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Friday, August 22, 2008



After 5 millimetres of rain last night, the going has this morning been changed to Good from Good to Firm.

Michael Prosser, clerk of the course and director of racing, said: “We had 1.5 millimetres of rain this morning between 6am and 8.30 am, but it is now dry and has been since then.

“There is a 40/50 per cent possibility of showers this afternoon, while this evening promises to be dry. Tomorrow is forecast to be dry and warm.”


Race 3 - Mick Elliott Nursery Handicap Stakes (1.30pm)

1 Kings Troop
12 River Captain

Race 5 - DBS £300,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes (2.35pm)

17 Swift Chap

Race 7 - Renault Master EBF Maiden Stakes (3.40pm)

17 Standpoint

Race 9 - Renault Kangoo Claiming Stakes (4.40pm)

6 Charlie Allnut

Race 11 - Renault UK Handicap Stakes (5.45pm)

1 Bosun Breese
10 Bahamian Ballet


Newmarket Managing Director Stephen Wallis has relished the challenge to host the re-scheduled races from York’s Ebor Festival on The July Course today and tomorrow.

With little notice, the racecourse has stepped up to make Friday a marathon 11-race card, with the highlights being two Group Ones from York, the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, along with the valuable DBS £300,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes. While tomorrow Newmarket hosts the Group One Juddmonte International.

Wallis said today: “Our first thought is sympathy for York. If you run big race meetings, you know that the staff at York have worked all year towards this week and all of their hard work is shattered. I know that they have loads of other big days from the Dante Stakes to the Coral Sprint to Timeform day, but this is their Christmas and I have a lot of sympathy for them.

“Newmarket’s role is quite simply - we exist, more than any other racecourse, for the benefit of the sport with the type of races we run year in year out. And our attitude all along has been, we want to get these races on and we will do whatever we can to help and that is our role.

“It’s given us a logistical challenge. We have absolutely no idea how many people are going to turn up here today. Our Catering General Manager Nick Campbell and I don’t know how many people to expect.

“It’s not a day off in the area and people aren’t planning on coming here. If they are in Yorkshire, is it too far to come? We simply don’t know.

“Also, logistically increasing our staffing levels hasn’t been that easy either. But the main thing is that these great races are being run, with fantastic support from sponsors Coolmore, Darley and Doncaster Bloodstock Sales and tomorrow from Juddmonte and also from the TBA and the Levy Board.

“And that’s what Newmarket wants to be able to do - to help.”


3.35pm Saturday, August 23, 2008

1 (7) Championship Point (IRE) M. R. Channon 9st 5lb Edward Creighton

2 (4) Duke of Marmalade (IRE) A. P. O'Brien 9st 5lb J. Murtagh

3 (3) Halicarnassus (IRE) M. R. Channon 9st 5lb Tony Culhane

4 (5) Multidimensional (IRE) H. R. A. Cecil 9st 5lb T. P. Queally

5 (9) Phoenix Tower (USA) H. R. A. Cecil 9st 5lb Ted Durcan

6 (11) Pipedreamer J. H. M. Gosden 9st 5lb Seb Sanders

7 (8) Red Rock Canyon (IRE) A. P. O'Brien 9st 5lb C. O'Donoghue

8 (6) Rob Roy (USA) Sir Michael Stoute 9st 5lb Ryan Moore

9 (1) Cat Junior (USA) (TS) B. J. Meehan 8st 11lb N. Callan

10 (10) New Approach (IRE) J. S. Bolger 8st 11lb K. J. Manning

11 (2) Stubbs Art (IRE) D. R. C. Elsworth 8st 11lb Alan Munro


1.25pm Saturday, August 23, 2008

1 (3) Langs Lash (IRE) M. G. Quinlan 9st 1lb Alan Munro

2 (6) Please Sing M. R. Channon 9st 1lb Edward Creighton

3 (7) African Skies K. A. Ryan 8st 12lb N. Callan

4 (1) Danehill Destiny W. J. Haggas 8st 12lb J. Murtagh

5 (4) Infamous Angel R. Hannon 8st 12lb Eddie Ahern

6 (2) Maggie Lou (IRE) K. A. Ryan 8st 12lb Ted Durcan

7 (5) Penny's Gift R. Hannon 8st 12lb Ryan Moore


The Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the Horserace Betting Levy Board responded quickly to an approach from the British Horseracing Authority, York and Newmarket to save the Lowther Stakes, which was one of the casualties of York’s abandonment.

