Saturday, 9 November.


Malton trainer Tim Easterby, attempting to retain his title, has recorded 39 victories in his native county so far this season, followed by the previous holder Mark Johnston with 34 winners and David Nicholls (28).


Since these awards were introduced in 1995, Kevin Darley has taken the Jockeys' category every year bar one; however, the former British champion is in joint third place with 26 winners in Yorkshire this term - along with Tony Culhane. With 38 winners, Fergal Lynch continues to lead the way, eight clear of Britain's leading apprentice rider this year, Paul Hanagan.


The specially-commissioned Waterford Crystal Trophies will be presented to the respective winners at the 'Go Racing in Yorkshire' Annual Lunch in December.




EXCITING CLIMAX TO THIRSK'S 2002 SEASON




Thirsk's final meeting of 2002 takes place on Saturday (7 September), when the principal race is The Tote Scoop6 Hambleton Cup. The £12,000 handicap contest over a mile and a half is one of the oldest races in British racing, dating back to 1714.


Fillies and mares are catered for in The Black Cat Fireworks Fillies' Handicap Stakes, a £12,000 contest over one mile, while new sponsors to Thirsk, the racing partnership scheme Peter Harris Racing, support The peterharrisracing.co.uk Maiden Stakes over one mile, in conjunction with The European Breeders Fund.


Another first time sponsor at Thirsk is the Ampleforth-based bespoke housebuilder, RJF Homes who support The RJF Homes Maiden Auction Stakes for two-year-olds over seven furlongs, while the birth of Penelope McLaney is celebrated in The Penelope Florence Ella McLaney Naming Day Selling Stakes over one mile.


The Saffie Joseph & Sons Maiden Handicap Stakes, a contest for sprinters over five furlongs enjoys the backing of a major distributor of televised U.K. racing to the Caribbean betting industry.


Going into the last meeting of the season, the leading trainer of the season award at Thirsk, sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey, is lead by Malton trainer Tim Easterby, followed by David Nicholls and Mark Johnston. The Studford Inns sponsored top jockey of the season competition, sees Willie Supple having the advantage over Fergal Lynch and Joe Fanning.


There's a selection of attractions for children in the Family Ring, while the Swinton Excelsior Band will entertain racegoers during the afternoon.


Saturday's seven-race programme is scheduled to start at 1.30 p.m.




FRENCH BLOODSTOCK NEWS




CHICHICASTENANGO TO STUD

Winner of the Prix Lupin and Grand Prix de Paris last year, Chichicastenango has been retired. Although back in training and working well after a tendon injury, connections felt there was insufficient time for him to be ready for the big autumn races.

GOLDEN APPLES WINS AGAIN IN US
Golden Apples won the Beverly D Stakes at Arlington recently. She had finished second in her last two starts (Gr.2 Santa Barbara Handicap & Gr.1 Ramona Handicap). This was her second Gr.1 in America.

Although not French-bred, Golden Apples dam-side is very French, being out of the Kaldoun mare Loon.

DUBLINO DENIES MEGAHERTZ
The Gr.1 Del Mar Oaks went to Lear Fan's daughter Dublino who beat the former french-trained Megahertz by a nose. Dublino was gaining revenge on the filly having been disqualified when first past the post in the recent American Oaks.

TIGERTAIL BOOST FOR NEW MEZERAY SIRE
Priolo sired the winner of the Gr.3 Prix Minerve in Tigertail. She won the mile race by an easy 2½ lengths. Priolo's move to the Haras du Mezeray for next season was announced earlier this month. He has already sired Gr.1 winners Sendawar, Brilliance, Mirio and Priory Belle.

BONAPARTISTE TO STAND IN BRAZIL
The French-bred Bonapartiste (Kendor) has been retired to the Haras Xara in Brazil. The eight-year-old is out Fab's Melody (Devil's Bag) and finished second in the Gr.3 Prix du Prince d'Orange and third in the Gr.3 Prix de Lutece. In the USA he won the Gr.2 Del Mar Handicap and was placed in the Gr.1 Eddie Read Handicap, Gr.1 Oak Tree Turf Championship and Gr.1 Hollywood Turf Cup.

ELUSIVE CITY WINS AT DEAUVILLE
The Gerard Butler-trained Elusive City remained unbeaten when accounting for his five rivals in the Gr.1 Prix Morny at Deauville. He is a son of first season sire Elusive Quality (Gone West), a dual Gr.3 winner who won nine times.

This result is now the subject of a possible positive dope test.
OLIVIER PESLIER TAKES A HOLIDAY
On 17th August Olivier Peslier was suspended for 7 days (from Monday 26th August to Sunday 1st of September) by the Deauville Stewards for failing to ride his mount out to the line in the Prix de la Croix d'Heuland. The jockey appealed, but to no avail. The ban meant that Peslier missed the Gr.3 Prix de Meautry and was not available for the Gr.3 Prix Quincey.

FOAL BIRTHS SOAR IN 2001
The number of foals born continues to rise sharply in France. The Deauville sales had to increase the catalogue size from 493 in 2001 to 555 this year. 800 yearlings have been entered for the October Sales, which means it is very over-subscribed. In 2001, the number of births set a record when 4500 were born from 7376 mares. The old record was in 1975 when 4397 births were registered for 7722 mares. After a strong fall starting in the late seventies (to 3000), the rate started rising again in 1985 to 1990 with an average over 4000.

This years trend will probably extend into 2002, but with the August sales showing a 30% drop in average, we could be heading for a steep downturn.

RESULTS


Deauville 31st August (3.3)
Gr.3 PRIX QUINCEY 1m 3yo+ 33,000 13,200 9,900
1. DEVIOUS INDIAN (Ire) 3c Dr Devious – Danseuse Indienne (Danehill)
2. DEDICATION (Fr) 3f Highest Honor – Dissertation (Sillery)
3. SPECIAL KALDOUN (Ire), 3c Alzao – Special Lady (Kaldoun)
O: Baron E de Rothschild B: Societe Civile de l'Ecurie de Meautry T: A Fabre J: O Plaçais
Distances: nse 1 Time: 1'38"20
Saratan was third past the post but was disqualified and placed sixth. Special Kaldoun, Subliminal and Jubiliation were all moved up one place.
Gr.3 PRIX DE MEAUTRY 6f 3yo+ 33,000 13,200 9,900
1. CRYSTAL CASTLE (USA) 4g Gilded Time – Wayage (Mr Prospector)
2. SWEDISH SHAVE (Fr) 4c Midyan – Shavya (Shavian)
3. DANGER OVER (GB) 5h Warning – Danilova (Lyphard)
O: J Raw B: Lucy G Bassett T: J E Hammond T: Y Take
Distances: ¾ nk Time: 1'12"40
Deauville 25th August (good 3.2)
Gr.1 PRIX MORNY 6f 2yo 142,850 57,150 28,575
1. ELUSIVE CITY (USA) 2c Elusive Quality – Star of Paris (Dayjur)
2. ZAFEEN (Fr) 2c Zafonic – Shy Lady (Kaldoun)
3. LOVING KINDNESS (USA) 2f Seattle Slew – Coup de Genie (Mr Prospector)
O: Thoroughbred Corporation T: G Butler B: Silver Springs Stud & Mrs J Costelloe J: K Fallon
Distances ¾ ½ Time: 1'10"40
Gr.2 GRAND PRIX DE DEAUVILLE 1m4½ f 3yo+ 74,100 28,600 3,650
1. POLISH SUMMER (GB) 5h Polish Precedent – Hunt the Sun (Rainbow Quest)
2. CALIFET (Fr) 4c Freedom Cry – Sally's Room (Kendor)
3. FAIR MIX (Fr) 4c Linamix – Fairlee Wild (Wild Again)
O: K Abdullah B: Juddmonte Farms T: A Fabre J: O Peslier
Distances: nk 1½ Time: 2'44"60
Gr.3 PRIX DE LA NONETTE 1m2f 3yo f 33,000 13,200 9,900
1. PEARLY SHELLS (GB) 3f Efisio – Piffle (Shirley Heights)
2. DANCE ROUTINE (GB) 3f Sadler's Wells – Apogee (Shirley Heights)
3. MAROTTA (Fr) 3f Highest Honor – Mistra (Rainbow Quest)
O: 6 C Racing Ltd B: Lord Harrington T: F Rohaut J: C Soumillon
Distances: 2 ½ Time: 2'09"30
Deauville August 23rd (good)
Gr.3 PRIX DU CALVADOS 7f 2yo f 33,000 13,200 9,900
1. SIX PERFECTIONS (Fr) 2f Celtic Swing – Yogya (Riverman)
2. LONDONNETDOTCOM (Ire) 2f Night Shift – Hopeful Sign (Warning)
3. THE WISE LADY (Fr) 2f Ganges – Miller's Lily (Miller's Mate)
O/B: Famille Niarchos T: P Bary J: T Thuillez
Distances: 4l ½ Time: 1'24"30
Gr.3 PRIX MINERVE 1m4½f 3yo f 33,000 13,200 9,900
1. TIGERTAIL (Fr) 3f Priolo – Tiger Stripes (Prince Rupert)
2. TRUMBAKA (Ire) 3fIn The Wings – Questina (Rainbow Quest)
2. MIDNIGHT ANGEL (Ger) 3f Acatenango – Midnight Fever (Sure Blade)
O: G Coude B: Skymarc Farm T: Rod Collet J: T GIllet
Distances: 2½ hd Time: 2'42"60




NEW ZEALAND BLOODSTOCK NEWS




MCKEES CASH IN ON BANK NOTE

Sunline's trainers Trevor and Stephen McKee have a new star in their Takanini stable.


Bank Note (NZ) (Woodborough) produced a determined effort to win the $27,000 Wanganui Guineas (1320m) at Wanganui on Saturday - the first of New Zealand's three-year-old feature races this season.


The performance led experienced trainer Trevor McKee to label Bank Note (ex Take Note) a Derby contender.


'The further he goes the better he'll get," said Trevor McKee.


McKee said that Bank Note had to overcome some serious traffic problems with 300m to run.


"He got pushed around at that stage of the race and I was really worried for a moment that he might clip heels and fall," McKee said.


"But Michael (Walker, jockey) managed to balance him again and once he wound up he really charged home. He's got a very bright future," McKee said.


Bank Note is raced by one of New Zealand's most successful horse owners, John Wells, MBE, of Auckland. He has raced horses for 25 years and among those the most successful have been Auckland Cup winner Royal Tiara, Wellington Cup winner Flying Luskin and the well-performed mare, Zabeel's Angel.


Wells paid $9000 for the son of Woodborough at last year's New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sales at Karaka.


"I really liked him from the moment I first saw him," Wells said. "I was standing next to Trevor (McKee) at the sales and he said he was going to buy him so I said 'I'll buy him and you can train him'."

Bank Note went into Saturday's race as a maiden but he did manage to weigh in at three of his four juvenile appearances.


Bank Note is now headed for a start in the Group Three Hawke's Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings on September 14.


A reverse shuttle stallion, Woodborough returned to New Zealand only last week to commence his sixth season at Windsor Park Stud in Cambridge. He covered a top book of mares during the 2002 Northern Hemisphere season at Benham Stud near Newbury.


Woodborough has delivered the goods in both hemispheres.


The son of Woodman has now had 40 individual winners.

Bank Note became the third individual stakes-winner for his sire in New Zealand where he was the leading first-season sire in the 2000-2001 season.


Woodborough's previous black-type winners in New Zealand have been Shinnecock and Ultra Vires - both trained by Bruce Marsh at Woodville. Marsh reports that Ultra Vires is making good progress in her campaign and is not far away from a return to the racetrack with this season's major three-year-old fillies' races her prime target.


Bank Note was not the only winner to represent Woodborough in New Zealand on Saturday. At the Tauranga meeting four-year-old gelding Burnborough (ex Scott's Order) also registered a very impressive win in the Whakatane 1300.


In the United Kingdom, Woodborough has also made an outstanding start to his stud career.


He was the third leading European first-season sire (on individual winners) last year and has been represented by the winners of 24 races this year.


Woodborough himself was a good juvenile, winning two races including the Group Three Anglesey Stakes at The Curragh - a race also won by his sire, Woodman. He was also second to Danehill Dancer in the Group One Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes and to Royal Applause in the Group One Middle Park Stakes as well as running a good third behind Lord Of Men and With Fascination in the Group One Prix de la Salamandre at Longchamp.


He trained on as a three-year-old and was third to Mind Games and Struggler in the Group Two Temple Stakes at Sandown and fourth in both the Group Three Phoenix Sprint at Leopardstown and the Cork And Orrery Stakes at Royal Ascot, also Group Three.


Woodborough's sire, Woodman, was also a top juvenile, heading the Irish Two-Year-Old Free Handicap.


Woodman has excelled as a sire in North America, being crowned Champion Sire there in 1991 and Champion Juvenile Sire in 1990 and 1994. Other successful sire sons by Woodman include Hector Protector, Hansel and Timber Country.


Woodborough's dam, Performing Arts, won three races in Ireland and the US and finished third in the Group One Irish 1000 Guineas and also the Group Three Queen Mary Stakes.


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