Saturday, October 11, 2003
THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY
ASCOT, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2003
4:35pm, £18,000 added Nicola Comley Rated Stakes (Class B) (Handicap), 1m 2f
GOING: Good to Firm
BP = best price offered by Coral Eurobet, Ladbrokes, Tote, Stanleybet, Bet365 and William Hill
1) (10) 1074 Gallery God Simon Dow 7-9-07 Paul Doe
Won a decent handicap at Epsom on Derby Day but well beaten on his three subsequent starts and looks to have it all to do off of his current mark, especially over a distance short of his best.
BP = 33/1 Ladbrokes, Tote, Stanleybet & William Hill
2) (2) 1235 Hawksbill John Gosden 3-9-04 Richard Hughes
Has only had four starts and is making his handicap debut today. Would have a chance on his best efforts and trainer always to be respected in this kind of race. Interesting contender but can you back him?
BP = 10/1 Ladbrokes
3) (6) 7062 Adiemus Jeremy Noseda 5-9-02b Frankie Dettori
Was in good form earlier this season and bounced right back to his best when a short-head second in first-time blinkers in the Tote Cambridgeshire last Saturday. Has not won over 10 furlongs but finished well over nine in the Cambridgeshire. Clear chance at his best, but has not always been the most consistent and this run comes very quickly after his last effort.
BP = 9/2 Tote
4) (4) 3791 Counsel’s Opinion Chris Wall 6-9-01 Richard Mullen
Has won two good handicaps this year at Newbury and Ascot and looks equally at home over either 10 or 12 furlongs. Likes top of the ground and is game and reasonably consistent. Handicapper may be catching up with him though.
BP = 7/1 Coral Eurobet
5) (11) -401 Navado Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-00 Kieren Fallon
Won valuable 10-furlong contest at Newbury last time out, starting at 25/1. Lightly-raced sort who the stable often does so well with. Clearly has a chance but doesn’t offer very attractive odds.
BP = 4/1 Coral Eurobet
6) (3) 0700 Broadway Score John Hills 5-9-00 Richard Hills
Won Jubilee Handicap at Kempton early in the season but hasn’t shown much since and is easy to discount.
BP = 25/1 generally except with Bet365
7) (7) 0130 Crow Wood James Given 4-8-10 Michael Fenton
Has generally been in good form this year but behind Navado at Newbury last time. Didn’t enjoy the best of runs that day and should not be totally written off as he is a specialist 10-furlong handicapper who likes top of the ground.
BP = 20/1 Coral Eurobet, Ladbrokes & Bet365
8) (5) 4023 Wing Commander Michael Bell 4-8-10 Ian Mongan
Would have a chance on his Royal Hunt Cup effort and probably didn’t stay 12 furlongs last time. Is consistent and has a chance but overall win record is not that great.
BP = 14/1 Stanleybet & Bet365
9) (1) 4003 Zonergem Lady Herries 5-8-10b1 Seb Sanders
Useful if slightly quirky hold-up horse. Yet to win over further than a mile but gives the impression he would stay further. Has first-time blinkers.
BP = 14/1 Ladbrokes
10) (12) 0120 Putra Kuantan Michael Jarvis 3-8-07 Philip Robinson
Another lightly-raced sort and has not had things go entirely to plan on his two previous starts in decent handicaps. A front runner who does not look especially well treated..
BP = 8/1 except Tote
11) (9) 6100 Highland Reel David Elsworth 6-8-07 Neil Pollard
Useful handicapper on his day but generally best at shorter distances and on softer ground. Has not run since July.
BP = 25/1 Coral Eurobet, Ladbrokes & Bet365
12) (8)1114 Sailing Through Terry Mills 3-8-05 Eddie Ahern
A four time winner in minor company earlier this season -a maiden and three three-year-old handicaps - but well beaten in a Class C all-aged handicap at Epsom last time and likely to find this too tough off this mark.
BP =9/2 generally
An interesting handicap with some clear value to be had by opposing the market leaders. 20/1 is a great price about CROW WOOD who is worth backing each-way.
TATTERSALLS OCTOBER YEARLING SALE PART 1 SHATTERS ALL RECORDS
At the conclusion of Part 1 of the 2003 Tattersalls October Yearling sale last night Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony commented:“Last week’s record breaking Houghton Yearling sale certainly gave cause for optimism going into Part 1 of the October Yearling sale, but we could not have predicted the massive rises across the board. Trade this week has been truly phenomenal and the Tattersalls October Yearling sale record book has been completely rewritten.
“The sale has been the highest grossing European yearling sale ever, with the average well over 50,000 guineas for the first time, a median in previously uncharted territory, the first-ever million guinea October yearling and a staggering 125 lots selling for 100,000 guineas or more.
“Last week we would have preferred a slightly larger catalogue, and this week slightly smaller as the sheer numbers have made it a demanding week for buyers, but the week has been a resounding success.
“As ever enormous credit must go to the vendors who have brought the cream of the European yearling crop to Tattersalls in the last two weeks and buyers from throughout the world have responded in spectacular fashion.”
Trade on the final day saw 171 yearlings sold for a total of 4,078,700 guineas, at an average of 23,852 guineas and a median of 20,000 guineas, bringing the sale total to 788 yearlings sold for a mammoth 43,527,700 guineas, at an average of 55,238 guineas and a median of 35,000 guineas, all representing new records at Part 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
The top price on the final day was the 150,000 guineas paid by Peter Doyle for the smashing MUJADIL colt out of the winning STATOBLEST mare REFINED.
Offered by Max Ervine, the colt is a full brother to the Richard Hannon-trained two time winner VERMILLIANN who is set to start one of the favourites in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot (today).
Shadwell Estates' racing manager Angus Gold was underbidder on the yearling who will join his full sister at Richard Hannon's East Everleigh Stables.
The second six figure transaction of the day also owed plenty to a highly-rated two year old half sibling. The filly from the first crop of Darley-based SEEKING THE GOLD stallion LUJAIN is the half sister to recent Stakes winning and Group 2 placed two year old AUDITORIUM as well as the Group 2 winning two year old MISTER COSMI.
The filly, out of the WARNING mare DEGREE, was a fine advertisement for her young sire who himself was a top class two-year-old, having won the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes for trainer David Loder. The filly was consigned from David Shekells' Old Mill Stud and was the second consecutive six -figure lot out of the mare as AUDITORIUM was sold at this sale last year for 115,000 guineas.
Part 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling sale starts at 10am on Wednesday, 15th October.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink