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Thursday, March 1, 2001


Cheltenham Racecourse announced this afternoon (Thursday, March 1, 2001) that it is within an exclusion zone of a suspected foot and mouth outbreak at a farm in Woolstone, some five miles away.

The farm has Category C status which means that the disease has not been confirmed yet. Confirmation or clearance will come within the next 48 hours. There are over 150 farms currently with Category C status, and the disease is sometimes confirmed but often it is just a scare.

If the farm is confirmed as having an outbreak of foot and mouth, then there will be an exclusion zone for about two weeks, meaning that the 2001 National Hunt Festival will be postponed until Tuesday, April 17, Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19.

Edward Gillespie said: "We shall continue to monitor the situation and we will make an announcement as soon as possible about the 2001 National Hunt Festival.

"As far as the Irish situation goes, I can only guess at how trainers, owners, jockeys, stable staff and racegoers must feel about not being able to bring horses to the Festival if it is run as scheduled on Tuesday, March 13, Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15, 2001.

"If we have to postpone the Festival, then hopefully the Irish horses will be able to travel over for the April dates."



The Godolphin Seven Stars Competition, the best free-to-enter on-line competition in the world, is open for entries from today, Thursday, March 1, at www.godolphin.com until Friday, March 23.

The enhanced 2001 competition follows on from the successful inaugural Godolphin Seven Stars Competition last year.

Prizes will go to the top seven contestants, rather than just the first three as in 2000, with the main prizes this time being in cash.

The 2001 first prize consists of US$150,000 in cash, the magnificent winning trophy worth some US$50,000 and a luxury trip for two to Dubai for the 2002 Dubai World Cup.

The second and third, as well as their cash prizes of US$100,000 and US$50,000 respectively, will also receive the fabulous holiday to Dubai, one of the world's most eagerly sought-after holiday destinations.

The prizes for the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh are US$25,000, US$20,000, US$15,000 and US$10,000.

Another new feature for 2001 is the US$1,000 prizes for the top entrant from each country which does not have a representative in the first seven.

These consolation prizes will be awarded as long as at least 250 entries have been made from a particular country. Last year the Godolphin Seven Stars Competition attracted entries from over 100 countries.

New also in 2001 is the Lucky Dip entry option - for those who want to participate but are not confident about choosing seven horses - the computer will randomly pick seven horses for them.

The only way to enter the Godolphin Seven Stars Competition is through the Godolphin Internet site www.godolphin.com between Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 23, 2001.

Each entrant chooses the seven Godolphin horses they think will do best at the races during the rest of the year. It is as simple as that.

There is extensive background information about the horses on the Internet site and more will be added during the month.

Horses are awarded points for finishing first, second or third in races, with extra points for higher quality contests of which the 12 races of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship are the pinnacle.

Information about the progress of the competition can be found throughout the year on www.godolphin.com and this year there is an e-mail service which can alert competition entrants when their chosen horses are entered to run.

The first day for points being awarded in 2001 is March 24, Dubai World Cup Day, and the final day is Sunday, December 16, 2001, Hong Kong International Day, which respectively see the initial and last legs of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship.

Godolphin, the private racing stable of the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai, is the first truly worldwide horseracing entity and is keen to foster international competition.

Frankie Dettori is stable jockey to Godolphin, which has won 66 Grade/Group One races in ten countries. For more information on Godolphin, please go to www.godolphin.com

The 2000 Godolphin Seven Stars Competition delivered three winners - Carol Smith from England, Leighton Hodge from Tasmania, Australia, and Zalman Ginzburg from Colorado in the USA. The trio collect their prizes in Dubai during the week of the US$6-million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race which is run on Saturday, March 24.

They will then be in the middle of the luxury seven-day trip to Dubai, with partners, which is also part of their fabulous prize packages and involves staying in the world's first seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab.

Carol Smith from Chelmsford in Essex took the first prize of a white Silver Seraph Rolls Royce, with the second prize being a silver Mercedes S Class 500 while a solid 150-oz 22-carat gold bar went to the third. (Pictures of Carol Smith available)

Carol commented: "It hasn't really sunk in yet that I have won such a fabulous prize - I can hardly believe it is true. It will be the holiday of a lifetime to go to Dubai for the Dubai World Cup and we are really looking forward to it."


Godolphin has named one of its most promising two-year-old colts in honour of superstar golfer Tiger Woods following his visit to Al Quoz, Godolphin's Dubai base on Wednesday, February 28, 2001.

Sheikh Mohammed, Godolphin's driving force, has named his Storm Cat colt out of Toga Toga Toga Dubai Tiger in special recognition of the great sportsman.

Sheikh Mohammed said: "This was the perfect opportunity to show the greatest golfer in the world some of the world's greatest thoroughbreds here in Dubai, including Emirates World Series Champion Fantastic Light and our leading hope for the Dubai World Cup - Best of the Bests.

"Tiger Woods and Godolphin share a passion to be the best and we hope Dubai Tiger will become an equally outstanding equine athlete in the future."

Woods, one of the world's best-known sportsmen, is once again under the spotlight in the Dubai Desert Classic taking place at the Emirates Golf Club.

He accepted an invitation from Sheikh Mohammed to visit Godolphin's state-of-the-art training facility Al Quoz, and was accompanied by fellow golfer Mark O'Meara.

Sheikh Mohammed showed both Woods and O'Meara around the 140-horse facilities at Al Quoz and Grandstand Stables, where he introduced the 25-year-old golfer to Dubai Tiger.

Woods, after touring Godolphin's training operation, said: "It is a great honour for me that Sheikh Mohammed has chosen the name Dubai Tiger for one of his racehorses. I am so impressed at how sophisticated the whole training facility is here. It has been a really enjoyable afternoon."

Dubai Tiger, purchased for $1.8 million at last year's September Yearling Sale in Kentucky, is one of around 170 beautifully bred two-year-olds whose future racing careers can be followed throughout 2001 by entering the Godolphin Seven Stars on-line competition.

The competition has prizes worth over $500,000 and entrants start earning points for their chosen seven horses on Dubai World Cup day - March 24.

You can make your free entry at www.godolphin.com from March 1 to 23.

Pictures of Tiger Woods' visit can be downloaded from www.godolphin.com


Anthony Whelan¹s first double in the Emirates was soured slightly at Abu Dhabi last Wednesday when stewards suspended him for a day after the first of his two winners.

Whelan had replaced the South African Anthony Delpech aboard El Hadzin Deleyre and what was a lucky last minute ride was prolonged by a stewards inquiry. Stewards dismissed the objection but found Whelan to be careless and suspended him.

Whelan was not to be denied however and bounced back half an hour later when guiding the Russian-bred Purebred Arabian Simbad scored.

Whelan replaced the South African jockey Anthony Delpech after that rider fell ill and officials in the Emirates will be hoping the jockey is back on board for the Thursday and Friday meetings at Nad Al Sheba and Jebel Ali, these programmes being the first of Dubai¹s racing to be telecast live into South Africa.

However, there will still be a South African connection with Basil Marcus engaged to ride the Willie Haggas-trained Count Dubois in the UAE 2000 Guineas.

Whelan doesn¹t get that many opportunities in the Emirates but from what he has had this season he has made the most of. Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen also rode a double, combining with the Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained Walmooh in the opening thoroughbred event before backing up half an hour later and continuing his successful association with the local-bred Purebred Arabian Fayeq.

Others to ride winners were Ted Durcan and Willie Ryan.

Abu Dhabi
Wednesday, February 28, 2001
Weather: Fine. Turf Track: Good

Race One. Thoroughbreds. 1,600m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 00-50.

Prizemoney: Dhs44,000. 1st: Dhs22,000. 2nd: Dhs10,560. 3rd: Dhs6,160. 4th:
Dhs3,960. 5th: Dhs1,320.

1. WALMOOH (GB) 57.5kg
5 b h In The Wings ­ Walimu (Top Ville)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: P Smullen.

2. FADWA (GB) 57kg
5 ch m Mizoram ­ Mey Madam (Song)
Owner: Mr Mamoun Ahmed Mekki.

Breeder: Galadari Sons Stud Co Ltd.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan.

6 b h Zafonic ­ Um Lardaff (Mill Reef)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd
Trainer: P Brette. Jockey: W Ryan.

Then came (in order): Green Laafe (GB), Coburg (GB), Direct Reaction (IRE), Franco Mina (IRE), Chauny (USA), Lituus (USA), Sarhan (USA), Wajori (USA), Brigand (IRE). N/R: Saint Malo (USA), Gallaash (USA). 12 ran. Margins:.5len, 2len. Time: 1:36.14.

Race Two. Purebred Arabians. 2,200m. Ltd Conds.

UAE Bred Max 3 Wins.

Prizemoney: Dhs54,000. 1st: Dhs27,000. 2nd: Dhs12,960. 3rd: Dhs7,560. 4th: Dhs4,860. 5th: Dhs1,620.

1. FAYEQ (AE) 59kg
5 gr g Ne Rien Prendre ­ FA Protea (Prononce)
Owner: The Royal Stables.

Breeder: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Trainer: A Lee. Jockey: P Smullen.

2. NASEEM AL BUR (AE) 56.5 carr 54kg
8 ch h Plamenny ­ Al Twaiysa-95 (Magrabi)
Owner: Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

Breeder: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Trainer: J Peromingo. Jockey G Power.

3. SEHOOL (AE) 54kg
5 ch m Blaise ­ Swelle Elegant (Flaming Tron Ku)
Owner: HH The President.

Breeder: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Trainer: J Smart. Jockey: D Biggs.

Then came (in order): Hashil (AE), Ajayeb (AE). 5 ran. Margins: 3len, 10.5len. Time: 2:37.41.

251: Race Three. Purebred Arabians. 1,600m. Maiden. SW.

Prizemoney: Dhs34,000. 1st: Dhs17,000. 2nd: Dhs8,160. 3rd: Dhs4,760. 4th: Dhs3,060. 5th: Dhs1,020.

4 ch c Kesberoy ­ Vanda De Domenjoi (Cheri Bibi)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamdan Al Maktoum.

Breeder: M Didier Desclaux.

Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: C Avery.

2. AVA (FR) 51kg
4 ch f Djamel ­ Fatzica (Fatzour)
Owner: HH The President.

Breeder: Benedicte Poydenor
Trainer: J Smart. Jockey: D Biggs.

3. ANKH TAOUI (FR) 57kg
5 ch m Dormane ­ Gibeciere (Dunixi)
Owner: HH The President.

Breeder: Mme Bernadette Morand Savioz.

Trainer: L Y Carter. Jockey: W Ryan.

Then came (in order): Oceanara (GB), Idee De Colmar (FR), Burkhan (GB), Watani (GB), Emarat (FR), Fix Edent (US), Mutakallam (FR), All Intent (US), Saharaa Storm (US). N/R: Brrag (US). 12 ran. Margins: .75len, 1.5len. Time: 1:47.78.

252: Race Four. Thoroughbreds. 2,200m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 00-70.

Prizemoney: Dhs54,000. 1st: Dhs27,000. 2nd: Dhs12,960. 3rd: Dhs7,560. 4th: Dhs4,860. 5th: Dhs1,620.

1. LANCEWOOD (USA) 57.5kg
5 ch h Woodman ­ Triple Tiara (Majestic Light)
Owner: Ahmed Al Shafar.

Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan.

8 ch h Cadeaux Genereux ­ Gunner¹s Belle (Gunner B)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Whitbury Manor Stud.

Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: M Hills.

3. KAMIN (USA) 57.5kg
7 b h Red Ransom ­ Sweet Rhapsody (Sea Bird)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Robert N Clay & Ray Clifton.

Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: R Hills.

Then came (in order): Outspoken (GB), King Sound (GB), Surveillance (USA), Dayan (USA), Badagara (GB), Peculiarity (GB), Waseem (GB), Waffigg (IRE), Blue Diamond (FR). N/R Brampton (GB), Malik (IRE). 12 ran. Margins: .5len, 4.75len. Time: 2:16.34.

253: Race Five. Purebred Arabians. 1,200m. 4YOs 00-78 & 5YOs+ 00-70.

