CHAMPIONSHIP POINT HEADS totesport CAMBRIDGESHIRE WEIGHTS
Pipedreamer, The Illies and Sagredo 12/1 co-favourites with totesport
The Mick Channon-trained Championship Point heads the weights on 10st for the totesport Cambridgeshire, the first leg of the Autumn Double, run over nine furlongs of the NatWest Rowley Mile course at Newmarket on Saturday, October 6.
The sponsors have priced up the famous handicap, worth £160,000, and make Championship Point a 25/1 chance to defy top weight. If successful, the four-year-old would be the first horse since Cap Juluca in 1995 to win from the head of the handicap.
Totesport make Pipedreamer (8st 12lb) one of their three 12/1 co-favourites. Owned by Cheveley Park Stud and trained by John Gosden, successful in 1994 with Halling, the three-year-old Selkirk colt was triumphant when last seen out in a valuable 10-furlong handicap at Glorious Goodwood.
The Illies (8st 5lb), is another of the 12/1 co-favourites. Trained by Barry Hills, who sent out the 1990 victor Risen Moon, The Illies was successful in his latest two outings in competitive handicaps at Ascot and York. However, he is yet to win beyond a mile.
Sir Mark Prescott has won the totesport Cambridgeshire twice before with Quinlan Terry (1988) and Chivalry (2003). This year, his one entry is Sagredo (8st 10lb), the third 12/1 co-favourite, who looks to be an improving type with his latest effort resulting in third place in a Listed handicap at Chester.
The William Haggas-trained Mutajarred (8st 8lb) is unbeaten in three outings this year and has been winning as he likes, although the totesport Cambridgeshire would be by far his toughest task to date. He is rated a 14/1 chance by totesport.
Irish handler Jessica Harrington could be represented by the 25/1 shot Jumbajukiba (9st 11lb), successful in a hugely-competitive Curragh handicap earlier this season and last seen out when collecting a Listed contest at Cork in facile fashion on August 6.
One-time Derby favourite Greek Well (8st 5lb) has got his act together this season and is an 16/1 chance to give Sir Michael Stoute a second totesport Cambridgeshire success, following Intermission’s victory 31 years ago.
The maximum field size for the totesport Cambridgeshire is 35 runners.
OPENING PRICES ON THE TOTESPORT CAMBRIDGESHIRE FROM THE SPONSOR
12 Pipedreamer, Sagredo, The Illies, 14 Mutajarred, 16 Greek Well, Heaven Knows, Teslin, 20 Cabinet, Docofthebay, Ekhtiaar, Escape Route, Font, Pinpoint, Supaseus, Tobosa, 25 Al Khaleej, Ashes Regained, Championship Point, European Dream, Gongida, Jumbajukiba, Mesbaah, Monte Alto, Montpellier, Night Cru, Peruvian Prince, Ragheed, River Tiber, Snoqualmie Boy, Tears Of A Clown, 33 Ace Of Hearts, Annemasse, Azarole, Ballinteni, Benandonner, Chantaco, Charlie Cool, Degas Art, Flipando, Flying Clarets, Fort Churchill, Humungous, Ideally, Impeller, Kasumi, Kinsya, Lady Stardust, Mombassa, Padlocked, Raptor, Ravoriaz, Rio Riva, Seabow, Star Of Light, Topatoo, Unshakable, Very Wise, Yarqus, Yeaman's Hall, Zero Tolerance, 40 Babodana, Bandama, Capable Guest, Dubai Twilight, Fremen, Hassad, Hollow Ridge, Humble Opinion, Night Crescendo, Plum Pudding, Snaffy, Tanzanite, Wind Star, 50 Bazart, Dancing Lyra, Heroes, Middlemarch, Moody Tunes, My Paris, Players Please, Regal Parade, The Grey Berry, Troubadour, Warm Embraces, 66 Areyoutalkingtome, Folio, Future's Dream, Isidore Bonheur, Kamanda Laugh, Master Pegasus, Pagan Sword, Prince Evelith, Road To Mandalay, Tommy Toogood, Torinmoor, Vainglory, Wovoka, 100 Ansell's Pride, Kenmore, Rain Stops Play, Riley Boys, Seal Point, Sew'N'So Character, 150 Fabrian
Each-way 1/4 the odds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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FAIR ALONG 9/1 JOINT-FAVOURITE TO GIVE HOBBS SECOND totesport CESAREWITCH SUCCESS
Fair Along (8st 5lb) is the 9/1 joint-favourite with totesport to give trainer Philip Hobbs a second consecutive success in the £160,000 totesport Cesarewitch following the victory of Detroit City in 2006.
Like Detroit City, Fair Along is also a high-class jump performer, having finished runner-up in the 2006 Triumph Hurdle (to Detroit City) and the 2007 Arkle Trophy. His one outing on the Flat this season saw him finish runner-up to Greenwich Meantime (9st, 25/1) in the totesport Chester Cup back in May. Hobbs could also run Liberate (8st 3lb, 16/1), second to Katchit in the 2007 Triumph Hurdle.
The Irish challenge for the totesport Cesarewitch looks particularly strong this year with seven possible starters from the Emerald Isle. These include the Tony Martin-trained Leg Spinner (8st 9lb, 9/1 joint-favourite), a winner at Ascot’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup fixture when partnered by leading Japanese jockey Yutaka Take. Martin also has Top The Charts (8st 4lb, 14/1) and Arc Bleu (8st 4lb, 16/1) engaged. The top-class Irish hurdlers Al Eile (8st 13lb, 16/1) and Essex (8st 8lb, 14/1) are also entered while Sandymount Earl (8st, 16/1), trained by Jessica Harrington, would certainly be an interesting winner as he is owned by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.
Samurai Way (8st 10lb, 12/1) represents the Luca Cumani stable and has given the impression that he would be suited by further on his last two outings when runner-up at Newmarket’s Ritz Club July Festival and Glorious Goodwood.
Inchnadamph (8st 2lb, 16/1), runner-up to Detroit City in 2006 and third to Sergeant Cecil in 2005, could bid to make it third time lucky while last year’s third Dr Sharp (7st 11lb, 25/1) is also engaged once again.
The maximum field size for the totesport Cesarewitch is 34 runners.
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9 Fair Along, Leg Spinner, 12 Samurai Way, 14 Essex, Top Of The Charts, 16 Al Eile, Alambic, Arc Bleu, Enjoy The Moment, Inchnadamph, Liberate, Sandymount Earl, Secret Ploy, Whispering Death, 20 Afrad, Artless, Caracciola, Macaroville, Magicalmysterytour, Sunley Peace, Wing Collar, 25 Alessano, Colloquial, Desert Sea, Dr Sharp, Full House, Golden Quest, Greenwich Meantine, Kasthari, Land 'N Stars, Lightning Strike, Mamlook, Ned Ludd, Ogee, Phreeze, Raslan, River Alhaarth, Som Tala, Souvenance, 33 Aphorism, Attorney General, Baddam, Broughton's Revival, Burntoakboy, Diego Cao, Gallileo Figaro, Gee Dee Nen, Great As Gold, Last Flight, Mirthful, Newnham, Odiham, Rhaam, Savannah Bay, 40 Atlantic Coast, Crocodile Dundee, Elyaadi, Irish Quest, Jockser, Mudawin, Nosferatu, Olimpo, Rio De Janeiro, Saint Alebe, The Nawab, Trance, 50 Bollin Felix, Downing Street, Historic Place, Indonesia, Mister Arjay, Souffleur, Takafu, 66 High Point, Inchpast, Industrial Star, Noddies Way, Prince Zafonic, Rehearsed, Spinning Coin, 100 Missoula, 200 Sa Nau
Each-way 1/4 the odds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
FIVE PLACES ON THE AUTUMN DOUBLE WITH TOTESPORT
Totesport have opened betting on the totesport Cambridgeshire and totesport Cesarewitch and are betting to FIVE places on both races.
Spokesman Damian Walker said: "These are the offers that our odds compilers and traders hate but the punters love.
"When the heavily-backed 9-2 favourite Smart Enough finished fifth in last season's totesport Cambridgehsire there were plenty of long faces at our head office.
“Those faces got even longer when favourite Detroit City landed a huge gamble in the totesport Cesarewitch two weeks later and fifth-placed Trance pulled off an each-way gamble having been backed from 50/1 into 25/1 with totesport.
"It goes without saying that we'll be hoping for better results this year."
