OUIJA SET TO RETURN TO EPSOM DOWNS FOR VODAFONE CORONATION CUP
Ouija Board, heroine of the 2004 Vodafone Oaks, is on course to return to Epsom Downs on Vodafone Ladies Day, Friday, June 2 and bid to become the first filly to win the £250,000 Vodafone Coronation Cup since In The Groove in 1991.
The Lord Derby-owned mare was successful by a breathtaking seven lengths in the 2004 Vodafone Oaks, run over the same course and distance as the Vodafone Coronation Cup (one mile and a half miles) as well as the 2004 Darley Irish Oaks, the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and the 2005 Hong Kong Vase.
Trainer Ed Dunlop revealed today: “Ouija Board is an intended runner in the Vodafone Coronation Cup, and will go for the race providing I am and has subsequently collected a further three Group One prizes - the 2004 Darley Irish happy with her.
“She’s been half way round the world twice for her two runs this year, in Dubai and Hong Kong, and a lot of horses will be having their first run back at Epsom Downs, but she has come out of her last race in very good condition and I am very happy with her.
“Although she hasn’t run at Epsom Downs since her impressive Oaks victory, I’m sure she will handle the track again, and we are hoping for decent ground.”
Shirocco, hero of the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Belmont Park, is also among 18 top-class horses going forward after the latest acceptance stage for the Group One contest, details of which are revealed today, Wednesday, May 17.
The Andre Fabre-trained five-year-old made an impressive return to action when successful in the Group Two StanJamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket on May 7, when he was the facile three-and-a-half length victor. After that contest, connections nominated the Vodafone Coronation Cup as the likely target for the Monsun horse, who will be bidding to give his trainer a sixth victory in the 12-furlong contest following Saint Estephe (1986), In The Wings (1990), Apple Tree (1994), Sunshack (1995) and Swain (1996).
Champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, successful last year with Yeats, is set to rely on Ace, runner-up to Shirocco in last season’s Breeders’ Cup Turf, while the second Irish-trained contender is the John Oxx-trained Kastoria, a Listed winner at Navan on her latest start.
Godolphin, triumphant with Daylami (1999) and Mutafaweq (2001), has three entries remaining - 2004 Arc de Triomphe runner-up Cherry Mix, Portrayal and The Geezer, who finished second to Scorpion in the 2005 St Leger when in the care of David Elsworth.
Owner Khalid Abdulla looks to have two live chances in Day Flight and Notable Guest, who were separated by a length when first and second respectively in the Group Three Betfred Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown Park on April 28.
Other significant names going forward include Walk In The Park, runner-up behind Motivator in the 2005 Vodafone Derby, last season’s Vodafone Oaks second Something Exciting, the veteran Mubtaker and Hard Top, last season’s Great Volitigeur Stakes winner, who will be aiming to put his disappointing seasonal reappearance in the StanJamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket behind him.
The Vodafone Coronation Cup is run on Friday, June 2 - Vodafone Ladies Day at the Vodafone Derby Festival.
STRONG VODAFONE DERBY FESTIVAL HANDICAPS IN PROSPECT
The two big handicaps at the Vodafone Derby Festival - the £75,000 Vodafone “Dash” and the £75,000 Vodafone Rose Bowl - are both building into very strong contests.
A total of 40 entries go forward for the Vodafone “Dash” on Vodafone Derby Day, Saturday, June 3 - run over the fastest five furlongs in the world - while there are 41 acceptors for the Vodafone Rose Bowl, which is run over 10 furlongs on Ladies Day, Friday, June 2.
COURSE IN GREAT SHAPE
Andrew Cooper, Director of Racing at Epsom Downs, reported today: “I am pleased with the condition of the course at the moment and if we were racing today, I would describe the going as good.
“The weather forecast is for an unsettled week ahead.”
THE VODAFONE CORONATION CUP
Class 1, Group One, £250,000 Total Prize Fund, Epsom Downs, Friday, June 2, 2006. For four-year-olds and upwards. One mile, four furlongs, and about 10 yards. Weights: Colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed April 5, entries revealed April 12 (32 entries), forfeit stage May 16 (18 remain), £20,000 supplementary entry stage May 27, five-day-confirmation stage May 27, final declaration stage 10.00am, May 31. (Form figures from Weatherbys are correct up to and including May Monday, 15, 2006 and may not include some overseas form).
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
254432-2 ACE (IRE) 5 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Mrs Harry McCalmont Aidan O'Brien IRE
245416- ART EYES (USA) 4 Matthew Green David Elsworth
035124-3 BANDARI (IRE) 7 Hamdan Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
05010-0 CHERRY MIX (FR) 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
111212-1 DAY FLIGHT 5 Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
13621-645 ENFORCER 4 D Clarke & C Edginton Willie Muir
5/115-0 HARD TOP (IRE) 4 Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
16526-04 HATTAN (IRE) 4 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
212122-1 KASTORIA (IRE) 5 H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
23333-(0)31 MARAAHEL (IRE) 5 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
211104-15 MUBTAKER (USA) 9 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
1/11013-2 NOTABLE GUEST (USA) 5 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
01251-43 OUIJA BOARD 5 Lord Derby Ed Dunlop
13425/1- PORTRAYAL (USA) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
131/341-1 SHIROCCO (GER) 5 Baron Georg von Ullmann Andre Fabre FR
124536- SOMETHING EXCITING 4 Setsquare Recruitment David Elsworth
311224- THE GEEZER 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
13/220-03 WALK IN THE PARK (IRE) 4 Michael Tabor John Hammond FR
18 entries remain after May 16 forfeit stage
THE FOLLOWING HORSES WERE REMOVED AT THE MAY 16 FORFEIT STAGE: BRAHMINY KITE (USA), CROSSPEACE (IRE), GONBARDA (GER), GUADALAJARA (GER), HURRICANE RUN (IRE), INTRIGUED, NORSE DANCER (IRE), OISEAU RARE (FR), ROYAL HIGHNESS (GER), SCORPION (IRE), VALIXIR (IRE), VOL DE NUIT, WARRSAN (IRE), YEATS (IRE)
THE VODAFONE “DASH”
Class 2, Heritage Handicap. £75,000 Total Prize Fund. Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 3, 2006. For three-year-olds and upwards. Five furlongs. Lowest weight 7st 12lb; highest weight not less than 9st 10lb. Penalties: after May 6, a winner 4lb. Entries closed May 3 (41 entries), forfeit stage May 16 (40 remain), five-day confirmations May 29, final declaration stage June 2. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, May 15.
Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
0523-201 CORRIDOR CREEPER (FR) 9-10-00 (4lb ex) Gary & Libby Johnson Milton Bradley
003-(5)00 FIRE UP THE BAND 7-9-09 P Crane, A. Barker & S Short David Nicholls
13111-3 TAX FREE (IRE) 4-9-06 Ian Hewitson David Nicholls
05440-0 TOURNEDOS (IRE) 4-9-05 Vimal Khosla Roger Charlton
12000-0 TEXAS GOLD 8-9-04 C L A Edginton William Muir
12041-42 SIERRA VISTA 6-9-03 David Metcalfe David Barker
0(4)(4)-(6)613 GREEN MANALISHI 5-9-02 Derrick Broomfield David Arbuthnot
046300- BOND CITY (IRE) 4-9-01 Reg Bond Bryan Smart
50-(0)(6)360 IF PARADISE 5-9-00 Mrs J Wood Richard Hannon
(0)(2)-(4)(2)(5)5 FROMSONG (IRE) 8-9-00 Dean Ivory Dean Ivory
40-(0)5020 CAPE ROYAL 6-8--13 Eddie Hayward Milton Bradley
1010-(1)1 MUTAMARED (USA) 6-8-13 Errigal Racing Kevin Ryan
115336-0 PIVOTAL'S PRINCESS (IRE) 4-8-11 R L Bedding Ed McMahon
040-440 TALBOT AVENUE 8-8-11 Mrs C S Wilson Mick Mullineaux
20-(4)(3)420 PEACE OFFERING (IRE) 6-8-11 Lady O'Reilly David Nicholls
1/22000- BIGALOS BANDIT 4-8-11 Ian Buckley Eoghan O'Neill
6201(0)-1 ZOWINGTON 4-8-10 O Pointing Chris Wall
5400-(4)41 MERLIN'S DANCER 6-8-09 (4lb ex) Chalfont Foodhalls Ltd David Nicholls
0300-06 CONTINENT 9-8-08 Lucayan Stud And G G N Bloodstock David Nicholls
600-(3)105 DESERT LORD 6-8-08 Bull & Bell Partnership Kevin Ryan
2510-42 ICE PLANET 5-8-07 David Faulkner David Nicholls
11(0)(4)(0)-5 JAYANJAY 7-8-07 Peter Crate Brooke Sanders
(0)(1)(1)(1)(1)0- SIGNOR PANETTIERE 5-8-06 Jack Smith Jack Smith ESP
(6)-(3)(3)(1)(6)(0) DESPERATE DAN 5-8-06 Mountgrange Stud Jamie Osborne
05641-11 EMPRESS JAIN 3-8-05 (4lb ex) Dennis Yardy Michael Jarvis
1/20-0 HOH HOH HOH 4-8-04 David Allport Andrew Balding
(5)(0)(0)1(2)0 TRINCULO (IRE) 9-8-04 Nigel Shields David Nicholls
040/30-4 RARE CROSS (IRE) 4-8-03 J Morton Brooke Sanders
13546-(6)6 INTRIGUING GLIMPSE 5-8-00 Edward Hyde Brooke Sanders
062/-(0)(0)0 FIRST ORDER 5-8-00 Andrew Reid Ernst Oertel
03(0)-(0)(0)0 NIGHT PROSPECTOR 6-8-00 S M F Ltd Gary Moore
000000-0 CARIBBEAN CORAL 7-7-13 Dawson, Green, Quinn, Roberts John Quinn
0200-300 WANCHAI LAD 5-7-12 Ambrose Turnbull David Nicholls
3116-(4)0 COME OUT FIGHTING 3-7-12 M J Wiley Paul Blockley
6134-063 GRIGOROVITCH (IRE) 4-7-12 Newkeylets Ian Semple
120-4(4)4 GOLDEN ASHA 4-7-11 Norcroft Park Stud Neville Callaghan
0-(3)05645 PLATEAU 7-7-09 Ian Hewitson David Nicholls
54(0)-630 BOLD MARC (IRE) 4-7-06 Market Avenue Racing Club Ltd Karl Burke
4120-05 LONE PLAINSMAN 5-7-04 K L O Syndicate Pat O'Donnell IRE
0(0)0-0032 CATCH THE CAT (IRE) 7-7-00 T W Heseltine Robert Gray
40 entries remain after May 16 forfeit stage
THE FOLLOWING HORSE WAS REMOVED AT THE MAY 16 FORFEIT STAGE: NOTA BENE
THE VODAFONE ROSE BOWL HERITAGE HANDICAP
Class 2, Heritage Handicap £75,000 Total Prize Fund Epsom Downs, Friday, June 2, 2006 For four-year-olds and upwards One mile, two furlongs and 18yds Lowest weight 7st 12lb; highest weight not less than 9st 10lb Penalties: after May 6, a winner 4lb Entries closed May 3 (47 entries), forfeit stage May 16 (41 remain), five-day confirmations May 27, final declaration stage June 1. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, May 15.
Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
402100- FORWARD MOVE (IRE) 4-9-10 The Queen Richard Hannon
1-60353 CROSSPEACE (IRE) 4-9-10 Favourites Racing Mark Johnston
016(2)(3)-1 WILD SAVANNAH 4-9-05 Anthony Oppenheimer John Gosden
4-(3)4(0)2(0)0 ROYAL ISLAND (IRE) 4-9-05 Markus Graff Mark Johnston
300-103 BLYTHE KNIGHT (IRE) 6-9-03 Maxilead Limited John Quinn
600-(0)14 PROFIT'S REALITY (IRE) 4-9-02 Phones Direct Partnership Paul Blockley
240-(3)(0)52 COUNSEL'S OPINION (IRE) 9-9-02 Mrs J Roberts Chris Wall
6210-50 COURAGEOUS DUKE (USA) 7-9-02 Lucayan Stud Jeremy Noseda
24(2)10-04 OFARABY 6-9-01 Tom Warner Michael Jarvis
20(3)14-0 KERASHAN (IRE) 4-9-01 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1500-00 BAHAR SHUMAAL (IRE) 4-9-01 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
151210-1 STAR OF LIGHT 5-8-13 (5lb ex) J H Widdows Brian Meehan
00040-00 SPANISH DON 8-8-13 Gordon Li David Elsworth
00520(0) REALISM (FR) 6-8-13 George Leatham Richard Fahey
64165-5 I'M SO LUCKY 4-8-13 Sandra Brookhouse Mark Johnston
2200-(6)0 CROW WOOD 7-8-12 Marie Taylor John Quinn
1110-1 ALL THAT AND MORE (IRE) 4-8-12 Gainsborough Stud Barry Hills
2316-(6)2 RED RACKETEER (USA) 4-8-11 Gainsborough Stud Ed Dunlop
3(0)-(0)5000 LORD MAYOR 5-8-10 John Greetham Robert Cowell
0-(3)(5)(0)20 IMPELLER (IRE) 7-8-10 D G Clarke & C L A Edginton William Muir
405-003 KINGS QUAY 4-8-10 Marie Taylor John Quinn
460000- RED LANCER 5-8-08 R G, Mark & George Leatham Richard Fahey
6-(1)(3)(3)(0)0 POLYGONAL (FR) 6-8-08 Ernst Oertel Ernst Oertel
3431-32 CHANTACO (USA) 4-8-07 The Pink Hat Racing Partnership Andrew Balding
2/1-10 FORTUNATE ISLE (USA) 4-8-07 Gainsborough Stud Barry Hills
66425-(1)0 TABADUL (IRE) 5-8-06 Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
3110(1)-1 MISS PROVVIDENCE (IRE) 4-8-06 The Double V Partnership Walter Swinburn
1/1-03 FOCUS GROUP (USA) 5-8-05 Ross Harmon John Quinn
313-3 THUNDER ROCK (IRE) 4-8-05 Gay Smith Sir Michael Stoute
000524-2 PUTRA KUANTAN 6-8-05 HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis
(4)-(5)(2)(6)(1)(5)OBRIGADO (USA) 6-8-04 Brian Haggas William Haggas
(0)524(0)-3 WINGMAN (IRE) 4-8-03 D M Kerr John Hills
50500-(0) CHANCELLOR (IRE) 8-8-00 Andrew Reid Ernst Oertel
23400-62 LOOK AGAIN 5-8-00 Mel Roberts and Nicola Meese Richard Fahey
03-0066 NERO'S RETURN (IRE) 5-8-00 Christine E Budden Mark Johnston
121-(3)(3)0 BOBBY CHARLES 5-7-11 Silent Partners Dr Jon Scargill
206250- NIGHTSPOT 5-7-10 John Deer Rod Millman
(5)(2)(1)(0)0(0)-GIG HARBOR 7-7-08 Fraser Miller Racing Emma Lavelle
6356-01 ACTIVE ASSET (IRE) 4-7-08 aAIM Racing Syndicate Mick Channon
0261-06 KINGSHOLM 4-7-08 J C, J R and S R Hitchins Andrew Balding
14306-0 EVOLUTION EX (USA) 4-7-08 Hit The Beach Partnership Karl Burke
41 entries remain after May 16 forfeit stage
THE FOLLOWING HORSES WERE REMOVED AT THE MAY 16 FORFEIT STAGE: LANGFORD, DIVINE GIFT, FAVOURITA, PRINCE SAMOS (IRE), DAY TO REMEMBER, COUP D'ETAT
UNBEATEN GERMANCE PRIMED FOR MONTJEU COOLMORE PRIX SAINT-ALARY ON SUNDAY
The Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary, worth 25 per cent more at 250,000 (euros) and run over 10 furlongs at Longchamp, France, on Sunday, May 21, is one of the premier contests for three-year-old fillies in Europe.
The Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary has been won by some of the best fillies since it was first run in 1960 and is the perfect preparatory race for the French Classic, the Prix de Diane (French Oaks), at Chantilly over a similar distance (10.5 furlongs) three weeks later (Sunday, June 11).
The Group One event is named after Evremond de Saint-Alary (1868-1941), a leading French owner/breeder of the last century. A colourful figure on and off the racecourse, Saint-Alary once challenged a member of the press to a duel after one of his horses had been criticised!
This year's race, the 46th running, is sponsored by Coolmore for the first time and honours the great Montjeu, the six-time Group One winner and now a leading stallion.
Based at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, the highest-rated son of Sadler's Wells has quickly established himself as a top sire, with 2005 European champion three-year-old Hurricane Run, last year's Epsom Derby winner and runner-up, Motivator and Walk In The Park ,as well as the 2005 St Leger hero Scorpion and this season's Group One Prix Ganay winner Corre Caminos all in his first crop.
La Sega (1962), Belle Sicambre (1964Pistol Packer (1971), Dahlia (1973), Nobiliary (1975), Three Troikas (1979), Indian Skimmer (1987), the only winner trained outside of France), Intrepidity (1993), Luna Wells (1996) and Zainta (1998) are among the fillies who have captured the Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary.
Last year's race at Longchamp was won impressively by Vadawina, owned by the Aga Khan and trained by Andre Fabre, who went on to finish fourth in the Prix de Diane behind Divine Proportions, with the Prix Saint-Alary runner-up Argentina finishing second. 16 fillies who either won or were placed in the Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary have then been victorious in the Prix de Diane.
Most recently, Bright Sky came second in 2002 Prix Saint-Alary before her Prix de Diane success, while Intrepidity, triumphant in 1993, subsequently won the Epsom Oaks.
Fabre is the trainer with the best record in the Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary with seven victories - Grise Mine (1984), Rosefinch (1992), Intrepidity (1993), Moonlight Dance (1994), Muncie (1995), Luna Wells (1996) and Vadawina (2005).
The French champion could this year saddle the unexposed Mayoress who scored an impressive five-length success in a fillies' contest at Maisons-Laffitte on May 3.
Germance puts her unbeaten record on the line in the Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary ahead of a planned bid for Classic success in the Prix de Diane.
Jean-Claude Rouget, France's leading trainer so far this season, revealed: "Germance goes to Longchamp for the Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary. She worked very well yesterday morning and is in good form.
"We hope she can win this Group One race and, if she runs well then the plan, is to go to the Prix de Diane at Chantilly.
"We will see how she is after that and if she is well we will look at mile and a half races later in the season. She is out of a Caerleon mare and has the pedigree to stay further."
The three-year-old Silver Hawk filly has won all three of her starts to date, with the latest success coming in the Group Three Prix Penelope at Saint-Cloud over an extended 10 furlongs on April 10 by a length from Sanaya.
It is the same path taken by Ask For The Moon who Rouget saddled to success in the 2004 Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary after landing the Prix Penelope.
The trainer added: "I was very happy with Germance's performance at Saint-Cloud. The going was good to soft that day but I think she goes on any ground."
Germance has progressed in each start since making her racecourse debut a winning one when scoring by two lengths over nine and a half furlongs in the provincial setting of Bordeaux Le Bouscat in November
Rouget's exciting charge subsequently defeated Longchamp winner Ziride by two and a half lengths in a 10-furlong event at Toulouse on March 15, before comfortably making the transition to Group Three company.
The Aga Khan's Sanaya finished second to Germance in the Prix Penelope before filling the same position in the Group Three Prix Cleopatre, and could reoppose in the Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary, along with Alix Road and Fauvelia who were third and fourth in the Prix Penelope.
John Gosden has left in the Khalid Abdulla-owned Innocent Air, by Galileo and the winner of the 2005 Listed Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury.
Chaibia had subsequent Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Tie Black in third when winning the Listed Prix Finlande at Longchamp on April 6, and David Smaga's charge is also among the 14 going forward for the Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary.