Wednesday, November 14, 2001
LATEST LADBROKES ANTE-POST PRICES
Thomas Pink Gold Cup
7/4-Shooting Light, 7-Foly Pleasant, 9-Scrahan Cross, 10-Exit Swinger, 12-Arctic Copper, 12-Robbo, 14-Eau De Cologne, 16-A Piece of Cake, 16-Celibate, 16-Young Spartacus, 16-Dorans Gold, 20-Bindaree, 20-Korakor, 20-Satchmo, 25-Cadougold, 25-Iris Bleu, 25-Red Ark 25-Samakaan, 33-The Land Agent, 40-Arlequin De Sou, 50-Palouise
Each way ¼ odds a place 1,2,3,4
Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup
5-First Gold, 7- Sackville, 8 -Best Mate, 10-Looks Like Trouble, 14-Marlbrough, 16-Ad Hoc, 16-Lord Noelie, 16-Sleeping Night, 20-See More Business, 25-Florida Pearl, 25-Legal Right, 25-Shotgun Willy, 25-Monsignor, 25-Bacchanal, 25-Commanche Court, 25-Paris Pike, 25-Rince Ri, 33-Beau, 33-Japhet, 33-Whats Up Boys
Each way ¼ odds a place 1,2,3.
Smurfit Champion Hurdle
6/4-Istabraq, 8-Ned Kelly, 10-Jair Du Cochet, 12-Azertyuiop, 12-Bilboa, 14-Landing Light, 16-Moscow Flyer, 16-Ansar, 20-Arctic Owl, 25-First Ballot, 25-Montalcino, 25-Tiger Groom, 40-Ulundi, 40-Hors La Loi Iii, 40-Joe Cullen, 40-Sausolito Bay
Each way ¼ odds a place 1,2,3.
Queen Mother Champion Chase
7/2-Edredon Bleu, 5-Fadalko, 10-Flagship Uberalles, 10-Tuitchev, 10-Native Upmanship, 16-Knife Edge, 16-Direct Route, 20-Mickos Dream, 25-Cenkos, 25-Dusk Duel, 25-Wahiba Sands, 25-Crocadee, 33-Whitenzo
Each way ¼ odds a place 1,2,3.
STRONG IRISH PRESENCE AT THE OPEN
The Irish will be back in force at Cheltenham this weekend for The Open, the three-day meeting which takes place on Friday, November 16, Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18, 2001.
There has been a tremendous willingness by the connections of horses trained in Ireland to enter their horses at The Open, which sees Cheltenham opening its gates for the first major meeting of the National Hunt season.
A very encouraging 64 entries have been made by Irish trainers for the three days - 22 on Friday, 25 for Saturday and 17 on the final day and it looks as though over 30 Irish-trained runners will compete at the meeting.
There also should be plenty of Irish racegoers at Cheltenham. Two of the Irish travel companies organising tours to The Open have had plenty of bookings.
JoeTully, the managing director of Tully's Travel, said: "We are delighted to be travelling to The Open after the understandable cancellation of the Cheltenham Festival in March. Everyone is looking forward to an enjoyable weekend's racing and our numbers are up on last year."
These sentiments were echoed by Walter Greacen, the managing director of Leopardstown Tours which is bringing around 50 racegoers this year. He commented: "We're glad to be going back to Cheltenham."
Edward Gillespie, the Managing Director of Cheltenham Racecourse, added: "We are delighted to receive 64 entries from Irish-based trainers for the three days.
"In addition to plenty of interest from Irish trainers, the meeting has also caught the imagination of Irish racegoers in a big way."
Irish trainer Philip Rothwell indicated that Palouse, who has been allotted a weight of 9st 4lb in the Thomas Pink Gold Cup, is more likely to run in the £30,000-added Grade Two Independent Newspaper Novices' Chase on Sunday.
The County Wicklow-based handler said: "Palouse won't run in the Thomas Pink Gold Cup if he's 10lb out of the handicap. He'll come over for the two-mile Independent Newspaper Novices' Chase on the Sunday instead.
"We've been over for the meeting for the last year or two. We'd have let him take his chance in the Thomas Pink if he was around the 10st mark and he finished second in the Gerrard Novices' Hurdle at the meeting last year.
"On his last run he was fourth to Wicked Crack, who has since finished second in the champion chase at Down Royal ahead of Florida Pearl. The form is working out well and Palouse is much better on good ground - it was soft the day that Wicked Crack beat him.
"I think we'll give anything a run for its money. He jumps very well and if the ground is good, he'll jump fast and they'll go a nice gallop which should be ideal."
THE THOMAS PINK GOLD CUP
Class A, Grade Three, £100,000 Total Prize Fund, Cheltenham, 2.50pm, Saturday, November 17, 2001. For 5yo+, 2m 4½f. Penalties: after November 3, a winner of a Class C steeple chase 3lb; of a Class A to B steeple chase 6lb. No penalty to increase a horse's weight above 12st. Entries closed Wednesday, October 31. Entries released Tuesday, November 6 (58 entries). Weights released Wednesday, November 7. Five-day declaration stage Monday, November 12 (24 remain). Final declaration stage 10.15am Friday, November 16. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, November 13. May not include some overseas form.
13211U- YOUNG SPARTACUS 8-12-00 Bart Hellyer Henry Daly
42113-2 EAU DE COLOGNE 9-11-11 Ms M. Evans Lydia Richards
12213-3 BEHRAJAN (IRE) 6-11-09 The Behrajan Partnership Henry Daly
55265-1 CELIBATE (IRE) 10-11-05 Stamford Bridge Partnership Charlie Mann
1/22/22-1 FOLY PLEASANT (FR) 7-11-03 Jim Lewis & Friends Henrietta Knight
124363- ROBBO 7-11-03 The Scarth Racing Partnership Mary Reveley
211FP-0 SATCHMO (IRE) 9-11-03 Gavin Wragg Gardie Grissell
3U124U- BINDAREE (IRE) 7-11-02 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
112/500- SAMAKAAN (IRE) 8-11-01 Lady Harris Venetia Williams
32350-1 SHOOTING LIGHT (IRE) 8-11-00 John Brown & Mick Blackburn Martin Pipe
51/263F- EXIT SWINGER (FR) 6-10-10 Sandicroft Stud Syndicate Martin Pipe
2F2-4P5 RED ARK 8-10-07 Dorothy Mason Norman Mason
PP4P1-0 KORAKOR (FR) 7-10-06 John & Barbara Cotton Ian Williams
2122-642 ARCTIC COPPER (IRE) 7-10-04 Grand Alliance Racing Club Noel Meade IRE
F1F1-40 KINGS VALLEY (IRE) 7-10-03 Extra Cool Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
446-322 IRIS BLEU (FR) 5-10-03 David Johnson Martin Pipe
42/111-1 SCRAHAN CROSS (IRE) 8-10-02 Russell McAllister Jonjo O'Neill
P1F13-1 CADOUGOLD (FR) 10-10-02 David Johnson Martin Pipe
3/2U4P-5 THE LAND AGENT 10-10-02 D. I. Bare Seamus Mullins
23131-6 A PIECE OF CAKE (IRE) 8-10-01 Lightbody Celebration Cakes Ltd Mary Reveley
43/611//-1 STAN'S YOUR MAN 11-9-11 Mrs J. D. Goodfellow Ferdy Murphy
2F42-12 DORANS GOLD 7-9-09 Mel Fordham S.Fisher M.Harper H.Johnson Paul Nicholls
21433F- ARLEQUIN DE SOU (FR) 7-9-07 Karola Vann Philip Hobbs
031134 PALOUSE (IRE) 5-9-04 G. Kinch Philip Rothwell IRE
THE INTERVET TROPHY
Class B, Saturday, 3.30pm, November 17, 2001 £50,000 total prize fund, 3m 3½f, five-year-olds and upwards. Penalties: after November 10, a winner of a steeple chase 5lb. Entries revealed Monday, November 12, 2001 (24 entries), weights released Tuesday, November 13, final declaration stage 10.15am, Friday, November 16. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, November 13. May not include some overseas form.
3213U/1- RINCE RI (IRE) 8-12-00 F. M. Moriarty Ted Walsh IRE
41/1515- SEE MORE BUSINESS (IRE) 11-11-11 Paul Barber & Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
342P-55 COMMANCHE COURT (IRE) 8-11-08 Dermot Desmond Ted Walsh IRE
0P2-611 FOXCHAPEL KING (IRE) 8-11-05 Sir Tony O'Reilly Mouse Morris IRE
160310- KINGSMARK (IRE) 8-10-13 Sir Robert Ogden Martin Todhunter
P42U5-6 BEAU (IRE) 8-10-13 Sylvia Tainton Nigel Twiston-Davies
233F0-1 EARTHMOVER (IRE) 10-10-11 Roger Penny Paul Nicholls
UU2B0-1 YOU'RE AGOODUN 9-10-06 Jeff Lammiman Martin Pipe
225130- TAKE CONTROL (IRE) 7-10-04 David Johnson Martin Pipe
421P2F- JOCKS CROSS (IRE) 10-10-03 Gill Harrison Venetia Williams
11236R- MORAL SUPPORT (IRE) 9-10-03 Tom & Evelyn Yates Charlie Mann
0/1113-3 HATI ROY (IRE) 8-10-02 Mrs R. A. Humphries Henrietta Knight
24P130- SAMUEL WILDERSPIN 9-9-07 Stella Barnes Richard Lee
331230- ROYALE DE VASSY (FR) 7-9-06 Len Jakeman,J.Davies,R.Downes & J.Lewis Venetia Williams
312442- CHARTER RIDGE (IRE) 8-9-06 Anne Duchess of Westminster Jonjo O'Neill
UP-03R0 DJEDDAH (FR) 10-9-05 Roger Barby Francois Doumen FR
121P-14 GOOD TIME MELODY (IRE) 8-9-05 Adair Catherwood Alan King
3/14FF-1 CEANANNAS MOR (IRE) 7-9-03 Major Christopher Hanbury Nicky Henderson
12F4P-5 FLAXLEY WOOD 10-9-03 Mrs D. A. La Trobe Bob Buckler
3F1F0-3 SPANISH MAIN (IRE) 7-9-02 C. B. Sanderson Nigel Twiston-Davies
P54-335 KADOU NONANTAIS (FR) 8-8-13 Darren & G. Mercer Oliver Sherwood
030PF-4 MONTROE (IRE) 9-8-13 The Montroe Partnership Richard Rowe
106-031 THE QUADS 9-8-11 John Duddy Ferdy Murphy
5101-65 BALLY LIRA 9-7-10 Victor Thorne Pat Rodford
THE REHABILITATION OF RACEHORSES HURDLE
Class A, Showcase Handicap, £50,000 Total Prize Fund, Cheltenham, 2.50pm, Sunday, November 18, 2001. For 4yo+, 2m 1/2f. Penalties: after November 3, a winner of a Class D hurdle race 3lb; of two such races or of a Class A to C race 6lb. Entries closed Wednesday, October 31. Entries released Monday, November 5 (37 entries). Weights released Wednesday, November 7. Five-day declaration stage Monday, November 12 (17 remain). Final declaration stage 10.15am Friday, November 16. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, November 13. May not include some overseas form.
03360-12 MILLIGAN (FR) 6-12-00 George Leatham Venetia Williams
11P- MONTALCINO (IRE) 5-11-12 The Winning Line Venetia Williams
F2323P- ROOSTER BOOSTER 7-11-09 Terry Warner Philip Hobbs
222065- THE FRENCH FURZE (IRE) 7-11-08 Jim Ennis Nicky Richards
2111-31 ARMATURK (FR) 4-11-07 B. C. Marshall Paul Nicholls
15333-P4 SIMPLY GIFTED 6-11-02 Steve Hammond Tim Easterby
65501-2 DOCKLANDS LIMO 8-11-02 John Marks Nigel Twiston-Davies
P1111 WESTENDER (FR) 5-10-13 Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst Martin Pipe
2150-2 IMPEK (FR) 5-10-13 Jim Lewis Henrietta Knight
1133P-3 REIZIGER (FR) 5-10-11 D. Jones & B. Thomas Philip Hobbs
12113-21 WHISTLING DIXIE (IRE) 5-10-09 (6lb ex) Ruth Savill Mary Reveley
210- DARK SHELL (IRE) 6-10-08 Mr & Mrs John Poynton Nicky Henderson
045-360 KAPOK (FR) 5-10-06 Adair Catherwood Edward O'Grady IRE
21464-01 FATEHALKHAIR (IRE) 9-10-05 (6lb ex) R. Wagner Brian Ellison
3/4/21B3- BATSWING 6-10-03 Ashley Carr Brian Ellison
1000-64 FERRERS 10-10-01 J. L. Burt Pam Sly
0-33121 BLUE (IRE) 5-10-00 The High Street Racing Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
HAMILTON LITESTAT IRISH DAY AT WINCANTON
The Hamilton Litestat Irish Day takes place at Wincanton Racecourse on Thursday, November 22, 2001, when there will be quality racing action with top jockeys in action alongside entertainments with an Irish flavour.
An Irish theme will run throughout the day with the feature event on the card being the £10,000-added HAMILTON LITESTAT HANDICAP CHASE (3pm) over three miles, one-and-a-half furlongs.
Hamilton Litestat, now in their 13th year of sponsoring this contest, will be bringing along a number of Irish guests. Local trainer Paul Nicholls, based at Ditcheat, landed this valuable race for three consecutive years in the 1990s with Sunley Bay (1997), Calling Wild (1998) and Dancetillyoudrop (1999). However, he had to settle for third place last year when Menesonic was successful for Dorset-based handler Robert Alner.
The racing starts at 1.30pm with the NEW FOREST COMMONERS NOVICES' HANDICAP HURDLE (1.30pm) over two miles. The sponsors of this event were the bidders in the silent auction which was held at Wincanton's charity day on October 28. Robert Alner also enjoyed victory in this race last year with North Kilkenny.
Continuing the Irish theme, the second race of the day is the GUINNESS NOVICES' CHASE (2.00pm) over two miles and five furlongs.
Next on the agenda is the CASTLE CARY NOVICES' HURDLE (2.30pm) over two miles and six furlongs. Valley Henry, trained by Paul Nicholls and partnered by Joe Tizzard, won this race by 22 lengths in a canter last season and has gone on to establish himself as one of the most promising novice chasers in the country with an impressive victory at Chepstow on October 6.
The remaining races on the card are the HOLBROOK HOUSE HANDICAP CHASE (3.30pm), sponsored by the Wincanton hotel which has an Irish landlord, and the BRUTON HANDICAP HURDLE (4.00pm).
Irish band Rusty Razer will be on hand to supply the musical entertainment throughout the afternoon.
Stephen Higgins, the Racecourse Manager at Wincanton said: "Badger Brewery day on Saturday, November 10, went extremely well and the up-coming Hamilton Litestat Irish Day will be just as enjoyable. Good horses will be in action and the entertainment on offer should ensure that everyone enjoys the ‘craic'."
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, December 6, 2001 followed by the traditional Boxing Day fixture on Wednesday, December 26, 2001.
TEN ENTERED IN SATURDAY'S GRADE ONE COLONIAL CUP
The $100,000 Colonial Cup, the last Grade I race on this year's steeplechase calendar, could go a long way toward determining this year's steeplechase Eclipse award winner. Ten horses have been entered in the 32nd edition of the Colonial Cup, including Steeplechase Horse-of-the-Year candidates Quel Senor (Fr), It's A Giggle, Al Skywalker and All Gong (GB).
Coppertree Farm's Quel Senor appears to have the least to lose of all those entered in the Colonial Cup, while It's A Giggle and Al Skywalker have the most to gain. A victory by any one of those three would solidify that horse's Eclipse award credentials by making him the only steeplechaser to have captured two Grade I races this year.
For more on the Colonial Cup, including a complete list of entries, jockey assignments and colour photos of the contenders, go to http://www.steeplestakes.com/races/14colonialcup.
LATEST IRISH THOROUGHBRED NEWS
BALLINGARRY TAKES FINAL JUVENILE GROUP 1
Ballingarry took the final juvenile Gr.1 race of the season when he won the Gr.1 Criterium de Saint Cloud on Tuesday. Ridden by Jamie Spencer, the full brother to Aristotle quickened into the lead turning for home and was always holding the Michael Kinane ridden Castle Gandolfo. Black Sam Bellamy, Galileo's full brother, was a length back in third. Following this latest victory, Irish bred and trained juveniles have won 85% of the juvenile Gr.1 races in Europe this season. These include world champion Johannesburg, Rock of Gibraltar, Hawk King, High Chapperal and Queens Logic.
GLOBETROTTER KUTUB TAKES SINGAPORE CUP
Kutub won his fourth consecutive Gr.1 race of the season when he took the Gr.1 Singapore Cup at Kranji on Saturday in breath taking style on firm ground last Saturday He may go for the 14 million HK$ Gr.1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin next month. His sire In The Wings who stands at Derrinstown Stud continued his excellent run when his son Boreas took the Listed Selby Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday by an impressive eight lengths.
Meanwhile at the other side of the globe Kutub's juvenile three-parts sister On the Nile took the Listed Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday. The daughter of Sadler's Wells was recording her first win and she defeated the Kevin Prendergast pair Wrong Key and Arkaga. The latter pair are both by first season sire Key of Luck whose well related son Master Papa took the £30,000 Nursery on the same card. The Tara Stud based stallion has made an excellent start to his career and will stand for next season.
CREEK BOUND FOR HONG KONG
Aidan O'Brien was also responsible for the other stakes winner on the card when Shoal Creek, fourth in the Gr.1 Juddmonte International stakes last season when he acted as pacemaker for Giants Causeway, too the Listed Knockaire Stakes over seven furlongs. The son of Fairy King may accompany Hong Kong Cup entry Bach to Sha Tin next month to contest the Mile event.
NEW OWNER FOR HAWKEYE
HAWKEYE, third in both the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prix du Moulin was recently sold to Gary Tanaka. The son of Danehill is on course to carry his new owner's colours in the Gr.1 Hong Kong Cup next month.
CALLADINE TAKES NOVEMBER HANDICAP
Calladine took the Leopardstown November Handicap for Christy Roche by 9 lengths. Many of Christy Roche's horses have been under the weather recently, however Callandine is obviously in good form. A former winner of the Denny's Juvenile Hurdle, Christy Roche is sure to find more winning opportunities over the winter.
TATTERSALLS (IRELAND) NOVEMBER NATIONAL HUNT SALE
The first week of the Tattersalls (Ireland) November National Hunt sale finished on Friday afternoon with prices holding up remarkably well. The top priced yearling a son of Supreme Leader and consigned by Riverview Farm and was bought by Highflyer Bloodstock on behalf of Trevor Hemmings for £45,000. The sale continues this week with six days of foals being offered and one day of Broodmares on the 18th November.
GOFFS NOVEMBER BREEDING STOCK AND FOAL SALE
The Goffs November Sale begins on Tuesday the 20th at 10.00am and continues until Sunday the 25th of November. This year there are over 900 foals by 130 different stallions catalogued and more than 500 fillies and broodmares by sires such as Sadler's Wells, Danehill, Darshaan, Nashwan and Rainbow Quest, including significant drafts from H.H. The Aga Khan, Moyglare Stud, Derrinstown Stud and many of the other leading Irish Stud farms.
In 2001, graduates of this sale have won Group 1 races in Ireland, England, France and Hong Kong. They were champion 2-year-old elect Queen's Logic bought for (£19,000), dual St. Leger winner Vinnie Roe (48,000 gns), French Group 1 winner Mount Abu (16,500 gns) and Hong Kong Derby winner Industrial Pioneer (18,000 gns). This is a unique achievement in 2001 for any foal sale in Europe.
FIRST FOR GODOLPHIN
HATHA ANNA became the first Godolphin-owned horse to win in Australia when he took the Gr.2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington on Saturday. The Irish-bred son of Sadler's Wells is a full-brother to Gr.1 winner Moonshell.
GOOD WEEKEND FOR IRISH-BRED NOVICES
Irish-bred One Knight remained unbeaten over hurdles when he took the Gr.2 Persian War Novices Hurdle at Chepstow on Saturday. Gola Cher was the winner of the Grade 2 Rising Stars Novice chase on Saturday. Trained by Alan King he was sold at the Tattersalls Ireland November sales as a yearling for £4,200 by Hugh J. Holohan. Limestone Lad regained winning ways when he defeated Kadoun by 6 lengths over the weekend. Looking fitter than when he was beaten by Liss a Paoraigh, he jumped fluently and was never troubled in the 2 mile 4 four furlong event.
IRISH-BRED WINNERS AROUND THE GLOBE
Dantsu Shake a juvenile son of Singspiel became the seventh winner for his sire when he took the 10 furlong turf Novice stakes at Kyoto in Japan on Sunday on his second start. Bred by Barronstown Stud and Spectrum Limited he is out of the Last Tycoon mare Belieze Tropical.
1999 Goffs Orby Graduates Phoebe Robinson, a daughter of Alzao and She Rocks by Spectrum both won in the USA over the weekend. Zieten's daughter Warning Note, bred by Victor Stud and the Hamas filly Full Habit both recorded stateside victories on Sunday.
The Irish bred Desert Sound, a 4yo by Desert Style and out of Princess Nabila, was the winner of a Turkish group 3, in Istanbul on Saturday. He cost £7,000 at Goffs November Foal sale in 1997.
Stallion News Beckett winner of last year's Gr.1 National Stakes retires to Tally Ho Stud in County Westmeath next season. The son of Fairy King will stand at a fee of £3,500. Galileo this year's undisputed Champion Three-Year-Old is one of five new stallions retiring to Coolmore. The son of Sadler's Wells will command a fee of £50,000. He will be joined by Gr.1 July Cup victor Mozart (£30,000), 2000 Guineas winner Golan (fee to be announced), Gr.1 winning Sprinter King Charlemagne (£8,000) and 1999 Gimcrack winner Mull of Kintyre (£5,000). Coolmore stallion Spinning World, who previously stood at Ashford, will stand in Ireland next season and Peintre Celebre who spent last season in Japan returns to the County Tipperary Stud. Meanwhile Entrepreneur and Desert King will stand in Japan for 2002.
Carlow-based trainer Willie Mullins has been appointed president of the European Trainers' Federation. Recent Irish-bred juvenile Italian Listed winner Sa Miniera was purchased at the 2000 Goffs February Sale for a mere £1,000.
BOCELLI HK CUP-BOUND
BOCELLI warmed up for the forthcoming Hong Kong Cup with a gallant third in the $1.25 million New Zealand Bloodstock Singapore Gold Cup at Singapore's Kranji racecourse over the weekend.
The horses that beat him were Godolphin's multiple Group 1 winner Kutub, another HKIR entry and Singapore-based Indian-bred Saddle Up. The margins were three lengths and three parts of a length.
Bocelli's effort was commendable as the winner Kutub equalled the course record for the 2,200m trip in 2:15.1.
For Bocelli, it was his first attempt at the 2,200m distance. Before yesterday's race, the Paddy Busuttin-trained New Zealand-bred captured the 2,000m Queen Elizabeth II Cup, staving off Saddle Up by a mere neck.
One with a terrific finish, Bocelli has proven to be a consistent sort. He has never finished further than third in all his 12 Kranji starts, winning a total of nine times, including the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge which consisted of the 1,400m Patrons' Bowl, the 1,600m Singapore Derby Trial and the 2,000m Emirates Singapore Derby.
Regular jockey Grant Cooksley kept Bocelli somewhere midfield in the early running. Saddle Up and NZ Oaks winner Tapildo were further back. Kutub, after a slow start, raced up on the outside in the straight and kicked clear at the 250m.
Dato Terry Lee, one of Bocelli and Saddle Up's part owners, was a happy man despite his charges being beaten into second and third.
He was reported as saying: "Not disgraced to be beaten by such a classy horse.'' Hong Kong, he added, is definitely on the agenda.
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