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Tuesday, May 23, 2000


ABN AMRO HANDICAP, GOODWOOD, Wednesday, May 24, 2000. 3.10pm.
(William Hill - WH, Tote - T, Ladbrokes - L, Coral - C)

Free Rider - 10 (WH,L,C)
Strahan - 13/2 (T)
Camberley - 13/2 (WH,T)
Diamond Look - 8 (L)
Rayyaan - 8 (T)
Duke Of Modena - 12 (L)
Strasbourg - 20 (WH)
Zietig - 14 (WH,T,C)
Lagoon - 14 (WH,T,L,C)
Eastways - 14 (T,L)
Take Flite - 22 (WH,L,C)
Launfal - 20 (WH,T)
Labrett - 22 (L,C)
Out Of Africa - 28 (WH)
Desert Fury - 28 (WH,C)
Teodora - 33 (WH)
Rule Of Thumb - 33 (WH,T,L,C)
Swift Dispersal - 33 (T)
Major Rebuke - 40 (WH,T,L,C)

FAIRCLOUGH HOMES HANDICAP, GOODWOOD, Wednesday, May 24, 2000. 3.40pm.

Debbies Warning - 25 (C, WH, T)
Marsad - 12 (T)
Gracious Gift - 14 (L, T)
Danielle's Lad - 14 (C, WH, L, T)
Classy Cleo - 22 (WH)
Downland - 10 (WH, T)
Cryhavoc - 11/2 (L)
Hill Magic - 16 (C, WH)
Cadeaux Cher - 6 (C)
Return Of Amin - 16 (C, WH, L, T)
Loch Laird - 25 (C, WH)
Ring Dancer - 28 (C)
Coastal Bluff - 11 (WH)
Lord Pacal - 40 (WH)
Blundell Lane - 16 (WH, L)
Eventuality - 11 (L)
Uplifting - 14 (L, T)
Rainbow Rain - 33 (T)


Godolphin's Roscius ran out a short-head winner of the Compass UK Predomonate Stakes at Goodwood this afternoon.

The Sadler's Wells colt held on gamely to hold off the challenge from Geoff Wragg's St Expedit with Bogus Dreams back in third.

Afterwards Frankie Dettori stated that he believed that the colt was inferior to Godolphin's Best Of The Bests, who he will probably ride at Epsom on June 10. Roscius may be geared towards a crack at that French Derby followed by the St Leger.


There will be eight runners in tomorrow's Listed Victor Chandler Lupe Stakes at Goodwood - the last recognised Vodafone Oaks Trial. Of the eight, two hold entries for Epsom - Britannia and Clog Dance.

The other six are Sailing, Bezzaaf, Inforapenny, Love Divine and Spinning Top.


Newbury Racecourse is to hold the first of two evening meetings this Flat season on Wednesday, May 31, with the other eight days later on Thursday, June 8, 2000.

The first evening fixture on May 31 sees the £9,500-added NEWBURY TOWN MILLENNIUM PLATE CONDITIONS STAKES (8.00pm), over a mile and a quarter, which has been named in honour of the town of Newbury.

To demonstrate the special relationship which exists between the racecourse and the town, Newbury's new Lady Mayoress, Cllr Sue Farrant, will be on hand to present a specially-commissioned trophy to the winning owner.

Over £40,000 of added prize money is on offer over the course of the evening, with the Tote sponsoring the feature race, the £10,000 added TOTE BOOKMAKERS HANDICAP STAKES (7.30pm), for horses rated 0-80 aged three-years-old and above, over six furlongs.

Kingston Smith, London-based chartered accountants, return to Newbury for a fourth successive year to support the £7,000-added KINGSTON SMITH HANDICAP STAKES (7.00pm), over seven furlongs.

Last year's £6,000-added EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND BOXFORD MAIDEN STAKES (6.30pm), over five furlongs, maintained the tradition that this race has for being a good contest. The Neville Callaghan-trained Lord Pacal, who was making his racecourse debut, was the victorious horse, and he went on to compete in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot the following month.

The KENNETH ROBERTSON HANDICAP STAKES (9.00pm), over one mile and five furlongs, also provided racegoers at the 1999 fixture with the opportunity to view a fine horse. Compton Ace, trained by Gerard Butler, won last year's renewal before making his mark in Pattern company by winning the Group Three Gordon Stakes at Goodwood's July meeting.

The two-day Juddmonte Lockinge Meeting on Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, which featured Newbury's well-established Group One race, the Juddmonte Lockinge, went very well. The main race was just one of many exciting contests, being won by the top-class Aljabr. Mark Kershaw, Newbury's Managing Director and Clerk of the Course, commented: "After the success of our last meeting, we cannot wait to present the first of our two evening fixtures this year on Wednesday, May 31.

"In particular, I am looking forward to further cementing the excellent relationship which already exists between the racecourse and the town.

"Newbury's second evening fixture takes place on Thursday, June 8, and I expect both to prove popular, providing as they do a chance to relax and have fun after a hard day."

Admission costs are Members £15, Tattersalls £8, Silver Ring £4 and Picnic Car Park £4. All accompanied children under 17 are admitted FREE and, other than the Picnic Car Park, all parking is FREE.


Flat racing returns to Scotland's premier racecourse, Ayr, on Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2, with two days of attractively-priced entertainment and fun for everyone.

Racegoers at Ayr are welcome to access all areas of the racecourse, including the Club areas, for just one admission price of £7 (£4 OAPs). Families are particularly welcome, and as usual, accompanied children under 16 can gain FREE admission, while parking is also FREE.

Racing begins at 2.20pm on the first day, Thursday, June 1, and the feature race is the £13,000-added EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND CROSSHILL CLASSIFIED ‘90' STAKES, over one mile. This year the contest is for horses aged three rated 0-90.

The opening day sees two new sponsors adding their support to Ayr Racecourse. Scottish legal firm, Macdonalds Solicitors, is backing the £6,000-added MACDONALDS SOLICITORS BIJOU D'INDE HANDICAP STAKES (3.50pm), over seven furlongs, while Bell Group and Jim Thomson are sponsoring the BELL GROUP/JB THOMSON RETIREMENT HANDICAP STAKES (2.50pm), over five furlongs, a race designed as a special celebration for the retirement of Thomson, a racehorse owner, from pharmaceuticals company, SmithKline Beecham.

The £5,500-added GALLOWAY GAZETTE HANDICAP STAKES (4.55pm), over one mile and three furlongs, is another fascinating contest among the first day's six races. Last year's equivalent race was won by the William Haggas-trained Tipsy, who went on to be placed in the Group Three Princess Royal Stakes at Ascot last October.

Ayr's second day, Friday, June 2, is once again supported by stockbrokers Greig Middleton, who very generously sponsor all six races on the card, with the first race due to post at 2.20pm.

Last year, the £5,500 added GREIG MIDDLETON PRIVATE PENSION MAIDEN STAKES, over one mile and two furlongs, was won by Sweet Sorrow, trained in Newmarket by Chris Wall. After gaining her first success at Ayr, this daughter of Lahib won her next outing at Goodwood, before entering Listed company where she has remained since, finishing second on her latest appearance to Right Wing in the Magnolia Stakes at Kempton on April 24.

The feature contest on the Friday is the £10,000 added GREIG MIDDLETON STOCKBROKERS HANDICAP CUP (3.50pm), over one mile and two furlongs, which promises to be a competitive affair.

Richard Pridham, Ayr's Clerk of the Course and General Manager, said: "The jump season finished in perfect fashion at Ayr, with a quality winner of the Ladbroke Casinos Scottish Grand National in the form of Paris Pike who is owned by Ivan Straker, a former chairman of Ayr Racecourse.

"We are anticipating another exciting new Flat season, with the Western Meeting on September 14, 15 and 16 the highlight, and everybody associated with Ayr has been looking forward to our opening two-day meeting on June 1 and 2 which will attract top jockeys."


Barathea Guest is to be supplemented at a cost of IR£25,000 for the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday. The decision was made as the ground is currently yielding at the Curragh with more rain forecast, which is sure to suit the mud-loving colt. He was last seen out when finishing five lengths third behind King's Best in the Sagitta 2000 Guineas on May 6.

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