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Friday, June 17, 2005



The going was changed to Firm, Good to Firm in places for tomorrow’s racing after today’s final race by clerk of the course William Derby.

There will be no watering overnight and tomorrow is expected to be a sunny and hot day.

The rail positions will stay the same.


A star-studded maximum and very international field of 20 will line up for the £250,000 Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs tomorrow Saturday, the final day of Royal Ascot at York, with the home team having to field off challenges from America, Hong Kong, Japan, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Keeneland Swan, trained in Japan by Hideyuki Mori, arrived at the Newmarket stables of Geoff Wragg on Sunday. He is shipping to York tomorrow afternoon and this twice Group One-placed colt will be ridden by crack German rider Andreas Suborics who has been riding in Japan this winter.

Cape of Good Hope, beaten two heads in this race last year, has again been brought over from Hong Kong by former Sussex-based trainer David Oughton, trying to improve on his close fourth to Chineur in the five-furlong King’s Stand Stakes here on Tuesday. Johnny Murtagh is due to take the ride.

American raider Mighty Beau, fifth in the Group Two King’s Stand Stakes, has come out of the race well. Trainer Jeff Mullins has left his charge up at York and Mighty Beau was jogged on the track on this morning.

Mullins said before the declarations were known yexsterday: “I am hoping for drying ground and a low draw, as the horse likes to run against the rail.”

Mighty Beau will again be ridden by American rider David Nuesch who has partnered the gelding to two victories in California earlier in his career.

Owner Michael Cloonan remarked: “I am very happy with draw five - it is perfect for us.”

Others who ran in the King’s Stand, the sixth Var, the seventh The Tatling and the 12th Orientor are also due to run again but Fayr Jag, winner of the 2004 Golden Jubilee Stakes and eighth on Tuesday, is one of five horses eliminated from Saturday’s field - the others are Jonny Ebeneezer, Kind, La Cucaracha and Ringmoor Down.

The race that some are convinced the winner will come from is last month’s Temple Stakes at Sandown, where Orientor and Balmont chased home Celtic Mill, while The Tatling and Etlaala, who finished fifth and seventh respectively in that five-furlong sprint, are also out again.

Jeremy Noseda, on the mark with Proclamation in Wednesday’s Jersey Stakes, has always thought that Balmont had the potential to take high rank among the sprinting kings, and, though he was only beaten two short heads at Sandown, he will arguably be even more effective over this extra furlong.

No three-year-old has succeeded in this race since Atraf nine years ago, but Etlaala, who had no luck in running at Sandown and did well to be beaten only four lengths, carries plenty of stable confidence.

Richard Hills, who rides Etlaala for his father Barry, said: “I have always loved this horse, and he was so impressive when he won the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last year. He disappointed on his comeback in the Craven, but we never lost faith in him and he showed in the Temple that he has speed to burn, so if the ground dries up by Saturday he must have a big chance.”

However, Etlaala is not the only three-year-old fancied, because Richard Hannon also gives Galeota a live chance. He said: “Galeota is one of our stars and, though he won over seven furlongs at Epsom’s Derby meeting, he only just lasted home, and sprinting is really his game. He showed us what a good horse he was last year when he won the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury, and Ryan (Moore) gets on so well with him.”

There would certainly be no more popular winner than Yorkshire-trained Somnus, who flies the flag for Tim Easterby. The Easterbys don’t believe in shopping at the top end and Fayr Jag cost 8,000 guineas, while Somnus was acquired for 13,500 guineas. The latter has already won three Group Ones, and, following his encouraging comeback fourth in the Duke of York Stakes at the May Meeting, will be spot on for Saturday.

Antonius Pius will be another popular choice, as he is trained by Ireland’s champion Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Kieren Fallon, while recent Chantilly winner The Trader and the tough Quito will also have their supporters, while Byron represents Godolphin.


A small but select field will line up for the Hardwicke Stakes (3.05) tomorrow, including last year’s winner Doyen, who followed up that success by putting up what Timeform called “the best performance of the racing year in Europe” when he won the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot.

Doyen disappointed in his two runs after that, in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and the Champion Stakes at Newmarket, but neither of those displays represents his true form and the way in which he demolished the King George field, headed by the American challenger Hard Buck, will live long in the memory.

Sir Michael Stoute is doubly represented by Gamut and Maraahel. Gamut has a bit to find to reverse last year’s King George form with Doyen - he was fourth when Doyen galloped to victory - but he made an encouraging reappearance when runner-up to Alkaased in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket and will be all the sharper for that seasonal debut.

Maraahel, who won the Gordon Stakes and was fourth in the St Leger last year, won in good style at Chester last time and Richard Hills, who is retained by his owner Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, has chosen him in preference to Sheikh Hamdan’s other runner, Bandari.

Bandari was a bit disappointing in the Coronation Cup at Epsom last time, and though he ran far better on his previous appearance when third to Alkaased in the Jockey Club Stakes, a short-head behind Gamut.

He put up some smart displays last year such as when winning Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown, though, and it could be unwise to write him off just yet.

Orcadian can be somewhat unpredictable as he showed when running very wide on the home turn at Newbury on his only previous appearance this year, on the same course as he put up the top show of his career when winning the St Simon Stakes by 15 lengths last autumn.

Powerscourt has had a frustrating time since he won the Tattersalls Gold Cup in the spring of last season, but he ran some excellent races in defeat, such as when third to Azamour in the Irish Champion Stakes and made a satisfactory reappearance behind Phoenix Reach in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad al Sheba.


Today’s attendance at Royal Ascot at York came to 49,562 as against 70,753 on the Friday of Royal Ascot last year.

Nick Smith, Ascot’s head of public relations, commented: “It is another great crowd, just like Ascot last year, coming close to the attendance on Gold Cup Day which reflects the increasing popularity of the Friday.”

Thursday 50,510
Wednesday 39,875
Tuesday 35,982


David Hood, the William Hill spokesman, said after the Wolferton Handicap: “Bookies were heaving a huge sigh of relief as one of the biggest gambles in Royal Ascot's history went awry with Simple Exchange floundering in the closing stages of the Wolferton Handicap to finish out of the places (eighth).

“William Hill took the brunt of the gamble having been best priced 9-1 in the morning, and the estimated industry payout of £15 million (estimated punters stake in excess of £2 million) has been saved after all England’s major bookmakers were flooded with bets and Simple Exchange started as 4-1 second favourite.

“This was a gamble of proportions never seen in recent years, and will go down in history as one of the most memorable gambles of all time, although thankfully for us it is more forgettable now the horse got beat!”


Today’s on course cash tote pool turnover was Ù1,073,731, compared with Ù1,850,000 last year when the meeting was at Ascot


It was a good day for totesport, who won on every race and had their best result when Imperial Stride won the Wolferton Handicap at 25-1. “We have now got back all our losses from the previous three and are well ahead on the meeting,” said their spokesman Damian Walker.

Jockey/RA winners 1sts 2nds 3rds
Mick Kinane (35) 4 2 1
Richard Hills (16) 3 - 1
Michael Hills (13) 2 1 1
Ted Durcan (2) 2 - -
Kieren Fallon (24) 1 3 3
Jimmy Fortune (4) 1 3 -
Kerrin McEvoy (1) 1 3 -
Johnny Murtagh (18) 1 2 1
Kevin Darley (13) 1 1 -
Robert Winston (1) 1 1 -
Jamie Spencer (6) 1 - 2
Philip Robinson (7) 1 - 1
Fran Berry (1) 1 - -
Christophe Lemaire (1) 1 - -
Olivier Peslier (10) 1 - -
Christophe Soumillon (1) 1 - -
Willie Supple (4) 1 - -
Richard Hughes - 2 1
Pat Smullen - 1 2
Greg Fairley - 1 -
Nicky Mackay - 1 -
Alan Munro - 1 -
Adrian Nicholls - 1 -
Philip Robinson - 1 1
Eddie Ahern - - 1
Neil Callan - - 1
Steve Drowne - - 1
John Egan - - 1
Dale Gibson - - 1
Darryll Holland - - 1
Shane Kelly - - 1
Ryan Moore - - 1
Richard Quinn - - 1
Nash Rawiller - - 1
Following racing today, Paddy Power have decided to pay out punters who have backed Mick Kinane.

