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Friday, October 17, 2003



A small area of the track, between the ten furlong and 11 furlong marks, will be watered after racing this evening.

“This is where the firm patches were today and I shall just tweak that part tonight,” said clerk of the course Michael Prosser. “I shall leave the rest of the course as it is, and from what I have heard through the day people seem pretty happy with it.

“There is an excellent cover of grass by the stands rails, and as the stalls for all races of ten furlongs and below will be on the stands’ side, they will have fresh ground to race on tomorrow.

“It would not surprise me if the horses in the Cesarewitch came over towards the stands’ side in the straight.”


Nayef, who won the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes two years ago, will bid to repeat that success and end his racing career in a blaze of glory when he takes on 12 rivals at Newmarket tomorrow.

The five-year-old, who is to start life next year at the Nunnery Stud of his owner-breeder Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum, has been a marvellous standard bearer for his team and kept his form well.

This year he has won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot as well as being second to Falbrav in the Eclipse and third to that same winner in the Juddmonte International at York. He likes fast ground and is ideally suited by this trip of a mile and a quarter.

When he won at Ascot, Nayef did so by two and a half lengths from Rakti, who went off at an amazing 50-1 that day and might well have done even better had he not sustained a small hairline fracture in his near hind fetlock in the race.

Alamshar, winner of the Irish Derby and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes before being a close fourth in the Irish Champion Stakes, looks likely to start favourite tomorrow, though his trainer John Oxx is a bit concerned that the ground will be faster than might be ideal for him. Oxx also feels that the left-handed track at Leopardstown did not suit the colt.

Fillies have an excellent record in the race with Hatoof, Bosra Sham and Alborada (twice) having won it in the last ten years. The only filly running this time is Russian Rhythm, whose brilliant winning run of the 1,000 Guineas, the Coronation and Nassau Stakes came to an end when she was beaten by Falbrav in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last time. That was anything but a disgrace.

Her owners, the Cheveley Park Stud, are also represented by Carnival Dancer, who used to be a stablemate of the filly. He has had a good season, though not quite at this level, but he was disappointing in France last time.

Indian Haven, winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas, would have run in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes had he not scoped badly before the race, but is clearly over that problem now. He, though, is another for whom the going could be on the fast side.

The blue jacket of Godolphin has yet to be carried to Champion Stakes victory, but they have an interesting representative in Vespone, who will be running for the first time since Sheikh Mohammed bought him in the summer. Before then he had shown top level form in France, with the latest of his wins coming in the Grand Prix de Paris against Magistretti, who went on to be runner-up to Falbrav in the Juddmonte.

As well as Alamshar, there is another challenger from Ireland in Middlemarch from Aidan O’Brien’s stable, who will be wearing blinkers for the first time. He put up arguably his best show yet when fourth to Weightless at Longchamp last time when Imperial Dancer, Nysaean and Carnival Dancer were all behind him.

There is also a challenger from Denmark in Dano-Mast, who was a creditable third in Germany last time behind Mamool, having previously won the Scandinavian Open Championship at Copenhagen. At seven he is the oldest horse in the race.

Indian Creek is a difficult horse to catch right, but he can be a formidable player when in the mood as he showed when coming from last to first to win the Hardwicke at Ascot, while Kaieteur was perhaps a bit disappointing at Goodwood after his excellent run in the Arlington Million.


Four trainers reflect on their horse’s chance.

Michael Jarvis on Rakti: “He is in good form and fully recovered from the injury he sustained at Ascot. He will be a fresh horse for the race and I would like to think that he can run very well.”

Richard Hannon on Nysaean: “I fear it will be too fast for him. He has had a very frustrating year and had been off the course for three months before he ran in France last time. The ground was right for him then, but because he had been off for so long he just blew up.”

David Elsworth on Indian Creek: “He was not quite right after his last two runs but he is in good form now. As long as they go a decent gallop, I am sure he will run a big race and it might not be beyond him to win it.

“Maybe the St Simon over a mile and a half at Newbury the next week could be more suitable, but this is a Group 1. He has been placed in Group I company, so maybe he could win one.”

Mick Channon on Imperial Dancer: “I know we are flying a bit high, but you’ve got to be there in case something goes wrong with some of the big names. It would be a bad show if no-one ran outside the big names.”


Class A, Group One, £400,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+, 1m 2f 4pm Newmarket, Saturday, October 18, 2003. Weights: 3-y-o colts & Geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 8lb; 4-y-o+ colts & geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 13lb. Entries closed August 13 (77 entries), forfeit stage September 30 (40 entries remained), £24,000 supplementary entry stage October 13, five-day confirmation stage October 13 (23 remained), final declaration stage 10.00am Thursday, October 16 (13 declarations). Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Thursday, October 16, 2003.

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer/Probable Jockey

1) (10) 0-5131210 CARNIVAL DANCER 5-9-02 Cheveley Park Stud Amanda Perrett/Darryll Holland
2) (9) 2113-013 DANO-MAST 7-9-02 Stald Composit Flemming Poulsen DEN/ Jamie Spencer
3) (4) 350512316 IMPERIAL DANCER 5-9-02 Imperial Racing Mick Channon/Ted Durcan
4) (11) 60-(4)131533 INDIAN CREEK 5-9-02 Seymour Cohn David Elsworth/Dane O’Neill
5) (6) 210-06323 KAIETEUR (USA) 4-9-02 Susan McCarthy Brian Meehan/Pat Eddery
6) (12) 21-(3)1203 NAYEF (USA) 5-9-02 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning/Richard Hills
7) (13) 13-62110 NYSAEAN (IRE) 4-9-02 Fieldspring Racing Richard Hannon/Richard Hughes
8) (3) 1630-12 RAKTI 4-9-02 Gary Tanaka Michael Jarvis/Philip Robinson
9) (1) 1-213114 ALAMSHAR (IRE) 3-8-11 H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE/Johnny Murtagh
10) (5) 50-1010 INDIAN HAVEN 3-8-11 Peter Gleeson, Julian Smith, Loz Conway Paul D'Arcy/John Egan
11) (2) 12325 MIDDLEMARCH (IRE) v3-8-11 Robert Sangster/Michael Tabor/Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE/
12) (8) 2-12111 VESPONE (IRE) 3-8-11 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor/Frankie Dettori
13) (7) 112-1112 RUSSIAN RHYTHM (USA) 3-8-08 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute/Kieren Fallon

13 declarations
2 Irish-trained
1 Danish-trained


In last year’s Emirates Airline Champion Stakes, STORMING HOME defeated MOON BALLAD. Storming Home was subsequently transferred to the yard of Neil Drysdale where he has gone on to be one leading turf horses in North America in 2003 with victories in the Charles Whittingham Handicap (G1) at Hollywood Park and the Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship (G1) at Santa Anita. He was also first past the post in the Arlington Million (G1) and captured the $400,000 Jim Murray Handicap at Santa Anita. He is one of the market leaders for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf. Moon Ballad was successful in the world’s richest race, the Dubai World Cup (G1), at Nad Al Sheba in March and was recently retired to take up stud duties in Japan.

In the 2001 NAYEF underlined his class by winning his first Group 1 race which he added to in 2002 with victories in the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) at Nad Al Sheba and the Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) at York while this season he landed the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot. He is on course to try to win a second Emirates Airline Champion Stakes this year.

In the 2000 Emirates Airline Champion Stakes, two of the world’s middle distance superstars, KALANISI and MONTJEU, fought out the finish. Three weeks later, KALANISI beat America’s best turf horses in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.


Year Horse Jockey Age/Wgt Trainer SP
2002 STORMING HOME Michael Hills 4-9-02 Barry Hills 8/1
2001 NAYEF Richard Hills 3-8-11 Marcus Tregoning 3/1f
2000 KALANISI Johnny Murtagh 4-9-02 Sir Michael Stoute 5/1
1999 ALBORADA George Duffield 4-8-13 Sir Mark Prescott 5/1
1998 ALBORADA George Duffield 3-8-08 Sir Mark Prescott 6/1
1997 PILSUDSKI Michael Kinane 5-9-02 Michael Stoute Evsf
1996 BOSRA SHAM Pat Eddery 3-8-08 Henry Cecil 9/4
1995 SPECTRUM John Reid 3-8-10 Peter Chapple-Hyam 5/1
1994 DERNIER EMPEREUR Sylvain Guillot 4-9-04 Andre Fabre FR 8/1
1993 HATOOF Walter Swinburn 4-9-00 Criquette Head FR 5/2f
1992 RODRIGO DE TRIANOLester Piggott 3-8-10 Peter Chapple-Hyam 11/8f
1991 TEL QUEL Thierry Jarnet 3-8-12 Andre Fabre FR 16/1
1990 IN THE GROOVE Steve Cauthen 3-8-09 David Elsworth 9/2
1989 LEGAL CASE Ray Cochrane 3-8-10 Luca Cumani 5/1
1988 INDIAN SKIMMER Michael Roberts 4-9-00 Henry Cecil 8/15f
1987 TRIPTYCH Tony Cruz 5-9-00 Patrick Biancone FR 6/5f
1986 TRIPTYCH Tony Cruz 4-9-00 Patrick Biancone FR 4/1
1985 PEBBLES Pat Eddery 4-9-00 Clive Brittain 9/2
1984 PALACE MUSIC Yves Saint-Martin 3-8-10 Patrick Biancone FR 18/1
1983 CORMORANT WOOD Steve Cauthen 3-8-07 Barry Hills 18/1
1982 TIME CHARTER Billy Newnes 3-8-07 Henry Candy 9/2
1981 VAYRANN Yves Saint-Martin 3-8-10 Francois Mathet FR 15/2
1980 CAIRN ROUGE Tony Murray 3-8-07 Michael Cunningham IRE 6/1
1979 NORTHERN BABY Philippe Paquet 3-8-10 Francois Boutin FR 9/1
1978 SWISS MAID Greville Starkey 3-8-07 Paul Kelleway 9/1
1977 FLYING WATER Yves Saint-Martin 4-9-00 Angel Penna FR 9/1
1976 VITIGES Pat Eddery 3-8-10 Peter Walwyn 22/1
1975 ROSE BOWL Willie Carson 3-8-07 Fulke Johnson Houghton 11/2
1974 GIACOMETTI Lester Piggott 3-8-10 Ryan Price 4/1f
1973 HURRY HARRIET Jean Cruguet 3-8-07 Paddy Mullins IRE 33/1
1972 BRIGADIER GERARD Joe Mercer 4-9-03 Dick Hern 1/3f
1971 BRIGADIER GERARD Joe Mercer 3-8-07 Dick Hern 1/2f
1970 LORENZACCIO Geoff Lewis 5-9-00 Noel Murles 100/7
1969 FLOSSY Jean Deforge 3-8-04 Francois Boutin FR 100/7
1968 SIR IVOR Lester Piggott 3-8-07 Vincent O’Brien IRE 8/11f
1967 REFORM Scobie Breasley 3-8-07 Sir Gordon Richards 100/30
1966 PIECES OF EIGHT Lester Piggott 3-8-07 Vincent O’Brien IRE 5/4f
1965 SILLY SEASON Geoff Lewis 3-8-07 Ian Balding 100/8
1964 BALDRIC II Bill Pyers 3-8-07 Ernie Fellows FR 7/2
1963 HULA DANCER Jean Deforge 3-8-04 Etienne Pollet FR 9/2
1962 ARCTIC STORM Bill Williamson 3-8-07 John Oxx Snr IRE 6/1
1961 BOBAR II Max Garcia 3-8-07 Robert Corme FR 100/8
1960 MARGUERITE VERNAUT Enrico Camici 3-8-04 Ugo Penco ITY 9/4
1959 PETITE ETOILE Lester Piggott 3-8-05 Noel Murless 2/11f
1958 BELLA PAOLA Alain Lequeux 3-8-04 Francois Mathet FR 4/1
1957 ROSE ROYALE II Jean Massard 3-8-04 Alec Head FR 5/2
1956 HUGH LUPUS Rae Johnstone 4-9-00 Noel Murless 3/1f
1955 HAFIZ II Roger Poincelet 3-8-07 Alec Head FR 10/3
1954 NARRATOR Frankie Barlow 3-8-07 Humphrey Cottrill 8/100f
1953 NEARULA Edgar Britt 3-8-07 Charles Elsey 4/1
1952 DYNAMITER Charlie Elliott 4-9-00 J Glynn FR 4/5f
1951 DYNAMITER Charlie Elliott 3-8-08 Charles Semblat FR 100/8
1950 PETER FLOWER Bill Rickaby 4-9-00 Jack Jarvis 3/1
1949 DJEDDAH Charlie Elliott 4-9-00 Charles Semblat FR 4/6f
1948 SOLAR SLIPPER Eph Smith 3-8-08 Herbert Smyth 6/1
1947 MIGOLI Gordon Richards 3-8-08 Frank Butters Evsf
1946 HONEYWAY Eph Smith 5-9-00 Jack Jarvis 8/1
1945 COURT MARTIAL Cliff Richards 3-8-07 Joe Lawson 4/11f


● The inaugural Emirates Airline Champion Stakes took place in 1877 and was won by Springfield.

