Monday, July 21, 2003
LATEST WILLIAM HILL ANTE-POST PRICES
KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES: 11-4 Alamshar, 4-1 Kris Kin, 9-2 Nayef, 11-2 Sulamani, 13-2 Falbrav, 12-1 Victory Moon, 14-1 Bollin Eric, Warrsan, 16-1 Millenary, Indian Creek, 20-1 Leadership, 25-1 Mamool, Grandera, 50-1 Magistretti, 150-1 Izdiham, Narrative
WILLIAM HILL MILE: 7-1 Adekshan, 10-1 Funfair, Unshakable, 12-1 Mine, 14-1 Everest, Inverness, Lafi, Putra Pekan, 16-1 Desert Opal, New Seeker, Tough Love, Wizard of Noz, 20-1 Atlantic Ace, Audience, Camp Commander, Chinkara, Green Line, Heretic, Highland Shot, Island Light, Moharib, Norton, Smirk, Wannabe Around, With Reason, 25-1 BAR
TOTE INTERNATIONAL: 11-2 Ratio, 6-1 Mine, 10-1 New Seeker, Wizard Of Noz, 12-1 Crafty Calling, Funfare, 14-1 Camp Commander, Capricho, Desert Opal, Tough Love, 16-1 Attache, Hurricane Floyd, Royal Millennium, 20-1 BAR
VODAFONE STEWARDS CUP: 11-2 Patavellian, 8-1 Fire Up The Band (from 10), 10-1 Mutawaqed, 14-1 Dazzling Bay, Ratio, Torosay Spring, 16-1 Capricho, Fayr Jag, Halmahera, 20-1 Bond Becks, Bond Boy, By Far, Endless Summer, Frizzante, Lochridge, Royal Millenium, Vanderlin, 25-1 BAR
2004 SAGITTA 2000 GUINEAS: 8-1 Three Valleys, 10-1 One Cool Cat, 20-1 Grand Reward, 25-1 Antonious Pius, (Others Upon Application)
THE PRIX DE L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE: 9-2 Dalakhani, 11-2 Alamshar, Kris Kin, 6-1 High Chapparal, Sulamani, 10-1 Ange Gabriel, 12-1 Falbrav, Nayef, 14-1 Bright Sky, Islington, 16-1 Nebraska Tornado, 20-1 BAR
BETDAQ (GLORIOUS GOODWOOD) LEADING RIDER: 13-8 K Fallon, 5-2 L Dettori, 7-2 M Kinane, 10-1 R Hughes, J Murtagh, 12-1 D Holland, 14-1 K Darley, 16-1 BAR
SVEN-GÖRAN ERIKSSON FOR THE BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP AT ASCOT
England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson has accepted the challenge from Blue Square and Ascot Racecourse to lead the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World Team in their bid to steal back the Blue Square Shergar Cup from the Sodexho Great Britain & Ireland Team at Ascot on Saturday, 9th August.
Helping the popular Swede's challenge for the Cup, last won by the "away team" under Australian cricket legend Jeff Thomson in 2001, will be top jockey Frankie Dettori.
Nick Smith, Head of Public Relations at Ascot, said: "To have Sven here up against the current holders of the Blue Square Shergar Cup is fantastic news as he's shown himself to be an inspirational leader. This time though, England fans won't be cheering his team on!"
Commented Dubai Duty Free's Managing Director, Colm McLoughlin: "We are delighted with the appointment of Sven as team leader. He is a truly international operator and will be a great ambassador for the team and for the sport of horse racing."
Ed Pownall, Blue Square Press Officer, added: "Sven has constantly confounded his critics and won against the odds and that must be a good omen for the Rest of the World team."
The Blue Square Shergar Cup is the World's premier jockeys' team competition and attracts riders from as far afield as Japan, America, Australia, Hong Kong and South Africa, as well as European star names, all lining up to lift the prestigious Cup. The jockeys wear distinguishing caps and breeches to identify the team they are riding for and points are awarded to the first five horses home in each race.
As in previous years, Ascot will run a sports masterclass for under 16's before racing and everyone is welcome to enjoy an inclusive live concert after racing with top pop act Melanie C.
JOCKEY CLUB CONFIRM LAYING RESTRICTIONS
It was confirmed today by the Jockey Club that rules banning owners, trainers and stable staff from laying their own horses to lose will take effect from 1st September.
From September it will be an offence for a trainer to lay any horse under his care to lose a race, the same will apply to stable staff employed by the trainer. It will also be a breach of the Rules for an owner to lay any horse they own to lose.
Julian Richmond-Watson, Senior Steward of the Jockey Club, said: "When the findings of our Integrity Review Committee were published in February it was recommended that rules be introduced to make it an offence for trainers to lay their own horses to lose. In following up this recommendation we also considered the situation regarding stable staff and owners.
"Having considered the matter carefully and consulted with the relevant associations and betting exchange firms, we believe racing's integrity and the public's confidence in the sport would be best served by a clearly defined ban on owners, trainers and stable staff laying horses in which they have an interest."
EARLY SATURDAY ACTION AT REDCAR
There's an early start to Redcar's meeting on Saturday, when racing gets underway at 1.10 p.m. with the first of two handicap races on the card sponsored by Betfair, the U.K.'s leading sports betting exchange company. The opening contest, a race for fillies and mares, is held over the straight mile, while Betfair support the afternoon's final race, a handicap contest 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 seventh year by Hertel Services, the U.K.'s premier multi-discipline service provider, whose local office is in Middlesbrough.
Saturday's racecard will include details of the runners at Ascot's big meeting, which features the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. The racecard will also contain a special competition for racegoers, held in association with 'Go Racing in Yorkshire' on the nine Yorkshire tracks this year. The overall competition winner - announced at the GRIY Annual Lunch in December - will receive a holiday for two in Spain, courtesy of Planet Air and Ripon Travel. Saturday's winner will receive Tote betting vouchers and a copy of 'Travelling The Turf 2003' and will go into the big draw for the holiday prize.
Musical entertainment is provided by both The West Jesmond Rhythm Kings and Scarlet Heights (playing Irish music), while the giant ToteVision Screen will enable racegoers to enjoy the action on the track in even more detail. Young racegoers are catered for in the Course Enclosure with a variety of attractions, including 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.
FRIDAY CARD AT THIRSK
Thirsk's seven-race programme on Friday (25 July) which begins at 2.05 p.m. features The Lewis Geipel Challenge Cup, a £14,000 Conditions race for two-year-olds over seven furlongs. The late Lewis Geipel was a respected owner and breeder of racehorses, who was based at nearby Coxwold.
The Stanland Group Ltd. which specialises in laundry equipment supplies and services, sponsor for the first time at Thirsk. The company, whose Head Office is in Middlesbrough, support a handicap contest for fillies and mares over the sprint distance of six furlongs.
The Adrian Tate Handicap Stakes for three-year-olds, the longest race of the afternoon, run over one mile and a half, is 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.
There's a variety of attractions for young racegoers in the Family Ring, including an appearance by 'Flourescent Flo', face painting, a slide and bouncy castle.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink