Friday, July 30, 2010

ASCOT REPORT SHERGAR CUP TEAMS TAKING SHAPE. TO BE RUN ON SATURDAY AUGUST 7 2010.




ASCOT RACECOURSE PREPARE FOR THE 2010 RUNNING OF THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP.



The teams for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot a week on Saturday (August 7) are close to being finalised, with stars like six times British champion jockey Kieren Fallon, three times French champion Christophe Soumillon and five times Irish champion Pat Smullen signed up in the last 10 days for the world’s premier international jockeys team competition.



Both Soumillon and Smullen will be making their Shergar Cup debuts, while Fallon has not participated in it since 2004. All three of the Rest of the World jockeys – three times South African champion, Anton Marcus, top Japanese rider, Yasunari Iwata, and Melbourne’s reigning champion jockey, Luke Nolen – will be making their UK debuts.



Just four jockeys need to confirm their participation once they know whether they will be required by their retained stables – Ryan Moore and William Buick for the Great Britain team, Richard Hughes for the Ireland team and Frankie Dettori for the European team.



Great Britain

Hayley Turner (Captain)

*Ryan Moore

*William Buick



Ireland

Kieren Fallon (Captain)

Pat Smullen

*Richard Hughes



Europe

*Frankie Dettori (Captain) (Italy)

Christophe Soumillon (Belgium)

Umberto Rispoli (Italy)



Rest of the World

Anton Marcus(Captain) (South Africa)

Yasunari Iwata (Japan)

Luke Nolen (Australia)


* to be confirmed



At The Races, for whom this is a stand-alone afternoon card, will be the host broadcaster for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and will be looking to capture the whole flavour of the event.Racing will start an hour later than in previous years at 2.10pm, with the 12 jockeys signing autographs between 1pm and 1.30pm and the Opening Ceremony following straight on from that.



In the races, the jockeys will wear team colours for the first time, with the ROA having given its support to the initiative which should help bring alive the team competition more vividly for racegoers on the track and ATR viewers at home.



As last year, cheerleaders will be dancing in front of the stands when the horses reach the start before each race and they will dance again once each race is over to the winning rider’s team anthem.The anthems this year are:



Great Britain: Kasabian – Fire

Europe: Alphabeat – Fascination

Ireland: U2 – Elevation

Rest of the World: Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling



After the Closing Ceremony and presentation of the Shergar Cup, the Silver Saddle trophy for the top points-scoring jockey and the Dubai Duty Free Ride of the Day award, a free 80’s concert will take place in the Old Paddock with stars like Boy George, former Ultravox front man Midge Ure, Belinda Carlisle, the Christians, Captain Sensible, Cutting Crew and Johnny Hates Jazz entertaining the crowds.



Only a few tickets for Premier Admission (£35, but £31.50 if booked in advance) remain to be sold although there are still plenty of General Admission tickets available (£25, but £22.50 if booked in advance). All accompanied under 18’s are admitted free and there will be lots of additional free children’s entertainments.



Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free, said: “We are delighted with the way the day is shaping up and look forward to another exciting competition.



“We are very pleased that special guests Joe Mercer and John Reid will be joining us to judge the Dubai Duty Free Ride of the Day, a new award we introduced last year that we expect to be keenly contested once again.”



Ascot Head of Communications and International Racing Nick Smith commented: “In recent years the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Day has been our best attended race meeting outside the five days of Royal Ascot and there should be another fantastic atmosphere here next Saturday.



“It’s great to have a lot of new faces in the competition this year, all with tremendous international or domestic achievements to their name. For instance, it will be fascinating to see Frankie Dettori riding alongside fellow countryman Umberto Rispoli, the young rider who last year smashed Frankie’s father’s all-time record for the number of winners in an Italian season.



“And it will be just as interesting to see Yasunari Iwata from Japan, the only rider from his country to win Australia’s greatest race, the Emirates Melbourne Cup, riding alongside an up-and-coming Aussie star, Luke Nolen.



“Overall we have an outstanding array of jockeys taking part and a great line-up of acts for the post-racing concert. It all points to a vintage Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Day and with advance bookings on a par with last year, we should be on for another crowd not far short of 30,000.”



Further information:

Nick Smith, Head of Communications and International Racing, Ascot , 07771 791 449

Alistair Haggis, Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Event Manager, 07761 896500




HISTORY
The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is one of the world’s major international jockeys’ competitions and was first staged at Ascot in 2000. Twelve top riders take part, three representing Great Britain, three Ireland , three Europe and three riding for the Rest of the World. The day features six races, all handicaps worth £30,000, with each jockey having five rides and sitting out one race. Points are awarded on a 15, 10, 7, 5, 3 basis to the first five horses to finish in each race and the team with the highest points total after the last race lifts the Shergar Cup trophy. The top individual points-scoring rider wins the Silver Saddle trophy and there is also the Dubai Duty Free Ride of the Day award.



Dubai Duty Free, the world’s number one airport retailer, has been involved with the Shergar Cup since its inception, and became title sponsor of the event in 2006.



PAST WINNERS OF THE “SILVER SADDLE” FOR THE LEADING JOCKEY AT THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP



2009 Team Points

Richard Hughes IRE 49 points

Fredrik Johansson EUR 30 points

Hayley Turner GBR 30 points

Neil Callan IRE 29 points

Hiroyuki Uchida ROW 27 points

Seamus Heffernan IRE 23 points

Alan Munro GBR 19 points

Gerald Mosse EUR 18 points

Ahmed Ajtebi ROW 10 points

Malesh Narredu ROW 10 points

Darryll Holland GBR 7 points

Andrasch Starke EUR 4 points



2008 Team Points

Gerald Mosse EUR 50 points

Yutaka Take ROW 37 points

Mirco Demuro EUR 26 points

Hayley Turner GB 25 points

Richard Hughes IRE 22 points

Russell Baze ROW 20 points

Halis Karatas EUR 18 points

Frankie Dettori GB 16 points

Jamie Spencer IRE 14 points

Seb Sanders GB 12 points

Kevin Manning IRE 8 points

Jorge Ricardo ROW 0 points



2007 Team Points

Hugh Bowman ROW 37 points

Hayley Turner GB 32 points

Kevin Manning IRE 28 points

Jimmy Fortune IRE 25 points

Yutaka Take ROW 25 points

Darren Beadman ROW 24 points

Frankie Dettori EUR 20 points

Martin Dwyer GB 15 points

Fredrik Johansson EUR 15 points

Declan McDonogh IRE 13 points

Kevin Darley GB 11 points

Andreas Suborics EUR 7 points



2006 Team Points

Ryan Moore GBI 50 points

Seb Sanders GBI 30 points

Frankie Dettori ROW 29 points

Jamie Spencer GBI 26 points

Gerald Mosse ROW 22 points

Doug Whyte ROW 21 points

Robert Winston GBI 20 points

Hayley Turner GBI 17 points

Glen Boss ROW 13 points

Michael Kinane GBI 10 points

Emma Jayne Wilson ROW 7 points

Yuichi Fukunaga ROW 3 points





2004 Team Points

Weichong Marwing ROW 37 points

Frankie Dettori ROW 31 points

Michael Kinane GBI 28 points

Kieren Fallon GBI 23 points

Jamie Spencer GBI 23 points

Dario Vargiu ROW 21 points

Damien Oliver ROW 17 points

Yutaka Take ROW 17 points

Gerald Mosse ROW 15 points

Kevin Darley GBI 13 points

Johnny Murtagh GBI 10 points

Darryll Holland GBI 5 points



2003 Team Points

Kieren Fallon GBI 43 points

Doug Whyte ROW 36 points

Shane Dye ROW 32 points

Fredrik Johansson ROW 29 points

Andreas Suborics ROW 20 points

Yutaka Take ROW 20 points

Pat Eddery GBI 19 points

Darryll Holland GBI 18 points

Mick Kinane GBI 10 point

Kevin Darley GBI 5 points

Frankie Dettori ROW 5 points

Johnny Murtagh GBI 3 points



2002 Team Points

Richard Hughes GBI 45 points

Mick Kinane GBI 30 points

Kieren Fallon GBI 28 points

Hiroki Goto ROW 27 points

David Flores ROW 20 points

Pat Eddery GBI 18 points

Craig Williams ROW 17 points

Andreas Suborics ROW 15 points

Gerald Mosse ROW 14 points

Kevin Darley GBI 10 points

Doug Whyte ROW 10 points

Johnny Murtagh GBI 6 points



2001 Team Points

David Flores ROW 45 points

Pat Eddery GBI 30 points

Mirco Demuro ROW 30 points

Richard Hughes GBI 27 points

Johnny Murtagh GBI 25 points

Gerald Mosse ROW 18 points

Mick Kinane GBI 18 points

Frankie Dettori ROW 15 points

Kevin Darley GBI 10 points

Norihiro Yokoyama ROW 10 points

Craig Williams ROW 7 points

Kieren Fallon GBI 5 points



The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup a most interesting series of flat races bringing together the best riders from all around the world to compete.





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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 2010 UPDATES





CASTLES HEADS FAHEY TEAM FOR Bluesquare.com STEWARDS’ CUP



MIDDAY TOPS 12 BLUE SQUARE NASSAU STAKES ACCEPTORS



Richard Fahey is eyeing a five-star line-up in the £100,000 Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood on Saturday, July 31, with the North Yorkshire trainer planning to unleash at least a quintet of crack sprinters from his Malton yard.



The six-furlong heritage handicap, which has 90 going forward at today’s five-day stage, is one of the season’s biggest betting heats and Fahey has earmarked the ultra-competitive sprint for Castles In The Air (9st 6lb), a 16/1 shot with sponsor Blue Square, who could bid to land two big handicaps on successive Saturdays.



Owned by Channel Four Racing’s Jim McGrath, the five-year-old won the seven-furlong Victoria Racing Club International Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, July 24.



Fahey revealed today: “Castles In The Air did it very well at Ascot. I have not cantered him back yet but we are happy with him. He just wants decent ground so if someone could organise about an inch of rain on Friday night, that would be great.”



The trainer has his team in fantastic form and Kaldoun Kingdom (9st 4lb & 14/1) almost pulled off another major sprint handicap victory for the stable on Saturday as he went down by a head to the Jim Goldie-trained Hawkeyethenoo (8st 11lb & 6/1 favourite) in the Sky Bet Dash at York.



The Fahey contingent is also set to feature Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup regular Knot In Wood (9st 10lb & 20/1). The smart eight-year-old, fourth in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot in June, has twice finished third in the Goodwood contest. Last year, Knot In Wood was a length and a half behind the Roger Charlton-trained Genki (9st 9lb & 7/1) while 2007 saw him get within half a length of the victorious Zidane. Between times, Fahey’s stalwart came home four lengths sixth to Conquest.



Johannes (9st 1lb & 14/1) took the 2009 Stewards’ Sprint Stakes, the consolation race for the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup, which takes place over the course and distance on Friday, July 30, while Quest For Success (9st 2lb & 33/1) won the Scottish Stewards’ Cup at Hamilton last year.



Fahey continued: “Depending on the ground, we will probably run five in the Bluesquare.com Steward’s Cup. At the moment we are looking at Knot In Wood, Kaldoun Kingdom, Quest For Success, Castles In The Air and Johannes but it is all ground dependent. We have plenty in the wings that might just get in there too, like Prime Exhibit (9st).



“If it was good ground we would run them all but on soft ground we would have to have another look.



“Knot In Wood loves it there and I think they would cancel the meeting if he didn’t turn up, so I have to send him there.”



Fahey’s other remaining entries in the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup are Valery Borzov (8st 12lb), Irish Heartbeat (8st 10lb), Baldemar (8st 8lb), Sunrise Safari (8st 1lb), Sioux Rising (7st 13lb) and Northern Dare (7st 1lb).



Those failing to make the cut for Saturday’s heritage handicap are eligible to contest the Rolf Group Stewards’ Sprint Handicap on Friday, July 30.



Latest Blue Square prices for the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup: Hawkeyethenoo 6/1, Genki 7/1, Palace Moon 8/1, Jonny Mudball 10/1, Enact 10/1, Victoire de Lyphar 12/1, Johannes 14/1, Striking Spirit 14/1, Kaldoun Kingdom 14/1, Castles In The Air 16/1, Parisian Pyramid 16/1, Secret Asset 16/1, Noverre To Go 16/1, Tiddliwinks 20/1, Bagamoyo 20/1, Knot In Wood 20/1, Damien 25/1, Evens And Odds 25/1, Kellys Eye 25/1, Prohibit 25/1, Pastoral Player 25/1, Ingleby Lady 25/1, Sir Gerry 33/1, Quest For Success 33/1, Mac Gillie Eoin 33/1, Run For The Hills 33/1, Iver Bridge Lad 33/1, Hitchens 33/1, Prime Exhibit 33/1, Edge Closer 33/1, Singeur 33/1, Olynard 33/1, Imperial Guest 40/1, Esoterica 40/1, Mister Hughie 40/1, Valery Borzov 40/1, Five Star Junior 40/1, Oldjoesaid 40/1, Wildcat Wizard 40/1, Ancien Regime 40/1, Global City 40/1, Baldemar 40/1, Advanced 40/1, Sea Of Leaves 50/1, Sonny Red 50/1, Aye Aye Digby 50/1, Everymanforhimself 50/1, 66/1 bar



The other highlight of Saturday’s excellent seven-race card is the £215,200 Group One Nassau Stakes (3.05pm) over just short of 10 furlongs, which has 12 fillies and mares going forward at the five-day stage, including last year’s heroine Midday, currently the 11/4 favourite with Blue Square.



The Henry Cecil-trained four-year-old went on to capture the Group One Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita in October.



Stiff opposition comes in the form of last season’s Group One Prix de Diane heroine Stacelita (7/2), trained in France by Jean-Claude Rouget, who showed her wellbeing with a Group Three success at Longchamp in June.



Group Two winners Strawberrydaiquiri (7/1) and Barshiba (20/1) add further flair to the field, while Group One Fillies’ Mile heroine Hibaayeb (25/1) is one of seven three-year-olds on course to attempt to keep the prize from the older generations.



Another three-year-old with a big chance is the other French-trained raider, Rosanara (4/1), a supplementary entry, who was successful in the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac in 2009 and runner-up in the Prix de Diane last time for Alain de Royer-Dupre.



Saturday is the last of five fantastic days racing at the Glorious Goodwood festival, which commences on Tuesday, July 27.



Latest Blue Square prices on the Blue Square Nassau Stakes: Midday 11/4, Stacelita 7/2, Rosanara 4/1, Strawberrydaiquiri 7/1, Rumoush 8/1, Antara 12/1, Contredanse 12/1, Barshiba 20/1, Akdarena 25/1, Hibaayeb 25/1, Myplacelater 33/1, Famous 100/1.



LATEST GOING AHEAD OF GLORIOUS GOODWOOD



Goodwood is renowned for its wonderful racing surface and that is in large part due to clerk of the course Seamus Buckley and his team of experienced ground staff who work hard to produce fantastic racing conditions.



Buckley is delighted with the state of the ground ahead of Glorious Goodwood and is looking forward to an excellent week of sport on the Downs.



He revealed today: “There is a great covering of grass and I am very pleased with the condition of the course. I am looking forward to starting on what I would call perfect Flat racing ground.



“The going on the straight course is good, while the round course is good to firm, good in places, with an overall GoingStick reading of 8.4 at 3.00pm today. More detailed readings will be available in the morning.”



LATEST GOING:

STRAIGHT COURSE - GOOD

ROUND COURSE - GOOD TO FIRM/GOOD IN PLACES



For more information, please contact Rod Fabricius, Managing Director at Goodwood Racecourse, on 01234 755 022, Seamus Buckley on 07774 100223, Bradley Eccleshare, Marketing & PR Manager, on 01243 755024, or Rachel Suter, Racecourse Marketing and PR Executive, at rachel.suter@goodwood.com



THE Bluesquare.com STEWARDS’ CUP

Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. Six furlongs. For three-year-olds and upwards. Goodwood, Saturday, July 31, 2010. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties, after June 26th, a winner 3lb; a winner of 2 races 6lb. Entries closed, June 15, entries revealed, June 16 (126 entries), weights revealed June 30, scratchings deadline noon, July 13 (107 remained), five-day confirmation stage Monday, July 26 (90 go forward). Final declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, July 29. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, July 25. May not include some overseas form.



Form Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer

2536231 ELNAWIN 4-9-11 (3lb ex) Noodles Racing Richard Hannon

000-044 KNOT IN WOOD (IRE) 8-9-10 Rhodes, Kenyon & Gill Richard Fahey

103-461 GENKI (IRE) 6-9-09 (3lb ex) Gillian Khosla Roger Charlton

0(1)-(1)(1)(6)0 GLOBAL CITY (IRE) 4-9-09 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

002105 SIR GERRY (USA) 5-9-09 Trish Galligan John Best

100-532 PALACE MOON 5-9-08 Canisbay Bloodstock William Knight

315-040 JIMMY STYLES 6-9-07 Gwyn Powell and Peter Ridgers Clive Cox

20-10031 CASTLES IN THE AIR 5-9-06 (3lb ex) Jim McGrath Richard Fahey

6-030550 EDGE CLOSER 6-9-05 Godfrey Wilson Richard Hannon

30-42006 DAMIEN (IRE) 4-9-04 The Hon Mrs Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright Barry Hills

211-1302 KALDOUN KINGDOM (IRE) 5-9-04 P D Smith Holdings Ltd Richard Fahey

66(4)1-535 QUEST FOR SUCCESS (IRE) 5-9-04 Morebrooke Ltd Richard Fahey

013002 RILEYSKEEPINGFAITH 4-9-04 Jolly Roger Racing Mick Channon

0-(4)0300 ADVANCED 7-9-02 T Doherty and McHeen Kevin Ryan

60135-00 HITCHENS (IRE) 5-9-02 Laurence O'Kane David Barron

4-652650 IVER BRIDGE LAD 3-9-02 The Iver Lads John Ryan

003-100 JOHANNES (IRE) 7-9-02 John Nicholls Ltd/David Kilburn Richard Fahey

(2)-60221 JONNY MUDBALL 4-9-02 Woodgate Family Tom Dascombe

00-2422 STRIKING SPIRIT 5-9-02 N & Z Aboobaker & Bon Accord Racing David Nicholls

03(1)00-0 ANCIEN REGIME (IRE) 5-9-01 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

51223-2 ENACT 4-9-01 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute

4-04000 EVENS AND ODDS (IRE) 6-9-01 Dab Hand Racing David Nicholls

(4)(1)(0)000 EVERYMANFORHIMSELF (IRE) 6-9-01 J Duddy B McDonald & A Heeney Kevin Ryan

(1)0(4)0234 PROHIBIT 5-9-01 Dasmal, Rix, Barr, Morley, Mrs Penney Robert Cowell

3-66360 RUN FOR THE HILLS 4-9-01 Richard Pegum Roger Charlton

102-1300 INGLEBY LADY 4-9-00 Dave Scott David Barron

00-(4)310 NOVERRE TO GO (IRE) 4-9-00 Duddy Duddy Heeney McBride Tom Dascombe

2-(6)200(1) PRIME EXHIBIT 5-9-00 (3lb ex) Dab Hand Racing Richard Fahey

0/-(1)64253 SECRET ASSET (IRE) 5-9-00 Simon Pierpoint & Paul Salisbury Jane Chapple-Hyam

050-00500 SONNY RED (IRE) 6-9-00 Alex Nicholls E Maher & J E Greaves David Nicholls

6501513 PARISIAN PYRAMID (IRE) 4-8-13 Dr Marwan Koukash Kevin Ryan

2-20(4)300 SINGEUR (IRE) 3-8-12 Ms M Austerfield Robin Bastiman

4512021 FIVE STAR JUNIOR (USA) 4-8-11 (3lb ex) Moyns Park Stud Linda Stubbs

14-112301 HAWKEYETHENOO (IRE) 4-8-11 (3lb ex) Johnnie Delta Racing Jim Goldie

123F00 MISTER HUGHIE (IRE) 3-8-11 Liam Mulryan Mick Channon

600-5000 VALERY BORZOV (IRE) 6-8-12 D R Kilburn/John Nicholls Trading Richard Fahey

63-10300 IMPERIAL GUEST 4-8-10 Exors of the late John Guest George Margarson

3140-106 IRISH HEARTBEAT (IRE) 5-8-10 Mark Leatham & G H Leatham Richard Fahey

(1)(1)(4)(1)(3)04 TIDDLIWINKS 4-8-10 Guy Reed Kevin Ryan

0-02300 WILDCAT WIZARD (USA) 4-8-10 Alan Spence Paul Cole

10-3001 OLYNARD (IRE) 4-8-09 (3lb ex) R Roberts Ralph Beckett

14-504U0 SEA OF LEAVES (USA) 4-8-09 Frank & Annette Brady Jim Goldie

2026-11 VICTOIRE DE LYPHAR (IRE) 3-8-09 Middleham Park Racing XVIII David Nicholls

32(2)-202 BAGAMOYO 3-8-08 Chippenham Lodge Stud James Fanshawe

4(5)620000 BALDEMAR 5-8-08 A Rhodes Haulage And P Timmins Richard Fahey

1-030330 ESOTERICA (IRE) 7-8-08 Mrs S Bruce & Mrs L Mackay Jim Goldie

231110 KELLYS EYE (IRE) 3-8-08 Ron Hull David Brown

(0)40006 MAC GILLE EOIN 6-8-08 M C S D Racing Partnership John Gallagher

60-04000 OLDJOESAID 6-8-08 Angie Bailey Kevin Ryan

00-2040 PASTORAL PLAYER 3-8-08 The Pursuits Partnership Hughie Morrison

00220600 ABRAHAM LINCOLN (IRE) 6-8-07 Paul Moulton Ron Harris

4030-04 AYE AYE DIGBY (IRE) 5-8-07 Trolley Action Jim Boyle

0/060-10 DEFINIGHTLY 4-8-06 S Emmet and Miss R Emmet Roger Charlton

(0)20550 SAUCY BROWN (IRE) 4-8-06 David Nicholls I David Nicholls

21(2)-(0)00 SERVOCA (CAN) 4-8-06 Nick & Shona McLeod-Clarke & Mike Murphy Mike Murphy

5-1(1)(1)31 DEVER DREAM 3-8-05 (3lb ex) Options O Syndicate William Haggas

0401400 KERRYS REQUIEM (IRE) 4-8-05 Mick Channon Mick Channon

(3)020011 LOWDOWN (IRE) 3-8-05 (6lb ex) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

2-(2)0422 WE HAVE A DREAM 5-8-05 The Dreaming Squires William Muir

(4)(4)(4)-1005 DRAWNFROMTHEPAST (IRE) 5-8-04 H R H Prince of Saxe-Weimar Jamie Osborne

500-1230 OSIRIS WAY 8-8-04 Alexandra J Chandris Patrick Chamings

(1)-(1)520 POET'S PLACE (USA) 5-8-04 Elaine Russell David Barron

6(5)-5033 KING'S WONDER 5-8-03 Middleham Park Racing XXXII David Nicholls

51-32102 DEACON BLUES 3-8-02 Jan & Peter Hopper & Michelle Morris James Fanshawe

0-(4)00100(2) GHOSTWING 3-8-02 Mark Benton John Gallagher

(4)41302 SECRET WITNESS 4-8-02 Ridge House Stables Ltd Ron Harris

(5)(0)3300 BECKERMET (IRE) 8-8-01 David Chapman Ruth Carr

503435 JOSEPH HENRY 8-8-01 Billy Hughes David Nicholls

0445016 PISCEAN (USA) 5-8-01 (3lb ex) Andrew Duffield Tom Keddy

0601000 RASAMAN (IRE) 6-8-01 Paul Moulton Jim Goldie

(0)-160400 SUNRISE SAFARI (IRE) 7-8-01 Timeform Betfair Racing Club Ltd Richard Fahey

(0)-006150 CRIMEA (IRE) 4-8-00 (3lb ex) Middleham Park Racing XVI David Nicholls

64-0100 NORTHERN FLING 6-8-00 Paul Moulton Jim Goldie

4060-02 PERFECT FLIGHT 5-8-00 Mrs C J Ward Michael Blanshard

0-00040 HAMOODY (USA) 6-7-13 Hart Inn I David Nicholls

0331203 RED CAPE (FR) 7-7-13 Middleham Park Racing LVI Ruth Carr

0/1160- SIOUX RISING (IRE) 4-7-13 Una Towell Richard Fahey

00-(0)5000 NORTHERN DARE (IRE) 6-7-11 Dr Marwan Koukash Richard Fahey

3-40054 TAKE TEN 3-7-11 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

(0)(3)(0)00515 ORPSIE BOY (IRE) 7-7-07 Miss Vanessa Church Ruth Carr

0-10110 AVEROO 5-7-09 Miss K Squance Michael Squance

2D54-10 CURTAINS 3-7-09 The Pull Yourself Together Partnership Simon Dow

0-02200 EXCELLENT GUEST 3-7-09 Exors of the late John Guest George Margarson

(5)01130 POPPANAN (USA) 4-7-08 Joe Cole Simon Dow

621005 ROCKER 6-7-07 Sir Eric Parker Gary Moore

(6)-(1)01(4)(2)6 QUASI CONGAREE (GER) 4-7-06 M Forbes & C R Lamborne Ian Wood

(1)3(6)120 ALFRESCO 6-7-04 Mrs A M Riney John Best

305462 FROGNAL (IRE) 4-7-04 Reach For The Moon Ruth Carr

4031002 METHAALY (IRE) 7-7-01 Noel Racing Michael Mullineaux

(0)(0)(6)-(0)(0)(0) PRINCESS VALERINA 6-6-12 G J Hicks Derek Haydn Jones



90 five-day confirmations



BLUE SQUARE NASSAU STAKES

Class 1, Group One, £215,200 Total Prize Fund. Goodwood, Saturday, July 31, 2010. For 3yo+ fillies and mares,1m 1f 192y. Weights: 3yo 8st 10lb, 4yo+ 9st 6lb. Entries closed July 6, entries revealed July 7 (23 entries). Five-day confirmation & £17,000 supplementary entry stage, July 26 (11 go forward plus 1 supplementary entry), final declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, July 29. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys & are correct up to & including the racing of Sunday, July 25, 2010.



Form Horse Age Owner Trainer

3-411636 AKDARENA 3 Kirsten Rausing Jim Bolger IRE

3111-13 ANTARA (GER) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

40-1431 BARSHIBA (IRE)6 Jeff Smith David Elsworth

00(3)-111 CONTREDANSE (IRE)3 S Stuckey Luca Cumani

24-0200 FAMOUS (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

221-0310 HIBAAYEB 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

23131-2 MIDDAY 4 Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil

(1)(2)(5)1401 MYPLACELATER 3 Tony Thompson David Elsworth

13-342 ROSANARA (FR) 3 H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR

(1)-104 RUMOUSH (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning

1110-41 STACELITA (FR) 4 Martin Schwartz Jean-Claude Rouget FR

1114-114 STRAWBERRYDAIQUIRI 4 Renata Jacobs Sir Michael Stoute



11 five-day confirmations plus 1 supplementary entry stage

2 Irish-trained

2 French-trained




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Monday, July 26, 2010

COUNTDOWN TO GLORIOUS GOODWOOD DAY ONE 27 JULY 2010





FAHEY’S DARLING WALTZING TO VEUVE CLICQUOT VINTAGE STAKES



RIP AND CANFORD HEAD EIGHT IN SUSSEX STAKES



BUCKLEY ON TARGET TO PRODUCE “PERFECT” GROUND AT GOODWOOD



Waltz Darling is heading to Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday, July 28, for the biggest test of his embryonic career in the Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (2.45pm) over seven furlongs for two-year-olds.



The prestigious contest has attracted seven declared runners with the Iffraaj colt’s rivals including the Richard Hannon-trained King Torus, successful in the Group Two Superlative Stakes over the same trip at Newmarket on July 9.



Waltz Darling has a perfect record of two wins from two starts but, although well-regarded, trainer Richard Fahey is under no illusions about the task facing his charge, whose successes to date have come in a six-furlong Ripon maiden on June 2 and a Newcastle novice event over the same distance on June 24.



Fahey revealed today: “Waltz Darling has done everything we have asked of him and deserves to take his place. It is a big step so we will find out if he is good enough. He is a huge horse and was quite backward mentally, but he is fine now and we are going to step him up in class because if you don’t have a go, then you don’t know.



“Seamus Buckley (clerk of the course) is talking about good ground up the straight. He is a man of his word, so hopefully that is what happens. I don’t think the ground will bother him it is just whether he is good enough.”



The high-class field also includes the unbeaten Brian Meehan-trained Crown Prosecutor, whose second of two career starts brought victory in a Salisbury conditions race on June 27.



Mark Johnston is set to run Stentorian, runner-up to subsequent Group Three winner Zoffany in a Listed race at Leopardstown on July 1, while Hannon could also be represented by impressive Lingfield maiden winner Major Art.



Chilworth Lad from the Mick Channon stable was two lengths fourth to Formosina in the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh last month, while the Roger Teal-trained Surrey Star won an Epsom maiden over the distance on July 15.



Wednesday’s excellent seven-race card also features the Group One Sussex Stakes (3.25pm) over a mile, which has attracted eight crack milers at today’s final declaration stage.

Last year’s brilliant victor Rip Van Winkle, who will be ridden by champion jockey Ryan Moore, is one of three from the Aidan O’Brien stable alongside Group One Dewhurst Stakes winner Beethoven and Encompassing.



Leading the three-year-old assault on the championship contest is the Richard Hannon-trained Canford Cliffs, the exceptional winner of both the Group One Irish 2,000 Guineas and Royal Ascot’s Group One St James’s Palace Stakes.



Premio Loco, trained by Chris Wall, was supplemented into the race after winning the Group Two Summer Mile at Ascot on July 10, while the other runners are course specialist Mac Love, Beacon Lodge and Dream Eater.



The five-day festival that is Glorious Goodwood commences tomorrow, Tuesday, July 27, when the feature race is the £155,000 Group Two Betfair Cup over seven furlongs.



An outstanding field of 12 is poised to go to post, including the Henry Cecil-trained Group One winner Lord Shanakill, the high-class Main Aim from the Sir Michael Stoute yard, exciting French raider Dalghar, trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre and last year’s winner Finjaan.





Tuesday’s wonderful seven-race card also features the £70,000 Group Three Betfair Gordon Stakes (2.45pm) and the £60,000 Group Three Betfair Molecomb Stakes (4pm).



LATEST GOING AHEAD OF GLORIOUS GOODWOOD



Goodwood is renowned for its wonderful racing surface and that is in large part due to clerk of the course Seamus Buckley and his team of experienced ground staff who work hard to produce fantastic racing conditions.



Buckley is delighted with the state of the ground ahead of Glorious Goodwood and is looking forward to an excellent week of sport on the Downs.



He revealed today: “There is a great covering of grass and I am very pleased with the condition of the course. I am looking forward to starting on what I would call perfect Flat racing ground.



“The going on the straight course is good, while the round course is good to firm, good in places. The course has been watered and we will finish that watering programme later this afternoon, after which we will take the going stick reading - that reading will be available tomorrow (Tuesday).”



LATEST GOING:

STRAIGHT COURSE - GOOD

ROUND COURSE - GOOD TO FIRM/GOOD IN PLACES



For more information, please contact Rod Fabricius, Managing Director at Goodwood Racecourse, on 01234 755 022, Seamus Buckley on 07774 100223, Bradley Eccleshare, Marketing & PR Manager, on 01243 755024, or Rachel Suter, Racecourse Marketing and PR Executive, at rachel.suter@goodwood.com



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Saturday, July 24, 2010

WATCH CHANNEL4 THE MORNING LINE LIVE FROM 8AM to 9AM EVERY SATURDAY. TO ORGANISE YOUR AFTERNOONS' RACING ACTION. 24.07.2010

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE THE CLUES ARE THERE. An interesting and entertaining program providing previews, key current news, review and updates, relevant to this afternoon’s C4 live action from York and Newmarket.



TODAYS MEETINGS COVERED BY THE CHANNEL4 TEAM ARE:

YORK Flat (Turf) 7 races £209k. First race 2.00-5.20.
C4 show live 2.00. 2. 30. 3.05 and the 3.40.
3.05. The Sky Bet York Stakes (Group 2)(Class One) Winner £56,770


NEWMARKET Flat (July Course Turf) 7 races £77k. First race 1.45 - 5.05
C4 show live 2.15. 2.45. 3.20.




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YORK 3.05 TOTE SCOOP6 Leg 3

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NEWMARKET 3.20 SCOOP6 Leg 5

YORK 3.40 TOTE SCOOP6 Leg 6

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C4 MORNING LINE HORSERACING TEAM TODAY ARE:

NICK (Lord Snooty) LUCK
Host Presenter from Glorious York this morning. Broadcaster. Bloodhorse Illiterate.


GUEST STAR PHILLIP MAKIN
Bloodhorse Literate. A young horseman who has chosen a career in horseracing. His mentor, trainer David Barrons.

Two years ago PHILLIP suffered the misfortune of breaking his back. This afternoon PHILLIP is to partners NANTON in the 3.05 Sky Bet York Stakes. Also MAGIC ECHO in the 2.30, SEA OF LEAVES in the 3.40, MOTHER JONES in the 4.10, WICKED DAZE in the 4.45, and LEGAL LEGACY in the 5.20. A young rider who is attracting various trainers attention. With the right background support, and through his own understanding and commitment, he is able to build his confidence and expertise day by day.


GUEST STAR FRANKIE DETTORI
Bloodhorse Literate. Frankie a professional horseman who has that wonderful gift, charisma, with both horses and people. Flat jockey of the highest calibre, a love for the horses which shines out for all to see. One of the best flat race jockeys this world has ever seen.


EMMA ( Mm’s) SPENCER
Bloodhorse Literate. Form Specialist Broadcaster.


TOM (SP) LEE
Form Specialist/Broadcaster up to the minute betting stats. Bloodhorse Illiterate. Email Tom: racing@channel4.com


STEWART MACHIN
Specialist Commentator/Broadcaster/Presenter. Bloodhorse Illiterate.


JIM (Gentleman Jim) McGRATH
Form Specialist/Broadcaster. Bloodhorse Illiterate.


Phone call with BARRY (BISMARK) DENNIS
Form Specialist/Bookmaker/ Barry names the horse that he believes will not succeed in winning this afternoon. Bloodhorse Illiterate.




PAUSE FOR THOUGHT

STEWARDS INQUIRY TRIALS.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA’S) aim to attempt to introduce televised
stewards’ inquiries, at present still in the ‘TRIALS STAGE’ . These tests are to be carried out today at Ascot’s King George vi and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Meeting. To be followed up next week at the Glorious Goodwood Meeting, but to be confined there, to just the Friday and Saturday July 30 & 31 only.


JAMIE STIER, head of Raceday Operations and Regulations employed by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has this to say “ We are delighted to be able to continue this trial at these high-profile meetings. It is pleasing that the jockey’s have thrown their support behind this .....


“Through this trial we hope those watching will gain a more comprehensive understanding of the processes and considerations given by the stewards in determining the result of a race which is subject to an enquiry.”


However the question that remains to be asked .... Is the BHA’S Head of Raceday Operations and Regulations JAMIE STIER 'Bloodhorse Literate' or 'Bloodhorse Illiterate?'



IF JAMIE STIER is ‘Bloodhorse Illiterate’ he has no business to be holding a post such as this. This needs to apply to Stewards also. To act in Regulation or to act in Disciplinary, personnel need to be ‘Bloodhorse Literate’ at this level otherwise they will be making dangerous and shocking errors of judgment blaming others unjustly.


A race recently that immediately springs to mind where a ‘Stewards Inquiry’ took place was on Friday 9th July, the July Cup at Newmarket. A race with a first prize to the supposed true winner of £227,080 (Two hundred and twenty seven thousand pounds, plus) The very reason why Johnny Murtagh is not able to ride here today, as he received a riding ban in that race, of 6 days. But amazingly the horse he was attempting to ride that day STARSPANGLEDBANNER was allowed to receive and keep all this prize money, after crossing, taking the ground of at least six other competitors putting them all out of contention during this actual race. What sort of stewarding is this? Is anyone allowed to know? Get to the winning post first, by fair means or foul, seems to hold sway with the British Bloodhorse Illiterate Stewarding personnel’ What a shocking way to regulate British Horseracing . How can any jockey possibly know what way, or which way he is to be treated whilst race riding? No wonder Richard Hughes decided to have a week off before Glorious Goodwood.






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Friday, July 23, 2010

COUNTDOWN TO GLORIOUS GOODWOOD AUDI KING GEORGE STAKES 2.45 THURSDAY JULY 29 2010 AMERICAN CHALLENGER 'STARFISH BAY'.





AMERICAN CHALLENGER STARFISH BAY ONE OF 23 ENTRIES FOR AUDI KING GEORGE STAKES AT GLORIOUS GOODWOOD



MELBOURNE & JAPAN CUP RUNNER-UP POP ROCK AMONG 19 ENTRIES FOR ARTEMIS GOODWOOD CUP



Day three of Glorious Goodwood, Thursday, July 29, offers the perfect blend of speed and stamina with the afternoon’s two feature contests being the £100,000 Group Two Audi King George Stakes (2.45pm) over five furlongs and the £100,000 Group Two Artemis Goodwood Cup (3.25pm) over two miles.



The 23-strong entry for the Audi King George Stakes includes several high-class sprinters such as Fleeting Spirit, winner of the Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket in 2009, and Borderlescott, who landed the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood in 2006 and has taken the last two renewals of the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes.



There is also the prospect of transatlantic representation in the five-furlong sprint via the Todd Pletcher-trained Starfish Bay, a four-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality who has recorded victories on turf at Gulfstream Park and Monmouth Park this year. The flying filly also set a new course record for five and a half furlongs at Monmouth Park in June, 2009. She is set to become the first American-trained runner at Goodwood and also the first British runner for her trainer.



Michael Hernon, Director of Sales at Kentucky-based Gainesway Thoroughbreds, owners of Starfish Bay, commented: “She will run for Todd at Goodwood and then we will evaluate where to go with her. She is in very good form at the moment and she is a very quick filly - we are hopeful she will give a very good account of herself.



“We have been thinking about sending over horses to Europe and this filly seemed a suitable candidate, so we decided to take a shot with her.”



Also among the Audi King George Stakes entries are the William Haggas-trained Triple Aspect, a Group Three winner over five furlongs at Sandown on July 3, Gilt Edged Girl from the Clive Cox stable and triumphant in a Group Three contest at Leopardstown on June 10, Richard Hannon’s consistent performer Elnawin and Reverence, a dual Group One winner in 2006 who has hinted at signs of a revival this term.



A tremendous renewal of the Group Two Artemis Goodwood Cup is in prospect with 19 entries at the six-day stage. Aidan O’Brien saddled the great Yeats to victory in the two-mile event in 2006 and 2008 and this year he could be represented by Age Of Aquarius, who beat all bar Rite Of Passage when going down by a neck in the Group One Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Third on that occasion was Purple Moon, who was also runner-up in the 2007 Melbourne Cup.



Another horse to have finished second in Australia’s most famous race and also entered in the Artemis Goodwood Cup is Pop Rock. The one-time leading Japanese performer may travel over from Ireland for Curragh-based handler Takashi Kodama, who is starting out on his second spell as a trainer in Ireland following a brief stint with a licence five years ago.



Pop Rock, who travelled over to Kodama’s stables in May, recorded a brace of Grade Two victories in the Meguro Kinen at Tokyo in 2006 and 2007 but is best remembered for going down by a short-head to compatriot Delta Blues in the 2006 Melbourne Cup. He also finished second in two of Japan’s most prestigious Grade One contests, chasing home Deep Impact in the Arima Kinen in December, 2006, and finding only Admire Moon a head too strong in the Japan Cup in November the following year.



Komada revealed today: “I have entered Pop Rock in the Artemis Goodwood Cup and the race is an option for him as things stand, along with the Group Three Coutts Glorious Stakes the following day. He also holds an entry in a conditions race at Galway next week but, as long as everything is fine, I would like to run him at Goodwood.



“He is in good form at the moment - he is a nine-year-old but still looks fresh - and he worked very well last Tuesday. Mick Kinane and Fran Berry ride work on him and they said that he is good enough for Galway, but I was too scared to ask them if he was up to Group level.



“Pop Rock was one of the top horses in Japan but his form over the past couple of years has not been up to the same level. There are also fewer opportunities for stayers in Japan and so I asked the owners to let him come over and they were very keen to have some fun with him in Europe.”



Godolphin has three entries to choose from in the Artemis Goodwood Cup, headed by last year’s St Leger runner-up Kite Wood while other interesting contenders include the John Dunlop-trained Akmal, successful in the Group Two Henry II Stakes at Sandown Park in May when he had Saptapadi in second, the Queen’s Free Agent from the Richard Hannon stable and the three-year-old Theology, who went down by a nose in the Group Three Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot.



Thursday, July 29, also features the £70,000 Group Three Moet Hennessy Fillies’ Stakes (4.00pm) over a mile and three quarters for fillies and mares. Among the 20 entries is Meeznah, who went down by a neck to Snow Fairy in the Group One Epsom Oaks before finishing fourth to the same filly in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Other possible starters include Godolphin’s Flying Cloud, winner of the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last year and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ship’s Biscuit, an impressive maiden winner at Goodwood in June and a half-sister to Hi Calypso, who landed this contest in 2007.



GOING



The going at Goodwood remains:



STRAIGHT COURSE: Good

ROUND COURSE: Good to Firm



Seamus Buckley, Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course, said: “We are watering to maintain the current conditions with GoingStick readings of 8.1 on the straight course, which is indicative of good ground, and 9.2 on the round course, which indicates a good to firm surface. I am delighted with the condition of the course.”



For more information, please contact Rod Fabricius, Managing Director at Goodwood Racecourse, on 01234 755 022, Seamus Buckley on 07774 100223, Bradley Eccleshare, Marketing & PR Manager, on 01243 755024, or Rachel Suter, Racecourse Marketing and PR Executive, at rachel.suter@goodwood.com




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YORK SATURDAY 24 JULY MICHAEL JARVIS HOPES FOR RAINBOW PEAK IN SKY BET STAKES 2010





MICHAEL JARVIS HOPING THAT RAINBOW CAN REACH NEW PEAK IN SKY BET YORK STAKES ON SATURDAY. (24 July 2010)


IVER BRIDGE LAD AMONG 39 ENTERED IN SKY BET DASH



Trainer Michael Jarvis is hoping that his progressive four-year-old Rainbow Peak can successfully step up to Group Two company in the £100,000 Group Two Sky Bet Stakes (3.05pm) at York on Saturday, July 24.



The Peter Savill home-bred, one of 19 entries for the extended 10-furlong contest, posted a convincing two and a quarter-length win over subsequent John Smith’s Cup runner-up Kings Gambit in the mile and a quarter Listed Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot on June 18.



He previously went down by a head on his seasonal return in the Listed Hambleton Handicap over a mile at York’s May Meeting - his only defeat in five career starts - and reeled off a hat-trick of wins last season with victories at Kempton, Ascot and Newbury. Sky Bet make Rainbow Peak the 11/4 favourite for glory on Saturday.



Jarvis revealed: “Rainbow Peak is on course to head to York for the Sky Bet York Stakes - I have to discuss the race with Peter Savill, who is abroad at the moment, but the race has always been our intention.



“He has come out of his win in the Wolferton Handicap absolutely fine. He won very well and the form of the race has stood up. He is a progressive horse but we are talking about going from winning a Listed handicap to a Group Two, so there is quite a jump in class.



“He had a couple of injuries earlier on in his career - he injured his pelvis and his tibia - and he has gone through the mill a bit. The consequence of that is that he is now a very lightly-raced four-year-old and I am optimistic that he can continue to improve.



“He’s a very laid back horse who only does what you ask him do to - he doesn’t know how to run a poor race.



“The weather forecast looks like there might be a drop of rain between now and Saturday. While he certainly wouldn’t want it to be soft, the ground dries out particularly quickly at York and we wouldn’t risk him on rock hard ground either.”



Godolphin has triumphed in two of the first four renewals of the Sky Bet York Stakes courtesy of Stage Gift (2007) and last year’s winner Kirklees, and a total of five entries from the racing operation this year includes Cavalryman, who took third in last season’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and Antara, successful in a Group Three at Epsom Downs in June.



The famous royal blue silks may also be sported by last year’s Lockinge Stakes runner-up Alexandros, who was narrowly beaten by the David Simcock-trained Bushman in the Group Three Diomed Stakes, as well as international performers Allybar and Balius.



The Walter Swinburn-trained Stotsfold is set to bid for a hat-trick following a pair of game victories at Sandown, while last year’s fifth Monitor Closely, who subsequently returned to York and triumphed in the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes for Peter Chapple-Hyam, may make his seasonal return for his new handler Michael Bell.



Other notable entries include French Group Two winner Debussy, whose trainer John Gosden won the 2008 Sky Bet York Stakes with Pipedreamer, the Tom Tate-trained pair of Kings Gambit and Distant Memories, and the lightly-raced Rebel Soldier, who took a York handicap by eight lengths for Jeremy Noseda last month.



Saturday’s superb seven-race card also features the £50,000 Sky Bet Dash (3.40pm) and another ultra competitive contest looks guaranteed with 39 horses entered for the six-furlong handicap.



The John Ryan-trained Iver Bridge Lad found only Victoire De Lyphar a length and a quarter too strong in the Reg Griffin Memorial Heritage Handicap over the same course and distance on June 12 and is set to return to the Knavesmire following a staying-on fifth in another six-furlong heritage handicap at Newmarket on July 7.



Ryan reported: “We are seriously thinking about letting Iver Bridge Lad take his chance in the Sky Bet Dash. He is in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood as well and he won’t contest both races. He ran so well at York earlier this season and I would be more confident about turning up on the Knavesmire - it ticks more of the boxes for us.



“He ran a superb race under top-weight at Newmarket last time. It was a typical big sprint - he was drawn where there was no pace and he had to try and get into the race.



“He also got a couple of bumps when he was looking for a gap and was still only beaten a little over three lengths. Hopefully, he will head to York and he’ll go there in very good form.”



Lowdown may make a quick reappearance for Mark Johnston following a comfortable victory in the Scottish Stewards’ Cup at Hamilton on Friday, where he had the likes of Damika, The Nifty Fox and Hawkeyethenoo behind him.



Richard Fahey took the spoils in last year’s race with Knot In Wood and the Malton handler has entered Kaldoun Kingdom, Valery Borzov and Baldemar, while David Nicholls could be represented by Tajneed and Sonny Red.



Sky Bet Racecourse PR Officer Matt Doyle said: “In just its fourth year under the Sky Bet banner, the Group Two York Stakes has attracted a high-class entry with last year’s Arc third Cavalryman for Godolphin and Michael Jarvis’ Royal Ascot winner Rainbow Peak among them. It highlights the growing stature of the race.



“The Sky Bet Dash - won last year by subsequent Stewards’ Cup third Knot In Wood - is the big betting highlight on the York card we sponsor and looks as competitive as ever with us betting 7/1 the field.”





Sky Bet York Stakes, York, Saturday, sponsors bet: 11/4 Rainbow Peak, 4/1 Cavalryman, 5/1 Stotsfold, Antara, 7/1 Monitor Closely, 8/1 Debussy, 9/1 Alexandros, 10/1 Kings Gambit, 12/1 Bushman, 14/1 Balius, 16/1 Summit Surge, Distant Memories, 20/1 Allybar, Lady Jane Digby, Rebel Soldier, 25/1 The Cheka, Dream Lodge, 33/1 Nanton, 150/1 Laudatory



Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, first three places



Link to Sky Bet York Stakes betting:





http://www.skybet.com/betting/horse-racing/flat---antepost/sky-bet-york-stakes/e12384052.html



Sky Bet Dash, York, Saturday, sponsors bet: 7/1 Lowdown, Sunraider, 8/1 Hawkeyethenoo, 11/1 Ingleby Lady, 12/1 Iver Bridge Lad, Novellen Lad, Parisian Pyrmaid, Tagseed, Valery Borzov, 14/1 Kaldoun Kingdom, Discanti, Excusez Moi, Pavershooz, 16/1 Hitchens, Misplaced Fortune, Prohibit, Tajneed, Tiddliwinks, Damika, 20/1 Imperial Guest, Midnight Martini, Baldemar, The Nifty Fox, Confessional, Damien, 25/1 Atlantic Story, Medici Time, Baby Strange, Sea Of Leaves, Singeur, Sonny Red, Tawabb, Tombi, 33/1 Oldjoesaid, Thebes, Esprit De Midas, 40/1 Atlantic Beach, Soap Wars, Star Rover



Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, first four places



Link to Sky Bet Dash betting:



http://www.skybet.com/betting/horse-racing/flat---antepost/skybet-dash/e12384053.html



GROUND


The ground at York is currently good to firm, good in places.



For more information, please contact: Matt Doyle, Sky Bet Racecourse PR Officer, on 07796 266160 or email matt.doyle@bskyb.com




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GOLDIE IN PERSUIT OF SKY BET GLORY WITH NANTON 3.05pm AT YORK ON SATURDAY 24th JULY 2012




GOLDIE COMPETES WITH NANTON IN PURSUIT OF SKY BET GLORY AT YORK


Trainer Jim Goldie is hoping for a lucrative pay day at York on Saturday when he runs the popular grey Nanton in the day’s feature contest, the eight-strong £100,000 Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes (3.05pm) over an extended 10 furlongs, as well as Hawkeyethenoo and Sea Of Leaves in the six-furlong £50,000 Sky Bet Dash (3.40pm).



Nanton (12/1 with Sky Bet) commenced the current campaign with a fine second to Group One winner Jukebox Jury in the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes over a mile and a half at Newmarket on May 1.



The eight-year-old made his name in top handicaps but has raced respectably in Listed and Pattern races this term. His latest outing came in the Group Two Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket on July 8, when sixth to Sans Frontier, again over a mile and a half, a run that has prompted Goldie to drop his charge in distance.



He revealed: “Nanton has been running up to his mark and we are dropping him back in trip to see if we can squeeze a bit more out of him. If we go the handicap route, he will have to lump top-weight in most races. He has been collecting money each time he has run and I am hoping we can collect some more. He is in great form, he likes the track and I think the mile and two might suit him.”



A high-class renewal of the Sky Bet York Stakes also includes the John Gosden-trained Debussy (4/1 joint-favourite) a Group Two winner last term who landed the Group Three Huxley Stakes at Chester in May before posting a fine effort to finish a little over four lengths behind Byword in the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.



Michael Bell is set to saddle the talented Monitor Closely (4/1 joint-favourite) for his seasonal debut. The Oasis Dream four-year-old was fifth in the Sky Bet York Stakes 12 months ago before landing the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes over 12 furlongs at York in August and then finishing third in the final British Classic, the St Leger at Doncaster.



The David Simcock-trained Bushman (5/1) is poised to attempt a hat-trick after clinching victories in the Group Three Diomed Stakes at Epsom in June and the Listed Royal Windsor Stakes at Windsor the previous month.



The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Balius (7/1) has won Group Two contests in Turkey and Dubai and the high-class seven-year-old is one of two Godolphin-owned runners in the Sky Bet York Stakes. The other is the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Allybar (5/1) successful in a Group Three at Meydan, Dubai, in February and subsequently a close third in the Group One Dubai World Cup, both run on Tapeta.



Luca Cumani saddles Group Three winner Summit Surge (9/1) while trainer Richard Fahey relies on the smart Dream Lodge (9/1).



