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Monday, July 11, 2011



The eagerly-awaited clash between the world’s best milers, Frankel and Canford Cliffs, takes place at Goodwood Racecourse on Wednesday, July 27 in the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes, day two of Glorious Goodwood. It is the “Duel on the Downs”.


Frankel’s jockey Tom Queally and Richard Hannon junior, assistant to his father Richard who trains Canford Cliffs, took each other on in Audi R8 cars at the Goodwood Motor Circuit today (Monday, July 11).


At a press conference, midway through the motor racing action, Hannon revealed: “I don’t remember a race that I have looked forward to so much.


“It took us sort of 10 races to beat Goldikova so we don’t want to go through that again. We won’t be taking on Frankel 10 times if we get beaten.


“Frankel is a very, very good horse and worthy of utmost respect and if you want to see who the best in the world is be at Goodwood on Wednesday (July 27).


“In certain races, Frankel has gone off a little bit quick but they still haven’t beaten him yet, which would be my worry.


“Canford Cliffs is pretty fit - he has had his two runs - and we will just keep him ticking over.


“We will probably do a bit on Sunday and then the following Wednesday. He is in great form and looks superb.


“He is a very easy and straightforward horse - there are not really any complications with him and he shows that in his races. He travels - we taught him to settle - which sets him up to take on a horse that goes on. You just sit him in behind and it makes the job pretty easy.


“Canford Cliffs is very easy in his work - he just goes upside. He works with Angel’s Pursuit and has been doing a fair bit with Dick Turpin recently. He just does it on the bridle - he doesn’t need to go four lengths clear.


“I imagine we will sit mid-division in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes, keeping an eye on where Frankel is - and just follow him. We don’t get too involved in the riding and let Hughesie (Richard Hughes) do what he wants - our job is to get the horse there in one piece, which we have nearly done, and let Hughesie do the rest.


“I think it is a massive advantage that our horse has been around Goodwood before and experienced the undulations (when winning the QIPCO Sussex Stakes last year). Frankel is a three-year-old among the big boys now and he might well find it tough.


“Canford Cliffs has always belonged to the Heffer family. They are a big family and they love their racing. They were only ever going to sell their share in him if he was going to stay in training as a four-year-old. To them, every time he runs it is a day out and just like a family wedding with 30 of them turning up. They are in it for the sport. He was always going to stay in training as along as they were involved. I hope he stays in training until he is 10!


“He has filled out a lot now and is like a proper man. Last year there were a few immaturities - he got beat in the Guineas and probably the Greenham because he went off a little bit keen. And now he is very relaxed - that is our next point - is he going to become too relaxed? He is getting very lazy - he has seen it all before. He loves his routine but we change it about a little bit and that is why Goodwood and taking on a fresh horse may be a good thing.”


Queally, reaching speeds of 150mph in the Audi R8, admitted that Frankel was not quite so fast.


The rider said: “The feeling I got off Frankel when he won the Guineas was second to none - he was in tip-top condition and basically ran them into the ground - it was a great day.


“He won at Royal Ascot which was the main thing and now all roads lead to Goodwood and we hope for a bit of luck there.


“I cannot see the Goodwood track being a problem really - obviously Canford Cliffs has proved himself there before but Frankel is a very well balanced colt. It is going to be a great spectacle.”






Asked how he thought the QIPCO Sussex Stakes would pan out, Queally replied: “It is hard to know - there may be contrasting tactics to what we have seen already.


“From my point of view, all I can do is look for chinks in Canford Cliffs’ armour, like in the races he has been beaten in.


“Frankel wants to please you - he is a trier. A lot of horses with that amount of ability get there, prick their ears, pull up and all sorts - not him, he just wants to keep going.


“Shane (Fetherstonhaugh) has done a marvellous job on Frankel at home, keeping him settled and happy - you need good people like that behind the scenes.”


Richard Hughes, the rider of Canford Cliffs, was interviewed over the phone as he is on holiday in Portugal.


He said: “I probably would have had a nasty accident and killed myself or someone else if I had been in the cars today!


“I have loved Canford Cliffs since the first day I rode him as a two-year-old in March, six weeks before he ran, and he has never let me down.


“He actually ran away with me in the Coventry Stakes (at Royal Ascot) when he won very impressively and then he went to the Prix Morny and he wasn’t quite right when I rode him handy.


“That was him done as a two-year-old and the Newbury race the following season was a trial and I wanted a fit horse going into the Guineas, so I let him stride that day and he just pulled up in front, but he wasn’t working well before the Greenham. Then in the Guineas, he ran a bit keen but ever since then he has been as good as gold, dropping in.


“Settling is not really an issue with him now.


“I’m a huge admirer of Frankel - I think he is a brilliant horse - he is probably the best three-year-old over a mile in a long time. I respect him totally.


“The other thing going into the race is that I am not afraid to lose - if I beat him, better again, but there would be no disgrace if he beats me.


“Canford Cliffs beat Goldikova quite well at Royal Ascot - I thought (Olivier) Peslier gave her a brilliant ride - he would not kick and as long as he didn’t I couldn’t. If there had been a better gallop, I probably might have won a bit easier.


“I rode Canford Cliffs just before I went on holiday and he felt great. We will probably do a half-speed and then one serious bit of work before letting him freshen up for the last four days before the race.


“That is the only reason I am not riding this week, if I got a ban I would miss the race. And I was not going to let that happen.”


Adam Waterworth, managing director of Goodwood Racecourse, is delighted that Glorious Goodwood is the venue where Canford Cliffs and Frankel are due to meet.


He said: “The idea behind the QIPCO Sussex Stakes is that the three-year-olds meet the older horses - you always hope to get the clash between the new champion against the reigning champion and luckily this year it looks like we will have that race.


“It is fantastic that the new champion in Frankel is meeting our reigning champion in Canford Cliffs, the leading older horse at a mile. You could not write a better script.”


The QIPCO Sussex Stakes is run over a mile on the second day of Glorious Goodwood, Wednesday, July 27, at 3.10pm. It is part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.




The “Duel on the Downs” is the eagerly-awaited race between the world’s two top milers, Canford Cliffs and Frankel, in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.


The Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes is the highlight of the five days of top-class racing at Glorious Goodwood.


The horses entered for the race are listed below:



Class 1, Group 1, £300,000 Total Prize Fund. Goodwood, 3.10pm, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. For three-year-olds and upwards, 1 mile. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 8st 13lb, fillies 8st 10lb; four-year-old colts and geldings 9st 7lb, fillies 9st 4lb. Entries closed Tuesday, May 24, entries revealed, Wednesday, May 25 (35 entries). Scratchings deadline Tuesday, July 5 (12 remain). Six-day confirmation and £19,500 supplementary stage, Thursday, July 21. Final declaration stage 10.00am, Monday, July 25. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including Sunday, July 10.



Form                Horse                           Age/Wgt           Owner                                                              Trainer

23111-11           CANFORD CLIFFS (IRE) 4-9-07   The Heffer Syndicate, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith    Richard Hannon

35/140-15          DELEGATOR                   5-9-07            Godolphin                                                         Saeed bin Suroor

153-1401           DICK TURPIN (IRE)        4-9-07 John Manley                                                     Richard Hannon

14-(6)013           RAJSAMAN (FR)             4-9-07 Saeed Nasser Alromaithi                                    Freddy Head FR

0531-(3)54         RED JAZZ (USA)             4-9-07 Ronnie Arculli                                                    Barry Hills

101211-34         RIO DE LA PLATA (USA) 6-9-07            Godolphin                                                         Saeed bin Suroor

133202-10         ANTARA (GER)   5-9-04 Godolphin                                                         Saeed bin Suroor

1115-51 DREAM AHEAD (USA)    3-8-13 Khalifa Dasmal                                                  David Simcock

1111-111           FRANKEL                       3-8-13 Khalid Abdulla                                                   Henry Cecil

212-01346         NEEBRAS (IRE)              3-8-13 Godolphin                                                      Mahmood Al Zarooni

161113-222       ZOFFANY (IRE)              3-8-13 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier       Aidan O'Brien IRE

143-3300           MAQAASID                     3-8-10 Hamdan Al Maktoum                                         John Gosden


12 entries remain after July 5 scratchings deadline

1 Irish-trained

1 French-trained





3 b c Galileo (IRE) - Kind (IRE) (Danehill (USA))

Form: 1111-111                                  Owner: Khalid Abdulla                                      Trainer: Sir Henry Cecil

Jockey: Tom Queally                         Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd



In seven racecourse appearances, the unbeaten Frankel has more than proved a fitting tribute to the legendary US trainer Bobby Frankel, who provided owner/breeder Khalid Abdulla with a host of big race victories in America until his death from cancer at the age of 68 in November, 2009. The home-bred son of Galileo, a three parts brother to 2010 Lingfield Derby Trial winner Bullet Train, made an eye-catching winning debut when readily scoring in a mile maiden on Newmarket's July Course on August 13. He built on that promising start when quickening clear of two rivals for a bloodless 13-length victory over subsequent Group One Prix Marcel Boussac third Rainbow Springs in a seven-furlong conditions race at Doncaster's St Leger meeting on September 10. The manner of his win saw Frankel propelled towards the head of the ante-post markets for both the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and the Investec Derby in 2011 and he showed himself as a juvenile of uncommon ability with a stunning success in the Group Two Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes over a mile at Ascot on September 25. Not content with the sedate pace, Tom Queally took up the running entering the straight and Frankel accelerated away from the field with ease to gain an almost effortless 10-length triumph over Klammer. His trainer then suggested that Frankel was the finest juvenile to have passed through his hands since Wollow in 1975 (who subsequently went on to win the 2000 Guineas). Frankel's final start of 2010 came at Newmarket on October 16 in the Group One Dubai Dewhurst Stakes. A strong line-up for the seven-furlong event also included dual Group One winner Dream Ahead and impressive Group Two victor Saamidd. Held up at the rear of the field, Frankel began to make smooth progress with three furlongs remaining, led before the furlong-pole and defeated Roderic O'Connor by two and a quarter lengths in good style. The runner-up strongly endorsed the form when winning a Group One in France afterwards. Frankel was the joint champion two-year-old in Europe on official ratings with Dream Ahead - rated 126. Frankel reappeared this season in the seven-furlong Group Three Greenham Stakes at Newbury on April 16, when he went to the front passing the three-furlong marker to record a comfortable four-length success over subsequent German 2,000 Guineas winner Excelebration. He started the shortest-priced favourite in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas since Apalachee, third at 4/9 in 1974, going off at ½. He galloped his opponents into submission and was over 10 lengths clear before halfway, winning by six lengths from Dubawi Gold with the field strung out. He then headed to Royal Ascot for the Group One St James’s Palace Stakes on June  14 and extended his unbeaten run. But the victory was not delivered in the manner expected by his legion of admirers. Queally sent the colt to the lead with well over three furlongs remaining and Frankel was six lengths clear with a quarter of a mile to run. After such an explosive mid-race burst however, his speed decreased markedly inside the final furlong, allowing the deep closing Zoffany to get within three quarters of a length at the line. Frankel is the joint highest-rated horse in the world on 130, alongside Australian sprinter Black Caviar, in the latest  standings of the World Thoroughbred Rankings.

Race Record: Starts: 7; 1st: 7; 2nd:-; 3rd:-; Win & Place Prize Money: £635,479


Khalid Abdulla

Prince Khalid Abdulla, who prefers to be known as plain Mr K Abdulla on the racecard, is a first cousin to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He owns extensive racing and breeding interests in America, Britain, France and Ireland. He is a semi-retired businessman who, along with his four sons, presides over a huge  conglomerate, the Mawarid Group, in Saudi Arabia and beyond. He developed a love for British racing during the 1960s when renting a house in London and, with the help of former trainer Humphrey Cottrill, had his first winner on May 14, 1979, when the Jeremy Tree-trained Charming Native scored at Windsor. Born in Taif, Saudi Arabia, in 1937, Abdulla has been one of the most successful owner-breeders in Europe over the past four decades and is the only current owner to have owned and bred the winners of all five British Classics. The first British Classic success came when Known Fact was awarded the 1980 2000 Guineas on the disqualification of Nureyev. He has won the 2000 Guineas thrice more, thanks to Dancing Brave (1986), Zafonic (1993) and Frankel (2011), while in 1990 Quest For Fame gave him an initial Derby triumph, followed by Commander In Chief in 1993 and Workforce in 2010. Abdulla also races with great success in France, Ireland and the United States, where under the Juddmonte Farms banner he won a Triple Crown race in 2003 with Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes. In 2003, Abdulla became champion owner in both Britain (78 winners) and France (58 winners), while he also finished third in the USA owners' championship. The full-sisters out of Hasili,  Banks Hill (2001) and  Intercontinental (2005), gave Abdulla a notable pair of victories in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, a race he also annexed in 2009 with two-time Nassau Stakes (2009 & 2010) winner Midday. Hasili also produced the owner’s dual Grade One winning mare Heat Haze, trained by the late Bobby Frankel. 2010 was a superb year and Abdulla finished it as champion owner in Britain (74 winners & prize money of over £3 million) for the second time, while Juddmonte was crowned the top breeder once again. Workforce won in great style both the Investec Derby and Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, while the unbeaten Frankel was crowned joint-champion European juvenile after victory in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes. Special Duty also won two 2010 Classics in the stewards’ room. In the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, she was promoted to first ahead of Jacqueline Quest after finishing a nose second and in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, the filly was awarded first place after coming home the head runner-up to Liliside. Twice Over has also been a leading light over the past few seasons, taking the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket in 2009 and 2010 as well as the 2010 Coral-Eclipse. His Juddmonte breeding operation has nine properties in England, Ireland and Kentucky, including the 373-acre Banstead Manor Stud just outside Newmarket and the 2,500-acre Juddmonte Farms south of Lexington. Juddmonte Farms stand 10 stallions, including Oasis Dream and Dansili, as well as outstanding broodmares in Britain and the US including Hasili, Toussaud and Slightly Dangerous. Abdulla is an honorary member of the British Jockey Club and his daughter was married to the late Prince Fahd Salman, owner of 1991 Derby victor Generous. His notable horses have included the great Dancing Brave, narrowly beaten in the 1986 Derby but successful in the 2000 Guineas, Eclipse, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, plus Rainbow Quest, Warning

, Danehill, Reams Of Verse, Rail Link, Zafonic, Oasis Dream, Chester House, Observatory, Xaar, All At Sea, Commander In Chief, Sanglamore, Ryafan, Exbourne, Marquetry, Raintrap, Sun Shack, Aptitude, Senure, Tates Creek, Cacique, Ventura and Provisio. Abdulla has over 300 broodmares and a similar number of horses in training. Lord Grimthorpe is his racing manager in Europe and Dr John Chandler oversees his US interests. He has won 10 Eclipse Awards in America as well as plenty of Cartier Racing Awards in Europe including the Award of Merit in 2002, while last year Workforce gained the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award and Frankel the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award.

Previous Sussex Stakes winners: 1985 Rousillon; 1988 Warning; 1994 Distant View


Sir Henry Cecil

Sir Henry Cecil, who in June, 2011, was awarded a knighthood for services to racing in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, has been Britain's champion trainer 10 times and is master of Warren Place Stables in Newmarket. Since taking out a licence in 1969, Cecil has compiled a record of success that ranks him among the pantheon of training legends. He has won 36 European Classics, including 25 in Britain, and saddled well over 3,000 individual winners. He is also the most successful trainer at Royal Ascot, having won 73 races at the meeting. Henry Richard Amherst Cecil was born in Aberdeen on January 11, 1943, 10 minutes before his twin brother David, with whom he enjoyed a close bond. His father, Captain Henry Cecil of the Welsh Guards, brother of the third Baron Amherst of Hackney, was killed in action in North Africa some two weeks prior to the birth. Henry's widowed mother Rohays subsequently married royal trainer Sir Cecil Boyd-Rochfort and moved her brood of four boys to Freemason Lodge from the family farm near Newmarket. His formative years at Freemason Lodge stables, along with his brothers Bow, James, David and later Arthur, infused a desire to pursue a life in racing. This was undoubtedly detrimental to any potential academic distractions that may have robbed the sport of one of its most intuitive talents. In his book, On The Level, published in 1983, Cecil recalls at the age of seven being sent to prep school at Sunningdale where, with his twin David, he “went straight to the bottom form and stayed there.” He failed to get into Eton and spent the remainder of his school life at Canford School in Dorset, which he left with 10 O-Levels, before embarking on a high-spirited year at Cirencester's Royal Agricultural College, where he and David “studied drinking and gambling”, before leaving without sitting any exams.  Henry was destined for a career in stud management until accepting the role of assistant to his step-father in 1964. Two years later he married Julie Murless, daughter of the great trainer Sir Noel Murless. Boyd-Rochfort, the man he called Uncle Cecil, retired at the end of the 1968 Flat season, at which point Henry took over the reins at Freemason Lodge. He did not exactly hit the ground running and it was two months before he sighted the winner's enclosure. His initial victory as a licensed trainer came on May 17, 1969, when Celestial Cloud was the short-head winner of an amateur event at Ripon. That success came after a piece of anxious advice from his then father-in-law. After watching the Cecil string work, Sir Noel Murless, never one to interfere, awkwardly declared: “Your horses are galloping like a lot of old gentlemen. You must make them work.” Henry gratefully heeded the advice and big-race glory soon followed with Wolver Hollow in the 1969 Eclipse. A move to Marriott Stables brought his first European Classic, courtesy of Cloonagh in the 1973 Irish 1,000 Guineas. Bolkonski's win in the 1975 2000 Guineas at Newmarket set the ball rolling in Britain. Wollow's 2000 Guineas victory a year later came in Henry's first season training at Warren Place, formerly the yard of his father-in-law, and heralded an era of success that has etched his name indelibly in the annals of racing greatness. As the 1980s dawned, the Henry Cecil legend took shape. Supported by Julie Cecil, head man Paddy Rudkin, travelling head man George Winsor and others, he reigned supreme. He ended the 1979 season as champion trainer with a 20th century record of 128 wins to his name. That was his third title in four seasons, in a year that saw One In A Million land the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and Le Moss and Kris emerge as champions. The following decade brought five more training titles, while eight individual English Classic winners, including the Derby heroes Slip Anchor (1985) and Reference Point (1987), and the brilliant fillies' Triple Crown scorer Oh So Sharp (1985), were complemented by champions such as Ardross, Diesis, Indian Skimmer and Old Vic. In 1985, the year of Slip Anchor and Oh So Sharp, Henry became the first trainer in history to pass the £1-million mark in prize money. The 1987 season brought an even more phenomenal feat as Warren Place runners captured 180 races, smashing John Day's 1867 record of 146. Success continued throughout the next decade with a further clutch of Classic triumphs including four Oaks wins in five years with Lady Carla (1996), Reams Of Verse (1997), Ramruma (1999) and Love Divine (2000). He produced the brilliant Bosra Sham to be champion filly, nursing her fragile feet with the patience and care with which he is renowned, while enjoying two further successes in the Derby with Commander In Chief (1993) and Oath (1999). The latter's owner, the late Prince Ahmed Salman, summed up the feeling of many after Oath's triumph when he said, "winning Classics is easy. You just buy a horse and send it to Henry Cecil". The years have seen many of his owner-breeders pass away, while the loss of Sheikh Mohammed's patronage in 1995 was an undoubted blow. The numbers housed at Warren Place fell dramatically from a peak of near 200, so that by midway through the decade 2000 to 2010 Henry Cecil was no longer seen as a force in the contests that mattered. The family standard, run up the flag pole after each Group One win, gathered dust for over six years after Beat Hollow's Grand Prix de Paris win in 2000. In 2006, however, a corner was turned as Multidimensional gave Henry his first Pattern race success in four years. October of that year marked a return to the top table as the Khalid Abdulla-owned Passage Of Time captured the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud. Classic success made a welcome return to Warren Place in 2007 when Light Shift clinched an emotional success in the Oaks, while Midday went close to handing the stable a ninth victory in the premier fillies’ Classic when a close runner-up to Sariska in 2009. The Khalid Abdulla-owned filly has since proved a bona fide superstar, with back-to-back victories in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood in 2009 and 2010 as well as the Yorkshire Oaks and Prix Vermeille in 2010. She also provided Henry with a first success at the Breeders' Cup when landing the 2009 Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita. Twice Over has also been a standard bearer for Warren Place over the past few seasons, taking the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket in 2009 and 2010 as well as the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown in 2010. The unbeaten Frankel is the latest superstar on the block, having annexed the Group One Dubai Dewhurst Stakes last season and he completely dominated in the first Classic of 2011, winning the QIPCO 2000 Guineas in tremendous style by six lengths. He has since added the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. As well as housing equine superstars, Warren Place was also the haunt of champion jockeys, with Joe Mercer, Lester Piggott, Steve Cauthen, Pat Eddery and later Kieren Fallon each doing their bit and enjoying the spoils of the master trainer's meticulously-planned campaigns. Nowadays, the talented young Irishman Tom Queally is the jockey most often proving his worth atop Cecil-trained contenders. The record books do not lie and Henry Cecil rewrote them as he cultivated and nurtured a string of champions. He is a trainer of great flair - a gifted horseman with an exceptional ability in assessing a horse, and possesses a rare instinctive genius that enables him to appreciate potential far earlier than most. He is also the focus of great fascination, particularly among the media - a champion trainer with a penchant for gardening and fine clothes. He experienced private joy in 2008 when he married Jane McKeown amid an on-going battle against cancer.

Previous Sussex Stakes Wins: 1975 Bolkonski; 1976 Wollow; 1979 Kris; 1994 Distant View; 1997 Ali-Royal


Tom Queally

Tom Queally, born on October 8, 1984, has come a long way since riding his first winner on the John Roche-trained Larifaari at Clonmel on April 13, 2000, when 15. He was crowned Ireland's champion apprentice the same season. From Dungarvan in County Waterford, where his father Declan combines farming with a small training operation, Tom was out hunting on his pony by the age of seven. After a spell showjumping, he was a leading figure on the pony racing circuit by the age of 13 and was apprenticed to trainer Pat Flynn two years later. The apprenticeship was terminated when Queally's parents insisted he finish his leaving certificate at school. At the end of a quiet 2002, when apprenticed to his father, he moved to Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle, winning the following year's Group Three Ballysax Stakes on Balestrini. With the help of owner/trainer Barney Curley, he moved to Britain in 2004 and joined David Loder's Newmarket stable, becoming British champion apprentice that year. He won the 2008 Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom aboard Lady Gloria and is now attached to Henry Cecil's Warren Place stable. Since his move to Cecil's yard, he has recorded significant victories on Midday, who finished runner-up in the 2009 Investec Oaks before going on to claim the Group One Nassau Stakes at Goodwood (2009 and 2010), the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (2010), Qatar Prix Vermeille (2010) and  the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2009). Twice Over has given him success in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (2009 and 2010) and Coral-Eclipse Stakes (2010). In 2009, he also won two Group One sprints, partnering the Michael Bell-trained Art Connoisseur in Royal Ascot’s Golden Jubilee Stakes (Queally’s first top level win) and Fleeting Spirit, trained by Jeremy Noseda, in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket. He has partnered Frankel on all the colt’s seven appearances, including Group One wins in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2010), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2011) and St James’s Palace Stakes (2011). His latest Group One success came on the Cecil-trained Timepiece in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on July 8.

No previous Sussex Stakes victories



4 b c Tagula (IRE) - Mrs Marsh (Marju (IRE))

Form: 113/23111-11                                          Owner: Heffer Syndicate, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith        

Trainer: Richard Hannon                                  Breeder: Simon & S Hubbard Rodwell                                          Jockey: Richard Hughes


Canford Cliffs

Canford Cliffs is without question one of the best milers in the world. The Tagula colt has impressively landed five Group One races at the distance since finishing less than two lengths third to the top-class Makfi in last season’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. After that Classic reversal, Canford Cliffs sluiced home by three lengths in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh and gained revenge on his stable companion  Dick Turpin, who had previously bested him in the Greenham Stakes and the 2000 Guineas, when storming to success in the 2010 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. The colt’s finest moment of last year came at Glorious Goodwood in July. Pitched into all-aged company for the first time, Canford Cliffs used his trademark acceleration to pounce late and win the Sussex Stakes by a cheeky and comfortable neck from Rip Van Winkle, who had landed the prize the previous year. An unsatisfactory scope on the eve of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in September meant that the Hannon-trained star did not race again that year. The colt, who had won two from three starts as a juvenile in 2009, including a breathtaking six-length triumph in the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, understandably attracted the attentions of Coolmore and the Irish-based breeding operation struck a deal that saw stakeholders Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith replace Susan Roy and the Lydia Instance as partners to the existing Heffer Syndicate. Originally purchased for 46,000 euros as a foal at Goffs in November, 2007, Canford Cliffs was subsequently bought by Peter Doyle for £50,000 at the 2008 Doncaster St Leger Yearling Sale. Susan Roy, wife of BHA chairman Paul Roy, purchased a half-share in the colt the night before his Coventry Stakes win, with Lydia Instance then taking half of that share. The deal with Tabor and Smith will see the colt retire to Coolmore at the end of this season to take up stallion duties. Canford Cliffs made an impressive start to the 2011 campaign when winning the Group One JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 14. Ridden as ever by Richard Hughes, the 4/5 favourite quickened clear inside the final furlong and was driven out for a length and a quarter win from the race-fit Italian Group Two winner, Worthadd. The colt then headed to Royal Ascot for a showdown with the great mare Goldikova (2lb ow) in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes. Canford Cliffs delivered his brilliant late burst of speed to pass the 13-time Group/Grade One winner inside the final furlong for a superb length triumph. The Tagula colt is rated the joint third-best horse in the world this year in the latest  World Thoroughbred Rankings standings on 127 alongside Rewilding.

Race Record: Starts: 10; Wins: 7; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £887,224


Heffer Syndicate, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith

Coolmore stakeholders, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, bought into Canford Cliffs afer the colt landed the Group One Sussex Stakes at Goodwood in July 2010. The pair, who often own horses in partnership with Sue Magnier, such as this year’s Derby hero Pour Moi, bought out Lydia Instance and Susan Roy, the wife of BHA Chairman Paul Roy. The Coolmore duo own the colt in partnership with the Heffer Syndicate, which has part-owned the colt since his arrival at Richard Hannon’s yard. Robin Heffer and his five children form the Heffer Syndicate. Heffer founded the RWM Food Group in 1968 and it is now one of Europe's top food processors, dedicated to beef and lamb production in the heart of the West Country. Heffer has a good two-year-old who runs in his name, Harbour Watch, who is unbeaten in two runs. Michael Tabor's silks are blue with orange disc, blue and orange striped sleeves and cap. They first gained prominence aboard the Neville Callaghan-trained hurdler Royal Derbi, winner of the 1993 Irish Champion Hurdle and have since been carried to Group/Grade One success in Flat races around the globe. London-born and Monaco-based Tabor founded the Arthur Prince bookmaking firm and sold it for £28 million in 1995. That same year, Thunder Gulch won the 1995 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in his colours and at around that time he became a partner in many of the Coolmore horses. He spends a lot of his time in Barbados and was valued at £480 million in the 2011 Sunday Times Rich List. The best horses to carry his colours also include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langry, Peeping Fawn and 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches. Misty For Me wore Tabor’s colours when successful in this season’s Irish 1,000 Guineas and Pretty Polly Stakes. Derrick Smith is a former Ladbrokes trading director based in Barbados. He is also an investor in Barchester Healthcare and has made huge profits from currency trading. In 2011, the Sunday Times Rich List estimated his wealth at £550 million. In 2004, he became a Coolmore investor and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight atop such horses as Fame And Glory, Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco. The latest star to run in Smith’s colours is Australian import So You Think, a five-time Group One winner Down Under who has won both his starts in Ireland and saw off Workforce to win the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown recently. He has enjoyed further Group One glory this term with Treasure Beach in the Irish Derby.

Previous Sussex Stakes wins: 1998 Among Men (Tabor with Sue Magnier) 2000 Giant’s Causeway (Tabor with Sue Magnier); 2009 Rip Van Winkle (Smith & Tabor with Sue Magnier); 2010 Canford Cliffs (Heffer Syndicate). 


Richard Hannon

Richard Hannon, born in Lewes, East Sussex, on May 30, 1945, has been training since 1970 when he took over the licence on the retirement of his father Henry (Harry). Originally, Hannon trained solely from stables at East Everleigh in Wiltshire but, due to the increase in the size of his string (around 200 in 2011), he also has a base at nearby Herridge, a stud farm when bought 20 years ago, where he lives. His first winner came over hurdles at Chepstow on March 30, 1970, when Sir Nuilli was successful, while Ampney Prince provided his initial winner on the Flat in a Newbury maiden on April 17 the same year. Hannon made rapid progress as a trainer. A first Pattern race victory came courtesy of Crespinall in the 1972 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom and the same filly went on to win the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood later that season - his first Goodwood triumph. Classic success followed shortly afterwards, when Mon Fils caused a 50/1 shock in the 1973 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. Don't Forgot Me (1987) and Tirol (1990) won the same Newmarket Classic for the yard, and both colts also triumphed in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. Hannon 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. Lyric Fantasy was champion two-year-old filly in 1992 when her wins included the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes against older opposition at York, while Lemon Souffle achieved the same honour in 1993. His major Group One wins also include the Moyglare Stud Stakes with Lyric Fantasy, the Sussex Stakes in 2003 with Reel Buddy and in 2010 with Canford Cliffs, the Prix Royal-Oak (French St Leger) with Assessor as well as  the Prix de l'Abbaye and the July Cup with Mr Brooks. He has trained 32 winners at Royal Ascot and was the leading trainer at the meeting in 2010 with three victories and had the same amount of success there this year. He was also top trainer, with five victories including all the two-year-old Group races, at the 2010 Newmarket July meeting. He has sent out at least 100 winners in 19 of the last 20 years (and is nearly there for 2011), achieved with mostly cheaply bought horses purchased from the yearling and breeze-up sales in conjunction with bloodstock agent Peter Doyle, although his owner-breeder clients now include The Queen. In recent times. Paco Boy  won three Group One races for Hannon, including the 2010 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, and got within a neck of the world's best miler Goldikova in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot next time. His current star racehorse is his best ever according to the trainer. Canford Cliffs (winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas, St  James's Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes, Lockinge Stakes (2011) and the Queen Anne Stakes (2011) in which he defeated Goldikova). Another top-class colt in his yard at present is and Dick Turpin (successful in the Group One Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly in 2010). At Goodwood, Hannon's record is outstanding and in 2010 he smashed the record for most wins at Glorious Goodwood  with nine successes over the five days. He was champion trainer in 1992 and is the reigning champion trainer after taking the title in 2010 with 210 successes and total prize money of £3,218,575. He leads the way again this year.  He gained the Cartier & Daily Telegraph Award of Merit last year but was unable to be present at the emotional November awards’ ceremony due to having just undergone a successful heart bypass operation. He is married to Jo and has six children - the triplets Richard jr (his assistant trainer), Henry and Lizzie (who is married to stable jockey Richard Hughes) - Fanny (who is married to trainer Sylvester Kirk), Claire and Julie. Richard jr has assisted his father for the last few seasons and is on the cusp of taking over when his father decides to retire according to the richardhannonracing.tv website.

Previous Sussex Stakes winners: 2003 Reel Buddy; 2010 Canford Cliffs


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 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 moved 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. Oasis Dream carried Hughes to a long-awaited first British Group One win in the 2003 July Cup and the same colt gave him success in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes later that season. Hughes was also on board Indian Ink when the filly won the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2007. He enjoyed a profitable association with the Hannon-trained Paco Boy, winning two Group One races, the 2009 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the 2010 Lockinge Stakes, while Dick Turpin landed the Group One Prix Jean Prat that year under Hughes. He has forged a formidable partnership with the star miler Canford Cliffs, riding the colt to Group One wins in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes in 2010, as well as this year’s Lockinge Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes. He considers the horse the best he has ridden. Other Group One wins include the 2004 French 2,000 Guineas on American Post, the 2003 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) on Nebraska Tornado, the 1996 Derby Ialiano (Italian Derby) on Bahamian Knight, the 1996 Premio Vittorio di Capua on Mistle Cat, the 2001Prix d’Ispahan on Observatory and the 2002 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas) on Zenda. Hughes came closest to being champion jockey in 2010 when he was runner-up to Paul Hanagan after a long and hard-fought battle that went right to the wire.

Previous Sussex Stakes winners: 2010 Canford Cliffs.


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