The Group 2 race will now be run at Newmarket on Saturday with a guaranteed prize fund of £60k. It will be the second race of a nine-race card as well as the Newmarket Town Plate. The first race has been moved forward to 12.50pm.

TBA Chairman Kirsten Rausing said "We are delighted to be able to step in, with the support of the Levy Board, to save this historic and valuable race for 2008. Testing fillies and mares at all levels is essential to maintaining the quality and value of British bloodstock, which is a fundamental objective of the TBA."

Douglas Erskine-Crum, Chief Executive of the Levy Board, said "We were approached first thing on Thursday to see if we could help save the Lowther, given that it is the last race of its type in the calendar this year. We unhesitatingly backed the initiative to get the race run for everyone's benefit."


Negatives are sometimes as interesting as the positives in the betting ring, and feature this morning has been the opposition to Passage of Time, who has proved friendless in the market for the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (2.05pm) and has been eased from 3/1 out to 9/2 with William Hill, who have seen plenty of money for both Lush Lashes and Michita.

Paddy Power also report plenty of cash for Lush Lashes in the same race, though Jim Bolger’s unlucky Nassau Stakes runner-up remains a 5/4 chance, with Michita proving popular with Skybet, who have clipped her odds to 100/30 from 7/2.

David Brown’s Fitz Flyer is the one punters want to be on in the DBS £300,000 St Leger Yearling Sales (2.35pm), and the Yorkshire raider is down to 10/1 from 14/1 with Skybet, while Paddy Power have cut their offer to 12/1 from 14/1.

However, Bonnie Charlie, the mount of Ryan Moore, is a strong favourite for the sales race and is down to 5/4 from 6/4 with Skybet

Scottish challenger John Keats is a springer with Hills for the Renault Trafic Handicap, Jim Goldie’s horse having been cut from 10/1 to 15/2.


Ralph Beckett has his team in great form, and the winning debut of Anice Stellato in the opening EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Div 1) was not unexpected, as reflected by her starting price of 11-2.

Beckett, delighted how well Anice Stellato stuck on to hold off Richard Hannon’s newcomer Capitelli, said: “She has been working as well as Such Optimism, who won at the first time of asking at Salisbury last week, so this has not come as a complete surprise.

“She was the only filly I entered for the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Ascot, but I would not be averse to putting her away as she is a bit edgy and will be better next year.”

Beckett had news of his Oaks heroine Look Here, who misses the Yorkshire Oaks, having had a setback at home last week.

He added: “Look Here is improving and we’ll do our best to get her back on the track this season, but I have always said that she will be better next year, so we are in no rush.

“It is not a long-term problem, so if we have to draw stumps for the season, then so be it.”


After the running of the first race, the EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Div I), some of the jockeys described the condition of the ground on The July Course.

Robert Havlin, rider of the third-placed Greenisland, said: “I think the ground rode on the slow side of good.”

Liam Jones, rider of Haakima, said: “The ground is good out there today.”

Martin Dwyer, rider of Inis Boffin, said: “It’s good ground - perfect.”

Eddie Creighton, rider of Light Dubai, said: “They are taking the top off it but it’s nice ground otherwise.”

Steve Drowne, rider of Morning Calm, said: “I thought the ground was good.”

Jimmy Fortune, rider of Rock Art, said: “The ground is good to firm today.”

Ryan Moore, rider of runner-up Capitelli, said: “It’s nice ground.”

Alan Munro, rider of Timeless Dream, said: “Just at the top it was kicking up a bit, but perfect ground really.”

Ted Durcan, rider of First Passage, said: “The ground is good.”

Michael Hills, rider of Purple Sage, said: “It’s good ground out there today.”
Race 2 - EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Div II) - winning quotes


Golden Stream, who carries the colours of The Queen, set a track record for two-year-olds on The July Course when landing division two of the EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes in a blistering time of 1min 24.01secs.

Prominent throughout the last seven furlongs of the Bunbury Mile, Ryan Moore took up the running on the Sir Michael Stoute-trained daughter of Sadler’s Wells with less than two furlongs to race and pushed her out hands and heels to the line.

“She’s a finer version to her full-sister Flight Of Fancy, who was runner-up in the Oaks. She’s got lovely scope, so we hope that next year will be our year. She’s bred for next year,” explained John Warren, racing manager for The Queen.

“She’s got an entry in the Fillies’ Mile at Ascot. Sir Michael has liked her from the off so we will see how she goes from there. We’ll she what she does between now and then - how she progresses.

“It’s a track record for a two-year-old and Ryan got off and said that she’s done it the hard way, she’s jumped off and has been in front for a long time, so that’s encouraging.

“Her Majesty will be delighted, as you can imagine. She has a very nice batch of two-year-olds this year. I hope the colt runs well in the maiden for Michael Bell as well. There are a number of very nice horses about but fingers crossed that Golden Stream develops into a nice prospect for next year.”

Race Three: Mick Elliott Nursery


Highland Storm (11/1) upset 5/2 favourite Roly Boy in the Mick Elliott Nursery, much to the relief of trainer James Given, who had been disappointed with his run at Goodwood last time.

Given said:”Highland Storm had a nasty experience at York in his second race when his fetlock got scraped in some scrimmaging, and I am sure that he was still thinking about that when he went to Goodwood as he did not give his true running.

“Today’s outside draw probably helped him, as Alan (Munro) felt that he was happier not being crowded, but the step up to a mile has been a bonus, and he looks to have got his confidence back.

“He still looked green and hit two flat spots during the race, so, hopefully, there is a bit more improvement to come. Doncaster will probably come too soon, but we might bring him back for another nursery towards the back-end.”


1 (2) Lush Lashes 3 8-11 J S Bolger K J Manning Evens Fav
2 (3) Dar Re Mi 3 8-11 John Gosden O Peslier 15/2
3 (5) Michita (USA) 64 3 8-11 J H M Gosden J Fortune 100/30
4 (6) Allegretto (IRE) 5 9-7 v Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 14/1
5 (1) Passage of Time 4 9-7 H R A Cecil T E Durcan 6/1
6 (4) Cape Amber (IRE) 3 8-11 P W Chapple-Hyam Frankie Dettori 25/1

Owner: Jackie Bolger
Breeder: Ann Jenkins
Breeding: b f Galileo (IRE) - Dance For Fun (Anabaa (USA))
Distances: 1 1/4, 3 1/2, 2 3/4, 3/4, 7
Time: 2m 25.11s (new course record)
Tote: Win: £1.80 Places: £1.40; £2.60 Exacta: £8.30

Trainer:- Name: Bolger, Jim (James) Born: County Wexford, December 25, 1941 Based: Glebe House, Coolcullen, Co. Carlow, Ireland First Winner: Peaceful Pleasure, Roscommon, September 20, 1976 Classic Winners: Vodafone Derby (2008 New Approach), Irish Derby (1992 St. Jovite), Vodafone Oaks (1991 Jet Ski Lady); Irish Oaks (1983 Give Thanks; 2002 Margarula), 1000 Guineas (2007 Finsceal Beo), Irish 1000 Guineas (2007 Finsceal Beo) First Royal Ascot win: Coronation Stakes (June 15, 1983, Flame Of Tara) Royal Ascot wins (5): Coronation Stakes (1983 Flame Of Tara, 2008 Lush Lashes), Queen Alexandra Stakes (1991 Easy To Please, 1993 Riszard), Albany Stakes (2008 Cuis Ghaire) Other Major Wins: Anglesey Sdtakes (1991 St Jovite); Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (2004 Alexander Goldrun), Craven Stakes (2005 Democratic Deficit), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2006 Teofilo, 2007 New Approach), Debutante Stakes (2006 Gaudeamus); Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (1992 St Jovite); Futurity Stakes (1991 StJovite, 2006 Teofilo); King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1992 St Jovite); Meld Stakes (2006 Heliostatic); National Stakes (2006 Teofilo, 2007 New Approach); Prix de l’Opera (2004 Alexander Goldrun); Prix Marcel Boussac (2006 Finsceal Beo); Rockfel Stakes (2006 Finsceal Beo); Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1986 Park Express, 2005 Alexander Goldrun), Phoenix Stakes (2007 Saoirse Abu), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2007 Saoirse Abu), Darley Yorkshire Oaks (2008 Lush Lashes) Wins in Britain (2005-2007): 2; 2; 2

Winning jockey:-Name: Manning, Kevin James Born: March 7, 1967 Based: Blackmiller Hill, Kildare, Ireland First Winner: Keynes (The Curragh, April 23, 1983) Background: His father Jim was a sales supervisor at the airport and used to take Kevin jump racing at weekends. While his brother and twin sisters did not share his passion, Kevin’s parents bought him a pony and were so impressed with his natural ability in the saddle that they sent him to Jim Bolger’s yard in 1982, for whom he rode his first winner, Keynes, at the Curragh in April, 1983. He was twice champion apprentice in Ireland in 1984 and 1987, when he beat Kieren Fallon and succeeded Christy Roche as Bolger’s number one jockey in 1993. Surprisingly, he had to wait until 2002 until his first Classic success, when he partnered Margarula to victory in the 2002 Irish Oaks. His first British winner on April 14, 2005, with Democratic Deficit in the Group Three Craven Stakes at Newmarket and he has won the last two running of the Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes at the Suffolk course courtesy of Teofilo (2006) and New Approach (2007) as well as the stanjamesuk.com 1000 Guineas with Finsceal Beo (2007). He has also enjoyed significant success on the international stage aboard Alexander Goldrun. Away from racing, Kevin is married to Jim Bolger’s daughter Una and they have two children. English Classic Winners (2): 1,000 Guineas (2007 Finsceal Beo), Vodafone Derby (2008 New Approach) Big Race Wins: Irish Oaks (2002 Margarula); Irish 1,000 Guineas (2007 Finsceal Beo), Ballycorus Stakes (2005 Democratic Deficit), Ballysax Stakes (2006 Rhythm N’ Roots), Brownstown Stakes (2004 Tropical Lady), Concorde Stakes (2002 Marionnaud), Craven Stakes (2005 Democratic Deficit), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2006 Teofilo, 2007 New Approach), Debutante Stakes (2006 Gaudeamus), Hong Kong Cup (2004 Alexander Goldrun), Meld Stakes (2005 Tropical Lady, 2006 Heliostatic), Minstrel Stakes (2003 Avorado), Nassau Stakes (2005 Alexander Goldrun), Phoenix Stakes (1994 Eva Luna), Pretty Polly Stakes (2005 Alexander Goldrun), Prix de l’Opera (2004 Alexander Goldrun), Prix Marcel Boussac (2006 Finsceal Beo), Railway Stakes (1994 Eva Luna, 2004 Democratic Deficit), Rockfel Stakes (2006 Finsceal Beo); Round Tower Stakes (2005 Abigail Pett), Royal Whip Stakes (2005 Tropical Lady), Darley Yorkshire Oaks (2008 Lush Lashes) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Albany Stakes (2008 Cuis Ghaire), Coronation Stakes (2008 Lush Lashes) First Royal Ascot Winner: Cuis Ghaire, Albany Stakes, June 20, 2008 First Goodwood Winner: Alexander Goldrun, Vodafone Nassau Stakes, July 30, 2005)

Race 4 - Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group One) - winning quotes


Another track record was broken on The July Course when the Jim Bolger-trained Lush Lashes stormed to success in the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks from Dar Re Mi in 2mins 25.11secs.

Settled in the rear by Kevin Manning, the daughter of Galileo made easy headway from over three furlongs out to hit the front with one furlong to race. From there she repelled the persistent challenge of the runner-up to score by a length and a quarter.

“That’s the second time we’ve had the track record here. Desert Team broke the track record for a mile and a half here in the mid-80s and then Henry Cecil broke that record,” said Bolger.

“Obviously the stamina was an issue with Lush Lashes, but it wasn’t a big issue. I never really had any doubts about the mile and a half. Okay, it didn’t happen at Epsom but we felt all of the time it was the track - I daren’t say anything about Epsom but she didn’t handle the track as presented on the day.

“All the very good horses win Group Ones over a mile, mile and a quarter and mile and a half. Ireland has a great record at turning out horses to win Classics at a mile and Group Ones at a mile and then going on to win mile and a half races. I’m not saying your (British) trainers haven’t either, but it happens.

“A mile, mile and a quarter and mile and a half have all come to like for her, so we’ve a wide range of options. We might even come back here for a mile - the Sun Chariot. Her best distance is a mile, mile and a quarter and mile and a half!

“We were very happy to come to Newmarket. She was never going to York once the ground was soft. New Approach would have gone to York if they had been racing and hadn’t had the 11 millimetres the night before the race.

“All the good trainers train them to the minute, but a week is enough for me! It’s an inexact science anyway and I was never a minute man. I couldn’t use the change of day for any of mine if they didn’t run to form. As long as it was this month, I was happy.

“She could well run again next year. I have a partner in her so I’ll have to discuss it with them. She has an invite to Hong Kong already and we’d also have some consideration for the Breeders’ Cup. There’s Hong Kong and Dubai next spring, so she’ll travel. She goes on the good ground and all is well in that regard.”

Winning rider Kevin Manning added: “She’s very, very versatile from seven furlongs to a mile and a half. She got the trip very, very well today but I always felt that she got it. I just felt that Epsom on the day, she didn’t really handle the track more so than the trip. They have got to travel, take you there and stay.

Looking ahead to Epsom Derby winner New Approach, who takes on compatriot Duke Of Marmalade in tomorrow’s feature, the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes, Bolger added: “I didn’t see New Approach out this morning, I had to leave to come here. But his rider reported that he is seriously well. We’re here for the races and we’re taking on whatever turns up and we’re happy to be able to do that.”

Asked what he thought of his main rival tomorrow, Bolger quipped: “I’ll be using Duke Of Marmalade when he goes to stud!”

Manning said: “New Approach would have come to York and raced but he’s gone back home and done his exercise - whatever routine Jim would have put him through. They are very pleased with him and happy the way things are going. So fingers crossed. He’s very straightforward in that there is no badness in him, there’s no kinks in him - he just likes to get on with the job and takes hold of the bridle.

“He’s in a routine at home which make it a lot easier. When you come racing, you’ve got crowds and he’s looking around. You’ve got to respect all of the opposition. It’s a very good race and we’ll just see how it goes on the day.”


Trainer John Gosden accepted that while his two runners, Dar Re Mi (second) and Michita (third), “ran absolute blinders” in the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks, they had been beaten by an exceptional filly in Lush Lashes, the evens favourite who set a new course record.

Gosden said: “Maybe things would have been different had the race been run at York as Lush Lashes does not like soft ground and would not have turned up, but all credit to the Irish filly, who produced another super performance.

“Dar Re Mi is improving with every race, while Michita is a solid filly who has run right up to her Ribblesdale form.

“Dar Re Me is a late developer, just like her dam, Darara, and she is on a big upward swing, so, while it is not my usual style to run a filly back eight days after such a great win at Deauville, she came back in such terrific form that we decided to take our chance.

“In all probability, we will probably take Dar Re Mi back to France for the Prix Royallieu, while, though I don’t relish the prospect of taking on Zarkava, we will have to consider the Prix Vermeille for Michita.”

Darley Yorkshire Oaks - Unplaced Quotes


Henry Cecil and Ted Durcan were left perplexed after the performance of Passage Of Time, who could only finish fifth in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

Cecil said: “She didn’t run a race at all. She blew an awful lot and was never going.

“I had been very pleased with her and she should have been cruising. Whether she was good enough to win is another matter, but she was never going.”

Durcan added: “No real excuses - it was not one of her better runs.”

DBS £300000 St Leger Yearling Stakes - Winning Quotes


Richard Hannon has finished second in this valuable event three times since the inaugural running 11 years ago and he thoroughly deserved his first victory courtesy of Elnawin, a 25-1 chance who beat his stable companion Bonnie Charlie, the 13-8 favourite in a course record timeof1m 10.35s.

The trainer’s son and assistant Richard Hannon Junior said: “That was very nice as we’ve had the second in it a good few years. Both are owned by syndicates so there are a lot of happy people.

“I always though the winner was nice and he’s a full-brother to Elna Bright and this race is great at this time of year for horses open to improvement. The second lost nothing in defeat.

“The winner is a very decent horse who has been slightly underestimated it would appear and he is obviously improving. He could turn into a Horris Hill Stakes horse or might stay at six furlongs.

“The first two were a long way clear and I would say that they are two decent two-year-olds.”

Hannon also had news of his two stable stars Paco Boy and Major Cadeaux.

He said: “One of them could go for the vcbet Challenge Stakes at Newmarket, while the other for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, and then there’s the Prix de la Foret - hopefully we can keep them apart.”

Race 5: DBS £300,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes - Placed Quotes


Owners Thurloe Thoroughbreds are experiencing one of those runs when nothing is going right, and they hit the crossbar yet again when Bonnie Charlie, their 13-8 favourite for the DBS £300,000 St Leger Yearling Sales, caught a tartar and found one too good in 25-1 shot Elnawin, the first two both being trained by Richard Hannon.

James Stafford, head of the Thurloe team, said: “We are going through an extended bout of second-itis. We could not win a walk-over - and it doesn’t matter if they are 13-8 or odds-on, we just can’t buy a winner.

“Ryan (Moore) said that Bonnie Charlie did nothing wrong but just bumped into one. They have broken the track record, and take the winner out and we have won two and a half lengths, so I can’t really complain.

“Bonnie Charlie had problems with his knees after he won first time out at Windsor, so we gave him a break and he ran a smashing race on his comeback in the Molecomb at Goodwood.”

Stafford had news of Corrybrough, the syndicate’s best horse. “He, too, has been peppering the wire without hitting the bull lately, and he ran well in France last time with no luck,” he added.

“We have decided to up him in class and have a crack at the Haydock Sprint Cup. If he is going to finish second again, it might as well be in a Group 1.”


1 (12) Borderlescott 6 9-11 R Bastiman P Cosgrave 12/1
2 (10) National Colour (SAF) 6 9-8 S G Tarry K Shea 9/1
3 (11) Kingsgate Native (IRE) 3 9-9 J R Best R L Moore 4/1
4 (8) Equiano (FR) 3 9-9 B W Hills O Peslier 100/30 Fav
5 (13) Benbaun (IRE) 7 9-11 v M Wallace T E Durcan 14/1
6 (5) Moorhouse Lad 5 9-11 B Smart R Ffrench 33/1
7 (14) Dandy Man (IRE) 5 9-11 t Saeed bin Suroor L Dettori 13/2
8 (7) Prime Defender 4 9-11 B W Hills M Hills 25/1
9 (6) Desert Lord 8 9-11 b K A Ryan D Holland 33/1
10 (1) Shyrl 2 7-12 S A Callaghan A McCarthy 66/1
11 (3) Captain Gerrard (IRE) 3 9-9 B Smart T Eaves 16/1
12 (4) Percolator 2 7-12 P F I Cole William Buick 18/1
13 (2) Flashmans Papers 2 8-1 J R Best J Quinn 25/1
14 (9) Sakhee's Secret 4 9-11 H Morrison S Drowne 15/2

Owner: James Edgar & William Donaldson
Breeder: James Clark
Breeding: b g Compton Place - Jeewan (Touching Wood (USA))
Distances: 1/2, 1, 1 3/4, 1/2. 1/2,1 3/4, 1 3/4, nk, 1/2, 2 3/4, 2, nk, dist
Time: 56.09s (course record)
Tote: Win: £14.60 Places: £3.30; £2.70; £2.00 Exacta: £152.10

Winning Trainer:-Name: Bastiman, Robin Born: November 8, 1950 Based: Goosemoor Farm, Warfield Lane, Cowthorpe, Wetherby, North Yorks Background: took over the training licence from his father Deryck, a former building engineer turned trainer, in 1975 Big Race Wins: Coral Sprint Trophy (2005 Borderlescott), Vodafone Stewards’ Cup (2006 Borderlescott), Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (2008 Borderlescott)

Winning jockey:-Name: Pat Cosgrave Born: Banbridge, County Down Background: Ireland’s champion apprentice in 2003. Spent two season’s at Ballydoyle under Aidan O’Brien. Came to Britain in November 2004 to ride on the all-weather for Newmarket trainer Nick Littmoden. Nephew of Banbridge trainer Gerry Cosgrave. Rode 35 winners on the pony racing circuit Big race wins: Braveheart Stakes (2006 Akarem); Buckhounds Stakes (2006 Akarem), Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (2008 Borderlescott) First Ride: Hunan Scholar, Navan, April 24, 1999 First Winner: Perugino Lady, Dundalk, November 2, 1999 First Winner in Britain: Tango Step, Lingfield, December 15, 2004

Race Six: Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes: Winner’s Quotes:


Borderlescott, hero of the 2006 Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood, has been rattling the woodwork in Pattern company, but Robin Bastiman’s evergreen six-year-old finally gained his just reward when winning the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

Swooping late under a masterly ride from Pat Cosgrave, Borderlescott was yet another to break the track record as he reeled in South African challenger National Colour to score by half a length, clocking an impressive 56.09s.

