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Friday, July 24, 2009


THE BETFAIR WEEKEND, ASCOT
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009

RYAN PERMED ONE FROM THREE AND CAME UP WITH CONDUIT


Champion jockey Ryan Moore has spoken of his dilemma in choosing one horse from three ahead of tomorrow’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by Betfair.


As first rider to trainer Sir Michael Stoute, Moore had the choice of riding Ask, Conduit or Tartan Bearer, and all have leading chances in the £1,000,000 contest, a race the twice-champion jockey has yet to win.


He eventually opted to partner Conduit, who won last season’s Ladbrokes St Leger and Breeders’ Cup Turf, but that meant discarding Group 1 Coronation Cup hero Ask, and Tartan Bearer, who was placed in two Derbys last year and recently went down fighting in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’ Stakes at Royal Ascot.


Asked why he had chosen Conduit, Moore said: “His form in the book is a little bit stronger. He won at the Breeders’ Cup and that was it.


“Tartan [Bearer] is my favourite horse - you won’t get a tougher horse in racing - but I had to make a choice. The boss left it to me, but to be honest from the end of last year Conduit was being aimed at the King George and I hoped he would have a bit more improvement to come.


“Tartan will improve too, while last year I thought Ask was the best horse we had and I wouldn’t get off him, but the problem was that we could get fast ground here and is that what he really likes [Ask was only fifth on good to firm ground in last year’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes]? Conduit and Tartan have both got form on all surfaces, while Ask’s is on slightly slower.


“All three horses deserve to be there, and while they say it’s not a great King George I’ve never seen a bad one. I’d like to win the Derby, but I’m not fussy, and it would be great to win this one.”


SCINTILLO TEAM ARE “DAVID AGAINST GOLIATHS”

Connections of Scintillo, an 84/1 chance with sponsor Betfair this evening, are hopeful that the four-year-old will put up a creditable performance in tomorrow’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.


The Fantastic Light colt, cost just 30,000 guineas as a yearling, and has earned more than £300,000 in prize money after a career that has included a juvenile Group One success in the Gran Criterium in Milan.


This year he has been as good as ever, progressing from winning the Listed Winter Derby at Lingfield in March to taking the Group Two Grand Prix de Chantilly on May 31.


He has run only once subsequently, when boiling over before the start in the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 28, and finishing a well-beaten seventh behind Spanish Moon.


“He didn’t run his race because of things that happened to him at the stalls and the fact that it was a hot, humid day,” said Graham Triefus, who heads the colt’s White Beech Farm ownership partnership. “It upset the horse so he didn’t run his race. He’s never done that before and we wouldn’t expect him to do that again.”

Triefus, who hit the headlines in January, 2002, when winning £134,556 on the Tote’s Scoop6 bet, will be happy just to finish in the prize money tomorrow.


“We’re the David against Goliath tomorrow with both Stoute and O’Brien each having three runners and then there is little old us,” he added.


“I’ve been in this game for 25 years and wherever he comes we can at least say we had a runner good enough to make the entry in the King George. If we hadn’t won our Group 2 we wouldn’t be coming but on the back of that there’s no point going for Group 2s and 3s with penalties. The Pattern system makes you raise the bar so we’re doing what that system wants us to.

“The entry fee is £10,000 and it’s always been my analysis of the way the race would cut up that we could feature in the prize money and even if that was sixth place we’d be thrilled. Our objective is to be in the prize money.


“We have enormous faith in Richard Hannon as our trainer and a lot of credit should be given to Hughesy (jockey Richard Hughes), because in my view there isn’t a better jockey around in terms of information feedback and I also think he’s riding with as much confidence and talent as ever at the moment. It won’t be for anything lacking from the jockey if we underperform.”


STICKELS READY FOR ONE OF RACING’S BIGGEST DAYS

After the hors d’oeuvres comes the main course, and it’s one that Ascot clerk of the course Chris Stickels is looking forward to with relish.


He was able to report a successful opening card to the Betfair Weekend’s three-day Ascot fixture, and he will be back on course at 6am tomorrow ahead of the £1,000,000 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Recent rain has removed much of the hard work involved in watering at this time of year, and Stickels said: “I’m looking forward to the occasion.


“The rain has been very helpful - we’ve had about 7mm since this time yesterday, and it’s given us good ground, which is ideal.


“We have a forecast that is mainly dry and, while there’s an outside chance of a shower tomorrow and maybe Sunday, I’m not expecting any deterioration in the going. I should think we’ll be looking at a mixture of good and good to firm ground.”

After supervising the course for Ascot’s world-famous Royal meeting it might be thought that other fixtures at the track are relatively routine, but Stickels denied that theory, and said: “Every meeting is very important - this is a three-day fixture and high profile, so it’s crucial we get it right.”

Asked whether he felt disappointment at the lack of French horses in tomorrow’s feature event, Stickels said: “It’s difficult for the French because they target the Arc in the autumn and tend to take a mid-summer break.

“It would be lovely to see French horses here, and also to have Sea The Stars [this year’s Derby winner] in the line-up, but we have a top-class race in which three-year-olds are taking on older horses. We’re certainly not disappointed with the quality.”


ALWAARY
3 b c Dynaformer (USA) - Tabrir (IRE) (Unfuwain (USA))
Form: (3)1-412 Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoun Trainer: John Gosden
Breeder: Shadwell Farm LLC Jockey: Richard Hills

Alwaary
Alwaary made his racecourse debut in a mile maiden on the Polytrack at Kempton on September 5, 2008. The homebred Dynaformer colt made steady headway from the rear to finish six lengths third behind subsequent Group One Racing Post Trophy winner Crowded House. John Gosden sent his charge to Yarmouth for a maiden on turf 13 days later and the colt had clearly learned a lot from his debut effort as he took the mile contest by a length and a half from Cloudy Start. Alwaary made his three-year-old bow in the Group Three Derby Trial at Lingfield on May 9. He finished fourth of five behind Age Of Aquarius in the extended mile and three furlongs race. Alwaary went to Goodwood for the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes on May 20. Held up in rear once again, the colt quickened to lead approaching the distance and pulled clear for a three-length triumph. Alwaary side-stepped Epsom and Royal Ascot, returning to the track on July 9, at Newmarket’s July Festival. Facing his elders for the first time in the Group Two Princess of Wales’s Stakes over a mile and a half, Alwaary ran with great credit. Richard Hills’ mount was making eye-catching progress from the rear when hampered a furlong out. Switched left, the colt ran on to take third, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, Doctor Fremantle. After a Stewards’ enquiry, Alwaary was promoted to the runner-up spot. Race Record: Starts: 5; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £53,535

Hamdan Al Maktoum
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the eldest surviving brother of the ruling family of Dubai. He is Deputy Ruler of Dubai as well as being the Minister of Finance and Industry of the UAE and, like other family members, has invested vast sums in bloodstock. He was elected an honorary member of the British Jockey Club in 1989. Around 300 horses carry his distinctive silks of blue with white epaulets, and are trained in Britain mainly by John Dunlop, Ed Dunlop, Michael Jarvis, Marcus Tregoning, John Gosden, William Haggas, Mark Johnston, Sir Michael Stoute and Barry Hills. Sheikh Hamdan also has horses trained in America, Australia, Dubai, Ireland and France. He has owned two Investec Derby winners, Nashwan (1989) and Erhaab (1994), as well as numerous other big-race winners around the world, including At Talaq and Jeune, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1986 and 1994 respectively. He has been represented by one of his best ever fillies this season in the Barry Hills-trained Ghanaati, who gave her owner a fifth 1000 Guineas success in May, and went on to win the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. His previous 1000 Guineas successes came via Salsabil, Shadayid, Harayir and Lahan while Nashwan provided him with a first 2000 Guineas victory in 1989, which was emulated by the Hills-trained Haafhd in 2004. The brilliant Nashwan also provided his owner with his only success to date in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair). A prolific and highly-successful breeder, Sheikh Hamdan owns Shadwell Stud in Norfolk, Beech House Stud in Newmarket, as well as studs in Ireland and Kentucky, which together house around 200 broodmares and stallions in Britain and the US.

Previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) wins: 1989 NASHWAN

John Gosden
John Gosden was born on March 30, 1951, the son of respected trainer Towser Gosden. After Cambridge University, he worked in land management in Venezuela before returning to Britain to become assistant to Sir Noel Murless from 1974 to 1975 and then Vincent O'Brien from 1976 to 1977. After a brief period assisting Tommy Doyle in California, Gosden set up on his own in the States in 1979 and enjoyed a very successful nine years training on the West coast. He was responsible for saddling Bates Motel to win the Santa Anita, Monmouth, and San Antonio Handicaps and also sent out the Robert Sangster-owned Royal Heroine to take the inaugural Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park in 1984. In 1988 he took out his first licence in Britain at the instigation of Sheikh Mohammed and established himself as a leading trainer on these shores at Newmarket, having his best season in 1992 when he recorded 113 wins. The 1996 St Leger was a seminal moment in the trainer's career as it marked his first English Classic success when the Sheikh Mohammed-owned Shantou won at Doncaster. Gosden gained another success in Britain's oldest Classic 11 years on with Lucarno, who was bred and owned by another one of his leading patrons, George Strawbridge. He also trained Sonus to be second behind User Friendly in the 1992 running. The trainer has a particularly notable record in the Investec Derby, filling two of the places in 1995, training Shantou to finish third in 1996 and then having a first success in the premier Classic courtesy of Benny The Dip in 1997. His other British Classic success was with Lahan in the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2000, the first season that he trained at the famous Manton Estate in Wiltshire. He was previously based at Newmarket in Stanley House Stables owned by Sheikh Mohammed and returned to headquarters after the 2005 season and is now settled at Clarehaven Stables on the Bury Road. Other good horses to have been trained by Gosden include the champion sprinter Oasis Dream, Irish Champion Stakes winner Muhtarram, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes victor Observatory, Prix Maurice de Gheest heroine May Ball, Golden Jubilee Stakes scorer Malhub, Coronation Stakes victor Nannina and Challenge Stakes winner Sleeping Indian. Last season, Gosden saddled 93 winners with high-profile successes from Raven's Pass, Rainbow View and Donativum. Raven's Pass finished fourth in the 2000 Guineas in May and posted a string of excellent performances in some of Europe's top mile contests, including when second in the St James's Palace Stakes, Prix Jean Prat and Sussex Stakes. Having progressed throughout the season, he finally gained a deserved Group One success in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes before going on to triumph in his first start over 10 furlongs on an artificial surface when taking the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. Rainbow View finished an unblemished campaign last year with success in the Group One Fillies' Mile at Ascot, while Donativum also announced himself as a two-year-old of considerable potential with a triumph in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. His list of owners includes Sheikh Mohammed, Hamdan Al Maktoum, Cheveley Park Stud, George Strawbridge, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and Khalid Abdulla. John is married to Rachel Hood, a barrister and vice president of the Racehorse Owners' Association. The couple have four children and are passionate about preserving Newmarket as Britain's premier racing centre.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) record: 2008-7 Lucarno; 1997-5 Shantou

Richard Hills
Richard Hills was born in Newmarket on January 22, 1963, minutes after his twin brother, Michael. The Hills’ hugely-successful racing family also consists of father Barry and brother John, who are both leading trainers. Charlie, another brother, assists his father while their youngest sibling George woks on a Kentucky stud farm. Richard Hills, whose 20-year-old son Patrick is embarking on a riding career, served his apprenticeship under Tom Jones and rode his first winner on Border Dawn at Doncaster on October 26, 1979. He first met the man by whom his riding services are now retained, Hamdan Al Maktoum, through that apprenticeship when the Sheikh installed record-priced 625,000gns yearling Ghadeer in Jones’ hands. Hills took on Willie Carson’s role as first jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum in 1997. Hills has enjoyed a great 2009 season so far and enjoyed his third success in the 1000 Guineas in May when Ghanaati scored (following Lahan in 2000 and Harayir in 1995). Sheikh Hamdan’s home-bred went on to win the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and has been described by her jockey as the best filly he has ridden. Mutafaweq gave Hills another Classic triumph in the 1999 St Leger and he also won the 2004 2000 Guineas on Haafhd, trained by his father, and the following year’s Investec Oaks on Eswarah. Other big-race successes include the 1999 Dubai World Cup on Almutawakel, the 1990 Ascot Gold Cup on Ashal, the 1998 July Cup on Elnadim, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 1994 on 66/1 shot Maroof and on 33/1 chance Summoner in 2001, the 2001 Grade 1 Canadian International on Mutamam and the 2001 Dubai Champion Stakes, 2002 Dubai Sheema Classic and Juddmonte International as well as the 2003 Prince of Wales’s Stakes with Nayef. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) record: 2007-3 Maraahel, 2006-5 Maraahel, 2005-8 Eswarah, 2004-7 Bandari, 2003-7 Nayef, 2002-2 Nayef, 2001-9 Mutamam, 1996-5 Annus Mirabilis, 1995-5 Broadway Flyer, 1994-3 Wagon Master, 1989-6 Polemos

ASK (GB)
6 b h Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Request (Rainbow Quest (USA))
Form: 321024/112/15567-11 Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Jockey: Olivier Peslier
Owner: Patrick Fahey Breeder: Side Hill Stud

Ask
Ask originally raced for his breeder the Duke Of Devonshire and Sue Magnier before being bought privately, reportedly for £400,000, by Pat Fahey. The owner was looking for a hurdling prospect to send to Dessie Hughes, whose son Richard had recommended the horse, but trainer Sir Michael Stoute suggested Fahey keep running him on the Flat and the six-year-old is unlikely to ever see a hurdle. Unraced as a two-year-old, he ran six times at three, winning his maiden at Chepstow, hardly drawing breath, and closing his season in the St Leger (his first race at Group or Listed level), where he was fourth to Sixties Icon. Ask won first time out as a four-year-old - in the Group Three Ormonde Stakes at Chester - before being laid low with an infection. He was not seen out again until September, but the enforced rest had done him no harm; he stayed on strongly to win the Group Three Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot, before a tilt at the Grade One Canadian International at Woodbine. Again stamina was Ask’s strong suit, but he couldn’t quite catch the American-trained Cloudy’s Knight, going down by a nose. In 2008, Ask again won his opener - this time the Group Three Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown in April - but subsequent runs showed him to be just short of the very top level, for he finished fifth in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (both at Ascot), and sixth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. In May, for the third successive season, Ask won on his first start of the year, this time in the Yorkshire Cup at York and went on to a first Group One success at Epsom on June 5, prevailing in a thrilling finish to the Investec Coronation Cup when beating Youmzain by a nose, with Look Here the same distance back in third. Race Record: Starts: 16; Wins: 6; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £558,970

Patrick Fahey
Patrick Fahey, 63, was the oldest of eight children born into a County Tipperary family with two horses but no car. He has gone on to be a successful property developer although admitted in an interview this week that, with the economic downturn, his string of racehorses are currently his main priority. “It’s just as well I have an interest in something else as it gives me something to think about in the morning - I’m not thinking much about property these days,” Fahey told the Racing Post. He currently has nine horses in training, split between Sir Michael Stoute, Richard Hannon, David Wachman and Dessie Hughes in Ireland and Nicolas Clement in France. He has been an owner for over 25 years, with his first horse Chrysaor trained by Simon Christian, who now acts as Fahey’s racing manager. Although his string is now mainly Flat-orientated, his biggest successes before Ask came over jumps via Aherlow in the Feltham Chase at Kempton and the Paddy Mullins-trained Toureen Prince in the 1989 Jameson Gold Cup at Fairyhouse. His current equine team includes the Hannon-trained Soul City, who landed a bumper payday for Fahey in September when winning the Goffs Million and went on to be third in this season’s Irish 2,000 Guineas. He is building a fledgling breeding operation in County Tipperary and has the well-bred but unraced Rhythm Queen, a 700,000 guineas yearling, with David Wachman, while he paid 710,000 guineas for Manduro’s half-sister Madura to join his broodmare band. No previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) wins

Sir Michael Stoute
Born in Barbados on October 22, 1945, where his father was chief of police, Michael Stoute came to Britain in 1965 to nurture his love of racing. He joined Pat Rohan at Malton before moving to Newmarket three years later to work for Doug Smith and then Tom Jones. Stoute took out a public licence to train in 1972, recording his first success that year when Sandal won at Newmarket on April 28. Since then he has risen to the top of his profession and has been champion trainer nine times - in 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2006. The year 2000 was memorable for Stoute when his horses included 2000 Guineas winner King's Best and Kalanisi, winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf and Champion Stakes while in 2001 Golan gave Stoute his fifth 2000 Guineas. A terrific 1997 was headed by the two older horses Singspiel and Pilsudski. Four Group One successes went Pilsudski's way - the Coral-Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes, Emirates Airline Champion Stakes and Japan Cup, while Singspiel won the Dubai World Cup, the Coronation Cup and the Juddmonte International. Stoute has won the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs four times - with Shergar in 1981, Shahrastani five years later, Kris Kin in 2003 and North Light the following year. He has won the 2000 Guineas five times with Shadeed (1985), Doyoun (1988), Entrepreneur (1997), King’s Best (2000) and Golan (2001). His long list of big-race successes also includes the 1000 Guineas (twice), St Leger (once), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (three times), Investec Oaks (twice), the Irish Derby (three times), Irish Oaks (six times), Irish 1,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas as well as many other races across the globe. Stoute, who was knighted in 1998 for his services to sport and tourism in Barbados, trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) Record: 2008-2 Papal Bull, 2008-5 Ask, 2007-3 Maraahel, 2006-5 Maraahel, 2005-9 Gamut, 2004-4 Gamut, 2003-3 Kris Kin, 2002-1 GOLAN, 2000-4 Beat All, 2000-3 Daliapour, 1997-2 Pilsudski, 1997-4 Singspiel, 1994-UR Ezzoud, 1994-6 Foyer, 1993-1 OPERA HOUSE, 1992-2 Saddlers' Hall, 1992-3 Opera House, 1992-5 Rock Hopper, 1991-6 Saddlers' Hall, 1991-3 Rock Hopper, 1988-6 Doyoun, 1987-8 Unite, 1986-5 Dihistan, 1986-2 Shardari, 1986-4 Shahrastani, 1981-1 SHERGAR

Olivier Peslier
Born at Cossé-le-Vivien on January 12, 1971, the son of a stonemason, Peslier sprang to prominence in 1996 when winning his first Cravache d’Or (France’s jockeys’ title) with 163 winners, ending the four-year reign of Thierry Jarnet. He took the title once again, thanks in no small part to his association with champion trainer Andre Fabre, in 1997 with 154 successes. After deciding to spend the last few weeks of the 2001 season in Japan, he won the Japan Cup on Jungle Pocket and repeated the feat in 2004 aboard Zenno Rob Roy. He also won consecutive Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes on three outstanding horses, in 1998 on Sagamix, the previous year aboard Peintre Celebre, and in 1996 on Helissio. Peslier doesn’t travel to Britain as frequently as in past years but this season he has won the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot aboard Vision D’Etat. His previous major winners include Cockney Rebel in the 2007 English and Irish 2,000 Guineas. Other Group One victories include the Irish 2,000 Guineas in 1998 on Desert Prince and a year later on Saffron Walden, the King’s Stand Stakes (2008 Equinao), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1997 Air Express and 1998 Desert Prince), Coronation Stakes (1996 Shake The Yoke), Gold Cup (Westerner 2005), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2006 Ouija Board), Lockinge Stakes (2002 Keltos) and Dewhurst Stakes (1997 Xaar). Peslier won the Irish Derby (1995 Winged Love), German Derby (1997 Borgia) and French equivalent (1997 Peintre Celebre) before he had his first taste of Derby success at Epsom on High-Rise in 1998. He won last season’s French 2,000 Guineas on Falco and his association with the globetrotting Doctor Dino has brought success in the 2007 Man O’War Stakes at Belmont Park and the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in 2007 and 2008. He has had a total of 13 Royal Ascot wins. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) Record: 2005-12 Policy Maker; 2004-5 Vallee Enchantee; 2002-7 Boreal; 1999-3 Fruits Of Love; 1998-2 High-Rise; 1995-4 Winged Love

CONDUIT (IRE) FACTFILE
4 ch c Dalakhani (IRE) - Well Head (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
Form: 031/312111-23 Owner/Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Jockey: Ryan Moore

Conduit
Homebred by the late Lord Weinstock's Ballymacoll Stud, Conduit made an encouraging start to his racing career when finishing a close seventh in a seven-furlong Newmarket maiden in August, 2007. Later that month he took third in a Kempton Polytrack maiden, then registered his first victory on his next appearance in September, running on well to take an extended-mile Polytrack maiden at Wolverhampton. Conduit's three-year-old season began in a competitive 10-furlong handicap at Sandown on April 25, when he pulled hard initially but stayed on well to finish third behind stablemate Colony, before posting a much better performance on his next outing at Epsom in the totesportcasino.com Heritage Handicap on Derby Day, which he won by six lengths. Suitably impressed, connections supplemented Conduit for the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot 13 days later, when the colt was once again held up but met trouble in running entering the home straight before staying on to take second behind Campanologist. After showing he was up to Pattern company, Conduit was sent off a short-priced favourite for the Group Three Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood which he won by a head. His next assignment was far tougher, in the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger, which he not only landed in good style, but became his trainer’s first winner of the race after 25 unsuccessful attempts (Conduit’s half-brother, Hard Top, had been among that long list of beaten St Leger runners when fifth for Sir Michael in 2005). A huge payday beckoned across the Atlantic at Santa Anita’s Breeders’ Cup meeting, where Conduit completed the transition from handicapper to international money spinner when landing the Breeders’ Cup Turf and more than £800,000 prize-money. Kept in training as a four-year-old the son of Dalakhani has run twice to date, both times at Sandown, finishing second in the Blue Square Brigadier Gerard Stakes and third to Derby hero Sea The Stars in the Coral-Eclipse.

Race Record: Starts: 11; 1st; 5; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 3; Win & Place Prize Money: £1,345,831

Ballymacoll Stud Ltd
Ballymacoll Stud Ltd represents the late Lord Weinstock's bloodstock and racing interests through his widow Netta and late son Simon's wife Laura. Lord Arnold Weinstock, the youngest of six children of Polish-Jewish parents who came to London in 1904, was born on July 29, 1924, and orphaned at the age of 10. He died on July 23, 2002, and his family has continued the racing interests which include Ballymacoll Stud in Co Meath, Ireland, managed by Peter Reynolds. Lord Weinstock gained a degree in statistics at the London School of Economics and became one of the great post-war captains of industry, serving as managing director of the General Electric Company from 1963 to 1996, at one stage employing a workforce of 230,000. Weinstock was knighted by Harold Wilson in 1970 for services to exports and created a life peer 10 years later by Margaret Thatcher. His widow Netta is the daughter of the late Sir Michael Sobell, with whom Weinstock owned horses from 1957. Troy carried Sobell's colours to victory in the 200th Derby in 1979. Sobell and Weinstock bought Dorothy Paget's bloodstock interests for £250,000 in 1960 including the 300-acre Ballymacoll Stud. Most major races have been won by a horse carrying the Sobell/Weinstock pale blue, yellow and white colours, including Pilsudski, winner of the Japan Cup, Champion Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes and Eclipse Stakes. Pilsudski was owned in partnership with Lord Weinstock's son Simon, who died at the age of 44 in May, 1996, with Sir Michael having passed away in 1993. Weinstock enjoyed considerable success with Golan, winner of the 2001 2,000 Guineas and Prix Niel, as well as runner-up to Galileo in the Derby. As a four-year-old, Golan recorded an emotional victory in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, just four days after Weinstock's death while Islington won four Group Ones culminating in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and North Light landed the 2004 Derby. Last year the stud almost gained another Epsom triumph when Tartan Bearer found only New Approach too good in the Derby, while at Royal Ascot this season Patkai was runner-up to Yeats in the Group 1 Gold Cup, Tartan Bearer took the same spot in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Glass Harmonium won the Listed Hampton Court Stakes. The stud's main trainer is Sir Michael Stoute, while Brian Meehan and Christophe Clement are also listed as handling Ballymacoll horses. A total of 23 mares are shown on its website along with 17 yearlings, 17 foals and 26 horses in training. Previous winners of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair): 1979 TROY (Sir Michael Sobell); 1980 ELA-MANA-MOU (Simon Weinstock); 2002 GOLAN (Exors of the late Lord Weinstock).


Sir Michael Stoute
Born in Barbados on October 22, 1945, where his father was chief of police, Michael Stoute came to Britain in 1965 to nurture his love of racing. He joined Pat Rohan at Malton before moving to Newmarket three years later to work for Doug Smith and then Tom Jones. Stoute took out a public licence to train in 1972, recording his first success that year when Sandal won at Newmarket on April 28. Since then he has risen to the top of his profession and has been champion trainer nine times - in 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2006. The year 2000 was memorable for Stoute when his horses included 2000 Guineas winner King's Best and Kalanisi, winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf and Champion Stakes while in 2001 Golan gave Stoute his fifth 2000 Guineas. A terrific 1997 was headed by the two older horses Singspiel and Pilsudski. Four Group One successes went Pilsudski's way - the Coral-Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes, Emirates Airline Champion Stakes and Japan Cup, while Singspiel won the Dubai World Cup, the Coronation Cup and the Juddmonte International. Stoute has won the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs four times - with Shergar in 1981, Shahrastani five years later, Kris Kin in 2003 and North Light the following year. He has won the 2000 Guineas five times with Shadeed (1985), Doyoun (1988), Entrepreneur (1997), King’s Best (2000) and Golan (2001). His long list of big-race successes also includes the 1000 Guineas (twice), St Leger (once), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (three times), Investec Oaks (twice), the Irish Derby (three times), Irish Oaks (six times), Irish 1,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas as well as many other races across the globe. Stoute, who was knighted in 1998 for his services to sport and tourism in Barbados, trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) Record: 2008-2 Papal Bull, 2008-5 Ask, 2007-3 Maraahel, 2006-5 Maraahel, 2005-9 Gamut, 2004-4 Gamut, 2003-3 Kris Kin, 2002-1 GOLAN, 2000-4 Beat All, 2000-3 Daliapour, 1997-2 Pilsudski, 1997-4 Singspiel, 1994-UR Ezzoud, 1994-6 Foyer, 1993-1 OPERA HOUSE, 1992-2 Saddlers' Hall, 1992-3 Opera House, 1992-5 Rock Hopper, 1991-6 Saddlers' Hall, 1991-3 Rock Hopper, 1988-6 Doyoun, 1987-8 Unite, 1986-5 Dihistan, 1986-2 Shardari, 1986-4 Shahrastani, 1981-1 SHERGAR

Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore, who was born on September 18, 1983, was champion apprentice in 2003 with 59 winners and champion jockey just three years later in 2006, when he recorded 182 victories. He comes from a family steeped in racing history. His late grandfather Charlie was a trainer, Sussex-based dad Gary, a former jump jockey, is a successful trainer under both codes, while mum Jayne was an accomplished amateur rider, as was his aunt Candy Morris. His older brother Jamie is a successful jump jockey while his sister Hayley has also ridden a winner under Rules. His youngest brother, Josh, has followed his siblings into a riding career and is currently an amateur. Ryan Moore's career began over hurdles, when making a winning debut as an amateur on Mersey Beat at Towcester on May 15, 2000. His first major success on the Flat came as a 5lb claimer when he captured the 2002 Cesarewitch at Newmarket on the Martin Pipe-trained Miss Fara. He is now first rider to Sir Michael Stoute. He enjoyed an initial Group One success on Notnowcato in the 2006 Juddmonte International and partnered the same horse to victory in the 2007 Coral-Eclipse, when, showing commendable enterprise, he came wide into the straight and raced alone on the stands' side on faster ground. Moore suffered a complex fracture of his right arm following a fall at Lingfield on March 16, 2007, and missed three months of that season as a result. However, he still finished third in the jockeys' championship and regained his title last year when he won the Ladbrokes St Leger and Breeders’ Cup Turf on Conduit. He heads this season’s British jockeys’ table and enjoyed a successful Royal Ascot when riding three winners. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) record: 2007-6 Sergeant Cecil; 2008-5 Ask.


FROZEN FIRE (GER) FACTFILE
4 b c Montjeu (IRE) - Flamingo Sea (USA) (Woodman (USA))
Form: 10/2017-35 Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE Breeder: Jurgen & Wolfgang Hoyer Jockey: Seamus Heffernan

Frozen Fire
A 250,000 euros purchase by Timmy Hyde at the 2006 Goffs February Sale, the German-bred Frozen Fire got his career off to a bright start with a convincing display in a seven-furlong maiden at Gowran Park in August, 2007. Despite being niggled along in mid-division approaching the home turn, the son of Montjeu cut down the leaders to score by a comfortable half a length. He was stepped up considerably in class on his next start in the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster but disappointed when finishing a moderate eighth. He left that run behind him on his seasonal debut last year at York in the Group Two Dante Stakes when going down by a head to the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Tartan Bearer. One of his trainer's five runners in the 2008 Derby, Frozen Fire was unsuited by the unique demands of Epsom and finished 11th behind New Approach. He proved that display to be all wrong on his next appearance in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh at the end of June, when he came with a strong run down the centre of the course, avoiding the interference caused to several other runners by the wayward Alessandro Volta, going on to beat Casual Conquest by two lengths and giving his trainer a sixth triumph in the Classic. He was then sent off 9/4 favourite for the Ladbrokes St Leger but finished well adrift of the winner Conduit in seventh. This season began when, with a farcically slow pace, he finished third of three runners in the Group Three Ormonde Stakes at Chester and he went on to be a good fifth behind Ask in the Group One Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom in June.Race Record: Starts: 8; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £674,678

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Few in racing can boast better connections than Sue Magnier. Her husband John is the most powerful man in the bloodstock world as owner of the global Coolmore breeding empire and she is daughter of arguably the greatest 20th century trainer, Vincent O'Brien, who saddled six Derby winners and died on June 1 aged 92. Her brother David O'Brien is another Derby-winning handler while another brother, Charles, is also a successful trainer. In the 1970s John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a Co Cork dairy farmer and stud owner, teamed up with the late Robert Sangster and trainer Vincent O'Brien with the idea of buying potential stallions as yearlings. This they did with great success, counting Alleged, Be My Guest, Caerleon, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird amongst those who were bought or bred. Magnier subsequently bought out his partners at Coolmore - which now has huge offshoots in Australia and America - and owns the nearby magnificent Ballydoyle training stable. He has a myriad of other business interests, mainly with top jump owner J P McManus and the duo held a 28.7% stake in Manchester United FC, which they sold to American tycoon Malcolm Glazer. The pair have also invested in the Barchester chain of nursing homes, a property portfolio, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio, the media company run by Michael Tabor's son Ashley. Magnier's fortune is estimated at €562 million in the 2009 Sunday Times Rich List. London-born and Monaco-based Michael Tabor, who founded the Arthur Prince bookmaking firm before selling it for £28 million in 1995, is a partner in many of the Coolmore horses. Like Magnier, Tabor spends much of the winter in Barbados and became a partner in many of the Coolmore horses in the mid 1990s after his Thunder Gulch won the 1995 Kentucky Derby. Tabor is valued at £520 million in the Sunday Times Rich List and his colt Entrepreneur, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, took the 1997 2000 Guineas to provide a first British Classic success for the Sue Magnier/Tabor partnership, who also won that season's Irish equivalent and Irish Derby with Desert King. The Aidan O'Brien connection kicked in further when King Of Kings won the 1998 2000 Guineas. The duo won the Investec Derby in 2001 and 2002 with Galileo and High Chaparral. In partnership with Sir Alex Ferguson, Magnier owned Rock Of Gibraltar, who won seven successive Group One victories including the 2002 2000 Guineas. Other major wins include the 1999 French Derby, Irish Derby, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the 2000 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Montjeu and a run of five consecutive Group One successes in 2000 from Giant's Causeway. Galileo also won the Irish Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes after his 2001 Epsom win, while further British Classic glory has come in the St Leger with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion (2005). High Chaparral, who went on to take the 2002 Irish Derby, also landed that year's Breeders' Cup Turf and then dead-heated in the same event 12 months later. In 2004, Derrick Smith, a former Ladbrokes trading director based in Barbados, joined Tabor as a Coolmore investor. Smith is valued at £500 million in the Sunday Times Rich List and his own colours have been carried to Group One success aboard Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, Mount Nelson and Mastercraftsman. The Magnier/Tabor/Smith partnership retained Kieren Fallon as its jockey from February, 2005, although - with Fallon currently banned from riding - Johnny Murtagh took on that role in 2008. In 2005, Coolmore won both the 2000 Guineas with Footstepsinthesand and the 1000 Guineas with Virginia Waters, while Hurricane Run took the Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. George Washington, winner of the 2000 Guineas in 2006, was the star of the show that year, while Alexandrova took the Oaks at Epsom. In 2007, the Coolmore empire's successes included the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Dylan Thomas, the Irish Derby with Soldier Of Fortune, the Irish Oaks, Nassau Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks with Peeping Fawn and the French 2,000 Guineas with Astronomer Royal. In the US that year, the Coolmore-owned Rags To Riches became the first filly for 102 years to win the Belmont Stakes. Last season was an extraordinary campaign, even by Coolmore's high standards, with Classic victories for Henrythenavigator (English & Irish 2,000 Guineas), Halfway To Heaven (Irish 1,000 Guineas), Frozen Fire (Irish Derby), Moonstone (Irish Oaks) and Septimus (Irish St Leger), as well as a host of other star performers, including Duke Of Marmalade, whose five Group One victories included the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Juddmonte International. Mastercraftsman and Again gave Coolmore a double in this season’s Irish 2,000 and Irish 1,000 Guineas, while Fame And Glory gave the operation an 11th consecutive Irish Classic victory in the Irish Derby. Royal Ascot yielded two successes this year, headed by Yeats’ record-breaking fourth victory in the Gold Cup.

Previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) wins: 2008 DUKE OF MARMALADE, 2007 DYLAN THOMAS, 2006 HURRICANE RUN, 2001 GALILEO, 2000 MONTJEU


Aidan O'Brien IRE
Born in Wexford on October 16, 1969, Aidan Patrick O'Brien has been phenomenally successful in his relatively short training career. After a spell with Jim Bolger, he became assistant to his now wife, Anne-Marie, and her father Joe Crowley, before taking over the reins when granted a licence to train himself in 1993. His impact on the Flat was made with backing of the highest calibre in the shape of John Magnier and Coolmore, who offered O'Brien the use of Ballydoyle Stables, where the trainer's namesake, legendary Irish handler Vincent O'Brien (no relation), had enjoyed so much success. In 1997, in only his third season at the helm of the Tipperary yard, he confirmed his intentions on the Flat when winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby. The following year, his first British Classic runner, King Of Kings, won the 2000 Guineas and the second, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the following day's 1000 Guineas and went on to land the Investec Oaks a month later. The successes have since flowed thanks to the likes of Giant's Causeway (five successive Group Ones in 2000), Saffron Walden, Stravinsky, Fasliyev and an embarrassment of riches in 2001 that yielded 23 Group One successes headed by the Investec Derby at Epsom and the Irish Derby, as well as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with Galileo. Other Classic glory came via Imagine (Irish 1,000 Guineas and Investec Oaks), Black Minnaloushe (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Rose Gypsy (French 1,000 Guineas) and Milan (St Leger) while Mozart became champion sprinter and O'Brien totally dominated the two-year-old division as Johannesburg provided him with a first Breeders' Cup success in the 2001 Juvenile at Belmont Park. He was champion trainer in both Britain and Ireland in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008. In 2002 he enjoyed success with the remarkable Rock Of Gibraltar (the only horse to win seven European Group Ones in a row including the 2000 Guineas) and also the dual Derby and Breeders' Cup winner High Chaparral. His prowess on the Flat is matched by his achievements with his jumpers. He will forever be associated with Istabraq, winner of three Champion Hurdles. Rock Of Gibraltar and Hawk Wing gave O'Brien a 1-2 in the 2002 2000 Guineas while High Chaparral and Hawk Wing provided him with the first and second in the 2002 Investec Derby. The following season he sent out Yesterday to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Brian Boru triumphed at Doncaster in the Ladbrokes St Leger. O'Brien enjoyed further success with Hawk Wing in the Lockinge Stakes and High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders' Cup Turf in 2003. He enjoyed an incredible Classic double at Newmarket in the spring of 2005 when he won both the 2000 Guineas (Footstepsinthesand) and the 1000 Guineas (Virginia Waters), and added a third British Classic with Scorpion's success in the St Leger at Doncaster. Oratorio captured the Coral-Eclipse Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes, and O'Brien also unleashed a raft of high-class two-year-olds, ending the season with the top-rated European juvenile colt (George Washington) and filly (Rumplestiltskin). George Washington captured the 2000 Guineas and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2006, while Alexandrova took the Investec Oaks as well as the Irish and Yorkshire equivalents, and Dylan Thomas won the Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes. O'Brien enjoyed further Classic success in 2007 with Soldier Of Fortune in the Irish Derby, Peeping Fawn in the Irish Oaks and Astronomer Royal in the French 2,000 Guineas, while Dylan Thomas collected the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Last season, O'Brien carried all before him winning six Classics - Henrythenavigator (stanjames.com & Irish 2,000 Guineas), Halfway To Heaven (Irish 1,000 Guineas), Frozen Fire (Irish Derby) Moonstone (Irish Oaks) and Septimus (Irish St Leger) - as well as five Group One contests courtesy of Duke Of Marmalade, whose triumphs have included the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Juddmonte International. O'Brien won this season’s Irish 2,000 Guineas with Mastercraftsman while Fame And Glory won the Irish Derby, giving him a record seventh victory in the contest. He also created history when saddling Yeats to a record breaking fourth victory in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) record: 2008-1 DUKE OF MARMALADE, 2008-4 Red Rock Canyon, 2008-8 Macarthur; 2007-1 DYLAN THOMAS; 2007-5 Scorpion; 2005-5 Ace, 2004-6 Tycoon, 2001-1 GALILEO, 2001-12 Ice Dancer, 1998-8 Risk Material

Seamus Heffernan
County Kilkenny-based James Anthony Heffernan, who was born on July 17, 1972, and is universally known as Seamus, has been based at Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stable since 1996. Like O’Brien, he gained his grounding at Jim Bolger’s stable and was jointly Ireland’s champion apprentice in 1994. He is no stranger to Classic success and won last season’s Irish Derby on Frozen Fire, two years after landing the Curragh Classic on Soldier Of Fortune. He also partnered 2001 Investec Oaks winner Imagine to victory in that season's Irish 1,000 Guineas and won the same race last year on Halfway To Heaven. He also has a 2,000 Guineas triumph to his name, which he annexed in India in 1996. He has partnered many of the best Ballydoyle horses at some stage of their careers. Heffernan knows what it is like to have ridden an Investec Derby victor, having partnered Galileo and High Chaparral to win the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial prior to their Epsom triumphs in 2001 and 2002 respectively and finished second in this year’s race aboard Fame And Glory. He won the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud in October, 2006, on Mount Nelson. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) record: 2008-8 Macarthur

GOLDEN SWORD
b c High Chaparral (IRE) - Sitara (Salse (USA))
Form: 3541-4152 Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Breeder: T E Pocock & Morton Bloodstock Jockey: Johnny Murtagh

Golden Sword
Golden Sword was jointly bred by Robert Pocock’s Somerset-based Stringston Farm and Morton Bloodstock, an offshoot of Ireland’s Coolmore Stud. Pocock, a dairy farmer, had bought the colt’s dam, Sitara, for just 10,000gns, a snip given that her half-sister, Souk, has produced top-grade winners Alexandrova and Magical Romance. Pocock’s decision to send Sitara to Coolmore stallion High Chaparral proved profitable for the result was Golden Sword, who was sold for 165,000gns as a foal to bloodstock agent Mags O’Toole. Golden Sword was beaten on his first three starts as a two-year-old, initially in a seven-furlong Tipperary maiden, then at Doncaster where he was fifth to useful Kite Wood, and later when fourth at the Curragh, but he rounded off his juvenile campaign when breaking his duck on testing ground over seven furlongs at Fairyhouse. He has built on that success in some style this season - after finishing fourth in the Group Two Prix Noailles at Longchamp on April 5, he went to Chester one month later and sprang a 25-1 surprise when beating stablemate Masterofthehorse in the Group 3 Chester Vase. Sent to Epsom for the Investec Derby as one of six runners from Aidan O’Brien’s stable, Golden Sword ran a fine race, making much of the running until just before the furlong marker, and battling right to the line. Fifth place does him little justice, for he was beaten less than a length by runner-up Fame And Glory, and was only two and a quarter lengths behind winner Sea The Stars. He gained further kudos on his latest start in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, where he finished second of 11 runners, albeit five lengths behind Fame And Glory. Race Record: Starts: 8; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £369,251

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Few in racing can boast better connections than Sue Magnier. Her husband John is the most powerful man in the bloodstock world as owner of the global Coolmore breeding empire and she is daughter of arguably the greatest 20th century trainer, Vincent O'Brien, who saddled six Derby winners and died on June 1 aged 92. Her brother David O'Brien is another Derby-winning handler while another brother, Charles, is also a successful trainer. In the 1970s John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a Co Cork dairy farmer and stud owner, teamed up with the late Robert Sangster and trainer Vincent O'Brien with the idea of buying potential stallions as yearlings. This they did with great success, counting Alleged, Be My Guest, Caerleon, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird amongst those who were bought or bred. Magnier subsequently bought out his partners at Coolmore - which now has huge offshoots in Australia and America - and owns the nearby magnificent Ballydoyle training stable. He has a myriad of other business interests, mainly with top jump owner J P McManus and the duo held a 28.7% stake in Manchester United FC, which they sold to American tycoon Malcolm Glazer. The pair have also invested in the Barchester chain of nursing homes, a property portfolio, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio, the media company run by Michael Tabor's son Ashley. Magnier's fortune is estimated at €562 million in the 2009 Sunday Times Rich List. London-born and Monaco-based Michael Tabor, who founded the Arthur Prince bookmaking firm before selling it for £28 million in 1995, is a partner in many of the Coolmore horses. Like Magnier, Tabor spends much of the winter in Barbados and became a partner in many of the Coolmore horses in the mid 1990s after his Thunder Gulch won the 1995 Kentucky Derby. Tabor is valued at £520 million in the Sunday Times Rich List and his colt Entrepreneur, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, took the 1997 2000 Guineas to provide a first British Classic success for the Sue Magnier/Tabor partnership, who also won that season's Irish equivalent and Irish Derby with Desert King. The Aidan O'Brien connection kicked in further when King Of Kings won the 1998 2000 Guineas. The duo won the Investec Derby in 2001 and 2002 with Galileo and High Chaparral. In partnership with Sir Alex Ferguson, Magnier owned Rock Of Gibraltar, who won seven successive Group One victories including the 2002 2000 Guineas. Other major wins include the 1999 French Derby, Irish Derby, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the 2000 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Montjeu and a run of five consecutive Group One successes in 2000 from Giant's Causeway. Galileo also won the Irish Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes after his 2001 Epsom win, while further British Classic glory has come in the St Leger with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion (2005). High Chaparral, who went on to take the 2002 Irish Derby, also landed that year's Breeders' Cup Turf and then dead-heated in the same event 12 months later. In 2004, Derrick Smith, a former Ladbrokes trading director based in Barbados, joined Tabor as a Coolmore investor. Smith is valued at £500 million in the Sunday Times Rich List and his own colours have been carried to Group One success aboard Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, Mount Nelson and Mastercraftsman. The Magnier/Tabor/Smith partnership retained Kieren Fallon as its jockey from February, 2005, although - with Fallon currently banned from riding - Johnny Murtagh took on that role in 2008. In 2005, Coolmore won both the 2000 Guineas with Footstepsinthesand and the 1000 Guineas with Virginia Waters, while Hurricane Run took the Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. George Washington, winner of the 2000 Guineas in 2006, was the star of the show that year, while Alexandrova took the Oaks at Epsom. In 2007, the Coolmore empire's successes included the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Dylan Thomas, the Irish Derby with Soldier Of Fortune, the Irish Oaks, Nassau Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks with Peeping Fawn and the French 2,000 Guineas with Astronomer Royal. In the US that year, the Coolmore-owned Rags To Riches became the first filly for 102 years to win the Belmont Stakes. Last season was an extraordinary campaign, even by Coolmore's high standards, with Classic victories for Henrythenavigator (English & Irish 2,000 Guineas), Halfway To Heaven (Irish 1,000 Guineas), Frozen Fire (Irish Derby), Moonstone (Irish Oaks) and Septimus (Irish St Leger), as well as a host of other star performers, including Duke Of Marmalade, whose five Group One victories included the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Juddmonte International. Mastercraftsman and Again gave Coolmore a double in this season’s Irish 2,000 and Irish 1,000 Guineas, while Fame And Glory gave the operation an 11th consecutive Irish Classic victory in the Irish Derby. Royal Ascot yielded two successes this year, headed by Yeats’ record-breaking fourth victory in the Gold Cup.

Previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) wins: 2008 DUKE OF MARMALADE, 2007 DYLAN THOMAS, 2006 HURRICANE RUN, 2001 GALILEO, 2000 MONTJEU


Aidan O'Brien IRE
Born in Wexford on October 16, 1969, Aidan Patrick O'Brien has been phenomenally successful in his relatively short training career. After a spell with Jim Bolger, he became assistant to his now wife, Anne-Marie, and her father Joe Crowley, before taking over the reins when granted a licence to train himself in 1993. His impact on the Flat was made with backing of the highest calibre in the shape of John Magnier and Coolmore, who offered O'Brien the use of Ballydoyle Stables, where the trainer's namesake, legendary Irish handler Vincent O'Brien (no relation), had enjoyed so much success. In 1997, in only his third season at the helm of the Tipperary yard, he confirmed his intentions on the Flat when winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby. The following year, his first British Classic runner, King Of Kings, won the 2000 Guineas and the second, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the following day's 1000 Guineas and went on to land the Investec Oaks a month later. The successes have since flowed thanks to the likes of Giant's Causeway (five successive Group Ones in 2000), Saffron Walden, Stravinsky, Fasliyev and an embarrassment of riches in 2001 that yielded 23 Group One successes headed by the Investec Derby at Epsom and the Irish Derby, as well as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with Galileo. Other Classic glory came via Imagine (Irish 1,000 Guineas and Investec Oaks), Black Minnaloushe (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Rose Gypsy (French 1,000 Guineas) and Milan (St Leger) while Mozart became champion sprinter and O'Brien totally dominated the two-year-old division as Johannesburg provided him with a first Breeders' Cup success in the 2001 Juvenile at Belmont Park. He was champion trainer in both Britain and Ireland in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008. In 2002 he enjoyed success with the remarkable Rock Of Gibraltar (the only horse to win seven European Group Ones in a row including the 2000 Guineas) and also the dual Derby and Breeders' Cup winner High Chaparral. His prowess on the Flat is matched by his achievements with his jumpers. He will forever be associated with Istabraq, winner of three Champion Hurdles. Rock Of Gibraltar and Hawk Wing gave O'Brien a 1-2 in the 2002 2000 Guineas while High Chaparral and Hawk Wing provided him with the first and second in the 2002 Investec Derby. The following season he sent out Yesterday to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Brian Boru triumphed at Doncaster in the Ladbrokes St Leger. O'Brien enjoyed further success with Hawk Wing in the Lockinge Stakes and High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders' Cup Turf in 2003. He enjoyed an incredible Classic double at Newmarket in the spring of 2005 when he won both the 2000 Guineas (Footstepsinthesand) and the 1000 Guineas (Virginia Waters), and added a third British Classic with Scorpion's success in the St Leger at Doncaster. Oratorio captured the Coral-Eclipse Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes, and O'Brien also unleashed a raft of high-class two-year-olds, ending the season with the top-rated European juvenile colt (George Washington) and filly (Rumplestiltskin). George Washington captured the 2000 Guineas and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2006, while Alexandrova took the Investec Oaks as well as the Irish and Yorkshire equivalents, and Dylan Thomas won the Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes. O'Brien enjoyed further Classic success in 2007 with Soldier Of Fortune in the Irish Derby, Peeping Fawn in the Irish Oaks and Astronomer Royal in the French 2,000 Guineas, while Dylan Thomas collected the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Last season, O'Brien carried all before him winning six Classics - Henrythenavigator (stanjames.com & Irish 2,000 Guineas), Halfway To Heaven (Irish 1,000 Guineas), Frozen Fire (Irish Derby) Moonstone (Irish Oaks) and Septimus (Irish St Leger) - as well as five Group One contests courtesy of Duke Of Marmalade, whose triumphs have included the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Juddmonte International. O'Brien won this season’s Irish 2,000 Guineas with Mastercraftsman while Fame And Glory won the Irish Derby, giving him a record seventh victory in the contest. He also created history when saddling Yeats to a record breaking fourth victory in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) record: 2008-1 DUKE OF MARMALADE, 2008-4 Red Rock Canyon, 2008-8 Macarthur; 2007-1 DYLAN THOMAS; 2007-5 Scorpion; 2005-5 Ace, 2004-6 Tycoon, 2001-1 GALILEO, 2001-12 Ice Dancer, 1998-8 Risk Material

Johnny Murtagh
Born in Co Meath, Ireland, on May 14, 1970, Johnny Murtagh, who is married to Orla and has five children, was apprenticed to John Oxx and became Irish champion apprentice in 1989. He suffered drink problems early in his career but in 1995 became Irish champion jockey (he was also champion in 1996 and 1998) . He has since gained international prominence, riding in Dubai during the winter (where he has been champion rider), winning the 1995 Breeders' Cup Mile on Ridgewood Pearl and the following year's Beverly D Stakes on Timarida. He enjoyed a phenomenal international season in 2000, winning 12 Group Ones in six different countries, partnering Sinndar to victory in both the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs and Irish Derby and then the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, winning the Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks and Prix de l'Opera on Petrushka and the Champion Stakes and Breeders' Cup Turf on Kalanisi among others. He was the most successful rider at Royal Ascot in 2001 with five wins, including the Gold Cup on Royal Rebel and St James's Palace Stakes on Black Minnaloushe, aboard whom he also won the 2002 Irish 2,000 Guineas. He won the 2002 2000 Guineas for Aidan O'Brien on Sir Alex Ferguson's Rock Of Gibraltar and landed a second Investec Derby on what again seemed the O'Brien second string, High Chaparral, and landed a third renewal of that Classic with Motivator in 2005. In 2003 he won the Irish Derby on Alamshar and took a break in the summer to sort out problems with his back and weight. He stepped down from being stable jockey to John Oxx and had a short-lived spell as stable jockey to David Loder. Murtagh rode over hurdles in the 2005/06 season and came close to riding a Cheltenham Festival winner when second on Golden Cross in the 2006 Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Among his Group One victories in 2007 were Dylan Thomas (King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes), Peeping Fawn (Yorkshire Oaks, Nassau Stakes & Irish Oaks), Soldier's Tale (Golden Jubilee Stakes), Simply Perfect (Falmouth Stakes) and Notnowcato (Tattersalls Gold Cup). With Kieren Fallon out of action, Murtagh was announced as the retained rider for Ballydoyle for 2008. His association with the famous yard has been nothing less than spectacular, with stanjames.com and Irish 2,000 Guineas victories on Henrythenavigator, five Group One wins on Duke Of Marmalade and six winners at Royal Ascot in 2008. He won the Irish 2,000 Guineas this year on the O’Brien-trained Mastercraftsman and was successful aboard the David Wachman-trained Again in the fillies’ equivalent before landing the Irish Derby on Fame And Glory. Murtagh was the most successful rider at Royal Ascot this year, when his victories included Yeats’ historic fourth Gold Cup win and Mastercraftsman’s St James’s Palace Stakes. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) record: 2008- DUKE OF MARMALADE; 2007-1 DYLAN THOMAS, 2005-9 Gamut, 2004-8 High Accolade, 2003-1 ALAMSHAR, 2000-3 Daliapour, 1999-5 Sunshine Street
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4 b f Hernando (FR) - Last Look (Rainbow Quest (USA))
Form: 1/213-33 Owner: Julian Richmond-Watson
Trainer: Ralph Beckett Jockey: Seb Sanders Breeder: Lawn Stud

Look Here
Look Here was bred at her owner's Lawn Stud in Northamptonshire. She is by the 1993 Prix du Jockey Club winner Hernando out of Last Look. All of Last Look's seven foals have won. Look Here, the final produce of the mare who died last year, was victorious on her only outing as a juvenile in a mile maiden at Salisbury on October 3. Sent off a 16/1 shot under Kerrin McEvoy, she stayed on strongly in the final furlong to brush aside the 1/3 favourite and Ladbrokes St Leger contender Doctor Fremantle by two and a half lengths. Having raced on good to soft ground when securing that debut success, Look Here was faced with good to firm going on her seasonal return in the Oaks Trial at Lingfield on May 10. Ridden by Seb Sanders, the filly raced at the back of the field in the extended 11-furlong contest. Having made a forward move approaching the turn, she failed to negotiate it smoothly and dropped to the rear before staying on to take second, three quarters of a length behind Miracle Seeker. She re-opposed the Clive Cox-trained filly the following month in the Investec Oaks at Epsom, where she completely turned the tables on her Lingfield conqueror. Settled closer to the pace by Sanders, Look Here made good headway coming down the hill, taking the lead with two furlongs left and staying on impressively to record a three and three-quarter length victory over subsequent Irish Oaks winner Moonstone. A setback meant Look Here was forced to miss her intended outing in the Yorkshire Oaks and she went straight to the St Leger. Her bid to become the first filly since User Friendly in 1992 to complete the Oaks-St Leger double, fell just short. Though she challenged two out, Look Here could finish only third behind Conduit. She made a brilliant seasonal comeback when beaten two short-heads into third behind Ask and Youmzain in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom in June before, stepping back to 10 furlongs, coming third, a length behind Dar Re Mi in the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh June 27.

Race Record: Starts: 6; Wins 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 3; Win & Place Prize Money: £321,991

Julian Richmond-Watson
Julian Richmond-Watson was born on December 6, 1947 and is the son of Sonny Richmond-Watson, a Northamptonshire landowner and former deputy senior steward. He was elected to the Jockey Club in 1993, became a Steward in 2000 and Senior Steward from 2003 until earlier this month. He is Chairman of Newmarket Racecourse and is a past Chairman of Nottingham Racecourse and the Epsom Race Committee. He was a Director of United Racecourses as well as a Racecourse Steward at Warwick, Newmarket and Nottingham. In 2000 he was appointed as Chairman of the then British Horseracing Board's Race Planning Committee. Richmond-Watson has owned racehorses since 1970 - currently his string is shared between Ralph Beckett, Amanda Perrett and James Fanshawe - and he owns Lawn Stud in Potterspury, Northamptonshire. By far his best horse to date has been Look Here, winner of the Investec Oaks in 2008. He has five mares and bought Look Here's grand-dam Derniere Danse 19 years ago for 13,500 guineas. He owned the 2007 Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial victor Kayah, who finished ninth at Epsom Downs. The victory of Look Here in the Oaks meant that Richmond-Watson became the first serving Senior Steward to win the fillies' Classic since the Earl of Chesterfield's Industry was saddled to victory by John Scott in 1838. During his time as Senior Steward, the Jockey Club has relinquished its disciplinary powers and now concentrates attention on the 14 Jockey Club racecourses, Jockey Club Estates, the National Stud and Racing Welfare.

No previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) wins

Ralph Beckett
Born June 24, 1971, Ralph Beckett, who spent part of his childhood at Serlby near Doncaster, is a cousin of Prince Khalid Abdulla's racing manager Lord Grimthorpe. Formerly assistant to Peter Walwyn, he began training at his old boss' Windsor House Stables, Lambourn, in November, 1999, and moved to his present base at Whitsbury Manor Stables, Hampshire, in January, 2006. Beckett previously worked for the likes of Martin Pipe, Arthur Moore, Jimmy Fitzgerald, David Loder, Australian trainer Colin Hayes and Tommy Skiffington in the US. He came close to Classic victory in 2005 when Penkenna Princess was beaten a short-head in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. The filly had already won the Listed Oh So Sharp Stakes and Group Three Fred Darling Stakes. Richmond-Watson's father sent Beckett the last horse he had in training but sadly passed away before the filly won at Beverley. Look Here provided Beckett with a maiden Group One and Classic victory when she won the 2008 Juddmonte Oaks, beating subsequent Irish Oaks scorer Moonstone by three and three-quarter lengths. At Santa Anita, last October, Beckett enhanced his growing reputation when Muhannak, ridden by Pat Smullen, won the Breeders' Cup Marathon.

No previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) runners

Seb Sanders
Born September 25, 1971, Sanders began his racing life as an apprentice at Bryan McMahon's yard near Tamworth. That was one of his local stables as he is a Midlander by origin and remains a keen supporter of Birmingham City. His first success came when Band On The Run won at Pontefract in July, 1990, and has never really looked back since becoming champion apprentice in 1995. He moved on from McMahon's to a successful link-up with Reg Akehurst when that trainer was winning many big handicaps from his Epsom base and has since developed very successful associations with Peter Makin and Sir Mark Prescott, who has retained his services as stable jockey since 2004. His biggest wins have come via Compton Place, who won the Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket in 1997 at 50/1, Bachelor Duke, winner of the 2004 Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Prescott-trained Confidential Lady who won the 2006 Prix de Diane Hermes (French Oaks). He has become a regular in the top half dozen in the jockeys' championship in recent seasons, having ridden a century of winners in each of the last seven years. In 2007 he shared the title with Jamie Spencer after the duo tied on 190 winners each. Sanders and his wife Leona, whom he first met racing at York and persisted in asking out until she finally submitted, live near Bury St Edmunds. Mrs Sanders is fluent in seven languages and worked as a stewardess for Japan Airlines until she retired in 2001. She competed in the showing ring in her younger days and they have enjoyed success in the point-to-point field with The Graduate. Sanders enjoyed the finest moment of his racing career when landing the 2008 Investec Oaks on Look Here. However, Sanders broke his leg in August and was forced to miss the rest of the 2008 season.
Previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) rides: 2005-4 Warrsan

ROCKHAMPTON (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Galileo (IRE) - Green Rosy (USA) (Green Dancer (USA))
Form: 24-131094 Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Jockey: Colm O’Donoghue Breeder: T W Bloodstock Ltd

Rockhampton
A 375,000 guineas yearling, Rockhampton has managed two wins from eight starts and looks likely to be running in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) to help ensure a good pace for stablemates Frozen Fire and Golden Sword. He ran twice as a juvenile over seven furlongs, finishing a close second on his debut at Tipperary in October and fourth at Leopardstown the following month. He reappeared at Leopardstown on March 29, winning a 10-furlong maiden, and then headed to Newmarket’s Craven meeting on April 15 when he ran well to finish third in the valuable £400,000 Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-0 Trophy over 10 furlongs. Stepped up to 12 furlongs next time out, he returned to the winner’s enclosure when taking a four-runner conditions event on the all-weather at Dundalk on May 15 but was well beaten on his next two starts in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot and when acting as a pacemaker in the Irish Derby. Last time out he finished fourth to Famous Name in the Group Three International Stakes over nine furlongs at the Curragh on July 11.

Race Record: 1st: 2; 2nd:1; 3rd:1 Win & Place Prize Money: £68,453

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Few in racing can boast better connections than Sue Magnier. Her husband John is the most powerful man in the bloodstock world as owner of the global Coolmore breeding empire and she is daughter of arguably the greatest 20th century trainer, Vincent O'Brien, who saddled six Derby winners and died on June 1 aged 92. Her brother David O'Brien is another Derby-winning handler while another brother, Charles, is also a successful trainer. In the 1970s John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a Co Cork dairy farmer and stud owner, teamed up with the late Robert Sangster and trainer Vincent O'Brien with the idea of buying potential stallions as yearlings. This they did with great success, counting Alleged, Be My Guest, Caerleon, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird amongst those who were bought or bred. Magnier subsequently bought out his partners at Coolmore - which now has huge offshoots in Australia and America - and owns the nearby magnificent Ballydoyle training stable. He has a myriad of other business interests, mainly with top jump owner J P McManus and the duo held a 28.7% stake in Manchester United FC, which they sold to American tycoon Malcolm Glazer. The pair have also invested in the Barchester chain of nursing homes, a property portfolio, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio, the media company run by Michael Tabor's son Ashley. Magnier's fortune is estimated at €562 million in the 2009 Sunday Times Rich List. London-born and Monaco-based Michael Tabor, who founded the Arthur Prince bookmaking firm before selling it for £28 million in 1995, is a partner in many of the Coolmore horses. Like Magnier, Tabor spends much of the winter in Barbados and became a partner in many of the Coolmore horses in the mid 1990s after his Thunder Gulch won the 1995 Kentucky Derby. Tabor is valued at £520 million in the Sunday Times Rich List and his colt Entrepreneur, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, took the 1997 2000 Guineas to provide a first British Classic success for the Sue Magnier/Tabor partnership, who also won that season's Irish equivalent and Irish Derby with Desert King. The Aidan O'Brien connection kicked in further when King Of Kings won the 1998 2000 Guineas. The duo won the Investec Derby in 2001 and 2002 with Galileo and High Chaparral. In partnership with Sir Alex Ferguson, Magnier owned Rock Of Gibraltar, who won seven successive Group One victories including the 2002 2000 Guineas. Other major wins include the 1999 French Derby, Irish Derby, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the 2000 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Montjeu and a run of five consecutive Group One successes in 2000 from Giant's Causeway. Galileo also won the Irish Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes after his 2001 Epsom win, while further British Classic glory has come in the St Leger with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion (2005). High Chaparral, who went on to take the 2002 Irish Derby, also landed that year's Breeders' Cup Turf and then dead-heated in the same event 12 months later. In 2004, Derrick Smith, a former Ladbrokes trading director based in Barbados, joined Tabor as a Coolmore investor. Smith is valued at £500 million in the Sunday Times Rich List and his own colours have been carried to Group One success aboard Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, Mount Nelson and Mastercraftsman. The Magnier/Tabor/Smith partnership retained Kieren Fallon as its jockey from February, 2005, although - with Fallon currently banned from riding - Johnny Murtagh took on that role in 2008. In 2005, Coolmore won both the 2000 Guineas with Footstepsinthesand and the 1000 Guineas with Virginia Waters, while Hurricane Run took the Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. George Washington, winner of the 2000 Guineas in 2006, was the star of the show that year, while Alexandrova took the Oaks at Epsom. In 2007, the Coolmore empire's successes included the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Dylan Thomas, the Irish Derby with Soldier Of Fortune, the Irish Oaks, Nassau Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks with Peeping Fawn and the French 2,000 Guineas with Astronomer Royal. In the US that year, the Coolmore-owned Rags To Riches became the first filly for 102 years to win the Belmont Stakes. Last season was an extraordinary campaign, even by Coolmore's high standards, with Classic victories for Henrythenavigator (English & Irish 2,000 Guineas), Halfway To Heaven (Irish 1,000 Guineas), Frozen Fire (Irish Derby), Moonstone (Irish Oaks) and Septimus (Irish St Leger), as well as a host of other star performers, including Duke Of Marmalade, whose five Group One victories included the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Juddmonte International. Mastercraftsman and Again gave Coolmore a double in this season’s Irish 2,000 and Irish 1,000 Guineas, while Fame And Glory gave the operation an 11th consecutive Irish Classic victory in the Irish Derby. Royal Ascot yielded two successes this year, headed by Yeats’ record-breaking fourth victory in the Gold Cup.

Previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) wins: 2008 DUKE OF MARMALADE, 2007 DYLAN THOMAS, 2006 HURRICANE RUN, 2001 GALILEO, 2000 MONTJEU

Aidan O'Brien IRE
Born in Wexford on October 16, 1969, Aidan Patrick O'Brien has been phenomenally successful in his relatively short training career. After a spell with Jim Bolger, he became assistant to his now wife, Anne-Marie, and her father Joe Crowley, before taking over the reins when granted a licence to train himself in 1993. His impact on the Flat was made with backing of the highest calibre in the shape of John Magnier and Coolmore, who offered O'Brien the use of Ballydoyle Stables, where the trainer's namesake, legendary Irish handler Vincent O'Brien (no relation), had enjoyed so much success. In 1997, in only his third season at the helm of the Tipperary yard, he confirmed his intentions on the Flat when winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby. The following year, his first British Classic runner, King Of Kings, won the 2000 Guineas and the second, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the following day's 1000 Guineas and went on to land the Investec Oaks a month later. The successes have since flowed thanks to the likes of Giant's Causeway (five successive Group Ones in 2000), Saffron Walden, Stravinsky, Fasliyev and an embarrassment of riches in 2001 that yielded 23 Group One successes headed by the Investec Derby at Epsom and the Irish Derby, as well as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with Galileo. Other Classic glory came via Imagine (Irish 1,000 Guineas and Investec Oaks), Black Minnaloushe (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Rose Gypsy (French 1,000 Guineas) and Milan (St Leger) while Mozart became champion sprinter and O'Brien totally dominated the two-year-old division as Johannesburg provided him with a first Breeders' Cup success in the 2001 Juvenile at Belmont Park. He was champion trainer in both Britain and Ireland in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008. In 2002 he enjoyed success with the remarkable Rock Of Gibraltar (the only horse to win seven European Group Ones in a row including the 2000 Guineas) and also the dual Derby and Breeders' Cup winner High Chaparral. His prowess on the Flat is matched by his achievements with his jumpers. He will forever be associated with Istabraq, winner of three Champion Hurdles. Rock Of Gibraltar and Hawk Wing gave O'Brien a 1-2 in the 2002 2000 Guineas while High Chaparral and Hawk Wing provided him with the first and second in the 2002 Investec Derby. The following season he sent out Yesterday to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Brian Boru triumphed at Doncaster in the Ladbrokes St Leger. O'Brien enjoyed further success with Hawk Wing in the Lockinge Stakes and High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders' Cup Turf in 2003. He enjoyed an incredible Classic double at Newmarket in the spring of 2005 when he won both the 2000 Guineas (Footstepsinthesand) and the 1000 Guineas (Virginia Waters), and added a third British Classic with Scorpion's success in the St Leger at Doncaster. Oratorio captured the Coral-Eclipse Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes, and O'Brien also unleashed a raft of high-class two-year-olds, ending the season with the top-rated European juvenile colt (George Washington) and filly (Rumplestiltskin). George Washington captured the 2000 Guineas and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2006, while Alexandrova took the Investec Oaks as well as the Irish and Yorkshire equivalents, and Dylan Thomas won the Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes. O'Brien enjoyed further Classic success in 2007 with Soldier Of Fortune in the Irish Derby, Peeping Fawn in the Irish Oaks and Astronomer Royal in the French 2,000 Guineas, while Dylan Thomas collected the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Last season, O'Brien carried all before him winning six Classics - Henrythenavigator (stanjames.com & Irish 2,000 Guineas), Halfway To Heaven (Irish 1,000 Guineas), Frozen Fire (Irish Derby) Moonstone (Irish Oaks) and Septimus (Irish St Leger) - as well as five Group One contests courtesy of Duke Of Marmalade, whose triumphs have included the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Juddmonte International. O'Brien won this season’s Irish 2,000 Guineas with Mastercraftsman while Fame And Glory won the Irish Derby, giving him a record seventh victory in the contest. He also created history when saddling Yeats to a record breaking fourth victory in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) record: 2008-1 DUKE OF MARMALADE, 2008-4 Red Rock Canyon, 2008-8 Macarthur; 2007-1 DYLAN THOMAS; 2007-5 Scorpion; 2005-5 Ace, 2004-6 Tycoon, 2001-1 GALILEO, 2001-12 Ice Dancer, 1998-8 Risk Material

Colm O’Donoghue
Born at Buttevant in Co Cork on November 13, 1980, Colm O’Donoghue joined Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stable as a teenager, riding his first winner on My-Lorraine at Sligo in June 24, 1997. His first Group race success came as a 21-year-old apprentice in the 2002 Group One Phoenix Stakes on Spartacus. He partnered Scorpion to the runner-up spot in the 2005 Irish Derby and enjoyed his biggest success at Longchamp in 2007 when winning the Poule d’Essai des Poulains on Astronomer Royal. His other major winners include the 2005 Horris Hill Stakes on Hurricane Cat and this season’s Chester Vase on Golden Sword.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) record: 2008-4 Red Rock Canyon
SCINTILLO (GB) FACTFILE
4 ch c Fantastic Light (USA) - Danseuse Du Soir (IRE) (Thatching) Form: 57143231/902534395-3117217 Owner: White Beech Farm
Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Richard Hughes Breeder: Woodcote Stud Ltd

Scintillo
A 30,000 guineas yearling and a half-brother to the four-time Group Three winner Jumbajukiba, Scintillo made his debut at Goodwood in May, 2007, and ran an eye-catching race to finish fifth. He was then thrown in at the deep end to contest the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and again ran well to finish a staying-on seventh. For his third start, he duly built on his earlier promise and landed a seven-furlong maiden at Sandown in July. On his next four starts he ran creditably without winning, finishing in the frame in Group Two contests at Goodwood and Ascot, before concluding his first season in spectacular style with victory in the Group One Gran Criterium at San Siro, Italy, in October when he got the better of Gladiatorus by half a length. His Classic season failed to produce any wins from nine outings, with his best effort coming when third in the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes, run at Goodwood in 2008. Over the winter months he remained active on the all-weather and registered the third victory of his career in the Listed Dragonfly Stakes at Kempton on March 18. Just three days later the son of Fantastic Light captured the highlight of the all-weather season, the Group Three Winter Derby at Lingfield when getting the better of Premio Locco by a nose. Since that victory, his good form has continued and he posted a good effort to win the Group Two Grand Prix de Chantilly on May 31. However, he does need to bounce back from a disappointing effort last time out when he was a distant seventh behind Spanish Moon in the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 28, although he was probably not at his best on the easy ground that day.

Race Record: Starts: 24 1st: 5; 2nd:3; 3rd:5 Win & Place Prize Money: £303,681

White Beech Farm
White Beech Farm is a four-person partnership put together six years ago by Graham Triefus, who is based at Mortlake in south-west London. Triefus, a qualified accountant who works in the property business, is also a successful punter and was one of the early winners of the Tote’s Scoop6 bets in January, 2002, when pocketing £134,556. Triefus first had horses with the now-retired Philip Mitchell in 1987 although his flat interests are now with Richard Hannon. He also has shares in jumpers with Charles Egerton and Keith Reveley. The syndicate is named after the Chiddingfold home of another partner, David Rogers, who has known Triefus since he was 14. Peterborough-based Nick Hughes, who also has horses with William Haggas and Martin Mitchell, who lives at Northwood in Middlesex, complete the quartet. “I put the partnership together, they were all friends of mine but had never met before but have all begun friends since,” said Triefus. The partnership’s first horse was Madhavi, who was sold for 29,000 guineas as a four-year-old in October, 2006, and the proceeds were put towards Scintillo, who was bought for 30,000 guineas as a yearling the same month. Triefus and Mitchell had picked the Fantastic Light colt out at Tattersalls before finding out he was on the shortlist of their bloodstock agent Peter Doyle and trainer Richard Hannon. Scintillo’s juvenile winnings bought the now three-year-old Sequillo, a 33,000 guineas purchase, whose third success came at Folkestone on Thursday night.

No previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) wins

Richard Hannon
Richard Hannon, who celebrated his 64th birthday on May 30, has been training since 1970 when he took over on the retirement of his father Harry, and has built up his team in Wiltshire to such effect that he has two yards, one in the village of East Everleigh and one a few miles away at Herridge. His current tally of about 190 horses in the two yards is very much par for the course. It did not take him long to get off the mark as a trainer as he won a hurdle race with Sir Nulli at Chepstow and a Flat race at Newbury with Ampney Prince soon after getting his licence and in the years since then he has made a particular reputation for his expertise with sprinters and two-year-olds though his successes are by no means confined to those spheres. He has won the 2000 Guineas with Mon Fils, Tirol and Don’t Forget Me, while Tirol and Don’t Forget Me also won the Irish Guineas. His other Group One wins include the Nunthorpe with Lyric Fantasy, the Moyglare Stud Stakes with Lyric Fantasy, the Sussex Stakes with Reel Buddy, the Prix Royal-Oak with Assessor, the Prix de l’Abbaye and the July Cup with Mr Brooks while his latest star is Paco Boy, winner of the Group One Prix de la Foret in 2008. He also enjoys having a pop at the big handicaps and has won the Wokingham with Knight of Mercy and Venture Capitalist, the Stewards’ Cup with Knight of Mercy and Notley and the Ebor with Another Sam. He is enjoying another great season thanks to the likes of Canford Cliffs, winner of the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, Queen Anne Stakes hero Paco Boy and Monsieur Chevalier, winner of last weekend’s valuable Weatherbys Super Sprint. He is assisted by his son, Richard Jnr, one of his six children, while daughter Lizzie is married to Richard Hughes.

No previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) runners

Richard Hughes
Richard Hughes was born in Ireland on January 11, 1973, and served his apprenticeship with his father Dessie, a former top-class National Hunt rider who now trains in Co Kildare and won the 2004 and 2005 Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham with Hardy Eustace. He had his first ride at Naas on March 19, 1988, when finishing 10th of 15 and enjoyed his first success on Viking Melody at Roscommon that August. He came over to Britain in 1994. He was appointed as Prince Khalid Abdulla’s retained jockey in 2001 but that association came to an end at the end of 2007. He rides regularly for Richard Hannon, to whose daughter Lizzie he is married. The 5ft 9in Hughes has, like his father, also ridden winners over jumps but concentrates on the Flat. His biggest successes include the 2004 French 2,000 Guineas on American Post, the 2003 French Oaks on Nebraska Tornado, the 1996 Italian Derby on Bahamian Knight, the 1996 Group One Premio Vittorio di Capua on Mistle Cat, the 2001 Group One Prix d’Ispahan on Observatory, the 2002 Group One French 1,000 Guineas on Zenda. Hughes had a long-awaited first British Group One success when Oasis Dream landed the 2003 Darley July Cup and he went on to land the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes on the same horse. Indian Ink gave him a Group One success at Royal Ascot when taking the 2007 Coronation Stakes. He enjoyed a first-day treble at Royal Ascot this year when his successes included the Queen Anne Stakes on Paco Boy and Coventry Stakes on Canford Cliffs and had four winners at the meeting in total. Previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) rides: 2008-3 Youmzain; 2007-2 Youmzain; 1996-4 Oscar Schindler


TARTAN BEARER (IRE) FACTFILE
4 ch c Spectrum (IRE) - Highland Gift (IRE) (Generous (IRE))
Form: 2/1123-12 Owner/Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Jockey: Mick Kinane

Tartan Bearer
Tartan Bearer is a full-brother to Golan, who won the 2002 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, one year after landing the 2,000 Guineas and finishing runner-up to Galileo in the Investec Derby. The brothers were bred at Ballymacoll Stud and Tartan Bearer has the distinction of being foaled in the same box as the 2004 Derby winner North Light and the greatest steeplechaser in history, Arkle. Tartan Bearer raced once as a two-year-old when second in a late-season Newmarket maiden, and after that promising run he was sent off the 2/5 favourite on his seasonal debut the following April in a 10-furlong maiden at Leicester. He drew clear of the field in the closing stages and was then sent to York for the Group Two Dante Stakes, a leading trial for Epsom’s Investec Derby. Showing tenacity in the closing stages he defeated Frozen Fire by a head and then stepped up another gear at Epsom, where, in a field of 16, he ran a cracking race to finish second, half a length behind winner New Approach. Sent to the Curragh for the Irish Derby he ran a below-par race as victory went to Frozen Fire - Tartan Bearer crossed the line in fourth (promoted to third in the stewards’ room), and was not seen again during the season. This year he has run twice - he won the Group Three Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown in April and then pushed Vision D’Etat right to the line when runner-up in the Group One Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Race Record: Starts: 7; Wins: 3; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £628,587

Ballymacoll Stud Ltd
Ballymacoll Stud Ltd represents the late Lord Weinstock's bloodstock and racing interests through his widow Netta and late son Simon's wife Laura. Lord Arnold Weinstock, the youngest of six children of Polish-Jewish parents who came to London in 1904, was born on July 29, 1924, and orphaned at the age of 10. He died on July 23, 2002, and his family has continued the racing interests which include Ballymacoll Stud in Co Meath, Ireland, managed by Peter Reynolds. Lord Weinstock gained a degree in statistics at the London School of Economics and became one of the great post-war captains of industry, serving as managing director of the General Electric Company from 1963 to 1996, at one stage employing a workforce of 230,000. Weinstock was knighted by Harold Wilson in 1970 for services to exports and created a life peer 10 years later by Margaret Thatcher. His widow Netta is the daughter of the late Sir Michael Sobell, with whom Weinstock owned horses from 1957. Troy carried Sobell's colours to victory in the 200th Derby in 1979. Sobell and Weinstock bought Dorothy Paget's bloodstock interests for £250,000 in 1960 including the 300-acre Ballymacoll Stud. Most major races have been won by a horse carrying the Sobell/Weinstock pale blue, yellow and white colours, including Pilsudski, winner of the Japan Cup, Champion Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes and Eclipse Stakes. Pilsudski was owned in partnership with Lord Weinstock's son Simon, who died at the age of 44 in May, 1996, with Sir Michael having passed away in 1993. Weinstock enjoyed considerable success with Golan, winner of the 2001 2,000 Guineas and Prix Niel, as well as runner-up to Galileo in the Derby. As a four-year-old, Golan recorded an emotional victory in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, just four days after Weinstock's death while Islington won four Group Ones culminating in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and North Light landed the 2004 Derby. Last year the stud almost gained another Epsom triumph when Tartan Bearer found only New Approach too good in the Derby, while at Royal Ascot this season Patkai was runner-up to Yeats in the Group 1 Gold Cup, Tartan Bearer took the same spot in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Glass Harmonium won the Listed Hampton Court Stakes. The stud's main trainer is Sir Michael Stoute, while Brian Meehan and Christophe Clement are also listed as handling Ballymacoll horses. A total of 23 mares are shown on its website along with 17 yearlings, 17 foals and 26 horses in training. Previous winners of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair): 1979 TROY (Sir Michael Sobell); 1980 ELA-MANA-MOU (Simon Weinstock); 2002 GOLAN (Exors of the late Lord Weinstock).


Sir Michael Stoute
Born in Barbados on October 22, 1945, where his father was chief of police, Michael Stoute came to Britain in 1965 to nurture his love of racing. He joined Pat Rohan at Malton before moving to Newmarket three years later to work for Doug Smith and then Tom Jones. Stoute took out a public licence to train in 1972, recording his first success that year when Sandal won at Newmarket on April 28. Since then he has risen to the top of his profession and has been champion trainer nine times - in 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2006. The year 2000 was memorable for Stoute when his horses included 2000 Guineas winner King's Best and Kalanisi, winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf and Champion Stakes while in 2001 Golan gave Stoute his fifth 2000 Guineas. A terrific 1997 was headed by the two older horses Singspiel and Pilsudski. Four Group One successes went Pilsudski's way - the Coral-Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes, Emirates Airline Champion Stakes and Japan Cup, while Singspiel won the Dubai World Cup, the Coronation Cup and the Juddmonte International. Stoute has won the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs four times - with Shergar in 1981, Shahrastani five years later, Kris Kin in 2003 and North Light the following year. He has won the 2000 Guineas five times with Shadeed (1985), Doyoun (1988), Entrepreneur (1997), King’s Best (2000) and Golan (2001). His long list of big-race successes also includes the 1000 Guineas (twice), St Leger (once), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (three times), Investec Oaks (twice), the Irish Derby (three times), Irish Oaks (six times), Irish 1,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas as well as many other races across the globe. Stoute, who was knighted in 1998 for his services to sport and tourism in Barbados, trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) Record: 2008-2 Papal Bull, 2008-5 Ask, 2007-3 Maraahel, 2006-5 Maraahel, 2005-9 Gamut, 2004-4 Gamut, 2003-3 Kris Kin, 2002-1 GOLAN, 2000-4 Beat All, 2000-3 Daliapour, 1997-2 Pilsudski, 1997-4 Singspiel, 1994-UR Ezzoud, 1994-6 Foyer, 1993-1 OPERA HOUSE, 1992-2 Saddlers' Hall, 1992-3 Opera House, 1992-5 Rock Hopper, 1991-6 Saddlers' Hall, 1991-3 Rock Hopper, 1988-6 Doyoun, 1987-8 Unite, 1986-5 Dihistan, 1986-2 Shardari, 1986-4 Shahrastani, 1981-1 SHERGAR

Michael Kinane
Born in Co Tipperary on June 22, 1959, Michael Kinane rode his first winner on March 19, 1975, at Leopardstown on Muscari and served his apprenticeship with Liam Browne. He was champion Irish apprentice in 1978 and has been Irish champion jockey 13 times, most recently in 2003 with 104 successes. He was first jockey to Dermot Weld from 1984 until 1998 and was retained by Aidan O'Brien from 1999 until the end of 2003, when he joined John Oxx's stable. Kinane, who used to regularly spend his winters riding in Hong Kong, boasts success in many of top races around the world in a glittering career. He has won all the British Classics bar the 1000 Guineas and his wins include the Investec Derby three times, on Commander In Chief in 1993, the O'Brien-trained Galileo in 2001, and this year on Sea The Stars, on whom he has also won the 2,000 Guineas and Coral-Eclipse Stakes. Kinane’s other British Classic wins have been achieved in the Investec Oaks in 1998 on Shahtoush and in 2001 on Imagine and the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas with Tirol (1990), Entrepreneur (1997) and King Of Kings (1998). He won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1989 on Carroll House and in 1999 on Montjeu, the 1993 Melbourne Cup on Vintage Crop, the 1990 Belmont Stakes on Go And Go and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes five times (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu, 2001 Galileo, 2005 Azamour). He landed the Breeders' Cup Turf in 2002 and 2003 (dead-heating) on High Chaparral. Kinane has a small broodmare band at his Curragh home and co-bred the 2007 Investec Derby hero Authorized. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) record: 1990-1 BELMEZ; 1994-1 KING’S THEATRE; 1996-2 Classic Cliche); 1997-2 Pilsudski; 1998-4 Daylami; 2000-1 MONTJEU; 2001-1 GALILEO; 2003-11 Grandera; 2005-1 AZAMOUR; 2007-5 Scorpion.



KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES SPONSORED BY BETFAIR FACTS & FIGURES

♦ Britain's top middle-distance race for three-year-olds and older horses is a relatively new contest, being first run in 1951.


♦ The prestigious race was initiated to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1851 Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace and the 1951 Festival of Britain. In the first year, it was called the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Festival of Britain Stakes.


♦ That first running saw Supreme Court beat a terrific field that included the winner of the French Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Tantieme), Derby victor (Arctic Prince), French Derby and St Leger winner (Scratch II), 1,000 Guineas heroine (Belle of All), 2,000 Guineas scorer (Ki Ming) and Washington International Stakes winner (Wilwyn).


♦ Prize money in 1951 amounted to total stakes of £30,000, with £20,000 added including a piece of plate presented by Their Majesties and £5,000 by the Jockey Club.


♦ The 1951 winner received £25,322 and 10 shillings. The 2008 running carried a record £850,000 in total prize money, up £100,000 from last year, with the winner receiving £482,545.


♦ A course record was set in the first running when Supreme Court won in a time of 2m 29.4 seconds.


♦ In 1975 there was what is still remembered as the race of the 20th century, when Grundy beat Bustino by half a length in an epic encounter up the home straight. Grundy set a race record time of 2m 26.98 seconds, which still stands today.


♦ The Minstrel’s victory in 1977 helped Irish-based Vincent O'Brien collect the British trainers’ title despite his horses winning only 18 races.


♦ Similarly in 2001, Galileo’s success in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes enabled Aidan O’Brien to become the first Irish-based trainer to capture the British trainers’ title since Vincent O’Brien, even though he only won 20 races during that year. The master of Ballydoyle emulated the feat last year and in 2007. Dylan Thomas helped the trainer to another title in 2007, one of O’Brien’s 18 victories throughout the campaign in Britain. Duke Of Marmalade’s victory in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes was one of the trainer’s 20 successes in Britain during 2008.


♦ Lammtarra’s victory in 1995 was the middle leg of a rare treble. He had won the Derby at Epsom Downs and went on to take the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October on his only three starts that year. The last horse to win these three races was Mill Reef in 1971. Lammtarra, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, retired unbeaten.


♦ French-trained horses have won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 10 times, most recently with Hurricane Run in 2006. Dahlia, trained by Maurice Zilber, was the first dual winner in 1973 and 1974. The only other horse to win the race twice is Swain, successful in 1997 and 1998.


♦ Irish-trained horses have triumphed 11 times, most recently with Duke Of Marmalade in 2008.


♦ There has been one Italian-trained victor in the shape of the great Ribot, who was the facile winner in 1956.


♦ Jockeys Michael Kinane and Frankie Dettori have great records in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with five and four wins apiece respectively. The Irishman tasted success with Belmez (1990), King’s Theatre (1994), Montjeu (2000), Galileo (2001) and Azamour (2005). He also was second on Classic Cliche (1996) and Pilsudski (1997). Dettori triumphed on Lammtarra (1995), Swain (1998), Daylami (1999) and Doyen (2004). Johnny Murtagh moved up to three winners after his success on Duke Of Marmalade in 2008 - his other two successes came through Dylan Thomas (2007) and Alamshar (2003).


♦ The most successful jockey of all time in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is Lester Piggott. The ‘Long Fellow’ was victorious seven times on Meadow Court (1965), Aunt Edith (1966), Park Top (1969), Nijinsky (1970), Dahlia (1974), The Minstrel (1977) and Teenoso (1984).


♦ The late Dick Hern and Godolphin’s Saeed bin Suroor have the best training records in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Hern recorded five victories with Brigadier Gerard (1972), Troy (1979), Ela-Mana-Mou (1980), Petoski (1985) and Nashwan (1989) while bin Suroor’s five winners so far have come courtesy of Lammtarra (1995), Swain (1997 & 1998), Daylami (1999) and Doyen (2004). Henry Cecil has trained three winners, Reference Point (1987), Belmez (1990) and King’s Theatre (1994), as has Sir Michael Stoute (Shergar (1981), Opera House (1993) and Golan (2002)) and Aidan O’Brien (Galileo (2001), Dylan Thomas (2007) and Duke Of Marmalade (2008).


♦ The Queen has had one victory in the race named in honour of her parents. Aureole came home in front in 1954, while her French Oaks winner Highclere was second in 1974, chasing home another great filly in Dahlia.


♦ The 2001 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the 51st renewal, saw Galileo become the first Epsom Derby (and three-year-old) winner to win the Ascot contest since Lammtarra in 1995. Aidan O’Brien’s colt fought out a tremendous finish with Godolphin’s Fantastic Light, who was runner-up for the second successive season. Fantastic Light gained his revenge on Galileo when taking the Irish Champion Stakes in another thrilling finish later in the year, which helped him to go on and claim his second World Racing Series Championship.


♦ Besides Galileo and Lammtarra, other Epsom Derby heroes to have gone on to success at Ascot in the same season are Generous (1991), Nashwan (1989), Reference Point (1987), Shergar (1981), Troy (1979), The Minstrel (1977), Grundy (1975), Mill Reef (1971), Nijinsky (1970), Pinza (1953) and Tulyar (1952). Teenoso (1984) and Royal Palace (1968) were victorious at Ascot the year after winning at Epsom.


♦ Pawneese (1976) is the only Epsom Oaks winner to have gone on to win at Ascot in the same season. Time Charter (1983) scored at Ascot the year after her success in the Oaks. Dahlia recorded the first of her two wins in 1973 after capturing the Irish Oaks at the Curragh.


♦ The 2002 winner Golan took the race on his seasonal debut.


♦ The 2005 renewal was run at Newbury while Ascot was being redeveloped.


♦ The Japanese Racing Association in 2008 started a system which gives the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner and runner-up automatic invitations to run in the Japan Cup in November.



THE KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES SPONSORED BY BETFAIR AND PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE COMPARED IN WORLD THOROUGHBRED RACEHORSE RANKINGS
Since the establishment of the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings (formerly International Classifications) in 1977, 18 of the 31 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners had an end-of-season official rating that was higher or equal to that of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner.


KING GEORGE ARC

2008
1 Duke Of Marmalade 127 1 Zarkava 128
2 Papal Bull 124 2 Youmzain 125
3 Youmzain 125 3 Soldier Of Fortune 124
3 It’s Gino 124

2007
1 Dylan Thomas 129 1 Dylan Thomas 129
2 Youmzain 124 2 Youmzain 124
3 Maraahel 117 3 Sagara 122

2006
1 Hurricane Run 126 1 Rail Link 127
2 Electrocutionist 125 2 Pride 123
3 Heart’s Cry 124 3 Hurricane Run 126

2005
1 Azamour 126 1 Hurricane Run 130
2 Norse Dancer 122 2 Westerner 126
3 Bago 124 3 Bago 124

2004
1 Doyen 127 1 Bago 126
2 Hard Buck 120 2 Cherry Mix 125
3 Sulamani 123 3 Ouija Board 120

2003
1 Alamshar 131 1 Dalakhani 132
2 Sulamani 125 2 Mubtaker 130
3 Kris Kin 122 3 High Chaparral 127

2002
1 Golan 126 1 Marienbard 127
2 Nayef 125 2 Sulamani 126
3 Zindabad 120 3 High Chaparral 126

2001
1 Galileo 129 1 Sakhee 133
2 Fantastic Light 129 2 Aquarelliste 120
3 Hightori 124 3 Sagacity 121

2000
1 Montjeu 130 1 Sinndar 132
2 Fantastic Light 124 2 Egyptband 126
3 Daliapour 120 3 Volvoreta 121

1999
1 Daylami 135 1 Montjeu 135
2 Nedawi 122 2 El Condor Pasa 134
3 Fruits Of Love 124 3 Croco Rouge 126

1998
1 Swain 129 1 Sagamix 126
2 High-Rise 127 2 Leggera 122
3 Royal Anthem 125 3 Tiger Hill 124

1997
1 Swain 129 1 Peintre Celebre 137
2 Pilsudski 134 2 Pilsudski 134
3 Helissio 126 3 Borgia 121

1996
1 Pentire 129 1 Helissio 134
2 Classic Cliche 125 2 Pilsudski 126
3 Shaamit 124 3 Oscar Schindler 123

1995
1 Lammtarra 130 1 Lammtarra 130
2 Pentire 126 2 Freedom Cry 128
3 Strategic Choice 121 3 Swain 125

1994
1 King's Theatre 126 1 Carnegie 126
2 White Muzzle 125 2 Hernando 125
3 Wagon Master 123 3 Apple Tree 124

1993
1 Opera House 129 1 Urban Sea 125
2 White Muzzle 127 2 White Muzzle 127
3 Commander In Chief 127 3 Opera House 129

1992
1 St Jovite 135 1 Subotica 128
2 Saddlers' Hall 124 2 User Friendly 124
3 Opera House 123 3 Vert Amande 124

1991
1 Generous 137 1 Suave Dancer 136
2 Sanglamore 124 2 Magic Night 127
3 Rock Hopper 122 3 Pistolet Bleu 128

1990
1 Belmez 131 1 Saumarez 132
2 Old Vic 130 2 Epervier Bleu 130
3 Assatis 126 3 Snurge 129

1989
1 Nashwan 131 1 Carroll House 128
2 Cacoethes 128 2 Behera 123
3 Top Class 117 3 Saint Andrews 125

1988
1 Mtoto 131 1 Tony Bin 131
2 Unfuwain 127 2 Mtoto 131
3 Tony Bin 131 3 Boyatino 127

1987
1 Reference Point 135 1 Trempolino 134
2 Celestial Storm 131 2 Tony Bin 130
3 Triptych 128 3 Triptych 128

1986
1 Dancing Brave 141 1 Dancing Brave 141
2 Shardari 132 2 Bering 134
3 Triptych 130 3 Triptych 130

1985
1 Petoski 134 1 Rainbow Quest 133
2 Oh So Sharp 130 2 Sagace 133
3 Rainbow Quest 133 3 Kozana 124

1984
1 Teenoso 135 1 Sagace 133
2 Sadler’s Wells 130 2 Northern Trick 127
3 Time Charter 126 3 All Along 122

1983
1 Time Charter 128 1 All Along 132
2 Diamond Shoal 129 2 Sun Princess 129
3 Sun Princess 129 3 Luth Enchantee 129

1982
1 Kalaglow 133 1 Akiyda 129
2 Assert 133 2 Ardross 131
3 Glint Of Gold 127 3 Awaasif 127

1981
1 Shergar 140 1 Gold River 130
2 Madam Gay 123 2 Bikala 131
3 Fingals Cave 120 3 April Run 128

1980
1 Ela-Mana-Mou 130 1 Detroit 128
2 Mrs Penny 126 2 Argument 130
3 Gregorian 123 3 Ela-Mana-Mou 130

1979
1 Troy 136 1 Three Troikas 137
2 Gay Mecene 131 2 Le Marmot 133
3 Ela-Mana-Mou 125 3 Troy 136

1978
1 Ile De Bourbon 135 1 Alleged 140
2 Acamas 132 2 Trillion 131
3 Hawaiian Sound 131 3 Dancing Maid 126

1977
1 The Minstrel 135 1 Alleged 138
2 Orange Bay 134 2 Balmerino 134
3 Exceller 131 3 Crystal Palace 131

OVERSEAS-TRAINED RUNNERS IN THE KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES SPONSORED BY BETFAIR (1980-2008)

YEAR HORSE/POSITION TRAINER COUNTRY

2008 DUKE OF MARMALADE (1ST) Aidan O’Brien Ireland
Red Rock Canyon (4th) Aidan O’Brien Ireland
Macarthur (8th) Aidan O’Brien Ireland

2007 DYLAN THOMAS (1ST) Aidan O’Brien Ireland
Scorpion (5th) Aidan O’Brien Ireland
Prince Flori (7th) Sascha Smrczek Germany

2006 HURRICANE RUN (1ST) Andre Fabre France
Heart’s Cry (3rd) Kojiro Hashiguchi Japan

2005 AZAMOUR (1ST) John Oxx Ireland
Bago (3rd) Jonathan Pease France
Ace (5th) Aidan O’Brien Ireland
Grey Swallow (7th) Dermot Weld Ireland
Policy Maker (12th) Elie Lellouche France

2004 Hard Buck (2nd) Kenny McPeek USA
Vallee Enchantee (5th) Elie Lellouche France
Tycoon (6th) Aidan O’Brien Ireland

2003 ALAMSHAR (1ST) John Oxx Ireland
Victory Moon (10th) Mike de Kock South Africa

2002 Aquarelliste (4th) Elie Lellouche France
Boreal (7th) Peter Schiergen Germany

2001 GALILEO (1ST) Aidan O’Brien Ireland
Hightori (3rd) Philippe Demercastel France
Anabaa Blue (7th) Carlos Lerner France
Chimes At Midnight (10th) Luke Comer Ireland
Ice Dancer (12th) Aidan O’Brien Ireland

2000 MONTJEU (1ST) John Hammond France
Air Shakur (5th) Hideyuki Mori Japan
Raypour (6th) John Oxx Ireland

1999 Sunshine Street (5th) Noel Meade Ireland
Indigenous (6th) Ivan Allan Hong Kong

1998 Risk Material (8th) Aidan O’Brien Ireland

1997 Helissio (3rd) Elie Lellouche France

1996 Oscar Schindler (4th) Kevin Prendergast Ireland

1995 Winged Love (4th) Andre Fabre France
Carnegie (6th) Andre Fabre France

1994 Apple Tree (4th) Andre Fabre France
Petit Loup (5th) Criquette Head France

1993 Desert Team (7th) Jim Bolger Ireland
Platini (10th) Bruno Schutz Germany

1992 ST JOVITE (1ST) Jim Bolger Ireland

1991 No Overseas Runners

1990 In The Wings (5th) Andre Fabre France

1989 Tisserand (7th) M Vincis Italy

1988 Tony Bin (3rd) Luigi Camici Italy
Soft Machine (7th) P Rago France
Silver Lane (9th) Maurice Zilber France

1987 Triptych (3rd) Patrick Biancone France
Tony Bin (5th) Luigi Camici Italy
Acatenango (6th) Heinz Jentzsch Germany

1986 Triptych (3rd) Patrick Biancone France

1985 Law Society (4th) Vincent O’Brien Ireland
Strawberry Road (6th) Patrick Biancone France
Sirius Symboli (8th) Toshio Nihonyanagi* Japan
Treizieme (9th) Maurice Zilber France
Princess Pati (11th) Con Collins Ireland

1984 Sadler’s Wells (2nd) Vincent O’Brien Ireland
Dahar (7th) Maurice Zilber France
Luth Enchantee (8th) John Cunnington Jun France
Fly Me (9th) Andre Fabre France
Darshaan (10th) Alain de Royer-Dupre France
Magwal (11th) Andre Fabre France

1983 Lancastrian (5th) David Smaga France
Carlingford Castle (6th) Liam Browne Ireland
Lemhi Gold (8th) Olivier Douieb France

1982 Assert (2nd) David O’Brien Ireland
Bikala (5th) Patrick Biancone France
Dronacharya (9th) A Netser** Israel

1981 No Overseas Runners

1980 Gregorian (3rd) Vincent O’Brien Ireland
Dunnette (4th) Emmanuel Chevalier Du Fau France
Le Marmot (5th) Francois Boutin France
* Stabled with John Winter in Newmarket and ran in his name. ** Stabled with Duncan Sasse in Lambourn and ran in his name.



HISTORY OF THE KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES SPONSORED BY BETFAIR

The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a relatively new event in the racing calendar, having been first run in 1951. However, despite its youth, the mile and a half contest quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious middle distance events in the world and regularly attracts the very best horses from Europe and further afield.

Being open to three-year-olds and upwards the King George presents the first major opportunity for the cream of the Classic generation to take on the best older horses.


The first running was called the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Festival of Britain Stakes because of the 1951 Festival of Britain, held to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in south London. It was the richest-ever race run in Britain, worth £25,322 to the winner, and attracted a very strong field, including three British Classic winners and six French raiders, with 19 runners in all lining up, still the biggest field to have gone to post.


Supreme Court was victorious under Charlie Elliott in the inaugural running, defeating Zucchero by three-quarters of a length and maintaining his unbeaten record as a three-year-old.


A year later Tulyar became the first of 13 Derby winners to go on and win the King George in the same year, despite Charlie Smirke putting up 2lb overweight, with a neck victory over Gay Time.


The following year, Pinza, another Derby winner who gave Gordon Richards his first success in the Epsom Downs Classic at the 28th attempt, was triumphant by a comfortable three lengths.


Queen Elizabeth II secured the contest named in honour of her parents when Aureole triumphed in the heavy ground that prevailed in 1954, while Vimy, trained in France by Alec Head, became the first overseas winner in 1955.

Italy's greatest-ever horse, Ribot, was the facile winner in 1956. Trained by Ugo Penco and ridden by Enrico Camici, Ribot defeated High Veldt by five lengths enabling him to continue his unbeaten run which ultimately resulted in 16 straight victories. In addition to his King George victory, Ribot also landed two renewals of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, the other top European mile and a half all-aged contest.

Ballymoss provided the great Irish trainer Vincent O'Brien with the first of his three King George victories in 1958 and then won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.


The first half of the 1960s came to be dominated by horses trained in France and Ireland. Right Royal V and Match III were triumphant for France in 1961 and 1962 respectively, while Nasram II gave the French another win in 1964. Ireland enjoyed two successes during this period, both trained by Paddy Prendergast, in Ragusa (1963) and Meadow Court (1965).


Lester Piggott still holds the record number of King George wins for a jockey and the great rider recorded the first of his seven wins aboard Meadow Court. Piggott followed up in 1966 on Aunt Edith, the first filly to win the King George and the first of three consecutive for Newmarket trainer Noel Murless. The Murless hat-trick was completed by Busted (1967) and Royal Palace (1968).

Park Top's last-to-first victory gave Piggott his third King George victory in 1969 and the following year the jockey claimed his greatest win in the race when Nijinsky, who subsequently completed the Triple Crown, defeated the previous year's Derby winner Blakeney by an effortless two lengths.


Mill Reef was the impressive six-length victor in 1971, while 1972 saw his great rival Brigadier Gerard record his only victory over a mile and a half as he defeated Parnell by a length and a half.


The admirable French-trained filly Dahlia became the first dual King George winner when she was successful in 1973 and 1974, with Australian Bill Pyers in the saddle for her first triumph when she came from last to first, and Lester Piggott aboard for the second.

Her owner, the flamboyant Texan Nelson Bunker Hunt, had not been keen to run in 1973, as Dahlia had only appeared in the Irish Oaks the week before and was a three-year-old filly running against the colts.
Her trainer, Maurice Zilber, thought otherwise: “I declared her, anyway. Then I phoned him and said, ‘She has to run’. Bunker Hunt said, ‘Give me half an hour and I'll phone you back’. He phoned back and said, ‘If you run her and she wins, okay. If she gets beaten, I will take all my horses away from you’. I said, `Fine, but get on a plane. This may be your first and last chance to meet the Queen of England’.”

Dahlia attempted the treble in 1975 but had to be satisfied with third place in what was described by many as the "Race of the Century". Grundy, who had landed the Derby and Irish Derby earlier in the season, and Bustino, the previous year's St Leger hero, fought out a tremendous battle up the home straight with the Peter Walwyn-trained Grundy just managing to prevail by half a length, setting a race record time of 2 minutes 26.98 seconds, which still stands today.


Over the next few years the best winners included in 1977 The Minstrel, successful earlier in the Derby, who showed all of his renowned courage to deny Orange Bay by a short-head.

Troy in 1979 was another Derby winner to go on to glory at Ascot, defeating Gay Mecene by a length and a half. Two years later the great Shergar followed in the footsteps of Nijinsky, Grundy, The Minstrel and Troy by completing the treble of the Epsom Derby, Irish Derby and King George when he was the facile four-length winner.


Teenoso, the previous year's Derby winner, put up a brave pillar to post performance under Lester Piggott in 1984 to give the jockey his final King George triumph.


Dancing Brave showed himself in 1986 to be an outstanding performer with his victory over Shadari and Triptych with Shahrastani, who defeated him at Epsom in the Derby, back in fourth.


Reference Point (1987), Nashwan (the shortest-priced winner at 2-9 in 1989) and Generous (by seven lengths - the greatest winning margin - in1991) continued the good run of Derby winners in the King George.


Godolphin enjoyed the first of its five King George triumphs in 1995 when Lammtarra, trained by Saeed bin Suroor and ridden by Frankie Dettori, prevailed in a thrilling finish by a neck from Pentire.

Lammtarra was undefeated in his four-race career and won the Epsom Derby, King George and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in the same season, only the second horse after Mill Reef to capture those three top races.


Pentire gained compensation for his narrow defeat of 1995 when he triumphed in 1996, defeating Derby winner Shaamit in the process. Pentire's victory heralded a period of King George history when the older horses would reign supreme.


Godolphin's Swain became the second horse to win twice, being successful in 1997, when ridden by John Reid, and in 1998, with Frankie Dettori up. His victory in 1998, over Derby scorer High-Rise, at the age of six means he is also the oldest horse to have won the King George.

It was to be three consecutive wins for Godolphin when Daylami was the impressive five-length winner from his stable companion Nedawi in 1999, giving Frankie Dettori his third King George triumph.

Montjeu's win in 2000 was certainly the easiest of Michael Kinane's five successes as the Sadler's Wells colt, trained in France by John Hammond, defeated Fantastic Light by an effortless length and three quarters. Kinane had to work harder a year later when Galileo, the first Epsom Derby winner to land the Ascot race since Lammtarra, came home two lengths clear of Fantastic Light, who gained his revenge later in the season when placings were reversed in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Golan won on his seasonal reappearance in 2002 while a year later the Irish-trained Alamshar was the impressive three and a half length victor, with Godolphin's Sulamani taking second. Godolphin's fifth victory came in 2004, when Doyen followed up on his earlier Ascot success in the Hardwicke Stakes with a three-length defeat of Hard Buck. The runner-up was trained in the USA by Kenny McPeek, further emphasising just how international the King George has now become.


The 2005 race was run at Newbury while Ascot was undergoing redevelopment and was won by Azamour, a second King George win for Irish trainer John Oxx and a fifth for jockey Michael Kinane.

Heart's Cry, second in the 2005 Japan Cup and winner of the 2006 Dubai Sheema Classic, played his part in one of the most memorable finishes to the King George in recent memory in 2006. A protracted battle saw the five-year-old Japanese runner finish a length third to 2005 Arc winner Hurricane Run, with Dubai World Cup victor Electrocutionist splitting the pair.


"It was a world class race and to come so close with a horse who had travelled all the way from Japan was one of the greatest thrills that any owner would wish for," owner Teruya Yoshida said after the race. “In Japan, the King George is recognised as one of the most prestigious and important races in the global calendar and we'll be back!" Heart’s Cry was watched by 10 million people on the Green Channel at home in spite of the race going off close to midnight there.


Dylan Thomas proved the top middle-distance performer of his generation in 2007 with an authoritative four-length victory over Youmzain. The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt, who had already been successful in the 2006 Irish Derby, went on to victories at the highest level in the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in which he once again got the better of the Youmzain.


Duke Of Marmalade was the top European older horse of 2008 and he showed talent and resolution when battling back to regain the lead from Papal Bull in the final furlong. The victory was his fourth of five consecutive Group One successes and the only one over 12 furlongs.




RECORD OF JOCKEYS WITH RIDES IN THE 2009 KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES SPONSORED BY BETFAIR


Seamus Heffernan (Frozen Fire)
2008-8 Macarthur

Richard Hills (Alwaary)
1989-6 Polemos
1994-3 Wagon Master
1995-5 Broadway Flyer
1996-5 Annus Mirabilis
2001-9 Mutamam
2002-2 Nayef
2003-7 Nayef
2004-7 Bandari
2005-8 Eswarah
2006-5 Maraahel
2007-3 Maraahel

Richard Hughes (Scintillo)
1996-4 Oscar Schindler
2007-2 Youmzain
2008-3 Youmzain

Michael Kinane (Tartan Bearer)
1990-1 BELMEZ
1994-1 KING'S THEATRE
1996-2 Classic Cliche
1997-2 Pilsudski
1998-4 Daylami
2000-1 MONTJEU
2001-1 GALILEO
2003-11 Grandera
2005-1 AZAMOUR
2007-5 Scorpion

Ryan Moore (Conduit)
2007-6 Sergeant Cecil
2008-5 Ask

Johnny Murtagh (Golden Sword)
1999-5 Sunshine Street
2000-3 Daliapour
2003-1 ALAMSHAR
2004-8 High Accolade
2005-9 Gamut
2007-1 DYLAN THOMAS
2008-1 DUKE OF MARMALADE

Colm O’Donoghue (Rockhampton)
2008-4 Red Rock Canyon

Olivier Peslier (Ask)
1995-4 Winged Love
1998-2 High-Rise
1999-3 Fruits Of Love
2002-7 Boreal
2004-5 Vallee Enchantee
2005-12 Policy Maker
2008-2 Papal Bull

Seb Sanders (Look Here)
2005-4 Warrsan


RECORD OF TRAINERS WITH DECLARED RUNNERS IN THE KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES SPONSORED BY BETFAIR
(SINCE 1980)

Ralph Beckett (Look Here)
No previous runners

John Gosden (Alwaary)
1997-5 Shantou
2008-7 Lucarno

Richard Hannon (Scintillo)
No previous runners

Aidan O'Brien IRE (Frozen Fire, Golden Sword & Rockhampton)
1998-8 Risk Material
2001-1 GALILEO
2001-12 Ice Dancer
2004-6 Tycoon
2005-5 Ace
2007-1 DYLAN THOMAS
2008-1 DUKE OF MARMALADE
2008-4 Red Rock Canyon
2008-8 Macarthur

Sir Michael Stoute (Ask, Conduit & Tartan Bearer)
1981-1 SHERGAR
1986-2 Shardari
1986-5 Dihistan
1986-4 Shahrastani
1987-8 Unite
1988-6 Doyoun
1991-6 Saddlers' Hall
1991-3 Rock Hopper
1992-3 Opera House
1992-2 Saddlers' Hall
1992-5 Rock Hopper
1993-1 OPERA HOUSE
1994-UR Ezzoud
1994-6 Foyer
1997-2 Pilsudski
1997-4 Singspiel
2000-4 Beat All
2000-3 Daliapour
2002-1 GOLAN
2003-3 Kris Kin
2004-4 Gamut
2005-9 Gamut
2006-5 Maraahel
2007-3 Maraahel
2008-2 Papal Bull
2008-5 Ask

THE KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES SPONSORED BY BETFAIR

YEAR WINNER AG-WT TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER SP SECOND THIRD TIME WIN P/M

2008 DUKE OF MARMALADE 4-9-07 Aidan O’Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor 4/6 F Papal Bull Youmzain 2.27.91 482,545

2007 DYLAN THOMAS 4-9-07 Aidan O’Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor 5/4 F Youmzain Maraahel 2.31.11 425,850

2006 HURRICANE RUN 4-9-07 Andre Fabre FR Christophe Soumillon Michael Tabor 5/6 F Electrocutionist Heart’s Cry 2:30.29 425,850

2005 AZAMOUR 4-9-07 John Oxx IRE Michael Kinane H H Aga Khan 5/2 F Norse Dancer Bago 2.28.26 408,030

2004 DOYEN 4-9-07 Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 11/10 F Hard Buck Sulamani 2.33.18 435,000

2003 ALAMSHAR 3-8-9 John Oxx IRE Johnny Murtagh H H Aga Khan 13/2 Sulamani Kris Kin 2.33.26 435,000

2002 GOLAN 4-9-7 Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon Exors of the late Lord Weinstock 11/2 Nayef Zindabad 2.29.70 435,000

2001 GALILEO 3-8-9 Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor 1/2F Fantastic Light Hightori 2.27.71 435,000

2000 MONTJEU 4-9-7 John Hammond FR Michael Kinane Michael Tabor 1/3 F Fantastic Light Daliapour 2.29.98 435,000

1999 DAYLAMI 5-9-7 Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3/1 Nedawi Fruits Of Love 2.29.35 342,000*

1998 SWAIN 6-9-7 Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 11/2 High-Rise Royal Anthem 2.29.06 354,000

1997 SWAIN 5-9-7 Saeed bin Suroor John Reid Godolphin 16/1 Pilsudski Helissio 2.36.45 294,600

1996 PENTIRE 4-9-7 Geoff Wragg Michael Hills Mollers Racing 100/30 Classic Cliche Shaamit 2.28.11 294,600

1995 LAMMTARRA 3-8-9 Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum 9/4F Pentire Strategic Choice 2.31.01 278,760

1994 KING'S THEATRE 3-8-9 Henry Cecil Michael Kinane Sheikh Mohammed 12/1 White Muzzle Wagon Master 2.28.92 265,808

1993 OPERA HOUSE 5-9-7 Michael Stoute Michael Roberts Sheikh Mohammed 8/1 White Muzzle Commander In Chief 2.33.94 270,259

1992 ST JOVITE 3-8-9 Jim Bolger IRE Stephen Craine Virginia Kraft Payson 4/5 F Saddlers' Hall Opera House 2.30.85 261,216

1991 GENEROUS 3-8-9 Paul Cole Alan Munro Fahd Salman 4/6 F Sanglamore Rock Hopper 2.28.99 276,480

1990 BELMEZ 3-8-9 Henry Cecil Michael Kinane Sheikh Mohammed 15/2 Old Vic Assatis 2.30.76 284,715

1989 NASHWAN 3-8-8 Dick Hern Willie Carson Hamdan Al Maktoum 2/9 F Cacoethes Top Class 2.32.27 218,088

1988 MTOTO 5-9-7 Alec Stewart Michael Roberts Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum 4/1 Unfuwain Tony Bin 2.37.33 218,808

1987 REFERENCE POINT 3-8-8 Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Louis Freedman 11/10 F Celestial Storm Triptych 2.34.63 182,790

1986 DANCING BRAVE 3-8-8 Guy Harwood Pat Eddery Khalid Abdulla 6/4 Shardari Triptych 2.29.49 152,468

1985 PETOSKI 3-8-8 Dick Hern Willie Carson Lady Beaverbrook 12/1 Oh So Sharp Rainbow Quest 2.27.61 134,274

1984 TEENOSO 4-9-7 Geoff Wragg Lester Piggott Eric Moller 13/2 Sadler's Wells Tolomeo 2.27.95 141,248

1983 TIME CHARTER 4-9-4 Henry Candy Joe Mercer Robert Barnett 5/1 Diamond Shoal Sun Princess 2.30.79 133,851

1982 KALAGLOW 4-9-7 Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Tony Ward 13/2 Assert Glint Of Gold 2.31.88 126,472

1981 SHERGAR 3-8-8 Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn H H Aga Khan 2/5 F Madam Gay Fingals Cave 2.35.40 119,206

1980 ELA-MANA-MOU 4-9-7 Dick Hern Willie Carson Simon Weinstock 11/4 Mrs Penny Gregorian 2.35.39 124,696

1979 TROY 3-8-8 Dick Hern Willie Carson Sir Michael Sobell 2/5 F Gay Mecene Ela-Mana-Mou 2.33.75 94,460

1978 ILE DE BOURBON 3-8-8 Fulke Johnson Houghton John Reid David McCall 12/1 Acamas Hawaiian Sound 2.30.53 98,120

1977 THE MINSTREL 3-8-8 Vincent O'Brien IRE Lester Piggott Robert Sangster 7/4 F Orange Bay Exceller 2.30.48 88,355

1976 PAWNEESE 3-8-5 Angel Penna FR Yves Saint-Martin Daniel Wildenstein 9/4 Bruni Orange Bay 2.29.36 81,508

1975 GRUNDY 3-8-7 Peter Walwyn Pat Eddery Dr Carlo Vittadini 4/5 F Bustino Dahlia 2.26.98 81,910

1974 DAHLIA 4-9-4 Maurice Zilber FR Lester Piggott Nelson Bunker Hunt 15/8 F Highclere Dankaro 2.33.03 81,240

1973 DAHLIA 3-8-4 Maurice Zilber FR Bill Pyers Nelson Bunker Hunt 10/1 Rheingold Our Mirage 2.30.43 79,230

1972 BRIGADIER GERARD 4-9-7 Dick Hern Joe Mercer Jean Hislop 8/13 F Parnell Riverman 2.32.91 60,202
1971 MILL REEF 3-8-7 Ian Balding Geoff Lewis Paul Mellon 8/13 F Ortis Acclimatization 2.32.56 31,588

1970 NIJINSKY 3-8-7 Vincent O'Brien IRE Lester Piggott Charles Engelhard 40/85 F Blakeney Crepellana 2.36.16 31,993

1969 PARK TOP 5-9-4 Bernard van Cutsem Lester Piggott Duke of Devonshire 9/4 JF Crozier Hogarth 2.32.46 31,122

1968 ROYAL PALACE 4-9-7 Noel Murless Sandy Barclay Jim Joel 4/7 F Felicio II Topyo 2.33.22 24,020

1967 BUSTED 4-9-7 Noel Murless George Moore Stanhope Joel 4/1 Salvo Ribocco 2.33.64 24,389

1966 AUNT EDITH 4-9-4 Noel Murless Lester Piggott John Hornung 7/2 Sodium Prominer 2.35.06 29,167

1965 MEADOW COURT 3-8-7 Paddy Prendergast IRE Lester Piggott G M Bell 6/5 F Soderini Oncidium 2.33.27 31,207

1964 NASRAM II 4-9-7 Ernie Fellows FR Bill Pyers Mrs H Jackson 100/7 Santa Claus Royal Avenue 2.33.15 30,740

1963 RAGUSA 3-8-7 Paddy Prendergast IRE Garnet Bougoure Jim Mullion 4/1 Miralgo Tarqogan 2.33.80 28,742

1962 MATCH III 4-9-7 Francois Mathet FR Yves Saint-Martin Francois Dupre 9/2 JF Aurelius Arctic Storm 2.37.02 23,515

1961 RIGHT ROYAL V 3-8-7 Etienne Pollet FR Roger Poincelet Mme Jean Couterie 6/4 St Paddy Rockavon 2.40.34 23,090

1960 AGGRESSOR 5-9-7 Towser Gosden Jimmy Lindley Sir Harold Wernher 100/8 Petite Etoile Kythnos 2.35.21 23,345

1959 ALCIDE 4-9-7 Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Harry Carr Sir Humphrey de Trafford 2/1 F Gladness Balbo 2.31.39 23,642

1958 BALLYMOSS 4-9-7 Vincent O'Brien IRE Scobie Breasley J McShain 7/4 F Almeria Doutelle 2.36.33 23,642

1957 MONTAVAL 4-9-7 George Bridgland FR Freddie Palmer R B Strassburger 20/1 Al Mabsoot Tribord 2.41.02 23,090

1956 RIBOT 4-9-4 Ugo Penco ITA Enrico Camici Marchese Incisa della Rochetta 2/5F High Veldt Todrai 2.40.24 23,727

1955 VIMY 3-8-4 Alec Head FR Roger Poincelet Pierre Wertheimer 10/1 Acropolis Elopement 2.33.76 23,430

1954 AUREOLE 4-9-4 Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Eph Smith The Queen 9/2 F Vamos Darius 2.44 23,302

1953 PINZA 3-8-4 Norman Bertie Gordon Richards Sir Victor Sassoon 2/1 F Aureole Worden II 2.34 23,175

1952 TULYAR 3-8-6 Marcus Marsh Charlie Smirke Aga Khan 3/1 F Gay Time Worden II 2.33 23,302

1951 SUPREME COURT 3-8-4 Evan Williams Charlie Elliott Mrs Tom Lilley 100/9 Zucchero Tantieme 2.29.4 25,322

*Total prize money in 1999 was a record, but was spread to cover the first six home for the first time hence the winner’s prize was slightly down on the previous year.


+ Run at Newbury in 2005 while Ascot was undergoing redevelopment


RECORDS OF FILLIES AND MARES IN THE KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES SPONSORED BY BETFAIR

YEAR HORSE POSITION

2005 ESWARAH (8th)

2004 VALLEE ENCHANTEE (5th)

2002 AQUARELLISTE (4th)

2000 SHIVA (7th)

1993 USER FRIENDLY (4th)

1991 TIGER FLOWER (8th)

1988 PERCY’S LASS (5th)
SILVER LANE (9th)

1987 TRIPTYCH (3rd)
UNITE (8th)
BOURBON GIRL (9th)

1986 TRIPTYCH (3rd)

1985 OH SO SHARP (2nd)
TREIZIEME (9th)
PRINCESS PATI (11th)

1984 TIME CHARTER (4th)
SUN PRINCESS (5th)
LUTH ENCHANTEE (8th)
FLY ME (9th)

1983 TIME CHARTER (WON)
SUN PRINCESS (3rd)
AWAASIF (4th)

1982 HEIGHT OF FASHION (7th)

1981 MADAM GAY (2nd)

1980 MRS PENNY (2nd)
DUNETTE (4th)

1979 SWISS MAID (7th)

1978 DUNFERMLINE (8th)
TRILLION (12th)

1976 PAWNEESE (WON)

1975 DAHLIA (3rd)
DIBIDALE (7th)

1974 DAHLIA (WON)
HIGHCLERE (2nd)
ORSA MAGGIORE (7th)
HIPPODAMIA (9th)

1973 DAHLIA (WON)

1970 CREPELLANA (3rd)

1969 PARK TOP (WON)

1966 AUNT EDITH (WON)

1965 HOMEWARD BOUND (6th)

1964 PRIMA DONNA (4th)

1962 WEST SIDE STORY (9th)

1960 PETITE ETOILE (2nd)

1959 GLADNESS (2nd)
CANTELO (4th)
MIRNAYA (9th)

1958 ALMERIA (2nd)
THILA (7th)

1955 CORDOVA (10th)

1954 ALTANA (14th)

1952 ARABELLE (6th)

1951 BELLE OF ALL (14th)

●53 fillies or mares have contested the race since its inception.


●The race has been won by a filly or mare on six occasions, although the latest was Time Charter back in 1983.


●Six fillies or mares have attempted to win the race in the past 20 years.


●Two Oaks winners have landed the race (1976 Pawneese and 1983 Time Charter)

●Eswarah is the most recent Oaks winner to attempt the feat.


●Time Charter is the only Oaks winner to win the race as a four-year-old.


●Nine Oaks winners have tried and failed to win the King George (including Time Charter’s defeat as a five-year-old in 1984).



GOING CHANGED TO GOOD

The going was changed to GOOD just before racing today.


Clerk of the course Chris Stickels said that three and a half millimetres of rain had fallen from 10am this morning up to 2.10pm.



FIRST RACE WINNING QUOTES
JOHN GUEST MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES

CECIL FILLY WALKS ON WATER

Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford, has high hopes for the future after her home-bred juvenile Walk On Water made a sparkling winning debut in the John Guest Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.


The Henry Cecil-trained filly was sent off a 6/1 chance as she made all the running in the six-furlong contest to score by a length and a quarter from Seeking Dubai.


“She was due to run at Newbury last week but was taken out because of the ground but we were quietly hopeful that she was very good,” said the Duchess, who has 18 mares at her family’s Bloomsbury Stud at Woburn Abbey and a further 14 split between Australia and New Zealand.


“Sometimes you have a feel for a horse from when they are a foal and I keep thinking I’ll wake up tomorrow and this won’t be true. Hopefully, she can go on to better things now.


“She is a little chestnut just like Pushy (the owner’s 1980 Queen Mary Stakes) and while (Bloomsbury Stud’s foundation mare) Mrs Moss was very cheap, Walk On Water’s mother The Cat’s Whiskers was the most expensive yearling I’ve ever bought.


“She cost the equivalent of £150,000 in New Zealand and has a proper pedigree, she is related to the top Australasian filly Daffodil and comes from a Dick Hollingsworth family.


“She raced in New Zealand and then went to Peter Chapple-Hyam here but was just not on it. This filly was her first foal but she has a beautiful yearling by Val Royal and a foal by Oasis Dream.”


FIRST-RACE JOCKEYS SAY RAIN HAS EASED THE GOING

A heavy shower of rain fell on Ascot at lunchtime today, and several jockeys who rode in the opening race said it had just eased the going;

Tom Queally, who rode the winner, Walk On Water, said: “It’s on the slow side of good.”

Frankie Dettori and Richard Hughes said: “It’s good ground.”

Hayley Turner said: “It’s just on the slow side - the rain has loosened it on top.”

Jim Crowley said: “It’s good to soft at the moment.”

Dave Probert said: “It’s on the easy side of good.”

Chris Catlin said: “It’s very loose on top - it’s slightly on the slow side. The rain just seems to have got into it.”




