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Thursday, July 2, 2009


Fresh from giving owners Cheveley Park Stud a stunning one-two at Royal Ascot, Heaven Sent and Spacious could take each other on again in the £200,000 Group One Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes on the July Course on Wednesday, 8th July.

A total 12 fillies and mares have stood their ground for the mile contest - the highlight on the first day of Newmarket’s three-day Champagne Lanson July Festival- Wednesday, 8th July 8 to Friday, 10th July.

The pair fought out a thrilling finish to Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes at the Royal Meeting on June 17, when Spacious proved a length too strong for Heaven Sent, with fellow Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes hopeful Eva’s Request, from the yard of Mick Channon, back in third.

Heaven Sent, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, is set to make a third appearance at the Champagne Lanson July Festival, having been victorious in a seven-furlong fillies’ handicap in 2006 and come third behind Nahoodh and Infallible in last year’s renewal of the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes.

Last season’s Group One Stan James-sponsored 1000 Guineas runner-up Spacious is also on target for Wednesday’s feature. The four-year-old may bid to enhance James Fanshawe’s superb record in the race, having saddled Macadamia (2003) and Soviet Song (2004 & 2005) to victory.

Chris Richardson, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud, revealed this afternoon: “The plan at the moment, all being well, is for both Heaven Sent and Spacious to run in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes.

“You couldn’t really have got a better result in the Windsor Forest Stakes - even if you take our winner out, then Heaven Sent still ‘won’ by three lengths. She’s in great heart and I she’s as good as ever considering that she is a six-year-old. Sir Michael believed that she in good form prior to Royal Ascot and she’s come out of the race well.

“Her half-sister Megahertz ran six times as a six-year-old, winning on four times and that was one of the reasons why we wanted to keep her in training this season. I think that the mile trip will suit her more than Spacious and the faster ground would also be in her favour.

“It was nice to see Spacious, who was our Classic filly last year, bounce back to top form. We have always thought a great deal of her - especially judged on her run in the 1000 Guineas - and she wasn’t quite right at the back end of last season.

“This could be her last start over a mile and I could see her stepping up in distance after this race.”

Freddie Head enjoyed a superb July Festival 12 months ago, taking the Group One Darley July Cup with Marchand D’Or and the Chantilly-based handler may bid for further success with Goldikova, who tasted Group One glory in the Prix Rothschild and the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp in France last summer, before going on to victory in the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.

Rainbow View could make a fourth consecutive appearance in Group One company following a staying-on third in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Last year’s Fillies’ Mile heroine, victorious on both her appearances on the July Course last season, was fifth in the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas on the Rowley Mile before coming home fourth in the Epsom Oaks.

Her trainer John Gosden could also be represented by the improving Cosmopolitan, who landed the InterCasino.co.uk EBF Fillies' Handicap over a mile of the July Course on June 20, while the Michael Bell-trained Moneycantbuymelove may also make the step up to Pattern company for the first time following an impressive victory in the Listed Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot.

Aidan O’Brien could bid to win one of the few major races missing from his glittering CV with stanjames.com 1000 Guineas fourth Heart Shaped, while fellow Irish trainer Joanna Morgan has entered San Sicharia, who landed a Group Three contest at Lingfield Park on her previous trip to Britain.

The acceptors are completed by the Clive Brittain-trained pair of Nashmiah and Wadaat, and Penny’s Gift, who landed the Group Two German 1,000 Guineas for trainer Richard Hannon on her latest start.

Wednesday’s two-year-old highlight is the Group Two £80,000 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes (2.35pm) run over six furlongs for fillies.

A high-class entry of 11 includes Habaayib, trained by Ed Dunlop and successful in the Group Three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot on August 19. Several of the other entries ran with credit at the Royal meeting including the second, third and fourth from the Queen Mary Stakes - Misheer, Ceedwell and Capercaillie.

Little Scotland ran with distinction when fourth against the colts in the Windsor Castle Stakes while Lady Darshaan, Raddy ‘Ell Pauline and Swan Wings were all eye-catching winners last time out.

The 2009 Ritz Club July Festival kicks off with two competitive handicaps, the EBF Hotel Chocolat Fillies’ Handicap (1.30pm, 28 entries) and the totesport.com Heritage Handicap (2.00pm, 24 entries).

There are sure to be some stars of the future on show in the Mertoun Paddocks EBF Maiden Stakes for two-year-olds (3.45pm, 29 entries) while day one also features the TurfTV Maiden Stakes for three-year-olds (4.20pm, 22 entries) and the concluding Home Of Racing Handicap (5.30pm, 34 entries).

Aside from the very best in thoroughbred racing, day one also features one of the highlights of the year for pure-bred Arabian horses, the £30,000 Group Two Abu Dhabi International Stakes (4.55pm) over 10 furlongs.


The going at Newmarket is currently good to firm.

There is a chance of some thundery rain arriving from the west tomorrow, while the weekend should see the weather become cooler and drier. The early part of next week is currently predicted to be cooler, with a mixture of sunshine and showers.


Scenic Blast and Takeover Target, the two Australian challengers for the Group One Darley July Cup, will work on the July Course at Newmarket tomorrow morning, Friday, 3rd July.

The duo are expected in the parade ring at 6.45am with the workout scheduled to begin at 7.00am.

The £400,000 Group One Darley July Cup is run on Friday, 10th July, and is the highlight of Newmarket’s three-day Champagne Lanson July Festival. The six-furlong contest is also the third British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, which Scenic Blast currently leads having landed the Group One Lightning Stakes at Flemington (Australia) in January and the Group One King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 16.

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