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Sunday, January 11, 2004


15/2 WINNER (ADVISED AT 10/1) FOR THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN YESTERDAY




The Value Betting Column, which appears every Saturday on racenews.co.uk and is completely free of charge, has started the year well by advising 15/2 winner Southern Star in yesterday’s (January 10, 2004) Tote Classic Chase at Warwick.


The Henrietta Knight-trained horse was 10/1 when advised yesterday morning and won from outsider Jurancon II who was also favourably mentioned.


The Value Betting Column usually only selects one horse every Saturday and this week it was Southern Star.


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Saturday, January 10, 2004

WARWICK



Going - Good to soft and rain forecast

BP = best odds offered from Coral Eurobet, Blue Square, Ladbrokes, Tote, Stanleybet. Bet365, William Hill

3:05pm £110,000 Tote Classic Chase ( Handicap) 3m 5f.



1) 50-2 Behrajan 21 Henry Daly 9-11-12 Andrew Thornton
The class act of this race who has to give weight all round. He ran a typically game race at Ascot last time when beaten by Horus. Seemed to have a hard race that day. Has never run at Warwick over fences before but won twice here as a hurdler. May need softer ground
BP= 6/1 Coral Eurobet, Ladbrokes & Tote

2) 1-66 Ad Hoc 21 Paul Nicholls 10-11-06 Robert Thornton
BP= Connections think Ad Hoc is badly handicapped and he is certainly not getting any younger. Has not sparkled so far this season but cannot be dismissed entirely.
BP= 20/1 Blue Square & Ladbrokes

3) 4-P1 Gunner Welburn 14 Andrew Balding 12-10-10 (6lbx) Richard McGrath
A game winner at Wetherby just after Christmas. This is a tougher task. Won a hunter chase here back in 2000.

BP= 12/1 Coral Eurobet

4) -F21 Bindaree 14 Nigel Twiston-Davies 10-10-10 (6lbx) Carl Llewellyn
The Martell Grand National winner returned to his best to beat Sir Rembrandt in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow. He needs a long trip and ground which is as soft as possible so any rain today would suit him. This is a tighter track than Chepstow so his task appears more difficult.

BP= 5/1 generally except Ladbrokes and bet365

5) -33P Take Control 14 Martin Pipe 10-10-03v P Moloney
Made mistakes and was pulled up in the Coral Welsh National. Has seemed to prefer good rather than soft ground these days and has some chance on the form he showed on his previous two starts.

BP= 20/1 Blue Square, Ladbrokes, Bet 365 & William Hill

6) 5P-3 Montifault 10 Paul Nicholls 9-10-03 Joe Tizzard
Likes to race up with the pace. He has come down in the handicap a bit but maybe not enough to win here. Cannot be dismissed.

BP= 12/1 generally

7) 02-F Akarus 14 Martin Pipe 9-10-3 Tony McCoy
Had a heavy fall when apparently going well four out in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow. Obviously stays very well and may need further than this. Worth opposing at this price.

BP= 100/30 Coral Eurobet

8) 0-43 Southern Star 9 Henrietta Knight 9-10-01 Graham Lee
Useful performer at best and has come down enough in the weights to have a chance. Has not been raced on very soft ground so will be suited by the rain keeping away.

BP= 10/1 generally except Coral Eurobet & Stanleybet

9) 0-43 Ardent Scout 48 Sue Smith 12-10-00 Willie Marston
Consistent chaser who plugs on. However, he is not getting any younger and was beaten a long way when third over the Grand National fences at Aintree last time out.

BP= 20/1 Ladbrokes

10) PU4F Carbury Cross 9 Jonjo O’Neill 10-10-00b Seamus Durack
Has had problems finishing and is best watched for the time being.

BP= 33/1 Blue Square, Ladbrokes & Tote

11) -145 Jurancon II 14 Martin Pipe 7-10-0 J P Elliott(5)
Consistent sort who stays well. Was unsuited by the very soft ground at Chepstow. He is out of the handicap but has a claimer on board. Has some chance.

BP= 33/1 Blue Square & Tote

12) 1-11 What Odds 42 T K Geraghty IRE 8-10-00 Davy Russell
Progressive lightly-raced chaser who has come from the hunter chaser world. Could be anything despite being out of the handicap. No wonder the bookmakers are being wary but there is better value to be had.

BP= 4/1 Coral Eurobet, Blue Square, Ladbrokes & Bet365


SUMMARY
A fascinating contest where it may be wise to have a small amount each-way on SOUTHERN STAR


FESTIVAL FEVER AS ROOSTER BOOSTS HIS CHELTENHAM HOPES


Highs and lows for Cheltenham Festival hopefuls yesterday, with reigning champion Rooster Booster landing his first win of the term following a change in tactics and justifying his position at the front of the Smurfit Champion Hurdle market at 11-4.


Not such good fortune for the well-gambled Specular, who came third, he was pushed out from 7-1 to 20's, but this was soon snapped up and he is now 14-1.


Azertyuiop fought a hard battle in defeat to Isio at Ascot and Hills have cut him in to 9-4 from 11-4, with Isio now quoted 14-1 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Several other winners else where also put themselves in to Festival contention, Bal du Nuit is now 12 for the Irish Independent Arkle, D'Argents win at Warwick gave him a new quote
of 16-1 for the Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle and a race later Lough Derg was made fourth
favourite for the JCB Triumph at 14-1.

Over at Haydock it was disappointment for Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup fancy Kingscliff as a poor round of jumping saw him drift out to 10-1, but Sh Boom ran well to be clipped in to 14-1 for the Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle.



CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2004


SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE: 11-4 Rooster Booster (from 7-2), 4-1 Intersky Falcon (from 9-2), 6-1 Rhinestone Cowboy, 10-1 Back In Front, 11-1 Spirit Leader, 12-1 Rigmarole, 14-1 Inglis Drever (from 20), Specular (from 7), Sporazene, 16-1 Davenport Milenium, 20-1 Flame Creek, Golden Cross, 25-1 Solerina, 33-1 Hasty Prince, In Contrast, Sacundai, Spectroscope, Well Chief, Westender, 40-1 Quazar, Mr Cool, Self Defense, (Others Upon Request)

IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE: 3-1 Thisthatandtother, 5-1 Caracciola, 9-1 Our Vic, 10-1 Kicking King, 12-1 Bal De Nuit (from 25), 16-1 Central House, Ned Kelly, 20-1 Lillium de Cotte, Westender, 25-1 Bonusbridge, Fota Island, L'Ange Au Ciel, Le Duc, Non So (from 12), Our Armageddon, 33-1 Anxious Moments, Atum Re, Chauvinist, Copeland, Glanhaven Nugget, Golden Row, Inca Trail, Lirfox, Multeen River, Puntal, Santenay, (Others Upon Request)

ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE NOVICE CHASE: 11-4 Therealbandit, 6-1 Nil Desperandum, 8-1 Pizzaro, 9-1 Lord Sam, 10-1 Our Vic, 12-1 Ballycassidy, Supreme Prince, 16-1 D'Argent (new quote), Emotional Moment, Xenophon, 20-1 Calling Brave, Direct Bearing, Inching Closer, Native Emperor, (25 Royal Emperor from 14), (Others Upon Request)

JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE: 10-1 Trouble At Bay, 12-1 Tamarinbleu, Tarque, 14-1 Lough Derg (from 20), 20-1 Howle Hill, Meryl, Terenez, Top Strategy, Val Du Don, 25-1 Al Eile, Imazulutoo, Major Speculation, 33-1 After Eight, Emanic (from 14), Kjetil, Maharbal, Mondul, My Will, Pantarez, Tipperary All Star, Zimbabwe, 40-1 Chockdee, Edmo Yewkay, Maiful, Nayodabayo, Royal Katidoki, Shamdian, 50-1 Border Tale, Chief Yeoman, (Others Upon Request)

TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP: 8-11 Best Mate (from Evs), 8-1 Keen Leader, Truckers Tavern, 10-1 Kingscliff (from 5), 12-1 Beef Or Salmon, 14-1 Sir Rembrandt, 16-1 Jair du Cochet, 20-1 First Gold, 25-1 Commanche Court, Le Coudray, Therealbandit, 33-1 Irish Hussar, Valley Henry, 40-1 Harbour Pilot, 50-1 Bindaree, Chives, La Landiere, (Others Upon Request)

QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE: 6-4 Moscow Flyer, 9-4 Azertyuiop (from 11-4), 10-1 Fondmort, 12-1 Tiutchev, 14-1 Isio (from 20), Kadarann, 16-1 Cenkos, Le Roi Miguel, Native Upmanship, 25-1 Bust Out, Flagship Uberalles, Impek, 33-1 Adamant Approach, Dark'n Sharp, Geos, Latalomne, Palarshan, Seebald, (Other Upon Request)

BONUSPRINT STAYERS HURDLE: Evs Baracouda, 3-1 Iris's Gift, 5-1 Solerina, 8-1 Sacundai, 14-1 Sh Boom (from 16), 16-1 Hardy Eustace, 20-1 Holy Orders, 25-1 Crystal D'Ainay, Foreman, 33-1 Calling Brave, Liss A Paoraigh, 40-1 Rostropovich, 50-1 Deano's Beano, Gralmano, Stromness, (Others Upon Request)

MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL: 14-1 Rince Ri, 16-1 Montys Pass, 20-1 Amberleigh House, Bindaree (from 16), Davids Lad, Joss Naylor, 25-1 Arctic Jack (from 33), Clan Royal, Hedgehunter, Ryalux, Swansea Bay, Timbera, Whats Up Boys, 33-1 Ad Hoc (from 25), Akarus, Bear On Board, Chives, Gunther McBride, Harbour Pilot, Haut Cercy, Knock Knock, Lord Atterbury, Lord Noelie, Macs Gildoran, Stormez, Southern Star (new quote), Truckers Tavern, What Odds, Whereareyounow (Others Upon Request)


2004 CLASSICS


2000 GUINEAS: 7-4 One Cool Cat, 11-2 Grey Swallow, 8-1 American Post, Lucky Story, 10-1 Three Valleys, 16-1 Bago, Pearl of Love, Milk It Mick, Snow Ridge, 20-1 Akimbo, 25-1 Balmont, Bayeux, Grand Reward, Pastoral Pursuits, 33-1 Auditorium, Bachelor Duke, Byron, Duke Of Venice, Fantastic View, Haafhd, Holborn, Imperial Stride, Mukafeh, Peak To Creek, Whipper, (Others Upon Application)

VODAFONE DERBY: 7-1 American Post, 8-1 Snow Ridge, Yeats, 12-1 Grey Swallow, 20-1 Magritte, 25-1 Duke of Venice, 33-1 Antonius Pius, 40-1 Sussex (Others Upon Application)

1000 GUINEAS: 8-1 Red Bloom, 10-1 Attraction, Carry On Katie, Denebola, 14-1 Cairns, 16-1 Majestic Desert, 20-1 Badminton, Marching West, Necklace, Secret Charm, Sundrop, Tarot Card, 25-1 Punctilious, 33-1 Gracefully, Ithaca, Kind, Kinnaird, Much Faster, 40-1 Lucky Pipit, Ouija Board, River Belle, (Others Upon Application)

VODAFONE OAKS: 12-1 Sundrop, 16-1 Necklace, 33-1 Ithaca, Poise, 50-1 Kinnaird, (Others Upon Application)




RACING IN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
NAD AL SHEBA RACECOURSE, DUBAI

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2004


HILLS ENJOYS FIRST WIN OF SEASON


Al Kurdi & Watson level in Trainers Championship

Al Awal gave Richard Hills his first win of the 2003 – 2004 UAE season, when getting up in the final 25 metres to win the first race of the evening, the Mina Zayed Purebred Arabian Handicap over 1,700 metres.

Al Awal, trained by Doug Watson, settled in towards the rear with Badji du Monteil and Richard Mullen in the lead, at the 400 metre pole Millennium Storm, under Gary Hind, took the lead with Al Awal closing and getting up in the shadow of the line to win by a length and a quarter.

After the race Hills said, “I have just had six weeks off on holiday. It is nice to have my first winner of the new season and great to have a win for Doug (Watson) in this his first season as a trainer.”

The win brought Watson level with Mazin Al Kurdi in the trainer’s championship, but Watson only had to wait until the next race when landing a double and taking the championship lead.

Watson’s win came in the Murbih Thoroughbred Handicap for Amateur Riders, with the Derek Carson-ridden Wahajj. Outlaw, trained by Al Kurdi, led the field into the straight, but Wahajj made progress to get up and win by three quarters of a length from the Martin Smith-partnered Albania.


However Watson’s lead did not last for long, in the very next race Al Kurdi drew level with Blazing Ability, ridden by Hind, taking the Sha’m Thoroughbred Handicap over 1,200 metres. The five-year-old raced in second behind the Hills-partnered Mostabshir, but was soon ridden, crossing the line two lengths ahead of Mostabshir.

