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Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Red Admiral will seek to maintain his perfect record over fences at The Showcase, Cheltenham’s opening meeting of the new season on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17.

Charlie Mann’s exciting prospect is entered in both the £20,000 WBX.com Novices’ Chase (2.55pm) over two miles on Friday, and Saturday’s two and a half-mile £12,000 Christmas Party Nights At Cheltenham Novices’ Chase (5.00pm).

The seven-year-old made a winning chase debut at Hereford in April and, following a summer holiday, returned to action with an impressive victory over an extended two and a half miles at Huntingdon on August 31, defeating Robert The Brave without coming off the bridle.

Mann will consider both Cheltenham races before deciding which one Red Admiral will contest.

The Lambourn trainer revealed this morning: “Red Admiral will definitely run in one of the novice chases but I am yet to decide which one. It depends on what is running. There are a lot of horses entered in both races and, as it stands, the two and a half mile race looks stronger than the two-miler.

“He is in good order and will go for one of them. He is an ex-Godolphin horse and he jumps beautifully for an ex-Flat horse - he is a very good jumper. He has looked pretty good so far and it is a natural progression to go to a better track now. He is amazing over his fences, so I am sure - touch wood - that he will jump around Cheltenham. He likes the ground, so it should not be a problem.”

Mann is also looking forward to saddling Gaora Lane at The Showcase, and he hopes the eight-year-old can go one place better than the runner-up berth he filled in the 2008 renewal of Friday’s £11,000 Softrack Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (5.15pm), run over an extended three miles.

Mann said: “Gaora Lane was second in the race last year and he will most likely run. Derek O’Connor is coming over from Ireland to ride him. He is in good order and he likes it around Cheltenham.”

As well as two days of high-quality racing, The Showcase also offers the chance to see, hear about and participate in some of the aspects of racing that are normally off-limits.

Racegoers have the chance to learn how a horse is saddled, how a fence is built or what horses get up to in their retirement. There will also be the opportunity to visit the weighing room and the commentary box, meet some of the jockeys, venture inside the parade ring or even present a trophy.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls will be on hand in the Arkle Bookshop to sign copies of his recently-published autobiography “Lucky Break”.

The going at Cheltenham remains good to firm and watering is taking place as necessary to maintain current conditions. No rain is forecast.


Trainer John Dunlop will be hoping to saddle his 250th winner at Newmarket where he has a number of fancied runners over the two-day Champions' Meeting on Friday and Saturday.

The Arundel-based trainer recorded his first winner at the track in 1966 when Tamino took the Palace House Stakes - a triumph that was also his first with a licence.

Since then he has enjoyed a number of high-profile successes on both Newmarket courses including three in the 1000 Guineas victories and two in the July Cup.

He said: “Newmarket has been lucky for me. It is always a highlight to win a Classic so our three wins in the 1000 Guineas are very special to me.

“Habibti’s win in the July Cup was a huge joy as she was only a three-year-old and we were dropping her back in trip after she hadn’t stayed in the Guineas.

“She then went on to win the Nunthorpe and the Abbaye and was a great horse.”

Although Dunlop has no representatives in either of Saturday's Group One features, he is still hopeful of making the winner's enclosure over the meeting.

Palavicini looks to have a leading chance in the Group Three Thurlow Nunn Standen Darley Stakes over nine furlongs on Friday.

The three-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway won at the track back in the spring and will not find the predicted fast ground any convenience for him.

Dunlop said: “We ran him after a break in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot to see if he stayed and he clearly doesn’t.

“He has won over Friday’s trip before and will be suited by the going. He’s been on the go a long time but seems in very good order.”

Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's Akmal also looks to have a big chance in the two-mile Group Three Jockey Club Cup on Saturday.

The son of Selkirk has won no less than six times this season including his game win in the Listed Directa Signs Noel Murless Stakes at the Cambridgeshire Meeting two weeks ago. It will be his first try in Group company but Dunlop is confident of a bold showing.

“He has been a real improver having won six times," he said. "He has also had a lot of racing but seems well. He stays the trip and will love the ground.”

Swingkeel will bid to give Dunlop his second win in the totesport.com Cesarewitch handicap, a race he hasn’t won since Mountain Lodge landed the spoils in 1982.

Dunlop said: “He is very consistent. We wanted to give him a run before this race so we ran him in the two-mile Listed race at Ascot last month.

“Ryan Moore had never ridden him before but Swingkeel still ran a good race to finish a close third. Jimmy Fortune will be back on board on Saturday.

“I think he’ll be suited by the race as he switches off well and goes on the ground. We’ll just be hoping for a bit of luck.”

Reflecting on the meeting as a whole Dunlop added: “Champions’ Day is a great day. To me the Dewhurst is the best trial for the Guineas and the Champion Stakes has been a significant race in the calendar for a number of years and is often won by horses who go on to be good stallions.”


