THE JUDDMONTE INTERNATIONAL GOES TO THE DUKE - NEW APPROACH THIRD
FROM RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
NEWMARKET, SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2008
WALLIS THRILLED WITH DAY
Stephen Wallis, Newmarket’s Managing Director, was thrilled with today’s fixture, which included the re-arranged Group One Juddmonte International Stakes.
He said: “It’s been a fabulous day and everyone at Newmarket has been privileged to see one of the great races of the year.
“We’ve managed to stage it with the support of owners, trainers and sponsors and everyone has worked together and we’ve had a great day.”
PROSSER “NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT”
Michael Prosser, Newmarket’s Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing, said: “It has been a fantastic day’s racing and we’ve witnessed the best turf horse in the world in Duke Of Marmalade.
“It was a magnificent race and a great supporting card with a fantastic atmosphere for the last day of racing on The July Course.
“I’ve been here eight years and I’ve never seen people lining the horsewalk from the parade ring into the winner’s enclosure three deep and the reception given to the winner was sincere and affectionate.
“I’ve never seen anything like it on this course.”
3.35pm JUDDMONTE INTERNATIONAL STAKES (GROUP 1) RESULT
£250,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 2f, Class 1
1 (4) Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) 4 9-05 (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE/Johnny Murtagh 4/6 Fav
2 (9) Phoenix Tower (USA) 4 9-05 (Khalid Abdulla) Henry Cecil/Ted Durcan 12/1
3 (10) New Approach (IRE) 3-8-11 (H R H Princess Haya of Jordan) Jim Bolger IRE/Kevin Manning 2/1
4 (11) Pipedreamer 4 9-05 (Cheveley Park Stud) John Gosden/Seb Sanders 14/1
5 (3) Halicarnassus (IRE) 4 9-05 (Box 41) Mick Channon/Tony Culhane 80/1
6 (7) Championship Point (IRE) 5-9-05 (John Livock) Mick Channon/Edward Creighton 66/1
7 (8) Red Rock Canyon (IRE) 4 9-05 (Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Diane Nagle) Aidan O'Brien IRE/Colm O'Donoghue 66/1
8 (6) Rob Roy (USA) 6-9-05 (Philip Newton) Sir Michael Stoute/Ryan Moore 25/1
9 (1) Cat Junior (USA) 3-8-11 (Roldvale Limited) Brian Meehan/Neil Callan 33/1
Non-Runners: Multidimensional, Stubbs Art
Time: 2m 01.53s Distances: 3/4, 2 1/2, 1 1/4, 4, 1 3/4, 8, 10, 26
Breeder: Southern Bloodstock
Breeding: b c Danehill (USA) - Love Me True (USA) (Kingmambo (USA))
Tote Win: £1.60 Places: £1.02; £2.20; £1.40 Exacta: £7.50
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, 2008 Henrythenavigator), 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: (18) Irish 2,000 Guineas (1997 Desert King, 1999 Saffron Walden, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2008 Henrythenavigator), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1997 Classic Park, 2001 Imagine, 2003 Yesterday, 2008 Halfway To Heaven), Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire), Irish Oaks (2006 Alexandrova, 2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Moonstone) Other major wins include: Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2001 Ballingary, 2002 Alberto Giacometti), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibraltar), Eclipse Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing, 2008 Mount Nelson), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer, 2006 Aussie Rules, 2007 Astronomer Royal), French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), Futurity Stakes (2002 Van Nistelrooy), Irish Champion Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2003 High Chaparral, 2007 Dylan Thomas), Juddmonte International Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), National Stakes (1996 Desert King, 1997 King Of Kings, 2000 Beckett, 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat, 2005 George Washington), 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, 2008 Mastercraftsman), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere/Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire, 1999 Ciro, 2001 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2002 Hold That Tiger, 2004 Oratorio, 2005 Horatio Nelson, 2006 Holy Roman Emperor), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2001 Johanesburg), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas), Prix Ganay (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2006 George Washington), Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs, 1999 Aristotle, 2001 High Chaparral, 2002 Brian Boru), BGC Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2007 Henrythenavigator), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2003 Black Sam Bellamy, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Yorkshire Oaks (2006 Alexandrova, 2007 Peeping Fawn), Blue Square Nassau Stakes (2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Halfway To Heaven), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2007 Peeping Fawn), Coronation Cup (2005 Yeats, 2007 Scorpion, 2008 Soldier Of Fortune) Wins in Britain 2000-2007: 10; 20 (champion trainer for win and place prize money); 10 (champion trainer for win and place prize money); 6; 4; 20; 11; 18 (champion trainer for win and place prize money) Wins in 2008 (In Britain): 17
Winning jockey:-Name: Murtagh, John Patrick Born: May 14, 1970 Background: Son of jockey John, attended the Apprentice Jockeys School at Kildare while serving as an apprentice for John Oxx, with whom he stayed with until 2004. Apprentice champion in 1989, winning the senior version in 1995 and 1998, despite lingering weight problems. Used regularly by Sir Michael Stoute in 2000 when Kieren Fallon was injured, and won 12 Group One contests in that season alone. Spent some of 2006 riding over hurdles, but returned to flat racing later that year, and spent 2007 as Ballydoyle’s main jockey in Britain, following the suspension of Kieren Fallon on suspicion of race-fixing, before being given the job full-time because of Fallon’s 18 month ban for failing a drugs test. First Winner: Chicago Style, Limerick, July 6, 1987 British Classic Wins (5): Vodafone Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2002 High Chaparral, 2005 Motivator), 2000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2008 Henrythenavigator) Group One Wins: National Stakes (1993 Manntari), Opera (1995 Timarida), Moulin de Longchamp (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Matron Stakes (1995 Timarida), Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Yorkshire Oaks (1996 Key Change), Irish Champion Stakes (1996 Timarida), Beverly D Stakes (1996 Timarida), Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (1996 Timarida), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebaditla), Moyglare Stus Stakes (1998 Ebadilya), Irish Oaks (1998 Winona), National Stakes (1999 Sinndar), Gold Cup (1999 Enzeli), Yorkshire Oaks (2000 Petrushka), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Oper (2000 Petrushka), Irish Oaks (2000 Petrushka), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar), Hong Kong Vase (2000 Daliapour), Epsom Derby (2000 Sinndar), Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2000 Kalanisi), Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (2000 Greek Dance), Arc de Triomphe (2000 Sinndar), Abbaye (2000 Namid), St James’s Palace Stakes (2001 Black Minnaloushe), Irish 2000 Guineas (2001 Black Minnaloushe), Gold Cup (2001 Royal Rebel), E P Taylor Stakes (2001 Choc Ice), Gold Cup (2002 Royal Rebel), Epsom Derby (2002 High Chaparral), Cadran (2002 Give Notice), 2000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2003 Alamshar), Irish Derby (2003 Alamshar), Golden Jubilee (2003 Choisir), BGC Sussex Stakes (2004 Soviet Song, 2008 Henrythenavigator), Matron Stakes (2004 Soviet Song), July Cup (2004 Frizzante), Falmouth Stakes (2004 Soviet Song), Falmouth Stakes (2005 Soviet Song), Epsom Derby (2005 Motivator), Yorkshire Oaks (2007 Peeping Fawn), Vermeille (2007 Mrs Lindsay), Nassau Stakes (2007 Peeping Fawn), King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2007 Dylan Thomas), Irish Oaks (2007 Peeping Fawn), Irish Gold Cup (2007 Notnowcato), Golden Jubilee (2007 Soldier’s Tale), Falmouth Stakes (2007 Simply Perfect), Fillies Mile (2007 Listen), Prix Ganay (2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2008 Henrythenavigator), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Coronation Cup (2008 Soldier Of Fortune), Coral-Eclipse (2008 Mount Nelson), Irish Oaks (2008 Moonstone), King George & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Blue Square Nassau Stakes (2008 Halfway To Heaven), Phoenix Stakes (2008 Mastercraftsman), Juddmonte International (2008 Duke Of Marmalade) Wins in Britain 1999-2007: 9; 17; 10; 15; 12; 77; 48; 0; 21; Wins in Britain in 2008: 23
DUKE DIGS DEEP FOR FIFTH GROUP ONE TRIUMPH
“Is this horse really flesh and blood?” asked Aidan O’Brien admiringly as he reflected on another magnificent performance from Duke Of Marmalade, who lived up to all our expectations when stretching his Group One sequence this season to five in the Juddmonte International.
Enjoying a dream run up the inside rail, Duke Of Marmalade, who does not do “spectacular”, found plenty when Johnny Murtagh popped the question, beating off the persistent challenge of the luckless Phoenix Tower to win by three parts of a length, with Derby winner New Approach no match for the older horses as he struggled home in third, another two and a half lengths back.
O’Brien, paying Duke of Marmalade the ultimate complement, said: ”This is one of the all-time greats, and if horses are made of stone or concrete, then the Duke is made of something harder. His constitution is simply amazing, and he has everything; speed, class, a fabulous temperament and a remarkable will-to-win.
“What impressed me most this time was the pace that Duke of Marmalade showed. He travelled so well during the race and we could easily drop him back to a mile. He is that versatile.
“It was a very messy week what with his fruitless trip to York. He left Ballydoyle at 5am last Tuesday and it was after 3pm when he got back. There was a lot of hanging around, and you always worry what effect it will have, but if any horse could cope with such a schedule it is the Duke.
“We were afraid to put him on the scales for two days, worried that he might have lost too much weight, so to achieve what he has after such a manic week is a credit to the horse and to all the team at home.
“The Duke is so solid mentally as well as physically - his fighting weight is 540 kilos - that we will seriously consider the Irish Champion Stakes.”
O’Brien, recording his 18th Group One triumph of 2008, paid tribute to everyone who moved quickly to restage the Juddmonte after York was washed out,
He added: ”Thanks have to go out to York and Newmarket, Paul Roy and Ruth Quinn of the BHA, the sponsors and television companies, as well as the bookmakers, and it just goes to show what we can achieve in racing when everyone works together.”
“WAIT WAS WORTHWHILE” - MURTAGH
Johnny Murtagh, clinching his 16th Group One of the season with another memorable victory on the remarkable Duke Of Marmalade in the Juddmonte International, echoed Aidan O’Brien’s sentiments that the winner was “one of those special horses.”
Murtagh said: “I had to wait four days, but it was well worthwhile. The Duke is so solid and so genuine. He had been working good and behaving good at home, and you just know that he will never let you down.
“He was tanking along a bit early on as Neil Callan’s horse (Cat Junior) was blowing quite hard, so I was keen to get him relaxed.
“But Colm O’Donoghue did a great job on the pacemaker (Red Rock Canyon) - he is in Ballydoyle seven days a week and knows my horse as well as he knows his own - and when he eased off the fence at the four-furlong pole I got a dream run through.
“I saw Phoenix Tower coming, but I always knew that my lad would pull out plenty up the hill, and when I gave him a couple of slaps he did just that.
“Nothing fazes my lad and he is truly a remarkable horse - one of the greats, that’s for sure.”
PHOENIX TOWER’S DAY WILL COME SAYS CECIL
Once again having to settle for second place to an Aidan O’Brien hotpot, Henry Cecil was magnanimous in defeat, declaring himself pleased with the efforts of Phoenix Tower, who races in the colours of the sponsor, Prince Khalid Abdulla of Juddmonte Farms.
Cecil said: “It was a wonderful run and he’s an improving horse but the other horse just got the better of him up the hill.”
Phoenix Tower was beaten just a short-head by Duke Of Marmalade’s stablemate Mount Nelson in the G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on his last start and was also runner-up to Creachadoir in the G1 Lockinge Stakes in May as well as Duke Of Marmalade in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
“He’s done really well and improved nearly four lengths on his last run but he’s just unlucky. He’s been second in three or four Group 1 races but his day will come. I’m very pleased with him,” added his trainer.
BOLGER HAPPY ENOUGH
Jim Bolger expressed himself happy enough with Derby winner New Approach after he could finish only third behind Duke Of Marmalade in the Juddmonte International Stakes.
He said: “Beaten but definitely not battered. He ran a very good race and obviously he is on the way back. It would have been better if he had been a little bit sharper.
“We will re-group and I would imagine that you will see a different horse in a couple of weeks time in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
“I am not using the ground as an excuse - he strode out well on it.”
New Approach’s jockey Kevin Manning added: “He ran a good race. He kept going to the line and I am very happy with him.”
FIRST RACE - THE EUROPEAN BREEDERS’ FUND MAIDEN STAKES -
ABSENT BRINGS GREAT PLEASURE ON SECOND OUTING
Experience told for Absent Pleasure who stepped up on his fifth place on debut behind stablemate Nasri to take Newmarket’s opener by a short-head from newcomer Huntdown.
Winning trainer Brian Meehan said: “He’s a nice colt, pretty decent. We threw him in over seven (furlongs) and Alan (Munro) said he was still a little green. You like to hear all those things as there are things we can do to make him better.
“You’d have to say he’s a potential stakes horse as the dogs were barking for a few fancied horses in the race so you’d have to think it was a decent race. I’m very pleased and the other horse (Hula King) ran well too.”
After the first race, the following jockeys described the ground as:
Robert Havlin - “on the quick side of good”
Ryan Moore - “fast ground”
Johnny Murtagh - “beautiful”
Alan Munro - “fast side of good - lovely”
John Egan - “good to quick”
Tony Culhane - “firm”
William Buick - “quick”
George Baker - “good fast ground”
Jimmy Quinn - “good ground - firm underneath”
Liam Jones - “on the fast side”
Tom Queally - “very quick”
1.25pm THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION LOWTHER STAKES (GROUP 2) RESULT
£60,000 added, 2yo fillies only, 6f, Class 1
1 (4) Infamous Angel 2-8-12 (Geoff Howard-Spink & Peter Marshall) Richard Hannon/Eddie Ahern 11/2
2 (5) Penny's Gift 2-8-12 (Malcolm & Penny Brown) Richard Hannon/Ryan Moore 7/2
3 (3) Langs Lash (IRE) 2-9-01 (EHR Partnership) Mick Quinlan/Alan Munro
4 (1) Danehill Destiny 2-8-12 (Cheveley Park Stud) William Haggas/Johnny Murtagh
5 (6) Please Sing 2-9-01 (Ann Black) Mick Channon/Eddie Creighton
6 (7) African Skies 2-8-12 (Cockerill Hillen & Graham) Kevin Ryan/Neil Callan 7/4 Fav
7 (2) Maggie Lou (IRE) 2-8-12 (Highbank Syndicate) Kevin Ryan/Ted Durcan
Time: 1m 11.65s Distances: nose, head, 2, 1 3/4, 1/2, 5
Breeder: Bricklow Stud
Breeding: b f Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Evangeline (Sadler’s Wells)
Tote Win: £7.10 Places: £3.40; £2.10 Exacta: £24.50
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: Betfair Cup (2008 Paco Boy), Brigadier Gerard Stakes (1995 Alriffa), Richmond Stakes (1992 Son Pardo, 2008 Prolific), 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 (1990 Only Yours, 1992 Niche, 2008 Infamous Angel), 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), Gran Criterium (2007 Scintillo) Royal Ascot wins: 23 First Royal Ascot winner: Fly Baby (June 17, 1981 - Queen Mary Stakes) Major Royal Ascot wins: Royal Hunt Cup (2008 Mr Aviator), 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), Chesham Stakes (1983 Head For Heights, 2008 Free Agent) Number of horses in training (1985-2008): 67: 75: 74: 80: 85: 107: 131: 139: 155: 178: 167: 155: 149: 145: 155: 162: 147: 169: 169: 149: 169; 163; 184 Number of wins in a season (1982-2007):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; 134; Wins in 2008: 134
Winning jockey:-Name: Ahern, Edward Delacy Weight: 7st 12lb First Winner: Ardlea House (Dundalk, 1994) Major Achievements: Champion Apprentice and Derrinstown Stud Champion Apprentice in 1997 Major Races Won: Ascot Stakes (1998 San Sebastian), Challenge Stakes (2002 Nayyir), Diomed Stakes (2002 Nayyir), July Stakes (2006 Strategic Prince), Lennox Stakes (2002 and 2003 Nayyir), Richmond Stakes (2007 Strike The Deal), totesport Cambridgeshire (2002 Beauchamp Pilot), Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (2006 Strategic Prince), Betfred Silver Bowl (2008 Staying On), Lowther Stakes (2008 Infamous Angel) Royal Ascot Wins (3): Ascot Stakes (1998 San Sebastian), Norfolk Stakes (2004 Blue Dakota), Wokingham Stakes (2004 Lafi) First Goodwood winner: True Night (The Tatler Summer Season Handicap, July 30, 2002) Goodwood winners: 16 (9 at Festival Meeting) Wins in Britain (2000-2007): 2; 3; 83; 108; 111; 120; 140; 61; Wins in 2008: 53
Race 2 - TBA Lowther Stakes - Winning Quotes
ANOTHER ONE-TWO FOR HANNON
Just a day after Richard Hannon had saddled Elnawin and Bonnie Charlie to finish first and second in the DBS £300000 St Leger Yearling Stakes, he sent out another one-two in the form of Infamous Angel and Penny’s Gift in the Group Two Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Lowther Stakes.
The trainer’s son and assistant Richard Hannon Junior said: “The winner has improved a lot since winning a maiden auction race at Bath and stepped up again on her second in the Super Sprint.
“Penny’s Gift is a nice filly as well and she was just struggling for toe in the ground which was a bit quick for her. She would have liked a bit more rain.
“We’ll look at the Cheveley Park Stakes for Infamous Angel and these are two very quick fillies.
“The winner seems to be getting better and Geoff [Howard-Spink] bred her and couldn’t sell her. He might be able to sell her next time and there will be a few takers!”
Hannon has previously won the Lowther courtesy of Only Yours (1990) and Niche (1992).
The winner was partnered by Eddie Ahern and when it was suggested that Ryan Moore, who partnered Penny’s Gift, had chosen wrongly, Hannon replied: “No I dodn’t think so. She was struggling a bit for speed early on.”
Race Two: Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Lowther Stakes - Placed Quotes
LANGS LASH THE MORAL WINNER
Queen Mary Stakes heroine Langs Lash came off third best in a blanket finish with the Richard Hannon pair, Infamous Angel and Penny’s Gift, for the Group 2 TBA Lowther Stakes, but, conceding 3lb to the first two, Mick Quinlan’s filly came out the moral winner.
Quinlan’s brother, Noel, who is assistant trainer, said: ”Langs Lashes has run a cracker, and with the weight concession she comes out the best filly in the race.
“It was her first run for her new owners, who bought her after Ascot, and, hopefully, they might now decide to have 10 with us next season.
“We will take Langs Lash to the Rowley Mile course for the Cheveley Park Stakes, and, having looked at the entries, it is virtually a replica of this, so we’ll go there with our tails up.
“I don’t want to go back to five furlongs for the Flying Childers and we’d have a penalty if we ran in the Firth of Clyde, which is only a Group 3, so it makes sense to head for the Cheveley Park.”
Kevin Ryan, trainer of beaten favourite African Skies, said: “I think it was just a little bit quick for her. Neil (Callan) said she was all at sea coming down the hill. The ground’s just dried out a bit much for her but she seems fine.”
Jockey Johnny Murtagh picked-up a two-day ban (September 7 and 8) following his ride on fourth-paced Danehill Destiny in the TBA Lowther Stakes. The stewards found Murtagh guilty of careless riding, in that he manoeuvred to the right and interfered with sixth-paced African Skies.
Race Three: Chris Blackwell Memorial Handicap: Winning Quotes
RELATIVE ORDER TIMELY BOOST FOR BEST
With Doncaster Sales starting on Tuesday, trainer John Best is anxious to see plenty of the winner’s enclosure to put him in the shop window, and the Maidstone trainer celebrated a timely winner when Relative Order justified 11/4 favouritism in the Chris Blackwell Memorial Handicap.
Relative Order stayed on too strongly for Ellemujie and Aromatherapy, but this consistent and genuine colt won’t be gracing our racecourses for too much longer as Best revealed that he has been sold to go to Hong Kong.
Best said:”Relative Order is rated 87, but the new owners (One Carat Partnership) are keen to try and get him up towards 100 as that would put him in a different bracket of racing in Hong Kong. Seb (Sanders) reckons he is the ideal type to do well out there.
“He ran well from a bad draw at Goodwood last time, and I thought he had another bad draw here until I realised the stalls were in a different place. He did the job well and he’ll probably have two more runs before he gets on the plane.”
Best added that his stable-star Kingsgate Native, who ran a super race to finish third behind Borderlescott in the Nunthorpe Stakes here yesterday, had returned home in fine fettle and will now be prepared for the Haydock Sprint Cup.
Race 4 - Adnams East Green Nursery - Winning Quotes
THAT MAN HANNON AGAIN
Richard Hannon’s string is on fire and the East Everleigh-based handler struck with a quickfire 109.5/1 double this afternoon when Gal Aloud (16/1) won the Adnams East Green Nursery to add to Infamous Angel’s (11/2) earlier success in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Lowther Stakes.
Son and assistant Richard Hannon Junior said: “Anthony Bromley bought this horse for Chris and Jenny Powell at Doncaster Yearling Sales.
“This has always been a nice filly, who is quite tall and could go on now. She is a little bit on the leg but if she does well over the next couple of months, she could be a nice horse.
“All of the Powell’s horses begin with a G - the likes of Gaelstrom and Goggles.”
FIFTH RACE - THE COUNTRYWIDE STEEL AND TUBE HOPEFUL STAKES
- Winner’s quote
HANNON BENEFIT CONTINUES AS EDGE CLOSER PREVAILS
The Hannon team bagged their third win of the day (registering a 1,877/1 treble)) courtesy of a game victory from 16/1 shot Edge Closer in the Listed Countrywide Steel & Tube Hopeful Stakes under Ryan Moore.
Representing his father, Richard Hannon Jr said: “He’s an improving horse, this. He’ll be a lovely horse for next year too. He seems to run best when we just jump and let him roll. He’s a big horse now and if he keeps filling out he’ll be lovely next year.
“It’s a pretty good day at the office. You get those days but don’t worry but we get plenty of bad days as well.”
George Baker, who rode runner-up Balthazaar’s Gift, said:”He has run a cracker. The winner got first run on me, but, that apart, I have no complaints. We got the cover we needed and I got the split when I needed it. I would love to ride him again if he ran in the Haydock Sprint Cup.”
Jeremy Noseda plans to miss Haydock with third-placed Strike the Deal and wait for the Diadem Stakes at Ascot.
He said: “It is a Group 2 race, but he will meet the same sort of horses that he met here.”
WINKER WILL BE “A DIFFERENT HORSE” OVER SEVEN FURLONGS
Winker Watson went off the 15-8 favourite in the Countrywide Steel And Tubes Hopeful Stakes, but could only manage a well-beaten eighth.
His jockey Alan Munro opined: “He needs seven furlongs as the six today was too sharp for him and he was taken off his feet.
“He wasn’t able to get into it and when we go seven, I think that you’ll see a different horse.”
Seventh race - The DBS St Leger Yearling Stakes - Winning quotes
DARK LANE’S VICTORY ADDS TO ANGELZARKE’S SALES RACE POT
Owner David Armstrong watched his filly Anglezarke finish a game sixth in yesterday’s DBS £300,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes and his colours fared even better today when Dark Lane, plucked from the same sale last season, took the consolation race in game fashion.
The delighted owner said: “We’re absolutely thrilled. After his last run we were a bit unsure and we were trying to pick out softer ground for him but he’s completely reversed that today. He really suffered with sore shins earlier in the season but let’s hope he’ll come out of this okay and we’ll come up with a plan after that.”
Dark Lane added nearly £17,000 to the £8,000 won yesterday by Anglezarke.
“It’s been a wonderful couple of days,” said Armstrong. “We can’t complain.”
FURTHER BAN FOR MURTAGH
Jockey Johnny Murtagh received a two-day ban for careless riding aboard Danehill Destiny in the TBA Lowther Stakes and he was called in front of the stewards again after race four, The Adnams East Green Nursery Handicap Stakes.
The panel found that Murtagh’s mount Pegasus Lad had interfered with Bobby Soxer, in turn causing interference with Richo and Swingfire, and the jockey was awarded another one-day (Tuesday, September 9) suspension for careless riding for allowing his mount to hang left without sufficient correction.
Race 8 - University Of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust Maiden Stakes - Winning quotes
SECOND TIME LUCKY FOR MAWATHEEQ
Mawatheeq justified 6-4 favouritism to win at the second time of asking in the University Of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust Maiden Stakes and provide trainer Marcus Tregoning with his second winner of the two-day fixture.
