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Tuesday, January 15, 2002



LATEST TOTE ANTE-POST PRICES




TOTE SCOOP6 LANZAROTE HURDLE
9-2 Tikram, 11-2 Maouss Honor, 13-2 Rob Leach, Tysou, 8 Impek, Majlis, 9 Moving On Up, Pagan King, 10 Haditovski, Jocko Glasses, Polar Red, 11 Copeland, Konker, 16 Route Sixty Six, 33 Renzo, 66 Yakareem

TOTE MARKET MOVERS ON 15th JANUARY 2002

JCB Triumph Hurdle
Londoner 10-1f (from 14-1)

Tote Gold Trophy
Marble Arch 4-1f (from 5-1)
Got On Too 7-1 (from 9-1)
Lady Boston 12-1 (from 10-1)
Magnus 12- (from 10-1)
Ilnamar 16-1 (from 14-1)
The Gatherer 12-1 (14-1)
Fait Le Jojo 12-1 (from 16-1)
Tikram 14-1 (from 20-1)
Benbyas 16-1 (from 25-1)
Joe Cullen 16-1 (from 25-1)
Moving On Up 25-1 (from 33-1)

TOTE GOLD TROPHY (NEWBURY, FEBRUARY 9)
4 Marble Arch, 7 Got On Too, 8 Regal Exit, Valiramix, 10 Dark Shell, In Contrast, 12 Brother Joe, Fait Le Jojo, Lady Boston Magnus, Silver Top, The Gatherer, 14 Tango Royal, TikramTysou, Westender, 16 Beneyas, Ilmamar, Image De Marque II, Joe Cullen, Lord Brex, Salamah, 20 Belle D'Anjou, Darapour, Dibea Times, Exit Swinger, First Ballot, Hors La Loi III, Mr Cool, Rooster Booster, Telemoss, 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, 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

JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (CHELTENHAM, MARCH 14)
10 Londoner, 12 Tempo D'or, 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

BONUSPRINT STAYERS' HURDLE
Evens Baracouda, 5 Bannow Boy, 6 Limestone Lad, 12 Liss A Paoraigh, 14 It Takes Time, Jair Du Cochet, 16 Brother Joe, Deano's Beeno, 25 Boss Doyle, Historic, Hors La Loi III, Magnus, Rostropovich, Teaatral, 33 Be My Royal, Bounce Back, Carlovent, First Ballot, Havre De Thaix, Montalcino, Spendid, 40 Bar

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

TONY MCCOY
1-4 to ride at least 270 winners in the 2001/2002 jumps season
6-4 to ride at least 300 winners in the 2001/2002 jumps season.


SAGITTA 2,000 GUINEAS (NEWMARKET, MAY 4)
7-4 (with a run) Johannesburg, 9-2 Hawk Wing, 5 Dubai Destination, 12 Rock Of Gibraltar, Tendulkar, 20 Landseer, 25 Legal Approach, Meshaheer, Naheef, Right Approach, Roar of the Tiger, 33 Comfy, Della Francesca, Dubai Excelence, Farqad
*** Special bet: Aidan O'Brien to land the 2,000 Guineas: 10-11

SAGITTA 1,000 GUINEAS (NEWMARKET, MAY 5)
3 Queen's Logic, 7-2 Gossamer, 10 Revealing, 12 Quarter Moon, 16 Protectress, Silent Honour, 25 Barzah, Dressed to Thrill, Maryinsky, Muklah, Zaeema, 33 Distant Valley, Lahinch, Love Excelling

VODAFONE DERBY (EPSOM, JUNE 8)
16 Hawk Wing, High Chaparral, 20 Ballingarry, Castle Gandolfo, Right Approach, 25 Act One, Dubai Destination, Johannesburg, Shaanmer, 33 Black Sam Bellamy, Diaghilev, Naheef, Roar of the Tiger, Sir George Turner

VODAFONE OAKS (EPSOM, JUNE 7)
7 Gossamer, 10 Quarter Moon, 12 Half Gance, 14 Revealing, 20 Shadow Dancing, Protectress, 25 Silent Honour.




PILLAR PROPERTY CHASE TARGETED BY TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP HOPEFULS




The Nicky Henderson-trained Marlborough could make his seasonal debut in the £75,000 Grade Two Pillar Property Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday, January 26, en route to a crack at the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup in March according to owner Sir Robert Ogden's racing manager Barry Simpson.


Speaking about the 10-year-old, who two seasons ago won the William Hill National Hunt Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, Simpson commented today: "Marlborough is being prepared for the Pillar Property Chase.


"We're like all of the other people with Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup possibles - they're either saying that they'll run in the Pillar Property Chase or Newbury's Aon Chase.

"We'll say the same thing but quite honestly I said to Nicky the other day that you've got to be prepared for the Pillar Property Chase because if either race is lost through the weather you've got to run somewhere. I'm not saying that Cheltenham is the intention without changing our mind but we will be ready to run in the Pillar Property Chase."

Marlborough was unbeaten in three runs last season, including Cheltenham's George Stevens Handicap Chase and the Grade One Tote Gold Trophy Chase, the substitute event for the cancelled Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup, at Sandown in April.


More recently he has been operated on for a trapped epiglottis but his latest pieces of work have pleased connections.


Simpson added: "He worked extremely well on Saturday as well in a routine piece of work. We're very pleased with him and looking forward to getting him back on a racecourse.


"His next race is a trial and the objective is the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup."

Sackville, Ireland's leading hope for this year's Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup, could oppose Marlborough in the Pillar Property Chase.


On his only previous appearance at Cheltenham Sackville gained an impressive victory in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase at the Open in November, 2000, defeating Charter Ridge by six lengths.


The nine-year-old's trainer, Frances Crowley, said today: "Sackville will be entered for the Pillar Property Chase and it's quite possible that he'll go to Cheltenham but there won't be a final decision made until closer to the time."

Sackville finished third to subsequent Pertemps King George VI Chase winner Florida Pearl on his last outing in the Grade One Punchestown Chase, over two-and-a-half miles, on December 9, having previously been successful over five furlongs further in the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby the previous month.


Asked if she was looking forward to stepping Sackville up in trip to the extended three miles and one furlong of the Pillar Property Chase, Crowley responded: "We are - he seems in good form and we'll be looking forward to him running well."

Rince Ri, trained by Ted Walsh, is another potential Irish raider after finishing second in the Pierse Leopardstown Handicap Chase on Sunday.


Meanwhile Wantage-based Henrietta Knight has confirmed that Lord Noelie definitely goes for the Pillar Property Chase.


Two seasons ago the Lord Americo gelding was triumphant in the Grade One Royal & SunAlliance Chase at the National Hunt Festival, beating Alexander Banquet by a length-and-a-quarter.


On his seasonal debut Lord Noelie travelled well for a long way before taking a tumble at the second last obstacle in the Charlie Hall Chase and on his only subsequent outing of the campaign he ran extremely creditably to finish fourth under top-weight in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury, beaten just over two lengths by What's Up Boys.


Another expected contestant in the Pillar Property Chase is the Martin Pipe-trained Cyfor Malta, whose three victories at Prestbury Park include the 1998 Cathcart Challenge Cup Chase at the National Hunt Festival, the same year's Thomas Pink Gold Cup and the 1999 renewal of this event.


The Cyborg gelding proved himself to be back to his very best when victorious under top-weight of 12st in a handicap chase at Newbury on December 1.


Two further runners in the Pillar Property Chase could be 2000 Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle winner Bacchanal, and Behrajan, who finished four lengths away in third in that championship contest at the National Hunt Festival.


Simon Marsh, the racing manager of Bacchanal's owner Lady Lloyd-Webber, said today: "We don't know yet if Bacchanal will go for the Pillar Property Chase or the Aon Chase.


"The same goes for Behrajan, who also has a third option of the Hennessy at Leopardstown, to which there is a fair possibility that he'll go," Marsh added in his capacity as a member of the syndicate which owns Behrajan.


Peter McNeile, Commercial Manager at Cheltenham Racecourse, said: "The Pillar Property Chase is building into a cracking contest and looks like proving the key trial for this year's Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup."



STARS OUT AT WINCANTON THIS SATURDAY




Radio 5 Live's Peter Allen To Open New Stand

Wincanton racecourse holds one its most exciting racing days of the season on Saturday, January 19, 2002, with Looks Like Trouble running in the feature £20,000-added HIGHCLERE GROUP OF COMPANIES JOHN BULL CHASE (2.45pm).

Peter Allen, co-presenter of Drive' on BBC Radio 5 Live, will open the new stand at Wincanton on the same day.


Nine horses have been entered for the Highclere Group Of Companies John Bull Chase including the 2000 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Looks Like Trouble who is making his comeback after 14 months on the sidelines. The other entries are Whitenzo, last year's winner Bellator, Celibate, Upgrade, Blowing Wind, Castle Prince, Scoring Pedigree and Zafarabad.


Trainer Noel Chance revealed today that Looks Like Trouble will almost certainly be heading to Wincanton on Saturday, rather than the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock.


He said: "At the moment, we're definitely going to Wincanton. There's a drop of rain forecast which should suit us just fine and so the Highclere Group Of Companies John Bull Chase is currently Plan A'."

When questioned about how the ten-year-old had come out of a racecourse gallop on Friday, Chance responded: "He's 100% at the moment - I'm keeping my fingers crossed."

Brian Clifford, Clerk of the Course at Wincanton, revealed that the ground is currently good, with some rain likely during the week.


He said: "The ground is currently good. We had 2mm of rain on Sunday night and have had 4mm overall since our meeting on Thursday. There is a front coming our way bringing unsettled weather and so we are likely see some more rain through the remainder of the week."

