PROSSER DELIGHTED WITH FIVE DAY ENTRIES AND CONFIRMATIONS
The Stan James 2000 Guineas and Stan James 1000 Guineas, the first two Classics, both are 18-strong after today’s five-day confirmation stage, with the leading contenders all going forward to Newmarket at the weekend.
The Stan James 2000 Guineas, run over the NatWest Rowley Mile on Saturday, May 6, and the Stan James 1000 Guineas, which takes place over the same course and distance on Sunday, May 7, are set to be top-class contests,
“I couldn't be happier with the confirmations for the big races, with all the big guns standing their ground in both Classics and a fantastic race in prospect for the StanJamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes on Sunday,” said Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course, today. “We are all set for two outstanding days of racing and I, for one, am really looking forward to it.”
Aidan O’Brien, successful in both Guineas last year with Footstepsinthesand and Virginia Waters, has a strong hand again - George Washington, the European champion juvenile, and Horatio Nelson, another dual Group One winner in 2005, are still engaged in the colts’ Classic as well as Amadeus Mozart, Frost Giant and James Joyce, with only Art Museum defecting.
Newmarket Group One winners Sir Percy and Amadeus Wolf, along with Godolphin’s Opera Cape and Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s Asset, plus three from trainer Barry Hills - Killybegs, Olympian Odyssey and Red Clubs - are among their potential opponents in the Stan James 2000 Guineas.
O’Brien’s Rumplestiltskin is the ante-post favourite for the Stan James 1,000 Guineas and Ireland’s champion trainer could also run Race For The Stars and Kamarinskaya.
The opposition is headed by Flashy Wings, Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile heroine Nannina, fellow Group One winner Donna Blini, successful in the Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes from Wake Up Maggie in September, Silca’s Sister, winner of Group One Darley Prix Morny at Deauville in August, Speciosa triumphant in the Group Three Shadwell Nell Gwyn Stakes on the NatWest Rowley Mile on April 18, and Nasheej who won the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury later that week.
There are 12 remaining in the Group Two StanJamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes on Sunday, headed by star French challenger Shirocco and St Leger winner Scorpion.
GOING GOOD AHEAD OF STAN JAMES GUINEAS FESTIVAL
After 10 millimetres of rain between midnight last night and 10 o'clock this morning, the going on the NatWest Rowley Mile is now GOOD.
The forecast is for dry weather for the rest of the day and for Tuesday and Wednesday, though light rain (1mm) on Wednesday night is a possibility.
Temperatures are set to rise during the week and forecast to hit 24 degrees by Thursday. This could well spark thunderstorms on Thursday night into Friday morning and also Friday night into Saturday, which could bring some 6-8mm of rain according the forecasts.
Michael Prosser, Newmarket's Clerk of the Course, said: "It's a beautiful racing surface out there now after today's rain. Given the likelihood of thundery showers at the end of the week, we have no intention to water the ground. With the high temperatures forecast, we anticipate that it will dry out through the week, so rain at the end of it is likely to be welcome."
Latest Stan James 2000 Guineas betting
2/1 George Washington, 7/2 Sir Percy, 6/1 Amadeus Wolf, 13/2 Horatio Nelson, 12/1 Asset, 16/1 Opera Cape, Killybegs, 20/1 Olympian Odyssey, 33/1 Final Verse, Heliostatic, 40/1 Red Clubs, Misu Bond, 50/1 Araafa, Frost Giant, 66/1 Close To You, James Joyce, 100/1 Supaseus, 150/1 Amadeus Mozart.
Latest Stan James 1000 Guineas betting
4/1 Rumplestiltskin, 5/1 Flashy Wings, 7/1 Nannina, Silca’s Sister, Race For The Stars, 11/1 Speciosa, 12/1 Alexander Alliance, 14/1 Nasheej, 16/1 La Chunga, Donna Blini, Confidential Lady, 20/1 Silver Touch, 25/1 Wake Up Maggie, 33/1 Kamarinskaya, 50/1 Mostaqeleh, 66/1 Abigail Pett, Spinning Queen, 250/1 Saabiq.
THE STAN JAMES 2000 GUINEAS
Class 1, Group 1 Race, £330,000 Total Prize Fund. Newmarket, Saturday, May 6, 2006, NatWest Rowley Mile. For three-year-olds only, entire colts and fillies. Weights: Colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed March 1. Entries released March 7 (78 entries), forfeit stage April 25 (23 remain), £25,000 supplementary entry stage May 1, five-day declaration stage noon (18 remain), May 1; final declaration stage 10:00am, May 4. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, April 30, 2006. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Owner Trainer0332- 2 AMADEUS MOZART (IRE) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
13211- AMADEUS WOLF Duddy, McDonald, Heeney, Irish National Stud Kevin Ryan
1263- ARAAFA (IRE) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Jeremy Noseda
413-(1) ASSET (IRE) Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXVI Richard Hannon
1(1)1610-(1) CLOSE TO YOU (IRE) Miss J Leighs Terry Mills
1422- FINAL VERSE Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
31- FROST GIANT (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
31111- GEORGE WASHINGTON (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
21-2 HELIOSTATIC (IRE) Mrs J Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
11112- HORATIO NELSON (IRE) Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle Aidan O'Brien IRE
31-4 JAMES JOYCE (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1132-1 KILLYBEGS (IRE) John Grant & D James Barry Hills
4101-1 MISU BOND (IRE) Reg Bond Bryan Smart
321-2 OLYMPIAN ODYSSEY Bill Gredley Barry Hills
321123- OPERA CAPE Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
103224-1 RED CLUBS (IRE) Ron Arculli Barry Hills
1111- SIR PERCY Anthony Pakenham Marcus Tregoning
02- SUPASEUS Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib Hughie Morrison
18 entries remain after the five-day confirmation stage
NB: Form figures in brackets denote all-weather form
Horses removed at the May 1 five-day confirmation stage:
ART MUSEUM (USA) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
METROPOLITAN MAN The Metropolitans David Simcock
PALACE EPISODE (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
SECRET WORLD (IRE) Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
YASOODD Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
THE STAN JAMES 1000 GUINEAS
Class 1, Group 1, Total Prize Fund £330,000. Newmarket, Sunday, May 7, 2006. One mile (over the NatWest Rowley Mile Course). For 3-y-o fillies only. Weights: 9st. Entries closed March 1, entries revealed March 7 (85 entries), forfeit stage April 25 (28 remain), £25,000 supplementary entry stage May 1, five-day confirmation stage May 1 (18 remain), final declaration stage 10.00am, May 5. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including Sunday, April 30, 2006. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
111232- ABIGAIL PETT June Judd Jim Bolger IRE
21- ALEXANDER ALLIANCE (IRE) Noel O'Callaghan Tommy Stack IRE
111210- CONFIDENTIAL LADY Cheveley Park Stud Sir Mark Prescott
1211- DONNA BLINI Mrs T Cunningham Brian Meehan
111123- FLASHY WINGS Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
6323-1 KAMARINSKAYA (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
3142- LA CHUNGA (USA) Sir Robert Ogden Jeremy Noseda
311-5 MOSTAQELEH (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
15311- NANNINA Cheveley Park Stud John Gosden
13113-1 NASHEEJ (USA) Malih Al Basti Richard Hannon
2011- RACE FOR THE STARS (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
113111- RUMPLESTILTSKIN (IRE) Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Niarchos Family Aidan O'Brien IRE
610200-(2)6 SAABIQ (USA) Saif Ali Clive Brittain
511- SILCA'S SISTER Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1 SILVER TOUCH (IRE) Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
203131-1 SPECIOSA (IRE) Michael Sly, Dr T Davies, Pam Sly Pam Sly
435406-2 SPINNING QUEEN Marston Stud & Cavendish Investing Ltd Barry Hills
1(2)12- WAKE UP MAGGIE (IRE) J Lambton Chris Wall
18 entries after the five-day confirmation stage
NB: Form figures in brackets denote all-weather form
Horses removed at the May 1 five-day confirmation stage
DEVERON (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
GUILIA The Hornets Rae Guest
IMPRESSIONNANTE Wertheimer et Frere Carlos Laffon-Parias FR
MODEEROCH (IRE) Ballylinch Stud Jim Bolger IRE
NEW GIRLFRIEND (IRE) Richard Strauss Robert Collet FR
RAJEEM Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
SCOTTISH STAGE (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
SHORT DANCE (USA) Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
TIANA Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
UGO FIRE (IRE) Norman Ormiston Kevin Prendergast IRE
GOODWOOD TRIALS ATTRACT GOOD ENTRIES
Goodwood’s revamped opening fixture of the 2006 season on Saturday, May 6, featuring Derby and Oaks trials, today has attracted an excellent total of 131 entries for the seven races.
The £35,000 Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes (2.50pm) gained 11 entries, eight of whom are engaged in the Vodafone Derby, while the opening 32Red.com Lupe Stakes (2.20pm) received 18 three-year-old fillies.
Mick Channon has put forward three for the Listed Letheby & Christopher Predominate - recent winners Hazeymm and Youmzain plus Championship Point who scored twice in three runs last year.
Botteen, successful at Salisbury in 2005 after a debut third at Goodwood, could represent Marcus Tregoning, while Awatuki, Judge, Senor Dali and Sienna Storm also hold Derby entries.
Blue Ksar, owned by Godolphin, London Express and Fiddlers Wood complete the potential field for the 11-furlong Classic trial.
Five of the £35,000 32Red.com Lupe Stakes entries, also a Listed event and run over just short of 10 furlongs, are in the Vodafone Oaks - the John Dunlop-trained Bunood, Godolphin’s Deveron, Cross Channel from Ed Dunlop’s yard, the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Souvenance and Henry Candy’s Summer’s Eve.
The Goodwood going is good after 12 millimetres of rain overnight and Seamus Buckley, Goodwood’s assistant clerk of the course, commented today: “We had 12 millimetres of rain between 7pm and 9am and the going is now good.
“We are delighted with the wonderful condition of the course for this exciting start to our season - the races look very competitive.”
The third Listed race on the card, the £30,000 EBF Fillies’ And Mares’ Conqueror Stakes (5pm) has 17 entries, including the French-trained Chantilly Beauty.