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Thursday, July 11, 2002



LADBROKES ANTE-POST PRICES AND FOR YORK TOMORROW




John Smiths Cup

5 -Leadership, 5 -Beauchamp Pilot, 7-Kelburne, 8-Common World, 8 -Man O'Mystery, 9-Rasm, 10 -Kirovski, 12-I Cried For You, 14-Torrid Kentavr, 16-Johannian, 16-Transatlantic, 12 (from 16) -Pasithea, 16-Averted View, 20-Vintage Premium, 25-Potemkin, 25-Danelor, 25-Tony Tie, 25-Tahitian Storm, 25-Thesis, 25-Macbain, 25-Turbo, 25-Anna Kareena, 33-Mine Host, 33-Morro Castle, 33-Kilkenny Castle, 33-Pinchincha, 33-Lermontov, 33-Devolution, 50-Sporting Gesture, 50-Court Of Appeal, 66-Mcgillycuddy Reeks, 100-Barton Sands

Each Way ¼ odds a place 1,2,3,4

Vodafone Stewards Cup

7 -Feet So Fast, 12-Chookie Heiton, 12-Border Subject, 16-Halmahera, 16-Onlytime Will Tell, 16-Palace Affair, 16-Trace Clip, 18-Doctor Spin, 20-Bond Boy, 20-Cubism, 20-Manorbier, 20-Tom Tun, 20-Brevity, 20-Candleriggs, 20-Gateman, 20-Kier Park, 20-Malhub, 20-Salviati, 20-Watching, 25-Artie, 25-Banjo Bay, 25-Boanerges, 25-Elvington Boy, 25-Kathology, 25-Maromito, 25-Muja Farewell, 25-Peruvian Chief, 25-Surprised, 25-Tudor Wood, 25-Undeterred, 25-Bali Royal, 25-Flying Millie, 25-Good Girl, 25-Grey Eminence, 25-Just James, 25-Mitcham, 25-Scotty's Future, 25-Seven No Trumps, 25-Vanderlin

Each Way ¼ Odds a place 1,2,3,4

1-55 York - Mr Kipling Handicap, 5f

6/1 HENRY HALL
11/2 PTARMIGAN RIDGE
7/1 HAWK
4/1 PADDYWACK
12/1 TOMMY SMITH
9/2 PRIME RECREATION
4/1 EASTERN TRUMPETER
12/1 SMIRFYS NIGHT
12/1 ZUHAIR

Each Way: 1/5 odds 1-2-3



INTERNATIONAL TRADE AT RECORD TATTERSALLS JULY SALE




The Tattersalls July Sale concluded with a record turnover of 3,635,100 guineas which was a stunning 33% higher than the previous record set last year. The average of 10,916 guineas also represented a new benchmark and a rise of 9% on last year's figures. Selling on the third day continued in strong fashion with 75 lots selling for a total of 794,600 guineas, an increase of 30% on last year with an average of 10,594 guineas and a median of 7,000 guineas.


The top price for the day was the 52,000 guineas paid by successful National Hunt trainer Miss Venetia Williams for the German Classic winner FAIR QUESTION. The four year old son of RAINBOW QUEST was successful in last year's Group 2 German St Leger at Dortmund and is a half-brother to Group 1 winner WHITE MUZZLE and to Stakes winner ELFASLAH, the dam of DubaiWorld Cup winner ALMUTAWAKEL. However, Worcestshire trainer Williams indicated that the colts immediate future was to be over hurdles.


The second highest price for the day was the 42,000 guineas paid for PASSING INTEREST. The son of DEFENSIVE PLAY captured additional interest having been placed second in a Kempton Maiden on July 3rd and it was Eamonn Reilly of the Curragh Bloodstock Agency who purchased the Juddmonte Farms colt. PASSING INTEREST is likely to chase his maiden Flat win before joining Irish National Hunt trainer Dessie Hughes for a hurdling career.


At the conclusion of a record breaking Tattersalls July Sale Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said;

"The July Sale continues to go from strength to strength both in terms of quality and numbers, and our largest ever July catalogue has attracted a truly global cast of buyers who have pushed the Sale turnover past the 3,000,000 guineas mark for the first time. Demand for well bred mares and fillies has mirrored the trade we saw at last year's extraordinary December Sales, and high profile successes of recent July Sale purchases like ULUNDI have also ensured solid demand for the horses in training.


It is always encouraging to see our regular overseas buyers returning to the Sale year after year, and they have made a huge contribution to the record average and turnover, but even better has been the number of new faces we have seen. There is no doubt that the profile of the July Sale is in the ascendancy and the major consignments from so many of the top owner/breeders have been crucial to the steady development of the Sale in recent years and in particular to the success of the Sale this week."



RESULTS OF TODAY'S DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE HEARINGS AT THE JOCKEY CLUB




Panel: Lord Halifax (Chairman), Alastair Macdonald-Buchanan, Stephen Webb

Red Rioja / Dr Karen Sanderson
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, on 11 July 2002, considered an appeal lodged by Dr Karen Sanderson, the owner of RED RIOJA (IRE), placed fifth in the Vodafone Oaks on 7 June 2002, against the decision of the Epsom Stewards to find that STARBOURNE (IRE), placed fourth, had accidentally interfered with RED RIOJA (IRE), that the interference had not improved STARBOURNE (IRE)'s placing, and to leave the placings unaltered.

The Committee heard evidence from Dr Sanderson, who was legally represented, John Egan, the rider of RED RIOJA (IRE) and Johnny Murtagh, the rider of STARBOURNE (IRE). It also viewed video recordings of the race.


Having considered the evidence, the Committee found that STARBOURNE (IRE) had interfered with RED RIOJA (IRE) and that the interference was accidental.

The Committee was not satisfied that STARBOURNE (IRE) had improved her placing in respect of the interference with RED RIOJA (IRE). It therefore dismissed the appeal and confirmed the placings of STARBOURNE (IRE) fourth and RED RIOJA (IRE) fifth. It ordered the deposit money to be returned.


Nigel Day
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club held an enquiry on 11th July 2002, to consider whether or not Nigel Day, in the light of the undertaking on page 2 of his application for his Flat Race Jockey's Licence for 2002, had committed a breach of Rule 220(vii)(a) of the Rules of Racing, by failing to attend one of this year's Flat Jockeys' Seminars.


Having considered the evidence, including a statement from Day, the Committee accepted an admission from him that he was in breach of Rule 220(vii)(a) and suspended him from riding for 8 days from Friday 19th July to Saturday 27th July on days on which flat racing is scheduled to take place.


Gabriel Hannon
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club held an enquiry on 11th July 2002 to consider whether or not Gabriel Hannon, in the light of the undertaking on page 2 of his application for his Flat Race Jockey's Licence for 2002, had committed a breach of Rule 220(vii)(a) of the Rules of Racing, by failing to attend one of this year's Flat Jockeys' Seminars.


Having considered the evidence, including a statement from Hannon, the Committee accepted an admission from him that he was in breach of Rule 220(vii)(a) and suspended him from riding for 8 days from Friday 19th July to Saturday 27th July on days on which flat racing is scheduled to take place.


John Murray
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club held an enquiry on 11th July 2002 to consider whether or not John Murray, in the light of the undertaking on page 2 of his application for his Flat Race Jockey's Licence for 2002, had committed a breach of Rule 220(vii)(a) of the Rules of Racing, by failing to attend one of this year's Flat Jockeys' Seminars.


Having considered the evidence, including a statement from Murray, the Committee accepted an admission from him that he was in breach of Rule 220(vii)(a) and suspended him from riding for 7 days from Friday 19th July to Friday 26th July on days on which flat racing is scheduled to take place.


Graham Gibbons
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club held an enquiry on 11th July 2002, to consider whether or not Graham Gibbons, in the light of the undertaking on page 1 of his application for his Apprentice Jockey's Licence for 2002, had committed a breach of Rule 220(vii)(a) of the Rules of Racing, by failing to attend one of this year's Flat Jockeys' Seminars.


Having considered the evidence, including a statement from Gibbons, the Committee accepted an admission from him that he was in breach of Rule 220(vii)(a) and suspended him from riding for 8 days from Friday 19th July to Saturday 27th July on days on which flat racing is scheduled to take place.


Shane Kelly
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club held an enquiry on 11th July 2002 to consider whether or not Shane Kelly, a licensed jockey, had committed a breach of Rule 141 (v) of the Rules of Racing concerning his failure to fulfil his engagement to ride GIVE A LITTLE BACK (IRE) at Windsor on 13 May. It also considered whether or not Kelly was in breach of Rule 221 B (i), in the light of Instruction D1 headed "Declared Rider Unable to Ride", in respect of his failure to inform the Clerk of the Course of his
inability to ride the gelding.


Having considered the evidence, including a statement from Kelly, the Committee found him not to be in breach of Rule 141 (v), in that he had been unable to get to Windsor because of traffic problems following an accident, but in breach of Rule 221 B (i), in that he had failed to contact the Clerk of the Course to advise him of his traffic problems and that he would not be able to ride GIVE A LITTLE BACK (IRE).


The Committee imposed a fine of £130 upon Kelly.


Mrs Julie Butler
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club held an enquiry on 11th July 2002 to consider whether or not Mrs Julie Butler has committed a breach of Regulation 170 (vi) (c) of the Jockey Club Regulations for Point to Point Steeple Chases, in that she failed to provide full details of her past Medical history, in the Declaration of Health which accompanied her Application for a Riders Qualification Certificate for the 2001 Point to
Point Season.


Having considered the evidence, including a statement from Mrs Butler, the Committee found her to be in breach of Regulation 170 (vi) (c) and imposed a fine of £100 upon her.


Finbarr Murtagh / Grey Abbey (Ire)
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club held an enquiry on 11th July 2002 into the analysis of the urine ordered to be taken from GREY ABBEY (IRE), trained by Finbarr Murtagh, by the Stewards at Ayr after the gelding had won the Bet Direct Handicap Steeple Chase on 9th February 2002.

The urine of the horse was found to contain procaine, which is a prohibited substance. After considering the evidence, including statements from Murtagh and other witnesses, the Committee was unable to establish the source of the substance, and could not therefore be satisfied that the administration of the substance was accidental and that the trainer had taken all reasonable care.


The Committee accepted an admission from Murtagh that he was in breach of Rule 53 and imposed a fine of £800 upon him, this being his second offence within the previous two years. Under Rule 180(ii), the Committee disqualified GREY ABBEY (IRE) from the race, placing PAPERISING first, FLYING INSTRUCTOR second, THE MAJOR (NZ) third and SOLSGIRTH fourth.


Robert Alner / Over Anxious
The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club held an enquiry on 11th July 2002 into the analysis of the urine ordered to be taken from OVER ANXIOUS (IRE), trained by Robert Alner, by the Stewards at Newbury after the gelding had finished second in the Curzon Partnership 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle on 2nd March 2002. The Committee also considered whether or not Alner had committed a breach of Rule 221B(i), in the light of Jockey Club Instruction C8 headed "Records of A Treatment" in that his records of treatment, relating to the injection of Finadyne given to MENESONIC on 1st February, were not kept in sufficient detail as to comply with the requirements of the Instruction.


The urine of the horse was found to contain flunixin, which is a prohibited substance. After considering the evidence, including statements from Alner and other witnesses, the Committee was unable to establish the source of the substance, and therefore could not be satisfied that the administration of the substance was accidental and that the trainer had taken all reasonable care.


The Committee accepted an admission from Alner that he was in breach of Rules 53 and 221B(i). In respect of the former it imposed a fine of £600 upon him and in respect of the latter a fine of £250. Under Rule 180(ii), the Committee disqualified OVER ANXIOUS (IRE) from the race, placing FOREST GUNNER second, GATSBY (IRE) third and DROM WOOD (IRE) fourth.




LAST JUMP AT DUNSTALL PARK




Nine years ago, a compact modern circuit, based on an all-weather Fibresand surface, supplanted Wolverhampton's Dunstall Park turf track. Dunstall Park racecourse subsequently added floodlighting and an American-style customer-friendly grandstand. This forward-thinking approach has made Dunstall Park a truly path-finding course among British racecourses.

In 2002, Dunstall Park remains the only floodlit track in Britain, but if the weather is fine on Monday July 15, the illuminations will only be needed at the end of what should be a gala final jumps programme. Although jumping on turf has been taking place every year at Dunstall Park with a couple of meetings each July, jump racing will draw to a close there on Monday July 15. Ladbrokes will be sponsoring four of the evening's six races, on what is billed as 'Summer Soul Night.'

The curtailment of jump racing at Wolverhampton may sadden its enthusiasts, but as David Roberts, general manager of Dunstall Park, said today: "We are continuing to upgrade Dunstall Park to match the requirements of customers in the modern era. A core business of Arena Leisure is in the provision of high-quality all-weather Flat racing. The development of that side of the business, together with some exciting future plans for the racecourse, mean that, regretfully, we need to stop jump racing. We are sure that this decision will enable us to offer much more to our customers in the near future."


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