Saturday, September 28, 2002
ASCOT FESTIVAL 2002
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
SECOND DAY, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
WINNING QUOTES RACE FIVE
QUEEN ELIZABETH 11 STAKES
“I CAN DIE HAPPY”
“I really cannot find the words to express how I feel,” said Terry Mills after Where Or When had upset odds on Hawk Wing in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, the centrepiece of the three-day Ascot Festival. .
“My son Robert said from day one that he was a really good horse. I have had horses for 30 years and been training for 15 and I have never seen anything like him. You cannot imagine what it means to us all, and especially to his owner John Humphreys.
“He has been working like a dream for the last few weeks, and he hasn’t just got gears, he’s got another gear after that. He really is a monster.
“I can die a happy man now, having finally achieved this first Group 1 winner. I haven’t slept for the last three nights, I’ve had to be taking sleeping pills.
“The yard was very quiet this morning, as if they all knew that something big was going to happen. Somebody up there (pointing to the sky) likes me more than my mum and dad and I can now die a happy man.
“When we legged Kevin (Darley) up in the paddock I said to him ‘it’s up to you now. He knew which horse to track and I started shouting from two furlongs out. I hope and think that we have beaten a really good horse.”
“He has had a long hard season. He was on the go early on, and I think that may be enough for this year. If Robert says that we ought to have a go at the Breeders’ Cup then I will certainly talk about that, but I think that will probably be it for the season.
“He has turned round the Goodwood form with Tillerman. I was very unhappy about the way that race turned out at the time, but all that is behind us now and he is now a Group 1 winner.”
Mills indicated that he is on the verge of retirement. “I am too old for this now and I shall hand over to Robert some time next summer.”
Kevin Darley, who was winning the race for the second time in three years following his win on Observatory against Giant’s Causeway in 2000, employed very similar tactics this time, challenging wide of Hawk Wing as he got to the front inside the final furlong and went on to win by two lengths.
KEVIN DARLEY TAKES SECOND QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES
Kevin Darley, riding his second winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Where Or When, said: “The race went according to plan. We had one horse to beat. When we turned in, I followed Hawk Wing through.
“When Mick went to quicken, he just went flat for a stride or two so I switched outside him, dropped my horse down a gear and he’s picked up instantly. He’s kept galloping all the way to the line. He’s a top horse.
“It is becoming my race, isn’t it. With a hold up horse like Where Or When, I had to stalk Hawk Wing and hope for the best.
“Where Or When never got a chance to use himself at Goodwood. Today he got a free run at them and showed an electric turn of foot.
“I have learnt with one or two of these good horses that if you can keep away from them and you are on a horse that is running then you are going to get the run on them. If you go to them and stick to them then you are going to help them.”
Darley rode Observatory to winner the 2000 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes by half a length from Giant’s Causeway, whose trainer Aidan O’Brien now handles Hawk Wing.
FIFTH RACE PLACED QUOTES
THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES (GROUP 1)
TRAINER NOT DISHEARTENED BY HAWK WING
Aidan O’Brien put on a brave face as odds-on favourite Hawk Wing finished second for the fourth time this season when beaten two lengths by Where Or When in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
“I thought he ran well,” said O’Brien. “He has run a real big race. He has run well all year and remember two of the horses that beat him were Rock Of Gibraltar and High Chaparral.
“Things didn’t work out today - it was very dead, rolling ground but I am not using that as an excuse.
“We’ll go home and think about what to do next.”
Reflecting on Hawk Wing’s defeat, O’Brien added: “He ran a good race and the winner was very good on the day. The pacemaker went off and nobody followed him so they had a short race in the straight and probably went a bit quick for him.
“The ground was shifting underneath him and I’ve always said he wants it fast, then he is exceptional.
“I’d say there’s every possibility he’d stay in training next season, things just haven’t gone right this year. The only time he got his ground was at Newmarket.”
HONG KONG OR FORET FOR TILLERMAN
Amanda Perrett was pleased with the efforts of Tillerman to finish third in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
“He ran a good race, I just wished there had been a bit more pace. He’s Group 1-placed now and we’ll try and get another Group win,” said Perrett.
“I’ll talk to the owner but I’d love to take him to Hong Kong or maybe go back to seven furlongs for the Prix de la Foret (at Longchamp on October 13). I don’t think he has to step back in trip, he galloped all the way to the line today.”
WHERE OR WHEN (IRE) FACTFILE
3 ch c Danehill Dancer (IRE)-Future Past (USA) (Super Concorde (USA))
Form: 181414-0465141 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. Where Or When showed an impressive turn of foot to win today’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Race Record: Starts: 13; 1st: 5; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £271,589
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.
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins 2002 WHERE OR WHEN
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. Where Or When gave him a first Group One success in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins 2002 WHERE OR WHEN
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. Where Or When gave him another Group One victory.
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins: 2000 OBSERVATORY, 2002 WHERE OR WHEN
Today’s attendance came to 18,020, up on last year’s Saturday crowd of 17,957.
HAWK WING RUNS
After walking the course an hour before racing, trainer Aidan O’Brien has announced that Hawk Wing is a definite starter in this afternoon’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
A large deputation accompanied O’Brien around the course, including jockeys Mick Kinane and Paul Scallan, Ballydoyle vet John Halley, assistant trainer Tommy Murphy and Coolmore’s Paul Shanahan. Owners John and Sue Magnier joined the party opposite the stands.
O’Brien said: “The ground is in good shape but is a little bit patchy. There are some good patches and some soft patches.
“This horse has always wanted fast ground and we’re going to run him and we hope he runs well.”
Rock Of Gibraltar is set to work over a mile after racing and O’Brien added: “Rock Of Gibraltar is in good form and I hope this work will bridge the gap before he runs at the Breeders’ Cup in America.”
FULLER AND MORE O’BRIEN QUOTES
Aidan O’Brien, initially accompanied by jockeys Mick Kinane and Paul Scallan, plus Coolmore vet John Halley, went to the mile start in a green car at 12.30pm and walked the entire course.
After doing so and being joined along the way by assistant trainer Tommy Murphy, with Coolmore’s Paul Shanahan, owners John and Sue Magnier, plus Timmy Hyde, joining them in the straight.
O’Brien confirmed that Hawk Wing will run in this afternoon’s feature race, the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, with Rock Of Gibraltar missing the race but working over a mile after racing.
The trainer said: “The ground has a great cover of grass and the track is in good shape. It's a little bit patchy. There are some patches better than other patches, with good patches and some soft patches, but when you artificially water it's very hard to get the ground consistent.
“We always felt that Hawk Wing was best on fast ground. We are going to leave him in and hopefully he runs well.
”The ground does not really matter to Rock Of Gibraltar but this horse, to really show his best form, needs to hear his hooves rattle. Everybody walked the course and discussed it and we came to the decision to let him run.
“It is an important day for him. We know that he is a very good horse but it would be great if it could work for him. He’s run his heart out every time and the elements have just gone against him a bit this year. He seems in good form. He hasn’t done a lot of work (since his last race) as he is a very clear horse.”
Asked about whether he would prefer courses to be watered or not, O’Brien replied: “Everyone would have to agree that either you don’t water or that you do. It is very hard for the people at the racecourses to try and keep everybody happy. I’m probably always in favour of natural elements but it is a very difficult question.”
He talked about his other runners this afternoon, two-year-olds Van Nistelrooy and Reach For The Moon who have come through a bout of coughing at his stables.
“We couldn’t really get after them for a while. It is only really since the National Stakes that we have stepped up all the horses and gone after them. But having said that, the winner of the National Stakes is a great horse and did it very well.
“Van Nistelrooy is in good form and seems to be going the right way. We have always thought that Reach For The Moon is a very good filly. She won very well at Cork and she was an intended runner in the Moyglare but she coughed the day before and coughed for a week. So we left her alone.
“When she stopped coughing, we gave her a few bits of gentle work and she went really well. It is probably asking her a lot to come from a six furlong Cork maiden to a mile here. We are hoping that she runs well. It will be good experience for her.”
O’Brien added: “Rock Of Gibraltar will work over a mile after racing just to bridge the gap before he runs at the Breeders’ Cup in America. I think he will enjoy himself.”
DETAILS OF ROCK OF GIBRALTAR’S GALLOP AFTER RACING
Rock Of Gibraltar and his galloping companion Twentytwoandchange will appear in the parade ring after the last and then make their way down to the ten-furlong start.
They will work over a mile and return to the winner’s enclosure.
NEXT STOP AMERICA FOR ROCK
Rock Of Gibraltar cruised past stablemate Twentytwoandchange in a gallop after racing under Mick Kinane on what is likely to be his last appearance on a British racecourse.
“It’s nice to get a win today,” joked the three-year-old’s trainer Aidan O’Brien. “The horse was in good form and it was probably his last away day before America.
“The main reason he was here was to run in the Queen Elizabeth if the ground changed. It was borderline whether we ran Hawk Wing, he really wants fast ground but we knew he wasn’t going to get it anywhere else this year.
“Rock Of Gibraltar is an amazing horse, he just gets better and better. He’s lasted so well and is just a great horse.”
Looking to the Breeders’ Cup, O’Brien added: “Our running plans depended on what happened today and what happens next week with High Chaparral.
“We always felt Rock Of Gibraltar would get a mile and quarter - there is a lot of American blood in his pedigree if you go back through horses like Danzig.
“He’s very versatile and it depends on what Sue and John (Magnier) and Sir Alex (Ferguson) decide. He’ll be entered in the Classic and the Mile. We’ll see what happens next week before a decision is made.
“He’s had a day away and it didn’t do him any harm hopefully. He’ll have a nice easy day tomorrow.”
There has been some debate about how good Rock Of Gibraltar is in historical terms and the trainer added: “Everybody is entitled to their opinions but some of them would make a cat laugh. He is an amazing horse and all I can say is that I hope another one like him comes along in my lifetime.
“He’s a complete racehorse and he will get beaten if he goes on long enough, every horse does.
“If any horse deserves to retire to stud next year, it’s him. He was a precocious two-year-old and it would be selfish to go on racing much longer. He’s entitled to a lot of pleasure at stud.”
Looking to High Chaparral in next weekend’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, O’Brien added: “It’s obviously a worry how some of the horses have run. They were sick and could do nothing for six weeks. They were all up in the air with their wellbeing beforehand and it’s very hard to get them back.
“But he’s in good form and we have always thought him an exceptional horse. He’s set to go to France, although it does depend on how his blood tests come out this week.”
GOING NEWS AT 10 AM
The going for the second day of the Ascot Festival remains
GOOD TO FIRM
after another dry night and the forecast is for another dry day. There is much more sun now than there was at the same stage yesterday.
Following the discovery of the hole in the track after the first race yesterday, more of the course has been dolled off. A temporary rail has been put in from the turn into the home straight until 50 yards before the one furlong marker, coming out 12 feet from the regular rail.
“As far as we are concerned all is now in order for racing,” said clerk of the course Nick Cheyne.
ASCOT TRACK THOROUGHLY EXAMINED
Douglas Erskine-Crum, Chief Executive at Ascot, issued the following statement this morning:
“Following yesterday’s discovery of a hole between the two and one-furlong poles, the Ascot groundstaff have undertaken a full inspection of the course, which began last night and continued this morning.
“This examination was thorough and no similar problems were found.
“The hole discovered yesterday was caused by a collapsed drain, which hasn’t happened before.
“The affected area was dolled off expediently by our groundstaff at the time so as not to delay racing any longer than necessary.
“We have now put a more permanent false rail in place, starting nearer the home bend than was possible in the time allowed yesterday.
“The track is scheduled to be realigned and reconstructed as part of the forthcoming £180-million redevelopment using the most advanced turf technology available.
“This will involve constructing a completely new straight mile, 42 metres to the north of its current location.
“Work is currently being undertaken with the Sports Turf Research Institute with regular turf trials in Newmarket. This research looks at future opportunities. In order to achieve the best possible racing surface in the future, much work is being done on the current course to identify its limitations, which are attributable to its age.
“In the meantime, we are committed to producing the best racing surface that we possibly can and significant work is scheduled for the current flat course over the winter.
“It is well known that certain areas of the course are prone to waterlogging, mainly in the Autumn. With that in mind, significant additional drainage will be put into the Swinley Bottom turn and into the pull-up area on the paddock bend.
“We will also be undertaking drainage work at the seven-furlong start on the straight course, where a build-up of rain water has been a problem in the past, in spite of the fact that the straight mile will soon be realigned. The existing drains in all these areas will be thoroughly examined whilst the improvements are being made.”
FIRST RACE PLACED QUOTES
HACKNEY EMPIRE ROYAL LODGE STAKES
BAHAMIAN COULD BID FOR
GROUP 1 GLORY
Bahamian Dancer, who was beaten a head by Al Jadeed in the Group 2 Hackney Empire Royal Lodge Stakes, could step up to Group 1 company before the season ends.
“I’ll sit down and have a think about it but he may go for either the Racing Post Trophy or Grand Criterium,” said the runner-up’s trainer Jeremy Noseda.
“It looked like he had a pretty hard race so we’ll see how he comes out of it before making any decisions.
“I’m delighted with his run today and it’s just annoying to be beaten. He got a bit jarred up at Royal Ascot and then in hindsight he shouldn’t have run at Newmarket because he was not quite over it. So we came here very hopeful in the knowledge that we could ignore those two runs.
“He’s a very solid horse and will easily get a mile and a quarter next year and shouldn’t have much worry about staying a mile and a half.”
SECOND RACE WINNING QUOTES
MEON VALLEY STUD FILLIES’ MILE
SOVIET STARS WITH ELITE PERFORMANCE
The 10,000 members of the Elite Racing Club can dream of classic glory over the winter after their Soviet Song took the Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile to give jockey Oscar Urbina a first Group 1 victory.
The Marju filly was also a first two-year-old Group 1 winner for trainer James Fanshawe, who said: “She has always looked a classy filly. She won over six furlongs first time out which was a suprise, then over seven in a bog and now over a mile. She is by Marju out of a Soviet Star mare so I don’t think she’ll get much more than a mile.
“She relaxed beautifully and was easy to saddle here which was a relief as she can get a bit edgy. She travels well in her races and let’s hope she does the same at Newmarket next May.
“Oscar has given her a great ride. Two years ago I told him I didn’t want him back as I had nothing for him to ride but he has done it the hard way, picking up the odd ride here and there and not minding being jocked off. He has been reaping the rewards of his hard work this year when I’ve been having a few winners. He’s very good at getting them to relax.”
The winner is quoted at 8/1 from 16/1 with the Tote and Coral for next year’s Sagitta 2000 Guineas and 7/1 with both Victor Chandler and Paddy Power.
Dan Dowie, chief executive of the Elite Racing Club, added: “The plan is for her to stay with James Fanshawe and go for the Guineas next year although James will always have the final say.”
There are 10,000 members of the Club, who also bred the winner, who pay £169 a year
“The prize money will be pooled and split between the members,”added Dowie.
“This is our tenth year and we have had over 150 winners. The last star we had was Mysilv and we have 20 horses in training and five broodmares. I think Soviet Song will be joining them at the end of her racing days.”
URBINA’S BIGGEST WIN
Oscar Urbina, Spanish-born but British-based, had his biggest victory on Soviet Song, winner of the Group One Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile.
He was very emotional after the victory, wiping away the tears. Interviewed by Willie Carson, Urbina said: “It is my first Group One. I have waited 15 years for this.
“It took time but I have got it in the right place, Ascot with a big crowd and in the Fillies’ Mile. It is great. I was so much in control on Soviet Song with one to go so I said come on, let’s go.
“Today was my day. She will have a chance in the 1000 Guineas next year, she is a great filly.
“She didn’t get the credit she deserved at Newmarket because the ground was soft. She goes on soft and good to firm which is great.
“I would like to say thanks to all the boys at James Fanshawe’s, they work very hard and it has paid off.
“I wasn’t nervous but I was praying that everything went well during the race. The filly travels so well and everything you ask she will give it to you.
“Two or three years ago, I might have not have been here. But I kept working hard and it paid off. I am delighted and at the end something good has happened.”
PLACED QUOTES RACE TWO
MEON VALLEY STUD FILLIES’ MILE
BALDING NOT SURPRISED
Casual Look was one of the outsiders for the Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile, for which she started at 16-1, but her fine effort when runner-up to hot favourite Soviet Song was no surprise to her trainer Ian Balding, having his last Group One runners in the race.
“We came here very hopeful that she would run a big race, even though her form was nothing out of the ordinary,” he said. “But she has been improving by leaps and bounds recently and she looked an absolute picture; she certainly deserved to win the best turned out prize.
“Sadly her owner Will Farish III (the USA ambassador to Britain), who bred her, could not come as he had to go to The Belfry for the Ryder Cup, but he will certainly have made sure he saw the race on television.
“I think she will stay further than a mile next year, but she will be certainly be entered for the 1,000 Guineas next year, though she may be more of an Oaks filly. She is classy.” the trainer added.
Coral, who make the winner 8-1 second favourite for the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas, put Casual Look in at 33-1 for the Newmarket classic.
Balding added:”Oblige ran very well to be fifth and should also do well next year.”
He is handi
ng over the training licence at the end of the season to his son Andrew.
WINNING QUOTES RACE THREE
BRUNSWICK DIADEM STAKES
FALLON’S FIRST WINNER BACK
Champion jockey Kieren Fallon had his first winner since he returned from a lengthy suspension when Crystal Castle got up on the line to snatch the Brunswick Diadem Stakes from Malhub, just denying a double for John Gosden and Richard Hills after the earlier success of Al Jadeed.
“It is good to be back and get the ball rolling again. It has been very frustrating, the longest two weeks of my life,” he said. “It has been hard seeing that Richard Hughes has been winning on some of the horses that I would have ridden, but now he has a week’s ban and maybe I shall get on some of his.” Fallon is replacing Hughes on Tillerman in the Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes later in the day and he leads Hughes by four now in the jockeys championship 118 to 114, which runs from March 21 to November 9.
“That was easy,” said Fallon of his winner, though to most it looked a last-gasp affair. “I pulled to the outside entering the last two furlongs because then I knew I would get a clear run. There was nothing happening on the inner when I switched, but I didn’t want to take the chance. I was always sure that I would catch Malhub.”
As far as the jockeys’ title is concerned, Fallon said “It will be very exciting for the rest of the season with me and Richard while Seb (Sanders) is not out of it yet, either. We have some good rides to look forward to and it could obviously go all the way to the line.”
Crystal Castle’s trainer John Hammond said that his four-year-old, who won a big handicap here in the summer, “has been improving step by step. He won a Group 3 last time, this was a Group 2 and I think there is more improvement to come from him.
“I doubt if he will run again this season. The plan for some time has been to take him to Dubai for the big sprint in the spring, and then on to Singapore in May, and I think we shall stick to that.”
THIRD RACE PLACED QUOTES
BRUNSWICK DIADEM STAKES
MALHUB JUST PIPPED
This year’s Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes winner Malhub was just caught by Crystal Castle in the Group 2 Brunswick Diadem Stakes, losing out be a short head.
“It was a brilliant effort giving 6lb to the winner,” said the second’s trainer John Gosden.
“He’s a wonderful sprinter. That is two races now where he has just been caught on the line but that’s life - we managed to win the Golden Jubilee and I think this was probably the year to win it. He’s held his form all year.
“I don’t know what will happen next. The Abbaye is next weekend so comes too quick and there are no other sprints for him in Europe.
“I will discuss with Sheikh Hamdan about other options - he would like the ground in Hong Kong and we will also talk about the Breeders’ Cup.”
FOURTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
TOTE TRIFECTA STAKES (SHOWCASE HANDICAP)
MILLENNIUM HOLDS ON
Millennium Force held off the fast-finishing Mr Mahoose to take the £75,000 Tote Trifecta Stakes under Chris Catlin.
“He deserved to win a good race as he’s been very consistent and had his bad luck,” said the successful trainer Mick Channon. “I was a bit worried when he hit the front and as Chris said, he probably got there a bit soon.”
Catlin added: “I was really pleased about how he lengthened to the line. He’s been a bit unlucky, they got first run on him both last time at Goodwood and at Chester the time before.
“He’s had the run of the race today and had no problems at all. He’s really tough and has been going ever since the first meeting at Doncaster in March. This would be one of the biggest successes of my career.”
The winner was home-bred by Dubai-based Aziz Merza, who is also racing manager to Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum.
“I have five mares, which I keep at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, and also owned this horse’s sire Bin Ajwaad, who finished second in the French Guineas,” said Merza.
“I sold Bin Ajwaad to Woodditton Stud and he was then sold on to Turkey. He was getting winners but couldn’t quite hit the jackpot.”
Richard Hills has been suspended for two days for using his whip with excessive frequency aboard Malhub in the Brunswick Diadem Stakes. The suspension is on October 7 and 8.
PLACED QUOTES RACE FOUR
TOTE TRIFTECTA HANDICAP
“This horse will win a big race one day and look really good when he does it,” predicted William Haggas after Mr Mahoose had just gone down by half a length to Millennium Force in the Tote Trifecta Handicap.
“He is a talented horse, but he is seriously difficult. My head lad Keith Williams rides him out all the time and he has had to show the patience of a saint.
“But one day it will all come right and because he is talented it is worthwhile persevering with him. Horses like him can make it worthwhile, it is those who are difficult and no good that you want to shift on.
“Because he is what he is it all has to go right for him, and that does not always happen; it did not really today, but he was running on well at the end. As long as he can keep running well like this and collecting more than ten grand for doing so we shall be fairly happy.
“He is in again at Newmarket next Wednesday, but I would not think that he would run there.”
SIXTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
THE KLEENEX TISSUES RATED STAKES (LISTED)
WELSH DIVA ON SONG
Welsh Diva, trained by Amanda Perrett for owner-breeders Kevin and Sue Mercer of Usk Valley Stud, gained black-type when winning the Listed Kleenex Tissues Rated Stakes.
“I’m really delighted for her owners and the aim had been to get the black type,” said Perrett.
“We gave her a break in the summer as she really wants give in the ground but she’s done it well on this surface today.
“She’s progressing and hopefully she might be a Group filly next year. She may run again this season, I’ll discuss it with the owners.”
Owner-breeder Kevin Mercer added: “We have been building up our stud in Monmouthsire for a few years and have a quite a number of broodmares now. This filly was bred in the UK and there is no need to be anywhere else - all the top stallions and mares are in Britain.”
WINNING QUOTES RACE SEVEN
CAPLAN GORDON CARTER HANDICAP
NO PLACE LIKE ASCOT
Mana d’Argent once again showed his liking for Ascot when he held off Cotopaxi by half a length to take the closing two miler. “All his four wins and many of his placings have been here, but I have no idea why,” said his trainer Mark Johnston.
“I really cannot explain why he is so much better here than anywhere else but there is no doubt that he is. We have almost reached a position where we would run him in anything here.
“After he won here earlier in the season we were saying that we wished the Ebor was at Ascot, and as the idea now for him is the Cesarewitch, and we would like that to be here too.
“But I think that two miles two at Newmarket will be more like Ascot for him than one mile six at York.
“He gets a 5lb penalty to add to his 8st 10lb for the Cesarewitch. Knavesmire Omen (who finished eighth here) will run there if he gets in, but he is a long way down the handicap, but our big hope is Double Honour.”
Johnston is not going to Canada for tomorrow’s International at Woodbine, where he is running Yavana’s Pace and Zindabad.
“There has been some rain there, which will suit Yavana’s, but will do Zindabad no favours, but they assure me that the ground will be good come race time,” he said.
“I have some important runners here tomorrow, which is why I am staying, but Deirdre (his wife) is out there.”
Keith Dalgleigh was given a two-day suspension, on October 9 and 10, for using his whip with excessive force when winning the last race on Mana D’Argent.
FIRST RACE RESULT
2.00pm HACKNEY EMPIRE ROYAL LODGE STAKES
Group Two, Class A £120,000 guaranteed. One mile. For 2yo colts & geldings. Weights: 8st 11lb. Penalties: a winner of a Pattern race 3lb. Penalty values: 1st: £69,600; 2nd: £26,400; 3rd: £13,200; 4th: £6,000; 5th: £3,000; 6th: £1,800
1 AL JADEED (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 2-8-11 Richard Hills  3-1
2 BAHAMIAN DANCER (Lucayan Stud) Jeremy Noseda 2-8-11 Jamie Spencer  16-1
3 VAN NISTELROOY (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Stonerside Stable) Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 2-9-00 Mick Kinane  7-4fav
4 NORSE DANCER (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 2-8-11 Richard Quinn 
5 MAGISTRETTI (Michael Tabor) Neville Callaghan 2-8-11 Kieren Fallon 
6 UNIGOLD (Abdulla Buhaleeba) Ed Dunlop 2-8-11 Kevin Darley 
7 PUMA (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd) Richard Hannon 2-8-11 Dane O'Neill 
8 NEWFOUNDLAND (Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 2-8-11 Pat Smullen 
9 DUTCH GOLD (Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum) Clive Brittain 2-8-11 Frankie Dettori 
Breeder: Shadwell Farm LLC Breeding: Coronado’s Quest - Aljawza (Riverman)
Distances: hd, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 1 3/4, hd, 3/4, 2 1/2, 11 Time: 1m 42.21s
Totes: Win: £3.80 Places: £1.50, £3.10, £1.30 Exacta: £63.20
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), Royal Lodge Stakes (1996 Benny The Dip, 2002 Al Jadeed) Trains at Manton, Marlborough Wiltshire. Previously at Newmarket Wins this season: 67, second winner of the Ascot Festival
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) Royal Lodge Stakes (1998 Mutaahab, 2002 Al Jadeed) Wins (1990-2001):56, 67,52,57,59,70,71,85,83,77,81,79 Wins this season: 79, third winner of the Ascot Festival
SECOND RACE RESULT
2.35pm MEON VALLEY STUD FILLIES’ MILE
Group One, Class A £200,000 guaranteed. One mile. For 2yo fillies. Weights: 8st 10lb. Penalty values: 1st: £116,000; 2nd: £44,000; 3rd: £22,000; 4th: £10,000; 5th: £5,000; 6th: £3,000
1 SOVIET SONG (Elite Racing Club) James Fanshawe 2-8-10 Oscar Urbina  11-10fav
2 CASUAL LOOK (Khalid Abdulla) Ian Balding 2-8-10 Martin Dwyer  16-1
3 REACH FOR THE MOON (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien IRE  9-1
4 HUJA (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 2-8-10 Richard Hills 
5 OBLIGE (Kirsten Rausing) Ian Balding 2-8-10 Pat Eddery 
6 APPROACH (Faisal Salman) Sir Mark Prescott 2-8-10 Seb Sanders 
7 AIR ADAIR (George Strawbridge) John Gosden 2-8-10 Frankie Dettori 
8 SUMMITVILLE (Mountain High Partnership) James Given 2-8-10 Michael Fenton 
9 RAINBOW QUEEN (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 2-8-10 Kieren Fallon 
10 HOLD TO RANSOM (Khalid Buhaleeba) Ed Dunlop 2-8-10 Jamie Spencer 
Breeder: Elite Racing Club Breeding: Marju - Kalinka (Soviet Star)
Distances: 1 1/2, 1 1/2, nk, 3/4, sh, 3 1/2, 1 1/4, 1, 7 Time: 1m 42.32s
Totes: Win: £2.00 Places: £1.10, £3.50, £2.40 Exacta: £40.80
Winning trainer:-Name: Fanshawe, James Robert
Date of birth:6/8/62. Date of first licence:1990 Previous Occupation:Assistant to Michael Stoute and David Nicholson. Wins in a season (1990-2001):18:22:28:34:24:29:22:23:52:46:40:38 Number of horses in training (1990-2002): 32:51:78:71:82:76:62:59:58:65:98:87:84 Major wins include: Eclipse Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Dante Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Prix Kergorlay (1998 Arctic Owl), Jockey Club Stakes (1998 Arctic Owl), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Bonusprint Stakes (1999 Arctic Owl), Irish St Leger (2000 Arctic Owl), Fillies’ Mile (Soviet Song) Trains at Pegasus Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Other details: National Hunt successes include Champion Hurdle (1992 Royal Gait and 2002 Hors La Loi III) Wins this season: 53
Winning Jockey:-Name: Urbina, Oscar Born: July 23, 1972 Based: Newmarket, Suffolk Background: Spainish-born freelance jockey who rides principally for trainer James Fanshawe Number of Wins (1995-2001): 3; 30; 5; 6; 25; 16; 20 First Winner: Don Giorgio, San Sebastien Spain - July 25, 1988 Big Race Victories: Tote Scoop6 H’cap (2002 Heretic), Fillies’ Mile (Soviet Song) Wins This Season: 39
THIRD RACE RESULT
3.05pm BRUNSWICK DIADEM STAKES
Group Two, Class A £100,000 guaranteed. Six furlongs. For 3yo+. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 12lb; 3yo fillies 8st 9lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st; 4yo+ fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: in 2002, a winner of a Group Two race 4lb; a winner of a Group One race 6lb. Weight for age: 3 from 4yo+ 2lb. Penalty values: 1st: £58,000; 2nd: £22,000; 3rd: £11,000; 4th: £5,000; 5th: £2,500; 6th: £1,500
1 CRYSTAL CASTLE (John Raw) John Hammond (FR) 4-9-00 Kieren Fallon  3-1fav
2 MALHUB (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 4-9-06 Richard Hills  9-2
3 ACCLAMATION (Dulford Cavaliers) Gerald Cottrell 3-8-12 Kevin Darley  25-1
4 POLAR WAY (Khalid Abdulla) Amanda Perrett 3-8-12 Mick Kinane 
5 BAHAMIAN PIRATE (Lucayan Stud) David Nicholls 7-9-00 Michael Hills 
6 TWILIGHT BLUES (Susan Roy) Brian Meehan 3-8-12 Pat Eddery 
7 SARTORIAL (Greta Sarfaty Marchant) Peter Makin 6-9-00 Seb Sanders 
8 CHERCHEUSE (Sheikh Mohammed) Alex Pantall 4-8-11 Jamie Spencer 
9 THREE POINTS (Godolphin) Saeed Bin Suroor 5-9-00 Frankie Dettori 
10 EL GRAN LODE (Forli International) Diego Lowther (SWE) 7-9-00 R Blanco 
11 VITA SPERICOLATA (The Blue Check Partnership) John Wainwright 5-8-11 Martin Dwyer 
11 ran Breeder: Lucy Bassett Breeding: Gilded Time - Wayage (Mr Prospector)
Distances: sh, 2 1/2, 1 1/4, nk, hd, 1, nk, nk, 2, 17 Time: 1m 13.40s
Totes: Win: £2.00 Places: £1.10, £3.50, £2.40 Exacta: £276.60
Winning trainer:-Name: Hammond, John Edward Based: Chantilly, France Number of Royal Ascot Wins: (1) First Royal Ascot Win: King’s Stand Stakes (June 20, 2000 Nuclear Debate) Big Race Wins: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2000 Montjeu); French Derby (1991 Suave Dancer, 1999 Montjeu); Irish Derby (1999 Montjeu); Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1991 Suave Dancer, 1999 Montjeu); Tattersalls Gold Cup (2000 Montjeu); Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2000 Montjeu), Nunthorpe Stakes (2000 Nuclear Debate), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (2001 Nuclear Debate), Tote International (2002 Crystal Castle), Prix de Meautry (2002 Crystal Castle), Diadem Stakes (2002 Crystal Castle)
Winning jockey:-Name: Fallon, Kieren Francis. Born: County Clare, Ireland, 22/2/65 Apprenticeship: 1983 Kevin Prendergast First winner: Piccadily Lord (Navan, June 18, 1984) Wins (1988-2001): 31,28,39,29,45,60,47,91,136,202*,204*,202*,149, 166* *Champion jockey Classic wins: (7) Sagitta 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath) Other major wins include: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal); Cherry Hinton Stakes (1996 Dazzle), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Ribblesdale Stakes (1997 Yashmak), Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 Islington), Gimcrack Stakes (1994 Chilly Billy, 1998 Josr Algharoud); Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1999 Craigsteel); Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma); Budweiser International Stakes (1999 Great Dane); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal), Jockey Club Stakes (2000 Blueprint), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Dee Stakes (2001 Dr Greenfield), Dante Stakes (2001 Dilshaan), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2002 King Of Happiness), Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (1997 Daggers Drawn, 2002 Elusive City), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Lowther Stakes (2002 Russian Rhythm), Diadem Stakes (2002 Crystal Castle) Wins This Year: 121, Wins This Season 118 (4 ahead of Richard Hughes in Jockeys’ Championship)
FOURTH RACE RESULT
3.40pm TOTE TRIFECTA STAKES
Showcase Handicap, Class B £75,000 guaranteed. Seven furlongs. For 3yo+. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb, minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after August 31, a winner 5lb (any horse rated above 110 (or 113 if such a horse is three-years-old) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight alloted shall be 9st 10lb; subsequently, the excess over 110 (or 113 if such a horse is three-years-old) in any rating will be added to the weight allotted. Penalty values: 1st: £43,500; 2nd: £16,500; 3rd: £8,250; 4th: £3,750; 5th: £1,875; 6th: £1,125.
1 MILLENNIUM FORCE (Aziz Merza) Mick Channon 4-8-07 Chris Catlin  14-1
2 MR MAHOOSE (Wentworth Racing (Pty) Ltd) William Haggas 4-8-13 Jamie Spencer  11-1
3 ROYAL MILLENNIUM (Jackie & George Smith) Mick Channon 4-9-07 Ted Durcan  11-2fav
4 MISTER COSMI (Elisabetta Tulliani) Mark Johnston 3-9-09 Kevin Darley  14-1
5 GIVE BACK CALAIS (Peter Melotti) Peter Makin 4-8-08 Jimmy Quinn 
6 DEFINITE GUEST (John Guest) George Margarson 4-7-09 David Kinsella (3) 
7 COLISAY (M Hawkes) Alec Stewart 3-8-12 Richard Quinn 
8 TARANAKI (Eric Evers) Peter Cundell 4-7-08 Fran Ferris (5) 
9 KOOL (Richard Green (Fine Paintings)) Paul Cole 3-8-11 Dean Corby (5) 
10 ENCHANTED (Norcroft Park Stud) George Margarson 3-8-04 Martin Dwyer 
11 MUTAWAQED (Eastwind Racing Ltd) David Arbuthnot 4-7-05 Frankie McDonald (7) 
12 BOUNCING BOWDLER (Paul Dean) Mark Johnston 4-9-09 Keith Dalgleish 
13 GRIZEDALE (Byculla Thoroughbreds) Ed Dunlop 3-8-11 Pat Eddery 
14 TRUE NIGHT (Benton & Partners) David Nicholls 5-8-06 Adrian Nicholls 
15 NOSE THE TRADE (Martyn Booth) Jamie Osborne 4-8-12 Michael Fenton 
16 ONE MORE ROUND (Michael Smurfit) Dermot Weld (IRE) 4-10-01 Pat Smullen 
17 SCOTTY'S FUTURE (Lucayan Stud) David Nicholls 4-9-01 Ian Mongan 
18 MINE (Mike Dawson) James Bethell 4-8-12 Kieren Fallon 
19 WIXOE EXPRESS (Piers Pottinger) Sir Mark Prescott 3-8-09 Seb Sanders 
20 IMPELLER (D Clarke) William Muir 3-8-02 Paul Hanagan 
21 SERIEUX (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 3-9-06 Michael Hills 
22 INCHDURA (S de Zoete) Roger Charlton 4-9-04 Steve Drowne 
23 SURPRISE ENCOUNT (Ahmed Buhaleeba) Ed Dunlop 6-9-09 Jimmy Fortune 
23 ran Non-runner: No 11 Demonstrate (vet’s certificate)
Breeder: Aziz Merza Breeding: Bin Ajwaad - Jumairah Sun (Scenic)
Distances: 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, nk, 1 1/2, nk, 1 3/4, nk, nk, nk, 1/2, nk, 1/2, sh, 1 1/2, hd, 1 1/4, 6, 1/2, 4, 2, 17Time: 1m 27.70s Totes: Win: £16.20 Places: £3.20, £2.90, £1.90; £3.80 Exacta: £158.30
Winning trainer:-Name: Channon, Michael Roger Date of birth: 28/11/48 Date of first training licence: 1990 Previous occupation: International footballer, assistant trainer to John Baker and Ken Cunningham-Brown Wins in a season (1990-2001):16:22:27:41:74:71:56:40:71:72:90:67 Number of horses in training (1990-2002):20:35:45 :44:64:86:91:84:106:124:135:159:177 Major wins include: King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Nunthorpe Stakes (1994 Piccolo), Ballyogan Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Field Marshall Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Moet & Chandon Rennen (1996 Muchea), Molecomb Stakes (1998 Inya Lake), Gimcrack Stakes (1998 Josr Algharoud), Lowther Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl, 2001 Queen’s Logic), Mill Reef Stakes (1998 Golden Silca), Queen Mary Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl), Shadwell Stud Cheveley Park Stakes (1999 Seazun, 2001 Queen’s Logic), Coventry Stakes (2000 CD Europe), Ribblesdale Stakes (2000 Miletrian), Prix De La Salamandre (2000 Tobougg), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2000 Tobougg), Fred Darling Stakes (2002 Queen’s Logic),
Moyglare Stud Stakes (2002 Mail The Desert), Maurice Lacroix-Trophy (2002 Checkit), Tote Trifecta Stakes (2002 Millennium Force) Wins this year: 107
Winning jockey:-Name: Catlin, Christopher Bernard Born: 1981 Apprenticeship: with Ken Ivory Riding Weight: 7st 5lb First Winner: Forgotten Times (Marlow Apprentice H’cap, Windsor, August 16, 1999) Big Race Wins: Ladbroke Autumn Stakes (2000 Greenaway Bay), Vodafone Stewards Cup (2002 Bond Boy), Tote Trifecta Stakes (2002 Millennium Force) Wins 2000-2001: 8; 71 (champion apprentice) Wins this year: 50
FIFTH RACE RESULT
4.20pm QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES (Sponsored by NetJets)
Group One, Class A £300,000 guaranteed. One mile. For 3yo+. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings: 8st 11lb; 3yo fillies: 8st 8lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings: 9st 1lb; 4yo+ fillies: 8st 12lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 4lb. Penalty values: 1st: £174,000; 2nd: £66,000; 3rd: £33,000; 4th: £15,000; 5th: £7,500; 6th: £4,500.
1 WHERE OR WHEN (John Humphreys (Turf Accountants) Ltd) Terry Mills 3-8-11 Kevin Darley  7-1
2 HAWK WING (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien(IRE) 3-8-11 Mick Kinane 
3 TILLERMAN (Khalid Abdulla) Amanda Perrett 6-9-01 Kieren Fallon  10-1
4 SHOLOKHOV (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien(IRE) 3-8-11 Paul Scallan 
5 BEST OF THE BESTS (Godolphin) Saeed Bin Suroor 5-9-01 Frankie Dettori 
5 ran Non-runners: No 2 Noverre (vet’s certificate); No 5 Rock Of Gibraltar (ground); No 8 Gossamer (ground)
Breeder: Ann Egan Breeding: Danehill Dancer - Future Past (Super Concorde)
Distances: 2, 3, 2, 1/2 Time: 1m 41.37s
Totes: Win: £8.40 Places: £2.30, £1.30 Exacta: £20.60
Winning trainer:-Name: Mills, Terrence George Date of first licence: 1993;Wins in a season: (1993-2001) 9:15:9:17:7:11:22:23:34 Horses in training (1993-2002):26:24:32:24:23:25:35:42:41:43 Major wins include: Hardwicke Stakes (1994 Bobzao); Kings Stand Stakes (1999 Mitcham), Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton), Tattersalls Sommerville Stakes (2001 Where Or When), Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint (2002) Boleyn Castle), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2002 Where Or When) Trains at Loretta Lodge, at Epsom Wins this year: 29
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, 2002 Where Or When), 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 year: 95, 2nd success of 2002 Ascot Festival
SIXTH RACE RESULT
4.55pm KLEENEX TISSUES ROSEMARY RATED STAKES
Listed Handicap, Class A £32,000 guaranteed. One mile. For 3yo+ fillies & mares rated 0-105. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb, minimum weight 8st 7lb; 3yo 8st 3lb. Penalties: after September 21, a winner of a Class A, B or C race 3lb. Penalty values: 1st: £18,560; 2nd: £7,040; 3rd: £3,520; 4th: £1,600; 5th: £800; 6th: £480
1 WELSH DIVA (Usk Valley Stud) Amanda Perrett 3-8-06 Richard Quinn  6-1
2 LADY BEAR (J & K Campbell) Richard Fahey 4-9-07 Paul Hanagan  7-2jf
2 SONOROUS (Miriam O’Callaghan) James Burns (IRE) 3-8-09 Mick Kinane  9-2
4 SILENCE IS GOLDEN (Miss J Semple) Brian Meehan 3-8-10 Frankie Dettori 
5 SILENT CRYSTAL (R Greenbaum) Jeremy Noseda 3-8-11 Pat Eddery  7-2jf
6 PRINCESS ALMORA (B Tutin) Dean Ivory 4-8-10 Dane O'Neill 
7 SANDY LADY (Thurloe Thoroughbreds VII) Richard Hannon 3-8-05 Kevin Darley 
8 LADY HIGH HAVENS (Mrs A Lovat) Jeremy Noseda 3-9-07 Kieren Fallon 
Breeder: K Mercer Breeding: Selkirk - Khubza (Green Desert)
Distances: 1 1/2, 1, 2, 1 1/4, hd, 3 1/2, 10 Time: 1m 41.18s
Totes: Win: £8.30 Places: £1.60, £1.70, £1.90 Exacta: £39.30
Winning Trainer:- Name: Perrett, Amanda Born: December 31, 1969 Married: July 2, 1995 Trains at: Coombelands Stables, Pulborough, West Sussex Riding Career: 54 wins under Rules, 40 point-to-point winners First Trainer’s Licence: 1996 First Goodwood win: Transom (Mortar Mill Handicap, June 12, 1997) Total Goodwood wins: 11 (1 at July Meeting) First Group 1 Win: Prix du Moulin (2000 Indian Lodge) Other Big Race Wins: Prix de la Foret (2000 Indian Lodge); Oak Tree Stakes (2002 Desert Alchemy); Celebration Mile (2002 Tillerman) Winners 1996-01: 1; 8; 11; 18; 27; 37 Horses in Training 2001-02: 99; 104 Wins This Year: 53
Winning jockey:-Name: Quinn, Thomas Richard. Born: Stirling, Scotland, 2/12/61 Apprenticeship: With Paul Cole, First winner: Bolivar Baby (Kempton, October 21, 1981) Classic wins: (3) Rothmans Royals St Leger (1990 Snurge, 2000 Millenary), Vodafone Oaks (2000 Love Divine) Other major wins include: Lockinge Stakes (1988 Broken Hearted, 1996 Soviet Line), Fillies Mile’ (1991 Culture Vulture), Irish St Leger (1990 Ibn Bey, 1995 Strategic Choice), Irish Oaks (1990 Knight's Baroness), Yorkshire Oaks (1987 Bint Pasha), Cheveley Park Stakes (1989 Pass The Peace, 1999 Seazun); Dewhurst Stakes (1990 Generous); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1992 Culture Vulture), Prix Royal Oak (1992 Assessor), Derby Italiano (1987 Zaizoom, 1994 Time Star); Rothmans International (1992 Snurge), Brigadier Gerard Stakes (2000 Shiva), Grand Prix de Paris (2000 Beat Hollow), Lupe Stakes (2000 Love Divine), Fred Darling Stakes (2001 Rolly Polly) , Cherry Hinton Stakes (2000 Dora Carrington,2002Spinola), Betfair.com Molecomb Stakes (1998 Inya Lake), Hungerford Stakes (2002 Reel Buddy)
Wins 1984-2001: 62,47,69,55,46,63,90,99,117,123,115,111,149,74,108,151,140,116 Wins This Year: 92
SEVENTH RACE RESULT
5.30pm CAPLAN GORDON CARTER STAKES
Handicap Class C £20,000 added. Two miles. For 3yo+ rated 0-95. Penalties: after September 21, a winner 4lb. Penalty values: 1st: £13,845; 2nd: £4,260; 3rd: £2,130; 4th: £1,065
1 MANA D'ARGENT (Daniel Couper) Mark Johnston 5-9-08 Keith Dalgleish  11-2
2 COTOPAXI (Kathy Stuart) Venetia Williams 6-8-01 Paul Hanagan  8-1
3 MISS FARA (Christine Painting) Martin Pipe 7-9-05 Jamie Spencer  7-1
4 MOON EMPEROR (Robert Ellis & Christopher Shankland) John Jenkins 5-10-00 Pat Eddery 
5 DR COOL (Canisbay Bloodstock Ltd) John Akehurst 5-8-04 Paul Doe 
6 HAWKWIND (Manton Racing Partnership) John Gosden 3-8-04 Kevin Darley  7-4fav
7 ESTABLISHMENT (Mrs Charles Cyzer) Charles Cyzer 5-8-10 Kieren Fallon 
8 KNAVESMIRE OMEN (The Knavesmire Partnership) Mark Johnston 3-8-02 Gary Bardwell 
9 ALRIDA (Nigel Rich) William Jarvis 3-8-04 Martin Dwyer 
10 TASNEEF (Alan Spence) Tim McCarthy 3-8-04 Dane O'Neill 
11 HIGH AND MIGHTY (J Bradbury) George Barnett 7-9-08 Frankie Dettori 
11 ran Non-runner: No 2 Churlish Charm (vet’s certificate) Breeder: Daniel Couper & George Hosie Breeding: Ela-Mana-Mou - Petite-D-Argent (Noalto) Distances: 1/2, 3/4, sh, 1 1/2, 1/2, 3, 5, 3/4, 11, 21 Time: 3m 34.89s
Totes: Win: £6.30 Places: £2.00, £2.70, £2.50 Exacta: £75.50
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 Wins this year: 115, 2nd win of 2002 Ascot Festival
Winning jockey:-Name: Dalgleish, Keith William Born: March 22, 1983 in border town of Coldstream Apprenticed: to Mark Johnston First Winner: Shontaine (Apprentice handicap, Southwell, January 10, 2000) Wins in 2001: 45; 65 (3rd in apprentice championship)Background: Nicknamed ‘Kenny’ after Celtic and Scottish International footballer Kenny Dalglish (no relation - note spelling!) Grew up in Hawick. His father John provided 30 pony racing rides for the youngest of three children, including Debbie (26) and Kevin (24). Spent two weeks one summer holiday riding out for Alec Stewart in Newmarket before doing the same for Johnston the following two years. First grabbed the headlines when riding a 219-1 treble at Musselburgh on the eve of Royal Ascot in 2000 Major Wins Include: Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace) First Group One Victory: Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace) Wins this season: 65
THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY
ASCOT, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2002
3.05pm Ascot, Saturday, September 28, 2002
Brunswick Diadem Stakes (Class A) (Group 2) (3yo+), 6f
GOING: GOOD TO FIRM
1) (4)1722 Malhub John Gosden 4-9-06t Richard Hills
the class act in the field, having won the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes over the course and distance in June. Run well since in two more Group Ones, the Nunthorpe Stakes and Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup. Form choice, but may struggle under Group One penalty.
BP=4/1 William Hill
2) (1) 2288 Bahamian Pirate David Nicholls 7-9-00 Michael Hills
Fine second in July Cup but a bit disappointing since and will need some rain to enter the equation here.
3) (7) 7411 John Hammond FR 4-9-00 Kieren Fallon
Improved performer this season, winning valuable Tote International over 7f here in July. Just as effective at sprint distances, as showed when winning Group Three over 6f at Deauville last time. Trainer has excellent strike record in UK and this has some chance though the value appears to be missing.
4) (5) 6164 El Gran Lode Diego Lowther SWE 7-9-00 R Blanco
Leading Scandinavian sprinter who likes soft ground. Has never really shone here in the past and the same thing is likely to happen.
5) (3)9-65 Sartorial Peter Makin 6-9-00 Seb Sanders
Lightly-raced for his age but a Group Three winner at Deauville last year. Showed signs of a return to form over an inadequate 5f at Newbury last week and with stable going well, he must be considered but again the value is lacking..
6) (8) 3613 Three Points Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-00t Frankie Dettori
Usually runs well in this type of event but win rate is disappointing. However, he won well when dropped to Listed company at Newmarket and was an excellent third at Haydock. Well-treated with Malhub on runs at Royal Ascot and Haydock and is a front runner who is most consistent. Runs well at Ascot and must go well here.
7) (10) 211- Acclamation Gerald Cottrell 3-8-12 Kevin Darley
Useful juvenile last season, winning on three occasions (last time in valuable sales race at Doncaster). Not seen out this season and has long absence to overcome. However, trainer is no mug and had winner earlier this week. Even so not for us today.
BP=50/1 William Hill
8) (6) 1111 Polar Way Amanda Perrett 3-8-12 Michael Kinane
Undefeated in his four starts to date, winning a Group Three event at the Curragh last time out. Stable in cracking form and must be given a chance, but look very short on what he has actually achieved.
9) (9) 0947 Twilight Blues Brian Meehan 3-8-12 Pat Eddery
Has run soundly when set some very stiff tasks in Group One company this season and ran well again when seventh at Haydock last time out. He will pop up at a big price sometime but will it be today?
10) (11) -614 Chercheuse Alex Pantall FR 4-8-11Jamie Spencer
Decent French filly with some give in the ground. Well beaten fourth behind Crystal Castle last time out at Deauville and hard to see why see should turn the form round here.
11) (2) 2567 Vita Spericolata> John Wainwright 5-8-11Martin Dwyer
Useful filly on her day, particularly over 5f. Hard to enthuse about over 6f in this company.
BP=40/1 Ladbrokes, Tote, William Hill
The value is with THREE POINTS each way.
A SPECIAL YEAR TO REMEMBER AT GOODWOOD
Thursday's (September 26) racing at Goodwood completed a remarkable season for the Sussex racecourse which has been celebrating its bicentenary this year.
Britain's most beautiful racecourse has seen many landmarks achieved during 2002, with 100 winners at the course reached both by Frankie Dettori and Ian Balding.
Dettori, the highest-profile jockey riding in Britain, secured his 100th victory at the course on the last day of the 2002 campaign with Firebreak's success in the Group Three Charlton Hunt Supreme Stakes. The charismatic Italian has come a long way since gaining his first-ever winner on Lizzy Hare on June 9, 1987, at Goodwood.
He recalled his best moments at Goodwood as being the three Group One Sussex Stakes victories, on Noverre in 2001, Aljabr in 1998 and Second Set in 1991, while also mentioning holidays from the local stewards!
Dettori commented: "It's a very hard track to ride but I've had a lot of luck. Luca Cumani always supported it well, and so has Saeed bin Suroor, so it's been very successful for me."
Kingsclere-based Ian Balding, who hands over the trainer's licence to his son Andrew at the end of the season, reached the Goodwood century with one his last runners at the course when Rimrod landed the Listed Stardom Stakes on September 13. His first winner at Goodwood came with Early To Rise in the Chesterfield Cup on July 29, 1964.
Rimrod's victory set a new course record for a two-year-old over a mile of 1m 38.18s and remarkably the previous record had been achieved by his half-brother Selkirk in the same race 12 years beforehand.
Balding sent Selkirk back to Goodwood for the Sussex Stakes in 1992 but the champion miler was beaten a head by Marling, though he took the course's other big mile race that year, the Group Two Celebration Mile.
Other highlights for the trainer include three successive Glorious Goodwood wins by sprinter Lochsong, another champion, and Grey Shot's victory in the Goodwood Cup. Balding commented on reaching the landmark: "It's taken a while, but I couldn't have wished for a nicer horse to do it with."
In July Pat Eddery, the 11-times champion jockey, was presented with Goodwood's annual lifetime achievement award by the Chairman, the Duke of Richmond.
Eddery's accolade was very relevant this year as he had become British racing's second winning-most rider behind the late Sir Gordon Richards, when surpassing Lester Piggott's career total of 4,493 winners, at Goodwood on June 21. His performance then was typically cool, emerging from behind a wall of horses to get Lady Pahia up by a neck in the Mortarmill Organic Dairy Fillies Handicap.
This year's Group One Sussex Stakes gained another place in the annals of racing history when the Aidan O'Brien-trained Rock Of Gibraltar completed his sixth Group One victory in succession, equalling the great Mill Reef's record of consecutive success at the highest level.
The leading trainer at Goodwood in 2002 was local handler Amanda Perrett, who won two of the last three races of the campaign to deny John Gosden by nine victories to eight.
Of these successes, none can have given Perrett more pleasure than Desert Alchemy's victory in the Listed Oak Tree Stakes as the three-year-old provided her with a first success at Goodwood's Festival Meeting.
The Pulborough-based trainer went on to complete a Festival double when Dawn Invasion triumphed in the Tote Gold Trophy Handicap and in late August Tillerman provided Perrett with another big-race win in the Celebration Mile.
Godolphin's Moon Ballad, who finished third in the Derby, was another horse to break a course record this year, shaving a second and a half off the previous one mile, one furlong and 192 yards record with a time of 2m 3.40s
His rider Jamie Spencer had another reason to celebrate by the end of the season, becoming the leading rider at Goodwood in 2002 with nine successes. This tally included victory on Dublin in the Group Three Champagne Victor Vintage Stakes at the Festival Meeting and his nearest pursuer was Seb Sanders with seven wins.
Common Consent was the popular winner of the Mail On Sunday/Tote Mile Handicap on June 30. In prevailing by a neck, the mare gave local trainer Steve Woodman his first Goodwood winner in 16 years of holding a licence.
Hampshire trainer Pat Chaming's first course winner came courtesy of Binanti, who certainly believed in doing the job in style, scoring by seven lengths on Wednesday (September 25), while Les Montague Hall's debut Goodwood success with Madrasee in the five-furlong handicap happened on the same card.
Up-and-coming jockey Keith Dalgleish's first winning ride at Goodwood was on Takes Tutu in the Stanley Racing Handicap at the Festival Meeting.
Jonjo O'Neill, a name more closely associated with jump racing, pulled off an excellent training feat this season. He boasts a 100 per cent record at Goodwood, having placed Spectroscope to win two handicaps, the Abba Inferno Maiden Handicap on August 24 and the Merbury Catering Consultants Handicap on September 25, in the space of just over a month.
Goodwood also celebrated the career of the popular Daily Mirror journalist, Charlie Fawcus, who was the special guest at the media party at Goodwood House during the Festival Meeting following his retirement.
Fawcus, who spent seven years with the Sporting Chronicle before joining the Mirror, worked for more than 30 years covering Goodwood and racing around Britain for the newspaper.
Rod Fabricius, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Goodwood, said: "The celebrations of 200 years of racing at Goodwood Racecourse have been a great success and we have enjoyed a tremendous season. Personally, my favourite moment was watching Rock Of Gibraltar equal Mill Reef's record of six Group One successes in a row in the Sussex Stakes, when Sir Alex Ferguson's colt displayed wonderful acceleration."
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