MEMBERS’ ENCLOSURE NEARLY A SELL-OUT ON LADIES’ DAY AT NEWMARKET
The Members’ Enclosure on the opening day of Newmarket’s July Meeting on Tuesday, July 5, will reach its 10,000 capacity for the first time ever this year, with badges set to sell out by the end of this week. Tickets are still available for the Grandstand & Paddock and Family Enclosures that day.
“The July Meeting opens with Ladies’ Day and the demand for tickets has exceeded all expectations this year,” commented Newmarket’s Managing Director, Lisa Hancock. “Only a few Members’ Enclosure tickets remain unsold for a cracking card which is likely to include a rematch between Soviet Song and Attraction in the UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes.
“The popularity of our Ladies’ Day, which only took place for the first time in 1999, has grown steadily year-on-year and clearly the relocation of Royal Ascot to York has given sales another boost this year.
“Sales for the other two days are also going extremely well. For the first time, Wednesday (July 6) features a post-racing classical concert starring the stunning Welsh mezzo soprano, Katherine Jenkins, while the Darley July Cup on the Thursday (July 7) is always a huge draw. The possibility of the Wokingham winner, Iffraaj, taking on the best of Europe’s sprinters in his first Group One contest is a mouth-watering prospect.
“The racing over all three days has been dramatically upgraded over the last three years and, with a plethora of Group races and top class handicaps and over £1 million in prize money, we now have a summer racing festival to rival the very best.”
For ticket sales information and bookings, visit www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk or ring 01638 675 500.
BEST MILERS OF THE GENERATIONS TO CLASH IN THE UAE EQUESTRIAN AND RACING FEDERATION FALMOUTH STAKES AT NEWMARKET
The £200,000 Group One UAE Equestrian And Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Tuesday, July 5 (Ladies’ Day), the opening day of the July Meeting, will be an intriguing clash of generations with the mile contest having attracted 24 of the best fillies and mares in Britain and Ireland.
Two of the principals are Soviet Song and Attraction. The former thrillingly broke Attraction’s unbeaten record in this event last year, running on well under a superb Johnny Murtagh ride to score by two and a half lengths.
The winner went on to capture two further top-class events last season, the Cantor Odds Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown where she again proved too powerful for Attraction, this time by half a length.
Attraction returned to winning ways in Group One company in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket in October, when getting the better of a marvellous finish with Chic by a neck.
Peeress, like Chic, is trained by Sir Michael Stoute who is the joint leading trainer in the race, with four successes courtesy of Royal Heroine (1983), Sonic Lady in both 1986 and 1987 and Lovers Knot in 1998.
The last-named ran in the famous red, white and blue colours of Cheveley Park Stud, who will be hoping that Peeress can follow suit after the biggest success of her career in the Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot at York last week. The Pivotal filly was a game two-length winner and reversed previous Epsom form with Godolphin’s Sundrop, while Soviet Song, making her seasonal debut, was a respectable third. Attraction did not run up to form on her initial start of 2005, in last month’s Champions Mile in Hong Kong, but a better display is expected this time.
Three of the possible eight Irish raiders are older fillies and mares. Aidan O’Brien’s Airwave won the top-class Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in 2002, beating subsequent UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas heroine Russian Rhythm, when under the care of Henry Candy, and was successful in the Group Two Ridgewood Pearl Stakes at the Curragh last month, her first start at a mile, though she never got into the Windsor Forest Stakes.
Jim Bolger could saddle Alexander Goldrun, a dual Group One scorer in 2004 including in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin in December, and Tropical Lady, yet to be victorious at the highest level but the winner of last year’s Group Three Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stakes at the Curragh.
The three-year-olds are headed by Virginia Waters and Maids Causeway. This pair were first and second in the first fillies’ Classic of the year, the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas, at Newmarket in early May.