Trainer/RA winners 1sts 2nds 3rds
Sir Michael Stoute (51) 3 1 2
John Dunlop (33) 3 - -
Jeremy Noseda (4) 2 2 -
Barry Hills (20) 2 1 1
John Oxx IRE (7) 2 - -
Mick Channon (12) 2 - -
Aidan O’Brien IRE (14) 1 3 4
Saeed bin Suroor (27) 1 3 -
Mark Johnston (22) 1 2 1
John Gosden (19) 1 2 -
Howard Johnson (1) 1 1 -
Clive Cox (2) 1 - 1
Mikel Delzangles FR (1) 1 - -
Andre Fabre FR (5) 1 - -
Elie Lellouche FR (2) 1 - -
Tony Martin IRE (2) 1 - -
Dermot Weld IRE - 1 2
Luca Cumani - 1 1
Michael Jarvis - 1 1
Henry Cecil - 1 -
Peter Chapple-Hyam - 1 -
Paul Cole - 1 -
Richard Hannon - 1 -
Brian Meehan - 1 -
David Nicholls - 1 -
James Fanshawe - - 2
Mick Easterby - - 1
David Elsworth - - 1
David Loder - - 1
Jamie Osborne - - 1
Kevin Ryan - - 1
David Simcock - - 1
Mark Tompkins - - 1
Tony Vasil AUS - - 1
Geoff Wragg - - 1



La Chunga, named after a Cannes nightclub which, according to her owner Sir Robert Ogden’s racing manager Barry Simpson, “is full of fast fillies”, lived up to her reputation when spreadeagling her rivals in the opening Albany Stakes, providing Royal Ascot at York success for a Yorkshire owner.

She had let down her admirers when beaten into third place on her debut at Sandown but now, according to her trainer Jeremy Noseda, “has done on the course what she has shown me at home.”
Noseda, who also trained runner-up Vague, was “so excited at seeing La Chunga do what she did that I did not realise we had also had the second until I saw it in the number board.”

And, looking back at that debut, Noseda recalled “she went into that race after having worked five lengths better than Salut d’Amour. Salut d’Amour went on to win the National Stakes, but this filly was beaten. I still don’t know what went wrong.”

Inevitably there were 1,000 Guineas quotes for La Chunga after her three and a half lengths defeat of her stablemate with the 20-1 from Ladbrokes, Hills and Cashmans the best prices on offer.

“We’ll think about the Guineas all in good time,” said Noseda as he started looking ahead to races like the Cheveley Park and the Lowther. “She has so much speed that I don’t see any need to go beyond six furlongs with her this year, and her pedigree suggests that she can stay a mile or a mile and a furlong. Her sire (More Than Ready) was fourth in the Kentucky Derby.”

Barry Simpson recalled buying La Chunga at a breeze-up sale in the United States earlier this year. “We had narrowed the list down to two, and bought the one which came into the ring first.

“When this filly came in I did not know what Sir Robert wanted to do, and when I rang him he said ‘buy her if she’s cheap.’ I said that cheap to him might not be the same as cheap to me, and then he said ‘buy her if you like her’. So La Chunga joined the Ogden team for $270,000.



Jamie Spencer, who was delighted to win on La Chunga in the opening Albany Stakes, said: “I rode her in one bit of work before she ran and she worked quite well but she just ran very green at Sandown and Eddie (Ahern) felt she would improve a lot for the run and he proved right today.

“She worked last week and I thought it would take a nice filly to beat her at Royal Ascot at York. I wanted her to run in the Queen Mary.

“I think she is very special - I haven’t sat on any other two-year-old this year as quick or as precocious. Hopefully, everything will remain fine and she will stay sound for the rest of the summer and next year.

“Her ability to travel for a horse who has had only one run was impressive and so was the way she quickened. She was very, very professional.

“She has only worked on the all-weather and has not been on that sort of roughish ground before.”


After Friday’s opening event, the Albany Stakes, the following jockeys reported the ground as:

Michael Hills, rider of Spinning Queen, said: “Nearly firm.”

Neil Callan, rider of Fangorn Forest, said: “Fast ground - a bit rough.”

Kieren Fallon, rider of Rumplestiltskin, and Ryan Moore, rider of Colourpoint, said: “Fast.”

Steve Drowne, rider of Oceans Apart, said: “Very quick.”

Johnny Murtagh, rider of Peace And Love, said: “Lovely.”

Alan Munro, rider of Adeje Park, said: “Very firm.”

John Egan, rider of Ooh Aah Camara, said: “Like a road.”

Jamie Spencer, rider of winner La Chunga, said: “Very fast.”



John Gosden’s insistence that ‘the best horse in the race had won’ was justified after his Plea Bargain survived a stewards’ enquiry with the placings remaining unaltered. Sheikh Mohammed’s colt beat Brahminy Kite by three-quarters of a length.

Gosden said: “A furlong down The Geezer’s jockey [Richard Quinn] had his stick in his left hand and then he’s come out to us and there has been near contact. He’s still got his stick in his left hand and our stick [held by winning jockey Jimmy Fortune] is in his right hand. We’ve won the race by that time and there has been contact in the last 25 yards.

“He’s initially come our way and then we went his but I think that it’s pretty obvious the best horse has won. In other words the other boy came out, we came in and then we met in the middle.

“It’s rough old fast ground and it’s not easy out there.

“Plea Bargain ran a great race in France in a Group Two and I think that he’s felt the ground today. He’s a lovely improving horse and I think I will put him away now and then he can come back in the Autumn and go to Godolphin next year.

“He’s a late developing horse and I’ll put him in the St Leger and Sheikh Mohammed will make the decision whether he runs in that. He’s from a lovely staying family and he was staying on best of all of them at the end.

“We did think about the French Derby but Godolphin had another horse in that so this was always the kind of plan.”

Jimmy Fortune won the race but suffered the disappointment of a three-day ban for careless riding which will be served on Tuesday, June 28 to Thursday, June 30. The stewards ruled that the rider had allowed Plea Bargain to drift left handed without straightening up, interfering with The Geezer.



William Nunneley, today’s stipendiary steward, explained the stewards’ decision to let Plea Bargain keep the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes and give his rider Jimmy Fortune a three-day ban for careless riding.

He said: “Jimmy Fortune allowed his horse to drift to the left and had his whip in the right hand and the stewards decided that it was worthy of a three-day suspension.

“This was a classic bit of careless riding. It is when the rider fails to take reasonable steps to avoid causing interference.

“He has allowed his horse to drift left, with his whip still in his right hand, and even after he has caused interference he still goes to the left. The rule means that he should have straightened up before he got to the other horse.

“The punishment range is from a caution to nine days. It was the end of a long race and the horses were a bit tired probably but the jockey should have taken some measures to straighten up before causing interference.”



Even though Brahminy Kite was beaten into second place by Plea Bargain in the King Edward V11 Stakes, Mark Johnston was delighted by the way in which the colt had run, all the more so as this was his first race for 301 days.

“We always hoped he would be a top class horse, but the second of the two races he had last year, which he won, was only a maiden and you can’t often tell from races like that. He was very green as a two-year-old and he is still green now.”

“On that evidence you would think that he would appreciate an extra two furlongs and I expect that we shall start thinking about the St Leger, though I shall have to speak to Sheikh Maktoum and Joe Mercer. I do not know what the plans would be between now and Doncaster.”

Brahminy Kite, who races in the name of Sheikh Maktoum’s Gainsborough Stud, fractured a tibia after his two races last year, which explains his long absence, and his owner’s racing manager Bruce Raymond described him as “a good horse, a proper horse.”

Jeff Smith, owner of third home The Geezer who was badly impeded by the winner, was spitting blood about what had happened.

“I have been in racing for many years and you have to get used to these things, but for this to happen in a five horse race, when one of them was already well behind, is almost unbelievable.

“We had the favourite (Mountain High) beaten, but even if the winner is disqualified (which he wasn’t) we still would not get the race.”



Maids Causeway, runner-up in the 1,000 Guineas and fifth in the Irish equivalent, gained a well deserved first success of the season in a tremendous finish with Karen’s Caper, who had been fourth at Newmarket, in the Coronation Stakes to give Barry and Michael Hills their second successes of the meeting.

The filly belongs to Martin Shwartz, a New Yorker who now lives in Florida and describes himself as “a speculator”. He was hugely impressed with his filly’s display, saying: “I have had my share of thrills in my life, but this is right at the top of the mountain, along with seeing my children born.”

Schwartz, who has seven horses in training here and in the USA, has now won three Group 1 races in three weeks and feels that he is “really on a roll.”

And as he has a mare who is in foal (with a colt) to this filly’s sire Giant’s Causeway, he thinks his luck could not be better.

Maids Causeway got home by only a short head after a tremendous battle through the final furlong, encouraging her trainer to say: “she is tough, really tough and brave and I would not mind trying a mile and a quarter with her.” Hills mentioned the Champion Stakes in that context.

Nor was Hills concerned that Maids Causeway had sweated up before the race. There is nothing wrong with that, which is normal for her,” he said.

The winning filly did not come into the winner’s enclosure on veterinary advice and her jockey reported that “she lost a shoe just before the finish and went lame on me.

“We got into a real battle with Jimmy (Fortune on Karen’s Caper) and we looked like losing it, so I asked my filly for once last effort and she came up for me.

“When she won the Rockfel last year that was just about the tightest finish that I have been involved in, but this was as close as that.”



Michael Hills, the winning jockey on Maids Causeway, said: “She lost a shoe which is basically like an athlete losing a trainer (shoe). That was why she was lame. She is OK though.

“She felt lame just approaching the line so I got off here as soon as I could but thank God she has only pulled a shoe off.

“This ground is very firm. She is like a man - she is unreal - I have been in some close finishes with her. The other filly was getting the better of me today so I was trying to get hold of Maids Causeway to go for one last surge and she just came up for me.

“She is just one of the bravest fillies I have ridden - so tough - very like her father (Giant’s Causeway). She thoroughly deserves a Group One - she was never out of the first three as a two-year-old. So I am chuffed for everyone.

“We might try her over a mile and a quarter towards the end of the year. There are a lot of races open to her now.

“She has got the right attitude to stay and is bred to. She might even be better!

“I have never ridden a horse who sweats so much - it is just the way she is. I had my feet out of the irons until just before they jumped off which seemed to settle her a bit but she just wants to get on with it.

“The horses are healthy and we came here with a good team and it hasn’t ended yet.”



Despite winning this afternoon’s King Edward VII Stakes with Plea Bargain, John Gosden was left ruing what might have been after his Karen’s Caper was beaten a short-head by Maids Causeway in the Coronation Stakes.

Yesterday Twyla Tharp was beaten by the same margin in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

The trainer said: “That was a very good race and Karen’s Caper has a lot of speed and the winner has a little more stamina. There is nothing between the two and that’s two that I have lost on the nod yesterday and today - how many other trainers can you say that about?

“The winner is not quite right after the race but full marks to both fillies - they have both run valiant races and have a lot of heart.

“She was drawn 21 in the 1000 Guineas (finished fourth) last time and she saw daylight all the way which didn’t suit her. We’ll see where we go now as that’s the last of the three-year-old only races except for one possibility in France.

“I would like to win a Group One or Two with her. She’s in the Falmouth Stakes which is probably where I will go with her and I know that she’ll meet the likes of Soviet Song, Peeress and Sundrop but I am quite happy to take them on.”

Johnny Murtagh finished sixth on 1000 Guineas heroine Virginia Waters and suffered the disappointment of a one-day ban for careless riding which will be served on Tuesday, June 28. The stewards ruled that the rider had allowed Virginia Waters to drift across to the rail without straightening up, interfering with Discuss, who had in turn interfered with Utterly Heaven.



“I was surprised that he won so easily,” said Sir Michael Stoute after his Imperial Stride had defied odds of 25/1 to beat Mullins Bay by a length and three-quarters.

“He’s got pieces of good form but he’s had a few niggles - saying that though he’s had a good preparation coming into this race.”

Stoute also saddle the Queen’s Promotion to finish fifth.

“Mick [Kinane, jockey] always thought that he was third best and he was futher back than he wanted to be,” added the trainer. Promotion suffered interference in the early stages and dropped back then.

Bruce Raymond, owner Saeed Suhail’s racing manager, said: “We had a lot of confidence in this horse but he’s suffered a few problems and he’s probably a bit soft - if he treads on a stone, he makes it seem like a broken leg!

“He needed ten furlongs on fast ground and stretched on well. Mick rode him last time when he was always behind but he said don’t lose faith in this horse as he’s a lot better than that.

“Every time he leads, he seems to do well and the plan was to settle him and then go on.

“We have always thought a bit of him and he’s run in Cravens and things like that but then something seems to have always gone wrong. This was the right race for him as he wanted a strong gallop over this distance and he has stretched well. He’ll have to go back up in grade after this.”



It may not have been quite as good as winning the Royal Hunt Cup, as he did on Wednesday with New Seeker, but Clive Cox was very happy with the third place of his 20-1 shot Thyolo behind shock winner Imperial Stride.

“That was a great run,” enthused Cox, “but he was beaten only about three lengths in the Zetland Gold Cup and he loves the top of the ground.

“I think we might look for a conditions race for him rather than try another handicap next time and we would be happy to go to Goodwood with him if things worked out right.”

Cox reported that New Seeker is at home at Lambourn after Wednesday’s success “and very pleased with himself, as is his trainer,” and he has a plan for his recent Goodwood winner Dansili Dancer who, like New Seeker, runs for Elite Racing.

“He is New Seeker’s uncle as he is out of New Seeker’s grandam, and I hope he will be able to run in the Rolls Royce Handicap at the July meeting at Newmarket. That is over a mile, the same distance as he won over at Goodwood,” he said.



There was a winner trained in Yorkshire for the first time this week in the 23rd race of the meeting when Melrose Avenue, trained by Mark Johnston and ridden by Kevin Darley, got the better of Mr Vegas.

“It had been becoming very frustrating for us,” said Johnston. “We always like to have a winner at Royal Ascot and I was asking Deidre on the way down if we had had a blank day since 1995. She said that I should not be thinking like that and that I should be positive.

“The horses have been running well and the strike rate as far as places is concerned has been very good. But they just have not been able to put their heads in front, so it is good to have done it at last with this horse.

“This was a venture into new territory with him, and now that he has got the trip so well it looks as if he could make up into a real Cup horse next year. When there were four horses in a line and we had two of them I was pretty hopeful that one of them could pull it off.

“I think it is important to have a winner trained in Yorkshire at Royal Ascot at York. Obviously my first loyalty is to Scotland, but it is very good for us to have a winner here.

“I think that the York executive have done a splendid job with Royal Ascot and that no-one could have done it better. Obviously everyone hopes that we shall be back at Ascot next year, but if for some reason that cannot happen, then the meeting will have to come back here. They have done a brilliant job.”



Alan Munro was full of praise for Mr Vegas despite going down by a length to Melrose Avenue in the Queen’s Vase.

The jockey said: “There was a point when I thought that I was going to win as when I hit him with the whip, he kept finding more.

“He has very deep ability and is a very honest horse - I love him and I think he’s great.”

Dermot Weld, trainer of Helvetio, a further three lengths adrift in third, said: “He ran a nice race and I am pleased but perhaps he got there a bit sooner than we would have liked.

“He probably didn’t quite get home as a result of that and I might have run him in the last race today, the King George V Stakes, over 12 furlongs. I will shorten his trip now.”



Munsef, a recent Ripon maiden winner, stepped up on that performance to win the concluding King George V Handicap by two and a half lengths from Godolphin’s Sunday Symphony.

Winning trainer John Dunlop said: “This is a grand progressive horse and I hope that the handicapper is not too hard on him now!

“He is a difficult horse to assess as he struggled to win over nine furlongs at Ripon.

“You never quite know with these Zafonics if they’ll stay but he did and he stayed well.

“It’s pretty fast ground out there and I had slight reservations about it but he overcame that.

“It’s been a good two days [the trainer had five winners altogether yesterday including two at Royal Ascot at York] and I am delighted - I will come again to Royal Ascot next year.

“Quizzene [the beaten favourite] is a nice horse but he has never run on fast ground.

Michael Jarvis, trainer of third-placed Consular, was very satisfied with the colt’s performance. “He has improved every time that he has run and it was the same again there,” he said.

“I’ve no big plans for him at the moment, we will stick to the handicap route although I would imagine he will go up a few pounds for that as they always do after they have run well.

“It is nice to have a horse run well as it has been a disappointing week for us so far.”


Huge gamble on Simple Exchange

Friday at Royal Ascot at York has experienced ‘one of the biggest Royal Ascot gambles in a decade this morning, if not the biggest gamble ever’ according to William Hill, Britain’s biggest bookmaker with 1,650 shops (plus 500 former Stanley Racing shops about to come on stream), on the Dermot Weld-trained Simple Exchange in the Wolferton Handicap at 4.20pm.

The bookmaker’s initial price of 9/1 collapsed to 4/1 within an hour of trading. David Hood, PR Director for Hills, said: “One of the most remarkable facts about this gamble is the speed, the price became available at the start of business at 8.30am, but a minute later the liability on our Internet site had gone from zero to over Ù100,000.

“We were still laying the 9/1 in our betting shops until 10.30am as part of our usual guaranteed early bird price offer, and estimate our liability as Ù4 million while industry liabilities must be approaching Ù10million.

“Ironically, we were a little cautious about the Queen’s horse Promotion following a big plunge on that horse in this race last year - but this gamble makes last year pale to insignificance.”

VCbet have seen lots of money for Simple Exchange, who is a 7/2 chance (from 6/1). Ladbrokes also report plenty of support for Simple Exchange - 7/2 (from 6/1) - but spokesman Balthazar Fabricius played down suggestions that this was the biggest gamble Royal Ascot had ever seen.

Godolphin’s Etesaal has been backed in the same race with VCbet, who go 8/1 (from 12/1).

The Gibraltar-based firm have also trimmed La Chunga in the opening Albany Stakes (2.30pm) from 16/1 into 10/1, while Mountain High is 11/8 (from 6/4) in the King Edward VII Stakes at 3.05pm.

Vcbet have also had support for John Gosden’s Karen’s Caper in the Coronation Stakes (3.45pm). The War Chant filly is a 13/2 chance from 8/1.

In the concluding King George V Handicap (5.30pm), VCbet have cut both Quizzene and Consular. The former is now 7/2 (from 4/1), while Consular is a 10/1 chance (from 14/1).

Quizzene is the only other market mover with Labrokes, who are going 7/2 from 4/1.


Paddy Power and totesport have also seen money for today’s major market mover Simple Exchange.

The former were going 13/2 but that price is now down to 4/1, while totesport started the day at 8/1 before cutting the Irish raider to 5/1 and then 4/1.

Paul Petrie, totesport spokesman, said: “It has already been a winning week for punters at Royal Ascot at York but this result will really knock the stuffing out of the bookies.

“It is certainly the biggest Royal Ascot gamble in recent times, if not ever. If this gamble comes up, I am sure the punters will want Royal Ascot to take place in York every year.”

Godolphin’s Etesaal has been backed in the same race with Paddy Power, who go 9/1 (from 11/1).

The Irish firm have also trimmed La Chunga in the opening Albany Stakes (2.30pm) from 12/1 into 11/1, while in the concluding King George V Handicap (5.30pm), Paddy Power have cut both Quizzene and Consular. The former is now 7/2 (from 4/1), while Consular is a 10/1 chance (from 11/1).


The going is now


“The firm places are the seven furlong shute and from the six furlong shute to the three furlong marker,” said clerk of the course William Derby.


Following another dry night the going for the fourth day of Royal Ascot at York remains


“The range for good to firm on the going stick is from 8.5 to 10.5 and at the moment we are registering 9.8,” said clerk of the course William Derby, “so if the forecast dry weather continues the ground will ride that bit faster.

“It is firm on the seven furlong chute for the Queen Alexandra Stakes tomorrow.”


Class 1, Group 3 Race, £60,000 Total Prize Fund. For 2yo fillies, 6f. Penalty Values: 1st: £34,800; 2nd: £13,200; 3rd: £6,600; 4th: £3,000; 5th: £1,500; 6th: £900

1 LA CHUNGA (Sir Robert Ogden) Jeremy Noseda 2-8-09 Jamie Spencer [15] 10/1
2 VAGUE (Mohammed Rashid) Jeremy Noseda 2-8-09 Michael Kinane [3] 50/1
3 RUMPLESTILTSKIN (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Niarchos Family) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-8-09 Kieren Fallon [1] 5/4 F
4 SPINNING QUEEN (Marston Stud and Cavendish Investing Ltd) Barry Hills 2-8-09 Michael Hills [12]
5 DHEKRAA (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 2-8-09 Richard Hills [13]
6 OCEANS APART (Elite Racing Club) Paul Cole 2-8-09 Steve Drowne [9]
7 FANGORN FOREST (J P Hames, P Saxton, R J H Ltd, D Hale) Kevin Ryan 2-8-09 Neil Callan [14]
8 PEACE AND LOVE (East Wind Racing Ltd) Mikael Magnusson 2-8-10 (1lb ow) Johnny Murtagh [2]
9 MARRIAGE VALUE (John Livock Bloodstock Ltd) Jamie Osborne 2-8-09 Shane Kelly [11]
10 COLOURPOINT (Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum) Clive Brittain 2-8-09 Ryan Moore [7]
11 OOH AAH CAMARA (Willie McKay) Richard Guest 2-8-09 John Egan [4]
12 BATHWICK EMMA (W Clifford) David Evans 2-8-09 Ted Durcan [6]
13 DUNE MELODY (H M Wilson and Stan Moore) Stan Moore 2-8-09 Martin Dwyer [8]
14 ADEJE PARK (Marco Bozzi) Peter Chapple-Hyam 2-8-09 Alan Munro [10]

14 ran, Non Runner 5 DUELLING (Ground)
Time: 1 min 10.35s Distances: 3 1/2, 1, 5, 3/4, 1, hd, sh, 1, nk, 2 1/2, 12, 5, 1 1/2
Breeder: Brilliant Stables Inc et al Breeding: b f More Than Ready (USA) - Gypsy Monarch (Wavering Monarch (USA))
Totes: Win: £16.30; Places: £3.50, £9.10, £1.30, Exacta: £451.60

Winning trainer:- Name: Noseda, Jeremy James Date of birth: 17/9/63 Trains at Shalfleet, Bury Road, Newmarket Other details: Served as assistant trainer with John Dunlop (6 years), John Gosden (5 years) and Godolphin (2 years). Trained for a while in America before returning to Britain. Horses in training (1998-2005): 48: 78:66:70:71:67: 81:91 Wins in a season (1997-2004): 0,18,39,40,37,43,37,34 Major wins: Cherry Hinton Stakes (1998 Wannabe Grand) - Noseda’s first Group race win in Britain; Cheveley Park Stakes (1998 Wannabe Grand, 2003 Carry On Katie), Nell Gwyn (2001 Lil’s Jessy), Princess Margaret Stakes (2001 Leggy Lou), Lupe Stakes (2002 Mellow Park), Lancashire Oaks (2002 Mellow Park), Musidora Stakes (2003 Cassis), Challenge Stakes (2003 Just James), Gimcrack Stakes (2003 Balmont), Middle Park Stakes (2003 Balmont), Musidora Stakes (2000 Kalypso Katie) Royal Ascot Wins (4) Jersey Stakes (2002 Just James, 2005 Proclamation), Norfolk Stakes (2004 Blue Dakota), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga)

Winning jockey:-Name: Spencer, James (Jamie) Peter Date of Birth: 08/06/1980 British Classic Wins: St Leger (2003 Brian Boru) Major wins include: Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer), Jockey Club Stakes (2002 Marienbard), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah), Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2002 Pizarro) Wins in Britain (1998-2004):3,8,78,112,86,102,27 Royal Ascot wins: (6) Coventry Stakes (2001Landseer), Britannia Handicap (2003 New Seeker), Queen Mary Stakes (2004 Damson), Hampton Court Stakes (2004 Moscow Ballet), King Edward VII Stakes (2004 Five Dynasties), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga) Other details: Champion apprentice in Ireland 1999. Stable jockey to Aidan O’Brien in 2004, now freelance.

Jamie Spencer’s 50th winner of the season

Class One, Group Two, £130,000 Guaranteed. For 3yo colts & geldings, 1m 4f. Weights: 8st 11lb. Penalties: a winner of a Group One or Group Two race of 1m 2f or more 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £75,400; 2nd: £28,600; 3rd: £14,300; 4th: £6,500; 5th: £3,250.

1 PLEA BARGAIN (Sheikh Mohammed) John Gosden 3-8-11 Jimmy Fortune [4] 9/2
2 BRAHMINY KITE (Gainsborough Stud) Mark Johnston 3-8-11 Kevin Darley [3] 16/1
3 THE GEEZER (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 3-8-11 Richard Quinn [2] 5/2
4 MOUNTAIN HIGH (Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-11 Kieren Fallon [1] 11/10 Fav
5 FIRST ROW (Joe L Allbritton) Brian Meehan 3-8-11 Pat Smullen [5]

All 5 ran
Time: 2 min 29.44s Distances: 3/4, 3/4, 1 1/2, 20
Breeder: W and R Barnett Ltd Breeding: b c Machiavellian (USA) - Time Saved (Green Desert (USA))
Totes: Win: £4.60; Places: £1.90, £3.20, Exacta: £38.50

Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born:Hove, 30/3/51 Classic Winners: (3) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Vodafone Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), St Leger (1996 Shantou), Wins in a season (1989-2004):28:87:86:113:110:93:86:75:91:77:74:82:55:85:72:66 First winner in Europe: Intimidate, Kempton, March 27, 1989 Other major wins include: Challenge Stakes (1993 Catrail), Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music), French 1,000 Guineas (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (1995 Presenting), Gran Premio di Milano (1997 Shantou), Grosser Preis Von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), Hungerford Stakes (1994 Pollen Count - dh with Young Ern), Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Lingfiled Derby Trial (2004 Percussionist), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Ormonde Stakes (2005 Day Flight), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 1997 Shantou), Prix de l’Abbaye (1991Keen Hunter), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix de la Salamandre (1995 Lord Of Men), Prix Lupin (1995 Flemensfirth), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory), Royal Lodge Stakes (1996 Benny The Dip, 2002 Al Jadeed), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), European Free Handicap (2001 Clearing) Trains at Manton, Marlborough Wiltshire. Previously at Newmarket Royal Ascot wins: (19) Chesham Stakes (1990 Chicarica), Jersey Stakes (1991 Satin Flower, 2000 Observatory), Queen’s Vase (1992 Landowner), King George V Handicap (1993 Learmont, 1997 Heritage), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 95 Muhtarram), Britannia Handicap (1996 North Song, 1998 Plan-B), Chesham Stakes (1998 Rhapsodist) Ascot Stakes (1999 High And Mighty), Norfolk Stakes (1999 Warm Heart), Britannia Stakes (2000 El Gran Papa, 2001 Analyser), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002 Demonstrate), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coventry Stakes (2004 Iceman), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain) First Royal Ascot Win: Chicarica (June 211990 - Chesham Stakes)

Winning jockey:-Name: Fortune, James Joseph. Date of birth: 14/6/72 Apprenticeship: With Mike O'Neill. Big wins Include: Ayr Gold Cup (1989 Joveworth, 1996 Coastal Bluff), July Stakes (2004 Captain Hurricane), Lincoln Handicap (2000 John Ferneley, 2001 Nimello), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream); Racing Post Trophy (1998 Commander Collins); Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton), Sun Chariot Stakes (1999 Lady In Waiting), Vodafone Stewards’ Cup (1994 For The Present,1996 Coastal Bluff) Wins (1988-2004): 8,29,46,32,26,25,56,46,83,78,108,94,93,71,92,46,72 Other details: Champion apprentice 1990; Stable jockey to Lynda Ramsden 1997; 1999 retained rider to Robert Sangster Royal Ascot Winners: (4)Queen Mary Stakes (1999 Shining Hour), Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2003 Waverley), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain)


Class One, Group One, £225,000 Guaranteed. For 3yo fillies, 1m. Weights: 9st. Penalty Values: 1st: £139,896; 2nd: £53,064; 3rd: £26,532; 4th: £12,060; 5th: £6,030; 6th: £3,618.

1 MAIDS CAUSEWAY (Martin S Schwartz) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Michael Hills [9] 9/2
2 KAREN'S CAPER (Stonerside Stable LLC) John Gosden 3-9-00 Jimmy Fortune [1] 11/2
3 MONA LISA (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer [10] 25/1
4 CAPE COLUMBINE (Mrs R F Lowe) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Richard Quinn [2]
5 ROYAL ALCHEMIST (The Ridgeway Partnership) Mark Usher 3-9-00 Martin Dwyer [3]
6 VIRGINIA WATERS (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [5]
7 DAMSON (Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor) David Wachman IRE 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon [6] 7/2 Fav
8 DISCUSS (Khalid Abdulla) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Michael Kinane [7]
9 UTTERLY HEAVEN (Moyglare Stud Farm) Dermot Weld IRE 3-9-00 Pat Smullen [11]
10 LOVE THIRTY (John Livock Bloodstock Limited) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Ted Durcan [8]

10 ran, Non Runner 8 PENKENNA PRINCESS (Vet’s Certificate)
Time: 1 min 36.59s Distances: sh, 3 1/2, hd, 1, nk, 5, 1/2, 11, 5
Breeder: The Vallee Des Reves Syndicate
Breeding: ch f Giant’s Causeway (USA) -Vallee Des Reves (USA) (Kingmambo (USA))
Totes: Win: £6.40 ; Places: £1.90, £1.90, £1.50, Exacta: £25.70

Winning trainer:-Name: Hills, Barrington William Born: Worcester, 2/4/37;Date of first licence:1969;First winner: La Dolce Vita (Thirsk, April 18,1969) Previous Occupation: Served apprenticeship with Fred Rimell and George Colling, Head Lad with John Oxley for 10 years Classic wins: (4) 1000 Guineas (1978 Enstone Park), 2000 Guineas (1979 Tap on Wood, 2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1994 Moonax), Other major wins: Ascot Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), Challenge Stakes (2001 Munir), Champagne Stakes (1977 Sexton Blake, 1985 Sure Blade, 1998 Auction House, 1999 Distant Music), Champion Stakes (1983 Cormorant Wood, 2002 Storming Home), Chester Vase (1979 Cracaval, 1973 Proverb, 1999 Peshtigo, 2001 Mr Combustible), Classic Trial (2001 Chancellor), Dee Stakes (1970 Golden Monad, 1972 Our Mirage, 1973 Natsun, 1975 Ravel, 1979 Two Of Diamonds, 1985 Infantry, 1987 Sir Harry Lewis, 1989 Free Sweater, 1990 Blue Stag, 1998 Prolix, 2002 Sohaib), Dewhurst Stakes (1988 Scenic (DH), 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Irish Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1994 Bolas), French St Leger (1994 Moonax), Irish Derby (1987 Sir Harry Lewis), Irish 1000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 Handsome Sailor), Prestige Stakes (2002 Geminiani), Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (1973 Rheingold), Royal Whip Stakes (2002 Chancellor), Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1987 Chaudennay, 1992 Aquamarine, 1994 Bolas, 1998 High And Low, 1999 Valentine Girl, 2005 Alumni) Wins in a season (1987-2004): 96:93:73:113:99:63:39:44:74:84:79:78:109:72:107:91:107:82 Horses in training (1984-2005):107,125,139,131,140,152,175,159,129,n/a,113,120,130,137 ,145,150,148,160,167,168, 186, 148 Trains at South Bank Stables, Lambourn Royal Ascot Wins: 20 Major Royal Ascot Wins: Hardwicke Stakes (1973 Rheingold), Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), St James’s Palce Stakes (1986 Sure Blade), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1997 Royal Applause), King Edward VII Stakes (2001 Storming Home), Coronation Stakes (2005 Maids Causeway)

Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Michael Patrick.Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Jeremy Hindley. First winner: Sky Thief (Nottingham 13/8/79) Classic wins: (1) Vodafone Derby (1996 Shaamit) Other major wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1994 Arcadian Heights), Champion Stakes (2002 Storming Home), Coronation Stakes (1997 Rebecca Sharp), Dewhurst Stakes (1985 Huntingdale, 1988 Scenic, 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Fillies’ Mile (1989 Silk Slippers), Goodwood Cup (1992 Further Flight), Haydock Sprint Cup (1997 Royal Applause), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Irish Champion Stakes (1995 Pentire), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1996 Pentire), Lockinge Stakes (1997 First Island), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 Handsome Sailor), Prix de l'Abbaye (1988 Handsome Sailor), Prix Jean Prat (1999 Golden Snake), Sussex Stakes (1996 First Island)
Wins (1990-2004):61,65,91,86,89,74,80,84,61,94,73,58,66,58,66 Other details: champion apprentice 1983. Royal Ascot wins: 13 First Royal Ascot win: King Edward VII Stakes (June 15, 1993 Beneficial) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1994 Arcadian Heights), Coronation Stakes (1997 Rebecca Sharp, 2005 Maids Causeway)


Class One, Listed Race, £40,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo+ Rated 96-110, 1m 2f. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb; minimum weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after June 5, a winner of a Class One, Two or Three race 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £23,200; 2nd: £8,800; 3rd: £4,400; 4th: £2,000; 5th: £1,000; 6th: £600

1 IMPERIAL STRIDE (Saeed Suhail) Sir Michael Stoute 4-8-11 Richard Hills [3] 25/1
2 MULLINS BAY (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 4-8-12 Kieren Fallon [4] 5/1
3 THYOLO (Mike Watts and Steve Woodhams) Clive Cox 4-8-07 Philip Robinson [7] 20/1
4 DESERT QUEST (v) (Ballygallon Stud Ltd) David Loder 5-8-07 Jamie Spencer [12] 20/1
5 PROMOTION (The Queen) Sir Michael Stoute 5-8-11 Michael Kinane [1] 7/2 Fav
6 COURAGEOUS DUKE (Lucayan Stud) Jeremy Noseda 6-8-07 Darryll Holland [13]
7 BOULE D'OR (Friends and Family) John Akehurst 4-9-01 Nigel Day [15]
8 SIMPLE EXCHANGE (Sir Michael Smurfit) Dermot Weld IRE 4-9-07 Pat Smullen [5]
9 DASHING HOME (Mrs P Towey) Noel Meade IRE 6-8-08 Richard Hughes [2]
10 RED LANCER (Fox and Cub Partnership) Richard Price 4-8-09 John Egan [20]
11 ETESAAL (t) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-03 Kerrin McEvoy [11]
12 BLUE SPINNAKER (G Sparkes, G Hart, S Curtis & T Dewhirst) Mick Easterby 6-9-01 Richard Quinn [19]
13 FINE SILVER (Miss Alfiya Shaykhutdinova) Paul Cole 4-8-11 Jimmy Fortune [14]
14 PERSIAN LIGHTNING (Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc) John Dunlop 6-9-05 Ian Mongan [18]
15 PUKKA (Fittocks Stud) Luca Cumani 4-9-02 Nicky Mackay [17]
16 HELM BANK (Gary & Lesley Middlebrook) Gerard Butler 5-8-07 Joe Fanning [8]
17 COLISAY (ch) (Robert Brown & Partners) Amanda Perrett 6-9-02 Johnny Murtagh [9]
18 MAZUNA (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 4-9-02 Ryan Moore [16]
19 ARTISTIC STYLE (Mr & Mrs D A Gamble) Brian Ellison 5-8-07 Alan Munro [10]
20 CORRIOLANUS (Richard J Cohen) Philip Mitchell 5-9-05 Kevin Darley [6]

All 20 ran
Time: 2 min 6.09s Distances: 1 3/4, 5, 3, 2, 1/2, 1, nk, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, sh, 1 1/2, nk, nk, nk, 3, 3, 11
Breeder: Cliveden Stud Ltd Breeding: b c Indian Ridge - Place De L’Opera (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
Totes: Win: £59.20 ; Places: £11.20, £1.80, £6.30, £6.30 Exacta: £392.80

Winning trainer:-Name: Stoute, Sir Michael Ronald Date of birth:22/10/45 Date of first licence: 1972 First Winner: Sandal, Newmarket, April 28, 1972, Turn Of The Lands Handicap. Previous Occupation: Served with Pat Rohan, Doug Smith and Tom Jones. Classic wins: (13) 1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 2003 Russian Rhythm), 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Vodafone Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light), Vodafone Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1987 Unite) Other big race wins:Irish 2,000 Guineas (1989 Shaadi), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1986 Sonic Lady), Irish Derby (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1986 Shahrastani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist, 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1992 Saddler’s Hall, 1993 Opera House, 1997 Singspiel, 2000 Daliapour), Dubai World Cup (Singspiel 1997), Coral-Eclipse (1993 Opera House; 1994 Ezzoud;1997 Pilsudski, 2001 Medicean), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 1997 Pilsudski), Sussex Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady; 1989 Zilzal; 1998 Among Men), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985 Shadeed; 1987 Milligram; 1989 Zilzal), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1981 Shergar; 1993 Opera House, 2002 Golan), Juddmonte International Stakes (1993 & 1994 Ezzoud; 1997 Singspiel), Yorkshire Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia; 1985 Sally Brown; 1986 Untold; 1990 Hellenic; 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka, 2002 and 2003 Islington), July Cup (1981 Marwell; 1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Fillies’ Mile (1985 Untold), Cheveley Park Stakes (1980 Marwell; 1994 Gay Gallanta; 2000 Regal Rose), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1977 Temple First, 1984 Optimistic Lass, 1990 Kartajana, 1994 Hawajiss, 2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms) Wins in a season (1984-2004):96:120:76:105:99:116:78:83:74:65:109:73:73:84:79:81:91:75:104:115:87 Horses in training (1985-2005):145:142:142:170:186:191:n\a:171:147:157 :159:159:162:162:173:190:185:181:190:184:189 Royal Ascot Wins: 51 First Royal Ascot winner: Etienne Gerard (June 15, 1977 - Jersey Stakes) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1978 Shangamuzo), Coronation Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady, 1987 Milligram, 1998 Exclusive, 2003 Russian Rhythm), St James’s Palace Stakes (1989 Shaadi), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1981 Hard Fought, 1991 Stagecraft), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1985 Dafayna), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean, 2002 No Excuse Needed) Other details: Champion trainer in Britain 7 times (1981,1986,1989,1994,1997, 2000, 2003) Trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket

Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Richard John. Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Tom Jones. First winner: Border Dawn (Doncaster 26/10/79) Classic wins: (5) 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan), 2000 Guineas (2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1999 Mutafaweq), Vodafone Oaks (2005 Eswarah) Other major wins: Autumn Stakes (2000 Nayef), Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel), Falmouth Stakes (2000 Alshakr, 2002 Tashawak), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), German Oaks (2002 Salve Regina), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Hungerford Stakes (1998 Muhtathir), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), July Cup (1998 Elnadim), Middle Park Stakes (1997 Hayil), Norfolk Stakes (1986 Sizzling Melody, 1989 Pettilante), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1994 Wagon Master; 2001 Mutamam; 2004 Bandari), Queen Mary Stakes (1997 Nadwah), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1994 Maroof, 2001 Summoner); Rockfel Stakes (1999 Lahan); Royal Lodge Stakes (1998 Mutaahab, 2002 Al Jadeed), Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), September Stakes (2000 Mutamam); Temple Stakes (1999 Tipsy Creek); Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Yorkshire Cup (1985 Ilium) Wins (1990-2004):56, 67,52,57,59,70,71,85,83,77,81,79,81,75,66 Other details: Took over as number one jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum on the retirement of Willie Carson. Royal Ascot wins: (15) First Royal Ascot win:Queen’s Vase (June 19, 1985 Wassl Merbayeh) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1990 Ashal); Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1987 Mtoto, 2003 Nayef)

Class One, Group Three, £60,000 Guaranteed. For 3yo, 2m. Weights: colts & geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 8lb. Penalties: after September 1, 2004,a winner of a Group Three race 3lb; of a Group One or Group Two race 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £34,800; 2nd: £13,200; 3rd: £6,600; 4th: £3,000; 5th: £1,500; 6th: £900

1 MELROSE AVENUE (Sheikh Mohammed) Mark Johnston 3-8-11 Kevin Darley [5] 4/1
2 MR VEGAS (V Covone) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3-8-11 Alan Munro [10] 11/1
3 HELVETIO (Sir Michael Smurfit & Six C Racing) Dermot Weld IRE 3-8-11 Pat Smullen [6] 11/2
4 DARING RANSOM (Sir Robert Ogden) Jeremy Noseda 3-8-11 Jamie Spencer [9]
5 HEARTHSTEAD WINGS (Hearthstead Homes Ltd) Mark Johnston 3-8-11 Joe Fanning [2]
6 INDIAN PIPE DREAM (Mrs Diane Smowden) John Gosden 3-8-11 Jimmy Fortune [8]
7 EBTIKAAR (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 3-8-11 Richard Hills [7]
8 SAADIGG (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 3-8-11 Philip Robinson [3]
9 ALMIGHTY (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-8-11 Kieren Fallon [4] 7/2 Fav
10 DILLONS DILEMMA (Pearse Gately) Eamonn Sheehy IRE 3-8-11 Michael J Kinane [1]

All 10 ran
No official time Distances: 1, 3, 3/4, 4, 25, 11, 6, 5, dist
Breeder: Lantern Hill Farm LLC et al Breeding: b c Kris S - Sham Street (USA) (Sham (USA))
Totes: Win: £5.00; Places: £2.10, £3.00, £2.30, Exacta: £90.30

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 wins: (2) 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Other major wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001, 2002 Royal Rebel), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2003 Attraction), Chester Vase (2002 Fight Your Corner), Classic Trial (2002 Simeon), Cornwallis Stakes (1994 Millstream), Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Doncaster Cup (1995,1996 & 1998 Double Trigger), Dubai Turf Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Futurity Stakes (1994 Jural), Gordon Stakes (2002 Bandari), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits of Love), Harvest Stakes (2002 Love Everlasting), Lady O Goodwood Cup (1995, 1997 & 1998 Double Trigger, 2000 Royal Rebel, 2004 Darasim), Lingfield Derby Trial (2002 Bandari), Ormonde Stakes (2004 Systematic)Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Fruits Of Love, 2004 Bandari), Princess Margaret Stakes (1992 Marina Park), Royal Lodge Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys), Sagaro Stakes (1995 & 1996 Double Trigger), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D'Inde), Veuve Cliquot Vintage Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys, 2004 Shamardal) Wins in a season (1987-2004): 1: 5: 15: 28: 31: 53: 77: 117: 114: 116: 123: 100:113:130:116: 134 (most victories in Britain): 139: 119 (most victories in Britain) Number of horses in training (1987-2005): n/a: 17: 18: 35: 35: 39: 49: 72: 120: 117: 120:130: 147:152:159:178:178: n/a:n/a Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Royal Ascot wins (22): Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 and 2002 Royal Rebel), King George V Handicap (1995 Diaghilef, 2002 Systematic, 2003 Fanrtastic Love), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D’Inde), Britannia Handicap (1997 Fly To The Stars), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits Of Love, 2002 Zindabad), Chesham Stakes (2000 Celtic Silence, 2002 Helm Bank, 2003 Pearl Of Love), Queen’s Vase (2001 And Beyond, 2003 Shanty Star, 2005 Melrose Avenue), Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (2001 Takamaka Bay), Queen Mary Stakes (2003 Attraction), Norfolk Stakes (2003 Russian Valour), Ascot Stakes (2004 Double Obsession), Coronation Stakes (2004 Attraction) First Royal Ascot win: Double Trigger (June 22, 1995 - Gold Cup)

Winning jockey:-Name: Darley, Kevin Paul. Born: Tettenhall, Staffordshire, 5/8/60 Apprenticeship: 1976, with Reg Hollinshead. First winner: Dust Up (Haydock 5/8/77) Classic Wins (2): St Leger (2002 Bollin Eric); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) First big win: Bovis Handicap (Van Laser - Ascot, October 8, 1977) Major wins include: Cherry Hinton Stakes (2003 Attraction), Harvest Stakes (2001 Lilium), Harvest Stakes (2001 Lilium, 2002 Love Everlasting), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2004 Attraction), Jockey Club Cup (2001 Capal Garmon), Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Coastal Bluff - dead-heat with Ya Malak), Ormonde Stakes (2004 Systematic) Park Hill Stakes (1984 Borushka), Prix du Jockey-Club (1995 Celtic Swing), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory, 2002 Where Or When), Racing Post Trophy (1994 Celtic Swing, 2001 High Chaparral), Rockfel Stakes (2002 Luvah Girl), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (2000 Pipalong), Swinley Stakes (2002 Monturani), William Hill Mile (2002 Smirk) Wins 1991-2004: 66; 91; 143; 154; 148; 113; 128; 94; 119; 155*; 162; 113; 125; 85 Other Details: Champion Jockey 2000 Royal Ascot Wins: (13) Wokingham Handicap (1996 Emerging Market), Jersey Stakes (2000 Observatory), Queen Mary Stakes (2000 Romantic Myth, 2003 Attraction), Queen’s Vase (2001 And Beyond, 2003 Shanty Star, 2005 Melrose Avenue), King George V H’cap (2002 Systematic), Hardwicke Stakes (2002 Zindabad), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Norfolk Stakes (2003 Russian Valour), Sandringham Rated Stakes (2004 Celtic Heroine), Coronation Stakes (2004 Attraction) First Royal Ascot Win: Wokingham Handicap (June 21, 1996, Emerging Market)


Class B, £50,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+ Rated 0-105, 7f. Minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after June 4, a winner of a Class Four to Six race 5lb; of a Class One to Three race 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £29,000; 2nd: £11,000; 3rd: £5,500; 4th: £2,500; 5th: £1,250; 6th: £750.

1 MUNSEF (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 3-8-07 Richard Hills [6] 14/1
2 SUNDAY SYMPHONY (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-8-08 Kerrin McEvoy [4] 12/1
3 CONSULAR (Poilin Good) Michael Jarvis 3-8-08 Philip Robinson [5] 8/1
4 I'M SO LUCKY (Sandra Brookhouse) Mark Johnston 3-9-01 Joe Fanning [8]
5 NATIONAL TRUST (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-11 Jamie Spencer [1]
6 HIDDENSEE (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-8-07 John Egan [14]
7 SELF RESPECT (Saif Ali) Jeremy Noseda 3-8-00 Nicky Mackay [10]
8 KHARISH (Susan Roy) Jeremy Noseda 3-8-11 Michael Kinane [15]
9 SEA WALL (Lady Rothschild) Roger Charlton 3-8-09 Martin Dwyer [7]
10 WILD SAVANNAH (Anthony Oppenheimer) John Gosden 3-8-11 Jimmy Fortune [11]
11 GIVEN A CHOICE (The G-Guck Group) James Given 3-8-00 Matt Henry [2]
12 QUIZZENE (Favourites Racing VII) Mark Johnston 3-8-09 Kevin Darley [3] 11/4 Fav
13 SHANNON SPRINGS (John C Grant and A L R Morton) Barry Hills 3-9-04 Michael Hills [13]
14 PROPINQUITY (Karyl Harris) Walter Swinburn 3-9-07 Darryll Holland [12]

14 ran, Non Runner 7 BLAISE HOLLOW (Ground)
Time: 2 min 29.24s Distances: 2 1/2, nk, 1 3/4, 1, 2 1/2, 1, 3/4, 7, 1 1/2, hd, 7, 1/2, 14
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Ltd Breeding: b c Zafonic (USA) - Mazaya (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
Totes: Win: £15.30; Places: £4.10, £3.20, £3.90, Exacta: £135.30

Winning trainer:-Name: Dunlop, John Leeper Date of birth: 10/7/39. Date of first licence:1966 First winner: Tamino, Palace House Stakes, Newmarket, April 27, 1966 Previous Occupation: Assistant to N J Dent and Gordon Smyth. Classic wins: (10) 1000 Guineas (1980 Quick As Lightning, 1990 Salsabil, 1991 Shadayid), Vodafone Derby (1978 Shirley Heights, 1994 Erhaab), Vodafone Oaks (1984 Circus Plume, 1990 Salsabil), St Leger (1986 Moon Madness, 1997 Silver Patriarch, 2000 Millenary), Other Major wins: Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1973 Scottish Rifle), Dewhurst Stakes (1998 Mujahid), Falmouth Stakes (2002 Tashawak), Fillies’ Mile (1979 Quick As Lightning, 1994 Aqaarid), Gran Premio del Jockey Club Italiano (2000 Golden Snake), Irish St Leger (Mountain Lodge), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1970 Black Satin, 1983 Wassl), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1994 Mehtaaf), Irish Derby (1978 Shirley Heights, 1990 Salsabil), Italian Derby (1986 Tommy Way), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1987 Sergeyevich, 1990 Lucky Moon) July Cup (1983 Habibti, 1998 Elnadim), Lockinge Stakes (1984 d.h Wassl), Millenary), Nunthorpe Stakes (1983 Habibti), Preis von Europa (2000 Golden Snake), Princess of Wales’s Stakes (1968 Mount Athos, 1995 Beauchamp Hero, 2002 and 2003 Prix du Cadran (2000 San Sebastian), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1977 Trusted, 1992 Lahib, 1995 Bahri), Racing Post Trophy (1995 Beauchamp King), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1981 Runnett, 1983 Habibti, 1994 Lavinia Fontana, 2002 Invincible Spirit), Sussex Stakes (1980 Posse), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1980 Sea Chimes; 1998 Silver Patriarch), Yorkshire Oaks (1982 Awaasif, 1984 Circus Plume) Wins in a season (1984-2004):89:62:106:61 :66:66:78:58:75:93:82:126:88:96:111:122:97:107:79:86:55 Horses in training (1985-2005):177:200:192:194 :169:148 :126:131:129:131:142:157:161:153 :183:187: 172:198:178:162:155:139 Trains at Arundel, West Sussex Other details: Champion trainer 1995 Royal Ascot wins: 33 First Royal Ascot winner: Arthur (June 15, 1971 - Prince of Wales’s Stakes) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1974 Ragstone), St James’s Palace Stakes (1980 Posse, 1991 Marju, 1995 Bahri), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1971 Arthur), Queen Anne Stakes (1992 Lahib)

Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Richard John. Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Tom Jones. First winner: Border Dawn (Doncaster 26/10/79) Classic wins: (5) 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan), 2000 Guineas (2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1999 Mutafaweq), Vodafone Oaks (2005 Eswarah) Other major wins: Autumn Stakes (2000 Nayef), Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel), Falmouth Stakes (2000 Alshakr, 2002 Tashawak), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), German Oaks (2002 Salve Regina), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Hungerford Stakes (1998 Muhtathir), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), July Cup (1998 Elnadim), Middle Park Stakes (1997 Hayil), Norfolk Stakes (1986 Sizzling Melody, 1989 Pettilante), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1994 Wagon Master; 2001 Mutamam; 2004 Bandari), Queen Mary Stakes (1997 Nadwah), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1994 Maroof, 2001 Summoner); Rockfel Stakes (1999 Lahan); Royal Lodge Stakes (1998 Mutaahab, 2002 Al Jadeed), Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), September Stakes (2000 Mutamam); Temple Stakes (1999 Tipsy Creek); Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Yorkshire Cup (1985 Ilium) Wins (1990-2004):56, 67,52,57,59,70,71,85,83,77,81,79,81,75,66 Other details: Took over as number one jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum on the retirement of Willie Carson. Royal Ascot wins: (16) First Royal Ascot win:Queen’s Vase (June 19, 1985 Wassl Merbayeh) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1990 Ashal); Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1987 Mtoto, 2003 Nayef)
389/1 double for Richard Hills

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