Friday, July 27, 2001
BEST PRICES FOR THE KING GEORGE
3.50 Ascot - King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, 1m 4f
Chimes At Midnight - 250 C, T
Fantastic Light - 5/2 L, WH
Give The Slip - 80 C
Golden Snake - 28 L
Hightori - 22 L
Millenary - 25 C, T, WH
Mutamam - 20 T, WH
Anabaa Blue - 18 C
Galileo - 4/6 C
Ice Dancer - 250 C
Morshdi - 25 C, WH
Storming Home - 28 T
C=Coral L=Ladbrokes T=Tote WH=William Hill
TODAY'S ACTION FROM ASCOT
GOING NEWS AT 10.30 AM
After the latest in a series of dry nights the going remains
"We have been watering the course all week and I think the going will be on the better side of good to firm," said Ascot Clerk of the Course and Racing Director Nick Cheyne this morning.
"As far as watering after racing today is concerned, I want to see how things go today before making a decision. I think it will ride like pretty decent ground."
WINNING QUOTES RACE ONE GERRARD MAIDEN STAKES
YA HAJAR JUSTIFIES CONFIDENCE
"This is a very nice filly, I shall be very surprised if she is beaten," declared Joe Mercer, racing manager to Jaber Abdullah, before Ya Hajar contested the opener.
And his confidence was fully justified as the filly made all the running and beat Leonica by a length and three-quarters. She started favourite at even money after being the only filly seriously backed.
Mercer's enthusiasm was confirmed by the filly's trainer Mick Channon, who said that the team was "a bit disappointed that she was beaten at Newmarket first time out, though I did not think that she got the run of the race.
"There was no pace in this race and maybe she had things her own way a bit, but I don't think that made any difference," he said. "She was a bit backward when she was younger which is why she has not got any big entries at the moment, but there are plenty of races she can go for. We think a fair bit of her.
"Her owner is lucky enough also to have Queen's Logic, who won the Queen Mary. She is likely to run in either the Lowther or the Moyglare next.
"While Ya Hajar is this good over this distance there is no need to go further with her, but I am sure she will stay further if and when she has to.
"I have never worked the two together but they are both high-class fillies."
Ya Hajar was ridden by Jimmy Fortune as stable jockey Steve Drowne is currently suspended, and Australian Craig Williams has had a fall-out with Channon and is not riding for him for the moment.
"We had a difference of opinion (about what Williams should ride and where one day recently), and I am at the moment the boss about these things. But he is a good jockey and there is no reason why the difference should not be sorted out in due course," said Channon.
JOHN GUEST BROWN JACK HANDICAP
TAFFRAIL HAD TO RUN
Taffrail, taking on his seniors for the second time in a fortnight, once more put them firmly in their places when romping home by three lengths in the two miler from Juyush.
"He has been put up 13lb for his last win at Beverley and as he got only a 4lb penalty here we really had to come here and it is a valuable prize," said the three-year-old's trainer John Dunlop.
"He is still a bit green and babyish, which is maybe why he went to his right a bit after he had taken the lead. He is nothing particularly special, but he is a nice young staying horse. It is a bit early to talk about the Cesarewitch, but he does stay very well."
Looking back to earlier in the season, Dunlop recalled Easter Monday when he had three winners at Kempton. "But all the lads were on Taffrail at Nottingham, where he somehow managed to get beaten off a mark of 49, though that was over a mile and a quarter."
Taffrail was running off a rating of 71 here, but his trainer fears that the earlier 13lb advance will now be followed by another. "This was, of course, a very poor race and he was absolutely all out to win it," he said in the surely vain hope that the handicapper will be convinced by such observations.
WINNING QUOTES RACE THREE CITY INDEX RATED STAKES
BREVITY DOES IT AGAIN
The amazing Brevity won for the eighth time this season and in handicap company for the seventh time, when he defied a possibly unfavourable high draw to make just about all the running and beat Trace Clip by a length and a half.
Having begun the season off a mark of 55 and been beaten at Brighton off that rating, he is now up to 90 and is in line for the Vodafone Stewards' Cup at Goodwood a week tomorrow.
He is quoted as one of three 10-1 favourites for that six-furlong dash by Chandlers and Ladbrokes have cut him from 14-1 to be their clear market leader at 8-1. He had already incurred a 3lb penalty for Goodwood and that will now be increased by a further 2lb, giving him a weight of 8st 5lb.
His trainer Milton Bradley, who now needs one more winner for a career first 50 in a season, was not at Ascot as he was at home in South Wales haymaking, so Brevity's regular jockey Paul Fitzsimons was in charge of the praise singing.
"He is a remarkable horse and has been wonderful for me," he said. "He is so fast and almost seems to do it so easily. When the others got to him here he just went away from them again.
"I was very lucky to win lots of races for Mr Bradley last year on Nineacres; this year it has been Brevity, so maybe there will be another one for next season," Fitzsimons added.
WINNING QUOTES RACE FOUR OCTOBER CLUB CHARITY HANDICAP
YORK FOR PANNA
Panna, running for the first time in a handicap, may have done so for the last time as well after she dashed home six lengths clear of It's A Secret.
"I think that may well be her last handicap; she was on a good mark," said the filly's trainer Geoff Wragg.
"She will stay further than this (mile and a quarter) and her owner-breeder Lord Halifax is keen to run her in the Galtres Stakes (at York in August).
"That is a long way up from this but she is an improving filly and I expect that will be where she goes next.
"We had quite a few problems with her earlier in the year, when she kept getting setfast, but we have overcome those now."
Ascot success is very much in the family for Panna, as her dam Gull Nook won the Ribblesdale Stakes and at stud has bred Pentire, who won the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1996 and was second in that race to Lammtarra 12 months earlier.
WINNING QUOTES RACE FIVE EUROPEAN BREEDERS' FUND MAIDEN STAKES
CHAMPAGNE NEXT FOR SOHAIB
"A nice colt with plenty of potential," declared Barry Hills after Sohaib, who had run well first time out at Newmarket's July meeting, had made all the running to justify 8/13 favouritism in the seven furlong two-year-old maiden.
"The race was not run to suit him at all, there was no pace on, but he has a high cruising speed and has done it well.
"He has plenty of good entries and my idea would be the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster," added the trainer. Sohaib's owner Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum nodded agreement with this idea when it was put to him.
"Obviously I shall have to talk further to Sheikh Hamdan, but that seems the right race for him; he won't be out again too soon," Hills concluded.
WINNING QUOTES RACE SIX CITY INDEX MAIDEN STAKES
COMET FLIES HOME FOR THE QUEEN
The Queen's colt Border Comet made all the running to win the ten furlong maiden by two lengths from Munadil, making up for a disappointing run at the Royal Meeting when he was unplaced behind his stablemate Beekeeper in the King George V Handicap.
The Queen's racing manager Lord Carnarvon explained that poor effort by saying that "Border Comet banged his shoulder leaving the stalls that day and could not go at all afterwards. He was a cripple when he got home."
The winner was dropping back two furlongs in trip this time, but his trainer Sir Michael Stoute does not think that he has to be confined to the shorter distance. "I think he can be just as effective at both distances, so we can now play games at both of them.
"I don't know which game he will be playing in next, for the moment this was the one to be in."
KINANE LOSES APPEAL
Michael Kinane will not be able to ride favourite Galileo in the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot tomorrow following the failure of his appeal at the Turf Club in Ireland this morning.
The appeal, against a two-day ban for careless riding imposed by the stewards at Leopardstown last week, was originally scheduled for yesterday, but a series of legal arguments between the two camps meant that the hearing of the appeal itself was postponed until this morning.
At the resumed appeal, which lasted well over three hours, the Appeals and Referrals Committee decided that the suspension imposed by the Leopardstown stewards should stand.
Johnny Murtagh is expected to take Kinane's place on the dual Derby winner, who is currently quoted at 4/7 for tomorrow's de Beer-sponsored showpiece.
Kinane had no comment to make as he left the hearing.
KINANE RIDES AGAIN
The Press Association reported this afternoon:
Michael Kinane will ride Galileo in tomorrow's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, after winning an injunction in the Dublin High Court this afternoon.
Kinane's solicitor Andrew Coonan made representations to the High Court after the jockey lost his appeal at the Irish Turf Club earlier today against a two-day ban that would have ruled him out of tomorrow's Ascot showpiece.
The news was warmly received at Ballydoyle.
"It's great that Mick rides the horse now," said trainer Aidan O'Brien.
The appeal was adjourned from Thursday following an afternoon of legal arguments and counter-arguments and the absence of two witnesses, jockeys Niall McCullagh and Declan McDonogh.
Kinane picked up the suspension at Leopardstown last week for careless riding on Sophisticat. It was his first offence for 18 months.
The case is reminiscent of Christy Roche's battle with the Turf Club in 1992.
He had a 15-day ban for allegedly striking another rider with his whip in a race at Naas deferred so that he could partner St Jovite in the Irish Derby.
After he lost his appeal he had a long-running battle with the Turf Club in Dublin's High Court.
They granted an interim injunction temporarily lifting the ban, but Roche eventually lost his case and missed winning the King George on St Jovite with Stephen Craine deputising.
Today's crowd came to 10,942, up 1.1% on the 2000 attendance for the corresponding day of 10,825.
COUNTDOWN TO GLORIOUS GOODWOOD ALMOST COMPLETE
The countdown to Glorious Goodwood 2001 is almost complete with the fantastic five-day meeting, one of the racing and social highlights of the year, starting on Tuesday, July 31, 2001.
Rod Fabricius, Goodwood's General Manager and Clerk of the Course, reported this morning (Friday, July 27, 2001) that the ground is currently good to firm.
He said: "We have been watering since Tuesday and the going is good to firm, with the penetrometer reading being 3.3. We will continue the watering programme over the weekend, watering at night to achieve the best possible effect, and if the dry spell continues then we will water after racing each day.
"We were helped in the preparation of the ground by having over one and a half inches of rain last week and we hope to go into the meeting with as good ground as can be expected in high summer.
"We have not raced since July 1 and there is a good covering of grass. The forecast is for the dry and sunny spell to continue into next week. We are saving some ground on the inside rail in the straight - about 15-feet wide - for later in the meeting and doing the same thing on the top bend (9-feet wide). This new ground will become available on either Thursday or Friday."
He welcomed the 16-strong five-day confirmations for Wednesday's Group One Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes: Arkadian Hero, Bach, Cape Town, Distant Music, Mull Of Kintyre, Nicobar, Golden Silca, Black Minnaloushe, Bonnard, Darwin, King Charlemagne, No Excuse Needed, Noverre, Olden Times, Tamburlaine and Ameerat.
Fabricius commented: "The Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes, the highlight of tremendous racing throughout the five days, has some great horses going forward for it and we are hoping for another fine contest.
"The entries on Tuesday and Wednesday for the other races are also very good and we are looking forward to an excellent start to the meeting."
Ticket sales for the five days have been brisk this year, with the last four weeks being especially busy for bookings, but there will still be plenty of availability on each of the five days at the gates for both the Gordon (Tattersalls) and Public Enclosures.
Membership levels at Goodwood are also up and stand at their highest number for many years. Entrance to the Richmond Enclosure during next week's Festival Meeting is only available to annual members, although it is possible to take out such membership on arrival at Goodwood. Brenda Hamilton, the membership secretary, can be contacted on 01243 755029.
Hospitality sales are also doing well, with bookings on at least a par with 2000. There is still some availability on the opening two days, the Tuesday and Wednesday. As far as restaurant bookings go, there is some space on the final day, Saturday, August 4. Sarah Edgar on 01243 755022 will be delighted to help with hospitality inquiries.
The reserved coach park is fully booked throughout the meeting, but there will be parking available on each day for unreserved coaches.
This year racing from the Festival Meeting at Goodwood, Britain's most beautiful racecourse, will be televised around the world, including in Japan, Spain, Dubai and the Middle East, Singapore, France and across Africa.
Restrictions to deal with the foot and mouth crisis by the racing industry have now been eased, meaning that racegoers' cars do not need to pass through disinfectant on arrival and departure from the racecourse and therefore movement from the car parks should hopefully be more free flowing. Racegoers will still walk over disinfectant mats on entering the racecourse and all horseboxes will continue to be fully disinfected.
ROA RECOMMENDS INCREASED CONTRIBUTIONS TO REHABILITATION CHARITY
The Racehorse Owners Association Council has decided to recommend that a significant increase be made to owners' annual contributions to the BHB's new charity, the Rehabilitation of Racehorses. The contribution is funded by a surcharge on owners' entry fees which, if the recommendation is accepted, is likely to make the owners' annual payments to R of R approach the £100,000 mark annually. To fund this amount, it is recommended that the surcharge is increased to 50p per entry.
"It is always difficult to recommend that British owners should increase their expenditure when the finances of the UK racing industry works so much against them," said the ROA President, Jim Furlong. "But the ROA is mindful of the importance of ensuring that retired racehorses receive proper care. It is true that many owners make provision when their horses retire from the racecourse - and this must continue - but there must also be a proper safety net. The Rehabilitation of Racehorses can only provide this if it receives adequate funding. The ROA wants to lead the way by encouraging racing's other constituents to follow our example and increase their donations."
The Rehabilitation of Racehorses currently helps to fund three accredited centres - the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, Greatwood Caring for Retired Racehorses and the Moorcroft Racing Welfare Centre.
TWELVE GO TO POST FOR SECOND LEG OF THE EMIRATES WORLD SERIES
A top quality field of twelve go to post on Saturday for thesecond leg of the 2001 Emirates World Series the King George VI and QueenElizabeth Diamond Stakes over a mile and a half at Ascot, England.
Sponsored by Emirates, the award winning internationalairline of the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates World Series travels aroundthe globe taking in the twelve most prestigious thoroughbred horse races in tencountries on four continents to establish one true world champion.
The 2001 Emirates World Series kicked off under thefloodlights of Nad Al Sheba Racecourse with the US$6,000,000 Dubai World Cup,sponsored by Emirates, in March. The World's richest race was won by the Bob Baffert-trained Captain Steve, ridden by Jerry Bailey.
On Saturday the second leg promises to be the race of theyear with Galileo, unbeaten in five starts including the English and Irish Derbys, going head to head with the reigning Emirates World Series Champion Fantastic Light.
Galileo, trained by the seemingly invincible Aidan O'Brienin Ireland, is the current race favourite and will be aided on Saturday by Ice Dancer, who will be acting as pacemaker for the son of Sadler's Wells.
All being well on Saturday Galileo could be aimed at two further races in the Emirates World Series the Ireland The Food Island Irish Champion Stakes in September and then the Breeders' Cup Classic in New York at the end of October. Fantastic Light needs little introduction, the son of Rahy landed the 2000 Emirates World Series after running in four of the Series events in four countries and on three continents before winning the final battle the Hong Kong Cup in December.
Godolphin's stable star returned in 2001 to finish a close second to the Japanese-trained Stay Gold in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March.On his return to Europe he won the Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh followed up by a convincing win in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes onSaturday will see Fantastic Light begin the defence of his world championship title.
There are however a number of other challengers aside fromGalileo who could stand in the way of the all-conquering boys in blue. There are the winners of two other Derbys in the field,Anabaa Blue, winner of the Prix du Jockey-Club, makes the trip across the Channel and it will be the first time that trainer Carlos Lerner has had a runner in the King George. The son of Anabaa will be partnered by Christophe Soumillon, who has just landed the job as retained jockey for HH The Aga Khan.
Morshdi, trained in Newmarket by Michael Jarvis, will be representing HH Shiekh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and will be ridden by Philip Robinson. Morshdi, by Slip Anchor, won the Italian Derby back in May.
John Dunlop will be double handed in Saturday's race withthe 2000 St Leger winner Millenary, the mount of Kieran Fallon, and the multiple Group One winner Golden Snake, who finished second to Fantastic Lightin the Tattersalls Gold Cup. Hightori, trained in France by Philippe Demercastel, is the only horse in the field which has already accumulated points in the 2001Emirates World Series after finishing third behind Captain Steve in the Dubai World Cup.
HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum will be representedin the race by the Barry Hills-trained Storming Home, recent winner of theGroup Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, the son of Machiavellian alsofinished fifth behind Galileo in the Epsom Derby.
Richard Hills will be partnering the Alec Stewart-trained Mutamam, who had been off the track since finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Turf, but made a winning return at Newmarket at the beginning of the month.
RACING IN ENGLAND - ASCOT SATURDAY, 28TH JULY
14.50 (GMT) King George VI and Queen Elizabeth DiamondStakes (Group One)
Second leg of the Emirates World Series 3yo+ 1m 4f. 2,400 m Horses are listed in racecard order
FORM HORSE TRAINER JOCKEY
6815 Chimes At Midnight (USA) Lcomer WS mith
-211 Fantastic Light (USA) S bin Suroor L Dettori
1545 Give The Slip(GB) S bin Suroor D O'Donohoe
0-12 Golden Snake (USA) J Dunlop Pat Eddery
1323 Hightori (FR) P Demercastel G Mosse
1-13 Millenary (GB) J Dunlop K Fallon
14-1 Mutamam (GB) A Stewart R Hills
1121 Anabaa Blue (GB) C Lerner C Soumillon
1111 Galileo (IRE) A P O'Brien TBC
2128 Ice Dancer (IRE) A P O'Brien TBC
-312 Morshdi (GB) M Jarvis P Robinson
1351 Storming Home (GB) B Hills M Hills
Barrier Draw down the card: 4,3, 6, 5, 8, 2, 12, 9, 7, 11, 1, 10.
Emirates World Series 2001
Dubai World Cup, Sponsored by Emirates - 24thMarch, Nad Al Sheba
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Sponsored by De Beers - 28th July, Ascot,England
Arlington Million - 18th August, Arlington Park, Chicago
Grosser Preis von Baden - 2nd September, Baden-Baden, Germany
Ireland The Food Island Irish Champion Stakes - 8th September, Leopardstown, Dublin
Canadian International - 30th September, Woodbine, Toronto
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere - 7th October, Longchamp, Paris
Carlton Draught Cox Plate - 27th October, Moonee Valley, Australia
Breeders' Cup Turf - 27th October, Belmont, New York
Breeders' Cup Classic - 27th October, Belmont, NewYork
Japan Cup - 25thNovember, Tokyo
Hong Kong Cup - 16th December, Sha Tin
2001 Emirates World Series Current Points Rankings
After Round 1 - Dubai World Cup, Sponsored by Emirates
Captain Steve 12 Jerry Bailey 12
To The Victory 6 Yutaka Take 6
Hightori 4 Gerald Mosse 4
State Shinto 3 Ted Durcan 3
Sei Mi 2 Chris McCarron 2
Aptitude 1 Gary Stevens 1
Michael Pegram 12 Bob Baffert 12
Makoto Kaneko 6 YasuoIkee 6
Gary Tanaka 4 Philippe Demercastel 4
Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 3 John Sadler 3
Prince Sultan Mohammed Saud Al Kabeer 2 Jerry Barton 2
Juddmonte Farms 1 Bobby Frankel 1
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