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Wednesday, March 28, 2001


The gamble on Mely Moss to win this year's Grand National continued this afternoon, forcing the Tote to cut their price on the ten-year-old from 7/1 to 11/2.

Despite being backed in to 7/1 from 10/1 following a flurry of support last weekend, punters were not put off backing the French-bred gelding today.

Edmond also saw good support in the Tote's market today, and was cut from 33/1 to 20/1

Tote bet:

11/2 Mely Moss (from7/1)
12/1 Earthmover
14/1 Beau
16/1 Moral Support, Noble Lord, Take Control
20/1 Browjoshy, Dark Stranger, Inn at the Top, Marlborough, Paddy's Return, Smarty, Edmond (from 33/1)
25/1 BAR


Ayr Racecourse announces today that the Scottish Grand National Meeting on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, 2001, goes ahead following the news that a suspected case of foot and mouth nearby has turned out be negative. Entries and weights for the £100,000 Gala Group Scottish Grand National, feature race on the second day, are also announced today.

The two days form Scotland's most valuable and highest-profile jump meeting of the year and Ayr Racecourse is delighted to be able to stage the event. The strict guidelines introduced for racecourses by the British Horseracing Board for the foot and mouth outbreak, involving disinfectant processes and other safety measures, will be in place.

This year the two-day meeting offers a record £276,550 in prize money and the £100,000 Gala Group Scottish Grand National is now the joint third most valuable jump handicap in Britain.

The Gala Group is the new sponsor of the Scottish Grand National following its purchase of Ladbroke Casinos and is enthusiastically supporting this great race, which has a long and illustrious history.


A bumper 94-strong entry is revealed today for the £100,000 Gala Group Scottish Grand National including many of the top chasers in training.

Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup possibles See More Business, on 12 stone, and Marlborough, with 11 stone, head the weights. Others entered include the top-class novice chasers Bacchanal (10st 13lb) and De Vere Gold Cup winner Frantic Tan (10st), plus two horses contesting favouritism for the Martell Grand National, Earthmover (9st 13lb) and Mely Moss (9st 2lb), and a whole host of other high-class chasers.

Martin Pipe, who was successful in 1993 with Run For Free, accounts for ten of the entries, among them the high-class novice Take Control and the lightly-raced French import Prince Sorinieres.

No Scottish-trained horse has landed this race since Ken Oliver sent out Cockle Strand to score in 1982 and the principal hopes of keeping the trophy north of the Border look to rest with Birkdale and Celtic Giant, trained by Len Lungo. Birkdale has some high-class form, including when winning a 3m 1f handicap chase at Ayr last March, while Celtic Giant landed the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the 1999 Cheltenham Festival.

Another Scottish-trained Festival winner was Sparky Gayle, the 1997 Cathcart Chase victor, who finished second in a Kelso hunter chase on February 1 for Lockerbie-based Andrew Parker.

There is one Irish-trained entry, Lyreen Wonder, from Arthur Moore's yard. He finished second to Slaney Native in a Grade 2 chase at Thurles on February 1.

Richard Pridham, Ayr's General Manager and Clerk of the Course, said: "We are very pleased that the first running of the Gala Group Scottish Grand National under its new sponsorship has attracted such a good entry, with real strength in depth, and we look forward to some excellent racing at Ayr on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21."


Class A, Grade 3, 4pm, Saturday, April 21, 2001, £100,000 total prize fund, 4m 1f, five-year-olds and upwards. Penalties: after March 25, the winner of a chase 5lb. Weights and entries released Wednesday, March 28 (94 entries), five-day confirmation stage April 16, final declaration stage 10am April 20.

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
141-151 SEE MORE BUSINESS (IRE) 11-12-00 Paul Barber & Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
1216-11 MARLBOROUGH (IRE) 9-11-00 Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson
21-4111 BACCHANAL (IRE) 7-10-13 Lady Lloyd Webber Nicky Henderson
222P-10 GO BALLISTIC 12-10-03 Sheila Lockhart Richard Phillips
12-U211 FRANTIC TAN (IRE) 9-10-00 The Bunkers Hill Mob Nigel Twiston-Davies
112233 EARTHMOVER (IRE) 10-9-13 Roger Penny Paul Nicholls
111603 KINGSMARK (IRE) 8-9-10 Robert Ogden Martin Todhunter
4-P224U TRESOR DE MAI (FR) 7-9-10 Joe Moran Martin Pipe
P2P-4P2 DOUBLE THRILLER 11-9-08 Reg Wilkins Paul Nicholls
122513 TAKE CONTROL (IRE) 7-9-08 David Johnson Martin Pipe
P/116/21- ARCTIC CAMPER 9-9-08 Lady Harris Venetia Williams
U-421P2 JOCKS CROSS (IRE) 10-9-08 Gill Harrison Venetia Williams
10-1111 JOLLY GREEN GIANT (IRE) 8-9-08 Paul Green Paul Webber
11/1F1P/- UNSINKABLE BOXER (IRE) 12-9-07 Paul Green Robert Alner
11/11U-0 STRONG TEL (IRE) 11-9-07 Terry Neill Martin Pipe
UBF2P4 GINGEMBRE (FR) 7-9-05 Lavinia Taylor Lavinia Taylor
1F-03P3 DARK STRANGER (FR) 10-9-04 Terry Neill Martin Pipe
534011- NORTHERN STARLIGHT 10-9-04 Arthur Souch Martin Pipe
1/1PP1/-P THE TOISEACH (IRE) 10-9-03 T & J Vestey James Fanshawe
1//4F-511 PAPERISING 9-9-03 The Jockeys Whips Nicky Richards
22F30-P PRINCE SORINIERES (FR) 6-9-03 The Arthur White Partnership Martin Pipe
U035-26 ADDINGTON BOY (IRE) 13-9-03 Walter Gott Ferdy Murphy
5154-0P SPENDID (IRE) 9-9-03 Adair Catherwood Alan King
114UU2 YOU'RE AGOODUN 9-9-03 Jeff Lammiman Martin Pipe
132//21/2- MELY MOSS (FR) 10-9-02 Darren Mercer & Lucille Boden Charles Egerton
11-FFP5 AD HOC (IRE) 7-9-02 Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
F1-1F02 LYREEN WONDER 8-9-02 Lyreen Syndicate Arthur Moore IRE
032-16P NOBLE LORD 8-9-02 Jeff McCarthy Richard Phillips
514PU6 CARLOVENT (FR) 6-9-01 Chris, Basil & Rosie Batterham Martin Pipe
5-34221 STORM DAMAGE (IRE) 9-9-01 Terry Curry, Colin Lewis, Paul Nicholls
Penny Mitchell & J Olds
5-34111 SOUNDTRACK (IRE) 8-9-01 J M Kinnear Venetia Williams
P0-46U0 THE LAST FLING (IRE) 11-9-01 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
21211 NARROW WATER (IRE) 8-9-01 Getjar Limited Ferdy Murphy
1F40-1P ANDSUEPHI (IRE) 9-9-00 Mrs J A Cohen Simon Sherwood
1FF-2PP ROYAL PREDICA (FR) 7-8-13 Peter Deal, J S Dale Martin Pipe
& Allan Stennett
315510 FLAKED OATS 12-8-12 P Swaffield, C Thistlethwaite Paul Nicholls
& S Frost
11/-132P SMARTY (IRE) 8-8-11 Mrs T Brown Mark Pitman
123312 ROYALE DE VASSY (FR) 7-8-11 Len Jakeman, J Davies, Venetia Williams
R Downes & J Lewis
35B12P ATAVISTIC (IRE) 9-8-11 Jill Emery, A Staple, E Morris Philip Hobbs
1101P-5 BIRKDALE (IRE) 10-8-10 Edward Birkbeck Len Lungo
2C113P MISTY CLASS (IRE) 9-8-10 Widdop Wanderers Sue Smith
13-61PP HONEY MOUNT 10-8-10 Paul Green Robert Alner
121234 HANNIGAN'S LODGER (IRE) 7-8-09 The Lodgers Nigel Twiston-Davies
312442 CHARTER RIDGE (IRE) 8-8-09 Anne Duchess of Westminster Jonjo O'Neill
F0-0223 VILLAGE KING (IRE) 8-8-09 Bill Edwards-Heathcote Philip Hobbs