The winner was subsequently fourth to Eswarah over a half a mile further in the Vodafone Oaks at Epsom, while Maids Causeway was successful in the Group One Coronation Stakes over a mile at Royal Ascot at York last week, gamely denying Guineas fourth Karen’s Caper by a short-head in a race fought out by two admirably tough fillies. Mona Lisa, another O’Brien entry, was third
Other English Guineas participants who could line up here include Vista Bella (3rd), Cape Columbine (5th), who came fourth in the Coronation Stakes, Bahia Breeze (8th) and Penkenna Princess (16th), who showed that form all wrong by subsequently going down to Saoire by the minimum distance in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh on May 22.
Ralph Beckett, trainer of Penkenna Princess, said today: “Next month the two obvious races for Penkenna Princess are the UAE Equestrian And Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes or the Nassau Stakes.
“She would only run in either of them if the ground was good - I would run her in the Falmouth if the ground was good but not otherwise.
“She just had a slight temperature the night she was due to travel up to York for the Coronation Stakes and I wasn’t prepared to risk it in the hope that we got rain. The ground would have been too fast for her anyway so as it turned out - it worked out our way.
“I’m not especially looking forward to taking on the older fillies but I have to take them on at some point!
“If it’s in the Falmouth, it’s in the Falmouth - she’s in great form or I hope to have her in great form by then and we have to take our chance some time. If she doesn’t take them on then, she’ll have to take them on in the Nassau and if she doesn’t then she’ll have to go to Deauville.”
The David Wachman-trained Luas Line, who is set to contest the Grade One American Oaks at Hollywood Park this weekend, was a further half a length adrift in third in the Irish Guineas and this classic form could also be well tested here with Utterly Heaven (4th), Maids Causeway (5th), Virginia Waters (8th), Damson (9th) and Mona Lisa (11th) representing it.
Sir Michael Stoute has one further entry in Discuss, a very easy Bath maiden winner who was slightly hampered when dramatically upped in class to finish eighth in the Coronation Stakes, while John Dunlop provides an intriguing possible in Teeba, whose sole success came in a maiden fillies’ event at Salisbury earlier this month.
Michael Prosser, clerk of the course at Newmarket, said: “The clash between Attraction and Soviet Song should be worth travelling a long way to see while the presence of top three-year-olds is an added bonus.”
All the main contenders remain engaged in the centrepiece of the Newmarket July Meeting, the £250,000 Darley July Cup, the Group One six-furlong contest which is run on Thursday, July 7, with 51 horses going forward following the forfeit stage on June 14.
The three-day Newmarket July Meeting runs from Tuesday, July 5 through to Thursday, July 7.
THE UAE EQUESTRIAN AND RACING FEDERATION FALMOUTH STAKES
Class 1, Group One, Total Prize Fund £200,000. Newmarket, 2.55pm, Tuesday, July 5, 2005. For 3yo+ fillies and mares, 1m. Weights: 3yo 8st 6lb; 4yo+ 9st 1lb. Entries closed June 15; Entries released June 22 (24 entries). Five-day confirmation stage, Thursday, June 30, £15,000 supplementary entry stage June 30. Final declaration stage, 10.00am, Sunday, July 3. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, June 21. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
032-316 AIRWAVE 5 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
4211-63 ALEXANDER GOLDRUN (IRE) 4 Miriam O'Callaghan Jim Bolger IRE
12021-0 ATTRACTION 4 Duke of Roxburghe Mark Johnston
101-004 BAHIA BREEZE 3 F. Nowell Rae Guest
21-254 CAPE COLUMBINE 3 Mrs R. F. Lowe David Elsworth
603112- CHIC 5 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
1113-00 DAMSON (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor David Wachman IRE
2-10 DISCUSS (USA) 3 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
(2)(1)-142 KAREN'S CAPER (USA) 3 Stonerside Stable LLC John Gosden
5222-30 KINNAIRD (IRE) 4 Renata Jacobs Pat Haslam
0120-35 LUAS LINE (IRE) 3 Evie Stockwell David Wachman IRE
321-251 MAIDS CAUSEWAY (IRE) 3 Martin S. Schwartz Barry Hills
42-0334 MAJESTIC DESERT 4 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
4(0)-4003 MONA LISA 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
13(4)-121 PEERESS 4 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
312-102 PENKENNA PRINCESS (IRE) 3 Anne Chamberlain Ralph Beckett
21116-3 SOVIET SONG (IRE) 5 Elite Racing Club James Fanshawe
2/261-12 SUNDROP (JPN) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
121-115 TARFAH (USA) 4 Abdulla Al Khalifa Gerard Butler
4-1 TEEBA (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
550-203 TROPICAL LADY (IRE) 5 George Kent Jim Bolger IRE
4140 UTTERLY HEAVEN (IRE) 3 Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Darmot Weld IRE
2-11046 VIRGINIA WATERS (USA) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
(1)13 VISTA BELLA 3 Sheikh Mohammed Michael Jarvis
8 Irish-trained entries
38 ENTERED FOR PRINCESS OF WALES’S EDWARD ST GEORGE MEMORIAL STAKES
The Group Two Princess of Wales’s Edward St George Memorial Stakes, run over a mile and a half on the second day of the July Meeting, Wednesday, July 6, has attracted an excellent total of 38 entries.
