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Friday, May 4, 2012



The £376,500 Group One QIPCO 1000 Guineas (3.15pm), run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket on Sunday, May 6, has attracted 18 runners.


The final field for the first fillies’ Classic of the season includes the well supported ante-post favourite Maybe, who rounded off an unbeaten juvenile campaign with a smooth victory in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes in August. The daughter of Galileo and her stablemate Homecoming Queen, who won the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial in April, will be bidding to give their trainer Aidan O’Brien a second success in the race after Virginia Waters’ runaway victory in 2005.


Mahmood Al Zarooni will attempt to land back-to-back QIPCO 1000 Guineas after declaring Group One Shadwell Fillies’ Mile scorer Lyric Of Light and the highly-touted Discourse, who hasn’t been seen since winning Group Three german-thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes on the July Course impressively in August.


Mashoora will be flying the flag for France after her easy success in the Group Three Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte in April, while unbeaten Moonstone Magic, who was supplemented on Monday at a cost of £30,000, will bid to give Ralph Beckett his first success in the race.


Charlie Hills will be saddling his first runner in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas with Gray Pearl, who won her maiden at Newbury in August before finishing third at Newmarket in the Group Two Vision.ae Rockfel Stakes, while Mick Channon will be represented by Laugh Out Loud and Group One Premio Gran Criterium winner Nayarra.


William Haggas runs Newmarket maiden victor Diala, while John Gosden will be represented by Lanwades Stud Nell Gwynn Stud Stakes fourth Starscope and the once raced maiden winner The Fugue.


Simon Marsh, racing manager to The Fugue’s owners Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, said today: “The Fugue is very well. She has obviously only run the once and it’s her first start of the year, but hopefully she will give a good account of herself.


“Her preparation has gone smoothly and she is ready to run.


“She will definitely stay the trip, but she has got a beautiful action and I think everyone would prefer the ground to be good.”


The Dansili filly, generally a 20/1 chance, won a seven-furlong Newmarket maiden well on October 29.


Kevin Prendergast will be relying on La Collina, who beat the boys when storming home to win the Group One Phoenix Stakes in August, to give him his first success in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, while Group One Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes winner Lightening Pearl will be Ger Lyons’ first runner in a British Classic.

The field is completed by Jim Bolger’s Alla Speranza, Lily’s Angel (Richard Fahey), Radio Gaga (Ed McMahon), who finished second in the Group Three Dubai Duty Free Stakes on her reappearance, and Sunday Times (Peter Chapple-Hyam).


Sunday, May 6 is day two of the 2012 QIPCO Guineas Festival and also features the  £55,000 Group Three Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes (2.35pm, 7 runners) and the £40,000 Listed Tweenhills Pretty Polly Stakes (5.00pm, 11 runners), a trial for the Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs.



Class 1, Group 1, part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, £376,500 total prize fund. Sunday, May 6, 2012. For 3-y-o fillies, one mile. Weights: 9st. Entries closed March 6, entries revealed March 7 (70 entries). Scratchings deadline April 24 (24 remain), six-day confirmation stage & £30,000 supplementary entry stage April 30 (20 six-day confirmations, 1 supplementary entry), final declaration stage, 10.00am, May 4 (18 runners). Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Thursday, May 4.


Form  Horse/Draw  Owner  Trainer/Jockey/Draw

1) 12- ALLA SPERANZA Kirsten Rausing  Jim Bolger IRE/Kevin Manning (1)

2) 21- DIALA (IRE)  Abdulla Al Khalifa  William Haggas/Eddie Ahern (13)

3) 11- DISCOURSE (USA) Godolphin   Mahmood Al Zarooni/Mickael Barzalona (11)

4) 13- GRAY PEARL  Raymond Mould  Charlie Hills/Michael Hills (14)

5) 4(3)121(0)-01 HOMECOMING QUEEN (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE/Ryan Moore (2)

6) 1213- LA COLLINA (IRE) Jorg Vasicek   Kevin Prendergast IRE/Declan McDonogh (8)

7) (2)(1)(1) LAUGH OUT LOUD Ann Black, Mohammed Al Qatami & Khalid Al Mudhaf Mick Channon/Gerald Mosse (18)

8) 21311- LIGHTENING PEARL (IRE) Pearl Bloodstock Ltd  Ger Lyons IRE/Johnny Murtagh (5)

9) 351226-3 LILY'S ANGEL (IRE) Middleham Park Racing XLVIII  Richard Fahey/Paul Hanagan (15)

10) 111- LYRIC OF LIGHT Godolphin   Mahmood Al Zarooni/Frankie Dettori (10)

11) 122-1 MASHOORA (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum  Jean Claude Rouget FR/Christophe Soumillon (3)

12) 11111- MAYBE (IRE)  Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE/Joseph O’Brien (9)

13) 11 MOONSTONE MAGIC Lady Marchwood Ralph Beckett/Jim Crowley (6)

14) 024331-2 NAYARRA (IRE) Prince A A Faisal  Mick Channon/Martin Dwyer (17)

15) 123-2 RADIO GAGA  Multiplex Racing  Ed McMahon/Richard Mullen (16)

16) 1-4 STARSCOPE  Cheveley Park Stud  John Gosden/Jimmy Fortune (7)

17) 41025-6 SUNDAY TIMES Allan Belshaw   Peter Chapple-Hyam/Jamie Spencer (4)

18) 1- THE FUGUE  Lord Lloyd-Webber  John Gosden/William Buick (12)


18 runners

5 Irish-trained

1 French-trained








The first British Classic of 2012 is a little over 24 hours away and attention is already turning towards the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.


Newmarket’s QIPCO Guineas Festival gets underway tomorrow, Saturday, May 5, and Noble Mission, Frankel’s full-brother, will line up in the Listed Qatar Racing Newmarket Stakes over 10 furlongs. The race hasn’t had that much of a bearing on the Investec Derby in recent years, but the highly-regarded colt, who is trained by Sir Henry Cecil, made a winning reappearance at Newbury over a mile on April 21 and looks a smart prospect. He is a 25/1 chance for the Investec Derby with William Hill, Official Betting Partner of the 2012 Investec Derby Festival.


Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Noble Mission’s owner Khalid Abdulla, said: “If Noble Mission runs well in the Newmarket Stakes, the Investec Derby is a race we will consider. The Investec Derby is in everyone’s plans until they are proven otherwise.


“He has been fine since Newbury. He is in real good nick and has come out of the race really well. We were hoping he would win like he did as he has always been very talented. Everyone wants to compare him to his brother (Frankel) which is a bit unfortunate, but he doesn’t know that and is quite happy.


“I would think the step up to 10 furlongs at Newmarket on Saturday will be in his favour as he settles well and goes quite nicely. I think he is a different horse to Frankel in regards to the type of horse he is and the trip he wants.



“He is by Galileo and if you go far enough back in the family it does suggest he could stay a mile and a half, but we will we have to see. However, the step up in trip at Newmarket will give us a little bit of a clue and it should be a good test of where we are with him.”


Noble Mission is likely to face stiff competition from one of Mahmood Al Zarooni’s Investec Derby contenders, Swedish Sailor, who made a pleasing debut at Yarmouth last year when routing the opposition to score by five lengths, with Noble Mission back in second.


In the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, four of the 18 declared runners also hold entries in the Investec Derby - last year’s joint-champion two-year-old Camelot, Born To Sea, Fencing and Top Offer. A total of 36 horses have won the two Classics, the most recent being Born To Sea’s sibling Sea The Stars in 2009.


Leading French hope Kesampour will put his Investec Derby credentials on the line in the Group Two Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud, France on Saturday. The unbeaten Mikel Delzangles-trained colt will attempt to follow in the footsteps of last season’s Investec Derby hero Pour Moi, who was an emphatic winner of the 10-furlong event prior to a scintillating victory at Epsom Downs.


On Sunday, the fillies are the centre of attention at Newmarket in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, but the Tweenhills Pretty Polly Stakes over 10 furlongs also features some Investec Oaks prospects, including the Charlie Hills-trained Hazel Lavery. The Listed event may also feature the unbeaten Godolphin duo Kailani and Lacily, plus Cubanita (Ralph Beckett).


The Cheshire Oaks at Chester on Wednesday has also received a strong entry including Aidan O’Brien’s Betterbetterbetter, who won nicely at Dundalk on April 18. Last year’s winner Wonder Of Wonders, trained by Aidan O’Brien, went on to finish second in the Investec Oaks.


On Thursday, the Chester Vase takes centre stage. Last year it was won by subsequent Investec Derby runner-up Treasure Beach, who went on to annexe the Irish equivalent and the Grade One Secretariat Stakes in America, while the runner-up Nathaniel went on to win the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.


The Dee Stakes, run over a mile and a quarter at Chester on Friday, has been a good guide to the Investec Derby in the past and the most recent colt to complete the double was Kris Kin in 2003.


A week on Saturday, Lingfield Park hosts a Flat turf card featuring a Derby trial and an Oaks trial, but on Sunday the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial will be the main focus.


The Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial is often the most informative Irish trial and has been won in the past by subsequent Investec Derby heroes Sinndar, Galileo and High Chaparral. This year’s entries include Jim Bolger’s Group One Dewhurst Stakes winner Parish Hall and stablemate Light Heavy, who won the Ballysax Stakes over the course and distance in April, while John Oxx could saddle Investec Derby second entry Akeed Mofeed, who has been popular in the ante-post market.


Last weekend Aidan O’Brien’s Imperial Monarch staked his Investec Derby claims under an enterprising ride from Joseph O’Brien in the Group Three  Bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown Park. Taken wide throughout, Imperial Monarch quickened stylishly in the heavy ground to deny John Gosden’s Investec Derby entry Thought Worthy by a length and three quarters.


Latest betting from William Hill, Official Betting Partner of the Investec Derby Festival


Investec Derby: 9/4 Camelot; 12/1 Akeed Mofeed; 16/1 Bonfire, Born To Sea, Imperial Monarch, Mandaean, Parish Hall, Top Offer; 20/1 Encke, Light Heavy; 25/1 Astrology, Ektihaam, Ernest Hemingway, Fencing, Kesampour, Mighty Ambition, Noble Mission, Shantaram, Swedish Sailor; 33/1 Apollo, Call to Battle, David Livingstone, Furner’s Green, Rougemont, Wrotham Heath; 40/1 Continuum, Minimise Risk; 50/1 Commitment, Jungle Beat, Main Sequence, Thought Worthy; 66/1 Cameron Highland (EW 1/4 - 1,2,3)


Investec Oaks: 3/1 Maybe; 9/2 Kissed; 7/1 Wading; 12/1 Lyric Of Light; 20/1 Fallen For You, Firdaws, Twirl, Vow, Was, The Fugue, Waldlerche; 40/1 Popular (EW 1/4 - 1,2,3)


To Win The QIPCO 2000 Guineas, Investec Derby & 2012 Arc De Triomphe: 12/1 Camelot


Aidan O'Brien - Number Of UK Classic Winners 2012:

0 winners - 5/1

1 winner - 3/1

2 winners - 2/1

3 winners - 5/2

4 winners - 9/1

5 winners - 33/1


QIPCO 2000 Guineas & Investec Derby double: 7/2 Camelot; 40/1 Born To Sea


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