2P-033P EDMOND (FR) 9-8-08 Lady Knutsford Henry Daly
4F1413 LANCE ARMSTRONG (IRE) 11-8-08 G L Porter Robert Alner
1333F1 SPANISH MAIN (IRE) 7-8-08 C B Sanderson Nigel Twiston-Davies
4-64P54 KAKI CRAZY (FR) 6-8-08 Archie Gooch Martin Pipe
602U-P2 SPARKY GAYLE (IRE) 11-8-07 Ray and Anita Green Andrew Parker
B-2F21P MURT'S MAN (IRE) 7-8-07 John Hales Paul Nicholls
34//1151- MIGHTY MOSS (IRE) 10-8-07 Ken Hutsby Richard Phillips
3/0-24P1 SAMUEL WILDERSPIN 9-8-07 Stella Barnes Richard Lee
2/-54513 SEVEN TOWERS (IRE) 12-8-07 Mrs E A Murray Mary Reveley
P5PP-05 LISTEN TIMMY (NZ) 12-8-07 Sir Stanley Clarke Alan King
0-6UF13 CELTIC GIANT 11-8-06 Richard Gilbert Len Lungo
133-326 PADDY'S RETURN (IRE) 9-8-06 Paddy O'Donnell Ferdy Murphy
FP-3163 SUPREME CHARM (IRE) 9-8-05 P J Vogt Kim Bailey
F122F-1 MERRY PATH (IRE) 7-8-05 Brian Stewart-Brown Oliver Sherwood
1F2-33P LAST OPTION 9-8-04 Robin Tate Robin Tate
4-52134 SUPREME GLORY (IRE) 8-8-04 Christopher Moorsom Pat Murphy
21F-0PP JUYUSH (USA) 9-8-03 Jeffrey Hordle Paul Nicholls
F11-33F MIKE STAN (IRE) 10-8-03 J M Crichton Len Lungo
4/21-F30 BANK AVENUE 10-8-02 S D Hemstock Mark Pitman
40/5P0F- DR BONES (IRE) 8-8-02 Ann Fortune Len Lungo
0FP-P06 ESPRIT DE COTTE (FR) 9-8-02 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson
23521-5 SOLOMAN (IRE) 8-8-02 Robin Eliot Josh Gifford
322011 PICKET PIECE 10-8-02 Raymond Mould Richard Phillips
354511 GLITTER ISLE (IRE) 11-8-02 Mrs Timothy Pilkington Josh Gifford
3122-21 ARDSTOWN 10-8-02 Scarlett Knipe Venetia Williams
0-22121 GOOD TIME MELODY (IRE) 8-8-01 Adair Catherwood Alan King
25-3444 AMBLESIDE (IRE) 10-8-01 B M Yin Sarah Williams
2216P1 BALLYNABRAGGET (IRE) 8-8-00 Double Octagon Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies
513-1 WONDER WEASEL (IRE) 8-7-12 D A Halsall Kim Bailey
234B-F1 SAXON DUKE 10-7-12 Saxon Duke Partnership Philip Hobbs
PP202P FOLLY ROAD (IRE) 11-7-11 Miss B W Palmer Dai Williams
1221F6 LADY OF GORTMERRON (IRE) 9-7-10 Cheltenham Racing Ltd Nigel Twiston-Davies
1F0132 RAFFLES ROOSTER 9-7-10 Mark Leatham Venetia Williams
4-41312 LORDBERNIEBOUFFANT (IRE) 8-7-09 The Marvellous Partnership Josh Gifford
2-154UP NORLANDIC (NZ) 9-7-09 The Till House Partnership Philip Hobbs
2FP522 SCOTTON GREEN 10-7-09 The I B & B D F Partnership Tim Easterby
1-55FFP YANKIE LORD (IRE) 9-7-08 The Boys In Red Simon Sherwood
1P2-4FP CAMPAIGN 10-7-07 Spectrum Micky Hammond
2P2340 GIGI BEACH (IRE) 10-7-07 C I A Paterson Paul Nicholls
1230/1P- MULLIGAN'S BOY (IRE) 9-7-07 W M G Black Howard Johnson
1112///3-0 DISCO DES MOTTES (FR) 10-7-06 Robert Ogden Philip Hobbs
41P614 CROMWELL (IRE) 6-7-05 G B Racing Michael Chapman
00P/-044 DOM SAMOURAI (FR) 10-7-02 Brian Kilpatrick Tom George
U-1PU11 THE PICKLED DUKE (IRE) 9-7-02 Timothy N Chick Tom George
13363-5 LUCKY MASTER (IRE) 9-7-01 Ann Key John Upson
1F/3//-PP0 CHOPWELL CURTAINS 11-6 11 Lucy Johnson Howard Johnson
1/3/-U422 TOSKANO 9-6 -05 Berks. Commercial Components Dai Williams
4/0462-0 FISCAL POLICY 13-5-06 Rupert Trotter Rupert Trotter
PP4P04 BRIGHT DESTINY 10-4-12 Strathayr Publishing Ltd Jim Goldie

94 entries
6 Scottish-trained
1 Irish-trained


Tomorrow's meeting at Leicester has been abandoned due to waterlogging.

Captain Nick Lees, Clerk of the Course, reported: "The course is waterlogged after we had a further 6mm of rain overnight and there is just no chance.

"Our next meeting is a week tomorrow and we really need a dry spell now."

Meanwhile, tomorrow's meeting at Exeter will be subject to an inspection at 7.30am tomorrow morning.

In a statement today, a course spokeswoman said: "We are going to have a precautionary inspection at 7.30am.

"We could have raced today but the going is heavy.

"We had three-quarters of an inch of rain overnight but it is dry at the moment."


The Ascot Spring Sale of Flat and National Hunt horses on Tuesday, 24th April, will go ahead as planned and officials at Brightwells Auctioneers will be following the strict guidelines set out by the BHB and MAFF with regard to the measures to be taken in order to prevent the spread of the Foot and Mouth Virus.

This will be the first sale for which graduates will qualify for the £30,000 Weatherbys, Ascot and Brightwells Novices¹ Hurdle to be staged at Ascot on Saturday, 13th April 2002. This, the only novice hurdle in the country held exclusively for sales graduates will be restricted to novices aged 4, 5, 6 or 7 years and has been specifically designed for horses sold at Ascot and Malvern Sales from now until February next year.

Quality entries for the sale already include a part dispersal of Mr R.R. Hitchins' National Hunt horses. Sales entries close on Friday, 6th April.

Commenting on the Foot and Mouth Disease preventative measures which are to be put in place, Ascot Clerk of the Course Nick Cheyne said,"We are putting all the recommended safety measures in place for our forthcoming race meetings and the subsequent sales as directed by MAFF and the Jockey Club.

"Anyone bringing horseboxes to the sales will have been instructed to thoroughly disinfect them before leaving home. All vehicles and visitors to the sales will enter over a disinfectant tray and the wheels of all vehicles will then be sprayed."


DUBAI WORLD CUP HERO CAPTAIN STEVE did not have to reproduce his Donn form (GF 127) at Nad Al Sheba, as he won by 3 lengths from Japan's To The Victory. Captain Steve ran to Globeform 124, and the Japanese mare ran to GF 113 in second. Third placed Hightori ran to GF 117 in last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) and again in the Maktoum Challenge III (G3). He ran to the same mark for a third time on Saturday. We have seen better horses than him run third in earlier Dubai World Cups. The World Cup 2001 had but one true star, a fact that detracts little from an excellent day's racing.

