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Wednesday, March 26, 2003


MARKET MOVERS ON 26th March 2003
Grand National
Bindaree 20-1 (from 33-1)
Youlneverwalkalone 12-1 (from 16-1)
Shothgun Willy 13-2jf (from 8-1)
Ad Hoc 13-2jf (from 6-1f)

Martell Grand National (Aintree 5th April 2003)
13-2 Ad Hoc, Shotgun Willy, 10 Chives, 12 Youlneverwalkalone, 14 Gingembre, Gunner Welburn, 16 Iris Bleu, 20 Bindaree, Monty's Pass, 25 Akarus, Behrajan, Gunther McBride, Killusty, Kingsmark, Maximise, Royal Predica, You're Agoodun, 33 Amberleigh House, Ballinclay King, Blowing Wind, Bounce Back, Carbury Cross, Cyfor Malta, First Gold, Go Roger Go, Goguenard, Historg, Katarino, Marlborough, More Than A Stroll, Southern Star, Supreme Glory, Take Control, 40 Bar

Sagitta 2000 Guineas (Newmarket 3rd May 2003)
11-4 Hold That Tiger, 10 Refuse To Bend, Trade Fair, 12 Tomahawk, 14 Statue of Liberty, 16 Brian Boru, Tout Seul, 20 Lanteen Sail, Le Vie Dei Colori, Oasis Dream, Van Nistelrooy, 25 Carpanetto, Chevalier, Maghanim, Marino Marini, Mister Links, Muqbil, New South Wales, Spartacus, 33 Bar

Sagitta 1000 Guineas (Newmarket 4th May 2003)
4 Russian Rhythm, Soviet Song, 9-2 Six Perfections, 14 Intercontinental, Mezzo Soprano, 16 Echos In Eternity, Etoile Montante, Geminiani, 20 Khulood, Luvah Girl, Nayzak, Zinziberine, Crystal Star, Ego, Hi Dubai, Loving Kindness, Walalyef, Yesterday, 33 Bar

Vodafone Oaks (Epsom 6th June)
10 Yesterday, 12 Mezzo Soprano, 16 Echos in Eternity, Hi Dubai, 20 Elasouna, Six Perfections, 25 Casual Look, Geminiani, High Praise, Hold To Ransom, L'Ancresse, Loving Kindness, Miss Helga, Soviet Song, Time Honoured, 33 Al Intithar, Approach, Arpege, Ebatana, Gonfilia, Hanami, Juliette, Khalkissa, Miss Nashwan, Olympienne, Pearl Moon, Russian Society, Shangri La, Spanish Sun, Sulaalah, Tabiyah, Tygry, Vintage Tipple, 40 Bar

Vodafone Derby (Epsom 7th June)
Brian Boru, 12 Refuse to Bend, 16 Alberto Giacometti, Dalakhani, Hold That Tiger, New South Wales, 20 Chevalier, 25 Alamshar, Powerscourt, Spartacus, Van Nistelrooy, 33 Artistic Lad, Arundel, Atticus, Calibre, Carpanetto, Catch in the Rye, Dalcassian, Delacroix, Fontanesi, France, Hi Dubai, Maghanim, Muqbil, Olympus, Parhelion, Roosevelt, Solskjaer, Some Kind of Tiger, Summerland, Surbiton, Tomahawk, Wordsworth, 40 Bar



Inamorato, Godolphin's number one hope for Saturday¹s US$2,000,000 Group II UAE Derby at Nad Al Sheba, sizzled in the sunshine when they opened their doors to the world's press, working brilliantly and looking every inch a champion.

Unbeaten in two starts, Inamorato, so impressive when winning a nine-furlong Prestige race over the track on March 8, could well be the one to fulfill Sheikh Mohammed's dream and win the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in May.

A colt with enormous presence, Inamorato, who has endless scope, used himself beautifully and looked to relish the dirt as he stretched out up the straight at Al Quoz.

However, Simon Crisford, racing manager to Godolphin, stressed that he will have to win well on Saturday before he boards the place for Louisville.

Crisford said, "Inamorato is full of potential and is a natural on the surface. But he still has to prove that he has the stamina for the Kentucky Derby and is also good enough for the race."

