CRACKING ENTRY OF 61 FOR CANTOR SPREADFAIR SUSSEX STAKES
Asset a possible starter for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing & Richard Hannon
Alan King enters Levera, unbeaten in three starts this year
A superb 61-strong entry has been received for the £300,000 Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes, Goodwood's top race of the year run on Wednesday, August 2.
The Group One event for three-year-olds and upwards is one of the most prestigious mile contests in the European Flat racing calendar and consistently attracts the top-rated milers. This is the third year of Cantor Spreadfair's sponsorship.
Proclamation, who scored by half a length from 2004 heroine Soviet Song in a thrilling finish last year when trained by Jeremy Noseda, is one of 12 entries for Godolphin, which has landed the Goodwood contest twice courtesy of Aljabr in 1999 and Noverre in 2001.
Other entrants for the Maktoum family's operation include Silca's Sister, a Group One winner last season and fourth in the 1000 Guineas, Opera Cape, last year's Dewhurst third who ran unplaced on his return in the 2000 Guineas, and Iffraaj, who lifted the Group Two GNER Park Stakes at Doncaster last term when trained by Michael Jarvis.
Aidan O'Brien, who sent out the iron horse' Giant's Causeway to score in 2000 and followed up two years later with Rock Of Gibraltar, who was landing his sixth successive Group One victory, has the largest entry from any single trainer, with 17 horses.
They include George Washington, scintillating winner of this year's 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, Aussie Rules, narrow winner of the French equivalent over stablemate Marcus Andronicus, and top filly Rumplestiltskin.
Richard Hannon, successful with 20/1 shot Reel Buddy in 2003, has two hopefuls entered this year in Hurricane Alan and Asset. The latter is owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and impressed many on his seasonal reappearance in the Listed Easter Stakes at Kempton on April 1 before running disappointingly when ninth, beaten six lengths, behind George Washington in the 2000 Guineas.
Harry Herbert, managing director of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said today: "The Cantor Spreadfair Sussex is very much a possibility for Asset.
"We need to know a bit more about the horse before we can commit any further.
"While he ran perfectly respectably in the Guineas, Richard Hughes said it was definitely not his true running.
"At Royal Ascot, we are probably going to go down the Jersey Stakes route with him and drop him back to seven furlongs, although he is still entered in the St James's Palace Stakes. We will see how we get on there before we decide whether to aim him at the Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes.
"I am sure he stays a mile although he does show a lot of speed as well. We will know a lot more after Ascot.
"I would think he's a miler - in the Guineas he was just a bit lacklustre and didn't fire. He ran a bit free, was looking at other horses and ran almost like a green horse.
"We still think he's a very exciting prospect."
Jeremy Noseda, who trained Proclamation to land the spoils last season, has Irish 2000 Guineas winner Araafa, Lockinge Stakes second Majors Cast and impressive maiden winners Petrovich and Secret World entered.
Sir Michael Stoute, looking for his fourth Sussex Stakes win following Among Men (1998), Zilzal (1989) and Sonic Lady (1986), is responsible for six entries, the pick of whom could be Peeress, who had stablemate Rob Roy back in sixth when taking the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May.
Home Affairs, Final Verse and Jeremy, all Listed winners this season, and improving handicapper Mostashaar complete the Stoute contingent.
There is one French-trained entry in Krataios, trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias and successful in the Group Two Prix du Muguet at Saint-Cloud on May 1.
Other interesting entries are John Gosden's trio Sleeping Indian, Iceman and West Of Amarillo, Mick Channon's Flashy Wings, and Ed Dunlop's Court Masterpiece, who landed the Group Two Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs at Goodwood last year, and went on to take the Group One Prix de la Foret at Longchamp by a head from Caradak, now with Godolphin.
Alan King is hopeful that the progressive Levera, unbeaten in three starts this term and an impressive winner of the Listed Blue Square Stakes over seven furlongs at York on May 17, can make the improvement required to take his chance in the Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes.
The three-year-old Groom Dancer colt won on his seasonal bow at Newmarket off a mark of 82 on April 18, and has since risen 25lb in the handicap.
King revealed today: "It would be a nice surprise if Levera is good enough for the Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes. He's improving and if you're not in you can't run, so we thought we'd make the entry.
"We'll see how he gets on in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot first. He's now up to 107 with the handicapper so he's going the right way. I've been very happy with him since York and he's in good form."
The Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes takes place on the second day of Glorious Goodwood which starts on Tuesday, August 1, and concludes on Saturday, August 5.
The five-day meeting is largely an all-ticket affair this year. The Richmond Enclosure, as usual, is for members and their guests, while admission to the Gordon Enclosure for all five days and in Lennox Enclosure (formerly the Public Enclosure) on the Saturday will be by advance purchase only. The only enclosure where tickets can be bought on the day is the Lennox from the Tuesday to the Friday.
BREAKDOWN OF ENTRIES BY TRAINER WITH PAST SUCCESSES IN THE CANTOR SPREADFAIR SUSSEX STAKES
Aidan O'Brien IRE (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar. 2000 Giant's Causeway)
Saeed bin Suroor (2001 Noverre, 1999 Aljabr)
Sir Michael Stoute (1998 Among Men, 1989 Zilzal, 1986 Sonic Lady)
Jeremy Noseda (2005 Proclamation)
Richard Hannon (2003 Reel Buddy)
Jim Bolger IRE
James Fanshawe (2004 Soviet Song)
Barry Hills (1990 Distant Relative)
Carlos Laffon-Parias FR
Kevin Prendergast IRE
David Wachman IRE
THE CANTOR SPREADFAIR SUSSEX STAKES
Class 1, Group 1, £300,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.15pm, Goodwood, Wednesday, August 2, 2006. For 3yo+, 1m. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 7lb; fillies 9st 4lb. Entries closed May 31, entries revealed June 7 (61 entries). Forfeit stage July 11, £19,500 supplementary entry stage July 28, five-day confirmation stage July 28, final declaration stage 10.00am July 31. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, June 6, 2006.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
4432-24 ACE (IRE) 5 Sue Magnier, Michael.Tabor, Mrs Harry McCalmont Aidan O'Brien IRE
25360-6 AD VALOREM (USA) 4 Sue Magnier & Mr R Ingram Aidan O'Brien IRE
0332-20 AMADEUS MOZART (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor& Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1263-41 ARAAFA (IRE) 3 Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Jeremy Noseda
2135-0 ARABIAN PRINCE (USA) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
413-(1)0 ASSET (IRE) 3 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXVI Richard Hannon
421-510 AUSSIE RULES (USA) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Fasal Salman Aidan O'Brien IRE
405-622 BABODANA 6 M P Bowring Mark Tompkins
1/322- BELENUS (IRE) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
33 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
31323- BLACK CHARMER (IRE) 3 A D Spence Mark Johnston
3010/26- BYRON 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
C'MON TIGER (USA) 3 Michael Tabor& Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
6/01112- CARADAK (IRE) 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
3315-(6)3 COURT MASTERPIECE 6 Gainsborough Stud Ed.Dunlop
41-113 DECADO (IRE) 3 Mrs C O'Flynn, Mr D Sheehy, Mr D O'Flynn Kevin Prendergast IRE
1422-61 FINAL VERSE 3 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
11123-0 FLASHY WINGS 3 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
31-0 FROST GIANT (USA) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1111-12 GEORGE WASHINGTON (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
3406-13 HOME AFFAIRS 4 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
221305- HURRICANE ALAN (IRE) 6 Ian Wight Richard Hannon
011-300 HURRICANE CAT (USA) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
1234/40- ICEMAN 4 Cheveley Park Stud John Gosden
111010- IFFRAAJ 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
124(0)-00 IVAN DENISOVICH (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Mr & Mrs Irving Cowan Aidan O'Brien IRE
2212-2 1 JEREMY (USA) 3 Betty Moran Sir Michael Stoute
11-1513 KRATAIOS (FR) 6 Leonidas Marinopoulos Carlos Laffon-Parias FR
421-111 LEVERA 3 Four Mile Racing Alan King
115/- LIBRETTIST (USA) ` 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
411160- LUAS LINE (IRE) 4 Evie Stockwell David Wachman IRE
2235-12 MAJORS CAST (IRE) 5 Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
1524-22 MARCUS ANDRONICUS (USA) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1124-2 MODEEROCH (IRE) 3 Ballylinch Stud Jim Bolger IRE
05/121-4 MOSTASHAAR (FR) 4 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
321-230 OLYMPIAN ODYSSEY 3 Bill Gredley Barry Hills
21123-0 OPERA CAPE 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
11351-6 PALACE EPISODE (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
21314-1 PEERESS 5 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
1 PETROVICH (USA) 3 Michael Tabor Jeremy Noseda
1/61110- PROCLAMATION (IRE) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
05-2413 QUEEN CLEOPATRA (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2011-04 RACE FOR THE STARS (USA) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
02-10 RIVER TIBER 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
0310-16 ROBROY (USA) 4 Philip Newton Sir Michael Stoute
343-640 ROCAMADOUR 4 Salem Suhail Mick Channon
322-(2)21 ROYAL POWER (IRE) 3 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
13111-0 RUMPLESTILTSKIN (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Niarchos Family Aidan O'Brien IRE
21114/0- SATCHEM (IRE) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1 SECRET WORLD (IRE) 3 Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
511-4 SILCA'S SISTER 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
10 SILVER TOUCH (IRE) 3 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
151252- SLEEPING INDIAN 5 George Strawbridge John Gosden
16/312-4 SOVIET SONG (IRE) 6 Elite Racing Club James Fanshawe
13- THE WILD SWAN (USA) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
2115- TRUE CAUSE (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1424-(1)5 VANDERLIN 7 J C, J R and S R Hitchins Andrew Balding
(1)13- VISTA BELLA 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
00(2)2(0)-2 VORTEX 7 Coriolis Partnership Gay Kelleway
100-34 WEST OF AMARILLO (USA) 3 H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
446-104 YASOODD 3 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
CHRIS BRAND TO ASSUME ROLE OF ACTING BHB CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Chris Brand, BHB Finance Director since August 2004, will take on the role of Acting Chief Executive on Monday 3rd July, following the departure of current Chief Executive Greg Nichols at the end of June. By this time, the search for a full-time Chief Executive of the new British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will be underway.
The appointment was recommended by BHB's Nominations and Remuneration Committee and unanimously agreed by the Board at its meeting on Monday.
Brand, 36, will take on the full range of responsibilities of BHB Chief Executive, and will play a central role in the formation of the BHA, which will see the merging of the sport's governance and regulatory functions by 1st January 2007. He will also represent BHB on the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.
He will retain overall control of the Governance and Regulatory Budget, and oversee all BHB's legal, business and commercial affairs, with his remaining responsibilities as Finance Director to be allocated amongst existing BHB personnel.
Prior to joining BHB, Brand was Head of Finance and Business for BBC Radio 4 and BBC7. He graduated in mathematics from Oxford University and in 1992 joined Trafalgar House, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1995. He has a lifelong interest in horseracing.
BHB Chairman Martin Broughton said: "Chris is a very talented and valued member of BHB's Executive team, and the Board had no hesitation in appointing him as Acting Chief Executive for what will be a particularly important period in determining British Racing's future governance structure. I am confident that he will ensure a smooth and efficient transition to the launch of BHA."
Chris Brand said: "I am delighted to accept the opportunity to take onthe Acting Chief Executive role. I've really enjoyed my near two years as Finance Director, and I can now look forward to a period taking on the wider brief, working closely with Racing's many and varied stakeholders.
"Delivering the new BHA from a concept to a working reality is a major and exciting challenge. With a fantastic team of BHB staff to help me along the way, together with the dedication of the HRA team led by Peter Webbon and vital support from BHB's shareholders, I have every confidence that we can launch BHA to long-standing success."