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Tuesday, April 4, 2000



INSPECTION AT ASCOT


Ascot has a precautionary inspection at 7.15am tomorrow morning for the afternoon's fixture.


Although the weather forecast is for a dry night, a course spokeswoman said: "It is raceable at present but we just want to check in the morning that everything is all right as we have had a load of rain. The going is soft on the chase course and soft, heavy in places on the hurdles course."


BEST ODDS

DAILY TELEGRAPH HANDICAP CHASE, ASCOT.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2000. 3.10 pm.



(Tote - T, William Hill - H, Coral - C, Ladbrokes - L)

KORAKOR 2 (C)
SILVER TOP 9/2 (L)
PETE THE PARSON 20 (T)
SKYCAB 9 (T,L)
GLEMOT 20 (H)
SUNRISE SPECIAL 10/3 (C)
MONNAIE FORTE 8 (H)
COOL SPOT 16 (T)

E/W 1/5 THE ODDS A PLACE 1,2,3


ALLIED IRISH BANK HANDICAP HURDLE, ASCOT.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2000. 3.40 pm.



Coral Prices

WISLEY WONDER 12
YOKKI MOPPIE 7
YEOMAN SAILOR 15/2
CHURCHSTANTON 7/2
ESTECADO 20
FROGMARCH 8
TANTIVY BAY 8
GAROLO 16
LE TETEU 16
TAUFAN BOY 6
OULTON BROAD 4


MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL, AINTREE, APRIL 8, 2000. 3.45 pm.

Coral Odds as at 4/4/00

Star Traveller - 7
Bobbyjo - 7
Young Kenny - 9
Micko's Dream - 11
Cavalero - 16
Dark Stranger - 20
The Last Fling - 12
Djeddah - 20
Red Marauder - 11
Escartefigue - 33
Listen Timmy - 40
Papillon - 33
Call It A Day - 40
Niki Dee - 28
Kendal Cavalier - 18
Earthmover - 20
Luzcadou - dbt
Hollybank Buck - 33
Kingdom Of Shades - 40
Merry People - 33
Lucky Town - 33
Sparky Gayle - 33
Suny Bay - 33
Buck Rogers - 40
Feels Like Gold - 33
Flaked Oats - 50
Royal Predica - 40
Torduff Express - 40
Addington Boy - 40
Choisty - 50
Esprit De Cotte - 50
Village King - 50
Mely Moss - 20
Brave Highlander - 50
Druids Brook - 66
Even Flow - 66
Stormy Passage - 50
The Gopher - 66
Art Prince - 80
Cariboo Gold - 100
Celtic Giant - 66
Trinitro - 66
Full Of Oats - 100
Mountain Path - 80
Senor El Betrutti - 80
Forestal - 100
Overflowing River - 100
Ryhane - 100
Another Excuse 200
Camelot Knight - 200
River Unshion - 200
Back Bar - 500






GOING CHANGE


There is a change of going on the Mildmay and Hurdles courses at Aintree this afternoon, with both now being described as GOOD.


It remains GOOD TO SOFT, GOOD IN PLACES on the Grand National course.



LUZCADOU BY-PASSES AINTREE


Luzcadou, winner of two races in the mud at Ayr this season, will miss Saturday's Martell Grand National with a view to having a spring campaign in France.


Middleham trainer Micky Hammond walked the National course yesterday morning before going racing at Newcastle.

He said: "For a horse that likes goodish ground the conditions are perfect. But Luzcado won't run because it is not wet enough for him and the forecast is for it to be dry the rest of week."

He added: "There is a good covering of grass at Aintree and it is very safe ground but unfortunately it is not what I want for Luzcado. I would imagine it will ride faster by Saturday."

French-bred Luzcado also has top weight in Friday's John Hughes Trophy over the National fences and Hammond will not run him there either.


"I am going to discuss plans with the owner but I think Luzcado may now go to France for a couple of runs at Auteuil. The prize-money is good over there and he has already won twice round Auteuil."

Luzcado showed his liking for heavy ground at Ayr in January and again in February before returning home lame after a disappointing run at Haydock last time.





RUNE HAUGEN HAPPY AFTER WALKING THE COURSE



Rune Haugen, trainer of Trinitro, the Norwegian-trained candidate for Saturday's Martell Grand National walked the course at lunchtime today and declared himself very happy with what he saw.


"The course is fantastic, in really good condition and just right for Trinitro," he said. "The fences are not as big as I thought they would be and I think they were will be fine for Trinitro. He is a proper jumper and loves his jumping.


"Going a bit on the soft side of good will be ideal for him though he has won on going from hard to heavy. It will be just right for him as this will be his first race after six months off; there have been no races for him, but we have very good training facilities and he has been training very well.


"He takes a lot of getting fit, but he can be got ready on the training grounds. When he beat Ashwell Boy in the Norwegian Grand National (the horse's most recent appearance in September) it was his first race for 16 months, during which he had twice broken down.


"Trinitro is still at Haydock and will be staying there until Saturday morning. He and we have all been looked after very well there and he has been training well.

"Robert (Bellamy) is coming up tomorrow (Weds) to school him over the Aintree-type fence which has been set up at Haydock.


"As the race gradually gets nearer I am starting to get a bit excited and I am sure that the tension will be building up all the time until Saturday. But I am very much looking forward to it all."

Haugen and Trinitro arrived at Haydock on Sunday.




TRAVELLER GETS IN JUMPING PRACTICE


Henry Daly's Martell Grand National contender Star Traveller, who will have his last proper workout before the big race tomorrow, jumped a few obstacles this morning at the trainer's Downton Hall Stables in Shropshire.


"He's played about in the snow today," said Daly. "We popped him over a few fences and he seemed to rather enjoy it.


"He will have his final piece of work tomorrow morning - I am not sure with which horse, but it will be something suitably slow!"



DRY NIGHT AT AINTREE


Following a dry night, the going on the Martell Grand National course is now
GOOD TO SOFT, GOOD IN PLACES.


The Mildmay course remains GOOD (GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES).


Ian Renton, Aintree's Clerk of the Course, said at 10.30am today: "The forecast for the remainder of the week is dry and sunny with overnight frosts.


"Selective watering of the Mildmay and Hurdle course will take place today with the aim of producing consistently good ground.


"If necessary, further watering will be carried out on Wednesday in order to maintain good ground on all courses."



NOTTINGHAM ABANDONED


Heavy rain has led to the abandonment of today's meeting at Nottingham.

The Flat fixture was abandoned after an early-morning inspection found waterlogged patches in the straight.

"We had a further 8mm of rain overnight, which makes nearly an inch and a half since Sunday morning," said clerk of the course Charlie Moore.

"There are too many areas of standing water in the straight and it would not be safe."

Racing at Exeter was called off earlier, leaving Newcastle as the only surviving meeting.




EXETER OFF



Today's meeting at Exeter has been abandoned.

Racing was called off after an early-morning inspection found the track unfit.

Clerk of the course Nick Ansell said: "Sadly we have had to abandon racing for the day.

"We have three inches of snow lying on the course.

"Although there is a thaw forecast the course would than be waterlogged as we have had 2 1/4 inches of rain in the past 24 hours - double what we had in the whole of March!"

It is the 17th jumps meeting to be lost during the current season but the first since early-March.


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