THERE WILL NEVER BE A BETTER OCCASION TO VISIT THE HOME OF RACING
Lisa Hancock, Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses, is eagerly anticipating Newmarket's richest day's racing of the year on Saturday, £1m Champions’ Day. She said:
"The potential line-up for the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes will make it worth the entrance money alone. I certainly cannot remember the prospect of a stronger line-up in this race at the five-day stage - it has all the makings of the race of the season in this country. And that's without mentioning the Darley Dewhurst Stakes and the exceptional supporting card on what is overall the highest class raceday in the British calendar.
"Advance sales have been running nicely ahead of last year, but we still have plenty of space and I hope racing fans from all over the country will be tempted to make the journey to Newmarket on Saturday. The weather forecast is great and there will never be a better occasion to visit the Home of Racing and experience the 'Sport of Kings' at its very best."
GOING GOOD-TO-SOFT - Going stick 6.7
The latest weather forecast indicates showery rain for later this afternoon, not expected to amount to more than 2 or 3mm, with light drizzle tomorrow morning, clearing in the afternoon. Wednesday afternoon is forecast to bring heavier rain - around 4 to 5mm - but once light drizzle clears on Thursday morning, it is forecast to be dry and mild throughout the race meeting with temperatures set to average 19c.
Michael Prosser, Newmarket's Clerk of the Course, said: "After a warm and dry weekend, the track has dried out to Good-to-Soft. If the weather forecast is correct, I would expect to start the fixture on ground that remains on the slow side of Good.
"We will be racing on the far side of the track on Thursday and Friday, ground that was raced on during the Cambridgeshire Meeting, with the nearside track, not used since the one day fixture in mid-September, kept for Champions' Day on Saturday."
BEST-EVER CHAMPIONS' DAY IN PROSPECT
Champions' Day at Newmarket on Saturday, October 14, is all set to be one of the best day's racing ever seen on the NatWest Rowley Mile.
The centrepiece of the outstanding seven-race programme on Champions' Day is the £350,000 Group One Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (3.30pm), in which no less than seven previous Group One winners remain engaged among the 15 horses going forward at today's confirmation stage.
Hurricane Run, the 2005 horse of the year who won this year's King George and was possibly unlucky when fourth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 1, is set to run at Newmarket on Saturday and the Andre Fabre-trained colt could be joined by Pride, trained by Alain de Royer Dupre, who finished second in both last year's Emirates Airline Champion Stakes and this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
In what is surely one of the best renewals of the NatWest Rowley Mile's most valuable contest, multiple Group One winning mare Ouija Board, Group One Juddmonte International Stakes hero Notnowcato and Araafa, successful in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes, all go forward today for the 10-furlong event. If that was not enough, the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes will also feature Sir Percy, not seen out since his spectacular last-gasp victory in the Vodafone Derby.
Cheveley Park Stud's home-bred Group One Prix de Diane Hermes heroine Confidential Lady could bid to give trainer Sir Mark Prescott his third Emirates Airline Champion Stakes, following the back-to-back victories of Alborada in 1998 and 1999.
The Singspiel filly has enjoyed a break since failing to show her true form when fifth behind Alexandrova in the Group One Darley Irish Oaks on July 16.
Chris Richardson, Managing Director of Cheveley Park Stud, commented: "No definite decision has been made and Mr and Mrs Thompson (owners of Cheveley Park Stud) will be discussing it with Sir Mark later on. The plan has been to go for the Emirates Airlines Champion Stakes."
Stars of the future will be on show in the £250,000 Darley Dewhurst Stakes (4.10pm) which has attracted 25 confirmations.
Teofilo, unbeaten in four starts and talked of as a possible future Triple Crown contender by his trainer Jim Bolger, is still engaged in the seven-furlong contest and is one of a dozen possible Irish contenders.
Aidan O'Brien, seeking his second Darley Dewhurst Stakes success following Rock Of Gibraltar five years ago, has nine to choose from including Holy Roman Emperor, second to Teofilo in the National Stakes at the Curragh before landing the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on October 1.
Heading the home challenge for the Darley Dewhurst Stakes is Hamoody from the Newmarket yard of Peter Chapple-Hyam. Hamoody is unbeaten in two starts, having followed up on his debut success at Newmarket's Ritz Club July Festival victory in the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Chapple-Hyam, who won the Grade One Shadwell Middle Park Stakes with Dutch Art on September 29, will be out to land his second Darley Dewhurst Stakes following on from the success of subsequent Derby winner Dr Devious 15 years ago.
Eoghan O'Neill reports his stable star Vital Equine to be on track for the Darley Dewhurst Stakes.
O'Neill revealed this afternoon: "He works tomorrow and then I'll discuss things with the owner's racing manager, Geoff Lucas, but he's on track and Richard Mullen will ride."
The high-class Danetime colt won his first three starts, including the Group Two Champagne Stakes over seven furlongs at York on September 9, in which he defeated subsequent impressive Group Two Juddmonte Beresford Stakes victor Eagle Mountain by half a length.
Vital Equine went to Longchamp for the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on October 1, when he suffered his first defeat in finishing a fine third to Holy Roman Emperor.
The Angmering Park handler reported: "I was really pleased with his Longchamp run and he's come out of that race well. We're just delighted to have a horse that competes at Group One level.
"I wouldn't have any worries about the ground - he goes on anything. It was soft when he won at York and he performed well when it was on the firm side at Longchamp, so he's pretty versatile."
A typically competitive £150,000 totesport Cesarewich (2.50pm) is in prospect with 36 horses going forward for the famous two and a quarter mile handicap, headed by Baddam, successful in both the Ascot Stakes and the marathon Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot this season. Detroit City, winner of the Triumph Hurdle at the 2006 Cheltenham Festival, is the current ante-post favourite having confirmed his well being with a smooth success in a charity race at Chepstow on Saturday. The totesport Cesarewitch is one of the few handicaps to have eluded Sir Mark Prescott although the Heath House handler looks to have a live contender this year in the shape of Key Time, winner of the Goodwood Stakes on his penultimate appearance.
Champions' Day is further enhanced by the Group Two £90,000 VC Bet Challenge Stakes (2.10pm), for which 19 entries remain, the Group Two £70,000 "In The Pink" Rockfel Stakes (sponsored by Owen Brown), won by Speciosa 12 months ago, the Group Three £50,000 David Wilson Homes Jockey Club Cup (5.20pm) and the £50,000 Unicorn Asset Management Darley Stakes (5.55pm).
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CHAMPIONS' DAY - ORDER OF RUNNING
Newmarket, Saturday, October 14
Time Race Details Age Class Type Dist TV Prize Money
2.10pm VC Bet Challenge Stakes 3+yrs 1 Gp 2 7f Ch4 £90,000
2.50pm totesport Cesarewitch Handicap 3+yrs 1 Open 2m2f Ch4 £150,000
3.25pm Emirates Airline Champion Stakes 3+yrs 1 Gp 1 1m2f Ch4 £350,000
4.10pm Darley Dewhurst Stakes 2yrs 1 Gp 1 7f Ch4 £250,000
4.45pm 'In The Pink' Rockfel Stakes (sponsored by Owen Brown) 2yrs 1 Gp 2 7f RUK £70,000
5.20pm David Wilson Homes Jockey Club Cup 3+yrs 1 Gp 3 2m RUK £50,000
5.55pm Unicorn Asset Management Darley Stakes 3+yrs 1 Gp 3 1m1f RUK £50,000
THE EMIRATES AIRLINE CHAMPION STAKES
Class 1, Group 1, £350,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+, 1m 2f. 3.25pm, Newmarket, Saturday, October 14. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 9lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 9st. Entries closed August 9, entries revealed August 16 (74 entries), forfeit stage September 26 (40 remain), five-day confirmation & £24,000 supplementary entry stage October 9 (15 remain). Final declaration stage, 10.00am, October 12. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys & are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, October 8, 2006.
Form Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer
11140-204 FRACAS (IRE) 4-9-03 Joseph Joyce David Wachman IRE
111-12124 HURRICANE RUN (IRE) 4-9-03 Michael Tabor Andre Fabre FR
61-01325 LAVEROCK (IRE) 4-9-03 Gainsborough Stud Carlos Laffon-Parias FR
3-(6)31152 MARAAHEL (IRE) 5-9-03 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
21-11521 NOTNOWCATO 4-9-03 Anthony & David De Rothschild Sir Michael Stoute
211110-2 PINSON (IRE) 4-9-03 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
310-1636 ROB ROY (USA) 4-9-03 Philip Newton Sir Michael Stoute
4321512 OUIJA BOARD 5-9-00 Lord Derby Ed Dunlop
022-41132 PRIDE (FR) 6-9-00 N P Bloodstock Alain de Royer Dupre FR
63-41152 ARAAFA (IRE) 3-8-12 Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Jeremy Noseda
(0)-0030210 IVAN DENISOVICH (IRE) 3-8-12 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor,Mr & Mrs Irving Cowan Aidan O’Brien IRE
321-23035 OLYMPIAN ODYSSEY 3-8-12 Bill Gredley Barry Hills
1111-21 SIR PERCY 3-8-12 Anthony Pakenham Marcus Tregoning
10-2615 CONFIDENTIAL LADY 3-8-09 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Mark Prescott
6-322212 LAHUDOOD 3-8-09 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Hammond FR
THE DARLEY DEWHURST STAKES
Class 1, Group 1, £250,000 Total Prize Fund. For 2yo entire colts & fillies, 7f. 4.00pm, Newmarket, Saturday, October 14. Weights: colts 9st 1lb; fillies 8st 12lb. Entries closed August 9, entries revealed August 15 (135 entries - 1 entry not qualified), forfeit-stage September 26 (54 remain), five-day confirmation and £15,000 supplementary entry stage October 9 (25 remain), final declaration stage 10.00am, October 12. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys & are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, October 8, 2006.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
1 ADAGIO Derrick Smith,Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Sir Michael Stoute
2224560 ARMIGERENT (IRE) Joy and Valentine Feerick Mark Johnston
21 ASTRONOMER ROYAL (USA) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
2215 BRAVE TIN SOLDIER (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
412 CHINESE WHISPER (IRE) Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
6411331 DUBAI'S TOUCH Salem Suhail Mark Johnston
-030131 DUBAI BUILDER Uplands Acquisitions Limited Stan Moore
51221 EAGLE MOUNTAIN Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
1 HAATEF (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Kevin Prendergast IRE
11 HALICARNASSUS (IRE) Box 41 Mick Channon
11 HAMOODY (USA) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Peter Chapple-Hyam
11204 HE'S A DECOY (IRE) Joseph Joyce David Wachman IRE
101121 HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
06 MOUNT PARNASSUS Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
24233 NAIGANI (USA) Betty Moran, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
213 PRIME DEFENDER S Falle, M Franklin, J Sumsion Barry Hills
14(1) RALLYING CRY (USA) H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
232 RED ROCK CANYON (IRE) Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Diane Nagle Aidan O’Brien IRE
1511 STRATEGIC PRINCE HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Paul Cole
1111 TEOFILO (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
221 TESLIN (IRE) Joy and Valentine Feerick Mark Johnston
1161 THOUSAND WORDS Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
11 TRAFFIC GUARD (USA) Uplands Acquisitions Limited Stan Moore
140 TRINITY COLLEGE (USA) Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
1113 VITAL EQUINE (IRE) Fasthandle Ltd Eoghan O'Neill
25 entries remain at five-day confirmation stage
THE totesport CESAREWITCH (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
Class 2, 2m 2f, £150,000 Total Prize Fund. Newmarket Cesarewitch Course, 2.45pm, Saturday, October 14, 2006. For three-year-olds and upwards. Lowest weight 7st 12lb; highest weight not less than 9st 10lb. Penalties, after August 26, a winner 4lb; of any two races 7lb. Any horse rated above 110 (or 122 if such a horse is three years old) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb. Subsequently, the excess over 110 (or 122 if such a horse is three years old) in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted to that horse without limitation to the highest weight to be carried. Entries closed August 16 (78 entries), forfeit stage September 26 (49 remain). Five-day confirmation stage October 9 (36 remain), final declaration stage, 10.00am ,October 12. Entries supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, October 8, 2006.
Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
50115530 BADDAM 4-9-10 Noel Martin Mick Channon
1-4110(1) FINALMENTE 4-9-08 Edward Kirtland Neville Callaghan
2-25356 VINANDO 5-9-07 Evelyn Hankinson Charles Egerton
64(6)610 DOROTHY'S FRIEND 6-9-03 Mountgrange Stud Roger Charlton
130040//-00 BARATHEA BLAZER 7-9-02 Bettine Evans Kevin McAuliffe
415400 EBTIKAAR (IRE) 4-9-02 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
-(4)(5)(1)(1)04 COLD TURKEY 6-9-02 A Grinter Gary Moore
(1)(1)5612- DETROIT CITY (USA) 4-9-01 Terry Warner Philip Hobbs
50-30(4)00 ODIHAM 5-9-01 D Brooks, J Dean, J Scott Hughie Morrison
162561//-65 SAINT ALEBE 7-8-13 The Howarting's Partnership David Elsworth
0-64500 TARANDOT (IRE) 5-8-12 Norcroft Park Stud George Margarson
21(1)1/01- DONT CALL ME DEREK 5-8-11 Camisgate Racing Club John Quinn
0-54031 MIRJAN (IRE) 10-8-11 Len Lungo Racing Limited Len Lungo
232030515 LETS ROLL 5-8-10 A Crute and Partners Chris Thornton
3/3300-06 CONTACT DANCER (IRE) 7-8-10 Michael Watt Mark Johnston
211112 KEY TIME (IRE) 4-8-09 G Moore - Osborne House Sir Mark Prescott
5(0)5426450 MCELDOWNEY 4-8-08 C Maybury Mark Johnston
0212140 WHISPERING DEATH 4-8-04 G Roberts/F Green William Haggas
22122/0-00 MR ED (IRE) 8-8-04 Gwilym Morris Peter Bowen
///30/5-310 MONOLITH 8-8-04 Elite Racing Club Len Lungo
103-0(0)00 INCHNADAMPH 6-8-03 R Cardwell Tim Fitzgerald
062-00000 DR SHARP (IRE) 6-8-03 The Ivy Syndicate Tom Tate
(1)(1)2451U52 LIGHTNING STRIKE (GER) 3-8-02 Terry Mills Terry Mills
0-5620020 QUIZZENE (USA) 4-8-02 Favourites Racing VII Mark Johnston
32100211 NUMERO DUE 4-8-01 Trattoria Due/Valueplace Ltd George Moore
030206423 TRANCE (IRE) 6-8-01 Nigel Shields David Barron
0/24//-414 FULL HOUSE (IRE) 7-8-01 The Chamberlain Addiscott Partnership Paul Webber
21-10513 SIR MONTY (USA) 4-8-00 Lingfield Breakfast Club Amanda Perrett
021(0)0034 SKI JUMP (USA) 6-8-00 P D Smith Holdings Ltd Richard Fahey
(1)06-2(3)300 GANDALF 4-7-12 R Thompson James Fanshawe
113-43016 DZESMIN (POL) 4-7-10 JAS Partnership Richard Guest
2-65(4)(3)221 THEATRE (USA) 7-7-10 Chris Steward Jamie Poulton
(5)(3)020(1)0 HIGH POINT (IRE) 8-7-09 The Aedean Partnership Gerry Enright
6-052260 BOXHALL (IRE) 4-7-07 Karyl Harris Walter Swinburn
(0)(5)/-30(0)42 LAGGAN BAY (IRE) 6-7-01 B Smith Stan Moore
4(0)(1)(5)56(0) MADIBA 7-5-13 Eastwell Manor Racing Ltd Paul Howling
36 entries remain at five-day confirmation stage
Latest totesport betting
6 Detroit City, 8 Key Time, (from 9) Saint Alebe, 12 Theatre, 14 Dorothy's Friend, Finalmente, 16 Baddam, Lets Roll, Numero Due, 20 (from 25) Contact Dancer, Ebtikaar, Lightning Strike, Mirjan, Whispering Death, 25 Cold Turkey, Don't Call Me Derek, Full House, Inchnadamph, Quizzene, Sir Monty, Vinando, 33 McEldowney, Monolith, Odiham, Ski Jump, 40 Tarandot, Trance, 50 Dr Sharp, Gandalf, High Point, Mr Ed, 66 Boxhall, Dzesmin, 100 Barathea Blazer, Laggan Bay, 500 Madiba