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Thursday, JUne 16, 2011








Today's attendance was 70,509, up 3 per cent on last year's figure of 68,227.


Charles Barnett, Ascot's Chief Executive, commented: "In spite of the bad weather, we've had some fantastic racing in front of a crowd of over 70,000 people who have enjoyed a wonderful day. After a year's break, it looks like it's business as usual for the Coolmore team in the Gold Cup with Fame And Glory giving Aidan O'Brien a fifth victory in the race since we reopened."





The ground remains Good to Soft, Soft in places at the end of racing today.


Chris Stickels, Ascot's Clerk of the Course, commented: "Despite the rain falling this morning, the track coped well today. We are forecast the odd heavy shower tonight and a small amount of rain during the day tomorrow. There is then set to be a bigger volume of rain on Friday night."




Today's totesport on-course cash turnover was £1,831,355, up 12.5 per cent on last year's figure of £1,629,067.





Wesley Ward, the American trainer, has withdrawn Judy The Beauty, described as his best chance this week, from tomorrow's Albany Stakes because of the rain-softened ground.



no 6   JUDY THE BEAUTY (CAN) (Self Certificate - Going)



no 3   EVENS AND ODDS (IRE) (Going)

no 13   BRAE HILL (IRE) (Self Certificate - Not Eaten Up)

no 14   KYLLACHY STAR (Self Certificate - Stiff)






Jockey    1st   2nd   3rd

Richard Hughes   3   2   1

Eddie Ahern    2   -   -

Richard Kingscote   2   -   -

Ryan Moore    1   4   1

Tom Queally    1   1   -

Jamie Spencer    1   -   2

Frankie Dettori    1   -   1

Phillip Makin    1   -   1

Johnny Murtagh    1   -   1

Jim Crowley    1   -   -

Jimmy Fortune    1   -   -

Wayne Lordan    1   -   -

Nicky Mackay    1   -   -

Kevin Manning    1   -   -

Kieren Fallon    -   2   -

Martin Dwyer    -   1   1

Olivier Peslier    -   1   1

Steven Arnold    -   1   -

George Baker    -   1   -

Mikael Barzalona   -   1   -

Ian Mongan    -   1   -

Paul Mulrennan   -   1   -

Dane O’Neill    -   1   -

Seb Sanders    -   1   -

Pierre-Charles Boudot   -   -   1

Neil Callan    -   -   1

Paul Hanagan    -   -   1

Michael Hills    -   -   1

Adam Kirby    -   -   1

Nick Mitchell    -   -   1

Luke Morris    -   -   1

Tadhg O’Shea    -   -   1

Robert Winston    -   -   1


Royal Ascot Top Jockey – totesport bet (Win Only): 4/7 (from Evs) Richard Hughes, 5/4 (from Evs) Ryan Moore.


"Whilst Ryan Moore still has a whole host of fancied mounts to come, Richard Hughes has the winners on the board and he just shades favouritism to be top jockey at the Royal meeting with two days to go," said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.






Trainer    1st   2nd   3rd

Richard Hannon   3   2   1

Aidan O’Brien IRE   2   2   -

Tom Dascombe   2   -   -

Hughie Morrison   2   -   -

Sir Henry Cecil    1   1   -

Mahmood Al Zarooni   1   1   -

Jim Bolger IRE    1   -   -

David Brown    1   -   -

Robert Cowell    1   -   -

Nicky Henderson   1   -   -

Kevin Ryan    1   -   -

Tommy Stack IRE   1   -   -

Walter Swinburn   1   -   -

Luca Cumani    -   2   -

Brian Meehan    -   1   1

Jeremy Noseda   -   1   1

Henry Candy    -   1   -

Keith Dalgleish    -   1   -

John Gosden    -   1   -

Freddy Head FR   -   1   -

John Hills    -   1   -

Danny O’Brien AUS   -   1   -

Pat Phelan    -   1   -

Ed Vaughan    -   1   -

Saeed bin Suroor   -   -   1

Marco Botti    -   -   1

Roger Charlton    -   -   1

Clive Cox    -   -   1

Michael Dods    -   -   1

James Evans    -   -   1


Andre Fabre FR   -   -   1

Barry Hills    -   -   1

Alan McCabe    -   -   1

Tony Millard HK   -   -   1

Pat Murphy    -   -   1

David Simcock    -   -   1

Roger Teal    -   -   1

Roger Varian    -   -   1

Lucy Wadham    -   -   1





CANFORD CLIFFS (IRE)  (Heffer Syndicate, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith) Richard Hannon 4-9-0 Richard Hughes [6] 11/8



PROHIBIT (Dasmal, Rix, Barr, Morley, Mrs Penney) Robert Cowell 6-9-4p Jim Crowley [14] 7/1



FRANKEL (Khalid Abdulla) Henry Cecil 3-9-0 Tom Queally [5] 30/100 Fav



POWER (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-9-1 Ryan Moore [19] 4/1 Fav



VEILED (Pump & Plant Services Ltd) Nicky Henderson 5-9-3 Eddie Ahern [10] 11/2



FREDERICK ENGELS (Qatar Bloodstock Ltd) David Brown 2-9-3 Johnny Murtagh [22] 9/4 Fav




STRONG SUIT (USA) (Julie Wood) Richard Hannon 3-9-6 Richard Hughes [5] 11/1



LOLLY FOR DOLLY (IRE) (David Koeghan) Tommy Stack IRE 4-8-12b Wayne Lordan [5] 11/1



REWILDING (Godolphin) Mahmood Al Zarooni 4-9-0 Frankie Dettori [6] 17/2



JULIENAS (IRE) (Peter Harris) Walter Swinburn 4-8-8 Eddie Ahern [24] 12/1



BEST TERMS (Robert Barnett) Richard Hannon 2-8-12 Richard Hughes [7] 12/1



RHYTHM OF LIGHT (Lowe, Silver, Deal) Tom Dascombe 3-8-12 Richard Kingscote [1] 8/1




BAPAK CHINTA (USA) (T Rahman) Kevin Ryan 2-9-1 Phillip Makin [2] 6/1



BANIMPIRE (IRE) (Jackie Bolger) Jim Bolger IRE 3-8-12 Kevin Manning [2] 3/1 Fav



FAME AND GLORY (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Fitri Hay) Aidan O'Brien IRE 5-9-2 Jamie Spencer [3] 11/8 Fav



SAGRAMOR (Melksham Craic) Hughie Morrison 3-8-13 Nicky Mackay [23] 8/1



PISCO SOUR (USA) (Michael Kerr-Dineen) Hughie Morrison 3-9-0 Jimmy Fortune [11] 20/1


BROWN PANTHER (Owen Promotions Ltd) Tom Dascombe 3-8-13 Richard Kingscote [12] 4/1 Jt Fav







The going is now


Good to Soft, Soft in places


after 11 millimetres of rain since 7am.


It was previously Good.


Chris Stickels, Ascot’s Clerk of the Course, said when interviewed on the course by Derek Thompson for At The Races: “The ground has eased quite a bit after 11 millimetres of rain this morning.




“It is Good to Soft, Soft in places. I have been very pleased with how the straight course has taken the rain.”




The Ascot remains GOOD at the moment but rain has fallen at Ascot this morning and continues, with the ground description due to change before racing.


The rain started at 7am and Clerk of the Course Chris Stickels commented: “We are forecast heavy showers on and off all day, but the worst are meant to be over by the end of this morning hopefully.


“I anticipate the ground easing a bit, depending on how much rain we get before the first race.”


Stalls’ Position

Straight course: Centre

Round course: Inside


Inside rail

The inside rail on the Round course is positioned three metres out from the inside line from the nine-furlong pole to the home straight;


This increases distances by approximately the following amounts:

races at 12f and over: 12 yards

races at 10f: 9 yards

races over the Old Mile: 6 yards


The rail will be moved back to the inside line for racing tomorrow.



Showers also due Friday and Saturday




5.35pm Buckingham Palace Handicap



no3  EVENS AND ODDS (IRE) (Going)

no13.    BRAE HILL (IRE) (Self Certificate - Not Eaten Up)

no14.    KYLLACHY STAR (Self Certificate - Stiff)





Ryan Moore and Richard Hughes are the even money joint favourites to be top jockey at this year's Royal Meeting with totesport after a double for the latter saw him take the lead in the standings on the second day.


Moore drew a blank yesterday afternoon which leaves him on one winner, while Eddie Ahern took his tally to two when Julienas won the Royal Hunt Cup and he can be backed at 25/1 to finish the meeting on top.


“There’s still all to play for with three days of the Royal Meeting left but Ryan Moore will need a couple of his well-fancied mounts to do the business as Richard Hughes already has three in the bag,” said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.



Royal Ascot Top Jockey – totesport bet: Evs Ryan Moore, Richard Hughes, 25 Eddie Ahern.

Win Only


Royal Carriage List -Thursday, June 16, 2011


Carriage 1

1 THE QUEEN      


3 The Duke of York       

4 The Earl of Romney


Carriage 2

1 The Princess Royal      

2 Princess Beatrice

3 Mr  Anthony Duckworth-Chad

4 Mrs Anthony Duckworth-Chad


Carriage 3

1 The Honourable Harry Herbert               2 The Honourable Mrs. Harry Herbert

3 Mr Anthony Andrews

4 Mrs Anthony Andrews


Carriage 4

1 Mr Michael Middleton       

2 Mrs Michael Middleton

3 Dr Jim Hay

4 Mrs Jim Hay






As the rain fell on Ascot this morning, punters were looking for horses with proven stamina and bookies were looking to take on Gold Cup favourite Fame And Glory despite some strong support.


William Hill took a bet of £54,600 at 5/2 about the Ballydoyle-trained colt and another at £40,000 in a London betting shop but have held his price.


Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: “After a first-day thrashing, So You Think helped even the score for the bookmakers. Punters haven’t lost faith in Ballydoyle however, judging by the heavy support for Fame And Glory this morning.”


Simon Clare of Coral reports interest in several outsiders in the Gold Cup. “As the rain has fallen, Fame And Glory proved easy to back and we have eased him to 9/4 but punters have been latching onto the likes of Opinion Poll (14/1 from 18/1), who loves soft ground, Manighar (10/1 from 12/1) and the outsider Aaim To Prosper (33/1 from 66/1),” said Clare.


Today’s movers are:


Marcus Augustus 40/1 from 66/1 Boylesports

Silverheels 11/2 from 6/1 Paddy Power, 6/1 from 8/1 William Hill, 6/1 from 7/1 Coral



Arizona Jewel 12/1 from 16/1 Boylesports

Creme Anglaise 14/1 from 18/1 Coral, 16/1 from 20/1 William Hill

Dorcas Lane 13/2 from 7/1 Coral

Rumh 7/2 from 4/1 Boylesports


3.45pm GOLD CUP (GROUP 1)

Aaim To Prosper 33/1 from 66/1 Coral, 40/1 from 50/1 Paddy Power, 40/1 from 66/1 Boylesports and William Hill

Fame And Glory 9/4 from 5/2 Ladbrokes

Manighar 10/1 from 12/1 Coral

Opinion Poll 14/1 from 25/1 Boylesports, 14/1 from 18/1 Coral, 16/1 from 20/1 Ladbrokes, William Hill and Paddy Power


Belgian Bill 9/1 from 14/1 Ladbrokes, 9/1 from 11/1 William Hill

Dream Achieved 16/1 from 18/1 William Hill

Kuala Limpes 16/1 from 18/1 William Hill

Madawi 33/1 from 501/ Ladbrokes, 33/1 from 40/1 William Hill

Tropical Beat 9/1 from 12/1 Boylesports, 10/1 from 12/1 Paddy Power

Vanguard Dream 33/1 from 40/1 William Hill



Slumber 10/1 from 16/1 Paddy Power, 12/1 from 15/1 William Hill, 12/1 from 14/1 Ladbrokes



Apache 9/2 from 13/2 Boylesports (after bet of £5,000 each-way), 6/1 from 7/1 Ladbrokes

Brown Panther 9/2 from 13/2 Boylesports, 5/1 from 8/1 Coral, 5/1 from 7/1 Paddy Power, 11/2 from 7/1 William Hill

Communicator 12/1 from 14/1 William Hill





Racing transcends industry and becomes a national talking point during Royal Ascot, as witnessed by a wealth of newspaper coverage, much of it on front pages.

 ‘Winner by a head in the Ascot fashion stakes’ is a headline above a large photograph on page 1 of The Daily Telegraph, which also splashes a feature by Matthew Norman entitled ‘My brief career as a racehorse owner’.

 Welsh mega-mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, riveting in a red hat and dress on Wednesday, rivals jockey Frankie Dettori in terms of column inches and large-scale photographs. She graces both the Daily Express’s front page and page 11 under the headline ‘Katherine is red-hot favourite at the races’, and she becomes a page 4 pin-up in the Daily Mirror which claims ‘Diva Kath’s well bRED’. The Daily Star alludes to horses and a current TV hit by declaring ‘Only neigh is Essex’ in a two-page spread featuring numerous celebrity racegoers, among them the omnipresent Jenkins.

 Gossip peddler Richard Kay of the Daily Mail takes to task the Queen’s racing advisor, John Warren, for wearing sunglasses while addressing Her Majesty, while The Sun picks up on the racecourse’s attempts to keep the venue free of drugs by using a drugs honesty box. Its headline for the story is ‘And they’re off ... their heads’.

 The Daily Mail’s Alan Fraser, in an article titled ‘Celebrity parade is a novel diversion’, admits the number of achievers who visit the Royal meeting is not without its pitfalls for the unwary sports journalist - he won’t forget author Cecelia Ahern next time they meet.

 For local weekly publication Ascot News the Royal racing and fashion festival is of additional significance, and it fills its news and sports pages with photographs and editorials. ‘Shops on a winner thanks to races!’ says the paper in a reference to the boost to local businesses.

 On the racetrack, Rewilding’s thrilling victory over So You Think in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes is given substantial coverage, including numerous pictures of Frankie Dettori’s trademark dismount. ‘Dettori joy at Rewilding win’ headlines The Guardian’s sports coverage, while The Independent hails ‘Relentless Dettori ... gets one back on Bart’, a reference to Australian Bart Cummings’ swipe at European racing.

 ‘Wild One’ screams The Sun’s racing pullout headline, ‘Wild Fire’ is the Racing Post’s take on the race, while the Daily Mirror exclaims  ‘Fun-time Frankie’.

 However, Dettori’s whip-infused finish landed him with a nine-day ban, which is picked up by the Daily Mail - ‘Frankie Slap’ - and The Times - ‘Dettori holds the whip hand after snatching victory’.

 Today’s feature race, the Gold Cup, gives tipsters a challenging assignment - Holberg is the Pricewise selection in the Racing Post, and of Rob Wright in The Times and Newsboy in the Daily Mirror. Duncan is chosen by the Daily Mail’s Robin Goodfellow and Brigantin is the preference of The Daily Telegraph’s J A McGrath, but The Sun’s Templegate rows in with Fame And Glory, which could be a three-word description of Royal Ascot.



STAR WITNESS (AUS) FACTFILE - GOLDEN JUBILEE4 ch c Starcraft (NZ) - Leone Chiara (AUS) (Lion Hunter (AUS))

Form: 1/1103412-302   Owner: Widden Stud  Trainer: Danny O’Brien AUS

Breeder: Alma Vale Bloodstock Pty Ltd Jockey: Steven Arnold


Star Witness

Star Witness became the first Group One winner for the 2005 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes victor Starcraft when posting a head verdict in the six-furlong Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on February 20, 2010. The four-year-old is the only runner to date for the former top-class sprinting mare Leone Chiara, who was successful in Group Three company and is a full-sister to Group winners Chinchilla Rose and Ferocity. Star Witness was sold to Danny O’Brien for AUS$150,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, and he made an impressive start to his career, following up a debut victory at Moonee Valley on November 28, 2009, with a ready success in a Flemington Listed contest in January, 2010. He subsequently registered a first Group One success in the Blue Diamond Stakes but trailed in 12th on his final juvenile appearance in the Group Two Todman Stakes at Rosehill in March, 2010. Star Witness kicked off the 2010/2011 season by taking third in an extended five-furlong Listed contest at Caulfield in August. After finishing fourth behind Black Caviar in the six-furlong Group Two Schillacci Stakes at the same course on October 9, Star Witness registered his second Group One success as he powered clear of his rivals for a two-length success in the Coolmore Stud Stakes over six furlongs at Flemington on October 30. He reopposed Black Caviar in the Patinack Farm Classic, also over six furlongs at Flemington, on November 6 and lost little in defeat by coming home second, four lengths behind the outstanding sprinter. Star Witness was given a break and returned to action when taking third in a Sandown Listed contest over an extended six furlongs on February 9. He was purchased by Widden Stud shortly after that run to stand at their New South Wales operation and finished seventh behind Black Caviar in the six-furlong Group One Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on March 12. He ran on to finish second to Prohibit in the five-furlong King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday (June 14) and he may be better suited by the six furlongs of the Golden Jubilee Stakes on Saturday, June 18

Race Record: Starts: 11; Wins: 4; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £732,298


Widden Stud

Star Witness was purchased by Widden Stud in February, 2011, and the four-year-old Starcraft colt will stand at the New South Wales operation after his European engagements this summer. Widden Stud is one of the most successful studs in Australia and has been owned by members of the Thompson family since it was founded in the picturesque Widden Valley in 1867. Current owner Anthony Thompson is a seventh generation descendant of John Thompson, who emigrated from England to Australia in 1832 and originally set a sheep farm before the family decided to concentrate on breeding horses some 30 years later. Since then Widden Stud has been home to some of the finest stallions and broodmares including Lochiel and Grafton, who were both Australian champion sire on four occasions, and Maltster, a five-time champion sire. The current crop of 10 stallions at Widden includes Golden Slipper winner Stratum, who is on course to become champion first-season sire this season, fellow Golden Slipper victor Sebring as well as top-class sprinters Nicconi, who was fourth in last year’s Golden Jubilee Stakes when part-owned by Widden, and Northern Meteor. In 2010,Widden Stud sold AUS$10.4 million worth of yearlings at the major sales led by an Encosta de Lago colt that fetched AUS$700,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.


Danny O’Brien AUS

Born on May 13, 1970, Danny O’Brien grew up surrounded by horses at the family home at Kyabram in the Goulburn River Valley, 200 kilometres north of Melbourne. He was educated at Xavier College, Australia’s leading Roman Catholic school, and graduated with a degree in law and economics at Melbourne University. After completing his studies, O’Brien worked for legendary handler Bart Cummings before taking up the foreman’s position with Caulfield trainer James Riley. He took out his own licence at Epsom, Melbourne, in 1995 with just one horse, Mad Hatter, who gave him a first metropolitan meeting success when winning at Sandown on Boxing Day of the same year before finishing sixth in the 1996 Australian Guineas. O’Brien enjoyed his first black-type winner when Kirkberg landed the 1996 Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at Flemington on her debut, and he registered a first Group One success when Porto Roca, dam of last year’s King Edward VII Stakes victor Monterosso, captured the Coolmore Classic at Rosehill in March, 2001. The trainer has since gone on to further Group One victories with horses such as Glamour Puss, who triumphed in the Goodwood Handicap and the Salinger Stakes before becoming O’Brien’s first European runner when the mare contested both the King’s Stand Stakes and the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2006, plus Star Witness. He has also enjoyed success in Dubai with Valedictum, who scored in a handicap at Nad Al Sheba in February, 2009, while Douro Valley was ninth in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December, 2008. O’Brien’s most notable victory came with Master O’Reilly in the Group One Caulfield Cup at Caulfield in 2007, with stable companion Douro Valley taking second - the first time in 25 years that a trainer had saddled the first two in the prestigious handicap. He sent out the filly Shamrocker to beat the colts in the Australian Guineas and Derby this year. O’Brien trains at Australia’s most famous racecourse, Flemington, as well as having a 160-acre private training complex at Barwon Heads, just outside Melbourne.


Steven Arnold

Born and raised in Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory of Australia, Steven Arnold, 36, began his riding career as an apprentice to his mother, Sheila, before moving on to the stables of leading Adelaide trainer Ted Cameron. After six months, he was lured to the yard of Lee Freedman, but found it hard to make an impact on the Melbourne scene as a 17-year-old and returned to Adelaide to ride for Cameron’s son Russell. The partnership flourished and Arnold won local jockey premierships as an apprentice and senior rider, before the jockey decided to try his luck riding in Macau. When Cameron decided to move to Melbourne in 1998, Arnold returned to Australia soon after and the pair enjoyed a superb spring campaign in 2000, culminating with victory in the Thousand Guineas with All Time High. Arnold enjoyed success with another Cameron-trained horse, Bomber Bill, who won the Australia Stakes and the Goodwood Handicap and contested the Golden Shaheen in Dubai and the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin. Other horses to have been ridden by Arnold include the Bart Cummings-trained Magical Miss, who won the Thousand Guineas and the VRC Oaks in 2001, and the outstanding sprinter Toledo, who landed the Australia Stakes in 2002. Arnold also struck up a productive partnership with sprinter Scenic Blast, on whom he won the Coolmore Lightning Stakes and the Crown Newmarket Handicap as well as enjoying a first British success (on his first ride in this country) in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, 2009. In 2010, Arnold enjoyed a purple patch of big race wins thanks to the brilliant So You Think as the pair recorded a quartet of Group One wins in the Underwood Stakes, the Yalumba Stakes, the Cox Plate and the Mackinnon Stakes. Arnold was also in the saddle when So You Think finished a heroic third in the Melbourne Cup. As well as being one of Australia’s most successful jockeys, Arnold is also one of the tallest at 5' 9" and he doesn’t ride below 8st 6lb, which has restricted his opportunities in some of the leading handicaps.



3 ch f More Than Ready (USA) - Miss Seffens (USA) (Dehere (USA))

Form: 121-   Owner: Bobby Flay   Trainer: Todd Pletcher USA

Breeder: Santucket Stables Possible Jockey: John Velazquez


More Than Real

The third foal of multiple Listed winner Miss Seffens, who finished fourth in the 2000 Kentucky Oaks, More Than Real comes into Royal Ascot with top-class American turf form. A winner on her debut over an extended mile at Saratoga on August 14, the More Than Ready filly was then pitched into Grade Three company to contest the Natalma Stakes over a mile at Woodbine on September 18. Settled towards the rear of the field, she made steady progress down the outside inside the final quarter and was beaten a length and a half by New Normal. That rival was among the 13 opponents More Than Real faced in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf at Churchill Downs on November 5, along with the hot favourite Winter Memories. However, on this occasion it was the Todd Pletcher-trained filly who came out on top in the Grade Two mile race as she powered to an impressive two-length victory over Winter Memories. More Than Real was initially considered a Kentucky Oaks prospect, but it was then decided to campaign her later in the season. She is due to run in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot tomorrow (Friday, June 17).

Race Record: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £375,752


Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay was born in New York City in 1964, and is of Irish descent. He started his career as a 17-year-old in the famed New York theatreland restaurant Joe Allen’s and opened his first restaurant, MesaGrill, in 1991. He has rapidly ascended to become one of the best-known celebrity chefs in North America. He regularly features on the Food Network and NBC and now owns a string of restaurants. He gained his first experience of racing when accompanying his grandfather Willie Flay to Belmont and Saratoga while a photo hanging in Joe Allen’s restaurant of the triple dead-heat in the 1944 Carter Handicap also made a lasting impression. His initial involvement in racehorse ownership came as a member of partnerships. With John Phillips and Richard Santulli he co-owned the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf fourth Wonder Again. More Than Real is the best horse he has owned in his own right. Barry Weisbord, President and Co-Publisher of the Thoroughbred Daily News, acts as his racing advisor. Flay is married to actress Stephanie March, best known for her role as Alexandra Cabot in the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and has a daughter called Sophie from a previous marriage. He appears regularly on Iron Chef America.


Todd Pletcher

Todd Pletcher, who was born in Dallas, Texas, on June 26, 1967, is one of North America’s leading trainers. His father Jake trained both thoroughbreds and quarter horses and Pletcher was hot walking horses at age seven. While studying at college, Pletcher spent his summers working for trainers Henry Moreno, D Wayne Lukas and Charlie Whittingham. On graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in animal science, he went to work for D Wayne Lukas in New York, initially as a foreman before becoming an assistant trainer in 1991. During his time with Lukas, he worked on the East Coast and was associated with champions such as Thunder Gulch, Harlan, Serena’s Song, A Wild Ride and Flanders. He took out his own licence in December, 1995, and enjoyed his first winner, Majestic Number, in February, 1996, at Gulfstream Park, Florida. His first major success came with Ashado in the 2004 Kentucky Oaks. The filly subsequently won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and took the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly in 2004. In 2005, after a further three Grade One victories, she was awarded the Eclipse Award for Best Older Female. In 2005, Pletcher enjoyed 10 Grade One victories and set a single season earnings record of $20,867,842. However, that record lasted just one year when Pletcher topped it in 2006 with earnings of $27,670,243. That year, he trained a record 93 stakes winners, made up of 52 graded successes and 17 Grade One victories. In 2007, he gained a first Triple Crown race victory with Rags To Riches, who became the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes since 1905 and in 2010 finally won the Kentucky Derby with his 25th runner in the Classic, Super Saver. Uncle Mo, champion two-year-old colt of 2010, had to be scratched from the 2011 Kentucky Derby because of a mystery illness. Pletcher has a team of around 200 horses with his main base being at Garden City, New York. He employs assistants in New York, Florida, the Midwest and New Jersey. He is married to Tracy and has two sons, Payton and Kyle, as well as a daughter, Hannah. He has had one previous runner in Britain, Starfish Bay, who finished unplaced in the Group Three King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in 2010.


John Velazquez

John Velazquez was born in Caroline, Puerto Rico, on November 24, 1971.  After attending jockeys' school in Puerto Rico in 1988, he partnered his first winner, Rodas, at El Comandante in 1990. He moved to New York in March,1990, and, under the guidance of former leading jockey Angel Cordero Jr (who also acts as his agent) has gone on to win over 4,000 races. He has enjoyed a wonderful 2011 so far, taking the Kentucky Derby on Animal Kingdom. Velazquez is also no stranger to Royal Ascot. He first rode at the meeting in 2000 for Godolphin, alongside fellow countryman Jerry Bailey, and finished second in the Ribblesdale Stakes on Teggiano. He returned to the meeting nine years later for trainer Wesley Ward, and partnered two winners - Strike The Tiger in the Windsor Castle Stakes and Jealous Again in the Queen Mary Stakes. The biggest payday of his career came when winning the 2005 Dubai World Cup on Roses In May while he also boasts a formidable record at the Breeders’ Cup, where he has partnered nine winners. He teamed up with Todd Pletcher to take the 2007 Belmont Stakes with Rags To Riches. He won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in both 2004 and 2005. In 2009 he was recognised with the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.









Bapak Chinta blazed to a length victory over Boomerang Bob in the five-furlong Norfolk Stakes to put jockey Phillip Makin on the Royal Ascot winners' roll for the first time.

The Speightstown colt, sent off at 6/1 and sporting the colours of Malaysian owner Tengku Rahman, has always been highly regarded at trainer Kevin Ryan's Hambleton stables in North Yorkshire and lived up to the promise of a recent sparkling piece of home work. 

Makin revealed: "He gave a 102-rated horse a stone and a beating. I've never sat on one like him - he's a different breed. He doesn't just feel like an early sharp two-year-old. He feels like there's more to him than that.

"I have always had a lot of faith in this horse and I have never sat on a two-year-old as sharp as him, even from day one. Obviously, we thought that he just had to turn up at Hamilton (on his debut) but then it turned out not to be a bad race and he still did it very easily.

"Today he was just unbelievable. He took me down to the two and, when I let him off, I was just half thinking what was going to happen because we gave him a blow the other day and it was the first time he had ever been off the bridle. But he tried his guts out today and he didn't really like the ground. He will be a better horse on better ground.

"I think he will get six furlongs eventually but he has so much speed. We wanted to tuck him in and get a lead today but he is so fast.

"I have been so confident for the past couple of months but then you get to the day - you are having second thoughts and the ground went against him. I am just so glad that he has shown how good he is. It's a great occasion and I just hope that it is the first of many winners here."

Ryan was saddling his second Royal Ascot winner after Uhumagoo in the 2006 Buckingham Palace Handicap.

The winning trainer said: "He is a very good horse and he does everything right at home. We were very confident when we went to Hamilton and we came here very confident but the rain came this morning and we were a bit worried.

"His breeding suggests that he wants top of the ground but it's the sign of a good horse when they can overcome the ground as well. He will have found it tough work on that ground and his breeding suggests top of the ground but he just a very, very good horse.

"It takes an older horse to lead him on the gallops. He just relaxes and had never been off the bridle before he went to Hamilton and he has never come off it at home since. He had to come off the bridle today and, when he did, he found gears.

"We have got a lot of nice horses but there is something different about him - everything he does, he does it easily and he has a great attitude. He is a lovely horse to train and he is only a May foal.

"He will get a Nunthorpe entry because the weight allowance is massive."








Trainer John Hills was delighted with Boomerang Bob's effort to finish a length second to Bapak Chinta in the Group Two Norfolk Stakes and the runner-up could now be set for a trip to France.


"It was a super run and he's a lovely little horse with a professional attitude and he got his head in front at one stage," said Hills. "He is only medium-sized but he has a massive action. I thought he was twice the price he should have been and this is probably only the second time he's gone on grass in his life.


"He's never worked on it and, after winning on the all-weather, he came second to Charles The Great at Windsor when we felt he was taken across the course a bit and he was also giving 5lb to the winner. He could go for something like the Prix Robert Papin now although we'll look at what some of the other horses are doing."


Richard Hannon felt Crown Prosecutor was slightly unlucky when finishing third. "He got a bang which could have cost him the race and he's a nice long-term prospect," said Hannon. "He's a fine horse, he's very quick and we might leave him now until the end of July and go for either the Molecomb or Richmond at Goodwood."


First race unplaced quotes

Norfolk Stakes





Puerto Rican jockey Jeffrey Sanchez, one of many overseas visitors to Royal Ascot this week, is enjoying his first taste of racing in Britain.


He would love to notch a winner, however, and had to take another defeat on the chin after the opening Norfolk Stakes in which he rode the Wesley Ward-trained Everyday Dave, who finished eleventh.


Sanchez, 25, said: "My horse broke good from the gate, and had a good position, but he did not finish. The ground was too soft for him and he became tired.


"It is good experience for me to ride at Royal Ascot - I would like to come back again next year. Maybe I have a winner tomorrow."




Phillip Makin, partner of the one-length 6/1 winner Bapak Chinta, said: “It is nearly soft.”


Seb Sanders, rider of second-placed Boomerang Bob, said: “Good.”


Richard Hughes, on board third Crown Dependency, said: “Good to soft.”


Richard Hills, partner of fourth Burwaaz, described the going as: “Good to soft.”


Silvestre De Sousa, on board Bannock, said: “Good, good to soft.”


Jimmy Fortune, rider of Charles The Great, said: “Good to soft.”


Joe Fanning, jockey of Cravat, said: “Soft.”


Tom Queally, partner of Marcus Augustus, said: “It is nearly soft.”


Robert Winston, on board Sans Loi, said: “Soft.”


Richard Kingscote, partner of Pyman’s Theory, said: “It is on the slow side and loose, but they are getting through it easily enough.”









The gutsy Banimpire fought off Field Of Miracles to win the Ribblesdale Stakes by a short-head just four days after her last victory at Cork on Sunday.


"After she won at Cork, it was always the plan to come here and we had hoped that she came out of that run alright. We used Cork instead of giving her a blow out at home - I have done it before and done it successfully," said winning trainer Jim Bolger, whose wife Jackie owns the filly.


"She's a very gross filly, she eats and sleeps and does nothing else at home, she won't mind me saying that. The only times she exerts herself a bit is on the racecourse and we can't get her to do much work at home.


"We would have preferred good ground and she didn't handle it too well today but she got there anyway. She is very courageous and gutsy and she stuck at it. She takes her racing well but that was a bit tougher than I expected but I suppose the going had a bit to do with that. She's not wild about soft ground but her courage and stamina got her through.


"Going to Cork and then here was very much on the agenda since she won at Naas. We'll freshen her up until Monday and then she'll be off again. Today's race was a bit like Alexander Goldrun and Ouija Board in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood but this time we have come out on the right side.


"She's a late developer and will go for the Irish Oaks but I will probably find a race for her in between just to keep her pipes clean. After that, we might do what the French do and give her a little break and have her back for the Prix de l'Opera."


Jockey Kevin Manning added: "She is very tough and improving all of the time. The ground maybe wasn't ideal for her - I travelled very well on her but, when I asked her to quicken from the home straight, I just had to dig deep on her. She usually shows me a little bit more of a turn of foot but I think that she wasn't as effective on the ground. All her winning has been on a quicker surface and she's a tough, improving filly.


"I always felt, knowing her turn of foot, that she would pick up the second, but she didn't pick up as well as I first thought because of the ground.


"Jim usually pitches horses up and they are in tip-top shape - he knows what he is doing. He said after she won at Cork that she would be going for the Ribblesdale and it was never even a question mark about her coming here. She is a very tough individual and going to right way.


"A Group One looks the natural step now and, while it's up to the boss, the Irish Oaks has always been the long-term plan.


"I thought that the ground was quite slow down the back and it was very slow from the time we left the gate right down to Swinley Bottom and across the bottom down into the straight - the straight is definitely the best of it.”


Second race placed quotes

Ribblesdale Stakes




            Jockey Richard Hughes committed Field Of Miracles on the final bend in the Ribblesdale Stakes and the ploy came within a short-head of success.

            Only Banimpire proved too good, cutting down the runner-up in the final furlong, but trainer John Gosden was satisfied with Field Of Miracles' effort.

            Gosden, who also ran seventh-placed Highest, said of the runner-up: "She ran a great race and was coming back at the winner near the line. I like to see a filly coming back and trying to nail the winner.

            "Highest couldn't handle the ground - it was like she was on an ice rink. She found it too loose."     

            Stephen Kemble, breeder and joint-owner of third-placed Dorcas Lane, was delighted with his filly's performance, not least because his early aspirations were to win a hurdle race with the daughter of Norse Dancer.

            Trainer Lucy Wadham subsequently reported Dorcas Lane was showing more than a little promise at home, a view that was borne out by today's placing. Kemble said: "We were thinking of running her in a hurdle race at Auteuil, and so ran her in January to get her ready for an assignment in February or March.

            "The strange thing is Lucy told us last summer that she thought the filly was good enough for Royal Ascot, although she had a few niggling problems that prevented her running at two.

            "She's progressing, but she hated the ground today despite finishing well clear of the fourth. We'll think about the Yorkshire Oaks next."




Third race quotes

Gold Cup Stakes




            Fame And Glory added extreme stamina to his undoubted class and ran out an easy winner of today's Gold Cup.

            Trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Jamie Spencer in the colours of Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier and Fitri Hay, Fame And Glory won by three lengths after swooping into the lead in Ascot's finishing straight. Mrs Hay and her husband Jim bought into the horse during the close season, and Spencer, a former stable jockey for O'Brien and a frequent rider in the Hays's colours, has become the regular partner of the five-year-old son of Montjeu. He is a four-time Group 1 winner, and runner-up to Sea The Stars in the 2009 Investec Derby. Today he became O'Brien's fifth Gold Cup success following four victories by Yeats.

            The winning trainer said: "That was a great ride by Jamie and it's thanks to everybody who allowed a horse of this class to run in the Gold Cup. You'll see very few mile-and-a-quarter Group 1 winners tackling the race. I'm delighted.

            "When horses have so much class they often stay and he did - it's a privilege to train him. Jamie had ridden him in two races [earlier this season] and he was confident he would stay.

            "He's a mature horse now, and he's been running in Group 1 races at two, three and four - he was the ideal candidate for this race if he stayed the trip. I'm never confident, I'm always hopeful, but he stayed a mile and a half at top level and you just hoped he would stay this extreme distance.

            "The plan after today was to give him a rest and train him for the Arc, but we'll take one day at a time. We'll give him a break now and then a race before the Arc, and then back for the Gold Cup next year.

            Spencer said: "We didn't go very fast early but they injected some pace after a mile and a half. My fellow was keen, but he's used to going a different pace and he wanted the extra pace to feel comfortable. I'm privileged to ride him and I'm grateful to Dr and Mrs Hay for investing in the horse. It's a great training performance by Aidan - people had their doubts as to whether he would stay but I never had any doubts."

            Spencer was out of luck on Cape Blanco - another horse in which the Hays are new shareholders - in Tuesday's Queen Anne Stakes, and he said: "If I could have put a bag over my head and got to the car without being spotted by anyone I would - this place is great when you are winning, but it's the loneliest place when things go wrong."

            John Magnier, head of the Coolmore/Ballydoyle axis, said: "This race has a history and Derrick and Michael love their racing. The Hays bought into the horse during the winter - Jim made a statement to someone that he had plenty of money and he wanted plenty of fun.

            "The horse had all the credentials in that he had the class, so the question was whether he would stay. If he got the trip, all the stars were aligned.

            "If I said I wanted to retire him to stud now I know the others would say ‘let's keep racing'. If the horse is well and healthy this is the place for him.

            "He could run up a sequence in this race, but if Sea The Stars hadn't run at Epsom this horse would be retired to stud as a Derby winner."


Third race - more win quotes

Gold Cup Stakes




John Magnier, the Coolmore boss, said after Fame And Glory's victory in the Gold Cup: "In the old days, we used to think in more a commercial way but then Derrick (Smith), Michael (Tabor) and Jim (Hay) love their racing. This race is a very special race - it has a history - and, believe me, you get a good buzz out of winning it.


"He had all of the credentials in the way that he is a class horse and it was just a matter of would he stay or not. If he got the trip, we felt that all of the stars were aligned and this was the day to have a go.


"If I said that I wanted to retire him now, I know what the others would say - there is no way that they would want to retire him. If the horse stays well and healthy, this is the place for him.


"Jim and Fitri bought into the horse over the winter. Jim loves racing and I think he made a statement to somebody that he had plenty of money and he definitely wanted plenty of fun.


"He is a very consistent horse and he could run up a sequence unless we mess him up. If Sea The Stars hadn't have been around, this horse would be at stud as the Derby winner.


"We felt that he would get the trip and his price shortened, so I think a lot of people thought he would stay, but you couldn't be sure and it's easy to be talking about it now.


"Yesterday wasn't one of our better days, the whole thing, and I believe that there will be another day (with So You Think).


"There was a combination of factors and we will just wait and see what happens next time. I wouldn't write him off just yet. Aidan said he was sorry and that is it."





Jamie Spencer's Gold Cup victory aboard Fame And Glory came at a price for the rider who was suspended for a total of four days after being found guilty of two separate infractions in the two and a half-mile contest.


The stewards banned the jockey for an initial one day after concluding that he was in breach of Rule (B) 54.1, and therefore guilty of careless riding, in that he caused interference to fourth-placed Manighar by allowing his mount to shift right when not sufficiently clear.


Spencer picked up a further three days on the sidelines for using his whip down the shoulder in the forehand position, thus falling foul of Schedule (B)6 Part 2.


The jockey's cumulative four-day suspension runs from Thursday, June 30, until Monday, July 4, inclusive.








Mickael Barzalona swooped with a famous late flourish to snatch the Derby aboard Pour Moi 13 days ago but came up three lengths short when attempting a similar feat aboard 16/1 shot Opinion Poll in the Gold Cup.

The Godolphin five-year-old relished the rain-softened ground as he bravely pursued the victorious Fame And Glory down the home straight in the two and a half-mile showpiece.

Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, commented: "That was a super effort and the Goodwood Cup would be a suitable next step. The ground helped him today - he goes on quicker ground but he really does prefer to get his toe in.

"He finished very well but not quite as well as Pour Moi. We were hoping for that stand-up finish with Mickael but it wasn't to be.

"Mickael put him to sleep at the back of the field and he picked up really well, so we are pleased."  

Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni added: "There are no certain plans right now - we need to sit down and discuss options. I am pleased that he has come back to form and the jockey said he loved the ground. He was just beaten by a better horse."


Andre Fabre saddled the French raider Brigantin to finish a further four and a half lengths back in third, sporting the colours of Team Valor. The Pierre-Charles Boudot-ridden four-year-old was also sent off at odds of 16/1.

David Munro, part-owner of Brigantin, said: "This horse is coming into his own now and will hopefully improve from today. The race went fine for him and the Melbourne Cup is where we would like to go. I don't know where he will run next, Barry Irwin (of Team Valor) makes the decisions."


Luca Cumani has no intention of pitching fourth-placed Manighar against Fame And Glory again. The five-year-old, half a length behind Brigantin, is being aimed towards Australia's premier race, the Melbourne Cup, in November.

Cumani revealed: "I think he ran a great race and this soft is okay for him. There were two or three quicker than him in the end but he has shown today that he belongs in Cup races. I think we were cost third today by exposing too early, perhaps. We will try and keep away from Fame And Glory and then he might have his own fame and glory.

"We don't want to run on fast ground and we will avoid the winner but we will look at Goodwood, York, Doncaster and races in France. He will probably be on a plane to the Melbourne Cup in the autumn."


Richard Hughes, rider of Geordieland, said: "He was hacking early on and ran too gassy all the way."









Nicky Mackay returned from the Royal Ascot wilderness with an emotional victory aboard Sagramor in the Britannia Handicap to pull off a Hughie Morrison "plot" that began with the purchase of the gelding's mother at Tattersalls in October, 1999.

Morrison trained Sagramor's dam, Jasmick, for a partnership originally made up of six friends known as Melksham Craic, and the ownership group enjoyed its biggest thrill to date when Sagramor fulfilled a long-held ambition to have a winner at Royal Ascot when taking the Britannia Handicap by a battling half-length.

Morrison revealed: "This one was a plot because the owners have been planning this since we bought Jasmick in 1999 - I bought her for six grand and the sire (Pastoral Pursuits) for 20 grand. It's a fantastic day and I thought that we had had our day at Haydock - we went up 8lb - but he was gutsy.

"I didn't read the race very well because I was watching on the television rather than in real life. I thought that we were going to be third actually, so when I suddenly looked up, we were in front and he held on. Nicky gave him a great ride as well. 

"He has taken a bit of effort, He had a couple of crises in the spring - he galloped a bank loose when he didn't like the horsewalker and galloped down again. Normally horses hurt themselves when they do that but he thought that it was good fun - he's very athletic."


Mackay, who has struggled since his days as a promising apprentice for Luca Cumani, was riding his second Royal Ascot winner, having opened his account at the first attempt aboard Admiral in the 2004 King George V Handicap.

The jockey whipped down his goggles and punched the air after passing the winning post on the 8/1 hope.

Mackay, whose father Allan rode a Royal Ascot winner atop Grand Unit in the 1983 Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap, said: "My first ride here was a winner at Royal Ascot and I have had to wait a long time since that day. It's fantastic to get a Royal Ascot winner and I'd like to thank Mr Morrison and whoever has been riding the horse at home.

"I knew the Elsworth horse would go forward and I wanted to be handy but I didn't want to get boxed in - I know how much planning goes into a race like this. It all went perfect for me. I was very happy with the draw and it could not have gone better.

"I thought we were going to be third and then when we got to the front I thought something was going to get me. He really dug and he is incredibly tough. It felt great when we crossed the line. It's easily the best day of my riding career.

"People who know me know what this means to me, especially my wife. After I finished at Luca Cumani's, there was a time when for two years I struggled to even get a ride. Mr Gosden has helped me out a lot and gives me opportunities and it's thanks to him that I'm back on track.

"Jim Boyle has also been great. He is a very good trainer and very loyal and he has helped me a lot, so it's a big thank you to both him and Mr Gosden."







Top-weight Cai Shen lost out by half a length when finishing second to Sagramor in the Britannia Handicap.


"We are thrilled, because it was his first time in a handicap and he was giving the winner 8lb," said owner Julie Wood. "It was a tough task for him off top-weight and he has done everything he has been asked in all his races. He has run where his rating has taken him so far and I'm not sure where he will go now."








20/1 chance Pisco Sour captured the Tercentenary Stakes to complete a 188/1 double for trainer Hughie Morrison, who had won the previous contest with Sagramor.


Pisco Sour was bouncing back from a disappointing ninth place in the Investec Derby on his previous outing and he received quotes ranging from 12/1 to 33/1 for the Ladbrokes St Leger in September.


“They say that the Derby can be the undoing of a thoroughbred but the race brought him on a stone overnight. It was incredible,” said Morrison. “He came out of the race like he’d had an exercise gallop and it was trainer error there. He came back jarred up from the Dante at York and I couldn’t do enough with him after that before Epsom, where he ran too fresh.


“If you’d seen him gallop with Sagramor on Saturday morning then you’d have been queuing up to back him today. He cost 100,000 guineas and is the dearest yearling I’ve had.

“Jimmy (Fortune) said that once he hit the front he knew he wasn’t going to stop.


“We had a good day at Cheltenham nine years ago when Marble Arch was second in the Champion Hurdle and Frenchman’s Creek, who I bred, won a handicap chase and we have also won Group 1s but I think today has to be the number one in my career - Royal Ascot is where everyone wants to be. Before today, my last Royal Ascot runner was Cill Rialaig, who won the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap last year, so we’ve actually have three consecutive winners here from our last three runners. Days like this won’t be repeated.”


Fortune added: “When he went to Epsom he was a bit fresh. He pulled hard in the race and I don’t think he handled the track. Today we saw the real horse.


“I was surprised how easy I got to the front but I was always confident because I knew he stays a mile and a half well.


“He’s improved a hell of a lot from last year and Hughie said he’d done some really good work after the Derby. He’s a horse going the right way and could be anything.”



Fifth race placed quotes

Tercentenary Stakes




Pisco Sour proved sweet for his supporters in the Tricentenary Stakes, but runner-up Alkimos did little wrong in defeat.


The son of High Chaparral is trained by Luca Cumani and was ridden by Kieren Fallon. Cumani said: "I was very pleased with that, because he showed a good turn of foot and didn't mind the ground. I'm happy with his progression because that was his best race so far and he is clearly going the right way.


"I've not got any plans for him yet, but a similar type of race would be likely."


Barry Hills, trainer of third-placed Slumber, said: "He's good looking, but they don't win races on looks. He didn't have much luck on the bend, but otherwise he's run fine."



Sixth race winner's quotes

King George V Handicap




            Trainer Tom Dascombe saddled his second Royal Ascot winner - 24 hours after the first - when Brown Panther, the 4/1 joint-favourite, romped home in the King George V Stakes for owner/breeder Michael Owen.

            The victory confirmed the two men, who teamed up to train horses at Owen's Cheshire yard last season, have turned a corner after a disappointing first year in partnership.

            Manchester United striker Owen was briefly in tears as well-wishers surrounded him in the winner's enclosure, and he said of the Richard Kingscote-ridden winner: "Owning a horse that wins at Royal Ascot is one thing, but breeding it and having the mare at home - well it doesn't get any better.

            "I've nearly lost my voice shouting, ‘Come on Richard'. I bought Manor House [his racing stables] about five years ago and when we recruited Tom two years ago he brought Richard with him. You can see why. We've now gone from housing a few horses at Manor House to over 100, and Richard is very much a part of the team.

            "We have something quite special now, and while it wasn't easy in our first season last year patience is beginning to pay off. We're all delighted for Richard and for Tom, because we knew he can train.

            "The problem with racing is you have no control whatsoever on the track. I don't get nervous playing football because I can do something in the match and change things, but racing is in  the lap of the gods. I don't deserve any credit - I invest money in the game, but it's all down to Tom and the team."


            Kingscote said: "It's exhilarating to win another race here - he's a lovely animal. I was in front far too long, but he kept pulling out more. He's the sort of horse that likes to be interested, and when he was enjoying himself passing horses down the back I didn't want to disappoint. I just let him roll on. He's a bull of a horse and he's wonderful this year."


            Dascombe was clearly relieved and proud, and said of the winner: "He's out of handicaps now - he's been in the German Derby since May 1. We'll celebrate today and think about that race another time, but the [Ladbrokes] St Leger is possibly not ridiculous. He clearly stays well and he's a fantastic horse."

            Reflecting on his change in fortunes this season compared to 2010, Dascombe said: "We're in a different place now. We're doing a lot of things differently. You always hope to learn a bit and we know we've learnt a lot."


Richard Kingscote was found guilty of careless riding in guiding Brown Panther to success in the concluding King George V Stakes.


The stewards decreed that the jockey had interfered with the unplaced Apache in that he allowed his mount to hang right.


He is suspended for two days: Thursday, June 30, and Friday, July 1.  








Well Sharp was no match for the impressive Brown Panther in the King George V Handicap but the 40/1 shot pleased trainer Michael Dods in finishing seven lengths third to Michael Owen's colt.


The County Durham handler said: "He has run a cracker. I think the winner is a very good horse and, from being drawn 20, I'm delighted with my horse.


"We came here thinking he was one of our better chances this week but then when we saw the draw we thought all chance had gone, so I'm pleased he has made the frame.


"We now know that he stays a mile and a half well so we will get him home and have a look at where we go next."






Nicky Mackay will be taking an unwelcome break after the stewards hit him with a four-day ban for using his whip with excessive frequency during the final quarter-mile of the Britannia Handicap.


In urging his mount, Sagramor, to victory in the mile handicap, the jockey was found to be in breach of Schedule (B)6 Part 2.


His suspension incorporates Thursday, June 30, Friday, July 1, Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4.


Michael Hills was another jockey in trouble with the stewards. The rider was deemed to have executed a careless manoeuvre in the Tercentenary Stakes aboard third-placed Slumber that caused interference to the unplaced Maali.


Hills fell foul of Rule (B)54.1 and his two-day careless riding ban takes effect on Thursday, June 30, and Friday, July 1.





£75,000 guaranteed, 5f. For 2yo Weights colts and geldings 9st 1lb; fillies 8st 12lb Entries 31 pay £635 Penalty value 1st £42,577.50 2nd £16,140.00 3rd £8,077.50 4th £4,027.50 5th £2,017.50 6th £1,012.50


1)         BAPAK CHINTA (USA) (T Rahman) Kevin Ryan 2-9-1 Phillip Makin [2] 6/1

2)         BOOMERANG BOB (IRE) (R Tufft) John Hills 2-9-1 Seb Sanders [13] 20/1

3)         CROWN DEPENDENCY (IRE) (Coriolan Links Partnership III) Richard Hannon 2-9-1 Richard Hughes [5] 8/1

4)         BURWAAZ (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop 2-9-1 Richard Hills [17]

5)         SIGNIFER (IRE) (Insignia Racing (Roundel)) Mick Channon 2-9-1 Jamie Spencer [21]

6)         BANNOCK (IRE) (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-1 Silvestre De Sousa [7]

7)         FOREVERTHEOPTIMIST (IRE) (G & T Bloodstock) Linda Stubbs 2-9-1 Kieren Fallon [10]

8)         SILVERHEELS (IRE) (Goldswain, Hunter, Jefferson, Williams) Paul Cole 2-9-1 Ryan Moore [20] 4/1 Fav

9)         PYMAN'S THEORY (IRE) (Delawarr Racing, Michael Owen, M Williams, M Hughes) Tom Dascombe 2-8-12 Richard Kingscote [3]

10)        CHARLES THE GREAT (IRE) (Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds V) AndrewBalding 2-9-1 Jimmy Fortune [12]

11)        EVERYDAY DAVE (CAN) (Wesley Ward & Ice Wine Stables) Wesley Ward USA 2-9-1tb Jeffrey Sanchez [16]

12)        TELL DAD (Andrew Tinkler) Richard Hannon 2-9-1 Pat Dobbs [11]

13)        SANS LOI (IRE) (Mrs Z Wentworth) Alan McCabe 2-9-1 Robert Winston [9]

14)        CRAVAT (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-1 Joe Fanning [1]

15)        MARCUS AUGUSTUS (IRE) (Andrew Tinkler) Richard Hannon 2-9-1 Tom Queally [15]


15 ran

Non-runners: 1 Ballesteros (self cert. - lame); 4 Bear Behind (Going); 7 Caspar Netscher (s.c. - not eaten up); 13 Frederik Engels (s.c. - not eaten up); 14 Lupo D'Oro (s.c. - not eaten up); 20 Ebony Clarets (s.c. - dehydrated)

Time: 1m 03.03s

Distances: 1, 1¼, ½, 3¾, nk, ¾, ½, ½, ½, ¾, 1¼, 2, ¾, 2¼ 

Breeder: E T Buckley, S Varney & A O’Donnell

Breeding: gr or ro c Speightstown (USA) - Suena Cay (USA) (Maria’s Mon (USA))

Totes: Win: £7.30          Places: £2.60; £6.40; £2.80        Exacta: £460.00


Winning trainer:-Name: Ryan, Kevin Trains at Hambleton Lodge, Hambleton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire First trainer’s licence: June, 1998 Background: Former jump jockey from Tipperary, partnered 47 winners during his riding career. Spent five years as head lad with Jack Berry and then three years in same capacity with Richard Fahey. First winner: Komlucky, Catterick, July 22, 1998 Major races won: Portland Handicap (2002, 2003, 2004 Halmahera), Gimcrack Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Greenlands Stakes (1999 Eastern Purple), Middle Park Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Prix de l’Abbaye (2006 Desert Lord), Racing Post Trophy (2005 Palace Episode), Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (2005 Balthazaar’s Gift), Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (2006 Wi Dud, 2008 Madame Trop Vite); Duke Of York Stakes (2007 Amafeus Wolf) totesport Ayr Gold Cup (2007 Advanced), Princess Margaret Stakes (2008 African Skies), Sapphire Stakes (2009 Benbaun) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Buckingham Palace Stakes (2006 Uhoomagoo); Norfolk Stakes (2011 Bapak Chinta) First Royal Ascot Winner: Uhoomagoo, Buckingham Palace Stakes, June 22, 2006 Number of horses in training (1999-2011): 28; 40; 50; 51; 59; 65; 86; 118; 140;130; 88; 107; 97; Wins (1998-2010): 6; 11; 29; 22; 54; 41; 67; 82; 95; 107; 108; 96; 107; Wins in 2011: 72


Winning jockey:-Name: Makin, Phillip Born: June 22, 1984 Status: graduated from Northern Racing College in October 2001 and became apprentice to David Barron. Champion apprentice in 2005. First Winner: First Maite, Parceline Delivery Apprentice Handicap, Leicester, October 14, 2002) Big race wins: Great St. Wilfrid Stakes (2005 Ice Planet), Flight Centre Chester Queensferry Stakes (2009 Doncaster Rover), Portland Handicap (2010 Poet’s Place) Royal Ascot Wins (1): Norfolk Stakes (2011 Bapak Chinta)Wins in 2002-2010: 1; 9; 42; 56*; 58; 60; 48; 111; 75; (*champion apprentice) Wins in 2011: 51






£100,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f. For 3yo fillies Weights 8st 12lb Penalties a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race of 1m2f or more 3lb Entries 84 pay £290 Confirmed 16 pay £210 Penalty value 1st £56,770.00 2nd £21,520.00 3rd £10,770.00 4th £5,370.00 5th £2,690.00 6th £1,350.00


1)         BANIMPIRE (IRE) (Jackie Bolger) Jim Bolger IRE 3-8-12 Kevin Manning [2] 3/1 Fav

2)         FIELD OF MIRACLES (IRE) (Cheveley Park Stud) John Gosden 3-8-12 Richard Hughes [11] 16/1

3)         DORCAS LANE (Richard Keeley, Louise Kemble) Lucy Wadham 3-8-12 Paul Hanagan [6] 10/1

4)         LOOK AT ME (IRE) (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-8-12 Ryan Moore [4]

5)         ZAIN AL BOLDAN (Jaber Abdullah) Mick Channon 3-8-12 Kieren Fallon [12]

6)         RUMH (GER) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-8-12 Frankie Dettori [5]

7)         HIGHEST (Denford Stud) John Gosden 3-8-12 William Buick [10]

8)         MUSHARAKAAT (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop 3-8-12 Richard Hills [8]

9)         ARIZONA JEWEL (Khalid Abdulla) Henry Cecil 3-8-12 Tom Queally [7]

10)        MAKE MY HEART SING (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-8-12 Pat Smullen [1]

11)        CREME ANGLAISE (Mrs G Rowland-Clark) Michael Bell 3-8-12 Hayley Turner [9]

12)        SUNDAY BESS (JPN) (Andrew Black) Tom Dascombe 3-8-12v1 Richard Kingscote [3]


12 ran

Time: 2m 37.06s

Distances: sh, 7, 6, 4, 6, 18, 5, 9, 1¾, 1½, 6

Breeder: Kilcarn Stud

Breeding: br f Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) - My Renee (USA) (Kris S (USA))

Totes: Win: £3.80          Places: £1.70; £4.70; £3.80        Exacta: £54.30


Winning Trainer:- Name: Bolger, Jim (James) Born: County Wexford, December 25, 1941 Based: Glebe House, Coolcullen, Co. Carlow, Ireland First Winner: Peaceful Pleasure, Roscommon, September 20, 1976 Classic Winners: Vodafone Derby (2008 New Approach), Irish Derby (1992 St. Jovite), Vodafone Oaks (1991 Jet Ski Lady); Irish Oaks (1983 Give Thanks; 2002 Margarula), English 1000 Guineas (2007 Finsceal Beo), Irish 1000 Guineas (2007 Finsceal Beo) First Royal Ascot win: Coronation Stakes (June 15, 1983, Flame Of Tara) Royal Ascot wins (6): Coronation Stakes (1983 Flame Of Tara, 2008 Lush Lashes), Queen Alexandra Stakes (1991 Easy To Please, 1993 Riszard), Albany Stakes (2008 Cuis Ghaire); Ribblesdale Stakes (2011 Banimpiere) Other Major Wins: Emirates Airlines Champion Stakes (2008 New Approach), Anglesey Stakes (1991 St Jovite); Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (2004 Alexander Goldrun), Craven Stakes (2005 Democratic Deficit), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2006 Teofilo, 2007 New Approach, 2008 Intense Focus), Debutante Stakes (2006 Gaudeamus); Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (1992 St Jovite); Futurity Stakes (1991 StJovite, 2006 Teofilo); King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1992 St Jovite); Meld Stakes (2006 Heliostatic); National Stakes (2006 Teofilo, 2007 New Approach); Prix de l’Opera (2004 Alexander Goldrun); Prix Marcel Boussac (2006 Finsceal Beo); Rockfel Stakes (2006 Finsceal Beo); Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1986 Park Express, 2005 Alexander Goldrun), Phoenix Stakes (2007 Saoirse Abu), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2007 Saoirse Abu), Darley Yorkshire Oaks (2008 Lush Lashes), Matron Stakes (2008 Lush Lashes), Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes (2008 New Approach) Wins in Britain (2005-2010): 2; 2; 2; 7; 1; 0 Wins in Britain in 2011: 1


Winning jockey:-Name: Manning, Kevin James Born: March 7, 1967 Based: Blackmiller Hill, Kildare, Ireland First Winner: Keynes (The Curragh, April 23, 1983) Background: Father Jim was a sales supervisor at the airport and used to take Kevin jump racing at weekends. While his brother and twin sisters did not share his passion, Kevin’s parents bought him a pony and were so impressed with his natural ability in the saddle that they sent him to Jim Bolger’s yard in 1982, for whom he rode his first winner, Keynes, at the Curragh in April, 1983. Twice champion apprentice in Ireland in 1984 and 1987. Succeeded Christy Roche as Bolger’s number one jockey in 1993. Had to wait until 2002 until his first Classic success, when he partnered Margarula to victory in the 2002 Irish Oaks. First British winner on April 14, 2005, with Democratic Deficit in the Group Three Craven Stakes at Newmarket . Married to Jim Bolger’s daughter Una and they have two children. English Classic Winners (2): 1,000 Guineas (2007 Finsceal Beo), Derby (2008 New Approach) Other Big Race Wins: Irish Oaks (2002 Margarula); Irish 1,000 Guineas (2007 Finsceal Beo), Ballycorus Stakes (2005 Democratic Deficit), Ballysax Stakes (2006 Rhythm N’ Roots), Brownstown Stakes (2004 Tropical Lady), Concorde Stakes (2002 Marionnaud), Craven Stakes (2005 Democratic Deficit), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2006 Teofilo, 2007 New Approach, 2008 Intense Focus), Debutante Stakes (2006 Gaudeamus), Emirates Airlines Champion Stakes (2008 New Aapproach), Hong Kong Cup (2004 Alexander Goldrun), Meld Stakes (2005 Tropical Lady, 2006 Heliostatic), Minstrel Stakes (2003 Avorado), Nassau Stakes (2005 Alexander Goldrun), Phoenix Stakes (1994 Eva Luna), Pretty Polly Stakes (2005 Alexander Goldrun), Prix de l’Opera (2004 Alexander Goldrun), Prix Marcel Boussac (2006 Finsceal Beo), Railway Stakes (1994 Eva Luna, 2004 Democratic Deficit), Rockfel Stakes (2006 Finsceal Beo); Round Tower Stakes (2005 Abigail Pett), Royal Whip Stakes (2005 Tropical Lady), Darley Yorkshire Oaks (2008 Lush Lashes) Royal Ascot Wins (3): Albany Stakes (2008 Cuis Ghaire), Coronation Stakes (2008 Lush Lashes), Ribblesdale Stakes (2011 Banimpire) First Royal Ascot Winner: Cuis Ghaire, Albany Stakes, June 20, 2008 Wins in Britain (2005-2010): 2; 2; 3; 9; 1; 0; Wins in Britain in 2011: 1





£272,500 guaranteed, 2m 4f, part of the QIPCO British Champions Series. For 4yo+ Weights 4yo colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb; 5yo+ horses and geldings 9st 2lb; mares 8st 13lb Weight for age 4 from 5yo+ 2lb Allowances southern hemisphere allowance: 4yo 10lb Entries 44 pay £850 Confirmed 16 pay £600 Penalty value 1st £154,698.25 2nd £58,642.00 3rd £29,348.25 4th £14,633.25 5th £7,330.25 6th £3,678.75


1)         FAME AND GLORY (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Fitri Hay) Aidan O'Brien IRE 5-9-2 Jamie Spencer [3] 11/8 Fav

2)         OPINION POLL (IRE) (Godolphin) Mahmood Al Zarooni 5-9-2 Mickael Barzalona [1] 16/1

3)         BRIGANTIN (USA) (Team Valor) Andre Fabre FR 4 9-0 Pierre-Charles Boudot [13] 16/1

4)         MANIGHAR (FR) (OTI Racing & The Hon Earle Mack) Luca Cumani 5-9-2 Kieren Fallon [8]

5)         ASKAR TAU (FR) (Nurlan Bizakov) Marcus Tregoning 6-9-2v George Baker [6]

6)         DUNCAN (Normandie Stud Ltd) John Gosden 6-9-2 William Buick [12]

7)         KASBAH BLISS (FR) (Henri de Pracomtal) Francois Doumen FR 9-9-2 Thierry Thulliez [4]

8)         AAIM TO PROSPER (IRE) (CGA Racing Partnership 2) Brian Meehan 7-9-2 Ryan Moore [15]

9)         MOTRICE (Kirsten Rausing) Sir Mark Prescott 4-8-11 Seb Sanders [14]

10)        BLUE BAJAN (IRE) (Dr John Hollowood) David O'Meara 9-9-2 Daniel Tudhope [10]

11)        THE BETCHWORTH KID (Henry Ponsonby) Alan King 6-9-2 Hayley Turner [5]

12)        FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE) (Cill Choca Syndicate) Vincent Ward IRE 6-8-13 Fran Berry [7]

13)        HOLBERG (UAE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-2 Frankie Dettori [2]

PU)       GEORDIELAND (FR) (A Taylor, K Conlan, D Carberry) Jamie Osborne 10-9-2 Richard Hughes [9]

PU)       TASTAHIL (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 7-9-2 Richard Hills [11]


15 ran

Time: 4m 37.51s

Distances: 3, 4½, ½, ½, 2¼, sh, 1¾, 6, ½, 26, 2¼, 73    

Breeder: Ptarmigan Bloodstock & Kirsten Rausing

Breeding: b h Montjeu (IRE) - Gryada (Shirley Heights)

Totes: Win: £2.40          Places: £1.20; £4.70; £4.60        Exacta:£32.60


Winning trainer:-Name: Aidan O’Brien Date of birth: 16/10/69 Previous occupation: Assistant trainer to Jim Bolger and Annemarie Crowley/O’Brien Date of first licence: 1993 British Classic wins: (14) Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral), stanjames.com 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator), stanjames.com 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova), Ladbrokes St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion) Irish Classic Wins: (25) Irish 2,000 Guineas (1997 Desert King, 1999 Saffron Walden, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Mastercraftsman, 2011 Roderic O’Connor), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1997 Classic Park, 2001 Imagine, 2003 Yesterday, 2008 Halfway To Heaven, 2011 Misty For Me), Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco), Irish Oaks (2006 Alexandrova, 2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Moonstone), Irish St Leger (2007 Yeats, 2008 Septimus) Other major wins include: Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2001 Ballingary, 2002 Alberto Giacometti), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2009 Beethoven), Eclipse Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing, 2008 Mount Nelson), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer, 2006 Aussie Rules, 2007 Astronomer Royal), French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), Futurity Stakes (2002 Van Nistelrooy), Irish Champion Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2003 High Chaparral, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2010 Cape Blanco), Juddmonte International Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2010 Rip Van Winkle), Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), National Stakes (1996 Desert King, 1997 King Of Kings, 2000 Beckett, 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat, 2005 George Washington, 2008 Mastercraftsman), Nunthorpe Stakes (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), Phoenix Stakes (1998 Lavery, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg, 2002 Spartacus, 2003 One Cool Cat, 2005 George Washington, 2006 Holy Roman Emperor, 2008 Mastercraftsman), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere/Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire, 1999 Ciro, 2001 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2002 Hold That Tiger, 2004 Oratorio, 2005 Horatio Nelson, 2006 Holy Roman Emperor),Total Prix Marcel Boussac (2010 Misty For Me), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2001 Johanesburg), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas), Prix Ganay (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2006 George Washington, 2009 Rip Van Winkle), Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs, 1999 Aristotle, 2001 High Chaparral, 2002 Brian Boru), Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Rip Van Winkle), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2003 Black Sam Bellamy, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2010 Fame And Glory, 2011 So You Think), Yorkshire Oaks (2006 Alexandrova, 2007 Peeping Fawn), Blue Square Nassau Stakes (2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Halfway To Heaven), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2007 Peeping Fawn), Investec Coronation Cup (2005 Yeats, 2007 Scorpion, 2008 Soldier Of Fortune, 2010 Fame And Glory, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah, 2001 Quarter Moon, 2003 Necklace, 2005 Rumplestiltskin, 2010 Misty for Me), Matron Stakes (2010 Lillie Langtry) Royal Ascot wins (33): Coventry Stakes (1997 Harbour Master, 1999 Fasliyev, 2001 Landseer, 2002 Statue Of Liberty, 2007 Henrythenavigator, 2011 Power), Chesham Stakes (1999 Bach), St James’s Palace Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2007 Excellent Art, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Mastercraftsman), Norfolk Stakes (2001 Johannesburg), Jersey Stakes (2001 Mozart), Coronation Stakes (2002 Sophisticat, 2010 Lillie Langtry), Hampton Court Stakes (2004 Moscow Ballet, 2005 Indigo Cat), King Edward VII Stakes (2004 Five Dynasties), Queen Anne Stakes (2006 Ad Valorem, 2008 Haradasun), Gold Cup (2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 Yeats, 2011 Fame And Glory), Queen’s Vase (2007 Mahler, 2010 Mikhail Glinka) Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Hardwicke Stakes (2008 Macarthur), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2008 Honolulu), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2010 Starspangledbanner) Wins in Britain 2000-2010: 11; 20*; 10*; 6; 4; 20; 11; 18*; 20*; 12; 7; *champion trainer for win and place prize money; Wins in 2011 (In Britain): 7


Winning jockey:-Name: Spencer, James (Jamie) Peter Date of Birth: 08/06/1980 Background:. Champion apprentice in Ireland 1999. Stable jockey to Aidan O’Brien in 2004, now freelance in Britain. Formerly married to Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer. Won 2002 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on Pizarro. British Classic Wins (2): Investec Oaks (2009 Sariska), St Leger (2003 Brian Boru) Irish Classic Wins (3): Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer), Irish Oaks (2009 Sariska) Other Big Race Wins Include: Champion Stakes (2005 David Junior), Coral-Eclipse (2006 David Junior), Fillies’ Mile (2001 Gossamer), Haydock Sprint Cup (2005 Goodricke), Lockinge Stakes (2007 Red Evie), Middle Park Stakes (2004 Ad Valorem), Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Racing Post Trophy (2008 Crowded House), Matron Stakes (2006 Red Evie), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2004 Powerscourt), Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2001 Ballingarry), Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (2006 Desert Lord), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2004 Oratorio), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2001 King Charlemagne), Singapore Airlines International Cup (2001 Endless Hall), Dubai Duty Free (2006 David Junior) Royal Ascot wins (17): St James’s Palace Stakes (2007 Excellent Art), Coventry Stakes (2001 Landseer, 2008 Art Connoisseur), Britannia Handicap (2003 New Seeker), Queen Mary Stakes (2004 Damson), Hampton Court Stakes (2004 Moscow Ballet), King Edward VII Stakes (2004 Five Dynasties), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga, 2007 Nijoom Dubai), Windsor Forest Stakes (2006 Soviet Song), Royal Hunt Cup (2006 Cesare), Sandringham Handicap (2006 Red Evie, 2009 Moneycantbuymelove), Britannia Handicap (2006 Sir Gerard), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2007 Enjoy The Moment), Norfolk Stakes (2009 Radiohead), Gold Cup (2011 Fame And Glory) Wins in Britain (1998-2010): 3, 8, 78, 112, 86, 103, 27, 180 (Champion Jockey), 155, 207 (Shared Champion Jockey with Seb Sanders); 153; 130; 108; Wins in 2011: 52






£100,000 guaranteed, 1m. For 3yo colts and geldings Rated 0-105 Weights highest weight not less than 9st 7lb Weight raised 3 Minimum weight 7-12 Penalties after June 4th, a winner 5lb; a winner of 2 races 7lb Cai Shen's Handicap Mark 101 Entries 47 pay £300 Penalty value 1st £62,310.00 2nd £18,660.00 3rd £9,330.00 4th £4,670.00 5th £2,330.00 6th £1,170.00


1)         SAGRAMOR (Melksham Craic) Hughie Morrison 3-8-13 Nicky Mackay [23] 8/1

2)         CAI SHEN (IRE) (Julie Wood) Richard Hannon 3-9-7 Ryan Moore [15] 20/1

3)         THE TICHBORNE (IRE) (Chris Simpson & Mick Waghorn) Roger Teal 3-8-7 Jack Mitchell [18] 100/1

4)         BELGIAN BILL (PJL, Cooper & Heath) George Baker 3-9-3t Tony Culhane [30] 10/1

5)         TRADE STORM (Universal Racing) John Gallagher 3-9-4 Darryll Holland [22]

6)         CRUISER (Clive Edginton) William Muir 3-8-5 Martin Dwyer [25]

7)         BAHCELI (IRE) (Middleham Park Racing II) Richard Hannon 3-8-12 Neil Callan [13]

8)         CHAIN LIGHTNING (Michael Pescod) Richard Hannon 3-8-11 Richard Hughes [11] 6/1 Fav

9)         MADAWI (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 3-8-13 Philip Robinson [29]

10)        TROPICAL BEAT (Normandie Stud Ltd) John Gosden 3-8-6b1 William Buick [31]

11)        TINKERTOWN (IRE) (Fitri Hay) Paul Cole 3-9-5 Jamie Spencer [14]

12)        ASHVA (USA) (Andrew Tinkler, Dwayne Woods) Michael Dods 3-8-5 Frannny Norton [1]

13)        MUBTADI (Abdulla Al Mansoori) David Simcock 3-8-6 Martin Lane [17]

14)        VANGUARD DREAM (Malih Lahej Al Basti) Richard Hannon 3-9-1 Pat Dobbs [27]

15)        BRIDGEFIELD (USA) (Godolphin) Mahmood Al Zarooni 3-9-6 Frankie Dettori [16]

16)        CAPAILL LIATH (IRE) (D Hanafin) Michael Bell 3-8-2p Harry Bentley (5) [5]

17)        POLAR KITE (IRE) (John & Barbara Cotton) Richard Fahey 3-8-7 Paul Hanagan [2]

18)        COMMON TOUCH (IRE) (Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart) Richard Fahey 3-8-12 Lee Topliss (5) [7]

19)        CHILWORTH LAD (7RUS) Mick Channon 3-9-2 Martin Harley (3) [12]

20)        CROWN COUNSEL (IRE) (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-8-6 Silvestre De Sousa [19]

21)        CATALYZE (Robert Hanson & Partners) Andrew Balding 3-8-5t David Probert [33]

22)        CAPTAIN BERTIE (IRE) (A Morton) Barry Hills 3-8-10 Michael Hills [9]

23)        HONEY OF A KITTEN (USA) (Ken & Sarah Ramsay) Dermot Weld IRE 3-9-1 Pat Smullen [6]

24)        BAPTIST (USA) (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing - Tapit) Andrew Balding 3-8-10 Jimmy Fortune [32]

25)        EKTIBAAS (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3-8-7 Richard Hills [10]

26)        KUALA LIMPER (IRE) (John Dwyer) David Elsworth 3-8-11 Tom Queally [24]

27)        RIGOLLETO (IRE) (Box 41) Mick Channon 3-8-10 Sam Hitchcott [3]

28)        NORSE BLUES (Jeff Smith) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-10 James Doyle [8]

29)        DREAM ACHIEVED (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 3-8-12 Robert Winston [26]


29 ran   Non-Runner: Dimension (Ground)

Time: 1m 44.55s

Distances: ½, hd, nse, 1, nk, ½, ½, nk, hd, ¾, sh, 2, ¾, hd, 1¾, hd, ½, hd, 1¾, sh, 2, 11, 1¾, 1¼, ¾, 1¼, 10, 34    

Breeder: Melksham Craic

Breeding: ch c Pastoral Pursuits - Jasmick (IRE) (Definite Article)

Totes: Win: £7.20          Places: £2.40; £7.30; £29.50; £3.10        Exacta: £223.80


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, 2007 Sakhee’s Secret), Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes (2008 Stimulation), 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), totesport.com Cambridgeshire (2009 Supaseus) Royal Ascot Wins (5): Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2003 Waverley, 2010 Cill Rialaig), Wokingham Handicap (2006 Baltic King), Wolferton Handicap (2008 Supaseus), Britannia Handicap (2011 Sagramor) First Royal Ascot Winner: Waverley, Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap, June 2003 Horses in training (2003-2011): 65; 73; 92; 76; 84; 92; 90; 95; 83; Number of Wins on Flat (2002-2010): 28; 46; 34; 43; 46; 51; 43; 57; 51; Wins in 2011: 14


Winning jockey:-Name: Mackay, Nicky Background: Son of jockey Allan Mackay and grandson of former jockey Eric Eldin. Formerly apprenticed to Luca Cumani in Newmarket Big race wins: Courage Best Stakes (2003 Navado), Old Newton Cup (2005 Zeitgeist), Spring Cup (2006 Forgery) Royal Ascot Wins (2): King George V Stakes (2004 Admiral); Britannia Handicap (2011 Sagramor) Wins (2002-2010): 13; 36; 52; 34; 57; 46; 15; 31; 37; Wins in 2011: 15






£70,000 guaranteed, 1m 2f. For 3yo which have not won a Group 1 or Group 2 Pattern Race Weights colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb Penalties a winner of a Group 3 race of seven furlongs or more 4lb Entries 27 pay £350 Penalty value 1st £39,739.00 2nd £15,064.00 3rd £7,539.00 4th £3,759.00 5th £1,883.00 6th £945.00


1)         PISCO SOUR (USA) (Michael Kerr-Dineen) Hughie Morrison 3-9-0 Jimmy Fortune [11] 20/1

2)         ALKIMOS (IRE) (Leonidas Marinopoulos) Luca Cumani 3-9-0 Kieren Fallon [5] 13/2

3)         SLUMBER (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 3-9-0 Michael Hills [3] 10/1

4)         SPECIFIC GRAVITY (FR) (Niarchos Family) Sir Henry Cecil 3-9-0 Ian Mongan [15]

5)         TAZAHUM (USA) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-0 Richard Hills [14]

6)         LAAJOOJ (IRE) (Godolphin) Mahmood Al Zarooni 3-9-0 Mickael Barzalona [16]

7)         MARKSMANSHIP (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-0 Ryan Moore [10] 100/30 Fav

8)         HUNTER'S LIGHT (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-0 Frankie Dettori [12]

9)         AHLAAIN (USA) (Sultan Ali) David Simcock 3-9-0 William Buick [9]

10)        AULD BURNS (Patsy Byrne) Richard Hannon 3-9-0 Jamie Spencer [4]

11)        MORIARTY (IRE) (Justin Dowley & Michael Pescod) Richard Hannon 3-9-0v1 Richard Hughes [7]

12)        MAALI (IRE) (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 3-9-0 Philip Robinson [8]

13)        MIDSUMMER SUN (Khalid Abdulla) Sir Henry Cecil 3-9-0 Tom Queally [6]

14)        LOVING SPIRIT (P Dalby & R Schuster) James Toller 3-9-0 Robert Havlin [1]

15)        HAPPY TODAY (USA) (Jaber Abdullah) Brian Meehan 3-9-0 Martin Dwyer [13]

16)        SLIM SHADEY (Phil Cunningham) Stan Moore 3-9-0 Luke Morris [2]


16 ran

Time: 2m 11.84s

Distances: 1¾, 2, ¾, ¾, hd, nk, 3½, 2¼, 2, ½, ¾, ½, 5, 14, 5 

Breeder: Hascombe Stud

Breeding: b or br c Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Lynnwood Chase (USA) (Horse Chestnut (SAF))

Totes: Win: £28.60         Places: £6.70; £2.10; £4.40        Exacta: £210.60


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, 2007 Sakhee’s Secret), Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes (2008 Stimulation), 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), totesport.com Cambridgeshire (2009 Supaseus) Royal Ascot Wins (6): Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2003 Waverley, 2010 Cill Rialaig), Wokingham Handicap (2006 Baltic King), Wolferton Handicap (2008 Supaseus), Britannia Handicap (2011 Sagramor), Tercentenary Stakes (2011 Pisco Sour) First Royal Ascot Winner: Waverley, Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap, June 2003 Horses in training (2003-2011): 65; 73; 92; 76; 84; 92; 90; 95; 83; Number of Wins on Flat (2002-2010): 28; 46; 34; 43; 46; 51; 43; 57; 51; Wins in 2011: 15


Winning jockey:-Name: Fortune, James Joseph. Date of birth: 14/6/72 Apprenticeship: With Mike O'Neill. English Classic Wins (1): Ladbrokes St Leger (2007 Lucarno) Big wins Include: Coolmore Matron Stakes (2009 Rainbow View), Darley Yorkshire Oaks (2009 Dar Re Mi), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2009 Dar Re Mi), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2009 Virtual), Cheveley Park Stakes (2008 Serious Attitude), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2008 Raven’s Pass), Premio Vittorio di Capua (2007 Linngari), Sussex Stakes (2006 Court Masterpiece), Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2004 Playful Act, 2005 Nannina), Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Prix de la Foret (2001 Mount Abu), Racing Post Trophy (1998 Commander Collins) Royal Ascot Winners (14): Queen Mary Stakes (1999 Shining Hour), Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton, 2007 Royal Oath), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2003 Waverley), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina), Wokingham Handicap (2006 Baltic King), Jersey Stakes (2007 Tariq), Windsor Forest Stakes (2007 Nannina), Norfolk Stakes (2007 Winker Watson), Ascot Stakes (2007 Full House), Ribblesdale Stakes (2008 Michita), Hardwicke Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon), Tercentenary Stakes (2011 Pisco Sour) Leading Rider at Royal Ascot: 2007 (5 wins) Wins (1988-2010): 8, 29, 47, 32, 26, 25, 56, 46, 83, 78, 108, 94, 91, 71, 92, 46, 72, 95, 77, 110, 87, 73, 77 Wins in 2011: 15







£50,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f. For 3yo Rated 0-105 Weights highest weight not less than 9st 7lb Weight raised 4 Minimum weight 7-12 Penalties after June 4th, a winner 4lb; a winner of 2 races 7lb Apache's Handicap Mark 99 Entries 42 pay £250 Penalty value 1st £31,155.00 2nd £9,330.00 3rd £4,665.00 4th £2,335.00 5th £1,165.00 6th £585.00


1)         BROWN PANTHER (Owen Promotions Ltd) Tom Dascombe 3-8-13 Richard Kingscote [12] 4/1 Jt Fav

2)         CENSUS (IRE) (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Beeswing)) Richard Hannon 3-9-2 Richard Hughes [10] 6/1

3)         WELL SHARP (Andrew Tinkler) Michael Dods 3-8-12 Phillip Makin [20] 40/1

4)         COMMUNICATOR (Lady Davis) Michael Bell 3-8-10 Jamie Spencer [11] 16/1

5)         DANADANA (IRE) (Sh. Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum) Luca Cumani 3-8-8 Kieren Fallon [14]

6)         SUD PACIFIQUE (IRE) (Sir Robert Ogden) Jeremy Noseda 3-9-0 Ryan Moore [13]

7)         GREYFRIARS DRUMMER (Greyfriars UK Ltd) Mark Johnston 3-8-10 Joe Fanning [16]

8)         MALTHOUSE (GER) (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-6 Mickael Barzalona [2]

9)         CHARLES CAMOIN (IRE) (Chris Wright, Catherine Corbett) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-12 Liam Keniry [18]

10)        JEHANBUX (USA) (K Dhunjibhoy, V Shirke, B Desai) Richard Hannon 3-9-0 Frankie Dettori [8]

11)        PICTURE EDITOR (Khalid Abdulla) Sir Henry Cecil 3-9-7 Tom Queally [9]

12)        MICA MIKA (IRE) (Una Towell) Richard Fahey 3-8-7 Paul Hanagan

13)        ART HISTORY (IRE) (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-8-10 Silvestre De Sousa [22]

14)        APACHE (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-4 Joseph O'Brien (3) [1] 4/1 Jt Fav

15)        PURIFICATION (IRE) (Martin Hughes & Michael Kerr-Dineen) John Gosden 3-8-10 William Buick [7]

16)        DISCOTECA (David Brownlow) Andrew Balding 3-9-0 Jimmy Fortune [4]

17)        THE BELLS O PEOVER (D & G Mercer) Mark Johnston 3-8-12 Richard Hills [6]

18)        REFLECT (IRE) (Julie Wood) Richard Hannon 3-8-11 Pat Dobbs [3]


18 ran

Non-runner: 9 Eternal Heart (going)

Time: 2m 36.93s

Distances: 6, 1, 2, 6, 1¾, ¾, 4½, ¾, ½, nk, 13, 3¼, 6, 27, nk, 2¼, 9 

Breeder: Owen Promotions Ltd

Breeding: b c Shirocco (GER) - Treble Heights (IRE) (Unfuwain (USA))

Totes: Win: £5.90          Places: £1.60; £1.70; £8.10; £4.60          Exacta: £24.00


Winning trainer:-Name: Dascombe, Tom Born: Bristol, 30/04/1973 Based: Manor House Stables, Malpas, Cheshire Background: Born in Bristol and attended Bristol Cathedral School. Started riding ponies at three years old, before working for Henry Candy and then Martin Pipe in 1989. Rode 96 winners over the jumps, before working for Ralph Beckett, Mike de Kock and in America. Moved from Lambourn to state of the art facilities at Malpas in November, 2009, to train for football legend Michael Owen and Betfair founder Andrew Black. First Winner: Principal Witness, Littlewoods Lotto4 0800 500 000 Handicap, Lingfield, January 4, 2006. First Group Winner: Classic Blade (2008 TNT July Stakes) Big Race Wins: Superlative Stakes (2008 Firth Of Fifth); TNT July Stakes (2008 Classic Blade); Rockingham Stakes (2007 Max One Two Three), City Wall Stakes (2010 Blue Jack), National Stakes (2011 Pyman’s Theory) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Sandringham Stakes (2011 Rhythm Of Light); King George V Handicap (2011 Brown Panther) Wins (2006-10):10; 26; 42; 58; 36; Wins in 2011: 27


Winning jockey:- Name: Kingscote, Richard Background: Builder’s son from Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset. Spent winter 2005/06 riding in Australia for Sydney trainer Ron Quinton. Is famous for his large collection of tattoos. First Pattern Race Success: Classic Blade (2008 TNT July Stakes) Big Race Wins: Weatherbys Superlative Stakes (2008 Firth Of Fifth); TNT July Stakes (2008 Classic Blade); Rockingham Stakes (2007 Max One Two Three), National Stakes (2011 Pyman’s Theory) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Sandringham Stakes (2011 Rhythm Of Light); King George V Handicap (2011 Brown Panther) Wins 2004-2010: 2; 31; 33; 44; 60; 69; 47; Wins in 2011: 34

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