Wednesday, January 23, 2002
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GREAT YORKSHIRE CHASE (DONCASTER, SATURDAY)
10-3 Moor Lane, 6 Frenchman's Creek, 7 Heidi III, Red Striker, 8 Valigan, 10 Strong Paladin, Tresor De Mai, 12 Ackzo, 14 Iris Bleu, Phar From A Fiddle, Raffles Rooster, 16 Berlin Blue, Cadougold, Carbury Cross, Ceanannas Mor, Gentle Rivage, Granit D'Estruval, Native Wit, 20 The Quads, Weaver George, 25 Ever Blessed, Kit Smartie, 33 ank Avenue, Nosam
TOTE GOLD TROPHY - NEWBUARY, FEBRUARY 9
10-3 Marble Arch, 6 Got One Too, 13-2 Valiramix, 9 Regl Exit, 10 The Gatherer, 11 Copeland, 12 Belle D'Anjou, Fait Le Jojo, Tikram, Tysou, 14 Anxious Moments, Benbyas, Dark Shell, Rooster Booster, 16 Joe Cullen, Milligan , Moving On Up, 20 Dibea Times, Lady Boston, Lord Brex, Rob Leach, 25 Auetaler, Ibal, 40 Burundi.
TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (CHELTENHAM, MARCH 14)
6 Best Mate, Looks Like Trouble, 7 Sackville, 8 Bacchanal, 10 First Gold, Florida Pearl, 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 Arctic Camper, Banker Count, Ikrenal Royal, Lord Of The River, Paris Pike, See More Business, Stormyfairweather, Take Control, Tresor De Mai, 66 Bobby Grant, Go Ballistic, Hati Roy, Moscow Express, Rathbawn Prince, Red Striker, Siberian Gale, You're Agoodun, 100 Hindiana, Modulor, 150 No Retreat
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, 25 Ansar, Rodock, 28 Azertyuiop, 33 Grimes, Hors La Loi III, Liss A Paoraigh, Magnus, Westender, Youlneverwalkalone, 40 Milligan, Regal Exit, The French Furze, Ulundi, 50 Bar
IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE TROPHY (CHELTENHAM MARCH 12th)
5 Barton, Moscow Flyer, Seebald, 7 Fondmort, 12 Blue Royal, 14 Armaturk, Europa, Il'Athou, Mantles Prince, Royal Auclair, Youlneverwalkalone, 16 Copeland, Grimes, Hit and Run, Mr Cool, 20 Asador, Dark'n Sharp, Mont Misere, 25 Batswing, Jean D'Auteuil, Jimmy Tennis, Just Our Job, Kadarann, Phariwarmer, Silence Reigns, St Pirran, Truckers Tavern, 33 Assessed, Be My Royal, Bounce Back, Dantes Bank, Demasta, Gennerblong, Harvis, Hot Shots, Jarro, Macs Gildoran, Poliantas, Returning, 40 BAR
JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (CHELTENHAM, MARCH 14)
9 Tempo D'or, 10 Londoner, 14 Burning Impulse, 16 Heezapistol, Prizeman, 20 Le Roi Miguel, 25 Domirome, Green Ideal, Kelami, Newhall, Quazer, Sonevafushi, Turtleback, 33 Derivative, Find the King, Greenhope, Hernandita, Hyderabad, Live the Dream, Rigmarole, Saddlers Wings, Scolardy, Sud Bleu, Trained Bythe Best, Volano, 40 Mambo, Mujalina, Santenay
BONUSPRINT STAYERS' HURDLE (CHELTENHAM MARCH 14)
Evens Baracouda, 4 Jair Du Cochet, 6 Bannow Boy, 7 Limestone Lad, 12 Liss A Paoraigh, 16 Brother Joe, Deano's Beeno, 20 Rodock, 25 Boss Doyle, Historic, Hors La Loi III, It Takes Time, Magnus, Rostropovich, Teaatral, 33 Be My Royal, Bounce Back, Carlovent, First Ballot, Havre De Thaix, Montalcino, Spendid, Telemoss, 40 Bar
RANDOMBET 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
MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL (AINTREE, APRIL)
16 Papillion, 20 Beau, Behrajan, Supreme Glory, 25 Alexander Banquet, Commanche Court, Foxchapel King, Paris Pike, Red Striker, 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
RITZ CLUB REMATCH ON THE CARDS
TIUTCHEV, last year's winner of the Ritz Club Ascot Chase, heads 23 entries for this year's Grade One Event on February 16, which could also feature the 2001 runner-up CELIBATE.
WAHIBA SANDS, twice a winner over two miles at Ascot already this season, could step up in trip for this extended two mile three furlong event. The improving nine-year-old is one of four Martin Pipe-trained entries in the race and could be joined by any of TRESOR DE MAI, who bounced back to form here on Victor Chandler Day, EXIT SWINGER, and the exciting Arkle Chase bound novice SEEBALD.
The Ritz Club Ascot Chase is an important part of the National Hunt season as, in the past, it has provided a stepping stone for horses bound for the two mile Champion Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup over three miles two furlongs.
FLORIDA PEARL has steeplechasing's ultimate prize as his Festival target following his victory over Best Mate in Kempton's King George VI Chase at Christmas and he is one of three entries from Willie Mullins' powerful Irish stable. ALEXANDER BANQUET, another who could be on his way to the Cheltenham Gold Cup and KILLULTAGH STORM, who looked to find two miles a bit sharp here in the Victor Chandler Chase, make up the trio.
NATIVE UPMANSHIP (Arthur Moore), and Ted Walsh's pair, COMMANCE COURT and 2000 Grand National winner PAPILLON, are also possibles for the short trip over the Irish Sea.
Of those who could be in line for a crack at the Champion Chase come March, recent Victor Chandler Chase winner TURGEONEV looks the most interesting Ascot Chase entry, although third placed DAVOSKI would be 8lb better off for the six-and-a-half lengths he was beaten on that occasion. The latter's trainer, Venetia Williams, is in a rich vein of form at present and she could be double handed next month courtesy of former Victor Chandler Chase winner NORDANCE PRINCE.
"The Ritz Club Ascot Chase is often a good pointer to the Cheltenham Festival, both in terms of the Gold Cup and Champion Chase," said Nick Smith, Head of PR at Ascot.
"This year the entries look well up to standard with several of the top Irish horses clearly being considered. Several of the horses that contested the Victor Chandler here earlier in the month could be back, notably the winner Turgeonev and Wahiba Sands, who has already won twice here this season."
JOCKEY CLUB DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE ENQUIRIES TO BE TOMORROW
9.15am Liam Keniry
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, on 24th January 2002, will hold an enquiry to establish whether or not Liam Keniry, the rider of THATS ALL JAZZ, has committed a breach of Rule 153(iii) of the Rules of Racing, in the light of Jockey Club Instruction H9 headed 'Use of the Whip', concerning his use of the whip when riding in the Bet Direct Tax Free Betting Apprentice Handicap Stakes at Lingfield on 8th January 2002. This matter was referred to the Stewards of the Jockey Club by the Lingfield Stewards following their enquiry of the same day because Keniry had been suspended from riding for 15 days for mis-use of the whip within the previous twelve months.
10.30am Charlie Mann / PEROUGES PRINCE (IRE)
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, on 24th January 2002, will hold an enquiry to consider whether or not Charlie Mann, a licensed trainer, has committed breaches of Rules 58 and 32 (i) (c), in the light of paragraph 2 to part A of the Passport Instructions appearing at Appendix G, concerning his failure to check the identities of PEROUGES PRINCE (IRE) and LOOK TO THE FUTURE (IRE) from the markings shown in the geldings' passports as soon as their passports were received. The matter was referred to the Stewards of the Jockey Club by the Kempton Stewards on 7th November 2001, after the Veterinary Officer had been unable to identify PEROUGES PRINCE (IRE) from the markings contained in its passport.
11.30am Paul Blockley
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, on 24th January 2002, will hold an enquiry to consider whether or not Paul Blockley, a former licensed trainer, has committed a breach of Rule 205 (iv) of the Rules of Racing, in respect of his attendance at Wolverhampton Racecourse on 22nd September 2001 and Southwell Racecourse on 18th October 2001 whilst a disqualified person.
2.15pm Taffy Salaman
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, on 24th January 2002, will continue their enquiry on 24th January 2002 into the analysis of the urine taken from BANDBOX (IRE) and MOON BLAST, trained by Taffy Salaman, by the Stewards at Folkestone after BANDBOX (IRE) had finished first in the Arena Leisure Classified Stakes on 24th August 2000, and by the Stewards at Huntingdon after MOON BLAST had finished fourth in the Daily Star Racing Festival Maiden Hurdle on 28th August 2000. The original enquiry was adjourned on 22nd March 2001.
In Absence David Nicholls
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, on 24th January 2002, will hold an enquiry into a report that ROYAL RESULT (USA), trained by David Nicholls, failed a Starting Stalls Test at Southwell on 1st January 2002 having failed similar tests at Newcastle on 6th June 2001 and Southwell on 19th March 2001.
AMERICAN STEEPLECHASE NEWS
STEEPLECHASE STAR POMPEYO DEAD
Augustin Stable's Pompeyo, a finalist for the 2001 steeplechase Eclipse Award, was humanely destroyed Saturday, Jan. 19 due to complications from an injury sustained in September.
The 8-year-old won both of his 2001 starts, including the Grade I Royal Chase at Keeneland, and joined stablemates Lord Zada and Praise The Prince on the finalist list for the divisional championship. Eclipse Awards will be presented Feb. 18 in Miami, Fla. Pompeyo made his steeplechase debut in March 2000, and finished the year with five wins, more than $211,000 in earnings and the NSA novice championship.
Trained by Sanna Neilson, Pompeyo looked even better in 2001 winning a $50,000 novice stakes at Camden, S.C. and taking the $185,875 Royal Chase in late April. Shelved for the summer in favor of the fall championship races including the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase, Pompeyo was kicked by another horse while training Sept. 15. Pompeyo sustained a fracture to his left elbow and a significant cut. Surgery stablized the bone, but an infection from the cut eventually damaged the joint and caused the horse's death.
Veterinarians removed a steel plate in further surgery this month, but Pompeyo's condition worsened.
"His elbow joint had deteriorated, although the original fracture had healed," Neilson said. "The vets were hoping that when they got the plate out his condition would improve, but that was not the case."
Pompeyo, bred in Chile and imported by Augustin as a flat horse in 1998, won seven of 11 career jump starts and earned $353,280. On the flat, he won three of 15 starts (including the 1997 Chilean Derby) in his home country and one of seven in the U.S. before being converted to steeplechasing.
Career totals (flat and jumps) include 11 wins in 33 starts and $528,325 in earnings.
MILLER HORSES EYE CHELTENHAM
Trainer Bruce Miller plans to run Solo Lord and Pelagos at England's Cheltenham Festival in March. Both horses are owned by Leesburg, Va. resident Michael Hoffman, who hatched the idea of the English assault.
Last year's Maryland Hunt Cup winner Solo Lord will attempt the William Hill Chase, a £70,000 open handicap at 3 1/16 miles on March 12. An allowance winner in 2001, Pelagos will start in the £125,000 Bonusprint Stayers Hurdle, a three-mile hurdle race to be run March 14. Blythe Miller, the trainer's daughter, will ride both horses.
Solo Lord's American success, in point-to-points and the storied Hunt Cup has all come over timber fences. Stamina and jumping ability are the 10-year-old's strong suits as he exhibited in a 12-length romp in the $65,000 Hunt Cup last spring. The race, first run in 1894, is restricted to amateur jockeys so Hoffman was aboard for that win. Hunt Cup winners Jay Trump and Ben Nevis went on to win the famed English Grand National but Solo Lord will attempt a different English challenge over Cheltenham's steeplechase course.
