Saturday, September 12, 2009
LADBROKES ST LEGER DAY, DONCASTER
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2009
THIRD RACE WINNING QUOTES
LADBROKES ST LEGER (GROUP 1)
MASTER OF SURPRISE
Godolphin’s second string Mastery sprang a 14/1 surprise to land the 233rd running of the Ladbrokes St Leger when beating his more fancied stablemate Kite Wood, who was sent off 9/4 favourite.
It was a first British Classic success for Godolphin after Mastery, winner of the Italian Derby earlier this season, passed Kite Wood in the home straight to score by three quarters of a length.
“Mastery was not completely overlooked but his form left a bit to find,” said Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford. “We said all along that he had each-way claims but I’m a little surprised that he managed to beat Kite Wood, who should be a better horse next year.
“Both horses ran their hearts out but Mastery was just a bit tougher over this distance and on this ground.
But they have done a great job with the ground here so I don’t want to be using that as an excuse, it’s just that Kite Wood does prefer good to soft.
“I didn’t really get a chance to talk to Frankie in the heat of the moment, I think he was a little peeved and thought it better to wait until later to chat to him!
“We’ll see how they both are before talking about any plans - they might run again but both will stay in training next year
“We’ve won 40 Group Ones worldwide since our last British Classic success so we’ve hardly been devoid of big-race wins and the stable has been performing all over the globe at the highest level.
“But we do love the British Classics so we’re absolutely delighted to win and we’ve not been too far away in them since Rule Of Law.”
Jockey Ted Durcan, whose only other British classic success came on Light Shift in the 2007 Investec Oaks, added: “Sheikh Mohammed and his son Sheikh Rashid have been a major help to me so to win for them is great.
“Saeed (bin Suroor) and Simon (Crisford) had been on to me in the last week and a half saying that this was a horse that would really stay properly.
“I was anxious not to get up there too early but the race went very smoothly and everything worked out.
“It is hard for Frankie, we’ve all been in the same situation, and Godolphin is about the whole operation.
“He may not be the most handsome horse to look at but he’s really hardy and is going to be a lovely stayer next season. His sire Sulamani improved with age and I’m sure he will as well.”
WINNING LADBROKES ST LEGER QUOTES - JOCKEY, OWNER AND TRAINER
Sheikh Mohammed, the Godolphin founder, declared: “I think one liked the ground and that was Mastery.
“Everybody in Godolphin works as a team.
“These are horses, not machines and they are flesh and blood. Some times there is sickness in the stable or something. The team is the same throughout the year - I am very proud of my team.”
Saeed bin Suroor, the Godolphin trainer, commented: “It was not a surprise. I had some confidence about Mastery running a big race.
“Last time when he ran at York, he ran a brilliant race (when second in the Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes). This is the sort of ground he likes - fast going - and he ran a huge race. He was nice and relaxed in the race which I was happy to see.
“Kite Wood ran a big race but I don’t think he handled the ground as well.”
The winning Ladbrokes St Leger jockey Ted Durcan said: "The whole operation has looked after and been a great help to me over the years.
“Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Rashid and everyone has been a huge help to me. To able to win a St Leger for them is just great.
“It’s for the whole operation, for everyone involved
"We had the run of the race and it was between Frankie and I.
“I let him have first run and we sluiced up behind him, travelling very well, and I always knew that I had him at the one-furlong marker. He went half a length up and was idling in front.
“Mastery loves the ground and stays really well - everything went smoothly - just great.”
JOCKEYS ON THEIR RIDES IN THE LADBROKES ST LEGER
Frankie Dettori, on 9/4 favourite and second Kite Wood, said:“ Mastery was just too good for me.”
Jimmy Fortune, rider of third Monitor Closely, declared: “He didn’t stay - he went to beat them at the furlong and a half mark and didn’t really get home.
Jamie Spencer on fourth Father Time: “He ran very well my. My gut feeling is that he just didn’t get home but it was a good run. I didn’t have much room for a lot of the home stretch but that just protected me.”
Johnny Murtagh, jockey of the beaten second favourite and eventual sixth Changingoftheguard, said: “I’m a bit disappointed.
“ I know it’s a big step up from handicap to Group One. He travelled well but when they quickened up in the straight he wasn’t able to go with them.
“ I thought he wanted good ground but after riding here today I felt the ground was a little bit fast for him.”
Third Race - The Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes - Placed Horses
O’BRIEN DRAWS A RARE BLANK
It’s not often that Aidan O’Brien goes through a season of British racing without winning a Classic, but the Irish trainer has this season. In the Ladbrokes St Leger, O’Brien had one last shout, but Changingoftheguard, having sat in fourth or fifth place through the race, came up to the shoulders of the leader, Kite Wood, around two furlongs out on the far rail, and found almost nothing.
“He travelled well, but when they quickened up in the straight he wasn’t able to go with him,” said the jockey Johnny Murtagh.
O’Brien, who watched the race in the weighing room, was non-committal afterwards. “I don’t really know at this stage, we’ll have to have a look at it and see,” he said.
The trainer had been happy with the way the horse had settled in the race. “He was in the right place,” he said, adding that the didn’t think it was a problem of space on the far rail.
Peter Chapple-Hyam, trainer of Monitor Closely, who finished third, accepted that his horse didn’t stay the distance;
“He came there cantering to win, but he [jockey Jimmy Fortune] said he just didn’t stay,” he said ruefully.
“That’s why I dropped him in because I knew they’d take us on if we were up in the front. There was a chance that we couldn’t stay and if I’d have had him up there he would have finished further back.
“We were going to sit last, and when I told Jimmy, he nearly fell off the chair. But I said hopefully you can come late and just sneak home. We were going to sit last, but in the race every else wanted to sit last!
“It was a great run, but we know his future - a mile and a half. We will see how he is before we decide anything. He’s had a hard season, but he always bounces back,” said Chapple-Hyam
THIRD RACE RESULT
3.00pm LADBROKES ST LEGER STAKES (GROUP ONE)
£500,000 guaranteed, 1m 6f 132y. For 3yo, entire colts and fillies. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries: 41 pay £1,250. Confirmed: 10 pay £1,750. Penalty value: 1st: £306,586.38; 2nd: £116,218.75; 3rd: £58,163.38; 4th: £29,000.69; 5th: £14,527.35; 6th: £7,290.68.
1 MASTERY (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-0 Ted Durcan  14/1
2 KITE WOOD (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-0 Frankie Dettori  9/4f
3 MONITOR CLOSELY (IRE) (Lawrie Inman) P W Chapple-Hyam 3-9-0 Jimmy Fortune  7/2
4 FATHER TIME (Khalid Abdulla) Henry Cecil 3-9-0 Jamie Spencer 
5 MOURAYAN (IRE) (Aga Khan) John Oxx IRE 3-9-0 Fran Berry 
6 CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Christopher Hanbury) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-0 Johnny Murtagh 
7 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) (Jack Hanson) Barry Hills 3-9-0 Michael Hills 
8 VON JAWLENSKY (IRE) (Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-0 Colm O'Donoghue 
8 ran Distances: 3/4, 1 3/4, 1, sh, 2 1/4, 4 1/2, dist Time: 3m 04.81s
Breeder: Darley Breeding: Sulamani (IRE) - MoyesiI (USA)
Totes: Win: £16.10 Places: £2.80, £1.10, £1.60 Exacta: £42.20
Winning trainer:-Name: bin Suroor, Saeed Date of Birth: November 16, 1968 Trains at Newmarket for Godolphin, the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed, whose horses winter in Dubai and race worldwide. First Winner In England: Classic Cliche (Dante Stakes, May 17, 1995, York) British Classic wins: (12) Stan James 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Stan James 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Vodafone Oaks (1995 Moonshell; 2002 Kazzia); Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra); Ladbrokes St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche; 1998 Nedawi; 1999 Mutafaweq; 2004 Rule Of Law, 2008 Mastery) Other major wins include: Eclipse (1995,1996 Halling; 1998 Daylami; 2004 Refuse To Bend), Juddmonte International Stakes (1995 & 1996 Halling, 2001 Sakhee, 2004 Sulamani), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra; 1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Nunthorpe Stakes (1995 So Factual), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Faithful Son, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Summoner, 2207 Ramonti), Sussex Stakes (1999 Aljabr, 2001 Noverre, 2007 Ramonti), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq) Canada: Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq, 2004 Sulamani), E P Taylor Stakes (2008 Folk Opera) France: Prix du Jockey Club (2005 Shamardal), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir; 2001 Noverre, 2005 Shamardal), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Germany: Grosser Bugatti Preis von Baden (2002 Marienbard, 2003 Mamool), Preis Von Europa (2001 Kutub, 2003 Mamool) Hong Kong: Hong Kong Cup (2000 Fantastic Light, 2007 Ramonti), Hong Kong Mile (2004 Firebreak) Ireland: Irish St Leger (1998 & 1999 Kayf Tara), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne; 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi) Italy: Derby Italiano (1998 Central Park, 1999 Mukhalif, 2009 Mastery), Premio Vittorio Di Capua (2001 and 2002 Slickly, 2004 Ancient World) Japan: Yasuda Kinen (1995 Heart Lake, Keio Hai Spring Cup (1996 Heart Lake), Singapore: Singapore Airlines International Cup (2002 Grandera) UAE: Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist), Dubai Sheema Classic (2003 Sulamani) United States: Coaching Club American Oaks (2002 Jilbab, 2008 Music Note), Arlington Million (2003 Sulamani), Beverley D Stakes (2004 Crimson Palace), Breeders Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light), , Man O’ War Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2000 Fantastic Light),, Go For Wand Handicap (2009 Seventh Street), Test Stakes (2009 Flashing), Ballerina Stakes (2009 Music Note), Forego Stakes (2009 Pyro) Australia: BMW Caulfield Cup (2008 All The Good) Other details: Champion trainer 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004. Completed full set of classic wins following Cape Verdi’s victory in the 1998 1000 Guineas. Wins in a season in Britain (1995-2008): 14: 48: 41: 38: 41: 22: 24: 21: 23: 115: 78; 70; 73; 56; Wins in 2009: 73
Winning jockey:-Name: Durcan, Thomas Edward (Ted) Born: February 25, 1973 Married: to Sue, who works for the Godolphin website Background: Apprenticed to Jack Berry, went to ride work for Paddy Rudkin in Dubai in 1997, having lost claim in England and believing that it would be impossible without the allowance. Other details: Champion jockey in Dubai 1999/2000 (58 wins), 2000/2001 (56 wins), 2001/2002 (56 wins), 2003/2004 (39 wins), 2004/2005 (44 wins), 2006/2007 (33 wins), 2007/2008 (27 wins) British Classic Wins: (2) Ladbrokes St Leger (2008 Mastery), Vodafone Oaks (2007 Light Shift) Other Big Race Wins include: Cheshire Oaks (2004 Hidden Hope, 2007 Light Shift), Dubai Duty Free (Rhythm Band, Nad Al Sheba, March 25, 2000), Godolphin Mile (Conflict, Nad Al Sheba, March 25, 2000), John Smith’s Stakes (2006 Pinpoint), Oak Tree Stakes (2005 Majestic Desert), Predominate Stakes (2006 Championship Point), Premio Roma (2003 Imperial Dancer), Prix Morny (2005 Silca’s Sister), Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (2000 Pipalong, 2003 Somnus), St Simon Stakes (2003 Imperial Dancer), Polypipe Flying Childers (2008 Madame Trop Vite), Skybet.com Sweet Solera Stakes (2009 Long Lashes) Number Of Royal Ascot Wins (3): Chesham Stakes (2005 Championship Point), Queen Mary Stakes (2005 Flashy Wings), Coventry Stakes (2006 Hellvelyn) First Royal Ascot Winner: Chesham Stakes (2005 Championship Point) Wins in Britain (2000-2008): 23, 54, 58, 29, 40, 60, 71, 96, 75 Wins in 2009: 51
A crowd of nearly 30,000, up on last year’s figure of 27,000, was at Doncaster today to watch Mastery win the 233rd running of the Ladbrokes St Leger.
Adam Waterworth, Managing Director of Doncaster Racecourse, commented: “To have had a Ladbrokes St Leger day attendance up on last year was tremendous and the crowd have been rewarded with wonderful weather.
“We have enjoyed four days of fantastic racing and finished the week on a high this afternoon when it was great to see both a Godolphin 1-2 in the Ladbrokes St Leger and a potential classic winner in Poet’s Voice, who captured the DFS Champagne Stakes so impressively. It has been a great end to a brilliant week’s racing.”
LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL WINNERS
Wednesday, September 9 - Frenchgate 5 Raceday
2.00pm Wilkinson Frenchgate Nursery, 7f
AUDACITY OF HOPE (Four Winds Racing) Charlie McBride 2-8-13 Kieren Fallon 3/1f
2.35pm Sainsbury’s Frenchgate Conditions Stakes, 6f
ANGEL’S PURSUIT (Malih Al Basti) Richard Hannon 2-8-13 Pat Dobbs 11/2
3.10pm Debenhams Frenchgate Conditions Stakes, 1m 2f 60y
TWICE OVER (Khalid Abdulla) Henry Cecil 4-9-08 Tom Queally 4/16f
3.45pm DFS Scarbrough Stakes (Listed), 5f
STRIKE THE DEAL (M Barber) Jeremy Noseda 4-9-09 Kieren Fallon 9/2
4.20pm New Look Frenchgate Handicap, 7f
AKHENATEN (Box 41) Mick Channon 3-8-10 Tony Culhane 13/2
4.50pm Evans Frenchgate Handicap (Div I), 5f
TOTAL IMPACT (The Wakey Exiles) Richard Fahey 6-8-13 Frederik Tylicki (3) 5/2f
5.25pm Evans Frenchgate Handicap (Div II), 5f
INCOMPARABLE (Paul Dixon & Brian Morton) Jeremy Glover 4-8-07b Frederik Tylicki (3) 6/1
Thursday, September 10 - DFS Ladies Day
2.00pm crownhotel-bawtry.com EBF Maiden Stakes,1m
COORDINATED CUT (Lawrie Inman) Peter Chapple-Hyam 2-9-03 Kieren Fallon 10/11f
2.35pm Robinson’s Designer Fashion at Bawtry Handicap, 1m 2f 60y
MAWATHEEQ (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 4-9-04 Richard Hills 7/2 c/f
3.10pm Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes, 6f 110y
SWILLY FERRY (John Grant) Barry Hills 2-8-03 William Buick 16/1
3.45pm DFS Park Hill (Group Two), 1m 6f 132y
THE MINIVER ROSE (Julie Wood) Richard Hannon 3-8-06 Pat Dobbs 28/1
4.20pm EBF Carrie Red Fillies’ Nursery, 6f 110y
IN THE SLIPS (Mr & Mrs Chris Wright & Paul Cole) Paul Cole 2-8-07 Greg Fairley 28/1
4.50pm Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes (Listed), 7f
FANTASIA (George Strawbridge) Luca Cumani 3-9-01 Kieren Fallon 5/6f
5.25pm Meadowhall Fabulous Fashionista Handicap, 6f
SILVER WIND (Silver Wind Partnership) David Evans 4-8-12v Silvestre de Sousa 12/1
Friday, September 11 - DFS Doncaster Cup Day
1.35pm Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (Group Two), 5f
SAND VIXEN (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-8-11 Frankie Dettori 9/2
2.05pm Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap, 1m 6f 132y
NANTON (Stuart Morrison) Jim Goldie 7-9-10 Daniel Tudhope 12/1
2.40pm DFS Doncaster Cup (Group Two), 2m 2f
ASKAR TAU (Nurlan Bizakov) Marcus Tregoning 4-9-04 Ryan Moore 5/2
3.15pm DFS May Hill Stakes (Group Two), 1m
POLLENATOR (The Royal Ascot Racing Club) Richard Hannon 2-8-12 Ryan Moore 14/1
3.50pm Frank Whittle Partnership Handicap,6f 110y
BRAVE PROSPECTOR (Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar) Peter Chapple-Hyam 4-9-03t Jamie Spencer 16/1
4.25pm Sands Venue & State Club Gainsborough Conditions Stakes, 1m
AL ZIR (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-02 Frankie Dettori 3/10f
4.55pm AgriArgo UK (McCormick) Classified Stakes, 1m 2f 60y
DANGEROUS MIDGE (Iraj Parvizi) Brian Meehan 3-8-11 Martin Dwyer 14/1
Saturday, September 12 - Ladbrokes St Leger Day
1.55pm DFS Champage Stakes (Group Two), 7f
POET'S VOICE (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-8-12 Frankie Dettori 11/8f
2.25pm Ladbrokes Portland Handicap (Heritage Handicap), 5f 140y
SANTO PADRE (Victor Partnership) David Marnane IRE 5-9-1 Colm O'Donoghue 14/1
3.00pm Ladbrokes St Leger (Group One), 1m 6f 132y
MASTERY (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-0 Ted Durcan 14/1
3.35pm DFS Park Stakes (Group Two), 7f
DUFF (Kilboy Estate) Edward Lynam IRE 6-9-4 Fran Berry 7/1
4.05pm Doncaster Premier Inn & Table Table Handicap, 1m
MANASSAS (IRE) (Mrs R Philipps) Brian Meehan 4-8-9ow1lb Dane O'Neill 10/1
4.40pm mosspm.co.uk Nursery, 1m
AZIZI (Hamdan Al Maktoum) William Haggas 2-9-7 Richard Hills 13/8f
5.15pm universalrecyclingcompany.co.uk Handicap, 1m 4f
PRECISION BREAK (Fitri Hay) Paul Cole 4-9-10 Kieren Fallon  4/1
LEADING JOCKEYS - FINAL STANDINGS
JOCKEY 1ST 2ND 3RD
Kieren Fallon 5 - 2
Frankie Dettori 3 2 4
Richard Hills 2 1 -
Ryan Moore 2 - 1
Pat Dobbs 2 - -
Frederick Tylicki 2 - -
Jamie Spencer 1 4 -
Tom Queally 1 1 1
William Buick 1 1 -
Silvestre de Sousa 1 1 -
Martin Dwyer 1 1 -
Daniel Tudhope 1 1 -
Fran Berry 1 - -
Tony Culhane 1 - -
Ted Durcan 1 - -
Greg Fairley 1 - -
Colm O’Donoghue 1 - -
Dane O’Neill 1 - -
Neil Callan - 2 1
Paul Hanagan - 2 1
Richard Mullen - 2 -
Michael Kinane - 1 4
Graham Gibbons - 1 1
Chris Catlin - 1 -
John Egan - 1 -
Joe Fanning - 1 -
Philip Makin - 1 -
Johnny Murtagh - 1 1
Paul Pickard - 1 -
Hayley Turner - 1 -
Robert Winston - 1 -
Steve Drowne - - 2
David Allan - - 1
Jack Dean - - 1
Jimmy Fortune - - 1
Catherine Gannon - - 1
Michael Hills - - 1
Darryll Holland - - 1
Richard Kingscote - - 1
P J McDonald - - 1
Adrian Nicholls - - 1
Francis Norton - - 1
Jockey Ted Durcan picked up a one-day suspension after winning the Ladbrokes St Leger on Mastery. Durcan was banned on Sunday, September 27, for using his whip with excessive frequency.
Jimmy Fortune, who finished third in the same race on Monitor Closely, was suspended for three days - Sunday to Tuesday, September 27 to 29 - for causing interference from careless riding.
Fran Berry was suspended for one day - Sunday, September 27 - for using his whip with excessive frequency when winning the DFS Park Stakes on Duff.
In the same race Jamie Spencer, rider of Cat Junior, also picked up a ban for using his whip with excessive frequency. He will be suspended on September 27 and 28.
Sean Levey will also be banned on Sunday, September 27, after riding Emperor Claudius in the DFS Champagne Stakes. The stewards enquired into the reason why he appeared not to keep straight from the stalls and found him to be in breach of Rule (B) 45.
LEADING TRAINERS - FINAL STANDINGS
TRAINER 1ST 2ND 3RD
Saeed bin Suroor 4 1 2
Richard Hannon 3 1 2
Paul Cole 2 2 -
Brian Meehan 2 2 -
Peter Chapple-Hyam 2 - 1
Marcus Tregoning 2 - -
Richard Fahey 1 1 1
Jim Goldie 1 1 -
William Haggas 1 1 -
Luca Cumani 1 - 2
Barry Hills 1 - 1
Henry Cecil 1 - -
Mick Channon 1 - -
David Evans 1 - -
Jeremy Glover 1 - -
Edward Lynam IRE 1 - -
David Marnane IRE 1 - -
Charlie McBride 1 - -
Jeremy Noseda 1 - 1
Michael Bell - 2 1
Eve Johnson Houghton - 2 -
Bryan Smart - 2 -
Clive Brittain - 1 1
Jamie Osborne - 1 1
Kevin Ryan - 1 1
Simon Callaghan - 1 -
Roger Curtis - 1 -
David Evans - 1 -
James Given - 1 -
Mark Johnston - 1 -
Alan King - 1 -
Aidan O’Brien IRE - 1 -
Tom Tate - 1 -
Noel Wilson - 1 -
David Simcock - 1 -
Milton Bradley - - 1
David Brown - - 1
Gerard Butler - - 1
Clive Cox - - 1
Tom Dascombe - - 1
Harry Dunlop - - 1
Tim Easterby - - 1
Mick Easterby - - 1
David Lanigan - - 1
David Nicholls - - 1
John Oxx IRE - - 1
Amanda Perrett - - 1
John Ryan - - 1
Alan Swinbank - - 1
LIFE MEMBERSHIP FOR YOUNG THOMAS
Thomas Peter Talbot, welcomed to the world at 13 minutes past midnight last night and weighing in at eight pounds, 10 ounces, is the latest recipient in a long-standing tradition of Doncaster Racecourse.
The Racecourse awards life membership to the first child born in the town after midnight on Ladbrokes St Leger Day, and young Thomas will be able to collect his membership on his 16th birthday, September 12, 2025.
His proud parents, Toni Bowman and Thomas Talbot, have a treat to look forward to as well. Toni and Thomas senior, from Stainforth, north of Doncaster, will be VIP guests of the Racecourse on a day that suits them.
FIRST RACE WINNING QUOTES
DFS CHAMPAGNE STAKES (GROUP 2)
Ladbrokes St Leger day started on the perfect note for the Godolphin stable, who are set to be represented in the big race by likely favourite Kite Wood, when Poet’s Voice ran out an impressive winner of the opening DFS Champagne Stakes.
The son of Dubawi made all and held on comfortably by three quarters of a length from Viscount Nelson and connections feel there could be better to come if the colt - who was quoted at 20/1 for next year’s 2000 Guineas by Ladbrokes - learns to settle.
“He jumps out of the gate too well and that works against him because he really wants to get some cover,” said Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford.
“He’s like his grandfather Dubai Millennium in that he wants to go like the wind and he’s probably going half a stride too quick all the way.
“He’d be better with cover but that’s not worked out in his last three runs and it would be nice to be able to deploy different tactics with him because he’s a very talented colt. He’s definitely run again this year and the Dewhurst would obviously be an option as would the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in France.”
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor added: “He worked very well previously and ran a big race today. He finishes well and now we will look for a Group One for him. He’s still a baby and he will learn. The ground is quick but Frankie says it is safe for Kite Wood although he would prefer it to be good to soft.”
Frankie Dettori, the winning rider, remarked: “The plan was to drop him in but he jumped so quickly that I found myself in front. I just held on to him a bit longer today and he got to the line.
“He reminds me of his grandfather Dubai Millennium because he was the same as a two-year-old. He is headstrong but sensible with it. We might think about running a pacemaker next time.”
Godolphin’s founder Sheikh Mohammed was on hand to greet his winner and added: “He’s a good horse. He is just learning but has to settle better. This is racing and it always gives me pleasure to have a good horse”
First Race - The DFS Champagne Stakes - Placed Quotes
THE VISCOUNT LIKES IT QUICK
Viscount Nelson racing for the first time on fast ground - on his fourth outing - showed that speed holds no fears as the Giant’s Causeway colt finished with a flourish, to take second place, three quarters of a length behind Poet’s Voice, in the Group Two DFS Champagne Stakes.
“It’s still a bit of a shock coming off of soft ground. But this is the ground he wants,” said trainer Aidan O’Brien.
“We’re not sure where we go from here. We think he’s a lovely horse so we won’t rush him. I’d say he will run again this year, but I’m not sure where. He’s going to come on for this. He’s still learning and he’ll get further,” he added.
Silver Grecian, carrying a three-pound penalty for his victory in the Group Two Meydan Superlative Stakes at Newmarket, was just a head behind Viscount Nelson, also finishing strongly. He lost his unbeaten record,
Silver Grecian’s trainer, Jon Ryan, said: “He just got stopped a little bit when he wanted to make his run and Frankie’s got the first run on us, but that was always the plan to let them play their cards before we did, because we’ve got the penalty.
“Take the three pound off and that brings you back that length. They will be at levels in the Dewhurst and that’s where we go. It was always the plan.
“It’s very hard to have a horse like him who wins early in a Group race and hold on to him till October. It’s going to plan at the moment and this horse will definitely see the mile out as well,” he said.
Michael Hills, the jockey of Silver Grecian, added: “They just got first run on me. But he ran a super race and I couldn’t be more pleased.”
GOING AFTER THE FIRST RACE
Frankie Dettori, winning jockey on the 11/8 favourite Poet’s Voice, said: “It is the same as it has been all week. Perfect ground.”
Johnny Murtagh, rider of the 3/4 length second Viscount Nelson, said: “Good to firm.”
Michael Hills, rider of third Silver Grecian, said: ”They are just knocking the top of it.”
Colm O’Donoghue, partner of Await The Dawn, described the going as: “Beautiful.”
Sean Levey, rider of Emperor Claudius, said: “Lovely ground.”
Joe Fanning, rider of Layali Al Andalus, said: “Fast ground.”
James Millman, rider of Roi De Vitesse, said: “Nice good ground.”
FIRST RACE RESULT
1.55pm DFS CHAMPAGNE STAKES (GROUP TWO)
£100,000 guaranteed, 7f, For 2yo colts and geldings. Weights: 8st 12lb; Penalties: a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 3lb. Entries 124 pay £200. Confirmed: 11 pay £200. Penalty value: 1st: £56,770.00; 2nd: £21,520.00; 3rd: £10,770.00; 4th: £5,370.00; 5th: £2,690.00; 6th: £1,350.00
1 POET'S VOICE (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-8-12 Frankie Dettori  11/8f
2 VISCOUNT NELSON (USA) (S Magnier & Diane Nagle) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-8-12 Johnny Murtagh  11/2
3 SILVER GRECIAN (Ocean Trailers Limited) John Ryan 2-9-1 Michael Hills  9/2
4 ROI DE VITESSE (IRE) (Mustajed Partnership) Rod Millman 2-8-12 James Millman 
5 LAYALI AL ANDALUS (Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-8-12 Joe Fanning 
6 EMPEROR CLAUDIUS (USA) (M Tabor, Derrick Smith, S Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-8-12 Sean Levey 
7 AWAIT THE DAWN (USA) (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-8-12 Colm O'Donoghue 
7 ran Distances: 3/4, hd, 4 1/2, 3 3/4, 1 1/2, 4 1/2 Time: 1m 24.91s
Breeder: Darley Breeding: b c Dubawi (IRE) - Bright Tiara (USA) Totes: Win: £2.20 Places: £1.40, £2.70 Exacta: £9.60
Winning trainer:-Name: bin Suroor, Saeed Date of Birth: November 16, 1968 Trains at Newmarket for Godolphin, the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed, whose horses winter in Dubai and race worldwide. First Winner In England: Classic Cliche (Dante Stakes, May 17, 1995, York) British Classic wins: (11) Stan James 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Stan James 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Vodafone Oaks (1995 Moonshell; 2002 Kazzia); Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra); Ladbrokes St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche; 1998 Nedawi; 1999 Mutafaweq; 2004 Rule Of Law) Other major wins include: Eclipse (1995,1996 Halling; 1998 Daylami; 2004 Refuse To Bend), Juddmonte International Stakes (1995 & 1996 Halling, 2001 Sakhee, 2004 Sulamani), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra; 1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Nunthorpe Stakes (1995 So Factual), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Faithful Son, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Summoner, 2207 Ramonti), Sussex Stakes (1999 Aljabr, 2001 Noverre, 2007 Ramonti), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq) Canada: Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq, 2004 Sulamani), E P Taylor Stakes (2008 Folk Opera) France: Prix du Jockey Club (2005 Shamardal), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir; 2001 Noverre, 2005 Shamardal), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Germany: Grosser Bugatti Preis von Baden (2002 Marienbard, 2003 Mamool), Preis Von Europa (2001 Kutub, 2003 Mamool) Hong Kong: Hong Kong Cup (2000 Fantastic Light, 2007 Ramonti), Hong Kong Mile (2004 Firebreak) Ireland: Irish St Leger (1998 & 1999 Kayf Tara), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne; 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi) Italy: Derby Italiano (1998 Central Park, 1999 Mukhalif, 2009 Mastery), Premio Vittorio Di Capua (2001 and 2002 Slickly, 2004 Ancient World) Japan: Yasuda Kinen (1995 Heart Lake, Keio Hai Spring Cup (1996 Heart Lake), Singapore: Singapore Airlines International Cup (2002 Grandera) UAE: Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist), Dubai Sheema Classic (2003 Sulamani) United States: Coaching Club American Oaks (2002 Jilbab, 2008 Music Note), Arlington Million (2003 Sulamani), Beverley D Stakes (2004 Crimson Palace), Breeders Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light), , Man O’ War Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2000 Fantastic Light),, Go For Wand Handicap (2009 Seventh Street), Test Stakes (2009 Flashing), Ballerina Stakes (2009 Music Note), Forego Stakes (2009 Pyro) Australia: BMW Caulfield Cup (2008 All The Good) Other details: Champion trainer 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004. Completed full set of classic wins following Cape Verdi’s victory in the 1998 1000 Guineas. Wins in a season in Britain (1995-2008): 14: 48: 41: 38: 41: 22: 24: 21: 23: 115: 78; 70; 73; 56; Wins in 2009: 72
Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco.Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, Italy Background: Son of dual English 2000 Guineas winning jockey Gianfranco, “Frankie” also came to Britain early in his career to become apprentice for Luca Cumani in July 1985. In 1990, he became the first teenager to ride 100 winners since Lester Piggott. Appointed number one jockey for brand new Godolphin stable in the winter of 1993/94. Champion jockey for the first time in 1994 with 223 winners, retaining his title the following year with 216 victories. Became the first jockey to win all seven races on a card on September 28, 1996, at Ascot. Narrowly escaped death when his plane crashed shortly after take off at Newmarket racecourse in June 2000. He received an honorary MBE on December 29, 2000, and became champion jockey for a third time in 2004 with 195 victories. First winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) Other Achievements: Received Bill Shoemaker Award for outstanding performance by a jockey at 2006 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs British Classic wins; (13) Derby (2007 Authorized), Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou, 2005 Scorpion, 2006 Sixties Icon, 2008 Conduit), 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia) Irish Classic wins: Irish Oaks (2001 Lailani, 2003 Vintage Tipple), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi), Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara) French Classic wins: Prix du Jockey-Club (1992 Polytain, 2005 Shamardal, 2007 Lawman), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori, 2000 Bachir, 2005 Shamardal), Prix Diane Hermes (2007 West Wind) Other major wins include Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2004 Refuse To Bend), GNER Doncaster Cup (2006 Sergeant Cecil), UAE Haydock Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat); Juddmonte International (1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel, 2001 Sakhee, 2007 Authorized), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain,1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Nunthorpe Stakes (1993 Lochsong, 1995 So Factual, 1998 Lochangel), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction; 1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr, 2001 Noverre, 2007 Ramonti); Vodafone Coronation Cup (1996 Swain, 1997 Singspiel, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Dubai: Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist) France: Prix de l’Abbaye (1993, 1994 Lochsong, 2004 Var), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard) Germany: Deutsches Derby (1991 Temporal), Grosser Preis Von Baden (2002 Marienbard) Ireland: Irish Champion Stakes (1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera) Japan: Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 2002 Falbrav, 2005 Alkaased) North America: Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2006 Ouija Board), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2004 Wilko), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2006 Red Rocks), Breeders’ Cup Classic (2008 Raven’s Pass), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq) Hong Kong: Hong Kong Cup (2000 Fantastic Light, 2003 Falbrav, 2007 Ramonti), Hong Kong Mile (2004 Firebreak), Hong Kong Vase (1996 Luso), Centenary Sprint Cup (2002 Firebolt), Queen Elizabeth II Cup (1996 Overbury) Wins (1987-2008): 8, 22, 75^, 141, 94, 101, 149, 233*, 216*, 123, 176, 132, 132, 47, 94, 69, 101, 195*, 87, 131, 77, 67 ^Champion apprentice *Champion jockey Wins in 2009: 69
Second Race - The Ladbrokes Portland Handicap - Winning Trainer’s Quotes
SANTO PADRE COLLARS HIS RIVALS
Santo Padre, with a flashing burst of speed down the centre of the course, collared his rivals in the final furlong of the £75,000 Ladbrokes Portland Handicap to win by a length and a quarter at odds of 14/1 from 21 rivals.
Fears by some that the fast ground would not suit the horse had been allayed, but Irish trainer David Marnane maintained that he had been confident all along.
“We were happy enough with the ground. He clocked a very fast time on the all-weather in only his second run of his life [at Dundalk in October last year] and that gave us confidence.
“He is bred to go on fast ground - his dam won on it and he’s a half brother to Majestic Missile. We always thought he wanted this ground, but he doesn’t get it in Ireland, unfortunately,” said the trainer.
“He missed the kick ever so slightly, but he was always going to come late. He has a lot of speed. This has been a plan since two races ago [after winning in soft ground at Tipperary on August 9].
“Nothing major now for him, that’s only the ninth run of his life. We’ll probably sit back now and assess the races and see where we’re at with him. He’s a very lightly-raced horse, who has had a lot of problems and that may be enough for him for this year,” said Marnane.
The winning rider Colm O’Donoghue added: “I am delighted with him. He has done great all year and David always knew it and he said to me that he was a very good horse.
“He has just wanted his ground and he has never got it all year. We have had a lot of rain all year in Ireland and it has been hard for a lot of horses to compete. It’s great to see him get his big day and he deserves it.
"The race really suited him down to the ground. He gets six furlongs but with the fast pace here - he has got a good kick and a good finish - it suited him well.
"The Ladbrokes St Leger is going to be an interesting race with lots of good horses in it. It’s very competitive and may the best horse win!"
SECOND RACE PLACED QUOTES
LADBROKES PORTLAND HANDICAP
AYR NEXT FOR EVERYMAN
Owner John Duddy’s pink and green colours, carried to victory in the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap by Halmahera three times from 2002 to 2004, came within a length and a quarter of landing the famous sprint again today.
Everymanforhimself, trained by Halmahera’s handler Kevin Ryan, ran an excellent race to finish second and could head to Ayr next weekend.
“Those colours nearly came up trumps again but he ran a blinder,” said Ryan. “Everymanforhimself probably wants six furlong because Jamie (Spencer) said they were going too quick for too long for him, he never got a chance to take a breather. But if you took the winner out, you’d have been delighted.
“He’s in the Ayr Gold Cup and is likely to go there. He loves top of the ground and is a hardy horse who can back up because he takes his racing well.”
Captain Dunne finished third and his trainer, Tim Easterby, said: “David (Allan) said that he had to take it up too soon but he didn’t have any choice because he was clear of them on the far side. He might go to York now for the big five-furlong sprint handicap they have. I didn’t even enter for Ayr as I thought there was no chance he would get six.”
SECOND RACE RESULT
2.25pm LADBROKES PORTLAND HERITAGE HANDICAP
£75,000 guaranteed, 5f 140y, For 3yo+. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb (any horse rated above 110 (112 if 3yo) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb; subsequently, the excess over 110 (112 if 3yo) in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted). Minimum weight: 7-12 Penalties: after September 5th, each race won 6lb Markab's Handicap Mark 104. Entries: 46 pay £300. Penalty value: 1st: £46,732.50; 2nd: £13,995.00; 3rd: £6,997.50; 4th: £3,502.50; 5th: £1,747.50; 6th: £877.50.
1 SANTO PADRE (IRE) (Victor Partnership) David Marnane IRE 5-9-1 Colm O'Donoghue  14/1
2 EVERYMANFORHIMSELF (IRE) (Jim Duddy, B McDonald, A Heeney) Kevin Ryan 5-9-3v Jamie Spencer  16/1
3 CAPTAIN DUNNE (IRE) (Middleham Park Racing XV) Tim Easterby 4-9-1 David Allan  33/1
4 GREEN MANALISHI (Mrs S McCarthy, J Brennan & J Smith) Kevin Ryan 8-8-8 Daragh O'Donohoe  50/1
5 ISHETOO (John Sissons) Alan Dickman 5-8-12p Frederik Tylicki (3) 
6 OLDJOESAID (J Byrne) Henry Candy 5-9-3 Dane O'Neill 
7 JACONET (USA) (R Toes) David Barron 4-9-1 Kieren Fallon 
8 NORTHERN DARE (IRE) (Dr Marwan Koukash) David Nicholls 5-8-12 Paul Quinn 
9 STRIKING SPIRIT (N & Z Aboobaker & Bon Accord Racing) David Nicholls 4-9-4 Ted Durcan 
10 FULLANDBY (IRE) (M Greenwood) Tim Etherington 7-9-0b Joe Fanning 
11 JOHANNES (IRE) (John Nicholls Ltd/David Kilburn) Richard Fahey 6-9-2 Paul Hanagan 
12 BUACHAILL DONA (IRE) (Mike Browne) David Nicholls 6-9-8 Adrian Nicholls 
13 PEAK DISTRICT (IRE) (Sunpak Potatoes) Kevin Ryan 5-8-4 Amy Ryan (5) 
14 JUDGE 'N JURY (Ruth Serrell) Ron Harris 5-9-7t Kevin Ghunowa 
15 BARNEY MCGREW (IRE) (Andrew Tinkler) Michael Dods 6-9-9 Philip Makin 
16 MARKAB (Tight Lines Partnership) Henry Candy 6-9-10 Pat Cosgrave  7/1 jtfav
17 TONY THE TAP (K Mercer & Mrs S Mercer) William Muir 8-8-12 Darryll Holland 
18 INTREPID JACK (Michael Lynch) Hughie Morrison 7-9-8b Jimmy Fortune 
19 RIVER FALCON (F Brady, E Bruce & S Bruce) Jim Goldie 9-9-0 Daniel Tudhope 
20 ORPSIE BOY (IRE) (Vanessa Church) Nick Littmoden 6-8-8p Kirsty Milczarek 
21 GROUP THERAPY (Franconson Partners) Nick Littmoden 4-9-9 Neil Callan 
22 PAVERSHOOZ (Michael Paver) Noel Wilson 4-9-0 Duran Fentiman  7/1 jtfav
Non-runners: 15 Cheveton, 21 Sea Of LeavesDistances: 1 1/4, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, nk, sh, nk, 1, 3/4, nk, 1/2, 1/2, nk, 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 1 1/4, 2 3/4
Time: 1m 06.72s
Breeder: Victor Stud Bloodstock & Brendan Cummins
Breeding: b g Elnadim (USA) - Tshusick
Totes: Win: £20.20 Places: £5.10, £3.70, £10.80, £14.20 Exacta: £328.90
Winning trainer:-Name: Marnane, David Based: Bansha, Co. Tipperary Background: Dual-purpose trainer from a racing family. Brother Con is a noted sales consignor while another brother, Ed, is a TV racing pundit and editor of the Dubai racing paper Al Adiyat. First Winner on Flat in Britain: Santo Padre (Ladbrokes Portland, Saturday, September 12, 2009) Wins in Britain in 2009: 1
Winning jockey:- Name: O’Donoghue, Colm Born: Buttevant, County Cork Background: part of the Ballydoyle team since 1998, he rode his first Group-race win aboard Spartacus as a 21-year-old apprentice in August 2002. He partnered Scorpion to the runner-up spot in the 2005 Irish Derby Major wins include: Ladbrokes Portland (2009 Santo Padre), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2007 Astronomer Royal); Chalice Stakes (2006 Fermion); Danehill Dancer Tipperary Stakes (2002 Shizao); Horris Hill Stakes (2005 Hurricane Cat); Knockaire Stakes (2004 Fearn Royal); Phoenix Stakes (2002 Spartacus); Stanleybet Diamond Stakes (2004 Mikado) First Group One Victory: Phoenix Stakes (2002 Spartacus) Wins in Ireland (2001-2008): 23; 13; 11; 18; 15; 13; 19; 20 Wins in Britain in 2009: 3
Fourth Race - The DFS Park Stakes - Winners’ Quotes
DUFF BY NAME, NOT BY NATURE
The Edward-Lynan trained Duff, an unfancied 7/1 shot, produced an extraordinary performance to win the Group Two DFS Park Stakes. The Spinning World gelding was allowed to race over two lengths clear of the field, on the stands’ rail, yet when he was headed in the final furlong, found a fifth, or maybe a sixth gear, to snatch victory on the line.
“On this fast ground you know he’s going to get seven furlongs really well. I was just positive on him. We took it up after two and a half furlongs and when we got to the three just let him roll on. He picked up very well and it went very quiet behind me,” said jockey Fran Berry.
“To be honest, I was worried when they joined me at the furlong pole. I think I was headed for a stride, but he found a bit,” Berry added.
Sean Dunne, racing manager of the owners the Kilboy Estate, said. “He really loves running out in front and Fran gave him a very good ride.
“He held the rail on his own and, as you know, it’s hard when you’re racing on your own.
“Duff had hard luck two years ago in this race, when he was just beaten by Arabian Gleam [lost by a neck] and he deserved this one.
“He a battler, this horse, and we knew if it was a ding-dong battle, we wouldn’t lose out,” said Dunne.
FOURTH RACE RESULT
3.35pm DFS PARK STAKES (GROUP TWO)
£160,000 guaranteed, 7f, For 3yo+. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 9st 1lb. Weight for age: 3 from 4yo+ 4lb. Entries: 51 pay £400. Confirmed: 13 pay £350. Penalty value: 1st: £90,832.00; 2nd: £34,432.00; 3rd: £17,232.00; 4th: £8,592.00; 5th: £4,304.00; 6th: £2,160.00.
1 DUFF (IRE) (Kilboy Estate) Edward Lynam IRE 6-9-4 Fran Berry  7/1
2 CAT JUNIOR (USA) (Roldvale Limited) Brian Meehan 4-9-4 Jamie Spencer  5/1
3 ARABIAN GLEAM (Saeed Suhail) Jeremy Noseda 5-9-4 Johnny Murtagh 
4 OUQBA (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3-9-0 Richard Hills 
5 STIMULATION (IRE) (Michael Kerr-Dineen) Hughie Morrison 4-9-4 Darryll Holland  7/4f
6 HIMALYA (IRE) (Gillian Khosla) Jeremy Noseda 3-9-0 Frankie Dettori 
Distances: nk, hd, nk, 1 3/4, dist
Time: 1m 24.38s
Breeder: Kilboy Estate
Breeding: b g Spinning World (USA) - Shining Prospect
Totes: Win: £8.20 Places: £3.50, £2.20 Exacta: £45.10
Winning trainer: Lynam, Edward Based: Summerseat Stables, Clonee, Co Meath Big Race Wins: DFS Park Stakes (2008 Duff); EBF Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes (2006 Free Roses); Ladbrokes.com International Stakes (2004 Red Feather) Wins In Britain 2007-2008: 1; 2 Wins in Britain This Year: 1
Winning jockey:-Name: Berry, Francis (Fran) Martin Based: Giltown, Kilcullen, County Kildare, Ireland Background: son of ten-time Irish champion jump jockey Frank Berry. Appointed second jockey to trainer John Oxx in 2002. Used to ride over hurdles during the winter but now focuses exclusively on the Flat. Big Race Wins: DFS Park Stakes (2008 Duff), Attheraces Curragh Cup (2005 Mkuzi); Ballycullen Stakes (2003 Cruzspiel); Ballyogan Stakes (2003 Miss Anabaa); Blue Wind Stakes (2004 Hazarista); Brownstown Stakes (2005 Miss Sally); Budweiser Celebration Stakes (2005 Caradak); Denny Cordell Lavarack Memorial EBF Fillies’ Stakes (2004 Cache Creek); Glencairn Stakes (2005 Lord Admiral); Leopardstown November Handicap (2004 Al Eile); Naas Sprint Stakes (2006 Osterhase); Phoenix Sprint Stakes (2005 Osterhase);Rockingham Handicap (2004 Osterhase); Salsabil Stakes (2005 Allexina); Silken Glider Stakes (2004 Allexina) Major Jumps Wins: Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle, Cheltenham (1999 Khayrawani); Oddbins Handicap Hurdle, Aintree (1998 and 1999 Khayrawani) Wins in Britain in 2009: 1
FIFTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
DONCASTER PREMIER INN & TABLE TABLE HANDICAP
MANASSAS IS “TIGER”
The Brian Meehan-trained Manassas, winner of the Spring Mile at Doncaster in March, returned to South Yorkshire nearly six months on to land another high-profile success in the £25,000 Doncaster Premier Inn & Table Table Handicap under Dane O’Neill
Patrick MacEwan, assistant to Meehan, said: “The horse is like a tiger. Dane just said that when he took him to the front and the others came to him, Manassas put his head down and battled. He’s a superstar with a really big heart and likes to go fresh.
“Dane gave him a beautiful ride and knows the horse likes the back of his hand.”
Fifth Race - The Doncaster Premier Inn & Table Table Handicap - Placed horses
SECRECY SHOE PROBLEM
A furlong out in the Doncaster Premier Inn & Table Table Handicap, it looked as if Godolphin's day was just going to get even better, as Secrecy, ridden by Frankie Dettori, swooped down on the leaders.
But running for only the third time in his career, Secrecy’s effort quickly petered out. “The horse has lost a shoe,” said Dettori, without offering that as an excuse.
Secrecy eventually finished third, half a length behind the winner Manassas, and a head behind the second-placed Balcarce Nov.
With trainer Tom Tate, the trainer of Balcarce Nov, on his way to Keeneland Sales in America, his wife Hazel was representing the yard.
Hazel Tate said: “That was super. We always come from behind, but maybe we should have set off a little earlier. But Robert [Winston] said that when he got to the other one [Manassas], he went away anyway.
“I’m not sure what we are going to do now. There is a race at Newbury next week, but we’ll see,” she said.
FIFTH RACE RESULT
4.05pm DONCASTER PREMIER INN & TABLE TABLE HANDICAP
£25,000 guaranteed, 1m straight course. For 3yo+. Rated: 96-110 (also open to such horses rated 95 and below). Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb; Minimum weight: 8-7, 3-y-o 8-2; Penalties after September 5th: each race won 6lb; Weight for age 3 from 4yo+ 5lb; Suits Me's Handicap Mark 109. Entries: 27 pay £125. Penalty value: 1st: £16,190.00; 2nd: £4,817.50; 3rd: £2,407.50; 4th: £1,202.50.
1 MANASSAS (IRE) (Mrs R Philipps) Brian Meehan 4-8-9ow1lb Dane O'Neill  10/1
2 BALCARCE NOV (ARG) (Fitri Hay) Tom Tate 4-9-2 Robert Winston  14/1
3 SECRECY (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-8-8 Frankie Dettori  13/2
4 ALAZEYAB (USA) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 3-8-10 Richard Hills 
5 BRIEF ENCOUNTER (IRE) (Thurloe Thoroughbreds XXII) Andrew Balding 3-8-7 Liam Keniry 
6 KAY GEE BE (IRE) (Par Jeu Partnership) William Jarvis 5-8-4 Andrea Atzeni (3) 
7 WE'LL COME (Stephen Dartnell) Michael Jarvis 5-9-6 Darryll Holland 
8 SWOP (IRE) (Angie Silver) Luca Cumani 6-9-2 Kieren Fallon 
9 WEBBOW (IRE) (Wentdale Ltd) Nigel Tinkler 7-8-7 David Allan 
10 ESPIRITU (FR) (Sir Robert Ogden) Jeremy Noseda 3-8-6 Jamie Spencer  9/2f
11 TARTAN GIGHA (IRE) (Mrs I Bird) Mark Johnston 4-8-7 Joe Fanning 
12 MAHADEE (IRE) (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 4-8-8ow1lb Neil Callan 
13 SUITS ME (D Cook) Tom Tate 6-9-7 Paul Hanagan 
Distances: 1/2, sh, 3/4, hd, nk, hd, nk, 2 3/4, nk, 5, 1 1/2, 19
Time: 1m 37.09s
Breeder: Rebecca Philipps
Breeding: b g Cape Cross (IRE) - Monnavanna
Totes: Win: £12.60 Places: £3.60, £4.70, £2.40 Exacta: £191.40
Winning trainer:-Name: Meehan, Brian Joseph Date of birth:16/6/67 Date of first licence: 1/12/92; Background: Born in Limerick, Brian spent two seasons working for the Irish National Stud prior to moving to Wiltshire and becoming Richard Hannon’s assistant trainer. Set up on his own at the end of 1992, moving into a yard in Lambourn, Berks. After 13 years of success, Brian moved to the famous Manton Stables in Wiltshire at the end of the 2005 flat season. Major wins include: Ballycorus Stakes (1998 & 1999 Tumbleweed Ridge), Golden Jubilee Stakes(1998 Tomba), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2006 Red Rocks), Bunbury Cup (1997 Tumbleweed Ridge), Champion Stakes (2005 David Junior), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2005 Donna Blini), Cheveley Park Stakes (2004 Magical Romance, 2005 Donna Blini), Dahlia Stakes (2006 Violet Park), Dubai Duty Free (2006 David Junior), Duke Of York Stakes (2003 Twilight Blues), Eclipse Stakes (2006 David Junior), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1998 Tomba), Gordon Richards Stakes (2007 Red Rocks), Horris Hill Stakes (1995 Tumbleweed Ridge), Prix de la Foret (1998 Tomba), Prix Morny (2000 Bad As I Wanna Be), Prix de Lutece (2002 Savannah Bay), Schweppes Golden Mile Handicap (1995 Khayrapour), Sirenia Stakes (2006 Dhanyata) Tattersalls October Yearling Stakes (2007 Exclamation) Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (2007 City Leader), Racing Post Trophy (2008 Crowded House), TNT July Stakes (2009 Arcano), Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes (2009 Lady Of The Desert) Horses in training (1993-2009):17:38 :60: 72:81:89:106:100:109:118:108:121:115; n/a; 164; 162; 150; Wins (1992-2008): 0; 14; 29; 47; 43; 57; 53; 58; 42; 71; 47; 55; 60; 43; 74; 52; 66; Wins In 2009: 45
Winning jockey:-Name: O’Neill, Dane William Date of birth: 1/8/75 Big Race Wins Include: bluesquare.com Stewards Cup (2008 Conquest), Cork and Orrery Stakes (1999 Bold Edge); Diadem Stakes (1999 Bold Edge), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2000 Bold Edge), Temple Stakes (2003 Airwave), Lupe Stakes (2006 Soft Centre (dht Rising Cross)), toteswinger Prestige Stakes (2008 Fantasia), stanjames.com Palace House Stakes (2009 Amour Propre) First Winner: Port Sunlight, Sandown, July 1, 1994 Royal Ascot Wins (3): Jersey Stakes (June 16, 1999, Lots Of Magic); Cork and Orrery Stakes (June 17, 1999, Bold Edge), Royal Hunt Cup (June 18, 2003, Macadamia) First Royal Ascot win:Jersey Stakes (June 16, 1999, Lots Of Magic) Wins (2000-2008): 32; 63; 70; 110; 74; 86; 94; 61; 79; Wins in 2009: 55
Sixth Race - The mosspm.co.uk Nursery - Winner’s Quotes
AZIZI SHOWS HIS CLASS AND HIS LEANINGS
Despite showing a classy turn of foot in the mosspm.co.uk Nursery, to win with a little in hand, the 13/8 favourite Azizi insisted in making life difficult for jockey Richard Hills by leaning left - into the whip - in the final furlong.
“He always does it. He did it at Newcastle [on August 5, when the horse won] and he did it last time [at Newmarket on August 29, when he was second to Red Badge]. Richard thought it almost cost him the race at Newmarket,” said trainer William Haggas.
“He’s won it well today and did it with plenty in hand, I thought. I think he deserves to go for a Listed race now. He’s a casual horse, casual at home, but he’s by a 2000 Guineas winner, out of a 1000 Guineas winner, so he does have a proper pedigree. He obviously loves top of the ground.”
SIXTH RACE RESULT
4.40pm mosspm.co.uk NURSERY HANDICAP
£20,000 guaranteed, 1m straight course, For 2yo. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 7lb; Weight raised 1lb; Minimum weight: 7-12. Penalties: after September 5th, each race won 6lb Toga Tiger's Handicap Mark 89. Entries: 31 pay £100. Penalty value: 1st: £12,952.00; 2nd: £3,854.00; 3rd: £1,926.00; 4th: £962.00.
1 AZIZI (Hamdan Al Maktoum) William Haggas 2-9-7 Richard Hills  13/8f
2 BALTIMORE CLIPPER (USA) (Meyrick & Dunnington-Jefferson) Paul Cole 2-8-6 Paul Hanagan  10/1
3 START RIGHT (L Marinopoulos) Luca Cumani 2-8-11 Kieren Fallon  6/1
4 WHIPPERS LOVE (IRE) (Crone Stud Farms Ltd) Mark Johnston 2-8-12 Joe Fanning 
5 TOGA TIGER (IRE) (Ridgeway Downs Racing) Mick Channon 2-9-7 Darryll Holland 
6 AZLAK (USA) (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 2-7-12 Nicky Mackay 
7 MISTER ANGRY (IRE) (The Originals) Mark Johnston 2-9-6 Neil Callan 
8 GUNNER LINDLEY (IRE) (P McNamara, N Browne, S Richards) Barry Hills 2-9-6 Michael Hills 
9 DROMORE (IRE) (I Burbidge) Andrew Balding 2-8-12 Liam Keniry 
Distances: 2 1/4, 1/2, 3 3/4, 4, 4 1/2, 5, 1 1/2, 6
Time: 1m 37.89s
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Ltd
Breeding: b c Haafhd - Harayir (USA)
Totes: Win: £2.50 Places: £1.40, £2.70, £1.80 Exacta: £21.00
Winning Trainer: Name Haggas, William John Date of Birth: 23/8/60 Date of first trainer's licence: 20/11/86 First winner: Tricky Note, Newmarket, April 15, 1987, EBF Bartlow Stakes Previous Occupation: Assistant trainer to Sir Mark Prescott and John Winter British Classic wins: (1) Shaamit (1996 Derby - his first (and so far only) runner in the Classic) Other Major wins include: bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup (2008 Conquest), Italian 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), German 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont, 2004 Brunel), Audi Stakes (2008 Enticing), Betfred Classic Trial (2006 Primary), Champagne Stakes (1990 Bog Trotter), Crocker Bulteel Handicap (1996 Yeast), Joel Stakes (1996 Yeast), Royal Hunt Cup (1996 Yeast), Insulpak Victoria Cup Handicap (1996 Yeast), Norfolk Stakes (2000 Superstar Leo), Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Molecomb Stakes (2003 Majestic Missile), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2004 Chorist), Gimcrack Stakes (2006 Conquest), Prix du Petit Couvert (2006 Majestic Missile) totesport.com Challenge Cup (2007 Candidato Roy), William Hill Lincoln (2007 Very Wise), John Guest Diadem Stakes (2008 King’s Apostle), Dee Stakes (2009 South Easter), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2009 King’s Apostle) Trains at Somerville Lodge, Newmarket Suffolk Royal Ascot wins (6): Jersey Stakes (2008 Aqlaam), Hampton Court Stakes (2008 Collection), Royal Hunt Cup (1996 Yeast), Norfolk Stakes (2000 Superstar Leo), Ribblesdale Stakes (2006 Mont Etoile), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standing) Number of horses in training (1993-2009): 47; 37; 37; 42; 45; 49; 53; 58; 72; 63; 70; 82; 88; 96; 102; 106; Wins in a season (1991-2008): 27; 13; 13; 22; 19; 28; 12; 47; 45; 39; 43; 44; 75; 46; 53; 59; 57; 76; Wins in 2009: 52
Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Richard John. Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Tom Jones. First winner: Border Dawn (Doncaster 26/10/79) Classic wins: (6) 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan, 2009 Ghanaati), 2000 Guineas (2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1999 Mutafaweq), Vodafone Oaks (2005 Eswarah) Other major wins: Autumn Stakes (2000 Nayef), totesport.com Cambridgeshire (2008 Tazeez), Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel), Falmouth Stakes (2000 Alshakr, 2002 Tashawak), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), German Oaks (2002 Salve Regina), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Hungerford Stakes (1998 Muhtathir), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), July Cup (1998 Elnadim), Betfair Molecomb Stakes (2008 Finjaan), Middle Park Stakes (1997 Hayil), Norfolk Stakes (1986 Sizzling Melody, 1989 Pettilante), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1994 Wagon Master; 2001 Mutamam; 2004 Bandari), Queen Mary Stakes (1997 Nadwah), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1994 Maroof, 2001 Summoner); Rockfel Stakes (1999 Lahan); Royal Lodge Stakes (1998 Mutaahab, 2002 Al Jadeed), Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), September Stakes (2000 Mutamam); Temple Stakes (1999 Tipsy Creek); Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Yorkshire Cup (1985 Ilium) Other details: Took over as number one jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum on the retirement of Willie Carson. Royal Ascot wins: 21 First Royal Ascot win: Queen’s Vase (June 19, 1985 Wassl Merbayeh) Major Royal Ascot wins: Jersey Stakes (2008 Aqlaam), Gold Cup (1990 Ashal); Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1987 Mtoto, 2003 Nayef), Hardwicke Stakes (2006 & 2007 Maraahel), Hampton Court Stakes (2007 Zaham) Wins (1990-2008):56, 67, 52, 57, 59, 70, 71, 85, 83, 77, 81, 79, 81, 75, 66, 72, 54, 72, 66 Wins This Year: 70
Seventh Race - The universalrecyclingcompany.co.uk Handicap - Winner’s Quotes
FALLON’S FIFTH PUTS HIM ON TOP
There was a terrific race in the universalrecyclingcompany.co.uk Handicap, to wrap up this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.
Precision Break, ridden by Kieren Fallon, held off the fierce challenge of Falcon Rock, with Jamie Spencer in the plate. Throughout the final furlong, Falcon Rock gradually eroded the lead of Precision Break, but the Paul Cole-trained colt held on to give Fallon his fifth winner of the week and make him leading jockey at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival. Frankie Dettori was second with three winning rides.
“It’s great to be back riding at Doncaster. There is an amazing atmosphere here and I’ve really enjoyed it,” said Fallon, the six-time former champion.
Precision Break also provided Paul Cole’s stable with its second winner of the week - and the stable almost struck with Starfala in the DFS Park Hill Stakes. With Oliver Cole en route to the Keeneland Sales in the USA, Richard Warden was representing the stable.
“He’s tough and hard and the ground suits him. The only bad race he’s run was last year at Ripon and that was on soft ground,” said Warden.
SEVENTH RACE RESULT
5.15pm Universalrecyclingcompany.co.uk HANDICAP
£20,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f, For 3yo+ Rated 91-105 (also open to such horses rated 90 and below) Weights highest weight 9st 11lb Weight raised 6 Minimum weight 8-11, 3-y-o 8-2 Penalties after September 5th, each race won 6lb Weight for age 3 from 4yo+ 9lb Doubnov's Handicap Mark 95 Entries 22 pay £ 100 Penalty value 1st £12,952.00 2nd £3,854.00 3rd £1,926.00 4th £962.00
1 PRECISION BREAK (USA) (Fitri Hay) Paul Cole 4-9-10 Kieren Fallon  4/1
2 FALCON ROCK (IRE) (Michael Tabor) Simon Callaghan 4-9-3 Jamie Spencer  2/1f
3 NIGHT CRESCENDO (USA) (John Connolly) Amanda Perrett 6-9-5p Darryll Holland 
4 SNOQUALMIE BOY (Fitri Hay) Tom Tate 6-9-1 Robert Winston 
5 QUAI D'ORSAY (Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-1 Joe Fanning 
6 MATRAASH (USA) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-8-13 Richard Hills 
6 ran Non-runner: 1 Doubnov, 3 Seeking The Buck Distances: 1/2, 2 3/4, 4 1/2, 3/4, 10
Time: 2m 30.26s Breeder: Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd
Breeding: Silver Deputy (CAN) - Miss Kitty Cat (USA) Totes: Win: £3.40 Places: £2.00, £1.90 Exacta: £9.00
Winning jockey:-Name: Fallon, Kieren Francis Date Of Birth: February 22, 1965 Background: Became apprentice to Kevin Prendergast when 17, riding his first winner the following year. Moved to Britain when still an apprentice in 1988, working for Jimmy Fitzgerald and then Lynda Ramsden in 1993. Signed to ride for Henry Cecil in 1996, and became champion jockey for the first time in 1997 with 202 wins, also winning his first two classics. Joined Sir Michael Stoute in 2000 after acrimonious split with Cecil, but suffered a bad fall at Royal Ascot that nearly ended his career, and ruled him out of the rest of the season. Replaced Jamie Spencer as Ballydoyle stable jockey in 2005, although continued to ride for Stoute when allowed. Charged with race-fixing by City of London Police in 2006, and banned from riding in Britain pending trial. Also failed drugs test in France, resulting in worldwide six month ban in the same year. Returned to action in June 2007, although gave up riding in October 2007 to concentrate impending court case. Cleared of attempting to defraud Betfair customers when trial collapsed in December 2007, only to be found guilty of failing a drugs test in France in August 2007. Started riding out for Sir Michael Stoute after being given an 18 month ban and launched his own website. Returned to race riding on September 4, 2009, coming second on his first ride back (Rare Malt, Withyham Median Auction Maiden Stakes, Lingfield Park) First winner: Piccadily Lord (Navan, June 18, 1984) First winner after return to riding: Our Kes, William Hill 0800 444040 - Get £25 Free Bet Handicap, Wolverhampton, September 5, 2009 British Classic wins: (13) 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington), 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2005 Virginia Waters), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board, 2006 Alexandrova), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light) Big Race Wins: Grosser Pries von Baden (1997 Borgia), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali Royal), Prince ofWales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Epsom Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse), Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), La Foret (1998 Tomba), Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma), Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva), Epsom Oaks (1999 Ramruma), Epsom Derby (1999 Oath), 1000 Guineas (1999 Wince), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantasic Light), Coronation Cup (2000 Dlaiapour), 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best), Lockinge Stakes (2001 Medicean), Eclipse Stakes (2001 Medicean), 2000 Guineas (2001 Golan), Italian Oaks (2002 Guadalupe), Yorkshire Oaks (2002 Islington), Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth (2002 Golan), Coronation Cup (2002 Boreal), Morny (2002 Elusive City), Lagardere (2002 Hold That Tiger), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare (2003 Islington), Yorkshire Oaks (2003 Islington), Nassau Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm), Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom), Epsom Derby (2003 Kris Kin), Coronation Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm), 1000 Guineas (2003 Russian Rhythm), Opera (2003 Zee Zee Top), Ispahan (2003 Falbrav), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare (2004 Ouija Board), Pheonix Stakes (2004 Damson), Irish Oaks (2004 Ouija Board), Yorkshire Oaks (2004 Quiff), Racing Post Trophy (2004 Motivator), Epsom Oaks (2004 Ouija Board), Nassau Stakes (2004 Favourable Terms), Lockinge Stakes (2004 Russian Rhythm), Epsom Derby (2004 North Light), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2004 Gamut), Arlington Million (2005 Powerscourt), Phoenix Stakes (2005 George Washington), National Stakes (2005 George Washington), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2005 Rumplestiltskin),Irish Derby (2005 Hurricane Run), Irish Champion Stakes (2005 Oratorio), Hong Kong Vase (2005 Ouija Board), Eclipse stakes (2005 Oratorio), Coronation Cup (2005 Yeats), 2000 Guineas (2005 Footstepsinthesand), 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters), Marcel Boussac (2005 Rumplestiltskin), Lagardere (2005 Horatio Nelson), Grand Prix de Paris (2005 Scorpion), Arc de Triomphe (2005 Hurricane Run), Phoenix Stakes (2006 Holy Roman Emperor), Irish Oaks (2006 Alexandrova), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2006 Hurricane Run), Irish Derby (2006 Dylan Thomas), Irish Champion Stakes (2006 Dylan Thomas), Preis von Europa (2006 Youmzain), Queen Anne Stakes (2006 Ad Valorem), Epsom Oaks (2006 Alexandrova), Lockinge Stakes (2006 Peeress), Gold Cup (2006 Yeats), 2000 Guineas (2006 George Washington), Poule d’Essai des Poulins (2006 Aussie Rules), Lagardere (2006 Holy Roman Emperor), Pretty Polly Stakes (2007 Peeping Fawn), Irish St Leger (2007 Yeats), Irish Champion Stakes (2007 Dylan Thomas), Morny (2007 Myboycharlie), Grand Prix de Saint-CLoud (2007 Mountain High), Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas) Wins (1988-2006): 31, 28, 39, 29, 45, 60, 47, 91, 136, 202*, 204*, 202*, 149, 166*, 149*, 221*, 200, 70, 27 *Champion jockey Wins in Britain in 2009: 10
Winning trainer:-Name Cole, Paul Frederick Irvine Date of birth: 11/9/41 Trains at Whatcombe, Wantage, Oxfordshire Date of first licence: 1968 Previous Occupation: Assistant to Richmond Sturdy & George Todd Classic wins: (2) St Leger (1990 Snurge); Vodafone Derby (1991 Generous) Major wins include: Irish Derby (1991 Generous), Dewhurst Stakes (1990 Generous), Italian Derby (1987 Zaizoom, 1994 Time Star), King George VI and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1991 Generous), St Leger (1990 Snurge), Irish Oaks (1990 Knight's Baroness), Italian Oaks (1993 Bright Generation), Queen Mary Stakes (1996 Dance Parade), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1991 & 1992 Ruby Tiger), Premio Legnano (1993 Ruby Tiger), Coventry Stakes (1991 Dilum), Richmond Stakes (1991 Dilum), Grand Prix de Deauville (1993 Snurge), Irish St Leger (1990 Ibn Bey, 1995 Strategic Choice), Lincoln Handicap (1997 Kuala Lipis, 2000 John Ferneley, 2001 Nimello), Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (1996 Putra, 1997 Central Park, 2006 Strategic Prince), Somerville Tattersalls Stakes (2007 River Proud), Parknasilla Hotal Goffs Million (2007 Luck Money) Other details: Champion trainer in 1991 Royal Ascot wins: 20 First Royal Ascot winner: Calibina (June 17, 1977 - Wokingham Stakes) Horses in training (1985-2009): 84; 107; 112; 120; 120 ; 117; 105; 131; 136; 157; 129; 140; 141; 134; 118; 117; 111; 114; 97; 92; 83; 73; 61; 85; 92; Wins (1984-2008): 61; 54; 64; 55; 43; 51; 53; 73; 86; 67; 69; 77; 74; 60; 64; 76; 51; 56; 61; 56; 41; 31; 44; 29; 50; Wins in 2009: 29
GOING FOR LADBROKES ST LEGER DAY
Doncaster’s clerk of the course, David Williams, reported this morning that the going for the Ladbrokes St Leger Day is
Straight Course: Good to Firm (GoingStick 8.7 at 7am)
Round Course: Good to Firm, Good in places (GoingStick 8.6 at 7am)
Williams said: “After racing, the irrigator went straight on at the mile start and down to the five-furlong pole and I put four millimetres on there as that was definitely quickening up. Then, having walked round the course, I put two millimetres in some places and four millimetres in others, to try and even the course up.
“Having walked it this morning - now that it has soaked in - it’s pretty much even all the way round. We’ve got just a furlong of good ground on the Round Course, immediately after tan crossing (just after the Ladbrokes St Leger start), and the rest of it is good to firm.
“The GoingStick readings that we took this morning are almost the same as yesterday and the ground should pretty much ride the same.
“There’s a good cover of grass out there and I’m really pleased how the ground has held up. I certainly would not have thought in August that I would be watering for the Leger meeting!”
The forecast for today is dry and bright with temperatures rising to 22 degrees Celcius.
The stalls will be on the stands’ side for the Straight Course, on the inside for the Round Course.
CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD LOSES A FEW FRIENDS
Godolphin, with two wins so far at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival (Sand Vixen and Al Zir), will be hoping to make it three in the opening event, the Group Two DFS Champagne Stakes (1:55). Poet’s Voice, third in the Acomb Stakes at last month’s York meeting, has been supported at 7/4 and is now a very solid 6/4 favourite with Ladbrokes.
Pavershooz, the highest-rated horse in Noel Wilson’s Flaxton yard, won three of his four outings in June and July, and saw his handicap mark climb to 94. Freshened up for the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap (2:25), the four-year-old gelding has been backed from 8/1 to 7/1 with the race sponsor.
Johnny Murtagh has been in the plate for Yeats’ last four victories, but Seamus Heffernan takes over in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh this afternoon, leaving Murtagh free to ride Changingoftheguard in the Ladbrokes St Leger (3:00), the final Classic and the centrepiece of today’s programme. If Murtagh’s presence is a hint, few seem to be taking it, for the Aidan O’Brien-trained horse, having eased slightly yesterday (100/30 from 3/1), is now available at 7/2 with Ladbrokes. Kite Wood is the 11/4 favourite.
Mahadee, in the Doncaster Premier Inn & Table Table Handicap (4:05), has established himself as something of an all-weather specialist, five of his six wins coming at Great Leighs, Kempton and Southwell. His solitary turf success at Lingfield in June last year at least came in fast conditions. But it’s not unknown for a Clive Brittain-trained outsider to make an impact - Hibaayeb’s second at 40/1 in yesterday’s DFS May Hill Stakes was a recent example - and Mahadee has been backed into 20/1, from 25/1, with Ladbrokes.
Those looking for each-way value in the last, the universalrecyclingcompany.co.uk Handicap (5:15), will have been dismayed by the withdrawal of Seeking The Buck, bringing down the number of runners to just seven. Nevertheless, Matraash is still seen as a worthwhile investment by a number of punters, and the Mark Johnston-trained colt is now 10/1 with Ladbrokes, having earlier today been available at 12/1.
KEITH JOHNSON CHARITY BET FOR RACING WELFARE
Wensleydale-based rails bookmaker Keith Johnson has kindly donated a charity bet of £100, with the proceeds to be given to the Racing Welfare appeal to help those affected by the tragic fire in Malton last weekend.
Keith said: “We obviously all heard the news last weekend. It’s very, very sad. So we decided that we should do something to help.
“I originally thought that it would be Adam (Waterworth, managing director of Doncaster racecourse) picking the horse but now that I have heard that it is to be Channel 4's Jim (McGrath) I think I might have been done!
“The price on the horse that Jim goes for will be starting price plus a little bit.
“Each-way or to win I’m quite happy and if we got a nice outsider we might even enhance it a little bit further, and I guess if he gets beat we will also find something for the cause.
“It is for a great cause and I am really happy to help out in anyway I can.
“I didn’t know the young girl at all but I knew the young lad (Jamie Kyne) who was a very promising young jockey.
“It’s got to be very sad for all concerned and we are all in this game together and we have got to help each other out.”
Jim McGrath has put £50 each-way on No3 Barney McGrew in the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap.
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