Tuesday, July 23, 2002
TOTE BETTING AND MARKET MOVERS ON 23 JULY
Zinzibad 8-1 (from 14-1)
Suggestive 9-1 (from 12-1)
Scotty's Future 10-1 (from 16-1)
KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES (ASCOT, SATURDAY)
6-4 Sakhee, 7-4 Grandera, 7 Golan, 8 Zinzibad, 12 Nayef, 14 Aquarelliste, Boreal, 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, 9 Suggestive,10 Scotty's Future, 12 Chookie Heiton, Gateman, 14 Tillerman, 16 Atavus, Crystal Castle, Hurricane Floyd, Just James, 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
THE SUSSEX STAKES AND MUCH, MUCH MORE OVER THE FIVE DAYS OF GLORIOUS GOODWOOD
Prize money for the five days of Glorious Goodwood 2002, which begins a week today on Tuesday, July 30, stands at a record £1,623,250, with the flagship event, the Group One Sussex Stakes, taking place on Wednesday, July 31.
The Sussex Stakes is the most important all-aged race run over a mile in Europe. Last year's renewal was won by Noverre, who quickened up impressively to score by two lengths from No Excuse Needed, and both horses are set to meet again in 2002.
Joe Mercer, racing manager for owner Maktoum Al Maktoum, confirmed today, Tuesday, July 23, that No Excuse Needed is to run in the Sussex Stakes.
The four-year-old was last seen in action when winning the Group Two Queen Anne Stakes over a mile at Ascot in June. He was to have stepped up in trip to ten furlongs in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes at Sandown earlier this month but was ruled out because of the soft ground. Although Mercer is looking forward to the day when No Excuse Needed does run over ten furlongs on fast ground, he is quite happy that the Machiavellian colt remains at a mile.
Mercer said: "He wins over a mile and he's a good horse over a mile - however if the ground came up soft at Goodwood you could just write him off as he's no good on it at all."
Asked if No Excuse Needed's latest gallop on the Limekilns round gallop at Newmarket was as good as has been reported, Mercer replied: "I wasn't there when he worked on Saturday but Bruce (Raymond, the assistant racing manager for the owner) was with Jaci [Hills], who rode the work and always rides his work, and they said he's absolutely in tip-top form.
"He's got the Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar see below) to beat, hasn't he?"
The John Dunlop-trained Olden Times, who won last season's Group One Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly, could also line up in the Sussex Stakes in which he came fourth last year. Marcus Hosgood, Dunlop's racing secretary, revealed: "Olden Times is well, his trainer is very happy with him and he is a possible rather than a probable runner for the Sussex Stakes."
Noverre's victory was Godolphin's second success in three seasons, following Aljabr's justification of his position as market leader in 1999 when he proved too strong for Docksider.
Godolphin's great rival within European racing, Coolmore, gained its first success in the Sussex Stakes two years ago when the Iron Horse', the Aidan O'Brien-trained Giant's Causeway, notched up the third of his five Group One victories in succession. This year O'Brien is intending to run three-year-old Rock Of Gibraltar, who is after a record-equalling sixth consecutive Group One success.
Pat Eddery, earlier this month presented with a lifetime achievement award by Goodwood Chairman the Duke of Richmond, has won the Sussex Stakes more times than any other current jockey. His five successes were provided courtesy of Posse (1980), King's Lake (1981), Warning (1988), Marling (1992) and Distant View (1994).
The 50-year-old rider will draw level with Lester Piggott, the race's most successful post-war rider, if he can capture the 2002 renewal.
The Festival Meeting's racing programme kicks off on Tuesday, July 30, with the £50,000 LITTLEWOODS BET DIRECT SUMMER STAKES (2.15pm), over one mile and two furlongs, and this is followed by the opening day's feature event, the £50,000 six-furlong Group Two GERRARD INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT RICHMOND STAKES (2.45pm) which is being sponsored by investment management company Gerrard for the second occasion.
Last year's Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes was won by the Mark Johnston-trained Mister Cosmi, who subsequently was third in the Group One Gran Criterium in Italy. Godolphin sent out the best winner of this event in recent seasons in 1999 with Bachir, who went on to land both the French and Irish 2,000 Guineas the following year.
A further highlight on the Tuesday card is the £55,000 Group Three PEUGEOT GORDON STAKES (3.20pm) which is recognised as one of the most significant trials for the season's final classic, the St Leger.
Alexius got the better of a thrilling finish in 2001 to beat Demophilos by a neck, with subsequent dual Group One winner Nayef a further one and a half lengths adrift. Demophilos came second in the St Leger. The previous season trainer John Dunlop, who is also a Goodwood Director, had a popular victory in the 12-furlong event with Millenary, who was successful in the St Leger on his next start.
Among Tuesday's other contests are the £15,000-added TATLER SUMMER SEASON STAKES (5.00pm) over a mile, which sees Tatler, the celebrated coffee table' magazine, add its illustrious name to Goodwood's list of new sponsors, and the £35,000 seven-furlong Listed OAK TREE STAKES (4.25pm), which celebrate's Goodwood's long-standing ties with the Oak Tree Racing Association of California's Santa Anita Park Racecourse.
The highlight of the Wednesday, July 31, programme and of the meeting is, as already mentioned, the £265,000 Group One SUSSEX STAKES (3.20pm). It is extremely well-supported on the day by six other high-calibre events.
Champagne Victor, a leading brand of the Historic Wine Company, which is owned by Victor Lanson, continues Goodwood's 28-year association with the Lanson family as it adds its name for the first time to the £50,000 Group Three CHAMPAGNE VICTOR VINTAGE STAKES (2.45pm) over seven furlongs.
This event is invariably won by an above-average youngster. Naheef prevailed in 2001 for Godolphin's two-year-old trainer, David Loder, and on his next start the Marju colt was runner-up in the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh to the very talented Hawk Wing.
The successful re-introduction of the race distance of two miles, five furlongs at Goodwood last season means that the runners for the opening £37,500 MARRIOTT HOTELS GOODWOOD STAKES (2.15pm) will begin at the winning post in front of the stands with a flag start being utilised.
Later on Wednesday, the contestants will go to post for one of the richest handicaps of the week, the £70,000 TOTE GOLD TROPHY STAKES (3.50pm), over one mile and four furlongs. Newmarket-based trainer Luca Cumani has an excellent record in this competitive event, having won four of the 12 runnings with Black Monday (1990), Tidemark (1990), Midnight Legend (1994) and Freequent (1996).
Stayers take centre stage on Thursday, August 1, bidding to win the £90,000 Group Two JPMORGAN PRIVATE BANK GOODWOOD CUP (3.20pm) over two miles. Persian Punch proved his tenacity last year by winning as an eight-year-old to become the oldest successful horse since Predominate scored in 1961 when aged nine.
Middleham-based trainer Mark Johnston, who saddled the runner-up Double Honour, has won four of the last seven renewals of this important race. His most recent winner came two years ago with Royal Rebel, who was adding to Double Trigger's amazing hat-trick which was secured in 1995, 1997 and 1998.
The Thursday also sees three new sponsors at the Festival Meeting. Leading bookmaker Stanley Racing supports the opening £45,000 STANLEY RACING HANDICAP (2.45pm) over seven furlongs, while the online sports betting exchange, Betfair, backs the £45,000 five-furlong Group Three BETFAIR.COM MOLECOMB STAKES (2.45pm).
De Boer, the world leader in the supply of temporary structures to the events, exhibitions and hospitality industry, makes its debut race sponsorship in the £10,000-added DE BOER NURSERY STAKES (5.00pm), which is also run over five furlongs.
The other event on Thursday which will see the speedsters competing over one of the fastest five-furlong courses in the country is the £50,000 Group Three KING GEORGE 200TH ANNIVERSARY STAKES (3.50pm), so-called because Goodwood Racecourse is celebrating 200 years of racing at the course. Dietrich, trained by Aidan O'Brien, was successful in 2001 and became the first Irish-trained winner since Title Roll had scorched to victory by the same margin for Tommy Stack ten years earlier.
The richest handicap of Glorious Goodwood takes place on Friday, August 2, when bookmaker William Hill sponsors the £100,000 WILLIAM HILL MILE (3.20pm) for the fifth time. During this period the exciting race has attracted 20 or more runners on each occasion. Riberac gave Mark Johnston his second win last year, following Fly To The Stars' victory in 1997.
Goodwood staged the £50,000 Group Three THEO FENNELL LENNOX STAKES (2.45pm), run over seven furlongs, for the first time in 2000. The inaugural running was taken by the John Gosden-trained Observatory, who went on to succeed in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot .
Friday's programme also includes two further £50,000 handicaps - the opening SEABEACH HANDICAP (2.15pm), over one mile and two furlongs, and the 12-furlong LADY O MEMORIAL GLORIOUS RATED STAKES (3.50pm).
The concluding day of Glorious Goodwood, Saturday, August 3, features the West Sussex racecourse's second Group One event, the £135,000 VODAFONE NASSAU STAKES (3.20pm), over one mile and two furlongs.
The top race for fillies and mares was upgraded from Group Two to Group One status in 1999. A year later Crimplene scored for Newmarket-based trainer Clive Brittain to secure a Group One hat-trick which included the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Success last year for the Ed Dunlop-trained Lailani in the Nassau Stakes was the Unfuwain filly's sixth victory in succession and the middle leg of a Group One treble which culminated in the Flower Bowl Invitational at America's Belmont Park.
Aidan O'Brien, champion trainer in Britain and Ireland, is hoping to run Sophisticat who was successful in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Ascot in June.
Saturday sees one of the betting races of the year in the £85,000 VODAFONE STEWARDS' CUP (3.50pm) and the six-furlong handicap is always a thrilling event.
The Tim Easterby-trained Guinea Hunter prevailed last year by a neck from Halmahera, with the same distance back to Undeterred in third, in another great renewal. That race's quality was apparent as Continent could only finish 12th and, trained by David Nicholls, the gelding has progressed to win the Group One July Cup at Newmarket this year.
Goodwood is very grateful to Vodafone for sponsoring all seven races on the Saturday, including the £26,500-added mile Listed VODAFONE THOROUGHBRED STAKES (2.45pm).
In 2001 Goggles took the fourth running of this event, which is confined to three-year-olds, for Wantage-based trainer Henry Candy and has since won twice in Hong Kong.
In addition Vodafone is again providing a £1,500 prize for the most successful stable at the Festival Meeting, with the spoils being shared among the staff who will benefit from an additional £1,000 if the yard has not been successful in a classic.
The Tote is supporting the leading rider at the Festival Meeting award, while De Boer has provided a £500 prize to the stable employee who wins a tipping competition on Thursday, August 1.
Rod Fabricius, Clerk of the Course & General Manager at Goodwood, said today: "The five days of the Festival Meeting have special significance this year as Goodwood Racecourse celebrates its 200th anniversary and we are expecting some memorable sporting achievements from horses and riders."
GLORIOUS GOODWOOD - 2002
TIMES AND ORDER OF RUNNING
Tuesday, 30 July
2.15 Total prize fund £50,000 Littlewoods Bet Direct Summer Stakes (Handicap) 1m 2f
2.45 Total prize fund £75,000 Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (Group 2) 6f
3.20 Total prize fund £55,000 Peugeot Gordon Stakes (Group 3) 1m 4f
3.50 Total prize fund £50,000 ladbrokes.com Prestige Stakes (Handicap) 1m 6f
4.25 Total prize fund £35,000 Oak Tree Stakes 7f
5.00 £15,000 added Tatler Summer Season Stakes (Handicap) 1m
5.35 £15,000 added Evening Standard Maiden Stakes 6f
Wednesday, 31 July
2.15 Total prize fund £37,500 Marriott Hotels Goodwood Stakes (Handicap) 2m 5f
2.45 Total prize fund £50,000 Champagne Victor Vintage Stakes (Group 3) 7f
3.20 Total prize fund £265,000 Sussex Stakes (Group 1) 1m
3.50 Total prize fund £70,000 Tote Gold Trophy Stakes (Handicap) 1m 4f
4.25 £15,000 added Weatherbys Bank Fillies' Rated Stakes (Handicap) 1m 1f
5.00 £10,000 added Lady of the Month Champagne Victor Maiden Fillies' Stakes 6f
5.35 £12,000 added Charlton Stakes (Handicap) 5f
Thursday, 1 August
2.15 Total prize fund £45,000 Stanley Racing Stakes (Handicap) 7f
2.45 Total prize fund £45,000 betfair.com Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) 5f
3.20 Total prize fund £90,000 JPMorgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (Group 2) 2m
3.50 Total prize fund £50,000 King George 200th Anniversary Stakes (Group 3) 5f
4.25 £15,000 added EBF New Ham Maiden Fillies' Stakes 7f
5.00 £10,000 added De Boer Nursery Stakes 5f
5.35 £12,000 added Drawing Room Stakes (Handicap) 1m 1f
Friday, 2 August
2.15 Total prize fund £50,000 Seabeach Stakes (Handicap) 1m 2f
2.45 Total prize fund £50,000 Theo Fennell Lennox Stakes (Group 3) 7f
3.20 Total prize fund £100,000 William Hill Mile (Handicap) 1m
3.50 Total prize fund £50,000 Lady O Memorial Glorious Rated Stakes (Handicap) 1m 4f
4.25 £15,000 added Bexley Nursery Stakes (Handicap) 6f
5.00 £10,000 added EBF Trundle Maiden Stakes 7f
5.35 £20,000 added Stewards' Sprint Stakes (Handicap) 6f
Saturday, 3 August
2.15 £15,250 added Vodafone Nursery Stakes 7f
2.45 £26,500 added Vodafone Thoroughbred Stakes (Listed) 1m
3.20 Total prize fund £135,000 Vodafone Nassau Stakes (Group 1) 1m 2f
3.50 Total prize fund £85,000 Vodafone Stewards' Cup (Handicap) 6f
4.25 £15,000 added Turf Club Rated Stakes (Handicap) 1m 6f
5.00 £12,000 added Richard Baerlein Rated Stakes (Handicap) 5f
5.35 £18,000 added EBF Racegoers Club Classified Stakes 7f
NEWMARKET ALL-TICKET ON FRIDAY NIGHT
No tickets will be on sale on the night for this Friday evening's race meeting (26th July) after which Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be playing live on stage. At the time of writing, approximately 400 Family Enclosure tickets priced at £5 are still available for advance purchase, but these are certain to have gone by Friday.
The position with regard to advance bookings for the three Newmarket evening race meetings in August is as follows:
Date Band after racing Ticket availability
Friday 2nd August The Pretenders Availability in all Enclosures
Friday 9th August Status Quo Members' Enclosure sold out; availability in Grandstand & Paddock and Family Enclosure
Friday 16th August The Human League Availability in all Enclosures
Tickets cost £20 for Members' Enclosure, £13 for Grandstand & Paddock, £5 for Family Enclosure. 10% booking discounts apply 14 or more days in advance. Telephone hotline: 01638 675500 or book on-line at www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk
Lisa Hancock, Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses, commented: "Our message for this Friday evening is simple: 'Unless you already have an admission ticket, you will not be able to gain access.' This is the first time that Newmarket will have put the sold-out sign up in advance. This same evening did sell-out last year, but only on the night itself.
"We had a fantastic crowd of over 15,500 and a brilliant atmosphere last Friday when the Bootleg Beatles played after racing and we're well on course for a record "Newmarket Nights" season.
NEW COMMERCIAL MANAGER AT NEWMARKET
A new Commercial Manager has started at Newmarket Racecourses. Damian Thompson, 27, has taken over from Mike Rollo who has returned to his previous employer, Tottenham Hotspur FC, as Commercial Director.
Thompson has a strong background in sports management, sponsorship and e-commerce. He has joined Newmarket from Umbrella Media in London, where he was Corporate and Sponsorship Manager. He was previously Commercial Manager for Fish4.co.uk and Autotrader Interactive, as well as Corporate Advertisement Manager for the Daily Mail.
An accomplished sportsman - he played professional football for QPR Youth - Thompson has a strong interest in horseracing and was recently involved in the development of a sponsorship proposal for the World Series Racing Championship.
Damian Thompson commented: " As a racing fan I am delighted with my appointment at Newmarket - Horse Racing sponsorship is still relatively unexploded and off the radar amongst the large majority of non-racing corporate, so I see the potential as huge - something I will relish in developing over the forthcoming months.
I aim to take Newmarket to a new commercial level by developing the areas of sponsorship, corporate hospitality and conference and banqueting and with the help of my colleagues, develop Newmarket into the premier commercial racecourse in the UK."
Lisa Hancock, Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses, said: "We were sorry to see Mike return to Spurs, but are delighted to have secured such a high calibre replacement as Damian.
"The Commercial Department expanded significantly under Mike's guidance, but there is still great potential for future growth on the non-racing as well as the racing side. In addition to corporate sales on both our racecourses and the development of our conference and banqueting business on the Rowley Mile, there are some great sponsorship opportunities for Damian to develop and I know he will relish the challenge."
IRISH THOROUGHBRED NEWS
TWO LISTED WINNERS FOR ASHKALANI
Irish National Stud sire Ashkalani was responsible for two Listed race winners in England over the weekend.
The Irish-bred Ashdown Express, a winner of three races as a two-year-old, showed that he could win over a sprint trip when successful in the Listed Ruinart Champagne Stakes at Newbury. He looks set to continue winning as he now learns to settle. He was a 50,000gns yearling purchase at Goffs by Dwayne Woods.
Marani, a four-year-old daughter of Ashkalani, won the Listed Aphrodite Stakes at Newmarket.
LISTED WIN FOR BOLGER'S LUMINATA
Just four days after losing her maiden tag at the Curragh, the Jim Bolger-trained Luminata showed plenty of determination to win the Listed Vodafone Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown.
Although ahead by a furlong from the finish, the daughter of Irish National Stud stallion Indian Ridge battled back to land the spoils from the Naas maiden winner Daganya (Danehill Dancer).
The winner, carrying the colours of her breeder Harry Dobson, now heads for the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September.
IMPROVING QUEENS WHARF SCORES AGAIN
Queens Wharf (Ela-Mana-Mou) has made rapid improvement this season and she won her third race in a row when taking the Listed Challenge Stakes in convincing fashion. An improving filly, she has risen from a rating of 81 when winning a handicap at the Curragh to 104 in less than a month.
Queens Wharf coped well with a rise in class and a rise in distance to win for in-form trainer Michael Halford.
DEFINITE ARTICLE HAS AMERICAN GRADE 2 WINNER
Grammarian was the winner of the Sunset handicap Grade 2 at Hollywood Park on Sunday. He is out of a half-sister to Ballingarry and now looks set to head for the Melbourne Cup. This could set up an interesting clash between two sons of Definite Article as Vinnie Roe also has the Melbourne Cup on his agenda.
WILLIAMSON TO BASE HIMSELF IN IRELAND
Norman Williamson, a leading National Hunt jockey in Britain for more than a decade, is to return home to Ireland in September.
Although he will continue to ride in Britain occasionally, Williamson is to base himself close to the Curragh and will be riding primarily for the Edward O'Grady stable.
The County Cork-born rider cited the recent increases in prize money and the high standard of racing in Ireland as reasons for his decision to move.
HIGHDOWN GAINS SECOND LISTED WIN
Highdown ran out an impressive four-length winner of the Listed Cantor Sport Steventon Stakes at Newbury, beating the Mark Prescott trained Foreign Affairs.
Bred by Abbeville and Meadowcourt Studs, Highdown was winning for the fourth time in his career and could now step up to Group class possibly for a group 2 at Deauville.
MILAN TO REAPPEAR NEXT SEASON
The Aidan O'Brien-trained Milan, the impressive winner of the Doncaster St Leger last year, is to race as a five-year-old after making a good recovery from his cannon bone injury.
Milan has not run since undergoing surgery after suffering a spiral fracture of a cannon bone in the Listed Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh in April. He will be rested for the remainder of this season.
In his bid to win the Doncaster St Leger for a second time, Aidan O'Brien has left eight horses in this year's renewal. Dual Derby winner High Chaparral is not among them, but Sholokhov and Ballingarry, second and third in the Budweiser Irish Derby at the Curragh, head a strong Irish challenge.
GOFFS/TATTERSALLS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
Applications are now been taken for the Goffs November Sale. Confined to foals and breeding stock, the sale runs for six days, from November 19-24.
More information on the sale can be found on the company's website; www.goffs.com and their e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Goffs sale is preceded by the November National Hunt Sale held by Tattersalls (Ireland).
Tattersalls are now accepting entries for their sale, which is held from November 4-19. Further details are available at www.tattersalls.ie or e-mail: email@example.com.
MULTIPLE WINNER DORANS PRIDE RETIRED
The hugely popular Dorans Pride, the winner of 29 races, has been retired by owner Tom Doran and trainer Michael Hourigan at the age of 13.
A graduate of the Irish point-to-point field, Dorans Pride won seven Grade 1 events including the Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup and the Ericsson Chase at Leopardstown and the Kerry National at Listowel.
He also won the Leopardstown November Handicap on the Flat and ran his last race at Sandown when eighth in the attheraces Gold Cup, formerly the Whitbread Gold Cup.
ALL ROADS LEAD TO GALWAY
The hugely popular Galway Festival of racing gets underway on Monday, July 29 and runs for seven days.
A total of EUR22 million has been invested in upgrading Galway Racecourse over the past decade and the Festival is expected to draw crowds of over 200,000.
The Hewlett Packard Galway Plate Handicap Chase is the feature event on Wednesday and has attracted seven British entries.
There is a prize fund of EUR150,000 for the race and the Guinness Galway Hurdle on Thursday boasts a similar prize fund and has also caught the eye of a number of British trainers.
FAMILY DAY AT BEVERLEY
Beverley's annual ‘Family Day' meeting on Tuesday (30 July) features The Tote Bookmakers Handicap Stakes over the extended mile and The Dorothy Laird Memorial Trophy, a handicap contest over one mile and a quarter for both amateur and professional lady riders.
The late Dorothy Laird was Vice-President of The Amateur Jockeys' Association of Great Britain and Secretary of The Lady Jockeys' Association (now merged with the A.J.A.) for 17 years since it's inception. This is the eleventh running of the race - the third time as a memorial race. This is only one of two races in British racing when both amateur and professional lady riders compete in the same race.
The European Breeders Fund support a race for two-year-olds, The Discover Racing Day Maiden Stakes over the extended seven furlongs. The ‘Discover Racing' team will be on hand to dispense children's information packs and help with any general queries regarding racing, while racegoers can enter a special free competition to win tickets to The Dubai World Cup in March.
Tuesday's seven-race programme begins at 2.00 p.m. and The National Festival Circus will be staging free-to-enter shows in the Picnic Park enclosure, which is also the location of the course's playground, a host of children's attractions and ferret racing! As usual, accompanied children under 16 years of age will be admitted free of charge into all enclosures, while vouchers for ice-creams will be issued to young racegoers - while stocks last!
The giant ToteVision Screen will enable racegoers to have an even better view of racing, as well as showing the action from the ‘Glorious Goodwood' meeting.
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