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Thursday, July 10, 2008


Race one - Bahrain Trophy (Listed) - winning quotes


Donegal and William Buick sprung a 16/1 surprise in the opening Listed Bahrain Trophy on day two of the Ritz Club July Festival, Thursday, July 10.

Settled behind the leaders on the inside, Buick made his move on the Andrew Balding-trained gelding entering the final furlong and had to fight hard to hold off the challenges of Gravitation and favourite Bouguereau by a neck and the same.

The trainer said: “In fairness to the horse, it’s only the second time that he’s got soft ground and he’s won both times he’s got it. It’s probably the reason he appeared to be disappointing in the past - he’s never had his ground really since his maiden win.

“A big credit to everyone in the yard because I’ve hardly seen the horse in the last week. He spends a lot of time in the swimming pool and going up the big hill gallop. Everyone at home has done a brilliant job with him.

“William hasn’t done much wrong. It was a fine ride.

“Probably by the sounds of things, he might be worth a few quid to go jumping. I think that’s more likely. It’s not in my hands but I think it might be too much to resist. I think he’s going to make a lovely jumper and that’s probably what he should go off and do now. You hope that the owners might re-invest.

“Dad bought him in America at Saratoga. Arthur Hancock, who is a very famous breeder in America, actually bred the horse and is in the syndicate with some lovely people, Gervais and Sheila Burbage, who are English. We bought the horse off Arthur and he said that he would keep a leg in him.”

Buick added: “He's a very tough horse. He stayed well and he didn't mind the tacky ground out there.

“He ran at Ascot last time over two miles and he ran well there and I probably just made a bit too much use of him. I think the step back down in trip and the ground helped him today and he's beat some smart horses as well."

Race 1 - Bahrain Trophy - Ground/Placed Quotes


After the running of the first race, the Listed Bahrain Trophy, the following jockeys gave their opinions as to the state of the ground.

William Buick, rider of the 16/1 winner Donegal, said the ground was “Dead.”

Alan Munro, rider of third placed Bouguereau, said: “A bit dead but it has dried out a bit since this morning.”

Sam Hitchcott, rider of Better Hand, said: “It’s a little bit dead.”

Johnny Murtagh, rider of Fiery Lad, said: “Soft ground.”

Neil Callan, rider of Moment’s Notice, said: “Sticky a bit tacky really.”

Jamie Spencer, rider of Wood Chorus, said: “Horrible, dead ground.”


Following the running of the first race, the going was changed to GOOD TO SOFT (from soft).


William Jarvis, trainer of Gravitation, the neck runner-up in the Listed Bahrain Trophy, was pleased with the performance of the Galileo filly.

The Newmarket handler said: “I was very pleased with her run.

“We will now look at running her in the Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood (Group Three, run over 1m 6f on July 31) and the Park Hill (Group Two, run over an extended 1m 6f at Doncaster on September 11) could also be an option later on. That would be probably her plan for the rest of the year.”

A further neck back in third was the evens favourite Bouguereau and his owner Andrew Black was slightly disappointed.

He said: “The horse doesn’t have a turn of foot and needs a good gallop. Alan (Munro) felt he could have gone a bit sooner and been more forceful.

“There are no excuses though, that was disappointing. The good news was that he was not slowing down at the end.

“I don’t know where we would go from here.”

Race 2 - TNT July Stakes - Winning Quotes


Trainer Tom Dascombe and jockey Richard Kingscote enjoyed their first Group success when Classic Blade put in a courageous front running display to land the Group Two TNT July Stakes.

The winner held on by a short-head from the fast finishing Sayif to record a 6/1 success.

Tom Dascombe said: "I knew we had won. You know when you win and you know when you get beat. He didn't look much early on but he's just kept on improving. It's amazing.

"He's bound to like the ground, being by Daggers Drawn. He won on good to soft really at Doncaster and it's just thrilling. Above anything else, I’d just like to say a big thank you to all my staff because they all work really hard for this.

“Last time he won a Class 2 conditions race and I just entered him on a whim really. I was in America when I looked on the computer and saw there were only nine entered on Saturday so I thought we would have a go.

“He only cost €19,000 (Euros) and its great for everyone involved in the syndicate.

“Our target last year was to have a Listed winner which we achieved with Max One Two Three and our target this year was to win a Group race. Now we have done that, we will have to win two!

“It’s great for Richard Kingscote. He has stuck by me and I have stuck by him. The owners have stuck by both of us.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the highlight of my career so far.

“His next target is easy. He was sold at Fairyhouse so will go for the €300,000 (Euros) Tattersalls (Ireland) sales race (run on August 23 at the Curragh).

Kingscote added: "I wasn't sure that we had won and I think he did get headed but he's as game as anything. He's straightforward, he just jumps, runs and keeps going.

"Tom gives me brilliant orders and he trusts me and everything worked out well. It's our first Group winner and it's great for the yard. Tom's an up and coming trainer and he's doing brilliant.

"Classic Blade is very stocky and he's got a lot of muscle. He's been the biggest surprise of the two-year-olds this year because he wasn't showing a great deal as a baby and he's kept improving. It's brilliant for me getting my first Group winner. Before today, my biggest win was on Group Captain in a £60,000 handicap at Ascot last year.”

Race two - TNT July Stakes (Group Two) - placed quotes



Connections of Sayif, short-head runner-up to Classic Blade in the Group Two TNT July Stakes, were very disappointed not to have claimed the majority share of the £80,000 prize money.

Jockey Alan Munro simply said that the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained colt ran off a straight line but “should have won” otherwise.

Meanwhile Prolific, three lengths further back in third, confirmed to connections that he wants quicker ground. The Richard Hannon-trained colt came from off the pace but failed to quicken on the soft going.

Harry Herbert, racing manager to owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: “Ground is the issue with Prolific. We suspected it probably would be and now we know for certain.

“He travelled really well and Ryan (Moore) was very pleased. He travelled like a very good horse but once Ryan let him down on it, he just couldn’t quicken on the ground.

“He’ll go for the Gimcrack Stakes (at York in August). As long as the ground is good or faster he will run in the Gimcrack.”

Race three - ladbrokes.com Heritage Handicap - winning quotes


Trainer Andrew Balding completed a 203/1 double when promising 19-year-old apprentice David Probert produced Jedediah with a perfectly-timed challenge to land the £100,000 ladbrokes.com Heritage Handicap.

Slowest out of the stalls, the rider didn’t panic, allowing his mount to gradually get back into the race before laying down his challenge two furlongs from home to score by half a length.

“I thought David was cool. We tried to impress on him not to hit the front too early and the horse came good three out when he gave him a squeeze. There was nothing going better two out. He really kept his cool,” explained Balding.

“I’m so pleased for the owners Peter and Jennifer McMahon. They’ve got four horses with me. He ran really well in the Britannia and it was taking a bit of a punt because they have been over from Melbourne, Australia for a month and I haven't had a winner for them since they have been over. So we were rolling the dice a little bit with the cheekpieces and stepping up in trip but it worked.

“I know them through Tony Noonan, who bought their horses for them. He trains in Melbourne and has been a friend of mine for years and he introduced us.

“David’s a very handy 7lb apprentice. He’s got a cool head, he’s neat and tidy, and horses run for him. His father is a farrier in Wales and David has probably been with us for two and a half years. He’s a very similar make and shape to William (Buick) - very light young lad but a very good horseman and a very good rider.

“I don’t know what happened at the start - I didn’t ask David to be honest. It probably didn’t help but he saved a little bit of ground around the bend. He came really good two out and stayed well.

“We were going to sell Jedediah but I don’t know now. There’s a nice handicap at Goodwood for him but he’ll go up a few pounds I would have thought. It might be a little bit tougher there.”

Probert added: “He fell asleep a bit in the stalls but I got him up there and got him as handy as I could. I tucked him in behind the leaders.

"I probably hit the front too soon on him at Ascot but today I just got him there in the last furlong and hit the front as late as I could. He's got there and managed to get his head in front on the line.

“He came off the bridle three furlongs out for just a few strides but he's come back on the bridle and travelled better and come there nicely. It's great to ride a winner here."

Race 3 - ladbrokes.com Heritage Handicap - placed quotes


Epsom handler Roger Teal was happy with the performance of Steele Tango, the half-length runner-up in the £100,000 ladbrokes.com Heritage Handicap, although he was left wondering what might have been had the colt enjoyed better luck in running.

In his second year as a trainer, the 16/1 chance would have given Teal his biggest success.

He said: “I am gutted.

“My horse and the winner were split by the width of the track and Dane (O’Neill) said he just had nothing to race with

“However, he has come out of the race with plenty of credit.

“I don’t know exactly where we would go from here.

“We could maybe look at the Cambridgeshire later in the season.”

Race 4 - Princess of Wales’s WBX.COM Stakes - winning quotes


Last year’s Ladbrokes St Leger winner Lucarno bounced back to form with a length and a quarter success in the highlight of Lanson Ladies’ Day, the £100,000 Group Two Princess of Wales’s WBX.COM Stakes over a mile and a half.

Given a fine ride from the front by Jimmy Fourtune, the four-year-old made all and stayed on well to see off the challenge from last year’s winner and the 2/1 favourite, Papal Bull.

Winning trainer John Gosden said: “That was a good performance on dead ground.

“He has just taken time to come right this year and has needed his racing. You have to remember he won the Leger on September 15 last year and the ground didn’t suit him on his seasonal reappearance at Sandown (when 11th in the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes on May 29).

“We then went to France (when sixth in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 29) and he took on the two pacemakers which obviously didn’t meant he didn’t do himself justice.

“He is just now starting to find his way back.

“The plan for this season was always to keep him for the second half of the season and look at races like the Arc and Japan Cup. That is why he started the season as late as he did.

“I had to leave him in the King George, as the latest forfeit stage was on Tuesday before we ran here. We will now have a look at the race and see where we go from here. That horse Duke Of Marmalade (the King George favourite) has gears, more gears and overdrive!”

Bookmakers rate Lucarno rate at 12/1 (Coral), 14/1 (Ladbrokes, totesport) and 16/1 (Paddy Power, Victor Chandler) for the Ascot Group One on Saturday, August 26. Coral and Paddy Power make Lucarno a 33/1 shot for the Arc de Triomphe (Longchamp, Sunday, October 5).

Referring to the ground on The July Course, Gosden added: “The ground has dried out remarkably well since yesterday.

“The summer wind at Newmarket always dries the ground out really well.

“Lucarno would not have run had the ground been like it was yesterday.”

Winning rider Jimmy Fortune added: "It worked out ideally. It's great with a small field and there was never going to be much pace so we got our way out in front.

He's taken a long time to come together this year. You've got to remember that this horse had a lot of racing last year and it was about his fourth or fifth run last year before he showed his real class."

Race four - Princess of Wales’s WBX.COM Stakes (Group Two) - placed quotes



Connections of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Papal Bull weren’t too disappointed with their five-year-old’s second place finish in the Group One Princess of Wales’s WBX.COM, the feature of day two of the Ritz Club July Festival.

Gary Patchett, spokesman for the Papal Bull Syndicate, said: “The race didn’t go to our plan. We are disappointed that he didn’t win but the race didn’t work out for us so there’s always the next day.

“Frankie (Dettori) got us a little bit boxed in about two, two and a half furlongs out and Ryan (Moore) felt that if he got him going 50 yards earlier he would have got there.

“We’re still going to go for the King George according to Sir Michael.”

Papal Bull remains a general 12/1 chance for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 26.

Terry Mills, trainer of the third-placed Petara Bay, said: “We’re pleased. That’s the way that he has to be ridden - covered up and brought late. It was worth coming for.

“It’s taken a long time for him to come into himself but there’s definitely a big race in him. We’re going to go everywhere because he will win a big one.”

Race five - European Breeders’ Fund Novices Stakes - winning quotes


Barry Hills trained his third winner of the European Breeders’ Fund Novice Stakes since 2002 when son Richard threw down the challenge on Ouqba a furlong and a half out to hit the front inside the distance and score by a length and three quarters.

The winning handler said: “Considering all of the horses have been out of form, he’s run very well. He did particularly bad after his last race and that’s why he had a break. It looks like he’s coming back to himself and, all being well, he’ll go for the two-year-old Doncaster Sales race at York.

“I wasn’t particularly worried about the ground today. I was more worried about the horses, they generally haven’t been running badly but they haven’t been winning. They haven’t been right all year.

“Ouqba went back after his last race but he looked well today. If you’re patient enough, they’ll come right.

“When the older horses aren’t doing well, you don’t want to start tapping into the two-year-olds. If the older horses aren’t right, the chances are that the two-year-olds aren’t right. You’ve got to be careful. It’s common sense, but it’s patience.”

Son and assistant trainer Charlie added: "He's never really ran a bad race. He's done nothing wrong on either of his first two starts where he got beaten by some nice horses. We gave him the chance to come to himself and today he's shown what he's capable of.

"He's got bags of speed but Richard was really pleased with the way he picked up and he finished his race out very nicely. Richard seems to think that Red Ransoms can go on any ground and he's done it today very nicely.

"We bought him from the Doncaster St Leger Sale and, all being well, he will go for that sales race at the Ebor meeting. It's a very handsome prize and Sheikh Hamdan has been a good supporter of Doncaster and it would be nice if he could win that race and prove that it is a good sale.

"Ouqba has never really looked right in his coat and we have been patient with him. We've got some nice two-year-olds which are due to run next week or so and we hope that they can run as nicely."

Race 6 - Six Whiting Street Conditions Stakes - Winning & Placed Quotes


“At last!” was the reaction of trainer Paul Howling after Generous Thought collected the Six Whiting Street Conditions Stakes by three-quarters of a length under Robert Winston, after mounting a strong challenge down the outside inside the final furlong.

The Newmarket handler said: “It has been a struggle with this horse.

“Things would have been different had he won first time out this season at Newbury when he was beaten a short-head, as that meant we couldn’t go down the route we wanted to with him.

“Today was the day for him.

“He is owned by Liam Sheridan, who has been my luckiest ever owner, as he also had Shamrock City and Topton. Jill Lamb buys all his horses.”

Looking ahead to the future, Howling is considering a step up to Listed class with the Cadeaux Genereux colt.

He continued: “He could maybe go for a mile Listed race at Goodwood, although he does want a bit of juice in the ground.”

William Haggas, trainer of second-placed Alfathaa, said: “We’re pleased - he ran well. Richard said that he just didn’t see the winner coming. We’ve no plans as of yet.”

Ben Haslam, son of trainer Patrick, said of the third home Choose Your Moment: “We’re very happy, he’s a genuine horse. He just found a couple too good for him today but he wasn’t beaten far.

“We’ll look for a Listed race for him and we’ll eventually step him up to a mile and a quarter.”

Race seven - Highland Meridian Gardens Handicap - winning quotes


The Hong Kong Sprint is under consideration by trainer Richard Price for Kay Two, who landed the finale of day two of the Ritz Club July Festival on The July Course, the Highland Meridian Gardens Handicap by three quarters of a length.

Jim Crowley got serious on the Monashee Mountain gelding approaching the final furlong and he hit the front inside the distance to score readily at the line.

Price said: “He was unlucky last time at Chester, he just got boxed in a bit. I gave him a good spring out at grass this time because he had always been on the go in the early season. There are nicer races this time of year and more to go for. Obviously the rain has come and we couldn’t have prayed for a better day yesterday.

“That’s three out of three that Jim (Crowley) has ridden for me in the last fortnight. We’ve no plans at the moment for him. I’ve got him in the Hong Kong Sprint (run over five furlongs at Ascot on July 27) which might be a race for him. But he likes to get his toe in so it all depends on the weather.”


Newmarket Racecourses managing director Stephen Wallis was delighted to report that the attendance at Lanson Ladies’ Day was marginally up on the same afternoon in 2007.

Wallis said: “Initial figures are for a crowd of just over 15,000 which is slightly up on last year.

“Perhaps some of the people who were put off by Wednesday’s poor weather came today, even though we were sold out in advance in the Premier Enclosure.

“Lanson Ladies’ Day at the Ritz Club July Festival is stylish and relaxed and is rapidly becoming a must-attend event in East Anglia. Now for Newmarket’s entry into the Global Sprint Challenge with the Darley July Cup tomorrow.”


The going at the end of day two of the 2008 Ritz Club July Festival remains:


Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Newmarket Racecourses, said: “Tonight is forecast to be dry. There is the chance of a shower, but this should decrease as the night goes on.

“Rain is set to return around lunchtime tomorrow, becoming heavier by mid afternoon.

“Hopefully, we will have run the Darley July Cup before the worst of the rain arrives.”


Charlotte Webber from Newmarket won the Best Dressed Lady competition today on Lanson Ladies’ Day at The July Course.

She won a year’s supply of Lanson Champagne, a hat courtesy of Newmarket Hat Hire and a L3 LG 32-inch LCD Television courtesy of Hughes Electrical.

Charlotte had an all-red outfit which she purchased from Jane of Newmarket.


The totejackpot had a pool of £1,695,092 today and, after six races, there were 4.50 winning £1 units with a dividend of £267,447.80 to a £1 stake.


Peter Chapple-Hyam is going for his third win in five runnings of the TNT July Stakes with Sayif following success for Winker Watson last year and Captain Hurricane in 2004.

Sir Michael Stoute is after his fourth victory in nine renewals (and seventh in total) in the Princess of Wales’s WBX.COM Stakes with Papal Bull. His past triumphs were with Papal Bull in 2007, Gamut (2005), Little Rock (2000), Saddler’s Hall (1992), Rock Hopper (1991) and Shardari (1986).

Barry Hills is going for his third win since 2002 with Ouqba in the European Breeders’ Fund Novice Stakes. He won with Fokine in 2003 and Greek Revival the previous year.

David Nicholls is chasing his fourth success in eight runnings in the last, the Highland Meridien Gardens Handicap over five furlongs, with Northern Dare. His successes so far have come with Proud Native in 2003 and Brave Beat (2002 and 2001).


Mine, one of the most popular handicappers on the Flat in recent times, was declared yesterday along with 19 others (there are now two non-runners - King’s Apostle and Pawan) for one last roll of the dice in his favourite race, the Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup (2.35pm) tomorrow, a race he has contested five times.

The 10-year-old entire is the only three-time winner of the famous £100,000 handicap, which will be run on The July Course at Newmarket tomorrow (Friday, July 11) the third and final day of the 2008 Ritz Club July Festival.

Mine’s first triumph in the seven-furlong Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup came in 2002 with jockey Kieren Fallon aboard. Richard Quinn rode him to a short-head success in the race in 2005 before Mick Kinane completed the hat-trick 12 months later.

There was also a near-miss in 2003 when subsequent Group 1 winner Patavellian pipped the James Bethell-trained horse by a short-head. Last year’s run is best forgotten as he was making his customary late run when suffering interference and finished only 12th.

As well as his Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup heroics, Mine has given his owner Mike Dawson plenty of other special days. In his 65-race career to date, he also won both the Victoria Cup and the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot in 2004, while achieving Listed success for the first time last year with victory in the John O’Gaunt Stakes at Haydock.

Dawson said: "He is a lovely chap and has given me so much pleasure. He is part of the family and I would not sell him for all the tea in China.

"He will retire after the Bunbury Cup and he’s going to frolic with the fillies at my Allerthorpe Farm Stud.

"He has done extremely well for me. But apart from winning over £350,000 worth of prize money, I have a lot of affection for him. He is really well-mannered for a horse of his size. He is a gentle giant with a heart of gold and an abundance of talent.

"When he won the Royal Hunt Cup it was the thrill of my life. I count myself very fortunate to own such a great horse. He’s remarkable."

Dawson confirmed that Mine’s initial stud fee will be around the £1,500 - £1,700 mark and added: "a bargain at twice the price!"

Dawson paid tribute to Middleham-based Bethell, saying: "Mine is quite a straightforward horse but James has done a fabulous job with him. I don’t think that he is given sufficient horses to show just how good he is, but I find him first-class."

Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Newmarket Racecourse, said: "To win the Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup on no less than three occasions is an extraordinary achievement from a very good and very tenacious horse.

"Mine has always seemed to have thrived in the hustle bustle of the race and we are very pleased that he will be competing in it again this year. We also very much look forward to welcoming his connections.”

The next page has a roll of honour for the Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup.


Year Winner Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP Ran

2007 GIGANTICUS 4-8-08 D James, Cavendish Inv Ltd, M Green Barry Hills Philip Robinson 16/1 18
2006 MINE 8-9-10 Mike Dawson James Bethell Michael Kinane 10/1 19
2005 MINE 7-9-09 Mike Dawson James Bethell Richard Quinn 16/1 18
2004 MATERIAL WITNESS 7-9-03 Mike Caddy William Muir Martin Dwyer 25/1 19
2003 PATAVELLIAN 5-9-01 John Deer Roger Charlton Steve Drowne 4/1F 20
2002 *MINE 4-8-12 Mike Dawson James Bethell Kieren Fallon 5/1F 16
2001 ATAVUS 4-8-09 Stableside Racing P'ship II George Margarson Jamie Mackay 10/1 19
2000 TAYSEER 6-8-09 Sammy Doo Racing David Nicholls Gerald Moose 9/1 19
1999 GRANGEVILLE 4-9-03 George Strawbridge Ian Balding Kieren Fallon 13/2J 19
1998 HO LENG 3-9-07 Alan Guthrie Linda Perratt Michael Kinane 14/1 20
1997 TUMBLEWEED RIDGE 4-9-06 The Tumbleweed P'ship Brian Meehan Michael Tebbutt 20/1 20
1996 CRUMPTON HILL 4-8-12 Tom Chadney Neil Graham Michael Roberts 7/1 16
1995 CADEAUX TRYST 3-9-01 Maktoum Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop Walter Swinburn 20/1 19
1994 EN ATTENDANT 6-9-12 Mrs B Newton Ben Hanbury Lester Piggott 14/1 20
1993 EN ATTENDANT 5-9-04 Mrs B Newton Ben Hanbury Lester Piggott 14/1 27
1992 CONSIGLIERE 4-9-01 Terry Ellis Roger Charlton Paul Eddery 10/1 20
1991 SAVOYARD 3-9-00 Lady Butt Michael Jarvis Walter Swinburn 16/1 17
1990 FEDORIA 4-8-03 Mark Christofi Michael Jarvis Frankie Dettori 8/1 19
1989 BALDOMERO 4-7-07 Guy Sangster William Jarvis Jimmy Quinn 16/1 18
1988 PINCTADA 6-8-03 Terry Ramsden Rod Simpson Gary Bardwell 6/1J 16
1987 INDIVIDUALIST 4-8-05 Miss C J McCulloch Michael Jarvis Terry Lucas 16/1 15
1986 PATRIACH 4-9-01 Peter Winfield John Dunlop Richard Quinn 6/1F 16
1985 TREMBLANT 4-8-12 Khalid Abdulla Ron Smyth Willie Carson 4/1F 18
1984 MUMMYS PLEASURE 5-8-12 A Pillar Patrick Haslam Tyrone Williams 11/2 17
1983 MUMMYS PLEASURE 4-9-03 A Cull Patrick Haslam Lester Piggott 9/1CF 19
1982 PATERNO 4-9-01 Mrs C P Smith Robert Armstrong Lester Piggott 6/1 14
1981 CAPTAIN NICK 5-9-13 G Parkinson Jeremy Hindley Brian Taylor 11/1 11
1980 STEEPLE BELL 4-7-09 Mrs C Brudenell-Bruce Michael Stoute Ernie Johnson 8/1 14
1979 PIPEDREAMER 4-9-03 Mrs J Brookes Henry Candy Philip Waldron 15/2 14
1978 GREENHILL GOD 4-8-05 Sir Charles Clore Michael Stoute Paul Cook 9/2 11
1977 KINTORE 5-8-00 D Buttery Bill Watts John Lowe 5/2F 8
1976 LOTTOGIFT 5-8-10 Tony Richards David Hanley Richard Fox 11/2 7
1975 PENNY POST 3-8-02 P Butler Bill Watts Pat Eddery 7/1 14
1974 PITSKELLY 4-9-09 David Robinson Michael Jarvis Lester Piggott 6/1 9
1973 FABVISTA 3-8-05 H Barker Henry Cecil Greville Starkey 4/1 10
1972 RED MASK 5-8-12 W Maskell Alec Kerr Lester Piggott 100/30F 6
1971 GROTTO 4-7-07 T F Blackwell Bruce Hobbs Des Cullen 11/1 11/1
1970 GOLDEN ORANGE 4-7-02 Lady Cliften Ken Cundell Alan Cousins 5/1 10
1969 WOOLLEY 4-6-09 Stuart May Arthur Goodwill Dennis McKay 9/1 9
1968 SWINGING MINSTREL 4-7-07 S L Green Bill Payne Ray Still 8/1 9
1967 VIBRANT 4-9-10 Mrs G Lambton Teddy Lambton Peter Robinson 3/1 11
1966 SHOWOFF 4-8-09 D Prenn John Winter Lester Piggott 9/1 14
1965 GREY LORD 3-7-11 Sir Felix Cassel Sir Gordon Richards Frankie Durr 6/1 12
1964 PASSENGER 5-9-09 W R Kinsey Pat Moore Taffy Thomas 100/7 16
1963 NEUREUS 4-9-07 P N Robinson Ken Cundell Scobie Breasley 15/8F 12
1962 BLUE OVER 5-8-00 Mrs W Whittaker Fred Armstrong Geoff Lewis 100/7 16
*dead-heated with Capricho who was disqualified for not carrying his weight cloth with 9lb in it.


Trainer Mark Wallace is hoping that Benbaun can come on further from his latest start and defy odds of 33/1 to land the highlight of the Ritz Club July Festival, the Group One Darley July Cup tomorrow, Friday, July 11.

Last year’s Prix de l’Abbaye winner made his seasonal debut in the Group Two Prix du Gros-Chen at Chantilly, where he finished fifth behind Friday’s opponents Marchand D’Or (won) and Sir Gerry (third). He then travelled to Royal Ascot for the Group One King’s Stand Stakes and finished a close seventh despite stumbling at the start.

He showed some of his old sparkle on his most recent start at the Curragh in the Group Three Sapphire Stakes on June 29. On that occasion, the seven-year-old son of Stravinsky hit the front over a furlong out only to be headed by Tax Free inside the distance, ultimately finishing a length and a quarter back in second. He steps up to six furlongs tomorrow.

“Benbaun’s in great form - great order and we’d love to run him in the Darley July Cup tomorrow. Obviously, we’re having a nice, dry day here at Newmarket so there’s a good chance that we will get to run him. He doesn’t need it on the fast side anymore, but the easy side of good would be perfect,” explained the handler.

“He’s really beginning to come into form. He’s come on an awful lot since his first run of the season. He was lame on his first few starts so his Curragh run was his first proper bit of form. If he runs like that again, there’ll be a good few of them behind him.

“Fran (Berry) is coming over to ride him. He got on well with him at the Curragh but really he’s Pat Smullen’s ride. He’s stable jockey to Dermot Weld, though, and is committed to ride at Wexford tomorrow.”

The £400,000 contest, run over six furlongs on The July Course, is the richest sprint run anywhere in Europe and is part of the Global Sprint Challenge for the first time this year.

James Fanshawe is double handed in his bid to land the race that he won with Frizzante in 2004. He is represented by Sir Gerry, who came from off the pace in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, and Zidane. The last-named made a quick reappearance to take second at Newcastle in the Group Three Chipchase Stakes after finishing eighth in that same Royal Ascot contest.

Aidan O’Brien will be bidding for his 13th Group One winner of the season with both Astronomer Royal and US Ranger set to represent him, while there is one runner from France, the Freddie Head-trained Marchand D’Or, who finished fourth last year and looks likely to go off favourite ahead of the John Best-trained Kingsgate Native.

The New Zealand-trained Seachange has been declared a non-runner by trainer Graeme Sanders.


A year since he notched up a hat-trick of wins in the Group Two TNT July Stakes, the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Winker Watson returned to The July Course, this time to finalise his preparations ahead of Sunday’s Group One Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly.

The unbeaten son of Piccolo scored a maiden on his debut last year before following up in the Group Two Norfolk at Royal Ascot and finished the season at Newmarket. He now travels to France, where Jamie Spencer, who worked him today alongside an older lead horse, will take the mount.

“Jamie’s exact words were ‘Those Guineas’ horses better watch out!’ I was delighted with him - he’s entitled to be ring rusty as it’s a year to the day since he last ran,” said the handler.

“He’s a very good horse. He was my best two-year-old last year and he is my best horse this year. Jamie will ride him and that was a good piece of work. He definitely runs on Sunday.”


The going for day two of the 2008 Ritz Club July Festival, Lanson Ladies’ Day, is:


Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Newmarket Racecourses, said: “We have seen 17.5 millimetres of rain fall in the last 24 hours and the going remains soft.

“Today’s forecast is for sunny spells with the possibility of an isolated shower. Temperatures should reach around 21 Celsius.”


Race 1 - 1.30pm - Bahrain Trophy
9 Hobby (Ground)
10 Si Belle (Ground)

Race 3 - 2.35pm - ladbrokes.com Handicap
7 Fool’s Wildcat (Ground)
16 Suzi’s Decision (Ground)
18 Dream Desert (Ground)

Race 4 - 3.10pm - Princess of Wales’s WBX.COM Stakes
3 Galactic Star (Ground)
4 Gulf Express (Ground)
5 Halicarnassus (Ground)
6 Happy Boy (Ground)
11 Shahin (Ground)

Race 7 - 4.55pm - Highland Meridian Gardens Handicap
2 Bertoliver (Ground)
6 Northern Empire (Ground)
9 Elhamri (Ground)
12 Special Day (Ground)
15 Fantasy Explorer (Ground)


Race 3 - 2.35pm - Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup
7 King’s Apostle
19 Pawan

Race - 3.10pm - Darley July Cup
13 Seachange


In the opening Listed Bahrain Trophy (1.30pm), Bouguereau is into evens from 11/10 with Sky Bet while both Paddy Power and William Hill are now 10/11 (from 11/10). Trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, Bouguereau finished ninth in the Derby last time out. Enroller is 4/1 (from 5/1) with Coral.

Sayif, also trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, is out to give the Newmarket trainer a second successive triumph in the TNT July Stakes (2.00pm) and is 2/1 (from 5/2) with William Hill.

The big handicap of the day is the ladbrokes.com Heritage Handicap (2.35pm) over a mile and a quarter, in which the sponsors have cut the Barry Hills-trained Feared In Flight to 33/1 (from 40/1). Ladbrokes also now go 8/1 (from 9/1) about the bottom weight, Rochefort. In the same event, Sky Bet have also cut Feared In Flight (25/1 from 40/1) as well as Love Galore (25/1 from 40/1), Missioner (25/1 from 40/1) and Age Of Reason (22/1 from 28/1) while horses for money with William Hill are Tomintoul Flyer (7/1 from 8/1), Rochefort (7/1 from 9/1), Steele Tango (16/1 from 20/1) and Feared In Flight (28/1 from 40/1). Coral now go 18/1 (from 25/1) Age Of Reason and 9/1 (from 11/1) Rochefort.

Papal Bull has come into 3/1 (from 100/30) with Ladbrokes as he bids to record back-to-back victories in the Princess of Wales’s WBX.COM Stakes (3.10pm). Anna Pavlova, out to follow up on her success in Saturday’s Lancashire Oaks, is 13/8 (from 2/1) with Paddy Power and 7/4 (from 2/1) with William Hill. Godolphin’s Sagara has been backed into 4/1 (from 5/1) with Coral.

Elsewhere on the card, Maxwell Hawke is 3/1 (from 7/2) with Paddy Power in the European Breeders’ Fund Novice Stakes (3.45pm) and in the concluding Highland Meridian Gardens Handicap (4.55pm) William Hill now go 7/4 (from 9/4) about Northern Dare and 4/1 (from 9/2) Sundae.


£44,000 guaranteed, 1m 5f, For 3yo Weights colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 9lb Penalties in 2008, a winner of a Listed race 3lb; of a Pattern race 5lb Entries 17 pay £220 Penalty value 1st £24,978.80; 2nd £2,362.80; 3rd £4,738.80; 5th £1,183.60; 6th £594

1 DONEGAL (USA) (The Donegal Partnership) Andrew Balding 3-9-0 William Buick [10] 16/1
2 GRAVITATION (Gillian, Lady Howard de Walden) William Jarvis 3-8-9 Frankie Dettori [7] 7/1
3 BOUGUEREAU (Andrew Black) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3-9-0 Alan Munro [8] Evens F
4 UNLEASHED (IRE) (Ennismore Racing II) Henry Cecil 3-9-0 Ted Durcan [1]
5 BETTER HAND (IRE) (Wood Street Syndicate II) Mick Channon 3-9-0 Sam Hitchcott [11]
6 ENROLLER (IRE) (D Clarke & Clive Edginton) William Muir 3-9-0 Martin Dwyer [6]
7 FIERY LAD (IRE) (William Bellew) Ger Lyons IRE 3-9-0 Johnny Murtagh [3]
8 MOMENT'S NOTICE (Chris Wright & The Hon Catherine Corbett) Sylvester Kirk 3-9-0 Neil Callan [2]
9 WOOD CHORUS (H Parr) Michael Bell 3-8-9 Jamie Spencer [9]

9 ran
Non-runners: 9 Hobby (ground); 10 Si Belle (gr)
Distances: nk, nk, nk, 2 1/4, 4 1/2, 5, 1 1/2, dist
Time: 2m 44.83s
Breeder: Plantation Stud
Breeding: b f Galileo (IRE) - Guaranda (Acatenango (GER))
Totes: Win: £17.30 Places: £4.00; £1.70; £1.30 Exacta: £119.20

Winning trainer:- Name: Andrew Balding Born: December 29, 1972 Based: Kingsclere Stables, Newbury, Berkshire Background: Son of former trainer Ian Balding, who retired at the end of 2002 having won the 1971 Vodafone Derby with Mill Reef as well as a whole host of other top races. Previously worked for uncle, Toby Balding, and assisted Lynda Ramsden for two years. Sister is Clare Balding, the BBC racing and sports presenter. Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) First Winner: Easter Ogil, Bet Direct Football Cashbacks Classified Stakes, Lingfield, January 11, 2003 Other Major Wins: Canadian International (2003 Phoenix Reach), Darley Oettingen-Rennen (2003 Passing Glance), Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance), Dubai Sheema Classic (2005 Phoenix Reach), Hong Kong Vase (2004 Phoenix Reach), Play The King Handicap (2005 Vanderlin), Samsung £300,000 St Leger 2YO Stakes (2007 Dream Eater), Wokingham Handicap (2007 Dark Missile) Samsung St Leger Yearling Stakes (2007 Dream Eater) ladbrokes.com Stakes (2007 Buccellati) Royal Ascot Wins (1): Wokingham Handicap (2007 Dark Missile) Number of horses in training (2003-2008): 114; 128; 133; 128; 120; 121 Number of wins in a season (2003-2007): 54; 48; 40; 48; 32; Wins in 2008: 38

Winning jockey:-Name: Buick, William Born: Norway Background: Apprenticed to Andrew Balding. Made a sensational start to his career, finishing runner-up to James Doyle in the 2006/07 All-Weather apprentice title race with 24 winners. His father, Walter, was eight-time champion jockey in Scandinavia and rode 22 classic winners in his career, and is a race reader and a work-rider for Marcus Tregoning. First Ride in Britain: Tiny Tim, Brighton, August 10, 2006 First Winner: Bank On Benny, Axminster Carpets Apprentice Handicap, Salisbury, September 27, 2006 Royal Ascot Wins (1): Wokingham Stakes (2007 Dark Missile) Other Big Race Wins: National Bank Of Dubai Cup (2007 The Illies), Addleshaw Goddard Stakes (2007 The Illies) Wins (2006-2007): 10; 51; Wins This Year: 33


£80,000 guaranteed, 6f, For 2yo colts and geldings Weights 8st 12lb Penalties a winner of a Group 1 or Group Two race 3lb; Entries 9 pay £650 Penalty value 1st £45,416; 2nd £17,216; 3rd £8,616; 4th £4,296; 5th £2,152; 6th £1,080

1 CLASSIC BLADE (IRE) (The Classic Strollers Partnership) Tom Dascombe 2-8-12 Richard Kingscote [5] 6/1
2 SAYIF (IRE) (Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar) Peter Chapple-Hyam 2-8-12 Alan Munro [1] 3/1
3 PROLIFIC (IRE) (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Stubbs)) Richard Hannon 2-8-12 Ryan Moore [4] 2/1F
4 VIVA RONALDO (IRE) (Aykroyd & Sons Ltd) Richard Fahey 2-8-12 Frankie Dettori [6]
5 I AM THE BEST (H Al Mehairi) David Simcock 2-8-12 Royston Ffrench [2]
6 PRIME DELIVERY (USA) (Prestige Racing) Robert Cowell 2-8-12 Ted Durcan [3]
7 EFFORT (Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-8-12 Kerrin McEvoy [7]

7 ran
Distances: sh, 3, nk, 1 3/4, sh, 1/2
Time: 1m 13.21s
Breeder: Ballybrennan Stud Ltd
Breeding: b c Daggers Drawn (USA) - Queen Bodicea (IRE) (Revoque (IRE))
Totes: Win: £7.50 Places: £3.40; £2.40 Exacta: £27.50

Winning trainer:-Name: Dascombe, Tom Born: Bristol, 1973 Based: Lambourn, Berkshire Background: Started riding ponies at three years old, before working for Henry Candy and Martin Pipe. Rode 96 winners over the jumps, before working for Ralph Beckett, Mike de Kock and in America. First Pattern Race Winner: Classic Blade (2008 TNT July Stakes) Big Race Wins: TNT July Stakes (2008 Classic Blade); Rockingham Stakes (2007 Max One Two Three) Number Of Wins (2006-07):10; 26; Wins in 2008: 20

Winning jockey:- Name: Kingscote, Richard Based: c/o Roger Charlton, Beckhampton House, Marlborough, Wiltshire Background: Builder’s son from Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset. Spent winter 2005/06 riding in Australia for Sydney trainer Ron Quinton First Pattern Race Success: Classic Blade (2008 TNT July Stakes) Big Race Wins: TNT July Stakes (2008 Classic Blade); Rockingham Stakes (2007 Max One Two Three) Wins 2004-2007: 2; 31; 33; 31; Wins in 2008: 24


£100,000 guaranteed, 1m 2f, For 3yo Rated 0-105 weights highest weight not less than 9st 7lb Minimum Weight 7st 12lb Penalties after June 28, each race won 6lb Dr Faustus’s Handicap Mark 103 Entries 36 pay £500 Penalty Value 1st £62,310; 2nd £18,660; 3rd £9,330; 4th £4,670; 5th £2,330; 6th £1,170

1 JEDEDIAH (Mr & Mrs P McMahon & Mr & Mrs Peter Pauswang) Andrew Balding 3-8-5 David Probert (7) [1] 11/1
2 STEELE TANGO (USA) (The Thirty Acre Racing Partnership) Roger Teal 3-8-8 Dane O'Neill [20] 16/1
3 INDIAN DAYS (D Fish) James Given 3-8-6 Alan Munro [2] 14/1
4 LOVE GALORE (IRE) (Crone Stud Farms Ltd) Mark Johnston 3-8-8 Joe Fanning [4] 25/1
5 DONA ALBA (IRE) (Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc) John Dunlop 3-8-8 Kerrin McEvoy [16]
6 CITY OF THE KINGS (IRE) (T Hyde) Richard Hannon 3-8-8 Eddie Ahern [5]
7 WASAN (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop 3-8-13 Richard Hills [10] 6/1F
8 LAZY DAYS (Lordship Stud 3) David Elsworth 3-8-7 Jamie Spencer [6]
9 ROCHEFORT (IRE) (HRH Princess Haya Of Jordan) John Gosden 3-8-3 Jimmy Quinn [14]
10 MISSIONER (USA) (Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-8-3 Royston Ffrench [7]
11 AGE OF REASON (UAE) (Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-5 Greg Fairley [9]
12 DR FAUSTUS (IRE) (Gainsborough) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-7 Ryan Moore [19]
13 TOMINTOUL FLYER (Angus Dundee Distillers Plc) Henry Cecil 3-8-8 Ted Durcan [11]
14 RAMONA CHASE (Norman Ormiston) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-13 Declan McDonogh [12]
15 SLAM (Khalid Abdullah) Barry Hills 3-8-9 William Buick [3]
16 FEARED IN FLIGHT (IRE) (Jack Hanson, Cavendish Inv Ltd, Sandy Patrick) Barry Hills 3-9-6 Michael Hills [15]

16 ran
Non-runners: (all due to ground) 7 Fool’s Wildcat; 12 Dauberval; 16 Suzi’s Decision; 18 Dream Desert
Distances:1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1 1/4, 1, 1, 1 1/2, 7, 1 1/4, sh, 5, 2 1/2, 1/2, 1 3/4, 2 1/4
Time: 2m 04.98s
Breeder: Dunchurch Lodge Stud Company
Breeding: b g Hernando (FR) - Penelewey (Groom Dancer (USA))
Totes: Win: £12.40 Places: £2.90; £4.00; £3.80; £4.80 Exacta: £306.90

Winning trainer:- Name: Andrew Balding Born: December 29, 1972 Based: Kingsclere Stables, Newbury, Berkshire Background: Son of former trainer Ian Balding, who retired at the end of 2002 having won the 1971 Vodafone Derby with Mill Reef as well as a whole host of other top races. Previously worked for uncle, Toby Balding, and assisted Lynda Ramsden for two years. Sister is Clare Balding, the BBC racing and sports presenter. Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) First Winner: Easter Ogil, Bet Direct Football Cashbacks Classified Stakes, Lingfield, January 11, 2003 Other Major Wins: Canadian International (2003 Phoenix Reach), Darley Oettingen-Rennen (2003 Passing Glance), Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance), Dubai Sheema Classic (2005 Phoenix Reach), Hong Kong Vase (2004 Phoenix Reach), Play The King Handicap (2005 Vanderlin), Samsung £300,000 St Leger 2YO Stakes (207 Dream Eater), Wokingham Handicap (2007 Dark Missile) Samsung St Leger Yearling Stakes (2007 Dream Eater) ladbrokes.com Stakes (2007 Buccellati) Royal Ascot Wins (1): Wokingham Handicap (2007 Dark Missile) Number of horses in training (2003-2008): 114; 128; 133; 128; 120; 121 Number of wins in a season (2003-2007): 54; 48; 40; 48; 32; Wins in 2008: 39

Winning Jockey:-Name: Probert, David Age: 19 Background: He was born in Wales and, after cutting his teeth in pony racing in Britain, attended the British Racing School in Newmarket prior to joining Andrew Balding’s Kingsclere stable. First Winner: Mountain Pass, Wolverhampton, December 3, 2007 Big race wins: The ladbrokes.com Heritage Handicap (2008 Jedediah) Wins in 2007: 1 Wins This Year: 16


£100,000 guaranteed For 3yo+ Weights 3yo colts and geldings 8st 3lb; fillies 8st; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 2lb; fillies and mares 8st 13lb Penalties after September 1, 2007, a winner of a Group Two race 3lb; of a Group One race 5lb (races won at 2yo not to count for penalties) Entries 49 pay £300 Confirmed 17 pay £500 Penalty Value 1st £56,770; 2nd £21,520; 3rd £10,770; 4th £5,370; 5th £2,690; 6th £1,350

1 LUCARNO (USA) (George Strawbridge) John Gosden 4-9-7 Jimmy Fortune [3] 6/1
2 PAPAL BULL (Papal Bull Syndicate) Sir Michael Stoute 5-9-2 Ryan Moore [5] 2/1F
3 PETARA BAY (IRE) (Slavica Ecclestone) Terry Mills 4-9-2 Jim Crowley [7]
4 LION SANDS (Stronach Stables) Luca Cumani 4-9-2 Dane O'Neill [8]
5 SAGARA (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-2 Frankie Dettori [1]
6 ANNA PAVLOVA (Galaxy Racing) Richard Fahey 5-9-2 Jamie Moriarty [2]

6 ran
Non-runners: (all due to ground) 3 Galactic Star; 4 Gulf Express; 5 Halicarnassus; 6 Happy Boy; 11 Shahin
Distances: 1 1/4, 1 3/4, 6, 2, 3 1/2
Time: 2m 33.37s
Breeder: Augustin Stable
Breeding: b c Dynaformer (USA) - Vignette (USA) (Diesis)
Totes: Win: £7.20 Places: £3.10; £1.60 Exacta: £17.50

Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born: Hove, 30/3/51 Date of first trainer’s licence (Britain): 1988 (previously a leading trainer in USA, 1980-1988) English Classic Winners: (4) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Vodafone Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), St Leger (1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno) First winner in Europe: Intimidate, Kempton, March 27, 1989 Other major wins include: Challenge Stakes (1993 Catrail, 2006 Sleeping Indian), Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Falmouth Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music, 2004 Playful Act, 2005 Nannina), French 1,000 Guineas (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (1995 Presenting), Gran Premio di Milano (1997 Shantou), Grosser Preis Von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), Hungerford Stakes (1994 Pollen Count - dh with Young Ern), Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Lingfield Derby Trial (2004 Percussionist), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Ormonde Stakes (2005 Day Flight), Princess of Wales’s WBX.COM Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 1997 Shantou, 2008 Lucarno), Prix de l’Abbaye (1991Keen Hunter), Prix de la Foret (1992 Wolfhound, 2001 Mount Abu), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan, 2001 Sulk), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix de la Salamandre (1995 Lord Of Men), Prix Lupin (1995 Flemensfirth), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory), Royal Lodge Stakes (1996 Benny The Dip, 2002 Al Jadeed, 2005 Leo), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), European Free Handicap (2001 Clearing), totesport.com Cambridgeshire (1994 Halling, 2007 Pipedreamer) Iveco Solario Stakes (2007 Raven’s Pass) Trains at Clarehaven Stables, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk (previously at Manton and Newmarket) Royal Ascot Wins (23): Chesham Stakes (1990 Chicarica), Jersey Stakes (1991 Satin Flower, 2000 Observatory), Queen’s Vase (1992 Landowner), King George V Handicap (1993 Learmont, 1997 Heritage), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 95 Muhtarram), Britannia Handicap (1996 North Song, 1998 Plan-B), Chesham Stakes (1998 Rhapsodist) Ascot Stakes (1999 High And Mighty), Norfolk Stakes (1999 Warm Heart), Britannia Stakes (2000 El Gran Papa, 2001 Analyser), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002 Demonstrate), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coventry Stakes (2004 Iceman), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina), Windsor Forest Stakes (2007 Nannina), Royal Hunt Cup (2007 Royal Oath), Ribblesdale Stakes (2008 Michta) First Royal Ascot Win: Chicarica (June 21, 1990 - Chesham Stakes) Horses in Training (2008): 146 Wins in a season (1989-2007): 28; 87; 86; 113; 110; 93; 86; 75; 91; 77; 74; 82; 55; 85; 72; 66; 92; 56; 66; Wins in 2008: 35

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: Ayr Gold Cup (1989 Joveworth, 1996 Coastal Bluff), VC Bet Challenge Stakes (2006 Sleeping Indian), Gimcrack Stakes (2006 Conquest), July Stakes (2004 Captain Hurricane), Lincoln Handicap (2000 John Ferneley, 2001 Nimello), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream); Racing Post Trophy (1998 Commander Collins); Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton), Sun Chariot Stakes (1999 Lady In Waiting), totesport.com Handicap (2006 All Ivory), Vodafone Stewards’ Cup (1994 For The Present,1996 Coastal Bluff); Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2004 Playful Act; 2005 Nannina), Royal Lodge Stakes (2005 Leo), Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes (2006 Court Masterpiece), totesport.com Cambridgeshire (2007 Pipedreamer), Princess Of Wales’s WBX.COM Stakes Royal Ascot Winners (12): Ascot Stakes (2007 Full House), 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), Royal Hunt Cup (2007 Royal Oath), Ascot Stakes (2007 Full House), Ribblesdale Stakes (2008 Michita) Leading Rider at Royal Ascot: 2007 (5 wins) Wins (1988-2007): 8, 29, 46, 32, 26, 25, 56, 46, 83, 78, 108, 94, 93, 71, 92, 46, 72, 96, 77, 104 Wins in 2008: 46


£15,000 guaranteed, 6f, For 2yo which are EBF eligible Weights colts and geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 7lb Penalties for each class 6 race won 2lb; for each class 5 race won 4lb; for each class 4 race won 7lb; for each class 3 race won 10lb (penalties cumulative and maximum penalty 14lb) wins in selling or claiming company shall not count towards penalties) Allowances, horses which have never run 4lb Entries 16 pay £75 Penalty Value 1st £9,714; 2nd £2,890.50; 3rd £1,444.50; 4th £721.50

1 OUQBA (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 2-8-12 Richard Hills [5] 7/4F
2 KENTISH DREAM (Gallagher Equine Ltd) Simon Callaghan 2-8-8 Dane O'Neill [1] 10/1
3 BRAE HILL (IRE) (Thurloe Partners) Michael Bell 2-9-2 Jamie Spencer [2]
4 VERSAKI (IRE) (J Lazzari) Richard Hannon 2-9-5 Ryan Moore [4]
5 MAXWELL HAWKE (IRE) (The Comic Strip Heroes) Peter Chapple-Hyam 2-8-8 Alan Munro [3]

5 ran
Distances: 1 3/4, 1 1/4, hd, 5
Time: 1m 14.88s
Breeder: Highclere Stud
Breeding: b c Red Ransom (USA) - Dancing Mirage (IRE) (Machiavellian (USA))
Totes: Win: £2.80 Places: £1.50; £2.60 Exacta: £21.70

Winning trainer:-Name: Hills, Barrington William Born: Worcester, 2/4/37; Trains at South Bank Stables, Lambourn Date of first licence:1969;First winner: La Dolce Vita (Thirsk, April 18,1969) Previous Occupation: Served apprenticeship with Fred Rimell and George Colling, Head Lad with John Oxley for 10 years Classic wins: (4) 1000 Guineas (1978 Enstone Park), 2000 Guineas (1979 Tap on Wood, 2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1994 Moonax), Other major wins: Ascot Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), Betfred Sprint Cup (2007 Red Clubs), Challenge Stakes (2001 Munir), Champagne Stakes (1977 Sexton Blake, 1985 Sure Blade, 1998 Auction House, 1999 Distant Music), Champion Stakes (1983 Cormorant Wood, 2002 Storming Home), Chester Vase (1979 Cracaval, 1973 Proverb, 1999 Peshtigo, 2001 Mr Combustible), Classic Trial (2001 Chancellor), Dee Stakes (1970 Golden Monad, 1972 Our Mirage, 1973 Natsun, 1975 Ravel, 1979 Two Of Diamonds, 1985 Infantry, 1987 Sir Harry Lewis, 1989 Free Sweater, 1990 Blue Stag, 1998 Prolix, 2002 Sohaib), Dewhurst Stakes (1988 Scenic (DH), 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Diadem Stakes (2006 Red Clubs), Falmouth Stakes (1976 Duboff), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1972, 1973 Rheingold), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir, 2006 Red Clubs), Irish Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1994 Bolas), French St Leger (1994 Moonax), Irish Derby (1987 Sir Harry Lewis), Irish 1000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Lowther stakes (2006 Silk Blossom), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 Handsome Sailor), Prestige Stakes (2002 Geminiani), Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (1973 Rheingold), Royal Whip Stakes (2002 Chancellor), Shelbourne Hotels Goffs 500 (2006 Silk Blossom), Sunn Chariot Stakes (2006 Spinning Queen); Sussex Stakes (1990 Distant Relative), Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1987 Chaudennay, 1992 Aquamarine, 1994 Bolas, 1998 High And Low, 1999 Valentine Girl, 2005 Alumni) Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (2007 Dark Angel), Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2007 Dark Angel) St Leger Yearling Stakes (2007 Dark Angel) VC Bet Challnge Stakes (2007 Miss Lucifer) Royal Ascot Wins: 20 Major Royal Ascot Wins: Hardwicke Stakes (1973 Rheingold), Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), St James’s Palce Stakes (1986 Sure Blade), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1997 Royal Applause), King Edward VII Stakes (2001 Storming Home), Coronation Stakes (2005 Maids Causeway), Coventry Stakes (2005 Red Clubs) Horses in training (1984-2008): 107, 125, 139, 131, 140, 152, 175, 159, 129, n/a, 113, 120, 130, 137, 145, 150, 148, 160, 167, 168, 186, 148, 163, 153, 158; Wins in a season (1987-2007): 96: 93: 73: 113: 99: 63: 39: 44: 74: 84: 79: 78: 109: 72: 107: 91: 107: 82: 101; 103; 89; Wins in 2008: 32

Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Richard John. Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Tom Jones. First winner: Border Dawn (Doncaster 26/10/79) Classic wins: (5) 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan), 2000 Guineas (2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1999 Mutafaweq), Vodafone Oaks (2005 Eswarah) Other major wins: Autumn Stakes (2000 Nayef), Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel), Falmouth Stakes (2000 Alshakr, 2002 Tashawak), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), German Oaks (2002 Salve Regina), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Hungerford Stakes (1998 Muhtathir), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), July Cup (1998 Elnadim), Middle Park Stakes (1997 Hayil), Norfolk Stakes (1986 Sizzling Melody, 1989 Pettilante), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1994 Wagon Master; 2001 Mutamam; 2004 Bandari), Queen Mary Stakes (1997 Nadwah), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1994 Maroof, 2001 Summoner); Rockfel Stakes (1999 Lahan); Royal Lodge Stakes (1998 Mutaahab, 2002 Al Jadeed), Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), September Stakes (2000 Mutamam); Temple Stakes (1999 Tipsy Creek); Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Yorkshire Cup (1985 Ilium) Other details: Took over as number one jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum on the retirement of Willie Carson. Royal Ascot wins: 20 Major Royal Ascot wins: Jersey Stakes (2008 Aqlaam), Gold Cup (1990 Ashal); Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1987 Mtoto, 2003 Nayef), Hardwicke Stakes (2006 & 2007 Maraahel), Hampton Court Stakes (2007 Zaham) Wins (1990-2007):56, 67, 52, 57, 59, 70, 71, 85, 83, 77, 81, 79, 81, 75, 66, 72, 54, 72 Wins This Year: 34


£20,000 guaranteed, 1m, For 3yo which have not won a Pattern race since 2yo Weights colts and geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 7lb Penalties after July 9, 2007, for each class 3 race won 3lb; for each class two race won 5lb; for each class 1 race won 8lb (handicaps excluded for the purpose of penalties) (penalties cumulative and maximum penalty 12lb) Allowances horses which have never run 3lb Entries 14 pay £100 Penalty value 1st £12,462; 2nd £3,732; 3rd £1,866; 4th £934; 5th ££466; 6th £234

1 GENEROUS THOUGHT (Liam Sheridan) Paul Howling 3-8-12 Robert Winston [3] 4/1
2 ALFATHAA (Hamdan Al Maktoum) William Haggas 3-8-12 Richard Hills [4] 11/2
3 CHOOSE YOUR MOMENT (Mr & Mrs Duncan Davidson) Pat Haslam 3-8-12 Kerrin McEvoy [1] 11/4F
4 ALAN DEVONSHIRE (Russell Trew Ltd) Mark Tompkins 3-8-12 Eddie Ahern [6]
5 RATTAN (USA) (Khalid Abdulla) Henry Cecil 3-8-12 Ted Durcan [7]
6 RED ALERT DAY (Gallagher Equine Ltd) Simon Callaghan 3-8-12 Frankie Dettori [5]
7 WHITCOMBE MINISTER (USA) (The Whitcombe Racing Partnership 1) Jamie Poulton 3-8-12 John Egan [2]

7 ran
Distances: 3/4, 1/2, 3, 1/2, nk, 3/4
Time: 1m 39.44s
Breeder: Aston Mullins Stud
Breeding: b g Cadeaux Genereux - Rosie’s Posy (IRE) (Suave Dancer (USA))
Totes: Win: £5.20 Places: £2.70; £2.70 Exacta: £31.70

Winning trainer:- Name: Howling, Paul Born: January 29, 1957 Trains at: Warren Place, Newmarket
Previous Experience: Worked for Geoff Huffer, John Winter, Con Horgan and David Oughton Major races won: Fairway Stakes (2000 Shamrock City); Bahrain Trophy (2004 Anousa) Date of First Licence: May 1, 1987 Wins (2002-2007): 7; 10; 29; 26; 29; 16; Wins in 2008: 14

Winning jockey:-Name: Winston, Robert Francis Born: November 28, 1979 in Dublin Career: Appointed stable jockey to Jack and Lynda Ramsden on their return to England in 2001. Now freelance. Returned to race riding this year following a 12 month ban for alleged race-fixing Based: York First winner: The Butterwick Kid (Trent Bridge Handicap, April 21, 1997, Nottingham) First Group 1 winner: Cheveley Park Stakes (2004 Magical Romance - a chance ride after Jimmy Fortune was sidelined at a late stage) First Group winner: Golden Nun (2004 Ballyogan Stakes) Big Race Wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (2004 Magical Romance), Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2006 Young Mick), Gosforth Park Cup (2004 Caribbean Coral), John Smith’s Cup (2004 Arcalis), Lincoln (2004 Stream Of Gold), Stewards’ Cup (1998 Superior Premium), Vodafone Dash Handicap (2001 Bishops Court, 2004 Caribbean Coral), Wins (1997-2006): 22, 39, 54*, 43, 62, 59, 93, 114, 124, 136 (*champion apprentice) First Classic Ride: Shamrock City, 2000 2000 Guineas, 23rd First Listed win for Sir Michael Stoute: Pipalong Stakes (Red Bloom, Pontefract, June 6, 2005) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Norfolk Stakes (2005 Masta Plasta, 2008 South Central) Wins in 2008: 31


£15,000 guaranteed, 5f, For 3yo+ Rated 76-95 (also open to such horses rated 75 and below) Weights highest weight 10st Minimum Weight 8st 9lb, 3yo 8st 4lb Penalties after June 28, each race won 6lob Prior Warning’s Handicap Mark 95 Entries 28 pay £75 Penalty Value 1st £9,714; 2nd £2,890.50; 3rd £1,444.50; 4th £721.50

1 KAY TWO (IRE) (Hugh McGahon) Richard Price 6-9-3 Jim Crowley [13] 9/1
2 PRIOR WARNING (Abdulaziz Alothman) Debbie Mountain 4-9-9 Michael Geran (5) [4] 25/1
3 EBRAAM (USA) (The Circle Bloodstock I Limited) Paul Howling 5-9-13 Jimmy Quinn [3] 11/1
4 ZOWINGTON (O Pointing) Chris Wall 6-9-3 Ian Mongan [5] 16/1
5 NORTHERN DARE (IRE) (Jim Dale) David Nicholls 4-9-6 Adrian Nicholls [6] 7/4F
6 LORD OF THE REINS (IRE) (Danethorpe Racing Partnership) James Given 4-8-13 Alan Munro [11]
7 CANADIAN DANEHILL (IRE) (T Morley) Robert Cowell 6-9-10 Martin Dwyer [9]
8 LUSCIVIOUS (Paul Dixon & Keith Barratt) Alan McCabe 4-9-6 William Buick [7]
9 THE JOBBER (IRE) (Rosemary Wilkerson & Partners) Michael Blanshard 7-9-11 Dane O'Neill [17]
10 DIGITAL (Bill Wightman) Mick Channon 11-8-9 Sam Hitchcott [15]
11 SUNDAE (Peter Gregory) Chris Wall 4-9-10 Ted Durcan [12]

11 ran
Non-runners: 2 Bertoliver; 6 Northern Empire; 9 Elhamri; 12 Special Day; 15 Fantasy Explorer (all due to ground); 4 Sir Edwin Landseer (withdrawn at start)
Distances: 3/4, hd, nse, sh, nk, nse, nse, 3 3/4, hd, 2 1/2
Time: 59.82s
Breeder: Roger Ryan
Breeding: ch g Monashee Mountain (USA) - Tricky (Song)
Totes: Win: £11.30 Places: £2.90; £7.10; £3.50 Exacta: £265.90

Winning Trainer:-Name: Price, Richard J Date of birth: August 22, 1957 Based: Criftige Farm, Ullingswick, Hereford First trainers licence: 1982 Big Race Victories: Champion Hurdle (1994 Flakey Dove) Big Flat Race Victories: Chester Vase (2004 Red Lancer) Flat Wins in a Season (2002-2007): 4; 3; 13; 12; 19; 11; Wins This Year: 5

Winning jockey:-Name: Crowley, Jim Born: July 14, 1978 Based: Pulborough, West Sussex. Formerly a conditional rider for Sue Smith. Enjoying a burgeoning career on the flat after making his name over jumps First Winner: Robbo (Southwell, August 15, 1997, Mars Amateur Riders’ Maiden Handicap) Big Race Wins: Fenwolf Stakes (2006 Hawridge Prince), Jockey Club Cup (2006 Hawridge Prince); totesport Lanzarote Hurdle (Crossbow Creek 2005), totesport Chester Cup (2008 Bulwark) Number of Flat Wins (2004-2007): 1; 0; 36; 65; 92; Wins This Year: 63


Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
Andrew Balding 2 1 -
John Gosden 1 2 -
Michael Jarvis 1 - 1
Richard Hannon 1 - 1
Paul Howling 1 - 1
Mick Channon 1 - -
Tom Dascombe 1 - -
Barry Hills 1 - -
Mark Johnston 1 - -
Jonny Portman 1 - -
Richard Price 1 - -
Saeed bin Suroor 1 - -
Chris Wall 1 - -
Michael Bell - 1 1
Peter Chapple-Hyam - 1 1
William Haggas - 1 1
Sir Michael Stoute - 1 1
Simon Callaghan - 1 -
Clive Cox - 1 -
Barry Hills - 1 -
William Jarvis - 1 -
John Jenkins - 1 -
Debbie Mountain - 1 -
Roger Teal - 1 -
Roger Charlton - - 1
Richard Fahey - - 1
James Given - - 1
Pat Haslam - - 1
David Simcock - - 1
Brian Meehan - - 1
Terry Mills - - 1


Jockey ` 1st 2nd 3rd
Frankie Dettori 2 2 -
Jimmy Fortune 2 2 -
Richard Hillls 1 1 1
William Buick 1 1 -
Jim Crowley 1 - 1
George Baker 1 - -
Edward Creighton 1 - -
Richard Kingscote 1 - -
David Probert 1 - -
Tom Queally 1 - -
Philip Robinson 1 - -
Robert Winston 1 - -
Dane O’Neill - 2 -
Alan Munro - 1 3
Ryan Moore - 1 2
Michael Geran - 1 -
Michael Hills - 1 -
Adam Kirby - 1 -
Hayley Turner - 1 -
Ahmed Ajtebi - - 1
Steve Drowne - - 1
Martin Dwyer - - 1
Paul Hanagan - - 1
Kerrin McEvoy - - 1
Jimmy Quinn - - 1
Jamie Spencer - - 1

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