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Wednesday, August 6, 2003



THREE VALLEYS HEADS ENTRIES FOR SHADWELL STUD MIDDLE PARK STAKES




Unbeaten Three Valleys heads the 76 entries for the £170,000 Group One Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Friday, October 3, 2003, it is revealed today, Wednesday, August 6.


The two-year-old Diesis colt scored by eight lengths from Botanical in the Group Three Coventry Stakes at the Royal Meeting and trainer Roger Charlton subsequently stated: "I believe Three Valleys to be a very exceptional horse and certainly the best two-year-old I've had."

Last year this contest, which is the first Group One event of the season in Britain for two-year-old colts, went to the John Gosden-trained Oasis Dream, who returned to Newmarket last month when scorching to victory in the Group One Darley July Cup, beating Australian dual Royal Ascot winner Choisir by one and a half lengths in a memorable encounter.


This year Gosden's two entries include Gold Mask, three lengths behind Oman Gulf in the Invesco Perpetual Maiden Stakes at Newmarket in July, and the unraced Free Trip, who like Oasis Dream is owned by Khalid Abdulla.


Russian Valour is a member of Mark Johnston's powerful juvenile squad and, despite being a huge horse, he has won three of his five starts including the Group Three Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he was one and three-quarter lengths too powerful for the highly-regarded Kheleyf.

Third-placed Nevisian Lad has subsequently won the Group Two TNT July Stakes at Newmarket for local trainer Michael Bell, while the fourth home, Old Deuteronomy, was the half-length runner-up to Carrizo Creek in the Group Two Four Star Sales Richmond Stakes at Goodwood last week.


Champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has won two of the last three runnings of the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes, courtesy of Minardi in 2000 and Johannesburg the following year.


This season the master of Ballydoyle has the pick of 22 entries including Antonius Pius, unbeaten in two starts including the Group Two Anheuser Busch Railway Stakes at the Curragh in June with stable-companion Devil Moon back in sixth, One Cool Cat, who justified odds-on favouritism in the Dubai Duty Free Anglesey Stakes at the same venue the following month when proving one and a half lengths too powerful for Leicester Square, and Grand Reward, well-backed on his only start when winning a maiden at Newbury in May.


The other powerhouse of international horseracing, Godolphin, has an intriguing pair of entries in Golden Sahara and Kaseh. Both are currently unraced, with the former being a son of Green Desert, who is also responsible for siring Oasis Dream.


The sole entry from outside Britain and Ireland is the Robert Collet-trained Whipper. He was beaten just over five lengths by Denebola in a Group Three contest at Deauville on Saturday, but must be respected if he lines up as Collet saddled Zipping to finish runner-up to Johannesburg in this event two years ago.


Holborn, trained by Mick Channon, was successful in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, while the Richard Hannon-trained Venables won the Listed Shadwell Stud Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury on July 18, accounting for America America by three-quarters of a length.


There is a supplementary entry stage, costing £12,000, on Saturday, September 27.


SHADWELL STUD MIDDLE PARK STAKES

Newmarket, Friday, October 3, 2003. Class A, Group One, £170,000 guaranteed, for 2yo entire colts only, 6f. Weights 8st 11lb. Entries closed: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 (76 entries). Forfeit stage: Tuesday, September 9, 2003. Supplementary entry stage and confirmation of entry stage by noon Saturday, September 27, 2003. Declarations to run by 10am: Wednesday, October 1, 2003. Penalty values: 1st: £98,600; 2nd: £37,400; 3rd: £18,700; 4th: £8,500; 5th: £4,250; 6th: £2,550

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
2 ANCHOR 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11 ANTONIUS PIUS (USA) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
21 AZAROLE (IRE) 2 Lord Vestey James Fanshawe
21 BAHAMIAN BREEZE 2 Lucayan Stud Jeremy Noseda
1 BALLYKEATING 2 Neville Callaghan Neville Callaghan
211 BALMONT (USA) 2 Sanford R. Robertson Jeremy Noseda
5 BLUEBOK 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
41 BORN IN AMERICA (USA) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2 BRUNEL (IRE) 2 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing X William Haggas
13 BYRON 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
132 CAPE FEAR 2 Kennet Valley Thoroughbred II Brian Meehan
3111 CARRIZO CREEK (IRE) 2 J. S. Threadwell Brian Meehan
1 CARTOGRAPHY (IRE) 2 Sheikh Mohammed Michael Jarvis
2213 CEDARBERG (UAE) 2 Sheikh Mohammed Mick Channon
1 CELTIC CAT (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
CERTAIN FACT (USA) 2 The Blenheim Partnership Paul Cole
CHIMALI (IRE) 2 Susan Roy James Nicol
00 CINNAMON RIDGE (IRE) 2 Harvey Rosenblatt Brian Meehan
COLOSSAL (IRE) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
12 COLOSSUS (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
32 CONVINCE (USA) 2 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
216 DAY OF THE CAT (USA) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
415 DESERT DREAMER (IRE) 2 Maktoum Al Maktoum Barry Hills
2163 DEVIL MOON (IRE) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
16 FOKINE (USA) 2 Robert Sangster Barry Hills
FREE TRIP 2 Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
GATWICK (IRE) 2 Henry Ponsonby Mick Channon
0 GOLD MASK (USA) 2 William Farish III John Gosden
GOLDEN SAHARA (IRE) 2 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
GRANATO (GER) 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Alec Stewart
1 GRAND REWARD (USA) 2 Michael Tabor,Sue Magnier & Mrs B.Lewis Aidan O'Brien IRE
GREAT EXHIBITION (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
1 HAAFHD 2 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
100 HAYDN (USA) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1415 HOLBORN (UAE) 2 Sheikh Mohammed Mick Channon
130 HOWICK FALLS (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
INSTANT RECALL (IRE) 2 Susan Roy Brian Meehan
5 JACK SULLIVAN (USA) 2 Roldvale Limited Brian Meehan
KASEH (USA) 2 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
12 KHELEYF (USA) 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum David Loder
213 KING HESPERUS (USA) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
3 KODIAC 2 Prince A. A. Faisal John Dunlop
12 LEICESTER SQUARE (IRE) 2 Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston
MAHMOOM 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
413 MAHOGANY (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
MAJORS CAST (IRE) 2 Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
32 MANDOBI (IRE) 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Alec Stewart
113144 MILK IT MICK 2 Paul J. Dixon Jamie Osborne
5 MOSS VALE (IRE) 2 John C. Grant Barry Hills
1 MUTAWAFFER 2 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
1310 NEVISIAN LAD 2 H.E.Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Michael Bell
2110 NEWTON (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
OFFENBACH (USA) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
142 OLD DEUTERONOMY (USA) 2 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1 OMAN GULF (USA) 2 Mohamed Obaida Barry Hills
411 ONE COOL CAT (USA) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
21 PASTORAL PURSUITS 2 The Pursuits Partnership Hughie Morrison
30111 PEAK TO CREEK 2 C. Fox & J. Wright Jeremy Noseda
PIZAZZ 2 Susan Roy Brian Meehan
32 ROCK OF CASHEL (IRE) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
31211 RUSSIAN VALOUR (IRE) 2 A. Latter & Partners Mark Johnston
10 SABBEEH (USA) 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
SALAMBA 2 Beryl Lockey Mark Tompkins
SEATTLE (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
SOLDIER'S TALE (USA) 2 Syd Belzberg Jeremy Noseda
6 TAAQAAH 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
221 TAHREEB (FR) 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
312 THE MIGHTY TIGER (USA) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11 THREE VALLEYS (USA) 2 Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
42 TREASURE HOUSE (IRE) 2 Susan Roy Brian Meehan
6326 TRIBUTE (IRE) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
TROUBADOUR (IRE) 2 Robert Sangster & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
621 TUMBLEBRUTUS (USA) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
32 TYCOON 2 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
6114 VENABLES (USA) 2 Team Havana Richard Hannon
534 WHIPPER (USA) 2 Elias Zaccour Robert Collet FR

76 entries
22 Irish-trained entries
1 French-trained entry


TOP-CLASS ENTRY OF 80 FOR SKYBET CHEVELEY PARK STAKES

The £170,000 Group One Skybet Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, October 2, 2003, has attracted 80 top-class entries, it is revealed today, Wednesday, August 6.

The prestigious six-furlong event for two-year-old fillies is sponsored for the first time by Sky Bet, one of Britain's largest horseracing and sports betting companies, and is the main event on the first day of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Meeting, which runs from Thursday, October 2, to Saturday, October 4.


Last season's Skybet Cheveley Park Stakes went to the Henry Candy-trained Airwave, who showed amazing speed to deny Russian Rhythm by a length and a half.


Airwave has developed into one of the leading sprinters this term, being placed in two Group One contests including the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on July 10 when the length third to Oasis Dream.


Russian Rhythm has gone on to complete a Group One treble for Sir Michael Stoute. After making a victorious seasonal debut in the fillies classic, the Sagitta 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4, she gained a Royal Ascot success in the Coronation Stakes before successfully stepping up to 10 furlongs in the Vodafone Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last weekend.


This year Sir Michael, who trains at Newmarket, has entered Esteemed Lady, an unraced filly by Mark Of Esteem who won the Sagitta 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1996.


Mark Johnston's juveniles have been carrying all before them this season and he is represented by Attraction. Despite not possessing the most fluent of actions, the Efisio filly is unbeaten in five starts, including the Group Three Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, when accounting for Catstar by three lengths, and the Group Two Chippenham Lodge Stud Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket last month, devastating her seven rivals by at least five lengths with Pearl Grey in second.


Catstar and Pearl Grey are both trained in Newmarket by David Loder and he also has Cara Bella, Lake Charlotte, Lane County, Mansfield Park, Painted Moon, Queen Of Stars, Sundrop and Rosehearty, runner-up to the Alan Jarvis-trained River Belle in the Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot, as possibles.


Champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has never won the Skybet Cheveley Park Stakes and he will be hoping that one of his seven entries can alter that. The O'Brien team includes Follow, who won a maiden at Leopardstown in May by two lengths from Acciacatura, Necklace, Oh So Precious and Show Me The Roses, who have all been placed in maidens, and Baraka, Bywayofthestars and Tu Eres Mi Amore, a trio of unraced fillies, the first two being by Danehill.


Other notable entries include the Godolphin pair of Alqwah and Al Sifaat. The former is another unraced Danehill filly, while Al Sifaat was the runner-up to Bay Tree in a Newbury maiden fillies' contest on Sunday. Former footballer turned trainer Mick Channon has Royal Ascot scorer Silca's Gift among his three possibles while Newmarket handler Jeremy Noseda has Carry On Katie, an easy winner of her only start on July 25 at Ascot. Lucky Pipit has won her last two starts, including the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown by five lengths, for Barry Hills who also could run Tarot Card, successful at Goodwood last week.


Criquette Head-Maarek has won this race on three occasions, with Ma Biche in 1982, Ravinella five years later and Pas De Reponse in 1996. In 2003, the trainer has entered Roseanna, who is one of a particularly-strong entry of 12 from France. Much Faster, unbeaten in four starts for trainer Pascal Bary including the Group Two Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Lafitte on July 27, while Marching West, fourth in the Papin and one of Andre Fabre's three entries, are others.


There is a supplementary entry stage, costing £12,000, on Saturday, September 27.


SKYBET CHEVELEY PARK STAKES

Newmarket, Thursday, October 2, 2003. Class A, Group One, £170,000 guaranteed, for 2yo fillies only, 6f. Weights 8st 11lb. Entries closed: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 (80 entries). Forfeit stage: Tuesday, September 9, 2003. Supplementary entry stage and confirmation of entry stage by noon: Saturday, September 27, 2003. Declarations to run by 10am: Tuesday, September 30, 2003. Penalty values: 1st: £98,600; 2nd: £37,400; 3rd: £18,700; 4th: £8,500; 5th: £4,250; 6th: £2,550

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
2 AL SIFAAT 2 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
ALQWAH (IRE) 2 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
31 ANGISSE 2 Winstar Farm Richard Gibson FR
11111 ATTRACTION 2 Duke of Roxburghe Mark Johnston
1 BADMINTON 2 Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum Clive Brittain
BARAKA (IRE) 2 Mrs David Nagle & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1 BAY TREE (IRE) 2 Wafic Said Barry Hills
511 BLACK ESCORT (USA) 2 R. B. Newton Carlos Laffon-Parias FR
BRADAMANTE 2 Anthony Oppenheimer Richard Gibson FR
3 BREAD OF HEAVEN 2 K. J. Mercer Amanda Perrett
BYWAYOFTHESTARS 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
4 CARA BELLA 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
1 CARRY ON KATIE (USA) 2 Lucayan Stud Jeremy Noseda
12 CATSTAR (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
0 CEFIRA (USA) 2 Jane Bailey Mark Tompkins
0210 CHANCE FOR ROMANCE 2 M. J. Caddy William Muir
521 CHINA EYES (IRE) 2 Rick Barnes Barry Hills
CHRISTINA'S DREAM 2 Mrs Peter Harris Peter Harris
COOL CLEAR WATER (USA) 2 Joe L. Allbritton Brian Meehan
13 DALLAAH 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
DANCLARE (USA) 2 Peter Maher John Gosden
41 DENEBOLA (USA) 2 Niarchos Family Pascal Bary FR
2 DUNLOSKIN 2 Saif Ali Michael Jarvis
110 ENFORD PRINCESS 2 Major A. M. Everett Richard Hannon
ESTEEMED LADY (IRE) 2 N. Ahamad Sir Michael Stoute
221 FOLLOW (USA) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
FUN TO RIDE 2 Abdulla BuHaleeba Barry Hills
GRAND APOLLO 2 Jaber Abdullah John Gosden
GROSGRAIN (USA) 2 Maktoum Al Maktoum Andre Fabre FR
INDIANA BLUES 2 Jeff Smith Andrew Balding
52 JASMINE PEARL (IRE) 2 O'Reilly Hyland & Pidgley Partnership Brian Meehan
KATAVI (USA) 2 Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
KIND (IRE) 2 Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
KNOCKNACREA 2 Maktoum Al Maktoum John Gosden
KSCHESSINKA (USA) 2 Lael Stable William Haggas
11 LA CUCARACHA 2 Guy Reed Barry Hills
LAKE CHARLOTTE (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
LANDERNEAU (IRE) 2 R. C. Strauss Robert Collet FR
LANE COUNTY (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
223 LEILA (FR) 2 Mrs G. Sandor Corine Barbe FR
LINGUIST (IRE) 2 Sheikh Mohammed Andre Fabre FR
02523 LUCAYAN BEAUTY (IRE) 2 Lucayan Stud Brian Meehan
011 LUCKY PIPIT 2 Maktoum Al Maktoum Barry Hills
123 MAJESTIC DESERT 2 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
1130 MALAICA (FR) 2 Robert Ng Rupert Pritchard-Gordon FR
2 MANSFIELD PARK 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
14 MARCHING WEST (USA) 2 Khalid Abdulla Andre Fabre FR
11 MAROOCHYDORE (IRE) 2 Mrs E. Irwin David Wachman IRE
1111 MUCH FASTER (IRE) 2 J. L. Bouchard Pascal Bary FR
2 NECKLACE 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
01 NOTABLE LADY (IRE) 2 Neville Callaghan Neville Callaghan
1 NYRAMBA 2 Salem Suhail John Gosden
53 OH SO PRECIOUS (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
PAINTED MOON (USA) 2 Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum David Loder
22 PARADISE ISLE 2 The Equema Partnership Chris Wall
PARK ACCORD (IRE) 2 Mrs Seamus Burns Jeremy Noseda
3112 PEARL GREY 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
PINCHING (IRE) 2 Raymond Tooth Henry Cecil
PORTHCAWL 2 Usk Valley Stud Michael Bell
2 POWERFUL PARRISH (USA) 2 G. J. Beck Paul Cole
QUEEN OF STARS (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
RENDEZVOUS POINT (USA) 2 George Strawbridge John Gosden
11 RIVER BELLE 2 Christopher Shankland Alan Jarvis
0 ROMANTIC DRAMA (IRE) 2 Fergus Wilson Brian Meehan
ROSEANNA (FR) 2 Peter Savill Criquette Head-Maarek FR
22102 ROSEHEARTY (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
1 RUBY ROCKET (IRE) 2 Thurloe Thoroughbreds IX Hughie Morrison
SAINTLY SCHOLAR (USA) 2 Khalid BuHaleeba Ed Dunlop
30 SHOW ME THE ROSES (USA) 2 Sue Magnier & Mrs David Nagle Aidan O'Brien IRE
11 SILCA'S GIFT 2 Aldridge Racing Limited Mick Channon
SUNDROP (JPN) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
1 TAROT CARD 2 Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
TAYGETE (USA) 2 Niarchos Family Pascal Bary FR
2 THREE SECRETS (IRE) 2 Norcroft Park Stud George Margarson
232251 TOLZEY (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed Mick Channon
02 TOTALLY YOURS (IRE) 2 Foursome Thoroughbreds William Muir
TU ERES MI AMORE (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11 VERMILLIANN (IRE) 2 M. Olden Richard Hannon
1243 VOILE (IRE) 2 De La Warr Racing Richard Hannon

80 entries
12 French-trained entries
8 Irish-trained entries




LODER CHASES FOURTH SUCCESSIVE VICTORY IN CHAMPAGNE STAKES




This year's Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on September 12, 2003, has received a tremendous entry of 106, eight of whom hail from the powerful yard of Newmarket trainer David Loder, who is chasing his fourth successive victory in this prestigious event, having scored with Noverre in 2000, Dubai Destination the following term and Almushahar last year.


Almushahar had subsequent Entenmann's Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Indian Haven three lengths in arrears but unfortunately the Silver Hawk colt has not been seen on a racecourse since. The previous season Dubai Destination came with a tremendous burst of acceleration to beat the Aidan O'Brien-trained Rock Of Gibraltar, who later went on to win seven consecutive Group One contests, surpassing the previous record of six set by the great Mill Reef, while Dubai Destination won this season's Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.


The Loder octet is headed by Botanical, who won a York maiden on his debut before finishing the eight-length runner-up to Three Valleys in the Group Three Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Manntab was the length fourth to Kings Point in the Group Three Weatherbys Superlative Stakes at Newmarket last month, Bayeux and Rule Of Law have both won maidens, Andean has run unplaced in another maiden, and Loder's battalion is completed by the unraced trio of Dubois, Great Exhibition and Sussex.


Godolphin has two entries in the form of Golden Sahara and Kaseh, two unraced colts who are both trained by Saeed bin Suroor. The former is by Green Desert, while Kaseh is a son of Storm Cat.


Champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has repeatedly conducted successful raids on the top British juvenile races in recent years but he has yet to capture the Champagne Stakes, for which he has made 26 entries this season.


These are headed by One Cool Cat, who justified odds-on favouritism in the Group Three Dubai Duty Free Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh last month, when beating Leicester Square by one and a half lengths, Grand Reward, a possible for this weekend's Group One Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh and the winner of his only start in a Newbury maiden in May, Antonius Pius could also run in the Phoenix Stakes and he is already a Group Two scorer having won the Anheuser Busch Railway Stakes at the Curragh on June 29, denying Spanish Ace by half a length, while Old Deuteronomy was the half-length runner-up to Carrizo Creek in the Group Two Four Star Sales Richmond Stakes at Goodwood last week.


Middleham-based Mark Johnston has set the juvenile scene on fire this term and among his six entries are Lucky Story and Pearl Of Love. The former was extremely impressive when beating The Mighty Tiger by one and a quarter lengths in last week's Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, while Pearl Of Love won the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot when one and a half lengths too strong for Tycoon with Milk It Mick and New Mexican in third and fourth respectively. Johnston's squad is completed by Leicester Square, Badr, Chester Le Street and Duke Of Venice.


CHAMPAGNE STAKES

Doncaster, Friday, September 12, 2003. Class A, Group Two, £120,000 guaranteed, for 2yo colts & geldings only, 7f. Weights 8st 10lb. Penalties: a winner of a Pattern race 4lb. Entries closed: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 (106 entries). Forfeit stage: Tuesday, August 19, 2003. Supplementary entry stage and confirmation of entry by noon stage: Saturday, September 6, 2003. Declarations to run by 10am: Thursday, September 6, 2003. Penalty values: 1st: £72,000; 2nd: £27,600; 3rd: £13,800; 4th: £6,600

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
AKIMBO (USA) 2 Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
2 ANCHOR 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
6 ANDEAN 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
11 ANTONIUS PIUS (USA) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
21 AZAROLE (IRE) 2 Lord Vestey James Fanshawe
BADR (USA) 2 Abdulla BuHaleeba Mark Johnston
211 BALMONT (USA) 2 Sanford R. Robertson Jeremy Noseda
1145 BARBAJUAN (IRE) 2 Team Havana Neville Callaghan
10 BAYEUX (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
BOOK OF KINGS (USA) 2 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Robert Sangster Aidan O'Brien IRE
12 BOTANICAL (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
2 BRUNEL (IRE) 2 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing X William Haggas
0 CANADIAN STORM 2 P. A. & D. G. Sakal Mark Tompkins
2 CAPPED FOR VICTORY (USA) 2 Maktoum Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
3111 CARRIZO CREEK (IRE) 2 J. S. Threadwell Brian Meehan
1 CARTOGRAPHY (IRE) 2 Sheikh Mohammed Michael Jarvis
34 CASTLETON 2 Annie Cyzer Harvey Cyzer
2213 CEDARBERG (UAE) 2 Sheikh Mohammed Mick Channon
1 CELTIC CAT (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
CERTAIN FACT (USA) 2 The Blenheim Partnership Paul Cole
412 CHESTER LE STREET (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston
42(1)11 CHINSOLA (IRE) 2 Nicholas R. Hodges Richard Hannon
COLOSSAL (IRE) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
12 COLOSSUS (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
421233 DANESMEAD (IRE) 2 Susie Dicker, Hazel Lowrey & Sue Tindall Tim Easterby
2163 DEVIL MOON (IRE) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
DUBOIS 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
3 DUKE OF VENICE (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston
EXTERIOR (USA) 2 Khalid Abdulla Amanda Perrett
0252 FANCY FOXTROT 2 Joe L. Allbritton Brian Meehan
FIDDLERS FORD (IRE) 2 Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
32 FINDERS KEEPERS 2 Maktoum Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
FIVE DYNASTIES (USA) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
16 FOKINE (USA) 2 Robert Sangster Barry Hills
FORT DIGNITY (USA) 2 Britton House Stud Ltd Sir Michael Stoute
2160 FORTHRIGHT 2 Wyck Hall Stud Clive Brittain
01 FRANK SONATA 2 Adams, Flynn, McGreavy Mick Quinlan
GATWICK (IRE) 2 Henry Ponsonby Mick Channon
4 GAZZARINI (USA) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1 GO FOR GOLD 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
0 GOLD MASK (USA) 2 William Farish III John Gosden
GOLDEN SAHARA (IRE) 2 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1 GRAND REWARD (USA) 2 Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Mrs B. Lewis Aidan O'Brien IRE
6210 GRAND RICH KING (IRE) 2 Joe L. Allbritton Brian Meehan
GREAT EXHIBITION (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
1 HAAFHD 2 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
0 HIPPOCRATES (USA) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
HORNER (USA) 2 Sir George Meyrick Paul Cole
11 IMPERIAL STRIDE 2 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
INSTANT RECALL (IRE) 2 Susan Roy Brian Meehan
IQTE SAAB (USA) 2 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
1 ISIDORE BONHEUR (IRE) 2 Bill Gredley & Matthew Green Barry Hills
41 JOSEPHUS (IRE) 2 Mountgrange Stud Roger Charlton
KASEH (USA) 2 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
213 KING HESPERUS (USA) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
24116 KINGS POINT (IRE) 2 J. R. May Richard Hannon
3 KODIAC 2 Prince A. A. Faisal John Dunlop
4 LATIF (USA) 2 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
12 LEICESTER SQUARE (IRE) 2 Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston
LEITRIM HOUSE 2 Gallagher Equine Ltd Brian Meehan
4111 LUCKY STORY (USA) 2 Abdulla BuHaleeba Mark Johnston
1 MAGRITTE (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier & Mrs D. P. Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
413 MAHOGANY (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
2(1)4 MANNTAB (USA) 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum David Loder
1 MANYANA (IRE) 2 Sheikh Mohammed Marcus Tregoning
2 MASTER DAVID (USA) 2 Roldvale Limited Brian Meehan
11 MATLOOB 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
0315 MENFEE (IRE) 2 Mohammed Jaber Ed Dunlop
113144 MILK IT MICK 2 Paul J. Dixon Jamie Osborne
3133 MOKABRA (IRE) 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
MOSCOW BALLET (IRE) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1 MUTAWAFFER 2 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
1310 NEVISIAN LAD 2 H.E.Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Michael Bell
241 NEW MEXICAN 2 J. Musgrave Lynda Ramsden
2110 NEWTON (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier &Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
142 OLD DEUTERONOMY (USA) 2 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
4 OLIHIDER (USA) 2 Mrs D. J. Higgins James Nicol
1 OMAN GULF (USA) 2 Mohamed Obaida Barry Hills
411 ONE COOL CAT (USA) 2 Sue Magnier &Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
OVATION (IRE) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
21 PASTORAL PURSUITS 2 The Pursuits Partnership Hughie Morrison
30111 PEAK TO CREEK 2 C. Fox & J. Wright Jeremy Noseda
211 PEARL OF LOVE (IRE) 2 M. Doyle Mark Johnston
0 PREVIEW 2 Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
6131 PRIVY SEAL (IRE) 2 Sheikh Mohammed John Gosden
030 RESPLENDENT KING (USA) 2 Resplendent Racing Limited Terry Mills
32 ROCK OF CASHEL (IRE) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
31 RULE OF LAW (USA) 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
10 SABBEEH (USA) 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
SAINT LAZARE (IRE) 2 Chris Watson James Given
SALAMBA 2 Beryl Lockey Mark Tompkins
24 SECRETARY GENERAL (IRE) 2 The Blenheim Partnership Paul Cole
31 SGT PEPPER (IRE) 2 A. T. Macdonald Richard Hannon
1 SHADOWLAND (USA) 2 Kingsclere Stud Andrew Balding
SOLDIER'S TALE (USA) 2 Syd Belzberg Jeremy Noseda
216260 SPANISH ACE 2 The Farleigh Court Racing Partnership Andrew Balding
SUSSEX 2 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
01 SWIFT SAILING (USA) 2 Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum Barry Hills
6 TAAQAAH 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
221 TAHREEB (FR) 2 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
312 THE MIGHTY TIGER (USA) 2 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11 THREE VALLEYS (USA) 2 Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
TROUBADOUR (IRE) 2 Robert Sangster & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
621 TUMBLEBRUTUS (USA) 2 Sue Magnier &Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
32 TYCOON 2 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1 WOLFE TONE (IRE) 2 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

106 entries
26 Irish-trained entries




LATEST WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS




MEDAGLIA D'ORO, MINESHAFT AND MOON BALLAD TIED ATOP

CLASSIC DIVISION - POWERED BY DODGE


DODGE CLASSIC DIVISION - Following his impressive grade I Whitney Handicap victory Saturday at Saratoga, Edmund Gann's MEDAGLIA D'ORO has moved into a first-place tie with Dubai World Cup winner MOON BALLAD (IRE) and Pimlico Special and Suburban Handicap winner MINESHAFT. All three horses are listed at a 124 rating. Moon Ballad, who had been alone at No. 1 in the division for the last six weeks, finished fifth in the group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood in England last Wednesday and was dropped one point by the World Thoroughbred Rankings panel.

The four-year-old Medaglia d'Oro, trained by Bobby Frankel, returned to the races for the first time since winning the Oaklawn Handicap on April 5 and captured the 1 1/8-mile Whitney by one length over defending Breeders' Cup Classic champion VOLPONI. The four-year-old Mineshaft and Medaglia d'Oro were tied for second place last week. Both could meet for the first time this year in the Sept. 6 grade I Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner FUNNY CIDE and Belmont Stakes winner EMPIRE MAKER are tied in fourth place with the idle five-year-old CONGAREE, following losses in the Haskell Invitational and the Jim Dandy Stakes, respectively. PEACE RULES, No. 7, picks up one point to 121 following his front-running victory in the Haskell at Monmouth Park. Eugene and Laura Melnyk's three-year-old STRONG HOPE, who defeated Empire Maker in the Jim Dandy, enters the Top 10 for the first time, tied for eighth place with Volponi and Belmont Stakes runner-up TEN MOST WANTED.

JOHN DEERE TURF - UNCHANGED

NEXTEL DISTAFF - UNCHANGED - Reigning Horse of the Year AZERI is scheduled to run in Sunday's Clement Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar.

NETJETS MILE - UNCHANGED

SPRINT - Michael Tabor's three-year-old ZAVATA made his mark on the Sprint division Saturday at Saratoga, winning the grade II Amsterdam Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths. Trained by Patrick Biancone, Zavata, a winner of two graded stakes as juvenile, is tied for fifth place in the division with Joey Franco. MY COUSIN MATT drops out of the Top 10.

FILLY & MARE TURF - Chevely Park Stud's three-year-old filly RUSSIAN RHYTHM holds onto the lead in this division with a win by a neck over ANA MARIE (FR) in the group 1, 1 1/4-mile Nassau Stakes on Saturday at Goodwood. Ana Marie enters the rankings tied for eighth with NEBRASKA TORNADO and ISLINGTON (IRE). Ecurie Wildenstein's BRIGHT SKY (IRE) enters the Top 10 in a fourth-place tie with YESTERDAY (IRE), VOODOO DANCER and DUBLINO, after winning the group 2 Prix d'Astarte at Deauville in France. Gary Tanaka's GOLDEN APPLES (IRE), tied for third in the rankings last week, has been retired due to a suspensory injury to her right front leg. IPI TOMBE (ZIM) also drops out of the rankings with a leg injury that will sideline her for the rest of the year.


WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS

The following are World Thoroughbred Rankings for the top 10 horses inmeach racing division for the Breeders' Cup World ThoroughbredmChampionships, to be held October 25 during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. The World Thoroughbred Rankings are established by an international panel of racing secretaries and handicappers. Rankings are determined by an analysis of the horses' past performances in graded and group stakes races around the world through the date of ranking. The rankings will be published weekly through October 7.


The rankings will be part of the criteria used to determine horses' qualifications to participate in the World Thoroughbred Championships. The rankings currently reflect six of the eight Breeders' Cup divisions: Nextel Distaff, Filly & Mare Turf, NetJets Mile, Sprint, John Deere Turf, and Dodge Classic. Rankings for Bessemer Trust Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies divisions will begin in late summer.


For a rankings list that includes owners, breeders and jockeys, go to www.ntra.com.


DODGE CLASSIC DIVISION

Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Medaglia d'Oro USA
Robert Frankel 124

1T Mineshaft USA
Neil J. Howard 124

1T Moon Ballad (IRE) GB Saeed
bin Suroor 124

4 Empire Maker USA
Robert Frankel 123

4T Funny Cide USA
Barclay Tagg 123

4T Congaree USA
Bob Baffert 123

7 Peace Rules USA
Robert Frankel 121

8 Ten Most Wanted USA Wallace
Dollase 119

8T Volponi USA
Philip G. Johnson 119

8T Strong Hope USA Todd
A. Pletcher 119

JOHN DEERE TURF DIVISION

Country Rank Name of Horse Based Trainer Rating

1 Alamshar (IRE) IRE
John M. Oxx 131

2 Sulamani (IRE) GB
Saeed bin Suroor 126

3 Nayef GB
Marcus Tregoning 125

3T Dalakhani (IRE) FR
Alain Royer Dupre 125

5 Ange Gabriel (FR) FR Eric
Libaud 123

6 Kris Kin GB
Sir Michael Stoute 122

6T Storming Home USA Neil D.

Drysdale 122

8 Rakti (GB) GB
Michael Andrew Jarvis 121

8T Bollin Eric (GB) GB Tim
D. Easterby 121

8T Falbrav (IRE) GB
Luca Cumani 121

NEXTEL DISTAFF DIVISION

Country Rank Name of Horse Based Trainer Rating

1 Azeri USA
Laura De Seroux 124

2 Sightseek USA
Robert Frankel 120

3 Wild Spirit (CHI) USA
Robert Frankel 118

4 Bird Town USA
Nicholas P. Zito 117

4T Take Charge Lady USA Kenneth
G. McPeek 117

6 Elloluv USA
Craig Dollase 116

7 Got Koko USA
Bruce Headley 115

7T Spoken Fur USA
Robert Frankel 115

7T Lady Tak USA
Steven M. Asmussen 115

10 Summer Colony USA Mark A.

Hennig 114

NETJETS MILE DIVISION
Country Rank Name of Horse Based Trainer Rating

1 Dubai Destination GB Saeed
bin Suroor 125

2 Zafeen (FR) GB
Mick Channon 124

3 Kalaman (IRE) GB Sir
Michael Stoute 122

4 Indian Haven (GB) GB Paul
D'Arcy 121

5 Special Ring USA
Julio C. Canani 120

6 Refuse to Bend (IRE) IRE Dermot
K. Weld 119

7 Redattore (BRZ) USA
Richard E. Mandella 118

8 Domedriver (IRE) FR
Pascal Bary 117

8T Tillerman (GB) GB
Amanda Perrett 117

8T Six Perfections (FR) FR Pascal
Bary 117

8T Soviet Song(IRE) GB James
Fanshawe 117

SPRINT DIVISION
Country Rank Name of Horse Based Trainer Rating

1 Oasis Dream (GB) GB John
Gosden 124

2 Aldebaran USA
Robert Frankel 120

3 Shake You Down USA Scott
A. Lake 118

4 Beau's Town USA
Cole Norman 116

5 Posse USA
Steven M. Asmussen 114

5T Joey Franco USA
Darrell Vienna 114

5T Zavata USA
Patrick l. Biancone 114

8 Midas Eyes USA
Robert Frankel 113

8T House Party USA H.

Allen Jerkins 113

8T Shine Again USA H.

Allen Jerkins 113

FILLY & MARE TURF DIVISION
Country Rank Name of Horse Based Trainer Rating

1 Russian Rhythm GB Sir
Michael Stoute 120

2 Tates Creek USA
Robert Frankel 119

3 Vintage Tipple (IRE) IRE
Patrick Mullins 118

4 Dublino USA
Laura De Seroux 117

4T Yesterday (IRE) IRE
Aidan P. O'Brien 117

4T Voodoo Dancer USA
Christophe Clement 117

4T Bright Sky (IRE) FR
Elie Lellouche 117

8 Ana Marie (FR) FR
Phillippe Demercastel 116

8T Nebraska Tornado FR Andre
Fabre 116

8T Islington (IRE) GB
Sir Michael Stoute 116

*(T) next to a ranking indicates a tie.


**A country code follows a horse's name if that horse was born outside of the United States or Canada.




IRISH THOROUGHBRED NEWS




CARRIZO CREEK ON TOP IN RICHMOND STAKES

The Irish-bred Carrizo Creek, winner of the EUR130,000 Goffs 2-y-o Challenge at the Curragh in June, made it three wins from four starts when taking theGroup 2 Four Star Sales Richmond Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday.


A son of Charnwood Forest, Carrizo Creek was sold at the Goffs Challenge Sale last year for just EUR42,000 and this latest success brings his win and place prize money to close to EUR100,000.


Trained by Brian Meehan, Carrizo Creek came from off the pace to beat the Aidan O'Brien-trained Old Deuteronomy by half-a-length and could now run inthe Gimcrack or the Middle Park Stakes which is currently favoured by connections.


GORDON STAKES SUCCESS FOR PHOENIX

Phoenix Reach, a son of Derrinstown Stud sire Alhaarth, ran out the game winner of the Group 3 Peugeot Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday.


Bred in Ireland by Miss Christine Kiernan, Phoenix Reach was adding to his earlier maiden win at Newbury and was running for just the third time in his career.


He is now quoted as second favourite for the St Leger at Doncaster in September and will go there without another run.


TATTERSALLS (IRELAND) SEPTEMBER SALES CATALOGUES NOW AVAILABLE

The Tattersalls (Ireland) September Sale catalogue is now available.

The September Sale takes place over three days on the 16 - 18 September and all yearlings catalogued in the first catalogue are eligible for the valuable Tattersalls Breeders Stakes again worth over EUR300,000. The Open Sale takes place on the 18th September.


The sales format will continue in the same vein as last year's successful format, the first day being the preferred session and having 245 lots catalogued. The second day has over 290 lots catalogued. There are a host of top class international sires represented in the sale.


The quality of the graduates continue to improve including last year's Dewhurst Stakes winner; Tout Seul, who was placed in both the Irish and UK 2,000 Guineas, other notable performers include, Cat Belling, Compton Bolter, Holy Orders, Queen Astrid, The Tatling, Mr Houdini, and Miss Vegas to name just a few.


The Open sale takes place on the 18th September and is host to 257 yearlings. There are some quality stock on offer on this day including yearlings by; Alhaarth, Almutawakel, Alzao, Celtic Swing, Charnwood Forest, Daggers Drawn, Danehill Dancer, Danetime, Daylami, Desert King, Desert Prince, Desert Style, Diktat, Imperial Ballet, Indian Danehill, Indian Lodge, Intikhab, Key of Luck, Lend A Hand, Lujain, Monashee Mountain, Namid, Orpen, Soviet Star, Spectrum, Tagula, Vettori, Xaar.


The sale begins at 10.00 a.m. on the first day and will commence at 9.30 a.m. on both other days. Irish Thoroughbred Marketing will again refund the cost of flights for all overseas purchasers. Catalogue can be viewed online on www.tattersalls.ie

TATTERSALLS AUGUST NATIONAL HUNT SALE BEGINS NEXT WEDNESDAY THE 13TH

The Tattersalls (Ireland) August Sale invariably produces a host of top class performers and takes place on 3 days from Wednesday, 13 July.

There are just over 900 lots catalogued for this year's sale which takes place from the 13th to the 15th of August.


Graduates of Tattersalls (Ireland) have had enormous success on the racetrack this year including: Queen Mother Champion Chase winner, Moscow Flyer, Gold Cup winner, Best Mate, and Grand National Winner Monty's Pass to name just a few. Indeed six of the last seven Cheltenham Gold Cup winners are graduates of Tattersalls (Ireland). Tattersalls (Ireland) graduates have won no less than 454 point to points in the UK and Ireland this year.


All 3 and 4 year old fillies are eligible for the valuable Bewleys Hotel and EBF National Hunt Fillies Scheme and as with all sales, overseas purchasers will have their travel costs reimbursed by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing.


The sale commences at 9.30 am each day.


INDIAN RIDGE RESPONSIBLE FOR GROUP 2 WINNER

Irish National Stud sire Indian Ridge was responsible for Nayyir, the winner of the Group 2 Lennox stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday.


No stranger to success on the big stage, Nayyir was winning for the sixth time. He is already the winner of two Group 3 races and this latest victory was his second at this level.


For good measure, Indian Ridge was also the sire of two other winners on the day. Finished Article won the Tatler Summer Season Stakes while Tahreeb was the impressive six-length winner of the Evening Standard Maiden Stakes over six furlongs.


THE TATLING TOO GOOD IN GROUP 3 SPRINT

Irish-bred horses dominated the Group 3 King George Stakes over the minimum trip at Goodwood on Friday with The Tatling winning for trainer Milton Bradley.


A six-year-old son of Perugino, The Tatling won by a neck from Dragon Flyer (Tagula) with Italian raider Slap Shot, a further half-a-length back in third place.


The Tatling was bred by Patrick J. Power and sold at Tattersalls (Ireland) September Yearling Sale in 1998.


GOLDEN APPLES RETIRED FOLLOWING INJURY

The Irish-bred Golden Apples, 2002 Champion Turf Female in America, has been retired after she was found to have suffered a leg injury.


Trainer Ben Cecil believes that the injury occurred when the brilliant daughter of Pivotal ran at Del Mar on July 26. In that event, she was part of a three-way dead-heat for second place, finishing a half-length behind Megahertz.


"We found it on Saturday morning," said Cecil. "She galloped for the first time since the race on Friday and we scanned it. She ran well the other day, and my gut feeling is it happened in that race."

A career that included five stakes wins, Golden Apples won six of 16 starts and over US$1.6m in prize money. Prior to her move across the Atlantic, she was trained in Ireland by David Hanley before being bought in a private deal by Gary Tanaka.


Her early wins in America included the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks, the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap at Santa Anita and she also finished third in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park in 2001.


The following year, she had her best season, winning three of seven starts and earnings of over US$1.1m. Crowned champion that year, she enjoyed wins at Grade 1 level in the Beverly D at Arlington Park and the Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita.


Golden Apples finished last season with a narrow defeat by the Dermot Weld-trained Dress to Thrill in the Matriarch Stakes.


"This was going to be our year. I don't have many horses and to lose her is very hard. She will be very hard to replace," said Ben Cecil.


LISTED WIN FOR SON OF DANEHILL

Researched, a son of Danehill, was the two-length winner of the Listed Glorious Goodwood Rated Stakes on Friday.


Trained at Newmarket by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Kieran Fallon, Researched was bred in Ireland by Ballymacoll Stud and could now head for another big handicap, the Tote-Ebor at York.


GERMAN SUCCESS FOR KNOCKTORAN STUD

Scapolo, bred in Ireland at Knocktoran Stud, battled bravely to win the Group 3 Otto Wolff-Meile at Cologne on Sunday.


The five-year-old son of Rainbows For Life held off the late surge of Saratan (Tirol) to win by a head under Warren O'Connor. The winner will be aimed at a similar race at Baden-Baden next month.


IRISH-BREDS FIGHT OUT CHESTER LISTED EVENT

Two Irish-bred horses fought out a thrilling finish to the Listed Chester Life Queensferry Stakes at Chester on Sunday.


Resplendent Cee came with a late run to head Vita Spericolata in the closing stages to record a three-quarter of a length success under Joe Fanning.


The winner was bred at Ballyhimikin Stud at Nenagh, County Tipperary.


OXX RECORDS CORK LISTED RACE DOUBLE

Trainer John Oxx enjoyed a memorable Bank Holiday Monday when winning both Listed races on offer at Cork.


He won the EUR45,000 Golan EBF Give Thanks Stakes with Juliette, a daughter of Sadler's Wells who gamely saw off her stable companion Kite Flyer to win by a length.


Oxx and Johnny Murtagh followed up with Dossier in the EUR60,000 King Charlemagne Platinum Stakes and the Curragh based-trainer has big plans for each of his winners.


"Juliette will now go for the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster. She does handle fast ground well and I'm quite happy she'll stay further. Dossier had a few little setbacks since she won at Naas and she will probably go to Leopardstown for the Group 2 Matron Stakes over a mile on September 6," he said.


MULLINS DOES IT AGAIN WITH HIS JUMPING MOOSE

Veteran trainer Paddy Mullins added to his emotional success in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh last month when sending out the big winner at the Galway Festival.


Mullins landed the EUR150,000 Hewlett-Packard Galway Plate with his Supreme Leader gelding Nearly A Moose who was ridden to victory by Robert Power.


Mullins, the 84-year-old handler, was winning the race for the third time following the successes of Boro Quarter in 1986 and The Gooser in 1992.


Nearly A Moose, who runs in the colours of by Michael J. McGinley, is a former winning point-to-pointer and as a four-year-old was sold for just IR£7,000 at Goffs August National Hunt Sale in 2000.


SABADILLA LANDS GUINNESS GALWAY HURDLE

Sabadilla, trained and ridden by Pat Verling, was a most popular winner of the EUR170,000 Guinness Galway Hurlde on Thursday.


Held up, Verling rode a waiting race on the 14/1 chance and only led in the closing stages after being switched right to challenge after the final hurdle.


Sabadilla, a nine-year-old Sadler's Wells gelding, was winning his fourth race over hurdles, having previously scored at Cork, the Punchestown Festival and Limerick this year.


KING QUANTAS TAKES POLAR CUP GROUP 3

King Quantas, an Ir£84,000gns graduate of the 1999 Tattersalls Yearling sales, was the winner of the Group 3 Polar Cup at Ovrevoll last week. King Quantas was Champion 2yo in Scandinavia and he was settled in third behind the leaders, before quickening to take the lead at the furlong pole and holding on gamely. The son of Danehill was bred by Swettenham Stud and trained by Olle Strenstrom.


ROMANCERO TAKES ANOTHER ITALIAN LISTED EVENT

Romancero, a son of Princely Heir trained in Britain by Mark Wallace, took his second Italian listed event in the last month when winning the Criterium Varesino at Varese. Sold as a foal at the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale for Ir£19,000, this success was worth EUR35,000 to the winner with his previous Italian success having netted connections over EUR32,000. Romancero was bred by Kilnamaragh Stud.


50 LEFT IN LEOPARDSTOWN CHAMPION STAKES

A total of 50 entries remain in the EUR1m Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, September 6.


The brilliant Alamshar leads the way with Sulamani, Hawk Wing, High Chaparral, The Great Gatsby, Black Sam Bellamy all remaining in the world-renowned 10-furlong event.


Darley Irish Oaks winner Vintage Tipple and Dermot Weld's Sagitta 2000 Guineas winner Refuse To Bend could well make the line-up. September 2nd is the date for final forfeit and supplementary entries.


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