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Monday, September 23, 2002



LATEST WILLIAM HILL ANTE-POST PRICES




GOSDEN TO DEMONSTRATE HOW IT'S DONE

William Hill have opened the betting on Saturdays Tote Trifecta, making John Gosden's Demonstrate the 6-1 clear favourite. Also the book for the Melbourne Cup has been revised after the weekend action in Australia and Bart Cummings Magical Miss is now joint favourite with Irish raider Vinnie Roe at 7-1.


Looking forward to next year, Trade Fair has seen more support for the 2000 Guineas and is 14-1 (from 16-1) and favourite Almushahar has been cut a point to 6-1.


TOTE TRIFECTA: 6-1 Demonstrate, 12-1 True Night, Wixoe Express, 14-1 Gateman, Inchdura, Mr Mahoose, One More Round, Royal Millenium, 16-1 Lunar Leo, Millenium Force, Polar Ben, 20-1 Certain Justice, Colisay, Eljohar, Enchanted, JR Stevenson, Mister Cosmi, Nose the Trade, Pablo, Ratio, Scottys Future, Surprise Encounter, 25-1 BAR

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: 7-1 Funfair, 10-1 Beauchamp Pilot, Far Lane, 12-1 Chorist, 14-1 Counsels Opinion, Lady Bear, 16-1 Champion Lodge, Heretic, Judge Davidson, Persian Lass, Wixoe Express, 20-1 Atlantic Ace, Divine Task, I Cried For You, Jabaar, Kirovski, Lingo, Smirk, True Knight, Unshakable (from 14-1), Vicious Knight, 25-1 BAR

THE ARC: 2-1 Sulamani, 5-2 High Chaparral, 9-2 Sakhee WAR, 5-1 Golan WAR, 7-1 Marienbard, 8-1 Aquarelliste, 10-1 Islington, 12-1 Manhattan Café, 16-1 Asian Heights, 20-1 Falbrav, Wellbeing, 25-1 Angel Gabriel, Boreal, High Pitched, 33-1 Ann Marie, Nysean. (Others Upon Application)

TOTE CESAREWITCH: 5-1 Tees Components, 10-1 Hugs Dancer, 12-1 Conquestadora, Distant Prospect, Palua, 14-1 Bangalore, Greenhope, Scotts View, 16-1 Bourgeois, Direct Bearing, Mesmeric, Ranville, Rapid Deployment, 20-1 Double Honour, Guard Duty, Hirapour, Miss Fara, Rahwaan, Random Quest, Riyadh, Taffrail, Trained Bythe Best, Wintertide, Zibeline, 25-1 BAR

1000 GUINEAS: 5-2 Russian Rhythm, 14-1 Six Perfections, Soviet Song, 20-1 Ego, Geminiani, Nayzak, 25-1 Reach for the Moon, 33-1 BAR

2000 GUINEAS: 6-1 Almushahar (from 7-1), 14-1 Muqbil, Statue of Liberty, Trade Fair (from 16-1), 16-1 Elusive City, Refuse To Bend, Van Nistelrooy, 20-1 Maghanim, 25-1 BAR

MELBOURNE CUP: 7-1 Magical Miss (from 8-1), Vinnie Roe (from 6-1), 8-1 Pugin (from 10-1), 12-1 Hatha Anna, Universal Prince, 14-1 Distinctly Secret, Pentastic (from 20-1), Republic Lass, 16-1 Beekeeper, Rain Gauge, 20-1 Cyclades, Don Eduardo, Prized Gem, 25-1 BAR

BREEDERS CUP CLASSIC: 5-1 Medaglia D'oro, War Emblem, 6-1 Repent, 8-1 Came Home, Macho Uno, 10-1 Lido Palace, 12-1 Harlans Holiday, Hawk Wing, 14-1 Momentum, Nayef, 16-1 E Dubai, Milwaukee Brew, 20-1 High Chaparral, 25-1 BAR.


BREEDERS CUP TURF: 9-2 High Chaparral, 5-1 Sulamani, 7-1 With Anticipation, 8-1 Golan, 10-1 Denon, 12-1 Grandera, Marienbard, Sarafan, 14-1 Mubtaker, 16-1 Next Desert, Super Quercus, Zindabad, 20-1 Ulundi. (Others Upon Application)

BREEDERS CUP MILE: 5-4 Rock of Gibraltar, 6-1 Beat Hollow, 8-1 Forbidden Apple, 10-1 Sarafan, 14-1 Congaree, Good Journey, Irish Prize, 16-1 Affirmed Success, Landseer, 20-1 Bach, Noverre, Redattore, Special Ring, Touch of the Blues, 25-1 Decarchy, Del Mar Show. (Others Upon Application)



TOP FLAT JOCKEY JAMIE SPENCER TO UTILISE HIS JUMP LICENCE IN THE UCELLO II & UBU III TROPHY




Top Flat jockey Jamie Spencer, who won the 2002 Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival on his only ride during last jump season, becomes a National Hunt jockey again to take part in the seventh renewal of the unique UCELLO II & UBU III TROPHY HANDICAP (2.00pm) at Goodwood on Thursday (September 26).


The leading rider on the Flat at Goodwood this year (see below for more details) has been booked for the Gerard Butler-trained E Minor who won easily over the same distance of two miles in a Lingfield all-weather track handicap earlier this month.


The Goodwood Flat handicap is restricted to National Hunt jockeys and Spencer, talked of as a future Flat champion jockey, is out to emulate Richard Hughes, challenging for this season's Flat title, who renewed his jump licence in 2000 to ride the winner that year, Samarardo.


Spencer's agent Ray Cochrane said today (Monday, September 23): "Jamie rides E Minor - he'll be riding with all of his mates, all the jump boys, and, of course, he wants to win it.


"He rides a few for Gerard anyway and I always keep an eye upon his runners in case Eddie Ahern is unavailable. She'll run a good race, she's been in good form and she'll have a good chance."

Trainer Gerard Butler added: "We're an intended runner but the ground needs to ease because she's only effective on good to soft or softer ground."

Leading jockeys' agent Dave Roberts today revealed that Mick Fitzgerald, Robert Thornton, Paul Flynn and Mattie Batchelor are all currently hoping to ride at Goodwood, while Barry Fenton is set to partner the Ian Balding-trained Blazing Saddles.


The Ucello II & Ubu III Trophy Handicap is again generously sponsored by the Marquesa de Moratalla and is named after two of her best racehorses, Ucello II and Ubu III, who together with the 1994 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner The Fellow, were known as "The Three Musketeers."

Last year's renewal was won by Robert Thornton on the Brian Meehan-trained Proper Squire, while other jockeys to have been successful are Derek Byrne (1998), David Bridgwater (1995), Paul Carberry (1996) and Jimmy McCarthy (1997).


SPENCER TOP GOODWOOD RIDER OF 2002 GOING INTO FINAL MEETING

Spencer, who won the Group Three Select Stakes earlier this month on Godolphin's Moon Ballad, is the most successful jockey at Goodwood during 2002 going into this week's final two-day meeting of the season (Wednesday and Thursday, September 25 & 26) with eight wins. The Irishman also tasted big-race success at the Glorious Goodwood Meeting during the summer aboard Dublin in the Group Three Champagne Victor Vintage Stakes.


Hot on Spencer's heels is Seb Sanders, with seven wins, while champion jockey Kieren Fallon and Richard Quinn, are close behind with six victories each.


Local trainer Amanda Perrett is tied at the top of the trainers' list on seven winners with Mick Channon and Mark Johnston, who regularly raids from Middleham in North Yorkshire.


POSSIBLE SCANDINAVIAN CHALLENGER AT GOODWOOD
There could be a rare Scandinavian challenge at Goodwood on Thursday with Oktan an intended runner in the £35,000 Group Three CHARLTON HUNT SUPREME STAKES (3.05pm) over seven furlongs.


