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Thursday, June 30, 2011



River Jetez will work on the July Course at Newmarket tomorrow, Friday, July 1.


The eight-year-old mare is trained by leading South African handler Mike de Kock and is currently based at Abington Place Stables in Newmarket. She is being prepared for a crack at the Group One Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes, which takes place over a mile at Newmarket on Friday, July 8, day two of the Piper Heidsieck July Festival.


She will arrive between 7.30am and 7.45am and will work with a companion at 8.00am. Pat Cosgrave, who will partner River Jetez in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes, will be in the saddle.




Globetrotting superstar Phoenix Reach is set to stand as a dual-purpose stallion at Mickley Stud in Shropshire for the 2012 breeding season.


The son of Alhaarth boasted career earnings of nearly £2 million after winning Group or Grade 1 races on three different continents. Those successes came in the Canadian International at Woodbine, Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin and Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba.


His first runners are now three-year-olds and he has made a bright start to his stud career with representatives last week including seven-length Bibury Cup winner Whiplash Willie and Rawaki, who impressively landed a maiden on his debut.


He was also responsible for Arctic Reach, a seven-length winner over hurdles at Stratford on Tuesday night.


Phoenix Reach remains the property of Andrew Christou, who raced the horse and plans to support him with around a dozen mares next year.


Richard Kent, owner of Mickley Stud, commented: “We are excited to be standing Phoenix Reach. He boasts a similar profile to Overbury, who also enjoyed top-level global success before going on to be a high-class Flat and National Hunt stallion.


“He is a good-looking horse who has achieved eye-catching success from limited numbers so far on the Flat and also has some well-regarded National Hunt prospects to run for him.”


Phoenix Reach will stand alongside Beat All, Captain Gerrard, Multiplex and Overbury at Mickley Stud. His fee for 2012 will be set later this year.


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