Tuesday, May 9, 2000
BEST PRICES FOR CHESTER TOMORROW
2.10 TESS GRAHAM MEMORIAL HANDICAP 6F
Labrett 16 Ch
Aljawf 7/2 L,T
Baby Barry 16 Ch, L, T
Golden Miracle 16 Ch, L, T
Charlotte Alentina 25 Ch, L
Rhythm N Time 16 T
Red Typhoon 16 L, T
Charming Lotte 33 L
Railroader 14 Ch, T
Corunna 12 Ch, L
Feast of Romance 16 Ch
Star Princess 16 L
Breezy Louise 8 Ch
Strand of Gold 9 L
Lord Yasmin 9 Ch, T
Pertempts FC 16 T
3.10 TOTE CHESTER CUP (SHOWCASE HANDICAP) 2M2F
Rainbow High 6 L
Top Cees 13/2 T
Benatom 20 H
Eilean Shona 9 Ch
Dato Star 20 Ch, L, T
Stage Pass 40 Ch, L, T
Rum Pointer 16 C, H, L, T
Fantasy Hill 7 L
First Ballot 10 T
Star Rage 28 C
Prairie Falcon 7 Ch, T
Tensile 20 L
Ansar 16 Ch, T
Bangalore 20 L
Son of Snurge 25 C
Royal Expression 33 C, H, L
Mazzelmo 66 C,H,L
Embryonic 150 C, H, L, T
C=Coral Ch=Victor Chandler H=William Hill L=Ladbbrokes T=Tote
LATEST WILLIAM HILL ODDS ON THE EPSOM CLASSICS
THE VODAFONE DERBY: 5-1 Beat Hollow, Kings Best, 12-1 Bein Entendu, 14-1 Aristotle, 16-1 Barathea Guest, Giants Causeway, Rivers Curtain, 20-1 Dubai
Two Thousand, Jaydoom, Sakhee (from 25), Sandmason, Wellbeing, 25-1
Inchlonaig, Mana-Mou-Bay, Millenary (from 40), Monashee Mountain, Savoire
Vivre, Sinndar, 33-1 Adilabad, Air Marshall, Appolo Victoria, Bach, Best Of
The Bests, Brahms, Delius, Ekraar, Executive Order, Fanaar, Fast Track,
Hatha Anna, Lermontov, Mahfooth, Muakaad, Mull Of Kintyre, Royal Kingdom,
40-1 BAR (40-1 Kingsclere (no change)
THE VODAFONE OAKS: 4-1 Petrushka, 8-1 Teggiano, 10-1 Love Divine, Melikah, 12-1 Embraced, 16-1 High Walden, Kalypso Katie, 20-1 Clog Dance, Interlude,
Lady Of Chad, 25-1 Britannia, Chiang Mai, Corinium, Dream Quest, Ejlaal,
Elegant As Always, Fame At Last, My Hansel, Theoretically, Wind Silence, Ya
Tarra, 33-1 BAR
MILLENARY TAKES CHESTER VASE
Millenary, trained by John Dunlop and ridden by Pat Eddery, landed the odds today in the Group 3 Victor Chandler Chester Vase over 1m 4f at Chester this afternoon. The winner, an entry for the Vodafone Derby, came off of a slow place to battle it out with Tantalus and Windsor Boy. Even though the winner only prevailed by half a length, Pat Eddery stated that he was happy with the colt's performance. Eddery went on to say that the son of Rainbow Quest has the stamina to win over a mile and a half in addition to a good turn of foot. The bookmakers did not seem to be overly impressed with Millenary's performance, with William Hill making the colt 25/1 (from 40/1) for the Epsom classic.
The unlucky horse in the race appeared to be Ian Balding's Kingsclere who was unable to get a run, being boxed in on the inside when apparently still full of running. He remains a 40-1 shot for the Vodafone Derby.
Elsewhere on the card the extremely game and tough Noukari managed to come through to win the Walter Smith & Way Stakes (Handicap). Peter Evans's charge was recording his 13th win on the flat in 43 starts.
Tim Easterby, who was successful in the opening Joseph Heler Cheshire Cheese Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes with Romantic Myth, has revealed that there may have been excuses for the poor showing of his French Fellow in Saturday's Sagitta 2000 Guineas. Easterby said that the colt had lost a shoe and did not seem to be 100% right. French Fellow will now have a rest and reappear when the ground is softer.
18 GO FOR CHESTER CUP
Tomorrow's Tote Chester Cup has attracted an 18 strong field. Included are the Ian Balding trained veteran Top Cees, winner of the race in 1995 and 1997 when trained by Lynda Ramsden, Rainbow High successful in last year's renewal and smart hurdler Dato Star.
Also on tomorrow's card at Chester is the Cheshire Oaks Stakes which has attracted a five strong field including Vodafone Oaks entries Abscond, Fame At Last and Tanzilla.
PRIMO FOR JULY CUP
Primo Valentino who led for much of the way in Saturday's Sagitta 2000 Guineas before fading to finish seventh, will revert to sprinting connections have revealed.
The colt is now being aimed at the Darley July Cup over 6f at Newmarket on July 13th.
SALISBURY LOOKS FORWARD TO MAY 18
Salisbury Racecourse follows the success of its opening Sunday fixture with the second meeting of the season on Thursday, May 18, 2000, which has a revamped and much more valuable feature race plus an exciting new contest.
The racing includes the first race of a new Flat series for two-year-olds sponsored by top investment management firm Capel Cure Sharp. The Capel Cure Sharp Maiden Stakes (3.10pm), over five furlongs, is one of seven races in the series, which culminates in a final on October 21 and has a bonus of £100,000 on offer to the connections of the horse who wins two of the first six races and the final.
The feature race is the £14,500-added European Breeders' Fund Durnford Classified 95' Stakes (3.40pm), over one mile and four furlongs, which becomes a classified stakes for the first time, with three-year-olds rated 0-100 allowed to take part, having previously been an open conditions race. Its value has gone up by 45% compared to the £10,000 added offered in 1999.
Opening proceedings is the Netherhampton Maiden Fillies' Stakes (2.05pm), over one mile and two furlongs. Last year this race split into two divisions which were won by Fictitious and Mary Stuart, both trained by Sir Michael Stoute. Fictitious went on to win a Listed event at Newcastle the next month, while Mary Stuart finished fifth behind Ramruma in the Group One Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks at York in August.
The Horserace Betting Levy Board supports the Levy Board Handicap Stakes (5.15pm), over one mile and four furlongs, for the fifth consecutive year. Willie Ryan rode the Luca Cumani-trained Old Irish to victory in the first running of this race in 1996, and he returned to the picturesque Wiltshire track in 1999 to land a treble which included Stoute's two fillies.
Other highlights include the Druids Handicap Stakes (2.35pm), over a mile, the Tryon Handicap Stakes (4.10pm) and the Redenham Claiming Stakes (4.40pm), both over seven furlongs.
Ian Renton, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Salisbury, commented: "We were delighted to start the season with a successful Sunday fixture on May 7, which attracted an excellent crowd and had very good racing.
"Racegoers witnessed some impressive performances, particularly from the Henry Cecil-trained Arabesque and Nerys Dutfield's Secret Index, two horses with good futures.
"Salisbury's next fixture on Thursday, May 18, promises to be just as exciting and we are honoured to host the first race of the new Capel Cure Sharp Flat series and have a much more valuable feature event in the European Breeders' Fund Durnford Classified 95' Stakes."
Admission costs £15 for the Members Enclosure, £10 into Tattersalls and £5 for the Course Enclosure. There is FREE admission for accompanied children aged under 16 and FREE Car Parking.
LADIES EVENING AT AINTREE
On Friday 19th May there will be a Ladies Evening at Aintree. Badge prices are £12.00 for gentlemen and £8.00 for ladies.
The event will be sponsored by the Liverpool Echo. The sponsors and Aintree are hoping that they can increase last year's record attendance of over 10,000.
As well as National Hunt racing, ladies will be able to watch four complimentary fashion shows held by leading retailer Lewis's. There will also be a prize for the best dressed lady and the best dressed gentleman.
Charles Barnett, Aintree's Managing Director said: "After a successful Martell Grand National meeting we will be hoping that many of the visitors who attended over the three days will be back for our popular ladies evening. As well as the quality racing there be an array of exciting activities to keep everyone entertained."
GLOBAL SUCCESS FOR IRISH BRED HORSES
Ireland enjoyed a flourish of big race successes over the weekend, with Group 1 victories at three of the world's premier racecourses helping to reconcile the reputation of Irish-bred horses worldwide.
The Group 1 winning performances of All the Way (IRE) in the S$550,000 Emirates Singapore Derby at Kranji, Manndar (IRE) in the US$350,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs and Tajasur(IRE) in the Chairman's Prize at Sha Tin Racecourse completed an impressive hat-rick of high profile victories for Irish-breds.
When added to the other black type successes recorded over the weekend (listed below), the global performance serves to reinforce Ireland's position as a premier producer of quality thoroughbred horses.
Crimplene (IRE) Gr.2 Henkel-Rennen German 1000 Guineas, Dusseldorf, Germany
Pipalong (IRE) Gr.3 Victor Chandler Palace House Stakes, Newmarket, UK
Spindrift (IRE) Gr.3 Fort Macy Handicap, Aqueduct, US
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