Wednesday, May 2, 2012
NUNTHORPE HEROINE HEADING FOR NEWMARKET
Margot Did, winner of last season’s Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York, is a likely runner in the £55,000 Group Three Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes (3.45pm) over five furlongs at Newmarket’s QIPCO Guineas Festival on Saturday, May 5.
The four-year-old filly is bidding to get back to winning ways after a pair of slightly disappointing efforts in Meydan, the most recent of which came in the Group One Al Quoz Sprint on March 31.
Bell, who is based at Fitzroy House Stables in Newmarket, said: “Margot Did is likely to run in the Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes.
“We think she is better with a bit of cut in the ground and the form book suggests that as well, so we are very happy with the condition of the track at Newmarket.
“We were a little bit disappointed with her performances in Dubai, but she was only beaten just over four lengths in both races and the ground was exceptionally quick. We know she is better with a bit of cut and she has returned in great form.
“She is effective on the track at Ascot, which is unique, so I wouldn’t worry too much about running her there in the King’s Stand Stakes, but if the ground was fast in other races we may be inclined to swerve it.”
Margot Did, usually ridden by Hayley Turner, is likely to face stiff competition in the Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes from Hamish McGonagall, who was three-quarters of a length behind her at York, while Robin Bastiman is likely to saddle dual Nunthorpe Stakes winner Borderlescott.
Ed McMahon has made two entries including Temple Meads, who missed the whole of last season but had previously captured Newbury’s Group Two Mill Reef Stakes as a two-year-old in 2010. Amour Propre won the Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes in 2009 and is the sole entry for Henry Candy, while Kevin Ryan has entered the Dr Marwan Koukash-owned Masamah, who won the Group Two King George Stakes at Goodwood in July. Mayson, an impressive winner of the Listed Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes at the Craven Meeting in April, could represent Richard Fahey.
ROWLEY MILE DRIES OUT
Newmarket Racecourses’ Director of Racing, Michael Prosser, has this afternoon returned the going description on the Rowley Mile racecourse to Good to Soft.
Newmarket has enjoyed a spell of breezy and warmer weather, which has allowed the course to dry out.
Prosser reported: “The GoingStick reading at 2.00pm today was 6.8 from 6.1 yesterday and the ground is now Good to Soft. There has been a stiff breeze, particularly this afternoon, and the Rowley Mile course has shown its drying qualities.
“The forecast is for overnight rain into Thursday morning but there is some uncertainty regarding timings and quantities. We are predicted to receive 6 to 8 millimetres of rain before it clears away early on Thursday afternoon.
“That is expected to be the last significant rainfall before the QIPCO Guineas Festival. The forecast is largely dry for Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the possibility of light, isolated showers. It will, however, be cooler with a north-easterly breeze.
“If we get the anticipated quarter of an inch of rain between this evening and Thursday lunchtime, it will put the ground back to soft. But should the forecast for Friday and Saturday prove correct, the ground will inevitably improve again ahead of the start of the meeting.”
The QIPCO Guineas Festival takes place on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.
INVESTEC SPECIALIST BANK ‘DASH’ AN OPTION FOR CLASSY HUMIDOR
The £75,000 Investec Specialist Bank ‘Dash’, run over the fastest five furlongs in the world at Epsom Downs on Investec Derby Day, Saturday, June 2, has attracted 61 entries.
Trainer George Baker has three entries to his name, including the smart Humidor, who triumphed in the Listed Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster in September on his most recent start in Britain.
The five-year-old spent the winter in Dubai after coming home fifth in the Group Three Prix Omenoni in Milan, Italy, in October, but following a promising debut effort at Meydan, he disappointed in two subsequent outings.
Baker, who is based at Whitsbury in Hampshire, said: “The Investec Specialist Bank ‘Dash’ is an option for Humidor.
“He has had a break since Dubai and we’re bringing him back now, but he does need a little bit of dig in the ground. He looks really well and hopefully he will have a big year ahead of him.
“He ran very well first time out in Dubai, but he banged himself in the stalls on his second run - so we can put a line through that - and then on his last start the ground had got pretty quick out there.
“These sprinters need everything to drop right because they can beat each other every other day. Humidor probably has more quirks than most as we have to walk him down to the start and try to keep a lid on him, but hopefully with maturity he will improve. He has always been a challenge, but you can forgive them when they have an engine.”
Tim Easterby had memorable one-two in last year’s renewal and both Captain Dunne and Confessional could bid for a repeat result this season. Both horses however, were unplaced behind Mirza at Newbury on April 20, a race that featured Tom Dascombe’s Blue Jack (second), and Robert Cowell’s Lui Rei (third), who have both received entries.
Dandy Nicholls has made six entries, spearheaded by the classy Tax Free, winner of 15 races throughout his career, and the admirable 12-year-old Indian Trail, who captured the Investec Specialist Bank ‘Dash’ in 2009 from Captain Dunne. Nicholls has an enviable record with sprinters and has won the race three times in the past 10 years.
Another trainer to look out for in the Investec Specialist Bank ‘Dash’ is Stuart Williams, who could rely on Bertoliver, a 33/1 surprise winner of the race in 2010. Williams also saddled Hogmaneigh to success in 2007.
Andrew Balding could saddle the classy filly Night Carnation, who was sixth in the QIPCO British Champion Series Sprint on her final start last season, and the lightly-raced Desert Law.
Henry Candy has entered Dinkum Diamond, while Scott Dixon could be represented by recent course and distance scorer Cadeaux Pearl, who got the better of Taajub in the Investec Specialist Bank Handicap at the Investec Spring Meeting on April 25.
Richard Fahey has started the season in flying form and has entered Jamesway, who finished fourth behind Cadeaux Pearl at Epsom, plus recent Wolverhampton scorer Arctic Feeling.
Kevin Ryan has made six entries from his large string including Lexi’s Hero and York Glory, who both captured strongly-contested handicaps at York last season.
Es Que Love has made a fine start to his three-year-old career with front-running victories at Pontefract and Newmarket to his name and he is one of two entries for Mark Johnston.
Ron Harris has entered three horses led by Sugar Beet, who was third in a Listed contest at Bath on April 20, while stable stalwart Judge ‘N Jury is another possible starter along with Noverre To Go.
Irish-handler Ger Lyons has entered Chocolate Hills, who is owned by Sheikh Mohammed, while fellow Irish handler Tommy Stack could be represented by Celerina. The third entry from Ireland is the John Shanahan-trained Oor Jock.
Other notable entries include Roger Varian’s talented sprinter Steps, Bryan Smart’s Verinco, Brian Meehan’s Sandown scorer Ballesteros and the David Barron-trained Long Awaited, who made a winning return at Doncaster on April 27.
THE INVESTEC SPECIALIST BANK ‘DASH’
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. 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, April 30. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
0500-(0)(1) ARCTIC FEELING (IRE) 4 Percy / Green Racing 2 Richard Fahey
1110-01 BALLESTEROS 3 Poilin Good Brian Meehan
0260-22 BEAR BEHIND (IRE) 3 Bellman Black Marantelli Owen Tom Dascombe
30020-(0) BERBERANA (IRE) 4 Berberana Partnership Jeremy Gask
040601- BERTOLIVER 8 Mrs A Shone Stuart Williams
36(4)112- BILLYRAYVALENTINE (CAN) 3 Russell, Wheeler, Vail Partnership George Baker
0060-(4)2 BLUE JACK 7 Andrew Black & Michael Owen Tom Dascombe
(1)(6)(2)(0)01 CADEAUX PEARL 4 Paul Dixon Scott Dixon
(1)(1)(1)210 CAPTAIN DIMITRIOS 4 Chris Beek Racing Alastair Lidderdale
0450-65 CAPTAIN DUNNE (IRE) 7 Middleham Park Racing XV & Partners Tim Easterby
051461- CATFISH (IRE) 4 Raymond Tooth Brian Meehan
3266-(4)4 CELERINA (IRE) 5 Peter Piller Tommy Stack IRE
51(2)4(5)-3 CHOCOLATE HILLS (FR) 3 Sheikh Mohammed Ger Lyons IRE
0000-(0)3 CHURCH MUSIC (IRE) 3 JCG Chua & CK Ong Michael Scudamore
2240-06 CONFESSIONAL 5 Terry & Margaret Holdcroft Tim Easterby
010-(3)(5)5 COURAGEOUS (IRE) 6 Dab Hand Racing Kevin Ryan
35/465-0 CRIMEA (IRE) 6 Middleham Park Racing XVI & Partner David Nicholls
42160-0 DESERT LAW (IRE) 4 Jeff Smith Andrew Balding
10(4)(1)-(6)0 DIAMOND CHARLIE (IRE)4 David & Stanley Adams Simon Dow
1020(2)(2)- DICKIE'S LAD (IRE) 4 Duddy, McNulty & Duncan Kevin Ryan
13230-6 DINKUM DIAMOND (IRE)4 Eight Star Syndicate Henry Candy
112320- DUCHESS DORA (IRE) 5 The Clay Family John Quinn
2000-11 ES QUE LOVE (IRE) 3 Crone Stud Farms Ltd Mark Johnston
(5)-(3)(5)(2)(4)(3) ESTONIA 5 Miss K Squance Michael Squance
113/40-3 EXCEL BOLT 4 Elders, Turton, Brown & Rhodes Bryan Smart
(3)401(1)4- FAIR VALUE (IRE) 4 Edward Hyde Simon Dow
30400-0 FATHOM FIVE (IRE) 8 Win, Drooze Or Law Partnership Gary Moore
30020-5 FITZ FLYER (IRE) 6 Mike Browne David Nicholls
2404(5)-3 FLASH CITY (ITY) 4 Ceffyl Racing Bryan Smart
515-300 HUMIDOR (IRE) 5 M Khan X2 George Baker
004000- INDIAN TRAIL 12 Martin Love David Nicholls
04053-4 JAMESWAY (IRE) 4 Middleham Park Racing XIX & James Pak Richard Fahey
513054- JUDGE 'N JURY 8 Robert & Nina Bailey Ronald Harris
23240-4 KOOL HENRY (IRE) 3 Middleham Park Racing Equality Racing David O'Meara
124600- LEXI'S HERO (IRE) 4 Dr Marwan Koukash Kevin Ryan
14001-5 LIVING IT LARGE (FR) 5 T Gould Ed de Giles
2/1463-1 LONG AWAITED (IRE) 4 Peter Jones David Barron
05000-3 LUI REI (ITY) 6 Rei Of Sunshine Partnership Robert Cowell
2(2)2(3)-62 LUPO D'ORO (IRE) 3 S Malcolm M Winwright P Tindall John Best
03260-0 MASTER ROONEY (IRE) 6 A Turton, P Langford & S Brown Bryan Smart
1-0 MUAAMARA 3 M Al-Qatami & K M Al-Mudhaf Mick Channon
14156-5 NIGHT CARNATION 4 George Strawbridge Andrew Balding
550105/- NOSEDIVE 5 EERC David Nicholls
000100- NOVERRE TO GO (IRE) 6 Robert & Nina Bailey Ronald Harris
0030-06 OOR JOCK (IRE) 4 Thistle Bloodstock Limited John Shanahan IRE
66300(0)- PARTNER (IRE) 6 Dr Marwan Koukash Kevin Ryan
110/000- PERFECT BLOSSOM 5 Ann Morris Ian McInnes
210- PLACE IN MY HEART 3 Turf Club 2010 George Baker
50140-4 SHOSHONI WIND 4 Hambleton Racing Ltd XVI Kevin Ryan
020630- SOHRAAB 8 Pangfield Racing Hughie Morrison
110001- STEPS (IRE) 4 Michael Hill Roger Varian
000005- STONE OF FOLCA 4 Folkestone Racecourse Owners Group John Best
(1)-(4)(5)(0)13 SUGAR BEET 4 Ridge House Stables Ltd Ronald Harris
0300-00 SWILLY FERRY (USA) 5 J Law David Nicholls
(0)-(5)(1)(1)(0)2 TAAJUB (IRE) 5 Peter Crate Peter Crate
2300-03 TAURUS TWINS 6 G E Amey & G D Bailey Richard Price
20000-3 TAX FREE (IRE) 10 Ian Hewitson David Nicholls
320300- THE THRILL IS GONE 4 Mr & Mrs Christopher Wright Mick Channon
301301- VERINCO 6 B Smart Bryan Smart
0165(2)6- VOCATIONAL (USA) 3 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
122115- YORK GLORY (USA) 4 Salman Rashed & Mohamed Khalifa Kevin Ryan