Winning rider Pat Dobbs said: “He’s a lovely big horse and he’ll improve when we step him up in distance.
“It rode like a good race.”
The stewards ruled that Ted Durcan, riding Phoenix Tower in the Juddmonte International, had caused interference with the Colm O’Donoghue-ridden Red Rock Canyon by careless riding in manoeuvring left. Durcan was suspended for two days on Sunday to Monday, September 7-8 inclusive.
Ninth race - THE JIM BAMFORTH MEMORIAL HANDICAP STAKES - Winner’s quote
CAMBRIDGESHIRE BECKONS FOR REDOUBTABLE VETERAN
Nine-year-old Unshakable pulled off a memorable victory in the closing race of the day, landing the spoils at 20/1 for Wickhambrook trainer Bob Jones and the Unshakable Partnership.
“The way he’s performing we’ll have another go next year and then he’ll be my hack. He hasn’t had a lot of racing, we’ve looked after him,” said Jones.
“I just wish in racing they would do as they do in most other sports and have a Masters series where you can bring out the older horses and stage special races for them. They don’t know what to do with racehorses when they’ve finished but he could be doing this for another four or five years. It’s amazing the number of people who ask me how he is. They all remember him.”
He added: “He’ll go for the Cambridgeshire hopefully and he won’t be far away.”
The 339th NEWMARKET TOWN PLATE
Winner and placed quotes
ALL THE WAY WIN FOR BULBERRY HILL
Having just his second ride in public, 24-year-old Craig Walker was the runaway winner of the Town Plate aboard the Russell Price-trained Bulberry Hill, who finished 28 lengths in front of the second-placed Lysander’s Quest.
Walker said: “He was pretty keen so I let him hit the front and bowl along. I kept looking round and I was glad when I couldn’t see anyone behind me.”
Bookmaker Gery Chesnaux was runner-up for the seond time on Lysander’s Quest. He said: “I didn’t back myself. The price was too short!”
GOING NEWS AT 10.00am
The going at 10.00am on Saturday, August 23, is:
GOOD TO FIRM
Newmarket’s Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing, Michael Prosser, said: “It was dry overnight and the going is now good to firm.
“Today’s forecast is for sunny spells. It should also be dry, with temperatures set to reach 22 degrees Celsius.
“We are set fair for what should be a wonderful day’s racing.”
THE BIG SHOOT-OUT
The scene is set fair for a mouth-watering first clash of the generations in today’s Juddmonte International, with Epsom Derby winner New Approach taking on the best older horse in Europe in Duke of Marmalade, and, with underfoot conditions near perfect, there should be no excuses around 3.37pm. With only one three-year-old contesting the Eclipse and no runners from the classic generation in the King George at Ascot, today should provide a race to savour.
Encouraged by the fact that 12 months ago the Blue Riband hero Authorized toppled Aidan O’Brien’s number one four-year-old, the subsequent Arc winner Dylan Thomas, when this prestigious race was run at its usual venue York, Jim Bolger is relishing the challenge.
Asked where he was feeling the pressure bringing back the Princess Haya-owned New Approach after the setback which followed his Epsom triumph, Jim Bolger said:”Pressure ? - the only time I feel pressure is if the kettle does not come to the boil in the morning!
“New Approach’s preparation has gone as well as I could have hoped, but it will be a hot race and I have a lot of respect for Duke of Marmalade - I will certainly be using him when he goes to stud!”
Prior to Authorized, four consecutive favourites have bitten the dust in this race, but punters have not lost faith in Duke of Marmalade, who is odds-on again (5-6) with Paddy Power, the evens having been snapped up this morning.
O’Brien, whose only previous success in this race came courtesy of Giant’s Causeway in 2000, said:”Duke of Marmalade is right up there with ‘the iron horse’, and I think coming back in trip after the King George will suit him.
“The ground was soft when he won the Prix Ganay, but he is better on good, so there will be no excuses on that score.”
Unbeaten in four Group Ones this season, Duke of Marmalade is at the top of his game and O’Brien added: ”He was never moving right last year, following the ligament injury which he sustained at Goodwood as a juvenile, but John Halley, our vet, sorted him out last winter and he is really using himself this season.”