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Friday, July 22, 2011

OPINION POLL ON COURSE FOR ARTEMIS GOODWOOD CUP ON LADIES DAY AT GLORIOUS GOODWOOD

 

Thursday, July 28, is Ladies Day at Glorious Goodwood and two Group Two races take place over contrasting extremes of distances - the five-furlong £85,000 Audi King George Stakes (2.45pm) and the £100,000 Artemis Goodwood Cup (3.15pm) over two miles.

 

The Artemis Goodwood Cup is the third leg of the Long Distance category of the QIPCO British Champions Series and has attracted 23 entries. Godolphin’s Opinion Poll beat all bar Fame And Glory when going down by three lengths in the Group One Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on June 16 and trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is keen to send the five-year-old Halling horse to Goodwood.

 

Al Zarooni commented: “Opinion Poll is likely to head to Goodwood for the Artemis Goodwood Cup and I think that he has improved since Royal Ascot.

 

“His last piece of work was very pleasing and he has run well at Goodwood before, so the course should be no problem. He ran very well in the Gold Cup but the step back to two miles will suit him.

 

“Opinion Poll keeps galloping all the way to the line and we have been very unlucky not to win with him so far this year. He always runs a good race and he deserves to win a big contest.”

 

Other notable entries for the Artemis Goodwood Cup include Blue Bajan, who captured the Group Two Henry II Stakes at Sandown in May, the progressive Chiberta King, a Listed winner at Sandown on his latest appearance, and Harris Tweed, who ran an excellent race to finish second in the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot but will be tackling two miles for the first time.

Manighar also contested the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, finishing two places behind Opinion Poll in fourth, while Swingkeel landed the marathon Queen Alexandra Stakes over two miles, five furlongs at Royal Ascot for Arundel-based trainer and Goodwood director John Dunlop.

 

Irish interest could come from the David Wachman-trained Mount Athos while the two three-year-olds entered are both trained by Mark Johnston - the progressive Colour Vision, who comfortably landed two handicaps before finishing second to Keys in Ascot’s Brown Jack Handicap today and Namibian, who proved his stamina by winning the Group Three Queen’s Vase over two miles at Royal Ascot.

                                                                                                                                   

The Audi King George Stakes has attracted 17 entries including the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Kingsgate Native, who won the race two years ago, and Captain Dunne, who defied top-weight when landing the competitive Dash Handicap over five furlongs at Epsom on Derby Day. Beyond Desire and Humidor took second and third respectively in a Group Three contest over five furlongs at Sandown Park on July 2, while Masamah and Noble Storm were both Listed winners last time out.

 

The third Pattern race on the card is the £50,000 Group Three I-Shares Fillies’ Stakes (3.45pm) over a mile and six furlongs which has a total of 15 entries. Sir Henry Cecil could be represented by the exciting Wild Coco, who got the better of Meeznah when winning the 12-furlong Listed Aphrodite Stakes by half a length at Newmarket on July 16.

 

Goodwood welcomes Betfred as a new sponsor in 2011 and the firm backs the opening £45,000 Betfred The Bonus King Handicap (2.15pm) over just short of 10 furlongs which has attracted 27 three-year-olds. Betfred also backs the concluding betfred.com Handicap (5.25pm) over a mile and three furlongs which has received an entry of 38.

 

Also on the card are the Tatler Handicap (4.55pm, 31 entries) and the EBF Medicean New Ham Fillies’ Maiden (4.20pm, 31 entries).

 

At 1.55pm the Celebrity Ladies’ Race, sponsored by Audi, will take place over six furlongs. Run in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, the celebrities will include Radio One DJ Sara Cox, top model Edie Campbell, polo player Clare Milford Haven, Channel 4 presenter Emma Spencer, Tatler editor Kate Reardon, racing driver Annette Mason, wife of Pink Floyd drummer Nick, and dressage champion Laura Bectolsheimer. The ladies will be turned out in special racing silks created by famous fashion designers Amanda Wakeley, Jasmine Guinness and the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite, Issa.

 

The £60,000 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes, which takes place over seven furlongs on Wednesday, July 27, has attracted an entry of 13 after it was re-opened until 11.00am today. Trainer Richard Hannon is responsible for no less than seven of the entries including Chandlery, who was runner-up to the John Quinn-trained Red Duke in the Group Two Superlative Stakes at Newmarket on July 9. Hannon could also be represented by impressive Newmarket winners Harbour Watch and Rougemont, as well as Minal, Pearl Charm, Red Seventy and Rockinante.

 

 

GOING

 

The going at Goodwood remains Good to Soft, Good in places.

 

Seamus Buckley, Clerk of the Course at Goodwood, reported today: “There has been no change in the going over the past 24 hours. We had a few showers late on Thursday afternoon but it has been a sunny, dry morning.

 

“We are forecast be dry up until Tuesday and I don’t think that we will be far off having good ground for the start of the meeting.”

 

Glorious Goodwood happens over five days, from Tuesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 30 inclusive.

 

QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES UPDATE

 

NEXT RACE:

 

THE KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES (SPONSORED BY BETFAIR), 4.30PM TOMORROW (23 JULY) – MIDDLE DISTANCE

 

• Only five horses may have been declared for Ascot’s £1 million midsummer showpiece, the fifth race in the Middle Distance category of the QIPCO British Champions Series, but you could scarcely ask for a more exciting line-up of stars, with three of the best four-year-old middle distance horses in the world, Workforce, Rewilding and St Nicholas Abbey, taking on a three-year-old, Nathaniel, with the potential to make it to the top.  Even Rewilding’s pacemaker, Debussy, has won at the highest level, taking last year’s Arlington Million.  Overall the four older horses have won no less than seven Group/Grade 1 races between them.

 

The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) is the 19th race overall in the QIPCO British Champions Series and the fifth in the Middle Distance division:

 

1.            Investec Coronation Cup (1½ miles, 4yo+), Epsom, Friday 3 June – won by ST NICHOLAS ABBEY

2.            Investec Derby (1½ miles, 3yo), Epsom, Saturday 4 June – won by POUR MOI

3.            Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1¼ miles, 4yo+), Royal Ascot, Wednesday 15 June – won by REWILDING

4.            Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1¼ miles, 3yo+), Sandown Park, Saturday 2 July – won by SO YOU THINK

5.            King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (1½ miles, 3yo+), Ascot, Saturday 23 July

6.            Juddmonte International (1¼ miles, 3yo+), York, Wednesday 17 August

7.            QIPCO Champion Stakes (1¼ miles, 3yo+), Ascot, Saturday 15 October

 

QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES MIDDLE DISTANCE RANKINGS (based on the official ratings of horses that have finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd in QBCS races)

 

1

Workforce

128

2

Rewilding

127

3

So You Think

126

4e

St Nicholas Abbey

122

4e

Pour Moi

122

5

Treasure Beach

121

 

 TRAINER OF THE SERIES (AFTER 18 RACES)

                                               

TRAINER

WINS

2nds

3rds

1 Aidan O’Brien

3

5

0

2 Sir Henry Cecil

3

1

0

3 Richard Hannon

2

2

0

4 Mahmood Al Zarooni

2

1

0

5 John Gosden

1

0

2

6(e) Robert Cowell

1

0

1

6(e) Andre Fabre

1

0

1

6(e) David Simcock

1

0

1

9(e) William Haggas

1

0

0

9(e) Edward Lynam

1

0

0

9(e) Robert Collet

1

0

0

9(e) James Fanshawe

1

0

0

 

 

JOCKEY OF THE SERIES (AFTER 18 RACES)

 

JOCKEY

WINS

2nds

3rds

1 Tom Queally

3

1

0

2 Richard Hughes

2

1

1

3 Frankie Dettori

2

0

0

4 Ryan Moore

1

4

2

5 Mickael Barzalona

1

1

0

6(e) William Buick

1

0

1

6(e) Jim Crowley

1

0

1

6(e) Jamie Spencer

1

0

1

9(e) Keagan Latham

1

0

0

9(e) Johnny Murtagh

1

0

0

9(e) Gerald Mosse

1

0

0

9(e) Pat Cosgrave

1

0

0

9(e) Seamie Heffernan

1

0

0

9(e) Hayley Turner

1

0

0

 

 

Both championships are decided on the number of winners ridden/trained across the 35-race series. In the event of a tie, the number of seconds and thirds (and, if necessary, lower placings) will be taken into account. The winners will be presented with a specially commissioned trophy on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 15 October and their nominated charity will receive a cheque for £25,000.

QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES RACES TO DATE (there are 35 in total, 7 in each category):

1.       QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1m, 3yo), Newmarket, Saturday 30 April (MILE)

Won by FRANKEL (Owner: Khalid Abdulla; Trainer: Sir Henry Cecil; Jockey: Tom Queally)

 

2.       QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1m, 3yo), Newmarket, Sunday 1 May (FILLIES & MARES)

Won by BLUE BUNTING (Owner: Godolphin; Trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni; Jockey: Frankie Dettori)

 

3.       Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup (1¾m, 4yo+) York, Friday 13 May (LONG DISTANCE)

Won by DUNCAN (Owner: Normandie Stud; Trainer: John Gosden; Jockey: William Buick)

 

4.       JLT Lockinge Stakes (1m, 4yo+), Newbury, Saturday 14 May (MILE)

Won by CANFORD CLIFFS (Owner: Heffer Syndicate, Tabor, Smith; Trainer: Richard Hannon; Jockey: Richard Hughes)

 

5.       Betfred.com Temple Stakes (5f, 3yo+), Haydock Park, Saturday 21 May (SPRINT)

Won by SOLE POWER (Owner: Mrs S Power; Trainer: Edward Lynam; Jockey: Keagan Latham)

 

6.       Investec Coronation Cup (1½ miles, 4yo+), Epsom, Friday 3 June (MIDDLE DISTANCE)

Won by ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (Owner: Smith, Magnier, Tabor; Trainer: Aidan O’Brien; Jockey: Ryan Moore)

 

7.       Investec Oaks (1½ miles, 3yo), Epsom, Friday 3 June (FILLIES & MARES)

Won by DANCING RAIN (Owner: M & L Taylor; Trainer: William Haggis; Jockey: Johnny Murtagh)

8.       Investec Derby (1½ miles, 3yo), Epsom, Saturday 4 June (MIDDLE DISTANCE)

Won by POUR MOI (Owner: Magnier, Tabor, Smith; Trainer: Andre Fabre; Jockey: Mickael Barzalona)

 

9.       Queen Anne Stakes (1m, 4yo+), Tuesday 14 June (MILE)

Won by CANFORD CLIFFS (Owner: Heffer Syndicate, Tabor, Smith; Trainer: Richard Hannon; Jockey: Richard Hughes)

 

10.   King’s Stand Stakes (5f, 3yo+), Tuesday 14 June (SPRINT)

Won by PROHIBIT (Owner: Dasmal, Rix, Barr, Morley, Mrs Penney; Trainer: Robert Cowell; Jockey: Jim Crowley)

 

11.   St James’s Palace Stakes (1m, 3yo), Tuesday 14 June (MILE)

Won by FRANKEL (Owner: Khalid Abdulla; Trainer: Sir Henry Cecil; Jockey: Tom Queally)

 

12.   Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1 ¼m, 4yo+), Wednesday 15 June (MIDDLE DISTANCE)

Won by REWILDING (Owner: Godolphin; Trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni; Jockey: Frankie Dettori)

 

13.   Gold Cup (2½m, 4yo+), Thursday 16 June (LONG DISTANCE)

Won by FAME AND GLORY (Owner: Hay, Smith, Magnier, Tabor; Trainer: Aidan O’Brien; Jockey: Jamie Spencer)

 

14.   Coronation Stakes (1m, 3yo), Friday 17 June (FILLIES & MARES)

Won by IMMORTAL VERSE (Owner: R Strauss; Trainer: Robert Collet; Jockey: Gerald Mosse)

 

15.   Golden Jubilee Stakes (6f, 3yo+), Saturday 18 June (SPRINT) 

Won by SOCIETY ROCK (Owner: S Gibson; Trainer: James Fanshawe; Jockey: Pat Cosgrave)

16.   Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1¼m, 3yo+), Sandown Park, Saturday 2 July (MIDDLE DISTANCE)

Won by SO YOU THINK (Owner: Smith, Magnier et al; Trainer: Aidan O’Brien; Jockey: Seamie Heffernan)

17.   Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes (1m, 3yo+), Newmarket, Friday 8 July (FILLIES & MARES)

Won by TIMEPIECE (Owner: Khalid Abdulla; Trainer: Sir Henry Cecil; Jockey: Tom Queally)

 

18.   Darley July Cup (6f, 3yo+), Newmarket, Saturday 9 July (SPRINT)

Won by DREAM AHEAD (Owner: Khalifa Dasmal; Trainer: David Simcock; Jockey: Hayley Turner)

 

The upcoming QIPCO British Champions Series races are:

 

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (1½m, 3yo+), Ascot, Saturday 23 July (MIDDLE DISTANCE)

QIPCO Sussex Stakes (1m, 3yo+), Goodwood, Wednesday 27 July (MILE)

Artemis Goodwood Cup (2m, 3yo+), Goodwood, Thursday 28 July (LONG DISTANCE)

Nassau Stakes (1¼m, 3yo+ fillies & mares), Goodwood, Saturday 30 July (FILLIES & MARES) 


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