STAN JAMES GUINEAS FESTIVAL 2006
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NEWMARKET SATURDAY, MAY 6
BEST STAN JAMES 2000 GUINEAS SINCE 2000
BHB handicapper Dominic Gardiner-Hill believes the 2006 Stan James 2000 Guineas will be rated the best since 2000.
Gardiner-Hill had expressed the view before this season’s first Classic that it “had the potential to be the strongest for several years”.
He said at that stage: “The top six colts from last season are in the field and all the key two-year-old races are represented.
“The quality is high and there is plenty of strength in depth, so going into the race you have to hope it will throw up a serious horse.”
Afterwards, he added: “George Washington appears to have run to a mark of at least 121, which is the highest I’ve got recorded in the race since King’s Best ran to 124 in 2000.
“I don’t think it will be possible to rate George Washington up to the level achieved by King’s Best in the Guineas because, while he’s beaten Sir Percy comprehensively, I don’t think the second has quite run up to his Dewhurst Stakes figure.”
Gardiner-Hill continued: “George Washington has the potential to rate a lot higher, and I didn’t really think the race was run to suit him.
“Once he came through to win, however, he quickly established a decent lead and won going away.
“It was an impressive performance and I’m sure he’s a very good horse, but the ratings of several of those just outside the first three hold the overall win-figure down.
“The likes of Araafa and Final Verse went into the Guineas rated on the same sort of figure - 106 or 107 - and my final assessment will have to take that into account.
“I’m sure they will be put up a little after today, but not by an enormous amount, so that demonstrates my thinking on the race as a whole.
“It was obviously a very high-class event, which has produced a very high-class winner, but the race-rating itself won’t result in an increase on George Washington’s two-year-old mark of 124.”
The crowd for Stan James 2000 Guineas day totalled 17,602, as against 16,837 in 2005.
That figure betters all but one of the attendances on the equivalent afternoon this millennium - the 17,883 in 2003 - and Newmarket’s managing director Lisa Hancock expressed her satisfaction with the strong public turnout.
“We’ve seen a sensational winner of the Stan James 2000 Guineas and a big crowd has been here to see it.
“The strong advance sales held up in all enclosures and we are looking forward to another great day tomorrow, when the fillies take centre stage in the Stan James 1000 Guineas.”
Race 3: The Stan James 2000 Guineas
Brilliant George powers to Guineas glory
George Washington lit up the NatWest Rowley Mile course with a fantastic performance to land the Stan James 2000 Guineas in style.
Jockey Kieren Fallon had the Danehill colt covered up in the early paces before the pair imposed themselves on the race.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge came there to win two furlongs out and he settled the issue in a matter of strides.
As the field approached the final 220 yards, it was clear there was only going to be one winner and George Washington roared home with two-and-half-lengths to spare.
O’Brien said: “He’s unbelievable. It’s that raw ability, that raw power and speed he has.
“Even though he’s very mature physically, mentally he’s only probably starting to grow up.
“He’s open to anything. I couldn’t believe that he was going to get a mile. When you see a horse going through his work the way he does - it’s raw speed.
“We’ve never had a horse that showed this kind of speed and get that kind of a trip. Those kind of speed horses don’t usually get very far.
“Kieren was so confident. Last Tuesday, I said to him, ‘there’s races after this if this horse gets beat’.
“I never had to say that to anyone riding a horse before. Kieren just could not see defeat.
“I don’t know how far he’ll get. He’s that kind of a horse who could get any trip.”
Before today O’Brien had yet to have a three-year-old colt win on the turf this year but the Ballydoyle camp weren’t overly concerned.
O’Brien added: “Kieren was riding them all and he was very happy all the time. Everyone was happy at home.
“Everything that was running, was running okay. Kieren never said that he wasn’t happy.”
Race 3: The Stan James 2000 Guineas
ADDITIONAL WIN QUOTES
CONNECTIONS THRILLED AFTER WASHINGTON’S GUINEAS SUCCESS
John Magnier and Michael Tabor, two of the owners of George Washington besides Derrick Smith, both paid tribute to the Danehill colt after his stunning success in the Stan James 2000 Guineas.
Magnier said: “Just listening to people, I think they were pretty impressed.
“We’ve always known that he was a brilliant horse; it’s just for everything to go right on the day, which it did.
“If we’re not delighted after that, we shouldn’t be in the game at all.
“They’ve always thought a lot of him - right from the word go.”
As for the future, Magnier added: “All the options are open. It looked like if he (Kieren Fallon) had held on to him a bit longer, he’d have won further, I guess.”
Tabor said: “I’m just a little bit in awe. My impressions of him are, what we always thought he was - a very special horse
“He did it on the track today as he did as a two-year-old. It was what we always expected but sometimes you don’t get what you expect in this game. I am absolutely thrilled.”
Successful jockey Kieren Fallon said: “I was hoping he’d take me further - at least until the two-furlong marker.
“But you disappoint horses if you sit there too long. I’m very thrilled...relieved would be a better word, I think!”
GEORGE WASHINGTON (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Danehill (USA) - Bordighera (USA) (Alysheba (USA))
Form: 31111-1 Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Jockey: Kieren Fallon Breeder: Lael Stables
A 1,150,000 guineas yearling purchase and the most expensive of his generation in Europe, George Washington had a lot to live up to. A half-brother to multiple 10-furlong Group One winner Grandera, he repaid that outlay with a spectacular juvenile campaign that saw him collect four victories from five starts, and end the season as the top-rated two-year-old in Europe. A debut defeat at Newmarket in May, 2005, was followed by four straight victories at The Curragh, commencing with a maiden win later that same month. In June he stepped up in class and duly defeated Amigoni in the Group Two Railway Stakes over six furlongs. He then scored a brace of stunning Group One wins, firstly when defeating stablemate Amadeus Mozart by eight lengths in the Phoenix Stakes, and latterly in the National Stakes over an extra furlong on September 18, when he overcame a slow start to take victory by two lengths from Golden Arrow. George Washington is almost certain to go off favourite for today’s Stan James 2000 Guineas and has been a steadfast ante-post favourite for some while. Trainer Aidan O’Brien has described his Stan James 2000 Guineas candidate, who has yet to race this season, as having “exceptional speed” although this attribute does throw up a slight concern as to whether he will stay a mile and we will only know after the first British classic which he won sensationally.
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Few in the racing world can boast better connections than Sue Magnier. Her husband John is the most powerful man in the bloodstock world as owner of Coolmore Stud and she is daughter of arguably the greatest 20th century trainer, Vincent O'Brien, who saddled three consecutive Grand National winners and six Derby winners. Her brother David O'Brien is another Derby-winning handler while another brother, Charles, is also a successful trainer. In the 1970s John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a Co Cork dairy farmer and stud owner, teamed up with the late Robert Sangster and trainer Vincent O'Brien with the idea of buying potential stallions as yearlings. This they did with great success, counting Alleged, Be My Guest, Caerleon, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird amongst those who were bought or bred. Magnier subsequently bought out his partners at Coolmore - which now has huge offshoots in Australia and America - and owns the nearby magnificent Ballydoyle training stable. He has a myriad of other business interests, mainly with top jump owner J P McManus and the duo sold their 28.7% stake in Manchester United FC to American tycoon Malcolm Glazer. The pair have also invested in the Barchester chain of nursing homes, a property company that owns Unilever House in London, leisure clubs, including the Chelsea Harbour Club, and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Monaco-based former bookmaker Michael Tabor, who like Magnier spends much of the winter in Barbados, became a partner in many of the Coolmore horses in the mid 1990s while in 2004, Derrick Smith, a former Ladbrokes trading director based in Barbados, joined Tabor as a Coolmore investor. Entrepreneur, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, took the 1997 2000 Guineas to provide a first British classic success for the Sue Magnier/Tabor partnership, who also won that season's Irish equivalent and Irish Derby with Desert King. The duo won the Vodafone Derby in 2001 and 2002 with Galileo and High Chaparral. In partnership with Sir Alex Ferguson, Magnier owned Rock Of Gibraltar, who won seven successive Group 1 victories including the 2002 2000 Guineas. Other major wins include the 1998 2000 Guineas with King Of Kings, the 1999 French Derby, Irish Derby, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the 2000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes with Montjeu and a run of five consecutive Group 1 successes in 2000 from Giant's Causeway. Galileo also won the Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes after his 2001 Epsom win, while further British classic glory has come in the St Leger with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion (2005). High Chaparral, who went on to take the 2002 Irish Derby, also landed that year's Breeders' Cup Turf and then dead-heated in the same event 12 months later. Last season Magnier won both the 2000 Guineas with Footstepsinthesand and the 1000 Guineas with Virginia Waters, and, while it was Andre Fabre who saddled their Budweiser Irish Derby and Lucien Barriere Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Hurricane Run, O'Brien was at the helm when the Coolmore trio, having sent out Oratorio to win both the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, topped up their Paris celebrations when lifting both the two Group 1 juvenile races.
Stan James Guineas winners – 2006 George Washington; 2005 Footstepsinthesand; 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar; 1998 King Of Kings
Aidan O’Brien IRE
Born in Wexford on October 16, 1969, Aidan Patrick O’Brien has been phenomenally successful in his relatively short training career. After a spell with Jim Bolger, he became assistant to his now wife, Anne-Marie, and her father Joe Crowley, before taking over the reins when granted a licence to train himself in 1993. His impact on the Flat was made with backing of the highest calibre in the shape of John Magnier and Coolmore, which offered the precocious O’Brien the use of Ballydoyle Stables, where the young trainer’s namesake and legendary Irish trainer Vincent O’Brien had enjoyed so much success. In 1997, in only his third season at the helm of the Tipperary yard, he confirmed his intentions on the Flat when winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby. The following year, his first British classic runner, King Of Kings, won the 2000 Guineas and the second, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the following day’s 1000 Guineas and went on to land the Vodafone Oaks a month later. The successes have since flowed in through the likes of Giant’s Causeway (five successive Group 1s in 2000), Second Empire, Saffron Walden, Stravinsky, Fasliyev and an embarrassment of riches in 2001 that yielded 23 Group 1 successes headed by the Vodafone Derby and the Irish Derby, as well as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, with Galileo. Other classic glory came via Imagine (Irish 1,000 Guineas and Vodafone Oaks), Black Minnaloushe (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Rose Gypsy (French 1,000 Guineas) and Milan (St Leger) while Mozart became champion sprinter and O’Brien totally dominated the two-year-old division and Johannesburg provided him with a first Breeders’ Cup success in the 2001 Juvenile at Belmont Park. Last season saw both the 2000 Guineas (Footstepsinthesand) and the 1000 Guineas (Virginia Waters) go to O’Brien, who was champion trainer in both Britain and Ireland in both 2001 and 2002. In 2002 he enjoyed success with the remarkable Rock Of Gibraltar (the only horse to win seven European Group 1 races in a row) and also the dual Derby and Breeders’ Cup winner High Chaparral. His prowess on the Flat is matched by his achievements with his jumpers. He will forever be associated with the great Istabraq, winner of three Smurfit Champion Hurdles. Rock Of Gibraltar and Hawk Wing gave O’Brien a 1-2 in the 2002 2000 Guineas while High Chaparral and Hawk Wing provided him with the first and second in the 2002 Vodafone Derby. The following season he sent out Yesterday to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Brian Boru triumphed at Doncaster in the St Leger. O’Brien enjoyed further success with Hawk Wing in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes and High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Turf. It was an indifferent season for the Ballydoyle team in 2004, but O’Brien was still successful in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes with Ad Valorem, the Tattersalls Gold Cup with Powerscourt and the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere with Oratorio, who again proved a big money-earner last summer, winning both the Coral Eclipse at Sandown and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Following the incredible classic double at Newmarket in the spring, O’Brien added a third British classic with Scorpion’s success in the St Leger at Doncaster. He also unleashed a raft of high-class two-year-olds and ended the season with the top-rated European juvenile colt (George Washington) and filly (Rumplestiltskin). George Washington landed a brace of Group 1s in the National Stakes at The Curragh and Phoenix Stakes on the same course, a feat emulated by Rumplestiltskin in the Moyglare Stakes at The Curragh and the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp, while Horatio Nelson, won the Group One Grand Criterium at Longchamp. He has started the 2006 season well by winning the Stan James 2000 Guineas for the fourth time with George Washington.
Stan James 2000 Guineas record -1998-1 KING OF KINGS 7/2, 1999-15 Orpen 7/2 Fav, 2000-2 Giant’s Causeway 7/2 Fav, 2000-26 Bernstein 16/1, 2001-4 Minardi 5/1, 2001-13 Darwin 100/1, 2002-1 ROCK OF GIBRALTAR 9/1, 2002-2 Hawk Wing 6/4 Fav, 2002-18 Sholokhov 100/1, 2002-20 Tendulkar 16/1, 2003-8 Tomahawk 7/1, 2003-17 Hold That Tiger 4/1 Fav, 2004-9 Tumblebrutus 200/1, 2004-13 One Cool Cat 15/8 Fav, 2005-1 FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND 13/2, 2005-4 Oratorio 8/1, 2006-1 GEORGE WASHINGTON; 2006-8 Horatio Nelson 10/1; 2006-13 Frost Giant 50/1
Born on February 22, 1965, in County Clare, Ireland, Kieren Fallon joined Kevin Prendergast’s yard as an apprentice in 1983. Piccadilly Lord at Navan on June 18, 1984, was his first winner. Moved from Ireland to ride for Jimmy FitzGerald’s Malton stable from 1989 until 1991 and then spent three years with Lynda Ramsden’s yard from 1993 until the end of 1996. At the start of the 1997 Flat season, Fallon was a surprise appointment as stable jockey to the Henry Cecil yard and promptly won the 1000 Guineas on Sleepytime and Vodafone Oaks on Reams Of Verse. He ceased riding for Cecil in August, 1999, and was first jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in 2000 and 2001 after which he freelanced, still riding many of the Stoute team, before becoming retained rider to owners Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier and Derrick Smith this season. The Stoute/Fallon combination won the 2000 Guineas with the Saeed Suhail-owned King’s Best in 2000 and Golan in 2001. Fallon was champion jockey in 1997 (202 wins), 1998 (204), 1999 (202), 2001 (166), 2002 (149) and in 2003 (221 wins), when his successes included classics on Russian Rhythm in the 1000 Guineas and Kris Kin in the Vodafone Derby. He won three of the five classics in 1999 - the 1000 Guineas on Wince, the Vodafone Oaks on Ramruma and the Vodafone Derby on Oath, his first success in the premier classic. Although second to Frankie Dettori in the 2004 championship, Fallon enjoyed another excellent season, including landing the Vodafone Derby-Vodafone Oaks double with North Light and Ouija Board. Out of the saddle, he has frequently made the headlines, in 2003 he was treated in a clinic in Ireland after admitting to a drink problem and in September last year he was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud but was released on bail and no charges have been brought. Now based in Ireland, he has made a great start with his new employers last season, winning both the 2000 and 1000 Guineas respectively with Footstepsinthesand and Virgina Waters, while, beside being associated with the stable’s star two-year-olds George Washington, successful in the National Stakes at The Curragh and Phoenix Stakes on the same course, Rumplestiltskin, victorious in both the Moyglare Stakes at The Curragh and Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp, and Grand Criterium winner Horatio Nelson, he anded his first Prix de Arc de Triomphe when landing the Lucien Barriere-sponsored showpiece at Longchamp for Andre Fabre on the Coolmore-owned Hurricane Run, on whom he had previously won the Budweiser Irish Derby. He won the Stan James 2000 Guineas for the fourth time today with George Washington. Stan James 2000 Guineas record: 1994-9 Rafferty’s Rules 50/1, 1995-8 Chilly Billy 33/1, 1997-16 Musical Pursuit 22/1, 1998-18 Daggers Drawn 25/1, 1999-2 Enrique 7/1, 2000-1 KING’S BEST 13/2, 2001-1 GOLAN 11/1, 2002-9 King Of Happiness 11/2, 2003-15 Audience 16/1, 2004-11 Three Valleys 20/1, 2005-1 FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND 13/2, 2006 –1 GEORGE WASHINGTON 6/4 F
ARISE, SIR PERCY
Marcus Tregoning was thinking about the Vodafone Derby within moments of Sir Percy’s second behind George Washington in the Stan James 2000 Guineas.
The Lambourn-based trainer said: “I was very pleased with him and we’re all very proud of him - and that might just have put him right for Epsom.
“He’s a proper horse, who’s just been beaten by another proper horse, and, as long as he comes out of this alright, we’ll talk about the Derby.
“Nothing has been decided yet, but he looks very relaxed and happy with life at the moment, so Epsom has to be in our thoughts.
“He was staying on strongly up the hill, which suggests the extra distance will be to his advantage, but we’re not setting anything in stone at present.
”Martin (Dwyer) was naturally a bit disappointed not to have won, but he shouldn’t be, as Sir Percy has run a marvellous race.”
Tregoning added: “We wouldn’t have minded if they’d had a little more rain, but you have to play the cards you’re dealt, and I’m happier with natural firm ground than anything that’s been artificially watered.”
Bill Gredley, owner of the Stan James 2000 Guineas third Olympian Odyssey, said: “We thought after his unlucky second in the Feilden Stakes that we might have a decent horse and, after this, we know we have.
“This fellow wasn’t right for a lot of last season, but has improved over the winter and may now go for the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
“We’ll also consider the Derby but, at this stage, the Irish race is probably my idea of his next stop.”
Jeremy Noseda, trainer of fourth home Araafa, said: “I was expecting a bold run and that’s exactly what he’s delivered.
“I’m obviously delighted that he’s run so well and, although it’s too early to talk about specific targets, I imagine we’ll keep him to around this trip.”
QUOTES FROM NON-PLACED HORSES IN THE STAN JAMES 2000 GUINEAS
Alan Munro, rider of fourth-placed Araafa, said: “He’s a big strong horse and he’s definitely improved from last year. He was a bit outpaced but he was not beaten that far and he stayed on well. At the end of the day, it is a Classic.”
Tony Culhane, rider of fifth-placed Misu Bond, said: “He possibly didn’t quite stay the last half furlong - if I had ridden him to be placed, he might have been second or third but I rode him to win and I might have cost myself a few places.”
Robert Winston, rider of sixth-placed Final Verse, said: “I’m happy enough with the run.”
Neil Callan, rider of seventh Amadeus Wolf, said: “He ran a good race. It is a shame that I couldn’t have got more of a lead on my side as I had to commit three furlongs out. Maybe he will go back to six furlongs.”
Con Marnane, who consigned Amadeus Wolf as a breeze horse, said: “I am absolutely delighted but he didn’t quite stay. I am sure that he will improve on this - we’re not sure where we are going to go next.”
Richard Hughes, rider of ninth Asset, said: “Very disappointing.”
Richard Ryan, assistant to Terry Mills, trainer of Close To You who finished 10th, said: “He’s run his race - the ground may have been a little bit quick for him and he may not have been suited by the undulations of the course but we are still pleased. We may go for the St James Palace Stakes next.”
Ian Mongan, rider of Close To You, said: “He ran very, very well in a very good Guineas. If they had gone a bit quicker, he might have been a bit closer but that was a good run.”
Johnny Murtagh, rider of 13th Frost Giant, said: “He travelled well but possibly lost the race beforehand as he got very sweaty and upset.”
Mick Kinane, rider of eighth Horatio Nelson, said: “He got a little tired.”
Michael Hills, rider of 11th Killybegs, said: “He ran a very good race but I thought that he would find a bit more. He was amongst some very good horses.”
Saeed bin Suroor, trainer of 14th Opera Cape, said: “I am disappointed about the horse and I will see how he comes back now and talk to Frankie and see what he says.”
Richard Hills, rider of 12th Red Clubs, said: “He didn’t quite stay.”
THIRD RACE RESULT - 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 (14 remain), May 4. Penalty Value 1st-£187,374; 2nd-£71,016; 3rd-£35,541; 4th-£17,721; 5th-£8,877; 6th-£4,455
1. GEORGE WASHINGTON (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon (6) 6/4Fav
2. SIR PERCY (Anthony Pakenham) Marcus Tregoning 3-9-00 Martin Dwyer (4) 4/1
3. OLYMPIAN ODYSSEY (Bill Gredley) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer (2) 33/1
4. ARAAFA (IRE) (Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar) Jeremy Noseda 3-9-00 Christophe Soumillon (1) 66/1
5. MISU BOND (IRE) (Reg Bond) Bryan Smart 3-9-00 Tony Culhane (14) 66/1
6. FINAL VERSE (Saeed Suhail) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Robert Winston (5) 50/1
7. AMADEUS WOLF (Duddy, McDonald, Heeney, Irish National Stud) Kevin Ryan 3-9-00 Neil Callan (12)
8. HORATIO NELSON (IRE) (Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Michael Kinane (11)
9. ASSET (IRE) (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXVI) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Richard Hughes (9)
10. CLOSE TO YOU (IRE) (Miss J Leighs) Terry Mills 3-9-00 Ian Mongan (7)
11. KILLYBEGS (IRE) (John Grant & D James) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Michael Hills (8)
12. RED CLUBS (IRE) (Ron Arculli) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Richard Hills (3)
13. FROST GIANT (USA) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh (10)
14. OPERA CAPE (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor t3-9-00 Frankie Dettori (13)
Winning trainer:-Name: Aidan O’Brien Date of birth: 16/10/69 Previous occupation: Assistant trainer to Jim Bolger and Anne-Marie Crowley O’Brien Date of first licence: 1993 British Classic wins: (11) Vodafone Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral), Stan James 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand; 2006 George Washington), Stan James1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters),Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine), Ladbrokes St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru) Other major wins include:Coronation Cup (2005 Yeats), Coventry Stakes (1997 Harbour Master), Dante Stakes (1998 Saratoga Springs), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibraltar), Dee Stakes (2005 Gypsy King), Eclipse Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer), French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), Futurity Stakes (2002 Van Nistelrooy), Grand Criterium (2001 Rock Of Gibralter), Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1997 Desert King, 1999 Saffron Walden, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar) , Irish 1,000 Guineas (1997 Classic Park, 2001 Imagine, 2003 Yesterday), Irish Champion Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2003 High Chaparral), Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral), Juddmonte International Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2001 Galileo), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah, 2001 Quarter Moon, 2003 Necklace), National Stakes (1996 Desert King; 1997 King Of Kings, 2000 Beckett, 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat), Nunthorpe Stakes (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), Phoenix Stakes (1999 Fasiliyev, 2002 Spartacus, 2003 One Cool Cat), Phoenix Stakes (1998 Lavery, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2001 Johanesburg), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs, 1999 Aristotle, 2001 High Chaparral, 2002 Brian Boru), Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2003 Black Sam Bellamy) Wins in Britain 2000-2005: 10; 20 (champion trainer for win and place prize money); 10 (champion trainer for win and place prize money); 6; 4; 20 Wins in 2006 (In Britain): 1.
Winning jockey:-Name: Fallon, Kieren Francis. Born: County Clare, Ireland, 22/2/65 Apprenticeship: 1983 Kevin Prendergast First winner: Piccadily Lord (Navan, June 18, 1984) Wins (1988-2005): 31, 28, 39, 29, 45, 60, 47, 91, 136, 202*, 204*, 202*, 149, 166*, 149*, 221*, 200*, 70, *Champion jockey British Classic wins: (14) Stan James 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan, 2005 Footstepsinthesand; 2006 George Washington), Stan James 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2005 Virginia Waters), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light) Other major wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), Coronation Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm), Dee Stakes (1999 Oath, 2005 Gypsy King), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Eclipse Stakes (2005 Oratorio), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom); Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos), Hong Kong Vase (2005 Ouija Board), Irish Champion Stakes (2005 Oratorio), Irish Derby (2005 Hurricane Run); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board); July Stakes (2003 Nevisian Lad), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Prix de l’Ard de Triomphe (2005 Hurricane Run), Prix d’Ispahan (2003 Falbrav), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal);Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal, 2005 Yeats), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington)
MUNRO HAPPY WITH WAKE UP MAGGIE
Alan Munro is looking forward to riding Wake Up Maggie in tomorrow’s Stan James 1,000 Guineas.
The Xaar filly won the valuable Tattersalls (Ire) sales’ race at the Curragh last summer before finishing second to Donna Blini in the Group One Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.
Her trainer Chris Wall gave her a racecourse gallop after the Craven meeting and she has been ticking over nicely since.
Munro said: “She’s a very good filly and her ability isn’t in question.
“It’s all about the trip, really, and whether she stays it well.
“Her condition is excellent - Chris has her in great shape. If she stays, she’ll be very close.”
STAN JAMES 1000 GUINEAS PREVIEW
ALL SET FOR TOP-CLASS SHOWDOWN IN STAN JAMES 1000 GUINEAS
RUMPLESTILTSKIN and Flashy Wings are set to vie for favouritism in what looks set to be a top-quality renewal of the Stan James 1000 Guineas tomorrow at Newmarket.
Rumplestiltskin, last season’s leading juvenile filly, was victorious on five of her six starts.
She finished the campaign with her most impressive display when delivering a withering run inside the final furlong to land the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp.
The daughter of Danehill comes to Newmarket without a ‘prep’ this spring and was available at a top-priced 9-2 with the sponsors.
Flashy Wings, a general 5-1 chance, completed her two-year-old campaign with a couple of reverses, including her third in the Group One Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes here in October.
While that defeat will have come as a disappointment to connections, the flying fashion in which she finished will have softened the blow. The daughter of Zafonic sped up the hill in a manner which suggested she should stretch out and get the mile in the first fillies’ Classic.
There are no stamina concerns at all regarding Nannina, who took the Group One Meon Valley Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket last autumn.
Her trainer John Gosden transferred his operation from Manton to Newmarket earlier this spring and what better way to celebrate the switch than with a fourth Classic success to add to those of Lahan, Benny The Dip and Shantou.
Apart from Rumplestiltskin, the Irish challenge looks a strong one with O’Brien-trained Race For The Stars and Alexander Alliance deserving plenty of respect.
The former has already triumphed at HQ, having landed the seven-furlong Listed Finnforest Oh So Sharp Stakes in good style in October.
Meanwhile, Alexander Alliance will seek to give Tipperary handler Tommy Stack a second Stan James 1000 Guineas victory to go with Las Meninas’s 1994 glory.
She is a half-sister to smart sprinter Ruby Rocket, so her speed isn’t in doubt. But connections have aired concerns over whether she will quite stay the mile.
Godolphin put faith in Silca’s Sister, who won the six-furlong Group One Prix Morny at Deauville in battling fashion last summer when trained by Mick Channon.
Donna Blini, trained by Brian Meehan, won the Sk Bet Cheveley Park Stakes on her last start and will be reopposed by Chris Wall’s Wake Up Maggie, who was second behind her in the six-furlong Group One.
If there is to be a fairytale winner, then look no further than Speciosa, trained on the other side of the Fens by Pam Sly.
The Thorney-based handler - better known for her successes with jumpers - has already tasted victory in illustrious company with her stable star.
By Danehill Dancer, Speciosa bagged the Group Two Owen Brown Rockfel Stakes on the NatWest Rowley Mile course and then returned to the scene to strike in the Group Three Shadwell Nell Gwyn Stakes last month, denting some lofty reputations on the way.
Spinning Queen, trained by Barry Hills, was second to her on that occasion and comes back tomorrow for another crack.
Sir Mark Prescott is set to have his first ever domestic Classic runner in the shape of Confidential Lady. Prescott, 35 years with a trainer’s licence, saddles the daughter of Singspiel, who took the Group 3 Prix Du Calvados at Deauville last August.
In a field that has real depth to it, La Chunga represents winning Royal Ascot at York form - the More Than Ready filly won the Group Three Albany Stakes, scalping Rumplestiltskin.
Completing the 13-runner field is Richard Hannon-trained Nasheej, who emerged successful from a photo-finish with Cantabria in the Group Three Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury last month.
Whichever way you look at it, the Stan James 1000 Guineas looks a sparkling event packed full of quality.
Race 1: The StanJamesUK.com Handicap Stakes
Confidence booster for Gosden
Wild Savannah gave Newmarket trainer John Gosden a boost ahead of Nannina’s tilt at the Stan James 1,000 Guineas tomorrow by taking the opener at the Guineas Festival.
The four-year-old Singspiel colt landed odds of 11-2 under jockey Ryan Moore with a neck success over Chantaco.
