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Wednesday, September 1, 2010



Michael Dods, whose County Durham yard is starting to fire once again after a lean summer, is weighing up the £160,000 totesport.com Cambridgeshire (3.40pm) for three of his stable stalwarts at Newmarket on Saturday, 2nd October.

This year’s renewal of the historic nine-furlong handicap has attracted a bumper entry of 146, up from 134 in 2009, with horses that fail to make the cut for totesport.com Cambridgeshire eligible for the £40,000 Standing For Success Handicap (Silver Cambridgeshire) on Friday, 1 October (please see below for further details).

Sweet Lightning (9st 2lb, 14/1), Tiger Reigns (8st 12lb, 40/1) and Thin Red Line (8st 7lb, 33/1) are all engaged in the prestigious nine-furlong heritage handicap, weights for which are released today, Wednesday, 1st September, 2010.

Sweet Lightning showed his well-being at York’s Ebor Festival on 17th August, when winning a competitive 10-furlong handicap, while Thin Red Line ran with credit on the Knavesmire the following day when a close sixth to The Fonz over 12 furlongs.

But it is Tiger Reigns, campaigned exclusively at a mile this term, who Dods sees as his number one hope at this stage, despite the gelding having finished unplaced on his last two starts.

Dods revealed today: “At the moment, Sweet Lightning and Tiger Reigns are the most likely of the three to go to Newmarket for the totseport.com Cambridgeshire.

“Sweet Lightning will most likely go to Newbury for the Dubai Duty Free Handicap (18th September) and then we will decide after that. Thin Red Line, we are not sure whether he might be better over a longer trip but we have given him the entry and Tiger Reigns will be the most likely runner because I think the race will suit him well.

“Tiger Reigns would love it soft. He has been struggling a bit this season because he has only had his ground once, that was at Haydock last month when he had a bad draw and was lumping 10st but still managed to come fourth.

“You can’t get it soft enough for him - he just keeps going on that sort of ground. He has struggled because, off a high handicap mark, he has had to run in races when the ground wasn’t ideal. When he gets his conditions, he will do all right.

“Sweet Lightning travels well and he deserved to have an entry so we could make a decision nearer the time. He travelled sweetly at York and picked up well that day. He is happy on the slow side of good and the same goes for Thin Red Line.”

Dods enjoyed his best ever seasonal tallies in 2008 and 2009 with 49 winners but this year has brought only 22 winners to date despite notable investment. The experienced handler puts this down to his horses being off colour through mid-summer, a time when the yard traditionally reaps a rich harvest.

The Denton Hall trainer said: “Some of them came in a few weeks after we bought them at the breeze-ups and just spread something to the other horses. We had to sit very patiently through July. Normally we would be running everything at that time but I wasn’t happy with them so I ran very few.

“Now they are coming right so we are getting on again and everything I have run recently has run well, placed or won. I’m happy with them although one or two of the two-year-olds aren’t quite there yet so we will just continue to be patient with them.”

Marcus Tregoning has a fascinating prospect in one-time Derby hope Taameer (9st 4lb, 25/1), who has not raced since finishing fifth of six behind Above Average in the Group Three Classic Trial at Sandown in April, 2009.

The Beat Hollow colt was sent off the 13/8 favourite for that contest, having finished runner-up to the high-class Kite Wood in the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Ascot, the second of two juvenile starts the previous season.

Tregoning said: “It’s not certain that Taameer will go to Newmarket for the totesport.com Cambridgeshire, it’s a possibility at this stage. We haven’t really decided where we are going with him. He is coming on well and will be ready for it but we need to decide whether it is the right race for him.

“He picked up an injury and has been away from here recuperating. He came back into training about six weeks ago, so he is almost ready and he will probably run next week, maybe in a handicap at Doncaster. That is the first plan and we will see from there how well he is, but he is going all right at the moment.”

Distant Memories (20/1), trained by Tom Tate, has been allotted top-weight of 9st 11lb after winning the Group Three totesport.com Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor on 28th August.

A high-class entry includes several horses that have proven form in Pattern races, among them the Clive Cox-trained three-year-old Black Spirit (9st 5lb, 25/1), third in the Group Two Prix Guillaume D’Ornano at Deauville last month, and the Roger Teal-trained Steele Tango (9st 3lb, 25/1), winner of the Group Three Darley Stakes over the course and distance last October.

Two classy German raiders could take their chances - the Torsten Mundry-trained Group Three-placed Scolari (9st 8lb, 40/1) and the Pieter Schiergen-trained Neatico (9st 4lb, 33/1), successful in that grade as a juvenile last term.

Also of note, the Barry Hills-trained Britannia Handicap winner Ransom Note (12/1 joint favourite) has 9st 3lb, stablemate and fellow three-year-old Critical Moment (20/1) has 9st 4lb, the Luca Cumani-trained pair of Acrostic (16/1) and Forte Di Marmi (14/1) have 9st 6lb and 9st 2lb respectively, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Royal Hunt Cup winner Invisible Man (20/1) as been allotted 9st 8lb, while the Mick Channon-trained Aattash (16/1) has 8st 11lb. The other 12/1 joint-favourite is Lost In The Moment (7st 13lb), winner of his last two starts for Newmarket handler Jeremy Noseda.

Old stager Nanton (9st 3lb, 33/1), trained by Jim Goldie, was third behind Supaseus in last year’s totesport.com Cambridgeshire and runner-up in 2008, and has competed with great credit in Group Two company this term.

Irish handler Tony Martin landed the totesport.com Cambridgeshire in 1999 with She’s Our Mare and his totesport Ebor fourth Salute Him (33/1) has 9st 5lb.

The totesport.com Cambridgeshire has a safety limit of 35 runners and this year, for the first time, the Rowley Mile is hosting a consolation race for those horses that do not make the cut at the 48-hour stage.

Taking place over the same course and distance on Friday, 1st October is the £40,000 Standing For Success Handicap (Silver Cambridgeshire). This contest, one of six races on the card generously supported by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shadwell breeding operation, also has a maximum field of 35 and is an exciting innovation undertaken by Newmarket Racecourses.

totesport.com Cambridgeshire – sponsors bet: 12 Lost In The Moment, Ransom Note, 14 Forte Dei Marmi, Start Right, Sweet Lightning, Taqleed, 16 Acrostic, Aattash, Beachfire, Hanoverian Baron, King Of Reason, Proponent, Set The Trend, Tryst, 20 Absinthe, Balducci, Cityscape, Critical Moment, Day Of The Eagle, Distant Memories, High Twelve, Innocuous, Invisible Man, Rock Critic, Rock N Roll Ransom, Tamaathul, 25 Al Khaleej, Black Spirit, Capponi, Clockmaker, Con Artist, Don’t Call Me, Greylami, Highland Knight, Invincible Soul, Irish Heartbeat, King Of Windsor, Lucky Windmill, Mutamaashi, Nationalism, Nazreef, Pires, Steele Tango, Stone Of Scone, Suruor, Taameer, 33 Breakheart, Colepepper, Constant Contact, Designated Decoy, Elliptical, Emirates Dream, Fair Trade, Hillview Boy, Indian Days, Jo'burg, Leviathan, Nanton, Neatico, Our Joe Mac, Pallantes Cross, Rakaan, Rashaad, Royal Destination, Salute Him, Sand Skier, Sandor, Sarrsar, Smarty Socks, Sour Mash, Speed Dating, Splinter Cell, Tartan Gigha, Tartan Gunna, Tartan Trip, Thin Red Line, 40 Aspectoflove, Aspectus, Brunston, Changing The Guard, Christmas Carnival, Circumvent, Directorship, Dolphin Rock, Gold Rules, Major Phil, Mirrored, Red Jade, Roman Republic, Scolari, Shavansky, Stevie Thunder, Tepmokea, Tiger Reigns, Vainglory, 50 Be Invincible, Big Audio, Caldercruix, Camerooney, Charlie Cool, Classic Colori, Cloudy Start, Dream Lodge, Ginger Jack, Good Again, Greyfriarschorista, King Olav, Mahadee, Markazzi, Northern Fling, Opus Maximus, Party Doctor, Pendragon, Silver Rime, The Galloping Show, The Which Doctor, Truism, What's New Pussycat, 66 Audemar, Beauchamp Xerxes, Credit Swap, In Footlights, Levera, Reve de Nuit, Smokey Oakey, Space Station, Swiss Cross, The Cayterers, Viva Vettori, 100 Espero, European Dream, Final Verse, Follow The Flag, High Resolution, Maristar, Marvo, Moheebb, Mustakmil, Rosko, Seasonal Cross, Sequillo, Spirit Of A Nation, 200 Dream Win, Global, Sedgwick, 500 Nicholas Pocock.

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Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £160,000 guaranteed. 3.40pm, Newmarket, Saturday, 2nd October, 2010. For 3yo+, 1m 1f. Weights: Highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; lowest weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after 28th August - a winner 4lb; a winner of two races 7lb. Any horse rated above 110 (or 114 if such a horse is three yrs old) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb. Subsequently, the excess over 110 (or 114 if such a horse is three yrs old) in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted to that horse without limitation to the highest weight. Entries closed 17th August (146 entries), weights revealed 1st September, scratchings deadline 14th September, five-day confirmation stage September 27th, final declaration stage 10am, Thursday, 30th September. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to & including the racing of Monday, 30th August.

Form Horse Age/Weight Owner Trainer
2-21231 DISTANT MEMORIES (IRE) 4-9-11 Fitri Hay Tom Tate
10-4412 INVISIBLE MAN 4-9-8 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
12/20-42 CITYSCAPE 4-9-8 Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
524601 INDIAN DAYS 5-9-8 D Fish James Given
1-11252 SCOLARI 5-9-8 Gestut Ittlingen Torsten Mundry GER
3-40202 ACROSTIC 5-9-6 Leonidas Marinopoulos Luca Cumani
2-10024 FAIR TRADE 3-9-6 Raymond Tooth David Elsworth
40-0153 BLACK SPIRIT (USA) 3-9-5 Alan Spence Clive Cox
(5)(2)4154 SALUTE HIM (IRE) 7-9-5 Byrne Bros (Formwork) Limited Tony Martin IRE
305110 CRITICAL MOMENT (USA) 3-9-4 Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
12/5- TAAMEER 4-9-4 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
611-620 NEATICO (GER) 3-9-4 Gestut Ittlingen Pieter Schiergen GER
2-35105 CIRCUMVENT 3-9-3 The Fairy Story Partnership Paul Cole
252650 NANTON (USA) 8-9-3 Stuart Morrison Jim Goldie
465044 STEELE TANGO (USA) 5-9-3 The Thirty Acre Racing Partnership Roger Teal
121001 RANSOM NOTE 3-9-3 Raymond Mould Barry Hills
(4)(3)0021 AL KHALEEJ (IRE) 6-9-2 C Murfitt David Simcock
0-14101 FORTE DEI MARMI 4-9-2 Fittocks Stud Luca Cumani
3-12501 SWEET LIGHTNING 5-9-2 Andrew Tinkler Michael Dods
110000 TARTAN GIGHA (IRE) 5-9-1 Exors of the Late Mrs Isobel Bird Mark Johnston
04-5(3)(0)(4) CLOUDY START 4-9-1 Martin St Quinton & Giles Wilson Jamie Osborne
21-342 TAMAATHUL 3-9-1 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
203060 DREAM LODGE (IRE) 6-9-0 The G-Guck Group Richard Fahey
(0)15050 BEAUCHAMP XERXES 4-9-0 Erik Penser Gerard Butler
(2)0(0)-201 SET THE TREND 4-9-0 Corbett Stud Andrew Balding
1-22450 ASPECTOFLOVE (IRE) 4-9-0 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
10-3353 SURUOR (IRE) 4-9-0 Dr Marwan Koukash David Simcock
00-5002 ROYAL DESTINATION (IRE) 5-8-12 Vimal Khosla Jeremy Noseda
010400 TIGER REIGNS 4-8-12 Joe Buzzeo Michael Dods
2-41040 HILLVIEW BOY (IRE) 6-8-12 Connor & Dunne Jim Goldie
0(0)5543 PROPONENT (IRE) 6-8-11 Bjorn Nielsen Roger Charlton
(0)(4)6200 ASPECTUS (IRE) 7-8-11 Cavendish Star Racing & Mr A Taylor Jamie Osborne
1-20122 RAKAAN (IRE) 3-8-11 Jamie Osborne Jamie Osborne
211511 AATTASH (IRE) 3-8-11 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
6(1)/130- STONE OF SCONE 5-8-11 Cliveden Stud & Partners Ed Dunlop
(1)(2)1100 CAPPONI (IRE) 3-8-10 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
053000 GREYFRIARSCHORISTA 3-8-10 Greyfriars UK Ltd Mark Johnston
21-(3)(0)00 ROMAN REPUBLIC (FR) 4-8-09 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
303(2)13- MUTAMAASHI 4-8-09 Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas
135520 VAINGLORY (USA) 6-8-08 DXB Bloodstock Ltd David Simcock
3-03340 WHAT'S UP PUSSYCAT (IRE) 4-8-08 Dr Marwan Koukash David Simcock
001100 MAHADEE (IRE) 5-8-07 Pearl Bloodstock Ltd Ralph Beckett
0-(1)(4)000 CLASSIC COLORI (IRE) 3-8-07 The Classic Strollers Partnership Tom Dascombe
55(0)-130 SHAVANSKY 6-8-07 John Southway & Andrew Hughes Rod Millman
041-600 BIG AUDIO (IRE) 3-8-07 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
5-350(2)1 COLEPEPER 3-8-07 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
1-300 RASHAAD (USA) 3-8-07 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
622233 INVINCIBLE SOUL (IRE) 3-8-07 Patrick Fahey Richard Hannon
224015 ELLIPTICAL (USA) 4-8-07 Keen As Mustard Gerard Butler
0(1)-1306 THIN RED LINE (IRE) 4-8-07 William Stobart Michael Dods
(1)3111 BEACHFIRE 3-8-07 H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
0-0(0)140 GREYLAMI (IRE) 5-8-07J Humphreys, Exors of late T Mills, Bernie Ecclestone Robert Mills
(2)-(3)1210 BALDUCCI 3-8-06 McMahon/Gorell/Pausewang/Russell Andrew Balding
310533 SANDOR 4-8-06 Keith And Brian Brackpool Peter Makin
5-4020P SMOKEY OAKEY (IRE) 6-8-06 Judi Dench and Bryan Agar Mark Tompkins
3(2)2-(3)11 ABSINTHE (IRE) 4-8-06 Peter Harris Walter Swinburn
225131 KING OF REASON 3-8-06 Saeed Manana David Simcock
020114 START RIGHT 3-8-06 Leonidas Marinopoulos Luca Cumani
4-(1)6360 PARTY DOCTOR 3-8-06 Sir Robert Ogden Tom Dascombe
1-21012 HANOVERIAN BARON 5-8-06 Paul Moulton Tony Newcombe
0-10606 IRISH HEARTBEAT (IRE) 5-8-05 Mark Leatham & G Leatham Richard Fahey
103000 CHARLIE COOL 7-8-05 Middleham Park Racing XXIV Ruth Carr
(1)230-14 TRYST 5-8-05 L Morgan John Hammond FR
23(1)4-20 PALLANTES CROSS 3-8-05 Renata Jacobs Mark Johnston
0-11 TAQLEED (IRE) 3-8-05 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
(1)(1)(2)(0)10 KING OLAV (UAE) 5-8-05 Cover Point Racing Tony Carroll
221 NATIONALISM 3-8-05 George Strawbridge John Gosden
04-0000 MIRRORED 4-8-04 Middleham Park Racing XXX Tim Easterby
033115 SMARTY SOCKS (IRE) 6-8-04 R Fell & K Everitt David O'Meara
121110 CAMEROONEY 7-8-04 Jean Stapleton Brian Ellison
15-2401 OUR JOE MAC (IRE) 3-8-04 A Long Richard Fahey
4(0)(1)-(2)(3)0 SPLINTER CELL (USA) 4-8-04 Op - Center Marco Botti
005646 GOOD AGAIN 4-8-04 Future In Mind Partnership Gerard Butler
33-0301 EMIRATES DREAM (USA) 3-8-03 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1-11005 DAY OF THE EAGLE (IRE) 4-8-03 Chris Wright & Andy Macdonald Luca Cumani
2-2(0)(2)(1)0 CLOCKMAKER (IRE) 4-8-03 H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
(1)(1)25(2)(2) SPEED DATING 4-8-03 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Mark Prescott
0/130-11 ROCK CRITIC (IRE) 5-8-03 Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
(0)/500(2)-5 PIRES 6-8-03 E Lawlor Tony Martin IRE
156065 TARTAN GUNNA 4-8-03 Exors of the Late Mrs Isobel Bird Mark Johnston
(3)21203 MAJOR PHIL (IRE) 4-8-03 Leonidas Marinopoulos Luca Cumani
04-1006 BRUNSTON 4-8-03 Seasons Holidays Roger Charlton
460(2)-(0)6 THE CAYTERERS 8-8-03 R Willis And M Watts Tony Carroll
(3)(1)-122 CON ARTIST (IRE) 3-8-03 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
0-120 SOUR MASH (IRE) 3-8-02 The Honorable Earle Mack Luca Cumani
515125 SILVER RIME (FR) 5-8-02 Ken McGarrity Linda Perratt
0-4200(3) HIGH TWELVE (IRE) 3-8-02 Thomas Barr John Gosden
366110 GINGER JACK 3-8-02 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
04600(5) VIVA VETTORI 6-8-01 Mike Watson David Elsworth
310330 OPUS MAXIMUS (IRE) 5-8-01 Jim McGrath Mark Johnston
2-(1)1220 BREAKHEART (IRE) 3-8-01 Jeff Smith Andrew Balding
00/006-(0) EUROPEAN DREAM (IRE) 7-8-01 You Trotters Richard Fahey
3-11200 CALDERCRUIX (USA) 3-8-00 Fitri Hay Tom Tate
4-01001 NORTHERN FLING 6-8-00 Paul Moulton Jim Goldie
261110 DON'T CALL ME (IRE) 3-8-00 H E Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Bryan Smart
0-32202 DIRECTORSHIP 4-8-00 Mrs R Lyon, Mrs P Hayton, Pat Chamings Pat Chamings
635420 CHANGING THE GUARD 4-8-00 I L Davies Richard Fahey
00400/-5 LEVERA 7-8-00 Barbury Castle Stud Alan King
243340 SAND SKIER 3-8-00 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
511206 JO'BURG (USA) 6-8-00 Seymour Bloodstock (UK) Ltd Lady Herries
515500 REVE DE NUIT (USA) 4-8-00 Jaber Ali Alsabah Alan McCabe
(1)42211 PENDRAGON (USA) 7-7-13 Dan Gilbert & Kristian Strangeway Brian Ellison
333200 TRUISM 4-7-13 George Materna & John McInerney Amanda Perrett
5-41210 TEPMOKEA (IRE) 4-7-13 Keep Racing Richard Fahey
6-(0)011 LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) 3-7-13 Michael Tabor & Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
233550 FOLLOW THE FLAG (IRE) 6-7-13 S Gillen Alan McCabe
2-(1)3100 GOLD RULES 3-7-13 Leonidas Marinopoulos Luca Cumani
(0)(3)0520 AUDEMAR (IRE) 4-7-13 Gute Freunde Partnership Ed Vaughan
2(5)-2142 KING OF WINDSOR (IRE) 3-7-13 Jones, Healy, Whitehead & Mitchell Ralph Beckett
512-100 CONSTANT CONTACT 3-7-13 Kingsclere Racing Club Andrew Balding
63-1040 RED JADE 5-7-13 Keep Racing Richard Fahey
(0)3-(0)04(4) DESIGNATED DECOY (USA) 5-7-12 Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
110 ROCK N ROLL RANSOM 3-7-12 Castle Down Racing Luca Cumani
0-00213 BE INVINCIBLE (IRE) 3-7-12 A Morton & John Grant Barry Hills
15-0 IN FOOTLIGHTS (USA) 4-7-12 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
02560-(0) STEVIE THUNDER 5-7-12 Steve GrayIan Ian Williams
5301-(0)6 LEVIATHAN 3-7-11 Paul Moulton Tom Tate
(2)(1)414 INNOCUOUS 3-7-11 Saeed Misleh David Simcock
0-2(1)563 HIGHLAND KNIGHT (IRE) 3-7-11 Jeff Smith Andrew Balding
5-(0)(0)043 THE WHICH DOCTOR 5-7-11 G Stevens Jeremy Noseda
603163 THE GALLOPING SHOE 5-7-11 G Brown & W Orr Alistair Whillans
23-0060 CREDIT SWAP 5-7-11 Your Golf Travel Ltd Michael Wigham
3-(1)33 SARRSAR 3-7-10 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
210-000 MARKAZZI 3-7-09 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
504441 SEQUILLO 4-7-09 White Beech Farm Richard Hannon
34(1)(1)-(6)(3) MUSTAKMIL (IRE) 4-7-09 Simon Caunce Simon Dow
435114 CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL 3-7-08 Jaber Abdullah Brian Meehan
(5)-02113 SPACE STATION 4-7-08 Mr & Mrs Chua, Moore & Jurd Simon Dow
(3)2-0(6)55 SPIRIT OF A NATION (IRE) 5-7-08 Bezwell Fixings Limited David Brown
324000 MOHEEBB (IRE) 6-7-07 Michael Hill Ruth Carr
4(3)-(2)1(2)0 TARTAN TRIP 3-7-07 Kingsclere Racing Club Andrew Balding
12(3)122 DOLPHIN ROCK 3-7-07 Mia Racing David Barron
40-16 LUCKY WINDMILL 3-7-06 Porter, Watson, Valentine Alan Swinbank
(1)-(1)4 NAZREEF 3-7-06 Deborah Collett & M Watson Hughie Morrison
0-20000 MARVO 6-7-05 M Bowring Mark Tompkins
(0)(1)(0)(0)-(0) FINAL VERSE 7-7-04 Mrs N Young Tor Sturgis
115-114 SEASONAL CROSS 5-7-04 Alicia Aldis Simon Dow
16-062(5) SWISS CROSS 3-7-03 Alan Spence Gerard Butler
002305 ESPERO (IRE) 4-7-03 M Sawers Linda Perratt
311103 HIGH RESOLUTION 3-7-03 Helen Perratt Linda Perratt
341240 ROSKO 6-7-02 Racing Management & Training Ltd Brian Ellison
16(2)(1)21 DREAM WIN 4-7-01 Koo's Racing Club Brian Ellison
234606 SEDGWICK 8-7-00 Wilf Hobson Shaun Harris
3(5)(1)-(5) MARISTAR (USA) 3-6-13 M Deegan Gerard Butler
4000-05 GLOBAL 4-6-12 Koo's Racing Club Brian Ellison
6-455(0) NICHOLAS POCOCK (IRE) 4-5-11 Koo's Racing Club Brian Ellison

146 entries
4 Irish-trained
2 German-trained
1 French-trained


Irish handler Eoin Griffin is hopeful that Admiral Barry can continue his excellent form on the Flat with victory in the £160,000 totesport.com Cesarewitch after the five-year-old was allotted 8st 5lb for the prestigious two and a quarter mile heritage handicap at Newmarket on Champions’ Day, Saturday, 16th October.

The John Brennan-owned gelding, a 20/1 chance with totesport, has been rejuvenated this season following a change in his training regime and is yet to finish out of the frame in six starts, including when posting a staying-on success in a valuable two-mile handicap for amateurs at the Galway Festival at the end of July.

The Kalanisi five-year-old warmed up for Newmarket with a creditable third over an inadequate mile and three-quarters in a Killarney handicap on 18th August.

Griffin revealed: “The plan is for Admiral Barry to head straight to Newmarket for the totesport.com Cesarewitch. I would be happy enough to run him off 8st 5lb - I thought that it might be touch and go whether he would get in but he is a definite runner as things stand.

“He is in good order at the moment and the race at Killarney was a little bit on the short side for him - they quickened past him and all he did was stay on. We would be hopeful that he could run a big race at Newmarket off a nice weight on decent ground.

“He has completely transformed this season and we have changed the way we train him. He swims a lot now and we don’t put the saddle on him too often. He is living out in a field with a mare and he is as happy as larry.

“There is going to be a time when the handicapper really gets hold of him but I am not sure when that will be. He was a horse that we always thought highly of and he was a big disappointment on the Flat and over hurdles, so he is only just starting to show that ability now.”

Three horses currently head the market at 12/1 for the totesport.com Cesarewitch with the race sponsor, including the Alan King-trained Manyriverstocross (8st 13lb), who landed a handicap at Glorious Goodwood last year before going on to post a Grade Two victory over hurdles.

Nicky Henderson, who has enjoyed success in the totesport.com Cesarewitch with Landing Light (2003) and Caracciola (2008), is responsible for the two other co-favourites. Ghimaar (8st 11lb) triumphed in the marathon Goodwood Handicap, while leading hurdler Sentry Duty (9st 3lb) may also remain on the level after taking third in another handicap at Goodwood. The Lambourn trainer has also entered Tasheba (8st & 16/1), another who boasts high-class form over hurdles.

The Gary Moore-trained Bergo (14/1) heads the weights on 9st 10lb following two excellent efforts this term, scoring in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot and going down by a short-head in a Listed contest at Goodwood on Saturday.

Dermot Weld sent over subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Vintage Crop to take the spoils in 1992 and the County Kildare handler may be represented by Majestic Concorde (9st 2lb & 14/1), who was fourth in this year’s totesport.com Chester Cup, and the unexposed pair of Universal Truth (8st 1lb & 14/1) and Easy Mate (8st 1lb & 25/1).

A quartet of entries from Sir Mark Prescott includes Motrice (8st 5lb & 14/1) and Fortuni (8st 10lb & 25/1), while recent Listed scorer Lady Eclair (8st 12lb & 14/1) features among five remaining entries for Mark Johnston, who saddled Spirit Of Love (1998) and Contact Dancer (2004) to totesport.com Cesarewitch glory.

Other notable contenders include last year’s Investec Cesarewitch Trial Handicap scorer Bernie The Bolt (8st 13lb & 14/1), representing Andrew Balding, the Alan Swinbank-trained Merchant Of Dubai (9st 2lb & 16/1), and Darley Sun (9st 5lb & 16/1), who joined the Godolphin operation after storming to a five-length victory in last year’s race for David Simcock. The maximum permitted field for the totesport.com Cesarewitch is 34.

totesport.com Cesarewitch – sponsors bet: 12 Ghimaar, Manyriverstocross, Sentry Duty, 14 Bergo, Bernie The Bolt, Lady Éclair, Majestic Concorde, Motrice, Universal Truth, 16 Darley Sun, Hawk Mountain, Merchant Of Dubai, Tasheba, 20 Admiral Barry, Ajaan, Ashbrittle, Dayia, Deauville Flyer, Mount Helicon, My Arch, Rangefinder, Red Cadeaux, 25 Aaim To Prosper, Arab League, Comedy Act, Cool Judgement, Cotillion, Crocus Rose, Dazinski, Dulcie, Easy Mate, Fair Along, Fortuni, Fourth Generation, Gala Evening, Kayf Aramis, Keenes Day, La Vecchia Scuola, Moon Indigo, Mountain Hiker, Plymouth Rock, Shipmaster, Sleepy Hollow, Swingkeel, Theola, Wells Lyrical, Wicked Daze, 33 Becausewecan, Boston Blue, Cosmic Sun, Dazzling Light, Hollins, Kid Charlemagne, Mabuya, Omokoroa, Perfect Shot, Pippa Green, Precision Break, Rawnaq, Recession Proof, Regal Park, Simenon, Swinging Hawk, Trovare, Veiled, Whispering Death, 40 Ocean's Minstrel, Palomar, The Last Alzao, 50 Blazing Desert, Centennial, Forrest Flyer, Lang Shining, Nemo Spirit, Royal Trooper, Veloso, 100 Noddies Way, Red Fama, Ultimate Quest.

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THE totesport.com CESAREWITCH
Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £160,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.00pm, Newmarket, Saturday, 16th October, 2010. For 3yo & upwards, 2m 2f (Cesarewitch Course, Rowley Mile). Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; lowest weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after 28th August, a winner 4lb; of any 2 races 7lb. Entries closed 17th August, entries revealed 18th August (83 entries), weights revealed 1st September, first scratchings deadline 14th September, second scratchings deadline 28th September, five-day confirmation stage 11th October, final declaration stage 10.00am, 14th October. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, 30th August.

Form Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer
112//-512 BERGO (GER) 7-9-10 Sam Sangster Gary Moore
4143/-22 MOUNT HELICON 5-9-07 Miss M A Masterson Tom Hogan IRE
121-300 DARLEY SUN (IRE) 4-9-05 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
6/10/0/-63 SENTRY DUTY (FR) 8-9-03 Peter Spiller Nicky Henderson
110/30-4 MAJESTIC CONCORDE (IRE) 7-9-02 Dr Ronan Lambe Dermot Weld IRE
206(1)-12 MERCHANT OF DUBAI 5-9-02 Highland Racing 2 Alan Swinbank
16//21P/-6 SHIPMASTER 7-9-01 Nigel Bunter Alan King
2045-05 AJAAN 6-9-01 Niarchos Family Henry Cecil
31-0010 BERNIE THE BOLT (IRE) 4-8-13 B P McGuire Andrew Balding
302162- MANYRIVERSTOCROSS (IRE) 5-8-13 Mrs M C Sweeney Alan King
(2)04-(1)22 GALA EVENING 8-8-13 Wally Sturt Jim Old
30-0530 SWINGKEEL (IRE) 5-8-13 Heather Slade John Dunlop
111441 LADY ECLAIR (IRE) 4-8-12 Netherfield House Stud Mark Johnston
1444-41 GHIMAAR 5-8-11 Martin George Nicky Henderson
(1)/(1)4-010 FORTUNI (IRE) 4-8-10 Pacific International Management Sir Mark Prescott
5-(0)(1)042 RED CADEAUX 4-8-10 Ronnie Arculli Ed Dunlop
3306/2-0 COOL JUDGEMENT (IRE) 5-8-09 H R H Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis
026416 LA VECCHIA SCUOLA (IRE) 6-8-09 Johnnie Delta Racing Jim Goldie
511530 DEAUVILLE FLYER 4-8-08 John & Barbara Cotton Tim Easterby
201-065 PRECISION BREAK (USA) 5-8-08 Fitri Hay Paul Cole
2-(2)4232 PLYMOUTH ROCK (IRE) 4-8-08 Arashan Ali Jeremy Noseda
14/23/0/0- FAIR ALONG (GER) 8-8-07 Alan Peterson Philip Hobbs
1660-40 MOON INDIGO 4-8-07 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
66(0)421 RANGEFINDER 6-8-07 Dr Marwan Koukash Jane Chapple-Hyam
000-600 CENTENNIAL (IRE) 5-8-07 Michael O'Flynn Jonjo O'Neill
2-514(3)3 DAYIA (IRE) 6-8-06 Lady Green Jeff Pearce
(5)21113 MOTRICE 3-8-05 Kirsten Rausing Sir Mark Prescott
601000/- PIPPA GREENE 6-8-05 R A H Evans Paul Cole
213213 ADMIRAL BARRY (IRE) 5-8-05 John Brennan Eoin Griffin IRE
0-51006 PERFECT SHOT (IRE) 4-8-05 Sir Philip Wroughton John Dunlop
0-12251 MY ARCH 8-8-04 J D Spensley & Mrs M A Spensley Ollie Pears
005653 BECAUSEWECAN (USA) 4-8-04 Douglas Livingston Mark Johnston
0-0(2)001 KEENES DAY (FR) 5-8-04 Renata Jacobs Mark Johnston
1215-50 RECESSION PROOF (FR) 4-8-03 Vanessa Stone John Quinn
01020-0 NEMO SPIRIT (IRE) 5-8-03 Andrew Black & Michael Owen Tom Dascombe
410(1)-20 SWINGING HAWK (GER) 4-8-03 Lee Westwood & Jack Turton Ian Williams
4-62514 COTILLION 4-8-02 Mr & Mrs G Middlebrook Ian Williams
10-1020 DAZINSKI 4-8-02 Beryl Lockey Mark Tompkins
2060 KID CHARLEMAGNE (IRE) 7-8-02 Malcolm Denmark Warren Greatrex
00(5)463 OCEAN'S MINSTREL 4-8-02 Ocean Trailers Ltd John Ryan
363020 AAIM TO PROSPER (IRE) 6-8-02 CGA Racing Partnership 2 Brian Meehan
143- UNIVERSAL TRUTH (IRE) 5-8-01 Dr Ronan Lambe Dermot Weld IRE
(1)-20102 EASY MATE (IRE) 4-8-01 Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
2360-05 WELLS LYRICAL (IRE) 5-8-01 Mr M Barber Bryan Smart
23(1)13/4- TASHEBA 5-8-00 Terry Benson Nicky Henderson
45-5001 HAWK MOUNTAIN (UAE) 5-8-00 Paul Morrison & Nick Luck John Quinn
24/2(0)3-0 SLEEPY HOLLOW 5-8-00 Lady Blyth Hughie Morrison
322312 WICKED DAZE (IRE) 7-7-13 Ken McGarrity Linda Perratt
1(3)11(4)-0 VEILED 4-7-13 Pump & Plant Services Ltd Jeff Pearce
3-24446 SIMENON (IRE) 3-7-13 Mr Greenwood, Ms James & Mr Cockburn Andrew Balding
004400 COSMIC SUN 4-7-12 The Cosmic Cases Richard Fahey
440/156- KAYF ARAMIS 8-7-12 Isobel Phipps Coltman Nigel Twiston-Davies
205515 MABUYA (UAE) 4-7-10 R A Henley Peter Makin
150231 LANG SHINING (IRE) 6-7-10 A Taylor Jamie Osborne
600222 OMOKOROA (IRE) 4-7-09 Brendan Richardson Mark Tompkins
1-52601 CROCUS ROSE 4-7-09 When Harry Met Rosie Partnership Harry Dunlop
166002 DAZZLING LIGHT (UAE) 5-7-09 M Mackay, S Bruce, Jim Goldie Jim Goldie
2(1)05(4)5 VELOSO (FR) 8-7-09 Brian Morton Jeremy Glover
13-2441 ARAB LEAGUE (IRE) 5-7-09 Mrs P A Wallis Richard Price
11-6410 THEOLA (IRE) 4-7-09 E Buddle Mark Tompkins
263/500/- WHISPERING DEATH 8-7-09 Howard Johnson Howard Johnson
3-21 ASHBRITTLE 3-7-07 J L Rowsell Ralph Beckett
33(2)10-3 DULCIE 4-7-07 Trevor Benton Mark Tompkins
0-21200 THE LAST ALZAO (IRE) 4-7-07 G Devlin Richard Fahey
(6)(3)4350 PALOMAR (USA) 8-7-06 Koo's Racing Club Brian Ellison
0-10606 HOLLINS 6-7-06 R D Bickenson Micky Hammond
363212 BLAZING DESERT 6-7-04 Allan Stennett John Quinn
213235 FORREST FLYER (IRE) 6-7-03 Camille Macdonald Jim Goldie
132120 COMEDY ACT 3-7-03 Neil Greig - Osborne House Sir Mark Prescott
420423 ROYAL TROOPER (IRE) 4-7-02 J Barson James Given
33(2)621 ACT OF KALANISI (IRE) 4-7-02 Joan Keaney Mark Johnston
021336 BOSTON BLUE 3-7-00 Mr & Mrs I H Bendelow William Knight
0-14110 TROVARE (USA) 3-7-00 John Connolly Amanda Perrett
4522(3)1 SIMONSIDE 7-7-00 Racing Management & Training Ltd Brian Ellison
5-042 REGAL PARK (IRE) 3-6-12 Frances Noseda Jeremy Noseda
(6)00-043 RED FAMA 6-6-11 B F Rayner Neville Bycroft
02-(2)1(2) FOURTH GENERATION (IRE) 3-6-10 J V Layton Alan Swinbank
160623 RAWNAQ (IRE) 3-6-09 Hamdan Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
2/-3(2)(1)(3)(5) ULTIMATE QUEST (IRE) 5-6-09 Syndicate 2006 Sir Mark Prescott
20/(1)30/-(0) NODDIES WAY 7-5-11 Wayne Cox John Panvert
31 MOUNTAIN HIKER (IRE) 3-nq Mr Saeed Suhail Jeremy Noseda