Dick Turpin is on course to plunder another major prize for trainer Richard Hannon in the £317,350 Group One Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Champions’ Day, Saturday, 17th October.

The Arakan colt could only come home fifth in the seven-furlong Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere at Longchamp on 4th October but had previously made a faultless start to his career with four successive victories, all over six furlongs, to his name.

After posting wide-margin wins in a Windsor maiden and a Salisbury novice stakes, he made an impressive debut in Pattern company when taking the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and followed up with another comfortable victory in the lucrative Tattersalls Ireland Sales Stakes at Fairyhouse.

Richard Hannon jnr, assistant to his father, reported: “There’s every chance that Dick Turpin will run in the Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes. We will make a final decision on Thursday morning but he is an intended runner as things stand.

“He’s come out of his run at Longchamp in good order and he didn’t really have a race there - he didn’t get any daylight and was shoved around from start to finish.

“I don’t think that seven furlongs on good ground will be a problem for him and he would have a great chance at Newmarket on the level of form he showed at Goodwood and Fairyhouse.

“He’s certainly a lot better than he showed in Paris and he’s not over the top at the moment.”


Best Dressed Couple off for a dream holiday in Dubai

The horses may be competing for well over £1 million in prize money on what is overall the highest class raceday in the entire British Flat racing calendar, but all the racegoers at Newmarket for Champions' Day this Saturday (17th October) will have their own sensational prizes to go for, headed by five unforgettable nights in Burj Al Arab, the world's most luxurious hotel and a symbol of Dubai.

Jumeirah, the new sponsors of the Dewhurst Stakes, Europe's premier two-year-old race, are presenting the winners of the Best Dressed Couple with a five-night stay in a deluxe suite in their flagship hotel, the world-famous Burj Al Arab. This legendary and symbolic hotel has attracted international attention and awe, ensuring its place as one of the most photographed structures in the world. Designed to resemble a billowing sail, Burj Al Arab soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Dubai skyline.

The world's tallest all-suite hotel offers chauffeur driven Rolls Royce transfers, discreet in-suite check-in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers. The winners of the Best Dressed Couple competition will also receive business class return flights from London with Emirates Airline, sponsors of the day's feature race, The Emirates Airline Champion Stakes, to take them on this once-in-a-lifetime Dubai holiday.

There will be spotters in the crowd before the racing begins, seeking out who they believe are the five Best Dressed Couples. The final will be held in the winner's enclosure after the Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes.

With such an astounding prize on offer, the stakes could not be any higher!


British Bloodstock Marketing is once again delighted to be hosting Breeders’ Day on Friday, 16th October, having become an integral part of the two-day Champions’ Meeting.

Breeders’ Day was first staged seven years ago and complements Books 2 and 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, which feature prominently throughout the week.

The aim of the day is to promote British breeding by working with Newmarket Racecourse and the sponsors

Newmarket Racecourses’ Managing Director Stephen Wallis said: “We are very pleased to once again be welcoming British Bloodstock Marketing and are looking forward to staging Breeders’ Day.

“It is very important for Newmarket Racecourses to work closely together with BBM, whose key objective is to promote British bloodstock to as wide an audience as possible.”

Since the BBM team moved in to its offices at 190 High Street, Newmarket a year ago, Anna Powell, Desna Tatler and Gavin Pritchard-Gordon have striven to promote the British Racing and Breeding Industry, both at home and overseas.

The BBM has facilitated stud and stable visits; actively supported and promoted the Breeze-up and Racing Post Yearling Schemes and developed the monthly BBM eNewsletter.

BBM is also currently working on the BBM Yearbook for 2009/10, a monthly calendar review of 2009 racing and sales, together with a look forward to events and racing highlights not to miss in 2010, which is a free publication available on request.

For more information contact British Bloodstock Marketing on 01638 675 940 or email info@bbm.gb.com

The eight-card race starting at 1.30 pm has been kindly sponsored by the European Breeders Fund, the Federation of Bloodstock Agents, Anglo Hibernian Bloodstock Insurance, Lady Bamford, Thurlow Nunn Standen, Lanwades Stud, the National Stud and Spreadex.

The programme for Friday:

1.30pm The EBF Federation of Bloodstock Agents Maiden Stakes

2.00pm The Anglo Hibernian Bloodstock Insurance EBF Maiden Stakes

2.35pm The Sariska Houghton Conditions Stakes

3.10pm The Thurlow Nunn Standen Darley Stakes (Group Three)

3.45pm The Lanwades Stud Severals Stakes (Listed Race)

4.20pm The EBF National Stud Boadicea Fillies Stakes (Listed Race)

4.55pm The Visit The All-New Spreadex.com Handicap Stakes

5.30pm The British Bloodstock Marketing Handicap Stakes

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