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Wednesday, July 9, 2008


THE RITZ CLUB JULY FESTIVAL 2008
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
BOND STREET RACE DAY, WEDNESDAY, JULY 9

First race winning quotes

RED ALL THE WAY



The 2008 Ritz Club July Festival began with a pillar-to-post victory for Red Dune in the European Breeders’ Fund Fillies’ Handicap over seven furlongs.

The three-year-old never looked in serious danger as she came home three quarters of a length to the good over Just Like A Woman. The three-year-old landed a gamble, being backed into 11/8 favourite from 9/4 offered first thing today

The Red Ransom filly was following up on her success over a mile at Goodwood last month in a fillies’ maiden over a mile and has a return visit to the West Sussex track on her agenda after today’s emphatic success.


Michael Jarvis said: “She is a speedy filly and could now go for the Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood.”

The £70,000 Group Three Oak Tree Stakes, for fillies and mares, takes place over seven furlongs on Friday, August 1, the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood 2008.


Philip Robinson, the winning rider. commented: “She's a very free-going filly and I don’t think it would inconvenience her to drop back to six furlongs.

“I like the character of this filly. She's very laid-back even though she gets a little bit bubbly but she's a lovely filly.


"The ground is definitely on the soft side of good but I don't think that it will inconvenience many of them. If they have any more rain then it will get into the ground quickly."


Meanwhile Michael Bell, trainer of runner-up Just Like A Woman, was very pleased with the performance of his filly.


He said: “I’m very happy. She was 1lb out of the handicap and just came up against a well-handicapped filly in the winner. She’s improving all of the time and it was a very solid run.


“Hayley (Turner) said that she travelled very well and quickened well too. But she’s just come up against an unexposed filly in the winner.”


GOING AFTER THE FIRST RACE


Phillip Robinson, jockey of the three quarter length winner Red Dune, said of the going “It is just on the easy side of good.”

Hayley Turner, rider of second placed Just Like A Woman, thought the going was “Just on the slow side.”

Jimmy Quinn, rider of Astrodonna, said of the ground “It is a fraction on the easy side of good but its quick underneath. when the ground opens up later the going is going to change.”

Michael Hills, rider of Janina, said the going was “Good to Soft.”

Seb Sanders, rider of fourth placed Sourire, said of the ground “It is just a bit on the slow side.”

William Buick, rider of Filigree Lace, said the ground was “On the slow side.”


OFFICIAL GOING CHANGED

The official going at Newmarket was changed to GOOD TO SOFT after the first race. It had previously been GOOD.



Race two - toteswinger Handicap - winning quotes

SPECIAL DAY FOR PORTMAN AS BOUNTY COMES GOOD


Twelve months on from his course and distance win in the Turf Italia EBF Novice Stakes, the Johnny Portman-trained 33/1 chance Spanish Bounty returned to winning ways in style to land the valuable toteswinger Handicap.


Under a positive ride from Tom Queally, the son of Bahamian Bounty fought off all challenges in the final furlong to score by three quarters of a length.


Portman said afterwards: “I probably got after him a bit much after he won here last year and his form was entitled to trail off at the end of last year. The way he has run this year, ignoring his first run when it was a bit soft and he might have needed it, he’s done nothing wrong. As Tom Queally so rightly said when he was second (two outings ago) on him, there was a big day in him.


“I was concerned with the rain because I always thought he was a top of the ground horse but in fairness, when he was second there was a bit of give in the ground. This is the sort of thing I thought the horse could do.


“Tom rode him very positively and that is the way to ride him and I’m delighted. We don’t often win these sort of races so I’m a little bit shocked. As far as the horse is concerned, I’m not surprised because I think the world of the horse. I’m delighted he’s come good. He won here exactly a year ago so it’s fantastic that he’s done it again.”

Asked if the £100,000 race was the biggest success in terms of prize money for the handler, he joked: “Let me think about that - yes, of course it is!

"It's vital for us to win on tracks like this with horses like this. I only wish we had a few more good horses and that a few more higher profile owners would wake up to the fact that we can do the job as well as a lot of other people. We need better horses because we want to go up not down.”

He concluded: “I gave a very emotional interview here last year. July 9 is the day when I was trying to get to The July Course for Luca Cumani when I worked for him and I was wiped out in a car. I spent two months in Addenbrookes. It’s exactly this day in 1992, so it’s a very special day and it’s nice to be here winning a big race.”

Queally added: "He jumped out quite well with me and the sensible thing to do was to roll along. I kept thinks simple which seemed to work and he battled on quite well at the end. He's showed a likeable attitude and I was pleased with the way he kept going.


"I rode him on the Rowley Mile course earlier in the year. It was rain-softened ground on that day and he seemed to appreciate the conditions so it was no surprise to me, although he was a big price. He's shown a likeable attitude to win and I'm very pleased for the owner and the trainer."




Race 2 - toteswinger Handicap - Placed Quote

JENKINS PLEASED

Royston trainer John Jenkins was very satisfied with the effort of runner-up Spitfire in the toteswinger Handicap after the Mujahid gelding, partnered by Frankie Dettori, went down by three-quarters of a length to Spanish Bounty in the six-furlong contest.


Jenkins said of the 14/1 runner-up: “I am really, really pleased.


“The horse had a big weight and ran his heart out.


“I don’t know where we will go from here. Today had been the plan for some time and we thought he had a good chance.


“We will just take him home and see where we go from here.”


DARJINA WILL NOT RUN

Star French filly Darjina has been withdrawn from today’s feature race, the Group One UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes (3.10pm).



Race 3 - Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes - Winning Quotes

PLEASE SING LANDS THE CHERRY

Please Sing put up an impressive performance to land the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes.


The two-year-old Royal Applause filly showed a good turn of foot inside the final furlong to overhaul Art Princess and score by three quarters of a length.


Trainer Mick Channon said of the 14/1 winner: “That came three weeks too late!

“We thought she had a great chance at Royal Ascot (when unplaced in the Albany Stakes) but things just didn’t go right for her. It was only her second run and occasionally Ascot can catch a horse out. She played up a bit at the start that day but I wouldn’t blame it on that, she was beaten after a furlong.


“When the rain came today I thought we had a chance. I am pleased everything came right today and she showed she is a decent filly.


“I am also chuffed for Eddie (Creighton, jockey) as he has always said this is a good filly right from the start.


“I think most people at West Ilsley would have gone for Lucky Leigh (who finished fifth) today. She has bags of toe and today just didn’t really suit her. She is a very fast filly and there will be other days for her.


“The winner is in all the big races like the Lowther. The step up to seven furlongs would not be a problem and she could be better again over the longer distance.”

Successful jockey Eddie Creighton added: “That was my biggest winner by far.


“She is a very good filly and we were disappointed at Ascot as she had been working so well at home.


“She travelled well today and I always had the leader covered.


"I broke my leg last August and I thought it would be very hard to get back and get some rides but the boss has really looked after me and it's thanks to him really.


"It's getting softer but this filly didn't mind it and I think she will go on any ground. She's just a very nice filly.


Totesport have introduced Please Sing into the betting for the 2009 stanjamesuk.com 1000 Guineas at 33/1.




SPONSORS PRICE UP PLEASE SING FOR 2009 STAN JAMES UK 1000 GUINEAS


Please Sing is now 33/1 with the sponsors for the 2009 Stan James UK 1000 Guineas at Newmarket after winning today’s Group Two TNT July Stakes

Stan James UK PR Manager Laura Stephens said: "We are 16/1 the field bar the favourite Cuis Ghaire at 5/1.

“Please Sing was impressive first time out before disappointing when having excuses in the Albany at Royal Ascot and we now have her at 33/1 along with the Queen Mary winner Langs Lash."

2009 Stan James UK 1000 Guineas. Newmarket. E/W: ¼ 1,2,3
Cuis Ghaire 5/1, Shimah 16/1, Blas Ceoil 25/1, Danidh Dubai 25/1, Langs Lash 33/1, Please Sing 33/1, 40/1 bar


Race three - Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes (Group Two) - placed quotes


HILLS TEAM FRUSTRATED BY NARROW DEFEAT


The Barry Hills-trained Art Princess looked set for victory in the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes only to get pipped by the fast-finishing Please Sing, who scored by three quarters of a length.


Charlie Hills, son of trainer Barry and assistant trainer, said afterwards: “We’re very pleased. We thought we had nicked it - everything went according to plan and Michael (Hills, jockey) was very happy. She did everything and it’s just frustrating to get beaten that way.”

Meanwhile, David Simcock, trainer of the third-placed Ahla Wasahl, who was a further length adrift, was very pleased with the performance of his filly.


He said: “I’m delighted with her run. She’s Group Two-placed now and is a progressive filly. She will certainly be seen to better effect on better ground and will stretch out over further. The Princess Margaret is a distinct possibility.”

Race four - UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes (Group One) - winning quotes

JOHNSTON BACK IN FORM WITH FALMOUTH VICTORY

Frankie Dettori produced the Mark Johnston-trained Nahoodh with a perfectly-timed challenge to gain the advantage inside the final furlong to land the feature race on day one of the Ritz Club July Festival, the Group One UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes.


Owned by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the grey daughter of Clodovil joined Johnston from Mick Channon’s stable after her seventh-placed effort in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. On her first start for her new stable, she filled sixth spot behind Lush Lashes in the Group One Coronation Stakes but really stepped up on that performance to land today’s £200,000 contest by a length and three quarters.


Commenting on the return to form of his stable, Johnston said: “It’s funny how on the one hand, when everybody was saying the stable form was desperately bad, although we weren’t having the winners, I always go on the percentage that’s place and think that’s more accurate. Through June and the beginning of July, we were running at about a third place, which is normal but we didn’t have the winners. If you look at the stats this morning for the last fortnight, we’ve now got more winners but the percentage placed is down.


“Everyone said on Saturday, four winners, you’re back in form. I wasn’t 100 per cent happy but a Group One winner makes a big difference - makes up for a lot.


“We analyse a lot but we rarely come to some conclusions. As usual, you’re out of form before you really know what’s causing it. These things happen all of the time - year in year out, you have peaks and drops. In the last two years, the drops have tended to be when the horses are underweight and looking poor.


“Luckily on this occasion, the horses were if anything heavy so that makes it a little bit easier. When you realise that they are heavier, the answer is to just get on with them a little bit more.


“I’ve had Nahoodh since just about a fortnight before Royal Ascot so not much more than a month. The first attitude was that if we were going to do anything, we had to do something different. So our first approach was to let her bowl along and we thought she ran well enough at Ascot but Frankie (Dettori) said to come back to seven furlongs.


“Since then, we didn’t decide on tactics until today, but we have been trying to teach her to settle and relax and go a bit further. To be honest, it wasn’t until two days ago that I decided to run her over a mile again. We had her entered over six furlongs as well but we were really looking for a seven but he lure of the Group One was too much.


“Quite simply, she was sold by Jaber Abdullah to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed. I obviously went to speak to Mick about it when she arrived but he said that he always understood from the time that she was sold after the Irish 1,000 Guineas that she would come to me. So he knew more than I did about that!

“We’ve sold quite a few at the sales recently, but Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed owns about 40 per cent of my horses.


“She obviously gets a mile. There’s richer pickings over a mile so I imagine that she’ll stay to a mile. Interestingly, the staff at Mick Channon’s said to my staff that she would love the conditions out there today.


“Frankie obviously rides quite often for us, particularly on Maktoum-owned horses and at this level. And he was the ideal man for the job.


“Most of the horses we get for Godolphin are coming here as yearlings, it’s not common to get a horse like this. With the yearlings, it’s understood that the princpal aim is to find horses that are good enough to move to Godolphin.


“It’s a great job to have and I’m not complaining about it. It’s wonderful to have the job. I can assure you that I was delighted when Campanologist won at Ascot and cheering him on at Sandown. I want to see him succeed more than anybody cause I like this job and long may it continue.”




Race 4 - UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes - Placed Quotes

RICHARDSON PLEASED SEACHANGE HAS RUN HER LAST RACE

Chris Richardson, Managing Director of Cheveley Park Stud, was very satisfied with the performances of Infallible and Heaven Sent, who finished second and third respectively in the highlight of Bond Street Race Day, the £200,000 Group One UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes.


Richardson commented: “They have both run a blinder.


“Infallible proved she stayed the trip today. She has plenty of speed, however, and we could consider races over six or seven furlongs for her.


“Heaven Sent ran very well. It was a good race today and the winner looked to be unlucky in the Guineas.”

Back in fourth was the star New Zealand mare Seachange, who has run her last race.


Trainer Graeme Sanders said: “That was a very good, honest run. She tried hard.


“We didn’t want the rain - we wanted it firm. I’m not saying she would have won, but on firm ground she might have been second.”

Seachange had been declared for Friday’s Darley July Cup but Sanders revealed that was only a back-up plan: “We only left her in the July Cup in case she didn’t run today.

“That was her last run and she will now go to stud in New Zealand.


“I was pleased her run today showed that she could be competitive in these sort of races.”

GOING CHANGE
After the running of race four, the UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes, the going has been changed to SOFT (from good to soft).



Race 5 - Strutt & Parker Maiden Stakes - Winning Quotes

HANNON PREDICTS BIGGER THINGS FOR CITY

Trainer Richard Hannon believes Soul City can go on to bigger and better things after the two-year-old colt stayed on well to prevail by a neck in the Strutt & Parker Maiden Stakes.


The Marlborough trainer, who was recording his third win in seven years in the seven-furlong contest, said: “If you read the paper this morning you would have thought he had no chance!

“He had a bit of experience and I said to Jimmy (Fortune, jokcey) just let him jump out and roll along. He knows his job.

“This is a nice horse and open to a lot of improvement. He could well be a horse for next year.


“I think we will probably take it easy with him for the rest of this season. He could maybe go for a Pattern race, then that would be it for this season.”

Looking ahead to Friday, when he saddles Assertive in the Darley July Cup, the trainer said: “Assertive looks good and is working well.


“I wouldn’t really be worried about the ground for him as he seems to go on anything.”


GOING AT THE END OF DAY ONE

After a wet afternoon, the going at the end of day one of the 2008 Ritz Club July Festival remains SOFT.


Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Newmarket Racecourses, commented: “The rain is forecast to continue until around 1.00am on Thursday morning.


“After that, it should be dry. Sunny spells are predicted for tomorrow morning and it should also be warmer with temperatures of around 20 or 21 Celsius.


“The warmer conditions could trigger some showers tomorrow from lunchtime onwards.”

ATTENDANCE DOWN

Newmarket Racecourses’ Managing Director Stephen Wallis reported a substantial downturn in attendance for the opening day of the 2008 Ritz Club July Festival.


He said: “We are significantly down on first day attendance in comparison to 2007.


“We haven’t got a final figure as yet, but we are approximating that we are 45 per cent down. That is unsurprising, bearing in mind the weather conditions.


”When evaluating this afternoon’s crowd in comparison to last year, the other factor to consider is that we were celebrating the launch of The July Course redevelopment on the corresponding day.


“The good news is that the Premier Enclosure is sold out for tomorrow, Lanson Ladies’ Day, while we have solid sales in the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure. The other positive is that we have a better weather forecast.”



Race six - Xplor Maiden Stakes - winning quotes

DETTORI COMPLETES 87/1 DOUBLE

Frankie Dettori completed an 87/1 double on day one of the Ritz Club July Festival on The July Course at Newmarket when partnering Godolphin’s Meydan City to success in the Xplor Maiden Stakes.


Settled in mid-division on the outside for much of the 10-furlong contest, Dettori made his challenge in the centre of the track to hit the front with just over a furlong to race and never had to get serious on the son of Kingmambo to win by three quarters of a length from Woodcutter.


Trainer Saeed bin Suroor was very pleased with the colt, who cost $11,700,000 at Keeneland in 2006 and was having his second outing having finished third at Newmarket over a mile last month, saying: “The horse has improved from the last race, which he needed to. We have been very patient with him since last year. He is very backward and that’s the reason we didn’t race him last year.


“Physically and mentally he is much better. He came out very well from his last race. The ground today and the distance really suited him. We’ve no plans at the moment. We’ll find a better race for him but I think he’ll be better next year. We’ll run him again but we’re not going to rush him.


“Frankie was happy with him. He said that he definitely improved from the last race.


“Some horses you have to look after them. You don’t need to look at the prize money, you need to look at the horse. I know he was a very expensive purchase, but you have to give him the time. When he’s ready, then race him.


“I know it’s a long way to bringing the price of him back but still we’ll try! In the future he’ll be much better than what you saw today. He’s a big horse. He looked better this time compared to last time.”

Looking towards stable stars who are running in the coming weeks, the trainer added: “Ramonti worked very well two days ago. Rio De La Plata runs in France on Sunday in the Prix Jean Prat. Frankie rode him yesterday morning and was really happy with him. He’s in good form but it depends on the ground - I don’t want it too firm, good to soft would be better for him.”

“Ramonti is fine, working well, but he’ll need the race.”


Race 7 - Kathy Dennison Birthday Handicap - Winning Quotes

HABSHAN LANDS THE LAST

The concluding contest on day one of the Ritz Club July Festival, the Kathy Dennison Birthday Handicap over a mile, went the way of 8/1 chance Habshan, as the eight-year-old stayed on resolutely up the stands’ side under George Baker to record a length and a quarter success over Den’s Gift.


Alan Smith, who owns the Chris Wall-trained gelding with his wife Jill and is based locally at Blackmore End, commented: “We knew he would run well, although it did look like a competitive race.


“I don’t think the ground was as soft as maybe it seems. Well, it is not holding ground anyway and the horses are going through it.


“I suppose it will depend on the handicapper where he goes next.


“He deserved this win today and is a good boy. He has suffered from injuries over the years and we haven’t been able to campaign him as regularly as we would have liked.”



MURTAGH GROUNDED


Johnny Murtagh will miss his two intended mounts today, the first day of the Ritz Club July Festival on The July Course at Newmarket due to technical difficulties with the aeroplane in which he was to travel over from Ireland in.


Ballydoyle’s number one rider was replaced by Kevin Manning on Dohasa in the second race, the toteswinger Stakes, while Ryan Moore will take the mount on the Aidan O’Brien-trained Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes.




JACKPOT MAY NOT BE WON AGAIN

The totejackpot pool today reached £868,754 but there was only £24 still surviving after the first three races.


The day started with £521,541 in the pool.




WINKER WATSON TO WORK BEFORE RACING TOMORROW

Winker Watson, unbeaten in three races last year culminating in the Group Two TNT July Stakes here, is due to work with another horse from Peter Chapple-Hyam’s stable on The July Course at 12.30pm tomorrow.



16 FOR DARLEY JULY CUP

A field of 16 is set to go post for the highlight of the Ritz Club July Festival, the Group One Darley July Cup on Friday, July 11.


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.

Two of the declared runners hail from Ireland, both trained by the all-conquering Aidan O’Brien - Astronomer Royal and US Ranger - while there is one entry from France, the Freddie Head-trained Marchand D’Or, who finished fourth last year. New Zealand-trained mare Seachange, who runs in today’s Group One UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes, has also been declared.


Seven of the first eight horses home in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot are set to reoppose one another at Newmarket on Friday. Kingsgate Native came out on top in the Royal Ascot event followed by War Artist (2nd), Sir Gerry (3rd), US Ranger (5th), Marchand D’Or (6th), Astronomer Royal (7th) and Zidane (8th).


John Best, trainer of Kingsgate Native, commented recently: "He came out of the Golden Jubilee Stakes well.


"I was delighted with him at Ascot. Whereas everything went wrong for us (when an unlucky 10th) in the King’s Stand Stakes, everything that could go right for us went right for us in the Golden Jubilee. He had Takeover Target to give him a lead, he was drawn on the right side and everything was perfect.


"Maybe for some of the other leading fancies things weren’t quite so good, same as what happened to me on the Tuesday.


"I just hope everything falls into place at Newmarket.”

THE 2008 DARLEY JULY CUP

1) (4) Assertive Richard Hannon 9st 5lb Richard Hughes
2) (5) Astronomer Royal (USA) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 9st 5lb Ryan Moore
3) (1) Benbaun (IRE) (Visor) Mark Wallace 9st 5lb Fran Berry
4) (6) Diabolical (USA) Saeed bin Suroor 9st 5lb Frankie Dettori
5) (2) Les Arcs (USA) Stewart Parr 9st 5lb John Egan
6) (9) Marchand D'Or (FR) Freddie Head, France 9st 5lb Davy Bonilla
7) (11) Off The Record James Given 9st 5lb Tom Queally
8) (3) Prime Defender Barry Hills 9st 5lb Michael Hills
9) (12) US Ranger (USA) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 9st 5lb Johnny Murtagh
10) (10) Utmost Respect Richard Fahey 9st 5lb Paul Hanagan
11) (7) War Artist (AUS) James Eustace 9st 5lb Kerrin McEvoy
12) (13) Zidane James Fanshawe 9st 5lb Robert Winston
13) (8) Seachange (NZ) Graeme Sanders, New Zealand 9st 2lb Ted Durcan
14) (16) Fat Boy (IRE) Peter Chapple-Hyam 8st 13lb Jimmy Fortune
15) (15) Kingsgate Native (IRE) John Best 8st 13lb Seb Sanders
16) (14) Sir Gerry (USA) James Fanshawe 8st 13lb Jamie Spencer



DELIVERY PRIMED FOR JULY STAKES

CHAPPLE-HYAM CONFIDENT OF MORE IMPROVEMENT FROM SAYIF


Trainer Robert Cowell is looking forward to seeing Prime Delivery take a step up in class for the Group Two TNT July Stakes on Thursday, July 10, day two of the Ritz Club July Festival at Newmarket.


A winner of his debut over six furlongs at Thirsk on July 1, the son of More Than Ready was a $100,000 purchase at Keeneland in September, 2007 and his Six Mile Bottom handler is hoping that he can progress from his only start and land the £80,000 contest.


“Prime Delivery is in very good order ahead of the TNT July Stakes tomorrow. We haven’t had a huge amount of time to assess him, as his run was only nine days ago and he hasn’t done much since.


“We weren’t really expecting him to run so well at Thirsk because he wasn’t fully tuned up but he’s always been high up on our agenda and we’re hopeful tomorrow,” explained Cowell.


“The July Stakes is a massive step up in class for him. It’s not a race that we had planned to run him in but, when we saw that there looked like there were only going to be a few entries in it, we decided to enter him.


“The girl who rides him at home thinks that he’ll handle the ground if it does go softer but I wouldn’t want it to get too soft for him. Good to soft would be perfect.”
Meanwhile, trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam is hoping that Sayif can provide him with a third win in five years in the Group Two.


The son of Kheleyf has one run to his name, a short-head second over five furlongs at Windsor on May 19. While this six-furlong contest represents a step up in class, his handler has been happy with his work since his debut and is looking forward to a big run.


“He is stepping up in grade and it will be tough for him. But he has improved in his work since Windsor and will handle the ground if it is on the soft side,” said Chapple-Hyam, who saddled Winker Watson to success last year and Captain Hurricane in 2004.


“We think he is a nice prospect and are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

There are five other declared runners in the TNT July Stakes.



MINE DECLARED FOR FINAL OUTING

Mine, one of the most popular handicappers on the Flat in recent times, has been declared along with 19 others for one last roll of the dice in his favourite race, the Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup (2.35pm), 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 on 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.”


GOING STILL GOOD

After walking the course with the stewards, Newmarket Racecourses’ Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing, Michael Prosser, has decided not to change the going description.


He said: “After walking the course again within the last hour, I have decided to leave the going description as good.


“Up until 11.30am, we have had 1.6 millimetres of rain.”


GOING NEWS

The going for day one of the 2008 Ritz Club July Festival, Bond Street Race Day, is currently GOOD with a GoingStick reading of 7.7.


Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Newmarket Racecourses, commented at 10.45am: “The latest going update was made at 6.30am and I am about to go out and walk the course again with the stewards to take another look.


“The rain did not arrive until 8.00am this morning and it is forecast to continue for the rest of the day.”

A further going update will follow.


MARKET MOVERS

In today’s first thoroughbred race on the card, the European Breeders’ Fund Fillies’ Handicap (1.30pm), the Michael Jarvis-trained Red Dune has hardened into 7/4 (from 2/1) with Paddy Power and 7/4 (from 9/4) with Blue Square. Bottom weight Oceana Blue has also attracted money and is now 14/1 (from 20/1) with Paddy Power, 14/1 (from 18/1) with Sky Bet and 12/1 (from 22/1) with Blue Square. Paddy Power have also reduced Insaaf to 8/1 (from 10/1).


Kaldoun Kingdom is coming in for support in the toteswinger Handicap (2.00pm) and is now 10/1 from 14/1 (Paddy Power), 12/1 from 14/1 (Blue Square) and 12/1 from 16/1 (Sky Bet). Cape Vale is 12/1 (from 16/1) with Paddy Power and 10/1 (from 16/1) with Blue Square, with the latter firm also reducing Carleton to 11/1 (from 16/1). Tawaash is 8/1 (from 9/1) with Sky Bet.


Heart Shaped, trained by Aidan O’Brien is the one punters want in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes (2.35pm), coming into 9/4 (from 5/2) with Paddy Power and Sky Bet and 15/8 (from 9/4) with Blue Square.


Today’s feature contest, the £200,000 UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes (3.10pm) has seen Heaven Sent come into 9/2 (from 5/1) with Blue Square.


Several exciting types line up in the Strutt & Parker EBF Maiden Stakes (3.45pm) but the one for money is the unraced Brian Meehan-trained colt, Whispering Angel, who has come into 11/2 (from 7/1) with Paddy Power, 11/2 (from 9/1) with Blue Square and 6/1 (from 8/1) with Sky Bet.


In the concluding Kathy Dennison Birthday Handicap (4.55pm), Billy Dane is 12/1 (from 16/1) with Sky Bet.


CORAL CAN’T SPLIT NATIVE AND D’OR

Coral can’t split Kingsgate Native and Marchand D’Or in the market for Friday’s Darley July Cup, 16 declarations for which were received this morning. The duo trade as 100/30 joint favourites while the Barking-based firm have cut the Aidan O’Brien-trained US Ranger to 9/1 (from 10/1).


Coral Betting on the Darley July Cup: 100/30 Kingsgate Native, Marchand D’Or, 6/1 War Artist, 7/1 Sir Gerry, 9/1 (from 10/1) US Ranger, 10/1 Utmost Respect, 16/1 Zidane, 18/1 Benbaun, 22/1 Assertive, 22/1 Astronomer Royal, Fat Boy, 25/1 Seachange, 33/1 Prime Defender, 40/1 Diabolical, 50/1 Les Arcs, 80/1 Off The Record ALL QUOTED



totesport MILE WEIGHTS REVEALED

TREGONING TEMPTED TO RUN MASAALEK IN GOODWOOD FEATURE


Weights are revealed today for the £150,000 totesport Mile, run on the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood on Friday, August 1, 2008.


The fiercely competitive contest has this year attracted a bumper entry of 82 (seven more than in 2007) and looks set to be another thrilling renewal of one of the richest mile handicaps in Europe.


The weights are headed by the Luca Cumani-trained Bankable, who has been allotted 9st 13lb and is rated a 12/1 chance by sponsors totesport. The four-year-old colt was an impressive course and distance winner of the Listed On The House Stakes on May 31, prior to finishing fifth in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot. The master of Bedford House Stables has also entered recent Salisbury handicap scorer Military Cross (9st 1lb, 14/1)), Swop (8st 4lb, 16/1), successful in two of his three starts, and Axiom (8st 1lb, 16/1).


Totesport make Masaalek their 10/1 market leader and the improving three-year-old looks set to take his chance having been allotted 8st 7lb. The lightly-raced son of Green Desert finished a half-length second in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot despite having been drawn high and followed up that display with a close third in the competitive toteswinger Handicap at Sandown on July 5.


Trainer Marcus Tregoning has been pleased with the progress Masaalek has made this season and hopes that the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt will take his chance in the totesport Mile prior to racing in Pattern company.


Tregoning commented: “The totesport Mile is on the radar for Masaalek and he has got a very attractive weight. He was quite a late foal, being born in the middle of May, and he is surely going to improve this year. He’s getting stronger with every race.


“Obviously, it would have been nice to win on Saturday but I don’t think the race was run to suit him. Sandown can be quite tricky for hold-up horses, especially with the uphill finish. Everything appeared to be going well but he possibly got to the front too soon. You need a lot of luck in running with these type of horses but you can get the splits at Goodwood.


“He’s come out of that race in great shape and everything is geared towards Goodwood now. He was entered in a conditions race at Newmarket on Thursday but we decided that the race would come too soon and that we will wait a bit before running him.

“He could also run in the Listed Blue Square Premier Stakes on the Saturday, but the way the programme is, the prize money on offer for the heritage handicaps is so attractive that it makes good sense to try out luck in the totesport Mile before we run him in Listed or Group races.”

Masaalek could reoppose his Britannia Stakes conqueror Fifteen Love (8st 7lb, 14/1), whose trainer Roger Charlton sent out Third Set to a comprehensive three-length triumph over Humungous (8st 9lb, 20/1) in the totesport Mile last year. The Beckhampton-based handler has also entered Unbreak My Heart (8st, 25/1), and the progressive Scuffle (7st 13lb, 16/1).


Both Lang Shining (9st, 16/1) and Flawed Genius (8st 3lb, 16/1) have been engaged by Sir Michael Stoute, who won the totesport Mile with Safawan in 1989 and Lonesome Dude 10 years later, while another dual winner of the race, Mark Johnston, has entered Laa Rayb (9st 4lb, 20/1), winner of the Kennels EBF Classified Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last year and recent toteswinger Stakes fourth Dubai’s Touch (9st, 16/1). The Middleham-based handler has entered a total of nine horses as he bids to add to the victories of Fly To The Stars (1997) and Riberac (2001).


Godolphin handler Saeed bin Suroor, who enjoyed totesport Mile success with subsequent Group One victor Ancient World in 2004, has entered the lightly-raced Gold Sovereign (8st 13lb, 12/1) while James Fanshawe, a winner of the race in 2000 with Persiano, could this year rely on last year’s Britannia Stakes fourth Artimino (9st, 12/1).


Barry Hills, successful in the totesport Mile with Strike Force in 1988, could run this season’s totesport Victoria Cup winner Zaahid (8st 12lb, 14/1), last year’s Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup hero Giganticus (8st 11lb, 25/1), Huzzah (8st 7lb, 25/1) and Slugger O’Toole (7st 11lb, 33/1) while Mick Channon has entered last year’s Group Three Albany Stakes scorer Nijoom Dubai (8st 12lb, 25/1), Silca Chiave (8st 9lb, 33/1) and South Cape (8st 1lb, 25/1).


Sir Mark Prescott, responsible for sending out Spectait to victory in the totesport Mile in 2006, could be represented be another pair of prolific handicappers in Caravel (8st 5lb, 12/1), whose sequence of five victories in 2007 included the BBC Southern Counties Radio Stakes over nine furlongs at Goodwood in August, 2007, and Master Of Arts (7st 10lb, 16/1), who has won all four of his starts this season including over this course and distance in the International Bureau of Aviation Stakes in May of this year.


Ger Lyons, who sent over That’s Hot to finish fourth in last year’s Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup, could return to Glorious Goodwood with Summit Surge (9st 9lb, 25/1), who took the Group Three Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown in June. The County Meath trainer has also entered Slam Dunk (8st 5lb, 25/1), who finished fourth behind Settigano and fellow entry Zero Tolerance (7st 13lb, 25/1) in a competitive handicap at the Curragh on Irish Derby Day.

Other notable entries include the 2005 totesport Mile winner Unshakable (8st 4lb, 20/1), the Jamie Osborne-trained Docofthebay (9st 7lb, 16/1), who won the De Boer Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last season, Buckingham Palace Stakes runner-up Dhaular Dhar (8st 13lb, 20/1), the Peter Chapple Hyam-trained dual course and distance scorer Don’t Panic (9st 5lb, 20/1) and the Michael Jarvis-trained pair of We’ll Come (8st 7lb, 20/1) and Yaddree (8st 4lb, 14/1), who beat Masaalek in a Newbury handicap prior to finishing third in the Britannia Stakes.

LATEST totesport PRICES
Masaalek 10/1, Artimino 12/1, Bankable 12/1, Caravel 12/1, Gold Sovereign 12/1, Fifteen Love 14/1, Military Cross 14/1, Yaddree 14/1, Zaahid 14/1, Axiom 16/1, Dear Maurice 16/1, Docofthebay 16/1, Dubai’s Touch 16/1, Flawed Genius 16/1, Kavachi 16/1, Lang Shining 16/1, Master Of Arts 16/1, Mukhber 16/1, Scuffle 16/1, Swop 16/1, Wasan 16/1, Capucci 20/1, Dhaular Dhar 20/1, Don’t Panic 20/1, Extraterrestrial 20/1, Furnace 20/1, Humungous 20/1, Laa Rayb 20/1, Pinpoint 20/1, Regal Parade 20/1, Throne Of Power 20/1, Unshakable 20/1, Well Come 20/1, Ballentini 25/1, Fasthsta 25/1, Fishforcompiliments 25/1, Flipando 25/1, Giganticus 25/1, Huzzah 25/1, Illustrious Blue 25/1, Kings Point 25/1, Little White Lie 25/1, Nijoom Dubai 25/1, Officer 25/1, Orchard Supreme 25/1, Ordnance Row 25/1, Prince Of Light 25/1, Raptor 25/1, Royal Power 25/1, Slam Dunk 25/1, South Cape 25/1, Summit Surge 25/1, Unbreak My Heart 25/1, Underworld 25/1, Vainglory 25/1, Webbow 25/1, Zero Tolerance 25/1, Arctic Cape 33/1, Babodana 33/1, Cape Hawk 33/1, Celtic Sultan 33/1, Flight To Quality 33/1, Fremen 33/1, Giant Love 33/1, Jack Junior 33/1, Minority Report 33/1, Mount Hadley 33/1, Pride Of Nation 33/1, Prince Of Thebes 33/1, Royal Dignitary 33/1, Russki 33/1, Silca Chiave 33/1, Slugger O’Toole 33/1, The Snatcher 33/1, Vitznau 33/1, Viva Vettori 33/1, Yamal 33/1, Smart Enough 40/1, Atabaas Pride 50/1, Captain Jackspara 50/1, Carnivore 50/1, White Deer 50/1

1/4 Places at 1, 2, 3, 4

THE totesport MILE (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £150,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.30pm, Goodwood, Friday, August 1, 2008. For three-year-olds and upwards, one mile. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after July 5, a winner 3lb; a winner of two races 5lb. Entries closed July 1, entries revealed July 2 ( 82 entries). Weights revealed July 9. Forfeit stage July 15, six-day confirmation stage July 26, final declaration stage 10.00am, July 30. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, July 7, 2008.

Form Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer
011-115 BANKABLE (IRE) 4-9-13 Ronchalon Racing (UK) Ltd Luca Cumani
(2)-(2)4110 SUMMIT SURGE (IRE) 4-9-09 William Bellew Ger Lyons IRE
26-4420 DOCOFTHEBAY (IRE) 4-9-07 Paul Dixon Jamie Osborne
25-5152 ORDNANCE ROW 5-9-06 Mrs Poilin Good Richard Hannon
51-1224 DON'T PANIC (IRE) 4-9-05 Mr A B S Webb Peter Chapple-Hyam
60(2)500 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE 5-9-05 Mr & Mrs I H Bendelow William Knight
03-4(4)30 PINPOINT (IRE) 6-9-05 Full Circle Walter Swinburn
100-500 PRIDE OF NATION (IRE) 6-9-04 Gary & Linnet Woodward John Hills
3-6U165 LAA RAYB (USA) 4-9-04 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
016-6(6)0 SMART ENOUGH 5-9-03 East Wind Racing Ltd Mikael Magnusson
533/0(1)-1 MILITARY CROSS 5-9-01 R Thompson & A Bengough Luca Cumani
(2)-02146 RAPTOR (GER) 5-9-00 Mark Gittins Karl Burke
0(1)(5)404 VITZNAU (IRE) 4-9-00 Louis Stalder Richard Hannon
14240-3 ARTIMINO 4-9-00 Cheveley Park Stud James Fanshawe
(6)(0)-3363 BABODANA 8-9-00 M P Bowring Mark Tompkins
(2)(4)0004 DUBAI'S TOUCH 4-9-00 Salem Suhail Mark Johnston
26-1200 LANG SHINING (IRE) 4-9-00 Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
14-1500 CELTIC SULTAN (IRE) 4-9-00 Sylvia Clegg & Louise Worthington Tom Tate
(1)3-1 GOLD SOVEREIGN (IRE) 4-8-13 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
0-05012 DHAULAR DHAR (IRE) 6-8-13 Middleham Park Racing XLV Jim Goldie
3-(6)0021 LITTLE WHITE LIE (IRE) 4-8-12 The Three Honest Men John Jenkins
(2)020-10 JACK JUNIOR (USA) 4-8-12 Roldvale Limited Brian Meehan
231-605 NIJOOM DUBAI 3-8-12 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
00-3630 ROYAL POWER (IRE) 5-8-12 David Nicholls David Nicholls
013-431 ZAAHID (IRE) 4-8-12 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
5(2)2261 REGAL PARADE 4-8-11 Dab Hand Racing David Nicholls
100-050 GIGANTICUS (USA) 5-8-11 D M James,Cavendish Inv Ltd, Matthew Green Barry Hills
403-005 HUMUNGOUS (IRE) 5-8-09 Exors of the Late Mrs Evelyn Hankinson Charles Egerton
23/50-40 SILCA CHIAVE 4-8-09 Aldridge Racing Partnership Mick Channon
0-20004 FISHFORCOMPLIMENTS 4-8-09 Mel Roberts & Nicola Meese Richard Fahey
1333-40 WE'LL COME 4-8-07 Stephen Dartnell Michael Jarvis
01/(3)13-6 MOUNT HADLEY (USA) 4-8-07 Michael Tabor Gerard Butler
(0)-02120 EXTRATERRESTRIAL 4-8-07 G J Paver Richard Fahey
0-04046 FLIPANDO (IRE) 7-8-07 Mrs J Hazell David Barron
(6)14464 BALLINTENI 6-8-07 David Cohen Gay Kelleway
2-3(1)223 MASAALEK 3-8-07 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
110-015 FIFTEEN LOVE (USA) 3-8-07 Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
1(3)4-110 HUZZAH (IRE) 3-8-06 J Gale, J Finch, D Cole, R Dollar, D Powell Barry Hills
(1)13(1)-(1)0 RUSSKI (IRE) 4-8-06 DXB Bloodstock Ltd David Simcock
42-(2)(1)24 SLAM DUNK (USA) 3-8-05 Glenview House Stud Ger Lyons IRE
11111-3 CARAVEL (IRE) 4-8-05 Neil Greig - Osborne House Sir Mark Prescott
(1)-(2)1 SWOP (IRE) 5-8-04 Angie Silver Luca Cumani
(2)21-213 YADDREE 3-8-04 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
36(6)0-20 UNSHAKABLE (IRE) 9-8-04 Unshakable Partnership Bob Jones
(0)(3)-152(2) THE SNATCHER (IRE) 5-8-04 Mrs R Ablett Richard Hannon
(3)(4)(0)3(2)3 VAINGLORY (USA) 4-8-04 DXB Bloodstock Ltd David Simcock
103/304- FURNACE (IRE) 4-8-04 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXXV Michael Bell
400050 FREMEN (USA) 8-8-04 Miss C King Mrs A Seed Ms Finola Devaney David Nicholls
011440 KAVACHI (IRE) 5-8-03 Bryan Pennick & Roy Martin Gary Moore
140-246 FLAWED GENIUS 3-8-03 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
21411-4 WEBBOW (IRE) 6-8-03 Wentdale Limited Tim Easterby
(1)(1)2 UNDERWORLD 3-8-02 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
(1)010 THRONE OF POWER (USA) 3-8-02 Eastwind Racing Ltd & Martha Trussell Mikael Magnusson
(1)-131 WASAN 3-8-02 Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
001002 ORCHARD SUPREME 5-8-02 Brian Oakley Richard Hannon
000-006 SOUTH CAPE 5-8-01 Heart of the South Racing Mick Channon
(0)(2)21-10 AXIOM 4-8-01 DIC Racing Syndicate Luca Cumani
35(1)-(1)6(0) VIVA VETTORI 4-8-01 Mike Watson David Elsworth
0051-41 KINGS POINT (IRE) 7-8-01 WRB 61 (The Claire King Syndicate) David Nicholls
4(1)(4)-(1)54 CAPE HAWK (IRE) 4-8-01 Thurloe Thoroughbreds XVII Richard Hannon
000-000 PRINCE OF LIGHT (IRE) 5-8-01 Claire Riordan & Kieran Coughlan Mark Johnston
1-00250 CAPTAIN JACKSPARRA (IRE) 4-8-01 John Duddy,B McDonald, A Heeney, M McMenamin Kevin Ryan
0311-20 UNBREAK MY HEART (IRE) 3-8-00 Mountgrange Stud Roger Charlton
221200 FATHSTA (IRE) 3-8-00 Speedlith Group Sylvester Kirk
P60-232 ZERO TOLERANCE (IRE) 8-7-13 The Hornsey Warriors Racing Syndicate David Barron
3-11 SCUFFLE 3-7-13 Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
4-06116 DEAR MAURICE 4-7-13 Abdul Rahman Al Khalifa Ed Dunlop
(6)(2)-(4)415 OFFICER 4-7-11 R Plersch Gary Moore
04-6206 PRINCE OF THEBES (IRE) 7-7-11 Canisbay Bloodstock Michael Attwater
(2)(1)1211 ROYAL DIGNITARY (USA) 8-7-11 Middleham Park Racing XXXVI David Nicholls
0-4(1)130 SLUGGER O'TOOLE 3-7-11 R J Crothers, Phil Cunningham Barry Hills
(0)(0)-(1)11(1) MASTER OF ARTS (USA) 3-7-10 Eclipse Thoroughbreds-Osborne House III Sir Mark Prescott
000030 MINORITY REPORT 8-7-10 Dandy Nicholls Racing Club David Nicholls
0-00600 WHITE DEER (USA) 4-7-09 Ian Bellamy David Nicholls
1-441 MUKHBER 3-7-08 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
0(3)(6)(5)-30 CARNIVORE 6-7-08 The Meat Eaters David Barron
0551 CAPUCCI 3-7-02 H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
021-0 FLIGHT TO QUALITY 3-7-00 Markus Graff Mark Johnston
00-0420 GIANT LOVE (USA) 3-7-00 Crone Stud Farms Ltd Mark Johnston
(1)(5)512 YAMAL (IRE) 3-6-13 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
14-4000 ARCTIC CAPE 3-6-12 Christine Brown Mark Johnston
21-(3)334 ATABAAS PRIDE 3-6-12 Renata Jacobs & Mrs D. Imholz Mark Johnston

82 Entries
2 Irish-trained


DUNLOP HOPING CLASSIC REMARK CAN IMPROVE FAMILY RECORD IN NASSAU


The £200,000 Group One Blue Square Nassau Stakes, run on Saturday, August 2, the final day of Glorious Goodwood, has attracted a large entry of 34 - up from 26 in 2007 and 29 in 2006.


Trainer Harry Dunlop has given recent winner Classic Remark an entry for the extended nine furlong event. The daughter of Dr Fong opened her account at the fourth time of asking when landing a Listed contest at Newcastle on June 26.


Prior to that, she ran fourth to Clowance on her debut at Newbury in April, before getting within seven lengths of Oaks heroine Look Here when Miracle Seeker won Lingfield’s Listed Oaks Trial on May 10. Dunlop then tried her on the all-weather and she ran a close second in a maiden back at Lingfield on May 31.


“The intention is to run Classic Remark in the Blue Square Nassau Stakes. Obviously, what we want for her is some give in the ground or genuine good ground. She won at Newcastle last time on good to soft and we probably wouldn’t run unless it was decent ground but it is the intention to run,” explained the master of Windsor House Stables.


“She’s come out of her run very well. The long journey and things amazingly didn’t take too much of an effect, so she’s in good order.


“We ran her first time this year in a good maiden in which Clowance won and obviously that got us quite excited. It looked a good maiden at the time and the form has worked out. We took our chance in the Lingfield Oaks Trial but, unfortunately, the ground was too fast for her. On genuine good ground, she’s a pretty smart filly.”

The Hesmonds Stud home-bred is a half-sister to Cassydora, who was a length and a quarter runner-up in the 2005 Nassau Stakes to the Jim Bolger-trained Alexander Goldrun. She was trained by his father John but Harry, whose brother Ed trained Lailani and Ouija Board to win in 2001 and 2006 respectively, is hoping that his filly can improve on Cassydora’s second placing.


“We’d love to go one better than her half-sister, Cassydora. Actually it’s quite interesting because the Newcastle race that Classic Remark won, her mother Claxon was beaten a short-head in it, so we’re following the same routes.


“Her half-sister was pretty smart. Obviously, Classic Remark does need decent ground, whereas Cassydora could go on anything. It does narrow things down a bit but it would be fantastic if she could win it.”

Irish champion trainer Aidan O’Brien, who was successful in last year’s Blue Square Nassau Stakes with Peeping Fawn, has the most entries, with nine of the 15 Irish-trained entries coming from his Ballydoyle base.


His entries are headed by Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Halfway To Heaven, Juddmonte Oaks runner-up Moonstone, Group Two Rockfel Stakes winner Kitty Matcham and Group Three winners Adored and Ice Queen.


His contingent is completed by Sail, Psalm, Mystical Lady and Perihelion.


The Irish look to have a strong hand in the Group One, with Jim Bolger’s pair of last season’s dual 1,000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo and recent Group One Coronation Stakes winner Lush Lashes.


Meanwhile, Dermot Weld has entered Mad About You and Listed winner Chinese White, who hasn’t been seen since disappointing in the Juddmonte Oaks

The first-named has been placed on her last four outings in Group One company, most recently when finding the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Promising Lead a length and a quarter too good in the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 28.


The Kevin Prendergast-trained Beach Bunny was further back in fourth and completes the Irish challenge along with Juddmonte Oaks third Katiyra from John Oxx’s yard.


The Godolphin team is represented by Listed Pinnacle Stakes winner Folk Opera, while Peter Chapple-Hyam has entered Cape Amber and Mick Channon has entered Majestic Roi.


Other notable entries include the Henry Cecil-trained Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Passage Of Time, the John Gosden-trained Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes winner Michita, who was also successful over the course and distance in the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes on May 21, and Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes winner Lady Gloria from James Given’s yard.


German trainer Mario Hofer has engaged Fair Breeze, whose most recent success came at Saint-Cloud in the Group Two Prix Corrida on May 29.


Glorious Goodwood 2008 takes place from Tuesday, July 29, to Saturday, August 2 inclusive.


BLUE SQUARE NASSAU STAKES
Class 1, Group 1, £200,000 Total Prize Fund. Goodwood, Saturday, August 2. For 3yo and upwards, fillies and mares only. One mile, one furlong & 192 yards. Weights: 3yo 8st 10lb; 4yo and upwards 9st 5lb. Entries closed July 8, entries revealed July 9 (34 entries). Six-day confirmation & £17,000 supplementary entry stage Monday, July 28, final declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, July 31. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, July 7, 2008.


Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
5-0110 ADORED (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
30(1) ALBAROUCHE 3 Barbara Facchino Michael Jarvis
0-14124 BEACH BUNNY (IRE) 3 Lady O'Reilly Kevin Prendergast IRE
1-260 CAPE AMBER (IRE) 3 Five Horses Ltd Peter Chapple-Hyam
1-10 CHINESE WHITE (IRE) 3 Lady O'Reilly Dermot Weld IRE
45(2)1 CLASSIC REMARK (IRE) 3 Hesmonds Stud Harry Dunlop
4221-11 FAIR BREEZE (GER) 5 Stall Margarethe Mario Hofer GER
65-5230 FINSCEAL BEO (IRE) 4 Michael Ryan Jim Bolger IRE
(3)/13-114 FOLK OPERA (IRE) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
216 GHAIDAA (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
21-231 HALFWAY TO HEAVEN (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
623-(1)12 HEAVEN SENT 5 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
(0)14016 ICE QUEEN (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1-23 KATIYRA (IRE) 3 Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
11-0000 KITTY MATCHAM (IRE) 3 Diane Nagle & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
124-20 KOTSI (IRE) 3 Anthony Oppenheimer Ed Vaughan
221-221 LADY GLORIA 4 M H Tourle James Given
1-06151 LUSH LASHES 3 Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
1233-22 MAD ABOUT YOU (IRE) 3 Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
41-0054 MAJESTIC ROI (USA) 4 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
1-0101 MICHITA (USA) 3 Stonerside Stable LLC John Gosden
242 MOONSTONE 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
11-105 MUTHABARA (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
010464 MYSTICAL LADY (IRE) 3 Anne-Marie O'Brien Aidan O'Brien IRE
1033-40 PASSAGE OF TIME 4 Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
0-0501 PERIHELION (IRE) 3 Anne-Marie O'Brien Aidan O'Brien IRE
2412-11 PROMISING LEAD 4 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
2-060 PSALM (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1154-31 ROSA GRACE 3 E P Duggan Rae Guest
0-2100 SAIL (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1446-40 SELINKA 4 Robert Barnett Richard Hannon
0253(1)(4)- SOFT MORNING 4 Kirsten Rausing Sir Mark Prescott
11-24 SPACIOUS 3 Cheveley Park Stud James Fanshawe
46-1204 SUGAR MINT (IRE) 3 Rick Barnes Barry Hills

34 entries
15 Irish-trained
1 German-trained


HENRYTHENAVIGATOR TOPS BGC SUSSEX STAKES ACCEPTORS


Star miler Henrythenavigator heads 29 acceptors for the £300,000 Group One BGC Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday, July 30, following the July 8 forfeit stage.


The sensational Kingmambo colt completed an elusive Group One hat-trick at Royal Ascot in June. Having defeated Derby winner New Approach to clinch the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, the three-year-old held the John Gosden-trained Raven’s Pass to win the St James’s Palace Stakes under Johnny Murtagh.


The Aidan O’Brien-trained three-year-old could bid to emulate the handler’s champion miler Rock Of Gibraltar, who won the same three Group One events prior to a famous triumph in the 2002 BGC Sussex Stakes.

Henrythenavigator is one of five remaining entries from Ballydoyle that also includes 2007 Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner Astronomer Royal and US Ranger. O’Brien also saddled Giant’s Causeway to BGC Sussex Stakes victory in 2000.


Multiple Group One winner Darjina, trained in France by Alain de Royer-Dupre, held the Jim Bolger-trained dual Classic heroine Finsceal Beo when second and third respectively to Haradasun in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Both are declared runners in today’s Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.


Sageburg, sixth in that contest, previously defeated stablemate Darjina to win the Group One Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp.


Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor could run last year’s brilliant and tough winner Ramonti alongside Poule d’Essai des Poulains runner-up Rio De La Plata. Godolphin has also won the race with Aljabr (1999) and Noverre (2001).


Cheveley Park Stud could see its colours carried in the mile feature by Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes runner-up Heaven Sent and Infallible, second to Lush Lashes in the Group One Coronation Stakes.


Top South African trainer Mike De Kock saddled Asiatic Boy to finish two lengths fourth behind Ramonti in the 2007 renewal and he has entered Archipenko, who was fifth last year when trained by Aidan O’Brien and won the Group One Audemars Piguet QEII Cup for current connections at Sha Tin in April.


Winker Watson, unbeaten winner of the Group Two TNT July Stakes last season, could make his long-awaited return to the racecourse for trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam, alongside stablemate Tariq, successful in the Group Two Betfair Cup at Glorious Goodwood in 2007.


THE BGC SUSSEX STAKES
Class 1, Group 1, £300,000 total prize fund. 3.30pm, Goodwood, Wednesday, July 30. For three-year-olds and upwards, one mile. Weights: 3-y-o colts and geldings 8st 13lb; fillies 8st 10lb; 4-y-o and up colts and geldings 9st 7lb; fillies 9st 4lb. Entries closed May 27, entries revealed May 28 (65 entries), forfeit stage July 8 (29 remain), confirmation stage and £19,500 supplementary stage July 24, final declaration stage 10.00am, July 28. Form supplied by Weatherbys and is correct up to and including the racing of Monday, July 7. May not include some overseas form.


Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
21113-420 ALEXANDROS 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
55-0131 ARCHIPENKO (USA) 4 Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum Mike de Kock RSA
3406-010 ASTRONOMER ROYAL (USA) 4 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
16-1 ATLANTIC SPORT (USA) 3 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
1-10 CALMING INFLUENCE (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1103-222 DARJINA (FR) 4 Princess Zahra Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
2326-4420 DOCOFTHEBAY (IRE) 4 Paul Dixon Jamie Osborne
63316-53 DREAM EATER (IRE) 3 Jeff Smith Andrew Balding
21065-5230 FINSCEAL BEO (IRE) 4 Michael Ryan Jim Bolger IRE
3623-(1)12 HEAVEN SENT 5 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
1123-111 HENRYTHENAVIGATOR (USA) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
616-(1)02 IL WARRD (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1-142 INFALLIBLE 3 Cheveley Park Stud John Gosden
401-1400 LINNGARI (IRE) 6 R Plersch & P Walichnowski Sir Michael Stoute
0541-0054 MAJESTIC ROI (USA) 4 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
1625-211 MAJOR CADEAUX 4 N A Woodcock, A C Pickford & David Mort Richard Hannon
26-52330 METROPOLITAN MAN 5 The Metropolitans David Simcock
40(1)0(4)-600 MINNEAPOLIS 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
031-0506 NAHOODH (IRE) 3 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
(3)11-(1)10 PACO BOY (IRE) 3 The Calvera Partnership No 2 Richard Hannon
211211- RAMONTI (FR) 6 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1113-242 RAVEN'S PASS (USA) 3 Stonerside Stable LLC John Gosden
11214-20 RIO DE LA PLATA (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1144-316 SAGEBURG (IRE) 4 H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
213-5336 STUBBS ART (IRE) 3 Matthew Green David Elsworth
01115-30 TARIQ 4 Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Peter Chapple-Hyam
0214-345 US RANGER (USA) 4 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & J Allen Aidan O'Brien IRE
05(1)0- WINDSOR PALACE (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
111- WINKER WATSON 3 The Comic Strip Heroes & Joy Trotter Peter Chapple-Hyam

29 entries remain after July 8 forfeit stage
6 Irish-trained
2 French-trained
1 South African-trained


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