Gosden said: “He has done it well under top weight - that was a good performance.
“As the Yanks say, he got ‘a little late’ up the hill but it was his first race of the year, so he was entitled to.
“He took a little bit to learn about racing last year, but he is getting the swing of it now. I was hopeful of a big run.
“He has got a lot of natural speed, likes top of the ground and that was a nice effort.
“We will see what the handicapper does to him. He’s on the top of the handicap now - you’re nearly getting pushed into Listed company.
“Nannina actually did a bit of work with him the other day. She’s in good form.
“Everything is fine about her, I would have just loved another 10 days.
“She’s a bit like those trees - not quite fully bloomed. But she’s in good order and she’s worked nicely.
“The race will bring her right on. What’s the point in messing around in a Group 3 if you’re a Group 1 winner. You might as well run in a Group 1 at home over a course and distance she’s won over.”
Race 1 - The StanJamesUk.com Handicap
Ian Balding was offering no excuses after Chantaco, trained by his son Andrew, had finished runner-up in the StanJamesUK.com Handicap Stakes.
“He was beaten by a better horse on the day and handled the ground okay, so I’m happy enough with his performance,” Balding snr said.
“He probably didn’t help his chance by losing a little ground out of the stalls, but he’s been prone to do that and I don’t think it made any difference to the result.”
Sir Michael Stoute was satisfied with third-placed Thunder Rock in the StanJamesUK.com Handicap Stakes.
He said: “He ran a perfectly respectable race, considering it was only the fourth run of his life.
“I’m hoping I’ll be able to squeeze a little more out of him as time goes on, but he’s only a handicapper, so I’ll need to if he’s going to get his head in front.”
Stoute added that he will monitor the progress of Sindirana before confirming her participation in the StansPoker.co.uk Pretty Polly Stakes tomoorow Sunday, May 7.
Stoute, who also has the Riyalma in that mile-and-a-quarter Listed event, said: “Sindirana was a little flat this morning and I want to see how she is before we make a decision about whether she will run.”
After the first race, the following jockeys reported the ground as:
Ryan Moore, rider of winner Wild Savannah, said: “Good to firm, lovely.”
Martin Dwyer, rider of runner-up Chantaco, said: “Fast.”
Robert Winston, rider of third-placed Thunder Rock, said: “Good to firm, no jar, nice ground.”
Jimmy Quinn, rider of fourth-placed, said: “Good fast ground.”
Graham Gibbons, rider of Crow Wood, said: “Quick side of good.”
Joe Fanning, rider of I’m So Lucky, said: “I thought that it was quick ground.”
Steve Drowne, rider of Impeller, said: “Quick.”
Mick Kinane, rider of Go Tech, said: “It was quick enough.”
Jamie Spencer, rider of Prime Number, said: “Quick.”
John Egan, rider of Shahzan House, said: “Quick, especially coming down that hill.”
Kevin Darley, rider of Coup D’Etat, said: “Good fast racing ground.”
SECOND RACE STAN JAMES PALACE HOUSE STAKES
TOP AND TAILS NOW FOR DANDY MAN
Royal Ascot beckons for Dandy Man after the Irish raider won the Group Three Stan James Palace House Stakes by a length and a quarter from Pivotal Flame.
Tracey Collins, daughter and assistant to winning trainer Con Collins, who is in good form but could not travel to Britain, said: “He’s got a lot of toe and we think a lot of him. There are not a lot of races for him at the moment in Ireland, with the next suitable one in a month’s time, and as he’s very, very well at home we decided to come here.
“He’s in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and he is entitled to be in all these big races now.
“He is a five-furlong horse and we will stick to that distance - we tried six furlongs last season but he is very fast over five.
“We weren’t concerned about the fast ground as he is a very good-moving horse. Newmarket deserves a mention as the track has an absolutely super covering of grass.
“We quietly fancied him but he is a three-year-old taking on older horses and obviously, we were worried about the competition.
“He ran well on his seasonal debut when he came up against a hell of a filly in Moon Unit and he has come on a lot as we knew he would.”
Asked if the winner is a potential Group One horse, Ms Collins replied: “On that run why not as there were horses who ran in the Prix de l’Abbaye and other good races in there.
“But we won’t hatch all our eggs just yet and will go gently.
“I’m delighted that he has won for Alfie McLean, who is one of my father’s oldest owners and has had horses with him for 45 years.”
Race 2: The Stan James Palace House Stakes
It’s a sprinting future for Pivotal Flame
Connections once thought about running Pivotal Flame in the Dante but the four-year-old colt showed he has speed to burn when finishing second to Dandy Man in the five-furlong Group Three Stand James Palace House Stakes.
Trainer Ed McMahon said: “He has finished third in Group Twos over seven furlongs and now he has finished second, just touched off in a Group Three over five.
“He ran a cracking race last time in the Abernant - ran a true line. And he ran a true line today.
“I think sprinting is going to be his game. He has less time to think about it. We ran him in the Guineas last year and we even thought about running him in the Dante at one point!
“I think when we get to finding his little niche, he’ll win a decent race. He has run very well today and at 33-1, what a good each-way bet he was!
“I know this horse has got the ability - he is in fine form.”
Tax Free ran a big race to take third spot and please his trainer Dandy Nicholls.
The Thirsk handler said: “This was a good Palace House - probably one of the best I’ve seen since I’ve been in racing.
“There’s going to be a lot of Group Three and Group Two winners come out of it.
“He’s in the King’s Stand, the Greenland and also in Taby.
“I think he’s shown today how good he is.”
Race 2 The Stan James Palace House Stakes
PROBLEMS IN THE STALLS
Jockey Alan Munro felt the well fancied Paradise Isle lost her chance in the Palace House Stakes when slipping shortly after the start.
He said: “She got a little upset in the stalls, which wasn’t helped when Captain Hurricane in the next box also got a bit excited.
“She’d calmed down just before the gates opened, but then she slipped as she tried to accelerate from the stalls and didn’t feel right afterwards.
“She may have put her back out, as she wasn’t moving as I’d have liked over the final two furlongs and I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s picked up a slight physical problem.”
Mick Kinane, Captain Hurricane’s rider, said: “He gave me a bit of torrid time in the stalls and at one stage I thought he might lose it completely.
“I don’t think anything in particular set him off - it was probably just one those things - but he didn’t run any sort of race.”
Race Four 3.50 The StanJamesUK.com Stakes
CONSOLATION FOR RYAN
Royal Ascot is the next target after Mutamared’s victory in the six-furlong StanJamesUK.com Heritage Handicap.
Winning trainer Kevin Ryan said: “I think we’ll go straight to the Wokingham after that and, provided he gets fast ground, I’d be hopeful of another good performance.
“He loves a quick surface and Neil Callan has given him a terrific ride.
“He has to be produced late and I told Neil beforehand that I’d forgive him if he got beaten a short-head by coming too late, but that he should definitely not hit the front too soon.”
Ryan, whose Amadeus Wolf seemed not to stay the mile when seventh in the Stan James 2000 Guineas, saw the irony in Mutamared’s fourth win in six starts since he joined his current trainer’s stable after being campaigned over longer trips for previous connections.
“We bought Mutamared because we thought he was a sprinter, so at least I’ve got something right today.
“We were obviously trying to make Amadeus Wolf something he isn’t in the Guineas.
“He’s a sprinter too, and will now go to the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot.”
Race 5: The Stanpoker.co.uk Newmarket Stakes
MULAQAT SHOWS PROMISE WITH ASSERTIVE DISPLAY
Mulaqat shaped like a colt going places when bagging a Listed success in the style of a promising performer in the Stanpoker.co.uk Newmarket Stakes.
The three-year-old Singspiel colt finished sixth in the Craven Stakes last month and relished the extra two furlongs today as he powered to a two-and-a-half length triumph.
The win served as some consolation for trainer Marcus Tregoning, who an hour earlier saw his charge Sir Percy take second spot in the Stan James 2000 Guineas.
Tregoning said: “That was a terrific performance and Mulaqat is a nice horse.
“I’ve got two nice horses by Singspiel this one and Botteen, who will probably start in handicaps and then build up.
“Singspiel is a stallion who will get you a proper horse. I’m very impressed by him.
“This horse was unlucky in the Craven - he’s just been crying out for a bit further. He’s definitely Group class and is learning all the time.
“He’s better on good ground or faster. Mind you, he’s never been on ground that fast.
“I think we’re looking at Listed and Group Three races at the moment - and then build up from there.”
Sir Michael Stoute was not surprised that Mountain High showed significant improvement on his last run when registering an impressive five-length victory in the StansCasino.co.uk Conditions Stakes.
The four-year-old had been beaten around 23 lengths in the Darley Stakes in October, but Stoute said: “I was never happy with him after he ran at York last season and he beat only one home on his latest start.
“He’s been pleasing me a lot more this spring, though, and I thought he was very impressive here.”
Race 7: The Stan James Handicap Stakes
Dunelight captured his second career success with a comfortable victory in the closing mile handicap.
The flashy chestnut came with a length-and-a-half to spare under jockey Kevin Darley to justify 100-30 favouritism.
Winning trainer Clive Cox will now consider the Totesport club Silver Bowl at Haydock on May 27 - and the Britannia at Royal Ascot isn’t out of the question.
Cox said: “Just coming back to a mile has helped a little bit. We just overstepped the mark with him last time.
“He’s a horse we’ve always held in high regard and he has followed on from a good maiden win here last year, so I’m very pleased.
“I think he is a horse with enormous scope. All the three-year-old mile handicaps will come into play.
“The Haydock race is a possibility depending on how he sits in the weights. The Britannia comes into the equation.”
It’s all dependant on what the handicapper does, really.”
FALLON PASSED FIT
Racecourse doctor Andrew Mason passed Kieren Fallon fit to ride shortly before noon on the day of the Stan James 2000 Guineas.
The former champion jockey had arrived at Newmarket around 11.30am and was walking gingerly as he went into the medical room, following an injury scare caused when he caught his foot leaving the stalls in a race at Tipperary on Thursday evening.
However, within five minutes of seeing Mason, he had been handed the go-ahead to partner George Washington - the big-race favourite - and left the course to prepare for his afternoon’s exertions.
Mason said: “Kieren has a cut on his right foot, which has been stitched and tightly bandaged, but I’m 100 per cent certain he’s fit to ride.
“We have a set of procedures to determine a jockey’s fitness and he passed all the tests with flying colours.
“He can crouch comfortably, bend his knees and push off using his toes, so I see no reason why he shouldn’t be allowed to ride.
“He was walking a little feelingly, but has told me he is happy enough that the foot is okay and my examination confirmed that opinion.”
Fallon is booked to take just two mounts at Newmarket over the weekend, on George Washington in the 2000 Guineas and Rumplestiltskin in tomorrow’s Stan James 1000 Gunieas. Both are trained by Aidan O’Brien.
STEWARDS TAKE NO ACTION OVER GEORGE WASHINGTON IN THE STAN JAMES 2000 GUINEAS
MARTIN DWYER SUSPENDED FOR TWO DAYS AFTER FIRST
GROUND AND WEATHER
Michael Prosser, Newmarket’s clerk of the course, reports today’s going as: “Good to firm,” with a GoingStick reading of 9.8.
He said: “We are forecast showers which are expected to arrive from late morning to early afternoon and they will probably get more intense as the afternoon goes on.
“The heavier more intensive rain may well arrive after racing and then should start to break up and become more isolated after midnight. We may get one or two lighter showers tomorrow morning but they are not expected to hang around and Sunday afternoon promises to be dry.”
The Bushes area of the racecourse from three to two furlongs out was watered on Friday with groundstaff applying 3 millimetres.
Prosser added: “The ‘Bushes furlong’, as we call it, is always the quickest on the track, partly because it is at the top of an undulation and partly because it has less topsoil. It is where the horses start to quicken as they approach the dip before the final ascent to the winning line, so we want to make sure that there’s absolutely no jar in it.
“There is a great covering of grass on the track and moisture remains in the soil underneath as a result of the 10 millimetres of rain that we had on Monday. Any rain would freshen it up, but it would still be good, fast ground.”
The stalls for both the Stan James 2000 Guineas today and the Stan James 1000 Guineas on Sunday will be placed in the centre of the course.
Prosser explained: “This is the same as in the past two years when no one could argue that the best horse did not win our two classics.
“The last time that the stalls were on the stands’ side, back in 2003, there was a particularly rough race for the 1000 Guineas, in which there were several hard luck stories, including the favourite, Six Perfections. There was also interference in the 2000 Guineas that year, with Indian Haven, who went on to win the Irish equivalent, a particular sufferer. It seems pointless to risk a repetition so we will stick with the middle which should ensure a level playing field for all.”
2.35pm The Stan James Palace House Stakes
No. 17 Texas Gold will now be ridden by Neil Callan in place of Christophe Soumillon
3.15pm The Stan James 2000 Guineas Stakes
No. 2 Araafa will now be ridden by Alan Munro in place of Christophe Soumillon
3.50pm The StanJamesUK.com Stakes
No. 20 Idle Power will now be ridden by Frankie Dettori in place of Christophe Soumillon
GOING CHANGE AT 1PM
Michael Prosser, Newmarket’s clerk of the course, report at 1pm that today’s going as having now changed to: “Good to firm, firm in places.”
He explained: “It has dried out since this morning although there is rain pending.”
Stan James has seen significant money for Beckermet in the Stan James Palace House Stakes (2.35pm). The four-year-old is a 14/1 chance (from 20), having been laid to take out £150,000 with the Berkshire firm.
Today’s sponsor has also laid Majestic Missile to lose £75,000 in the same event with the son of Royal Applause now 6/1 (from 7).
Beckermet has also been well supported with William Hill, who expect the 16/1 to disappear shortly, while Sir Percy has been very well backed at 100/30 in the feature Stan James 2000 Guineas (3.15pm) and that price is also fragile.
Hills have cut Prime Number in the opening StanJamesUK.com Handicap (2.05pm) with Gerard Butler’s charge now 12/1 (from 16).
Top-weight Something has attracted money in the StanJamesUK.com Heritage Handicap (3.50pm) - the four-year-old is 8/1 (from 14). In the same contest, Intoxicating has been tickled at and is now 33/1 after 40/1 early doors.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Newbury maiden winner Purple Moon has been popular in the StansPoker.co.uk Newmarket Stakes (4.20pm) and the ‘jolly’ is 11/8 (from 7/4).
STAN JAMES 2,000 GUINEAS LATEST NEWS
SOUMILLON INJURED - MUNRO TO RIDE ARAAFA
ALAN MUNRO is poised to have his first ride in the Stan James 2000 Guineas since 1994 when he replaces the injured Christope Soumillon on board Araafa this afternoon.
Soumillon, who suffered a back injury in France yesterday, and is not certain to be on board Shirocco in tomorrow’s Group Two Stan JamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes.
Shippy Ellis, Soumillon’s agent, said: “He had a fall in France yesterday and hurt his back.
“He has had treatment on the problem but he won’t be at Newmarket today.
“He will ride out early tomorrow morning before deciding whether he will be able to ride Shirocco.”
Munro, who received a late call-up to ride Jeremy Noseda’s charge, was on River Deep who finished seventh in the 1994 2,000 Guineas.
FIRST RACE RESULT
2.05pm STANJAMESUK.COM HANDICAP
£30,000 guaranteed (Class 2), 1m 2f, Rowley Mile Course, For 4yo+ Rated 86-100 (also open to such horses rated 85 and below) Weights Highest weight 9st 4lb Minimum weight 8st 4lb Penalties after April 29, a winner 6lb Wild Savannah’s Handicap Mark 99 Entries 22 pay £60
1 WILD SAVANNAH (Anthony Oppenheimer) John Gosden 4- 9-04 Ryan Moore  11/2
2 CHANTACO (The Pink Hat Racing Partnership) Andrew Balding 4- 8-07 Martin Dwyer  5/1
3 THUNDER ROCK (Gay Smith) Sir Michael Stoute 4- 8-06 Robert Winston  9/4 Fav
4 YOUNG MICK (Mike Kentish) George Margarson 4- 8-09 Jimmy Quinn 
5 I'M SO LUCKY (S Brookhouse) Mark Johnston 4- 9-03 Joe Fanning 
6 PRIME NUMBER (Alan Spence) Gerard Butler 4- 8-07 Jamie Spencer 
7 COUP D'ETAT (Susan Abbott (Susan Abbott Racing)) John Dunlop 4- 8-04 Kevin Darley 
8 CROW WOOD (Marie Taylor) John Quinn 7- 9-03 Graham Gibbons 
9 GO TECH (Ryedale Partners No. 4) Tim Easterby 6- 8-09 Mick Kinane 
10 IMPELLER (D Clarke & C Edginton) William Muir 7- 8-13 Steve Drowne 
11 SHAHZAN HOUSE (P Marks) Pat Murphy 7- 8-05 John Egan 
Distances: nk, 3/4, 1.5, 3, 5, 5, .5, 1, 1, .5
Time: 2m 3.92s
Breeder: Hascombe and Valiant Studs
Breeding: b c Singspiel - Apache Star (Arazi)
Tote: Win; £6.80 Places; £2.40, £2.40, £1.30 Exacta; £39.70
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 (1989-2005): 28; 87; 86; 113; 110; 93; 86; 75; 91; 77; 74; 82; 55; 85; 72; 66; 92 First winner in Europe: Intimidate, Kempton, March 27, 1989 Other major wins include: Challenge Stakes (1993 Catrail), Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Falmouth Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music, 2004 Playful Act, 2005 Nannina), French 1,000 Guineas (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (1995 Presenting), Gran Premio di Milano (1997 Shantou), Grosser Preis Von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), Hungerford Stakes (1994 Pollen Count - dh with Young Ern), Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Lingfield Derby Trial (2004 Percussionist), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Ormonde Stakes (2005 Day Flight), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 1997 Shantou), Prix de l’Abbaye (1991Keen Hunter), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix de la Salamandre (1995 Lord Of Men), Prix Lupin (1995 Flemensfirth), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory), Royal Lodge Stakes (1996 Benny The Dip, 2002 Al Jadeed, 2005 Leo), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), European Free Handicap (2001 Clearing) Trains at Manton, Marlborough Wiltshire. Previously at Newmarket Wins this Year: 6
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); Dubai International Airport World Trophy (2004, 2005 The Tatling); Mill Reef Stakes (2004 Galeota); totesport Cesarewitch (2002 Miss Fara); Fred Darling Stakes (2006 Nasheej); Further Flight Stakes (2006 Frank Sonata) Number of Wins 2002-05: 39; 59 (champion apprentice); 132; 120.
SECOND RACE RESULT
2.35pm STAN JAMES PALACE HOUSE STAKES (GROUP THREE)
£50,000 guaranteed, (Class 1), 5f Rowley Mile, For 3yo+ Weights 3yo colts and geldings 8st 4lb; fillies 8st 1lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 8st 13lb; fillies 8st 10lb Penalties after May 31, 2005, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group Two race 6lb; of a Group 1 race 8lb Weight for age 3 from 4yo+ 9lb Entries 29 pay £250
1. DANDY MAN (Alfie McLean) Con Collins IRE 3-8-04 Niall McCullagh  25/1
2. PIVOTAL FLAME (R Bedding) Ed McMahon 4-8-13 Graham Gibbons  33/1
3. TAX FREE (Ian Hewitson) David Nicholls 4-8-13 Adrian Nicholls  10/1
4. REVERENCE (Gary & Lesley Middlebrook) Eric Alston 5-8-13 Kevin Darley  8/1
5. THE TATLING (Dab Hand Racing) Milton Bradley 9-9-02 Ryan Moore 
6. PATAVELLIAN (John Deer) Roger Charlton 8-8-13 Steve Drowne 
7. BALTIC KING (Thurloe Thoroughbreds VIII) Hughie Morrison 6-8-13 Eddie Ahern 
8. PIVOTAL POINT (Ray Bernard) Peter Makin 6- 8-13 Seb Sanders 
9. TABARET (Tim Adams) Richard Whitaker 3-8-04 Jimmy Quinn 
10. CORRIDOR CREEPER (Gary & Libby Johnson) Milton Bradley 9-8-13 Tony Culhane 
11. BOOGIE STREET (Hippodrome Racing) Richard Hannon 5-8-13 Richard Hughes 
12. NOTA BENE (Bill & Shirley Robins) David Elsworth 4-8-13 Liam Keniry 
13. MOSS VALE (Lady O’Reilly) David Nicholls 5-8-13 Johnny Murtagh 
14. MAJESTIC MISSILE (Flying Tiger Partnership I) William Haggas 5-8-13 Frankie Dettori  4/1 Fav
15. THE TRADER (Caroline Ward) Michael Blanshard 8-9-05 Jamie Spencer 
16. SLIP DANCE (Michael McLoughlin) Eamon Tyrrell IRE 4-8-10 Michael Hussey 
17. BECKERMET (Bishopthorpe Racing Two) Roger Fisher 4-8-13 Martin Dwyer 
18. TEXAS GOLD (C Edginton) William Muir 8-8-13 Neil Callan 
19. CELTIC MILL (Peter Asquith) David Barker 8-8-13 Robert Winston 
20. PARADISE ISLE (The Equema Partnership) Chris Wall 5-8-10 Alan Munro 
21 CLASSIC ENCOUNTER (Khalifa Dasmal) David Simcock 3-8-04 Joe Fanning 
22 CAPTAIN HURRICANE (The Comic Strip Heroes) Peter Chapple-Hyam 4-8-13 Mick Kinane 
dnf TREASURE CAY (Bigwigs Bloodstock IV) Paul D'Arcy 5-8-13 John Egan 
FOURTH RACE RESULT
3.50pm STANJAMESUK.COM HANDICAP
£50,000 guaranteed, Heritage Handicap, 6f Rowley Mile, For 3yo+ Weights highest weight not less than 9st 10lb (any horse rated above 110 (120 if 3yo) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb; subsequently, the excess over 110 (120 if 3yo) in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted) Minimum weight 7st 12lb Penalties after April 29, a winner 7lb Something’s Handicap Mark 105
1 MUTAMARED (Errigal Racing) Kevin Ryan 6-8-11 Neil Callan  12-1
2 ICE PLANET (David Faulkner) David Nicholls 5-8-08 Robert Winston  10-1
3 BAHIANO (Clive Brittain) Clive Brittain 5-9-05 Ryan Moore  40-1
4 GOLDEN ASHA (Norcroft Park Stud) Neville Callaghan 4-7-13 Fran Ferris  33-1
5 PIETER BRUEGHEL (David Faulkner) David Nicholls 7-8-10 Adrian Nicholls 
6 CONTINENT (Lucayan Stud & G G N Bloodstock) David Nicholls 9-8-11 Tony Culhane 
7 BO MCGINTY (Paddy McGinty & Bo Turnbull) Richard Fahey 5-8-00 Hayley Turner 
8 ONE MORE ROUND (Nigel Shields) Nick Littmoden 8-8-09 James Doyle (5) 
9 IDLE POWER (The Idle B’s) Jim Boyle 8-8-09 Christophe Soumillon 
10 GREENSLADES (Four Seasons Racing Ltd) Peter Makin 7-8-13 Seb Sanders 
11 SPANISH ACE (The Farleigh Court Racing Partnership) Milton Bradley 5-8-04 Jimmy Quinn 
12 BAYEUX (Michael Tabor) Gerard Butler 5-9-00 Jamie Spencer  9-2fav
13 BANJO PATTERSON (Terry Ramsden) Geoff Huffer 4-8-06 Richard Hughes 
14 WOODCOTE (Dennis Shaw) Clive Cox 4-8-08 Adam Kirby (3) 
15 RISING SHADOW (G Morrill) David Barron 5-8-09 Joe Fanning 
16 SOMETHING (John Humphreys) Terry Mills 4-9-10 Ian Mongan 
17TANFORAN (F Gillespie) Kevin McAuliffe 4-7-12 Matthew Henry 
18 MOAYED (Nigel Shields) Nick Littmoden 7-8-05 Saleem Golam (3) 
19 ROYAL STORM (The Cloran Family) Amanda Perrett 7-9-05 Mick Kinane 
20 KING'S GAIT (Mrs E Wills) Tim Easterby 4-9-00 Kevin Darley 
21 KENMORE (David Nicholls) David Nicholls 4-8-12 Eddie Ahern 
22 INTOXICATING (Antony Pye-Jeary & Mel Smith) Fulke Johnson Houghton 4-9-05 Steve Carson 
23 ENFIELD CHASE (Sue Magnier) Tommy Stack IRE 5-8-04 Wayne Lordan 
24 HIGH REACH (Mrs D Edginton) William Muir 6-8-12 Martin Dwyer 
25 FANTASY BELIEVER (The Fantasy Fellowship B) John Quinn 8-8-09 Graham Gibbons 
DNF COEUR COURAGEUX (William Wallace Partnership) David Nicholls 4-9-05 Johnny Murtagh 
Winning trainer:-Name: Ryan, Kevin Trains at Hambleton Lodge, Hambleton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire Number of horses in training (Flat and Jumps,1999-2006): 28; 40; 50; 51; 59; 65; 86; 118 Wins in a season on the Flat (1998-2005): 6; 11; 29; 22; 54; 41; 67; 82 Major races won: Portland Handicap (2002, 2003, 2004 Halmahera), Gimcrack Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Greenlands Stakes (1999 Eastern Purple), Middle Park Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Racing Post Trophy (2005 Palace Episode), Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (2005 Balthazaar’s Gift)
Winning jockey:-Name: Callan, Neil Francis Born: July 6, 1978 Based: Newmarket, Suffolk Background: Hails from County Kildare. Rode for Willie Fitzpatrick at The Curragh before joining Karl Burke in February 1998 as a work-rider on a six-month contract. After two months Burke suggested he should take out a British licence. Spent the winter of 1998 in Dubai. First Winner: Dancing Lawyer (Levy Board Apprentice Handicap, Warwick, May 4, 1998 - debut ride in Britain) Big Race Wins: Middle Park Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Gimcrack Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Sunday Special Handicap (1998
Raise A Prince), Vodafone Fillies’ Stakes (2004 Astrocharm), Portland Handicap (2004 Halmahera) Racing Post Trophy (2005 Palace Episode) Wins (1998-2005): 29, 56, 80, 38, 52, 52, 126, 151 Wins This Year: 51 Other details: champion apprentice in 1999, champion all-weather jockey 2000 and 2003
FIFTH RACE RESULT
4.20pm STANSPOKER.CO.UK NEWMARKET STAKES (LISTED)
£30,000 guaranteed (Class 1) 1m 2f Rowley Mile Course, For 3yo colts Weights 8st 12lb Penalties a winner of a Listed race of 7f or more 3lb; of a Group 3 race of 7f or more 5lb; of a Group 1 or Group 2 race of 7f or more 8lb Entries 10 pay £120
1 MULAQAT (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 3-8-12 Martin Dwyer  4-1
2 PURPLE MOON (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-12 Mick Kinane  11-10fav
3 MORGHIM (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 3-8-12 Richard Hills 
4 BLUE KSAR (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-8-12 Frankie Dettori 
5 CRIMINAL ACT (Sangster Family) Barry Hills 3-8-12 Michael Hills 
6 SILVER BLUE (Sue Brendish) Richard Hannon 3-8-12 Ryan Moore 
Winning trainer:-Name: Tregoning, Marcus Philip Born: July 31, 1959 Based: Kingwood House Stables, Lambourn, Berkshire Riding Career: Point-to-Points Date of First Trainer’s Licence: 1997. Previously assistant-trainer to Major Dick Hern for 14 years. Winners 1997-2005: 0; 13; 26; 21; 53; 32; 56; 26; 49 Big Race Wins: Princess Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Sheppard’s Watch), Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), Vintage Stakes (1999 Ekraar, 2005 Sir Percy), Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2001 Nayef, 2004 High Accolade, 2005 Mubtaker), Dewhurst Stakes (2005 Sir Percy), Dubai Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Dubai Sheema Classic (2002 Nayef), Newmarket Stakes (2002 Highdown), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (2002 Highdown), September Stakes (2003 Mubtaker), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002, 2003, 2004 Mubtaker), Royal Lodge Stakes (2003 Snow Ridge), Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes (2003 High Accolade, 2004 Manyana), John Porter Stakes (2006 Mubtaker) Horses in Training 2001-06: 88; 113; 122; 133; 139; 113
Winning Jockey:- Name: Dwyer, Martin Joseph Date of Birth: 28/06/75 Background: Raised in Liverpool, he joined Ian Balding aged 15 Based: Hungerford, Berks Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) Big Race Wins: Bunbury Cup (2004 Material Witness), Canadian International (2003 Phoenix Reach), Cheshire Oaks (2002 Shadow Dancing), Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2004 High Accolade), Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance), Dubai Sheema Classic (2005 Phoenix Reach), Goodwood Cup (2003 Persian Punch), Hong Kong Vase (2004 Phoenix Reach), Jockey Club Cup (2002 and 2003 Persian Punch), Newmarket Stakes (2002 Highdown), Predominate Stakes (2003 High Accolade, 2004 Manyana), Princess Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Sheppard’s Watch), Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (2002 Highdown), Royal Lodge Stakes (2003 Snow Ridge), Vintage Stakes (2005 Sir Percy), John Porter Stakes (2006 Mubtaker) Wins 1993-2005: 1; 6; 6; 36; 57; 46; 36; 61; 65; 104; 90; 82, 82 Other Details: Married to daughter of trainer William Muir Wins This Year: 32
SIXTH RACE RESULT
4.55pm STANSCASINO.CO.UK CONDITIONS STAKES
£20,000 guaranteed (Class 2) 1m 2f Rowley Mile Course, For 4yo+ which have not won a pattern race after May 5, 2005 Weights colts and geldings 8st 10lb; fillies 8st 5lb Penalties after May 5, 2005, for each Class 4 race won 3lb; for each Class 3 race won 5lb; for each Class 2 race won 7lb; for each Class 1 race won 9lb (handicaps excluded for the purpose of penalties) (penalties cumulative and maximum penalty 14lb) Allowances horses which have both won a Conditions Race under the Rules of a recognised Turf Authority after May 5, 2005 3lb Entries 13 pay £50
1 MOUNTAIN HIGH (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Sir Michael Stoute 4-8-07 Robert Winston  11-10fav
2 BOULE D'OR (Friends & Family) JoHn Akehurst 5-8-07 Michael Hills  5-1
3 BLYTHE KNIGHT (Maxilead Ltd) John Quinn 6-8-07 Graham Gibbons 
4 HATTAN (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 4-8-07 Ryan Moore 
5 COLISAY (Robert Brown & Partners) Amanda Perrett 7-8-07 Mick Kinane 
6 COLINCA'S LAD (Nagle Flooring) John Ryan 4-8-07 Alan Munro 
Winning trainer:-Name: Stoute, Sir Michael Ronald Date of birth:22/10/45 Date of first licence: 1972 First Winner: Sandal, Newmarket, April 28, 1972, Turn Of The Lands Handicap. Previous Occupation: Served with Pat Rohan, Doug Smith and Tom Jones. Classic wins: (13) 1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 2003 Russian Rhythm), 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Vodafone Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light), Vodafone Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1987 Unite) Other big race wins:Irish 2,000 Guineas (1989 Shaadi), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1986 Sonic Lady), Irish Derby (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1986 Shahrastani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist, 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1992 Saddler’s Hall, 1993 Opera House, 1997 Singspiel, 2000 Daliapour), Dubai World Cup (Singspiel 1997), Coral-Eclipse (1993 Opera House; 1994 Ezzoud;1997 Pilsudski, 2001 Medicean), Falmouth Stakes (1983 Royal Heroine, 1986 and 1987 Sonic Lady), 1998 Lovers Knot), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 1997 Pilsudski), Sussex Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady; 1989 Zilzal; 1998 Among Men), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985 Shadeed; 1987 Milligram; 1989 Zilzal), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1981 Shergar; 1993 Opera House, 2002 Golan), Juddmonte International Stakes (1993 & 1994 Ezzoud; 1997 Singspiel), Yorkshire Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia; 1985 Sally Brown; 1986 Untold; 1990 Hellenic; 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka, 2002 and 2003 Islington), July Cup (1981 Marwell; 1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Fillies’ Mile (1985 Untold), Cheveley Park Stakes (1980 Marwell; 1994 Gay Gallanta; 2000 Regal Rose), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1977 Temple First, 1984 Optimistic Lass, 1990 Kartajana, 1994 Hawajiss, 2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms) Wins in a season (1984-2005): 96: 120: 76: 105: 99: 116: 78: 83: 74: 65: 109: 73: 73: 84: 79: 81: 91: 75: 104: 115: 87: 95 Horses in training (1985-2005): 145: 142: 142: 170: 186: 191: n\a: 171: 147: 157 : 159: 159: 162: 162: 173: 190: 185: 181: 190: 184: 189
Winning jockey:-Name: Winston, Robert Francis Born: November 28, 1979 in Dublin Based: York First winner: The Butterwick Kid (Trent Bridge Handicap, April 21, 1997, Nottingham) First Group 1 winner: Cheveley Park Stakes (2004 Magical Romance - a chance ride after Jimmy Fortune was sidelined at a late stage) First Group winner: Golden Nun (2004 Ballyogan Stakes) Big Race Wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (2004 Magical Romance), Gosforth Park Cup (2004 Caribbean Coral), John Smith’s Cup (2004 Arcalis), Lincoln (2004 Stream Of Gold), Stewards’ Cup (1998 Superior Premium), Vodafone Dash Handicap (2001 Bishops Court, 2004 Caribbean Coral), Wins (1997-2004): 22,39,54*,43,62,59,93,114, 124 (*champion apprentice) Wins this year: 59 First Classic Ride: Shamrock City, 2000 2000 Guineas, 23rd First Listed win for Sir Michael Stoute: Pipalong Stakes (Red Bloom, Pontefract, June 6, 2005)
SEVENTH RACE RESULT
5.25pm STAN JAMES HANDICAP
£25,000 guaranteed (Class 2) 1m 2f Rowley, For 3yo rated 86-100 (also open to such horses rated 85 and below) Weights highest weight 9st 4lb Minimum weight 8st 4lb Penalties after April 29, a winner 6lb Guest Connections’s Handicap Mark 100 Entries 22 pay £50
1 DUNELIGHT (Mr & Mrs P Hargreaves) Clive Cox 3-8-06 Kevin Darley  10/3
2 REGAL ROYALE (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-08 Mick Kinane  15/2
3 WOVOKA (Theresa Burns) Mick Channon 3-8-10 Eddie Creighton (3)  20/1
4 ACHEEKYONE (Wendy English) Brian Meehan 3-8-04 Alan Munro  3/1fav
5 BEAU NASH (Peter Deal) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3-8-09 Jamie Spencer 
7 AAMAAQ (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 3-8-06 Richard Hills 
8 KAVERI (Shamsudeen) Clive Brittain 3-8-04 Martin Dwyer 
8 LOUIE LOUIE (Jack Banks Racing) Neville Callaghan 3-7-13 James Doyle (5) 
9 GUEST CONNECTIONS (John Guest) Mick Channon 3-9-04 Tony Culhane 
10 OCEAN PRIDE (D Churston) Richard Hannon 3-8-01 Stephane Breux (3) 
11 JAMIESON GOLD (John Grant & D James) Barry Hills 3-8-08 Michael Hills 
Non-runners:12 IT'S A DREAM (ground)
Distances: 1 .5, 1, 1, 1, nk, 4, 3, 1 1/4, 2, 9
Time: 1m 38.2s
Breeder: D & Ms B Egan
Breeding: ch c Desert Sun - Badee’a (Marju)
Tote: Win: £3.40 Places: £1.60; £3.00; £6.30 Exacta: £37.20
Winning trainer:- Name: Cox, Clive Born: May 14, 1964 Trains at: Beechdown Farm, Sheepdrove, Lambourn, Berks Former Occupation: Professional jump and Flat jockey recording 80 winners in ten years. Rode for Peter Cundell on the Flat and Oliver Sherwood over Jumps. Started dual-purpose training from a farm in Wootton Bassett in 1992, having previously run a livery yard in Lambourn for several years. He was forced to quit a year later, having saddled three winners, due to the recession, joining Mikey Heaton-Ellis’ yard near Swindon as assistant trainer. He worked for him for seven years before taking out a trainer’s licence again in 1999 upon Heaton-Ellis’ death from motor neurone disease. First Winner On Return To Training: Bet Direct On Racing Channel Text Page 372 Handicap, March 14, 2000, Southwell Other Major Wins Include: Dubai Duty Free Handicap (2003 and 2004 Ionian Spring), Gosforth Park Cup (2005 Out After Dark), Tote International (2003 and 2005 New Seeker), Dubai Duty Free Cup (2005 New Seeker), Portland Handicap (2005 Out After Dark), Prix Le Fabuleux (2003 Lago D’Orta) Wins on Flat in 2000-05: 3; 8; 11; 14; 16; 23 Horses In Training (2004-2006): 30; 34; 50
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); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) First big win: Bovis Handicap (Van Laser - Ascot, October 8, 1977) Major wins include: Cherry Hinton Stakes (2003 Attraction), Dewhurst Stakes (2004 Shamardal), Harvest Stakes (2001 Lilium), Harvest Stakes (2001 Lilium, 2002 Love Everlasting), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2004 Attraction), Jockey Club Cup (2001 Capal Garmon), Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), Matron Stakes (2005 Attraction), Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Coastal Bluff - dead-heat with Ya Malak), Ormonde Stakes (2004 Systematic) Park Hill Stakes (1984 Borushka), Prix du Jockey-Club (1995 Celtic Swing), Prix de l’Opera (2005 Kinnaird), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory, 2002 Where Or When), Racing Post Trophy (1994 Celtic Swing, 2001 High Chaparral), Rockfel Stakes (2002 Luvah Girl), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (2000 Pipalong), Sun Chariot Stakes (2004 Attraction, 2005 Peeress),Swinley Stakes (2002 Monturani), William Hill Mile (2002 Smirk) Wins 1991-2005: 66; 91; 143; 154; 148; 113; 128; 94; 119; 155*; 162; 113; 125; 85, 100
Wins this year: 15
TOP TRAINERS AFTER FIRST DAY OF STAN JAMES GUINEAS FESTIVAL
Trainer 1sts 2nds 3rds
Sir Michael Stoute 1 2 1
Marcus Tregoning 1 1 -
Con Collins IRE 1 - -
Clive Cox 1 - -
John Gosden 1 - -
Aidan O’Brien IRE 1 - -
Kevin Ryan 1 - -
David Nicholls - 1 1
John Akehurst - 1 -
Andrew Balding - 1 -
Ed McMahon - 1 -
Clive Brittain - - 1
Mick Channon - - 1
John Dunlop - - 1
Barry Hills - - 1
John Quinn - - 1
TOP JOCKEYS AFTER FIRST DAY OF STAN JAMES GUINEAS FESTIVAL
Jockeys 1sts 2nds 3rds
Martin Dwyer 1 2 -
Robert Winston 1 1 1
Ryan Moore 1 - 1
Neil Callan 1 - -
Kevin Darley 1 - -
Kieren Fallon 1 - -
Niall McCullagh 1 - -
Graham Gibbons - 1 1
Mick Kinane - 2 -
Michael Hills - 1 -
Eddie Creighton - - 1
Richard Hills - - 1
Adrian Nicholls - - 1
Jamie Spencer - - 1
GOODWOOD TRIALS DAY
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2006
Today's attendance on the opening day of Goodwood's 2006 season was 7,299.
Rod Fabricius, Goodwood's Managing Director, commented: "We're pleased with the crowd and very happy with the way the race programme has panned out - the three Listed races have all delivered in different ways.
"It is rare to start your season off in a dead-heat, as we saw in the 32Red.com Lupe Stakes. Championship Point was an impressive winner of the Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes and it's good news that he is now heading to Epsom while the three-year-old Nantyglo outpointed her elders well in the EBF Fillies' and Mares' Conqueror Stakes.
"It was a very satisfactory start to another season of racing on top of the Downs."
FIRST RACE QUOTES
32RED.COM LUPE STAKES (LISTED)
RISING CROSS SHARES HONOURS
Rising Cross justified trainer John Best's pre-race optimism when the filly - who has three all-weather runs under her belt already this year - held on in a dead-heat with Soft Centre for the Listed 32Red.com Lupe Stakes.
"She's so tough and doesn't know how to run a bad race and I honestly thought beforehand we'd finish close up to the second and third favourites (Nyarhini and Suzy Bliss), because she had no run at all behind them at Kempton," said Best.
"She had also finished second to Nannina here so deserved to win a race like this. We also put her in the Cheshire Oaks on Wednesday and we will have to have a think about that."
Race One - Listed 32Red.com Lupe Stakes
First Race Quotes
SOFT CENTRE KEEPS IT IN THE FAMILY
Soft Centre came with a late run to share the spoils on the line and her trainer Amanda Perrett commented: "It's always a nice surprise to win a Listed race. The filly runs well fresh and the step up in trip helped.
"We've had so many seconds lately that I thought we were sure to come off worse in the photo finish."
Perrett continued: "I'm not sure where she'll go next. We talked about the Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial at Newbury but I'll leave it to the owner to do the race planning.
"Her dam, Foodbroker Fancy, won the race and this filly's progeny will win it four years from now!"
Brian Stevens, stable spokesman for trainer Geoff Wragg, said of third-placed Nyarhini: "I was happy with that. I thought there wasn't enough pace on in the middle of the race, but she ran well and she got the trip."
THE 32RED.COM LUPE STAKES AS A POINTER TO FUTURE SUCCESS
The Listed 32Red.com Lupe Stakes boasts a good recent record in producing fillies who subsequently ran big races in the Group One Vodafone Oaks, with the Henry Cecil-trained Love Divine completing the Goodwood/Epsom double in 2000.
Last season, Something Exciting lived up to her name with a fine length and a half victory over Thakafaat, who herself went on to enjoy Royal Ascot success the following month in the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes.
Something Exciting exhibited the merit of her 32Red.com Lupe Stakes win with a fine runner-up effort behind Eswarah in the Vodafone Oaks.
Past winners of the race, named after the 1970 Oaks heroine Lupe, include several famous names, many of whom were not only top-class race fillies but also great producers in the breeding shed.
The Hesmonds Stud-owned Bulaxie was successful in 1994 and her daughter Claxon scored in the race five years later.
Her Majesty The Queen's Height Of Fashion, dam of Nashwan, Unfuwain and Nayef, won the race in 1982 and went on to collect the Group Two Prince of Wales's Stakes a Royal Ascot.
Bella Colora was successful in 1985 after finishing a narrow third to Oh So Sharp in the 1000 Guineas. The Michael Stoute-trained filly went on to win the Group One Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp and her son Stagecraft won the 1991 Prince Of Wales's Stakes.
Moon Cactus won the race in 1990 and subsequently ran second in the Group One Prix de Diane Hermes. She is the dam of 1995 Oaks winner Moonshell and King George VI victor Doyen.
SECOND RACE WINNING QUOTES
LETHEBY & CHRISTOPHER PREDOMINATE STAKES (LISTED)
EPSOM BECKONS FOR IMPRESSIVE CHAMPIONSHIP
Championship Point earned quotes of 25/1 from Coral, William Hill and Cashmans for the Vodafone Derby after running out a facile four-length winner of the Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes.
Jockey Ted Durcan never had to push his mount to justify 4/5 favouritism and the Lomitas colt is now Epsom bound.
"My only slight doubt beforehand was about whether he'd stay and now we know he does," said winning trainer Mick Channon. "I've always thought he was a very good horse and was underrated by people last year. It was only when a horse he had given 5lb to (Linda's Lad) went on to win a Group 1 in France that people started to believe in him.
"He won easily today and had a proper attitude and we'll go for the Derby now. The ground won't be a problem unless it's like a road, and it won't be.
"The dam won a Group 2 over six furlongs but she's from a Hollingsworth family full of stamina and Lomitas is also a staying influence. I've always looked at him as a Derby horse and Ted was actually convinced he'd get the St Leger trip."
Durcan added: "A mile and a half won't be an issue for him, he has a lovely action and stays well. At home he works with average horses, he wouldn't beat anything there but on the course the sparks fly."
Race Two - Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes (Listed) - Placed Quotes
CONNECTIONS HAPPY WITH SENOR DALI EFFORT
Connections of the John Dunlop-trained Senor Dali were content with the colt's third-place finish in the Listed 11-furlong contest, four and a half lengths behind the impressive Championship Point.
Robert Alcock, Dunlop's assistant trainer, commented: "We're happy with that performance. He travelled well but just couldn't quicken with the winner who looks a good horse and was a standout on form.
"He showed that he stays and now we'll go home and see where we go with him."
Owner Mike Slade added: "We'll see how he comes out of the race before deciding whether we go for another Listed race or a handicap."
After the running of the second race, the Listed Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes, the going is now GOOD all over.
THE LETHEBY & CHRISTOPHER PREDOMINATE STAKES -
A SOURCE OF CHAMPIONS
The recent history of the Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes proves that the 10-furlong contest is a good source of future champions.
Troy, trained by the late Dick Hern and ridden by Willie Carson, was the last horse to go on to taste glory in the Derby at Epsom after winning at Goodwood in 1979.
Ibn Bey, victorious in 1987, went on to enjoy a long and illustrious career with four successes at Group One level, including the 1990 Irish St Leger. His most memorable performance came in defeat when he finished second, beaten only a length, in what was then the world's richest race, the 1990 Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park, USA.
Minster Son, triumphant a year later for the Dick Hern/Willie Carson combination, returned to Goodwood later in the year later to lift the Group Three Gordon Stakes at the Festival Meeting and capped his career with a courageous performance in the final Classic of the season, the St Leger at Doncaster, when he upset the odds-on favourite Diminuendo by a length. The result was particularly sweet for Carson as he also bred the colt.
Jeune scored in 1992 prior to going on to success in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot the following year. However, his greatest performance was to come "Down Under" when he landed Australia's greatest race, the Melbourne Cup, in 1994.
Geoff Wragg, trainer of Jeune, scored again three years later with Pentire. As a three-year-old, the son of Be My Guest progressed to victory in the "Ascot Derby", the King Edward VII Stakes, the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York and the Irish Champion Stakes. Even better things were to come during his four-year-old season when he added the King VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes to his CV.
Dubai Millennium was the 1999 victor for Godolphin. The outstanding colt subsequently won four times at Group One level in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, the Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba (the world's richest race) and the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
High Accolade, successful in 2003, subsequently took the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and only went down by just over a length in the St Leger at Doncaster.
In this year's Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes, Championship Point, Senor Dali and Sienna Storm are all entered in the Vodafone Derby, run at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 3.
Race Three - Royal Sussex Regiment Handicap
MCEVOY OFF THE MARK FOR IN-FORM KELLEWAY
Kerrin McEoy registered his first win of the British turf season from his third ride, aboard the Gay Kelleway-trained Romany Nights.
The Australian, number two rider for Godolphin, said: "That was my first win of the season and my first for Gay Kelleway.
"The horse travelled like a winner the whole way. He went on when I asked him and won well."
He continued: "I rode 82 winners last season and the aim is to better that."
Kelleway's team is in fine form at present but the Newmarket handler thought the winner would be better for the run.
The trainer reported: "He hasn't come in his coat and I thought he would need this. He ran alright at Windsor on Monday but the ground was too soft there.
"I ride him out and he felt really good at home but he had a long time off before his last run. He needs a fast gallop and everything went well for him today."
Kelleway continued: "This horse beat Ice Planet last season and he could possibly win a decent handicap. I won the Great St Wilfred with Samwar and he could go for a race like that.
"I only have 20 horses and it's great when they're in form."
FOURTH RACE QUOTES
THE racinguk.tv STAKES
BETTER TO COME FROM PEOPLETON
Punters who had supported Peopleton Brook into 9/2 favouritism for the racinguk.tv Stakes never had any great doubts as Ted Durcan, successful earlier on Championship Point, completed an 8.9/1 double.
"He was probably just short of a gallop when he ran at Thirsk last time but this run will have put him spot on. He just loves to bounce along," said Granville Davies, representing winning trainer Milton Bradley.
"He should improve again and I'm sure the guv'nor will find something for him in about 10 days' time."
Race Five - Marriott Goodwood Park Hotel Maiden Stakes
OSBORNE PLEASED WITH ILLUSTRIOUS EFFORT
Jamie Osborne saddled his first winner of the turf season when Illustrious Blue, under Tom Queally, gamely held the late trust of the Ted Durcan-ridden Mumaathel to score by three quarters of a length in the Marriott Goodwood Park Hotel Maiden Stakes.
The Lambourn trainer said: "He did it nicely in the end but the way the market was shaping up, with the short-priced Godolphin favourite, I was worried we'd made a mistake coming here.
"He was a nice horse last year and I was disappointed he didn't get his head in front before now.
"He came into the race rated 78, which often isn't good enough to win a maiden here, and his future lies in what the handicapper does. I would have a very tentative think about the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot, but that's six weeks away and we'll have to see what happens.
Osborne added: "He went a mile as a two-year-old but he's been showing speed at home. There is speed in the pedigree so we dropped him down in trip here, but a mile is no problem to him."
Jockey Tom Queally was happy with the colt's effort saying: "He gave me a great feel. The plan was to ride him handier but the race didn't pan out that way and he did it well."
SIXTH RACE QUOTES
EBF FILLIES' AND MARES' CONQUEROR STAKES (LISTED)
NANTYGLO HAS BIG FUTURE
The Michael Bell-trained Nantyglo earned valuable black type when landing the Listed EBF Fillies' and Mares' Conqueror Stakes in the colours of her breeder, Monmouthshire-based Usk Valley Stud.
"We wanted to take in a Guineas trial but she's been slow to come to hand and has only really blossomed in the last week," said Kevin Mercer, who owns Usk Valley Stud with his wife Sue.
"Michael Bell was not sure she'd get a mile although she's from a staying family but Richard Quinn said she got the trip no trouble and that she showed a tremendous turn of foot. I'll leave it up to Michael where she goes next but the future is Nantyglo!"
Sylvester Kirk, trained of third-placed Salamanca, said: "She never travelled, she was staying on but was the first off the bridle. She was always working and that's the worst place to be at Goodwood coming down the hill because they can become unbalanced. We may step her up in trip - we'll have a look at something like the Wolferton at Ascot and see."
Race Seven - Goodwood.co.uk Handicap
CHANNON AND LIVOCK RECORD GOODWOOD DOUBLE
Trainer Mick Channon and owner John Livock completed the first Goodwood double of the season when Top Seed collected the last race on the card to add to Championship Point's earlier victory in the Listed Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes.
Channon commented: "It's always nice when you have two winners and I'm very pleased for John.
"I was thrilled with Championship Point and delighted with the old boy Top Seed. He's had his problems and we made a mistake running him in the French Derby as a three-year-old when he got jarred up.
"It's hard for horses to show their true merit when they're hurting but he's come back and won two for us recently. He's always been an honest horse and did that really well. We'll have to have a look before deciding where he goes next."
FIRST RACE RESULT
2.20pm 32RED.COM LUPE STAKES (LISTED)
£35,000 guaranteed, 1m 2f, For 3yo fillies Weights 9st Penalties a winner of a Listed race of 7f or more 3lb; of a Pattern race of 7f or more 6lb Entries 18 pay £75
1 DH SOFT CENTRE (Nicholas Cooper) Amanda Perrett 3-9-00 Dane O'Neill  8/1
1 DH RISING CROSS (Heading For The Rocks Partnership) John Best 3-9-00 George Baker  25/1
3 NYARHINI (Mrs Hugo Morris) Geoff Wragg 3-9-00 Ted Durcan  3/1
4 SUZY BLISS (Karyl Harris) Walter Swinburn 3-9-00 Richard Quinn  7/2
5 JAISH (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 3-9-00 Jimmy Fortune  8/1
6 DEVERON (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Kerrin McEvoy  7/4 Fav
6 ran Non-Runner: In The Fashion (Vet's Certificate)
Distances: dead heat, 3, 3/4, 3.5, 3
Time: 2m 09.67s
Breeder: Soft Centre - Normandie Stud Ltd
Rising Cross - J R Wills
Breeding: Soft Centre - ch f Zafonic (USA) - Foodbroker Fancy (IRE) (Halling (USA))
Rising Cross - br f Cape Cross (IRE) - Woodrising (Nomination)
Tote: Win: £11.90 Places: £3.80; £3.70 Exacta: £141.60
Winning Trainer:- Name: Perrett, Amanda Born: December 31, 1969 Married: July 2, 1995 Trains at: Coombelands Stables, Pulborough, West Sussex Riding Career: 54 wins under Rules, 40 point-to-point winners First Trainer's Licence: 1996 First Group 1 Win: Prix du Moulin (2000 Indian Lodge) Other Big Race Wins: Prix de la Foret (2000 Indian Lodge); Oak Tree Stakes (2002 Desert Alchemy); Celebration Mile (2002 Tillerman); Gordon Richards Stakes (2005 Weightless); Diadem Stakes (2005 Baron's Pit) Winners 1996-2005: 1; 8; 11; 18; 27; 37; 60; 55; 52; 42 Horses in Training 2001-06: 99; 104; 100; 120; 109; 104 Wins In 2006: 4 First Goodwood win: Transom (Mortar Mill Handicap, June 12, 1997) Total Goodwood wins: 27 (3 at July Meeting)
Winning trainer:-Name: Best, John Born: January 11, 1962 Trains at: Scragged Oak Farm, Hucking, Maidstone, Kent Background: former point-to-point jockey Date of first trainer's licence: December, 1996 Wins in 2002-2005: 20; 16; 45; 29 Horses in training (1998-2006): 9; 9; 19; 26; 23; 26; 39; 56; 43 Wins In 2006: 13 Total Goodwood wins: 2 (0 at July Meeting)
Winning jockey:-Name: O'Neill, Dane William Date of birth: 1/8/75 Big Race Wins Include: Cork and Orrery Stakes (1999 Bold Edge); Diadem Stakes (1999 Bold Edge), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2000 Bold Edge), Temple Stakes (2003 Airwave) Wins 2000-2005: 32; 63; 70; 110; 74; 86 Wins In 2006: 13 First Goodwood win: Prends Ca (NSPCC Maiden Stakes, June 16, 1995) Goodwood winners: 29 (6 at July Meeting)
Winning jockey:- Baker, George Background: Hails from Lambourn where his father, Peter, is a farrier. Joined Mark Usher from school in July 1999. First winner: Beauchamp Magic, Wolverhampton, December 4, 1999 Wins 2000-05: 55; 23; 23; 26; 40; 71 First Goodwood winner: Adobe (FOS Handicap, June 23, 2000) Goodwood winners: 3 (none at July Meeting) Rode Out Claim: May 27, 2002, Dandy Regent, Swannington Claiming Stakes, Leicester Wins In 2006: 20
SECOND RACE RESULT
2.50pm LETHEBY & CHRISTOPHER PREDOMINATE STAKES (LISTED RACE)
£35,000 guaranteed, (Class 1) 1m 3f, For 3yo colts and geldings Weights 9st Penalties a winner of a Listed race of 7f or more 3lb; of a Pattern race of 7f or more 6lb Entries 11 pay £75
1 CHAMPIONSHIP POINT (John Livock Bloodstock Ltd) Mick Channon 3-9-03 Ted Durcan  4/5 Fav
2 SIENNA STORM (Beryl Lockey) Mark Tompkins 3-9-00 Darryll Holland  14/1
3 SENOR DALI (Heather Slade) John Dunlop 3-9-00 Richard Quinn  5/1
4 LONDON EXPRESS (Leung Kai Fai & Vincent Leung) Mark Johnston 3-9-00 Stanley Chin  3/1
5 FIDDLERS WOOD (Stephen Dartnell) Vince Smith 3-9-00 Dane O'Neill  20/1
5 ran Non-Runner: Youmzain (Vet's Certificate)
Distances: 4, .5, 4, 10
Time: 2m 26.78s
Breeder: Mount Coote Stud
Breeding: b c Lomitas - Flying Squaw (Be My Chief (USA))
Tote: Win: £1.60 Places: £1.30; £2.30 Exacta: £9.60
Winning trainer:-Name: Channon, Michael Roger Date of birth: 28/11/48 Date of first training licence: 1990 First Flat Winner: Golden Scissors, Bridlington Bay Maiden, Beverley, March 30, 1990 First Jumps Winner: Wessex Warrior, Wincanton, March 30, 1990 Previous occupation: International footballer, assistant trainer to John Baker and Ken Cunningham-Brown Wins in a season (1990-2005): 16: 22: 27: 41: 74: 71: 56: 40: 71: 72: 90: 67: 123: 143: 104 (most victories in Britain): 98 Number of horses in training (1990-2006): 20: 35: 45: 44: 64: 86: 91: 84: 106: 124: 135: 159: 177: 184: 203: 175: 199 Major wins include: Ballyogan Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Coventry Stakes (2000 CD Europe), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2000 Tobougg), Field Marshall Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Fred Darling Stakes (2002 Queen's Logic, 2004 Majestic Desert), Gimcrack Stakes (1998 Josr Algharoud), King's Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Lowther Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl, 2001 Queen's Logic), Maurice Lacroix-Trophy (2002 Checkit), Mill Reef Stakes (1998 Golden Silca), Moet & Chandon Rennen (1996 Muchea), Molecomb Stakes (1998 Inya Lake), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2002 Mail The Desert), Nunthorpe Stakes (1994 Piccolo), Prix De La Salamandre (2000 Tobougg), Ribblesdale Stakes (2000 Miletrian), Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns) Shadwell Stud Cheveley Park Stakes (1999 Seazun, 2001 Queen's Logic), Tote Trifecta Stakes (2002 Millennium Force), Queen Mary Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl, 2001 Queen's Logic, 2005 Flashy Wings), Coventry Stakes (2000 CD Europe); St James's Palace Stakes (2003 Zafeen), Albany Stakes (2003 Silca's Gift), Chesham Stakes (2005 Championship Point) Wins In 2006: 17Trains at: West Ilsley, Berks First Goodwood winner: You Know The Rules (Ultramar Handicap, June 28, 1991) Total Goodwood wins: 58 (8 at July Meeting)
Winning jockey:-Name: Durcan, Thomas Edward (Ted) Born: February 25, 1973 Married: to Sue, who works for the Godolphin website Background: Apprenticed to Jack Berry, went to ride work for Paddy Rudkin in Dubai in 1997, having lost claim in England and believing that it would be impossible without the allowance. Wins (2000 to 2005): 23, 54, 58, 29, 40, 60 Other details: Champion jockey in Dubai 1999/2000 (58 wins from 280 rides), 2000/2001 (56 wins), 2001/2002 (56 wins), 2003/2004 (39 wins), 2004/2005 (44 wins) Big Race Wins include: Cheshire Oaks (2004 Hidden Hope), Dubai Duty Free (Rhythm Band, Nad Al Sheba, March 25, 2000), Godolphin Mile (Conflict, Nad Al Sheba, March 25, 2000); Oak Tree Stakes (2005 Majestic Desert), Premio Roma (2003 Imperial Dancer), Prix Morny (2005 Silca's Sister), Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (2000 Pipalong, 2003 Somnus), St Simon Stakes (2003 Imperial Dancer), Chesham Stakes (2005 Championship Point), Queen Mary Stakes (2005 Flashy Wings) Wins In 2006: 10 Total Goodwood Wins: 10 (3 at July Meeting) First Goodwood winner: Royal Millennium (EBF Racegoers Club Classified Stakes, August 3, 2002)
THIRD RACE RESULT
3.25pm ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT HANDICAP
£11,000 guaranteed, 6f Handicap, For 3yo+ rated 71-85 (also open to such horses rated 70 and below) Weights highest weight 10st Minimum Weight 9st, 3yo 8st 4lb Penalties after April 29, a winner 6lb; Golden Dixie's Handicap Mark 89 Entries 24 pay £50
1 ROMANY NIGHTS (John Farley) Gay Kelleway 6-9-06 Kerrin McEvoy  33/1
2 PIC UP STICKS (The Vintage Group) Brendan Powell 7-10-00 Richard Quinn  7/1
3 CHINALEA (Gwyn Powell & Peter Ridgers) Clive Cox 4-9-01 Dane O'Neill  7/1
4 KEMPSEY (Terry Thorn) John Bridger 4-8-11 Neil Chalmers (3) 
5 ROYAL CHALLENGE (Killarney Glen) Mark Tompkins 5-9-05 Darryll Holland  6/1 Fav
6 GRIZEDALE (Canisbay Bloodstock) John Akehurst 7-9-05 Paul Doe 
7 DIGITAL (Bill Wightman) Mick Channon 9-8-07 James Jones (7) 
8 ORANMORE CASTLE (SNGSTER Family, Cavendish Inv, Peter Savill) Barry Hills 4-9-07 Slade O'Hara (7) 
9 CAPRICHO (Canisbay Bloodstock) John Akehurst 9-9-00 Rory Moore (5) 
10 GOLDEN DIXIE (Vicki Davies) Ron Harris 7-9-13 Liam Treadwell (5) 
11 BRIANNSTA (B Brooks) Mick Channon 4-9-09 Sam Hitchcott 
12 KINGSCROSS (Mrs D Ellis) Michael Blanshard 8-9-10 Ted Durcan 
13 MARKER (Bridget Swire) Jonathan Geake 6-9-00 Richard Thomas (3) 
14 SILENT STORM (Annie Cyzer) Charles Cyzer 6-9-00 Jimmy Fortune 
15 BUY ON THE RED (R Haim) William Muir 5-9-08 Robert Miles (3) 
Distances: 2.5, sh, 1, hd, .5, nk, 5, 1 3/4, hd, 1 1/4, hd, 1, .5, 4
Time: 1m 11.01s
Breeder: The Lloyd Farm Stud
Breeding: b g Royal Applause - Anotheranniversary (Emarati (USA))
Tote: Win; £19.00 Places; £5.80; £2.30; £2.40 Exacta; £141.90
Winning trainer:-Name: Gay Kelleway Trains: Charnwood Stables, Hamilton Road, Newmarket, Suffolk Date of first licence; 1991; Previous occupation; champion lady amateur jockey 1987, champion lady jockey 1983-85, first woman to ride a winner at Royal Ascot, on Sprowston Boy in the 1987 Queen Alexandra Stakes; assistant to Paul Kelleway, her father; Major wins include; Won first Pattern race with Anzio in Ireland's Group Three Ballyogan Stakes on June 3, 1996; Criterion Stakes (2005 Vortex) Wins in a season (1991-2005): 0,12,15,26,25,42,53,30,17,15,3,20,29, 36,27 Total Goodwood wins: 7 (1 at July Meeting)
Winning jockey:-Name: Kerrin McEvoy Born: Streaky Bay, Australia Background: Father Philip was a jockey - he hails from the fishing hamlet of Streaky Bay, six hours west of Adelaide in Australia. He has partnered winners worldwide, has ridden in Dubai for the past three winters and also in Hong Kong. Appointed number two rider behind Frankie Dettori for Godolphin in March 2004. Big Race Victories: St Leger (2004 Rule Of Law), Grosser Preis von Baden (2004 & 2005 Warrsan), Melbourne Cup (2000 Brew - second-youngest jockey to ever win Australia's premier race), Prix Jacques le Marois (2005 Dubawi), St James's Palace Stakes (2005 Shamardal), Yorkshire Oaks (2005 Punctilious) First Ride In Britain: Realism, Haydock, Saturday, May 1, 2004, Freephone Stanleybet Flat vJump Jockeys Handicap, 3rd First Winner In Britain: Destination Dubai, Haydock, Saturday, May 1, 2004, stanleybet.com Maiden Stakes First Classic Ride In Britain: Sundrop, Sunday, May 2, 2004, Newmarket, UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (2nd) Winners (2004-2005): 44, 82 First Goodwood Win: Papineau (M-Real Conditions Stakes, May 19, 2004) Total Goodwood wins: 10 (3 at July Meeting)
FOURTH RACE RESULT
4.00pm RACINGUK.TV HANDICAP
£15,750 guaranteed (Class 3) 5f Handicap For 4yo+ Rated 76-90 (also open to such horses rated 75 and below) Weights highest weight 9st 4lb Minimum weight 8st 4lb Penlties after April 29, a winner 6lb, Hornpipe's Handicap Mark 89 Entries 18 pay £50
1 PEOPLETON BROOK (G Thompson & P Banfield) Milton Bradley 4-8-06 Ted Durcan  9/2 Fav
2 FIZZLEPHUT (Julie Tooth) Julia Tooth 4-8-06 Paul Fitzsimons  7/1
3 GRAZE ON (Tom Tuohy Paraic Gaffney) Ron Harris 4-9-03 Adrian McCarthy  9/1
4 FAST HEART (Stephen Dartnell) Brian Meehan 5-9-00 Jimmy Fortune 
5 PURUS (J Morton) Philip Mitchell 4-9-03 Darryll Holland 
6 LINDBERGH (Cathal Ryan) Richard Hannon 4-9-01 Pat Dobbs 
7 FIRST ORDER (Andrew Reid) Ernst Oertel 5-9-01 Tom Queally 
8 WHISTLER (Raymond Tooth) Julia Tooth 9-8-04 Frankie McDonald 
9 NIGHT PROSPECTOR (S M F Ltd) Gary Moore 6-9-02 George Baker 
10 HORNPIPE (Chris Scott) Malcolm Saunders 4-9-04 Dane O'Neill 
Non-runner: Quality Street (Withdrawn not under starter's order)
Distances: 1 1/4, .5, 1 .5, sh, 1, 1, 2.5, 2, hd
Breeder: S R Hope
Breeding: ch f Fraam - Pusey Street Girl (Gildoran)
Tote: Win; £5.00 Places; £2.10; £2.00; £2.70 Exacta; £25.00
Winning Trainer: Name: Bradley, John Milton Based: Meads Farm, Sedbury Park, Chepstow, Gwent Notable facts: trained Nineacres to win record-equalling nine handicaps in 2000 season. Royal Ascot Wins (1): King's Stand Stakes (2004 The Tatling) Big Race Wins: Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint (2003 Salviati, 2005 Corridor Creeper), King George Stakes (2003 The Tatling), Dubai International Airport World Trophy (2004 & 2005 The Tatling) First Goodwood winner: So Intrepid (Kinrara Apprentice Limited Stakes, August 1, 1997) Total Goodwood wins: 14 (3 at July Meeting) Horses in training (1973-2006): 25; 28; 31; 34; 43; 38; 37; 39; 26; 35; 20; 25; 43; 32; 37; 39; 42; 52; 36; 24; 18; 17; 20; 29; 28; 19; 16; 40; 34; 38:54:49:42:86 Number of wins in a season (1991-2005): 2; 3; 6; 8; 17; 12; 19; 16; 33; 47; 62; 36; 37; 40; 70
Winning jockey:-Name: Durcan, Thomas Edward (Ted) Born: February 25, 1973 Married: to Sue, who works for the Godolphin website Background: Apprenticed to Jack Berry, went to ride work for Paddy Rudkin in Dubai in 1997, having lost claim in England and believing that it would be impossible without the allowance. Wins (2000 to 2005): 23, 54, 58, 29, 40, 60 Other details: Champion jockey in Dubai 1999/2000 (58 wins from 280 rides), 2000/2001 (56 wins), 2001/2002 (56 wins), 2003/2004 (39 wins), 2004/2005 (44 wins) Big Race Wins include: Cheshire Oaks (2004 Hidden Hope), Dubai Duty Free (Rhythm Band, Nad Al Sheba, March 25, 2000), Godolphin Mile (Conflict, Nad Al Sheba, March 25, 2000); Oak Tree Stakes (2005 Majestic Desert), Premio Roma (2003 Imperial Dancer), Prix Morny (2005 Silca's Sister), Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (2000 Pipalong, 2003 Somnus), St Simon Stakes (2003 Imperial Dancer), Chesham Stakes (2005 Championship Point), Queen Mary Stakes (2005 Flashy Wings) Wins In 2006: 11 Total Goodwood Wins: 11 (3 at July Meeting) First Goodwood winner: Royal Millennium (EBF Racegoers Club Classified Stakes, August 3, 2002)
FIFTH RACE RESULT
4.30pm MARRIOTT GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL MAIDEN STAKES
£5,500 guaranteed (Class 5) 7f, For 3yo Weights colts and geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 8st 12lb Entries 19 pay £20
1 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (Mr & Mrs I Bendelow) Jamie Osborne 3-9-03 Tom Queally  14/1
2 MUMAATHEL (Hamdan Al Maktoum) MarcusTregoning 3-9-03 Ted Durcan  100/30
3 MUSIC BY MOZART (Berri Schroder & Friends) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3-9-03 Adrian McCarthy  25/1
4 GULF OF GOLD (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-03 Kerrin McEvoy  11/10 Fav
5 CHRONOMATIC (Ms C Bourke-Jones) Mark Tompkins 3-9-03 Darryll Holland 
6 JAMAAHIR (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 3-9-03 Richard Quinn 
7 ACCOMPANIST (HRH Princess Haya Of Jordan) John Gosden 3-9-03 Jimmy Fortune 
8 URBAN TIGER (Four Mile Racing) Alan King 3-9-03 Dane O'Neill 
Distances: 3/4, hd, 3 .5, 1 .5, 3/4, 1 1/4, .5
Time: 1m 28.15s
Breeder: B J & Mrs Crangle
Breeding: b or br c Dansili - Gipsy Moth (Efisio)
Tote: Win; £12.50 Places; £2.20; £1.50; £2.60 Exacta; £36.40
Winning trainer:-Name: Osborne, Jamie Background: Former professional jump jockey Big Race Wins Include: Irony (2001 Windsor Castle Stakes), Milk It Mick (2003 Somerville Tattersall Stakes),Milk It Mick (2003 Dewhurst Stakes) First Group Victory: Milk It Mick (2003 Somerville Tattersall Stakes) Wins 2000-2005: 31; 48; 65; 48; 40; 27 Horses in training (2002-2006): 57; 65; 91; 98; 80 First Goodwood winner: Tough Nut (2003 Tangmere Selling Stakes, May 30, 2002) Total Goodwood wins: 8 (0 at July Meeting)
Winning jockey:-Name: Queally, Thomas Peter Born: October 8, 1984 Background: Son of Declan, who trains a small string in County Waterford. A former pony racing champion, who was champion apprentice in Ireland in 2000 with 28 wins - Devon trainer Tony Newcombe helped bring him to Britain while apprenticed in Ireland to Pat Flynn. First Winner: Larifaari (Nenagh Handicap, Clonmel, April 13, 2000 - on 4th racecourse ride) Big Race Wins: Windsor Castle Stakes (2004 Chateau Istana) Wins 2003-2005: 1; 66*, 43 (*Champion Apprentice) Total Goodwood wins: 3 (0 at July Meeting)
SIXTH RACE RESULT
5.05pm EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND FILLIES' AND MARES' CONQUEROR STAKES (LISTED)
£30,000 guaranteed (Class 1) 1m For 3yo+ which are EBF eligible and which have not won a Group 1 Pattern Race after 2004 Weights 3yo 8st 5lb; 4yo+ 9st 4lb Penalties after May 31, 2005, a winner of a Listed race 3lb; of a Group 3 race 5lb; of a Group 2 race 7lb Weight for age 3 from 4yo+ 13lb Entries 17 pay £135
1 NANTYGLO (Usk Valley Stud) Michael Bell 3-8-05 Richard Quinn  7/2 Jt Fav
2 SWEET TREAT (Miss A Marshall) James Fanshawe 4-9-04 Oscar Urbina  7/2 Jt Fav
3 SALAMANCA (Wood Street Syndicate) Sylvester Kirk 4-9-07 Jimmy Fortune 
4 LITTLE MISS GRACIE (Abacus Employment & Alicia Harden) Andrew Haynes 4-9-04 Dane O'Neill 
5 FAVOURITA (Wyck Hall Stud) John Hills 4-9-04 Kerrin McEvoy 
6 HEAT OF THE NIGHT (Kirsten Rausing) Peter Chapple-Hyam 4-9-04 Adrian McCarthy 
7 LOVE THIRTY (John Livock Bloodstock Ltd) Mick Channon 4-9-04 Ted Durcan 
Distances: 1 1/4, 2, sh, 1 3/4, hd, nk
Time: 1m 40.46s
Breeder: Usk Valley Stud
Breeding: b f Mark Of Esteem (IRE) - Bright Halo (IRE) (Bigstone (IRE))
Tote: Win; £3.30 Places; £2.50; £2.20 Exacta; £9.60
Winning trainer:-Name: Bell, Michael Leopold Wentworth Date of birth: 10/10/60 Date of first licence:1989 First winner: Pass The Peace, Fred Darling Stakes, Newbury, April 14, 1989 Previous Occupation: Assistant for three years with Mercy Rimell, three years with Paul Cole and a period with Comte Roland de Chambure in France. Number of wins in a season (1989-2005): 18: 21: 43: 39: 42: 55: 42: 46: 34: 41: 70: 52: 45: 52: 35: 55: 39 Horses in training (1989-2006): 30: 47: 53: 65: 75: 79: 90: 88: 81: 77: 81: 95: 97: 94: 89: 92: 94: 89 British Classic Winner: Vodafone Derby (2005 Motivator) Major wins include: Fred Darling Stakes (1989 Pass The Peace), Italian Oaks (2001 Zanzibar),July Stakes (2003 Nevisian Lad), Mill Reef Stakes (1994 Princely Hush), Molecomb Stakes (1994 Hoh Magic), Nell Gwyn Stakes (1992 A-To-Z), Prix Morny (1994 Hoh Magic), St Simon Stakes (1994 Persian Brave), Trains at Fitzroy House, Newmarket, Suffolk. First Goodwood win: Blockade (South Coast Radio Nursery, October 4, 1991) Total Goodwood wins: 15 (5 at July Meeting)
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) Other details: Champion European apprentice 1983, Champion British apprentice 1984, retained rider to Henry Cecil from 2000 to 2003, now freelance First Goodwood win: Aqaba Prince (Birdless Grove H'cap, May 23, 1984) Total Goodwood wins: 119 (30 at July Meeting)
SEVENTH RACE RESULT
5.40pm goodwood.co.uk HANDICAP
£10,500 guaranteed (Class 4) 1m 3f Handicap For 4yo+ Rated 66-80 (also open to such horses rated 65 and below) Weights highest weight 9st 4lb Minimum weight 8st 4lb Penalties after April 29, a winner 6lb Top Seed's Handicap Mark 80 Entries 24 pay £50
1 TOP SEED (John Livock Bloodstock Ltd) Mick Channon 5-9-04 Sam Hitchcott  2/1 Fav
2 OCEAN AVENUE (Wendy Gillings) Con Horgan 7-8-11 Richard Quinn  33/1
3 MISTER RIGHT (A Jones) Dominic Ffrench Davis 5-8-06 Nelson de Souza (3)  14/1
4 PRIME CONTENDER (Matthew Green & Richard Green) Barry Hills 4-8-09 Ted Durcan 
5 PRIME POWERED (Prime Power GB Ltd) Gary Moore 5-7-13 Robert Brisland (5) 
6 ZAMBOOZLE (Raymond Tooth) David Elsworth 4-9-03 John Egan 
7 MIXING (Canisbay Bloodstock) William Jarvis 4-7-11 Bradley Roper (7) 
8 AZIZAM (Theobalds Stud) Peter Chapple-Hyam 4-9-01 Adrian McCarthy 
9 NORTH LODGE (Prd Holdings Ltd) Alan King 6-8-13 Dane O'Neill 
10 BURGUNDY (Mrs S Sheldon) Philip Mitchell 9-8-09 Tom Queally 
11 ALESSANO (John Deer) Gary Moore 4-9-01 Jimmy Fortune 
12 HAWK ARROW (The Horse Players Two) Sheena West 4-8-05 Kerrin McEvoy 
13 THE VIOLIN PLAYER (Unicorn Free Spirit Partnership) Hugh Collingridge 5-9-01 Darryll Holland 
14 LOVE ANGEL (Ronald Brimacombe) John Bridger 4-8-07 Jean-Pierre Guillambert 
15 HARCOURT (DDB Racing) Michael Madgwick 6-8-03 Neil Chalmers (3) 
15 ran Non-runner: Augustine (withdrawn not under starter's orders)
Distances: 1 1/4, hd, 3 .5, hd, 1 1/4, .5, 3/4, 3/4, sh, .5, 1, 1 1/4, 1.5, 1.5
Time: 2m 27.60s
Breeder: Hugo Merry & Jack Dorrian
Breeding: b g Cadeaux Genereux - Midnight Heights (Persian Heights)
Tote: Win; £2.20 Places; £1.30; £10.40; £4.80 Exacta; £86.50
Winning trainer:-Name: Channon, Michael Roger Date of birth: 28/11/48 Date of first training licence: 1990 First Flat Winner: Golden Scissors, Bridlington Bay Maiden, Beverley, March 30, 1990 First Jumps Winner: Wessex Warrior, Wincanton, March 30, 1990 Previous occupation: International footballer, assistant trainer to John Baker and Ken Cunningham-Brown Wins in a season (1990-2005): 16: 22: 27: 41: 74: 71: 56: 40: 71: 72: 90: 67: 123: 143: 104 (most victories in Britain): 98 Number of horses in training (1990-2006): 20: 35: 45: 44: 64: 86: 91: 84: 106: 124: 135: 159: 177: 184: 203: 175: 199 Major wins include: Ballyogan Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Coventry Stakes (2000 CD Europe), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2000 Tobougg), Field Marshall Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Fred Darling Stakes (2002 Queen's Logic, 2004 Majestic Desert), Gimcrack Stakes (1998 Josr Algharoud), King's Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Lowther Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl, 2001 Queen's Logic), Maurice Lacroix-Trophy (2002 Checkit), Mill Reef Stakes (1998 Golden Silca), Moet & Chandon Rennen (1996 Muchea), Molecomb Stakes (1998 Inya Lake), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2002 Mail The Desert), Nunthorpe Stakes (1994 Piccolo), Prix De La Salamandre (2000 Tobougg), Ribblesdale Stakes (2000 Miletrian), Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns) Shadwell Stud Cheveley Park Stakes (1999 Seazun, 2001 Queen's Logic), Tote Trifecta Stakes (2002 Millennium Force), Queen Mary Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl, 2001 Queen's Logic, 2005 Flashy Wings), Coventry Stakes (2000 CD Europe); St James's Palace Stakes (2003 Zafeen), Albany Stakes (2003 Silca's Gift), Chesham Stakes (2005 Championship Point) Wins In 2006: 18 Trains at: West Ilsley, Berks First Goodwood winner: You Know The Rules (Ultramar Handicap, June 28, 1991) Total Goodwood wins: 59 (8 at July Meeting)
Winning jockey:- Name: Hitchcott, Samuel Cooper Born: September 16, 1982 Background: Apprenticed to Mick Channon, having previously been with Mick Easterby. Pint-sized brother of NH jockey Ben. Wins in 2001-05: 14; 14; 45; 35; 24 Wins In 2006: 6 First Goodwood win: Naahy (Bonusprint Stakes H'cap, May 21, 2003) Goodwood winners: 8 (1 at July Meeting)
GROUND IN PERFECT SHAPE FOR START OF GOODWOOD'S SEASON
Goodwood's clerk of the course Seamus Buckley reports the track to be in excellent condition ahead of today's first fixture of the year.
The going this morning is
GOOD TO FIRM, GOOD IN PLACES
"The ground has dried up slightly after a warm day yesterday and the going stick reading is 9.1," said Buckley, after walking the course this morning.
"There is some rain forecast this afternoon and the ground could easily be Good again later in the day.
"I am delighted with the condition of the course and we have a really good covering of grass."
THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2006, NEWMARKET, UK
£330,000 STAN JAMES 2000 GUINEAS (Group 1 ) 1m
GOING: Good to Firm
for the best odds go to www.BritOdds.com
BP= the best price at the time of writing
1) (12) 13211- AMADEUS WOLF Kevin Ryan 3-9-00 Neil Callan
Landed the Group One Middle Park Stakes and Group Two Gimcrack Stakes, both over six furlongs last term. Defeated the reopposing Red Clubs by one and a half lengths on both occasions. His two defeats from five starts came on good to firm going and stamina is a concern. BP= 15/2
2) (1) 1263- ARAAFA (IRE) Jeremy Noseda 3-9-00 Christophe Soumillon
Won on his debut in a seven-furlong Newmarket maiden in July. Found Palace Episode one and a quarter lengths too good in the Listed Acomb Stakes at York before being beaten in Group Three company on his other two outings last term. Yet to race beyond seven furlongs and not certain to relish the test. BP= 80/1
3) (9) 413-(1) ASSET (IRE) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Richard Hughes
Proved his ability to stay a mile when winning the Listed Easter Stakes on Kempton’s Polytrack last month but needs to progress again from that effort. Unsuited by soft ground at Sandown when four and a quarter lengths fourth to Opera Cape in the Group Three Solario Stakes in August. BP= 10/1
4) (7) 1(1)1610-(1) CLOSE TO YOU (IRE) Terry Mills 3-9-00 Ian Mongan
Shared the spoils in the Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last season. Showed his well-being with victory in a mile Listed contest on Lingfield’s Polytrack last month. Previously out-classed in the Group One Dewhurst when seventh behind Sir Percy. BP= 100/1
5) (5) 1422- FINAL VERSE Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Robert Winston
Stamina should not be a problem but he may find a couple too good here judging by his four efforts last term. The pick of those was a three-quarter length runner-up finish behind Hurricane Cat in the Group Three Horris Hill Stakes over seven furlongs at Newbury in October. BP= 66/1
6) (10) 31- FROST GIANT (USA) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh
There was a lot to like about his defeat of previous Group Three winner Abigail Pett in the Group Three Killavullan Stakes in October. That win came over seven furlongs on heavy ground but a mile on a sound surface should suit him fine and he must be considered. BP= 66/1
7) (6) 31111- GEORGE WASHINGTON (IRE) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon
The outstanding two-year-old in Europe last term, he looked sensational when winning a pair of Group Ones at The Curragh. He shows tremendous speed but on breeding it is difficult to imagine him not staying a mile, and if he’s as good as he looked last season then only his questionable temperament can beat him. BP= 15/8
8) (11) 11112- HORATIO NELSON (IRE) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Michael Kinane
Many considered him unlucky not to add the Dewhurst to a seven-furlong Longchamp Group One win, where he defeated Opera Cape by one and a half lengths. The distance is not an issue for the current Derby favourite and his class and attitude are proven. BP= 7/1
9) (8) 1132-1 KILLYBEGS (IRE) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Michael Hills
Posted an authoritative success in the Group Three Craven Stakes over the course and distance on April 20, pulling three and a half lengths clear of Metropolitan Man. He will have to improve again on the bare form and a place looks more realistic. BP= 16/1
10) (14) 4101-1 MISU BOND (IRE) Bryan Smart 3-9-00 Tony Culhane
Effective on all going, he landed a Listed six-furlong contest at Redcar in October. He highlighted his place credentials when scoring a neck victory over Jeremy in the Listed Free Handicap over seven furlongs of the Rowley Mile in April. BP= 66/1
11) (2) 321-2 OLYMPIAN ODYSSEY Barry Hills 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer
The most unlucky of losers when a short-head runner-up to Atlantic Waves in the Listed Feilden Stakes over nine furlongs at Newmarket last month. He was short of room that day but flew at the finish. This shorter trip may be against him but he cannot be totally overlooked. BP= 33/1
12) (13) 321123- OPERA CAPE Saeed bin Suroor t3-9-00 Frankie Dettori
Ranks with the best of his generation so far after chasing home Horatio Nelson in a Longchamp Group One and then finishing one-length third to that rival and Sir Percy in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes. No obvious reason why he should reverse form and would probably prefer an easier surface. BP= 20/1
13) (3) 103224-1 RED CLUBS (IRE) (Ron Arculli) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Richard Hills
Admirably consistent but just below the best last season when he was no match for the likes of George Washington, Sir Percy, Horatio Nelson and Amadeus Wolf. Captured the seven-furlong Greenham Stakes at Newbury last time and should run another game race without winning. BP= 33/1
14) (4) 1111- SIR PERCY Marcus Tregoning 3-9-00 Martin Dwyer
The only unbeaten contender in the field, he was a worthy winner of the Dewhurst and can confirm superiority over Horatio Nelson. The trip will not be a problem and he goes on any ground. The only question remaining is whether he has the ammunition to see off George Washington. BP= 100/30
A typically fascinating and puzzling renewal of the season’s first Classic. Sir Percy represents the best British form while George Washington was undoubtedly the star of the Irish juvenile crop. However, neither are value and George Washington’s stable companion Horatio Nelson must be the value at 7/1.