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Wednesday, May 16, 2012



Set To Music, owned by Her Majesty The Queen, could line up in the £300,000 Group One Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec) at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 2, providing she runs well in the Group Two Middleton Stakes at York tomorrow.


The Michael Bell-trained four-year-old is one of 17 horses remaining in the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec) after yesterday’s scratchings stage and is the only filly still engaged.


Set To Music improved rapidly last season, winning a conditions race at Doncaster in June and two 10-furlong handicaps at Nottingham in July before running away with the 12-furlong Listed Galtres Stakes at York in August. On her final start of 2011, she finished second to Meeznah in the Group Two Park Hill Stakes over 14 furlongs and 132 yards at Doncaster on September 8.


Bell, who trains at Fitzroy House in Newmarket, said: “The Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup is a race we could look at with Set To Music, but obviously a lot depends on how she runs at York.


“She is in good form and coming to hand nicely. Last season she improved with every run and won very nicely at York. Looking at her pedigree, she is bred to improve, so I hope as the season unfolds her progress will continue.


“I think the trip at Doncaster on her final start stretched her as she travelled strongly but didn’t appear to get home. She is starting over 10 furlongs at York which should be fine and I can see her being flexible between 10 furlongs and 12 furlongs.


“She is already rated 110, so she is a high-class filly and I’m hoping she is one of those that continues to progress.”


Last year’s winner St Nicholas Abbey, trained by Aidan O’Brien, suffered a shock defeat behind stablemate Windsor Palace in the 10-furlong Group Three Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh on May 7. The son of Montjeu had previously won the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs last season, before returning this year with a second behind Cirrus Des Aigles in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March, both over 12 furlongs.


Cirrus Des Aigles enjoyed his first Group One success in the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot in October and has been victorious twice more at the highest level. After his win in Dubai in March, he returned to France and took the Prix Ganay in great style at Longchamp last month.


O’Brien could also be represented by the 2010 victor Fame And Glory, progressive Group Three Ormonde Stakes winner Memphis Tennessee, last season’s Investec Derby runner-up Treasure Beach, Australian import So You Think and Leopardstown scorer Robin Hood.


Sir Michael Stoute is chasing his sixth win in the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec) and could run last year’s Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes winner Sea Moon, while John Gosden may rely on last season’s impressive Group One St Leger winner Masked Marvel, who finished seventh on his reappearance in the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket on May 5.


Godolphin has won the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec) on two occasions with Daylami in 1999 and Mutafaweq in 2001, both trained by Saeed Bin Suroor. In this year’s renewal Godolphin could be represented by Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso, who is trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni.


Quest For Peace, runner-up in the Jockey Club Stakes on his return, could attempt to give trainer Luca Cumani his first success in the race, while Italian Group One winner Jakkalberry, trained by Marco Botti, will be looking to build on his third in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic.


William Haggas’ Beaten Up finished sixth behind Cirrus Des Aigles at Meydan in March, but had rounded off the 2011 season with an impressive victory in the Group Three St Simon Stakes at Newbury.


Ed Dunlop has last year’s Melbourne Cup runner up Red Cadeaux, who finished second on his seasonal return in the Group Three Sagaro Stakes at Kempton on May 2, while Tom Dascombe could run Listed Winter Derby Trial Stakes winner Junoob.


In the Investec Specialist Bank ‘Dash’ 58 horses go forward including York Glory, who is the 9/1 ante-post favourite with William Hill, the Official Betting Partner of the 2012 Investec Derby Festival.


The Tim Easterby-trained pair of Captain Dunne and Confessional, who filled the first two placed in 2011, are both still engaged in the five-furlong contest, which takes places on Investec Derby Day, Saturday, June 2.


The next scratchings deadline for both the Investec Derby and the Investec Oaks is this Friday, May 18. Details of the horses going forward in the two Classics will be revealed by 4.00pm the same day.




Investec Dash: 9/1 York Glory; 10/1 Ballesteros, 12/1 Dickie's Lad, Long Awaited, Shoshoni Wind; 14/1 Arctic Feeling, Bear Behind, Captain Dunne, Confessional, Duchess Dora, Es Que Love, Lexi's Hero, Verinco; 16/1 Cadeaux Pearl, Catfish, Chocolate Hills, Courageous, Jamesway, Lui Rei, Steps, Taajub; 20/1 Blue Jack, Celerina, Desert Law, Dinkum Diamond, Fitz Flyer, Humidor, Judge N Jury, Living It Large, Partner, Sohraab, Tax Free, The Thrill Is Gone; 25/1 BAR (EW ¼ 1,2,3,4)




Class 1, Group 1, £300,000 Total Prize Fund. 2.40pm, Saturday, June 2, 2012. For 4yo+, 1m 4f 10yds. Weights: colts & geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed April 3, entries revealed April 4 (30 entries), scratchings deadline May 15 (17 remain), six-day confirmation & £20,000 supplementary entry stage May 28, final declaration stage 10.00am, May 31. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including Monday, May 14.


Form Horse Age Owner Trainer

111-6 BEATEN UP 4 Brian Haggas, B Mathieson, R Smith William Haggas

1215-(2)11 CIRRUS DES AIGLES (FR) 6 J C A Dupouy Corine Barande-Barbe FR

111241- FAME AND GLORY 6 Fitri Hay/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

4120-33 JAKKALBERRY (IRE) 6 ATB Jakkalberry Sy, Porter & Duke Marco Botti

(2)-(1)(4)(1)(0)3 JUNOOB 4 Richard Pegum Tom Dascombe

510110-0 MASKED MARVEL 4 Bjorn Nielsen John Gosden

5(1)/243-1 MEMPHIS TENNESSEE (IRE) 4 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE

05/1(3)-(4)(1) MONTEROSSO 5 Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni

3/31115-2 QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) 4 O T I Racing Luca Cumani

105323-(2) RED CADEAUX 6 Ronald Arculli Ed Dunlop

21033/1434 ROBIN HOOD (IRE) 4 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE

21/1132- SEA MOON 4 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute

(3)11112- SET TO MUSIC (IRE) 4 The Queen Michael Bell

1142(6)-(4) SO YOU THINK (NZ) 6 Smith/Magnier/Tabor/Dato Tan/Tunku Yahaya Aidan O'Brien IRE

13351-22 ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE) 5 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

14103-40 TREASURE BEACH 4 Fitri Hay/Michael Tabor/Sue Magnier/Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE

(0)/(6)/655-031 WINDSOR PALACE (IRE) 7 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE




17 entries remain after May 15 scratchings deadline

7 Irish-trained

1 French-trained



Class 2 handicap, £75,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.15pm, Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 2, 2012. For three-year-olds and upwards. Five Furlongs. Lowest weight: 7st 12lb, highest weight: not less than 9st 10lb. Penalties: after May 5, a winner 5lb, a winner of two or more races 7lb. Any horse rated above 110 (or 117 if such a horse is three years old) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb. Subsequently, the excess over 110 (or 117 if such a horse is three years old) in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted without limitation to the highest weight to be carried. Entries closed May 1, entries revealed May 2 (61 entries). Scratchings deadline, May 15 (58 remain). Five-day confirmation stage, Monday, May 28. Final declaration stage, 10.00am, Thursday, May 31. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, May 14.


Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer

112320-1 DUCHESS DORA (IRE) 5-9-11 (5lb ex) The Clay Family John Quinn

13230-6 DINKUM DIAMOND (IRE) 4-9-10 Eight Star Syndicate Henry Candy

515-300 HUMIDOR (IRE) 5-9-09 M Khan X2 George Baker

0450-65 CAPTAIN DUNNE (IRE) 7-9-09 Middleham Park Racing XV & Partners Tim Easterby

2240-061 CONFESSIONAL 5-9-04 (5lb ex) Terry & Margaret Holdcroft Tim Easterby

124600-4 LEXI'S HERO (IRE) 4-9-04 Dr Marwan Koukash Kevin Ryan

1110-011 BALLESTEROS 3-9-01 Poilin Good Brian Meehan

42160-0 DESERT LAW (IRE) 4-9-01 Jeff Smith Andrew Balding

05000-31 LUI REI (ITY) 6-9-01 Rei Of Sunshine Partnership Robert Cowell

0165(2)6-4 VOCATIONAL (USA) 3-9-01Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

0260-22 BEAR BEHIND (IRE) 3-9-01 Bellman Black Marantelli Owen Tom Dascombe

301301- VERINCO 6-9-01 Bryan Smart Bryan Smart

122115- YORK GLORY (USA) 4-9-00 Salman Rashed & Mohamed Khalifa Kevin Ryan

113/40-3 EXCEL BOLT 4-8-13 Elders, Turton, Brown & Rhodes Bryan Smart

50140-43 SHOSHONI WIND 4-8-13 Hambleton Racing Ltd XVI Kevin Ryan

3266-(4)4 CELERINA (IRE) 5-8-13 Peter Piller Tommy Stack IRE

550105/0 NOSEDIVE 5-8-12 EERC David Nicholls

20000-36 TAX FREE (IRE) 10-8-12 Ian Hewitson David Nicholls

1020(2)(2)-0 DICKIE'S LAD (IRE) 4-8-12 Duddy, McNulty & Duncan Kevin Ryan

0060-(4)20 BLUE JACK 7-8-12 Andrew Black & Michael Owen Tom Dascombe

30020-50 FITZ FLYER (IRE) 6-8-11 Mike Browne David Nicholls

(1)-(4)(5)(0)136 SUGAR BEET 4-8-11 Ridge House Stables Ltd Ronald Harris

000005- STONE OF FOLCA 4-8-11 Folkestone Racecourse Owners Group John Best

0030-06 OOR JOCK (IRE) 4-8-10 Thistle Bloodstock Limited John Shanahan IRE

110001-3 STEPS (IRE) 4-8-10 Michael Hill Roger Varian

(0)-(5)(1)(1)(0)2 TAAJUB (IRE) 5-8-10 Peter Crate Peter Crate

2000-11 ES QUE LOVE (IRE) 3-8-09 Crone Stud Farms Ltd Mark Johnston

020630- SOHRAAB 8-8-07 Pangfield Racing Hughie Morrison

(1)(6)(2)(0)01 CADEAUX PEARL 4-8-07 Paul Dixon Scott Dixon

14001-50 LIVING IT LARGE (FR) 5-8-07 T Gould Ed de Giles

320300- THE THRILL IS GONE 4-8-07 Mr & Mrs Christopher Wright Mick Channon

051461- CATFISH (IRE) 4-8-06 Raymond Tooth Brian Meehan

66300(0)-0 PARTNER (IRE) 6-8-06 Dr Marwan Koukash Kevin Ryan

0500-(0)(1)3 ARCTIC FEELING (IRE) 4-8-06 Percy / Green Racing 2 Richard Fahey

513054-2 JUDGE 'N JURY 8-8-05 Robert & Nina Bailey Ronald Harris

2/1463-1 LONG AWAITED (IRE) 4-8-05 Peter Jones David Barron

51(2)4(5)-3 CHOCOLATE HILLS (FR) 3-8-04 Sheikh Mohammed Ger Lyons IRE

03260-0 MASTER ROONEY (IRE) 6-8-04 A Turton, P Langford & S Brown Bryan Smart

110/000- PERFECT BLOSSOM 5-8-04 Ann Morris Ian McInnes

10(4)(1)-(6)0(3) DIAMOND CHARLIE (IRE) 4-8-03 David & Stanley Adams Simon Dow

04053-4 JAMESWAY (IRE) 4-8-03 Middleham Park Racing XIX & James Pak Richard Fahey

010-(3)(5)5(5) COURAGEOUS (IRE) 6-8-02 Dab Hand Racing Kevin Ryan

(3)401(1)4-(5)FAIR VALUE (IRE) 4-8-02 Edward Hyde Simon Dow

(1)(1)(1)210 CAPTAIN DIMITRIOS 4-8-00 Chris Beek Racing Alastair Lidderdale

0300-00 SWILLY FERRY (USA) 5-8-00 J Law David Nicholls

000100- NOVERRE TO GO (IRE) 6-8-00 Robert & Nina Bailey Ronald Harris

2404(5)-3 FLASH CITY (ITY) 4-8-00 Ceffyl Racing Bryan Smart

2300-03 TAURUS TWINS 6-8-00 G E Amey & G D Bailey Richard Price

35/465-0 CRIMEA (IRE) 6-8-00 Middleham Park Racing XVI & Partner David Nicholls

1-00 MUAAMARA 3-7-12 M Al-Qatami & K M Al-Mudhaf Mick Channon

040601- BERTOLIVER 8-7-12 Mrs A Shone Stuart Williams

30020-(0) BERBERANA (IRE) 4-7-12 Berberana Partnership Jeremy Gask

0000-(0)33 CHURCH MUSIC (IRE) 3-7-10 JCG Chua & CK Ong Michael Scudamore

36(4)112- BILLYRAYVALENTINE (CAN) 3-7-10 Russell, Wheeler, Vail Partnership George Baker

210-(2) PLACE IN MY HEART 3-7-10 Turf Club 2010 George Baker

004000-0 INDIAN TRAIL 12-7-08 Martin Love David Nicholls

(5)-(3)(5)(2)(4)(3) ESTONIA 5-7-02 Miss K Squance Michael Squance

2(2)2(3)-623 LUPO D'ORO (IRE) 3-7-00 S Malcolm M Winwright P Tindall John Best


58 entries remain after May 15 scratchings deadline

3 Irish-trained






Sir Henry Cecil, Frankel’s trainer, has just done an exclusive interview with the Armchair Jockeys for British Champions Series TV on the world’s best racehorse, who returns to action for the first time since last October in the fourth QIPCO British Champions Series race, the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury this Saturday.


Here are some of the key quotes, but you can watch the full interview and the full Armchair Jockeys programme via this link:




Sir Henry on Frankel’s April injury:

“It shouldn’t recur, he’s fine, it was just a hiccup you don’t want.”


Sir Henry on the public gallop on QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day on 5 May:


“The idea was just to get the adrenaline going a little bit. Luckily, thanks to the racing public, there were plenty of people there so it was rather like having a very easy race and the main thing was to get him to settle.


“He’s got a lot of energy. It may take a race to sort him out, but I think as time goes on, like last year, he’ll settle well.”


Sir Henry on Frankel’s likely targets this year:

“We’re obviously going to start at a mile. It’s a question mark at (Royal) Ascot whether we’d go a mile or a mile and a quarter. Maybe he will stay at a mile.


“He will step up (in trip) later in the year, I’m sure. He’s got to tell us it’s the right thing to do. Whether it be Eclipse time or whether it be Juddmonte time, there’s a good chance that he will.


“He’ll tell me what I should do. At the moment I’m rather veering towards two races at a mile, the Lockinge and Royal Ascot, before thinking of going further.


“I think he’ll stay, but then again let’s see how he races, how he settles.


“It would be nice for him to go a mile and quarter. If you’re just taking on the same two or three milers all through the year it’s not the same as hopefully getting on top of them and then having the chance of taking on the mile and a quarter horses. Then you’re taking on the best over two different distances.”


Sir Henry on Black Caviar and the possible QIPCO Sussex Stakes showdown with Frankel at Goodwood on 1 August, which will be worth £1 million thanks to QIPCO if both horses run:


“I have been very impressed by Black Caviar and she’s obviously very, very good and very consistent.


“I would love them to meet because I think it would be good for racing. It would be lovely to have champions from Australia and England taking on each other.


“I think the only race they could possibly meet would be the Sussex.”


Sir Henry on which race Frankel might run in on Britain’s richest raceday, QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 20 October - the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile, a race he won last year, or the QIPCO Champion Stakes over a mile and a quarter:


“By that time we’ll have a much better idea whether he gets a mile and a quarter well. We can take it from there. It would be one or the other.


“He could come back from a mile and a quarter to a mile. I think we’ll leave it all open.”


Sir Henry on Prince Khalid Abdulla’s decision to race Frankel for another season:


“It was marvellous for the Prince to keep him in training. A lot of people commercially would have retired him.


“I’m glad he did because I think he’s a stronger horse now and hopefully he will be even better.


“If you have a horse of that calibre, they don’t come along every day and they don’t grow on trees.


“It’s nice to actually see his full potential and the Prince has taken that chance.”



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