Monday, July 22, 2002
LATEST TOTE ANTE-POST PRICES
KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES (ASCOT, SATURDAY)
6-4 Sakhee, 7-4 Grandera, 7 Golan, 12 Nayef, 14 Aquarelliste, Boreal, Zinzibad, 16 Millenary, Storming Home, 20 High Pitched, 50 Bach, Narrative, 66 Della Francesca, 100 Sir Georgoe Turner, 250 Sir Effendi
TOTE INTERNATIONAL (ASCOT SATURDAY)
11-2 Ghannam, 13-2 Demonstrate, 12 Chookie Heiton, Gateman, Suggestive, 14 Tillerman, 16 Atavus, Crystal Castle, Hurricane Floyd, Just James, Scotty's Future, 20 Albashoosh, Lunar Leo, Mine, Norton, Steenberg, 22 By Far, 25 Bouncing Bowdler, Duke of Modena, Juniper, Maderno, Pentecost, Point of Dispute, 28 Definate Guest, Irish Flower, 33 Bar
SATURDAY ACTION AT REDCAR
Redcar's second Saturday meeting of the season this weekend (27 July), begins at 1.20 p.m. with The Littlewoods Bet Direct Fillies' Handicap Stakes, a contest over the straight mile for fillies and mares. Littlewoods Bet Direct, regular sponsors of this meeting, also support the most valuable race of the afternoon, a £12,000-added handicap for three-year-olds over seven furlongs.
The Hertel Services Nursery Handicap Stakes, a race for two-year-olds over six furlongs, is sponsored for the sixth year by Hertel Services, the U.K.'s premier multi-discipline service provider, whose local office is in Middlesbrough.
The racecard will be interleaved with the runners at Ascot's big meeting, including the feature race, The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.
Musical entertainment is provided by the West Jesmond Rhythm Kings and a band playing Irish music, while a variety of attractions for youngsters in the Course Enclosure include Punch & Judy shows, bouncy castle and a clown, along with the popular playground.
The racecourse bars will stay open for business until 5 o'clock.
PONTEFRACT'S SUNDAY SPECTACULAR
The first of Pontefract's two Sunday meetings this year takes place this weekend (28 July), when the seven-race programme begins at 2.15 p.m. Sunday racing at Pontefract features a host of attractions for young racegoers from when the gates open at 11.30 a.m.
The Mail on Sunday/Tote Mile, a £20,000 handicap race over one mile, is a qualifying race in a national series which culminates in a Final at Ascot in September. It's the most valuable race of the afternoon, and the first time Pontefract has staged a qualifier in this prestigious national series.
Sprinters are catered for in the £15,000 Tote Exacta Handicap Stakes over six furlongs, while three-year-olds are in action in the inaugural running of The Graham Rock Memorial Handicap Stakes over one mile and a quarter. The late Graham Rock was a renowned racing journalist, who was the first editor of the Racing Post. He was latterly the racing correspondent for the Observer and a member of BBC's Television's racing team. He was also a racehorse owner; his colours were carried to memorable victories by Pasternak in both The John Smith's Cup at York and The Tote Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket in 1997. His roots were always in Yorkshire and he visited Pontefract many times as a youngster and then later in life when working for Timeform and the now-defunct Sporting Chronicle. He passed away last Autumn; his widow, Joan, will be at Pontefract. A possible runner in the race could be recent Hamilton Park winner, Chivalry, in whom Graham Rock had a share.
L & J Windows of Doncaster return to sponsor a race for the second time on a Sunday at Pontefract; The L & J Windows Classified Stakes is the longest race on the card, being contested over one mile and a half.
Total prize money on offer is an impressive £73,000.
The giant ToteVision Screen, situated opposite the main stands will assist racegoers to follow all of the action during the afternoon, while the musical entertainment is provided by The Yorkshire Volunteers Marching Band and The Tom Roberts Jazz Band.
As usual, accompanied children under 16 years of age are admitted free of charge into all enclosures, while a special ‘Family Ticket' into the Paddock Enclosure can be pre-booked for only £12.
The range of attractions in the Third Enclosure includes a Children's Fun Fair, The National Festival Circus, bouncy castles, go-carts and wandering clowns. There's also a supervised creche facility (with face-painting) and free sweets - while stocks last!
GUNNERS AT THIRSK
The "Lowland Gunners" - members of 40 Regiment, Royal Artillery - will be in attendance at Thirsk on Friday (26 July), bringing with them a selection of military hardware associated with the Regiment, such as a field gun and armoured vehicle.
The seven-race programme is scheduled to begin at 2.05 p.m; the principal race being The Lewis Geipel Challenge Cup Conditions Stakes, a race for two-year-olds over seven furlongs, with prize money of £12,000. The late Lewis Geipel was a respected owner and breeder of racehorses, who was based at nearby Coxwold.
Black Cat Fireworks return to Thirsk to support a handicap contest for fillies and mares over the sprint distance of six furlongs, while local owner Joe Baggott also continues to support the racing programme, with three-year-olds contesting The Joe Baggott Still Enjoying Retirement Handicap Stakes over one mile and a half.
The Adrian Tate Maiden Stakes for three-year-olds (seven furlongs) is once again held in memory of a racing enthusiast who passed away in October 2000, while the opening race, a contest for two-year-old maiden fillies, enjoys the support of The European Breeders Fund.
The pre-racing musical entertainment is provided by the Pipes and Drums of 40 Regiment R.A., while children's entertainer, "Flourescent Flo" will be making an appearance.
NEW ZEALAND BLOODSTOCK NEWS
EXCITING NEWS FOR NEW ZEALAND BREEDERS
Exciting Spinning World two-year-old Thorn Park again demonstrated what a class act he is by making it two wins from as many starts in Sydney on Saturday.
Appearing at Rosehill in the $A45,000, Medina Serviced Apartments Handicap (1200m) Thorn Park (ex Joy, by Bluebird) started the favourite and never gave his supporters any cause for concern despite having the widest barrier and carrying the second topweight of 58kg.
Ridden by Darren Beadman, Thorn Park was again slow out of the barriers and settled third last. However, Beadman let the brakes go in the final 250m and the colt swooped past his rivals to win by four lengths under hands and heels riding. He clocked a smart 1:10.26 for the 1200m, the last 600m in a slick 34.9.
Thorn Park is held in very high regard by his trainer Bob Thomsen who says that the colt has shown him for a long period that he has the all the makings of a top-class horse.
The unbeaten run by Thorn Park in Australia, comes hard on the heels of the outstanding Group Two win at Newmarket in England by the Spinning World filly, Spinola.
The Peter Harris-trained filly won the Kleinwort Benson Private Bank Cherry Hinton Stakes mid-July.
And the hype being created by Spinning World's progeny in both hemispheres is great news for New Zealand breeders who supported the horse during his season at Windsor Park Stud in Cambridge in 2000.
Many resultant yearlings will go through the ring at New Zealand Bloodstock's Karaka sales next summer.
HIGH DEMAND FOR STORM CAT YEARLINGS
The popularity of Storm Cat's progeny has again been emphasized by the recently concluded prestigious Keeneland July Yearling Sales.
Storm Cat wound up clearly at the top of the Stallion Averages for the sales.
The sale topper, at $US3.1 million, was a son of Storm Cat from the Mr Prospector mare, Tacha, who is a full sister to the European classic-placed filly, Sha Tha, dam of the Group Two winner State Shinto.
The highest-priced filly was also by Storm Cat - with $US2.8 million paid for the filly ex Amelia Bearhart.
Storm Cat's classic winner and leading European miler, Black Minnaloushe, will be a new shuttler to Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand this year.
Black Minnaloushe, an unbeaten stakes-winning two-year-old, claimed Group One successes in the Irish 2000 Guineas and the Royal Ascot St James's Palace Stakes.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink