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Monday, January 14, 2002



LATEST TOTE ANTE-POST PRICES




TOTE GOLD TROPHY (NEWBURY, FEBRUARY 9)
5 Marble Arch, 6 Adamant Approach, 8 Regal Exit, Valiramix, 9 Got One Too, 10 Dark Shell, In Contrast, Lady Boston, Magnus, 12 Brother Joe, Silver Top, 14 Ilnamar, Tango Royal, The Gatherer, Tysou, Westender, 16 Fait Le Jojo, Image De Marque II, Lord Brex, Salamah, 20 Belle D'Anjou, Darapour, Dibea Times, Exit Swinger, First Ballot, Hors La Loi III, Mr Cool, Rooster Booster, Telemoss, Tikram, 25 Bar

TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (CHELTENHAM, MARCH 14)
7 Best Mate, Sackville, 8 Bacchanal, 10 First Gold, Florida Pearl, Looks Like Trouble, Lord Noelie, Shooting Light, 12 Behrajan, 14 Marlborough, 16 Alexander Banquet, Cyfor Malta, 25 Foxchapel King, Whats Up Boys, 33 Ad Hoc, Commanche Court, Rince Ri, Shotgun Willy, 40 Kingsmark, Legal Right, Sleeping Night, Tiutchev, Toto Toscato, 50 Bar

QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (CHELTENHAM, MARCH 13)
5-2 Edredon Bleu, 7-2 Flagship Uberalles, 8 Fadalko, 12 Knife Edge, Latalomne, Native Upmanship, 14 Tiutchev, 16 Direct Route, Wahiba Sands,Young Devereaux, 20 Eskleybrook, Turgeonev, 33 Cenkos, Exit Swinger, Exit To Wave, Get Real, Ilnamar, Redemption, Rockforce, 40 Bar

SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE (CHELTENHAM, MARCH 12)
2 Istabraq, 3 Valiramix, 4 Landing Light, 14 Brother Joe, Geos, 16 Bilboa, Marble Arch, Ned Kelly, 20 Arctic Owl, Jair Du Cochet, 25 Ansar, 28 Azertyuiop, 33 Grimes, Hors La Loi III, Liss A Paoraigh, Magnus, Westender, Youlneverwalkalone, 40 Milligan, Regal Exit, The French Furze, Ulundi, 50 Bar

TRIUMPH HURDLE (CHELTENHAM, MARCH 14)
12 Tempo D'or, 14 Londoner, 20 Le Roi Miguel, 25 Green Ideal, Kelami, Newhall, Prizeman, Quazer, Sonevafushi, Turtleback, 33 Derivative, Find the King, Greenhope, Hernandita, Hyderabad, Live the Dream, Riyadh, Sadlers Wings, Scolardy, Rigmarole, Sud Bleu, Trained Bythe Best, Volano, 40 Mambo, Mujalina, Santenay

MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL (AINTREE, APRIL)
16 Papillion, 20 Beau, Behrajan, Supreme Glory, 25 Alexander Banquet, Commanche Court, Foxchapel King, Paris Pike, Smarty, 33 Ackzo, Amberleigh House, Bindaree, Blowing Wind, Browjoshy, David's Lad, Earthmover, Ever Blessed, Frantic Tan, Inis Cara, Kingsmark, Lyreen Wonder, Mely Moss, Montifault, Moral Support, Narrow Water, Red Marauder, Royal Tommy, Samuel Wilderspin, Streamstown, Take Control, The Last Fing, 40 Gower-Slave, Meadowbank, Paperising, Rathbawn Prince, Satchmo, Supreme Charm, 50 Bar



ALL THE ENTRIES AND ANALYSIS FOR THE SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE & BONUSPRINT STAYERS' HURDLE






INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES FOR HURDLING SHOWPIECES




Horses trained in five different countries are among the entries revealed today for the National Hunt Festival's two hurdling showpieces, the SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE and BONUSPRINT STAYERS' HURDLE.


Istabraq, who bids for a record fourth Smurfit Champion Hurdle victory on Tuesday, March 12, is one of 40 entries for this year's two-mile championship event. He is among the 12 trained in Ireland, with Ned Kelly, Joe Cullen, Liss A Paoraigh and 2000 Rothmans Royals St Leger third Chimes At Midnight, who is so far unraced over hurdles, also in the powerful Irish team. Moscow Flyer, who is now novice chasing, has not been entered, nor has Limestone Lad, who has been mentioned as a possible runner.


There are two French-trained entries - Guillaume Macaire's Jair Du Cochet and Bilboa from Francois Doumen's stable - and the best hurdler in Germany, the eight-year-old San Suru, trained by Mario Hofer.


A strong domestic challenge includes Bula Hurdle winner Valiramix, one of Martin Pipe's six entries, Nicky Henderson's Landing Light, who took the Pertemps Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day, his stablemates Geos and Regal Exit, Ladbroke Hurdle winner Marble Arch, the well-backed Brother Joe and 2000 Irish St Leger winner Arctic Owl, who has yet to jump a hurdle in public.


American-trained Pelagos is one of 48 entries in the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle. The seven-year-old, who was trained to win a Brighton maiden by Roger Charlton, is now in Pennsylvania with Bruce Miller, who sent out Lonesome Glory to become the first North American-trained horse to ever win in Britain when taking the 1992 Sport Of Kings Hurdle at Cheltenham.


Baracouda, with Jair Du Cochet and Havre De Thaix one of three French-trained entries, is a strong ante-post favourite for the long-distance hurdling championship after his win in Ascot's Long Walk Hurdle on December 22, with the hugely popular Limestone Lad, one of ten Irish-trained entries, generally second favourite.


The Christy Roche-trained Bannow Boy, who beat Limestone Lad in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 28, and Smurfit Champion Hurdle entry Liss A Paoraigh add further weight to the Irish challenge.


Brother Joe is another entered in both races while the British contingent includes Historic and Spendid, first and second in Newbury's Long Distance Hurdle on December 1, and Deano's Beeno, winner of a Grade 2 contest at Doncaster a year ago.


Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham's Managing Director, said: "It is exciting to have so much international interest in both the Smurfit Champion Hurdle and Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle, adding a further dimension to two already fascinating contests."





THE 2002 SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE CHALLENGE TROPHY



Grade 1, Class A, Showcase Race, 3.15pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2002, £270,000 total prize fund, two miles and about half a furlong for four-year-olds and upwards. Weights: 4yo: 11st 6lb; 5yo and up: 12st; fillies and mares allowance 5lb. Entries closed January 9 (40 entries), entries released January 14, forfeit stage February 19, five-day confirmation stage March 7, final declaration stage 10.15am March 11. (Form correct up to Friday, January 11).



2/1-1115 ANSAR (IRE) 6 Kay Devlin Dermot Weld IRE
ARCTIC OWL 8 The Owl Society James Fanshawe
112-15 AZERTYUIOP (FR) 5 John Hales Paul Nicholls
14-2111 BARTON 9 Sir Stanley Clarke Tim Easterby
5-22222 BILBOA (FR) 5 Jorg Vasicek Francois Doumen FR
2251-03 BOB JUSTICE (IRE) 6 Breda Brady Ted Walsh IRE
55F1-12 BROTHER JOE (NZ) 8 Sir Robert Ogden Philip Hobbs
2131-02 BUST OUT 6 The B B Horse Racing Club Jessica Harrington IRE
CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (USA) 5 Luke Comer Luke Comer IRE
26-0322 FAIT LE JOJO (FR) 5 Jay Dee Bloodstock Limited Philip Hobbs
31132-2 GEOS (FR) 7 Thurloe Finsbury Nicky Henderson
111223 GRIMES 9 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE
P2P-233 HORS LA LOI III (FR) 7 Paul Green James Fanshawe
022-036 HUNTERS TWEED 6 Robert Gibbons Peter Beaumont
11/F1F-1 ISTABRAQ (IRE) 10 J P McManus Aidan O'Brien IRE
11211-4 JAIR DU COCHET (FR) 5 Miriam Montauban Guillaume Macaire FR
1/13-421 JOE CULLEN (IRE) 7 Jackie Mullins Willie Mullins IRE
11P1-11 LANDING LIGHT (IRE) 7 Mr & Mrs John Poynton Nicky Henderson
12-312F LISS A PAORAIGH (IRE) 7 Dottie Flynn John Kiely IRE
1451/2-0 LORD BREX (FR) 6 Terry Warner Philip Hobbs
6-11115 MAGNUS (FR) 6 David Johnson Martin Pipe
411-011 MARBLE ARCH 6 M Wilson, R Sweet, Mary Wilson Hughie Morrison
60-1204 MILLIGAN (FR) 7 George Leatham Venetia Williams
1/61556- MISTER MOROSE (IRE) 12 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
1023-12 MR COOL 8 Nick Mills Martin Pipe
11-1123 NED KELLY (IRE) 6 Sue Magnier Edward O'Grady IRE
335-PF3 PENNY RICH (IRE) 8 Cormac McGuinness Tom Hogan IRE
1312/6- REGAL EXIT (FR) 6 Brian Buckley Nicky Henderson
121F4-F RODOCK (FR) 8 Chris, Basil & Rosie Batterham II Martin Pipe
3316-14 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) 5 Tony Kilduff Mouse Morris IRE
422-411 ROUBLE (IRE) 6 Pat Betts Josh Gifford
10/111-2 SAN SURU (GER) 8 Stall Jenny Mario Hofer GER
15/4F2/-4 SIR TALBOT 8 Wally Sturt Jim Old
163011 STORMEZ (FR) 5 David Johnson Martin Pipe
065-222 THE FRENCH FURZE (IRE) 8 Jim Ennis Nicky Richards
316-223 TIKRAM 5 Mike Charlton & Rodger Sargent Gary Moore
0/51-063 ULUNDI 7 David Heath Paul Webber
2/1123-1 VALIRAMIX (FR) 6 Jim Weeden Martin Pipe
111110 WESTENDER (FR) 6 Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst Martin Pipe
PF1-322 YOULNEVERWALKALONE (IRE) 8 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE

40 Entries
12 Irish-Trained
2 French-Trained
1 German-Trained



THE 2002 SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE
Analysis




When the Aidan O'Brien-trained Istabraq won the 2000 Smurfit Champion Hurdle, he became only the fifth horse to be successful in three consecutive renewals of hurdling's Blue Riband and only the third horse ever to win at four National Hunt Festivals in a row along with Arkle and Golden Miller.


His attempt to win a record fourth Smurfit Champion Hurdle was thwarted when last year's Festival was cancelled but he is still ante-post favourite to complete the unique feat in March.


Now ten years old, and the second oldest entry among the 40 engaged in this year's Smurfit Champion Hurdle, Istabraq reappeared in the Grade 2 Tote December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29 where his head success from Bust Out failed to convince all onlookers. Istabraq is set to go to Cheltenham without another prep race.


According to bookmakers, the chasing pack is headed by one of Martin Pipe's six entries, Valiramix, who has been solidly backed in recent weeks since his nine-length success from former stablemate The French Furze in the Bula Hurdle, rescheduled at Newbury from Cheltenham, on December 19.


Pipe, who won the Champion Hurdle in 1993 with Granville Again and four years later with Make A Stand, is also represented by Magnus and Stormez, a pair who have been bought recently by owner David Johnson from France, where both boasted top-class form. Magnus, who was purchased for 3.4 million francs in November, broke a blood vessel when a distant last of five on his British debut at Newbury on December 19.


The Pipe team is completed by Westender, whose sequence of four wins including the Cheltenham's Rehabilitation Of Racehorses Hurdle ended in Ascot's £100,000 Ladbroke Hurdle before Christmas, Rodock, who fell when closing in on Baracouda in the Ascot Hurdle on November 23, and Mr Cool, a winner over fences this season.


Marble Arch, who won the Ladbroke Hurdle for Hughie Morrison, is joined in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle entries by Fait Le Jojo and Tikram, who finished second and third at Ascot.


Brother Joe, a stablemate of Fait Le Jojo at Philip Hobbs' yard, was well-backed for the Smurfit Champion Hurdle last week. Sir Robert Ogden's New Zealand-bred finished second in the Tote Ebor on the Flat at York in August, and was also runner-up on his latest start behind It Takes Time in the Tote Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham on November 17. Lord Brex, winner of Aintree's Glenlivet Anniversary 4YO Hurdle in April, 2000, completes Hobbs' trio.


Nicky Henderson also fields a three-pronged attack, headed by Landing Light, who last season progressed from a victory in the Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury to the Coral Eurobet Championship Hurdle at Sandown, a substitute for the Smurfit Champion Hurdle. This season he has won both his starts, in Newcastle's Fighting Fifth Hurdle and the Pertemps Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day.


Geos, who has been novice chasing and was three-lengths second to Landing Light in the Sandown contest, and Regal Exit, who is ante-post favourite for this year's Tote Gold Trophy, give further weight to the Henderson squad.


James Fanshawe has entered the the 2000 Smurfit Champion Hurdle second Hors La Loi III, who finished third in the Pertemps Christmas Hurdle, and Arctic Owl, who has yet to jump a hurdle in public but boasts top-class form on the Flat, having won the 2000 Group 1 Irish St Leger.


Co Meath permit hurdler Luke Comer has entered Chimes At Midnight, the only other entry yet to go hurdling. The five-year-old also has good Flat form, most notably when third to Millenary in the 2000 St Leger.


Chimes At Midnight, Istabraq and Bust Out form part of no less than 12 Irish-trained entries. Ansar, another high-class dual-purpose performer, represents Dermot Weld while Istabraq's owner J P McManus additionally has Grimes, and Youlneverwalkalone, who have both been novice chasing and are trained by Christy Roche.


Joe Cullen, trained by Willie Mullins and winner of the 2000 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the National Hunt Festival, has showed good form over hurdles, winning by five lengths over the minimum trip at Punchestown on November 17, although eight days earlier was beaten 20 lengths by the Edward O'Grady-trained Ned Kelly, who warmed up for his tilt at the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle with a gallop after racing at Punchestown on Wednesday, January 9.


Penny Rich, successful on the Flat at Galway and Thurles in the autumn, Ted Walsh's Bob Justice, who came third in a Naas handicap hurdle in November, the useful Liss A Paoraigh, a faller behind Istabraq at Christmas and winner of the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle at Navan in November, and Rostropovich, who finished 15 lengths behind Istabraq at Christmas, complete the Irish challenge.


International interest in the race is heightened by Jair Du Cochet and Bilboa, trained in France respectively by Guillaume Macaire and Francois Doumen and last season's top juvenile hurdlers, and Germany's best hurdler San Suru, who was unplaced when contesting the 1999 Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle and has now left Christian von der Recke to join Mario Hofer.


The novice Rouble is held in high regard by Josh Gifford following impressive wins at Ascot and Sandown, Azertyuiop was impressive when winning Wincanton's Elite Hurdle but disappointed when last in the Pertemps Christmas Hurdle while 12-year-old Mister Morose is the old man of the field and has yet to appear this season.


The 1999 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle winner Sir Talbot had his first start for two years in December when well beaten by Valiramix at Newbury, Ulundi was being touted as a serious Smurfit Champion Hurdle contender following his win in Sandown's Tote Exacta Handicap on the Flat in July but was only third to Azertyuiop at Wincanton, top-class hurdler Barton is likely to stick to fences at this year's Festival, Hunters Tweed has been handicapping and needs to improve considerably, while Milligan also had his limitations shown when third to Landing Light at Kempton on Boxing Day.





IRISH-TRAINED ENTRIES IN THE 2002 SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE



2/1-115 ANSAR 6 b g Kahyasi - Anaza (Darshaan)
Owner: Kay Devlin Trainer: Dermot Weld IRE
A son of the 1988 English and Irish Derby winner Kahyasi, Ansar, who has useful form on the Flat, has won twice over hurdles this season. In August the Dermot Weld-trained six-year-old was successful in a handicap hurdle at Galway by three lengths from The Gatherer and his other victory came at Tipperary in October when he got the upper hand in the Grade Two John James McManus Memorial Hurdle, beating fellow Smurfit Champion Hurdle entry Grimes by five lengths. His one win last season came in a Galway maiden hurdle when he justified favouritism by beating Patsy Veale by three lengths. On his last start Ansar finished 20 lengths behind Limestone Lad in the Grade One Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse at the beginning of December.


2251-03 BOB JUSTICE 6 b g Bob Back - Bramdean (Niniski)
Owner: Breda Brady Trainer: Ted Walsh IRE
Bob Justice has two victories over timber to his name, the first of them coming came on Boxing Day, 2000, at Leopardstown when he won his maiden hurdle by 20 lengths from Big-And-Bold. He then took another novice hurdle at Fairyhouse in April, beating Timber King by one-and-a-half lengths. The six-year-old has competed in handicap hurdles on his last two starts, most recently finding Glens Music three lengths too good when top weight at Naas on November 24.


2131-02 BUST OUT 6 ch g Bustino - Nordic Beauty (Northjet)
Owner: The BB Horse Racing Club Trainer: Jessica Harrington IRE
Jessica Harrington's charge put in a superb effort last time to finish the runner-up, beaten a mere head, to three-time Smurfit Champion Hurdle winner Istabraq in the Grade Two December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29. On his four runs over hurdles last season he won twice, at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown, and was far from disgraced on his two defeats, on both occasions being placed behind leading Irish novice Ned Kelly, a fellow Smurfit Champion Hurdle entry. Bust Out's reported next outing will be in the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on January 27.


CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (USA) 5 b h Danzig - Surely Georges (Alleged)
Owner: Luke Comer Trainer: Luke Comer IRE
The Luke Comer-owned and trained Chimes At Midnight has yet to appear over hurdles, but has been keeping the best of company on the Flat. Although finishing last four times in nine outings in 2001 on the level, he still managed to win the Group Three Curragh Cup over a mile and three quarters at the Curragh in June beating Mediterranean by two lengths. His best effort was when third to Millenary in the 2000 St Leger at Doncaster.


111223 GRIMES 9 b g Reprimand-Diva Madonna (Chief Singer)
Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Christy Roche IRE
Grimes won the Grade One Shell Champion Hurdle at Punchestown in May, 2000, defeating a high-class field in the process and nine days later followed up in the Grade Three Murphys Irish Stout Handicap Hurdle at Killarney. Prior to these victories he boasted three previous hurdling successes including the 1996 Grade Two Denny Hurdle and the 1997 Murphys Irish Stout Champion Hurdle at Punchestown. He was well beaten by Istabraq in the 1998 Smurfit Champion Hurdle and in April, 1999, was tried over fences and put in a great first effort to finish second to Flagship Uberalles in the Sandeman Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree. More recently he has won three times this term, twice over timber at Killarney and Tipperary and once in a handicap chase at Galway in August. On his last start over hurdles he put in a good performance to finish runner-up to Ansar in the Grade Two John James McManus Memorial Hurdle at Tipperary in October.


11/F1F-1 ISTABRAQ (IRE) 10 b g Sadler's Wells-Betty's Secret (Secretariat)
Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Bred to win a Derby, like his half-brother Secreto, Istabraq has proved himself one of the greatest-ever hurdlers, winning the Smurfit Champion Hurdle three times and this year bids to become the first ever four-time winner. He has won at the last four National Hunt Festivals - in 1997 he took the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle. Last season, when foot and mouth postponed Istabraq's Cheltenham record attempt, was also notable in that he fell for the first time in his life in the Grade Two December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown and he did the same again on his last outing of the campaign in the Grade One Shell Champion Hurdle at the same venue in April. In between these two mishaps, he proved that he was still a top-class horse by winning the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in January and this season he fared better in the December Festival Hurdle on December 29 beating Bust Out by a head on his seasonal reappearance.


1/1/13-421 JOE CULLEN (IRE) 7 ch g River Falls - Moycullen (Le Moss)
Owner: Mrs Jackie Mullins Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE
The Willie Mullins-trained Joe Cullen won the 2000 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the National Hunt Festival, his first start since winning a National Hunt Flat Race at Tralee in June, 1999. After a successful start over timber in a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse in February it was not until his latest run in a Punchestown hurdle on November 17 that he was able to win again. In between these two successes Joe Cullen had been beaten on three occasions, all in races won by fellow Smurfit Champion Hurdle entry Ned Kelly.


12-312F LISS A PAORAIGH (IRE) 7 b m Husyan-Shuil Liss (Ardoon)
Owner: Mrs Dottie Flynn Trainer: John Kiely IRE
After Liss A Paoraigh was beaten on her National Hunt debut at Thurles in February, 2000, she won five races on the trot, including two bumpers and three hurdles. These victories included the Grade One Punchestown Champion Flat Race and the Grade One Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle at Fairyhouse. This season her sole victory came in the Grade One Lismullen Hurdle at Navan on November 3 where she defeated top-class hurdler Limestone Lad by a length and a half. That rival subsequently took revenge in the Grade One Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse the following month. On her latest start at Leopardstown on December 29 Liss A Paoraigh took a tumble at the second obstacle in the Grade Two December Festival Hurdle won by the mighty Istabraq. Also entered in the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle.


11-1123 NED KELLY (IRE) 6 ch g Be My Native-Silent Run (Welsh Saint)
Owner: Sue Magnier Trainer: Edward O'Grady IRE
After winning two bumpers in 2000, Ned Kelly lost his unbeaten record in that season's Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham when he was beaten 21 lengths by Joe Cullen. Nevertheless his subsequent seven victories in a row over hurdles, including successes in three Grade Two events and the Grade One Champion Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse in April, make the Edward O'Grady-trained six-year-old one of the top performers over timber in Ireland. He has been placed behind Limestone Lad on his last two outings, most recently when sustaining a burst blood at Fairyhouse on December 2. He had a racecourse gallop on Wednesday, January 9, at Punchestown in preparation for his next scheduled run in the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on January 27.


335-PF3 PENNY RICH (IRE) 8 br g Little Bighorn-Musical Puss (Orchestra)
Owner: Cormac McGuinness Trainer: Tom Hogan IRE
Penny Rich put in a good performance last time to finish third, beaten 13 lengths behind Istabraq in the Grade Two December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29. However, he never looked like winning on that occasion and on his two previous starts this term he has failed to finish. Indeed his last win over timber came at Listowel on September 21, 2000, in a handicap hurdle and, although he did subsequently manage a second to Liss A Paoraigh in the Grade One Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle at Fairyhouse three months later, he must improve to figure in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle.


3316-14 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) 5 gr h Sadler's Wells-Infamy (Shirley Heights)
Owner: Tony Kilduff Trainer: Mouse Morris IRE
A 180,000gns purchase out of Aidan O'Brien's stable, Rostropovich caused quite a sensation on his winning hurdling debut in a maiden at Naas in January, 2001, when he beat Kadoun by half a length. But that rival turned the tables, beating him into third in the Grade Three Juvenile Hurdle at Down Royal later the same month. Two subsequent hurdling successes have come at Cork, and more recently this season at Fairyhouse in May. A successful Flat campaign included a Listed victory at Leopardstown on May 23 while the latest outing over hurdles resulted in fourth place behind Istabraq in the Grade Two December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29. Also entered in the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle.


PF1-322 YOULNEVERWALKALONE (IRE) 8 b g Montelimar-In My Time (Levmoss)
Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Christy Roche IRE
After winning a bumper at Leopardstown in December, 1998, on his racecourse debut, Youlneverwalkalone won three novice hurdles in quick succession early the next season. He then lost his unbeaten record, finishing third to Sausalito Bay in the Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the 2000 National Hunt Festival. Last season he gained two victories, including the Grade One Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse. After finishing third to Limestone Lad in the Grade Two Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on November 17 on his seasonal reappearance, Christy Roche's charge went novice chasing and finished second on his first two starts over the bigger obstacles.



FRENCH-TRAINED ENTRIES IN THE 2002 SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE



5-22222 BILBOA 5 b m Phantom Breeze - Maisonnaise (Labus)
Owner: Jorg Vasicek Trainer: Francois Doumen FR
Trained by Francois Doumen, Bilboa deserves a victory having finished runner-up on her last five outings, including most recently when beaten two-and-a-half lengths by Landing Light in the Grade One Pertemps Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day. Last season she appeared in Britain on four occasions winning two Grade Two contests - a juvenile novices' hurdle at Kempton in February and the four-year-old novices' hurdle at the Aintree Festival two months later. On her last start of the 2000/2001 season she found Landing Light six-and-three-quarter lengths too good when fifth in the Grade One Championship Hurdle at Sandown in April.


11211-4 JAIR DU COCHET (FR) 5 b g Rahotep - Dilaure (Rose Laurel)
Owner: Miriam Montauban Trainer: Guillaume Macaire FR
After winning over hurdles at Compiegne and Enghien in October and November, 2000, Jair Du Cochet found just Bilboa too good in the Grade Three Prix General de Saint-Didier at Enghien later in November. A month later he managed to get the better of that rival by four lengths in the Grade One Welsh Finale Junior Hurdle at Chepstow. In January the Rahotep gelding gained his second successive victory in Britain, defeating Pedro Pete by a distance in the Grade Two Wragge & Co Finesse Four Years Old Hurdle at Cheltenham. That proved to be his last start of the campaign and on his seasonal reappearance in a Kempton hurdle in October he ran disappointingly to finish fourth, beaten 19 lengths by Armaturk. Trainer Guillaume Macaire explained that his charge wasn't fully fit for his comeback. Also entered in the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle.



GERMAN-TRAINED ENTRY IN THE 2002 SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE



10/111-2 SAN SURU (GER) 8 b h Surumu-Sweet Virtue (Halo)
Owner: Stall Jenny Trainer: Mario Hofer GER
Formerly trained by Christian Von Der Recke, San Suru is now under the care of former top jockey Mario Hofer, who has enjoyed great success as a trainer, principally on the Flat, and describes his charge as "the best hurdler in Germany". Last season San Suru won all three of his hurdle starts - two victories coming at Mannheim and the other at Hamburg. The eight-year-old has a good career hurdling record, winning six of his 11 starts, although on his previous visit to the National Hunt Festival in 1999, he was beaten a long way by Hors La Loi III in the Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle. This season the son of Surumu finished runner-up on his only outing over timber.




THE 2002 BONUSPRINT STAYERS' HURDLE



Class A, Grade One, Total Prize Fund £125,000, Cheltenham, Thursday, March 14, 2002, three miles. For 4yo & upwards. Weights: 4yo 11st; 5yo & upwards 11st 10lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 5lb. Entries closed January 9, entries revealed January 14 (48 entries), forfeit stage February 19, five-day confirmation stage March 9, final declaration stage 10.15am March 13. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Friday, January 11, 2002, and may not include some overseas form.


1F1434 AUETALER (GER) 8 The Macca & Growler Partnership Martin Pipe
320-462 BALLET-K 8 Gallagher Enterprises Ltd Jim Neville
211-441 BANNOW BAY (IRE) 7 Linda Shanahan & Sue Magnier Christy Roche IRE
1111-11 BARACOUDA (FR) 7 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR
02-FFU3 BE MY ROYAL (IRE) 8 Violet O'Leary Willie Mullins IRE
3225-13 BOSS DOYLE (IRE) 10 Anne Daly Mouse Morris IRE
4-23214 BOUNCE BACK (USA) 6 Belinda Harvey Martin Pipe
55F1-12 BROTHER JOE (NZ) 8 Sir Robert Ogden Philip Hobbs
612-543 CARLOVENT (FR) 7 Chris, Basil & Rosie Batterham Martin Pipe
F2-P024 CATCH BALL 6 Mrs Paddy Byrne Willie Mullins IRE
230-311 CELTIC NATIVE (IRE) 7 Jill Emery Philip Hobbs
635053- COPELAND 7 Dr David & Heather Silk Martin Pipe
5/1210-0 DEANO'S BEENO 10 Axom Martin Pipe
5343/20- EFFECTUAL 9 B C Dice Venetia Williams
61P-30 FIRST BALLOT (IRE) 6 Jeff Smith David Elsworth
1141-14 GARRUTH (IRE) 8 Paul Barber Paul Nicholls
433-433 GENERAL CLONEY (IRE) 6 John J Brennan Willie Mullins IRE
1Fr/2F1- HAVRE DE THAIX (FR) 7 Cyriaque Diard Cyriaque Diard FR
PP-0212 HILL SOCIETY (IRE) 10 Pat Garvey Noel Meade IRE
P0/6P-40 HIS SONG (IRE) 9 David Lloyd Mouse Morris IRE
12-3F15 HISTORIC (IRE) 6 Mrs R E R Rumboll Tom George
P2P-233 HORS LA LOI III (FR) 7 Paul Green James Fanshawe
51U11P- INDIAN SCOUT (IRE) 7 Indian Scout Partnership Ben De Haan
111-111 IT TAKES TIME (IRE) 8 David Johnson Martin Pipe
30-5FP0 IT'S WALLACE 9 Grand Day Out Partnership Sheena West
11211-4 JAIR DU COCHET (FR) 5 Miriam Montauban Guillaume Macaire FR
15-13 JOSS NAYLOR (IRE) 7 Darren Mercer Jonjo O'Neill
211112 LIMESTONE LAD (IRE) 10 James Bowe James Bowe IRE
12-312F LISS A PAORAIGH (IRE) 7 Mrs Dottie Flynn John Kiely IRE
1451/2-0 LORD BREX (FR) 6 Terry Warner Philip Hobbs
6-11115 MAGNUS (FR) 6 David Johnson Martin Pipe
32110/1- MALE-ANA-MOU (IRE) 9 Oh So Bright Syndicate Jamie Poulton
2-3121 MARDANI (IRE) 7 Roger Brookhouse Roger Brookhouse
11P-352 MONTALCINO (IRE) 6 The Winning Line Venetia Williams
1023-12 MR COOL 8 Nick Mills Martin Pipe
0/34FP0- NO TALE TO TELL (IRE) 8 Mrs M A Powis Mark Wellings
331234- * PELAGOS (FR) 7 Michael Hoffman Bruce Miller USA
15/11- PRINCE MADOC (IRE) 6 Peter Bennett-Jones Mark Bradstock
121F4-F RODOCK (FR) 8 Chris, Basil & Rosie Batterham II Martin Pipe
3316-14 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) 5 Tony Kilduff Mouse Morris IRE
1263-23 RUN FOR PADDY 6 Bernard Perkins Heather Dalton
11332-3 SHEER GENIUS (IRE) 6 Malcolm Denmark Mark Pitman
15/4F2/-4 SIR TALBOT 8 Wally Sturt Jim Old
4/0P-232 SPENDID (IRE) 10 Adair Catherwood Alan King
6126-06 SUDDEN SHOCK (GER) 7 Darren Mercer Jonjo O'Neill
12P56-5 TEAATRAL 8 Bernard Gover Bloodstock Trading Ltd Charles Egerton
21-1121 TELEMOSS (IRE) 8 Ashleybank Investments Limited Nicky Richards
F1/210-6 UPGRADE 8 Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst Martin Pipe

* Form to the end of the US season, which runs for the calendar year

48 Entries
10 Irish-trained
3 French-trained
1 American-trained



BONUSPRINT STAYERS' HURDLE ANALYSIS



The 48 entries for the 2002 Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle are a truly cosmopolitan selection of the leading staying hurdlers, with ten hailing from Ireland, three from France and one from the USA.


Currently heading the ante-post market for the three-mile contest is the Francois Doumen-trained Baracouda. The seven-year-old remains unbeaten in his five runs in Britain and so far this season has won twice at Ascot, taking the Grade Two PriceWaterhouseCoopers Ascot Hurdle and his second Grade One Long Walk Hurdle on December 22. The other two French challengers are Havre de Thaix and Guillaume Macaire's Jair Du Cochet, who is also entered in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle.


Martin Pipe will be aiming for his third victory in the race and he has by far and away the largest number of entries of any trainer - ten in total. These include Magnus, the most expensive National Hunt horse ever sold at public auction who broke a blood vessel when disappointing on his British debut at Newbury in December, as well as It Takes Time, who has only been defeated twice in his career and is already a dual winner at Cheltenham this season having landed the Tote Bookmakers Hurdle in November and a qualifier for the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle on December 14. Pipe could also be represented by the evergreen Deano's Beeno.


When It Takes Time won the Tote Bookmakers Hurdle,he had Brother Joe a fast-finishing second behind him and the Philip Hobbs-trained gelding, previously a useful Flat performer in New Zealand, would meet Martin Pipe's charge on 16lb better terms here. Hobbs could also be represented by the gallant mare Celtic Native and Lord Brex, a useful novice two seasons ago.


The ten Irish-trained horses are headed by one of Ireland's most popular horse, the amazing Limestone Lad. The pride of his owner/trainer/breeder James Bowe has won no less than 28 races during his career and so far this season has already scooped four contests. His best effort this campaign came when taking the Grade One Hattons Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in early December for the second time, with Liss A Paoraigh second, Bannow Bay fourth and Catch Ball seventh. However, he suffered a reversal last time out when going down by a length to the Christy Roche-trained Bannow Bay in the Grade Two Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown.


It is rare for American-trained horses to run in Britain but there could be a cross-Atlantic raider in the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle. Pelagos, once trained by Roger Charlton, is now under the care of leading US trainer Bruce Miller, who made history when winning a Sport Of Kings challenge race at Cheltenham with Lonesome Glory in 1992. Pelagos' best career effort to date was to finish second in the $100,000 Meadow Brook Chase, a leg of the American steeplechasing Triple Crown, at Belmont in June.


Other interesting contenders include the Nicky Richards-trained Telemoss, a four-time winner this season whose best effort probably came in defeat when second under 11st 12lb to See You Sometimes in the JETS Hurdle at Cheltenham's in November when quite badly hampered. The mare Ballet-K is the star of Jim Neville's yard and she put up probably a career best effort last time out when she chased home Baracouda in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

David Elsworth's First Ballot, a very useful stayer on the Flat, has been entered for this contest in preference to the Smurfit Champion Hurdle which was his original target. The six-year-old Perugino gelding has certainly given the impression that he is suited by more than two miles, including last time out in the Ladbroke at Ascot.



IRISH-TRAINED ENTRIES IN THE 2002 BONUSPRINT STAYERS' HURDLE



211-441 BANNOW BAY (IRE) 7 b g Good Thyne - Derry Girl (Rarity)
Owner: Linda Shanahan & Sue Magnier Trainer: Christy Roche
Made the successful transition form handicaps to Pattern race company last season when he recorded victories in the Grade Two Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown and the Grade One Champion Stayers' Hurdle at Fairyhouse in April, where he had Catch Ball half a length back in second with a further six lengths back to Limestone Lad. His first two runs of the current campaign saw him finish an encouraging fourth to Ansar over an inadequate two miles in the Grade Two John James McManus Memorial Hurdle at Tipperary in October and fourth to Limestone Lad in the Grade One Hattons Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December. On his latest start he got the better of Limestone Lad when beating that horse by a length to record his second win in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown.


02-FFU3 BE MY ROYAL (IRE) 8 b g Be My Native - Royal Rehearsal (Pamroy)
Owner: Violet O'Leary Trainer: Willie Mullins
Finished third to stablemate Joe Cullen in the 2000 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the National Hunt Festival and landed three hurdle races last season - a maiden at Wexford, a novice event at Cork and the Grade Three Stayers' Novice Hurdle at Thurles. He also put up a good performance when a staying-on second to Colonel Braxton in the Grade One Champion Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse in April. This season he has failed to get his jumping together and has not completed in three of his starts (one hurdle race and two novice chases). Last time out he was third behind Mantles Prince in a novice chase at Punchestown on January 8.


3225-13 BOSS DOYLE (IRE) 10 b g Lapierre - Prolific Scot (Northern Guest)
Owner: Anne Daly Trainer: Mouse Morris
Reverted to hurdles in the 1999/2000 season after never really taking to chasing, Boss Doyle continues to show good form. Over hurdles, his best wins have come in the Grade Two West Yorkshire Hurdle - which he landed in 2000 and 2001. Apart from his Wetherby success, notable performances last season included finishing second to Deano's Beeno in the Grade Two Premier Hurdle at Wetherby and second to Limestone Lad in the Grade Two Boyne Hurdle at Navan. He began this season by taking his second West Yorkshire Hurdle by seven lengths from Spendid and most recently was third behind Bannow Bay and Limestone Lad in the Grade Two Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown.


F2-P024 CATCH BALL 6 ch m Prince Sabo - Canoodle (Warpath)
Owner: Mrs Paddy Byrne Trainer: Willie Mullins
Paddy Byrne, owner of Park House Stud in Co Carlow, paid 6,300gns for Catch Ball as a breeding prospect at Ascot Sales in July, 2000. As it was too late to breed from her that year, he put her into training with Willie Mullins and the mare - whose dam Canoodle Byrne also used to own - went on to win four races over hurdles later in 2000. She also won twice on the Flat last year and by far her best performance last National Hunt season came when going down by half a length to Bannow Bay in the Champion Stayers' Hurdle at Fairyhouse in April, where she kept on well in the closing stages. She finished a good second to Limestone Lad at Navan on December 15/

433-433 GENERAL CLONEY (IRE) 6 ch g Simply Great - Kitty's Sister (Bustino)
Owner: John Brennan Trainer: Willie Mullins
Has only managed one success to date over hurdles so far in his career, defeating Ansar in a maiden hurdle at Gowran Park back in February, 2000. Followed up that win with an excellent third behind Snowdrop in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the 2000 National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham. Since then however his career has not really progressed and his last three runs have all been in handicap company, most recently at Navan where he was a staying-on third to Testify.


