The influence of yesterday’s Longchamp results are fresh in punters minds today as Horatio Nelson is now the 13-2 favourite with Hills for next year’s Derby following his victory in the Prix Jean Luc Legardere, although he remains a 10-1 shot for the 2000 Guineas.
With the Irish Derby and now the Arc under his belt, Hurricane Run is clear favourite to follow up with victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Andre Fabre's charge is now 2-1 with Hills.
Prep races for the home team have shown a few horses in good form Stateside, with a win at Belmont for Shakespeare seeing him trimmed up from 10-1 to 8-1 for the Turf. However Borrego was the most eye-catching, with victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont promoting him to 7-2 second favourite for the Classic.
2006 Vodafone Derby: 13-2 Horatio Nelson (from 10), 14-1 George Washington, 20-1 Pescatorio, 25-1 Atlantic Waves, City Of Troy, 33-1 Extreme Measures, Greek Well, Multiplex,
2006 Stan James 2000 Guineas: 11-4 George Washington, 10-1 Horatio Nelson, 20-1 City of Troy, Pescatorio, 25-1 Amadeus Wolf, Art Museum, 33-1 Atlantic Waves, Aussie Rules, Dylan Thomas, El Fuego, Golden Arrow, Ivan Denisovich, Leo, Sir Percy, Stepping Up, To Sender, 40-1 King Johannes, Red Clubs, Regal Royale
Breeders’ Cup Turf: 2-1 Hurricane Run (from 4), 4-1 Azamour, 5-1 Powerscourt, 8-1 Bago (from 7), Oratorio (doubtful), Shakespeare (from 10), 9-1 Electrocutionist, 10-1 Better Talk Now, 12-1 English Channel (from 25), Motivator (from 9), 14-1 Kings Drama, Silverfoot, 16-1 Alkaased, Fourty Niners Son (from 20), Shirocco, 20-1 Gun Salute, Grey Swallow,
Magistretti, Relaxed Gesture, 25-1 BAR (Others upon application)
Breeders’ Cup Classic: 7-4 Saint Liam, 7-2 Borrego (from 16), 5-1 Rock Hard Ten (from 6), 8-1 Afleet Alex, 9-1 Oratorio, 14-1 Flower Alley (from 6), Suave (from 20), 16-1 Roman Ruler, 20-1 Imperialism (from 12), 25-1 Choctaw Nation (from 14), Don't Get Mad, Sir Shackleton, Sun King, 33-1 Jack Sullivan, Lava Man, Offlee Wild, Park Avenue Ball, Perfect Drift, Super Frolic, The Daddy (Others upon application)
Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: 5-4 Ouija Board, 6-1 Megaherz (from 7), 7-1 Angara, 8-1 Riskaverse (new quote), Wonder Again (from 10), 12-1 Intercontinental, Luas Line, Melhor Ainda (from 5), 14-1 Film Maker, Sand Springs (from 10), Wend, (Others upon application)
Totesport Cesarewitch: 6-1 Afrad, 8-1 Land 'N Stars, 10-1 Baddam, Elusive Dream, Odiham, Sergeant Cecil, 16-1 Hippodrome, Lets Roll, Tempsford, 20-1 High Action, Inchnadamph, King Revo, Swift Sailor, Tungsten Strike, 25-1 BAR
Emirates Melbourne Cup: 4-1 Makybe Diva, 7-1 Plastered, 8-1 Westerner (doubtful), 9-1 Xcellent, 12-1 Demerger, Distinction, Dizelle, Vinnie Roe, Vouvray, 14-1 Railings, 20-1 Carte Diamond, Confectioner, Perlin, Portland Saga, 25-1 Yeats, 33-1 Free At Last, Lachlan River, Mr Celebrity, Wild Iris, (Others Upon Application)
2006 Stan James 1000 Guineas: 7-2 Rumplestiltskin, 10-1 Flashy Wings, Silca's Sister,14-1 Donna Blini, Nannina, 16-1 La Chunga, Race For The Stars, 20-1 Chencikova, New Girlfriend, Wake Up Maggie, 25-1 Confidential Lady, Mostaqeleh, Nasheej, 33-1 Abigail Pett, Beauty Bright, Cross Channel, Eilean Ban, Nidaal, Royal Proposal, Salut d'Amour, Silver Touch, Star Cluster, 50-1 Hanoona
2006 John Smith’s Grand National: 12-1 Hedgehunter, 14-1 Clan Royal, 25-1 Forest Gunner, Jack High, 33-1 Amberleigh House, (others upon application)
2006 Queen Mother Champion Chase: 2-1 Moscow Flyer, Well Chief, 12-1 Ashleybrook, Contraband, Kauto Star, 16-1 Rathgar Beau, 25-1 Andreas, Fota Island (others upon application)
2006 Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup: 9-4 Kicking King, 8-1 Best Mate, 16-1 Beef or Salmon, Celestial Gold, 20-1 Fundamentalist, Iris's Gift, Kingscliff, Ollie Magern, Trabolgan, 25-1 Rule Supreme, Take the Stand, 33-1 Grey Abbey, Sir Rembrandt (others upon application)
Gold Cup Special: 12-1 Kicking King to win three Gold Cups
2006 Smurfit Champion Hurdle: 6-1 Hardy Eustace, Harchibald, 8-1 Brave Inca, 12-1 Arcalis, 16-1 Al Eile, Back in Front, Macs Joy, 20-1 Accordian Etoile, Essex, Faasel, Penzance, 33-1 Mephisto, Missed That, 40-1 Akilak, United (others upon application)
2006 Ladbrokes World Hurdle: 5-2 Inglis Drever, 5-1 Rule Supreme, 6-1 Baracouda , 10-1
No Refuge (others upon application)
RACING TRUST MARK
In its battle against unauthorized betting over the internet, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) today unveiled its Racing Trust Mark for use by authorized online betting operators. Earlier today, the mark was adopted in Paris by the racing authorities of over 50 countries.
Use of the Racing Trust Mark on a betting operator’s website will provide clear evidence to the public, regulators, law enforcement agencies and financial community that the operator is conforming to internationally-recognised standards regarding the use of the horseracing product.
Several prominent organizations in the international Thoroughbred community have already shown interest in the mark, which will enable them to differentiate themselves from pirating betting operations.
IFHA President Louis Romanet explains: “Betting operators can apply to us for the mark if they agree to the two IFHA principles: 1) gambling services should not be offered to residents of countries where this is illegal and; 2) no one should use the racing product for betting purposes without the express consent of the race organiser or its rights holder.”
Larry Wong, Chief Executive of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, adds: “This is a significant international initiative to directly tackle the growing number of illegal betting operators who prey on our industry. We now have a tool to distinguish the good guys from the bad.”
Bertrand Bélinguier of French PMU says: “The Racing Trust Mark will reflect the considerable investment made by racing to organise racing and betting and therefore represents the commitment to the principles of fair trading in racing.”
Alan Marzelli of The Jockey Club (U.S.) agrees, but adds: “We have to be realistic. This mark alone is not going to end illegal online betting and we will never be able to fully eradicate it. Many different actions are necessary to minimize illegal online betting.”
This is supported by Maurits Bruggink, IFHA Executive Director: “In addition to the Racing Trust Mark initiative, we have also started talks with international bodies, such as the World Trade Organisation, to stop free trade in betting and the World Intellectual Property rights Organisation to enact the necessary intellectual property rights legislation to protect our racing data and images. Technically, it is very simple for betting sites to block transactions from countries where their activity is illegal. Some authorities have already obliged websites to use this technology. We want more of that and The Racing Trust Mark will help.”
The IFHA is the single representative body for the global racing industry with membership comprising the racing authorities in over 50 countries, including all the main racing nations. It was formally established in 1993 to harmonize the rules of member countries regarding breeding and racing in order to maintain the integrity of each and protect the welfare of industry participants both human and equine. It now also elaborates common principles on wagering.