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Saturday, September 27, 2003




Snow Ridge put up a remarkable display to take the Hackney Empire Royal Lodge Stakes from Moscow Ballet and Rule of Law and get a quote of as low as 10-1 for next year’s Derby and 2,000 Guineas, though 16-1 is a more general offer for both races.

But the prospect of him winning at all seemed remote on the home turn as Snow Ridge was almost last and stuck on the inside rail. Prospects looked poor, but once Martin Dwyer extricated the colt to the outside Snow Ridge fairly flew down the outside to win by three-quarters of a length in a juvenile track record time of 1m 41.19 secs.

“He is very exciting and the best two-year-old I have trained,” said Marcus Tregoning of the winner. “We came here pretty hopeful after his win first time out at Kempton, but I must admit that I was a bit worried two furlongs out when he had a lot to do.

“Then when Martin pulled him to the outside and he got a clear run with a furlong left I thought he might be third, but then after all that he has run really well.

“He is still very green with a lot to learn, and I think that for a long time he did not understand where Martin wanted him to go. But once the penny dropped he was very impressive and I really think he is a very good colt.

“As far as the Derby is concerned - of course he will win it! Seriously, though, I think he is a tremendous prospect, but I don’t know yet if he will run again this year.

“The race to think about would be the Racing Post Trophy, but that comes late in the year and as we know he can handle fast ground as he did today, you would have to wonder how he might cope if it came up soft. We shall have to see how he comes out of the race and I shall talk to Peter Reynolds, who manages the Weinstock family’s Ballymacoll Stud.

“I just wish Arnold Weinstock had been here to see this colt today, but seriously it was not to be.” Lord Weinstock died in the summer of last year.

Martin Dwyer said: “He is a very inexperienced horse, and wouldn’t go the pace early on.so I had to settle him at the back and hope for a run, and fortunately it came. He is an exceptional horse, who was just green early on, but when I asked him to stretch he just picked up fantastically.”



Aidan O’Brien, who saddled the runner-up Moscow Ballet, had a lengthy post-race discussion with his jockey Mick Kinane before marching into the weighing room and promptly withdrawing his four remaining entries (Necklace and Oh So Prescious in the Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile and Statue of Liberty and Middlemarch in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes) because of the fast ground.

O’Brien said:”Moscow Ballet is one of the rare Sadler’s Wells that actually goes on this ground, but, having talked to Mick, we have decided to opt out with the rest of them.

“It is not a case of spoiling the party - I have to do what I think is best for my horses, and, though we want to run, there are a few hard patches and we cannot afford to take chances. I am as disappointed as anyone - we brought the horses here and were ready to run.

“Statue of Liberty had an injury in the spring, so we have to be very careful, while Necklace is a Darshaan and needs safe ground. Good to Firm would have been fine, but it is too fast out there, and we might now re-route her for the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp next Sunday.”

Frankie Dettori said that the ground was “the same as yesterday, good-to-firm” while Joe Fanning said “it’s very quick now”, Michael Hills called it “firm” and Ted Durcan commented: “It’s really lively and very quick now.”

Fulke Johnson Houghton has also decided to withdraw Tout Seul from the big race, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.


Jamie Spencer, who rode the third Rule Of Law in the opening Hackney Empire Royal Lodge Stakes, was banned for two days - October 6 & 7 - for using his whip with excessive frequency on the colt.



The juvenile track record of Snow Ridge in the opener lasted barely 40 minutes, being eclipsed in the Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile, in which Sir Michael Stoute-trained Red Bloom, clocking a time 0.38s faster than the colt in the opener, outpaced the Sheikh Mohammed pair, Sundrop and Punctilious, to win in impressive fashion.

This was Stoute’s second win in this prestigious Group One race, the previous victory having come 18 years ago with Untold, and bookmakers, well aware that the same teamwon this year’s 1000 Guineas with Russian Rhythm, were unanimous in promoting her to favourite for next year’s Newmarket fillies classic, Paddy Power offering 8-1.

Champion jockey Kieren Fallon, winning the race for the first time, was hugely impressed. He said:”She has killed them. She came there cruising and no sooner had she hit the front than she pricked her ears and pulled up with me. I hate comparing different generations, but she is a filly who is going the right way and she has a big future.”

Stoute said:”The fast ground was never a worry - conditions were similar when she won at Newmarket. I thought she did it very well and she is an exciting prospect. That will be it until next season.”

Owner-breeder Patricia Thompson said:”I could not be more delighted. That is the first time we have won this race and, like Russian Rhythm, she looks very special.”



Sheikh Mohammed’s maroon and white colours filled second and third positions behind Red Bloom in the Group 1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile when Sundrop, trained by David Loder, flew at the finish to take the runner-up spot with the owner’s recent purchase Punctilious one place behind.

“She’s run well and has got talent but is just not experienced,” said Loder of Sundrop, a Japanese-bred filly. “It’s just a pity that she got stuck on the rail.

“The Rockfel is an option as she’s only had two runs but I’ll have to talk to her owner and I’m sure Sheikh Mohammed will want her for Godolphin next year.”

Jarvis felt Punctilious, bought from owner-breeder Bjorn Neilsen earlier this week, was beaten fair and square.

“There’s really no excuses,” said Jarvis. “She’s run a good race and the ground may have been a bit quick, but it was quick for everything in the race.”


Master Robbie took full advantage of being drawn in stall 30 of 30 to give Mick Channon a second successive win in the Tote Trifecta Stakes following Millennium Force in 2002 with the trainer also accounting for the first horse home on the near side when Royal Millennium, drawn in five, came seventh.

“I’ve won two races so do I get double prize money?” joked Channon. “He was a very good two-year-old but just lost his way a bit last year. He was apparently backed into 16/1 from 33/1 on the exchanges this morning and that’s because everyone worked out that he loves this fast ground.”

The winner was home-bred by Alec Tuckerman, who lives nearby at Henley-on-Thames and has just one mare, Victoria’s Secret, with Fiona Marner at Kingwood Stud in Lambourn.

“This is really special because I’m so pleased for Alec,” added Channon. “He hasn’t been in the best of health and the horse has won twice at Ascot this year, which I know means a lot to Alec because he loves this place and brings all his friends here.”

Tuckerman added: “I’ve known Mick for many years and this is all down to him. The horse had no luck last season but has really come to himself this year and this is his sixth win. I watched something about the Seabiscuit film, and that horse ran every week and this one is really the same.”



“I just cannot train a winner, and it is so frustrating. I think it is 65 days since my last one and I would settle for a Warwick seller,” said John Akehurst after his Grizedale had beaten all but Master Robbie in the Tote Trifecta Handicap

“And it is not as if the horses are running badly. Lots of them have been placed but they just cannot get their heads in front.

“In retrospect we should not have taken Grizedale to Ayr last weekend, it was a bit quick. We were hoping for soft ground, and I think that if it had been soft here we might just have won this.

“But that winner must be made of granite. I am delighted with the way in which Grizedale ran, but to be be beaten by my old mate Mick (Channon, who has charge of Master Robbie) really is a bit much.

“We were wondering about Newmarket next week, but I think we shall miss that now.There is a race at York which might suit him and the ground might be softer up there, but I think we shall stick to big handicaps with him and hope that we can get ‘yer man’ (Richard Hughes), who is so very much the jockey for the big race.

“We were in two minds about running here, but walked the course and took the chance. It’s funny ground, at one moment it is almost good, but you can go on ten yards in the same line and it is like the road.”



Mick Channon did not know whether to laugh or cry, being delighted to have won the race for the second successive year with 20-1 shot Master Robbie but being full of sympathy for the owners of stablemate Royal Millennium, who led the stands side group home but could finish only seventh.

Channon said:”It was the Ayr Gold Cup all over again. Royal Millennium won the stands side race up there, yet had to be content with fifth, and it has happened again.

“He was cruising at the two-furlong pole, and Ted (Durcan) had no option but to go, but that would not have suited him. He is such an unlucky horse - can I collect two lots of prize-money?”

Durcan, full of praise for the brave effort of Royal Millennium, said:”I looked across at the far side runners at half-way and we were way off the beam. Nobody was helping me, so I had to go but we were always fighting a losing battle.”

Kieren Fallon, who rode fancied Fremen, had no excuses for finishing 10th. He said:”Not today - he was probably a bit too inexperienced for a race like this.”



Acclamation won the best race of his career when he outpaced the sprinters to take the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Diadem Stakes from Polar Way and long time leader Lochridge, maybe en route for the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp next weekend.

“I don’t know if he will run there, I shall have to talk to Gerald, but I would love to go to Paris” said the winning trainer’s wife Peggy Cottrell. Her husband was doing his usual Greta Garbo act at home in Devonshire.

Mrs. Cottrell related how Acclamation was very out of sorts for much of last year. “He kept getting mucus in his lungs,” she said. “Every time we worked him we kept feeling that he was blowing too much, and every time we scoped him all the mucus was there again.

“Eventually we were able to get him back to the course and he ran well in this race last year, and this season he has been so consistent, running really well in big races and winning a couple as well.

“I just hope someone will want him as a stallion when his racing days are over,” Mrs. Cottrell added, but as a son of the highly successful Royal Applause there should be no problem in finding a stud for the winner.

Acclamation races for a partnership called the Dulford Cavaliers, which is organised by John Boswell, a long time supporter of the Cottrell stable.

“Ascot has been a very lucky course for me,” he said. “Young Inca won here six times and this is the tenth winner I have had here. I recall being at the sales at Doncaster when we bought this horse as a yearling and wondering if we had done the right thing as he is far and away the most expensive I have bought.” There is not much worry on that front now.

Going even further back in time, Mrs. Cottrell recalled their horse Perfect Timing winning a race at Doncaster some years ago when the runner-up was Princess Athena, the dam of Acclamation!



Lochridge, whose dam, the flying Lochsong, finished second to Wolfhound in this race 11 years ago, had to be content with third, but owner-breeder Jeff Smith was far from dismayed.

Smith said: ”Lochridge is just like her mother - she has so much speed. In fact, she is in front of Lochsong at the same stage of their careers, and you watch her next year. She will win the lot.”

Connections will wait and see how Lochridge comes out of this race before deciding whether the filly will try and emulate Lochsong by trying to win next Sunday’s Prix de l’Abbaye in Pariis.

Smith added: ”Lochridge is just getting better and better, but she has had a busy season and we want to be careful not to overdo things this year.”

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Khalid Abdullah, owner-breeder of runner-up Polar Way, was relieved that the gelding had erased the memory of his last run when he trailed in last in Newbury’s Hackwood Stakes.

He said: ”We knew Newbury was not Polar Way’s form, but it’s nice to see him come back. Amanda (Perrett) has done a brilliant job, and, being a gelding, he can come back next year and aim for these sprint races again.”

The disappointment of the race was Airwave, the 7/4 favourite, who finished only sixth after being kept at the back of the field by jockey Dane O’Neill before finishing with a flourish.

“She was unlucky and just didn’t get a run,” said O’Neill. It was a race that the rider will want to forget as O’Neill was also given a two-day ban for careless riding (on October 6 and 7) having been found to have interfered with both Torosay Spring and Orientor.

Airwave’s trainer Henry Candy added: “She was unlucky but these things happen in sprint races. I’ll see how she is on Monday or Tuesday before deciding whether to go for the Prix de l’Abbaye.”



Falbrav lived up to his pre-race billing as “the best horse in the world” when annihilating a class field in the feature race, the Group One Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes at the Festival of Racing.

Darryll Holland, having momentarily contemplated making the running on Falbrav, sat in behind Blatant, the Godolphin pacemaker, but when he pressed the button early in the straight the response was both electric and instant.

Russian Rhythm, whose unbeaten record this year includes the 1000 Guineas, threatened briefly at the furlong-pole, but Falbrav, the 6-4 favourite, quickened again and romped home to beat the filly by two lengths, with Ascot specialist Tillerman running well to take third.

Luca Cumani, who will now ask his Italian/Japanese owners to cough up 180,000 dollars to supplement Falbrav for the Breeders’ Cup Turf in California on October 25, was lavish in his praise of last year’s Japan Cup winner, who only joined his Newmarket stable in January.

Cumani said:”Falbrav is the best horse I have ever trained, and he is probably as good a horse as there has been for a very long time. I don’t think there is anything to touch him in the world on grass from a mile to 10 furlongs.

“He is so professional and nothing fazes him. He is wonderfully strong and mature, both mentally and physically, and I was always confident that he would have the speed to come back in distance.

“This race was an afterthought, but we were encouraged by the lack of rain and the favourable forecast, so we decided to supplement him for £25,000 and it has paid off big-time.

“I know he is a big colt, but I would very much like to take him to Santa Anita. We would have to consider the Mile, but the Turf is worth twice as much and that is really his race. They race downhill for the first four furlongs and that would suit him well.

“This has still not sunk in. Falbrav is a simply unbelievable horse. I’ve won a Bredeers’ Cup Mile with Barathea, and we won this race with Markofdistinction and two Derbys with Kahyasi and High-Rise, but I still think he is top of the tree.

“Now we will try and add the Irish Champion Stakes when we launch our appeal next month. I have no doubt that Falbrav was the best horse at Leopardstown - Mick Kinane tried to stop him and we need to prove that interference took place. The horse does not deserve to have a number two next to his name - it’s as simple as that.”

Race Five - Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

Winning Jockey’s Quotes


Darryll Holland, jubilant after winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Falbrav, confessed that he was on the verge of throwing his pre-race plan out of the window when the stalls opened and making the running himself!

Holland explained:”Falbrav jumped so well and the pacemaker (Blatant) was slowing up and not going that quick, so I thought ‘shall I take up the challenge and make it’. But I was not sure what Luca’s reaction might be and opted to sit in behind.”

All ended well and after Falbrav’s awesome display, Holland had no hesitation in nominating the horse as “the best I’ve ridden”.

He said:”He soon found his rhythm, but I did not want to mess about and was anxious to kill them off quickly in the straight.

“Unlike at Leopardstown, I was always in control, and, though Russian Rhythm came at us, I knew that if she got to my girths my fellow would go again. He really took off and stretched through the final furlong and he is such an easy horse to ride. He has gears to spare, and he is so versatile. He is a horse who has everything - one in a million.”

Corals immediately promoted Falbrav to 7-4 favourite (from 5-1) for the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on October 25.



The brilliant Russian Rhythm lost nothing in defeat when coming home two lengths behind Falbrav to claim second place in a top-class renewal of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

The Sagitta 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes and Vodafone Nassau Stakes winner is unlikely to run again this year but Chris Richardson, managing director of owners Cheveley Park Stud, reported that she will stay in training as a four-year-old next season.

“This was certainly the best performance of her career. This was her eighth race and she has won six of them and come second twice,” said Richardson.

“It was a tall order today and she’s given her absolute best, she kept trying and giving her all. She’s probably done enough now and we can look forward to next year.”

Ascot specialist Tillerman, who finished third to Where Or When in the race 12 months ago, repeated that placing when a length and a quarter behind Russian Rhythm.

“We were third last year but I think this was probably a better performance,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to the seven-year-old’s owner Khalid Abdulla.

“He was coming up against triple Group 1 winners so we can’t complain at all. He really loves this track and the ground.”

Tillerman could round off the year by running in Hong Kong in December.


Frankie Dettori had no idea why Dubai Destination, who trailed in last of the eight runners, ran so badly. “Something must be wrong, he was last, but I have no idea what it is,” he said.

Kevin Darley said of Where Or When, last year’s winner who was only sixth this time: “he was travelling well enough, but he has just lost the acceleration he had last year. That turn of foot has gone.”

Richard Hills said that Blatant “ran a blinder as a pacemaker” to be fourth.

Jamie Spencer felt that “the ground was simply too firm” for Soviet Song, who finished fifth. “She was never really going.”


5 b h Fairy King (USA) - Gift of the Night (USA) (Slewpy (USA))
Form:2/231/111301-31515121 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. Today he won his fourth Group One of the season.
Race Record: Starts: 24; 1st: 12; 2nd: 5; 3rd: 4; Win & Place Prize Money: £2,875,358

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.
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins - 2003 FALBRAV

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. Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins - 1990 MARKOFDISTINCTION 2003 FALBRAV

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. Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Wins: 2003 FALBRAV



Marcus Tregoning followed up his Royal Lodge success with Snow Ridge when Tadris won the Kotex Rosemary Rated Stakes to complete a 30.6-1 double for the stable.

“She has plenty of ability, but she is very fizzy and not easy to ride. We stay on her back as little as possible and there are not many volunteers to ride her,” said the trainer.

“But she is now a Listed winner, so let’s hope that she can breed something good. I would think that would be the end of her racing; she loves the top of the ground and I don’t think there is anything more for her this year.”

Although only five of the 14 runners crossed over to race on the far side, three of them filled the first three places as Tadris came through to head Convent Girl inside the final furlong and win by three-quarters of a length.



The Nerys Dutfield-trained Convent Girl was quoted at 25/1 from 33/1 with Paddy Power for Saturday’s Tote Cambridgeshire after finishing second to Tadris in the Listed Rosemary Rated Stakes although she is not a definite starter in the Newmarket event.

“She’s run an absolutely brilliant race and was the winner everywhere bar the finishing line,” said Dutfield.

“I’ll see how she comes of this before deciding on the Cambridgeshire, I only ever plan one race at a time. She’s going to be a much better horse next year.”

The filly carries the colours of Axminster Carpets, of which Dutfield’s husband Simon is managing director. He added: “She’s much better in in the Cambridgeshire than she was here but she won’t run unless she eats up.”



Trainer Sylvester Kirk had his first Ascot success when Mersey Sound, who was second just two days ago at Goodwood, ran out the three-quarters of a length winner of the closing Caplan Gordon Carter Stakes.

“I was getting grief from the owners and everyone for running him so quickly,” said Kirk. “And I nearly kept him for a race at Bath on Monday but I’m glad I came here now!

“This is my first win at Ascot and I’ve been trying for a couple years. He’s not in the Cesarewitch as he wouldn’t have got in.”

The winner is part-owned by Alec Tuckerman, who won the Tote Trifecta Stakes with Mister Robbie.

Mick Channon, whose runner-up Misternando was bidding for his ninth success of the season, said: “He’s a proper horse. He thought he’d won as the other one didn’t come past him until so late.

“Although he has looked a hard ride in lots of his earlier races that has often been because they’ve been pretty moderate events and we’ve had to make sure there’s some proper pace on. Today we were able to drop him in and he was always going much more sweetly.

“It’s quite an achievement for a stayer to win eight races in a season - sprinters can do it but it’s pretty rare for stayers. I don’t think he’lll get in the Cesarewitch and he’s got to have a holiday sometime so I really don’t know if he’ll run again this season.”

Paddy Power quoted Misternando at 25/1 (from33s) for the Newmarket marathon.


Nick Smith, the Head PR at Ascot, described himself “more than happy” at the 18,500 attendance on QE11 day.

Smith said: ”We had a similar crowd last year and, despite so many withdrawals which is quite understandable in view of the fast ground, the racing has been of the highest quality.

“Obviously, Falbrav takes top billing, and his performance in beating Russian Rhythm in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes was out of the top drawer.

“Previous winners of this great race have not fared too well at the Breeders’ Cup - Zilzal, Mark of Esteem and Warning were all beaten out there - but Falbrav looks to be heading for the Turf over the mile and a half rather than the Mile, so perhaps he can bring back the pot. Everyone at Ascot will certainly be rooting for him.”

Smith reported that Friday’s Thoroughbred Breeders meeting had received “a lot of positive feedback” and now all eyes are focused on tomorrow’s NSPCC day, which he described as “a new package which has added spice with the speed show-jumping competition.”


Nick Cheyne, Ascot’s Clerk of the Course, changed the going description for tomorrow to


after the last race today.


Group Two, Class A £100,000 guaranteed. One mile. For 2yo colts & geldings. Weights: 8st 11lb. Penalties: a winner of a Pattern race 3lb. Penalty values: 1st: £58,000; 2nd: £22,000; 3rd: £11,000; 4th: £5,000; 5th: £2,500; 6th: £1,500

1 SNOW RIDGE (Exors of the Late Lord Weinstock) Marcus Tregoning 2-8-11 Martin Dwyer [6] 15-8fav
2 MOSCOW BALLET (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-8-11 Mick Kinane [10] 11-2
3 RULE OF LAW (Sheikh Mohammed) David Loder 2-8-11 Jamie Spencer [5] 7-2
4 LEICESTER SQUARE (Sheikh Mohammed) Mark Johnston 2-8-11 Joe Fanning [1]
5 PRIVY SEAL (Sheikh Mohammed) John Gosden 2-8-11 Frankie Dettori [9]
6 ALMURAAD (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 2-8-11 Richard Hills [3]
7 TOP SEED (John Livock) Mick Channon 2-8-11 Ted Durcan [7]
8 ROCK OF CASHEL (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-8-11 Kieren Fallon [2]
9 FRANK SONATA (Adams, Flynn, McGreavy) Mick Quinlan 2-8-11 Tony Culhane [4]
10 OVER THE RAINBOW (Parker, Harrison, Jamieson, Snowden) Barry Hills 2-8-11 Michael Hills [8]

10 ran
Distances: 0.75, sh, 1.25, 1.25, 1.75, 4, 0.5, 1.5, 4 Time: 1m 41.19s (course 2yo track record; previous record 1m 41.5 by Mujaazif in 1990)
Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud Co Breeding: Indian Ridge - Snow Princess (Ela-Mana-Mou)
Totes Win: £2.90 Places: £1.70; £2.00; £1.80 Exacta: £15.50

Winning trainer:-Name: Tregoning, Marcus Philip Born: July 31, 1959 Based: Kingwood House Stables, Lambourn, Berkshire Riding Career: Point-to-Points Date of First Trainer’s Licence: 1997. Previously assistant-trainer to Major Dick Hern for 14 years. Winners 1997-2002: 0; 13; 26; 21; 53; 32 Big Race Wins: Princess Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Sheppard’s Watch), Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), Champagne Lanson Vintage Stakes (1999 Ekraar), Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2001 Nayef), Dubai Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Dubai Sheema Classic (2002 Nayef), Newmarket Stakes (2002 Highdown), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (2002 Highdown), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), Royal Lodge Stakes (2003 Snow Ridge) Horses in Training 2001-03: 88; 113; 122 Wins This Year: 39

Winning Jockey:- Name: Dwyer, Martin Joseph Date of Birth: 28/06/75 Based: Hungerford, Berks Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) Big Race Wins: Princess Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Sheppard’s Watch), Newmarket Stakes (2002 Highdown), Cheshire Oaks (2002 Shadow Dancing), Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (2002 Highdown), Jockey Club Cup (2002 Persian Punch), Goodwood Cup (2003 Persian Punch), Royal Lodge Stakes (2003 Snow Ridge) Wins 1995-02: 6; 36; 57; 46; 36; 61; 65; 104 Wins This Year: 75


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 RED BLOOM (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 2-8-10 Kieren Fallon [3] 3-1
2 SUNDROP (Sheikh Mohammed) David Loder 2-8-10 Frankie Dettori [9] 10-1
3 PUNCTILIOUS (Sheikh Mohammed) Michael Jarvis 2-8-10 Philip Robinson [11] 13-8fav
4 MENHOUBAH (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 2-8-10 Ted Durcan [4]
5 TAROT CARD (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 2-8-10 Richard Hughes [5]
6 RIVER BELLE (Team Valor) Alan Jarvis 2-8-10 Darryll Holland [1]
7 ITHACA (Khalid Abdulla) Henry Cecil 2-8-10 Wiliie Ryan [10]

7 ran Non-runners: No 1 Donna Vita (ground), No 2 Hathrah (ground), No 5 Necklace (ground) and No 6 Oh So Precious (ground)
Distances: 1.25, sh, 2, 1.25, 0.5, 0.5 Time: 1m 40.81s (course 2yo track record; previous record 1m 41.19 by Snow Ridge in previous race) Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud Breeding:Selkirk - Red Camellia (Polar Falcon) Totes Win: £4.20 Places: £2.00; £2.30 Exacta: £36.70

Winning trainer:-Name: Stoute, Sir Michael Ronald Date of birth:22/10/45 Date of first licence: 1972 Previous Occupation: Served with Pat Rohan, Doug Smith and Tom Jones. Classic wins: (12) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Vodafone Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin), Vodafone Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1987 Unite) Other big race wins: Irish 2,000 Guineas (1989 Shaadi), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1986 Sonic Lady), Irish Derby (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1986 Sharatani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist, 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka), Italian Oaks (1988 Melodist, 1986 Ivor’s Image), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1992 Saddler’s Hall, 1993 Opera House, 1997 Singspiel, 2000 Daliapour), Dubai World Cup (Singspiel 1997), Coral-Eclipse (1993 Opera House; 1994 Ezzoud;1997 Pilsudski, 2001 Medicean), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 1997 Pilsudski), Sussex Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady; 1989 Zilzal; 1998 Among Men), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985 Shadeed; 1987 Milligram; 1989 Zilzal), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1981 Shergar; 1993 Opera House, 2002 Golan), Juddmonte International Stakes (1993 & 1994 Ezzoud; 1997 Singspiel), Yorkshire Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia; 1985 Sally Brown; 1986 Untold; 1990 Hellenic; 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka, 2002 Islington), July Cup (1981 Marwell; 1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Fillies’ Mile (1985 Untold), Cheveley Park Stakes (1980 Marwell; 1994 Gay Gallanta; 2000 Regal Rose), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (2000 Greek Dance), Celebration Mile (2000 Medicean), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Dubai Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Dante Stakes (2001 Dilshaan), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1975 Girandole), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1977 Temple First, 1984 Optimistic Lass, 1990 Kartajana, 1994 Hawajiss, 2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Lowther Stakes (2002 Russian Rhythm), Fillies’ Mile (1985 Untold, 2003 Red Bloom) Wins in a season (1984-2002):96:120:76:105:99:116:78:83:74:65:109:73:73:84:79:81:91:75: 104 Horses in training (1985-2003):145:142:142:170:186:191:n\a:171:147:157 :159:159:162:162:173:190:185:181:190 Wins this season: 104

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), Fillie’s Mile (2003 Red Bloom) Wins This Year: 205 (2nd success of 2003 Festival Of Racing)


Showcase Handicap, Class B £70,000 guaranteed. Seven furlongs. For 3yo+. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb, minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after August 30, 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: £40,600; 2nd: £15,400; 3rd: £7,700; 4th: £3,500; 5th: £1,750; 6th: £1,050.

1 MASTER ROBBIE (Alec Tuckerman) Mick Channon 4-8-02 Ryan Moore [30]
2 GRIZEDALE (Canisbay Bloodstock) John Akehurst 4-8-09 Richard Hughes [29] 25-1
3 DAME DE NOCHE (The G-Guck Group) James Given 3-8-05 Eddie Ahern [26] 40-1
4 MINE (Mike Dawson) James Bethell 5-9-01 Jamie Spencer [13] 20-1
5 ROYAL STORM (The Cloran Family) Mrs Amanda Perrett 4-8-05 Steve Carson [24]
6 LITTLE GOOD BAY (Lady Bamford) John Gosden 3-8-12 FrannieNorton [18]
7 ROYAL MILLENNIUM (Jackie & George Smith) Mick Channon 5-9-03 Ted Durcan [5]
8 CAMP COMMANDER (Tony & S Richards) Clive Brittain 4-9-00 Darryll Holland [23]
9 DARK CHARM (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 4-8-10 Martin Dwyer [4]
10 FREMEN (Niarchos Family) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-07 Kieren Fallon [19]
11 TYCHY (P Ellinas) Stuart Williams 4-8-00 Brian Reilly (5) [11]
12 KAREEB (The Finos Partnership) Willie Musson 6-7-13 Adrian McCarthy [3]
13 HURRICANE FLOYD (Lucayan Stud) Martin Pipe 5-8-06 Kevin Darley [27]
14 GOLDEN DIXIE (Holistic Racing Ltd) Andrew Balding 4-8-01 Liam Keniry (3) [20]
15 DIGITAL (Bill Wightman) Mick Channon 6-8-06 Sam Hitchcott (3) [12]
16 QUITO (Michael Hill) David Chapman 6-8-13 Tony Culhane [8]
17 LAFI (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Alec Stewart 4-8-09 Richard Hills [22] 13-2fav
18 ATTACHE (J Good) Michael Jarvis 5-9-10 Philip Robinson [15]
19 NAAHY (Kuwait Racing Syndicate 2001) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Dean Corby (3) [17]
20 CEEPIO (Mrs C Stephens) Terry Mills 5-9-02 Mick Kinane [2]
21 MARKER (Betty Swire) Toby Balding 3-8-09 Robert Havlin [1]
22 UNSHAKABLE (Unshakable Partnership) Bob Jones 4-9-00 Oscar Urbina [28]
23 LOYAL TYCOON (Michael Hall & Mandy Hall) David Nicholls 5-8-06 John Egan [16]
24 ILE MICHEL (P Finn) Martin Pipe 6-8-09 Seb Sanders [25]
25 NATIVE TITLE (C McKenna) David Nicholls 5-7-13 Joanna Badger [9]

25 ran Non-runners: No 6 Babodana (ground), No 9 Terfel (ground), No 18 Craiova (ground), No 20 Fruit Of Glory (ground) and No 29 Marshman (ground)
Distances: 1.25, nk, sh, 0.75, 0.75, 1, sh, nk, hd, 2, 1, 0.75, nk, 0.5, sh, sh, 1.5, 1.25, 0.5, 3, 2, 1.5, 3, 0.75 Time: 1m 25.83s (course record; previous record 1m 25.9s by Prince Ferdinand in 1992)
Breeder: Alec and Mrs Tuckerman Breeding: Piccolo - Victoria’s Secret (Law Society)
Totes Win: £26.40 Places: £4.60; £6.00; £15.50; £4.00 Exacta: £396.20

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 (1990-2002):16:22:27:41:74:71:56:40:71:72:90:67:123 Number of horses in training (1990-2003):20:35:45 :44:64:86:91:84:106:124:135:159:177:184 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, 2003 Master Robbie) Wins this season: 115

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), Tote Trifecta Stakes (2003 Master Robbie) Wins in 2002: 39 Wins This Year: 53 (2nd success of 2003 Festival Of Racing)


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 2003, 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 ACCLAMATION (Dulford Cavaliers) Gerald Cottrell 4-9-00 Frankie Dettori [2] 9-1
2 POLAR WAY (Khalid Abdulla) Amanda Perrett 4-9-00 Richard Hughes [8] 25-1
3 LOCHRIDGE (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 4-8-11 Martin Dwyer [6] 8-1
4 ASHDOWN EXPRESS (W Jackson) Chris Wall 4-9-00 Richard Mullen [13]
5 THE TATLING (Dab Hand Racing) Milton Bradley 6-9-00 Darryll Holland [3]
6 AIRWAVE (Henry Candy & Partners) Henry Candy 3-8-13 Dane O'Neill [5] 7-4fav
7 BARON'S PIT (J & K Thomas) Richard Hannon 3-8-12 Mick Kinane [10]
8 SWEDISH SHAVE (S Thynell) Richard Gibson FR 5-9-00 Thierry Jarnet [7]
9 STEENBERG (Kenneth Macpherson) Mark Tompkins 4-9-00 Seb Sanders [15]
10 CRYSTAL CASTLE (J Raw) John Hammond FR 5-9-00 Kieren Fallon [4]
11 TOROSAY SPRING (CI T Racing Ltd) James Fanshawe 5-8-11 Jamie Spencer [12]
12 FAYR JAG (Jonathan Gill) Tim Easterby 4-9-00 Kevin Darley [14]
13 ORIENTOR (Steve Bruce) Jim Goldie 5-9-00 Ted Durcan [11]
14 RATIO (Mrs John Davall & Robert Armstrong) John Hammond FR 5-9-00 Philip Robinson [1]

14 ran Non-runner: No 13 Crimson Silk (ground)
Distances: 0.75, nk, 0.5, 0.5, sh, 0.5, 0.5, 0.75, 1.25, 0.5, nk, 0.5, 5 Time: 1m 12.60s
Breeder: Tedwood Bloodstock Ltd & Partners Breeding: Royal Applause - Princess Athena (Ahonoora)
Totes Win: £10.00 Places: £2.70; £9.40; £3.10 Exacta: £523.80

Winning trainer: Name: Cottrell, Leslie Gerald Date of birth: 7/12/1924 Date of first trainers licence: 1971 Wins in a season (1991-2001): 10:8:10:6:4:8:8:8:10:7:7:9 Number of horses in training (1993-2003):17:16:18:15:17:16:17:17:12:17:16 Wins This Year: 5

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 Year: 82 (2nd success of 2003 Festival Of Racing)

4.20pm QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES (Sponsored by NetJets)

Group One, Class A £325,000 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: £188,500; 2nd: £71,500; 3rd: £35,750; 4th: £16,250; 5th: £8,125; 6th: £4,875.

1 FALBRAV (Scuderia Rencati Srl) Luca Cumani 5-9-01 Darryll Holland [4] 6-4fav
2 RUSSIAN RHYTHM (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-08 Kieren Fallon [9] 3-1
3 TILLERMAN (Khalid Abdulla) Amanda Perrett 7-9-01 Richard Hughes [6] 22-1
4 BLATANT (Godolphin) Saeed Bin Suroor 4-9-01 Richard Hills [7]
5 SOVIET SONG (Elite Racing Club) James Fanshawe 3-8-08 Jamie Spencer [13]
6 WHERE OR WHEN (John Humphreys (Turf Accountants) Ltd) Terry Mills 4-9-01 Kevin Darley [3]
7 NORSE DANCER (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 3-8-11 Martin Dwyer [2]
8 DUBAI DESTINATION (Godolphin) Saeed Bin Suroor 4-9-01 Frankie Dettori [8]

8 ran Non-runners: No 2 Dandoun (ground), No 5 Nayyir (ground), No 8 Ikhtyar (ground), No 9 Middlemarch (ground), No 11 Statue Of Liberty (ground) and No 12 Tout Seul (ground)
Distances: 2, 1.25, 2.5, 0.5, 1.5, Hd, 1.5 Time: 1m 38.99s
Breeder: Azienda Agricola Francesca Breeding: Fairy King - Gift Of The Night (Slewpy)
Totes Win: £2.50 Places: £1.20; £1.50 Exacta: £26.00

Winning trainer:-Name: Cumani, Luca Matteo Date of birth: 7/4/49; Date of first licence: 1976; Previous Occupation: Jockey in Italy, France and Britain with 84 winners assistant to Sergio Cumani and Henry Cecil; Classic wins: (3) Vodafone Derby (1988 Kahyasi, 1998 High-Rise), St Leger (1984 Commanche Run) Other major wins include: Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), St James’s Palace Stakes (1985 Bairn, 1987 Half a Year), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 2003 Falbrav), Yorkshire Oaks (1993 & 1994 Only Royale), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1993 Barathea), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1990 Ensconse, 2002 Gossamer), Irish Derby (1988 Kahyasi), Italian Oaks (1998 Zomaradah), Juddmonte International Stakes (1998 One So Wonderful), Gran Premio di Milano (2000 Endless Hall), Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2001 Gossamer), Lonsdale Stakes (2002 Boreas), Eclipse Stakes (2003 Falbrav)
Wins in a season (1984-2002):50:60:67:83:73:88:109:72:54:39:47:39:62:66:54:34:29:25:24
Wins this Year: 49

Winning jockey:-Name: Holland, Darryll Paul. Date of birth: 14/6/72 Apprenticeship: With Barry Hills. First winner: Sinclair Boy (Warwick 7/5/90) Major wins include: Coral-Eclipse (1999 Compton Admiral, 2003 Falbrav), Yorkshire Oaks (1997 My Emma), Rockfel Stakes (1992 Yawl), Select Stakes (1992 Knifebox), Cheshire Oaks (1998 High And Low, 2001 Rockerlong), Goodwood Cup (1998 Double Trigger), Doncaster Cup (1998 Double Trigger), Gordon Richards Stakes (2001 Island House), Ormonde Stakes (2001 St Expedit), Greenham Stakes (2002 Redback), Italian 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), German 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), Victor Chandler Lupe Stakes (2002 Mellow Park), Darley July Cup (2002 Continent), September Stakes (2002 Asian Heights), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2003 Falbrav) Wins(1990-2002):30,79,68,68,55,71,30,104,128,74,78,105,113 Wins This Year: 142


Listed Handicap, Class A £32,000 guaranteed. One mile. For 3yo+ fillies & mares rated 0-110. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb, minimum weight 8st 7lb; 3yo 8st 3lb. Penalties: after September 20, 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 TADRIS (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 3-8-05 Richard Hills [13] 10-1
2 CONVENT GIRL (Axminster Carpets Ltd) Nerys Dutfield 3-8-10 Robert Havlin [14] 13-2
3 PENNY CROSS (Mrs & Mrs Gary Middlebrook) Mark Johnston 3-8-03 Martin Dwyer [15] 14-1
4 ICE PALACE (Cheveley Park Stud) James Fanshawe 3-8-09 Jamie Spencer [9]
5 SUNDARI (Lady Bamford) John Gosden 4-9-02 Frankie Dettori [2]
6 LONDONNETDOTCOM (Derek & Jean Clee) Mick Channon 3-8-12 Ted Durcan [8]
7 DEVANT (The Devant Partnership) Michael Jarvis 3-8-04 Philip Robinson [3]
8 ENCHANTED (Norcroft Park Stud) George Margarson 4-8-07 Adrian McCarthy [4]
9 DICHARACHERA (Zubieta Ltd) Henry Cecil 3-8-03 Willie Ryan [6]
10 GRETA D'ARGENT (Daniel Couper) Mark Johnston 3-8-10 Darryll Holland [12]
11 WALDMARK (Newsells Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-07 Kieren Fallon [5]
12 AILINCALA (Peter Botham) Chris Wall 5-8-07 Richard Mullen [7]
13 MARINAS CHARM (Greenland Park Ltd) Mark Johnston 3-8-03 Joe Fanning [11]
14 PERSIAN PEARL (The Knedow Partnership) Hugh Collingridge 4-8-07 Joanna Badger [10]

14 ran Non-runner: No 7 Blaise Castle (ground)

Distances: 0.75, 0.5, 2.5, 0.5, sh, 1.75, nk, 2.5, sh, hd, 1.75, 2.5, 5 Time: 1m 39.82s
Breeder: Shadwell Farm LLC Breeding: Red Ransom - Manwah (Lyphard)
Totes Win: £13.00 Places: £3.50; £1.80; £3.30 Exacta: £79.00

Winning trainer:-Name: Tregoning, Marcus Philip Born: July 31, 1959 Riding Career: Point-to-Points Date of First Trainer’s Licence: 1997. Previously assistant-trainer to Major Dick Hern for 14 years. Winners 1997-2002: 0; 13; 26; 21; 53; 32 Big Race Wins: Princess Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Sheppard’s Watch), Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), Champagne Lanson Vintage Stakes (1999 Ekraar), Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2001 Nayef), Dubai Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Dubai Sheema Classic (2002 Nayef), Newmarket Stakes (2002 Highdown), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (2002 Highdown), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), Royal Lodge Stakes (2003 Snow Ridge) Horses in Training 2001-03: 88; 113; 122 Wins This Year: 40 (2nd success of 2003 Festival Of Racing)
Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Richard John. Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 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 (1990-2002):56, 67,52,57,59,70,71,85,83,77,81,79,81 Wins this season: 61


Handicap Class C £16,000 added. Two miles. For 3yo+ rated 0-95. Penalties: after September 20, a winner 4lb. Penalty values: 1st: £11,310; 2nd: £3,480; 3rd: £1,740; 4th: £870

1 MERSEY SOUND (Terry Neill, Alf Heaney, Alec Tuckerman) Sylvester Kirk 5-8-03 John Egan [18] 12-1
2 MISTERNANDO (John Duggan) Mick Channon 3-8-10 Sam Hitchcott (3) [5] 4-1jt-fav
3 SIMON'S SEAT (Lady Celina Carter) James Toller 4-8-04 Eddie Ahern [12] 33-1
4 ARCHDUKE FERDINAND (Chris Wright & Catherine Corbett) Paul Cole 4-1jt-fav
5 STAR MEMBER (Jarvis Associates) Alan Jarvis 4-9-03 Darryll Holland [8]
6 KING FLYER (J Jenkins) Julie Feilden 7-8-10 Amir Quinn (5) [9]
7 MOSTARSIL (G Jackman) Gary Moore 5-8-10 Ryan Moore [14]
8 KING EIDER (Sir Thomas Pilkington) John Dunlop 4-9-09 Seb Sanders [10]
9 ACADEMY (Mrs M Taylor) Andrew Turnell 8-7-12 Adrian McCarthy [11]
10 TYPHOON TILLY (Evelyn Hankinson) Charles Egerton 6-8-13 Richard Hughes [1]
11 BOBSLEIGH (A Ogilvy & Mrs F Ogilvy) Amanda Perrett 4-9-03 Dane O'Neill [16]
12 FOURTH DIMENSION (M Whelton) Alec Stewart 4-9-11 Kieren Fallon [7]
12 ESTABLISHMENT (Annie Cyzer) Charles Cyzer 6-8-12 Frankie Dettori [2]
13 THEWHIRLINGDERVISH (Major Ivan Straker) Tim Easterby 5-9-03 Ted Durcan [19]
14 DUBAI SEVEN STARS (Alison Farrant) Martin Pipe 5-8-10 Martin Dwyer [17]
15 JADEERON (K & D Racing/Denise McHale) Denise McHale 4-7-12 Joanna Badger [3]

15 ran Non-runner: No 4 Theatre (ground), No 8 Almutasader (vet’s certificate), No 12 Establishment (ground) and No 15 The Persuader (ground
Distances: 0.75, 0.75, 0.75, 1, 1, nk, 0.5, hd, 0.5, 0.5, 5, 1.25, 0.75, 4 Time: 3m 36.92s
Breeder: Airlie Stud Breeding: Ela-Mana-Mou - Coral Sound (Glow)
Totes Win: £17.60 Places: £4.00; £2.20; £7.70 Exacta: £89.40

Winning trainer:-Name: Sylvester Kirk Background: Former assistant to East Everleigh-based trainer Richard Hannon Wins In 2002: 23 Horses in training (2003): 40 Wins This Year: 25

Winning jockey: John Egan Date Of birth: 24/5/68 Date & Place of first winner: Celtic Match, Mallow, August 1984 Big Race Wins Include: Ayr Gold Cup (1998 Always Alight), Tote International (2002 Crystal Castle) Wins (1995-2002): 9,36,63,46,70,43,27,31 Wins This Year: 52


Trainer 1sts 2nds 3rds
Neville Callaghan 2 - -
Marcus Tregoning 2 - -
Richard Hannon 1 1 1
Mick Channon 1 1 -
Sir Michael Stoute 1 1 -
Sylvester Kirk 1 - 1
Gerald Cottrell 1 - -
Luca Cumani 1 - -
John Gosden 1 - -
Michael Grassick IRE 1 - -
Chris Wall 1 - -
Andrew Balding - 1 1
David Loder - 1 1
Amanda Perrett - 1 1
John Akehurst - 1 -
Henry Cecil - 1 -
John Dunlop - 1 -
Nerys Dutfield - 1 -
Terry Mills - 1 -
Aidan O’Brien IRE - 1 -
Venetia Williams - 1 -
Simon Dow - - 1
James Given - - 1
Michael Jarvis - - 1
Mark Johnston - - 1
Nick Littmoden - - 1
Tony Newcombe - - 1
Jeremy Noseda - - 1
James Toller - - 1


Jockey 1sts 2nds 3rds
Frankie Dettori 2 1 -
Kieren Fallon 2 1 -
Ryan Moore 2 - -
Martin Dwyer 1 1 2
Richard Hills 1 1 -
Mr Simon Callaghan 1 - -
John Egan 1 - -
Darryll Holland 1 - -
Niall McCullagh 1 - -
Richard Mullen 1 - -
Richard Hughes - 2 1
Robert Havlin - 1 -
Sam Hitchcott - 1 -
Mick Kinane - 1 -
Robert Miles - 1 -
Willie Ryan - 1 -
Richard Smith - 1 -
Mr Samuel Thomas - 1 -
Eddie Ahern - - 2
Dane O’Neill - - 2
Pat Eddery - - 1
Mr Daniel Hutchison - - 1
Ian Mongan - - 1
Philip Robinson - - 1
J D Smith - - 1
Jamie Spencer - - 1



4.20pm £300,000 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by NetJets), (Group One), 1m

Going - good to firm, firm in places

BP= best odds offered by Coral Eurobet, Blue Square, Ladbrokes, Tote, Stanley, Bet 365 and William Hill

1(7) -35600 Blatant (D) Saeed Bin Suroor 4-9-01V Richard Hills
Pacemaker for Dubai Destination
BP=300/1 William Hill

2(1) 0-1100 Dandoun NON RUNNER

3(8) /2-115 Dubai Destination (USA) (CD) (BF) Saeed Bin Suroor 4-9-01 Frankie Dettori
Like many Godolphin horses, he suffered a mid-season dip after being spectacularly successful in his first two runs of the year, notably the Group One Queen Anne Stakes, having been out from injury for a year.

BP=5/2 Coral Eurobet, Blue Square & Bet365

4(4) 151512 Falbrav (IRE) Luca Cumani 5-9-01 Darryll Holland
He has won three Group One races over 10 furlongs this year, France’s Prix d’Ispahan, the Coral Eclipse and the Juddmonte International. Suffered trouble in running when second to High Chaparral in the Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes and drops back to this trip
for the first time since his two-year-old days.

BP=2/1 Coral Eurobet, Ladbrokes, Stanleybet & William Hill

5(12) 01-610 Nayyir NON RUNNER

6(6) 162103 Tillerman (CD) Amanda Perrett 7-9-01 Richard Hughes
Has raced relatively well this season but is held on most form, notably when four lengths behind Dubai Destination in the Queen Anne.

BP=33/1 Tote

7(3) 1-2446 Where Or When (IRE) (CD) Terry Mills 4-9-01 Kevin Darley
Won this race last year and is not out of the running this year. He has not been right for much of the season, with his stable suffering the virus and other ailments but he showed last time, when coming from an impossible position, to be sixth in the Group One Netjets Prix du Moulin de Longchamp that he might be on the way back.

BP=14/1 generally except Ladbrokes & Tote

8(11) 3121 Ikhtyar (IRE) NON RUNNER

9(14) 1232 Middlemarch (IRE) (D) (BF) Aidan O'Brien(IRE) 3-8-11 V John Egan
Progressive sort but this is asking a lot.

BP=125/1 Tote

10(2) -34036 Norse Dancer (IRE) © David Elsworth 3-8-11 Martin Dwyer
Has run in most of the top races but is a hit and miss performer and has had a hard season.

BP=40/1 generally except Coral Eurobet & Tote

11(10) 11-020 Statue Of Liberty (USA) © Aidan O'Brien(IRE) 3-8-11 Michael Kinane
Has yet to show he belongs in this class.

BP=22/1 Tote

12(5) 21-430 Tout Seul (IRE) © Fulke Johnson Houghton 3-8-11 Steve Carson
Fourth and third in the British and Irish Guineas, he disappointed in the St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot back in June. Potential but.

BP=33/1 generally except Coral Eurobet & Bet365

13(9) 12-111 Russian Rhythm (USA) (CD) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-08 Kieren Fallon
One of the best fillies we have seen for a number of years but this task is altogether more difficult than any she has faced before. This year she has won the 1,000 Guineas, the Coronation Stakes and the Vodafone Nassau Stakes.
BP=100/30 Tote

14(13) 11-424 Soviet Song (IRE) (CD) James Fanshawe 3-8-08 Jamie Spencer
Another smart filly who has run well in the highest company without winning this season. Held by Russian Rhythm, there is no obvious reason why she should turn the tables.

BP= 8/1 generally except Blue Square & William Hill.

WHERE OR WHEN is the best value each-way in a gamble that he may return to his best.


Last night, Gerard Butler was quoted on Teletext saying that the ground at Ascot was not up to the standard expected for a Group One race and “unsafe.”

Regarding these comments as potentially very damaging, the racecourse management contacted Gerard to ask for a clarification of his comments.

“What I meant to imply was that it might be unsuitable for Nayyir,” he explained.

“I have a lot of sympathy with Nick Cheyne, he could only go with the weather forecast and the weather forecast predicted rain.”

Nick Cheyne, Clerk of the Course at Ascot, said: “I can quite understand Gerard’s position as the forecast rain did not appear in anywhere near the volume that we had been predicted – we had just 2mm last night.

“We watered on Monday and with further rain predicted for Thursday and Friday, I can only reiterate that I could not ignore the forecast and water later in the week regardless. Similarly, watering overnight when you’re racing the next day runs the risk of producing a greasy surface.

“I’m glad Gerard has qualified his comments as the accusation that the ground is unsafe in plainly untrue. It’s safe good to firm ground, firm in some places, which is a reflection of the natural weather conditions we’ve had this summer and autumn to date.

“Today’s ground won’t suit everyone, just as it hasn’t in the past when this meeting has been run on very heavy ground.”

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