Racenews - uk horseracingRacenews Newslink Archive click here for...


Wednesday, August 11, 2010


The trials season for the £500,000 Ladbrokes St Leger is in full force with the Gordon Stakes having taken place at Goodwood just over a fortnight ago and York set to play host to the Great Voltigeur Stakes on Tuesday, August 17.

Dandino went down by a head to Rebel Soldier in the Group Three Gordon Stakes over a mile and a half at Goodwood on July 27 and may continue his preparation for Doncaster with a crack at the Great Voltigeur Stakes next Tuesday.

Trained in Lincolnshire by James Given, the Dansili colt has won four of his five starts in 2010, with his biggest victory coming in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot in June. He is currently rated a 7/1 chance for the Ladbrokes St Leger by the sponsor.

Although Dandino could head to York next week, Given is keen to stress that the Ladbrokes St Leger, run at Doncaster on Saturday, September 11, remains Dandino’s number one target.

The trainer said today: “We confirmed Dandino for the Great Voltigeur Stakes today and will have a look at the race, but his primary target is the Ladbrokes St Leger.

“When you look at the history of horses which have run well at Doncaster having come from the Gordon Stakes, the trend you see is that those horses have generally not had another race in between.

“Leaving him in the Great Voltigeur leaves our options open as who knows what might happen between now and next Tuesday, but the Ladbrokes St Leger remains his number one target.

“I have been very happy with Dandino since his run at Goodwood - I wouldn’t have changed a day. He does not want soft ground. In fact, the ground at York next week might be a bit too firm for some of the others, so that is another factor to consider when we decide whether to run in the Great Voltigeur.”

A total of 16 of the 18 six-day confirmations for the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes also hold entries in the Ladbrokes St Leger including the Aidan O’Brien-trained Midas Touch and Godolphin’s Rewilding, the current 9/2 joint-favourites with Ladbrokes for the Doncaster Classic. Midas Touch was last seen out when runner-up to stable companion Cape Blanco in the Irish Derby on June 27 while Rewilding has not been seen out since coming third to Workforce in the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 5.

Other horses to hold entries in both races include Godolphin’s Group One German Derby victor Buzzword, Group Two King Edward VII Stakes winner Monterosso from the Mark Johnston stable as well as Corsica and Harris Tweed who filled the first two places in the Group Three Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket in July.


The £200,000 Racing Post Trophy, staged at Doncaster on Saturday, October 28, has attracted 114 entries. The mile contest for two-year-olds frequently provides Classic clues for the following season and is the final Group One race of the British Flat turf season. Since the turn of the century, three future Derby winners have landed the Racing Post Trophy in their juvenile season - High Chaparral (2001), Motivator (2004) and Authorized (2006) - while the 2002 victor Brian Boru went on to claim the St Leger at Doncaster in 2003.

Aidan O’Brien has won the Racing Post Trophy five times, including in 2009 with St Nicholas Abbey, and has 32 entries this year including Zoffany, successful in the Group One Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on August 8.

Richard Hannon has carried all before him with his juvenile runners this season and he has entered King Torus, successful in both the Group Two Superlative Stakes at Newmarket and the Group Two Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, and also General Synod, owned by the Queen, who is an unraced Invincible Spirit colt from the family of Group One scorer Right Approach.


Goodwood plays host to an innovative fixture tomorrow evening, Thursday, August 12, with “Vintage At The Races”.

The seven-race card previews Goodwood’s major new festival, Vintage At Goodwood, which takes place at the Goodwood Estate on Friday, August 13, through to Sunday, August 15, and celebrates five decades of British cultural heritage from the 1950s through to the 1980s.

Vintage at Goodwood was the brainchild of designers Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway and Lord March. The festival features world-renowned DJs and musicians from each decade including Ronnie Wood, Sandie Shaw, the Noisettes, Roy Wood, Peter Hook and Heaven 17.

The festival has been curated by several of Britain’s leading music, fashion, design and vintage experts. A 300-metre long high street with over 25 shops and a vintage market, beauty salons, a cinema and several cafes will create a wonderfully authentic vintage backdrop to the event.

Tomorrow’s race night will see former jockeys Willie Carson, Bruce Raymond, Brian Rouse, Ray Cochrane, Joe Mercer and John Woodman presenting trophies to the winners, while racegoers are encouraged to enter into the stylish vintage spirit by wearing a hat.

A beauty box will offer free Vintage makeovers and racegoers should be warned - there will be a mock invasion of mods and rockers!

Gates open at 3.30pm with racing getting underway at 4.55pm. Bars will stay open after the last race at 8.05pm through to 11.00pm.


An exciting total of 28 top milers remain in the Group Two totesport.com Celebration Mile following the latest scratchings deadline.

The £100,000 contest, run at Goodwood on Saturday, August 28, is likely to see several horses that lined up in the Group One Sussex Stakes, the highlight of Glorious Goodwood at the end of last month, lock horns once again including Rip Van Winkle, winner of the Sussex Stakes in 2009 and the neck runner-up to Canford Cliffs this time around, the third home Premio Loco, as well as the fourth Beethoven and fifth-placed Dream Eater.

Trainer Chris Wall revealed today that he intends to send Premio Loco back to Goodwood for the totesport.com Celebration Mile. The classy six-year-old clearly relishes visits to the West Sussex venue, having also won the Listed On The House Stakes over a mile in May, 2009, on his only other start at the course.

Wall explained: “As things stand, the totesport.com Celebration Mile is very much the next target for Premio Loco.

“He got a cut on his leg when he ran in the Sussex Stakes but that has healed up well and hasn’t been a problem for him. He hasn’t missed any training as a result.

“We haven’t actually done that much with him since Goodwood. He had three quick runs which culminated in the Sussex Stakes, so we have been giving him a bit of an easier time at home.

“He will go back into full training next week with a view to getting him ready for the totesport.com Celebration Mile.”

Premio Loco was a supplementary entry, costing £19,500, for the Sussex Stakes at the six-day stage and earned £34,087 for his third on July 28.

Lord Shanakill was also in action at Glorious Goodwood, coming with a superb run inside the final furlong to win the Group Two Betfair Cup over seven furlongs and the Henry Cecil-trained four-year-old could return to Goodwood to attempt victory over a furlong further.

Another victorious horse at Glorious Goodwood this year is Critical Moment, who landed the Listed Bluesq.com "For 5 Places In Stewards' Cup" Stakes on July 31 and looks a progressive performer.

The Maktoum family’s Godolphin operation has enjoyed victories in the totesport.com Celebration Mile with Mark Of Esteem (1996), Cape Cross (1999) and Caradak (2006) and has nine entries remaining including Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Anna Salai, the Group One-placed Emerald Commander and Alexandros, three times a winner at Group Three level and placed in Group Ones.

Sir Michael Stoute is the most successful current trainer in the totesport.com Celebration Mile with eight victories and the champion trainer has left in Main Aim, twice the winner of the Group Three Jury Stakes at Haydock and a staying-on fourth to Lord Shanakill in the Betfair Cup at Glorious Goodwood.

Other interesting contenders include Finjaan, winner of the Betfair Cup in 2009, the consistent mare Spacious, who was last seen out when runner-up in the Group One Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket in July, and Arabian Gleam, twice successful in the seven-furlong Group Two Park Stakes at Doncaster.

Trainer Richard Hannon, who carried all before him with a record nine wins at Glorious Goodwood, could be represented by Vitznau, who ran a fine race when fifth under 9st 5lb in the totesport Mile Heritage Handicap during the week.

The totesport.com Celebration Mile forms part of a seven-race card on Saturday, August 28. The day also features the £40,000 Group Three Prestige Stakes, a seven-furlong contest for two-year-old fillies which often throws up Classic clues and the £40,000 Listed Windflower March Stakes, a mile and three quarter event for three-year-olds and upwards which may provide some pointers towards the final Classic of the season, the St Leger at Doncaster.

There is a family fun day at Goodwood, the following day, Sunday, August 29, when the £57,000 Group Three Supreme Stakes takes centre stage.

Goodwood also stages a new six-race evening fixture on Thursday, August 26.

Class 1, Group 2, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. Goodwood, Saturday, August 28, 2010. For 3yo+, 1m. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 9lb; 3yo fillies 8st 6lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 1lb; 4yo+ fillies 8st 12lb. Penalties: after November 1, 2009, a winner of a Group 2 race 3lb; of a Group 1 race 6lb. Entries closed July 13, entries revealed July 14 (51 entries), scratchings deadline August 10 (28 remain), five-day confirmation & £10,000 supplementary entry stage August 23, final declaration stage, 10.00am, August 26. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys & are correct up to & including the racing of Monday, August 9.

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
11-(5)0113 PREMIO LOCO (USA) 6-9-04 Bernard Westley Chris Wall
50-34011 LORD SHANAKILL (USA) 4-9-04 Mogeely Stud & Mark Gittins Henry Cecil
130-231 PRESSING (IRE) 7-9-04 Gary Tanaka Michael Jarvis
10-12023 ALEXANDROS 5-9-01 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
41/3031-60 ARABIAN GLEAM 6-9-01 Saeed Suhail Jeremy Noseda
1203-112 BUSHMAN 6-9-01 Khalifa Dasmal David Simcock
120-3335 DREAM EATER (IRE) 5-9-01 Jeff Smith Andrew Balding
03/010-00 FINJAAN 4-9-01 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
004-3104 MAIN AIM 5-9-01 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
00-6266 ORDNANCE ROW 7-9-01 Poilin Good Michael Jarvis
642-204 OUQBA 4-9-01 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
3/025-0110 RIO DE LA PLATA (USA) 5-9-01 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
4211(0)-62 RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) 4-9-01 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
12/331-3 SECRECY 4-9-01 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
(0)(1)(1)0362 SIROCCO BREEZE 5-9-01 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
(1)-(1)(5)(3)3 SKYSURFERS 4-9-01 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
0(6)(2)32655 VITZNAU (IRE) 6-9-01 Louis Stalder Richard Hannon
303-322 SPACIOUS 5-8-12 Cheveley Park Stud James Fanshawe
41/0310-0 SUMMER FETE (IRE) 4-8-12 H E Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Bryan Smart
3461(6)-64 BEETHOVEN (IRE) 3-8-09 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
15-30511 CRITICAL MOMENT (USA) 3-8-09 Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
1212-310 EMERALD COMMANDER (IRE) 3-8-09 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1314-00 POET'S VOICE 3-8-09 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
3-102220 RED JAZZ (USA) 3-8-09 Ronald Arculli Barry Hills
3116-165 SHAKESPEAREAN (IRE) 3-8-09 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
14-402(6) STEINBECK (IRE) 3-8-09 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
2-2120 ANNA SALAI (USA) 3-8-06 Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
12135 RAINFALL (IRE) 3-8-06 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

28 entries remain after August 28 scratchings deadline
3 Irish-trained

For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink Archive

designed and produced by Racenews Internet Services