The ten-year-old Dance Of Life horse is owned by the Norwegian Stud and trained by Cathrine Erichsen, 32, who is based at Hosle near Ovrevoll racecourse in Norway. Her best horse to date is Albaran, who ran in the 1999 Arc de Triomphe.

Oktan was last successful at Klampenborg, Denmark, in August, 2001 and has finished third in two Group Three events at Taby and Ovrevoll this season. He will travel to Britain with Albaran, who is an intended runner in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot on Sunday.

Rob Fabricius, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Goodwood, said: "The Ucello II & Ubu III Trophy is a fascinating race and we look forward to welcoming the jump jockeys to Goodwood again.


"It will be great to have a Norwegian-trained challenger at Goodwood and we are expecting two days of fine racing. The ground is currently good to firm and we have watered today."



ARENA LEISURE PLC ANNOUNCES ALL-WEATHER PROGRAMME FOR 2002/3




Arena Leisure plc is pleased to announce the programme for the 2002/3 winter All-Weather season, from Nov 11 to March 15. Prize money during that period will total almost £4 million, with significant increases in the number of feature races (value £10,000 and more), particularly at Lingfield Park (up 36 per cent on 2001/2).


Arenas commitment to winter racing, confirmed by the construction of a £3 million Polytrack surface at Lingfield during 2001, and continuing improvements at Wolverhampton and Southwell, is reflected throughout the winter programme.


On Saturday November 23, four feature races offer a total of £67,000 in added money, with the Littlewoods Bet Direct Churchill Stakes, for three-year-olds and upwards at a mile and a quarter, especially, giving trainers and owners the incentive to keep their decent horses in training through the winter period.


Regular enhanced opportunities at all three Arena All-Weather tracks throughout the winter will also encourage the retention of horses rather than early disposal and there will again be a series of awards for owners, trainers and jockeys.


Those awards will be presented at a gala dinner, this season being staged on the final day, March 15, at Lingfield Park at the culmination of the most exciting and valuable two-day programme ever devised at an All-Weather course in this country.


Lingfield will use the two days March 14 and 15, partly to reward its regular participants with enhanced prize money on both days, and significantly, to provide a winter "champions" meeting as a climax on Saturday March 15.


That day, an eight-race programme will carry a total of £230,000 in prize money. A new seven-furlong classic trial, for three-year-olds has been introduced. Called the Spring Cup, it will carry a £75,000 prize, and the entire two-day meeting will be known as the Lingfield Spring Cup meeting.


The previous major race, the £60,000 Winter Derby, supported again by Littlewoods Bet Direct, will continue in its original form with identical conditions, being a 10-furlong race for three-year-olds and upwards.


Two more exciting new features will be the £30,000 Arena Leisure Sprint, a conditions event over five furlongs, and the first two-year-old race of the year in Britains Calendar, the Juvenile, carrying £25,000 and run over five furlongs.


The Sprint race will be a target for overseas runners and Arena Leisure have already been in contact with Scandinavian trainers who expect to bring horses to the meeting.


The Juveniles introduction is significant, apart from the obvious attraction of its value, because of the success of graduates from Lingfield and Wolverhampton maiden races during the present year.


Elusive City, Romantic Liason and Dublin all made their first starts on the All-Weather before going on to Pattern-race success on turf later in the season. Increasingly, trainers are using the All-Weather tracks for a safe introduction for their highly-regarded newcomers.


In addition, the final day programme will feature a £20,000 added 0-105 handicap, run over seven furlongs. The demand for maiden races at that time of year will be catered for with two on the Saturday, one over 10 furlongs restricted to three-year-olds, the other at a mile, for three-year-olds and upwards. The eight-race card is completed with a 0-85 handicap.


The Friday programme will carry £64,000 total prizes for seven races, headed by a 0-95 handicap for four year olds and upwards, worth £20,000, and over a mile and five furlongs. Again maidens will be accommodated, with three-year-old races at seven furlongs and one and a half miles.


Southwell and Wolverhampton proved throughout the past year that their races are ideally framed to suit the horse population in training at present. The fact that almost every handicap is fully subscribed, and almost every potential division is needed reflects the success in market terms.


Arena Leisure are delighted to be able to continue to provide guaranteed opportunities to the benefit of owners, trainers, jockeys and stable staff throughout the winter at all three of its All-Weather tracks.




DOUBLE TRIGGER IS HONOURED AT REDCAR




Double Trigger, one of Britain's great stayers in recent years, is honoured in The Double Trigger Maiden Stakes at Redcar on Friday (27 September). This meeting is a prelude to the big day of Redcar's season the following Saturday (5 October), which is headed by the £150,000 betabet Two-Year-Old Trophy, one of the richest races in Europe for juveniles.


Supported again by The European Breeders Fund, the Double Trigger Maiden Stakes is a contest for two-year-olds over nine furlongs - the equivalent race won by Double Trigger on his racecourse debut at this meeting in 1993, when he broke the track record for a two-year-old over that distance, winning by ten lengths at 14/1! A remarkable career was launched. Trained at Middleham by Mark Johnston, Double Trigger won 14 of his 29 races, twelve of which were Group races, becoming the first horse for over 150 years to win the Doncaster Cup three times (1995, 1996 and 1998). He had a locomotive named after him by GNER (sponsors of the Doncaster Cup), while a life-size bronze of Double Trigger stands at Doncaster racecourse. Double Trigger is now a dual-purpose stallion, standing at East Burrow Farm Stud in Devon. In a racing career in which he earned his connections over £500,000, Double Trigger was purchased for just IR£7,200 at the 1992 Irish National Yearling Sale!

Redcar's seven-race programme on Friday is scheduled to begin at 2.15 p.m. with a contest for juvenile maiden fillies, also supported by The European Breeders Fund. The most valuable race of the afternoon is The Constant Security Rated Stakes - a £12,000-added handicap race for stayers over one mile and threequarters - sponsored by the company which performs the security duties at Redcar and many other racecourses, particularly in the north.




SEDGE THE FIELD MOUSE MAKES PILGRIMAGE TO HUNTINGDON FOR 4TH BRITISH MASCOT GRAND NATIONAL




Forget the 34th Ryder Cup this weekend, the biggest sporting event happening on Sunday is the 4th British Mascot Grand National at Huntingdon Racecourse, Cambridgeshire – and Sedge The Field Mouse, the Mascot of Sedgefield Racecourse, will make the 400 mile round trip to try and win the event for race creator Jim Allen!

Last years race, which was the largest gathering of Mascots in one place in the world ever (122), saw runnaway winner ‘Freddie The Fox' disqualified after being unmasked as Great British athlete and Olympian, Matthew Douglas.


Jim Allen (General Manager) said, "Sedgie (as he is known to his mates) has been training extremely hard this year… and has even cut down on his cheese…he is going to win me that cup…!"

Sedge The Field Mouse, sponsored by Barriers International, will be running in his first British Mascot Grand National. Probably the widest and fattest competitor in this year's race, Sedge's main problems will be his ears, which span 4 feet!

This year about 100 Mascots are expected to gather at Huntingdon for the big race, including the first runner from the USA – ‘Thunderbug' from the Tampa Bay Ice Hockey Team, who apparently is coming over to complete a US sporting double on the same day!

Sedge The Field Mouse wrote (He is a Mouse so cannot speak) ‘That Thunderbug thinks that coming over here to win one of Britain's sporting crown jewels will be easy…well he has another thing coming! I intend to win it for Britain and the North…they may win the Ryder Cup, but they won't win the big one!'

This years race is being televised live on BBC Grandstand at 12.30pm Sunday 29th and is being started by the model Catalina Guirdao, famous for her appearances on Chris Evans TFI Friday show.


Sedge The Field Mouse can be contacted at Sedgefield Racecourse on 01740-621925. If Sedge is not in, please ask for Jim Allen.


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