LONDON CLUBS CHARITY TROPHY FOR LEADING
JOCKEY AT ROYAL ASCOT 2006
FINAL STANDINGS AFTER DAY 5
JOCKEY 1st 2nd 3rd
Jamie Spencer 4 6 -
Kieren Fallon 3 6 2
Jimmy Fortune 2 2 1
Kevin Darley 2 - 1
Alan Munro 2 - 1
John Egan 2 - -
Ian Mongan 2 - -
Frankie Dettori 1 4 4
Richard Hughes 1 3 -
Mick Kinane 1 1 1
Michael Hills 1 1 -
Olivier Peslier 1 1 -
Philip Robinson 1 1 -
Ted Durcan 1 - 1
Joe Fanning 1 - 1
Jay Ford 1 - 1
Richard Hills 1 - 1
Neil Callan 1 - -
Declan McDonogh 1 - -
Richard Quinn 1 - -
Nicky Mackay - 1 1
Christophe Soumillon - 1 1
Fran Berry - 1 -
Tom Eaves - 1 -
Craig Williams - 1 -
Ryan Moore - - 3
Kerrin McEvoy - - 3
Eddie Ahern - - 1
George Baker - - 1
Tony Culhane - - 1
Steve Drowne - - 1
Martin Dwyer - - 1
Royston Ffrench - - 1
Shane Kelly - - 1
Willie Supple - - 1
LONDON CLUBS CHARITY TROPHY FOR LEADING
TRAINER AT ROYAL ASCOT 2006
FINAL STANDINGS AFTER DAY 5
Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
Sir Michael Stoute 3 4 1
James Fanshawe 3 1 -
Mark Johnston 3 - 2
Jeremy Noseda 2 3 1
Mick Channon 2 1 2
Aidan O’Brien IRE 2 - 1
Richard Hannon 1 2 3
John Gosden 1 2 1
Ed Dunlop 1 2 -
Michael Bell 1 1 -
William Haggas 1 1 -
Michael Jarvis 1 1 -
Kevin Ryan 1 1 -
Peter Chapple-Hyam 1 - 1
Joe Janiak AUS 1 - 1
David Elsworth 1 - -
Sylvester Kirk 1 - -
George Margarson 1 - -
Hughie Morrison 1 - -
Tim Pitt 1 - -
Bryan Smart 1 - -
Andre Fabre FR - 1 1
Brian Meehan - 1 1
Saeed bin Suroor - 1 1
Nicolas Clement FR - 1 -
Luca Cumani - 1 -
Barry Hills - 1 -
Tony Martin IRE - 1 -
Jamie Osborne - 1 -
Ian Semple - 1 -
David Wachman IRE - 1 -
Mark Wallace - 1 -
Charles Egerton - - 2
John Best - - 1
Clive Brittain - - 1
Patrick Chamings - - 1
Roger Charlton - - 1
John Dunlop - - 1
Pat Haslam - - 1
Peter Makin - - 1
William Muir - - 1
Dandy Nicholls - - 1
Amanda Perrett - - 1
Marcus Tregoning - - 1
Mark Usher - - 1
RESULTS AT ROYAL ASCOT 2006 FIRST FOUR DAYS
WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WT SP
Coventry Stakes HELLVELYN Bryan Smart Ted Durcan Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed 2-9-01 4/1JF
King’s Stand Stakes TAKEOVER TARGET Joe Janiak AUS Jay Ford Joe and Ben Janiak 7-9-07 7/1
Queen Anne Stakes AD VALOREM Aidan O’Brien IRE Kieren Fallon Sue Magnier/R W Ingham 4-9-00 13/2
St James’s Palace Stakes ARAAFA Jeremy Noseda Alan Munro Saleh Al Homaizi/Imad Al Sagar 3-9-00 2/1F
Ascot Stakes BADDAM Mick Channon Ian Mongan Noel Martin 4-9-02 33/1
Windsor Castle Stakes ELHAMRI Sylvester Kirk Declan McDonogh Norman Ormiston 2-9-03 20/1
WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WT SP
Jersey Stakes JEREMY Sir Michael Stoute Michael Kinane Elizabeth Moran 3-9-01 9/2
Windsor Forest Stakes SOVIET SONG James Fanshawe Jamie Spencer Elite Racing Club 6-8-12 11/8F
Prince Of Wales’s Stakes OUIJA BOARD Ed Dunlop Olivier Peslier Lord Derby 5-8-11 8/1
Royal Hunt Cup CESARE James Fanshawe Jamie Spencer Cheveley Park Stud 5-8-08 14/1
Queen Mary Stakes GILDED Richard Hannon Richard Hughes Mrs J Wood 2-8-12 11/2
Sandringham Handicap RED EVIE Michael Bell Jamie Spencer Terry Neill 3-8-12 5/1 CF
WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WT SP
Norfolk Stakes DUTCH ART Peter Chapple-Hyam Alan Munro Susan Roy 2-9-01 11/4
Ribblesdale Stakes MONT ETOILE William Haggas Michael Hills Tony Hirschfield, Des Scott, Lester Piggott 3-8-12 25/1
Gold Cup YEATS Aidan O’Brien IRE Kieren Fallon Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle 5-9-02 7/1
Britannia Stakes SIR GERARD James Fanshawe Jamie Spencer Rose-Anne Galligan 3-8-12 9/2F
Hampton Court Stakes SNOQUALMIE BOY David Elsworth John Egan Jeff Smiith 3-8-11 33/1
Buckingham Palace Stakes UHOOMAGOO Kevin Ryan Neil Callan J Duddy & Tony Fawcett 8-8-09 25/1
WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WT SP
Albany Stakes SANDER CAMILLO Jeremy Noseda Frankie Dettori Sir Robert Ogden 2-8-12 4/1 F
King Edward VII Stakes PAPAL BULL Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor 3-8-12 5/4F
Coronation Stakes NANNINA John Gosden Jimmy Fortune Cheveley Park Stud 3-9-00 6/1 JF
Wolferton Handicap I’M SO LUCKY Mark Johnston Joe Fanning Sandra Brookhouse 4-8-07 16/1
Queen’s Vase SOAPY DANCER Mark Johnston Kevin Darley Renata Jacobs 3-9-01 4/1
King George V Handicap LINAS SELECTION Mark Johnston Kevin Darley Renata Jacobs 3-8-09 9/2
Race 1 - Chesham Stakes - Winning Quotes
CHAMPLAIN FIRST WINNER OF THE WEEK FOR JARVIS AND ROBINSON
Champlain gave trainer Michael Jarvis and jockey Philip Robinson their first winner of the week when the Sheikh Mohammed-owned colt came home two lengths clear of Country Song in the Chesham Stakes, the first race on the final day of Royal Ascot 2006.
The 7/2 chance travelled well throughout and quickened up nicely inside the final quarter mile of the seven-furlong contest to record a convincing victory.
Michael Jarvis commented: “This horse screams and is very vocal. He makes a lot of noise on the heath every morning. He is not really misbehaving and is very professional on the racecourse.
“But he is not really very colty, he just makes a lot of noise - like a lot of men I know!
“This horse is a natural two-year-old. He’s not very big but is mature and strong for his size.
“He stayed the seven furlongs well today. His dam won over a mile and his sire, Seeking The Gold, tends to get horses that stay a mile and quarter so I thought the trip wouldn’t be a problem for him.
“I need to speak to the boss before deciding where we go next but I would think something like the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket’s July Meeting would be an option for him now.”
Successful jockey Philip Robinson added: “He still showed a little immaturity today but was much better than first time out.
“From when he went into the stalls he was very professional.
“He kept finding a bit more for more and quickened up well.”
SONG JUST FAILS TO HIT HIGH NOTE
Irish challenger Country Song lost his unbeaten record and had to settle for second place in the opening Chesham Stakes on day five of Royal Ascot.
A weight penalty did not help the son of Fusaichi Pegasus, who was beaten two lengths by winner Champlain, and trainer David Wachman said: “He ran well, but met a better one on the day. We were giving him 2lb, but have no excuses. He’s a grand little horse.
“I’ve no plans for him. He’s a two-year-old type so we’ll be looking to run him away and try to pick up a Group 3. He’s won over five furlongs a [nd he’s won over seven furlongs, so six or seven will be fine.”
Trainer Mark Johnston was bidding for a Royal Ascot four-timer, having won the final three races on day four of the meeting, but his two runners, Middleham and Always Fruitful, finished third and seventh respectively.
Middleham’s latest start had been over five furlongs, which proved to be a factor in the way Johnston and jockey Joe Fanning approached the race.
Johnston said: “He’s run great. We wondered whether we were doing the right thing in bringing him here, but I was fairly confident he would run a good race. He’s been running over five furlongs, but needed every yard of today’s seven furlongs, and Joe said in hindsight he wished he had made more use of him.”
JOCKEYS’ VIEWS ON GROUND AFTER FIRST RACE
After riding in the first race, jockeys Frankie Dettori and Kieren Fallon said the ground was “the same as before” while John Egan described it as “perfect good ground.”
Winning rider Philip Robinson said “they’ve put a bit more water on but it’s perfect racing ground.”
Shane Kelly said “my horse lost his action so it was a bit hard to tell but it doesn’t feel like good to firm and you can tell where they’ve watered it.”
Ryan Moore added “they’ve put plenty of water on but it’s still good to firm” while Neil Callan felt that it was “a bit wet on top and not as quick as on the last two days.”
SECOND RACE WINNER QUOTES
HARDWICKE STAKES (GROUP 2)
MARAAHEL HEADS STOUTE 1-2
Last year’s runner-up Maraahel landed the biggest race of his career when coming out best from stablemate Mountain High to take the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes.
Winning rider Richard Hills said: “It’s not that easy to get his head in front because he only has one short run. I wanted that run to be a winning one and probably got there a tad soon today but he stuck his head out and is a brave horse.
“He was unlucky in the John Porter this season when I gave him a very ordinary ride but I put it right today. There was a good pace and I was able to travel.
“He deserved this because he’s put in some good efforts in Group 1s but not quite come up to the mark but came right today.
“My wife Jackie rides him out and she said he’s the best he’s ever been and in fact he threw her off on Monday so she has not been able to come today - she trotted out badly this morning!”
Winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute added: “He deserves a big day and has threatened for a while. He was only just beaten in the International at York last year, ran well in the Champion and again in the Hong Kong Cup. He’s had two Group wins at Chester and it’s nice to have one now in an arena like this.
“He has a short run and Richard gave him a great ride. I think he has a Group 1 in him but I don’t know where.”
Stoute was especially pleased with Mountain High’s run and added: “That was his best performance by a long way and he’s really going in the right direction. He’s really progressing and going to have a good year.
“But Hard Top pulled too hard going round Swinley Bottom and you can’t do that here - I think it was a one-off though.”
Race 2 - Hardwicke Stakes - Placed Quotes
ENFORCER PLEASES MUIR
Enforcer, who stayed on well under Kerrin McEvoy to finish third in the Hardwicke Stakes, delighted his trainer William Muir.
The 8/1 chance came from off the pace to be beaten less than two lengths and Muir commented: “It was unfortunate that he was drawn in stall one and just couldn’t sit behind the leaders and has had to come wide.
“The straight was just too short for him. I thought we might get there at one point - we would definitely have won if it was a handicap but we were up against good Group class horses in this race.
“He’s run a fantastic race and I’m proud of this horse. He’s been running in all the big races and running well in them, I’m very satisfied.
“We might run him in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket now, although it does come a bit quickly after this.
“We are also considering taking him to Canada and the Arc.”
SECOND RACE: Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)
DAY FLIGHT SHORT OF DAY LIGHT
If there was a hard-luck story in the Hardwicke Stakes it centred on Day Flight, who became squeezed by runner-up Mountain High when both horses were driven towards the same gap.
Day Flight, who had finished in the first two in eight previous races, briefly lost momentum, and when jockey Richard Hughes was able to apply full throttle his chance of winning had gone. Day Flight eventually finished fourth, beaten just over two lengths by winner Maraahel, but only three-quarters of a length behind third Enforcer.
Hughes said: “That loss of momentum definitely cost me a place. Kieren [Fallon, on Mountain High] was on my outside, so it was either let him go and have first run on me and then follow him out, or take a chance and go for a run.
“I was squeezed up, but if I was going to win on the day I’d have gone through the gap - he simply couldn’t quicken up that much.”
Day Flight’s career has tended to involve running at meetings where there is give in the ground, so today’s challenge involved a faster surface than many he has raced on. Hughes said: “He moved beautifully on it, but there’s more water on it than on previous days.”
THIRD RACE: Golden Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Leg of the Global Sprint Challenge)
LES ARCS SKIS IN FOR PITT AND McKAY
Les Arcs, who finished last in a maiden hurdle at Cartmel just under two years ago, landed one of Europe’s premier sprint races on the final day of Royal Ascot. In a finish dominated by outsiders Les Arcs at 33-1 defeated 50-1 shot Balthazaar’s Gift to win the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Gr.1).
The John Egan-ridden winner was saddled by first-season trainer Tim Pitt for owner Willie McKay, who placed £2,000 each-way on his horse with Ladbrokes just before the off. Pitt is based at Bawtry in South Yorkshire at a 40-box yard owned by McKay - the latter is a former bookmaker-turned-football agent, who includes Joey Barton, Lauren Robert and Alain Boumsong among his 25-strong squad of players.
McKay’s horse could finish only 11th to Takeover Target in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes, but the winning owner said: “Tim and John were talking about that race this morning and decided the horse was rushed a bit in the King’s Stand. Today John took his time and gave the horse a fantastic ride and Tim Pitt is a great young trainer who is going places.”
Pitt said: “I felt slightly disappointed after the King’s Stand, but when I looked at the replays again he was third at the furlong pole and only beaten just over two lengths by the winner. It had always been the plan to come for this race and he came out of Tuesday’s contest bucking and squealing so we thought we’d take a chance.
“I think six is his better trip. Five is okay if they go a good pace and he can sit and relax and that was the key today. John was able to take his time today, whereas on Tuesday it was hammer from the word go and he was caught off his feet a little.
“After Tuesday we were thinking about going abroad with him or down the handicap route because he had dropped to 110, but now the July Cup would be the obvious place.”
THIRD RACE: Golden Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Leg of the Global Sprint Challenge)
PITT ZOOMS INTO THE BIG TIME
Twelve months ago Tim Pitt was working for Berkshire trainer Colin Tinkler as an unknown groom - he watched Royal Ascot on the television and then went to the local pub.
Today, thanks to a remarkable six-year-old gelding called Les Arcs, Pitt, 31, was the toast of the Royal Meeting after training the winner of the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Gr.1). He gained a licence late last year after moving to Bawtry in South Yorkshire to a yard owned by football agent Willie McKay.
The Scotsman had advertised in the Racing Post for someone to run the yard, and recalled: “I had 45 applicants and only one without a licence - Tim Pitt. He stood out a mile.”
Pitt’s career got off to a smart start thanks to Les Arcs, who won four races for the young trainer on all-weather surfaces during the winter. Initially Les Arcs raced for John Gosden and won over a mile and a quarter for him, before being bought for McKay by Richard Guest.
Pitt, who described the closing stages of today’s race as “the longest furlong of my life”, said: “This horse put us on the map last winter. After he won a conditions race at Lingfield he took the Cammidge [at Redcar] on very soft ground and proved he’s got a lot of natural speed. When he kept going up and up the handicap there were only so many places you can run him. He’s in the July Cup and I suppose that’s where he’ll go next.
“James O’Reilly who won three times on this horse last winter and has got him to settle at home, and Dawn Watson who looks after him, both deserve a lot of credit. It’s been a massive team effort. My first runner was in a banded race at Southwell last November, but this is the stuff of dreams.
“I started with about eight or nine horses, but the Chester Cup [which he won with Admiral] has been very good to me and I’ve had some nice enquiries and picked up five more horses. I’ve now got 27, but we’ll walk before we can run. Hopefully, this has done us a bit more good PR.
“When I arrived at Willie’s yard it was a shell and I envisaged myself chipping away with about 10 horses rated 70, but Willie has put a huge investment in me, the team and the horses. He’s behind us 110%. I can’t speak highly enough of the man and hopefully we’re going places.”
Race 3 - Golden Jubilee Stakes - More Quotes
BEST FEELING OF MY LIFE - EGAN
John Egan, the winning jockey on Les Arcs, said: “That was the best feeling in my life ever. It was just unbelievable, for Willie, for Tim, and the whole team - they work very hard.
“One or two things did not work out earlier in the week but we bounced back today. The great thing about the game is that you have your bad days but there is always tomorrow.
“To be honest I could not say that Les Arcs was going to come out and win a race like that - I was hoping for sixth or seventh at best.
“But he has come out and won it - I rode him a little bit quieter than I did the other day. He jumped very quick and I took a pull out of him. I followed the favourite and passed him easy enough.
“I heard it on the commentary that there was one coming up on the rail. I panicked slightly as it sounded from the commentary that he was going to come and do me.
“Les Arcs is a fantastic horse. He used to run over a mile and a quarter and we used to think him a bit quirky as he never found anything. But he didn’t stay and we gradually got his trip right. Five, six furlongs, even seven furlongs but a mile and a quarter is a bit far for him.
“I cannot believe this success, especially for Willie McKay because the guy has put a lot a lot into the game over the years and is only starting to reap the rewards now.
“He has got a base at Martin Grange Farm and they are doing a fantastic job with a great team and they will go from strength to strength.”
Race 3 - Golden Jubilee Stakes - More Placed Quotes/Other News
RYAN AND WALL PLEASED - GLAMOUR PUSS DISAPPOINTS
Kevin Ryan, trainer of second-placed Balthazar’s Gift and Amadeus Wolf, who finished fifth, expressed satisfaction with the performance of his two charges.
Balthazar’s Gift, a 50/1 chance, was making ground on the winner all the way to the line and went down by just a neck.
Jockey Jamie Spencer said: “Ashdown Express bore down on me slightly so may have cost me, because in another two strides we’d have been there.
“Kevin Ryan had been confident of a good run going into the race.”
Kevin Ryan added: “I couldn’t be happier - that was a great run.
“You need a bit of luck in running and he got stuck at a vital stage but that’s sprinting.
“He’s a high-class horse - he showed that last year. He goes at both five and six furlongs but I think six furlongs is his best trip.”
The trainer said of Amadeus Wolf: “He ran a blinder.
“Horses are still learning all the time from two to three.
“They are both nice horses and will both probably now go to the July Cup.”
Back in fourth was Ashdown Express, who pleased Newmarket trainer Chris Wall.
Wall said: “He slightly needed the run on Tuesday (12th in the King’s Stand Stakes) but has run well today.
“You come up against the same sort of horses in these sprints whether they are Group 1s or conditions races, so we may as well continue to go for these Group 1 races where the money is.
“I’m not complaining but I think the ground may have been over-watered. This horse really likes to hear his feet rattle and you would think you would get fast ground at Ascot in the summer. The good ground horses have plenty of opportunities throughout the year.
“There are lots of races for him and I would think he will go for the July Cup again, as he has run well in it before.”
The second Australian challenger Glamour Puss could only finish 10th and jockey Steven King said: “She was only average today and was gone a long way out.”
THIRD RACE PLACED QUOTES
GOLDEN JUBILEE STAKES (GROUP 1)
GALLANT TAKEOVER JUST MISSES TARGET
Tuesday’s Australian-trained King’s Stand Stakes winner Takeover Stand just failed in his bid to land a Royal Ascot sprint double when finishing third to Les Arcs in the Golden Jubilee Stakes.
Jockey Jay Ford reported: “He travelled very well but just had nothing left at the end. He ran a gutsy third but at the end of the day I think the four-day back-up was too big an ask for him.”
Trainer Joe Janiak still plans to send the seven-year-old to next month’s Darley July Cup at Newmarket and added: “He was a little flat at the finish and I think the back-up caught up with him. He picked up beautifully and after he gets over these couple of runs he’ll be fine. He’ll stay over here to go for the July Cup and then I don’t know what he’ll do.
“I’m absolutely wrapped and so pleased I came over. I couldn’t expect much more than that beforehand. Six furlongs is still his best trip and the 1,200 metres in the July Cup will suit him. He tried 110 per cent as he alwatys does and there’s no disgrace running third in a Group 1.”
FOURTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
BALTIC ANOTHER FOR HANDICAP KING MORRISON
Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes sixth Baltic King benefitted from a dream passage when returning to Ascot four days later and capturing the Ù80,000 Wokingham Handicap by a length and a half from Firenze.
“He was obviously not fit enough in the King’s Stand,” joked winning trainer Hughie Morrison. “This race was always my preferred target and when he’s on song he’s a very good horse - he’s right up there with the best of them.
“The ground was actually slower today than on Tuesday and then suited him - he’s six now and quite heavy-topped.
“After a furlong I turned to my wife and said that he was last but because they went so fast early there were very few hard-luck stories.
“But it was Intrepid Jack, my other runner, with whom we’d really waited for this race. But the two worked very well last week and I said to James Stafford (racing manager to owners Thurloe Thoroughbreds) that the race we’d win with Baltic King was the Wokingham.
“You don’t win any race at Ascot carrying nearly top weight without being nearly a Group race. I wish I’d put him in the July Cup now but it costs a lot for smaller owners to keep spending £2,500 to put horses in Group 1s.”
Jockey Jimmy Fortune added: “It’s very rare to get a run through like that in the Wokingham and I think the six furlongs suited him better than five, he was just run off his feet a bit on Tuesday.
“It was a great training feat and the trainer told me to drop him in and take our time.
“Taking nothing away from the winner but the Golden Jubilee didn’t ride like a very strong race and I’m sure this horse would have run well. There’s no real top sprinters around at the moment and I think if you ran today’s Group 1 again you’d get three or four different winners.”
Race 4 - Wokingham Handicap - Placed Quotes
SPENCER BLAMES CONGESTION
Jamie Spencer, beaten a length and a half on 5/1 favourite Firenze in the Wokingham Handicap, blamed congestion for his defeat.
The Irishman, who was drawn in stall one, said: “There was a lot of congestion and that’s why I moved out.
“They were killing one another early on and Kieren (Fallon) was lucky not to be on the floor.
“Jimmy (Fortune) has ridden a fabulous race on the winner and got a great run up the inside.
“I thought by coming away from the rail I was taking the least amount of chances and I would have taken more time if I could ride the race again, but that’s racing.
“I’m annoyed for James as it would have been great for him to have won three of the big handicaps this week but with three wins and two seconds you can’t complain.”
Jacko Fanshawe, wife of trainer James Fanshawe, added: “Maybe if Jamie had ridden the filly last time at Goodwood, he would have known what amazing acceleration she has and waited a bit longer but he had to make a decision and did what he thought was best at the time.
“Thre ground was also a bit looser today which wasn’t ideal for her.
“She’s run a great race and is a lovely laid back filly. Hopefully, we can pick up some black-type with her later in the year.
“Her little brother won at Newmarket today and her sister improved with age so she may stay in training next year.”
Eddie Ahern, rider of 11-year-old Bahamian Pirate who finished third, said: “He ran a great race as usual and liked the ground - he really let himself down today.
“He just wasn’t good enough today.
“He’s a good old boy.”
Trainer Dandy Nicholls added: “He’s a grand horse and I thought the winner would be hard to peg back.
“All our horses ran quite well and we will now and have a look at Goodwood.
“On a different day, he might have won as anything can happen in these sprints.
“He’s back safe and sound and that’s grand.”
Race 5 - Duke of Edinburgh Handicap - Winning Quotes
YOUNG MICK FIRST ROYAL ASCOT WINNER FOR MARGARSON
Young Mick was the game winner of the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap to give Newmarket trainer George Margarson his first Royal Ascot winner.
The winner took up the running entering the final furlong and the 28/1 shot held on well to deny the 4/1 favourite Glistening by a head under jockey Richard Quinn.
A delighted Margarson said: “I thought he was going to get caught but I don’t think he would have dared get beaten the way I was shouting!
“”I thought Richard may have gone a bit soon but as it turns out he went at the right time.
“I would have been confident had this race been run at Yarmouth but you can only dream of a winner at Royal Ascot. We’ve had two-year-olds run well here before for my main owner, Mr (John) Guest, but those races are always very difficult and you have more chance of a winner in the handicaps.
“On all known form lines though, he was 3lb better in with Wild Savannah who finished an unlucky second in the Wolferton Handicap on their earlier running at Newmarket and I had considered running Young Mick in that race.
“Unlike many horses in this race, he’s used to the hustle and bustle of a big field.
“It’s not bad going from winning a banded race to a handicap at Royal Ascot in six months!
“His dam is a sister to Young Ern and if you saw him work over seven furlongs you would think he was a sprinter. But we have worked out how to ride him and he is best over further.”
Looking ahead, Margarson said: “He’s in the John Smith’s Cup but the Ebor is the race I’ve always really wanted to win as a Yorkshire lad.
“I think he will stay two miles in time.”
SIXTH RACE: Queen Alexandra Stakes
BADDAM STAYS AHEAD OF THE REST TO WIN TWICE AT ROYAL MEETING
He had to gallop a total of five miles and two furlongs, but that effort paid off today for the Mick Channon-trained Baddam, who completed a Royal Ascot 2006 double.
On Tuesday he won the Ascot Stakes over two and a half miles and today he won Britain’s longest flat race open to professional jockeys, the Queen Alexandra Stakes over two and three-quarter miles.
Baddam’s double was most recently achieved in 1978, when trainer Bill Watts and jockey John Lowe teamed up with Mountain Cross. The latest double marathon winner is owned by Noel Martin and was ridden each time by Ian Mongan, who described Baddam as “the toughest horse I’ve ever ridden”.
Channon took on Baddam this year from John Dunlop. Arundel-based Dunlop recommended the move to wheelchair-bound Martin who lives nearer Channon’s Berkshire yard and now has three horses at West Ilsley.
Channon said: “I’m absolutely delighted - he’s a horse I’ll remember for a very long time. He’s quite an amazing horse with quite an amazing owner.
“He’s a smashing horse to have about and Noel has always had faith in him - I think we’ve found his ideal distance almost by default, which is probably a bit like Les Arcs who won the big race here today. These things happen in racing and when they do it’s great, but to have two winners in a week at Royal Ascot with the same horse is amazing - especially over staying distances; to do it with a sprinter would be one thing, but with a stayer is very special.
“I’ve got echoes of Bill Wightman in my ear. Bill [the late trainer] was one of my mentors and he always said ‘in this game what you want is extremes - you want five-furlong horses, not five-and-a-half-furlong horses, and you want two-mile plus horses’. Then you’ve got a chance, and we’ve got one here.”
MUNRO RECEIVES TWO-DAY BAN
Jockey Alan Munro received a two-day suspension after being found guilty of careless riding aboard Ashdown Express in the Golden Jubilee Stakes. The ban takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, July 5 and 6.
QUINN BANNED FOR SIX DAYS
Jockey Richard Quinn was handed a suspension totalling six days after his win on Young Mick in the Buckingham Palace Handicap. He received a five-day ban for whip offences and a further day for careless riding - July 6 to July 10.
The official going was changed from Good to Firm to
GOOD TO FIRM, FIRM IN PLACES
prior to the first race.
GOING REMAINS GOOD TO FIRM
Chris Stickels, Ascot’s clerk of the course, describes the going as ‘good to firm’ for the final day of the Royal Meeting.
Stickels said: “Overnight we had a millimetre of rain and we watered on both courses, putting 8mm on the straight course and 4mm on the round. We’ve also moved a rail between the mile-and-a-quarter start and Swinley Bottom to provide some fresh ground.
“I’ve been very pleased with the way the turf has held up - there’s a bit of wear after four days, as you’d expect, but generally speaking it’s done its job.
“There’s been a lot of speculation about the draw bias, if there is a bias, but if jockeys are not going to try the far side we’re not going to find out. There’s also been talk of a difference in the climb for horses racing along the far rail or up the stands’ rail. We’ve surveyed both sides and found a difference of 100mm, or about four inches, over a mile, which is negligible.
“What is probably more relevant is that when horses race on one side there is more compaction of the turf, which makes it a faster surface, but there are ways of negating that and we’ll be considering our options for future meetings.”
ROYAL ASCOT AND WORLD CUP A HEADY MIX FOR PUNTERS
Punters have been in betting heaven this week with the world’s greatest race meeting and its premier football tournament providing a banquet of opportunities.
For racing it has been good news that the lure of top-class action from Royal Ascot has encouraged punters to play on the horses - which benefits the industry through boosting levy turnover.
David Stevens of Coral summed up the situation when saying: “In the seven days before Royal Ascot, when horse racing was staging meetings of less importance, betting on the World Cup dominated, but turnover on racing this week has been fantastic. Racing has again captured the public’s imagination.
“Admittedly some recent World Cup matches have been dead rubbers, but the Royal Meeting has been the key reason why punters have been betting on racing.”
Stevens said the worst result for his company had been Sir Gerard’s victory in the Britannia Handicap on Thursday, while the best to date had been Public Forum’s defeat in yesterday’s Wolferton Handicap.
If trends are a guide to winner finding, punters should follow fancied horses in early races at today’s final card. David Hood of William Hill said: “Bookmakers got a bloody nose in the early races over the first four days, although we clawed some money back in later events. Hellvelyn, the 4-1 joint-favourite in the first race of the meeting, set the tone, and Jeremy, Dutch Art and Sander Camillo were all strongly-fancied horses in the opening race on the following four days.
“Even Ouija Board at 8-1 was a bad result because punters back her blind, but luckily we had some better results in later races, with winners like Baddam [33-1] and Elhamri [20-1], Snoqualmie Boy [33-1] and Uhoomagoo [25-1].”
In contrast, Ouija Board’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes victory was a good result for bookmaker Paddy Power who said: “With support for David Junior and Electrocutionist it was the first time we cheered Ouija Board.”
Power said Sir Gerard’s victory was “the worst result of the meeting, and probably of the year,” and added an England victory in the World Cup would also damage his firm’s bank balance.
He said: “Although we are an Irish company by name and nature, 75% of our on-line customers are based in England. In addition many Irish punters who would normally back the team playing against England have switched allegiance this year. We dread an England victory.”
TARGET SET TO TAKE CONTROL OF GLOBAL SPRINT CHALLENGE
Takeover Target will extend his lead in the Global Sprint Challenge if successful in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Gr.1) at Royal Ascot today.
The Australian horse has 20pts and will collect another 20 if successful in today’s Group 1 event.
He gained 10pts for winning the Lightning Stakes (Gr.1) in his homeland in February, and another 10 for landing Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes (Gr.2) - however, horses racing in Group 1 events outside of their racing jurisdictions gain double points, so Takeover Target will establish a significant lead if winning today’s big race.
Virage De Fortune, a three-year-old filly trained by Bruce McLachlan, lies in second with 10pts having won the Timbercorp Australia Stakes (Gr.1) in February - she is absent today, but another Australian horse, Glamour Puss, could lead the Global Sprint Challenge if she wins the Golden Jubilee and Takeover Target is unplaced. Glamour Puss currently has four points.
Apart from the valuable prize-money on offer in each leg of the Challenge owners have a $1m bonus incentive to run their horses. The overall champion will collect the seven-figure sum, although to be eligible they must have gained at least 42 pts and taken part in three different countries.
Further legs of the Challenge will be held in Japan on September 10 (Centaur Stakes Gr.2) and October 1 (Sprinters Stakes Gr.1), and in Hong Kong on December 10 (Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint Gr.1).
Further details are available via the website globalsprintchallenge.com.
EARLY BETTING NEWS
On the final day of Royal Ascot 2006, several horses have come in for early-morning support.
In the opening Chesham Stakes (2.30pm), Always Fruitful is into 3/1 (from 7/2) with Ladbrokes, who have also cut Champlain to 11/4 (from 3/1). Stan James have also reduced Champlain to 11/4 (from 3/1).
The market in the Hardwicke Stakes (3.05pm) has been shaken up following the withdrawal of Godolphin’s Shawanda. Mountain High is into 4/1 (from 5/1) with William Hill and 7/2 (from 6/1) with Ladbrokes. Hard Top is into 4/1 (from 6/1) with Coral.
Race three, the Golden Jubilee Stakes (3.45pm) has seen support come in for The Tatling, who is is now 20/1 (from 33/1) with William Hill while Stan James have reduced Australian mare Glamour Puss to 8/1 (from 9/1).
The Wokingham Handicap (4.25pm) is always a very busy betting heat and those attracting early money from the punters are Firenze who is into 6/1 (from 7/1) with Ladbrokes and said to be the worst result of the day for the Rayners Lane firm. Borderlescott (12/1 from 16/1) and Mutamared (12/1 from 14/1) have been the two coming in for support with William Hill. Those backed with Stan James are Mutamared (11/1 from 14/1), Baltic King (14/1 from 18/1), Beaver Patrol (14/1 from 18/1) and Peace Offering (22/1 from 28/1).
Thunder Rock is proving popular in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (4.55pm) and is into 4/1 (from 5/1) with William Hill and popular with Ladbrokes at 5/1. William Hill have also cut Glistening to 4/1 (from 5/1).
Ladbrokes cannot split Jamie Spencer and Kieren Fallon in the betting for the London Clubs Trophy, quoting both at 5/6.
FURTHER BETTING NEWS
Paddy Power have cut Always Fruitful into 5/2 (from 3/1) in the opening Chesham Stakes (2.30pm) but have pushed out Country Song to 7/2 (from 3/1) and Gweebarra to 16/1 (from 14/1). William Hill have also cut Always Fruitful into 5/2 (from 3/1).
Hard Top and Mountain High continue to attract support in the Hardwicke Stakes (3.05pm), with the both horses into 100/30 (from 6/1) with Coral.
Pricewise selection The Tatling is into 20/1 (from 28/1) with Coral in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (3.45pm).
In the Wokingham Handicap (4.25pm), Coral have seen money for Borderlescott (20/1 from 28/1), Bahiano (18/1 from 22/1), Mutamared (12/1 from 14/1) and Firenze (5/1 from 6/1). Cashmans have also reduced Firenze to 5/1 (from 7/1) while Paddy Power report support for Mutamared (11/1 from 14/1) and Bahiano (20/1 from 25/1). Negatives with Paddy Power in the Wokingham Handicap are Borderlescott (12/1 from 10/1) and Greenslades (20/1 from 16/1).
Glistening is still finding plenty of supporters in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (4.55pm) and is now 4/1 (from 5/1) with Cashmans, Paddy Power and 7/2 (from 9/2) with Coral. Balkan Knight is into 8/1 (from 9/1) with Coral while Paddy Power have trimmed Thunder Rock to 4/1 (from 5/1). Consular (10/1 from 9/1) and Alfie Noakes (11/1 from 10/1) are the two negatives with Paddy Power.
Ebtikaar is the one horse coming in for support in the marathon finale, the Queen Alexandra Stakes (5.30pm), and is into 9/2 (from 11/2) with Cashmans.
FIRST RACE RESULT
2.30pm CHESHAM STAKES (LISTED)
£55,000 guaranteed, 7f, For 2yo sired by a winner of a race over a mile and a quarter or over (this includes races in excess of nine furlongs and 110 yards and in excess of 1900m) Weights colts and geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 8st 12lb Penalties a winner of a Class 3 race 2lb; of a Class or 2 race 4lb Entries 17 pay £200 Penalty Value 1st £31,229; 2nd £11,836; 3rd £5,923.50; 4th £2,953.50; 5th £1,479.50; 6th £742.50
1 CHAMPLAIN (Sheikh Mohammed) Michael Jarvis 2-9-03 Philip Robinson  7/2
2 COUNTRY SONG (USA) (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) David Wachman IRE 2-9-05 Kieren Fallon  5/1
3 MIDDLEHAM (IRE) (Sheikh Mohammed) Mark Johnston 2-9-03 Joe Fanning  12/1
4 PIRES (Mrs K Duggan & Mrs H Grove) Mick Channon 2-9-03 Sam Hitchcott  33/1
5 GWEEBARRA (John Duddy, B McDonald, A Heeney, M McMenamin) Kevin Ryan 2-9-03 Neil Callan 
6 CUMIN (USA) (Lady Bamford) Barry Hills 2-8-12 Michael Hills 
7 ALWAYS FRUITFUL (Always Trying Partnership III)) Mark Johnston 2-9-03 Kevin Darley  9/4f
8 MONTALEMBERT (USA) (Willie McKay) Stan Moore 2-9-03 John Egan 
9 KINDLELIGHT BLUE (IRE) (Kindlelight Ltd) Nick Littmoden 2-9-03 Ryan Moore 
10 GREEN DAY PACKER (IRE) (Middleham Park Racing/C Barclay/C Denton) Patrick Haslam 2-9-03 Frankie Dettori 
11 TENSION POINT (Mountgrange Stud & Ten) Jamie Osborne 2-9-03 Shane Kelly 
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 (1991-2005): 24: 28: 21: 15: 18: 20: 17: 19: 35: 38: 56: 55: 57: 65: 59 Number of horses in training (1991-2006): 59: 46: 39: 39: 43: 36: 45: 66: 61: 73: 95: 106: 103: 94:100: 110 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 in 2006: 26 Royal Ascot wins: (13) Golden Jubilee 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), Wolferton Rated Stakes (2004 Red Fort), Chesham Stakes (2006 Champlain) First Royal Ascot win: Golden Jubilee Stakes (June 19, 1969 Tudor Music)
Winning jockey:-Name: Robinson, Philip Peter. Born: January 10, 1961 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), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2004 Rakti), Lockinge Stakes (2005 Rakti) Wolferton Rated Stakes (2004 Red Fort), totesport Chester Cup (2004, 2005 Anak Pekan), Wokingham Stakes (2005 Ifraaj) Wins (1992-2005): 52, 52, 50, 41, 31, 0, 28, 53, 57, 47, 55, 70, 67, 70 Wins in 2006: 31 Royal Ascot wins: (9) 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), Chesham Stakes (2006 Champlain) 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
SECOND RACE RESULT
3.05pm HARDWICKE STAKES (GROUP TWO)
£140,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f, For 4yo+ Weights colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb Penalties after September 1, 2005, a winner of a Group Two race 3lb; of a Group One race 5lb Entries 46 pay £370 First Forfeit 34 pay £420 Confirmed 14 pay £260 Penalty Value 1st £79,492; 2nd £30,128; 3rd £15,078; 4th £7,518; 5th £3,766; 6th £1,890
1 MARAAHEL (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 5-9-00 Richard Hills  9/2
2 MOUNTAIN HIGH (IRE) (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Sir Michael Stoute 5-9-00 Kieren Fallon  7/2f
3 ENFORCER (D Clarke & C Edginton) William Muir 4-9-00 Kerrin McEvoy  8/1
4 DAY FLIGHT (Khalid Abdulla) John Gosden 5-9-00 Richard Hughes 
5 HARD TOP (IRE) (Ballymacoll Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-00 Michael Kinane 
6 SELF DEFENSE (Fraser Miller Racing) Emma Lavelle 9-9-00 Alan Munro 
7 COLLIER HILL (R Hall, David Abell, R Crowe) Alan Swinbank 8-9-05 Dean McKeown 
8 BANDARI (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 7-9-00 Martin Dwyer 
Non-runners: 2 Shawanda
Distances: hd, 1 1/2, 3/4, 2, 1/2, nk, 3
Time: 2m 29.25s
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company
Breeding: b h Alzao (USA) - Nasanice (IRE) (Nashwan (USA))
Tote: Win: £5.20 Places: £1.70; £1.60; £2.50 Exacta: £18.70
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), Falmouth Stakes (1983 Royal Heroine, 1986 and 1987 Sonic Lady, 1998 Lovers Knot), 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 (1983 Royal Heroine, 1985 Bella Colora, 2000 Petrushka, 2003 Zee Zee Top), 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 (1984-2005): 96: 120: 76: 105: 99: 116: 78: 83: 74: 65: 109: 73: 73: 84: 79: 81: 91: 75: 104: 115: 87: 95 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 Wins in 2006: 51 Royal Ascot Wins: 55 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), Jersey Stakes (1977 Etienne Gerard, 1980 Hard Fought, 1989 Zilzal, 1997 Among Men, 2006 Jeremy), King Edward VII Stakes (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1991 Saddler’s Hall, 1994 Foyer, 2002 Balakheri, 2006 Papal Bull), Hardwicke Stakes (1986 Dihistan, 1991 & 1992 Rock Hopper, 2006 Maraahel) Other details: Champion trainer in Britain 8 times (1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005) Trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket
Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Richard John. Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Tom Jones. First winner: Border Dawn (Doncaster 26/10/79) Classic wins: (5) 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan), 2000 Guineas (2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1999 Mutafaweq), Vodafone Oaks (2005 Eswarah) Other major wins: Autumn Stakes (2000 Nayef), Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel), Falmouth Stakes (2000 Alshakr, 2002 Tashawak), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), German Oaks (2002 Salve Regina), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Hungerford Stakes (1998 Muhtathir), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), July Cup (1998 Elnadim), Middle Park Stakes (1997 Hayil), Norfolk Stakes (1986 Sizzling Melody, 1989 Pettilante), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1994 Wagon Master; 2001 Mutamam; 2004 Bandari), Queen Mary Stakes (1997 Nadwah), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1994 Maroof, 2001 Summoner); Rockfel Stakes (1999 Lahan); Royal Lodge Stakes (1998 Mutaahab, 2002 Al Jadeed), Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), September Stakes (2000 Mutamam); Temple Stakes (1999 Tipsy Creek); Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Yorkshire Cup (1985 Ilium) Wins (1990-2005):56, 67, 52, 57, 59, 70, 71, 85, 83, 77, 81, 79, 81, 75, 66, 72 Other details: Took over as number one jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum on the retirement of Willie Carson. Wins in 2006: 18 Royal Ascot wins: (17) First Royal Ascot win:Queen’s Vase (June 19, 1985 Wassl Merbayeh) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1990 Ashal); Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1987 Mtoto, 2003 Nayef), Qqueen Mary Stakes (1997 Nadwah), Hardwicke Stakes (2006 Maraahel)
THIRD RACE RESULT
3.45pm GOLDEN JUBILEE STAKES (GROUP ONE)
£35,000 guaranteed, 6f, For 3yo+ Weights 3yo colts and geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 8lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 9st 1lb Weight for age 3 from 4yo+ 7lb Entries 59 pay £875 First Forfeit 48 pay £1015 Confirmed 26 pay £630 Penalty Value 1st £198,730; 2nd £75,320; 3rd £37,695; 4th £18,795; 5th £9,415; 6th £4,725
1 LES ARCS (USA) (Willie McKay) Tim Pitt 6-9-04 John Egan  33/1
2 BALTHAZAAR'S GIFT (IRE) (Ryder Racing Ltd) Kevin Ryan 3-8-11 Jamie Spencer  50/1
3 TAKEOVER TARGET (AUS) (Joe & Ben Janiak) Joe Janiak AUS 7-9-04 Jay Ford  7/2f
4 ASHDOWN EXPRESS (IRE) (W Jackson) Chris Wall 7-9-04 Alan Munro  50/1
5 AMADEUS WOLF (Duddy McDonald Heeney Irishnationalstud) Kevin Ryan 3-8-11 Neil Callan 
6 THE TATLING (IRE) (Dab Hand Racing) Milton Bradley 9-9-04 Ryan Moore 
7 IFFRAAJ (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-04 Frankie Dettori 
8 EISTEDDFOD (Elite Racing Club) Paul Cole 5-9-04 Jimmy Fortune 
9 NOELANI (IRE) (Lady Clague) John Oxx IRE 4-9-01 Michael Kinane 
10 GLAMOUR PUSS (NZ) (G Chittick) Danny O'Brien AUS 6-9-01b Steven King 
11 PIVOTAL POINT (R Bernard) Peter Makin 6-9-04 Darryll Holland 
12 AJIGOLO (Timberhill Racing Partnership) Mick Channon 3-8-11 Sam Hitchcott 
13 GIFT HORSE (Alfi And Partners) David Nicholls 6-9-04 Kieren Fallon 
14 ETLAALA (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 4-9-04 Richard Hills 
15 FAYR JAG (IRE) (Jonathan Gill) Tim Easterby 7-9-04 Richard Quinn 
16 ROYAL STORM (IRE) (The Cloran Family) Amanda Perrett 7-9-04 Richard Hughes 
17 QUITO (IRE) (Michael Hill) David Chapman 9-9-04b Tony Culhane 
18 BECKERMET (IRE) (Bishopthorpe Racing Two) Roger Fisher 4-9-04 Martin Dwyer 
Winning Trainer:- Name: Pitt, Tim Based: Bawtry, Doncaster Background: Previously worked as assistant to Gerard Butler as well as working for John Gosden and Peter Chapple-Hyam Date of first trainer’s licence: November 2005 First winner: Les Arcs, Lingfield, December 17, 2005 (Littlewoods Betdirect Handicap) Major Wins: Chester Cup (2006 Admiral), Cammidge Trophy (2006 Les Arcs) Horses in Training (2005): 16 Wins in 2005: 1 Wins in 2006: 8 Royal Ascot Wins: (1) Golden Jubilee (2006 Les Arcs) First Royal Ascot Winner: Les Arcs, Golden Jubilee Stakes, June 24, 2006
Winning jockey: John Egan Date Of birth: 24/5/68 Date & Place of first winner: Celtic Match, Mallow, August 1984 Big Race Wins Include: Irish 2000 Guineas (2003 Indian Haven), Ayr Gold Cup (1998 Always Alight), Tote International (2002 Crystal Castle), William Hill Trophy (2003 Dazzling Bay), Sovereign Stakes (2004 Norse Dancer), Darley July Cup (2005 Pastoral Pursuits), Earl Of Sefton Stakes (2005 Norse Dancer), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2005 Lochbuie), Champagne Stakes (2005 Close To You (dht Silent Times)), Chester Cup (2006 Admiral) Wins (1995-2005): 9, 36, 63, 46, 70, 43, -, 31, 61, 63, 105 Wins in 2006: 34 Royal Ascot Wins (4): Ascot Stakes (2004 Double Obsession), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2004 Corrib Eclipse), King Edward VII Stakes (2006 Snoqualmie Boy), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2006 Les Arcs)
FOURTH RACE RESULT
4.25pm WOKINGHAM STAKES (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
£80,000 guaranteed, 6f, For 3yo+ Rated 0-110 Weights highest weight not less than 9st 10lb Weights raised 4lb Minimum weight 7st 12lb Penalties after May 27, a winner 5lb; a winner of 2 races 8lb Weight For Age 3 from 4yo+ 7lb One Putra’s Handicap Mark 107 Entries 127 pay £145 First Forfeit 116 pay £165 Confirmed 92 pay £90 Penalty Value 1st £49,856; 2nd £14,928; 3rd £7,464; 4th £3,736; 5th £1,864; 6th £936
1 BALTIC KING (Thurloe Thoroughbreds VIII) Hughie Morrison 6-9-10t Jimmy Fortune  10/1
2 FIRENZE (Jan Hopper) James Fanshawe 5-8-11 Jamie Spencer  5/1f
3 BAHAMIAN PIRATE (USA) (Lucayan Stud & GGN Bloodstock) David Nicholls 11-9-01 Eddie Ahern  33/1
4 BORDERLESCOTT (Border Rail & Plant Ltd) Robin Bastiman 4-9-06 Royston Ffrench  14/1
5 YOMALO (IRE) (F Nowell) Rae Guest 6-9-03 Richard Quinn  14/1
6 INDIAN TRAIL (Martin Love) David Nicholls 6-8-12 Kieren Fallon 
7 KOSTAR (Mrs P Scott-Dunn & Mrs F Ryan) Clive Cox 5-8-09 Adam Kirby (3) 
8 CONNECT (Mrs P Bowring) Mark Tompkins 9-9-00b Michael Hills 
9 BEAVER PATROL (IRE) (G Stevens) Fulke Johnson Houghton 4-8-12 Kerrin McEvoy 
10 INTREPID JACK (Michael Lynch) Hughie Morrison 4-9-01 Steve Drowne 
11 JUST JAMES (Lucayan Stud) David Nicholls 7-9-02 Alan Munro 
12 JUDD STREET (Fulke Johnson Houghton) Fulke Johnson Houghton 4-8-12 Stephen Carson 
13 ONE PUTRA (IRE) (Sultan Ahmad Shah) Michael Jarvis 4-9-11t Philip Robinson 
14 PEACE OFFERING (IRE) (Lady O’Reilly) David Nicholls 6-8-13 Richard Hughes 
15 STRIKE UP THE BAND (The Apple Oak Syndicate) David Nicholls 3-9-05 Adrian Nicholls 
16 OBE GOLD (Bdr Partnership) Mick Channon 4-9-08 John Egan 
17 MERLIN'S DANCER (Chalfont Foodhalls Ltd) David Nicholls 6-9-02 Tony Culhane 
18 BAHIANO (IRE) (Clive Brittain) Clive Brittain 5-9-05 Ryan Moore 
19 TEXAS GOLD (C Edginton) William Muir 8-9-06 Martin Dwyer 
20 COMMANDO SCOTT (IRE) (Ann Morris) Ian McInnes 5-8-07 Paddy Mathers (3) 
21 CHOOKIE HEITON (IRE) (Hamilton Park Members Syndicate) Ian Semple 8-9-05 Michael Kinane 
22 GREENSLADES (Four Seasons Racing Ltd) Peter Makin 7-9-03 Darryll Holland 
23 ZOMERLUST (P Carr) John Quinn 4-8-13 Graham Gibbons 
24 SIR EDWIN LANDSEER (USA) (Biz-Ability Old Master Syndicate) Christian Wroe UAE 6- 9-01p Saleem Golam (3)
25 MUTAMARED (USA) (Errigal Racing) Kevin Ryan 6-9-01 Neil Callan 
26 HIGH REACH (Mrs D Edginton) William Muir 6-8-11 Nicky Mackay 
27 FIRE UP THE BAND (P Crane, A Barker, S Short) David Nicholls 7-9-08v Pat Dobbs 
28 DISTINCTLY GAME (Julian & Rosie Richer) Kevin Ryan 4-8-13b Joe Fanning 
Winning Trainer:-Name: Morrison, Hughie Date of Birth: 7/11/60 Based: East Illsley, Berkshire Date of First Licence: 1997. Had five point-to-point wins and previously assistant to Paul Cole for two years. Major Jumps Wins: William Hill National Hunt Chase (2002 Frenchman’s Creek), Ladbroke Hurdle (2001 Marble Arch) Major Flat Wins Include: Darley July Cup (2005 Pastoral Pursuits - first Group One winner), City & Suburban Handicap (2002 Salim Toto), Vodafone Rated Stakes (2002 Salim Toto), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2003 Waverley), Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint (2004 Baltic King), Prix Kergorlay (2005 Alcazar), Prix Royal Oak (2005 Alcazar), Sagaro Stakes (2003, 2005 Alcazar), Sirenia Stakes (2003 Pastoral Pursuits) Wins on Flat 2002-05: 28; 46; 34; 43 Horses in training (2003-2006): 65; 73; 92; 76 Wins in 2006: 20 Royal Ascot Wins (2): Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2003 Waverley), Wokingham Handicap (2006 Baltic King) First Royal Ascot Winner: Waverley, Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap, June 2003
Winning jockey:-Name: Fortune, James Joseph. Date of birth: 14/6/72 Apprenticeship: With Mike O'Neill. Big wins Include: Ayr Gold Cup (1989 Joveworth, 1996 Coastal Bluff), July Stakes (2004 Captain Hurricane), Lincoln Handicap (2000 John Ferneley, 2001 Nimello), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream); Racing Post Trophy (1998 Commander Collins); Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton), Sun Chariot Stakes (1999 Lady In Waiting), Vodafone Stewards’ Cup (1994 For The Present,1996 Coastal Bluff); Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2004 Playful Act; 2005 Nannina), Royal Lodge Stakes (2005 Leo) Wins (1988-2005): 8, 29, 46, 32, 26, 25, 56, 46, 83, 78, 108, 94, 93, 71, 92, 46, 72, 96 Wins in 2006: 29 Royal Ascot Winners: (6)Queen Mary Stakes (1999 Shining Hour), Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2003 Waverley), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina), Wokingham Handicap (2006 Baltic King)
FIFTH RACE RESULT
4.55pm DUKE OF EDINBURGH STAKES (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
£55,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f, For 3yo+ Rated 0-105 Weights highest weight not less than 9st 10lb Minimum Weight 7st 12lb Penalties after June 17, a winner 4lb; a winner of 2 races 7lb Balkan Knights Handicap Mark 105 Entries 51 pay £220 Penalty Value 1st £34,276; 2nd £10,263; 3rd £5,131.50; 4th £2,568.50; 5th £1,281.50; 6th £643.50
1 YOUNG MICK (M Kentish) George Margarson 4-8-08v Richard Quinn  28/1
2 GLISTENING (Paul Makin, G Peterson & O Glenn) Luca Cumani 4-9-00 Nicky Mackay  4/1f
3 PALOMAR (USA) (Sir Robert Ogden) Roger Charlton 4-9-05 Steve Drowne  16/1
4 POLYGONAL (FR) (Ernst Oertel) Ernst Oertel 6-8-09 John Egan  50/1
5 THUNDER ROCK (IRE) (Gay Smith) Sir Michael Stoute 4-8-08 Kieren Fallon 
6 REHEARSAL (Elite Racing Club) Len Lungo 5-8-11 Jamie Spencer 
7 CONSULAR (Poilin Good) Michael Jarvis 4-8-09 Philip Robinson 
8 CHANTACO (USA) (The Pink Hat Racing Partnership) Andrew Balding 4- 8-13 Martin Dwyer 
9 BRAVO MAESTRO (USA) (Nigel Shields) Nick Littmoden 5-8-09 Ryan Moore 
10 ALFIE NOAKES (G Stevens) Amanda Perrett 4-8-07 Kerrin McEvoy 
11 BALKAN KNIGHT (Raymond Tooth) David Elsworth 6-9-10 Frankie Dettori 
12 OBRIGADO (USA) (Brian Haggas) William Haggas 6-8-07 Darryll Holland 
13 VENGEANCE (T Staplehurst) Simon Dow 6-9-00 Pat Dobbs 
14 CROW WOOD (Marie Taylor) John Quinn 7-8-11 Graham Gibbons 
15 CRUISE DIRECTOR (Maggie Bull) Ian Williams 6-8-05 Adrian Nicholls 
16 TEMPLE PLACE (IRE) (Brendan Richardson & Jon Glews) Donald McCain Jnr 5-8-08t Royston Ffrench 
17 ARTURIUS (IRE) (N O’Farrell) Philip Rothwell IRE 4-9-07 Neil Callan 
18 PAGAN SWORD (The Gap Partnership) Amanda Perrett 4-8-07v Michael Kinane 
19 ALL THAT AND MORE (IRE) (Gainsborough Stud) Barry Hills 4-9-00 Michael Hills 
Winning trainer:-Name: Margarson, George Date of Birth: September 12, 1952 Date of First Licence: November 1996 Previous Experience: Worked for Harry Wharton, Geoff Toff, John Bingham and Mick Ryan Trains at: Graham Lodge, Newmarket Wins (1995-2005): 0,3,7,2,9,5,12,14,13,19,6 Horses In Training (2000-2006): 23, 25, 37, 43, 33, 33, 30 Major Wins Include: Greenham Stakes (2000 Barathea Guest), Bunbury Cup (2001 Atavus), Tote International (2001 Atavus) Wins in 2006: 11 Royal Ascot Wins: (1) Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2006 Young Mick) First Royal Ascot Winner: Young Mick, Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap, June 24, 2006
Winning jockey:-Name: Quinn, Thomas Richard. Born: Stirling, Scotland, 2/12/61 Apprenticeship: With Paul Cole, First winner: Bolivar Baby (Kempton, October 21, 1981) Wins 1984-2005: 62, 47, 69, 55, 46, 63, 90, 99, 117, 123, 115, 111, 149, 74, 108, 151, 140, 116, 104, 82, 76, 82 Wins in 2006: 27 Classic wins: (3) St Leger (1990 Snurge, 2000 Millenary), Vodafone Oaks (2000 Love Divine) Other major wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (1989 Pass The Peace, 1999 Seazun); Derby Italiano (1987 Zaizoom, 1994 Time Star); Dewhurst Stakes (1990 Generous); Fillies’ Mile (1991 Culture Vulture), Grand Prix de Paris (2000 Beat Hollow), Irish Oaks (1990 Knight's Baroness), Irish St Leger (1990 Ibn Bey, 1995 Strategic Choice), Lockinge Stakes (1988 Broken Hearted, 1996 Soviet Line), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1992 Culture Vulture), Prix Royal Oak (1992 Assessor), Rothmans International (1992 Snurge), Royal Hunt Cup (1986 Patriach, 2004 Mine), Yorkshire Oaks (1987 Bint Pasha) Other details: Champion European apprentice 1983, Champion British apprentice 1984, retained rider to Henry Cecil from 2000 to 2003, now freelance Royal Ascot Wins: (25) Major Royal Ascot Wins: Royal Hunt Cup (1986 Patriarch), Coventry Stakes (1994 Sri Pekan, 1998 Red Sea), Queen’s Vase (1997 Windsor Castle), King’s Stand Stakes (1999 Mitcham), King Edward VII Stakes (2000 Subtle Power), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2006 Young Mick) First Royal Ascot Winner: Royal Hunt Cup, June 18, 1986 (Patriarch)
SIXTH RACE RESULT
5.30pm QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES
£55,000 guaranteed, 2m 5f 159yds, (Class 2) Conditions Race For 4yo+ Weights colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 9lb; 5yo+ horses and geldings 9st 2lb; fillies and mares 8st 11lb Penalties after June 15, 2005, for each class 3 or class 2 race won 3lb; for each class 1 race won 5lb (handicaps excluded for the purpose of penalties) (penalties cumulative and maximum penalty 10lb) Weight for age 4 from 5yo+ 2lb Entries 25 pay £200 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 (Noel Martin) Mick Channon 4-9-00 Ian Mongan  11/2
2 COVER UP (IRE) (Ballymacoll Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 9-9-12 Kieren Fallon  3/1f
3 VINANDO (Evelyn Hankinson) Charles Egerton 5-9-02tb Frankie Dettori  4/1
4 EBTIKAAR (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 4-9-00 Richard Hills  9/2
5 CORRIB ECLIPSE (M Ioannou) Ian Williams 7-9-02 Ryan Moore 
6 DANCING BAY (Elite Racing Club) Nicky Henderson 9-9-02 Jamie Spencer 
7 ESTABLISHMENT (Annie Cyzer) Charles Cyzer 9-9-02 Martin Dwyer 
8 CONSIDINE (USA) (Desperate Housewives Syndicate) Charlie Mann 5-9-02 Tony Culhane 
9 DOVEDON HERO (Michael Whatley) Charlie McBride 6-9-02b Jimmy Fortune 
10 THREE COUNTIES (IRE) (Mrs E Rossiter) Nathan Rossiter 5-9-02 Mark Coumbe 
11 AVALON (Patsy Byrne) Jonjo O'Neill -9-00 Michael Kinane 
12 DUBAI SUNDAY (JPN) (Eventmaker Partnership) Phil McEntee 5-9-02tb Brian Reilly 
13 BRENDAN'S SURPRISE (Racing For All Club) Karl Burke 4-9-00 Neil Callan 
Distances: nk, 3/4, 1 1/2, hd, 1/2, 4, 3/4, 11, 6, 7, 7
Time: 5m 04.06s
Breeder: V Rapkins
Breeding: b c Mujahid (USA) - Aude La Belle (FR) (Ela-Mana-Mou)
Tote: Win: £7.20 Places: £2.30; £1.80; £1.90 Exacta: £28.60
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: 43 First Royal Ascot win: Great Deeds (June 18, 1993 - Windsor Castle Stakes) Royal Ascot wins: (14) 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), Queen Alexandra 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: 18 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: (2) Ascot Stakes (2006 Baddam), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2006 Baddam) First Royal Ascot Win: Baddam, Ascot Stakes, June 20, 2006
THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY
5.30pm, Royal Ascot, Saturday, June 24, 2006
Queen Alexandra Stakes 2m 6f
GOING: GOOD to FIRM
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1(13) 1-17 Cover Up Sir Michael Stoute 9-9-12 Kieren Fallon
Twice a winner of this race back in 2003 and 2002 and second last year. Has to give weight all round.
2(1) 200- Considine Charlie Mann 5-9-02 Tony Culhane
Poor novice hurdle and not much good on the Flat.
3(2) 052- Corrib Eclipse Ian Williams 7-9-02 Ryan Moore
Won this in 2004 and finished 11th in the Gold Cup last year. Won a three mile novice hurdle last month and has to be feared again - can go well.
4(11) 4-24 Dancing Bay Nicky Henderson 9-9-02 Jamie Spencer
Fourth last year and second in 2004 so appears held.
5(7) 3252 Dovedon Hero Charlie McBride 6-9-02b Jimmy Fortune
Consistent sort but not up to this class and has yet to try this sort of trip.
6(8) 30 Dubai Sunday Phil McEntee 5-9-02tb1 Brian Reilly
Novice hurdler who will be outclassed.
7(10) 4430 Establishment Charles Cyzer 9-9-02 Martin Dwyer
Consistent and should stay but does not look quite good enough.
8(5) 88-7 Three Counties Nathan Rossiter 5-9-02 Mark Coumbe
Maiden who will be outclassed.
9(9) 2-25 Vinando Charles Egerton 5-9-02tb Frankie Dettori
Consistent sort and could be a danger to them all here. Second in the totesport Chester Cup and fourth in last year’s Cesarewitch. Closely linked form-wise with Dancing Bay
10(3) 34-3 Avalon Jonjo O’Neill 4-9-00 Michael Kinane
Better on the Flat than over hurdles and must be considered. But untested over anything like this trip.
11(4) 0591 Baddam Mick Channon 4-9-00 Ian Mongan
Won handicap over two and a half miles here on Tuesday which was improved form. He needs to improve again.
12(6) 84-0 Brendan’s Surprise Karl Burke 4 9-0 Neil Callan
Maiden who will be outclassed.
13(12) -415 Ebtikaar John Dunlop 4-9-00 Richard Hills
Consistent and fair useful handicapper who could appreciate this trip but has never tried beyond two miles.
Summary CORRIB ECLIPSE is a past winner of this race and is excellent value.