Wednesday, July 22, 2009
FINJAAN SET TO RETURN TO GLORIOUS GOODWOOD FOR BETFAIR CUP
A classy entry of 19 horses has been received for the £155,000 Group Two Betfair Cup (3.25pm), the racing highlight on the first day of Glorious Goodwood, Tuesday, July 28.
Trainer Marcus Tregoning is looking forward to seeing Finjaan return to scene of his greatest triumph in the seven-furlong contest, having saddled the three-year-colt to a head victory over fellow Betfair Cup contender Bonnie Charlie in the Group Three Betfair Molecomb Stakes on the first day of Glorious Goodwood last year.
The Royal Applause colt went on to contest the leading Group One races at Newmarket in October, enduring a troubled passage when unplaced in the Middle Park Stakes before going down by two noses in the Dewhurst Stakes.
He returned to the Suffolk course at the start of May for his seasonal return in the Group One 2,000 Guineas but weakened in the closing stages to come home ninth behind Sea The Stars.
Tregoning, who took the 2001 Betfair Cup with another Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt, Fath, revealed: “Finjaan is on course for the Betfair Cup and, all things being equal, he will run in it. We are obviously coming back from a very torrid time in the stable but he’s is in good form - he is healthy and he has been working well - and I am just hoping that he will 100% on song. If he is, then he will run very well.
“We had endured our viral problems and we are coming out the other end of it. Having laid all of our horses off for such a long time, it is a bit like the spring with getting them all fit once again.
“We won’t know if Finjaan is 100% until we get him to a racecourse but I can see from his work that he is in good form and he is well with himself. The forecast ground should be perfect for him and I am looking forward to getting him to Goodwood.
“We were under a cloud when he ran in the 2,000 Guineas and the return to seven furlongs should be ideal for him. He ran a terrific race in the Dewhurst Stakes over the same trip and he only just got beat by two very good horses.
“I was delighted when he won the Molecomb Stakes last year and we thought that it was the right race to go for at the time. I think that he has proved most effective over six or seven furlongs and hopefully he will go into the Betfair Cup in good order.”
Apart from Finjaan, the blue and white colours of Hamdan Al Maktoum are also set to be carried in the Betfair Cup by the Barry Hills-trained Ouqba, who triumphed in the Group Three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. The veteran Lambourn handler has also entered unexposed three-year-old filly Lassarina.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Main Aim was also in action at Royal Ascot, coming fourth in the mile Group One Queen Anne Stakes. The four-year-old could step back up in distance following an excellent second over six furlongs in the Group One July Cup and is set to be joined by the third from that race, J J The Jet Plane, from the stable of South African trainer Mike de Kock.
Saeed bin Suroor has enjoyed Betfair Cup success with Byron (2004) and Iffraaj (2006) and the Godolphin trainer may seek a third success in the race with the 2007 runner-up Asset and Group Three winner Ashram, while Peter Chapple-Hyam, who saddled Tariq to beat Asset in the contest two years ago, could be represented by the consistent Group performer Al Qasi.
The Mick Channon-trained Eva’s Request could return to Goodwood after taking the Listed Conqueror Stakes in May, while the John Quinn-trained Court Masterpiece may also head back to Glorious Goodwood, having triumphed in the Betfair Cup in 2005 and landed the Group One BGC Sussex Stakes the following year for Ed Dunlop.
Other notable contenders include Gallagher, who was runner-up in last season’s Group Two Richmond Stakes for trainer Brian Meehan, and Group Three Supreme Stakes winner Express Wish, from the stable of Jeremy Noseda. The entry is completed by Balthazaar’s Gift, Dream Eater, Regal Parade, Irish raider Duff and the Mark Johnston-trained pair of Lovelace and Crackdown.
Several St Leger hopefuls will be hoping to enhance their Classic claims in the £70,000 Group Three Betfair Gordon Stakes (2.45pm), which has attracted 18 entries including the John Gosden-trained Alwaary, who won the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood in May and went on to be an unlucky second in the Group Two Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket on July 9.
Other horses hoping to book their place for the Doncaster Classic include impressive Chester maiden winner Harbinger, from the yard of Sir Michael Stoute, and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Johann Zoffany, who took a 10-furlong handicap at the Curragh at the end of June.
Another fascinating contender is Masterofthehorse, who was third in the Epsom Derby and fourth in the Irish equivalent for the Ballydoyle maestro but could make his debut for new trainer Debbie Mountain.
Group Two Italian Derby victor Mastery may represent Godolphin, having finished third on his latest start in the Group One Grand Prix de Paris on July 14, while Mark Johnston has entered Group Two scorer Jukebox Jury and Urban Poet, who took a Hamilton maiden by nine lengths on his only start.
The third Pattern race on Tuesday is the £60,000 Group Three Betfair Molecomb Stakes (4.00pm) and 15 speedy juveniles have been entered for the five-furlong contest headed by the Richard Hannon-trained Monsieur Chevalier, who won the Super Sprint at Newbury on July 18. Group Two Norfolk Stakes runner-up Reignier may also run for Karl Burke, as could the third from that race, the Mick Channon-trained Tawaabb.
Tuesday’s seven-race card gets underway with the fiercely competitive £50,000 Paul Goes The Extra Mile Heritage Handicap (2.10pm), for which 33 horses have been entered. The naming rights for the race were bought at a charity auction by leading owner Andy Stewart at the Pride of Racing Awards last year in recognition of his son Paul, who broke his back in a snowboarding accident in December and recently walked over a mile with Richard Dunwoody as part of the former jockey’s successful 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours challenge.
Five of the six heritage handicaps at Glorious Goodwood will have two reserves for the first time this year. The exception is Saturday’s Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup which has the Rolf Group Stewards' Sprint Stakes as a consolation race. Reserves can be utilised prior to 9.00am on the day before the race.
Further handicap action comes courtesy of the 14-furlong £20,000 Detica Summer Handicap (4.35pm), which has attracted 31 entries, and the £20,000 Tatler Summer Season Handicap (5.10pm) over a mile, for which 61 horses have been entered. The action concludes with the £20,000 EBF Maiden Stakes, with 23 juveniles entered for the six-furlong contest.
The going at Goodwood is currently GOOD
Seamus Buckley, Clerk of the Course at Goodwood, reported: “The course is in fantastic condition and I am absolutely delighted with it. There is a great covering of grass and it walks extremely well.
“Over the past few weeks the weather has been kind to us and it will be great to start Glorious Goodwood on natural ground. We do not anticipate having to water the course before racing begins on Tuesday, July 28.”
GOLDIE HOPES FALCON CAN SWOOP IN SKY BET DASH
- LATEST GOING AT YORK
Jim Goldie’s in-form sprinter River Falcon bids for a fourth victory on the Knavesmire in the £50,000 Sky Bet Dash Heritage Handicap (3.45pm) at York on Saturday, July 25, the second and concluding day of the racecourse’s fantastic Music Showcase Weekend.
River Falcon is a 14/1 shot with Sky Bet for the prestigious six-furlong contest following a fine effort at Ayr on July 20. The nine-year-old finished third to current Sky Bet Dash 10/1 co-favourite Pavershooz in the Giles Insurance Heritage Handicap over five furlongs at the Scottish track but “won” the race on the stands’ side.
Goldie revealed today: “I was pleased that River Falcon ran so well - I’d have been happier if he had won, of course. At least he thought he had won a race because he put his head in front on that side.”
River Falcon, who failed by an agonising short-head to land the Portland Handicap at Doncaster last term, is seeking his first victory since winning at York in August, 2007.
The gelding’s trainer continued: “He is a frustrating horse but he has only had one bad run this year and that was in the Gosforth Park Sprint. His form has been very level and he has run a good race each time.
“He has won three times at York and he loves the place. I don’t know if he loves six furlongs at York but he loves the track. His optimum trip is five and a half furlongs and unfortunately there is only one suitable race in the whole year and that is the Portland.
“The plan is to go to the Sky Bet Dash and after that we will look towards the Portland, in which he was short-headed last year.
“He is a straight-forward horse. He is probably too consistent. I don’t want to sound critical - if he was inconsistent, he would probably drop down the handicap and win but he always runs to a mark of about 93, 94 or 95 and the handicapper always knows exactly where he is. That means he is prone to improvers but he is obviously a talent and is a pleasure to deal with.”
The Richard Fahey-trained Knot In Wood is currently 10/1 co-favourite of four with Sky Bet, along with the Kevin Ryan-trained Roker Park, Striking Spirit from the Dandy Nicholls yard and the Noel Wilson-trained Pavershooz.
The Sky Bet Dash is one of the highlights of Sky Bet Day at York. The tremendous seven-race card, sponsored exclusively by Sky Bet, features the £100,000 Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes (3.10pm) over 10 furlongs, which has attracted a high-class entry that includes the Luca Cumani-trained Curtain Call, as well as Godolphin’s Group One winner Kirklees.
Final declarations for Saturday’s card will be made tomorrow, Thursday, July 23.
SKY BET DASH - LATEST SKY BET PRICES: Knot In Wood 10/1, Pavershooz 10/1, Roker Park 10/1, Striking Spirit 10/1, Sonny Red 11/1, Harrison George 12/1, Something 12/1, Valery Borzov 12/1, Baunagain 12/1, Cheveton 14/1, Aldermoor 14/1, Kerrys Requiem 14/1, Kostar 14/1, Northern Dare 14/1, River Falcon 14/1, Rowayton 14/1, Tabaret 14/1, Biniou 14/1, Everymanforhimself 16/1, Filligree 16/1, Global City 16/1, Hogmaneigh 16/1, Mullein 16/1, Al Khaleej 16/1, Servoca 16/1, Spitfire 16/1, Tajneed 16/1, Kaldoun Kingdom 20/1, Pusey Street Lady 20/1, Thebes 20/1, Barney McGrew 20/1, Viking Spirit 20/1, Able Master 22/1, Burnwynd Boy 25/1, Capucci 25/1, Esteem Machine 25/1, Excusez Moi 25/1, Favourite Girl 25/1, Intrepid Jack 25/1, Perfect Flight 25/1, Artistic License 25/1, Shotley Mac 25/1, Barons Spy 25/1, Bond City 25/1, Chjimes 33/1, Damika 33/1, Klynch 33/1, Proclaim 33/1, Sea of Leaves 33/1, Vhujon 33/1, Ajigolo 40/1 Each Way terms: 1/4 of odds for 1st 4 places
SKY BET YORK STAKES - LATEST SKY BET PRICES: Kirklees 3/1, Perfect Stride 7/1, Stotsfold 7/1, Tazeez 7/1, Curtain Call 7/1, Monitor Closely 9/1, High Heeled 10/1, Allied Powers 12/1, Court Canibal 12/1, Traffic Guard 14/1, Tranquil Tiger 14/1, Trincot 14/1, Firebet 14/1, Jukebox Jury 14/1, Wasan 16/1, Muhannak 20/1, Kings Gambit 20/1, Halicarnassus 25/1, Lady Jane Digby 25/1, Smokey Oakey 33/1, Macorville 66/1 Each Way terms: 1/5 of odds for 1st 3 places
The latest going at York is GOOD TO SOFT.
William Derby, chief executive and clerk of the course at York racecourse, reported this morning: “The going is currently good to soft with a going stick reading of 6.7. We had no rain overnight but one millimetre fell on the course yesterday. It is forecast to be cool and cloudy over the next few days and there could be passing showers.
“Saturday is forecast to be sunny and dry with temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius.”
MUSIC SHOWCASE WEEKEND
As part of the racecourse’s two-day Music Showcase Weekend, X-Factor singing stars will perform around the racecourse on Saturday, July 25, at the conclusion of the fantastic seven-race card, sponsored exclusively by Sky Bet.
The X-Factor contestants Eoghan, Austin, Laura and Ruth take centre stage after racing at 5.40pm on the back of a sell-out nationwide arena tour. The extravaganza concludes at 7.10pm.
Sky Bet Day at York, part of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival, is the second day of York’s Music Showcase Weekend meeting that commences on Friday, July 24. Friday’s action, York’s only evening fixture of the season, includes the Listed EBF Lyric Stakes (7.30pm) and the Sky Bet Supporting The Yorkshire Racing Festival Claiming Stakes (8pm).
Friday evening’s entertainment concludes with music from the tribute act, Rollin’ Clones.
DFS PARK STAKES AT DONCASTER ATTRACTS TOP-QUALITY ENTRY OF 51
DREAMSPEED AMONG 124 ENTRIES FOR DFS CHAMPAGNE STAKES
A total of 51 entries have been received for the £160,000 Group Two DFS Park Stakes (3.45pm), one of the highlights of the fourth and final day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster on Saturday, September 12.
The seven-furlong contest closed early for the first time this year as the Doncaster executive looks to advance the merits of the prestigious race, which it is hoped will one day attain Group One status. There are no penalties for Group One and Group Two winners.
A superb entry is headed by the Richard Hannon-trained Paco Boy, who stormed to victory in the seven-furlong Group One Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in October before going on to glory over a mile in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.
Hannon may also be represented by Bonnie Charlie and Group Two winner Major Cadeaux, who could re-oppose dual DFS Park Stakes victor Arabian Gleam, having gone down by half a length in last year’s contest. The third and fourth from that race, Al Qasi and Welsh Emperor, could also return to Town Moor.
Beckhampton trainer Roger Charlton is also considering the DFS Park Stakes for his unexposed three-year-old Border Patrol, whose three victories this season included two comfortable Listed successes, winning over six furlongs at Newbury on May 13 and scoring over a mile at Sandown 13 days later.
Charlton commented: “Beaver Patrol is a possible for the DFS Park Stakes. It’s been well documented that he needs soft ground to be at his best and so we decided to wait until the there was some cut.
“I was delighted with his victory at Sandown and he has progressed well throughout the season. It’s possible that seven furlongs might be his best trip and that the DFS Park Stakes could fit into his programme. He has won two Listed races and so the natural progression would be to aim him at a Group race.”
A strong octet of entries from the Godolphin operation includes Delegator, runner-up in both the 2,000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes when trained by Brian Meehan, and Rio De La Plata, who took the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere as a juvenile and was third on his latest start in the 2008 Group One Prix Jean Prat.
Saeed bin Suroor has also entered last year’s Group One Ladbrokes Sprint Cup sixth Ancien Regime, Ashram, Asset, Huntdown and St James’s Palace Stakes fourth Evasive, while fellow Newmarket handler Sir Michael Stoute could run Main Aim, who was fourth behind Paco Boy at Royal Ascot before going on to be second to Fleeting Spirit in the six-furlong Group One July Cup at Newmarket on his latest appearance.
Other notable entries include the Brian Meehan-trained Gallagher, who was runner-up in the Group One Prix Morny last season, Group Three Jersey Stakes winner Ouqba, from the yard of Barry Hills, Serious Attitude, who landed the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes last year for Rae Guest, and the Marcus Tregoning-trained Finjaan, who was narrowly denied when third in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes in October.
The eight Irish-trained entries include the 2007 runner-up Duff, from the stable of Edward Lynam, and the Jim Bolger-trained pair of Vocalised and Dewhurst Stakes winner Intense Focus. John Oxx may run Rayeni, who was second to Mastercraftsman in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, while Andrew Kinsella has entered Group Three scorer Rock Of Rochelle. A trio from the Ballydoyle stable of Aidan O’Brien’s consists of Georgebernardshaw, Gluteus Maximus and 1,000 Guineas fourth Heart Shaped.
Apart from the DFS Park Stakes, Doncaster also hosts the £100,000 Group Two DFS Champagne Stakes (2.35pm) on Ladbrokes St Leger Day, which has been won by some outstanding juveniles in recent times, including 2,000 Guineas winners Don’t Forget Me (1986) and Rodrigo De Triano (1991), as well as champion milers Warning (1987) and Noverre (2000).
The 124 entries for the seven-furlong contest, seven more than in 2008, include the Andrew Balding-trained Dreamspeed, who created a promising impression when taking a seven-furlong maiden at Sandown by half a length on July 3, despite missing the break.
The Barathea colt, owned by Jeff Smith, is half-brother to last year’s 2,000 Guineas fifth Dream Eater, who landed the Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival in 2007 for the same owner-trainer combination.
Balding revealed: “It’s obviously early days but we thought that we would give Dreamspeed an entry in the DFS Champagne Stakes. He will probably go to Goodwood first for the Vintage Stakes and we will see how he gets on there before deciding whether to go to Doncaster with him.
“Not much has come out of his Sandown race yet, so it’s difficult to gauge the form at the moment, but we think that he is a relatively good juvenile. He looked pretty nice on his only start and we felt that he deserved an entry at this stage.”
A host of the leading juveniles have been entered in the DFS Champagne Stakes including the well-regarded Naas maiden winner Steinbeck, who looked another potential Coolmore superstar when landing a conditions race on his debut at Naas in May.
His trainer Aidan O’Brien is responsible for 19 entries as he bids to follow up Westphalia’s victory in last year’s race including Group Two Railway Stakes victor Alfred Nobel, impressive maiden scorers Viscount Nelson and Cape Blanco as well as Beethoven and Emperor Claudius, who where second and fourth respectively behind the Richard Hannon-trained Big Audio in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Arcano came with a storming run to take the Group Two July Stakes and the Brian Meehan-trained colt may take on another Group Two winner from Newmarket’s July Meeting, the John Ryan-trained Silver Grecian, who got the better of Roi De Vitesse, Shakespearean and Lucky General in the Superlative Stakes.
Other interesting contenders include Group Two Coventry Stakes runner-up Xtension, Chesham Stakes third Party Doctor, impressive Newmarket novice stakes victor Elusive Pimpernel, and Layali Al Andalus, who took a Doncaster maiden by seven lengths at the end of June.
DFS is sponsoring both the DFS Park Stakes and DFS Champagne Stakes for the first time and is also backing three other Group Two races during the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, the DFS Park Hill Stakes, the DFS Doncaster Cup and the DFS May Hill Stakes, which close at the six-day stage, to mark DFS’s 40th anniversary.
Adam Waterworth, Managing Director of Doncaster Racecourse, commented today: “The ambition is to attain Group One status for the DFS Park Stakes and I am delighted that the race this year has attracted proven Group One performers like Paco Boy and Main Aim.
“I am looking forward to seeing another top-quality renewal on September 12 and I am hopeful that the DFS Park Stakes can become the first Group One race over seven furlongs in Britain or Ireland.
“The DFS Champagne Stakes is always one of our most competitive two-year-old races and a highlight of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival. This year’s looks to be another classy affair with all of the leading trainers represented in the bumper 124 entries.”
THE DFS PARK STAKES
Class 1, Group 2, £160,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.45pm, Doncaster, Saturday, September 12, 2009. For three-year-olds and upwards, seven furlongs. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 9st, fillies 8st 11lb; four-year-old colts and geldings 9st 4lb, fillies 9st 1lb. Entries closed Tuesday, July 21, entries revealed Wednesday, July 22 (51 Entries). Scratchings deadline Tuesday, August 25, five-day confirmation stage September 7, final declaration stage, 10.00am, Thursday, September 10. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, July 20. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
0233-64 AL QASI (IRE) 6 Ziad A Galadari Peter Chapple-Hyam
1316-20 ANCIEN REGIME (IRE) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
0641-30 ARABIAN GLEAM 5 Saeed Suhail Jeremy Noseda
16-0232 ASHRAM (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
410142 ASSET (IRE) 6 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
5(0)-24(0)4 BALCARCE NOV (ARG) 4 Fitri Hay Tom Tate
60320-(0) BECKERMET (IRE) 7 Great Head House Taylor Nash Edwards Roger Fisher
2132-(5)6 BONNIE CHARLIE 3 Thurloe Thoroughbreds XXII Richard Hannon
3-111 BORDER PATROL 3 Elite Racing Club Roger Charlton
21/-12 CAPTAIN BRILLIANCE (USA) 4 Bluehills Racing Limited Jeremy Noseda
44022-(0) CAT JUNIOR (USA) 4 Roldvale Limited Brian Meehan
61-1022 CRACKDOWN (IRE) 3 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
15-1202 DELEGATOR 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
(1)-(2)0100 DUFF (IRE) 6 Kilboy Estate Edward Lynam IRE
001130 EVA'S REQUEST (IRE) 4 Liam Mulryan Mick Channon
(3)11-64 EVASIVE 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
3015-00 EXPRESS WISH 5 Peter Mitchell Jeremy Noseda
12103-0 FINJAAN 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
2224-41 GALLAGHER 3 Brimacombe, McNally, Rickman & Sangster Brian Meehan
003023 GEORGEBERNARDSHAW (IRE) 4 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
60(3)33-0 GLUTEUS MAXIMUS (IRE) 3 Vesalius Syndicate Aidan O'Brien IRE
612060 HATTA FORT 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
52-2465 HEART SHAPED (USA) 3 Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Betty Moran Aidan O'Brien IRE
14- HIMALYA (IRE) 3 Gillian Khosla Jeremy Noseda
2130-2 HUNTDOWN (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
6331-25 INTENSE FOCUS (USA) 3 Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
20-(1)5(1)5 KING OF DIXIE (USA) 5 Bluehills Racing Limited William Knight
0-46460 LOVELACE 5 Hamad Suhail Mark Johnston
00-1142 MAIN AIM 4 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
33200-5 MAJOR CADEAUX 5 T G & Mrs M E Holdcroft Richard Hannon
2 MAJOR LAWRENCE (IRE) 3 Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
30-6230 NASRI 3 Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Brian Meehan
410-101 OUQBA 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
1-01414 PACO BOY (IRE) 4 The Calvera Partnership No 2 Richard Hannon
213-12 PALACE MOON 4 Bridget Swire Hughie Morrison
136-265 PATRICIAN'S GLORY (USA) 3 Fitri Hay Tom Tate
61-3615 PENNY'S GIFT 3 Malcolm Brown & Penny Brown Richard Hannon
150-633 PLEASE SING 3 Ann Black Mick Channon
46-1002 PRIME DEFENDER 5 S Falle, M Franklin, J Sumsion Barry Hills
0(5)0-555 RACER FOREVER (USA) 6 Mohamed Obaida John Gosden
11-2 RAYENI (IRE) 3 H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
214/203- RIO DE LA PLATA (USA) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
42-5036 ROCK OF ROCHELLE (USA) 4 Her Diamond Necklace Limited Andrew Kinsella IRE
111-01 SERIOUS ATTITUDE (IRE) 3 Derek Willis & Rae Guest Rae Guest
05-21 SPLENDORINTHEGRASS (IRE) 3 Bjorn Nielsen Roger Charlton
024231- STIMULATION (IRE) 4 Michael Kerr-Dineen Hughie Morrison
2(1)-(1)(1)52 TAQDEYR 4 Richie Baines & Stephen Dartnell Michael Jarvis
5/305-60 TARIQ 5 Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Peter Chapple-Hyam
12-1 THE CHEKA (IRE) 3 Anthony Pye-Jeary And Mel Smith Eve Johnson Houghton
41-1110 VOCALISED (USA) 3 Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
525-601 WELSH EMPEROR (IRE) 10 Sylvia Clegg Tom Tate
THE DFS CHAMPAGNE STAKES
Class 1, Group 2, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. 2.35pm, Doncaster, Saturday, September 12. For 2yo, colts & geldings, seven furlongs. Weights: 8st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 3lb. Entries closed July 21, entries revealed July 22 (124 entries), forfeit stage August 25, five-day confirmation and £10,000 supplementary entry stage September 7, final declaration stage, 10.00am, Thursday, September 10. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, July 20. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
ADVERTISEMENT (USA) M Barber, Tom Ludt & Winstar Farm Jeremy Noseda
3 AL GHAZAL (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
2311 ALFRED NOBEL (IRE) D Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
ALMUTAHAM (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
210 ALRASM (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
2 ANTONIOLA (IRE) Tim Easterby Tim Easterby
324 ARABIAN PRIDE Ahmad Al Shaikh David Simcock
11 ARCANO (IRE) Brimacombe,McNally,Vinciguerra,Sangster Brian Meehan
ATLAAL (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
AULTCHARN (FR) Brimacombe,McNally,Vinciguerra,Sangster Brian Meehan
AWAIT THE DAWN (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
AWESOME ACT (USA) Susan Roy & Tom Ludt Jeremy Noseda
AZMEEL M Al-Qatami & Mr K M Al-Mudhaf John Gosden
3243 BEETHOVEN (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
31 BELOW ZERO (IRE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
BENVENUTO (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
4210 BIG AUDIO (IRE) Michael Pescod Richard Hannon
421 BLACK QUARTZ (FR) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
21 BLACK SNOWFLAKE (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1 BLACK SPIRIT (USA) Alan Spence Clive Cox
BODKIN VAN HORN Andrew Black Peter Chapple-Hyam
4332 BOXING DAY Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
BRANNAGH (USA) Gillian Khosla and Caroline Green Jeremy Noseda
BUSINESS AS USUAL P Makin Michael Jarvis
21 BUZZWORD Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
CALDERCRUIX (USA) Fitri Hay Tom Tate
2 CALL TO ARMS (IRE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
1 CAPE BLANCO (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
CHABAL (IRE) Lady O'Reilly/Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
3 CHAIN OF EVENTS Sir Alex Ferguson,Cavendish InvLtd,Jack Hanson Barry Hills
221 CHAPERNO (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
CLOUDY BAY (USA) Mogeely Stud & Maura Gittins Karl Burke
3 COCKNEY CLASS (USA) Roldvale Limited Brian Meehan
COLONEL CARTER (IRE) Mrs B V Sangster Brian Meehan
DANCING DAVID (IRE) Catesby Clay Brian Meehan
1 DREAMSPEED (IRE) Jeff Smith Andrew Balding
5621 DUBAWI PHANTOM Sultan Ali David Simcock
DYNASTY Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
1 ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL (USA) Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc John Dunlop
41 EMERALD COMMANDER (IRE) W P Drew Richard Hannon
1 EMIRATES DREAM (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
3126 EMPEROR CLAUDIUS (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
FENCING MASTER Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
FIGHTING BRAVE (USA) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
FREE JUDGEMENT (USA) June Judd/Jackie Bolger/Ennistown Stud Jim Bolger IRE
10 FREMONT (IRE) Julie Wood Richard Hannon
HARVEST DANCER (IRE) Paul & Jenny Green Brian Meehan
HIGH TWELVE (IRE) Thomas Barr John Gosden
HOT PROSPECT Alan Spence Michael Jarvis
(1) INVINCIBLE PRINCE (IRE) R Roberts Ralph Beckett
02 IRON VELVET (USA) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
31 KALAM DALEEL (IRE) Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
KARAMOJO BELL Fitri Hay Tom Tate
KHATTAAB (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
KILT ROCK (IRE) Mrs L M Askew Terry Mills
1 KINGDOM OF MUNSTER (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
411 LAMH ALBASSER (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
LASTOFTHEMOHICANS (FR) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
21 LAYALI AL ANDALUS Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
1 LORD HIGH ADMIRAL (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) Michael Tabor & Mrs Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
2 LOVEINTHESAND (IRE) Mick Doyle Mark Johnston
514 LUCKY GENERAL (IRE) Julie Wood Richard Hannon
021 MARFACH (USA) Ennistown Stud/Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
MARKAZZI Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
1 MAROON MACHINE (IRE) G A Lucas & A E Hunt Eoghan O'Neill
3 MATA KERANJANG (USA) Fitri Hay Paul Cole
MIDAS TOUCH Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
MOLON LABE (IRE) Fitri Hay Tom Tate
MORANA (IRE) Andrew Black Peter Chapple-Hyam
MUFTI (IRE) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Brian Meehan
0 MUJAAZEF Hamdan Al Maktoum Kevin Prendergast IRE
MUNSARIM (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
MUSAAFER (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
MUSHREQ (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
NERVES OF STEEL (IRE) Fitri Hay Paul Cole
NEVER THE WAITER R P Foden Brian Meehan
NEW CHRISTMAS (USA) Jaber Abdullah Brian Meehan
NIZAA (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
0 NOTICE GIVEN Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
OFFICIAL STYLE Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
ORION THE HUNTER Mr & Mrs C Wright & Hon Mrs J M Corbett Paul Cole
PALIO SQUARE (USA) Mogeely Stud & Maura Gittins Karl Burke
233 PARTY DOCTOR Sir Robert Ogden Tom Dascombe
PEKAN STAR HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis
PHILANDER Phil Cunningham & Dermot Hanafin Eoghan O'Neill
PIRATE'S SONG Saeed Manana James Toller
3 POET'S VOICE Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
POUNCED (USA) Lady Rothschild John Gosden
PRINCE JOCK (USA) Thistle Bloodstock Limited Tracey Collins IRE
2 PROMPTER The Royal Ascot Racing Club Michael Bell
PURPLE HEART (IRE) Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/PJ Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
QUARREL (USA) St Albans Bloodstock LLP William Haggas
5 RASSELAS (IRE) Jack Hanson, Cavendish Inv Ltd, Sir Alex Ferguson Barry Hills
REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) Jeremy Noseda Jeremy Noseda
6 RED COURTIER C Shiacolas Paul Cole
2 REITERATION (USA) Jackie Bolger/ Ennistown Stud Jim Bolger IRE
05 ROCK JOCK (IRE) Thistle Bloodstock Limited Tracey Collins IRE
RODRIGO DE TORRES Mogeely Stud & Mrs Maura Gittins Karl Burke
01132 ROI DE VITESSE (IRE) Mustajed Partnership Rod Millman
SADLER'S MARK Fitri Hay Tom Tate
2 SEA LORD (IRE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
SEARCH FOR THE KEY (USA) D S Lee Paul Cole
153 SHAKESPEAREAN (IRE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
SHEKLAAN (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
610 SILENCEOFTHEWIND (USA) Mogeely Stud & Maura Gittins Karl Burke
111 SILVER GRECIAN Ocean Trailers Ltd John Ryan
SPA'S DANCER (IRE) The Seventh Pheasant Inn Partnership John Hills
SQUALL Sir Robert Ogden & Lady Lloyd-Webber Jeremy Noseda
1 STEINBECK (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
2 STUNNING VIEW (IRE) Dr Ronan Lambe Dermot Weld IRE
SUPER COLLIDER Bjorn Nielsen Michael Jarvis
1 SYRIAN Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Donoghue) Michael Bell
TESSLAM Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
02 TIMELY JAZZ (IRE) Joe L Allbritton Brian Meehan
15 TREADWELL (IRE) Cath Walwyn & A Taylor Jamie Osborne
TREBLE JIG (USA) Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
313 TUKITINYASOK (IRE) Des Johnston Roger Fisher
5 ULTRAVOX (USA) Mrs Carmen Burrell & Jonathan Harvey Brian Meehan
UTRILLO (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
31 VISCOUNT NELSON (USA) Sue Magnier/Diane Nagle Aidan O’Brien IRE
VITA VENTURI (IRE) Jackie Bolger/ Ennistown Stud Jim Bolger IRE
WARM MEMORIES Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
12 XTENSION (IRE) Brighthelm Racing Clive Cox
WARD PLOTS NEWMARKET CONQUESTS WITH HIS FLYING JUVENILES
- SHADWELL MIDDLE PARK AND CHEVELEY PARK ENTRIES REVEALED
Fresh from rocking the status quo at Royal Ascot, US trainer Wesley Ward could plot a trans-Atlantic raid on Britain’s premier six-furlong juvenile contests, the £170,000 Group One Shadwell Middle Park Stakes and the £170,000 Group One Cheveley Park Stakes, both run at Newmarket on Friday, October 2, 2009.
Mississippi Hippie and Frankie Cal could both make the journey to the Rowley Mile for the six-furlong Shadwell Middle Park Stakes, while the filly Crimson Glory could make the same trip for the Cheveley Park Stakes.
Ward revealed: “They are very talented two-year-olds and we have put them in the Shadwell Middle Park and Cheveley Park as we want to keep options open.”
Known as the “King of Two-Year-Olds” in his native USA, the California-based trainer certainly lived up to his reputation in June when performing an audacious smash and grab on two of Royal Ascot’s prestigious juvenile contests.
He became the first American-based trainer to land a success at the Royal Meeting, recording a double with Jealous Again in the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes and Strike The Tiger in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.
Mississippi Hippie, beaten on a sloppy dirt track on debut at Monmouth Park in June, landed the odds on his second start in a turf maiden over six furlongs at Belmont Park on July 11. Typical of his trainer’s runners, the Dance Master colt broke fast from the gate, made all and held on from closing rivals.
Frankie Cal, a US$75,000 Ghostzapper two-year-old, was scratched from an intended start at Churchill Downs in June, while Crimson Glory, a US$47,000 purchase in March is being prepared for her debut.
Ward explained: “Good sprint races on grass at that time of year are rare here in the US which is why I have made the entries. It depends on how they do during the summer. If they do as well as I think they will, then I will have to make a decision on whether to ship them to England.
“It is pricey to take them over and I will be comparing them to the two-year-olds who did so well at Royal Ascot.
“These three are bred better than the Royal Ascot ones. Mississippi Hippie is a very talented colt who broke his maiden at Belmont Park recently.
“Frankie Cal is likely to be renamed Wonderboy Roy before he runs for the first time in mid-August. Crimson Glory may have her debut on Friday or we could wait until Saratoga starts.
“I have only entered them in these two Newmarket races over six furlongs and if they came over it would be in mid September, two weeks or 10 days beforehand, to give them time to sponge out, get the fluids back in and have one easy breeze, with all the preparation done here.”
Closer to home, Aidan O’Brien is seeking a fourth success in the race after Minardi (2000), Johannesburg (2001) and Ad Valorem (2004). He has entered 16 colts, including Group Two Netjets Railway Stakes hero Alfred Nobel, Group Three Anglesey Stakes third Beethoven, maiden winner Lord High Admiral, Naas victor Steinbeck and Henrythenavigator’s full-brother Benvenuto.
There are 21 Irish-trained entries in total and David Wachman, successful in 2008 with Bushranger, could saddle the unraced Giant’s Causeway colt Pinsplitter. Jim Bolger has entered Vita Venturi, while Edward Lynam has engaged Sole Power, third to subsequent Group Three winner Walk On Bye on his only start.
Richard Hannon has his string in fantastic form this season and Canford Cliffs tops the tree among his two-year-olds after a six-length triumph in the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. Another colt to take high rank is Monsieur Chevalier, who quickened impressively to win the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury on July 18.
The Brian Meehan-trained Rakaan was third in that six-furlong contest and is part of the trainer’s particularly strong-looking entry of seven. Meehan has also engaged Radiohead, who overcame a troubled passage to blitz his rivals in Royal Ascot’s Group Two Norfolk Stakes over five furlongs, as well as Arcano, winner of the Group Two TNT July Stales over six furlongs at Newmarket’s Champagne Lanson July Festival.
Red Jazz was third at Newmarket behind Arcano for trainer Barry Hills, who has previously won the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes with Dark Angel (2007), Royal Applause (1995) and Gallic League (1987).
Another to impress at Newmarket’s Champagne Lanson July Festival was the Mark Johnston-trained Awzaan, who pulled five lengths clear when winning the EBF Conditions Stakes over six furlongs. The trainer could also saddle Loveinthesand.
Jeremy Noseda saddled Balmont to victory in 2003 and could run Lord Shanakill’s half-brother Brannagh as well as Advertisement.
Oasis Dream triumphed for trainer John Gosden in 2002 and he could be represented by Showcasing, winner of a Yarmouth maiden after finishing runner-up by a head to Arcano on his debut at Newbury in June.
Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has entered four horses. Black Snowflake landed a Haydock maiden on July 3, Buzzword won a Windsor maiden on his second start on July 13, Chaperno took a York maiden on July 11, while Poet’s Voice was third to Elusive Pimpernel in a maiden at the July Festival.
Listed Woodcote Stakes winner Corporal Maddox was third in a Chantilly Group Three on July 5 for trainer Karl Burke. That stable has also entered Rodrigo De Torres.
Tom Dascombe has entered Windsor maiden winner Classic Colori, while Mick Channon could saddle Listed-placed Di Stefano and the Henry Candy-trained Dorback defeated Buzzword at Windsor on his only outing.
CRIMSON AMONG 72 SEEKING GLORY IN THE
CHEVELEY PARK STAKES
A total of 72 fillies have been entered for the £170,000 Group One Cheveley Park Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket on Friday, October 2, including the Wesley Ward-trained Crimson Glory.
Clive Brittain has a good bunch of juvenile fillies this year and Misheer could well be the pick of them judging by her impressive three and a quarter-length victory in the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes over six furlongs at the Champagne Lanson July Festival.
Misheer, who had chased home Jealous Again in the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes, had Group Three Albany Stakes winner Habaayib back in second at Newmarket, with Lady Darshaan third, Capercaillie fourth and Ceedwell sixth.
Brittain has also entered Jira who was a neck too good for the Karl Burke-trained Jeanie Johnston in the Listed Sunley Empress Stakes at Newmarket on June 27.
Criquette Head-Maarek has twice carried the prize to France with Ravinella (1987) and Pas De Reponse (1996). The trainer has entered Minimalist and Deauville Listed race runner-up Special Duty.
Fellow French handler Carlos Laffon-Parias has entered Chantilly maiden winner Evaporation.
There is a 16-strong Irish-trained challenge with Group Three Silver Flash Stakes winner Cabaret and Albany Stakes runner-up Lillie Langtry the pick of Aidan O’Brien’s six entries.
The Tommy Stack-trained Walk On Bye is unbeaten in two starts and defeated colts to win the Group Three Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh on July 12.
David Wachman has engaged five, including A Mind Of Her Own and Foolish Ambition, while Jim Bolger, successful with Park Appeal in 1984, has entered the Listed-placed Gold Bubbles, the unraced Sagacious and Roan Inish, runner-up to Cabaret in a Curragh maiden in June.
Brian Meehan landed back-to-back Cheveley Park Stakes victories with Magical Romance (2004) and Donna Blini (2005). The Manton trainer has engaged six fillies, including Queen Mary Stakes sixth Lady Of The Desert, and Newbury maiden winner Conniption.
Mark Johnston, trainer of Capercaillie, could also run Pontefract maiden winner Hafawa and Listed-placed The Hermitage.
Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor could run Curragh Listed winner Long Lashes, Kempton winner Sand Vixen and Sweet Sonnet, while Ralph Beckett has entered Lingfield maiden scorer Puff.
The Richard Fahey-trained Rose Blossom was put in her place by Jealous Again in the Queen Mary but bounced back at Hamilton last time, while the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained Roodle won a Chepstow novice stakes on July 10.
TATTERSALLS TIMEFORM MILLIONS CONTESTS TAKE SHAPE FOLLOWING SECOND FORFEIT STAGE
This year sees the second running of both the Tattersalls Timeform Million and the Tattersalls Timeform Fillies’ 800 (both run over seven furlongs on the Rowley Mile on Saturday, October 3), as well as the inaugural £250,000 Tattersalls Timeform Millions Sprint (which takes place over six furlongs on the Rowley Mile Friday, September 18). Details of the latest scratchings stage for all three contests are revealed today. To be eligible for each of the three races, horses must be graduates of Book 1 of the 2008 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
The 2008 Tattersalls Timeform Million proved to be a contest of the highest class with subsequent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf victor Donativum just edging out future Group One Racing Post Trophy victor Crowded House. Among the 132 entries going forward for this year’s £1,000,000 guaranteed event at the second scratching stage is the Brian Meehan-trained Arcano, successful in the Group Two TNT July Stakes at Newmarket on July 9. Meehan has five entries remaining, including Group Two Norfolk Stakes hero Radiohead. Aidan O’Brien could be represented by Group Two Railway Stakes victor Alfred Nobel and Naas maiden victor Steinbeck, who is prominent in the market for next year’s 2000 Guineas, sponsored by Stan James. Last year’s winning trainer John Gosden is also well represented with six possibles at this stage while there are sure to be some exciting stars of the future among the unraced entries from stables such as Godolphin, Sir Michael Stoute, Michael Bell, Jeremy Noseda, Mark Johnston and Michael Jarvis.
Several high-class fillies are among the 55 acceptors for the Tattersalls Timeform Fillies 800 (which boasts guaranteed prize money of £800,000) including the Ed Dunlop-trained Habaayib, successful in the Group Three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and Clive Brittain’s promising Jira, winner of the Listed Sunley Empress Stakes at Newmarket on June 27. Lillie Langtry, trained by Aidan O’Brien and runner-up behind Haabayib at Royal Ascot, is another possible starter.
All of the contenders for the Tattersalls Timeform Million and the Tattersalls Timeform Fillies 800 also remain engaged in the new £250,000 Tattersalls Timeform Millions Sprint, which has a total of 165 acceptors in total. This exciting new addition to the racing programme is fully funded by Tattersalls.
All entries that remained in either the Tattersalls Timeform Million or the Tattersalls Fillies 800 at the first forfeit stage in May are also eligible to run in the £250,000 Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy, which takes place over 10 furlongs at Newmarket’s Craven Meeting in April, 2010.
Commenting on the Tattersalls Timeform Millions entries, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said: “The quality of the entries reflects the quality of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. Last year’s Tattersalls Timeform Million was hailed as the best two-year-old race in Britain and the entries suggest that this year’s contests will be equally competitive.”
Newmarket’s Director of Racing Michael Prosser said: “There is an outstanding array of talent that has been left in the series and without a doubt the Tattersalls Timeform Millions have captured the imagination of both owners and trainers.”
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