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Tuesday, June 20, 2006



Her Majesty The Queen officially opened the new Ascot after arriving in the traditional carriage procession up the straight mile.

Wearing a Karl Ludwig outfit, consisting of a Royal Blue crepe coat and silk and satin multicoloured print dress, plus a Philip Somerville hat of Royal Blue with a pink band, The Queen said: “I am delighted to be here at Ascot for the start of the 2006 Royal Meeting, and to open the new racecourse and grandstand.

“The many people and organisations who have contributed to the redevelopment project , within such a challenging timescale, have my admiration and gratitude. Thanks to their hard work, we can look forward to many years of racing in a world class environment.

“May I wish all of you here today and watching at home a most enjoyable day’s racing. I have pleasure in declaring the new Ascot officially open.”


Today’s crowd was 54,892.

This compares to 47,263 for the opening day in 2004 and represents a record Tuesday crowd.


A racing enthusiast could barely have a more appetising prospect - a Dubai World Cup winner, a Dubai Duty Free and Champion Stakes winner plus a multiple Group 1-winning mare.
That’s what the tens of thousands at Royal Ascot will have to savour on Wednesday when the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes will be staged.

Godolphin will be hoping that Electrocutionist can repeat the brilliance he showed in triumphing at Nad Al Sheba in the Dubai World Cup on dirt. The Red Ransom five-year-old was simply superb in scoring by a length-and-a-half on that occasion.

Tomorrow’s Group 1 marks his first start since then and connections are satisfied with his condition approaching the race. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “We gave him a break after winning the Dubai World Cup. The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes has been his target since then. He has been working nicely and I am happy with him. We will see how he gets on.”

Manton handler Brian Meehan will be aiming to land his first Royal Ascot Group 1 triumph with David Junior. The four-year-old son of US stallion Pleasant Tap made massive progress in 2005, landing four stakes’ races, culminating in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket.

His first run of 2006 was even more impressive as he romped to victory in the Dubai Duty Free on the undercard to the World Cup in Dubai.

Ed Dunlop has opted to send his four-time Group-1 winning mare Ouija Board to the Prince Of Wales’s rather than shoulder a penalty in Saturday’s Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes.

The Newmarket handler said: “The fact that she doesn’t have to carry a Group 1 penalty on Wednesday is the main reason why we’ve decided to go for the Prince Of Wales’s.That is a positive. The potential negative is the trip. She is proven that she is probably better over a mile-and-a-half. Having said that, we were very encouraged by her run over a mile-and-a-quarter in Hong Kong in April.

“She seems well. We’re not going to know exactly how much the Coronation Cup took out of her until she runs. It’’s a very competitive race and we’ll be taking on two of the best – if not the two best – mile-and-a-quarter colts in the world. She deserves to take her chance and I just hope that she runs well.”

In a typically cosmopolitan renewal of the race, France will be represented by two runners. Andre Fabre sends Manduro, who was supplemented at a cost of £25,000 last week, while Corre Caminos will be saddled by Mikel Delzangles.

Last year’s champion trainer Sir Michael Stoute will rely on the improving four-year-old Notnowcato, while Ace - from Aidan O’Brien’s yard - makes up the seven-strong field.


Last year’s Gold Cup second Distinction will bid to go one better as he faces 11 rivals in Thursday’s renewal of the famous two-and-a-half mile Group 1.

The seven-year-old, who went on to win the Goodwood Cup, was subsequently well beaten in the Melbourne Cup, but made a winning seasonal return in Listed company at Newbury on May 20 when High Action finished fifth.

“It is very exciting to have Distinction run in the Gold Cup again,” said Harry Herbert, managing director of owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing. “He is a great friend who has done marvellously well. He ran badly in last year’s Melbourne Cup after pulling muscles in his back but otherwise has been very consistent.

“He loves fast ground and did not relish the soft going when giving weight away on his seasonal debut at Newbury but still won. Touch wood, he seems in great form and it would be a fairytale to win the Gold Cup.”

There would be no more fairytale winner than Sergeant Cecil. The seven-year-old - bought for “peanuts” as a foal by owner Terry Cooper - has amassed £462,000 in prize money.

He was voted last season’s horse of the year by a joint Racehorse Owners Association/Racing Post poll after registering an unprecedented treble in the season’s big three long-distance handicaps, Newcastle’s Northumberland Plate, the Ebor at York and the Cesarewitch at Newmarket. He ran an excellent trial when second in the Group 2 Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup last month.

The 2002 Melbourne Cup winner Media Puzzle is now nine years old and will bid to become the first Irish-trained Gold Cup winner since Enzeli in 1999.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Yeats, winner of last season’s Group 1 Vodafone Coronation Cup, is another representative for Ireland.

The mare Guadalajara, who was bought for 800,000 guineas by Godolphin at last year’s Tattersalls December Sale, has her first start since finishing third in a Group 2 at Longchamp in October when trained by Jean-Claude Rouget.

Akarem, four-length winner of the Listed Homes Buckhounds Stakes at Ascot on May 27, has been supplemented at a cost of £18,000 and steps up a mile in trip.

Westerner, trained by Elie Lellouche, provided a French success when the race was staged at York last year and Reefscape bids to take the prize across the Channel again. The five-year-old, trained by Andre Fabre, finished third in the Group 2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at Longchamp last time out.

Tungsten Strike put himself in the Gold Cup picture after a five-length victory from Winged D’Argent in the Group 2 Henry II Stakes at Sandown last time out.

The Micky Hammond-trained Motafarred, who finished sixth in a Haydock handicap last time out, will need to improve considerably for this step up in trip


THE totejackpot is 40 years old this week and to celebrate the tote will be offering a massive 40% bonus to the first outright, single winning ticket of the bet at Royal Ascot.

The tote will also guarantee £50,000 in the jackpot pool every day of the Royal Meeting. To qualify for the 40% bonus the bet must be placed at a totepool betting point on-course, or with totesport*.

David Craven, totepool Managing Director said: “It’s fitting that we’re celebrating the anniversary of one of the tote’s great bets at the premier racecourse in the world and our customers have a chance to really hit the jackpot with the 40% bonus.”

The totejackpot wasn’t won yesterday at Carlisle, which means it starts out this afternoon with a fund of £94,872.

One of the most popular bets of all time, the totejackpot has gone from strength to strength since its 1966 launch at the Royal meeting.

Not long after that, the tote jackpot was given the Royal seal of approval in October 1966, when the Duchess of Norfolk scooped a massive £2,795 for 5s.

The record jackpot pool stands at £2,050,651.58 from a meeting at Exeter on March 20, 1995. More recently, after rollovers from the Cheltenham Festival this year, the pool reached £1,501,478.01 at Hereford on March 20 – the second highest pool in 40 years.

Tote chairman Peter Jones said: “The totejackpot is one of the great racing bets and has clearly stood the test of time.

“Its appeal obviously lies in the fact that you can win a huge amount of money for a very small stake and the average jackpot dividend of over £24,000 proves the point.”

The Tote have a major on-site operation at the newly-renovated Ascot as their PR manager Damian Walker explained.

He said: “In terms of Tote positions, we have 650 positions on site - the most we’ve ever had - manned by over 700 staff. We expect to take in the region of £10million over the five days.

“Everything went to plan when we trialed our system here on May 27. The day was a success and while the Royal Meeting is a far bigger occasion, we are hoping it all runs smoothly and are looking forward to a great week.”

“We’ve worked closely with Ascot and we expect business to be very brisk throughout the week.”


There were press reports today that flags were not being allowed at Ascot Racecourse but Nick Smith, Head of PR, was quick to deny this.

“There’s no question of flags being unwelcome at Ascot Racecourse, especially on a day when England are playing in the World Cup,” said Smith.

“Royal Ascot is about patriotism and we’ve been flying a large Union Jack which will be replaced by the Royal Standard when the Queen arrives.

“There are people all over the site wearing cross of St George waistcoats and I saw a lady wearing a spectacular cross of St George dress today which is absolutely fantastic.

“People have to use their discretion a little bit because it would be unfair and unsafe on others if huge banners were unfurled but in terms of personal little flags, of course they’re welcome. Everyone at Royal Ascot wishes England the best of luck in today’s game.”



Hellvelyn secured his place in the record books as the first Royal Ascot winner at the redeveloped racecourse when running out an easy three-quarter length winner of the Group 2 Coventry Stakes.

The colt, owned by Sheikh Rashid, has been the apple of his trainer Bryan Smart’s eye since he bought the son of Ishiguru for 100,000 guineas at Doncaster’s St Leger sale at September.

“He works with older horses and does it so easily. He’s the best we’ve had and he’s very laidback with a fantastic attitude,” said Smart, who is based near Thirsk in North Yorkshire. “It’s great for the yard and great for the north to win this race.

“Ted actually said that he hit the front too soon today but they were not going to get passed him.”

Hellvelyn earned quotes ranging from 10/1 (Stan James) to 33/1 (William Hill) for next year’s 2000 Guineas and Smart added: “We’ll give him time now and probably think about the Gimcrack and then the autumn. He’s up behind so we’ll give him time and let him grow.

“Ted (Durcan) said after he won at Pontefract that he’d stay seven easily.”

Asked about next year’s Guineas, Durcan added: “I think he will get better as he gets older. He’s not like one of these speedsters that won’t improve. You can see he’s leggy and will continue getting better.”

Race 1: The Coventry Stakes
Place quotes


Richard Hannon wasn’t at all downcast after Major Cadeaux went down by three-quarters-of-a-length to Hellvelyn after a titanic struggle in the Coventry Stakes.

The pair enjoyed a terrific battle upfront but Hannon’s charge ultimately had to settle for second best.

Hannon said: “He ran a super race - it was unfortunate that there was one a little better than him.

“But I’m very happy with his run. The pair of them have drawn fairly well clear. They are both good horses.

“He will probably make into a better horse next year. He’ll definitely get a mile, eventually.

“We’ll think about something like the Superlative (a Group 2 at Newmarket on July 14).”

Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam felt third-placed Tariq would have been even closer had he been drawn closer to the stands’ rail.

The Kyllachy colt virtually ploughed a solo furrow up the centre of the track and did well to go down by only a length-and-three quarters.

Newmarket-based Chapple-Hyam said: “I’m absolutely delighted with him - we were just unlucky with the draw.

“Three furlongs out we had about six lengths to make up. He has raced the last two furlongs on his own, basically.

“We will now think about the July Stakes (a Group 2 at Newmarket on July 13) or maybe go to France where there is plenty of options for him.”

Race 1 - Coventry Stakes - Jockeys’ Reaction to Ground


Jockeys gave a favourable reaction to the ground at Royal Ascot, following the running of the opening Coventry Stakes.

Michael Hills, rider of Captain Marvelous, said: “Good to fast.”

Pat Smullen, rider of Chjimes: “Beautiful ground.”

Eddie Ahern, rider of Everymanforhimself: “Perfect.”

Wayne Lordan, rider of Hammers Boy: “Perfect, beautiful ground.”

Kieren Fallon, rider of Holy Roman Emperor: “Fast.”

Tony Culhane, rider of La Neige: “Good ground.”

Richard Hughes, rider of Major Cadeaux: “The best ground I have ridden on.”

Frankie Dettori, rider of Mubaashir: “The best track I have ridden on in my life.”

Kerrin McEvoy, rider of Zafonical Storm: “Lovely - it’s perfect ground.”

Race 2 - King’s Stand Stakes - Winning Quotes


Australian raider Takeover Target showed all of his renowned guts and determination to take the Group Two King’s Stand Stakes by a short-head from Benbaun. Returned at 7/1, Takeover Target is trained at Queanbeyan, just outside Canberra, by Joe Janiak, who also part owns the horse and was partnered to success by fellow Australian Jay Ford.

The seven-year-old Celtic Swing gelding, who cost a paltry $AUS 1,250 (£500) was repeating the exploits of Choisir who won this prize for Australia three years ago. Like Choisir, Takeover Target could also run in Saturday’s Golden Jubilee Stakes.

Janick said afterwards: “I thought the second horse was going better but Takeover Target is very gutsy and I knew he wouldn’t give in. I still wasn’t sure we had won on the line.

“This is a big dream that’s come true - I would never have thought that I would train a winner at Royal Ascot.

“He had a bad post position and we were undecided where to go - Jay has given him a great ride and made the right decision where to come.

“It was after he won the Lightening Stakes that we thought about coming to Royal Ascot with him - he is such a tough little horse.

“I don’t see why he won’t run again in the Golden Jubilee Stakes on Saturday - we’ll just see how he comes out of this.

“He still has his winter coat and was a bit on the big side today - he should be right for Saturday now!”

Janick continued to talk about his background in Australia: “I think I’ve probably trained about 100 winners in 30 years. I only have around 10 horses and I don’t want any more.

“I am moving shortly to a new base called Coff’s Bay which is on the coast between Brisbane and Sydney.

“Training can be a hard game - you get bad horses and bad owners and you sometimes wonder where the money is going to come from to pay the feed man.

“A result like this makes it all worthwhile. Takeover Target was giving me good vibes but I kept thinking have I made the right decision - had I bitten off more than I could chew?

“Choisir’s success was an inspriation and made lots of headlines back home.

“I expect plenty of people will be celebrating back home and there will be plenty of drunks!”

Takeover Target has been stabled at Geoff Wragg’s yard in Newmarket and Janiak has enjoyed his time in England.

“Takeover Target settled in really well - he doesn’t want to go home!

“Everyone has been really helpful and Newmarket was a real eye-opener - it leaves Flemington behind.”

Looking ahead to the future Janiak continued: “The plan is to run here on Saturday and then he could stay in England for the July Cup at Newmarket.

“After that, he will probably go to Japan and Hong Kong.

“He will have a very high handicap mark back home now, so we may retitre him after Hong Kong.

“There is a possibility he could come back next year - I enjoy these holidays in England!”

Prices for Saturday’s Golden Jubilee Stakes
5/2 Ladbrokes
11/4 Coral
3/1 William Hill

King’s Stand Stakes
More winner quotes


The winning jockey Jay Ford after his first British ride said: “Takeover Target has never laid down from a challenge. I thought the second had me a few strides from the line but he showed what a great and tough horse he is.

“It is great to win at such a prestigious meeting and before such a big crowd - a great honour and is up there among the highlights of my career.

“He’s proven time and time again that he is the best in Australia and to come here and do it is a big thing.

“He is up there as one of the top sprinters in the world. The six furlongs on Saturday will be more to his liking - he had a tough race today but I cannot see any reason why he cannot be competitive again on Saturday.

“We were as confident as we could be before the race. We have come half way around the world and, though he was working well, you cannot go in too confident.

“Kerrin McEvoy was a great help to me about riding here - the track is fantastic.”


Takeover Target 30
Virage De Fortune 10
Cape Of Good Hope 8
Rewaaya 8
Falkirk 6
God’s Own 5
Benbaun 5
Glamour Puss 5
Pivotal Point 4
Undue 4

Race 2: The King’s Stand Stakes
Place quotes


MARK WALLACE could barely conceal his frustration after Benbaun went down by a short head in a thrilling King’s Stand Stakes, the first British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.

The five-year-old put up a valiant bid to land the Group 2 event but was nailed by Takeover Target on the line.

Wallace said: “Having worked for Mick Channon for so long, you’re absolutely gutted when you get beat. But it’s one of those things.

“After France (where he was second in a Group 2 to Moss Vale), I thought he’d beat the Europeans, it just the Australians he’d got to beat.

