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Saturday, June 18, 2005


ROYAL ASCOT AT YORK 2005
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
FIFTH DAY, SATURDAY, JUNE 18

DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE FULL OF PRAISE


The Duke of Devonshire, The Queen’s representative at Ascot, looked back at the five days by saying: “we are delighted to have staged such a successful, popular and high quality Royal meeting at York this year, while Ascot’s redevelopment is taking place.


“We have been overwhelmed by the way the event has been embraced in the region and the welcome we have received.


“It has been one of the most significant racing events in living memory, something very special and a moment of history, and I say that with no exaggeration.


“More than 220,000 people have visited the Knavesmire this week and the operation has required a huge amount of planning, not just on Ascot’s side but from everyone involved.


“City of York council must take the most credit for leading on the traffic and public transport plan which has been a great success.


“Similarly North Yorkshire police and everyone involved in implementing that plan deserves enormous praise.


“Royal Ascot at York will live in many memories for all the right reasons and we hope that many visitors from the region will join us at the new Ascot racecourse. We have no doubt that the first time visitors to York this week will be coming back during their summer season ahead.”

TODAY’S ATTENDANCE

The Royal Ascot at York attendance today was 48,539, compared with 56,245 for the Saturday at Ascot last year.


On the previous days, the crowds were:

Friday 49,562
Thursday 50,510
Wednesday 39,875
Tuesday 35,982

Over the five days the attendance amounted to 224,468.



TOTE TURNOVER

Today’s tote pool on course cash turnover was £849,603. In 2004 it amounted to £1,273,000.



LONDON CLUBS CHARITY TROPHY FOR LEADING
JOCKEYS AT END OF MEETING

Jockey/RA winners 1sts 2nds 3rds
Mick Kinane (37) 6 2 1
Richard Hills (16) 3 1 1
Johnny Murtagh (19) 2 2 1
Michael Hills (13) 2 1 1
Kevin Darley (14) 2 1 -
Philip Robinson (8) 2 1 2
Ted Durcan (2) 2 - -
Willie Supple (5) 2 - -
Kieren Fallon (24) 1 5 4
Jimmy Fortune (4) 1 3 1
Kerrin McEvoy (1) 1 3 -
Christophe Soumillon (1) 1 1 -
Robert Winston (1) 1 1 -
Jamie Spencer (6) 1 - 2
Fran Berry (1) 1 - 1
Christophe Lemaire (1) 1 - -
Olivier Peslier (10) 1 - -
Richard Hughes - 2 1
Adrian Nicholls - 2 -
Ryan Moore - 1 2
Pat Smullen - 1 2
Greg Fairley - 1 -
Nicky Mackay - 1 -
Alan Munro - 1 -
Eddie Ahern - - 1
Neil Callan - - 1
Steve Drowne - - 1
John Egan - - 1
Dale Gibson - - 1
Paul Hanagan - - 1
Darryll Holland - - 1
Shane Kelly - - 1
Dean McKeown - - 1
Richard Quinn - - 1
Nash Rawiller - - 1



LONDON CLUBS CHARITY TROPHY FOR LEADING TRAINERS AT THE END OF THE MEETING

Trainer/RA winners 1sts 2nds 3rds
Sir Michael Stoute (52) 4 3 3
John Dunlop (33) 3 - -
Mark Johnston (23) 2 2 1
Jeremy Noseda (4) 2 2 1
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 -
John Gosden (19) 1 3 -
Michael Jarvis (12) 1 1 2
Howard Johnson (1) 1 1 -
James Fanshawe (3) 1 - 2
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 - -
David Oughton HK (1) 1 - -
Bryan Smart (1) 1 - -
Richard Hannon - 2 -
Dermot Weld IRE - 1 2
Paul Cole - 1 1
Luca Cumani - 1 1
Henry Cecil - 1 -
Peter Chapple-Hyam - 1 -
Roger Fisher - 1 -
Brian Meehan - 1 -
David Nicholls - 1 -
John Quinn - 1 -
Mick Easterby - - 1
David Elsworth - - 1
David Loder - - 1
Len Lungo - - 1
Jamie Osborne - - 1
John Queally IRE - - 1
Kevin Ryan - - 1
David Simcock - - 1
Mark Tompkins - - 1
Tony Vasil AUS - - 1
Geoff Wragg - - 1


WINNING QUOTES RACE ONE
WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES

HAT TRICK FOR TITUS

There had not been a Yorkshire-trained winner at Royal Ascot at York until Melrose Avenue in the fifth race yesterday, but two races later there was another as Sir Titus, trained at Hambleton by Bryan Smart, completed a hat trick when upsetting 11/10 favourite Strike Up The Band in the opening Windsor Castle Stakes.


“It’s great when the plan you have laid comes off and very good to have a winner trained in Yorkshire and ridden by a jockey, Kevin Darley, who lives in Yorkshire,” said Smart, whose first Royal meeting strike this was.


“He is very fast, the fastest horse I’ve had, and it was because of his speed that we kept him a bit away from the others in the early stages. If the others had been too close to him he would have been tempted to take them on and so do too much too soon - he has been like that at home sometimes -, so the idea was to keep him apart to start with and then gradually bring him across.


“The real reason owner David Allan bought him was to run in the Weatherbys Super Sprint (at Newbury) and sales races in Ireland, and that very much remains the plan, but I think that he may well six furlongs in due course and we shall probably try him over that trip.”

Though he raced apart from his rivals, Titus Alone was always up with the pace and in front two furlongs from home before staying on well to beat Strike Up The Band by a length.



FIRST RACE PLACED QUOTES
WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES (LISTED)

BAND SECOND AGAIN

Strike Up The Band, who finished runner-up in the Norfolk Stakes on Thursday, made a quick return 48 hours later to fill the same position behind Titus Alone in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.


“I thought he actually ran better today than last time,” said the second’s trainer David Nicholls. “But it’s too fast for him today and I think he wants good ground. He might go for something like the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood now.


“I’ll be giving him a wee break now - for at least four days! But he’ll be full of it by then.”

Jockeys riding in the first race felt the ground was very fast and Philip Robinson reported that it was “virtually hard” although Mick Kinane felt there was little change from Friday and said “it’s very similar to yesterday.”


SECOND RACE WINNING QUOTES
HARDWICKE STAKES (GROUP 2)

BANDARI CONTINUES JOHNSTON’S GREAT RECORD

Bandari continued a great record for trainer Mark Johnston in the Hardwicke Stakes when beating Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s apparent first string Maraahel to give the Middleham handler a fourth success in the Group Two contest.


“We decided to throw caution to the wind as he was not particularly fancied today and decided to try something completely different, we thought we would stick to the far rail whatever. I’m not sure if it made any difference although being on his own seemed to suit him,” said Johnston.


“I thought from walking the course that it was not worse on the far rail, the middle was just as rough as the inside.


“It’s a race I have a bit of a love affair with and he’s a horse that I also have a bit of a love affair with.


“The frustrating thing is that he keeps winning Group 2 races against Group 1 horses without winning a Group 1 himself. He’s a bit like Fruits Of Love, who also won the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and won this twice, in that respect.


“We knew he was very well at home and then went to the Coronation Cup thinking it could be his race but then your confidence gets dented when he runs a bad race. It seems he might be saving his best for when he is not running in a big field.”

Bandari received quotes of 25/1 for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes from Cashmans and Paddy Power but Johnston added: “I don’t know about the King George and it obviously makes a difference that Sheikh Hamdan has other possible contenders.”

Jockey Willie Supple added: “We decided before the race that the far rail ground was freshest and hadn’t been used so much so made a decision to go for it. It gave Bandari confidence not to go on so quickly and Mr Johnston’s team did a great job washing him down beforehand.


“I thought mine would keep going but thought Richard (Hills) had me at one stage before mine found more and battled on.”


PLACED QUOTES RACE TWO
HARDWICKE STAKES

BIN SUROOR ‘DISAPPOINTED’


Saeed bin Suroor made no bones about his reaction to the effort by Doyen who finished fifth of six, beaten 14 lengths by the successful Bandari, in the Hardwicke Stakes.


“That was disappointing,” said the trainer without hesitation. “In his last piece of work he showed that he was coming right, but he has not shown what we know he can do. What we saw there was not the Doyen who was so good in this race and the King George last season.


“But I am sure that he will improve for this run. We will take him home and have a look, but we will certainly live to fight another day. I don’t think that the ground had anything to do with it, it was pretty firm when he won this race last year.


“He had been rather slow to come to hand this year, but his last piece of work was encouraging. I was disappointed by his run, though Kerrin (McEvoy) said that he lost his action.”

McEvoy shared the trainer’s disappointment. “He has been working OK recently, but he threw in a couple of bad runs at the end of last season and we shall have to see now what we can do to get him back on track.”





WINNING QUOTES RACE THREE
GOLDEN JUBILEE STAKES

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE AT LAST

Cape Of Good Hope, trained in Hong Kong by David Oughton and running in England for the fifth time in the last two years and the second time this week, became the first horse trained in that Far Eastern territory to win at Royal Ascot when he just got the better of a long battle with Galeota to take the Golden Jubilee Stakes.


“It means an awful lot to me, to come back here and win a prize like this,” said Oughton, who trained at Findon in Sussex, where his father Alan and mother Diane trained before him, for five years before going to Hong Kong in 1987.


He bought Cape Of Good Hope privately out of David Elsworth’s stable as a back end three-year-old four years ago on behalf of Ron Carstairs, who saw the horse win his first five races but sadly died a couple of years ago. “He would have loved this moment and we feel that he is still with us,” said Carstairs’ widow Patricia and son Guy.


Last year Cape Of Good Hope ran in the same two races, the King’s Stand and the Golden Jubilee, and Oughton feels that he was a bit unlucky to be beaten in the latter. “He got a bit of a bump about two furlongs out and was beaten only a neck,” he said, having explained that he brought the horse to England to avoid having to take on Hong Kong star Silent Witness. “There were just no races for him out there unless we ran against Silent Witness and so we decided to come to England with him.


Last year Cape Of Good Hope followed his Ascot efforts by running in the July Cup at Newmarket, but that is not on the agenda this time round.


“He will be going back to Hong Kong on Monday and have a break there before going to Japan for the big sprint there in October,” said Oughton. “Then he will run in the International Sprint in Hong Kong in December and then maybe go back to Australia again where he was successful in February.


“He is amazingly tough. He has been at it for a long time and been all round the world, to Japan, to Australia and to England twice and he takes it all in his stride.”

The winner’s rider Mick Kinane said: “it turned into a bit of a battle over the last 100 yards but fortunately he was up to the task. I rode this horse in the first leg of the Global Sprint Challenge when we finished third and because of other commitments could not ride him when he won the second leg. I had committed to Somnus for the season and David was very happy that I could ride this horse because I knew the horse so well. I knew he’d come on a lot for his run on Tuesday, and it all worked out well.”


JOCKEYS IN THE GOLDEN JUBILEE STAKES


Mick Kinane, the winning rider on Cape Of Good Hope who went clear of his rivals in the battle for the Global Sprint Challenge, said: “I have ridden him a lot over the years - in Australia during the winter and in Hong Kong. He is a marvellous sound horse. He has been a great servant and is so consistent.


“When my fellow got there (to the front), he just idled a little and then kept on well. This a great result for David (Oughton) and Mrs Carstairs. Ron Carstairs (the late) was a good friend of mine in Hong Kong - a lovely man and a good supporter of racing - God rest him.


“David was more than happy for me to ride Cape Of Good Hope as I know the horse so well. He has just been unfortunate to run into a super horse (Silent Witness) in his home town.


“David has done a marvellous job to keep him sweet over the years. The horse has a great constitution - he seems to enjoy the travelling.


“I didn’t want to get isolated like I had in the King’s Stand Stakes the other day and so went across to join the main group.”

The stewards gave him a three-day ban for careless riding after they judged he caused interference to Captain Hurricane three furlongs out. The ban is on June 29, 30 and July 1.


Kinane has won the London Clubs Charity Trophy for being leading rider at Royal Ascot at York - his fourth Royal Ascot title. (The others being in 1994, 1995 and 1996).


He added: “The boys in the weighing room having been getting on to me because I had my first Royal Ascot winner in 1982!”


Kerrin McEvoy, sixth on Byron, said: “They went quick as we knew they would. I got squeezed when the two groups of horses came together and lost my position but finished well.”


David Nuesch, rider of American raider Mighty Beau, said: “He had a harder time handling the ground today than on Tuesday because it has been so beat up - when it was soft and having to patch everything together - and he could never get comfortable.”


CAPE OF GOOD HOPE LANDS INAUGURAL GLOBAL SPRINT CHALLENGE

Hong Kong raider Cape Of Good Hope’s victory in today’s Golden Jubilee Stakes secured David Oughton’s charge victory in the first Global Sprint Challenge.


The seven-year-old now has 54 points putting him well clear of his nearest pursuers, Chineur and Fastnet Rock, who both have 10 points.


Cape Of Good Hope won the second leg, the Timbercorp Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley on February 5 having finished third in the first leg, the TEAC Lightning Stakes at Flemington a fortnight earlier. He finished fourth in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot at York.


Nick Smith, Public Relations Manager at Ascot Racecourse, said: “Cape Of Good Hope embodies everything the Global Sprint Challenge concept is all about and this success further proves that racing is becoming truly international at the highest level.


“Guy Carstairs and his team embraced the Series from the start and their ambition has been rewarded with victory. Whatever happens in the Sprinters Stakes in Japan they will be picking up the trophy.


“The parties involved in the Series will now put their heads together to consider developments and incentives over and above the travel allowances and we be looking into sponsorship possibilities.”

Stephen Allanson, Director of Racing Operations for Racing Victoria, said: “We’re pretty excited that a horse who travelled to two countries and is committed to going to a third has an unassailable lead in the Challenge.


“His owners and trainer have been great ambassadors in both legs and will carry the challenge through to being a success in Japan. His owner Guy Carstairs has told me he is excited to be travelling to race meetings across the world as part of his prize and I am already booking his trip to the Melbourne Cup.


“Next year we hope the Global Sprint Challenge will be bigger and better after its inaugural year and we expect to make an announcement in October, coinciding with the final leg, introducing special bonuses to winners across the various legs.”

The latest leading standings are
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 54
CHINEUR 10
FASTNET ROCK 10


The six races in the Global Sprint Challenge are:
The TEAC Lightning Stakes at Flemington (G1), Australia
Saturday 5th February 2005 – Won by Fastnet Rock (Paul Perry AUS)

The Timbercorp Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley (G1), Australia
Saturday 19th February 2005 – Won by Cape Of Good Hope (David Oughton HK)

The King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot (G2), York, UK
Tuesday 14th June 2005 - Won by Chineur (Mikel Delzangles FR)

The Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot (G1), York, UK
Saturday 18th June 2005 – Won by Cape Of Good Hope (David Oughton HK)

The Centaur Stakes at Hanshin (G3), Japan
Sunday 11th September 2005

The Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama (G1), Japan
Sunday 2nd October 2005

Points are allocated 10-5-4-3-2 first to fifth with all other starters awarded one point. Horses competing outside their own racing jurisdiction gain double points.

Racing jurisdictions are deemed to be: Victoria – Australia & New Zealand
Ascot – Europe, UAE
Japan – Asia
Competitors trained outside these jurisdictions qualify for double points in all legs.



THIRD RACE PLACED QUOTES
GOLDEN JUBILEE STAKES (GROUP 1)

GALEOTA COULD BE FUTURE CHAMPION

Connections were thrilled by the effort of three-year-old Galeota to finish a head second to the battle-hardened Cape Of Good Hope in a great climax to the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes.


Assistant trainer Richard Hannon Jr said: “It was a monumental performance from a three-year-old and he had them all beat from the five and a half marker. He will get better and better as he gets older and I think he’s a champion sprinter in the making.


“We’ve got three to four years of top-class sprinting to look forward to with him and he’s the sort of horse that might take you all over the world. We’ll have a look at the July Cup now.”

Third-placed Balmont could also be heading to Newmarket and his trainer Jeremy Noseda reported: “That was a really solid run and you couldn’t ask for anything more.


“He’ll go to the July Cup now and I think he’s suited by a little more juice in the ground.”



FOURTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
WOKINGHAM HANDICAP

SO EASY FOR IFFRAAJ

Iffraaj, sent off the shortest-priced modern-day favourite for the Wokingham Handicap when returned at 9/4, justified that market confidence with success in the six-furlong contest.


“I thought Rakti and this fellow were my two bankers of the week and although things didn’t work out with Rakti everything went right today,” said winning trainer Michael Jarvis.


“He could be better than a handicapper but I like to steadily progress with them. He travelled very well and was always holding them comfortably. He deserves a lift in grade now.


“He’s got bags of speed and is equally good at six furlongs or seven. He’s a high-class handicap sprinter and I hope he goes on to better things, he’ll probably step up to Group class although the July Cup is not very far away now.


“There have not been too many 9/4 shots in the Wokingham and I thought it would take a good one to beat him.


“I was concerned he might not act on such fast ground today, although I never considered pulling him out, and I just hope he’s OK in the morning as he has had a history of leg problems in the past.”


PLACED QUOTES RACE FOUR
WOKINGHAM STAKES

RUNNER-UP CONNECTIONS DELIGHTED


“What a great thrill - to run second to the favourite in the Wokingham with the only three-year-old in the race - we are delighted with him,” said Paul Morrell, one of the Bishopthorpe Two Partnership who own the second Beckermet.


“There are half a dozen of us in the partnership which own him, and we also have one other horse with Beckermet’s trainer Roger Fisher and one with Kevin Ryan.


“All the success we have had with this horse is down to Roger, who bought him as a yearling in Ireland for 8,000 euros.


“I don’t know what will happen now, we will leave all that up to Roger, but the horse has now run six times this year and he may well be due for a rest.

“I expect that we shall look at all the other big sprint handicaps and the Ayr Gold Cup could be a possibility for him.”


WINNING QUOTES RACE FIVE
DUKE OF EDINBURGH HANDICAP


STOUTE IS TOP TRAINER

Sir Michael Stoute was confirmed as top trainer at the meeting when Notable Guest gave him his fourth winner over the five days by taking the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap from Crow Wood.


“That’s a great honour and very pleasing for all the stable staff,” he said. “It is always hard to win a race at this meeting and sometimes you don’t win any.”

“This is a useful horse,” Stoute added in a way which suggested that Notable Guest could be better than that word implied.


“I have been very lucky that the owner (Prince Khalid Abdullah) has allowed me to be very patient with him and he is only now filling his shape and getting his full strength.”

Prince Khalid’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe reflected on that comment by saying that Notable Guest has raced only a few times because he was immature. “There was nothing wrong with him, but he has just needed time.


“When he won at Newmarket I said something like he was very reasonably handicapped, and I was ticked off on all sides for saying such a thing, so I shan’t repeat it. But I would think it is pretty likely he will move up to a Listed race next time.”

SIXTH RACE QUOTES
QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES

CRUZ CONTROLS RIVALS

Cruzspiel justified his connections’ decision to move the horse from John Oxx in Ireland to James Fanshawe’s Newmarket stable when landing the longest Flat race in the calendar, the 2m 6f Queen Alexandra Stakes, with a front-running effort under Johnny Murtagh.


“John Oxx did what a lot of trainers wouldn’t do and told us we’d get the best out of this horse by moving him and sending him to the UK,” said owner Pat Garvey.


“John advised us to send him to James Fanshawe because he likes good, firm ground and there are only a limited number of staying races in Ireland and every time he went for one it came up soft.


“Obviously it is unknown territory running over this trip but we expected him to staying as he was finishing when coming third in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot so we knew he’d get further.”

THE GROUND

William Derby, the clerk of the course, interviewed on BBC Television, said: “It is disappointing that Somnus is not running (in the Golden Jubilee Stakes) because he is a local favourite - everybody will remember Somnus winning the big sprint at Haydock in bottomless conditions.


“Obviously, he likes cut in the ground. We have had a beautiful three days and the ground has quickened up - it is firm, good to firm in places. It is firm all the way up the straight which is understandable for this time of year. It is obviously disappointing.


“It is firm going - it is 10.6 on the going stick. The range for good to firm on the going stick is 8.5 to 10.5 so it is just above good to firm.

“I spoke to John (Egan) this morning and he is happy - I have spoken to Kieren (Fallon) just now and it is quick summer ground.


“Everybody knows the position - it has been quickening up during the week. Some of the jockeys said on Wednesday after we had the rain that it was soft. “


GOING NEWS AT 10 AM

There was no rain overnight and the going for the final day of Royal Ascot at York is


FIRM, GOOD TO FIRM IN PLACES.



The track was not watered overnight and the forecast is for a hot and dry day.




BETTING NEWS

The market has been very lively on the final day of Royal Ascot at York and the best backed horse of the day has been Balmont in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (3.45). With Coral and totesport he is in from 9-1 to 13-2, Skybet have trimmed him to the same price from 8-1, Hills have cut him from 9-1 to 13-2 and Paddy Power have brought him in from 9-1 to 7-1.


In the same race Powers have seen money for Etlaala (11-2 to 5-1) and Byron, in from 14-1 to 11-1, while Coral have shortened Etlaala by a point to 5-1 and totesport and Coral have brought in Byron to 11-1 from 14-1 and to 12-1 from 14-1 respectively. Cashmans have cut Galeota from 12-1 to 10-1 and Quito from 20-1 to 16-1.



Money in the opening Windsor Castle Stakes (2.30) has largely revolved round some outsiders, though Strike Up The Band, who finished second here on Thursday, has been forced in from 11-10 against to 10-11 with totesport. The horse to catch the fancy has been Tabaret, who has come in from 20-1 to 14-1 with totesport and Skybet, from 22-1 to 16-1 with Hills and from 16-1 to 12-1 with Coral and Paddy Power. Coral have also laid Scooby Dude from 20-1 to 14-1

Last year’s winner Doyen has been very easy to back for the Hardwicke Stakes (3.05) and he has been pushed out by Powers from 11-10 to 5-4 and to the same price from evens by Coral. The horse for money here has been Maraahel, who is a well backed 13-2 chance with Hills and has come in by a point to 11-2 with Coral.


The non runners in the Wokingham Stakes (4.20) have caused a revision of the market, and there have been some well supported horses. Alderney Race has been very much in demand and is at 6-1 from 9-1 with Coral, at 7-1 from 9-1 with totesport, in from 9-1 to 15-2 with Paddy Power and cut to 15-2 from 10-1 by Hills. Cashmans have had support for Beckermet, who has come in from 25-1 to 16-1.

totesport have also brought in Peter Paul Rubens from 9-1 to 7-1 and Caribbean Coral from 25-1 to 18-1, Hills have trimmed Soldier’s Tale from 9-2 to 4-1 and Paddy Power have cut Colonel Cotton from 20-1 to 16-1.


Crow Wood has been popular across the board in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (4.55) and he has come in from 11-1 to 13-2 with totesport, to the same price from 8-1 with Skybet, from 9-1 to 7-1 with Paddy Power and from 8-1 to 7-1 with Coral, while Hills report him a very popular 8-1 shot.


There has also been money for Flamboyant Lad, who has been cut from 5-1 to 4-1 by Paddy Power and Hills.



MOST SUCCESSFUL ROYAL ASCOT FOR FOREIGN RAIDERS FOR 30 YEARS

This year’s Royal Ascot has been the most international ever renewal with runners trained in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, and Ireland competing alongside a formidable team from throughout Britain.


And although, going into the final day, there had yet to be a winner trained outside Europe, the seven overseas successes (including three of the five Group 1 races) over the first four days has only been bettered once in the last 45 years

The modern-day record figure was nine wins in 1975, of which Ireland’s Vincent O’Brien counted for seven, while this year’s total matches the seven successes seen in 1977 and 1960.


It has been a great Royal Ascot for French raiders with three victories while there have also been four winners trained in Ireland.


On the opening day, Valixir, trained by Andre Fabre, was an impressive winner of the Queen Anne Stakes, Chineur took the King’s Stand Stakes to give his Chantilly-based trainer Mikel Delazangles a first British success while Leg Spinnner landed the Ascot Stakes for his shrewd Irish trainer Tony Martin.


On Wednesday, Curragh-based handler John Oxx completed a double when Azamour was an impressive winner of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and Beautyandthebeast took the concluding Listed Sandringham Handicap.

Thursday saw Westerner follow in the steps of some great French stayers by landing the Gold Cup, to give his trainer Elie Lellouche a first success in the great race while Indigo Cat was his trainer Aidan O’Brien’s first winner at this year’s Royal Ascot when capturing the Hampton Court Stakes.


With one more day still to go featuring runners from five different overseas countries, the foreign raiders could still add further their impressive winning tally at Royal Ascot at York.


Overseas-Trained Winners at Royal Ascot at York 2005 (before final day)

Race Horse (Trainer)
Queen Anne Stakes VALIXIR (Andre Fabre FR)
King’s Stand Stakes CHINEUR (Mikel Delzangles FR)
Ascot Stakes LEG SPINNER (Tony Martin IRE)
Prince Of Wales’s Stakes AZAMOUR (John Oxx IRE)
Sandringham Stakes BEAUTYANDTHEBEAST (John Oxx IRE)
Gold Cup WESTERNER (Elie Lellouche FR)
Hampton Court Stakes INDIGO CAT (Aidan O’Brien IRE)




FOURTH LEG OF GLOBAL SPRINT CHALLENGE TODAY

Today’s Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes, with runners trained in the USA, Japan and Hong Kong, is the fourth leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, a new initiative launched this year as a joint venture between Ascot Racecourse, the Japan Racing Association and Racing Victoria Ltd in Australia.


It is the only international series for turf sprinters and the Hong Kong-trained Cape Of Good Hope, who finished fourth in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes, looks virtually certain to seal victory if successful in today’s Golden Jubilee Stakes having also won the Timercorp Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley in Australia on February 19.


The latest leading standings going into today’s race are

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 34
CHINEUR 10
FASTNET ROCK 10

The six races in the Global Sprint Challenge are:
The TEAC Lightning Stakes at Flemington (G1), Australia
Saturday 5th February 2005 – Won by Fastnet Rock (Paul Perry AUS)

The Timbercorp Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley (G1), Australia
Saturday 19th February 2005 – Won by Cape Of Good Hope (David Oughton HK)

The King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot (G2), York, UK
Tuesday 14th June 2005 - Won by Chineur (Mikel Delzangles FR)

The Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot (G1), York, UK
Saturday 18th June 2005

The Centaur Stakes at Hanshin (G3), Japan
Sunday 11th September 2005

The Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama (G1), Japan
Sunday 2nd October 2005

Points are allocated 10-5-4-3-2 first to fifth with all other starters awarded one point. Horses competing outside their own racing jurisdiction gain double points.


Racing jurisdictions are deemed to be: Victoria – Australia & New Zealand
Ascot – Europe, UAE
Japan – Asia

Competitors trained outside these jurisdictions qualify for double points in all legs.




FIRST RACE RESULT

2.30pm THE WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES
Class 1, Listed Race, £40,000 Total Prize Fund. For 2yo, 5f. Weights: colts and geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 6lb. Penalties: a winner of a Class 4 race 2lb; of a Class 3 race 4lb; of a Class 1 or 2 race 6lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £23,200; 2nd: £8,800; 3rd: £4,400; 4th: £2,000; 5th: £1,000; 6th: £600
1 TITUS ALONE (Hintlesham Racing) Bryan Smart 2- 8-11 Kevin Darley [7] 11-4
2 STRIKE UP THE BAND (The Oak Apple Syndicate) David Nicholls 2- 9-03 Adrian Nicholls [6] 11-10fav
3 TABARET (T Adams) Richard Whitaker 2- 8-11 Dean McKeown [4] 10-1
4 THE BEAR (Matt Sawers - Philip Burns) Ian Semple 2- 8-13 Mick Kinane [3]
5 SOTO (D Sugars, B Parker, J Crickmore) Mick Easterby 2- 8-11 Paul Mulrennan [10]
6 KER LANI (Peter Savill) Rupert Pritchard-Gordon FR 2- 8-06 Kieren Fallon [1]
7 TAMAGIN (Jordan Lund) James Bethell 2- 8-11 Philip Robinson [9]
8 SCOOBY DUDE (The Three Degreens) Deborah Evans 2- 8-13 John Egan [2]

8 ran Non-Runner: No 2 King Orchisios (ground) Withdrawn Not Under Starter’s Orders: No 5 Charming Ballet and No 6 Great Chieftain
Time: 57.94s
Distances: 1, 1 1/2, 2, 2, 1 1/2, hd, 2 1/2
Breeder: Diamond 6d Ranches Inc
Breeding: ch c Titus Livius - Swan Sea (Sea Hero)
Tote Win: £3.60 Places: £1.40; £1.10; £2.60 Exacta: £4.60
Winning trainer:-Name: Smart, Bryan Date of birth: 26/11/56 Riding career: Amateur & Professional - first jockey to Jenny Pitman 1973-81: rode approx 200 winners Date of first trainer’s licence: 1985/6 season - Head lad to Jenny Pitman Trains at Hambleton House, Sutton Bank, Thirsk, North Yorkshire Horses in training (1987-2005): 14; 28; 33; 32; 17; 13; 18; 22: 22: 30:30: 30: 42: 58:55:46:63:74:81 Wins in a season (1993-2004): 3:2:10:11:6:11:17:9:27:27:39:27 Major races won: French Oaks (1996 Sil Sila), St Leger Yearling Stakes (1998 Boomerang Blade), Vodafone Stewards Cup (2002 Bond Boy), Suke Of York Stakes (2004 Monsieur Bond) First Royal Ascot winner: Windsor Castle Stakes (2005 Titus Alone)
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: (14) 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), Windsor Castle Stakes (2005 Titus Alone) First Royal Ascot Win: Wokingham Handicap (June 21, 1996, Emerging Market)


SECOND RACE RESULT
3.05pm THE HARDWICKE STAKES
Class 1, Group Two, £140,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+, 1m 4f. Weights: colts and geldings 8st 9lb; fillies 8st 6lb. Penalties: after September 1, 2004, a winner of a Group Two race 3lb; of a Group One race 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £81,200; 2nd: £30,800; 3rd: £15,400; 4th: £7,000; 5th: £3,500; 6th: £2,100

1 BANDARI (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 6- 8-09 Willie Supple [5]
10-1
2 MARAAHEL (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 4- 8-09 Richard Hills [3] 4-1
3 GAMUT (Gay Smith) Sir Michael Stoute 6- 8-09 Kieren Fallon [1]
4 POWERSCOURT (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 5- 8-09 Johnny Murtagh [6]
5 DOYEN (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5- 8-09 Kerrin McEvoy [2] 13-8fav
6 ORCADIAN (Jeff Smith) James Eustace 4- 8-09 John Egan [4]

6 ran Time: 2min 26.28sec Distances: 1/2, 5, 5, 3 1/2, 12 Breeder: Rathasker Stud
Breeding: b h Alhaarth - Miss Audimar (Mr Leader) Tote Win: £9.40 Places: £2.80; £2.50 Exacta: £40.40

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 (23): 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, 2005 Bandari), 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) Wins This Year: 44
Winning jockey:- Name: Supple, William Born: June 8, 1968 Major wins include: Coventry Stakes (1996 Verglas), Gordon Stakes (2002 Bandari), Lockinge Stakes (1999 Fly To The Stars)
Wins (2000-2004): 49; 73; 67; 62; 52
Other details: Has ridden in Dubai since 1994, where he was champion in 1997/8, 1998/9, rode as stable jockey to Eric Alston in 1999, second rider to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum since 2000
Royal Ascot wins: (5) Coventry Stakes (1996 Verglas), Wokingham Stakes (2003 Fayr Jag -dead-heat with Ratio), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2004 Fayr Jag), Ribblesdale Stakes (2005 Thakafaat), Hardwicke Stakes (2005 Bandari)


THIRD RACE RESULT

3.45pm THE GOLDEN JUBILEE STAKE (SECOND BRITISH LEG OF THE GLOBAL SPRINT CHALLENGE)
Class 1, Group One, £250,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+, 6f. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 8lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 9st 1lb. Weight for age: 3to from 4yo+ 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £155,440; 2nd: £58,960; 3rd: £29,480; 4th: £13,400; 5th: £6,700; 6th: £4,020

1 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (Exors of the Late R Carstairs) David Oughton HK 7- 9-04 Mick Kinane [2] 6-1
2 GALEOTA (John Lazzari) Richard Hannon 3- 8-11 Ryan Moore [14] 15-2
3 BALMONT (Sanford Robertson & Hatta Bloodstock) Jeremy Noseda 4- 9-04 Christophe Soumillon [12] 9-2fav
4 ROYAL MILLENNIUM (Jackie & George Smith) Mick Channon 7- 9-04 Ted Durcan [7]
5 VAR (Mohammed Rashid) Clive Brittain 6- 9-04 Johnny Murtagh [16]
6 BYRON (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4- 9-04 Kerrin McEvoy [10]
7 ETLAALA (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3- 8-11 Richard Hills [15]
8 THE TATLING (Dab Hand Racing) Milton Bradley 8- 9-04 Darryll Holland [19]
9 QUITO (Michael Hill) David Chapman 8- 9-04 Tony Culhane [11]
10 KEENELAND SWAN (Toyomitsu Hirai) Hideyuki Mori JPN 6- 9-04 Andreas Suborics [9]
11 MIGHTY BEAU (Michael Cloonan) Jeff Mullins USA 6- 9-04 David Nuesch [5]
12 ORIENTOR (F Brady, E Bruce & S Bruce) Jim Goldie 7- 9-04 Robert Winston [18]
13 THE KIDDYKID (Claire Massey) David Evans 5- 9-04 Jamie Spencer [20]
14 CAPTAIN HURRICANE (The Comic Strip Heroes) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3- 8-11 Jimmy Fortune [6]
15 ANTONIUS PIUS (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 4- 9-04 Kieren Fallon [8]

15 ran Non-Runners: No 2 Bahamian Pirate (ground), No 9 Patavellian (ground), No 12 Somnus (ground), No 13 Steenberg (ground) and No 16 The Trader (ground)
Time: 1min 8.58sec Course Record: Previous record: 1m 9.4s
Distances: hd, 1 1/2, 3, 3/4, 3/4, 1 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 2, 1 3/4, 2, 1 1/4, 1 1/2, nk
Breeder: Mrs D Ellis
Breeding: ch g Inchinor - Cape Merino (Clantime)
Tote Win: £8.20 Places: £2.00; £2.70; £2.60 Exacta: £76.30

Winning trainer:-Name: Oughton, David HK Background: 2005 marks his 19th season as a trainer in Hong Kong. Previously held a dual-purpose licence for five years in Britain at Findon. Initially worked as assistant to Gordon Smyth in Hong Kong, going it alone in 1987 Major wins include: Hong Kong Derby (1996 Che Sara Sara), Hong Kong Cup (2002 Precision) First Royal Ascot Winner: Golden Jubilee Stakes (2005 Cape Of Good Hope)

Winning jockey:-Name: Kinane, Michael Joseph.Born: County Tipperary, Ireland, 22/6/59.Apprenticeship: With Liam Browne. First winner: Muscari (Leopardstown 19/3/75) Classic wins: (8) Vodafone Derby (1993 Commander In Chief, 2001 Galileo); Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine), 2000 Guineas (1990 Tirol, 1997 Entrepreneur, 1998 King Of Kings), St Leger (2001 Milan) Other major wins include:Champion Stakes (1997 Pilsudski), Cheveley Park Stakes (1995 Blue Duster); Coral Eclipse (1993 Opera House, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing), Derby Italiano (1992 In A Tiff, 1995 Luso); Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibralter); Fillies’ Mile (1996 Reams Of Verse); French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 2000 Kayf Tara), Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire, 1999 Ciro, 2001 Rock Of Gibralter), Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg, 2003 One Cool Cat), Hong Kong Invitational Bowl (1991 Additional Risk), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1988 Trusted Partner, 2003 Yesterday), Irish St Leger (1993, 1994 Vintage Crop), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish Oaks (1989 Alydaress, 1996 Dance Design), Irish Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral); Irish Champion Stakes (1989 Carroll House,1994 Cezanne, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway,2003 High Chaparral), Japan Cup (1997 Pilsudski), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), Juddmonte International (2000 Giant’s Causeway), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart); King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu, 2001 Galileo), Melbourne Cup (1993 Vintage Crop), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2001 Quarter Moon, 2003 Necklace), National Stakes (1994 Definite Article; 1998 Mus-If; 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat), Nunthorpe (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart); Phoenix Stakes (1999 Fasliyev; 2000 Minardi; 2001 Johannesburg), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Prix de l'Abbaye (1985 Committed), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1989 Carroll House, 1999 Montjeu), Prix de la Salamandre (1999 Giant’s Causeway), Prix Vermeille (2000 Volvoreta), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasliyev); Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs), St James's Palace (1992 Brief Truce, 1994 Grand Lodge, 2000 Giant’s Causeway), Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2000 Montjeu, 2003 Black Sam Bellamy) Royal Ascot wins: (36) First Royal Ascot win: St James’s Palace Stakes (June 15, 1982 Dara Monarch) Major Royal Ascot wins: St James’s Palace Stakes (1982 Dara Monarch, 1992 Brief Truce, 1994 Grand Lodge, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2004 Azamour), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 2000 Kayf Tara), Coronation Stakes (1994 Kissing Cousin, 2002 Sophisticat), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1999 Lear Spear, 2005 Azamour), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2005 Azamour) Wins in Britain 1992-2004: 4; 4; 23; 28; 29; 23; 24; 22; 26; 26; 15; 3; 9

FOURTH RACE RESULT
4.20pm THE WOKINGHAM STAKES
Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £80,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+ Rated 0-110, 6f. Minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after May 21, a winner of a Class 4 to 6 race 5lb; of a Class 1 to 3 race 8lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £46,400; 2nd: £17,600; 3rd: £8,800; 4th: £4,000; 5th: £2,000; 6th: £1,200

1 IFFRAAJ (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 4- 9-06 Philip Robinson [6] 9-4fav
2 BECKERMET (Bishopthorpe Racing Two) Roger Fisher 3- 8-13 Royston Ffrench [18] 16-1
3 PETER PAUL RUBENS (Richard Green (Fine Paintings)) Paul Cole 4- 9-10 Ryan Moore [15] 13-2
4 TALBOT AVENUE (Mrs C Wilson) Mick Mullineaux 7- 9-06 Ted Durcan [4] 50-1
5 RIVER FALCON (F Brady, E Bruce & S Bruce) Jim Goldie 5- 9-01 Kieren Fallon [10]
6 ALDERNEY RACE (Britton House Stud Ltd) Roger Charlton 4- 9-09 Steve Drowne [7]
7 CARIBBEAN CORAL (Dawson, Green, Quinn, Roberts) John Quinn 6- 8-13 Darryll Holland [9]
8 HALMAHERA (J Duddy & Gillian Quinn) Kevin Ryan 10- 9-03 Neil Callan [5]
9 WHISTLER (Raymond Tooth) Milton Bradley 8- 8-11 Paul Fitzsimons [2]
10 FIRE UP THE BAND (P Crane, A Barker & S Short) David Nicholls 6-10-01 Richard Hughes [3]
11 COLONEL COTTON (Lucayan Stud) David Nicholls 6- 8-12 Willie Supple [14]
12 ROYAL STORM (The Cloran Family) Amanda Perrett 6- 9-10 Johnny Murtagh [11]
13 MOAYED (Nigel Shields) Nick Littmoden 6- 8-12 Pat Cosgrave [12]
14 CHOOKIE HEITON (Hamilton Park Members Syndicate) Ian Semple 7- 9-09 Robert Winston [20]
15 SMOKIN BEAU (Vanessa Church) Nick Littmoden 8- 9-05 Paul Hanagan [19]
16 COUNTRY REEL (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5- 9-08 Kerrin McEvoy [17]
17 CONTINENT (Lucayan Stud & G G N Bloodstock) David Nicholls 8- 9-02 Adrian Nicholls [16]

17 ran Non-Runners: No 2 Eisteddfod (ground), No 9 Soldier’s Tale and No 13 Lafi (vet’s certificate)
Time: 1min 8.74sec Distances: 2, 2, 3/4, 1/2, sh, hd, 3 1/2, 3/4, 2, 1, 1/2, hd, 3/4, 3/4, 10, sh
Breeder: Darley
Breeding: b c Zafonic - Pastorale (Nureyev)
Tote Win: £2.90 Places: £1.50; £3.40; £1.90; £9.30 Exacta: £55.10

Winning trainer:-Name: Jarvis, Michael Andrew Born: Lewes, 14/8/1938 Date of first licence: 1968 First winner: Knotty Pine, Doncaster, March 26, 1968 Previous Occupation: Son of jump jockey Andrew Jarvis, worked for Bob Turnell and Ryan Price, rode 3 winners as National Hunt jockey, head lad to Towser Gosden for 6 years, head lad to Gordon Smyth for 2 years, private trainer to David Robinson for 8 years.Wins in a season (1991-2004): 24:28:21:15:18:20:17:19:35:38:56:55:57:65 Number of horses in training (1991-2005): 59: 46: 39: 39: 43: 36: 45: 66: 61:73:95:106:103: 94:100 British Classic Wins: 1000 Guineas (2001 Ameerat), Vodafone Oaks (2005 Eswarah) Major wins include: Champion Stakes (2003 Rakti), Chester Cup (2004, 2005 Anak Pekan), Coronation Cup (1982 Easter Sun), French Derby (2000 Holding Court), Haydock Sprint Cup (1969 Tudor Music, 1971 Green God, 1984 Petong), Italian St Leger (1989 Sierra Star), Italian Derby (1989 Prorutori, 2001 Morshdi), Juddmonte International (1981 Beldale Flutter), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2005 Rakti),July Cup (1968 So Blessed, 1969 Tudor Music), Nunthorpe Stakes (1968 Flying Legs, 1973 Bitty Girl), Premio Presidente Della Repubblica (1985 Bob Back, 2003 Rakti), Premio Parioli (1984 Southern Arrow), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1989 Carroll House), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2004 Rakti), Racing Post Trophy (1980 Beldale Flutter) Trains at: Kremlin House, Newmarket, Suffolk Wins this Year: 26 Royal Ascot wins: (12) Cork and Orrery Stakes (1969 Tudor Music), Queen Mary Stakes (1973 Bitty Girl), Jersey Stakes (1973 Pitskelly), Queen’s Vase (1980 Toondra), Wokingham Handicap (1984 Petong, 2005 Iffraaj), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1985 Bob Back, 2004 Rakti), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2001 Life Is Life), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2003 Attache), Sandringham Rated Stakes (2004 Celtic Heroine), Wolferon Rated Stakes (2004 Red Fort) First Royal Ascot win: Cork and Orrery Stakes (June 19, 1969 Tudor Music)

Winning jockey:-Name: Robinson, Philip Peter. Born: 10/1/61 in Newmarket Apprenticeship: With father, Peter Robinson. First winner: Busting (Yarmouth, June 14, 1978) British Classic wins: (3) 1,000 Guineas (1984 Pebbles; 2001 Ameerat); St Leger (1993 Bob's Return) Other major wins include: German 1,000 Guineas (2000 Crimplene), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2000 Crimplene), French Derby (2000 Holding Court), Coronation Stakes (1984 Katies, 2000 Crimplene); Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2000 Crimplene) Great Voltigeur Stakes (1993 Bob’s Return); Premio Presidente della Repubblica (2003 Rakti), Vodafone Coronation Cup (2003 Warrsan); Champion Stakes (2003 Rakti); Queen Alexandra Stakes (2001, Life Is Life), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2003, Attache), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2004 Rakti), Wolferon Rated Stakes (2004 Red Fort), totesprty Chester Cup (2004, 2005 Anak Pekan) Wins (1992-2004): 52,52,50,41,31,0,28,53,57,47,55,70,67 Royal Ascot wins: (8) Coronation Stakes (1984, Katies and 2000, Crimplene); Queen Alexandra Stakes (2001, Life Is Life), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2003, Attache), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2004 Rakti), Wolferton Rated Stakes (2004 Red Fort), Royal Hunt Cup (2005 New Seeker), Wokingham Stakes (2005 Iffraaj) First Royal Ascot winner: Coronation Stakes (June 20, 1984, Katies) Other details: Rode in Hong Kong 1989-91 (leading rider 1989 and 1990) and returned in 1997

FIFTH RACE RESULT
5.00pm THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH STAKES

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

1 NOTABLE GUEST (Khalid Abdulla) Sir Michael Stoute 4- 9-08 Mick Kinane [15] 4-1
2 CROW WOOD (Marie Taylor) John Quinn 6- 9-04 Kieren Fallon [2] 6-1
3 REHEARSAL (Elite Racing Club) Len Lungo 4- 9-00 Paul Hanagan [1] 33-1
4 BLUE MONDAY (Mountgrange Stud) Roger Charlton 4- 9-09 Steve Drowne [8] 13-2
5 VAUGHAN (J Bodie & R Wells) Amanda Perrett 4- 9-07 Johnny Murtagh [7]
6 GRAMPIAN (M Dawson) James Given 6- 9-08 Richard Quinn [13]
7 SAINTLY RACHEL (Whitethorn Syndicate) Charlie Swan 7- 8-13 Richard Hughes [18]
8 TRUST RULE (Steve Hull & Graham Sparkes) Mick Easterby 5- 8-10 John Egan [10]
9 RINGSIDER (S O’Donoghue & M Deegan) Gerard Butler 4- 9-02 Kevin Darley [11]
10 FLAMBOYANT LAD (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 4- 9-06 Michael Hills [12] 7-2fav
11 ROYAL CAVALIER (The Three R’s) Reg Hollinshead 8- 9-04 Willie Supple [17]
12 STRONG HAND (Jean Turpin) Mick Easterby 5- 8-10 Dale Gibson [6]
13 HAMBLEDEN (Stag & Huntsman) Michael Jarvis 8- 9-06 Philip Robinson [14]
14 COAT OF HONOUR (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 5- 9-10 Robert Winston [3]
15 COURT OF APPEAL (Spring Cottage Syndicate No 2) Brian Ellison 8- 8-12 Alan Munro [20]
16 NORDWIND (Carol Harris) Walter Swinburn 4- 9-02 Darryll Holland [19]

16 ran Non-Runner: No 12 Pagan Dance (ground); No 15 Border Castle (ground); No 17 Maraakeb (ground) and
No 20 True Companion (ground) Time: 2min 28.01sec Distances: 1/2, 2 1/2, 1, 2 1/2, 3, 1 1/4, 3 1/2, 1, 4, 4, 1/2, 1/2, 10, 6, 3 1/2 Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Inc Breeding: b c Kingmambo - Yenda (Dancing Brave) Tote Win: £5.60 Places: £1.80; £1.70; £7.10; £1.70 Exacta: £43.70

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: 52 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 Wins This Year: 36

Winning jockey:-Name: Kinane, Michael Joseph.Born: County Tipperary, Ireland, 22/6/59.Apprenticeship: With Liam Browne. First winner: Muscari (Leopardstown 19/3/75) Classic wins: (8) Vodafone Derby (1993 Commander In Chief, 2001 Galileo); Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine), 2000 Guineas (1990 Tirol, 1997 Entrepreneur, 1998 King Of Kings), St Leger (2001 Milan) Other major wins include:Champion Stakes (1997 Pilsudski), Cheveley Park Stakes (1995 Blue Duster); Coral Eclipse (1993 Opera House, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing), Derby Italiano (1992 In A Tiff, 1995 Luso); Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibralter); Fillies’ Mile (1996 Reams Of Verse); French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 2000 Kayf Tara), Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire, 1999 Ciro, 2001 Rock Of Gibralter), Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg, 2003 One Cool Cat), Hong Kong Invitational Bowl (1991 Additional Risk), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1988 Trusted Partner, 2003 Yesterday), Irish St Leger (1993, 1994 Vintage Crop), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish Oaks (1989 Alydaress, 1996 Dance Design), Irish Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral); Irish Champion Stakes (1989 Carroll House,1994 Cezanne, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway,2003 High Chaparral), Japan Cup (1997 Pilsudski), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), Juddmonte International (2000 Giant’s Causeway), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart); King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu, 2001 Galileo), Melbourne Cup (1993 Vintage Crop), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2001 Quarter Moon, 2003 Necklace), National Stakes (1994 Definite Article; 1998 Mus-If; 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat), Nunthorpe (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart); Phoenix Stakes (1999 Fasliyev; 2000 Minardi; 2001 Johannesburg), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Prix de l'Abbaye (1985 Committed), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1989 Carroll House, 1999 Montjeu), Prix de la Salamandre (1999 Giant’s Causeway), Prix Vermeille (2000 Volvoreta), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasliyev); Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs), St James's Palace (1992 Brief Truce, 1994 Grand Lodge, 2000 Giant’s Causeway), Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2000 Montjeu, 2003 Black Sam Bellamy) Royal Ascot wins: (37) First Royal Ascot win: St James’s Palace Stakes (June 15, 1982 Dara Monarch) Major Royal Ascot wins: St James’s Palace Stakes (1982 Dara Monarch, 1992 Brief Truce, 1994 Grand Lodge, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2004 Azamour), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 2000 Kayf Tara), Coronation Stakes (1994 Kissing Cousin, 2002 Sophisticat), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1999 Lear Spear, 2005 Azamour), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2005 Azamour) Wins in Britain 1992-2004: 4; 4; 23; 28; 29; 23; 24; 22; 26; 26; 15; 3; 9

SIXTH RACE RESULT

5.30pm THE QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES
Class 2, Conditions Race, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+, 2m 6f. Weights: 4yo colts & geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 7lb; 5yo+ horses and geldings 9st;mares 8st 9lb. Penalties: after June 18, 2004, for each Class 3 or 2 race won 3lb; for each Class 1 race won 5lb (handicaps excluded for the purposes of penalties; penalties cumulative and maximum penalty 10lb). Penalty Values: 1st: £20,300; 2nd: £7,700; 3rd: £3,850; 4th: £1,750; 5th: £875; 6th: £525

1 CRUZSPIEL (Pat Garvey) James Fanshawe 5- 9-00 Johnny Murtagh [3] 10-1
2 COVER UP (Ballymacoll Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 8- 9-00 Kieren Fallon [8] 5-2
3 AL EILE (Michael Ryan) John Queally IRE 5- 9-00 Fran Berry [5] 9-4fav
4 DANCING BAY (Elite Racing Club) Nicky Henderson 8- 9-00 Jamie Spencer [7]
5 SWORN IN (The Boot Inn Partnership) Nathan Rossiter 4- 8-12 Neil Callan [9]
6 ROYAL REBEL (Peter Savill) Mark Johnston 9- 9-00 Mick Kinane [1]
7 CAPTAIN MILLER (Henry Ponsonby) Nicky Henderson 9- 9-00 Richard Quinn [10]
8 HIGH KICK (M Tedham) Richard Fahey 4- 8-12 Paul Hanagan [6]

8 ran Non-Runner: No 6 Joshua’s Bay (ground) and No 8 Cambo (ground)
Time: 4min 47.15sec
Distances: 1 1/4, 7, 1, dist, dist, 13, 12
Breeder: Old Mill Stud
Breeding: br g Singspiel - Allespagne (Trempolino)
Tote Win: £14.10 Places: £3.50; £1.40; £1.40 Exacta: £56.90

Winning trainer:-Name: Fanshawe, James Robert Date of birth:6/8/62. Date of first licence:1990 First winner: Black Sapphire, Salisbury, May 8, 1990 Previous Occupation:Assistant to Michael Stoute and David Nicholson. Wins in a season (1990-2004):18:22:28:34:24:29:22:23:52:46:40:38:58:46:44 Number of horses in training (1990-2005): 32:51:78:71:82:76:62:59:58:65:98:87:84:110; 106; 105 Major wins include: Eclipse Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Dante Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Prix Kergorlay (1998 Arctic Owl), Jockey Club Stakes (1998 Arctic Owl), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Bonusprint Stakes (1999 Arctic Owl), Irish St Leger (2000 Arctic Owl), Fillies’ Mile (2002 Soviet Song), Royal Hunt Cup (2003 Macadamia), Falmouth Stakes (2003 Macadamia, 2004 Soviet Song), Darley July Stakes (2004 Frizzante), Sussex Stakes (2004 Soviet Song) Trains at Pegasus Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Other details: National Hunt successes include Champion Hurdle (1992 Royal Gait and 2002 Hors La Loi III) Royal Ascot Wins (3): Royal Hunt Cup (2003 Macadamia), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2004 Unscrupulous), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2005 Cruzspiel)

Winning jockey:-Name: Murtagh, John Patrick Based: Moattown, Kildalkey, Co Meath and Newmarket Born: May 14, 1970 First Winner: Chicago Style, Limerick, July 6, 1987 British Classic Wins (4): Vodafone Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2002 High Chaparral, 2005 Motivator), 2000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar) Big Race Wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1999 Enzeli, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel); Beverly D Stakes (1996 Timarida), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Darley July Cup (2004 Frizzante), Dubai Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Falmouth Stakes (2004 Soviet Song), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (2000 Greek Dance), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla, 1998 Winona, 2000 Petrushka), Irish Champion Stakes (1996 Timarida), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2001 Black Minnaloushe), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2003 Alamshar), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1998 Edabiya), National Stakes (1993 Manntari, 1999 Sinndar), Prix de l’Abbaye (2000 Namid), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Prix Niel (2000 Sinndar), Prix du Moulin (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2000 Sinndar), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Sussex Stakes (2004 Soviet Song), Yorkshire Oaks (1996 Key Change, 2000 Petrushka) Other details: Champion Irish apprentice in 1989, champion jockey in Ireland 1995 and 1998, has also been champion in Dubai Wins in Britain 1999-2004: 9; 17; 10; 15; 12; 77 Royal Ascot wins: (19) Coronation Stakes (June 21, 1995, Ridgewood Pearl); Gold Cup (June 17, 1999, Enzeli, June 21, 2001 Royal Rebel, June 20, 2002, Royal Rebel), St James’s Palace Stakes (June 19, 2001, Black Minnaloushe), Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (June 20, 2000, Katiykha), Ascot Handicap Stakes (June 21, 2000, Barba Papa), Golden Jubilee (June 22, 2000, Superior Premium, 2003 Choisir), King George V Handicap (June 21, 2001, B eekeeper), Ribblesdale Stakes (June 21, 2001, Sahara Slew), Wokingham Handicap (June 22, 2001 Nice One Clare), Queen Anne Stakes (June 18, 2002 No Excuse Needed), King Edward VII Stakes (June 21, 2002, Balakheri), Windsor Castle Stakes (June 21, 2002, Revenue), King’s Stand Stakes (June 17, 2003, Choisir), Hampton Court Stakes (June 19, 2003, Persian Majesty), Jersey Stakes (June 15, 2005, Proclamation), Queen Alexandra Stakes (June 18, 2005)




THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY




ROYAL ASCOT AT YORK, SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2005
3:05pm £140,000 Hardwicke Stakes (Group Two) 1m 4f



GOING: FIRM, GOOD TO FIRM IN PLACES

for the best odds from British bookmakers, go to britodds.com
BP= best price at the time of writing


1) (5) -935 Bandari Mark Johnston 6-8-09 Willie Supple
Hasn't been at his best so far this season, though his second run of the year at Newmarket was OK, and likely to struggle once again in this grade. He acts on this sort of ground. BP=8/1

2) (2) 177- Doyen Saeed Bin Suroor 5-8-09 Kerrin McEvoy
Could not have been more impressive when landing this race last year by six lengths, breaking the track record in the process. Followed that up with a superb victory in the King George, before disappointing in both the Irish and Newmarket Champion Stakes. The clear form choice ad has his favoured ground if at his best, but has long absence to overcome and must put his last two runs behind him. BP= 5/4

3) (1) 45-2 Gamut Sir Michael Stoute 6-8-09t Kieren Fallon
Good campaigner over the years and a Group One winner in France last season. Well held by Doyen on his King George fourth last year (beaten just over four lengths) but shaped promisingly on his reappearance in the Jockey Club Stakes and Kieren Fallon prefers him to Powerscourt. Might prefer the ground a bit slower. BP=4/1

4) (3) -851 Maraahel Sir Michael Stoute 4-8-09 Richard Hills
Showed steady improvement throughout last season, winning the Group Three Gordon Stakes at Goodwood and finishing fourth in the St Leger. Slightly disappointing on first two starts this season but came good in Group Three at Chester last time of softish ground. The stable has been in good this week but he is stepping up in the class and has to show improvement on ground which may be a bit fast. BP=13/2

5) (4) 51-0 Orcadian James Eustace 4-8-09 John Egan
Questionable what he achieved when winning the Group Three St Simon Stakes on terrible ground at Newbury at the end of last season. He ran better than finishing position would suggest on his reappearance in the John Porter Stakes at the same course and looks up against it. BP=66/1

6) (6) 04-5 Powerscourt Aidan O'Brien IRE 5-8-09 Johnny Murtagh
Generally thereabouts in the top middle-distance races but his win record is moderate overall. He has his favoured conditions but not seen out since finishing fifth in Dubai in March and Kieren Fallon prefers Gamut but Johnny Murtagh could do well on the horse, especially if deciding to make the running. BP=5/1

SUMMARY
Powerscourt is the clear value in a race that Doyen might win quite easily so go each-way.


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