PP-0212 HILL SOCIETY (IRE) 10 br g Law Society - Sun Screen (Caerleon)
Owner: Pat Garvey Trainer: Noel Meade
Another horse who has switched back to the smaller obstacles after being campaigned over fences. Has run at the National Hunt Festival four times in the past, finishing fifth to Make A Stand in the 1997 Smurfit Champion Hurdle, the short-head runner-up to Champleve in the 1998 Irish Independent Arkle Chase, ninth in the 1999 Queen Mother Champion Chase and he unseated his rider in the 2000 Grand Annual Chase. Does not seem to be quite the horse he once was but during the current campaign he has been pretty consistent. Has not been seen out over hurdles since June, when second under 11st 8lb in a decent handicap hurdle at Navan.


P0/6P-40 HIS SONG (IRE) 9 ch g Accordion - Pampered Finch VII (Damsire Unregistered)
Owner: David Lloyd Trainer: Mouse Morris
Yet another horse who has switched back to hurdles after spending part of his career over fences. At his best, His Song has some very decent form but has generally been something of an under-achiever. He has had two runs at the National Hunt Festival in the past, coming second to French Ballerina in the 1998 Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle and fifth to Flagship Uberalles in the 1999 Irish Independent Arkle Trophy. Over hurdles, his biggest success came in the Grade One Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in April, 1998. His first outing this season behind Limestone Lad at Navan was somewhat controversial. After being tailed off for much of the race, he finished very well. The Navan stewards did not accept Mouse Morris' explanation that the horse had a history of leg and wind problems and promptly fined him Ir£500. Jockey David Casey was banned for seven days and the horse for 42 days. Morris' fine was later quashed on appeal along with the horse's ban and Casey's ban reduced down to two days. On his next outing in the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas Meeting, His Song was tailed off.


211112 LIMESTONE LAD (IRE) 10 b g Aristocracy - Limestone Miss (Raise You Ten)
Owner: James Bowe Trainer: James Bowe
Is surely only rivalled by the mighty Istabraq for the accolade of most popular horse in Ireland. Limestone Lad has now won an amazing 28 races for his owner/trainer/breeder James Bowe with his two wins in the Grade One Hattons Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in 1999 (where he defeated Istabraq) and 2001 being the highlights of his career. On his one visit to Cheltenham, he was runner-up to Bacchanal in the 2000 Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle, going down by a length on ground that was a touch on the quick side for him. Limestone Lad's connections launched an objection that day claiming that their horse had been interfered with but this was rejected by the stewards. The decision was made at the start of the campaign for Limestone Lad to stick to hurdles this season and his chasing career (he won four chases last season, defeating Sackville on one occasion) is currently on hold. So far this season it has been pretty much business as normal for the Aristocracy gelding, with four victories. After having a pipe-opener on the Flat at Navan in October, he went on to finish second to Liss A Paoraigh in the Grade Two Lismullen Hurdle at Navan on November 3 when he still looked in need of the run. He went on to win his next four races - the Listed Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle at Naas on November 10, the Grade Two Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on November 17 (where he beat Ned Kelly and Youlneverwalkalone), the Grade One Hattons Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on December 2 (defeating Liss A Paoraigh, Ned Kelly and Bannow Bay) and the Navan Racecourse And Golf Hurdle on December 15 (where he had Catch Ball and His Song behind him). On his latest outing Limestone Lad went down by a length to Bannow Bay in the Grade Two Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 28.

12-312F LISS A PAORAIGH (IRE) 7 b m Husyan-Shuil Liss (Ardoon)
Owner: Mrs Dottie Flynn Trainer: John Kiely IRE
After Liss A Paoraigh was beaten on her National Hunt debut at Thurles in February, 2000, she won five races on the trot, including two bumpers and three hurdles. These victories included the Grade One Punchestown Champion Flat Race and the Grade One Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle at Fairyhouse. This season her sole victory came in the Grade One Lismullen Hurdle at Navan on November 3 where she defeated top-class hurdler Limestone Lad by a length and a half. That rival subsequently took revenge in the Grade One Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse the following month. On her latest start at Leopardstown on December 29 Liss A Paoraigh took a tumble at the second obstacle in the Grade Two December Festival Hurdle won by the mighty Istabraq. Also entered in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle.


3316-14 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) 5 gr h Sadler's Wells-Infamy (Shirley Heights)
Owner: Tony Kilduff Trainer: Mouse Morris IRE
A 180,000gns purchase out of Aidan O'Brien's stable, Rostropovich caused quite a sensation on his winning hurdling debut in a maiden at Naas in January, 2001, when he beat Kadoun by half a length. But that rival turned the tables, beating him into third in the Grade Three Juvenile Hurdle at Down Royal later the same month. Two subsequent hurdling successes have come at Cork, and more recently this season at Fairyhouse in May. A successful Flat campaign included a Listed victory at Leopardstown on May 23 while the latest outing over hurdles resulted in fourth place behind Istabraq in the Grade Two December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29. Also entered in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle.




FRENCH-TRAINED ENTRIES FOR THE 2002 BONUSPRINT STAYERS' HURDLE



1111-11 BARACOUDA (FR) 7 b g Alesso - Peche Aubar (Zino)
Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Francois Doumen
Looks to be the outstanding staying hurdler at present and a short-priced favourite in all the bookmakers' ante-post lists. Baracouda first came to the attention of the British racing public when recording an emphatic success in the 2000 Grade One Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot, where he demolished a good quality field and had Deano's Beeno 14 lengths behind him in second. After that win, he was sold privately along with stable companion First Gold to J P McManus. His next outing was not so impressive where he was all out to win the National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell but his trainer was adamant that the horse was someway short of peak fitness. Doumen's confidence was fully justified when the Alesso gelding won on home soil at Auteuil in a Grade Three event before returning to Britain to take the Grade One Championship Hurdle at Sandown in April. Baracouda's two outings this season have both been at Ascot and have been highly impressive. In November he took the Grade Two Ascot Hurdle by nine lengths from Hors La Loi III before going on to his second win in the Grade One Long Walk Hurdle, this time having 24 lengths to spare over the runner-up Ballet-K.


1Fr/2F1-51 HAVRE DE THAIX (FR) 7 b g Roi De Rome - Une Amie (Prove It Baby)
Owner:Cyriaque Diard Trainer: Cyriaque Diard FR
Owned and trained by Cyriaque Diard, Havre De Thaix is predominantly campaigned around the French provinces. His latest start was at Pau on December 28, where he won a chase over 3,700 metres. Prior to that, he was fifth in a hurdle at Auteuil on November 4. Almost certainly his best piece of form, as well as the one that makes most sense to British racegoers, was his second behind First Gold in a hurdle at Auteuil in September, 2000.

11211-4 JAIR DU COCHET (FR) 5 b g Rahotep - Dilaure (Rose Laurel)
Owner: Miriam Montauban Trainer: Guillaume Macaire FR
After winning over hurdles at Compiegne and Enghien in October and November, 2000, Jair Du Cochet found just Bilboa too good in the Grade Three Prix General de Saint-Didier at Enghien later in November. A month later he managed to get the better of that rival by four lengths in the Grade One Welsh Finale Junior Hurdle at Chepstow. In January the Rahotep gelding gained his second successive victory in Britain, defeating Pedro Pete by a distance in the Grade Two Wragge & Co Finesse Four Years Old Hurdle at Cheltenham. That proved to be his last start of the campaign and on his seasonal reappearance in a Kempton hurdle in October he ran disappointingly to finish fourth, beaten 19 lengths by Armaturk. Trainer Guillaume Macaire explained that his charge wasn't fully fit for his comeback. Also entered in the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle.



AMERICAN-TRAINED ENTRY FOR THE 2002 BONUSPRINT STAYERS' HURDLE



331234- PELAGOS (FR) 7 gr g Exit To Nowhere - Southern Maid (Northern Dancer)
Owner: Michael Hoffman Trainer: Bruce Miller
Boasting a decent Flat race pedigree, Pelagos was bred by the late Stavros Niarchos and began his career on the Flat in England for Roger Charlton, for whom he managed to win a Brighton maiden in April, 1998. He was subsequently purchased privately by English-born US trainer Toby Edwards (former assistant to Arthur Moore) on behalf of owner Dale Thiel. He recorded his first win in the US in 2000, taking a claiming hurdle at Charlotte, North Carolina. In March, 2001 Pelagos finished third in a $50,000 novice hurdle at Little Everglades, Florida and was subsequently purchased by trainer Bruce Miller on behalf of owner Michael Hoffman. The Exit To Nowhere gelding appeared to show improved form for his new connections, winning a $25,000 allowance hurdle at Radnor, Pennsylvania, in May and finishing a fine second in the $100,000 Meadow Brook Novice Stakes (the third leg of the US Steeplechase Triple Crown) at Belmont Park in June. His overall record in the US reads: 20 starts, 2 wins, 3 seconds and 5 thirds. He has earned $65,828 in prize money. Trainer Bruce Miller is based in Pennsylvania and has already tasted success at Cheltenham, winning a leg of the Sport Of Kings Challenge with Lonesome Glory in December 1992. Owner Michael Hoffman is a Virginia-based investment banker who rode his Solo Lord (also trained by Miller) to victory in the 2001 Maryland Hunt Cup. Hoffman has visited the National Hunt Festival as a spectator in the past.



ALL-ACTION SATURDAY AT CATTERICK




Catterick's seven-race programme over Jumps on Saturday (19 January) - in effect the course's first meeting this year - is supported by Stanley Leisure plc, the Liverpool-based gaming and betting shop operators with over 650 betting offices throughout the U.K. and Ireland under the Stanley Racing banner.


The feature races are The Stanley Racing Handicap Hurdle (two miles), The Stanley Racing Novices' Chase (two miles, three furlongs) and The Stanley Racing Handicap Chase (extended three miles, one furlong).


This is the first of six scheduled Saturday afternoon fixtures at Catterick this year and racing begins at 12.40 p.m.


Musical entertainment is provided by The Tees Valley Jazzmen, while the afternoon's racecard contains a special competition for racegoers, prizes for which include membership at Catterick, badges for Great Yorkshire Chase Day at Doncaster next Saturday and Zetland Gold Cup Day at Redcar in May.




LATEST NAD AL SHEBA




Nad Al Sheba Review, Sunday January 13, 2002

French trainer Erwan Charpy dominated last Sunday evening's meeting at Nad Al Sheba, a winning treble highlighted by Dubai Two Thousand¹s upset of Godolphin¹s opening runner for 2002 Broche in the Al Rashidiya Prep.


Dubai Two Thousand was formerly with Godolphin and on his only two starts in the Emirates in 2000/2001 was beaten by the Charpy-trained Elghani on both occasions, including the Godolphin Seven Stars.


However, he was transferred to Charpy for this season and the Al Rashidiya Prep was the first start for his new stable and he was impressive in holding off Clodion and Black ledger. Broche, led them into the straight and held on well to finish fourth.


Dubai Two Thousand also had Emirates racing historians searching the record books to find the previous occasion when the colours of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum had been carried to success in Dubai.


Sheikh Mohammed's colours are rarely seen on UAE's racecourses in recent years and the only winners people can remember that raced in his colours were Hobb Alwahtan in the final race of 2000/2001 and Singspiel in the 1997 Dubai World Cup.


Charpy said that the next logical step for Dubai Two Thousand would be the Dhs350,000 Al Rashidiya over the same 2,000 turf course at Nad Al Sheba on Sunday, February 3.


"He has been in the stable for just on two months and has been working particularly well and the next step would have to be the Al Rashidiya and after that we will see," Charpy said.


Dubai Two Thousand was the second leg of a winning double for jockey Seb Sanders, having previously being successful aboard Deodatus in the Maiden while reigning champion jockey Ted Durcan guided Cherry Pickings to win for the stable.


To further highlight Charpy's evening, Cherry Pickings defeated stablemate King Midas.


Pat Smullen also secured a double, winning aboard Persuasivo Fitz for Dhruba Selvaratnam before again uniting successfully with Qatar trainer Deryl Duncan to win a Purebred Arabian feature.


Smullen and Duncan have secured successes with Parador so far this season and that continued last Sunday night when Barari won the Group III Bani Yas. Willie Ryan was successful in the other Purebred Arabian event aboard Sarrab for Abu Dhabi trainer Yancey Carter.


NAD AL SHEBA
Sunday, January 13, 2002
Weather: Fine. Dirt Track: Fast. Turf Track: Good


All races dirt unless stated.


161: Race One. Purebred Arabians. 1,400m. 4YOs & Up. Maiden.

Prizemoney: Dhs55,000. 1st: Dhs27,500. 2nd: Dhs13,200. 3rd: Dhs7,700. 4th: Dhs4,950. 5th: Dhs1,650.

1. SARRAB (FR) 58kg
1997 b h Tidjani - CR Samborsta (Sambor)
Owner: HH The President
Breeder: SARL Haras De Mouhourat
Trainer: L Y Carter. Jockey: W Ryan.

2. BARIQ AL SAYF (FR) 48kg
1998 ch c Arawak D'Aroco - Benita TM (Melon)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani
Breeder: Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed Al Thani
Trainer: D Duncan. Jockey: P Smullen.

3. KLAW (US) 58kg
1997 b h Wiking - Kalifa Lea (Renaisance)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Godolphin Racing Inc
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan.

Then came (in order): Shalal (FR), Kas De Domenjoi (FR), Voici Kossack (NL), CR Hercules (US), Karim De La Prade (FR), Salute This (US), Enta Omri (FR), Ansariyya (FR), Al Tarf (FR). N/R: Fandjo Al Maury (FR). 12 ran. Margins: .5len, 2.5len. Time: 1:37.29.


162: Race Two. Thoroughbreds. 1,400m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 45-70.

Prizemoney: Dhs70,000. 1st: Dhs35,000. 2nd: Dhs16,800. 3rd: Dhs9,800. 4th: Dhs6,300. 5th: Dhs2,100.

1. CHERRY PICKINGS (USA) 57kg
1997 b h Miner's Mark - Cherry D'Or (Cassateria)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Bradyleigh Farms
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: T Durcan.

2. KING MIDAS (GB) 54kg
1996 b g Bluebird - Ellebanna (Tina's Pet)
Owner: Mohammed Jaber Abdullah
Breeder: D J Brown
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: S Sanders.

