Thursday, January 17, 2002
LATEST TOTE ANTE-POST PRICES
randombet.com LINCOLN HANDICAP (DONCASTER MARCH 23)
14 Midshipman, Nimello, Nose The Trade, The Judge, 16 Duke of Modena, Faithful Warrior, Highland Reel, Putre Pekan, 20 Atlantic Ace, Attache, Danelor, I Cried For You, Island Light, Pietro Siena, Pulau Tioman, Scotty's Future, Smirk, 25 Bomb Alaska, Calcutta, Indian Plume, Inspector General, Lord Protector, Lots of Love, Mutawaqed, Nashaab, Norton, One More Round, Soller Bay, Thihn, True Night, Welsh Wind, Zucchero, 33 Bar
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)
11-2 Best Mate, 7 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, 16 Prizeman, 20 Le Roi Miguel, 25 Green Ideal, Kelami, Newhall, 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 (CHELTENHAM MARCH 14)
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
1-4 to ride at least 270 winners in the 2001/2002 jumps season
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SAGITTA 2,000 GUINEAS (NEWMARKET, MAY 4)
7-2 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 7-4 (with a run) Johannesburg
*** Special bet: Aidan O'Brien to land the 2,000 Guineas: 10-11
SAGITTA 1000 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.
GEORGE TO JOIN TATTERSALLS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jimmy George is to be appointed to the Tattersalls Board of Directors. George, 38, has been Marketing Manager for the Newmarket based auctioneers since 1994, and will take up his new role as Marketing Director later this month.
Commenting on George's appointment, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said: " I am delighted that Jimmy is to join the Board at Tattersalls. He is a valuable addition and brings experience, enthusiasm and knowledge of our industry. His passion and commitment are second to none and he has made many friends not only in this country but also on his extensive travels abroad for Tattersalls. All of us on the Tattersalls Board are looking forward to working with him in his new role."
On leaving Exeter University in 1986 George joined the Tattersalls Bloodstock Department but left in 1989 to join Pacemaker Communications. Following four years as Advertising Manager of the "Thoroughbred Breeder" magazine, "The Directory of the Turf" and "Pacemaker", George became Editor of "Pacemaker" in 1993 before rejoining Tattersalls in August 1994 as Marketing Manager.
George, who lives in Newmarket and is married with two children, said:"Ten of the last fifteen years of my life have been spent here at Tattersalls and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every moment of them. I could not be more pleased at the prospect of joining the Tattersalls Board where I will be working closely with people who I not only like but also for whom I have enormous respect. Tattersalls is an international firm with an international outlook and reputation and I am immensely looking forward to many challenging years ahead."
UNICORN OUT FOR FIRST GROUP WIN IN HONG KONG STEWARDS' CUP
The Stewards' Cup (Gr.1-1600m) at Sha Tin this Sunday, January 20, showcases the very best in Hong Kong racing. A maximum field of fourteen horses go to post in the first leg of the Triple Crown carrying a total value of HK$8 million - an increase of 33% from last year.
It may be asking for too much for a Triple Crown winner to step forward in 2002 and claim the HK$5 million bonus for winning all three races. After all, only one horse, the great River Verdon, has managed it.
Given his recent form, it would be unwise to rule Indigenous (International rating 115) out of pulling off this monumental feat, but, even so, there is a chance that one horse could go on to claim two legs and earn his connections a bonus worth HK$2 million.
Despite the absence through injury of Fairy King Prawn, this season's Stewards' Cup is a stronger renewal than the one 12 months ago when the dual Horse of the Year won comfortably. All 14 contenders on Sunday have won or been placed in local or international Group races and nine of them are Group race winners in Hong Kong.
As the joint highest-rated horse in Hong Kong, Electronic Unicorn (116) is likely to go off as the race favourite. Despite his lofty local reputation, Electronic Unicorn has yet to win a Group race in Hong Kong and this is an excellent a chance for him to break that particular duck. A win by 'The Unicorn' would also be a first Group winner in Hong Kong for trainer John Size.
Electronic Unicorn delivered a fine runners-up effort behind the dazzling Eishin Preston in the Hong Kong Mile last month to earn him an international rating of 116. A repeat of that run will make him pretty hard to run down.
Though much better known as a stayer, Indigenous' (115) form over shorter trips is also impressive. For example, he ran third in the Sha Tin Trophy (Gr.3-1600m) last October conceding 16lbs to the winner, Shaxi Fortune (101), and 11lbs to Meridian Star (105), the runner-up for a beating of less than a length. These horses he tackles on Sunday at set weights. It is a very rare event for Indigenous to finish out of the money in Hong Kong and he should make his presence felt again.
Top class on his day, Billion Win (108), the winner of this race in November 1998, has been lightly campaigned this term in a couple of top sprint contests though he ran well on both occasions. His last run in the Chinese Club Challenge Cup (Gr.3-1200m) was encouraging and he is another that looks to hold a good chance of running a place at least.
Last season's Hong Kong Derby (Gr.1-2000m) winner, Industrial Pioneer (112), is set to make only his second start this season. This trip will probably prove a bit on the sharp side for him although it will be interesting to see he shapes with the Hong Kong Gold Cup (Gr.1-2000m), the second leg of the Triple Crown, coming up next month.
Jeune King Prawn, one of this year's prime Derby candidates, adds extra spice to the race. He won with authority recently on his first run since landing the Sha Tin Futurity Trophy (Gr.3-1600m) and provided he doesn't fall foul to the 'second-up syndrome' he can enhance his Derby claims.
Other Group race winners pack the field. Red Pepper (112), triumphant in the Champions Mile (Gr.1-1600m) last season, takes his place while Group 3 winners over Sunday's trip abound in the form of Lucky Six (108) (Chairman's Trophy-1600m), Helene Express (105) (Sha Tin Futurity Trophy -1600m), Shaxi Fortune (101) (Sha Tin Trophy -1600m) and Man Of Honour (110) (dual Queen's Silver Jubilee winner - 1600m).
Meridian Star (105) and Sunshine River (101), bridesmaids on the big occasion more than once in the past, always run up to their best while Red Sun (107), a Group 1 winner in his native Argentina, can also be expected to give his all. Finally, Prime Witness (107), twice a winner this season over 1400m, steps up to a mile for the first time.
THE TRIPLE CROWN 2001/2002
* The Stewards' Cup (1600m) - HK$8 million - 20 January
* The Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) - HK$8 million - 24 February
* The ING Champions & Chater Gold Cup (2400m) - HK$8 million - 19 May
3 YEAR OLDS AND UPWARDS-1600 Metres-(Terms) - THE STEWARDS' CUP (GROUP 1)
No Horse Rider Weight HK Rating/Int'l Rating Draw Gear
1 BILLION WIN A Suborics 126 (126/108) 8
2 ELECTRONIC UNICORN R Fradd 126 (138/116) 6 (B)
3 HELENE EXPRESS Hammer-Hansen 126 (115/105) 1 (TT)
4 INDIGENOUS D Whyte 126 (126/115) 9 (TT)
5 INDUSTRIAL PIONEER E Legrix 126 (119/112) 7
6 JEUNE KING PRAWN W C Marwing 126 (110/-) 11
7 LUCKY SIX J Egan 126 (112/108) 4
8 MAN OF HONOUR Y T Cheng 126 (113/110) 14 (H)
9 MERIDIAN STAR S Dye 126 (115/105) 12 (SR)
10 PRIME WITNESS D Dunn 126 (121/107) 3
11 RED PEPPER G Mosse 126 (117/112) 5
12 RED SUN F Coetzee 126 (120/107) 10 (TT)
13 SHAXI FORTUNE S King 126 (114/101) 2 (B-)
14 SUN SHINE RIVER B Marcus 126 (110/101) 13
LATEST NEW ZEALAND BLOODSTOCK NEWS
THE WINDSOR PARK-MAPPERLEY 2002 DRAFT - ANOTHER OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY FOR BUYERS
Reigning New Zealand Breeder Of The Year Windsor Park Stud will present another superb draft of yearlings at the Karaka Yearling Sales this year.
"Between our two studs, Windsor Park and Mapperley, we are offering some 94 yearlings - including 77 in the premier session - and I have no doubt they are among the best we have ever taken to the sales," Windsor Park Stud owner Nelson Schick said.
"An obvious highlight for us at the 2002 sales at Karaka will be the first yearlings offered by the sensational racehorse Tale Of The Cat, who stood a season at Windsor Park, and our own classic winning Danehill sire Danske," Schick said.
"Other leading sires represented in our draft this year include Zabeel, Volksraad, Thunder Gulch, Kaapstad, Casual Lies, Woodborough, Star Way, Maroof, Gold Brose and Danzero," he said.
Windsor Park Stud has built up a proud tradition of selling top-class racehorses from its yearling drafts.
Current stars of the racetrack to graduate from recent drafts include stakeswinners Star Satire, Spring Rain, Modena Bay, Ultra Vires, Monterey Bay, Mulan Princess and Kaapstad Way. Previous Windsor Park sale graduates include two-time Australian Horse Of The Year Might And Power plus Group One winners Golden Sword, Coco Cobanna, Catalan Opening, Dantelah as well as last year's champion New Zealand stayer Smiling Like.
Windsor Park Stud manager Steve Till says buyers are going to be most impressed with the first yearlings by Tale Of The Cat and Danske at this years' sales.
"Both stallions have some outstanding yearlings and have certainly stamped their qualities on their progeny," Till says.
Some of the highlights of the yearling drafts from Windsor Park and Mapperley Stud for the premier session, which begins on January 28 at Karaka, include:
Windsor Park Stud:
Lot 21 Tale Of The Cat-Aswan bay colt: Physically a very strong high quality colt from an outstanding family which has produced many black-type performers.
Lot 60 Danske-Chaleyer bay colt: Very typical of his sire, a good bodied, loose walking colt. From a top class Australian Group Two winning mare.
Lot 69 Casual Lies-Cobanna bay filly: Sister to dual Group One winner Coco Cobanna and looks every bit as good as she did at the same stage. A strong, robust filly by the sire of this years' Auckland Cup winner Maguire.
Lot 79 Tale Of The Cat-Cremisi bay colt: Closely related to last years' Group One Cadbury Guineas winner Mr Murphy. He is a magnificent looking colt and one of the best advertisements for his sire.
Lot 81 Kaapstad-Crux bay or brown colt: A strongly made brother to Australian Group winner Loafer, he is a half-brother to star galloper Mabuz, who has been successful on both sides of the Tasman in the last 12 months with some stunning wins.
Lot 175 Zabeel-Guinevere bay filly: A well grown, good walking filly whose dam is a half-sister to last seasons leading European 2YO Sulk, winner of the Group One Longchamp Prix Marcel Boussac. From a top Aga Khan family, she is the first foal of her dam.
Lot 195 Tale Of The Cat-Isla Villa bay filly: Beautifully made half-sister to current New Zealand two-year-old star Isla Bella. From a top U.S. family.
Lot 224 Danske-Lady Genesis chestnut colt: This magnificent looking colt is the half-brother to Group Two winner Kapitain Kash and is closely related to such top gallopers as Nimue and Smiling Like.
Lot 251 Tale Of The Cat-Madam Valeta bay colt: A superb individual and half-brother to this seasons Australian Group Two winner Mulan Princess. His dam, a Group Three winner of nine races is a half-sister to Golden Sword and Greta Hall.
Lot 262 Danzero-Melora bay filly: This is the first foal of the exciting Australian Group Two winner Melora, a three-quarter blood-sister to current top Melbourne performer Piper Star and from the same family as multiple group race winner Shinakima.
Lot 296 Tale Of The Cat-New Victoria chestnut filly: An outstanding individual and first foal of a half-sister to three stakeswinners including successful sire Distinctly North.
Lot 299 Zabeel-Nimue bay filly: An absolute star and one of the best credentialled fillies in the sale. She has an outstanding pedigree and is an exceptional type. Her dam Nimue, New Zealand's Filly Of The Year and a dual Group One winner, is a sister to last season's champion New Zealand stayer Smiling Like.
Lot 410 Danske-Star Seraph bay filly: A real Danehill type out of a smart family which is chock-full of black-type winners. A good walking individual.
Lot 46 Danske-Buzz bay colt: One of the best examples of his sire's fine looking progeny. A half-brother to Australian Group Three winner Yacquina Bay.
Lot 318 Tale Of The Cat-Pearl Dragon chestnut colt: This is the half-brother to top-class NZ sprinter Spring Rain who is a multiple group race winner. Has the physique of a Golden Slipper winner and bred to be a star.
Lot 366 Kaapstad-Sabbatical chestnut filly: This is a high quality sister to one of New Zealand's leading three-year-old fillies of 2001-2002, Monterey Bay, who won the Group Three Eulogy Stakes in December 2001. Strongly recommended.
Lot 437 Volksraad-Timpani bay colt: A classy individual from a top Australian family. His dam is a three-quarter sister to Australasian champion three-year-old Triscay. Everything you'd look for in a Volksraad.
Lot 453 Tale Of The Cat-Trompeur bay filly: This is the half-sister to South African champion galloper Clifton King who has won twice at Group One level including the South African Guineas. An outstanding filly who is one of the finest examples of her sire's progeny.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink