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Friday, December 6, 2002



LADBROKES PRICES FOR CHEPSTOW & SANDOWN TOMORROW




1-50 Chepstow - Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle, 2m 4f

20/1 BEN EWAR
20/1 COMEX FLYER
6/1 ENTERTAINER
7/2 JEANNOT DE BEAUCHENE
6/1 GIOCOMO
4/1 BEETHOVEN
11/1 RUM POINTER
9/2 CHICAGO BULLS
11/2 NOISETINE
33/1 PETITE RISK

Each Way: 1/5 Odds 1-2-3

2-30 Sandown - Mitsubishi Shogun Tingle Creek Chase, 2m

6/1 CENKOS
4/1 EDREDON BLEU
6/4 FLAGSHIP UBERALLES
66/1 GET REAL
15/8 MOSCOW FLYER
14/1 WAHIBA SANDS

Each Way: 1/4 Odds 1-2

3-05 Sandown - William Hill Handicap Hurdle, 2m f

16/1 MR COOL
6/1 QUAZAR
5/2 SAMON
10/1 WHISTLING DIXIE
16/1 IDAHO D'OX
8/1 JABOUNE
50/1 PIETRO BEMBO
5/1 DEEP SUNSET
16/1 HAWADETH
20/1 MOVING ON UP
10/1 SUD BLEU
6/1 SPIRIT LEADER

Each Way: 1/4 Odds 1-2-3



DAVID LODER TO RETIRE AT THE END OF 2003




www.godolphin.com reported today:

David Loder today announced his intention to retire from training at the end of the 2003 season.


Loder, Godolphin's specialist two-year-old trainer in Dubai and the UK, said: "It's time for me to do other things. I feel I don't have the same enthusiasm for training as I did when I started and when that happens, the sensible thing is to move on.


"I will hand in my licence at the end of next season and after that I plan to be very much involved in the bloodstock world. I have one or two interesting projects to look at."

Sheikh Mohammed, the driving force behind Godolphin, said: "I am very disappointed that David has decided to give up training, but I understand his reasons. I would have liked him to continue, but he was adamant that he wanted to stop and I must respect that.

"I would like to place on record my appreciation of the excellent work he has done for Godolphin. He was a key member of our team. We were fortunate to have David nurture a number of horses who proved themselves at the highest level for Godolphin, including Noverre and Diktat. But more than anything I want to thank him for helping to turn Dubai Millennium into a champion. I will never forget that."

Loder added: "I have been training for ten years and have had a tremendous amount of fun. I have been lucky enough to train for some of the very best owners and even luckier to win a lot of very good races during that period.


"I am very grateful to all of the owners for their support and I hope that they have enjoyed training with me as much as I have enjoyed training for them. I have also been very lucky to have some fantastic staff ever since I started training. They have always stuck with me through thick and thin and I will be sorry to say goodbye to them."

Asked about his career highlights, he cited saddling his first winner, Lupescu, in a Listed race in October 1992; the handling of Desert Prince, judged the world's best miler by the international handicappers in 1998; and training Dubai Millennium as a two-year-old.


Loder has trained solely for Godolphin for the last four years. For the past two years he has trained at Desert Stables in Dubai and Godolphin Stables in Newmarket, having had a largely frustrating two-year stint at Evry on the outskirts of Paris prior to that.


He said: "It was a fantastic opportunity to be involved with Godolphin and I am only sorry that it has not been a greater success in the past four years. But that is the way it goes sometimes and now it's time to look to the future."

Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, said: "I have known and admired David for a long time and everyone at Godolphin has really enjoyed working with him.


"David's job for Godolphin was a difficult one in that we wanted him to produce horses for the future rather than just successful two-year-olds, but he did it with the same skill and dedication that has characterised his entire training career. I congratulate David on his accomplishments and wish him all the very best for the future."

Frankie Dettori also paid tribute to Loder. "I'm really shocked by the news," Dettori said. "David is a great trainer and he's been a really good friend to me. I rode his first winner for him ten years ago and we have had some fantastic days together since then. The racing game is not going to be the same for me after next season - the training profession is losing a real star."

Dettori added: "David is part of my family and always will be because it was through his stable that I met my wife Catherine."