This year’s contest sees the late Edward St George remembered in the race title. Together with his late brother Charles, Edward St George had a great love for racing
His horses ran in the name of Lucayan Stud and his family decided to sponsor this race as he was always a great fan of the July Meeting, travelling over every year from his home in the Bahamas. He enjoyed great success at the meeting in 2002 when Continent and Bahamian Pirate provided the Lucayan Stud with a 1-2 in the most prestigious race, the Darley July Cup.
Last year Bandari was successful in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes, proving half a length too strong for Sulamani. Mark Johnston has entered the six-year-old again this year and the horse recently proved his well-being by taking the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot at York on June 18, when he had Maraahel in second, Gamut third, Powerscourt fourth and Doyen fifth. All five could meet again in the Princess of Wales’s Edward St George Memorial Stakes.
Johnston, first successful in this contest with Fruits Of Love in 1998, could also be represented by Brahminy Kite, runner-up in the King Edward VII Stakes last time out, Queen’s Vase victor Melrose Avenue and the filly Secret History, triumphant in the Group Three Musidora Stakes at York in May.
Godolphin is still seeking its first Princess of Wales’s Edward St George Memorial Stakes and has eight entries to choose from this year. In addition to Doyen, winner of the Hardwicke Stakes and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot in 2004, the Maktoum family’s operation could also rely on Henry II Stakes victor Fight Your Corner, last season’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runner-up Cherry Mix, Naheef, New South Wales, 2004 Ascot Gold Cup hero Papineau, Razkalla and Songlark.
Millenary won this race in both 2002 and 2003 for trainer John Dunlop and could be joined this year by Kong, also owned by Neil Jones and triumphant in the Lingfield Derby Trial earlier this season before disappointing in the Derby.
Along with John Dunlop, also successful with Beauchamp Hero in 1995 and Mount Athos in 1968, Sir Michael Stoute holds the distinction of being the most successful current trainer in the Princess of Wales’s Edward St George Memorial Stakes, with four winners. In addition to Maraahel and Gamut, the Newmarket handler could also run Notable Guest, winner of both his starts in handicap company this year including the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot at York, and the filly Quiff, winner of the Group One Yorkshire Oaks and runner-up in the St Leger in 2004.
Aidan O’Brien provides all three of the Irish-trained entries. The 2004 Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup hero Powerscourt heads the trio, which is completed by Acropolis and Magritte.
Further international flavour is provided by the German hope Shirocco, trained by Andreas Schutz and successful in the 2004 German Derby, as well as Italian entry Electrocutionist, who landed the Group One Gran Premio di Milano on June 19.
Other possible contenders from the older generation include the John Gosden-trained Day Flight, victorious on both his starts this season in the Group Three John Porter Stakes at Newbury and the Group Three Ormonde Stakes at Chester, and the multiple Group One-placed Norse Dancer, who could tackle a mile and a half for the first time since finishing fourth in the 2003 Derby. Collier Hill, the star of Alan Swinbank’s yard, comes into the race on the back of a German Group Two win and a fine third to Phoenix Reach in the Dubai Sheema Classic.
From the three-year-olds, the leading contenders include Plea Bargain, hero of the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes, while Clive Brittain has two exciting colts in Hattan, winner of the Group Three Chester Vase and a good sixth in the Derby, and Bahar Shumaal, who scored a facile success in a maiden at Sandown on May 31 and a likely starter in Sunday’s Irish Derby following a racecourse gallop at Newmarket on June 17.
Michael Prosser, clerk of the course at Newmarket, commented: “The Princess of Wales’s Edward St George Memorial Stakes has received a fine entry for 2005 and we are grateful for the support of Edward St George’s family.
“The race has attracted a plethora of proven Group race performers as well as some exciting younger types and an excellent renewal looks guaranteed.”
THE PRINCESS OF WALES’S EDWARD ST GEORGE MEMORIAL STAKES
Class 1, Group Two, Total Prize Fund £90,000. Newmarket, 2.55pm, Wednesday, July 6, 2005. For 3yo+, 1m 4f. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 3lb; fillies 8st; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 2lb; fillies & mares 8st 13lb. Penalties: after September 1, 2004, a winner of a Group Two race 3lb; of a Group One race 5lb (races won at 2yo not to count for penalties). Entries closed June 15; entries released June 22 (38 entries). Five-day confirmation stage, Friday, July 1. Final declaration stage, 10.00am, Tuesday, July 5. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, June 21. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
63/14-23 ACROPOLIS (IRE) 4 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1135-52 ALBINUS 4 Kirsten Rausing Andrew Balding
21 BAHAR SHUMAAL (IRE) 3 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
30-0351 BANDARI (IRE) 6 Hamdan Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
21-2 BRAHMINY KITE (USA) 3 Gainsborough Stud Mark Johnston
2112-(4)0 CHERRY MIX (FR) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
15-1431 COLLIER HILL 7 R H Hall & Ashley Young Alan Swinbank
144-111 DAY FLIGHT 4 Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
4116-35 DEFINING 6 Viv Shelton James Fanshawe
21100-5 DOYEN (IRE) 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
240-330 DUBAI SUCCESS 5 Maktoum Al Maktoum Barry Hills
1112-11 ELECTROCUTIONIST (USA) 4 Earle Mack Valfredo Valiani ITY
3-12010 FIGHT YOUR CORNER 6 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
21-640 FORWARD MOVE (IRE) 3 The Queen Richard Hannon
1145-23 GAMUT (IRE) 6 Gay Smith Sir Michael Stoute
6/0355-2 GULF (IRE) 6 Raymond Tooth David Elsworth
60316 HATTAN (IRE) 3 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
43-210 KONG (IRE) 3 Neil Jones John Dunlop
13/- MAGRITTE (IRE) 4 Sue Magnier & Mrs David Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
14-0512 MARAAHEL (IRE) 4 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
154-131 MELROSE AVENUE (USA) 3 Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston
31311-0 MILLENARY 8 Neil Jones John Dunlop
12/104-3 MUBTAKER (USA) 8 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
50150-0 NAHEEF (IRE) 6 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
401/30-1 NEW SOUTH WALES 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
04-1556 NORSE DANCER (IRE) 5 Jeff Smith David Elsworth
2/531-11 NOTABLE GUEST (USA) 4 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
4/6110-0 ORANGE TOUCH (GER) 5 Cheveley Park Stud Amanda Perrett
5/111-50 PAPINEAU 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
540-434 PERSIAN MAJESTY (IRE) 5 Dr Jamal Ahmadzadeh Walter Swinburn
31-121 PLEA BARGAIN 3 Sheikh Mohammed John Gosden
3304-54 POWERSCOURT 5 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
5/1312-4 QUIFF 4 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
0-21230 RAZKALLA (USA) 7 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
112135 SECRET HISTORY (USA) 3 J Shack Mark Johnston
213131- SHIROCCO (GER) 4 Baron Georg von Ullmann Andreas Schutz GER
52/524-1 SONGLARK 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
130-415 WUNDERWOOD (USA) 6 Tony Perkins ` Lady Herries
AT THE RACES LAUNCHES 3G SERVICE TO VODAFONE UK CUSTOMERS
At The Races announced today that its ground breaking interactive 3G service is now available to Vodafone 3G customers.
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