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Saturday, May 2, 2009

THE stanjames.com GUINEAS FESTIVAL 2009

Race 3 - The stanjames.com 2000 Guineas - Winning Quotes


Sea The Stars lit up the Rowley Mile to land the 2009 stanjames.com 2000 Guineas in spectacular style.

Always travelling supremely well on the stands’ side, the Cape Cross colt ran on strongly to record a length and a half victory over 3/1 favourite Delegator.

The winner, an 8/1 chance, is the latest foal out of the outstanding broodmare Urban Sea who herself won the 1993 Arc de Triomphe. Among Urban Sea’s earlier progeny are the 2001 Derby winner Galileo.

This was a first stanjames.com 2000 Guineas success for Irish trainer John Oxx and was only his second runner in the Classic. For the jockey Michael Kinane this was a fourth success following Tirol (1990), Entrepreneur (1997) and King Of Kings (1998).

John Oxx said: “That was great. He travelled well throughout the race, as did Delegator on the other side of the track. He was travelling well from a long way out and just showed his inexperience going into the dip. The rising ground then really helped him. When he picked up, I knew he would be hard to beat as I knew he would run right to the end.

“We have always liked him. This year we also had Arazan as a possible Guineas horse and we fancied both but the ground came against Arazan.

“The ground came in this horse’s favour and I thought we had a good each-way chance today. He is a similar horse to Azamour in many ways (who finished third in this race in 2004).

“The Derby will now be his next race. It was a bit of a rush to get him here today as he had a viral infection and didn’t work well on soft ground last week. Now we have five weeks to freshen him up before Epsom.

“With Guineas winners there is always a debate as to whether they will stay in the Derby and looking at his pedigree, you could look at it either way. I think he has a fair chance of getting the trip and time will tell. He is a very good horse and has speed, which you need at Epsom.

“It means everything to have horses as good as this. I am delighted for his owners, they were unable to be here today but I know this will mean a lot to them.

“This horse has got everything and has a real presence in the yard. Horses like this get you out of bed in the morning. “

Oxx is always a picture of calm but confessed: “I am like a like a duck floating on a lake - a picture of calm on the top but under the water the legs are moving frantically!”

John Clark, racing manager to owners the Tsui family added: “Ling Tsui owned Urban Sea, who sadly died earlier this year. For the last eight years of her life Urban Sea boarded at the Irish National Stud.

“The family were unable to come today as Ling is in Vancouver, Christopher is in Malaysia and David is in Hong Kong. However, this will mean a lot to them and they will be coming to Epsom.”

Race 3
The stanjames.com 2000 Guineas


49-year-old Mick Kinane, riding his fourth winner of the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas, was a happy man. He said: “Sea The Stars did not jump well as he was looking up at the starter - he was sort of half asleep.

“Then he was straight into his stride, quickly and beautifully. He travelled very well and was always going like the winner. I had a bit in reserve when Delegator came to challenge.

“All his life he has done everything easily. He is only going to get better after a race like that and with further racing. He will get quicker, more wise and hardened. He can only improve.

“I have had a good belief in this horse from when I sat on him first in May last year. He was a big gangly colt then and from that day I have been looking forward to the day that he matures - it has kept me really alive.

“He has done it well today - he coasted through the race and I was always going to win. We had a few hiccups prior with a temperature and whatever and we had to chase him a bit to get him here - we were just worried that it might have left its mark.

“He worked indifferently in midweek on heavy ground and we were worried until we worked him on a better surface on Thursday morning and he felt great and I said he had to be here.

“He is going to be a ride over a longer trip. He is a lovely balanced horse - I don’t know if he is going to stay but he has all the qualities that a top horse has to have.

“He has a great nature and Epsom won’t faze him as an occasion and he is going to be a great ride there.

“I want to win the Derby on him now. He has won this Classic which in turn is a Classic trial for the Derby. There is a shade of doubt about a son of Cape Cross getting a mile and a half but everything out of Urban Sea has had stamina - Galileo was one of them and Black Sam Bellamy another. She has been a hell of a mare and probably a bit more influential that the sire.

“I was surprised last year when John legged me up on Sea The Stars and told me he was a half-brother to Galileo - I said he should be a Ballydoyle!

“I have been excited about him since that day. The older you get, everyone is waiting for you to fall over and I am not ready to do that yet. I am really looking forward to this year. John is a lovely man to work for and it suits me well. We work off the same hymn sheet.”


3 b c Cape Cross (IRE) - Urban Sea (USA) (Miswaki (USA))
3-9-00 Form: 411-1 Owner: Christopher Tsui
Trainer: John Oxx IRE Jockey: Michael Kinane Breeder: Sunderlands Holdings Ltd
Sea The Stars
A half-brother to the outstanding dual Derby winner and champion sire Galileo, Sea The Stars was bred by the Tsui Family's Sunderland Holdings Ltd and is owned by Christopher Tsui. Sea The Stars' dam Urban Sea won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1993 in the colours of Christopher's father David and she subsequently became one of the most successful broodmares of the modern era with eight Black Type winners to her name. She died in 2009. Sea The Stars ran fourth on debut in a seven-furlong maiden at the Curragh in July before winning next time out in softer conditions at Leopardstown the following month. His final juvenile start came in the Group Two Beresford Stakes back at the Curragh at the end of September in which he beat stable-mate Mourayan. He won the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas in great style today.

Race Record: Starts: 4; 1st: 3; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Money: £311,612

Christopher Tsui
Christopher Tsui is the son of owner/breeder David Tsui, who raced Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea, the dam of Sea The Stars. The Hong-Kong based Tsui family's racing stock is bred under the name Sunderland Holdings Ltd. Formerly predominantly involved in French racing, since 2002, the family's horses have been campaigned in Ireland, running in the colours of David Tsui's children Christopher and Christine. Often breeding in partnership with Coolmore Stud, the Tsui family, via Urban Sea, have been responsible for breeding Galileo, Black Sam Bellamy, My Typhoon, Melikah, All Too Beautiful, Urban Ocean and Cherry Hinton.

stanjames.com 2000 Guineas record: 2009-1 SEA THE STARS

John Oxx IRE
Born July 14, 1950, John Oxx has built up an outstanding training record since saddling his first winner - Orchestra - at Phoenix Park on March 31, 1979. In 1978 he had taken over the licence upon the retirement of his eight-time Classic-winning father - also John - and is now the principal Irish trainer to the Aga Khan and Sheikh Mohammed while other major owners include Lady O’Reilly and Lady Clague. Oxx has a particularly good record with fillies, headed by the great Ridgewood Pearl, whose victories in 1995 included the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, Prix du Moulin and culminated in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Belmont Park. He has also enjoyed Classic success in the Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla and 1998 Winona) and Irish St Leger (1987 Eurobird, 1989 Petite Ile and 2006 Kastoria). However, Oxx enjoyed his greatest successes with Sinndar, who in 2000 became the first horse to win the Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same season. He has also trained seven winners at Royal Ascot and won the Irish Derby again in in 2003 with Alamshar, who went on to land the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He also won the King George in 2005 with Azamour in 2005, who also won the St James’s Palace Stakes and Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. His best horses over the past couple of season has been the 2006 Irish St Leger heroine Arch Swing. Oxx is also involved in racing politics as a former chairman of both the Irish National Stud and Association of Irish Racehorse Trainers and is a member of the Irish Horseracing Authority committee. stanjames.com 2000 Guineas record: 2004-3 Azamour; 2009-1 SEA THE STARS.

Michael Kinane
Born in Co Tipperary on June 22, 1959, Michael Kinane rode his first winner on March 19, 1975, at Leopardstown on Muscari and served his apprenticeship with Liam Browne. He was champion Irish apprentice in 1978 and has been Irish champion jockey 13 times, most recently in 2003 with 104 successes. He was first jockey to Dermot Weld from 1984 until 1998 and was retained by Aidan O'Brien from 1999 until the end of 2003, when he joined John Oxx's stable. Kinane, who used to regularly spend his winters riding in Hong Kong, boasts success in many of top races around the world in a glittering career. He has won all the British Classics bar the 1000 Guineas and his wins include the Derby twice, on Commander In Chief in 1993 and the O'Brien-trained Galileo in 2001, the Oaks in 1998 on Shahtoush and in 2001 on Imagine and the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas with Tirol (1990), Entrepreneur (1997) and King Of Kings (1998). He won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1989 on Carroll House and in 1999 on Montjeu, the 1993 Melbourne Cup on Vintage Crop, the 1990 Belmont Stakes on Go And Go and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes five times (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu, 2001 Galileo, 2005 Azamour). He landed the Breeders' Cup Turf in 2002 and 2003 (dead-heating) on High Chaparral. Kinane has a small broodmare band at his Curragh home and co-bred the 2007 Derby hero Authorized. stanjamesuk.com 2000 Guineas Record: 1990-1 TIROL, 1991-8 Hokusai, 1992-2 Lucky Lindy, 1993-13 King's Theatre, 1995-6 Diffident, 1996-6 Danehill Dancer, 1997-1 ENTREPRENEUR, 1998-1 KING OF KINGS, 1999-15 Orpen, 2000-2 Giant's Causeway, 2001-4 Minardi, 2003-17 Hold That Tiger, 2004-3 Azamour, 2005-19 Roby Roy, 2006-8 Horatio Nelson, 2007-4 Duke Of Marmalade 14/1; 2008-8 Plan; 2009-1 SEA THE STARS.

Third race
The stanjames.com 2000 Guineas Stakes
Runner-up quotes


After an impressive win in the banshahousestables.com Craven Stakes, Delegator was a worthy favourite on the day in the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas but he found one too good in the form of Irish raider Sea The Stars.

Looking deflated but nonetheless happy with the 3/1 shot’s run, trainer Brian Meehan said: “I’m very pleased with him. He battled well and has run a very good race.

“I’ve no complaints. He’s proved he’s top class and that’s what we thought so we can only be delighted with him.”

Jockey Jamie Spencer added: “He’s run a massive race and there are no excuses.

“ I could have wished for good ground - it got a bit quick for him between the two-furlong pole and the furlong marker.”


The stewards’ panel looked into a number of minor interferences during the running of the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas Stakes.

It was noted that Imperial Guest had interfered with fourth-placed Rip Van Winkle at the seven-furlong marker but the stewards were satisfied that this was accidental. Runner-up Delegator caused interference to sixth-placed Evasive but, after viewing a recording of the race, it was deemed that no riding offence was committed and Delegator’s finishing position was not improved. Evasive was also seen to interfere with third-placed Gan Amhras on the run to the line but again this was considered to be accidental. No further action was taken in any of these incidents.


Gan Amhras, who finished third in the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas, is likely to be aimed at the Derby at Epsom Downs on the first Saturday in June.

Trainer Jim Bolger said: “Kevin Manning is certain that Gan Amhras will be suited by going a bit further and the race today was a Derby trial for him.”

Two of the last three Derby winners have run previously in the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas. Both New Approach, trained by Bolger, and Sir Percy finished second in Newmarket Classic before winning at Epsom Downs in 2008 and 2006 respectively.


Corals went the top price of 5/1 (from 10/1) about Sea The Stars for the Derby at Epsom Downs next month while Sky Bet offered 9/2.

Ladbrokes and Blue Square were more impressed at 5/2, with other bookmakers in between.

3.10pm THE stanjames.com 2000 GUINEAS STAKES (201st RUNNING) (GROUP 1)
Class 1, Group 1, £426,000 Total Prize Fund, 1m. For 3yo, entire colts and fillies. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalty Value: 1st £241,840.20; 2nd £91,675.20; 3rd £45,880.20; 4th £22,876.20; 5th £11,459.40; 6th £5,751.

1) SEA THE STARS (IRE) (Christopher Tsui) John Oxx IRE 3-9-00 Michael Kinane [1] 8/1
2) DELEGATOR (Poilin Good) Brian Meehan 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer [15] 3/1Fav
3) GAN AMHRAS (IRE) (Jackie Bolger) Jim Bolger IRE 3-9-00 Kevin Manning [14] 15/2
4) RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [5] 9/2
5) MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Pat Smullen [12]
6) EVASIVE (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Ryan Moore [13]
7) PURE POETRY (IRE) (Mrs J Wood) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [16]
8) MONITOR CLOSELY (IRE) (Lawrie Inman) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3-9-00 Alan Munro [11]
9) FINJAAN (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 3-9-00 Tadgh O'Shea [8]
10) OCEAN'S MINSTREL (Ocean Trailers Ltd) John Ryan 3-9-00 Jerry O'Dwyer [6]
11) OUQBA (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Richard Hills [17]
12) LORD SHANAKILL (USA) (Mogeely Stud & Mark Gittins) Karl Burke 3-9-00 Jim Crowley [10]
13) ASHRAM (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed Suroor 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [2]
14) CITYSCAPE (Khalid Abdulla) Roger Charlton 3-9-00 Steve Drowne [9]
15) IMPERIAL GUEST (John Guest) George Margarson 3-9-00 John Egan [3]

15 ran Non Runners: ON OUR WAY (ground), ZAFISIO (vet’s certificate)
Time: 1m 35.88s Distances: 1½, ¾, nk, 1¾, hd, 1¾, ½, 2, 1¼, 1, 6, 1¼, 5, dist
Breeder: Sunderland Holdings Ltd Breeding: b c Cape Cross (IRE) - Urban Sea (USA) (Miswaki (USA))
Tote Win: £10.60 Places: £3.10; £1.90; £3.60; Exacta: £49.80

Winning trainer:-Name: Oxx, John Mortimer Date of birth: 14/7/50 Previous occupation: Assistant to father, John Oxx Trains at: Currabeg, Ireland British Classic Winners (2): Vodafone Derby (2000 Sinndar), stanjames.com 2000 Guineas (2009 Sea The Stars) Other Major wins include: Beverly D Stakes (1996 Timarida), Blandford Stakes (1987 Eurobird & 1993 Foresee), Breeder’s Cup Mile (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), C L Weld Park Stakes (2006 Arch Swing), Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar), Doncaster Cup (2000 Enzeli), Gallinule Stakes (1993 Massyar & 1995 Shemaran), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Irish St Leger (1987 Eurobird, 1989 Petite Ile, 2006 Kastoria), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar), Irish Champion Stakes (1996 Timarida),King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2003 Alamshar, 2005 Azamour), Meld Stakes (1990 Khalafiya, 1991 Sardaniya), Molyglare Stud Stakes (1988 Flamenco Wave), National Stakes (1993 Manntari, 1999 Sinndar), Pretty Polly Stakes (1993 Takarouna), Prix Niel (2000 Sinndar), Prix de l’Abbaye (2000 Namid), Prix Royal-Oak (1997 Ebadiyla), Prix Du Moulin (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2000 Sinndar) Royal Ascot Wins (7): Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Gold Cup (1999 Enzeli), Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (2000 Katiykha), Ribblesdale Stakes (2001 Sahara Slew), St James’s Palace Stakes (2004 Azamour), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2005 Azamour), Sandringham Handicap (2005 Beautyandthebeast) Horses in Training (2008): 123; Wins In Britain (2003-08): 1; 3; 4; 0; 0; 0; Wins In Britain This Season: 1

Winning jockey:-Name: Kinane, Michael Joseph Born: County Tipperary, Ireland, June 22, 1959 Background: Apprenticed to Liam Browne for several years, for whom he enjoyed his first Classic win on Dara Monarch in the Irish 2000 Guineas in 1982. Joined Dermot Weld as number one jockey in late 1983, enjoying 14 years of phenomenal success with the Master of Rosewell House. Turned down Sheikh Mohammed when asked to be his retained rider in 1992, preferring to stay in Ireland (although he did enjoy several big race successes in the UK with Henry Cecil and Sir Michael Stoute). Joined Coolmore operation in 1998, winning 58 Group/Grade One victories for Aidan O’Brien in five years. Left in late 2003 and soon joined John Oxx. First winner: Muscari (Leopardstown 19/3/75- his first public mount) English Classic Wins: (10) Vodafone Derby (1993 Commander In Chief, 2001 Galileo); Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine), 2000 Guineas (1990 Tirol, 1997 Entrepreneur, 1998 King Of Kings, 2009 Sea The Stars), St Leger (2001 Milan) Irish Classic Wins: Irish 1,000 Guineas (1988 Trusted Partner, 2003 Yesterday), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish Oaks (1989 Alydaress, 1996 Dance Design), Irish Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral), Irish St Leger (1993, 1994 Vintage Crop, 2006 Kastoria) 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), Coronation Cup (2007 Scorpion), 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 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); King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu, 2001 Galileo, 2005 Azamour), 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); QueenElizabeth II Stakes (2006 George Washington), 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) Yorkshire Oaks (2006 Alexandrova) 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, 2007 Yeats), 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), Coventry Stakes (1999 Fasliyev, 2002 Statue Of Liberty, 2007 Henrythenavigator) Wins in Britain 1992-2008: 4; 4; 23; 28; 29; 23; 24; 22; 26; 26; 15; 3; 9; 23; 14; 12; 0; Wins in Britain in 2009: 1

stanjames.com 2000 Guineas (G1), 1m, Newmarket Rowley Mile Course, Saturday, May 2, 2009
2008 NEW APPROACH 2nd 1st
2007 Eagle Mountain 5th 2nd
Strategic Prince 8th 16th
Yellowstone 11th 8th
2006 SIR PERCY 2nd 1st
Horatio Nelson 8th PU
2005 Dubawi 5th 3rd
Oratorio 4th 10th
2004 Snow Ridge 2nd 7th
Salford City 6th 5th
2003 Refuse To Bend 1st 13th
Norse Dancer 3rd 4th
Lundy's Lane 19th 19th
2002 Hawk Wing 2nd 2nd
Where Or When 11th 6th
Naheef 14th 7th
Coshocton 15th Fell
2001 Golan 1st 2nd
Tobougg 9th 3rd
2000 Barathea Guest 3rd 8th
Broche 20th 12th
1999 Brancaster 4th 10th
Compton Admiral 13th 8th
*1998 Border Arrow 3rd 3rd
Haami 5th 14th
King Of Kings 1st 15th
1997 Entrepreneur 1st 4th
1996 Even Top 2nd 13th
Alhaarth 4th 5th
Storm Trooper 11th 15th
1995 Pennekamp 1st 11th
1994 Mister Baileys 1st 4th
Colonel Collins 3rd 3rd
Star Selection 6th 9th
Just Happy 8th 8th
King's Theatre 13th 2nd
1993 Barathea 2nd 5th
1992 Rodrigo De Triano 1st 9th
Silver Wisp 4th 3rd
Muhtarram 5th 4th
Thourios 7th 10th
Alnasr Alwasheek 9th 7th
1991 Mystiko 1st 10th
GENEROUS 4th 1st
Hokusai 8th 7th
Marju 11th 2nd
Mujaazif 13th 13th
1990 Elmaamul 7th 3rd
1989 NASHWAN 1st 1st
1988 Doyoun 1st 3rd
Charmer 2nd 11th
1987 Bellotto 2nd 3rd
Most Welcome (disq from 3rd) 2nd
Ajdal 4th 9th
1986 Dancing Brave 1st 2nd
Sharrood 4th 8th
1985 Shadeed 1st 13th
Supreme Leader 3rd 4th
Royal Harmony 4th 9th
Lanfranco 7th 5th
1984 El Gran Senor 1st 2nd
1983 Lomond 1st 16th
Tolomeo 2nd 9th
Wassl 9th 14th
Guns Of Navarone 11th 5th
Other Derby winners to have run in the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas since 1970: THE MINSTREL (1977 3rd), GRUNDY (1975 2nd), ROBERTO (1972 2nd), MILL REEF (1971 2nd), NIJINSKY (1970 1st).

*In 1998, Cape Verdi, the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas winner, became only the third filly since the Second World War to run in the Vodafone Derby, in which she finished ninth.


Fifteen fillies are set to line up for Sunday’s stanjames.com 1000 Guineas headed by unbeaten champion two-year-old filly Rainbow View. Owned by American George Strawbridge, the daughter of Dynaformer progressed from her maiden win in July to land three Group events, culminating in a two-and-a-half length victory over subsequent Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes Fantasia.

Rainbow View’s most serious challenge, certainly as far as the betting suggests, comes from second-favourite and fellow Newmarket-trained Serious Attitude. Also unbeaten throughout her two-year-old season, Rae Guest’s charge triumphed in the 32red.com Cheveley Park Stakes at The Rowley Mile in October. Neither of the market leaders have raced yet this season but both had a racecourse gallop at Newmarket prior to the start of the Craven meeting.

The Mick Channon-trained Lahaleeb comes to the 1000 Guineas on the back of her victory in the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury a fortnight ago. The Redback filly finished third to Rainbow View in the G2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster last season before beating subsequent Cheveley Park Stakes runner-up Aspen Darlin in the Countrywide Steel & Tubes Rockfel Stakes. Aspen Darlin, from the first crop of Indian Haven, also returns to Newmarket to give trainer Alan Bailey his first chance of Guineas glory.

Albany Stakes winner Cuis Ghaire leads the Irish assault and hails from the Jim Bolger stable, which sent out Finsceal Beo to win the 1000 Guineas in 2007. Heart Shaped, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf at Santa Anita in October, is the sole representative for Aidan O’Brien but her owner Michael Tabor has a trio of fillies entered, the other two, Again and Pursuit Of Glory, both trained by David Wachman. Again won the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes last August and was chased home that day by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shimah, who is trained by Kevin Prendergast and also makes the trip from Ireland.

Sheikh Hamdan is also represented by the Barry Hills-trained Ghanaati while his brother Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation fields UAE Oaks winner Devotee. Dubaian interests are bolstered by the presence of Nashmiah, recent Spring Cup winner for Saeed Manana and Clive Brittain, who bids to lift the 1000 Guineas trophy a third time following the victories of the great Pebbles (1984) and Sayyedati (1993).

The tough and consistent Penny’s Gift will be aiming to build on her recent third in the Betterbet European Free Handicap here at The Rowley Mile and another coming into the Guineas after a pleasing prep is the maiden Super Sleuth, who was just a head behind Lahaleeb in the Fred Darling and hails from the in-form Brian Meehan stable.

Seradim was twice a winner at two, her most recent win coming over a mile on Deauville’s all-weather track in early December. 100/1 for the Guineas, she was ridden that day by Frenchman Stephane Pasquier, who has been booked by trainer Paul Cole for her Classic debut.

Newmarket’s Director of Racing Michael Prosser has provisionally kept the going description as good to firm after the first day of the stanjames.com Guineas Festival before heading out to walk the course at the conclusion of Saturday’s card.

“As it stands at the moment I’m disinclined to start watering but I’m just off out to walk the course again to set my mind at rest,” said Prosser. “The feedback I’ve had from jockeys and trainers is that it’s a fantastic racing surface.

“The forecast is for rain tonight, albeit a weak band. I’ve just spoken to John Kettley to check that everything is developing as predicted this morning. There should be between 1mm to 3mm of rain this evening so I’m trying to leave everything as it is and see what rainfall we actually get.”

He added: “It’s been an absolutely beautiful day, with temperatures of at least 18 degrees but it’s forecast to be cooler and more overcast tomorrow, probably only up to about 16 degrees.”

Race 1 - stanjames. com Suffolk Handicap - Winning Quotes


Confront defied top-weight to land the opening stanjames.com Suffolk Stakes for owner Khalid Abdulla, trainer Sir Michael Stoute and jockey Ryan Moore. The son of Nayef battled on well to defy Viva Vettori by a length and a quarter to record an 8/1 success despite drifting out from 4/1.

The four-year-old was highly-regarded as a two-year-old when he won at Ascot but was disappointing on his two outings in 2008.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to the owner, commented: “The team at Sir Michael Stoute’s have done a great job to get him back.

“We had big expectations of this horse as a two-year-old and rated him highly, but he disappointed in two runs last season. We had him gelded and he came back to form today. We couldn’t put our finger on anything specific with him last season, although one of his testicles may have been a bit high.

“To come here and win a competitive handicap is tremendous for all the team involved with the horse.

“We are more hopeful for the future with him now. The handicapper is not going to look favourably on us after today, so we will probably look at a Listed or Group race now, maybe something at Royal Ascot.”

Race 1, stanjames.com Suffolk Heritage Handicap


Ryan Moore said about Confront: “This time last year we thought he might be a Guineas horse but he had his problems.

“I got him settled and he has really battled today. We went a good pace and he switched off nicely. He came there real smooth and when he hit the front he just needed a bit of help and one came to him.”


The three totescoop6 winners of last week did combine together today and agreed to split the bonus, thus giving themselves three chances in the opener, the stanjames.com Suffolk Heritage Handicap, and it paid off.

They picked three of the 15 runners, the 8/1 winner Confront, the fourth Flipando and the 12th Foolin Myself who started the 11/2 favourite.

Well-known punter and owner Harry Findlay was one of the three and he was thanked by Tony Wonnacott from Exeter who won £310,000 last weekend for a £2 outlay. The third winner from the previous Saturday chose to remain anonymous but he did join the others after first thinking he would not.

Wonnacott said: “I have got to thank Harry. He has done lots of background work and I must give him credit for that. We have spoken a lot this week. I must also thank the other punter too who has come in with us.”

The trio now share an extra £399,096 between them on top of the £310,000 they each won last week.

First race
The stanjames.com Suffolk Stakes
Placed quotes

William Jarvis has had a trying start to the season after his stable was shut down due to an outbreak of Strangles. Given the all-clear several weeks ago, Kay Gee Bee was his first runner of the season. The five-year-old finished third at 20/1.

A delighted Jarvis said: “He’s a lovely horse. It’s nice to get the show back on the road and we’re very pleased with him. He’s a straightforward and honest horse and we’re thrilled with that. Now we have to get back on with training a few winners.”

Martin Dwyer, rider of runner-up Viva Vettori, was similarly pleased with the performance of his mount who travelled strongly before going down a length and a quarter to Confront.

“He ran really well - I thought we had it,” said Dwyer.


Ryan Moore, rider of the 8/1 winner Confront, said: “It is good to firm but safe”.

Martin Dwyer, jockey of second Viva Vettori, described the going as “Perfect”.

Alan Munro, rider of third Kay Gee Be, said: “It is perfect. A touch on the quick side but rides like a carpet”.

Jamie Spencer, rider of fourth Flipando, described the going as “Very fast”.

Steve Drowne, rider of Proponent, said: “It is quick but there is no jar. Proper fast ground.”

Phillip Robinson, rider of Ramona Chase, said: “Good beautiful ground”.

Tony Hamilton, rider of Deep Winter, thought the ground: “Good to firm, but lovely with a great cover of grass”.

Richard Mullen, jockey of Foolin Myself, said: "Good fast ground".

Nicky Mackay, rider of Mohathab, said: “Fast but perfect”.

Second race
The stanjames.com Jockey Club Stakes
Winner’s quotes


Winning trainer John Gosden commiserated with the connections of Spanish Moon after the Sir Michael Stoute-trained five-year-old refused to enter the stalls ahead of the stanjames.com Jockey Club Stakes.

With just three runners remaining, Anthony Oppenheimer’s homebred Bronze Cannon fought out the spoils with favourite Casual Conquest, staying on well to score by three lengths.

“We’ve all had it happen to us when a good horse won’t load and I do sympathise. It’s really frustrating but someone benefits and we’ve benefited today,” said Gosden.

“They’ve set a nice pace - I think Dermot (Weld) thinks maybe his horse didn’t stay. But our horse is a streetfighter, he’s always needed a mile and a half.”

The trainer added: “I thought he’d run a big race in the King Edward VII last year at Royal Ascot but he got hurt in the race and was until the autumn when he came back and ran one nice race.

“He’s a brave horse - he’s only about as big as Hyperion, very small - but he has a big heart and that horse came breathing down his neck and he fought back so full marks to him.”

The winning jockey Jimmy Fortune said: “He does like this track and is a real little trier - he’s only small but he has a heart as big as a lion.

“He is a bonny little horse and tough. I cannot wait for Rainbow View tomorrow.”

Race 2 - The stanjames.com Jockey Club Stakes - Placed Quote


The 10/11 favourite Casual Conquest, who had not run since finishing second in last year’s Irish Derby, finished the three-length runner-up in the Group Two stanjames.com Jockey Club Stakes and his trainer Dermot Weld was satisfied with the four-year-old’s performance.

Weld said: “He has run a good race.

“He was a bit ring rusty today, as I told everyone before that I thought he would be.

“It was good, safe ground but maybe just a bit fast for him.

“He should come on a lot for this and we will just take every day as it comes.”

Fourth race
The stanjames.com Palace House Stakes
Winner’s quotes


Three-year-old Amour Propre showed his elders a clean pair of heels when skipping clear to win the Group Three stanjames.com Palace House Stakes by two-and-a-half lengths.

His delighted trainer Henry Candy said: “It’s nice to know that he doesn’t have to make all. Dane (O’Neill) just said the leader went so fast that he didn’t want to take him on but he settled and did it sensibly.

“He’ll go anywhere the ground is fast but the trouble is everywhere we go now the Budapest Bullet (Overdose) will be around but it’s great to be here. The idea has always been the Temple Stakes and then Ascot but he won’t run if the ground is on the soft side.”

Candy added: “He hasn’t grown a lot over the winter but he has an adequate physique. He’s just as quick as Airwave and Kyllachy over five furlongs and he has the benefit of a very good temperament.”

Members of the eight-strong Multi Lines 2 syndicate which owns runner-up Hoh Hoh Hoh indicated that the seven-year-old also has Royal Ascot on his radar after an excellent performance in second.

“He was giving the winner six pounds and we’re absolutely thrilled with that. We’ve had a great day and he’ll go to Ascot now for the King’s Stand Stakes,” said Tony Reynolds on behalf of his fellow owners.

Unfortunately, the Michael Jarvis-trained Chief Editor died during the race after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Duty vet David Ellis said: “We haven’t undertaken a post-mortem as yet but we suspect that the horse suffered a heart attack and died very suddenly.”

Race 5 - Best Odds Guaranteed At Stan James Handicap - Winning Quotes


Favourite backers finally had something to cheer about when 10/11 shot Infiraad registered an impressive four length victory in the Best Odds Guaranteed At Stan James Handicap over seven furlongs.

Ridden by Richard Hills and trained by his father Barry, the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Haafhd colt is now likely to head to Royal Ascot for the Britannia Handicap.

Barry Hills said: “He is a nice horse and always wants to please.

“The ground was probably just fast enough for him today. We will see what the handicapper does, but his next start will probably be in the Britannia at Royal Ascot. He won’t run beforehand.

“Some horses by Haafhd can show signs of temperament, as Haafhd could himself, but this horse is very eager to please.

“I think he will stay further than a mile in time.”

Trainer Ann Duffield was pleased with the efforts of runner-up Firebet, a previous winner at the distance who was coming back in trip from his last outing.

"We were probably just a little bit unlucky in that the winner is probably well-handicapped and will perhaps be in Group company from now on," she said.

"He's run very well and I'm pleased with him. He's a gorgeous horse and he can win over seven (furlongs). He's won over six and seven but we dropped him back as last time he ran over a mile and he was a little bit too keen. So we brought him back a furlong just to help him settle which he did - he just met a good one today."

Sixth race
The stanjames.com Newmarket Stakes
Winner’s quotes


While the Epsom Derby is not being considered for the winner of the Listed stanjames.com Newmarket Stakes, he may now be targeted at the Royal Ascot ‘Derby’. The King Edward VII Stakes, after out-pointing the John Dunlop-trained Palavicini.

Winning trainer Jeremy Noseda said: “He travelled well, stuck his neck out and battled hard. It was a good brave performance.

“I’ll sit down with the team and decide which way we go from here. I think we’ll most probably look at something like the King Edward VII or the three-year-old Listed race at Royal Ascot.”

He added: “I think he’ll get a little bit further. I haven’t had a good chance to chat with Shane (Kelly) yet but I think we’ll steer clear of anything as foolish as the Derby.

“He’s a nice horse but we know our place in life. I don’t know why he didn’t perform well last time at Newbury but thank God he’s come back and run well today.”

John Dunlop said of his runner-up: “He has run a good race. We were disappointed with his first run this year at Newbury but he hated the ground that day - it was too soft.

“He has loved the ground today and stayed on really well. I think he probably would have got up in a few more strides. I’m not sure where we’ll go next.”

Race 7 - Call Stan James 08000 351135 Handicap - Winning Quotes


Trainer Barry Hills recorded a 6.6/1 double on the opening day of The stanjames.com Guineas Festival when landing the concluding Call Stans James 08000 351135 Handicap with Photogenic.

The Oasis Dream filly hit the front in the mile contest around two furlongs from home and saw off all comers to record a gutsy half-length success over Shampagne. This was only Photogenic’s second career outing after she won on her debut at Kempton in March.

Hills said: “She has done that well. It is always very difficult to come into handicap company on your second outing.

“Last season she didn’t show us anything and not many owners would have shown the patience that the Prince (Khalid Abdulla) has done - it makes a big difference.

“Hopefully, she will improve and go on from here. She is a filly that wants to please - a good model.

“I am not sure where she will go next. We won’t run her again too quickly and see what the handicapper does. The Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot could be a possibility.”


Jockey Philip Robinson incurred some minor injuries when being thrown clear from Chief Editor, who suffered a suspected heart attack during the running of the stanjames.com Palace House Stakes.

Newmarket Director of Racing Michael Prosser said: “Philip Robinson was winded and had some bruising. Precautions were taken on the course and he has subsequently been thoroughly examined. I’m pleased to say Philip is okay.”

The stewards looked into the mid-race fall and found that it was caused by the horse collapsing and did not involve any other runners.


Ahmed Ajtebi, who rode Bazergan in the stanjames.com Suffolk Heritage Handicap, was called before the stewards after the race and found guilty of improper riding under instruction H9 of the Rules of Racing.

It was deemed that Ajtebu had used his whip with excessive frequency and he was handed a three-day ban which will be imposed on 17, 18 and 19 May.


1st 2nd 3rd

Barry Hills 2 - -
Henry Candy 1 - -
John Gosden 1 - -
Jeremy Noseda 1 - -
John Oxx IRE 1 - -
Sir Michael Stoute 1 - -
Paul Cole - 1 1
John Dunlop - 1 -
Ann Duffield - 1 -
David Elsworth - 1 -
Brian Meehan - 1 -
Richard Price - 1 -
Dermot Weld IRE - 1 -
Michael Bell - - 1
Jim Bolger IRE - - 1
William Jarvis - - 1
Mark Johnston - - 1
Jeremy Noseda - - 1
Saeed bin Suroor - - 1


1st 2nd 3rd
Ryan Moore 1 - 1
Jimmy Fortune 1 - -
Michael Hills 1 - -
Richard Hills 1 - -
Shane Kelly 1 - -
Michael Kinane 1 - -
Dane O’Neill 1 - -
Martin Dwyer - 2
Jamie Spencer - 1 1
Eddie Ahern - 1 -
Jim Crowley - 1 -
Micky Fenton - 1 -
Pat Smullen - 1 -
Pat Cosgrave - - 1
Frankie Dettori - - 1
Joe Fanning - - 1
Kevin Manning - - 1
Alan Munro - - 1


Race Winner Trainer Jockey SP Ran
stanjames.com Suffolk Stakes (Heritage Handicap) CONFRONT Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 8/1 15
stanjames.com Jockey Club Stakes (Gr 2) BRONZE CANNON John Gosden Jimmy Fortune 7/1 3
stanjames.com 2000 Guineas (201st Running) (Gr 1) SEA THE STARS John Oxx IRE Michael Kinane 8/1 15
stanjames.com Palace House Stakes (Gr 3) AMOUR PROPRE Henry Candy Dane O’Neill 7/1 16
Best Odds Guaranteed At Stan James Handicap INFIRAAD Barry Hills Richard Hills 10/11F 6
stanjames.com Newmarket Stakes (Listed) YOUR OLD PAL Jeremy Noseda Shane Kelly 13/2 7
Call Stan James 08000 351135 Handicap PHOTOGRAPHIC Barry Hills Michael Hills 3/1 7


Delegator is by far the worst loser for sponsors Stan James in the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas (3.10pm) at Newmarket today.

He was a 33/1 chance a few weeks ago and is now 7/2 favourite from 4/1, while Rip Van Winkle, who was 7/2 market leader this morning, has been pushed out to 9/2.

Jim Bolger’s challenger from Ireland, Gan Amhras, is the biggest move in today’s market with Stan James, coming into 8/1 from 14/1.

Outsider Monitor Closely, from Peter Chapple-Hyam’s Newmarket stable, has been halved in price from 50/1 to 25/1.

The other major mover with Stan James today is Casual Conquest in the stanjames.com Jockey Club Stakes, who is a 10/11 chance from 6/4.


The going at Newmarket for the opening day of The stanjames.com Guineas Festival is:

(GoingStick reading 8.8, taken at 9.30am)

Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Newmarket, said: “The going is very similar to when I walked the course yesterday afternoon. There was a heavy dew this morning and this has helped to maintain the status quo.

“Today’s forecast is for dry conditions with sunny spells and virtually no breeze. The temperature is forecast to reach 18 degrees Celsius and we are all set for a pleasant early summer day.

“Overnight, a weak front is forecast to pass over East Anglia and this promises to bring around two millimetres of rain, which would be useful for us. The rain is due to arrive between midnight and 4.00am.

“Tomorrow should be largely dry from dawn onwards. Temperatures are forecast to be slightly cooler than today, reaching around 16 degrees Celsius.”

Class 2, £50,000 guaranteed, 1m 1f. For 3yo+. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb (any horse rated above 110 (124 if 3yo) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb; subsequently, the excess over 110 (124 if 3yo) in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted). Weights raised 1lb; Minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after April 25, each race won 6lb; Penalty Value: 1st £31,155; 2nd £9,330; 3rd £4,665; 4th £2,335; 5th £585.

1) CONFRONT (Khalid Abdulla) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-10 Ryan Moore [6] 8/1
2) VIVA VETTORI (Mike Watson) David Elsworth 5-8-06 Martin Dwyer [4] 28/1
3) KAY GEE BE (IRE) (Par Jeu Partnership) William Jarvis 5-8-09 Alan Munro [13] 20/1
4) FLIPANDO (IRE) (Mrs J Hazzell) David Barron 8-9-03 Jamie Spencer [7]
5) BAZERGAN (IRE) (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 4-8-03 Ahmed Ajtebi (3) [15]
6) KING CHARLES (Khalifa Sultan) Ed Dunlop 5-9-00 Jimmy Fortune [3]
7) RAMONA CHASE (The Attwater Partnership) Michael Attwater 4-8-11 Philip Robinson [2]
8) DREAM LODGE (IRE) (The G-Guck Group) James Given 5-9-05 Jean-Pierre Guillambert [8]
9) PROPONENT (IRE) (Bjorn Nielsen) Roger Charlton 5-8-13 Steve Drowne [10]
10) EZDIYAAD (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 5-9-06 Richard Hills [12]
11) ROAD TO LOVE (IRE) (Grant Mercer) Mark Johnston 6-9-00 Joe Fanning [1]
12) FOOLIN MYSELF (Bill Gredley) Michael Bell 4-8-05 Richard Mullen [5] 11/2 Fav
13) HERON BAY (Mollers Racing) Chris Wall 5-9-05 Eddie Ahern [11]
14) DEEP WINTER (Richard Fahey) Richard Fahey 4-8-09 Tony Hamilton [14]
15) MOHATHAB (IRE) (M Khan X2) Jim Boyle 4-8-01 Nicky Mackay [9]

15 ran
Time: 1m 50.17s
Distances: 1¼, ¾, ¾, ¾, 1, ¾, nk, ½, 1, nk, nk, nk, 2½, dist
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd
Breeding: b g Nayef (USA) - Contiguous (USA) (Danzig (USA))
Tote Win: £8.00 Places: £3.10; £13.80; £6.40; Exacta: £302.50

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. Other information: Arrived in Britain from his native Barbados just before his 20th birthday and has won the Champion Hurdle art Cheltenham with Kribensis in 1990. Was the only trainer to win a British Classic in five consecutive seasons. Was awarded a knighthood in 1998 for services to tourism in Barbados. British Classic wins: (14) 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), Ladbrokes St Leger (2008 Conduit) Other big race wins: Irish 2,000 Guineas (1989 Shaadi), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1986 Sonic Lady), Irish Derby (1981 Shergar, 1983 Shareef Dancer, 1986 Shahrastani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist, 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka), Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Cheveley Park Stakes (1980 Marwell; 1994 Gay Gallanta; 2000 Regal Rose), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1992 Saddler’s Hall, 1993 Opera House, 1997 Singspiel, 2000 Daliapour), Coral-Eclipse (1993 Opera House; 1994 Ezzoud;1997 Pilsudski, 2001 Medicean, 2007 Notnowcato), Dubai World Cup (Singspiel 1997), Falmouth Stakes (1983 Royal Heroine, 1986 and 1987 Sonic Lady, 1998 Lovers Knot), Fillies’ Mile (1985 Untold), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2007 Mountain High), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 1997 Pilsudski), Juddmonte International Stakes (1993 & 1994 Ezzoud; 1997 Singspiel; 2006 Notnowcato), July Cup (1981 Marwell; 1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1981 Shergar; 1993 Opera House, 2002 Golan), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1977 Temple First, 1984 Optimistic Lass, 1990 Kartajana, 1994 Hawajiss, 2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Pride Stakes (2008 Crystal Capella), Prix de l’Opera (1983 Royal Heroine, 1985 Bella Colora, 2000 Petrushka, 2003 Zee Zee Top), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985 Shadeed; 1987 Milligram; 1989 Zilzal), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Sussex Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady; 1989 Zilzal; 1998 Among Men), Yorkshire Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia; 1985 Sally Brown; 1986 Untold; 1990 Hellenic; 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka, 2002 and 2003 Islington) Tattersalls Gold Cup (2007 Notnowcato) Prix Royal-Oak (2007 Allegretto) Matron Stakes (2007 Echelon), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2008 Promising Lead), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2008 Conduit) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1978 Shangamuzo), Coronation Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady, 1987 Milligram, 1998 Exclusive, 2003 Russian Rhythm), St James’s Palace Stakes (1989 Shaadi), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1981 Hard Fought, 1991 Stagecraft), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1985 Dafayna), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean, 2002 No Excuse Needed), Jersey Stakes (1977 Etienne Gerard, 1980 Hard Fought, 1989 Zilzal, 1997 Among Men, 2006 Jeremy), King Edward VII Stakes (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1991 Saddler’s Hall, 1994 Foyer, 2002 Balakheri, 2006 Papal Bull), Hardwicke Stakes (1986 Dihistan, 1991 & 1992 Rock Hopper, 2006 & 2007 Maraahel), King George V Handicap (2008 Colony) Other details: Champion trainer in Britain 8 times (1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005) Trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket Wins (1984-2008): 96: 120: 76: 105: 99: 116: 78: 83: 74: 65: 109: 73: 73: 84: 79: 81: 91: 75: 104: 115: 87: 95; 107; 111; 87; Wins in 2009: 9

Winning Jockey: Moore, Ryan Lee Date Of Birth: September 18, 1983 Background: Father Gary is a trainer, and brother Jamie is a successful national hunt jockey. Ryan initially rode over jumps as well, notching his first success on Mersey Beat in an amateur riders’ event at Towcester on May 15, 2000. Switching to the flat, Ryan enjoyed his first success on the level when winning aboard Marwell’s Kris for Belgian trainer E C Chopin in at Lingfield on January 16, 2002. Champion apprentice in 2003 with 59 wins. Broke 100-winner barrier for first time in 2004, and was crowned champion jockey in 2006 with 180 victories. Off track for several months in 2007 with fractured arm, but still finished third in the Jockeys’ Championship with 126 wins. Appointed as stable jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in December 2007. Group One Wins: Juddmonte International (2006 Notnowcato), Eclipse Stakes (2007 Notnowcato), Matron Stakes (2007 Echelon), Gran Criterium (2007 Scintillo), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2008 Promising Lead), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2008 Conduit), Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (2009 Presvis) Other Big Race Wins Include: Pride Stakes (2008 Crystal Capella) Number of Wins 2002-08: 39; 59 (champion apprentice); 132; 120; 180 (champion jockey), 126; 186 (champion jockey) Wins in 2009: 17


2.30pm THE stanjames.com JOCKEY CLUB STAKES (GROUP 2)
Class 1, Group 2, £100,000 Guaranteed, 1m 4f. For 4yo+. Weights: colts and geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 9lb. Penalties: after August 31, 2008, a winner of a Group 2 race of 1m or over 3lb; of a Group 1 race of 1m or over 5lb; Penalty Value: 1st £56,770; 2nd £21,520; 3rd £10,770; 4th £5,370; 5th £2,690.

1) BRONZE CANNON (USA) (Anthony Oppenheimer) John Gosden 4-8-12 Jimmy Fortune [3] 7/1*
2) CASUAL CONQUEST (IRE) (Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd) Dermot Weld IRE 4-8-12 Pat Smullen [1] 10/11 Fav*
3) DRILL SERGEANT (J Barson) Mark Johnston 4-8-12 Joe Fanning [4] 20/1*

3 ran Non Runners: ALL THE ACES (IRE) (ground), SPANISH MOON (USA) (refused to enter stalls)

*Spanish Moon (13/8) was withdrawn at the start, resulting in a rule 4 deduction of 35p in the pound to all bets

Time: 2m 30.70s
Distances: 3, 3
Breeder: Hascombe and Valiant Studs
Breeding: b or br c Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Victoria Cross (IRE) (Mark Of Esteem (IRE))
Tote Win: £4.30 Exacta: £4.30

Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born: Hove, 30/3/51 Date of first trainer’s licence (Britain): 1988 (previously a leading trainer in USA, 1980-1988) English Classic Winners: (4) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Vodafone Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), St Leger (1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno) First winner in Europe: Intimidate, Kempton, March 27, 1989 Other major wins include: Challenge Stakes (1993 Catrail, 2006 Sleeping Indian), Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Falmouth Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music, 2004 Playful Act, 2005 Nannina, 2008 Rainbow View), French 1,000 Guineas (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (1995 Presenting), Gran Premio di Milano (1997 Shantou), Grosser Preis Von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), Hungerford Stakes (1994 Pollen Count - dh with Young Ern), Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 1997 Shantou), Prix de l’Abbaye (1991Keen Hunter), Prix de la Foret (1992 Wolfhound, 2001 Mount Abu), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan, 2001 Sulk), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix de la Salamandre (1995 Lord Of Men), Prix Lupin (1995 Flemensfirth), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory, 2008 Raven’s Pass), Royal Lodge Stakes (1996 Benny The Dip, 2002 Al Jadeed, 2005 Leo), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), totesport.com Cambridgeshire (1994 Halling, 2007 Pipedreamer, 2008 Tazeez) Iveco Solario Stakes (2007 Raven’s Pass), Sky Bet York Stakes (2008 Pipedreamer), totesport.com Celebration Mile (2008 Raven’s Pass), Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes (2008 Centennial), Tattersalls Timeform Million (2008 Donativum), Breeders’ Cup Classic (2008 Raven’s Pass), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Tirf (2008 Donativum) Trains at Clarehaven Stables, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk (previously at Manton and Newmarket) Wins in a season (1989-2008): 28; 87; 86; 113; 110; 93; 86; 75; 91; 77; 74; 82; 55; 85; 72; 66; 92; 56; 66; 93; Wins in 2009: 21

Winning jockey:-Name: Fortune, James Joseph. Date of birth: 14/6/72 Apprenticeship: With Mike O'Neill. English Classic Wins (1): Ladbrokes St Leger (2007 Lucarno) Big wins Include: Ayr Gold Cup (1989 Joveworth, 1996 Coastal Bluff), VC Bet Challenge Stakes (2006 Sleeping Indian), Gimcrack Stakes (2006 Conquest), July Stakes (2004 Captain Hurricane), Lincoln Handicap (2000 John Ferneley, 2001 Nimello), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream); Racing Post Trophy (1998 Commander Collins); Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton), Sun Chariot Stakes (1999 Lady In Waiting), Vodafone Stewards’ Cup (1994 For The Present,1996 Coastal Bluff); Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2004 Playful Act; 2005 Nannina, 2008 Rainbow View), Royal Lodge Stakes (2005 Leo), Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes (2006 Court Masterpiece), totesport.com Cambridgeshire (2007 Pipedreamer), Princess Of Wales’s WBX.COM Stakes (2008 Lucarno), totesport.com Celebration Mile (2008 Raven’s Pass), Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes (2008 Centennial), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2008 Raven’s Pass) Wins (1988-2008): 8, 29, 46, 32, 26, 25, 56, 46, 83, 78, 108, 94, 93, 71, 92, 46, 72, 96, 77, 104, 82 Wins in 2009: 11


3.45pm THE stanjames.com PALACE HOUSE STAKES (GROUP 3)
Class 1, Group 3, £65,000 Guaranteed, 5f. For 3yo+. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 8st 4lb, fillies 8st 1lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 8st 13lb; fillies 8st 10lb. Penalties: after August 31, 2008, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group 2 race 6lb; of a Group 1 race 8lb. Weight for age: 3 from 4yo+ 9lb. Penalty Value: 1st £36,900.50; 2nd £13,988; 3rd £7,000.50; 4th £3,490.50; 5th £1,748.50; 6th £877.50.

1) AMOUR PROPRE (Simon Broke And Partners) Henry Candy 3-8-07 Dane O'Neill [13] 7/1
2) HOH HOH HOH (Multi Lines 2) Richard Price 7-8-13 Jim Crowley [16] 25/1
3) BORDERLESCOTT (James Edgar & William Donaldson) Robin Bastiman 7-8-13 Pat Cosgrave [3] 4/1 Fav
4) STRIKE THE DEAL (USA) (M Barber) Jeremy Noseda 4-8-13 Ryan Moore [8]
5) RIEVAULX WORLD (Rievaulx Racing Syndicate) Kevin Ryan 3-8-04 Richard Mullen [10]
6) ROWE PARK (Sue Ashdown) Linda Jewell 6-8-13 Steve Drowne [12]
7) KING'S APOSTLE (IRE) (Bernard Kantor) William Haggas 5-9-05 Liam Jones [15]
8) AJIGOLO (Maureen Eason) Noel Wilson 6-8-13 Darryll Holland [14]
9) DANDY MAN (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed Suroor 6-8-13 Frankie Dettori [5]
10) GROUP THERAPY (Franconson Partners) Nick Littmoden 4-8-13 Shane Kelly [6]
11) JUDGE 'N JURY (Ruth Serrell) Ron Harris 5-8-13 Kevin Ghunowa [4]
12) MATSUNOSUKE (Scobie Coogan) Scobie Coogan 7-8-13 Jimmy Fortune [2]
13) HOGMANEIGH (IRE) (Lucille Bone) Stuart Williams 6-8-13 Saleem Golam [9]
14) MOORHOUSE LAD (Ron Hull) Bryan Smart 6-9-02 Tom Eaves [1]
15) FAT BOY (IRE) (Maurice Sines) Peter Chapple-Hyam 4-8-13 Richard Hughes [7]
PU) CHIEF EDITOR (Poilin Good) Michael Jarvis 5-8-13 Philip Robinson [11]

16 ran
Time: 57.73s
Distances: 2½, ns, ½, ¾, 1½, ½, ¾, sh, nk, ½, 1½ ½, 1, 7
Breeder: Sheila Oakes
Breeding: ch c Paris House - Miss Prim (Case Law)
Tote Win: £7.60 Places: £2.90; £6.40; £1.90; Exacta: £302.70

Winning Trainer:- Name: Candy, Henry Derrick Nicholas Bourne Born: October 28, 1944 Based: Wantage First Trainer’s Licence: 1974 Career: Working pupil with Tommy Smith, Sydney 1964. Pupil assistant to Mick Bartholomew, Chantilly 1965. Assistant to father, Derrick Candy, 1966-1973 Classic Winners (1): Vodafone Oaks (1982 Time Charter) Best Horses Trained: Time Charter, Master Willie, Nicholas Bill, Kyllachy, Airwave Other Major Wins: Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Coronation Cup (1984 Time Charter), Palace House Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Temple Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Eclipse (1981 Master Willie), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1983 Time Charter), Dewhurst Stakes (1981 Wind And Wuthering), Champion Stakes (1982 Time Charter), Cheveley Park Stakes (2002 Airwave) First Royal Ascot Win: Ascot Stakes (June 18, 1974 Kambalda) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Ascot Stakes (1974 Kambalda), Royal Hunt Cup (1979 Pipedreamer) Horses in Training (1974-2008): 45; 46; 50; 51; 60; 56; 65; 74; 86; 82; 81; 73; 83; 78; 70; 46; 45; 62; 58; 53; 37; 41; 39; 54; 42; 38; 37; 42; 37; 50; 64; 60; 56; 56; 47 Number of wins in a season (2000-2008): 76; 46; 32; 37; 9; 10; 14; 31; Wins in 2009: 3

Winning jockey:-Name: O’Neill, Dane William Date of birth: 1/8/75 Big Race Wins Include: bluesquare.com Stewards Cup (2008 Conquest), Cork and Orrery Stakes (1999 Bold Edge); Diadem Stakes (1999 Bold Edge), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2000 Bold Edge), Temple Stakes (2003 Airwave), Lupe Stakes (2006 Soft Centre (dht Rising Cross)), toteswinger Prestige Stakes (2008 Fantasia), stanjames.com Palace House Stakes (2009 Amour Propre) First Winner: Port Sunlight, Sandown, July 1, 1994 Royal Ascot Wins (3): Jersey Stakes (June 16, 1999, Lots Of Magic); Cork and Orrery Stakes (June 17, 1999, Bold Edge), Royal Hunt Cup (June 18, 2003, Macadamia) Wins (2000-2008): 32; 63; 70; 110; 74; 86; 94; 61; 79; Wins in 2009: 21


Class 2, £20,000 Guaranteed, 7f. For 3yo rated 86-100 (also open to such horses rated 85 and below). Weights: highest weight 9st 4lb. Minimum weight 8st 4lb. Penalties: after April 25, each race won 6lb. Penalty Value: 1st £12,592; 2nd £3,854; 3rd £1,926; 4th £962.

1) INFIRAAD (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3-8-10 Richard Hills [2] 10/11 Fav*
2) FIREBET (IRE) (Mrs H Steel) Ann Duffield 3-8-08 Micky Fenton [7] 4/1*
3) WILDCAT WIZARD (USA) (Alan Spence) Paul Cole 3-9-04 Jimmy Fortune [6]
4) AUNT NICOLA (Bob Michaelson, J Thompson & M Caine) Michael Bell 3-8-08 Jamie Spencer [4]
5) INDIAN ART (IRE) (Matthew Green) Richard Hannon 3-7-13 Charles Eddery (7) [1]
6) FOLSOMPRISONBLUES (IRE) (Phil Cunningham) Eoghan O’Neill 3-8-05 Martin Dwyer [3]

6 ran Non Runners: QUANAH PARKER (IRE) (self-certificate)
CALLIGRAPHER (USA) (withdrawn - refused to enter stalls)

*Calligrapher (7/1) was withdrawn at the start, resulting in a rule 4 deduction of 10p in the pound to all bets

Time: 1m 25.20s
Distances: 4, ¾, 3, 2¼, ½
Breeder: Shadwell Farm LLC
Breeding: ch c Haafhd - Razzle (IRE) (Green Desert (USA))
Tote Win: £1.50 Places: £1.20; £2.00; Exacta: £3.10

Winning trainer:-Name: Hills, Barrington William Born: Worcester, 2/4/37; Trains at South Bank Stables, Lambourn Date of first licence:1969 First winner: La Dolce Vita (Thirsk, April 18,1969) Previous Occupation: Served apprenticeship with Fred Rimell and George Colling, Head Lad with John Oxley for 10 years Classic wins: (4) 1000 Guineas (1978 Enstone Park), 2000 Guineas (1979 Tap on Wood, 2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1994 Moonax), Other major wins: Ascot Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), Betfred Sprint Cup (2007 Red Clubs), Challenge Stakes (2001 Munir), Champagne Stakes (1977 Sexton Blake, 1985 Sure Blade, 1998 Auction House, 1999 Distant Music), Champion Stakes (1983 Cormorant Wood, 2002 Storming Home), Chester Vase (1979 Cracaval, 1973 Proverb, 1999 Peshtigo, 2001 Mr Combustible), Classic Trial (2001 Chancellor), Dee Stakes (1970 Golden Monad, 1972 Our Mirage, 1973 Natsun, 1975 Ravel, 1979 Two Of Diamonds, 1985 Infantry, 1987 Sir Harry Lewis, 1989 Free Sweater, 1990 Blue Stag, 1998 Prolix, 2002 Sohaib), Dewhurst Stakes (1988 Scenic (DH), 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Diadem Stakes (2006 Red Clubs), Falmouth Stakes (1976 Duboff), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1972, 1973 Rheingold), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir, 2006 Red Clubs), Irish Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1994 Bolas), French St Leger (1994 Moonax), Irish Derby (1987 Sir Harry Lewis), Irish 1000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Lowther stakes (2006 Silk Blossom), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 Handsome Sailor), Prestige Stakes (2002 Geminiani), Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (1973 Rheingold), Royal Whip Stakes (2002 Chancellor), Shelbourne Hotels Goffs 500 (2006 Silk Blossom), Sunn Chariot Stakes (2006 Spinning Queen); Sussex Stakes (1990 Distant Relative), Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1987 Chaudennay, 1992 Aquamarine, 1994 Bolas, 1998 High And Low, 1999 Valentine Girl, 2005 Alumni) Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (2007 Dark Angel), Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2007 Dark Angel) St Leger Yearling Stakes (2007 Dark Angel) VC Bet Challnge Stakes (2007 Miss Lucifer) Major Royal Ascot Wins: Hardwicke Stakes (1973 Rheingold), Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), St James’s Palce Stakes (1986 Sure Blade), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1997 Royal Applause), King Edward VII Stakes (2001 Storming Home), Coronation Stakes (2005 Maids Causeway), Coventry Stakes (2005 Red Clubs) Wins in a season (1987-2008): 96: 93: 73: 113: 99: 63: 39: 44: 74: 84: 79: 78: 109: 72: 107: 91: 107: 82: 101; 103; 89; 67; Wins in 2009: 24

Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Richard John. Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Tom Jones. First winner: Border Dawn (Doncaster 26/10/79) Classic wins: (5) 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan), 2000 Guineas (2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1999 Mutafaweq), Vodafone Oaks (2005 Eswarah) Other major wins: Autumn Stakes (2000 Nayef), totesport.com Cambridgeshire (2008 Tazeez), Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel), Falmouth Stakes (2000 Alshakr, 2002 Tashawak), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), German Oaks (2002 Salve Regina), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Hungerford Stakes (1998 Muhtathir), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), July Cup (1998 Elnadim), Betfair Molecomb Stakes (2008 Finjaan), Middle Park Stakes (1997 Hayil), Norfolk Stakes (1986 Sizzling Melody, 1989 Pettilante), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1994 Wagon Master; 2001 Mutamam; 2004 Bandari), Queen Mary Stakes (1997 Nadwah), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1994 Maroof, 2001 Summoner); Rockfel Stakes (1999 Lahan); Royal Lodge Stakes (1998 Mutaahab, 2002 Al Jadeed), Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), September Stakes (2000 Mutamam); Temple Stakes (1999 Tipsy Creek); Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Yorkshire Cup (1985 Ilium) Other details: Took over as number one jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum on the retirement of Willie Carson. Major Royal Ascot wins: Jersey Stakes (2008 Aqlaam), Gold Cup (1990 Ashal); Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1987 Mtoto, 2003 Nayef), Hardwicke Stakes (2006 & 2007 Maraahel), Hampton Court Stakes (2007 Zaham) Wins (1990-2008):56, 67, 52, 57, 59, 70, 71, 85, 83, 77, 81, 79, 81, 75, 66, 72, 54, 72, 66 Wins in 2009: 11


4.55pm THE stanjames.com NEWMARKET STAKES (LISTED)
Class 1, Listed, £50,000 Guaranteed, 1m 2f. For 3yo colts and geldings. Weights: 8st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Listed race of 7f or more 3lb; of a Group 3 race of 7f or more 5lb; of a Group 1 or Group 2 race of 7f or more 8lb; Penalty Value: 1st £28,385; 2nd £10,760; 3rd £5,385; 4th £2,685; 5th £1,345; 6th £675.

1) YOUR OLD PAL (Raffles Racing) Jeremy Noseda 3-8-12 Shane Kelly [4] 13/2
2) PALAVICINI (USA) (Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc) John Dunlop 3-8-12 Eddie Ahern [3] 9/2
3) SPRING OF FAME (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed Suroor 3-8-12 Frankie Dettori [7] 9/4 Fav
4) CLOSE ALLIANCE (USA) (Khalid Abdulla) John Gosden 3-8-12 Richard Mullen [6]
5) ALAZEYAB (USA) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 3-8-12 Richard Hills [5]
6) HELIODOR (USA) (Mrs J Wood) Richard Hannon 3-8-12 Richard Hughes [2]
7) SOPRANIST (H R H Princess Haya Of Jordan) John Gosden 3-8-12 Jimmy Fortune [1]

7 ran
Time: 2m 4.91s
Distances: hd, 3¾, 1¼, ½, nk, 3½
Breeder: Meon Valley Stud
Breeding: ch c Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) - Questabelle (Rainbow Quest (USA))
Tote Win: £9.70 Places: £3.70; £3.10; Exacta: £52.00

Winning trainer:- Name: Noseda, Jeremy James Date of birth: 17/9/63 Trains at Shalfleet, Bury Road, Newmarket Other details: Served as assistant trainer with John Dunlop (6 years) British Classic Wins: (1) Ladbrokes St Leger (2006 Sixties Icon) Major wins: Irish 2000 Guineas (2006 Araafa); Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2004 Wilko), Chippenham Lodge Stud Cherry Hinton Stakes (1998 Wannabe Grand - Noseda’s first Group race win in Britain - 2006 Sander Camillo), Cheveley Park Stakes (1998 Wannabe Grand, 2003 Carry On Katie) Nell Gwyn (2001 Lil’s Jessy), Princess Margaret Stakes (2001 Leggy Lou), Lancashire Oaks (2002 Mellow Park), Musidora Stakes (2003 Cassis), Challenge Stakes (2003 Just James), Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (2007 Fleeting Spirit), Gimcrack Stakes (2003 Balmont), Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2006 Simply Perfect), Middle Park Stakes (2003 Balmont), Musidora Stakes (2000 Kalypso Katie), GNER Park Stakes (2007 & 2008 Arabian Gleam), Richmond Stakes (2007 Strike The Deal), Sussex Stakes (2005 Proclamation), Jockey Club Stakes (2007 Sixties Icon) Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes (2007 Simply Perfect) Royal Ascot Wins (7): Jersey Stakes (2002 Just James, 2005 Proclamation), Norfolk Stakes (2004 Blue Dakota), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga, 2006 Sander Camillo), St James’s Palace Stakes (2006 Araafa), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2007 Soldier’s Tale) Wins in a season (1997-2008): 0, 18, 39, 40, 37, 43, 37, 34, 47; 46; 50; 53; Wins in 2009: 10

Winning jockey:- Name: Kelly, Shane William Born: January 8, 1979 Based: Newmarket, Suffolk Other Details: Former Champion Irish Apprentice (1998). Suspended for one year in April 2007 after being found guilty if passing on information about rides and runners for reward. Big race wins include: Laurent-Perrier Champagne Sprint Stakes (2005 Resplendent Glory), Redcar Two-year-old Trophy (2003 Peak To Creek), Winter Derby (2002 Adiemus), Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup (2008 Geordieland), Supreme Stakes (2008 Express Wish) Wins (2000-2008): 7; 23; 43; 32; 55; 94; 58; 3; 57; Wins In 2009: 28


5.30pm THE CALL STAN JAMES 08000 351135 HANDICAP
Class 2, £20,000 Guaranteed, 1m. For 3yo rated 86-105 (also open to such horses rated 85 and below). Weights: highest weight 9st 9lb. Minimum weight 8st 4lb. Penalties: after April 25, each race won 6lb. Penalty Value: 1st £12,952; 2nd £3,854; 3rd £1,926; 4th £962;

1) PHOTOGRAPHIC (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 3-8-07 Michael Hills [3] 3/1
2) SHAMPAGNE (Sisters Syndicate) Paul Cole 3-9-09 Martin Dwyer [1] 10/1
3) AVE (Plantation Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-11 Ryan Moore [5] 11/4 Fav
4) GOOD AGAIN (Future In Mind Partnership) Gerard Butler 3-8-08 Eddie Ahern [2]
5) GAILY NOBLE (IRE) (Ms J Loylert) Alan Haynes 3-8-06 Dane O'Neill [6]
6) AKHENATEN (Box 41) Mick Channon 3-9-02 Darryll Holland [7]
7) BAARIQ (Ziad A Galadari) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3-8-05 Greg Fairley [4]

7 ran
Time: 1m 38.00s
Distances: ½, 1, 1, 2¼, ½, 10
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd
Breeding: b f Oasis Dream - Prophecy (IRE) (Warning)
Tote Win: £3.40 Places: £2.00; £3.00; Exacta: £19.60

Winning trainer:-Name: Hills, Barrington William Born: Worcester, 2/4/37; Trains at South Bank Stables, Lambourn Date of first licence:1969 First winner: La Dolce Vita (Thirsk, April 18,1969) Previous Occupation: Served apprenticeship with Fred Rimell and George Colling, Head Lad with John Oxley for 10 years Classic wins: (4) 1000 Guineas (1978 Enstone Park), 2000 Guineas (1979 Tap on Wood, 2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1994 Moonax), Other major wins: Ascot Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), Betfred Sprint Cup (2007 Red Clubs), Challenge Stakes (2001 Munir), Champagne Stakes (1977 Sexton Blake, 1985 Sure Blade, 1998 Auction House, 1999 Distant Music), Champion Stakes (1983 Cormorant Wood, 2002 Storming Home), Chester Vase (1979 Cracaval, 1973 Proverb, 1999 Peshtigo, 2001 Mr Combustible), Classic Trial (2001 Chancellor), Dee Stakes (1970 Golden Monad, 1972 Our Mirage, 1973 Natsun, 1975 Ravel, 1979 Two Of Diamonds, 1985 Infantry, 1987 Sir Harry Lewis, 1989 Free Sweater, 1990 Blue Stag, 1998 Prolix, 2002 Sohaib), Dewhurst Stakes (1988 Scenic (DH), 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Diadem Stakes (2006 Red Clubs), Falmouth Stakes (1976 Duboff), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1972, 1973 Rheingold), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir, 2006 Red Clubs), Irish Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1994 Bolas), French St Leger (1994 Moonax), Irish Derby (1987 Sir Harry Lewis), Irish 1000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Lowther stakes (2006 Silk Blossom), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 Handsome Sailor), Prestige Stakes (2002 Geminiani), Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (1973 Rheingold), Royal Whip Stakes (2002 Chancellor), Shelbourne Hotels Goffs 500 (2006 Silk Blossom), Sunn Chariot Stakes (2006 Spinning Queen); Sussex Stakes (1990 Distant Relative), Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1987 Chaudennay, 1992 Aquamarine, 1994 Bolas, 1998 High And Low, 1999 Valentine Girl, 2005 Alumni) Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (2007 Dark Angel), Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2007 Dark Angel) St Leger Yearling Stakes (2007 Dark Angel) VC Bet Challnge Stakes (2007 Miss Lucifer) Major Royal Ascot Wins: Hardwicke Stakes (1973 Rheingold), Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), St James’s Palce Stakes (1986 Sure Blade), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1997 Royal Applause), King Edward VII Stakes (2001 Storming Home), Coronation Stakes (2005 Maids Causeway), Coventry Stakes (2005 Red Clubs) Wins in a season (1987-2008): 96: 93: 73: 113: 99: 63: 39: 44: 74: 84: 79: 78: 109: 72: 107: 91: 107: 82: 101; 103; 89; 67; Wins in 2009: 25

Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Michael Patrick.Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Jeremy Hindley. First winner: Sky Thief (Nottingham 13/8/79) Classic wins: (1) Vodafone Derby (1996 Shaamit) Other major wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1994 Arcadian Heights), Champion Stakes (2002 Storming Home), Coronation Stakes (1997 Rebecca Sharp, 2005 Maids Causeway), Dewhurst Stakes (1985 Huntingdale, 1988 Scenic, 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Duke Of York Stakes (2006 Steenburg), Fillies’ Mile (1989 Silk Slippers), Goodwood Cup (1992 Further Flight), Greenham Stakes (2006 Red Clubs), Haydock Sprint Cup (1997 Royal Applause, 2007 Red Clubs), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Irish Champion Stakes (1995 Pentire), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1996 Pentire), Lockinge Stakes (1997 First Island), Lowther Stakes (2006 Silk Blossom), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 Handsome Sailor), Prix de l'Abbaye (1988 Handsome Sailor), Prix Jean Prat (1999 Golden Snake), Shelbourne Hotels Goffs 500 (2006 Silk Blossom), Sussex Stakes (1996 First Island), Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (2006 Spinning Queen) Other details: champion apprentice 1983 Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1994 Arcadian Heights), Queen Anne Stakes (1995 Nicolotte), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1996 First Island), Coronation Stakes (1997 Rebecca Sharp, 2005 Maids Causeway), King Edward VII Stakes (1993 Beneficial, 2001 Storming Home), Ribblesdale Stakes (2006 Mont Etoile) First Goodwood win: Rose Du Soir (Colmans of Norwich Liebfraumilch Handicap, September 10, 1982) Wins (1990-2008): 61, 65, 91, 86, 89, 74, 80, 84, 61, 94, 73, 58, 66, 58, 66, 56, 69, 48, 45 Wins This Season: 20



This year’s Punchestown Festival attracted its second-largest ever overall crowd with 95,109 people attending over the five days, compared to 105,669 in 2008. Today’s attendance was 17,754, down from 19,512 on the same day 12 months ago.

Dick O’Sullivan, Punchestown’s General Manager, commented: “This year’s Punchestown Festival has been marvellous and we are delighted to have had the second-largest ever crowd here to enjoy it.

“We knew beforehand that we had lost well over 10,000 corporate bookings so we actually had more people turning up and coming through the gates this year, which was especially pleasing in these challenging times.

“Our overall attendance were a real vote of confidence in Punchestown and we have taken on a lot of challenges this year, including racing on a really historic rugby day this afternoon with the Leinster-Munster match taking place.

“Our decision to move the starting times to later in the afternoon looks to have proved successful but we will of course be reviewing every aspect of the meeting and take on board the opinions and suggestions made by our racing public to make sure that Punchestown can continue to go forward.

“We would like to thank everyone who made the effort and took the time to come to the Punchestown Festival this year and they created a truly wonderful atmosphere throughout the week. We promised you a party at Punchestown and I hope everyone will agree that we delivered.”


Trainer Willie Mullins closed his 2009 Punchestown Festival tally with an amazing 12th success of the week when Sesenta captured the 120,000 euros Whitewater Shopping Centre Hurdle. It was a 10th win at the Festival for jockey Ruby Walsh.

The pair each received a cheque for 5,000 euros and a golden blazer from Betfair, who sponsored the trainers’ and jockeys’ championships at the Festival.

An Taoiseach Brian Cowen was also at Punchestown and presented Mullins and Walsh with trophies for being champion jockey and trainer in the 2008/09 National Hunt season.

Sesenta could now switch to the Flat after this win. “She’s only 15 hands so is a tremendous mare,” said Mullins. “She’s probably come to the end of her career in handicap hurdles because of the weight she will have to carry so we have the option of running on the Flat although I might also have a look at the Listed Prix Dawn Run at Auteuil.”

Ambobo, who was travelling well when unseating his jockey in the Irish Grand National last time out made amends when scoring for trainer Martin Brassil in the victorchandler.com Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase.


A last fence fall from long-time leader Tharawaat handed the Grade 1 Ballymore Champion Four Year Hurdle to the Edward O’Grady-trained Jumbo Rio under Andrew McNamara.

The winner was travelling well at the time of his rival’s fall and earned a 16/1 quote for next year’s Champion Hurdle from Cashmans following his win.

“Hopefully, he’ll go on and make a very good horse. At Cheltenham he was kicked at the start and then Ebadiyan ran out so everything was upside down for him but he’d done a nice bit of work before coming here,” said O’Grady.

“We were covering the favourite but luckily the jockey was clever enough to switch and chase his housemate (Davy Russell on Tharawaat). I’m sure there will be a lot of conversation between them tonight! Luckily the faller didn’t whip him out of the race. We’ve hit the bar a few times recently so you’d have to say this win wasn’t out of turn.”


Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and his 16-year-old son Sam teamed up to win the Cox’s Cash & Carry Champion Hunter’s Chase with Baby Run, who held on from the fast-finishing Agus A Vic to score by half a length.

“Sam’s only 16 so that was quite a thing for him," said the winning trainer. “It’s only his third win under Rules although he has had a lot of experience in pony racing, which has been the best thing to happen in Britain, and won a few point-to-points. He wants to be a jockey so hopefully he doesn’t get too big.

“He may go for the Horse and Hound Cup at Stratford next but I don’t really mind now because this is great. I’d been thinking of coming here for a while because the prize money is much better than at home. Other than at Cheltenham and Aintree the prize money in hunter chases in England is not good and as I own the horse I need the money! He might run in the odd handicap next season, we’ll see.”


Jockey Barry Geraghty is likely to be out of action for around a month after breaking his wrist in a fall on Friday and he missed the winning ride on Voler La Vedette (8/1) in the ITBA Fillies Scheme EBF Mares Hurdle.

Colm Murphy’s charge came home three lengths clear of Shirley Casper in the Grade Three event with Sean Flanagan deputising for Geraghty.

“Her last race at Fairyhouse was a non event as she ran with the choke out the whole way,” said Murphy. “She keeps improving and can hopefully go for better races next season. She won two bumpers on soft and heavy so she likes this ground but having said that she’d go on good as well.”


One of Ireland’s best modern-day hurdlers - 10-time Grade 1 winner Brave Inca - could have run his last race after finishing ninth of 10 in the ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle on Thursday. Trainer Colm Murphy confirmed that connections are considering retiring the 11-year-old.

“He’s come out his race A1, there’s not a bother on him, and I will discuss things with the owners and expect to make an announcement next week,” said trainer Colm Murphy.


Trainer Enda Bolger, owner J P McManus and jockey Nina Carberry added another Punchestown banks’ race success to their CVs when Freneys Well came home 19 lengths clear of his rivals.

The nine-year-old had finished fourth at Punchestown on Tuesday and was helped this afternoon when his conqueror that day - Wedger Pardy - was forced wide by two loose horses.

“What can I say - that’s the Carberry factor for you,” said Bolger, who was full of praise for the jockey. “We were probably lucky that Ted’s horse (Wedger Pardy) got carried out but I’m delighted that this horse has won because he’d been a bit frustrating. It’s a good tonic all round.”


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