● The Emirates Airline Champion Stakes, which is for three-year-olds and upwards, is run over a distance of one mile and two furlongs and was sponsored for the first time in 2002 by Emirates Airline, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates. The Emirates connection is not new however as the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai have generously supported the contest since 1982.

● The only horse to have been successful three times was Tristan in 1882, 1883 and 1884, while there have been 10 dual winners. The Sir Mark Prescott-trained Alborada is the latest of them, taking the 1998 and 1999 renewals. The other dual winners are Triptych (1986, 1987), Brigadier Gerard (1971, 1972), Dynamiter (1951, 1952), Hippius (1940, 1941), Wychwood Abbot (1935, 1936), Fairway (1928, 1929), Orpheus (1920, 1921), Lemberg (1910, 1911) and Velasquez (1897, 1898). This year Nayef could bid to win the race for a second time, having previously been successful in the 2001 renewal.

● The longest-priced post-war winner was Hurry Harriet at 33/1 in 1973.

● Backers did not receive much of a return for their money when Ormonde came in at 1/100 in 1886, making him the shortest-priced winner. Since 1945 the shortest-priced scorer was Petite Etoile at 2/11 in 1959.

● The two most successful trainers since 1945 have been Sir Noel Murless and Patrick Biancone with three victories apiece. The former’s wins came with Hugh Lupus in 1956, Petite Etoile three years later and Lorenzaccio in 1970, while Biancone, who was then based in France and is now in America, scored with Palace Music in 1984 and Triptych twice in 1986 and 1987.

● Current trainers with two victories each are Henry Cecil (Indian Skimmer 1988 and Bosra Sham 1996), Andre Fabre (Tel Quel 1991 and Dernier Empereur 1994), Sir Mark Prescott (Alborada 1998 and 1999), Sir Michael Stoute (Pilsudski 1997 and Kalanisi 2000) and Barry Hills (1983 Cormorant Wood and Storming Home 2002).

● Lester Piggott is the most successful jockey since 1945, winning on five occasions, with his last victory coming on Rodrigo De Triano in 1992. His other four successes came on Petite Etoile (1959), Pieces Of Eight (1966), Sir Ivor (1968) and Giacometti (1974). The most successful current jockey is Pat Eddery, whose three victories have been on Vitiges (1976), Pebbles (1985) and Bosra Sham (1996), and he gets his last chance to equal Piggott’s record this year as he is set to retire. Eddery is due to ride Kaieteur in Saturday’s contest.

● Fillies and mares have an extremely good record in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes - with 22 of the 58 runnings since 1945 captured by members of the fairer sex. The winning run started in 1957 and since 1980 mares and fillies have won a dozen times.

● Three-year-olds have fared much the best since 1945. Horses of classic age have taken 40 renewals as opposed to 14 winning four-year-olds and four successful five-year-olds. No horse older than five has won during this time.

● The largest fields since 1945 were in 1976 and 1983 when 19 contestants went to post. Last year there were 11 starters. Only three horses took part in 1959 - the smallest number since 1945.

● Five Irish-trained horses have tasted success since 1945. The first was Arctic Storm, trained by John Oxx snr, in 1962. The other four winners from the Emerald Isle were Pieces Of Eight (Vincent O’Brien 1966), Sir Ivor (Vincent O’Brien 1968), Hurry Harriet (Paddy Mullins 1973) and Cairn Rouge (Michael Cunningham 1980).

● French-trained horses have seen off the opposition on 19 occasions since 1945. The most recent French-trained winner was Andre Fabre’s Dernier Empereur in 1994. Marguerite Vernaut was the sole success for Italy in 1960.

● In 1933 the judge called a dead-heat between Dastur and Chatelaine.


Apart from Bachelor Duke, every one of the 12 runners for tomorrow’s £245,000 Darley Dewhurst Stakes is a previous winner, and this Group 1 contest, which features Shadwell Stud Middle Park hero Three Valleys, and the unbeaten Snow Ridge, so impressive in the Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot, promises to be a real humdinger.

Three Valleys, whose only blip in four races came when he was found to be “wrong” following his third to One Cool Cat at The Curragh, was installed as favourite in some lists for next year’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket after beating Balmont in the Middle Park, and Richard Hughes feels that the extra furlong will be no problem.

After riding on the track today (Friday), Hughes was lavish in his praise of clerk of the course Michael Prosser and his team.

Hughes said:”The ground is perfect - absolutely perfect. They have put a lot of water on and have done a brilliant job, but I hope they don’t water again tonight. That would mess things up.”

Of Three Valleys’ chances, Hughes added:”I think he’ll win - he’ll get the extra furlong standing on his head and I can’t see him being beaten.”

In contrast, Snow Ridge is dropping back a furlong, but Marcus Tregoning does not see that as a problem, even though the colt was being scrubbed along on the home turn at Ascot.

Tregoning said:”Snow Ridge was green in the Royal Lodge and did not seem to know what was wanted of him early on. But he has plenty of speed and ought to be able to lay up with the pace.”

Aidan O’Brien, successful with Rock of Gibraltar two years ago, is represented by Antonius Pius and Troubadour, while Barry Hills, who is looking for his fourth victory in the race, having triumphed with Scenic (1988), In Command (1996) and Distant Music (1999), relies on Haafhd, who won twice before being beaten at odds-on when only third behind Lucky Story in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

It is 10 years since Newmarket last managed to keep the Dewhurst at home - William Jarvis winning with Grand Lodge - but HQ have three strings to their bow, James Toller’s Bachelor Duke being accompanied to post by Sir Michael Stoute’s Imperial Stride, who steps up in class but looked very smart in winning both his races to date, and Jeremy Noseda’s Balmont, who, though beaten by Three Valleys in the Middle Park, is expected to make a closer race of it over the extra furlong.

However, Jamie Osborne is a realist and admits that Milk It Mick, who won the Group 3 Tattersalls Somerville Stakes at the last meeting, will do well to make the frame.

Osborne said:”We are probably being a bit optimistic pitching him in at this level, but he is in good form and will love the fast ground, and if he we ride him like we did last time we might well nick a place. That is the idea anyway.”


Class A, Group One, £245,000 Total Prize Fund. For 2-y-o, 6f, 3.25pm Newmarket, Saturday, October 18, 2003
£15,000 supplementary entry stage October 13 (1 entry received).

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Traine/Probable Jockey
1) (1)11 ANTONIUS PIUS (USA) 2-9-00 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE/
2) (4) 33 BACHELOR DUKE (USA) 2-9-00 Duke of Devonshire James Toller/Seb Sanders
3) (10) 21112 BALMONT (USA) 2-9-00 Sanford Robertson Jeremy Noseda/Pat Eddery
4) (5) 13251 CAPE FEAR 2-9-00 Kennet Valley Thoroughbred II Brian Meehan/Pat Smullen
5) (9)31 DUKE OF VENICE (USA) 2-9-00 Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston/Frankie Dettori
6) (6) 113 HAAFHD 2-9-00 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills/Richard Hills
7) (3) 11 IMPERIAL STRIDE 2-9-00 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute/Kieren Fallon
8) (11) 443251 MILK IT MICK 2-9-00 Paul Dixon Jamie Osborne/Darryll Holland
9) (8) 11 SNOW RIDGE (IRE) 2-9-00 Exors of the late Lord Weinstock Marcus Tregoning/Martin Dwyer
10) (2) 411 TASHKIL (IRE) 2-9-00 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden/Willie Supple
11) (12) 1131 THREE VALLEYS (USA) 2-9-00 Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton/Richard Hughes
12) (7) 13 TROUBADOUR (IRE) 2-9-00 Robert Sangster & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE/

12 declarations
2 Irish-trained


In last year’s Darley Dewhurst Stakes, TOUT SEUL defeated TOMAHAWK and TRADE FAIR. Tout Seul finished fourth in the 2000 Guineas this season while Trade Fair has been successful three times in 2003, including the Betfair Criterion Stakes (G3) at Newmarket in June.

In the 2001 Darley Dewhurst Stakes, ROCK OF GIBRALTAR beat LANDSEER with WHERE OR WHEN a close fourth. At the time it was considered by some to be a sub-standard Dewhurst. The feats of this trio last season proved otherwise! ROCK OF GIBRALTAR won both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas and ended his career with seven Group One victories; LANDSEER won the French 2,000 Guineas (G1) and the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile (G1); WHERE OR WHEN proved his class with a scintillating victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) at Ascot. In all, they registered eight Group 1 victories between them in 2002.

In the 2000 Darley Dewhurst Stakes, TOBOUGG stamped himself Britain’s top two-year-old colt, beating NOVERRE, who went on to win the 2001 French 2000 Guineas (G1) (before subsequent disqualification) and the Sussex Stakes (G1), with MOZART, crowned Europe’s champion sprinter in 2001, back in fourth.


Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP
2002 TOUT SEUL Steve Carson Fulke Johnson Houghton 25/1
2001 ROCK OF GIBRALTAR Mick Kinane Aidan O’Brien IRE 4/6f
2000 TOBOUGG Craig Williams Mick Channon 7/4f
1999 DISTANT MUSIC Michael Hills Barry Hills 4/6f
1998 MUJAHID Richard Hills John Dunlop 25/1
1997 XAAR Olivier Peslier Andre Fabre FR 11/8f
1996 IN COMMAND Michael Hills Barry Hills 10/1
1995 ALHAARTH Willie Carson Dick Hern 4/7f
1994 PENNEKAMP Thierry Jarnet Andre Fabre FR 5/2jf
1993 GRAND LODGE Pat Eddery William Jarvis 9/4f
1992 ZAFONIC Pat Eddery Andre Fabre FR 10/11f
1991 DR DEVIOUS Willie Carson Peter Chapple-Hyam 3/1f
1990 GENEROUS Richard Quinn Paul Cole 50/1
1989 DASHING BLADE John Matthias Ian Balding 8/1
1988 PRINCE OF DANCE Willie Carson Neil Graham 6/4f
SCENIC(ddht) Michael Hills Barry Hills 33/1
1986 AJDAL Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 4/9f
1985 HUNTINGDALE Michael Hills Jeremy Hindley 12/1
1984 KALA DANCER Geoff Baxter Ben Hanbury 20/1
1983 EL GRAN SENOR Pat Eddery Vincent O’Brien IRE 7/4f
1982 DIESIS Lester Piggott Henry Cecil 2/1
1981 WIND AND WUTHERING Philip Waldron Henry Candy 11/1
1980 STORM BIRD Pat Eddery Vincent O’Brien IRE 4/5f
1979 MONTEVERDI Lester Piggott Vincent O’Brien IRE 15/8f
1978 TROMOS Kipper Lynch Bruce Hobbs 11/4
1977 TRY MY BEST Lester Piggott Vincent O’Brien IRE 4/6f
1976 THE MINSTREL Lester Piggott Vincent O’Brien IRE 6/5f
1975 WOLLOW Gianfranco Dettori Henry Cecil 6/4f
1974 GRUNDY Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn 6/5f
1973 CELLINI Lester Piggott Vincent O’Brien IRE 40/85f
1972 LUNCHTIME Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn 11/8f
1971 CROWNED PRINCE Lester Piggott Bernard van Cutsem 4/9f
1970 MILL REEF Geoff Lewis Ian Balding 4/7f
1969 NIJINSKY Lester Piggott Vincent O’Brien IRE 1/3f
1968 RIBOFILIO Lester Piggott Fulke Johnson Houghton 8/11f
1967 HAMETUS Frankie Durr Walter Nightingall 100/9
1966 DART BOARD Doug Smith Gordon Richards 10/1
1965 PRETENDRE Ron Hutchinson Jack Jarvis 11/2
1964 SILLY SEASON Geoff Lewis Ian Balding 13/2
1963 KING’S LANE Joe Sime Sam Hall 10/1
1962 FOLLOW SUIT Lester Piggott Noel Murless 10/1
1961 RIVER CHANTER Joe Mercer George Todd 10/3
1960 BOUNTEOUS Joe Sime Rufus Beasley 2/1f
1959 ANCIENT LIGHTS Eph Smith Ted Leader 100/7
1958 BILLUM Edward Hide Charles Elsey 6/1
1957 TORBELLA III Scobie Breasley W Clout FR 9/4
1956 CREPELLO Lester Piggott Noel Murless 1/2f
1955 DACIAN Willie Snaith Humphrey Cottrill 7/1
1954 MY SMOKEY Doug Smith Jack Watts 7/2
1953 INFATUATION Ken Gethin Vic Smyth 11/8f
1952 PINZA Gordon Richards Norman Bertie Evsf
1951 MARSYAD Rae Johnstone Charles Semblat FR 7/1
1950 TURCO II Harry Carr Cecil Boyd-Rochfort 11/8
1949 EMPEROR II Charlie Elliott Charles Semblat FR 7/2jf
1948 ROYAL FOREST Gordon Richards Noel Murless 5/4f
1947 PRIDE OF INDIA Joe Sime Jack Watts 5/2f
1946 MIGOLI Gordon Richards Frank Butters 5/1
1945 HYPERICUM Doug Smith Cecil Boyd-Rochfort 4/7f


● The Dewhurst Stakes was first run in 1875 when Kisber was successful.

● The Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes, for two-year-old colts and fillies, is run over seven furlongs. Although fillies can run, they rarely do so nowadays and the last to win was Torbella III in 1957.

● Two dead-heats have occurred. The first happened in 1910 when the judge was unable to separate King William and Phryxus. More recently there was nothing to choose between Prince Of Dance and Scenic in 1988.

● Those racegoers who backed Generous in 1990 could afford to live up to his name as he was returned at 50/1 - the longest-priced winner. The shortest-priced winner was Orme at 6/100 in 1891, while the shortest-priced scorer since 1945 was the great Nijinsky at 1/3 in 1969.

● The largest field since 1945 was 16 last season, bettering the previous highest of 13 which faced the starter in 1966. Mill Reef scared off the opposition in 1970 when only two others went to post, making it the smallest field in the same time period.

● Possibly the greatest trainer of all time, Vincent O’Brien, is the most successful in the Dewhurst Stakes since 1945 with seven victories. Nijinsky posted the first O’Brien success in 1969, followed by Cellini four seasons later, The Minstrel in 1976, Try My Best 1977, Monteverdi 1979, Storm Bird 1980 and, lastly, El Gran Senor in 1983.

● Two current trainers have the best records with three successes. French handler Andre Fabre has Zafonic (1992), Pennekamp (1994) and Xaar (1997) to thank, while Lambourn-based Barry Hills first succeeded in 1988 with Scenic and he followed up with In Command in 1996 and Distant Music in 1999.

● Of the jockeys, Lester Piggott has the best record since 1945 in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes winning an incredible 10 times - with Crepello (1956), Follow Suit (1962), Ribofilio (1968), Nijinsky (1969), Crowned Prince (1971), Cellini (1973), The Minstrel (1976), Try My Best (1977), Monteverdi (1979) and Diesis (1982).

● Pat Eddery, who retires at the end of the season, trails Piggott’s tally by four and he is the leading current rider. Having got off the mark in 1972 on Lunchtime, he has followed up on Grundy (1974), Storm Bird (1980), El Gran Senor (1983), Zafonic (1992) and Grand Lodge (1993). This year he is booked to ride Balmont.

● Since 1945, Irish-trained horses have the edge on their French counterparts by two victories, having gained eight successes as opposed to six. Seven of the eight Irish-trained winners were handled by Vincent O’Brien, while his successor at Ballydoyle, Aidan O’Brien, was responsible for 2001 winner Rock Of Gibraltar. The latter went on to record seven consecutive Group One victories, beating Mill Reef’s previous best of six.

● The sextet of French-trained successes are Emperor II (1949), Marsyad (1951), Torbella III (1957), Zafonic (1992), Pennekamp (1994) and Xaar (1997), the last three of whom were all trained by Andre Fabre.

● The Darley Dewhurst Stakes is a well-known classic trial, with winners like Rock Of Gibraltar, Pennekamp, Zafonic, El Gran Senor and Wollow going on to score in the 2000 Guineas and Dr Devious, Generous, The Minstrel, Grundy, Mill Reef and Nijinsky (who also won the 2000 Guineas and St Leger) taking the Derby.


The £125,000 Tote Cesarewitch is the one big race at Newmarket to have eluded Pat Eddery, but the 11-times champion, who retires at the end of the year, is hopeful of filling the void when he partners Nicky Henderson’s Landing Light in tomorrow’s 36-runner marathon.

Eddery, twice runner-up in the second leg of the Tote Autumn Double, said:”I have twice been second, on Valuable Witness and Jamesmead, and the race is always run at a strong pace, which means you need a horse who will get every yard of the two and a quarter miles.

“Landing Light fits the bill perfectly. He is a solid stayer, and he showed that he handles fast ground when runner-up to Sindapour in the Ascot Stakes. He gets a 9lb pull with the winner and, having had a break, will go to post fresher than most.”

A maximum field goes to post and four horses were eliminated at the overnight stage, so any punter who had an ante-post bet on Bold Ewar, Homelife, Jamaican Flight or Madiba will have their stake refunded.

The most notable withdrawal overnight was No Refuge, pulled out because of the fast ground by Sir Mark Prescott, who now relies on Numitas and Inglis Driver in his attempt to land the new £100,000 Tote Autumn Double bonus being offered by the sponsors for any stable that can land the Tote Cambridgeshire - Tote Cesarewitch double.

Surprisingly, for a race of this distance, the draw has proved a significant factor in recent years, and the stats suggest that a high number is advantageous, and while Eddery will be happy to have drawn stall 36 for Landing Light, Martin Pipe, who trains Sindapour, will draw some comfort from the fact that Distant Prospect won from the number one stall two years ago.

Pipe, who is seeking to win the race for the third time, is five-handed this time around, Sindapour being accompanied by last year’s winner Miss Fara, Don Fernando, Trained Bythe Best and Dubai Seven Stars.

Guy Harwood won the race with Captain’s Guest nine years ago and is hoping that his daughter Amanda (Perrett) can complete a family double with any of her three representatives, though the market suggests that Ten Carat, who has been the plunge horse this week, is more fancied by the stable than either Big Moment or Bobsleigh.

Dermot Weld, who was responsible for the last Irish-trained winner, Vintage Crop in 1993, is now represented by Direct Bearing in a race in which favourites have a miserable record, the last successful market leader being Vintage Crop himself.


Sir Mark Prescott’s hopes of the £100,000 bonus, being offered for the first time by the Tote for any trainer who can pull off this year’s Tote Autumn Double, rest with Inglis Driver and Numitas following the overnight withdrawal of No Refuge, but the sponsors still “fear the worst”.

Andy Clifton, the Tote’s PR spokesman, expressed himself “quite excited” about the possibility of paying out £70,000 to Prescott’s 21-strong stable staff and an additional £30,000 to the trainer himself.

He said: ”When Sir Mark stood on the podium after Chivalry’s victory in the Tote Cambridgeshire on October 4 and started making bullish noises about his four entries we began to get a bit nervous, but the fast ground has reduced his challenge to two, so I suppose you could say that we are in twice as good a position as we were a fortnight ago.

“However, I can promise that if we do pay out it will be with a smile, because the stable staff are the backbone of racing and it will be good for the sport if the Prescott lads and lasses can share such a decent pot.”

The record books suggest, however, that something may come to rescue the Tote in this 36-runner marathon, because no trainer has pulled off the Autumn Double in the same year since Sam Darling in 1925.

Prescott, observing that the Tote have 34 horses running for them, said: ”I couldn’t run No Refuge on this fast ground, but, while conditions will be ideal for Numitas, who is sure to stay, he is also handicapped up to the hilt.

“Inglis Driver is mathematically best in, but ideally he would prefer good ground and he has never run beyond a mile and six furlongs. So both my runners are on the fragile side.”

Talking of the sponsors’ bonus, Prescott added: ”It is a great idea and has proved tremendous fun, though it has caused a lot of tension in the yard. For a team of our size, £70,000 would be the equivalent reward for the lads of winning a Derby and a Guineas.”

Then, adding with a smile, Prescott said:”But the poor old trainer only gets thirty grand which is very disappointing!”

Prescott has never previously won the Cesarewitch and, reflecting on his record in the race, he added: ”Hasten To Add started 3-1 favourite and looked sure to win two furlongs out but didn’t stay, and then we ran Alleluia, who was a handicap certainty after winning the Doncaster Cup. She would have won half the track, but she fractured her pelvis and finished only sixth. So my record in the Tote Cesarewitch is appalling !”


Class B, Showcase Handicap, £125,000 Total Prize Fund. 2.50pm, Newmarket, Saturday, October 18, 2003. For three-year-olds & upwards, two miles & about two furlongs. Minimum weight 7st 12lb; highest weight not less than 9st 10lb. Penalties: after August 30, a winner of a Class D race 3lb; of a Class C race 5lb; of a Class A or B race 7lb. Entries closed August 20, entries and weights revealed September 2 (82 entries), first forfeit stage September 16 (74 remain) second forfeit stage September 30 (68 remained), five-day confirmation stage October 13 (51 remain), final declaration stage 10.00am October 17 (36 declared). Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Thursday, October 16, 2003. May not include some overseas form.

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer/Probable Jockey
5013606 GULF (IRE) 4-9-10 Raymond Tooth David Elsworth/Nicky Mackay (5)
0205311 SHABERNAK (IRE) 4-9-10 (inc7lbx) Thurloe Thoroughbreds VII Michael Bell/ Kieren Fallon
0-300233 ROMANY PRINCE 4-9-07 Jeff Smith David Elsworth/Kevin Darley
14/0020-5 SALTRIO 5-9-06 Raymond McNeill Mark Brisbourne/Shane Kelly
205-144 UNLEASH (USA) 4-9-05 Cheveley Park Stud Philip Hobbs/Jamie Spencer
1001250 SUN BIRD (IRE) 5-9-04 Mrs R P Aggio Dick Allan/Paul Hanagan
00////-120 LANDING LIGHT (IRE) 8-9-04 Mr & Mrs John Poynton Nicky Henderson/Pat Eddery
0-42044 BIG MOMENT 5-9-03 R Doel,A Black,Dr J Howells & D Broad Amanda Perrett/ Michael Kinane
23-(1)211 INGLIS DREVER 4-9-02 Piers Pottinger Sir Mark Prescott/Seb Sanders
1010503 FLOWNAWAY 4-9-01 Sales Race 2001 Syndicate William Jarvis/Frankie Dettori
05-3506 COURT SHAREEF 8-9-00 Derek & Cheryl Holder Richard Price/Robert Miles (5)
0344-003 DISTANT PROSPECT (IRE) 6-8-13 The Rae Smiths & Pauline Gale Andrew Balding/Martin Dwyer
2331-00 MISS FARA (FR) 8-8-10 Christine Painting Martin Pipe/Ryan Moore
3-002325 RANDOM QUEST 5-8-10 The Blandford Partnership Paul Cole/Luke Fletcher (3)
0-023002 ZIBELINE (IRE) 6-8-09 Ashley Carr Brian Ellison/Tony Hamilton(5)
25143261 RAVENGLASS (USA) 4-8-09 (inc 5lb ex) K W Bell John O'Shea/ Richard Hughes
(3)-(2)(0)(5)(6)(4)0 DAWARI (IRE) 5-8-08 Andy Capp Racing Peter Haley ESP/Brett Doyle
2000-0524 ARCHDUKE FERDINAND (FR) 5-8-08 Chris Wright & Catherine Corbett Paul Cole/Frannie Norton
1022-043 DIRECT BEARING (IRE) 6-8-08 Dr Michael Smurfit Dermot Weld IRE/Pat Smullen
25-631300 FOURTH DIMENSION (IRE) 4-8-08 M A Whelton Alec Stewart/Richard Mullen
////10-4230 TOM PADDINGTON 8-8-08 Martin & Mary Wilson (Camp Farm Racing) Hughie Morrison/ Steve Drowne
23-30301 NUMITAS (GER) 3-8-05 (inc 5lb ex) Cheveley Park Stud Sir Mark Prescott/George Duffield
030112 SINDAPOUR (IRE) 5-8-02 Mary Burke Martin Pipe/Philip Robinson
(2)(3)(0)000 GIG HARBOR 4-8-02 Fraser Miller Racing Emma Lavelle/Simon Whitworth
060-000 DON FERNANDO 4-8-00 Lucayan Stud Martin Pipe/John Egan
1/625/(0)0- TIKRAM 6-8-00 Mike Charlton And Rodger Sargent Gary Moore/ Darryll Holland
42030304 BOBSLEIGH 4-8-00 A & Mrs F Ogilvy Amanda Perrett/Lisa Jones (3)
0-4111 TEN CARAT 3-8-00 (inc 5lb ex) Khalid Abdulla Amanda Perrett/Willie Supple
2521500 HIGH POINT (IRE) 5-7-13 The Aedean Partnership Gerry Enright/David Kinsella (3)
1120-200 TRAINED BYTHE BEST 5-7-12 Alison Farrant Martin Pipe/Gary Bardwell
0400021 POSITIVE PROFILE (IRE) 5-7-12 (inc 3lb ex) Chelgate Public Relations Ltd Patrick Haslam/Royston Ffrench
2225562 KRISTENSEN 4-7-12 (7-11) Equiname Ltd Don Eddy/Frankie McDonald (5)
205450 ESTABLISHMENT 6-7-12 (7-09) Elizabeth Cyzer Charles Cyzer/Allan Mackay
010320 IT'S DEFINITE (IRE) 4-7-12 (7-09) R Owen Peter Bowen/Dean Mernagh
3-000152600 DUBAI SEVEN STARS 5-7-12 (7-06) Alison Farrant Martin Pipe/ Jamie Mackay
1U1111122 MISTERNANDO 3-7-12 (7-06 (3lbx)) John Duggan Mick Channon/Sam Hitchcott (3)

36 declared runners
1 Irish-trained
1 Spanish-trained

BOLD EWAR (IRE) 6-7-03 Tony Richards Clive Brittain
HOMELIFE (IRE) 5-6-09 Jean Mitchell Paul D'Arcy
JAMAICAN FLIGHT (USA) 10-6-06 P Lamyman Sue Lamyman
MADIBA 4-6-04 Eastwell Manor Racing Ltd Paul Howling


Year Horse Jockey Age/Wgt Trainer SP
2002 MISS FARA Ryan Moore 7-8-00 Martin Pipe 12/1
2001 DISTANT PROSPECT Martin Dwyer 4-8-08 Ian Balding 14/1
2000 HEROS FATAL Gary Carter 6-8-01 Martin Pipe 11/1
1999 TOP CEES Kieren Fallon 9-8-10 Ian Balding 7/1
1998 SPIRIT OF LOVE Olivier Peslier 3-8-08 Mark Johnston 11/1
1997 TURNPOLE Lindsay Charnock 6-7-10 Mary Reveley 16/1
1996 INCHCAILLOCH Royston Ffrench 7-7-03 Jeff King 20/1
1995 OLD RED Lindsay Charnock 5-7-11 Mary Reveley 11/1
1994 CAPTAIN’S GUEST Tony Clark 4-9-09 Guy Harwood 25/1
1993 AAHSAYLAD John Williams 7-8-12 John White 12/1
1992 VINTAGE CROP Walter Swinburn 5-9-06 Dermot Weld IRE 5/1f
1991 GO SOUTH Nicky Carlisle 7-7-11 John Jenkins 33/1
1990 TRAINGLOT Willie Carson 3-7-12 Jimmy FitzGerald 13/2
1989 DOUBLE DUTCH Billy Newnes 5-9-10 Brooke Sanders 15/2
1988 NOMADIC WAY Willie Carson 3-7-09 Barry Hills 6/1
1987 PRIVATE AUDITION Gary Carter 5-7-09 Mark Tompkins 50/1
1986 ORANGE HILL Richard Fox 4-7-09 Jeremy Tree 20/1
1985 KAYUDEE Tony Murray 5-8-01 Jimmy FitzGerald 7/1
1984 TOM SHARP Steve Dawson 4-7-05 Walter Wharton 40/1
1983 BAJAN SUNSHINE Brian Rouse 4-8-08 Rod Simpson 7/1jf
1982 MOUNTAIN LODGE Willie Carson 3-7-10 John Dunlop 9/1
1981 HALSBURY Joe Mercer 3-8-04 Peter Walwyn 14/1
1980 POPSI’S JOY Lester Piggott 4-8-06 Mick Haynes 10/1
1979 SIR MICHAEL Mark Rimmer 3-7-08 Geoff Huffer 10/1
1978 CENTURION John Matthias 3-9-08 Ian Balding 9/2f
1977 ASSURED Philip Waldron 4-8-04 Henry Candy 10/1
1976 JOHN CHERRY Lester Piggott 5-9-13 Jeremy Tree 13/2
1975 SHANTALLAH Brian Taylor 3-8-10 Harry Wragg 7/1
1974 OCEAN KING Tommy Carter 8-7-07 Arthur Pitt 25/1
1973 FLASH IMP Terry Cain 4-7-08 Ron Smyth 25/1
1972 CIDER WITH ROSIE Taffy Thomas 4-7-11 Staff Ingham 14/1
1971 OROSIO Geoff Lewis 4-8-02 Henry Cecil 5/1
1970 SCORIA Dennis McKay 4-7-00 Colin Crossley 33/1
1969 FLORIDIAN Dennis McKay 5-7-03 Tommy Shedden 20/1
1968 MAJOR ROSE Lester Piggott 6-9-04 Ryan Price 9/1
1967 BOISMOSS Ernie Johnson 3-7-01 Mick Easterby 13/1
1966 PERSIAN LANCER Doug Smith 8-7-08 Ryan Price 100/7
1965 MINTMASTER Joe Sime 4-7-09 Albert Cooper 13/2
1964 GREY OF FALLODEN Joe Mercer 5-9-06 Dick Hern 20/1
1963 UTRILLO Joe Sime 6-8-00 Ryan Price 100/8
1962 GOLDEN FIRE Flapper Yates 4-7-11 Doug Marks 25/1
1961 AVON’S PRIDE Eph Smith 4-7-11 Dick Hern 100/8
1960 ALCOVE Doug Smith 3-7-08 Jack Watts 100/30f
1959 COME TO DADDY Doug Smith 4-7-08 Wilfred Lyde 6/1f
1958 MORECAMBE Joe Sime 5-9-01 Sam Hall 15/2f
1957 SANDIACRE Doug Smith 5-7-08 Bill Dutton 100/8
1956 PRELONE Edward Hide 3-7-03 Bill Hide 20/1
1955 CURRY Paul Tulk 4-7-06 Sam Armstrong 100/6
1954 FRENCH DESIGN Doug Smith 7-8-03 George Todd 100/6
1953 CHANTRY Ken Gethin 4-8-04 Staff Ingham 4/1f
1952 FLUSH ROYAL Billy Nevett 7-8-13 Jack Fawcus 33/1
1951 THREE CHEERS Manny Mercer 3-7-08 Peter Thrale 17/2
1950 ABOVE BOARD Eph Smith 3-7-10 Cecil Boyd-Rochfort 18/1
1949 STRATHSPEY Eph Smith 4-7-11 Noel Cannon 25/1
1948 WOODBURN Edgar Britt 3-7-13 Charles Elsey 100/9
1947 WHITEWAY W Evans 3-7-12 William Pratt 100/8
1946 MONSIEUR L’AMIRAL Harry Wragg 5-8-05 Emile Charlier FR 33/1
1945 KERRY PIPER Edgar Britt 4-8-01 Sam Armstrong 25/1


● The inaugural running of the Cesarewitch took place in 1839 and was won by Cuiskeen.

● This prestigious handicap, run over two miles and two furlongs for three-year-olds and upwards, was sponsored for the first time in 1971 and has been backed by the Tote since 1978.

● Punters who backed Audrey in 1861 or Charley’s Mount in 1924 were rewarded by the longest-priced winners in the history of the race at 100/1. Those supporters of Private Audition in 1987 were not complaining either as the horse was returned at 50/1 (75/1 with the Tote) - the longest-priced winner since 1945.

● The shortest-priced winner came in 1859 when Artless was returned at 5/6, the only odds-on winner in the history of the race. Chantry at 4/1 in 1953 was the shortest-priced victor since 1945.

● Ryan Price and Ian Balding are the most successful trainers with three victories apiece since 1945. Price’s first was with Utrillo in 1963, followed by Persian Lancer three years later and Major Rose in 1968. Balding’s trio came courtesy of Centurion in 1978, Top Cees three years ago and Distant Prospect in 2001.

● If Mary Reveley or Martin Pipe is able to supply this year’s winner then they will draw level with Balding and Price. Reveley’s victories were with Old Red and Turnpole in 1995 and 1997 respectively, while Pipe struck last season with Miss Fara, having taken the race two years earlier with Heros Fatal.

● Doug Smith is the most successful jockey since 1945. He gained three victories in the 1950s through French Design (1954), Sandiacre (1957), and Come To Daddy (1959). He followed up with two more wins in the next decade with Alcove in 1960 and Persian Lancer six years later. He was also successful in 1939 on Cantatrice giving him a total of six wins.

● Gary Carter is the only current rider to have won more than once, partnering Private Audition in 1987 and Heros Fatal in 2000.

● Dermot Weld saddled the last Irish-trained winner, Vintage Crop in 1993, while the last French-trained winner, Monsieur L’Amiral, came from the yard of Emile Charlier in 1946.

● The largest post-war field was 38 in 1950, while the smallest was 11 in 1977 and 1979. The maximum field these days for safety reasons is 36 which is the number of horses that lined up last year.

● The last mare to win before Miss Fara last season was Double Dutch in 1989.

● The 1976 scorer John Cherry carried the highest weight of 9st 13lb to victory while Top Cees, successful in 1999, was the oldest winner at nine.

● Morecambe has the post-war record of the longest winning distance when scoring by 10 lengths in 1958, a margin which the 1998 winner Spirit Of Love got close to - when nine lengths clear.

● Horses nowadays do not contest the Autumn Double, the Tote Cesarewitch and Tote Cambridgeshire, but amazingly three horses in the nineteenth century not only participated in the two legs but won both races. The trio were Rosebery in 1876, Foxhall five seasons later and Plaisanterie in 1885.

● The last trainer to complete the double was Sam Darling in 1925. Sir Mark Prescott has landed
the Tote Cambridgeshire this season with Chivalry and has three leading Tote Cesarewitch contenders.

● No horse has ever been able to win the Tote Cesarewitch twice.


The gauntlet will be laid down to Tote Scoop6 punters tomorrow when six of the best from Newmarket provide the legs of the bet on a card that has never before been cracked by punters of the Tote's big Saturday bet.

A win fund rollover of £54,994 and bonus prize fund rollover of £195,002 start the pools off tomorrow.

"This is the fourth year in a row the Scoop6 has taken in six from Newmarket on Champions’ Day, but we've yet to find a Champion Scoop6 punter to land the spoils and clean-up at the meeting," said Tote spokesman Jeremy Scott.

"Any punter smart enough to crack the Champions’ Day card who manages to go capitalise on their success and land the bonus money next Saturday will be looking at a total Scoop6 windfall of around £350,000."

Saturday's Tote Scoop6 legs are:
Leg 1 - 1.40 Newmarket
Leg 2 - 2.10 Newmarket
Leg 3 - 2.50 Newmarket
Leg 4 - 3.25 Newmarket
Leg 5 - 4.00 Newmarket
Leg 6 - 4.40 Newmarket


Clerk of the course Michael Prosser announced a change in the going at 12.15pm.

It is now


with the firm places between the nine and ten and a half furlong markers.


The going for the second day of the Cesarewitch meeting remains


“We had the sharpest frost of this autumn last night and the temperature was barely above zero when I reached the course at 6am,” said clerk of the course Michael Prosser.

“We put four millimetres of water on the final five furlongs after racing last night and finished doing so at about 11pm, so I hope we have produced good, fast ground with no jar, as we had yesterday. It is a help that there is far less wind than there was 24 hours ago and it looks as if it will not be blowing in the horses’ faces.

“We started watering the far part of the track this morning, beginning at 10am at the mile and a half mark and working back towards the Cesarewitch start, so we shall not interfere with the racing today.

“I shall walk the course a couple of hours before racing and see if anything has altered.”



Although Lunar Exit had shaped well first time out at Kempton he was allowed to go off at 25-1 for the Prestige Maiden Stakes before coming with a late dash to win from two 33-1 shots in Hills Spitfire and Karamea.

But as far as his trainer Lady Herries is concerned, welcome though the win was, it would have been even better a couple of days earlier, as she explained.

“I wanted to sell his half sister by Docksider at the sales this week and hoped that he would have won before she went into the ring, which would have boosted her value.

“I had planned to run him at Leicester this week, but the ground was not suitable and so I had to wait until now. I am thrilled with what he did and delighted for the stud, but I just wish he had done it at Leicester.”

Some consolation for Lady Herries, though, with her news that the filly looks like being bought privately by Toby Balding.

She does not think that Lunar Exit will race again this year. “He wants a mile and a quarter and some cut in the ground, so I doubt if he will run again,” she said.

The jockeys had varying opinions of the going. Ian Mongan called it “good”; Ryan Moore said that it is “fast “ and Richard Hills described it as “good to firm.”

Race Two - Winning Quotes


Russian Ruby, whom trainer Neville Callaghan admits “has always worked better than she runs”, sprang a 14-1 surprise in the Wickens Nursery under a fine ride from 5lb claimer Dominic Fox.

Callaghan said: “Russian Ruby disappointed us after winning at Nottingham in July, but she has always threatened to do something better and she got it right today. She loved this fast ground and Dominic gave her a smashing ride.”

In a blanket finish Russian Ruby just got home to beat Bentley’s Ball and topweight Mac Love, with Jimmy Ryan, having been clear coming out of the Dip, fading into fourth.

Richard Hughes was delighted with Bentley’s Ball. He said:”This horse has done us proud this season and he never runs a bad race. That was some run and he really stuck his neck out and battled.”



Mick Channon was scratching his head after odds-on Mahmoom had just held the filly Nephetriti Way after making a lot of the running in the Heathavon Stud Houghton Conditions Stakes.

“I am wondering if he stayed,” he said. “I know he stayed in so far as he won the race, but I am not yet convinced that he really got the trip and the jury is certainly out as to whether he will get a mile. Ted (Durcan) thinks that he probably will, but I am not convinced yet.

“But I do think that he is a good colt and we have had all sorts of problems with him. Even at this stage of the season we have not had a clear run with him for this race, and it was after all only the third run of his life.

“He still is a big baby and maybe one day the penny will drop and he will appreciate what it is all about and what is supposed to happen in races.

“I trained his dam, Rohita, and she was very fast - a six-furlong filly, so maybe he will find a mile a bit too much for him. We shall have to wait until next year to find out.”

Fourth Race.The Bentinck Stakes Gr3
Winning Quotes


Richard Mullen, who won the valuable Tattersalls Sales race on Milly Waters here yesterday, is in a rich vein of form, and he was in the money again when landing the Group 3 Bentinck Stakes for Chris Wall on Ashdown Express.

Having seen Mullen swoop half-way up the hill to bring Ashdown Express home by half a length and a short head from Royal Millennium and Colonel Cotton, Wall, who was clocking up his 29th winner of the season, equalling his previous best, was full of praise for his jockey.

He said: “Richard is a young lad, and it is good to see a new face enjoying a bit of good fortune. He did not have the best of seasons last year, but he has bounced back well.”

Ashdown Express, who had belied odds of 50-1 when finishing fourth in the Diadem Stakes at Ascot, has done Wall proud, and the trainer will now give him a well-deserved holiday.

Wall said: “Ashdown Express relaxes more when he goes away - whenever he races at Newmarket he tends to get a bit edgy and he was on his toes again today, which caused me to wonder whether he had gone over the top.

“But he picked up nicely when Richard popped the question and won well. He has had a long season and has been on the go since the Craven meeting, but he has only twice finished out of the frame so he deserves his vacation.

“I am delighted we have equalled our best and now we will try and find one more winner - then the trainer can go on holiday !”


Willie Supple emerged with nothing worse that scrapes and grazes after his fall from Fayr Jag a furlong from home in the Bentinck Stakes.

Fayr Jag seemed to run into the heels of long time leader Stormont and also be struck by one of the horses behind him, as well as bouncing off another on his outside.

Supple was flung to the ground, but after examination by the racecourse doctor he was able to walk from the medical room to the jockeys’ changing room with no visible sign of injury other than a small cut on the bridge of his nose. “I’m OK,” he said.

There will be a stewards’ inquiry into the fall, but the course doctor told the stewards that Supple would be available to tell the panel about the incident after the next race, the Tote/Racing Post Ten To Follow Handicap.

Supple was replaced by Michael Hills on Uraib, but expects to be fit for tomorrow when his rides will include strongly fancied Ten Carat in the Tote Cesarewitch and Tashkil in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes.


Willie Supple was suspended for six days (October 29 through November 3) at the stewards’ inquiry into his fall from Fayr Jag in the Bentinck Stakes.

The stewards felt that he had impeded Halmahera when he switched to the rails and that this was an offence of careless riding, but that when Fayr Jag clipped heels with Stormont later that incident was accidental.

It has not been a couple of good days for Supple, as he was also suspended for two days (October 27 and 28) here yesterday.

He was not impressed with the decision. “They are supposed to be the professionals,” he said with reference to the panel.



The day did not start well for Amanda Perrett when Art Trader ran a temperature and could not run in the Heathavon Stud Houghton Conditions Stakes. They then got worse when Sun Of Speed, described by the trainer’s sister Lucinda as “the best ride in the yard”, had to be put down after falling at Brighton, but perked up considerably when Royal Storm finished with a dash to take the Tote/Racing Post Ten To Follow Handicap.

“It has been a mixed sort of a day,” said the trainer. “He has been very consistent and we certainly had the right jockey (Richard Hughes) on him.

“He has been having a weekly duel with Master Robbie and for once he came off best. It was a help that they were on opposite sides of the track so that Master Robbie could not see him (the pair were drawn 12 and 23 respectively), as then he might have beaten him again !” Master Robbie in fact finished sixth.

“I don’t know if he will run again this year, though there might be a race at Newbury for him at the end of next week. Gloria Cloran, whose family own him, is very keen on suggesting races and sends us faxes with suggestions; sometimes we have to tell her that we have had enough ideas for the week !”

Mrs. Perrett was relieved to hear that Willie Supple, who rides her Ten Carat in tomorrow’s Tote Cesarewitch, was none the worse for his earlier fall from Fayr Jag and is confident that he will be fit for tomorrow.

Sixth Race. The Littleport Premier Claiming Stakes
Winning Quotes


“It would be nice to think that we might emulate this feat in tomorrow’s Cesarewitch,” said Paul Cole after he had saddled a one-two in the claimer, Barman reeling in stablemate Scent Of Victory close home.

Barman, Frankie Dettori’s 93rd winner of the year, proved just too strong for his stable companion, though Steve Drowne, who rode the runner-up, felt that the result might have been different had he not been left in front when the leaders stopped, recommending that the Whatcombe trainer have him held up until the last moment next time.

Assessing his Tote Cesarewitch prospects, Cole said: “Archduke Ferdinand is drawn 10 and Random Harvest 30, and I wish they were the other way round.

“Both horses are in good form, but I would have to favour ‘Ferdinand’. He has had precious little luck all season, but ran really well in his last race and has come down to a reasonable handicap mark. He’ll also love the ground, which is perfect.

“Granted, the stats suggest that 10 is not the greatest of draws, but they might well come down the middle of the course, which would put a new complexion on the race.”

Seventh Race.
The Jim White “Faucets” A Lifetime In Racing Stakes


Jamie Spencer, nicknamed by some as “Jamie Come Lately” because of his fondness for a fast late swoop, got the timing spot on once again when bringing Beluga Bay (15-2) with a pulsating late challenge to touch off 25-1 shot Impeller by a head.

James Fanshawe, who trains Beluga Bay, said: “Jamie rode this fellow like he has been riding Frizzante, and, though he might give punters palpitations, I was always confident that he would get there.

“Beluga Bay was only a five-grand yearling and has proved a great fun horse for his syndicate of owners. That is the fourth race he has won.”

Fanshawe, celebrating his 45th winner, added:”We reached 50 last year, and the half-century is again the target. But we have enjoyed a great season and have cracked the £800,000 prize-money barrier, so I am more than happy.”



The Challenge Cup was very much one way traffic with 1-8 Seeking A Way making all the running and trouncing sole rival Bubbling Fun by 14 lengths.

“I know she is still a maiden after this, but it still counts as a winner,” said Frankie Dettori after his second success of the day, following Barman’s win in the claimer.

“That means I am now on 94 for the year, so that when I come back after three weeks away I shall need to do only a couple of visits to the all weather at Lingfield to get the 100.”


Trainer 1sts 2nds 3rds

James Fanshawe 2 - -
John Gosden 2 - -
Amanda Perrett 2 - -
Neville Callaghan 1 1 1
Mick Channon 1 1 1
Richard Hannon 1 1 1
Barry Hills 1 1 1
Chris Wall 1 1 1
Paul Cole 1 1 -
Mark Brisbourne 1 - -
Lady Herries 1 - -
John Quinn 1 - -
Ben Hanbury - 1 1
Pat Chamings - 1 -
Ed Dunlop - 1 -
Pat Gilligan - 1 -
Peter Harris - 1 -
Reg Hollinshead - 1 -
William Muir - 1 -
Jamie Osborne - 1 -
Marcus Tregoning - 1 -
John Dunlop - - 1
William Haggas - - 1
John Jenkins - - 1
Nick Littmoden - - 1
Martin Pipe - - 1
Kevin Ryan - - 1
Mark Tompkins - - 1
Geoff Wragg - - 1

Jockey 1sts 2nds 3rds
Richard Hughes 3 2 -
Frankie Dettori 2 1 -
Jamie Spencer 2 - 1
Richard Mullen 2 - -
Ted Durcan 1 1 -
Willie Supple ` 1 1 -
Brett Doyle 1 - -
Pat Eddery 1 - -
Dominic Fox 1 - -
Robert Winston 1 - -
Steve Drowne - 3 -
John Egan - 1 1
Richard Hills - 1 1
Seb Sanders - 1 1
Neil Callan - 1 -
Martin Dwyer - 1 -
Michael Hills - 1 -
Nicky Mackay - 1 -
Darryll Holland - - 2
Philip Robinson - - 2
Paul Hanagan - - 1
Sam Hitchcott - - 1
Lisa Jones - - 1
Fergal Lynch - - 1
Ryan Moore - - 1
Willie Ryan - - 1


Class D, £7,000 Added. For 2yo. Weights: colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 9lb, 1m. Penalty Values: 1st: £5,115.50; 2nd: £1,574; 3rd: £787; 4th: £393.50

1 LUNAR EXIT (Angmering Park Stud) Lady Herries 2-9-00 Brett Doyle [9] 25-1
2 HILLS SPITFIRE (Hills Garages (Woodford) Ltd) Peter Harris 2-9-00 Steve Drowne [6] 33-1
3 KARAMEA (Mrs S Egloff) John Dunlop 2-8-09 John Egan [4] 33-1
4 BUCKEYE WONDER (John Phillips) Michael Jarvis 2-9-00 Philip Robinson [19] 2-1fav
5 SLAVONIC (Khalid Abdulla) John Gosden 2-9-00 Richard Hughes [15]
6 ADMIRAL (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XI) Sir Michael Stoute 2-9-00 Jamie Spencer [17]
7 JUST TIM (D Walker) Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Ryan Moore [20]
8 GLENDALE (Mrs J Cornwell) Chris Dwyer 2-9-00 Paul Scallan [10]
9 GREY ADMIRAL (D Caslon) Andrew Balding 2-9-00 Martin Dwyer [12]
10 ROEHAMPTON (The Celle Syndicate Inc) Sir Michael Stoute 2-9-00 Pat Eddery [1]
11 WOODCRACKER (Sir Thomas Pilkington) Michael Bell 2-9-00 Ian Mongan [2]
12 THAMINAH (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 2-8-09 Richard Hills [5]
13 MA YAHAB (Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum) Luca Cumani 2-9-00 ShaneKelly [7]
14 CROCIERA (Roalco Ltd) Mark Tompkins 2-9-00 Michael Hills [21]
15 BEAUTIFUL NOISE (Bloomsbury Stud) Dave Morris 2-8-09 Ted Durcan [11]
16 ARGENTUM (Lady Herries & Friends) Lady Herries 2-9-00 Seb Sanders [16]
17 VIOLA DA BRACCIO (Dwayne Woods) Declan Daly 2-8-09 Michael Fenton [8]
18 LEVITATOR (Khalid Abdulla) Sir Michael Stoute 2-9-00 Jamie Mackay [18]
19 DESERT REIGN (Allen Pope) Alan Jarvis 2-9-00 Neil Callan [14]
20 CHAAYID (Kuwait Racing Syndicate 2002) John Dunlop 2-9-00 Gary Carter [3]

20 ran Non-runner: No 1 Abbeygate (vet’s certificate) Time: 1m 42.38s Distances: sh, nk, nk, hd, 1.75, sh, 1.25, 1.75, nk, sh, 0.5, nk, 0.5, 0.75, nk, nk, hd, 2.5, 7 Breeder: Angmering Park Stud Breeding: Exit To Nowhere - Moon Magic (Polish Precedent) Tote Win: £34.40 Places: £6.40; £7.50; £20.60 Exacta: £1116.90

Winning trainer:- Name: Herries, Lady Anne Elizabeth
Date of Birth 12/6/38 Date of first flat licence:1986 Previous Occupation: Held a NH permit Major wins include: French Derby (1995 Celtic Swing) Coronation Cup (1989 Sheriff's Star), Grand Prix de St Cloud (1989 Sheriff's Star), Aral Pokal (1994 River North), Racing Post Trophy (1994 Celtic Swing), King Edward VII (1988 Sheriff's Star), Great Voltigeur (1988 Sheriff's Star), Sagaro Stakes (1994 Safety in Numbers)
Wins in a season (1987-2002) :6:6:9:4:14:6:18:32:28:33:22:11:9:2:4
Horses in training (1988-2003):22:26:30:22:22:22:41:73:81:71:72:57:32:25:31:26 Wins This Year: 8 Trains at : Angmering Park, West Sussex

Winning jockey:-Name: Doyle, Brett.

Date of birth: 30/8/72
Apprenticeship: Four years with Clive Brittain.

First winner: Quiet Achiever (Pontefract 9/10/89)
Major wins include: Ayr Gold Cup (1991 Sarcita), Sussex Stakes (1995 Sayyedati)
Wins 2001-2002: 62; 11 Wins this year: 35


Class C, 6f, £10,000 added, two-year-olds Rated 0-95. Penalties: 7lb for a winner after October 4. Penalty values: 1st: £6,851.25; 2nd: £2,108; 3rd: £1,054; 4th: £527

1 RUSSIAN RUBY (Mrs P Reditt) Neville Callaghan 2-7-08 Dominic Fox (5) [4] 14-1
2 BENTLEY'S BALL (On Trak Partnership) Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Richard Hughes [10] 9-2
3 MAC LOVE (Helen Stokes & Graeme Love) Mick Channon 2-9-04 Sam Hitchcott (3) [5] 4-1fav
4 JIMMY RYAN (James Ryan) Tim McCarthy 2-8-09 Frankie Dettori [7]
5 DARK EMPRESS (Lady Marchwood) Ralph Beckett 2-9-04 Seb Sanders [3]
6 MISTER SAIF (Malih Basti) Richard Hannon 2-8-13 Ryan Moore [9]
7 ANOTHER CHOICE (A Goodman) Nick Littmoden 2-7-09 Lisa Jones (3) [11]
8 BRIGHT SUN (N Yong & Noodles Racing) William Jarvis 2-9-00 Martin Dwyer [8]
9 CAPE TRAFALGAR (White Mouse Racing) Jamie Osborne 2-8-11 Pat Eddery [6]
10 BAYLAW STAR (T C K Racing Partnership) John Balding 2-8-05 Jason Edmunds [13]
11 STEALTHELIMELIGHT (John Livock) Neville Callaghan 2-8-12 Steve Drowne [15]
12 LA PUCE (Wetherby Racing Bureau 52) Gay Kelleway 2-7-12 Jamie Mackay [14]
13 PICCLEYES (Paul Dixon) Richard Hannon 2-7-09 David Kinsella (3) [12]
14 LEAPING BRAVE (J Pickford) Rod Millman 2-8-03 Adrian McCarthy [1]
15 BARBILYRIFLE (Ben Arbib & G Fillery) Hughie Morrison 2-8-00 John Egan [2]

15 ran Time: 1m 14.64s Distances: 0.75, hd, 1, 0.75, 0.75, 1.5, 1.5, nk, 1, nk, 2.5, 1.25, 5, 13 Breeder: Templeton Stud & Rafael Figueroa Breeding: Vettori - Pink Sovietstaia (Soviet Star) Tote Win: £16.80 Places: £4.00; £2.20; £1.90 Exacta: £94.20

Winning Trainer: Name Callaghan, Neville Anthony Horses In Training (1971-2003): 22; 18; 31; 32; 33; 41; 46; 49; 57; 59; 45; 40; 43; 39; 20; 20; 43; 53; 46; 47; 45; 46; 34; 32; 31; 36; 34; 31; 30; 38; 41; 33; 32 Winners in a Season (2001-2002): 26; 35 First Winner: Blessed Beauty (Salisbury, August 13, 1970) Big Race Wins:Gimcrack Stakes (1978 Stanford), July Stakes (1986 Mansooj, 1988 Always Valiant), Diadem Stakes (1989 Chummy’s Favourite), Diomed Stakes (1990 Eton Lad), Lingfield Derby Trial (1991 Corrupt), Great Voltigeur Stakes (1991 Corrupt), Fillies’ Mile (1993 Fairy Heights), Phoenix Stakes (1995 Danehill Dancer), National Stakes (1995 Danehill Dancer), Greenham Stakes (1996 Danehill Dancer), Stewards’ Cup (1997 Danetime), Dante Stakes (2002 Magistretti) Big Race Wins Over Hurdles: Irish Champion Hurdle (1983 Royal Vulcan, 1993 Royal Derbi), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1983 Royal Vulcan), Bula Hurdle (1991 Royal Derbi) Wins This Year: 30

Winning jockey:-Name: Fox, Dominic Date of birth: October 4, 1980 Born: Reading Background: Son of former jockey Richard. Apprenticed to Patrick Haslam, having previously attended Newmarket Racing School and worked for Neville Callaghan and Alec Stewart. First Winner: Cyber Santa (Axminster Carpets Apprentice Handicap, November 13, 2001, Lingfield Park) First Treble: January 16, 2003, Southwell, Flying Treaty, Mai Tai and Maunby Roller Wins This Year: 28


£15,000 added, 7f, two-year-olds, which before August 18, have not run. Weights: colts and geldings: 8st 12lb; fillies: 8st 7lb. Penalties: after August 17, for each Class D race won 3lb, for each Class C race won 5lb, for each Class A or B race won 7lb (penalties cumulative). Penalty values: 1st: £9,467.40; 2nd: £3,359.40; 3rd: £1,679.70; 4th: £763.50

1 MAHMOOM (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Mick Channon 2-8-12 Ted Durcan [1] 4-6fav
2 NEPHETRITI WAY (Alexandra Chandris) Pat Chamings 2-8-10 Steve Drowne [4] 5-2
3 HUNTER'S VALLEY (J Shannon) Richard Hannon 2-8-07 Ryan Moore [2]

3 ran Non-runner: No 1 Art Trader Time: 1m 27.98s Distances: sh, 6 Breeder: Barry Taylor Breeding:Dr Fong - Rohita (Waajib)
Tote Win: £1.60 Exacta: £3.00

Winning trainer:-Name: Channon, Michael Roger Date of birth: 28/11/48 Date of first training licence: 1990 Previous occupation: International footballer, assistant trainer to John Baker and Ken Cunningham-Brown Wins in a season (1990-2002):16:22:27:41:74:71:56:40:71:72:90:67:123 Number of horses in training (1990-2003):20:35:45 :44:64:86:91:84:106:124:135:159:177:184 Major wins include: King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Nunthorpe Stakes (1994 Piccolo), Ballyogan Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Field Marshall Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Moet & Chandon Rennen (1996 Muchea), Molecomb Stakes (1998 Inya Lake), Gimcrack Stakes (1998 Josr Algharoud), Lowther Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl, 2001 Queen’s Logic), Mill Reef Stakes (1998 Golden Silca), Queen Mary Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl), Shadwell Stud Cheveley Park Stakes (1999 Seazun, 2001 Queen’s Logic), Coventry Stakes (2000 CD Europe), Ribblesdale Stakes (2000 Miletrian), Prix De La Salamandre (2000 Tobougg), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2000 Tobougg), Fred Darling Stakes (2002 Queen’s Logic), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2002 Mail The Desert), Maurice Lacroix-Trophy (2002 Checkit), Tote Trifecta Stakes (2002 Millennium Force, 2003 Master Robbie) Wins this year: 128

Winning jockey:-Name: Durcan, Thomas Edward (Ted) Born: February 25, 1973 Married: to Sue, who works for the Godolphin website Background: Apprenticed to Jack Berry, went to ride work for Paddy Rudkin in Dubai in 1997, having lost claim in England and believing that it would be impossible without the allowance. Wins 1997 to 2002: (15, -, 0, 23, 54, 58) Other details: Champion jockey in Dubai 1999 (58 wins from 280 rides), 2000 (56 wins), 2001 (56 wins) Big Race Wins include: Godolphin Mile (Conflict, Nad Al Sheba, March 25, 2000); Dubai Duty Free (Rhythm Band, Nad Al Sheba, March 25, 2000) Wins This Year: 24


Group Three, Class A, £40,000 guaranteed, 6f, three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 8lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 9lb. Penalties: in 2003, a winner of a Group 3 race 4lb, of a Group 2 race 6lb, of a Group 1 race 8lb. Penalty values: 1st: £23,200; 2nd: £8,800; 3rd: £4,400; 4th: £2,000; 5th: £1,000; 6th: £600

1 ASHDOWN EXPRESS (W Jackson) Chris Wall 4-8-12 Richard Mullen [6] 13-2
2 ROYAL MILLENNIUM (Jackie & George Smith) Mick Channon 5-8-12 Ted Durcan [1] 13-2
3 COLONEL COTTON (Jeremy Gompertz) Neville Callaghan 4-8-12 Willie Ryan [4] 25-1
4 THE TATLING (Dab Hand Racing) Milton Bradley 6-9-02 Ryan Moore [8]
5 COUNTRY REEL (Godolphin) Saeed Bin Suroor 3-8-11 Frankie Dettori [7]
6 VISION OF NIGHT (Hesmonds Stud) John Dunlop 7-8-12 Pat Eddery [10]
7 STORMONT (K & Mrs L Styles) Hugh Collingridge 3-9-03 Richard Hills [11]
8 POLAR WAY (Khalid Abdulla) Amanda Perrett 4-8-12 Richard Hughes [12] 100-30fav
9 ATAVUS (Stableside Racing Partnership II) George Margarson 6-8-12 Jamie Mackay [3]
10 RESPLENDENT CEE (Resplendent Racing Ltd) Peter Harris 4-8-12 Steve Drowne [5]
10 VANDERLIN (R & E H Investments Ltd) Andrew Balding 4-8-12 Martin Dwyer [2]
12 HALMAHERA (J Duddy & Mrs G Quinn) Kevin Ryan 8-8-12 Neil Callan [13]
13 BALTIC KING (Thurloe Thoroughbreds VIII) Hughie Morrison 3-8-11 Jamie Spencer [9]
UR FAYR JAG (Jonathan Gill) Tim Easterby 4-9-02 Willie Supple [14]

14 ran Time:1 m 13.18 s Distances: 0.5, sh, 0.5, 1.5, 1, 0.5, 0.75, 1.5, 1.25, dd ht, 5, 1.5 Breeder: R Hodgins Breeding: Ashkalani - Indian Express (Indian Ridge)
Tote Win: £7.60 Places: £2.60; £2.70; £5.90 Exacta: £47.20

Winning Trainer:- Name: Wall, Christian Frederick;
Date of Birth: January 10, 1959
Date of first trainers license: February 1, 1987. Previous career: Assistant trainer to Luca Cumani 1984-86 and to Sir Mark Prescott 1982-84
Wins in a season (1991-2002): 7:7:13:12:17:17:21:20:16:29:16: 20
Big Race Wins: Bentinck Stakes (2003 Ashdown Express) Wins This Year: 29

Winning Jockey: Mullen, Richard Peter Riding Weight:7-07 First Winner: Burnt Sienna, Windsor, 1995 Wins 2000-02: 47; 32; 21 Big Race Wins: Bentinck Stakes (2003 Ashdown Express) Wins This Year: 39


Class C, Showcase Handicap, 7f, £12,000 added, three-year-olds and upwards rated 0-100. Minimum weight: 7st 12lb. Penalties: a winner after October 4, 6lb. Penalty values: 1st: £8,645; 2nd: £2,660; 3rd: £1,330.16; 4th: £665

1 ROYAL STORM (The Cloran Family) Amanda Perrett 4-9-03 Richard Hughes
[12] 6-1fav
2 URAIB (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Ben Hanbury 3-8-07 Willie Supple [11] 25-1
3 UHOOMAGOO (Platinum Racing Club Ltd) Kevin Ryan 5-8-11 Fergal Lynch [8] 9-1
4 AVERSHAM (D Deer) Richard Hannon 3-9-05 Frankie Dettori [9] 16-1
5 IT'S OUR SECRET (Mrs M Barwell) Mark Tompkins 7-8-04 Philip Robinson [13]
6 MASTER ROBBIE (Alec Tuckerman) Mick Channon 4-9-08 Sam Hitchcott (3) [23]
7 GOLDEN DIXIE (Holistic Racing Ltd) Andrew Balding 4-8-13 Willie Ryan [5]
8 SATTAM (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 4-8-06 Richard Hills [15]
9 KAREEB (The Finos Partnership) Willie Musson 6-8-11 Richard Mullen [20]
10 DIGITAL (Bill Wightman) Mick Channon 6-9-09 Ted Durcan [16]
11 SIR EDWIN LANDSEER (Richard Green (Fine Paintings)) Paul Cole 3-9-00 Ryan Moore [2]
12 RIVA ROYALE (Tyrnest Ltd) Ian Wood 3-8-05 Lee Enstone (3) [10]
13 COMPTON ECLIPSE (Erik Penser) Gerard Butler 3-8-03 Martin Dwyer [22]
14 MARABAR (Prof C Green) John Akehurst 5-8-05 Tony Clark [6]
15 TARANAKI (Eric Evers) Peter Cundell 5-8-09 Steve Carson [14]
16 IDLE POWER (The Idle B’s) James Boyle 5-8-06 Steve Drowne [4]
17 SECRET PRIDE (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3-8-10 Pat Eddery [17]
18 SPENCERS WOOD (Four Seasons Racing Ltd) Peter Makin 6-9-10 Seb Sanders [21]
19 RAFFERTY (Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum) Clive Brittain 4-9-00 Brett Doyle [3]
20 STARBECK (Miss T FitzGerald) Phil McEntee 5-7-12 John Egan [18]
21 COMPTON DRAGON (John Connor) David Nicholls 4-9-04 Neil Callan [19]

21 ran Non-runner: No 4 Craiova (ground) and No 15 Persario (ground) Time: 1m 26.47s Distances: 1, 1.5, sh, 0.5, 0.5, 0.5, hd, 0.75, 2.5, 1, hd, 1, hd, 2, nk, 0.75, 1, 1, 1.75, 0.75 Breeder: E Campion Breeding: Royal Applause - Wakavi (Persian Bold) Tote Win: £7.40 Places: £2.10; £6.60; £2.20; £4.10 Exacta: £305.80

Winning Trainer:- Name: Perrett, Amanda Born: December 31, 1969 Married: July 2, 1995 Trains at: Coombelands Stables, Pulborough, West Sussex Riding Career: 54 wins under Rules, 40 point-to-point winners First Trainer’s Licence: 1996 First Group 1 Win: Prix du Moulin (2000 Indian Lodge) Other Big Race Wins: Prix de la Foret (2000 Indian Lodge); Oak Tree Stakes (2002 Desert Alchemy); Celebration Mile (2002 Tillerman) Winners 1996-02: 1; 8; 11; 18; 27; 37; 60 Horses in Training 2001-03: 99; 104; 100 Wins This Year: 48

Winning jockey:-Name: Hughes, Richard David. Date of birth: 11/1/73 Apprenticeship: With father, Dessie Hughes, in Ireland. Wins in Britain (1994-2002):19,68,62,33,55,95,102, 90, 126 Major wins include: French 1,000 Guineas (2002 Zenda), French Oaks (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Derby Italiano (1996 Bahamian Knight), King's Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Jersey Stakes (1995 Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince), Yorkshire Cup (1999 Churlish Charm); Duke Of York Stakes (1999 Sampower Star), Gran Premio d’Italia (1995 Posidonas), Cambridgeshire (1995 Cap Juluca), Stewards’ Cup (1995 Shikari’s Son, 1999 Harmonic Way, 2000 Tayseer), Victor Chandler European Free Handicap (2000 Cape Town, Jockey Club Cup (2000 Persian Punch), 2001 Clearing), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2001 King’s Ironbridge), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2000 Umistim, 2001 King’s Ironbridge), Lingfield Derby Trial (2001 Perfect Sunday), Prix D’Isphan (2001 Observatory), Celebration Mile (2002 Tillerman), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Middle Park Stakes (2003 Three Valleys) 1st Group One Success in Britain: July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream) Other details: Retained jockey to Khalid Abdulla Wins This Year: 119


Class D, £7,000 Added. For 3-5yo, each claimable at their advertised claiming price. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 9st 6lb; fillies 9st 1lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 13lb; fillies 9st 8lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 7lb. Allowances: for each £2,000 below the maximum advertised claiming price of £50,000 1lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £4,764.50; 2nd: £1,466; 3rd: £733; 4th: £366.50

1 BARMAN (Sir George Meyrick) Paul Cole 4-9-13 Frankie Dettori [3] 4-1co-fav
2 SCENT OF VICTORY (Ben & Martin Arbib & Paul Cole) Paul Cole 4-9-06 Steve Drowne [4] 4-1co-fav
3 MUMBLING (Beryl Lockey) Mark Tompkins 5-8-10 Philip Robinson [9] 9-2
4 BARRY ISLAND (K Mercer) David Elsworth 4-9-08 Richard Hughes [1]
5 CAP FERRAT (The Waney Racing Group Inc) Richard Hannon 3-8-07 Ryan Moore [2]
6 BELLESOEUR (Paul Howling) Paul Howling 3-7-09 Lisa Jones (3) [6]
7 COOLFORE JADE (Brian Moore) Mark Wallace 3-9-00 Ted Durcan [5]
8 DR JULIAN (R Buxton) Ann Stokell 3-8-05 Dominic Fox (5) [7]
9 FREEDOM NOW (John Hills) John Hills 5-9-03 Richard Hills [8] 4-1co-fav

9 ran Time: 2m 35.80s Distances: nk, 1.75, 9, 1.25, 0.5, 13, nk, 4 Breeder: Allez France Stables Breeding: Atticus - Blue Tip (Tip Moss) Tote Win: £4.30 Places: £1.80; £1.90; £2.10 Exacta: £15.00

Winning trainer:-Name Cole, Paul Frederick Irvine Date of birth: 11/9/41 Date of first licence: 1968 Previous Occupation: Assistant to Richmond Sturdy & George Todd Classic wins: (2) St Leger (1990 Snurge); Vodafone Derby (1991 Generous) Major wins include: Irish Derby (1991 Generous), Dewhurst Stakes (1990 Generous), Italian Derby (1987 Zaizoom, 1994 Time Star), King George VI and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1991 Generous), St Leger (1990 Snurge), Irish Oaks (1990 Knight's Baroness), Italian Oaks (1993 Bright Generation), Queen Mary Stakes (1996 Dance Parade), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1991 & 1992 Ruby Tiger), Premio Legnano (1993 Ruby Tiger), Coventry Stakes (1991 Dilum), Richmond Stakes (1991 Dilum), Grand Prix de Deauville (1993 Snurge), Irish St Leger (1990 Ibn Bey, 1995 Strategic Choice), Lincoln Handicap (1997 Kuala Lipis, 2000 John Ferneley, 2001 Nimello) Wins this year: 54
Wins in a season (1984-2002):61:54:64:55:43:51:53:73:86:67:69:77:74:60:64:76:51:56:61

Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco.Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, ItalyFirst winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) First Success: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986) Classic wins; (9) Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); Rothmans Royals St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia) Other major wins include: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami), Ascot Gold Cup (1992, 1993 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara), St James’s Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1996 Swain, 1997 Singspiel, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction; 1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium), Juddmonte International (1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel, 2001 Sakhee), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1998 Daylami),Yorkshire Oaks (1994 Only Royale), Middle Park Stakes (1996 Bahamian Bounty), Fillies’ Mile (1990 Shamshir, 1999 Teggiano, 2000 Crystal Music), Nunthorpe Stakes (1993 Lochsong, 1995 So Factual, 1998 Lochangel), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr); Haydock Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat); Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel); Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir, 2001 Noverre), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Prix du Jockey-Club (1992 Polytain), Prix Jean Prat (1998 Almutawakel), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir), Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr); Prix Maurice de Gheest (1999 Diktat); Irish Champion Stakes (1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera); Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara); Deutsches Derby (1991 Temporal), Predominate Stakes (2000 Roscius), Duke of York Stakes (2000 Lend A Hand), Yorkshire Cup (2000 Kayf Tara, 2003 Mamool), Lockinge Stakes (2000 Aljabr), Royal Lodge Stakes (2000 Atlantis Prince), Cheveley Park Stakes (2000 Regal Rose, 2003 Carry On Katie), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq), Sagaro Stakes (2002 Give Notice), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1999 Kayf Tara), Grosser Preis Von Baden (2002 Marienbard), Gimcrack Stakes (2002 Country Reel), Winter Hill Stakes (2002 Naheef) Wins This Year: 93


Class C, Rated Handicap, 1m, £12,000 added, three-year-olds and upwards rated 0-100. Minimum weight: 7st 12lb. Penalties: a winner after October 4, 5lb. Penalty values: 1st: £8,661.25; 2nd: £2,665; 3rd: £1,332.50; 4th: £666.25

1 BELUGA BAY (Beluga Bay Partnership) James Fanshawe 4-8-12 Jamie Spencer [9] 15-2
2 IMPELLER (D Clarke) William Muir 4-9-02 Martin Dwyer [6] 25-1
3 HURRICANE FLOYD (Lucayan Stud) Martin Pipe 5-9-06 Philip Robinson [16] 20-1
4 CALCUTTA (Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright) Barry Hills 7-10-03 Michael Hills[14] 12-1
5 CAMILLE PISSARRO (Richard Green (Fine Paintings)) Paul Cole 3-9-04 Ryan Moore [17]
6 MUCHEA (Mick Channon) Mick Channon 9-9-09 Sam Hitchcott (3) [4]
7 NASHAAB (M Lawrence) David Evans 6-9-08 Neil Callan [5]
8 KRUGERRAND (The Square Table II) Willie Musson 4-9-02 Pat Eddery [10]
9 FIVEOCLOCK EXPRESS (Arashan Ali) Chris Dwyer 3-8-09 Seb Sanders [3]
10 CHERISHED NUMBER (Joseph Leckie & Sons Ltd) Ian Semple 4-8-12 Derek McGaffin (3) [15]
11 DUKE OF MODENA (Bridget Swire) Toby Balding 6-9-10 Steve Carson [11]
12 SELF EVIDENT (Khalid Abdulla) Amanda Perrett 3-9-10 Richard Hughes [2]
13 FINISHED ARTICLE (The Caledonian Racing Society) David Elsworth 6-9-08 Frankie Dettori [8]
14 TOUR DE FORCE (The Six Pack) William Haggas 4-8-11 Steve Drowne [7]
15 PAGAN PRINCE (The Gap Partnership) James Toller 6-8-01 Lisa Jones (3) [1]
16 THE GAIKWAR (John Bodie) Amanda Perrett 4-9-00 Willie Supple [18]
17 HARB (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 3-9-07 Richard Hills [13]
18 BARKING MAD (Christopher Wright) Michael Bell 5-9-02 Ian Mongan [12]

18 ran Time: 1m 39.46s Distances: hd, 0.5, 0.5, sh, hd, 1.75, 3, 1.75, sh, nk, 0.5, sh, nk, 1, sh, hd, 0.75 Breeder: Red House Stud Breeding: Millkom - Bellyphax (Bellypha) Tote Win: £9.20 Places: £2.70; £7.70; £4.40; £2.80 Exacta: £462.00

Winning trainer:-Name: Fanshawe, James Robert Date of birth:6/8/62. Date of first licence:1990 Previous Occupation:Assistant to Michael Stoute and David Nicholson. Wins in a season (1990-2002):18:22:28:34:24:29:22:23:52:46:40:38:58 Number of horses in training (1990-2003): 32:51:78:71:82:76:62:59:58:65:98:87:84:110 Major wins include: Eclipse Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Dante Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Prix Kergorlay (1998 Arctic Owl), Jockey Club Stakes (1998 Arctic Owl), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Bonusprint Stakes (1999 Arctic Owl), Irish St Leger (2000 Arctic Owl), Fillies’ Mile (2002 Soviet Song), Royal Hunt Cup (2003 Macadamia), Falmouth Stakes (2003 Macadamia) Trains at Pegasus Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Other details: National Hunt successes include Champion Hurdle (1992 Royal Gait and 2002 Hors La Loi III) Wins this season: 45

Winning jockey:-Name: Spencer, James (Jamie) Peter Date of Birth: 08/06/1980 Major wins include: Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer), Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Scottish Classic (2000 Endless Hall), Hungerford Stakes (2000 Arkadian Hero), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah), Coventry Stakes (2001 Landseer), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2002 Pizarro), Jockey Club Stakes (2002 Marienbard), Lonsdale Stakes (2002 Boreas), Vintage Stakes (2002 Dublin), Falmouth Stakes (2003 Macadamia) Wins (1998-2002): 3,8,78,112,86 Wins this season: 93 Other details: Has also ridden over hurdles. Champion apprentice in Ireland 1999


Class G, For 2yo the property of Members of the Jockey Club or Jockey Club Rooms. Weights: colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 9lb, 7f.

1 SEEKING A WAY (George Strawbridge) John Gosden 2-8-09 Frankie Dettori [1] 1-8fav
2 BUBBLING FUN (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop 2-8-09 Richard Hughes [3] 5-1

2 ran Non-runner: No 1 Innocent Rebel (vet’s certificate) Time: 1m 30.09s Distances: 14 Breeder: George Strawbridge Jnr Breeding: Seeking The Gold - Seattle Way (Seattle Slew)
Tote Win: £1.10

Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born:Hove, 30/3/51 Classic Winners: (3) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Vodafone Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), St Leger (1996 Shantou),
Wins in a season (1989-2002):28:87:86:113:110:93:86:75:91:77:74:82:55:85 Other major wins include: French 1,000 Guineas (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), 2000 Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 1997 Shantou), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Challenge Stakes (1993 Catrail), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), Hungerford Stakes (1994 Pollen Count - dh with Young Ern), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (1995 Presenting), Prix de l’Abbaye (1991Keen Hunter), Grosser Preis Von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Gran Premio di Milano (1997 Shantou), Prix Lupin (1995 Flemensfirth), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix de la Salamandre (1995 Lord Of Men), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan), Theo Fennell Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory), Victor Chandler European Free Handicap (2001 Clearing), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), Royal Lodge Stakes (1996 Benny The Dip, 2002 Al Jadeed), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream) Trains at Manton, Marlborough Wiltshire. Previously at Newmarket Wins this season: 67

Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco.Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, ItalyFirst winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) First Success: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986) Classic wins; (9) Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); Rothmans Royals St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia) Other major wins include: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami), Ascot Gold Cup (1992, 1993 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara), St James’s Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1996 Swain, 1997 Singspiel, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction; 1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium), Juddmonte International (1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel, 2001 Sakhee), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1998 Daylami),Yorkshire Oaks (1994 Only Royale), Middle Park Stakes (1996 Bahamian Bounty), Fillies’ Mile (1990 Shamshir, 1999 Teggiano, 2000 Crystal Music), Nunthorpe Stakes (1993 Lochsong, 1995 So Factual, 1998 Lochangel), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr); Haydock Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat); Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel); Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir, 2001 Noverre), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Prix du Jockey-Club (1992 Polytain), Prix Jean Prat (1998 Almutawakel), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir), Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr); Prix Maurice de Gheest (1999 Diktat); Irish Champion Stakes (1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera); Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara); Deutsches Derby (1991 Temporal), Predominate Stakes (2000 Roscius), Duke of York Stakes (2000 Lend A Hand), Yorkshire Cup (2000 Kayf Tara, 2003 Mamool), Lockinge Stakes (2000 Aljabr), Royal Lodge Stakes (2000 Atlantis Prince), Cheveley Park Stakes (2000 Regal Rose, 2003 Carry On Katie), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq), Sagaro Stakes (2002 Give Notice), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1999 Kayf Tara), Grosser Preis Von Baden (2002 Marienbard), Gimcrack Stakes (2002 Country Reel), Winter Hill Stakes (2002 Naheef) Wins This Year: 94


The richest competition in the history of racing was launched today with the news that the pool for the Tote/Racing Post Ten To Follow for the 2003/04 National Hunt season will be guaranteed at a minimum of £1 million (before deduction). Announcing the move at Newmarket racecourse, Tote Chairman Peter Jones and Racing Post Editor Chris Smith expressed their excitement at achieving this historic milestone.

"Racing needs positive headlines and a £1m Tote Ten To Follow gives us all something to shout about," said Jones. "I'm proud to be able to announce this new milestone in the history of racing's favourite competition and I hope that with prize money like that, even more people will be tempted to have a go."

Chris Smith added "We are delighted to be an integral part of what is racing's biggest and best ever competition. Someone, almost certainly a Racing Post reader, is going to win around half a million pounds for a £10 stake on a bet that lasts for a whole season."

Channel 4 betting guru John McCririck, on hand to help launch the competition, was also very supportive of the new move. He said: "With levels of prize money like this, everybody should be getting stuck in - for the sake of a tenner it would be daft not to have a go!"

This season, even more people than before are expected to make use of the speed and ease of entering via the internet at www.totetentofollow.co.uk with entries being accepted on this site right up until midnight on the closing date.

Entrants to the Tote/Racing Post Ten To Follow will be asked to make their selections from a list of 500 horses in 2003/04 and the competition will still cost just £10 to enter. The competition closes on 12th November and qualifying races start just 2 days later, in time for the meetings at Cheltenham and Newcastle on 14th November. Last season's pool was £766,340 and the winner, record producer Nick Fleming, picked up a cool £361,965.


Aintree Racecourse is busy preparing for the opening fixture of the new jump racing season on Sunday, October 26, when the card will be sponsored by George Ward's Grunwick Group.

The problems encountered at many jump racing tracks with the recent dry weather is not expected to cause problems at Aintree where ground conditions are reported to be perfect. On the Mildmay and Hurdle courses, that have not been raced on since the May evening fixture, the going is currently Good, watering as necessary.

Andrew Tulloch, Clerk of the Course, said: "As is our stated policy, our aim is to provide ground no faster than Good for all our meetings including next Sunday. We are monitoring the weather conditions closely and will water as necessary to give us ideal jumping ground that we believe will satisfy the majority of trainers. We received 79mm of rainfall in September and so far this month we have had 23mm. The forecast for the week leading up to racing is for a dry weekend with the possibility of rain early in the week."

The first race is 1.45pm with gates opening at 11.00am.


Henrietta Knight revealed that Foly Pleasant is set to line up again for the £110,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 15, 2003.

The chaser has finished in the first four in each of the last two runnings, being the three-length runner-up to Shooting Light in 2001 and then coming fourth to Cyfor Malta last season.

"I expect Foly Pleasant will run in the Paddy Power Gold Cup - he usually does!" said the Wantage trainer.

Since lining up for the Paddy Power Gold Cup two years ago on his first visit to Prestbury Park, Foly Pleasant has competed a further six times at Cheltenham, winning the Ladbroke Trophy Handicap Chase in January, 2002, and being in the frame on three other occasions.

These fine efforts mean that the nine-year-old is quite high in the weights and his handler believes that it may require some respite from the handicapper before he can enter the winner's enclosure again.

"I think Foly Pleasant is on a mark of 157 now and, although he's done as well as ever over the summer, he's not very well handicapped," opined Knight. "That's the trouble with him - I don't believe that he can win off the mark that he's on at the moment as I think it's about half a stone too high."

Foly Pleasant's victory in the Ladbroke Trophy Handicap Chase came on heavy ground.

Knight said: "Foly Pleasant likes a little bit of cut but not too much. He likes Cheltenham and he likes going left-handed."

The nine-year-old is likely to be the handler's sole representative in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, although this may not be the case if husband and assistant-trainer Terry Biddlecombe were to get his way.

"I don't think we really have any others for the Paddy Power at the moment as we haven't got many handicappers. Terry says we ought to have many more!" added Knight.

The Paddy Power Gold Cup is the highlight of The Open, 2003, which runs over three days at Cheltenham from Friday, November 14, to Sunday, November 16 inclusive.

There are discounts for racegoers up to November 7. Admission costs for the Saturday are Club £25 (£20 if booked by November 7), Tattersalls £18 (£15 is booked by November 7) and Courage Enclosure £7.

For the Friday and Sunday, admission costs are Club and Tattersalls combined £18 (£15 if booked in advance) Courage Enclosure £5.


The previous record price for a yearling at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Part 2 was broken on no less than three separate occasions on the second day of the sale whilst the average of 11,077 guineas and median of 7,000 guineas were also new records for a session at the sale.

The previous record of 47,000 guineas, set at last year's Autumn Yearling Sale was initially broken when a MISTER BAILEYS colt was sold for 50,000 guineas, but the new record price stood for only six lots before a ROYAL APPLAUSE filly raised the bar to 56,000 guineas. The 47,000 guineas mark was again broken by a NAMID colt who made 50,000 guineas to top the evening session. Trade on the second day saw 107 yearlings sold for a total of 1,185,300 guineas, taking the two day total to 2,529,200 guineas, comfortably exceeding last year's record turnover with a full day to go.

The top priced lot for the day came near the end of the morning session when local agent Penny Barnes outbid Johnny McKeever to secure the bay filly by ROYAL APPLAUSE out of the SILVER HAWK mare ARGENT DU BOIS for 56,000 guineas. The filly is an own sister to TICKER TAPE, who only three hours later started favourite and finished second in the £100,000 Tattersalls Autumn Auction Stakes at Newmarket. Barnes, who purchased a PIVOTAL colt yesterday for 40,000 guineas on behalf of Hesmonds Stud, was acting on behalf of the same interests when signing for the Car Colston Hall Stud consigned filly. The sale proved yet another triumph for the Royal Studs based ROYAL APPLAUSE who is enjoying great success both on the racetrack and in the sale ring this year.

The equal second highest price for the day was the 50,000 guineas paid for the filly by MISTER BAILEYS out of the Listed placed BRIEF TRUCE mare ANNAPURNA. Consigned from Kevin and Susan Mercer's Usk Valley Stud, the filly saw initial interest from Blandford Bloodstock's Tom Goff, but it was Newmarket trainer Michael Bell who proved triumphant with the then record breaking bid of 50,000 guineas. It has been a successful two weeks at Tattersalls for the Mercer's whose three yearlings at the Houghton Yearling Sale realised 860,000 guineas and included the CADEAUX GENEREUX filly out of KHUBZA, who at 500,000 guineas, was the equal fifth highest priced filly in Europe this year.

Following racing at Newmarket, the evening session continued in strong fashion with the NAMID colt out of the MARJU mare BLINDING MISSION headlining proceedings at 50,000 guineas. There was initial interest from bloodstock agents David Redvers and Johnny McKeever for the colt consigned from Bruce McAllister's Chippenham Lodge Stud, before Kern Lillingston's Alistair Donald secured him on behalf of owner Derek Higgins who purchased his first horse in training at the Tattersalls Breeze Up Sale in April this year. Higgins' first venture has already proved successful with the WOODMAN colt from the Breeze Up, named OLIHIDER, already a winner for trainer Michael Bell. The colt is also set to join Bell at his Newmarket based Fitzroy Stables.

Part 2 of the October Yearling Sale continued at 10am today.

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