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Friday, July 28, 2000


FRUITS OF LOVE MISSES KING GEORGE


Fruits Of Love will not run in tomorrow's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes as the result of a recurrence of the injury to his hock sustained earlier this week.



Mark Johnston, who trains the five-year-old, said: "He is out, he's lame. It's the same injury and it has deteriorated."


Fruits Of Love won the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last month for the second successive year.


THE KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES


Group One, Class A, 3.50pm, Saturday July 29, 2000, Total Prize Fund £750,000, one mile about four furlongs, three year olds and upwards. Weights: 3-y-o colts and geldings: 8st 9lb; fillies: 8st 6lb; 4-y-o and up colts and geldings: 9st 7lb; fillies: 9st 4lb. Entries closed June 14, 2000 (40 entries), entries released June 21, forfeit stage July 11 (17 entries remained), five-day stage, Monday, July 24 (11 confirmations); 48-hour declaration stage 10am, Thursday, July 27, 2000 (8 declared).


Form Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey/Draw
4-432 BEAT ALL (USA) 4-9-07 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute Kevin Darley (4)
8-11 DALIAPOUR (IRE) 4-9-07 H H Aga Khan Sir Michael Stoute Johnny Murtagh (3)
-125 FANTASTIC LIGHT (USA) 4-9-07 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor John Reid (7)
29-1 FRUITS OF LOVE (USA) 5-9-07 Mick Doyle Mark Johnston Non Runner
4-11 MONTJEU (IRE) 4-9-07 Michael Tabor John Hammond FR Michael Kinane (5)
-713 SHIVA (JPN) 5-9-04 Niarchos Family Henry Cecil Richard Quinn (1)
-212 AIR SHAKUR (JPN) 3-8-09 Lucky Field Co Ltd Hideyuki Mori JPN Yutaka Take (8)
2624 RAYPOUR (IRE) 3-8-09 H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE Jimmy Fortune (6)

7 Runners (1 Non Runner)
1 French-trained
1 Japanese-trained
1 Irish-trained

THE TOTE BET

8/15 Montjeu
9/2 Daliapour
15/2 Shiva
10/1 Fantastic Light
14/1 Air Shakur
22/1 Beat All
66/1 Raypour


TRAINERS AND OWNERS WITH RUNNERS WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY WON THE KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES

Trainers
Saeed bin Suroor - 1995 LAMMTARRA, 1997 SWAIN, 1998 SWAIN, 1999 DAYLAMI
Sir Michael Stoute - 1981 SHERGAR, 1993 OPERA HOUSE
Henry Cecil - 1987 REFERENCE POINT, 1990 BELMEZ, 1994 KING'S THEATRE


Owners

H H Aga Khan - 1981 SHERGAR
Godolphin - 1997 SWAIN, 1998 SWAIN, 1999 DAYLAMI


AIR SHAKUR (JPN) FACTFILE


br c Sunday Silence - I Dreamed a Dream (Well Decorated)
Form: 5121-212 Owner : Lucky Field Co Ltd Trainer: Hideyuki Mori JPN Breeder: Shadai Farm
Jockey: Yutaka Take

Air Shakur (JPN)
Air Shakur is a son of the outstanding stallion Sunday Silence, winner of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic in 1989. He has been champion sire in Japan every year since 1994 and is already so far ahead this season that a seventh title looks likely. After finishing fifth on his juvenile debut at Tokyo, Air Shakur lost his maiden status at the second attempt at Kyoto. He then finished second in a minor event at Hanshin, before completing his season in promising style by winning the Hopeful Stakes at Nakayama. Air Shakur began his three-year old career with his first appearance in Group company, finishing 1 lengths second to Fusaichi Zenon in the Group Two 37th Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho at Nakayama. He then went one better at the same track, entering Japanese racing history in the process by taking the Group One 60th Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2,000 Guineas). Air Shakur's last appearance saw him make an extremely brave attempt to secure his second Group One victory of the season in the 67th Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) at Tokyo. On this occasion he was just touched off by Agnes Flight by a nose, and his shrewd connections will be looking for compensation in this overseas raid.

Race Record: Starts: 7; 1st: 3; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 0; Win & Place prize money: 242,018,000

Lucky Field Co Ltd and Teruya Yoshida
The Lucky Field Co Ltd previously owned Air Groove, who finished second in both the 1997 and 1998 Group One Japan Cups. The first year she was defeated by the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Pilsudski, and a year later she found fellow Japanese-trained El Condor Pasa too good. Air Groove's first foal, a filly by Sunday Silence (himself the sire of Air Shakur), fetched the equivalent of $2,129,629 earlier this month at the Japan Racing Horse Association's Sale in Hokkaido.

Born November 12, 1947 in Ohiba, Japan, Teruya Yoshida, known as Terry, now runs the huge bloodstock empire created by his late father Zenya, who died in August , 1993. This is centred around the vast Shadai Farm on the island of Hokkaido, where Air Shakur was bred and many top-class stallions are based including the champion Sunday Silence and the former European performers Carnegie, Helissio, Pentire, Tony Bin, Waajib and White Muzzle. Zenya Yoshida began building up Shadai in 1955 - his father Zenuske was one of the first people in Japan to import thoroughbreds from America on a major scale.

Teruya Yoshida graduated in 1969 from the Faculty of Economics at Keio University and spent five years as general manager of Fontainebleau Farm in Kentucky, then the American base for Shadai. He returned to Japan in 1974 to run the Chitoese branch of Shadai. His brother Katsumi now acts as executive director at Shadai, with Teruya's official title being president.

No previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes wins

Hideyuki Mori JPN
Hideyuki Mori began training in 1993, and it did not take him long to make his mark winning that year's Grade One Japan Cup with Legacy World. Since then Mori has achieved three notable international training feats. In 1995 he saddled Fujiyama Kenzan to win the Grade Two Hong Kong International Cup at Sha Tin, becoming the first Japanese handler to win a Group race abroad. Three years later Seeking The Pearl's victory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville gave Mori the notable achievement of becoming the first Japanese trainer to win a Group One race in Europe. This season he continued his record-breaking career by sending out Agnes World, lodging at Geoff Wragg's stable in Newmarket, to win the Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket. This victory created a place in British racing history for Mori, who became the first Japanese trainer to win a race in this country. Mori has also landed the Group One Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp in October 1999 with Agnes World, whose next target in 2000 is the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on August 6.

No previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes runners

Yutaka Take
Born in Japan on March 15, 1969, Yutaka Take is regarded as a sporting superstar in his home country. His record of ten jockey's titles is unsurpassed in Japan. He had his first ride on March 1, 1987 and his first winner six days later and has since had more than 1,800 wins in Japan. He has won two runnings of the Japanese Derby, with Special Week in 1998 and Admire Vega last year, and finally filled the one major omission in his CV last season when taking the Japan Cup on Special Week.

Take is now looking to broaden his international experience and is currently based in California. He became the first Japanese jockey to win an overseas Group 1 race when taking the 1994 Prix Moulin at Longchamp on Ski Paradise, partnered the first Japanese-trained winner of a European Group 1 when winning the 1998 Prix Maurice de Gheest on Seeking The Pearl and earlier this month rode the first Japanese-trained winner in Britain, Agnes World in the Group 1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket. He had won last year's Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye on the same horse.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Record: 1994 White Muzzle (2nd).




BEAT ALL (USA) FACTFILE


br c Dynaformer (USA) - Spirited Missus (Distinctive (USA))
Form: 21/134-432 Owner: Saeed Suhail
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Breeder: Joseph Allen
Jockey: Kevin Darley

Beat All
A $280,000 yearling, Beat All has won two of his eight starts and finished third in the Vodafone Derby and fourth in the Budweiser Irish Derby in 1999. The first of Beat All's two wins came when he was a juvenile back in 1998, when he was successful in a maiden at Chepstow. Victory in the Newmarket Stakes on his seasonal reappearance as a three-year-old saw him enter the reckoning for the Vodafone Derby. After an interrupted preparation with a bruised foot, he finished third behind Oath. Beat All's final start as a three-year-old saw him finish fourth to Montjeu in the Budweiser Irish Derby, where he again aggravated a foot injury and subsequently missed the rest of the season. His first intended outing as a four-year-old in the Huxley Stakes at Chester was somewhat abortive when the starter believed him to be lame and withdrew him. He was then fourth behind Shiva in the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown and then third behind the runaway winner Dubai Millennium in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot. His last racecourse appearance saw him finish second, beaten a short-head by Endless Hall, in the Group Three Scottish Classic at Ayr on July 17.

Race Record: Starts: 7; 1st: 2; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 1; Win & place prize money: £193,742

Saeed Suhail
Saeed Suhail, a businessman involved in property, is based in Dubai where he is a close friend of Sheikh Maktoum Al Maktoum, under whose Gainsborough banner his horses are managed by former jockeys Joe Mercer and Bruce Raymond. He has owned racehorses for more than a dozen years and last year he finished 12th in the list of Flat owners, winning nine races and accruing £307,731 in win and place prize money in the process. Beat All, third in the 1999 Vodafone Derby, contributed most to Suhail's high ranking, but two good two-year-olds, King's Best and Tough Speed, also played their parts. He currently has 10 horses in training with Sir Michael Stoute in Newmarket and had a first classic success this year in the Sagitta 2,000 Guineas with King's Best. Sadly however it looks as if the racing career of the Kingmambo colt, an 11th hour withdrawal from the Vodafone Derby, is over following an injury sustained in the Budweiser Irish Derby. Other smart performers to have carried his blue, yellow chevrons, yellow with blue spots cap, colours include Brave Reward, Lonesome Dude and Sky Rocket.
No previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winners

Sir Michael Stoute
Born in Barbados on October 22, 1945, where his father was chief of police, Michael Stoute came to Britain in 1965 to nurture his love of racing. He joined Pat Rohan at Malton before moving to Newmarket three years later to work for Doug Smith and then Tom Jones. Stoute took out a public licence to train in 1972, recording his first success that year when Sandal won at Newmarket on April 28. Since then he has been at the top of his profession and has been champion trainer five times - in 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994 and, most recently in 1997 when his two older horses Singspiel and Pilsudski proved great ambassadors to the yard. Pilsudski added four Group One races to his impressive portfolio - the Coral-Eclipse, the Irish Champion Stakes, the Dubai Champion Stakes and the Japan Cup, while Singspiel won the Dubai World Cup, the Vodafone Coronation Cup and the Juddmonte International. Stoute has won the Vodafone Derby twice - with Shergar in 1981 and Shahrastani five years later. His long list of big-race successes also includes the 2,000 Guineas (four times), 1,000 Guineas, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (twice), Vodafone Oaks, the Irish Derby (three times), Irish Oaks (six times), Irish 1,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas (three times) as well as many other races across the globe. Stoute, who was knighted in 1998 for his services to sport and tourism in Barbados, has 190 horses in training this year at his Freemason Lodge yard in Newmarket. Champion jockey Kieren Fallon became the stable's retained rider this season, although since Fallon's injury at Royal Ascot this year, Stoute has mainly been relying on the services of Pat Eddery.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Record (Since 1980): 1981 SHERGAR (WON); 1986 Shardari (2nd); Shahrastani (4th); Dihistan (5th); 1987 Unite (8th); 1988 Doyoun (6th); 1991 Rock Hopper (3rd), Saddlers' Hall (6th); 1992 Saddlers' Hall (2nd), Opera House (3rd), Rock Hopper (5th); 1993 OPERA HOUSE (WON); 1994 Foyer (6th), Ezzoud (UR); 1997 Pilsudski (2nd), Singspiel (4th).


Kevin Darley
Born August 5, 1960 in Tettenhall, Staffordshire, Kevin Darley lives in Sheriff Hutton, near York, and was married to Debby on November 22, 1982. They have two daughters - Lianne and Gemma. Darley served his apprenticeship with Reg Hollinshead, and his first winner came on Dust Up at Haydock on August 5, 1977. The highlight of his career was winning the 1995 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) on the Lady Herries-trained Celtic Swing, on whom he had also won the previous year's Racing Post Trophy, carrying the colours of Peter Savill, to whom he was retained rider at the time. He also dead-heated with Ya Malak in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York in 1997, when he lost his irons while riding Coastal Bluff for David Barron. Champion apprentice in 1978, Darley is a freelance. Last year he rode 119 winners, and this season he is the current top Flat jockey in Britain as of July 28, with 87 wins from 541 rides. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Record (Since 1980): No previous rides


DALIAPOUR (IRE) FACTFILE


4 b c Sadler's Wells (USA) - Dalara (Doyoun)
Form: 6131/12228-11 Owner: H H Aga Khan
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Breeder: H H Aga Khan's Studs SC
Jockey: Johnny Murtagh

Daliapour
The Aga Khan's home-bred Daliapour, then trained by Luca Cumani, ran four times as a two-year-old. He finished sixth to Enrique on his debut in a maiden at Goodwood's July Meeting, and broke his duck next time out in a one-mile maiden at Chepstow on August 31. Then stepped up in class for the one-mile Haynes, Hanson And Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury on September 18, Daliapour finished third, just over a length behind the winner Boatman. He rounded off his juvenile campaign by winning the Listed Tom McGee Autumn Stakes over a mile at Ascot on October 10, beating Boatman by eight lengths on soft ground. On his three-year-old debut in the 1m 2f Schroder Unit Trusts Blue Riband Trial at Epsom on April 21, Daliapour comfortably beat Lightning Arrow and Helvetius. He was then sent off the 10/11 favourite for the Group 3 Derby Trial at Lingfield on faster ground but was beaten just over a length by Lucido with his jockey Gerald Mosse putting up 2lb overweight. He again filled the runner-up's spot in the Vodafone Derby, losing out by a length and three quarters to Oath. It was a similar story in the Irish Derby, where he beat all bar Montjeu - the five lengths winner - but disappointed when last of the eight finishers in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. In common with the rest of the Aga Khan's horses, Daliapour left Luca Cumani at the end of last season, joining Sir Michael Stoute. He made the best possible start for his new trainer when taking the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes at Chester on May 11 and finally gained his first Group 1 success last time out when taking the Vodafone Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 9 by three-quarters of a length from Fantastic Light. Race Record: Starts: 11; 1st: 5; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 1: Win & Place prize money: £602,539.


H H Aga Khan
Born in Geneva on December 13, 1936, the Harvard-educated Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, is the son of Prince Aly Khan, whose racing interests he inherited after his father's death in a car accident in May, 1960. However, it was not until the 1970s that the Aga Khan resumed the family's rich racing traditions. His grandfather won the Derby five times with Blenheim (1930), Bahram (1935), Mahmoud (1936), My Love (1948) and Tulyar (1952). In 1973, he built a new stud in Normandy, the Haras de Bonneval, and in 1978 opened the magnificent Aiglemont complex near Chantilly, which includes a 100-box training centre, a chateau where the Aga resides, and an office building from where the owner's worldwide business interests - which include an airline, hotels and a resort in Sardinia - are conducted. The Aga Khan has an enterprising breeding policy and is never afraid to use stallions away from the mainstream. He races only home-breds but is always keen to acquire new bloodlines, as when paying £1.3 million in September, 1977, for 82 mares, yearlings and foals owned by Francois Dupre's widow, Anna, and £4.7 million the following year for more than 100 head of bloodstock owned by the late Marcel Boussac. Gilltown and Sallymount Studs in Ireland provide over 2,000 acres of pastures and he has a further 550 acres of paddocks in France, where his farms include the Haras de Saint-Crespin. He has seen his famous emerald green and red colours carried to victory in the Vodafone Derby four times, the most memorable being the record-breaking ten-length victory of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Shergar in 1981. Shahrastani, also trained by Stoute, held off the fast-finishing challenge of Dancing Brave in 1986, Kahyasi triumphed for Luca Cumani in 1988, while this year the John Oxx-trained Sinndar added to the record and went on to take the Irish Derby. The Aga Khan, whose full title is His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, boycotted British racing from December, 1990 until Royal Ascot in June, 1995, as a result of his filly Aliysa's disqualification from the 1989 Oaks. Aliysa tested positive to camphor in her post-race dope test and, after losing a long legal battle with the Jockey Club, the Aga Khan withdrew his horses from Britain. A positive test last season led the owner to withdraw 30 horses he had with Cumani in January, with Sir Michael Stoute the chief beneficiary.

Previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Win: 1981 SHERGAR (WON)

Sir Michael Stoute
Born in Barbados on October 22, 1945, where his father was chief of police, Michael Stoute came to Britain in 1965 to nurture his love of racing. He joined Pat Rohan at Malton before moving to Newmarket three years later to work for Doug Smith and then Tom Jones. Stoute took out a public licence to train in 1972, recording his first success that year when Sandal won at Newmarket on April 28. Since then he has been at the top of his profession and has been champion trainer five times - in 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994 and, most recently in 1997 when his two older horses Singspiel and Pilsudski proved great ambassadors to the yard. Pilsudski added four Group One races to his impressive portfolio - the Coral-Eclipse, the Irish Champion Stakes, the Dubai Champion Stakes and the Japan Cup, while Singspiel won the Dubai World Cup, the Vodafone Coronation Cup and the Juddmonte International. Stoute has won the Vodafone Derby twice - with Shergar in 1981 and Shahrastani five years later. His long list of big-race successes also includes the 2,000 Guineas (four times), 1,000 Guineas, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (twice), Vodafone Oaks, the Irish Derby (three times), Irish Oaks (six times), Irish 1,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas (three times) as well as many other races across the globe. Stoute, who was knighted in 1998 for his services to sport and tourism in Barbados, has 190 horses in training this year at his Freemason Lodge yard in Newmarket. Champion jockey Kieren Fallon became the stable's retained rider this season, although since Fallon's injury at Royal Ascot this year, Stoute has mainly been relying on the services of Pat Eddery.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Record (Since 1980): 1981 SHERGAR (WON); 1986 Shardari (2nd); Shahrastani (4th); Dihistan (5th); 1987 Unite (8th); 1988 Doyoun (6th); 1991 Rock Hopper (3rd), Saddlers' Hall (6th); 1992 Saddlers' Hall (2nd), Opera House (3rd), Rock Hopper (5th); 1993 OPERA HOUSE (WON); 1994 Foyer (6th), Ezzoud (UR); 1997 Pilsudski (2nd), Singspiel (4th).


Johnny Murtagh
Born in Co Meath, Ireland on May 14, 1970, Johnny Murtagh was apprenticed to John Oxx and became Irish champion apprentice in 1989. Weight problems forced him to relinquish his position as stable jockey to Oxx but Murtagh overcame those difficulties and in 1993 finished runner-up in the Irish jockeys' championship. In 1995, he became Irish champion jockey for the first time and has since gained international prominence, riding in Dubai during the winter (where he has been champion rider), winning the 1995 Breeders' Cup Mile on Ridgewood Pearl and the following year's Beverley D Stakes on Timarida. Murtagh finished runner-up to Christy Roche in the Irish jockeys' championship in 1997, regained the title in 1998 with 87 victories, although he finished only fourth behind Mick Kinane last season. Murtagh has enjoyed a phenomenal season, partnering Sinndar to victory in both the English and Irish Derbies, and winning the Irish Oaks on Petrushka. He also had three wins at Royal Ascot last month.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Record (Since 1980): 1999 Sunshine Street (5th)


FANTASTIC LIGHT (USA) FACTFILE


4 b c Rahy (USA) - Jood (Nijinsky (CAN))
Form: 113/1423110-125 Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Breeder: Gainsborough Farm Inc
Jockey: John Reid

Fantastic Light
This son of Rahy, home-bred by Maktoum Al Maktoum, won two of his three races as a juvenile, making a winning debut in a maiden at Sandown, before returning to the Esher track to take a conditions event. He then finished third in a Listed contest at Goodwood behind Mutaahab to conclude his two-year-old career.

On his first start as a three-year-old Fantastic Light gained his first Pattern victory, taking the Group 3 Thresher Classic Trial at Sandown. Later that season he finished second to Lear Spear in the Group 2 Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot beaten a head, before winning the biggest race of his career at York in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes.

The 2000 season began well for Fantastic Light, who triumphed in the Group Three Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad al Sheba. He then switched stables from Sir Michael Stoute to that of Godolphin. On his first start for the Maktoum family's operation, he finished second, ridden by the American Chris McCarron, in the Group 1 Vodafone Coronation Cup behind Daliapour. His latest outing produced a fifth behind Giant's Causeway in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes over an inadequate mile and a quarter at Sandown in July.

Race Record: Starts: 13; 1st: 6; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £992,479

Godolphin
Godolphin is the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed and other members of the Maktoum family, and its aim is to prepare horses in Dubai during the winter to gain the advantage when challenging for major races worldwide. The experiment began on a small scale in the winter of 1992, with horses enjoying the benefits of the warm climate before arriving in Britain for the 1993 season. The Godolphin operation was properly established in 1994, with Hilal Ibrahim as trainer, when Balanchine won the Vodafone Oaks and Irish Derby. The following year Saeed bin Suroor was appointed as the official trainer. When flown over from Dubai, the older horses are stabled at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket. Since last year Godolphin's two-year-olds have been housed at the former Evry racecourse in France under the care of David Loder, who has over 100 juveniles, although from the 2001 season they will be based at Sheikh Mohammed's Stanley House Stables in Newmarket. This year, Godolphin has set up an additional training centre at Santa Anita racecourse in the United States, where Eoin Harty supervises a select band of 32 American-bred two-year-olds. Godolphin's colours have been carried to victory in every British classic bar the Vodafone Derby, although Saeed bin Suroor did train Lammtarra to win the premier classic for Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum in 1995. The British Godolphin classic successes so far have been Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi), Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell) and St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq). Bachir has flown the flag this season, winning both the French and Irish versions of the 2,000 Guineas. Daylami led an historic 1-2-3 in the 1998 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, the first time that the same owner and trainer has had the first three in a British Group One, and the Godolphin ambitions, other than landing the Vodafone Derby, include taking the American Triple Crown series, winning the Japan Cup, Melbourne Cup and capturing the Emirates World Racing Series Championship which was achieved in 1999, the inaugural year, by the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winner Daylami. Godolphin has won the last three runnings of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.
Previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Wins: 1997 SWAIN, 1998 SWAIN, 1999 DAYLAMI.


Saeed bin Suroor
Born October 10, 1967, a former policeman, Saeed bin Suroor, Godolphin's nominated trainer, finished second to John Dunlop in the trainers' championship in 1995 before going one better to pip his great rival, Henry Cecil, in 1996. A cloud hanging over the Godolphin operation in the early part of the 1997 season hampered the trainer's chance of a second championship and he ended the season in fifth place, but he was back on top in 1998 and again last season. Coupled with his phenomenal achievements with Godolphin, bin Suroor trained the redoubtable Lammtarra for Sheikh Mohammed's nephew, Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum, to win the 1995 Vodafone Derby, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. That the horse raced only four times in his career and yet was trained by bin Suroor to succeed in those three pre-eminent Group One events is an achievement which cannot be overstated. Bin Suroor is helped with the training by Tom Albertrani, formerly assistant to Cigar's trainer Bill Mott in America, with Simon Crisford acting as racing manager and John Ferguson as bloodstock advisor. Cape Verdi's Sagitta 1,000 Guineas win completed the full set of British classics for bin Suroor in 1998. His domestic classic winners are Sagitta 1,000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi), Sagitta 2,000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra), Vodafone Oaks (1995 Moonshell), St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq). His record in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes stands up to the closest scrutiny, with four victories and a second in the last five runnings. He has enjoyed numerous other big-race wins worldwide.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Record: 1995 LAMMTARRA (WON); 1996 Classic Cliche (2nd), Annus Mirabilis (5th); 1997 SWAIN (WON), Predappio (7th); 1998 SWAIN (WON), Daylami (4th), Happy Valentine (7th); 1999 DAYLAMI (WON), Nedawi (2nd).


John Reid
Born August 6, 1955, in Northern Ireland, John Reid was apprenticed to Leslie Crawford in his homeland for a year before joining Verly Berwicke in England in the early 1970s for five years. Rode his first winner on Eyre at Goodwood in May, 1973. A second five-year attachment, with Fulke Johnson Houghton, included winning the 1978 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes on Ile de Bourbon.

Subsequently attached to the late Brian Swift and Charlie Nelson, as well as freelancing for a year, before being handed the plum job of first jockey to the great Vincent O'Brien from 1988 to 1990. He rode as first jockey to Peter Chapple-Hyam for much of the 1990s, an association which brought him a Vodafone Derby triumph on Dr Devious in 1992. He missed the premier classic because of a broken leg last year but this season became first rider to Sheikh Maktoum Al Maktoum and the other owners whose horses are managed under the Gainsborough Stud banner. He has had 19 Royal Ascot successes and won this race on Swain in 1997.

King George Record: 1980 Pelerin (9th), 1987 Sir Harry Lewis (7th), 1993 White Muzzle (2nd), 1996 Luso (6th), 1997 SWAIN (WON), 1998 Romanov (5th).




MONTJEU (IRE) FACTFILE


4 ch c Sadler's Wells (USA) - Floripedes (FR) (Top Ville)
Form: 11/1211114-11 Owner: Michael Tabor and Tsega Ltd
Trainer: John Hammond FR Breeder: Sir James Goldsmith
Jockey: Michael Kinane

Montjeu
After some sensational performances, Montjeu was officially the star three-year-old of 1999 with a rating of 135 in the end-of-season International Classifications, 8lb clear of the rest of his generation. Bred by the late Sir James Goldsmith, the tycoon who led the Referendum Party in the 1997 General Election, and named after his chateau in Burgundy, Montjeu was unbeaten at two, winning a mile maiden at Chantilly on his debut on September 18, 1998, and exactly a month later taking a Listed event over nine furlongs at Longchamp. On the advice of bloodstock agent Demi O'Byrne, Michael Tabor bought a major share in Montjeu before his three-year-old campaign and it has proved a great investment. On the first start of his classic campaign, he beat the subsequent multiple Group 1 winner Sendawar by a length in the Group 2 Prix Greffulhe at Longchamp in April, he tasted defeat for the first time at the same course a month later when going down by a length to Gracioso in the Group 1 Prix Lupin, but made amends in some style when taking the Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby) by four lengths from Nowhere To Exit. He was sent to the Curragh on June 27 to take the Irish Derby by five lengths from Daliapour, who had also been runner-up in the English Derby, and was then given a break. He returned in the Group 2 Prix Niel at Longchamp on September 12, scoring by a head from Bienamado, and then put up an outstanding performance to take the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe by half a length from Japanese raider El Condor Pasa, the pair six lengths clear of the field. His final start of 1999 came in the Japan Cup on November 28, where he could finish only fourth - albeit beaten just over two lengths. He returned this season in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on May 28 and, having been blocked in for most of the race, jockey Mick Kinane poked Montjeu's head through at the right moment for a cheeky win, and he had little trouble seeing off a sub-standard field for the Group 1 Prix de Saint-Cloud on July 2.
Race Record: Starts: 11; 1st: 9; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £1,704,572.


Michael Tabor and Tsega Ltd
Born in the East End of London on October 28, 1941, but now a resident of Monte Carlo with a reputed £20-million house in Barbados, and a $27-million yacht, Michael Tabor has enjoyed enormous success on the racecourse in recent years in both Europe and North America, and has invested millions at the major bloodstock sales. The financial foundation for this came from the sale of his Arthur Prince betting shop chain and an on-course bookmaking division for a reputed £28 million to Coral in September, 1995. Tabor now speculates in the currency markets and owns a major stake in the Victor Chandler bookmaking firm. His wealth was recently estimated at £400 million by the Sunday Times. The 1997 2,000 Guineas provided Tabor with his first British classic success when Entrepreneur held on from a fast-finishing Revoque and the remainder of a highly-successful season also saw him take the Irish equivalent and the Irish Derby with the Aidan O'Brien-trained Desert King. He first tasted classic success with Thunder Gulch in the 1995 Kentucky Derby and had further victories in 1998 with King Of Kings in the Sagitta 2,000 Guineas while Saffron Walden landed the Irish equivalent in 1999 but Montjeu is his best horse to date. Tabor was once again a significant force at all of the major sales last year. The majority of his horses are raced in partnership with Coolmore Stud principal John Magnier and his wife Sue. After Sir James Goldsmith's death in July 1997, Montjeu transferred into the ownership of Tsega Ltd. The company is owned by Goldsmith's friend Laure Boulay de la Meurthe, proprietor of French society magazine Point de Vue. Tsega retained a share in the colt after Tabor bought into Montjeu at the end of his juvenile days.
No previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Wins

John Hammond FR
Born at Bromley in Kent on June 27, 1960, Hammond attended Rugby School then went to university at Trinity College in Dublin, but dropped out after completing half of his four-year economics course due to the lure of the turf. The trainer was eight when his father moved to Ireland, which enabled him to spend his school holidays riding out for Jim Dreaper from a young age. He gained further experience by working for seven months at Susan Piggott's bloodstock agency, spending three years as assistant to the then Newmarket-based trainer Patrick Haslam, seven months as a vet's assistant in California, and finally spent a year and a half assisting Andre Fabre in Chantilly. In 1987 he took out a licence himself in Chantilly and made an instant impact with two fillies, Bonshamile and Swept Away, each winning Group races. Partly on the advice of Fabre, Daniel Wildenstein sent him 50 horses the following year but the notoriously fickle owner removed the lot 12 months later. But Hammond bounced back and won the French Derby, Irish Champion Stakes and Arc with Suave Dancer in 1991, the same year that he had a first British Group 1 win with Polar Falcon in the Haydock Sprint Cup. He has had international successes with Dear Doctor in the 1992 Arlington Million and Red Bishop in the 1994 Hong Kong International Vase, but all of these must play second fiddle to the performances of Montjeu. No previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Runners

Michael Kinane
Born in Co Tipperary on June 22, 1959, Michael Kinane rode his first winner on March 19, 1975 at Leopardstown on Muscari and served his apprenticeship with Liam Browne. He was champion Irish apprentice in 1978 and has been Irish champion jockey 11 times, most recently last season with 92 successes. He was first jockey to Dermot Weld until the 1999 season and is now retained by Aidan O'Brien. Kinane partnered the O'Brien-trained King Of Kings to win the 1998 Sagitta 2,000 Guineas, his second consecutive win in the race, following Entrepreneur in 1997. Kinane won the Vodafone Derby in 1993 on Commander In Chief and also won the 1989 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Carroll House and the 1993 Melbourne Cup on Vintage Crop.

He has a tremendous record in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes as well as having had 25 Royal Ascot successes.

King George Record (since 1980): 1990 BELMEZ (WON), 1994 KING'S THEATRE (WON), 1996 Classic Cliche (2nd), 1997 Pilsudski (2nd), 1998 Daylami (4th).




TOTE SEEKING MILLIONAIRE ON CHANNEL 4



The Tote Scoop6 could create its first millionaire from those who play the
bet on the six Channel 4 televised races from Newcastle and Redcar tomorrow.

Two punters were inches away from a massive win last Saturday but the last
stride defeat of Annette Vallon has left rollovers of £348,568 in the win
fund and £502,946 in the bonus fund.


"It is four weeks now since we had a winner and it is possible that if we
have a single winner tomorrow, they could become our first Scoop6
millionaire," said Tote PR Director, Rob Hartnett. "£516,698 was staked
last Saturday. We expect more than that tomorrow given the small field
sizes, and once we go past £330,000, the combined win and bonus prizes will
exceed the magic million. Punters should make sure they place their bets in
plenty of time as it is likely to be a very busy day."

Tomorrow's Scoop 6 races are as follows:

Leg 1 3.15 Newcastle
Leg 2 3.45 Newcastle
Leg 3 4.00 Redcar

Leg 4 4.15 Newcastle

Leg 5 4.30 Redcar
Leg 6 4.45 Newcastle


Win fund rollover £348,568 Bonus fund rollover £502,946


The average Win dividend is £101,632. The average Place dividend is £670.
The record win on Scoop6 is £917,021, paid out to the 'Munchen Gladbackers'
in January this year.



ASCOT GOING CHANGE



Nick Cheyne, the Ascot Clerk of the Course, has changed the going description to


GOOD TO FIRM, GOOD IN PLACES


from Good to Firm.


Cheyne said: "We've had about three millimetres of rain today and so I have changed the going description. The round course seems slightly slower than the straight course.

"The forecasters say there are still a few showers to the west of us which will move away by 8pm after when it will be mostly dry.

"Tomorrow, from noon, there is a 40% to 50% chance of light showers. It should be dry overnight and on Sunday."


ASCOT FIRST RACE QUOTES
THE CAPEL CURE SHARP MAIDEN STAKES

ROSE BLOSSOMS IN OPENER


Ladbrokes put Regal Rose in as 12/1 joint favourite with Khulan for next year's Sagitta 1,000 Guineas after she made an impressive debut in the Capel Cure Sharp Maiden Stakes, prevailing by three quarters of a length from Mujado.


"This has usually been a good race," said trainer Sir Michael Stoute. "She has been impressing at home but she came into season a couple of days ago and raced that way too. We've done a lot of work with her in the stalls at home.


"She was edgy and kept changing legs but I was mad keen to run her. As Johnny (Murtagh) said she did everything wrong but still managed to win. Once she got into gear I thought we'd win.


"She's a nice big scopey filly and one for the future. She's a real nice athlete and we'll take her home now and see if she tells us whether she is ready for a step up in class."

Stoute is doubly represented in tomorrow's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, with Daliapour and Beat All.


He added: "I'm a realist and Montjeu is a very, very good horse. Daliapour ran against him in the Irish Derby last year and although Montjeu has looked quite formidable this season we're well aware of what we're up against. But we'll give it a crack and he's entitled to run.


"Beat All is in slightly better form than he was before Royal Ascot but I feel that he is still not at his peak."




SECOND RACE QUOTES
THE JOHN GUEST BROWN JACK STAKES

SKI ON THE UP


"She's been working well with some of our nicer horses," said trainer Gerard Butler after Ski Run had recorded a three-quarters length success over Silent Warning under an excellent ride from 20-year-old Jamie Spencer.


"I wasn't worried about the two-mile trip, in fact she should probably get a bit further," added Butler. "I will talk over where to go next with the owner (Tim Holland-Martin), I think she has 6st 12lb in the Tote Ebor. But the more cut she has the better because she's a nice-actioned filly.

"I was worried that the ground might be a bit quick for her today.


"She was given an absolute peach of a ride by Jamie Spencer, he was very confident throughout and he rode her to a tee."

This was Butler's first win for 34 days and he added: "We've actually had very few runners recently, but of the ones we have run there have been quite a few duds and some that have been unlucky. But we have not had a problem, we can't fire on all cylinders all the time."



THIRD RACE QUOTES
THE CITY INDEX RATED STAKES

ARTIST PAINTS GLOOMY PICTURE FOR BOOKIES


Royal Artist, who had been available at 6/1 this morning and was sent off the 11/4 favourite, landed a major gamble in the City Index Rated Stakes when scoring by three lengths.

"We had a nice draw, that's what happens when your luck is in," joked trainer William Haggas after the success.


"His last run at Leicester (over seven furlongs on July 20) was a great improvement on his previous efforts and he did it in a very good time. I'm not an expert on time but people who know about these things told me that he had the speed for six furlongs.


"In any case we were really forced to run him today as he is about to go up 11lb.


"We will probably now aim him for a big handicap over six or seven furlongs later in the season."

Talking about his Norfolk Stakes winner Superstar Leo, who also won the Weatherbys Sales Super Sprint at Newbury on Saturday, Haggas added: "She seems absolutely fine and it's full steam ahead to the Heinz 57 now. She will almost certainly go to America eventually as the programme for three-year-old sprinters is absolutely diabolical in this country.


"We have an interesting programme planned for her, we'll see how she goes in the Heinz 57 but there is also the Lowther at York. She's not in the Cheveley Park but it would cost £15,000 to supplement her."


FOURTH RACE QUOTES
THE OCTOBER CLUB CHARITY HANDICAP STAKES

PEDRO PETE TAKES PLAUDITS


Australian rider Craig Williams steered Pedro Pete to a length victory over Imperial Rocket in the October Club Charity Stakes.


"He's a good horse and tries, that's all you can ask for," said trainer Mick Channon. "He was home-bred by Peter Taplin and is by Fraam, who is really making a name for himself as a stallion.


"He could well run again at Goodwood next week but I'll see how he comes out of this before deciding.


"Craig Williams needs a kick up the backside sometimes but he's great to have around. He's good with the owners, the lads and is great with everyone. He could talk a glass eye to sleep! He's the best thing for racing since Frankie Dettori."

Williams added: "Mr Channon told me that there is a real steep climb here and to keep something in reserve because if I didn't I would never get home."

The jockey was banned for three days for using his whip with excessive frequency.






FIFTH RACE QUOTES
THE EUROPEAN BREEDERS' FUN MAIDEN STAKES

HANNON WORKS JUVENILE MAGIC


A step up to Group 1 company beckons for the Richard Hannon-trained Red Magic after his impressive four-length victory from Gryffindor in the EBF Maiden Stakes.


"He looks a very decent horse," said Hannon. "I don't think whether he runs over six or seven furlongs is a problem. In fact he could even run over a bit further.


"He doesn't have too many fancy entries but the plan had been to head towards the Group 1 Prix Morny - Casinos Barriere (at Deauville on August 20) and I think we could still go there."

Owner Terry Neill added of the French-bred: "Richard (Hannon) said that the horse was still a bit weak and could improve a bit yet."


SIXTH RACE QUOTES
THE CITY INDEX MAIDEN STAKES

SAVOIRE COMES TO LIFE


Savoire Vivre, who was being touted as a Vodafone Derby hope earlier in the year, made a belated - but winning - racecourse debut in the City Index Maiden Stakes.


The impeccably-bred colt, by champion sire Sadler's Wells out of the Triple Crown winner Oh So Sharp, could now attempt to emulate his dam, and her grandson Shantou, by winning the final classic.


"He's only a maiden winner," said trainer John Gosden. "But we'll look for a conditions race now and then see if he's up to the Rothmans Royals St Leger.


"It's good to get him on a racecourse. He's a very nice horse but had lots of niggly problems. He got the respiratory lung infection that a lot of them had and then when he was ready to run he got a horrible foot abscess.


"He came to me because they knew he was going to take a lot of time. When he arrived he looked like a Cheltenham store horse. He's fine but sometimes out of that mare they can be a bit funny.


"This is a traditional old race for backward three-year-olds. Sir Noel Murless used to bring out good horses in it and Kayf Tara won the race."

Gosden added: "Valentino is a likely runner in the Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes on Wednesday, we will take a good look at the race. He breezed well this morning and it was just annoying that the ground went soft when we sent him to France."


CHAMPAGNE LANSON SUSSEX STAKES ACCEPTORS


Last year's winner Aljabr is one 13 entries left in the Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday. Godolphin also have Josr Algarhoud and Muhtathir in the £250,000 Group One race.


Giant's Causeway, winner of the St James's Palace and Coral-Eclipse Stakes, and Manhattan are the two from Aidan O'Brien.while another possible overseas runner is Dansili, trained Andre Fabre.


Irish 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner Crimplene is still in the one-mile event. However, Clive Brittain's filly holds also an engagement in the Group One Vodafone Nassau Stakes over 10 furlongs three days later.


Valentino and Medicean, a £25,000 supplementary entry, were second and third respectively behind Giant's Causeway at Royal Ascot. Local trainer Amanda Perrett is after her first Group One prize with improved four-year-old Indian Lodge.

Almushtarak, Arkadian Hero and Golden Silca are the other acceptors.


The Tote bet

9/4 Dansili
11/4 Aljabr
7/2 Valentino
6/1 Arkadian Hero
10/1 Josr Algharoud
12/1 Medicean
14/1 Muhtathir
16/1 Manhattan
20/1 Almushtarak
20/1 Indian Lodge
33/1 Golden Silca


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