Wednesday, May 10, 2000
BEST PRICES FOR CHESTER TOMORROW
2.10 HILL DICKINSON RATED STAKES (SHOWCASE HANDICAP) 5F
Almaty 14 L
Further Outlook 12 H, T
Damalis 8 T
Henry Hall 9/2 Ch
Ace Of Parkes 16 H
Classy Cleo 16 C
Paradise Lane 5 C
Ambitious 25 C
Sunley Sense 10 Ch
Zuhair 20 Ch
Cryhavoc 6 L
Ziggy's Dancer 14 L
2.40 SMARTESTATES 187TH YEAR OF THE DEE STAKES (LISTED RACE) 1M 2F
Island Sound 5/2 Ch
Merry Merlin 20 Ch, T
Paradise Garden 16 T
Shablam 9/2 T
Sir Ninja 14 T
Thari 16 T
Three Points 9/4 Ch, T
Zyz 5 Ch
3.10 ORMONDE STAKES (GROUP 3) 1M 5F
Capri 5 T
Yavana's Pace 7 T
Ashgar 20 Ch
Bay Of Islands 50 Ch
Daliapour 5/4 Ch, T
Danish Rhapsody 5 T
Elmutabaki 8 Ch
Taufan's Melody 25 Ch, T
Life Is Life 12 Ch
C=Coral Ch=Victor Chandler H=William Hill L=Ladbrokes T=Tote
PERRETT'S FINE RUN CONTINUES WITH WIN IN CHESTER CUP
Amanda Perrett's fine run continued at Chester today when Bangalore landed the Tote Chester Tote Cup this afternoon.
Bangalore was prominent throughout the race and held on well to hold off a strong run from Ansar. Speaking afterwards Amanda Perrett commented "The slow pace helped today as it allowed him to be handy throughout. It was the plan to be handy and make the best use of our light weight. I thought Gary Bardwell used his initiative well as he went on when the pace was slow."
Sadly Top Cees, winner of the race in 1995 and 1997, was forced to pull up after going lame. He is now to be retired.
Solaia landed the odds in the Shadwell Stud Cheshire Oaks. Paul Cole's filly is not entered in the Vodafone Oaks.
TOP-CLASS LINE-UP FOR THE GROUP ONE JUDDMONTE LOCKINGE - HIGHLIGHT OF NEWBURY'S NEXT MEETING
The Alain de Royer Dupre-trained Sendawar, joint top-rated miler in the world last year, heads the 14 possible contenders for the Group One Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2.35pm) at Newbury on Saturday, May 20.
This year's renewal of the Newbury mile contest is again supported by Prince Khalid Abdulla's highly-successful Juddmonte Farms, which first sponsored the Lockinge Stakes in 1984.
The £135,000 race is the centrepiece of Newbury's two-day fixture which starts on Friday, May 19, and features racing of the highest quality on both days.
Sendawar earned a rating of 127 in the 1999 International Classifications by winning three Group One events, which included the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and the French 2,000 Guineas at Longchamp.
The Aga Khan's star worked well at Chantilly on Monday afternoon and he is due to make his seasonal debut in either the Juddmonte Lockinge or a French race the next day.
Almushtarak, who finished third in the Juddmonte Lockinge 12 months ago, and a close fifth the previous year, is set to try and make it third time lucky. Trainer Kamil Mahdi feels that the seven-year-old could have done even better than third on his last start in Sandown's Group Two KLM UK Mile.
"He should have won last time out at Sandown," reported Mahdi. "Unfortunately the jockey chose to go the wrong way, but he has come out of that race well. As long as everything goes all right, we intend to run him at Newbury and he ran very well in the race last year."
The progressive Sugarfoot, who won the Group Three Leicestershire Stakes at Doncaster last time out, will bid for the biggest success of his career in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes. "The intention is to run," said trainer Nigel Tinkler. "He would only not take part if the ground was firm, he prefers good going. He won well last time and couldn't have come out of the race any better. We're very happy with him but whether he is good enough to win a Group One race I don't know, we shall find out."
Indian Lodge, winner of the Group Two KLM UK Mile at Sandown last time out, could also be in the star-studded line-up at Newbury, although his trainer Amanda Perrett is keeping a close eye on the weather. "We are planning to run Indian Lodge that weekend but we are waiting on the weather to see if he will go to Newbury or to France the following day," said the Pulborough handler, who added that a decision on the participation of Tillerman, her other entry, would be made nearer the race.
Godolphin will be hoping to win the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes for the third successive year. The last two runnings have been won by two front-running second strings of Sheikh Mohammed's racing entity - Cape Cross in 1998 and Fly To The Stars in 1999. The latter is among five Godolphin entries this year.
The other Godolphin entries are Aljabr, winner of the Group One Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last year, Muhtathir, successful in a Group One contest at San Siro in 1999 and breaking the course record in the process, Slip Stream, and Worldly Manner, who was beaten in the Group One Dubai World Cup by Dubai Millennium on March 25.
Ireland could be represented by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Saffron Walden, winner of last year's Irish 2,000 Guineas.
The Saturday card also features the £21,000-added Listed Grundon Recycle Stakes (2pm, over one mile and five furlongs), with the sponsor - Grundon (Services) Ltd - significantly upping its contribution to Newbury, and the £14,500-added London Gold Cup Rated Stakes (1.30pm, over a mile and a half).
Saturday's card concludes at 4.40pm with the Carrie's Getting Married Handicap Stakes, a contest that coincides with a hen party taking place at Newbury that afternoon.
There will also be a racecard competition - which will run throughout the season - to win a Mitsubishi Sport for a year during which time the winner will get family membership to the racecourse, health club and golf club.
An hour before racing Newbury stages its first ‘Early Show', a discussion by a panel of experts in the paddock - weather permitting - about the afternoon's racing. This will become a feature at all Newbury's Saturday meetings in future.
There will also be excellent racing on Friday, May 19, with the feature event being the £21,000-added Listed Ashbury Fillies' Trial Stakes (3.40pm), over one mile and two furlongs. This race is well-supported by the £14,500-added Woodcote Conditions Stakes (2.10pm), over six furlongs, and the £10,000-added Tote Credit Club Handicap Stakes (3.10pm), over one mile and four furlongs.
Mark Kershaw, Newbury's Clerk of the Course and Managing Director, commented today: "Newbury's Group One contest, the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes, is always a top-quality event and this year's race looks set to continue that trend with such high-class entries. Our thanks go to Prince Khalid Abdulla and his Juddmonte Farms, who have supported the race since 1984.
"There is always a marvellous atmosphere on both days of this meeting with racegoers witnessing the thrill and excitement of horse racing of the highest order."
Racing begins at 2.10pm on Friday, May 19 while the first race on Saturday, May 20 is at 1.30pm.
The newly refurbished and enlarged creche, officially opened on Monday by Graham Bradley and Suny Bay, after whom one of the rooms is named, will be available for children aged under eight.
Admission costs for Friday are Members £15, Tattersalls £8, Silver Ring £4 and Picnic Car Park £4, while Saturday prices are Members £18, Tattersalls £10, Silver Ring £5 and Picnic Car Park £4. Accompanied children under 17 gain FREE admission and all parking other than the Picnic Car Park is FREE.
EIGHT GO IN DEE STAKES, NINE FOR ORMONDE
There may be further Epsom clues tomorrow when two Vodafone Derby entries - Thari and Zyz - line up for the Listed Smartestates 187th Year of The Dee Stakes over 1m 2f at Chester. Thari's sole success to date came in a 7f maiden at Chepstow in September last year when trained by the now retired Peter Walwyn. Tomorrow he will have his first run for Ben Hanbury. Zyz was last seen out when finishing third behind Kingsclere in the Sovereign Bookmakers Easter Stakes at Kempton on 22nd April. The other runners in tomorrow's race are Island Sound, Merry Merlin, Paradise Garden, Shablam, Sir Ninja and Three Points. Last year the Dee Stakes was won by Oath who later went on to success in the Vodafone Derby at Epsom.
Nine horses will go to post tomorrow in the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes. The race sees the seasonal reappearance of Daliapour who finished second to Oath in last years Vodafone Derby at Epsom and then went on finish second behind the brilliant Montjeu in the Budweiser Irish Derby at the Curragh. The runners in the 1m 5f event are Capri, Yavana's Pace, Ashgar, Bay Of Islands, Danish Rhapsody, Elmutabaki, Taufan's Melody and Life Is Life.
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