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Wednesday, September 25, 2002



PUNTERS PILE ON WIXOE EXPRESS IN TYPICAL PRESCOTT PLUNGE




Wixoe Express was today the subject of a sizeable ante post gamble for Saturday's Tote Trifecta Handicap and Coral were forced to slash his odds to 9-1 second favourite from 12-1.


The Tote Cambridgeshire market also saw a major market move for Lady Bear with Coral trimming his odds to 12-1 from 16-1.


Tote Trifecta Stakes
7-1 Demonstrate, 9-1 Wixoe Express, 11-1 One More Round, 12-1 Mr Mahoose, 14-1 Inchdura, Royal Millennium, True Night, 16-1 Certain Justice, Pablo, 20-1 Colisay, Digital, Eljohar, Gateman, Lunar Leo, Millennium Force, Mister Cosmi, Ratio, Scotty's Future, Surprise Encounter, Polar Ben, 25-1 Bar

Tote Cambridgeshire
7-1 Funfair, 12-1 Lady Bear, Beauchamp Pilot, Chorist, Champion Lodge, 14-1 Far Lane, Jabaar, 16-1 Unshakable, Heretic, Divine Task, 18-1 Atlantic Ace, 20-1 Putra Pekan, Persian Lass, Smirk, Contract, I Cried For You, Lingo, Adiemus, True Night, Muchea, Researched, 22-1 Wixoe Express, 25-1 Bourgainville, JR Stevenson, Kirovski, Vicious Knight, Vicious Warrior, Norton, Father Thames, Takes Tutu, Whaleef, 28-1 Counsels Opinion, Nadour Al Bahr, Waverley, 33-1 Bar

Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe
2-1 Sulamani, 9-4 High Chaparral, 8-1 Aquarelliste, 9-1 Marienbard, 10-1 Manhattan Cafe, 11-1 Islington, 20-1 Falbrav, Asian Heights, Wellbeing, 25-1 Anabaa Blue, Ana Marie, Boreal, Polish Summer



ALMUSHAHAR MISSES DEWHURST STAKES




www.godolphin.com reported today:

Godolphin announced today that Almushahar will miss the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 19 due to a training setback.

The unbeaten two year old Silver Hawk colt, trained by David Loder, will travel to Dubai with the other Godolphin horses next month and will winter at Al Quoz Stables.

Almushahar, who is out of the five-time Group One winner Sayyedati, had a successful debut at Newmarket on August 23 in a seven-furlong maiden. He then went on to win the Group Two Rothmans Royals Champagne Stakes impressively at Doncaster on September 13, confirming himself as one of the season's leading juveniles.




BHB AGREES MINIMUM VALUES RISE OF £18M IN 2003 AND WILL CONTRIBUTE £5M TO PRIZE MONEY




The BHB Board agreed at its meeting on 23rd September that minimum race values should rise by a total of £18m in 2003 from the base of January 2002. This is the first meaningful rise in minimum values since January 2000.


The Board also agreed that BHB should spend £5m in a matched fund incentive programme with racecourses in order to encourage racecourse contribution to the 2003 Prize Fund. Both BHB and the RCA believe that total prize money in 2003 will exceed £100m with the help of this programme, details of which are still being worked on for finalisation at BHB's Board meeting on 10th October.


BHB Chairman Peter Savill said: "The Board has struck a very fair balance between the relative positions of the owners and racecourses. We have restored minimum values of the lowest races, which were below the levels enjoyed in 1993; we have maintained differentials between race classifications; and we have ensured continued flexibility for racecourses in funding their race programmes.


"In 2003, no Flat race will be run for less than £4,000 and no Jump race (apart from bumpers and Hunter Chases) for less than £3,200. In January 2002, these figures stood at £2,550 and £2,200 respectively."



BETFAIR TO SPONSOR CHEVELEY PARK STAKES




Betfair.com, the company that is revolutionising betting, is to support the £150,000 Betfair Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1) at Newmarket next Friday (4th October), having today signed a two year deal to sponsor Europe's premier race for two-year-old fillies.


