VERACITY AMONG 14 REMAINING FOR THE GROUP ONE LADBROKES ST LEGER - 62 GO FORWARD FOR GROUP TWO URBAN-I CHAMPAGNE STAKES
A top-class renewal of the £500,000 Group One Ladbrokes St Leger looks assured with 14 high-calibre contenders remaining at the latest forfeit stage, details of which are revealed today, Wednesday, August 29, 2007.
Michael Jarvis came closest to Ladbrokes St Leger glory when 20/1 shot Meadowville forced the great Nijinsky to pull out all the stops on Town Moor in 1970, and the Newmarket trainer is hoping that Veracity, currently a 10/1 chance with the sponsor, can go one better on Saturday, September 15.
The Kremlin House handler revealed today: “All being well, Veracity is an intended runner in the Ladbrokes St Leger.”
The progressive three-year-old Lomitas colt raced once last term and broke his maiden at the third attempt over a mile and a half at Wolverhampton in April. He added a Newmarket handicap before stepping up to Group Three company at Royal Ascot when he finished a highly creditable runner-up to Mahler (6/1) in the Queen’s Vase over two miles.
Veracity showed high-class form against his elders at Goodwood on August 2, when finishing a half-length second to Allegretto in the two-mile Group Two ABN Amro Goodwood Cup.
Jarvis said: “I was delighted with his last run in the Goodwood Cup. It was a good performance for a three-year-old.
“He handled Goodwood pretty well but Doncaster is a good galloping track and should suit him. He stays well and the Ladbrokes St Leger distance of an extended mile and six furlongs is a good test of stamina for a three-year-old.
“I was second in the race as a trainer many years ago and this fellow should run well too. On the ratings he would have a bit to find on one or two of the principle fancies in the race but when they get running over this extended trip, it’s the horse that stays that wins the prize.
“He has been lightly raced so there could be more improvement to come. He was a backward two-year-old and only had the one outing, then we got him going fairly early this spring and he is progressive.”
Aidan O’Brien has won the world’s oldest Classic three times (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion) and the master of Ballydoyle has a strong hand with seven entries remaining.
O’Brien’s powerful septet is headed by Soldier Of Fortune (4/1) who was the stunning nine-length winner of the Group One Budweiser Irish Derby at the Curragh on July 1, having taken fifth in the English equivalent behind Authorized.
Epsom Derby form is strongly represented with six of the first 11 home still on course for Doncaster Town Moor, including third-placed Aqaleem, the current 3/1 favourite with Ladbrokes, and fourth-placed Lucarno (5/1).
The Marcus Tregoning-trained Aqaleem appeared sure to relish the extra two furlongs of the Ladbrokes St Leger when narrowly failing to peg back Yellowstone in the mile and a half Group Three Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on July 31, while Lucarno, trained by John Gosden, defeated the latter by a length in the Group Two Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on August 21.
Gosden also has the Khalid Abdulla-owned Raincoat (12/1) who was beaten a length when third to Yellowstone in the Group Three Gordon Stakes.
Coral-Eclipse Stakes fourth Yellowstone is part of the strong Ballydoyle contingent that also includes Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes third, fourth and fifth, Macarthur (7/1), Acapulco (16/1) and Mahler, totesport Ebor Stakes runner-up Honolulu (5/1) and the lightly-raced Song Of Hiawatha (50/1).
Mahler was the impressive three and half-length winner of the Group Three Queen’s Vase over two miles at Royal Ascot.
John Dunlop has won the great race twice with Moon Madness (1986) and Millenary (2000), and the Arundel trainer may be represented by the maiden Samuel (20/1), who was runner-up to Tungsten Strike in the Listed Windflower March Stakes over the Ladbrokes St Leger distance at Goodwood on August 25.
Luca Cumani saddled Commanche Run to a famous Ladbrokes St Leger triumph under Lester Piggott in 1984 and the trainer has the thrice-raced Speed Gifted (20/1) who defeated the Barry Hills-trained Celestial Halo (40/1) in a mile and three quarter handicap at York on August 23.
Hills won the race with 40/1 shot Moonax in 1994, and saddled The Last Drop to take the runner-up spot last year at 50/1.
GROUP TWO URBAN-I CHAMPAGNE STAKES FORFEITS
The £100,000 Group Two Urban-i Champagne Stakes looks set to live up to expectations with 62 juveniles remaining at the latest forfeit stage for the seven-furlong contest, the opening race on Ladbrokes St Leger Day, Saturday, September 15.
Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien saddled the brilliant Rock Of Gibraltar to finish second to Dubai Destination in 2001 but is yet to win the prestigious contest.
The Ballydoyle handler has 13 entries remaining, more than any other trainer, headed by Group Two winners Henrythenavigator and Lizard Island, Group Two Ireland Gimcrack Stakes runner-up Great Barrier Reef, Group Three Tattersalls Acomb Stakes runner-up Lucifer Sam and Group Two Richmond Stakes third One Great Cat.
Peter Chapple-Hyam took the prize with the top-class Rodrigo de Triano in 1991, and he has unbeaten Group Two TNT July Stakes victor Winker Watson, Group Two Weatherbys Superlative Stakes runner-up Declaration Of War and Listed winner Western Art.
Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has left in the impressive Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes victor Rio de la Plata alongside York maiden runner-up Iguazu Falls and the unraced Emmrooz.
Bryan Smart is aiming unbeaten Listed Chesham Stakes winner Maze at the Urban-i Champagne Stakes, while Irish handler David Myerscough has left in his unbeaten Listed scorer Bruges.
Strike The Deal took the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on August 3, for trainer Jeremy Noseda, and the Newmarket handler also has exciting Newmarket maiden winner Captain Brilliance.
Whatcombe trainer Paul Cole won the Urban-i Champagne Stakes in 1994 with the classy Sri Pekan and he has TNT July Stakes runner-up River Proud alongside Moynahan.
John Gosden could saddle impressive Ascot Listed winner Raven’s Pass, while Newbury winner Yahrab has been left in by Clive Brittain.
Brian Meehan’s five remaining entries include unbeaten Group Three Tattersalls Million Acomb Stakes hero Fast Company, Listed winner Sharp Nephew and Ascot maiden victor City Leader.
Sir Gerry came from last to first to win the Group Two Ireland Gimcrack Stakes at York on August 22 for trainer James Fanshawe.
St Leger Yearling Stakes winner Dark Angel is one of six remaining entries for Barry Hills, who has taken the race five times. Sexton Blake (1977) and Sure Blade (1985) both took the prize for the trainer, who went on to score back-to-back wins in the race with Auction House and Distant Music in 1998 &1999, and then saddled Etlaala to win in 2004.
THE LADBROKES ST LEGER
Class 1, Group 1, £500,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.10pm, Doncaster, Saturday, September 15. For 3yo only, entire colts and fillies. One mile, six furlongs & 132 yards. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed July 4, entries revealed July 5 (40 entries). Forfeit stage August 28 (14 remain), six-day confirmation & £40,000 supplementary entry stage September 10, final declaration stage 10.00am, September 13. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, August 27, 2007.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
1204 ACAPULCO (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
32-132 AQALEEM Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
5-163002 CELESTIAL HALO (IRE) Jack Hanson Barry Hills
3112 HONOLULU (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
2(1)14241 LUCARNO (USA) George Strawbridge John Gosden
1-333 MACARTHUR Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
011015 MAHLER Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
1-1203 RAINCOAT Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
0-3232 SAMUEL Normandie Stud Ltd John Dunlop
12-1151 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
0-120 SONG OF HIAWATHA Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
151 SPEED GIFTED J M C Breed & Race Limited Luca Cumani
0-2(1)122 VERACITY Sheikh Mohammed Michael Jarvis
3-50203412 YELLOWSTONE (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
14 entries remain after August 28 forfeit stage
THE URBAN-I CHAMPAGNE STAKES
Class 1, Group 2, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. 2.05pm, Doncaster, Saturday, September 15. For 2yo colts & geldings only, seven furlongs. Weights: 8st 12lb. Entries closed July 25, entries revealed July 31 (142 entries). Forfeit stage August 28 (62 remain), six-day confirmation & £40,000 supplementary entry stage September 10, final declaration stage 10.00am, September 13. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, August 27, 2007.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
22 ACHILL ISLAND (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
3140 ACHILLES OF TROY (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
1 ALEXANDER CASTLE (USA) Noel O'Callaghan Kevin Ryan
61 ARCTIC CAPE Christine Brown Mark Johnston
1 ATLANTIC SPORT (USA) Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
1 AUTOCUE Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
52 BELGRAVE SQUARE (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
11 BRUGES (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum David Myerscough IRE
14 CAMPANOLOGIST (USA) Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston
21 CAPTAIN BRILLIANCE (USA) Hesmonds Stud Jeremy Noseda
13 CHOOSE YOUR MOMENT Mr & Mrs Duncan Davidson Patrick Haslam
1 CITY LEADER (IRE) Sangster Family Brian Meehan
31010 COASTING Sir John Ritblat,David & Jennifer Sieff Amanda Perrett
21041 DARK ANGEL (IRE) The Hon Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright Barry Hills
1102 DECLARATION OF WAR (IRE) Violet Mercer Peter Chapple-Hyam
213 DONEGAL (USA) The Donegal Partnership Andrew Balding
(1)35 ELLMAU Premspace Ltd Eoghan O'Neill
EMMROOZ Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
01 ERNIE OWL (USA) Roldvale Limited Brian Meehan
11 FAST COMPANY (IRE) Earle Mack Brian Meehan
136 FEARED IN FLIGHT (IRE) Jack Hanson, Cavendish Inv.Ltd, Sandy Patrick Barry Hills
21 FIFTEEN LOVE (USA) Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
15 FIRESTREAK The Queen Richard Hannon
63 FOOL'S WILDCAT (USA) Favourites Racing XXV Brian Meehan
53 GENEROUS THOUGHT Liam Sheridan Paul Howling
2 GREAT BARRIER REEF (USA) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
0 GREATWALLOFCHINA (USA) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
310 GREEK MYTHOLOGY (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
41 HAWAANA (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
1123 HENRYTHENAVIGATOR (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
52(2) HOLD THE GOLD (IRE) Roadmate Racing Eoghan O'Neill
2 IGUAZU FALLS (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
341 LET US PREY SP Racing Investments S A Neville Callaghan
212 LIZARD ISLAND (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
5212 LUCIFER SAM (USA) Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Niarchos Family Aidan O’Brien IRE
04 MAGNA CUM LAUDE (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
11 MAZE (IRE) Pinnacle Dr Fong Partnership Bryan Smart
31 MCCARTNEY (GER) Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston
41 MOYNAHAN (USA) D S Lee Paul Cole
6125 NACHO LIBRE Ronnie Arculli & John Grant Barry Hills
313 ONE GREAT CAT (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
6 OTAARED Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
545616 PAVEROC Uplands Acquisitions Limited Stan Moore
2(1) PEGASUS AGAIN (USA) Terry Mills Terry Mills
0066 PRINCE DESIRE (IRE) De La Warr Racing Barry Hills
11 RAVEN'S PASS (USA) Stonerside Stable LLC John Gosden
311 RIO DE LA PLATA (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
12 RIVER PROUD (USA) Mrs Michael Spencer Paul Cole
50143 SCINTILLO White Beech Farm Richard Hannon
11 SHARP NEPHEW Saleh Al Homeizi & Imad Al Sagar Brian Meehan
141 SIR GERRY (USA) Mrs Gerry Galligan James Fanshawe
12024 SOUTH DAKOTA (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
012160 SPANISH BOUNTY The Farleigh Court Racing Partnership Jonanthan Portman
(1)531 STRIKE THE DEAL (USA) The Searchers Jeremy Noseda
312233 SWISS FRANC Lordship Stud David Elsworth
1 TAJDEEF (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
0 TERRACOS DO PINHAL Douglas Livingston Mark Johnston
11054 WARSAW (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
21 WESTERN ART (USA) Matthew Green & Ben Sangster Peter Chapple-Hyam
111 WINKER WATSON The Comic Strip Heroes & Mrs J D Trotter Peter Chapple-Hyam
21 YAHRAB (IRE) Saif Ali Clive Brittain
6 ZAKHAAREF Hamdan Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
62 entries remain after August 28 forfeit stage