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Monday, January 5, 2004



KINGSCLIFF TO STAR IN HAYDOCK'S PETER MARSH CHASE




Robert Alner today confirmed that Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup ante-post second favourite Kingscliff will run in the 60,000 Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock Park on Saturday (January 10).


This season the seven-year-old has won both of his starts, most recently proving six lengths too powerful for Haut Cercy in a handicap chase at Cheltenham on December 12.


"Kingscliff seems fine and he came out of the Cheltenham race well," said Alner. "He's been his usual self ever since and we're totally happy with him, with no problems whatsoever."

Since the inaugural running of the Peter Marsh Chase in 1981, the winners of four Tote Cheltenham Gold Cups have taken this prestigious three mile limited handicap chase.


Racegoers at Haydock Park on Saturday are likely to witness the last public appearance of Kingscliff before he lines up at Cheltenham in March.


"I wouldn't think that Kingscliff would run again before Cheltenham," reported the Dorset-based trainer. "We don't make definite plans but the vague plan at the moment is that the Peter Marsh will suffice."

The ease of Kingscliff's victory at Cheltenham last month earned him a 12lb rise in the weights leaving him on a mark of 160. Alner is realistic about his charge's new assessment.


"You're powerless to do anything about it and we were expecting something like that. One is never happy with an increase in weight but you just have to put up with it and go on. I don't think it was a diabolical rise but you never say that you're happy with a rating because then the handicappers think they haven't put you up enough!" explained Alner.


The trainer has an abundance of riches in the chasing department this year with Sir Rembrandt also being considered a Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup prospect. However, the handler would not be drawn on which of Sir Rembrandt and Kingscliff he preferred.


"It's impossible to say [which I favour] and I wouldn't even attempt to answer that at the moment. There's a couple of months to go yet at least - with the going and 101 other considerations anything can happen between now and then. I wouldn't hazard a guess even," he added.


The Peter Marsh Chase, which goes to post at 1.40pm, has attracted 12 other chasers at the five-day entry stage including Horus and Behrajan, first and second respectively in a handicap chase at Ascot last month, as well the Martin Todhunter-trained Kingsmark, who has won Haydock's Edward Hanmer Memorial Chase on three occasions - in 2000, 2001 and 2002 - and recent Wetherby winner Gunner Welburn.


Saturday's feature event is well supported by the 40,000 Red Square Vodka Champion Hurdle Trial (2.10pm), over two miles, which has attracted 10 entries, and the 40,000 Premier Stayers' Hurdle (1.20pm), over an extended two miles and seven furlongs, which could see 14 staying hurdlers going to post.


Last season's Smurfit Champion Hurdle hero Rooster Booster could bid to return to winning ways in the Red Square Vodka Champion Hurdle Trial, having been beaten twice this season, while an intriguing entry is the ex-Australian-trained Specular, who could make his debut in Britain for trainer Jonjo O'Neill and Irish owner J P McManus.


Owner Graham Wylie, who has made such a big splash this jump season, has Inglis Drever and Chivalry engaged in the Red Square Vodka Champion Hurdle Trial. Both horses, purchased by trainer Howard Johnson, are unbeaten over hurdles to date. Inglis Drever is the ante-post favourite for the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Royal Rosa could step up in class in the Premier Stayers' Hurdle, having won his only start over timber in a novices' hurdle at Hexham in December. The five-year-old, who won three bumpers last term, including a Grade One heat at Punchestown in April for trainer Nicky Henderson, is another of the expensive purchases made by Johnson on behalf of Wylie, costing a record 340,000 guineas at Doncaster Sales in May.


This season's Pertemps "Fighting Fifth" Hurdle winner The French Furze could also go to post in the Premier Stayers' Hurdle together with the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Sh Boom, who was successful at Cheltenham on New Year's Eve.


Saturday's exciting seven-race programme at Haydock also features the Birchwood Novices' Chase (2.45pm), over two miles and four furlongs, which has had its prize money increased to 30,000 added due to a joint initiative by Haydock Park and the Horserace Betting Levy Board as a consolation to owners for the loss of the Dipper Novices' Chase at Newcastle last weekend. The deadline for entry for this race has been extended to 12 noon on Tuesday, January 6.




LUDLOW JOCKEYS APPEAL TO BE HEARD TOMORROW




10am - Patrick Brennan, James Davies, Antony Evans, Marcus Foley, Gabriel Hannon, Timmy Murphy and Mark Nicolls

The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 6th January 2004, will consider an appeal lodged by the riders Patrick Brennan, James Davies, Antony Evans, Marcus Foley, Gabriel Hannon, Timmy Murphy and Mark Nicolls, against the decision of the Ludlow Stewards to find them in breach of Rules 156 (iii) in that they had taken the wrong course and to ban them for 12 days each, and furthermore to find them in breach of Rule 152 (iii) in that they failed to pull up having taken the wrong course and to ban them for an additional 7 days each, following the running of the Tanners Claret Juvenile Novices' Selling Hurdle on 18th December 2003.


The Panel for tomorrow's appeals will be: Andrew Merriam (Chairman), Tim Bell and Nicholas Wrigley.



ROYAL EPIC LOOKS GOOD FOR THE HH THE PRESIDENT CUP




Royal Epic, from the stable of leading UAE trainer Mazin Al Kurdi, was a comfortable winner of the HH The President Cup Prep for Purebred Arabians over 2,200 metres at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening.

The field were taken along by the Willie Supple-partnered Daffaq, with Eau Royal, the mount of Paul Hanagan and the Ted Durcan-ridden Royal Epic chasing. Turning into the straight Eau Royal took over from a tiring Daffaq, but in a couple of strides Royal Epic, a six-year-old son of Wiking, took the lead and ran on to a two length win. Eau Royal was second with Doug Watson's El Wodkine staying on for third.

The HH The President Cup a Group One for Purebred Arabians will take place at Abu Dhabi on February 8th.


Flying Springbok, trained by Satish Seemar and ridden by Daragh O'Donohoe, ran on well down the straight to win the opener, the New Year Handicap for Thoroughbreds over 2,200 metres.

Water Springs, under apprentice Christopher Connett and trained by Peter Brette, took the field along at a good pace with Chris Avery on Mambrino taking up the running approaching the bend out of the backstretch.

Mambrino looked to have set sail for home but O'Donohoe was three wide coming into the straight and was ridden to lead 150 metres out, running on to win by an easy two and a quarter lengths from Mambrino with Good Again, Durcan up, in third.


Watson took the second race, the Al Tawellah Maiden for Purebred Arabians, over 1,300 with the Supple-partnered six-year-old Winner du Causse. The son of Kesberoy raced in mid-division until going sixth into the straight with the Lukas Bester-ridden Mahboob Salman in the lead.

Leeward, ridden by Sebastien Castellier, was soon in the lead but Winner du Causse came three wide and made smooth progress to lead just over 100 metres out and ran on to win by a length and a half.

It looked like Watson was about to saddle back to back winners but it was not to be as the Jaber Bittar-trained UAE-bred Arabian AF Yasater came with a wide late run under Seamus O'Gorman to land the Sas Al Nakhl Handicap over 1,400 metres.

Nissr Al Jazira took the field along but the Watson-trained Murhib under Richard Mullen took up the lead and went for the line, but AF Yasater took the lead 25 metres from home to win by three quarters of a length.


Bittar and O'Gorman followed up quickly to land a double when Muaned made all to win the fourth race of the evening, the Al Sweihan Conditions for UAE-bred Arabians. Muaned, a consistent four-year-old son of Chaikh Man, broke well and was soon at the head of affairs. Into straight the Durcan-partnered Al Mushammar came with a challenge but Muaned stayed on under pressure to win by a length and a quarter.


Richard Mullen came with a well timed run aboard the Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained Made In France CLA to win the sixth race, the Al Jazeera Purebred Conditions race over 1,600 metres. Mawwal took the race along but soon tired and the Kieren Fallon-partnered Juven Moon, trained by Allan Smith, taking up the running.

Fallon kicked for home but Made In France's weight advantage paid off and he cruised alongside Juven Moon and was shaken up to win by three quarters of a length.

Supple enjoyed a double on Sunday when taking the final race the Al Ajban Purebred Arabian Maiden over 1,300 metres with the Charpy-trained Charh.


ADU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB
Thursday, 4TH January , 2004
Weather: Fine. Turf Track: Good


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 turf.


Race One. The New Year. Thoroughbreds 2,200m. NH 4YOs & Up SH 3YOs 7 Up.

0-50
Prizemoney: Dhs35,000. 1st: Dhs17,500. 2nd: Dhs6,0000. 3rd: Dhs4,900. 4th: Dhs3,150 5th Dhs1,050
1. FLYING SPRINGBOK (AUS) 60kgs
1998 b g Thunder Gulch – Tessuti (Sackford)
Owner: Farhad Javad Farjam
Breeder: Segenhoe Stud
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: D O'Donohoe
2. MAMBRINO (USA) 60kgs
1996 b h Kingmambo – Dream Deal (Sharpen Up)
Owner: Nayef Saeed Mohammed Al Kalbani
Breeder: G Watts Humphrey & Pamela H Firman
Trainer: M Al Darmaki. Jockey: C Avery
3. GOOD AGAIN (ARG) 60kgs
1998 b g Cipayo – Good Last (Good Manners)
Owner: Hamad Dhaief bin Ghadayer
Breeder: Clausan
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
Then came (in order): Tell Them All (GB), Dubai Banner (USA), Sorcerer's Wit (USA), Dubai Breeze (USA), Siglo (ARG), Zahoom (USA), Corrupt (BRZ), Water Springs (USA), Dajraan (USA). 12 ran. Missraah (USA) & Gorband (USA). Margins: 2 Ό, 3 Ύ, ½. Time: 2m 18.65s
Race Two. Al Taweellah Purebred Arabians 1,300m. 4YOs & Up Maiden
Prizemoney: Dhs25,000. 1st: Dhs12,500. 2nd: Dhs6,000. 3rd: Dhs3,500. 4th: Dhs2,250 5th Dhs750
1. WINNER DU CAUSSE (FR) 58kgs
1998 ch h Kesberoy – Carinda (Love)
Owner: Abdullah Muammer Abdullah Amin
Breeder: Dany Beck
Trainer: D Watson. Jockey: W Supple
2. LEEWARD (FR) 58kgs
1998 b g Dormane – Lafana (Shawani)
Owner: The Royal Stables
Breeder: Denise Caumon
Trainer: M Ali. Jockey: S Castellier
3. MAHBOOB SALMAN (JO) 58kgs
1997 b g Ibn Farhah – Barka (OA)
Owner: Abu Dhabi Mounted Police
Breeder: Al-Tarabeen Stud
Trainer: J Salman. Jockey: L Bester
Then came (in order): Laika Al Mels (FR), Malika du Bac (FR), Khalifa de Monlau (FR), Nasnas (FR), Sir Oliver MRV (US), The Specialist (US), Fatenah (FR), Flambe (GB), Celebrity (FR). 12 ran. N/R: Denyai (FR) Margins: 1 ½, 3 1/5, nse. Time: 1m 28.29s

Race Three. Sas Al Nakhl Handicap. Purebred Arabians 4YOs & Up 4yo 0-49
5yo+ 0-40
Prizemoney: Dhs40,000. 1st: Dhs20,000. 2nd: Dhs9,600. 3rd: Dhs5,600. 4th: Dhs3,600 5th Dhs1,200
1. AF YASATER (AE) 57.5kgs
1999 gr m Amer – Saralouve (Manganate)
Owner: Al Reef Stables
Breeder: Khalid Khalifa Juma Al Nabooda
Trainer: J Bittar. Jockey: S O'Gorman
2. MURHIB (GB) 57kgs
1997 ch h Bengali d'Albret – Azihade (Djourman)
Owner: Abdullah Muammer Abdullah Amin
Breeder: Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda
Trainer: D Watson. Jockey: R Mullen
3. AL QANAS (FR) 58.5kgs
1999 ch h Johnny Onthe Spot – Felbdoi de Carrere (Manganate)
Owner: Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Breeder: Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Trainer: S Al Ketbi. Jockey: A Whelan
Then came (in order): Mazaya (GB), Roman Warrior (US), Enta Omri (FR), CR Hercules (US), Jacky de Carrere (FR), Nissr Al Jazira (FR), Ghanati (GB), Mawared (GB), Al Abjar (FR). 12 ran. N/Rs: Imyari (FR), Appollo I (US). Margins: Ύ, hd, Ύ. Time: 1m 35.07s


Race Four. Al Sweihan. Purebred Arabian UAE Bred 1,400m. 4yo+ never won
more than two races.

Prizemoney: Dhs40,000. 1st: Dhs20,000. 2nd: Dhs9,600. 3rd: Dhs5,600. 4th: Dhs3,600 5th Dhs1,200
1. MUANED (AE) 57kgs
1999 ch h Chaikh Man – Maneela Park Esprit (Ristar)
Owner: Al Reef Stables
Breeder: HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Trainer: J Bittar. Jockey: S O'Gorman
2. AL MUSHAMMER (AE) 57kgs
1998 gr c Passem Lotois – Saltiki (Tiki Tessar)
Owner: Mohammed Nayamat
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan
3. KASSER (AE) 53kgs
2000 ch c Pavot Al Maury – Kaheela-96 (Magrabi)
Owner: Al Reef Stables
Breeder: HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Trainer: J Bittar. Jockey: R Moore
Then came (in order): WS Aseel (AE), JAP Amber (AE), Salalah Ghantoot (AE), JAP Salama (AE), Aradeh W'Rsan (AE), Al Wafa (AE), Hope (AE), Reem Al Dhafra (AE). 11 ran. N/R: Mellow (AE). Withdrawn: Mudarik (AE). Margins: 1 Ό, 2, nk. Time: 1m 35.65s

Race Five. HH The President Cup Prep. 5YOs & Up Conditions
Prizemoney: Dhs60,000. 1st: Dhs30,000. 2nd: Dhs14,400. 3rd: Dhs8,400. 4th: Dhs5,400 5th Dhs1,800
1. ROYAL EPIC (US) 55kgs
1998 b h Wiking – Samoa Star (Samstar)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Godolphin Racing Inc
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
2. EAU ROYAL (FR) 57.5kgs
1999 gr h Djel Bon – Wednah (Brusally Orzelost)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: EARL du Moulin
Trainer: Gillian Duffield. Jockey: P Hanagan
3. EL WODKINE (SE) 56.5kgs
1995 gr h Eldorado – Welona (Mamluk)
Owner: Klinte's Araber Scherling P-O
Breeder: Per-Olof Scherling
Trainer: D Watson. Jockey: R Mullen
Then came (in order): Daffaq (GB), Idole d'Auvergne (FR), Sahab One
(US), Fly To The Gulf (FR). 7 ran. N/R: Cronos Al Maury (FR). Margins:
2, 10 ½., ½. Time: 2m 32.33s


Race Six. Al Jezeera. Purebred Arabians 1,600m. 4YOs & Up Not won more
than three races
Prizemoney: Dhs45,000. 1st: Dhs22,500. 2nd: Dhs10.800. 3rd: Dhs6,300. 4th: Dhs4,250 5th Dhs1,350
1. MADE IN FRANCE CLA (FR) 52.5kgs
2000 b c Darike – Tijani de Chavagne (Pahrxyl Ibn Xelio)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Emile Georges Buttigeig
Trainer: A Rashid Al Raihe. Jockey: R Mullen
2. JUVEN MOON (FR) 57kgs
1999 b h Dormane – Duma (Naftalin)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Deborah Jane Camp Simpson
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: K Fallon
3. BRAVE HEART (FR) 57kgs
1998 ch g Tidjani – Belinda de Carrere (Djamel)
Owner: Musabah Khamis Musabah Al Muhairi
Breeder: Sandrine Tarrou
Trainer: A Rashid Al Raihe. Jockey: C Taylor
Then came (in order): Muwasell (AE), Basilic de Ghazal (FR), Ghadeer (FR), Oceanara (GB), Badran (FR), Mansour Thabet (FR), Khair Zayed (FR), Mawwal (FR). 11 ran. Margins: Ύ, nk, 2 Ό. Time: 1m 48.28s

Race Seven. Al Abjan Maiden. Purebred Arabians 1,300m. 4YOs & Up Maiden
Prizemoney: Dhs25,000. 1st: Dhs12,500. 2nd: Dhs6,000. 3rd: Dhs3,500. 4th: Dhs2,250 5th Dhs750
1. CHARH (GB) 58kgs
1999 gr h Chndaka – Juans Karita Ku (Juan de Shawn)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: W Supple
2. AL MISK (FR) 56kgs
1999 gr m Vadeer – Madawa (Djelfor)
Owner: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Breeder: Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
Trainer: J Frazier Jr. Jockey: M Hussey
3. KATLEEN DU CAUSSE (FR) 56kgs
1998 b m Kesberoy – Pamla (Alrex)
Owner: Saud Al Ajami
Breeder: Dany Beck
Trainer: Gillian Duffield. Jockey: P Hanagan
Then came (in order): Sensei (US), Jest Dew It (USA), Sugarbear MRV (US), JAP Aneef (AE), Tancor (RU), WFA Bareq (GB), Kasbanah (FR), Never Boring (US), Djarick de L'Eyre (FR). 12 ran. N/Rs: French Ally (US), Kasieba (FR). Margins: ½, Ύ, 7 Ύ. Time: 1m 28.07s


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