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Tuesday, June 8, 2004



SIX PERFECTIONS NOW FAVOURITE FOR QUEEN ANNE AS RUSSIAN RUMOURS CONTINUE




Coral has trimmed Six Perfections to 2-1 (from 5-2) favourite for the Queen Anne Stakes after the French-trained filly was the subject of good support for the Group One contest today.

"We have eased her old rival Russian Rhythm to 11-4 (from 9-4) as punters seem to be listening to rumours regarding her preparation," said Coral's David Stevens.


"Hopefully both fillies will line up at the Royal meeting and we will get an answer to a debate that has raged since last year's 1,000 Guineas," added Stevens.


Elsewhere Alderney Race is now 6-1 (from 7-1) joint favourite for Saturday's William Trophy, for which Mis Chicaf has also been backed and is 7-1 (from 8-1) with Coral.


Queen Anne Stakes
2-1 (from 5-2) Six Perfections, 11-4 (from 9-4) Russian Rhythm, 8-1 Salselon, Soviet Song, 10-1 Norse Dancer, 12-1 Nayyir, New Seeker, 14-1 Firebreak, 16-1 Refuse To Bend, Hurricane Allen, 20-1 Gateman, 25-1 Just James, La Vie Dei Colori, 33-1 Mister Links, Tillerman

William Hill Trophy
6-1 Fun To Ride, (from 7-1) Alderney Race, 7-1 (from 8-1) Mis Chicaf, Wanchai Lad, 8-1 Bygone Days, 10-1 Buy On The Red, Traytonic, 12-1 Benbaun, Bo McGinty, La Cucaracha, 14-1 Big Bradford, Danzig River, Fancy Foxtrot, Glaramara, High Voltage, Lake Garda, Two Step Kid, 16-1 Delphie Queen, Lualua, Petardias Magic, Times Review, Tyne, 20-1 Bar

St James's Palace Stakes
9-4 Haafhd, 9-2 Bachelor Duke, 5-1 Antonius Pius, 6-1 Azamour, 7-1 Whipper, Brunel, 10-1 Diamond Green, 16-1 Pearl Of Love

Prince Of Wales' Stakes
3-1 Rakti, 5-1 Powerscourt, Sulamani, 10-1 Bandari, Ikhtyar, Nebraska Tornado, Kalaman, 12-1 Alkaadhem, Magistretti, Phoenix Reach, 16-1 Vespone, Kaieteur, Lateen Sails, 25-1 Chancellor

Ascot Gold Cup
5-2 Mr Dinos, 9-2 Papineau, Vinnie Roe, 6-1 Westerner, 10-1 Millenary, Alcazar, 14-1 New South Wales, 20-1 Delsarte, Darasim, Shanty Star, 25-1 Dusky Warbler, Misternando, Royal Rebel, Sun Bird, Savannah Bay

Golden Jubilee Stakes
9-2 Exceed And Excel, 8-1 Avonbridge, Monsieur Bond, 10-1 Patavellian, Frizzante, 12-1 Airwave, 14-1 Balmont, 16-1 Arakan, Somnus, Crystal Castle, Mister Links, Trade Fair, 20-1 Howick Falls, Soaring Free, Steenberg, Three Valleys

Royal Hunt Cup
8-1 Autumn Glory, 10-1 Blue Spinnaker, Polar Bear, Putra Kuantan, 12-1 Mine, Vortex, 14-1 Fremen, 16-1 Camp Commander, El Coto, New Seeker, Zero Tolerance, 20-1 Able Baker Charlie, Flowerdrum, Impeller, Kings County, Maksad, Norton, Pablo, Pentecost, Quito, Royal Guard, Thihn, Wing Commander, 25-1 Bar

Wokingham
10-1 Prince Aaron, 12-1 Lafi, 14-1 Greenslades, 16-1 Corridor Creeper, Fannys Fancy, High Reach, Moayed, Pic Up Sticks, Royal Guard, So Will I, Traytonic, Tychy, 20-1 Alderney Race, Coconut Penang, Dazzling Bay, Enchanted, Fire Up The Band, Hits Only Money, Maksad, Master Robbie, Mazepa, Native Title, Ringmoor Down, Royal Storm, Whitbarrow, 25-1 Bar

Irish Derby
4-6 North Light, 4-1 Let The Lion Roar, 7-1 Rule Of Law, Day Flight, 10-1 Grey Swallow, 14-1 Wolfe Tone, Magritte

Coral-Eclipse
5-1 Rakti, 6-1 Salford City, 8-1 Russian Rhythm, 10-1 Azamour, Bachelor Duke, Bandari, Ikhtyar, Phoenix Reach, Powerscourt, 12-1 Magistretti, 14-1 Altieri, Kalaman, Mingun, 16-1 Kaieteur, Leporello, Norse Dancer, 20-1 Warrsan, 25-1 Victory Moon

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes
3-1 North Light, 4-1 Sulamani, 8-1 Doyen, 10-1 Rule Of Law, 12-1 Gamut, Let The Lion Roar, Polish Summer, Powerscourt, 14-1 Vallee Enchantee, Warrsan, 16-1 Brian Boru, Hard Buck, Millenary, Phoenix Reach, 20-1 Epalo, 25-1 High Accolade, Percussionist, Scotts View, 33-1 Fair Mix, Magritte

Sussex Stakes
7-2 Haafhd, 4-1 Russian Rhythm, 8-1 Bago, Antonius Pius, One Cool Cat, 10-1 Snow Ridge, 12-1 Kalaman

St Leger
5-1 Percussionist, 6-1 Let The Lion Roar, 8-1 Yeats, 10-1 North Light, Magritte, 12-1 Wolfe Tone

Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe
6-1 North Light, 8-1 Sulamani, Doyen, Bago, 10-1 Mubtaker, Rakti, 12-1 Yeats, 14-1 Prospect Park, Ouija Board, 16-1 Blue Canari, Polish Summer, Powerscourt, Vallee Enchantee, Valixir, 20-1 Lord Du Sud, Gamut, Reefscape



ARABIAN INTERNATIONAL HORSE FESTIVAL AT LINGFIELD PARK RACECOURSE AND GOLF COURSE ON JUNE 12 & 13




The weekend of Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 promises to be a fabulous multi- disciplined equine event featuring the Arabian International Horse Festival (AIHF) combined with thoroughbred racing on the Saturday night at Lingfield Park Racecourse.


The AIHF is the brainchild of Amjed Al-Jaffery, a leading London financier, who will once again aim to bring together the key Arabian horse disciplines of in-hand showing and racing at one venue over a single weekend. This prestigious and unique event is expecting to continue its tradition of attracting many of Europe's elite Arabian horses and some of the finest Arabian equine athletes from around the world.


The in-hand showing will take place on Saturday followed in the evening from 6.30pm by a six-race thoroughbred race fixture with additional entertainment and live music. The Arabian racing held in conjuction with the Arabian Racing Organisation will take place on the Sunday, featuring three international races including a Group 3. The total prize money amounts to £20,000 - the highest for an Arabian Racing meeting.


This year, the event will be covered by a new television station "OASIS" (AL WAHA) based in Dubai UAE, joint sponsors of the Festival, which will broadcast primarily to the Gulf Co-operation Council countries. The six half-hour programmes will be transmitted in October.


Last year's event was attended by many famous equestrian personalities, including Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and Princess Haya of Jordan in addition to a host of ambassadors and business leaders. This year visitor numbers are expected to increase as the AIHF becomes better known as a permanent fixture in the UK and International equestrian calendar.


Clive Stephens, General Manager at Lingfield Park, said: "We are delighted to host this exciting equestrian festival here at Lingfield Park, we have ample space and all the necessary facilities for the various events and we wish a warm welcome to new visitors at our newly refurbished racecourse."

Alongside the equestrian events and the racing is a cultural village, which will be expanded on previous years to give an even wider display of Middle Eastern Culture, with music, dance, food and crafts presented by Middle Eastern Tourism and trade boards as well as tourist boards from around the world.




RICHARD GRIFFITHS NAMED AS THE EDITOR OF THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER




Richard Griffiths has been named as the editor of the new monthly magazine, Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder, the first edition of which will be published on Thursday, August 26th. The new title is the official publication of the Racehorse Owners' Association and the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.


Griffiths, 37, has been involved in racing and sports journalism for nearly 20 years. His career started with James Underwood on Racing and Breeding Digest, eventually moving to the Racing Post where he became a senior reporter. In recent years, he has become a renowned freelance writer, contributing articles to most national newspapers and, significantly, Owner magazine, in which he has displayed a profound understanding of both racing industry and bloodstock matters. The author of the highly-regarded book, Racing in the Dock, his skills have also been amply illustrated in recent months by his editing of magazines about the Cheltenham Festival and the Derby, both of which have brought wide acclaim.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to edit Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder," said Griffiths. "I am determined to make it a must-read for the racing and breeding industry. The aim is to tackle the big issues and personalities in a way that is serious but lively – and, above all else, challenging."

The Chief Executive of the ROA and Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder, Michael Harris, said: "Richard Griffiths is a proven journalist with an impressive track record. He has an undoubted passion for the sport of horseracing and has developed an understanding of the many complexities that make up the racing and breeding industries. Editing Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder is going to be a tough job but I am confident Richard will meet the challenge."

Philip Freedman, the TBA Chairman, said: "This has been a difficult post to fill, requiring the successful candidate to have a wide range of skills – obviously editing and journalism but combined with a proper understanding of the specialized worlds of bloodstock and racing. Richard Griffiths has a background that satisfies all these demands and I am sure he will prove to be a great success."



BARBADOS COMES TO WINDSOR




A unique experience awaits Windsor racegoers on Monday 14th June, the eve of Royal Ascot, when the popular Thames-side course stages Europe's first-ever Barbados themed race meeting.

In addition to being able to enjoy the colours, sounds and flavours of the Caribbean island, racegoers will also have the opportunity to sample the excitement of racing at Barbados' picturesque Garrison Savannah racecourse, courtesy of archive footage of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, the Caribbean's most prestigious race, which will be shown on the giant screen.


One lucky couple, winners of the racecard competition, will later experience a holiday of a lifetime on the paradise island. They will enjoy a day at Garrison Savannah on Virgin Holidays 2-Year-Old Creole Classic Day in November. Two crates of Legends beer, which has its UK launch on the evening, and a Legends polo shirt will go to the runner-up.


Island delicacies and drinks will be available in the Barbados Pavilion on Windsor's lawn area and a special ‘Taste of Barbados' dish will be on offer to diners in the Club Restaurant. The evening, which is being hosted by the Barbados Tourism Authority and the Barbados Turf Club, will feature five races sponsored by island organisations.


A top jockey's trophy is to be sponsored by Diamonds International while the leading lad or lass will benefit from a cash award provided by Deloitte Touche. Bill Marshall DFC SCM, the legendary Barbados champion trainer, who will be on hand to sign copies of his biography, ‘You Win Some, You Lose Some', is to sponsor the leading trainer's trophy.


Sir Garfield Sobers, Barbados' most famous sporting ambassador, will be attending the meeting, along with Oliver Jordan, President and CEO of the Barbados Tourism Authority; Robert Bourque, President of the Barbados Turf Club; Pamela Marshall, Director of the Barbados Turf Club, and Christopher Armond, Operations Manager of the Barbados Turf Club.



AWARD FOR MULRENNAN AFTER BIG RACE VICTORIES




After riding Blue Spinnaker to two big successes in Yorkshire last month, apprentice jockey Paul Mulrennan is the Cocked Hat Northern Apprentice of the Month for May.


Aged 22, Paul is based with Sheriff Hutton trainer Mick Easterby and he partnered the Easterby-trained Blue Spinnaker to win The Hygicare Thirsk Hunt Cup on May 1, followed by success in the £50,000 totesport Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar on Bank Holiday Monday, May 31. This is Paul's best-ever season, with six winners coming last month.


The award is supported by Cocked Hat Farm Foods Ltd. of Ripon, as part of the company's involvement for the 19th year in the Northern Flat Jockeys' Championship – ‘The Cock O' The North' Award, which, up to June 6, is proving to be a fascinating contest, with Tony Culhane having recorded 33 winners since the start of the Flat season on turf on March 25, followed by the reigning northern champion and multiple winner of this award, Kevin Darley with 31 winners while Robert Winston has partnered 30 winners.




RHYTHM ON COURSE FOR ASCOT




Russian Rhythm is on course for next Tuesday's Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot despite "slight" concerns about her preparation.


The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly, winner of last year's 1000 Guineas, took the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on her seasonal bow last month.


However, she has been under the weather following that win but remains on target for the Group One event at the Royal meeting.


John Marsh, spokesman for the owners Cheveley Park Stud, told the Racing Post: "After she ran at Newbury she did have a bit of a temperature, so Michael gave her a bit of time to get over it and has been taking it day by day. She has not missed any work I believe.


"I suppose there is a slight concern but at the moment she is an intended runner at Royal Ascot."


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