It was a personal best for both Cosgrave and Bastiman, and the Wetherby trainer was fighting back the emotions as his daughter Rebecca led in the winner.

Bastiman said:”Rebecca, together with my son Harvey, has done all the training on Borderlescott, and I always promised that when I finally trained a Group winner I would hand over the licence to Rebecca, so when she has completed all the courses she can take over at the helm.

“I only have 14 horses, and, while Borderlescott is rated 112, the next highest is on a mark of 62, so perhaps this victory will prove that we can do the job given the right ammunition, and I hope it will help Rebecca.

“I have always felt that Bordelescott was better at five furlongs, and he has been so unlucky so many times.

“I just wish the race had been run at York - he loves soft ground and he would have won even easier.

“Borderlescott is only small, but he has the heart of a lion. The handicapper won’t let us run in the Ayr Gold Cup now, so all roads will lead to Paris and it will be the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on Arc day.”

Race 6 - Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Group One) - placed quotes


South African trainer Sean Tarry was delighted with the performance of his National Colour, who was denied success in the Group One Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes by half a length.

In front throughout under Kevin Shea, the mare looked set for victory until Borderlescott swept through from the rear to take victory in the £165,000 contest, which was run in record time. The grey daughter of NationaAssembly will now be aimed at the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.

Tarry said: “We were actually pretty confident when we say the conditions and we thought we’d sneak it today but we’ll settle for second. It’s a good run, she’s come back well from knee surgery and she’s run very well.

“A big thank you to Mike De Kock and his team for overseeing her in my absence. They did a great job.

“She was where she likes to be - in front. I was basically expecting her to kick from there. A new course record, we’ve run second, well done to the winners.

“We’ve no excuses. A furlong out we all thought she was going to do it. You’re running uphill at the end and maybe it just caught her but it was a great run and we’re thankful.”


John Best was pleased with Kingsgate Native’s third-place finish and the three-year-old will now be aimed at the Haydock Sprint Cup.

“Ryan said that he was struggling to go early on today, which is a little bit of a surprise. He also thought that you can’t make up too much ground here today. Between the two and the one, he thought he was going to pick them up but it didn’t quite happen,” explained Best.

“I think he’s run a solid race and that’s the main thing. After that performance, I think we’ll probably go to Haydock (for the Haydock Sprint Cup). He seems okay after the race. A placing in a Group One isn’t bad!

“I’m sure the draw didn’t help Flashmans Papers (13th), it made it very tough for him to be drawn right over on that far side, you definitely need it to be drawn high. Jimmy (Quinn) said he will probably stay a little bit further and with a better draw he would have finished closer. He said he didn’t bash him about, just let him come home in his own time in the closing stages.”


Equiano, who was sent off the 100-30 favourite for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, could only muster a fourth behind Borderlescott but connections are still looking forward to the future.

Charlie Hills, son of trainer Barry Hills, who was saddling Equiano for the first time after he had won the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot for Spanish handler Mauricio Delcher-Sanchez, said: “They went very quick and Olivier [Peslier] said that he wasn’t as balanced as he wanted.

“He’s had quite a long lay off since Royal Ascot and that will bring him on. He’ll probably go for the Haydock Sprint Cup and I think that will suit him.

“We’ll be able to get him travelling and balanced.”

Frankie Dettori said of seventh-placed Dandy Man: “I was trying to settle him and I overdid it.”



Brian Meehan was very happy after Delegator had landed the Renault Master EBF Maiden Stakes under a fine ride from Jimmy Fortune.

The winning trainer said: “He is home-bred by the owner [Poilin Good] and I am delighted with him - he is a serious horse, a very, very nice colt and we’ll play it by ear and there is no rush and I’ll talk to Poilin, who has been an owner with me for years.

“It was a smart race on his debut here and he has gone on. The Royal Lodge is a possibility and we’ll wait and see as he’s still immature. Everything was going right for him and that’s why I ran him.

