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Thursday, October 16, 2008



GROUND STILL GOOD AT NEWMARKET




MICHAEL PROSSER, Director of Racing at Newmarket, this afternoon kept the official going description at 'good'.


He said: "The NatWest Rowley Mile managed to avoid the early-morning showers and it has been a pleasantly breezy and relatively warm autumnal day, which has resulted in a slight tightening of the ground. That is reflected in the GoingStick reading which is now 8.4 from 7.8 yesterday.


"Tonight is set to be dry, as are both Friday and Saturday."

Prosser also confirmed the layout of the track for the two days.

He said: "Tomorrow will see us racing on ground utilised at the Cambridgeshire Meeting.


"Immediately after Friday's card has been completed, the rail will be altered and Saturday will see us using lovely ground that hasn't been used since May.


"That strip is 18.2 metres wide at the seven-furlong marker and will perfectly accommodate 17 stalls."



ADVANCEMENT PRIMED FOR JEWSON FINAL




20 DECLARED FOR JEWSON NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE FINAL

Meeting - The Showcase, Cheltenham Racecourse
Dates - Friday, October 17 & Saturday, October 18
First race - 2.20pm (both days)
Going - Currently good (watered)
Admission prices - Club/Tattersalls £20-£25 (Club 16-24 £15-£17) Best Mate £10. Accompanied children under 16 admitted FREE to all enclosures. FREE car parking.


Advancement returns from a three-month break to continue his progressive career over hurdles in the £25,000 Jewson Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Final (3.30pm) over an extended two miles at Cheltenham tomorrow, day one of The Showcase, Friday, October 17.


The Liam Corcoran-trained five-year-old won his maiden hurdle at Newton Abbott in June and proceeded to complete a hat-trick of victories prior to a praiseworthy runner-up finish to Katies Tuitor in the Listed totescoop6 Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen on July 19.


Corcoran revealed this morning: “It’s nice to have Advancement back, we gave him a break as that was always the plan after the Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen. He’d been on the go a little while and done everybody proud. The plan was to bring him back for the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Final and, touch wood, everything has gone according to plan.


“The Summer Hurdle form has worked out really well since. The winner, Katies Tuitor, has come out and won again. We learnt a lot from that race, he’s still only a baby and he learnt more from that than he did from his previous races.

“He’s quite a headstrong horse and we dropped him in a little bit more at Market Rasen, he had to think a bit quicker on his feet. Timmy Murphy came back and thought he was a little bit better than that. We decided to rest him and come back for some of the better handicaps, we’re putting our foot in the water to see how we get on.”

Corcoran, who trains 28 horses at Bearscombe Farm Stables in Devon, believes that his charge will relish the challenge he faces at Prestbury Park.


He continued: “We always thought he’d like Cheltenham because I think he’s a horse who will get further than two miles when he learns to settle. A competitive race around Cheltenham over two miles or two miles one furlong would suit him down to the ground at this stage. He trains on a hill so going up that Cheltenham hill won’t be a problem for him.


“His Flat form shows that he goes on any ground. He has raced on softish ground and quick ground for us and he seems to handle anything.”

Advancement, who will be ridden for the fourth time by Murphy, was a 73-rated horse at his peak on the Flat for previous trainer Richard Fahey. The gelding was offered for sale at Tattersalls October Horses in Training Sale last year, where Corcoran picked him up for what now appears to be a bargain.


The former jockey, 31, commented: “We got him for 3,000 guineas at Tattersalls last October. To be fair, Richard Fahey and Bobby O’Ryan pointed me in his direction. Richard trained him previously and suggested I buy the horse. We went to see him and we liked him. He looks cheap at the moment.”

The Jewson Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Final is the culmination of a series of races for novice hurdlers who have either raced in or been declared to run in any of the 17Jewson Novices’ Hurdle qualifying races staged throughout the summer.


A maximum field of 20 has been declared for the contest, including Leo’s Lucky Star from the David Pipe stable, who has top-weight of 11st 12lb.


Tony McCoy will partner the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Donaldson, on a hat-trick following successes at Fakenham and Fontwell, while another seeking a three-timer, Noble Alan, heads to Cheltenham from trainer Nicky Richards’ Cumbria yard.


The Milton Harris-trained Chaninbar landed a Jewson Hurdle qualifier at Fakenham in May, defeating Cnoc Moy and Russian Flag.


Shore Thing, trained by Charles Egerton, won a Jewson series qualifier at Towcester on October 8 and will bid for a hat-trick at Cheltenham, while Font represents champion trainer Paul Nicholls.


There have been plenty of good winners of the competitive handicap, which was first staged in 1999 when subsequent Grade Two Scottish Champion Hurdle winner and Royal Ascot victor Ulundi took the spoils.


Westender, trained by Martin Pipe was victorious in 2001 and went on to win the Greatwood Hurdle at The Open the following month. He also filled the runner-up berth in the 2003 Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle behind Rooster Booster.


Subsequent Grade Two scorer Albuhera prevailed for Paul Nicholls in 2003, while last year’s renewal went to the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Platin Grounds.

THE JEWSON NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE FINAL

Year Winner Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP Ran
1999 ULUNDI 4-11-06 D Heath Lady Herries Dean Gallagher11/2F 11
2000 COMMON MAN 7-11-05 Owen Brennan Owen Brennan Martin Brennan9/110
2001 WESTENDER 5-11-07 Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst Martin Pipe Tony McCoy4/5F 10
2002 GRAVE DOUBTS 6-11-01 Bill Davies & Bernard Tottle Kevin Bishop Rodi Greene9/2JF 11
2003 ALBUHERA 5-11-07 D J & F A Jackson Paul Nicholls Joe Tizzard10/3JF 10
2004 GOBLET OF FIRE 5-10-13 Angela Tincknell Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh2/1F 14
2005 ITSMYBOY 5-11-07 David Johnson Martin Pipe Timmy Murphy 12/113
2006 DHEHDAAH 5-11-07 D Bayliss, Tom Davies, G Libson & Pam Sly Pam Sly Warren Marston 16/115
2007 PLATIN GROUNDS 5-10-01 D J & S A Goodman Nigel Twiston-Davies Paddy Brennan 15/2 14

The £25,000 Jewson Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Final is run over an extended two miles at Cheltenham at the course’s first meeting of the season, which has been known as The Showcase since 2007.


The contest is restricted to novices, four-year-old and upwards which have run in, or been eliminated from, one of the qualifying races, run at a number of racecourses throughout the summer. The introduction of the series of races in 1999 coincided with the growing popularity of summer jump racing, which itself started four years earlier.


The first Jewson Final was won by four-year-old Ulundi, who had previously scored in a qualifying race at Fontwell in September. The Rainbow Quest gelding proved to be a high-class dual code performer, going on to win the Grade Two Scottish Champion Hurdle in 2001 as well as the Wolferton Handicap on the Flat at Royal Ascot in 2002. He is the youngest horse to have won the Jewson Final.


The father and son combination of Owen Brennan (trainer) and Martin Brennan (jockey) were successful with seven-year-old Common Man (the oldest horse to win the race) in 2000.


Westender, who himself had run to a high standard on the level, is the best winner in the race’s history. The Martin Pipe-trained hurdler completed a hat-trick of victories in the 2001 Jewson Final and came back to Cheltenham the following month to take a Listed handicap hurdle, a race now known as the Greatwood Hurdle. Westender returned to Prestbury Park the following year to finish second in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival and progressed further to finish runner-up to Rooster Booster in the 2003 Champion Hurdle.

The Kevin Bishop-trained Grave Doubts completed a four-timer when easily winning the 2002 Jewson Final by 12 lengths, while an equally impressive Albuhera took the honours 12 months later en route to Grade Two success over fences in 2005.


Goblet Of Fire had finished third in the Cambridgeshire on the Flat at Newmarket before success in the Jewson Final in 2004 to give trainer Paul Nicholls back-to-back victories, while the 2005 winner Itsmyboy returned to Cheltenham to capture the contest seven months after he finished seventh in the Champion Bumper at The Festival. Itsmyboy was a second success in the Jewson Final for Martin Pipe.


The 2006 renewal of the Jewson Final went to Dhehdaah, trained by Pam Sly in Cambridgeshire. The year 2006 was certainly a memorable one for the trainer as she also sent out Speciosa to win the Newmarket Classic, the 1,000 Guineas, on the Flat.

Cheltenham’s first meeting off the season moved from its traditional mid-week slot to the weekend last year, resulting in the Jewson Final switching from Thursday to Friday. Platin Grounds prevailed by a neck from Rajeh in a cracking renewal and went on to finish second in a valuable handicap hurdle at Ascot on his next start. The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained five-year-old carried 10st 1lb to victory, the lowest weight carried to victory in a Jewson Final. Four winners, Westender, Albuhera, Itsmyboy and Dhehdaah, have all defied 11st 7lb.


There were 17 qualifying races this year, ranging from Wincanton on April 29 to Towcester on October 8, and the Jewson Final takes place tomorrow, Friday, October 17 at Cheltenham.

RECORD OF CURRENT TRAINERS IN THE JEWSON FINAL

Chris Bealby
2006-10 Suprendre Espere

John Best
1999-7 Second Helping 8/1

Kevin Bishop
2002-1 GRAVE DOUBTS 9/2 JF

Owen Brennan
2000-1 COMMON MAN 9/1

Tony Carroll
1999-9 Moor Hall Lady 10/1

Noel Chance
2001-2 Kaikovra 16/1

Liam Corcoran
2007-8 Im Busy 33/1

Chris Grant
2006-7 Double Vodka

Heather Dalton
2003-5 Bearaway 12/1

Ben De Haan
2007-12 Classic Gold 14/1
1999-6 My Man Dan 12/1

Robin Dickin
2003-UR Erins Lass 16/1
2003-4 Bobosh 14/1
2001-3 Bobosh 66/1

Brendan Duke
2006-PU Grand Display 33/1

Brian Eckley
2004-8 Smith’s Tribe

Charles Egerton
2001-PU Caxton Star 13/2
2000-9 Suspendid 8/1

Pam Ford
2000-6 Candy Copper 20/1

Tom George
2004-2 Dawton 25/1
2003-4 Kombinacja 100/30 JF

Matthew Gingell
2002-9 Kosamet 33/1
2002-11 Mr McDuff 33/1

Steve Gollings
2000-4 Coxwell Cossack 10/1

Richard Guest
2003-7 Gabla 40/1

Milton Harris
2007-13 Flinders Bay 80/1
2006-9 Creinch 33/1
2005-9 Carte Sauvage 14/1

Nicky Henderson
2007-7 Art Virginia 16/1
2000-3 Brandy Snap 13/8F

Lady Herries
1999-1 ULUNDI 11/2F

Philip Hobbs
2007-9 Bon Viveur 15/2
2005-6 Kalambari 20/1
2001-4 Spectrometer 14/1
1999-4 Tilt And Turn 10/1

Malcom Jefferson
2005-4 Portavadie 14/1

Paul Keane
2004-11 Wizard Of The West 25/1

Chris Kellett
1999-2 Ivorian 7/1

Peter Kelsall
2001-8 Tumbleweed Glen 100/1

Alan King
2007-5 Dan Buoy 16/1

Henrietta Knight
2000-5 Baby John 10/1
2000-10 Hurricane Dawn 9/2

Jim Lambe IRE
2005-PU Supply And Fix 50/1

Emma Lavelle
2004-11 Sir Laughalot 12/1

Barry Leavy
2004-4 Debbie 14/1

Bernard Llewellyn
2004-7 Frontier 5/1
2000-8 Thebwlboy 20/1

Charlie Mann
2005-3 Fandani
2002-10 Dardanus 20/1

Gary Moore
2006-BD Swift Sailor 4/1
2005-6 Anticipating
2005-PU Almizan 10/1
2004-PU Sadler’s Rock 25/1
2003-2 Flying Spirit 8/1

Seamus Mullins
2006-4 Cold Mountain 22/1

Ferdy Murphy
2001-7 Dominikus 16/1

Pat Murphy
2000-7 Tuxedo Junction 25/1

Paul Nicholls
2006-3 Armariver 2/1F
2005-PU Earth Man 5/2F
2004-1 GOBLET OF FIRE 2/1F
2003-1 ALBUHERA 100/30 JF

Jonjo O’Neill
2007-3 Hot Zone 3/1F
2004-3 Tigers Lair 11/2
2003-3 Feel The Pride 7/2
2002-2 Scarletti 9/2 JF

John O’Shea
2006-5 Go Free 14/1
2006-8 Baileys Best 25/1
2005-8 Tom Bell 8/1

Jim Old
2002-8 Persian King 6/1

Brendan Powell
2007-4 Cape Greko 12/1
2007-10 Contra Mundum 50/1

Richard Price
2006-PU Boulevin 66/1
1999-F Dove From Above 33/1

John Quinn
2006-6 Wrenlane 28/1

Nicky Richards
2006-2 Glingerbank 4/1

Lucinda Russell
2006-F Millennium Hall 25/1
2002-7 Sunday Rain 12/1

Pam Sly
2006-1 DHEHDAAH 16/1

Charles Smith
2005-7 Smart Boy Prince 9/1

John Spearing
2007-2 Rajeh 13/2

Nigel Twiston-Davies
2007-1 PLATIN GROUNDS 15/2
2007-6 Osprey View 5/1
1999-3 Some Operator 6/1
1999-8 Sir Robbo 6/1

Mark Usher
2008-11 Golden Alchemist 20/1
Trevor Wall
2003-8 Un Autre Espere 150/1

Paul Webber
2003-9 Whaleef 8/1

Mark Wellings
2004-12 Un Autre Espere 100/1

Evan Williams
2007-PU Danehill Willy 10/1
2006-11 Warpath 10/1

Ian Williams
2005-PU Mister Mustard 20/1 2001-5 Javelin 12/1

Nick Williams
2005-2 Theocritus
2002-6 Celtic Star 20/1

Venetia Williams
2002-5 Old Marsh 6/1

David Wintle
1999-PU If And But 14/1
RECORD OF CURRENT JOCKEYS IN THE JEWSON FINAL
Mattie Batchelor
2000-5 Baby John 10/1

Gary Berridge
2005-4 Portavadie 14/1

Paddy Brennan
2007-1 PLATIN GROUNDS 15/2
2005-9 Carte Sauvage 14/1

Peter Buchanan
2006-F Millennium Hall 25/1

Dougie Costello
2006-6 Wrenlane 28/1

Stephen Craine
2005-5 Reem Two 50/1

David Crosse
2007-11 Golden Alchemist 20/1
2006-9 Creinch 33/1
2005-8 Tom Bell 8/1
2001-2 Kaikovra 16/1

Sean Curran
2002-11 Mr McDuff 33/1

Tom Doyle
2003-9 vb Vb Whaleef 8/1

Seamus Durack
2007-13 Flinders Bay 80/1

David England
2007-6 Osprey View 5/1

Noel Fehily
2007-12 Classic Gold 14/1
2006-PU Grand Display 33/1
2005-3 Fandani 5/1
2004-11 Wizard Of The West 25/1
2002-10 Dardanus 20/1

Marcus Foley
2003-4 Bobosh 14/1

Dean Gallagher
1999-1 ULUNDI 11/2F

Jamie Goldstein
1999-3 Some Operator 6/1 Rodi Greene
2003-8 Un Autre Espere 150/1
2002-1 GRAVE DOUBTS 9/2JF

Philip Hide
2005-6 Anticipating 14/1

Wayne Hutchinson
2007-5 Dan Buoy 16/1
2005-7 Smart Boy Prince 9/1

Richard Johnson
2007-9 Bon Viveur 15/2
2005-2 Theocritus 20/1
2004-7 Frontier 5/1
2000-2 Capricorn Princess 9/1
1999-4 Tilt And Turn 10/1

Sam Jones
2006-8 Baileys Best

Wayne Kavanagh
2006-4 Cold Mountain 22/1

Barry Keniry
2004-10 Sir Laughalot 12/1

William Kennedy
2005-PU Supply And Fix 50/1

Phil Kinsella
2006-7 Double Vodka

Graham Lee
2004-5 Flame Phoenix 14/1

Carl Llewellyn
2004-6 Kalambari 20/1
2001-PU Caxton Star 13/2
1999-8 Sir Robbo 6/1

Jason Maguire
2006-PU Boulevin 66/1
2004-2 Dawton 25/1
2003-4 Kombinacja 100/30JF

Tom Malone
2007-8 Im Busy 33/1

Warren Marson
2007-2 Rajeh 13/2
2006-1 DHEHDAAH 16/1
2000-8 Thebwlboy 20/1
1999-PU If And But 14/1

Tony McCoy
2007-3 Hot Zone 3/1F
2006-5 Go Free 14/1
2005-PU Earth Man 5/2F
2004-3 Tigers Lair 11/2
2003-2 Flying Spirit 8/1
2002-2 Scarletti 9/2JF
2001-1 WESTENDER 4/5F
1999-2 Ivorian 7/1

