Tuesday, July 16, 2002
LATEST TOTE ANTE-POST PRICES
KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES
Grandera 6-4 (from 2-1)
Sakhee 6-4 (from 5-4)
Storming Home 12-1 (from 16-1)
KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES
6-4 Grandera, Sakhee, 10 Golan, 12 Boreal, Storming Home, 14 Millenary, Zindabad, 16 High Pitched, Nayef, Quarter Moon, 33 Bandari, Carnival Dancer, Marienbard, Narrative, Noverre, Tobougg, 40 Bach, Simeon, 50 Century City, Kutab, 66 Creekvew, Della Francesca, Sir George Turner, 250 Sir Effendi
TOTE WILL BEAT SP ON EVERY BROAD COMPARATOR - TOTE CHAIRMAN PLEDGES TO GIVE POOL PUNTERS COMPETITIVE EDGE
Tote Chairman Peter Jones today pledged to reduce deductions in the Tote's Win and Place pools in order to give Tote punters the competitive edge over their SP cousins.
Speaking at the Tote's Annual General Meeting at the Savoy in London, Peter Jones re-affirmed his belief that the organisation's biggest opportunity lay in the expansion of pool betting.
"Whether we like it or not, Britain is dominated by a fixed odds culture," Jones said. "Notwithstanding the efforts we are making to build our fixed odds business, there is no doubt that our biggest opportunity lies with pool betting."
"As I foreshadowed in my Chairman's statement last year, we are now in a position to change Tote deductions in our Win and Place pools. Our other six pools now beat their fixed odds competitors by handsome margins but Win and Place have lagged behind."
"From this autumn that will no longer be the case as we plan to reduce deductions in Win and Place pools to a level that will make them competitive with SP on the majority of occasions."
"What I can say with confidence is that following the changes the Tote will beat the SP on average on every broad comparator and that by this move Tote Win and Place customers will be better off by more than £3 million a year."
The Chairman's speech followed the good news announced by the Tote's Chief Operating Officer, Tom Phillips and Chief Executive, John Heaton that Tote turnover for the year 2001/02 was a record £643million, an increase of 26% on the previous year. Racecourse Division turnover was at an all time high at fractionally below £100 million, and both Tote Bookmakers and Tote Credit also set new records at £317 million and £147 million respectively. Net profit was more than double the previous year at £6.3 million and contribution to racing was up from £9.6 million to £11.2 million.
VODAFONE NASSAU ATTRACTS STAR-STUDDED 38
A high-quality entry of 38 has been received for the Group One Vodafone Nassau Stakes for fillies and mares which is run at Goodwood on Saturday, August 3, 2002. This is 12 more than were entered last year.
Vodafone sponsors this very prestigious ten-furlong contest for the 19th time and this year's renewal boasts prize money of £135,000.
Last season's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien has six possible representatives including Quarter Moon, who was second in both the Vodafone Oaks at Epsom in June and the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Sunday, Sophisticat, who showed an exhilirating burst of late speed to win last month's Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, and Starbourne, fourth in the Epsom classic after finishing third in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh the previous month. His other entries are Alstemeria, Kournakova and Maryinsky.
O'Brien supplied the runner-up last year in Snowflake, as well as the unplaced Sequoyah, who found Lailani too strong in the closing stages.
European racing's other great force Godolphin won the Vodafone Nassau Stakes in 1999 with Zahrat Dubai when American jockey Gary Stevens dictated the pace. This year the Maktoum family's racing operation has entered Spring Oak, who was successful in the Group Three Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud in 2001 before coming third in two Grade One contests in North America at the end of last year.
The last Irish-trained winner of the Vodafone Nassau Stakes was provided by Jim Bolger in the form of Park Express in 1986. The County Carlow-based handler's possibles include Margarula, who stayed on well to win the Darley Irish Oaks by a length from Quarter Moon on Sunday, plus Marionnaud and Aqualina, first and second in the Group Three Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown in May.
Wrong Key is another Irish-trained filly with potential. The Kevin Prendergast-trained three-year-old has been running well all season while Dermot Weld has entered the talented Irresistible Jewel who won the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The international flavour is added to by the inclusion of two entries from France. The Robert Collet-trained Choc Ice won the Grade One E P Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in Canada in September, while Marotta, trained by Richard Gibson, was successful in Longchamp's Group One Prix Saint-Alary in May.
Any contestant originating from Henry Cecil's powerful Warren Place yard in Newmarket is worthy of respect as the ten-time British champion trainer has won this race on five occasions - with Roussalka (1975 and 1976), Connaught Bridge (1979), Nom De Plume (1987) and Lyphard's Delta (1993). His pair of entries in 2002 are Oval Office, who is unbeaten after two victories this season including when taking a mile maiden at Goodwood on June 7, and Succinct, who won the Listed Ballymacoll Stud Stakes at Newbury on June 13.
Tashawak was impressive when successful in the Group Two Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket's July Meeting and her trainer John Dunlop, a Goodwood director, also has Fallen Star and Snowfire.
Islington, the beaten second favourite for the Vodafone Oaks, another Oaks failure Spinnette, the consistent and very useful Tarfshi, Sulk, the winner of last year's Group One Prix Marcel Boussac, and Esloob, who has twice struck in Listed company this season for Lambourn-based trainer Marcus Tregoning, are some of the other talented performers entered.
Rod Fabricius, Clerk of the Course & General Manager at Goodwood, said: "Vodafone's sponsorship of the entire card on Saturday, August 3, 2002, again has as its centrepiece the Group One Vodafone Nassau Stakes, one of Britain's premier all-aged contests for fillies and mares, and we are delighted to receive such a strong entry."
Saturday, August 3, is the fifth and final day of Goodwood's Festival Meeting.
VODAFONE NASSAU STAKES
Class A, Group One 3.20pm, Saturday, August 3, 2002, three-year-old and upwards fillies and mares, 1m 2f, £135,000 total prize fund. Weights: three-year-olds 8st 6lb Four-year-olds and up 9st 1lb.
421-305 ALEXANDER THREE D (IRE) 3 Miriam O'Callaghan Barry Hills
3-1404 ALSTEMERIA (IRE) 3 Lewis Lakin Aidan O'Brien IRE
21-322 AQUALINA (IRE) 3 Harry Dobson Jim Bolger IRE
416510- CHOC ICE (IRE) 4 Mrs M S Vidal Robert Collet FR
5-120 DISCO VOLANTE 3 Mrs Hugo Morris John Gosden
2-4134 DOLORES 3 Normandie Stud Ltd Amanda Perrett
13-101 ESLOOB (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
2112-1 FALLEN STAR 4 Nicholas Cooper John Dunlop
2-210 FRAGRANT VIEW (USA) 3 Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
15-4343 FRAULEIN 3 Cliveden Stud Ed Dunlop
445262 GOLDEN SILCA 6 Aldridge Racing Limited Mick Channon
3-3110 IRRESISTIBLE JEWEL (IRE) 3 Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
63-110 ISLINGTON (IRE) 3 Lord Weinstock Sir Michael Stoute
1-26050 KOURNAKOVA (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
0-41223 LADY'S SECRET (IRE) 3 Bunny Roberts Barry Hills
22-022 LUMINOUS BEAUTY (USA) 3 Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
5/130- MARANI 4 Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
210541 MARGARULA (IRE) 3 Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
231016 MARIONNAUD (IRE) 3 Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
0115 MAROTTA (FR) 3 Anthony Oppenheimer Richard Gibson FR
21-0000 MARYINSKY (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
13-1645 MISTERAH 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
1-10 MUSIC CLUB (USA) 3 Will Farish III John Gosden
11 OVAL OFFICE 3 Bloomsbury Stud Henry Cecil
356-336 PREMIER PRIZE 5 Jeff Smith David Elsworth
21-5222 QUARTER MOON (IRE) 3 Roisin Henry/Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
14-0535 RED RIOJA (IRE) 3 Dr K Sanderson Eoghan O'Neill
304250 SHINY 3 Maureen Brittain Clive Brittain
212-020 SNOWFIRE 3 L Neil Jones John Dunlop
32(5)-131 SOPHISTICAT (USA) 3 Michael Tabor/Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2-201 SPINNETTE (IRE) 3 Tony Ryan Jeremy Noseda
4333-26 SPRING OAK 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
163400 STARBOURNE (IRE) 3 Katie Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
110 SUCCINCT 3 Catherine Wills Henry Cecil
4511-00 SULK (IRE) 3 James Wigan John Gosden
130-141 TARFSHI 4 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
311-11 TASHAWAK (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
12-4523 WRONG KEY (IRE) 3 Lady O'Reilly Kevin Prendergast IRE
12 Irish-trained entries
2 French-trained entries
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