Tuesday, July 6, 2010
MUSIC TUNED TO PUT ON A SHOW IN ETIHAD AIRWAYS FALMOUTH STAKES AT NEWMARKET TOMORROW
Music Show will attempt to clinch a first Group One victory in a stellar renewal of the £185,000 Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes (3.10pm) at Newmarket tomorrow, Wednesday, 7th July, the opening day of the fabulous Champagne Lanson July Festival.
The mile contest for fillies and mares, which has eight acceptors, is one of the highlights of the three-day meeting at Newmarket’s July Course, which runs from Wednesday, 7th July to Friday, 9th July.
Music Show is already established among the front rank of her generation following a victory in the Group Three Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket on 14th April and a close third in the Group One Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas on 23rd May.
The Mick Channon-trained filly, an unfortunate sixth behind the reopposing Special Duty in the StanJames.com 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 2, was fourth on her latest outing in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, three and three-quarter lengths behind the Aidan O’Brien-trained Lillie Langtry, who will also bid for honours tomorrow.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Music Show’s owner Jaber Abdullah, revealed this morning: “The latest on Music Show is that she is in top condition. She is looking, if anything, better in her coat than she has done all season, which you would probably expect at this time of year.
“She has a couple of lengths to make up on the principals but she is there with a good chance. Fast ground will be in her favour so we are very hopeful.
“She has been slightly unlucky in her races with the wrong draw and other things going wrong, so while she has ground to make up there is a good chance she can. She deserves it.”
Special Duty, trained in France by Criquette Head-Maarek, has the strange distinction of being awarded two Classic victories - the 1000 Guineas and the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches - in the stewards’ room.
The remaining two three-year-olds in the eight-strong field are the Mark Johnston-trained Group Three Jersey Stakes heroine Rainfall and Gile Na Greine, runner-up in the Coronation Stakes for trainer Jim Bolger.
The older contingent is headed by the Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old Strawberrydaiquiri who held the year older Spacious by a short-head to win the Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot. The latter, trained by James Fanshawe, was third to the great Goldikova in last year’s Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes.
Completing the star-studded line-up is the Gerard Butler-trained Lahaleeb, who landed the Grade One E. P. Taylor Stakes in Canada last season when trained by Mick Channon, before being sold for one million guineas.
PEARCE AND CHAPPLE-HYAM HOPING TO BE REPRESENTED IN sportingbet.com GOODWOOD HANDICAP
GOLDEN SWORD GOES FOR COUTTS GLORIOUS STAKES
The £50,000 sportingbet.com Goodwood Handicap is the longest race run over the five days of Glorious Goodwood, with the two mile and five furlong contest providing a wonderful spectacle to start off day two of the meeting, Wednesday, July 28.
Last season’s renewal of the marathon event went to the mare Sweetheart, and another member of the fairer sex could attempt to land the race this year - the Jeff Pearce-trained Dayia.
The six-year-old mare, a dual bumper winner and successful three times on the Flat, is a standing dish in long-distance handicaps, having finished fourth in last season’s Cesarewitch at Newmarket while on her penultimate outing she dead-heated for fourth in the Ascot Handicap over two and a half miles at the Royal meeting. Her most recent run came on the all-weather at Kempton on June 30, when she stayed on to take third in a two-mile handicap.
Jeff Pearce reported today: “If the ground is good or softer, then the sportingbet.com Goodwood Handicap will be under consideration for Daiya.
“She has to have the ground these days, but the distance of the race would certainly suit her.
“A race over two miles or further is what she wants so we will have a look at the ground and see how things are.
“Her last two runs have been great and I am very happy with her at the moment.”
Another possible starter in the Goodwood contest is Tyrrell’s Wood, who beat all bar Sweetheart to be runner-up in the race 12 months ago when trained by the late Terry Mills. Now in the care of Jane Chapple-Hyam, the five-year-old stayed on to be 11th in the Ascot Handicap on his sole outing since. The trainer also has Rangefinder, sixth in the Ascot Handicap, as another possible runner.
Jane Chapple-Hyam said today: “I would like Tyrrell’s Wood to have another crack at the sportingbet.com Goodwood Handicap.
“The only problem at the moment is the decision is slightly out of my hands, as he is due to go through the ring at Tattersalls tomorrow. I am not sure what the owner’s intentions are at the moment, but if he comes back to me then the sportingbet.com Goodwood Stakes will be the target. It just depends if the jumps boys buy him!
“Rangefinder could also be a possible for the race, although he doesn’t want fast ground.
“We are definitely planning to run Golden Sword in the Group Three Coutts Glorious Stakes on the Friday. He was runner-up in the Irish Derby last year and raced for Mike de Kock in Dubai over the winter.
“We have to start him off somewhere and it seems sensible to go for a Group Three rather than pitch him right in at the deep end on his return.”
It was recently revealed that Junior, trained by David Pipe, has the sportingbet.com Goodwood Handicap as a target following his win in the Ascot Handicap last month.
The Coutts Glorious Stakes takes place over a mile and a half and has prize money of £70,000.
Golden Sword ran three times at Meydan, Dubai, earlier this year, doing best when a close third to Campanologist in the Group Two Dubai City of Gold on March 4.
Glorious Goodwood runs from Tuesday, July 27, through to Saturday, July 31. Wednesday, July 28, also features the most prestigious race of the five days, the £300,000 Group One Sussex Stakes as well as the Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes, a top-class race for two-year-olds.
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