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Saturday, July 23, 2011

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CROWD

 

Today’s attendance came to 30,048, up 7 per cent on last year’s figure of 28,077.

 

Nick Smith, Ascot’s Head of PR, commented: “This is the first time the crowd has hit the 30,000-mark for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes for several years, which is a tremendous endorsement of the race.

 

“Of course, it was hugely regrettable that we lost Reilding but we must pay tribute to a worthy winner in Nathaniel, the first King Edward VII Stakes victor to take the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the same season since Ile De Bourbon in 1978.”

 

 

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Seventh Race Quotes -

Canisbay Bloodstock Handicap

 

AIKEN BRINGS UP TREBLE

 

William Buick and John Gosden capped a fantastic day in the concluding Canisbay Bloodstock Handicap as Aiken justified 15/8 favouritism to land the mile and a half contest by a length and three quarters.

 

The jockey and trainer registered a near 317/1 treble after Nathaniel and Bronze Prince scored earlier in the day.

 

The George Strawbridge-owned Aiken was recording a hat-trick, having earned successes at Chester and Sandown on his previous two outings.

 

Gosden said: “I think we will just freshen him up now and look to giving him a couple of runs in the autumn. He’s got a great attitude, he’s very laid back.

 

“The trouble was there was no pace so William elected to get himself in a position to do something about it, which is always right - you don’t want to be sitting and suffering. He’s not a burst of speed quickener, that’s not his game.

 

“He’s out of a great old broodmare, the dam of Sleeping Indian.”

 

 

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Purebred Arabian Race Quotes -

President Of The UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby)

 

KISS BLOWS AWAY HER RIVALS

 

Kiss De Ghazal routed the opposition to extend her winning sequence with a wide-margin victory in the President Of The UAE Cup over 10 furlongs.

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Trained in France by Jean-Francois Bernard, the Dormane filly surged to the lead approaching the final furlong and rapidly put daylight between herself and her rivals, much to the delight of winning rider Jean-Bernard Eyquem.

 

The victorious trainer commented: “Kiss De Ghazal is a very good filly, the best Arabian horse that I have trained in my life, and it is a joy to train her.

 

“We were hoping that she would continue to win as she had done previously and she did that.

 

“The main target for her now is the big three-year-old fillies’ race on Arc weekend but that depends on what is entered in the main Arabian race that day, which is an open contest.

 

“We will probably give her a prep run at La Teste a month before that.”

 

Eyquem said of the four-year-old: “She is like a bicycle - she’s like playing the game on the Playstation, Gallop Race!

 

“I am very happy to ride a filly like this. I have ridden a lot of good Arabian horses and she is the best one because she stays, she is very easy to ride, she never says no when you want her to go, she always says yes.”

 

 

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WORKFORCE STRUCK INTO

 

After finishing second in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) to Nathaniel, the favourite Workforce was examined by  the racecourse veterinary officer and was found to have been struck into.

 

 

 

 

 

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SIXTH RACE WINNING QUOTES

KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES (GROUP 1)

NATHANIEL SCORES FOR CLASSIC GENERATION

 

            Three-year-old Nathaniel proved his champion qualities when he defeated the best of the older generation to win an epic and incident-packed King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

            The runaway King Edward VII Stakes winner was supplemented for today’s race at a cost of £75,000 on Monday and after a slow pace he took the lead entering the home straight under William Buick and kept on to prevail by two and three-quarter lengths from last year’s Derby and Arc hero Workforce. Frankie Dettori’s mount Rewilding sadly broke a leg in the home straight and had to be humanely put down.

            “He won here well and he loves this track,” said Gosden. “We have been lucky that it has been a wet week - it wasn’t wet during Wimbledon but it has been wet this week and we were lucky to get the ground. To finish in front of a horse like Workforce is everything. He sets the standard - he is an Arc winner, a Derby winner and a phenomenal horse. I think we’ll go straight to the Arc now and maybe just have a racecourse gallop somewhere in between.

            “With a bit of luck we will meet Workforce again at Longchamp. Unfortunately we have to supplement again because he hadn’t even broken his maiden when they shut the Arc. It will be wonderful if we can meet again in Paris in October.

            “As a three-year-old we get a weight concession and we made that play in the last furlong with Workforce. It was a very good result for the three-year-olds. It was a bit more like a mile and a quarter race today but that didn’t suit us either

            “It’s 50 years since my father (Towser) won this race with Aggressor and it’s taken me a long time to emulate him, to have done that is massive thrill. I sat on an armchair at home and rode a finish that day then fell off and sprained my wrist.

            “William is a very talented young man. It was a difficult race to gauge because Debussy was not making a true pace and William had to go on- his horse was fighting - and he showed a lot of tactical nous. I told him to ride the race as he found it. He had no instructions because with a five horse race, you must ride it the way it comes up and not be held down by orders.”

            Gosden revealed that the horse was nearly not supplemented, at a cost of £75,000, after an accident on Monday.

            “He was so full of himself that he jumped up and ripped a hind shoe off. I called the farrier while myself and my assistant Barry held his leg up. The vet bandaged him and then my farrier plugged the whole and put a racing plate on, which he wore today. I rang his owner Nat Rothschild, after whom the horse is named, and said we could stop if he didn’t want to supplement but he said to go ahead. He only went into the race at five minutes before midday.

            “We didn’t go to the Grand Prix de Paris last week because the ground had dried up and  I think the Arc will be his only other race this year. He’ll be an exciting horse next season.”

            Gosden watched the race from the trackside and went to help Rewilding. “I went out with my horse after the parade and saw the race very close up so I was there when the other poor fellow came down on the track and went to help as often the other trainers can’t get down quickly from the stands.

            “People watching must understand that I have seen horses galloping loose in a paddock do exactly the same as Rewilding. It is a freakish thing - he just put the leg down wrong and he has broken the cannon bone clean,” added the trainer.  “He ran down the track in front of everyone and he stopped. He was very calm and collected and we held him but he had to be dealt with because the leg was completely gone. It’s just a freakish thing and I have seen it happen to horses running loose. He is out now but he was in no pain. It’s the extraordinary thing about this - when they break a leg like that it is as though nature anaesthetises them and he actually had a bite of grass. They would feel more with a cut.”

 

 

SIXTH RACE WINNING QUOTES

KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES (GROUP 1)

 

BIGGEST SUCCESS FOR BUICK

 

            William Buick enjoyed his biggest success so far aboard Nathaniel, a day after celebrating his 23rd birthday.

 

            “First of all, I would like to say how sorry I am for Rewilding and their connections. It is never nice to see that happen,” said Buick. “My fellow jumped in front - Ahmed Ajtebi obviously didn’t really intend to make the running so I let my horse stride along. It wasn’t really ideal and I was happy when I got a lead off Ahmed. I didn’t want to be where I was and had to take it up a long way out. The best part of the race is usually the last for this horse.

 

            “I took it up turning in and this horse is getting better and better. Today he showed how good he is - I always knew that he was a very good horse but I didn’t know that he was going to be this good this soon.

 

            “The boss and the owners supplemented him for a lot of money and that was not for no reason. He was never going to be far away.

 

            “I could see Workforce in the corner of my eye and you’ve got to have a lot of respect for a horse like Workforce. I could see him drifting further away from me and I was going with him but Nathaniel was never stopping and he galloped all the way to the line.

 

            "This means everything and it is fantastic. I can remember when I came racing with my dad before I was riding to watch the King George the year Golan won. Now I am here winning the race, it is just a dream come true."

 

            Buick was born and brought up in Norway and added: “I’d like to send my condolences to the people of Norway and their family and friends. It’s a terrible thing and I have spoken to the people I know there and so far everyone seems to be OK.”

 

 

 

Sixth Race Quotes

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair)

 

WORKFORCE’S LEFTWARD SHIFT LEAVES CONNECTIONS STUNNED

 

Connections of Workforce were left deflated and stunned after the Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero hung markedly across the course in the closing stages of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair).

 

The strapping Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt was engaged in a battle for the lead with subsequent winner Nathaniel when he hung to his left in the final furlong and, despite Ryan Moore’s attempts to straighten his mount, Workforce ended up close to the stands’ side rail.

 

The 6/5 favourite finished two and three quarter lengths second.

 

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to the four-year-old’s owner, Prince Khalid Abdulla, said: “I have no explanation. He travelled really well into the straight and was looking really good, then almost dived left handed.

 

“It hasn’t helped him but the winner came a long way as well. We don’t want to make excuses.”

 

He was later reported to have been struck into.

 

St Nicholas Abbey, sent off a 7/2 chance under Joseph O’Brien, was a further length and a quarter back in third for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

 

The Ballydoyle handler said: “He ran a lovely race. He stayed on well but we’re not making any excuses.”

 

 

 

JOCKEYS’ REACTIONS AFTER THE KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES

Ahmed Ajtebi, on the fourth Debussy, said: “In the beginning I didn’t want to go in front. William (Buick) tried to chase me and he (Debussy) wouldn’t settle down. If he had been on his own, he would have settled down.

 

“I think he ran a great race, he is behind the best horses of the year.

 

“I like this horse - if he stepped back in trip a furlong I think he would do well.”

 

Joseph O’Brien, on third-placed St Nicholas Abbey, said: “They didn’t go fast enough and it didn’t suit him.”

 

Sixth Race

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair)

 

REWILDING

 

Rewilding was humanely euthanised after breaking a leg approximately two furlongs out in the 2011 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

 

Tim Morris, Director of Equine Science & Welfare at the British Horseracing Authority, reported: “Rewilding suddenly and completely unexpectedly suffered a major fracture of the lower part of his near fore leg.

 

“These things do occasionally happen in horseracing. The horse was caught and examined by the veterinary team immediately and the decision was made that humane euthanasia was the only option.

 

“That was done professionally by the vets on the scene. It is a great regret but it was the right decision for the horse.”

 

Charles Barnett, Chief Executive of Ascot Racecourse, added: “This sort of incident is terribly regrettable, especially on a flagship day like today.

 

“We express our profound sympathies to Sheikh Mohammed, the Godolphin operation, trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni and jockey Frankie Dettori.”

 

Simon Crisford, the Godolphin racing manager, said: “It is a tragedy. Unfortunately, we have lost Rewilding as he has had to be put down.”

 

John Gosden, trainer of the winner Nathaniel, spoke of how he caught Rewilding.

 

He said: “I have seen horses galloping loose get a similar injury. It is a freakish thing. Rewilding has put the leg down wrong and broken the cannon bone clean. He ran down the track and then he stopped.

 

“He was very calm and collected. We held him and he had to be dealt with as the leg was completely gone. He was in no pain - that is the extraordinary thing about this.

 

“When a horse breaks a leg like that it is as though nature anaesthetises them - they feel more with a cut. It is very strange.

 

“I fed him a bit of grass and he munched away.”

 

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Fifth Race Quotes -

Betfair Summer Double First Leg International Heritage Handicap

 

BUICK REVS BRONZE PRINCE TO VICTORY 

 

Bronze Prince finished strongly to outpoint his rivals and win the seven-furlong £100,000 Betfair Summer Double First Leg International Heritage Handicap by half a length under William Buick.

 

John Gosden’s charge, sent off at 16/1, had proved to be frustrating in four starts this term, including when 15th in the Royal Hunt Cup here over a mile, but benefited from a return to seven furlongs and ease in the ground.

 

Settled at the rear of the pack, Bronze Prince still had most of the field ahead of him with two furlongs remaining but responded to Buick’s strong drive and powered home through the final furlong with a stands’ side run that clinched victory from runner-up The Confessor.

 

Gosden said: “We always thought of coming here. He got into the Hunt Cup - he was the last one in - and we rather fancied him strongly there off his run at Doncaster on Derby Day. Unfortunately, he beat the latch and he just bowled up on the lead and did too much and didn’t see it out, so we thought come back to seven, drop him in and settle him down.

 

“He (Buick) rode him great. He had him last early on but he finished his race off very well - that’s the way you’ve got to ride him.

 

“I don’t think he saw the mile out here last time the way he ran and this is a stiff seven with a little bit of slower ground and I think he loved it.”

 

Buick said: “He had a good chance in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, so it wasn’t completely out of the blue. These old handicappers, they always try hard and a lot of them have near misses so I’m just pleased this horse got the number one today.

 

“He was always doing enough - it just took forever but he was always doing it for me and was always going to be in the mix up. I was just hoping he would do enough to win.” 

 

FIFTH RACE PLACED QUOTES

BETFAIR SUMMER DOUBLE FIRST LEG INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE HANDICAP

 

CONFESSOR FINDS ONE TOO GOOD

 

Conditions were perfect for the Henry Candy-trained The Confessor in the Betfair Summer Double First Leg International Handicap but they proved even better for Noble Prince, who finished half a length in front.

 

“It was the right trip and right ground, we could have just done without John Gosden’s horse,” said Candy. “He tries his heart out every time and is getting better and if the winner had challenged closer to him I’m not sure he would have got by.

 

“We’ll keep going in these good races but I don’t know where we’ll go now, there aren’t many races like today’s.”

 

Third-placed Noble Citizen relishes the track at Ascot and Jenny Simcock, wife of trainer David, said: “He seems to excel at Ascot and people have cottoned on to that, he starts 10 points shorter here than anywhere else!

 

“It wasn’t his favourite ground today and he did especially well given he had a 5lb penalty.”

 

GANNON BANNED

 

Cathy Gannon, who rode The Confessor to finish second in the fifth race, the Betfair Summer Double First Leg International Handicap, has received a four-day whip ban.

 

The stewards held an enquiry after the race and found her to be in breach of schedule (B)6 part 2 in that she used her whip with excessive frequency.

 

Her ban will run from Saturday, August 6 to Tuesday, August 9 inclusive.

 

 

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FOURTH RACE WINNING QUOTES

DELOITTE HANDICAP

 

PATRICK HILLS BEATS FATHER

 

There was a family affair when apprentice Patrick Hills, aboard Rave, beat his father Richard, riding Albaasil, in the Deloitte Handicap. The winner is trained by Richard Hills’ brother John, and held in high regard by connections.

 

“This is a proper horse,” said John Hills. “He’s quite special, he beat some nice horses today and you wouldn’t know where he is going to end up. Next season is going to be his big year and he’s rated 97 now so we’ll have to sit back and have a think what we do. He got a 10lb rise for winning here last time and I was going to give the handicapper a bollocking but luckily I held off!

 

“I have a very good relationship with Seb Sanders but Patrick won on this horse last time. Rave’s owner Gary Woodward has been a fantastic supporter and he said he’d like Patrick to ride because sometimes people need a chance.

 

“He definitely won’t run in the totesport Mile at Goodwood, he won’t get in that, and we might think about either the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury or Strensall Stakes at York. He might be a bit exposed as a three-year-old in the Cambridgeshire. I originally thought he’s be a mile and two furlong horse but I think he’s more of a miler, or he wants nine furlongs at the most. He was my best two-year-old last year but very coltish so didn’t run and was very coltish on his first start this year. He won nicely here last time and did again today although he idled a bit when he hit the front.”

 

Patrick Hills added: “It’s brilliant. Dad beat me last time at Newmarket when I was riding for Mr Gosden so now I have got him back!

 

“He is the most sporting father you could hope to have. I speak to him all the time and he takes me to the races. He certainly tells me when I’ve done something wrong!

 

“Rave is such a brilliant horse. He picked up really well when he won here last time and he did it again today. It was a big ask for him to do it again and I want to thank the owner for keeping me on the horse, I really appreciate it. They didn’t go much of a gallop today and I tried to keep mine covered up as long as I could because he can be a bit of a playboy. I probably went a bit too soon.”

 

Richard Hills said: “Patrick gave him a patient ride. I was actually probably going to track him but they are two very good horses - when they quickened I was just giving a bit of weight on my side. I am very pleased for Pat. We go out there to do our best and he has done a good job - that is it what it’s all about.”

 

 

Fourth Race Place Quotes -

Deloitte Handicap

 

HILLS CONCEDES TO JUNIOR 

 

Richard Hills had to settle for second place aboard top-weight and 11/4 favourite Albaasil in the Deloitte Handicap as the spoils went to Rave, ridden by none other than his own son, Patrick Hills.

 

The runner-up burst through to challenge the winner approaching the final quarter-mile but was never able to get on terms and drifted left in the closing stages as he finished a length and a half second in the mile contest.

 

Hills said: “He is a good horse. He was giving quite a bit of weight away in a decent race.”

 

Aerial Acclaim (6/1) is yet to get his head in front after five starts but was thereabouts once again as he finished third, a further two and three quarter lengths behind Albaasil.

 

Trainer Clive Cox commented: “He has run a really nice race. I think it was a hot contest and I’m sure the race will prove to be decent.

 

“He is going the right way. He is still a bit immature mentally and he came there very pleasingly but hopefully he is still progressing.”

 

 

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Third Race Win Quotes - Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes

 

HILLS AND WINSTON FALL FOR ANGELS

 

Angels Will Fall made some amends for missing the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot with an impressive victory in the Group Three Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes over six furlongs.

 

The Barry Hills-trained filly had taken the eye on her career debut at Windsor in May with a three and three quarter-length triumph over Glee but her Royal Ascot ambitions were thwarted when she suffered a minor setback.

 

Charlie Hills, assistant trainer to his father, revealed: “She pulled a hamstring behind a week before Royal Ascot. It was one of those things, she was probably growing. Sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise. It’s a long season and she is going the right way.”

 

Angels Will Fall (9/2) certainly showed no ill effects on this, her second start, as she unleashed a telling burst of acceleration inside the final quarter-mile to sweep from last to first on the far side of the track and take the contest by half a length from Regal Realm.

 

Hills continued: “She certainly showed a good turn of foot there, which we’d hoped she would. She seems very, very professional - probably just got a little bit tired in the last half furlong and she had a good blow as well. She should come on for that and maybe we will look at the Lowther at York.

 

“She certainly saw the six furlongs out well there but it’s great to have speed, that’s what it’s all about. If she gets the six then maybe when she gets a bit stronger she might get seven furlongs in future. She has got the right temperament and she settles well in her races so she gives herself every chance to.

 

“We probably wouldn’t have a better filly at home. She’s pretty good and certainly one for the future.” 

Robert Winston is enjoying a new association with the Hills stable this year and he was full of praise for the Acclamation filly.

 

He said: “When I rode her in work the other morning I said to Mr Hills that she was probably the best five-furlong filly in the country, and if they did go a slow gallop it would play into her strengths because she has got an electrifying turn of foot.

 

“She got a bit tired in the last half-furlong because six furlongs on this ground was a little bit of a test for her. We weren’t sure whether she would stay six furlongs but I think she battled well enough and she will fill out and prove that she gets it.

 

“She is in the Flying Childers and the Cheveley Park Stakes. She has beaten some good fillies there - Regal Realm won a good maiden at Newmarket and Sir Michael Stoute’s filly. She is open to more improvement  - she was off with a little bit of an injury and I was expecting her to get a little bit tired in the last half-furlong.

 

“Riding for Mr Hills has been going great. The last month or so has been a bit quiet but things are picking back up again. With the dry weather, Barry gave the horses a bit of a break but he is getting back into the full swing of things now. He has had a couple of winners over the past few days and long may it continue.”

 

 

 

THIRD RACE PLACED QUOTES

PRINCESS MARGARET JUDDMONTE STAKES (GROUP 3)

 

STEP UP IN TRIP FOR RUNNER-UP REALM

 

The Jeremy Noseda-trained Regal Realm lost out by half a length to Angels Will Fall in the Group Three Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes.

 

“It was a solid run,” said Noseda. “We’ll take her home and judge where we go now. I think she’ll only improve from here and most probably her future lies over a bit further. I think we’ll be leaving the six-furlong races behind and moving towards a mile.”

 

Miss Lahar belied her 100/1 odds to take third place, to the delight of trainer Mick Channon. “She’s always had a lot of ability, that has never been an issue, she has just not always been straightforward and has had two stalls tests,” said Channon. “The black-type is good for her owner-breeder, Barry Walters, and it was him that made me come here. I have trained her half sisters and I wouldn’t think she would want to go too much further at the moment. I will let Barry tell us where we go now!”

 

 

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SECOND RACE WINNING QUOTES

JAGUAR XKR-S WINKFIELD STAKES (LISTED RACE)

 

TALWAR ON TOP

 

The Jeremy Noseda-trained Talwar came out best by a short-head in a photo with Trumpet Major for the Listed Jaguar XKR-S Winkfield Stakes under Jimmy Fortune.

 

“He’s a tough, progressive horse who tries hard,” said Noseda of the 9/2 chance. “Today was about telling me what level this horse was going to come to and now I know where I stand. We’ll sit down and decide where we go now.

 

“This seven-furlong trip suits him although he’d get a mile no problem. I don’t think he wants extremes of going but he’s a tough, hard horse who gives everything he’s got, which is a nice asset to have.”

 

Fortune added: “That was a proper Listed race and he’s a very tough horse who is going the right way. He’d certainly be up to at least Group 3 standard.

 

“Trumpet Major headed me but I always thought I was going to beat him. I thought we’d score by half a length or at least a neck but Ryan (Moore on the runner-up) narrowed it down to a short-head.

 

“The ground is on the easy side of good and very similar to yesterday.”

 

RANDELL BANNED

 

Amateur Sally Randell was suspended for three days after partnering Jordaura in the first race. Her suspension, for which the dates have still to be notified, was for using her whip with excessive frequency and when out of contention.

 

Second Race Place Quotes -

Jaguar XKR-S Winkfield Stakes

 

MAJOR SETTLES FOR MINOR PLACE

 

Trumpet Major bounced back to form after flopping in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last month but had to settle for a battling second place behind the victorious Talwar (9/2) in the seven-furlong Listed Jaguar XKR-S Winkfield Stakes.

 

Ryan Moore drove the 5/1 shot into the lead at one point but the Richard Hannon-trained Arakan colt, 14th behind Power in the Coventry Stakes last time, was unable to repel the winner’s determined charge as he went down by a short-head.

 

Richard Hannon jnr, assistant trainer to his father, commented: “He is a very nice horse and there will be a lot more opportunities for him during the year - he has run a very nice race. I’m not sure yet where we will go with him next.”

 

The David Evans-trained Jack Who’s He, winner of his first two starts this term, was eighth in the Coventry Stakes and had been beaten in his two subsequent starts, both in Listed contests, prior to today.

 

Sent off a 14/1 shot, the Red Clubs colt was a further six lengths back in third under Cathy Gannon.

 

Owner Barry McCabe said: “I’m very pleased because he has been a bit unlucky - getting bumped in his races. He ran well in the Coventry Stakes but the horse that just finished second was behind us in the Coventry, so that one obviously likes the soft ground.

 

“I think ours probably wants it a bit firmer. He certainly likes being out in front - you have to learn about these things, they’re just babies. We will keep him to the front next time.

 

“He’s entered in the Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy and he’s in the sales race at York too but we will leave it to Dave, the trainer. He’s at York today.

“We always thought this horse had something about him and we had an offer for him from Hong Kong before Royal Ascot but they pulled out at the last minute. Because of that he wasn’t in training in the lead up to the Coventry so he was  entitled to come on from that.”   

 

 

 

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First Race Quotes -

Longines Handicap (Ladies Race)

 

MOORE THE LEADING LADY

 

            Hayley Moore landed what is perhaps the most coveted lady riders’ race of the year with a comfortable three-length victory in the Longines Handicap aboard 12/1 shot Captain Ramius.

            The five-year–old gelding led home a Kevin Ryan-trained one-two as stablemate Lightning Cloud filled the runner-up berth under Lucy Alexander.

            Drawn five of the 20 runners, Moore raced on the far side but gradually guided her mount towards the centre of the track before kicking for home approaching two furlongs out and drawing clear under hands and heels.

            The rider said: “I’m delighted and what an honour it is to ride a horse as straightforward in a race for a top trainer, Kevin Ryan. I am absolutely thrilled, he has given me a perfect ride.

            “He jumped out well and Kevin was very sure in telling he doesn’t like to be bumped around and that ideally we probably wanted to be down the centre. But we stayed on our own a little it and he travelled really well.

            “I saw Ryan (Moore - brother) going down to the start and he said just keep saving him in this ground, which I did, but then I was entering the final two and a half furlongs and I was thinking, I’m going to have to go because it’s not far from home and all he’s going to do is stay - that’s exactly what he did do.

            “That was the biggest shock of the weekend so I am absolutely thrilled. Kevin said to me that the horse likes to be left alone - he is a bit of an odd one because he gives it large but he is actually a big soft horse.

            “When we jumped out as well as we did and, when the girls didn’t come over to the left where the pace was in the race, they left me to it. I felt amongst it - Serena was alongside me - and, as long as you have half-decent horses near, you know that you are going to be travelling really well.

            “We are renowned for going too fast in ladies’ races and I was coming down into the three-furlong pole and I was travelling really well. I thought that I was going to have to do something - I am not that cool like Richard Hughes or George Baker - and he has just picked up.

            “There was nothing around and I didn’t really want to hit him but I had to something and I am delighted that he has won.

            “As dear as Brighton is to my heart, this is Ascot - it’s a surreal moment really because I ride OK but I am not the most sensible at riding races.

            “Tomorrow will be a whole new bag of nerves. I wasn’t nervous today but that will be a challenge!”

            She is in the final of the competition to find the first woman race commentator which takes place at Ascot tomorrow.

 

            John McStay, husband of Captain Ramius’ owner Clodagh McStay, said: “He’s been running well without getting under that little cross bar. It’s a great win and Kevin has done a great job getting first and second - you can’t do much better than that. This was probably the plan and we will just see what comes next.

            “He’s been knocking around there in fifth, sixth and seventh in competitive handicaps. He had a great pilot aboard today and she did exactly what she said she was going to try and do and she did it well.”

 

 

FIRST RACE PLACED QUOTES

LONGINES HANDICAP (LADIES RACE)

 

LIGHTNING SECOND

 

The Kevin Ryan-trained Lightning Cloud found stablemate Captain Ramius too good when finishing second in the opening Longines Handicap.

 

Lucy Alexander, who partnered the three-length runner-up, reported: “The winner was just a better horse on the day but mine ran a good race.”

 

Adele Mulrennan felt that a weight of 10st 9lb proved too much for third-placed Don’t Call Me.  “He ran well but just didn’t pick up so well with all that weight,” said Mulrennan. “He gave me a nice run for my first ride back in a long time and I think he’ll come on for this and win something nice.”

 

GOING AFTER THE FIRST RACE

 

Miss Hayley Moore, on board the winner Captain Ramius, said: “It is on the easy side of good.”

 

Miss Lucy Alexander, partner of second-placed Lightning Cloud, said: “It is riding a bit dead.”

 

Miss Sally Anne Grassick, rider of Vitznau, said: “It is on the soft side of good.”

 

Ms Katie Walsh, rider of First Cat, said: “It is on the slow side.”

 

Miss Nina Carberry, on board Divine Call, said: “It is on the easy side of good, but nice.”

 

Miss Zoe Lilly, partner of Tevez, said: “It is riding a little softer than it is walking, I would say it is on the easy side of good.”

 

Miss Phillipa Tutty, partner of April Fool, said: “Good.”

 

Miss Gina Andrews, rider of Ocean Legend, said: “It is a bit slow.”

 

Miss Catherine Walton, partner of Compton Blue, said: “On the soft side.”

 

Miss Sally Randall, rider of Jordaura, said: “There is a nice bit of cut in the ground.”

 

Miss Wendy Gibson, on board Summer Dancer, said: “Dead.”

 

Miss Serena Brotherton, rider of Discovery Bay, said: “It is on the slow side.”

 

Miss Allyson Deniel , rider of Fishforcompliments, said:”It is on the easy side.”

 

Miss Michelle Mullineaux, partner of Absa Lutte, said: “It is cutting up a bit.”

 

Mrs Emma Littmoden, rider of Burning Stone, said: “Good to soft.”

 

Miss Joey Ellis, jockey of Rare Bet, said: “Perfect.”

 

 

BETFAIR WEEKEND, ASCOT, SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011

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KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES DAY

 

PRINCE HARRY AT ASCOT

Prince Harry, third in line to the throne and the great grandson of King George VI, is to present the prize to the winning connections of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) today at Ascot.

Prince Harry arrived before racing and took a photo call in the paddock before the first, where he took a keen interest in the runners in the opening Longines Handicap (Ladies Race) including Her Majesty The Queen’s runner Discovery Bay

 

 

 

 

 

BETFAIR WEEKEND, ASCOT, SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011

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KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES

 

GOING NEWS AT 10AM

Following rain overnight, the going at Ascot ahead of King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) day has changed to

 

GOOD TO SOFT

Chris Stickels, Ascot’s Clerk of the Course, said: “We had four millimetres of rain overnight and the forecast for today is to be mainly dry with a chance of showers and a temperature of around 20 degrees.”

 

The going last night was Good on the Straight Course and Good to Soft (Good in places) on the Round Course.

 

The GoingStick readings at 8.15am were

 

Straight Course

Stands’ side 7.9

Centre 8.3

Far side 7.8

 

Round Course

7.3

 

The stalls are in the centre of the track on the Straight Course and on the inside on the Round Course.

 

 

BETTING NEWS FROM BETFAIR

 

St Nicholas Abbey has taken a big drift in the betting this morning in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes market with sponsor Betfair.

 

Having been matched at as short as 3.7 (around 11/4), the four-year-old has gone out to 4.9 (nearly 4/1).

 

In contrast favourite Workforce, at one stage as big as 2.66 (around 13/8), has shortened to 2.38 (around 11/8)

 

 

Betfair’s other movers at Ascot today:

 

13:30 Longines Handicap (Ladies Race)

Lightning Cloud              4.1 out to 7.0

 

14:05 Jaguar XKR-S Winkfield Stakes (Listed)

Talwar                          3.7 out to 5.9                

 

14:40 Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes (Group 3)

Russelliana                    2.36 in to 2.1

 

15:50 Betfair Summer Double First Leg International (Heritage Handicap)

Striking Spirit                 17.0 in to 12.0

The Confessor               16.0 in to 12.0

Noble Citizen                 21.0 in to 14.0

 

17:40 Canisbay Bloodstock Handicap

Parlour Games               6.8 in to 5.4

Masaraat                       4.8 out to 8.0

Mulaqen                        9.4 in to 7.8

 

 

BETTING NEWS WITH BOOKMAKERS

 

Workforce is all the rage for today’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, sponsored by Betfair, with bookmakers and William Hill have laid a bet of £24,000 at 7/4 about last year’s Derby hero who has been cut to 11/8.

 

Coral also go 11/8, from 13/8, and spokesman Simon Clare commented: “Workforce looks certain to go off favourite, all the money has been for him. We have pushed Rewilding out to 100/30 from 3/1 and Nathaniel has been friendless with other firms.”

 

Workforce is 11/8 from 6/4 with Paddy Power, who have eased Rewilding to 100/30 from 11/4 and St Nicholas Abbey from 3/1 to 100/30.

 

The market leaders in the opening Longines Handicap (1.30pm) for lady amateur riders have both been popular with Coral.  Divine Call, Nina Carberry’s mount, is 4/1 from 5/1, while Lightning  Cloud is 9/2 from 5/1. First Cat is 7/1 from 8/1 with Paddy Power in the same contest.

 

In the Listed Jaguar XKR-S Winkfield Stakes at 2.05pm, the Richard Hannon-trained Pearl Charm is 7/4 from 2/1 with Paddy Power.

 

Betfred have shortened favourite Russelliana into 11/10 from 5/4 in the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes (Group 3) at 2.40pm, while My Freedom is 9/2 from 5/1 and Aerial Acclaim 13/2 from 7/1 with the same firm in the Deloitte Handicap at 3.15pm

 

Pricewise’s tip in the Betfair Summer Double First Leg International Stakes (Heritage Handicap) at 3.50pm, Noble Citizen, is 11/1 from 14/1 with Betfred and Paddy Power and 9/1 from 12/1 with Coral, who have also pruned both Advanced and Atlantic Sport from 50/1 to 40/1. Betfred have cut The Confessor from 12/1 to 10/1.

 

 

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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY ABOUT TODAY’S KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES

 

 Ascot’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes has deservedly hogged racing’s midsummer limelight ever since Supreme Court defeated a stellar field in 1951 and today’s contest has already captured the headlines with three star performers and one worthy pretender among the select field. 

 The Racing Post sums up the occasion with a front-page splash capped by the poser “Work To Rule?” above a triptych featuring last year’s Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero Workforce flanked by dual Group One winners Rewilding and St Nicholas Abbey.

 Jon Lees, in his page two leader column, writes: “If British racing’s crown jewels have needed a polish then the clash of Workforce, St Nicholas Abbey and Rewilding ensures that today’s £1 million King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has the hallmarks of a diamond renewal 60 years after the race was first run.”

 Workforce also makes the front of The Sun’s Favourite pullout above the headline “Brute Force” as Templegate (Steve Jones) makes the case for the colt who will bid to give Sir Michael Stoute his sixth win in the Group One race. Meanwhile, Claude Duval sides with William Buick to drive the young pretender Nathaniel to victory but points out that punters seem less confident in St Nicholas Abbey following the booking of trainer Aidan O’Brien’s son Joseph O’Brien for the ride on the Coronation Cup hero.

 The Star on the other hand leads with the young O’Brien and St Nicholas Abbey on the front cover of its Starform pullout as sometime Ballydoyle riderJamie Spencer champions the young jockey’s cause in his exclusive column. Spencer says: “Punters may have deserted St Nicholas Abbey in their droves this week but I have no worries about the star four-year-old handling the occasion and the ground.”

 Also in Starform, Mark Winstanley in his “View From The Couch” column is another to side with Workforce.

 “Return Of The Saint”, cries the front of the Daily Mirror’s Racing Mania insert as Newsboy (David Yates)  tips the four-year-old St Nicholas Abbey who was winter favourite for the 2010 2,000 Guineas and Derby.

 Rewilding seems to be the least heralded of the Group One-winning trio but Frankie Dettori oozes confidence in his Mirror column which is topped by the header, “Wild Thing...you make my heart sing”. Dettori comments on his Prince Of Wales’s Stakes hero: “When I say I can’t wait to get back on Rewilding in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot today, I really mean it.”

 The Telegraph is also siding with the blue corner as Oliver Brown goes behind the scenes at Godolphin Stables and Hotspur (Jim McGrath) naps Rewilding.

 In The Times, Alan Lee interviews Aidan O’Brien, who remains engaged in a quest for perfection. The trainer of St Nicholas Abbey says: “I make decisions every day, probably more bad than good.” In the same organ, Rob Wright tips Workforce for the big race.

 The Independent’s Chris McGrath is hoping that Nathaniel can strike a blow for the Classic crop as the only three-year-old in the field,

 Greg Wood interviews Sir Michael Stoute in The Guardian. The trainer has enjoyed plenty of success with older horses, the likes of Pilsudski, Opera House, Singspiel and Conduit,  and the 10-time champion trainer says of Workforce: “Workforce was a better three-year-old than those, but he’s not got too many miles on the clock. He’s a big horse, 16 2, very clean-limbed and sound. He’s a heavy horse too so he doesn’t want the ground too quick as a result.” 

  Wood also points out that Joseph O’Brien will be the youngest winning jockey in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes history if, at age 18, he guides St Nicholas Abbey to victory.

 The Daily Mail and Daily Express sports editors seem to have missed the memo about this year’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair). What appears on paper to be a vintage renewal gets minimal coverage at the top of page 88 in the Mail, while female jockeys in evening wear are splashed across pages 92 and 93, ostensibly to promote Britain’s first ever meeting solely for female jockeys at Carlisle next month - an admirable event in aid of Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Campaign charities.

 Bev Swingell is allotted a top corner berth on page 71 of the Express in which to promote Workforce’s cause.

 

 

TODAY'S KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES IS "WIN AND YOU'RE IN" FOR EMIRATES AIRLINE BREEDERS' CUP TURF

 

Breeders' Cup to pay Winner' s Entry Fees and US$20,000 Travel Allowance to run at Churchill Downs on November 5

 

Today's winner of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, sponsored by Betfair, at Ascot, will receive an automatic berth into the US$3-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf through the Breeders' Cup Challenge series.

 

The Breeders' Cup Challenge is a global series of 68 stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions into a corresponding race of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held November 4-5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, USA.

 

This year, Breeders' Cup Ltd has introduced new enhancements for horsemen in the Challenge series. If the King George winner is nominated to the Breeders' Cup programme by October 24, Breeders' Cup Ltd will benefit the winning stable by paying the US$90,000 in entry fees into the Breeders' Cup Turf and provide them with a US$20,000 travel allowance to Louisville for the Championships. 

 

In addition, if the Breeders' Cup Challenge winner was nominated to the Breeders' Cup program as a foal, the foal nominator will receive a US$10,000 breeder award from Breeders' Cup Ltd.

 

The King George is the fourth of seven Breeders' Cup Challenge races in the Turf Division. The first three Turf qualifiers of 2011 were the 6-year-old Earnestly(JPN), who won the Takarazuka Kinen in Japan and 4-year-old filly SARAFINA(FR), winner of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1) in France, both on June 26, and the 4-year-old TEAKS NORTH(USA), who captured the United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 2.

 

Among the stand-outs for today's 1½ mile King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes are  WORKFORCE(GB), last year's Epsom Derby and Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe winner; REWILDING (GB) who captured both the  Dubai Sheema Classic and Prince of Wales's Stakes,  ST NICHOLAS ABBEY(IRE), the Coronation Cup winner, and promising three-year-old NATHANIEL(IRE).

 

About Breeders' Cup

The Breeders' Cup administers the Breeders' Cup World Championships, America’s year-end Championships. The Breeders' Cup also administers the Breeders' Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. Total purses for this year's two-day event at Churchill Downs, Nov. 4-5, are $26 million. The 2010 Breeders' Cup delivered nearly $140 million in winning wagers to fans at betting locations around the globe.

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BETFAIR WEEKEND, ASCOT, SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011

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KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES DAY

 

FIRST RACE RESULT

1.30pm LONGINES HANDICAP (LADIES RACE)

Class 3, £13,000 guaranteed. For 3yo+ rated 71-90 (also open to such horses rated 70 and below), 7f. Weights: highest weight not less than 10st 10lb; minimum weight 9st 5lb (3yo 8st 12lb). Penalties: after July 16, each race won 6lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £8,110.70; 2nd: £2,515.50; 3rd: £1,257.10; 4th: £629.20

 

1)         CAPTAIN RAMIUS (IRE) (Clodagh McStay) Kevin Ryan 5-10-02 Miss Hayley Moore (5) [5] 12/1

2)         LIGHTNING CLOUD (IRE) (Hambleton Racing Ltd XVIII) Kevin Ryan 3-9-11 Miss Lucy Alexander (3) [17] 7/1

3)         DON'T CALL ME (IRE) (Matt Morgan & Lauren Stapley) David Nicholls 4-10-09 Mrs Adele Mulrennan [15] 17/2

4)         DEN'S GIFT (IRE) (Olive Shaw) Clive Cox b7-9-12 Miss Rachel King (3) [21] 33/1

5)         FISHFORCOMPLIMENTS (Richard Fahey) Richard Fahey p7-9-07 Miss Alyson Deniel [6]

6)         FIRST CAT (Bunny Roberts) Richard Hannon 4-10-02 Ms Katie Walsh [20]

7)         DIVINE CALL (Cheveley Park Stud) William Haggas 4-10-00 Miss Nina Carberry [12] 5/1 Fav

8)         ABSA LUTTE (IRE) (D & D Coatings Ltd) Michael Mullineaux t8-9-04 Miss Michelle Mullineaux (3) [8]

9)         JORDAURA (Carl Hodgson) Tony Carroll 5-9-05 Miss Sally Randell (5) [19]

10)        GUILDED WARRIOR (Michelle Bryant) Paddy Butler 8-9-12 Michelle Bryant (5) [16]

11)        BURNING STONE (USA) (H M K Al Mehairi) Gay Kelleway 4-9-05 Mrs Emma Littmoden [1]

12)        COMPTON BLUE (Godfrey Wilson) Richard Hannon b5-9-06 Miss Catherine Walton (5) [4]

13)        SUFFOLK PUNCH (IRE) (Marcus Evans) Andrew Balding v4-9-11 Miss Leanne Masterton (3) [18]

14)        SUMMER DANCER (IRE) (The Howarting’s Partnership) Paul Midgley 7-9-07 Miss Wendy Gibson (3) [11]

15)        APRIL FOOL (S & A Mares) Ron Harris b7-9-12 Miss Phillipa Tutty (5) [9]

16)        TEVEZ (River Racing) Des Donovan 6-10-10 Miss Zoe Lilly [2]

17)        OCEAN LEGEND (IRE) (W McLuskey) Tony Carroll 6-9-12 Miss Gina Andrews [3]

18)        DISCOVERY BAY (The Queen) Roger Charlton 3-9-08 Miss Serena Brotherton [7]

19)        VITZNAU (IRE) (T W Morley) Robert Cowell 7-9-12 Miss Sally Ann Grassick (5) [10]

20)        RARE BET (Graham Brown) John Panvert 5-9-00 Miss Joey Ellis (5) [13]

 

20 ran  

Non-Runner: 7 Carla's Request (Self Cert (cast in box))                                          

Time: 1m 29.75s            Distances: 3, 3½, nk, 3¼, 2¼, ½, ½, 1, ½, ½, 1, nk, ½, ¾, 1, 1½, 5, 18, 16

Breeder: P G Lyons       Breeding: b g Kheleyf (USA) - Princess Mood (GER) (Muhtarram (USA))

Tote      Win: £16.60       Places: £3.40; £2.10; £2.30; £6.50          Exacta: £141.70

 

Winning trainer:-Name: Ryan, Kevin Trains at Hambleton Lodge, Hambleton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire First trainer's licence: June, 1998 Background: Former jump jockey from Tipperary, partnered 47 winners during his riding career. Spent five years as head lad with Jack Berry and then three years in same capacity with Richard Fahey. First winner: Komlucky, Catterick, July 22, 1998 Major races won: Portland Handicap (2002, 2003, 2004 Halmahera), Gimcrack Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Greenlands Stakes (1999 Eastern Purple), Middle Park Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Prix de l'Abbaye (2006 Desert Lord), Racing Post Trophy (2005 Palace Episode), Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (2005 Balthazaar's Gift), Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (2006 Wi Dud, 2008 Madame Trop Vite); Duke Of York Stakes (2007 Amafeus Wolf) totesport Ayr Gold Cup (2007 Advanced), Princess Margaret Stakes (2008 African Skies), Sapphire Stakes (2009 Benbaun) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Buckingham Palace Stakes (2006 Uhoomagoo); Norfolk Stakes (2011 Bapak Chinta) First Royal Ascot Winner: Uhoomagoo, Buckingham Palace Stakes, June 22, 2006 Number of horses in training (1999-2011): 28; 40; 50; 51; 59; 65; 86; 118; 140;130; 88; 107; 97; Wins (1998-2010): 6; 11; 29; 22; 54; 41; 67; 82; 95; 107; 108; 96; 107; Wins in 2011: 93

 

Winning Jockey :- Name: Moore, Hayley Date Of Birth: October 12, 1987 Background: son of trainer Gary Moore and brother of champion flat jockey Ryan Moore. He other two brothers, Jamie and Joshua, ride over jumps. Has worked for At The Races and reached the final of “The Filly Factor” - the search to find Britain’s first female commentator. The final is staged as Ascot tomorrow First Winner: Flying Spirit, Brighton, June 10, 2004 Biggest Success: Longines Handicap (2011 Captain Ramius) Wins in 2011: 1

 

 

SECOND RACE RESULT

 

2.05pm JAGUAR XKR-S WINKFIELD STAKES

Class 1, Listed Race, £22,000 guaranteed. For 2yo, 7f. Weights: colts & geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: a winner of a Listed race 3lb; of a Pattern race 5lb (nursery handicaps excluded for the purpose of penalties). Penalty Values: 1st: £12,476.20; 2nd: £4,730; 3rd: £2,367.40; 4th: £1,179.20; 5th: £591.80; 6th: £297

 

1)         TALWAR (IRE) (Vimal Khosla) Jeremy Noseda 2-9-02 Jimmy Fortune [2] 9/2

2)         TRUMPET MAJOR (IRE) (John Manley) Richard Hannon 2-9-02 Ryan Moore [5] 5/1

3)         JACK WHO'S HE (IRE) (Barry McCabe) David Evans 2-9-02 Cathy Gannon [6]

4)         SOUND ADVICE (G L S Partnership) Keith Dalgleish 2-9-02 David Allan [7]

5)         PEARL CHARM (USA) (Pearl Bloodstock Ltd) Richard Hannon 2-9-02 Richard Hughes [3] 7/4 Fav

6)         COMICAL (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-02 Frankie Dettori [4]

7)         TIGERS TALE (IRE) (M Vickers) Roger Teal 2-9-02 Luke Morris [1]

 

7 ran    

Time: 1m 30.17s            Distances: sh, 6, 1, 6, 3½, 5

Breeder: Philip and Jayne Myserscough

Breeding: b c Acclamation - Moore’s Melody (IRE) (Marju IRE))

Tote      Win: £5.70        Places: £2.80; £2.80      Exacta: £30.50

 

Winning trainer:- Name: Noseda, Jeremy James Date of birth: 17/9/63 Trains at Shalfleet, Bury Road, Newmarket Other details: Served as assistant trainer with John Dunlop (6 years) as well as spells with Godolphin and John Gosden British Classic Wins: (1) Ladbrokes St Leger (2006 Sixties Icon) Irish Classic Wins (2): Irish 2000 Guineas (2006 Araafa), Irish St Leger (2010 Sans Frontieres) Major wins: Golden Jubilee Stakes (2007 Soldier’s Tale), Darley July Cup (2009 Fleeting Spirit), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2004 Wilko), Cheveley Park Stakes (1998 Wannabe Grand, 2003 Carry On Katie), Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2006 Simply Perfect), Middle Park Stakes (2003 Balmont), Sussex Stakes (2005 Proclamation), St James’s Palace Stakes (2006 Araafa), Falmouth Stakes (2007 Simply Perfect), Ladbrokes.com Railway Stakes (2010 Formosina), Royal Ascot Wins (9): Jersey Stakes (2002 Just James, 2005 Proclamation), Norfolk Stakes (2004 Blue Dakota), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga, 2006 Sander Camillo), St James’s Palace Stakes (2006 Araafa), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2007 Soldier’s Tale), Royal Hunt Cup (2009 Forgotten Voice), Wokingham Handicap (2010 Laddies Poker Two) Horses in training (1998-2011): 48; 78; 66; 70; 71; 67; 81; 91; 114; 117; 113; 119; 110; 97; Wins (1997-2010): 0, 18, 39, 40, 37, 43, 37, 34, 47; 46; 50; 61; 61; 55; Wins in 2011: 36

 

Winning jockey:-Name: Fortune, James Joseph. Date of birth: 14/6/72 Apprenticeship: With Mike O'Neill. English Classic Wins (1): Ladbrokes St Leger (2007 Lucarno) Big wins Include: Coolmore Matron Stakes (2009 Rainbow View), Darley Yorkshire Oaks (2009 Dar Re Mi), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2009 Dar Re Mi), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2009 Virtual), Cheveley Park Stakes (2008 Serious Attitude), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2008 Raven’s Pass), Premio Vittorio di Capua (2007 Linngari), Sussex Stakes (2006 Court Masterpiece), Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2004 Playful Act, 2005 Nannina), Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Prix de la Foret (2001 Mount Abu), Racing Post Trophy (1998 Commander Collins) Royal Ascot Winners (14): Queen Mary Stakes (1999 Shining Hour), Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton, 2007 Royal Oath), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2003 Waverley), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina), Wokingham Handicap (2006 Baltic King), Jersey Stakes (2007 Tariq), Windsor Forest Stakes (2007 Nannina), Norfolk Stakes (2007 Winker Watson), Ascot Stakes (2007 Full House), Ribblesdale Stakes (2008 Michita), Hardwicke Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon), Tercentenary Stakes (2011 Pisco Sour) Leading Rider at Royal Ascot: 2007 (5 wins) Wins (1988-2010): 8, 29, 47, 32, 26, 25, 56, 46, 83, 78, 108, 94, 91, 71, 92, 46, 72, 95, 77, 110, 87, 73, 77 Wins in 2011: 26

 

 

THIRD RACE RESULT

 

2.40pm PRINCESS MARGARET JUDDMONTE STAKES

Class 1, Group 3, £50,000 guaranteed. For 2yo fillies, 6f. Weights: 8st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £28,355; 2nd: £10,750; 3rd: £5,380; 4th: £2,680; 5th: £1,345; 6th: £675

 

1)         ANGELS WILL FALL (IRE) (Mrs E O’Leary) Barry Hills 2-8-12 Robert Winston [1] 9/2

2)         REGAL REALM (Cheveley Park Stud) Jeremy Noseda 2-8-12 Jimmy Fortune [5] 5/2

3)         MISS LAHAR (Barry Walters Catering) Mick Channon 2-8-12 Hugh Bowman [6] 100/1

4=)       LUV U FOREVER (21C Telecom.co.uk) Jo Hughes 2-8-12 Cathy Gannon [4]

4=)       BETTY FONTAINE (IRE) (Billy Parish) Mick Channon 2-8-12 Franny Norton [3]

6)         RUSSELLIANA (Sir Evelyn De Rothschild) Sir Michael Stoute 2-8-12 Ryan Moore [2] 10/11 Fav

7)         RED LARKSPUR (IRE) (The Gracenote Partnership) Roger Teal 2-8-12 Richard Hughes [7]

 

7 ran

Time: 1m 16.80s            Distances: ½, 2¼, 1¾, dead heat, 7, 4

Breeder: Islamore Stud   Breeding: b f Acclamation - Coconut Squeak (Bahamian Bounty)

Tote      Win: £5.20        Places: £2.60; £2.20      Exacta: £13.00

 

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 British Classic wins (5):1000 Guineas (1978 Enstone Park, 2009 Ghanaati), 2000 Guineas (1979 Tap on Wood, 2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1994 Moonax) Irish Classic Wins (5): Irish 1000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Irish Derby (1987 Sir Harry Lewis), Irish Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1994 Bolas) Other major wins: Betfred Sprint Cup (1997 Royal Applause, 2007 Red Clubs), Dewhurst Stakes (1988 Scenic (DH), 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Champion Stakes (1983 Cormorant Wood, 2002 Storming Home, 2003 Haadhd), Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (1987 Gallic League, 1995 Royal Applause, 2007 Dark Angel), Cheveley Park Stakes (1983 Desirable), Falmouth Stakes (1976 Duboff), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 Handsome Sailor, 2005 La Cucaracha), Sun Chariot Stakes (1983 Cormorant Wood, 2006 Spinning Queen); Sussex Stakes (1990 Distant Relative), Juddmonte International (1978 Hawaiian Sound, 1984 Cormorant Wood), Yorkshire Oaks (1974 Dibidale), Fillies’ Mile (1989 Silk Slippers), Lockinge Stakes (1984 Cormorant Wood (DH)), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1986 Sure Blade), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1972 & 1973 Rheingold), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1973 Rheingold), Prix de l’Abbaye (1988 Handsome Sailor), Prix Royal-Oak (1994 Moonax), Prix Ganay (1973 Rheingold), Prix Jean Prat (1999 Golden Snake), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1990 Distant Relative), Pretty Polly Stakes (2000 Lady Upstage), Matron Stakes (1987 Pixie Erin), National Stakes (1978 Tap On Wood), Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (2010 Redwood) Royal Ascot Wins: 25 Major Royal Ascot Wins: Kings Stand Stakes (2010 Equiano), Hardwicke Stakes (1973 Rheingold), Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), St James’s Palace 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 (1984-2011): 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; 148; 146; 150; Wins in a season (1987-2010): 96: 93: 73: 113: 99: 63: 39: 44: 73: 84: 80: 78: 109: 72: 106: 91: 107: 82: 101; 103; 91; 70; 88; 70; Wins in 2011: 36

 

Winning jockey:-Name: Winston, Robert Francis Born: November 28, 1979 in Dublin Career: Appointed stable jockey to Jack and Lynda Ramsden on their return to England in 2001. Now freelance. Returned to race riding in February, 2007, following a 12 month ban after being found guilty of corruptly passing information to a betting exchange punter through a third party. First winner: The Butterwick Kid (Trent Bridge Handicap, April 21, 1997, Nottingham) First Group 1 winner: Cheveley Park Stakes (2004 Magical Romance - a chance ride after Jimmy Fortune was sidelined at a late stage) First Group winner: Golden Nun (2004 Ballyogan Stakes) Big Race Wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (2004 Magical Romance), Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes (2010 Red Jazz), Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2006 Young Mick), Gosforth Park Cup (2004 Caribbean Coral), John Smith’s Cup (2004 Arcalis), Lincoln (2004 Stream Of Gold), Stewards’ Cup (1998 Superior Premium), Vodafone Dash Handicap (2001 Bishops Court, 2004 Caribbean Coral), Princess Margaret Stakes (2011 Angels Will Fall)  Royal Ascot Wins (2): Norfolk Stakes (2005 Masta Plasta, 2008 South Central) Wins (1997-2011): 22, 39, 54*, 43, 62, 59, 93, 114, 124, 136 (*champion apprentice), 6, 64, 120; 86 Wins in 2011: 37

 

 

 

FOURTH RACE RESULT

 

3.15pm DELOITTE HANDICAP

Class 2, £45,000 guaranteed. For 3yo, 1m. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 7lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after July 16, each race won 6lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £28,012.50; 2nd: £8,338; 3rd: £4,194; 4th: £2,097; 5th: £1,048.50; 6th: £526.50

 

1)         RAVE (IRE) (Gary & Linnet Woodward) John Hills 3-9-03 Patrick Hills (3) [9] 10/1

2)         ALBAASIL (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-07 Richard Hills [4] 11/4 Fav

3)         AERIAL ACCLAIM (IRE) (Mrs & Mrs P Hargreaves) Clive Cox 3-8-03 Luke Morris [1] 6/1

4)         SEATTLE DRIVE (IRE) (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 3-8-12 Philip Robinson [3]

5)         AHLAAIN (USA) (Sultan Ali) David Simcock 3-9-04 William Buick [2]

6)         ABERGELDIE (USA) (The Queen) Andrew Balding v3-7-09 Simon Pearce (3) [10]

7)         MY FREEDOM (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor v1 3-8-13 Frankie Dettori [11]

8)         MARIACHI MAN (Jeremy Gompertz, Habton Farms) Tim Easterby 3-9-07 David Allan [6]

9)         ALNASHMY (FR) (Saeed Nasser Alromaithi) David Marnane IRE 3-9-01 Colm O'Donoghue [5]

10)        STAGE ATTRACTION (IRE) (Miss A V Hill) Andrew Balding 3-8-10 Jimmy Fortune [8]

11)        CROWN COUNSEL (IRE) (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-02 Ryan Moore [7]

 

11 ran  

Time: 1m 43.33s            Distances: 1½, 2¾, hd, 1¾, ½, nk, 1¼, 1¾, nk, 7 

Breeder: P E Banahan    Breeding: b c Oratorio (IRE) - Almaaseh (IRE) (Dancing Brave (USA))

Tote      Win: £9.60        Places: £2.20; £1.60; £2.80        Exacta: £38.80

 

Winning trainer:-Name: Hills, John William Date of birth: 25/9/60 Date of first licence: 1/2/87; Previous occupation: assistant trainer to Edward O'Grady (Ire), Tom Jones, John Gosden (USA), Colin Hayes (Aus) and father Barry Hills Major wins include: Chester Vase (1994 Broadway Flyer), Gordon Stakes (1994 Broadway Flyer), Nell Gwyn Stakes (1997 Reunion), Oak Tree Derby (2006 Dark Islander), Pretty Polly Stakes (1994 Wind In Her Hair), Aral-Pokal (1995 Wind In Her Hair), Gross Preis Von Dusseldorf (1997 Crimson Tide), Stockholm Cup (1995 Glide Path), September Stakes (1998 Crimson Tide) Berlin Brandenburg Trophy (1999 Docksider), Laurent-Perrier Meile (1999 Docksider), Premio Ribot (1997 Crimson Tide 1997) Hong Kong Mile (1999 Docksider), Somerville Tattersall Stakes (2008 Ashram) Trains at Lambourn, Berks Royal Ascot Wins (1): Queen Alexandra Stakes (2000 Dominant Duchess) Horses in training (1987-2011): 45: 44: 41: 37: 39: 37: 43: 47: 61: 55: 58: 74: 70: 73: 78: 71: 63: 49: 50: 60; 59; 71; 55; 50; 53; Wins (1987-2010):13 :14: 16: 26: 20, 23, 26, 26: 12: 28: 26: 32: 37: 27: 19: 28: 17: 24: 26; 25; 26; 27;18; 23; Wins in 2011: 12

 

Winning Jockey:-Name: Hills, Patrick Background: a member of the Hills racing dynasty, he is the son of jockey Richard and grandson of trainer Barry. Rode his first winner for his uncle, trainer John Hills First Ride: Monash Lad, Wolverhampton, January 5, 2006 First Winner: Murrumbidgee, Salisbury, Axminster Carpets Apprentice Handicap, June 29, 2006 Wins (2006-2010): 18, 18; 17; 8; 6; Wins in 2011: 3

 

 

 

FIFTH RACE RESULT

 

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3.50pm BETFAIR SUMMER DOUBLE FIRST LEG INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE HANDICAP

Class 2, £100,000 guaranteed. For 3yo+, 7f. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 7lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after June 25, a winner 3lb; a winner of 2 or more races 5lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £62,250; 2nd: £18,640; 3rd: £9,320; 4th: £4,660; 5th: £2,330; 6th: £1,170

 

1)         BRONZE PRINCE (Ali Saeed) John Gosden 4-8-06 William Buick [24] 16/1

2)         THE CONFESSOR (Six Too Many) Henry Candy 4-8-04 Cathy Gannon [7] 10/1

3)         NOBLE CITIZEN (USA) (Khalifa Dasmal) David Simcock b6-8-07 Martin Lane [19] 12/1

4)         PRAVDA STREET (Z Hatcher) Brian Ellison 6-8-01 Jimmy Quinn [2] 40/1

5)         ATLANTIC SPORT (USA) (Mohammed Jaber) Mick Channon 6-9-03 Hugh Bowman [13]

6)         OUR JONATHAN (Dr Marwan Koukash) Kevin Ryan 4-9-05 Franny Norton [12]

7)         CASTLES IN THE AIR (Jim McGrath) Richard Fahey 6-9-01 Richard Hughes [8]

8)         IMPERIAL GUEST (John Guest Racing) George Margarson 5-9-01 Seb Sanders [21]

9)         MANASSAS (IRE) (Rebecca Philipps) Brian Meehan 6-9-04 Martin Dwyer [4]

10)        IMPERIAL DJAY (IRE) (Hollinbridge Partnership) Ruth Carr 6-8-11 Robert Winston [6]

11)        DUBAI DYNAMO (The Bottom Liners) Ruth Carr 6-8-12 Jimmy Fortune [9]

12)        AL MUHEER (IRE) (Sprint King Racing (Antigua Cavaliers)) Ruth Carr b6-7-07 Ryan Powell (5) [17]

13)        EXCELLENT GUEST (John Guest Racing) George Margarson 4-8-11 Philip Robinson [3]

14)        STRIKING SPIRIT (N & Z Aboobaker & Bon Accord Racing) Tim Easterby 6-8-11 David Allan [18]

15)        REIGNIER (Philip Richards) Elaine Burke 4-8-07 Martin Harley (3) [10]

16)        HAWKEYETHENOO (IRE) (Johnnie Delta Racing) Jim Goldie 5-9-04 Gary Bartley (3) [5] 6/1 Fav

17)        ADVANCED (Thomas Doherty) Kevin Ryan p8-8-04 Julie Burke (5) [14]

18)        MIRZA (C J Mills) Rae Guest 4-8-02 Luke Morris [11]

19)        JOSEPH HENRY (Billy Hughes) David Nicholls 9-8-09 Richard Hills [16]

20)        BRAE HILL (IRE) (Dr Marwan Koukash) Richard Fahey 5-8-13 Ryan Moore [23]

21)        BELOW ZERO (IRE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 4-8-06 Liam Jones [15]

22)        KINGSCROFT (IRE) (Dr Marwan Koukash) Mark Johnston 3-7-12 Jamie Mackay [20]

23)        LEVIATHAN (Paul Moulton) Tony Newcombe 4-8-09 Colm O'Donoghue [1]

 

23 ran

Non-Runner: 2 Palace Moon (Ground)

Time: 1m 28.60s            Distances: ½, hd, hd, 1¼, ¾, ½, 1, ½, hd, nse, ¾, ½, hd, ¾, 1¼, 2¼, nk, 7, ½, 1½, 4, 2¼      

Breeder: Coln Valley Stud           Breeding: b c Oasis Dream - Sweet Pea (Persian Bold)

Tote      Win: £22.20       Places: £5.40; £3.10; £2.70; £11.40        Exacta: £322.90

 

Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born: Hove, 30/3/51 Date of first trainer’s licence (Britain): 1988 (previously a leading trainer in USA, 1980-1988) Trains at Clarehaven Stables, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk (previously at Manton and Newmarket) First winner in Europe: Intimidate, Kempton, March 27, 1989 English Classic Wins (5): 1,000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Investec Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), Ladbrokes St Leger (1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno, 2010 Arctic Cosmos) Irish Classic Wins (1): Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah) French Classic Wins (2): Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda) Other Big Race Wins Include: Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Falmouth Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music, 2004 Playful Act, 2005 Nannina, 2008 Rainbow View), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Lockinge Stakes (1994 Emperor Jones, 2008 Virtual), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Nassau Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory, 2008 Raven’s Pass), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Yorkshire Oaks (2009 Dar Re Mi), Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (1991 Keen Hunter), Prix de la Foret (1992 Wolfhound, 2001 Mount Abu), Prix d’Ispahan (2001 Observatory), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan, 2001 Sulk), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), Grosser Preis von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), Matron Stakes (2009 Rainbow View), Pretty Polly Stakes (1994 Del Deya, 2009 Dar Re Mi), Gran Premio del Jockey Club (1996 Shantou), Gran Premio di Milano (1992 Mashaallah, 1997 Shantou), Premio Presidente della Repubblica (1994 Muhtarram), Premio Roma (1993 Knifebox, 1996 Flemensfirth), Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Breeders’ Cup Classic (2008 Raven’s Pass), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2008 Donativum, 2009 Pounced), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1984 Royal Heroine), Clement L Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes (1987 Allez Milord), Philip H Iselin Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Yellow Ribbon Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi) Royal Ascot Wins (27): Chesham Stakes (1990 Chicarica, 1998 Rhapsodist), Jersey Stakes (1991 Satin Flower, 2000 Observatory), Queen’s Vase (1992 Landowner), King George V Handicap (1993 Learmont, 1997 Heritage), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 95 Muhtarram), Britannia Handicap (1996 North Song, 1998 Plan-B), Ascot Stakes (1999 High And Mighty), Norfolk Stakes (1999 Warm Heart), Britannia Stakes (2000 El Gran Papa, 2001 Analyser), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002 Demonstrate), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coventry Stakes (2004 Iceman), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain, 2011 Nathaniel), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina), Windsor Forest Stakes (2007 Nannina), Royal Hunt Cup (2007 Royal Oath), Ribblesdale Stakes (2008 Michta), Hardwicke Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon), Queen Mary Stakes (2010 Maqaasid), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire) First Royal Ascot Win: Chicarica (June 21, 1990 - Chesham Stakes) Horses in Training (2008-2011): 146; 161; 172; 168; Wins in a season (1989-2010): 27; 88; 86; 113; 109; 92; 86; 75; 91; 77; 74; 80; 55; 85; 72; 66; 91; 56; 68; 95; 88; 105; Wins in 2011: 58

 

Winning jockey:-Name: Buick, William Born: Norway, July 22, 1988 Background:. Made a sensational start to his career, finishing runner-up to James Doyle in the 2006/07 All-Weather apprentice title race with 24 winners. His father, Walter, was eight-time champion jockey in Scandinavia and rode 22 classic winners in his career, and is a race reader and a work-rider for Marcus Tregoning. Shared the 2008 apprentice title with David Probert, and appointed stable jockey for John Gosden at the start of 2010. First Ride in Britain: Tiny Tim, Brighton, August 10, 2006 First Winner: Bank On Benny, Axminster Carpets Apprentice Handicap, Salisbury, September 27, 2006 English Classic Wins (1): Ladbrokes St Leger (2010 Arctic Cosmos) Royal Ascot Wins (3): Wokingham Stakes (2007 Dark Missile); King Edward VII Stakes (2011 Nathaniel), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire) Other Big Race Wins: Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2010 Dream Ahead), Doncaster Cup (2010 Samuel), intercasino.co.uk St Simon Stakes (2008 Buccellati), betchronicle.com Ormonde Stakes (2009 Buccellati), EBF Chalice Stakes (2009 Polly’s Mark), E P Taylor Stakes (2009 Lahaleeb), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi), Betfair Huxley Stakes (2010 Debussy), Investec Diomed Stakes (2010 Bushman), Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Darley Prix Morny (2010 Dream Ahead), Qatar Prix Foy (2010 Duncan), Jockey Club Cup (2010 Tastahil), Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup (2011 Duncan) Wins (2006-2010): 10; 67; 54 (shared apprentice title with David Probert); 66; 99; Wins In 2011: 63

 

 

SIXTH RACE RESULT

 

4.30pm KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES

(SPONSORED BY BETFAIR)

Class 1, Group 1, part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, £1,065,000 guaranteed. For 3yo+, 1m 4f. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 9lb; 3yo fillies 8st 6lb; 4yo+ colts& geldings 9st 7lb; 4yo+ fillies & mares 9st4lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 12lb. Allowances: Southern Hemisphere 4yo - 4lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £603,961.50; 2nd: £228,975; 3rd: £114,594; 4th: £57,084; 5th: £28,648.50

 

1)         NATHANIEL (IRE) (Lady Rothschild) John Gosden 3-8-09 William Buick [3] 11/2

2)         WORKFORCE (Khalid Abdulla) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-07 Ryan Moore [4] 6/5 Fav

3)         ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 4-9-07 Joseph O'Brien [2] 7/2

4)         DEBUSSY (IRE) (Godolphin) Mahmood Al Zarooni 5-9-07 Ahmed Ajtebi [5] 50/1

UNSEATED RIDER) REWILDING (Godolphin) Mahmmod Al Zarooni 4-9-07 Frankie Dettori [1] 3/1

 

5 ran

Time: 2m 35.07s

Distances: 2¾, 1¼, 20

Breeder: Kincorth Investments Inc          

Breeding: b c Galileo (IRE) - Magnificent Style (USA) (Silver Hawk (USA))

Tote      Win: £5.70        Places: £2.20; £1.20      Exacta: £12.50

 

Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born: Hove, 30/3/51 Date of first trainer’s licence (Britain): 1988 (previously a leading trainer in USA, 1980-1988) Trains at Clarehaven Stables, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk (previously at Manton and Newmarket) First winner in Europe: Intimidate, Kempton, March 27, 1989 English Classic Wins (5): 1,000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Investec Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), Ladbrokes St Leger (1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno, 2010 Arctic Cosmos) Irish Classic Wins (1): Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah) French Classic Wins (2): Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda) Other Big Race Wins Include: Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Falmouth Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music, 2004 Playful Act, 2005 Nannina, 2008 Rainbow View), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Lockinge Stakes (1994 Emperor Jones, 2008 Virtual), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Nassau Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory, 2008 Raven’s Pass), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Yorkshire Oaks (2009 Dar Re Mi), Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (1991 Keen Hunter), Prix de la Foret (1992 Wolfhound, 2001 Mount Abu), Prix d’Ispahan (2001 Observatory), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan, 2001 Sulk), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), Grosser Preis von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), Matron Stakes (2009 Rainbow View), Pretty Polly Stakes (1994 Del Deya, 2009 Dar Re Mi), Gran Premio del Jockey Club (1996 Shantou), Gran Premio di Milano (1992 Mashaallah, 1997 Shantou), Premio Presidente della Repubblica (1994 Muhtarram), Premio Roma (1993 Knifebox, 1996 Flemensfirth), Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Breeders’ Cup Classic (2008 Raven’s Pass), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2008 Donativum, 2009 Pounced), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1984 Royal Heroine), Clement L Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes (1987 Allez Milord), Philip H Iselin Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Yellow Ribbon Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (2011 Nathaniel) Royal Ascot Wins (27): Chesham Stakes (1990 Chicarica, 1998 Rhapsodist), Jersey Stakes (1991 Satin Flower, 2000 Observatory), Queen’s Vase (1992 Landowner), King George V Handicap (1993 Learmont, 1997 Heritage), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 95 Muhtarram), Britannia Handicap (1996 North Song, 1998 Plan-B), Ascot Stakes (1999 High And Mighty), Norfolk Stakes (1999 Warm Heart), Britannia Stakes (2000 El Gran Papa, 2001 Analyser), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002 Demonstrate), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coventry Stakes (2004 Iceman), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain, 2011 Nathaniel), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina), Windsor Forest Stakes (2007 Nannina), Royal Hunt Cup (2007 Royal Oath), Ribblesdale Stakes (2008 Michta), Hardwicke Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon), Queen Mary Stakes (2010 Maqaasid), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire) First Royal Ascot Win: Chicarica (June 21, 1990 - Chesham Stakes) Horses in Training (2008-2011): 146; 161; 172; 168; Wins in a season (1989-2010): 27; 88; 86; 113; 109; 92; 86; 75; 91; 77; 74; 80; 55; 85; 72; 66; 91; 56; 68; 95; 88; 105; Wins in 2011: 59

 

Winning jockey:-Name: Buick, William Born: Norway, July 22, 1988 Background:. Made a sensational start to his career, finishing runner-up to James Doyle in the 2006/07 All-Weather apprentice title race with 24 winners. His father, Walter, was eight-time champion jockey in Scandinavia and rode 22 classic winners in his career, and is a race reader and a work-rider for Marcus Tregoning. Shared the 2008 apprentice title with David Probert, and appointed stable jockey for John Gosden at the start of 2010. First Ride in Britain: Tiny Tim, Brighton, August 10, 2006 First Winner: Bank On Benny, Axminster Carpets Apprentice Handicap, Salisbury, September 27, 2006 English Classic Wins (1): Ladbrokes St Leger (2010 Arctic Cosmos) Royal Ascot Wins (3): Wokingham Stakes (2007 Dark Missile); King Edward VII Stakes (2011 Nathaniel), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire) Other Big Race Wins: Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2010 Dream Ahead), Doncaster Cup (2010 Samuel), intercasino.co.uk St Simon Stakes (2008 Buccellati), betchronicle.com Ormonde Stakes (2009 Buccellati), EBF Chalice Stakes (2009 Polly’s Mark), E P Taylor Stakes (2009 Lahaleeb), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi), Betfair Huxley Stakes (2010 Debussy), Investec Diomed Stakes (2010 Bushman), Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Darley Prix Morny (2010 Dream Ahead), Qatar Prix Foy (2010 Duncan), Jockey Club Cup (2010 Tastahil), Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup (2011 Duncan), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (2011 Nathaniel) Wins (2006-2010): 10; 67; 54 (shared apprentice title with David Probert); 66; 99; Wins In 2011: 64

 

 

SEVENTH RACE RESULT

 

5.40pm CANISBAY BLOODSTOCK HANDICAP

Class 4, £10,000 guaranteed. For 3yo rated 66-85 (also open to such horses rated 65 and below), 1m 4f. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb; minimum weight 8st 2lb. Penalties: after July 16, each race won 6lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £6,469; 2nd: £1,925; 3rd: £962; 4th: £481

 

1)         AIKEN (George Strawbridge) John Gosden 3-9-02 William Buick [2] 15/8 Fav

2)         MASARAAT (FR) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 3-9-06 Richard Hills [9] 9/2

3)         MULAQEN (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 3-9-05 Gerald Mosse [3] 7/1

4)         PARLOUR GAMES (Godolphin) Mahmood Al Zarooni 3-9-07 Ahmed Ajtebi [1]

5)         TIME TO WORK (IRE) (Another Bottle Racing 2) Andrew Balding v1 3-9-06 Jimmy Fortune [7]

6)         AUDACIOUS (The Queen) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-06 Ryan Moore [6]

7)         ZAMINA (IRE) (N Pickett & Sylvester) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-06 James Doyle [5]

8)         HARRY LUCK (IRE) (Six Too Many) Henry Candy 3-9-01 Fergus Sweeney [8]

9)         STREWTH (IRE) (Simon Malcolm & John Foulger) John Best 3-8-07 Robert Winston [4]

 

9 ran    

Time: 2m 36.41s                        Distances: 1¾, 1¾, nk, ½, 1½, ½, 2¾, 57  

Breeder: George Strawbridge      Breeding: b c Selkirk (USA) - Las Flores (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))

Tote      Win: £2.90        Places: £1.30; £2.10; £2.60        Exacta: £9.50

 

Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born: Hove, 30/3/51 Date of first trainer’s licence (Britain): 1988 (previously a leading trainer in USA, 1980-1988) Trains at Clarehaven Stables, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk (previously at Manton and Newmarket) First winner in Europe: Intimidate, Kempton, March 27, 1989 English Classic Wins (5): 1,000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Investec Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), Ladbrokes St Leger (1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno, 2010 Arctic Cosmos) Irish Classic Wins (1): Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah) French Classic Wins (2): Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda) Other Big Race Wins Include: Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Falmouth Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music, 2004 Playful Act, 2005 Nannina, 2008 Rainbow View), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Lockinge Stakes (1994 Emperor Jones, 2008 Virtual), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Nassau Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory, 2008 Raven’s Pass), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Yorkshire Oaks (2009 Dar Re Mi), Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (1991 Keen Hunter), Prix de la Foret (1992 Wolfhound, 2001 Mount Abu), Prix d’Ispahan (2001 Observatory), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan, 2001 Sulk), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), Grosser Preis von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), Matron Stakes (2009 Rainbow View), Pretty Polly Stakes (1994 Del Deya, 2009 Dar Re Mi), Gran Premio del Jockey Club (1996 Shantou), Gran Premio di Milano (1992 Mashaallah, 1997 Shantou), Premio Presidente della Repubblica (1994 Muhtarram), Premio Roma (1993 Knifebox, 1996 Flemensfirth), Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Breeders’ Cup Classic (2008 Raven’s Pass), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2008 Donativum, 2009 Pounced), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1984 Royal Heroine), Clement L Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes (1987 Allez Milord), Philip H Iselin Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Yellow Ribbon Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (2011 Nathaniel) Royal Ascot Wins (27): Chesham Stakes (1990 Chicarica, 1998 Rhapsodist), Jersey Stakes (1991 Satin Flower, 2000 Observatory), Queen’s Vase (1992 Landowner), King George V Handicap (1993 Learmont, 1997 Heritage), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 95 Muhtarram), Britannia Handicap (1996 North Song, 1998 Plan-B), Ascot Stakes (1999 High And Mighty), Norfolk Stakes (1999 Warm Heart), Britannia Stakes (2000 El Gran Papa, 2001 Analyser), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002 Demonstrate), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coventry Stakes (2004 Iceman), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain, 2011 Nathaniel), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina), Windsor Forest Stakes (2007 Nannina), Royal Hunt Cup (2007 Royal Oath), Ribblesdale Stakes (2008 Michta), Hardwicke Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon), Queen Mary Stakes (2010 Maqaasid), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire) First Royal Ascot Win: Chicarica (June 21, 1990 - Chesham Stakes) Horses in Training (2008-2011): 146; 161; 172; 168; Wins in a season (1989-2010): 27; 88; 86; 113; 109; 92; 86; 75; 91; 77; 74; 80; 55; 85; 72; 66; 91; 56; 68; 95; 88; 105; Wins in 2011: 60

 

Winning jockey:-Name: Buick, William Born: Norway, July 22, 1988 Background:. Made a sensational start to his career, finishing runner-up to James Doyle in the 2006/07 All-Weather apprentice title race with 24 winners. His father, Walter, was eight-time champion jockey in Scandinavia and rode 22 classic winners in his career, and is a race reader and a work-rider for Marcus Tregoning. Shared the 2008 apprentice title with David Probert, and appointed stable jockey for John Gosden at the start of 2010. First Ride in Britain: Tiny Tim, Brighton, August 10, 2006 First Winner: Bank On Benny, Axminster Carpets Apprentice Handicap, Salisbury, September 27, 2006 English Classic Wins (1): Ladbrokes St Leger (2010 Arctic Cosmos) Royal Ascot Wins (3): Wokingham Stakes (2007 Dark Missile); King Edward VII Stakes (2011 Nathaniel), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire) Other Big Race Wins: Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2010 Dream Ahead), Doncaster Cup (2010 Samuel), intercasino.co.uk St Simon Stakes (2008 Buccellati), betchronicle.com Ormonde Stakes (2009 Buccellati), EBF Chalice Stakes (2009 Polly’s Mark), E P Taylor Stakes (2009 Lahaleeb), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi), Betfair Huxley Stakes (2010 Debussy), Investec Diomed Stakes (2010 Bushman), Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Darley Prix Morny (2010 Dream Ahead), Qatar Prix Foy (2010 Duncan), Jockey Club Cup (2010 Tastahil), Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup (2011 Duncan), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (2011 Nathaniel) Wins (2006-2010): 10; 67; 54 (shared apprentice title with David Probert); 66; 99; Wins In 2011: 65

317/1 TREBLE TODAY FOR JOHN GOSDEN AND WILLIAM BUICK

 

 

 

 

KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES SPONSORED BY BETFAIR FACTFILES

 

 

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DEBUSSY (IRE)

5 b/br h Diesis - Opera Comique (FR) (Singspiel (IRE))

Form: (4)/(1)138015d/9(0)174135-(0)07   Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni `   Breeder: Darley  Jockey: Ahmed Ajtebi

 

Debussy

A Darley homebred, Debussy is the first foal out of Opera Comique, a winning half-sister to 1990 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Belmez. The colt began his career racing in the colours of Princess Haya Of Jordan in the care of trainer John Gosden. He initially came to prominence when winning the Blue Riband Trial Stakes at Epsom in April, 2009, in which he defeated subsequent multiple Group One winner Midday by a length and a quarter. He was unable to challenge the principals in the Derby that June, finishing eighth to Sea The Stars, but confirmed the impression that he was a high-class three-year-old with a Group Two success in the Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte, France,  that August. His four-year-old season commenced with two sub-par efforts in Group Two contests at Meydan in Dubai but he bounced back with a Group Three triumph in the Huxley Stakes at Chester that May. Fair efforts followed when beaten in the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes, both over 10 furlongs. The remainder of 2010 saw the colt in peak form as he scored his biggest success when defeating US champion Turf horse Gio Ponti in the Grade One Arlington Million on August 21. He then filled third place behind Twice Over in the Group One Emirates Airline Champion Stakes and rounded out the year with fifth place in the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Turf. He switched to Godolphin and trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni ahead of the 2011 season and replicated 2010 by commencing the campaign with two disappointing efforts at Meydan. His only subsequent start saw him finish a long way last behind stablemate Rewilding in the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June after he disputed the lead early on. He will act as a pacemaker for stable companion Rewilding.

Race Record: Starts: 19; Wins: 5; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £743,851

 

Godolphin

Godolphin is the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed and other members of the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai. Its aim is to win races worldwide. Godolphin horses benefit from Dubai's warm winter climate. The experiment began on a small scale in the winter of 1992, with horses enjoying the advantages of the Arabian sunshine before arriving in Britain for the 1993 season. The Godolphin operation was formally established in 1994, with Hilal Ibrahim as trainer, when Balanchine won the Investec Oaks and Irish Derby. The following year, Saeed bin Suroor was appointed as the official trainer. In 1999 and 2000, Godolphin's two-year-olds were housed at the former Evry racecourse in France under the care of David Loder, who in 2001 relocated to Godolphin Stables in Newmarket, although 2003 was his last year as Godolphin's juvenile handler and he has subsequently retired from training. Godolphin horses are now trained by Saeed bin Suroor and Mahmood Al Zarooni, who started training in March, 2010, and enjoyed a first European Classic win with Frozen Power in the 2010 German 2000 Guineas, plus Andre Fabre in France. Godolphin's famous blue colours have been carried to victory in every British Classic bar the Investec Derby, although Saeed bin Suroor did train Lammtarra to win the premier Classic

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for Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum in 1995 and Godolphin claims the success. The unbeaten Lammtarra also won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and the Prix de l’Arc De Triomphe at Lonchamp. Godolphin ambitions, other than landing the Investec Derby, include taking the American Triple Crown series, winning the Japan Cup and the Melbourne Cup. Daylami led an historic 1-2-3 in the 1998 Coral-Eclipse, the first time that the same owner and trainer had the first three in a British Group One, and Godolphin's tally of Group/Grade One wins stands at 176. Godolphin was leading British owner in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007 and captured an American Eclipse Award for outstanding owner in 2007. Godolphin has won 13 British Classics: QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), QIPCO 1,000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia, 2011 Blue Bunting), Investec Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia), St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq, 2004 Rule Of Law and 2009 Mastery). Other major Group/Grade One wins include: Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi), French 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Shamardal), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish Oaks (2011 Blue Bunting), Breeders' Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light), Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' (2001 Tempera), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Irish St Leger (1998, 1999 Kayf Tara), Arlington Million (2003 Sulamani – Godolphin's 100th G1 winner), Prix du Jockey Club (2005 Shamardal), Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2009 Vale Of York), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee and 2002 Marienbard).

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Wins: 1995 LAMMTARRA; 1997 SWAIN; 1998 SWAIN; 1999 DAYLAMI; 2004 DOYEN

 

Mahmood Al Zarooni

Mahmood Al Zarooni was born on October 15, 1976, close to Dubai Creek, and developed a passion for horses when he started riding in the desert aged 17. He took part in some endurance races and began working with Purebred Arabian-horse trainer Rod Simpson in the mid 1990s, progressing to become his assistant. In 1999, he joined Ali Al Raihe's stable at Sharjah, where he began working with thoroughbreds and developed a reputation for his skill with unruly horses. In the 2008/09 season, Sheikh Mohammed recruited him as assistant to Mubarak bin Shafya at Al Asifa Stables in Dubai and in 2009 he became an assistant trainer to Saeed bin Suroor at Godolphin. Al Zarooni was appointed as a trainer for Godolphin in March, 2010, and made an immediate impact with Calming Influence winning the Group Two Godolphin Mile at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night. Al Zarooni is based in Newmarket for the British turf season, at Moulton Paddocks, and saddled his first British winner when Lion Mountain scored at Pontefract on April 28, 2010. A first European Classic win came when Frozen Power took the Group Two German 2,000 Guineas in May, while Group One success followed in the same country when Buzzword annexed the German Derby. In October, Biondetti collected the Group One Premio Gran Criterium at San Siro. His first Investec Derby runner, Rewilding, finished third and he ended a highly satisfactory first season in Britain with 43 winners. This year began brightly for Al Zarooni as Rewilding made a winning seasonal reappearance in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on March 26 while he gained a first British Classic success with Blue Bunting in the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1. That filly subsequently won the Group One Darley Irish Oaks while Rewilding gave him a first Royal Ascot victory when winning the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes in June. No previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes runners

 

Ahmed Ajtebi

Ahmed Ajtebi (born on December 27, 1981) rose to international prominence with a brilliant Group One double on Dubai World Cup night in March, 2009. His front-running tactics aboard Gladiatorus procured a stunning victory in the Dubai Duty Free. He then proceeded to galvanise Eastern Anthem to a narrow victory in a three-way finish to the Dubai Sheema Classic. A United Arab Emirates national, Ajtebi is the nephew of one of Sheikh Mohammed's long-standing friends, Saeed Manana, who has enjoyed success as an owner with the likes of Warrsan, Luso and Needle Gun. Ajtebi started out riding camels at age seven, partnering around 200 winners from about 3,000 rides. He retired as a camel jockey at age 15 when his weight rose above the maximum 25kg. Following the advice of Sheikh Mohammed, Ajtebi switched to horses, despite having never sat on one, riding both endurance and Thoroughbred racehorses. In 2003, he and two other Dubai-born apprentices went to Ireland to gain experience, with Ajtebi seconded to John Oxx's stable for four months. He returned to Dubai that autumn and had his first career ride on November 13, 2003, at Nad Al Sheba aboard the John Sadler-trained Junction Line. He was apprenticed to Ali Al Raihe in Dubai. In 2004, he went to the Australian apprentice school in Melbourne and rode his first winner, Al Tharb, at Geelong, also for Sadler. He was fined AUS$200 as a result of his exuberant celebrations on that occasion. He also enjoyed two successful summers in South Africa with trainer Mike de Kock, partnering 19 winners from 85 rides, as well as two big victories in Zimbabwe. In 2007, Ajtebi arrived in England, splitting his time between Bryan Smart, David Simcock and Clive Brittain. He rode six winners from 26 rides that summer before returning to Dubai where he was crowned champion apprentice for the 2007/2008 season with 11 wins. He returned to Britain in 2008, riding largely for Brittain, Simcock and Dandy Nicholls. He became the first Emirati rider to ride a winner at Royal Ascot when partnering the Nicholls-trained Regal Parade in that year's Buckingham Palace Handicap. Ajtebi's success raised his profile considerably, although those to take note included the UK immigration authorities and a mix-up over his visa requirements forced a premature departure. He returned to Britain for the 2009 Flat season and following Kerrin McEvoy's return to Australia, became number two jockey at Godolphin behind Frankie Dettori. Ajtebi partnered Vale Of York to victory in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, USA and Gladiatorus gave him a first European Group one success in the Premio Vittorio di Capua in Italy. Following the appointment of Mahmood Al Zarooni as a Godolphin trainer in 2010, Ajtebi teamed up to win the Group Two Godolphin Mile at Meydan with Calming Influence in March, 2010 and another Group one triumph came aboard Biondetti in the Premio Gran Criterium. He recorded a career best 23 wins in Britain last season. No previous rides in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

 

NATHANIEL (IRE)

3 b c Galileo (IRE) - Magnificient Style (USA) (Silver Hawk (USA))

Form: 22 -121    Owner: Lady Rothschild    Trainer: John Gosden

Breeder: Kincorth Investments Inc.  Jockey: William Buick

 

Nathaniel

Nathaniel has always been regarded as a horse of great potential and Lady Rothschild’s colt took a huge stride towards fulfilling the hopes and expectations of his connections with an impressive five-length victory in the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes over a mile and a half at Royal Ascot in June. That demolition of his peers, backed by solid form in his previous four races, prompted owner Lady Rothschild to supplement the three-year-old for today’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at a cost of £75,000. Nathaniel’s racing career began over a mile at Newmarket in August, 2010, when he was beaten half a length into second by none other than Frankel. He was duly sent off the 5/6 favourite for a similar contest at Doncaster the following month but, on quicker ground, he went down by a short-head to Frankel’s stablemate Picture Editor. Nathaniel was next seen in public on his three-year-old debut at Haydock on April 16 when, returned the 1/20 favourite for a 12-furlong maiden, he sauntered to a nine-length win. With the Derby at that stage still a possibility, the Galileo colt then headed to Chester for the Group Three Chester Vase on May 5, when, despite being favourite once more, he went down by a head to subsequent Derby runner-up and Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach. Concerns about quick ground around Epsom’s unique contours prompted connections to sidestep the Derby in favour of Royal Ascot. Nathaniel’s pedigree oozes class. His dam, Magnificient Style, landed the Group Three Musidora Stakes in a four-race career and was purchased privately by the Rothschild family after being withdrawn from the 2007 Tattersalls December Sale. Nathaniel is a three-parts brother to Group One Fillies’ Mile heroine Playful Act, Group Two Yorkshire Cup victor Percussionist and US Grade Three winner Changing Skies (all sired by Sadler’s Wells). His half-sister Echoes In Eternity was successful at Group Two level over a mile and an extended mile and three quarters, while half-brother Petara Bay scored at Listed level and is Group Two placed and finished sixth to Duke Of Marmalade in the 2008 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Race Record: Starts: 5; Wins: 2; 2nd: 3; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £103,797

 

Lady Rothschild

Lady Rothschild was born Serena Mary Dunn on April 28, 1935. She is the daughter of Sir Philip Dunn and Lady Mary St. Claire-Erskine. Her sister is the writer, Nell Dunn, author of the Up The Junction series of short stories. She married financier Jacob Rothschild (4th Baron Rothschild) in October, 1961 and the couple have four children, Hannah, Beth, Emmy and the financier Nathaniel (Nat) Rothschild, who shares his mother’s enthusiasm for horseracing. Lady Rothschild oversees the running of Waddesdon Stud at Waddesdon Manor (bequeathed by the family to the National Trust in 1957) in Buckinghamshire and paid a world record price for a filly or mare in training when going to 4.6 million guineas to secure Magical Romance at Tattersalls in November, 2006. She had earlier paid three million guineas for another Group One winning-mare, Spinning Queen. The best horses to have carried her dark blue and gold colours to success are Pounced, successful in the Grade Two Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at in 2009, this year’s Group Two King Edward VII Stakes hero Nathaniel and Group Three winners Spout and Baron Ferdinand. Her horses have been trained by Roger Charlton, Fulke Johnson Houghton, Dick Hern, Julian Smyth-Osborne, Brian Meehan, Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden. Lady Rothschild has a home in Marlborough, Wiltshire and is vice president of the Wiltshire Blind Association. According to the 2011 Sunday Times Rich List, Lord Rothschild has a £390 million fortune thanks largely to his London investment vehicle RIT, while the same source estimates Nat Rothschild’s fortune to be £1 billion. Nat Rothschild, who the equine Nathaniel is named after, celebrated his 40th birthday earlier this month with a lavish party in Montenegro. No previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners.

 

John Gosden

John Gosden, whose father Towser also trained, was born on March 30, 1951. Educated at Eastbourne College and 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 - both horses won Eclipse Awards. 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 collared Dushyantor to win at Doncaster. Gosden gained another success in Britain's oldest Classic 11 years on with Lucarno, who was bred and owned by another of his leading patrons, George Strawbridge, and won the race for a third time last year with Arctic Cosmos, part-owned by his wife Rachel Hood. The trainer has a good  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 British Classic courtesy of Benny The Dip in 1997. His other British Classic success was with Lahan in the 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. In 2008, Gosden saddled 93 winners - Raven's Pass won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita, Rainbow View easily won the Group Two May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and Donativum took the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. Another Breeders' Cup success came in 2009 when Pounced won the Juvenile Turf, while Debussy enjoyed Stateside success in 2010, winning the Arlington Million. Dar Re Mi landed three top-flight wins for Gosden in 2009/10 including the Yorkshire Oaks and the Dubai Sheema Classic. Gosden's list of owners includes Sheikh Mohammed's wife Princess Haya, Hamdan Al Maktoum, Cheveley Park Stud, George Strawbridge, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and Khalid Abdulla. Gosden’s wife Rachel Hood is a barrister, councillor in Newmarket and president of the Racehorse Owners' Association. They have four children.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Record: 2009-4 Alwaary, 2008-7 Lucarno, 1997-5 Shantou

 

William Buick

William Buick, who celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday (Friday), is probably the brightest young talent in British racing. He was announced as the new stable jockey to powerful Newmarket handler John Gosden in January, 2010, and cemented that partnership with a success aboard Lady Lloyd-Webber's Dar Re Mi in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic in March of that year. Born on July 22, 1988, in Norway, where his father Walter (an eight-time champion in Scandinavia) was a jockey at the time, he had his first ride in August, 2006, and his first success the following month (September 27) when scoring on Bank On Benny at Salisbury. He was apprenticed to trainer Andrew Balding and shared the 2008 apprentices' championship with David Probert, who was attached to the same stable. His first big win came in the 2007 Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot on Dark Missile and he landed both the 2008 St Simon Stakes and 2009 Ormonde Stakes on Buccellati. His first top-level success came when winning the Grade One E P Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in Canada in October, 2009, on the Mick Channon-trained Lahaleeb. He enjoyed further top-flight success across the Atlantic in August, 2010, when partnering Debussy to victory in the Grade One Arlington Million in Chicago for Gosden. The following day, Buick landed in France and rode the David Simcock-trained Dream Ahead to victory in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville. Buick won the Apprentice Jockey of the Year award at the Lesters in 2007 and 2008, making him the only rider to receive the accolade twice. He won his first Classic on Arctic Cosmos in the 2010 Ladbrokes St Leger. That was also his first British Group One victory although another soon followed when Dream Ahead won the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. No previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes rides

 

 

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REWILDING (GB)

4 b c Tiger Hill (IRE) - Darara (Top Ville)

Form: 21/21316-11   Owner: Godolphin  Trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni

Breeder: Watership Down Stud  Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Rewilding

Few modern-day sales transactions have proved more fortuitous than the day in November, 1994, that agent Charlie Gordon-Watson paid Ir470,000gns to buy Darshaan’s half-sister Darara from the Aga Khan at Goffs as a foundation mare for Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s Watership Down Stud. Not only is her son Diaghilev still the dearest yearling ever sold in Europe, having realised 3.4 million guineas at Tattersalls in 2000 but she has proved an outstanding broodmare. Diaghilev (renamed River Dancer) won the Grade One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in Hong Kong, Darazari won at the top level in Australia, Rhagaas finished third in the French Derby and Dar Re Mi scored three times in Group One company. Darara’s latest star is the Tiger Hill three-year-old Rewilding, bought for 500,000 guineas by Sheikh Mohammed at the 2008 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. His career began with Andre Fabre in France, finishing second on his debut at Longchamp on October 18 before ending 2009 with a victory in a mile conditions event a month later at Maisons-Laffitte. He reappeared for his three-year-old campaign on April 11, 2010, and finished second to Planteur in the Group Two Prix Noailles at Longchamp, before being moved to Godolphin’s first-season trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni. He made a sparkling debut for his new handler on May 19 at Goodwood when winning the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes impressively by four lengths. Rewilding was added to the field for the Investec Derby at the £75,000 supplementary entry stage and came home third in the 12-furlong Classic, seven and a half lengths behind Workforce. Given time to get over those exertions, the light-framed colt reappeared at York in the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes on August 17, when he impressed with a four-length victory over Midas Touch. He was sent off the Evens favourite for the season’s final British Classic, the Group One St Leger over an extended mile and three quarters at Doncaster on September 11, but ran below par to finish sixth. Rewilding headed to Dubai to prepare for his four-year-old campaign and made his seasonal return there in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on March 26. The colt impressed with a smooth three and a quarter-length triumph over Redwood in the 12-furlong contest. Rewilding appeared next in the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes over 10 furlongs at Royal Ascot on June 15. Australian superstar So You Think was sent off the hot favourite for the race and looked the likely winner when storming clear of the field with two furlongs remaining. However, Frankie Dettori galvanised Rewilding with a scintillating last-to-first run than saw him collar his rival close home for a neck success.

Race Record: Starts: 9; 1st: 5; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 1; Win & place prize money: £2,455,418

 

Godolphin

Godolphin is the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed and other members of the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai. Its aim is to win races worldwide. Godolphin horses benefit from Dubai's warm winter climate. The experiment began on a small scale in the winter of 1992, with horses enjoying the advantages of the Arabian sunshine before arriving in Britain for the 1993 season. The Godolphin operation was formally established in 1994, with Hilal Ibrahim as trainer, when Balanchine won the Investec Oaks and Irish Derby. The following year, Saeed bin Suroor was appointed as the official trainer. In 1999 and 2000, Godolphin's two-year-olds were housed at the former Evry racecourse in France under the care of David Loder, who in 2001 relocated to Godolphin Stables in Newmarket, although 2003 was his last year as Godolphin's juvenile handler and he has subsequently retired from training. Godolphin horses are now trained by Saeed bin Suroor and Mahmood Al Zarooni, who started training in March, 2010, and enjoyed a first European Classic win with Frozen Power in the 2010 German 2000 Guineas, plus Andre Fabre in France. Godolphin's famous blue colours have been carried to victory in every British Classic bar the Investec Derby, although Saeed bin Suroor did train Lammtarra to win the premier Classic for Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum in 1995 and Godolphin claims the success. The unbeaten Lammtarra also won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and the Prix de l’Arc De Triomphe at Lonchamp. Godolphin ambitions, other than landing the Investec Derby, include taking the American Triple Crown series, winning the Japan Cup and the Melbourne Cup. Daylami led an historic 1-2-3 in the 1998 Coral-Eclipse, the first time that the same owner and trainer had the first three in a British Group One, and Godolphin's tally of Group/Grade One wins stands at 176. Godolphin was leading British owner in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007 and captured an American Eclipse Award for top owner in 2007. Godolphin has won 13 British Classics: QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), QIPCO 1,000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia, 2011 Blue Bunting), Investec Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia), St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq, 2004 Rule Of Law and 2009 Mastery). Other major Group/Grade One wins include: Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi), French 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Shamardal), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish Oaks (2011 Blue Bunting), Breeders' Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light), Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' (2001 Tempera), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Irish St Leger (1998, 1999 Kayf Tara), Arlington Million (2003 Sulamani – Godolphin's 100th G1 winner), Prix du Jockey Club (2005 Shamardal), Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2009 Vale Of York), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee and 2002 Marienbard).

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Wins: 1995 LAMMTARRA; 1997 SWAIN; 1998 SWAIN; 1999 DAYLAMI; 2004 DOYEN

 

Mahmood Al Zarooni

Mahmood Al Zarooni was born on October 15, 1976, close to Dubai Creek and developed a passion for horses when starting riding in the desert aged 17. He took part in some endurance races and began working with Arab-horse trainer Rod Simpson in the mid 1990s, progressing to become his assistant. In 1999, he joined Ali Al Raihe's stable at Sharjah, where he began working with thoroughbreds and developed a reputation for his skill with unruly horses. In the 2008/09 season, Sheikh Mohammed recruited him as assistant to Mubarak bin Shafya at Al Asifa Stables in Dubai and in 2009 he became an assistant trainer to Saeed bin Suroor at Godolphin. Al Zarooni was appointed as a trainer for Godolphin in March, 2010, and made an immediate impact with Calming Influence winning the Group Two Godolphin Mile at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night. Al Zarooni is based in Newmarket for the British turf season, at Moulton Paddocks, and saddled his first British winner when Lion Mountain scored at Pontefract on April 28, 2010. A first European Classic win came when Frozen Power took the Group Two German 2,000 Guineas in May, while Group One success followed in the same country when Buzzword annexed the German Derby. In October, Biondetti collected the Group One Premio Gran Criterium at San Siro. His first Investec Derby runner, Rewilding, finished third and he ended a highly satisfactory first season in Britain with 43 winners. This year began brightly for Al Zarooni as Rewilding made a winning seasonal reappearance in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on March 26 while he gained a first British Classic success with Blue Bunting in the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1. That filly subsequently won the Group One Darley Irish Oaks while Rewilding gave him a first Royal Ascot victory when winning the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes in June. No previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes runners

 

Frankie Dettori

Born in Milan on December 15, 1970, the son of Gianfranco, a multiple champion jockey in Italy, Frankie Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani's Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985. His first success came on Rif at Turin, Italy, on November 16, 1986, and he rode his first British winner on Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. He was champion British apprentice in 1989 and passed 100 winners for the first time in 1990 when recording 141 successes. He has since captured the hearts of racegoers with his flamboyant style, phenomenal riding successes and charisma in and out of the saddle. Champion jockey in 1994, 1995 and 2004, Dettori created history when riding all seven winners on the Saturday at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996. His ground-breaking exertions brought recognition beyond racing's own sphere when he was voted into third place in the 1996 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards and was a team captain on ‘A Question Of Sport'. He was awarded an MBE in 2000. He finally captured the Investec Derby in 2007 aboard Authorized and he has tasted success in all four other English Classics at least once with 14 Classic wins in total. Five of those have come in the Ladbrokes St Leger aboard Classic Cliché (1995), Shantou (1996), Scorpion (2005), Sixties Icon (2006) and Conduit (2008). He has won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas twice (1996 Mark Of Esteem and 1999 Island Sands), the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas thrice (Cape Verdi 1998, Kazzia 2002 and Blue Bunting 2011) and the Investec Oaks three times (Balanchine 1994, Moonshell 1995 and Kazzia 2002). Dettori, retained by the international Godolphin stable since 1993, has enjoyed a host of high-profile international successes, including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1995, 2001 and 2002 on Lammtarra, Sakhee and Marienbard respectively, the Japan Cup on Singspiel in 1996, Falbrav in 2002 and Alkaased in 2005, the Dubai World Cup on Dubai Millennium (2000), Moon Ballad (2003) and Electrocutionist (2006), the Breeders' Cup Turf on Daylami (1999), Fantastic Light (2001), Red Rocks (2006) and Dangerous Midge (2010) and the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic on Raven's Pass. Dettori, who survived an horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed, is married to Catherine. They have five children and live near Newmarket. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes record: 1990-10 Legal Case, 1991-7 Luchiroverte, 1993-5 Drum Taps, 1994-6 Foyer, 1995-1 LAMMTARRA, 1997-4 Singspiel, 1998-1 SWAIN, 1999-1 DAYLAMI, 2001-2 Fantastic Light, 2002-5 Grandera, 2003-2 Sulamani, 2004-1 DOYEN, 2006-2 Electrocutionist, 2007-4 Laverock

ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE)

4 b c Montjeu (IRE) - Leaping Water (Sure Blade)

Form: 111/6-311  Owner: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE Jockey: Johnny Murtagh  Breeder: Barton Bloodstock and Villiers Syndicate

 

St Nicholas Abbey

Bred by a partnership that includes some of Coolmore's accounts team, St Nicholas Abbey realised 200,000 guineas when prepared by former jockey Mark Dwyer for the 2008 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, where was knocked down to Demi O'Byrne and joined Aidan O'Brien. By the superb Montjeu, he is out of the now 21-year-old Sure Blade mare Leaping Water, a half-sister to Group One winners Aristotle, Ballingarry and Starborough, whose best previous performer was the US Grade One-placed Grammarian. St Nicholas Abbey kicked off his career in a mile maiden on testing ground at the Curragh on August 16, 2009, when he scored by four lengths. He returned to the County Kildare course on September 27 to win the Group Two Juddmonte Beresford Stakes by an easy three quarters of a length. His final start came in the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on October 24 when he stormed clear of Elusive Pimpernel to gallop to a three and three-quarter length victory. He headed into the winter as a warm favourite for both the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas and Investec Derby,with connections talking about the Triple Crown. However, he raced only once in 2010, when sixth to Makfi in the first colts’ Classic, the 2,000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket that May, for which he was Evens favourite. St Nicholas Abbey did little to reassure his fans when making his four-year-old debut in a 10-furlong Curragh Listed contest on April 3, as he finished third behind the classy hurdler Unaccompanied. The colt benefited markedly for that outing however and rekindled memories of his two-year-old brilliance on May 6 when slamming his rivals to win the Group Three Ormonde Stakes over 13 furlongs at Chester by nine lengths from Allied Powers. He followed that with an impressive length victory over the crack mare Midday in the Group One Investec Coronation Cup over a mile and a half at Epsom on June 3. Race Record: Starts: 7; 1st: 5; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £385,182

 

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor

Sue Magnier's dark blue silks are a common sight in Europe's top races and have been carried by several of the sport's true champions. Few in racing can boast better connections than Magnier, whose father, the late Vincent O'Brien, was arguably the greatest trainer of the 20th Century and saddled six Derby winners. Her brother David O'Brien also saddled a Derby winner, while another brother, Charles O'Brien, is a successful trainer. She is married to John Magnier, one of the most powerful men in the bloodstock world as owner of the global Coolmore breeding empire. In the 1970s, John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a County Cork dairy farmer and stud owner, teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy potential stallions as yearlings. They enjoyed great success, counting Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird amongst those they bought. Magnier, a former Irish senator who owns the magnificent Ballydoyle training establishment, eventually bought out his partners at Coolmore, which has huge offshoots in Australia and the USA. His fortune was estimated at 592 million euros in the 2011 Times Rich List. His myriad of other business interests include investment in the Barchester chain of nursing homes, a stake in British pub group Mitchells & Butlers, a property portfolio, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio. He and top jump owner J P McManus held a 28.7% stake in Manchester United, which they sold to US tycoon Malcolm Glazer in 2005. Sue Magnier, along with Michael Tabor and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, in whose colours he ran, owned the brilliant champion miler Rock Of Gibraltar, who set a new European record of seven consecutive Group One victories in 2001/02. Magnier's colours were carried to an unprecedented four successive triumphs in the Ascot Gold Cup aboard the great Yeats between 2006 and 2009. Other champions to sport the dark blue include Galileo, King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator and Rip Van Winkle. This season, Magnier’s dark blue silks have been carried to victory in the Investec Derby with Pour Moi and Irish 2,000 Guineas with Roderic O’Connor. 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 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. 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 this year’s Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, Ascot Gold Cup victor 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 the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup and Group One Coral-Eclipse this year. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners: 2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade

 

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Born in County Wexford on October 16, 1969, one of six children of Stella and Denis O'Brien, Aidan Patrick O'Brien, who started out as an amateur rider and took the Irish amateur riders' title over jumps in 1993/94, has been nothing short of a training phenomenon. After a three-year spell with Jim Bolger, he became assistant to his now wife, Annemarie, and her father Joe Crowley, before taking over the reins when granted a licence to train himself in 1993. Wandering Thoughts was his first winner, taking a seven-furlong handicap at Tralee on June 7, 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. His first Group One winner came at the Curragh in 1996 when Desert King won the National Stakes. 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 2,000 Guineas and the second, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the following day's 1,000 Guineas and went on to land the Oaks a month later. The successes have since flowed thanks to the likes of Giant's Causeway (five successive Group Ones in 2000), 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 (Ladbrokes 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 2,000 Guineas) and also the dual Derby and Breeders' Cup winner High Chaparral. His prowess on the Flat is matched by his achievements with jumpers, though he no longer trains under National Hunt Rules. 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 had 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 Ladbrokes 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 Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. In 2008, O'Brien carried all before him winning six Classics - Henrythenavigator (Newmarket & 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 included the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Juddmonte International. O'Brien won the Irish 2,000 Guineas in 2009 with Mastercraftsman, his ninth consecutive Irish Classic success. Other records to have fallen to O'Brien in 2009 included a record seventh victory in the Irish Derby with Fame And Glory and Yeats winning an unprecedented fourth Ascot Gold Cup. Last season Fame And Glory and crack sprinter Starspangledbanner each clinched two Group One wins, while Lillie Langtry, Rip Van Winkle and Zoffany triumphed in the top grade and Cape Blanco gave him an eighth Irish Derby success as well as winning the Irish Champion Stakes. This year started on a great note with Roderic O’Connor, ridden by O’Brien’s then 17-year-old son Joseph, winning the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Misty For Me landing the fillies’ equivalent a day later. O’Brien has also taken charge of Australian superstar So You Think this year, winning the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May and Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. Fame And Glory won the Gold Cup at Ascot and Treasure Beach brought another Irish Derby success last month while Cape Blanco won the recent Grade One Man O’War Stakes at Belmont in New York. Joseph is one of the O’Briens’ four children. With Joe Crowley, the couple have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in County Kilkenny and have enjoyed considerable success as breeders via the likes of Rock Of Gibraltar, Dewhurst Stakes winner Beethoven and King Torus. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Record: 2010-2 Cape Blanco, 2009-8 Rockhampton, 2009-7 Frozen Fire, 2009-5 Golden Sword, 2008-8 Macarthur, 2008-4 Red Rock Canyon, 2008-1 DUKE OF MARMALADE, 2007-5 Scorpion, 2007-1 DYLAN THOMAS, 2005-5 Ace, 2004-6 Tycoon, 2001-12 Ice Dancer, 2001-1 GALILEO, 1998-8 Risk Material

 

Joseph O’Brien

Joseph O’Brien is the eldest of Aidan and Annemarie O’Brien’s four children and was born on May 23, 1993. Educated at Rockwell College near Cashel, he was an accomplished Pony Club rider, winning a bronze medal at the European Pony Championships in 2009. He began riding on the Flat as a 16-year-old on May 24, 2009, and rode his first winner four days later on Johann Zoffany (now named Muir), trained by his father, at Leopardstown on May 28. His career stepped up a gear in 2010 as he rode 39 winners and was joint champion apprentice in a three-way tie with Ben Curtis and Gary Carroll. He enjoyed a first Pattern race success on Beethoven, bred by his parents, in the Group Three Desmond Stakes in August, 2010. This year he had a first Classic success on Roderic O’Connor in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and finished fourth in the Investec Derby and third in the Irish Derby on Memphis Tennessee. His sister Sarah made her riding debut in an amateur contest at the Curragh on Sunday. No previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes rides

 

 

WORKFORCE (GB) FACTFILE

4 b c King´s Best (USA) - Soviet Moon (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA))

Form: 1/2151-12    Owner: Khalid Abdulla  

Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd  Jockey: Ryan Moore

 

Workforce

Workforce is the third foal of the unraced Soviet Moon, a full-sister to Racing Post Trophy and St Leger winner Brian Boru. The strapping home-bred son of 2,000 Guineas winner King's Best was soon given the nickname ‘Sefton’ at Sir Michael Stoute's Freemason Lodge Stables, named after the police horse injured in the 1982 Hyde Park bombings. He made his debut in a seven-furlong maiden at Goodwood on September 23, 2009, when he quickened to a six-length triumph. Connections decided to forego a raft of entries that autumn and gave him time to strengthen over the winter. Despite featuring prominently in the markets for both the 2,000 Guineas and the Derby, Workforce missed the Newmarket Classic after taking a while to come to hand. After missing his intended reappearance in the Classic Trial at Sandown, Workforce made his eagerly awaited 2010 seasonal return in the Group Two totesport Dante Stakes at York on May 13. Sent off a well-supported 2/1 chance for the extended 10-furlong contest, Workforce stayed on to take second, three and a quarter lengths behind the impressive winner Cape Blanco and it emerged afterwards that the colt’s bit had slipped through his mouth, hampering jockey Ryan Moore’s efforts to galvanise his mount. Workforce headed to the Investec Derby following a racecourse gallop at Lingfield on May 26, and was sent off a 6/1 shot at Epsom on June 5. The colt posted a stunning performance as he closed on the pace-setting At First Sight and drew away from that rival inside the distance for a seven-length victory in a course-record time of 2m 31.33s, beating the 2m 32.31s set by Lammtarra in 1995. Workforce is the only horse beaten in the Dante Stakes to win the Derby. He then headed to the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, sponsored by Betfair, at Ascot in July. He was sent off 8/11 favourite but weakened to finish fifth, 17 lengths behind impressive stablemate Harbinger. Connections retained faith and sent him to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 3, when he posted a performance that mocked any doubters as he powered home for a head verdict over the Japanese raider Nakayama Festa. Workforce then headed to Churchill Downs in Kentucky for the Breeders’ Cup Turf but Stoute was unhappy with the quick turf and the colt was withdrawn on the eve of the race. He ended 2010 as the joint-top three-year-old in the world with a World Thoroughbred Ranking of 128. Refreshingly for a Derby and Arc winner, Workforce was kept in training as a four-year-old by his sporting owner and started his season with a pleasing victory in the Group Two Brigadier Gerard Stakes over 10 furlongs at Sandown on May 26. He returned to that course and distance for the Group One Coral-Eclipse Stakes on July 2, when he met Australian champion So You Think, now trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien in Ireland. Workforce took the lead at halfway and kicked for home three furlongs out under Ryan Moore, who was keen to utilise his mount’s stamina over an inadequate distance. But So You Think displayed greater speed in the final 150 yards to overhaul Workforce and register a half-length victory. The pair had pulled five lengths clear of third-placed Sri Putra.

Race Record: Starts: 7; Wins: 4; 2nd: 2; 3rd: -: Win & Place Prize Money: £2,971,286

 

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 2,000 Guineas on the disqualification of Nureyev. He has won the QIPCO 2,000 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 1,000 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 2,000 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 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes wins: 1986 DANCING BRAVE

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 10 times - in 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009. Stoute has won the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs five times (1981 Shergar, 1996 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light, 2010 Workforce) making him the most successful current trainer in the premier British Classic. The year 2000 was memorable for Stoute when his horses included 2,000 Guineas winner King's Best and Kalanisi, winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf and Champion Stakes. 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. He has won the QIPCO 2,000 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 QIPCO 1,000 Guineas (twice), St Leger (once), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Sponsored by Betfair (five 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. The highlight of 2009 for Stoute came when he saddled the first three home in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Sponsored by Betfair at Ascot - Conduit, Tartan Bearer and Ask - which played a significant part in him becoming champion trainer for the 10th time.He also saddled Conduit to a second successive Breeders' Cup Turf triumph. In 2010, Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce and the phenomenal King VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes hero Harbinger set the standards for the stable.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Record: 2010-1 HARBINGER, 2010-5 Workforce, 2010-6 Confront, 2009-1 CONDUIT, 2009-2 Tartan Bearer, 2009-3 Ask, 2008-5 Ask, 2008-2 Papal Bull, 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, 1997-4 Singspiel, 1997-2 Pilsudski, 1994-UR Ezzoud, 1994-6 Foyer, 1993-1 OPERA HOUSE, 1992-5 Rock Hopper, 1992-3 Opera House, 1992-2 Saddlers' Hall, 1991-6 Saddlers' Hall, 1991-3 Rock Hopper, 1988-6 Doyoun, 1987-8 Unite, 1986-5 Dihistan, 1986-4 Shahrastani, 1986-2 Shardari, 1981-1 SHERGAR

 

Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore arrived at Epsom Downs for the 2010 Investec Derby Festival without a Classic win to his name and left two days later having bagged both the Investec Derby and Investec Oaks, courtesy of Workforce and Snow Fairy respectively, the first jockey to achieve this double since Kieren Fallon in 2004. Moore, who was born on September 18, 1983, was champion apprentice in 2003 when he enjoyed 59 winners and champion jockey just three years later in 2006 when he recorded 182 victories. He has claimed the title twice more, in 2008 and 2009. His family is steeped in the sport. 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 winners under Rules and his youngest brother, Joshua, has followed the others into a riding career. 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 his first Group One success on Notnowcato in the 2006 Juddmonte International at York and partnered the same horse to victory in the 2007 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park. 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 in 2008, the year he won a first Breeders' Cup Turf on Conduit. The following season he was champion jockey for a third time with 178 victories and won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Conduit. Moore also rode Conduit to success in a second Breeders' Cup Turf and landed further Group One victories in the Investec Coronation Cup on Ask, the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Spanish Moon and the Prix Maurice de Gheest on King's Apostle. As well as his Epsom Downs Classic triumphs in 2010, Moore partnered Workforce to victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Snow Fairy to success in the Irish Oaks as well as Group/Grade One wins in Japan and Hong Kong. He suffered a wrist injury when Rocket Rob slipped up after finishing third at Windsor on August 9 last year and was out of action for nearly a month which cost him his chance of winning the jockeys’ championship again. This season he has successfully teamed up with Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien when not required by Stoute. He rode St Nicholas Abbey to win the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom and So You Think to capture the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. Moore gave the Queen’s Carlton House a masterful ride to win the Dante Stakes on May 12 at York which saw the colt become the hot favourite for the Investec Derby, in which he finished third. Moore lives in Newmarket and supports Arsenal. He has two children, Toby and Sophie, with his partner Michelle.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Record: 2010-5 Workforce, 2009-1 CONDUIT, 2008-5 Ask, 2007-6 Sergeant Cecil

 

 

QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES UPDATE

 

NEXT RACE:

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

o 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) 

 

QIPCO British Champions Series - the world's finest Flat racing

www.britishchampionsseries.com

About the QIPCO British Champions Series:

The QIPCO British Champions Series is designed to throw the spotlight on Britain's best Flat races and will climax on 15 October 2011 with the richest fixture in British racing history, the brand new QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.

The Series features 35 Flat races staged at ten of the UK's leading racecourses: Ascot, Doncaster, Epsom Downs, Goodwood, Haydock Park, Newbury, Newmarket's July Course, Newmarket's Rowley Mile, Sandown Park and York.

It encompasses the top races at British racing's key festivals, including the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket, the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom, Royal Ascot, the Newmarket July Festival, Glorious Goodwood, the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York and the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster.

The QIPCO British Champions Series comprises five easy-to-follow champion categories - Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares.

The seven highest-rated races feature in each category, including a same-day finale in each on QIPCO British Champions Day.

Long-term, the QIPCO British Champions Series aims to attract a wider audience for the UK's second most attended sport.

About QIPCO Holding:

QIPCO Holding is one of the leading private investment companies in Qatar. Established in 1999, QIPCO Holding has a diverse range of interests, including real estate, construction, oil and gas, finance and health services. Its portfolio of interests includes Qatar Bloodstock, which owns the stallion Makfi, the winner of the 2010 2000 Guineas.

Qatar Investment & Projects Development Holding Company (QIPCO Holding) is owned by six brothers who are members of the Royal Family of Qatar. The Chief Executive is Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, who together with his brothers are nephews of the Emir of the State of Qatar.

Over time, the group has diversified itself to form individual subsidiaries, each operating independently and specialising in their fields of expertise. For more information visit: www.qipco.com.qa

 

 

KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES (SPONSORED BY BETFAIR)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR THE 61st RUNNING

 

 

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KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES (SPONSORED BY BETFAIR) - FACTS & FIGURES

 

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

 

Ë 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.

 

Ë 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), Epsom 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).

 

Ë 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.

 

Ë The 1951 winner received £25,322 and 10 shillings. The 2009 running carried a record  £1,000,000 in total prize money, £150,000 up on the £850,000 on offer in 2008, with the winner receiving £567,700, making it the richest all-age race ever contested in Britain. The 2010 race was worth the same amount and a total prize fund of £1 million is maintained in 2011.

 

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

 

Ë The 1975 renewal is still remembered as the race of the 20th century. That year’s Derby winner Grundy beat the previous year’s St Leger hero Bustino

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 by half a length in an epic encounter up the home straight. Grundy set a then race record time of 2m 26.98 seconds.

 

Grundy’s record stood until 2010 when Harbinger registered a sensational  winning time of 2m 26.78s.

 

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

 

Ë Similarly in 2001, 2007 and 2008 success in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes helped Irish-based Aidan O’Brien to capture the British trainers’ title. He only won 20 races during 2001, when Galileo scored at Ascot. The master of Ballydoyle emulated the feat in 2007 and 2008. Dylan Thomas helped the trainer to the 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.

 

Ë 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 previous horse to win these three races was Mill Reef in 1971. Lammtarra, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, retired unbeaten.

 

Ë French-trained horses have won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) 10 times, most recently with Hurricane Run in 2006. Dahlia, trained by Maurice Zilber in France, 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 for Godolphin.

 

Ë Irish-trained horses have triumphed 11 times, including five of the last 10 runnings.

 

Ë There has been one Italian-trained victor, the great champion Ribot, who was the facile winner in 1956.

 

Ë Frankie Dettori has the best record of any current jockey in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair), with four wins. 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 victories came aboard Dylan Thomas (2007) and Alamshar (2003).

 

Ë The most successful jockey of all time in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair) 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). Mick Kinane, who retired at the end of the 2009 season, tasted success five times with Belmez (1990), King’s Theatre (1994), Montjeu (2000), Galileo (2001) and Azamour (2005).

 

Ë The late Dick Hern, Godolphin’s Saeed bin Suroor and Sir Michael Stoute have the best training records in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes with five wins each. Hern won with Brigadier Gerard (1972), Troy (1979), Ela-Mana-Mou (1980), Petoski (1985) and Nashwan (1989), while bin Suroor’s five winners are Lammtarra (1995), Swain (1997 & 1998), Daylami (1999) and Doyen (2004). Sir Michael Stoute saddled (Shergar (1981), Opera House (1993), Golan (2002), Conduit (2009) and Harbinger (2010). Henry Cecil has trained three winners (Reference Point (1987), Belmez (1990) and King’s Theatre (1994)), as has Aidan O’Brien (Galileo (2001), Dylan Thomas (2007) and Duke Of Marmalade (2008)).

 

Ë 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.

 

Ë The 2001 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the 51st renewal, saw Galileo become the first Epsom Derby winner (and three-year-old) 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.

     

Ë A total of 13 colts have completed the Epsom Derby/King George double in the same year. 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). Additionally, two Derby winners, Teenoso (1984) and Royal Palace (1968), were victorious at Ascot the year after winning at Epsom.

 

Ë 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.

 

Ë A total of 11 horses have collected the Irish Derby before going on to score at Ascot in the same year. They are Alamshar (2003), Galileo (2001), St Jovite (1992), Generous (1991), Shergar (1981), Troy (1979), The Minstrel (1977), Grundy (1975), Nijinsky (1970), Meadow Court (1965) and Ragusa (1963). Additionally, four Irish Derby winners, Dylan Thomas (2007), Hurricane Run (2006), Montjeu (1999) and Ballymoss  (1957), were successful the year after winning at the Curragh.

 

Ë The last time the Epsom and Irish Derby victors met in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes was in 2010 when Cape Blanco finished runner-up and Workforce was fifth of six. That came seven years after the lastclash of the Derby heroes when Alamshar came out on top, with Kris Kin, the winner at Epsom, back in third.

 

Ë The Group Two Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot is run over the same mile and a half as the King George. Five horses have completed the double - Harbinger (2010), Doyen (2004), Park Top (1969), Aggressor (1960) and Aureole (1954).

 

Ë The 2002 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Golan took the race on his seasonal debut.

 

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

 

Ë 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.

 

Ë Betfair sponsored the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes for the first time in 2009, boosting prize money to £1 million. It is a five-year sponsorship deal.

 

Ë Sir Michael Stoute trained the first three horses in the 2009 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Sponsored by Betfair. Ryan Moore triumphed on Conduit ahead of fellow Ballymacoll Stud-owned colt and previous year’s Derby runner-up, Tartan Bearer, with Coronation Cup winner Ask in third.

 

Ë Harbinger’s breath-taking 11-length winning margin in 2010 was a record for the race.

 

Ë Today's winner of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Sponsored by Betfair,  will receive an automatic berth into the US$3-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf through the Breeders' Cup Challenge series. Breeders' Cup Ltd will benefit the winning stable by paying the US$90,000 in entry fees into the Breeders' Cup Turf and provide them with a US$20,000 travel allowance to Louisville for the Championships. 

 

Ë Today's winner of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Sponsored by Betfair, is part of the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Series.

 

 


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