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Thursday, June 21, 2001


2.30pm, King Edward VII Stakes, 1m 4f

Aldwych - 8 L
Golden Wells - 14 L, T
Gryffindor - 33 L, WH
Herodotus - 33 L, T, WH
King Carew - 66 T
Londoner - 10 L
Lucayan Chief - 50 T
Milan - 9/4 T
Musha Merr - 7 L
Snowstorm - 14 L
Storming Home - 7/2 L
Theatre Script - 25 WH

3.05pm, Hardwicke Stakes, 1m 4f

Mutafaweq - 11/4 T
Adilabad - 15/2 WH
Compton Admiral - 25 L, T
Lucido - 5 L
Sandmason - 16 WH
Wellbeing - 13/8 L, T, WH
Zindabad - 16 L
Rada's Daughter - 40 L, WH

3.45pm, Coronation Stakes, 1m

Ameeret - 9/2 L, WH
Banks Hills - 9/2 L, T, WH
Crystal Music - 9/2 L, T, WH
Enthused - 14 WH
Lady Miletrain - 66 L, T, WH
Lethals Lady - 20 T
Lil's Jessy - 40 L
Lurina - 25 T, WH
Monnavanna - 10 L
Rose Gypsy - 7 L
Sequoyah - 9 L, T, WH
Tempting Fate - 12 L
Toroca - 9 L, T, WH

4.20pm, Wokingham Stakes, 6f

Ho Leng - 40 L
Deep Space - 10 T
Cotton House - 33 T, WH
Cubism - 28 T
Doctor Spin - 40 L
Tiger Royal - 40 L
Guinea Hunter - 28 L, T
Indian Spark - 16 L, WH
Millenium Moonbeam - 66 WH
Nice One Clare - 8 L, T
Mitcham - 25 T
Halmahera - 33 T, WH
Rudik - 40 L
Candleriggs - 16 T
Marsad - 25 T, WH
Honesty Fair - 40 L
Ellens Academy - 8 L, WH
Perfect Peach - 66 L, WH
Galloway Boy - 40 L, WH
Argent Facile - 33 T, WH
Capricho - 9 WH
Seven No Trumps - 8 L, WH
Y To Kman - 50 L
Smart Predator - 33 L, T, WH
Kathology - 28 L, WH
Peruvian Chief - 40 L, T
Juwwi - 33 T
Lady Boxer - 66 L, T, WH
Amaranth - 33 L, WH
James Stark - 40 T

L=Ladbrokes T=Tote WH=William Hill


French challenger Amonita will miss tomorrow’s Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot after she was found to be coughing.

A spokewoman for trainer Pascal Bary said: "We had to take her out this morning as she is ill. She is coughing and she had a high temperature last night and one today so there is no way she could go to Ascot," a spokeswoman for trainer Pascal Bary said today.

"What is frustrating is that in two days she might be all right, but she won't be able to run for a little while."

Tomoorow’s £250,000 is now to two French challengers Banks Hill and the supplemented Lethals Lady.


12 horses will go to post for tomorrow’s 1m 4f Group Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot they are:

1) (2) 1-142 Aldwych Roger Charlton 3-8-08 Pat Eddery
2) (3) -113 Golden Wells Mark Johnston 3-8-08 Kevin Darley
3) (1) 12304 Gyffindor Brian Meehan 3-8-08 Brett Doyle
4) (4) 150 Herodotus Clive Brittain 3-8-08 Philip Robinson
5) (5) 25-0 King Carew Mick Channon 3-8-08 Craig Williams
6) (9) 114-3 Londoner Henry Cecil 3-8-08 Richard Quinn
7) (12) 3-466 Lucayan Chief Sean Woods 3-8-08 Olivier Peslier
8) (6) 1-235 Milan Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-8-08 Mick Kinane
9) (8) 2-10 Musha Merr Saeed bin Suroor 3-8-08 Frankie Dettori
10) (7) 10-23 Snowstorm Michael Bell 3-8-08 Michael Fenton
11) (11) 9-135 Storming Home Barry Hills 3-8-08 Michael Hills
12) (10) 1-0 Theatre Script John Gosden 3-8-08 Jimmy Fortune


Eight horses run in tomorrow’s Group Two Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, the leading 1m 4f race for older horses at the meeting they are:
1) (7) 31-01 Mutafaweq Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-00 Frankie Dettori
2) (2) 3-513 Adilabad Sir Michael Stoute 4-8-09 Kieren Fallon
3) (3) 015/3 Compton Admiral Gerard Butler 5-8-09 Jimmy Fortune
4) (5) 46-11 Lucido John Dunlop 5-8-09 Pat Eddery
5) (1) 22-22 Sandmason Henry Cecil 4-8-09 Willie Ryan
6) (6) 11-42 Wellbeing Henry Cecil 4-8-09 Richard Quinn
7) (8) 3-141 Zinabad 5-8-09 Kevin Darley
8) (4)4-345 Rada’s Daughter Ian Balding 5-8-06 Michael Hills


Johnny Murtagh, completing a 134/1 double today on Royal Rebel and having this third winner of the 2001 Royal Meeting, commented: “He killed me! Mark (Johnston - the trainer) said to me beforehand that he took the blinkers off so that Royal Rebel would be able travel a bit better as he was getting outpaced in races.

“I was trying to push him, hunt him and hold him at the same time. Until a mile out he was OK. Persian Punch has to be ridden that way and was only beaten a head but I knew when I had something to aim at that I would win. Frankie came to me and he pushed me along and when I got in between them I was happy that I could win.

“When I got half a length up, Royal Rebel stopped and he was stopping all the way to the line - he took a fair bit of driving but that is what I am there for. If you keep asking him for 110% , he’ll give it to you but if you ease up at all he will stop. I was glad to see the line come at the end.

“He’s hard work but his heart is in the right place. It is great to win another Gold Cup. This was a lot harder work than Enzeli.

“I was under a lot of pressure today. I rode Royal Rebel to win at Leopardstown (August 1999) but I hadn’t ridden him since. I had to really prove to Mr Johnston that I could ride him - he was telling me how well that Mick Kinane rode him last year.

“I knew the horse and I was trying to keep him on the bridle as long as I could. I was pushing, pulling him and slapping him and trying to squeeze him up to get him to travel as best he could.

“I thought I had a chance at the half-mile marker when I was getting to Persian Punch.


The winning jockey in the opener, Johnny Murtagh, said: “I looked up when I passed Mick Kinane and I still had three lengths to make up on Richard Hills but I could see that his filly was just getting a bit tired as she was in front long enough.

“I was always confident that I was going to get there. When I got there Sahara Slew idled in front and Richard rallied his again.

“I think they are two nice progressive fillies. Mine is a bit backward filly who is only coming right now and I think there is still more improvement in her. I fancied Sahara Slew quite a lot because she was progressing nicely in her work.”

The Irish-based jockey was banned for five days for an incident of irresponsible riding in the opening day’s Coventry Stakes the following day and misses all three days of the Irish Derby meeting.

Murtagh commented: “It is a disaster to miss those three days in Ireland. They are the three biggest days of the year. I didn’t think I deserved five days.

“I am going to be positive. I was a bit down yesterday but I have five good rides today, it is finished, I cannot do anything about it and I am not going to appeal. I am only glad that it didn’t happen last year when I was looking forward to Sinndar.”


Jockey Johnny Murtagh received a one-day ban for using his whip with excessive frequency when winning the Gold Cup on Royal Rebel. The suspension takes place on Thursday, July 5.

He was also banned for one day (July 4) for his use of the whip on the Ribblesdale winner, Sahara Slew.


In an epic finish to the 2001 Gold Cup, Persian Punch just lost out by a head to Royal Rebel in a photo finish.

An emotional David Elsworth, trainer of Persian Punch, said: “Everything went right except getting beaten, but I’m proud of the way he has run.

“Royal Rebel is as tough as Punch himself - they have been doing battle in France, Italy, Newwmarket and twice this season already. We have always managed to get the better of him but today he has turned it around and it was a big one so we feel a bit disappointed. It was a proper horse race.

“We’ll keep racing at this level and he’ll probably go for the Goodwood Cup and then we might go for the Melbourne Cup. We had a tilt at it a couple of years ago - he ran a marvellous race and was beaten two necks - but it is a handicap. He’ll probably be plenty high enough in the weights but it would be fun to go down there again.”

Alan Jarvis, trainer of third-placed Jardines Lookout, said: “I’m very pleased with him and he’s run a great race for a four-year-old. He’s a marvellous horse with a wonderful physique.

“He will be better next year as he’s still a big baby and very weak and backward. He absolutely tries his heart out and I had no worries about today’s trip.

“He’ll probably go for the Goodwood Cup and then possibly the Doncaster Cup.”

3.45pm GOLD CUP

Class A, Group One, Showcase Race, £210,000 guaranteed, 2m 4f, for four-year-olds and upwards. Weights: 4yo: colts and geldings: 9st; fillies: 8st 11lb; 5yo and up: horses and geldings: 9st 2lb; mares: 8st 13lb. Penalty values: 1st: £121,800; 2nd: £46,200; 3rd: £23,100; 4th: £10,500; 5th: £5,250; 6th: £3,150

1 ROYAL REBEL (Peter Savill) Mark Johnston 5-9-02 Johnny Murtagh [10] 8-1
2 PERSIAN PUNCH (IRE) (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 8-9-02 Richard Quinn [3] 10-1
3 JARDINES LOOKOUT (IRE) (Ambrose Turnbull) Alan Jarvis 4-9-00 Jimmy Fortune [1] 25-1
4 SAN SEBASTIAN (Mrs Michael Watt) John Dunlop 7-9-02 Michael Kinane [6] 3-1 fav
5 MARIENBARD (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-00 Frankie Dettori [9]
6 MBELE (Dr & Mrs John Wilson) William Muir 4-9-00 Martin Dwyer [7]
7 RAINBOW HIGH (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 6-9-02 Richard Hughes [4]
8 CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (USA) (Luke Comer) Luke Comer IRE 4-9-00 Philip Robinson [2]
9 ROMANTIC AFFAIR (IRE) (The Earl Cadogan) John Dunlop 4-9-00 Pat Eddery [6]10 KUWAIT TROOPER (USA) (Sheikh Khaled Duaij Al Sabah) Gerard Butler 4-9-00 Kieren Fallon [11]
11 YAVANA'S PACE (IRE) (Joan Keaney) Mark Johnston 9-9-02 Kevin Darley [12]
PU VICIOUS CIRCLE (David Metcalf and Jeff Samuel) Luca Cumani 7-9-02 Jamie Spencer [5]

12 ran Tote: Win: £14.30; Places: £3.90; £3.50; £9.30; Exacta: £140.10

Time 4m 18.92s Distances: Hd, 5, Sh, 2, 9, 5, 20, 5, 4, Dist

Breeder: Bloomsbury Stud Breeding: Robellino - Greenvera (Riverman)

Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born:Glasgow, 10/9/59 Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practiced 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 win: (1) Sagitta 2,000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys) Other major wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D'Inde), Sagaro Stakes (1995 & 1996 Double Trigger), Doncaster Cup (1995,1996 & 1998 Double Trigger), Futurity Stakes (1994 Jural), Cornwallis Stakes (1994 Millstream), Goodwood Cup (1995, 1997 & 1998 Double Trigger), Princess Margaret Stakes (1992 Marina Park), Champagne Lanson Vintage Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys), Royal Lodge Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Fruits Of Love), Dubai Turf Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits of Love) Wins in a season (1987-2000): 1: 5: 15: 28: 31: 53: 77: 117: 114: 116: 123: 100:113:130 Number of horses in training (1987-2001): n/a: 17: 18: 35: 35: 39: 49: 72: 120: 117: 120:130: 147:152:159: Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Wins this season: 37 Royal Ascot wins: (10) Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 Royal Rebel), King George V Handicap (1995 Diaghilef), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D’Inde), Britannia Handicap (1997 Fly To The Stars), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits Of Love), Chesham Stakes (2000 Celtic Silence); Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (2001 Takamaka Bay); Queens Vase (2001 And Beyond) First Royal Ascot win: Double Trigger (June 22, 1995 - Gold Cup)

Winning jockey:-Name: Murtagh, John Patrick Born: May 14, 1970 Big Race Wins include: Breeders’ Cup Mile (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2000 Sinndar), Prix du Moulin (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Yorkshire Oaks (1996 Key Change, 2000 Petrushka), Beverley D Stakes (1996 Timarida), Irish Champion Stakes (1996 Timarida), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla, 1998 Winona, 2000 Petrushka), Ascot Gold Cup(1999 Enzeli); National Stakes (1993, Manntari, 1999 Sinndar), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1998 Edabiya), English Derby (2000 Sinndar), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (2000 Greek Dance), Doncaster Cup (2000 Enzeli), Prix Niel (2000 Sinndar), Prix de l’Abbaye (2000 Namid), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Dubai Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2001 Black Minnaloushe) Royal Ascot wins: (8) Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl); Gold Cup (1999 Enzeli, 2001 Royal Rebel), Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (2000 Katiykha), Ascot Handicap Stakes (2000 Barba Papa), Cork & Orrery (2000 Superior Premium), St James’s Palace Stakes (2001 Black Minnaloushe), Ribblesdale Stakes (2001 Sahara Slew) First Royal Ascot win: Coronation Stakes (June 21, 1995 Ridgewood Pearl)


Sahara Slew, whose appearance won the best turned-out prize, took all the spoils when her late dash was just too much for the brave front-running effort by Nafisah.

The winning filly got into the picture turning for home and stuck on really well to master the runner-up well inside the final furlong and win by a head.

“She is improving all the time and she had to improve to win this,” said her trainer John Oxx. “She has clearly done that, and if she carries on going the way she is at the moment we shall certainly think about the Irish Oaks.

“She will have to improve again to win that, but she is very much going the right way.

“She did not run as a two-year-old because she was very big and backward and needed time, and then this year, when she was ready to run in April, she had a setback which put her back for about a month.

“She stays very well and will probably go further,” added Oxx of Johnny Murtagh’s second success of the meeting, before he talked about the possibility of supplementing Assertation for the Irish Derby on July 1.

“We are really only talking of running for place money against Galileo,” said the trainer who knows all about winning Derbys after his victories at Epsom and the Curragh last year with Sinndar. “But he deserves to take his chance if we do decide to supplement him.”



Nafisah narrowly failed to pull off a pillar-to-post success in the opener when Sahara Slew swooped at the finish to deny her by a head.

“She’s run an absolute blinder - a fantastic race,” said Nafisah’s trainer Ben Hanbury.

“She was just taken on the whole time which didn’t help but I’m delighted with her. It was a fantastic effort to make all and be beaten a head, but who wants to be second.”


In-form trainer Aidan O’Brien landed his fourth victory at the 2001 Royal Meeting when Johannesburg justified strong support to take the Norfolk Stakes.

“This horse had been working well and his last bit of work had been very good. He won his maiden well and that was over six furlongs (as opposed to today’s trip of five furlongs) because we don’t have as many two-year-old races in Ireland and have to run them to get races into them,” said O’Brien.

“The horses have been running well all week, even the ones that have not won, which is great. Rock Of Gibraltar (in the Coventry Stakes) may have been unlucky as Michael Kinane said he went past the post on the bridle. He’s a very good colt.”

O’Brien revealed that, like his horses, he had been travelling over daily from his Co Tipperary stables. “I see three lots work in the morning and then fly over to Farnborough and go up to Ascot by car. The horses have also been flying here and back each day.”

Winning owner Michael Tabor added: “He wasn’t the fastest away and his draw wasn’t ideal but he won with authority. He ranks up there with our good two-year-olds but is not the best although it’s very difficult to know which is as Aidan won’t tell me!”

The Tote are offering 25/1 about the winner for next year’s Sagitta 2000 Guineas.


“Not a bad effort for a maiden,” declared John Hills after his 25-1 Waterside had stayed on well to take second, a length and a quarter behind hot favourite Johannesburg.

“In his first two runs we made use of his speed, particularly the second time as he had had the benefit of the previous run, but this is clearly the right way to ride him, to drop him out and come late.

“Our first plan had been to run him in the Windsor Castle, but then when Whitbarrow came out of this race we had another look and decided to take our chance here.

“I know the winner was backed like a good thing, but he had only won a Fairyhouse maiden and you do not know what that sort of form is worth.

“In any case if we had decided to go for the Windsor Castle, there are 24 runners in that so who knows what might have happened with a field as big as that.”

Dandy Nicholls was equally happy with the display by fellow 25-1 chance Lord Merlin, who was a short head back in third after a tardy start.

“This is the first time I have done any serious buying of yearlings,” he said. “That is no disrespect to the two-year-olds I have had earlier, but this time I had a bit of money to spend and we went to Ireland and bought this colt.

“He will go back to Ireland in due course and go for the Tattersalls’ sales race there.

“He lost a couple of lengths at the start and when they go as fast as they did here that gives you a real problem. But he has run on really well and I am delighted with him.

“He would probably have liked a bit more cut in the ground, but he can certainly win more races as long as we can keep him right in the head.

“He can be a bit colty, which is what happened when he had to be withdrawn at the start at Chester.”


Last year’s Wokingham Stakes winner Harmonic Way demonstrated his prowess against the top sprinters when ridden by Steve Drowne from the back of the field to a length victory.

“I was very relaxed beforehand because this horse owes us nothing, he’s won us a lot of prize money” said winning trainer Roger Charlton. “You need luck in racing and we were so lucky with how the race worked out.

“Richard Hughes taught us how the horse should be ridden and Steve is a great understudy.

“We could go anywhere now and I’d assume the July Cup would be next. The more competitive races suit him, small fields with less pace don’t.

“The more he races, the more relaxed he has become, he used to drip in sweat before racing. The horse has just got better and better, he was stuck on a rating of 90 for a long time.”

Drowne added: “I’ve never gone so fast through beaten horses, not even in a staying race. I was eight lengths down on the favourite (Three Points) and then thought I had to creep up but almost got there too quick. It was a long last hundred yards.

“You just have to hope for gaps to appear and thank God they did. I had a dream run and only had the one horse to come round, the favourite

“I think everybody knows the horse a lot better these days and Richard (Hughes) taught us a lot. He’s a top-grade horse and would be as good as anything I’ve ridden.”


The stewards enquired under Rule 153 into interference involving a number of unplaced horses, of which Bouncing Bowdler seemed to suffer most, but they were unable to apportion any blame.


Godolphin is now looking towards the Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket on July 12 with runner-up Three Points, whose display prompted racing manager Simon Crisford to say that the colt had run “a lovely race.

“We were expecting him to run well - from the way he has been going at home, he was looking as if he was going to make up into a good sprinter. “He won a Group Three last year and has been very much going the right way.”

Crisford also spoke about Marienbard, who finished fifth in the Gold Cup after appearing not to get the trip.

“He travelled very well, and I suppose at this stage of his life you would have to say that he did not stay the two and a half miles.

“But he is only young, only a four-year-old, and it may well be that he will stay that sort of distance next year when he has had more experience and got stronger. A lot of horses stay further when they get older.

“The last half mile found him out today against the older, more experienced horses at this Group One level and at this stage of his life. He could well go for the Goodwood Cup, when he will not be taking on the top stayers at level weights as he did here.”


Beekeeper gave Highclere Racing Throughbreds their second success in the King George V Handicap, following that of Heritage in 1997, when he got the better of his final-furlong battle with Tomasino.

The colours were the same, but the other connections were different as Heritage was trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, and Beekeeper is trained by Sir Michael Stoute and was ridden by Johnny Murtagh.

This was Sir Michael’s 40th Royal Ascot success and a third of the day for Murtagh, who is now on a total of four for the meeting, putting on top of the jockeys’ table. Murtagh’s treble works out at 2,024-1.

“He was in the Derby and we considered it, but then he had problems early in the year and Michael could not get him out in time. Then we thought about the King Edward VII, but decided on this race in the end, though we felt that the handicapper had been plenty harsh enough on him rating him on 99 so that he ended up with top weight,” said Harry Herbert who manages the Highclere syndicates.

“We did not complain to the handicapper, so we shan’t have to go grovelling back to him now,” added Herbert.

“The plan for him now may well be the St Leger (Doncaster, September 15). He stays well and this ground would have been plenty fast enough for him, and he could well go for the Great Voltigeur (at York) before Doncaster. That is the sort of race we shall look at, though obviously we shall have to talk to Michael.

“The reason that Johnny Murtagh rode him and not Kieren Fallon (Fallon was on the stable’s other runner, The Queen’s Border Comet) is that Johnny has been very good for us, particularly with Petrushka.

“This is a great result for the Highclere syndicates in view of the injury which has forced Petrushka into retirement. They are not owned by the same parts of the Highclere operation, though some of the members are in both.”

Mark Johnston, trainer of the second, said “Tomasino has run a blinder, but the winner can’t be too bad as he managed to carry top weight and win like that. We’ll probably give him a break and then look for something at Goodwood.”


Analyser gave trainer John Gosden his fourth victory in the Britannia Stakes when winning under Frannie Norton, who partnered El Gran Papa to victory for the same handler 12 months ago for his only other Royal Ascot success.

“It’s a reliable race for us - the Britannia is a getting-out stakes for me,” joked Gosden, who has had a winner at every Royal Ascot since 1990.

“It’s a proper race to plan for and we first talked about this race in February. I’m delighted he got up as the speed seemed to be all on the far side.

“I told anybody who asked that he had an each-way chance and one of the owners had £100 each-way.

“(Third-placed) Spanish Spur got crucified for winning at Newbury last time, 13lb is a cruel heave in the weights.”

Norton added: “My lad went lazy after a furlong but I gave him a slap and he picked up.

“I knew riding for Mr Gosden that I was on a live contender beforehand and it’s great to ride a winner anywhere, but especially at Ascot.”


“He has run a very good race, but it could just have been that bit better,” said James Fanshawe after Ecclesiastical had beaten all but Analyser.

Richard Ryan, assistant to Terry Mills, who trains fourth home Wannabe Around, was sure that their colt would have done even better if he had been drawn on the stands’ side of the course where the winner was.

“It would have been very interesting if we had been on the other side, but as it was he has run a blinder and made it very tough for the others to get past him.

“He has to try to make it, regardless of where he is drawn, and our Wokingham runner Mitcham is in the same stall, number 28, tomorrow.

“It suits Wannabe Around better when he is going round a bend, so I expect that we shall now look for something at Goodwood for him,” added Ryan.


Richard Hughes was suspended for three days (June 30, July 1 and 2), which means that he will miss the Irish Derby, after being adjudged guilty of careless riding in the closing Britannia Stakes.

Stewards’ secretary Geoffrey Forster explained: “Hughes was riding Lapwing, who went to his left soon after the start and interfered with Mark Baird on Definite Guest.

“He then continued to go to his left and caused interference to Pat Eddery on Nose The Trade, who at one time was nearly down.

“Hughes said that he had problems with a stirrup iron, which he was trying to get right, but the stewards felt that he did not make sufficient effort to avoid causing the interference.”


Total attendance 1999-69,860, 2000-72,546, 2001 -72,589 (+0.1%)


Today’s on-course Tote cash betting turnover at Royal Ascot came to £1,844,294, up 11% on the 2000 figure for Ladies Day of £1,661,456.


Frankie Dettori 5/4 (from 2/9)
Johnny Murtagh 5/4 (from 33)
Michael Kinane 7/2
Kieren Fallon 25/1


Tuesday, June 19
Queen Anne Stakes Medicean Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon
King’s Stand Stakes Cassandra Go Geoff Wragg Michael Roberts
St James’s Palace Stakes Black Minnaloushe Aidan O’Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh
Duke of Edinburgh H’cap Takamaka Bay Mark Johnston Darryll Holland
Queen’s Vase And Beyond Mark Johnston Kevin Darley
Coventry Stakes Landseer Aidan O’Brien IRE Jamie Spencer

Wednesday, June 20
Jersey Stakes Mozart Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane
Queen Mary Stakes Queen’s Logic Mick Channon Steve Drowne
Prince of Wales’s Stakes Fantastic Light Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori
Royal Hunt Cup Surprise Encounter Ed Dunlop Frankie Dettori
Ascot Handicap Cover Up Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon
Chesham Stakes Seba David Loder Frankie Dettori

Thursday, June 21
Ribblesdale Stakes Sahara Slew John Oxx IRE Johnny Murtagh
Norfolk Stakes Johannesburg Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane
Gold Cup Royal Rebel Mark Johnston Johnny Murtagh
Cork & Orrery Stakes Harmonic Way Roger Charlton Steve Drowne
King George V Handicap Beekeeper Sir Michael Stoute Johnny Murtagh
Britannia Handicap Analyser John Gosden Francis Norton


Johnny Murtagh 4
Frankie Dettori 3
Michael Kinane 2
Kieren Fallon 2
Steve Drowne 2
Kevin Darley 1
Darryll Holland 1
Jamie Spencer 1
Francis Norton 1
Michael Roberts 1


Aidan O’Brien IRE 4
Mark Johnston 3
Sir Michael Stoute 3
Saeed bin Suroor 1
Geoff Wragg 1
Mick Channon 1
John Gosden 1
David Loder 1
Roger Charlton 1
Ed Dunlop 1
John Oxx IRE 1



Making his first start since winning the Dubai World Cup on March 24, Mike Pegram's CAPTAIN STEVE was made the 7-to-10 favorite in Saturday's $831,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Jockey Jerry Bailey turned Captain Steve loose to run by Michael Tabor's pace-setting Duckhorn at the top of the stretch and the four-year-old son of Fly So Free appeared on his way to victory. However, jockey Larry Melancon swung Morton Fink's GUIDED TOUR to the outside and wore down the favorite for a half-length upset victory at odds of 15 to 1.

Winning trainer Niall O'Callaghan had made a last-minute decision to enter Guided Tour in the Stephen Foster rather than a softer spot in Maryland the same day. "We thought that it was possible that Captain Steve might not be at his best coming back from Dubai for this race and Carl's [Nafzger] horse [Unshaded] might need another race. Would Brahms handle dirt? It was about percentage and taking a chance."

Trainer Bob Baffert was prepared for the possibility that Captain Steve might be upset. "I told Jerry [Bailey] that he was going to be a little short because I sort of rushed him into it. At the sixteenth pole I could tell he was tired. Giving a horse like that [Guided Tour] 10 pounds is pretty tough."

Captain Steve, third to eventual Horse of the Year Tiznow in the Breeders' Cup Classic last fall, had won the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in February in his only start this year before the Dubai race.

Saturday's second-place earnings of $166,200 brought Captain Steve's career bankroll total to $6,693,356 to move him from sixth to fourth on the all-time list behind only Cigar, Skip Away and Silver Charm. He passed Alysheba and John Henry.

Thomas Van Meter II's four-year-old Brahms finished third, 2 ¾ lengths behind Captain Steve, in the nine-furlong race timed in 1:47 3/5 over a fast track. James Tafel's Unshaded finished fifth in the field of eight in only his second start since winning the Travers Stakes at Saratoga last August.

Guided Tour, a five-year-old gelding by Hansel, came into Saturday's race after finishing third to Duckhorn as the favorite in the Hawthorne Gold Cup in Chicago four weeks before. He finished 12th of 13 as a 90-to-1 longshot in the Breeders' Cup Classic last fall at Churchill Downs.


John Oxley's Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos had his rematch with The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Preakness winner POINT GIVEN in the Belmont Stakes on June 9 and Point Given made an emphatic statement, winning the 1 ½-mile race by 12 ½ lengths under jockey Gary Stevens.

Ol Memorial Stable and Michael Tabor's Preakness runner-up A P Valentine was again second as Monarchos finished another three-quarters of a length back in third. A P Valentine and Monarchos will be pointed for the August 25 Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

Point Given returned to Churchill Downs the day after the Belmont. The Travers is one of several possible targets trainer Bob Baffert has mentioned for the son of Thunder Gulch. He also indicated that the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park on July 15 would be under consideration.

Baffert could have a very strong hand for the Classic with Captain Steve, Point Given and possibly Golden Eagle Farm's GENERAL CHALLENGE, who is training strongly in California for a return to competition.

General Challenge, a five-year-old gelding, finished 10th as the second choice in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic at Gulfstream. Winner of the Strub Stakes and Santa Anita Handicap early last year, the California homebred son of General Meeting hasn't run since finishing fourth behind Skimming and Tiznow in the Pacific Classic last summer. Both Captain Steve and Point Given were flown back to California on Sunday morning.


While Michael Cooper and the Cecilia Straub Revocable Trust's Tiznow continues to gallop at Santa Anita toward a summer return to competition at Del Mar, several contenders for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont have recently won major events.

Tracy Farmer's four-year-old ALBERT THE GREAT, fourth in the Classic last year, romped to a 3 ½-length victory in the Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park on June 10 and trainer Nick Zito will now point him for the Suburban Handicap at Belmont on July 1.

Albert the Great lost the Pimlico Special on May 12 when beaten narrowly by Robert Meyerhoff's emerging star INCLUDE. Trained by Bud Delp, Include went on to an impressive four-length victory in the Massachusetts Handicap on June 2. The Maryland homebred son of Broad Brush also may start next in the Suburban.

Juddmonte Farms' SKIMMING defeated Tiznow to win the Pacific Classic at Del Mar last summer and appeared to be a leading Classic prospect for trainer Bobby Frankel. However, a last-place finish behind Albert the Great in The Jockey Club Gold Cup in the fall at Belmont completed his campaign for the season.

Frankel may yet get to run the son of Nureyev in the Breeders' Cup this year after his one-length victory in the Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park on June 10. Skimming had finished second in the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood in his only previous start this year. He will be targeted for the Hollywood Gold Cup on July.


Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, 32, saddled eventual European champion Giant's Causeway to a second-place finish in the thrilling Breeders' Cup Classic last fall and may have another contender for the race at Belmont this year in Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor's Epsom Derby winner GALILEO (IRE).

The impeccably bred three-year-old by Sadler's Wells out of Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea won the Epsom Derby on June 9 by 3½ lengths under jockey Mick Kinane to remain undefeated in four career starts. Kinane rode Magnier and Tabor's Giant's Causeway in the Classic last year.

