Wednesday, May 27, 2009
OUTSTANDING ENTRY OF 57 FOR BGC SUSSEX STAKES AT GOODWOOD - DE KOCK CONSIDERING ARCHIPENKO FOR MILE FEATURE
This year’s £300,000 Group One BGC Sussex Stakes looks set to be another fascinating renewal with a total of 57 horses entered for the prestigious mile contest, the highlight of racing on the second day of Glorious Goodwood, Wednesday, July 29.
Having saddled Asiatic Boy to finish fourth in the race in 2007, South African trainer Mike De Kock is considering a return to Goodwood with another globetrotting star, Archipenko.
The five-year-old was fifth behind Ramonti in the BGC Sussex Stakes in 2007, when trained by Aidan O’Brien, but progressed under De Kock to take the Group One Audemars Piguet QE II Cup at Sha Tin in April, 2008, and gave his trainer a first British Group victory in the Group Two Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot in July last year.
He followed up that success with a staying-on second in the Grade One Arlington Million in America the following month and began the current campaign with a comfortable success in a Group Three contest at Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, in February, prior to finishing sixth in Group One company in both the Dubai Duty Free and Hong Kong’s Audemars Piguet QE II Cup in April.
De Kock revealed: “We have entered Archipenko in the BGC Sussex Stakes and the race is a possibility for him - we are keeping all of our options open at the moment. He could go for the Arlington Million once again but Goodwood would be an obvious alternative for him.
“He has shown that he is effective over a mile and he ran a very good race when winning the Summer Mile at Ascot last year. He also ran well over a mile at Nad Al Sheba earlier on this season, which was a very competitive Group Three race.
“It’s quite an easy 10 furlongs at Sha Tin and he was probably a length or two below his best when he ran in this year’s Audemars Piguet QE II Cup. We had respiratory problems with the horses earlier in the year, which is why they didn’t run so well in Dubai, but he seems fine at the moment.
“We won’t be running him at Royal Ascot this year because he has done a fair bit of travelling already this year and he didn’t travel that well back to England. I am returning to the UK next week and we will see how he’s working before finalising where we go with him, but the BGC Sussex Stakes is certainly an option for him as things stand.”
The Richard Hannon-trained Paco Boy could also return to Goodwood after his victory in the Group Two Betfair Cup last year. The four-year-old colt beat Dream Eater in the Group Two Sandown Mile and was fourth behind Virtual on his latest start in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. East Everleigh-based Hannon has also engaged the fifth from that race, Major Cadeaux, as he searches for a second victory in the BGC Sussex Stakes after Reel Buddy’s triumph six years ago.
Barry Hills enjoyed BGC Sussex Stakes glory with Distant Relative in 1990 and the veteran trainer may be represented this year by the brilliant filly Ghanaati, who landed the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in decisive fashion, while Sir Michael Stoute, successful with Sonic Lady (1986), Zilzal (1989), and Among Men (1998), has entered the English 2000 Guineas fifth Evasive, Perfect Stride and Main Aim, who was an impressive seven-length winner of a Newbury handicap recently.
Saeed bin Suroor, who has enjoyed success in the BGC Sussex Stakes with Aljabr (1999), Noverre (2001) and Ramonti (2007), looks set to have another strong hand in this year’s race, with 16 entries hailing from the Godolphin operation, headed by recent Lockinge Stakes runner-up Alexandros and Gladiatorus, the runaway victor of the Dubai Duty Free in March.
Last season’s Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes winner Orizaba and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf victor Donativum have both made the switch to Godolphin over the winter, and they could be joined in the BGC Sussex Stakes by another new recruit, Playfellow, who landed a Listed contest for Michael Jarvis in October.
Other notable British-trained entries include Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Lahaleeb, Delegator, who filled the same position in the English 2000 Guineas, and Pipedreamer, who landed the Alphameric Vase at Glorious Goodwood in 2007 and went on to take the Group Two York Stakes last July.
A total of 19 Irish-trained entries include 13 from the Ballydoyle stable of Aidan O’Brien, headed by Mastercraftsman, who was an impressive winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas on Saturday. The English and Irish champion trainer may also be represented by 2000 Guineas fourth Rip Van Winkle, Thewayyouare, Westphalia and the English 1000 Guineas fourth Heart Shaped as he bids for a fourth victory in the BGC Sussex Stakes, following on from Giant’s Causeway (2000), Rock Of Gibraltar (2002) and last year’s winner Henrythenavigator.
The particularly strong Irish challenge also includes the John Oxx-trained Sea The Stars, who triumphed in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, and the third from that race, Ghan Amhras, from the yard of Jim Bolger. The Coolcullen-based handler has also engaged Dewhurst Stakes victor Intense Focus, dual Group Three scorer Vocalised and three-time Group One winner Lush Lashes, who was narrowly denied by Halfway To Heaven in a thrilling finish to the Group One Blue Square Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last year.
The two entries trained in France are Naaqoos and Milanais, who were first and second in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Lonchamp in October. Both horses could bid to become the first French-trained horses to win the BGC Sussex Stakes since Bigstone triumphed in 1993.
THE BGC SUSSEX STAKES
Class 1, Group 1, £300,000 total prize fund. 3.30pm, Goodwood, Wednesday, July 29, 2009. For three-year-olds and upwards, one mile. Weights: 3-y-o colts and geldings 8st 13lb; fillies 8st 10lb; 4-y-o and up colts and geldings 9st 7lb; fillies 9st 4lb. Entries closed May 26, entries revealed May 27 (57 entries), scratchings deadline, July 7, confirmation stage and £19,500 supplementary stage July 23, final declaration stage 10.00am, July 27. Form supplied by Weatherbys and is correct up to and including the racing of Monday, May 25. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
3-11302 ALEXANDROS 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
3/11-0 AQLAAM 4 Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas
112-166 ARCHIPENKO (USA) 5 Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum Mike de Kock SA
1(2)16-0 ASHRAM (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
2(2)-4101 ASSET (IRE) 6 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
11/64-01 BEACON LODGE (IRE) 4 Mr and Mrs P Hargreaves Clive Cox
1-6 BYZANTINE 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
215-120 DELEGATOR 3 Poilin Good Brian Meehan
20111-4 DONATIVUM 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
6/53-220 DREAM EATER (IRE) 4 Jeff Smith Andrew Balding
(3)11-6 EVASIVE 3 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
(1)/-(1)(1) FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE) 4 Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
312-3 GAN AMHRAS (IRE) 3 Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
(3)(1)-1 GHANAATI (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
112/-111 GLADIATORUS (USA) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
(3)-61206 HATTA FORT 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
0452-24 HEART SHAPED (USA) 3 Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Betty Moran Aidan O'Brien IRE
2130- HUNTDOWN (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
56331-2 INTENSE FOCUS (USA) 3 Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
321-102 LAHALEEB (IRE) 3 M Al-Qatami & K M Al-Mudhaf Mick Channon
3114-20 LIBERATION (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1 LOCH LINNHE (USA) 3 H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
23512-0 LORD SHANAKILL (USA) 3 Mogeely Stud & Mark Gittins Karl Burke
21120-3 LUSH LASHES 4 Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
13100-1 MAIN AIM 4 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
33200-5 MAJOR CADEAUX 5 N A Woodcock, A C Pickford & David Mort Richard Hannon
1-3 MALIBU BAY (USA) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
1114-51 MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
31110/6- MCCARTNEY (GER) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
(5)0-4623 MIA'S BOY 5 Iraj Parvizi Chris Dwyer
4226-26 MILANAIS (FR) 3 Milanais Associates Mikel Delzangles FR
(1)-1 MUTHEEB (USA) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1511-26 NAAQOOS 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Freddie Head FR
1514- ORIZABA (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
0410-10 OUQBA 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
1D1-014 PACO BOY (IRE) 4 The Calvera Partnership No 2 Richard Hannon
2/0160-2 PERFECT STRIDE 4 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
33140-2 PIPEDREAMER 5 Cheveley Park Stud John Gosden
1(1)31- PLAYFELLOW (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
3/132-54 POET 4 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
1602- PRINCE SIEGFRIED (FR) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
14-14 RECHARGE (IRE) 3 Lady O'Reilly Kevin Prendergast IRE
0606-06 RED ROCK CANYON (IRE) 5 Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Diane Nagle Aidan O'Brien IRE
110-4 RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
24-13(1) ROCKHAMPTON (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
411-1 SEA THE STARS (IRE) 3 Christopher Tsui John Oxx IRE
6104-4 SET SAIL (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
5124-50 SHAWEEL 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
5(1)-(1)(2)3 SPRING OF FAME (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
12- THE CHEKA (IRE) 3 Anthony Pye-Jeary & Mel Smith Eve Johnson Houghton
11/60-45 THEWAYYOUARE (USA) 4 Sean Mulryan, Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
3(5)-20 VICEROY OF INDIA (USA) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
0111-31 VIRTUAL 4 Cheveley Park Stud John Gosden
41-1110 VOCALISED (USA) 3 Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
1012-23 WESTPHALIA (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
(1)0/64(6)-5 WINDSOR PALACE (IRE) 4 Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
10-2(1)21 YAMAL (IRE) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
57 Entries, 19 Irish-trained, 2 French-trained, 1 South African-trained
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