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Saturday, August 4, 2007


GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 2007
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
FINAL DAY, SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

ATTENDANCE UP ON ALL DAYS


Day 2007 2006
Tuesday 14,305 13,778 +527 (+3.8%)
Wednesday 17,766 17,095 +671 (+3.9%)
Thursday 23,212 20,899 +2,313 (+11%)
Friday 22,160 20,676 +1,484 (+7.2%)
Saturday 25,031 23,059 +1,972 (+8.5%)
totals 102,474 95,507 +6,967 (+7.3%)


GLORIOUS END COMPLETES WONDERFUL WEEK

The curtain came down this evening on an exceptional week’s racing at Glorious Goodwood, where crowds flocked to witness high-class and competitive racing.


Attendance and tote figures showed increases on each of the meeting’s five days last year, and some brilliant performances from horses and jockeys will live long in the memory.


Managing director Rod Fabricius praised Goodwood’s staff in his summary of the event, and said the course would continue striving to improve the Glorious Goodwood experience for competitors and spectators.


Fabricius said: “It’s been a great week’s racing with more runners than I can remember - the weather’s been fabulous and all the hard work of the staff has been rewarded with good increases in crowd, tote and catering sales.


“We’ve welcomed new sponsors, while the race programme has been very strong throughout, and, given the wet summer, the course has stood up very well. Seamus Buckley and the ground staff deserve to be congratulated on presenting the course to a very high standard throughout the week.


“Blue Square’s three-year sponsorship of the final day has got off to a tremendous start, and the quality of the Blue Square Nassau Stakes was very high. We’re looking forward to building on what we’ve achieved with them in the first year of the partnership.


“Inevitably we can make some improvements in such areas as speed of arrival into car parks, provision of courtesy transport, provision of lavatories, sufficiency of furniture and seating, and speedy services of good value food and drink. They are the essentials to an enjoyable day out.


“We will strive to ensure racegoers continue enjoying racing on top of the Downs, and are very keen to avoid any risk of over-crowding. We want to ensure those who support Goodwood can take home great memories of their day with us.


“We would love to increase prize-money, and will strive to do so, but it is under constant pressure from the challenge we face in attracting new sponsorship.”


TOTE TURNOVER RISES AGAIN

totepool on-course cash turnover

DAY 2007 2006
Tuesday £456,812 £447,011 +£9,801 (+2.2%)
Wednesday £513,898 £491,218 +£22,680 (+4.6%)
Thursday £667,249 £619,424 +£47,825 (+7.7%)
Friday £706,689 £590,296 +£116,393 (+19.7%) -
Saturday £552,798 £39,049 +£13,749 (+2.5%)



GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 2007 - WINNERS

Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Race Winner Trainer Jockey SP
Bank Of Scotland Investment Service Hcp CHAMPIONSHIP POINT Mick Channon Darryll Holland 8/1
Gordon Stakes (Group 3) YELLOWSTONE Aidan O’Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh 5/2 JF
Betfair Cup (Group 2) TARIQ Peter Chapple-Hyam Kerrin McEvoy 7/2
Betfair Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) FLEETING SPIRIT Jeremy Noseda Johnny Murtagh 8/1
Detica Summer Handicap SCRIPTWRITER Saeed bin Suroor Kerrin McEvoy 7/1
Tatler Summer Season EBF Maiden Stakes SHALLAL Peter Chapple-Hyam Jimmy Fortune 4/1 CF
TurfTV Handicap FREMEN David Nicholls Adrian Nicholls 12/1

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Race Winner Trainer Jockey SP
Invesco Perpetual Goodwood Handicap SECRET PLOY Hughie Morrison Steve Drowne 16/1
Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Group 2) RIO DE LA PLATA Saeed Bin Suroor Frankie Dettori 8/13 F
BGC Sussex Stakes (Group 1) RAMONTI Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori 9/2
BGC Handicap REGAL FLUSH Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 14/1
Weatherbys Bank Fillies’ Handicap FONGS GAZELLE Mark Johnston Richard Hills 12/1
Links Of London Maiden Fillies’ Stakes FASHION ROCKS Brian Meehan Jimmy Fortune 4/1
Kennels EBF Classified Stakes LAA RAYB Mark Johnston Joe Fanning 10/1

Thursday, August 2, 2007
Race Winner Trainer Jockey SP
Lillie Langtry Stakes (Group 3) HI CALYPSO Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 3/1 JF
Audi Stakes (Group 3) MOORHOUSE LAD Bryan Smart Ryan Moore 10/1
ABN AMRO Goodwood Cup (Group 2) ALLEGRETTO Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 8/1
Alphameric Vase Heritage Handicap PIPEDREAMER John Gosden Martin Dwyer 11/2 F
De Boer Handicap DOCOFTHEBAY Jamie Osborne Ryan Moore 4/1
EBF New Ham Maiden Fillies’ Stakes CELTIC SLIPPER Ralph Beckett Seb Sanders 33/1
Audi Q7 Cup Handicap CONTINENT David Nicholls Paul Hanagan 18/1

Friday, August 3, 2007
Race Winner Trainer Jockey SP
Coutts Glorious Stakes PURPLE MOON Luca Cumani Jamie Spencer 11/2
Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3) WAKE UP MAGGIE Chris Wall George Baker 11/1
totesport Mile Heritage Handicap THIRD SET Roger Charlton Jimmy Quinn 5/2 F
Richmond Stakes (Group 2) STRIKE THE DEAL Jeremy Noseda Eddie Ahern 7/1
Royal & SunAlliance Nursery COASTING Amanda Perrett Jim Crowley 10/1
Turf Club Stewards’ Sprint Handicap PEARLY WAY Clive Cox Philip Robinson 8/1
TurfTv Handicap MAROZI Michael Jarvis Philip Robinson 7/2 F

Saturday, August 4, 2007
Race Winner Trainer Jockey SP
bluesquare.com Handicap SANBUCH Luca Cumani Jamie Spencer 7/1
bluesquarepoker.com Thoroughbred Stakes DUBAI’S TOUCH Mark Johnston Royston Ffrench 16/1
Blue Square Nassau Stakes (Group 1) PEEPING FAWN Aidan O’Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh 2/1 F
bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup ZIDANE James Fanshawe Jamie Spencer 6/1 F
Blue Square Telebet EBF Maiden Stakes LATIN LAD Richard Hannon Francis Norton 33/1
bluesquarepoker.com Nursery Handicap FOL HOLLOW David Nicholls Adrian Nicholls 20/1
bluesquarecasino.com Apprentice Hcp ACE OF HEARTS Chris Wall Jack Mitchell 7/1


GLORIOUS SUMMER FUN

When 2007 is remembered for rain, floods and weeks of leaden skies, fans of racing will cherish memories of Glorious Goodwood as the point when summer finally woke up.


Five days of near-ceaseless sunshine over Sussex suggests someone at Goodwood has a hot-line to the weather gods.


From the moment Championship Point took the meeting’s opening race, the Bank Of Scotland Investment Service Handicap, strawberries-and-cream conditions have prevailed, and the tennis theme endured on Friday when Third Set captured the totesport Mile. Both horses are owned by Wimbledon fan John Livock.


No man has put more money into racing around the globe than Sheikh Mohammed, and few would begrudge him a sparkling day on the Downs with a big winner thrown in - two was even better. Ramonti’s victory in the Gr.1 BGC Sussex Stakes on Wednesday justified the Sheikh’s journey to Goodwood and provided Frankie Dettori with a double initiated on Rio De La Playa in the Gr.2 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes. This was a champagne moment not just for Godolphin, but also for those who suspect the chesnut colt might prove rather sspecial. It will be fascinating to see how far Rio De La Playa progresses.


Glorious Goodwood racegoers, and those watching on Channel 4 and Racing UK, were treated to a masterclass in proven excellence on Thursday, when champion jockey Ryan Moore rode four winners. None can be described as ‘steering jobs’, and for a couple of hours Moore seemed to have the blueprint on riding racehorses - cunningly executed hold-up rides brought him success in the Gr.2 ABN AMRO Goodwood Cup on Allegretto and De Boer Stakes on Docofthebay, while a close-to-the-pace show on Moorhouse Lad in the Gr.3 Audi Stakes had the same result.


Even the week’s sole shower of rain, which cloaked the Lillie Langtry Stakes, could not hide Moore’s brilliance on Hi Calypso.


Thursday was also a good day for David and Patricia Thompson of Newmarket’s Cheveley Park Stud, owner-breeders of Allegretto and Alphameric Vase winner Pipedreamer.


Many of this week’s Glorious Goodwood winners will succeed again in the coming months - they could include Purple Moon, victorious in the Coutts Glorious Stakes on Friday and now favourite for York’s totesport Ebor Handicap, and there might be very bright futures for a pair of two-year-olds trained by Jeremy Noseda. Fleeting Spirit took the Gr.3 Betfair Molecomb Stakes on Tuesday, while Strike the Deal won the Gr.2 Richmond Stakes on Friday - precursors to success at the highest level, maybe?

And so to a sumptuous Saturday feast hosted by the day’s new sponsors, Blue Square, a progressive force in bookmaking. The Blue Square Nassau Stakes and Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup are worth the admission price without five other intriguing contests. Have a good day.



RYAN MOORE TOPS TURFTRAX LEADING RIDER STANDINGS

Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Points*
Ryan Moore 5 3 2 3 435
Johnny Murtagh 3 2 3 - 287.5
Jamie Spencer 3 3 1 2 282.5
Richard Hughes - 4 1 3 195
Adrian Nicholls 2 - 3 - 175
Royston Ffrench 1 2 2 - 170
Jimmy Fortune 2 2 - - 170
Philip Robinson 2 1 1 - 160
Richard Hills 1 1 1 3 140
Frankie Dettori 2 - 1 - 125
Eddie Ahern 1 2 - 2 130
Joe Fanning 1 1 1 1 120
Francis Norton 1 1 1 1 120
Paul Hanagan 1 - 2 - 100
Kerrin McEvoy 2 - - - 100
George Baker 1 1 - 1 95
Martin Dwyer 1 1 - 1 95
Michael Hills - 2 1 1 95
Seb Sanders 1 1 - 1 95
Jim Crowley 1 1 - - 85
Dane O’Neill - 2 - - 70
Hugh Bowman - - 2 1 60
Steve Drowne 1 - - 1 60
Jimmy Quinn 1 - - 1 60
David Kinsella - 1 1 - 60
Kevin May - 1 1 - 60
John Egan - 1 - 2 55
Darryll Holland 1 - - - 50
Jack Mitchell 1 - - - 50
Jamie Moriarty - - 2 - 50
Tom Queally - - 2 - 50
Travis Block - 1 - - 35
Ted Durcan - - 1 1 35
Christophe Soumillon - 1 - - 35
Chris Catlin - - 1 - 25
Liam Keniry - - 1 - 25
Richard Kingscote - - 1 - 25
Adam Kirby - - 1 - 25
Luke Morris - - 1 - 25
Tadhg O’Shea - - 1 - 25
Pat Shanahan - - 1 - 25
Richard Quinn - - - 3 30
Neil Callan - - - 1 10
Eddie Creighton - - - 1 10
Pat Dobbs - - - 1 10
Paul Doe - - - 1 10
Stephen Donohoe - - - 1 10
Liam Jones - - - 1 10
Weichong Marwing - - - 1 10

*Turftrax leading rider award: 50 points for a winner, 35 points for a second, 25 points for a third, 10 points for a fourth.



