A fabulous Vodafone Ladies Day is in prospect at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 1, following today’s six-day stage which saw 15 go forward for the fillies’ Classic, the Vodafone Oaks (4.05pm), including a supplementary entry in Kayah, and 11 still in the Group One Vodafone Coronation Cup (3.25pm) headed by the 2006 Vodafone Derby winner Sir Percy.
Kayah was supplemented at the cost of £20,000 this morning for the Vodafone Oaks which is run, like the Vodafone Derby (June 2) and Vodafone Coronation Cup, over a mile and a half.
Trained by Ralph Beckett and owned by Jockey Club senior steward Julian Richmond-Watson, the unbeaten three-year daughter of the 1988 Derby winner Kahyasi joins a strong field for the Classic.
Kayah won the Listed totesport.com Oaks Trial at Lingfield Park earlier this month and Seb Sanders will ride her at Epsom Downs on Friday.
Only four fillies were withdrawn at today’s confirmation stage which means all the main hopes are set to line up in the Vodafone Oaks, including the ante-post favourite Passage Of Time and third market choice Light Shift, both trained by Henry Cecil who is seeking his eighth victory in the Epsom Downs Classic.
Second favourite Dalvina, trained by Ed Dunlop, is another acceptance, while Godolphin rely on Measured Tempo and Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien can still pick from a four-strong team consisting of All My Loving, Silkwood, Cherry Hinton and Nell Gwyn.
Andrew Cooper, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Epsom Downs, said today: “Both the Vodafone Oaks and Vodafone Coronation Cup are shaping up very well for what will be a fabulous day’s racing on June 1.
“The ground is currently good, with a going-stick reading of 8.0. We are expecting rain tonight or tomorrow, with more to come on Monday and Tuesday, so we will see what happens. The weather is forecast to improve after that.”
CLASSIC CLASH IN VODAFONE CORONATION CUP
Last year’s Vodafone Derby winner Sir Percy is set to take on 2006 Ladbrokes St Leger victor Sixties Icon in the Vodafone Coronation Cup on Friday, June 1, at Epsom Downs
This tremendous clash between two Classic winners is an exciting prospect.
Others still engaged in the £250,000 Vodafone Coronation Cup are Rising Cross, second in last year’s Vodafone Oaks, French challenger Irish Wells, Godolphin’s Cherry Mix and four from the O’Brien stable, headed by Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats plus Irish Derby winner Dylan Thomas, Scorpion and Septimus.
A select club of nine colts have won the Vodafone Derby and then returned to add the Group One Vodafone Coronation Cup, which is run over the same course and distance at Epsom Downs, each having done so in consecutive years.
The Alec Taylor-trained Lemberg in 1911 was the first Derby winner to return victorious 12 months later as he avenged the previous year’s St Leger defeat at the hands of Swynford by defeating his old foe in a vintage running of the Coronation Cup. The duo locked horns again in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown when Swynford, who George Lambton later said was the best horse he trained, again demonstrated his superiority with a four-length victory.
Steve Donoghue took the Derby aboard Pommern in 1915 and the colt added the Coronation Cup the following year when it was run at Newmarket, while the next to do the double was the Fred Darling-trained Coronach, owned by Lord Woolavington, who had added the St James’ Palace Stakes, Eclipse and St Leger to his 1926 Derby triumph before returning to Epsom Downs in 1927.
Windsor Lad completed the Derby/Coronation Cup double in 1934/35 before a 29-year hiatus ensued.
The Epsom Downs double became fashionable again through the 1960s and early 1970s, with five Derby winners returning to take the Coronation Cup, beginning with the star French colt Relko in 1963 and 1964.
Lady Zia Wernher’s Charlottown in 1966 and 1967 continued the trend while the brilliant Jim Joel-owned Royal Palace emulated the feat in 1967 and 1968 for trainer Noel Murless.
The great Mill Reef followed his 1971 Derby victory with wins in the Eclipse Stakes, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The Ian Balding-trained champion returned to Epsom as a four-year-old, having taken that season’s Prix Ganay, and duly won the Coronation Cup, although he had to work hard to beat Homeric by a neck.
Roberto was the most recent Derby winner to add the Coronation Cup to his tally of successes. The somewhat enigmatic but hugely-talented colt had caused the shock of the decade when defeating the great Brigadier Gerard at York after his 1972 Derby win and returned to Epsom Downs in 1973 for a five-length victory over Attica Meli in the Coronation Cup. It was certainly an easier success than his short-head triumph from Rheingold 12 months earlier in the Derby.
The only Derby winner since Roberto to attempt the double was the Roger Charlton-trained Quest For Fame who took the premier Classic in 1990. Khalid Abdulla’s colt was making his seasonal bow in the 1991 Coronation Cup but could finish only fourth to the crack filly In The Groove. He added to his Derby success with victory in the Grade One Hollywood Turf Handicap in 1992.
THE 2007 VODAFONE OAKS
Class 1, Group 1, £375,000 Total Prize Fund. 4.05pm, Epsom Downs, Friday, June 1, 2007. For three-year-old fillies only. One mile, four furlongs. Weights: 9st each. Entries closed March 7, entries revealed March 21 (73 entries). Forfeit stage May 18 (18 remain), £20,000 supplementary entry stage and six-day confirmation stage May 26 (15 including one supplementary entry - Kayah), final declaration stage 10.00am, May 30. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and include the racing up to and including Friday, May 25. All-weather form in brackets.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
12 ALL MY LOVING (IRE) Roisin Henry & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
32 CHERRY HINTON Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
(1)-1 DALVINA St Albans Bloodstock LLP Ed Dunlop
5-1 DANCE OF LIGHT (USA) Gary & Lesley Middlebrook Sir Michael Stoute
52312-(0)00 DARRFONAH (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
310-21 FOUR SINS (GER) HH Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
1-1 KAYAH Julian Richmond-Watson Ralph Beckett
231-11 LIGHT SHIFT (USA) Niarchos Family Henry Cecil
1-1 MEASURED TEMPO Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
0100-02 NELL GWYN (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
5111-1 PASSAGE OF TIME Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
3321 PEEPING FAWN (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
(1)(2)1 SILKWOOD Sheikh Mohammed Michael Jarvis
213011-3 SIMPLY PERFECT Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Jeremy Noseda
42-3 SUES SURPRISE (IRE) John Grant & A L R Morton Barry Hills
15 entries remain at six-day stage including one supplementary entry Kayah
Horses taken out today
FOLK OPERA (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
RANSOM CAPTIVE (USA) Eastwind Racing Ltd and Martha Trussell Mikael Magnusson
SATULAGI (USA) Fitri Hay Stan Moore
SWEET LILLY Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
THE VODAFONE CORONATION CUP
Class 1, Group 1, £250,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.25pm, Epsom Downs, Friday, June 1, 2007. For four-year-olds and upwards, 1m 4f 10yds. Weights: colts & geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed April 4, entries announced April 17 (33 entries), forfeit stage May 15 (20 remain), £20,000 supplementary entry stage and six-day confirmation stage May 26 (11 remain), final declaration stage, 10.00am, May 30. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Friday, May 25, 2007. May not include some overseas form. All-weather form in brackets.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
661631-4 CHERRY MIX (FR) 6-9-00 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
13141(4)-11 DYLAN THOMAS (IRE) 4-9-00 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
(0)433(0)14 HATTAN (IRE) 5-9-00 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
36115-32 IRISH WELLS (FR) 4-9-00 B Van Dalfsen Francois Rohaut FR
115265-11 MARAAHEL (IRE) 6-9-00 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
110/250-2 SCORPION (IRE) 5-9-00 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
113/010-1 SEPTIMUS (IRE) 4-9-00 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
11/210-4 SIR PERCY 4-9-00 Anthony Pakenham Marcus Tregoning
103116-1 SIXTIES ICON 4-9-00 Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
46/1120-1 YEATS (IRE) 6-9-00 Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle Aidan O'Brien IRE
030155-0 RISING CROSS 4-8-11 Gary Tanaka John Best
11 entries confirmed at the six-day stage
Horses taken out today
ANNA PAVLOVA 4 Galaxy Racing Richard Fahey
BALKAN KNIGHT 7 Raymond Tooth David Elsworth
CONFIDENTIAL LADY 4 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Mark Prescott
GOWER SONG 4 Usk Valley Stud David Elsworth
LINAS SELECTION 4 Renata Jacobs Mark Johnston
PAPAL BULL 4 Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith & Michael Tabor Sir Michael Stoute
SERGEANT CECIL 8 Terry Cooper Rod Millman
TAM LIN 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
YOUMZAIN (IRE) 4 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
PASSAGE OF TIME (GB) FACTFILE
b f Dansili - Clepsydra (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
Form: 5111-1 Owner: Khalid Abdulla
Trainer: Henry Cecil Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd Jockey: Richard Hughes
Passage Of Time
Bred by her owner’s Juddmonte Farms, Passage Of Time has looked a filly of the highest order, having won four of her five starts to date. Despite only running fifth on her debut over seven furlongs at Yarmouth in July, 2006, a slightly disappointing effort considering she was a well-backed favourite, Passage Of Time proved that she was far better than that first effort would have suggested when getting off the mark in a seven-furlong Newmarket fillies’ maiden on soft ground the following month, showing a pleasing attitude to hold off Fretwork by a head. Returning to Newmarket in October for the Listed Montrose Fillies’ Stakes over the Rowley Mile, Passage Of Time easily handled the rise in class and confirmed her liking for a soft surface when storming to a five-length success over Sues Surprise. Pitted against the colts in the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud over 10 furlongs on her final outing of 2006 on November 12, Passage Of Time displayed a fine turn of foot to secure a three-quarter length victory over the highly-regarded Soldier Of Fortune, who was subsequently successful in Group Two company at Longchamp and the Chester Vase this season. Passage Of Time made her seasonal reappearance in the Group Three Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on May 16, when she came home a neck in front of Sweet Lilly. Connections revealed beforehand that she does have an abscess in her throat although this does not appear to affect her performance and any treatment she receives is set to be delayed until after the Vodafone Oaks.
Race Record: Starts: 5; 1st: 4; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0: Win & Place Prize Money: £150,462
Prince Khalid Abdulla, who prefers to be known as Mr Abdulla on the racecard, is a first cousin to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He owns extensive racing and breeding interests in America, Britain and Ireland under the Juddmonte Farms banner. A businessman presiding over a huge international combine known as “Mawared”, he developed a love for British racing during the 1960s when renting a house in London and, with the help of former trainer Humphrey Cottrill, had his first winner on May 14, 1979, when Charming Native scored at Windsor. Born in Taif, Saudi Arabia, in 1937, Abdulla has been one of the most successful owner-breeders in Europe in the past 25 years and is the only current owner to have owned and bred the winners of all five British classics - his winners being Vodafone Derby (1990 Quest For Fame, 1993 Commander In Chief), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse), Stan James 2000 Guineas (1980 Known Fact, 1986 Dancing Brave, 1993 Zafonic), Stan James 1000 Guineas (1999 Wince) and St Leger (1991 Toulon). He has won most of the other major European races such as the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Rainbow Quest (1985), Dancing Brave (1986) and Rail Link (2006), and also races with great success in the United States, where under the Juddmonte Farms banner he won a first classic in 2003 with Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes. Star sprinter Oasis Dream flew the Abdulla flag in Europe in 2003, winning the July Cup at Newmarket and the Nunthorpe Stakes at York, while American Post was triumphant in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) at Longchamp and collected the French 2000 Guineas the following year. The champion owner in both Britain and France in 2003, Abdulla also managed third in the USA owners’ championship. Abdulla is an honorary Jockey Club member and his daughter was married to the late Prince Fahd Salman, who won the 1991 Derby with Generous. Last season Abdulla had his first ever runners trained in Ireland with Dermot Weld. He landed his third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Rail Link, and also took the Criterium de Saint Cloud with Passage Of Time and the Man O’War Stakes in the US with Cacique. He has retained jockey Richard Hughes since 2001. Up to the end of 2006, Juddmonte bred 68 individual Group/Grade One winners of 121 races.
Vodafone Oaks Wins: 1997 REAMS OF VERSE
Born in Aberdeen on January 11, 1943, Henry Cecil has achieved just about everything he could have dreamed of in a training career spanning almost 40 years. If Classic success is a measure of achievement on the Flat, the 10-time champion trainer is second to none among current trainers having won every domestic classic at least twice and amassed a total of 23 in all. The Lord Howard de Walden-owned Slip Anchor, partnered by Steve Cauthen, brought Cecil the first of his four Vodafone Derby triumphs in 1985 with an emphatic victory. Reference Point, also ridden by Cauthen, won the 1987 Derby holding off the challenge of Most Welcome while Commander In Chief, Cecil’s supposedly second string behind Tenby in the 1993 Vodafone Derby, and Oath in 1999 - partnered by Cecil’s then stable jockey Kieren Fallon - provided his third and fourth successes. Cecil has also landed the Vodafone Oaks seven times, the 2000 Guineas twice, the 1000 Guineas six times and the St Leger on four occasions. Having sent out 100 winners during the 1998 season, Cecil’s yearly tally dropped every year until 2006, when his 25 victories included Passage Of Times’ Group One success in the Criterium de Saint Cloud - the stable’s first Group One success since Beat Hollow in the 2000 Grand Prix de Paris. His passion for the turf was nurtured by his stepfather, Sir Cecil Boyd-Rochfort, with whom a young Cecil served as assistant trainer between 1964 and 1968, before taking out his own licence to train in 1969. It was not long before he staked his claim among the ranks of the leading trainers with a victory by Wolver Hollow in the Eclipse Stakes of that year. On the retirement of Sir Noel Murless, father of his first wife Julie, in 1976, Cecil took over Warren Place Stables in Newmarket where he has remained. He has a string of 78 horses in training for 2007.
Vodafone Oaks Wins: 1985 OH SO SHARP, 1988 DIMINUENDO, 1989 SNOW BRIDE, 1996 LADY CARLA, 1997 REAMS OF VERSE, 1999 RAMRUMA, 2000 LOVE DIVINE
Richard Hughes was born in Ireland on January 11, 1973, and served his apprenticeship with his father Dessie, a former top-class National Hunt rider who now trains in Co Kildare and has won the 2004 & 2005 Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham with Hardy Eustace. He had his first ride at Naas on March 19, 1988, when finishing 10th of 15 and enjoyed his first success on Viking Melody at Roscommon that August. He came over to Britain in 1994. He was appointed Prince Khalid Abdulla’s retained jockey in 2001 and also rides for Richard Hannon, to whose daughter Lizzie he is married. The 5ft 9in Hughes has, like his father, also ridden winners over jumps but now concentrates on the Flat. His biggest successes include the 2004 French 2,000 Guineas on American Post, the 2003 French Oaks on Nebraska Tornado, the 1996 Italian Derby on Bahamian Knight, the 1996 Group 1 Premio Vittorio di Capua on Mistle Cat, the 2001 Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan on Observatory, the 2002 Group 1 French 1,000 Guineas on Zenda and the 2006 Criterium de Saint-Cloud on Passage Of Time. Hughes had a long-awaited first British Group 1 success when Oasis Dream landed the 2003 Darley July Cup and he went on to land the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes on the same horse. His agent is journalist Geoff Lester.
No previous Vodafone Oaks wins
MEASURED TEMPO (GB) FACTFILE
b f Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Allez Les Trois (USA) (Riverman (USA))
Form: 1-1 Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Breeder: Darley
Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Bred by Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley operation, Measured Tempo boasts a superb pedigree, being a half-sister to Prix du Jockey Club winner Anabaa Blue. The filly is by the great Sadler’s Wells - sire of five Vodafone Oaks winners including Godolphin’s Moonshell in 1995 - out of French Group Three winner Allez Les Trois, who is herself a half-sister to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea and 2000 Guineas hero King’s Best. Measured Tempo made the short journey to Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course from Godolphin Stables for her racecourse debut in a soft ground seven-furlong maiden on October 28, 2006. The filly, with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, swept to the lead approaching the final furlong and drew clear of her 19 rivals to record a three-length verdict over the smart Siamese Cat. On April 14, Measured Tempo came through a trial at Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, in satisfactory fashion. On her return to Britain, she warmed up for the Vodafone Oaks with a comfortable success in the Listed Swettenham Stud Fillies’ Trial at Newbury on May 18.
Godolphin is the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed, other members of the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai and friends, and its aim is to prepare horses in Dubai during the winter. This approach highlights the benefits of Dubai’s winter climate and gives Godolphin’s horses the edge when challenging for major races worldwide. The experiment began on a small scale in the winter of 1992, with horses enjoying the advantages of the Arabian sunshine before arriving in Britain for the 1993 season. The Godolphin operation was properly established in 1994, with Hilal Ibrahim as trainer, when Balanchine won the Vodafone Oaks and Irish Derby. The following year, Saeed bin Suroor was appointed as the official trainer. When flown over from Dubai, the main base, in late April, the horses are stabled at Godolphin Stables and Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket. In 1999 and 2000, Godolphin’s two-year-olds were housed at the former Evry racecourse in France under the care of David Loder, who in 2001 relocated to Godolphin Stables in Newmarket, although 2003 was his last year as Godolphin’s juvenile handler and he has subsequently retired from training. All the Godolphin horses now come under Saeed bin Suroor’s control. Godolphin’s famous blue colours have been carried to victory in every British Classic bar the Vodafone Derby, although Saeed bin Suroor did train Lammtarra to win the premier Classic for Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum in 1995 and Godolphin claims this success. The British Godolphin Classic successes so far have been the Stan James 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Stan James 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia) and St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq and 2004 Rule Of Law). Daylami led an historic 1-2-3 in the 1998 Coral-Eclipse, the first time that the same owner and trainer had the first three in a British Group One, and the Godolphin ambitions, other than landing the Vodafone Derby, include taking the American Triple Crown series, winning the Japan Cup and the Melbourne Cup. Godolphin’s tally of 132 Group/Grade One wins includes the Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi), French 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Shamardal), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ (2001 Tempera), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Irish St Leger (1998, 1999 Kayf Tara), Arlington Million (2003 Sulamani - the 100th G1 winner) and three Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee and 2002 Marienbard). Godolphin was leading British owner in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2006.
Saeed bin Suroor
Godolphin’s trainer, former police officer Saeed bin Suroor, was born in Dubai on October 10, 1967. He has been champion British trainer four times - in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004. Coupled with his phenomenal achievements with Godolphin, bin Suroor trained the unbeaten Lammtarra for Sheikh Mohammed’s nephew, Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum, to win the 1995 Vodafone Derby, Ascot’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l ‘Arc de Triomphe. That the horse raced only four times in his career and yet was trained by bin Suroor to succeed in those three pre-eminent Group One events is an achievement which cannot be overstated. Bin Suroor is aided by racing manager Simon Crisford and an excellent team of staff. Cape Verdi’s 1000 Guineas win completed the full set of British Classics for bin Suroor in 1998. His domestic classic winners are Stan James 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Stan James 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra), Vodafone Oaks (1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia) and St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq and 2004 Rule Of Law). Godolphin has enjoyed numerous other big-race wins worldwide and 2003 saw Godolphin achieve 100 Grade/Group One races with Sulamani’s victory in the Arlington Million. That figure has subsequently risen to 132 Group/Grade One victories. A quiet 2006 yielded no Group One victories in Britain and a total of five in Europe, although Discreet Cat and Ashkal Way scored at the highest level in the US to complement Electrocutionist’s Dubai World Cup win.
VODAFONE OAKS WINS: 1995 MOONSHELL; 2002 KAZZIA
Born in Milan on December 15, 1970, the son of Gianfranco, a multiple champion jockey in Italy, Frankie Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani’s Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985. His first success came on Rif at Turin, Italy, on November 16, 1986, and he rode his first British winner on Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. He was champion British apprentice in 1989 and passed 100 winners for the first time in 1990 when recording 141 successes. He has since captured the hearts of racegoers with his flamboyant style, phenomenal riding successes, and charisma in and out of the saddle. Champion jockey in 1994, 1995 and 2004, Dettori created history when riding all seven winners on the first-day card at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996. His ground-breaking exertions brought recognition beyond racing’s own sphere when he was voted into third place in the 1996 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards and was a team captain on ‘A Question Of Sport’. While victory in the Vodafone Derby still eludes Dettori, Cape Verdi’s win in the 1998 1000 Guineas means that he has tasted success in all four other domestic Classics at least once (with 11 in total), as well as a host of high-profile international successes, including the 1995 and 2002 Arcs on Lammtarra and Marienbard respectively, the Japan Cup on Singspiel in 1996, Falbrav in 2002 and Alkaased in 2005, the Dubai World Cup on Dubai Millennium (2000), Moon Ballad (2003) and Electrocutionist (2006) and the Breeders’ Cup Turf on Daylami in 1999, Fantastic Light in 2001 and Red Rocks in 2006. Dettori, who is retained by the Godolphin team, survived an horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed. He is married to Catherine with five children, and his autobiography came out in 2004.
VODAFONE OAKS WINS: 1994 BALANCHINE; 1995 MOONSHELL; 2002 KAZZIA
SIR PERCY (GB) FACTFILE
4 b c Mark Of Esteem (IRE) - Percy’s Lass (Blakeney)
Form: 1111/210-4 Owner: Anthony Pakenham
Trainer: Marcus Tregoning Breeder: The Old Suffolk Stud
Jockey: Martin Dwyer
Sir Percy scored a breathtaking last-gasp victory in the 2006 Vodafone Derby as he swept late up the inside rail under Martin Dwyer to deny the maiden Dragon Dancer by a short-head. The colt had previously finished runner-up to the brilliant George Washington in the 2,000 Guineas, a length and a half clear of the third-placed runner Olympian Odyssey. That Newmarket reversal ended his unbeaten record which had seen him win four races as a juvenile, including the Group One Dewhurst Stakes, to be crowned the top-rated juvenile in Britain in 2005. Sir Percy overcame training troubles to win the Vodafone Derby and he encountered more frustrating setbacks following his Epsom success. Trainer Marcus Tregoning’s charge was not seen again on the track until Newmarket on October 14 when he failed to fire in finishing seventh to Pride in the Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs. He was rested ahead of a trip to Dubai and a tilt at the Sheema Classic over 12 furlongs at Nad Al Sheba on March 31. Sir Percy showed that he retained his ability and enthusiasm with a courageous fourth-place finish behind Vengeance Of Rain. The Derby winner was squeezed for room shortly after the start and was struck into but ran on gamely despite his adversity. Sir Percy is by 2,000 Guineas and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Mark Of Esteem, out of the classy but temperamental Percy’s Lass. He is attempting to become the first Derby winner since Roberto to win the Vodafone Coronation Cup.
A retired solicitor, Anthony Pakenham was born on August 23, 1952. He and his wife Victoria live near Newmarket and spend their winters in France. Both were brought up with very strong racing influences from their parents. Trainer Dick Hern’s wife Sheilah was a cousin of Mrs Pakenham’s mother. Victoria Pakenham credits the Herns for providing many of her earliest racing memories. Mrs Pakenham, who works part-time in alternative investment management, has been involved in racehorse ownership since the late 1980s. The best horse she was previously associated with was the useful handicapper, Pelorus - her first involvement. She became great friends with the late racing journalist George Ennor, who was also in the Pelorus syndicate and helped to further Mrs Pakenham’s knowledge of racing. Pelorus was indirectly responsible for the Pakenhams identifying Sir Percy as a potential purchase, via a formline with Braiswick, a half sister to his dam Percy's Lass. After failing to secure Sir Percy as a foal (he was sold to Will Edmeades for 20,000 guineas), Marcus Tregoning, helped by agent Angie Sykes, purchased him for 16,000 guineas as a yearling. Mr Pakenham’s first horse in his own name was The Dark Lord, trained by Lucy Wadham and a useful hurdler/chaser. Sir Percy is only his second horse. The couple decided to start registering horses in Anthony rather than Victoria’s name as they hoped it might bring a change of luck! Anthony Pakenham had only previously been involved with the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group. Sir Percy was considered a long-term jump prospect before making a mockery of his sales price with a sequence of four wins from four juvenile starts, culminating with Group One success in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes. Pakenham, who named the colt after Sir Percy Blakeney, otherwise known as the Scarlet Pimpernel, considers Sir Percy to be the horse of a lifetime and turned down several lucrative offers after the Group One victory at Newmarket. The colt rewarded his sporting owners with the victory of a lifetime in the 2006 Vodafone Derby. Sir Percy is the second horse they have bought who was bred by the Old Suffolk Stud, the first being a Wolfhound colt called Pagan Wolf who failed to win in 2002 and 2003 when in training with William Jarvis. Pagan Wolf is now Anthony Pakenham’s hack. The handicapper Oscar Snowman has won for the Pakenhams in 2007.
No previous Vodafone Coronation Cup wins
Born in Cornwall on July 31, 1959, Marcus Tregoning has been involved in the racing industry for most of his life. He had a grounding in the bloodstock world that included spells at Jocelyn Hambro’s Waverton Stud, the National Stud, Danny Van Clief’s Virginia Stud and the farm of vet and trainer Jim Wallace in New Zealand. He spent 14 years as assistant to the late Dick Hern, initially at the historic West Ilsley stables, and then at Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s purpose-built Kingwood House Stables near Lambourn. Tregoning was a useful amateur rider, winning several point-to-points, often on Bespoke, who became one of the yard hacks. Hern’s retirement from training saw Tregoning take over the licence at Kingwood House in 1997. His biggest victory came when Sir Percy won the 2006 Vodafone Derby. The colt had previously been crowned the top-rated British juvenile in 2005 after a four-race unbeaten campaign that culminated in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes. Other major flagbearers to date include Nayef, who won the 2001 Group 1 Dubai Champion Stakes, the 2002 Dubai Sheema Classic, and the 2002 Juddmonte International at York, and stable stalwart Mubtaker, runner-up in the 2003 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and a three-time winner of the Group Two Geoffrey Freer Stakes. Other notable horses he has trained include triple Group Three winner Ekraar, the 2000 Group Two Rockfel Stakes heroine Sayedah, the Group Two King’s Stand Stakes heroine Dominica, and 2003 Royal Lodge Stakes winner Snow Ridge. Tregoning, who had his best-ever year in 2003 with 56 successes and had 29 last year, has 100 horses listed in training in 2007, principally for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, although other owners include Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, Gainsborough Stud and Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd as well as the Pakenhams.
No previous Vodafone Coronation Cup wins
Liverpool-born Dwyer, who was born on June 28, 1975, enjoyed the biggest day of his racing life when he produced Sir Percy with a breathtaking run to win the 2006 Vodafone Derby. He has ridden the colt in each of his eight racecourse starts, winning five. At the beginning of the 2006 season he took over as second jockey to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose first jockey is Richard Hills. He still rides regularly for Andrew Balding, to whose father Ian he was apprenticed, and enjoyed another of his greatest days in the saddle when winning the 2003 Vodafone Oaks aboard the Balding-trained Casual Look. His fine Epsom record also includes the 2004 Group Three Diomed Stakes aboard Passing Glance. His other major successes include the Grade One Canadian International, Dubai Sheema Classic and Hong Kong Vase on Phoenix Reach, and he was the great Persian Punch’s final regular partner, winning the Jockey Club Cup (2002 and 2003) and the Goodwood Cup (2003). He partnered Tregoning’s High Accolade to success in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2003 and the same colt to back-to-back wins in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2003 and 2004). Other big-race wins include the 2006 John Porter Stakes at Newbury aboard the Tregoning-trained Mubtaker and the 2003 Royal Lodge Stakes on the same trainer’s Snow Ridge. His best year numerically was 2002 when he rode 106 winners and he ended 2006 with a tally of 90.
No previous Vodafone Coronation Cup wins
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NEWMARKET, SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2007
5pm HOME OF HORSE RACING HANDICAP (0-85), 1m 6f
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BP= the best price at the time of writing
GOING: GOOD TO FIRM
1) (4) 76-12 Right To Play John Gosden 4-9-07 Jimmy Fortune
Boasts a prestigious pedigree and cost $950,000, although his sole win in four starts came in a modest 12-furlong maiden at Leicester last month. Beaten on handicap debut when the head runner-up on the all-weather at Wolverhampton early this month. Went up 4lb but has some potential still despite a tendency to hang/idle in front. But no value. BP= 7/4
2) (3) 6130-4 Peppertree James Fanshawe 4-9-06 Oscar Urbina
Windsor maiden winner last season over 12 furlongs and respectable effort on return when fourth in a fair contest at Salisbury over this trip. Had limitations exposed when well beaten in Listed contest at Ascot in the autumn. Open to further improvement. BP= 4/1
3) (2) 051-17 Power Of Future Henry Cecil 4-9-06 Ted Durcan
Twice a winner over this trip, including on penultimate start at Yarmouth. Found it too tough in competitive contest at York on latest start on softish ground. This looks easier, especially as the ground today will be more in her favour but she is still racing off highest ever mark. Trainer and jockey in top form and she looks excellent value in a modest contest. BP= 11/2
4) (5) 6290-9 Corum Karen Waldron 4-9-05p Richard Quinn
Bits of form in novice hurdles during the last jump season and ran respectably when ninth (100/1) in the Chester Cup last time. Still on quite a high mark and does not offer much immediate appeal. BP= 25/1
5) (6)/403-4 Annambo Dave Morris 7-8-10 Richard Mullen
Relatively lightly-raced for a seven-year-old and last win came almost two years ago. Decent effort when fourth behind Power Of Future at Yarmouth and has a 6lb pull at the weights. Course winner who must be given a chance but may need further. BP= 10/1
6) (8) 8667-6 Free To Air Andrew Balding 4-8-09p Steve Drowne
Disappointing when favourite last time out in very moderate handicap on the all-weather at Kempton in March and on overall balance of form does not offer much appeal as he has yet to prove himself over this distance. BP= 10/1
7) (7) 03314- Indonesia Tim Walford 5-8-09 Jim Crowley
Likes this ground and wouldn’t be out of it on the pick of his form last year. Has nine-month absence to overcome but has run well on seasonal debut before and trainer in fair form. BP= 12/1
8) (1) 32150- Mabel Stuart Williams 4-8-06 Kerrin McEvoy
Lightly-raced in Ireland last year, when her five runs included a maiden win over 12 furlongs at Limerick. Not seen out since finishing last in Roscommon handicap in Augost last year. Has a chance at her best and jockey booking takes the eye for canny trainer. BP= 12/1
9) (9) 141330 Mahmjra Conrad Allen 5-8-02 Nicky Mackay
Well beaten at Newmarket last week over a mile and a quarter and has never really impressed when tried at longer distances. Easily passed over. BP= 33/1
SUMMARY Power Of Future comes from a team in cracking form and is excellent each-way value.
19 of the last 20 winners competed between one and four times previously that term.
18 of the last 20 winners finished in the first three earlier that season
18 of the last 20 winners finished in the first four on their last start before Haydock
19 of the last 20 winners had already won a race
18 of the last 20 winners were priced at 12/1 or less
all of the 19 horses to have already won had scored over at least seven furlongs
16 of the last 20 winners carried 9st or less to success
This weekend Codebreaker analyses the 51st running of the totesport.com Silver Bowl at Haydock, the most valuable three-year-old handicap over a mile in the British calendar, with prize money this year of £100,000.
The only winner in the past 20 renewals not to have run between one and four times previously that term was Home Affairs, successful in 2005.
Tudor Prince, making his seasonal debut, is therefore the first horse to be eliminated.
18 of the last 20 winners finished in the first three at least once earlier that season - the exceptions being 1994 scorer Dance Turn, whose best previous finish that term was a fourth at Ripon, and Home Affairs two years ago, who was making his seasonal debut.
Wait Watcher, Smart Instinct, Tybalt, Valdan, Prince Golan and Billy Dane have all failed to secure a top three placing this term and are considered unlikely winners tomorrow.
Indeed, the necessity of good recent form is further demonstrated by the fact that 18 of the last 20 winners finished in the first four on their last start before Haydock. That enables us to remove Tobosa, Majuro and Voodoo Moon.
Turning to the issue of weight, 16 of the last 20 winners carried less than 9st, although that does not help us now as all the remaining contenders are set to carry less than that in any case.
Winter Romance in 1996 was the only maiden to score in the last two runnings so we can remove Ponty Rossa from calculations. If we examine that trend further, it can also be seen that all of the 19 horses that had won before winning this race had scored over at least seven furlongs Thunder Storm Cat has only won over six furlongs and is also ruled out.
Turning to the likely SP of the winner at Haydock, it is not likely to be a shock as 18 of the last 20 winners were priced at 12/1 or less. Little White Lie is currently trading at 16/1 with the sponsors and joins the list of discarded runners.
An interesting statistic is that six of the past 10 winners - Home Affairs (2005), Jazz Messenger (2003), Common World (2002), Ecclesiastical (2001), Date (1999) and Alezal (1997) - had all run just three times in their career prior to the totesport.comm Silver Bowl.
Aqmaar, Kay Gee Be and Annemasse, have all had at least four runs, while REGAL PARADE has won all of his three races to date.
Confidence is boosted by the fact that his trainer, Mark Johnston , won this race in 2000 with Atlantic Rhapsody.