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Friday, June 25, 2004


The £100,000 Group Two bet365 Lancashire Oaks and the £70,000 bet365 OLD NEWTON CUP (Heritage Handicap) are the two highlights of Haydock Park's three-day July meeting which runs from Thursday, July 1, through to Saturday, July 3.

Almost £300,000 is on offer over the three days with Saturday, July 3 - when both the bet365 Lancashire Oaks and the bet365 Old Newton Cup are run- being the richest day with £208,000 in prize money available.

First run at the now defunct Old Castle Irwell Course in Manchester in 1939, the bet365 Lancashire Oaks has been landed by many high-class fillies over the years. The mile and a half contest was moved to Haydock Park on Manchester's closure in 1963 and has remained there ever since.

Originally restricted to three-year-old fillies, the race was opened up to fillies and mares of all ages in 1991 and has been upgraded to Group Two status for the 2004 renewal. In line with its elevation, this year's bet365 Lancashire Oaks will be by the far the richest-ever renewal, with prize money doubling from £50,000 to £100,000.

The bet365 Old Newton Cup is one of the oldest contests in the Racing Calendar, having been first run in 1807 at Old Newton racecourse which became part of the new Haydock Park racecourse when it was created in 1899.

In more recent times, the bet365 Old Newton Cup has developed into one of the season's most competitive handicaps, with several of the winners going on to achieve further glory in Pattern company.

This media information pack contains a roll of honour for both the bet365 Lancashire Oaks and the bet365 Old Newton Cup since 1980, as well as a history of the two contests and the race programme.

The three-day July meeting at Haydock begins on Thursday, July 1, with a six-race programme running from 2.20pm to 4.50pm, while Friday sees a six-race evening meeting running from 7pm through to 9.30pm, with the additional bonus of former Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley in concert after racing. Saturday's programme consists of six races and opens with the bet365 Lancashire Oaks at 1.50pm, with the final race of the day at 4.40pm.


After the Group Two Bet365 Lancashire Oaks was opened up to older fillies and mares rather than just members of the classic generation in 1991, the first four-year-old to be successful was the Roger Charlton-trained Spout five years later. She also won the John Porter Stakes at Newbury on her seasonal debut that year.

Newmarket-based trainer Henry Cecil has the best record in this prestigious middle-distance event since 1980, sending out the winner on seven occasions, courtesy of Sing Softly (1982), Sandy Island two years later, Patricia in 1991, Rainbow Lake (1993), State Crystal (1994), Catchascatchcan in 1998 and Sacred Song in 2001.

Sacred Song justified favouritism by four lengths from Ranin and only found Super Tassa a length too powerful on her next start in the Group One Yorkshire Oaks the following month, while Catchascatchcan completed the double in these races, denying Rambling Rose by a length at Haydock and High And Low by double that margin at York. She was sold for $4.7 million at Keeneland in November, 2002, to Ryanair founder Dr Tony Ryan.

After State Crystal had also rewarded favourite backers by a length and a half from Interim, she was third in both the Yorkshire Oaks and Group One Prix Vermeille at Longchamp. Three years earlier, Patricia won by the same distance from La Sky (dam of 2000 Epsom Oaks winner Love Divine) and then, having won two other Pattern contests, finished the three-length runner-up to Turgeon in the Group One Irish St Leger on her last start at the Curragh.

Sandy Island deserved her success, having gone down by a length to Ballinderry in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on her previous start, while Sing Softly, having beaten Tants by a length and a half at Haydock, subsequently finished the two-length third behind Swiftfoot in Doncaster's Park Hill Stakes (the fillies' St Leger) on her final start of the campaign.

Irish trainer Jim Bolger struck twice in the eighties with Give Thanks in 1983 and Park Express three years later.

Give Thanks ran on well under a superb ride from Declan Gillespie to score by two lengths from Ski Sailing and the partnership later became classic winners, taking the Irish Oaks by two and a half lengths from High Hawk, while Park Express passed the post a length and a half and a head in front of Mill On The Floss. She went on to win the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood by three lengths and the Irish Champion Stakes at Phoenix Park by two and a half lengths.

John Dunlop is another trainer to have been successful twice here during this period, with Three Tails in 1987 and Fanjica eight years later. Three Tails was beaten eight lengths by Unite in the Epsom Oaks before winning at Haydock. The Sheikh Mohammed-owned filly went on to finish second in the Prix Vermeille in September and win the Meld Stakes at the Curragh.

The 1980 renewal went to the Bruce Hobbs-trained Vielle, who had earlier finished two lengths adrift of Bireme in the Epsom Oaks. She came home five lengths ahead of Kahaila, and subsequently won the Nassau Stakes before finishing runner-up to Shoot A Line in the Yorkshire Oaks.

Another filly to be placed in the classic at Epsom before winning at Haydock was the Dick Hern-trained Roseate Tern in 1989. She was third to Aliysa in the Oaks and subsequently beat Lucky Song by half a length in the Lancashire Oaks. She later came from last to first in the final two and a half furlongs to win the Yorkshire Oaks and then, taking on the colts, ran third in the St Leger at Doncaster..

In recent seasons, Michael Jarvis has provided two winners - Epsom Oaks runner-up Noushkey in 1999 and Ela Athena the following year. The latter ran on under Philip Robinson to deny Solaia by a length and a half here and was tremendously consistent at the highest level during her career, being placed in seven Group One events, without getting her head in front in that class.

John Gosden has also struck twice, with Squeak in 1997 and then last season with the extremely well-bred Place Rouge, who was carrying the colours of the then American Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Will Farish, which were also borne by Casual Look when she won the 2003 Epsom Oaks.


One could be forgiven for thinking that one is looking at a Group One event if the list of winning owners since 1980 in the Old Newton Cup is anything to go by. With names such as Robert Sangster, Lord Howard de Walden, Eric Moller, the Aga Khan, Hamdan Al Maktoum, Khalid Abdulla, Fittocks Stud and Sheikh Mohammed cropping up, it is no wonder that this 12-furlong contest is one of the most competitive handicaps in the calendar.

Last year's winner, the Alan Swinbank-trained Collier Hill, who led over a furlong out to defeat Waverley by half a length, provided jockey Pat Eddery with a final success in the Old Newton Cup after the rider had announced his retirement the previous month. Eddery had also been victorious on the Roger Charlton-trained Matador in 1992 and Zaralaska, trained by Luca Cumani, five years later.
The John Hills-trained Glide Path won here in 1993 and the following year, partnered on the first occasion by the trainer's brother Richard and the next time by another sibling Michael. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but the son of Stalwart must have been a handicap certainty the first time he won, despite being sent off at 20/1, as he carried 8st 2lb and ran off a mark of 74. The following year he carried 8lb more off an official rating of 85 and later won the Group Three Stockholm Cup in Sweden.

Geoff Wragg is another handler to have won twice, courtesy of Pipsted in 1987 and Nickle Plated two years later, both ridden by Gary Carter. Three-year-old Pipsted was gaining his third success of the campaign and on his next start finished two and a half lengths runner-up to Daarkom in the Tote Ebor at York, while Nickle Plated was only beaten a length into fourth in the Group Three Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh just over a month later.

Richard Hills also won in 1991 on the Tom Jones-trained Libk, one of two winners owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum together with the Frankie Dettori-ridden Hateel the previous term. Libk has the honour of being the last three-year-old to win when he comfortably defeated Hawait Al Barr by three and a half lengths and, although he was well beaten, he was considered good enough to run in the final British classic, the St Leger at Doncaster, two outings later.

Post-1980, in addition to Hamdan Al Maktoum and the Jampot Partnership, who owned Glide Path, the other owner to win the Old Newton Cup twice was Robert Sangster, who sadly died earlier this year.

Trainer Michael Stoute, before he was knighted, provided the locally-born owner with his first success with Bishop's Ring in 1984, while Bill Watts saddled Sangster's second scorer Clanrallier the following season.

Two winners since 1980, the Dick Hern-trained Valentinian in 1982 and Key To My Heart, trained by Sally Hall, have managed to carry 10st or more to victory. The former (10st 3lb) made all under Willie Carson to beat Military Band by half a length and was good enough to win the Group Two Prix Kergolay at Deauville later in the season, while Key To My Heart, who got the better of a tremendous finish with Royal Scimitar by a neck, was the subsequent three-length victor of the Listed Doonside Cup at Ayr.

When Sun Bird defied odds of 40/1 two years ago after keeping on too strongly for Barathea Blazer, he became the most recent of 11 four-year-olds, easily the most successful age group, to win this handicap since 1980. Four three-year-olds, seven five-year-olds and two six-year-olds have also prevailed.

Another significant victor was the Henry Cecil-trained Rakaposhi King in 1986. He made all to win unchallenged by five lengths from High Tension under American rider Steve Cauthen and next time out won a Listed race at Lingfield Park.
Rakaposhi King improved even further the following campaign, finishing the three-quarter length runner-up behind French filly Triptych in the Group One Coronation Cup at Epsom, having earlier won his first three starts of the season including two Group Three events - the Ormonde Stakes at Chester and the John Porter Stakes at Newbury.

ROLL OF HONOUR 1980-2003
£70,000, 1m 3f 200y, 3pm, Haydock Park, Saturday, July 3, 2004

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Owner Age/Wgt SP
2003 COLLIER HILL Alan Swinbank Pat Eddery R Hall 5-8-10 8/1
2002 SUN BIRD Dick Allan John McAuley Mrs R Aggio 4-7-12 40/1
2001 HANNIBAL LAD Mark Brisbourne Basil Marcus John Pugh 5-8-08 14/1
2000 RADA'S DAUGHTER Ian Balding Kevin Darley Mrs Richard Plummer 4-8-11 11/1
1999 CELESTIAL WELCOME Mary Reveley Carl Lowther The Welcome Alliance 4-8-10 16/1
1998 PERFECT PARADIGM John Gosden Gary Hind Sheikh Mohammed 4-9-02 14/1
1997 ZARALASKA Luca Cumani Pat Eddery Fittocks Stud 6-9-08 5/1
1996 KEY TO MY HEART Sally Hall Richard Hughes Maureen Pickering 6-10-00 9/2
1995 LOMBARDIC Julie Cecil John Reid Bonusprint 4-8-12 10/1
1994 GLIDE PATH John Hills Michael Hills The Jampot Partnership 5-8-10 10/1
1993 GLIDE PATH John Hills Richard Hills The Jampot Partnership 4-8-02 20/1
1992 MATADOR Roger Charlton Pat Eddery Khalid Abdulla 5-9-02 11/4F
1991 LIBK Tom Jones Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-8-11 5/1
1990 HATEEL Peter Walwyn Frankie Dettori Hamdan Al Maktoum 4-9-06 4/1
1989 NICKLE PLATED Geoff Wragg Gary Carter White Lodge Stud 4-9-07 14/1
1988 ROUSHAYD Fulke Johnson Houghton Billy Newnes HH Aga Khan 4-9-10 6/1
1987 PIPSTED Geoff Wragg Gary Carter Eric Moller 3-8-00 7/1
1986 RAKAPOSHI KING Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Lord Howard de Walden 4-9-07 9/2
1985 CLANRALLIER Bill Watts Brent Thomson Robert Sangster 5-8-03 7/2JF
1984 BISHOP'S RING Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn Robert Sangster 3-8-06 7/2
1983 REGAL STEEL Reg Hollinshead Paul Eddery Steel Plate & Selections Ltd 5-8-02 14/1
1982 VALENTINIAN Dick Hern Willie Carson Lord Scarborough 4-10-03 4/1
1981 DOGBERRY Harry Wragg Byrn Crossley Sir Philip Oppenheimer 3-7-05 100/30
1980 SHADY NOOK Herbert Blagrave Steve Raymont Herbert Blagrave 5-9-05 8/1

ROLL OF HONOUR 1980-2003
£100,000, 1m 3f 200y, 1.50pm, Haydock Park, Saturday, July 3, 2004

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Owner Age/Wgt SP
2003 PLACE ROUGE John Gosden Robert Havlin William Farish III 4-9-03 25/1
2002 MELLOW PARK Jeremy Noseda Darryll Holland Trish Burns 3-8-05 13/8F
2001 SACRED SONG Henry Cecil Richard Quinn Niarchos Family 4-9-06 7/4F
2000 ELA ATHENA Michael Jarvis Philip Robinson Andreas Michael 4-9-03 5/1
1999 NOUSHKEY Michael Jarvis Philip Robinson Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum 3-8-04 2/1F
1998 CATCHASCATCHCAN Henry Cecil Willie Ryan Lord Howard de Walden 3-8-04 8/1
1997 SQUEAK John Gosden Gary Hind Lord Hartington 3-8-04 9/2
1996 SPOUT Roger Charlton Tim Sprake Lady Rothschild 4-9-06 13/2
1995 FANJICA John Dunlop Gary Carter Diamond Thoroughbreds Inc 3-8-04 6/1
1994 STATE CRYSTAL Henry Cecil Willie Ryan Michael Poland 3-8-04 5/2F
1993 RAINBOW LAKE Henry Cecil Willie Ryan Khalid Abdulla 3-8-04 11/8F
1992 NIODINI Michael Stoute Paul Eddery Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-04 7/1
1991 PATRICIA Henry Cecil Gary Carter Charles St George 3-8-04 11/1
1990 PHARIAN Clive Brittain Frankie Dettori Saeed Manana 3-8-09 14/1
1989 ROSEATE TERN Dick Hern Tony Ives Lord Carnarvon 3-8-09 7/4F
1988 ANDALEEB Jeremy Tree Pat Eddery Khalid Abdulla 3-8-09 100/30
1987 THREE TAILS John Dunlop Tony Ives Sheikh Mohammed 3-9-01 6/4F
1986 PARK EXPRESS Jim Bolger IRE John Reid Paddy Burns 3-8-11 13/2
1985 GRAECIA MAGNA Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Athos Christodoulou 3-8-11 5/4F
1984 SANDY ISLAND Henry Cecil Lester Piggott Lord Howard de Walden 3-8-11 5/6F
1983 GIVE THANKS Jim Bolger IRE Declan Gillespie Mrs O White 3-9-01 4/1JF
1982 SING SOFTLY Henry Cecil Lester Piggott Caryl Harris 3-8-11 5/4F
1981 RHEIN BRIDGE Bill Watts Edward Hide Robert Sangster 3-8-11 10/1
1980 VIELLE Bruce Hobbs Paul Cook T Blackwell 3-8-11 4/5F




