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Monday, September 27, 2010



Trainer Gerard Butler is hoping that Elliptical can gain a deserved big-race success in the £160,000 totesport.com Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on Saturday, 2nd October.

The four-year-old, a 16/1 chance with totesport, features among the 79 entries remaining in the prestigious nine-furlong heritage handicap following today’s five-day confirmation stage.

Elliptical went down by a head to Tartan Gigha (33/1) over the same course and distance in the valuable Suffolk Handicap at the Guineas Festival in May and endured further heartbreak on his latest start at Newbury on 18th September, when being collared near the line by Forte Dei Marmi in the 10-furlong Dubai Duty Free Heritage Handicap.

Butler revealed today: “Elliptical came out of his run at Newbury in good shape and the only issue we might have, and it is only a very small thing, is that Newmarket might come a bit too soon. It’s the last big handicap of the year open to him and I hope that we can get him there in as good a shape as possible.

“I think he thought he might have won at Newbury until he looked over to his left and saw Forte Dei Marmi coming to beat him for a third time. It took a lot of convincing, but I finally persuaded Luca Cumani not to run his horse again on Saturday, so hopefully we can go there with a chance!

“He was just touched off over nine furlongs at Newmarket at the start of the season but he is in better form now than he was then. The ground wouldn’t be an issue as long as it is not too soft - he won with cut underneath at Salisbury last year but I wouldn’t want to risk him on very soft going.”

Butler is no stranger to success in the totesport.com Cambridgeshire having saddled Beauchamp Pilot to triumph in the race in 2002.

Nationalism currently heads the market for the totesport.com Cambridgeshire at 4/1 with the race sponsor and the progressive three-year-old is set to try and give trainer John Gosden a third success in the race in the past four years following on from Pipedreamer (2007) and Tazeez (2008) and his fourth in total with Halling (1994) having also prevailed for the Newmarket handler.

Other notable contenders include the Luca Cumani-trained Start Right (9/1), who was fourth in the Irish Cambridgeshire on his latest appearance, the hat-trick seeking Absinthe (12/1) from the yard of Walter Swinburn, and Irish raider Pires (12/1), representing County Meath handler Tony Martin.

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 Cambridgeshire Day also features the £180,000 Group One Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes and a total of 16 fillies and mares remain in the mile contest including Sahpresa, who gave French trainer Rodolphe Collet a first Group One success when successful in the race last year. There is another potential French challenger, the talented Liliside, who was first across the line in the French 1,000 Guineas, the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, in May at Longchamp but was placed sixth for causing interference.

Spacious took third behind Sahpresa 12 months ago and the James Fanshawe-trained five-year-old has been second in Group One company on both her most recent starts, including when finding the Mick Channon-trained Music Show two lengths too strong in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes at the Champagne Lanson July Festival.

Seta could return to Group One company following a pair of Listed victories for Luca Cumani, while the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Strawberrydaiquiri and this year’s 1000 Guineas runner-up Jacqueline Quest, representing Henry Cecil, also feature among the remaining entries.

Newmarket also hosts two legs of the lucrative Tattersalls Millions on Saturday, the £300,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies’ 2YO Trophy and Europe’s most valuable two-year-old race, the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy.

Class 1, Group 1, £180,000 Total Prize Fund. Newmarket, Saturday, October 2, 2010. For three-year-old and upwards, fillies and mares only, one mile. Weights: three-year-olds 8st 13lb, four-year-olds and up 9st 2lb. Entries closed Tuesday, July 27, entries revealed Wednesday, July 28 (46 entries). Scratchings deadline September 7 (31 remained), five-day confirmation and £15,000 supplementary stage, September 27 (16 remain), final declaration stage 10am Thursday, September 30. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, September 26, 2010.

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
42-14310 ALSACE LORRAINE (IRE) 5-9-02 Merry Fox Stud Limited James Fanshawe
2201024 FIRST CITY 4-9-02 Saeed Misleh David Simcock
51-6600 LAHALEEB (IRE) 4-9-02 Khalid Rahim Paul D’Arcy
4213-01 SAHPRESA (USA) 5-9-02 Douglas McIntyre Rodolphe Collet FR
03-3222 SPACIOUS 5-9-02 Cheveley Park Stud James Fanshawe
14-1144 STRAWBERRYDAIQUIRI 4-9-02 Renata Jacobs Sir Michael Stoute
(1)-1105 AVIATE 3-8-13 Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
1-2112 FIELD DAY (IRE) 3-8-13 Ballymacoll Stud Brian Meehan
6(1)0314 HEN NIGHT (IRE) 3-8-13 Gigginstown House Stud David Wachman IRE
210-0235 JACQUELINE QUEST (IRE) 3-8-13 Noel Martin Henry Cecil
2-111651 LILISIDE (FR) 3-8-13 Katsumi Yoshida Francois Rohaut FR
1140-420 LONG LASHES (USA) 3-8-13 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1-1634123 MUSIC SHOW (IRE) 3-8-13 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
1213501 RAINFALL (IRE) 3-8-13 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
314-4056 SENT FROM HEAVEN (IRE) 3-8-13 Triermore Stud Barry Hills
13-0111 SETA 3-8-13 Sarah Leigh Luca Cumani

16 five-day confirmations
2 French-trained
1 Irish-trained

totesport.com CAMBRIDGESHIRE
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 (112 remained), five-day confirmation stage 27th September (79 remain), final declaration stage 10am, Thursday, 30th September. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to & including the racing of Sunday, 26th September.

Form Horse Age/Weight Owner Trainer
12/5-0 TAAMEER 4-9-10 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
2-351053 CIRCUMVENT 3-9-09 The Fairy Story Partnership Paul Cole
25265035 NANTON (USA) 8-9-09 Stuart Morrison Jim Goldie
4650442 STEELE TANGO (USA) 5-9-09 The Thirty Acre Racing Partnership Roger Teal
121001 RANSOM NOTE 3-9-09 Raymond Mould Barry Hills
3-125012 SWEET LIGHTNING 5-9-08 Andrew Tinkler Michael Dods
0104001 TIGER REIGNS 4-9-08 (4lb ex) Joe Buzzeo Michael Dods
11000000 TARTAN GIGHA (IRE) 5-9-07 Exors of the Late Mrs Isobel Bird Mark Johnston
2030603 DREAM LODGE (IRE) 6-9-06 The G-Guck Group Richard Fahey
(2)0(0)-201 SET THE TREND 4-9-06 Corbett Stud Andrew Balding
(1)(2)11001 CAPPONI (IRE) 3-9-06 (4lb ex) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
0(0)5543 PROPONENT (IRE) 6-9-03 Bjorn Nielsen Roger Charlton
0530006 GREYFRIARSCHORISTA 3-9-02 Greyfriars UK Ltd Mark Johnston
2211 NATIONALISM 3-9-01 George Strawbridge John Gosden
135520 VAINGLORY (USA) 6-9-00 DXB Bloodstock Ltd David Simcock
5-350(2)1320 COLEPEPER 3-8-13 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
2240152 ELLIPTICAL (USA) 4-8-13 Keen As Mustard Gerard Butler
33-0301 EMIRATES DREAM (USA) 3-8-13 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
3105333 SANDOR 4-8-12 Keith And Brian Brackpool Peter Makin
5-4020P SMOKEY OAKEY (IRE) 6-8-12 Judi Dench and Bryan Agar Mark Tompkins
3(2)2-(3)11 ABSINTHE (IRE) 4-8-12 Peter Harris Walter Swinburn
020114 START RIGHT 3-8-12 Leonidas Marinopoulos Luca Cumani
0-4200(3)(1) HIGH TWELVE (IRE) 3-8-12 Thomas Barr John Gosden
10300043 CHARLIE COOL 7-8-11 Middleham Park Racing XXIV Ruth Carr
23(1)4-200 PALLANTES CROSS 3-8-11 Renata Jacobs Mark Johnston
0-11 TAQLEED (IRE) 3-8-11 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
(1)(1)(2)(0)10 KING OLAV (UAE) 5-8-11 Cover Point Racing Tony Carroll
04-000000 MIRRORED 4-8-10 Middleham Park Racing XXX Tim Easterby
1211100 CAMEROONEY 7-8-10 Jean Stapleton Brian Ellison
5112061 JO'BURG (USA) 6-8-10 (4lb ex) Richard Walker Jimmy O’Reilly
(1)(1)25(2)(2) SPEED DATING 4-8-09 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Mark Prescott
(0)/500(2)-52 PIRES 6-8-09 E Lawlor Tony Martin IRE
1560654 TARTAN GUNNA 4-8-09 Exors of the Late Mrs Isobel Bird Mark Johnston
04-1006 BRUNSTON 4-8-09 Seasons Holidays Roger Charlton
460(2)-(0)60 THE CAYTERERS 8-8-09 R Willis And M Watts Tony Carroll
(1)4221161 PENDRAGON (USA) 7-8-09 (4lb ex) Dan Gilbert & Kristian Strangeway Brian Ellison
515125 SILVER RIME (FR) 5-8-08 Ken McGarrity Linda Perratt
36611036 GINGER JACK 3-8-08 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
04600(5)5 VIVA VETTORI 6-8-07 Mike Watson David Elsworth
2-(1)12205 BREAKHEART (IRE) 3-8-07 Jeff Smith Andrew Balding
00/006-(0)0 EUROPEAN DREAM (IRE) 7-8-07 You Trotters Richard Fahey
23-006013 CREDIT SWAP 5-8-07 (4lb ex) Your Golf Travel Ltd Michael Wigham
4-010010 NORTHERN FLING 6-8-06 Paul Moulton Jim Goldie
2611104 DON'T CALL ME (IRE) 3-8-06 H E Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Bryan Smart
0-322023 DIRECTORSHIP 4-8-06 Mrs R Lyon, Mrs P Hayton, Patrick Chamings Patrick Chamings
6354200 CHANGING THE GUARD 4-8-06 I L Davies Richard Fahey
00400/-5 LEVERA 7-8-06 Barbury Castle Stud Alan King
243340 SAND SKIER 3-8-06 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
5155006043 REVE DE NUIT (USA) 4-8-06 Jaber Ali Alsabah Alan McCabe
3-(1)33(1) SARRSAR 3-8-06 (4lb ex) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
333200 TRUISM 4-8-05 George Materna & John McInerney Amanda Perrett
5-4121033 TEPMOKEA (IRE) 4-8-05 Keep Racing Richard Fahey
6-(0)011(4) LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) 3-8-05 Michael Tabor & Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
2335500(0) FOLLOW THE FLAG (IRE) 6-8-05 S Gillen Alan McCabe
(0)(3)0520(2) AUDEMAR (IRE) 4-8-05 Gute Freunde Partnership Ed Vaughan
63-104002 RED JADE 5-8-05 Keep Racing Richard Fahey
0-002130 BE INVINCIBLE (IRE) 3-8-04 Bob Morton & John Grant Barry Hills
02560-(0) STEVIE THUNDER 5-8-04 Steve GrayIan Ian Williams
(5)-021131 SPACE STATION 4-8-04 Mr & Mrs Chua, Moore & Jurd Simon Dow
5301-(0)620 LEVIATHAN 3-8-03 Paul Moulton Tom Tate
0-2(1)5636 HIGHLAND KNIGHT (IRE) 3-8-03 Jeff Smith Andrew Balding
603163 THE GALLOPING SHOE 5-8-03 G Brown & W Orr Alistair Whillans
504441 SEQUILLO 4-8-01 White Beech Farm Richard Hannon
34(1)(1)-(6)(3) MUSTAKMIL (IRE) 4-8-01 Simon Caunce Simon Dow
(3)2-0(6)55 SPIRIT OF A NATION (IRE) 5-8-00 Bezwell Fixings Limited David Brown
3240000 MOHEEBB (IRE) 6-7-13 Michael Hill Ruth Carr
4(3)-(2)1(2)0(5) TARTAN TRIP 3-7-13 Kingsclere Racing Club Andrew Balding
12(3)1223 DOLPHIN ROCK 3-7-13 Mia Racing David Barron
40-16 LUCKY WINDMILL 3-7-12 Porter, Watson, Valentine Alan Swinbank
(1)-(1)46 NAZREEF 3-7-12 Deborah Collett & M Watson Hughie Morrison
0-2000026 MARVO 6-7-11 M Bowring Mark Tompkins
115-1140 SEASONAL CROSS 5-7-10 Alicia Aldis Simon Dow
00230500 ESPERO (IRE) 4-7-09 M Sawers Linda Perratt
311103 HIGH RESOLUTION 3-7-09 Helen Perratt Linda Perratt
341240 ROSKO 6-7-08 Racing Management & Training Ltd Brian Ellison
16(2)(1)21 DREAM WIN 4-7-07 Koo's Racing Club Brian Ellison
23460600 SEDGWICK 8-7-06 Wilf Hobson Shaun Harris
4000-05 GLOBAL 4-7-04 Koo's Racing Club Brian Ellison
6-455(0)(0)(1) NICHOLAS POCOCK (IRE) 4-6-07 (4lb ex) Koo's Racing Club Brian Ellison

79 five-day confirmations
1 Irish-trained

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