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Friday, October 24, 2003



Ladbrokes can report a cash bet of £10,000 on Sulamani at 5/2 to win the Breeders' Cup Turf. The bet was struck yesterday evening forcing Ladbrokes to make the Godolphin runner the 9/4 favourite ahead of Storming Home and Falbrav.

"Sulamani has see-sawed between 9/4 and 5/2 all week but this is the biggest vote of confidence we have seen so far," said Balthazar Fabricius of Ladbrokes. "Earlier in the week Falbrav was popular but the money now says unequivocally that Sulamani is the one to beat," added Fabricius.

Santa Anita 6.20pm
9/1 Take Charge Lady
33/1 Adoration
11/1 Lady Tak
20/1 Buy The Sport
4/5 Sightseek
11/2 Elloluv
7/2 Got Koko
Each Way 1/4 Odds 1-2

Santa Anita 6.55pm
50/1 Dixie High
100/1 Shadow Of Mine
25/1 Hollywood Story
10/1 Forest Music
22/1 Ashado
7/1 Society Selection
9/2 Class Above
10/1 Victory U.S.A.

40/1 Renaissance Lady
66/1 Vino Tinto
16/1 Zosima
20/1 Tarlow
14/1 Be Gentle
11/10 Halfbridled
Each Way 1/5 Odds 1-2-3

Santa Anita 7.35pm
5/1 Peace Rules
12/1 Sarafan
6/1 Designed For Luck
25/1 Soaring Free
11/1 Refuse To Bend
4/1 Special Ring
25/1 Freefourinternet
33/1 Century City
14/1 Touch Of The Blues
6/1 Oasis Dream
20/1 Irish Warrior
25/1 Decarchy
11/2 Six Perfections
14/1 Perfect Soul
Each Way 1/5 Odds 1-2-3

Santa Anita 8.10pm
25/1 Zavata
3/1 Shake You Down
12/1 Posse
7/1 Valid Video
9/1 Midas Eyes
7/2 Aldebaran
14/1 Ethan Man
14/1 Bluesthestandard
20/1 Private Horde
25/1 Great Notion
14/1 Cajun Beat
9/1 Yankee Gentleman
10/1 Captain Squire
Each Way 1/5 Odds 1-2-3

Santa Anita 8.45pm
5/1 Tates Creek
10/1 Yesterday
5/1 Heat Haze
7/2 Islington
8/1 Mezzo Soprano
11/2 Musical Chimes
12/1 Voodoo Dancer
40/1 Riskaverse
14/1 Megahertz
9/1 Dimitrova
33/1 L'Ancresse
16/1 Bien Nicole
Each Way 1/5 Odds 1-2-3

Santa Anita 9.20pm
5/1 Race For Glory
20/1 Action This Day
50/1 That's An Outrage
14/1 Consecrate
50/1 Mambo Train
6/1 Tiger Hunt
10/1 Minister Eric
16/1 Siphonizer
16/1 Capitano
8/1 Chapel Royal
14/1 Relaxed Gesture
11/8 Cuvee
Each Way 1/5 Odds 1-2-3

Santa Anita 9.55pm
50/1 Toccet
16/1 Bright Sky
9/2 High Chaparral
9/4 Sulamani
11/4 Storming Home
40/1 Balto Star
25/1 The Tin Man
11/4 Falbrav
14/1 Johar
Each Way 1/5 Odds 1-2-3

Santa Anita 10.35pm
25/1 Evening Attire
9/1 Pleasantly Perfect
14/1 Volponi
11/1 Funny Cide
8/1 Hold That Tiger
12/1 Dynever
7/2 Perfect Drift
4/1 Medaglia D'Oro
7/1 Congaree
7/2 Ten Most Wanted

Each Way 1/5 Odds 1-2-3


Scoop6 fever is set to take a grip on punters this Saturday with over £380,000 up for grabs in the Win and Bonus Prize fund pools this weekend.

A Win fund rollover of £148,448 starts off the pool which will be the immediate target tomorrow, while the Bonus Prize fund will grow again from the £235,054 rolling over from last Saturday.

"After a couple of weeks with no winners things are starting to hot-up again as another wave of Scoop6 fever looks set to strike through the heart of the Nations betting shops," said Tote spokesman Jeremy Scott.

"It could well be quite an infectious strain this weekend with any patient managing to complete the Win/Bonus double in line for a potential £500,000 windfall. The only known remedy is a £2 Scoop6 ticket, available from all the usual outlets!"

The Scoop6 Win fund was last won on October 4th while the Bonus Prize fund has not been landed since the last week in August.

Saturday's Scoop6 legs are:
leg 1 - 1.40 Newbury
leg 2 - 2.15 Newbury
leg 3 - 2.30 Doncaster
leg 4 - 2.45 Newbury
leg 5 - 3.20 Newbury
leg 6 - 3.35 Kempton


Cheltenham reopens for business on Tuesday, October 28 and some good quality action looks in prospect after today's five-day entry stage.

There is a six-race-programme on October 28, beginning at 1.00pm with the £10,000-added GLOSTER BUILDING SUPPLIES 20TH ANNIVERSARY NOVICES' HURDLE and running through to 3.55pm with the £20,000-added CHELTENHAM BUSINESS CLUB MAIDEN HURDLE.

German handler Christian Von Der Recke enjoyed a fruitful time with his handful of British raiders last season, including Moneytrain's success in the Grade Two Wragge & Co Finesse Hurdle at Cheltenham. The Cologne handler revealed today that he is likely to run Salinas in the Cheltenham Business Club Hurdle and After Eight in the Scarvagh House Stud PTA Juvenile Novices Hurdle at the October 28 fixture.

Von Der Recke said today: "Salinas is a very good horse and a handicap winner on the Flat.

"We have schooled him over hurdles and think he is a very nice horse for England. He won't mind the going as he needs top of the ground.

"I will also run After Eight in the Scarvagh House Stud PTA Juvenile Novices Hurdle - I like him very much. On the second day of the meeting, I will probably bring another three horses over."

A good level of entries has been received for each of the six races on October 28. The opening GLOSTER BUILDING SUPPLIES 20TH ANNIVERSARY NOVICES' HURDLE has received a total of ten entries while the second race of the afternoon, the £15,000-added PAUL WALKER RACEGOERS CLUB NOVICES' CHASE (1.35pm) has received 11 entries, including two former leading hurdlers in the form of Martin Pipe's Puntal and the Paul Nicholls-trained Santenay.

The third race of the day offers some very competitive handicap action with the THWAITES SMOOTH BEER HURDLE, over two miles and five furlongs.

Trainer Richard Price, who sent out Flakey Dove to land the 1994 Smurfit Champion Hurdle, revealed today that he plans to send out Court Shareef for the two mile, five furlong contest, although the gelding could line up for the following day's £10,000-added Favourites Racing Novices' Hurdle instead.

Price said: "At the moment it is the intention to run Court Shareef in the Thwaites Smooth Beer Handicap Hurdle, depending on the ground and how strong a race it is as I haven't seen the entries yet. He'd like genuine good ground."

The eight-year-old was extremely impressive when he scored on his last start over timber, beating Xellance by 16 lengths in a handicap hurdle in September.

"I was absolutely delighted with Court Shareef's performance at Worcester," enthused the Herefordshire trainer. "He's been running in Listed races or the top handicaps most of the time on the Flat and he finds it difficult as the handicapper hasn't been very fair to him.

"Against younger horses it's very difficult for him and he runs his heart out every time. He gets beaten into fourth, fifth or sixth and the handicapper doesn't drop him. I think the Worcester victory has done his confidence the world of good and hopefully he can carry on from there.

"He's still a novice over hurdles and we're also going to enter him tomorrow in the Favourites Racing Novices' Hurdle over two miles and five furlongs as well. We think he wants a trip of two and a half miles minimum and we'll see how good he is because he does work exceptionally well and is a good horse.

"He didn't have any luck in running at all in the Tote Cesarewitch [on the Flat at Newmarket] on Saturday. He was still running on when beaten not much more than 12 lengths and he got hampered when he was trying to come with his run. So who knows how far we can go with him?"

This will be the Shareef Dancer gelding's first outing at Prestbury Park but his trainer is adamant that he will be suited to the unique undulations of the course.

"I think Court Shareef will be suited to Cheltenham as he likes a strongly run race. I believe that he'll come up the hill, why not?" he added.

Ground conditions at Cheltenham are currently GOOD TO FIRM, FIRM IN PLACES.

Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse revealed today that he does not expect any change in the ground ahead of next week's meeting: "The ground is currently good to firm, firm in places.

"We didn't get any of yesterday's rain that people to the west of us had and I've been telling trainers I don't envisage much change in the ground before Tuesday.

"There isn't much rain forecast between now and next Tuesday but we will continue to water."

Cheltenham also races next Wednesday, October 29, when the highlight of the six-race card is the £20,000-added TOTE/RACING £1 MILLION TEN TO FOLLOW HANDICAP CHASE, the leading trial for next month's Paddy Power Gold Cup at The Open 2003.

Admission prices on both October 28 and 29 are £15 for the combined Club and Tattersalls enclosure (£9 for those aged 16-24). The Courage Enclosure is currently closed for redevelopment. All parking is FREE. Gates open at 10.30am on both days.

Racegoers are strongly advised to avoid Cheltenham town centre as there are roadworks scheduled to take place next week.

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