"The fact that the distance of the UAE Derby has been increased to 10 furlongs is a big help, and it will answer a few questions about his stamina."

Saeed bin Suroor has no doubts that Inamorato will stay. He said, "In the past the horses we have taken over to Churchill Downs have not had the necessary stamina, but everyone who has ridden this colt is convinced that he will get the trip."

"You need a special type of horse to win the Kentucky Derby and we felt that Street Cry was the one. Sadly, he got injured before the race and could not run ­ perhaps Inamorato will make amends for that disappointment."

Godolphin, who have enjoyed 95 Group One winners in 11 different countries since they launched their operation 10 years ago, have also yet to win the Breeders Cup Classic, and Crisford conceded that this was another of their yearning ambitions.

He added, "Our initial goal was to make Godolphin champion owner in Britain - we achieved that and since expanding our global ambitions we have changed directions and now we concentrate on the major races around the world. We have also yet to win a race in South Africa, so that is also in our minds."

More immediately, Godolphin head for Saturday's Dubai World Cup meeting hungry for success.

Crisford said, "Frankie Dettori will ride Moon Ballad in the Dubai World Cup, with Jamie Spencer partnering our World Series champion Grandera."

"Moon Ballad needs to improve seven pounds to beat the likes of Nayef, but he does love the surface, whereas we still don't know about Grandera."

"True, Grandera can be a tricky ride, but he has just been slow to grow up and is merely being playful. Jamie will have no problems, and he certainly has the form to win the race if he can cope with the dirt."

Sulamani, last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner, misses the Dubai World Cup for the Dubai Sheema Classic, with Dettori aboard.

Crisford said, "We have tried Sulamani on the dirt and feel that he is better suited to grass. It will be his first run for us, but he is an exciting recruit and obviously we will be looking at races like the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, the King George, Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders Cup Turf for him later on."


Kerrin McEvoy relaxed with a round of golf at Nad Al Sheba yesterday in the countdown to what he described as a jockey's dream.

"To have four rides for the world's most powerful stable at the world's richest racemeeting is like a dream," he said, "It has to be the most exciting day of my career"

McEvoy, 22, has achieved so much in so little time since he stepped out of the sleepy fishing hamlet of Streaky Bay in South Australia. A Melbourne Cup win on Brew and Victoria's richest two-year-old race, the Blue Diamond Stakes, already are on his CV.

It was a move he was destined to make. Thoroughbreds and jockeys were a family lifestyle and his uncle Tony McEvoy is currently the leading trainer in Victoria and South Australia.

Yet Kerrin's big break literally caught him by surprise. He was unaware that a reward for the most successful jockey at a Melbourne Racing Club exchange meeting carried a trip to Dubai.

He rode four winners in a day at Caulfield to find the gate to Godolphin.

McEvoy arrived in Dubai two months ago and has ridden seven winners from 50 rides. The cherub-faced kid from Down Under has made a big impression in Dubai with his riding skills and his modest demeanour.

Chief stipendiary steward Fin Powrie said he had watched McEvoy make minor changes to his riding style to adapt to dirt racing, a surface restricted to minor or parched tracks in sunburnt Australia.

"Kerrin is a mature professional; he belies his age," said Powrie.

And Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said his stable already had promised McEvoy rides when it took its team to Australia for the Melbourne Cup carnival.

"We will use him as much as possible," Crisford said.

Last year McEvoy rode Godolphin stayer Beekeeper into third placing in the Melbourne Cup.

McEvoy' s four-horse dream team for Saturday is Naheef in the $US2,000,000 Dubai Duty Free, Songlark in the $US2,000,000 UAE Derby, Essence Of Dubai in the $US1,000,000 Godolphin Mile and Pugin in the $US2,000,000 Dubai Sheema Classic.

He rode Naheef and Songlark in trackwork at yesterday's media morning at Godolphin's Al Quoz stables.

"Naheef is a quality racehorse and he felt bright in his gallop," McEvoy said, "Songlark is an ideal Derby colt as he is a genuine stayer."

Already McEvoy knows his stint in Dubai for the Godolphin stable has been the best career move he has made. He will return to Melbourne on April 7 and seems certain extend his tally of Dubai winners before he leaves.

Anyone who has seen the kid ride will not be surprised if one of those winners arrives on Saturday.


Richard Hills declared Nayef's barrier of seven for Saturday's US$6,000,000 Group I Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, as "absolutely perfect" and believes the horse can give him his second win in the race in four years.

Hills recorded a famous victory aboard Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Almutawakel in 1999, the horse that provided trainer Saeed bin Suroor with the first of his Dubai World Cups. Dubai Millennium in 2000 and Street Cry in 2002 followed.

Hills was hoping for a draw somewhere near the middle of the 11 horse field and he got what he was after when Marcus Tregoning drew barrier seven.

Tregoning, himself, was pleased with the draw saying he primarily wanted to avoid the far outside for the five-year-old son of Gulch. Nayef also will be making his first start on dirt, but has been working well over the main track at Nad al Sheba.

"He breaks well and he travels well," Tregoning said.

Owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum and bred by his Shadwell Stud in Lexington, Kentucky, Nayef won last year's Dubai Sheema Classic over the 2,400m on the turf.

Jack Wolf, owner with his wife of the outstanding American raider Harlan's Holiday, was not complaining either despite the horse drawing barrier 10 of the 11 horse field.

"I don't think it makes much difference," he said, "It's fine."

Racing adviser Barry Berkelhammer agreed that Harlan's Holiday has enough tactical speed to get out of the gate early and establish a forward position however the advantage that he does have is that his likely partner in speed, Moon ballad, drew outside him in 11.

Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor said he was not concerned about both his runners starting toward the outside.

"I'm happy with my horses," he said. "And I'm not worried about the draw." Suroor pointed to American-based contender Harlan's Holiday and multiple Group 1 winner Nayef as the key horses to beat in the field.

Both Grandera, last year's World Series Racing Championship winner, and Moon Ballad have won on the dirt at Nad al Sheba, with the former taking the Group II Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum Challenge Round III over World Cup rival Grundlefoot over 2,000m on March 8.

Moon Ballad was victorious in the Group III Maktoum Challenge Round II over 1,800m on February 13.

The one small surprise when declarations were taken yesterday was that stable jockey Frankie Dettori had elected to ride Moon Ballad with Jamie Spencer going onto Grandera.

Bruno Kogue, stable lad for trainer Elie Lellouche, said he believes that the Wildenstein family's five-year-old Danehill mare Aquarelliste will handle the dirt with no problems in her first start on that surface after winning three Group I races on turf.

"I am confident she will win," he said.


Marlborough heads the weights, revealed today for the "110,000 GALA CASINOS DAILY RECORD SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL, run at Ayr on Saturday, April 12.

Nicky Henderson's charge, who finished runner-up to Best Mate in this season's King George VI Chase, has been allotted 11st 12lb, followed by Kingsmark, also owned by Sir Robert Ogden, on 11st 7lb.

The Irish-trained Harbour Pilot, who finished third to Best Mate in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup on his latest start, catches the eye with his weight of 11st 4lb.

Gingembre and Take Control, winners of the 2001 and 2002 renewals of the Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National, have been given 10st 13lb and 9st 9lb respectively while Shotgun Willy, second last year, is on 11st 5lb.

The 2002 Royal & SunAlliance Chase victor Hussard Collonges, who was recently confirmed as a possible for the race by trainer Peter Beaumont, gets in on 11st 3lb.

Ayr specialist Grey Abbey has won five times in total at Scotland's premier racecourse and has been given 10st for the contest while of the Scottish-trained entries, Len Lungo's duo of Direct Access and Skippers Cleuch have 9st 7lb and 8st 8lb respectively. Lucinda Russell's Kerry Lads has 8st 12lb while the Andrew Parker-trained Hugo De Grez is on 9st 9lb and his stable companion Behavingbadly is well out of the handicap on 7st 11lb.

A Piece Of Cake, owned by local-based company Lightbody Celebration Cakes and a recent winner of the Borders National at Kelso, gets into the handicap on 10st 1lb.

Tickets continue to sell well for the Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National Festival with Club badges going quickly for the Saturday. Anyone wishing to purchase badges in advance should contact the racecourse on 01292 264179 as soon as possible, in order to guarantee a place at Scotland's premier racing festival.

Club badges cost "20 for the Friday and "35 for the Saturday while Grandstand badges cost "10 (Friday) and "15 (Saturday). For groups of 10 or more in the Grandstand, there is a 20% discount on advance ticket purchases.

Class A, Grade Three, Total Prize Fund "110,000. Ayr, Saturday, April 12, 2003, four miles & about one furlong. For five-year-olds & upwards. Penalties: after March 22, a winner of a steeple chase 5lb. Entries closed March 19 (97 entries), weights revealed March 26, forfeit stage April 1, five-day confirmation stage April 7, final declaration stage 10.00am, April 11. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, March 25, 2003

0-102F0 MARLBOROUGH (IRE) 11-11-12 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson
0/124-13 KINGSMARK (IRE) 10-11-07 Sir Robert Ogden Martin Todhunter
02P-14U CYFOR MALTA (FR) 10-11-07 David Johnson Martin Pipe
2/32P2-1 SHOTGUN WILLY (IRE) 9-11-05 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
U2-3333 HARBOUR PILOT (IRE) 8-11-04 Kays Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
21-252P HUSSARD COLLONGES (FR) 8-11-03 Nick Bannister Peter Beaumont
33-2220 CHIVES (IRE) 8-10-13 Trevor Hemmings Henrietta Knight
P41/-323 GINGEMBRE (FR) 9-10-13 Lavinia Taylor Lavinia Taylor
F5-1123 IRIS BLEU (FR) 7-10-11 David Johnson Martin Pipe
2P500-1 ROYAL PREDICA (FR) 9-10-04 Peter Deal, John Dale & Allan Stennett Martin Pipe
4-51233 AD HOC (IRE) 9-10-03 Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
0P-1P20 YOU'RE AGOODUN 11-10-03 Jeff Lammiman Martin Pipe
101112 STORMEZ (FR) 6-10-03 David Johnson Martin Pipe
U5131U GOGUENARD (FR) 9-10-03 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
U21U11 A PIECE OF CAKE (IRE) 10-10-01 Lightbody Celebration Cakes Ltd Mary Reveley
3561-0P BOUNCE BACK (USA) 7-10-01 Belinda Harvey Martin Pipe
1/D111/-1 KILLUSTY (IRE) 9-10-00 Lady Lloyd-Webber Charles Egerton
14-453P GREY ABBEY (IRE) 9-10-00 Ken and Elinor Roper,Norman Furness Barry Murtagh
1-21P00 THE BUNNY BOILER (IRE) 9-9-13 The Usual Suspects Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
616-301 SPENDID (IRE) 11-9-12 Adair Catherwood Alan King
1-31223 RYALUX (IRE) 10-9-12 William Lomas Andy Crook
PP-5022 RED STRIKER 9-9-12 The Red Revolution Richard Guest
22-1301 GUNNER WELBURN 11-9-12 Will Ritson/David Hall Andrew Balding
25-540P WHITENZO (FR) 7-9-10 Malcolm Pearce/Gerry Mizel II Paul Nicholls
FF3421 SUDDEN SHOCK (GER) 8-9-10 Darren Mercer Jonjo O'Neill
0FF240 BINDAREE (IRE) 9-9-10 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
4/13-255 KATARINO (FR) 8-9-09 Robert Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
1-04F0P TAKE CONTROL (IRE) 9-9-09 David Johnson Martin Pipe
143132 HAUT CERCY (FR) 8-9-09 The Wiggin Partnership Henry Daly
U11205 HUGO DE GREZ (FR) 8-9-09 Ray and Anita Green Andrew Parker
0-4320P EXIT TO WAVE (FR) 7-9-09 Malcolm Pearce/Gerry Mizel II Paul Nicholls
2-20200 SOUTHERN STAR (IRE) 8-9-08 Trevor Hemmings Henrietta Knight
12142P POLAR CHAMP 10-9-08 The Reims Partnership Martin Pipe
63-1052 GUNTHER MCBRIDE (IRE) 8-9-08 Mike Tuckey Philip Hobbs
1/6-3240 BOBBY GRANT 12-9-07 John J Thompson Peter Beaumont
P6P00P CARBURY CROSS (IRE) 9-9-07 Anne Duchess of Westminster Jonjo O'Neill
1F24-1P DIRECT ACCESS (IRE) 8-9-07 Ashleybank Investments Limited Len Lungo
316P02 AKARUS (FR) 8-9-07 A J White Martin Pipe
13-3600 BLOWING WIND (FR) 10-9-07 Peter Deal Martin Pipe
122133 SCOTS GREY 8-9-07 Henry Ponsonby Nicky Henderson
1P1P-P2 MONTIFAULT (FR) 8-9-07 Mrs A E Fulton Paul Nicholls
5U-4134 WONDER WEASEL (IRE) 10-9-06 David Halsall Kim Bailey
F22156 LUCKY BAY (IRE) 7-9-05 Executive Racing II Henrietta Knight
F/4P125- ENRIQUE (GER) 8-9-04 Sir Robert Ogden Philip Hobbs
15-4P50 SUPREME GLORY (IRE) 10-9-04 Chris Moorsom Pat Murphy
0-1600P GALAPIAT DU MESNIL (FR) 9-9-03 Mel Fordham, B Fulton, S Fisher, T Hayward Paul Nicholls
62-4404 MAXIMIZE (IRE) 9-9-03 Lady Vestey Henrietta Knight
31054P ROBBO 9-9-02 The Scarth Racing Partnership Mary Reveley
12/P1/5/-P STORMYFAIRWEATHER (IRE)11-9-02 Bridget Hanbury Nicky Henderson
210F0-0 MAJED (FR) 7-9-02 Sandicroft Stud II Martin Pipe
2131-21 TORDUFF EXPRESS (IRE) 12-9-02 Two Plus Two Paul Nicholls
210-2F3 GOLA CHER (IRE) 9-9-02 Fred and Susan Welch Alan King
3P4341 NATIVE SESSIONS (IRE) 8-9-01 R D Murphy Noel Meade IRE
P10P46 CARRYONHARRY (IRE) 9-9-01 Drs' D Silk J Castro M Gillard P Walker Martin Pipe
FP61U0 MOOR LANE 11-9-00 Bob Michaelson Andrew Balding
1341-11 SIR FROSTY 10-9-00 J F Tucker John Ryall
F22F11 TOM'S PRIZE 8-9-00 Mrs P Joynes John Spearing
3P60/1-P WINDROSS 11-8-13 Mrs Peter Prowting Alan King
12210-P BURLU (FR) 9-8-13 Fabien Ouaki Martin Pipe
PP-214P KIT SMARTIE (IRE) 11-8-13 Don Forster Don Forster
121130 LORD JACK (IRE) 7-8-13 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Richards
321366 HISTORG (FR) 8-8-12 Jim McCarthy Ferdy Murphy
421-130 FATEHALKHAIR (IRE) 11-8-12 R Wagner Brian Ellison
3F321F KERRY LADS (IRE) 8-8-12 Mrs C G Greig Lucinda Russell
22311P STAR JACK (FR) 8-8-12 Ray and Anita Green Tim FitzGerald
1PP-650 MURT'S MAN (IRE) 9-8-12 Derek Millard Paul Nicholls
11P-211 ANOTHER GENERAL (IRE) 8-8-12 Paul Duffy, Alan Beard, Brian Beard Richard Phillips
F/12P1-P GRANIT D'ESTRUVAL (FR) 9-8-11 Walter Gott Ferdy Murphy
55111P JUST MAYBE (IRE) 9-8-11 W E Prichard Venetia Williams
126UP-6 SPOT THEDIFFERENCE (IRE) 10-8-11 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
433323 LAST OPTION 11-8-10 Robin Tate Robin Tate
11/54-03 BERLIN BLUE 10-8-10 Peter J Douglas Engineering Robert Stronge
1-21111 MIGHTY MONTEFALCO 7-8-10 Mr & Mrs Peter S Thompson Jonjo O'Neill
453F60 MODULOR (FR) 11-8-09 Fergus Wilson Martin Pipe
206345 INFRASONIQUE (FR) 7-8-09 Miss M Talbot Lavinia Taylor
1P/-11U0 SKIPPERS CLEUCH (IRE) 9-8-08 Ashleybank Investments Limited Len Lungo
1P-1P13 JURANCON II (FR) 6-8-08 David Johnson Martin Pipe
233321 HUNTERS TWEED 7-8-07 Trevor Hemmings Peter Beaumont
26-3512 CEDAR GREEN 9-8-06 J Perriss Kim Bailey
112422 MERCHANTS FRIEND (IRE) 8-8-06 Magic Moments Charlie Mann
14000P SAD MAD BAD (USA) 9-8-06 Peter Savill Mary Reveley
553420 WHEREAREYOUNOW (IRE) 6-8-05 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
141 LORD MAIZEY (IRE) 6-8-03 Mr & Mrs Peter Orton Nigel Twiston-Davies
423533 ROBERTY BOB (IRE) 8-8-03 P J H Wills Henry Daly
2///5U2-65 LORD OF THE RIVER (IRE) 11-8-03 Brian Stewart-Brown Nicky Henderson
P-0P02P MORAL SUPPORT (IRE) 11-8-02 Tom & Evelyn Yates Stan Moore
P-14112 MAX PRIDE 8-8-02 Mrs J Cumiskey, M & K Doocey Robin Dickin
2U2205 SPINOFSKI 8-8-02 David Stoddart Paul Webber
F26/-F41 COQ HARDI DIAMOND (IRE) 9-8-02 Catherine Howard Noel Meade IRE
P10/-211 BALLYBROPHY (IRE) 8-7-13 Keith Berry Simon Sherwood
11115P PESSIMISTIC DICK 10-7-13 Frank Flynn and Richard Madden Hughie Morrison
F43210 BEHAVINGBADLY (IRE) 8-7-11 R A Bartlett Andrew Parker
221214 MIDNIGHT GUNNER 9-7-10 M G Racing Andrew Price
1F6342 KELTIC HERITAGE (IRE) 9-7-10 Danny O'Sullivan Luke Dace
4503-P5 KAKI CRAZY (FR) 8-7-10 Archie Gooch Martin Pipe
00011F BORORA KING (IRE) 7-7-08 K K C Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
0P5-341 SPANISH MAIN (IRE) 9-7-07 C B Sanderson Nigel Twiston-Davies

97 entries
6 Irish-trained entries


This year's "135,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint has attracted an entry of 229 juveniles bidding to earn a bumper payout in the five-furlong event run at Newbury on Saturday, July 19.

The race is open only to two-year-olds sold or bought in as yearlings in 2002 at the major British and Irish sales for 40,000gns or less with an allowance of 1lb for each 2,500gns less than 40,000gns that the horse cost.

Richard Hannon, who boasts four previous successes in the Weatherbys Super Sprint, trains no less than 33 of the 229 entries this year while Rod Millman is another well-represented trainer with a dozen engaged.

Among Millman's entries is the appropriately-named Five Gold, a Desert Prince colt who represents a first venture into racehorse ownership by Britain's greatest Olympic performer, Sir Steve Redgrave, who in September 2000 achieved the unique feat of winning rowing Gold Medals at five successive Olympic Games.

"This is Sir Steve Redgrave's first horse," said Millman. "His business manager Athole Still has had horses with me before so that is how the involvement came about. I haven't met him yet but I'm looking forward to seeing him.

"We have just had the name Five Gold go through and the horse is quite a nice sort. He's not ready to race just yet but he'll run before the Weatherbys Super Sprint, he could even be out in about a month.

"We won the Weatherbys Super Sprint with Lord Kintyre and I think it's a fantastic race. We always try to find one for it and although it doesn't get any easier we have had a few fancied although both Whitbarrow and Optimaite disappointed before bouncing back. It's a bit early to know which of our entries are going to be any good - we haven't galloped some of them yet."

Aidan O'Brien, best known for his seven-figure yearlings, has entered what must be the cheapest juvenile in his string - the colt Delicacy, who made just 2,500 euros at Goffs in October. The Danehill Dancer youngster was bred by O'Brien with his wife Ann-Marie and her father Joe Crowley, the trio responsible for breeding Rock Of Gibraltar.

There are a total of five entries from Ireland with trainers Ken Condon, Francis Ennis, Jeremy Harley and Tom Hogan represented as well as Aidan O'Brien

Year after year, the Weatherbys Super Sprint - first run in 1991 - attracts a high-class field. Last season, the Richard Hannon-trained Presto Vento, a Sandown Listed winner, beat Wunders Dream, who went on to win the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

The impressive list of past winners also features the Hannon-trained trio Lyric Fantasy (1992), Risky (1993) and Miss Stamper (1996), along with Paris House (1991), Brief Glimpse (1994), Blue Iris (1995), Lord Kintyre (1997), Flanders (1998), Don Puccini (1999), Superstar Leo (2000) and Good Girl in 2001.

Nick Craven, Commercial Director at Weatherbys, said today: "We are delighted that the 2003 Weatherbys Super Sprint, which offers a huge payout for inexpensively-bought two-year-olds, has attracted such a large and varied entry for."


The world's best free-to-enter on-line competition, the Godolphin Seven Stars, closes for entries at 11.59pm Dubai time this Friday (March 28).

Rod Fulton from Australia, Igor Ivanovic from Yugoslavia and Yoichi Baba from Japan - the three main winners of the 2002 Godolphin Seven Stars - have already chosen seven Godolphin horses for the exciting 2003 competition.

All three winners were presented with their prizes by Godolphin's trainer Saeed bin Suroor at Al Quoz Stables in Dubai this morning (Wednesday, March 26). (Picture attached of Saeed bin Suroor making the presentation to Rod Fulton)

Rod Fulton finished one point ahead of Igor Ivanovic, 459 to 458, to secure the 2002 first prize of US$150,000 plus two first-class return flights with Emirates to Dubai and seven nights at the luxurious Burj Al Arab Hotel for the world's richest horse race, the US$6-million Dubai World Cup, which is staged on Saturday.

They have adopted different strategies in trying to do well in the Godolphin Seven Stars for the second year running.

Rod Fulton, who beat nearly 100,000 other competitors from 161 countries, is letting his heart rule his head by selecting two of the Godolphin horses that helped him to victory last year - Grandera and Firebreak.

He said: "I have a soft spot for two horses. It was a hard decision to choose between Grandera and Imperial Gesture as she won me the Godolphin Seven Stars last year. It was difficult to leave her out and I also put Firebreak in again."

The 37-year-old, travelling outside of Tasmania for the first time, is excited by Dubai and is particularly struck by the architecture.

"Dubai is an astonishing place and I am really looking forward to savouring the atmosphere at the Dubai World Cup on Saturday."

Gavin Harvey, a friend, has come with Rod Fulton whose wife is looking after their two young children back home.

Igor Ivanovic, who won US$100,000, said: "When I chose Grandera last year, my friends asked me why not Sakhee? If you want to win I told them you must find some surprises. Therefore, I have gone for Bourbonnais who can be the next surprise and I like Inamorato."

The 38-year-old from Belgrade, who works in property development, married Ana last year and they are treating the trip to Dubai as their honeymoon.

He said: "I have travelled to lots of countries in Europe and Dubai is just something else - the Burj Al Arab is like a modern fairytale. This is a completely unique and wonderful experience.

"The Godolphin stable is very popular in Serbia because our racecourse and racing is not very good. It will be a new experience for me to see great racing live on Saturday.

"There is one little café near the Belgrade Racecourse and a lot of trainers go there. I need not return there unless I take some pictures of Saeed bin Suroor!"

Last year's third in this most international of competitions is Yoichi Baba who won US$50,000 and the 37-year-old, who is training to be a lawyer, is a keen follower of racing and goes every week to Kyoto Racecourse which is near to where he lives. His mother Reiko Baba has come to Dubai with him.

He has chosen seven completely different Godolphin horses for the 2003 Seven Stars, trusting his instincts.

Yoichi Baba said: "It was unbelievable when I headed last year's competition in August and was third in November. The prize money is important, but I really wanted to come to Dubai and the contrast between the modern city and the desert is very interesting."

He will be following Moon Ballad and Grandera in the Dubai World Cup on Saturday, two of the horses who gave him enough points to come third in 2002.

The 2003 Godolphin Seven Stars will run from March 29 to December 14. Entries must be made through the Godolphin Internet site, www.godolphin.com, by March 28.

Competitors pick seven Godolphin racehorses who are awarded points for finishing first, second or third, with extra points for higher quality races. Information about the progress of the competition is to be found on the award-winning Godolphin Internet site throughout the year.

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