Wednesday, September 29, 2010
HOORAY STILL SET FOR ADNAMS CHEVELEY PARK STAKES AT NEWMARKET
Hooray has given her connections plenty to cheer about this season and Sir Mark Prescott’s charge will receive her biggest ovation yet if she wins the Group One Adnams Cheveley Park Stakes (2.30pm) at Newmarket on Friday, 1st October.
Cheveley Park Stud’s home-bred Invincible Spirit two-year-old lines up in the season’s premier six-furlong race for juvenile fillies having annexed the Group Two Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes and the Group Three totepool Sirenia Stakes on her last two starts, both of which came over the same distance.
Hooray is one of 11 fillies declared for the prestigious contest, which last year went to subsequent 1000 Guineas and Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine Special Duty.
Chris Richardson, Cheveley Park Stud’s managing director, revealed today: “Hooray has been a very progressive filly all through the season and we hope she continues to surprise us.
“At this point in time, we are still intending to run but the forecast is a concern. She’s not the same filly on soft ground.
“If she were not to run there are other options and I suppose the Rockfel Stakes (at Newmarket on Champions’ Day) could be one of those. At this stage we will take it that she will have a go on Friday.”
Two of the past three winners of the Adnams Cheveley Park Stakes have gone on to Classic success in the 1000 Guineas at the Rowley Mile the following May, with Natagora (2007 Cheveley Park Stakes/2008 1000 Guineas) preceding Special Duty. Richardson hopes Hooray can make the necessary progress to join that illustrious duo in completing the double.
He continued: “From the stud’s point of view, I would like to think Hooray will be a Guineas filly and we would have to consider it, but we will have to see how she progresses over the winter. She’s not the most robust filly, so she would need to develop physically to be at that level in May, but we will let Sir Mark and his team figure that out in the spring.”
Also declared to run in the Adnams Cheveley Park Stakes is the John Gosden-trained Group Two Queen Mary Stakes winner Maqaasid, who met with her only defeat when fourth to Hooray in the Jaguar Lowther Stakes at York in August. The Michael Bell-trained Margot Did was runner-up on that occasion.
Luca Cumani is set to saddle Khor Sheed, victorious in the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies’ Auction Stakes at Newmarket on 17th September, having finished third to subsequent Group One Fillies’ Mile heroine White Moonstone in the Group Three German-Thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes at the July Course on 7th August.
Aidan O’Brien has declared Wild Wind who handled cut in the ground when a head second in the Group Three C. L. Weld Park Stakes over seven-furlongs at the Curragh on 26th September, the progressive Godolphin filly Ragsah, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, was runner-up in the Group Three Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr on 18th September.
The other declarations are Bold Bidder, Mortitia, Rimth, Sharnberry and Sweet Cecily.
Friday’s outstanding card at Newmarket also features the Group One Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (3.05pm) for two-year-old colts over six furlongs, which has eight declared runners.
The unbeaten Dream Ahead is already a Group One winner over the distance for trainer David Simcock after taking the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on August 22.
The Ed McMahon-trained Temple Meads captured the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury in July and proved his stamina over six furlongs with an impressive victory in the Group Two Mill Reef Stakes at the same venue on 18th September.
Approve, trained by William Haggas, had the free-running Temple Meads back in fourth when landing the Group Two Gimcrack Stakes at York in August and was third to Irish Field in the Group Two Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte in July.
Richard Hannon is set to saddle Group Two Coventry Stakes winner Strong Suit, while the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Al Aasifh is primed to represent Godolphin.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Samuel Morse was fourth to Pathfork in the Group One Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh last time, while Foghorn Leghorn from the Peter Chapple-Hyam yard also runs.
GODOLPHIN’S SAAMIDD TO EXERCISE BEFORE RACING AT NEWMARKET TOMORROW
Saamidd, winner of the Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on 11th September, will gallop before racing at Newmarket tomorrow, Thursday, 30th September.
The Godolphin two-year-old, who is unbeaten in two outings, will exercise over seven furlongs on the Rowley Mile at 12.50pm and is due to be in the pre-parade ring at 12.30pm. He will be accompanied by two galloping companions.
STARLUCK FIGHTING FIT FOR STAN JAMES-SPONSORED HURDLING TARGET ON THE ROAD TO CHELTENHAM - GO NATIVE TO BOUNCE BACK FROM INJURY
Starluck could head to the Grade One StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday, November 27 en route to another crack at the Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle at The Festival on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.
In a new five-year deal, bookmaker Stan James is sponsoring the Stan James Champion Hurdle as well as three of the season’s prime stepping stones to that Cheltenham showpiece, the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle, the Grade Two StanJames.com International at Cheltenham on December 11 and the Grade Two StanJames.com Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock on January 22.
The Alan Fleming-trained Starluck was fifth at 14/1 behind Binocular in last season’s Stan James Champion Hurdle, having failed by a short-head to snatch the Grade One williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle from Go Native at Kempton in December. He is currently 40/1 with Stan James to capture the hurdling crown at The Festival in March.
The high-class grey, who was fourth to Zaynar in the 2009 Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival, began last season with an impressive victory at The Showcase at Cheltenham in the sportingbet.com Hurdle and was second in a soft-ground contest at Haydock prior to his Kempton effort.
Fleming revealed today: “At this moment, we are looking at the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle and then the Christmas Hurdle but we have no plan yet as to where he will run before that. He just got touched off in the Christmas Hurdle last year and then ran a cracker at Cheltenham against experienced horses, so we are looking for him to just get a little bit better this season.
“If all goes well and he can continue to prove his ability to mix it with the best, we would hope to make it to the Stan James Champion Hurdle in March. There are some very good novices coming through from last year so we will have to see where we are against them.
“He was a four-year-old at the start of last season and hopefully he can improve a bit this season. It was a respectable enough run in the Stan James Champion Hurdle. He had Celestial Halo and Zaynar quite close to him, so he wasn’t out of his depth - he was holding his own.
“At Kempton he handled softer ground better last year than he would have done as a juvenile, so we are hoping he will get stronger and deal with it better as he gets older.
“He had a great time through the summer and looks stronger than he did last year. He is in real good fettle now so we are looking forward to cracking on with him.
“Starluck is a special horse for us and probably just didn’t put everything together last season. He was probably a little bit unlucky to get beat at Haydock and a little bit unlucky to get beat in the Christmas Hurdle. Then we couldn’t run him in the race we wanted to before the Champion Hurdle. I do think he is a more together horse this season.”
Another top-class hurdler with the Stan James Champion Hurdle as his ultimate target is last season’s StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle and Christmas Hurdle hero Go Native.
But Noel Meade’s charge, successful in the Grade One Neptune Investment Management Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival in 2009, will not bid for a repeat success in the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle in November after picking up an injury when 10th in last season’s Stan James Champion Hurdle, for which he was the 11/4 favourite.
Meade revealed today: “The StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle is certainly not on the agenda because when he ran in the Stan James Champion Hurdle he injured his lower cannon bone and spent quite a bit of the summer recuperating. That meant he was late going out to grass, so he was late coming back in and he probably won’t be ready this side of Christmas.
“The vets are very happy with him at the moment and seem to think he has made a full recovery. I just wanted to give him a break because he had been in for quite a long time and I felt if we put him back in training and went on from there we might not get through the whole season.
“The Christmas Hurdle could still be on the agenda but it’s too early to say at this stage where we will start him off. Hopefully, we’ll be there at Cheltenham for the Stan James Champion Hurdle - that’s the target.”
The Stan James Champion Hurdle is the feature race at Cheltenham on day one of The Festival in 2011, Tuesday, March 15.
2011 Stan James Champion Hurdle latest odds: 3 Binocular, 5 Hurricane Fly, 14 Khyber Kim, 16 Solwhit, 16 Get Me Out Of Here, 16 Peddlers Cross, 16 Menorah, 20 Rite Of Passage, 20 Casual Conquest, 22 Go Native, 22 Dunguib, 25 Quevega, 25 Overturn, 28 Soldatino, 33 Zaynar, 33 Mille Chief, 33 Cue Card, 33 Secant Star, 33 Walkon, 33 Sanctuaire, 33 Blackstairmountain, 40 Medermit
WHITE MOONSTONE COULD BE A CARTIER RACING AWARDS GEM
An illuminating victory for White Moonstone in the Group One Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile at Ascot on Saturday, September 25, means the Godolphin filly now tops the current points standing for the coveted Cartier 2-Y-O Filly Award.
Saeed bin Suroor’s charge is now unbeaten in four starts, each time with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, having landed an Ascot maiden, the Group Three German-Thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket and the Group Two Keepmoat May Hill Stakes at Doncaster prior to her neck victory over the Aidan O’Brien-trained Together at the weekend.
Victory in the prestigious mile contest takes White Moonstone to 56 points, 16 ahead of O’Brien’s Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Misty For Me, while Laughing Lashes has 36 points and Together rises to 32.
The Cartier Racing Awards recognise excellence in horseracing and the awards are the sport’s equivalent of the Oscars. Split into eight categories for the year’s top horses, including the particularly coveted Cartier Horse Of The Year, the awards are determined by points earned in Pattern races combined, at the end of the season, with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists, as well as votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph.
European horseracing’s most prestigious accolades will be presented for the 20th time on November 16, during a glittering ceremony before an invited audience in the ballroom of London’s Dorchester Hotel.
The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to recognise the achievements of racehorses in Europe. There is also the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award Of Merit for the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 18-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.
Also on Saturday at Ascot, the O’Brien-trained Rip Van Winkle (104 points) attempted to clinch the mile Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes for the second year in succession but was foiled close home as Dettori produced Poet’s Voice with a withering last-to-first run to gain victory by a nose.
The four-year-old Rip Van Winkle is equal on points with Midday in the Cartier Older Horse Award category, which sees the great mare Goldikova and crack sprinter Starspangledbanner sharing pole position with 112 points.
Harbinger (80 points), the runaway King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Sponsored by Betfair winner, had the form of his exciting Group One victory in late July boosted by the 11-length runner-up Cape Blanco’s impressive victory over Rip Van Winkle in the Group One Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 4. Harbinger cannot add to his points total, having been retired from racing through injury, but could still come into the reckoning for Cartier Awards glory through the opinions of a panel of racing journalists and votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph in November.
Cape Blanco, who previously won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, is now on 136 points and close to taking the lead in Cartier 3-Y-O Colt Award category away from Canford Cliffs (140) who missed the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot through injury.
Frankel annihilated the opposition when posting a 10-length victory in the Group Two Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, but Henry Cecil’s charge, who is set to step up to Group One company in either the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 16 or Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster a week later, has some way to go to challenge the points leaders in the Cartier 2-Y-O Colt Award division.
Unbeaten Group One boylesports.com Vincent O’Brien National Stakes winner Pathfork and Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes victor Zoffany both have 48 points, while dual Group Two winner Approve is on 46.
Dual Oaks heroine Snow Fairy (118) currently remains clear of 1,000 Guineas and Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winner Special Duty (98), Group One Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes winner Music Show (80), two-time Group One winner Lillie Langtry (72) and Prix de Diane victor Sarafina (72) in the Cartier 3-Y-O Filly Award standings.
Starspangledbanner (112) is still out in front in the race for the Cartier Sprinter Award thanks to his triumphs in the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes and Darley July Cup, while Rite Of Passage’s (48) Group One Ascot Gold Cup success keeps him clear of Group One Irish Field St Leger winner Sans Frontieres (32), whose next start is due to come in the Group One Melbourne Cup in November.
In an open contest for the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award, Canford Cliffs is narrowly ahead on 140 points, courtesy of his wins in the Group One Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes. Cape Blanco (136) is next in the running, followed by Snow Fairy (118), the great miler Goldikova (112) and Starspangledbanner (112).
Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant, commented today: “Ascot provided us with fantastic sport last weekend and the performances of Frankel and White Moonstone were particularly exciting with next year’s Classics in mind.
“It was also great to see Frankie Dettori in such spectacular form at his spiritual home, riding four winners, including that exquisitely-timed victory aboard Poet’s Voice.
“The 2010 Cartier Racing Awards remain intriguingly open at this stage. Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting and the Qatar Arc festival at Longchamp, both staged this weekend, will generate outstanding performances and thus provide further clues to the outcome of this year’s Cartier Racing Awards.”
For more information, please contact Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant (01488 669166), Sima Bibi of Cartier (020 7408 5740) or Mark Popham of Racenews (020 7704 0326)
CARTIER AWARDS 2010 LATEST POINTS STANDINGS
(up to and including September 26, 2010)
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
CANFORD CLIFFS 140
CAPE BLANCE 136
DICK TURPIN 104
LOPE DE VEGA 98
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
SNOW FAIRY 118
SPECIAL DUTY 98
MUSIC SHOW 80
LILLIE LANGTRY 72
Cartier Older Horse
RIP VAN WINKLE 104
REGAL PARADE 40
RITE OF PASSAGE 48
SANS FRONTIERES 32
AGE OF AQUARIUS 28
ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE 26
Cartier Two-Year-old Colt
Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
WHITE MOONSTONE 56
MISTY FOR ME 40
LAUGHING LASHES 36
Cartier Horse Of The Year
CANFORD CLIFFS 140
CAPE BLANCO 136
SNOW FAIRY 118
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