3. BOLD WINWOOD (USA) 55.5kg
1996 b g Bold Badgett - Woodlyn (Caucasus)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: S L U Inc
Trainer: R Hackworth. Jockey: D Biggs.

Then came (in order): Septette (IRE), Flying Springbok (AUS), Archive (USA), Seven Emperors (IRE), Habub (USA). 8 ran. Margins: 2.25len, 2.5len. Time: 1:25.27.


163: Race Three. Thoroughbreds. 1,800m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 40-60.

Prizemoney: Dhs65,000. 1st: Dhs32,500. 2nd: Dhs15,600. 3rd: Dhs9,100. 4th: Dhs5,850. 5th: Dhs1,950.

1. DEODATUS (USA) 60kg
1998 b c Darshaan - Intripidity (Sadler's Wells)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: S Sanders.

2. MELAAFF (IRE) 55.5kg
1996 ch h Nashwan - Glorious Song (Halo)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan.

3. EARLY MORNIN LIGHT (USA) 55.5 carr 54kg
1996 dk b/b h Light Of Morn - Chasse (Capote)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: R E Hibbert
Trainer: R Hackworth Jr. Jockey: G Power.

Then came (in order): Bourkan (GB), Chill In The Air (USA), Meticulous (USA), Gold Camp (USA), Sheldrake (IRE), Alabjer (USA), Maybe A Chance (NZ), Severus (GB), El-Jazim (IRE), Aesops (USA). 13 ran. Margins: Nk, .5len.

Time: 1:52.28s

164: Race Four. Thoroughbreds. 1,600m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 75-100.

Prizemoney: Dhs105,000. 1st: Dhs52,500. 2nd: Dhs25,200. 3rd: Dhs14,700. 4th: Dhs9,450. 5th: Dhs3,150.

1. PERSUASIVO FITZ (ARG) 53.5kg
1994 b h Fitzcarraldo - Kalnipe (Kaljerry)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Agrofarm S.A.

Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: P Smullen.

2. SHAARD (IRE) 62kg
1998 b c Anabaa - Braari (Gulch)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Ltd
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: R Hills.

3. JALAAB (IRE) 62kg
1995 b h Green Desert - Stay Sharp (Sharpen Up)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: W Supple.

Then came (in order): Just Call Me (NZ), Mudaa-Eb (GB), River Times (USA). Martello Tower (USA) Pulled Up. 7 ran. Margins: .75len, 1.25len. Time: 1:39.18.


165: Race Five. Al Rashidiya Prep 2,000m (Turf) Thoroughbreds. 4YOs &
Upwards. Conds.

Prizemoney: Dhs125,000. 1st: Dhs62,500. 2nd: Dhs30,000. 3rd: Dhs17,500. 4th: Dhs11,250. 5th: Dhs3,750.

1. DUBAI TWO THOUSAND (GB) 55kg
1997 b h Nashwan - Queen's View (Lomond)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: S Sanders.

2. CLODION (IRE) 55kg
1996 b h Nikos - Didia Clara (Sea Break)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Claude Cohen
Trainer: N Robb. Jockey: T Durcan.

3. BLACK LEDGER (NZ) 55kg
1996 b/br g British Banker - Chambertine (Markella)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mualla
Breeder: D G Moore
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: W Smith.

Then came (in order): Broche (USA), Inchlonaig (GB), Alva Glen (USA), Hobb Alwahtan (GB), Lachlan (GB). N/R: Narrative (IRE). 8 ran. Margins: Nk, 2.25len. Time: 2:05.68.


166: Race Six. Bani Yas (Group III). 1,200m (Turf). Purebred Arabians. 5YOs
& Upwards. Prizemoney: Dhs100,000. 1st: Dhs50,000. 2nd: Dhs24,000. 3rd: Dhs14,000. 4th: Dhs9,000. 5th: Dhs3,000.

1. BARARI (GB) 56.5kg
1996 b h Djendel - Benita TM (Melon)
Owner: Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed Al Thani
Breeder: Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohamemd Al Thani
Trainer: D Duncan. Jockey: P Smullen.

2. MUTABAHI (GB) 57kg
1996 gr h Amer - Geran (Kumir)
Owner: Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani
Breeder: Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani
Trainer: A de Mieulle. Jockey: D Bouland.

3. BIG EASY (US) 57kg
1997 b c Burning Sand - Refleksja (Gwydion)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Bobby Hurst
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan.

Then came (in order): Iska Al Mels (FR), Al Reef (FR), Mushaagib (US), Lady Esbella (US), Bellaa (US), Mufaq (FR). 9 ran. Margins: 2len, .75len. Time: 1:20.87.


Comment: The post race talk from the Al Ruwais at Ghantoot in November was that the result was likely to be reversed when Mutabahi and Big Easy next met. That came in the Bani Yas, the second round of this three race sprint series and Big Easy was favoured to reverse the result on Mutabahi, the step up to 1,200m was expected to suit however negating that was the fact that he was to again run on the turf when it appears the dirt suits him much better. Mutabahi had since run in the Mazrat Al Ruwayah and had run well when fourth to the outstanding Parador and dropping back to 1,200m wasn't too advantageous. What few were counting of from the result of the Al Ruwais was the certain improvement of Barari, a stablemate of Parador being prepared at the International Stable at Nad Al Sheba by Deryl Duncan. With Iska Al Mels going straight to the front, Mutabahi went up to sit outside the lead while Big Easy from his inside barrier sat in behind, third on the fence. Barari, suited by the step up to 1,200m was allowed to drop right out to last and obviously appreciated by the fast pace. On straightening Mutabahi sat and kept Big Easy in a pocket, forcing that horse to have to drop back and then come around. Mutabahi got a break on Big Easy and went clear and at the 200m looked to have the race won as he appeared to have Big Easy's measure however it was Barari that would finish best of all and he swamped the leaders and actually went away to win by two lengths from Mutabahi and Big Easy. The winning time lowered the course record by almost half a second, that set by Mushaagib in the same race last year. Mushaagib was also engaged here and ran an even race in finishing sixth though he does appear to be struggling to regain his outstanding form of last season. The third round of this sprint series is the Group III Liwa Oasis over 1,400m and judging by Barari's effort here he does appear certain to be suited by the extra trip there. Whether Big Easy continues on the turf or is switched to dirt remains to be seen.


167: Race Seven. Thoroughbreds. 2,400m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 25-50.

Prizemoney: Dhs60,000. 1st: Dhs30,000. 2nd: Dhs14,400. 3rd: Dhs8,400. 4th: Dhs5,400. 5th: Dhs1,800.

1 CELTIC TOUCH (NZ) 57.5 carr 55kg
1997 b g Touching Wood - Gold Setting (Imperial Guard)
Owner: The Celtic Stud
Breeder: Mrs C D & Mr D F Collett & Fayette Park Stud
Trainer: J Sadler. Jockey: M Hussey.

2. CIRCUS (GB) 55kg
1995 b g Caerleon - Circo (High Top)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: George Strawbridge
Trainer: J Wickham. Jockey: T Durcan.

3. INBHAAR (GB) 57kg
1998 ch c Caerleon - Felawnah (Nureyev)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc
Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: P Smullen.

Then came (in order): Zigere (GB), Nassaab (GB), Mandanes (IRE), Musalsal (IRE), Waseem (GB), Perpero (USA), Chief's Dream (USA), Corelli (GB), Irhaabi (NZ), Rajwhan (USA), Sharh (GB), Dubai Dancer (NZ), Enzed Travelller (NZ). N/R: Gallant Glory 9USA), Shooting Star (IRE). 16 ran. Margins: Nk, nk. Time: 2:34.80.


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