"The horse can certainly jump the course and if he gets a decent weight (assignment) he could be competitive," said Bruce Miller, whose stable is based in Cochranville, Pa. "We're not going over with (five-time U.S. champion) Lonesome Glory, so it's a bit of a shot in the dark."
Miller won two English races (one hurdle, one chase) with the now-retired Lonesome Glory, and was pointing America's career earnings leader to the 1998 Cheltenham Gold Cup before a pulled muscle derailed the plans.
That experience should help.
"It was pretty quiet around here, but now we've got a lot to plan for and I like that," Miller said. "We've tried to duplicate the fences, and the horses are both training well they are pretty far along."
Pelagos' role in the plan is two-fold. The gray gelding, second to Eclipse Award finalist Praise The Prince in the Meadow Brook Stakes (NSA-I) last spring, will give his stablemate some company on the trip and also tackle his own racing assignment. The race attracted 48 entries including French star Baracouda, Irish hero Limestone Lad. Entries for the William Hill close this week.
"It's a very difficult race, but the longer he goes the better," said Miller. "He's a pretty solid horse, and I know more about him than Solo Lord."
JAPAN COULD BE NEXT FOR ALL GONG
All Gong, the 2000 steeplechase champion, will receive the first American invitation to compete in the $1.25 million Nakayama Grand Jump April 13 in Japan. The world's richest steeplechase annually invites horses from the U.S., England, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand to take on the best from Japan.
Won by a horse from the host country in each of its first two runnings, the race is run over a variety of fences (generally higher and softer than U.S. hurdles) at 4,250 meters. Ninepins represented the U.S. in 2000, and finished ninth. Last year, Campanile was fifth in the race.
New Zealand's Rand won a prep race in Japan and started as the heavy favorite in the Grand Jump before falling on the flat. He later came to the U.S. winning the Grade I Iroquois and placing third in the Grade I Royal Chase. The powerful gray is expected to make a similar journey this year.
Trained by Bruce Miller for Tennessee resident Calvin Houghland, All Gong finished second in five of his six starts of 2001 (after going 2-for-5 in 2000). The English-bred's chief wins came in the 2000 Atlanta Cup and 2000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase. Regular jockey Blythe Miller, who rode Campanile in 2001, will be aboard in Japan.
Other American nominations to the race were Campanile and Tres Touche.
2002 SPRING RACING DATES
March 9 Tampa Bay Downs; Oldsmar, Fla.
March 10 Little Everglades Steeplechase; Dade City, Fla.
March 23 Aiken Steeplechase; Aiken, S.C.
March 30 Carolina Cup; Camden, S.C.
April 6 Stoneybrook at Five Points; Raeford, N.C.
April 13 Atlanta Steeplechase; Kingston, Ga.
April 13 My Lady's Manor Races; Monkton, Md.
April 13 Strawberry Hill Races (Colonial Downs); New Kent, Va.
April 20 Block House Races; Tryon, N.C.
April 20 Grand National Races; Butler, Md.
April 20 Middleburg Spring Races; Middleburg, Va.
April 26 Keeneland; Lexington, Ky.
April 27 Foxfield Races; Charlottesville, Va.
April 27 Maryland Hunt Cup; Glyndon, Md.
April 27 Queen's Cup; Mineral Springs, N.C.
May 2 Churchill Downs; Louisville, Ky.
May 4 Brookhill Steeplechase; Raleigh, N.C.
May 4 Virginia Gold Cup; The Plains, Va.
May 11 Iroquois Steeplechase; Nashville, Tenn.
May 12 Willowdale Steeplechase; Kennett Square, Pa.
May 16 Pimlico Race Course; Baltimore, Md.
May 18 Radnor Races; Malvern, Pa.
May 19 High Hope Races; Lexington, Ky.
May 27 Fair Hill Races; Fair Hill, Md.
June 1 Oxmoor Steeplechase; Louisville, Ky.
June 6 Belmont Park; Elmont, N.Y.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink