Sunday, October 19, 2003
ISLINGTON LEADS EUROPEAN RAIDERS TO BREEDERS' CUP
Executors of the late Lord Weinstock's four-year-old filly ISLINGTON (IRE) was the first of 14 European stars to arrive in California with four different flights from Europe scheduled over this weekend for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship on Saturday, October 25 at Santa Anita..
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, the daughter of Sadler's Wells arrived from England in Los Angeles at about midnight Friday and into the quarantine barn at Santa Anita at 2 a.m with a Stoute-trained stablemate to run in another stakes this weekend. Islington finished third in the Filly & Mare Turf at Arlington Park last fall.
The next flight from Europe was due from England early Saturday evening with FALBRAV (IRE) and OASIS DREAM (GB) from England and Irish-trained REFUSE TO BEND (IRE) and RELAXED GESTURE (IRE).
The first of two flights due today will bring French-trained fillies BRIGHT SKY (IRE) and SIX PERFECTIONS (FR) from Amsterdam and arriving at LAX in early afternoon.
The second will be the Coolmore team's charter from Ireland. Trainer Aidan O'Brien's Breeders' Cup contingent includes HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE), YESTERDAY (IRE), L'ANCRESSE (IRE), GRAND REWARD, HOLD THAT TIGER, OLD DEUTERONOMY and STATUE OF LIBERTY.
MCDYNAMO OVERWHELMS FIELD IN BREEDERS' CUP STEEPLECHASE
FAR HILLS, N.J.
Game, set, match, Eclipse Award. Michael Moran's McDynamo locked up the 2003 steeplechase championship with a triumphant score in yesterday's $175,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (Gr. I) in front of a sell-out crowd of 50,000 at the Far Hills Races.
Self Flit stakes his claim to Japan Cup slot
Ivan Allan has always led the charge when it comes to campaigning Hong Kong's best horses overseas and the hugely successful trainer left the races today (Sunday) hoping one of his newest stars will get the call for next month's Japan Cup.
Self Flit may become the latest Allan protege to tackle Tokyo after he drew out for a highly commendable success in the HK$2.3 million (US$296,000) Sha Tin Trophy (Gr.3-1600m).
Allan, of course, is no stranger to success on missions across the East China Sea after the recent exploits of Indigenous and Fairy King Prawn, and he believes the four-year-old New Zealand gelding sired by Cicerao, who Allan himself raced a decade ago, should be accepted to take part in the penultimate leg of the World Series Racing Championship on November 30.
"He's proven himself a good horse and he is much better over 2400 metres. He won the Gr.1 Hong Kong Classic Mile last year, and he finished second in the Hong Kong Derby to Elegant Fashion, who he has beaten today. That's good form and I hope they invite us to take part," Allan said.
Asked if he would also consider tackling the Hong Kong International Races with the horse a fortnight later, he replied: "Let's just cross one bridge at a time."
Benefiting from a prominent berth throughout under a cool Weichong Marwing ride, Self Flit, well supported in the market at 5/1, peeled out to hit the front entering the final furlong for a one and a quarter length success from the favourite, the Hong Kong Derby heroine Elegant Fashion.
David Hayes' mare had been posted seven lengths off the pace down the backstretch and was giving the winner a four-length break as she hit the top gear off the home turn. It was too much for the 6/5 favourite to overcome.
Hidden Dragon, tackling a mile for the first time, finished third with Dr More staying on well for fourth place.
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