Monday, July 28, 2003
LATEST CORAL ANTE-POST PRICES
KALAMAN AND TRADE FAIR HEAD SUSSEX STAKES BETTING
The Aga Khan's Kalaman and the Roger Charlton-trained Trade Fair are Coral's 2-1 joint favourites for Wednesday's Sussex Stakes following today's final declarations. Dubai World Cup winner Moon Ballad shares second favouritism with St James Palace Stakes winner Zafeen at 5-1, ahead of Where Or When at 8-1.
"Alamshar answered any questions about the quality of the Classic generation with his King George heroics, and if the betting is an accurate guide, the older horses will have it all to do in the Sussex Stakes," said Coral's David Stevens.
2-1 Kalaman, Trade Fair, 5-1 Moon Ballad, Zafeen, 8-1 Where Or When, 14-1 Norse Dancer, 25-1 Statue Of Liberty, 33-1 Eventuail, Reel Buddy, 50-1 Spartacus, 80-1 Blatant
William Hill Mile
5-1 Adekshan, 7-1 Unshakable, 10-1 Lago D Orta, 12-1 Everest, Norton, Putra Pekan, 14-1 Desert Opal, 16-1 Heretic, Highland Shot, Smirk, Tough Love, Wizard Of Noz, 20-1 Atlantic Ace, Camp Commander, Chinkara, Faithful Warrior, Wannabe Around, 25-1 Albuhera, Audience, Hallion, Hurricane Floyd, Mubeen, Nuit Sombre, Surprise Encounter, Takes Tutu, True Knight, Zonergem, 33-1 Bar
9-2 Patavellian, 9-1 Fire Up The Band, Mutawaqed, 14-1 Torosay Spring, Bond Boy, 16-1 Fayr Jag, 20-1 Halmahera, Lochridge, Loyal Tycoon, 25-1 Colonel Cotton, Frizzante, Good Girl, My American Beauty, Strathclyde, Vanderlin, 28-1 Artie, One More Round, 33-1 Bar
9-1 Hawk Flyer, 10-1 Inglis Drever, 12-1 Waverley, 14-1 Hugs Dancer, Unleash, Manoubi, Sentinel, Morson Boy, Double Obsession, 16-1 Researched, Barolo, Counsels Opinion, Flownaway, Handel, Big Moment, Direct Bearing, Singleton, Sindapour, 20-1 Pole Star, Media Puzzle, Razkalla, Dawn Invasion, Distinction, Bourgeois, Mobasher, Lowlander, Westmoreland Road, Hambleden, Collier Hill, It's The Limit, Zibeline, Salsalino, Mephisto, Reveillez, Jazz Messenger, 25-1 Bar
Prix De L Arc De Triomphe
5-2 Dalakhani, 5-1 Sulamani, 7-1 High Chaparral, 10-1 Ange Gabriel, Kris Kin, 12-1 Nayef, 14-1 Bright Sky, 16-1 Falbrav, Islington, Nebraska Tornado, 20-1 Super Celebre, Warrsan, Doyen, 25-1 Bar
TBA REACTION TO OWNERS' PREMIUMS
Philip Freedman, the Chairman of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, today reacted positively to the British Horseracing Board's decision to introduce 25% owners' premiums from next year.
He said "The TBA welcomes the advent of the Owners' Premiums Scheme whose conditions give tremendous support to the British bred and raised horse. Owners will receive a considerable boost in prize money from buying a qualified horse and the TBA urges trainers and agents to take notice on behalf of their clients at the forthcoming Bloodstock Sales."
Freedman added: ""The TBA recognises that, with the reduction in income, the BHB and Levy Board have hard decisions to make and that all parties have to make sacrifices.
"The TBA is pleased that the Breeders' Prizes Scheme is retained for National Hunt racing, but wishes to make clear that the removal of the Scheme for the Flat should be a temporary suspension.
"The Breeders' Prizes Scheme and Owners' Premiums are not equivalents. Breeders' Prizes provide welcome money direct to breeders. Owners' Premium money goes to owners with the prospect of an uplift to the market for British bred horses.
"Breeders are the biggest capital investors in the sport and industry in this country and when, as we all hope, racing income increases, they will be entitled to share directly in this prosperity with a return of the Breeders' Prizes Scheme as a very small percentage of the total income."
WEATHERBYS SUMMER CUP DAY AT DONCASTER
The fourth running of The Weatherbys Summer Cup, a handicap contest over the extended mile and a quarter, is the feature race at Doncaster on Saturday (2 August). Sponsored by Weatherbys Group Ltd., which provides administrative and commercial services to the racing industry, the Summer Cup now offers record prize money of £30,000. Last year's winner, Trouble Mountain, provided jockey Jimmy Fortune with his third success of the afternoon.
Saturday's programme begins at 1.20 p.m. with The skybet.com E.B.F. Maiden Stakes, a race for two-year-olds over seven furlongs, while The Unison Trade Union Positively Public Conditions Stakes – a £14,000 contest for sprinters over six furlongs – is one of three races supported during the afternoon by UNISON, Britain's biggest trade union. Members of the Yorkshire & Humberside region of UNISON – the public service union – will be at Doncaster for their third annual raceday.
The doncaster-racecourse.com Fillies' Handicap Stakes, a race for three-year-old fillies over the round mile, publicises Doncaster's web-site, where tickets and badges can be booked online for meetings, including the four-day St. Leger Festival in September.
The Mitsubishi Diamond Vision Screen, situated opposite the main stands, will enable racegoers to follow all of the action on the track, while The National Festival Circus in the Family Enclosure, features three spectacular shows during the afternoon. There is a crèche facility available @ £1.80 per hour. Musical entertainment is provided by the Tom Roberts Jazz Trio.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ACTION AT THIRSK
Thirsk hosts a two-day meeting on Friday and Saturday (1 & 2 August), with racing scheduled to start at 2.30 p.m. and 2.15 p.m. respectively
Friday's feature race is The Peter Bell Memorial Stakes, a handicap contest for sprinters over six furlongs, which commemorates the late Major Bell, who was a director of the racecourse for many years.
The final race on the opening day, The Teletext 'Hands & Heels' Apprentice Maiden Handicap Stakes (seven furlongs), is one of eleven races this season in a special series for apprentice riders who are allowed to carry whips in the race, but are not permitted to use them. This race is for young jockeys who have not ridden more than ten winners. Based on a points system, the leading apprentice at the end of the series will win an overseas working holiday.
Saturday's programme begins with The Thomas Lord Maiden Stakes, a race for two-year-olds over five furlongs, supported by The European Breeders Fund. Thirsk was the birthplace in 1755 of Thomas Lord, the Founder of Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
The Enter Today's Racecard Competition Handicap Stakes (one mile) and The Baldersby Park Nursery Handicap Stakes (a contest for two-year-olds over five furlongs), both offer prize money of £14,000. The title of the former race refers to the special racecard competition at each of the county's nine racecourses this year - 'The Win A Sunshine Holiday For Two To Spain' promotion. The overall competition winner - announced at the 'Go Racing in Yorkshire' Annual Lunch in December - will receive
a holiday for two in Spain, courtesy of Planet Air and Ripon Travel. Saturday's winner will bag a quantity of Tote betting vouchers, a copy of 'Travelling the Turf 2003' and go into the big draw for the holiday prize.
Holmesterne Foods sponsor for the first time at Thirsk, by supporting a contest for three-year-old maiden fillies, while Saffie Joseph & Sons, a major distributor of televised U.K. racing to the Caribbean betting industry, return to Thirsk to sponsor a Classified Stakes race over one mile and a half - the longest race of the afternoon.
There's a variety of children's attractions in the Family Ring, along with musical entertainment on both days.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink