Monday, August 2, 2004
MUQBIL & CHECKIT COULD BE IN ACTION AT HAYDOCK PARK ON SATURDAY
High-class horseracing action comes to Haydock this weekend with a three-day meeting beginning on Thursday, August 5, continuing on Friday Evening, August 6, and reaching a crescendo on Saturday, August 7.
One of the two feature events on Saturday is the £65,000 Group Three Petros Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (2.30pm) over one mile and two and a half furlongs, which has attracted 13 quality entries.
John Dunlop has the choice of two possibles in the form of Muqbil, who has won on two of his three starts this season including the Listed cantorodds.com Steventon Stakes at Newbury last month, when proving three-quarters of a length too powerful for Godolphin's Vespone, and Chancellor, the winner of the Group Three Betfred Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown in April when beating Nysaean by a neck.
Marcus Hosgood, Dunlop's Racing Secretary, revealed: "We are very much governed by the ground - if it is on the fast side Muqbil will run, if it is on the easy side possibly Chancellor will line-up but at the moment Muqbil would be the more likely.
"Muqbil seems in good order since his win at Newbury and he does much prefer good or fast ground."
Muqbil's one defeat this term came behind Chancellor at Sandown when he made the running to over two furlongs out before weakening.
"It was too soft that day and possibly the tactic of going out in front wasn't ideal but the factor with him is that he doesn't want soft ground," added Hosgood.
The Mick Channon-trained Checkit is also a possible with a final decision on his participation being made later this week. The four-year-old was badly hampered inside the final furlong in last week's Group One Cantor Odds Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, where he finished the nine-length eighth to Soviet Song.
"Checkit will go for the Petros Rose Of Lancaster Stakes or the Prix Gontaut-Biron, a Group Three race over 10 furlongs at Deauville the following Saturday, and then be aimed at the Norwegian Championship on August 22, a big race at Ovrevoll," revealed owner Tim Corby today. "I'll be down at West Ilsley tomorrow and I'll have a clearer picture then.
"Checkit is fine after Goodwood - he got knocked by Haafhd into Refuse To Bend, whose jockey [Frankie Dettori] stood up and made a drama of it and stopped us stone dead.
"I'm not saying that he would have won because we were supposed to be the 100/1 outsider but one could have fairly thought that he would have been third or fourth."
The Petros Rose Of Lancaster Stakes has attracted the Godolphin pair of Imtiyaz and Lateen Sails. The former, second on both his starts this year, won a Listed race at Goodwood in September, while Lateen Sails was the five-length winner of a Group Three event at Maisons-Laffitte, France, two months earlier.
Frulingssturm, who beat Imtiyaz a short-head at Epsom on July 8, Franklins Gardens, fourth to Chancellor at Sandown, the improving Polar Jem, the lightly-raced Madid, the consistent Mutafanen, Kaieteur and the Mark Johnston-trained pair Carte Sauvage and Mister Monet are the other entries.
Saturday's other feature, the £75,000 totesport Handicap Stakes (3pm) over the same distance, has proved popular with a big entry of 40 received.
The Sir Mark Prescott-trained Coat Of Honour and Bonecrusher, trained by David Loder, first and third respectively in the Sterling Insurance Summer Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last week, are among them as is the Luca Cumani-trained Starry Lodge, third to Arcalis in the John Smith's Cup at York last time, having won on his
two previous outings at Newbury and Epsom.
Kirkland Tellwright, the clerk of the course at Haydock, revealed the current going as: "Good, Good to Firm in places, and we are watering".
He added: "The weather is hot and windy at the moment and there is the chance of a thunderstorm."
GROUP THREE PETROS ROSE OF LANCASTER STAKES AND totesport HANDICAP FEATURE AT HAYDOCK PARK'S EARLY AUGUST MEETING
Top quality racing continues at Haydock Park in early August with three days of action taking place at the North-West racecourse from Thursday, August 5, through to Saturday, August 7 inclusive.
Thursday, August 5 sees a seven-race afternoon programme starting at 2.10pm while on Friday, August 6 there is racing in the evening which has been designated Ladies Night - the first race is off at 6.10pm.
The best racing takes place on Saturday, August 7, when the six contests include the £65,000 Group Three Petros Rose of Lancaster Stakes (2.30pm) and the £75,000 totesport Handicap (3pm), both over Haydock Park's extended 10 furlongs.
This media pack contains a history of both of these prestigious contests. The last race on Saturday is called the Lester Piggott Rated Stakes (4,40pm). The retired jockey had his first ever winner at the age of 12 at Haydock Park on August 18, 1948, on The Chase.
HISTORY OF THE PETROS ROSE OF LANCASTER STAKES
The Group Three £65,000 Petros Rose of Lancaster Stakes, run over a mile and two and a half furlongs at Haydock Park, has grown into a highly informative contest during its short history, with eight of the winners going on to success at the highest level.
Open to three-year-olds and upwards, it is restricted to horses that have not scored at Group One level, excluding two-year-old races.
First run as a Listed event in 1986, the race was originally known as the Summer Trophy. The late Dick Hern and the now-retired Willie Carson teamed up as trainer and jockey for the first two wins with Wassl Touch and Free Fact.
Geoff Wragg's filly Braiswick was the first winner of the contest when it was renamed the Rose of Lancaster Stakes and upgraded to Group Three status in 1989. After her Haydock Park success, the daughter of King Of Spain went on to victory in the Group Two Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket and the Grade One EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine, Canada.
Defensive Play was the neck winner from Alphabel in 1990 before being sent across the Atlantic to America, where he was victorious in one of the USA's most prestigious turf races, the Grade One Man O'War Stakes at Belmont Park.
The 1993 hero was Knifebox, who scored easily be five lengths from Colway Rock. After winning at Haydock Park, the John Gosden-trained colt progressed to land the Group Two Prix Dollar at Longchamp, France, and the Group One Premio Roma at Capannelle, Italy.
Urgent Request, the 1994 hero, was superbly placed by his trainer Reg Akehurst and won the Rose of Lancaster Stakes after progressing from handicap company. Later in the season, he was second in the valuable Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin before being transferred to the yard of Rodney Rash in the USA, where he landed the 1995 Grade One Santa Anita Handicap.
Fahal, fourth to Lammtarra in the Epsom Derby, was triumphant in 1995 while Godolphin struck in 1996 with Tamayaz, who subsequently landed the Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba.
Peter Chapple-Hyam sent out the consistent Romanov to success in 1997. The Robert Sangster-owned colt had earlier finished third to Benny The Dip in the Vodafone Derby and ended the season by finishing third in the Group One Canadian International at Woodbine.
Mutamam, successful in 1998, went on to taste success over the next three seasons with four Group Three victories, one Group Two victory - the Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket - and one Group One victory - the Canadian International at Woodbine.
The tough campaigner Greek Dance gained a deserved in 1999 en route to glory in the Group One Grosser Dallmayr-Preis at Munich. In all, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt, a full-brother to the top-class filly Islington, was placed in six Group One races in Britain, Ireland, Germany, France and Hong Kong.
Trainer Marcus Tregoning enjoyed back-to-back wins with Ekraar in 2000 and Nayef in 2001. Ekraar ran well in top-class company throughout his career, which ended with a deserved Group One success in the Gran Premio Del Jockey at San Siro, Italy, in October 2003.
Nayef came into the Petros Rose Of Lancaster Stakes with a slightly tarnished reputation. After a most promising juvenile career, he had disappointed on his initial three starts as a three-year-old and gained his first victory of 2001 at Haydock Park. After his Rose of Lancaster Stakes success, Nayef progressed strongly and recorded Group One victories in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket, the Dubai Sheema Classic at Dubai, the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Juddmonte International at York.
Last year saw the David Loder-trained Sabre D'Argent defeat Far Lane by half a length.
PETROS ROSE OF LANCASTER STAKES ROLL OF HONOUR
£65,000 Total Prize Fund, Group Three, one mile, two furlongs and about 120 yards
Haydock Park, Saturday, August 7, 2004
(Run as the Summer Trophy (Listed Race), 1986-1988)
YEAR HORSE AG/WT OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY SP RAN
2003 SABRE D'ARGENT 3-8-07 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder Eddie Ahern 5/1 5
2002 Abandoned die to waterlooging
2001 NAYEF 3-8-07 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning Richard Hills 5/4F 5
2000 EKRAAR 3-8-07 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning Richard Hills 7/4F 9
1999 GREEK DANCE 4-9-03 Lord Weinstock Sir Michael Stoute Gary Stevens 2/1 5
1998 MUTAMAM 3-8-07 Hamdan Al Maktoum Alec Stewart Michael Roberts 8/11F 6
1997 ROMANOV 3-8-07 Robert Sangster Peter Chapple-Hyam David Harrison 5/2F 7
1996 TAMAYAZ 4-9-03 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor Gary Carter 11/2 8
1995 FAHAL 3-8-07 Hamdan Al Maktoum David Morley Richard Hills 3/1 9
1994 URGENT REQUEST 4-9-03 S Aitken Reg Akehurst Richard Quinn 8/1 12
1993 KNIFEBOX 5-9-07 Sheikh Mohammed John Gosden Michael Roberts 11/10F 3
1992 HALF A TICK 4-9-03 C J Wates Paul Cole Chris Rutter 8/1 8
1991 LORD OF TUSMORE 4-9-03 Wafic Said Barry Hills Alan Munro 10/1 5
1990 DEFENSIVE PLAY 3-8-12 Khalid Abdulla Guy Harwood Pat Eddery 7/2F 7
1989 BRAISWICK 3-8-04 White Lodge Stud Geoff Wragg Gary Carter 7/1 5
1988 GALITZIN 3-9-00 Curtis Elliot Clive Brittain Steve Cauthen 4/1 7
1987 FREE FACT 3-8-09 Lord Rotherwick Dick Hern Willie Carson 2/1 3
1986 WASSL TOUCH 3-8-09 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Dick Hern Willie Carson 6/1
HISTORY OF THE totesport HANDICAP
The £75,000 totesport Handicap was first scheduled to be run in 2002 but unfortunately fell victim to the unseasonably wet weather, so last year saw the inaugural running of this extended 10-furlong event.
Leporello was successful in 2003, coming with a strong run from an unpromising position to win by a length from Silence Is Golden. After his Haydock Park victory, the Danehill colt, trained by Peter Harris, progressed to win two Group Three contests - the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor and the Select Stakes at Goodwood.
totesport STAKES ROLL OF HONOUR
£75,000 Total Prize Fund, Heritage Handicap, one mile, two furlongs and about 120 yards
Haydock Park, Saturday, August 7, 2004
YEAR HORSE AG/WT OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY SP RAN
2003 LEPORELLO 3-8-07 Carol Harris Peter Harris Richard Quinn 13/8F 13
2002 Abandoned die to waterlogging
MONDAY EVENING RACING AT THIRSK
There's action galore at Thirsk on Monday evening (August 9) - the course's final evening meeting of the season - when racing starts at 6.00 p.m.
The pace will be fast and furious in The Weatherbys Printing Services Handicap Stakes, a contest over the minimum distance of five furlongs for three-year-olds, supported by Weatherbys Group Ltd. of Wellingborough, which provides many services to the racing industry, both administrative and commercial.
The Beatrice Stephenson Maiden Auction Stakes, a race for two-year-olds is once again sponsored by John Stephenson & Sons - wines and spirits merchants of Nelson in Lancashire, while stayers are in the spotlight in The Black Sheep Brewery Stakes - a handicap race over two miles.
Calverts Carpets, regular sponsors of the racing programme at Thirsk, support a contest for maiden two-year-olds in association with The European Breeders Fund.
A Caribbean Steel Band will entertain racegoers during the evening, while attractions for youngsters in the Family Ring include appearances by 'Flo The Clown', face-painting and a roundabout.
REDCAR'S BIG WEEKEND OF RACING
All roads lead to Redcar this weekend for a double bill of racing on Saturday and Sunday (7 & 8), with entertainment for the whole family on both days at the ‘seaside racecourse'.
On Sunday, the gates open at 11.00 a.m. and a plethora of attractions in the Course Enclosure includes the TFM Roadshow, performances by The National Festival Circus, Fun Fair, Go Karts, Punch & Judy Shows, roaming entertainer, bouncy castle, face-painting, along with a fully-supervised crèche facility and playground – while the Carlsberg dray horses will also be on parade. Irish and jazz bands provide the musical entertainment.
A Family Ticket can be purchased before racing on Sunday for only £5 into the Course Enclosure (two adults and accompanying children under 16 years of age) – Tel. (01642) 484068. On Sunday, there will be a nominal entry fee of £1 for children.
Racing on Sunday begins at 2.40 p.m. with The TFM Roadshow Is Here Today Median Auction Stakes (nine furlongs). The feature races are The toteexacta Nursery Stakes (a £15,000 handicap contest for two-year-olds), The Family Funday Handicap Stakes (for three-year-old sprinters) and The National Festival Circus Is Here Handicap Stakes (seven furlongs). Sunday's concluding race, The Redcar Cricket Club Stakes, is a handicap contest for stayers over two miles – the longest race of the two-day fixture.
The action on Saturday is scheduled to start at 1.50 p.m., the principal race being The Tetley's Imperial Ale Rated Stakes, a handicap contest over the straight mile which offers prize money of £25,000. It is one of four races sponsored at Redcar this season by Carlsberg U.K. Ltd.
The Mary Reveley Racing Club once again sponsor a claiming race over one mile and threequarters, and members of the Club will be in attendance on both days as they also visit Mrs. Reveley's stable at Groundhill Farm, Lingdale near Saltburn. One of the Club's horses is sure to be entered for this race.
There's also a variety of family attractions in the Course Enclosure on Saturday, while music is provided by both Irish and Brass bands.
FASHION UNDER STARTER'S ORDERS ON BEVERLEY'S ‘LADIES DAY'
Beverley continues to set the trend in combining fashion and racing, with the course's hugely-popular annual Journal ‘Ladies Day' now bigger and better than ever on Wednesday (August 11); it's the first leg of a two-day meeting on the Westwood, with Thursday's programme being the second annual charity day in aid of Spinal Research.
Stable companions, The Hull Daily Mail, The East Riding Mail and The Journal combine with leading Hull fashion boutiques Wats On and SW1 to produce stunning fashion shows between races on Wednesday afternoon in a special enlarged marquee, complete with an 80ft catwalk, in the centre of the course. This ‘Fashion Showcase', which is free to all, is once again hosted by local radio personality, Steve Massam, and features all that is best in style and elegance regarding the latest designer wear.
Also in the marquee are associated fashion companies, such as Eyesite Opticians, featuring designer sunglasses; Beautymed Epilight – offering advice on laser hair removal; Cascade Shoes – ladies footwear and accessories; Coast 59 – ladies designer wear and Berry's Jewellers, displaying high-class jewellery. As usual, there are prizes for both the best dressed lady and best hat judged during the afternoon, these take the form of vouchers for Wats On Boutique.
Wednesday's seven-race programme begins with The Wats On Claiming Stakes, while the card also includes races by The Hull Daily Mail, The East Riding Mail and The Journal, including The Downey's Diary Classified Stakes.
The feature race on Wednesday is The toteplacepot Handicap Stakes, a £12,000 contest for sprinters over five furlongs, while stayers are in action in The Charles Elsey Memorial Challenge Trophy, a handicap contest over two miles, which commemorates one of the north's great trainers who was based in Malton and was Britain's champion trainer in 1956.
The principal race on Thursday is the fourth running of The Nick Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap Stakes, a contest over a mile and a quarter with prize money of £14,000. Mr Wilmot-Smith was a director of Beverley Racecourse between 1961 and 1999, before becoming a Patron of the racecourse. He passed away in May 2001, aged 88.
Racing on both days begins at 2.10 p.m. and a giant screen, situated opposite the main stands, will enable racegoers to see all of the action, while there are funfair rides and a playground for youngsters in the Course Enclosure.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink