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Sunday, September 28, 2003



Trainer 1sts 2nds 3rds
Marcus Tregoning 3 - -
Sir Michael Stoute 2 1 -
Neville Callaghan 2 - -
Gerard Butler 1 2 -
Richard Hannon 1 1 2
Sylvester Kirk 1 1 1
Mick Channon 1 1 -
Luca Cumani 1 - 1
James Toller 1 - 1
Michael Bell 1 - -
Gerald Cottrell 1 - -
John Gosden 1 - -
Michael Grassick IRE 1 - -
Hughie Morrison 1 - -
Chris Wall 1 - -
Andrew Balding - 1 1
David Elsworth - 1 1
Michael Jarvis - 1 1
David Loder - 1 1
Amanda Perrett - 1 1
John Akehurst - 1 -
Milton Bradley - 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
Peter Harris - - 1
William Jarvis - - 1
Mark Johnston - - 1
Nick Littmoden - - 1
William Muir - - 1
Tony Newcombe - - 1
Jeremy Noseda - - 1


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


Today’s reports have been unstinting in their praise of Falbrav’s display in the Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes yesterday. The Racing Post’s front page calls him “the best -- by a mile;” their Jon Lees refers to Luca Cumani’s description in the paper yesterday morning of Falbrav being ‘the best horse in the world’ as “wonderfully prophetic, and Alastair Down called the horse’s performance “a completely clinical dismantling of the field.

“We know he is martyr-tough,” Down writes with reference to the fact that this was Falbrav’s eighth Group 1 race in the year, “and now he has added the priceless virtue of versatility.”

In the Independent on Sunday, Sue Montgomery’s report is also headed with “the best by a mile,” though here it is extended to say “in the world”. Montgomery writes: “from the moment he emerged from the saddling boxes....he looked nothing but the winner.”

“Falbrav reigns supreme” is the headline above Andrew Longmore’s piece in the Sunday Times, in which the writer quoted Darryll Holland as calling Falbrav “the best I’ve ridden. He not only has a change of gear, he changes gears at the right moment.”

Brough Scott in the Sunday Telegraph agrees with Cumani that Falbrav is “the best horse in the world”, and then goes into eulogistic rapture by saying “this was what three hundred years of selective breeding has been aiming for. A huge, powerful, athletic, dominant male prepared to go out on the track and run his rivals out of it.”

“A real giant” is the headline above Bill Knight’s piece in the Sunday Mirror in which he describes Falbrav as “making mincemeat of some classy opposition, and in the News of the World Colin Cooper refers to a “power-packed win...the globe-trotting superstar destroyed a quality field.”

“Compensation has rarely tasted sweeter,” writes Jonathan Powell in the Mail on Sunday. “The memory of Falbrav’s luckless defeat in Ireland was well and truly buried by his thunderous winning charge....A display of speed and strength that prompted a stampede of popular acclamation.”

In The People Larry Lynx says that Cumani’s ‘best horse in the world’ description “was handsomely vindicated...he well and truly put some of the best milers in Europe in their place.”

“Falbrav seals his champion status” is the headline above Chris Goulding’s Sunday Express report. “He endorsed Luca Cumani’s belief...”


Falbrav is in good order this morning following his brilliant performance in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot reports the Press Association

Luca Cumani's five-year-old recorded his fourth Group One success of the season - and his first at a mile - when beating Russian Rhythm by two lengths under Darryll Holland.

"He is very well. He has come out of the race fine, he has eaten up everything and hasn't turned a hair," said the Newmarket trainer.

A trip to the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on October 25 is one of the options for connections, as is the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket on October 18.

"Nothing is really set in stone yet," Cumani added.

"We want to see how the next few days pan out and see how he takes re-entering training and how he takes the autumn because the temperature is changing now.

"He has had eight races at Group One level this season and we just want to do what is right for the horse."

Cumani has trained some top-class horses over the years, including two Derby winners, but he makes no secret of the regard for which he holds the son of Fairy King.

"He is probably the best horse in the world right now and probably one of the best that has been around in my generation," he said.

He also had a special word of praise for Holland, who has partnered Falbrav to three of his four big-race wins this term, but came in for some criticism after the pair were controversially beaten by High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien's colt kept the race after a stewards' inquiry but an appeal has since been launched by the Falbrav team.

"Darryll rides him supremely well. It was just unfortunate in Ireland, but even then he would have won if he hadn't been impeded," the trainer said.


Connections of Acclamation will decide in the next couple of days whether to have a crack at the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp next Sunday according to the Press Association this morning.

The Gerald Cottrell-trained four-year-old gained a deserved big-race success in the six-furlong the Group Two Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Diadem Stakes at Ascot yesterday and has taken the race well, according to his handler.

"He's fine and we'll just see what he's like tomorrow and Tuesday," he said.

Acclamation was recording his third success of the season yesterday, all over six furlongs.

He has also run with great credit over the l'Abbaye's minimum trip this term, splitting Choisir and Oasis Dream in the King's Stand Stakes, and also finishing third to the latter in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes.

However, the trainer thinks that the extra furlong suits him best

"I think that five furlongs on the level may be a bit quick for him," he said. "I may be wrong and the owners want to go - he's not slow and he did all right in the King's Stand but I would prefer an uphill five furlongs.

"We'll just have to see but he seems all right this morning and he's eaten up everything.

"It was only just outside the track record when he won at Goodwood the other day, so he might just be quick enough. But we'll see how he feels."


Trainer Marcus Tregoning this morning reported that Snow Ridge, who set a new juvenile track record when winning the Group 2 Hackney Empire Royal Lodge Stakes yesterday, has returned home in good form.

The Indian Ridge colt is now unbeaten in two starts and is vying for favouritism for next year’s Vodafone Derby, having been backed into 14/1 from 16/1 with Victor Chandler this morning, and his trainer said that no decision had been taken on whether he would run again this year.

“He came out of the race having only lost 5lb, looks a picture and is perfectly sound,” said Tregoning, speaking on attheraces.

“We need about ten days to see how he is and see how he’s moving before deciding whether he’ll run again this season. The obvious race for him would be the Racing Post Trophy if he were to run again but if the ground had gone and it was on the easy side by then, which it might will be, then I think I’d be giving it a miss.

“What I don’t want to do is get to the bottom of him in October, it takes quite a long time to get them back.

“He’s by Indian Ridge but he looked like he wanted all of a mile yesterday and the dam is by Ela-Mana-Mou so there’s plenty of stamina there. He found electric speed yesterday and I’ve always been quite careful not to ask too big a question of him at home. He’ll definitely improve.”

The lack of recent rain has resulted in fast ground at Ascot and Tregoning was keen to defend the racecourse from any criticism.

“Ascot were getting a lot of stick for the ground but quite honestly what could they do?,” added the trainer. “It’s been such a dry spell and there’s rain forecast so I think they’ve done the best job they possibly could under the circumstances.”


An hour before the official first race, there was an NSPCC Charity Race over a mile for riders who had collected at least £2,500 in sponsorship money to take part.

The result was never in any great doubt with the useful hurdler Volano, trained by Nicky Henderson, in front for virtually all the race under Sam-Waley Cohen, who is in his third year at Edinburgh University.

“He’s quite a good hurdler and we thought it would do him good to come and have a spin here,” said Henderson. “As with all of them we need a bit of rain to get some work into him.”

The Paul Webber-trained Gingko finished second under Koo Scott with Gielgud, from the same stable, coming third partnered by Candida Baker while in fourth was Ascot’s financial controller Chris Ferguson, on board the Fulke Johnson Houghton-trained Reminiscent.

Christine Sharp, Ascot’s hospitality manager for the last eight years, beat only one home aboard Arius.


The combination of Sunday, when the offices are always quiet, and the high number of withdrawals, has resulted in pretty limited activity on the betting front before racing, but one horse who has very much caught the public fancy is Krugerrand in the final of the Mail on Sunday/Tote Mile Handicap (3.45).

He has been backed from 20-1 to 11-2 with Victor Chandler, though there will be a 25p in the Ù deduction under Rule 4 if he wins, from 14-1 to 8-1 with Coral and to the same price from 16-1 with William Hill.

The Seabiscuit St Leger runner-up High Accolade has been cut by Chandlers from 15-1 to 6-4 for the opening Tommy’s (The Baby Charity) Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2.0).

In the Seabiscuit Handicap (4.20) the Tote and Coral have both had enough support for Scotts View to bring him in from 10-1 to 8-1, and Chandlers have tightened up Wunderwood from 12-1 to 8-1.


Following a dry night the going for the third day of the Ascot Festival is


to which it was changed after racing yesterday.

“The forecast is for a largely dry day with the possibility of a shower,” said clerk of the course Nick Cheyne. “I understand that some forecasters have spoken of heavy showers in the South East; I don’t know if Ascot comes into their idea of the South East, but it would be just what we don’t want if there was to be heavy rain this afternoon.”

Reflecting on his decision not to water the course earlier in the week, Cheyne again explained that he had been in the hands of the forecasters.

“All the way through the week we were being told that there was going to be rain later in the week, and obviously we could not water if that was going to be the case.

“On Thursday morning they were still forecasting heavy rain on Friday, and it wasn’t really until they re-vamped their forecast on Thursday evening that it looked like we weren’t going to get any rain, and I think that a lot of the horses were declared in the hope that there would be some.

“If the forecast had changed on Wednesday rather than on Thursday evening we would have had the opportunity to water, but even on Thursday morning they were still saying that there would be rain on Friday and that it would hang around for most of the day.

“We had had some rain on Monday and watered part of the course on Monday, and were very happy with the state of the course at the stage, but I am afraid that we have just been caught out by the forecasters.”

To the suggestion that the track could still have been watered on Friday evening, Cheyne replied: “on Friday evening, there was still the forecast of rain coming in, and though we had only two millimetres on Friday night, and yet, not very far away, Highbury had huge amounts of rain and there was always that concern that if we had watered and the rain had also come we could have made the ground very patchy, and I felt it was better to leave it consistent so that everybody knew what it was like.”



Marcus Tregoning, who had two winners at Ascot and three in all yesterday, added further to his laurels when the St Leger runner-up High Accolade made all the running to take the Tommy’s (The Baby Charity) Cumberland Lodge Stakes by three lengths from Compton Bolter.

“He has never made the running before but there was going to be no pace and as I did not want it to turn into a sprint the obvious thing was to make it,” said Martin Dwyer.

“I was able to fiddle about with the pace and he really enjoyed himself. I would say that was as good a show as he has ever put up.”

Tregoning called it “a lovely ride” from Dwyer, and indicated that High Accolade would now retire for the season.

“The idea would to bring him back here for the Hardwicke, with maybe one race before that, and then we would have a fresh horse for the rest of the season,” he said.

“You can see from looking at him that he still has some growing and filling out to do, and now that he has got his confidence in full I am sure we shall not bother with the blinkers or visor any more. They didn’t really help him.

“He loves the top of the ground and I think he is the horse with which to mark your card for the Royal meeting next year.”

It is quite a thought in view of what High Accolade has achieved this season that he was beaten in a nursery on this card 12 months ago, a result which was followed by him being switched from Richard Hannon to Marcus Tregoning.

The winning trainer added that yesterday’s Royal Lodge hero Snow Ridge would run in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster next month if he comes out again this season, but only if the ground is good to soft or better. “I don’t want to bottom him in very heavy ground,” he said.

He added that Snow Ridge will be entered for the Guineas, but gave the impression that he regarded him as more of a Derby horse and that one of the trials could be a starting off point for next year.



Compton Bolter ran a solid race to finish three-lengths second to High Accolade in the Group 3 Tommy’s (The Baby Charity) Cumberland Lodge Stakes and the runner-up could now head for the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine next month

“He did very well and ran his race,” said Compton Bolter’s trainer Gerard Butler. “The winner is obviously a very smart three-year-old, as he has been all year, and I think might have enjoyed being out in front.

“We had been talking about the Canadian International for our horse but I’m not sure whether he might just fall a bit short of that standard. But the race he is being aimed at is the Churchill Stakes at Lingfield on November 22.”



Essex-based owners Derek and Olive Higgins were given a much-needed boost after their first horse, Olihider, came with a flying finish under Richie Mullen to land the Southern Electric Nursery.

“Derek Higgins bought this horse as a Golden Wedding anniversary present for his wife but they were unfortunately burgled and beaten up the other day at their home in Chigwell which is why Olive has a black eye,” said the winning trainer Michael Bell.

“The horse only came to me three weeks ago (from James Nicol) and had been working alright.”



Baltic King, who has been knocking at the door of major sprint handicaps through the season, finally got his desserts with a convincing two and a half lengths defeat of Salviati in the Riggs Bank Rated Stakes.

“He really deserved that,” said his trainer Hughie Morrison. “He has been so unlucky in so many of those big races, here and at York and Doncaster, and I would really think that he is up to having a crack in Listed class now.

“He is a lovely horse to train, so relaxed and easy. You would never think that he was a sprinter to watch him. He is a real pleasure to have in the yard.”

Baltic King has been entered for the horses in training sale but is by no means bound to go there, as James Stafford, manager for syndicate owners Thurloe Thoroughbreds V111 explained.

“All the partnerships have a two year duration, but if Hughie thinks that he will go on to better things next year and the partners agree, then we shall keep him. On the other hand, if someone comes up with a very big offer, the partners may decide to accept that.

“He was rated 98 before this and I am sure he will go up above 100 now, so I am sure we shall want to try and win a Listed race with him.”

Stafford added that a number of Baltic King’s owners also have shares in Volano, who won the charity race earlier in the day, and in Shabernak, who has been withdrawn from today’s last race because of the firm ground.

“Shabernak will now go for the (Tote) Cesarewitch after all, and Volano will be back over hurdles if we ever get some rain,” Stafford added.

Milton Bradley, trainer of second-placed Salviati, said: “Although he likes the ground fast, he would probably have preferred a little more give - there was a bit of juice in the ground when he won the Hong Kong Trophy here - and Darryll (Holland) said it was just fast enough today. I should think he’ll have another run or two this year unless it gets very soft, but that looks unlikely.”

Richard Hughes, who rode the winner, was earlier suspended for one day (October 7) for careless riding on Bentley’s Ball in the previous race.



Star apprentice Lisa Jones landed the biggest prize of her career when taking the final of the Mail On Sunday/Tote Mile Series aboard the James Toller-trained Pagan Prince.

“He’s such a game horse,” said Jones. “I was sitting with a double handful but had nowhere to go early on. The other horse came upsides but mine wanted to take him on and just wouldn’t let him past.

“I need one more win for my claim to go down to 3lb and this is the biggest win of my career but I just take every day at a time at the moment.”

The valuable success gave Toller a 12th domestic win of the season and the Newmarket trainer added: “The horse has got to be held up and I’d rather be disappointed and not get a run by holding him up than by getting there too soon.

“He got badly struck into at Goodwood and took a while to get over that so his campaign had really been made by circumstances. But it’s nice to get a chance for a big prize with a horse like him. He’s in the sales, but I’ll talk to his owners about what they want to - he’ll probably have a bigger reserve than he would have before today.

“Lisa has done very well this year and she has ridden five winners for us. I’ve had 12 successes in Britain and one in Ireland plus lots of placed horses so it’s feels like we’ve had a reasonable season.”



“He has run very well, but I think the winner had a bit in hand, and the girl who rode him (Lisa Jones) is very good,” said David Elsworth after his Finished Article had been just touched off by Pagan Prince in the final of the Mail on Sunday/Tote Mile series.

“He is in the (Tote) Cambridgeshire and he could run, but I don’t think he will get in the race; in any case I have a certainty for the race in Pawn Broker,” said the trainer.

“Finished Article is what he is, a decent handicapper and a fun horse. He is a half brother to Definite Article and I used to train their dam, Summer Fashion, who won several races.

Elsworth had news of his plans for the second leg of the Autumn Double, the Tote Cesarewitch, saying that his Tote Ebor winner Saint Alebe will not run in the Newmarket marathon and will not be out again this season.

“I don’t think it would be right for the horse to run again this year,” he said, adding that his Cesarewitch team could consist of Romany Prince, Gulf and First Ballot, with First Ballot due to run over a mile and a half at Newmarket later this week.

Luca Cumani said that third-placed Ettrick Water would not run in the Cambridgeshire. “It would come too soon for him and might be a bit far for him. In any case he is a top of the ground horse, like a lot of mine, and we are forecast to get some serious rain in the middle of the week.”


Richard Mullen was suspended for two days (October 7 and 8) for careless riding on Kruggerand in the Mail on Sunday/Tote Mile Handicap. He was found guilty of causing interference to the unplaced Prince Hector.



Jagger, who has been improving by leaps and bounds in recent weeks, found the drop back to a mile and a half from two furlongs longer no problem as he caught the front-running Hambleden near the line to win the Seabiscuit Handicap.

“He is improving all the time and I thought Eddie (Ahern) gave him a lovely ride,” said his trainer Gerard Butler. “Eddie said that he just gave him one flick with his whip, and then he just stretched out like a cat and really went for the line.

“I don’t know if he is named after the singer, but if he is maybe he will still be going when he is much older and still getting plenty of money and plenty of girls.”

Butler has made some critical comments about the lack of watering at Ascot this weekend, but had no more observations on that point.

“I was a bit worried about it for this horse, but as it was always going to be his last race of the season we decided to take the chance. I think we have got away with it.

“I think he will become a really good staying horse next year, and the big aim for him will be the Northumberland Plate,” the trainer added.

THE BET attheraces 0800 083 83 83 STAKES (LISTED)


There was an appropriate winner of the concluding Listed Bet Attheraces 0800 083 83 83 Stakes when Supremacy, carrying the colours of the Royal Ascot Racing Club, justified even-money favouritism.

“This was a good opportunity for him,” said the club’s racing manager Harry Herbert. “It’s very good to win when the horse has really disappointed twice, even though there were legitimate excuses at Newcastle and York.

“The plan is for the club to keep him and we hope he develops into a Cup horse next season, with a bit of luck he might even be good enough to go for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, if he keeps on improving he may even be a Melbourne Cup horse for next year.

“We have six horses, five of them on the Flat and we intend to buy four yearlings at the sales.”

Rider Horse Fences Down
Heat 1
1. Robert Smith Kalusha -
2. Duncan Inglis Lavaletto 1
3. Peter Charles Mulligan 2
4. Chloe Bunn Buddy Bunn 2
Heat 2
1. Nick Skelton Pandur -
2. Geoff Billington Timbuctoo -
3. John Whitaker Petite Jolie 1
4. Damien Charles Racal B 3
Heat 3
1. Mark Armstrong Rex -
2. Keith Shore Pakko -
3. James Fisher Socks 1
4. Di Lampard Leo Z 2
Heat 4
1. Tim Stockdale Fresh Direct Landed Gentry -
2. Scott Smith Landwind 19 -
3. Michael Whitaker Haddon House Carlson 1
4. Richard Davenport Hors Bors Des Isles 3

Semi-Final 1
1. Mark Armstrong Rex 1
2. Geoff Billington Timbuctoo 1
3. Robert Smith Kalusha 1
4. Scott Smith Landwind 19 2

Semi-Final 2
1. Duncan Inglis Lavaletto -
2. Nick Skelton Pandur -
3. Tim Stockdale Fresh Direct Landed Gentry -
4. Keith Shore Pakko 1



Rider Horse Fences Down


1. Nick Skelton Pandur -
2. Duncan Inglis Lavaletto 3
3. Mark Armstrong Rex 3
4. Geoff Billington Timbuctoo 3


Group Three, Class A, £50,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f, three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 8st 6lb; 3yo fillies 8st 3lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings: 9st; 4yo+ fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: in 2003, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb, of a Group 2 race 5lb, of a Group 1 race 7lb. Penalty values: 1st: £29,000; 2nd: £11,000; 3rd: £5,500; 4th: £2,500; 5th: £1,250; 6th: £750

1 HIGH ACCOLADE (Lady Tennant) Marcus Tregoning 3-8-11 Martin Dwyer [3] 9-4fav
2 COMPTON BOLTER (Erik Penser) Gerard Butler 6-9-00 Eddie Ahern [5] 4-1
3 INDIAN CREEK (Seymour Cohn) David Elsworth 5-9-05 Dane O'Neill [6] 11-4
4 MARTALINE (Khalid Abdulla) Andre Fabre FR 4-9-05 Richard Hughes [1]
5 NADOUR AL BAHR (Terry Mills) Terry Mills 8-9-00 Robert Miles [2]

5 ran Non-runners: No 3 Nysaean; No 5 Gamut and No 7 The Whistling Teal (all ground)
Breeder: Deerfield Farm Breeding: Mark Of Esteem - Generous Lady (Generous)
Distances: 3, hd, 2.5, 2 Time: 2m 35.59s
Totes: Win: £2.50 Places: £1.50, £1.80 Exacta: £8.40

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: 42 (3rd success of 2003 Festival Of Racing)

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 76 (2nd success of 2003 Festival Of Racing)


Class B, 7f, £17,500 added, two-year-olds. Penalties: 5lb for a winner after September 20. Penalty values: 1st: £11,107; 2nd: £4,213; 3rd: £2,106.50; 4th: £957.50; 5th: £478.75; 6th: £287.25

1 OLIHIDER (Olive Higgins) Michael Bell 2-8-05 Richard Mullen [2] 12-1
2 ZWEIBRUCKEN (Eddie Tynan) Sylvester Kirk 2-8-08 Darryll Holland [10] 10-1
3 BENTLEY'S BALL (On Trak Partnership) Richard Hannon 2-9-02 Richard Hughes [12] 7-1
4 FINE SILVER (Siv Corporation) Paul Cole 2-8-06 Robert Miles (5) [11]
5 MONTE BIANCO (L Marinopoulos) Luca Cumani 2-8-07 Shane Kelly [14]
6 GO BANANAS (First National Telecom) Brian Meehan 2-9-01 Kieren Fallon [7]
7 PIVOTAL GUEST (John Guest) Mick Channon 2-9-05 Ted Durcan [9]
8 HATCH (Bjorn Nielsen) Roger Charlton 2-8-07 Steve Drowne [8] 100-30fav
9 KIRKSTONE (Mr & Mrs Gary Middlebrook) Mark Johnston 2-8-07 Joe Fanning [3]
10 BALEARIC STAR (G Dormer) Rod Millman 2-8-06 Martin Dwyer [1]

10 ran Non-runners: No 1 Mandobi, No 6 The Violin Player and No 14 Sanbonah (all ground)
Withdrawn Not Under Starter’s Orders: No 13 Eezaa Geezer
Breeder: Mt Brilliant Farm LLC Breeding: Woodman - Ingot’s Dance Away (Gate Dancer)
Distances: nk, 1.5, sh, 0.75, 0.75, nk, nk, 3.5, nk Time: 1m 29.46s
Totes: Win: £17.90 Places: £4.40, £2.10, £2.60 Exacta: £204.30

Winning trainer:-Name: Bell, Michael Leopold Wentworth Date of birth: 10/10/60 Date of first licence:1989 Previous Occupation: Assistant for three years with Mercy Rimell, three years with Paul Cole and a period with Comte Roland de Chambure in France. Number of wins in a season (1989-2002): 18:21:43:39:42:55:42:46:34: 41:70:52:45:52 Horses in training (1989-2003):30:47:53:65:75:79:90:88:81:77:81:95:97:94 :89 Major wins include: Italian Oaks (2001 Zanzibar), Prix Morny (1994 Hoh Magic), Molecomb Stakes (1994 Hoh Magic), Mill Reef Stakes (1994 Princely Hush), St Simon Stakes (1994 Persian Brave), Fred Darling Stakes (1989 Pass The Peace), Nell Gwyn Stakes (1992 A-To-Z), July Stakes (2003 Nevisian Lad) Trains at Fitzroy House, Newmarket, Suffolk Wins This Year: 34
Winning Jockey: Mullen, Richard Peter Riding Weight:7-07 First Winner: Burnt Sienna, Windsor, 1995 Wins 2000-02: 47; 32; 21 Wins This Year: 33 (2nd success of 2003 Festival Of Racing)


Class B, Handicap, 5f, £20,000 added, three-year-olds and upwards rated 0-105. Highest weight 9st 7lb; minimum weight: 4yo and up: 8st 7lb; 3yo 8st 6lb. Penalties: a winner after September 20, 3lb. Penalty values: 1st: £12,835.40; 2nd: £4,868.60; 3rd: £2,434.30; 4th: £1,106.50; 5th: £553.25; 6th: £331.95

1 BALTIC KING (Thurloe Thoroughbreds VIII) Hughie Morrison 3-9-04 Richard Hughes [8] 6-1
2 SALVIATI (Milton Bradley) Milton Bradley 6-8-11 Darryll Holland [21] 15-2
3 TEXAS GOLD (C Edginton) William Muir 5-8-08 Richard Mullen [10] 20-1
4 SPEED COP (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 3-9-03 Martin Dwyer [18] 10-1
5 LITTLE EDWARD (James Mursell) Brendan Powell 5-9-03 Liam Keniry (3) [20] 4-1fav
6 MY AMERICAN BEAUTY (Valerie Gorvin) Tim Easterby 5-8-07 Joe Fanning [3]
7 STRATHCLYDE (Pennywise Racing Ltd) John Cullinan 4-8-02Nicky Mackay (5) [2]
8 COLONEL COTTON (Jeremy Gompertz) Neville Callaghan 4-8-05 Hayley Turner (5) [4]
9 PALAWAN (M Evans) Andrew Balding 7-8-02 Neil Chalmers (5) [16]
10 CONNECT (Mrs P Bowring) Mark Tompkins 6-8-08 Richard Hills [11]
11 HIDDEN DRAGON (Jane, Victoria, Aimee & Thelma Whiting) Paul Blockley 4-9-01 David Nolan (5) [7]
12 CORRIDOR CREEPER (G & L Johnson) Milton Bradley 6-9-00 Paul Fitzsimons [5]
13 BOLEYN CASTLE (Mark Shipman) Terry Mills 6-9-02 Robert Miles (5) [9]
14 TALBOT AVENUE (Mrs C Wilson) Michael Mullineaux 5-8-09 Kieren Fallon [6]
15 BARRANTES (W Sandercock) Sheena West 6-8-02 Lisa Jones (5) [14]
UR start PERUVIAN CHIEF (M C S D Racing Ltd) Nick Littmoden 6-9-03 Eddie Ahern [1]

17 ran Non-runners: No 7 Fromsong; No 8 Rudi’s Pet; No 10 Ok Pal, No 12 Lincoln Dancer and No 14 Matty Tun (all ground)
Breeder: R & Mrs Knipe Breeding: Danetime - Lindfield Belle (Fairy King)
Distances: 2.5, sh, 1.5, 1, hd, nk, 0.75, sh, hd, 1.25, hd, nk, 5, nk Time: 1m 00.49s
Totes: Win: £6.90 Places: £2.00, £2.50, £5.30, £3.10 Exacta: £66.90

Winning Trainer: Hughie Morrison Date of Birth: 7/11/60 Based: East Illsley, Berkshire Date of First Licence: 1997. Had five point-to-point wins and previously assistant to Paul Cole for two years. Major Wins: William Hill National Hunt Chase (2002 Frenchman’s Creek), Ladbroke Hurdle (2001 Marble Arch) Major Flat Wins Include: City & Suburban Handicap (2002 Salim Toto), Vodafone Rated Stakes (2002 Salim Toto), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2003 Waverley) Wins on Flat 2002: 28 Horses in training (2003): 65 Wins This Year: 34

Winning jockey:-Name: Hughes, Richard David. Date of birth: 11/1/73 Apprenticeship: With father, Dessie Hughes, in Ireland. Wins in Britain (1994-2002):19,68,62,33,55,95,102, 90, 126 Major wins include: French 1,000 Guineas (2002 Zenda), French Oaks (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Derby Italiano (1996 Bahamian Knight), King's Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Jersey Stakes (1995 Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince), Yorkshire Cup (1999 Churlish Charm); Duke Of York Stakes (1999 Sampower Star), Gran Premio d’Italia (1995 Posidonas), Cambridgeshire (1995 Cap Juluca), Stewards’ Cup (1995 Shikari’s Son, 1999 Harmonic Way, 2000 Tayseer), Victor Chandler European Free Handicap (2000 Cape Town, Jockey Club Cup (2000 Persian Punch), 2001 Clearing), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2001 King’s Ironbridge), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2000 Umistim, 2001 King’s Ironbridge), Lingfield Derby Trial (2001 Perfect Sunday), Prix D’Isphan (2001 Observatory), Celebration Mile (2002 Tillerman), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream) 1st Group One Success in Britain: July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream) Other details: Retained jockey to Khalid Abdulla Wins This Year: 112

Class B, Straight mile, £50,000 guaranteed, for three-year-olds and upwards which have started in any of the Mail On Sunday/Tote Mile qualifiers during the season or any horses which were eliminated from a qualifier having declared to run at the overnight stage. Penalties, after September 20, a winner 5lb. Penalty values: 1st: £29,000; 2nd: £11,000; 3rd: £5,500; 4th: £2,500; 5th: £1,250; 6th: £750

1 PAGAN PRINCE (The Gap Partnership) James Toller 6-7-08 Lisa Jones (5) [18] 7-1
2 FINISHED ARTICLE (The Caledonian Racing Society) David Elsworth 6-9-09 Dane O'Neill [1] 12-1
3 ETTRICK WATER (Mrs E Vestey) Luca Cumani 4-9-10 Darryll Holland [7] 5-1fav
4 KRUGERRAND (The Square Table II) Willie Musson 4-9-08 Richard Mullen [24]
5 DEFINITE GUEST (George Leatham) Richard Fahey 5-9-07 Paul Hanagan [5]
6 SHIFTY (Wetherby Racing Bureau 39) David Nicholls 4-7-12 John Bramhill [11]
7 PRINCE HECTOR (D Heath) William Haggas 4-9-04 Richard Hills [10]
8 BORDER EDGE (Allsorts) John Bridger 5-9-00 George Baker [23]
9 ADOBE (P Kirk) Mark Brisbourne 8-8-08 Joe Fanning [2]
10 SHEER FOCUS (Whitehills Racing Syndicate) Eric Alston 5-7-09 David Kinsella (3) [22]
11 ALAFZAR (Waterline Racing Club) David Evans 5-8-00 Joanna Badger [9]
12 THESAURUS (Keith Nicholson) Andy Crook 4-8-08 Vince Halliday [21]
13 UNICORN REWARD (Mrs A Kane & Mrs M Crane) Richard Hannon 3-9-04 Richard Hughes [15]
UR CLIMATE (Louis Stalder) Richard Hannon 4-8-08 Pierce Gallagher (7) [12]

14 ran Non-runners: No 1 Diamond Max, No 2 Compton Dragon, No 4 Everest, No 5 Thihn, No 10 Incline, No 11 True Night, No 13 Soller Bay, No 15 J R Stevenson, No 19 Bathwick Bruce & No 20 Phred (all ground)
Breeder: Michael Wates Breeding: Primo Dominie - Mory Kante (Icecapade)
Distances: nk, 4, 0.5, 2.5, 1.25, 0.5, 1.25, nk, 3.5, nk, nk, 9 Time: 1m 41.20s
Totes: Win: £7.50 Places: £2.30, £3.20, £2.30 Exacta: £103.50

Winning trainer:-Name: Toller, James Arthur
Previous occupation: Four years with Luca Cumani, one year with Bernard van Cutsem
Date of first licence: 1979
Trains at Newmarket
Horses in training (1995-2000): 33, 30, 29, 31, 35, 31
Major wins include: July Cup (1997 Compton Place), Royal Lodge Stakes (1997 Teapot Row), Mail On Sunday/Tote Mile Final (2003 Pagan Prince)
Wins in a season (1992-2002): 9,3,9,10,11,14,14,13,19,10,9
Horses in Training 2001-03: 31; 30; 32 Wins This Year: 12

Winning jockey:- Name: Jones, Lisa Age: 20 Apprenticeship: With Willie Musson in Newmarket First Ride: Acebo Lyons (Roger Harrod’s Karpet Kingdom Apprentices’ Handicap, Yarmouth, May 31, 2000) First Winner: Dulzie (St. Zita's Day Apprentice Selling Stakes, Southwell, April 27, 2001) Wins 2001- 2002: 1; 15 Big Race Wins Include: Mail On Sunday/Tote Mile Final (2003 Pagan Prince) Wins This Year: 33


Class B, one mile about four furlongs, £60,000 guaranteed, three-year-olds and upwards. Highest weight not less than 9st 10lb, minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after August 30, a winner 4lb. Penalty values: 1st: £34,800; 2nd: £13,200; 3rd: £6,600; 4th: £3,000; 5th: £1,500; 6th: £900.

1 JAGGER (C McFadden) Gerard Butler 3-8-02 Eddie Ahern [2] 8-1
2 HAMBLEDEN (Stag & Huntsman) Michael Jarvis 6-9-01 Philip Robinson [6] 12-1
3 FLIGHT OF ESTEEM (The Marksmen) Peter Harris 3-7-13 Paul Hanagan [9] 20-1
4 SCOTT'S VIEW (Great Escape Partnership) Mark Johnston 4-9-10 Darryll Holland [8]
5 DISTINCTION (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-07Kieren Fallon [1]
6 WAIT FOR THE WILL (Rdm Racing) Gary Moore 7-8-05 Richard Hughes [5]
7 TRUST RULE (Abdulla Buhaleeba) Barry Hills 3-7-07 Nicky Mackay (5) [7] 2-1fav
8 WUNDERWOOD (Tony Perkins) Lady Herries 4-7-07 Lisa Jones (5) [10]
9 DOUBLE OBSESSION (R Huggins, R Huckerby, Atlantic Racing) Mark Johnston 3-8-05 John Egan [11]
10 MUHAREB (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 4-9-00 Ted Durcan [3]
11 PRINCE NUREYEV (H Gooding) Rod Millman 3-8-07 Steve Drowne [4]

11 ran Non-runners: No 5 Pagan Dance and No 12 Telemachus (both ground)
Breeder: Mrs M Lavell Breeding: Linamix - Sweetness Herself (Unfuwain)
Distances: hd, 1.5, 0.75, nk, nk, sh, 0.5, 2.5, nk, 10 Time: 2m 31.11s
Totes: Win: £8.10 Places: £3.00, £3.80, £4.40 Exacta: £85.50

Winning trainer:-Name: Butler, Gerard Anthony Born: April 26, 1966 Horses in Training 1998 -2003: 18; 33; 62; 82; 94; 86 Previous Experience: Worked for Wayne Lukas and John Dunlop Date of First Licence: January 7, 1998 Trains at: Churn Stables, Blewbury, Oxfordshire Wins (1998-2002): 5:22:28:51:59 Major Wins Include: Craven Stakes (1999 Compton Admiral), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1999 Compton Admiral), Gordon Stakes (1999 Compton Ace), Dee Stakes (2001 Dr Greenfield), Vodafone Diomed Stakes (2002 Nayyir), Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (2002 Elusive City), Lennox Stakes (2002 and 2003 Nayyir), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Tote Cambridgeshire (2002 Beauchamp Pilot) , Challenge Stakes (2002 Nayyir) Wins This Year: 46

Winning jockey:-Name: Ahern, Edward Delacy Weight: 7st 12lb First Winner: Ardlea House (Dundalk 1994) Major Achievements: Champion Apprentice and Derrinstown Stud Champion Apprentice in 1997 Major Races Won: Ascot Stakes (1998 San Sebastian), Vodafone Diomed Stakes (2002 Nayyir), Lennox Stakes (2002 and 2003 Nayyir), Tote Cambridgeshire (2002 Beauchamp Pilot), Challenge Stakes (2002 Nayyir) Wins in Ireland in 2001: 36 Wins in Britain 2000-2002: 2; 3; 83 Wins this year 89


Class A, £32,000 guaranteed, 2m, for three-year-olds and upwards Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 8st 5lb; fillies 8st; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 8st 12lb. Penalties: in 2003, a winner of a Listed race 3lb; of a Group 3 race 5lb; of a Group 1 or 2 race 7lb. Penalty values: 1st: £18,560; 2nd: £7,040; 3rd: £3,520; 4th: £1,600; 5th: £800; 6th: £480

1 SUPREMACY (The Royal Ascot Racing Club) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-03 Kieren Fallon [6] Evs fav
2 MANAMA ROSE (Abdulla Al Khalifa) Gerard Butler 3-8-02 (inc2lbow) Eddie Ahern [1] 8-1
3 FLOWNAWAY (Sales Race 2001 Syndicate) William Jarvis 4-9-03 Martin Dwyer [4]
4 WAVERTREE BOY (Wavertree Racing Club (2002)) David Elsworth 3-8-07 (inc2lbow) Richard Hughes [5]

4 ran Non-runners: No 1 Alcazar; No 2 Olaso and No 4 Shabernak (all ground)
Breeder: New England Stud, R Pilkington & D Kelly Breeding: Vettori - High Tern (High Line)
Distances: 1, nk, 7 Time: 3m 34.87s
Totes: Win: £1.70 Exacta: £5.90

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 year: 105 (2nd success of 2003 Festival Of Racing)

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: 206 3rd success of 2003 Festival Of Racing)


Godolphin’s Sulamani won Saturdays 27th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational to the surprise of no one. In fact, he was the 3-5 post-time favorite of the crowd of 19,034 and he covered the mile and a half turf course in 2m 27.51s.

What may have been surprising, however, was the courage displayed by the 4-year-old Hernando colt. In winning for the seventh time in 11 career starts, he rallied from far back, overcame trouble on the turn - clipping the heels of another runner - and still had enough to steam to a 2 ¾-length victory in the co-feature of Jockey Club Gold Cup Day.

“He ran fabulous and we are very excited with the win,” said Simon Chrisford, racing manager of Godolphin Stable. “He showed great acceleration toward the end of the race, something that he has always shown. We just hope he makes that same move in the Breeders Cup [Turf, October 25th, Santa Anita].

“As for the misstep at the top of the stretch, one of the horses tried to angle out on him. What I was surprised by was how Sulamani just jumped back into the race. He didnt lose concentration and continued to stay focused in the stretch.”

Likewise, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, whose victory in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational one race earlier broke Mike Smiths 1994 record of 20 Grade 1 victories in a single year, was impressed with Sulamani.

“That was a very athletic and courageous performance,” Bailey said. “We had a great trip. [Sabiango] wasnt quite clear, and I caught his heel. Ive never had a horse, especially one like this that is so lanky, get back into a race after something like that happened. In these races, not much separates the horses. You need a good trip.”

Up to that point, Bailey had fashioned a good trip for Sulamani. With Balto Star setting a pace of :25 2/5; :50 1/5 and 1:14 3/5, Bailey kept his mount a stalking fifth and then swung wide for the stretch run. Sulamanis class overcame the trouble and he was a 2 ¾¾-length winner over Deeliteful Irving, who ran as second as Balto Stars entrymate. The pacesetter lasted for third.

“He needed room from the three-eighths pole to the eighth-pole, and we didnt get it,” said Deeliteful Irvings trainer, Michael Dickinson. “When he finally got room, he ran on well. The ground last time was soft, today it was good and her prefers it firm. I was delighted with how he ran today. He is a possibility for the Breeders Cup, I will have to talk to the owners.”

Said Balto Stars trainer Todd Pletcher: “Balto Star ran really well. He dug in and tried hard. It was a very sensible pace. Im very happy with the effort.”

Sabiango, another German import, was fourth, followed by Polish Summer, Slew Valley and Lunar Sovereign


Trainer Neil Howard had hoped that Mineshaft would win Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup if, for no other reason, than to give a special gift to owner William S. Farish.

“This horse means a lot to Lane’s End and to a family who has done so much for me and my family,” Howard said earlier in the week. “It’s an opportunity for me to give back to them. What else am I going to do, give the Farishes a nice lamp?”
This was a much better choice.

Mineshaft, the overwhelming favourite of the crowd of 19,034, uncorked a powerful, yet seemingly effortless run to win the 1 ¼-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup by 4 ¼- lengths over stubborn pacesetter Quest in 2m 00.25s. There was no show wagering; Mineshaft returned $2.80 to win; and there was a minus place pool of $71,334.40.

More importantly, and barring any outlandish circumstance, he established himself as the Horse of the Year for 2003. Even a loss in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on October 25th does not seem to be enough to unseat him from his throne. The Jockey Club Gold Cup was his third straight Grade 1 victory of the year and his seventh in nine overall starts for 2003.

“This has been our target,” said Farish, the United States Ambassador to Great Britain and a member of one of racing’s leading families. “He’s had a hard, hard campaign and we’ll see [about the Breeders’ Cup].

“This is a race I’ve wanted to win all my life; it’s a great, great thrill, as you can imagine. I told Neil over the winter in New Orleans that this is the race I wanted to point for. This has always been a championship race. Of course, the Breeders’ Cup now has come on, but this is a great, great race and really a true test of champions. It’s incredible. I’ve never had a horse jog by the crowd, particularly here in New York, and get an ovation. It’s quite a thrill.

“My first big one was Bee Bee Bee in the (1972) Preakness, and I fell out of the stand on that one. But this is a great race. This has to be right under No. 1. I don’t think this horse has anything more to prove. We’ve laid out our course and invited the other horses in the country to come. In the last few races, they’ve gone the other direction. But we’ve gone exactly where we’ve said we were going seven months ago. I’m not ruling anything out. This was a big day for us. We have to sit down and sort of check it out.”

Meanwhile, the rest of the world can check out Mineshaft’s accomplishments. He easily handled defending Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Volponi in the Grade 1 Suburban Handicap here on July 5. Then, he won the Grade 1 Woodward here on September 6th, covering the nine furlongs in 1:46 1/5 and doing it easily. In fact, his 4 ½-length victory was the fourth fastest Woodward behind Forego in 1976 (1:45 4/5); Dispersal in 1990 (1:45 4/5) and Precisionist in 1986 (1:46).

The Jockey Club Gold Cup was simply more of the same. With jockey Robby Albarado up, Mineshaft targeted Quest, who broke from the rail, and Moon Ballad, who pressed the leader through a quarter of :24 and a half of :47 3/5. As he did in the Woodward, Mineshaft stalked the leaders, came clear under Albarado and then put on the show everyone wanted to see.

“Today and the Woodward were very similar races,” Albarado said. “He’s relaxing a lot kinder than he did in his first few starts this year. I just called on him -- not even very much -- at the three-eighths to the quarter-pole, and he responded very well.

“Neil (Howard) has done a great job with him, getting him to where he is today. I just waived the whip at him once or twice because I wanted to make sure nobody nailed him at the wire. He was still four in front and he was doing it so easy; he was just in second gear there. I felt real comfortable.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity I’ve had so far to ride such a great horse. It would be a big plus if he would run [in the Breeders’ Cup Classic] for racing to see a superstar like Mineshaft. He’s simply unbelievable. Every race, he exceeds my expectations. Every time I ride him, I think that there can’t be any more. And in every race, there is more and more and more. He’s great for racing.”

The scary part is that the best may still be three weeks away.

“To me, he’s been impressive in every race - even when he got beat,” Howard said. “Today was very impressive. There were a couple of nice horses in the race. It’s the Jockey Club Gold Cup - I don’t know what else to say.

“When Robby (Albarado) kind of let him inch closer, I was completely happy. Then, you just hope that your horse runs his race. Because the way he was letting him inch closer, Robby sensed what was going on.”

Except for Mineshaft’s connections, there was probably no one happier than trainer Nick Zito, who ran second with 22-1 Quest.

"This was unbelievable; it’s like winning,” Zito said. “We’ve been second in a whole lot of Grade 1s, but this is the most satisfying second of my whole career. This horse is really coming into his own. The winner is a great horse. The fans really appreciated him, and it is good to have a horse like that around. But this was just like winning for us.”

Evening Attire, last year’s Gold Cup winner, was third.

“We knew we weren’t going to beat Mineshaft, but I thought we had a chance to finish second,” said trainer Pat Kelly. “The way the race was run, with the slow early fractions, left him a lot to do. Other than winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup last year, he really hasn’t won a race here at Belmont. I think he is more comfortable running at two turns. Still, he tried his best and we got some money ($110,000) for finishing third. You really can’t go wrong with that.”

In fact, everyone who ran made money. State Shinto, who ran fourth, earned $60,000 and Moon Ballad, the Dubai World Cup winner, earned $30,000.

The big money, however, is still to be had.

Plans are for Mineshaft to end his racing career in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday, October 25th. He will then head to Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky. to stand alongside his sire, 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy. A stud fee of $100,000 was announced earlier this week.

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