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Sunday, May 7, 2006



Lisa Hancock, the managing director of Newmarket Racecourses, this evening reflected on a magnificent Stan James Guineas Festival.

Hancock was thrilled with the quality of the racing, particularly of both Guineas.

She said: “From a racing perspective, it’s been absolutely fantastic with two exceptional Classics, which is what this meeting is all about

“Yesterday, in the Stan James 2000 Guineas, George Washington showed that he is a brilliant horse - and a real character

“As for today’s Stan James 1000 Guineas, Speciosa’s win was wonderful for her trainer Pam Sly and her family and friends. I still don’t think they are able to believe it.

“Speciosa got such an amazing reception from the crowd. I don’t think we have witnessed a reception like that in recent years, apart from when Sir Alex Ferguson led up Rock Of Gibraltar in 2002.

“The crowd really warmed to Speciosa this afternoon and that was really pleasing to see.

“It was also lovely to have Shirocco here - and for him to win as well as he did - in the StanJamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes. So, it has been a great meeting racing-wise.”

Hancock was also satisfied with the overall manner in which the two days unfolded.

She said: “Operationally, it has gone well. The weather was miserable for the first half of this afternoon but the good racing really served to lift the spirits.

“Looking at the crowds, Saturday’s was good, while we will be down for today - but we knew that we would be.

“The wet weather wasn’t going to help us and we also were aware that the fact that tomorrow isn’t a Bank Holiday - as the Monday following this meeting usually is - was going to be a problem for us.

“But overall, the meeting has been a major success for us and I’m really pleased for the sponsors Stan James, who are giving this meeting the continuity and support that it deserves.”

First race - The Stan James Telebetting Handicap
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Trainer Alan King was contemplating a trip to Royal Ascot after Levera followed up his course-and-distance win at the Craven Meeting by making virtually the running in the seven-furlong Stan James Telebetting Handicap.

The colt had been raised 10lb for his previous victory - to a mark of 92 - and the handicapper may now oblige King to follow the Pattern-race route, rather than bid for another event at this level.

King said: “We’ll have to see what happens to his rating after this, but it may be that we’ll have to look at something like the Jersey Stakes.

“I’d have been happy enough if the rain hadn’t come and Jamie (Spencer) said he won despite, rather than because of, the ground.

“He was getting tired in the closing stages, so, although I see no reason why he shouldn’t eventually stay a mile, I think we’ll stick to seven furlongs for now.”

The stewards noted that the winner had interfered with runner-up Layazaal approaching the line but, after viewing a video recording of the race, they were satisfied that it neither involved a riding offence nor improved Levera’s placing.

They therefore took no further action.

Jamie Spencer commented: “It is very testing ground. For a horse who has a lot of stamina, he was tiring at the end.

“I imagine he was one of the last off the bridle - it was about a furlong and a half out when I asked him. He wants nice ground.

“The ground is a concern for the rest of the day - especially for Flashy Wings. I walked the dogs on the course this morning - I just felt the grass was a little bit plusher on the stands’ rail but there is not much between the middle and that side.”

RACE ONE: The Stan James Telebetting Handicap Stakes


LAYAZAAL, well beaten by Levera during the Craven Meeting here at Newmarket, wasn’t quite able to turn the tables despite revised terms.

John Dunlop’s charge was 10lb better at the weights with Lavera compared to when they last met two and a half weeks ago.

The Mujadil colt was beaten a neck in a thrilling finish.

Harry Dunlop, assistant to his father, said: “We’re very pleased with that.

“Richard Hills thinks the horse will get a mile but I don’t know where he’ll go next - we’ll have to see what the boss says.”


After the first race, the following jockeys reported the ground as:

Jamie Spencer, rider of winner Levera, Richard Hughes, rider of Dream Theme, Ryan Moore, rider of The Snatcher, Richard Hills, rider of Layazaal, Seb Sanders, rider of Cape Presto, Jimmy Fortune, rider of Cactus King, Frankie Dettori, rider of Military Cross, all said: “Soft.”

Chris Catlin, rider of Salute Him, said: “Soft, slow ground.”

Alan Munro, rider of Star Crowned, said: “It felt soft, not too deep and certainly raceable and no problem.”


The Clerk of the Course, Michael Prosser, changed the official going to: “Soft,” after the first race, having previously been “Good to Soft, Soft in places.”

RACE TWO: The Stan James Dahlia Stakes


Richard Hughes gave Violet Park a textbook hold-up ride to land the Group Three Stan James Dahlia Stakes.

Hughes anchored the Pivotal mare at the rear of the field for much of the contest as she ticked over with plenty of cover.

As the field approached the business end of the nine-furlong contest, Hughes stealthily made progress before collaring long-time leader Royal Alchemist in the final paces.

It was a reversal of the one-two at Kempton in a Listed race last month and was Violet Park’s second win at HQ. She survived a stewards’ inquiry.

Trainer Brian Meehan said: “What a ride! Richard gets on really well with her.

“She’s a great mare, who has improved and improved. I’m delighted - that’s a Group Three under her belt and Hughesie was instrumental in it all.

“A nice target for her would be the Nassau with possibly something in between now and then.

“The Falmouth, maybe, would be a nice race for her - certainly the Nassau. That would suit her style.

“She goes in any ground - a lot of Pivotals are like that. People have this perception that they want soft ground, but they seem to go on any surface.”

Hughes added: “I am delighted for this mare. I rode her in a handicap at Lingfield and got a tune out her that day and she has improved.

“She slightly ducked from the camera - it was p robably my fault. The ground suited her because it slowed down the others at the end of the race because she likes to arrive on the bridle.”



Royal Alchemist earned herself a possible tilt at the Ridgewood Pearl Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland towards the end of the month, after finding just Violet Park Too powerful in the Group Three Stan James Dahlia Stakes.

The four-year-old’s trainer Mark Usher said: “Jimmy said that the rail might have helped and she lugged left quite badly - she might just have felt something.”

The stewards looked into possible interference between the second and third-placed Mango Mischief, but decided not to alter the placings.

Usher added: “I thought that we had it and she’s run a great race - I am very happy with her.

“She doesn’t mind soft and she could go for the Ridgewood Pearl. We just want to avoid firm ground.”

Frankie Dettori, rider of Mango Mischief, told connections that a 10-furlong race at York should be fine for the top-weight.

The connections were bullish about her chances on the Knavesmire, while Harry Dunlop, son of trainer John Dunlop, added: “She ran very well and we are delighted.”

Second race - The Stan James Dahlia Stakes
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Jockeys on the several beaten horses in the Group Three Stan James Dahlia Stakes thought the ground was becoming very testing as rain continued to fall on the Rowley Mile course.

Alan Munro, aboard fourth-placed Bon Nuit, said: “It’s soft and you need a horse that handles real cut to get through it.”

Johnny Murtagh, who partnered fifth-home Bahia Breeze, said: “It’s definitely soft and some won’t like it.”

Philip Robinson, whose mount Zayn Zen was well-beaten, said: “I’d call it very soft, as they seem to be finishing quite tired.”



Andre Fabre described this afternoon’s StanJamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes winner Shirocco as being “different” to his previous Vodafone Coronation Cup winners at Epsom Downs - (Group One, Epsom Downs, June 2) which he has won five times.

He said: “I have won that race a few times but this horse is different - he is gorgeous and probably better than the others.

“I will prepare him for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and that will be his target of the year.

“This was a good start and the Coronation Cup and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes are possibilities.

“I would think that he would act on any ground as he is such a good mover.

“He is stronger this year but the ability was there as a three-year-old - everybody gets better with age or at least smarter.”
Christophe Soumillon, the winning rider, commented: “Today the only question mark was whether the horse was fit enough for a race like this. His quality spoke. He needs more racing but he is just like a motorbike - you can do what you want with him. He is a nice horse and everybody loves him.

“We will see about the Coronation Cup next and the Arc and the Breeders’ Cup.”

The French trainer also had news of his Vodafone Derby hope Visindar, who runs a week tomorrow at St Cloud.

He said: “The English Derby is a possibility but he has to impress at St Cloud. I would prefer Epsom over Chantilly as the race has been so elusive for me, but the owner (the Aga Khan) has won it so many times.

“He has not got much experience and St Cloud will be only his third race and I expect him to win it really nicely - if not, he will stay in France.”
Fabre went on to explain further running plans.

He said: “Hurricane Run will go to the Curragh and he is going well.

“Carlotomix had a bad race in preparation for the Guineas and got very tired and he needs time.”

Race 3 The StanJamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes
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Munsef, second behind Shirocco in the mile-and-a-half StanJamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes, looks set to step up in distance for his next run.

Trainer John Dunlop said: “He’s run a perfectly satisfactory race here, beaten by a very good horse, and I think he may aim next for the Yorkshire Cup.

“I don’t think he’d mind what ground they get there as, although he’s possibly a little happier when it’s quicker than today, he’s handled this soft surface well enough.”

Dunlop added: “He’s a lovely horse to train, very easy and straightforward, and I think there’s possibly still a little improvement to come.”

Kevin Darley, rider of third-placed Bandari, said: “He’s run a good race here, but the winner is top-class and came past us very quickly.”

RACE FOUR: The Stan James 1000 Guineas


Speciosa added a major chapter to her fairytale story by storming to a hugely popular success in the Stan James 1000 Guineas.

The Danehill Dancer filly made all in thrilling style to scorch to a two-and-a-half length victory in the fillies’ Classic.

The victory was rightly greeted as a blow for ‘the little man/woman’ with trainer Thorney-based Pam Sly having a string of barely 20 horses - and yet bringing down racing’s big guns on the grandest of stages.

Sly said: “She’s fantastic, isn’t she! I’m just over-awed. It’s amazing. I’d hoped she’d be in the first four...it’s wonderful.

“It’s fantastic for racing. It just shows that a small little band of people like us - my girls, the jockey, everybody - it’s good for them.

“She spread a plate before she came this morning, so there were frantic phone calls. So we got it plated at 9.15am.

“We’ll have to discuss what we’ll do next. She is not in the Oaks. The Irish Guineas? I don’t think she’d handle the Curragh because of her left-handed tendency.

“I just don’t know where we are going to go from here. I think she’ll get a mile-and-a-quarter. Whether she’d get a mile-and-a-half, I don’t know.

“We had a good draw in three. I’m not religious but somebody must have been with me.“

Last autumn Speciosa won the Owen Brown Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket and a couple of lucrative offers were on the table, including one for 1.1 million dollars. But connections refused as they wanted to live the dream and head for the top races.

Sly added: “It has been well documented that we didn’t want to sell - and we won’t, not just yet.”

One of her co-owners and son of Pam Sly, Michael Sly said: “I just don’t know when I’m going to wake up. I read fairytales to my daughter and this is magic, pure magic. Sheer fun. To anybody out there, you can live the dream.”

Michael Fenton said: “Going into The Dip, I was surprised - I just didn’t feel like I was in danger of getting beat.

“The plan was to race handy - that’s what she does. You don’t want to argue with her, she just likes to get on with it. She went through the ground, easy.

“She’s a very good mare to sit on. You’ve got a few gears under you.”

Fourth race - the Stan James 1000 Guineas
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Sir Mark Prescott was magnanimous is defeat after Confidential Lady had finished runner-up behind the Pam Sly-trained Speciosa in the Stan James 1000 Guineas.

He said: “Our filly has run a lovely race, and was given a superb ride by Seb Sanders, but she’s just been done by a better horse and a nicer trainer.

“Mrs Sly did me in the Rockfel last season, when Violette was second to Speciosa, and I take my hat off to her for doing it again.

“I told Seb to follow Speciosa, as I thought she would give us a lead up to the final furlong, but she’s just quickened away to do it well.”

Prescott added: “I’m not sure Confidential Lady will go next, as Cheveley Park Stud also have Nannina to think about, but I may recommend they look at the French Oaks.

“I don’t think the extra distance will be to her disadvantage - another furlong or two may even be better for her - so it’s worth considering.”

Third-placed Nasheej’s connections will consider a crack at the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Richard Hannon jnr, assistant to his father, said: “What a great result this is for racing.

“We’d have loved to have won, of course, but, if we couldn’t, Mrs Sly would have been our first choice to beat us.”

Hannon jnr added: “I think Nasheej might have preferred fast ground, because she came there on the bridle, but just couldn’t quicken up.

“We’ll take a look at the Irish Guineas next and, if she doesn’t go to that, I’d imagine she’d wait for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.”

That latter target is now on the agenda for fourth-home Silca’s Sister, trained by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin.

Bin Suroor said: “We’re very pleased with her - she’s run well - but I think she might have been better if the ground had been genuinely good.

“She handled the soft, but it may have been a little too testing in the end, and I’d expect her next run to be in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.”


Wayne Lordan, rider of 10th Alexander Alliance, said: “The ground was a big factor and she couldn’t go from three out.”

Darryll Holland, rider of ninth La Chunga: “She didn’t like the ground at all but it is great for the winner and isn’t it nice to see someone else in the winner’s enclosure for a Classic.”

Alan Munro, rider of fifth Wake Up Maggie, said: “Absolutely delighted with her - she was very brave. She has come back very tired and the ground certainly played its part. The ground and the extra distance blunted her speed but she will be a very good seven-furlong horse.”

Chris Wall, trainer of Wake Up Maggie, said: “I am very pleased and it was a shame about the rain. If it hadn’t have been for that, we may have been a bit closer. We’ll now be looking for a nice seven-furlong race for her though there aren’t too many of those around.”

Clive Brittain, the Newmarket trainer, said: “Tremendous - that’s great.”

Johnny Murtagh, rider of eighth Race For The Stars, said: “She ran well and probably wants better ground. I think that she might stay an extra two furlongs as well.”

Mick Kinane, rider of last Donna Blini, said: “It was disappointing - she didn’t like the ground and didn’t stay as well.”

Kieren Fallon, rider of seventh Rumplestiltskin, said: “It was too soft and I probably gave her too much to do.”

Michael Hills, rider of sixth Spinning Queen, said: “She ran a good race but it was a huge disadvantage coming from that draw.”

Jamie Spencer, rider of 11th Flashy Wings, said: “It was soft ground and she’s by Zafonic. It’s like blue and green - you never wear the two together.”

Jimmy Fortune, rider of 12th Nannina, said: “She hated the ground. She’s only run on fast ground and it was trial and error and she didn’t like it.”

Frankie Dettori, rider of fourthSilca’s Sister, said: “She’s run well - a solid race. She was a bit fresh in the beginning but kept on well at the end. The plan is to go for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.”

RACE FOUR: The Stan James 1000 Guineas


Willie Browne of Mocklershill Farm, who consigned the winning filly Speciosa at the 2005 Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Breeze Up sale, said “ I’m thrilled, it’s a dream come true.

“It just goes to show that money doesn’t mean everything when your buying a horse.”

Jeremy Mactaggart, a director and auctioneer of Doncaster Bloodstock Sales, said “This is a fabulous result for all concerned. It definitely proves that Classic winners don’t have to cost the earth.

“We were the first company to hold breeze-ups in Europe in 1976, and are now the first company to sell a breeze-up Classic winner.”

RACE SIX: The Stan James Maiden Stakes


Jockey Richard Hughes recorded a 44.25 -1 double on the day with success on Sonny Red following his earlier triumph on Violet Park.

Sonny Red showed a willing attitude as he held the late thrust of Conquest to score at odds of 9-2.

Assistant trainer Richard Hannon Jnr said: “He’s done that well and I’d say that was a very good race.

“He’s a lovely horse who Ross Doyle and I bought at Doncaster. He looks a proper horse. He is the quietest horse you’ve seen - he doesn’t do a tap.

“He will probably need it...we haven’t touched the surface with him yet. He will improve for the run.

“Hughesie said the ground didn’t ideally suit him. He’ll be a six-furlong horse, anyway.

“I wouldn’t say, ‘straight to the Coventry’ - we’ll give him another run before that.”

Race Six The Stan James Maiden Stakes
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“He’ll win next time,” was Highclere Thoroughbred Racing spokesman Harry Herbert’s confident prediction following Conquest’s second behind Sonny Red in the five-furlong Stan James Maiden Stakes.

“He came there cruising, but was as green as grass and looking about him.

“He’ll have learned a lot from this.”

Herbert added: “These were a very nice looking bunch of two-year-olds, and I think the form will work out well, so we’ve surely got a horse to go to war with.

“The ground wasn’t a problem for him - he seemed to go through it easily enough - but he’d handle a faster surface too and will improve a lot for this experience.”

Trainer Jeremy Noseda thought that third-placed Winning Spirit, like the runner-up a son of freshman stallion Invincible Spirit, was inconvenienced by the easy underfoot conditions.

He said: “He’s been working well on firm ground in preparation for this, but absolutely hated the going here.

“He’s run a promising race though, and should have no problem picking up a maiden.”

Final race - Stan James Handicap
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Tartouche overcame a lay-off of 238 days to win the Stan James Handicap by three and a half lengths.

There were doubts before the start about the five-year-old making the line-up.

However, after walking the course to ensure the ground was soft enough for her, Graham Foster, travelling head lad to Sussex-based owner/trainer Lady Herries, gave the five-year-old mare the go-ahead and she justified 7-4 favouritism.

Jockey Seb Sanders had to get quite serious with her as he came to deliver his challenge, but he got the desired effort thanks to a couple of slaps with his whip.

Foster said: “She needs some cut and we were worried that, even after the rain, the going might not suit her.

“But she loved it out there today and, although she always looks about her when she’s asked to go to the front, she probably won with a bit in hand.”

Foster added: “I brought her here last year and had to withdraw her, because it was very firm, but this is exactly what she needs.

“I don’t know where she’ll go next - as the conditions are so important to her - but she stays farther than this mile and a half and we might try two miles.”

Wavertree Boy was a late withdrawal from this event, having reared up and thrown jockey Liam Keniry shortly after he was legged up in the parade ring.

Neither the rider nor his mount was hurt in the incident, however, and Keniry said: “It was just one of those things.

“I can’t even tell you exactly what happened - he just flipped up and I was thrown - but there doesn’t seem to be any damage to either of us.”


Today’s papers were united in praise of George Washington’s impressive victory in the Stan James 2000 Guineas at Newmarket yesterday, Saturday, May 6.

The Observer’s Eddie Fremantle described the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt’s success as “authoritative”, while Brough Scott, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, compared him with greats such Nijinsky, Brigadier Gerard and Dancing Brave.

Fremantle wrote of George Washington’s “huge talent” and Scott, after quoting jockey Kieren Fallon’s similar view, concluded that “the best horses I have seen up the Rowley Mile have been Nijinsky, Brigadier Gerard, El Gran Senor and Dancing Brave.

“After each one there was a moment of buzzing wonderment...and as Fallon loosed his bright bay partner past the pacemaking Olympic Odyssey and Sir Percy, that moment came again.”

Sue Montgomery, in the Independent on Sunday, called George Washington’s display “a gold medal performance” and added that, as last year’s champion two-year-old, he is “a serious athlete”, before noting that, even though he cost a king’s ransom to purchase as a yearling, “sometimes you get what you pay for”.

Sunday Times writer Andrew Longmore acknowledged “there is a real thrill in seeing greatness, however expensively bought” and called George Washington’s defeat of a high-class field an “annihilation”.

Jon Lees of the Racing Post reckoned O’Brien’s charge exhibited “the ego of a visiting head of state” by proving difficult to saddle and backing away from the stalls, but added that, once he condescended to take part, he “left no room for further doubt as to his complete supremacy”.

Geoff Lester’s report in The Sportsman, which also recalled El Gran Senor and Dancing Brave, attributed him with “incredible speed” and called the victory “spectacular”, while Will Hayler of the Press Association wrote of the colt living up to “all the pre-race hype as he delivered “a spectacular Classic-winning display”.


Stan James bookmakers, sponsors of the 1000 Guineas, report sustained late support for Nannina in the first fillies’ Classic of 2006 today at Newmarket.

John Gosden’s charge, offered at 8-1 first thing this morning, was cut to 6-1 after a series of big bets thought to have been encouraged by an overnight easing of the ground on the NatWest Rowley Mile.

Meanwhile, Rumplestiltskin, clear market leader in the run-up to the race, has been pushed out in the betting after trainer Aidan O’Brien suggested yesterday that there was the possibility of her being in season.

The O’Brien filly, 4-1 with Stan James overnight, was eased to 9-2 and is now the firm’s joint favourite with Flashy Wings, who was trimmed during the morning from 5-1.

Stan James’s representative Neil Morrice said: “The best-backed filly in the field each-way over the past 24 hours has been Nasheej, who is now down to 16-1 from 18-1.”

Morrice added: “Punters obviously recognise that she will stay the trip well and act on the ground, while some others will find it stretching their stamina.”

Outside the Stan James 1000 Guineas, the morning’s most popular horse was Hard Top in the StanJamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes.

Sir Michael Stoute’s four-year-old is the day’s Pricewise selection in Racing Post.

Morrice said: “We were longest about Hard Top, as we didn’t think he’d be helped by the rain, but we have laid him to lose a six-figure sum.

“We cut him from 7-2 to 11-4, after taking a few lumpy bets, but have now eased him out to 3-1 - simply because we think the ground will be against him.”


Keith Hamer of the Press Association spoke to trainer Marcus Tregoning this morning and he filed the following article.

Sir Percy was a reported to be a "bit tired" by his trainer Marcus Tregoning following his gallant run (second) in the Stan James 2000 Guineas at Newmarket yesterday.

Last season's Darley Dewhurst Stakes winner was promoted to favouritism for next month's Vodafone Derby at Epsom Downs despite losing his unbeaten record in going down by two and a half lengths to the impressive George Washington.

"He ran a good race. He's a bit tired today but I'm not surprised with the race, the noise and everything," said Tregoning.

"It's some way off but I think he'll go straight for the Derby. It seems the logical step.

"It was a bit firm out there and I think that's why he hung to the left.

"If it hadn't been for George Washington, he would have won nicely but that's racing. We've just got to get on with the next target."


5/1 Sir Percy
5/1 Visindar
8/1 Horatio Nelson
8/1 Olympian Odyssey
14/1 bar


Lisa Hancock, Managing Director Of Newmarket Racecourses, commented about an incident at the racecourse yesterday.

She said: “The fight that broke out on the Level 2 Millennium Stand balcony yesterday was very regrettable, but the police brought the incident under control quickly and only minor injuries were incurred by those involved.

"It was a case of an argument getting out of control and clearly the main protagonists had had too much to drink. Both the caterers and our own security staff are very vigilant to try to ensure that alcohol consumption does not get out of hand and lead to anti-social or criminal behaviour, but inevitably it is impossible for any major event organiser to prevent the occasional isolated incident.
“Fortunately, such incidents are extremely rare - the four arrests made yesterday were the first here for several years for this kind of offence.

"We review our security and policing arrangements on a continuous basis and will certainly be examining in detail all the circumstances of this incident to see if any lessons can be learned.

“In particular, we are sorry that so many racegoers had to witness it. It is incredibly frustrating that a tiny minority should have spoiled what was otherwise a sensational afternoon's racing."


Michael Prosser, the clerk of the course at Newmarket, is expecting over an inch of rain to have fallen on the NatWest Rowley Mile by lunch-time today since racing finished yesterday afternoon.

The significant amount of rainfall has meant Prosser has changed the official going description to Good to soft, soft in places from yesterday’s Good to firm, firm in places.

At 10.30am, Prosser said: “The ground is now good to soft , soft in places. At 7am we’d had 22 millimetres of rain and that’s risen since then with a further two millimetres seen and we are anticipating over one inch of rain to have fallen by noon.

“The track was riding fast yesterday and naturally the damage to it was minimal. The grass cover is excellent and that stopped the hooves getting in too much. The course looks in top condition but it will obviously ride considerably slower today.”

While the overnight rain has lingered long into the morning, Prosser is expecting conditions to improve as the afternoon unfolds.

He said: “The rain is meant to be moving away, northwards and westwards. There’s likely to be showery outbursts through the morning. It’s hanging on longer than we would like but this afternoon will be predominantly dry.”


Christophe Soumillon, booked to partner Shirocco in the StanJamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes, has declared himself fit to ride after an 11th-hour injury worry left him sweating.

The French-based Belgian jockey sustained a back problem when riding in France on Friday, forcing him to miss out on Araafa, who finished fourth in yesterday’s Stan James 2000 Guineas.

But Shippy Ellis, Soumillon’s agent, said: “I spoke to him this morning and he said he was okay. He’s en route as we speak.”

£30,000 guaranteed (Class 2), 7f, Rowley Mile Course, For 3yo Penalties after April 29, a winner 6lb. Penalty values: 1st: £19,431; 2nd: £6,151; 3rd: £3,046; 4th: £1,493

1. LEVERA (Four Mile Racing) Alan King 3- 9-02 Jamie Spencer [6] 9/4 F
2. LAYAZAAL (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 3- 9-00 Richard Hills [7] 11/1
3. THE SNATCHER (Mrs R Ablett) Richard Hannon 3- 9-00 Ryan Moore [4] 5/1
4. STAR CROWNED (Star Crown Stables) Brian Meehan 3- 8-11 Alan Munro [1] 22/1
5. CACTUS KING (A Oppenheimer) John Gosden 3- 8-08 Jimmy Fortune [9]
6. DREAM THEME (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 3- 8-11 Richard Hughes [5]
7. MILITARY CROSS (Cheveley Park Stud) William Haggas 3- 9-02 Frankie Dettori [8]
8. SALUTE HIM (Jaber Abdullah) Mick Channon 3- 8-09 Chris Catlin [3]
9. CAPE PRESTO (Major A Everett) Richard Hannon 3- 8-13 Seb Sanders [10]
9 ran Non-runner: No 1 Dark Islander (ground)

Distances: nk, 3/4, 1 1/4, sh, 5, 1 3/4, 1/2, 8
Time: 1m 27.87s
Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud
Breeding: b c Groom Dancer - Prancing (Prince Sabo)
Tote: Win £2.90; Places: £1.50; £3.20; Exacta: £31.90

Winning Trainer: Alan King Born: December 13, 1966 Based: Barbury Castle Stables, Wroughton, Wiltshire Big Race Wins (jump): William Hill National Trophy Handicap Chase (2004 Fork Lightning), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2005 Penzance), Arkle Challenge Trophy (2006 Voy Por Ustedes), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2006 My Way De Solzen), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Stromness), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2002 Spendid), John Smith’s HBLB TBA Mares’ Only NH (2005 Senorita Rumbalita), Bula Hurdle (1999 Relkeel), Long Walk Hurdle (1999 Anzum, 2005 My Way De Solzen), Jim Ford Challenge Cup (2000 Spendid), Cleeve Hurdle (2004 Crystal d’Ainay), Kingmaker Novices’ Chase (2006 Voy Por Ustedes), National Spirit Hurdle (2006 My Way De Solzen) Number of horses in training (2000-2006): 65; 51; 56; 74; 85; 123; 131 Flat Wins (2002-2005): 3; 3; 6; 13 Flat Wins in 2006: 3

Winning jockey:-Name: Spencer, James (Jamie) Peter Date of Birth: 08/06/1980 British Classic Wins: St Leger (2003 Brian Boru) Achievements: Champion Jockey in 2005 with 162 wins that season Major wins include: Champion Stakes (2005 David Junior), William Hill Sprint Cup (2005 Goodricke), Falmouth Stakes (2003 Macadamia), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer), Jockey Club Stakes (2002 Marienbard), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah), Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2002 Pizarro) Wins in Britain (1998-2005): 3, 8, 78, 112, 86, 102, 27, 180* (*Champion Jockey) Other details: Champion apprentice in Ireland 1999. Stable jockey to Aidan O’Brien in 2004, now freelance in Britain Wins in Britain in 2006: 56


£50,000 guaranteed, (Class 1), 1m 1f Rowley Mile, For 4yo+ fillies Weights 8st 12lb each Penalties after May 31, 2005, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group Two race 5lb; of a Group 1 race 8lb. Penalty values: 1st: £28,390; 2nd: £11,520; 3rd: £5,635; 4th: £2,425; 5th: £1,088

1. VIOLET PARK (Mrs J Cash) Brian Meehan 5- 8-12 Richard Hughes [1] 15/2
2. ROYAL ALCHEMIST (The Ridgeway Partnership) Mark Usher 4- 8-12 Jimmy Fortune [9] 6/1
3. MANGO MISCHIEF (Antoniades Family) John Dunlop 5- 9-01 Frankie Dettori [8] 9/1
4. BON NUIT (Howard Spooner) Geoff Wragg 4- 8-12 Alan Munro [6] 25/1
5. BAHIA BREEZE (S Balfour) Rae Guest 4- 8-12 Johnny Murtagh [5]
6. MAMELA (Mrs J Peel) Luca Cumani 5- 8-12 Nicky Mackay [7]
7. MUSICANNA (Whatton Manor Stud/Ne’er Do Wells III) James Fanshawe 5- 8-12
Jamie Spencer [4] 15/8 Fav
8. ZAYN ZEN (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 4- 8-12 Philip Robinson [2]

8 ran Non-runner: 4-ECHELON (ground)
Distances: .5, sh, 1 1/4, 1 3/4, 2.5, hd, 22
Time: 1m 54.24s
Breeder: D E & Mrs J Cash
Breeding: b m Pivotal - Petonellajll (Petong)
Tote: Win £8.80; Places: £2, £1.80, £2.90; Exacta: £31.60

Winning trainer:-Name: Meehan, Brian Joseph Date of birth:16/6/67; Date of first licence: 1/12/92; Other occupation: Thoroughbred breeding; 20 months with the Irish National Stud: Based: Manton, Wiltshire, where he moved at the end of the 2005 flat season from his former base in Upper Lambourn Wins (1992-2005): 0:14:29:47:43:57:53:58:42:71:47:55:60:43 Horses in training (1993-2005):17:38 :60: 72:81:89:106:100:109:118:108:121:115 Major wins include: Horris Hill Stakes (1995 Tumbleweed Ridge), Schweppes Golden Mile Handicap (1995 Khayrapour), Bunbury Cup (1997 Tumbleweed Ridge), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1998 Tomba), Ballycorus Stakes (1998 & 1999 Tumbleweed Ridge), Prix de la Foret (1998 Tomba), Prix Morny (2000 Bad As I Wanna Be), Prix de Lutece (2002 Savannah Bay), Duke Of York Stakes (2003 Twilight Blues), Cheveley Park Stakes (2004 Magical Romance, 2005 Donna Blini), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2005 Donna Blini), Champion Stakes (2005 David Junior), Dubai Duty Free (2006 David Junior) Trains at Tumbleweed Cottage, Upper Lambourn, Berks Wins This Year: 8

Winning jockey:-Name: Hughes, Richard David. Date of birth: 11/1/73 Apprenticeship: With father, Dessie Hughes, in Ireland. First winner: Viking Melody (Roscommon maiden, August 2, 1988) Wins in Britain (1994-2005):19, 68, 62, 33, 55, 95, 102, 90, 126, 122, 73, 124 Major wins include: Albany Stakes (2004 Jewel In The Sand), Balmoral Handicap (2003 Deportivo), Blue Square Ormonde Stakes (2005 Day Flight)Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002, Demonstrate), Celebration Mile (2002 Tillerman), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2004 Jewel In The Sand), Coventry Stakes (2003 Three Valleys), Craven Stakes (2000 Umistim, 2001 King’s Ironbridge), Derby Italiano (1996 Bahamian Knight), Duke Of Edinburgh H’cap (2002, Thundering Surf), Duke Of York Stakes (1999 Sampower Star), French Oaks (2003 Nebraska Tornado), French 1,000 Guineas (2002 Zenda), Gran Premio d’Italia (1995 Posidonas), Jersey Stakes (1995 Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince), Jersey Stakes (1995, Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince), Jockey Club Cup (2000 Persian Punch), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), King's Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Lingfield Derby Trial (2001 Perfect Sunday), Middle Park Stakes (2003 Three Valleys), Norfolk Stakes (2002, Baron’s Pit), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Prix D’Ispahan (2001 Observatory), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2003 American Post), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Ribblesdale Stakes (2003 Spanish Sun), Wokingham Stakes (2000 Harmonic Way), Wolferton Rated H’Cap (2002, Ulundi), Yorkshire Cup (1999 Churlish Charm) Other details: Retained jockey to Khalid Abdulla Wins this year: 23


£90,000 guaranteed, (Class 1), 1m 4f Rowley Mile, For 4yo+ Weights colts and geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 9lb Penalties after May 31, 2005, a winner of a Group Two race of one mile or over 3lb; of a Group 1 race of one mile or over 5lb. Penalty values: 1st: £51,102; 2nd: £20,266; 3rd: £9,858; 4th: £4,181; 5th: £1,816

1. SHIROCCO (Baron G Von Ullmann) Andre Fabre FR 5-9-03 Christophe Soumillon [6] 10/11F
2. MUNSEF (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 4- 8-12 Richard Hills [2] 7/2
3. BANDARI (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 7- 9-01 Kevin Darley [5] 11/1
4. SELF DEFENSE (Fraser Miller Racing) Emma Lavelle 9- 8-12 Alan Munro [7]
5. ENFORCER (D Clarke & C Edginton) William Muir 4- 8-12 Frankie Dettori [4]
6. GULF (Raymond Tooth) David Elsworth 7- 8-12 Liam Keniry [1]
7. HARD TOP (Ballymacoll Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 4- 9-01 Mick Kinane [3]

7 ran
Distances: 3.5, 1.5, .5, sh, 17, 4
Time: 2m 36.25ss
Breeder: Daron G Von Ullman
Breeding: b h Monsun - So Sedulous (The Minstrel)
Tote: Win £1.80; Places: £1.30; £2 ;Exacta: £4.10
Winning trainer:-Name: Fabre, Andre (FR)
Date of Birth 9/12/45. British Classic wins: (4) Vodafone Oaks (1993 Intrepidity), 2000 Guineas (1993 Zafonic, 1995 Pennekamp), St Leger (1991Toulon) Major wins include: French Derby (1997 Peintre Celebre); French Oaks (1985 Lypharita, 1992 Jolypha, 2003 Nebraska Tornado); French 2000 Guineas (1987 Soviet Star; 2001 Vahorimix; 2003 Clodovil), French 1000 Guineas (1990 Houseproud; 2003 Musical Chimes), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1987,Trempolino,1992 Subotica,1994 Carnegie, 1997 Peintre Celebre), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1986 St Estephe,1990 In the Wings, 1994 Apple Tree, 1995 Sunshack, 1996 Swain); July Cup (1988 Soviet Star); Coronation Stakes (1989 Golden Opinion, 2001 Banks Hill); Irish Oaks (1993 Wemyss Bight), Irish Derby (1995 Winged Love, 2005 Hurricane Run); Arlington Million (1988 Mill Native), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1990 In the Wings, 2005 Shirocco), Breeders’ Cup Classic (1993 Arcangues), Dewhurst Stakes (1992 Zafonic, 1994 Pennekamp, 1997 Xaar); Prix Ganay (1992 Subotica, 2000 Indian Danehill); Prix de Barbeville (2000 Amilynx), Prix Royal-Oak (1993 Raintrap, 1995 Sunshack, 1999 and 2000 Amilynx), Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (2001 Banks Hill); Prix Lupin (1997 Cloudings; 1999 Gracioso); Prix Saint-Alary (1992 Rosefinch; 1993 Intrepidity; 1995 Muncie; 1996 Luna Wells); Prix D’Ispahan (1993 Arcangues; 1998 Loup Sauvage); Prix Jean Prat (1992 Kitwood); Grand Prix De Paris (1992 Homme De Loi; 1993 Fort Wood; 1996 Grape Tree Road;1997 Peintre Celebre; 1998 Limpid; 1999 Slickly); Prix Jacques Le Marois (1995 Miss Satamixa, 2001 Vahormix, 2002 Banks Hill); Grand Prix De Deauville (2002 Polish Summer), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1989 Polish Precedent; 1994 Ski Paradise; 2003 Nebraska Tornado), Sussex Stakes (1987 Soviet Star); Stanjamesuk.com Jockey Club Stakes 2006 - Shirocco Horses in training (1992-2006): 206; 222; 234; 234; 228; 245; 232; 228; 189; 169; 136; 127; 151; 162; 165 Trains at Chantilly, France Royal Ascot wins: (5) Coronation Stakes (1989 Golden Opinion, 2001 Banks Hill), Queen’s Vase (1993 Infrasonic), Ribblesdale Stakes (1996 Tulipa), Queen Anne Stakes (2005 Valixir) First Royal Ascot win: Golden Opinion (June 21, 1989 - Coronation Stakes) First Goodwood winner: Soviet Star (July 29, 1987 - Sussex Stakes) Wins this year in Britain: 1

Winning jockey:-Name: Soumillon, Christophe Born: June 4, 1981 Background: A Belgian-born former champion apprentice of France in 1999, having ridden his first winner two years’ earlier. Son of a retired jump jockey, Soumillon was apprenticed to Cedric Boutin. He attended the famous Moulin a Vent school (French apprentice academy) at Chantilly, where so many top jockeys began their profession. Appointed as second jockey to Andre Fabre, with Olivier Peslier as the number one, in 1999. Gained a five-timer at Saint-Cloud on May 1, 2000. Became retained jockey for the Aga Khan in France in October, 2001, succeeding Gerald Mosse who left the position to concentrate on riding in Hong Kong. This new position meant that he became first jockey to trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, the Aga Khan’s trainer in France. Major wins include: Breeders’ Cup Turf (2005 Shirocco), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2003 Dalakhani), French 2,000 Guineas (2001 Vahorimix, 2003 Clodovil), French 1,000 Guineas (2003 Musical Chimes), French Derby (2001 Anabaa Blue, 2003 Dalakhani), Prix de Fontainebleau (2000 Berine’s Son), Prix du Muguet (2000 Dansili), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2001 Mirio), Prix de l’Opera (2001 Terre A Terre), Grand Prix de Paris (2002 Khalkevi), Prix de la Nonette (2002 Pearly Shells), Prix Vermeille (2002 Pearly Shells), Dubai Duty Free (2002 Terre A Terre), Prix Lupin (2003 Dalakhani), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2003 Porlezza) Number of Royal Ascot Successes: 1 First Royal Ascot Winner: Queen Anne Stakes (2005 Valixir) Wins this year in Britain: 1


Class 1, Group 1 Race, £330,000 Total Prize Fund. NatWest Rowley Mile. For three-year-olds only, fillies. Weights: 9st each Penalty values: 1st: £187,374; 2nd: £73,676; 3rd: £36,188; 4th: £15,740; 5th: £7,220

1. SPECIOSA (Michael Sly/Dr T Davies/Pam Sly) Pam Sly 3- 9-00 Michael Fenton [3]10/1
2. CONFIDENTIAL LADY (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Mark Prescott 3- 9-00 Seb Sanders [5] 12/1
3. NASHEEJ (Malih Al Basti) Richard Hannon 3- 9-00 Ryan Moore [11] 16/1
4. SILCA'S SISTER (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3- 9-00 Frankie Dettori [4] 13/2
5. WAKE UP MAGGIE (J Lambton) Chris Wall 3- 9-00 Alan Munro [1] 25/1
6. SPINNING QUEEN (Marston Stud & Cavendish Investing Ltd) Barry Hills 3- 9-00 Michael Hills [13] 50/1
7. RUMPLESTILTSKIN (Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Niarchos Family) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3- 9-00 Kieren Fallon [7] 3/1F
8. RACE FOR THE STARS (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3- 9-00 Johnny Murtagh [12] 12/1
9. LA CHUNGA (Sir Robert Ogden) Jeremy Noseda 3- 9-00 Darryll Holland [9] 33/1
10. ALEXANDER ALLIANCE (Noel O’Callaghan) Tommy Stack IRE 3- 9-00 Wayne Lordan [8] 9/1
11. FLASHY WINGS (Jaber Abdullah) Mick Channon 3- 9-00 Jamie Spencer [2] 7/1
12. NANNINA (Cheveley Park Stud) John Gosden 3- 9-00 Jimmy Fortune [6] 7/1
13. DONNA BLINI (Mrs T Cunningham) Brian Meehan 3- 9-00 Mick Kinane [10] 16/1

13 ran
Distances: 2.5, 1, 1.5, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 1.5, 3.5, 5, sh, 3, 10
Time: 1m 40.53s
Breeder: K & Mrs Cullen
Breeding: b f Danehill Dancer - Specifically (Sky Classic)
Tote: Win £11.80; Places: £2.90; £3.80; £5.30 Exacta: £139.30

Winning Trainer:- Name: Sly, Pam Based: Thorney, Cambridgeshire Information: Described herself as a “fenland farmer” after Speciosa’s Nell Gwyn victory. She part-owns the filly along with her son Michael, and GP Tom Davies, and the trio turned down seven-figure offers for the filly after she won the Rockfel Stakes.Classic Winners (1):Stan James 2000 Guineas (2006 Speciosa) Big Race Wins: Rockfel Stakes (2005 Speciosa) Nell Gwyn Stakes (2006 Speciosa) Horses in training (2005-2006): 13; 18 Wins 2003-2005: 1; -; 10 Wins This Year: 2

Winning jockey:-Name: Fenton, Michael Date of birth: 18/1/72 First winner: Miss Gantlet (Spur EBF Maiden, Navan, April 5, 1989) Apprenticeship: With Michael Bell. Wins (1993-2005): 56, 39, 51, 42, 34, 55, 50, 63, 75, 55, 60, 53 Classic Winners (1):Stan James 2000 Guineas (2006 Speciosa) Big wins: Italian Oaks (2001 Zanzibar), William Hill Cup (1996 Grand Selection), Tote Cambridgeshire (2001 I Cried For You), Molecomb Stakes (2002 Wunders Dream), Flying Childers Stakes (2002 Wunders Dream), Rockfel Stakes (2006 Speciosa), Nell Gwyn Stakes (2006 Speciosa) First Goodwood winner: Duveen (Air Containers Golden Jubilee H’cap, June 4, 1993) Goodwood wins: 9 (2 at July Meeting) Wins this season:17

£30,000 guaranteed (Class 1) 1m 2f Rowley Mile Course, For 3yo fillies Weights 8st 12lb Penalties a winner of a Class 2 race of 7f or more 3lb; of a Listed race of 7f or more 5lb; of a Group 3 race of 7f or more 7lb. Penalty values: 1st: £17,034; 2nd: £7,034; 3rd: £3,457; 4th: £1,506; 5th: £693

1 RIYALMA (H H Aga Khan) Sir Michael Stoute 3- 8-12 Mick Kinane [6] 7-2
2 BUNOOD (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 3- 8-12 Richard Hills [7] 5-2fav
3 PARK ESTEEM (Mrs Seamus Burns) Jeremy Noseda 3- 8-12 Darryll Holland [2]
4 SAABIQ (Saif Ali) Clive Brittain 3- 8-12 Ryan Moore [3]
5 STAGE FLIGHT (Alshareef Haza Al-Abdaly) Brian Meehan 3- 8-12 Richard Hughes [9]
6 UNDER THE RAINBOW (Bill Gredley) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3- 9-03 Jamie Spencer [4]

6 ran 3 GHOST STORY (ground), 5-POSTAGE STAMPE (ground) and 8-SINDIRANA (ground)
Distances: 2.5, 3 .5, 1, 13, dist
Time: 2m 10.34s Breeder: HH the Aga Khan’s Studs SC
Breeding: b f Selkirk - Riyafa (Kahyasi)
Tote: Win £4.10; Places: £2.40; £2.30; Exacta: £15.00

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: Kinane, Michael Joseph Born: County Tipperary, Ireland, 22/6/59.Apprenticeship: With Liam Browne. First winner: Muscari (Leopardstown 19/3/75) Classic wins: (8) Vodafone Derby (1993 Commander In Chief, 2001 Galileo); Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine), 2000 Guineas (1990 Tirol, 1997 Entrepreneur, 1998 King Of Kings), St Leger (2001 Milan) Other major wins include:Champion Stakes (1997 Pilsudski), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2005 Donna Blini) Cheveley Park Stakes (1995 Blue Duster); Coral Eclipse (1993 Opera House, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing), Derby Italiano (1992 In A Tiff, 1995 Luso); Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibralter); Falmouth Stakes (1996 Sensation), Fillies’ Mile (1996 Reams Of Verse); French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 2000 Kayf Tara), Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire, 1999 Ciro, 2001 Rock Of Gibralter), Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg, 2003 One Cool Cat), Hong Kong Invitational Bowl (1991 Additional Risk), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1988 Trusted Partner, 2003 Yesterday), Irish St Leger (1993, 1994 Vintage Crop), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish Oaks (1989 Alydaress, 1996 Dance Design), Irish Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral); Irish Champion Stakes (1989 Carroll House,1994 Cezanne, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway,2003 High Chaparral), Japan Cup (1997 Pilsudski), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), Juddmonte International (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2005 Electrocutionist), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart); Melbourne Cup (1993 Vintage Crop), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2001 Quarter Moon, 2003 Necklace), National Stakes (1994 Definite Article; 1998 Mus-If; 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat), Nunthorpe (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart); Phoenix Stakes (1999 Fasliyev; 2000 Minardi; 2001 Johannesburg), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Prix de l'Abbaye (1985 Committed), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1989 Carroll House, 1999 Montjeu), Prix de la Salamandre (1999 Giant’s Causeway), Prix Vermeille (2000 Volvoreta), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasliyev); Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs), St James's Palace (1992 Brief Truce, 1994 Grand Lodge, 2000 Giant’s Causeway), Sussex Stakes (1998 Among Men, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Proclamation), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2000 Montjeu, 2003 Black Sam Bellamy) Royal Ascot wins: (37) First Royal Ascot win: St James’s Palace Stakes (June 15, 1982 Dara Monarch) Major Royal Ascot wins: St James’s Palace Stakes (1982 Dara Monarch, 1992 Brief Truce, 1994 Grand Lodge, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2004 Azamour), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 2000 Kayf Tara), Coronation Stakes (1994 Kissing Cousin, 2002 Sophisticat), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1999 Lear Spear, 2005 Azamour), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2005 Cape Of Good Hope) Wins in Britain 1992-2005: 4; 4; 23; 28; 29; 23; 24; 22; 26; 26; 15; 3; 9; 23

£12,000 guaranteed (Class 3) 5f Rowley Mile Course, For 2yo Weights colts and geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 8st 12lb. Penalty values: 1st: £7,772; 2nd: £2,484; 3rd: £1,227; 4th: £599
1 SONNY RED (Michael Pescod & J Leek) Richard Hannon 2- 9-03 Richard Hughes [6] 9-2
2 CONQUEST (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXXVIII) William Haggas 2- 9-03 Nicky Mackay [8] 3-1
3 WINNING SPIRIT (Saeed Suhail) Jeremy Noseda 2- 9-03 Frankie Dettori [3] 11-4fav
4 CHRISTMAS TART (Stephen Dartnell) Vince Smith 2- 8-12 Chris Catlin [7]
5 THE ILLIES (John Grant) Brian Hills 2- 9-03 Michael Hills [1]
6 BOOKIESINDEX BOY (Bookmakers Index Ltd) John Jenkins 2- 9-03 Dean Corby [2]
7 TRES HOMBRES (Sampford Triangle) Tom Dascombe 2- 9-03 Ryan Moore [4]
8 NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Richard Tufft & Partners) John Hills 2- 9-03 Eddie Ahern [5]
9 SILVER HOTSPUR (The Early Risers) Peter Chapple-Hyam 2- 9-03 Alan Munro [9]

9 ran Distances: nk, 2 .5, 1, 3 .5, 2 .5, sh, 3/4, 3/4 Time: 1m 2.71s Breeder: Denis Bergin Breeding: b c Redback - Magic Melody (Petong) Tote: Win £1.90; Places: £1.30; £1.60; Exacta: £24.40

Winning Trainer: Name- Hannon, Richard Michael Date of birth: 30/5/45 Date of first licence:1970 First Winner: Ampney Prince, Newbury, April 17, 1970 First Group Winner: Crespinall (Nassau Stakes, 1972, Goodwood) Classic wins: (3) 2000 Guineas (1973 Mon Fils, 1987 Don't Forget Me, 1990 Tirol) Other major wins: Brigadier Gerard Stakes (1995 Alriffa), Cherry Hinton Stakes (1993 Lemon Souffle, 2004 Jewel In The Sand), Diomed Stakes (1994 Bluegrass Prince), European Free Handicap (2000 Cape Town), Falmouth Stakes (1991 Only Yours, 1993 Niche, 1994 Lemon Souffle, 1995 Caramba), Fred Darling Stakes (2006 Nasheej), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1992 Shalford), Hungerford Stakes (2002 Reel Buddy), July Cup (1992 Mr Brooks), Lockinge Stakes (1993 Swing Low), Lowther Stakes (1992 Niche), Wokingham Stakes (1994 Venture Capitalist), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2000 Umistim, 2001 King’s Ironbridge), Molecomb Stakes (1993 Risky), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1993 Lemon Souffle), Nunthorpe Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy), Prix de l’Abbaye (1992 Mr Brooks), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2000 Bold Edge), Queen Mary Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy & 1993 Risky), Rockfel Stakes (2001 Distant Valley), Sussex Stakes (2003 Reel Buddy), Yorkshire Cup (1993 Assessor) Number of horses in training; (1985-2006): 67: 75: 74: 80: 85: 107: 131: 139: 155: 178: 167: 155: 149: 145: 155: 162: 147: 169: 169: 149: 169 Number of wins in a season (1982-2005):38: 49: 28: 37: 56: 33: 43: 55: 73: 126: 154: 182: 112: 115: 109: 94: 108: 123: 135: 110: 121: 122: 113: 145

Winning jockey:-Name: Hughes, Richard David. Date of birth: 11/1/73 Apprenticeship: With father, Dessie Hughes, in Ireland. First winner: Viking Melody (Roscommon maiden, August 2, 1988) Wins in Britain (1994-2005):19, 68, 62, 33, 55, 95, 102, 90, 126, 122, 73, 124 Major wins include: Albany Stakes (2004 Jewel In The Sand), Balmoral Handicap (2003 Deportivo), Blue Square Ormonde Stakes (2005 Day Flight)Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002, Demonstrate), Celebration Mile (2002 Tillerman), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2004 Jewel In The Sand), Coventry Stakes (2003 Three Valleys), Craven Stakes (2000 Umistim, 2001 King’s Ironbridge), Derby Italiano (1996 Bahamian Knight), Duke Of Edinburgh H’cap (2002, Thundering Surf), Duke Of York Stakes (1999 Sampower Star), French Oaks (2003 Nebraska Tornado), French 1,000 Guineas (2002 Zenda), Gran Premio d’Italia (1995 Posidonas), Jersey Stakes (1995 Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince), Jersey Stakes (1995, Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince), Jockey Club Cup (2000 Persian Punch), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), King's Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Lingfield Derby Trial (2001 Perfect Sunday), Middle Park Stakes (2003 Three Valleys), Norfolk Stakes (2002, Baron’s Pit), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Prix D’Ispahan (2001 Observatory), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2003 American Post), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Ribblesdale Stakes (2003 Spanish Sun), Wokingham Stakes (2000 Harmonic Way), Wolferton Rated H’Cap (2002, Ulundi), Yorkshire Cup (1999 Churlish Charm) Other details: Retained jockey to Khalid Abdulla

£25,000 guaranteed (Class 2), 1m 4f, Rowley Mile Course, For 4yo+ Penalties after April 29, a winner 6lb. Penalty values: 1st: £16,193; 2nd: £5,174; 3rd: £2,562; 4th: £1,256
1 TARTOUCHE (Lady Herries and Friends) Lady Herries 5- 9-02 Seb Sanders [10] 7-4fav
2 CAMROSE (Nicholas Cooper) John Dunlop 5- 9-03 Jimmy Fortune [7] 4-1
3 COUNTRY PURSUIT (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Clive Brittain 4- 8-04 Alan Munro [12] 9-2
4 PRETTY STAR (Exterior Profiles Ltd) Alan King 6- 8-07 Richard Hughes [2]
5 IDEALISTIC (Fittocks Stud) Luca Cumani 5- 8-11 Nicky Mackay [5]
6 GIVEN A CHOICE (The G-Guck Group) James Given 4- 8-04 Eddie Ahern [9]
7 MASSIF CENTRALE (Raymond Tooth) David Elsworth 5- 9-00 Darryll Holland [1]
8 WUNDERWOOD (Tony Perkins) Lady Herries 7- 9-04 Ryan Moore [6]

8 ran Non-runners: SUNDAY SYMPHONY (ground); SRI DIAMOND (ground); WAVERTREE BOY (withdrawn - rider injured in paddock)11 ROYAL JET (ground)
Distances: 3 .5, 3, 1 3/4, 5, 29, 4, 6
Time: 2m 37.66s
Breeder: Angmering Park Stud
Breeding: b m Pursuit Of Love - Megan’s Flight (Welsh Pageant)
Tote: Win £2.50; Places: £1.20; £1.60; £1.70 Exacta: £9.80

Winning trainer:- Name: Herries, Lady Anne Elizabeth Date of Birth 12/6/38 Date of first flat licence:1986 Previous Occupation: Held a NH permit Major wins include: French Derby (1995 Celtic Swing), Caulfield Cup (1998 Taufan’s Melody), Coronation Cup (1989 Sheriff's Star), Grand Prix de St Cloud (1989 Sheriff's Star), Aral Pokal (1994 River North), Racing Post Trophy (1994 Celtic Swing), King Edward VII (1988 Sheriff's Star), Great Voltigeur (1988 Sheriff's Star), Sagaro Stakes (1994 Safety in Numbers), Prix Gladiateur (1994 Safety In Numbers)
Horses in training (1988-2006): 22: 26: 30: 22: 22: 22: 41: 73: 81: 71: 72: 57: 32: 25: 31: 26: 25: 27: 32

Winning jockey:-Name: Sanders, Sebastian Date of birth: 25/9/71 First winner: Band On The Run (Pontefract, Whitelane Apprentice Series Stakes, June 12, 1990) Major wins include: Ayr Gold Cup (2005 Presto Shinko), Chester Vase (2005 Hattan), Dahlia Stakes (2004 Beneventa), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2004 Bachelor Duke), July Cup (Compton Place 1997), Mill Reef Stakes (1998 Golden Silca), Oak Tree Stakes (2002 Desert Alchemy), Palace House Stakes (2003 Needwood Blade), Royal Lodge Stakes (1997 Teapot Row), Vodafone Stewards’ Cup (2004 Pivotal Point) Wins (1991-2005): 2, 10, 7, 23, 61*, 97, 105, 82, 90, 80, 83, 123, 101, 165, 142 *champion apprentice


Trainer 1sts 2nds 3rds
Sir Michael Stoute 2 2 1
Marcus Tregoning 1 1 -
Richard Hannon 1 - 2
Con Collins IRE 1 - -
Clive Cox 1 - -
Andre Fabre FR 1 - -
John Gosden 1 - -
Lady Herries 1 - -
Alan King 1 - -
Brian Meehan 1 - -
Aidan O’Brien IRE 1 - -
Kevin Ryan 1 - -
Pam Sly 1 - -
John Dunlop - 4 2
David Nicholls - 1 1
John Akehurst - 1 -
Andrew Balding - 1 -
William Haggas - 1 -
Ed McMahon - 1 -
Sir Mark Prescott - 1 -
Mark Usher - 1 -
Clive Brittain - - 2
Jeremy Noseda - - 2
Mick Channon - - 1
Barry Hills - - 1
Mark Johnston - - 1
John Quinn - - 1


Jockeys 1sts 2nds 3rds
Richard Hughes 2 - -
Martin Dwyer 1 2 -
Mick Kinane 1 2 -
Robert Winston 1 1 1
Seb Sanders 1 1 -
Ryan Moore 1 - 3
Kevin Darley 1 - 1
Jamie Spencer 1 - 1
Neil Callan 1 - -
Kieren Fallon 1 - -
Michael Fenton 1 - -
Niall McCullagh 1 - -
Christophe Soumillon 1 - -
Richard Hills - 3 1
Jimmy Fortune - 2 -
Graham Gibbons - 1 1
Michael Hills - 1 -
Nicky Mackay - 1 -
Frankie Dettori - - 2
Eddie Creighton - - 1
Darryll Holland - - 1
Alan Munro - - 1
Adrian Nicholls - - 1

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