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Friday, August 10, 2007



ALL THE NEWS AHEAD OF THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP




DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP - DRAW 2007 WHICH TOOK PLACE AT THE LANGHAM HOTEL, LONDON ON THURSDAY EVENING, AUGUST 9

ASCOT, SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2007


Horses selected by:

EUR: Jason Weaver (At The Races)

GBR: Kieran Packman (Timeform)

IRE: Angus Loughran (BBC TV)

ROW: James Willoughby (Racing Post)

LADBROKES ODDS

TOP JOCKEY PRICE

ANDREAS SUBORICS 9/2

JIMMY FORTUNE 5/1

FRANKIE DETTORI 11/2

KEVIN MANNING 6/1

KEVIN DARLEY 8/1

DECLAN MCDONOGH 8/1

HUGH BOWMAN 10/1

YUTAKA TAKE 12/1

MARTIN DWYER 16/1

DARREN BEADMAN 20/1

HAYLEY TURNER 20/1

FREDRICK JOHANSSON 25/1



WINNING TEAM PRICE

IRE 13/8

EUR 2/1

GB 4/1

ROW 4/1



HIGHEST SCORING CAPTAIN PRICE

JIMMY FORTUNE 5/4

FRANKIE DETTORI 6/4

HUGH BOWMAN 6/1

MARTIN DWYER 7/1

POINTS ARE AWARDED ON A 15-10-7-5-3 BASIS

COMMENTS FROM SELECTORS, JOCKEYS & TRAINERS

Angus Loughran said: "I think Europe will make a good start with Coasting in the Barclays Shergar Cup Juvenile, the only short-priced favourite we are likely to see all day, but it looks like it is competitive after that and it should go right to the wire.


"I am hopeful Ireland are going to win but Europe look over-priced at 2/1. I think Ireland will have to be in front before the last race where they are a bit weak. What a year Jimmy Fortune has had, being top jockey at Royal Ascot. He is 5/1 to be the winner of the Silver Saddle and I think I will stick with him as he has a good book of mounts."

Jason Weaver commented: "The new format (four teams rather than two) will make the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup much more competitive. In some of the previous years, we have got to the third race and we basically knew which team was going to win, whereas this time around I think it will be competitive until the end."

Kieran Packman commented: "I don’t think the Great Britain team has been done too many favours by the Barclays Shergar Cup Juvenile but I am pleased with what has happened in the Titanic Quarter Shergar Cup Distaff.


"Dark Missile was my first pick obviously but I am really keen on China Cherub and I am delighted to get my first two choices there. I think the last three races are very open. Colloquial (in the Carvill Shergar Cup Stayers) is probably the pick of the rest."

James Willoughby declared: "I personally felt the draw fell horribly for me. I had three or four competing for my selection in every race. In the Distaff, the first two picks were very valuable - I priced every race up - and they stand out so having the third pick is not more useful than having
the fifth pick.


"In the other races, I thought Angus did very well, particularly to get Golden Quest (Carvill Shergar Cup Stayers) and Dunaskin (Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge).


"I agree that Europe has the day’s ‘good thing’ in Coasting but it doesn’t always work out like that as we know. Our job was to make the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup close."

Martin Dwyer, captain of the Great Britain team, said: "I am looking forward to Saturday. I think we have a good team and I expect to be winning. It is a mixture of experience and beauty and we have got Hayley (Turner) as well! I am privileged to be asked to taking part.


"It going to be competitive with the new format this year and there are some great jockeys from all over the world. "

Hugh Bowman, captain of the Rest of the World team, commented: "I was surprised to be asked to be part of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and I am really looking forward to it.


"Ascot is by far the best racetrack I have ridden on and it is a privilege to be riding there again on Saturday. I could not believe I had two winners from three rides on my first visit there earlier this year (Victoria Cup day - May 12). I took it as I found it. I don’t think I can give Darren much advice but he will certainly bring some youth and excitement to the team!"

Darren Beadman, part of the Rest of the World team, remarked: "It is going to be a grand day. I was pleasantly surprised when I got the call-up to come over here to represent the Rest of the World.


"I rode in France for nine months in 1985 but never got the opportunity to ride in England. Back in Australia we get a lot of coverage of English racing on the Sky channel which is getting a huge following. That gave me a good feeling about coming over for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.


"In the jockeys’ room, there are always pranks going on and jokes but on the track it is down to business. I think the guys will treat it as a lot of fun, but also be very competitive and try and do the best for their teams."

Trainer Andrew Balding, who has a runner in five of the six Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup races, commented: "Dear old Pentecost has won two Shergar Cups and he was a little bit unlucky last year when they went no gallop. I think there are a couple of front-runners in the Sodexho Prestige Shergar Cup Mile so they should go a good pace and he is not without a chance.


"Dark Missile has to face different conditions than when she won the Wokingham at Royal Ascot. She has top-weight on fast ground and has to give weight away to decent fillies. She will be there or thereabouts but I wouldn’t be overconfident.


"Loch Verdi in the same race, if she stays the six furlongs, is to my mind is a better handicapped filly than Dark Missile.

"Dream Eater (Barclays Shergar Cup Juvenile) will have a great chance of finishing second or third to Coasting and Siren’s Gift has a good chance in the Porthault Shergar Cup Sprint while Corriolanus is 25/1 for the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge but he finished not far behind Quijano in Dubai this winter and just behind Collier Hill the year before. He is a good horse and 25/1 is a silly price."

Ollie Cole, son of trainer Paul Cole, said about Strategic Mount, the favourite for the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge: "He has improved a lot this year and he pulled the other day over a mile and six furlongs. He was a bit racefresh and is by Montjeu whose progeny are a bit gassy. But I think he has a hell of a chance as he has shown a lot of speed at home. He has worked against High Heel Sneakers and has improved definitely this year and is going for the Melbourne Cup. I think he is a serious contender and will be a bit disappointed is he is not there or thereabouts on Saturday."

Gary Moore, the trainer of Waterside in the Sodexho Prestige Shergar Cup Mile, commented: "I am hopeful but the ground may be a bit fast - he likes to dig his toes in. Any rain will be helpful."

Philip Mitchell, responsible for Cape Of Luck in the Sodexho Prestige Shergar Cup Mile, said: "He has been aimed at this race all year. He had a run at Ascot a month ago when the ground was a bit soft but he is a in very good heart and I have glad he is ridden by Fredrik Johansson who would have been my first pick jockey."

James Stafford, who manages Thurloe Thoroughbreds, spoke about Kerrimuir Lass who runs in the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge: "She must have a bit of a chance. A 10-runner race is a major help as she doesn’t want a big field. If Declan (McDonagh) can get her relaxed and settled, I think she will have a serious chance."

1.10pm BARCLAYS SHERGAR CUP JUVENILE

Class 2, Nursery Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For 2yo, 7f. Highest weight 9st 7lb; lowest weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after July 21, a winner 6lb.


Picked prior to draw due to weight considerations Ladbrokes prices on the
end

1) 32463 DREAM EATER (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 2-9-07 [3] Jimmy Fortune
IRE1 12/1

2) 110 BURNWYND BOY (Robert Reid) Ian Semple 2-9-04 [5] Hugh Bowman ROW1
14/1

3) 3101 COASTING (Sir John Ritblat, David & Jennifer Sieff) Amanda Perrett
2-9-01 (inc 6lb Ex) [2] Andreas Suborics EUR1 11/10

4) 4236 ORDINANCE (J Daniels) Terry Mills 2-8-11 [6] Frankie Dettori EUR3
8/1

5) 214 ARCHIVED (Swan Racing) Mick Quinlan 2-8-09 [8] Declan McDonogh IRE2
8/1

6) 2217 GYPSY BABY (M Sines) Richard Hannon 2-8-07 [4] Fredrik Johansson
EUR2 8/1

7) 15713 DAN TUCKET (Cox 41) Mick Channon 2-8-06 [9] Kevin Darley GBR1 12/1

8) 6167 STAGE ACCLAIM (You Boyz Is Lost) Rod Millman 2-8-04 [7] Yutaka Take
ROW2 12/1

9) 41648 DALKEY GIRL (G T Gaffney) Vince Smith 2-8-03 [1] Martin Dwyer GBR2
20/1

10) 764 RELATIVE ORDER (Heading For The Rocks Partnership) John Best 2-7-12
[10] Hayley Turner GBR3 20/1

Reserves

R11 62545 AVERTITOP (The Hill Top Partnership) Richard Hannon 2-7-12

R12 68231 SOLENT RIDGE (Mrs L Bloxsome, T Wilkinson & Stan Moore) Stan Moore
2-7-12 (inc 6lb Ex)

1.45pm TITANIC QUARTER SHERGAR CUP DISTAFF

Class 2, Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+ fillies and mares rated 0-100, 6f. Highest weight 10st; lowest weight 8st 9lb, Penalties, after July 21, a winner 3lb.


GBR picked first

1) 0-419 DARK MISSILE (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 4-10-00 [4] Hayley Turner
GBR1 4/1

2) 80-00 FREE ROSES (James Given) James Given b4-9-04 [7] Kevin Manning IRE3
33/1

3) 62500 LEOPOLDINE (R A Grossman & Normandie Stud Ltd ) Hughie Morrison
4-9-03 [5] Declan McDonogh IRE2 10/1

4) 14122CHINA CHERUB (J Connolly, R Goward, J Jenkins, W Thornton) Richard
Hannon b4-9-01 [2] Kevin Darley GBR2 7/2

5) 12184 KEYAKI (S Oldroyd) Chris Wall 6-9-00 [9] Frankie Dettori EUR1 8/1

6) 47067 SWEET AFTON (Lockstone Business Services Ltd) Malcolm Saunders
4-9-00 [6] Martin Dwyer GBR3 25/1

7) 22708 PERFECT STORY (John & Bridget Drew) James Toller 5-8-13 [10]
Andreas Suborics EUR2 12/1

8) 7-848 TAGULA SUNRISE (David Knaggs & Mel Roberts) Richard Fahey 5-8-13
[1] Darren Beadman ROW1 10/1

9) -2079 LOCH VERDI (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 4-8-13 [3] Hugh Bowman ROW2
12/1

10) 9-111 OUR FAYE (J B J Richards) Sylvester Kirk 4-8-10 (inc 3lb Ex) [8]
Jimmy Fortune IRE1 11/4

Reserve

R11 34172 SHES MINNIE (S G Martin) Paul Blockley 4-8-09

2.20pm PORTHAULT SHERGAR CUP SPRINT

Class 2, Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo rated 0-100, 6f. Highest Weight: 9st 12lb; lowest weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after July 21, a winner 3lb.

IRE picked first

1) 7-120 LIPOCCO (The Anagram Partnership) Ralph Beckett 3-9-12 [2] Declan
McDonogh IRE2 6/1

2) 41070 DAZED AND AMAZED (Mrs R Ablett) Richard Hannon 3-9-12 [3] Jimmy
Fortune IRE3 9/1

3) 98763 INVINCIBLE FORCE (Terry Cummins) Paul Green 3-9-10 [10] Martin
Dwyer GBR2 12/1

4) -6306 RESPLENDENT ALPHA (Resplendent Racing Limited) Paul Howling t3-9-07
[9] Darren Beadman ROW3 33/1

5) -2454 SIREN'S GIFT (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 3-9-06 [4] Andreas
Suborics EUR1 7/2

6) 31880 HEYWOOD (Sheikh Mohammed) Mick Channon 3-9-03 [8] Yutaka Take ROW2
25/1

7) 12011 KING'S APOSTLE (Wentworth Racing (Pty) Ltd) William Haggas 3-8-13
[7] Hugh Bowman ROW1 5/1

8) 00549 EVERYMANFORHIMSELF (Cavan Pickering & Stewart Whitehead) James
Given b3-8-13 [1] Hayley Turner GBR2 14/1

9) 72605 SOUTHANDWEST (B McNicholas & M Feehan) Stan Moore 3-8-13 [6]
Fredrik Johansson EUR1 10/1

10) -1212 GENKI (Gillian Kohsla) Roger Charlton 3-8-12 [5] Kevin Manning
IRE1 11/4

Reserves

R11) 211-9 BENLLECH (Speedlith Group) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-11

R12) 1-531 LOVELACE (Hamad Suhail) Mark Johnston 3-8-11

2.55pm CARVILL SHERGAR CUP STAYERS

Class 2, Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+ rated 0-100, 2m. Highest weight 9st 12lb; lowest weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after Jul 21, a winner 3lb.


ROW picked first

1) 5-100 GREENWICH MEANTIME (K Lee D Barlow B Crumbley & L Rutherford)
Richard Fahey 7-9-12 [7] Fredrik Johansson EUR1 10/1

2) 69-50 VINANDO (Exors of the late Evelyn Hankinson) Charles Egerton
tp6-9-11 [6] Andreas Suborics EUR3 33/1

3) 06-33 GOLDEN QUEST (Syndicate 2002) Mark Johnston 6-9-09 [9] Kevin
Manning IRE1 5/1

4) 58581ODIHAM (D L Brooks, J F Dean, Mrs J Scott) Hughie Morrison v6-9-05
(inc 3lb ex) [10] Darren Beadman ROW2 6/1

5) 0-010 COLLOQUIAL (David & M Blackburn) Henry Candy v6-9-04 [5] Hayley
Turner GBR1 8/1

6) 108-3 MIRJAN (Len Lungo Racing Limited) Len Lungo b11-9-03 [1] Jimmy
Fortune IRE2 10/1

7) 07-01 NOBELIX (Rupert Hambro) James Fanshawe 5-9-01 [8] Kevin Darley GBR2
6/1

8) 4/0-3 CARACCIOLA (Piers Pottinger) Nicky Henderson 10-9-00 [2] Hugh
Bowman ROW3 10/1

9) 26367 LETS ROLL (A Crute & Partners) Chris Thornton 6-8-13 [4] Frankie
Dettori EUR2 11/1

10) 71/40 LEG SPINNER (W A Moffett) Tony Martin IRE 6-8-13 [3] Yutaka Take
ROW1 11/4

Reserves

R11) 51621 TAKAFU (Midd Shire Racing) Stuart Kittow 5-8-11 (inc 3lb ex)

R12) 27544 SALUTE (The Golden Anorak Partnership) Pat Murphy 8-8-09

3.30pm MICHAEL PAGE INTERNATIONAL SHERGAR CUP CHALLENGE

Class 2, Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+ rated 0-100, 1m 4f. Highest weight 9st 12lb; lowest weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after Jul 21, a winner 3lb.


EUR picked first

1) 50-63 BEFORE YOU GO (Tina Smith) Terry Mills 4-9-12 [1] Kevin Darley GBR1
5/1

2) -5090 CORRIOLANUS (Dubai Thoroughbred Racing) Andrew Balding 7-9-09 [8]
Fredrik Johansson EUR2 25/1

3) 117-6 STRATEGIC MOUNT (Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib) Paul Cole 4-9-08 [5]
Frankie Dettori EUR1 5/2

4) -4200 BANDAMA (Lady Clague) Amanda Perrett 4-9-08 [4] Hayley Turner GBR2
12/1

5) -60613 DUNASKIN (Equiname Ltd) Karen McLintock 7-9-07 [3] Jimmy Fortune
IRE2 5/1

6) -53407 ACROPOLIS (Nekkeylets) Ian Semple v6-9-06 [9] Darren Beadman ROW2
16/1

7) 60-50 GAVROCHE (M Khan X2) Jim Boyle 6-9-06 [7] Kevin Manning IRE3 16/1

8) 35619 JOHN TERRY (Alan Spence) Amanda Perrett 4-9-04 [6] Yutaka Take ROW1
8/1

9) 64108 MUSTAJED (Double P Partnership) Rod Millman 6-9-03 [10] Martin
Dwyer GBR3 11/1

10) 0-619 KERRIEMUIR LASS (Thurloe Thoroughbreds XV) Michael Jarvis 4-9-02
[2] Declan McDonogh IRE1 5/1

4.05pm SODEXHO PRESTIGE SHERGAR CUP MILE

Class 2, Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+ rated 0-100, 1m. Highest weight 9st 12lb; lowest weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after Jul 21, a winner 3lb.


GBR picked first

1) 800-0 MUSADIF (Mrs E Kvisla) Roy Kvisla 9-9-12 [6] Kevin Darley GBR2 50/1

2) 06073 PENTECOST (J C & S R Hitchins) Andrew Balding p8-9-10 [7] Darren
Beadman ROW1 5/1

3) 12730 BUSTAN (Mrs J Morley) Giles Bravery 8-9-09 [4] Yutaka Take ROW3
14/1

4) 05601 ACE OF HEARTS (Archangels 1) Chris Wall 8-9-07 [3] Martin Dwyer
GBR1 3/1

5) 90-26 CAPE OF LUCK (Mrs S Sheldon) Philip Mitchell 4-9-07 [8] Fredrik
Johansson EUR1 14/1

6) 86223 WATERSIDE (Nigel Shields) Gary Moore 8-9-05 [5] Andreas Suborics
EUR2 6/1

7) 07500 PRINCE OF THEBES (Canisbay Bloodstock) John Akehurst 6-9-04 [2]
Declan McDonogh IRE2 8/1

8) 01570 SOUTH CAPE (Heart Of The South Racing) Mick Channon 4-9-02 [9]
Kevin Manning IRE1 6/1

9) 23033 BENANDONNER (J C & Sinead Parsons) Richard Fahey 4-9-02 [10] Hugh
Bowman ROW2 6/1

10) 74210 WOVOKA (Mrs T Burns) Mick Channon 4-9-01 (inc 3lb Ex) [1] Frankie
Dettori EUR3 9/1

Reserves

R11) 66478 ROBUSTIAN (Michael Doran & Fulke Johnson Houghton) Eve Johnson
Houghton b4-8-13

R12) 69472 FABRIAN (Glynn Byard) Richard Price 9-8-07


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