CALLER ONE put up the best performance of the day as he outclassed a field of very good sprinters in the Golden Shaheen (G3). He beat Men's Exclusive, who had run to GF 116 in his last race, by 4,5 lengths. Caller One ran to GF 128, making him as good a sprinter as Artax was, and slightly better than Kona Gold. He will be very tough in big sprints this season and must already be a considered a strong candidate for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) at Belmont in October.

THE KENTUCKY DERBY (G1) is not that far away, we are now beginning to get a clear picture of the likely field. Godolphin have two serious players, Express Tour and Street Cry. Both completed an extremely impressive trial in the UAE Derby (G3). Express Tour held a minimal advantage passing the post.

In drawing six lengths away from Lido Palace the two colts ran to Globeform 121+. Form which does rather more than just confirm their well being. The stablemates proved that they are among the best 3-year-olds in the world right now. Express Tour, an imposing individual, is thought to have less stamina than Street Cry (pedigrees back the theory) but as Street Cry had the advantage of a previous run, Express Tour can be expected to uphold the form. He has a lot of scope and, if he fails to stay in the Derby, the Preakness might be the ideal race for him.

Monarchos ran to GF 125+ in the Florida Derby (G1) and Point Given's run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) earned him GF 123+. They can both be expected to improve again, but so can the Godolphin horses. The boys in blue have a much better chance in the Run for The Roses this year, with two legitimate contenders. Which one shall Frankie Dettori choose?

DETTORI DID NOT have a good day on Saturday. The narrow defeat on Street Cry was probably the one that hurt the least. Best Of The Bests was beaten a long way out in the World Cup. His rating has been adjusted back to GF 120 for the time being, but we would not be surprised to see improvement once he is back over nine furlongs. China Visit seemed to find the mile too sharp, as he finished fourth to stable companion Festival Of Light in the Godolphin Mile (G3). The winner ran to GF 116 and should have many options when he returns to Graded handicaps in the US, unless the handicappers rate him too highly of course (as happened to last year's winner Rhythm Band).

JIM AND TONIC is an incredible horse. At age seven he improved his lifetime best to GF 123, winning the Dubai Duty Free (G2) from Fairy King Prawn and Sunline who ran well below her best after being asked to quicken far too soon at the top of the long straight. Her jockey Greg Childs made the same mistake at Sha Tin in December but got away with it, yet he made the early move again here. Little respect for the opposition and the nature of the course may have cost Childs the race. Sunline was actually staying on a bit close home, game as she is.

TRAINERS Francois Doumen and Ivan Allen both deserve top marks for excellent training feats. Doumen for bringing Jim And Tonic back to be better than ever after a troubled 2000, Allen for transforming Fairy King Prawn from a top class sprinter to a horse now fully effective over nine furlongs.

JAPAN HAD A SUPER DAY at Nad Al Sheba. To The Victory's fine second to Captain Steve was "half a victory" for Japanese racing. A proper one came in the Sheema Classic (G2) where Stay Gold won a close finish, beating Fantastic Light by a nose. Stay Gold was 3,5 lengths behind Fantastic Light in the Japan Cup (G1), but he had the advantage of a previous run now and improved to GF 119 (from 115). Another international G1 winner for Japan, rapidly rising to become one of the world's leading racing nations.


3 - 117 HIGHTORI
5 - 113 SEI MI

UAE DERBY (G3) 9 f dirt

2 - 121+ STREET CRY
3 - 109+ LIDO PALACE
5 - 101+ NAE EEM

GOLDEN SHAHEEN (G3) 6 f dirt (straight)

1 - 128 CALLER ONE

DUBAI DUTY FREE (G2) 9 f turf

3 - 117 SUNLINE

SHEEMA CLASSIC (G2) 12 f turf

1 - 119 STAY GOLD
3 - 116 SILVANO

GODOLPHIN MILE (G3) 8 f dirt

2 - 114 CURULE
3 - 113 CONFLICT
5 - 110 CLIQUOT

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