Prizemoney: Dhs55,000. 1st: Dhs27,500. 2nd: Dhs13,200. 3rd: Dhs7,700. 4th: Dhs4,950. 5th: Dhs1,650.

7 gr h Dahman El Arami ­ Zina De Perron (Maliknoa)
Owner: Mr Taleb Bin Dhaher Al Muhairi.

Breeder: Gerard Bodereau.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: A Whelan.

2. KHATEER (FR) 52.5kg
4 b c Djouras Tu ­ Manoureva (Grabiec)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.

Breeder: Guy Dell¹ova.

Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: W Supple.

3. SABEAR (FR) 59kg
5 ch m Dormane ­ CR Samborsta (Sambor)
Owner: HH The President.

Breeder: EARL Du Moulin.

Trainer: L Y Carter. Jockey: W Ryan.

Then came (in order): Fee Du Cassou (FR), Zeenat Al Zeenaat (FR), Furieux (FR), Istoora (FR), Madour (FR), Path To Glory (PL), Prince D¹Eau (FR). 10 ran. Margins: 1.75len, nk. Time: 1:17.95.

Race Six. Purebred Arabians. 2,200m. 4YOs 00-48 & 5YOs+ 00-40.

Prizemoney: Dhs44,000. 1st: Dhs22,000. 2nd: Dhs10,560. 3rd: Dhs6,160. 4th: Dhs3,960. 5th: Dhs1,320.

1. SIMBAD (RU) 54.5kg
5 gr h Barkas ­ Sova (Angel)
Owner: Mr Ahmed Al Kendi.

Breeder: Oros Stud.

Trainer: A Selvaratnam. Jockey: A Whelan.

6 ch m Farazan Du Paon ­ Bint Samiha (Shams El Farin).

Owner: Mrs N Thompson.

Breeder: Mrs N Thompson.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: J Carroll.

10 b h Baroud III ­ Managhi (Saint Laurent)
Owner: HH The President.

Breeder: Melle R L Koch.

Trainer: J Smart. Jockey: P Smullen.

Then came (in order): Abra (FR), Al Jour (US), Anteres Del Sol (FR), Feel Free (US), Hispahan De Bastor (FR), Sadiq (AE), Ya Salam (FR), Bareh (FR), Final Word (US). N/R Verre D¹Eau (FR), Meshura (FR). 12 ran. 2.25len, 2.75len. Time: 2:32.52.

Race Seven. Purebred Arabians. 1,200m. Maiden. SW.

Prizemoney: Dhs30,000. 1st: Dhs15,000. 2nd: Dhs7,200. 3rd: Dhs4,200. 4th: Dhs2,700. 5th: Dhs900.

1. IZMANA (FR) 55.5kg
5 b m Dormane ­ Bizness Class (Nadji)
Owner: HH The President.

Breeder: Didier Giethlen.

Trainer: L Y Carter. Jockey: W Ryan.

2. SIGARA (FR) 53 carr 51.5kg
4 ch f Djel Bon ­ Dia Al Sigour (Diarax)
Owner: Mr Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda.

Breeder: M Jean & Mme Daniele Biraben.

Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: K Dalgleish.

3. AMEERT AL MAIDAN (FR) 53 carr 53.5kg
4 gr f Djel Bon ­ Dashida (Mahan)
Owner: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Breeder: Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.

Trainer: J Frazier. Jockey: M Hills.

Then came (in order): Al Tayaar (GB), Valina (RU), Usool (FR), Brga (CA), Tyrant (US), Our Equity (US). N/R Junior Du Cassou (FR). 9 ran. 2.5len, 7len. Time: 1:19.21.


Brilliant Australian-trained mare Sunline could run on Saturday in the Grade Two Appollo Stakes at Warwick Farm, Sydney where she will probably meet the champion Tie The Knot.

After a gallop at Takanini yesterday morning, Sunline's owner/trainer Steve McKee reported: "It was brilliant work.

"She did it well within herself. Provided there are no hitches between now and Saturday, she'll give them some hurry-up."

If all goes well on Saturday, Sunline could go for the $4.7 million Dubai Duty Free on March 24 at Nad Al Sheba.

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