Mullen took advantage of Forest of Dreams’ light weight when going clear to land a three length victory in the Al Manamah Thoroughbred Handicap over 2,000 metres.

Asil Al Kuwait, under Ted Durcan, led the field into the straight but was soon headed by Willie Supple on Desert Glow. From the 300 metre marker it was Forest of Dreams and the Seb Sanders-ridden Yiflan who set sail for home. Forest of Dreams, trained by Paddy Rudkin, went clear 50 metres from the line and ran on with Yiflan in second and Desert Glow
in third.

Apprentice Trevor Naughton rode his fourth winner of the season when landing the Qadfa’a Thoroughbred Handicap over 1.200 metres with the Smith-trained Raging Creek. Outpoker, Hills up, led the field to the 400 metre marker when Raging Creek came through to take up the running.


Naughton was briefly challenged by stable mate Mardoof, under Fallon, but Raging Creek went on to win by two and three quarters.

Erwan Charpy took his seasonal total to 10 winners when Peladito, under Seb Sanders, winning the final race of the evening, the Biyatah Thoroughbred Handicap over 1,600 metres by an impressive seven lengths from Morafij, Naughton up.




NAD AL SHEBA
Saturday, January, 10th 2004
Weather: Fine. Dirt. Track: Fast.

Key: The figures beside the race conditions (ie 00-80) are for horses
rated in that division and these figures are in pounds. The UAE Dirham
(Dhs) is fixed at US$3.68. All races on dirt.


Race One. Mina Zayed. Purebred Arabian 1,700m.4yo+
4yo 66-91 5yo+ 55-80
Prizemoney: Dhs42,000. 1st: Dhs27,300. 2nd: Dhs8,400. 3rd: Dhs4,200.

4th: Dhs2,100
1. AL AWAL (GB) 53.5kgs
1999 ch h Bengali d’Albret – Kahina El Kihm (Djelfor)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: D Watson. Jockey: R Hills
2. MILLENNIUM STORM (US) 53.5kgs
1998 gr h Ala Croixnoir – Mufka (Partner)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Helen E Burger
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: G Hind
3. BADJI DU MONTEIL (FR) 52.5kgs
1997 ch g Tidjani – Bakara de Gan (Manganate)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Jean-Michel Puech
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: R Mullen
Then came (in order): Christiano Ronaldo (FR), Vissudd (US). 5 ran.

Margins: 1 .75, 5, 8 .25. Time: 1m 56.72s

Race Two. Murbah. Thoroughbred 1,400m. NH 4yo+ SH 3yo+
Amateur Rider. 35-65
Prizemoney: Dhs26,000. 1st: Dhs16,900. 2nd: Dhs5,200. 3rd: Dhs2,600.

4th: Dhs1,300
1. WAHAJJ (USA) 70.5kgs
1999 dk b or br h Capote – In Excelcis Deo (Forty Niner)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Calumet Farm
Trainer: D Watson. Jockey: Derek Carson
2. ALBANIA (GB) 71kgs
1999 ch g Selkirk – Elaine’s Honor (Chief’s Crown)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Mount Coote Stud
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: Martin Smith
3. CORRUPT (BRZ) 68kgs
1999 b h Basim – Que Esmeralda (Western)
Owner: Jassim Mohammed
Breeder: Haras Torrao de Ouro
Trainer: A Selvaratnam. Jockey: Georgina Baxter
Then came (in order): Outlaw (GB), Attentive (IRE), Carnival Lad (USA).

6 ran. Margins: .75, 1, 4 .75. Time: 1m 28.51s

Race Three.Sha’m. Thoroughbreds 1,200m. NH 4yo+ & SH 3yo+ 30-60
Prizemoney: Dhs26,000. 1st: Dhs16,900. 2nd: Dhs5,200. 3rd: Dhs2,600.

4th: Dhs1,300
1. BLAZING ABILITY (USA) 58.5kgs
1999 ch g El Prado – Jazzability (Dixieland Band)
Owner: Ismail & Saeed Partnership
Breeder: Beth I Stolz
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: G Hind
2. MOSTABSHIR (IRE) 62kgs
1998 b g Unfuwain – Istibshar (Mr Prospector)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: R Hills
3. MAKASSEB (GB) 53.5kgs
1997 ch g Kris – Shefoog (Kefaah)
Owner: Ahmed Al Shafar
Breeder: Allan Smith
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: K Fallon
Then came (in order): Nantucket (IRE), Littleton Tzar (IRE), Mesozoic
(USA), Dolbear (USA), King of Hearts (FR), Bintang (IRE), Dr Quackenbush
(USA), Lucky Jules (USA), Al Muntasir (AUS). 12 ran. Margins: 2, nk,
shd. Time: 1m 12.11s

Race Four. Al Manamah Thoroughbreds 2,000m. NH 4yo+ & SH 3yo+ 40-65
Prizemoney: Dhs26,000. 1st: Dhs16,900. 2nd: Dhs5,200. 3rd: Dhs2,600.

4th: Dhs1,300
1. FOREST OF DREAMS (GB) 54kgs
2000 b c Charnwood Forest – I want To Be (Roberto)
Owner: Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: R Mullen
2. YIFLAN (USA) 59.5kgs
1998 B H Gone West – Yafill (Nureyev)
Owner: Valerie McGarry
Breeder: Gainsborough Farm Inc
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: S Sanders
3. DESERT GLOW (IRE) 54kgs
1999 b f Machiavellian – Alumisyah (Danzig)
Owner: Stephen Park
Breeder: Shadweel Estate Co Ltd
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: W Supple
Then came (in order): Lanzador (ARG), Hudood (USA), Nissr Al Jazira
(IRE), Borneo Boy (USA), Pfennig (GB), Asli Al Kuwait (JPN), Algunnaas
(GB), Indicant (JPN), Senlis (JPN), Khabir (USA), Navideno (ARG),
Mutamadee (USA), Saihook (GB). 16 ran. N/R:Inbhaar (USA) . Margins: 3,
3, 1 .25. Time: 2m 06.35s

Race Five. Qadfa’a. Thoroughbreds 1,200m. NH 4yo+ & SH 3yo+. 50-80
Prizemoney: Dhs42,000. 1st: Dhs27,300. 2nd: Dhs8,400. 3rd: Dhs4,200.

4th: Dhs2,100
1. RAGING CREEK (USA) 57.5kgs
1999 b h Storm Creek – Yardstick (Sunny Clime)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Full Circle Farm
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: T Naughton (3kg)
2. MARDOOF (GB) 58.5kgs
1999 gr c Piccolo – Cumbrian Melody (Petong)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: N E & Mrs Poole & Trickledown Stud
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: K Fallon
3. FLOWER STATE (GB) 56kgs
1996 b g Sabrehill – Flower Arrangement (Lomond)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Mrs R D Peacock
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
Then came (in order): Next Knight (USA), Dubai Guest (CAN), Outpoker
(USA), Mr Padilla (ARG), Moonis (GB), Wathbat Mujtahid (GB), Desert
Whisper (GB), Convex (USA). 11 ran. Margins: 2 .75, nk, 2 .75 Time: 1m
11.00s

Race Six. Biyatah. Thoroughbreds 1,600m. NH 4yo+ & SH 3yo+ 20-50
Prizemoney: Dhs20,000. 1st: Dhs13,000. 2nd: Dhs4,000. 3rd: Dhs2,000.

4th: Dhs1,000
1. PELADITO (ARG) 62kgs
2000 b c Candy Stripes – Melenita (Farnesib)
Owner: Ziad Galadari
Breeder: El Turf
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: S Sanders
2. MORAFIJ (GER) 58.5kgs
2000 b g Lion Cavern – Maid of Kashmir (Dancing Brave)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Darley Stud Management Co Ltd
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: T Naughton (3kg)
3. SORCERER’S WIT (USA) 60kgs
1997 dk b or br h Gulch – Mysterious Star (Nijinsky)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Arthur B Hancock III
Trainer: R Simpson. Jockey: W Supple
Then came (in order): Yomchi (IRE),Siglo (ARG), Soltaat (GB), Keep
(USA), Vrai Bleu (IRE), Spanish Bells (GB), Missraah (USA), Mabrouk
(USA), Mr Chris Bar (USA), Japon (ARG), Samid (ARG), Littleton Gandalf
(IRE), Group Captain (USA). 16 ran N/Rs: Inbetwixt (USA), Irhaabi (NZ).

Margins: 7, .5, 1 .25. Time: 1m 38.88s


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