LEADING TRAINERS’ STANDINGS
Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
David Nicholls 3 1 3
Mark Johnston 3 1 2
Sir Michael Stoute 3 - 1
Saeed bin Suroor 3 - -
Aidan O’Brien IRE 2 3 1
Luca Cumani 2 1 1
Peter Chapple-Hyam 2 - -
Jeremy Noseda 2 - -
Chris Wall 2 - -
Richard Hannon 1 6 -
John Gosden 1 2 1
Amanda Perrett 1 2 -
Roger Charlton 1 1 -
Michael Jarvis 1 1 -
Hughie Morrison 1 1 -
Mick Channon 1 - 3
Clive Cox 1 - 1
Brian Meehan 1 - 1
Jamie Osborne 1 - 1
Bryan Smart 1 - 1
Ralph Beckett 1 - -
James Fanshawe 1 - -
Barry Hills - 2 -
James Given - 1 2
John Dunlop - 1 1
John Akehurst - 1 -
Robin Bastiman - 1 -
Michael Bell - 1 -
John Best - 1 -
Clive Brittain - 1 -
Alain de Royer-Dupre FR - 1 -
Charles Egerton - 1 -
William Haggas - 1 -
Nicky Henderson - 1 -
John Hills - 1 -
Stan Moore - 1 -
Marcus Tregoning - 1 -
Richard Fahey - - 3
Andrew Balding - - 2
Neville Callaghan - - 2
Henry Cecil - - 1
Sheena Collins IRE - - 1
Tom Dascombe - - 1
Ed Dunlop - - 1
Brian Ellison - - 1
William Jarvis - - 1
Mikael Magnusson - - 1
Gary Moore - - 1
John Panvert - - 1
Walter Swinburn - - 1

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 2007
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FINAL DAY, SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

Race Four - bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup - Win Quotes

ZIDANE OVERCOMES NEGATIVES FOR LAST-GASP WIN

Zidane may have been drawn in the stall no-one wanted but that didn’t stop James Fanshawe’s charge lifting the bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup by a short-head in a last-gasp swoop.


The five-year-old had been the long time ante-post favourite for the six-furlong sprint until the failure of connections to attend Thursday night’s draw saw him allotted the unwanted 11 stall, and a drift in the market ensued.


Faith in the five-year-old returned in the build-up to the race and he was sent off the 6/1 favourite.


Punters were rewarded as Jamie Spencer brought Zidane with a storming late charge to deny last year’s winner Borderlescott in the final stride of a breath-taking contest.


A delighted Fanshawe said of missing the draw: “It’s a bit embarrassing and I’ve had a lot of stick as you can imagine. It probably turned out to be a blessing in disguise.


“He actually worked badly on Wednesday in his last blow-out and I was worried about the ground too. I rang the owners and said we probably shouldn’t run but they insisted and then we missed the draw.


“The owners have always gone to the Stewards’ Cup draw in the past and we all thought it was Friday and so no-one really questioned that it might actually be on Thursday.”

Zidane was keeping up a family tradition in the bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup as both his sisters, Frizzante (4th in 2003) and Firenze (3rd in 2006) went close for Fanshawe and owners Jan and Peter Hopper.


The trainer said: “Both his sisters, Frizzante and Firenze, were placed in this race for us.


“He just loves to travel with something to aim at. With two furlongs to race, if you’d asked me if I thought he was going to win I’d have been a bit negative. I watched it on the telly and the fellow next door said we’d won.


“We’ll probably go for black type now. He has the class to hold his own as he has a wonderful turn of foot. He’s been working with Bentley Biscuit who runs in the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest in France tomorrow, so it’s quite exciting.”

Winning rider Jamie Spencer said: “His head went right down as we hit the line. He’s some horse.


“I never asked him until two out. You just have to ride him like the star he is. Borderlescott found a bit more when I got to him.”

More bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup

MORE FROM THE WINNING RIDER

Jamie Spencer, the winning rider, said: “Zidane stuck to it - I must have been 15 to 20 lengths off the leaders at half-way and he picked them off one by one.


“I spokes to James (Fanshawe the trainer) before the race and he was adamant that they would all go down the middle and he said make sure you go down the middle.


“So after a 100 yards I was calling him some names and had to edge back nearer the rail.

“With the ground Zidane made up, he was always going to flatten out 100 yards from the line.

“Then his guts kicked in and he nailed them right on the lollipop.

“At Ascot things did not go right, we had a bad draw and were on the unfavoured ground.

“He’s proved himself a good horse and I would like to think he can step up into Group company.


“When you win these big handicaps, it is like a Group race really.


“I had to give him a few cracks all right but I am sure he won’t mind.”


Race 4 - bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup

BORDERLESCOTT PIPPED IN FOLLOW-UP BID

Little but a sinew separated Zidane and Borderlescott at the finish of this gripping sprint handicap, the £100,000 bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup.


Borderlescott, last year’s winner, led near the line, but the photograph showed Zidane had scored by an official short-head, while Knot In Wood and That’s Hot were half a length and a head further behind in third and fourth. Given that only one horse has ever won back-to-back runnings of the race it was a heroic effort by the runner-up - Sky Diver, in 1967 and 1968, remains the sole dual winner.


After Royston Ffrench had steered Borderlescott into the place reserved for the second, trainer Robin Bastiman admitted: “I was spot on the line and I thought he’d won it. He was just beaten and I hate being second. It would have been nice to win it two year’s running, but he’s run his heart out. He’s only small.


“The Ayr Gold Cup is a possible, and the owner’s from Scotland, but there’s also a Listed race at Newmarket at the end of the month. He’s a bit better than a handicapper - I tried him in the best and he wasn’t up to Group One, but it may be a different ball game next year when he could start Listed and work his way up.”


Richard Fahey, trainer of Knot In Wood, expressed surprise that those jockeys drawn high had elected to come back towards the stands’ rail. Fahey said: “He’s run a blinder and Paul [Hanagan] was delighted with him. He said that if he’d been drawn a bit lower - in the middle where no one wanted to be [when the draw was made] - he’d have won. He had to follow them across because you can’t race on your own.


“The race didn’t go to plan, but that’s racing. It was quite a strange race.”

“I just hope the handicapper drops him because he’s due to go up another 6lb. He has to have a stalls test now so there are no plans at the moment, but if the handicapper doesn’t drop him he’ll have to go into Pattern company.”


WHERE WILL THE WINNER BE DRAWN?

The winner of the BlueSquare.com Steward’s Cup could be drawn from one to 28, with a maximum field set to race down Goodwood’s six-furlong course at 3.55pm.


Evidence from the last two races yesterday, the Turf Club Stewards’ Sprint Handicap, the consolation race for horses who failed to make the big-race field, and the five-furlong TurfTv Handicap, was mixed. Pearly Way won the former from stall nine in the 27-runner field suggesting the stands’ side is faster, while Marozi, though drawn in 10 (of 20) in the latter, came towards the far side.
The TurfTrax GoingStick readings today point, against recent history, to low numbers (stands’ side), coming out best if the jockeys stick to their draw. The reading for the stands’ side is 9.3, just fractionally faster than the far side (high numbers) which registers 9.2.

The BlueSquare.com Stewards’ Cup, £100,000, 3.55pm, Saturday, August 4, six furlongs

YEAR/ WINNER/ DRAW OF FIRST FOUR/ GOING/ RAN/STALLS
2006 BORDERLESCOTT 19 26 22 28 Good to Firm 27 low
2005 GIFT HORSE 19 17 20 27 Good to Soft 28 low
2004 PIVOTAL POINT 1 24 28 6 Good to Firm 28 low
2003 PATAVELLIAN 27 29 28 3 Good 29 low
2002 BOND BOY 29 9 22 16 G (G/F patch) 28 low
2001 GUINEA HUNTER 19 30 23 7 G (G/F patch 30 low
2000 TAYSEER 28 24 4 19 G (G/F patch) 30 low
1999 HARMONIC WAY 8 10 28 6 Good to Firm 30 low
1998 SUPERIOR PREMIUM 28 25 29 23 Good 29 low
1997 DANETIME 5 23 30 2 Good to Firm 30 low
1996 COASTAL BLUFF 29 23 28 15 Good to Firm 30 low
1995 SHIKARI’S SON 30 26 10 4 Good to Firm 27 low
1994 FOR THE PRESENT 16 20 30 23 Firm 26 low
1993 KING'S SIGNET 21 6 13 28 G/S (S patch)29 low
1992 LOCHSONG 5 9 13 11 G (G/F patch)30 low
1991 NOTLEY 28 6 21 16 Good 29 low
1990 KNIGHT OF MERCY 18 14 20 25 Good to Firm 30 low
1989 VERY ADJACENT 20 18 11 14 Firm 22 high
1988 ROTHERFIELD GREYS 9 15 10 8 Good to Soft 28 low
1987 MADRACO 12 30 6 7 Good to Firm 30 low
1986 GREEN RUBY 22 10 12 11 Good 24 low
1985 AL TRUI 20 24 21 11 Good to Soft 28 low
1984 PETONG 11 2 7 21 Good to Firm 26 high
1983 AUTUMN SUNSET 10 3 23 7 Good to Firm 23 high
1982 SOBA 1 23 27 3 Good to Firm 30 high
1981 CREWS HILL 21 8 14 24 Good 30 high
1980 REPETITIOUS 29 4 17 6 Good 28 high
1979 STANDAAN 11 1 3 8 Good 16 high
1978 AHONOORA 15 19 16 6 Firm 23 high
1977 CALIBINA 18 22 17 24 Good 24
1976 JIMMY THE SINGER 5 4 7 10 Good 17
1975 IMPORT 8 14 11 18 Firm 21
1974 RED ALERT 16 20 18 2 Good 25
1973 ALPHADAMUS 20 23 1 21 Firm 27
1972 TOUCH PAPER 6 13 7 16 Good 22
1971 APOLLO NINE 19 23 24 6 Good to Soft 26
1970 JUKEBOX 1 2 23 24 Good 24
1969 ROYAL SMOKE 10 14 15 6 Good 15
1968 SKY DIVER 11 9 15 4 Good 18
1967 SKY DIVER 25 29 7 6 Good 31
1966 PATIENT CONSTABLE 8 2 1 6 Good 25


STORY OF THURSDAY’S DRAW

ZIDANE DRAW A COCK-UP’ADMITS FANSHAWE

Trainer James Fanshawe admitted to a “cock-up” after Zidane, ante-post favourite for the Blue Square.com Stewards’ Cup, was allotted the stall no one else wanted.


Trainers or their representatives were informed the draw would take place today at noon, but Fanshawe’s stable were under the misapprehension that it was taking place tomorrow, Friday. When Zidane’s name was drawn out of the hat by master of ceremonies Nick Luck no one was present to represent the trainer or owners, and, after a one minute period of grace, it was announced the horse would be given the final stall left at the draw’s conclusion.


As a result Zidane was left in stall 11 - which last housed the race winner 23 years ago - and was quickly replaced by the Richard Fahey-trained Knot In Wood as favourite by the sponsors. Zidane was eased to 9-1 from 7-1.


Speaking by phone on his way to Goodwood, Fanshawe admitted: “It was a case of a cock-up. We thought the draw was tomorrow - the owners are coming down tomorrow, and the buck stops with me.”

Fanshawe could draw some comfort that Zidane’s name had been the 12th one drawn, when many of the prime high slots had been taken - Mutamared, first out, gained stall 27, while new favourite Knot In Wood is in 23. Stall 19, which has supplied the winner in each of the past two years, was chosen by connections of the Jonathan Geake-trained Ripples Maid, the third name drawn.


Of Zidane, Fanshawe said: “He’s fine. He always seem a bit unfortunate in these handicaps, and he had quite a hard race at Ascot [last month], but he’s fine.”



GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 2007
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FINAL DAY, SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

Race 3 - Blue Square Nassau Stakes (Group 1)

FAWN LOOKS DOWN ON RIVALS

Peeping Fawn, who did not race at two and who failed to score in her first three races, won her third Group One race in little more than a month when landing the Blue Square Nassau Stakes.


The three-year-old daughter of Danehill, recent winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes and Irish Oaks, sauntered clear of her rivals under jockey Johnny Murtagh, and had plenty in hand to hold the late challenge of France’s Mandesha. She scored by one and a half lengths, while Vodafone Oaks winner Light Shift was third, three and a half lengths further back.


Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “She’s a very special filly. She’s progressed with every run, and even progressed from the Irish Oaks. You rarely see that, and she’s getting bigger and stronger. Physically she’s grown into an unbelievable specimen.


“She is a big filly, but everyone at home has done a great job. Every week she has grown up. Everything is open to her, but we never decide until a week after their races.”

Asked why it took her four races to break her duck, O’Brien said: “She was always very good, but it just shows what a bad job I was doing.”

Murtagh said: “Some great fillies have won this race, so there was a bit of pressure on. When walking round at the start you looked around and saw so many good fillies - the older ones like Nannina and Mandesha, and the English Oaks winner [Light Shift] - it was building up to be a good race. There was a good atmosphere down there and everyone was keen to get on with it.


“The race worked out well for me. I didn’t want to be at the two-marker looking for room. She stayed the trip well and pulled me to the front. Coming off the bend they moved out and she really came on the bridle. I moved up to pass Jamie [Spencer on Speciosa] at the three when I expected to get there at two.”

The winner was immediately shortened in price for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Blue Square cut her from 14-1 to 10-1, a price matched by VC Bet, William Hill and Paddy Power, while totesport make her an 8-1 shot.



Race Three - Group One Blue Square Nassau Stakes - Place Quotes

MANDESHA STILL ON COURSE FOR ARC

*BREEDERS’ CUP COULD BE ON LIGHT SHIFT AGENDA*

Mandesha is still firmly on target for a tilt at the Group One Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after chasing home Peeping Fawn in the Group One Blue Square Nassau Stakes.


The Alain-de Royer-Dupre-trained filly, a 7/2 chance, finished a length and a half second to Peeping Fawn in the near 10-furlong showpiece under Christophe Soumillon.


The trainer said: “She ran well - better than her last race at Saint-Cloud. There are no excuses. She prefers good or good to firm ground so the going was perfect. It was the first time she has travelled and her first try at a track like this.


“The Arc has always been her target so she will have a prep race at Longchamp, maybe in the Prix Foy. There is a possibility that she will go to Japan or Hong Kong later in the year.”

Mandesha remains a 14/1 shot for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Paddy Power.


Henry Cecil, trainer of third-placed Light Shift, who was a 3/1 shot, believes the Vodafone Oaks heroine may have been unhappy on the good to firm ground after seeing her come home five lengths behind her old rival Peeping Fawn.

The 10-time champion trainer said: “Last year when she ran on very firm ground she didn’t like it and I think she was just saving herself. Normally she would quicken up but you could see four out that she wasn’t liking the ground.


“She’s very well and I just hoped there wouldn’t be any jar in the ground and that she’d handle it better than the other filly (Peeping Fawn).


“I don’t want to make any excuses. She usually fires and she didn’t today so I think she was saving herself. Once she hit the rising ground she kept on again.


“She’s more likely to go for the Breeders’ Cup than the Arc but we’ll see.”



MORE BLUE SQUARE NASSAU STAKES REACTION


FIFTH, SEVENTH & EIGHTH


John Egan, rider of the fifth Don’t Dili Dali, commented: “She ran very well and was true to the line.”


Richard Hills, rider of the seventh Yaqeen, said: “She wasn’t moving right in the last furlong.”


Jimmy Fortune, the jockey of the eighth Nannina, declared: “That was very disappointing.”

John Gosden, trainer of Nannina, added: “Nannina was nearly knocked over. She was fourth on the inside and got slammed into (just over two furlongs out) and it was very lucky that she didn’t go down.”



GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 2007
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FINAL DAY, SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

Race 1 - bluesquare.com Handicap

SPENCER EXCELS ON SANBUCH

A committed ride by Jamie Spencer enabled Sanbuch to snatch victory in the bluesquare.com Handicap, the opening race on the final day of Glorious Goodwood, 2007.


Sanbuch’s idiosyncrasies meant trainer Luca Cumani had fitted a first-time visor on the three-year-old, but it looked anything but a help as the runners left the stalls - Sanbuch was slowly away and took plenty of stoking from his jockey merely to hang onto the back of the field.


Yet in the home straight Sanbuch responded gamely by coming from last to first and heading Coeur De Lionne in the final strides.


Cumani is at Newmarket racecourse where he has three runners today, but Spencer said: “We went a quick pace, and when I got to the tails of them I knew I’d get there.


“It’s hard to know whether the visor has improved or hindered him - it certainly didn’t help in the first half of the race, which was the idea behind fitting it, but up the hill it’s hard to get into contention from a slow start. I lost early momentum so was on the back foot.


“From three furlongs out I knew we would be involved, and once I got off Ryan Moore’s heels [Moore rode Fourteenth] and pulled out my horse took off.”

Sanbuch carries the colours of Italy-based owners Scuderia Rencati Srl, owners of champion racehorse and now stallion Falbrav.



Race One - bluesquare.com Handicap - Place Quotes

SEEKING THE BUCK EARNS A REST AFTER SNATCHING THIRD

Lambourn trainer Mikael Magnusson hopes he has a nice horse for the future in three-year-old Seeking The Buck, who finished with a storming rattle to take third behind the winner Sanbuch in the bluesquare.com Handicap.


The 12/1 shot, ridden by Chris Catlin, came home a fast-diminishing length and a quarter behind the winner in the 11-furlong contest.

The trainer reported: “I have no immediate plans for him as he has had two races in quick succession, so he needs a break now.


“He’s a nice horse who is still immature and he’ll be better with some juice in the ground.. I know he needs further and I’ve known that for a long time but we thought we’d try to win a race over shorter with him. Unfortunately he just keeps stumbling across well handicapped horses.


“He stayed on really well and we’ll maybe step him up in trip next time.


“He keeps going up the handicap for finishing second and third and he was 5lb higher again here today, so we’ll see what the handicapper does.”


JOCKEYS’ GROUND ASSESSMENT AFTER RACE ONE

Following the running of the first race, the bluesquare.com Handicap, the following jockeys gave their opinion as to the state of the ground:

Ryan Moor, rider of Fourteenth - “Quick”

Hugh Bowman, rider of Noticeable - “Good. It’s perfect ground.”

Luke Morris, rider of Fascinatin Rhythm - “On the quick side.”

Jamie Spencer, rider of Sanbuch - “Good to firm.”

Kerrin McEvoy, rider of Purple Emperor - “It’s faster.”


Race Two - Listed bluesquarepoker.com Thoroughbred Stakes - Win Quotes

DUBAI’S TOUCH BATTLES TO THRILLING VICTORY

Dubai’s Touch is set for a return to Group company after repelling all-comers to register a thrilling victory in the Listed bluesquare.com Thoroughbred Stakes over a mile.


The Mark Johnston-trained three-year-old took up the running three furlongs out and held the renewed late thrust of Traffic Guard to take the spoils by a short-head, with a further head back to Tobosa and a neck to Basaata.


Dubai’s Touch, a 16/1 chance, was running for the second time in a week, having finished ninth to Tariq in the Group Two Betfair Cup over a furlong shorter at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday. That was the Dr Fong colt’s first start since a successful seasonal return at Kempton in March.


The Middleham trainer revealed: “He’d been off a long time with problems that just appeared out of the blue. It took a long time to get him back to the track.


“I managed to persuade the owner to run him twice in a week and luckily I got away with that.


“We knew that he’d need the run but saying that, you never really know if they’ll get over it that quickly. Charlie (his son) rides him at home and he said run him again so the credit goes to him.


“He’s a very good horse and he’s beaten Group horses so he has a Group race in him at least.”

The trainer applauded winning rider Royston Ffrench, who was a late replacement for the injured Joe Fanning, saying: “Royston gave him a great ride - a fantastic ride.”

The winning jockey said: “You have to give credit to the horse. He’s very gutsy.”

Race 2 - bluesquarepoker.com Stakes (Listed)

GUARD THWARTED BY TOUCH

In a finish of bobbing heads that thrilled the crowd, Traffic Guard ran another fine race to take second in the Listed bluesquarepoker.com Stakes, beaten the narrowest margin by winner Dubai’s Touch.


Traffic Guard, the mount of John Egan, is trained by Stan Moore, whose wife, Sarah, said: “He stuck his head out and tried, but we found one too good unfortunately. He may go for a race in Turkey next - I believe it’s a Group 2 race over a mile in September.


“He’s in good form, and while everybody says we’ve been over-facing him I don’t think we have. He just wasn’t right when he went to Ireland, then won very easily last time. Don’t forget he ran some good races in Dubai and was second twice to Asiatic Boy, but he became jarred up on the dirt out there.


“He’s a nice horse and will be better next year when he’s grown into himself.”

Less pleased was William Jarvis, trainer of third-placed Tobosa. The Newmarket handler said: “I was disappointed. He should have picked them up.”


Race 5 - Blue Square Telebet EBF Maiden Stakes


LATIN LAD LIFTS TEMPO WITH 33-1 VICTORY


Richard Hannon’s team were back in the winner’s enclosure after unraced Latin Lad scooted to victory in the Blue Square Telebet Maiden Stakes under Franny Norton.


A son of Hernando, Latin Lad was bought at the yearling sales by agent Peter Doyle for 42,000gns on behalf of a syndicate called Noodles Racing. Their horse won at 33-1 and paid £45.30 on the tote.


Hannon’s son, Richard Jr, said: “He’s a nice horse, but we didn’t scream him from the rooftops because he needed a bit of time and he wants a trip. He’ll get better and better.


“He wasn’t fully wound up, but he’s won well, and we deserved it because we’ve had no end of seconds this week.”

Faith Hallett, who runs Noodles Racing, said: “The syndicate has been running about ten years, there are 14 shares with about 16 shareholders. We’ve got two horses, this one and Kyle, who was unplaced here on Thursday [in the De Boer Stakes].


“This is pretty good - we were really pleased with him, because Richard said we could be happy if he finished sixth or seventh.”


Race Five - Blue Square Telebet EBF Maiden Stakes - Place Quotes

O’BRIEN DELIGHTED WITH “GREEN” BELGRAVE SQUARE

Aidan O’Brien was pleased with the performance of Belgrave Square after the Hennessey colt came home strongly to finish a neck second to Latin Lad in the seven-furlong Blue Square Telebet EBF Maiden Stakes.


The Ballydoyle handler said of the 6/1 shot: “We’re delighted with him. He was green first time out and he was a little bit green again today so he’s learning all the time.


“There are no plans at the moment. We have plenty of time with him.”

The Mark Johnston-trained Missioner was sent off the 11/4 favourite on the basis of his promising debut third at Ascot on July 27, and ran another good race to fill the same position here, a further three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up.

The Middleham trainer said: “He’s run a decent race. If anything I’m disappointed he was slow to stride.

“He was very quickly away at Ascot last time and we considered coming back to six furlongs but it couldn’t have been more different today.


“There are no immediate plans. He’s got to win his maiden first.”



Race Six - bluesquarepoker.com Nursery - Win Quotes

NICHOLLS KEEPS THE BOSS HAPPY WITH WINNING RIDE

Adrian Nicholls made it two wins at Glorious Goodwood this week when partnering Fol Hollow to victory in the six-furlong bluesquarepoker.com Nursery.


The rider scored aboard Fremen in Tuesday’s concluding race, the TurfTV Handicap, for his father and boss Dandy Nicholls and Fol Hollow’s win continued a good week for the Thirsk yard, which has enjoyed three successes at the meeting.


The winning jockey said: “I’m delighted. It has been a good week and it’ll keep the boss happy.”

Fol Hollow, a 20/1 shot, made virtually all before holding off the strong challenge of the Mark Johnston-trained Atabaas Pride for a head triumph.

Nicholls revealed: “I’ve made the running on him before but that wasn’t the plan today. He’s very game and showed a lot of pace.


“I was worried when the Johnston horse came to me because we all know how tough they are, but he has battled on really well and kept going through the last furlong. We went a good gallop and he’s shown he’s very brave.


“He likes this ground and he’s progressing with every run.”

WHIP BANS FOR FFRENCH AND QUINN

The stewards found Royston Ffrench and Richard Quinn guilty of improper riding following the bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup.

Ffrench, rider of runner-up Borderlescott, was suspended for one day (Wednesday, August 15), for using the whip with excessive frequency.


Quinn, who was fourth aboard That’s Hot, was suspended for four days (Wednesday, August 15 to Saturday, August 18) for excessive use of the whip without giving his horse time to respond.



Race Seven - bluesquarecasino.com Apprentice Handicap - Win Quotes

MITCHELL ACES IT IN THE LAST

Jack Mitchell enjoyed his first Glorious Goodwood victory with a polished ride aboard Ace Of Hearts in the meeting’s concluding race, the nine-furlong bluesquarecasino.com Apprentice Handicap.


Mitchell, the 18-year-old son of Epsom trainer Philip Mitchell, was always prominent aboard Ace Of Hearts and kicked for home at the top of the straight.


The Chris Wall-trained eight-year-old drifted towards the stands when clear but his young rider soon had him back on an even keel after adeptly pulling his whip through to his left hand and driving his mount to the line for a length and a quarter success over Pagan Sword.


Mitchell said: “The plan was to drop him in but there was no pace on so I took it up. He was just idling a bit in front down the straight but once I’d straightened him up he ran on well.


“It’s brilliant to ride a winner at this meeting.”

Wall, who broke an 18-year Glorious Goodwood drought when saddling Wake Up Maggie to success in Friday’s Group Three Oak Tree Stakes, didn’t have to wait long for a follow-up, as Ace Of Hearts rewarded his supporters at odds of 8/1.


The trainer said: “It wasn’t the plan to make the running but there was no pace on and Jack gave him a good ride.


“It’s good to get the old boy back to winning ways and the Shergar Cup Mile beckons next Saturday, without a penalty.”





KNOT TIGHTENS IN BLUE SQUARE BOOK


Knot In Wood, favourite for the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup, has tightened in the sponsor’s betting on the race.


Blue Square spokesperson Kate Miller reports further support for the Richard Fahey-trained five-year-old, who was promoted to the head of the market on Thursday when gaining a favourable draw. Knot In Wood was cut to 7-1 from 8-1 by Blue Square this morning, but the horse he replaced as favourite, Zidane, has also been in demand and was shortened to 15-2 from 9-1.


Zidane was given the last available stall in Thursday’s draw for the six-furlongs contest, but box 11 may not be as bad as initially thought. A number of winners this week have raced in the middle of the track, and it will be fascinating to see which route jockeys take when the stalls open at 3.55pm.


The sponsor has also been forced to reduce the odds about last year’s winner Borderlescott (12-1 from 14-1) and Fantasy Believer (12-1 from 16-1) in the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup.


Nannina was on the move in betting on the Blue Square Nassau Stakes (3.20) - John Gosden’s filly is now 5-1 from 6-1 - while in the opening event, the Bluesquare.com Stakes (2.10), there has been contraction in the price of Fourteenth (100-30 from 4-1), Fongs Gazelle (6-1 from 8-1) and Purple Emperor (7-1 from 15-2).


Godolphin’s glorious day on Wednesday - the stable won the BGC Sussex Stakes and Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes with Ramonti and Rio De La Playa respectivley - could be given a Saturday sparkle if the money is correct about Craigstown in the Blue Square Telebet EBF Maiden Stakes (4.30). Early money for an unraced horse is often significant, and as Miller says: “Punters seem to think the stable has hit form and should be followed.” Craigstown, the mount of Kerrin McEvoy, is now 12-1 from 16-1.


Completing Blue Square’s Saturday morning movers is Flawed Genius, now 4-1 from 9-2 for victory in the Bluesquarepoker.com Nursery Stakes (5.05).



ANOTHER FANTASTIC FOUR FOR MOORE?

Champion jockey Ryan Moore was the punters’ pal at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday when riding a stunning 1,979/1 four-timer and the man of the moment has a great chance to extend his rich vein of form with four rides today.


The local lad, with five winners at Goodwood this week, is almost home and hosed in the race to be Turftrax leading rider at the meeting. His 425 points put him a distance clear of his nearest challengers Johnny Murtagh (202.5 points), Richard Hughes (195) and Jamie Spencer (192).

Moore, 23, kicks off the afternoon in the opening bluesquare.com Handicap (2.10pm) aboard the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Fourteenth, who is currently the 100/30 market leader with sponsors Blue Square.


Moore’s intended mount Caldra is a non-runner in the bluesquarepoker.com Thoroughbred Stakes and he has no ride in the Group One Blue Square Nassau Stakes or the concluding apprentice handicap, for which he is ineligible, but the rider could yet carry off one of the day’s big prizes as he partners the Gay Kelleway-trained Protector who holds strong claims in the bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup (3.55pm).


Protector, a smart performer in South Africa and Dubai, hacked up in the totescoop6 Northern Sprint at Newcastle in June and confirmed his well-being at Hamilton last time when runner-up to Knot In Wood in the John Smith’s Scottish Stewards’ Cup. The sponsors make Moore’s mount a 16/1 chance.


The Brighton-born champion teams up with his boss Richard Hannon aboard Palmerin in race five, the Blue Square Telebet EBF Maiden Stakes (4.30pm) for two-year-olds.


Blue Square rate the Oasis Dream colt at 25/1 but the Moore factor and Hannon’s record with first-time out two-year-olds could see the odds shorten for the nicely-bred debutant.


Three of Moore’s winners at Glorious Goodwood this week have come aboard horses trained by Sir Michael Stoute, and the pair team up for a final time this week in race six, the bluesquarepoker.com Nursery (5.05pm), with Flawed Genius.


Moore piloted the twice-raced colt to victory over seven furlongs at Salisbury last time and
the son of Fasliyev, Blue Square’s 4/1 joint favourite along with Ten Meropa, could provide his rider with the perfect end to a fantastic week.



BETTING NEWS - SUPPORT CONTINUES FOR STEWARDS’ CUP FAVOURITE KNOT IN WOOD

The bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup (3.55pm) is one of the hottest betting heats of the year and as expected there has been a flurry of activity this morning.


Paddy Power make Knot In Wood 7/1 favourite from 8/1, as do William Hill and Ladbrokes, while long-time antepost favourite Zidane, a drifter when left with the worst of the draw, has been supported into 15/2 from 9/1 with William Hill. Paddy Power offer 15/2 from 8/1, while Ladbrokes and VC Bet each go 8/1 from 9/1 about James Fanshawe’s charge after the gelding was tipped by Pricewise in today’s Racing Post.

There has been interest in the Paul Cole-trained Bentong, who was not disgraced over a furlong further at Newmarket last time. VC Bet, Stan James, Paddy Power and Sky Bet have all cut the four-year-old to 33/1 from 50/1, while William Hill now offer 22/1 from 50/1. Stan James have shortened top-weight Balthazaar’s Gift to 8/1 from 10/1.

Paddy Power and Stan James report support for Advanced, who is now 33/1 with both firms from 40/1 and 50/1 respectively.

VC Bet’s biggest mover of the day so far is the Dandy Nicholls-trained Machinist who is now 12/1 from 14/1, while the same firm now go 20/1 from 25/1 Mastership.


The drying ground has seen support for Nannina in the Group One Blue Square Nassau Stakes (3.20pm) with VC Bet shortening John Gosden’s filly to 5/1 from 11/2 and Stan James going 9/2 from 11/2. The latter make Light Shift a 3/1 shot from 100/30, while also pushing Mandesha out to 3/1 from 11/4.

Ryan Moore’s mount in the opener (2.10pm), Fourteenth, has been backed into 100/30 from 4/1 with William Hill. The same firm have also shortened Wednesday’s winner Fongs Gazelle into 7/1 from 9/1, while Stan James report money for the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Soft Morning, who is now 7/1 from 12/1.


In the same race, Ladbrokes have shortened Purple Emperor to 7/1 from 8/1 and Coeur De Lionne to 9/1 from 10/1.


In race two, the bluesquarepoker.com Thoroughbred Stakes (2.45pm), Ladbrokes report a weight of money for Tybalt, who they make 5/1 from 13/2, while Stan James have shortened the same horse to 11/2 from 13/2 and Sky Bet go 5/1 from 6/1. VC Bet have tightened Rahiyah into 11/4 from 100/30.


There has been money for Cool Judgement in the Blue Square Telebet EBF Maiden (4.30pm) with Stan James shortening the Michael Jarvis-trained colt’s odds to 5/1 from 6/1. The same firm go 6/1 from 7/1 about Atabaa’s Pride in race six (5.05pm) and have shortened Fort Churchill into 5/1 from 6/1 in the concluding bluesquarecasino.com Apprentice Handicap (5.40pm).



GOING FOR FINAL DAY

Following a dry night, the going is now:

GOOD TO FIRM
(from good to firm, good in places)

Seamus Buckley, Clerk of the Course at Goodwood, reported this morning: “Following a dry night, the going is now good to firm all over.


“There is still plenty of moisture in the ground.


“The GoingStick reading is now 9.2 (from 9.0 yesterday) which is indicative of the drying conditions.


“The temporary rail has been removed from the top bend, providing two furlongs of fresh ground for the Blue Square Nassau Stakes today.


“I am delighted with the condition of the course after four days of competitive racing.

“The course has ridden extremely well all week without any complaints from trainers and jockeys.


“It is hard to believe that seven days ago I was calling the ground soft.”



GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 2007
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
FINAL DAY, SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

FIRST RACE RESULT

2.10pm bluesquare.com HANDICAP
Class 3, £18,000 guaranteed. For 3yo rated 0-90, 1m 3f. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb; minimum weigt 8st 2lb. Penalties: after July 28, each race won 6lb. Penalty values: 1st: £11,217.60; 2nd: £3,358.80; 3rd: £1,679.40; 4th: £840.60; 5th: £419.40; 6th: £219.60

1) SANBUCH (Scuderia Rencati Srl) Luca Cumani v1 3-9-04 Jamie Spencer [10] 7/1
2) COEUR DE LIONNE (Mountgrange Stud) Roger Charlton 3-9-00 Dane O'Neill [8] 10/1
3) SEEKING THE BUCK (Eastwind Racing Ltd & Martha Trussell) Mikael Magnusson t3-8-09 Chris Catlin [12] 12/1
4) FONGS GAZELLE (Around The World Partnership) Mark Johnston 3-9-00 Richard Hills [16]
5) PURPLE EMPEROR (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor t3-9-07 Kerrin McEvoy [4] 5/1 Jt Fav
6) NUR TAU (Nurlan Bizakov) Marcus Tregoning 3-8-10 Martin Dwyer [7]
7) GUISEPPE VERDI (H R H Princess Haya Of Jordan) John Gosden 3-9-04 Jimmy Fortune [11]
8) ZOOM ONE (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 3-8-13 Jose De Souza [2]
9) ASCALON (Pat Eddery, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Pat Eddery 3-9-04 Johnny Murtagh [5]
10) FOURTEENTH (Khalid Abdulla) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-13 Ryan Moore [14] 5/1 Jt Fav
11) SOFT MORNING (Kirsten Rausing) Sir Mark Prescot 3-9-03 Seb Sanders [6]
12) NOTICEABLE (Tareq Al-Mazeedi) Mick Channon 3-8-13 Hugh Bowman [1]
13) HAPPY GO LILY (Donal Cunningham) Walter Swinburn 3-9-04 Adam Kirby [15]
14) FASCINATIN RHYTHM (Bill Harrison-Allan) Vince Smith 3-8-05 Luke Morris (5) [3]

14 ran Non-Runners: Black Rock (Going), Pippa Greene (Vet’s Certificate)
Time: 2m 23.53s Distances: .5, .75, .5, .75, 1.5, .5, .5, 2, 1.5, hd, .75, 3, 10
Breeder: The Lavington Stud Breeding: b c Tobougg (IRE) - Monte Calvo (Shirley Heights)
Tote Win: £9.30 Places: £3.10; £3.50; £4.00 Exacta: £94.90

Winning trainer:-Name: Cumani, Luca Matteo Date of birth: 7/4/49; Date of first licence: 1976; First winner: Three Legs, Duke Of York Stakes, York, May 13, 1976 Previous Occupation: Jockey in Italy, France and Britain with 84 winners - assistant to Sergio Cumani and Henry Cecil; Classic wins: (3) Vodafone Derby (1988 Kahyasi, 1998 High-Rise), St Leger (1984 Commanche Run) Other major wins include: Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Challenge Stakes (2005 Le Vie Dei Colori), Eclipse-Stakes (2003 Falbrav), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2005 Alkaased), Gran Premio di Milano (2000 Endless Hall), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1990 Ensconse, 2002 Gossamer), Irish Derby (1988 Kahyasi), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1993 Barathea), Italian Oaks (1998 Zomaradah), Japan Cup (2003 Falbrav, 2005 Alkaased), Juddmonte International Stakes (1985 Commanche Run, 1998 One So Wonderful, 2003 Falbrav), Lonsdale Stakes (2002 Boreas), Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2001 Gossamer), Prix d’Ispahan (2003 Falbrav), Prix du Moulin (2005 Starcraft), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 2003 Falbrav, 2005 Starcraft), Singapore Airlines International Cup (2001 Endless Hall), St James’s Palace Stakes (1985 Bairn, 1987 Half a Year), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set), Yorkshire Oaks (1993 & 1994 Only Royale) Wins in a season (1984-2006): 50; 60; 67; 83; 73; 88; 109; 72; 54; 39; 47; 39; 62; 66; 54; 34; 29; 25; 24; 57; 42; 38; 39 Horses in training (1985-2007): 100; 112; 119; 151; 165; 187; 150; 132; 121; 96; 103; 124; 139; 152; 135; 100; 83; 84; 103; 102; 103; 120; 112 Wins in 2007: 26 Royal Ascot wins: 10 First Royal Ascot winner: Sunny Spring (June 18, 1976 - Windsor Castle Stakes) Major Royal Ascot wins: St James’s Palace Stakes (1985 Bairn, 1987 Half A Year), Queen Anne Stakes (1987 Then Again, 1990 Markofdistinction, 1994 Barathea). Trains at Bedford House Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk First Goodwood winner: Kilroy Hawk (Bain Dawes Maiden Stakes, Sept 16, 1978) Total Goodwood wins: 76 (32 at Festival Meeting)

Winning jockey:-Name: Spencer, James (Jamie) Peter Date of Birth: 08/06/1980 British Classic Wins: St Leger (2003 Brian Boru) Achievements: Champion Jockey in 2005 with 162 wins that Turf season. First jockey since 1885 to complete the Autumn Double (2006 Formal Decree and Detroit City) Major wins include: Cambridgeshire (2006 Formal Decree), Cesarewitch (2006 Detroit City), Champion Stakes (2005 David Junior), Dubai Duty Free (2006 David Junior), Eclipse Stakes (2006 David Junior), Falmouth Stakes (2003 Macadamia), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer), Jockey Club Stakes (2002 Marienbard), Lockinge Stakes (2007 Red Evie), Matron Stakes (Red Evie), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah), Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Prix de l’Abbaye (2006 Desert Lord), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2004 Powerscourt), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2002 Pizarro), William Hill Sprint Cup (2005 Goodricke), totesport Cambridgeshire (2006 Formal Decree) Wins in Britain (1998-2006): 3, 8, 78, 112, 86, 102, 27, 180* (*Champion Jockey), 155 Other details: Champion apprentice in Ireland 1999. Stable jockey to Aidan O’Brien in 2004, now freelance in Britain Wins in Britain in 2007: 114 Royal Ascot wins: (13) St James’s Palace Stakes (2007 Excellent Art), Coventry Stakes (2001 Landseer), Britannia Handicap (2003 New Seeker), Queen Mary Stakes (2004 Damson), Hampton Court Stakes (2004 Moscow Ballet), King Edward VII Stakes (2004 Five Dynasties), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga, 2007 Nijoom Dubai), Windsor Forest Stakes (2006 Soviet Song), Royal Hunt Cup (2006 Cesare), Sandringham Handicap (2006 Red Evie), Britannia Handicap (2006 Sir Gerard), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2007 Enjoy The Moment) First Goodwood win: Rizerie (Celer et Audax Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, June 30, 2000) Goodwood wins: 29 (6 at Festival Meeting)


SECOND RACE RESULT

2.45pm bluesquarepoker.com THOROUGHBRED STAKES
Class 1, Listed Race, £30,000 guaranteed. For 3yo which have not won a Group One or Group Two Pattern race, 1m. Weights: colts & geldings 9st; fillies 8st 9lb. Penalties: in 2007, a winner of a Listed race 4lb; of a Group Three race 7lb. Penalty values: 1st: £17,034; 2nd: £6,456; 3rd: £3,231; 4th: £1,611; 5th: £807; 6th: £405

1) DUBAI'S TOUCH (Salem Suhail) Mark Johnston 3-9-04 Royston Ffrench [7] 16/1
2) TRAFFIC GUARD (Fitri Hay) Stan Moore 3-9-00 John Egan [10] 9/1
3) TOBOSA (Collins, Randall, Rich & Turnbull) William Jarvis 3-9-00 Michael Hills [2] 7/2 Jt Fav
4) BASAATA (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 3-8-09 Richard Hills [6]
5) RAHIYAH (H E Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed) Jeremy Noseda 3-8-09 Ted Durcan [4]
6) ITALIAN GIRL (Michael Tabor) Alan Jarvis 3-8-09 Johnny Murtagh [1]
7) TYBALT (Stonerside Stables Llc) John Gosden 3-9-00 Jimmy Fortune [9] 7/2 Jt Fav
8) RALLYING CRY (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Kerrin McEvoy [5]
9) EDDIE JOCK (Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum) Michael Bell 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer [11]

9 ran Non-Runners: Caldra (Going), Teslin (Vet’s Certificate)
Time: 1m 37.20s Distances: sh, hd, nk, .75, 1, sh, 13, 1
Breeder: Nancy Ralphs Breeding: b c Dr Fong (USA) - Noble Peregrine (Lomond (USA))
Tote Win: £15.90 Places: £3.50; £3.00; £1.90 Exacta: £197.90

Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born: Glasgow, 10/9/59 Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practiced as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA Classic wins: (2) 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Other major wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001, 2002 Royal Rebel), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2003 Attraction), Chester Vase (2002 Fight Your Corner), Classic Trial (2002 Simeon), Cornwallis Stakes (1994 Millstream), Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Dewhurst Stakes (2004 Shamardal), Doncaster Cup (1995,1996 & 1998 Double Trigger), Dubai Turf Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Futurity Stakes (1994 Jural), Gordon Stakes (2002 Bandari), Gran Criterium (2006 Kirklees), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits of Love), Harvest Stakes (2002 Love Everlasting), Lady O Goodwood Cup (1995, 1997 & 1998 Double Trigger, 2000 Royal Rebel, 2004 Darasim), Lingfield Derby Trial (2002 Bandari), Ormonde Stakes (2004 Systematic), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Fruits Of Love, 2004 Bandari, 2006 Soapy Danger), Princess Margaret Stakes (1992 Marina Park), Royal Lodge Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys), Sagaro Stakes (1995 & 1996 Double Trigger), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D'Inde), Veuve Cliquot Vintage Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys, 2004 Shamardal) Wins in a season (1987-2006): 1: 5: 15: 28: 31: 53: 77: 117: 114: 116: 123: 100: 113: 130: 116: 134 (most victories in Britain): 139: 119 (most victories in Britain):141:158 Wins in 2007: 87 Number of horses in training (1987-2007): n/a: 17: 18: 35: 35: 39: 49: 72: 120: 117: 120: 130: 147: 152: 159: 178: 178: n/a: n/a: n/a; n/a Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Royal Ascot wins (28): Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel), King George V Handicap (1995 Diaghilef, 2002 Systematic, 2003 Fantastic Love, 2006 Linas Selection), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D’Inde), Britannia Handicap (1997 Fly To The Stars), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits Of Love, 2002 Zindabad, 2005 Bandari), Chesham Stakes (2000 Celtic Silence, 2002 Helm Bank, 2003 Pearl Of Love), Queen’s Vase (2001 And Beyond, 2003 Shanty Star, 2005 Melrose Avenue, 2006 Soapy Danger), Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (2001 Takamaka Bay), Queen Mary Stakes (2003 Attraction), Norfolk Stakes (2003 Russian Valour), Ascot Stakes (2004 Double Obsession), Coronation Stakes (2004 Attraction), Wolferton Handicap (2006 I’m So Lucky), Hampton Court Stakes (2007 Zaham), King Edward VII Stakes (2007 Boscobel) Goodwood winners: 57 (41 at July Meeting)

Winning jockey:- Name: Ffrench, Royston Born: September 5, 1975 Based: Richmond, North Yorks Apprenticeship: British Racing School and with Luca Cumani Details: Rides in Dubai during the winter First winner: Haya Ya Kefaah, Doncaster, March 21, 1996 Major wins: St Simon Stakes (1997 Kaliana), Cesarewitch (1996 Inchcailloch), Coral Sprint Trophy (2006 Borderlescott), Sky Bet Dash (2006 Wyatt Earp), Vodafone Stewards’ Cup (2006 Borderlescott) Wins 2001-2006: 20; 27; 49; 45; 50; 63 Wins in 2007: 34 Royal Ascot Wins (1): Chesham Stakes (2007 Maze) First Goodwood winner: Ivory’s Joy (Findon Stakes, June 27, 1997) Goodwood wins: 12 (6 at July Meeting)



THIRD RACE RESULT

3.20pm BLUE SQUARE NASSAU STAKES
Class 1, Group One, £200,000 guaranteed. For 3yo+ fillies & mares, 1m 1f 192yds. Weights: 3yo 8st 10lb; 4yo+ 9st 5lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 9lb. Penalty values: 1st: £113,560; 2nd: £43,040; 3rd: £21,540; 4th: £10,740; 5th: £5,380; 6th: £2,700

