Monday, September 9, 2002
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PUNTERS HATH MELBOURNE CUP IN SIGHT FOR ANNA
The biggest move of the day is Hatha Anna, backed down from 25-1 to 12-1 for the Melbourne Cup. In the same race Universal Prince has also been nibbled at, now 10-1 from 12-1. Support has also flown in for Beauchamp Pilot in the Cambridgeshire, he now shares favouritism with Binary File and Chorist at 12-1. Hills have also cut Balakheri half a point to 7-2 for the St Leger.
MELBOURNE CUP: 8-1 Magical Miss, Vinnie Roe, 10-1 Universal Prince (from 12-1), 12-1 Hatha Anna (from 25-1), 14-1 Republic Lass, 16-1 Give The Slip, Rain Gauge, 20-1 Carnegie Express, Distinctly Secret, Don Eduardo (from 14-1), Pentastic, Prized Gem, 25-1 BAR
THE ARC: 5-2 High Chaparral, 3-1 Sulamani, 7-1 Golan, Marienbard, Sakhee, 8-1 Islington, 12-1 Wellbeing, 14-1 Aquarelliste, 16-1 Manhattan Café, Next Desert, 20-1 Angel Gabriel, Asian Heights, Boreal, Falbrav, Kazzia, 25-1 Bandari, High Pitched, (Others Upon Application)
ST LEGER: 9-4 Bandari, 7-2 Balakheri (from 4), 9-2 (WAR) Kazzia (from 4-1), 8-1 Ballingarry, Bollin Eric, Highest, Sholokhov, 12-1 Mr Dinos, 14-1 First Charter, 20-1 Mamool, 25-1 Nysaean, 33-1 Black Sam Bellamy (from 25-1), Lady Secret, ALL QUOTED
AYR GOLD CUP: 12-1 Croeso Croeso, Impressive Flight, Torosay Spring, 14-1 Cubism, Curfew, 16-1 Attache (from 20-1), Bond Boy, Polar Way, 20-1 Artie, Brave Burt, Budelli, Capricho, Compton Banker, Forever Times, Funfair Wane, Green Line, Halmahera, Hurricane Floyd, Injaaz, Judicious, Little Edward, Mr Mahoose, Scotty's Future, Tayif, Tom Tun, 25-1 BAR.
CAMBRIDGESHIRE: 12-1 Beauchamp Pilot (from 14-1), Binary File, Chorist, 14-1 Funfair, 16-1 Champion Lodge, Heretic, Imbibing, Judge Davidson, Researched, Unshakable, Wixoe Express, 20-1 Adiemus, Bourgainville, Divine Task, Eljohar, I Cried For You, Inchdura, Jabaar, Kirovski, Lingo, Macaw, Mamounia, Smirk, True Knight, 25-1 BAR
TOTE CESAREWITCH: 8-1 Tees Components, 10-1 Hugs Dancer, 12-1 Mesmeric, 14-1 Bangalore, Conquestadora, Distant Prospect, Greenhope, Scotts View, 16-1 Bourgeois, Dancing Bay, Direct Bearing, Ranville, Rapid Deployment, 20-1 BAR
SELECT STAKES TOPS PRESTIGIOUS SEPTEMBER ACTION AT GOODWOOD
RED CARPET BEING AIMED AT NEW GOODWOOD LISTED RACE
Goodwood's valuable two-day meeting on Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14 (Rotary Clubs Day) has attracted 412 entries and promises to have some great racing.
The highlight of the two days is the £35,000 Group Three SELECT STAKES (3.20pm) on Saturday. First run in 1965, this ten-furlong contest boasts an impressive roll of honour with Dancing Brave, Most Welcome, Mtoto, Alderbrook, Singspiel, Mutamam and Ekraar all having been successful.
Last season's contest fell to Nayef, who has subsequently gone on to record three Group One wins, in the Dubai Champion Stakes at Newmarket, Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba and Juddmonte International at York last month.
There are 11 entries for this year's renewal, including the Godolphin pair Divine Task and Moon Ballad, who was third in the Vodafone Derby at Epsom Downs in June, plus Love Regardless and Sir George Turner from Mark Johnston's Yorkshire yard.
Saturday's programme is boosted by the inaugural running of the £26,500-added Listed STARLIT ROTARY STAKES (3.55pm), a six-furlong contest for three-year-olds and upwards who have not won a Group One or Group Two race this season.
This exciting new contest has gained a bumper entry of 21, with established sprinters like Monkston Point, Kier Park, Mitcham, Smokin Beau and Palace Affair being taken on by younger, less-experienced rivals like Red Carpet, fifth in last year's Sagitta 2000 Guineas, Ashdown Express, Golden Dixie and Torosay Springs.
Michael Bell revealed this afternoon that he is hoping to run Red Carpet: "I would like to run him at Goodwood but a lot depends on how he works on Wednesday. He has an alternative engagement at Yarmouth the following week but, if at all possible, he will run on Saturday as it's a Listed race - his principal aim is the Diadem Stakes at Ascot (on September 28)."
The four-year-old was last seen in action when the half-length runner-up to Warningford in the seven-furlong Group Three Leicestershire Stakes at Leicester on April 27. He has not appeared since due to lots of niggly problems but according to his trainer "seems very well at the moment".
"He was third in the Group One Middle Park Stakes - he's got buckets of toe," continued Bell. "The ground won't matter and, while I'm not sure if he'll be suited by Goodwood, having said that, he came down the hill at Leicester very well so I don't see why he shouldn't be."
Action gets under way on Saturday with the MGM ASSURANCE 150TH ANNIVERSARY RATED STAKES (2.15pm), a seven-furlong race for three-year-olds and upwards. Goodwood is delighted to welcome back MGM Assurance as a sponsor and also extends its thanks to the company for generously providing FREE entry for all the runners.
Worthing-based MGM Assurance celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2002 and is the longest registered company in Britain. Operating as a mutual company, MGM Assurance provides a wide range of pensions, life assurance and unit trust products.
This rated stakes, which has a relatively-small weight range, should again be very competitive, with 26 possible contenders.
The supporting races on the Saturday programme come in the from of the very competitive £20,000-added TOTE betXpress HANDICAP (2.45pm) over six furlongs (37 entries), the SEAFRANCE WITH MOTORING & LEISURE MAGAZINE HANDICAP (4.30pm) over two miles (24 entries), the EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND GG RACING CLUB MAIDEN STAKES (5.05pm) over a mile (19 entries) and the HAM HANDICAP (5.40pm) over five furlongs (26 entries).
Taking centre stage on Friday, September 13, is the £22,000-added Listed STARDOM STAKES (3.10pm), a mile contest for two-year-olds. This race has been won by horses of the calibre of subsequent champion miler Selkirk in 1990 and future Group One Racing Post Trophy winner Seattle Rhyme in 1991.
There is an excellent entry of 25, including the unbeaten juveniles, Apex Star, Love You Always, Puma and Quartet.
Friday also sees one of Goodwood's amateur riders' races being held, the BOLLINGER CHAMPAGNE CHALLENGE SERIES HANDICAP (5.25pm) over a mile and a half (21 entries). Restricted to gentleman amateur riders, this contest was won last season by Dr Cool, partnered to victory by Jim Best who is likely to ride again this year.
Other exciting racing action on the September 13 card includes the £12,000 COUNTERS GATE HANDICAP (2.35pm) over a mile and a quarter (34 entries), while there could be some pointers to the future with two maiden contests being run, the EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND HARVEST MAIDEN STAKES (2.00pm), a six-furlong contest for two-year-olds (34 entries), and the STONEHILL MAIDEN STAKES (3.45pm), over a mile and a quarter for three-year-olds (23 entries).
Completing the action on Friday is the mile HARROWAYS HANDICAP (4.15pm) (75 entries) and the SEVEN POINTS NURSERY (4.50pm) over six furlongs (32 entries).
Rod Fabricius, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Goodwood, said: "Goodwood's two-day meeting on Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14, is going to be very competitive and the Group Three Select Stakes will hopefully provide a valuable opportunity for some leading performers to begin their autumn campaigns, while the new Starlit Rotary Stakes looks promising
"We are also delighted to welcome back MGM Assurance as a sponsor and extend our thanks to them for their generous gesture in paying the entry fees for all the runners in the MGM Assurance Rated Stakes which has resulted in 26 entries."
Admission costs on both days are Richmond Enclosure £20, Gordon Enclosure £12 while the Public Enclosure is £5. Over 65s with identification are admitted to the Public Enclosure for £4, while accompanied children aged under 17 are admitted FREE.
A FREE baby and toddler creche is offered in the Gordon Enclosure on Saturday. There is also FREE car parking available. Gates open at 11.30am on both days.
Goodwood holds its final meeting of 2002 on Wednesday, September 25, and Thursday, September 26, when leading National Hunt jockeys take on their Flat counterparts in the Ucello II and Ubu III Trophy.
BAKER'S DOZEN REMAIN N ROTHMANS ROYALS ST LEGER
THE 226th ROTHMANS ROYALS ST LEGER
Class A, Group One, Total Prize fund £400,000. Doncaster, Saturday, September 14, 2002, 1m 6f 132yds. For three-year-olds only, entire colts and fillies. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 9lb. Entries closed Wednesday, July 10, 2002 (46 entries). Forfeit stage Tuesday, August 27, 2002 (17 remain). 25,000 supplementary entry stage Saturday, September 7, 2002 (0 extra entries received). Five-day confirmation stage Monday, September 9, 2002 (13 remain). Final 48-hour declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, September 12, 2002. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys correct up to Sunday, September 8, 2002 and may not include some overseas form.
21-1315 BALAKHERI (IRE) 3 H.H. Aga Khan/Sir Michael Stoute
11-1623 BALLINGARRY (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier/Aidan O'Brien IRE
1011-1011 BANDARI (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum/Mark Johnston
63-1255 BLACK SAM BELLAMY (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier /Aidan O'Brien IRE
11-32233 BOLLIN ERIC 3 Sir Neil Westbrook/Tim Easterby
02-15321 FIRST CHARTER 3 Saeed Suhail/Sir Michael Stoute
2-21212 HIGHEST (IRE) 3 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd/Sir Michael Stoute
11-114 KAZZIA (GER) 3 Godolphin/Saeed bin Suroor
0-412230 LADY'S SECRET (IRE) 3 Elizabeth Roberts/Barry Hills
214-415 MAMOOL (IRE) 3 Godolphin/Saeed bin Suroor
2-311221 MR DINOS (IRE) 3 Constantinos Shiacolas/Paul Cole
3-13141 NYSAEAN (IRE) 3 Jeffen Racing/Richard Hannon
231-0224 SHOLOKHOV (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor/Aidan O'Brien IRE
13 five-day confirmations
NETJETS INC. ANNOUNCED AS NEW QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES SPONSOR
THROUGH ASCOT AND LONGCHAMP'S TRANSATLANTIC ALLIANCE WITH NTRA/BREEDERS' CUP, THE GLOBAL AVIATION COMPANY SECURES SPONSORSHIP OF THE QEII AND BREEDERS' CUP MILE IN ADDITION TO THE PRIX DU MOULIN
Following the announcement at the Royal Meeting in June that Ascot, Longchamp and NTRA/ Breeders' Cup have formed a strategic alliance to co-promote and market each other's events, the respective partners announce today that NetJets® Inc. will sponsor both the late season European mile championship at Ascot, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, and America's premier mile turf race, the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile.
NetJets' sponsorship of France's leading late season mile event, the NetJets Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, was announced last week, and today's launch of their complete portfolio cements their umbrella support of the global mile division.
The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, sponsored by NetJets, and the Diadem Stakes, both run at Ascot on 28th September, will form the centrepiece of the "International Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships," shown in the USA via tape delay as part of the World Thoroughbred Championships Preview on NBC, Sunday, 29th September.
An Ambassador's Cup will be awarded to owners of any horses that have won a Group One or two-year-old race at Royal Ascot, The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes or the QEII and then go on to win a Breeders' Cup race, this year at Arlington Park. In 2001, three horses won at both the Royal Meeting and the Breeders' Cup in New York.
The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, sponsored by NetJets, is the final qualifying race of the year at Ascot for the Ambassador's Cup, to be presented to winning owner(s) at next year's Royal Meeting by the United States Ambassador to Great Britain, William S. Farish.
"We welcome NetJets as an important new corporate sponsor of top-class racing in Europe," said Douglas Erskine-Crum, Chief Executive of Ascot Racecourse. "NetJets, as the premier provider of private aviation solutions in Europe, is a very logical first partner for the new alliance of NTRA/Breeders' Cup, Ascot and Longchamp."
"As the worldwide leader in fractional aircraft ownership, we are delighted to be associated with the NTRA and the Thoroughbred industry on an international basis through Ascot and Longchamp," said NetJets Chairman and CEO Richard Santulli. "Our NetJets fractional aircraft ownership programme provides the best in private aviation transportation and many of our clients are racing enthusiasts. NetJets' appeal is in providing a cost-effective solution to private aviation and is an ideal match for racing enthusiasts both in Europe and the U.S."
"We are thrilled to add a world-class company like NetJets to our growing list of marketing partners," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. "Their status as a best-in-class provider of safe, efficient, and high-quality private aviation services is a perfect fit with the best televised horseracing in the world."
"France Galop is delighted by this first concrete result of the new alliance with NTRA/Breeders' Cup and Ascot, which will associate NetJets for three years with the three prestigious mile races in Europe and the United States," said Louis Romanet, Director General of France Galop. "Through this partnership, NetJets will be able to promote its business in England and France in total synergy with the American market."
FREE ENTRY FOR ALL RUNNERS IN MGM ASSURANCE RATED STAKES AT GOODWOOD
MGM Assurance is delighted to be returning as a sponsor to Goodwood Racecourse this Saturday, September 14, by supporting the MGM ASSURANCE 150TH ANNIVERSARY RATED STAKES, a seven-furlong race for three-year-olds and upwards.
A great incentive to those taking part in the £18,000-added event is that the owners of all runners will have their entry fees reimbursed.
Worthing-based MGM Assurance celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2002 and is the longest registered company in Britain. Operating as a mutual company, MGM Assurance provides a wide range of protection, investment and pension related products.
There have been some decent winners of this event in recent years including the 1998 winner Warningford, who has progressed to land the Group Three Leicestershire Stakes on three occasions (1999, 2001 and 2002) as well as three Listed races.
James Fanshawe, Warningford's trainer, was successful 12 months ago with subsequent Listed winner Father Thames, while other good recent winners have included the David Elsworth-trained Law Commission in 1997, and the Goodwood specialist Omaha City two years ago.
Mike Dimonaco at MGM Assurance, said: "We are proud to be associated with this prestigious event and see it as a fitting part of our 150th anniversary celebrations".
Rod Fabricius, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Goodwood, added: "We are delighted to welcome MGM Assurance back to Goodwood as sponsors and commend their very generous gesture of refunding entry fees to all the runners in the MGM Assurance Rated Stakes."
TOTE (AYR) SILVER CUP PRIZE MONEY UP 33%
Boost is Part of £50,000 Increase At Ayr Until End of Year
Prize money for the Tote (Ayr) Silver Cup - the consolation event for horses that just fail to make the Tote Ayr Gold Cup line-up - has increased in value by 33 per cent to £20,000 for this year's running on Friday, September 20, the second day of Ayr's three-day Western Meeting.
In addition, the Tote (Ayr) Silver Cup will now be shown live on Channel Four television at 3.10pm as an upgrade to the originally-planned coverage from Newbury.
The television coverage now means that there are a number of changes to the Friday race programme with the £12,000-added HBG Properties Conditions Stakes now going to post at 2.40pm, half an hour prior to the rescheduled Tote (Ayr) Silver Cup. The Aon Consulting Claiming Stakes is now the fourth race with an off time of 3.45pm and it will be followed by the £12,000-added Sothebys Nursery Handicap, which will go to post at 4.20pm.
There is also another late boost to prize money on Saturday's card as the Tote Ayrshire Handicap has a further £5,000 of prize money, meaning that the mile event is now worth £30,000-added.
In total an extra £50,000 in prize money has recently been added to Ayr's programme until the end of 2002, half of which will be allocated to the Western Meeting, which begins on Thursday, September 19.
On Tote Ayr Gold Cup day, Saturday, September 21, additional facilities in the form of the Metal Badge Bar in Western House and the Western Meeting Club Members' Marquee, situated on the Paddock Lawn, will be made available for the convenience of Members of The Western Meeting Club.
David Nicholls has won the last two renewals of the Tote Ayr Gold Cup with Continent in 2001 and the previous year with Bahamian Pirate and the quality of Scotland's richest Flat race has been underlined by both winners' subsequent performance in the 2002 Group 1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket on July 11 when Continent beat Bahamian Pirate by half a length.
After this year's forfeit stage on September 3, Nicholls has 18 entries remaining. Among his leading fancies are Brave Burt (7st 13lb), who is chasing a hat-trick having been successful on his last two starts at Newmarket and Ascot, Funfair Wane (8st 12lb), owned by Kevin Keegan and his wife Jean, and Hurricane Floyd (8st 2lb), who was a creditable fourth in the Vodafone Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood in August.
The 1996 running went to the David Barron-trained Coastal Bluff, who is the most recent horse to justify favouritism in Scotland's premier contest and the first since Vaigly Great in 1978 to achieve this feat. Coastal Bluff had earlier been successful in the Vodafone Stewards' Cup, but his greatest hour was to come when dead-heating for first, with a broken bit almost throughout the event, in the following season's Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
In 2002, Barron has Impressive Flight (8st 6lb) among the principal hopes. The three-year-old filly has won twice this term including a handicap at Newmarket on her last outing on August 17.
Another trainer to have won this prestigious handicap twice in the last decade is Ian Balding. In 1999, four-year-old Grangeville was given a cracking ride from Kieren Fallon to deny Evening Promise by a head and seven years earlier the master of Kingsclere had been successful with Lochsong, one of the most popular sprinters of recent years. She was completing a marvellous treble having earlier scored in the Vodafone Stewards' Cup at Goodwood and the Tote Trifecta Portland at Doncaster.
Lochsong was another Tote Ayr Gold Cup winner who went on to prove herself more than capable in Group company. The next season she won three such contests and her four Group victories in 1994, including a second success in the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye, confirmed her status as that year's leading sprinter in Europe.
David Nicholls has already been acclaimed for saddling a one-two in this year's Darley July Cup, but perhaps an equally astounding training feat was Karl Burke's ability to fill the same two places in this ultra-competitive handicap in 1998 with Always Alight, who beat Daring Destiny by a head.
The latter had four years earlier given Burke a previous success in the Tote Ayr Gold Cup and she subsequently proved good enough to win two Pattern contests in 1996, the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes at Leopardstown and the Group 2 Jacobs Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden.
Another popular mare, the Richard Hannon-trained Wildwood Flower, took the 1997 renewal having just a week earlier got her head in front in a valuable sprint handicap at Goodwood.
The 1995 winner Royale Figurine got the better of No Extras by a neck and Martin Fetherston-Godley's stable star was good enough to score in a Listed contest at Newmarket on her next outing while Hard To Figure became the oldest post-War winner of the Tote Ayr Gold Cup in 1993 when victorious at seven-years-old for Ron Hodges.
Other entries for this year's renewal at the head of the bookmakers' lists include the John Spearing-trained Croeso Croeso (8st 3lb), who has already won five times in 2002, the Ian Williams-trained Cubism (8st), who gave his trainer a rare winner on the Flat on his last run at York on August 20, and the James Fanshawe-trained fillies Torosay Spring (8st 4lb) and Curfew (7st 6lb), who landed her third success in as many weeks at Salisbury on Thursday for her owner, professional punter Patrick Veitch.
Chris Kennedy of Ayr Racecourse said: "We are delighted to be able to announce these increases in prize money at Ayr and to welcome our friends from Channel Four television to Scotland's premier racecourse one day earlier than expected. The Western Meeting, featuring the Tote Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday, is building into a tremendously-exciting three-day extravaganza."
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TOTE AYR GOLD CUP - Effect of the draw
With a maximum field of 29 runners regularly sprinting down the straight six furlongs, the conundrum as to which side of the course is best to race on taxes punters year after year. Horses drawn high race down the stands' side, horses drawn low come out of stalls on the far side.
Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Runners Going
2001 22/17 12/14 15/4 20/13 28/27 G/F, GiP
2000 7/26 2/20 23/27 10/9 28/29 S
1999 17/14 28/10 18/24 21/13 28/29 G/S. S pchs bk strt
1998 8/4 1/11 2/14 7/16 29/29 G/S, S pchs
1997 24/28 9/22 1/3 7/4 29/28 G, G/S pchs bk strt
1996 28/27 29/25 27/22 25/5 28/28 G/F,FiP
1995 27/25 20/22 28/26 26/23 29/28 G
1994 29/8 15/5 16/13 8/1 29/27 G/S
1993 8/10 17/12 9/3 2/6 29/28 G/F
1992 28/11 8/14 25/7 3/10 28/29 S
1991 18 16 28 12 28 G
1990 8 1 2 18 29 G/S
1989 6 5 14 9 29 S,HvP
1988 6 12 10 28 29 G/S
1987 4 14 17 12 29 G/S
1986 17 29 23 11 29 F
1985 5 7 8 16 25 Hv
1984 29 5 26 6 29 S
1983 15 13 8 11 28 S
1982 5 8 4 9 14 G/S
1981 16 20 11 4 21 S
1980 8 6 1 3 24 S
MALAYSIA'S RICHEST 3YO RACE WON BRILLIANTLY BY ADELAIDE GRADUATE
The richest 3YO race in Malaysia the $RM325,000 Penang Turf Club 2002 Magic Millions Classic, over 1200m held at the Penang Racecourse was run on Sunday the 8th September 2002.
A top class field of 15 runners contested the race and the winner, firm favourite FLYING ACE (Rory's Jester - Magpies), won brilliantly by 10 lengths.
Flying Ace was sold at the 2001 Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $85,000 offered for sale by Rob Ferguson's Torryburn Stud. Owned by Penang based Richard Beh, he is trained by Bill Lee and was ridden by champion Western Australian jockey Alana Sansom.
Second placing went to PRIME TREASURE (by Magic Of Money), and third to STARRING (by Success Express). Both placegetters were offered at the 2001 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
The richest race of the two day Penang meeting was the $RM750,000 Sprint Trophy, won by Jetball gelding OPPOSING FORCE, trained by former English jockey Richard Lines. Lines also trained the winner of the Gold Coast Turf Club Trophy with WA bred RICHTER SCALE by Is It True.
Last year's Penang Turf Club Malaysian Magic Millions Classic winner, KIKO'S POWER by El Moxie, won Race 9 on the programme, a $RM70,000 Class 1 event.
David Chester, Magic Millions Managing Director, in his presentation speech reminded local owners and trainers that two-year-olds being offered at the forthcoming Perth and Gold Coast Horses In Training Sales, as well as the Malaysian National Stud Farm Sale, will be eligible for the 2003 Malaysian event.
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