As for future plans, Crisford said that no decision had yet been taken as to whether Godolphin would employ a new trainer to train juveniles from 2004. "Sheikh Mohammed will decide next year whether Godolphin will employ someone else or whether to spread the horses among his other trainers," Crisford explained.




BHB REACHES AGREEMENT WITH NEWSPAPERS




BHB Looks Forward to Working with Newspapers to Promote Racing

Following the circulation to all national newspapers today of a revised Press Policy, BHB is pleased to have received indications of the acceptance of the Policy, along with assurances of an intention to reinstate sponsors' names in racecards.


The Policy states: "The British Horseracing Board will extend the current licensing arrangements in respect of the use of racecards by newspapers until March 2007."

BHB Chief Executive Greg Nichols said today: "We are pleased that a position acceptable to both BHB and newspapers appears to have been reached.


"It is vital for Racing's future that we work with newspapers to promote the sport to the maximum possible extent and we now look forward to playing a full part in this relationship."



2002 TBA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED




Selkirk and Gunner B, believed to be the oldest active thoroughbred stallion in Europe, are among the 2002 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Award winners, details of which are revealed today, Friday, December 6, 2002.


Owned by the Selkirk Syndicate and standing at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket, Selkirk enjoyed a vintage season in 2002 which enabled him to just pip Machiavellian in the leading British-based Flat stallion (by prize money) category.


Kirsten Rausing, owner of Lanwades Stud, commented: "I am naturally delighted that Selkirk has received this award, particularly as our other stallion Hernando is also a leading British-based sire (progeny earnings in Europe). This means we now have two of the leading British-based stallions standing at Lanwades Stud.


"I am personally very pleased at the recognition that Selkirk has now achieved, particularly as I have only started with three stallions from scratch - namely Niniski who achieved a TBA award for first season-sire in 1984, his son Hernando (leading British-based sire in Europe) and now Selkirk."

Gunner B, who officially turns 31 on January 1, has landed awards for both National Hunt prize money won and the most individual chase winners. This is the fourth year in succession that Gunner B has gained TBA awards. The stallion's best winner in the 2001/02 season came with Red Striker in the Grade Two Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock Park.


Peter Hockenhull, of Shade Oak Stud, said: "Gunner B has been instrumental in putting us where we are and it is just fantastic that he can keep going.


"Make no mistake - he is still going. He covered something like 20 mares last year and got 12 in foal, so obviously his fertility is waning a little but he is still fertile and cracking on.


"He will be covering again next year, which I think makes him the oldest ever European sire. He's still fit and active and covers his mares with loads of enthusiasm - we wouldn't force him to do anything he wouldn't want to do.

"He marches on into next year and it's hard to see any other stallion getting near him, with the likes of Barrow Drive and Iris's Gift representing him at the moment. Our next ambition is for one of our other stallions, Alflora, to take over the mantle in a couple of years.


"Gunner B has just got so much quality around and he seems to have a runner in all the big races. His progeny are very genuine and thrive when conditions are testing as they have been for the last three or four seasons and it looks like we're in for the same again."

Other stallions to scoop prestigious awards include the sadly-deceased duo of Polar Falcon (Cheveley Park Stud) for most individual Flat winners and Air Express (the National Stud), who takes the award for leading first-season British-based Flat sire, largely thanks to the exploits of Airwave and Presto Vento.

Kangra Valley is the leading broodmare of the year, with no less than four individual winners in 2002, including the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Airwave.


Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms is the leading British-based Flat breeder for 2002, having produced the likes of Group One Darley Cup winner Continent and Group One-winning juveniles Oasis Dream (Middle Park Stakes) and Brian Boru (Racing Post Trophy).


One of the most popular wins in the 2002 Flat season was Bollin Eric's victory in the final classic of the year, the Rothmans Royals St Leger at Doncaster. His breeders, Sir Neil and Lady Westbrook, are rewarded for this and their 40 years of commitment to the thoroughbred industry with the TBA Flat Breeder Award.

Anne Wright's Wheelersland Stud takes the Langham Cup for the best small Flat breeder, having bred the Group One Victor Chandler Nunthorpe Stakes hero Kyllachy.


Alongside Gunner B in the National Hunt categories, Coole Pilate takes the leading broodmare award, having produced the Grade One winner It's Himself and Grade Two scorer Lyreen Wonder during the 2001/02 season.


Long-standing National Hunt owner-breeder Ian Bare receives the National Hunt Achievement Award in recognition of a lifetime's contribution to National Hunt breeding and changes to the race programme brought about by his work at the TBA.


The prizes will be presented at the TBA Awards' Dinner in London on Tuesday, January 7, 2003, when the winners of two Special Awards for contributions to the British breeding industry will be announced.


Nigel Elwes, Chairman of the TBA, said: "The past 12 months have been memorable for the British bloodstock industry and the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association looks forward to rewarding the hard work and dedication of those involved at our awards dinner on January 7."

TBA AWARD WINNERS 2002

FLAT

1. Leading British-based Breeder (Flat), given by HM The Queen
Winner: JUDDMONTE FARMS

Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms has won The Queen's Silver Cup. The Group One winners concerned were CONTINENT (July Cup), who also won the Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, and the two-year-olds, OASIS DREAM (Middle Park Stakes), and BRIAN BORU (Racing Post Trophy). Uncharacteristically, neither CONTINENT nor BRIAN BORU carried the colours of their breeder.


2. Leading British-based Stallion (Flat prize money won), given by the British Bloodstock Agency
Winner: SELKIRK

The Lanwades Stud resident SELKIRK, who is owned by the Selkirk Syndicate, has won the BBA Silver Cigar Box as the leading British-based sire after a protracted duel with last year's winner, MACHIAVELLIAN. Many of SELKIRK'S winners in Britain and Ireland also did well abroad, amongst them such smart performers as KOOTENAY, BORDER ARROW, HIGHDOWN and WELSH DIVA.


3. Leading British-based Stallion (most individual winners on the Flat), given by the Barleythorpe Stud
Winner: POLAR FALCON

The rivalry between POLAR FALCON and CADEAUX GENEREUX continued right to the end of the turf season when one winner separated them - the former recorded 40 individual winners to deny the latter his second successive Barleythorpe Stud Cup by the narrowest of margins. Regrettably, POLAR FALCON died at Cheveley Park Stud towards the end of 2001.


4. Leading British-based First-Season Sire (Flat), given by the Directors of Tattersalls
Winner: AIR EXPRESS

Sadly this is another posthumous affair as the winner of the Tattersalls' Silver Salver is the National Stud's AIR EXPRESS, who died after just two covering seasons in Newmarket. The late lamented son of SALSE made a very favourable impression with his initial crop of runners which included AIRWAVE (Cheveley Park Stakes), and multiple scorer, PRESTO VENTO (Listed National Stakes at Sandown).

5. Leading Broodmare, given by the late Mr H.J. Joel
Winner: KANGRA VALLEY

Homebred KANGRA VALLEY has won the H J Joel Silver Salver for Richard and Tessa Watson of Manor Farm Stud, Oakham, Rutland, with four individual winners, DANAKIM, BEVERLEY MACCA, KANGARILLA ROAD and AIRWAVE. Two of AIRWAVE'S three wins came in the Cheveley Park Stakes and the Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr. The Watsons also bred KANGRA VALLEY'S first three dams.

6. TBA Flat Breeder, given by the TBA
Winner: SIR NEIL & LADY WESTBROOK

Sir Neil and Lady Westbrook are very deserving winners of the TBA Silver Rose Bowl. All six of their winners in 2002 have BOLLIN as a first name and the St Leger hero, BOLLIN ERIC, is a culmination of 40 years of homebred winners - he is trained by Tim Easterby, whose family have reared all the many Westbrook runners in Yorkshire, first at Stockwell Stud and then at Easthorpe Hall Stud.
7. Langham Cup (Small Breeder Special Merit), given by the late Miss Phillipa Vaughan
Winner: WHEELERSLAND STUD

Three winners of seven races have enabled Anne Wright of Wheelersland Stud, near Newbury, Berkshire, to win the Langham Cup. The star, of course, was triple Group scorer, KYLLACHY (Nunthorpe Stakes, Temple Stakes, Palace House Stakes), who will be covering next season alongside his own sire, PIVOTAL, at Cheveley Park Stud. Mrs Wright bought back KYLLACHY'S dam after selling her as a yearling.


