RAU CONSIDERS EMIRATES AIRLINE CHAMPION STAKES FOR SADDEX
The £375,000 Group One Emirates Airline Champion Stakes, which takes place at Newmarket on Champions Day, Saturday, October 18, has attracted a superb 64-strong entry that reads like a who’s who of the season’s star performers.
This season’s British and Irish Classic winners Henrythenavigator, New Approach, Halfway To Heaven and Frozen Fire have been entered alongside the best of the older horses, headed by Duke Of Marmalade.
With the likes of Mount Nelson, Lucarno, Lush Lashes, Hala Bek, Phoenix Tower, Rio De La Plata and Soldier Of Fortune thrown into the mix, it promises to be a race to savour.
Trainer Peter Rau has entered the top-class Saddex for the prestigious 10-furlong contest and the five-year-old Sadler’s Wells horse, sixth to Dylan Thomas in last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, could bid to become the first German-trained winner of the race.
Saddex’s latest outing saw him defeat the Michael Jarvis-trained Pressing to win the Group One Premio Presidente della Repubblica over 10 furlongs at the Capannelle on May 18. That victory followed a highly creditable half-length second to Duke Of Marmalade in the Group One Prix Ganay at Longchamp on his seasonal debut.
Rau is eyeing the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes as one of two end of season targets for his charge.
He revealed today: "The long-term plan is to go to either Newmarket for the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes or to Longchamp for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and we will make a decision after his next race at Baden Baden in September - the Grosser Preis von Baden.
"Saddex has enjoyed a rest since his win in Rome, a victory that pleased me a lot, and he is in good form as we look ahead to Baden Baden."
"The form of his second to Duke Of Marmalade in the Prix Ganay has worked out very well, which pleases me, and that was his first start of the year, so it was a good effort.
"The Emirates Airline Champion Stakes is a race of great prestige, so it would be good to win it."
The Emirates Airline Champion Stakes is the feature event on Champions Day at Newmarket, which boasts a tremendous seven-race card overflowing with quality.
Irish champion trainer Aidan O’Brien already has 17 Group One successes on the board this season but he is yet to capture the prestigious 10-furlong prize and he has entered 14 horses as he looks to add his name to the roll of honour.
The Ballydoyle contingent includes a host of established stars such as King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes victor Duke Of Marmalade, the brilliant miler and dual Classic winner Henrythenavigator, Irish 1,000 Guineas and Nassau Stakes heroine Halfway To Heaven, and Coral-Eclipse Stakes hero Mount Nelson, as well as the last two winners of the Irish Derby in the three-year-old Frozen Fire and the year older Soldier Of Fortune.
Derby winner New Approach won the Darley Dewhurst Stakes on Champions Day last year and could return to the Rowley Mile course in an attempt to enhance his already impressive record. The Jim Bolger-trained colt has been entered alongside stablemate Lush Lashes, winner of the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and an unlucky runner-up in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last time.
Henry Cecil landed the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes in 1988 with Indian Skimmer and saw another of his crack fillies, Bosra Sham, take the prize in 1996. The master of Warren Place has five entries including the Group One-winning filly Passage Of Time, Group Two Prix Eugene Adam winner Twice Over, Eclipse Stakes runner-up Phoenix Tower, Kandahar Run and last year’s fifth Multidimensional.
Derby runner-up Tartan Bearer is among a strong septet from the Sir Michael Stoute yard that also features Linngari, winner of a Group One at Munich on July 27, and Doctor Fremantle, who has progressed from handicap company to finish fourth in both the Derby and Grand Prix de Paris.
Stoute, who has won the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes with Breeders’ Cup Turf winners Pilsudski (1997) and Kalanisi (2000), has also engaged the Group One Audi Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Promising Lead, Heaven Sent, the 2006 runner-up Rob Roy and Tajaaweed.
There are a total of 19 entries trained in Ireland and Dermot Weld is responsible for a high-class trio. Famous Name failed by only a head to catch Vision d’Etat in the Group One Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly in June, while Casual Conquest finished third in the Derby at Epsom and went one place better when runner-up to Frozen Fire in the Irish equivalent. The filly Carribean Sunset is Group One-placed.
Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has engaged nine of his string, headed by Rio De La Plata, who was third to Tamayuz in the Group One Prix Jean Prat last time. The Godolphin entry also includes 2006 Derby fourth Hala Bek, who returned from a two-year absence to win at Nottingham in July, Group Two winner Campanologist, and the 2006 German Derby victor Schiaparelli.
This year’s Emirates Airline Champion Stakes entry has a strong international flavour with South African trainer Mike de Kock having entered a trio of his stable stars headed by Eagle Mountain, who was runner-up in this race to Literato for previous trainer Aidan O’Brien in 2007.
Another former Ballydoyle inmate, Archipenko, has captured the Group One Audemars Piguet QEII Cup in Hong Kong and Ascot’s Group Two Summer Mile since joining de Kock, who could also saddle UAE Derby runner-up Royal Vintage.
French-trained runners have a fine record in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes, taking the prize 13 times in the last 45 years, including the last two renewals when the Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained Pride (2006) and Literato (2007), trained by Jean-Claude Rouget prevailed.
Criquette Head-Maarek was successful from across the Channel in 1993 with the brilliant mare Hatoof and the trainer could saddle Full Of Gold this time around. The three-year-old colt won the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud as a juvenile and took the Group Two Prix Noailles this term before running below par when last in the Prix du Jockey Club.
St Leger winner Lucarno and Group Two York Stakes winner Pipedreamer could line up for trainer John Gosden, while Luca Cumani has entered Bankable and Irish Derby fifth Curtain Call, and Mark Johnston has engaged Group One UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes winner Nahoodh.
The entry also includes the classy Brian Meehan-trained pair of City Leader and Cat Junior. The latter is owned by Roldvale Ltd whose colours were carried to victory in 2005 by the Meehan-trained David Junior.
The progressive Bushman could take his chance for trainer David Simcock, while John Dunlop may saddle the useful filly Muthabara and Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes winner Smokey Oakey might line up for trainer Mark Tompkins and owner Dame Judi Dench.
THE EMIRATES AIRLINES CHAMPION STAKES
Class One, Group One, £375,000 Guaranteed. Newmarket, Saturday, October 18, 2008. For 3yo+, 1m 2f. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 8st 12lb; 3yo fillies 8st 9lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 3lb; fillies and mares 9st Entries closed August 5, entries revealed August 6 (64 entries). Forfeit stage Tuesday, September 30, 2008, five-day confirmation & £30,000 supplementary stage Monday, October 13, 2008, final declaration stage 10.00am Thursday, October 16, 2008. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, August 4, 2008.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
5-01311 ARCHIPENKO (USA) 4 Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum Mike de Kock SAF
11-1152 BANKABLE (IRE) 4 Ronchalon Racing (UK) Ltd Luca Cumani
(3)112 BUSHMAN 4 Khalifa Dasmal David Simcock
(1)13142 CAMPANOLOGIST (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
451-161 SMOKEY OAKEY (IRE) 4 Judi Dench and Bryan Agar Mark Tompkins
5115-12 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (IRE) 4 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
2060-00 SONG OF HIAWATHA 4 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
(1)-4112 STAYING ON (IRE) 3 Mark Dixon Walter Swinburn
10-105 TAJAAWEED (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
2-1123 TARTAN BEARER (IRE) 3 Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
540320 TRAFFIC GUARD (USA) 4 Fitri Hay Jane Chapple-Hyam
11-1331 TWICE OVER 3 Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
1/1/-411 WITH INTEREST 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
21210- YOU'RESOTHRILLING (USA) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
31 ZULU CHIEF (USA) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
3 South African-trained
BOLGER QUINTET AMONG SUPERB 138-STRONG DARLEY DEWHURST STAKES ENTRY
A total of 138 entries has been received for this year’s £270,000 Darley Dewhurst Stakes, run at Newmarket on Champions Day, Saturday, October 18, 2008.
Irish trainer Jim Bolger has entered five colts in the seven-furlong Group One contest as he bids to become the first trainer since Frank Butters in 1935 to send out three consecutive Darley Dewhurst winners, having triumphed with Teofilo in 2006 and subsequent Epsom Derby victor New Approach last year.
As well as the unraced trio of O’Graolaigh, Smart Miler and Vocalised, Bolger could be represented by Gan Amhras, who beat the Aidan O’Brien-trained Masterofthehorse in a mile maiden at Naas, and Coventry Stakes runner-up Intense Focus.
Bolger commented: "We’ve entered five horses in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes and I hope that we might be represented in it because we would like to keep the sequence going.
"Gan Amhras was entered in a Listed race at Tipperary on Thursday, but he will not be running because he doesn’t fancy soft ground. He’s a miler but I’m sure he would have no problem in dropping down to the seven furlongs of the Darley Dewhurst.
"I don’t think he will take in the National Stakes at the Curragh in September and I think he will be stepping up to a mile now but we could easily be tempted to drop him back to seven for Newmarket. He’s got the class to do that."
After chasing home Art Connoisseur on his third start in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, Intense Focus finished a close third in the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh before posting a below par effort when fifth in the Group Three Anglesey Stakes at the same course on his latest start.
Bolger hopes that a step up in distance will see the son of Giant’s Causeway improve further and envisages that the colt will prove be seen to good effect over the seven-furlong trip of the Darley Dewhurst.
He continued: "I thought that Intense Focus ran well at Royal Ascot on a trip that was short of his best and on ground that was possibly a little on the fast side for him. We were disappointed with his latest run in the Anglesey Stakes.
"I think that seven furlongs would suit him better or maybe even a mile. I would have no problem in stepping him up in distance or indeed dropping Gan Amhras down in trip, if either of those two are chosen for the Darley Dewhurst at the time.
"The three unraced colts, O’Graolaigh, Smart Miler and Vocalised will all start of in maidens before we decide where to go with them."
The five Bolger-trained horses are part of a strong Irish entry of 43 which includes the John Oxx-trained pair of impressive Leopardstown maiden winner Arazan and a Cape Cross half-brother to Galileo Sea The Stars, as well as the Dermot Weld-trained recent Galway Festival scorer Broad Meaning.
Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien, successful in the 2001 Darley Dewhurst with subsequent 2000 Guineas hero Rock Of Gibraltar, has engaged a formidable team of 33, including the unbeaten pair of Mastercraftsman, who won the Group One Phoenix Stakes on his latest appearance, and Rip Van Winkle, who was successful on his last start in the Group Three Tyros Stakes, a race won by both Teofilo and New Approach prior to Darley Dewhurst glory in the past two years.
O’Brien could also be represented by impressive maiden winners Black Bear Island, a full-brother to 2002 Derby winner High Chaparral, Hail Caesar and Indian Ocean as well as Westphalia, who finished second to the David Wachman-trained Bushranger in the Anglesey Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute, who sent out Ajdal to win the Darley Dewhurst Stakes in 1986, has entered seven horses including Zacinto, who took a Sandown maiden in devastating fashion on his racecourse debut, while Mick Channon, successful with Tobougg in 2000, could be represented by recent Group Two Vintage Stakes winner Orizaba.
The Cheka, who won an Ascot novice stakes by 10 lengths on his only start, could run for Eve Johnson-Houghton, who assisted her father Fulke when he won the Darley Dewhurst for a second time in 2002 with Tout Seul, while Mark Johnston, who took this race with Shamardal two years later, has debut maiden scorers Cry Of Freedom and Juke Box Jury among his four entries. Godolphin has engaged a total of 15, with York maiden fourth Hajoum the only one of their horses with any previous racecourse experience.
Other interesting entries include the Tom Dascombe-trained pair of Group Two TNT July Stakes victor Classic Blade and Group Two Weatherbys Superlative Stakes winner Firth Of Fifth, along with Free Agent, who won the Listed Chesham Stakes for The Queen at Royal Ascot, Group Three Molecomb Stakes scorer Finjaan, and recent Newmarket maiden scorer War Native.
For further information, please contact Tony Rushmer at Newmarket Racecourses on 01638 663482 or 07702 579 382; Email: email@example.com
THE DARLEY DEWHURST STAKES
Class One, Group One, £270,000 Total Prize Fund. Newmarket, Saturday, October 18, 2008. For 2yo only, entire colts and fillies, seven furlongs. Weights: colts 9st 1lb, fillies 8st 122lb; Entries closed Tuesday, August 5, 2008, entries revealed, Wednesday, August 6, 2008 (138 entries). Forfeit stage, Tuesday September 30, 2008, five-day confirmation & £20,000 supplementary stage Monday, October 13, 2008, final declaration stage 10.00am Thursday, October 16, 2008. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, August 4, 2008.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
20 AAKEF (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
ABSENT PLEASURE (USA) Bill Hinge Brian Meehan
AL WASL (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
ALAZEYAB (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
1 ALBAHER Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
ALHAQUE (USA) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Peter Chapple-Hyam
ALWAARY (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
ANMAR (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1 ARAZAN (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
1112 ART CONNOISSEUR (IRE) Richard Green Michael Bell
4 ASATEER (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
ASHRAM (IRE) Mountgrange Stud John Hills
AUGUSTUSTHESTRONG (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
21 BLACK BEAR ISLAND (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
02 BORN TO BE KING (USA) Sue Magnier & Roisin Henry Aidan O'Brien IRE
21 BROAD MEANING Khalid Abdulla Dermot Weld IRE
BURJ DUBAI (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1213 BUSHRANGER (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor David Wachman IRE
CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
4111 CLASSIC BLADE (IRE) The Classic Strollers Partnership Tom Dascombe
3 COAT OF ARMS (IRE) Sue Magnier, MichaelTabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
CONTRETEMPS (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1 COURAGEOUS (IRE) H E Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Bryan Smart
1 CRY OF FREEDOM (USA) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
5103 DABBERS CHIEF (USA) South Bank Thoroughbred Racing Barry Hills
DALTAWA (IRE) H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
DECEMBER Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
DELEGATOR Mrs P Good Brian Meehan
2(1) DEPOSER (IRE) Kent Bloodstock John Best
41 DERBAAS (USA) Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
DESERT EAGLE (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1 DESERT PHANTOM (USA) Ahmad Al Shaikh David Simcock
322 DRUMBEAT (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
EBIAYN (FR) Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
42460 EGYPT Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
EMERGING ARTIST (FR) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
EMIRATES ROADSHOW (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
FAME AND GLORY Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
FANTASTIC DUBAI (USA) Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
121 FINJAAN Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
(3)23110 FIRTH OF FIFTH (IRE) Daniel Perchard Tom Dascombe
22 FITZ FLYER (IRE) Ron Hull David Brown
00 FOUR STAR GENERAL (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
FRANCISCO GOYA (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
11 FREE AGENT The Queen Richard Hannon
3 FREEMANTLE Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
GAELIC CHIEF (IRE) Anne Marie O'Brien Aidan O'Brien IRE
612 GALLAGHER Brimacombe, McNally, Rickman & Sangster Brian Meehan
3 GALPIN JUNIOR (USA) Roldvale Limited Brian Meehan
31 GAN AMHRAS (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
013 GLUTEUS MAXIMUS (IRE) Vesalius Syndicate Aidan O'Brien IRE
GOLDEN SWORD Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
124 GRAND DUCAL (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
1 HAIL CAESAR (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
4 HAJOUM (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
14 HIMALYA (IRE) Gillian Khosla Jermey Noseda
40 HOLYROOD Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
01 INDIAN OCEAN (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
41235 INTENSE FOCUS (USA) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
ITHBAAT (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
JOHANN ZOFFANY Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
1 JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) Alan Spence Mark Johnston
KITE WOOD (IRE) Thomas Barr Michael Jarvis
12 LAAHIG Fawzi Abdulla Nass Gerard Butler
3132 LORD SHANAKILL (USA) Mark Gittins Karl Burke
LORD OF THE DANCE (IRE) Bridgewater Equine Ltd James Eustace
24 MAGALING (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Luca Cumani
MAHYOUB Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
MALIBU BAY (USA) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
0 MAN OF IRON (USA) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
MANAHEJ (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
6 MARCHING TIME Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
MARED (USA) Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Thani Jeremy Noseda
22 MASTER ROONEY (IRE) H E Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Bryan Smart
111 MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
2 MASTEROFTHEHORSE (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
MAURICE UTRILLO (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
MONTMORENCY (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
MORAL MAZE (IRE) H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
MURHEE (USA) Saif Ali & Saeed H Altayer David Lanigan
MUSLEH (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
MUTAMAYEZ Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
NAMIBIAN ORATOR (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
02 NASRI Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Brian Meehan
NAWAADI (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
NORTH EAST CORNER (USA) Thomas Barr Barry Hills
2 NOVERRE TO GO (IRE) John Duddy Tom Dascombe
O'GRAOLAIGH (USA) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
151 ORIZABA (IRE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
321 OUQBA Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
1 PARISIAN ART (IRE) Matthew Green Jeremy Noseda
1 PATRICIAN'S GLORY (USA) Fitri Hay Jane Chapple-Hyam
1 PERPETUALLY (IRE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
100 PETER TCHAIKOVSKY Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
163 PRIME DELIVERY (USA) Prestige Racing Robert Cowell
1 PRINCE SIEGFRIED (FR) David Brownlow Andrew Balding
PROHIBITION (IRE) Nicola Mahoney William Haggas
RA JUNIOR (USA) Roldvale Limited Brian Meehan
11 RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
ROCKHAMPTON (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
ROMAN REPUBLIC (FR) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
SANS FRONTIERES (IRE) Sir Robert Ogden Jeremy Noseda
223 SAYIF (IRE) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Peter Chapple-Hyam
4 SEA THE STARS (IRE) C Tsui John Oxx IRE
41444 SEA OF MARMARA (USA) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
610 SET SAIL (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
31035 SHAWEEL Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
SIRGARFIELDSOBERS (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
SMART MILER (USA) Craig Singer Jim Bolger IRE
414 SOUL CITY (IRE) Patrick Fahey Richard Hannon
SOVEREIGN REMEDY (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
SPIRIT OF EMIRATES (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
SPRING OF FAME (USA) Eastwind Racing Ltd & Martha Trussell Mikael Magnusson
301 SQUARE EDDIE (CAN) D Gorton John Best
1 SRI PUTRA H R H. Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis
2 SUMMERS TARGET (USA) Gold Group International Ltd Brian Meehan
1 THE CHEKA (IRE) Anthony Pye-Jeary & Mel Smith Eve Johnson Houghton
THOMAS MOORE (IRE) Mrs S Roche Liam Roche IRE
TROJAN REEF Future In Mind Partnership Gerard Butler
TWO TOGETHER (USA) Saif Ali & Saeed H Altayer David Lanigan
UNION ISLAND (IRE) Clipper Logistics Kevin Ryan
VICEROY OF INDIA (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
VOCALISED (USA) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
VON JAWLENSKY (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
51 WANNABE KING Saif Ali & Saeed H Altayer David Lanigan
1 WAR NATIVE (IRE) Ballygallon Stud Limited Jeremy Noseda
212 WEALD PARK (USA) The Heffer Syndicate Richard Hannon
WEE SONNY (IRE) John Duddy Tom Dascombe
212 WESTPHALIA (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
31 WHISPERING ANGEL Brimacombe, McNally, Rickman & Sangster Brian Meehan
WINGWALKER Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
1 ZACINTO Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
ZIP LOCK (IRE) The Searchers Jeremy Noseda
DUKE THE BEST TURF HORSE IN THE WORLD, SAY TIMEFORM
TIMEFORM GLOBAL RANKINGS, published today, see Duke of Marmalade rated as the leading turf horse in the world following his two recent victories at Ascot. Aidan O’Brien’s four-year-old recorded his career-best Timeform rating of 133 when winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the end of July.
It is Curlin, with a rating of 134, who narrowly gets Timeform’s vote as the best horse in the world, on the evidence of his convincing victories in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Dubai World Cup. With the recent announcement that his turf campaign is to be postponed, Curlin will take all the beating back on dirt at Saratoga in the Woodward Stakes, his next intended target, at the end of August.
Curlin’s three-year-old compatriot, Big Brown, returned after an eight-week break at Monmouth Park last weekend and showed plenty of determination to win the Haskell International. Whether the much-anticipated meeting with Curlin ever takes place (the Woodward would seem ideal) seems doubtful, but there's every chance that Big Brown will be right back at his best (132 recorded in Kentucky Derby) with that run behind him and that would be good enough to make Curlin have to pull out all the stops.
The next stages of Weekend Hussler’s career in Australia should be followed with interest as Gary Crispe, the compiler of the Australian Timeform ratings, believes Weekend Hussler is the best Australian three-year-old for ten years. Therefore, depending on the attentions of the Racing Victoria handicapper, he has live prospects of winning the major Spring races in Australia, the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup. Northerly in 2002 showed it is possible to win the Caulfield Cup before backing up a week later to win the Cox Plate and, in Crispe’s opinion, Weekend Hussler is every bit as good as Northerly.