Tom Messenger
2006-10 Suprendre Espere 33/1

Paul Moloney
2007-PU Danehill Willy 10/1
2006-11 Warpath 10/1
2005-PU Mister Mustard

Jamie Moore
2006-BD Swift Sailor 4/1
2005-PU Almzain 10/1
2004-PU Sadler’s Rock 25/1
2003-5 Bearaway 12/1

Timmy Murphy
2007-4 Cape Greko 12/1
2005-1 ITSMYBOY 12/1
2004-13 Sardagna 14/1

Mark Nicolls
2004-8 Smith’s Tribe 25/1

Henry Oliver
2003-7 Gabla 40/1
2000-7 Tuxedo Junction 25/1
1999-F Dove From Above

Tom Scudamore
2001-6 Maragun 7/1

Tom Siddall
2007-10 Contra Mundum 50/1
2003-3 Feel The Pride 7/2

Robert Stephens
2004-9 Bajan Girl 25/1

Andrew Thornton
2003-6 Second Paige 10/1

Andrew Tinkler
2007-7 Art Virginia 16/1

Joe Tizzard
2003-1 ALBUHERA 100/30JF
1999-6 My Man Dan 12/1

Lee Vickers
2004-12 Un Autre Espere 100/1
2002-3 Red Sun 5/1
2001-F Red Sun 20/1

Ruby Walsh
2006-3 Armariver 2/1F
2004-1 GOBLET OF FIRE 2/1F
2003-6 Celtic Star 20/1



CHELTENHAM CONTINUES TO REWARD OWNERS, TRAINERS AND STABLE STAFF




Cheltenham is delighted to announce a host of incentives and offers that will continue to recognise the vital role played by owners, trainers and stable staff at the home of Jump racing.


Owners enjoy an enhanced racecourse experience thanks to the link-up between the racecourse and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing.


The Cheltenham Ownership Experience, supported by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, will offer a variety of initiatives, old and new, throughout the season to ensure that everyone who has a runner at Jump racing’s most famous venue will have a day to remember.


At all meetings other than The Festival, owners will enjoy a private marquee, complimentary lunch and afternoon tea plus gifts such as magazines and radio earpieces while enjoying the unique hospitality that Irish Thoroughbred Marketing is so famous for.


The Frequent Runner Championship, supported by Theault Horseboxes and Blue Chip Feed, will once again run throughout the season, culminating with the April Meeting.


The competition rewards trainers who run their horses most often at Cheltenham and begins at The Showcase. All races, excluding those at The Festival, are given a star rating and trainers are awarded a full point for their first runner in a contest, with an additional half-point for each subsequent horse in the same race.


Last season’s epic battle went down to the final race of the April Meeting and saw Paul Nicholls edge out Naunton-based Nigel Twiston Davies by just half a point.


The overall winner of the championship will receive a free 12-month lease on a Theault Horsebox and the runner-up will receive a free 12-month lease on a Citroën C-Crosser 4WD SUV.



The top six trainers in the championship following Festival Trials Day on Saturday, January 24, will all enjoy an all-expenses paid table for 10 at The Festival in 2009, while those in the top six at the end of the season will be given generous quantities of Blue Chip Horse Feed.

The leading trainer at The Festival will receive a perpetual trophy and £2,000 for their staff while local handlers will battle it out for the Cotswold Life Gloucestershire Trainers' Championship, which operates on a handicap basis and gives trainers a handicap rating based on the number of horses they have in training and their recent strike rate.


The winning trainer of the Cotswold Life Gloucestershire Trainers’ Championship will win a Gloucestershire Hamper and the top three handlers will receive a subscription to Cotswold Life for 12 months.


Cheltenham will again provide over £10,000 this season in Best Turned Out awards and other bonuses for stable staff while over £350,000 of Cheltenham’s prize money will be awarded to stable staff via percentages of winnings.


A Stable Staff League will also run throughout the 2008/09 season, with the individual responsible for the highest number of Best Turned Out horses during the season will receive a stunning bronze sculptured coffee table courtesy of renowned designer Mark Stoddart.


All stable staff will continue to be given a complimentary meal in Hunters Lodge on the day that a horse they are responsible for runs at Cheltenham.


Stable Staff will also receive free tea and coffee at every meeting and a variety of meals, including vegetarian options, will be available at cost price. First time visitors to the racecourse will be given a guide to all the facilities for stable staff.



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