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Wednesday, June 20, 2001


2.30pm, Ribblesdale Stakes, 1m 4f

Bahamian Rhapsody - 100 T, WH
Baranova - 25 L, T, WH
Gay Heroine - 5 T
Head In the Clouds - 11 WH
Jalousie - 50 L, T, WH
Lime Gardens - 10 L, WH
Lumiere D'Espoir - 40 L
Marani - 6 WH
Nafisah - 7 L
Najah - 11 L
Rockerlong - 6 L, T
Sahara Slew - 14 WH
Snowflake - 12 L, T, WH
Sunstone - 8 L, T

3.45pm Gold Cup, 2m 4f

Persian Punch - 8 L, WH
Rainbow High - 8 L, T, WH
Royal Rebel - 13/2 T
San Sebastian - 100/30 WH
Vicious Circle - 20 L
Yanana's Pace - 20 L, WH
Chimes At Midnight - 33 L, T, WH
Jardines Lookout - 25 L, T, WH
Kuwait Trooper - 18 T
Marienbard - 7/2 L, T
Mbele - 11 L
Romantic Affair - 9 L, T, WH

4.20pm Cork & Orrery Stakes, 6f

Superior Premium - 14 T
Pipalong - 8 T, WH
Bahamian Pirate - 33 T, WH
Eastern Purple - 33 L, T, WH
Fath - 18 L
Harmonic Way - 11 T
Invincible Spirit - 9 L, T
Lots of Magic - 66 T, WH
Misraah - 14 WH
Munjiz - 16 T
Primo Valentino - 7 L
Tedburrow - 18 T
Three Points - 7 L, WH
Tillerman - 11 L, WH
Bouncing Bowdler - 33 L, T, WH
Baaridd - 33 L
Freud - 25 T, WH
Juniper - 14 L, WH
Modigliani - 25 WH
Orientor - 25 L
Vicious Dancer - 66 L

4.55pm, King George V Stakes, 1m 4f

Beekeeper - 16 WH
Mersey Sound - 22 WH
Hyderabad - 20 L, T
Regatta Point - 20 T
Tomasino - 14 WH
Rathkenny - 28 T
Border Comet - 8 L
Elmonjed - 12 L
Compton Commander - 12 T, WH
Flying Lyric - 25 L, T, WH
Alowmdah - 25 T, WH
Continuation - 20 T
Dance On The Top - 8 L
Arabie - 8 L, WH
Balladeer - 20 T
Tiyoun - 20 WH
Triphenia - 16 L, T, WH
Norway - 12 T
Denise Margaret - 16 L
Mumbling - 20 T

4.55pm, Britannia Stakes, 1m

Amicable - 25 T
Lunar Crystal - 40 T
Caughnawaga - 20 L
Needwood Blade - 20 L, T, WH
Emms - 33 L, T, WH
Ecclesiastical - 8 L, WH
Albuhera - 25 L, T, WH
Wannabe Around - 33 L, WH
Proletariat - 28 L, T
Bakiri - 14 WH
Lapwing - 16 WH
Top Dirham - 6 L, WH
Spanish Spur - 10 T
Muthaaber - 33 L
Blue Planet - 25 L
Lord Protector - 16 T, WH
Nose The Trade - 28 L
Harewood End - 33 L, T, WH
Cashel Bay - 66 T
Raheibb - 14 L, WH
Northfields Dancer - 66 T
Noon Gun - 66 L
Analyser - 14 L, T, WH
Kai One - 33 T, WH
Forest Dancer - 50 T
Celtic Mission - 33 WH
Stretton - 22 L
Catcando - 66 L, T, WH
Sylva Storm - 66 L, T, WH
Definite Guest - 150 L

L=Ladbrokes T=Tote WH=William Hill


“That was wonderful to see,” declared Sheikh Mohammed after Fantastic Light had readily outpaced some top class rivals. “He is a very, very good horse and what we want to do is to take on the best of the bests with him.

“The idea is to run him now in the Eclipse and the King George and we would love to have Galileo. What he did at Epsom was very special, but it remains to be seen what will happen when he drops back to a mile and a quarter from a mile and a half.

“It is wonderful for us at Godolphin to have a horse like Fantastic Light and he showed a remarkable turn of speed to win in the way that he did.

“Frankie was very cool on him,” added Sheikh Mohammed, and the jockey endorsed the owner’s views. “I knew I was on the best horse in the race, and that in so high class a race as this that I might not get the gaps that I would do in a lesser race, but when he saw the gap he just went for it.”

Asked to compare Fantastic Light with the ill-fated Dubai Millennium, Sheikh Mohammed had no doubts. “Fantastic Light is a very good horse, but he is not a Dubai Millennium.

“Dubai Millennium was the best horse I have ever owned or seen, and when he died in the spring it was like losing a best friend. We wanted to keep him going, as we do with our other best horses, for everyone in racing to be able to enjoy them.

“I do not know if Fantastic Light will stay in training as a six-year-old, but my first reaction is that this will be his last season racing. But I shall have to talk it over with Sheikh Maktoum (the winner’s breeder and Sheikh Mohammed’s brother) before we make a final decision.”


Frankie Dettori, winning his first Prince of Wales’s Stakes on Fantastic Light after missing Dubai Millennium’s scintillating victory last year because of injury, said : “This will never make up for it because Dubai Millennium was so special.

“But Fantastic Light is getting better and better. I was completely boxed in and when Kieren (Fallon) kicked on the rail I thought he would nick two lengths for sure.

“But Fantastic Light did everything so easily on the bridle - the sign of a special horse - that I knew once I got him out and kicked he would give.

“What a great horse to have and I hope now that he gets the credit that he deserves. Fantastic Light is a very good horse and he is getting better and better. He is up there with the very best that I have ridden.

“Even last year he improved throughout the season - that performance at the end in Hong Kong was terrific. We have a better horse on our hands this year and he has proved to the world that he is a special horse.

“The stick I got yesterday! I am glad that I got the monkey of my back and I hope the floodgates open for more winners. Finally the bad luck has gone away and I have got a winner. I had a terrible day yesterday but the lip is back up now.

“Give The Slip and Richard (Hills) did a great job in making sure we didn’t have a stop-start race.

“I have never won this race before and a lot of big horses, trainers and jockeys have won it. I missed out last year on Dubai Millennium and I was twice as eager to win it this year.”

“I knew I had the best horse this morning but I was drawn eight and with such a high-quality field I knew I might not get the gaps that perhaps I would in a normal field.

“I had to give a two-length start to the field but it was such a fantastic performance that he got me out of trouble on the bridle. When I kicked, he exploded.

“Seba is going really well - we are landed with the number one draw like in the last yesterday. She is a little bit special and I hope we do not get too much of a traffic problem because I really like her.”


Fantastic Light’s trainer Saeed bin Suroor commented: “He has improved from last year - his form is even better.

“He can do well over a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half. I was very happy with Fantastic Light before the race - everything was well with him. He was flying in his work.

“We have not decided what to do next. He is in the Eclipse and the King George.”

Simon Crisford, Godolphin’s racing manager, added: “He could meet Galileo if Galileo runs in the same races as us.

“Fantastic Light’s big races are obviously the King George and the Arc this year - the feature mile and a half races, as well as the top mile and a quarter races which are left.
“We will see how the horse is between now and Eclipse. There is also the Juddmonte over an extended mile and a quarter. Those are the four races that we are aiming at.
“The Emirates World Series is important but Fantastic Light won it last year and the Arc is the big target as well as the King George.

“A horse like Give The Slip you can set your clock by him and he is worth his weight in gold. He has more than justified the price tag that we put on him. He is capable of winning his own races.

“If we hadn’t run him in Ireland (Tattersalls Gold Cup last time out) then Pat Eddery would have dictated the pace on Golden Snake and probably have caught us napping. It is so important in these feature races to have honest horses like Give The Slip - it would be no good having a lesser-talented horse.

“Fantastic Light has proved himself among the best. From Godolphin’s point of view, with the horses we have, it is necessary for us to perform at meetings like this.

This makes it 70 Group One winners.”


“It was a great horse race and we were just second best,” said trainer Sir Michael Stoute after his Kalanisi finished two and a half lengths second to Fantastic Light in a great renewal of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

French raider Hightori was doing his best work at the finish and trainer Philippe Demercastel said: “He would have preferred to have been in third or fourth position earlier on because this was a Group 1 race with some great horses.

“There’s no doubt the horse will stay and there’s a chance he will run in the King George. If it had been a little further he might have beaten Kalanisi, although probably not Fantastic Light.”

Andy Smith, racing manager to Hightori’s owner Gary Tanaka, added: “He’s run a terrific race and the ground might have been a bit fast for him. He didn’t really get into the race until into the straight.

“We may just run him over further now and the King George is probably favourite.”


Class A, Group One, £250,000 guaranteed, 1m 2f, for four-year-olds and upwards. Weights: colts and geldings: 9st; fillies: 8st 11lb. Penalty values: 1st: £145,000; 2nd: £55,000; 3rd: £27,500; 4th: £12,500; 5th: £6,250; 6th: £3,750

1 FANTASTIC LIGHT (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-00 Frankie Dettori [8] 100/30
2 KALANISI (IRE) (H.H. Aga Khan) Sir Michael Stoute 5-9-00 Kieren Fallon [1] 2/1 fav
3 HIGHTORI (FR) (Gary A. Tanaka) Philippe Demercastel FR 4-9-00 Gerald Mosse [5] 7/1
4 OBSERVATORY (USA)(Khalid Abdulla) John Gosden 4-9-00 Richard Hughes [6]
5 GIVE THE SLIP (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-00 Richard Hills [4]
6 ENDLESS HALL (Il Paralupo) Luca Cumani 5-9-00 Jamie Spencer [2]
7 BACH (Satish Sanan) Aidan O’Brien IRE 4-9-00 Michael Kinane [3]
8 BORDER ARROW (Bob Michaelson & Wafic Said) Ian Balding 6-9-00 Kevin Darley [7]
9 COMPTON BOLTER (IRE) (Erik Penser) Gerard Butler 4-9-00 Jimmy Fortune [9]
9 ran Tote: Win: £3.10; Places: £1.40; £1.10; £2.40; Exacta: £6.60

Time 2m 04.40s

Distances: 2.5, 0.75, 1.25, 3, Hd, 0.75, 2.5, 3

Breeder: Gainsborough Farm Inc

Breeding: Rahy - Jood (Nijinsky)
Winning trainer:-Name: Bin Suroor, Saeed Trains at Newmarket for Godolphin, the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed, whose horses winter in Dubai and race worldwide. Classic wins: (8) Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi), Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell); Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra); Pertemps St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche; 1998 Nedawi; 1999 Mutafaweq) Other major wins include: Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne; 1998 Swain), Irish St Leger (1998 & 1999 Kayf Tara), French 2000 Guineas (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir; 2001 Noverre); Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra); Prix d’Ispahan (1996 Halling), Eclipse (1995,1996 Halling; 1998 Daylami); Juddmonte International Stakes (1995 Halling), Ascot Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche; 1998 Kayf Tara), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra; 1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami), Nunthorpe Stakes (1995 So Factual), Derby Italiano (1998 Central Park), Lockinge Stakes (1998 Cape Cross; 2000 Aljabr), Prix Jean Prat (1998 Almutawakel), Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr), Man O’ War Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2000 Fantastic Light), Lockinge Stakes (1998 Cape Cross, 1999 Fly To The Stars), Great Voltigeur Stakes (1998 Sea Wave), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Sussex Stakes (1999 Aljabr) Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1999 Dubai Millennium), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir), Predominate Stakes (2000 Roscius), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Faithful Son, 2000 Dubai Millennium), Duke of York Stakes (2000 Lend A Hand), Yorkshire Cup (2000 Kayf Tara), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq) Wins in a season (1995-2000) 14:48:41:38:41:17 Wins this season: 8 First Royal Ascot win: So Factual (June 22, 1995 - Cork and Orrey Stakes) Royal Ascot wins: (17) Cork and Orrery Stakes (1995 So Factual), Queen Anne Stakes (1996 Charnwood Forest, 1997 Allied Forces, 1998 Intikhab, 1999 Cape Cross), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2000 Kayf Tara), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Hardwicke Stakes (1997 Predappio), Windsor Castle Stakes (1997 Asfurah), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Faithful Son, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Fantastic Light), Ribblesdale Stakes (1998 Bahr, 1999 Fairy Queen) King Edward VII Stakes (1999 Mutafaweq)

Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco.Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, Italy Apprenticeship: With Luca Cumani. First winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) Classic wins; (7) Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell); St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi) Other major wins include: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami), Ascot Gold Cup (1992, 1993 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara), St James’s Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1996 Swain, 1997 Singspiel, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction; 1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium), Juddmonte International (1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1998 Daylami),Yorkshire Oaks (1994 Only Royale), Middle Park Stakes (1996 Bahamian Bounty), Fillies’ Mile (1990 Shamshir, 1999 Teggiano, 2000 Crystal Music), Nunthorpe Stakes (1993 Lochsong, 1995 So Factual, 1998 Lochangel), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr); Haydock Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat); Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel); Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir, 2001 Noverre), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Prix du Jockey-Club (1992 Polytain), Prix Jean Prat (1998 Almutawakel), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir), Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr); Prix Maurice de Gheest (1999 Diktat); Irish Ch ampion Stakes (1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami); Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara); Deutsches Derby (1991 Temporal), Predominate Stakes (2000 Roscius), Duke of York Stakes (2000 Lend A Hand), Yorkshire Cup (2000 Kayf Tara), Lockinge Stakes (2000 Aljabr), Royal Lodge Stakes (2000 Atlantis Prince), Cheveley Park Stakes (2000 Regal Rose), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq) Wins in a season (1987-2000): 8,22,75, 141,94,101,149,233*,217*,123,176,132,132,47 *Champion jockey Wins this season: 33 Royal Ascot wins: (24) First Royal Ascot win: Queen Anne Stakes (June 19, 1990 Markofdistinction) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1992 & 93 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara), St James’s Palace (1997 Starborough), King’s Stand Stakes (1994 Lochsong), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light)


TOTAL ATTENDANCE 1999- 54,092, 2000-55,743, 2001-53,433 (-4.2%)


Today’s on-course Tote cash turnover was £1,754,134, an increase of 9% on last year’s figure of £1,609,028.


Frankie Dettori 2/9 (from 15/8)
Kieren Fallon 3/1 (from 2/1)
Michael Kinane 14/1 (from 5/1)

33/1 bar


Aidan O’Brien 8/15 (from 8/13)
Sir Michael Stoute 2/1 (from 15/8)
Saeed bin Suroor 14/1
Mark Johnston 16/1 (from 8/1)
Mick Channon 25/1

33/1 bar


Mozart, on offer as high as 9-2 in the morning, was returned at 7-4 favourite - the first market leader of the meeting to oblige, after a massive gamble and landed the spoils after making all the running. But it was a close call in the end, and he held on by only a diminishing neck against the strong finish by Aldebaran.

“He has great speed,” said his trainer Aidan O’Brien of the winner who was described as “definitely the banker of the week” by joint owner Michael Tabor who told as many of his friends as possible.

“This is as far as he wants to go, but the idea has been for some time to drop him back in distance - he made the running in the Irish Guineas last time - and he will run in the July Cup next.

“This horse has been working unbelievably. I have never seen a horse with the pace that this horse has been working with. He’s been working like a real serious sprinter. The plan is to go back sprinting - this was a lovely race for him.

The Tote made the Danehill colt 4-1 favourite for the big Newmarket sprint, in which it is very possible that owner and trainer will also be represented by Minardi, but soon reduced offers to 3-1. Tabor when told that 4-1 was available appeared very interested.

“I knew that the last half a furlong might be a problem for him but his courage helped him,” said O’Brien of his third winner of the meeting, though the first of them ridden by Mick Kinane. “He has all that speed and the idea has always been to drop him back in distance gradually.”

Reminded that his namesake (but no relation) Vincent O’Brien, who also trained at Ballydoyle where he now is, had such a great record at the Royal Meeting, the younger O’Brien was content to reply, “the horses have been running very well, let’s hope we can keep this going until the end of the meeting.”



Henry Cecil, who suffered a series of disappointments with his fancied runners yesterday, was pleased that Aldebaran was able to finish a neck second to Mozart in the opener.

“It’s nice to see him run a good race after yesterday,” said Cecil. “They had all been working well but just flattened out for no apparent reason. We have taken blood tests and will see if anything shows up.

“Alderaban would have preferred a bit more give in the ground but in another couple of strides would have got there. I’d like to get his head in front somewhere now.”

Ratio defied his 100/1 starting price to finish third and trainer Ian Balding joked: “I stupidly failed to enter him in a handicap before Saturday, he was rated 85! But we are thrilled to bits and it must make Suggestive who beat him last time a good horse.”


Trainer Mick Channon won his second Queen Mary Stakes when Queen’s Logic, ridden by Steve Drowne, ran out to a half-length victory from Sophisticat.

“She’d been working so well that I was worried five furlongs might be a bit sharp for her,” said Channon. “She will be better over a distance and needs six furlongs and probably will get seven later on.

“I’ve always thought she was a high-class hard-working filly and Steve rode her in a bit of work last week when she went brilliantly. She’s got a great attitude and we knew she’d come on for her first race.

“I think I’ve got a decent bunch of two-year-olds and they’ve come right in the last two or three weeks. Highdown was very unlucky in the Coventry yesterday and would have made the frame and this filly has been working up with him, if not better.

“Today was the plan and, just thinking off the top of my head, we might go for the Cherry Hinton and then the Lowther but I will discuss it with the owner first.”

Queen’s Logic was bought as a yearling at Deauville by Charlie Gordon-Watson for 1 million francs.


“She has run very well and I am very happy with her, but she was not helped by being drawn where she was,” said Aidan O’Brien after Sophisticat had gone down by half a length to Queen’s Logic.

Sophisticat was drawn 19 in a field of 20, while the winner was drawn four and third home Roundtree drawn one.

Roundtree’s effort delighted her trainer’s son Richard Hannon junior, owner Fergus Jones and enthusuastic supporter Tom Grossman, who flew over from New York overnight to see the race.

“I have interests in horses in the States but this is the first one I have followed in England. I have had some good results at home, but all this beats that,” said Grossman.

“She has run marvellously and was really going on at the end. She clearly wants six furlongs and the Lowther will be her race,” added Hannon.


Johnny Murtagh will be suspended for five days (June 29 through July 3, which includes the Budweiser Irish Derby) at a hearing held over to today from the last race yesterday, the Coventry Stakes.

Murtagh was found guilty of irresponsible riding because his mount Mahsusie had interfered with Triple Play, with a concertina effect into Rock of Gibraltar, shortly after the start of the race.


Trainer Ed Dunlop saddled his second Royal Ascot winner when Surprise Encounter ran out an easy two and a half length victor of the Royal Hunt Cup under Frankie Dettori.

“I first thought of this race two years ago for the horse. We’ve always liked him and he broke the track record at Lingfield last season but has had his problems. We’ve just taken things steadily with him.

“We wondered whether being drawn on the far side would be a problem, but it seemed to help. I didn’t think we could beat Tough Speed, who was second to Soviet Flash at York, but he had a good weight and the plan was always to come here.

“It’s in the lap of the handicappers now but I’d love to go for the Bunbury Cup. I thought the handicapper was tough for putting him up 9lb after winning at Doncaster last time but he was clearly not.”

For Dettori, who was completing a 38/1 double, it was a first Royal Hunt Cup victory. “I’ve been second three times on some good horses like Darnay,” said the jockey. “So it’s nice to win.

“I rode this horse at Doncaster and he gave me a wonderful feel. I thought he was ideal for the Hunt Cup, he likes fast ground and to come off the pace.”

Dettori will be trying to land his fourth London Clubs Trophy for leading rider at Royal Ascot and reflected: “I was a bit unlucky yesterday, I could easily have gone home with three winners, although the last race was the only one I should have won.

“I can’t land the London Clubs Trophy with two wins, in the past you’d need at least four, but I’ve got some good rides coming up.”


Amanda Perrett was delighted with the display by runner-up Big Future, who led home the stands’ side group, but was still unable to catch Surprise Encounter, who was on the far side from draw 29.

“I always like being drawn on the stands’ side (Big Future was in stall 4), but I just wish that the two of them had been on the same side of the track,” she said.

“He is such a lovely, tough little horse and he has run really well. He deserves to win a big race like this, and Mick (Kinane) gave him a lovely ride.”

Mick Channon had no excuses for third home Muchea. “He has run an absolute blinder and I am delighted with him,” he said.

George Margarson was equally delighted with the display by fourth placed Atavus, though he is finding things frustrating with his horses running very well without winning.

“I think that of my last ten runners none has been beaten more than four and a half lengths but none of them has won. This horse had to win his Newmarket race and then be second at Goodwood to get high enough into the handicap to run in this, but as a result he has just got too high in the weights.

“He is a hard horse to keep right and he is affected when there is a high pollen count. I use a nebuliser with him to help with his breathing and he will certainly have a shot form that after this.

“Maybe he is better at seven furlongs rather than a stiff mile like this; he was just getting a bit tired in the closing stages, so I shall train him now for the Bunbury Cup,” he said.


The last seven furlongs of the straight course will be lightly watered after racing this evening. Clerk of the Course Nick Cheyne said that that going remains good to firm.


12 months ago Kieren Fallon’s fall in the Ascot Stakes ended his season and at one time inevitably gave rise to worries as to whether he would be back and how much he might be affected when he did return.

But this time the race was a very different experience for the former champion as he drove Cover Up to a decisive success, though there was a worry of a lengthy stewards’ inquiry after interference between him and runner-up First Ballot.

“I was surprised that the inquiry took so long. Darryll (Holland on the runner-up) made the most of it, but I could never believe that we were in danger of losing it,” said Sir Michael Stoute of the winner.

“This horse used to lose concentration and was rather in and out last year,” he added of the winner. “But he has run two cracking races this time and he was unlucky in the Chester Cup last time when he could never get a run. But I am not saying that he would have beaten the winner that day.”

As far as Fallon is concerned, Sir Michael said, “Knowing him and his determination I had no doubt that he would be back, though there had to be the worry if the fall might have affected him, but he is right back and riding as well as ever.”

This was the second success of the meeting for trainer and jockey as they won the opening Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday with Medicean.


Trainer David Elsworth was philosophical after First Ballot finished second in the Ascot Stakes, having been hampered by the winner Cover Up in the closing stages.

“My horse seemed to have been intimidated and as soon as he was crossed, he stopped dead. He likes to run free like a bird but although he’s a big horse, he’s a wimp and pulled up the moment he was crossed before getting going again.

“There was no pace early on and perhaps Darryll (Holland) should have gone on further out. I’m proud of my horse even though he didn’t win and he’s run a great race, as has the winner.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s Gold Cup, Elsworth said: “He’s a furlong and a half behind Persian Punch, but that doesn’t make him the Gold Cup winner.”


Seba survived a stewards’ enquiry to give trainer David Loder a first win at the 2001 Royal Meeting in the Chesham Stakes.

Loder, who was hugged by jockey Frankie Dettori after the enquiry result was announced, had been out of luck with Meshaheer in yesterday’s Coventry Stakes and with Latin Lynx earlier in the Queen Mary Stakes.

“It was a big relief to grab the last race,” said Loder. “Meshaheer was very unlucky yesterday and the filly in the Queen Mary got shuffled to the back two furlongs out.

“Frankie slipped through a couple of non-existent gaps on this horse but got there on the line.

“In my usual arrogant fashion on my way here today I thought that after she had won she could go for the May Hill followed by the Fillies’ Mile at Ascot then the Marcel Boussac. She is very talented and did a very good piece of work last Saturday.

“One puts oneself under quite a lot of pressure before this meeting and we try and make sure the horses are cherry ripe. We have had three darts to throw so far and I suppose we should be delighted with one winner at Ascot.”

The success completed a 155/1 treble for Frankie Dettori.


Mick Channon would have liked a stronger gallop for runner-up Parasol, who was not involved in the post-race inquiry after being beaten a neck by Seba.

“Nothing could lead him and they just did not go fast enough,” he said. “But I am thrilled with him. He is a really nice horse, a proper horse and has run his race.

“They are in cracking form,” added Channon who had a winner with Queen’s Logic in the Queen Mary and was third in the Hunt Cup with Muchea.”


Patrick Hibber-Foy, the stewards’ secretary, explained why the last race was allowed to stand.

He said: “In the first instance of interference it was found that Pat Smullen’s horse (Rum Charger) hung left and interefreed with Vanderlin who in turned interfered with Seba, Frankie Dettori’s mount, and then Kieren Fallon’s horse (Vanderlin) became unbalanced and hung back to the right causing Smullen to have to hook up.

“Then in the closing stages Mick Kinane’s mount, Monarchoftheglen, hung left very briefly which caused Fallon to have to hook up. The interference was found to be accidental and had not improved any horse’s placing. The stewards therefore ordered the placings to remain unaltered.”


Frankie Dettori commented after his last-race victory on Seba: “I had nowhere to go but this time I didn’t do like yesterday - I thought there were less runners and I can sit and suffer and try to get lucky which I did.

“Yesterday there were 20 runners and the chance of me getting through on the inside was impossible. So I had to work my way out and got knocked over again. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

“I am going to kiss George, my dog, instead of kicking him!”


The Sagitta 1000 Guineas heroine Ameerat will be flying in the face of history if she follows up her Newmarket success by taking the Coronation Stakes at Ascot on Friday, as no winner of the first fillies’ classic has gone on to land the Ascot prize since One In A Million in 1979, and even then she got the prize only after a controversial disqualification.

Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum’s filly, who gave her trainer Michael Jarvis a hugely-popular first British classic win with her Newmarket success, was taken out of the Vodafone Oaks as it is believed the trip would be too far for her.

At Newmarket, having her first run of the season, she finished really well to catch the long-time leader Muwakleh near the line and win by a neck with Toroca, Crystal Music and Enthused filling the next three places, separated by a length and three-quarters, a length and one and a half lengths.

Crystal Music and Toroca went on to finish second and third behind the subsequent Vodafone Oaks winner Imagine in the irish 1000 Guineas, when Toroca’s team were convinced that the ground was too soft for her.

There were two lengths between them then, but on this drier ground Toroca will be fancied to turn the tables, though whether she will be able to do so against Ameerat may be another thing.

Sequoyah, who was fifth at the Curragh, is also trying her luck again, but she has three and a half lengths to make up on Crystal Music.

Mick Kinane, who wrongly chose Toroca over Imagine at the Curragh, will now be on Rose Gypsy, on whom he won the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000) at Longchamp in May when the filly just held the strong finish of Banks Hill by a head, with Lethal’s Lady the same distance back in third and Godolphin’s Tempting Fate only half a length adrift in fourth.

Banks Hill did not have the best of runs in that finish, but arguably the unlucky one was favourite Amonita, who was badly baulked twice in the last quarter mile and finished a length and a half back in fifth.

It appears that any one of those five could come out on top this time and it is therefore most interesting that Mick Kinane is sticking with Rose Gypsy - unless, of course, as with Black Minnalouhse and Minardi, this is what he has been told to do.

Lil’s Jessy, who surprised even her nearest and dearest with a 20-1 success in the Nell Gywn at Newmarket in April, was later well beaten in the Poule d’Essai, finishing only tenth of 15 and, even allowing for the fact that she did not get the best of runs in that race, she will have to do a lot better this time on ground very different from that on which she won.

Lurina, a stablemate of Crystal Music and apparently the less fancied of the pair, is not out of it on her close third to Banks Hill and Lethal’s Lady at Chantilly in the Group Two Prix Sandringham after the French Guineas, but Lady Miletrian seems to have more to do than when second to Sheppards Watch at Epsom.

Monnavanna, whose stable has won the race recently with Rebecca Sharp and Balisada and also had Buz Kashi, who was first home when One In A Million was awarded the race, comes out just superior to Lady Miletrian on a line through Sheppards Watch, but another line through Peaceful Paradise suggests that she has to find a bit more to trouble the principals from the 1000 Guineas.


As many as 41 horses go forward for the 2001 renewal of the £325,000 Group One Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes after the forfeit stage, of which details are announced today, Wednesday, June 20, 2001.

This number of possible contenders compares extremely favourably with the 26 horses remaining in after the forfeit stage last year.

The Coral Eurobet Eclipse, run over a mile and a quarter at Sandown Park on Saturday, July 7, 2001, features the cream of Europe's three-year-olds and older horses, with the race being the first opportunity for the different generations to race against one another at championship level.

The classic generation is headed by the brilliant Vodafone Derby hero Galileo - one of 15 remaining entries for the master of Ballydoyle, Aidan O'Brien, who was successful in the 2000 Coral Eurobet Eclipse with "Iron Horse" Giant's Causeway.

O'Brien could also be represented by Vodafone Oaks heroine Imagine, Bach, Bonnard, Darwin, Hans Anderson, Ice Dancer, King's County, King Charlemagne, Mediterranean, Milan, Minardi, Mull Of Kintyre, Pebble Island and Shoal Creek. The champion Irish trainer stated after yesterday's Group One St James's Palace Stakes that the victor Black Minnaloushe could head next for the Coral Eurobet Eclipse. The Storm Cat colt would need to be supplemented on June 30 at a cost of £20,000.

Both the winners of the season's first two classics, the Sagitta 1000 and 2000 Guineas, also go forward. Golan, the 2000 Guineas victor and Vodafone Derby runner-up, is one of five remaining entries for champion trainer Sir Michael Stoute, while the 1000 Guineas heroine Ameerat represents Michael Jarvis.

Godolphin, successful three times in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse with a 1-2-3 in 1998, still has seven to choose from, headed by the 2000 Emirates World Series Champion Fantastic Light, who runs in the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot today. Sheikh Mohammed's operation could also run French 2000 Guineas winner and yesterday's St James's Palace Stakes runner-up Noverre, Vodafone Derby third Tobougg, Broche, Ekraar, Give The Slip and Sakhee, who was fourth last year.

Other prominent challengers from the older generation include last season's Dubai Champion Stakes and Breeders' Cup Turf hero Kalanisi, who was beaten a head by Giant's Causeway in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse 12 months ago.

Kalanisi joins Fantastic Light in today's Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot along with Bach, Singapore Cup victor Endless Hall, Give The Slip, French hope Hightori and dual Group One victor Observatory.

Compton Admiral, the 1999 Coral Eurobet Eclipse victor, is also among the list of acceptors and will be attempting to join Halling (1995 & 1996), Mtoto (1987 & 1988) as the third dual winner of the race.

Steve Brice, General Manager at Sandown Park, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have 41 horses going forward for the Coral Eurobet Eclipse, Sandown Park's best Flat race of the year. The quality of the contenders is absolutely superb and a vintage renewal looks guaranteed."


Class A, Group One, Sandown Park, 4.05pm Saturday, July 7, 2001, 1m 2f. Total Prize Fund £325,000. For three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: three-year-old colts & geldings 8st 10lb; three-year-old fillies 8st 7lb. Four-year-old plus colts and geldings 9st 7lb; four-year-old plus fillies & mares 9st 4lb. Entries closed May 2 2001 (76 entries), forfeit stage June 19, 2001 (41 remain), £20,000 supplementary entry stage June 30, five-day declaration stage July 2, final declaration stage 10.00am July 5. (Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, June 19, 2001. May not include some overseas form).

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
113-513 ADILABAD (USA) 4 H.H. Aga Khan Sir Michael Stoute
211-224 ALBARAHIN (USA) 6 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
126-1 AMEERAT 3 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
2115-01 ATTACHE 3 John Good Mark Johnston
122-252 BACH (IRE) 4 Satish Sanan & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1/131- BEAT HOLLOW 4 Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
132203- BONNARD (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
50-(4)1(2)(0) BROCHE (USA) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
01-10 CHANCELLOR (IRE) 3 Bill Gredley Barry Hills
10015/-3 COMPTON ADMIRAL 5 Erik Penser Gerard Butler
64-0150 DARWIN (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
20130-4 DISTANT MUSIC (USA) 4 Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
11-(4)(0)34 EKRAAR (USA) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
5011-41 ENDLESS HALL 5 Il Paralupo Luca Cumani
1013-36 FANAAR 4 Saleh Al Homeizi Jeremy Noseda
4531-21 FANTASTIC LIGHT (USA) 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1-111 GALILEO (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
141-154 GIVE THE SLIP 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1-12 GOLAN (IRE) 3 Lord Weinstock Sir Michael Stoute
5120-23 GRANDERA (IRE) 3 Lael Stable & Mrs V. Shelton James Fanshawe
1-1 HANS ANDERSON (USA) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
1/15-(1)(3)2 HIGHTORI (FR) 4 Gary Tanaka Philippe Demercastel FR
11655-3 HOLDING COURT 4 John Good Michael Jarvis
212 ICE DANCER (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
12-2311 IMAGINE (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle Aidan O'Brien IRE
12211-3 KALANISI (IRE) 5 H.H. Aga Khan Sir Michael Stoute
211-1 KING CHARLEMAGNE (USA) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
222-100 KING'S COUNTY (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
30314-11 MEDICEAN 4 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
1-0 MEDITERRANEAN 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
1-235 MILAN 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
211-430 MINARDI (USA) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
121(4)/- MULL OF KINTYRE (USA) 4 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
312(0)-(2)12 NOVERRE (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
21121-1 OBSERVATORY (USA) 4 Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
13 PEBBLE ISLAND (USA) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11/1124- SAKHEE (USA) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
10241-3 SHOAL CREEK (IRE) 4 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
111-03 TOBOUGG (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
214/5-2 TOUGH SPEED (USA) 4 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
1511-42 WELLBEING 4 Plantation Stud Henry Cecil

41 Entries remain after forfeit stage
15 Irish-trained
1 French-trained


Salisbury Racecourse stages two excellent racing days at the historic Bibury Meeting on Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28, when there will be £102,750 on offer in added prize money, up £10,250 (+11%) on last year.

The Bibury Club Meeting is one of Britain's longest-running meetings, with its origins going back to the formation in 1681 of the Bibury Club, the oldest racing club in the world. The Bibury Club raced at the now-defunct racecourses of Bibury and Stockbridge, but has been based at Salisbury since 1899. Leading trainers and owners will have runners, ridden by some of Britain's top jockeys.

On the opening day, Wednesday, June 27, the feature is the £20,000-added TOTE TRIFECTA BIBURY CUP HANDICAP (4.10pm) which has seen its prize money double since last year, largely thanks to the generous support of the Tote.

This mile-and-a-half contest is usually won by a progressive horse. Last season's renewal was no exception and went to the John Dunlop-trained filly Firecrest, who subsequently won in Listed company at York's August meeting.

Action gets under way on the Wednesday with the £6,000-added EUROPEAN BREEDERS' FUND WEYHILL MAIDEN FILLIES' STAKES' (2.10pm) over five furlongs which will have a longer name by the off. The Southampton Daily Echo is now running a competition among businesses located within the area and the lucky winner will get the opportunity to have this race named after their company free of charge.

Other races on the first-day card are the JOHN F GLEDHILL STAKES (2.40pm) over a mile and a quarter, the mile NOEL CANNON MEMORIAL HANDICAP (3.10pm), the six-furlong GOADSBY & HARDING FILLIES' HANDICAP (3.40pm) and the seven-furlong SMITH & WILLIAMSON MAIDEN FILLIES' STAKES (4.40pm).

On the Thursday, the most valuable event is the £15,000-added CHAMPAGNE AUCTION STAKES (3.45pm) over six furlongs. For the first time this year, the valuable contest has become confined to horses sold at public auction as yearlings or as two-year-olds for 50,000 guineas (a guinea is £1.05) or less and provides a valuable opportunity for owners with limited purchasing budgets to collect a decent prize.

Other highlights on Thursday's card include the £10,000-added five-furlong ALDERHOLT SPRINT HANDICAP (3.15pm), which promises be a competitive affair, and the HERBERT AND GWEN BLAGRAVE MAIDEN STAKES (2.45pm) over seven furlongs which remembers the late Beckhampton trainer and his wife.

The remaining races on Thursday are the mile AXMINSTER APPRENTICE HANDICAP (2.15pm), part of the Salisbury series to encourage young jockeys, the SWALLOWCLIFFE HANDICAP (4.15pm) over a mile and a six furlongs, the HANSTON PROPERTIES MAIDEN STAKES (4.45pm), with the final race of the meeting being the LEVY BOARD HANDICAP (5.15pm)

Jeremy Martin, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Salisbury, said: "The Bibury Meeting has excellent racing and is always one of the highlights of the season at Salisbury.

"We are delighted to be offering significantly-increased increase prize money this year and are prepared for some exciting finishes.

"The last Salisbury fixture on Sunday, June 17, went well with a pleasing crowd of 5,000 and we look forward to welcoming existing and new racegoers to the Bibury Meeting."

Admission prices are Members £15, Tattersalls £10, Course £5 and, as at all Salisbury's meetings, accompanied children under 16 are admitted FREE. Car parking is also FREE. The first race is at 2.10pm on the Wednesday and 2.15pm on the Thursday.


Uttoxeter's racemeeting on Sunday 1 July has been cancelled by the British Horseracing Board and at the request of MAFF.

The course remains located in a 3km Foot & Mouth Protected Area and this area will not be cleared by MAFF until the results of recent samples are confirmed.

This is the 10th consecutive meeting Uttoxeter has lost due to Foot and Mouth.

Uttoxeter's Managing Director, Rod Street, said:

"We are deeply unhappy that we are unable to stage this racemeeting. It was going to be a big event and featured the Britannia Building Society English Summer National - the richest summer Sunday jumps race of the year - the sort of race that the industry can ill afford to lose.

“The BHB has been very efficient and supportive throughout this difficult period but MAFF is clearly struggling to cope with the sampling - having given us a plethora of ' test result days' - all of which have passed quietly by . I do not think anyone at MAFF realises quite how frustrating it is is to have our hopes dashed time and time again.

“I would, once again, like to apologise to Uttoxeter's many customers, all of whom will be extremely disappointed at the news.

Our season now closes for the summer and we can only hope to have better news for our late August resumption."


Anabaa Blue, winner of the Prix du Jockey-Club at Chantilly, is a candidate for the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot on July 28, which will be the 30th running of the race under the de Beers banner.

His trainer Carlos Lerner walked the course this morning and declared himself very happy with it, but added that “I have to talk to the owner Monsieur Mimouni, before we make a final decision.

“The horse has done very well since he won the Prix du Jockey-Club, but I want to give him plenty of time before his next run and so he will not run in the Irish Derby.”

Asked if the fact that the King George is part of the Emirates World Series was a factor in deciding to run in the King George, Lerner replied: “The King George is a major race in its own right, though it certainly adds to the interest that it is part of the series.

“There have been lots of offers for the horse since he won the Jockey-Club, but I hope I shall be able to keep him at least until after the Arc, and after that if all goes well I would like to run him in the Japan Cup.”

Lerner plans to enter another horse at the meeting so that jockey Christophe Soumillon will be able to have some experience of the track before the big race.

Coral Eurobet make Anabaa Blue a 6-1 chance for the King George, the same price as Kalanisi and a point shorter than Sagitta 2000 Guineas winner and Vodafone Derby runner-up Golan. Fantastic Light is the 4-1 favourite at the moment, but all that may well change after the Primce of Wales’s Stakes this afternoon.


Saturday, July 28, 2001, 1m 4f, £750,000, weights 3-y-o colts & geldings 8st 9lb; fillies 8st 6lb; 4-y-o and up colts & geldings 9st 7lb, fillies 9st 4lb; Southern Hemisphere allowance 3-y-o 6lb, 4-y-o 2lb. Entries made June 13, entries released 20 (49 entries), forfeit stage July 10, five-day confirmation July 23, declared runners July 26.

Horse Owner Trainer
ANABAA BLUE C Mimouni Carlos Lerner FR
AQUARELLISTE (FR) Daniel Wildenstein Elie Lellouche FR
BEAT HOLLOW Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
BECKETT (IRE) Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
BONNARD (IRE) Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
BROCHE (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
COMPTON ADMIRAL Erik Penser Gerard Butler
DILSHAAN Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
EGYPTBAND (USA) Wertheimer et Frere Criquette Head-Maarek FR
EKRAAR (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
ELA ATHENA Gary Tanaka Michael Jarvis
EL BUENO Evie Stockwell Aidan O’Brien IRE
ENDLESS HALL Il Paralupo Luca Cumani
EQUERRY (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
EXALTATION (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed John Oxx IRE
FANTASTIC LIGHT (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
FRUITS OF LOVE (USA) Mick Doyle Mark Johnston
GALILEO (IRE) Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
GIVE THE SLIP Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
GOLAN (IRE) Lord Weinstock Sir Michael Stoute
GOLDEN SNAKE (USA) The National Stud John Dunlop
GRANDERA (IRE) Lael Stable and Mrs V Shelton James Fanshawe
HANS ANDERSON (USA) Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
HERODOTUS Tony Richards Clive Brittain
HIGHTORI (FR) Gary A Tanaka Philippe Demercastel FR
HOLDING COURT John Good Michael Jarvis
ICE DANCER (IRE) Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
IMAGINE (IRE) Sue Magnier and Diane Nagle Aidan O’Brien IRE
KALANISI (IRE) H H Aga Khan Sir Michael Stoute
KING’S COUNTY (IRE) Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
LEAR SPEAR (USA) Raymond Tooth Henry Cecil
LUCIDO (IRE) Mrs Hildegarde Focke John Dunlop
MARIENBARD (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
MEDITTERRANEAN Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
MILAN Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
MILLENARY L Neil Jones John Dunlop
MORSHDI Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
MR COMBUSTIBLE (IRE) Dick Bonnycastle Barry Hills
MUTAFAWEQ (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
MUTAMAM Hamdan Al Maktoum Alec Stewart
PEBBLE ISLAND (USA) Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
SAKHEE (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
SANDMASON Plantation Stud Henry Cecil
SHOAL CREEK (IRE) Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
STORMING HOME Maktoum Al Maktoum Barry Hills
TOBOUGG (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
WELLBEING Plantation Stud Henry Cecil
WITH THE FLOW (USA) Mrs B Jenney Criquette Head-Maarek FR

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