“Make no mistake, he’s a stakes horse, a serious horse. He might run once more, maybe not at all this year, but he has so
much improvement in him.”


Stuart Williams has an in-form sprinter in Earlsmedic, who duly clinched a hat-trick in the space of three weeks when landing the Renault Trafic Handicap.

Smart 5lb claimer William Carson excelled on Earlsmedic, the 9-4 favourite, who powered away from 40-1 shot Rockfield Lodge in the last furlong.

Williams said: “The handicapper put Earlsmedic up 10lb after he won here last time, so we had to go again with a 6lb penalty, and, hopefully, the official assessor may leave him alone.

“People claim that I like training sprinters - we’ll run Hogmanay in the Portland at Doncaster and hope for wet weather - but I love training any good horse, and arguably the best I have had was Sendinthetank, who ran two cracking races against Sergeant Cecil giving him weight.

“It broke my heart when he broke down here as he was just coming to himself and there was no knowing what he might have achieved. I would not let them put him down and we managed to save him, but his racing days are over and it broke my heart.”


Michael Prosser, clerk of the course and director of racing at Newmarket, said:”We have had a super day’s racing and we have been lucky with the weather.

“We were lucky with the weather in two respects - firstly we got some rain which created a decent racing surface and was much needed as it was getting pretty quick and, secondly, the rain stayed away during racing.

“The weather has been kind, the racing has been excellent and it has been a good day all round.”


The 2007 Darley July Cup hero Sakhee’s Secret (15/2) trailed in last behind Borderlescott in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, but trainer Hughie Morrison revealed that there was a valid excuse for the disappointing run.

He said:“I think something happened when he came out of the stalls. He came out awkwardly and has probably pulled a muscle.”

Race Nine: Renault Kangoo Claiming Stakes - Winning Quotes:


William Haggas was delighted to claim his 60th winner of the year - 68 is his previous best - when Bellomi ran out an easy winner of the Renault Kangoo Claiming Stakes.

Haggas was resigned to the fact that Bellomi would be claimed, but was not too despondent as the owners will probably reinvest in another horse.

He said: “I don’t think he is well handicapped, but I am sure that he will get claimed as he is not a bad little horse. The owners will try again and move on.

“In my opinion, he is too high in the handicap, and he is not that straight forward.

“The BHA, Newmarket and York have done brilliantly to get this on, and it has been a fantastic team effort.”

Race Nine: Renault Kangoo Claiming Stakes - Winning Quotes:


William Haggas was delighted to claim his 60th winner of the year - 68 is his previous best - when Bellomi ran out an easy winner of the Renault Kangoo Claiming Stakes.

Haggas was resigned to the fact that Bellomi would be claimed, but was not too despondent as the owners will probably reinvest in another horse.

He said: “I don’t think he is well handicapped, but I am sure that he will get claimed as he is not a bad little horse. The owners will try again and move on.

“In my opinion, he is too high in the handicap, and he is not that straight forward.

“The BHA, Newmarket and York have done brilliantly to get this on, and it has been a fantastic team effort.”

Race 10: Breheny Handicap - Winning Quotes:


Askar Tau, who has shot up 25lb since he began his winning spree at Haydock last month, clocked up a four-timer when galloping clear of Ollie George in the Breheny Handicap.

Winning trainer Marcus Tregoning is considering a tilt at the totesport Cesarewitch on the NatWest Rowley Mile at Newmarket in October.

He said: “That is the first time that Askar Tau has experienced ground that quick. We know he handles some cut, and, though Martin (Dwyer) reckons he settled well out there, he is more likely to take a pull and grab the ground when it comes up soft.

“He would have no weight in the Cesarewitch, and it is a possi bility, but he could make up into a Cup horse one day.”

Race 11: Renault UK Handicap: Winning Quotes

Lord of the Reins, who has been paying his way on the all-weather this season, showed he was equally effective on the turf when taking the finale, the Renault UK Handicap, under a patient ride from Jamie Spencer.

Winning trainer James Given, completing a 95-1 double, having previously won the nursery with Highland Storm, said: “Jamie told me that he won with a bit in hand. The only place to be was on the stands side, and Jamie walked the course beforehand.

“They have gone very fast, and he is the only horse to have come from off the pace to win today. He has always been a good finisher and he was due a win as he has been knocking at the door.”


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