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Friday, September 26, 2003


The QEII favourite has been undecided all week, with Dubai Destination opening the book, but Falbrav shortening to take the lead.

Now bookies William Hill can't split the pair and they will start the day tomorrow as the 9-4 joint favourites.

Ikhtyar's defection has resulted in a few other small moves in the QEII while Lafi (9-1 from 10-1) has seen the main support today for tomorrow’s big handicap.

Aiming towards Newmarkets meeting next weekend, Peter Harris' Shot To Fame has been backed for Cambridgeshire victory, 10-1 from 12-1.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES: 9-4 Falbrav (from 5-2), Dubai Destination (from 11-4), 3-1 Russian Rhythm (from 10-3), 15-2 Soviet Song (from 8-1), 14-1 Where Or When (from 16-1), 16-1 Statue of Liberty (from 14-1), 22-1 Tillerman (from 25-1), 25-1 Nayyir (from 20-1), 33-1 Tout Seul (from 28-1), 40-1 Norse Dancer, 50-1 Dandoun (from 40-1), 80-1 Middlemarch, 300-1 Blatant ALL QUOTED

TOTE TRIFECTA HANDICAP: 15-2 Fremen (from 7-1), 8-1 Royal Millennium, 9-1 Lafi (from 10-1), Quito (from 8-1), 14-1 Little Good Bay (from 10-1), 16-1 Hurricane Floyd, Tychy, Kareeb, 20-1 Camp Commander, Craiova, Mine, 25-1 Attaché, Ceepio, Ile Michel, Native Title, 28-1 Babodana, Digital, Unshakable, 33-1 Dark Charm, Fruit Of Glory, Grizedale, 40-1 Dame De Noche, Golden Dixie, Master Robbie, Marker, Terfel, 50-1 Loyal Tycoon, Marshman, Royal Storm, 80-1 Naahy ALL QUOTED



5 b h Fairy King (USA) - Gift of the Night (USA) (Slwepy (USA))

Form:2/231/111301-3151512 Owners: Scuderia Rencati Srl and Teruya Yoshida

Trainer: Luca Cumani Breeders: Azienda Agricola Francesca Jockey: Darryll Holland

Translates into ‘be good’ from a Milanese dialect and he has certainly lived up to those instructions, proving himself over the last three years to be one of the best horses to have been trained in Italy throughout that country’s racing history. A home-bred son of Fairy King, also the sire of the Derby winner Oath and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Helissio, he almost hit the Group 1 heights when runner-up to Morshdi in the Derby Italiano two years ago, and he really came into his own as a four-year-old. After winning the Premio Presidente della Repubblica at Rome he then landed the Gran Premio di Milano before finishing third in the Prix Foy and ninth in the Arc. But the climax to his season came in his final appearance when he got the better of Sarafan and local hope Symboli Kris S in the Japan Cup at Nakayama. For all those races he was trained by Luciano d’Auria, but he then came to Newmarket to join Luca Cumani before the start of this season. It did not take long for him to make his mark for his new stable, as he won the Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp in May, then took revenge on Nayef, who had beaten him into fifth place in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in July. He next ran in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes when racing alone on the far rail before running on to be a good fifth to Alamshar in the 12-furlong event. He dropped back in trip for the 1m 2f Juddmonte International at York, when easily seeing off Magistretti by two lengths and in doing so secured the BHB’s new £250,000 Middle Distance Championship. He enjoyed a far from perfect passage when a close second to High Chaparral in the Group 1 Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Falbrav’s connections objected to the winner but after a stewards’ enquiry, the places stood, something that is being appealed against. Race Record: Starts: 17; 1st: 8; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 3; Win & Place Prize Money: £2,645,536

Scuderia Rencati and Teruya Yoshida
Scuderia Rencati is the racing stable of Milan-based owner Luciano Salice. Rencati is the street on which his factory is based while his breeding operation, Azienda Agricola Francesca, is named after his daughter Francesca. Falbrav, winner of the 2002 Japan Cup and 2003 Coral-Eclipse, is the best horse he has owned although other smart performers include Sunstrach, winner of last season’s Group 1 Premio Roma-SIS. He retains jockey Dario Vargiu and in the past retained Mirco Demuro. His trainers include Luciano D’Aurio, Emilio Borromeo and the Botti brothers as well as Luca Cumani in Britain.

After Falbrav’s Japan Cup victory, top Japanese owner Teruya Yoshida bought a share in the horse. Born November 12, 1947 in Ohiba, Japan, Teruya Yoshida, known as Terry, now runs the huge bloodstock empire created by his late father Zenya, who died in August, 1993. This is centred around the vast Shadai Farm on the island of Hokkaido, where many top-class stallions are based including the former European performers Bachir, Dream Well, Carnegie, Helissio and White Muzzle although the best of all, the multiple champion Sunday Silence, recently died. Zenya Yoshida began building up Shadai in 1955 - his father Zenuske was one of the first people in Japan to import thoroughbreds from America on a major scale.Teruya Yoshida graduated in 1969 from the Faculty of Economics at Keio University and spent five years as general manager of Fontainebleau Farm in Kentucky, then the American base for Shadai. He returned to Japan in 1974 to run the Chitoese branch of Shadai. His brother Katsumi now acts as executive director at Shadai, with Teruya’s official title being president. No previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins

Luca Cumani
Luca Cumani was born in Milan on April 7, 1949. His father, Sergio Cumani, was a highly successful trainer in Italy until his death in 1980. A well-known amateur rider in his home country, Luca Cumani rode 85 winners throughout his career including the 1972 Moet and Chandon Silver Magnum (the amateurs’ Derby) at Epsom on Meissen. Cumani took out a licence to train in 1976 after assisting Henry Cecil for two years. He bought Bedford House Stables in Newmarket for £75,000 and sent out his first winner from the yard when Three Legs obliged in the Duke Of York Stakes at York on May 13, 1976. Ten-times champion trainer Cecil taught Cumani well as he lifted plenty of big-race prizes including the 1984 St Leger (Commanche Run), 1991 Irish 1,000 Guineas (Ensconse), the 1983 Arlington Million (Tolomeo), the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1994 with Barathea, last year’s Irish 1,000 Guineas with Gossamer and this season’s Coral-Eclipse and Juddmonte International with Falbrav. His partnership with the Aga Khan brought Derby success in 1988 with Kahyasi, who also went on to capture the Irish version at the Curragh. However, the association with the French-based owner was terminated in 1990 when the Aga Khan decided to withdraw 78 horses from Britain following the disqualification of 1989 Oaks ‘winner’ Aliysa, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, due to the alleged presence of a banned substance in a post-race sample. The move hit Cumani hard and it took several years for the stable to recover from the blow and, although the Aga Khan sent yearlings again in 1997, another positive test saw the owner leave Bedford House again in January, 2000. Among those Aga Khan horses was Daliapour, who Cumani trained to finish second in both the English and Irish Derbys in 1999. Cumani saddled High-Rise to win the previous year’s Vodafone Derby. With his wife Sara, Cumani runs Fittocks Stud near Newmarket and bred the 2001 St Leger winner Milan. He has 103 horses listed in training in 2003. Previous King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Wins: 1990 MARKOFDISTINCTION

Darryll Holland
Born in Manchester on June 14, 1972 and served a three-year apprenticeship to Barry Hills from 1989. Had first ride on Budapest at Newbury on June 14, 1989 (finished last) and rode first winner on Sinclair Boy at Warwick on May 7, 1990. Rode a post-war record of 85 winners to be champion apprentice in 1991. Short-lived stable jockey to Mark Johnston from March-August 1995. Youngest rider to be appointed club jockey to the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club in 1994/5 and has also won a Group Two contest in Japan. On first Vodafone Derby ride, finished third on 150/1 shot Blues Traveller in 1993. He reached three figures for the fourth time last season with a tally of 113, and though he has yet to ride a classic winner in this country he has won two such races on the continent last season, taking the German and Italian 2,000 Guineas on Dupont. Other big races to have come his way include the 1999 Coral-Eclipse on Compton Admiral, the same race this season on Falbrav, on whom he also landed last month’s Juddmonte International, and the Ormonde Stakes at Chester on St Expedit in 2000 and 2001. But the race for which he is probably best remembered is when he rode Double Trigger to win the Goodwood Cup for a record-breaking third time in 1998; the combination was also successful in the Doncaster Cup that year. He is currently second in the 2003 jockeys’ championship behind Kieren Fallon. No previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins


Kingmambo (USA) - Balistroika (USA) (Nijinsky (CAN))

Form: 1112-111 Owner: Cheveley Park Stud
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Jockey: Kieren Fallon Breeder: Brushwood Stable

Russian Rhythm
Russian Rhythm was bred in the United States by Brushwood Stable, the breeding operation of Betty Moran, best known in Britain as the owner of Grand National winner Papillon. The Kingmambo filly was bought for 440,000gns at the Tattersalls Houghton Sale by Cheveley Park Stud and has looked good value from the day she first raced. She beat Fancy Lady on her debut in a maiden at Newmarket on June 28 last year, before stepping up in class for the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot a month later, coming from last to first to beat Luvah Girl by a length and a quarter. Next came the Group 2 Peugeot Lowther Stakes at York’s Ebor Meeting in which she was badly hampered but showed a lightning-quick turn of foot to beat Danaskaya by a length and a quarter. She then met the only defeat of her career in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarketwhen going down by a length and a quarter to another brilliant filly, Airwave. She started the winter months as market leader for the Sagitta 1000 Guineas but after reports that she had not come to herself she drifted in the betting to 12/1 on the day for the fillies’ classic, but proved she had retained her ability when beating Six Perfections by a length and a half. She next lined up in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, beating Soviet Song by a length and half, and was not inconvenienced by the step up to ten furlongs when winning the Group 1 Vodafone Nassau Stakes at Goodwood. Race Record: Starts: 7; Wins: 6; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £572,620

Cheveley Park Stud
The stud belongs to David and Patricia Thompson, who purchased it in 1975, and is one of the biggest owner-breeder operations in Britain. Based at Cheveley, just outside Newmarket its umbrella also covers the Sandwich, Warren Hill and Ashley Heath studs. Managed by Chris Richardson, Cheveley Park Stud both sells and races the horses it produces and Russian Rhythm, a sales purchase, brought classic glory when winning the 2003 Sagitta 1000 Guineas, going on to land both the Coronation Stakes and Vodafone Nassau Stakes. The stud operation began in the 1970s and current stallions include Groom Dancer, Kyllachy, home-bred Coral-Eclipse winner Medicean, Pivotal, Primo Dominie and Prince Sabo while the 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Where Or When will join the Cheveley Park roster in 2004. David Thompson is a former Smithfield meat trader, who first made his business mark with the Hillsdown Holdings food group, which he later sold in two separate deals for about £300million. In the 2003 Sunday Times “Rich List” the Thompson family is placed equal 232nd with total assets worth £140 million, down from £343 million 12 months before. The best horses they have bred include Entrepreneur, who was joint top lot at the 1995 Houghton Sales when he made 600,00gns before going on to take the Sagitta 2000 Guineas of 1997 in the colours of Michael Tabor, and the best-known race the Thompsons have won is the Martell Cognac Grand National with Party Politics in 1992. Their trainers are headed by Sir Michael Stoute, a director of the stud, and include Michael Bell, Gerard Butler, Ed Dunlop James Fanshawe, John Gosden, William Haggas, Michael Jarvis, Amanda Perrett and Sir Mark Prescott. No previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins

Sir Michael Stoute
Born in Barbados on October 22, 1945, where his father was chief of police, Michael Stoute came to Britain in 1965 to nurture his love of racing. He joined Pat Rohan at Malton before moving to Newmarket three years later to work for Doug Smith and then Tom Jones. Stoute took out a public licence to train in 1972, recording his first success that year when Sandal won at Newmarket on April 28. Since then he has been at the top of his profession and has been champion trainer six times - in 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997 and 2000, when his stars included Sagitta 2000 Guineas winner King’s Best and Kalanisi, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Dubai Champion Stakes. A memorable 1997 was headed by the two older horses Singspiel and Pilsudski. Four Group One successes went Pilsudski’s way - the Coral-Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes, Dubai Champion Stakes and Japan Cup, while Singspiel won the Dubai World Cup, the Vodafone Coronation Cup and the Juddmonte International. Stoute has won the Vodafone Derby three times - with Shergar in 1981, Shahrastani five years later and Kris Kin this year. His long list of big-race successes also includes the Sagitta 2000 Guineas (five times), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (twice), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (three times), Vodafone Oaks (twice), the Irish Derby (three times), Irish Oaks (six times), Irish 1,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas (three times) as well as many other races across the globe. Stoute, who was knighted in 1998 for his services to sport and tourism in Barbados, has 190 horses in training this year at his Freemason Lodge yard in Newmarket. He has won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes three times, with Zilzal, Milligram and Shadeed.

Previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins: 1985 SHADEED, 1987 MILLIGRAM, 1989 ZILZAL

Kieren Fallon
Born on February 22, 1965, in County Clare, Ireland, Kieren Fallon joined Kevin Prendergast’s yard as an apprentice in 1983. Piccadilly Lord at Navan on June 18, 1984, was his first winner. Moved from Ireland to ride for Jimmy FitzGerald’s Malton stable from 1989 until 1991 and then spent three years with Lynda Ramsden’s yard from 1993 until the end of 1996. At the start of the 1997 Flat season, Fallon was a surprise appointment as stable jockey to the Henry Cecil yard and promptly won the Sagitta 1000 Guineas on Sleepytime and Vodafone Oaks on Reams Of Verse. He ceased riding for Cecil in August, 1999, and was first jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in 2000 and 2001, and is now a freelance, although still rides many of the Stoute team. The Stoute/Fallon combination won the Sagitta 2000 Guineas with the Saeed Suhail-owned King’s Best in 2000 and Golan in 2001. Fallon was champion jockey in 1997 (202 wins), 1998 (204), 1999 (202), 2001 (166) and again last season with 149 successes. He is a warm order to land a sixth title this season and reached the 200-winner mark at Newmarket on Tuesday, his tally including classics on Russian Rhythm in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas and Kris Kin in the Vodafone Derby. His championship ambitions ended at Royal Ascot in 2000 when he suffered a horrific fall requiring shoulder surgery that meant his season was over. He won three of the five classics in 1999 - the Sagitta 1000 Guineas on Wince, the Vodafone Oaks on Ramruma and the Vodafone Derby on Oath, his first success in the premier classic. Fallon spent part of the winter in a clinic in Ireland after admitting to a drink problem and is now teetotal.The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is one of few big races he has not won.
No previous Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins


We are promised some excellent racing on Sunday, NSPCC Family Day which is the third and last day of the Ascot Festival, with the races varying in distance from five furlongs to two miles and two Pattern races backed up by some very competitive handicaps.

The afternoon starts with the Group Three Tommy’s (The Baby Charity) Cumberland Lodge Stakes, for which eight have been declared. They include High Accolade, who came right back to form (without the blinkers or visor which he had been wearing) when beating all but Brian Boru in the Seabiscuit St Leger earlier this month. Opposition to him will include the Hardwicke Stakes winner Indian Creek, the French-trained Martaline, who can give a pointer to the Arc prospects of his recent Longchamp conqueror Ange Gabriel, and Gamut, who was runner-up to Vinnie Roe in the Irish St Leger last time.

The other Pattern race is the Listed two mile Bet attheraces 0800 083 83 Stakes, in which Alcazar returns to the course where he was controversially deprived of, and then given back, the Sagaro Stakes in the spring. His rivals include Shabernak, who won like a progressive horse at Doncaster last time, and a challenger from Germany in Olaso, runner-up in last year’s Deutsches St Leger and a good winner at Baden-Baden in May.

There will be a field of 21 for the five-furlong Riggs Bank Handicap in which Baltic King, who has run well in more than one big sprint handicap this year, will be a major contender.Others who could make their mark are the consistent Little Edward, short headed at the Curragh last time, and Colonel Cotton, whose owner-breeder Jeremy Gompertz has been making his own headlines this week as counsel for the Kelly family at the Hutton Inquiry.

No fewer than 24 will be fighting out the Mail on Sunday/Tote Mile Final and Finished Article, a winner at Goodwood’s big meeting and an unlucky loser there last time, can be expected to run well. Ettrick Water and Unicorn Reward are other in-form contenders.

The most valuable race of the day is the £60,000-added Seabiscuit Handicap over a mile and a half, in which the penalised pair of Hambleden and Distinction look likely to be hard to beat.


Top seed Robert Smith, the UK’s number one ranked show jumper, will start as the bookies’ favourite to win the inaugural £20,000 Ladbrokes Speed Jumping Challenge - live on BBC Grandstand at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday (28.9.03).

Riding Kalusha, ranked 38th on the British Show Jumping Association’s (BSJA) horse seedings list, Smith has been quoted the 3/1 favourite by sponsors Ladbrokes ahead of 7/2 joint second favourites Nick Skelton (Pandur) and Keith Shore (Pakko), seeded second and third respectively.

The Ladbrokes Speed Jumping Challenge is the world’s first-ever Speed Jumping event and will see 16 of the UK’s leading show jumpers race each other in four straight, identical lanes of seven fences over approximately one-and-a-quarter furlongs of Ascot’s National Hunt Course. The winner of each race will be the first past the post with the fewest number of fences knocked down.

A hybrid of show jumping and thoroughbred racing, Speed Jumping is a whole new discipline for the country’s leading show jumpers, demanding a skilful balance of precision and speed. The concept was dreamt up by the BBC’s John Inverdale, brand image expert Simon Jameson, show jumper Nick Skelton and ex-horse trainer Charlie Brooks.

Nick Skelton, winner of 1,252 international events over the last three decades, said: “The top riders are right behind this new sport and I really hope its takes off.

“A lot of thought and considerable time has been put into the planning of this inaugural event and we’ve received invaluable support from within both racing and show jumping, including the event sponsor Ladbrokes, Ascot Racecourse, the BBC, the BHB and Olympia. Speed Jumping should provide a great spectacle for TV viewers and race goers alike as the action will be fast-paced, entertaining, colourful and exciting. It’s not a gimmick, there’s prize money at stake, and the riders are taking it very seriously. It will be done properly and should provide a great boost for both show jumping and racing.

“From 2004 and beyond, we hope to stage further Speed Jumping events at race meetings around the country,” he added.

The Ladbrokes Speed Jumping Challenge will form part of the action at the Ascot Festival’s NSPCC Family Day this Sunday. The afternoon’s action will comprise four Heats of four starting at 13.15hrs, with the first two in each Heat progressing to the Semi-Finals at 15.45hrs and the best two in each Semi contesting the Final, to be shown live on BBC Grandstand, at 16:00hrs.

The riders are seeded one to sixteen, based on the aggregate BSJA ranking of rider and horse, and lane positions will be drawn at random. Lanes will be colour coded to make viewing easier for spectators.

In order of seeding, the full list of riders and horses is as follows with Ladbrokes odds in brackets (available until the start of the first heat on Sunday afternoon):

1. Robert Smith, Kalusha (3/1)
2. Nick Skelton, Pandur (7/2)
3. Keith Shore, Pakko (7/2)
4. Michael Whitaker, Haddon House Carlson (6/1)
5. Tim Stockdale, Fresh Direct Landed Gentry (10/1)
6. Mark Armstrong, Rex (12/1)
7. John Whitaker MBE, Petite Jolie (10/1)
8. Peter Charles, Mulligan (14/1)
9. Duncan Inglis, Lavaletto (20/1)
10. Damien Charles, Racal B (20/1)
11. Di Lampard, Leo Z (25/1)
12. Scott Smith, Landwind 19 (40/1)
13. Richard Davenport, Hors Bors Des Isles (33/1)
14. James Fisher, Socks (40/1)
15. Geoff Billington, Timbuctoo (33/1)
16. Chloe Bunn, Buddy Bunn (100/1)

Race Times: Heats 1-4 3:15hrs – 13:35hrs; Semi Finals 15:45hrs – 15:55hrs; Final 16:00hrs



Montmartre, trained by Neville Callaghan and ridden by his son Simon, made all the running to land the final of the Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series by a length and three quarters.

“She’s an improving three-year-old and you never know what they might do,” said the successful trainer.

“It wasn’t the plan to make the running but they weren’t going to go any pace. He didn’t listen to me which was a help!

“Simon has been with Todd Pletcher in America during the summer and has just come back for the sales. He’ll be going back in a month to Calder Park in Florida.

“Pletcher is Michael Tabor’s main trainer in the States, he believes in him in a big way and he has fixed up Simon going out there.

“Simon will be back in six months when he should be able to teach me a few things. He might fill the yard - I’ve emptied it!”



“We shall have to do this again,” said a delighted Venetia Williams after her 33/1 chance Diamonds Will Do had finished well to take second behind all-the-way leader Montmartre in the final of the Bollinger Amateur Riders’ series.

“I can’t have a jumping winner for love nor money, but just for a moment I thought I was going to have one on the Flat with only my second runner on the Flat at Ascot.

“The only other runner I have had on the Flat here was Stretarez, who ran in the Gold Cup after he had won the Ormonde Stakes at Chester.

“Sam (Thomas), who rode the mare, was on her when she won over hurdles at Bangor last month and rides her regularly at home. He has been riding out for me for a while and, when I was looking for a race in which to run her, I came across this and as an amateurs’ race it looked ideal for the pair of them.

“The ground at home is dreadfully hard, but at least we have been able to school the horses over hurdles and fences, as we have some beautifully rotovated Herefordshire soil.”

Although Simon Walker was well beaten on Man The Gate, he still won the sponsors’ competition as none of the riders who finished in the first four here was close enough to make serious inroads into his advantage, and with 42 points he won by six from Tom Greenway.


After the race, a surprise presentation was made to Michael Caulfield, outgoing chief executive of the Jockeys’ Association, by Flat and jump jockeys led by Kieren Fallon and Tony McCoy.



Pat O’Kelly, who sold the top lot at Goff’s Orby Sale in Ireland this week when Sheikh Mohammed paid 1.2million euros for a colt by Dubai Millennium, had another good dividend when her home-bred My Renee took the Listed EBF Harvest Stakes from Tanaghum.

She was the second winner at Ascot for her trainer Michael Grassick, who won the Queen Alexandra Stakes a few years ago with San Sebastian, and a very first ride at the course for her jockey Niall McCullagh.

“I was a bit worried about the weather turning later on so I brought her over here as the only other suitable race for her in Ireland this season is a fortnight away and the weather could have turned by then,” said the trainer.

“She did not run as a two-year-old because she was big and simply needed time to come to herself, and this was only her fourth run this season.

“She has improved all the time and I hope I can persuade Miss O’Kelly to keep her in training next year.

“I was not worried when Tanaghum went for home in the straight, as I knew our filly would come home well. She was in a bit of a pocket going into the final bend, but she got out of it well and I was impressed with what she did.”



The beautifully-bred Tanaghum, by Darshaan out of Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Mehthaaf, gained black type by finishing a length and a half second to Irish raider Mr Renee in the EBF Harvest Stakes.

“She’s run a lovely race but probably just found one too good,” said Angus Gold, racing manager to the second’s owner, Hamdan Al Maktoum.

“We were slightly worried about the ground as she is by Darshaan and Richard (Hills) thought she didn’t like the firm going last time but it certainly wasn’t a problem today.

“We’ll see how she is but I would think she might go for something like the Group 3 Princess Royal Stakes here next month.”



Nyramba, who cost owner Salem Suhail just 30,000gns as a yearling, landed a £133,400 payout when landing the Watership Down Stud Sales Race under Frankie Dettori.

“Frankie gave her a beautiful ride,” said the winning trainer John Gosden. “To have pace on your side is so important and the fact that she defied the penalty was quite something.

“We were drawn 30 of 30 and usually the low numbers are favoured here.This was the plan, I had thought about the Cheveley Park Stakes but it’s a bit quick now. If it was in two week’s time I’d be delighted to go there.

“It was a great performance and she was put in the Tattersalls December Sale as a precaution - we’ll see what her owner wants to do.

“The great thing is that she only cost 30 grand and can come and win a race like this. That’s what racing is all about, it gives everyone a go.It’s a phenomenally good race, sponsored by Watership Down Stud, who came up with the idea to encourage people to buy fillies.

“The young man is riding rather well at present and nobody rides better than Frankie when motivated anywhere in the world, in America and Japan.

“We went over to Deauville and had a chat about the meaning of life. When you’re riding nice horses you are motivated and that’s what you need. He is the best there is when on form.”


John Gosden reported that Ikhtyar will miss tomorrow’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes because of the ground.

“Ikhtyar will be a non runner,” said Gosden. “All we want is good ground, it doesn’t have to be soft but this is good-to-firm with firm patches. It’s nobody’s fault, the clerk of the course was right not to water in case it rained, but it’s becoming an increasing nightmare as the horse has been ready to run since July.

“We’ll look at the Arc meeting but I’m not too hopeful about the ground there. The Prix Dollar and the Prix Rond Point are the possibles although he is in the Arc but that might be a bit of a jump. I’d fancy him in the Arc next year as a bit of a long-range tip.”



“With that big weight concession we had to be bold,” said Andrew Balding after Dubaian Duel had tried bravely to lead from start to finish in the £266,800 Watership Down Stud Sales Race.

The filly was getting 17lb from top weight Nyramba, but in the end it was not quite enough as Nyramba caught her inside the final furlong and went on to win by a length and a half.

“She cost only 2,000gns as a yearling and has done us all proud,” added Balding and as Dubaian Duel collected £44,822 for her owners she has handsomely repaid that modest outlay.

“I don’t know what we shall do with her now. We shall see how she comes out of this, but in any case she is in the horses in training at Newmarket next month.”

Dubaian Dream comes from the first crop by Daggers Drawn, who was at one time ante-post favourite for the 2,000 Guineas of 1999.

He never scaled those heights on the racecourse but has made a flying start to life as a sire.


Frankie Dettori did a flying dismount after winning the very valuable Watership Down Stud Sales Race at Ascot this afternoon on Nyramba - something he usually reserves for Group One races.

He said: “She is a small filly but very talented with a big heart.

“We knew the Cheveley Park Stakes was going to be very tough so we came here. It was a good performance as she was giving weight away.

“She got very buzzy at Salisbury. I went down early and kept her relaxed today and she had the petrol to catch the leader - full credit to all the team at John’s (Gosden - the trainer) they have got her so switched off now.

“She was very courageous today. Tomorrow is the big day (at the Ascot Festival) and let’s hope we can do some business tomorrow.”


The official going at Ascot is now Good to firm, firm in places.

Clerk of the course Nick Cheyne reported that the forecast is for the weather to become cloudier this evening with a chance of a shower. There is a 30% chance of showers tomorrow, with a higher likelihood of them on Saturday night/Sunday morning.



Neville Callaghan followed his first race success with Montmartre when Mazepa bounced back to form with a clear cut win in the Sodexho Handicap to complete a 96.5-1 double for the trainer.

“He has been a bit disappointing this year,” said Callaghan. “He was a decent two-year-old, but he has just had little problems this year and has taken his time to come back, like so many of them do.

“But he is a very nice horse and if he can keep on like that I hope he might be able to get up to Group 111 standard later on. I don’t know about running him again this season, but I may do so after that.

“He was bred by his owner Paul Green, who is a great man to train for. I also have his two-year-old half brother called Buchanan Street, who has been given a rating of 60 and ought to be able to win a race off that mark.

“Ascot has never been the luckiest of courses for me, and I shall always carry the scars of Danetime.”

Danetime was backed almost off the boards for the Wokingham of 1997 and beaten only narrowly after being switched right over to the stands rails immediately after the start. He later won the Stewards’ Cup but the Wokingham was a major gamble.

Owner-breeder Paul Green said of his winner: “we were quite hopeful after Neville’s first winner. Mazepa has had his problems earlier this year, but he has come back to form well there.

“I am more of a jumping man really and at Perth the other day I had a hot favourite going really well only to be brought down three out. This is a nice compensation.”

Robert Mills, whose father Terry trains hot favourite and runner-up A Very Good Year, said: “he just got no run -- when the gap came it shut again straightaway and he had to go right round them. You can’d do that in sprints.

“There are a couple of nice races later in the year but I was hoping that he would win today and keep going up the ladder.”



Trainer Chris Wall’s assistant, Andy Shaw, had the perfect prelude to his wedding tomorrow when Counsel’s Opinion landed the EBF Classified Stakes.

“That’s the best wedding present I could wish to have,” said Shaw. “It’s absolutely fantastic because I ride him every day and I looked after him when he was with Sean Woods, I’ve been with him everywhere.

“He was dropped down into the 95 level after his latest time off but these twilight horses are very hard to place.

“He sometimes a bit rusty after a lay-off and he missed the break on his return at Doncaster last time but everything went right for him today.”



Richard Hannon had gone through the day without a winner, but he ended it in style when top weight Gems Bond beat stablemate Night Kiss in the closing TBA Handicap.

As the winner went off at 7-1 and the runner-up was a 16-1 shot, punters could have no complaints, but Hannon feared that the stewards might want to see him in view of the winner’s dismal show at Newbury last weekend.

“He’s a decent handicapper, but he just threw in a bad one last time and I have no idea why,” he said after Ryan Moore had brought the winner home with half a length to spare.

“He’s a good sort of horse, too, and basically I think he is improving,” Hannon added of the winner who carries the colours of owner Jenny Powell and, like just about all her horses, has ‘G’ as the initial letter of his name.

Gary Carter was suspended for ten days (October 6 to 15) under Rule 158 for his riding of Lilli Marlene, who finished well to be fifth behind Gem’s Bond in the closing TBA Handicap.

The stewards took the view that he had not made sufficient effort on the filly, though they took no action against the filly’s trainer George Margarson.

Carter was very upset by the stewards’ action. “The filly hadn’t run for six weeks and had had to miss quite a bit of work in that time,” he said.

“The stewards told me that she had gone from 3-1 to 9-2 on the betting exchanges, but what is that supposed to mean to me? I’ve been in the weighing room all day and haven’t been able to use my ‘phone!”

He was non committal afterwards about the possibility of lodging an appeal, but for a rider trying to re-establish after a difficult time last year this is a hammer blow.

George Margarson did not want to make any comment about the filly’s performance. He told the stewards that he had left the riding to his jockey as he has ridden the filly in all her races but he did consider that the rider could have made more effort from three furlongs out.


After a dry night the going for the first day of the Ascot Festival remains


“We had four millimetres of rain on Monday and have not watered since then because of the forecast of rain later in the week,” said clerk of the course Nick Cheyne.

“The forecasters have rather back tracked on what they were saying earlier in the week, though, and it now looks as if any rain we get will be negligible.

“At the moment we have no plans to water the track after racing today.

“The course is at its widest, as for the Royal meeting, to accommodate the maximum field for today’s Watership Down Stud Sales Race.”


Handicap, £8,000 Added. For 3yo+ Rated 0-85, 1m 4f. Weights: highest weight not less than 12st; minimum weight 9st 10lb. Penalties: after September 13, a winner 5lb. Allowances: riders who, prior to September 24, 2003, 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: £5,629; 2nd: £1,732; 3rd: £866; 4th: £433

1 MONTMARTRE (John Livock) Neville Callaghan 3-11-10 Mr Simon Callaghan (3) [5] 11-2
2 DIAMONDS WILL DO (Geraldine Mapp & Lawrence Degville) Venetia Williams 6-9-12 Mr Samuel Thomas (5) [10] 33-1
3 DANAKIL (The Danakilists) Simon Dow 8-11-06 Mr Daniel Hutchison (7) [9] 8-1
4 COMPTON AVIATOR (Gary Nichol) Tony Carroll 7-9-12 Mr Gary Bartley (7) [13]
5 SAXE-COBURG (Sally & Tom Dalley) Gerald Ham 6-9-09 Mr Carl Doran (7) [2]
6 KING REVO (Blue Lion Racing) Patrick Haslam 3-11-02 Mr Ben Haslam (5) [6]
7 COLD TURKEY (A Grinter) Gary Moore 3-10-08 Mr Eamon Dehdashti (5) [1]
8 CLASSIC MILLENNIUM (Broughton Thermal Insulation) Willie Musson 5-10-03 Mr Tom Greenway (3) [7]
9 MAN THE GATE (John Morley) Peter Cundell 4-10-12 Mr Simon Walker [8]
10 SWYNFORD PLEASURE (Qualitair Holdings Ltd) James Hetherton 7-10-05 Mr John Best (5) [3]
11 HIGH POINT (The Aedean Partnership) Gerry Enright 5-11-07 Mr Jay Pemberton (7) [11]
12 RUTLAND CHANTRY (Allison Bottomley) Steve Gollings 9-10-00 Mr Christopher Cully (7) [4]
13 ELLWAY HEIGHTS (M Gonzalez, A Antonelli, D Hopper, Preston) Mark Brisbourne 6-9-08 Mr Philip Collington (5) [12] 9-2fav

13 ran

Distances: 1.75, 1, nk, 0.75, nk, 0.5, 1.75, nk, 0.75, 1.25, 6, 15 Time: 2m 37.79s
Breeder: William Fogarty Breeding: Grand Lodge - French Quarter (Ile De Bourbon)
Totes Win: £4.40 Places: £1.90; £6.30; £3.00 Exacta: £216.30

Winning Trainer: Name Callaghan, Neville Anthony Born: In Ireland on May 4, 1946 Based: Hamilton Road, Newmarket, Suffolk Date of First Licence: 1970 Horses In Training (1971-2003): 22; 18; 31; 32; 33; 41; 46; 49; 57; 59; 45; 40; 43; 39; 20; 20; 43; 53; 46; 47; 45; 46; 34; 32; 31; 36; 34; 31; 30; 38; 41; 33; 32 Winners in a Season (2001-2002): 26; 35 First Winner: Blessed Beauty (Salisbury, August 13, 1970) Big Race Wins:Gimcrack Stakes (1978 Stanford), July Stakes (1986 Mansooj, 1988 Always Valiant), Diadem Stakes (1989 Chummy’s Favourite), Diomed Stakes (1990 Eton Lad), Lingfield Derby Trial (1991 Corrupt), Great Voltigeur Stakes (1991 Corrupt), Fillies’ Mile (1993 Fairy Heights), Phoenix Stakes (1995 Danehill Dancer), National Stakes (1995 Danehill Dancer), Greenham Stakes (1996 Danehill Dancer), Stewards’ Cup (1997 Danetime), Dante Stakes (2002 Magistretti) Big Race Wins Over Hurdles: Irish Champion Hurdle (1983 Royal Vulcan, 1993 Royal Derbi), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1983 Royal Vulcan), Bula Hurdle (1991 Royal Derbi) Wins This Season: 27

Winning jockey:-Name: Simon Callaghan Wins In 2003: 2 Background: Son of Newmarket-based trainer Neville Callaghan. He also acts as assistant-trainer to his father.


Class A, Listed Race, £32,000 Guaranteed. For three-year-olds + which have not won a Group One Pattern race in 2003, 1m 4f. Weights: 3yo: 8st 6lb, 4yo+: 9st. Penalties: in 2003, a winner of a Listed race 3lb; of a Group 3 race 5lb; of a Group 2 race 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £18,560; 2nd: £7,040; 3rd: £3,520; 4th: £1,600; 5th: £800; 6th: £480

1 MY RENEE (Pat O’Kelly) Michael Grassick IRE 3-8-06 Niall McCullagh [4] 6-1
2 TANAGHUM (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Dunlop 3-8-06 Richard Hills [8] 10-1
3 FLYING WANDA (Sir Robert Ogden) Jeremy Noseda 3-8-06 Pat Eddery [2] 4-1
4 LANDINIUM (Ettore Landi) Chris Wall 4-9-00 Richard Hughes [3]
5 FLOREEDA (Lordship Stud) Henry Cecil 3-8-09 Willie Ryan [7] 3-1fav
6 MANAMA ROSE (Abdulla Al Khalifa) Gerard Butler 3-8-06 Dane O'Neill [12]
7 RICH AFFAIR (John Greetham) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-07(inc1ow) Kieren Fallon [10]
8 ALBA STELLA (Kirsten Rausing) Sir Mark Prescott 3-8-06 George Duffield [6]
9 SURVAL (Bob Lanigan) Luca Cumani 3-8-07(inc1ow) Darryll Holland [1]
10 RIBBONS AND BOWS (Annie Cyzer) Charles Cyzer 3-8-06 Martin Dwyer [13]

10 ran Non-runner: No 1 Imoya (ground), No 6 Itnab (ground) and No 13 White Rose (ground)
Distances: 1.5, 1.25, 2, 1.5, nk, 2, 2, 12, 20 Time: 2m 30.12s
Breeder: Kilcarn Stud Breeding: Kris S-Mayenne (Nureyev)
Totes Win: £6.90 Places: £2.00; £3.00; £1.60 Exacta: £62.20

Winning Trainer: Name Grassick, Michael Big Race Wins include: Ascot Stakes (1998 San Sebastian), Queen Alexandra Stakes (1999 San Sebastian), Debutante Fillies’ Stakes (1999 Preseli); Moyglare Stud Stakes (1999 Preseli); Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial (2000 Preseli); Prix du Cadran (2000 San Sebastian) Horses in Training (2003): 74

Winning jockey:-Name: McCullagh, Niall George Based: Grange Clare, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare, Ireland Weight: 7st 12lb Irish Flat Record 1999-02: 30; 22; 33; 34


Class B, £266,800 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: £133,400; 2nd: £53,360; 3rd: £26,680; 4th: £13,340; 5th: £6,670; 6th: £6,670

1 NYRAMBA (Salem Suhail) John Gosden 2-9-01 Frankie Dettori [30] 4-1fav
2 DUBAIAN DUEL (Dubai Thoroughbred Racing) Andrew Balding 2-7-12 Martin Dwyer [24] 9-2
3 VALJARV (V & J Properties) Nick Littmoden 2-8-08 Ian Mongan [27] 14-1
4 ESTEEMED LADY (N Ahamad) Sir Michael Stoute 2-9-00 Kieren Fallon [22]
5 DUNLOSKIN (Saif Ali) Michael Jarvis 2-8-10 Philip Robinson [6]
6 IMSHY (Giles Pritchard-Gordon) Rupert Pritchard-Gordon FR 2-8-05 Thierry Jarnet [2]
7 SILCA'S GIFT (Aldridge Racing Ltd) Mick Channon 2-9-01 Ted Durcan [14]
8 MORAG (D Miller) Ian Wood 2-7-12 John Bramhill [3]
9 ISLAND SPELL (Havelock Racing II) Chris Grant 2-7-12 Paul Fessey [25]
10 APPETINA (Great Escape Partnership) James Given 2-8-08 Michael Fenton [29]
11 ENCHANTMENT (Ms A Williams) Ian Wood 2-7-12 Adrian McCarthy [7]
12 SCARLET EMPRESS (T Dale, J Leek, Michael Pescod & Partners) Richard Hannon 2-8-04 David Kinsella [19]
13 DARLA (Mrs R Vigors) Pip Payne 2-8-08 John Egan [1]
14 KAMENKA (R Jeffs & J Potter) Richard Fahey 2-8-02 Paul Hanagan [5]
15 INNSTYLE (The Inn Partnership) Brian Meehan 2-8-08 Pat Eddery [21]
16 GRANDE TERRE (Mr & Mrs G Calder) James Given 2-8-08 Keith Dalgleish [11]
17 MILLY WATERS (John Oldknow) Mark Brisbourne 2-8-01 Paul Quinn [23]
18 DARK EMPRESS (Lady Marchwood) Ralph Beckett 2-8-00 George Duffield [12]
19 ENFORD PRINCESS (Major A Everett) Richard Hannon 2-8-11 Richard Hughes [17]
20 BOHOLA FLYER (William Durkan) Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Pat Dobbs [26]
21 CHANCE FOR ROMAN (M Caddy) William Muir 2-9-00 Richard Mullen [8]
22 BEE MINOR (B Bull) Richard Hannon 2-8-08 Darryll Holland [9]
23 TRUE MAGIC (T Lock) James Bethell 2-7-12 Lisa Jones [20]
24 HERE TO ME (Mrs D Joly) Richard Hannon 2-8-00 Richard Smith [16]
25 ZERLINA (G Howard-Spink) Richard Hannon 2-8-06 Dane O'Neill [10]
26 BLACK OVAL (Glass Associates) Mick Channon 2-8-11 Chris Catlin [15]
27 ADVENTUROUS GIRL (M Vandenberghe) Johnny Portman 2-8-04 Robert Miles [18]
28 SHORT CHORUS (Watchman Racing) John Balding 2-8-00 Paul Fitzsimons [28]
29 COCONUT COOKIE (Anna Doyle) Richard Hannon 2-8-02 Ryan Moore [4]
30 MISS MADAME (Cosmic Greyhound Racing Partnership III) Tom McGovern 2-8-02 Matthew Henry [13]

30 ran Distances: 1.5, 1, 1.75, 1, nk, 1, sh, sh, 0.5, 0.5, hd, 0.75, 0.5, sh, hd, nk, sh, nk, hd, sh, 0.75, sh, 2, 0.5, 1.75, 0.5, 3, 5, 0.5 Time: 1m 22.84s Breeder: Five Horses Ltd Breeding: Night Shift - Maramba (Rainbow Quest) Totes Win: £4.00 Places: £2.50; £2.40; £5.10 Exacta: £21.80

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 (1989-2002):28:87:86:113:110:93:86:75:91:77:74:82:55:85 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), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream) Trains at Manton, Marlborough Wiltshire. Previously at Newmarket Wins this season: 56

Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco.Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, ItalyFirst winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) First Sussess: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986) Classic wins; (9) Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); Rothmans Royals St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia) Other major wins include: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami), Ascot Gold Cup (1992, 1993 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara), St James’s Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1996 Swain, 1997 Singspiel, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction; 1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium), Juddmonte International (1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel, 2001 Sakhee), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1998 Daylami),Yorkshire Oaks (1994 Only Royale), Middle Park Stakes (1996 Bahamian Bounty), Fillies’ Mile (1990 Shamshir, 1999 Teggiano, 2000 Crystal Music), Nunthorpe Stakes (1993 Lochsong, 1995 So Factual, 1998 Lochangel), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr); Haydock Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat); Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel); Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir, 2001 Noverre), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Prix du Jockey-Club (1992 Polytain), Prix Jean Prat (1998 Almutawakel), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir), Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr); Prix Maurice de Gheest (1999 Diktat); Irish Champion Stakes (1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera); Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara); Deutsches Derby (1991 Temporal), Predominate Stakes (2000 Roscius), Duke of York Stakes (2000 Lend A Hand), Yorkshire Cup (2000 Kayf Tara, 2003 Mamool), Lockinge Stakes (2000 Aljabr), Royal Lodge Stakes (2000 Atlantis Prince), Cheveley Park Stakes (2000 Regal Rose), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq), Sagaro Stakes (2002 Give Notice), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1999 Kayf Tara), Grosser Preis Von Baden (2002 Marienbard), Gimcrack Stakes (2002 Country Reel), Winter Hill Stakes (2002 Naheef) Wins This Season: 81


Class B, Showcase Handicap, £30,000 guaranteed. For 3yo Rated 0-105, 6f. Minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after September 13, a winner 6lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £17,400; 2nd: £6,600; 3rd: £3,300; 4th: £1,500; 5th: £750; 6th: £450

1 MAZEPA (Paul & Jenny Green) Neville Callaghan 3-8-07 Kieren Fallon [10] 14-1
2 A VERY GOOD YEAR (Terry Mills) Terry Mills 3-8-07 Robert Miles (5) [9] 7-4fav
3 GAELIC PRINCESS (M Seymour) Tony Newcombe 3-8-06 Dane O'Neill [11] 25-1
4 DANEHILL STROLLER (The Classic Strollers Partnership) Ralph Beckett 3-8-04 George Duffield [2]
5 ARCTIC DESERT (Holistic Racing Ltd) Andrew Balding 3-8-05 Martin Dwyer [3]
6 GO POLAR (The Chalfont Racing) John Cullinan 3-8-02 Richard Mullen [1]
7 COCONUT PENANG (Mrs A Ooi) Rod Millman 3-9-04 Frankie Dettori [13]
8 TORA BORA (Lady Carolyn Warren) Paul D'Arcy 3-9-02 John Egan [7]
9 DUTY PAID (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Philip Robinson [12]
10 FANCY LADY (Mohamed Obaida) Barry Hills 3-8-11 Michael Hills [4]
11 REVENUE (The Royal Ascot Racing Club) Michael Bell 3-9-04 Darryll Holland [8]
12 ROYAL BEACON (Tweenhills Racing (Woolridge Syndicate)) Mark Johnston 3-9-07 Keith Dalgleish [5]
13 AMBONNAY (David Hicks) Amanda Perrett 3-8-07 Pat Eddery [6]

13 ran Distances: 2, 0.5, nk, 0.5, hd, 0.75, 1.75, 1, 3, 1.75, 1, 0.75 Time: 1m 14.95s
Breeder: Paul Green Breeding: Indian Ridge - Please Believe Me (Try My Best)
Totes Win: £21.10 Places: £5.20; £1.50; £7.20 Exacta: £60.30

Winning Trainer: Name Callaghan, Neville Anthony Born: In Ireland on May 4, 1946 Based: Hamilton Road, Newmarket, Suffolk Date of First Licence: 1970 Horses In Training (1971-2003): 22; 18; 31; 32; 33; 41; 46; 49; 57; 59; 45; 40; 43; 39; 20; 20; 43; 53; 46; 47; 45; 46; 34; 32; 31; 36; 34; 31; 30; 38; 41; 33; 32 Winners in a Season (2001-2002): 26; 35 First Winner: Blessed Beauty (Salisbury, August 13, 1970) Big Race Wins:Gimcrack Stakes (1978 Stanford), July Stakes (1986 Mansooj, 1988 Always Valiant), Diadem Stakes (1989 Chummy’s Favourite), Diomed Stakes (1990 Eton Lad), Lingfield Derby Trial (1991 Corrupt), Great Voltigeur Stakes (1991 Corrupt), Fillies’ Mile (1993 Fairy Heights), Phoenix Stakes (1995 Danehill Dancer), National Stakes (1995 Danehill Dancer), Greenham Stakes (1996 Danehill Dancer), Stewards’ Cup (1997 Danetime), Dante Stakes (2002 Magistretti) Big Race Wins Over Hurdles: Irish Champion Hurdle (1983 Royal Vulcan, 1993 Royal Derbi), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1983 Royal Vulcan), Bula Hurdle (1991 Royal Derbi) Wins This Year: 28 (2nd success of Ascot Festival)

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 (1988-2002): 31,28,39,29,45,60,47,91,136,202*,204*,202*,149, 166*, 149* *Champion jockey Classic wins: (9) Sagitta 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin) 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, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Lowther Stakes (2002 Russian Rhythm), Diadem Stakes (2002 Crystal Castle), July Stakes (2003Nevisian Lad) Wins This Year: 204


Class B, £22,500 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 or higher, the excess in any rating above 95 shall be added to the weights stated. Penalties: after September 13, a winner 6lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 6lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £13,494.60; 2nd: £4,989.60; 3rd: £2,494.80; 4th: £1,134; 5th: £567

1 COUNSEL'S OPINION (Sally Roberts) Chris Wall 6-9-02 Richard Mullen [4]11-4
2 REGAL AGENDA (Greenbay Stables Ltd) Henry Cecil 3-8-10 Willie Ryan [2] 7-4fav
3 TIZZY MAY (John May) Richard Hannon 3-8-11 Dane O'Neill [5]
4 DUMARAN (R & E H Investments Ltd) Andrew Balding 5-9-02 Martin Dwyer [1]
5 JOHANNIAN (Ms A Williams) Ian Wood 5-9-02 George Duffield [3]

5 ran
Distances: 1.75, nk, 1, 11 Time: 2m 7.73s
Breeder: Mrs B Keogh Breeding: Rudimentary - Fairy Fortune (Rainbow Quest)
Totes Win: £4.30 Places: £1.90; £1.60 Exacta: £7.30

Winning Trainer:- Name: Wall, Christian Frederick;
Date of Birth: January 10, 1959
Date of first trainers license: February 1, 1987. Previous career: Assistant trainer to Luca Cumani 1984-86 and to Sir Mark Prescott 1982-84.
Wins in a season (1991-2002): 7:7:13:12:17:17:21:20:16:29:16: 20
Number of horses in training (1993-2003):27:24:27:33:38:45:48:53:50:48:49 Wins This Year: 23

Winning Jockey: Mullen, Richard Peter Riding Weight:7-07 First Winner: Burnt Sienna, Windsor, 1995 Wins 2000-02: 47; 32; 21 Wins This Year: 32


Class D, £8,000 added. For 3yo Rated 0-80, 1m. Minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after September 13, a winner 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £5,707; 2nd: £1,756; 3rd: £878; 4th: £439

1 GEMS BOND (Mrs J Powell) Richard Hannon 3-9-07 Ryan Moore [1] 7-1
2 NIGHT KISS (B Bull) Richard Hannon 3-8-04 Richard Smith [9] 16-1
3 CAPTAIN HARDY (M Stokes, G Doran, M Nicolson, J Repard) Sylvester Kirk 3-9-02 J D Smith [4] 5-1
4 ESTIMATION (Bottisham Heath Stud) Robert Cowell 3-8-00 Paul Fitzsimons [12]
5 LILLI MARLANE (Mrs T Foreman) George Margarson 3-9-01 Gary Carter [6] 4-1fav
6 BRAVO DANCER (Jaber Abdullah) Mick Channon 3-9-03 Ted Durcan [11]
7 LUCKY LARGO (J Webb) Steve Gollings 3-8-11 Frankie Dettori [7]
8 TIBER TIGER (Mark Harniman) Nick Littmoden 3-9-06 Ian Mongan [5]
9 SCARLET FANTASY (Four Of A Kind Racing) Eric Wheeler 3-8-00(inc 2lbow) Chris Catlin [10]

9 ran Non-runners: No 6 Flowerdrum (ground); No 8 Madamoiselle Jones (vet’s certificate); No 9 Dance Party (ground); No 10 Isolde’s Idol (vet’s certificate) Distances: 0.5, hd, 1.75, 1.25, 1.25, 6, 1, 10 Time: 1m 43.44s
Breeder: Whitsbury Manor Stud Breeding: Magic Ring - Jucinda (Midyan)
Totes Win: £8.90 Places: £2.40; £5.50; £2.00 Exacta: £150.00

Winning Trainer: Name- Hannon, Richard Michael Date of birth: 30/5/45 Date of first licence:1970 Classic wins: (3) Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1973 Mon Fils, 1987 Don't Forget Me, 1990 Tirol) Other major wins: Nunthorpe Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1993 Lemon Souffle), Sussex Stakes (2003 Reel Buddy), Falmouth Stakes (1994 Lemon Souffle), Prix de l’Abbaye (1992 Mr Brooks), July Cup (1992 Mr Brooks), Yorkshire Cup (1993 Assessor), Lockinge Stakes (1993 Swing Low), Brigadier Gerard Stakes (1995 Alriffa), Diomed Stakes (1994 Bluegrass Prince), Queen Mary Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy & 1993 Risky), Cork and Orrery Stakes (1992 Shalford), Lowther Stakes (1992 Niche), Wokingham Stakes (1994 Venture Capitalist), Victor Chandler European Free Handicap (2000 Cape Town), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2000 Umistim, 2001 King’s Ironbridge), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2000 Bold Edge), Rockfel Stakes (2001 Distant Valley), Betfair.com Molecomb Stakes (1993 Risky), Hungerford Stakes (2002 Reel Buddy) Wins this year: 107

Winning Jockey :- Name: Moore, Ryan Lee Born: 18th September 1983 Other Details: Apprenticed to Richard Hannon having previously been with his father Gary at Woodingdean in Brighton Major Wins: Tote Cesarewitch (2002 Miss Fara) Wins in 2002: 39 Wins This Year: 52


Trainer 1sts 2nds 3rds
Neville Callaghan 2 - -
Richard Hannon 1 1 1
John Gosden 1 - -
Michael Grassick IRE 1 - -
Chris Wall 1 - -
Andrew Balding - 1 -
Henry Cecil - 1 -
John Dunlop - 1 -
Terry Mills - 1 -
Venetia Williams - 1 -
Simon Dow - - 1
Sylvester Kirk - - 1
Nick Littmoden - - 1
Tony Newcombe - - 1
Jeremy Noseda - - 1


Jockey 1sts 2nds 3rds
Mr Simon Callaghan 1 - -
Frankie Dettori 1 - -
Kieren Fallon 1 - -
Niall McCullagh 1 - -
Ryan Moore 1 - -
Richard Mullen 1 - -
Martin Dwyer - 1 -
Richard Hills - 1 -
Robert Miles - 1 -
Willie Ryan - 1 -
Richard Smith - 1 -
Mr Samuel Thomas - 1 -
Dane O’Neill - - 2
Pat Eddery - - 1
Mr Daniel Hutchison - - 1
Ian Mongan - - 1
J D Smith - - 1


The Godolphin-owned pair, Sulamani and Moon Ballad, were both well backed this morning for their Breeders’ Cup targets ahead of their races on Saturday night.

Coral now make Sulamani the clear 7-2 favourite from 9-2 for the Breeders’ Cup Turf ahead of his assignement in the Turf Classic at Belmont.

In the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Moon Ballad is 7-1 from 10-1 with Coral ahead of his huge clash with the 7-4 Classic favourite Mineshaft in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, also at Belmont.

A big run by Dubai Destination in the QEII STakes at Ascot tomorrow could also see a significant change to his current odds of 10-1 for the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

"This is a huge weekend for Godolphin but it will also be a critical weekend for Europe's chances of success in Santa Anita in four weeks time", said Simon Clare, Coral spokesman.

** Breeders Cup Turf:
7-2 Sulamani, 5-1 Falbrav, Storming Home, 11-2 High Chapparal, 10-1 Doyen, 12-1 Kris Kin, 14-1 Brian Boru, 16-1 Bar

** Breeders Cup Classic:
7-4 Mineshaft, 6-1 Medaglio D'Oro, Ten Most Wanted, 7-1 Moon Ballad, 9-1 Empire Maker, 10-1 Congaree, 12-1 Hold That Tiger, Soto, 14-1 Volponi, 20-1 Bar

** Breeders Cup Mile:
5-1 Oasis Dream, 6-1 Six Perfections, Special Ring, 7-1 Domedriver, Peace Rules, 10-1 Touch of the Blues, Dubai Destination, 12-1 Refuse To Bend, 16-1 Bar

Racing's Importance to be Emphasised at Labour Party Conference

Former Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons Robin Cook will speak at a meeting hosted by British Horseracing Board at the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth next week.

The fringe meeting, entitled "British Racing - Why It Matters", will be chaired by Peter Oborne, political editor of The Spectator.

BHB chief executive Greg Nichols will emphasise the importance of racing as a sport and industry and report on British racing's response to the Office of Fair Trading's Rule 14 Notice.

Leading trainer Nicky Henderson will present a professional's perspective. A question and answer session will follow.

BHB secretary-General Tristram Ricketts said: "The event is part of BHB's continuing programme of contact with government and parliamentarians at this crucial time for racing.

“The conference provides an excellent opportunity to press home the significance of racing and the threat posed by the OFT."

The meeting takes place in the Gladstone Room in the Royal Bath Hotel, Bath Road, Bournemouth at 1pm on Monday, September 29.

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