Wincanton's new stand will include five new corporate boxes as well as improved facilities for the stewards, judge and photo-finish camera personnel. In addition, the new stand contains much better facilities for owners and trainers, including a new bar and elevated views of the track and paddock.


Peter Allen is notoriously unenthusiastic about horseracing on air and it was at the suggestion of Radio 5 Live contributor, former trainer Charlie Brooks, that he has been invited to open the stand.

At Wincanton's November 22 fixture a race was named the Peter Allen Will Go Racing Handicap Hurdle and so it is hoped that he will be able to attend on Saturday!

Racing gets under way with the LUMINA MUSSELS NATIONAL HUNT' NOVICES' HURDLE over two miles (1.45pm). Last season this contest was run in two divisions with Henrietta Knight's exciting prospect Southern Star taking one and Nicky Henderson's Iris Collonges the other. A huge entry of 48 horses has been received.

Next is the COWLIN CONSTRUCTION NOVICES' CHASE (2.15pm) over two miles and five furlongs. Master Pilgrim landed this event last season for trainer Venetia Williams and progressed to land a decent handicap chase at Aintree in November. A decent-sized field looks guaranteed for this contest with 25 entries.


The next two races on the card are the HIGHCLERE GROUP OF COMPANIES JOHN BULL CHASE (2.45pm), followed by the £10,000-added wincantonracecourse.co.uk HANDICAP HURDLE (3.15pm), which has attracted 12 entries.


The Highclere Group, which provides venture capital, is sponsoring the John Bull for the first time.

Through the 1990s the Highclere Group Of Companies John Bull Chase was won by top-notch performers such as Toby Tobias (1990 & 1992), Panto Prince (1991), Sabin Du Loir (1993), Deep Sensation (1994), and Dublin Flyer (1995). Last year the contest fell to the Venetia Williams-trained Bellator, third in the 2000 King George VI Chase, who could try to follow up.


Saturday also sees the second running of the £12,000-added TIM FORSTER CUP (3.45pm) over three miles, one-and-a-half furlongs.

This fascinating handicap chase commemorates the late trainer who won three Grand Nationals (1972 Well To Do, 1980 Ben Nevis & 1985 Last Suspect) and whose favourite track was Wincanton. He wished that any memorial race for him should be held at Wincanton and for no longer than five years. Last year's inaugural running went to the Paul Nicholls-trained Murt's Man.


This year there are 20 entries for the Tim Forster Cup including Judaic Ways who is trained by Henry Daly, for a long time Forster's assistant.


Saturday's action is rounded off with the HIGHCLERE HANDICAP HURDLE (4.15pm) over two miles and six furlongs with 29 horses entered.

Stephen Higgins, Racecourse Manager at Wincanton, said today: "This is the first time that this fixture has been held on a Saturday and we are looking forward to a good crowd which could be boosted by the fact that we do not have Channel 4 television coverage.

"By running the Highclere Group Of Companies John Bull Chase and the Tim Forster Cup on the same afternoon, we have two races that should appeal to all racegoers.


"Our new stand is ready and Wincanton extends thanks to Peter Allen for agreeing to open it - hopefully he will enjoy his day so much that he will become a regular."

Admission prices are £15 for the Club Enclosure, £10 for Tattersalls and £5 for the Course Enclosure. Students (with ID) are admitted to Club for £7.50 and Tattersalls for £5, while Juniors (aged 17-22, with ID) can enjoy both the Club and Tattersalls Enclosures for £7.50.

Children aged 16 and under are admitted FREE to all enclosures while car and coach parking is also FREE (except for cars going inside the Course Enclosure where there is a £5 charge).


Advance bookings can be made by telephoning 01963 32344 or by logging on to wincantonracecourse.co.uk. The next fixture at Wincanton is on Thursday, February 7, 2002.




MONDAY RACING AT WETHERBY




Wetherby's Jumping season continues on Monday (21 January), when racing is scheduled to start at 1.30 p.m.

The longest race on the programme is The Panasonic Handicap Chase over three miles and one furlong - a contest supported by Panasonic in conjunction with regular Wetherby sponsors, The Rocom Group of Thorp Arch - leading suppliers of I.T. and telecoms products in the U.K. The Cloud 9 Fitness Studio at Wetherby Racecourse Novices' Chase (extended two miles, seven furlongs) is sponsored by the company which operates the fully-equipped fitness facility at the racecourse which is open to the public on non-racedays.

The betabet Handicap Hurdle over the extended two and a half miles is the 18th and final race of a special series on the Yorkshire racecourses sponsored by betabet, the largest network of independent bookmakers in the U.K. The series actually began at Wetherby last Easter Monday.

The Roy Bellin ‘Lifetime in Racing' Novices' Chase (two miles) is named in honour of Roy Bellin who has spent well over 50 years in racing, most of them in the Wetherby area, mainly as headman with Sicklinghall trainer, Jack Hanson, who is also a director of Wetherby racecourse. This is one of a series of races organised in the north by Racing Welfare in recognition of stable staff who have given a lifetime to the sport.


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