Thursday, May 21, 2009
20 REMAIN IN INVESTEC DERBY - O’BRIEN TALKS ABOUT HIS EPSOM DOWNS CONTENDERS
A fascinating renewal of the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 6, is in prospect with 20 colts remaining in the premier Classic following today’s scratchings deadline.
Aidan O’Brien, seeking a third Investec Derby success following the victories of Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral (2002), has dominated the trials and has nine contenders remaining in the Classic.
The Ballydoyle nine are Lingfield Derby Trial victor Age Of Aquarius, Dante Stakes first and second Black Bear Island and Freemantle, the unbeaten Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes winner and current Investec Derby favourite Fame And Glory, the first two horses home in the Chester Vase Golden Sword and Masterofthehorse, recent Naas maiden winner Johann Zoffany, betfred.com Classic Trial third Malibu Bay and Rip Van Winkle, who was a staying-on fourth in the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas.
The master of Ballydolyle told At The Races earlier today: “The horses ran well in their trials. The colts that ran early on in the season improved from their first appearance to their second, while the ones that didn’t win their trials also ran well. Hopefully, we will see what happens over the next week or 10 days before finalising any plans.
“I think that everyone is saying that Fame And Glory was the most impressive in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial. Obviously, we see the same as everybody else and all the horses went through their trials and we were happy with their races.
“We were very happy with Rip Van Winkle’s run in the 2000 Guineas. He had a very interrupted preparation for that race and ran a really good race there. It’s been so far so good with him since. He pulled off a shoe a little bit back and was a little bit tender for a few days but, other than that, everything has been fine with him.
“He’s a very balanced horse with a lot of natural speed. He has a great stride on him and is a very determined horse so you wouldn’t think that he would have any problem with Epsom.
“We liked Black Bear Island a lot last year and Johnny was very happy with his first run of the season in France - it was a very slowly run race and he had to wait for the gap. He flew once the gap came and we thought that he would come forward for that run, and he did.
“Freemantle was very impressive in a maiden last year, when Sean Levey rode him. Johnny wanted to ride him in the Dante Stakes because, if he was going for the Investec Derby, then the York race would have been his only start before Epsom. He ran a great race in the Dante Stakes and he is another horse who should come forward from the run.
“Fame And Glory had two starts last year and another two this year. They were well spaced out and Black Bear Island had a similar programme. They have both run in competitive trials on their second starts this season so you would imagine, with everything going well before the Investec Derby, that both colts should be ready for Epsom.
“We were very happy with Age Of Aquarius at Lingfield. He has a little bit of a setback when he strained a stifle and he just about made it to Lingfield so we were really pleased with the run.
“We knew that there wasn’t going to be much pace and Johnny gave him a lovely ride from the front. Even though Age Of Aquarius was very green, he wasn’t doing a whole lot in front, so we were over the moon with his run.
“He came out of the race very well and we have been very happy with him ever since. There could be a big jump forward from him following that run.
“I don’t know at the moment how many runners we will have in the Investec Derby. It will be spoken about a lot and everybody will discuss it but they are all very eligible Epsom horses at the moment.
“The owners will decide amongst themselves but the decision is a little bit away because the colts have to go through their work and everyone’s input will be taken on board.
“When the horses have come through their trial, then it’s very hard to bypass the Investec Derby. It’s the ultimate test of the horse whether they have speed, stamina, balance, courage - everything is put to the test.
“It’s a great position to be in, having horses that have chances of running in the race, and it’s a privilege to have horses that have come through their trials in the way they have.”
Sea The Stars, trained by John Oxx, bids to emulate Nashwan, the last horse to win complete the Guineas/Derby double in 1989. The Cape Cross colt comes from a family with a fine tradition in the Epsom Classics. Sea The Stars is out of the brilliant mare Urban Sea, making him a half-brother to the 2001 Derby winner Galileo, as well as the fillies All Too Beautiful and Melikah, who were both placed in the Investec Oaks.
Gan Amhras finished third in the 2000 Guineas and is set to represent last year’s winning trainer Jim Bolger. The trainer’s other remaining entries are Fergus McIver and Toraidhe.
William Haggas saddled South Easter to win the Dee Stakes at Chester on May 8. The colt is jointly-owned by Bernard Kantor, managing director of Derby sponsor Investec and could bid to add to the trainer’s 1996 Derby success with Shaamit, his only previous runner in the premier Classic.
Two other British-trained contenders are Godolphin’s Kite Wood, who finished fifth in the Dante and Crowded House, the winter favourite for the Investec Derby who finished a disappointing eighth in the York contest. Debussy won the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom Downs on April 22 prior to finishing third in the Chester Vase.
The five-day confirmation stage for the Investec Derby is on Monday, June 1, when there is a also a £75,000 supplementary entry stage. The 2009 Investec Derby will have a prize fund of at least £1,250,000.
25 FILLIES CHASING INVESTEC OAKS GLORY
The 2009 Investec Oaks has 25 fillies remaining following today’s scratchings stage. Run at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 5, Investec Ladies Day, the premier fillies’ Classic has prize fund of £350,000.
Sariska leap-frogged Rainbow View at the head of the Investec Oaks betting following an impressive three and three-quarter lengths victory over Star Ruby in the Group Two Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on May 13. The Michael Bell-trained filly improved for the step up to 10 furlongs having finished fourth on her seasonal debut over seven furlongs at Newbury in April.
Rainbow View headed the ante-post lists for the Oaks through the winter following an unbeaten juvenile campaign that included a stunning victory in the Group One Fillies’ Mile at Ascot. The John Gosden-trained filly stayed on late to finish fifth on her seasonal bow in the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 3. Rainbow View is set to work at Epsom Downs on Thursday, May 28, at the Breakfast With The Stars media event.
Cuis Ghaire, runner-up to Ghanaati in the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas, as well as Aaroness and Oh Goodness Me could represent Jim Bolger, who saddled Jet Ski Lady to victory in 1991.
There are 10 Irish-trained fillies remaining, including the David Wachman-trained Again. The Danehill Dancer filly won three races last season including the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes and is favourite for Sunday’s Irish 1,000 Guineas.
Beauty O’Gwaun is unbeaten in two starts for trainer John Oxx and was a head too good for Festival Princess in the Group Three Blue Wind Stakes at Naas on May 13.
The Aidan O’ Brien-trained Perfect Truth scored a narrow victory in the Listed Cheshire Oaks from the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Phillipina on May 6, while Dermot Weld could run impressive Naas maiden winner Dance Pass.
Henry Cecil has won the Investec Oaks on eight occasions and has another prime contender in Midday. The Oasis Dream filly, runner-up in the Weatherbys Bank Blue Riband Trial Stakes at Epsom in April, was an impressive six-length winner of the Oaks Trial at Lingfield on May 9.
The Stoute-trained July Jasmine was runner-up in that Lingfield contest and the trainer could also be represented by Doncaster maiden winner Leocorno, a half-sister to Golan and Tartan Bearer who both finished second in the Investec Derby.
Barry Hills, fresh from Classic success with Ghanaati, could saddle Musidora Stakes fourth High Heeled.
The six-day confirmation stage for the Investec Oaks is on Saturday, May 30, when there is also a £20,000 supplementary entry stage.
For further information, please contact:
Nick Blofeld, Managing Director at Epsom Downs Racecourse, on 01372 726311
Andrew Cooper, Director of Racing at Epsom Downs Racecourse, on 07774 230850
Johnno Spence at JSC Sport on 07860 583307
THE INVESTEC DERBY
Class 1, Group 1, £1,250,000 Total Prize Fund, Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 6, 2009. For three-year-olds only, entire colts & fillies, one mile & four furlongs. Entries closed December 5, 2007, (474 entries). First scratchings deadline noon, March 3, 2009 (138 remained), £8,000 second entry stage noon April 7, 2009, (8 extra entries received), second forfeit stage May 21, 2009, (20 remain), £75,000 supplementary entry and five-day confirmation stage noon, June 1, 2009, final declaration stage 10am, June 4, 2009. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Wednesday, May 20, 2009. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
(1)4-1 AGE OF AQUARIUS (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
21-31 BLACK BEAR ISLAND (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
0(1)21-0 CROWDED HOUSE Paul Reddam, Carmen Burrell, J Harvey Brian Meehan
4-(1)13 DEBUSSY (IRE) H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
11-11 FAME AND GLORY Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
(1)-33 FATHER TIME Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
32-1223 FERGUS MCIVER (IRE) Netherfield House Stud Jim Bolger IRE
341-2 FREEMANTLE Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
312-3 GAN AMHRAS (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
3541-41 GOLDEN SWORD Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
34-61 JOHANN ZOFFANY Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
211-5 KITE WOOD (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
35- LOCH LONG (IRE) Thistle Bloodstock Limited Tracey Collins IRE
1-3 MALIBU BAY (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2130-2 MASTEROFTHEHORSE (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
21-2 MONTAFF Barry Walters Catering Mick Channon
110-4 RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
411-1 SEA THE STARS (IRE) Christopher Tsui John Oxx IRE
21 SOUTH EASTER (IRE) Markus Jooste & Bernard Kantor William Haggas
22-1 TORAIDHE (IRE) Peter Canavan Jim Bolger IRE
20 entries remain after May 21 scratchings deadline
THE FOLLOWING 126 HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE), AL MAHRAJAH, ALHAQUE (USA), ALMAIL (USA), ALMIQDAAD, ALWAARY (USA), ANMAR (USA), ARAZAN (IRE), ARD NA GREINE (IRE), ARISTOCRAT, ASATEER (IRE), BAB AL SALAM (USA), BORN TO BE KING (USA), BRAVEHEART MOVE (IRE), BYZANTINE, CALYPSO BAY (IRE), CAPEABILITY (IRE), CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD (IRE), CHIEF LONE EAGLE (USA), CHOCK A BLOCK (IRE), CLOWANCE HOUSE, CLUAIN ALAINN (IRE), COUNTRY ROAD (IRE), CROWFOOT (IRE), CRYSTAL CELEBRE (IRE), CYGNET, DARADIYR (FR), DERBAAS (USA), DRUMBEAT (IRE), DUBAI CHALLENGE (USA), EBIAYN (FR), EMIRATES CHAMPION, FAVOURS BRAVE, FORTUNI (IRE), FOUR WINDS, FRANCISCO GOYA (IRE), FREE AGENT, GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE), GRAND DUCAL (IRE), GRAND ADMIRAL (USA), HAASHED (USA), HAIL CAESAR (IRE), HARBINGER, HEADLINE ACT, HIGHLAND FLASH, HORSLEY WARRIOR, HYADES (USA), HYDRANT, HYPNOTIST (UAE), IMPOSING, INDEPENDENCE HALL (USA), INDIAN OCEAN (IRE), INTENSE FOCUS (USA), KIMBERLEY DOWNS (USA), LA DE TWO (IRE), LASSO THE MOON, LIBERATION (IRE), LISZT (IRE), LIVELY FLING (USA), MAFAAZ, MAIMONIDES, MARTIAL LAW (IRE), MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE), MAURICE UTRILLO (IRE), MAWAZIN, MAYTIDE (IRE), MIRIFIC (FR), MOURAYAN (IRE), MUNSTER FUSILIER (IRE), MUSTAQER (IRE), MY VISION (USA), NAFAATH (IRE), NATIVE RULER, NEHAAM, NORTH EAST CORNER (USA), NORWEGIAN DANCER (UAE), OASIS KNIGHT (IRE), OUSTER (GER), PADDY PARTRIDGE, PALAVICINI (USA), PEACEFUL RULE (USA), PELIGROSO (FR), PLYMOUTH ROCK (IRE), PONT TOTO, POPMURPHY, RISING STAR, RISING PROSPECT, ROCKHAMPTON (IRE), RULER OF ALL (IRE), SAGARIAN (FR), SAM SHARP (USA), SANS FRONTIERES (IRE), SAPTAPADI (IRE), SEHOY (USA), SET SAIL (IRE), SHAWEEL, SILVADOR, SIR PERCIVAL (USA), SIRGARFIELDSOBERS (IRE), SKANKY BISCUIT, SOLARIS (IRE), STATELY HOME (IRE), SUMBE (USA), SURVIVOR'S SONG, SWINDLER (IRE), SWISS GUARD, TAAMEER, TAARAB, TACTIC, TAVERN SQUARE (USA), THE BOAT SHED (IRE), THEREGOESJOJO (USA), THESPIS OF ICARIA (IRE), TOO MUCH TROUBLE, TROJAN WAR (IRE), TWO TOGETHER (USA), TYNEDALE (FR), UNCLE KEEF (IRE), VICEROY OF INDIA (USA), VITRUVIAN MAN, VOCALISED (USA), VON JAWLENSKY (IRE), WAR (IRE), WESTPHALIA (IRE), YANKEE DOODLE, YU TIGER (IRE)
THE INVESTEC OAKS
Class 1, Group 1, £350,000 Total Prize Fund. 4.05pm, Epsom Downs, Friday, June 5, 2009. For three-year-old fillies only. One mile & four furlongs. Weights: 9st each. Entries closed March 17, entries revealed March 19 (77 entries). First scratchings deadline noon, May 21, 2009 (25 remain). £20,000 supplementary entry stage and six-day confirmation stage May 30, final declaration stage 10.00am, June 3. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and include the racing up to and including Wednesday, May 20.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
31546-2 AARONESS (USA) June Judd & Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
01110- AGAIN (IRE) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier David Wachman IRE
1-1 BEAUTY O' GWAUN (IRE) Neil Jones John Oxx IRE
1221-0 CHINTZ (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith David Wachman IRE
113-6 COPPERBEECH (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
11120-2 CUIS GHAIRE (IRE) Jackie Bolger & Harry Dobson Jim Bolger IRE
4-41 DANCE PASS (IRE) Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
01-0 DULCIE Dullingham Park Mark Tompkins
26(1)6-14 HIGH HEELED (IRE) Mr and Mrs Steven Jenkins Barry Hills
1-2 JULY JASMINE (USA) Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
41-3 LATIN LOVE (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor David Wachman IRE
1- LEOCORNO (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
0314-21 MIDDAY Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
453-(1)01 NASHMIAH (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
03122-10 OH GOODNESS ME June Judd & Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
40(2)-4(2)1 PERFECT TRUTH (IRE) Anne Marie O'Brien Aidan O'Brien IRE
0-52 PHILLIPINA Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
1111-5 RAINBOW VIEW (USA) George Strawbridge John Gosden
1-41 SARISKA Lady Bamford Michael Bell
(2)(2)-13 SAY NO NOW (IRE) Saif Ali & Saeed H Altayer David Lanigan
013-442 THE MINIVER ROSE (IRE) Julie Wood Richard Hannon
2220-12 THREE MOONS (IRE) Kate Goldsmith Harry Dunlop
30 TOTALLY DEVOTED (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
(0)415-3 TOTTIE Julian Richmond-Watson Amanda Perrett
(3)(2)10 WADAAT Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
25 entries remain after May 21 scratchings deadline
THE FOLLOWING 52 HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: ANICE STELLATO (IRE), ARWAAH (IRE), ASPEN DARLIN (IRE), BEAT SEVEN, BLUE NYMPH, BURGUNDY ICE (USA), CASCATA (IRE), CHIRKOVA (USA), CLUB TAHITI, DABEINA (IRE), DAZZLE DANCER (IRE), DREAM EMPRESS (USA), DREAMTHEIMPOSSIBLE (USA), ENTICEMENT, FANTASIA, GHANAATI (USA), GLEAMING SILVER (IRE), GOLDEN STREAM (IRE), GRACE O'MALLEY (IRE), HEART OF ICE (IRE), INHIBITION, IT MUST BE MAGIC (USA), LIGHT DUBAI (IRE), LOVE BIRD (IRE), MA ANI (USA), MAIDIN MAITH (IRE), MOOAKADA (IRE), MOONLIFE (IRE), MOVING HEART (IRE), PACHATTACK (USA), PIQUANTE, PLUMANIA, PROPORTIONAL, RAINBOW DESERT (USA), RARE VIRTUE (USA), RHYTHM QUEEN (IRE), ROMAN EMPRESS (IRE), SANA ABEL (IRE), SAPPHIRE BRACELET (IRE), SERIOUS ATTITUDE (IRE), SIMPLE SOLUTION (USA), SNOQUALMIE GIRL (IRE), STRIKING DANCER (USA), SUMMER FETE (IRE), SUNSPEAR (IRE), SWEET HOLLOW, TAKE THE HINT, TAMARIND (IRE), TANOURA (IRE), TARRIP (USA), TIMABIYRA (IRE), WALK BESIDE ME (USA)
DONATIVUM TO RETURN TO NEWMARKET FOR KING CHARLES II STAKES
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is keen to see how Donativum fares on his Godolphin debut as the gelding gets his three-year-old campaign underway in the Listed £40,000 King Charles II Stakes (2.50pm) at Newmarket on Saturday, May 23.
The son of Cadeaux Genereux joined the Maktoum family’s racing operation following a sparkling juvenile campaign with John Gosden that included a stunning half-length victory over Crowded House in the inaugural Tattersalls Timeform Million at Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting on October 4.
He followed up that success with another fine victory just three weeks later, when he got the better of Westphalia in the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita, USA.
The Godolphin handler commented today: “Donativum spent the winter in Dubai and he has been working nicely recently. I have been happy with his preparation and we will start him off in a Listed contest before deciding where to go with him.
“Running over seven furlongs is a good distance to begin his season over and he will step up to a mile afterwards. I think he will be fine on the good to firm ground but he hasn’t raced since October, so he will come on for his first start of the year.
“I am looking forward to seeing him in action and I am hopeful that he will run well on Saturday.”
The field for the King Charles II Stakes also includes the Tattersalls Timeform Million third Nasri, Captain Ramius, Courageous, Thunderous Mood and the filly Baileys Cacao, who took the Listed betinternet.com Empress Stakes on The July Course in June last year. Barry Hills will be represented by Alyarf, who finished fourth behind Delegator in the Group Three banshahousestables.com Craven Stakes at Newmarket on April 16.
The King Charles II Stakes has proved a useful trial for the Jersey Stakes, with both Jeremy (2006) and Tariq (2007) having gone on to victory in the Group Three Royal Ascot contest.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Jeremy progressed to finish a short-head behind Ramonti in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes the following year, while Tariq followed up his victories at Newmarket and Royal Ascot with success in the Group Two Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood for trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam.
Saturday’s other Listed contest is the £40,000 Spillers Horse Feeds Fairway Stakes (2.20pm), which has attracted a high-class field of six. Your Old Pal, from the stable of Jeremy Noseda, and the John Dunlop-trained Palavicini will line up on the Rowley Mile once more, having fought out a thrilling finish to the Listed stanjames.com Newmarket Stakes on May 2.
Big Bound has ran with credit in two Derby trials for John Gosden, including a narrow defeat in the Group Three Classic Trial at Sandown in April, while the Henry Cecil-trained Father Time was half a length behind Epsom contender Age Of Aquarius when third in the Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield earlier this month.
FAMILY FUN DAY AT GOODWOOD ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY - ART DECO ON COMEBACK TRAIL
Goodwood plays host to an exciting new Bank Holiday fixture on Monday, May 25, with a competitive seven-race programme coupled with fun for all members of the family.
The Family Fun Day will feature a number of FREE attractions throughout the racecourse including fairground rides, a helter skelter, circus workshops, magicians, bungee trampolines, bouncy slides, children’s races, children’s theatres with storytelling, singalongs and Goodwood’s very own version of Aladdin performed by the Goodwood Actors Guild. FREE lollipops will also be available for children.
This is coupled with FREE admission for all accompanied children aged under 18 into all enclosures.
The racing highlight of the Family Fun Day is the £40,000 Listed Festival Stakes (3.10), run over just short of 10 furlongs for four year olds and upwards. Past winners of the contest include the mighty Mtoto (1988), Alderbrook (1994), Mubtaker (2001) and Sixties Icon (2008).
This year’s renewal has attracted an excellent entry of 22, including recent Windsor Listed scorer Ordnance Row from the Richard Hannon stable, while the Godolphin operation has made entries for Covert Ambition, who scored impressively on his sole outing at Nottingham last season, Once More Dubai, a dual Listed winner in Italy who has also been placed at Group One level and Yahrab, a Listed winner at Lingfield in October.
A horse on the comeback trail is Art Deco, who finished fourth in the 2006 French Derby at Chantilly. The six-year-old also won the Group Three Chester Vase in 2006 but has not been seen out since finishing fifth in the Group Three Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown in April, 2007.
Trainer Charles Egerton revealed: “We have entered Art Deco in the Festival Stakes and he will hopefully take his chance in the race providing the ground is not too fast. He also holds an entry in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar but Goodwood is my preferred option as things stand.
“He had a tendon injury which has kept him off for such a long time and it won’t be easy for him coming up against some younger, progressive opposition. He was my first Group winner and he’s a very solid horse but, realistically, he won’t be at the same level as he was as a three-year-old just yet.
“The ground was too fast for him in the Prix du Jockey Club and, with the benefit of hindsight, he was probably too inexperienced going into the race. It would have certainly helped if he had gone to Chantilly with another race under his belt but he was my first runner in a Derby and you learn by making mistakes.
“His best performance was in the Grand Prix de Paris, when he was fifth behind Rail Link and Red Rocks. He shouldn’t have really ran there either because the ground was too quick and it jarred him up a bit, but you train horses to run them. He bled at Sandown and then picked up his tendon injury that autumn.
“A lot of the Listed races today have the quality of a Group Three race and there is always something that is improving or a decent horse from one of the big stables. He is as fit as I can get him at home and it’s just a question of seeing how he goes on Monday before deciding where to go next with him.”
Sir Michael Stoute could be represented by Confront, who defied top-weight when an impressive winner of a competitive handicap at Newmarket on May 2 while the horse’s owner Khalid Abdulla also has the Henry Cecil-trained Tranquil Tiger, who dead-heated over the course and distance in the Foundation Stakes in September, entered. Other interesting contenders include last year’s Italian Derby victor Cima de Triomphe, who joined the Newmarket yard of Luca Cumani this season and the Brian Meehan-trained Charlie Farnsbarns, a Group Three winner at Newmarket in October.
Racing gets underway at 2.00pm with the Goodwood Family Fun Day Selling Stakes and runs through to 5.30pm with concluding toteexacta Handicap (5.30pm). The other races on the card are the Children Race Free At Goodwood Handicap (2.35pm), the Golf At Goodwood Maiden Auction Stakes (3.45pm), the Horsewalk Restaurant Handicap (4.20pm) and the June Friday Evenings At Goodwood Handicap (4.55pm). Gates open at 11.30am.
Entry to the Lennox Enclosure costs just £9 for adults and accompanied children under the age of 18 always receive FREE admission. With its manicured lawns and fabulous views of the Downs, this enclosure is the ideal spot to have a picnic and a very relaxing day out. It really is an incredible day’s entertainment and a family of two adults and four children could enjoy it all for just £18. Car parking is also FREE.
There is a FREE, supervised playground for 4 - 11 year olds in the Lennox Enclosure while a FREE, supervised creche is supplied in the Gordon Enclosure for children aged below four.
The line-up is completed by the Richard Hannon-trained Heliodor, who landed the Poker At bet365.com Zetland Conditions Stakes at Newmarket in November, and the Coolmore-owned Rendezvous could make his debut for Sir Michael Stoute following his switch from the stable of Andre Fabre.
The Spillers Horse Feeds Fairway Stakes has also been won by some very promising three-year-olds in recent seasons, including David Junior (2005), who returned to Newmarket to land the Group One Emirates Airline Champion Stakes later the same season before going on to further Group One glory the following campaign in both the Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba and the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
Winning trainer Brian Meehan subsequently saddled Red Rocks to victory in the 10-furlong contest in 2006, and the Pleasant Tap colt progressed to Grade One success in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Grade One Man o’War Stakes, while Lucarno followed up success in the Spillers Horse Feeds Fairway Stakes in 2007 with a fine fourth in the Derby before winning the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger in September.
Saturday’s seven-race card also includes the £40,000 coral.co.uk Sprint (3.25pm), a fiercely competitive heritage handicap over six furlongs. The 14 declarations include the hat-trick seeking Proclaim, recent Nottingham winner Bouvardia and Dark Lane, who landed the DBS St Leger Yearling Stakes on the July Course in August.
Newmarket also races on Friday, May 22, and Sunday, May 24, with a seven-race card on both days.
The going at Newmarket is currently Good To Firm with a GoingStick reading of 8.7 at 7.30am today. Watering will take place as necessary to maintain the current conditions.
EMIRATES AIRLINE CELEBRATES 10-YEAR SPONSORSHIP OF CHAMPION STAKES
EMIRATES AIRLINE and Newmarket Racecourses are delighted to announce that the Dubai-based global airline is to sponsor the Champion Stakes for a 10th consecutive year in 2009.
The £400,000 Group One race, won last year in brilliant style by New Approach, will be staged on the Rowley Mile on Saturday, October 17. Since Emirates first supported the prestigious mile-and-a-quarter race, it has also been landed by such top-class performers as Kalanisi, Rakti and Haafhd
The Emirates Airline Champion Stakes is the highlight of Newmarket’s glittering Champions’ Day, one of the biggest fixtures in the racing calendar. An exceptional card comprises two Group One events, three Group Two races, a Group Three contest and one of the Turf season’s most famous handicaps, the Cesarewitch.
Newmarket Racecourses Managing Director, Stephen Wallis, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Emirates Airline has chosen to continue its sponsorship of the Champion Stakes. Emirates has long been a magnificent supporter not only of Newmarket, but of horse racing globally.
“Newmarket is renowned throughout the world as the home of racing and we have an exceptional series of meetings throughout the season. It is thanks to sponsors such as Emirates that we are able to deliver such top-class races with the prize funds that they merit.
“Emirates’ excellence, too, in its field is widely known and that is why we continue to make ideal partners for one another.”
Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman of Emirates Airline and Group, added: “Emirates is proud to sponsor the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse; a race that has always lived up to its name in attracting the champions of the sport.
“As title sponsor, Emirates remains committed to supporting horseracing both in the United Kingdom and around the world. As an airline, we now connect six airports in the UK with Emirates’ extensive network, of more than 100 destinations, with 98 weekly flights to Dubai.”
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