First Day - Thursday, July 1

Time Race Distance Prize Money
2.20pm The Faucets for Mira Showers Fillies' Handicap Stakes 1m abt 4f £8,000

2.50pm The Dalkia & Land Securities Trillium Partnership Maiden Claiming Stakes 6f £4,000

3.20pm The European Breeders' Fund Novice Fillies' Stakes 6f £7,000

3.50pm The Silver Cross Prams Handicap Stakes 6f £8,000

4.20pm The Performance Car Hire Maiden Stakes abt 1m £8,000

4.50pm The Goose Green Handicap Stakes 1m abt 6f £8,000

Second Day - Friday (Eve), July 2

7.00pm The Dave & Debbie Watkins Wedding Anniversary Apprentice Handicap Stakes 1m abt 4f £5,000

7.30pm The Merchant Rentals Plc/Ingenico Claiming Stakes 1m 2f abt 120yds £11,000

8.00pm The MTB Group Maiden Auction Stakes 6f £5,000

8.30pm The John Suffield Memorial Rated Stakes abt 1m £14,000

9.00pm The OCS Fillies' Handicap Stakes abt 1m £8,000

9.30pm The Steve Vincent 30th Birthday Handicap Stakes 1m abt 6f £5,000

Third Day - Saturday, July 3

* 1.50pm The bet365 Lancashire Oaks (Group 2) 1m abt 4f £100,000

2.25pm The Birchley Handicap Stakes abt 1m £5,000

* 3.00pm The bet365 Old Newton Cup (Heritage Handicap) 1m abt 4f £70,000

3.35pm The Thwaites Smooth Beer Conditions Stakes 6f £14,000

4.05pm The Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry Handicap Stakes 6f £14,000

4.40pm The Ellesmere Handicap Stakes 5f £5,000

* Channel 4 Televised Races


The Jockeys Employment & Training Scheme has put together a new video designed to encourage jockeys to think and plan ahead much earlier for their future after race riding.

Entitled JETS - A Winning Formula for your Future - the video features comments on the work of JETS (and how it has helped them) from current flat and jump jockeys alike, including Kieren Fallon, Dean McKeown, Joe Tizzard and Tony Culhane. Also featured are former jockeys who reflect on how JETS helped them get where they are today. The latter include Chris Rutter (now a Stewards' Secretary), Lee Newton (now a Financial Advisor) and David Finnegan (now an Apprentice Farrier). The video is introduced and presented by former jockey-turned broadcaster, Luke Harvey - himself a former JETS candidate - talking to Lisa Delany, Manager of the Scheme.

Kieren, for example, goes on record as saying: "Your racing career is short - here today, gone tomorrow. Not everybody makes it so it's good to have something to fall back on. I have only been at the top for the last few years and there's lots of good riders coming through; you never know how long you're going to be there."

"Although most jockeys are now aware that JETS exists, many are leaving it very late on before contacting us. Hopefully, our new video will convince jockeys riding today that early contact is worthwhile - if only just to have an informal chat about their long term plans and keep a training and career plan in mind. We have kept the whole thing short, snappy and relevant to jockeys and we hope it will be well received," explains JETS Manager, Lisa Delany:

All fully licensed National Hunt jockeys will be receiving their complimentary copy this Summer, whilst all fully licensed flat jockeys will get theirs later in the year, as things quieten down for them. Any jockeys wishing to receive a copy ahead of time should call Lisa Delany at JETS on 01635-230410. JETS is funded by deductions from jockeys' prize money and The Injured Jockeys Fund.

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