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Saturday, October 18, 2003

CHAMPIONS’ DAY 2003
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
NEWMARKET, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18

FIFTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
EMIRATES AIRLINE CHAMPION STAKES (GROUP 1)

RAKTI IS CHAMPION FOR JARVIS

Newmarket’s longest-serving trainer Michael Jarvis landed the town’s richest race when Rakti, having only his third start of the year, landed the £400,000 Group 1 Emirates Airline Champion Stakes by two lengths from Carnival Dancer.


“He’s been working unbelievably,” said Jarvis, who has trained in Newmarket since 1968. “We don’t time our horses at home but he has been finishing seven-furlong gallops like a top sprinter. He’d be pretty high up among the best horses I have trained.


“He had a small crack in his left hind fetlock after running Ascot and was in his box for four weeks. But as a result he had a nice break and was probably one of the freshest horses in the race. It’s very satisfying to come back after a quite serious injury like that.


“He refused to go into the stalls in this race last year although I didn’t have him then and we did have problems in Rome earlier in the year. But he’s spent a lot of time with Yarmy (Steve Dyble) sorting him out and the horse recognises Yarmy’s voice from 30 yards away.


“We have had an invitation to the Japan Cup but I think a mile and a half would be stretching him and I hope to take him to Hong Kong. I haven’t spoken to (owner) Mr Tanaka but I hope he’ll be back next year as there’s very little mileage on the clock.”

Owner Gary Tanaka, 60, was born in Idaho but moved to Britain from San Francisco in the 1980s and now lives near Kingston-Upon-Thames. He buys proven horses in training rather than yearlings and his colours have been carried by the likes of User Friendly, Hightori, Docksider, Corrupt, Bluegrass Prince, Blues Traveller Keltos and Milk It Mick’s sire Millkom.


“We’ve been lucky to have found some good milers like Keltos and Docksider but this is great,” said Tanaka. “I bought this horse before his Italian Derby success last year and,despite winning that race over a mile and a half,his best distance is a mile and a quarter.


“As Falbrav has shown this year, with these Italian horses you are not taken seriously unless you win a Group 1 race outside Italy. He might now go to Rome and then on to Hong Kong and at the moment the plan is to keep him in training next year.”

Winning rider Philip Robinson said: “My personal opinion is that he might be the best miler in the world, it’s very rare that you travel that well in a race like that. I was a bit worried beforehand that there wouldn’t be enough pace - but it was just enough to settle him as he is very strong - he’s a very good horse - a machine. He is as good as gold in the stalls now - Yarmy has done a wonderful job.”

Carnival Dancer belied his 33/1 odds to finish second and will now retire to to his owner’s Cheveley Park Stud. “He’s run a blinder and we’ve always said he’s had a lot of ability,” said Chris Richardson, the stud’s managing director.


“The change of scenery has really worked this year and I couldn’t compliment Amanda and Mark Perrett and their team enough for what they’ve achieved with him.”

Speaking about Russian Rhythm, Richardson added: “The filly didn’t find much when Kieren Fallon pressed the button, there was not a lot there. Maybe we went to the well once too often this year.”


LOSING QUOTES RACE FIVE
EMIRATES AIRLINE CHAMPION STAKES

DISAPPOINTMENT

Marcus Tregoning on Nayef: “I had feared before the race that it might have been one too many at the end of a long hard season.He has been in action since January and maybe it was just one too many for him.


“There were no excuses as the race was run; Richard (Hills) said that nothing went wrong in the race apart from the fact that he couldn’t go fast enough.


“But he has done it all before and has been a wonderful horse for us all to have.”

Sir Michael Stoute on Russian Rhythm: “She ran as if she didn’t get the trip, but you so often can’t tell with fillies at this time of the year, and I think in any case that she was beaten too far out for her not to have stayed. It wasn’t as if she only just did not do so.

“I don’t know about her racing future. It has always been the plan that we shall talk about her staying in training next year after she had run in this race.”

John Oxx on Alamshar: “Johnny (Murtagh) said that he slipped leaving the stalls and that he was never really happy with him. He was also leaning out to his right again, as he had done at Leopardstown, and it seems that contrary to what I had thought, that he was feeling the firm ground. We decided to make the running because it looked as if there was going to be no pace on if we didn’t.


“He has been on the go all year without a break and that makes it tough for a three-year-old when you get to this stage of the season, but he has done us proud. C’est la vie.”

FIFTH RACE RESULT

4.00pm EMIRATES AIRLINE CHAMPION STAKES

Class A, Group One, £400,000 guaranteed. For 3yo+, 1m 2f. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 8lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 13lb Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £232,000; 2nd: £88,000; 3rd: £44,000; 4th: £20,000; 5th: £10,000; 6th: £6,000

1 RAKTI (Gary Tanaka) Michael Jarvis 4-9-02 Philip Robinson [3] 11-1
2 CARNIVAL DANCER (Cheveley Park Stud) Amanda Perrett 5-9-02 Darryll Holland [10] 33-1
3 INDIAN CREEK (Seymour Cohn) David Elsworth 5-9-02 Dane O'Neill [11] 25-1
4 IMPERIAL DANCER (Imperial Racing) Mick Channon 5-9-02 Ted Durcan [4]
5 RUSSIAN RHYTHM (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-08 Kieren Fallon [7]
6 ALAMSHAR (H H Aga Khan) John Oxx IRE 3-8-11 Johnny Murtagh [1] 9-4fav
7 KAIETEUR (Susan McCarthy) Brian Meehan 4-9-02 Pat Eddery [6]
8 NAYEF (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 5-9-02 Richard Hills [12]
9 MIDDLEMARCH (Robert Sangster,Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-8-11 Mick Kinane [2]
10 DANO-MAST (Stald Composit) Flemming Poulsen DEN 7-9-02 Jamie Spencer [9]
11 INDIAN HAVEN (Peter Gleeson,Julian Smith,Loz Conway) Paul D'Arcy 3-8-11John Egan [5]
12 VESPONE (Godolphin) Saeed Bin Suroor 3-8-11 Frankie Dettori [8]

12 ran Non-runner: No 7 Nysaean (ground)
Time: 2m 3.34s Dist: 2, 1.5, 0.75, 2, 0.5, sh, 2.5, hd, sh, 7, 9
Breeder: Azienda Agricola Rosati Colarieti Breeding: Polish Precedent - Ragera (Rainbow Quest)
Tote Win: £13.10 Places: £2.60; £6.60; £4.40 Exacta: £498.00

Winning trainer:-Name: Jarvis, Michael Andrew Born: Lewes, 14/8/1938 Date of first licence: 1968 Previous Occupation: Son of jump jockey Andrew Jarvis, worked for Bob Turnell and Ryan Price, rode 3 winners as National Hunt jockey, head lad to Towser Gosden for 6 years, head lad to Gordon Smyth for 2 years, private trainer to David Robinson for 8 years.Wins in a season (1991-2002): 24:28:21:15:18:20:17:19:35:38:56:55 Number of horses in training (1991-2003): 59: 46: 39: 39: 43: 36: 45: 66: 61:73:95:106:103 British Classic Wins: Sagitta 1,000 Guineas (2001 Ameerat) Major wins include: French Derby (2000 Holding Court), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1989 Carroll House), Italian Derby (1989 Prorutori, 2001 Morshdi), Premio Parioli (1984 Southern Arrow), 1989 Italian St Leger (Sierra Star), July Cup (1968 So Blessed, 1969 Tudor Music), Nunthorpe Stakes (1968 Flying Legs, 1973 Bitty Girl), Haydock Sprint Cup (1969 Tudor Music, 1971 Green God, 1984 Petong), Racing Post Trophy (1980 Beldale Flutter), Juddmonte International (1981 Beldale Flutter), Coronation Cup (1982 Easter Sun), Premio Presidente Della Repubblica (1985 Bob Back, 2003 Rakti); Champion Stakes (2003 Rakti) Trains at: Kremlin House, Newmarket, Suffolk Wins this season: 53

Winning jockey:-Name: Robinson, Philip Peter. Born: 10/1/61 in Newmarket Apprenticeship: With father, Peter Robinson. First winner: Busting (Yarmouth, June 14, 1978) Classic wins: (6) Sagitta 1,000 Guineas (1984 Pebbles; 2001 Ameerat); St Leger (1993 Bob's Return); German 1,000 Guineas (2000 Crimplene), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2000 Crimplene), French Derby (2000 Holding Court) Other major wins include: Coronation Stakes (1984 Katies, 2000 Crimplene); Nassau Stakes (2000 Crimplene) Great Voltigeur Stakes (1993 Bob’s Return); Premio Presidente della Repubblica (2003 Rakti), Coronation Cup (2003 Warrsan); Champion Stakes (2003 Rakti) Wins (1992-2002): 52,52,50,41,31,0,28,53,57,47,55 Other details: Rode in Hong Kong 1989-91 (leading rider 1989 and 1990) and returned in 1997 Wins This Year: 63



EMIRATES AIRLINE CHAMPION STAKES FOR THE PREVIOUS THREE YEARS


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.

EMIRATES AIRLINE CHAMPION STAKES WINNERS

Year Horse Jockey Age/Wgt Trainer SP
2003 RAKTI Philip Robinson 4-9-02 Michael Jarvis 11/1
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

WINNING QUOTES RACE FOUR
DARLEY DEWHURST STAKES

“I HAVEN’T CRIED FOR YEARS”

Jamie Osborne was in tears for the first time for ages after Milk It Mick, whom he trains for owner-breeders Paul and Yvette Dixon, had produced a 33-1 surprise to land the Darley Dewhurst Stakes, giving the trainer his first Group 1 success at the first such attempt only 16 days after he had provided Osborne with his first Group winner.


“I am in tears and I haven’t cried since I won the John Durkan race at Ascot about five years ago,” said Osborne after Darryll Holland had got Milk It Mick home by a head from favourite Three Valleys and get a 16-1 quote for next year’s 2,000 Guineas.


“Bloody hell,” was the trainer’s reaction to that news. “I had been thinking more of the Italian Guineas until now, but really I just don’t know what to make of it all.


“He has improved an awful lot in his last two runs, winning the Group 111 here last time and now this, and I am sure it is all to do with the change of tactics.


“Because he is out of a five furlong mare we thought that we ought to use his speed and let him run, but when he ran here last time we decided to drop him in and come late.


“That worked well then so we obviously tried the same tactics again today, but in all honesty before the race I thought that the best we would manage if everything went as well as it could for us would to get a black type place with him.


“It is a fantastic result for all of us at the yard. This is the end of our fourth season and only now are things beginning to work the way we want them to. My head lad Rod Thomas was with Peter Walwyn for 25 years before he came to me. He has probably had a pretty tough time over these four years, but it really has all come together now.


“Paul Dixon is a great supporter of racing. He has too many horses in training -- about 50 and ten of them with me -- and last year this was one of the first horses he wanted to sell from his Haygarth Stud near Retford.


“He didn’t have a pedigree but he looked like a racehorse and we weren’t going to let him go for nothing, so we bought him back for 14,000gns.”

Milk It Mick has a full brother due through the ring at Doncaster next week, and it is unlikely that he will sell for anything like as little as that.



RACE FOUR - GROUP ONE DARLEY DEWHURST STAKES
WINNING JOCKEY

HOLLAND AND DIXON DELIGHTED

Milk It Mick became the third two-year-old to win the Darley Dewhurst Stakes after capturing the Group Three Somerville Tattersalls Stakes at the Cambridgeshire Meeting at Newmarket at the beginning of this month. The others were Grand Lodge (1993) and Wind And Wuthering (1981).


Darryll Holland was not sure he had won on the 33/1 chance. He said: “I just had my head down and Three Valleys was at my girth - I just kept on pushing.


“Jamie (Osborne) said ride him cold - he will come home real good. He really picked up - it was a great Dewhurst. I only got the ride yesterday as Lucky Story came out - what a ride to get - fantastic.”

The owner Paul Dixon said: “We bred him ourselves and bought him back for 14,000 guineas. He just keeps improving, bless him.


“That is his 12th run of the year - it is amazing. I enjoy racing full stop - whether it is a seller or a Group One. Today, what can I say. I would have been very happy to finish in the first four and to actually win is a dream come true.


“I did shout very loudly and probably jumped four feet when he passed the line. They think the second is an exceptional horses - Mick must be even more exceptional.”

NO EXCUSES FOR VALLEYS

Trainer Roger Charlton could offer no excuses for Three Valleys after the 11/4 favourite went down by a head to the 33/1 shock Darley Dewhurst Stakes winner Milk It Mick.


“It looked like we were going to win,” said Charlton. “And when he got headed he ran on again - it was not as if he was not getting the trip. Perhaps we were outstalked.


“Funnily enough John Francome said this morning that Milk It Mick might be the one and I agreed - full credit to Jamie Osborne.”

Haafhd almost halved in price after strong support this morning from 12/1 to 7/1 and his trainer Barry Hills felt the race was not run to suit the Alhaarth colt, who finished a length and a quarter further back in third.


“They didn’t seem to go very fast early on and in hindsight we maybe should have made more use of him - he was waiting a long time to get a run,” said Hills.

“But it’s always easy after the event and he ran very well. He’ll get a mile no problem next year.”



FOURTH RACE RESULT

3.25pm DARLEY DEWHURST STAKES
Class A, Group One, £245,000 guaranteed. For 2yo, 7f. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £142,100; 2nd: £53,900; 3rd: £26,950; 4th: £12,250; 5th: £6,125; 6th: £3,675

1 MILK IT MICK (Paul Dixon) Jamie Osborne 2-9-00 Darryll Holland [11] 33-1
2 THREE VALLEYS (Khalid Abdulla) Roger Charlton 2-9-00 Richard Hughes [12] 11-4fav
3 HAAFHD (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 2-9-00 Richard Hills [6] 7-1
4 BACHELOR DUKE (Duke Of Devonshire) James Toller 2-9-00 Seb Sanders [4]
5 TROUBADOUR (Robert Sangster & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-9-00 Jamie Spencer [7]
6 IMPERIAL STRIDE (Saeed Suhail) Sir Michael Stoute 2-9-00 Kieren Fallon [3]
7 BALMONT (Sanford Robertson) Jeremy Noseda 2-9-00 Pat Eddery [10]
8 CAPE FEAR (Kennett Valley Thoroughbreds II) Brian Meehan 2-9-00 Pat Smullen [5]
9 SNOW RIDGE (Exors of the Late Lord Weinstock) Marcus Tregoning 2-9-00 Martin Dwyer [8]
10 DUKE OF VENICE (Sheikh Mohammed) Mark Johnston 2-9-00 Frankie Dettori [9]
11 ANTONIUS PIUS (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-9-00 Mick Kinane [1]
12 TASHKIL (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 2-9-00 Willie Supple [2]

12 ran
Time: 1m 25.22s Dist: hd, 1.25, hd, 0.5, nk, nk, 1, nk, 1.75, 0.5, 3
Breeder: Yvette Dixon Breeding: Millkom - Lunar Music (Komaite)
Tote Win: £21.40 Places: £3.50; £1.90; £2.60 Exacta: £140.70

Winning trainer:-Name: Osborne, Jamie Background: Former professional jump jockey Big Race Wins Include: Irony (2001 Windsor Castle Stakes), Milk It Mick (2003 Somerville Tattersall Stakes), Milk It Mick (2003 Dewhurst Stakes) Wins 2001-2003: 31; 48; 65 Horses in training (2002): 57 Wins in 2003: 45

Winning jockey:-Name: Holland, Darryll Paul. Date of birth: 14/6/72 Apprenticeship: With Barry Hills. First winner: Sinclair Boy (Warwick 7/5/90) Major wins include: Coral-Eclipse (1999 Compton Admiral, 2003 Falbrav), Yorkshire Oaks (1997 My Emma), Rockfel Stakes (1992 Yawl), Select Stakes (1992 Knifebox), Cheshire Oaks (1998 High And Low, 2001 Rockerlong), Goodwood Cup (1998 Double Trigger), Doncaster Cup (1998 Double Trigger), Gordon Richards Stakes (2001 Island House), Ormonde Stakes (2001 St Expedit), Greenham Stakes (2002 Redback), Italian 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), German 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), Victor Chandler Lupe Stakes (2002 Mellow Park), Darley July Cup (2002 Continent), September Stakes (2002 Asian Heights), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2003 Falbrav),Milk It Mick (2003 Dewhurst Stakes) Wins(1990-2002):30,79,68,68,55,71,30,104,128,74,78,105,113 Wins This Year: 158


DARLEY DEWHURST STAKES
IN THE PREVIOUS THREE YEARS

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.



DARLEY DEWHURST STAKES WINNERS

Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP
2003 MILK IT MICK Darryll Holland Jamie Osborne 33/1
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
1987 ABANDONED
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



THIRD RACE WINNING QUOTES
TOTE CESAREWITCH

LIGHT LANDS BIG FLAT PRIZE FOR HENDERSON AS EDDERY BREAKS
HIS CES DUCK

The 11-times champion jockey Pat Eddery, who retires at the end of this season, finally gained a first Tote Cesarewitch victory aboard Landing Light, giving jump trainer Nicky Henderson his biggest success on the Flat.


Henderson trains at the Seven Barrows yard formerly occupied by Peter Walwyn for whom Eddery was stable jockey for many years.


“I didn’t have to give Pat many instructions, the man is a legend,” said Henderson. “I think Pat probably rode more horses from Seven Barrows than Mick Fitzgerald has so I didn’t need to tell him what to do. It’s wonderful for Pat to go out like this.


“We decided to run the horse at York in the spring on the Flat when he seemed to be getting a bit tired of jumping - it was just an idea. He then got a 9lb penalty in the Ascot Stakes but still ran a great race before ending up drawn very high in the Northumberland Plate and not really firing.


“We decided to give him a break after that and he had five weeks with Fiona Marner at Kingwood Stud just ticking over. We put him in the Melbourne Cup and realised he wouldn’t get in so this was then the obvious plan after Newcastle.


“I’m afraid I train him like a jumper so let’s hope that’s a good omen for them.”

Eddery added: “He travelled well the whole way through the race and that’s a gap filled in my career so I’m thrilled. I’m sure Peter Walwyn and his wife will be thrilled that I’ve won this from Seven Barrows.


“It has taken me a long time to win this and I’ve had a ride almost every year! I have been second a few times (on Jamesmead and Valuable Witnesss) but this horse gave me a great ride - Nick told me to cover him up and I was a little bit worried that I might have gone too early but he stayed well.

PLACED QUOTES RACE THREE
TOTE CESAREWITCH

“TWO WEE JUMPS TRAINERS”

Dick Allan and Don Eddy are probably better known for their exploits with jumpers, but they were delighted and far from surprised with the splendid efforts by Sun Bird and Kristensen, who finished second and third behind Landing Light. “Two wee jumps trainers and look at where we are,” said Eddy to Allan as they congratulated each other after their horses’ sterling efforts.


“He has run a blinder,” said Allan of Sun Bird after the five-year-old had maintained his trainer’s good if frustrating record at Newmarket. He has had three runners here and all have been placed. But we are not surprised,” Allan went on. “He has now been second in the Ebor and the Cesarewitch, but I was a bit worried about whether he might have had enough for the season.


“When he ran at Chester he came back with a bad attack of ringworm, which took a lot out of him, and he was disappointing at Hamilton last time. That was down to the fact that he hates going downhill, which he has to do a lot at Hamilton, and I have been worried about whether he might have done enough.


“There is a valuable race at Edinburgh next month and we shall run him in that before giving him a good break. He has run over hurdles and I have had thoughts about running him at Cheltenham, but he will have the break first before we decide anything else.”

Don Eddy had equally expected a good run from Kristensen. “We really fancied him, but the race just did not work out right for him,” he said. “He is at his best when he can come from behind through horses, and it was a big problem for him and Frankie (McDonald) when they were stuck out in the centre of the track.


“He has to get to the front as late as possible, but when Frankie saw how well Pat (Eddery) was going on the winner he had to go after him. This meant that he was in front of his group earlier than is right for him; once he hits the front he thinks he has done enough, and that is what happened.


“But he has run a brilliant race and we all backed him at 100-1 with Macbet, the best bookmaker in the world, so it has been a good result even though we didn’t win.
He is in the horses in training sale later this month, but if he doesn’t make his reserve there are a couple of races that he could run in before the endof the season.”

THIRD RACE RESULT
2.50pm TOTE CESAREWITCH

Class B, Showcase Handicap, £125,000 Guaranteed. For 3yo+, 2m 2f. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb. Any horse rated 110 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb; subsequently the excess over 110 in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted. Minimum weight 7st 12lb. 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.Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 11lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £72,500; 2nd: £27,500; 3rd: £13,750; 4th: £6,250; 5th: £3,125; 6th: £1,875

1 LANDING LIGHT (Mr & Mrs John Poynton) Nicky Henderson 8-9-04 Pat Eddery [36] 12-1
2 SUN BIRD (Mrs R Aggio) Dick Allan 5-9-04 Paul Hanagan [18] 33-1
3 KRISTENSEN (Equiname Ltd) Don Eddy 4-7-07 Frankie McDonald (5) [12] 50-1
4 DIRECT BEARING (Michael Smurfit) Dermot Weld IRE 6-8-08 Pat Smullen [19] 8-1
5 TOM PADDINGTON (M Wilson Mrs Wilson (Camp Farm Racing)) Hughie Morrison 8-8-06(inc 1lbow) Steve Drowne [11] 66-1
6 MISTERNANDO (John Duggan) Mick Channon 3-7-12(inc 3lbow) Sam Hitchcott (3) [25]
7 DISTANT PROSPECT (The Rae Smiths & Pauline Gale) Andrew Balding 6-8-13 Martin Dwyer [14]
8 ESTABLISHMENT (Annie Cyzer) Charles Cyzer 6-7-12 Allan Mackay [28]
9 POSITIVE PROFILE (Chelgate Public Relations Ltd) Pat Haslam 5-7-12 Royston Ffrench [13]
10 MISS FARA (Christine Painting) Martin Pipe 8-8-10 Ryan Moore [27]
11 INGLIS DREVER (Piers Pottinger) Sir Mark Prescott 4-9-02 Seb Sanders [9]
12 TIKRAM (Mike Charlton & Rodger Sargent) Gary Moore 6-8-04(inc 4lbow) Paul Doe [17]
13 GULF (Raymond Tooth) David Elsworth 4-9-05 Nicky Mackay (5) [22]
13 COURT SHAREEF (Derek & Cheryl Holder) Richard Price 8-8-09 Robert Miles (5) [16]
15 BIG MOMENT (R Doel,A Black,Dr J Howells,D Broad) Amanda Perrett 5-9-03 Mick Kinane [3]
16 SHABERNAK (Thurloe Thoroughbreds VII) Michael Bell 4-9-10 Kieren Fallon [23]
17 HIGH POINT (The Aedean Partnership) Gerry Enright 5-7-10 David Kinsella (3) [8]
18 NUMITAS (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Mark Prescott 3-8-05 Darryll Holland [35]
19 FOURTH DIMENSION (M Whelton) Alec Stewart 4-8-08 Richard Mullen [5]
20 FLOWNAWAY (Sales Race 2001 Syndicate) William Jarvis 4-9-01 Frankie Dettori [21]
21 BOBSLEIGH (A Ogilvy & Mrs F Ogilvy) Amanda Perrett 4-7-11 Lisa Jones (3) [4]
22 SINDAPOUR (Mary Burke) Martin Pipe 5-8-03(inc 1lbow) Philip Robinson [1]
23 ZIBELINE (Ashley Carr) Brian Ellison 6-8-04 Tony Hamilton (5) [32]
24 ROMANY PRINCE (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 4-9-07 Kevin Darley [26]
25 SALTRIO (Raymond McNeill) Mark Brisbourne 5-9-06 Shane Kelly [6]
26 DAWARI (Andy Capp Racing) Peter Haley SPA 5-8-08 Brett Doyle [20]
27 RAVENGLASS (K Bell) John O'Shea 4-8-09 Richard Hughes [33]
28 IT'S DEFINITE (R Owen) Peter Bowen 4-7-12 Dean Mernagh [29]
29 ARCHDUKE FERDINAND (Chris Wright & Catherine Corbett) Paul Cole 5-8-08 Frannie Norton [10]
30 RANDOM QUEST (The Blandford Partnership) Paul Cole 5-8-07 Luke Fletcher (3) [30]
31 TEN CARAT (Khalid Abdulla) Amanda Perrett 3-8-01(inc 1lbow) Willie Supple [7]
32 UNLEASH (Cheveley Park Stud) Philip Hobbs 4-9-05 Jamie Spencer [2]
33 DON FERNANDO (Lucayan Stud) Martin Pipe 4-8-01(inc 1lbow) John Egan [31]
34 GIG HARBOR (Fraser Miller Racing) Emma Lavelle 4-8-02 Simon Whitworth [15]
35 TRAINED BYTHE BEST (Alison Farrant) Martin Pipe 5-7-12 Gary Bardwell [34]
36 DUBAI SEVEN STARS (Alison Farrant) Martin Pipe 5-7-12 Jamie Mackay [24]

36 ran
Time: 3m 52.33s Dist: 2.5, nk, 2, 1, 1, 0.75, 3, 1, nk, 0.75, 2, hd, dh, 3, 2, nk, 2, 1.25, 2, 0.5, sh, sh, 11, 4, sh, 3, 2, 1.25, sh, 1.25, 5, 1.5, 13, 30, 19
Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd Breeding: In The Wings - Gay Hellene (Ela-Mana-Mou)
Tote Win: £13.40 Places: £3.40; £7.40; £14.20; £2.70 Exacta: £714.70

Winning trainer:-Name: Osborne, Jamie Background: Former professional jump jockey Big Race Wins Include: Irony (2001 Windsor Castle Stakes), Milk It Mick (2003 Somerville Tattersall Stakes), Milk It Mick (2003 Dewhurst Stakes) Wins 2001-2003: 31; 48; 65 Horses in training (2002): 57 Wins in 2003:



Winning trainer: NICHOLAS JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth:10/12/50 Date of first licence: July (1978) Previous occupation/ apprenticeship: Amateur jockey, assistant to Fred Winter 1975-78
Wins (1982/3--2002/03):40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 93, 69 Number of horses in training (1984-2003): 56, 45, 56, 66, 76, 67, 66, 72, 71, 71, 65, 64, 69, 80, 83, 84, 91, 115, 114, 116 Aintree Festival wins: Mumm Melling Chase (1992 Remittance Man), Mumm Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1991 Sparkling Flame), John Hughes Memorial Chase (1990 Wont Be Gone Long) Cheltenham Festival wins: (25) County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper), Mildmay (1985,1986 The Tsarevich), Stayers (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Supreme H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Queen Mother (1992 Remittance Man), Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then),Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino), William Hill National Hunt H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough) Other major wins include: Desert Orchid South Western Pattern Chase (1992 Remittance Man), Plymouth Gin Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1993/94/95 Travado), First National Bank Gold Cup (1994 Raymylette), Peterborough Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 1993 & 1995 Travado), Long Distance Hurdle (1995 Conquering Leader, 2002 Bachannal), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1991 Mutare, 1997 Fiddling The Facts), Victor Chandler Chase (1996 Big Matt), Agfa Diamond Chase (1996 Amtrak Express), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1986 River Ceiriog), BMW Handicap Chase (1998 Big Matt), Kennel Gate Hurdle (1998 Hidebound), West Yorkshire Hurdle (1999 Silver Wedge), Gerry Feilden Hurdle (1999 Bacchanal), luvbet.com Pendil Novices’ Chase (1999 Makounji, 2000 Serenus), Weekender Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (1999 Premier Generation), Voice Newspaper Adonis Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (1999 Katarino), Rossington Main Novice’s Hurdle (2000 Dusk Duel), Tote Gold Trophy Hcap Hurdle (1998 Sharpical, 2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), AON Chase (2002 Bacchanal), Tripleprint Gold Cup (2002 Fondmort), Ladbroke Hurdle (2002 Chauvinist), Tote Cesarewitch (2003 Landing Light) Wins On Flat This Year: 4

Winning jockey:-Name: Eddery, Patrick James John.Born:County Galway, Ireland, 18/3/52 Apprenticeship: Frenchie Nicholson 1967-72.First winner: Alvaro (Epsom 24/4/69) Classic wins: (14) Vodafone Derby (1975 Grundy, 1982 Golden Fleece, 1990 Quest For Fame); Sagitta 1,000 Guineas (1996 Bosra Sham), Sagitta 2,000 Guineas (1983 Lomond, 1984 El Gran Senor, 1993 Zafonic); Pertemps St Leger (1986 Moon Madness, 1991 Toulon, 1994 Moonax, 1997 Silver Patriarch); Vodafone Oaks (1974 Polygamy, 1979 Scintillate, 1996 Lady Carla). Other major wins include: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1980 Detroit, 1985 Rainbow Quest, 1986 Dancing Brave, 1987 Trempolino), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1975 Grundy, 1986 Dancing Brave); Breeders’ Cup Turf (1985 Pebbles), Breeders’ Cup Sprint (1991 Sheikh Albadou), Dubai Champion Stakes (1976 Vitiges, 1985 Pebbles, 1996 Bosra Sham), Sussex Stakes (1980 Posse, 1981 King’s Lake, 1988 Warning, 1992 Marling, 1994 Distant View), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1995 Silver Patriarch; 1995 Sunshack, 1986 Sister Estephe, 1985 Rainbow Quest, 1978 Crow), Ascot Gold Cup (1972 Erimo Hawk, 1997 Celeric), Coronation Stakes (1988 Magic of Life); St James’s Palace Stakes (1976 Radetzsky, 1980 Posse, 1988 Persian Heights); Eclipse (1974 Coup de Feu, 1983 Solford, 1984 Sadler’s Wells); July Cup (1982 Sharpo, 1995 Lake Coniston); Juddmonte International (1981 Beldale Flutter, 1982 Assert, 1983 Caerleon, 1998 One So Wonderful); Yorkshire Oaks (1975 May Hill, 1977 Busaca); Nunthorpe Stakes (1980, 1981 Sharpo, 1989 Cadeaux Genereux, 1991 Sheikh Albadou); Haydock Sprint Cup (1976 Token, 1988 Dowsing, 1989 Danehill); Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1987 Milligram, 1988 Warning, 1993 Bigstone); Middle Park Stakes (1973 Habat, 1977 Formidable, 1984 Bassenthwaite, 1999 Primo Valentino); Dewhurst Stakes (1992 Zafonic, 1993 Grand Lodge); Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy); Fillies’ Mile (1995 Bosra Sham); Irish Derby (1975 Grundy, 1984 El Gran Senor, 1985 Law Society, 1993 Commander In Chief); Irish 2,000 Guineas (1975 Grundy, 1981 King’s Lake, 1990 Tirol); Irish Oaks (1986 Colorspin, 1993 Wemyss Bight, 1994 Bolas); Irish St Leger (1985 Leading Counsel, 1994 Moonax); Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1990 Houseproud); Prix du Jockey-Club (1983 Caerleon, 1988 Hours After, 1990 Sanglamore); Prix Royal-Oak (1983 Old Country); Celebration Mile (2000 Medicean), Prix de la Foret (2000 Indian Lodge), Gran Premio del Jockey Club Italiano (2000 Golden Snake), Nell Gwyn (2001 Lil’s Jessy); Weatherbys Earl of Sefton Stakes (2001 Right Wing), John Porter Stakes (2001 Lucido), Jockey Club Stakes (2001 Millenary), Princess of Wales’s Stakes (1990 Sapience, 1991 Rock Hopper, 1992 Saddler’s Hall, 2000 Little Rock, 2002 and 2003 Millenary), Challenge Stakes (2003 Just James), Tote Cesarewitch (2003 Landing Light) Wins This Year: 72 (3rd success of Champions Meeting)


TOTE CESAREWITCH WINNERS
Year Horse Jockey Age/Wgt Trainer SP
2003 LANDING LIGHT Pat Eddery 8-9-04 Nicky Henderson 12/1
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

FIRST RACE WINNING QUOTES
JOCKEY CLUB CUP (GROUP 3)

PERSIAN PUNCHED HOME IN FAIRYTALE OPENER

The most popular Flat horse in training, Persian Punch, began Champions’ Day on a sensational note when taking his career earnings past £1 million when winning the Group 3 Jockey Club for a third time.


The ten-year-old had looked beaten in the closing stages before rallying thrillingly under jockey Martin Dwyer to get up in a photograph to beat Millenary by a short-head.


“I thought he was beaten,” admitted the winning trainer David Elsworth. “I watched the race with (Millenary’s trainer) John Dunlop and said to him that I thought he’s had got the photograph.


“It doesn’t come any sweeter than this. It’s almost theatrical now and great fun. It’s a wonderful spectacle and it’s really the manner that he does it, Doncaster was boring compared to today. He’s just a wonderful old horse that doesn’t know when he’s beaten.


“He’ll go home to Littleton Stud next week and if all goes according to plan will come back after Christmas, that’s the normal plan. He’s still every bit as good as he was five years ago and is remarkably sound.


Asked to compare today’s win with past wins, Elsworth said: “That’s like asking which is the best woman you’ve had, they’re all good at the time.”

Owner Jeff Smith added: “ This is the best ever. It’s beyond words and we’ll never see anything like this again. We’re all privileged to have seen a tremendous horse race and a quite unique horse.


“At 200 to 300 yards out, he was a 50/1 chance but he eyeballed them and in the great tradition of horse racing he got up to win on the line and I just hope the judge got it right!”

There was an amazing reception from the cowd as Persian Punch came back into the winner’s enclosure.



FIRST RACE - THE JOCKEY CLUB CUP - GROUP THREE
THE WINNING JOCKEY - MARTIN DWYER

UNREAL PERSIAN PUNCH


Martin Dwyer said: “He’s unreal isn’t he. He loves a scrap and wouldn’t give in.


“I tried to take the sting out of the others but they came at me. He loved it.”

Asked whether he thought Persian Punch was going to win after being passed, Dwyer replied: “You never rule it out with him.”

Dwyer added: “You never lose faith in this horse, he's a real old warrior. They went by him, he looked beat, but he knew he wasn't.

"You can never rule him out. He loves racing.”

FIRST-RACE JOCKEYS REFLECT ON THE STATE OF THE GROUND

Richard Hughes - “Quick - perfect really.”

Pat Smullen - “Quick”

Richard Hills - “Good to firm”

Johnny Murtagh - “Really nice ground with no jar.”


PLACED QUOTES RACE ONE
JOCKEY CLUB CUP

THE RANKS OF TUSCANY

John Dunlop was among several who thought that his Millenary had just held off the redoubtable Persian Punch in the Jockey Club Cup, but even after having learned that the St Leger winner had gone down by a short head, he was more than willing to compliment the winner.


“It was a fantastic race,” he said before generously joining in the applause -- as did Sir Michael Stoute, trainer of third home Kasthari -- which greeted Persian Punch and Martin Dwyer as they returned to a deserved hero’s welcome.


“I really thought he had held on, and it was sad to be beaten, but if he was to be I was glad that it was by the winner,” Dunlop added.


It is on the cards that Millenary will stay in training next year, even though he will by then be a seven-year-old and still an entire horse, but third home Kasthari has a different engagement back here in a couple of weeks’ time.


“He is in the horses in training sale at the end of the month,” said Sir Michael Stoute after the Aga Khan’s grey had finished a length behind Millenary, as he talked about Kasthari’s long absence from the track. It is 121 days since he last ran.


“There has been nothing wrong with him,” said Sir Michael, “but when he ran in the Gold Cup at Ascot he didn’t get the trip (of two and a half miles) and it took a lot out of him. He has needed a long break to recover from those exertions.”



FIRST RACE RESULT
1.40pm JOCKEY CLUB CUP

Class A, Group Three, £40,000 Guaranteed. For 3yo+, 2m. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 4lb; fillies 8st 1lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: in 2003, a winner of a Group Three race 3lb; of a Group Two race 5lb; of a Group One race 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £23,200; 2nd: £8,800; 3rd: £4,400; 4th: £2,000; 5th: £1,000; 6th: £600

1 PERSIAN PUNCH (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 10-9-05 Martin Dwyer [6] 5-2
2 MILLENARY (L Neil Jones) John Dunlop 6-9-05 Pat Eddery [3] 15-8fav
3 KASTHARI (H H Aga Khan) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [5]
4 THOLJANAH (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 4-9-00 Richard Hills [4]
5 SAVANNAH BAY (Joe Allbritton) Brian Meehan 4-9-00 Pat Smullen [1]
6 PORSA SYSTEM (Stald Composit) Flemming Poulsen DEN 4-9-00 Richard Hughes [2]

6 ran
Time: 3m 26.92s Dist: sh, 1, nk, 4, 23
Breeder: Adstock Manor Stud Breeding: Persian Heights - Rum Cay (Our Native)
Tote Win: £2.90 Places: £1.50; £1.70 Exacta: £4.90

Winning trainer:-Name Elsworth, David Raymond Cecil Date of Birth:12/12/39;Previous Occupation; Professional National Hunt jockey 1957-1972; Wins in a season (1992-2002):40:32: 33:14:16:24:33:50:32:36:20 Horses in training (1998-2003): 60:83:100:87:72: 61 Major wins include: Irish 1,000 Guineas (1990 In The Groove), Champion Stakes (1990 In The Groove), Coronation Cup (1991 In The Groove), Juddmonte International (1990 In The Groove), Cheveley Park Stakes (1989 Dead Certain), Henry II Stakes (1997 & 98 Persian Punch), Cambridgeshire Handicap (1998 Lear Spear), Dante Stakes (1999 Salford Express), Diomed Stakes (1999 Lear Spear), Jockey Club Cup (2000, 2002 and 2003 Persian Punch), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1982 Heighlin, 2001 & 2003 Persian Punch), William Hill Mile (2002 Smirk) Trains at Whitsbury, Dorset. Other details: National Hunt successes include Cheltenham Gold Cup (1989 Desert Orchid), Grand National (1988 Rhyme ‘N’ Reason), King George VI Chase (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990 Desert Orchid), Whitbread Gold Cup (1988 Desert Orchid), Irish National (1990 Desert Orchid), Queen Mother Champion Chase (1989 & 1990 Barnbrook Again) Wins This Year: 34

Winning Jockey:- Name: Dwyer, Martin Joseph Date of Birth: 28/06/75 Based: Hungerford, Berks Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) Big Race Wins: Princess Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Sheppard’s Watch), Newmarket Stakes (2002 Highdown), Cheshire Oaks (2002 Shadow Dancing), Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (2002 Highdown), Jockey Club Cup (2002 and 2003 Persian Punch), Goodwood Cup (2003 Persian Punch), Royal Lodge Stakes (2003 Snow Ridge) Wins 1995-02: 6; 36; 57; 46; 36; 61; 65; 104 Wins This Year 81

Persian Punch This was Persian Punch’s third success in the Jockey Club Cup. He also won it in 2000 and 2002. He was also third in the 1996 renewal.



WINNING QUOTES RACE TWO
VICTOR CHANDLER CHALLENGE STAKES

16-1 BUT NO SURPRISE

“We were not at all surprised,” declared Jeremy Noseda after Just James had produced a 16-1 shock when getting the best of a blanket finish to the Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes, in which two and a half lengths covered the first seven home.


“He is a very talented horse and we have always known that he is capable of winning a race like this if he is in the right mood,” the trainer added.


“And with Pat (Eddery) on him, the old maestro, we have just the right man to kid him along into doing his best.


“He was very unlucky not to win the Duke of York Stakes first time out, and then he ran a blinder to be fifth in the Golden Jubilee. But he could never go fast enough in the July Cup and didn’t enjoy himself, and after that we put him away with this race specifically in mind.


“He is ideally suited by seven furlongs, but the trouble is that there are not really a great number of races over that trip which are suitable for him.


“He will stay in training next year and we shall have to have discussions with Mr (Edward) St George (of the Lucayan Stud) to see what we are going to do with him.”


SECOND RACE - VICTOR CHANDLER CHALLENGE STAKES
WINNING JOCKEY


EDDERY HAPPY BUT


Beaten a short-head in the opening Jockey Club Cup on Millenary, Pat Eddery bounced back to win the Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes on Just James by half a length.


The 11-times champion, who retires at this year, said: “They went pretty quick which suited this horse. Just James likes to come from off the pace and really quickened up well.


“I just needed a bit of luck in the first but was beaten a short-head. This one has made up for it.”

The stewards judged that the jockey was guilty of careless riding and suspended him for three days for causing interference but left the result unchanged.


SECOND RACE PLACED QUOTES
VICTOR CHANDLER CHALLENGE STAKES (GROUP 2)

NO LUCK FOR NAYYIR

Trainer Gerard Butler and jockey Jamie Spencer felt Nayyir was desperately unlucky not to win the Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes when not getting a clear passage behind Just James.


“Jamie said that had he got a gap, he would have been able to come off the bridle and get up,” lamented Butler.

“He’ll go out to Dubai for the winter and will be aimed at something like the Godolphin Mile. I am taking ten horses out there including Compton Bolter and looking to buy some more really nice horses to go out there.”

Third-placed Arakan will also be back in action next year and Alan Cooper, racing manager to owners the Niarchos Family, said: “I’m delighted with that run, he was just a neck behind Nayyir so confirmed the form of the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood. We’ll look forward to seeing him next year.”


SECOND RACE RESULT

2.10pm VICTOR CHANDLER CHALLENGE STAKES

Class A, Group Two, £80,000 Guaranteed. For 3yo+, 7f. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 9lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: in 2003, a winner of a Group One or Group Two race 4lb.Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 2lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £46,400; 2nd: £17,600; 3rd: £8,800; 4th: £4,000; 5th: £2,000; 6th: £1,200

1 JUST JAMES (Lucayan Stud) Jeremy Noseda 4-9-00 Pat Eddery [10] 16-1
2 NAYYIR (Abdulla Al Khalifa) Gerard Butler 5-9-04 Jamie Spencer [2] 11-2
3 ARAKAN (Niarchos Family) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-12 Kieren Fallon [5] 8-1
4 MEMBERSHIP (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 3-8-12 Philip Robinson [3]
5 TRADE FAIR (Khalid Abdulla) Roger Charlton 3-8-12 Richard Hughes [7]
10-11fav
6 RIMROD (George Strawbridge) Andrew Balding 3-8-12 Martin Dwyer [8]
7 TANTE ROSE (Wafic Said) Barry Hills 3-8-09 Michael Hills [4]
8 BARON'S PIT (J & K Thomas) Richard Hannon 3-8-12 Frankie Dettori [9]
9 TILLERMAN (Khalid Abdulla) Amanda Perrett 7-9-00 Michael Kinane [1]
10 TWILIGHT BLUES (Susan Roy) Brian Meehan 4-9-04 Pat Smullen [11]
11 PATSY'S DOUBLE (Patricia Buckley) Michael Blanshard 5-9-00 Frannie Norton [6]

11 ran
Time: 1m 24.68s Dist: 0.5, nk, 0.5, 0.5, nk, 0.5, 2, 0.5, 1, 14
Breeder: S N Ralphs Breeding: Spectrum - Fairy Flight (Fairy King)
Tote Win: £10.30 Places: £2.00; £2.40; £2.70 Exacta: £82.60

Winning trainer:- Name: Noseda, Jeremy James
Date of birth: 17/9/63 Trains at Shalfleet, Bury Road, Newmarket Other details: Served as assistant trainer with John Dunlop (6 years), John Gosden (5 years) and Godolphin (2 years). Trained for a while in America before returning to Britain. Horses in training (1998-2003): 48: 78:66:70:71:67 Wins in a season (1997-2002): 0,18,39,40,37,43 Major wins: Cherry Hinton Stakes (1998 Wannabe Grand) - Noseda’s first Group race win in Britain; Cheveley Park Stakes (1998 Wannabe Grand, 2003 Carry On Katie) Nell Gwyn (2001 Lil’s Jessy) Princess Margaret Stakes (2001 Leggy Lou), Victor Chandler Lupe Stakes (2002 Mellow Park), Lancashire Oaks (2002 Mellow ParK), Musidora Stakes (2003 Cassis), Challenge Stakes (2003 Just James) Wins this year: 33

Winning jockey:-Name: Eddery, Patrick James John.Born:County Galway, Ireland, 18/3/52 Apprenticeship: Frenchie Nicholson 1967-72.First winner: Alvaro (Epsom 24/4/69) Classic wins: (14) Vodafone Derby (1975 Grundy, 1982 Golden Fleece, 1990 Quest For Fame); Sagitta 1,000 Guineas (1996 Bosra Sham), Sagitta 2,000 Guineas (1983 Lomond, 1984 El Gran Senor, 1993 Zafonic); Pertemps St Leger (1986 Moon Madness, 1991 Toulon, 1994 Moonax, 1997 Silver Patriarch); Vodafone Oaks (1974 Polygamy, 1979 Scintillate, 1996 Lady Carla). Other major wins include: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1980 Detroit, 1985 Rainbow Quest, 1986 Dancing Brave, 1987 Trempolino), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1975 Grundy, 1986 Dancing Brave); Breeders’ Cup Turf (1985 Pebbles), Breeders’ Cup Sprint (1991 Sheikh Albadou), Dubai Champion Stakes (1976 Vitiges, 1985 Pebbles, 1996 Bosra Sham), Sussex Stakes (1980 Posse, 1981 King’s Lake, 1988 Warning, 1992 Marling, 1994 Distant View), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1995 Silver Patriarch; 1995 Sunshack, 1986 Sister Estephe, 1985 Rainbow Quest, 1978 Crow), Ascot Gold Cup (1972 Erimo Hawk, 1997 Celeric), Coronation Stakes (1988 Magic of Life); St James’s Palace Stakes (1976 Radetzsky, 1980 Posse, 1988 Persian Heights); Eclipse (1974 Coup de Feu, 1983 Solford, 1984 Sadler’s Wells); July Cup (1982 Sharpo, 1995 Lake Coniston); Juddmonte International (1981 Beldale Flutter, 1982 Assert, 1983 Caerleon, 1998 One So Wonderful); Yorkshire Oaks (1975 May Hill, 1977 Busaca); Nunthorpe Stakes (1980, 1981 Sharpo, 1989 Cadeaux Genereux, 1991 Sheikh Albadou); Haydock Sprint Cup (1976 Token, 1988 Dowsing, 1989 Danehill); Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1987 Milligram, 1988 Warning, 1993 Bigstone); Middle Park Stakes (1973 Habat, 1977 Formidable, 1984 Bassenthwaite, 1999 Primo Valentino); Dewhurst Stakes (1992 Zafonic, 1993 Grand Lodge); Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy); Fillies’ Mile (1995 Bosra Sham); Irish Derby (1975 Grundy, 1984 El Gran Senor, 1985 Law Society, 1993 Commander In Chief); Irish 2,000 Guineas (1975 Grundy, 1981 King’s Lake, 1990 Tirol); Irish Oaks (1986 Colorspin, 1993 Wemyss Bight, 1994 Bolas); Irish St Leger (1985 Leading Counsel, 1994 Moonax); Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1990 Houseproud); Prix du Jockey-Club (1983 Caerleon, 1988 Hours After, 1990 Sanglamore); Prix Royal-Oak (1983 Old Country); Celebration Mile (2000 Medicean), Prix de la Foret (2000 Indian Lodge), Gran Premio del Jockey Club Italiano (2000 Golden Snake), Nell Gwyn (2001 Lil’s Jessy); Weatherbys Earl of Sefton Stakes (2001 Right Wing), John Porter Stakes (2001 Lucido), Jockey Club Stakes (2001 Millenary), Princess of Wales’s Stakes (1990 Sapience, 1991 Rock Hopper, 1992 Saddler’s Hall, 2000 Little Rock, 2002 and 2003 Millenary), Challenge Stakes (2003 Just James) Wins This Year: 71


WINNING QUOTES RACE SIX
OWEN BROWN ROCKFEL STAKES

“THE MORE THE MERRIER”

Mick Channon doubled his 1,000 Guineas potential team when Cairns came home a clear cut winner of the Owen Brown Rockfel Stakes, getting a 16-1 quote for the classic from Ladbrokes, though Coral offered no more than 10-1.


Channon also has Cheveley Park Stakes runner-up Majestic Desert in line for the Guineas. “It’s fine to have two, the more the merrier,” he said. “You need to be able to throw all the dice you can for races like that.”

Cairns was bred by Sheikh Mohammed and is the first Group two-year-old winner to have come from his Dubai breeding operation.


“That will be very pleasing for him,” said his chief bloodstock adviser John Ferguson. “Ted (Durcan) said that she would have no problem getting a mile, and though her dam was placed in the Cheveley Park and did not do a lot after that, she won like a good filly.


“We have always liked her,” added Channon. “She would have run before she did (Cairns ran for the first time only a month ago) but she had some little niggling problems like pulling a muscle in her back early on.”


CHAMPIONS DAY 2003
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
NEWMARKET, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18

WINNING QUOTES RACE SIX
OWEN BROWN ROCKFEL STAKES

“THE MORE THE MERRIER”

Mick Channon doubled his 1,000 Guineas potential team when Cairns came home a clear cut winner of the Owen Brown Rockfel Stakes, getting a 16-1 quote for the classic from Ladbrokes, though Coral offered no more than 10-1.


Channon also has Cheveley Park Stakes runner-up Majestic Desert in line for the Guineas. “It’s fine to have two, the more the merrier,” he said. “You need to be able to throw all the dice you can for races like that.”

Cairns was bred by Sheikh Mohammed and is the first Group two-year-old winner to have come from his Dubai breeding operation.


“That will be very pleasing for him,” said his chief bloodstock adviser John Ferguson. “Ted (Durcan) said that she would have no problem getting a mile, and though her dam was placed in the Cheveley Park and did not do a lot after that, she won like a good filly.


“We have always liked her,” added Channon. “She would have run before she did (Cairns ran for the first time only a month ago) but she had some little niggling problems like pulling a muscle in her back early on.”




SIXTH RACE RESULT
4.40pm OWEN BROWN ROCKFEL STAKES

Class A, Group Two, £60,000 Guaranteed. For 2yo fillies, 7f. Weights: 8st 9lb. Penalties: a winner of a Pattern race 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £34,800; 2nd: £13,200; 3rd: £6,600; 4th: £3,000; 5th: £1,500; 6th: £900

1 CAIRNS (Sheikh Mohammed) Mick Channon 2-8-09 Ted Durcan [2] 12-1
2 SNOW GOOSE (Sir Thomas Pilkington) John Dunlop 2-8-09 Pat Eddery [1] 11-4fav
3 KELUCIA (B Scanlon & Frank Brady) Jim Goldie 2-8-09 Royston Ffrench [7] 14-1
4 GRACEFULLY (Thurloe Thoroughbreds VI) Sylvester Kirk 2-8-12 John Egan [6]
5 WITHORWITHOUTYOU (John Fretwell) Bryan McMahon 2-8-09 Willie Supple [3]
6 SURF THE NET (Godfrey Bostock & Peter Tellwright) Richard Hannon 2-8-09 Frankie Dettori [5]
7 BAY TREE (Wafic Said) Barry Hills 2-8-09 Michael Hills [9]
8 TAROT CARD (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 2-8-09 Richard Hughes [8]
9 NOYAC (N Hayes) Richard Hannon 2-8-09 Dane O'Neill [10]
10 PERLE D'OR (The Perle D’Or Partnership) William Haggas 2-8-09 Kieren Fallon [4]

10 ran Time: 1m 25.88s Dist: 1.5, nk, 2.5, 1.5, nk, 6, 1, 3, 11
Breeder: Darley Dubai Breeding: Cadeaux Genereux - Tanami (Green Desert)
Tote Win: £13.70 Places: £3.20; £1.90; £2.20 Exacta: £56.70

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 Algharhoud), 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), Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns) Wins this year: 129 (2nd success of Champions Meeting)
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), Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns) Wins This Year: 25 (2nd success of Champions Meeting)


SEVENTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
NEWMARKET DARLEY STAKES (GROUP 3)

LANE TAKES FINALE FOR HILLS

Prince Khalid Abdulla’s Far Lane took trainer Barry Hills on to the 99-winner mark for the season when landing the concluding Group 3 Newmarket Darley Stakes.


“He’s always hung to the left but today he was hanging to the right,” said Hills. “We nearly sent him to Australia for the Caulfield Cup and maybe we’ll go there next year. Prince Khalid has a chance of being leading owner in Britain this year so that was a consideration.


“I need one more winner for the 100 but it has not been a very good year really. I’ve got an awful lot of horses waiting on the ground to run.”

Prince Khalid is currently leading the owners’ championship with win and place earnings of more than £1.7 million in 2003.


Third-placed Checkit is entered in the Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale beginning a week on Tuesday but trainer Mick Channon said that a decision on whether he would be offered for sale has not yet been.





SEVENTH RACE RESULT
5.15pm NEWMARKET DARLEY STAKES

Class A, Group 3 Race, £40,000 Guaranteed. For 3yo+, 1m 1f. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 10lb; fillies 8st 7lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: in 2003, a winner of a Group Three race 4lb; of a Group Two race 6lb; of a Group One race 8lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 4lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £23,200; 2nd: £8,800; 3rd: £4,400; 4th: £2,000; 5th: £1,000; 6th: £600

1 FAR LANE (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 4-9-00 Richard Hughes [1] 9-2
2 PAWN BROKER (Raymond Tooth) David Elsworth 6-9-00 Dane O'Neill [9] 33-1
3 CHECKIT (Tim Corby) Mick Channon 3-8-10 Ted Durcan [3] 11-2
4 MUQBIL (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 3-9-00 Richard Hills [4]
5 NAHEEF (Godolphin) Saeed Bin Suroor 4-9-04 Frankie Dettori [7]
6 LUNDY'S LANE (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 3-8-10 Darryll Holland [8]
7 PUTRA PEKAN (H R H Sultan Ahmad Shah) Michael Jarvis 5-9-00 Philip Robinson [6]
8 RIGHT APPROACH (The Queen) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-00 Kieren Fallon [10]
9 AL JADEED (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 3-8-10 Willie Supple [11]
10 TUNING FORK (Khalid Abdulla) Henry Cecil 3-8-10 Willie Ryan [2]
11 MACADAMIA (Lord Vestey) James Fanshawe 4-9-03 Jamie Spencer [5] 7-2fav

11 ran
Time: 1m 51.60s Dist: 0.5, nk, 4, hd, sh, sh, hd, 14, 6, 16
Breeder: Airlie Stud Breeding: Lear Fan - Pattimech (Nureyev)
Tote Win: £6.00 Places: £2.30; £6.80; £2.10 Exacta: £231.70

Winning trainer:-Name: Hills, Barrington William First winner: La Dolce Vita (Thirsk, April 18,1969) Classic wins: (3) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1978 Enstone Park), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1979 Tap on Wood), Rothmans Royals St Leger (1994 Moonax), Other major wins: Irish 1000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Irish Derby (1987 Sir Harry Lewis), Irish Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1994 Bolas), French St Leger (1994 Moonax), Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (1973 Rheingold), Ascot Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), Champion Stakes (1983 Cormorant Wood, 2002 Storming Home), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 HandsomeSailor), Flying Childers Stakes (1987 Gallic League, 1998 Sheer Viking), Champagne Stakes (1977 Sexton Blake, 1985 Sure Blade, 1998 Auction House), Dewhurst Stakes (1988 Scenic (DH), 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Chester Vase (2001 Mr Combustible), Classic Trial (2001 Chancellor), Challenge Stakes (2001 Munir), Royal Whip Stakes (2002 Chancellor), Prestige Stakes (2002 Geminiani) Wins in a season (1982-2002):55:58:58:68:55:96:93:73:113:99:63:39:44:74:84 :79:78:109:72:107:91 Horses in training (1983-2003):107,125,139,131,140,152,175,159,129,n/a,113,120,130,137 ,145,150,148,160,167,168 Wins this season: 99 (2nd success of Champions Meeting)

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: 120 (3rd success of Champions Meeting)



TODAY’S CROWD

Today’s attendance came to 15,668 while last year’s Champions’ Day saw a crowd of 16,217. The 2001 attendance was 15,508.


Lisa Hancock, Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses, commented: “Considering that we were up against such a high-profile ruby game, we are very pleased with the crowd figure.


“It has been a fantastic day’s racing with two tremendous Group Ones but Persian Punch rightly stole the limelight with his third Jockey Club Cup, closely followed by Pat Eddery winning the Tote Cesarewitch for the first time in his illustrious career.”


GOING NEWS AT 10 AM

The going for Champions’ Day is

GOOD TO FIRM, FIRM IN PLACES.


“It was a cold night and when I reached the track at 6am the temperature was just above zero. It had been below that at about 2.30am,” said clerk of the course Michael Prosser.


“It was also very misty, which will have helped to prolong the longevity of the dew and help us to maintain good to firm ground through the afternoon. The forecast is for temperatures of 15 degrees (60F) and a dry day, with an easterly breeze blowing down the course.


“We watered the track between the ten and 11 furlong markers after racing yesterday, and with the stalls on the stands’ side for all races up to ten furlongs, the horses will have the benefit of racing on fresh ground.”

DUFFIELD NOT RIDING

George Duffield is not able to ride today following his fall at Brighton yesterday. Darryll Holland will switch from Tikram to replace him on Numitas (No. 22) in the Tote Cesarewitch (2.50).



BETTING NEWS

There has inevitably been a very wide range of business in the Tote Cesarewitch (2.50) with the bottom horse in the race, Misternando, attracting support across the board. He is at 16-1 from 20-1 with Coral, at 14-1 from 18-1 with William Hill, at 14-1 from 22-1 with the Tote and at 14-1 from 20-1 with Paddy Power.

Powers have also had support for Sindapour from 16-1 to 12-1, and the Tote have done business over Shabernak, whom they have cut from 11-1 to 8-1, while Coral have trimmed Archduke Ferdinand from 22-1 to 16-1 and It’s Definite from 50-1 to 28-1.


Twilight Blues has been a very lively outsider in the Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes (2.10) and has been slashed from 33-1 to 20-1 by Coral and the Tote, from the same price to 25-1 by Powers and from 40-1 to 25-1 by Hills. Powers have also had money for the favourite, Trade Fair, who is now at evens from 11-10, and for Nayyir, who is at 6-1 from 13-2.


There has also been plenty of interest in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes (3.25), with the outsider Bachelor Duke, the only maiden in the race, being cut from 66-1 to 25-1 by Coral, to the same price from 50-1 by Powers and Hills and to 25-1 from 40-1 by the Tote.


The Tote have also seen support for Cape Fear (33-1 to 20-1) and Haafhd (8-1 to 13-2), and Haafhd has also been in demand with Coral (9-1 to 6-1), Powers (10-1 to 7-1) and Hills (13-2 from 8-1).


The Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (4.0) has been relatively quiet, though Powers have brought in Vespone from 6-1 to 11-2, and Hills report money for him, Rakti and Russian Rhythm.


Snow Goose has been in demand with Powers for the Owen Brown Rockfel Stakes (4.40) and is at 9-4 from 5-2, and in the closing Newmarket Darley Stakes (5.15) the Tote have brought in Checkit from 8-1 to 13-2.



LEADING TRAINERS AT END OF MEETING

Trainer 1sts 2nds 3rds

Mick Channon 2 1 2
Barry Hills 2 1 2
Amanda Perrett 2 1 -
James Fanshawe 2 - -
John Gosden 2 - -
Neville Callaghan 1 1 1
David Elsworth 1 1 1
Richard Hannon 1 1 1
Chris Wall 1 1 1
Paul Cole 1 1 -
Jamie Osborne 1 1 -
Mark Brisbourne 1 - -
Nicky Henderson 1 - -
Lady Herries 1 - -
Michael Jarvis 1 - -
Jeremy Noseda 1 - -
John Quinn 1 - -
John Dunlop - 2 1
Ben Hanbury - 1 1
Dick Allan - 1 -
Gerard Butler - 1 -
Pat Chamings - 1 -
Roger Charlton - 1 -
Ed Dunlop - 1 -
Pat Gilligan - 1 -
Peter Harris - 1 -
Reg Hollinshead - 1 -
William Muir - 1 -
Marcus Tregoning - 1 -
Sir Michael Stoute - - 2
Don Eddy - - 1
Jim Goldie - - 1
William Haggas - - 1
John Jenkins - - 1
Nick Littmoden - - 1
Martin Pipe - - 1
Kevin Ryan - - 1
Mark Tompkins - - 1
Geoff Wragg - - 1



LEADING JOCKEYS AT END OF MEETING
Jockey 1sts 2nds 3rds
Richard Hughes 4 3 -
Pat Eddery 3 2 -
Ted Durcan 2 1 1
Jamie Spencer 2 1 1
Frankie Dettori 2 1 -
Richard Mullen 2 - -
Darryll Holland 1 1 2
Martin Dwyer 1 1 -
Willie Supple ` 1 1 -
Philip Robinson 1 - 2
Brett Doyle 1 - -
Dominic Fox 1 - -
Robert Winston 1 - -
Steve Drowne - 3 -
Richard Hills - 1 2
John Egan - 1 1
Paul Hanagan - 1 1
Dane O’Neill - 1 1
Seb Sanders - 1 1
Neil Callan - 1 -
Michael Hills - 1 -
Nicky Mackay - 1 -
Kieren Fallon - - 1
Royston Ffrench - - 1
Sam Hitchcott - - 1
Lisa Jones - - 1
Fergal Lynch - - 1
Frankie McDonald - - 1
Ryan Moore - - 1
Johnny Murtagh - - 1
Willie Ryan - - 1


THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY




NEWMARKET, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2003



4pm £400,000 EMIRATES AIRLINE CHAMPION STAKES (GROUP ONE) 1M 2F

GOING: Good to firm, firm in places

BP= best price offered by Coral Eurobet, Blue Square, Ladbrokes, Tote, Stanleybet, Bet365 and William Hill

1) (10) 0-5131210 CARNIVAL DANCER 5-9-02 Cheveley Park Stud Amanda Perrett/Darryll Holland
Fair performer but has never really cut the mustard at Group One level and wants softer ground to be at his best in any case.

BP = 40/1 generally except for Blue Square

2) (9) 2113-013 DANO-MAST 7-9-02 Stald Composit Flemming Poulsen DEN/Jamie Spencer
Danish challenger who is a useful performer but it is doubtful whether he can show the necessary improvement to win at Group One level, though he ran well at the grade when third to Mamool in Germany last time out.

BP = 33/1 Blue Suare, Ladbrokes & Bet365

3) (4) 350512316 IMPERIAL DANCER 5-9-02 Imperial Racing Mick Channon/Ted Durcan
Has been a good servant to connections over the years but is not up to winning this.

BP = 50/1 generally except Coral Eurobet & Blue Square

4) (11) 60-(4)131533 INDIAN CREEK 5-9-02 Seymour Cohn David Elsworth/Dane O'Neill
Third in this contest two years ago and a useful performer but the question is whether he can improve at the age of five. Not the easiest of rides but has place possibilities..

BP = 33/1 generally except for Coral Eurobet & Tote

5) (6) 210-06323 KAIETEUR (USA) 4-9-02 Susan McCarthy Brian Meehan/Pat Eddery
Has been in good form this year without winning. A chance on his best form as placed in two Group/Grade Ones, but did not sparkle last time out..

BP = 16/1 generally except for Coral Eurobet & Tote

6) (12) 21-(3)1203 NAYEF (USA) 5-9-02 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning/Richard Hills
Won this in 2001 and a generally consistent performer at the highest level. Leading chance on his best form but could be vulnerable to a less exposed type and not great value.

BP = 4/1 Coral Eurobet

7) (13) 13-62110 NYSAEAN (IRE) NR

8) (3) 1630-12 RAKTI 4-9-02 Gary Tanaka Michael Jarvis/Philip Robinson
Refused to enter the stalls for this race in 2002. Ran encouragingly on his only start for present connections when second to Nayef at Royal Ascot. Has had problems since but comes here a fresh horse. The value available earlier in the week has vanished however.

BP = 10/1 Tote & Stanleybet

9) (1) 1-213114 ALAMSHAR (IRE) 3-8-11 H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE/Johnny Murtagh
The leading three-year-old contender. Should go on the ground but the main doubt is whether he is truly effective at 10 furlongs. Seem to be outpaced in the Irish Champion Stakes over this ditance after making his name at 12 furlongs and is opposable here.

BP = 9/4 generally except William Hill

10) (5) 50-1010 INDIAN HAVEN 3-8-11 Peter Gleeson, Julian Smith, Loz Conway Paul D'Arcy/John Egan
Won Free Handicap and Irish 2000 Guineas earlier this year but not seen out since disappointing badly at Royal Ascot. Best watched here, especially as this distance could well be too far for him.

BP = 40/1 Ladbrokes

11) (2) 12325 MIDDLEMARCH (IRE) v3-8-11 Robert Sangster/Michael Tabor/Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE/ Michael Kinane.

Simply doesn't look good enough on what he's achieved so far.

BP = 66/1 Blue Square

12) (8) 2-12111 VESPONE (IRE) 3-8-11 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor/Frankie Dettori
The dark horse of the race. Modestly bred sort who won two Group One races on his last two starts for Nicholas Clement in France. Now with the Godolphin team and an interesting contender. On the plus side he looks open to more improvement, on the minus, the two Group One races he won were relatively weak, though last time out he beat Magistretti who
went on to be second to Falbrav in the Juddmonte International. The trainer is in good form and he could be the surprise package of the race. BP = 6/1 William Hill

13) (7) 112-1112 RUSSIAN RHYTHM (USA) 3-8-08 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute/Kieren Fallon
The leading British filly this season with victories in the 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes. Showed she could handle 10 furlongs when winning Nassau at Goodwood and ran well when second to Falbrav in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last month. Must go close but Vespone is better value.

BP = 7/2 generally except Coral Eurobet & Stanleybet

SUMMARY
A tremendous race is in prospect and VESPONE is recommended each-way.



GOOD LUCK


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