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Monday, March 5, 2001



JOINT BHB/JOCKEY CLUB STATEMENT - RACING TO RESUME FOLLOWING POSITIVE 'RISK ASSESSMENT' FROM MAFF




Following a thorough review of the Risk Assessment by MAFF officials issued today, the British Horseracing Board (BHB) and Jockey Club today confirmed the decision that racing will resume on Wednesday 7th March 2001, outside infected areas.


In a joint statement, Peter Savill, Chairman of the BHB and Christopher Spence, Senior Steward of the Jockey Club, said today "The decision to resume racing was discussed at great length today, and was confirmed for the following reasons.


1) The racing authorities' veterinary advice is that racing represents a negligible risk provided that there is full compliance with the Instructions and Guidelines laid down by the BHB and Jockey Club. This advice has been further endorsed today by MAFF's Risk Assessment.


2) Government officials are aware of the decision to resume, and continue to support the industry's actions.


3) Racing has a responsibility to those dependent for their living on the industry to base its decisions on scientific evidence.

Peter Savill added "We have listened to all racing's constituents very carefully, and while respecting the concerns about the farming industry, the weight of the combined scientific advice from Government and our own veterinary officials, as well as the damage the loss of racing for an indefinite period would do to those employed in our industry, lead us to believe that resuming racing is the right decision."

It is expected therefore that Cheltenham will go ahead as planned.


Currently the planned programme of racing for this week is as follows:

Wednesday - Lingfield (AWT)
Thursday - Wolverhampton (AWT) (to be confirmed)
Friday - Sandown
Ayr (to be confirmed)
Saturday - Sandown
Ayr (to be confirmed)
Warwick
Wolverhampton (AWT)

The meetings go ahead providing the racecourses are not in an "Infected Area" and providing the racecourses fully comply with the Instructions and Guidelines laid down by the BHB and Jockey Club.




CHELTENHAM WELCOMES RESUMPTION OF RACING




Edward Gillespie, Managing Director of Cheltenham Racecourse, today welcomed the confirmation from the British Horseracing Board and the Jockey Club that racing will resume in Britain this Wednesday (March 7).


He said: "The 2001 National Hunt Festival remains on schedule for Tuesday, March 13, Wednesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 15.


"We are pleased to be progressing plans for what will still be a memorable National Hunt Festival.


"It is of course disappointing that horses could be prevented from travelling from France to take part at the Festival. I was only speaking to Francois Doumen last night and I know he will be bitterly disappointed.


"It will be a severe blow to him, Guillaume Macaire and the other French trainers, and their owners. The British racing authorities are talking to their counterparts in France to see if it would be possible for the horses to travel next week.


"We will continue to monitor the foot and mouth situation very closely through the BHB and the Jockey Club."

The going at Cheltenham is currently Soft, Good To Soft in places.



LEVY BOARD HELPS COURSES FACED BY EXTRA COSTS




The Horserace Betting Levy Board is to contribute towards the additional disinfecting costs incurred by courses staging racing during the current foot and mouth outbreak.


Racing is due to resume on Wednesday, March 7, with courses required to adhere to guidelines set by the BHB and Jockey Club to minimise the risk of the spread of foot and mouth disease.


The Levy Board will give a grant of up to £1,000 per racecourse towards the costs of disinfecting equipment and also a grant of £500 per fixture staged towards the cost of operating the disinfecting equipment on race days.




LADBROKES STATEMENT ON THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL




Due to the unusual circumstances surrounding the absence of the Irish & French trained horses at the Cheltenham Festival next week, Ladbrokes has decided that normal Ante Post betting rules shouldn't apply and to treat all Irish & French trained horses as non-runners, returning stakes on those horses.




WILLIAM HILL REFUND STAKES ON CHELTENHAM NON RUNNERS




William Hill have announced that they will refund stakes to punters who have placed ante-post bets on horses withdrawn from races at the Cheltenham Festival at the five-day declaration stage, irrespective of the reason.


All bets on horses who do declare at the 5-day stage stand - run or not -if the meeting goes ahead as planned.


"Strictly speaking, all ante-post bets on horses which don't run for whatever reason are officially classed as losers" said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe. "However, this is a situation which no Rules could have been expected to anticipate, so we are making a decision based on extraordinary circumstances.


"Refunding bets on non runners at the 5-day stage, whilst still honouring the others without making any compensatory deductions will cost us up to half a million pounds."



FINAL FESTIVAL ENTRIES ANNOUNCED




Entries for all 20 races at the 2001 National Hunt Festival are now known following the publication today of those engaged in the NATIONAL HUNT CHASE CHALLENGE CUP, WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER, CHRISTIE'S FOXHUNTER CHASE and CATHCART CHASE CHALLENGE CUP.


This information was compiled on Friday, March 2, and the latest news about the Festival, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 13, 14 and 15, concerning implications of the foot and mouth outbreak, can be found on Cheltenham's website www.cheltenham.co.uk

The four-mile National Hunt Chase for amateur riders has attracted a record 58 entries including the progressive Tote Northern National winner Narrow Water plus six from champion trainer Martin Pipe, who has yet to win this contest.


The Weatherbys Champion Bumper has 56 engaged - also a record. Among them are Chauvinist, who made a winning debut at Kempton on Saturday, February 24, In Contrast, a dual winner for Philip Hobbs, Redde, star of Jack Smith's small yard, The Bajan Bandit, winner of all three starts for Len Lungo, and Sea Drifting, a dual victor for Kevin Morgan.


The Christie's Foxhunter Chase, the championship event for point-to-pointers and hunter chasers, has 36 engaged - another record. Among them are last year's third and fifth, Trade Dispute and Mighty Moss, plus Gunner Welburn and Finnigan Free, whose respective trainers, Caroline Bailey and Richard Barber, have both won the race in recent years.


The Cathcart Challenge Cup, with 54 entries, looks to be an ultra-competitive affair featuring the likes of Irish Independent Arkle Chase favourite Best Mate, Australian-trained Logician, Grey Shot, who won impressively at Ascot in January, the Paul Nicholls-trained duo of Whitenzo, a winner at Warwick on February 17, and last year's second Fadalko, novice Dusk Duel and the Racing Post Chase victor Young Spartacus.


COMPARISON OF ENTRIES 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995

National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup 58 44 41 42 48 47 50
Weatherbys Champion Bumper 56 55 52 42 * * 47
Christie's Foxhunter Chase 36 34 35 28 28 27 28
Cathcart Chase Challenge Cup 54 46 57 36 26 26 36

IRISH-TRAINED ENTRIES 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup 19 10 11 10 10 7 13
Weatherbys Champion Bumper 18 21 18 8 * * 14
Christie's Foxhunter Chase 5 4 6 8 6 4 6
Cathcart Chase Challenge Cup 8 11 6 3 3 4 5
*Five-day closing in 1996 and 1997

BONUS SCHEMES

During the past few years, the dominance of the National Hunt Festival has been demonstrated by a rising number of bonus schemes that reward winning horses taking in specific races or types of race at courses around the country and are then successful in nominated races at the Festival. Still relevant bonus schemes in operation this season include:

Peterhouse Group Charlie Hall Chase (Wetherby, October 28)
Winner: See More Business. A bonus of £50,000 goes to the Peterhouse Group Charlie Hall Chase winner if going on to take the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup. See More Business is on course to attempt the double.


Open 2000 (Cheltenham, November 10-12)
A bonus of £25,000 will be paid to the owner of any horse who wins at both the Open 2000 and National Hunt Festival. The bonus will be split if there is more than one successful horse. All bar one of the Open 2000 winners have Festival entries and they are Royale De Vassy, Wave Rock, Reiziger, Supreme Charm, Sackville, Joe Crump, Montreal, Capitaine Leau, Maid Equal, Lady Cricket, Foxchapel King, Sheer Genius, The Extra Man, Best Mate, Hulysse Royal, Davids Lad and In Contrast.


Gerrard Novice Hurdle Series (November 10 - February 20)
Any horse winning one of the five two-mile novice hurdle Pattern events sponsored by Gerrard and then the Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Festival will receive double the prize money for the two races for their owner and trainer, up to £56,000. The four winners (Wetherby on February 3 was abandoned) are Reiziger (Cheltenham, November 10), Ben Ewar (Ascot, December 16), Iznogoud (Ascot, January 13) and St Pirran (Kempton, February 23). Ben Ewar, Reiziger and St Pirran are entered in the Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle.


Bonusprint Bula Hurdle (Cheltenham, December 9)
Winner: Geos. A bonus worth a total of £25,000 will go to the connections of the Bonusprint Bula Hurdle winner if the same owner/trainer combination is victorious in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle. If successful at the Festival, Geos's owner will receive£20,000 and£5,000 will be shared between trainer Nicky Henderson and his staff.


Pierse Hurdle (Leopardstown, January 14)
Winner: Grinkov. An IR£50,000 bonus goes to the Pierse Hurdle (formerly Ladbroke Hurdle) winner if successful in the Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle. Grinkov, who is also engaged in the Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle, is entered in the Festival's concluding event.


Clarkson Financial Handicap Chase (Leopardstown, January 21)
Winner: Feeling Grand. An IR£20,000 bonus goes to the Clarkson Financial Handicap Chase winner if successful in a handicap chase at the Festival. Feeling Grand is entered in the Mildmay Of Flete Challenge Cup and Grand Annual Chase.


Walrus Hunters' Chase (Haydock, February 10)
Winner: Gunner Welburn. A £10,000 bonus is offered if the winner of the Walrus Hunters' Chase lands either the Christie's Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham or Martell Foxhunters' Chase at Aintree. There is an additional£25,000 bonus if the Haydock winner lands both races.


Collins Stewart National Spirit Hurdle (Fontwell, February 19)
Winner: Baracouda. A £20,000 bonus will be paid to the Bonusprint National Spirit Hurdle winner if the horse wins or is placed in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle, Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle, Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle or Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle. Baracouda, who is entered in the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle, is currently favourite for the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle.


Sunderlands Imperial Cup (Sandown, March 10)
A bonus of £50,000 is offered to the owner of the Sunderlands Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle winner if successful in any race at the Festival. The bonus was won by Olympian in 1993 and Blowing Wind in 1998, both trained by Martin Pipe.


N A T I O N A L H U N T F E S T I V A L 2 0 0 1
F A C T S & F I G U R E S


Statistics From Cheltenham Racecourse

Attendance figures

Overall attendance at the Home of National Hunt Racing has been steadily rising since the Second World War. Despite recessions in the early and late 1980s, attendances at the course have continued to go up, in particular fuelled by the success of the National Hunt Festival. In the 1999/2000 season, estimated attendance throughout the season was over 300,000, of which 151,877 came over the three days of the Festival. Other leading race meetings are the Open Meeting in November (57,000), the Tripleprint Meeting in December, and the New Year Meeting.


Ticket Sales

2000 marked the first year that the entire three days of the Festival were all-ticket, with no admittance to those without a pre-paid ticket on the day. No other National Hunt race meeting has been able to erect the sold out signs beforehand. At this stage, there remain only a handful of Club badges available for the opening day of the meeting, with the other two days sold out.


Race values & Sponsorship

Total prize money at the National Hunt Festival has risen for the 14th consecutive year to £1,905,000 in 2001, of which sponsors contribute 34%. Since 1985, added prize money has risen by nearly 300% at the Festival. The National Hunt Festival comprises 56% of the total added money offered at Cheltenham during the current season.

Total prize money during the season is £3.4 million.


There are 14 individual sponsors at the Festival supporting races, enclosures and facilities.

Betting

The official estimate of total on-course betting turnover at the Festival is£25 million - an average of over£1 million per race. Whilst no returns are available from bookmakers operating at the meeting, Tote turnover is always a good indicator. Last year provided their best figure to date -£8,209,398. Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup day last year had pool turnover of over£3,010,814 from more than 300,000 individual bets. The National Hunt Festival represents 8.7% of the Tote's annual racecourse turnover.


Horses

There were 331 runners in the 20 races at the 2000 Festival of which 64 came from Ireland and four from France. This year there have been record overseas entries, including horses trained in the USA, Australia and Germany as well as unprecedented numbers from Ireland and France.


The Irish influence

The Irish influence at Cheltenham remains undimmed. In 1996 the Irish notched up seven wins, including Imperial Call in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup and Klairon Davis in the Queen Mother Champion Chase - equalling the best Irish tally ever, set in 1977.


In 2000 there were three Irish-trained winners, headed by Istabraq capturing his third success in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle.


Although no more than 7,000 racegoers actually travel over from Ireland, it is estimated that up to 20% of the crowd at the National Hunt Festival may be of Irish extraction, but are currently living in Britain.

Ireland is an active breeder of trainers and jockeys. The most successful National Hunt rider of all time, Richard Dunwoody, who retired recently, comes from Ulster, and Adrian Maguire and Tony McCoy, the current champion jockey, are from the Emerald Isle. Seven of the top ten jockeys riding today hail from across the Irish Sea.


Cheltenham's top trainers

Cheltenham is top of any trainer's list of courses at which to saddle a winner. The list of the most successful trainers shows a strong correlation to the Trainers' Championship table, perhaps unsurprisingly, since the majority of high-value Pattern races take place at Cheltenham.


Cheltenham's foremost trainer remains the late Fulke Walwyn with over 200 winners, including 44 at the Festival.


Cheltenham's top riders

Cheltenham's most prolific winning rider is Richard Dunwoody (109), currently the only rider to have ridden over 100 winners at the home of National Hunt racing of which 18 came at the Festival. Great riders like John Francome (71), Peter Scudamore (94), and Terry Biddlecombe (60) head the remainder of the rankings. Of jockeys currently riding, Charlie Swan has the best Festival record with 15 successes.


Trade Stands & Entertainments

A day at Cheltenham is not just about horse racing. At the Festival there are a variety of other attractions including over 55 trade stands, selling anything from books to cakes to sports cars.


Other activities include silver and jazz bands, and parades for the major races led by the local Huntsmen.

Hotels & Guest houses

The Festival gives local hotels and guest houses a welcome boost at the start of spring. About 5,000 bookings are made each year at hotels in the immediate Cheltenham area, with many more racegoers staying as far away as Stratford or Birmingham.


Parade of Champions

Each day of the Festival promises a look back at some great champions of yesteryear.

This year the Tuesday parade celebrates Smurfit Champion Hurdle victories for Collier Bay and Kribensis, while Wednesday sees Katabatic and Deep Sensation, winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Thursday's parade would not be the same without Desert Orchid, who is joined by Master Oats, Jodami and Garrison Savannah.


Each parade will take place at 12.45pm in the paddock with commentaries and interviews by Ian Carnaby and Jonathan Powell and can also be seen on the closed-circuit television service.


Festival Radio, Television, Noticeboards and Internet

Cheltenham is one of a number of major sports venues with its own radio station. Festival Radio broadcasts within a five-mile radius of the racecourse from 10am to 7.30pm, with news previews, race reports and commentaries, traffic updates, replays, reviews and form. The frequency is 87.7 FM.


In addition, Festival TV transmits from 11am and leads into the Channel 4 coverage of the Meeting at 1.30 pm. Channel 4's audience can reach 2.3 million viewers, over 30% of the daytime audience.


In 2000, Cheltenham received over four hours of TV coverage each day from Channel 4, with extra coverage on Film Four. There were also a further 20 other crews from news and documentary programmes, and representatives of 160 radio stations in Britain and Ireland. About 175 photographers and 500 members of the press corps attend the Meeting.


The media are helped by an information service run by Racenews, issuing press releases prior to and throughout the Festival. These are also posted on noticeboards for racegoers to read and can be seen on the racecourse Internet site at www.cheltenham.co.uk

Travel to Cheltenham

Most spectators travel by car and coach to Cheltenham, which has a capacity for 11,000 vehicles. There are special race trains from London Paddington each day and up to 150 shuttle helicopter landings at the course during the meeting.


Catering

Letheby & Christopher, the racecourse caterer, will employ 2,500 staff to serve 26,000 meals, 14,000 bottles of champagne, 20,000 bottles of wine, 250,000 pints of draught beer and 24,000 bottles of beer, 60,000 bottles of minerals, 7,300 gallons of tea and coffee, 14,000 portions of chips, 20,000 hamburgers and hot dogs, 47,000 sandwiches, and a further 10,000 packed lunches for staff.


The Tented Village alone will house between 6,000-8,000 guests on each day, and 100 private boxes in the main and Tattersalls grandstands will cater for a further 2,000 guests.




LATEST NAD AL SHEBA ACTION




Mahfooth may have sold one of the Godolphin dilemmas for the Dubai World Cup meeting when holding out English filly Golden Silca in the Dhs200,000 Jebel Hatta over 1,777m at Nad Al Sheba last Sunday night.


Earlier in the evening, Godolphin Racing manager Simon Crisford said that the Dubai Duty Free would be a race where their representation wouldn't be at its usual strength however Mahfooth's win may have changed that thinking.


Crisford confirmed Godolphin's Best Of The Bests for the Dubai World Cup while saying that Ekraar's participation was still in the balance. He also said the stable would run reigning Emirates World Series Racing Championship winner Fantastic Light along with Mutafaweq in the Dubai Sheema Classic.


"Ekraar was disappointing last week but we have had him thoroughly checked and there is nothing wrong with him" Crisford said.


Mahfooth sat behind the early leader, stablemate Slip Stream, until the top of the straight however jockey Frankie Dettori bided his time before letting him get to the front.


Once he got to the front he held on too well to defeat Golden Silca with the Saudi Arabian runner Crimson Quest getting to the line strongly for third.


"There is a slight doubt about him getting the trip so I wanted to hold onto him for as long as possible" Dettori said.


The inaugural Jebel Hatta in 2000 saw Rhythm Band finish second to Siege and he went from that run to victory in the Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup night.


"Usually the Dubai Duty Free is a race we target but this year we might not be as strong as we have been in past years" Crisford said.


Godolphin has won the past four runnings of the Dubai Duty Free, Rhythm Band's victory last year following that of Altibr, Annus Mirabilis and Tamayaz.


English trainer Mick Channon could not have been more pleased with Golden Silca and he must be happy with the way events are shaping looking towards March 24 with his three runners so far all running well on their reappearances.


Lady Lahar finished fourth in the Moonshell Mile, Miletrian second in the Dubai City Of Gold and Golden Silca's second in the Jebel Hatta.


Erwan Charpy continued his very successful run of late when securing another treble, the Purebred Arabian Danidor preceding the victories of My Pleasure and Elghani.


This was the second treble for Charpy in a matter of weeks, the trainer preparing three winners at Jebel Ali on February 22 and this plethora of winners has certainly moved him up the ladder in the trainer's title.


Nad Al Sheba
Sunday, March 4, 2001
Weather: Fine. Sand Track: Fast. Turf Track: Good


Race One: Purebred Arabians. 2,000m Handicap.

NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 00-80. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs65,000. 1st: Dhs32,500. 2nd: Dhs15,600. 3rd: Dhs9,100. 4th: Dhs5,850. 5th: Dhs1,950.

1. DAINDOR (FR) 57.5kg
6 ch h Nuits St Georges ­ Valina Des Fabries (Djourman)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Breeder: J Biraben.

Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: S Sanders.

2. HADIYA (FR) 59kg
6 b m Dormane ­ Salia De Carrere (Baroud III)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.

Breeder: Mlle Renee Laure Koch.

Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: W Supple.

3. MOSHAKIS (FR) 56.5kg
5 ch h Tidjani ­ Alfa De St Lon (Djouras Tu)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Breeder: M Martial Boisseuil.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: G Birrer.

Then came (in order): Ali De Piboul (FR), I Feel Good (US), Al Anter (FR),
Imyari (FR), Orany Star (FR), Bram (RU). 9 ran. Margins: 4.5len, 3.5len.

Time: 2:17.88.


Race Two: Thoroughbreds. 2,000m Terms Handicap.

NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 00-80. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs70,000. 1st: Dhs35,000. 2nd: Dhs16,800. 3rd: Dhs9,800. 4th: Dhs6,300. 5th: Dhs2,100.

1. LAZEEM (USA) 51 carr 51.5kg
3 b c Tabasco Cat ­ Sea Ditty (Afleet)
Owner: Mr Mohammed Rashid bin Ghadayer.

Breeder: Stronach Stables.

Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: D O'Donohoe.

2. ILJASOOR (USA) 60kg
4 b c Rainbow Quest ­ Jasoorah (Sadler's Wells)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc.

Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: P Smullen.

3. OCEAN OF STORMS (IRE) 56kg
6 b/br h Arazi ­ Moon Cactus (Kris)
Owner: H M R M.

Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: A Whelan.

Then came (in order): Swadene (USA), Royal Shock (IRE), Sheldrake (IRE), Royal Flame (IRE). 7 ran. Margins: 3.25len, 4len. Time: 2:04.6.


Race Three: Thoroughbreds. 1,000m. Handicap.

NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 00-65. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs62,500. 1st: Dhs31,250. 2nd: Dhs15,000. 3rd: Dhs8,750. 4th: Dhs5,650. 5th: Dhs1,850.

1. MARAWIS (USA) 58.5kg
8 b h Danzig ­ Ra'a (Diesis)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: R Hills.

2. SUBSTITUTE (USA) 57kg
4 ch c Storm Cat ­ Make Change (Roberto)
Owner: S M R M.

Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc.

Trainer: N Robb. Jockey: W Newnes.

3. CRYSTAL MAGICIAN (GB) 62kg
5 ch h Cadeaux Genereux ­ Miss Temerity (Sharrood)
Owner: Mr Mohammed bin Ahmed Khalifa Al Yousuf.

Breeder: Bloomsbury Stud.

Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: M Hills.

Then came (in order): Halberd (IRE), Moonlight Acre (IRE), Current Power (USA), First Chair (USA), Green Barries (GB), Scarlet Monarch (USA), Little Father (USA). N/R: Flower State (GB), Three Stops (USA). 6 ran. Margins: .5len, 1.5len. Time: 58.46.


Race Four: Thoroughbreds. 1,500m Handicap.

NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 00-80. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs70,000. 1st: Dhs35,000. 2nd: Dhs16,800. 3rd: Dhs9,800. 4th:
Dhs6,300. 5th: Dhs2,100.

1. MY PLEASURE (GB) 59.5kg
5 b g Cadeaux Genereux ­ Raknah (Night Shift)
Owner: Mr Mohammed Jaber Abdullah.

Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd.

Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: S Sanders.

2. ALJJAWARIH (USA) 58.5kg
6 b h Nureyev ­ Alghuzaylah (Habitat)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Farm Inc.

Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: R Hills.

3. ARCHIVE (USA) 57.5kg
6 dk b/b h Afleet ­ Branded Bold (Bold Josh)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Virginia Layton.

Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: P Smullen.

Then came (in order): Canyonlands (GB), Redones (USA), Playacting (USA), Lion In The Course (USA), Nabonassar (GB), Hunting Tiger (GB), Heart Of The Ocean (NZ). 10 ran. Margins: .5len, .5len Time: 1:32.11.


Race Five: Thoroughbreds 1,800m. Conditions.

NH & SH 3YOs+ SW. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs120,000. 1st: Dhs60,000. 2nd: Dhs28,800. 3rd: Dhs16,800. 4th: Dhs10,800. 5th: Dhs3,600.

1. ASLAAF (USA) 54 carr 54.5kg
3 b c Quiet American ­ Ville D'Amore (Irish River)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: Gainsborough Farm Inc.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: L Dettori.

2. BAKHOOR (USA) 54kg
3 dk b/br c Cryptoclearance ­ Cassette Tape (Talc)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: Frances A H Leidy.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: J Carroll.

3. LETHAL AGENDA (USA) 54kg
3 ch c Twilight Agenda ­ Mrs K (Dixieland Band)
Owner: Ken Ramsey.

Breeder: K L Ramsey & S K Ramsey.

Trainer: D Weld. Jockey: P Smullen.

Then came (in order): Carnival Lad (USA), Septette (IRE), Early Assault (AUS). N/R Sabuq (NZ). 6 ran. Margins: 8len, 3len Time: 1:49.94.


Race Six: Thoroughbreds. 2,000m Handicap
NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 00-100. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs100,000. 1st: Dhs50,000. 2nd: Dhs24,000. 3rd: Dhs14,000. 4th: Dhs9,000. 5th: Dhs3,000.

1. ELGHANI (GB) 54kg
4 br c Lahib ­ Fawaakeh (Lyphard)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd.

Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: R Hills.

2. DUBAI TWO THOUSAND (GB) 57kg
4 b c Nashwan ­ Queen's View (Lomond)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: L Dettori.

3. MADRAAR (USA) 56kg
7 ch h Mr Prospector ­ Jood (Nijinsky)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Gainsborough Farm Inc.

Trainer: P Brette. Jockey: W Ryan.

Then came (in order): Mudeer (GB), Ethmaar (USA), Polish Panache (USA). 6 ran. Margins: 4.5len, 4.5len Time: 2:02.26.


Race Seven: Jebel Hatta (Prestige) 1,777m
Thoroughbreds. NH 4YOs+ SH 3YOs+ SW. (Turf).

Prizemoney: Dhs200,000. 1st: Dhs120,000. 2nd: Dhs40,000. 3rd: Dhs20,000.

4th: Dhs10,000. 5th: Dhs6,000. 6th: 4,000.

1. MAHFOOTH (USA) 57kg
4 ch c Diesis ­ I Certainly Am (Affirmed)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Fred Seitz & William Sorren.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: L Dettori.

2. GOLDEN SILCA (GB) 56.5kg
5 ch m Inchinor ­ Silca-Cisa (Haligate)
Owner: Aldridge Racing Ltd.

Breeder: E Aldridge.

Trainer: M Channon. Jockey: K Fallon.

3. CRIMSON QUEST (IRE) 60kg
4 ch c Rainbow Quest ­ Bex (Explodent)
Owner: Prince Sultan Mohammed Saud Al Kabeer.

Breeder: Prince Sultan Al Kabeer.

Trainer: J Barton. Jockey: J Verenzuala.

Then came (in order): Slip Stream (USA), Jalaab (IRE), Maidaan (GB), Superiority (USA), Pacino (GB), Alboostan (GB), Night Style (FR). 10 ran.

Margins: .5len, 3len. Time: 1:50.46.

Comment: A year ago the inaugural Jebel Hatta saw Rhythm Band finish second and then go on to win the Dubai Duty Free and it would be no surprise to see those who figured in the finish be prominent on March 24. Mahfooth has always shown ability, he was the choice of stable jockey Frankie Dettori among many others in the UYAE Derby in 2000, but was unplaced. This season has seen him finish a short head behind Superiority but he reversed that here under the same weight terms when holding off the top class English filly Golden Silca. Mahfooth always travelled well behind the early leader, stablemate Slip Stream and was held together to ensure he ran the distance right out. Golden Silca is a multiple group winner in England and came from well back for second while the Saudi representative finished well for third. Golden Silca is sure to be improved by this and the Dubai Duty Free does appear a very nice race for her.


Race Eight: Thoroughbreds. 2,400m. Handicap.

NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 00-50. (Dirt).

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

1. CORELLI (GB) 51kg
6 b g Machiavellian - Musical Bliss (The Minstrel)
Owner: Mr Mohammed Yusuf Al Badoor.

Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: A Whelan.

2. CHIEF'S DREAM (USA) 55 carr 52kg
7 b h Chief's crown - Chase The Drea,m (Sir Ivor)
Owner: Mr Ziad Galadari.

Breeder: Dr & Mrs T Bowman & MP Higgins III.

Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: T Houlihan.

3. BACHELOR (GB) 59.5kg
5 b h In The Wings - So Romantic (Teenoso)
Owner: Mr Saif Ali Al Ketbi.

Breeder: Saif Ali.

Trainer: N Robb. Jockey: A Delpech.


Then came (in order): Gallant Gloiry (USA), Denizen (IRE), Mukaddar (USA), Mambrino (USA), Classic Mix (USA), African Knight (AUS), Bajees (USA), Khayid (GB), Overenthuse (USA), Berceuse (GB), Music Theatre (GB). 14 ran. Margins: 5.5len, 3len. Time: 2:32.55.


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