81 Entries remain (1 not qualified)
5 Irish-trained



Cheltenham Racecourse today announced that leading bookmaker Paddy Power is to back the £150,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup and two other races at The Open meeting for a further three years until 2012.

The Open, which takes place from November 12 to 14 in 2010, is the highlight of the first half of the Jump racing season and has grown significantly in profile with the backing of Paddy Power.

Since Paddy Power’s support commenced in 2003, attendances have risen to around 70,000 over the three days and the event is now the third biggest meeting of the Jump racing season after The Festival at Cheltenham and Aintree’s Grand National meeting.
The deal includes the Paddy Power Gold Cup over an extended two and a half miles on Saturday, November 13, Friday’s paddypower.com Handicap Chase and Sunday’s Paddy Power Intermediate Handicap Hurdle, in addition to joint marketing and commercial initiatives, including a £10 free bet for online ticket purchasers who are not already Paddy Power customers (terms and conditions apply).

This year is also the 50th anniversary of the Paddy Power Gold Cup and Paddy Power plans to mark the golden moment with more of the fun and eye-catching initiatives that have helped to make the meeting the success it is today.

The racecourse also has exciting plans to celebrate the occasion, including a special offer for online customers who book in September for Paddy Power Gold Cup Day. Those customers will have a chance to get their money back if AP McCoy rides the winner of the big race. More details are available on the Cheltenham Racecourse website at www.cheltenham.co.uk

Paddy Power himself said: “Paddy Power has sponsored at the Paddy Power Gold Cup since 2003 and the renewal for a further three years will take our successful partnership to 10 years. The agreement underpins Paddy Power’s continued commitment to racing in a time of adversity for the industry.

“I’m delighted that we will continue to feature at the best racecourse in the world. We have a terrific working relationship with Cheltenham and our combined efforts have established the meeting as one of the most enjoyable ‘must-do’ events in the racing calendar. Just like the thousands of racegoers that join us for the three days of top-class Jump racing, I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Peter McNeile, Director of Sponsorship at Cheltenham Racecourse, added: “The Open has continued its growth over the past few years thanks in no small part to the energy that Paddy Power has put behind the sponsorship. We’re grateful for that and the renewal of this deal shows that there is still a keen interest in the sport of Jump racing, especially here at Cheltenham.”

The 2009 Paddy Power Gold Cup was won by Tranquil Sea, trained in Ireland by Edward O’Grady.

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