Monday, July 29, 2002
LADBROKES PRICES FOR GOODWOOD ON TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2002
Goodwood 2.15pm Littlewoods Bet Direct Summer Handicap Stakes, 1m 2f
Each Way 1/5 Odds 1-2-3
Goodwood 3.50pm ladbrokes.com Prestige Stakes, 1m 6f
33/1-Dance In The Day
Each Way 1/4 Odds 1-2-3
FIVE DAYS OF GLORIOUS GOODWOOD START TOMORROW
Five days of racing at Britain's most beautiful racecourse, Goodwood, start tomorrow, Tuesday, July 30, 2002.
The racing will be tremendous, with the two Group Ones, Wednesday's Sussex Stakes and Saturday's Vodafone Nassau Stakes, attracting Europe's best horses.
Valuable handicaps, which are always very competitive, are staged on each day, culminating with the £100,000 William Hill Mile on Friday and the £85,000 Vodafone Stewards' Cup over six furlongs on Saturday.
Two-year-olds with classic potential are catered for by the Group Two Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes tomorrow and the Group Three Champagne Victor Vintage Stakes on Wednesday.
The JPMorgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup on Thursday attracts the best stayers, and the other races over the five days will see many top-class and promising horses performing.
Rod Fabricius, Clerk Of The Course and General Manager, said this afternoon: "There is a great sense of expectation, with a fabulous week's racing coinciding with the 200th anniversary of Goodwood Racecourse."
The going is currently Good to Firm after a 10-day watering programme was completed yesterday. The penetrometer reading is currently 3.1 and this supports the official going of good to firm.
Rod Fabricius commented: "We would have watered today but for the weather forecast which says there is an 80 per cent chance of thunder storms between now and Thursday that could deposit up to an inch of rainfall.
"In the circumstances, it would be irresponsible to continue watering and we will now wait and see what the weather brings. Apart from the thunderstorms, the forecast is for the warm weather to continue, with some cloud and sunny intervals"
In connection with the course's 200th anniversary, a new and stunning hardback book called 'Glorious Goodwood', tracing the long and colourful history of the course, is published tomorrow and can be purchased at the course for £35.
An action-packed commemorative video, lovingly compiled by the BBC and featuring plenty of archive footage of racing at Goodwood, goes on sale tomorrow, costing £14.99.
There is also an exhibition, covering 200 years of racing history, the characters and glamour of a day at the races, next to the paddock for the enjoyment of Richmond Enclosure Members and their guests throughout the week.
NEW ZEALAND BLOODSTOCK NEWS
VINAKA HIGHEST WEIGHTED NZ THREE YEAR OLD
The brilliant son of Volksraad, Vinaka, has been rated the leading New Zealand-based three-year-old in Australasia for the 2001-2002 season.
The 2001-2002 Australian-New Zealand Classifications show Vinaka with a rating of 110 (55kg equivalent).
The Group One Telegraph Handicap (1200m) winner is one of only two New Zealand-trained gallopers to make the top 10 in the three-year-old category - the other being New Zealand Derby winner Leica Guv who is rated at 108 (54kg).
Vinaka (ex Shepherd's Delight) was trained owned and bred by Jim Gibbs of Matamata.
He was one of eight individual black-type winners for Volksraad in the 2001-2002 season.
Volksraad is New Zealand's leading sire for 2001-2002 - the first time he has claimed the prestigious Grosvenor Trophy to be presented at the Mercedes Racing Awards dinner in Auckland on August 16.
SPINNING WORLD'S PROGENY RUNNING HOT
The Spinning World phenomenon continues to grow with his progeny setting the racetracks of Australia alight in the past week.
The latest Spinning World to produce an outstanding winning effort was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Al Megdam (ex Anoosh by Broad Reach) who one of four winners for the leading Sydney trainer at Randwick's race-meeting on Saturday.
It was the third win in succession for Al Megdam following on from earlier wins at Kembla Grange and at Randwick.
Al Megdam will now be aimed at the big spring three-year-old races such as the $A350,000 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on October 5.
Al Megdam's win came hard on the heels of earlier Australian wins in the past week by Bob Thomsen-trained Thorn Park (ex Joy by Bluebird) and another Waterhouse-trained juvenile, In Good Time Spinning World-Miss Lazarus by Sir Tristram).
Further afield internationally on July 9 Spinning World's two-year old filly Spinola (ex Exocet by Deposit Ticket) won the time-honoured Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket while on the same program Spinette (Spinning World ex Net Worth by Forty Niner) broke her maiden in the Robin Parke Memorial Maiden Stakes over 10 furlongs.
Promising Spinning World three-year old colt Common World (ex Spenderella by Common Grounds) finished second in the Group 2 Goffs International Stakes at the Curragh on July 13.
Spinning World stood a season at Windsor Park Stud in 2000 and New Zealand breeders are set to capitalize on his rise to fame when they present the resultant crop at the Karaka yearling sales in 2003.
STORM CAT REACHES 100 STAKES WINNERS
Storm Cat, the sire of upcoming Windsor Park Stud shuttle Black Minnaloushe, has been represented by his 100th individual stakes winner.
It came when last year's record priced Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate Van Nistelrooy (Storm Cat-Halory by Halo) kept his unbeaten record intact with a narrow win in the Tyros Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.
The 6.4 million Van Nistelrooy denied Coolmore Stud's English 2000 Guineas (G1) winner King Of Kings (Sadler's Wells) with his first stakes winner when he defeated Etruscan King (King Of Kings-Nice Dancing by Bering) by a head.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink