Saturday, September 3, 2011
SUPERB JUVENILE CONTESTS IN PROSPECT AT DONCASTER’S LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL ON FRIDAY
WACHMAN AIMING REQUINTO AT POLYPIPE FLYING CHILDERS STAKES
Friday, September 9, is Stobart Doncaster Cup Day on Town Moor with a thrilling seven-race card featuring three Group Two contests.
The feature £100,000 Stobart Doncaster Cup (2.25pm) has been re-opened after receiving nine entries and the potential field will be revealed at 11.00am on Monday. The remaining pair of Group Two contests are both for juveniles, with the opening £70,000 Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (1.25pm) attracting 15 entries and the £70,000 Barrett Steel May Hill Stakes (3.00pm) having 11 entries.
Run over five furlongs, the Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes features the fastest two-year-olds around and a horse being targeted at the contest is the David Wachman-trained Requinto, one of three Irish-trained entries. The son of Dansili won twice over five furlongs in Ireland, including a Listed contest at Tipperary, before taking the Group Three Molecomb Stakes, also run over at five furlongs, at Goodwood on July 26. Last time out, he was pitched in against older opposition in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes over five furlongs at York on August 19, but was unable to get competitive and finished 13th of the 15 runners.
Wachman revealed today: “The intention is for Requinto to head to Doncaster next week for the Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes.
“I am hoping that the ground was against him in the Nunthorpe Stakes - his mother (Damson) was useless on soft going and he seems to be pretty much the same as her.
“I was very pleased with the way he travelled at York but, when we went for him, he just floundered on the ground. Hopefully, he can get his conditions at Doncaster and put that race behind him.”
Other possible starters in the Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes include the Richard Hannon-trained Lilbourne Lad, successful in the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh and runner-up in the Group Two Gimcrack Stakes at York. Burwaaz was runner-up behind Requinto in the Molecomb Stakes and subsequently finished third in the Gimcrack Stakes while two fast fillies in the potential line-up are Angels Will Fall, a Group Three winner at Ascot in July, and impressive York Listed scorer My Propeller, who is owned by QPR footballer Joey Barton.
Several exciting fillies feature among the 11 entries for the £70,000 Group Two Barrett Steel May Hill Stakes (3.00pm, one mile) including Samitar, successful in the Group Three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Mick Channon. Regal Realm, from Jeremy Noseda’s stable, also boasts winning form in Pattern company, having taken the Group Three Prestige Stakes at Goodwood last month while the John Gosden-trained Elusive Kate landed a Group Three contest in France on her latest appearance. Godolphin scooped the 2010 May Hill Stakes with White Moonstone and the Maktoum family’s operation has two exciting entries this time around - the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Anjaz, a facile winner on her only start at Kempton, and Lyric Of Light, successful on her only outing so far at Newmarket last month for trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.
The £17,500 Frank Whittle Partnership Conditions Stakes (3.35pm) was won last year by none other than Frankel, the superstar of the 2011 season and still unbeaten after eight starts. The dozen entries this year include Ektihaam, who was made an eye-catching winning debut at Newbury for first-season trainer Roger Varian.
Stobart Doncaster Cup Day also features competitive handicap action with the Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap (1.55pm, 20 entries) and the Universal Recycling Handicap (4.10pm, 29 entries). The day concludes with the Mollart Cox Classified Stakes (4.40pm, 32 entries).
The going at Doncaster remains: GOOD TO FIRM (WATERED)
Jon Pullin, Clerk of the Course at Doncaster, revealed today: “A total of seven millimetres of water has been applied to the round course and by the end of today, 15 millimetres of water will have been applied to the straight course in recent days.
“Today and tomorrow should see relatively dry conditions, although there is a risk of showers this evening and tomorrow morning.
“Monday is currently predicted to be mainly dry with rain forecast for during the day on Tuesday.
“We will have a look at course tomorrow morning and assess the situation before making any further plans regarding watering.”
The four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival runs from Wednesday, September 7, through to Saturday, September 10, inclusive.
For further information and to book tickets, please go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk
QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES UPDATE
• Dream Ahead confirmed himself as Britain’s top sprinter when becoming the first horse to win two races in the QIPCO British Champions Series sprint division, adding this afternoon’s Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park to his Darley July Cup victory at Newmarket two months ago.
• It was a repeat of the Darley July Cup one-two with Bated Breath in second place, but this was a much closer run affair, with Dream Ahead just a nose in front at the line and Hoof It just a head away in third. A Stewards’ Enquiry left the placings unaltered.
• Winning jockey, William Buick, moves into third place in the Jockey of the Series table with three victories to his name, but still trails Tom Queally and Frankie Dettori by two winners. The successful trainer, David Simock, moves into sixth place on the trainers’ leaderboard which is dominated by Sir Henry Cecil and Mahmood Al Zarooni.
• The first six home are all entered for the final race in the division, the QIPCO British Champions Sprint, at Ascot on Saturday 15 October.
The Sprint division:
1. Betfred.com Temple Stakes (5f), Haydock Park, Saturday 21 May – won by SOLE POWER
2. King’s Stand Stakes (5f), Royal Ascot, Tuesday 14 June – won by PROHIBIT
3. Golden Jubilee Stakes (6f), Royal Ascot, Saturday 18 June – won by SOCIETY ROCK
4. Darley July Cup (6f), Newmarket, Saturday 9 July – won by DREAM AHEAD
5. Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (5f), York, Friday 19 August – won by MARGOT DID
6. Betfred Sprint Cup (6f), Haydock Park, Saturday 3 September – won by DREAM AHEAD
7. QIPCO British Champions Sprint (6f), Ascot, Saturday 15 October
TRAINER OF THE SERIES (AFTER 27 of 35 RACES)
JOCKEY OF THE SERIES (AFTER 27 of 35 RACES)
Both championships are decided on the number of winners ridden/trained across the 35 race series. In the event of a tie, the number of seconds and thirds (and, if necessary, lower placings) will be taken into account. The winners will be presented with a specially commissioned trophy on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 15 October and their nominated charity will receive a cheque for £25,000.
The upcoming QIPCO British Champions Series races are:
The Doncaster Cup (2m 2f, 3yo+), Doncaster, Friday 9 September (LONG DISTANCE)
The Ladbrokes St Leger (1m 6f, 3yo), Doncaster, Saturday 10 September (LONG DISTANCE)
The Nayef Joel Stakes (1m, 3yo+), Newmarket, Friday 23 September (MILE)
Followed by the five finale races on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 15 October:
The £200,000 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup (2m, 3yo+)
The £250,000 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (6f, 3yo+)
The £250,000 QIPCO British Champions Series Fillies & Mares Stakes (1m 4f, 3yo+)
The £1m Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO (British Champions Mile) (1m, 3yo+)
The £1.3m QIPCO Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (1m 2f, 3yo+)