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Monday, March 24, 2003



LATEST WILLIAM HILL ANTE-POST PRICES




FRONT PAIR HARDEN IN NATIONAL COUNTDOWN
Paul Nicholls's grip on the Grand national increased on Monday when his pair of market leaders, Ad Hoc (11-2 from 6) and Shotgun Willy (7 from 8) were the two horses most significantly supported with Hills. Britain's leading fixed odds bookmakers have also issued prices on the Godolphin Mile and the Dubai Duty Free for this weekends Nad Al Sheba meeting and other races will be issued during the week.

DUBAI WORLD CUP: 15-8 Nayef, 5-2 Moon Ballad, 9-2 Grandera, 5-1 Harlans Holiday, 11-2 Aquarelliste, 16-1 Grundlefoot, 28-1 Blue Burner, 40-1 EssenceOf Dubai, Sei Mi, 50-1 Narrative, Masterful, State Shinto, 66/1 Hans Anderson, Crimson Quest, (Doubtful: 7/1 Sulamani)

THE GODOLPHIN MILE: 9-2 Easyfromthegitgo, Firebreak, 11-2 Grey Memo, 6-1 Cayoke, 8-1 Essence Of Dubai, 11-1 Mr John, 14-1 Love Regardless, Lusty Latin, 16-1 Aramram, Masterful, Skoozi, 20-1 Equerry, 25-1 Estimraar, One More Round, 40-1 Northern Rock, 50-1 Fabria, Passport Pride, Que Expression

THE DUBAI DUTY FREE: 5-4 Ipi Tombe, 7-2 Imtiyaz, 7-1 King Of Happiness, Paolini, 8-1 Highdown, 11-1 Sights On Gold, 12-1 Beauchamp Pilot, St Expedit, 16-1 Equerry, Eventuail, Masterful, Naheef, 20-1 Royal Tryst, 33-1 Itaquere Power, 50-1 Blizz Bliss

KENTUCKY DERBY: 9-4 Empire Maker, 8-1 Atwhatimtalknabout, 12-1 Inamorato, Badge Of Silver, 14-1 Kafwain, Peace Rules, 16-1 Buddy Gil, 20-1 Region Of Merit, Domestic Dispute, (Others Upon Application)

2003 FLAT JOCKEYS CHAMPIONSHIP: 8-13 K Fallon, 7-2 R Hughes, 11-2 K Darley, 8-1 D Holland, 10-1 S Sanders, 20-1 T Quinn, 25-1 J Spencer, 40-1 P Eddery.


SAGITTA 2000 GUINEAS: 7-2 Hold That Tiger, 10-1 Refuse To Bend, Trade Fair, 12-1 Oasis Dream, Tomahawk, 14-1 Statue of Liberty, Tout Seul, 16-1 Van Nistelrooy, 20-1 Muqbil, 25-1 Al Jadeed, Lateen Sails, Maghanim, Western Diplomat. (Others Upon Request)

SAGITTA 1000 GUINEAS: 4-1 Soviet Song, Six Perfections, 5-1 Russian Rhythm, 14-1 Intercontinental, 16-1 Echoes in Eternity, Khulood, Mezzo Soprano, 20-1Etoile Montante, Geminiani, Nayzak, 25-1 Zinziberine, Yesterday. (Others Upon Request)

VODAFONE DERBY: 5-1 Brian Boru, 12-1 Hold That Tiger, 14-1 Dalakhani, Refuse To Bend, 16-1 New South Wales, 20-1 Almushahar, Chevalier, Muqbil, 25-1 Alberto Giacometti, Powerscourt, Tomahawk, (Others Upon Request)

VODAFONE OAKS: 10-1 Yesterday, 14-1 Mezzo Soprano, Soviet Song, 16-1 Echoes In Eternity, 20-1 Casual Look, 25-1 Elasouna, Geminiani, Hanami, Hi Dubai, High Praise, L'Ancresse, Olympienne, Time Honoured. (Others Upon Application)

MARTELL COGNAC GRAND NATIONAL: 11-2 Ad Hoc (from 6), 7-1 Shotgun Willy (from 8), 10-1 Chives, 14-1 Gunner Welburn, Gingembre, 18-1 Iris Bleu, 20-1 Gunther McBride, Kingsmark, Killusty, Montys Pass, Youllneverwalkalone, 25-1 Behrajan , Bindaree, Cyfor Malta, Maximise, 33-1 Akarus, Amberleigh House, Goguenard, Hussard Collonges, Katarino, Mini Sensation, Rith Dubh, Royal Predica, (Others Upon Request)



AINTREE ANNOUNCES WATERING POLICY




Aintree Racecourse's Clerk of the Course, Andrew Tulloch. today announced the Racecourse watering policy for the forthcoming Martell Cognac Grand National Meeting (April 3-5).


"It our committed policy to produce ground no faster than Good as a result of which we shall monitor weather reports and forecasts on a daily basis between now and the meeting.


"In view of this policy we have invested in improvements to our watering equipment, which will enable us to water all or part of all three courses, if needs be, overnight.

"Based on the weather reports we receive we shall water dependent on the state of the going at that particular time.


"It is our intention to maintain a close liaison with trainers and our decisions will be relayed to the racing press."



HARLAN'S HOLIDAY AND NAYEF SHARP IN FINAL DUBAI WORLD CUP WORK




Two of the leading contenders for Saturday's US$6,000,000 Group I Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, had important work sessions at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday and Sunday.


Multiple Grade 1 winner Harlan's Holiday, the lone representative of the United States in the Dubai World Cup, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.72 on Sunday morning in his final serious move prior to the world's richest race.


Owned by the Starlight Stable of Jack and Laurie Wolf of Atlanta, Georgia, Harlan's Holiday delighted assistant trainer Michael McCarthy, who observed the workout from the Maktoum Grandstand.


"I couldn't be happier," McCarthy said.


Under regular rider Patricia Krotenko, Harlan¹s Holiday worked over 1,000m with the Australian-bred Stanzaic, prepared locally by Kiaran McLaughlin, and was timed to run the distance in 1:00.72 with a final 800m in 47 seconds and a last 200m in 12.4 seconds.


Clockers caught Harlan's Holiday in :24.60 for the final quarter-mile and he gave the impression he handled the piece of work very easily.


Trainer Todd Pletcher is due to arrive in Dubai later this week and plans to attend Wednesday's post position draw, McCarthy said.


A four-year-old son of Harlan out of the Affirmed mare Christmas in Aiken, Harlan's Holiday is undefeated in two 2003 starts, including a last start triumph over Hero's Tribute in the Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park on February 22.


Overall, he has won nine of 18 starts and earned $2,275,164.


Nayef, the outstanding British contender and a triple Group One winner, was given a gallop under lights at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday night with race rider Richard Hills impressed with the son of Gulch.


Nayef hasn't appeared at the races since his defeat of Golan in the Group I Juddmonte International Stakes at York last August, looked very well as he galloped over 1,000m on the dirt.


Nayef was clocked to run the 1,600m in 1:37.06, his final 800m in 50.30 seconds and a last 200m in 13.60 seconds.


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