“I thought he’d improved two or three lengths from France. He’s the best sprinter we have over here.

“As long as he’s alright, he might go to the Curragh on Irish Derby day - the Listed race he won last year.

“Then he will go the Curragh again for a Group 3 and we’ll go for the Abbaye if it’s fast ground.”

Peter Makin confirmed his third-placed charge Pivotal Point will renew rivalry with Takeover Target on Saturday in the Golden Jubilee Stakes, the second British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.

Makin said: “He ran a cracker, so I’m delighted with him. He wants six furlongs now.

“Last year we couldn’t get him right at all but we’ve been delighted with his two runs this year.

“He’s improved with each run and hopefully, he’ll keep on improving. Whether we’ll beat the Australian remains to be seen.

“As long as he’s okay, we’ll come back and take him on again on Saturday.”



A stewards’ enquiry will be held after the St James’s Palace Stakes looking into a fall where Tabaret, ridden by Dean McKeown, and Chris Catlin’s mount Orientor looked to have clipped heels.

McKeown was taken from the course in an ambulance but Paul Struthers, the Horserace Regulatory Authority’s PR manager, reported: “The initial assessment is that Dean McKeown was uninjured bar bumps and bruises. He has been taken to the hospital on the racecourse. The stewards will reconvene their enquiry into the incident after the third race.”

Catlin was not hurt in the fall and walked back to the weighing room. “I coudn’t see what happened to Dean but his horse toppled over onto me,” said Catlin.

Both horses appeared to be uninjured and Orientor’s trainer Jim Goldie added: “My horse seemed fine but to roll over at that speed must affect you a bit.”

Race 3: The St James’s Palace Stakes
Winner quotes


Araafa once again demonstrated he is a very high-class three-year-old colt by storming to victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes’ success to hand trainer Jeremy Noseda his first-ever Royal Ascot Group 1 winner.

The Mull Of Kintrye colt built on his recent Irish 2,000 Guineas victory with another superb effort, triumphing by two lengths from Stormy River.

Noseda said: “It was a good performance. He’s progressing. His work has improved again since Ireland.

“To be honest, I was a little edgy, hoping that we’d see it on the racetrack this afternoon - and I think we saw it.

“Alan gave him a great ride. He had him in perfect position throughout. Once he took it up, it was all over.

“Once the horse quickened up, I looked behind him and saw that they were all in trouble and knew the race was in the bag. I look forward to the season ahead and hope he can keep going forward.

“We’ll consider all the obvious races for him. I’d love to go to the Breeders’ Cup with him. That’s the ultimate end-of-season prize.

“I’d like to thank all the team at home. They’ve done a great job, from the head men through to the lads who had him in the spa at 4.30 this morning, just to make sure all the aches and pains were gone before he came racing.”

Noseda also outlined how the horse has developed through the spring and early summer.

He added: “We started working him in spring and I was happy with his initial bits of work. Then Shane Kelly, who deserves a lot of thanks for the work he has done with this horse at home, rode him in a piece of work on Racecourse Side.

“Shane got off him and said, ‘This is a Guineas horse’. We had that in our mind but sadly he missed his prep race for the Guineas, getting sick.

“But we decided to run in the Guineas and he has just moved forward since then. Taking nothing away from George Washington, I didn’t go to Ireland just for the sake of running.

“He did the job there and now hopefully, after today, he’ll get the credit he deserves. He’s a top horse - a tough horse, with a great cruising speed and he can kick.

“It will take a mighty good one to beat him. If we came up again George Washington, I’d like the rematch. I look forward to it.”



The Nicolas Clement-trained Stormy River, partnered by Olivier Peslier, finished with a wet sail to end up two lengths second to Araafa in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes.

“He made up a lot of ground at the end, maybe he had quite a lot of distance to travel,” said Clement. “He was too keen in the French Guineas and he was too keen today. I don’t know what we’ll do now, maybe we’ll stretch him another furlong or perhaps come back here for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes but I hoped today he might have gone a bit closer.

“We’ve been teaching him to relax at home in the morning but perhaps he was too relaxed in the race.”

Aidan O’Brien saddled Ivan Denisovich and Marcus Andronicus to respectively finish third and fourth and the trainer said: “Ivan ran a good race but the winner did it very well. We’ll see how he is after this and I’ve no plans at the moment. I was very happy with how Marcus Andronicus did as well.”

Ivan Denisovich’s rider Kieren Fallon added: “He ran a good race but was too far back to be involved.”


Four-year-old Ad Valorem, winner of the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes as a juvenile, landed another success at the highest level when winning the Queen Anne Stakes to give trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Kieren Fallon their first successes of the 2006 meeting.

But Ad Valorem had to survive a stewards’ enquiry into interference in the final furlong before keeping the race, to the relief of O’Brien.

“I can relax now,” joked the master of Ballydoyle. “Obviously, you worry when there’s an enquiry but he was the clear cut winner and did it on merit. I didn’t get a good look but it seemed as though they were all a bit tight.

“This horse always wanted fast ground but couldn’t get it last year. He was only beaten a couple of lengths by Proclamation in the Sussex Stakes last season on ground that he could barely walk on so we hoped he could turn the form round today. Out of frustration I probably ran him more often than I should last season. Obviously, he was very good as a two-year-old, when he was a Middle Park winner.

“In the last three weeks on fast ground he has been working really well at home. I’d love to go to the Sussex Stakes now and hope that the ground stays firm. I hope he might be a Breeders’ Cup Mile horse as well.”

Ad Valorem is jointly owned by Sue Magnier and the Australian-based Ingham family at whose Woodlands Stud he will eventually spend the southern hemisphere breeding season.

Race 4: The Queen Anne Stakes


CHRIS RICHARDSON, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud, was forced to reflect on a race that didn’t work out for filly Peeress.

In an unsatisfactory finish to the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, the five-year-old mare’s jockey Mick Kinane had to snatch up the reins as Ad Valorem hung left across her.

Richardson said: “I think she has been very unlucky. The pace didn’t suit her early on - there wasn’t enough pace.

“She got bumped at the start. Frankie bumped her from behind, initially. She has been racing throughout the race on a pace that wasn’t really quick enough.

“The ground was probably just a bit firm and maybe she wasn’t letting herself down. But she didn’t deserve to be squeezed up like that. It was a messy race.”


Kieren Fallon, rider of the winner Ad Valorem, was suspended for four days, July 1-4, inclusively for an incident inside the final furlong.

The ban falls over the weekend of the Irish Derby but Fallon can apply to have it held over.

William Nunneley, the senior stewards’ secretary, explained: “He can request that the HRA write to the Turf Club and allow him to ride because we would allow him to ride on a day when there is a Group One race in this country with a suspension of four days and below.”

Race 4 - Queen Anne Stakes - Placed Quotes


Ed Dunlop was not happy with the run that Court Masterpiece received when second to Ad Valorem, beaten a length and a half, in the Queen Anne Stakes.

The Newmarket handler said: “Jamie [Spencer] was very angry as he thought he would have won.

“Whatever, he has run a fantastic race.”

Bruce Raymond, Racing Manager to owners Gainsborough Stud, added: “The winner has definitely cost Peeress third place and has intimidated us.

“I thought that the winner would be demoted.”


Simon Crisford, Racing Manager to Godolphin, was pleased in the circumstances with the run of third-placed Proclamation.

He said: “It was nice to get Proclamation back on the track.

“He was a bit rusty and we have been behind schedule with him - he missed a couple of bits in work in his preparation for today.

“Our horses weren’t right earlier this season and he just did not have that razor sharp edge today which you need in these races.

“Although we would obviously have liked to have won, we have to be pleased in the circumstances with his run.”

“We run Electrocutionsist in tomorrow’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes and are very happy with him - we think he has a stronger chance than Proclamation had today.”

Race 5 - Ascot Stakes - Winning Quotes


The biggest shock so far today came in the marathon two-and-a-half mile Ascot Stakes, when 33/1 shot Baddam stayed on resolutely to score by five lengths for owner Noel Martin, trainer Mick Channon and jockey Ian Mongan, for whom this was a first Royal Ascot winner.

The winner ran at Ascot’s pre-opening meeting on May 27, finishing ninth in a two-mile handicap.

Channon said: “After his last run, I thought he needed two and a half miles and so it has proved. Two miles just wasn’t far enough for him then.

“He is actually also in the Queen Alexandra Stakes over two miles and six furlongs on Saturday but we will have to see how he comes out of this race before deciding about that.”

This was also a first Royal Ascot win for his Jamaican-born owner Noel Martin, who currently resides in Birmingham.

He said: “This was a great thrill - the only thing I think could be better would be to win the Derby - we will have to wait until next year for that!

“I made my first visit to Ascot on the pre-opening day but this day has been just wonderful.

“Ascot has become my favourite racecourse and I think it is Baddam’s favourite track too!”

Mongan, who fell from Baddam after passing the winning line, was unscathed and remounted to ride back into the winner’s enclosure.

Race 5: The Ascot Stakes (Handicap)
Place quotes


Tony Martin, trainer of second Top The Charts, the gambled on 5/1 favourite, said: “We just met one too good. But I’m thrilled with him. It was a brilliant ride by Fran Berry.

“We’ve only had him since October and it was his first Flat race for us. He is a lovely prospect to go jumping with. But we’ll mix it around - there’s several of those good staying Flat handicaps we could go for.”

Charlie Egerton, trainer of third-placed Shamayoun, said: “He has run well. He didn’t have the best of runs. He’s come from an impossible position. In the circumstances, I’m happy enough.

“I haven’t decided what to do with him next but I’ll probably run him in the Goodwood Stakes.”

Race 6: The Windsor Castle Stakes (Handicap)
Win quotes


Sylvester Kirk was on cloud nine after Elhamri provided him with his first Royal Ascot winner.

The Noverre colt made all in the Windsor Castle Stakes, just holding off the late thrust of Conquest to score by a neck.

The Lambourn trainer, a former assistant to Richard Hannon, revealed that connections thought the horse was smart after a Windsor maiden success on debut.

But then they went to Goodwood for a Listed race and were left disappointed as Elhamri trailed in last.

The smile was firmly back on Kirk’s face this afternoon, though, after his charge’s blazing triumph.

Kirk said: “That is just the best feeling ever - superb. ‘Thrilled’ is the understatement of the year.

“When he won for us at Windsor we thought he was a really good horse. The world was our oyster.

“We marched off to Goodwood thinking we had great chances and he was basically tailed off there on very soft ground.

“We couldn’t find anything wrong with him - hopefully it was just the ground. But today he has made virtually all and done it really well.

“We took a chance running him here. We nearly didn’t come. He’s all speed. Today was just, ‘Let’s go and see what happens’. So now we’ll have to sit down and have a think about what’s next for him.”



The William Haggas-trained Conquest came within a neck of landing the concluding Windsor Castle Stakes under Jimmy Fortune.

“That’s the horse that we know he is and at last the penny is beginning to drop,” said Harry Herbert, managing director of owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing.

“He has so much speed and Jimmy said that if he’d been closer to the winner he might have got there.

“He’s back on track now and I think we’re going to have a lot of fun. The blinkers have just helped him grow up and I think there’s more improvement to come.

“I’d guess we’d keep him to five furlongs and something like the Molecomb at Goodwood might be ideal.”


Thr going for the first day of Royal Ascot 2006 is


Chris Stickels, Ascot’s Clerk of the Course, reported: “We put five millimetres of water on overnight and the course is in great shape. The going remians Good to Firm and we are forecast a dry and fine day with the chance of some showers tonight.”


£80,000 guaranteed 6f For 2yo Weights colts and geldings 9st 1lb; fillies 8st 12lb Entries 29 pay £340 Penalty value 1st £45,424; 2nd £17,216; 3rd £8,616; 4th £4,296; 5th £2,152; 6th £1,080

1 HELLVELYN (Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed) Bryan Smart 2-9-01 Ted Durcan [6] 4/1 jf
2 MAJOR CADEAUX (N Woodcock, A Pickford & David Mort) Richard Hannon 2-9-01 Richard Hughes [2] 11/2
3 TARIQ (Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar) Peter Chapple-Hyam 2-9-01 Alan Munro [15] 12/1
4 KALGOORLIE (USA)(Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum) Jeremy Noseda 2-9-01 Shane Kelly [18] 66/1
5 JO'BURG (USA) (A Spence) Amanda Perrett 2-9-01 Michael Kinane [20]
6 LA NEIGE (Ridgeway Downs Racing) Mick Channon 2-9-01 Tony Culhane [5]
7 MUBAASHIR (IRE) (Atiq Ejtebi) Ed Dunlop 2-9-01 Frankie Dettori [9]
8 SADEEK (John Browne) Kevin Ryan 2-9-01 Neil Callan [17]
9 PRINCE GOLAN (IRE) (John & Barbara Cotton) Kevin Ryan 2-9-01 Daragh O'Donohoe [3]
10 BABY STRANGE (Market Avenue Racing Club) Paul Blockley 2-9-01 Robbie Fitzpatrick [1]
11 CAPTAIN MARVELOUS (IRE) (Ronald Aarculli) Barry Hills 2-9-01 Michael Hills [14]
12 EVERYMANFORHIMSELF (IRE) (Cavan Pickering & Stewart Whitehead) James Given 2-9-01 Eddie Ahern [7]
13 JOHANNESBURG JACK (IRE) (Michael Lynch) Hughie Morrison 2-9-01 Steve Drowne [10]
14 CARSON'S SPIRIT (USA) (K Hodges) Stuart Kittow 2-9-01 Chris Catlin [4]
15 HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-9-01 Kieren Fallon [13] 4/1jf
16 DEADSHOT KEEN (IRE) (The Comic Strip Heroes) Brian Meehan 2-9-01 Jamie Spencer [8]
17 CHJIMES (IRE) (Philip Richards) Karl Burke 2-9-01 Pat Smullen [21]
18 BALTIMORE JACK (IRE) (Clipper Group Holdings) Richard Whitaker 2-9-01 Dean McKeown [16]
19 HAMMERS BOY (IRE) (Hammersboy - IRS Com Syndiacte) Tommy Stack IRE 2-9-01 Wayne Lordan [12]
20 TUDOR PRINCE (IRE) (Wyck Hal Stud) Brian Meehan 2-9-01 Jimmy Fortune [19]
21 ZAFONICAL STORM (USA) (Briton International) Brendan Duke 2-9-01 Kerrin McEvoy [11]

21 ran
Non-runners: None
Distances: 3/4, 1, 1/2, nk, nk, hd, 1/2, hd, 1, hd, 1, nk, 1 3/4, hd, 1 3/4, 3, 1/2, hd, 9, 5
Time: 1m 14.51s
Breeder: N E & Mrs Poole and Trickledown Stud
Breeding: gr c Ishiguru (USA) - Cumbrian Melody (Petong)
Tote: Win: £5.40 Places: £2.20; £2.60; £4.20 Exacta: £29.00

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 (1987-2006): 14; 28; 33; 32; 17; 13; 18; 22: 22: 30:30: 30: 42: 58:55:46:63:74:81:91 Wins in a season (1993-2005): 3: 2: 10: 11: 6: 11: 17: 9: 27: 27: 39: 27: 35 Classic Winners: French Oaks (1996 Sil Sila) Major races won: Duke Of York Stakes (2004 Monsieur Bond), Free Handicap (2006 Misu Bond), St Leger Yearling Stakes (1998 Boomerang Blade), Totepool Two-year-old Trophy (2005 Misu Bond) Vodafone Stewards Cup (2002 Bond Boy) Royal Ascot Wins: (2) Windsor Castle Stakes (2005 Titus Alone); Coventry Stakes (2006 Hellvelyn) First Royal Ascot winner: Windsor Castle Stakes (2005 Titus Alone) Wins in 2006: 16

Winning jockey:-Name: Durcan, Thomas Edward (Ted) Born: February 25, 1973 Married: to Sue, who works for the Godolphin website Background: Apprenticed to Jack Berry, went to ride work for Paddy Rudkin in Dubai in 1997, having lost claim in England and believing that it would be impossible without the allowance Other details: Champion jockey in Dubai 1999/2000 (58 wins), 2000/2001 (56 wins), 2001/2002 (56 wins), 2003/2004 (39 wins), 2004/2005 (44 wins) Big Race Wins include: Cheshire Oaks (2004 Hidden Hope), Dubai Duty Free (Rhythm Band, Nad Al Sheba, March 25, 2000), Godolphin Mile (Conflict, Nad Al Sheba, March 25, 2000), Oak Tree Stakes (2005 Majestic Desert), Predominate Stakes (2006 Championship Point), Premio Roma (2003 Imperial Dancer), Prix Morny (2005 Silca’s Sister), Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (2000 Pipalong, 2003 Somnus), St Simon Stakes (2003 Imperial Dancer) Wins in Britain (2000 to 2005): 23, 54, 58, 29, 40, 60 Wins in 2006: 25
Number Of Royal Ascot Winners: (3) First Royal Ascot Winner: Chesham Stakes (2005 Championship Point) All Royal Ascot Winners: Chesham Stakes (2005 Championship Point), Queen Mary Stakes (2005 Flashy Wings), Coventry Stakes (2006 Hellvelyn)


£200,000 guaranteed, 5f, For 3yo+ coltrs and geldings 8st 10lb; fillies 8st 7lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 13lb Penalties after September 1, 2005, a winner of a Group 2 race 3lb; of a Group 1 race 5lb Entries 55 pay £500 1st Forfeit 46 pay £580 Confirmed 33 pay £360 Penalty Value 1st £113,560; 2nd £43,040; 3rd £21,540; 4th £10,740; 5th £5,380; 6th £2,700

1 TAKEOVER TARGET (AUS) (Joe & Ben Janiak) Joe Janiak AUS 7-9-07p Jay Ford [17] 7/1
2 BENBAUN (IRE) (Ransley, Birks, Hillen) Mark Wallace 5-9-02v Jamie Spencer [12] 16/1
3 PIVOTAL POINT (R Bernard) Peter Makin 6-9-02 Frankie Dettori [5] 25/1
4 FALKIRK (NZ) (Windsor Park Stud Ltd) Lee Freedman AUS 6-9-02tb Johnny Murtagh [9] 14/1
4 DANDY MAN (IRE) (Exors of the Late A McLean) Con Collins IRE 3-8-10 Niall McCullagh [22] 10/1
6 BALTIC KING (Thurloe Thoroughbreds VIII) Hughie Morrison 6-9-02t Jimmy Fortune [2]
7 GLAMOUR PUSS (NZ) (G Chittick) Danny O'Brien AUS 6-9-04b Steven King [18]
8 MOSS VALE (IRE) (Lady O’Reilly) David Nicholls 5-9-05 Kieren Fallon [7] 5/1f
9 LA CUCARACHA (Guy Reed) Barry Hills 5-8-13 Michael Hills [25]
10 THE TATLING (IRE) (Dab Han Racing) Milton Bradley 9-9-02 Ryan Moore [26]
11 LES ARCS (USA) (Willie McKay) Tim Pitt 6-9-02 John Egan [15]
12 ASHDOWN EXPRESS (IRE) (W Jackson) Chris Wall 7-9-02 Alan Munro [14]
13 LA CHUNGA (USA) (Sir Robert Ogden) Jeremy Noseda 3-8-07 Darryll Holland [16]
14 MECCA'S MATE (David Metcalfe) David Barker 5-8-13 Neil Callan [11]
15 TAX FREE (IRE) (Ian Hewitson) David Nicholls 4-9-02 Adrian Nicholls [19]
16 REVERENCE (Gary & Leskey Middlebrook) Eric Alston 5-9-05 Kevin Darley [27]
17 RESPLENDENT GLORY (IRE) (Resplendent Racing Limited) Terry Mills 4-9-02 Ian Mongan [1]
18 MAJESTIC MISSILE (IRE) (Flying Tiger Partnership I) William Haggas 5-9-02tv Tony Culhane [4]
19 TEXAS GOLD (C Edginton) William Muir 8-9-02 Martin Dwyer [24]
20 CELTIC MILL (P Asquith) David Barker 8-9-02p Eddie Ahern [23]
21 CORRIDOR CREEPER (FR) (Gary & Liberty Johnson) Milton Bradley 9-9-02p Shane Kelly [28]
22 THE TRADER (IRE) (Mrs C Ward) Michael Blanshard 8-9-02b Ted Durcan [20]
23 GODFREY STREET (J Leek & Partners) Richard Hannon 3-8-13 Pat Dobbs [21]
24 FIRE UP THE BAND (P Crane, A Barker & S Short) David Nicholls 7-9-02 Willie Supple [13]
25 BOND CITY (IRE) (Reg Bond) Bryan Smart 4-9-02 Robert Winston [8]
26 BOOGIE STREET (Hippodrome Racing) Richard Hannon 5-9-02 Richard Hughes [3]
B ORIENTOR (F Brady, E Bruce & S Bruce) Jim Goldie 8-9-02 Chris Catlin [6]
F TABARET (T Adams) Richard Whitaker 3-8-10 Dean McKeown [10]

28 ran
Non-runners: None
Distances: sh, 1/2, nk, d-h, hd, hd, hd, nk, hd, sh, nk, 3/4, 1 1/4, 1, hd, 1/2, 2, sh, 1/2, sh, 1 1/2, 1, nk, 6, 5
Time: 59.79s
Breeder: Meringo Stud Farm
Breeding: b g Celtic Swing - Shady Stream (AUS) (Archregent (CAN))
Tote: Win: £5.70 Places:£2.80; £7.60; £5.20 Exacta: £218.10

Winning Trainer:-Name: Janiak, Joe Based: Queanbeyan, New South Wales Background: Former baker and taxi driver who shovelled manure at stables as a child to pay for school. Trained a couple of racehorses in a part-time capacity at Queanbeyan, a country racetrack outside Canberra, where he has lived for the past 12 years in a caravan. He bought the broken down and unraced Takeover Target for a mere AUS$1,250 and, after having 30 stitches to a head wound when the gelding floored him before a barrier trial, he put him to grass for six months before training him to seven straight victories and Group One success. He no longer drives a taxi and will soon move his now 10-strong string to stables at Coffs Harbour. He owns Takeover Target in partnership with his sons Ben and Scott Major Wins Include: Lightning Stakes (2006 Takeover Target); Seppelt Salinger Stakes (2004 Takeover Target); Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap (2006 Takeover Target); Summer Stakes (2005 Takeover Target) Royal Ascot Wins: (1) King’s Stand Stakes (2006 Takeover Target) First Royal Ascot Runner: Takeover Target, King’s Stand, June 20, 2006 Wins in Britain in 2006: 1

Winning Jockey:-Name: Ford, Jay Age: 22 Based: Sydney, NSW Information: He began riding Takeover Target as a 20-year-old apprentice in 2004 and has partnered the gelding to all of his wins to date Achievements: New South Wales Champion Apprentice in 2003/2004. Rode five winners in a day in Sydney in July 2004 Major Wins Include: Doomben Stakes (2005 Takeover Target); Lightning Stakes (2006 Takeover Target); Seppelt Salinger Stakes (2004 Takeover Target); Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap (2006 Takeover Target); Summer Stakes (2005 Takeover Target); Thrifty Royal Randwick Guineas (2006 Hotel Grand); Thrifty Spring Champion Stakes (2005 Hotel Grand) First Group One Win: Takeover Target, Seppelt Salinger Stakes, Flemington, October 30, 2004 Royal Ascot Wins: (1) King’s Stand Stakes (2006 Takeover Target) First Royal Ascot Ride: Takeover Target, King’s Stand Stakes, June 20, 2006 Wins in Britain in 2006: 1


£250,000 guaranteed, 1m Round Course, For 3yo entire colts Weights 9st Entries 65 pay £700 1st Forfeit 36 pay £800 Confirmed 15 pay £500 Penalty Value 1st £141, 950; 2nd £53,800; 3rd £26,925; 4th £13,425; 5th £6,725; 6th £3,375

1 ARAAFA (IRE) (Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar) Jeremy Noseda 3-9-00 Alan Munro [2] 2/1f
2 STORMY RIVER (FR) (Ecurie Mister Ess A S) Nicolas Clement FR 3-9-00 Olivier Peslier [4] 7/2
3 IVAN DENISOVICH (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Mr & Mrs Irving Cowan) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon [9] 13/2
4 MARCUS ANDRONICUS (USA) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [10] 9/1
5 METROPOLITAN MAN (The Metropolitans) David Simcock 3-9-00 Kerrin McEvoy [3]
6 YASOODD (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Chris Catlin [5]
7 ROYAL POWER (Jaber Abdullah) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [8]
8 YARQUS (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 3-9-00 Ryan Moore [11]
9 DECADO (IRE) (Mrs C O’Flynn, D Sheehy, D O’Flynn) Kevin Prendergast IRE 3-9-00 Declan McDonogh [7]
10 AEROPLANE (Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3-9-00 Eddie Ahern [6]
11 ARABIAN PRINCE (USA) (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Colm O'Donoghue [1]

11 ran
Non-runners: None
Distances: 2, 1 3/4, 3/4, 1 1/2, hd, 1, 7, nk, 4, 5
Time: 1m 39.59s
Breeder: Sweetmans Bloodstock
Breeding: b c Mull Of Kintyre (USA) - Resurgence (Polar Falcon (USA))
Tote: Win: £2.70 Places: £1.40; £1.60; £2.30 Exacta: £10.60

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: 114 Wins in a season (1997-2005): 0, 18, 39, 40, 37, 43, 37, 34, 47 Wins in 2006: 13 Major wins: Irish 2000 Guineas (2006 Araafa); Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2004 Wilko), 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), Sussex Stakes (2005 Proclamation) Royal Ascot Wins (5): Jersey Stakes (2002 Just James, 2005 Proclamation), Norfolk Stakes (2004 Blue Dakota), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga), St James’s Palace Stakes (2006 Araafa)

Winning jockey:-Name: Munro, Alan Born: January 14, 1967 Classic Wins: Vodafone Derby (1991 Generous), Irish Derby (1991 Generous), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2006 Araafa) First Winner: Sentimental Roses, Yarmouth, August, 1985 Background: Partnered his first success for trainer Barry Hills before joining Mel Brittain’s North Yorkshire stable the following year while spending winters riding in America. He moved on to ride for Bill O’Gorman, and in the spring of 1991 was appointed retained rider to owner Prince Fahd Salman, for whom he won the Derby on Generous. In the mid 1990s he headed to the Far East, riding in Japan and Hong Kong before in 2000 deciding he wanted to take a break from horses. He took up karate and is now a black belt in the sport but decided it was time for a return to racing, explaining “No-one calls and you lose your identity - you have to readjust to being just a small person in the world and it's really hard.'' He returned to Britain for the start of the 2005 season, riding mainly for Rod Millman. Other Big Race Wins Include: Budweiser International (1992 Zoman), Coventry Stakes (1990 Macs Imp, 1991 Dilum), Ebor (2005 Sergeant Cecil), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1991 Generous), Northumberland Plate (2005 Sergeant Cecil), Prix d’Ispahan (1992 Zoman), Richmond Stakes (1991 Dilum) Number of Wins 2005: 60 Wins in 2006: 22 Royal Ascot Wins: (6) Coventry Stakes (1990 Mac’s Imp, 1991 Dilum); Norfolk Stakes (1991 Magic Ring);Chesham Stakes (1991 Fair Cop); Royal Hunt Cup (1994 Face North); St James’s Palace Stakes (2006 Araafa) First Royal Ascot winner: Mac’s Imp, Coventry Stakes, June 1990


£250,000 guaranteed, 1m Straight Course, For 4yo+ Weights colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb Allowances southern hemisphere 4yo 1lb Entries 36 pay £700 1st Forfeit 20 pay £800 Confirmed 9 pay £500 Penalty Value 1st £141,950; 2nd £53,800; 3rd £26,925; 4th £13, 425; 5th £6,725; 6th £3,375

1 AD VALOREM (USA) (Sue Magnier & R Ingham) Aidan O'Brien IRE 4-9-00 Kieren Fallon [2] 13/2
2 COURT MASTERPIECE (Gainsborough Stud) Ed Dunlop 6-9-00 Jamie Spencer [3] 11/2
3 PROCLAMATION (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-00 Frankie Dettori [9] 2/1
4 PEERESS (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 5-8-11 Michael Kinane [8] 7/4f
5 VORTEX (Coriolis Partnership) Gay Kelleway 7-9-00et Martin Dwyer [5]
6 KANDIDATE (Tony Richards) Clive Brittain 4-9-00t Ryan Moore [6]
7 AKIMBO (USA) (Ann Donnelly) James Leavy IRE 5-9-00 Willie Supple [4]

7 ran
Non-runners: 3 Belenus; 5 Home Affairs
Distances: 1 1/2, nk, 1 3/4, 7, 4, 4
Time: 1m 40s
Breeder: Calumet Farm
Breeding: b c Danzig (USA) - Classy Women (USA) (Relaunch (USA))
Tote: Win: £8.00 Places: £2.60; £3.20 Exacta: £50.50

Winning trainer:-Name: Aidan O’Brien Date of birth: 16/10/69 Previous occupation: Assistant trainer to Jim Bolger and Anne-Marie Crowley O’Brien Date of first licence: 1993 British Classic wins: (10) Vodafone Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral), 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington), 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters),Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova), St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion) Other major wins include: Vodafone Coronation Cup (2005 Yeats), Coventry Stakes (1997 Harbour Master), Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2001 Ballingary, 2002 Alberto Giacometti), Dante Stakes (1998 Saratoga Springs), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibraltar), Dee Stakes (2005 Gypsy King), Eclipse Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer, 2006 Aussie Rules), French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), Futurity Stakes (2002 Van Nistelrooy), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1997 Desert King, 1999 Saffron Walden, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1997 Classic Park, 2001 Imagine, 2003 Yesterday), Irish Champion Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2003 High Chaparral), Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral), Juddmonte International Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2001 Galileo), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah, 2001 Quarter Moon, 2003 Necklace), National Stakes (1996 Desert King; 1997 King Of Kings, 2000 Beckett, 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat), Nunthorpe Stakes (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), Phoenix Stakes (1999 Fasiliyev, 2002 Spartacus, 2003 One Cool Cat), Phoenix Stakes (1998 Lavery, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere/Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire, 1999 Ciro, 2001 Rock Of Gibralter, 2002 Hold That Tiger, 2004 Oratorio), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2001 Johanesburg), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs, 1999 Aristotle, 2001 High Chaparral, 2002 Brian Boru), Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2003 Black Sam Bellamy) Wins in Britain 2000-2005: 10; 20 (champion trainer for win and place prize money); 10 (champion trainer for win and place prize money); 6; 4; 20 Wins in 2006 (In Britain): 4 Royal Ascot wins: (15) Coventry Stakes (1997 Harbour Master, 1999 Fasliyev, 2001 Landseer, 2002 Statue Of Liberty), Chesham Stakes (1999 Bach), St James’s Palace Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Norfolk Stakes (2001 Johannesburg), Jersey Stakes (2001 Mozart), Coronation Stakes (2002 Sophisticat), Hampton Court Stakes (2004 Moscow Ballet, 2005 Indigo Cat), King Edward VII Stakes (2004 Five Dynasties), Queen Anne Stakes (2006 Ad Valorem)

Winning jockey:-Name: Fallon, Kieren Francis. Born: County Clare, Ireland, 22/2/65 Apprenticeship: 1983 Kevin Prendergast First winner: Piccadily Lord (Navan, June 18, 1984) Wins in Britain (1988-2005): 31, 28, 39, 29, 45, 60, 47, 91, 136, 202*, 204*, 202*, 149, 166*, 149*, 221*, 200*, 70, *Champion jockey Wins in Britain in 2006: 23 British Classic wins: (13) 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington), 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2005 Virginia Waters), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board, 2006 Alexandrova), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light) Other major wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), Coronation Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm), Dee Stakes (1999 Oath, 2005 Gypsy King), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Eclipse Stakes (2005 Oratorio), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom); Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos), Hong Kong Vase (2005 Ouija Board), Irish Champion Stakes (2005 Oratorio), Irish Derby (2005 Hurricane Run); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board); July Stakes (2003 Nevisian Lad), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2006 Aussie Rules), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Prix de l’Ard de Triomphe (2005 Hurricane Run), Prix d’Ispahan (2003 Falbrav), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal);Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal, 2005 Yeats), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington) Royal Ascot wins: 25 First Royal Ascot win: Royal Hunt Cup (June 19, 1996, Yeast) Major Royal Ascot wins: St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), King Edward VII Stakes (1998 Royal Anthem), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos), Coronation Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm) , Coventry Stakes (2004 Iceman), Queen Anne Stakes (2006 Ad Valorem)


£55,000 guaranteed, 2m 4f, (Class 2), For 4yo+ Rated 0-95 Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb Weights raised 2lb Minimum Weight 7st 12lb Penalties after June 10; a winner 3lb; a winner of 2 races 7lb Wweight for age 4 from 5yo+ 2lb Afrad’s Handicap Mark 93 Entries 55 pay £240 Penalty Value 1st £34,276; 2nd £10,263; 3rd £5,131.50; 4th £2,568.50; 5th £1,281.50; 6th £643.50

1 BADDAM (N Martin) Mick Channon 4-9-02 Ian Mongan [15] 33/1
2 TOP THE CHARTS (IRE) (Seamus Carroll) Tony Martin IRE 4-8-12 Fran Berry [27] 5/1f
3 SHAMAYOUN (FR) (Ronald Brimacombe) Charles Egerton 4-8-02p Nicky Mackay [22] 10/1
4 FULL HOUSE (IRE) (The Chamnerlain Addiscott Partnership) Paul Webber 7-8-09 Kevin Darley [6] 16/1
5 MCELDOWNEY (C Maybury) Mark Johnston 4-8-10 Greg Fairley (5) [7]
6 MISTER RIGHT (IRE) (A Jones) Dominic Ffrench Davis 5-8-08 Richard Quinn [11]
7 ELUSIVE DREAM (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Mark Prescott 5-9-09 Jamie Mackay [8]
8 ESCAYOLA (IRE) (Mrs M Findlay/ William Haggas) William Haggas 6-9-02b Tony Culhane [14]
9 DOUBLE OBSESSION (John Nicholls (Trading) Ltd) David Nicholls 6-8-11v Kerrin McEvoy [25]
10 HIGH POINT (IRE) (The Aedean Partnership) Gerard Enright 8-8-01 Robyn Brisland (5) [5]
11 TIKRAM (Mike Charlton and Roger Sargent) Gary Moore 9-8-11b Jimmy Fortune [17]
12 DISTANT PROSPECT (IRE) (The Rae Smiths & Pauline Gale) Andrew Balding 9-9-02 Martin Dwyer [26]
13 CASUAL GLANCE (Kingsclere Stud) Andrew Balding 4-9-02 Michael Kinane [1]
14 ESTABLISHMENT (Annie Cyzer) Charles Cyzer 9-8-08 Frankie Dettori [29]
15 TRANCE (IRE) (Nigel Shields) David Barron 6-8-12p Neil Callan [12]
16 PACOLET (IRE) (David O’Reilly) Patrick Flynn IRE 7-8-03 Danny Grant (3) [28]
17 ARCHDUKE FERDINAND (FR) (Chris Wright & The Hon Catherine Corbett) Alan King 8-8-11 Eddie Ahern [21]
18 PRINS WILLEM (IRE) (Chris Van Hoorn) James Fanshawe 7-9-04t Jamie Spencer [24]
19 MICHABO (IRE) (Mrs Michael Meredith) Hughie Morrison 5-9-06 Steve Drowne [19]
20 IRISH WOLF (FR) (The Hacking Partnership) Peter Bowen 6-8-06p Robert Winston [13]
21 TARABUT (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop 4-8-07 Richard Hills [16]
22 FOOTBALL CRAZY (IRE) (Ken Bevan, Stuart Brain) Peter Bowen 7-8-11 Ryan Moore [9]
23 AFRAD (FR) (The Not Afraid Partnership) Nicky Henderson 5-9-10 Richard Hughes [4]
24 NUMERO DUE (Trattoria Due/Valueplace Ltd) George Moore 4-8-11 Chris Catlin [2]
25 SAVANNAH BAY (The last Minute Partnership) Brian Ellison 7-9-04 Kieren Fallon [3]
26 EASTBOROUGH (IRE) (Christopher Shankland) Brendan Powell 7-8-02 Hayley Turner [20]
27 INCURSION (Mark Russell, Tom Upton) David Nicholls 5-8-03 Adrian Nicholls [23]
28 ADMIRAL (IRE) (Chris Roper & Willie McKay) Tim Pitt 5-9-05 John Egan [18]
29 BURNTOAKBOY (Pierce Gerard Molony) Michael Cunningham IRE 8-8-05 Wayne Lordan [10]

29 ran
Non-runners: None
Distances: 5, hd, 3 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 4, 1 1/4, 1 1/4, nk, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 3, 18, nk, 12, 23, 1, 7, 5, 14, 3, 8, 7, 10
Time: 4m 22.04s
Breeder: Mrs V Rapkins
Breeding: b c Mujahid (USA) - Aude La Belle (FR) (Ela Mana Mou)
Tote: Win: £41.20 Places: £7.50; £2.20; £3.10; £4.60 Exacta: £216.80

Winning trainer:-Name: Channon, Michael Roger Date of birth: 28/11/48 Trains at: West Ilsley, Berks Date of first training licence: 1990 First Flat Winner: Golden Scissors, Bridlington Bay Maiden, Beverley, March 30, 1990 First Jumps Winner: Wessex Warrior, Wincanton, March 30, 1990 Previous occupation: International footballer, assistant trainer to John Baker and Ken Cunningham-Brown Wins in a season (1990-2005): 16: 22: 27: 41: 74: 71: 56: 40: 71: 72: 90: 67: 123: 143: 104 (most victories in Britain): 98 Number of horses in training (1990-2006): 20: 35: 45: 44: 64: 86: 91: 84: 106: 124: 135: 159: 177: 184: 203: 175: 199 Major wins include: Ballyogan Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Coventry Stakes (2000 CD Europe), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2000 Tobougg), Field Marshall Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Fred Darling Stakes (2002 Queen’s Logic, 2004 Majestic Desert), Gimcrack Stakes (1998 Josr Algharoud), King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Lowther Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl, 2001 Queen’s Logic), Maurice Lacroix-Trophy (2002 Checkit), Mill Reef Stakes (1998 Golden Silca), Moet & Chandon Rennen (1996 Muchea), Molecomb Stakes (1998 Inya Lake), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2002 Mail The Desert), Nunthorpe Stakes (1994 Piccolo), Prix De La Salamandre (2000 Tobougg), Queen Mary Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl), Ribblesdale Stakes (2000 Miletrian), Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns) Shadwell Cheveley Park Stakes (1999 Seazun, 2001 Queen’s Logic), Tote Trifecta Stakes (2002 Millennium Force) Wins in 2006: 17 First Royal Ascot win: Great Deeds (June 18, 1993 - Windsor Castle Stakes) Royal Ascot wins: (13) Windsor Castle Stakes (1993 Great Deeds, 1999 Kalindi, 2003 Holborn), King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Queen Mary Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl, 2001 Queen’s Logic, 2005 Flashy Wings), Coventry Stakes (2000 CD Europe); Ribblesdale Stakes (2000 Miletrian), St James’s Palace Stakes (2003 Zafeen), Albany Stakes (2003 Silca’s Gift), Chesham Stakes (2005 Championship Point), Ascot Stakes (2006 Baddam)

Winning jockey:-Name: Mongan, Ian Bernard Born: Glasgow, March 23, 1979 Wins 2000-05: 48; 67 (runner-up in apprentice championship); 82; 80; 68; 56 Wins in 2006: 16 Background: Relocated to Brighton with his family aged four. Started out with jumps trainer Paddy Butler. Became an amateur before weight loss prompted a switch to the Flat as an apprentice with Woodingdean-based trainer Gary Moore. Switched to Nick Littmoden and won the 2003 all-weather jockey’s championship Big Race Wins Include: Victoria Cup (2002 Scotty’s Future), Select Stakes (2003 Leporello) Royal Ascot Wins: (1) Ascot Stakes (2006 Baddam First Royal Ascot Win: Baddam, Ascot Stakes, June 20, 2006


£55,000 guaranteed, 5f, For 2yo Weights colts and geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 8st 12lb Penalties: winner of a Class 3 race 2lb; of a Class 1 or 2 race 4lb Entries 30 pay £240 Penalty Value 1st £31,229; 2nd £11,836; 3rd £5,923.50; 4th £2,953.50; 5th £1,479.50; 6th £742.50

1 ELHAMRI (Norman Ormiston) Sylvester Kirk 2-9-03 Declan McDonogh [15] 20/1
2 CONQUEST (IRE) (Highclere Thoroughbtred Racing XXXVIII) William Haggas 2-9-03b Jimmy Fortune [2] 8/1
3 THE OLD FELLA (M Sines) Richard Hannon 2-9-03 Kieren Fallon [4] 12/1
4 SNAEFELL (IRE) (Lady Clague) Michael Halford IRE 2-9-03t Johnny Murtagh [11] 14/1
5 DAZED AND AMAZED (Mrs R Ablett) Richard Hannon 2-9-03 Richard Hughes [3]
6 WE'LL CONFER (Patsy Byrne) Kevin Ryan 2-9-03 Neil Callan [12]
7 RABATASH (USA) (Joseph Joyce) David Wachman IRE 2-9-03 Michael Kinane [14]
8 ESPARTANO (Maggie Findlay) Mark Wallace 2-9-03 Jamie Spencer [1] 4/1f
9 STOLT (IRE) (Dixon, McIntyre, Tobin) Noel Wilson 2-9-03 David Nolan [8]
10 DIMBOOLA (Guy Reed & Ailsa Daniels) Barry Hills 2-9-03p Michael Hills [7]
11 FATHOM FIVE (IRE) (Hintlesham Racing) Bryan Smart 2-9-03 Kevin Darley [5]
12 SEE IN THE DARK (N Attenborough, Mrs L Mann, Mrs L Way) Brian Meehan 2-9-03 Alan Munro [10]
13 AAHAYSON (Mrs M Gittins) Karl Burke 2-9-03 Pat Cosgrave [9]
14 AVERTUOSO (Pinnacle Averti Partnership) Bryan Smart 2-9-03 Robert Winston [6]
15 BAZROY (IRE) (Barry McCabe) David Evans 2-9-03v Shane Kelly [16]
16 LORD CHARLES (Mrs M Teversham) Bill Turner 2-9-03 Tony Culhane [17]
17 SCENTED PRESENT (The Calvera Partnership) Brian Meehan 2-9-03 Frankie Dettori [13]
18 STARGAZY (Mountgrange Stud) Roger Charlton 2-9-03 Steve Drowne [18]

18 ran
Non-runners: None
Distances: nk, 1 1/2, 1/2, hd, 1, sh, 1, 1/2, 1/2, 1 1/4, 2 1/2, 1/2, 2 1/2, nk, 3/4, 2 1/2, nk
Time: 1m 00.82s
Breeder: Highfield Stud Ltd
Breeding: b or br c Noverre (USA) - Seamstress (IRE) (Barathea (IRE))
Tote: Win: £54.30 Places: £11.80; £3.70; £2.10 Exacta: £649.70

Winning trainer:-Name: Kirk, Sylvester Born: May 31, 1963 Background: Former assistant to East Everleigh-based trainer Richard Hannon Date of first trainer’s licence: December 2000 Big Race Wins Include: £100,000 Tattersalls Autumn Auction Stakes (2002 Michelle Ama Belle); Prestige Stakes (2003 Gracefully); Rosemary Stakes (2005 Salamanca) Wins In 2002-05: 23; 28; 35; 31 Horses in training (2003-06): 40; 53; 66; 58 Wins in 2006: 7 First Royal Ascot Winner: Elhamri, Windsor Castle Stakes, June 20, 2006 Royal Ascot Wins: (1) Windsor Castle Stakes (2006 Elhamri)

Winning jockey:-Name: McDonogh, Declan Born: January 1980 Background: was apprenticed to his father Des - of
Monksfield fame. Started riding ponies at an early age. Attached to Kevin Prendergast’s yard First Classic Ride: 1999 Irish Oaks, Polaire Big Race Wins include: Blue Wind Stakes (2005 Right Key); C L Weld Park Stakes (2005 Ugo Fire); Gladness Stakes (2002 Rebelline, 2005 Mustameet); Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial (2001 Rebelline); Mooresbridge Stakes (2002 Rebelline); Noblesse Stakes (2005 Right Key); Pretty Polly Stakes (1999 Polaire, 2001 Rebelline); Tattersalls Gold Cup (2002 Rebelline); Tetrarch Stakes (2006 Decado) Wins in Ireland in 2001-2005: 19; 33; 41; 54; 53 Wins in Britain in 2006: 2 Royal Ascot Wins: (1) Windsor Castle Stakes (2006 Elhamri) First Royal Ascot Winner: Elhamri, Windsor Castle Stakes, June 20, 2006



JOCKEY 1st 2nd 3rd
Kieren Fallon 1 - 2
Alan Munro 1 - 1
Ted Durcan 1 - -
Jay Ford 1 - -
Declan McDonogh 1 - -
Ian Mongan 1 - -
Alan Munro 1 - 1
Jamie Spencer - 2 -
Fran Berry - 1 -
Jimmy Fortune - 1 -
Richard Hughes - 1 -
Olivier Peslier - 1 -
Frankie Dettori - - 2
Nicky Mackay - - 1


Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
Aidan O’Brien IRE 1 - 1
Mick Channon 1 - -
Joe Janiak AUS 1 - -
Sylvester Kirk 1 - -
Jeremy Noseda 1 - -
Bryan Smart 1 - -
Richard Hannon - 1 1
Nicolas Clement FR - 1 -
Ed Dunlop - 1 -
William Haggas - 1 -
Tony Martin IRE - 1 -
Mark Wallace - 1 -
Peter Chapple-Hyam - - 1
Charles Egerton - - 1
Peter Makin - - 1
Saeed bin Suroor - - 1

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