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Friday, May 7, 2004


CHESTER MAY MEETING
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2004



THREE-DAY CROWD UP OVER 4,000

Today’s crowd at Chester was 22,400, down 400 on the equivalent day last year, but the three-day May Meeting attendance was 61,928, up over 4,000 on the 2003 meeting.


THOMAS REFLECTS ON GREAT WEEK

With another bumper crowd anticipated today on top of attendances of 18,229 on Wednesday and 21,299 for Ladies’ Day yesterday, Chester Racecourse’s chief executive Richard Thomas believes that the May Meeting’s new format has been a success.


The meeting this year moved to Wednesday to Friday, having traditionally been held from Tuesday to Thursday.


“Moving the meeting away from the Bank Holiday this year has definitely helped us in terms of crowd numbers,” said Thomas.

“The weather on the first day didn’t help but so far the attendances have been excellent and today we are expecting over 20,000 people again.


“We have called today City Day when a lot of people are taking the afternoon off and local businesses are giving their staff half days. The city of Chester has really got behind it.”

But Thomas added that he would be considering altering the race programme for the 2005 May Meeting.


He added: “Being critical of ourselves, we need to take a look at the race programme. We have to consider whether we should start with the totesport Chester Cup on the opening day or move it to the middle day. There is a real strain on the ground having 17 runners in a long-distance race on the first day.


“We were very happy with the MBNA Chester Vase and pleased with the original declarations for today’s Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes - it’s just a shame some trainers decided not to run their horses.”

LEADING TRAINERS AT THE END OF THE MEETING

trainers 1st 2nd 3rd
Barry Hills 2 3 2
Geoff Wragg 2 1 1
Mark Johnston 2 1 -
Bryan McMahon 2 - -
John Gosden 1 1 1
David Nicholls 1 - 3
Peter Harris 1 - 1
Eric Alston 1 - -
Peter Chapple-Hyam 1 - -
Brian Ellison 1 - -
Michael Jarvis 1 - -
Stuart Kittow 1 - -
Linda Perratt 1 - -
Richard Price 1 - -
Mark Wallace 1 - -
David Evans - 1 2
Alan Bailey - 1 1
David Arbuthnot - 1 -
Brian Baugh - 1 -
Alan Berry - 1 -
Clive Brittain - 1 -
Mick Channon - 1 -
Paul Cole - 1 -
David Loder - 1 -
Brian Meehan - 1 -
John Quinn - 1 -
Kevin Ryan - 1 -
Marcus Tregoning - 1 -
Michael Bell - - 1
Gerard Butler - - 1
James Given - - 1
Chris Grant - - 1
Peter Hiatt - - 1
Fulke Johnson Houghton - - 1
Ian Semple - - 1
Mark Tompkins - - 1


BETDAQ LEADING JOCKEYS AT THE END OF THE MEETING


jockeys 1st 2nd 3rd
Richard Hills 2 2 1
Michael Hills 2 1 1
Graham Gibbons 2 - -
Kieren Fallon 1 2 1
Ted Durcan 1 1 1
Jimmy Quinn 1 1 -
Kevin Darley 1 - 2
Adrian Nicholls 1 - 1
Martin Dwyer 1 - -
Tom Eaves 1 - -
John Egan 1 - -
Nicky Mackay 1 - -
Robert Miles 1 - -
Philip Robinson 1 - -
Willie Supple 2 - -
Frankie Dettori - 3 2
Darryll Holland - 2 3
Johnny Murtagh - 1 2
Eddie Ahern - 1 -
Keith Dalgleish - 1 -
Joe Fanning - 1 -
Paul Fessey - 1 -
Sam Hitchcott - 1 -
Frannie Norton - 1 -
Steve Carson - - 1
Tony Culhane - - 1
Steve Drowne - - 1
Paul Hanagan - - 1
Richard Quinn - - 1






FIRST RACE WINNING QUOTES
BANK OF SCOTLAND RATED STAKES (HANDICAP)

PTARMIGAN FLIES HOME

The Linda Perratt-trained Ptarmigan Ridge prevailed by a head to land the opening Bank Of Scotland Rated Stakes by a head from Simianna.


The winner is now being aimed at the £50,000 Victor Chandler Sprint Challenge at Musselburgh on May 29, when the horse will race for the day for the winner of a competition run by the sponsors.


Tim Finch, representing Perratt, said: “He may not run again before Musselburgh as he goes best when fresh. I thought he was in trouble at the bottom bend today but he managed to get out of it.


“Everyone thinks he wants very soft ground but I don’t think it has to be that soft - he goes on good and as long as there’s just a bit of cut he’s happy.”

Nicky Mackay, the winning jockey, said: “I was a little bit worried about whether I was going to get a run. This horse has to be covered up and come late. It worked out perfectly today.


“I am glad they moved the rail out because the ground was tacky on the inside. The ground has dried out a lot - good ground.”


Race One Placed Quotes - Bank of Scotland Rated Handicap

SIMIANNA PIPPED ON THE POST

Simianna, beaten a head by Ptarmigan Ridge in the opener, still ranks as one of the great bargain fillies of the decade.


Part-owner, Noel Delaney, one of the Monkey Partnership, said:”She cost us just £1,000, yet she has now amassed prize money of over £72,000 - that’s what you call a bargain.


“York might come too quick, but there is a six-furlong race for fillies and mares coming up at Ripon, and that will suit her well. The way she finished today suggests that the extra distance will be in our favour.”


GROUND COMMENTS (after first race)

Nicky Mackay - on the soft side, but moving the rails has really helped

Alex Greaves - fine, no problem

Tom McLaughlin - good to soft

Kevin Darley - good

Darryll Holland - slow side of good, but if those trainers who withdrew because of the ground were here now I think they would run

Kieren Fallon - soft

Frannie Norton - good - it has dried out well

Robert Winston - dead

Tony Culhane - soft

Michael Hills - genuine good to soft ground

Willie Supple - dead

Adrian Nicholls - dead



Second race quotes - Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes

THE DREAM CONTINUES
This is proving quite a week for geldings, and, following hard on the heels of Red Lancer who took the MBNA Eutrope Bank Chester Vase here yesterday, African Dream proved yet another advertisement for having colts cut when making it four out of four for Peter Chapple-Hyam with another polished performance to win the Group 3 Jardine Llloyd Thompson Dee Stakes.


Chapple-Hyam, who claimed African Dream for £20,000 after his Polytrack success at Lingfield in February, was well pleased with the 2-5 shot, who quickened up well to cut down Putra Sas in the last furlong and score readily by three parts of a length.


He said: “African Dream just keeps on improving, and, while we can’t run in the Derby and the Arc, we might well have a look at the Eclipse (Sandown, Group One, July 3).


“However, he must have some cut in the ground, so we are looking more towards the back-end, though if Royal Ascot came up wet we might well have a tilt at the King Edward VII Stakes.”

African Dream will have a little holiday down, but Chapple-Hyam is convinced that there are more
Group races to be won.


He added: “Make no mistake, he is very good - and I knew that after I galloped him for the second time.


“Like me, he pulls out a bit stiff in the morning, but fortunately he doesn’t cough as much as me!

“He is like Jake The Peg - I think he has one leg longer than the other!”

Chapple-Hyam, who has gradually built up his string since returning from a four-year stint in Hong Kong, is now full up with a team at 40 at St Gatien Stables in Newmarket, and he is looking for more boxes.



QUINN ON A HIGH

Reflecting on the rapid rise of African Charm, Jimmy Quinn, who rode the winner, said: “It took me 16 years to ride a Group winner in this country, and now I have ridden two in a fortnight (he also won the
Betfred Classic Trial at Sandown).


““Frankie (Dettori) really kicked from the four pole, so I went in pursuit and my fellow quickened up well in the straight and was only dossing in front.


“I’ve always said he was a good horse and he has done it again today. The track was not in his favour - he prefers a more galloping one - and the pace slackened down the back.”


BARRY HILLS DISAPPOINTED

Barry Hills was down in the mouth after Mutawassel had trailed in last of three.


Hills said:”I was very disappointed by that. He never did too much right during the race and was on the wrong leg most of the way round. He has definitely got ability but he is a big baby and still very immature. He needs racing to get him in shape.”


THIRD RACE QUOTES
BETDAQ ORMONDE STAKES (GROUP 3)

SYSTEMATIC CONTINUES GREAT WEEK FOR JOHNSTON

Middleham trainer Mark Johnston continued a memorable week when the five-year-old entire Systematic held off a persistent challenge from The Whistling Teal to take the Group 3 Betdaq Ormonde Stakes by a length and three quarters.


“I was very hopeful beforehand and it’s nice to see these old five-year-olds - him and Bandari - come back. Two years ago they were our big hopes,” said Johnston.

“If I’d been asked in February or March last year which horse was my best chance of a Group 1 winner I’d have said this fellow. I can’t even remember what injury he got - I think he fractured a cannon bone - and the downside of every sport is that you’ll get injuries, sometimes it can be heartbreaking.


“The big hopes for him now will be races like the Coronation Cup and Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.”

Geoff Wragg, trainer of The Whistling Teal, said: “The old boy has run his heart out and just got run out of it in the last half furlong. If he comes out of this OK he might go for the Aston Park Stakes at Newbury.”

Gerard Butler hoped that Compton Bolter’s third place was signalling a return to form for the stable.


“The leader went off very fast and the first two were probably a different class,” said Butler. “My fellow has had an easy time after Dubai and I hope this run shows there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for the yard.”


Race Four quotes - Boodle & Dunthorne Maiden Stakes


PENNY DROPS FOR IKTITAF


He might be a slow learner, but everything clicked into place at the third attempt for Iktitaf, who swooped up the inside rail to win by half a length from the inexperienced newcomer Line Support, who ran very green and threw the Boodle & Dunthorne Maiden Stakes away when hanging violently right in the last 50 yards.


John Gosden, the winning trainer, was not present, but Angus Gold, representing owner-breeder, Sheikh Hamdan Al-Maktoum, said: “The penny was slow to drop, but Richard (Hills) reckons he started to get his act together in the last two furlongs, and he clearly learned a lot from that race.


“He is a big horse, and I was pleasantly surprised how he nipped through a gap on the inside in the straight. I wasn’t sure that he would have the speed, but he has done the job well.”


LINE DRAWING OFF TRACK

Only lack of a race prevented Line Drawing from making a winning debut.


Having struck the front early in the straight, Kieren Fallon powered towards the wire on Line Drawing, but thecolt ducked out to the right in the shadow of the post and was caught and beaten half a length.


Barry Hills, who trains Line Drawing, said: “He came to win his race but ran off a true line. It was just inexperience that beat him, but he is a nice horse.”

The stewards ruled that the interference between Line drawing and the favourite Larkwing, who finished third, was accidental.



FIFTH RACE QUOTES
WARWICK INTERNATIONAL RATED STAKES

NICHOLLS TEAM SCORE WITH CHAPPEL

Jockey Adrian Nicholls made the most of his prime draw in stall one to kick off in front early on aboard Chappel Cresent and coast home three lengths clear of Nashaab.


“He travels well and being drawn one, he had it all in his favour before the off,” said the winning rider.

“The horse put his head down and travelled really well. It is a bit tacky out there but he handled it quite well. I kicked off going round the bend and the second horse couldn’t get back to me.”

The winner is trained by the jockey’s father, David Nicholls, who added: “He’s a very honest, genuine horse with natural ability and pace.

“He likes the ground and had a good draw, which is very important here. You need to have your wits about you riding about here as Adrian did and dictated from the off.


“He probably just didn’t get home over a mile last time.”



Race Six quotes - Cheshire Regiment Handicap

COURT OF APPEAL STAGES ENCORE

Despite racing off an 8lb higher mark, veteran Court of Appeal defied topweight to win the Cheshire Regiment Handicap, the last race of a very successful Chester May Meeting, for the second year running.


In what proved an all-Malton finish, Brian Ellison’s Court of Appeal proved just too strong for Aleron - trained by neighbour John Quinn - and galloped clear in the last 200 yards to score by two and a half lengths.


Ellison said: “I was not confident about an encore - I thought the weight might get to him. But he came back this year and won at Catterick, and I honestly think that he is improved since last year.


“Tom (Eaves) gave him a smashing ride. He is a very good 5lb claimer, but he needs to ride winners to boost his confidence.


“The key to Court of Appeal is the track. He likes a sharp course, where he can kick off the bend, but he is a terrific work horse, and anything that can live with him on the gallops has to be very good.


“We galloped Zibeline with Court of Appeal before he won at Liverpool, and Zibeline murdered this horse, but there aren’t many horses who will kick him out of the way, He has never done a bad piece of work since we’ve had him.”



FIRST RACE RESULT
1.55pm BANK OF SCOTLAND RATED HANDICAP

Class B, £25,000 added. 5f, For 4yo+ rated 0-100. Highest weight 9st 7lb. Minimum weight 8st 4lb. Penalties: after April 24, a winner 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £15,381.60; 2nd: £5,834.40; 3rd: £2,917.20; 4th: £1,326; 5th: £663; 6th: £397.80

1 PTARMIGAN RIDGE (The Hon Miss Heather Galbraith) Linda Perratt 8-8-01 Nicky Mackay (3) [4] 14-1
2 SIMIANNA (The Monkey Partnership) Alan Berry 5-8-09 Frannie Norton [2] 8-1
3 MAKTAVISH (D Savala) Ian Semple 5-8-06 Paul Hanagan [1] 7-2jf
4 NATIVE TITLE (C McKenna) David Nicholls 6-8-04 Adrian Nicholls [9]
5 CORRIDOR CREEPER (Garry & Libby Johnson) Milton Bradley 7-8-11 Darryll Holland [5]
6 JOHNSTON'S DIAMOND (Mollington Golf Club Boys) Eric Alston 6-8-10 Kieren Fallon [3]
7 CAPE ROYAL (David Brotherton) Lynda Ramsden 4-8-09 Frankie Dettori [6] 7-2jf
8 TALBOT AVENUE (Mrs C Wilson) Mick Mullineaux 6-8-04 Willie Supple [7]
9 VITA SPERICOLATA (First Class Entertainment) John Wainwright 7-8-07 Robert Winston [12]
10 SMOKIN BEAU (Turf 2000 Ltd) Nick Littmoden 7-9-05 Tom McLaughlin [11]
11 FURTHER OUTLOOK (Ken Ivory) Dean Ivory 10-8-07 Tony Culhane [8]
12 WHITBARROW (Seasons Holidays) Milton Bradley 5-8-13 Kevin Darley [10]
13 PALAWAN (M Evans) Andrew Balding 8-8-05 Michael Hills [13]
14 POMFRET LAD (Maxilead Ltd) David Nicholls 6-9-07 Alex Greaves [14] 14 ran

Dist: hd, 3/4, 1/2, hd, 1, 1 3/4, 3, 1 1/2, sh, 1, 1 1/4, 10, nk Time: 1m 2.22s
Breeder: Heather Galbraith Breeding: Sea Raven - Panayr (Faraway Times)
Tote Win: £17.80 Places: £3.80; £2.60; £1.60 Exacta:£99.30

Winning trainer:- Name: Perratt, Linda
Date of birth: 10/10/63 Riding career: Amateur 1986 - 9 wins Date of first licence: August 1, 1991Trains at Cree Lodge, Craigie Road, Ayr Major wins: William Hill Trophy Handicap (1998 Friar Tuck), Bunbury Cup Handicap (1998 Ho Leng) Horses in training (1995-2004): 23, 25, 30, 34,33, 40, 47, 38, 31,29 Wins (1995-2003): 10:13:16:10:21:20:22:13:10

Winning jockey:-Name: Mackay, Nicky Wins in 2002-03: 13; 36 Background: Son of jockey Allan Mackay, apprenticed to Luca Cumani in Newmarket Riding Weight: 7st 7lb Wins This Season: 3


SECOND RACE RESULT
2.25pm JARDINE LLOYD THOMPSON DEE STAKES

Class A, Group 3 Race, 1m 2f 79yds, £70,000 guaranteed, for 3yo colts and geldings. Weights: 8st 8lb.Penalties: a winner of a Group 3 race of 7f or more 3lb; of a Group 2 race of 7f or more 5lb; of a Group 1 race of 7f or more 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £41,650; 2nd: £15,400; 3rd: £7,700; 4th: £3,500; 5th: £1,750

1 AFRICAN DREAM (Franconson Partners) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3-8-11 Jimmy Quinn [2] 2/5 fav
2 PUTRA SAS (HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah) Paul Cole 3-8-08 Frankie Dettori [5] 4/1
3 MUTAWASSEL (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3-8-08 Willie Supple [4]

3 ran Non-runners: No 2 Always First (ground), No 3 Andean (ground), No 4 Mutahayya (vet’s certificate)
Dist: 3/4, 1 1/2 Time: 2m 19.74s
Breeder: E Landi Breeding: Mark Of Esteem - Fleet Hill (Warrshan)
Tote Win: £1.40 Exacta: £1.80

Winning trainer:-Name: Chapple-Hyam, Peter William
Date of birth:2/4/63 Date of first licence:1991Previous Occupation: Assistant to Barry Hills. Trained at Manton, now occupied by John Gosden. Returned from spell training in Hong Kong at the beginning of 2004. Classic wins: (2) Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1992 Rodrigo De Triano), Vodafone Derby (1992 Dr Devious)
Wins in a season (1991-2003): 27:41:52:39:37:52:37:37:n/a:n/a:n/a:n/a:n/a Horses in training (1992-2004): 73:79:98:96:113:84:86:96:n/a:n/a:n/a:n/a:n/a
Other major wins include: Irish 2,000 Guineas (1992 Rodrigo De Triano, 1994 Turtle Island, 1995 Spectrum), Italian Derby (1993 White Muzzle, 1997 Single Empire),Champion Stakes (1992 Rodrigo De Triano, 1995 Spectrum), Irish Champion Stakes (1992 Dr Devious), Prix de la Salamandre (1996 Revoque), Grand Criterium (1996 Revoque), Juddmonte International Stakes (1992 Rodrigo De Triano), French 2000 Guineas (1998 Victory Note), Racing Post Trophy (1998 Commander Collins), Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes (2004 African Dream)

Winning jockey:-Name: Quinn, James Anthony. Date of birth: 20/5/67 Apprenticeship: Apprentice school in Ireland. Served with John Oxx for a year, and Pat Rohan between 1984-87 First winner: Tarleton (Ayr, March 25, 1984) Major wins include: Lincoln Handicap (1992 High Low), Tote International (2003 New Seeker), Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes (2004 African Dream)
Wins (1987-2003): 14,23,19,31,32,48,73,43,56,73,61,58,77,36,31,101,49 Wins this season: 34

THIRD RACE RESULT
2.55pm BETDAQ ORMONDE STAKES

Class A, Group 3 Race, 1m 5f 89yds, £75,000 guaranteed, for 4yo+. Weights: colts and geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 8lb. Penalties: after May 31, 2003, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group 2 race 5lb; of a Group 1 race 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £43,500; 2nd: £16,500; 3rd: £8,250; 4th: £3,750; 5th: £1,875; 6th: £1,125

1 SYSTEMATIC (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 5-8-11 Kevin Darley [7] 5-2 fav
2 THE WHISTLING TEAL (Mrs F Veasey) Geoff Wragg 8-8-11 Darryll Holland [5] 7-2
3 COMPTON BOLTER (Erik Penser) Gerard Butler 7-8-11 Frankie Dettori [1] 15-2
4 ROYAL CAVALIER (The Three R’s) Reg Hollinshead 7-8-11 Willie Supple [6]
5 FOREST MAGIC (Peter Gleeson, Julian Smith, Loz Conway) Paul D'Arcy 4-8-11 Eddie Ahern [8]
6 LIMERICK BOY (Favourites Racing) Venetia Williams 6-8-11 Ted Durcan [10]
7 RAWYAAN (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 5-8-11 Richard Hills [2]
8 NARRATIVE (Sheikh Mohammed) David Loder 6-8-08 Tom Queally (3) [3]
9 FIRST CHARTER (Saeed Suhail) Sir Michael Stoute 5-8-11 Kieren Fallon [4]

9 ran Non-runner: No 2 Dutch Gold (ground)
Dist: 1 3/4, 12, hd, 1 3/4, 5, 3/4, 2, 30 Time: 2m 56.34s
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd Breeding: Rainbow Quest - Sensation (Soviet Star)
Tote Win: £3.10 Places: £1.60; £1.70; £2.30 Exacta:£9.20

Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born: Glasgow, 10/9/59 Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practiced as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA Classic win: (2) UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys), UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Other major wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 Royal Rebel), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D'Inde), Sagaro Stakes (1995 & 1996 Double Trigger), Doncaster Cup (1995,1996 & 1998 Double Trigger), Futurity Stakes (1994 Jural), Cornwallis Stakes (1994 Millstream), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1995, 1997 & 1998 Double Trigger, 2000 Royal Rebel), Princess Margaret Stakes (1992 Marina Park), Champagne Lanson Vintage Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys), Royal Lodge Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Fruits Of Love), Dubai Turf Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits of Love), Lingfield Derby Trial (2002 Bandari), Chester Vase (2002 Fight Your Corner), Classic Trial (2002 Simeon), Peugeot Gordon Stakes (2002 Bandari), Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Harvest Stakes (2002 Love Everlasting), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2003 Attraction), Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 and 2002 Royal Rebel), King George V Handicap (1995 Diaghilef, 2002 Systematic, , 2003 Fanrtastic Love), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D’Inde), Britannia Handicap (1997 Fly To The Stars), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits Of Love, 2002 Zindabad), Chesham Stakes (2000 Celtic Silence, 2002 Helm Bank, 2003 Pearl Of Love), Queen’s Vase (2001 And Beyond, 2003 Shanty Star), Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (2001 Takamaka Bay), Queen Mary Stakes (2003 Attraction), Norfolk Stakes (2003 Russian Valour), Betdaq Ormonde Stakes (2004 Systematic) Wins in a season (1987-2003): 1: 5: 15: 28: 31: 53: 77: 117: 114: 116: 123: 100:113:130:116: 134 (most victories in Britain): 139 Number of horses in training (1987-2003): n/a: 17: 18: 35: 35: 39: 49: 72: 120: 117: 120:130: 147:152:159:178:178 Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Wins This Season: 24

Winning jockey:-Name: Darley, Kevin Paul. Born: Tettenhall, Staffordshire, 5/8/60 Apprenticeship: 1976, with Reg Hollinshead. First winner: Dust Up (Haydock 5/8/77) Classic Wins (2): St Leger (2002 Bollin Eric); UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) First big win: Bovis Handicap (Van Laser - Ascot, October 8, 1977) Major wins include: Park Hill Stakes (1984 Borushka), Racing Post Trophy (1994 Celtic Swing, 2001 High Chaparral), Prix du Jockey-Club (1995 Celtic Swing), Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Coastal Bluff - dead-heat with Ya Malak), Theo Fennell Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (2000 Pipalong), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory, 2002 Where Or When), Harvest Stakes (2001 Lilium), Jockey Club Cup (2001 Capal Garmon), Swinley Stakes (2002 Monturani), William Hill Mile (2002 Smirk), Harvest Stakes (2001 Lilium, 2002 Love Everlasting), Rockfel Stakes (2002 Luvah Girl), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2003 Attraction), Betdaq Ormonde Stakes (2004 Systematic) Wins 1991-03: 66; 91; 143; 154; 148; 113; 128; 94; 118; 155; 162; 113; 125 Other Details: Champion Jockey 2000 Wins This Season: 17


FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2004
FOURTH RACE RESULT

3.30pm BOODLE & DUNTHORNE MAIDEN STAKES
Class D, £12,000 added, for 3yo. 1m 2f 75y, Weights: colts & geldings 9st; fillies 8st 9lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £8,287.50; 2nd: £2,550; 3rd: £1,275; 4th: £637.50

1 IKTITAF (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 3-9-00 Richard Hills [3] 3-1
2 LINE DRAWING (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon [1] 9-1
3 LARKWING (Mollers Racing) Geoff Wragg 3-9-00 Darryll Holland [2] 5-4fav
4 MOUFTARI (Ahmed Buhaleeba) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Michael Hills [8]
5 PATRIXPRIAL (Pat Betts) Mark Tompkins 3-9-00 Neil Callan [4]
6 BALIMAYA (Razza Pallorsi) Jeremy Noseda 3-8-09 Eddie Ahern [5]
7 GO GREEN (David Evans) David Evans 3-8-09 Joanna Badger [7]
8 PHOENIX EYE (R Williamson) Mick Mullineaux 3-9-00 Willie Supple [6]

8 ran
Dist: 1/2, 1 1/4, sh, 1 1/2, 1 1/2, 14, 14 Time: 2m 17.20s
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Ltd Breeding: Alhaarth - Istibshar (Mr Prospector)
Tote Win: £4.70 Places: £1.50; £1.40; £1.10 Exacta:£12.70
Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born:Hove, 30/3/51 Classic Winners: (3) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Vodafone Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), St Leger (1996 Shantou), Wins in a season (1989-2003):28:87:86:113:110:93:86:75:91:77:74:82:55:85:72 Other major wins include: French 1,000 Guineas (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), 2000 Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 1997 Shantou), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Challenge Stakes (1993 Catrail), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), Hungerford Stakes (1994 Pollen Count - dh with Young Ern), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (1995 Presenting), Prix de l’Abbaye (1991Keen Hunter), Grosser Preis Von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Gran Premio di Milano (1997 Shantou), Prix Lupin (1995 Flemensfirth), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix de la Salamandre (1995 Lord Of Men), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan), Theo Fennell Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory), Victor Chandler European Free Handicap (2001 Clearing), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), Royal Lodge Stakes (1996 Benny The Dip, 2002 Al Jadeed), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream) Trains at Manton, Marlborough Wiltshire. Previously at Newmarket Wins this season: 13
Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Richard John. Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Tom Jones. First winner: Border Dawn (Doncaster 26/10/79) Classic wins: (4) UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan), UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas (2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1999 Mutafaweq) Other major wins: German Oaks (2002 Salve Regina), Middle Park Stakes (1997 Hayil), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1994 Maroof, 2001 Summoner); Yorkshire Cup (1985 Ilium); Norfolk Stakes (1986 Sizzling Melody, 1989 Pettilante), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Queen Mary Stakes (1997 Nadwah), July Cup (1998 Elnadim), Hungerford Stakes (1998 Muhtathir), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel), Temple Stakes (1999 Tipsy Creek); Rockfel Stakes (1999 Lahan); September Stakes (2000 Mutamam); Flutter.com Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), Autumn Stakes (2000 Nayef), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Dubai Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Falmouth Stakes (2000 Alshakr, 2002 Tashawak), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Royal Lodge Stakes (1998 Mutaahab, 2002 Al Jadeed) Wins (1990-2003):56, 67,52,57,59,70,71,85,83,77,81,79,81,75 Wins this season: 9

FIFTH RACE RESULT
4.05pm WARWICK INTERNATIONAL RATED HANDICAP
Class C, £15,000 added. 7f 122yds, For 4yo+ rated 0-90. Highest weight 9st 7lb. Minimum weight 8st 4lb. Penalties: after April 24, a winner 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £10,379.09; 2nd: £3,936.90; 3rd: £1,968.45; 4th: £894.75; 5th: £447.38; 6th: £268.43

1 CHAPPEL CRESENT (Ann Coogan) David Nicholls 4-9-04 Adrian Nicholls [1] 15-2
2 NASHAAB (Mike Lawrence) David Evans 7-9-04 Kieren Fallon [4] 5-1
3 RETIREMENT (Ben Allen) Mark Tompkins 5-8-09 Darryll Holland [3] 2-1fav
4 FLINT RIVER (The Firm) Hughie Morrison 6-8-07(inc2lbow) Tony Culhane [7] 12-1
5 H HARRISON (Ivy House Racing) Ian McInnes 4-8-11 Eddie Ahern [2]
6 DIGITAL (Bill Wightman) Mick Channon 7-9-04 Sam Hitchcott (3) [11]
7 TIME N TIME AGAIN (Springs Equestrian Partnership) Eric Alston 6-8-05 Willie Supple [15]
8 BANJO BAY (Middleham Park Racing XXIII) David Nicholls 6-9-03 Alex Greaves [9]
9 QUEENS RHAPSODY (C Martin) Alan Bailey 4-9-02 Ted Durcan [6]
10 IDLE POWER (The Idle B’s) Jim Boyle 6- 8-04 Willie Supple [8]
11 RAPHAEL (Mrs K Arton) Tim Easterby 5-8-09 Dale Gibson [12]
12 RISKA KING (Market Avenue Racing Club) Richard Fahey 4-8-03(inc1lbow) Tony Hamilton (3) [16]
13 DAME DE NOCHE (The G-Guck Group) James Given 4-9-07 Michael Fenton [10]
14 HAIL THE CHIEF (Peter Crane) David Nicholls 7-8-07 Michael Hills [14]
15 CARDINAL VENTURE (Tony Fawcett) Kevin Ryan 6-9-04 Neil Callan [18]
16 SOLLER BAY (Melba Bryce) Karl Burke 7-8-06 Darren Williams [17]
17 SMIRFYS SYSTEMS (Dian Plant) Mark Brisbourne 5-8-11 John Egan [5]
18 WARDEN WARREN (Annwell Inn Syndicate) Christine Dunnett 6-7-13 Hayley Turner (5) [13]

18 ran
Dist: 3, 1/2, 1, nk, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, hd, 3/4, nk, 1 1/4, 1/2, 1 3/4, 3 1/2, nk, 12, 13, 5 Time: 1m 36.03s
Breeder: Gerry Coogan Breeding: College Chapel - Inshad (Indian King)
Tote Win: £8.40 Places: £1.90; £1.90; £1.30; £2.80 Exacta:£28.80

Winning trainer:- Name: Nicholls, David
Date of birth: 30/4/56 Riding career: Professional - 421 winners Trains at Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, Yorkshire Horses in training (1996-2004): 37:45: 45: 46: 58:78:74:82:82 Wins in a season (1993-2003): 0: 21: 26: 30: 44: 50:75: 73:47:65:65 Other details: Married to Alex Greaves: two children Major wins: Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Ya Malak dh with Coastal Bluff), Ladbroke (Ayr) Silver Cup (1998 Royal Result), Ayr Gold Cup (2000 Bahamian Pirate, 2001 Continent, 2002 Funfair Wane), Ballyogan Stakes (1999 Proud Native), William Hill Golden Spurs Handicap (1999 Pepperdine), Stewards’ Cup (2000 Tayseer), King George Stakes (1999 Rudi’s Pet), Victoria Cup (2002 Scotty’s Future), Darley July Cup (2002 Continent)

Winning jockey:-Name: Nicholls, Adrian Wins 2000-03: 39; 23; 24; 32 Big Race Wins: Ayr Gold Cup (2000 Bahamian Pirate, 2002 Funfair Wane), Vodafone “Dash” (2002 Rudi’s Pet) Wins This Season: 6


SIXTH RACE RESULT
4.40pm CHESHIRE REGIMENT HANDICAP (SPONSORED BY THE ELIFAR FOUNDATION)
Class D, £12,000 added. 1m 4f 66yds, For 3yo+ rated 0-80. Minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after April 24, a winner 6lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £9,165; 2nd: £2,820; 3rd: £1,410; 4th: £705

1 COURT OF APPEAL (Spring Cottage Syndicate No 2) Brian Ellison 7-9-07 Tom Eaves (5) [4] 11-2
2 ALERON (Grahame Liles) John Quinn 6-9-02 Eddie Ahern [5] 9-2co-fav
3 MEXICAN PETE (First Chance Racing) Peter Hiatt 5-9-08 Tony Culhane [9] 25-1
4 TRUE COMPANION (Novowel Racing) Nick Littmoden 5-9-02 Jean-Pierre Guillambert (3) [7]
5 TROUBLE MOUNTAIN (Jean Turpin) Mick Easterby 7-9-03 Kieren Fallon [6] 9-2co-fav
6 CHAMPION LION (Mick Channon) Mick Channon 5-9-00 Sam Hitchcott (3) [2] 9-2co-fav
7 MOVIE KING (The High Five Partnership) Steve Gollings 5-9-05 Darryll Holland [8]
8 ALWAYS RAINBOWS (J Eddings) Brian Rothwell 5-9-04 Michael Fenton [12]
9 MR LEAR (Christine Townley & Laura Townley) Richard Fahey 4-9-03 Tony Hamilton (3) [3]
10 JEEPSTAR (Miss E Jeeps & Partners) Tim Easterby 4-9-11 Willie Supple [14]
11 SUDDEN FLIGHT (David Evans) David Evans 7-9-02 Michael Hills [10]
12 BAKIRI (Andrew Reid) Andrew Reid 6-9-01 Graham Gibbons [1]

12 ran Non-runners: No 3 Petrula (vet’s certificate); No 9 Young Rooney (vet’s certificate)
Dist: 2 1/2, 3/4, 1/2, 1, 1/2, 13, 3 1/2, 1 1/4, 2 1/2, 16, 1 3/4 Time: 2m 44.96s
Breeder: John & Susan Davis Breeding: Bering - Hiawatha’s Song (Chief’s Crown)
Tote Win: £4.60 Places: £1.90; £2.20; £6.20 Exacta:£28.70

Winning trainer:-Name Ellison, Brian Born: June 28, 1952 Based: Low Meadows Farm, Lanchester, County Durham Horses in Training (1990-2004): 13; 13; 17; 14; 13; 13; 18; 23; 33; 34; N/R; 28; 23; 26; 40 Number of Winners 0ver Jumps (1990/91-2000/01): 3; 3; 3; 2; 0; 10; 11; 8; 8; 7; 20 Date of First Trainer’s Licence: August 1, 1989 Major Wins: November Handicap (2000 Batswing) Wins on Flat 2001-2003: 4; 21; 20

Winning Jockey:- Name: Eaves, Tom Wins in 2002/03: 14; 7 Wins This Season: 8 Background: apprenticed to George Moore at Middleham Riding Weight: 8st 4lb



COURSE DRYING OUT


Another dry night has helped the course dry out still further for the final day of Chester’s famous May Meeting, for which the official going remains ‘Good to Soft’.


Ed Gretton, clerk of the course on the Roodee, said: ”We look like having a dry day and, while it will definitely ride on the slow side and possibly be a bit tacky, the strip of virgin ground which we are opening up between the six and the one-furlong poles (the running rail between these points has been moved out five yards from the inside) should prove very beneficial.


“Obviously, after two days of racing and the rain that we had on Tuesday, the ground is a bit chewed up towards the inside rail up the straight, so I would expect the jockeys to swing a little wide and come up the middle.”



BETTING NEWS

Punters are rowing in with champion jockey Kieren Fallon for the last day of the Chester May Meeting, with his first-race mount Johnston’s Diamond the “buzz” horse on the Roodee this morning.


David Hood of William Hill reported the phones ringing early doors with clients demanding a slice of the 6-1 about Eric Alston’s well-drawn sprinter, and they have reduced their offer to 9-2, but, while Victor Chandler also received a flood of money for Johnston’s Diamond and clipped him a point to 5-1, Corals are still holding their overnight quote of 11-2.


However, Simon Clare, Corals PR Director, revealed that his firm won’t be able to relax until after the 7.10pm at Hamilton tonight, revealing that there has been a nationwide gamble on Paul Cole’s Salagama in the fillies’ handicap on the Scottish course.


Clare said: ”All the major firms have been hit, and Salagama has been backed to win a small fortune from 16-1 to 6-1. She has not raced for more than a year, but the right faces seem to know that she is straight enough, and even if we get lucky at Chester we’ll hold the celebrations until after the Hamilton race.”


THOMAS REFLECTS ON GREAT WEEK

With another bumper crowd anticipated today on top of attendances of 18,229 on Wednesday and 21,299 for Ladies’ Day yesterday, Chester Racecourse’s chief executive Richard Thomas believes that the May Meeting’s new format has been a success.


The meeting this year moved to Wednesday to Friday, having traditionally been held from Tuesday to Thursday.


“Moving the meeting away from the Bank Holiday this year has definitely helped us in terms of crowd numbers,” said Thomas.

“The weather on the first day didn’t help but so far the attendances have been excellent and today we are expecting over 20,000 people again.


“We have called today City Day when a lot of people are taking the afternoon off and local businesses are giving their staff half days. The city of Chester has really got behind it.”

But Thomas added that he would be considering altering the race programme for the 2005 May Meeting.


He added: “Being critical of ourselves, we need to take a look at the race programme. We have to consider whether we should start with the totesport Chester Cup on the opening day or move it to the middle day. There is a real strain on the ground having 17 runners in a long-distance race on the first day.


“We were very happy with the MBNA Chester Vase and pleased with the original declarations for today’s Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes - it’s just a shame some trainers have decided not to run their horses.”


TOTE NEWS

Yesterday’s on-course totepool cash turnover was £587,489, up 15 % from £509,695 on the equivalent day 12 months ago.


Wednesday’s on-course totepool cash turnover was £579,634.



THE JARDINE LLOYD THOMPSON DEE STAKES ROLL OF HONOUR 1980-2003

YEAR HORSE AGE/WGT OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY SP
2003 KRIS KIN 3-8-08 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute Fergal Lynch 20/1
2002 SOHAIB 3-8-08 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills Richard Hills 9/2
2001 DR GREENFIELD 3-8-08 Team Valor Gerard Butler Kieren Fallon 11/4
2000 MERRY MERLIN 3-8-08 Sir Thomas Pilkington Michael Bell Richard Quinn 25/1
1999 OATH 3-8-08 The Thoroughbred Corporation Henry Cecil Kieren Fallon 2/1 Fav
1998 PROLIX 3-8-08 Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills Darryll Holland 5/2
1997 CRYSTAL HEARTED 3-8-08 Christine Poland Henry Candy Tony McGlone 9/2
1996 PRIZE GIVING 3-8-08 Lady Oppenheimer Geoff Wragg Michael Hills 9/4 Fav
1995 PENTIRE 3-8-13 Mollers Racing Geoff Wragg Michael Hills 9/4
1994 CICERAO 3-8-11 Ivan Allan Henry Cecil Walter Swinburn 2/1 Fav
1993 BENEFICIAL 3-8-10 Exors of the late Sir Robin McAlpine Geoff Wragg Michael Hills 5/2 Fav
1992 MY MEMOIRS 3-9-02 Amity Finance Ltd Richard Hannon John Reid 10/1
1991 HUNDRA 3-8-08 Yahya Nasib Paul Kelleway Bruce Raymond 25/1
1990 BLUE STAG 3-8-12 Robert Sangster Barry Hills Willie Carson 9/2
1989 FREE SWEATER 3-8-08 R J McAlpine Barry Hills Michael Hills 5/1
1988 CLIFTON CHAPEL 3-8-12 Charles Cyzer Steve Norton John Lowe 11/2
1987 SIR HARRY LEWIS 3-8-12 Howard Kaskel Barry Hills Cash Asmussen 7/1
1986 FARAWAY DANCER 3-8-12 Peter Burrell Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen 4/5 Fav
1985 INFANTRY 3-8-08 Robert Sangster Barry Hills Brent Thomson 16/1
1984 TRIAL BY ERROR 3-8-12 S Fradkoff Luca Cumani Darryll McHargue 9/2
1983 Abandoned due to waterlogging
1982 IVANO 3-8-12 Carlo d’Alessio Henry Cecil Lester Piggott 8/11 Fav
1981 KIRTLING 3-8-12 Eric Moller Harry Wragg Lester Piggott 3/1
1980 PLAYBOY JUBILEE 3-8-08 J Skillen Frankie Durr Philip Robinson 16/1

The Group Three £70,000 Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes, run over 10 furlongs and 75 yards, is held today, the final day of Chester’s historic May Meeting, and provides an ideal opportunity for unexposed colts to show their true potential.


The 2003 renewal was won by Kris Kin, who captured the Derby the following month from 19 rivals. He was the second Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes winner in the last five years to go on to victory in the world’s premier classic.

The 1980 winner Playboy Jubilee might not have been anything out of the ordinary but the horse he beat at Chester, Prince Bee, collected victories in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, Great Voltigeur Stakes at York and the Prix Niel at Longchamp in France.


Kirtling, the 1981 Dee Stakes victor, was unfortunate to be around in the same year as Shergar but was still able to record a Group One success when taking the Premio d’Italia in Milan. He also finished fourth to Shergar in the Irish Derby.


Infantry, the 1985 Dee Stakes winner, was fourth behind Law Society in the Irish Derby while Faraway Dancer, triumphant at Chester in 1986, went on to take fourth place to Shahrastani in the Derby.


Sir Harry Lewis, triumphant for Chester specialist Barry Hills in 1987, also came fourth in the Derby before improving further still to win the Irish Derby at the Curragh.


The 1990 Dee Stakes proved a classic pointer with the winner Blue Stag only finding Chester Vase second Quest for Fame too good in the Derby, while the runner-up Saumarez won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe later in the season.


Geoff Wragg, another trainer with an excellent record at Chester, sent out Beneficial to success in 1993 with the Barry Hills-trained Blues Traveller four lengths back in second. Beneficial did not contest any of the classics but triumphed in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. Blues Traveller ran in the Derby, belying his 150/1 odds to finish a fine third to Commander In Chief.


Wragg enjoyed further success in the 1995 Dee Stakes when Pentire defeated Sanoosea by a length and a quarter. Like Beneficiary, Pentire did not run in a classic, but went on to take the King Edward VII Stakes, Great Voltigeur Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes that season, as well as finishing second to Lammtarra in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot - a race he would win as a four-year-old in 1996.


Henry Cecil was represented by the promising colt Oath in 1999, who produced a dazzling display at Chester to defeat Little Rock by five lengths. He then headed to Epsom and won the Derby in stylish fashion.


Three years ago, Dr Greenfield just got the better of Grandera by half a length. Grandera was subsequently purchased by Godolphin, for whom he landed Group One races like the Singapore Airlines International Cup, Ascot’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.


TRAINERS IN THE JARDINE LLOYD THOMPSON DEE STAKES

Barry Hills has won the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes an amazing 11 times, sending out 19 runners since 1984 - he loves Chester and has Mutawassel representing him today.

Paul Cole has had seven Dee Stakes runners since 1984 , including four seconds, and he saddles Putra Sas.

Peter Chapple-Hyam, successful twice in the MBNA Europe Bank Chester Vase, aims for his first Dee Stakes winner with rapidly-improving African Dream.


There were six runners declared at the 48-hour stage for this race which has provided two of the last five Derby winners, with the John Dunlop-trained Mutahayya being pulled out because of a setback, while Always First, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, and Andean, trained by David Loder, were withdrawn yesterday morning because of the change in ground, some 30 hours before the race and prior to racing yesterday.


WINNING TRAINERS AT CHESTER MAY 1999 - 2004 (inc second day 2004)

2004
2 wins
Bryan McMahon
Barry Hills
Geoff Wragg

1 win
Eric Alston
Peter Harris
Michael Jarvis
Mark Johnston
Stuart Kittow
Richard Price
Mark Wallace

2003
3 Wins
Sir Michael Stoute

2 Wins
Eric Alston
Clive Brittain

1 Win
Alan Berry
Clive Cox
Brian Ellison
David Evans
James Given
John Gosden
David Loder
Peter Makin
Kevin Ryan
Marcus Tregoning
Geoff Wragg

2002
2 Wins
Barry Hills

1 Win
Alan Berry
John Best
James Bethell
Clive Brittain
Gerard Butler
John Dunlop
Richard Fahey
John Gosden
Alan Jarvis
Mark Johnston
Gay Kelleway
Graham McCourt
Brian Meehan
Dandy Nicholls
Lynda Ramsden
Marcus Tregoning
Bill Turner
Geoff Wragg

2001
3 Wins
Barry Hills
Geoff Wragg

2 Wins
Eric Alston
Gerard Butler
Reg Hollinshead

1 Win
Alan Berry
Mick Easterby
Tim Easterby
Ben Hanbury
Dandy Nicholls
Sir Michael Stoute
James Toller

2000
2 Wins
Barry Hills

1 Win
Eric Alston
Alan Bailey
Ian Balding
Toby Balding
Michael Bell
Paul Cole
John Dunlop
Tim Easterby
David Elsworth
David Evans
Nicky Henderson
Reg Hollinshead
William Jarvis
Tony Newcombe
Amanda Perrett
Sir Michael Stoute
Geoff Wragg

1999
3 Wins
Ben Hanbury
Barry Hills

2 Wins
Henry Cecil
Richard Hannon

1 Win
Mick Channon
Peter Chapple-Hyam
Paul Cole
John Dunlop
Brian Ellison
John Gosden
Derek Haydn Jones
Mark Johnston
Rod Millman


LEADING TRAINERS AT THE CHESTER MAY MEETING 1999 -2004
(inc second day 2004)

12 Wins
Barry Hills

8 Wins
Geoff Wragg

6 wins
Eric Alston

5 wins
Sir Michael Stoute

4 Wins
Ben Hanbury

3 Wins
Alan Berry
Clive Brittain
Gerard Butler
John Dunlop
John Gosden
Reg Hollinshead
Mark Johnston

2 Wins
Henry Cecil
Paul Cole
Tim Easterby
Brian Ellison
David Evans
Richard Hannon
Bryan McMahon
David Nicholls
Marcus Tregoning


FINE TURNOUT FOR TODAY’S
BETDAQ ORMONDE STAKES

This year’s Group Three £75,000 Betdaq Ormonde Stakes sees a post-1980 joint-record field of nine horses go to post - there were 10 declared at the 48-hour stage but Dutch Gold has been taken out because of the ground.


This is the same number that lined up in 2000 when Daliapour was given a fine ride by champion jockey Kieren Fallon to hold off Life Is Life by three-quarters of a length.


Veteran trainer Geoff Wragg is bidding for his fourth successive victory in this prestigious extended one mile five furlong race courtesy of the oldest competitor in the field, eight-year-old The Whistling Teal. The horse was seventh behind Dubai Success in the John Porter Stakes at Newbury on his seasonal bow, although his final position did not tell the whole story as he got a bit tired on his first start of the season.


Wragg gained his hat-trick with St Expedit in 2001 and 2002 and Asian Heights last year.

In addition to saddling Daliapour, Sir Michael Stoute was successful with Saddler’s Hall in 1992 and Zilzal Zamaan three seasons later. This year he relies upon First Charter, who won twice last season including taking a Listed event at Goodwood in August when he was two and a half lengths too powerful for Scott’s View.


Royal Cavalier is taking a big jump up in class for trainer Reg Hollinshead, who is renowned for grooming so many fine jockeys. The Prince Of Birds gelding won a conditions race at Doncaster in March, getting the better of Dunhill Star by one and a half lengths.


Venetia Williams is better know for training jumpers although she provided the greatest shock in this contest since 1990 when saddling Stretarez in 1998. Her charge beat Palio Sky by a neck in a marvellous finish at the rewarding odds of 25/1.


This year Williams sends out Limerick Boy, who has not run on the Flat since October, 2002, but was good enough to win two Group Three contests on heavy ground in Germany the previous year and has been hurdling this year, winning the Tote Scoop6 Lanzarote Hurdle in January.


Systematic will be attempting to improve on his two placed starts this term for Mark Johnston, who captured Sunday’s UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas at Newmarket with Attraction.


On the same day Systematic was the one and a quarter length runner-up to Gamut in the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket.


John Gosden runs Rawyaan, who last entered the winner’s enclosure at Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, in a handicap in February, while David Loder gives Narrative his seasonal debut. Narrative’s best career success came in a Group Two heat at Capanelle in Italy in 2002.


The field is completed by the Gerard Butler-trained Compton Bolter and Forest Magic, trained by Stoute’s former employee Paul D’Arcy.


Compton Bolter has been a fine servant to Butler, winning seven Listed events since his maiden success in September, 1999, at Chepstow.


Forest Magic won the Listed Zetland Stakes as a two-year-old in 2002 and has run respectably on his two subsequent starts after being off for more than a season.



Betdaq Ormonde Stakes
PAST RESULTS


Year Winner Age/Wgt Trainer Owner Jockey Odds Runners

2003 Asian Heights 5-9-00 Geoff Wragg John Pearce Darryll Holland Evs f 7
2002 St Expedit 5-8-11 Geoff Wragg John Pearce Darryll Holland 11/8 f 6
2001 St Expedit 4-8-11 Geoff Wragg John Pearce Darryll Holland 5/2 f 5
2000 Daliapour 4-8-11 Sir Michael Stoute H H Aga Khan Kieren Fallon 11/8 f 9
1999 Sadian 4-9-00 John Dunlop Prince A A Faisal Pat Eddery 2/1 f 7
1998 Stretarez 5-9-02 Venetia Williams Winning Line Racing Ltd Kevin Darley 25/1 6
1997 Royal Court 4-8-11 Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster John Reid 9/4 f 7
1996 Oscar Schindler4-8-11 Kevin Prendergast IRE Oliver Lehane Mick Kinane 11/4 7
1995 Zilzal Zamaan 4-8-11 Michael Stoute Mana Al Maktoum Walter Swinburn 9/2 4
1994 Shambo 7-9-02 Clive Brittain Maureen Brittain Michael Roberts 6/1 8
1993 Shambo 6-9-02 Clive Brittain Maureen Brittain Michael Roberts 7/1 5
1992 Saddler’s Hall 4-9-02 Michael Stoute Lord Weinstock Pat Eddery 4/11 f 7
1991 Per Quod 6-8-11 Ben Hanbury H Turney McKnight Bruce Raymond 5/1 7
1990 Braashee 4-8-11 Alec Stewart Maktoum Al Maktoum Michael Roberts 6/1 6


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