Betfair has sponsored 43 races this year, and more than 100 in the two years since it launched the betting exchange concept in June 2000, but the Cheveley Park Stakes is the company's first venture into high-profile race sponsorship. Last season Betfair sponsored at Newmarket for the first time with the Betfair.com Zetland Stakes in November.


Shadwell Stud had sponsored the Cheveley Park Stakes in recent years, but announced earlier this season that it would be switching its support to the £150,000 Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) the previous afternoon which now forms the centrepiece of Shadwell Stud Day.

Lisa Hancock, Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses, commented: "It's a long time since both these great two-year-old races were sponsored at the same time so we are absolutely delighted to welcome Betfair back to Newmarket and to see Shadwell Stud extend their sponsorship with us.

"Last year's renewals were won by the top-rated colt and filly in Europe's International Classifications and with the calibre of two-year-old targeting them this year, like RUSSIAN RHYTHM and EGO in the Betfair Cheveley Park Stakes and ELUSIVE CITY and ZAFEEN in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes, we could easily be in for a repeat."

Mark Davies, Director of Communications at Betfair.com, said: "Betfair has consistently sought to put something back into racing, and has this year become the fourth largest sponsor of horse racing in terms of number of races covered. Our new association with the Cheveley Park Stakes takes our sponsorship programme to a new level, and we are delighted to be backing such a prestigious event."



DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE ENQUIRIES TO BE BY THE JOCKEY CLUB TOMORROW




9.30am - Jamie Spencer
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, on 26th September 2002, will hold an enquiry to consider whether or not Jamie Spencer, the rider of BOREAS has committed a breach of Rule 153(iii) of the Rules of Racing, in the light of Instruction H9, headed 'Use of the Whip' concerning his use of the whip in the GNER Doncaster Cup at Doncaster on 12th September 2002. This matter was referred to the Stewards of the Jockey Club by the Doncaster Stewards following their enquiry of the same day because Jamie Spencer had been suspended for fifteen days for use of the whip within the last twelve months.

10.15am - Fran Ferris
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, on 26th September 2002, will hold an enquiry to consider whether or not Fran Ferris, the rider of DECEITFUL, has committed a breach of Rule 153(iii) of the Rules of Racing, in the light of Instruction H9, headed 'Use of the Whip' concerning his use of the whip in the Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons Ladies Day Stakes at Doncaster on 12th September 2002. This matter was referred to the Stewards of the Jockey Club by the Doncaster Stewards following their enquiry of the same day because Fran Ferris had been suspended for fifteen days for use of the whip within the last twelve months.

12pm - Anthony Jones
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, on 26th September 2002, will hold an enquiry to consider whether or not Anthony Jones, a licensed trainer, has committed a breach of Rule 220 (vii) (a) of the Rules of Racing, in the light of the undertaking on Pages 6 and 5 respectively of his Application for the Renewal of his trainer's Licence 2000/2001 and 2001/2002, in that by failing to honour payment of Mr K M Mitchard's wages on 17 occasions between 23 August 2000 and 27 November 2001 he was not complying with the "Terms and Conditions of Service in Stables" as laid down in Jockey Club Instruction A6.

In Absence - Mr Philip Andrew
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, on 26th September 2002, will hold an enquiry to consider whether or not Mr Philip Andrew has committed a breach of Regulation 50 (ii) of the Jockey Club Regulations for Point to Point Steeple Chases, in respect of his riding in 12 Point to Point races, at 9 separate meetings, during the 2002 Point to Point Season whilst not holding the required Riders' Qualification Certificate.




LATEST WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS




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
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
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
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
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 Bonapaw USA Norman Miller III 119
6T Gygistar USA Mark A. Hennig 119
6T Kona Gold USA Bruce Headley 119
9 Invincible Spirit (IRE) GB John Dunlop 118
10 Carson Hollow USA Richard E. Dutrow 117
10T Malhub GB John Gosden 117

FILLY & MARE TURF DIVISION
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 England's Legend USA Christophe Clement 119
6T Kazzia (GER) GB Saeed bin Suroor 119
6T Voodoo Dancer USA Christophe Clement 119
9 Affluent USA Ronald L McAnally 118
9T Aquarelliste (FR) FR Elie Lellouche 118
9T Gossamer (GB) GB Luca Cumani 118
9T Rebelline (IRE) IRE Kevin Prendergast 118

NETJETS MILE DIVISION
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
1 Elusive City GB Gerard A Butler 119
1T Sky Mesa USA John T. Ward, Jr. 119
1T Whywhywhy USA Patrick L. Biancone 119
4 Zavata USA Patrick L. Biancone 118
5 Vindication USA Bob Baffert 117
5T Zafeen (FR) GB Mike R. Channon 117
7 Icecoldbeeratreds USA Bob Baffert 116
7T Lone Star Sky USA Thomas M. Amoss 116
9 Pretty Wild USA Stanley M. Hough 115
9T Refuse to Bend (IRE) IRE Dermot Weld 115

JUVENILE FILLIES DIVISION
1 Russian Rhythm GB Sir Michael Stoute 116
1T Storm Flag Flying USA Claude R. McGaughrey 116
3 Six Perfections (FR) FR Pascal Bary 114
4 Buffythecenterfold USA Melvin F. Stute 113
4T Santa Catarina USA Bob Baffert 113
6 Ivanavinalot USA Kathleen O'Connell 112
6T Luvah Girl (GB) GB Roger J. Charlton 112
8 Atlantic Ocean USA Bob Baffert 111
8T Brusque CAN Ronald A. Woods 111
8T Wild Snitch USA Benjamin W. Perkins 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 September 15 - September 22, 2002

CLASSIC - UNCHANGED

JOHN DEERE TURF - UNCHANGED

DISTAFF - UNCHANGED

SPRINT - After winning Belmont's Vosburgh Stakes on Saturday, BONAPAW moves from a ninth-place tie into a sixth-place tie with GYGISTAR and KONA GOLD.


FILLY & MARE TURF - Note: KAZZIA (GER), ranked sixth in this division, mistakenly was left off last week's rankings.

NETJETS MILE - UNCHANGED

BESSEMER TRUST JUVENILE - ZAFEEN (FR), winner of the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury, moves into the rankings tied for fifth place with VINDICATION. REFUSE TO BEND (IRE) drops from a fifth-place tie to a ninth-place tie with PRETTY WILD. VAN NISTELROOY, 10th last week, drops out of the rankings.

JUVENILE FILLIES - AWESOME HUMOR, tied for first last week, has been sidelined for the remainder of the year due to a bone chip and drops out of the rankings, leaving RUSSIAN RHYTHM and STORM FLAG FLYING together in first. BUFFYTHECENTERFOLD falls from a fourth-place tie to a sixth-place tie with SANTA CATARINA. IVANAVINALOT, winner of Calder's Brave Raj Stakes, and LUVAH GIRL (GB), both tied for eighth place last week, are now tied for sixth. ATLANTIC OCEAN, winner of the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies, enters the Top 10 tied for eighth with BRUSQUE, who captured the Mazarine Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday, and with WILD SNITCH, runner-up in Belmont's Matron Stakes. MISS HOUDINI, tied for fourth place last week, drops out of the rankings due to a tendon injury. HANDPAINTED, tied for eighth last week, has been sidelined due to a laceration suffered in the Mazarine.




ETERNITY WIN ANOTHER BOOST FOR HOUGHTON CATALOGUE




The impressive victory of ECHOES IN ETERNITY at Newmarket on Tuesday provided yet another significant update to the Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale catalogue with a SADLER'S WELLS half-brother to be offered by Timmy Hyde's Camas Park Stud on the first day.


ECHOES IN ETERNITY is the second foal out of the Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes winner MAGNIFICIENT STYLE, her first foal being the Stakes winning STORM CAT filly STYLELISTICK.


The colt is one of 34 yearlings by eleven time Champion Sire SADLER'S WELLS. The fillies are headed by the half-sister to SLEEPYTIME and ALI-ROYAL and by the granddaughter of FALL ASPEN, out of an own-sister to TIMBER COUNTRY. The colts include the half-brother to Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes winner FAIRY QUEEN and 2002 Falmouth Stakes winner TASHAWAK, as well as a colt out of FREE AT LAST, who is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner CORETTA and a three-parts brother to GOSSAMER and BARATHEA.


The Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale starts at 5.30pm on Wednesday, 2nd October and concludes the following evening.


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