AUTHORIZED MAKES STRONG CASE FOR CARTIER HONOURS
Epsom Derby winner Authorized laid down his claim to the title of Europe’s top three-year-old colt and strode imposingly back into the battle to be named Cartier Horse of the Year with a convincing victory against his elders in the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes at York on August 21.
Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar’s colt now has 112 points after he swept aside King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winner Dylan Thomas (124 points), who was beaten a length into second, while emphatically reversing form with his Coral-Eclipse Stakes conqueror Notnowcato (73), who was a further three lengths away in third.
The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained son of Montjeu leads the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt division, while Prix du Jockey Club Mitsubishi Motors winner Lawman has 89 points and the recently retired English and Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Cockney Rebel is equal on 72 points with Budweiser Irish Derby victor Soldier Of Fortune.
The Cartier Racing Awards, now in their 17th year, are European horseracing’s most prestigious accolades, and will be presented during a glittering ceremony in London on November 14, 2007. The coveted awards celebrate the eight champions of the Turf, plus one person.
Horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars, the Cartier Racing Awards are determined by points earned in Pattern races combined with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists plus votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph, a system which accurately rewards supreme excellence.
Dylan Thomas still tops the older horse division with 124 points and can go further ahead in Ireland’s Group One Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday (September 8). But the Andre Fabre-trained Manduro (104) will be a tough nut to crack come the season’s end after taking his unbeaten streak this term to four with a brilliant success in the Group One Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois over a mile at Deauville on August 12. The pair could lock horns with Authorized in a mouth-watering renewal of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, October 7.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Peeping Fawn (142) is the season’s female phenomenon and will push the boys to the wire in her bid for the Cartier Horse of the Year Award. She continued her relentless summer domination of the three-year-old distaff division with a resounding triumph in the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York last month, which saw her pull four lengths clear of the year older ABN Amro Goodwood Cup heroine Allegretto (32).
Allegretto will be a fine addition to her owners’ Cheveley Park Stud broodmare band when she retires but for now the daughter of Galileo is still in contention for the Cartier Stayer Award, which is headed by reigning champion and dual Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats (48 points).
The pecking order is beginning to be established in the juvenile division and a fascinating autumn programme is on the agenda after Myboycharlie, trained by Tommy Stack for Sue Magnier, defeated the crack French filly Natagora (40) in the Group One Darley Prix Morny at Deauville to leap to the top of the two-year-old colt category with 40 points.
Kingsgate Native caused a stir when becoming the first two-year-old since Lyric Fantasy in 1992 to defeat the older horses in the five-furlong Group One Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York, and the John Best-trained colt is level with Group Two Coventry Stakes victor Henrythenavigator on 36 points. The unbeaten Group Two winners Winker Watson (32) and the Jim Bolger-trained New Approach (24), who is following the same route as former stablemate and 2006 champion Teofilo, are sure to have a say in the final destination of the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award.
Bolger pulled off a remarkable double last year when Teofilo and Finsceal Beo carried off both the Cartier Two-Year-Old Awards and he could equal that tremendous achievement this year with New Approach and star filly Saoirse Abu. The latter defeated Henrythenavigator in the Group One Independent Waterford Wedgewood Phoenix Stakes on August 12 before adding the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes on September 2 to spring to the top of the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly category with 68 points.
The sprinting division was shaken up by Kingsgate Native’s victory in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes and the competition for the Cartier Sprinter is still wide open.
Marchand D’Or, trained in France by Freddie Head, now has 36 points after taking the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest for the second successive year on August 5, defeating Dutch Art (32), who also filled the runner-up berth behind Sakhee’s Secret (32) in the Group One Darley July Cup earlier in the summer.
The Jeremy Noseda-trained Soldier’s Tale is joint top with 36 points courtesy of his Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes win at Royal Ascot. He may take his chance in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on September 8, alongside Marchand D’Or, Dutch Art and Sakhee’s Secret, after which the picture could become clearer.
Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant, said today: “Things are certainly taking shape as we head into September and I am sure everyone is excited at the prospect of Authorized and Manduro meeting in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp next month, a race in which Aidan O’Brien could unleash his crack filly Peeping Fawn as well as Dylan Thomas.
“There are some very good two-year-olds about. Myboycharlie has impressed and Winker Watson has done nothing wrong, while it will be fascinating to see whether Jim Bolger can match his terrific success of last year with New Approach and Saoirse Abu.”