1) PEEPING FAWN (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-8-10 Johnny Murtagh [8] 2/1 Fav
2) MANDESHA (Princess Zahra Aga Khan) Alain de Royer-Dupre FR 4-9-05 Christophe Soumillon [7] 7/2
3) LIGHT SHIFT (Niarchos Family) Henry Cecil 3-8-10 Ted Durcan [3] 3/1
4) SWEET LILLY (Jaber Abdullah) Mick Channon 3-8-10 Hugh Bowman [5]
5) DONT DILI DALI (Peter Webb & Peter Lay) Stan Moore p4-9-05 John Egan [4]
6) SPECIOSA (Michael Sly, Dr Tom Davies, Pam Sly) Pam Sly 4-9-05 Jamie Spencer [1]
7) YAQEEN (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 3-8-10 Richard Hills [2]
8) NANNINA (Cheveley Park Stud) John Gosden 3-9-05 Jimmy Fortune [6]

8 ran
Time: 2m 04.53s Distances: 1.5, 3.5, .5, 2.5, nk, 1.25, 10
Breeder: Barnett Enterprises Breeding: b f Danehill (USA) - Maryinsky (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
Tote Win: £3.10 Places: £1.30; £1.10; £1.60 Exacta: £10.10

Winning trainer:-Name: Aidan O’Brien Date of birth: 16/10/69 Previous occupation: Assistant trainer to Jim Bolger and Anne-Marie Crowley O’Brien Date of first licence: 1993 British Classic wins: (10) Vodafone Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral), 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington), 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters),Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova), St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion) Irish Classic Wins: (13) Irish 2,000 Guineas (1997 Desert King, 1999 Saffron Walden, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1997 Classic Park, 2001 Imagine, 2003 Yesterday), Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune), Irish Oaks (2006 Alexandrova) Other major wins include: Vodafone Coronation Cup (2005 Yeats, 2007 Scorpion), Coventry Stakes (1997 Harbour Master), Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2001 Ballingary, 2002 Alberto Giacometti), Dante Stakes (1998 Saratoga Springs), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibraltar), Dee Stakes (2005 Gypsy King), Eclipse Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer, 2006 Aussie Rules, Astronomer Royal), French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), Futurity Stakes (2002 Van Nistelrooy), Irish Champion Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2003 High Chaparral), Juddmonte International Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah, 2001 Quarter Moon, 2003 Necklace), National Stakes (1996 Desert King; 1997 King Of Kings, 2000 Beckett, 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat), Nunthorpe Stakes (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), Phoenix Stakes (1998 Lavery, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg, 2002 Spartacus, 2003 One Cool Cat, 2005 George Washington, 2006 Holy Roman Emperor), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere/Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire, 1999 Ciro, 2001 Rock Of Gibralter, 2002 Hold That Tiger, 2004 Oratorio, 2006 Holy Roman Emperor), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2001 Johanesburg), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2006 George Washington), Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs, 1999 Aristotle, 2001 High Chaparral, 2002 Brian Boru), Royal Lodge Stakes (2006 Admiralofthefleet), Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2003 Black Sam Bellamy), Yorkshire Oaks (2006 Alexandrova), Blue Square Nassau Stakes (2007 Peeping Fawn) Wins in Britain 2000-2006: 10; 20 (champion trainer for win and place prize money); 10 (champion trainer for win and place prize money); 6; 4; 20; 11 Wins in 2007 (In Britain): 13 First Goodwood Winner: Orpen, EBF Richard Baerlein Maiden, August 1, 1998 Total Goodwood Wins: 8 (7 at Festival meeting)

Winning jockey:-Name: Murtagh, John Patrick Based: Moattown, Kildalkey, Co Meath and Newmarket Born: May 14, 1970 First Winner: Chicago Style, Limerick, July 6, 1987 British Classic Wins (4): Vodafone Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2002 High Chaparral, 2005 Motivator), 2000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar) Big Race Wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1999 Enzeli, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel); Beverly D Stakes (1996 Timarida), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Darley July Cup (2004 Frizzante), Dubai Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Falmouth Stakes (2004 & 2005 Soviet Song), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (2000 Greek Dance), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla, 1998 Winona, 2000 Petrushka), Irish Champion Stakes (1996 Timarida), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2001 Black Minnaloushe), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2003 Alamshar), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1998 Edabiya), National Stakes (1993 Manntari, 1999 Sinndar), Prix de l’Abbaye (2000 Namid), Prix de l’Opera (1995 Timarida, 2000 Petrushka), Prix Niel (2000 Sinndar), Prix du Moulin (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2000 Sinndar), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Sussex Stakes (2004 Soviet Song), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2007 Notnowcato), Yorkshire Oaks (1996 Key Change, 2000 Petrushka); Diadem Stakes (1998 Bianconi, 2001 Nice One Clare, 2005 Baron’s Pit), Blue Square Nassau Stakes (2007 Peeping Fawn) Other details: Champion Irish apprentice in 1989, champion jockey in Ireland 1995 and 1998, has also been champion in Dubai Wins in Britain 1999-2006: 9; 17; 10; 15; 12; 77; 48; 0 Wins in Britain 2007: 11 First Goodwood Winner: No Excuse Needed (Champagne Victor Vintage Stakes, August 2, 2000) Total Goodwood Wins: 14 (8 at July Meeting)


FOURTH RACE RESULT
3.55pm bluesquare.com STEWARDS’ CUP
Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £100,000 guaranteed. For 3yo+, 6f. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after June 30 a winner 3lb; a winner of 2 races 5lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 4lb. Penalty values: 1st: £62,320; 2nd: £18,660; 3rd: £9,330; 4th: £4,670; 5th: £2,330; 6th: £1,170

1) ZIDANE (Jan & Peter Hopper) James Fanshawe 5-9-01 Jamie Spencer [11] 6/1 Fav
2) BORDERLESCOTT (Border Rail & Plant Limited) Robin Bastiman 5-9-09 Royston Ffrench [7] 12/1
3) KNOT IN WOOD (Rhodes, Kenyon & Gill) Richard Fahey 5-8-13 Paul Hanagan [25] 7/1
4) THAT'S HOT (John Burke) Ger Lyons IRE 4-9-03 Richard Quinn [13] 33/1
5) BEAVER PATROL (G C Stevens) Eve Johnson Houghton b1 5-8-10 Richard Hills [6]
6) BALTHAZAAR'S GIFT (Ryder Racing Ltd) Luca Cumani 4-9-13 Kerrin McEvoy [26]
7) FAYR JAG (Jonathan Gill) Tim Easterby 8-9-04 David Allan [12]
8) FANTASY BELIEVER (The Fantasy Fellowship B) John Quinn 9-8-11 Jimmy Fortune [14]
9) PROTECTOR (Joshua Snellings) Gay Kelleway 6-9-04 Ryan Moore [4]
10) INTREPID JACK (Michael Lynch) Hughie Morrison 5-9-05 John Egan [5]
11) GRANTLEY ADAMS (Mrs T G Trant) Michael Channon 4-9-05 Hugh Bowman [10]
12) SOMETHING (John Humphreys) Terry Mills 5-9-05 Johnny Murtagh [3]
13) MACHINIST (Berry & Gould Partnership) David Nicholls 7-8-12 Silvestre De Sousa [16]
14) BENTONG (H R H Sultan Ahmad Shah) Paul Cole t4-8-12 Tolley Dean (5) [8]
15) BECKERMET (Great Head House Taylor Nash Edwards) Roger Fisher 5-9-07 Martin Dwyer [9]
16) ADVANCED (T Doherty & McHeen) Kevin Ryan 4-9-10 Ted Durcan [17]
17) MUTAMARED (Errigal Racing) Kevin Ryan 7-9-02 Neil Callan [27]
18) VIKING SPIRIT (The Masterminds) Walter Swinburn 5-8-12 Adam Kirby [22]
19) THE TATLING (Dab Hand Racing) Milton Bradley 10-9-01 Francis Norton [21]
20) BARON'S PIT (A M Pickering) Ed Vaughan b7-9-02 Dane O'Neill [18]
21) OUT AFTER DARK (The Night Owls) Clive Cox p6-8-05 Luke Morris (5) [24]
22) KOSTAR (Mrs P Scott-Dunn & Mrs F J Ryan) Clive Cox 6-9-01 Philip Robinson [15]
23) KING ORCHISIOS (Mr & Mrs Julian & Rosie Richer) Kevin Ryan p4-9-03 Jamie Moriarty (3) [2]
24) MASTERSHIP (Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum) Clive Brittain b3-8-11 Seb Sanders [1]
25) QADAR (Nigel Shields) Nick Littmoden b5-8-13 Ian Mongan [20]
26) RIPPLES MAID (Rex & David Mead) Jonathan Geake 4-8-12 Travis Block (3) [19]
27) BOND CITY (Reg Bond) Geoff Oldroyd 5-9-04 Chris Catlin [23]

27 ran Non-Runner: Excusez Moi (withdrawn not under starter’s orders)
Time: 1m 10.50s Distances: sh, .5, hd, .5, sh, 1.5, sh, sh, nk, nk, .5, sh, nk, hd, sh, .5, nk, sh, nk, hd, nk, .75, sh, sh, sh, 1.5
Breeder: Jan Hopper & Mrs E M Grundy Breeding: b g Danzero - Juliet Bravo (Glow (USA))
Tote Win: £8.30 Places: £3.10; £3.60; £2.60; £5.00 Exacta: £133.30

Winning trainer:-Name: Fanshawe, James Robert Date of birth:6/8/62. Date of first licence:1990 First winner: Black Sapphire, Salisbury, May 8, 1990 Previous Occupation: Assistant to Michael Stoute and David Nicholson. Wins in a season (1990-2006): 18; 22; 28; 34; 24; 29; 22; 23; 52; 46; 40; 38; 58; 46; 44; 43; 46 Number of horses in training (1990-2007): 32; 51; 78; 71; 82; 76; 62; 59; 58; 65; 98; 87; 84; 110; 106; 105; 103; 101 Wins in 2007: 21 Major wins include: Eclipse Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Dante Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Prix Kergorlay (1998 Arctic Owl), Jockey Club Stakes (1998 Arctic Owl), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Bonusprint Stakes (1999 Arctic Owl), Irish St Leger (2000 Arctic Owl), Fillies’ Mile (2002 Soviet Song), Royal Hunt Cup (2003 Macadamia), Falmouth Stakes (2003 Macadamia, 2004 & 2005 Soviet Song), Darley July Cup (2004 Frizzante), Sussex Stakes (2004 Soviet Song), Blue Square Stewards’ Cup (2007 Zidane) Trains at Pegasus Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Other details: National Hunt successes include Champion Hurdle (1992 Royal Gait and 2002 Hors La Loi III) Royal Ascot Wins (6): Royal Hunt Cup (2003 Macadamia, 2006 Cesare), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2004 Unscrupulous), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2005 Cruzspiel), Windsor Forest Stakes (2006 Soviet Song), Britannia Handicap (2006 Sir Gerard) First Goodwood winner: Stylish Senor (July 30, 1991 - Gordon Stakes) Goodwood wins: 27 (7 at July Meeting).


