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Friday, March 7, 2003


2-10 Wolverhampton
10/1 Eastern Breeze
25/1 Flying Treaty
5/1 Oscar Pepper
9/2 Del Mar Sunset
14/1 Lygeton Lad
9/1 Invader
8/1 Diamond Max
14/1 Te Quiero
14/1 Lakota Brave
16/1 Anna Walhaan
6/1 Prince Tulum
5/1 Creskeld
40/1 Air Mail

Each Way: 1/4 Odds 1-2-3

2-30 Sandown
7/1 Tana River
14/1 Nonantais
6/1 Celtic Vision
14/1 Benbecular
11/1 Be My Destiny
7/1 Jupiter De Bussy
10/1 His Nibs
12/1 Desmond Tutu
12/1 Master Trix
9/1 Supreme Piper
18/1 Handy Money
5/1 Rosslea
25/1 Russian Gigolo
25/1 Lord Of Illusion
22/1 Lord Nellsson

Each Way: 1/4 Odds 1-2-3

3-05 Sandown
16/1 Tikram
14/1 Mister Mcgoldrick
14/1 True Blue Victory
5/2 Korelo
40/1 Bernardon
28/1 Idaho D'ox
10/1 Hawadeth
20/1 Newhall
14/1 Dancing Bay
14/1 Reviewer
12/1 Keltic Bard
18/1 Under The Sand
22/1 Lawz
25/1 Brooklyn's Gold
22/1 Canada
28/1 Burundi
12/1 Janidou
9/1 Talarive
40/1 Serenus
28/1 Mercato
33/1 Bound

Each Way: 1/4 Odds 1-2-3-4


Seldom has the influence of Irish point-to-points been more strongly felt than in this year's Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup, where Best Mate - who scored between the flags at Tuam in Galway before joining Henrietta Knight - bids to become the first dual winner of chasing's Blue Riband for more than 30 years.

Indeed four of the last five Gold Cup winners are Irish point-to-point graduates, last year Best Mate was following in the steps of Looks Like Trouble (2000), Cool Dawn (1998) and Mr Mulligan (1997).

This year's second favourite Beef Or Salmon also had his grounding in Irish point-to-points as did fellow Gold Cup entries such as Hussard Collonges, Valley Henry and Truckers Tavern along with possible starters Florida Pearl and Keen Leader.

Incredibly 10 of the top 12 in this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup betting are Irish-bred, namely Best Mate, Beef Or Salmon, Commanche Court, Behrajan, Keen Leader, Valley Henry, Chives, Marlborough, Colonel Braxton, Harbour Pilot and Truckers Tavern.

Irish-bred horses dominate the betting for next week's Festival accounting for the ante-post favourites for seven of the ten Grade 1 races - namely Best Mate, Rhinestone Cowboy (Smurfit Champion Hurdle), Moscow Flyer (Queen Mother Champion Chase), Keen Leader (Royal & SunAlliance Chase), Coolnagorna (Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle), Back In Front (Gerrard Wealth Management Supreme Novices' Hurdle) and Cornish Rebel (Weatherbys Champion Bumper).

Additionally the British point-to-point star Kingscliff, a warm favourite for the Christie's Foxhunter Chase, was bred in Ireland and sold for Ir2,400gns as a foal at Tattersalls (Ireland).

Michael O'Hagan, General Manager of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, commented: "This year's Cheltenham Festival demonstrates the importance of both National Hunt breeding and point-to-pointing in Ireland as a grounding for jump racing as a whole.

"The dominance of Irish-bred and sold horses at this year's Festival is a testament to the efforts of Irish breeders."

This media information pack also includes a feature on Rhinestone Cowboy's breeder Frances Whelan, more details of the Irish point-to-point scene, sales prices for many of the leading contenders at the 2003 Festival and some general facts and figures. Please feel free to reproduce any of the information in this pack.


- At the last four Cheltenham Festivals, 42 of the 80 races (53%) were won by Irish-bred horses with 24 of the 40 Grade 1 races (60%) falling to Irish-breds in the same period.

These included such stars as Best Mate, Istabraq, Looks Like Trouble, Cool Dawn, Florida Pearl, One Man, Marlborough, Like-A-Butterfly, Flagship Uberalles, Monsignor, Moscow Flyer, Pizarro, Scolardy, Lord Noelie, What's Up Boys, Bacchanal, Stormyfairweather, Flagship Uberalles, Space Trucker, French Ballerina and Alexander Banquet.

- Every winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, since its inauguration in 1992, has been Irish-bred. These have included horses who have progressed to perform at the highest level such as Pizarro, Monsignor, Florida Pearl, Alexander Banquet, Montelado and Dato Star.

- Indeed last year's first four home, Pizarro, Rhinestone Cowboy, Back In Front and Thisthatandtother are all warm orders for races at this year's Festival.

- About 70% of all the black-type winners so far during the 2002/2003 jump season in Britain and Ireland have been Irish-bred. Grade 1 winners include Beef Or Salmon, Best Mate, Classified, Coolnagorna, Hardy Eustace, Like-A-Butterfly, Limestone Lad, Liss A Paoraigh, Nas Na Riogh, Native Upmanship, Solerina and Thisthatandtother.

- Irish-bred horses enjoy their racing and keep on scoring at the highest level, year after year. Among those to have won top Pattern races in three or more seasons are Behrajan, Best Mate, Colonel Braxton, Flagship Uberalles, Florida Pearl, Like-A-Butterfly, Limestone Lad, Liss A Paoraigh, Marlborough, Moscow Flyer, Native Upmanship, Rince Ri, Sackville, Shotgun Willy and Valley Henry.

- Irish-bred horses have won five of the last six runnings of the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup and - with 10 of the first 12 in the betting for this year's race - there is every chance that that total can be added to next week. William Hill's Gold Cup betting on Thursday, March 6, was:


* Former Irish point-to-pointer


Shortly after 4pm on Tuesday, it's just possible that the crowded Cheltenham winner's circle could burst into song if the latest star jumper bred in Ireland, Rhinestone Cowboy, justifies favouritism in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle.

Named after the famous Glen Campbell song, the former lead horse for trainer Aidan O'Brien was bred near Tralee in County Kerry by Frances Whelan and her husband Pat, who would not miss next week for the world.

"I'm delighted with how he's done and really looking forward to the race," said Mrs Whelan. "I usually go to Cheltenham although I haven't been for the last couple of years but I'll be there alright next week.

"My worry is that he is still only lightly-raced for a seven-year-old although he did experience the hustle and bustle of last year's Bumper which should stand him in good stead."

By the late Be My Native, who stood at Coolmore's jumping division, out of Monumental Gesture, a half-sister to Triumph Hurdle winner Rare Holiday who won over hurdles for the Whelans, Rhinestone Cowboy has been a revelation since making his debut for trainer Jonjo O'Neill at Ascot in February 2002.

His only defeat in six subsequent starts came when beaten a neck in last season's Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival and he was made favourite for the Smurfit Champion Hurdle after he toyed with his opponents when winning the Axminster Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton last month - all a far cry from his days as a youngster in the paddocks of the Whelans' small farm in Kerry.

"I remember him well as a foal - I thought he was quite nice at home, although possibly not outstanding. We could never have dreamed he would have done what he has, you need a lot of luck in this business.

"We are from Co Kerry and you do not get too many Kerry-bred horses, it's not a great horsey county and geographically we are a bit out of the way," adds Mrs Whelan, who sold the then colt for Ir16,000gns at the 1997 Tattersalls (Ireland) September Yearling Sale.

Adrian Maxwell, who bought the horse on behalf of a client in Wexford, is no stranger to the Cheltenham winner's enclosure, having trained Willie Wumpkins to win what is now the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle in 1973 and Meladon to land the 1977 Triumph Hurdle.

Rhinestone Cowboy reappeared gelded at Ireland's top National Hunt Sale, the Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby Sale, in June 1999 when he was sold for Ir82,000gns to Paul Shanahan of Coolmore, acting for the stud's owner John Magnier and wife Sue.

Rather than go jumping, the then three-year-old Rhinestone Cowboy headed to Aidan O'Brien's magnificent Ballydoyle training centre, owned by the Magniers.

Mrs Whelan says: "I was talking to Aidan and the reason he did not race as a three or four-year-old was that he was an excellent lead horse for the two-year-olds at Ballydoyle. That is why he began racing so late."

Sadly for the breeder, she no longer has Monumental Gesture. "Unfortunately circumstances meant that I sold the mare when Rhinestone was a youngster and I don't have any mares now," she adds.

But that's unlikely to stop the Whelans from joining in the chorus if their pride and joy is successful on Tuesday.

IRISH POINT-TO-POINTS - A Stepping Stone To Stardom

When Beef Or Salmon consolidated his reputation as one of the most brilliant novices to have emerged on the chasing scene by winning the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown, much was made of the fact that it was only the fourth time that he had raced over fences.

Of course, in strict terms, that is true, but almost exactly two years earlier, on February 18, 2001, the crowd at the Tipperary Foxhounds fixture at Clonmel Racecourse, got a foretaste of Beef Or Salmon's ability as a jumper when he won a maiden point-to-point.

The rapid rise of Beef Or Salmon provides another reminder of the educational value of Irish point-to-points, a factor that was seldom more effectively illustrated than during 2002 when three of the most significant prizes in jump racing, the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Martell Grand National and the Powers Gold Label Irish Grand National, were won respectively by Best Mate, Bindaree and The Bunny Boiler, all of whom had gained initial experience in this sphere.

Michael Hourigan, whose bold strategies with his novice star raised a few eyebrows at the outset of the campaign, is adamant that he never had any fears about asking Beef Or Salmon to take on vastly more experienced chasers so early in his career.

He says: "This horse got a huge amount of schooling after he fell in his first point-to-point, and he has never looked back since. I have had total confidence in his jumping since the day he won at Clonmel, and that was one of the reasons why I had so much belief in him when he went over racecourse fences for the first time in the Morris Oil Chase in November".

In addition to Best Mate and Beef Or Salmon, several other Gold Cup candidates first saw action in Irish point-to-points, notably Hussard Collonges, who brought off a gamble at Inch on his only start of the 2000 campaign, and Valley Henry, who won easily at Carrigtwohill during the same season. At that stage of their respective careers both were outshone by Truckers Tavern, this season's Peter Marsh winner and more recently third to Valley Henry in the Aon Chase at Newbury. A smart novice chaser last season, he won three races on the Northern Irish pointing circuit before joining Ferdy Murphy.

Meanwhile, the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Keen Leader is flying the flag on the current novice chasing scene. The Supreme Leader gelding, who fell when looking set for victory in last season's Royal & SunAlliance Novices Hurdle, was widely regarded as one of the leading novice prospects of the 2001 pointing season which was cut short by the foot-and-mouth outbreak. An impressive winner at Knockanard, he made his debut in a Dromahane contest which also featured the first appearance of the talented but ill-fated Ballyhampshire Boy, one of the best Irish novice hurdlers last season.

Another of Britain's best novice chasers, It Takes Time, started his career in point-to-points for the Kiernan family in County Westmeath. He was already a dual Irish bumper winner before joining Martin Pipe to wear the colours of David Johnson, also carried by Stayers' Hurdle candidate Classified who was still a very raw type when making his only point-to-point appearance at Kildorrery two years ago.

Interestingly, Classified is a full-brother to one of the most impressive winners of the current Irish season, the six-year-old Dimitri, who made a well-timed entrance to the scene at Ballon last month, just one day after Classified had emphasised his Cheltenham prospects by winning the Cleeve Hurdle.

On the same afternoon as Dimitri's winning debut, trainer David Wachman introduced Inexorable, a Roselier half-brother to Best Mate, at Nenagh. In spite of drifting in the betting, he won in a good time, and Wachman now intends to give him a quiet time to allow him to mature over the next few months.

On the hunter chasing front, the most notable aspect of the season so far has been a revival in form for Sheltering. The country's leading performer for several seasons and good enough to take third place behind Davids Lad in the 2001 Irish Grand National, he had begun to look vulnerable last season. However, a wind operation seems to have done the trick for the 11-year-old Strong Gale gelding who trounced The Wipper on his seasonal debut at Punchestown, form that was revealed in an attractive light when the runner-up went on to record a wide-margin win at Clonmel.

Sheltering, who has failed to perform to expectations in previous visits to Cheltenham, then warmed up for another tilt at the Foxhunter by beating Dorans Pride and Joe Blake at Leopardstown. In many respects this is a return to his roots for the now 14-year-old Dorans Pride as he first came to prominence when winning a maiden at the old Cashel track back in 1993.

The most interesting prospect to emerge this term is Shackleton, a seven-year-old son of Glacial Storm who was ridden by enthusiastic veteran Peter Duggan when winning at last season's Summerhill meeting. He was subsequently purchased from Duggan's daughter Daisy on behalf of JP McManus, and having been transferred from John Fowler's yard to join Enda Bolger, he had his first outing in the famous colours when winning in fine style at Kilfeacle. A comfortable hunters' chase victory at Clonmel, beating the former Henrietta Knight-trained Arctic Times and one of last season's most improved performers Viaduct, has confirmed his reputation as a possible star of the Irish hunters' scene.

Below are listed some top current performers who graduated from the Irish point-to-point arena.

BALLINCLAY KING (Ferdy Murphy) G1 Novices' Chase winner
BEEF OR SALMON (Michael Hourigan) Irish Hennessy Gold Cup winner, leading Cheltenham Gold Cup contender
BEST MATE (Henrietta Knight) Cheltenham Gold Cup winner
BINDAREE (Nigel Twiston-Davies) Grand National winner
CLASSIFIED (Martin Pipe) Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle contender, G1 hurdle winner
DAVIDS LAD (Tony Martin) Irish Grand National winner
DORANS PRIDE (Michael Hourigan) Top hurdler/chaser turned hunter chaser
FLORIDA PEARL (Willie Mullins) Winner of six Grade 1 events, including last season's King George VI Chase
FOXCHAPEL KING (Mouse Morris) G2 Ericsson Chase winner
GARRUTH (Paul Nicholls) G1 hurdle winner
GUNTHER McBRIDE (Philip Hobbs) Racing Post Chase winner
HUSSARD COLLONGES (Peter Beaumont) Leading Cheltenham Gold Cup contender
IT TAKES TIME (Martin Pipe) Leading Royal & SunAlliance Chase/Cheltenham Gold Cup contender
JOE BLAKE (Ian Ferguson) Top hunter chaser
KEEN LEADER (Jonjo O'Neill) Royal & SunAlliance Chase favourite
LORD NOELIE (Henrietta Knight) G1 Royal & SunAlliance Chase winner
SHELTERING (Edward O'Grady) Top-class hunter chaser
RITH DUBH (Jonjo O'Neill) Cheltenham Festival winner, Grand National contender
SUPREME GLORY (Pat Murphy) Welsh National winner
THE BUSHKEEPER (Nicky Henderson) Cheltenham Festival winner
TRUCKERS TAVERN (Ferdy Murphy) Peter Marsh Chase winner, Cheltenham Gold Cup contender
VALLEY HENRY (Paul Nicholls) Pillar Property Chase winner, Cheltenham Gold Cup contender

There are many graduates of Irish bloodstock sales, sold at either Goffs or Tattersalls (Ireland), vying for success at Cheltenham. Some, such as Ir82,000gns purchase Rhinestone Cowboy in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle, are justifying expensive price tags while others prove that it is not necessary to spend a fortune to get a live Festival contender - Best Mate cost just Ir2,500gns as a foal.

Four of the last five Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup winners were sold at Irish sales - in addition to Best Mate, Mr Mulligan cost Ir1,700gns as a four-year-old at Tattersalls (Ireland), Looks Like Trouble made Ir2,800gns at the same age and venue while Imperial Call was also sold at Fairyhouse, for Ir6,000gns at the age of three, and many of this year's entries were bought inexpensively at public auction in Ireland. Below are listed some of this year's prominent Cheltenham contenders sold in Ireland.

Horse Cost Age Sale
AD HOC Ir47,000gns 3yo 1997 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
ARCH STANTON Ir38,000gns yearling 1999 Goffs October
BACK TO BEN ALDER Ir£88,000 3yo 2000 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
BEEF OR SALMON Ir£6,500 4yo 2000 Goffs Land Rover
Ir5,400gns 3yo 1999 Tattersalls (Ireland) August
BEST MATE Ir2,500gns foal 1995 Tattersalls (Ireland) November
BINDAREE Ir20,000gns 4yo 1998 Goffs Land Rover
Ir2,000gns yearling 1995 Tattersalls (Ireland) February
CAMDEN TANNER Ir8,400gns 3yo 1999 Goffs August
CHIVES Ir40,000gns 4yo 1999 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
COLONEL BRAXTON Ir25,000gns 4yo 1999 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
COMMANCHE COURT Ir14,500gns yearling 1994 Goffs October
COOLNAGORNA Ir2,800gns foal 1997 Goffs December
CORNISH REBEL Ir£110,000 4yo 2001 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
EARTHMOVER Ir2,000gns yearling 1992 Tattersalls (Ireland) November
FAMILY BUSINESS Ir2,000gns yearling 1996 Tattersalls (Ireland) November
GOLDEN ALPHA Ir4,000gns yearling 1995 Tattersalls (Ireland) November
GOLDEN CROSS Ir£15,500 yearling 2000 Tattersalls (Ireland) September
Ir10,500gns foal 1999 Goffs November
GUNTHER McBRIDE Ir9,500gns 4yo 1999 Goffs Land Rover
Ir8,000gns 3yo 1998 Goffs Land Rover
HARBOUR PILOT Ir3,600gns yearling 1997 Tattersalls Ireland March
HARDY EUSTACE Ir£21,000 4yo 2001 Goffs Land Rover
IN CONTRAST Ir3,000gns foal 1996 Tattersalls (Ireland) November
IRISH HUSSAR Ir51,000gns 4yo 2000 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
JOSS NAYLOR Ir5,600gns yearling 1996 Tattersalls (Ireland) November
KEEN LEADER Ir6,500gns 3yo 1999 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
KINGSCLIFF Ir2,400gns foal 1997 Tattersalls (Ireland) November
LORD OF THE RIVER Ir80,000gns 4yo 1996 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
MOSCOW FLYER Ir17,000gns 4yo 1998 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
MUGHAS Ir£380,000 yearling 2000 Goffs Orby
NATIVE EMPEROR Ir100,000gns 3yo 1999 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
NATIVE UPMANSHIP Ir8,800gns 3yo 1995 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
NIL DESPERANDUM Ir£14,000 4yo 2001 Goffs Land Rover
Ir3,000gns yearling 1998 Tattersalls (Ireland) November
PIZARRO Ir£10,000 3yo 2000 Goffs Land Rover
RAVENSWOOD Ir15,000gns yearling 1998 Goffs October
RHINESTONE COWBOY Ir82,000gns 3yo 1999 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
Ir16,000gns yearling 1997 Tattersalls (Ireland) September
ROSS MOFF Ir14,000gns 4yo 1997 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
Ir3,600gns yearling 1994 Tattersalls (Ireland) November
SACKVILLE Ir3,300gns 4yo 1997 Goffs Land Rover
SHELTERING Ir12,000gns 3yo 1995 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
SHOTGUN WILLY Ir19,000gns foal 1994 Tattersalls (Ireland) November
SMUGGLER'S SONG Ir£65,000 yearling 1999 Goffs Orby
SUPREME DEVELOPER Ir30,000gns 3yo 2000 Tattersalls (Ireland) Derby
Ir11,000gns foal 1997 Tattersalls (Ireland) November
YOULNEVERWALKALONE Ir10,200gns foal 1994 Tattersalls (Ireland) November


Joan Mahoney (59) from Telford is one of the 19 winners from last Saturday's Scoop6 in with a shot at the £134,846 Bonus Prize fund tomorrow.

Last Saturday Mahoney landed £10,553 after investing her £4 on the Tote's big Saturday bet and she now stands on the brink of landing all or a part share of the £134,000 Bonus Prize fund to her haul if she can find the winner of the Imperial Cup (the 3.05 from Sandown).

"Joan was in sparkling form last Saturday, and with over £134,000 up for grabs tomorrow-albeit as part of the nicest type of gamble to a involved in (the 'no-lose sort)-she'll be hoping her winning ways can stay with her for just one more race," said Tote spokesman Jeremy Scott.

"Joan is not alone as a small punter tackling a big pool tomorrow, as five of the remaining Scoop6 winners eligible for the Bonus Prize fund also invested £4 or less on the bet last week."

Joan will appear on The Morning Line on Channel4 tomorrow before being the guest of the Tote for lunch at the Esher course as she prepares to make her selection for the Scoop6 Bonus race.

Saturday's Scoop6 legs are:
leg 1 - 1.40 Wolverhampton
leg 2 - 1.55 Sandown
leg 3 - 2.10 Wolverhampton
leg 4 - 2.30 Sandown
leg 5 - 3.05 Sandown
leg 6 - 3.40 Sandown


Sunday, March 16th, 2003 and
Sunday March 23rd, 2003

The British Horseracing Board is pleased to announce replacement Jump fixtures programmed to take place on both Sunday, March 16th, 2003 and Sunday, March 23rd, 2003.

The fixtures for March 16th will take place at Ludlow and Folkestone. Entries for theses races will close at noon on Monday, March 10th and declarations must be made by 10.15am on Friday, March 14th.

The fixtures for March 23rd will take place at Wetherby, Huntingdon and Warwick. Entries for these races will close at noon on Monday, March 17th and declarations must be made by 10.15am on Friday, March 21st. Race times are as follows:

March 16th
Folkestone 2.05 - 5.05
Ludlow 2.20 - 5.20

March 23rd
Huntingdon 2.00 - 5.20
Warwick 2.10 - 5.30
Wetherby 2.20 - 5.40

The British Horseracing Board would like to thank the Horserace Betting Levy Board and the executives of Ludlow, Folkestone, Wetherby, Huntingdon and Warwick for their help in staging these events. The cards will be predominantly geared towards novice horses.


From today, live racing currently being shown on attheraces' interactive digital TV channel (Sky 418) and NTL cable channel 908, will be also be broadcast on Telewest cable channel 534. The channel will be available as part of Telewest's digital TV Starter pack.

This carriage agreement adds a further 830,000 digital homes to attheraces' audience reach, raising it to over 8.5 million UK households.

attheraces launched its racing coverage on Sky on May 1st 2002. attheraces broadcasts racing seven days a week, 17 hours per day from 49 of the 59 racecourses in the UK, including all the premier tracks. The top racing from North America is also now shown every evening of the week.

Ian Hogg, COO at attheraces said: "We are delighted that Telewest Broadband customers will have the chance to receive the attheraces coverage, particularly with the Cheltenham festival beginning next week. As always, attheraces are striving to develop new initiatives that improve the horse racing product and with our idtv services on Sky we are achieving that. We are very hopeful that our cable customers will also be able to benefit from our whole range of idtv services – including both betting and racing information – later in the year."

Gavin Patterson, managing director, consumer division, Telewest Broadband said: "Horse racing is an extremely popular sport with thousands watching the action every week. Telewest Broadband customers will now have the opportunity to keep up to speed with all the latest news from the top race tracks across the UK. "


Number 13 provided the luck local owner Mohammed Yusuf Al Badoor had been seeking when Tangeriano won the AED500,000 Pearls of Dubai International Sales Graduate Stakes at Nad Al Sheba last Thursday night.

Badoor outlaid AED120,000 for Tangeriano at the Pearls of Dubai International Sale last October, saying after the race that because the horse was Lot 13 this was one of the main reasons he purchased the colt. "Number 13 is my lucky number," he said "And he proved that tonight."

In an amazing twist of fate the horse that followed Tangeriano into the ring at the sale was Prado¹s Wish, beaten into second place by Tangeriano in the Pearls of Dubai International Sales Stakes.

Channel Four was a nose away in third while Seattle Fitz, favoured in the race, led but tired in the final 400m to eventually finish 10th. Tangeriano gave trainer Satish Seemar his second win in the Pearls of Dubai after the inaugural success of the filly Just Call Me in 2001 while he also trained Channel Four.

Tangeriano had finished fourth to Prado's Wish in the Pearls of Dubai Prelude three weeks beforehand however the seven length turnaround could, according to Seemar, be put down to the horse thriving in the last fortnight.

"In the last two weeks he has turned right around and just thrived," Seemar said.

Tangeriano was ridden by champion jockey Frankie Dettori and brought up a winning double for the Italian following Proven's success half an hour earlier.

Trained by Paddy Rudkin, Proven had been formerly prepared by John Gosden in England and Dettori obviously remembered the horse, ringing Rudkin for the ride.

The Dettori double and Proven's win will give a timely confidence booster for both jockey and trainer heading into Dubai's big Super Saturday at Nad Al Sheba, Dettori riding the leading lights from Godolphin in their final Dubai World Cup lead-ups while Rudkin will saddle State City in the Group III Mahab Al Shimaal.

"A few people have told me not to run him and instead go directly into the Dubai Golden Shaheen however he is a young horse and has only had a light season so I decided to run him," Rudkin said.

Thursday, March 6, 2003
Weather: Fine. Dirt Track: Fast. Turf Track: Good

All races dirt unless stated.

Key: The figures beside the race conditions (ie 00-80) are for horses rated
in that division and these figures are in pounds. The UAE Dirham (Dhs) is
fixed at US$3.68.

Race One: Philip Morris Maiden. 1,300m
Thoroughbreds. NH & SH 3YOs.

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

1. MR JEBEL ALI (USA) 54kg
2000 b c Wild Rush - E Cherie (Go Step)
Owner: The Lamprell Partnership
Breeder: Brereton C Jones
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: K McEvoy.

2. MR POP IDOL (GB) 54kg
2000 b c Mistertopogigo - Diamond Time (Clantime)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Mrs E A Bevan
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: W Smith.

3. KEEP (USA) 52kg
2000 b f Will's Way - Hord (Private Account)
Owner: Ziad Galadari
Breeder: Fred McCarry & Neil McCarry
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: S Hamel.

Then came (in order): Morafij (GER), Loliondo (USA), Sail With Tye Tide (IRE), Peace Millennium (IRE), Celtic Flight (USA), Dubai Storm (USA) Kandahar (IRE), Albaatesh (KSA), Mabthoor (IRE), Balistic Star (GB). N/R: Tri Another Cat (USA). 13 ran. Margins: 1.25len, .5len, 3.75len. Time: 1:19.62 (Last 700m: 41.93).

Race Two: Marlboro Handicap. 1,100m
Thoroughbreds. NH & SH 3YOs+ 55-85.

Prizemoney: Dhs80,000. 1st: Dhs40,000. 2nd: Dhs19,200. 3rd: Dhs11,200. 4th: Dhs7,200. 5th: Dhs2,400.

1997 ch g Mujtahid - Wathbat Mtoto (Mtoto)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: G Hind.

2. MOONIS (GB) 53.5kg
1996 b h Green Desert - Badrah (Ajdal)
Owner: R Cave & A Shaw
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd
Trainer: C Wroe. Jockey: K McEvoy.

3. RAMP AND RAVE (USA) 52.5kg
1994 ch h Ramplett - Turbonative (Sitzmark)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Fox Fire Farms Inc
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: W Ryan.

Then came (in order): Leozian (GB), Quick Flash (ARG), Tala Ya (USA), Albadou (GB), Pikachu (GB), Stanzaic (AUS), Aquitania (GB), Grand Eastern (USA), Zanatan (FR), Magic Star (IRE). N/R: Piccatune (GB). 13 ran. Margins: 1.25len, sht hd, 2.25len. Time: 1:04.17 (Last 700m: 40.66).

Race Three: Altria Stakes. 1,200m
Purebred Arabians. 4YOs& Up. Conditions.

Prizemoney: Dhs125,000. 1st: Dhs62,500. 2nd: Dhs30,000. 3rd: Dhs17,500. 4th: Dhs11,250. 5th: Dhs3,750.

1. BIG EASY (US) 58kg
1997 b h Burning Sand - Refleksja (Gwydion)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Bobby Hurst
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: W Smith.

2. BENGALANT (GB) 56kg
1998 ch h Bengali D'Albret - Vert Glante (Dunixi)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Mr & Mrs J D Kippen
Trainer: G Duffield. Jockey: R Hills.

3. DJEZEBEL (US) 54kg
1997 gr m Djendel - Char Rich Louise (ZT Ali Baba)
Owner: HH The President
Breeder: Joanne K Waldron
Trainer: L Y Carter. Jockey: W Ryan.

Then came (in order): Basilic De Ghazal (FR), Croixnoire (US), Danidor (FR), Al Saham Al Fuddi (FR), Zai Al Qamar (FR), Meera (FR), CR Hercules (US), Noor Alain (FR), WFA Lancer (GB), Al Abjar (FR), Dhahmaan (GB), Rilfor (FR), WFA Princess Izobel (GB). N/R: Bareh (FR), MA Fi Ghairi (FR). 16 ran. Margins: Nose, 4len, .75len. Time: 1:18.68.

Race Four: Neuchatel Stakes 2,000m.

Thoroughbreds. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 80-105.

Prizemoney: Dhs105,000. 1st: Dhs52,500. 2nd: Dhs25,200. 3rd: Dhs14,700. 4th: Dhs9,450. 5th: Dhs3,150.

1. PROVEN (USA) 60kg
1999 b c Benny The Dip - Night Fax (Known Fact)
Owner: M M R M
Breeder: Audley Farm
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: L Dettori.

2. MARHOOB (USA) 56kg
1998 dk b/br h Mr Prospector - Flagbird (Nureyev)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Darley Stud Management Co Ltd
Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: W Supple.

3. MAHROOS (USA) 56.5kg
1998 ch g Kingmambo - Mur Taasha (Riverman)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Farm Inc
Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: R Hills.

Then came (in order): Grand Jete (SAF), Rumpold (GB), Black Ledger (NZ), Kriskova (USA), Dubai World (USA), Avant-Guard (SAF). 9 ran. Margins: len, .75len, sht hd. Time: 2:03.40 (Last 800m: 49.36).

Race Five: Pearls of Dubai International Sales Stakes (Prestige). 1,800m
3YO Thoroughbreds sold at the Pearls of Dubai Auction.

Prizemoney: Dhs500,000. 1st: Dhs250,000. 2nd: Dhs85,000. 3rd: Dhs50,000. 4th: Dhs35,000. 5th: Dhs25,000. 6th to last: Dhs5,000.

1999 b c Roy - Tipical (Mariache)
Owner: Mohammed Yusuf Al Badoor
Breeder: Vacacion
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: L Dettori.

2000 b c El Prado - Bracey (Prince Alydar)
Owner: Abdullah Hassan Al Rostamani
Breeder: Jerry M Cutrona, Jeanne H Cutrona & Michael Hill
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: S Sanders.

2000 b c Gold Fever - Run to Reign (Sovereign Dancer)
Owner: Channel 4 Syndicate
Breeder: Hugh Harlingten
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: W Smith.

Then came (in order): Babylon's Hero (USA), Navideno (ARG), Potro Celoso (ARG), Mr Hand (ARG), Crafty Trust (USA), Dubai Guest (CAN), Seattle Fit (ARG), Ballet (ARG), Quite Lovely (USA), Peladito (ARG), I'm A Little Devil (USA), Restructured (USA), Instinto (ARG). 16 ran. Margins: 2.75len, nose, .5len. Time: 1:51.49 (Last 800m: 47.71).

Race Six: Lausanne Stakes 1,600m.

Thoroughbreds. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 65-95.

Prizemoney: Dhs95,000. 1st: Dhs47,500. 2nd: Dhs22,800. 3rd: Dhs13,300. 4th: Dhs8,550. 5th: Dhs2,850.

1. MESHTY (IRE) 54.5kg
1995 b g Lahib - Merry Devil (Sadler's Wells)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: James F Hanly
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: G Hind.

2. AL MAALI (IRE) 59.5kg
1999 b c Polar Falcon - Amwaf (El Gran Senor)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company
Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: R Hills.

3. DESERT SANDS (AUS) 57.5kg
1998 b g Danehill - Desert Wish (Shirley Heights)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Emirates Park Victoria
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: K Shea.

Then came (in order): Mr Padilla (ARG), Dubai Squire (USA), Bahamian Bandit (GB), Burnt Ember (USA), Delude (IRE), B Major (IRE), Shafeeq (FR), Egyptian (USA), Expect (USA), Ejtithaab (IRE), Peacock Jewel (GB), Falcon Hill (GB), Indian Dreamer (IRE). N/R: Qawaqeb (USA). 16 ran. Margins: 3.25len, 1.75len, 1.25len. Time: 1:36.81 (Last 800m: 47.40).

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