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Friday, April 29, 2000



TOMORROW'S BEST EARLY PRICES




2.50pm Brewers Fayre Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 4f

Kings Measure 8 (VC)
Skycab 7 (VC)
Red Ark 11-4 (T)
Catfish Keith 25 (VC, T)
Father Krismas 13-2 (VC, T)
Crookedstone 15-2 (T)
Lord Of The Flies 15-2 (VC)
Exit Swinger 6 (VC)
The Brewmaster 18 (T)
Dick McCarthy 16 (T)
Everything's Rosy 28 (T)
Fear Siuil 66 (VC, T)


3.30pm 44th Whitbread Gold Cup 3m 5f

Beau 9-2 (VC)
Trouble Ahead 9-2 (VC, T)
Young Kenny 8 (T)
Eau De Cologne 7 (T)
Bouchasson 14 (VC, T)
Royal Predica 14 (T)
Tullymurry Toff 12 (VC, T)
Supreme Charm 22 (T)
Paddy's Return 14 (VC, T)
Village King 16 (T)
Esprit De Cotte 14 (VC, T)
Montroe 14 (VC, T)
Escartefigue 28 (VC, T)
Flaked Oats 28 (VC)
Menesonic 22 (T)
Brave Highlander 40 (VC, T)
Jathib 50 (VC)
Tell The Nipper 50 (VC, T)
Folly Road 100 (VC, T)
Thermal Warrior 100 (VC)




HUNTERS CLOSE SEASON AT CHELTENHAM'S EVENING FINALE




Cheltenham's season closes next Wednesday evening May 3, with the popular hunter chase evening, featuring six races for amateur riders over the same course that was used for the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup seven weeks ago.


With an unusually wet spring still making its presence felt, large fields can be expected for this end-of-term meeting, featuring the Faucets Perrin & Rowe Champion Hunters Chase, in which Cavalero bids to complete a hat-trick of Cheltenham victories following his Foxhunters win and subsequent follow-up at Cheltenham's meeting last week. Four of those who finished behind him on that occasion are re-entered in this £7,000 contest, and the race could mark the reappearance of Castle Mane, winner of last year's Christie's Foxhunters, who has disappointed this season.


Whatever the excitement on the track, racegoers are assured of a party mood as they are serenaded to popular tunes like the "Lambeth Walk" from members of the cast of "Me and My Girl", playing at the Everyman from May 18-20.


Racing begins at 5.35pm. Admission prices: Club & Tattersalls £13 (16-24yrs £8). Courage Best Enclosure £5. Accompanied children under 16 FREE. Gates open 3.15pm.


Cheltenham reopens for racing next season on October 24.




RACES RE-SCHEDULED AT SEDGEFIELD




Following the abandonment of racing at Sedgefield on Saturday, April 29 the two principal and most valuable races of the season have been rescheduled. The Foster's Durham National Handicap Steeplechase and the Sanyo Televisions for Bookmakers Selling Handicap Hurdle Race Series Final have been re-scheduled to take place on Friday evening, May 5.


The revised running order is as follows:

5.05pm The Stanley Racing Maiden Hurdle Rce
5.35pm The Alphameric Red Onion Handicap Hurdle Race
6.05pm The DDF Fairs Novices Steeplechase
6.35pm The Foster's Durham National Handicap Steeplechase
7.05pm The Sanyo Televisions for Bookmakers Selling Handicap Hurdle Race Series Final
7.35pm The Stan James Telebetting Handicap Steeplechase
8.05pm The Guy Cunard Hunters Steeplechase
8.35pm The Stanley Racing Novices Handicap Hurdle Race



SANDOWN GO AHEAD




After racing was given the green light to go ahead at Sandown today, the course reports that there are no forseeable problems for tomorrow's card.





QUINN RIDES FOX




Richard Quinn will ride the David Elsworth-trained Scarteen Fox in next week's Sagitta 2,000 Guineas after his retainer, Henry Cecil, confirmed Shibboleth will miss the Newmarket Classic.


Quinn looks set to partner another of Elsworth's horses', Pawn Broker, in the Thresher Classic Trial at Sandown tomorrow. The ground has gone against his original mount, Beat Hollow.


Elsworth said: "Provided Henry Cecil does not have a runner in the Guineas, Quinny will ride Scarteen Fox and Neil Polllard will be on Alfini.

"Both horses are in good form, but the ground is driving us all mad at the moment and it's not always possible to do exactly what you want with the horses. Scarteen Fox worked yesterday and he looked in good shape.


Quinn is looking forward to his rides and said: "I thought Scarteen Fox would improve quite a bit for his run in the Greenham and he's a horse I really like. He tries hard and stays well and I'd expect him to put up a good performance in the Guineas."



STORMYFAIRWEATHER TO MISS WHITBREAD




The Nicky Henderson-trained Stormyfairweather will miss tomorrow's Whitbread Gold Cup because of the testing conditions.


After visiting the Esher course the trainer ruled out his charge and said: "The conditions are really testing. He'd be trying three miles five furlongs for the first time and he may not have got the trip in this ground. He'll run at Punchestown on Wednesday instead."

Henderson will be represented by Esprit De Cotte and the trainer expects a good run from his eight-year-old: "He'll love the ground and will have a good chance," said Henderson. "He was going well in the National until Becher's got in the way."


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