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Sunday, May 3, 2009



Stephen Wallis, Managing Director at Newmarket, expressed his satisfaction at the conclusion of The stanjames.com Guineas Festival.

He said: “The stanjames.com Guineas Festival saw two great days of racing with magnificent winners of both The stanjames.com 2000 Guineas and The stanjames.com 1000 Guineas.

“We have seen high-class sport in stylish surroundings and what is interesting is how people have donned their ‘Sunday Best’ for a day’s racing at Newmarket.

“While we haven’t a crowd figure for Sunday as yet, Saturday saw an attendance of around 15,500 which was 12 per cent down on last year’s crowd for the same day. To a significant degree, this is a reflection of a dip in hospitality sales.

“Overall we are pleased with how the two days have gone and I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to our excellent sponsor Stan James.”

Third race - the stanjames.com 1,000 Guineas Stakes
Winner’s quotes


Five years ago, Barry Hills and Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum teamed up for stanjames.com 2000 Guineas glory with Haafhd and they returned to lift the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas trophy with Ghanaati to continue an outstanding start to the season for the veteran trainer, who recently celebrated his 3000th winner and his 300th success at Newmarket. Ridden by Hills’s son Richard, Ghanaati was sent off at 20/1 and returned triumphant by a length and a half from Irish raider Cuis Ghaire.

Barry Hills said: “I’ve always thought she was a very good filly and I think she’ll be much better over a mile and a quarter. How far she can stay I don’t know. She’s pretty special. Everything she’s done she’s done very easily and she’s got size and a good temperament.”

Ghanaati has been cut to around 5/1 for the Oaks following her Guineas victory but her participation at Epsom is not certain.

“She’s in the Oaks but I don’t know if she’ll run. I’ll have to talk to Sheikh Hamdan and Angus Gold,” added Hills. “ I really don’t know where she’ll go after this. As I said, I’m sure she’ll be better over a mile and a quarter. In the back of my mind, I can see her coming back here to win the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes.”

Asked about his run of success for far in 2009, Hills said: “First of all, for whatever reason, the weather can make such a difference. The weather’s been better in Lambourn this year. Sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time.”

Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager Angus Gold said: “Barry’s done a great job with her. She’s a beautifully bred filly and it’s very nice to see the ability to go with it. She only won a maiden last year but she was always going to improve this year as a three-year-old - she’s a great big filly. I always thought she would be a mile and a quarter filly and, if I’m honest, I didn’t necessarily think she’d have the speed to win a Guineas so this is a bonus. Whether she’ll get a mile and a half, I don’t know. All options are open and certainly she’s shown enough speed to win one Guineas and we’ll have to think about the Irish Guineas and perhaps the Coronation (Stakes at Royal Ascot).

Owner Sheikh Hamdan offered the opinion that Ghanaati would not stay a mile and a half and added: “She is very good at a mile - she beat good fillies, a good field. She could go to Ireland or to France or maybe she will go for the Coronation Stakes (at Royal Ascot).”

Winning jockey Richard Hills said: “She had taken a while to come to herself last year and Dad gave her plenty of time. He was very patient with her then she won well at Kempton. We went quietly with her and gave her a prep gallop here at the Craven meeting and waited for the Guineas. From four out I was very confident today and thought it was going to take a good one to come and get me.

“Dad went through a tough period last year which he is over now. He’s stuck his head down and got on with it and things have gone in a good direction this year. It makes me very proud to win a Classic for him today - it’s special to have won the colts’ race with Haafhd for him and to now do it with a filly. The first thing he said to me just now was ‘I told you so’ - I think he got a bit of the 33s last week!”

Race 3 - The stanjames.com 1000 Guineas - Placed Quotes


Jim Bolger declared himself “very happy” with the performance of Cuis Ghaire, the length and a half runner-up in the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas and now has his eyes set on the Irish 1,000 Guineas for the Galileo filly.

The trainer said of the 12/1 shot: “I am very happy. If you have to be second, this is the best place to do it.

“We are expecting her to come on for this. The ground has been soft in Ireland and it was hard to get a final gallop into her.

“The winner is smart, so I am very pleased. The Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh is where she is likely to go next. We will be staying at a mile with her.

“Gan Amhras (third in yesterday’s stanjames.com 2000 Guineas) is in great form and ate up fine.”

A further length and a quarter back in third was 33/1 chance Super Sleuth and her trainer Brian Meehan said: “I think if we had had some rain we might have won two Classics (Meehan also saddled Delegator to finish second in yesterday’s stanjames.com 2000 Guineas).

“She would have preferred a little more ease. She ran well in her trial and had been working very well since. We will now look at going for an Oaks with her. My first thought would be the Prix de Diane.

“Delegator came back in good shape. He was fine this morning and went for a walk. It was a very mixed day for his owner (Poilin Good) yesterday, so we will talk later in the week. My first thought for him is to go to Royal Ascot rather than the Curragh.”

Aspen Darlin has been taken to Newmarket Equine Hospital with a tendon injury. She walked on to the horsebox.


Kevin Manning finished second on Cuis Ghaire for trainer Jim Bolger who had the third in yesterday’s stanjames.com 2000 Guineas also.

The jockey said: “The winner was more or less beside us from the flag fall, my filly gave a bit in the dip fitness-wise but she will improve plenty.

“The ground was no problem and I’m very happy she will improve again.”

Martin Dwyer was on third-placed Super Sleuth for trainer Brian Meehan.

Dwyer commented: “My filly ran a cracker she wasn’t in love with the firm ground but she was very tough and honest and she will improve with a bit more distance.”

Johnny Murtagh came home fourth on the Aidan O’Brien-trained Heart Shaped.

He said: “She ran very well, I thought I was going to be third until the last 100m yards but then she got a bit tired.”



Rainbow View, the 8/11 favourite for the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas, could only finish fifth in the mile fillies’ Classic.

Her rider Jimmy Fortune reported: “The ground was too firm for her. She would not let herself down on it.”

He also told trainer John Gosden and owner George Strawbridge that Rainbow View was beaten by half-way.

Gosden is now keen to run the filly, beaten for the first time today, in the Oaks at Epsom Downs on June 5 over half a mile further.

The Newmarket trainer said: “Rainbow View has trained on all right. She hated the ground - it was nobody’s fault. We have had an incredibly dry spell and it was just good to firm yesterday and we were forecast rain last night but it did not materialise yet again.

”Jimmy said he knew he was in trouble after three or four furlongs. She was hopping off the ground and changing legs. Her action got higher and higher. For the last little bit, which is uphill, she ran on a bit - it was more a question of then just finishing on her class.

“She has never run on ground as firm as that. She had won on genuine good to firm ground but this was considerably faster. That is the way it is - there is nothing you can do about the ground.

“We will consider the Irish Guineas and the Oaks at Epsom - looking for some good ground for her. I think you will then see her right back at her best.

“We will probably take her to the Oaks. I don’t think there will be a problem staying a mile and a half. She is by Dynaformer and the mother has produced a filly that stayed already. So I don’t think the distance is an issue.

“The ground will be suitable at Epsom so we will just train her for the Oaks. “


The Oaks 2009 - ante-post betting from stanjames.com
Fantasia 4/1
Ghanaati 5/1
Rainbow View 8/1
Cuis Ghaire 8/1
Leocorno 10/1
Again 12/1
Sariska 12/1
High Heeled 12/1
Beauty O' Gwaun 14/1
Proportional 16/1
Roman Empress 16/1
Enticement 16/1
Mooakada 16/1
Tanoura 20/1
Phillipina 20/1
Forest Storm 25/1
Dreamtheimpossi' 25/1
Dream Empress 25/1
Arwaah 25/1
Take The Hint 25/1
33/1 bar

Epsom Derby 2009 - ante-post betting from stanjames.com
Sea The Stars 4/1
Crowded House 5/1
Fame And Glory 6/1
Gan Amhras 7/1
Rip Van Winkle 8/1
Black Bear Island 12/1
Kite Wood 12/1
Mourayan 14/1
Nehaam 16/1
Freemantle 16/1
Masterofthehorse 16/1
Age Of Aquarius 16/1
Vocalised 20/1
Rockhampton 20/1
Debussy 20/1
Golden Sword 25/1
Redwood (T B S) 25/1
Byzantine 25/1
Arazan 25/1
Native Ruler 25/1
33/1 bar


There have been 17 odds-on chances in the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas since 1900.

Six have lost, the latest being today’s fifth, the 8/11 chance Rainbow View.

The last odds-on winner was Bosra Sham at 10/11 in 1996.


“If the sight of a top-class horse winning a top-class race is one that has the capacity to lift the heart, again and again, imagine what it must be like to sit on such a beast, to feel the raw power and all its glorious potential. After winning the 2000 Guineas yesterday on Sea The Stars, weighing-room veteran Mick Kinane confirmed that, even after 35 years and countless major victories across the globe, the old quickening visceral excitement was still there.”
Sue Montgomery, The Independent On Sunday

“A quietly spoken and studious Irishman trained the winner of the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket yesterday. But, for once in recent years, it was not Aidan O’Brien who took home the spoils but the grey-haired John Oxx and his bay colt Sea The Stars, only his second runner in the race.

“Oxx has long been the understated genius of the training ranks, a man of courtesy and integrity who will tell it as it is, in the gentlest of tones.”
Andrew Longmore, Sunday Times

“Sea The Stars, the best bred colt in the race, lived up to his imperial bloodlines yesterday when he came home a length and a half clear of the favourite, Delegator, in the first Classic of the season, the Stan James 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

“The colt, one of the few runners in the field who had some size about him, is out of the Arc winning mare Urban Sea, whose progeny as a broodmare includes the 2001 Derby winner Galileo. The mare died this year, aged 20, after giving birth to her last foal. This particular son, however, is now as low as 5-2 to follow in his half-brother's footsteps at Epsom in five weeks.

“The Guineas is regarded by most people as an end in itself, but Sea The Star's trainer John Oxx, who had only ever had one runner [Azamour, third to Haafd in 2004] in the race, would be among the old school who would regard it as a superior Derby trial. He will return to Epsom, where he triumphed with Sinndar in 2000, with a favourite's chance.”
Marcus Armytage, Sunday Telegraph

“You could not ask for a more taking performance than that of Sea The Stars, who landed the 2,000 Guineas with a perceptible amount in reserve, looking both a truly wonderful prospect and a thoroughly deserving Derby favourite.”
Alastair Down, Racing Post

Sea The Stars prevailed in a pulsating renewal of the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The first Classic of the Flat season went the way of Ireland for the fourth time in five years, but this time it was John Oxx, and not Aidan O'Brien, claiming the plaudits.

Considered a second-string - albeit a high-class one - at the start of the week behind stablemate Arazan, and thought likely to be at his best when tackling trips over a mile, the Cape Cross colt also showed he has plenty of speed by beating Delegator by a length and a half.

A well-backed 8/1 chance, Sea The Stars is closely related to Derby winner Galileo, and was immediately installed as favourite for this year's Epsom Classic. Jim Bolger's Gan Amhras took third, with O'Brien's Rip Van Winkle finishing strongly for fourth.

Bob Magill, Scotland on Sunday

Sea The Stars provided his recently deceased dam Urban Sea with a fitting tribute when winning the stanjames.com 2,000 Guineas on Saturday.

The mare is the dam of eight stakes winners to date. Four of those were successful at Group/Grade 1 level - Galileo, Black Sam Bellamy, My Typhoon and now Sea The Stars - while a further two, Melikah and All Too Beautiful, were placed in top-level company.

She died aged 20 after foaling a colt by Invincible Spirit at the Irish National Stud in March.

She has left an important legacy to the breed, with Derby hero Galileo winning his first sire's championship last year. Sea The Stars is now 5-2 favourite to emulate his half-brother in the Epsom Classic.

Racing And Sport, Australia



John Oxx was this morning reflecting with satisfaction on his charge Sea The Stars’ fabulous stanjames.com 2000 Guineas triumph at Newmarket yesterday.

Curragh-based Oxx, who indicated that the horse has emerged in good shape from his Classic exertions, also looked forward to a return to England for the Derby at Epsom Downs on June 6.

He said: “It was a great thrill and marvellous to win an English Classic. The 2000 Guineas is a great race, steeped in history and Newmarket is a special course.

“I haven’t been particularly lucky there before. We have had a few runners and they have tended to be in the money rather than in the winner’s enclosure so it was great to finally win a race like that - great to win with a horse with such a pedigree.

“I am particularly delighted for his owners (the Tsui family). They weren’t able to be there but are over the moon with excitement. They love the horse and are getting great pleasure from him. He means a lot to them.”

Turning his focus towards Epsom, Oxx - as he did in the aftermath of The stanjames.com 2000 Guineas - gave consideration to the mile and a half trip of the Derby.

Sea The Stars is by top-class miler Cape Cross out of legendary mare Urban Sea, who has produced eight stakes winner - including Derby hero Galileo - since winning the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1993.

Oxx added: “We have discussed it and the Derby is the plan. When things calm down, we will talk about it again but I see no reason to change.

“There is a question about stamina, as there is with any Guineas winner going on to the Derby.

“If he gets the distance, he would take some beating. If he doesn’t get it, well too bad, he is still a Guineas winner – but it’s a goal worth pursuing.”

Oxx added: “The horse is in good form. He was fresh and well after the race. He ate all his feed and didn’t seem to know that he had a race. We are delighted with him - it’s so far, so good.

“The horse isn’t back yet, he is still in Newmarket. The non-Ballydoyle Irish runners are travelling together and coming back in the morning.”

stanjames.com 2000 Guineas (G1), 1m, Newmarket Rowley Mile Course, Saturday, May 2, 2009
2009 Sea The Stars 1st ?
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.

First races quotes

Call Stan James 08000 351135 Heritage Handicap


Andrew Balding celebrated his second winner within an hour when Hatton Flight recorded his third success of the campaign following the victory of Rapid Water, a son of the great Lochsong, at Salisbury.

“He’s improving but he’s very tough which helps. He’s taking his racing better - he used to need quite a space between races but that’s not the case any more which is great,” said trainer Andrew Balding of Hatton Flight.

“I don’t know where we’ll go from here though - the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (at Royal Ascot) is a possibility and there’s a big handicap at Epsom on Derby Day or maybe even the Ebor. We’ll make a decision when we see how he’s reassessed.”

He added: “There’s not much of him, he’s only 420kg, and most of that’s heart.”

The winning jockey William Buick added: “He is great order. He has improved out of all recognition and it is a great training performance from Andrew Balding to be able to keep him sweet for so long.

“He is tough and has got tougher through racing - he has a lot of confidence.”

Race 1 - Call Stan James 08000 351135 Heritage Handicap - Placed Quotes


Redesignation, the 9/2 favourite, ran a good race to finish the length and a quarter runner-up in the opening Call Stan James 08000 351135 Handicap, run over a mile and a half, and connections are hoping that the four-year-old Key Of Luck colt can progress throughout the season.

Richard Hannon Junior, assistant trainer to his father, commented: “He has run another super race.

“We will now look at taking him to Royal Ascot. I think there is a mile and a half handicap which should be suitable for him there.

“I think he could hopefully be an Ebor horse later in this season as I think he will stay further.”


William Buick, rider of the 6/1 winner Hatton Flight, said: “Quick, I’d say firmer than good.”

Richard Hughes, rider of the 1 1/4 length second Redesignation, said: “Quick.”

Jamie Spencer, rider of third placed Boz, described the going as “Fast, firm ground really.”

Adam Kirby, rider of fourth Dansili Dancer, said: “Quick, with a little bit of jar.”

John Egan, rider of Precision Break, said: “Quick enough.”

Ahmed Ajtebi, rider of Dance The Star, said: “Like a road, very very fast.”

Chris Catlin, jockey of Distinctive Image, said: “Very fast.”

Sophie Doyle, jockey of Baylini, described the ground as “Firm.”

Greg Fairley, rider of Record Breaker, thought the going “Good.”

Race 2 - stanjames.com Dahlia Stakes - Winning Quotes


Heaven Sent won the Group Three Dahlia Stakes for a second successive year, with the six-year-old Pivotal mare putting up a workmanlike performance to defeat Casilda by a length and a quarter. The 4/11 favourite is owned by Cheveley Park Stud, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and was partnered to victory by Ryan Moore.

Chris Richardson, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud, commented: “She likes to hear her feet rattle and loved the ground today.

“I think this is probably her optimum trip and we will now look at going to Royal Ascot for the Windsor Forest Stakes.

“Her sister (Megahertz) was still running at the age of six and won at Grade One level, so we decided to keep Heaven Sent in training this year. It is a family that seems to improve with age and she has strengthened and improved over the winter.

“We will try and come back here for the Sun Chariot Stakes in the autumn - hopefully she will get her ground again.”

Ryan Moore added: “This was her first run of the year and she will come on from that. I think today’s trip is ideal for her.”

Looking back at yesterday’s stanjames.com 2000 Guineas in which the stud’s Evasive finished sixth, Richardson added: “He just got a bit tired in the closing stages. It was unfortunate that he just had a bit of a hold up in his final preparation.

“He could now go for the Irish 1,000 Guineas or could go straight to Royal Ascot for the St James’s Palace Stakes or maybe the Jersey Stakes. Sir Michael thinks he is probably a miler.”

Second race
The stanjames.com Dahlia Stakes
Runner-up quotes


After landing the first race on the card with Hatton Flight, trainer Andrew Balding was thrilled with the performance of Casilda, who ran a good second to favourite Heaven Sent in the stanjames.com Dahlia Stakes.

He said: “I’m very pleased with her and she’ll probably be better over a bit further. Hopefully there’ll be a little black type race to be won with her somewhere.

“The winner is a tried and tested Group performer so we’ve got to be happy with that run.”

Jockey William Buick said: “She ran really well and bowled along nicely in front. It was only a four-runner race so I felt that was the best place to have her. We went a decent gallop and that suited her.

“She ran well at Kempton first time out this year and probably just needed it but she has come on well from that.”

Race 4 - Best Odds Guaranteed At Stan James Heritage Handicap
- Winning Quotes


The Best Odds Guaranteed At Stan James Heritage Handicap over six furlongs looked a hugely competitive race on paper but was turned into a procession as Evens And Odds put up a most impressive performance to win by three and a quarter lengths from Thebes.

A 7/1 chance, the winner was making his second appearance for trainer David Nicholls, having been under the care of Kevin Ryan last year, and was partnered to victory today by the trainer’s son Adrian.

David Nicholls said: “He is a nice horse and did it well today.

“I suppose you will want to know what we will do next with him but I don’t know at the moment.

“As he has won on a Sunday, it will take the handicapper two weeks to reassess him and I just hope we don’t get murdered.

“His programme is likely to take in all the big sprint handicaps like the Wokingham, the Stewards’ Cup and the Ayr Gold Cup.”

Fifth race - the stanjames.com Maiden Stakes
Winner’s quotes


The Classic-winning colours of Shaamit graced the winner’s enclosure on stanjames.com 1000 Guineas day at Newmarket courtesy of a scorching debut win from High Spice.

The American-bred was selected as a yearling in Kentucky by her trainer Robert Cowell, who paid $110,00 for the daughter of Songandaprayer.

He said: “I bought her at Keeneland. Mr Damsal gave me two orders and I bought two fillies for him. She was the pick of the sale for me and I can’t believe what I paid for her - she looked much better than that.”

Cowell, who trains at Six Mile Bottom just outside Newmarket, continued: “From day one she was a complete natural and has shown plenty of ability. She was born to race - we were pretty hopeful today and that’s why we bought her here, it’s just down the road.

“Eddie’s ridden her before and he said she’s a top hat and tails filly so we’ll be heading to Royal Ascot now. We might stick to the five for now but she’ll go further. I’ll talk to Mr Dasmal - we may go for the Queen Mary but we’ll see.

“We knew this was a fairly decent maiden but I wasn’t going to shirk the issue.”

Race 6 - stanjames.com Pretty Polly Stakes (Listed) - Winning Quotes


Take The Hint gave trainer John Gosden some compensation for Rainbow View’s defeat earlier in the afternoon when winning the Listed stanjames.com Pretty Polly Stakes.

The 15/2 chance overhauled Three Moons well inside the final furlong to score by a length and a quarter. Stan James rate her a 25/1 chance for the Oaks at Epsom on June 5.

Gosden said: “She is a nice filly.

“At home, she comes on and off the bridle in her work and she was the same when she won at Yarmouth last year. She just likes to play around.

“She will now either go for the Oaks or the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, without a race in between. We will decide where she goes nearer the time.

“She is a half-sister to Stronghold who I trained and finished second under a big weight in the Royal Hunt Cup. So, there is talent there - she is by Montjeu and just a little quirky so you have to let her do her own thing.

“She went on the ground fine today unlike Rainbow View who kept changing her legs.

“Rainbow View could go for the Oaks now and we could also go to the Irish 1,000 Guineas with her, if the ground at the Curragh is good or easy.

“I liked the way she stayed on when she met the rising ground.

“To be honest, I was in two minds about running Rainbow View on the ground but as she had been ante-post favourite for such a long time I thought I should do.

“Anyone who read my comments about the Guineas winner knew I rated her highly. Maybe I should become a tipster and give up training!”

Sixth race - the stanjames.com Pretty Polly Stakes
Placed quotes


Harry Dunlop could be saddling his first runner in the Oaks in a few weeks’ time following a taking performance from Three Moons, who battled Take The Hint all the way to the line in the stanjames.com Pretty Polly Stakes.

“That was marvellous,” said Dunlop. “She really travelled well and we’re thrilled. Frankie (Dettori) knows his stuff and he said we should have a go in the Oaks. The main thing with this filly is she’s very well bred and we’ve won with her. Now she’s been placed today in Listed company so why not have a go?

“Her owner’s very sporting and she’s in the Oaks so we’ll certainly have a look at it.”

Michael Bell, trainer of third-placed Moneycantbuymelove, said: “We’re delighted. She’s run in two sales races and run very well here and now she’s got some black type. Now we have to go and win a maiden, that’s the next step.”

Seventh race - The Text Stans To 89700 Handicap Stakes
Winner’s quotes


Takaatuf’s victory in the last race of the Stan James Guineas Festival brought up a double on the day for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, who also won the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas with Ghanaati.

The three-year-old colt, who is trained in Middleham by Mark Johnston, outgunned favourite Dubai Crest to win by a length and a quarter.

Johnston said: “He’s a great big horse and he doesn’t do anything in a hurry. He likes to wind it up steadily but it went exactly to plan really.

“Richard (Hills) said he always had a little bit in hand and was saving a bit. He knew when they came to him he would find a bit more and he did.”

He added: “He was always going to take a bit of time to come to hand but he’s looking more athletic now. Richard suggested the big mile and a quarter handicap at Epsom on Derby day but Sheikh Hamdan is a bit concerned about how he would act down the hill so we’ll just think about it for a bit.”


Michael Prosser, Director of Racing and Clerk of the Course at Newmarket Racecourses, was interviewed by Lydia Hislop on Racing UK early this afternoon.

He said: “Sea The Stars, a well-bred colt, came out on top in the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas and could be absolutely anything. It is very exciting.

“It was a great day, with loads of high quality racing. The stanjames.com Palace House Stakes was an excellent Group Three race.

“We knew that the Rowley Mile was an even strip of ground - yesterday’s GoingStick reading on one side was 8.8 and on the other side 8.9 so there was no material difference.

“I was delighted that the horses stayed where I wanted them to stay. I supposed it helped with Ocean’s Minstrel, a 10-furlong winner the time before, leading them along in the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas at a nice brisk pace and they formed an orderly queue behind him. Everything got a run with only minor interference.

“I walked the course after racing yesterday and you could see how the horses had broken through the surface consistently right the way up the track. Of course, it was quick and it dried a little bit during the day. It is quicker today. We didn’t water last night. We were forecast rain but that did not materialise and the Going Stick reading is 9.7 today.

“It will dry out further during the day. The main thing today is the wind - it is much stronger today and right behind the horses, blowing from the A14. There is a slight chance of a shower.”


The ground for the second day of The stanjames.com Guineas Festival has been changed to GOOD TO FIRM, FIRM IN PLACES following a dry night in Newmarket.

“The rain that we had been expecting overnight didn’t materialise and the GoingStick reading this morning is 9.7 having been 8.8 yesterday,” said Newmarket’s Director of Racing Michael Prosser.

“The forecast for today is for dry and breezy weather with some sunny spells and there’s a 30 per cent chance of a shower.”


Stan James has enjoyed a four-year association with the Guineas Festival in Newmarket, during which time Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien has twice lifted the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas trophy and Pam Sly became only the second woman to train the winner of the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas.

Reflecting on the first day of racing at The Rowley Mile when Sea The Stars became the second Classic winner for his dam Urban Sea, Charlie McCann, Head of PR for Stan James, said: “It was a cracking day’s racing yesterday.

“You never know at this stage of the season just how good a Guineas it was but the way Sea The Stars and Delegator travelled they both looked like quality colts. I think time will prove that this was a vintage 2000 Guineas. It’s always going to be hard to better a year like last year when we had Henrythenavigator beating New Approach with Raven’s Pass behind them.

“Delegator being beaten was obviously a good result for Stan James. If he’d won a neck instead of being beaten a length and a half I suppose we’d be moaning but of course this is our flagship sponsorship and we’re absolutely thrilled that it was such a great day.

“The weather was wonderful and we had thousands of people in the Stan James marquee playing darts with world champion Keith Deller and five-time former world champion Eric Bristow. I’m sure the crowds will be flocking through the doors today for the ‘big one’ when Eric and Tanya Stevenson play Keith and John McCririck.”

Looking ahead to the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas at 3.15pm today, he added: “Today it’s all about Rainbow View. She’s been a really short price all winter and you would think she only has to reproduce her form, not even improve, to win today. Everyone wants to see a champion.

“Two years ago we had Finsceal Beo, who broke the track record for the Guineas and ran faster than any of the colts have done. Rainbow View was sensational in the Fillies’ Mile - the track is lightning fast and, you never know, with the wind behind them, the track record could even go. We’re looking forward to something really special.

“Serious Attitude is 6/1 with us this morning and you could argue that is she was trained by Sir Michael Stoute or Aidan O’Brien then she would be shorter in the betting as she too is an unbeaten Group One winner. It’s going to be a fantastic race.”


Guineas Festival sponsor Stan James make Rainbow View their even-money favourite for the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas after a rush of cash for the John Gosden-trained filly this mowning.

“Rainbow View is now Evens from 11/10 - possibly if she gets worked up in the preliminaries we might push her out again to 11/10,” said Laura Stephens of Stan James.

“Initially we thought with Delegator being beaten yesterday we could take a bit more of a view on Rainbow View but the fact is the money has really come for her.

“Serious Attitude has been pushed out to 7/1 from 13/2 - there hasn’t really been much support for her - and Pursuit Of Glory is 25/1 from 40/1, probably because Again is out.

In the Best Odds Guaranteed At Stan James Heritage Handicap Stakes at 3.50pm, Stan James are offering quarter the odds for the first five home.

“Exclamation is favourite, he’s 6/1 from 8/1,” sais Stephens of the fourth race on the card. “Mac Gille Eoin is 16/1 from 33/1.”


1st 2nd 3rd
Barry Hills 3 - -
John Gosden 2 - -
Sir Michael Stoute 2 - -
Mark Johnston 1 1 1
Andrew Balding 1 1 -
Henry Candy 1 - -
Robert Cowell 1 - -
David Nicholls 1 - -
Jeremy Noseda 1 - -
John Oxx IRE 1 - -
Brian Meehan - 2 2
Jim Bolger IRE - 1 1
Paul Cole - 1 1
David Elsworth - 1 1
Harry Dunlop - 1 -
John Dunlop - 1 -
Ann Duffield - 1 -
Richard Hannon - 1 -
Amanda Perrett - 1 -
Richard Price - 1 -
Dermot Weld IRE - 1 -
Michael Bell - - 2
Saeed bin Suroor - - 2
Michael Jarvis - - 1
Luca Cumani - - 1
William Jarvis - - 1
Jeremy Noseda - - 1

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

THE stanjames.com GUINEAS FESTIVAL 2009 -

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

Race Winner Trainer Jockey SP Ran
Call Stan James 08000 351135 Stakes (Her’ H’cap) HATTON FLIGHT Andrew Balding William Buick 6/1 14
stanjames.com Dahlia Stakes (Gr 3) HEAVEN SENT Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 4/11F 4
stanjames.com 1000 Guineas (Gr 1) GHANAATI Barry Hills Richard Hills 20/1 14
Best Odds Guaranteed At Stan James Stakes (Her’ H’cap) EVENS AND ODDS David Nicholls Adrian Nicholls 7/1 17
stanjames.com Maiden Stakes HIGH SPICE Robert Cowell Eddie Ahern 10/1 7
stanjames.com Pretty Polly Stakes (Listed) TAKE THE HINT John Gosden Jimmy Fortune 15/2 8
Text Stans To 89700 Handicap TAKAATUF Mark Johnston Richard Hills 9/4 5


Class 2, £50,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f. For 4yo+ rated 0-105. Weights: highest weight 9st 10lb, minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after April 25th, each race won 6lb. Penalty value 1st £31,155; 2nd £9,330; 3rd £4,665; 4th £2,335; 5th £1,165; 6th £585.

1) HATTON FLIGHT (David Brownlow) Andrew Balding 5-9-00 William Buick [12] 6/1
2) REDESIGNATION (IRE) (Fergus Jones) Richard Hannon 4-9-03 Richard Hughes [5] 9/2 Fav
3) BOZ (Aston House Stud) Luca Cumani 5-8-11 Jamie Spencer [4] 16/1
4) DANSILI DANCER (The Loyal Troupers) Clive Cox 7-9-05 Adam Kirby [13]
5) NIGHT CRESCENDO (USA) (John Connolly) Amanda Perrett 6-9-00 Jim Crowley [16]
6) RESPLENDENT LIGHT (Middleham Park Racing XLIX & Partners) William Muir 4-9-02 Martin Dwyer [11]
7) PRECISION BREAK (USA) (Fitri Hay) Paul Cole 4-8-13 John Egan [6]
8) RECORD BREAKER (IRE) (Triplin Racing) Mark Johnston 5-8-09 Greg Fairley [14]
9) BAYLINI (Jacqui Doyle) Jacqui Doyle 5-8-00 Sophie Doyle (5) [2]
10) DISTINCTIVE IMAGE (USA) (Stevenson Leadbetter & Hollinshead) Reg Hollinshead 4-8-05 Chris Catlin [15]
11) STORYLAND (USA) (Mr & Mrs R Scott) William Haggas 4-8-11 Kirsty Milczarek [3]
12) SERETH (IRE) (Patsy Byrne) Barney Curley 6-9-10 Tom Queally [9]
13) PEVENSEY (IRE) (Dum Spiro Spero) John Quinn 7-8-13 Graham Gibbons [8]
14) DANCE THE STAR (USA) (Sultan Ali) David Simcock 4-8-03 Ahmed Ajtebi (3) [1]

14 ran Non-runners: INVENTOR (IRE) (ground), MAGICALMYSTERYTOUR (IRE) (ground)
Time: 2m 32.47s
Distances: 1¼, ¾, nk, 1¼, 3¼, ½, hd, ¾, 3¼, ns, 1¼, 8, 3¾
Breeder: Fittocks Stud Ltd
Breeding: b g Kahyasi - Platonic (Zafonic (USA))
Tote Win: £6.30 Places: £2.40; £2.00; £3.20; Exacta: £21.80

Winning trainer:- Name: Andrew Balding Born: December 29, 1972 Based: Kingsclere Stables, Newbury, Berkshire Background: Son of former trainer Ian Balding, who retired at the end of 2002 having won the 1971 Vodafone Derby with Mill Reef as well as a whole host of other top races. attended Radley College before obtaining a degree at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, during this time he rode as an amateur jockey and spent working holidays with trainers Nigel Twiston-Davies and Dan Hendricks in California. After leaving Cirencester, Andrew joined Toby Balding’s Fyfield Stables as the yard’s amateur jockey. In just over one hundred rides he rode 20 winners under rules, which included winning The Horse and Hound Cup and The Moet and Chandon at Epsom. In 1997 Andrew joined the Yorkshire based trainer Lynda Ramsden for two seasons. During this time he was closely associated with horses such as Nuclear Debate, Hawksley Hill, Bishops Court and Top Cees. The latter named joined the Kingsclere team when Lynda Ramsden stopped training in 1998 and Andrew returned home assist his father. Andrew is now married to Anna Lisa who plays a part in various sides of the business as well as working as an account manager for Johnno Spence Consulting and also as personal assistant to her sister in law, Clare, the BBC racing and sports presenter. Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) First Winner: Easter Ogil, Bet Direct Football Cashbacks Classified Stakes, Lingfield, January 11, 2003 Other Major Wins: Canadian International (2003 Phoenix Reach), Darley Oettingen-Rennen (2003 Passing Glance), Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance), Dubai Sheema Classic (2005 Phoenix Reach), Hong Kong Vase (2004 Phoenix Reach), Play The King Handicap (2005 Vanderlin), Samsung £300,000 St Leger 2YO Stakes (2007 Dream Eater), Wokingham Handicap (2007 Dark Missile) Samsung St Leger Yearling Stakes (2007 Dream Eater) ladbrokes.com Stakes (2007 Buccellati) Royal Ascot Wins (1): Wokingham Handicap (2007 Dark Missile) Number of horses in training (2003-2008): 114; 128; 133; 128; 120; 121 Number of wins in a season (2003-2008): 54; 48; 40; 48; 32; 66; Wins in 2009: 10

Winning jockey:-Name: Buick, William Born: Norway Background: Apprenticed to Andrew Balding. Made a sensational start to his career, finishing runner-up to James Doyle in the 2006/07 All-Weather apprentice title race with 24 winners. His father, Walter, was eight-time champion jockey in Scandinavia and rode 22 classic winners in his career, and is a race reader and a work-rider for Marcus Tregoning. Shared the 2008 apprentice title with David Probert, who is also attached to the yard of Balding. First Ride in Britain: Tiny Tim, Brighton, August 10, 2006 First Winner: Bank On Benny, Axminster Carpets Apprentice Handicap, Salisbury, September 27, 2006 Royal Ascot Wins (1): Wokingham Stakes (2007 Dark Missile) Other Big Race Wins: National Bank Of Dubai Cup (2007 The Illies), Addleshaw Goddard Stakes (2007 The Illies) Wins (2006-2008): 10; 51; 50 (shared apprentice title with David Probert) Wins In 2009: 9


2.35pm THE stanjames.com DAHLIA STAKES (GROUP 3)
Class 1, Group 3, £65,000 guaranteed, 1m 1f. For 4yo+. Weights: 8st 12lb. Penalties: after August 31, 2008, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group 2 race 5lb; of a Group 1 race 8lb. Penalty value 1st £36,900.50; 2nd £13,988; 3rd £7,000.50; 4th £3,490.50; 5th £1,748.50.

1) HEAVEN SENT (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 6-8-12 Ryan Moore [4] 4/11 Fav
2) CASILDA (IRE) (Jon Haseler) Andrew Balding 4-8-12 William Buick [5] 14/1
3) BARSHIBA (IRE) (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 5-8-12 Richard Hughes [2] 4/1
4) MOON SISTER (IRE) (Abdullah Saeed Belhab) William Jarvis 4-8-12 Alan Munro [3]

4 ran Non-runner: CHANGING SKIES (IRE) (ground)
Time: 1m 47.98s
Distances: 1¼, 2, 7
Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud Ltd
Breeding: ch m Pivotal - Heavenly Ray (USA) (Rahy (USA))
Tote Win: £1.30 Exacta: £3.40

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: 11

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: 20

3.15pm THE stanjames.com 1000 GUINEAS STAKES (GROUP 1)
Class 1, Group 1, £400,000 guaranteed. For 3yo fillies. Weights: 9st. Penalty value: 1st £227,080; 2nd £86,080; 3rd £43,080; 4th £21,480; 5th £10,760; 6th £4,560.

1) GHANAATI (USA) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Richard Hills [8] 20/1
2) CUIS GHAIRE (IRE) (Jackie Bolger & Harry Dobson) Jim Bolger IRE 3-9-00 Kevin Manning [14] 12/1
3) SUPER SLEUTH (IRE) (Lucinda Freedman) Brian Meehan 3-9-00 Martin Dwyer [3] 33/1
4) HEART SHAPED (USA) (Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Betty Moran) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [10]
5) RAINBOW VIEW (USA) (George Strawbridge) John Gosden 3-9-00 Jimmy Fortune [6] 8/11 Fav
6) PENNY'S GIFT (Malcolm Brown & Penny Brown) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [15]
7) SERIOUS ATTITUDE (IRE) (Derek Willis & Rae Guest) Rae Guest 3-9-00 Pat Smullen [12]
8) PURSUIT OF GLORY (IRE) (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) David Wachman IRE 3-9-00 Wayne Lordan [9]
9) NASHMIAH (IRE) (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer [13]
10) LAHALEEB (IRE) (M Al-Qatami & K M Al-Mudhaf) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Darryll Holland [4]
11) SHIMAH (USA) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Kevin Prendergast 3-9-00 Declan McDonogh [5]
12) SERADIM (The Fairy Story Partnership) Paul Cole 3-9-00 Stephane Pasquier [1]
13) DEVOTEE (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [7]
PU) ASPEN DARLIN (IRE) (Indian Haven Syndicate) Alan Bailey 3-9-00 Jimmy Quinn [11]

14 ran Non-runner: AGAIN (IRE) (ground)
Time: 1m 34.22s Distances: 1½, 1¼, nk, hd, hd, 2½, 4½, 4, 1, 2½, 4½, 2¼
Breeder: Shadwell Farm LLC Breeding: b f Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Sarayir (USA) (Mr Prospector (USA))
Tote Win: £26.00 Places: £6.70; £4.20; £8.80; Exacta: £227.20

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: (5) 1000 Guineas (1978 Enstone Park, 2009 Ghanaati), 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) Other information: saddled his 3,000th career victory when Chapter And Verse won the High-Rise Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Pontefract on April 8, 2009, and saddled his 300th Newmarket winner when Redwood landed the Tuddenham Mill Feilden Stakes at the Craven Meeting on April 15, 2009. Horses in training (1984-2009): 107, 125, 139, 131, 140, 152, 175, 159, 129, n/a, 113, 120, 130, 137, 145, 150, 148, 160, 167, 168, 186, 148, 163, 153, 158; 148; 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: 27

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: (6) 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan, 2009 Ghanaati), 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: 13


Class 2, £50,000 guaranteed, 6f. For 3yo+. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb (any horse rated above 110 (120 if 3yo) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb; subsequently, the excess over 110 (120 if 3yo) in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted); minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after April 25th, each race won 6lb. Penalty value 1st £31,155; 2nd £9,330; 3rd £4,665; 4th £2,335; 5th £1,165; 6th £585.

1) EVENS AND ODDS (IRE) (Dab Hand Racing) David Nicholls 5-8-11 Adrian Nicholls [1] 7/1
2) THEBES (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 4-8-12 Greg Fairley [7] 8/1
3) EXCLAMATION (Raymond Tooth) Brian Meehan 4-9-07 Eddie Ahern [10] 11/2 Fav
4) ORPSIE BOY (IRE) (Venessa Church & Toby Brereton) Nick Littmoden 6-9-05 Frankie Dettori [6] 6/1
5) WISE MELODY (I A Southcott) William Haggas 4-8-08 William Buick [3]
6) MAC GILLE EOIN (MCSD Racing Partnership) John Gallagher 5-9-00 Jim Crowley [18]
7) MUTAMARED (USA) (Errigal Racing) Kevin Ryan 9-8-07 Neil Callan [17]
8) OLDJOESAID (J Byrne) Henry Candy 5-9-08 Fergus Sweeney [8]
9) SHIFTING STAR (IRE) (Night Shadow Syndicate) Walter Swinburn 4-9-05 Adam Kirby [11]
10) SPANISH BOUNTY (The Farleigh Court Racing Partnership) Jonathan Portman 4-9-01 Tom Queally [16]
11) PROHIBIT (Khalid Abdulla) John Gosden 4-9-10 Jimmy Fortune [14]
12) FANTASY EXPLORER (The Fantasy Fellowship E) John Quinn 6-8-08 Pat Cosgrave [2]
13) BABY STRANGE (Market Avenue Racing Club Ltd) Derek Shaw 5-8-13 Darren Williams [15]
14) MY GACHO (IRE) (Grant Mercer) Mark Johnston 7-8-04 Jimmy Quinn [13]
15) BLUE JACK (Martin Graham) William Muir 4-7-08 Andrea Atzeni (5) [4]
16) COUNTDOWN (David Armstrong) Michael Squance 7-8-04 Alan Munro [19]
17) FULLANDBY (IRE) (Miss M Greenwood) Tim Etherington 7-9-07 Ryan Moore [21]

17 ran Non-runners: DAMIKA (IRE) (self-certificate), STEELCUT (self-certificate), BINIOU (IRE) (ground), CARLETON (ground)
Time: 1m 9.90s
Distances: 3¼, 1, ns, hd, ½, 2, 1, ½, ¾, 2¼, nk, 2½, 1, 1, 6, ½
Breeder: Old Carhue Stud
Breeding: ch g Johannesburg (USA) - Coeur De La Mer (IRE) (Caerleon(USA))
Tote Win: £7.50 Places: £2.20; £2.40; £2.10; £2.00; Exacta: £79.40

Winning trainer:- Name: Nicholls, David Date of birth: 30/4/56 Riding career: Professional - 421 winners Trains at Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, Yorkshire Other details: Married to Alex Greaves: two children. Son Adrian rides for the stable Major wins: Ayr Gold Cup (2000 Bahamian Pirate, 2001 Continent, 2002 & 2004 Funfair Wane, 2008 Regal Parade), Ballyogan Stakes (1999 Proud Native), Darley July Cup (2002 Continent), King George Stakes (1999 Rudi’s Pet), Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Ya Malak (dh with Coastal Bluff), 2004 Bahamian Pirate), Phoenix Sprint Stakes (2006 Moss Vale), Prix du Gros-Chene (2006 Moss Vale), Sporting Index Starlit Stakes (2006 Tax Free), Stewards’ Cup (2000 Tayseer, 2005 Gift Horse), Victoria Cup (2002 Scotty’s Future), William Hill Trophy (1999 Pepperdine, 2005 Tax Free), Greenland Stakes (2006 Moss Vale), Stan James Palace House Stakes (2007 Tax Free), Sapphire Stakes (2008 Tax Free) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Wokingham Stakes (2004 Lafi), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2008 Regal Parade) Horses in training (1996-2009): 37; 45; 45; 46; 58; 78; 74; 82; 82; 84; 94; 70; 92; 111;; Wins in a season (1993-2008): 0: 21: 26: 30: 44: 50: 75: 73: 47: 65: 65: 55: 67:59; 58; 68; Wins in 2009: 18

Winning jockey:-Name: Nicholls, Adrian Born: July 16, 1981 Based: Thirsk, North Yorks Background: Stable jockey to his father, Dandy Nicholls First winner: Fancy A Fortune, Thirsk, August 1, 1997 Big Race Wins: Ayr Gold Cup (2000 Bahamian Pirate, 2002 Funfair Wane), Vodafone “Dash” (2002 Rudi’s Pet), Audi Stakes -Registered as King George Stakes (2005 Fire Up The Band), Molecomb Stakes (2005 Strike Up The Band), Prix du Petit Couvert (2007 Tax Free), Sporting Index Starlit Stakes (2006 Tax Free), William Hill Trophy (2005 Tax Free), Stan James Palace House Stakes (2007 Tax Free), John Smith’s Northumberland Plate (2008 Arc Bleu), Sapphire Stakes (2008 Tax Free) Wins (2000-2008): 39; 23; 24; 32; 23; 55; 32; 31; 32; Wins in 2009: 8


4.25pm THE stanjames.com MAIDEN STAKES
Class 2, £15,000 guaranteed, 5f. For 2yo. Weights: colts and geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 8st 12lb. Penalty value 1st £9,714.00; 2nd £2,890.50; 3rd £1,444.50; 4th £721.50.

1) HIGH SPICE (USA) (Khalifa Dasmal) Robert Cowell 2-8-12 Eddie Ahern [2] 10/1
2) RADIOHEAD (Carmen Burrell & Jonathan Harvey) Brian Meehan 2-9-03 Jamie Spencer [6] 6/4 Fav
3) IZAAJ (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-03 Frankie Dettori [4] 4/1
4) EJAAB (Hamdan Al Maktoum) William Haggas 2-9-03 Richard Hills [1]
5) MAHIKI (The Mahiki Partnership) Simon Callaghan 2-8-12 Martin Dwyer [5]
6) FOOTSTEPSOFSPRING (FR) (Mrs J Wood) Richard Hannon 2-9-03 Richard Hughes [7]

5 ran Non-runner: TOM FOLAN (ground)
Time: 59.03s
Distances: 1¼, 3¾, 1½, 3, 2¼
Breeder: Dell Ridge Farm LLC
Breeding: b f Songandaprayer (USA) - Erin Moor (USA) (Holy Bush (USA))
Tote Win: £13.10 Places: £3.60; £1.60; Exacta: £24.40

Winning trainer:- Name: Robert Cowell Born: November 29, 1968 Based: Bottisham Heath Stud, Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket, Suffolk Background: Father was a successful point-to-point rider in East Anglia. Robert himself became an amateur rider on the Flat - four victories from 40 rides, riding for trainers such as Gavin Pritchard-Gordon and Jack Berry. Worked for John Hammond in France for two years, for whom he also rode six winners, before moving to Neil Drysdale at Hollywood Park. Took out his first licence at that course in 1996 before deciding to return to Britain two years later. Date of first trainers licence: November 1997 First Winner in Britain: Mary Cornwallis, Lingfield, January 27, 1998. First Jumps Winner: Rock n’Cold, Catterick, March 5, 2003 (his first ever jumps runner) Number of horses in training (2002-2009): 18; 18; 25; 31; 21; 21; 21; 26; Wins (2001-2008): 6; 12; 15; 13; 19; 10; 11; 16; Wins this year: 2

Winning jockey:-Name: Ahern, Edward Delacy First Winner: Ardlea House (Dundalk, 1994) Major Achievements: Champion Apprentice and Derrinstown Stud Champion Apprentice in 1997 Major Races Won: Ascot Stakes (1998 San Sebastian), Challenge Stakes (2002 Nayyir), Diomed Stakes (2002 Nayyir), July Stakes (2006 Strategic Prince), Lennox Stakes (2002 and 2003 Nayyir), Richmond Stakes (2007 Strike The Deal), totesport Cambridgeshire (2002 Beauchamp Pilot), totesport.com Cesarewitch (2008 Caracciola), Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (2006 Strategic Prince), Betfred Silver Bowl (2008 Staying On), TBA Lowther Stakes (2008 Infamous Angel) Royal Ascot Wins (3): Ascot Stakes (1998 San Sebastian), Norfolk Stakes (2004 Blue Dakota), Wokingham Stakes (2004 Lafi) Wins (2000-2008): 2; 3; 83; 108; 111; 120; 140; 61; 73; Wins In 2009: 19

5.00pm THE stanjames.com PRETTY POLLY STAKES (LISTED)
Class 1, Listed, £50,000 guaranteed, 1m 2f. For 3yo which have not won a Group 1 or Group 2 Pattern race. Weights: 8st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Class 2 race of 7f or more 3lb; of a Listed race of 7f or more 5lb; of a Group 3 race of 7f or more 7lb. Penalty value 1st £28,385; 2nd £10,760; 3rd £5,385; 4th £2,685; 5th £1,345; 6th £675;

1) TAKE THE HINT (Khalid Abdulla) John Gosden 3-8-12 Jimmy Fortune [4] 15/2
2) THREE MOONS (IRE) (Mrs Ben Goldsmith) Harry Dunlop 3-8-12 Frankie Dettori [8] 16/1
3) MONEYCANTBUYMELOVE (IRE) (Wright, Stanley, Marsh, Lascelles & Harris) Michael Bell 3-8-12 Jamie Spencer [2] 8/1
4) THE MINIVER ROSE (IRE) (Mrs J Wood) Richard Hannon 3-8-12 Richard Hughes [5] 11/4 J-Fav
5) PACHATTACK (USA) (M V Deegan) Gerard Butler 3-8-12 Eddie Ahern [1]
6) GOLDEN STREAM (IRE) (The Queen) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-12 Ryan Moore [7] 11/4 J-Fav
7) NATURAL FLAIR (USA) (M Al-Qatami & K M Al-Mudhaf) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3-8-12 Alan Munro [6]
8) SNOQUALMIE GIRL (IRE) (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 3-9-3 Martin Dwyer [3]

8 ran
Time: 2m 1.93s
Distances: 1¼, 5, sh, 4½, 2, 24, 22
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd
Breeding: b f Montjeu (IRE) - Insinuate (USA) (Mr Prospector (USA))
Tote Win: £8.00 Places: £2.30; £2.40; £2.10; Exacta: £102.50

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), Jockey Club Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon) 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: 23

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), Jockey Club Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon) 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: 13

Class 2, £20,000 guaranteed, 1m 2f. 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 £12,462; 2nd £3,732; 3rd £1,866; 4th £934; 5th £466; 6th £234;

1) TAKAATUF (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-8-13 Richard Hills [8] 9/4
2) DUBAI CREST (Alan Spence) Amanda Perrett 3-9-01 Jim Crowley [4] 2/1 Fav
3) OPINION POLL (IRE) (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 3-9-03 Frankie Dettori [3] 11/4
4) GUESTOFTHENATION (USA) (Claire Riordan & Kieran Coughlan) Mark Johnston 3-8-13 Greg Fairley [2]
5) AL SABAHEYA (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 3-9-00 Neil Callan [1]

5 ran Non-runners: MARCHING TIME (ground), MIDNIGHT CRUISER (IRE) (ground), MUTAMAASHI (ground), AURORIAN (IRE) (ground)
Time: 2m 3.42s
Distances: 1¼, 3½, 1¾, 8
Breeder: Ballyreddin Stud
Breeding: b c Dubai Destination (USA) - Karlaka (IRE) (Barathea (IRE))
Tote Win: £3.50 Places: £1.80; £1.70; Exacta: £6.40

Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born: Glasgow, 10/9/59 Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practised as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA Classic wins: (2) 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Other major wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001, 2002 Royal Rebel), Urban-I Champagne Stakes (2003 Lucky Story, 2007 McCartney), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2003 Attraction), Chester Vase (2002 Fight Your Corner), Classic Trial (2002 Simeon), Cornwallis Stakes (1994 Millstream), Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Dewhurst Stakes (2004 Shamardal), Doncaster Cup (1995,1996 & 1998 Double Trigger), Dubai Turf Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh), Futurity Stakes (1994 Jural), Gordon Stakes (2002 Bandari), Gran Criterium (2006 Kirklees), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits of Love), Harvest Stakes (2002 Love Everlasting), Goodwood Cup (1995, 1997 & 1998 Double Trigger, 2000 Royal Rebel, 2004 Darasim), Lingfield Derby Trial (2002 Bandari), Ormonde Stakes (2004 Systematic), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Fruits Of Love, 2004 Bandari, 2006 Soapy Danger), Princess Margaret Stakes (1992 Marina Park), Royal Lodge Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys, 2008 Jukebox Jury), Sagaro Stakes (1995 & 1996 Double Trigger), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D'Inde), Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys, 2003 Lucky Story, 2004 Shamardal), ITM Gimcrack Stakes (2008 Shaweel) Royal Ascot wins (28): Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel), King George V Handicap (1995 Diaghilef, 2002 Systematic, 2003 Fantastic Love, 2006 Linas Selection), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D’Inde), Britannia Handicap (1997 Fly To The Stars), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits Of Love, 2002 Zindabad, 2005 Bandari), Chesham Stakes (2000 Celtic Silence, 2002 Helm Bank, 2003 Pearl Of Love), Queen’s Vase (2001 And Beyond, 2003 Shanty Star, 2005 Melrose Avenue, 2006 Soapy Danger), Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (2001 Takamaka Bay), Queen Mary Stakes (2003 Attraction), Norfolk Stakes (2003 Russian Valour), Ascot Stakes (2004 Double Obsession), Coronation Stakes (2004 Attraction), Wolferton Handicap (2006 I’m So Lucky), Hampton Court Stakes (2007 Zaham), King Edward VII Stakes (2007 Boscobel), UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh) 1000th winner: Double Honour, Hamilton, September 4, 2000 2000th winner: Leamington, Southwell, February 5, 2008 (passed both landmarks faster than anyone else in history) Wins in a season (1987-2008): 1: 5: 15: 28: 31: 53: 77: 117: 114: 116: 123: 100: 113: 130: 116: 134: 139: 119: 141; 158; 130; 126; Wins in 2009: 60

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: (6) 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan, 2009 Ghanaati), 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: 14

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