Friday, September 27, 2002
LADBROKES PRICES FOR ASCOT TOMORROW
2-35 Ascot - Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile, 1m
20/1 AIR ADAIR
18/1 CASUAL LOOK
16/1 HOLD TO RANSOM
7/2 RAINBOW QUEEN
6/1 REACH FOR THE MOON
13/8 SOVIET SONG
Each Way: 1/5 Odds 1-2-3
3-05 Ascot - Brunswick Diadem Stakes, 6f
10/1 BAHAMIAN PIRATE
4/1 CRYSTAL CASTLE
40/1 EL GRAN LODE
7/2 THREE POINTS
4/1 POLAR WAY
14/1 TWILIGHT BLUES
40/1 VITA SPERICOLATA
Each Way: 1/5 Odds 1-2-3
3-40 Ascot - Tote Trifecta Handicap, 7f
9/1 ONE MORE ROUND
14/1 MISTER COSMI
25/1 BOUNCING BOWDLER
20/1 SURPRISE ENCOUNTER
14/1 ROYAL MILLENNIUM
20/1 SCOTTY'S FUTURE
10/1 MR MAHOOSE
20/1 NOSE THE TRADE
8/1 WIXOE EXPRESS
33/1 GIVE BACK CALAIS
14/1 MILLENNIUM FORCE
14/1 TRUE NIGHT
33/1 DEFINITE GUEST
Each Way: 1/4 Odds 1-2-3-4
SIX FROM THE BBC MAKE UP £500,000 SCOOP6
For the first time ever, the BBC will play host to a full Scoop6 card tomorrow when races from Ascot and Haydock combine to set the puzzle for punters on a day which will see total money on offer creep towards the half a million mark.
A Win fund rollover of £154,666 and Bonus Prize Fund rollover of £220,863 will start the pools off.
"Live televised BBC races have been included in the Scoop6 before, but this will be the first time the station will have hosted the entire six legs of the bet," said Tote spokesman Jeremy Scott.
"With around about £500,000 up for grabs we want to make sure punters have to work for any share of Scoop6 winnings tomorrow, and the Channel 4 cards at Plumpton and Market Rasen would have made the bet too easy."
"Therefore we have switched the bet to operate on six of the races to be shown live on the BBC, including the feature betting race of the day the Tote Trifecta Stakes. Although the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes will be the most anticipated Group 1 of the day, with only eight in the field at the moment and the uncertainty of how many of them actually will run, it seems sensible to leave the race out of the Scoop6."
Saturday's Scoop6 races are:
leg 1 1.50 Haydock Akzo Nobel Premier Rated Stakes
leg 2 2.00 Ascot Hackney Empire Royal Lodge Stakes
leg 3 2.20 Haydock Akzo Nobel Holdings Handicap
leg 4 2.35 Ascot Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile
leg 5 3.05 Ascot Brunswick Diadem Stakes
leg 6 3.40 Ascot Tote Trifecta Stakes
ASCOT FESTIVAL 2002
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FIRST DAY, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
BOTH O’BRIEN QUEEN ELIZABETH II HORSES WILL TRAVEL TO ASCOT
Aidan O’Brien has confirmed to Ascot officials that both Hawk Wing and Rock Of Gibraltar will fly in from Ireland in the morning, with one of them running in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the other working after racing.
The trainer will walk the course tomorrow before deciding which of the very talented duo will run in the Group One race but it is expected that Hawk Wing will represent the stable unless there is significant rain.
Today’s attendance at Ascot came to 10,970, up 1.2% on the 2001 figure (10,844) for the first day of the Ascot Festival.
NOVERRE OUT OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES
Noverre has just been declared a non-runner by Godolphin, who have submitted a vet’s certificate, for tomorrow’s feature race at Ascot, the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Godolphin will still be represented by Best Of The Bests who was a neck behind Hawk Wing when they were second and third to Grandera in a thrilling finish to the Group 1 Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes over ten furlongs at Leopardstown on September 7.
Hawk Wing’s stable companion Rock Of Gibraltar and Gossamer are unlikely runners in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes because they both need give in the ground.
Therefore, Hawk Wing and Best Of The Bests are set to be taken on by Tillerman, Where Or When and Sholokhov.
PREVIEW OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES
Hawk Wing looks likely to start hot favourite for the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot tomorrow and a glance at his record this year makes quite clear why. Though he has won only once in four attempts this season, when he beat his stablemate Sholokhov in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse at Sandown in July, he has been runner-up in the Sagitta 2000 Guineas, the Vodafone Derby and most recently the Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes.
His stable, that of Aidan O’Brien, was under a cloud for several weeks in the summer but there have been clear signs that the horses have emerged from their malaise and Hawk Wing was beaten only a whisker by Grandera at Leopardstown over ten furlongs last time.
Grandera is one of the Godolphin team which is represented in the mile race by Best Of The Bests who has won twice this year, at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai and in the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp and last time was beaten only a short head and a neck behind Grandera and Hawk Wing in the Irish Champion Stakes. He is to be ridden from the front this time and, if he runs as well as he did in Ireland, he looks bound to go close.
Tillerman has run some very big races at Ascot in the past and was only just pipped in the Queen Anne Stakes at the Royal meeting here in June.
Last time he won the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood in somewhat controversial circumstances when the tactical riding by his jockey denied that race’s favourite Where Or When the chance of getting a clear run until too late. He had to settle for a share of fourth place.
Where Or When’s trainer Terry Mills was furious at the manner of his horse’s defeat on that occasion and will be hoping that things pan out more happily this time for his horse, who had won well in Listed company at the course on his previous appearance.
HAWK WING (USA) FACTFILE
3 b c Woodman (USA) - La Lorgnette (CAN) (Val De L’Orne (FR))
Form: 1211-2212 Owner: Sue Magnier
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Breeder: Hill ’N Dale Farm Jockey: Mick Kinane
Bred in Kentucky at John G Sikura’s Hill ‘N Dale Farm, Hawk Wing made $225,000 as a foal at Keeneland and $300,000 the following year at Saratoga. By Woodman, best known in Europe as the sire of Bosra Sham, out of the Canadian Oaks winner La Lorgnette, he made his debut at Tipperary on May 24 last year when, justifying a lofty home reputation and odds of 30/100 - he won a seven-furlong maiden by a short head. He was stepped up to Group 3 company for the Railway Stakes at the Curragh on Irish Derby day, July 1, but found his more experienced stablemate Rock Of Gibraltar two lengths too good. He returned to the Curragh on August 25 for the Group 2 Futurity Stakes, beating another Ballydoyle inmate, Sholokhov, by three lengths and rounded the campaign off with a third visit to the Co Kildare course when seeing off Naheef by two and a half lengths in the Group 1 Aga Khan Studs National Stakes over seven furlongs on September 16. His juvenile form and his reputation were enough to see him go off favourite for the first of this year’s Classics, the Sagitta 2000 Guineas, at Newmarket on May 4, but he was just unable to justify his short price, going down by a neck to Rock Of Gibraltar. Many observers believed that Hawk Wing was unlucky in defeat as his conqueror had the advantage of racing up the far rail while he was drawn on the stands’ side. Stepped up to a mile and a half for the Vodafone Derby in June, he found another stablemate - this time High Chaparral - too good when going down by two lengths. He returned to the winner’s enclosure at Sandown on July 6 when beating stablemate Sholokhov, another Queen Elizabeth II Stakes runner, by two and a half lengths in the Group 1 Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes. Since then he was caught on the line by Grandera in the Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes at Leopardstwon on September 7.
Race Record: Starts: 8; 1st: 4; 2nd: 4; 3rd: 0; Win & place prize money: £874,740
Few in the racing world can boast better connections than Sue Magnier. Not only is she married to the most powerful man in the bloodstock world, she is a daughter of arguably the greatest 20th century trainer, Vincent O’Brien, and sister of another Derby winning trainer, David O’Brien, while another brother, Charles, is also a successful handler. In the 1970s John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a Co Cork dairy farmer and breeder, teamed up with Vincent O’Brien and owner Robert Sangster with the idea of buying potential stallions as yearlings. This they did with great success, counting Alleged, Caerleon, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird amongst those who were bought or bred and this provided the financial foundations for Coolmore Stud in Co Tipperary. Magnier, who has a stake in Manchester United with friend J P McManus, is in overall charge at Coolmore, which has huge offshoots in America and Australia, and is proprietor of Ballydoyle, the magnificent training base of Aidan O’Brien. With Sangster now racing mainly home-breds, Magnier found a new partner in the 1990s with whom to resume the search for potential stallions, former bookmaker Michael Tabor. Entrepreneur in the 1997 Sagitta 2000 Guineas provided the Tabor/Magnier team with a first British classic success, and they also won that season’s Irish equivalent and Irish Derby with Desert King. Tabor first tasted classic success with Thunder Gulch in the 1995 Kentucky Derby. Other major wins include the Sagitta 2000 Guineas in 1998 with King Of Kings and this year with Rock Of Gibraltar, the 1999 French Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe plus the 2000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes with Montjeu, a run of five consecutive Group 1 successes in 2000 from Giant’s Causeway, last season Galileo won the Vodafone Derby, Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Imagine took the Vodafone Oaks, Milan landed the St Leger, Mozart become champion sprinter and the owners totally dominated the two-year-old division, led by the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile hero Johannesburg. This season’s multitude of big-race wins include the Vodafone Derby and Irish Derby with High Chaparral, French 2,000 Guineas with Landseer and the Coral Eurobet Eclipse with Hawk Wing. Coolmore Stud also owned a majority share inthe King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winner Golan while Rock Of Gibraltar won a record seventh consecutive Group 1 when taking the Prix du Moulin this month. He had earlier landed the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas as well as the St James’s Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes. No Previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins
Aidan O’Brien IRE
Born in Wexford on October 16, 1969, Aidan Patrick O’Brien has been phenomenally successful in his relatively short training career. After a spell with Jim Bolger, he became assistant to his now wife, Anne-Marie, and her father Joe Crowley, before taking over the reins when granted a licence to train himself in 1993. His impact on the Flat was made with backing of the highest calibre in the shape of John Magnier and partners’ Coolmore, which offered the precocious O’Brien the use of Ballydoyle Stables, where the young trainer’s namesake and legendary Irish trainer Vincent O’Brien had enjoyed so much success. In 1997, in only his third season at the helm of the Tipperary yard, he confirmed his intentions on the Flat when winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby. The following year, his first British classic runner, King Of Kings won the Sagitta 2000 Guineas and the second, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the following day’s Sagitta 1000 Guineas and went on to land the Vodafone Oaks a month later. The successes have since flowed in since through the likes of Giant’s Causeway (five successive Group 1s in 2000), Second Empire, Saffron Walden, Stravinsky, Fasliyev and an embarrassment of riches last season that yielded 23 Group 1 successes headed by the English and Irish Derbys, as well as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, with Galileo. Other classic glory came via Imagine (Irish 1,000 Guineas and Vodafone Oaks), Black Minnaloushe (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Rose Gypsy (French 1,000 Guineas) and Milan (St Leger) while Mozart became champion sprinter and O’Brien totally dominated the two-year-old division and Johannesburg provided him with a first Breeders’ Cup success in the Juvenile at Belmont Park in October. It has been business as usual this year with Rock Of Gibraltar winning a record seventh consecutive Group 1 when landing the Prix du Moulin this month, having earlier taken the Sagitta 2000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes. High Chaparral won the Vodafone Derby from stablemate Hawk Wing and led home a 1-2-3 for the stable in the Irish Derby, Landseer landed the French 2,000 Guineas and Hawk Wing beat fellow Ballydoyle inmate Sholokhov in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse. O’Brien now concentrates almost entirely on the Flat but he was crowned champion National Hunt trainer in Ireland for the first five seasons since he took out his licence in the 1993/4 campaign and he trained the brilliant Istabraq, who retired in March, to win three Smurfit Champion Hurdles.
No Previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins
Born in Co Tipperary on June 22, 1959, Michael Kinane rode his first winner on March 19, 1975, at Leopardstown on Muscari and served his apprenticeship with Liam Browne. He was champion Irish apprentice in 1978 and has been Irish champion jockey 11 times, most recently in 1999 with 92 successes. He was first jockey to Dermot Weld from 1984 until 1998 and is now retained by Aidan O’Brien. Kinane, who regularly spends his winters riding in Hong Kong, partnered the O’Brien-trained King Of Kings to win the 1998 Sagitta 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, his second consecutive victory in the classic, following Entrepreneur in 1997. He also partnered Tirol for Richard Hannon to take the first colts’ classic in 1990. He has won many of the world’s top races, including the Vodafone Derby in 1993 on Commander In Chief and last year on Galileo, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1989 on Carroll House and in 1999 on Montjeu, the 1993 Melbourne Cup on Vintage Crop, the 1990 Belmont Stakes on Go And Go and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes four times (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu, 2001 Galileo). Kinane pulled off the Vodafone Derby/Vodafone Oaks double last year with Galileo and Imagine. He also won his first Irish Derby last season aboard Galileo and only had to wait 12 months for his second success in the Curragh classic when scoring on High Chaparral in June. He has been aboard Rock Of Gibraltar on four of his five Group 1 victories this season.
No Previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins
BEST OF THE BESTS (IRE) FACTFILE
5 ch c Machiavellian (USA) - Sueboog (Darshaan)
Form: 312/344133/187-171833 Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Limited
Best Of The Bests
Originally trained by Clive Brittain, Best Of The Bests finished third to Distant Music in a Doncaster maiden on his debut in July, 1999, and caused an upset next time out when winning the following month’s Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown. He rounded off the season by finishing second to Royal Kingdom on heavy ground in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at the Ascot Festival.
Switched to Godolphin for his three-year-old career, he was third to Sakhee in the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York on his comeback, before coming 10 lengths fourth to Sinndar in the Vodafone Derby. A French Group 2 victory at Deauville was followed by a good third to Giant’s Causeway in the Irish Champion Stakes and he occupied the same place behind Observatory in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. His four-year-old campaign began on the dirt in Dubai, when winning a Listed race in February 2001, and he was then eighth to Captain Steve in the Dubai World Cup in March. He did not reappear until the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Newmarket in October, when he came seventh to Nayef.
He began this year by winning Round II of the Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai before running in the Dubai World Cup, coming seventh to Street Cry, and won the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp on May 19 by half a length from Poussin. After that success, Best Of The Bests finished eighth in the Queen Anne Stakes at the Royal Meeting and he was then third to Banks Hill in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville. Last time out he went back to a mile and a quarter and ran extremely well in the Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes at Leopards town, being beaten only a short head and a neck by Grandera and Hawk Wing.
Race Record: Starts: 18; 1st: 5; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 6; Win and place prize money: £462,353
Godolphin is the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed, other members of the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai and friends, and its aim is to prepare horses in Dubai during the winter to gain the advantage when challenging for major races worldwide. The experiment began on a small scale in the winter of 1992, with horses enjoying the benefits of the warm climate before arriving in Britain for the 1993 season. The Godolphin operation was properly established in 1994, with Hilal Ibrahim as trainer, when Balanchine won the Vodafone Oaks and Irish Derby. The following year Saeed bin Suroor was appointed as the official trainer. When flown over from Dubai, the horses are stabled at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket, and, in 1999 and 2000, Godolphin s two-year-olds were housed at the former Evry racecourse in France under the care of David Loder, who last year relocated to Godolphin Stables in Newmarket. In 2000, Godolphin set up an additional training centre at Santa Anita racecourse in the United States, where Eoin Harty supervises a select band of American-bred two-year-olds. Godolphin s colours have been carried to victory in every British classic bar the Vodafone Derby, although Saeed bin Suroor did train Lammtarra to win the premier classic for Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum in 1995. The British Godolphin classic successes so far have been Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia) and St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq). Daylami led an historic 1-2-3 in the 1998 Coral Eurobet Eclipse, the first time that the same owner and trainer has had the first three in a British Group 1, and the Godolphin ambitions, other than landing the Vodafone Derby, include taking the American Triple Crown series, winning the Japan Cup, Melbourne Cup and capturing the World Racing Series Championship which was achieved in 1999, the inaugural year, by Daylami, and in 2000 and 2001 by Fantastic Light, winner of last season’s Breeders’ Cup Turf. Godolphin’s tally of 91 Group/Grade 1 wins includes the Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), French 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Breeders Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (2001 Tempera), Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Irish St Leger (1998, 1999 Kayf Tara), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera) and three successes in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes. Godolphin has been leading British owner in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2001. There have been three Godolphin King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winners, 1997 & 1998 Swain and 1999 Daylami, while Maktoum Al Maktoum’s son Saeed owned the 1995 winner Lammtarra, saddled by Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
Previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins: 1996 MARK OF ESTEEM, 1999 DUBAI MILLENNIUM, 2001 SUMMONER
Saeed bin Suroor
Godolphin s principal trainer, former policeman Saeed bin Suroor, was born in Dubai on October 10, 1967. He has been champion British trainer three times - in 1996, 1998 and 1999 - but a low-key season for Godolphin in 2000 saw him finish only seventh in the table, recovering to third last year. Coupled with his phenomenal achievements with Godolphin, bin Suroor trained the unbeaten Lammtarra for Sheikh Mohammed s nephew, Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum, to win the 1995 Vodafone Derby, Ascot s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and Prix de l Arc de Triomphe. That the horse raced only four times in his career and yet was trained by bin Suroor to succeed in those three pre-eminent Group One events is an achievement which cannot be overstated. Bin Suroor is helped with the training by Tom Albertrani, formerly assistant to Cigar s handler Bill Mott in America, with Simon Crisford acting as racing manager. Cape Verdi s Sagitta 1000 Guineas win completed the full set of British classics for bin Suroor in 1998. His domestic classic winners are Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra), Vodafone Oaks (1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia), St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq). Godolphin has enjoyed numerous other big-race wins worldwide and took the Dubai World Cup again earlier this year with Street Cry and this month’s Irish Champion Stakes with Grandera. Previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins: 1996 MARK OF ESTEEM, 1999 DUBAI MILLENNIUM, 2001 SUMMONER
Born in Milan on December 15, 1970, the son of Gianfranco, a former multiple champion jockey in Italy, Frankie Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani s Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985, and rode his first winner on Lizzie Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. Has since captured the hearts of racegoers with his flamboyant style, phenomenal riding successes, and charisma in and out of the saddle. Champion jockey in 1994 and 1995, Dettori created history when riding all seven winners on the first day card at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996. His ground-breaking exertions brought recognition beyond that of racing s own sphere when he was voted into third place in the 1996 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. While victory in the Vodafone Derby still eludes Dettori, Cape Verdi s win in the 1998 Sagitta 1000 Guineas means that he has tasted success in all four other domestic classics at least once, as well as a host of high-profile international successes, including the 1995 Arc on Lammtarra, the 1996 Japan Cup on Singspiel, the 2000 Dubai World Cup on Dubai Millennium and the Breeders Cup Turf on Daylami in 1999 and last year on Fantastic Light. Dettori, who is retained by the Godolphin team, survived an horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed and missed part of the season as a result. He started this season in good style with a win on Kazzia in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas and followed up in the Vodafone Oaks. He is married to Catherine with three young children.Previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins: 1996 MARK OF ESTEEM, 1999 DUBAI MILLENNIUM
WHERE OR WHEN (IRE) FACTFILE
3 ch c Danehill Dancer (IRE)-Future Past (USA) (Super Concorde (USA))
Form: 181414-046514 Owner: John Humphreys (Turf Accountants) Ltd
Trainer: Terry Mills Breeder: Mrs Ann Egan Jockey: Kevin Darley
Where Or When
Where Or When has spent most of his life within a couple of miles of Epsom racecourse. Born on January 27, 1999, he was sold for Ir£26,000 as a foal at Goffs ten months later to Barry Reilly, who manages Woodcote Stud in Epsom. Reilly re-offered the colt, from the first crop of Danehill Dancer and a half-brother to his current connections’ 1999 Vodafone Derby fifth All The Way, at the 2000 Tattersalls October Sale, where he was bought by Epsom trainer Terry Mills for 26,000 guineas.
That has proved to be money well spent. The colt made his debut last year in an Ascot novices’ event on July 14, when he scored by three quarters of a length, but then disappointed when only eighth to Naheef in the Group 3 Champagne Lanson Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. He returned to winning ways in a Salisbury novices’ event in August before finishing fourth, beaten six lengths by Redback, in the Group 3 Ford Solario Stakes at Sandown the following month. On October 5 he beat Aidan O’Brien’s Della Francesca by a head in the Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket and ran well again when fourth, beaten about a length and a half by Rock Of Gibraltar, in the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes. He came 11th to the same rival in the Sagitta 2000 Guineas on his return this season at Newmarket on May 4 before heading to York for the Group 2 Convergent Dante Stakes over ten and a half furlongs, where Mills felt Where Or When could have finished a great deal closer than fourth to Moon Ballad. He was a well-beaten sixth in the Vodafone Derby and was not disgraced when stepped back to a mile when fifth to Rock Of Gibraltar in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He had his first win of the season when taking the Listed Vodafone Thoroughbred Stakes on the final day of Glorious Goodwood and returned to the Sussex course when a close fourth to Tillerman in the Group 2 Celebration Mile last month. On that occasion, Mills was critical of Tillerman’s rider Richard Hughes for blocking Where Or When’s passage.
Race Record: Starts: 12; 1st: 4; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £96,590
John Humphreys (Turf Accountants) Ltd
John Humphreys has been involved in racing as an owner for 20 years and in the betting world since 1960. The first trainer with whom he had horses was Toby Balding, who won four races, including two at Epsom, for him with Ambler. Humphreys looked after Ambler in retirement and hacked out on the common close to his home at Chislehurst in Kent.
He has also had a share in a horse with Julie Cecil, but in recent years all his horses have been with Terry Mills and he has two at Loretta Lodge at the moment. His best horse has been Where Or When’s half-brother All The Way, who finished fifth in the 1999 Vodafone Derby and was then sold to Godolphin. Humphreys won a match bet with Michael Tabor, owner of Saffron Walden, struck in the Epsom paddock after All The Way’s efforts.
He has 14 betting shops in South East London and Kent, with the head office at Orpington, and also bets on the boards at Catford and Crayford greyhound tracks in partnership with fellow bookmaker Tony Morris.
No previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins
Terry Mills, who was born on November 9, 1938, has held a licence to train only since 1993, but he had been involved in racing as an owner for many years before that and had owned useful winners like Our Freddie and My Louie, and took over the licence at Loretta Lodges Stables at Headley, just a few miles down the road from Epsom Downs, from his now head lad Wally Carter.
Before that Mills had been involved on a very full time basis with the family firm of A & J Bull, one of the biggest waste management/demolition companies in the country. He bought his first lorry when demobbing from the army aged 22 and had a fleet of 150 by the time he sold A & J Bull to a Belgian rival four years ago. The family still have the demolition company Goodman Price. Mills’s son Robert, who is heavily involved in the training operation, is likely to take over the licence in the near future.
Among his best performers have been the 1999 King’s Stand Stakes winner Mitcham, Bobzao, who won the 1994 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, All The Way, who finished fifth behind Oath in the 1999 Vodafone Derby, Where Or When and this year’s Royal Hunt Cup hero Norton.
No previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins
Kevin Darley is unlikely to forget the 2000 season, after his 152 wins made him the first English-born champion jockey since Lester Piggott in 1982. Born on August 5, 1960, in Tettenhall, Staffordshire, Darley lives in Sheriff Hutton, near York, and married Debby on November 22, 1982. They have two daughters - Lianne and Gemma. He served his apprenticeship with Reg Hollinshead and his first winner came on Dust Up at Haydock on August 5, 1977. Darley became champion apprentice the following year. His most important win was in the 1995 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) on the Lady Herries-trained Celtic Swing, on whom he had also won the previous year’s Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, carrying the colours of Peter Savill, to whom he was retained rider at the time.
He also dead-heated with Ya Malak in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York in 1997, when he had stirrup problems while riding Coastal Bluff for David Barron and in 2000 enjoyed further Group 1 glory in the Haydock Sprint Cup on Pipalong and when beating Giant’s Causeway aboard Observatory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. Last season, more Group 1 success came via Super Tassa in the Yorkshire Oaks and subsequent dual Derby hero High Chaparral in the Racing Post Trophy. Earlier this month he won a first British classic when taking the Rothmans Royals St Leger on Bollin Eric.
Previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Win: 2000 OBSERVATORY
PREVIEW OF MEON VALLEY STUD FILLIES’ MILE
A field of ten potentially top class fillies will line up for tomorrow’s Group 1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile, a race which in the last 11 years has produced four winners who have gone on to classic success, Culture Vulture, Reams of Verse, Bosra Sham and most recently Gossamer.
Two of the principal contenders could be Soviet Song and Summitville, who met at Newmarket in the Sweet Solera Stakes last month when Soviet Song came out the better by three lengths.
Summitville has since gone on to an all the way victory in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and her trainer James Given thinks that she may prove capable of reversing the Newmarket form this time. He feels that the way in which the race was run and the softer ground were not in his filly’s favour on that occasion.
Soviet Song had previously won her maiden at Kempton from the well regarded Airwave, who is thought worthy of a place in the Cheveley Park Stakes next month and both her trainer James Fanshawe and Given have their horses in excellent form.
Summitville will also be bidding to confirm Doncaster running with Approach, whom she beat into second place on Town Moor. Approach’s trainer Sir Mark Prescott and Given had both thought of sending their fillies to Longchamp for the Prix Marcel Boussac next weekend, but have decided that Ascot is the place to be.
Sir Michael Stoute has been enjoying another excellent season and his Rainbow Queen is another who comes here with a high reputation. She is stepping up sharply in class after winning a Warwick maiden on her only previous start, but she was very impressive on that debut. Her trainer is also represented by Huja, who ran well when third to Geminiani in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood last time.
Aidan O’Brien, who is mounting a powerful raid on the meeting, sends Reach For The Moon for the race. This filly, who cost $1,650,000 as a yearling, is likewise stepping up to Group 1 after a maiden victory in her only start, but there was no denying the style of her Cork success.
Ian Balding is doubly represented by Oblige, who followed her maiden success at Brighton by landing a nursery at Haydock, and Casual Look, who romped home by eight lengths at Bath last time.
Air Adair improved on her Newbury debut to win at Salisbury last time, and Hold To Ransom confirmed the promise of two earlier efforts when beating subsequent winner Al Ihtithar at Newmarket last time.
HOLE DELAYS RACING
The second race at Ascot today was delayed by about 20 minutes after a hole appeared on the track about 50 yards before the one-furlong marker, and very close to where Khayyam fell in the first race.
Clerk of the course Nick Cheyne said: “The groundstaff walked down to repair the area where Khayyam came down and the hole was found when a fork was being used.”
The damage was immediately inspected by clerk of the course Cheyne, chairman of the stewards Richard Hambro, senior stewards’ secretary Patrick Hibbert-Foy, his colleague Phil Tuck and Ascot’s Chief Executive Douglas Erskine-Crum. John Gosden, who had two runners in the following race, and Frankie Dettori, who was to ride hot favourite Treble Heights, also went to investigate.
“It is an old drain which has collapsed,” said Ascot PR Nick Smith. “These things happen sometimes.”
The officials decided that the right course was to doll out about 50 yards of the track with a false rail, tapering out from about a furlong and a half before the finish untill about 20 yards past the hole.
“I think that for tomorrow we shall start the dolling out much earlier, probably from the bend into the straight,” said Cheyne.
Neither John Gosden nor Frankie Dettori had any reservations about running in the following Harvest Stakes. “There is no problem as far as I am concerned,” said Gosden.
Dettori, who kept his fellow jockeys posted about what had happened, commented: “It will be fine when they have put up the false rail and there should be no difficulties as far as racing is concerned.”
NICK CHEYNE EXPLAINS
THE LATEST SITUATION
Nick Cheyne, Ascot’s clerk of the course, was interviewed on BBC Television and said: “After a horse had fallen in the first race, the groundstaff went back to repair any damage done and when one of them got further down the track and, using his fork, he identified that there was a slightly bigger hole than there should have been.
“He looked a bit closer, was concerned about it so the head groundsman went down and had a look. We decided that it could easily be a partially collapsed drain.
“When we looked at it, we weren’t satisfied and we then decided that the safest thing was to doll off that area.
“It is unlikely we will use the full width of the straight course tomorrow. We will probably take the rail further back to the bend.
“I am extremely surprised. I walk the track on a regular basis. I walked it this morning and last night. I came up that particular area and I never identified anything like that.
“It is, obviously, a concern to find that. We are lucky that we have identified it.
“After racing today, we will have a very thorough look round the whole course, both the round course and the straight course. We will look at all areas to make sure there is nothing more unforeseen.
“I am hopeful that it is just this one hole that has appeared. Thankfully, the horse who fell in the first is fine.
“The jockeys were confident to ride in the race afterwards because we put up a rail which was going to take them away from the danger area.”
FIRST RACE RESULT
THE BOLLINGER CHAMPAGNE CHALLENGE SERIES FINAL HANDICAP
DANAKIL COMES OUT BEST IN OPENER
Amateur Tom Best secured the 2002 Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series when taking the series final aboard Danakil for trainer Simon Dow.
“This is a tough horse and he was given a tough ride,” said Dow. “Tom has made all the difference here and he has taken the amateur riders’ ranks by storm in the last couple of years.
“We had a hard task from trap one but Tom used his brain and sliced his way through the field.
“The horse had gone up 8lb for his last win and that took its toll in the last furlong, which was where Tom Best’s strength and experience came into play.
“This is the type of horse that every owner dreams of having, he’s hardly run a bad race in six months and he’s the stable pet. I believe he used to be the lead horse for Xaar when he was trained by Andre Fabre.”
SECOND RACE QUOTES
THE EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND HARVEST STAKES (LISTED)
EVERLASTING GAINS LISTED VICTORY
The Mark Johnston-trained Love Everlasting bounced back from two disappointing runs to take the Listed European Breeders Fund Harvest Stakes under Kevin Darley.
“She did it nicely today but she’s a funny filly who has her off days,” said Darley. “When I asked her, she picked up nicely.
“She travelled a lot better today and never looked like getting beat. On other days, she can be off the bridle all the way and just doesn’t have any interest.”
THIRD RACE QUOTES
THE WATERSHIP DOWN STUD SALES RACE
SHARPLAW GAINS BUMPER PAYOUT
Sharplaw Venture earned a six-figure payout when holding off Hector’s Girl to take the Watership Down Stud Sales Race.
Winning trainer William Haggas said: “It is a marvellous result and fantastic for (owner) Tina Miller because her partner Con Wilson won the Queen Mary this year with Romantic Liason.
“After her last race, we didn’t want to run again before coming here, firstly because we didn’t want to pick up another penalty and secondly I didn’t want to overdo her.
“I was quite hopeful beforehand because she’s improved greatly in her work at home recently.
“She’s in the Redcar two-year-old race next Saturday but I think that may be a bit greedy.”
The winner, who was bred by Richard Williams and cost 46,000gns at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, is a half-sister to Firebreak, last season’s Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes victor, who won the Group 3 Charlton Hunt Supreme Stakes at Goodwood yesterday.
“She looks pretty cheap now,” said Haggas. “Although Firebreak was already a Group 2 winner when we got her.”
Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association chief executive Louise Kemble, whose Elms Stud houses Con Wilson’s broodmare band, was another delighted onlooker.
Sir Michael Stoute, trainer of runner-up Hector’s Girl, at first wondered if her high draw of 26 had made the vital difference.
“She was drawn right on the far side, I don’t think that helped her,” he said. “But then I see that the winner is drawn 25 so I can’t really use that as an excuse,” he chortled.
WINNING QUOTES RACE FOUR
GOOD NEWS AT LAST FOR MAKIN
Peter Makin has had to endure a dreadful season with his horses being badly affected by a virus which has still not completely left the yard, but he had a broad smile on his face after Greenslades had worn down Magic Glade to win the Sodexho Handicap by a neck.
“To be honest from where I was watching I thought we had been beaten a neck, but Jimmy (Quinn) felt that he had won and I am delighted to say that he was right,” he said.
“For once in my life I thought we had a horse who was reasonably handicapped,” the trainer went on. “When he was second at Newmarket in the spring he was a length and a quarter in front of Green Line and we were now 8lb better off.
“When we bought him as a foal I thought we had got a mile and a half horse, as his dam is a half sister to Persian Punch, but he is very much a speed merchant and this stiff six furlongs is his trip.
“I was glad to hear from the jockeys that they felt the ground was a bit easier than the official good to firm, as he is a big horse and I did not want it too fast for him. And then when he won his maiden race at Ayr it was very soft and he did not like that at all. But I had to run him there as there was not another race for him so that I could get him handicapped.
“I don’t know if he will run again this season, I have not really looked beyond today for him. He might stay beyond six furlongs next year, but I don’t really think that is very likely.
“His owners, David and Beryl Thorne, have been very lucky for us and have had some good winners like Spencers Wood and Pomfret Lad before this horse. I wish I had some other owners who were as lucky as they have been. They also have Queensway Quay who has won both his races in this first season.
“Although we have got over the virus at least to some extent, it still has not completely left the yard. The two-year-olds in particular are still being affected by it.”
FIFTH RACE QUOTES
THE EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND CLASSIFIED STAKES
THREE OUT OF THREE FOR MAHROOS
Mahroos made it three wins from three starts this season when holding off Goblet Of Fire to take the EBF Classified Stakes to the delight of winning trainer John Gosden.
“He was originally in France with Godolphin but had an injury which he has come back from well,” said Gosden.
“That’s three on the trot now and he’s been going up in class every time. We’ll take a good look at where to send him next but I have my eye on another race over a mile and a quarter, when there will hopefully be more pace.”
Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, added: “He hurt a leg which we operated on successfully and he has had to start all over again. He’s a good horse although I don’t think he’s a top horse but he’s going the right way.”
Brian Meehan said of runner-up Goblet Of Fire: “I thought he’d come to win his race but it wasn’t to be. He rather got carried towards the centre of the track, and maybe it would have been better if he’d challenged on the other side.”
Pat Eddery was very complimentary about the way Goblet Of Fire had run, saying: “He put his head down and really went for it.”
Goblet Of Fire is now 33/1 from 40/1 for the Tote Cambridgeshire tomorrow week with Victor Chandler and William Hill.
WINNING QUOTES RACE SIX
THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION HANDICAP
MORRIS BREAKS ASCOT DUCK
Dave Morris enjoyed his first success at Ascot when Athenian sprang a 20-1 surprise in the closing mile handicap, for which he was picked as the best turned out contender by the expert panel of David Nicholson and Gavin Pritchard-Gordon.
“He is a strange little horse and he has been a bit flat in his last two runs, but in the last couple of weeks he has looked as if he was on the way back,” he said.
“We have been thinking of trying him over further so I told Neil (Callan) to drop him in and see what happened in the last couple of furlongs. Neil gets on with him really well,” Morris added.
“That puts us on 13 for the season, so I shall want to get off that as soon as possible, and it means we have just passed the Ù100,000 mark for the season,” he said.
“This was my first winner here, but in all honesty I have not had that many horses who have been good enough to bring here. Several of those who have run have done well, though.”
GOING NEWS AT 10 AM
The going for the first of the three days of the Ascot Festival remains
GOOD TO FIRM.
“We have had no rain since September 9, so we have put about an inch of water on the track this week,” said clerk of the course and racing director Nick Cheyne.
“We finished watering on Wednesday and we shall start the meeting with decent good to firm ground.
“I think it is unlikely that we shall water during the meeting.”
FIRST RACE RESULT
2.00pm BOLLINGER CHAMPAGNE CHALLENGE SERIES FINAL (HANDICAP) GENTLEMAN AMATEUR RIDERS
Class D, Handicap, £10,000 Added. For 3yo+ Rated 0-85 (for riders who have ridden in at least one of the series’ races run in 2002), 1m 6f. Weights: highest weight not less than 12st; minimum weight 9st 10lb. Penalties: after September 14, a winner 5lb. Allowances: riders who, prior to September 25, 2002, have not ridden more than 10 winners under any Rules of Racing 3lb; more than 5 such winners 5lb; any such winner 7lb Penalty Values: 1st: £7,231.25; 2nd: £2,225; 3rd: £1,112.50; 4th: £556.25
1 DANAKIL (The Danakilists) Simon Dow 7-11-08 Mr Tom Best (3)  9-1
2 HATTINGTON (M Channon) Ronald Baker 4-10-01 Mr Colm Sharkey (3)  9-2
3 FOOL ON THE HILL (Eric Gadsden) Gerald Cottrell 5-11-10 Mr Les Jefford  9-1
4 ARABIAN MOON (Byerly Bloodstock) Simon Dow 6-11-07 Mr Daniel Hutchison (7) 
5 STAR PROTECTOR (Sir Clement Freud) Robert Stronge 3-10-06 Mr James Davies (5) 
6 RUTLAND CHANTRY (Allison Bottomley) Steve Gollings 8-10-08 Mr Harry Poulton (5) 
7 DESERT ISLAND DISC (W Wood) John Bridger 5-10-03 Mr Robert Lucey-Butler(5) 
8 PORAK (Allen, Manley, Prichard, Russell) Gary Moore 5-10-11 Mr Jamie Moore (5) 
9 RED LION (W Ponsonby) Brian Meehan 5-10-12 Mr Andrew Tinkler (3) 
10 BELLE D'ANJOU (Network Training) Philip Hobbs 5-11-00 Mr Nicky Tinkler 
11 CLASSIC CONKERS (Steven Rees) Julie Feilden 8-9-05 Mr Steven Rees (5) 1
2 FIGURA (R Broadbent) Roger Ingram 4-9-11 Mr James Best (5) 
13 LORD EUROLINK (Icon-Ctt) Mark Tompkins 8-11-03 Mr Michael Jenkins (5) 
14 PHYSICAL FORCE (Steve Lewis Hamilton, A Kaplan, G Watson) John Best 4-9-12 Mr Simon Callaghan (5) 
F KHAYYAM (Bill Hobson) Steve Gollings 4-10-12 Mr Simon Walker 
15 ran Non-runner: No 16 Silver Secret (ground)
Distances: 0.5, 3, sh, 1.5, 4, 3/4, 2, hd, 3, 1.5, 1, 15, 3.5 Time: 2m 37.18s
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Breeding: Warning - Danilova (Lyphard)
Totes Win: £10.00 Places: £2.50; £1.80; £2.90 Exacta: £66.80
Winning trainer:-Name: Dow, Simon Langley.
Date of Birth: 13/6/61 Date of first licence: 1985. Previous occupation: assistant to Philip Mitchell for 3 years. Wins in a season (1986-2001):3:0:6:7:5:17:17:21:18:29:30:22:22:21:17:18 Number of horses in training (1986-2002) 16:21:19:30:55:42:41:33:53:57:71:63:70:53:68:54:54 Major wins include: Hungerford Stakes (1994 Young Ern - dh with Pollen Count), Prix du Palais-Royal (1994 Young Ern).Trains at Clear Height Stables, Epsom, Surrey Wins This Season: 24
Winning jockey:-Name: Best, Thomas George Born: May 30, 1982 Riding Weight: 9st 7lb Based: Hailsham, East Sussex
SECOND RACE RESULT
2.35pm EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND HARVEST STAKES
Class A, Listed Race, £35,000 Guaranteed. For three-year-olds + which have not won a Group One Pattern race in 2002, 1m 4f. Weights: 3yo: 8st 6lb, 4yo+: 9st. Penalty Values: 1st: £20,300; 2nd: £7,700; 3rd: £3,850; 4th: £1,750; 5th: £875; 6th: £525
1 LOVE EVERLASTING (Mr & Mrs Gary Middlebrook) Mark Johnston 4-9-03 Kevin Darley  8-1
2 TREBLE HEIGHTS (Owen Promotions Ltd) John Gosden 3-8-06 Frankie Dettori  5-4fav
3 SHALAMANTIKA (H H Aga Khan) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-06 Jamie Spencer 
4 BRIGHT AND CLEAR (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 3-8-06 Richard Hughes 
5 JALOUSIE (Dennis Yardy) Chris Wall 4-9-03 Wendyll Woods 
6 PROMPT PAYMENT (Chris Van Hoorn) James Fanshawe 4-9-00 Oscar Urbina 
7 ISHTAK (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 3-8-06 Richard Hills 
7 ran Distances: 3/4, 2 1/2, 1 3/4, 6, 3, 9 Time: 2m 33.25s
Breeder: Mr & Mrs Gary Middlebrook Breeding: Pursuit Of Love - Perpetuity (Great Nephew)
Totes Win: £9.10 Places: £2.80; £1.50 Exacta: £16.30
Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born:Glasgow, 10/9/59 Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practiced as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA Classic win: (1) Sagitta 2,000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys) Other major wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 Royal Rebel), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D'Inde), Sagaro Stakes (1995 & 1996 Double Trigger), Doncaster Cup (1995,1996 & 1998 Double Trigger), Futurity Stakes (1994 Jural), Cornwallis Stakes (1994 Millstream), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1995, 1997 & 1998 Double Trigger, 2000 Royal Rebel), Princess Margaret Stakes (1992 Marina Park), Champagne Lanson Vintage Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys), Royal Lodge Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Fruits Of Love), Dubai Turf Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits of Love), Lingfield Derby Trial (2002 Bandari), Chester Vase (2002 Fight Your Corner), Classic Trial (2002 Simeon), Peugeot Gordon Stakes (2002 Bandari), Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Harvest
Stakes (2002 Love Everlasting) Wins in a season (1987-2001): 1: 5: 15: 28: 31: 53: 77: 117: 114: 116: 123: 100:113:130:116 Number of horses in training (1987-2002): n/a: 17: 18: 35: 35: 39: 49: 72: 120: 117: 120:130: 147:152:159:178 Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Wins this season: 112
Winning jockey:-Name: Darley, Kevin Paul. Born: Tettenhall, Staffordshire, 5/8/60 Apprenticeship: 1976, with Reg Hollinshead. First winner: Dust Up (Haydock 5/8/77) Classic Wins (1): Rothmans Royals St Leger (2002 Bollin Eric) First big win: Bovis Handicap (Van Laser - Ascot, October 8, 1977) Major wins include: Park Hill Stakes (1984 Borushka), Racing Post Trophy (1994 Celtic Swing, 2001 High Chaparral), Prix du Jockey-Club (1995 Celtic Swing), Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Coastal Bluff - dead-heat with Ya Malak), Theo Fennell Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (2000 Pipalong), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory), Harvest Stakes (2001 Lilium), Jockey Club Cup (2001 Capal Garmon), Swinley Stakes (2002 Monturani), William Hill Mile (2002 Smirk), Harvest Stakes (2001 Lilium, 2002 Love Everlasting) Wins 1991-01: 66; 91; 143; 154; 148; 113; 128; 94; 118; 155; 162 Wins this season: 94
THIRD RACE RESULT
3.10pm WATERSHIP DOWN STUD SALES
Class B, £250,000 Guaranteed. For two-year-olds which were sold or bought in as yearlings under the hammer at any specified sale in the UK and which have been declared by the TBA as eligible to be entered and run, 6.5f. Weights: 9st Penalties: a winner of a Class C or D race 3lb; of a Class B race 5lb; of a Class A race 7lb. Allowances: horses sold or bought in between 70000 gns to 99999 gns 2lb; 50000 gns to 69999 gns 4lb; 30000 gns to 49999 gns 6lb; 20000 gns to 29999 gns 8lb; 15000 gns to 19999 gns 10lb; 10000 gns to 14999 gns 12lb; 5000 gns to 9999 gns 14lb; under 5000 gns 16lb Penalty Values: 1st: £125,000; 2nd: £50,000; 3rd: £25,000; 4th: £12,500; 5th: £6,250; 6th: £6,250
1 SHARPLAW VENTURE (Tina Miller) William Haggas 2-8-11 Richard Hills  12-1
2 HECTOR'S GIRL (Naz Ahamad) Sir Michael Stoute 2-8-12 Kieren Fallon  6-1fav
3 PRESTO VENTO (Tony Everett) Richard Hannon 2-8-11 Dane O'Neill  10-1
4 AIMEE'S DELIGHT (Derek Hilton) James Given 2-8-02 Ryan Moore 
5 WEDGEWOOD STAR (Wedgewood Estates) Richard Hannon 2-8-00 Richard Smith 
6 CAUGHT IN THE DARK (James Barber (Susan Abbott Racing)) John Dunlop 2-8-00 Jimmy Quinn 
7 LOOKING DOWN (The Unlikely Alliance) Richard Hannon 2-7-12 Martin Dwyer 
8 SPIRITUAL AIR (T Scothern) John Weymes 2-8-09 Kevin Darley 
9 BOND ROYALE (Reg Bond) Brian Smart 2-8-06 Steve Drowne 
10 ISLAND RAPTURE (Fred & Sacha Cotton & Matt Green) Amanda Perrett 2-8-06 Darryll Holland 
11 PHAEDRA (Giles Bravery) Giles Bravery 2-8-06 Simon Whitworth 
12 SPARK UP (Giles Pritchard-Gordon) Tim Easterby 2-8-05 Richard Quinn 
13 LA DOLFINA (Taheh Partnership) Johnathan Portman 2-8-05 (1lbow) Michael Fenton 
14 PRETTY PEKAN (The Fruit Cake Partnership) George Margarson 2-8-02 Neil Pollard 
15 SISTER BLUEBIRD (O’Reilly Hyland & Pidgley Partnership) Brian Meehan 2-9-01 Pat Eddery 
16 TOKEWANNA (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 2-8-04 Wendyll Woods 
17 LUCKY DATE (Eastwind Racing Ltd) David Arbuthnot 2-9-01 Eddie Ahern 
18 MISS CHAMPERS (N Woodcock) Richard Hannon 2-8-06 Richard Hughes 
19 TAMARELLA (The Tamarisk Partnership) George Margarson 2-8-00 Gary Bardwell 
20 DORIS SOUTER (A Merritt) Richard Hannon 2-8-02 Chris Catlin 
21 EFIMAC (Neville Bycroft) Neville Bycroft 2-7-13 (1lbow) Adrian Nicholls 
22 BISHOP'S LAKE (Joan Lay) Mick Quinlan 2-7-12 Jamie Mackay 
23 SHARMA (The Three Stooges) John Spearing 2-7-12 Joanna Badger 
24 STARMINDA (The Star Seekers) Christine Dunnett 2-7-12 Lisa Jones 
25 PRINCESS MAGDALE (Eric Gadsden) Gerald Cottrell 2-8-06 Jimmy Fortune 
26 ran Non-runners: No 19 Dignified (vet’s certificate) and No 26 (withdrawn not under starter’s orders)
Distances: hd, 1 1/4, 1 1/2, hd, 3/4, nk, 1 1/2, sh, 1, hd, nk, 1/2, 2, 1, 2, hd, nk, nk, nk, hd, 3/4, 3/4, 1/2, 2 1/2 Time: 1m 22.96s Breeder: R P Williams Breeding: Polar Falcon - Breakaway (Song)
Totes Win: £14.30 Places: £3.40; £2.10; £3.50 Exacta: £68.30
Winning Trainer: Name Haggas, William John
Date of Birth: 23/8/60 Date of first trainer's licence: 20/11/86 Previous Occupation: Assistant trainer to Sir Mark Prescott and John Winter Wins in a season (1992-2001): 27:13:13:22:19:28:12: 47:45:39 Number of horses in training (1993-2002): 47:37:37:42:45:49:53:58:72:63 British Classic wins: (1) Shaamit (1996 Vodafone Derby) Major wins include: Italian 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), German 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), Champagne Stakes (1990 Bog Trotter), Joel Stakes (1996 Yeast), Crocker Bulteel Handicap (1996 Yeast), Royal Hunt Cup (1996 Yeast), Insulpak Victoria Cup Handicap (1996 Yeast), Norfolk Stakes (2000 Superstar Leo), Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture) Trains at Somerville Lodge, Newmarket Suffolk Wins last season: 39 Wins this season:32
Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Richard John. Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Tom Jones. First winner: Border Dawn (Doncaster 26/10/79) Classic wins: (3) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan), St Leger (1999 Mutafaweq) Other major wins: German Oaks (2002 Salve Regina), Middle Park Stakes (1997 Hayil), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1994 Maroof, 2001 Summoner); Yorkshire Cup (1985 Ilium); Norfolk Stakes (1986 Sizzling Melody, 1989 Pettilante), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Queen Mary Stakes (1997 Nadwah), July Cup (1998 Elnadim), Hungerford Stakes (1998 Muhtathir), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel), Temple Stakes (1999 Tipsy Creek); Rockfel Stakes (1999 Lahan); September Stakes (2000 Mutamam); Flutter.com Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), Autumn Stakes (2000 Nayef), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Dubai Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Falmouth Stakes (2000 Alshakr, 2002 Tashawak), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture) Wins (1990-2001):56, 67,52,57,59,70,71,85,83,77,81,79 Wins this season: 77
FOURTH RACE RESULT
3.45pm BRUNSWICK STAKES
Class B, Showcase Handicap, £30,000 guaranteed. For 3yo Rated 0-105, 6f. Minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after September 14, a winner 6lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £17,400; 2nd: £6,600; 3rd: £3,300; 4th: £1,500; 5th: £750; 6th: £450
1 GREENSLADES (Four Seasons Racing Ltd) Peter Makin 3-8-01 Jimmy Quinn  8-1
2 MAGIC GLADE (Khalid Abdulla) Roger Charlton 3-8-01 Gary Bardwell  12-1
3 LOCHRIDGE (Jeff Smith) Ian Balding 3-8-00 Martin Dwyer  16-1
4 PIC UP STICKS (1966 World Cup Winners Sporting Club) Mick Channon 3-8-07 Dean Corby (5)  7-1fav
5 MR TOAD (Michael Buckley) Jamie Osborne 3-8-11 Frankie Dettori 
6 RED OPAL (Terry Neill) Richard Hannon 3-7-06 (1lbow) Richard Thomas (7) 
7 VANDERLIN (R & E H Investments Ltd) Ian Balding 3-9-02 Liam Keniry (5) 
8 TUMBLEWEED CHARM (The Eighth Tumbleweed Partnership) Brian Meehan 3-8-07 Pat Eddery 
9 MILLION PERCENT (Platinum Racing Club Ltd) Karl Burke 3-8-00 Paul Doe 
10 JONNY EBENEEZER (John Purcell) Ian Wood 3-8-07 Ryan Moore (5) 
11 STRATHCLYDE (Pennywise Racing Ltd) John Cullinan 3-8-01 Matt Henry 
12 BARALINKA (Elite Racing Club) Paul Cole 3-8-08 Richard Quinn 
13 GREEN LINE (The Queen) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-09 Richard Hughes 
14 MADAME BOULANGERE (The Mystery Partnership) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Dane O'Neill 
15 KULACHI (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Mick Channon 3-8-10 Steve Drowne 
16 NEMO FUGAT (A Haloute) Richard Hannon 3-8-10 Kieren Fallon 
17 NIGHT RUNNER (Charlie Stevens) Tim Easterby 3-8-05 Kevin Darley 
18 SEMPER PARATUS (Heavily Iced Partnership) Giles Bravery 3-7-07 Fran Ferris (5) 
19 MIZILLABLACK (Mrs S Thornton) Nerys Dutfield 3-8-09 Steve Carson 
19 ran No. 13 Master Robbie (vet’s certificate)
Distances: nk, 1, nk, 1 1/4, nk, sh, 1 1/4, 1 1/4, 1/2, 1/2, 3/4, 3/4, hd, 3/4, 1 1/4, hd, 2 1/2, 6 Time: 1m 14.93s
Breeder: C Oakshott Breeding: Perugine - Woodfield Rose (Scottish Reel)
Totes Win: £8.80 Places: £2.30; £3.80; £5.40; £2.00 Exacta: £151.50
Winning trainer:-Name: Makin, Peter
Born: March 19, 1944
Trains at: Ogbourne Massey, Wilts
Date of First Licence: 1967
Wins (1995-2001): 28,29,27,18,22,32,21
Horses In Training (2000-2002): 51, n/r, 49 Number of Royal Ascot winners: (5) Queen Mary Stakes (1984 Hi-tech Girl), Windsor Castle Stakes (1984 Sea Falcon), Wokingham Handicap (1988 Powder Blue), King’s Stand Stakes (1991 & 1993, Elbio) First Royal Ascot winner: Queen Mary Stakes (June 20, 1984 Hi-tech Girl)
Wins this season: 13
Winning jockey:-Name: Quinn, James Anthony. Date of birth: 20/5/67 Apprenticeship: Apprentice school in Ireland. Served with John Oxx for a year, and Pat Rohan between 1984-87 First winner: Tarleton (Ayr, March 25, 1984) Major wins include: Lincoln Handicap (1992 High Low) Wins (1987-2001): 14,23,19,31,32,48,73,43,56,73,61,58,77,36,31 Wins this season: 82
FIFTH RACE RESULT
4.20pm EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND CLASSIFIED STAKES
Class B, £20,000 Added. For 3yo+ Rated 0-95, which are EBF eligible (also open to such horses rated 96-100 - see below). Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 10lb; fillies 8st 7lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 13lb. For horses rated 96-100, the excess in any rating above 95 shall be added to the weights stated. Penalties: after September 14, 2002, a winner 6lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 6lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £13,071.50; 2nd: £4,022; 3rd: £2,011; 4th: £1005.50
1 MAHROOS (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 4-9-02 Richard Hills  Evsfav
2 GOBLET OF FIRE (Susan Roy) Brian Meehan 3-8-10 Pat Eddery  8-1
3 FOOTBALL CRAZY (John Livock) Neville Callaghan 3-8-10 Frankie Dettori 
4 SPANISH DON (Richard Cohen) Philip Mitchell 4-9-04 Darryll Holland 
5 EXPLODE (Lynn Siddall) Lynn Siddall 5-9-04 Richard Hughes 
Distances: 1, 2 1/2, 5, 6 Time: 2m 11.71s
Breeder: Shadwell Farm Inc Breeding: Kingmambo - Mur Taasha (Riverman)
Totes Win: £1.90 Places: £1.10; £2.20 Exacta: £6.00
Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born:Hove, 30/3/51 Classic Winners: (3) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Vodafone Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), St Leger (1996 Shantou), Wins in a season (1989-2001):28:87:86:113:110:93:86:75:91:77:74:82:55 Other major wins include: French 1,000 Guineas (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), 2000 Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 1997 Shantou), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Challenge Stakes (1993 Catrail), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), Hungerford Stakes (1994 Pollen Count - dh with Young Ern), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (1995 Presenting), Prix de l’Abbaye (1991Keen Hunter), Grosser Preis Von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Gran Premio di Milano (1997 Shantou), Prix Lupin (1995 Flemensfirth), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix de la Salamandre (1995 Lord Of Men), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan), Theo Fennell Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory), Victor Chandler European Free Handicap (2001 Clearing), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball) Trains at Manton, Marlborough Wiltshire. Previously at Newmarket Wins this season: 65
Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Richard John. Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Tom Jones. First winner: Border Dawn (Doncaster 26/10/79) Classic wins: (3) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan), St Leger (1999 Mutafaweq) Other major wins: German Oaks (2002 Salve Regina), Middle Park Stakes (1997 Hayil), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1994 Maroof, 2001 Summoner); Yorkshire Cup (1985 Ilium); Norfolk Stakes (1986 Sizzling Melody, 1989 Pettilante), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Queen Mary Stakes (1997 Nadwah), July Cup (1998 Elnadim), Hungerford Stakes (1998 Muhtathir), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel), Temple Stakes (1999 Tipsy Creek); Rockfel Stakes (1999 Lahan); September Stakes (2000 Mutamam); Flutter.com Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), Autumn Stakes (2000 Nayef), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Dubai Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Falmouth Stakes (2000 Alshakr, 2002 Tashawak), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture) Wins (1990-2001):56, 67,52,57,59,70,71,85,83,77,81,79 Wins this season: 78, second winner of the day 25/1 double
SIXTH RACE RESULT
4.55pm THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION HANDICAP
Class D, £10,000 added. For 3yo Rated 0-80, 1m. Minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after September 14, a winner 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £7,361.25; 2nd: £2,265; 3rd: £1,132.50; 4th: £566.25
1 ATHENIAN (John Khan) Dave Morris 3-8-11 Neil Callan  20-1
2 DIAMOND LOVER (J Kok) Neil Graham 3-9-06 Frankie Dettori  8-1
3 JOINT STATEMENT (Ridgeway Downs Racing) Mick Channon 3-9-01 Dean Corby (5)  4-1jf
4 SWELLMOVA (N Arbib) Paul Cole 3-8-05 Eddie Ahern  10-1
5 RHYTHM OF LIFE (Freddy Blenstock & Martin Boase) John Hills 3-9-00 Richard Hills  4-1jf
6 CHAPTER HOUSE (Robert Sangster) John Gosden 3-9-03 Jimmy Fortune 
7 EASTBOROUGH (Christopher Shankland) Ian Wood 3-8-09 Ryan Moore (5) 
8 STROKE OF SIX (N Hayes) Richard Hannon 3-9-07 Richard Hughes 
9 WOOD STREET (Robert Moore, Kelvin Jones, Mandy Bowlby) Mandy Bowlby 3-8-06 Martin Dwyer 
10 SIOUXSIE SIOUX (Andy Clarke) James Given 3-9-08 Darryll Holland 
11 PLYMSOLE (Sonia Rogers) John Dunlop 3-9-06 Pat Eddery 
12 CUDDLES (Tony Richards) Clive Brittain 3-8-12 Adrian Nicholls 
13 LORD FERNANDO (The P J Partnership) Toby Balding 3-7-05 Richard Thomas (7) 
14 EAGLES HIGH (T Daniels) Richard Hannon 3-9-07 Richard Smith 
15 DALRIATH (John Breslin) Mick Channon 3-8-04 Chris Catlin 
16 SOVEREIGN NATION (Andrew Duffield) Tom Keddy 3-8-09 Michael Fenton 
Distances: 1, 1 1/2, 1 3/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1, 1 3/4, 5, 1 1/2, 3/4, 1/2, sh, 1, nk, 1/2 Time: 1m 42.11s
Breeder: John Khan Breeding: Distant Relative - Confection (Formidable)
Totes Win: £39.20 Places: £5.70; £1.80; £1.40; £3.40 Exacta: £365.40
Winning trainer:-Name: David Morris Based: Hackness Villa Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Wins this season: 13
Winning jockey:-Name: Callan, Neil Background: Hails from County Kildare. Rode for Willie Fitzpatrick at The Curragh before joining Karl Burke in February 1998 as a work-rider on a six-month contract. After two months Burke suggested he should take out a British licence. First Winner: Dancing Lawyer (Levy Board Apprentice Handicap, Warwick, May 4, 1998 - debut ride in Britain) Big Race Wins: Sunday Special Handicap (1998 Raise A Prince) Wins (1998-2001): 29,56,80,38 Other details: champion apprentice in 1999 Wins this season: 43
LEADING TRAINERS AFTER FIRST DAY
Trainer 1sts /2nds
John Gosden 1 /1
Simon Dow 1
William Haggas 1
Mark Johnston 1
Peter Makin 1
Dave Morris 1
LEADING JOCKEYS AFTER FIRST DAY
Richard Hills 2
Mr Tom Best 1
Neil Callan 1
Kevin Darley 1
Jimmy Quinn 1
2002 WORLD SERIES POINTS STANDINGS
AFTER LEG SEVEN
Grandera (IRE) 28
Street Cry (IRE) 12
Eishin Preston (USA) 12
Golan (IRE) 12
Beat Hollow (GB) 12
Marienbard (IRE) 12
Indigenous (IRE) 8
Agnes Digital (USA) 7
Paolini (GER) 7
Sei Mi (ARG) 6
Nayef (USA) 6
Sarafan (USA) 6
Salve Regina (GER) 6
Hawk Wing (USA) 6
Lanfranco Dettori 44
Jerry Bailey 24
Kieren Fallon 13
Yuichi Fukunaga 12
Andreas Suborics 9
Hirofumi Shii 7
Jose Valez 6
Richard Hills 6
Corey Nakatani 6
Andreas Starke 6
Michael Kinane 6
Toyomitsu Hirai 12
Exors of the late
Lord Weinstock 12
Juddmonte Farms 12
Hamdan Al Maktoum 10
Gary A Tanaka 10
Prince Al Kabeer 9
Mrs John Magnier 9
Mr & Mrs Pang Yuen Hing 8
Frau Carde Ostermann-Richter 7
Takao Watanabe 7
Saeed bin Suroor 60
Sir Michael Stoute 14
Shuji Kitahashi 12
Ivan Allan 12
Bobby Frankel 12
Jerry Barton 9
Aidan O'Brien 9
Toshiaki Shirai 7
Andreas Wohler 7
WORLD SERIES 2002
Date Race Country / WINNER
23 March - Dubai World Cup - STREET CRY
21 April - Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup - EISHIN PRESTON
11 May - Singapore Airlines International Cup - GRANDERA
27 July - King George & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes - GOLAN
17 August - Arlington Million - BEAT HOLLOW
1 September - Grosser Preis von Baden - Baden Baden - MARIENBARD
7 September - Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes - GRANDERA
29 September - Canadian International - Toronto, Canada
6 October - Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere - Longchamp, France
26 October - The Carlton Draught Cox Plate - Moonee Valley, Australia
26 October - Breeders' Cup Turf - Chicago, USA
26 October - Breeders' Cup Classic - Chicago, USA
24 November - Japan Cup - Nakayama, Tokyo
15 December - Hong Kong Cup - Sha Tin, Hong Kong
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