O'Brien speculated that plans for Galileo may include the Budweiser Irish Derby going 1 ½ miles at The Curragh on July 1 and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at one mile at Ascot on Sept. 29. "And then maybe the Breeders' Cup Classic. I'd say we'll probably go that route with him," said O'Brien.

Giant's Causeway finished second as the favorite in the Queen Elizabeth II last year in his final start before the Classic. Galileo could become the third Epsom Derby winner to run in the Breeders' Cup following Quest for Fame (GB) and Dr Devious (IRE).


Trudy McCaffery, John Toffan and Robert Sangster's five-year-old BIENAMADO ranks high among America's best turf performers after winning the Charles Whittingham Handicap on June 10 at Hollywood Park by 1 ½ lengths under jockey Chris McCarron.

The homebred son of Bien Bien had won the San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita in mid-April for trainer Paco Gonzalez. "Every time he gives you everything," said Gonzalez. "His next start will be the Arlington Million [Aug. 18] and then just one more race before the Breeders' Cup."

Gonzalez trained Toffan and McCaffery's Bien Bien, who finished second, beaten a half-length by eventual Horse of the Year Kotashaan (FR), in the 1993 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Bienamado finished fourth in the Arlington Million as the favorite last summer and didn't run again until Dec. 2 when he won the Hollywood Turf Cup.

Sam-Son Farm's six-year-old QUIET RESOLVE, second by a half-length to Eclipse Award-winner Kalanisi (IRE) in the Breeders' Cup Turf last fall, won the King Edward Breeders' Cup Handicap on June 10 at Woodbine by 1 ½ lengths.

Trained by Mark Frostad, the son of Affirmed was voted Canada's Horse of the Year for 2000. In two previous starts this year before the King Edward, he had finished fourth in the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland and fourth in the Dixie Stakes at Pimlico on Preakness Day.

H. H. The Aga Khan's five-year-old Kalanisi made his second start of the season, in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot yesterday, with Godolphin's FANTASTIC LIGHT prevailing. Trained by Michael Stoute, Kalanisi finished third to Fantastic Light in the Tattersall's Gold Cup at The Curragh in Ireland late last month.

Kalanisi was making his first start since the Breeders' Cup while Fantastic Light had finished third in the Japan Cup, won the Hong Kong Cup in December and finished second in the Dubai Sheema Classic in late March prior to the Tattersalls. Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Fantastic Light finished fifth behind Kalanisi in the Breeders' Cup.


The Thoroughbred Corp.'s SPAIN posted a stunning 55-to-1 upset in the Breeders' Cup Distaff to get the Championship at Churchill Downs off to an explosive start. She led a one-two finish for trainer D. Wayne Lukas as Surfside finished second with 1999 Eclipse Award-winner BEAUTIFUL PLEASURE and eventual Eclipse Award-winner RIBOLETTA (BRZ) finishing unplaced.

"She's [Spain] back here galloping and getting ready for her first breeze," said Lukas Saturday from his Santa Anita barn. "She'll be back to defend her title and we'll probably get her there with races at Saratoga and Belmont."

A now four-year-old daughter of Thunder Gulch, Spain was kept busy after the Breeders' Cup and raced two more times in 2000 and four times early this year. Late last year, the $25,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase lost a nose decision in the Falls City Handicap at Churchill three weeks after the Breeders' Cup and won the La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita in late December.

Spain defeated Chilukki to win the La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita in early February and then finished second when upset by LAZY SLUSAN in the Santa Margarita Invitational in March. Spain's last start was a fourth-place finish in the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park on April 8, in which she was beaten by eight lengths.

"There was nothing wrong with her," said Lukas of the layoff. "She had been going a long time and it was time to give her a break and still have enough time to get her ready for the Breeders' Cup." Spain spent some of her off time at Prince Ahmed Salman's farm in nearby Bradbury, Calif.

John Oxley's Beautiful Pleasure, winner of the 1999 Breeders' Cup Distaff at Gulfstream, is currently at Belmont Park preparing for the Hempstead Handicap, which will be her first start since the 2000 Distaff, in which she finished sixth.

Aaron and Marie Jones' Riboletta was returned to trainer Eduardo Inda's barn at Santa Anita late last month after aborting her foal by Forestry. The Brazilian-bred mare finished seventh as the odds-on choice in the Distaff after posting a string of six consecutive stakes victories. Inda hopes to have her ready for a race by late summer.

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