INTERNATIONAL ENTRY FOR WILLIAM HILL SPRINT CUP AT HAYDOCK
The £225,000 William Hill Sprint Cup, highlight of Haydock Park's Flat season, has attracted a superb 51-strong entry from across Europe. Haydock Park is delighted to announce that, following its recent acquisition of previous sponsor Stanleybet, the William Hill organisation is lending its support to the Sprint Cup.
Somnus, the victorious horse in 2003 and runner-up last year, heads the home challenge for this season's renewal of the Group One event, run over six furlongs on Saturday, September 3. Tim Easterby's tough five-year-old - joint champion European sprinter in 2004 - has won three Group One races in total and is sure to be a danger to all once again, especially if the race is run on his favoured soft ground.
Yorkshire-based Easterby could also be represented by Fayr Jag, victorious in the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes in 2004, who showed signs of a return to form behind Beckermet last time out in a Listed race at Newbury.
Another leading contender is the Hughie Morrison-trained Pastoral Pursuits, who put up a career-best performance last time out to land the Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket on July 7, defeating Avonbridge and Etlaala among others.
Roger Charlton won the William Hill Sprint Cup back in 1998 with Tamarisk and again last year with Tante Rose. This year the trainer could be represented by Avonbridge as well as the progressive filly Kind, last year's third Patavellian and Striking Ambition, a Group Three winner at Deauville last time out.
Another trainer with a fine record in the William Hill Sprint Cup is Chantilly-based Englishman John Hammond, who sent out Polar Falcon (1991), Cherokee Rose (1995) and Nuclear Debate (2001) to success.
This time around Hammond has entered Miss Emma, twice a winner in Group Three company, and Ratio, who dead-heated with Fayr Jag in the 2003 Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot and was a Listed winner on his latest appearance at Chantilly on June 23.
Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien has yet to add the William Hill Sprint Cup to his CV and has a quartet of entries in 2005 - last year's Group One Middle Park Stakes scorer Ad Valorem, Airwave, who finished third in 2003 when trained by Henry Candy, Dark Cheetah and Tiger Dance.
Further Irish interest is provided by the David Wachman-trained duo of Damson, last year's Group One Phoenix Stakes heroine who could revert to sprinting after two disappointing efforts over a mile, and Indesatchel, who could also drop back in trip after finishing runner-up in the French 2,000 Guineas earlier this season.
Jim Bolger could also bid to provide the first Irish-trained winner since Abergwuan in 1972 with Democratic Deficit, a dual Group Three winner this season and another who would be stepping down in distance after being campaigned primarily over a mile.
Further international interest comes in the form of Italian challenger Dream Impact, trained by Luigi Riccardi and successful when last seen out in the Group Three Gran Premio Citta Di Napoli at Naples on July 17.
Other leading contenders include Richard Hannon's Galeota, runner-up to Cape Of Good Hope in the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot at York before running disappointingly in the Darley July Cup, and the Jeremy Noseda-trained pair of Soldier's Tale and Balmont, fourth and fifth respectively in the same race.
Iffraaj was very impressive when taking this year's Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot at York before running a disappointing race in the Darley July Cup and is surely worth another chance at the highest level while Nota Bene looked progressive earlier in the season before putting in a disappointing effort in the Temple Stakes at Sandown last time.
Adam Waterworth, Managing Director of Haydock Park, commented: "We could not have wished for a stronger entry for the 2005 William Hill Sprint Cup with established stars set to take on progressive younger performers.
"Whoever comes out on top on Saturday, September 3, will surely be a strong contender for the title of champion sprinter of Europe.
"Haydock Park would like to extend its thanks to the William Hill organisation for supporting the Sprint Cup following its acquisition of our previous sponsor, Stanleybet Ltd."
David Hood, Head of Public Relations at William Hill, added: "William Hill is absolutely delighted to be sponsoring this prestigious race.
"The history of the Sprint Cup is littered with top-class champions and with the current crop of sprinters, we are looking forward to a race of the highest calibre.
"William Hill is delighted to be able to continue the association with the Sprint Cup after the acquisition of Stanleybet Ltd."
WILLIAM HILL SPRINT CUP
Class 1, Group1, £225,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+, 6f. Haydock Park, Saturday, September 3, 2005. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 9lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed July 13, entries revealed July 20 (51 entires), forfeit stage August 16, five-day confirmation stage August 29, £15,000 supplementary entry stage August 29, final declaration stage 10.00am, September 1. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, July 24.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
111-25 AD VALOREM (USA) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
032-316 AIRWAVE 5 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
226662 ASHDOWN EXPRESS (IRE) 6 W J P Jackson Chris Wall
445-132 AVONBRIDGE 5 John Deer Roger Charlton
05-0335 BALMONT (USA) 4 Sanford Robertson & Hatta Bloodstock Jeremy Noseda
5-42106 BALTIC KING 5 Thurloe Thoroughbreds VIII Hughie Morrison
0220410 BECKERMET (IRE) 3 Bishopthorpe Racing Two Roger Fisher
132-201 BENBAUN (IRE) 4 Ransley, Birks, Hillen Mark Wallace
11116- BLUE DAKOTA (IRE) 3 A F Nolan, Mrs J M Ryan, Mrs P Duffin Jeremy Noseda
0-15200 BOOGIE STREET 4 Hippodrome Racing Richard Hannon
3010-26 BYRON 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
13-120 CAMACHO 3 Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
2140-00 CAPTAIN HURRICANE 3 The Comic Strip Heroes Peter Chapple-Hyam
1113-00 DAMSON (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor David Wachman IRE
606103- DANCE NIGHT (IRE) 3 Gillian Khosla Linda Perratt
1-60640 DARK CHEETAH (USA) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Betty Moran Aidan O'Brien IRE
5-16313 DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT (IRE) 3 Harry Dobson Jim Bolger IRE
(0)11421 DREAM IMPACT (USA) 4 Scuderia Quattro Mori Luigi Riccardi ITY
10-0003 ETLAALA 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
0-00004 FAYR JAG (IRE) 6 Jonathan Gill Tim Easterby
11-3120 GALEOTA (IRE) 3 John Lazzari Richard Hannon
040-131 GIFT HORSE 5 Alfi and Partners David Nicholls
10-10212 GOODRICKE 3 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
1/4-1110 IFFRAAJ 4 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
4-11120 INDESATCHEL (IRE) 3 Michael Nolan David Wachman IRE
143103 INDIAN MAIDEN (IRE) 5 Chris Scott & Peter Hall Malcolm Saunders
11-3135 KIND (IRE) 4 Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
63-10121 LA CUCARACHA 4 Guy Reed Barry Hills
031-6022 LAFI (IRE) 6 Alfi and Partners David Nicholls
103-101 LUCKY SPIN 4 George Scudder Richard Hannon
431-204 MISS EMMA (IRE) 5 Takahiro Wada John Hammond FR
22-0230 MOSS VALE (IRE) 4 John Grant & Cheveley Park Stud Barry Hills
211-110 NOTA BENE 3 Bill & Shirley Robins David Elsworth
240040 OBE GOLD 3 BDR Partnership Mick Channon
202004 ORIENTOR 7 Frank Brady, E & S Bruce Jim Goldie
2115-01 PASTORAL PURSUITS 4 The Pursuits & National Stud Partnership Hughie Morrison
03-6020 PATAVELLIAN (IRE) 7 John Deer Roger Charlton
1510-00 PIVOTAL POINT 5 R A Bernard Peter Makin
0002-01 RATIO 7 Mrs John Davall John Hammond FR
(1)31111 RESPLENDENT GLORY (IRE) 3 Resplendent Racing Limited Terry Mills
14-4040 ROYAL MILLENNIUM (IRE) 7 Jackie & George Smith Mick Channon
21-114 SOLDIER'S TALE (USA) 4 Budget Stable Jeremy Noseda
5121-40 SOMNUS 5 Legard Sidebottom & Sykes Tim Easterby
00-2233 STEENBERG (IRE) 6 Kenneth MacPherson Mark Tompkins
21-1601 STRIKING AMBITION 5 Peter Webb Roger Charlton
330043 TALBOT AVENUE 7 Mrs C S Wilson Mick Mullineaux
0-23160 THE KIDDYKID (IRE) 5 Claire Massey David Evans
500-310 THE TRADER (IRE) 7 Mrs C J Ward Michael Blanshard
1- TIGER DANCE (USA) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
046-5015 TRAYTONIC 4 Clipper Group Holdings James Fanshawe
10-0136 WELSH EMPEROR (IRE) 6 Sylvia Clegg Tom Tate
William Hill Prices: 6-1 Pastoral Pursuits, 7-1 Soldiers Tale, 10-1 Etlaala, Iffraaj, Somnus, 12-1 Ad Valorem, Avonbridge, Damson, 14-1 Indesatchel, 16-1 Airwave, Balmont, Byron, Camacho, Galeota, 20-1 Democratic Deficit, Lafi, Lucky Spin, Nota Bene, Resplendent Glory, 25-1 Ashdown Express, Benbaun, La Cucaracha, Miss Emma, Moss Vale, Ratio, Striking Ambition, Tiger Dance
AT THE RACES WELCOMES OFCOM DEREGULATION
Changes to the Broadcast Code mean bookmakers can sponsor live racing programming for the first time
At The Races ("ATR"), the UK's most watched dedicated racing channel, welcomes today's landmark deregulation by OFCOM which for the first time will allow bookmakers to sponsor live horse and greyhound racing television programming.
At The Races believes that the changes to the Broadcast Code offer significant opportunities for the bookmaking industry. The new guidelines that come into force today will allow bookmaker brands to sponsor live racing programming directly and will open up more opportunities for promotional integration within programming.
Though a sponsor cannot influence the content or scheduling of a programme so as to impair the broadcaster's responsibilities and editorial independence, there can now be non-promotional references to the sponsor within the programme it is sponsoring.
Viewer competitions within programmes now have no limitations on the number of references to the prize sponsor. Furthermore, the sponsor of a programme can provide its product or service as a prize in a viewer competition run within the programme.
At The Races is already in discussion with a number of its bookmaking partners regarding potential sponsorship and promotional opportunities.
Matthew Imi, Chief Executive of At The Races said: "This is great news for broadcasters and bookmakers. This is a very positive development and we look forward to working with our bookmaker partners over the coming months to determine the best way for all parties to capitalise on the new guidelines."