NATIONAL HUNT AWARDS

8. Leading Active British-based Stallion (most NH prize money won), given by the late Col. W.H. Whitbread Winner: GUNNER B
see below
9. Leading Active British-based Stallion (most individual NH chase winners), given by Horse & Hound
Winner: GUNNER B

The status quo has been maintained all thanks to the truly remarkable GUNNER B, who has just celebrated his 30th birthday. The 1978 Eclipse Stakes winner has won the Whitbread Silver Salver for a fourth consecutive time and the Horse & Hound Cup for a third consecutive time. Yet again the late Anne Jenks has made a major contribution with these two awards and, on this occasion, it was the turn of RED STRIKER (Grade Two Peter Marsh Chase).

10. Leading Broodmare (NH), given by Mr E.K. Dudgeon
Winner: COOLE PILATE

The Dudgeon Cup has gone to the only British-based broodmare to produce two individual Graded winners during the 2001/02 season. She is Goldford Stud's COOLE PILATE, dam of the Irish-based pair, IT'S HIMSELF (Grade One David Austin Memorial Novice Chase, Punchestown), and LYREEN WONDER (Grade Two Leopardstown Chase). COOLE PILATE is a daughter of Richard and Sally Astons' original foundation mare, CARMARTHEN HONEY.


11. National Hunt Achievement Award, given by the late HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Winner: IAN BARE

Ian Bare has won the late Queen Mother's Silver Salver in recognition of his lifetime's contribution to NH breeding in general and the TBA in particular. He is therefore emulating last year's winner, Neville Dent, whom he succeeded as Chairman of the TBA's NH Committee. A member of the 1993 NH Review Group, Ian was one of the prime instigators of the mares' allowance and he has also been one of the champions of three-year-old bumpers. With his late wife, Heather, he is well known as the owner-breeder of that smart chaser, THE LAND AGENT.


SPECIAL AWARDS

12. The Award to the person employed within the Industry who, in the opinion of the TBA Council, has made a significant contribution to the British Breeding Industry, given by the Dominion Syndicate.

Winner: To be announced at the Awards' Dinner

13. The Special Award to the person who, in the opinion of the TBA Council, has made a significant contribution to the British breeding industry, given by the Duke of Devonshire.

Winner: To be announced at the Awards' Dinner



GENEROUS TRAVEL ALLOWANCE FOR EXCITING NEW NOVICES' CHASE AT CHELTENHAM




Cheltenham Racecourse, the home of National Hunt racing, is delighted to be offering a generous travel allowance to overseas-trained runners in the new £50,000 DONCASTER BLOODSTOCK SALES FUTURE CHAMPIONS NOVICES' CHASE. The two mile, five furlong contest takes place on the second day of Cheltenham's 40th Anniversary Meeting on Saturday, December 14, 2002.

This exciting new addition to Cheltenham's programme is restricted to novice five-year-olds and upwards that were sold under the hammer' at the Doncaster Bloodstock Spring Sales of 2000.

Under the travel allowance scheme, connections of overseas-trained horses will be guaranteed £1,000 towards their travel costs if they finish outside of the prize money. In addition, if a horse finishes in the prize money but earns less than £1,000, the scheme will top this up to £1,000. This allowance will in reality apply to Irish-trained horses, as there are currently no horses in training that were sold at the 2000 Doncaster Spring Sale outside of Britain and Ireland.


Peter McNeile, Commercial Manager at Cheltenham, commented: "Cheltenham Racecourse is very pleased to be able to offer this travel allowance for the new Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Future Champions Novices' Chase on December 14.


"This is a useful way of us helping to reduce the costs of ownership, particularly for horses travelling from overseas."

LATEST GROUND

Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course at Cheltenham, describes the ground as following at present:

CHASE COURSE: GOOD
HURDLE COURSE: GOOD
CROSS-COUNTRY COURSE: GOOD, GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES




DECEMBER SALE CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL YEAR AT TATTERSALLS




The Tattersalls December Mares Sale concluded on Thursday with CRANSHAWS topping proceedings at 65,000 guineas on a day when 192 lots were sold for 1,306,900 guineas, a rise of 12% on last years final session. The average rose 4% to 6,806 guineas whilst the median stayed level at 4,000 guineas. The final session resulted in final sale figures for the December Mares Sale of 756 lots sold for 34,040,200 guineas, at an average of 45,026 guineas and a median of 16,000 guineas.


As well as topping the final session of the December Mares Sale, CRANSHAWS also had the unusual distinction of being being a colt. Offered from Sir Mark Prescott's Heath House Stables, CRANSHAWS was purchased by Dublin based bloodstock agent John McCormack for 65,000 guineas. The two year old colt by GREEN DANCER was always going to be highly sought after following his fine fifth in the Group 3 Premio Guido Berardelli in Rome in October which followed his second victory in a Nursery at Newmarket and McCormack revealed that the horse would go to Saudi Arabia.

The top price on the day for a mare was 40,000 guineas paid for the Listed placed TARA'S GIRL, offered from Mark Dwyer's Oaks Farm Stables. The five year old daughter of FAYRUZ was purchased by Charlie Mason's Silfield Bloodstock after he outlasted the efforts of Ballyhampshire Stud's Edmond Kent to secure the mare who was carrying to exciting sire PIVOTAL. Mason indicated that he would offer the resulting foal at next year's Tattersalls December Foal Sale.


After the conclusion of the 2002 Tattersalls December Sale Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented: "Only the most incurable optimist would have predicted the year we have had here at Park Paddocks in 2002, and it has been rounded off with record levels of trading for both foals and yearlings as well as good solid demand for the breeding stock.


"The Breeze Up sale back in April set the ball rolling with massive increases across the board, and we have enjoyed records at every sale since. Even under normal circumstances we would have been delighted with the results which have pushed the annual turnover past 130,000,000 guineas for only the second time, but in the context of the global economy the consistent strength of the sales here this year has been little short of extraordinary.


"The key to the year has without doubt been quality, with our vendors presenting us with some vintage catalogues. Truly outstanding Houghton and October catalogues produced a new European record price of 2,100,000 guineas for a yearling filly and the highest priced yearling
sold anywhere in the world this year at the Houghton, as well as an October Yearling Sale which scaled unprecedented heights."

"The 1,800,000 guineas GIANT'S CAUSEWAY foal out of URBAN SEA always looked set to top the whole December Sale, but it was the Newgate Stud mares and fillies which were very much the highlight of a typically cosmopolitan second week, providing a fitting tribute to the late Prince Fahd Salman. Last year's mares catalogue was exceptional and we felt that in comparison we were a little short of obvious stars, but the enduring international appeal of the Sale has produced the second highest turnover ever at the December Sale and ended the year very much on a high note."



BIG ROLLOVERS AND SMALL FIELDS SEE TOTE PREPARE FOR A BUSY SCOOP6 SATURDAY




A more 'punter-friendly' card than usual combined with over £200,000 in rollovers provide the perfect lure for punters to have a go at the Scoop6 this Saturday and possibly land a fortune.

With the Win fund having gone two weeks since it was last landed, £154,182 will start the pool off tomorrow, while £66,077 sits in the Bonus Prize Fund.


"Small fields mean big pools on the Scoop6 and with only 44 declared runners we're looking at one of the smallest Scoop6 fields in the history of the bet tomorrow," said Tote spokesman Jeremy Scott.


"Indeed more so than usual, tomorrow's Scoop6 is definitely looking winnable and with the Win Fund pool set to break through the quarter of a million pound barrier we're expecting a busy day on the bet tomorrow."

"In total a single winner of the Win fund going on to land the Bonus Prize Fund next Saturday would be looking at a total Scoop6 payout of up to £400,000."

Saturday's Scoop6 races are:

leg 1 1.40 Wetherby - Cumbrian Challenge Handicap Chase
leg 2 1.55 Sandown - Extraman Trophy
leg 3 2.30 Sandown - Mitsubishi Shogun Tingle Creek Trophy Chase
leg 4 3.05 Sandown - William Hill Handicap Hurdle
leg 5 3.25 Wetherby - Constant Security Services Handicap Hurdle
leg 6 3.40 Sandown - Hogarth Recruitment Handicap Hurdle


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