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Wednesday, August 25, 2010



REWILDING HEADS 16 GOING FORWARD FOR LADBROKES ST LEGER AT DONCASTER




Godolphin handler Mahmood Al Zarooni is looking to crown an excellent first season as a trainer with victory in the £500,000 Group One Ladbrokes St Leger with Rewilding, who heads 16 remaining entries for the world’s oldest Classic at Doncaster on Saturday, September 11, following the final scratchings deadline.

The Maktoum family’s racing operation boasts an enviable record in the season’s final Classic, staged over one and three quarter miles and 132 yards.


Godolphin enjoyed a fifth success in the Ladbrokes St Leger last year as the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Mastery got the better of stable companion Kite Wood in a thrilling finish.


The famous royal blue silks have also been carried to victory by Classic Cliche (1995), Nedawi (1998), Mutafaweq (1999) and Rule Of Law (2004).


Rewilding is the 7/4 favourite for the Ladbrokes St Leger with the race sponsor following a comprehensive four-length triumph in the leading trial for Doncaster, the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on August 17.

The three-year-old Tiger Hill colt had previously stayed on to take third in the fourth of the five British Classics, the Group One Investec Derby at Epsom Downs in June, having previously made an impressive British debut in May when easily winning a Listed contest at Goodwood.

Group One German Derby hero Buzzword (25/1) and Vibrant Force (100/1), also trained by Al Zarooni, feature among those going forward for the Ladbrokes St Leger.


Al Zarooni commented: “Rewilding has been very well since the Great Voltigeur Stakes. The race didn’t take as much out of him compared to the Derby as he didn’t go to York fully wound up.

“The course at York suited him better than Epsom and Goodwood, where he didn’t look comfortable, and the strong pace also helped him.

“I think that he will enjoy the step up to an extended mile and three quarters because he is a light horse.

“We don’t do much with him at home and we pushed him too hard earlier in the season to get him ready for the Derby, which took a lot out of him. We know him better now and we know that we don’t have to be too hard on him. He has the class to run well

“Buzzword will probably not head to Doncaster and he could go to Turkey for the Bosphorus Cup a week earlier. He stayed a mile and a half well in the German Derby but I don’t think that he would get the extra distance of the Ladbrokes St Leger.

“We also have Vibrant Force but any decision regarding pacemakers will be taken nearer the time. Rewilding needs a good pace to be at his best but it looks like there may be one or two horses remaining who will set the gallop.

“I was lucky enough to be at Doncaster when Mastery and Kite Wood finished first and second last year and it was a great day for Godolphin. We love to have Classic winners and I am hopeful that Rewilding can add to our success in the race.”

Like Rewilding, Snow Fairy also enhanced her claims for the Ladbrokes St Leger with an excellent performance at York’s Ebor meeting as she went down by three lengths to Midday in the Group One Yorkshire Oaks.

The Ed Dunlop-trained filly, a 5/1 chance with Ladbrokes, has already tasted Classic glory in both the English and Irish Oaks this season and is bidding to become the first filly to win the Ladbrokes St Leger since User Friendly in 1992.

Aidan O’Brien, Ireland’s champion trainer, has landed the Ladbrokes St Leger on three occasions, thanks to Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion (2005).


The master of Ballydoyle is set to launch another strong challenge with his six remaining entries. Midas Touch (7/1) was second in the Irish Derby and filled the same position behind Rewilding at York, once place ahead of Group Two winner Joshua Tree (10/1).


The sextet of O’Brien entries also includes Cape Blanco (10/1), who got the better of Midas Touch in the Irish Derby and was second to Harbinger in the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, Navan maiden victor Flying Cross (33/1), Await The Dawn (50/1) and Bright Horizon (200/1).


James Given is bidding for a first Classic success with Dandino (7/1), who failed by a head to win the Group Three Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last month - a race that also featured third Arctic Cosmos (6/1), from the stable of John Gosden, the Mark Johnston-trained Corsica (fifth - 25/1) and Theology (sixth - 25/1), representing Jeremy Noseda. Gosden won the Ladbrokes St Leger with Shantou (1996) and Lucarno (2007), while Noseda triumphed with Sixties Icon (2006).


Mark Tompkins, who trains in Newmarket, has had the Ladbrokes St Leger in mind all season for Ted Spread (25/1), who scored in the Group Three Chester Vase in May and was fourth behind Rewilding at York. He won the Ladbrokes St Leger with Bob’s Return in 1993.


Total Command (33/1), third in the Group Three Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot in June, represents Sir Michael Stoute who won the Ladbrokes St Leger with Conduit in 2008.


The five-day confirmation stage for the Ladbrokes St Leger on Monday, September 6, is also the final chance for any horse to be supplemented, at a cost of £45,000.

The four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival runs from Wednesday, September 8 through Saturday, September 11 at Doncaster.


Ladbrokes St Leger - sponsor’s prices:
7/4 Rewilding, 5/1 Snow Fairy, 6/1 Arctic Cosmos, 7/1 Dandino, 7/1 Midas Touch, 10/1 Cape Blanco, 10/1 Joshua Tree, 25/1 Buzzword, 25/1 Ted Spread, 25/1 Theology, 25/1 Corsica, 33/1 Flying Cross, 33/1 Total Command, 50/1 Await The Dawn, 100/1 Vibrant Force, 200/1 Bright Horizon

Each-way a quarter the odds 1, 2, 3

THE LADBROKES ST LEGER
Class 1, Group 1, £500,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.05pm, Doncaster, Saturday, September 11, 2010. For 3yo only, entire colts and fillies. One mile, six furlongs & 132 yards. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed July 20, entries revealed July 21 (42 entries). Scratchings deadline noon, August 24 (16 remain), five-day confirmation & £45,000 supplementary entry stage Monday, September 6, final declaration stage 10am, Thursday, September 9. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, August 23, 2010.

Form Horse Owner Trainer
(4)4-(1)3(1)23 ARCTIC COSMOS (USA) Rachel Hood & Robin Geffen John Gosden
10-1 AWAIT THE DAWN (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
(2)-511002 BRIGHT HORIZON Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
5-04031 BUZZWORD Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
111-1012 CAPE BLANCO (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
1(1)13415 CORSICA (IRE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
02-11112 DANDINO Elite Racing Club James Given
41- FLYING CROSS (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
121-3 JOSHUA TREE (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
314-1522 MIDAS TOUCH Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/David Smith/Denford Stud Aidan O’Brien IRE
21-2131 REWILDING Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
430-1112 SNOW FAIRY (IRE) Anamoine Ltd Ed Dunlop
013-104 TED SPREAD False Nose 'n Glasses Partnership Mark Tompkins
30-4126 THEOLOGY Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Touchstone Jeremy Noseda
62-4130 TOTAL COMMAND Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
262 VIBRANT FORCE (USA) Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni

16 entries remain after August 24 scratchings deadline
6 Irish-trained

THE FOLLOWING HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: ADDRESS UNKNOWN, AL ZIR (USA), ANHAR (USA), AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE), BATTLEOFTRAFALGAR, DANCING DAVID (IRE), DREAMSPEED (IRE), DUBAWI PHANTOM, FENCING MASTER, HARRIS TWEED, HIBAAYEB, INTO WAIN (USA), LAYALI AL ANDALUS, MEEZNAH (USA), MISS JEAN BRODIE (USA), MOMKINZAIN (USA), MONTEREY (IRE), MONTEROSSO, MYPLACELATER, REBEL SOLDIER (IRE), SCOTTISH REEL (IRE), SIMON DE MONTFORT (IRE), ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE), VERY GOOD DAY (FR), VULCANITE (IRE), WEDDING MARCH (IRE)


32 REMAIN ON COURSE FOR EDDIE STOBART GROUP PARK STAKES

This year’s £160,000 Group Two Eddie Stobart Group Park Stakes is set to be a cracking renewal with 32 horses going forward for the seven-furlong contest at Doncaster on Ladbrokes St Leger Day, Saturday, September 11, following the scratchings deadline.

A thrilling finish to last season’s race saw the Eddie Lynam-trained Duff record a neck verdict over Cat Junior, with a further head and neck separating third and fourth home, Arabian Gleam and Ouqba. All four horses could re-oppose on Town Moor.

A host of proven Group performers remaining includes Premio Loco, who followed up success in the Group Two Summer Mile at Ascot with a fine third behind Canford Cliffs and Rip Van Winkle in the Group One Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

High Standing also took third in Group One company on his most recent appearance in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, while Prime Defender was fifth in the same Deauville contest prior to coming home fourth in the five-furlong Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York last week.

Other notable contenders include Main Aim, who found only Fleeting Spirit a length and a quarter too strong in last year’s Group One Darley July Cup, last season’s Group Two Betfair Cup winner Finjaan, as well as Awzaan and Serious Attitude, who were both victorious in Group One company as juveniles.

Aidan O’Brien, Ireland’s champion trainer, may be represented by last year’s Group One Dewhurst Stakes victor Beethoven, who posted a comfortable Group Three success at Leopardstown on his latest appearance, and Air Chief Marshal who beat Duff in a Group Three at the Curragh last month

Further international spice is added by the Alain de Royer Dupre-trained pair of Group Three winner Dalghar, third in Goodwood’s Betfair Cup on his latest start, and Varenar, who claimed the notable scalp of Goldikova when triumphant in the Group One Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in October.


THE EDDIE STOBART GROUP PARK STAKES
Class 1, Group 2, £160,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.40pm Doncaster, Saturday, September 11, 2010. For three-year-olds and upwards, seven furlongs. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 9st, fillies 8st 11lb; four-year-old and up colts and geldings 9st 4lb, fillies 9st 1lb. Entries closed Tuesday, July 20, entries revealed Thursday, July 22 (53 entries). Scratchings deadline noon, August 24 (32 remain), five-day confirmation stage September 6, final declaration stage, 10.00am, Thursday, September 9. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, August 23, 2010. May not include some overseas form.


Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
1/3031-60 ARABIAN GLEAM 6-9-04 Saeed Suhail Jeremy Noseda
2105-005 BALTHAZAAR'S GIFT (IRE) 7-9-04 H E Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Clive Cox
5(5)(1)(0)4022 CAT JUNIOR (USA) 5-9-04 Roldvale Limited Brian Meehan
2/1(1)-2153 DALGHAR (FR) 4-9-04 H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
0-425026 DUFF (IRE) 7-9-04 Kilboy Estate Edward Lynam IRE
03/010-000 FINJAAN 4-9-04 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
1-5(0)2053 FRAVASHI (AUS) 5-9-04 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
5-0110136 HARRISON GEORGE (IRE) 5-9-04 P D Smith Holdings Ltd Richard Fahey
134-1023 HIGH STANDING (USA) 5-9-04 Tony Bloom William Haggas
(3)(4)-022234 HIMALYA (IRE) 4-9-04 Gillian Khosla Jeremy Noseda
(1)1-12301 MABAIT 4-9-04 Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Luca Cumani
004-3104 MAIN AIM 5-9-04 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
642-2043 OUQBA 4-9-04 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
100-53204 PALACE MOON 5-9-04 Canisbay Bloodstock William Knight
11-(5)0113 PREMIO LOCO (USA) 6-9-04 Bernard Westley Chris Wall
2(4)110054 PRIME DEFENDER 6-9-04 S Falle, M Franklin, J Sumsion Barry Hills
(1)(1)0362(2) SIROCCO BREEZE 5-9-04 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
(1)-(1)(5)(3)32 SKYSURFERS 4-9-04 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
(1)5-32315 ST MORITZ (IRE) 4-9-04 Renata Jacobs Mark Johnston
421-4060 VARENAR (FR) 4-9-04 H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
3121030 ALVERTA (AUS) 7-9-01 John Messara, J Leaver & A Jones Paul Messara AUS
310-62525 GOLDEN STREAM (IRE) 4-9-01 The Queen Sir Michael Stoute
010-200 SERIOUS ATTITUDE (IRE) 4-9-01 Derek Willis & Rae Guest Rae Guest
4-040(1)10 AIR CHIEF MARSHAL (IRE) 3-9-00 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
2-(1)032 ALDOVRANDI (IRE) 3-9-00 Tenuta Dorna Di Montaltuzzo SRL Marco Botti
1111-0 AWZAAN 3-9-00 Hamdan Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
3461(6)-641 BEETHOVEN (IRE) 3-9-00 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
1314-002 POET'S VOICE 3-9-00 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
3-1022205 RED JAZZ (USA) 3-9-00 Ronnie Arculli Barry Hills
116-1651 SHAKESPEAREAN (IRE) 3-9-00 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
242-12141 YAA WAYL (IRE) 3-9-00 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
12135 RAINFALL (IRE) 3-9-00 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

THE FOLLOWING HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: ARCANO (IRE), ASHRAM (IRE), BEACON LODGE (IRE), BORDER PATROL, DELEGATOR, EMPEROR CLAUDIUS (USA), FIELD OF DREAM, FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE), ICELANDIC, KING OF DIXIE (USA), LADY OF THE DESERT (USA), LORD SHANAKILL (USA), LOVELACE, OASIS DANCER, PACO BOY (IRE), PUFF (IRE), RAKAAN (IRE), SEA LORD (IRE), SECRECY, SUMMER FETE (IRE), TREADWELL (IRE)

32 entries remain after August 24 scratchings deadline
3 Irish-trained
2 French-trained
1 Australian-trained

37 CHASING NEPTUNE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CHAMPAGNE STAKES GLORY

Ladbrokes St Leger Day at Doncaster, Saturday, September 11, also features high-class two-year-old racing with the £100,000 Neptune Investment Champagne Stakes taking place.


The Group Two seven-furlong contest for juvenile colts and geldings has 37 entries going forward following the August 24 scratchings deadline, headed by the Richard Hannon-trained King Torus, who has already tasted Group Two glory twice in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket and the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. The same combination of owner Sir Robert Ogden and trainer Richard Hannon could also be represented by Casual Glimpse, bidding to bounce back from a disappointing run in the Gimcrack Stakes at York last week.


Formosina was behind King Torus at Newmarket in the Superlative Stakes but had previously landed the Group Two Ladbrokes.com Railway Stakes at the Curragh in June. His trainer Jeremy Noseda could also be represented by the well-touted Peter Martins, a hugely impressive winner on his debut at Newmarket last month.


Aidan O’Brien accounts for all nine of the Irish-trained entries still remaining including the Group Two-placed Samuel Morse, while other interesting entries going forward include the Michael Jarvis-trained duo of Roman Eagle, successful on his only start in a Sandown maiden, and Toolain, who looked a horse for the future following his victory in the Listed Winkfield Stakes at Ascot in July.


There is a £10,000 supplementary entry stage for the Neptune Investment Management Champagne Stakes at the five-day confirmation stage on Monday, September 6.



THE NEPTUNE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CHAMPAGNE STAKES
Class 1, Group 2, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. 2pm, Doncaster, Saturday, September 11, 2010. For 2yo, colts & geldings, seven furlongs. Weights: 8st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 3lb. Entries closed Tuesday, July 20, entries revealed Thursday, July 22 (82 entries), scratchings deadline noon, August 24 (37 remain), five-day confirmation and £10,000 supplementary entry stage September 6, final declaration stage, 10.00am, Thursday, September 9. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, August 23, 2010. May not include some overseas form.


Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
3116 FORMOSINA (IRE) 2-9-01 Daniel Pittack Jeremy Noseda
1411 KING TORUS (IRE) 2-9-01 Sir Robert Ogden Richard Hannon
21 BELGIAN BILL 2-8-12 Mr & Mrs David Heath George Baker
0 CASTLEMORRIS KING 2-8-12 C O'Connell Michael Chapman
1510 CASUAL GLIMPSE 2-8-12 Sir Robert Ogden Richard Hannon
2125442 CHILWORTH LAD 2-8-12 7RUS Mick Channon
0241044 EMPEROR HADRIAN (IRE) 2-8-12 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
42 FACTUM (USA) 2-8-12 Joe Allen/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
4 FITYAAN 2-8-12 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
4 HAPPY TODAY (USA) 2-8-12 Jaber Abdullah Brian Meehan
0124 HIGH RULER (USA) 2-8-12 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
KARAM ALBAARI (IRE)2-8-12 Fhad Al Harthi John Jenkins
614 LAKE ONTARIO (USA) 2-8-12 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
MANTOBA 2-8-12 Manton Racing Partnership Brian Meehan
MARDEN (IRE) 2-8-12 Sangster Families Brian Meehan
5221 MASTER OF HOUNDS (USA) 2-8-12 Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
414104 MEMEN (IRE) 2-8-12 Jared Sullivan Paul Cole
353 OCEAN BAY 2-8-12 Ocean Trailers Ltd John Ryan
0 PARK AVENUE (IRE) 2-8-12 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
0 PEARL ARCH (IRE) 2-8-12 Pearl Bloodstock Ltd Brian Meehan
1 PETER MARTINS (USA) 2-8-12 The Honorable Earle Mack Jeremy Noseda
213135 PREMIER CLARETS (IRE) 2-8-12 The Matthewman Partnership Richard Fahey
31 RODERIC O'CONNOR (IRE) 2-8-12 S Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith/Sangster Family Aidan O’Brien IRE
1 ROMAN EAGLE (IRE) 2-8-12 Alan Spence Michael Jarvis
4135 RUDOLF VALENTINO 2-8-12 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
1142253 SAMUEL MORSE (IRE) 2-8-12 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
156 SATIN LOVE (USA) 2-8-12 Crone Stud Farms Ltd Mark Johnston
0 SISINDU (IRE) 2-8-12 Brimacombe, McNally, Vinciguerra, Sangster Brian Meehan
51226 STENTORIAN (IRE) 2-8-12 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
00 THE BELLS O PEOVER 2-8-12 D & G Mercer Mark Johnston
314 THE LONG GAME 2-8-12 Sangster Families Brian Meehan
1 TITUS MILLS (IRE) 2-8-12 Sangster Family Brian Meehan
U(1)1 TOOLAIN (IRE) 2-8-12 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
6211 WAITER'S DREAM 2-8-12 R P Foden Brian Meehan
1155 WALTZ DARLING (IRE) 2-8-12 Mike Browne Richard Fahey
114 ZAIDAN (USA) 2-8-12 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
ZAIN SHAMARDAL (IRE) 2-8-12 Jaber Abdullah Brian Meehan

37 entries remain after August 24 scratchings deadline
9 Irish-trained

THE FOLLOWING HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: AERIAL ACCLAIM (IRE), ALEXANDER POPE (IRE), AMEN (IRE), ARGOCAT (IRE), BLOODSWEATANDTEARS, COMMENDED, CROWN PROSECUTOR (IRE), DAREJ (USA), DENY, DRAWING BOARD, DREAM ACHIEVED, DREAM AHEAD (USA), EASY TICKET (IRE), EBONY SONG (USA), EL MUQBIL (IRE), ELZAAM (AUS), ENJOY TODAY (USA), GARDE COTIERE (USA), GOLDEN HINDE, KOTA SAS (IRE), LAAJOOJ (IRE), LABARINTO, LAMASAAS (USA), LIBRANNO, LOOSE QUALITY (USA), MAJOR CONQUEST (IRE), MASHAAREF, MUNTASIB (USA), NATIVE KHAN (FR), NO HERETIC, ORACLE (IRE), OUTRIDER (IRE), PETRONIUS MAXIMUS (IRE), PRESIDENT LINCOLN (USA), RAAHIN (IRE), ROBIN HOOD (IRE), SHROPSHIRE (IRE), SOLE DANSER (IRE), STAR OF DANCE (IRE), STRATEGIC BID, TANJUNG AGAS (IRE), THE MONGOOSE, THE PADDYMAN (IRE), TOM SAWYER, ZOFFANY (IRE)



MAKFI DELIVERS POTENT CARTIER RACING AWARDS REMINDER




Makfi emphasised that he is anything but a one-race wonder with a sublime victory in the Group One Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le Buffard Jacques le Marois over a mile at Deauville on August 15, a success that sees him re-emerge as an exciting contender for Cartier Racing Awards honours.


The Mikel Delzangles-trained three-year-old was a surprise winner of the first British Classic, the Group One 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in early May, before losing his unbeaten tag when seventh to Canford Cliffs in the Group One St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot a month later.

Makfi was found to be out of sorts after that defeat and, following a period of recuperation, exhibited improved form in France to defeat the great mare Goldikova with fellow crack miler Paco Boy back in third. That smooth two and a half-length triumph over the dual Breeder’s Cup Mile heroine on very soft ground raises the Dubawi colt to 88 points in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category and another performance like that would certainly see him challenge for the coveted Cartier Horse Of The Year award at the season’s end.


The Cartier Racing Awards recognise excellence in horseracing and the awards are the sport's equivalent of the Oscars. Split into eight categories for the year’s top horses, including the particularly coveted Cartier Horse Of The Year, the awards are determined by points earned in Pattern races combined, at the end of the season, with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists, as well as votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph.


European horseracing's most prestigious accolades will be presented for the 20th time on November 16, during a glittering ceremony before an invited audience in the ballroom of London's Dorchester Hotel.

The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to recognise the achievements of racehorses in Europe. There is also the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award Of Merit for the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 18-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.

Goldikova, denied an outright record of 11 European Group One victories with her runner-up finish at Deauville, has a points tally of 112, placing her equal top of the Cartier Older Horse division alongside the brilliant sprinter Starspangledbanner, and co-second of three with the aforementioned speedster and dual Oaks winner Snow Fairy in a tight contest for the Horse Of The Year Award.

Also in the Cartier Older Horse category, on August 17, the Khalid Abdulla-owned Group One winners Byword (82 points) and Twice Over (80) looked to have the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes at York between them, only for Rip Van Winkle (48) to swoop late for victory.


Harbinger, sadly retired due to injury, also has 80 points after his 11-length victory in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Group One culmination to a four-race unbeaten run this season.

Canford Cliffs, third to Makfi at Newmarket but successful at the top level in the Group One Sussex Stakes, St James’s Palace Stakes and Irish 2,000 Guineas this season, remains at the head of both the Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt standings with 140 points.

Richard Hannon’s charge is 36 points clear of stablemate Dick Turpin in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category, while Prix du Jockey Club and Poule d’Essai des Poulains victor Lope De Vega has 98 points, 10 more than both Makfi and Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby victor Cape Blanco.


Sole Power stunned the York crowd at the Ebor Festival on August 20, when defying odds of 100/1 to defeat favourite Starspangledbanner in the Group One Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes over five furlongs.

Edward Lynam’s charge had only won twice previously, both victories coming in appreciably lesser grade on the Polytrack at Dundalk. Starspangledbanner went into the race off the back of Group One wins in the Golden Jubilee Stakes and Darley July Cup but he was no match for the much improved three-year-old Kyllachy gelding who held him at bay to collect 33 points in the Cartier Sprinter category.

Starspangledbanner increased his haul to 112 points with that runner-up effort, while Group One King’s Stand Stakes winner Equiano remains on 72 points and Borderlescott has 32 points after both finished out of the frame at York.


The Dandy Nicholls-trained Regal Parade (40) is another vying for Cartier Sprinter honours after he defeated Joanna (60) by a neck in the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on August 8.


Four-year-old Midday, who beat Snow Fairy three lengths in the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks on August 19, is making steady progress up the points table on 72.


Snow Fairy now leads the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly division. Her 112 points sees her leapfrog dual Classic winner Special Duty (98), while Music Show (74), Prix de Diane winner Sarafina (64) and Joanna (60) are all in pursuit.

Some thrilling performances in recent weeks have ignited the juvenile scene and Zoffany from the Aidan O’Brien stable is the current Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt leader following his half-length victory over Glor Na Mara in the Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on August 8.


Approve’s success in the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York on August 18, saw the William Haggas-trained juvenile take his points haul to 38, while the David Simcock-trained Dream Ahead (32) stepped up on a nine-length debut victory at Nottingham on July 16 with an excellent length and a half triumph over Tin Horse in the Group One Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on August 22.


The Hannon-trained pair of Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes hero King Torus and Group Two Tanqueray Richmond Stakes victor Libranno (sixth behind Dream Ahead in France), also have 32 points.


Memory, another from the Hannon stable, maintains her position at the head of the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly division with 24 points but the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Hooray (20 points) closed the gap when holding on by three quarters of a length from Margot Did (16 ) in the Group Two Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes at York on August 19.

Group Two Queen Mary Stakes winner Maqaasid was fourth on that occasion and has 18 points, while Laughing Lashes has 20 points after her success for trainer Jessica Harrington in the Group Two Keeneland Debutante Stakes on August 8.

Ascot Gold Cup hero Rite Of Passage still holds sway in the Cartier Stayer division with 48 points, 20 points ahead of the now retired Age Of Aquarius. Also in contention for honours are Illustrious Blue (26), Purple Moon (24) and Manifest (20).


Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant, commented today: “Makfi’s victory over Goldikova and Paco Boy was sensational, as was the unheralded Sole Power’s stunning York success. Such races reaffirm what depth there is to the top quality pool of horses we are seeing in action this season in Europe.


“The Cartier Racing Awards are all about rewarding excellence and each week we seem to be seeing performances that hit that level. York offered four days of excellent sport and Deauville continues to offer a feast of top-class racing.


“As we savour what is left of the summer and look forward to the big autumn targets, the excitement and the competition can only intensify which is a thrilling prospect.”



BALLYMACOLL STUD NAMED CONNOLLY'S RED MILLS/THE IRISH FIELD BREEDER OF THE YEAR




An emotional Peter Reynolds was genuinely shocked last night when the announcement was made that Ballymacoll Stud was the Connolly's Red Mills/The Irish Field Breeder of the Year winners for 2009/2010. The award was presented at a dinner held in Kildare and the presentation was made by Joe Connolly of Red Mills and The Irish Field's managing editor Leo Powell.

Ten of the 12 monthly award winners were on hand to also accept their awards. These awards are voted on by the public, while the breeder of the year is selected from the final dozen by a panel of industry leaders.


"I never expected this. I was certain someone else would be named as the winner" was the immediate reaction of Reynolds who has been at the helm of Ballymacoll for almost 40 years. He was joined on the evening by his wife Wendy, daughter Caroline and son-in-law David Ledwith.


Ballymacoll Stud is celebrating 50 years in its present ownership in 2010 and this award was given to honour Conduit's second win in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf. Conduit is the third individual Breeders' Cup winner for Ballymacoll, following Pilsudski and Islington.

The Connolly's Red Mills/The Irish Field breeder awards were initiated in May 2005 and Ballymacoll Stud is the fifth winner of this prestigious prize. Previous winners were David and Diane Nagle's Barronstown Stud for Yeats, Jim Bolger for Teofilo, Seamus and Trish Burns' Lodge Park Stud for New Approach and Mrs Ling Tsui's Sunderland Holdings for Sea The Stars.


The monthly award winners were:

Joan Browne for Paco Boy (June 2009)

Seamus Burns' Lodge Park Stud for Alfred Nobel (July 2009)

Denis and Catherine O'Flynn's Old Carhue Stud for Termagant (August 2009)

Lady O'Reilly Joshua Tree and Chinese White (September 2009)

Tom Twomey for Lahaleeb (October 2009)

Ballymacoll Stud for Conduit (November 2009)

Kay Browne and John Lenihan for Joncol (December 2009)

Emma Jayne Gallagher for An Cathaoir Mor (January 2010)

Pat Whyte for Citizen Vic (February 2010)

Owen and Larry Flynn for Imperial Commander (March 2010)

Maurice Stack for Captain Cee Bee (April 2010)

William Kennedy's Tullpark Ltd for Bethrah (May 2010)

Joe Connolly and Leo Powell both spoke about the significance of the awards and the important links established between their two iconic brand names. The Irish Field celebrated 140 years in business in 2010, while Connolly's Red Mills was established 102 years ago.




Dubai to sponsor the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket




Dubai, arguably the best known of the seven emirates of the UAE, has announced its sponsorship of the Group One Dewhurst Stakes to be held at Newmarket (UK) on Saturday 16th October. The race is considered to be the most prestigious Group One flat race on the UK two-year-old calendar and typically produces a host of stars, often including the winter favourite for the following season’s Classic Races.


Dubai has a strong association with horseracing and is well known for hosting the world’s richest Group One horse race, the Dubai World Cup, which is now worth US$10 million and takes place in Dubai annually in March.

“The Dewhurst Stakes is traditionally the single most significant two-year-old race in Europe and is therefore a unique opportunity to showcase Dubai’s passion for horseracing,” said John Ferguson, bloodstock advisor to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


In addition to his role as an equine advisor, Mr Ferguson serves as Vice Chairman of Dubai-based Falcon and Associates, which is supporting Dubai’s sponsorship of the race. Falcon and Associates will be using the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes as a platform to launch a promotional campaign that will market Dubai’s highlights and advantages to audiences around the world. “Dubai: Every Day is an Opportunity” will personalise the Dubai experience for those who might be considering visiting, living and working there.

Stephen Wallis, Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses said, “Dubai has already proven itself as a land of opportunity for horseracing and we are very pleased to welcome Dubai as our sponsor for the Dewhurst Stakes. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed has had a long and successful relationship with Newmarket Racecourses and we’re delighted that he, and Dubai, have decided to lend their support to this highly significant and world class race.”

Adding excitement to the event, there will be a special prize awarded to the “Best Dressed Racegoer.” The prize will offer two people the chance to visit Dubai during the Dubai International Racing Carnival in February 2011, with flights provided and accommodation at Jumeirah The Meydan Hotel.


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