FIRST RACE RESULT
2.40pm - John Guest Maiden Fillies' Stakes

1) Walk On Water 2-9-00 (Bloomsbury Stud) Henry Cecil Tom Queally 6/1
2) Seeking Dubai 2-9-00 Ed Vaughan RyanMoore 8/1
3) Bab At The Bowster (IRE) 2-9-00 William Haggas Liam Jones 5/1
4) Zubova 2-9-00 Richard Hannon Richard Hughes 11/10 Fav

9 ran
Time: 1m 18.31s
Distances: 1¼, 1, 1¼
Breeding: Exceed And Excel (AUS) - The Cat́s Whiskers (NZ) (Tale Of The Cat (USA)
Breeder: Bloomsbury Stud
Tote Win: £7.00 Tote Places: £1.70, £2.00, £2.00 Exacta: £46.80

Winning trainer:-Name: Cecil, Henry Richard Amherst Born: January 11, 1943, Aberdeen Scotland Trains at Warren Place Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Date of first licence:1969 First winner: Celestial Cloud (Ripon, May 17, 1969) Previous Occupation: Assistant to stepfather, Sir Cecil Boyd-Rochfort British Classic wins: (24) 1000 Guineas (1979 One In A Million, 1981 Fairy Footsteps, 1985 Oh So Sharp, 1996 Bosra Sham, 1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince), 2000 Guineas (1975 Bolkonski, 1976 Wollow), Vodafone Derby (1985 Slip Anchor, 1987 Reference Point, 1993 Commander In Chief, 1999 Oath), Vodafone Oaks (1985 Oh So Sharp, 1988 Diminuendo, 1989 Snow Bride, 1996 Lady Carla, 1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2000 Love Divine, 2007 Light Shift), St Leger (1980 Light Cavalry, 1985 Oh So Sharp, 1987 Reference Point, 1989 Michelozzo) Other major wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1979 and 1980 Le Moss, 1981 and 1982 Ardross, 1987 Paean), Brigadier Gerard Stakes (2000 Shiva), Canadian International (1998 Royal Anthem), Champion Stakes (1988 Indian Skimmer, 1996 Bosra Sham), Coral-Eclipse (1969 Wolver Hollow, 1976 Wollow, 1978 Gunner B), Coronation Stakes (1975 Roussalka, 1979 One In A Million, 1982 Chalon, 1990 Chimes Of Freedom, 1994 Kissing Cousin), Dewhurst Stakes (1975 Wollow, 1982 Diesis), Falmouth Stakes (1982 Chalon, 1990 Chimes Of Freedom), Fillies’ Mile (1978 Formulate, 1984 Oh So Sharp, 1987 Diminuendo, 1988 Tessla, 1995 Bosra Sham, 1996 Reams Of Verse), Grand Prix de Paris (2000 Beat Hollow), Irish Oaks (1988 Diminuendo d.h., 1999 Ramruma, 1989 Alydaress), Irish Derby (1989 Old Vic, 1993 Commander In Chief), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1973 Cloonagh), Juddmonte International (1976 Wollow, 1999 Royal Anthem), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1987 Reference Point, 1990 Belmez, 1994 King’s Theatre), Middle Park Stakes (1981 Cajun, 1982 Diesis), Prix Royal-Oak (1981 Ardross, 1986 El Cuite), Prix du Jockey-Club (1989 Old Vic), Prix de Diane (1987 Indian Skimmer, 1990 Rafha), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1979 Kris), Racing Post Trophy (1969 Approval, 1975 Take Your Place, 1979 Hello Gorgeous, 1982 Dunbeath, 1984 Lanfranco, 1986 Reference Point, 1989 Be My Chief, 1990 Peter Davies, 1992 Armiger, 1993 King’s Theatre), St James’s Palace Stakes (1975 Bolkonski, 1979 Kris, 1990 Shavian; 1998 Dr Fong), Sussex Stakes (1975 Bolkonski, 1976 Wollow, 1979 Kris, 1994 Distant View, 1997 Ali-Royal), Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva), Yorkshire Oaks (1979 Connaught Bridge, 1988 Diminuendo, 1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruna) Royal Ascot wins: 70 First Royal Ascot winner: Queen Alexandra Stakes (1970 Parthenon). Major Royal Ascot winners: St James’s Palace Stakes (1975 Bolkonski, 1979 Kris, 1990 Shavian, 1998 Dr Fong), Gold Cup (1979 & 1980 Le Moss, 1981 & 1982 Ardross, 1987 Paean), Coronation Stakes (1975 Roussalka, 1979 One In A Million, 1982 Chalon, 1990 Chimes Of Freedom, 1994 Kissing Cousin), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1977 Lucky Wednesday, 1978 Gunner B, 1992 Perpendicular, 1993 Placerville, 1997 Bosra Sham), Queen Anne Stakes (1981 Belmont Bay, 1982 Mr Fluorocarbon, 1983 Valiyar, 1984 Trojan Fen) Other details: Champion trainer 10 times (1976, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993) Horses in training (1969-2008): 41; 62; 80; 89; 76; 90; 84; 80; 113; 101; 115; 134; 139; 145; 154; 152; 162; 169; 181; 177; 172; 174 ; 163; 165; 164; 208; 176; 186; 188; 191; 169; 157; 122; 83; 73; 56; 55; 78; 108; Wins in a season (1984-2008): 108: 132: 115: 180: 112: 117 : 111: 119: 109: 94: 76: 83: 113: 78: 100: 65: 62: 48: 30: 25: 21: 12; 25; 45; 50; Wins in 2009: 30

Winning jockey:-Name: Queally, Thomas Peter Born: October 8, 1984 Background: Son of Declan, who trains a small string in County Waterford. A former pony racing champion, who was champion apprentice in Ireland in 2000 with 28 wins - Devon trainer Tony Newcombe helped bring him to Britain while apprenticed in Ireland to Pat Flynn. First Winner: Larifaari (Nenagh Handicap, Clonmel, April 13, 2000 - on 4th racecourse ride) Big Race Wins: Darley July Cup (2009 Fleeting Spirit), Dubai Airport World Trophy (2006 Dixie Belle), Empress Stakes (2005 Dixie Belle), totesport Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes (2004 Illustrious Miss), Rathbarry Stud’s Barathea Finale Stakes (2006 Frank Sonata), Star Stakes (2004 Queen Of Poland), Princess Elizabeth Stakes (2008 Lady Gloria) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Windsor Castle Stakes (2004 Chateau Istana), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2009 Art Connoisseur) Wins 2003-2008: 1; 66*, 43 (*Champion Apprentice), 59; 66; 62 Wins In 2009: 53


RACE 2 - JOHN GUEST EBF MAIDEN STAKES
WINNER’S QUOTES

SEA LORD OFF THE MARK FOR JOHNSTON

Sea Lord made experience tell when winning the John Guest EBF Maiden Stakes for Middleham trainer Mark Johnston.

The winner was runner-up in a similar event at Epsom last week, and in a race containing plenty of newcomers he led early and then rallied when passed by second-placed Gene Autry.


Horses trained by Johnston are often credited with showing fighting qualities, but the trainer has never been an advocate of the theory that they are special. He reflected on that when referring to Sea Lord’s victory, and said: “It’s the age-old story - Richard Hughes [on Gene Autry] came to my horse looking so full of running and yet found nothing. I’m never convinced that proves our horse found more, it’s just the second used up so much petrol to get past that there’s a penalty to pay. He slowed down while our horse stayed on at one pace.


“It’s a classical run where one of our horses appeared to fight back, but I suggest it is just par for the course. Nonetheless, he’s run a fine race and he’s a nice horse.”

Sea Lord, who was given a quote of 50-1 for next year’s Stan James 2,000 Guineas by the sponsors of that event, is entered in the Gr.2 Gimcrack Stakes at York on August 19, and Johnston said: “To be honest it isn’t my first thought to run there, but it’s not impossible. He’s also in the Gr.2 Champagne Stakes [at Doncaster], but that was [his wife] Deirdre’s idea. She suggested we stick him in there and she might be right.”

Johnston, a Scot who is based in Yorkshire, has a particularly fine record when heading south for Glorious Goodwood, which starts on Tuesday. He said: “I can’t think of any obvious horses to pick out for that meeting, but I guess we’ll be particularly strong in mile-and-a-half handicaps for three-year-olds. We’ve got Alanbrooke in the Goodwood Cup, but I can’t imagine he will run unless he trots up today [he runs in the John Guest Brown Jack Stakes at 4.25].”



SECOND RACE RESULT

3.15pm - John Guest EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes 7f
1) Sea Lord (IRE) 2-9-03 (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston Greg Fairley 9/4
2) Pounced (USA) 2-9-03 John Gosden Jimmy Fortune 14/1
3) Excellent Guest 2-9-03 George Margarson Tom Queally 9/1
4) Gene Autry (USA) 2-9-03 Richard Hannon Richard Hughes 6/4 Fav

10 ran
Time: 1m 31.58s
Distances: nk, 1¼, 2¼
Breeding: Cape Cross (IRE) - First Fleet (USA) (Woodman (USA))
Breeder: Darley
Tote Win: £3.50 Tote Places: £1.40, £3.00, £2.40 Exacta: £22.60

Winning Trainer;-Name; Johnston, Mark Steven Born; Glasgow, 10/9/59 Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Date of first licence; January 1987 First winner; Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation; Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practised as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA Classic wins; (2) 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Other major wins include; Ascot Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001, 2002 Royal Rebel), Urban-I Champagne Stakes (2003 Lucky Story, 2007 McCartney), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2003 Attraction), Chester Vase (2002 Fight Your Corner), Classic Trial (2002 Simeon), Cornwallis Stakes (1994 Millstream), Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Dewhurst Stakes (2004 Shamardal), Doncaster Cup (1995,1996 & 1998 Double Trigger), Dubai Turf Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh), Futurity Stakes (1994 Jural), Gordon Stakes (2002 Bandari), Gran Criterium (2006 Kirklees), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits of Love), Harvest Stakes (2002 Love Everlasting), Goodwood Cup (1995, 1997 & 1998 Double Trigger, 2000 Royal Rebel, 2004 Darasim), Lingfield Derby Trial (2002 Bandari), Ormonde Stakes (2004 Systematic), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Fruits Of Love, 2004 Bandari, 2006 Soapy Danger), Princess Margaret Stakes (1992 Marina Park), Royal Lodge Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys, 2008 Jukebox Jury), Sagaro Stakes (1995 & 1996 Double Trigger), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D'Inde), Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys, 2003 Lucky Story, 2004 Shamardal), ITM Gimcrack Stakes (2008 Shaweel) Royal Ascot wins (30): Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel), King George V Handicap (1995 Diaghilef, 2002 Systematic, 2003 Fantastic Love, 2006 Linas Selection), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D’Inde), Britannia Handicap (1997 Fly To The Stars), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits Of Love, 2002 Zindabad, 2005 Bandari), Chesham Stakes (2000 Celtic Silence, 2002 Helm Bank, 2003 Pearl Of Love), Queen’s Vase (2001 And Beyond, 2003 Shanty Star, 2005 Melrose Avenue, 2006 Soapy Danger, 2009 Holberg), Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (2001 Takamaka Bay, 2009 Drill Sergeant), Queen Mary Stakes (2003 Attraction), Norfolk Stakes (2003 Russian Valour), Ascot Stakes (2004 Double Obsession), Coronation Stakes (2004 Attraction), Wolferton Handicap (2006 I’m So Lucky), Hampton Court Stakes (2007 Zaham), King Edward VII Stakes (2007 Boscobel), UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh) First Royal Ascot win; Double Trigger (June 22, 1995 - Gold Cup) 1000th winner; Double Honour, Hamilton, September 4, 2000 2000th winner; Leamington, Southwell, February 5, 2008 (passed both landmarks faster than anyone else in history) Wins in a season (1987-2008):1; 5; 15; 28; 31; 53; 77; 117; 114; 116; 123; 100; 113; 130; 116; 134; 139; 119; 141; 158; 130; 126; Wins in 2009: 134

Winning jockey;-Name; Fairley, Greg Born; Hawick, January 7, 1988 Based; c/o Mark Johnston, Kingsley House Racing Stables, Middleham First Winner; Mamore Gap, Evening Gazette Handicap, Redcar, May 9, 2005 (his sixth ride) Background; joined trainer Mark Johnston from school in early 2004, having done a week’s stint of work experience. He rode nine winners from 50 rides in pony races before joining the Middleham stable. Went to the same school as Keith Dalgleish, who also rode for Johnston. Big Race Wins; Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes (2008 Shaweel) Wins (2005-2008): 32; 39; 65 (champion apprentice); 48; Wins in 2009: 60


RACE 3 - EBF TRANSFORMERS & RECTIFIERS VALIANT STAKES
WINNER’S QUOTES

STRAWBERRYDAIQUIRI GIVES A CHAMPAGNE PERFORMANCE

Strawberrydaiquiri recorded her third consecutive victory when landing the EBF Transformers And Rectifiers Valiant Stakes, a Listed race for fillies and mares.


Homebred by Newsells Park Stud and racing in the colours of Renata Jacobs, whose family own the Hertfordshire-based stud, Strawberrydaiquiri is trained by Sir Michael Stoute and was ridden by Ryan Moore.


Mrs Jacobs’ racing manager, Gary Coffey, said: “Sir Michael will decide where she runs next but she’s clearly a progressive filly.


“Ryan held a nice position on her and when the second horse came to her she responded well, so we’re very pleased. It’s a great thrill for Newsells Park, which bred her, and we still have her dam, Strawberry Morn and an unraced two-year-old by Dr Fong called Strawberry Rose, who is in training with Marcus Tregoning. We also have a Motivator yearling filly out of Strawberry Morn.


“The logical step will be to run Strawberrydaiquiri in a Group 3 race next, but we don’t have any grand plan. One day she will be retired to the farm, and she promises to make a lovely broodmare.”

Newsells Park is home to stallion Mount Nelson, a former winner of the Coral-Eclipse Stakes, and who stood his first season at stud this year. Coffey said: “He covered 100 mares and we were very happy with that, and he’s about to go down to Australia for a season at southern hemisphere time.”




THIRD RACE RESULT

3.50pm - E.B.F. Transformers And Rectifiers Valiant Stakes (Fillies' Listed) 1m

1) Strawberrydaiquiri 3-8-11 (Renata Jacobs) Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 4/6 Fav
2) Balaagha (USA) 3-8-07 Richard Hills Michael Jarvis 10/1
3) Greenisland (IRE) 3-8-07 Robert Havlin Hughie Morrison 20/1
4) Perfect Star 5-9-01 Adam Kirby CliveCox 7/1

Non-runners: Trumpet Lily, Damaniyat Girl
9 ran
Time: 1m 42.57s
Distances: 1, 2, nk
Breeding: Dansili - Strawberry Morn (CAN) (Travelling Victor (CAN))
Breeder: Newsells Park Stud Limited
Tote Win £1.70 Places: £1.10, £2.50, £4.3 Exacta: £10.00

Winning trainer:-Name: Stoute, Sir Michael Ronald Date of birth:22/10/45 Date of first licence: 1972 First Winner: Sandal, Newmarket, April 28, 1972, Turn Of The Lands Handicap. Previous Occupation: Served with Pat Rohan, Doug Smith and Tom Jones. Other information: Arrived in Britain from his native Barbados just before his 20th birthday and has won the Champion Hurdle art Cheltenham with Kribensis in 1990. Was the only trainer to win a British Classic in five consecutive seasons. Was awarded a knighthood in 1998 for services to tourism in Barbados. British Classic wins: (14) 1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 2003 Russian Rhythm), 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Investec Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light), Vodafone Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1987 Unite), Ladbrokes St Leger (2008 Conduit) Other big race wins: Irish 2,000 Guineas (1989 Shaadi), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1986 Sonic Lady), Irish Derby (1981 Shergar, 1983 Shareef Dancer, 1986 Shahrastani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist, 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka), Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Cheveley Park Stakes (1980 Marwell; 1994 Gay Gallanta; 2000 Regal Rose), Investec Coronation Cup (1992 Saddler’s Hall, 1993 Opera House, 1997 Singspiel, 2000 Daliapour), Coral-Eclipse (1993 Opera House; 1994 Ezzoud;1997 Pilsudski, 2001 Medicean, 2007 Notnowcato), Dubai World Cup (Singspiel 1997), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1996 Pilsudski, 2000 Kalanisi, 2008 Conduit), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2003 Islington) Falmouth Stakes (1983 Royal Heroine, 1986 and 1987 Sonic Lady, 1998 Lovers Knot), Fillies’ Mile (1985 Untold), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2004 Gamut, 2007 Mountain High, 2009 Spanish Moon), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 1997 Pilsudski), Juddmonte International Stakes (1993 & 1994 Ezzoud; 1997 Singspiel; 2006 Notnowcato), July Cup (1981 Marwell; 1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1981 Shergar; 1993 Opera House, 2002 Golan), Nassau Stakes (1977 Temple First, 1984 Optimistic Lass, 1990 Kartajana, 1994 Hawajiss, 2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Pride Stakes (2008 Crystal Capella), Prix de l’Opera (1983 Royal Heroine, 1985 Bella Colora, 2000 Petrushka, 2003 Zee Zee Top), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985 Shadeed; 1987 Milligram; 1989 Zilzal), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Sussex Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady; 1989 Zilzal; 1998 Among Men), Yorkshire Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia; 1985 Sally Brown; 1986 Untold; 1990 Hellenic; 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka, 2002 and 2003 Islington) Tattersalls Gold Cup (2007 Notnowcato) Prix Royal-Oak (2007 Allegretto) Matron Stakes (2007 Echelon), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2008 Promising Lead), Princess Of Wales’s Blue Square Stakes (1986 Shardari, 1991 Rock Hopper, 1992 Saddlers’ Hall, 2000 Little Rock, 2005 Gamut, 2007 Papal Bull, 2009 Doctor Fremantle) Royal Ascot Wins: 60 First Royal Ascot winner: Etienne Gerard (June 15, 1977 - Jersey Stakes) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1978 Shangamuzo), Coronation Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady, 1987 Milligram, 1998 Exclusive, 2003 Russian Rhythm), St James’s Palace Stakes (1989 Shaadi), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1981 Hard Fought, 1991 Stagecraft), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1985 Dafayna), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean, 2002 No Excuse Needed), Jersey Stakes (1977 Etienne Gerard, 1980 Hard Fought, 1989 Zilzal, 1997 Among Men, 2006 Jeremy), King Edward VII Stakes (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1991 Saddler’s Hall, 1994 Foyer, 2002 Balakheri, 2006 Papal Bull), Hardwicke Stakes (1986 Dihistan, 1991 & 1992 Rock Hopper, 2006 & 2007 Maraahel) Other details: Champion trainer in Britain 8 times (1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005) Trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket Wins (1984-2008): 96: 120: 76: 105: 99: 116: 78: 83: 74: 65: 109: 73: 73: 84: 79: 81: 91: 75: 104: 115: 87: 95; 107; 111; 87; Wins in 2009: 51

Winning Jockey: Moore, Ryan Lee Date Of Birth: September 18, 1983 Background: Father Gary is a trainer, and brother Jamie is a successful national hunt jockey. Ryan initially rode over jumps as well, notching his first success on Mersey Beat in an amateur riders’ event at Towcester on May 15, 2000. Switching to the flat, Ryan enjoyed his first success on the level when winning aboard Marwell’s Kris for Belgian trainer E C Chopin in at Lingfield on January 16, 2002. Champion apprentice in 2003 with 59 wins. Broke 100-winner barrier for first time in 2004, and was crowned champion jockey in 2006 with 180 victories. Off track for several months in 2007 with fractured arm, but still finished third in the Jockeys’ Championship with 126 wins. Appointed as stable jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in December 2007. Group One Wins: Investec Coronation Cup (2009 Ask), Juddmonte International (2006 Notnowcato), Eclipse Stakes (2007 Notnowcato), Matron Stakes (2007 Echelon), Gran Criterium (2007 Scintillo), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2008 Promising Lead), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2008 Conduit), Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (2009 Presvis), Grend Prix de Saint-Cloud (2009 Spanish Moon), Princess Of Wales’s Blue Square Stakes (2007 Papal Bull, 2009 Doctor Fremantle) Other Big Race Wins Include: Ladbroles Bunbury Cup (2009 PlumPudding), Pride Stakes (2008 Crystal Capella) First Royal Ascot Win: Colony, King George V Stakes, June 2008 Royal Ascot Wins (6): King George V Stakes (2008 Colony), Queen’s Vase (2008 Patkai), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2008 Sugar Ray), Hampton Court Stakes (2009 Glass Harmonium), Wolferton Handicap (2009 Perfect Stride), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standings) Number of Wins 2002-08: 39; 59 (champion apprentice); 132; 120; 180 (champion jockey), 126; 186 (champion jockey) Wins in 2009: 97




FOURTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
JOHN GUEST BROWN JACK STAKES

SUN SHINES FOR SIMCOCK

The David Simcock-trained Darley Sun looked a stayer with a big future when storming clear of the field to take the Brown Jack Handicap by 10 lengths, even with jockey Chris Catlin putting up 1lb overweight.


It was a first attempt at two miles for three-year-old, who is now likely to step up in grade.


“He’s progressive and was crying out for the step up in trip,” said Simcock’s wife Jenny. “I just spoke to David on the telephone his firsts words were that this just might be the end of the horse’s handicapping days. We’re thinking of possibly going to the Melrose Stakes at York or the Doncaster Cup now.


“Two miles is what he wants and Chris, with a big grin on his face, said the horse didn’t mind the ground! He also said that the horse travelled quite keenly and was actually worried that he might have hit the front too soon because he didn’t know what the horses behind would do.”


FOURTH RACE RESULT
4.25pm - John Guest Brown Jack Handicap 2m

1) Darley Sun (IRE) 3-8-02 (inc 1 lb ow) (Abdullah Saeed Belhab) David Simcock Chris Catlin 3/1 2) Alanbrooke 3-9-01b Mark Johnston Greg Fairley 13/8 Fav
3) Gordonsville 6-9-07 Jim Goldie Ryan Moore 7/1
4) Highland Legacy 5-10-00 Michael Bell Hayley Turner 20/1

6 ran
Time: 3m 32.70s
Distances:10, ¾, sh
Breeding: Tiger Hill (IRE) - Sagamartha (Rainbow Quest (USA))
Breeder: Manfred Hoffer & Ballygrelihan Farm
Tote: Win: £4.00 Places: £2.30, £1.40; Exacta: £9.20

Winning trainer:-Name: Simcock, David Based: Trillium Place, Newmarket Background: previously worked for Ian Balding, Dick Hern , William Muir and three years as assistant to Luca Cumani. Was Best Man at Martin Dwyer’s wedding. First Trainer’s Licence: February, 2004 First runner and first winner: Cut And Dried, Lingfield, Number of Wins (2004-2008): 7; 4; 9; 17; 25; Wins in 2009: 26

Winning jockey:-Name: Catlin, Christopher Bernard Born: December 6, 1981 Apprenticeship: with Ken Ivory First Winner: Forgotten Times (Marlow Apprentice H'cap, Windsor, August 16, 1999) Big Race Wins: betfair.com Two-Year-Old Trophy (2004 Obe Gold), Festival Stakes (2002 Imperial Dancer); Gladness Stakes (2003 Millennium Force); Ladbroke Autumn Stakes (2000 Greenaway Bay), Meld Stakes (2002 Imperial Dancer); Prestige Scottish Classic (2002 Imperial Dancer); Tote Trifecta Stakes (2002 Millennium Force), Vodafone Stewards Cup (2002 Bond Boy), £100,000 Tattersalls Autumn Auction Stakes (2002 Michelle Ma Belle) Wins (2000-2008): 22; 71 (champion apprentice); 67; 59; 62, 102, 73, 69, 68 Wins in 2009: 75



RACE 5 - THE OCTOBER CLUB HANDICAP
WINNER’S QUOTES

FRANKIE FINDS FAVOUR FROM FANJURA

Frankie Dettori renewed acquaintance with an old friend at Ascot today, and found Fanjura was good enough to win the October Club Handicap.


Dettori rode Fanjura when the colt made a winning debut at Newmarket last year, but since the colt is trained by Barry Hills he is more regularly partnered by jockeys attached to that stable. Hills’ son Michael would be first choice, but while Fanjura was heading up Ascot’s long straight he was on his way to York, where he has a leading chance of victory tonight on recent Oaks third High Heeled.


Barry Hills, who is recovering at home after a five-week stay in hospital with a blood disorder, was represented at Ascot today by his son Charlie, who said of Frankie’s booking for Fanjura: “He won on him last year and has ridden him once since at Newbury, so knew the horse well and was the obvious booking with Michael going to York.

“He’s a horse that’s going the right way and is entered next week at Glorious Goodwood [including in a Heritage Handicap on Tuesday] but we will have to see how he comes out of this contest. But it’s a long season and there are plenty of other choices - he’s certainly thrived through racing.”

Asked about his father’s health and possible return to the racecourse, Hills said: “He’s going the right way and is toying with a possible trip to Goodwood on Wednesday for Ghanaati [who won the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and is now a leading fancy for the BGC Sussex Stakes in which she will face colts for the first time], but we’ll see nearer the time.”




FIFTH RACE RESULT

5.00pm - October Club Handicap (Supported By The Andy Stewart Charitable Foundation) 1m 2f

1) Fanjura (IRE) 4-9-07 (Terry Benson) Barry Hills Frankie Dettori 6/1
2) William Blake 4-8-09 Mark Johnston Greg Fairley 5/1
3=) Mountain Pride (IRE) 4-9-00 John Dunlop Steve Drowne 16/1
3=) Vainglory (USA) 4-8-13 David Simcock Hayley Turner 7/1

10 ran Last Three Minutes 15/8 Fav (6th)
Time: 2m 9.75s
Distances: ½, 1¼, dh
Breeding: Marju (IRE) - Accelerating (USA) (Lear Fan (USA))
Breeder: Patrick F Kelly
Tote: Win: £4.60; Places £1.90; £1.60; £4.30; Exacta: £29.20

Winning trainer:-Name: Hills, Barrington William Born: Worcester, 2/4/37; Trains at South Bank Stables, Lambourn Date of first licence:1969;First winner: La Dolce Vita (Thirsk, April 18,1969) Previous Occupation: Served apprenticeship with Fred Rimell and George Colling, Head Lad with John Oxley for 10 years Classic wins: (5) 1000 Guineas (1978 Enstone Park, 2009 Ghanaati), 2000 Guineas (1979 Tap on Wood, 2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1994 Moonax), Other major wins: Ascot Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), Betfred Sprint Cup (2007 Red Clubs), Challenge Stakes (2001 Munir), Champagne Stakes (1977 Sexton Blake, 1985 Sure Blade, 1998 Auction House, 1999 Distant Music), Champion Stakes (1983 Cormorant Wood, 2002 Storming Home), Chester Vase (1979 Cracaval, 1973 Proverb, 1999 Peshtigo, 2001 Mr Combustible), Classic Trial (2001 Chancellor), Dee Stakes (1970 Golden Monad, 1972 Our Mirage, 1973 Natsun, 1975 Ravel, 1979 Two Of Diamonds, 1985 Infantry, 1987 Sir Harry Lewis, 1989 Free Sweater, 1990 Blue Stag, 1998 Prolix, 2002 Sohaib), Dewhurst Stakes (1988 Scenic (DH), 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Diadem Stakes (2006 Red Clubs), Falmouth Stakes (1976 Duboff), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1972, 1973 Rheingold), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir, 2006 Red Clubs), Irish Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1994 Bolas), French St Leger (1994 Moonax), Irish Derby (1987 Sir Harry Lewis), Irish 1000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Lowther stakes (2006 Silk Blossom), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 Handsome Sailor), Prestige Stakes (2002 Geminiani), Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (1973 Rheingold), Royal Whip Stakes (2002 Chancellor), Shelbourne Hotels Goffs 500 (2006 Silk Blossom), Sunn Chariot Stakes (2006 Spinning Queen); Sussex Stakes (1990 Distant Relative), Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1987 Chaudennay, 1992 Aquamarine, 1994 Bolas, 1998 High And Low, 1999 Valentine Girl, 2005 Alumni) Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (2007 Dark Angel), Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2007 Dark Angel) St Leger Yearling Stakes (2007 Dark Angel) VC Bet Challnge Stakes (2007 Miss Lucifer) Royal Ascot Wins: 21 Major Royal Ascot Wins: Hardwicke Stakes (1973 Rheingold), Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), St James’s Palce Stakes (1986 Sure Blade), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1997 Royal Applause), King Edward VII Stakes (2001 Storming Home), Coronation Stakes (2005 Maids Causeway), Coventry Stakes (2005 Red Clubs), Jersey Stakes (1982 Merlins Charm), 2009 Ouqba) Horses in training (1984-2008): 107, 125, 139, 131, 140, 152, 175, 159, 129, n/a, 113, 120, 130, 137, 145, 150, 148, 160, 167, 168, 186, 148, 163, 153, 158; Wins in a season (1987-2008): 96: 93: 73: 113: 99: 63: 39: 44: 74: 84: 79: 78: 109: 72: 107: 91: 107: 82: 101; 103; 89; 67; Wins in 2009: 53

Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco.Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, Italy Background: Son of dual English 2000 Guineas winning jockey Gianfranco, “Frankie” also came to Britain early in his career to become apprentice for Luca Cumani in July 1985. In 1990, he became the first teenager to ride 100 winners since Lester Piggott. Appointed number one jockey for brand new Godolphin stable in the winter of 1993/94. Champion jockey for the first time in 1994 with 223 winners, retaining his title the following year with 216 victories. Became the first jockey to win all seven races on a card on September 28, 1996, at Ascot. Narrowly escaped death when his plane crashed shortly after take off at Newmarket racecourse in June 2000. He received an honorary MBE on December 29, 2000, and became champion jockey for a third time in 2004 with 195 victories. First winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) Other Achievements: Received Bill Shoemaker Award for outstanding performance by a jockey at 2006 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs British Classic wins; (13) Derby (2007 Authorized), Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou, 2005 Scorpion, 2006 Sixties Icon, 2008 Conduit), 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia) Irish Classic wins: Irish Oaks (2001 Lailani, 2003 Vintage Tipple), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi), Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara) French Classic wins: Prix du Jockey-Club (1992 Polytain, 2005 Shamardal, 2007 Lawman), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori, 2000 Bachir, 2005 Shamardal), Prix Diane Hermes (2007 West Wind) Other major wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (2000 Regal Rose, 2003 Carry On Katie), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2004 Refuse To Bend), GNER Doncaster Cup (2006 Sergeant Cecil), UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh), Fillies’ Mile (1990 Shamshir, 1999 Teggiano, 2000 Crystal Music), Haydock Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat); Juddmonte International (1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel, 2001 Sakhee, 2007 Authorized), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain,1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Lockinge Stakes (2000 Aljabr, 2008 Literato), Middle Park Stakes (1996 Bahamian Bounty, 1998 Lujain, 2006 Dutch Art), Nunthorpe Stakes (1993 Lochsong, 1995 So Factual, 1998 Lochangel), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction; 1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium), Racing Post Trophy (2006 Authorixed), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr, 2001 Noverre, 2007 Ramonti); Vodafone Coronation Cup (1996 Swain, 1997 Singspiel, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Yorkshire Oaks (1994 Only Royale), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2001 Lailani, 2006 Ouija Board) Dubai: Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist) France: Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2005 Alkaased), Prix Vermeille (2003 Mezzo Soprano), Prix de l’Abbaye (1993, 1994 Lochsong, 2004 Var), Prix d’Ispahan (1996 Halling, 2002 Best Of The Bests), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir, 2006 Librettist), Prix de la Foret (2006 Caradak); Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr); Prix Maurice de Gheest (1999 Diktat); Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential, 1997 Starborough, 1998 Almutawakel), Prix du Cadran (2006 Sergeant Cecil), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan, 2001 Sulk), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Prix du Moulin (2001 Slickly, 2006 Librettist), Prix Jean Luc Lagardere (2007 Rio De La Plata) Germany: Deutsches Derby (1991 Temporal), Grosser Preis Von Baden (2002 Marienbard) Ireland: Irish Champion Stakes (1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera) Japan: Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 2002 Falbrav, 2005 Alkaased) North America: Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2006 Ouija Board), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2004 Wilko), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2006 Red Rocks), Breeders’ Cup Classic (2008 Raven’s Pass), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq) Hong Kong: Hong Kong Cup (2000 Fantastic Light, 2003 Falbrav, 2007 Ramonti), Hong Kong Mile (2004 Firebreak), Hong Kong Vase (1996 Luso), Centenary Sprint Cup (2002 Firebolt), Queen Elizabeth II Cup (1996 Overbury) Royal Ascot wins: 41 First Royal Ascot win: Queen Anne Stakes (June 19, 1990 Markofdistinction) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1992 & 93 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau), St James’s Palace (1997 Starborough), King’s Stand Stakes (1994 Lochsong), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1995 So Factual), Queen Anne Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 1997 Allied Forces, 1998 Inktikhab, 2003 Dubai Destination, 2004 Refuse To Bend, 2007 Ramonti), Leading rider at Royal Ascot: 1997(4 wins); 1998 (7 wins); 1999 (4 wins); 2003 (3 wins); 2004 (6 wins) Wins (1987-2008): 8, 22, 75^, 141, 94, 101, 149, 233*, 216*, 123, 176, 132, 132, 47, 94, 69, 101, 195*, 87, 131, 77, 67 ^Champion apprentice *Champion jockey Wins in 2009: 29


SIXTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
NATIONWIDE ACCIDENT REPAIR STAKES HANDICAP

WIGHAM FULL OF PRAISE FOR ATKINSON

Credit Swap, who was bought out of Luca Cumani’s stable for just 7,000 guineas in October, continued his improvement for new trainer Michael Wigham when getting up to take the concluding Nationwide Accident Repair Services Handicap by a length and a half.


Wigham attributed much of the four-year-old’s resurgence to his 7lb-claiming rider Toby Atkinson.


“The horse was a bit free when we got him but now we’ve got him to settle at home, he stays a bit further,” said Wigham.


“Toby has played a big part in that, he is blessed with a marvellous pair of hands that not many jockeys have. He was born gifted.


“He was late starting, I think he only really began riding two years ago, and I have been bringing him along quietly. His riding improves every time he goes out and he is quite talented, he is going to get there.”


SIXTH RACE RESULT

5.35pm - Nationwide Accident Repair Services Handicap 1m (straight)

1) Credit Swap 4-9-02 (Your Golf Travel Ltd) Michael Wigham Toby Atkinson (7) 6/1
2) Foolin Myself 4-9-12 Michael Bell Hayley Turner 14/1
3) Effigy 5-9-07 Henry Candy Fergus Sweeney 9/2 Fav
4) Isphahan 6-9-08v Andrew Balding David Probert (3) 9/1

Non-runner: no 13 Balata (no suitable jockey)
15 ran
Time: 1m 44.97s
Distances: 1½, 4½, 6
Breeding: b g Diktat - Locharia (Wolfhound (USA))
Breeder: Jeremy Green And Sons

Winning trainer:-Name: Wigham, Michael Born: September 30, 1958 Based: Pond House, Church Lane, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk Background: Flat jockey for 25 years riding around 600 winners Date of First Trainer’s Licence: February 2000 Wins (2001-2008): 9; 2; 4; 5; 9; 11; 10; 29; Wins in 2009: 14

Winning jockey:-Name: Atkinson, Toby Based: c/o Michael Wigham, Pond House, Church Lane, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk First Ride Under Rules: Leg Sweep (7th), Barclays Eastern Handicap, Newmarket, June 30, 2007 First Winner: Dispol Peto, Willie Carson - Pinker's Pond Apprentice Handicap, Catterick, July 25, 2007 Wins (2007-2008): 1; 0 Wins in 2009: 8



NON-RUNNER TOMORROW

ASCOT SATURDAY

5.35pm CANISBAY BLOODSTOCK HANDICAP
no 7 ASCENDANT (Vet’s Certificate (Lame))




AUSSIES HOPING TO JUDGETHEMOMENT IN COUTTS GOODWOOD CUP


Trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam is confident that Judgethemoment can prove himself as a leading stayer in the £100,000 Coutts Goodwood Cup (3.25pm), highlight of racing on the third day of Glorious Goodwood on Thursday, July 30, 2009. A total of 13 entries were received for the prestigious two-mile contest today.


The four-year-old colt was fourth in a competitive two-mile handicap at Sandown on July 4, but had previously given Australian-born Chapple-Hyam a first Royal Ascot success in the marathon two-and-a-half mile Ascot Stakes on June 16.


As part of a long-term plan to run her stayer in the Melbourne Cup, Chapple-Hyam has booked leading Australian jockey Michelle Payne to ride Judgethemoment on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old has ridden over 400 winners in her native country and is sister-in-law to former Godolphin number two jockey Kerrin McEvoy. She linked up with Chapple-Hyam to record her first winner in Britain when riding Iasia to victory at Warwick on July 9.


Newmarket-based Chapple-Hyam revealed: “Judgethemoment is definitely an intended runner in the Coutts Goodwood Cup. I suppose he did run a bit flat at Sandown last time out but he had three hard runs beforehand and it might have taken the sap out of him. He also travelled all the way up to Newcastle for the Northumberland Plate (June 27) and ended up being a non-runner, which was a 12-hour round trip.

“Richard Hughes felt that the ground was tacky at Sandown so we decided to race away from the field and race up the centre of the back straight, looking for good ground. We knew that it would cost us about five lengths but that’s racing and it didn’t pull off on that occasion.


“I was very happy with his win at Royal Ascot but it is kind of weird because everyone said before the race that two and a half miles would be very testing for a four-year-old but after he won they all said that he could only win over that distance. He’s a definite two-mile horse and he has won twice over the trip.


“We wanted to run him in a Group race to see how he got on and we also want him to prove that he is a Melbourne Cup horse. We would like him to go up a couple of pounds in the ratings to guarantee him a place for Australia and the owner is keen to run him there.


“People will ask why Michelle will be riding instead of Richard but if we were to get into the Melbourne Cup, then he would carry a low weight like 8st 3lb, and I think Richard would have to chop off a leg to do that weight!

“It’s part of a plan to let Michelle get to know the horse so that when she rides at Melbourne, she doesn’t get off the horse and say how she would have ridden him if she knew the horse. It’s a gamble, and that is what racing is all about.


“He goes to Goodwood in good heart and I am sure that he will be in the firing line.”

Some of the leading stayers are set to contest this year’s Coutts Goodwood Cup including the Amanda Perrett-trained Tungsten Strike, who chased home Yeats in last year’s race and has landed the last two renewals of the Listed Windflower March Stakes at Goodwood.


A trio of entries from Saeed bin Suroor consists of four-time Group One scorer Schiaparelli, who was demoted to third in the Group Two Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket on his latest appearance, multiple French Listed winner Friston Forest and Age Of Reason, who was second in the Group One Gran Premio di Milano in June.


Other notable entries include Centennial, who won the Group Two Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes at Goodwood last year for trainer John Gosden, the William Muir-trained Enroller, who landed a Group Three at Newbury in April, and the ever-green 12-year-old Caracciola, who is set to make his debut for trainer Barry Hills, having triumphed in last year’s Cesarewitch and the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot for Nicky Henderson.

The entry is completed by Ajaan, Askar Tau, Mourilyan, The Betchworth Kid and Alanbrooke.

While the Coutts Goodwood Cup showcases the very best of staying talent, some of the fastest sprinters around will also be in action in the five-furlong £70,000 Group Three Audi Stakes (2.45pm), for which 21 entries have been received. Last season’s Group One King’s Stand Stakes winner Equiano could line up for Barry Hills and the four-year-old sprinter may be joined by another Group One victor at Royal Ascot, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Kingsgate Native, who triumphed in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at the same meeting in 2008.



The Luca Cumani-trained Ialysos bounced back from a disappointing effort in this year’s Golden Jubilee with victory in a Group Three at Sandown on July 4, while the 2007 winner Moorhouse Lad, may bid for another crack at the Audi Stakes for trainer Bryan Smart, having finished seventh behind Enticing 12 months ago.


The rest of the contenders include last year’s third Dandy Man, multiple French Listed winner Inxile and Goodwood specialist Borderlescott, who won the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup in 2006 and has been placed in both subsequent renewals. The Robin Bastiman-trained seven-year-old also provided his trainer with a first Group One success when taking the re-scheduled Nunthorpe Stakes at Newmarket in August of last year.


Friday’s other Group Three contest is the £70,000 Moet Hennessy Fillies’ Stakes (4.00pm), which has attracted an entry of 12. Last year’s race saw a thrilling finish with Gravitation denying subsequent Group One winner Folk Opera by a short-head. The William Jarvis-trained four-year-old is set to defend her crown but looks set to face stiff competition, with the likes of recent Listed winner Cassique Lady and Epsom Oaks fifth The Miniver Rose among the contenders.


The seven-race card gets underway with the £60,000 Summer Vase Heritage Handicap (2.10pm) over just short of 10 furlongs. One of the most competitive heats of the entire Festival, recent winners have unsurprisingly gone on to Pattern race success, including Enforcer (2005), who went on to Group Three glory and made the frame in the Group One Coronation Cup, while the 2007 winner Pipedreamer landed the Group Two York Stakes the following season.


This year’s contest looks set to be another top-class renewal, with the Sir Michael Stoute-trained pair of Mirrored and Desert Creek among the 32 entries. A trio of possible runners from the Godolphin operation includes Listed scorer Parthenon and recent Newmarket winner Spring Of Fame, while River Captain, who landed a heritage handicap on Derby Day at Epsom, may line up for Sylvester Kirk.


Further competitive action is provided by the £40,000 XL Insurance Heritage Handicap (4.35pm) with 31 horses entered for the seven-furlong contest, including the Mark Johnston-trained Crackdown, who has been second in competitive handicaps on his two previous starts, and Infiraad, from the stable of Barry Hills.


All six heritage handicaps at Glorious Goodwood will have two reserves for the first time this year, apart from 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.


Friday’s action is completed by the seven-furlong £20,000 EBF New Ham Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (5.10pm), for which 31 juveniles have been entered, and the five-furlong £20,000 Charlton Handicap, which has attracted 37 entries.



GROUND

The ground at Goodwood remains GOOD.


Seamus Buckley, Clerk of the Course at Goodwood, reported today: “We had three millimetres of rain this morning and that really was the icing on the cake for us - the course really is looking in superb condition and the moisture has helped to keep it that way.


“There is a chance of a shower later today while it should be dry tomorrow. Further showers are forecast for Sunday into Monday.”


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