ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR PROLIFIC....SMART HAS SPIRIT PRIMED FOR SUPERLATIVE ASSAULT
Connections of Prolific are looking forward to seeing the colt stepping up to six furlongs for the first time in the £80,000 Group Two TNT July Stakes on day two of Newmarket’s Ritz Club July Festival, Thursday, July 10.
The son of Compton Place put in his best performance to date when finishing third to South Central in the five-furlong Group Two Norfolk Stakes on June 19 at Royal Ascot, where he gave the impression that he would improve for the extra furlong.
A £52,000 breeze-up purchase at Doncaster in April, Prolific made a winning debut over five furlongs on good to firm ground at Newmarket in mid-May when racing clear of the field despite showing signs of greenness. On his next start, again over five furlongs, he found Danehill Destiny half a length too good at Windsor on good to soft ground.
Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said of the Richard Hannon-trained colt: “The TNT July Stakes is very much still the plan for Prolific. I’ve just spoken to Richard and he’s very happy with the horse, so it’s all systems go.
“He came out of Royal Ascot really well. It was a blisteringly fast pace over five furlongs and he ran very well to finish a close up third. I think he told us then what we sort of expected, that he would potentially be much more effective over six furlongs. We hope that, all being well on Thursday, we’ll see an improvement for going the extra furlong.
“Richard is very happy with his progress. As long as everything is fine with his blood count and scopes and the rest of it, we’re very much green to go and looking forward to Thursday.
“He’s a top of the ground horse. I know there’s rain forecast there. If it got soft, we may reconsider but I suppose that’s unlikely. He’s a very good-actioned horse, so good or faster ground is what he ideally requires. Basically we’re looking forward to running him.”
Trainer Bryan Smart confirmed Prime Spirit to be in good form ahead of his bid to land the £80,000 Group Two Weatherbys Superlative Stakes, run over seven furlongs for two-year-olds on the final day of the Ritz Club July Festival, Friday, July 11.
The Hambleton House handler is hoping that the expected rain will arrive on The July Course this week for his Invincible Spirit colt, whom he holds in high regard.
A winner of his debut when taking on more experienced rivals and previous winners over six furlongs at Newcastle in May, Prime Spirit followed up with a nose defeat by Wildcat Wizard over a furlong further, the pair finishing five lengths clear of the field, in a novice stakes at Doncaster on June 27.
“If the ground is not too firm, Prime Spirit will run in the Weatherbys Superlative Stakes. He has come out of Doncaster fantastically well and ran very well there. He’s a nice horse and I like him a lot,” said Smart.
“He hasn’t needed much work since then and we’ll just take our time with him. He’ll do a little sharp piece tomorrow and that will leave him ready for Friday.
“It’s not often that I take on novices with a two-year-old but we did fancy him on his debut. I thought he was very unlucky to get beaten the last time - in fact he hasn’t really been beaten because it was nearly a dead-heat. He’s run fantastically well so I’m really pleased with him.
“I would prefer a little bit of ease in the ground, I wouldn’t want it too quick. There is rain forecast - unfortunately for some and not for others. We need a bit of rain so let’s go for it!”
PREMIER ENCLOSURE IS A SELL-OUT FOR LANSON LADIES’ DAY AT THE JULY COURSE
Newmarket Racecourses is delighted to report that all Premier Enclosure tickets have sold out for this Thursday’s Lanson Ladies’ Day – but is keen to stress there is still availability on all three days of the 2008 Ritz Club July Festival.
Anyone wishing to attend Newmarket’s most glamorous day of the year on Thursday, July 10, can still purchase tickets for the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure.
Or if they wish to make their visit to this year’s Ritz Club July Festival extra special, then there are Premier Enclosure badges available on the opening Bond Street Day, Wednesday, July 9, and also for Darley July Cup Day, Friday, July 11, when Newmarket hosts Europe’s richest and most prestigious sprint.
A Newmarket spokesman said: “We are thrilled that the Premier Enclosure has sold out for Lanson Ladies’ Day but we are eager to inform potential racegoers that they can still come on Thursday and buy tickets for the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure.
“Alternatively if people want admission to the Premier Enclosure, there is still availability on Wednesday and Friday when we look forward to welcoming racegoers.”
GOODWOOD RACECOURSE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2008 - THE EARL CADOGAN
The 2008 Goodwood Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to The Earl Cadogan.
A Member of the Jockey Club since 1967, Lord Cadogan has held many posts over the last 41 years having been Chairman of the Administration and Finance Committee in 1983 and then again from 1987 to 1989. During this latter period, he was also Deputy Senior Steward. In the period 1985 to 1987, he was an Appointee to the Horserace Betting Levy Board.
His association with Goodwood as a race meeting Steward dates back to 1980. As one of the longest-serving panel stewards, he has been Chairman of the Panel of Stewards on many occasions and presided over numerous enquiries, always taking a keen interest in the turf husbandry of the course and keeping up to date with changes to the Rules, Orders and General Instructions of Racing.
Lord Cadogan is extremely well known within the racing fraternity for his famous Eton Blue silks which have been carried by many winners over the years, sadly though not at Goodwood as yet!
In the 1970s Roman Holiday was a prolific winner with 28 wins over hurdles and fences. Money Market finished fourth in the 1975 Grand National and Trysting Day, also a regular visitor to the winner’s enclosure, were all trained by Verly Bewicke.
Over the next two decades, he enjoyed success with Tim Forster, Henrietta Knight and Henry Daly. Notable successes were achieved with the likes of Very Light, Wantage and Rambling Song with Forster while Henrietta Knight had a successful start to her career with Glen Lochan, Well Wrapped, Wade Road and Hymn d’Amour. Jakari was probably his most successful jumper with Henry Daly.
On the Flat, Lord Cadogan has had a long standing association with Henry Candy. He was also a great supporter of the late Dick Hern who had many successes for him but in latter years it has been John Dunlop who has delivered the majority of his winners.
Jedburgh, Conspiracy, Water Jump, Romantic Affair, Free Offer, Presbyterian Nun and 11-time winner Right Wing have all been under the care of John Dunlop, with many of them owner-bred.
Racing has benefited hugely from Lord Cadogan’s great enthusiasm and desire to make racing a sport to be enjoyed and admired for its organisation and professionalism.
As the Duke of Richmond put it: “Charles has been a great ambassador for horse racing and in his various roles with the Jockey Club has ensured that our sport has continued to progress in an increasingly competitive environment.
“As an owner he has had many successes, Jedburgh’s victory in the Buckingham Palace Handicap provided him with one of his greatest moments as an owner and we can only hope that he can secure a winner at Goodwood sometime in the near future.”
Lord Cadogan was presented with his Award at The Ivy in London on Monday, July 7, by Peter Willett, a Director of the Racecourse, representing the Duke of Richmond, Chairman, Goodwood Racecourse.
Previous winners of this award
1998 – Lester Piggott
1999 – Major Dick Hern CVO CBE
2000 – Walter Swinburn
2001 – Peter Bromley
2002 – Pat Eddery
2003 – Ian Balding
2004 – Peter Willett
2005 – George Duffield
2006 – Willie Carson
2007 – David Oldrey
Glorious Goodwood 2008 takes place from Tuesday, July 29, to Saturday, August 2 inclusive.