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Saturday, May 27, 2006


ASCOT PRE-OPENING DAY
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2006

ERSKINE-CRUM PLEASED


Ascot’s Chief Executive Douglas Erskine-Crum was pleased with the operation of the pre-opening day on Saturday, May 27 - the first meeting at Ascot since September 2004 and the sole fixture to be held before Royal Ascot 2006, which commences on Tuesday, June 20.


Erskine-Crum said: “Today has proved a very useful exercise in learning about the new course and we are very pleased with the way it went.


“The purpose of today was to show to us what we needed to address before Royal Ascot and it has been invaluable to us in that respect.


“We now have just over three and a half weeks to get things right for Royal Ascot and address the issues that today’s meeting has raised.


“Frankie Dettori’s win in the last topped off a perfect start to the next phase in Ascot’s 295-year history.”

Today’s attendance at Ascot was 11,000 and composed of local residents, industry professionals, press, contractors, Ascot staff, catering staff and invited guests.




ASCOT REACTION TO THE DAY

Nick Smith, head of PR at Ascot, was pleased with the staging of the pre-opening day at Ascot on Saturday, May 27.


He said: “Today has been a good start to the new Ascot.


“We have some things to iron out before Royal Ascot but a key point to make is that the track itself seemed to ride well and the feedback from the jockeys demonstrated that they were satisfied.


“Ascot will go back to being a building site tonight and we have just over three and a half weeks to address the snagging issues that remain.


“Today has fulfilled its role perfectly in enabling us to highlight and address any problems before Royal Ascot begins on Tuesday, June 20.”


MAN IN HOT SEAT ON STANDBY AS GATES OPEN

Ascot Chief Executive Douglas Erskine-Crum was taking a watching brief over proceedings as the famous course re-opened after a 20-month £200 million redevelopment.


Just a few hours before the first race, Erskine-Crum, speaking from the steps that look over the impressive new paddock and winner’s enclosure, said:
“So far, so good. Most of the management team have been up and working since 6am, but from this stage there’s not a lot more we can do. Once the gates are open there’s just a flow through the day. Our job now is to respond to anything that goes wrong, and it’s bound to today - that’s what the day is for.


“We’ve always been confident of opening on time because we’ve got a very strong team of designers, contractors, project managers and our own operational team. Everyone has been very focused.”

Some 11,000 people will be in attendance at Ascot today, including 3,000 local residents, staff, contractors, caterers and racing industry professionals, such as trainers, owners, jockeys, officials, members of the media and betting profession. A much bigger crowd will turn up for Royal Ascot, which runs for five days from June 20, so today’s event gives Erskine-Crum and his staff the chance to gain feedback before the big event.


He said: “We’ve got a lot of people going round asking those in attendance what they think, and we will be looking to see how the place works, but 11,000 is not a small crowd and we wouldn’t get many more than that on a routine day. The course will be able to hold 80,000 people.”

To the relief of regular Ascot racegoers, access for car drivers should be greatly improved by two new underpasses. Erskine-Crum said: “We’ve not changed the car parks, but the Winkfield Road underpass that goes under the straight mile should improve traffic flow considerably, and the Holloway underpass that goes onto the Heath will mean people can arrive and leave during racing, which will reduce hold ups.”

Summing up, the man in Ascot’s hottest seat said: “We’re all very excited about today, and looking forward to Tuesday, June 20, with a great deal of anticipation.”


GOING UPDATE AT NOON

The ground for the pre-opening day at Ascot has now changed to:

STRAIGHT COURSE - GOOD TO FIRM

ROUND COURSE - GOOD TO SOFT


Race 1 - McGee Group Conditions Stakes - Winning Quotes

BABY FIRST AT THE NEW ASCOT

Baby Strange became the first winner at the redeveloped Ascot when recording a decisive length and three-quarter success in the McGee Group Conditions Stakes for owners Market Avenue Racing Club Ltd, trainer Paul Blockley and jockey Graham Gibbons. This was a first Ascot success for both Blockley and Gibbons.


The winning handler commented: “That was a good performance and he could turn out again at Sandown on Monday for the Listed National Stakes as he likes a bit of juice in the ground - we will just have to see how he is and how he comes out of this race.


“After that performance, we’d have to think about the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot - I don’t think they run sellers there!

“I have 18 two-year-olds in for this season.”

Commenting on the Ascot redevelopment, Blockley added: “When I first arrived today - I thought I was in a train station with all that glass! Seriously, I think Ascot have done a great job and the new stands will be much better for the large crowds. My only criticism is that I haven’t found the Owners and Trainers’ Bar yet!”

The successful jockey Graham Gibbons added: “The ground rode surprisingly good considering the weather we have had recently.


“My fella has put up a good performance - he found a gap in the rail and really took off when he saw some daylight.


“Compared to the old course, the last 100 yards now seem to be going downhill rather than climbing up to the winning post as used to be the case.”


Race 1 - MCGEE GROUP CONDITIONS STAKES -
Place Quotes

BURKE SATISFIED WITH JOINT-FAVOURITE’S EFFORT

Karl Burke was satisfied with the run of third-placed joint-favourite Chjimes who finished three and a quarter lengths behind the winner Baby Stranger.

The trainer commented: “They didn’t seem to go much of a gallop and that, along with the ground drying out, seems to have been his undoing.


“He wants a stiff test. It was heavy the first time he ran and then it was on the easy side of good at the Curragh last time. All he does is lengthen and I’m not disappointed with that run.”

Second-placed La Neige passed the post one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner, prompting trainer Mick Channon to reflect: “He got left a little bit at the start but was beaten by a good horse. We’ll have to have a look and see where he goes next.”


FIRST RACE

JOCKEYS DISAGREE ON GOING

Jockeys riding in the opening six-furlong McGee Group Conditions Stakes gave varying views on the going.


Graham Gibbons, who rode the winner, Baby Strange, and Pat Cosgrave, rider of third-placed Chjimes, described the going as “good”.


Richard Smith: “Good to soft”

Martin Dwyer: “Soft side of good.”

Frankie McDonald: “Perfect.”

Ryan Moore: “The last two furlongs are good to firm, but it’s softer before that.”



Race 2 - BOVIS HOMES BUCKHOUNDS STAKES (LISTED) - Win quotes

AKAREM GROUP CLASS ACCORDING TO TRAINER

Trainer Karl Burke believes that 16/1 winner Akarem could be a Group horse after the five-year-old took the first Listed contest of the newly-opened Ascot, the Bovis Homes Buckhounds Stakes over 12 furlongs.


Burke said: “I’m delighted with that. It looked at least a Group Three performance.


“He’s a nice horse who is improving. I bought him at the horses in training sale and sent him hurdling but he’s not a natural hurdler, although he ran well at Leopardstown in December.”

Akarem, who travelled strongly just behind the pace and quickened clear for a four-length victory, was registering his second successive Listed triumph after winning at Hamilton on May 19.


Burke continued: “He probably needed his first run at Ripon in April where the ground was a bit quick but he should never have been 20/1 last time.


“He stripped fitter here and has improved. He could come back for Royal Ascot but I don’t know which race he’d go for.


“It’s nice to get any winner but my first one at the new Ascot is good.”

Commenting on the Ascot development, Burke said: “The course looks superb and must have amazing drainage up the straight to dry out like it has after the amount of rain that has fallen.”


SECOND RACE
BOVIS HOMES BUCKHOUNDS STAKES (LISTED RACE)

SONATA SIGNS OFF FOR NOW BUT IRISH ST LEGER ON THE AGENDA

Frank Sonata was no match for easy winner Akarem, but he picked up some more prizemoney when taking second place in the Bovis Homes Buckhounds Stakes.


David McGreavy, racing manager to Frank Sonata’s owner, William Flynn, said: “We’re delighted with him - he seems to be getting better with age. He ran well in Germany a week ago and in the John Porter before that.


“This trip might be a bit sharp for him now, but on proper soft ground through and through he’d be okay. He’ll have a break now at his owner’s home in Norfolk for the summer and we’ll bring him back later in the year with the plan of going for the Irish St Leger.”
Paul Blockley, trainer of third-placed Profit’s Reality, said: “With softer ground in the straight we’d have been closer - it took him time to pick up. Graham [Gibbons] just had to check him a bit and he didn’t get the best of runs, but I’m pleased.


“He’s in the Rose Bowl at Epsom next week and he’s guaranteed a good pace there, but failing that we might start hunting abroad a bit. He’s too high in the handicap here and in Listed company there are one or two too good. If we go abroad we might nick a Group 3.”

Race 2 - Bovis Homes Buckhounds Stakes - Other News

JOCKEYS’ REACTION TO GROUND ON THE ROUND COURSE

The Listed Bovis Homes Buckhounds Stakes was the first race run on the Round Course at the redeveloped Ascot and the following jockeys gave their reaction to the state of the ground.


Ryan Moore, rider of Frank Sonata (2nd), said: “It’s definitely riding on the slow ride on the Round Course and good on the straight course.”

Frankie Dettori, rider of Admiral’s Curse (4th), said: “The ground is good all the way round.”

Martin Dwyer, rider of Self Defense (5th), said: “It’s riding soft on the Round Course.”

Ted Durcan, rider of Orcadian (6th), said: “It’s almost soft ground on the Round Course.”

THIRD RACE
JOHN DOYLE FILLIES’ STAKES (HERITAGE HANDICAP)

INDIAN STEPPES LANDS FIRST TURF VICTORY

Seven-year-old mare Indian Steppes, who had never won a race on turf, got off the mark with an 8/1 victory in this valuable heritage handicap.


Adding to three wins on all-weather surfaces, Indian Steppes beat Kelucia and Tanzanite, ending a lean spell for Newmarket trainer Phil McEntee.


Alan McCabe, representing owners Elizabeth and Russell Reid of the Meddler Stud, said: “She’s done nothing but improve since Phil changed her routine a bit. He’s just done bits and pieces, and turns her out in a paddock - she’s thriving. They’re strange creatures and we’ve just found the key to her.


“We’ve put her in the Hunt Cup, and we’ll hope to get into that.”

McCabe, a former jockey who spent many years with David Elsworth and later worked as an assistant for Julian Poulton and David Loder, hopes to gain a licence in the near future.

He has done the second trainer’s module and could be running a stable, based at the Meddler Stud, once he’s completed all the courses.



Race 3 - John Doyle Fillies’ Heritage Handicap - Placed Quotes

KELUCIA PLEASES BECKETT

Ralph Beckett was delighted with the performance of Kelucia, who finished the length runner-up to Indian Steppes in the John Doyle Fillies Heritage Handicap.


The Whitsbury trainer commented: “That was a good run and I’m very pleased with her.

“I certainly can’t complain about the prize money - over £7,500 for finishing second is very welcome!

“She really needs fast ground, so the going cannot be too bad out there.


“I think I will now try and and find a fillies’ handicap over a mile for her.”


Race 4 - totesport Victoria Cup - Winning Quotes

ALL THAT JAZZ

The feature contest at Ascot’s first fixture since redevelopment, the £85,000 totesport Victoria Cup, fell to 8/1 shot Partners In Jazz, trained by David Barron and ridden by Ryan Moore.


The grey gelding enjoyed a great run throughout and came home a comfortable length and a quarter ahead of Marching Song.


David Baron was not at Ascot today, but Mel Catlow, a member of the eight-strong Sporting Occasions Racing Syndicate who hails from Cartmel, commented: “He’s a good horse and has been a real flag-bearer for us.


“The trainer was pretty confident he would give a good account of himself and this was a big thrill.


“He only got beat just over half a length behind New Seeker in the totesport International at Newbury last year and deserved to win a decent race.


“I’m now off to Cartmel as I have a runner there tonight!”

Winning jockey Ryan Moore added: “There was a strong pace and I had a nice position in midfield.


“He got to the front sooner than I wanted but I had to take the opportunity when it was there.


“He’s the sort of horse who will always run well.


“The new Ascot reminds me very much of Sha Tin. The straight course is definitely riding faster than the round course - obviously the straight course is new turf so the drainage may be different.


“Overall though, I thought the ground was perfect today.”



Race 4 - totesport VICTORIA CUP - Place quotes

PRINCE OF THEBES MAY SEEK ROYAL COMPENSATION

Trainer John Akehurst was frustrated after Prince Of Thebes finished third, a length and a half behind the winner Partners In Jazz, in the seven-furlong totesport Victoria Cup.


The Epsom trainer revealed: “He was trained for this race. We bought him at the October horses in training sale with a view to winning here.


“He had a run at Kempton first time out and then finished second at Newmarket in April. We gave him 40 days off to come here and then the ground goes against us.


“It’s difficult to say exactly what the ground is like because there are varying reports from the jockeys, but he definitely wants fast ground.”

The trainer is looking for the five-year-old to gain compensation at the Royal meeting back at the course next month, but is undecided about a target.


Akehurst said: “He will come back and we may run him in the Royal Hunt Cup or perhaps the Buckingham Palace Stakes.


“He’s just finished third in a hot handicap so I’ve got to pleased with the race.”


FOURTH RACE
TOTESPORT VICTORIA CUP (HERITAGE HANDICAP)

BAD LUCK IN RUNNING NOTABLE FOR NOTABILITY

Notability, 5/1 favourite for today’s feature race at Ascot, the £85,000 totesport Victoria Cup, had little luck in running before finishing sixth.


Frankie Dettori attempted to make a winning run near the rail on the Sheikh Mohammed-owned colt, but initially became engaged in a bumping match with unplaced King’s Caprice, and was then checked inside the final furlong.


Dettori said: “Wherever I went the door was shut - I was a very unlucky loser. Unfortunate, but it was one of those things. He ran really well, but I just couldn’t get out.”

Michael Jarvis, trainer of the four-year-old, rued his luck, but said Notability was likely to be back at Ascot for the Royal Meeting. Jarvis said: “Everywhere he went he got stopped, and he finished with a lot of horse under him.


“I should think we’ll be back for the Royal Hunt Cup, but this horse doesn’t want it too firm.”


Race 5 - TONI AND DAVID EYLES HANDICAP - Win quotes

TOLDO AIMING FOR PLATE AFTER SURPRISE
ASCOT TRIUMPH

Owner John Armstrong is hoping to fulfill a lifetime ambition after Toldo landed the two-mile Toni and David Eyles Handicap by three-quarters of a length under Nicky Mackay.


The retired civil servant from Sunderland revealed: “We had a big debate about coming here but I have always wanted to win the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle and felt he needed to run here to get in.


“My friend Stuart Morrison won the Northumberland Plate with Quick Ransom and hopefully Toldo can do the same.

The delighted owner continued: “We picked him up out of a claimer at Newcastle. My wife Maureen and I went there with no intention of buying but when we saw him we had to have him.


“He’s the only grey Tagula and about the only one that stays this far. He gets his stamina from his mother and has a lovely temperament.”

Nicola Topper, representing trainer George Moore, said: “George is at home because he was at the sales yesterday. We were hoping for an each-way finish so a win is a bonus.”

Winning rider Nicky Mackay, who tasted Royal Ascot success in the 2004 King George V Stakes aboard, Admiral said: “I had quite a lot of success here before the development and it’s great to get off to a winning start.


“The horse gave me a great feel through the race and there should be more to come from him.”


FIFTH RACE
TONI AND DAVID EYLES HANDICAP

ODIHAM WILL HAVE ANOTHER CRACK AT NORTHUMBERLAND PLATE

Toldo had too many guns for his rivals in this two-mile handicap, but Elusive Dream and Odiham ran well, finishing three-quarters of a length and a neck behind the winner.


Elusive Dream’s connections - trainer Sir Mark Prescott and owners the Cheveley Park Stud - were absent at Newmarket, but Hughie Morrison, who saddled Odiham, said he was delighted with his five-year-old’s effort.


“I was very pleased with that - I expected him to run well and he did,” reported Morrison.


“Now we’ll probably wait for the Northumberland Plate [at Newcastle] in which he finished fifth last year.

“He didn’t wear a visor today, because if he goes, he goes. We’ll discuss the visor before his next run.”



SIXTH RACE
ALFRED FRANKS & BARTLETT SUNGLASSES HANDICAP

FRANKIE’S FANS GET THE
DISMOUNT THEY WANTED

Frankie Dettori’s love of Ascot and his enduring popularity with the public were encapsulated following his victory in the closing race.


Despite steady rain a crowd of several hundred stayed to watch as Dettori rode into the winner’s enclosure on Trafalgar Bay - it was odds-on he would treat his fans to a flying dismount, and he did not let them down. They responded with the sort of cheers reserved for special occasions.


Dettori said later: “Ascot is the best track in the world now. When I arrived today I said the same as everybody - Wow! However, for me as a professional, I’m so pleased about the track. It’s a joy to ride on it.


“I was very unlucky on Notability in the totesport Victoria Cup, and I had a bit of luck on this horse, so it’s really good to complete the day with a winner.”

Trafalgar Square’s trainer, Sylvester Kirk, said: “It’s great to give Frankie a winner at Ascot on the day it re-opens.

“The horse has been a little bit in and out so it’s nice to see him back in the winner’s enclosure. He deserves this.


“We’ll probably keep him to handicap company - it’s a big step up to the next level and I don’t think there’s anything at Royal Ascot for him. There’s the Jersey Stakes, but he’d be well out of that. He’s a tough little horse and he seems to enjoy getting his toe in.”


Race 6 - ALFRED FRANKS & BARTLETT SUNGLASSES HANDICAP - Place quotes

PEARLY WEY SO CLOSE FOR KIRBY

Apprentice Adam Kirby, rider of second-placed Pearly Wey, was disappointed not to have landed the spoils after taking it up about two furlongs out, only to go down by half a length to the fast-finishing Trafalgar Bay in the six-furlong handicap for three-year-olds.


The jockey commented: “I thought he was a certainty. He was going so easy so I had a little look round about a furlong and a half out, but you can never be sure until you cross the line.


“He’s a really nice horse though and I like him a lot.”

Burning Incense was a further length and a half third, prompting trainer Roger Charlton to say: “I thought he was a bit unlucky. He was short of room and couldn’t get a run when he wanted a run, and will be better when the ground is faster.”

Fourth-placed Bajan Parkes pleased trainer Henry Candy who reported: “He’s inexperienced and wants faster ground. That was only the second race of his life and his first this year so I’m very happy with that.”


FIRST RACE RESULT

12.50pm MCGEE GROUP CONDITIONS STAKES
£12,000 guaranteed (Class 3 Handicap) 6f For 2yo which have not won a Class 1 or 2 race; Weights: colts and geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 6lb; Penalties: for each Class 5 race won 3lb; for each Class 4 race won 5lb; for each Class 3 race won 7lb (penalties cumulative and maximum penalty 12lb); Allowances: horses which have never run 3lb; Entries: 34 pay £35; Penalty value 1st £7,742.40; 2nd £2,312.40; 3rd £1,155.60; 4th £577.20

1 BABY STRANGE (Market Avenue Racing Club Ltd) Paul Blockley 2-9-02 Graham Gibbons [5] 9/4JF
2 LA NEIGE (Ridgeway Downs Racing ) Mick Channon 2-9-02 Ted Durcan [4] 9/2
3 CHJIMES (IRE) (Philip Richards & Mrs M Gittins) Karl Burke 2-9-02 Pat Cosgrave [10] 9/4JF
4 THE OLD FELLA (M Sines) Richard Hannon 2-8-08 Ryan Moore [3]
5 KING'S BASTION (IRE) (Edward Ware) Michael Bell 2-9-02 Martin Dwyer [11]
6 DUMAS (IRE) (Geoffrey Bishop & Ann Jarvis) Alan Jarvis 2-8-08 Frankie McDonald [6]
7 MR KLICK (IRE) (The Klick Partnership) Noel Wilson 2-8-11 Derek Nolan (3) [1]
8 VENIR ROUGE (Oaktree Racing) Taffy Salaman 2-8-08 Adam Kirby (3) [8]
9 REVISIONIST (IRE) (Wood Street Syndicate III) Richard Hannon 2-8-05 Richard Smith (3) [7]
10 CERIS STAR (IRE) (Mrs S Kinsella-Hurley) Rod Millman 2-8-08 Richard Quinn [2]

10 ran
Non-runners: 5 Zafonical Storm (vet’s certificate)
Distances: 1 3/4 L, 1 1/2L, Short Head, 3/4L, Short Head, 5L, Neck, 5L, 1 1/2L
Time: 1m 16.66s
Breeding: gr c Superior Premium - The Manx Touch
Breeder: Michael John Williamson
Tote: Win £3.10; Places £1.40, £1.60, £1.60; Exacta £17.20


Winning trainer Blockley, Paul Based: Coedkernew, Newport and Lambourn Wins in 2003-2005: 26; 50; 43 Number of horses in training (2004-2006): 65; 67; 67 Wins This Year: 12 Achievements: Leading trainer in 2004/2005 all-weather season with 24 wins

Winning jockey:-Name: Gibbons, Graham Wins 2000-2005: 7; 54; 45; 34; 30; 58 Background: Was apprenticed to Reg Hollinshead. Son of psychiatric nurse. On horseback since the age of seven, he is a former all-Ireland pony club champion Big race wins: Cornwallis Stakes (2004 Castelletto), Richmond Stakes (2005 Always Hopeful) Wins This Year: 20


SECOND RACE RESULT

1.20pm BOVIS HOMES BUCKHOUNDS STAKES
£50,000 guaranteed (Listed Race) 1m about 4f For 4yo+ which have not won a Group 1 Pattern Race after 2004; Weights: colts and geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 7lb; Penalties: after May 31 2005, a winner of a Listed race 3lb; of a Group 3 race 6lb; of a Group 2 race 9lb; Entries: 22 pay £200; Penalty Value: 1st £28,390; 2nd £10,760; 3rd £5,385; 4th £2,685; 5th £1,345; 6th £675

1 AKAREM (Mrs M Gittins) Karl Burke 5-9-01 Pat Cosgrave [9] 16/1
2 FRANK SONATA (W Flynn) Mick Quinlan 5-9-01 Ryan Moore [2] 11/2
3 PROFIT'S REALITY (IRE) (Phones Direct Part’ship) Paul Blockley 4-8-12 Graham Gibbons [6] 18/1
4 ADMIRAL'S CRUISE (USA) (Joe Allbritton) Brian Meehan 4-8-12 Frankie Dettori [4]
5 SELF DEFENSE (Fraser Miller Racing) Emma Lavelle 9-8-12 Martin Dwyer [3]
6 ORCADIAN (Jeff Smith) James Eustace 5-9-01 Ted Durcan [1]
7 ACROPOLIS (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 5-8-12 Royston Ffrench [5]
8 BIRKSPIEL (GER) (Helen Chamberlain) Simon Dow 5-9-04 Richard Quinn [8]
9 MAKTUB (ITY) (Gary Tanaka) Ernst Oertel 7-8-12 Dane O’Neill [7]

9 ran
Non-runners:
Distances: 4L, Head, 2L, 2 1/2L, 2 1/2L, 3/4L, 14L, DIST
Time: 2m 35.65s
Breeding: b h Kingmambo - Spirit of Tara
Breeder: Kilcarn Stud
Unplaced Favourite: Admiral’s Cruise 5/4F (4th)
Tote: Win £17.80 ; Places £4.10, £1.60, £4.20; Exacta £81.60

Winning Trainer: Burke, Karl Richard Date of birth: 17/5/63 Riding career: Professional, rode 48 winners Date of first licence: July 1990 Trains at Spigot Lodge, Coverham, Leyburn, N. Yorkshire Horses in training: (1991-2006): 25; 26; 23; 34; 47; 28; 42; 38; 51; 79; 75; 51; 74; 64; 78; 90 Wins in a season (1993-2005): 7: 9: 10: 10: 24: 41: 50: 52: 43: 32: 46: 64: 62 Wins This Year: 31 Major wins: Ladbroke (Ayr) Gold Cup (1994 Daring Destiny; 1998 Always Alight), Phoenix Sprint (1996 Daring Destiny)

Winning Jockey: Cosgrave, Pat Wins This Year: 19


THIRD RACE RESULT

1.50pm JOHN DOYLE FILLIES’ STAKES
£45,000 Guaranteed (Class 2 Heritage Handicap) 1m For 3yo+; Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb (any filly or mare rated above 110 (122 if 3yo) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb; subsequently, the excess over 110 (122 if 3yo) in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted); Weights raised 3lb; Minimum weight 7st 12lb; Penalties after May 20th, a winner 5lb; Squaw Dance’s handicap mark: 102; Entries: 18 pay £100; Penalty value: 1st £29,146.50; 2nd £8,671.50; 3rd £4,333.50; 4th £2,164.50

1 INDIAN STEPPES (FR) (Meddler Bloodstock) Phil McEntee 7-8-07 Richard Quinn [6] 8/1
2 KELUCIA (IRE) (B Scanlon & F Brady) Ralph Beckett 5-8-02 Nelson De Souza (3) [7] 9/1
3 TANZANITE (IRE) (D Broomfield & N Cronin) David Arbuthnot 4-8-08 Joe Fanning [4] 7/2F
4 TOFFEE VODKA (IRE) (Gary and Linnet Woodward) John Hills 4-7-12 Frankie McDonald [5]
5 ASTRONOMIA (NZ) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-09 Frankie Dettori [3]
6 SALAMANCA (Wood Street Syndicate) Sylvester Kirk 4-9-06 Ryan Moore [10]
7 MARIA LUISA (IRE) (Mrs J Myerscough) David Myerscough 4-8-00 Nicky Mackay [8]
8 LOVE THIRTY (John Livock Bloodstock Ltd) Mick Channon 4-8-10 Ted Durcan [1]
9 RIVER OF BABYLON (Chris Wright & Mrs J Corbett) Michael Bell 5-8-02 Jimmy Quinn [9]

9 ran
Non-runners: 1 Squaw Dance (vet’s certificate)
Distances: 1L, Head, 4L, Head, Head, 3/4L, 11L, 5L
Time: 1m 43.05s
Breeding: b m Indian Ridge - Ukraine Venture (Slip Anchor)
Breeder: Sentinel Bloodstock
Tote: Win £9.40; Places £2.70, £3.40, £1.60; Exacta £67.80

Winning trainer:- Name: McEntee, Phil Born: Dublin, June 17, 1969 Based: Newmarket, Suffolk - shares Beverley House Stables with John Berry Background: Father Phil McEntee senior was Irish champion apprentice in 1966 with Seamus McGrath, and later head lad for Reg Akehurst in Epsom. Then trained at The Curragh before setting up at Beverley House, but cruelly died suddenly in May 1998 Riding Career: Apprentice 1986 to David Elsworth, rode dozen winners during time as conditional jockey and pupil assistant to Willie Musson and Jeff Pearce. Later assistant-trainer to Alex Embiricos Date of First Trainer’s Licence: June 23, 1998 Best Horse Trained: Lightning Blaze Wins 2000-05: 7; 7; 6; 3; 12; 10 Horses in Training 2001-06: 21; 22; 24; ?; ?; 12 Wins This Year: 2

Winning jockey:-Name: Quinn, Thomas Richard. Born: Stirling, Scotland, 2/12/61 Apprenticeship: With Paul Cole, First winner: Bolivar Baby (Kempton, October 21, 1981) Wins 1984-2005: 62, 47, 69, 55, 46, 63, 90, 99, 117, 123, 115, 111, 149, 74, 108, 151, 140, 116, 104, 82, 76, 82 Classic wins: (3) St Leger (1990 Snurge, 2000 Millenary), Vodafone Oaks (2000 Love Divine) Other major wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (1989 Pass The Peace, 1999 Seazun); Derby Italiano (1987 Zaizoom, 1994 Time Star); Dewhurst Stakes (1990 Generous); Fillies’ Mile (1991 Culture Vulture), Grand Prix de Paris (2000 Beat Hollow), Irish Oaks (1990 Knight's Baroness), Irish St Leger (1990 Ibn Bey, 1995 Strategic Choice), Lockinge Stakes (1988 Broken Hearted, 1996 Soviet Line), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1992 Culture Vulture), Prix Royal Oak (1992 Assessor), Rothmans International (1992 Snurge), Royal Hunt Cup (1986 Patriach, 2004 Mine), Yorkshire Oaks (1987 Bint Pasha)
First Goodwood win: Aqaba Prince (Birdless Grove H’cap, May 23, 1984) Goodwood winners: 107 (28 at July Meeting)
Wins This Year: 18

FOURTH RACE RESULT

2.20pm totesport VICTORIA CUP
£85,000 guaranteed, Heritage Handicap, 7f, For 4yo+ Weights highest weight not less than 9st 10lb (any horse rated above 110 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb; subsequently, the excess over 110 in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted) Weights raised 7lb Minimum weight 7st 12lb Penalties after May 20, a winner 6lb Mine’s handicap mark 103 Entries 56 pay £210 Penalty value 1st £52,972; 2nd £15,861; 3rd £7,930.50; 4th £3,969.50; 5th £1,980.50; 6th 994.50

1 PARTNERS IN JAZZ (USA) (Sporting Occasions Racing No 2) David Barron 5-9-01 Ryan Moore [12] 8/1
2 MARCHING SONG (The Queen) Richard Hannon 4-8-13 Dane O'Neill [5] 25/1
3 PRINCE OF THEBES (IRE) (Canisbay Bloodstock) John Akehurst 5-9-00 Paul Doe [7] 33/1
4 PINPOINT (IRE) (Full Circle) Walter Swinburn 4-9-01 Ted Durcan [15] 12/1
5 PAPER TALK (USA) (Gainsborough Stud) Barry Hills 4-9-00 Nicky Mackay [1]
6 NOTABILITY (IRE) (Sheikh Mohammed) Michael Jarvis 4-9-07 Frankie Dettori [2]
7 MINE (Mike Dawson) James Bethell 8-9-10 Richard Quinn [20]
8 COMMANDO SCOTT (IRE) (Ann Morris) Ian McInnes 5-8-13 Royston Ffrench [6]
9 ZOMERLUST (P Carr) John Quinn 4-9-02 Graham Gibbons [4]
10 COLEORTON DANCER (Coleorton Moor Racing) Kevin Ryan 4-8-12 Andrew Mullen (5) [10]
11 COMPTON'S ELEVEN (Pcm Racing) Mick Channon 5-9-02 Eddie Creighton (3) [9]
12 ONE MORE ROUND (USA) (Nigel Shields) Nick Littmoden 8-9-01 Ian Mongan [18]
13 GAME LAD (Mrs J Mountfield) Tim Easterby 4-8-13 Philip Makin [14]
14 JALAMID (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 4-9-04 Robert Havlin [3]
15 COOL PANIC (IRE) (D & L Payne) Michael Bell 4-8-13 Joe Fanning [8]
16 ZOHAR (USA) (E H Jones (Paints) Ltd) Brian Meehan 4-8-11 Michael Tebbutt [17]
17 LORD MAYOR (T Morley) Robert Cowell 5-8-08 Adam Kirby (3) [11]
18 KING'S CAPRICE (Bridget Swire) Jonathan Geake 5-8-11 Stephen Carson [13]
19 MUNADDAM (USA) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop 4-9-04 Martin Dwyer [16]
20 KAMANDA LAUGH (Jamie Newell Racing Ltd) Kevin Ryan 5-9-01 Pat Cosgrave [19]

20 ran
Non-runners:
Distances: 1 1/4L, Neck, Neck, Head, 3/4L, Head, 2L, 1/2L, 1/2L, Head, Short head, Neck, 3/4L, 5L, 1 1/2L, 5L, 3/4L, 8L, 2L
Time: 1m 28.11s
Breeding: gr g Jambalaya Jazz (USA) - Just About Enough (USA) (Danzig (USA))
Breeder: Charles Nuckols Jr And Sons
Unplaced Favourite: Notability 5/1F (6th)
Tote: Win £11.30; Places £2.80, £5.90, £6.10, £3.70; Exacta £268.00

Winning Trainer:-Name: Barron, Thomas David Date of birth: 20/9/45 Trains at Maunby, North Yorkshire Date of first licence: 1969 Number of wins in a season (1982-2005): 11: 10: 13: 26: 13: 19: 18: 24: 58: 39: 41: 26: 37: 29: 29: 38: 15: 33: 49: 40: 58: 71: 59: 45 Major wins include: Lincoln Handicap (1991 Amenable), Stewards’ Cup (1994 For The Present, 1996 Coastal Bluff), Ayr Gold Cup (1996 Coastal Bluff), Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 dead-heat with Ya Malak) Wins This Year: 23

Winning Jockey :- Name: Moore, Ryan Lee Born: September 18, 1983 Other Details: Apprenticed to Richard Hannon having previously been with his father Gary at Woodingdean in Brighton First winner: Mersey Beat (Land Rover Defender Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle, Towcester, May 15, 2000) Major Wins: Celebration Mile (2005 Chic); totesport Cesarewitch (2002 Miss Fara) Number of Wins 2002-05: 39; 59 (champion apprentice); 132; 120 Wins This Year: 41

FIFTH RACE RESULT

2.50pm TONI AND DAVID EYLES HANDICAP
£20,000 guaranteed (Class 2), 2m, For 4yo+ rated 86-105 (also open to such horses rated 85 and below) Weights lowest weight: 5yo+ 8st 4lb; 4yo 8st 2lb; highest weight 9st 9lb Weights raised 4lb Minimum weight 8st 4lb Penalties after May 20, a winner 6lb Weight for age 4 from 5yo+ 2lb Palomar’s handicap mark 102 Entries 27 pay £50 Penalty value 1st £12,464; 2nd £3,732; 3rd £1,866; 4th £934; 5th £466; 6th £234

1 TOLDO (IRE) (J Armstrong) George Moore 4-8-04 Nicky Mackay [4] 12/1
2 ELUSIVE DREAM (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Mark Prescot 5-8-13 Jamie Mackay [8] 9/1
3 ODIHAM (D Brooks, J Dean, Mrs J Scott) Hughie Morrison 5-8-10 Travis Block (5) [5] 10/1
4 SIRCE (IRE) (Dorothy & Ivan Topley) Denis Coakley 4-8-12 Jimmy Quinn [9]
5 EBTIKAAR (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 4-9-02 Martin Dwyer [15] 9/2 fav
6 ADMIRAL (IRE) (Chris Roper & Willie McKay) Tim Pitt 5-8-11 Frankie Dettori [10]
7 COLLOQUIAL (Mrs David Blackburn & M Blackburn) Henry Candy 5-8-11 Dane O'Neill [6]
8 PALOMAR (USA) (Sir Robert Ogden) Roger Charlton 4-9-09 Ryan Moore [1]
9 BADDAM (N Martin) Mick Channon 4-8-11 Ian Mongan [2]
10 CARACCIOLA (GER) (Piers Pottinger) Nicky Henderson 9-8-13 Richard Quinn [7]
11 TEN CARAT (Ian Hall Racing) Martin Todhunter 6-8-12 Royston Ffrench [11]
12 SPEAR THISTLE (Tony Hayward & Sue Head) Dina Smith 4-8-06 Graham Gibbons [3]
13 JEEPSTAR (Miss E Jeeps And Partners) Stuart Williams 6-8-08 Ted Durcan [12]
14 OCEAN OF STORMS (The Boot Inn Partnership) Nathan Rossiter 11-7-11 Mark Coumbe (7) [14]
15 FORTUNE ISLAND (IRE) (J Brown & M Blackburn) David Pipe 7-9-01 Joe Fanning [13]

15 ran
Non-runners:
Distances: 3/4L, Neck, 1 1/4L, 1/2L, 1/2L, 1/2L, 2 1/2L, Neck, 1 1/4L, 13L, 1 3/4L, 16L, Distance, 16L
Time: 3m 34.92s
Breeding: gr g Tagula (IRE) - Mystic Belle (IRE) (Thatching)
Breeder: Mrs C Moore
Unplaced Favourite: Ebtikaar 9/2F (5th)
Tote: Win £16.00; Places £4.20, £3.10, £4.10; Exacta £92.40

Winning trainer; Moore, George Based: Middleham, North Yorkshire Wins This Year: 4

Winning jockey:-Name: Mackay, Nicky Wins in 2002-05: 13; 36; 52; 34 Background: Son of jockey Allan Mackay and grandson of former jockey Eric Eldin. Apprenticed to Luca Cumani in Newmarket Big race wins: Courage Best Stakes (2003 Navado), Old Newton Cup (2005 Zeitgeist), Spring Cup (2006 Forgery) Royal Ascot Wins: King George V Stakes (2004 Admiral) Wins This Year: 21


SIXTH RACE RESULT

3.25pm ALFRED FRANKS & BARTLETT SUNGLASSES HANDICAP
£15,000 guaranteed (Class 3), 6f, For 3yo Rated 81-95 (also open to such horses rated 80 and below) Weights highest weight 9st 4lb Weights Raised 4lb Minimum Weight 8st 4lb Penalties after May 20, a winner 6lb The Snatcher’s Handicap Mark 91 Entries 27 pay £40 Penalty Value 1st £9,715.50; 2nd £2,890.50; 3rd £1,444.50; 4th £721.50

1 TRAFALGAR BAY (IRE) (M Nicolson, G Doran, A Wilson) Sylvester Kirk 3-9-02 Frankie Dettori [7] 4/1JF
2 PEARLY WEY (Dennis Shaw) Clive Cox 3-9-00 Adam Kirby (3) [11] 7/1
3 BURNING INCENSE (IRE) (Thurloe Thoroughbreds XV) Roger Charlton 3-8-04 Nicky Mackay [2] 4/1JF
4 BAJAN PARKES (Joseph Heler) Henry Candy 3-8-12 Dane O'Neill [5]
5 STARLIGHT GAZER (The Burning Stars) Jonathan Geake 3-8-05 Richard Thomas [4]
6 THE SNATCHER (IRE) (Mrs R Ablett) Richard Hannon 3-9-04 Ryan Moore [8]
7 MATUZA (IRE) (The Eastwood Partnership) William Muir 3-8-08 Martin Dwyer [9]
8 DIDN'T WE (Terry Mills) Terry Mills 3-8-10 Ian Mongan [1]
9 FIGARO FLYER (IRE) (Mark Entwhistle) Paul Howling 3-9-03 Ted Durcan [10]
10 TOUS LES DEUX (R Grenville-Webb) Fulke Johnson Houghton 3-8-05 Stephen Carson [6]
11 SCARLET KNIGHT (W Mann) Philip Mitchell 3-8-12 Joe Fanning [3]
12 PUSKAS (IRE) (John Breslin) Mick Channon 3-9-02 Richard Quinn [12]

12 ran
Non-runners:
Distances: 1/2L, 1 1/2L, 2L, Short head, 1L, Neck, 3L, 3/4L, 6L, 11L, 3L
Time: 1m 15.23s
Breeding: b c Fruits Of Love (USA) - Chatsworth Bay (IRE) (Fairy King (USA))
Breeder: Patrick Hennessy
Tote: Win £3.90; Places £1.90, £3.00, £2.00; Exacta £35.50

Winning trainer:-Name: Sylvester Kirk Born: May 31, 1963 Background: Former assistant to East Everleigh-based trainer Richard Hannon Date of first trainer’s licence: December 2000 Wins In 2002-05: 23; 28; 35; 31 Horses in training (2003-05): 40; 53; 66; 58 Big Race Wins Include: Rosemary Stakes (2005 Salamanca) Wins This Year: 5

Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, Italy First winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) First Success: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986) Classic wins; (9) Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou, 2005 Scorpion), 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia) Royal Ascot wins: (37) First Royal Ascot win: Queen Anne Stakes (June 19, 1990 Markofdistinction) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1992 & 93 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau), St James’s Palace (1997 Starborough), King’s Stand Stakes (1994 Lochsong), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1995 So Factual), Queen Anne Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 1997 Allied Forces, 1998 Inktikhab, 2003 Dubai Destination, 2004 Refuse To Bend) Wins 1987-2005: 8, 22, 75^, 141, 94, 101, 149, 233*, 216*, 123, 176, 132, 132, 47, 94, 69, 101, 195*, 87 ^Champion apprentice *Champion jockey Wins This Year: 25







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