TEOFILO HEADS 30 CONTENDERS FOR THE STAN JAMES 2000 GUINEAS, FINSCEAL BEO TOPS 25 FOR FILLIES’ CLASSIC + GROUND & BOOKING NEWS
Teofilo heads 30 contenders for the £350,000 Group One Stan James 2000 Guineas at Newmarket following today’s confirmation stage.
The unbeaten Jim Bolger-trained colt suffered a minor training setback recently but last year’s European champion two-year-old, winner of the Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes over seven furlongs of the NatWest Rowley Mile course in October, is primed to take on all-comers in the mile Classic on Saturday, May 5.
He is the 9/4 market leader with Stan James while Adagio, who caused a stir in the Stan James 2000 Guineas market when winning the Group Three banshahousestables.com Craven Stakes over the course and distance in a quick time on April 19, is at 3/1.
Adagio and stable companion Al Shemali (66/1) will bid to give Newmarket trainer Sir Michael Stoute his sixth victory in the Newmarket Classic.
French challenger US Ranger was today supplemented as expected. The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained colt is unbeaten in four starts and was impressive when winning the Listed Prix Djebel over seven furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte on April 11.
He is priced at 6/1 with Stan James, alongside Major Cadeaux who looked a colt of Classic-winning potential when handing a three and a half length beating to the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Dutch Art in the Group Three Lane’s End Greenham Stakes at Newbury on April 21.
Richard Hannon, responsible for Major Cadeaux, has trained three winners of the Stan James 2000 Guineas (Mon Fils 1973, Don’t Forget Me 1987, Tirol 1990) and the handler has also left in banshahousestables.com Craven Stakes runner-up Sonny Red (66/1).
Dutch Art (14/1), undefeated in four starts at two and the impressive winner of the Group One Shadwell Middle Park Stakes on the NatWest Rowley Mile in September, will bid to follow in the footsteps of the Chapple-Hyam-trained Rodrigo de Triano who was beaten in the Newbury trial before triumphing in the 1992 Stan James 2000 Guineas.
The Paul Cole-trained Strategic Prince (10/1), successful in the Group Two TNT July Stakes on the July Course at Newmarket last season, also goes forward, as does the Brian Meehan-trained Diamond Tycoon (8/1) who blitzed his rivals when successful in a Newbury mile maiden on April 21.
Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has declared maiden winners Truly Royal (25/1) and Mofaarij (66/1), while Aidan O’Brien is responsible for Mount Nelson (20/1), who landed the Group One Criterium International at Saint Cloud in October (with stable companion Yellowstone (66/1) in third), Group Two winner Eagle Mountain (50/1) and the classy Duke Of Marmalade (28/1).
Others to go forward include the Kevin Prendergast-trained Haatef (12/1) , fourth in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes, Group Two winners Halicarnassus (66/1) and Vital Equine (40/1), Prime Defender (66/1), winner of the Listed Sporting Index European Free Handicap at the NatWest Rowley Mile on April 18, from Tobosa (33/1), and the well-regarded Cockney Rebel (20/1), from the Newmarket yard of Geoff Huffer.
South African trainer Mike de Kock has declared the former Irish-trained Drayton (100/1) who was a respectable fourth behind older rivals in the Listed Al Quoz Sprint over six furlongs at Nad Al Sheba in March, and worked on the NatWest Rowley Mile on Saturday morning.
Finsceal Beo is among 25 fillies declared at today’s six-day confirmation stage for the £350,000 Group One Stan James 1000 Guineas, which takes place at Newmarket on Sunday, May 6.
The Jim Bolger-trained filly won three of five starts last term including the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac Royal Barriere de Deauville at Longchamp and the Group Two Rockfel Stakes on the NatWest Rowley Mile.
Finsceal Beo is an even hotter favourite at 13/8 with the sponsors than stable companion Teofilo is in the Stan James 2000 Guineas. Irish-based Bolger is aiming to emulate Aidan O’Brien’s feat of winning both Guineas two years ago.
Jeremy Noseda has declared Group One Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile winner Simply Perfect (16/1) alongside Sander Camillo (4/1), who was surprisingly beaten by the John Dunlop-trained Scarlet Runner (12/1) when second in the Group Three Shadwell Nell Gwyn Stakes at the course on April 18.
The Tim Pitt-trained Blue Rocket (25/1) was third that day and reopposes, as do three other beaten fillies, Kaseema (25/1), Barshiba (50/1) and Fantasy Parkes (100/1).
The Michael Jarvis-trained Yaqeen (6/1) impressed when winning a seven-furlong maiden on the NatWest Rowley Mile on April 19, while the John Oxx-trained Arch Swing (16/1) maintained her unbeaten status when winning the Dimitrova 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on April 7.
Group One Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes winner Indian Ink (14/1), trained by Richard Hannon, is set to take her chance in the fillies’ Classic, while Mick Channon has declared Treat (33/1) and Sweet Lilly (33/1).
Miss Beatrix (14/1) and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Theann (33/1) complete an Irish-trained quartet, while the likely French raider is Magic America (12/1), who is trained by Criquette Head-Maarek who already won the Classic three times.
The two-day Stan James Guineas Festival also features the £90,000 Group Two StanJamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes over a mile and a half on Sunday, May 6, and there is a high-class potential field of seven left after today’s confirmation stage headed by the Jeremy Noseda-trained St Leger hero Sixties Icon.
The race could also see the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Group Two King Edward VII Stakes winner Papal Bull, the Andre Fabre-trained Linda’s Lad, last season’s Group Two Dante Stakes winner Septimus from the Aidan O’Brien yard, Admiral’s Cruise, Munsef and Mighty.
The feature sprint of the two-day meeting is the five-furlong £50,000 Group Three Stan James Palace House Stakes on Sunday, May 6, which has 12 entries including last season’s third Tax Free, as well as Group Two winner Celtic Mill, Peace Offering and Group Three winner Presto Shinko.
The £50,000 Group Three StanJamesUK.com Dahlia Stakes over nine furlongs, happens on Saturday, May 5 and has nine entries.
The fillies’ contest features the dual Group Three winner Echelon, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, as well as the progressive Godophin filly, Abhisheka, and the Group Two placed Litalia.
FAST GROUND LOOKS ASSURED
The week ahead is set fair for Newmarket according to the forecasters - no rain, plenty of sunshine, temperatures between 19C and 21C (could hit 22C on Sunday) and drying winds - so watering will be continuing on the NatWest Rowley Mile ahead of the Stan James Guineas Festival.
"The ground will inevitably be quick at the weekend, but we will ensure that it is safe with no jar," commented Director of Racing, Michael Prosser. "We started watering again today and the whole track will get 10 millimetres. The likelihood is that at the very least we'll be watering again at the end of the week, but amounts will be dictated by the daily evapo-transpiration rates which we will be monitoring very carefully."
PREMIER ENCLOSURE SET TO SELL OUT ON SATURDAY
For the first time ever, the Premier Enclosure (formerly Members’ Enclosure) at Newmarket’s NatWest Rowley Mile racecourse looks set to sell out for Stan James 2000 Guineas Day on Saturday.
Last year the attendance on the day was just 500 away from reaching capacity in this enclosure and this year advance sales are running ahead of last year’s level by more than that figure. The other enclosures (Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure and Rowley Enclosure (formerly Family Enclosure)) are also selling well but there will be capacity available on the day on Saturday for these two enclosures as there will be in all three enclosures on Sunday.
"If you want to go into the Premier Enclosure on Saturday, you are strongly advised to purchase your badges in advance," said Gaynor Haxby, Marketing Manager for Newmarket Racecourses. "We are almost certain to have some to sell on Saturday morning, but I would expect them to have gone before racing starts.
"If you book in advance online at www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk you will enjoy a 20% discount, another good reason to buy now."
Admission Prices for Stan James Guineas Festival, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May
Premier Enclosure - £36 per day (£28.80 if booked in advance online)
Grandstand & Paddock - £22 per day (£17.60 if booked in advance online)
Rowley Enclosure £8 per day
All accompanied children aged under 16 admitted FREE to all enclosures
Car parking is FREE
Telephone bookings (subject, along with website transactions, to a £2.50 booking fee per order) can be made by calling 01638 675 500.
THE STAN JAMES 2000 GUINEAS
Class 1, Group 1, £350,000 Total Prize Fund. Newmarket, 3.25pm, Saturday, May 5, 2007. For three-year-old entire colts & fillies only. One mile. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed March 7, entries revealed March 21 (86 entries). Forfeit stage April 24 (38 remained), £25,000 supplementary entry stage & six-day confirmation stage April 30 (29 confirmed, 1 supplementary entry received). Final declaration stage, 10.00am, May 3. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, April 29, 2007.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
10-1 ADAGIO Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Sir Michael Stoute
01-4 AL SHEMALI Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
2125-6 BIG ROBERT Martin Graham William Muir
123- COCKNEY REBEL (IRE) Phil Cunningham Geoff Huffer
001016-05 DANUM DANCER Abbott Gostling McGrane Senior Hart Neville Bycroft
2-1 DIAMOND TYCOON (USA) Racegoers Club Owners Group Brian Meehan
11255-4 DRAYTON (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum Mike de Kock RSA
212- DUKE OF MARMALADE (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
1111-2 DUTCH ART Susan Roy And Cheveley Park Stud Peter Chapple-Hyam
512214- EAGLE MOUNTAIN Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
6104-(3) EVENS AND ODDS (IRE) Catherine O'Flynn Kevin Ryan
21050-(0)3 FISHFORCOMPLIMENTS Mel Roberts and Nicola Meese Richard Fahey
14- HAATEF (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Kevin Prendergast IRE
110-3 HALICARNASSUS (IRE) Box 41 Mick Channon
(1)(1)(1)(1)-(3)(2) HURRICANE SPIRIT (IRE) The Little House Partnership John Best
2510(3)- JO'BURG (USA) Alan Spence Amanda Perrett
12-1 MAJOR CADEAUX N A Woodcock, A C Pickford & David Mort Richard Hannon
2(2)(1)-(2)(1)(4)4 MASTERSHIP (IRE) Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum Clive Brittain
2-1 MOFARIJ Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
211- MOUNT NELSON Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
2130(1)-(2)1 PRIME DEFENDER S Falle, M Franklin, J Sumsion Barry Hills
r50436-0 SLANEY TIME (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
114-2 SONNY RED (IRE) Michael Pescod & Mr J A Leek Richard Hannon
15113- STRATEGIC PRINCE HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Paul Cole
11111- TEOFILO (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
011126-2 TOBOSA Collins, Randall, Rich & Turnbull William Jarvis
1-2 TRULY ROYAL Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
* 111-1 US RANGER (USA) Michael Tabor Jean Claude Rouget FR
111350- VITAL EQUINE (IRE) Fasthandle Ltd Eoghan O'Neill
103-5 YELLOWSTONE (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
Class 1, Group 1, £350,000 Total Prize Fund. Newmarket, 3.10pm, Sunday, May 6, 2007. For three-year-old fillies only. One mile. Weights: 9st each. Entries closed March 7, entries revealed March 21 (70 entries). Forfeit stage April 24 (32 remained), £25,000 supplementary entry stage & six-day confirmation stage April 30 (25 confirmations). Final declaration stage, 10.00am, May 4. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, April 29, 2007.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
11- 1 ARCH SWING (USA) Pat Garvey John Oxx IRE
(2)-(1)5 BARSHIBA (IRE) Jeff Smith David Elsworth
21025-(4) BICOASTAL (USA) Andrew Rosen Brian Meehan
120-3 BLUE ROCKET (IRE) Joey Barton, Trevor Sinclair & Willie McKay Tim Pitt
2-0 CARTIMANDUA Fiona Williams Ed McMahon
52312-(0)0 DARRFONAH (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
1-0 FANTASY PARKES Joseph Heler Kevin Ryan
12611- FINSCEAL BEO (IRE) Michael Ryan Jim Bolger IRE
014211-2 INDIAN INK (IRE) Raymond Tooth Richard Hannon
10-4 KASEEMA (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
163261-1 MAGIC AMERICA (USA) Tony Ryan Criquette Head-Maarek FR
102311- MISS BEATRIX (IRE) Bill Durkan Kevin Prendergast IRE
21-(5)0 PRINCESS VALERINA G J Hicks Barry Hills
123-0 PUGGY (IRE) Investment AB Rustningen Roy Kvisla
411-2 SANDER CAMILLO (USA) Sir Robert Ogden Jeremy Noseda
134(0)-(2)(0) SATULAGI (USA) Fitri Hay Stan Moore
013150-1 SCARLET RUNNER Nicholas Jones John Dunlop
6311- SELINKA Robert Barnett Richard Hannon
213011- SIMPLY PERFECT Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Jeremy Noseda
311141- SWEET LILLY Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
225521-3 THEANN Evie Stockwell Aidan O'Brien IRE
012- TREAT Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXXVI Mick Channon
641210-6 VITAL STATISTICS Setsquare Recruitment David Elsworth
2312-0 WAIT WATCHER (IRE) Michael Wiley Paul Blockley
3-1 YAQEEN Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis