Wednesday, July 6, 2011
ALL THE LATEST NEWS AHEAD OF GLORIOUS GOODWOOD WITH QUOTES FROM FREDDY HEAD, JIM BOYLE & BRIAN GUBBY
COUNTDOWN TO “DUEL ON THE DOWNS” CONTINUES AS DOZEN REMAIN IN QIPCO SUSSEX STAKES
- HEAD HOPING TO CRASH PARTY WITH FRENCH RAIDER RAJSAMAN
The countdown to the mouth-watering “Duel on the Downs” between Canford Cliffs and Frankel at Glorious Goodwood in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes (3.10pm) on Wednesday, July 27, is now just three weeks away. Both horses remain engaged in the £300,000 contest following the July 5 scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today.
Canford Cliffs won the mile QIPCO Sussex Stakes in 2010 and is unbeaten in his two outings this year, with impressive victories in the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Frankel is unbeaten in seven outings, taking the Group One QIPCO 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Group One St James’s Palace at Royal Ascot on his two most recent starts.
When Canford Cliffs triumphed at Royal Ascot, he had the star mare Goldikova a length behind him. Her trainer Freddy Head is set to take on the Richard Hannon-trained four-year-old once again, but this time with Rajsaman. The four-year-old won the Group Two Prix Du Muguet at Saint-Cloud on May 1 and was a close third behind Goldikova in the Group One Prix D'Ispahan at Longchamp on May 22.
Head revealed today: “Rajsaman is an intended runner in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes. He ran a very good race in the Prix d’Ispahan, when he was finishing well. He is a nice horse who is improving all of the time and I like him a lot.
“Both Canford Cliffs and Frankel are champions but I think that Canford Cliffs is a really good horse, whereas we have to wait and see with Frankel - he hasn’t proven it yet and he wasn’t finishing too well at Royal Ascot.
“We will have to wait and see which is the better, but you have to run horses like that against each other - I hope that I still have the best miler in Goldikova!”
Other possible starters in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes include four from the Godolphin operation - Delegator, the 2009 2,000 Guineas runner-up who is set to run in Saturday’s six-furlong Group One July Cup at Newmarket, Rio De La Plata, a three-time Group One winner who was fourth to Canford Cliffs at Royal Ascot, St James’s Palace Stakes fourth Neebras and the mare Antara, twice a winner in Group Three company at Epsom.
Hannon could also be represented by Dick Turpin, a Group One winner in France in 2010 and winner of the Group Two Richmond Stakes over six furlongs at Glorious Goodwood in 2009.
Dream Ahead was rated the joint-best juvenile alongside Frankel last season and finished fifth behind that rival on his seasonal reappearance at Royal Ascot, while Aidan O’Brien, who has won the QIPCO Sussex Stakes on four previous occasions, has left in St James’s Palace Stakes runner-up Zoffany.
Completing the possible line-up is the three-year-old filly Maqaasid, who put up her best performance this season when third in the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas.
The next confirmation stage for the QIPCO Sussex Stakes is on Thursday, July 21, when there is also a £19,500 supplementary entry stage.
The QIPCO Sussex Stakes forms part of the QIPCO British Champions Series. Glorious Goodwood is the highlight of the year at the world’s most beautiful racecourse and runs from Tuesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 30.
THE RECTIFIER AIMS FOR GLORY AS totesport MILE WEIGHTS ARE REVEALED
Weights for the totesport Mile (3.10pm) are revealed at noon today, Wednesday, July 6, and one trainer hoping to land the lucrative heritage handicap at Glorious Goodwood on Friday, July 29, is Jim Boyle, whose stable star The Rectifier (16/1 with sponsor totesport) has been allotted 9st 6lb.
The £125,000 contest is the prime summer target for the four-year-old who was runner-up over the course and distance in the Listed West Sussex County Times On The House Stakes on May 30.
Since then, The Rectifier, who joined Boyle from Stef Higgins’ yard ahead of this season, failed by a nose to win back-to-back renewals of the Listed Midsummer Stakes at Windsor on June 25.
Boyle, who trains at Epsom, revealed today: “The plan for The Rectifier is the totesport Mile. He has been running well all season and has progressed nicely through the year; he has improved for each run, which is always nice to see.
“He was unlucky in a Listed race at Windsor last time and he has pleased us with the way he has performed in his races this season, so we thought we would have a crack at a big one.
“The owner (Anne Cowley) likes Goodwood and the horse has form there. He perhaps didn’t get the run of the race there when he was second the time before last. The winner, Set The Trend, half stole the race but The Rectifier showed us that he handles the track.
“He has been given the weight he is entitled to on his performances and he is a good size with a touch of class, so I’m not worried about him being towards the top of the handicap.”
Sponsor totesport makes Green Destiny 10/1 favourite, with the lightly-raced four-year-old set to carry 9st. William Haggas’ charge impressed when defeating Proponent (8st 13lb) to win at Newmarket in the spring and was antepost favourite for the Royal Hunt Cup until being rerouted to the 10-furlong Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot, a race in which he finished seventh.
Royal Hunt Cup runner-up Dance And Dance from the Ed Vaughan yard heads the 77 entries on 9st 10lb and is a 12/1 shot at present, as is the three-year-old Sagramor (8st 7lb), winner of the Britannia Handicap over a mile at Royal Ascot last month from the Richard Hannon-trained Cai Shen (8st 13lb).
Highland Knight (8st 12lb) from the Andrew Balding yard won the Coral Challenge at Sandown on July 2, holding Start Right (9st 34lb) from the Luca Cumani stable in second with Sooraah (8st 8lb) third and Pendragon (8st 7lb) fourth.
The Roger Varian-trained Eton Forever won the Spring Mile at Doncaster in March and is handicapped to carry 9st 5lb, while Confront (9st 9lb) was successful at York in June and acted as pacemaker to Workforce when fifth in the Group One Eclipse Stakes.
Saeed bin Suroor saddled Invisible Man (9st 9lb) to win the Royal Hunt Cup in 2010 and the five-year-old was third in this year’s renewal behind Julienas. He also finished runner-up in the 2010 totesport Mile at Glorious Goodwood.
Others of note include Belgian Bill (8st 8lb), Rhythm Of Light (8st 11lb), Balducci (9st 2lb), Chef (8st 9lb) and 2009 Britannia Handicap winner Fareer (9st 9lb).
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SON OF THE CAT OUT TO MATCH HIS TRAINER’S SPEED AROUND GOODWOOD IN BLUE SQUARE STEWARDS’ CUP
Former racing driver Brian Gubby is hoping that Son Of The Cat (8st 8lb) can emulate his owner/trainer’s speed around Goodwood when the five-year-old contests the £100,000 Blue Square Stewards’ Cup (3.40pm) on the final day of Glorious Goodwood, Saturday, July 30.
Weights for the famous six-furlong heritage handicap, which attracted a superb entry of 136, are revealed today.
Gubby, 77, rubbed shoulders with the likes of multiple Formula One champions Jim Clark and Jack Brabham in a career that included appearances in the British and Mediterranean Grand Prix in the 1960s, while he also raced three times around the stunning Monaco circuit.
Son Of The Cat, a 25/1 chance with Blue Square, won his maiden at Goodwood over the same course and distance of the Blue Square Stewards’ Cup in October, 2008, and took sixth on his latest start in a fiercely competitive Listed contest at Windsor on May 23, when he raced too keenly under first-time blinkers.
The Surrey handler revealed: “I am hoping that Son Of The Cat can get to Goodwood for the Blue Square Stewards’ Cup or the Bluesquare.com Stewards' Sprint Handicap if he misses the cut.
“He was due to run at Epsom last Thursday to get his rating up but he got cast in his box. We had him x-rayed and it was all clear but I am scratching around looking for races now.
“I made the mistake of putting blinkers on him at Windsor, because we just thought that he might be saving a bit for himself, but he hated wearing them and Neil Callan was frightened for his life. He was not beaten far in a very hot race and we were running all over the place, barging everyone.
“He is a tough little bugger and he won his maiden over six furlongs at Goodwood but he has a few little things that keep knocking us back.
“I used to practise racing at Goodwood a lot and I have raced sports cars and saloon cars around the racetrack, as well as Formula Junior. I warmed up for the Mediterranean Grand Prix there - Tony Brooks and John Surtees were also there and I was going as quick as them.
“My father was a jockey, as was his grandfather. We are an Epsom family and, after I packed in the motor racing, I bought a house that had three stables and slowly got into the horse side of things.”
Reflecting the extremely open look of the Blue Square Stewards’ Cup, the sponsor now has five 12/1 co-favourites. The Mick Easterby-trained Hoof It (9st 8lb) shares 12/1 co favouritism with Wokingham Handicap winner and joint top-weight Deacon Blues (9st 10lb) and Mac’s Power (9st 3lb), who are both trained by James Fanshawe. Pastoral Player (9st 6lb), from the stable of Hughie Morrison, and the Jim Goldie-trained Hawkeyethenoo (9st 7lb), who was a comfortable winner of the ultra-competitive Victoria Cup at Ascot on his latest start, are the other two 12/1 co-favourites.
The 2009 Ayr Gold Cup winner Jimmy Styles (9st 10lb & 25/1), representing Clive Cox, and the David Barron-trained Waffle (9st 10lb & 16/1) also head the weights alongside Deacon Blues.
The Blue Square Stewards’ Cup has a safety limit of 28 but for the first time in 2011, the consolation race for horses which fail to make the final field, the £30,000 Bluesquare.com Stewards' Sprint Handicap, will also take place on the same day, providing a fantastic double-header of sprint handicap action.
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Each-Way Terms: 1/4 the odds for the five FIVE places
SIMCOCK DUO HEADS TO GROUP ONE ETIHAD AIRWAYS FALMOUTH STAKES
TOP FLIGHT WINNERS SAHPRESA, LILY OF THE VALLEY AND RIVER JETEZ IN FANTASTIC ABU DHABI DAY GROUP ONE CONTEST
A fantastic field of fillies and mares is set to contest the £160,000 Group One Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes (3pm) on Friday 8th July, Abu Dhabi Day at the Piper Heidsieck July Festival, headed by the crack French miler Sahpresa, who is seeking a third Newmarket Group One victory.
Rod Collet’s charge has won the past two renewals of the Group One Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile and the six-year-old now heads to the July Course for the first time having slammed the classy Moonlight Cloud on her seasonal return in the Group Three Prix du Palais-Royal at Longchamp last month.
Also among the 11 declarations revealed today for the contest are a pair of talented performers from David Simcock’s Trillium Place Stables, the in-form mare First City and her progressive stablemate I’m A Dreamer.
The duo contested the Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, finishing third and fifth respectively behind Lolly For Dolly.
Prior to that, the four-year-old I’m A Dreamer had stormed to a four and a half-length victory in the Group Three Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes over nine furlongs at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course in May, while First City had filled the runner-up berth behind Antara in the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom on June 3rd.
Simcock revealed this morning: “I have been delighted with First City this season; her last two runs have probably been personal bests, which is another step up the ladder. This looks tougher but she is in good heart and the better the race, the better she seems to run.”
First City’s style of racing means that she often finishes with a strong, closing run from the rear, as she did in the Ascot contest.
Simcock continued: “She flatters an awful lot but, if I’m honest, what was a little disappointing to me last time was the fact that she finished in front of I’m A Dreamer.
“We have always considered I’m A Dreamer the better filly and that was a little disappointing at Ascot. She had done it very nicely at Newmarket the time before; she loves fast ground. It might be that she may now need 10 furlongs to be at her best but this comes at the right time of year and we will have a look here and then head to the Nassau Stakes after this.
“We are hopeful, which is as much as we can be. It looks a hot race with the two French fillies looking very good and Antara won very well at Epsom last time. I think it is a very competitive Falmouth Stakes.”
As well as the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Antara, the field includes the Grade One-winning South African mare River Jetez and last season’s Group One Prix de l’Opera heroine Lily Of The Valley from the Jean-Claude Rouget stable.
John Gosden has the high-class pair of Group Three Musidora Stakes winner Joviality and Group One 1000 Guineas third Maqaasid, while the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Timepiece landed a Warwick Listed race on June 13.
Last season’s Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Memory, trained by Richard Hannon, and the Clive Brittain-trained Masaya, complete the line up.
Also on the card is the £60,000 Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes (2.25pm) in which narrow Group Two Queen Mary Stakes runner-up Shumoos from the Brian Meehan stable is one of 11 declared runners.
Another filly that filled second spot at Royal Ascot last month is the Kevin Ryan-trained Inetrobil who was behind Samitar in the Group Three Albany Stakes.
The high-class field also includes the Jo Hughes-trained Caledonia Lady, third in the Queen Mary Stakes, Albany Stakes third Illaunglass from the Jeremy Noseda stable, and the unbeaten Richard Fahey-trained York Listed winner Miss Work Of Art.
Another feature race is the lucrative totesport.com Heritage Handicap (1.50pm), a six-furlong contest for three-year-olds that carries a prize fund of £100,000. Among the 20 declared runners are recent winners Lexi’s Hero, Steps and Barnet Fair.
The tremendous card commences at 1.20pm with the £20,000 Piper Heidsieck Champagne Irish E.B.F. Fillies’ Handicap over seven furlongs and also has the seven-furlong Weatherbys Mawatheeq E.B.F. Maiden Stakes (3.35pm), the Three Chimneys Maiden Stakes (4.10pm) over 10 furlongs and the TurfTV Handicap (5.20pm) over a mile.