Winning jockey:-Name: Spencer, James (Jamie) Peter Date of Birth: 08/06/1980 British Classic Wins: St Leger (2003 Brian Boru) Achievements: Champion Jockey in 2005 with 162 wins that Turf season. First jockey since 1885 to complete the Autumn Double (2006 Formal Decree and Detroit City) Major wins include: Cambridgeshire (2006 Formal Decree), Cesarewitch (2006 Detroit City), Champion Stakes (2005 David Junior), Dubai Duty Free (2006 David Junior), Eclipse Stakes (2006 David Junior), Falmouth Stakes (2003 Macadamia), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer), Jockey Club Stakes (2002 Marienbard), Lockinge Stakes (2007 Red Evie), Matron Stakes (Red Evie), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah), Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Prix de l’Abbaye (2006 Desert Lord), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2004 Powerscourt), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2002 Pizarro), William Hill Sprint Cup (2005 Goodricke), totesport Cambridgeshire (2006 Formal Decree), Blue Square Stewards’ Cup (2001 Guinea Hunter, 2007 Zidane) Wins in Britain (1998-2006): 3, 8, 78, 112, 86, 102, 27, 180* (*Champion Jockey), 155 Other details: Champion apprentice in Ireland 1999. Stable jockey to Aidan O’Brien in 2004, now freelance in Britain Wins in Britain in 2007: 115 Royal Ascot wins: (13) St James’s Palace Stakes (2007 Excellent Art), Coventry Stakes (2001 Landseer), Britannia Handicap (2003 New Seeker), Queen Mary Stakes (2004 Damson), Hampton Court Stakes (2004 Moscow Ballet), King Edward VII Stakes (2004 Five Dynasties), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga, 2007 Nijoom Dubai), Windsor Forest Stakes (2006 Soviet Song), Royal Hunt Cup (2006 Cesare), Sandringham Handicap (2006 Red Evie), Britannia Handicap (2006 Sir Gerard), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2007 Enjoy The Moment) First Goodwood win: Rizerie (Celer et Audax Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, June 30, 2000) Goodwood wins: 30 (7 at Festival Meeting)



FIFTH RACE RESULT

4.30pm BLUE SQUARE TELEBET EBF MAIDEN STAKES
Class 2, £16,000 guaranteed. For 2yo colts & geldings which are EBF eligible, 7f. Weights: 9st.Penalty values: 1st: £10,363.20; 2nd: £3,083.20; 3rd: £1,540.80; 4th: £769.60

1) LATIN LAD (Noodles Racing) Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Franny Norton [19] 33/1
2) BELGRAVE SQUARE (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [17] 6/1
3) MISSIONER (Gainsborough) Mark Johnston 2-9-00 Royston Ffrench [15] 11/4 Fav
4) TALAYEB (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 2-9-00 Richard Hills [16]
5) CRAIGSTOWN (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-00 Kerrin McEvoy [7]
6) ALAN DEVONSHIRE (Russell Trew Ltd) Mark Tompkins 2-9-00 Neil Callan [14]
7) BOUGUEREAU (A Black) Peter Chapple-Hyam 2-9-00 Michael Hills [4]
8) SUMMON UP THEBLOOD (Derek & Jean Clee) Mick Channon 2-9-00 Hugh Bowman [8]
9) DALHAAN (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 2-9-00 Martin Dwyer [9]
10) AYE AYE DIGBY (Trolley Action) Henry Candy 2-9-00 Dane O'Neill [10]
11) PHA MAI BLUE (Mr & Mrs I H Bendelow) William Knight 2-9-00 Seb Sanders [2]
12) OLI JAMES (Oliver Harris, James Stunt, Mario Swanston) Paul Cole 2-9-00 Richard Quinn [3]
13) PALMERIN (Mrs John Lee) Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Ryan Moore [5]
14) COOL JUDGEMENT (HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah) Michael Jarvis 2-9-00 Philip Robinson [20]
15) I CERTAINLY MAY (John May) Simon Dow 2-9-00 Paul Fitzsimons [11]
16) UPTON GREY (HRH Princess Haya Of Jordan) John Gosden 2-9-00 Jimmy Fortune [13]
17) MAXWIL (H R Hunt) Gary Moore 2-9-00 Stephen Donohoe [18]
18) BRAVO BOLIVAR (Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc) John Dunlop 2-9-00 Ted Durcan [1]

18 ran Non-Runners: Rivington Pike (Vet’s Certificate), St Jean Cap Ferrat (No Suitable Jockey)
Time: 1m 27.19s Distances: nk, .75, nk, 1.25, .75, .5, .75, .75, sh, .5, nk, nk, .75, .5, hd, hd, 9
Breeder: Car Colston Hall Stud Breeding: b c Hernando (FR) - Decision Maid (USA) (Diesis)
Tote Win: £45.30 Places: £9.90; £2.60; £1.90 Exacta: £386.50

Winning Trainer: Name- Hannon, Richard Michael Date of birth: 30/5/45 Date of first licence:1970 Trains at Marlborough, Wiltshire Other details: Champion trainer 1992 First Winner: Ampney Prince, Newbury, April 17, 1970 First Group Winner: Crespinall (Nassau Stakes, 1972, Goodwood) Classic wins: (3) 2000 Guineas (1973 Mon Fils, 1987 Don't Forget Me, 1990 Tirol) Other major wins: Brigadier Gerard Stakes (1995 Alriffa), Cherry Hinton Stakes (1993 Lemon Souffle, 2004 Jewel In The Sand), Diomed Stakes (1994 Bluegrass Prince), European Free Handicap (2000 Cape Town), Falmouth Stakes (1991 Only Yours, 1993 Niche, 1994 Lemon Souffle, 1995 Caramba), Fred Darling Stakes (2006 Nasheej), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1992 Shalford), Hungerford Stakes (2002 Reel Buddy), July Cup (1992 Mr Brooks), Lockinge Stakes (1993 Swing Low), Lowther Stakes (1992 Niche), Wokingham Stakes (1994 Venture Capitalist), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2000 Umistim, 2001 King’s Ironbridge), Molecomb Stakes (1993 Risky), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1993 Lemon Souffle), Nunthorpe Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy), Prix de l’Abbaye (1992 Mr Brooks), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2000 Bold Edge), Prix de Ris Orangis (2006 Presto Shinko), Queen Mary Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy & 1993 Risky), Rockfel Stakes (2001 Distant Valley), Sussex Stakes (2003 Reel Buddy), Yorkshire Cup (1993 Assessor), Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes (2006 Indian Ink) Number of horses in training (1985-2007): 67: 75: 74: 80: 85: 107: 131: 139: 155: 178: 167: 155: 149: 145: 155: 162: 147: 169: 169: 149: 169; 163 Number of wins in a season (1982-2006):38: 49: 28: 37: 56: 33: 43: 55: 73: 126: 154: 182: 112: 115: 109: 94: 108: 123: 135: 110: 121: 122: 113: 145; 127 Wins in 2007: 87 Royal Ascot wins: 21 First Royal Ascot winner: Fly Baby (June 17, 1981 - Queen Mary Stakes) Major Royal Ascot wins: Wokingham Handicap (1990 Knight Of Mercy, 1994 Venture Capitalist), King Edward VII Stakes (1992 Beyton), Queen Mary Stakes (1981 Fly Baby, 1992 Lyric Fantasy, 1993 Risky, 2006 Gilded), Coronation Stakes (2007 Indian Ink) First Goodwood winner: Crespinall (July 29, 1972 - Nassau Stakes) Total Goodwood wins: 150 (39 at July Meeting)

Winning jockey:-Name: Norton, Francis Born: July 28, 1970 Big Race Wins Include: Ebor Handicap (1991 Deposki), Cambridgeshire (1999 She’s Our Mare), Britannia Stakes (2000 El Gran Papa, 2001 Analyser), Calsberg Stand Cup (2006 Foxhaven), Coral Sprint Trophy (2006 Rising Shadow), Firth Of Clyde Stakes (2006 Princess Iris), Badener Meile (2007 Banknote) Wins (1991-2006): 37, 37, 24, 11, 23, 17, 22, 40, 47, 77, 82, 39, 68, 62, 70, 82 Wins in 2007: 23 Royal Ascot Wins: (3) Britannia Stakes (June 22, 2000, El Gran Papa, June 21, 2001, Analyser), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2007 Binanti) First Royal Ascot Winner: Britannia Stakes (June 22, 2000, El Gran Papa) First Goodwood Winner: Peppiatt (Consolation Stewards’ Cup H’cap, September 12, 1998) Total Goodwood wins: 14 (7 at July Meeting)


SIXTH RACE RESULT

5.05pm bluesquarepoker.com NURSERY HANDICAP
Class 3, £18,000 guaranteed. For 2yo, 6f. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after July 28, each race won 6lb. Penalty values: 1st: £11,658.60; 2nd: £3,468.60; 3rd: £1,733.40; 4th: £865.80

1) FOL HOLLOW (Dandy Nicholls Racing Club) David Nicholls 2-8-09 Adrian Nicholls [6] 20/1
2) ATABAAS PRIDE (Renata Jacobs & Mrs D Imholz) Mark Johnston 2-8-02 Royston Ffrench [13] 6/1
3) WAVELINE (Paul Reddam) Brian Meehan 2-8-07 Kevin May (7) [10] 22/1
4) FLAWED GENIUS (Gainsborough) Sir Michael Stoute 2-8-13 Ryan Moore [11] 3/1 Fav
5) DEAL FLIPPER (Badger’s Set) Peter Winkworth 2-8-00 Frankie McDonald [15]
6) DARK TARA (J E M Hawkins Ltd) Richard Fahey 2-8-07 Paul Hanagan [17]
7) BARRALAND (Box 41) Mick Channon 2-7-12 (1lb ow) Matthew Davies (7) [18]
8) MAYBE I WONT (John May) Simon Dow 2-7-11 William Buick (3) [16]
9) ROMANY PRINCESS (M Sines) Richard Hannon 2-8-04 Kerrin McEvoy [5]
10) EVENSTORM (Brian Gubby) Brian Gubby 2-7-07 Natalia Gemelova (5) [3]
11) TEN MEROPA (Mountgrange) Jamie Osborne 2-8-12 Jimmy Fortune [7]
12) MONAAZALAH (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 2-8-11 Richard Hills [14]
13) VHUJON (Nick Shutts) David Evans t2-9-07 Stephen Donohoe [1]
14) KING'S ICON (Lady Tennant) Marcus Tregoning 2-8-12 Martin Dwyer [9]
15) LUSCIOUS LIPS (Lady Caffyn-Parsons) Richard Hannon 2-8-04 Francis Norton [2]
FELL) OCEAN TRANSIT (Pride Of The West Racing Club) Bill Turner 2-7-07 Luke Morris (5) [12]

16 ran Non-Runners: Barbarossa (Vet’s Certificate), Ben (Vet’s Certificate)
Time: 1m 11.50s Distances: hd, 2, nk, .75, nk, sh, 1.25, nk, 4, 1.25, nk, 6, 1.5, 2
Breeder: Dan O’Brien Breeding: b c Monashee Mountain (USA) - Constance Do (Risk Me (FR))
Tote Win: £24.30 Places: £3.80; £2.20; £4.40; £1.70 Exacta: £161.10

Winning trainer:- Name: Nicholls, David Date of birth: 30/4/56 Riding career: Professional - 421 winners Trains at Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, Yorkshire Horses in training (1996-2007): 37:45: 45: 46: 58:78:74:82:82:84: 94; 70 Wins in a season (1993-2006): 0: 21: 26: 30: 44: 50: 75: 73: 47: 65: 65: 55: 67:59 Wins in 2007: 45 Other details: Married to Alex Greaves: two children. Son Adrian rides for the stable Major wins: Ayr Gold Cup (2000 Bahamian Pirate, 2001 Continent, 2002 & 2004 Funfair Wane), Ballyogan Stakes (1999 Proud Native), Darley July Cup (2002 Continent), King George Stakes (1999 Rudi’s Pet), Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Ya Malak (dh with Coastal Bluff), 2004 Bahamian Pirate), Phoenix Sprint Stakes (2006 Moss Vale), Prix du Gros-Chene (2006 Moss Vale), Sporting Index Starlit Stakes (2006 Tax Free), Stewards’ Cup (2000 Tayseer, 2005 Gift Horse), Victoria Cup (2002 Scotty’s Future), William Hill Trophy (1999 Pepperdine, 2005 Tax Free), Greenland Stakes (2006 Moss Vale), Stan James Palace House Stakes (2007 Tax Free) Royal Ascot Wins (1): Wokingham Stakes (2004 Lafi) First Goodwood winner: Double Oscar (The Charlton Stakes - July 29, 1998) Total Goodwood wins: 36 (12 at July Meeting)

Winning jockey:-Name: Nicholls, Adrian Born: July 16, 1981 Based: Thirsk, North Yorks Background: Stable jockey to his father, Dandy Nicholls First winner: Fancy A Fortune, Thirsk, August 1, 1997 Big Race Wins: Ayr Gold Cup (2000 Bahamian Pirate, 2002 Funfair Wane), Vodafone “Dash” (2002 Rudi’s Pet), Audi Stakes -Registered as King George Stakes (2005 Fire Up The Band), Molecomb Stakes (2005 Strike Up The Band), Sporting Index Starlit Stakes (2006 Tax Free), William Hill Trophy (2005 Tax Free), Stan James Palace House Stakes (2007 Tax Free) Wins 2000-2006: 39; 23; 24; 32; 23; 55; 32 Wins In 2007: 28 First Goodwood Winner: River Beat (CSMA’s 75th Anniversary Rated Stakes H’cap, June 28, 1998) Total Goodwood wins: 17 (10 at July Meeting)


SEVENTH RACE RESULT

5.40pm bluesquarecasino.com APPRENTICE HANDICAP
Class 3, £15,000 guaranteed. For 4yo+ rated 0-90, 1m 1f. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb; minimum weight 8st 2lb. Penalties: after July 28, each race won 6lb. Allowances: riders who, prior to August 1, 2007, have not ridden more than 50 winners under any Rules of Racing 3lb; more than 25 such winners 5lb; more than 5 such winners 7lb. Penalty values: 1st: £9,715.50; 2nd: £2,890.50; 3rd: £1,444.50; 4th: £721.50

1) ACE OF HEARTS (Archangels 1) Chris Wall 8-9-02 Jack Mitchell (5) [1] 7/1
2) PAGAN SWORD (The Gap Partnership) Amanda Perrett p5-8-09 Kevin May (5) [14] 7/1
3) PERUVIAN PRINCE (R G Leatham) Richard Fahey 5-9-02 Jamie Moriarty [4] 11/4 Fav
4) FORT CHURCHILL (L D Gamble and Mr & Mrs J H Mathias) Brian Ellison tb6-9-06 Stephen Donohoe [3]
5) PRINCE SAMOS (Dian Plant) David Nicholls 5-8-09 Harry Poulton (5) [13]
6) HUE (Mike Ashton) Brian Ellison 6-7-13 (4lb ow) Lance Betts (7) [10]
7) LUCAYAN DANCER (James Greaves) David Nicholls 7-8-08 Adele Rothery (7) [6]
8) ST ANDREWS (Michael Jarvis) Michael Jarvis 7-8-12 Martin Guest (7) [8]
9) FINAL TUNE (M Armstrong, M Shirley Hallfarm, Mandy Rowland) Mandy Rowland 4-8-05 (2lb ow) Russell Kennemore (3) [5]
10) LANGFORD (Marlborough Electronics) Mark Tompkins 7-8-10 Patrick Hills (3) [9]
11) LOGSDAIL (D T L Limited) Gary Moore p7-8-06 William Buick [2]
12) INVENTION (Fraser Miller Racing) Emma Lavelle 4-9-01 Travis Block [11]

12 ran Non-Runners: Macedon (Vet’s Certificate), Paraquay (Vet’s Certificate)
Time: 1m 56.15s Distances: 1.25, hd, sh, 3.5, .5, 1.25, .75, nk, sh, hd, 1.25
Breeder: Whitsbury Manor Stud Breeding: b g Magic Ring (IRE) - Lonely Heart (Midyan (USA))
Tote Win: £9.50 Places: £3.10; £2.80; £1.60 Exacta: £70.00

Winning Trainer:- Name: Wall, Christian Frederick Date of Birth: January 10, 1959; Date of first trainers license: February 1, 1987; Trains at Induna Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Previous career: Assistant trainer to Luca Cumani 1984-86 and to Sir Mark Prescott 1982-84; Wins in a season (1991-2006): 7:7:13:12:17:17:21:20:16:29:16: 20: 32:18: 27; 32 Number of horses in training (1993-2007): 27: 24: 27: 33: 38: 45: 48: 53: 50: 48: 49: 46: 56: 59; 61 Big Race Wins: Oak Tree Dstakles (2007 Wake Up Maggie), Bentinck Stakes (2003 Ashdown Express), Tattersalls Ireland Sales Stakes (2005 Wake Up Maggie), Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2005 Expensive), Abernant Stakes (2006 Paradise Isle) Wins this year: 24 First Goodwood winner: Chamonis (Boxgrove Stakes, May 21, 1987); Total Goodwood wins: 12 (3 at Festival Meeting)

Winning Jockey:-Name: Mitchell, Jack Harry James Wins in 2007: 11 Age: 18. Son of Epsom trainer Philip Mitchell Total Goodwood Wins: 1 (1 at July meeting)




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1) 623089 DONT DILI DALI Stan Moore 4-9-05p John Egan
Capable in her grade, having performed well when third to the useful Echelon in the Group Three Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket in May, but disappointing since. Finished last of nine behind Yaqeen at Yarmouth latest and is out of her depth. BP= 200/1

2) 111-12 MANDESHA Alan De Royer-Dupre FR 4-9-05 Christophe Soumillon
Top-class French filly who is extremely versatile, having landed a hat-trick of Group One events at a mile (Prix d’Astarte), 10 furlongs (Prix de l’Opera) and 12 furlongs (Prix Vermeille) last term. Workmanlike display to take Group Two on her return this year before chasing home Mountain High in Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 24. Fast ground would be a slight concern, but very classy and sure to go well. Likes to be held up and come late. BP= 100/30

3) 45-314 NANNINA John Gosden 4 9-05 Jimmy Fortune
Relishes a quick surface, as when taking Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, having landed Group One Coronation Stakes at corresponding fixture in 2006, both over a mile. Equally capable at 10 furlongs, running excellent third behind top-class duo Ouija Board and Alexander Goldrun in this race last year. Race not run to suit last time and must be in the mix granted decent pace. BP= 11/2

4) 96-272 SPECIOSA Pam Sly 4 9-05 Jamie Spencer
Finest hour came in last year’s 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket when relishing the testing conditions underfoot. Has run some good races since, runner-up to brilliant Manduro at Newmarket in April and when chasing home Peeping Fawn in Group One Pretty Polly Stakes last time out. However, fast ground is far from ideal, and she looks up against it. A front runner. BP= 16/1

5) 1-1112 LIGHT SHIFT Henry Cecil 3-8-10 Ted Durcan
Showed plenty of guts to hold off Peeping Fawn in Oaks at Epsom in June but readily out-pointed by that rival on softer ground next time in Irish equivalent. Has the pace to cope with two-furlong drop in trip, beating the colts in a 10-furlong conditions event on her return this year at Newbury. Every chance of beating Peeping Fawn this time. BP= 3/1

6) 213211 PEEPING FAWN Aidan OìBrien IRE 3-8-10 Johnny Murtagh
Never saw a racecourse until this April but has quickly made up into a top-class filly, following placed efforts in Irish 1,000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks (behind Light Shift) with decisive top level successes in Pretty Polly Stakes and Irish Oaks. Looks to be thriving with racing but probably better with give in the ground and not guaranteed to beat Light Shift again. Dropped to 10 furlongs and worth opposing at this price. BP= 5/2

7) 1-0205 SWEET LILLY Mick Channon 3-8-10 Hugh Bowman
Decent type who bustled up smart Passage Of Time at York in May, but seemingly exposed in better company since. This trip will suit better than the mile last time when fifth in Group One Falmouth Stakes (a neck behind Nannina) but she looks an unlikely winner in this better race. BP= 66/1

8) 3-1691 YAQEEN Michael Jarvis 3-8-10 Richard Hills
Highly regarded by connections and pitched into 1,000 Guineas after easy maiden victory at Newmarket, running very creditably in sixth behind Finsceal Beo. Softer ground to blame for Coronation Stakes display (only ninth to Indian Ink) and seemed to enjoy step up to this distance when easily landing odds in Listed contest at Yarmouth on July 17, though the form is not working out. Unexposed sort who could improve. BP= 14/1

VERDICT
A fantastic renewal and LIGHT SHIFTlooks the value at 3/1

GOOD LUCK



CODEBREAKER

formerly in the Racing Post Weekender

GOODWOOD, SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2007

3.55pm £100,000 BLUESQUARE.COM STEWARDS' CUP (HERITAGE HANDICAP), 6f



Past Trends:

19 of the last 20 winners raced between two and eight times earlier in the campaign

18 of the last 20 winners finished in the first two at least once earlier in the season

18 of the last 20 winners were aged between four and six

17 of the last 20 winners were returned at 16/1 or below

15 of the last 20 winners carried between 8st and 9st

16 of the last 20 winners were placed in the first four on their last outing prior to Goodwood


The £100,000 bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood is one of the most competitive sprint handicaps run all year and is always a fascinating spectacle.

A number of strong trends enable Codebreaker to whittle down this year’s 28 hopefuls to a much more realistic shortlist.


The first matter to consider is weight. Only three horses have carried more than 9st to success in the previous 20 runnings, including last year’s hero Borderlescott, who scored under a burden of 9st 5lb.


Borderlescott, who carries 9st 9lb this year in his bid for a repeat success, will have to defy the stats if he is to become the first dual winner since Sky Diver (1967 & 1968). He is overlooked on account of his burden, along with Balthazaar’s Gift, Advanced, Beckermet, King Orchisios, Something, Intrepid Jack, Grantley Adams, Protector, Fayr Jag, Bond City, Excusez Moi, That’s Hot, Mutamared, Baron’s Pit, The Tatling, Kostar and Zidane.


Horses lacking recent form do not win this race, with 18 of the last 20 scorers having a first two placing in the season of their Goodwood triumph.


It is here that we lose Fantasy Believer and Out After Dark, neither of whom has managed a top two finish this term.


The next factor to consider is age, with 18 of the most recent 20 winners having been aged between four and six. On that basis, we wave goodbye to the seven-year-old Machinist.

Of the last 20 winners of the bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup, 19 have raced between two and eight times previously in the season. Qadar is eliminated having already run 11 times this campaign.


17 of the last 20 winners won at 16/1 or lesser odds and because of this outsiders Mastership, Bentong, Ripples Maid and Beaver Patrol fall by the wayside.

We are now left with two possible contenders for glory - the fancied pair of Knot In Wood (the market leader with most firms) and Viking Spirit.


Splitting this duo is not easy - both horses share near identical profiles, in that they are lightly weighted, drawn high and have had three outings this season, each winning last time out. We cannot look at age to find our selection either, as both horses are five-year-olds. In addition, both ran 22 days ago.


Although Knot In Wood’s trainer, Richard Fahey, has a good record in the race - he scored with Superior Premium in 1998 and sent out Fonthill Road to finish second in 2005 - favourites do not have a good record in the bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup, with only three having obliged in the last 20 years.

For that reason, VIKING SPIRIT is this week’s Codebreaker selection.

He has run well at Goodwood before, finishing second in a 19-runner handicap over the course and distance in 2005, and enjoyed no luck in running at the Sussex course on his penultimate start. He looks set for a big run.


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