Matt Doyle of Sky Bet said: “Michael Bell is using the Sky Bet as a launch pad for last year’s St Leger third Monitor Closely and it’s a fantastic betting heat with no one horse dominating the market.



“Six of the eight runners are already proven at Group level, having won a total of nine Pattern races between them and it’s a highly competitive renewal with us betting 4/1 the field.”



Sky Bet York Stakes, sponsors bet: 4/1 Debussy, Monitor Closely, 5/1 Allybar, 5/1 Bushman, 7/1 Balius, 9/1 Summit Surge, Dream Lodge, 12/1 Nanton



Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, first three places



GOLDIE PINS HOPES ON SKY BET DASH-ING DUO



Jim Goldie is all set to launch a twin-pronged attack on the lucrative £50,000 Sky Bet Dash (3.40pm) over six furlongs at York on Saturday, July 24, with Hawkeyethenoo (9st) and Sea Of Leaves (9st 1lb).



Hawkeyethenoo, well-supported at 8/1 with sponsor Sky Bet, landed a six-furlong handicap at Newmarket in May and was subsequently runner-up in the “Dash” at Epsom before clinching third in the Scurry Stakes at the Curragh, both in June.



The talented Hawk Wing gelding suffered a rare blip when down the field in the John Smith’s Scottish Stewards’ Cup at Hamilton on July 16, but Goldie is hopeful of a return to form for the four-year-old, who is drawn 18 of the 20 runners.



Goldie revealed today: “Hawkeyethenoo got upset in the stalls and tweaked his back a wee bit at Hamilton. The draw would have probably undone him anyway, but it wasn’t the draw that beat him.



“He was in grand form before that and it was his first hiccup, so to speak, and hopefully he can bounce back from that. You can’t go to the well at home and at the races, so we have given him a quiet week. He is eating well and hopefully he can come back on the day.”



Sea Of Leaves has some smart form in the book and the trainer, who is based just outside Glasgow, is expecting a bold show from the filly, who is currently available at 25/1 with Sky Bet after being allotted stall 16.



Goldie’s charge enjoyed no luck last time when unseating her rider at Musselburgh on June 5, but previously ran well to take fourth in the Listed Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock in May.



He continued: “Sea Of Leaves just clipped heels at Musselburgh and lost the jockey. She then went for a gallop on her own and managed to bang her leg. She is fine and in good form now though. She is quite talented and I think she will run well. She could be a danger all right.



“Sea Of Leaves has bits of very good form - she is Listed fourth - she is tapping at the door and it would not be a big surprise if she was involved in the finish.”



Sky Bet makes the Barry Hills-trained Sunraider (9st) its 6/1 favourite following the three-year-old’s eye-catching victory in a six-furlong handicap at Haydock on June 9, his most recent start.



The Dandy Nicholls-trained course and distance winner Valery Borzov is also available at 8/1 having dropped to a mark of 94 from a high of 105, while the Mark Johnston-trained Lowdown, victorious in the John Smith’s Scottish Stewards’ Cup and now in search of a hat-trick, is another available at 8/1.



Others to note in a highly-competitive renewal include the Kevin Ryan-trained Parisian Pyramid (9st 5lb), course and distance winner Ingleby Lady (9st 6lb) from the David Barron stable and the Eric Alston-trained Novellen Lad (9st 2lb).



Sky Bet Dash, sponsors bet:

6/1 Sunraider, 8/1 Lowdown, 8/1 Hawkeyethenoo, 8/1 Valery Borzov, 12/1 Novellen Lad, 12/1 Ingleby Lady, 12/1 Parisian Pyramid, 14/1 Iver Bridge Lad, 14/1 Kaldoun Kingdom, 16/1 Tajneed, 16/1 Hitchens, 16/1 Tiddliwinks, 16/1 Damika, 20/1 Baldemar, 22/1 Damien, 25/1 Tombi, 25/1 Singeur, 25/1 Sea Of Leaves, 25/1 Sonny Red, 40/1 Star Rover



Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, first four places



GROUND

The ground at York is currently good,



For more information, please contact: Matt Doyle, Sky Bet Racecourse PR Officer, on 07796 266160 or email matt.doyle@bskyb.com




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COUNTDOWN TO GLORIOUS GOODWOOD SUPPLEMENTARY ENTRY PREMIO LOCO FOR SUSSEX STAKES 2010





SUPPLEMENTARY ENTRY PREMIO LOCO AMONG 13 ON COURSE FOR SUSSEX STAKES AT GLORIOUS GOODWOOD. TO BE RUN AT 2.45pm ON DAY TWO WEDNESDAY JULY 28.



Trainer Chris Wall is hoping that Premio Loco can continue his rich vein of form in the £316,500 Group One Sussex Stakes (2.45pm), after the six-year-old was supplemented by connections at a cost of £19,500 for the mile contest, highlight of the second day of Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday, July 28.



Premio Loco, who joins 12 horses going forward at the six-day confirmation stage, is unbeaten in his two previous starts, having followed up success in the seven-furlong Group Three Criterion Stakes at Newmarket on June 26 with a career-best effort when posting a length victory in the Group Two Summer Mile at Ascot on July 10.



Wall reported today: “We have supplemented Premio Loco for the Sussex Stakes and it is his most likely target at Glorious Goodwood. We gave him the option of the Betfair Cup as a fall-back but this looks a good opportunity for a chance in Group One company.



“He won well at Ascot and one could argue that he could have done it rather more convincingly with a clearer run. He has continued to be in good form at home since that race and he has also won the Listed On The House Stakes on his only previous start at Goodwood.



“We looked at the last forfeit stage for the Sussex Stakes and we had finished in front of the vast majority of the entries. We haven’t come up against Canford Cliffs and Rip Van Winkle and, on their day, they are proper horses so they won’t be easy to beat.



“But we might as well have a crack at them while we are fit and well and everything is in our favour.”



The trainer with the strongest hand in the Sussex Stakes appears to be Richard Hannon, who has the brilliant Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes victor Canford Cliffs still, along with Dick Turpin, who was second to his stable companion at Royal Ascot before impressing in the Group One Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly last time out on July 4.



Also included among the 13 going forward for the Sussex Stakes is last year’s victor, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Rip Van Winkle, who is bidding to bounce back from a disappointing seasonal reappearance in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and become the first dual winner. O’Brien, seeking a fifth success in the mile contest, could also be represented by last year’s Group One Dewhurst Stakes victor Beethoven, Black Quartz, Encompassing and Steinbeck. There is a sixth Irish-trained contender in the shape of Dermot Weld’s Famous Name, runner-up in the 2008 French Derby and successful on both his starts over a mile this season.



Godolphin’s trainer Saeed bin Suroor, who has won the Sussex Stakes on three previous occasions, relies on the Group One-placed Alexandros, while Andrew Balding’s Dream Eater, who finished third in both the Queen Anne Stakes and the Summer Mile at Ascot, is another possible starter.



The confirmations also include Beacon Lodge from the Clive Cox stable, who finished sixth behind Rip Van Winkle last year, and the Stef Higgins-trained veteran Mac Love, who could make his first appearance since winning the Group Three Select Racing UK On Sky 432 at Goodwood on September 12 last year.



Wednesday, July 28, also features top-quality two-year-old action with the £80,000 Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (3.25pm) over seven furlongs. This contest, which has fallen to the likes of future Classic winners Shamardal and Sir Percy in the last 10 years, has attracted 11 entries including the Richard Hannon-trained duo of King Torus, successful in the Group Two Superlative Stakes at Newmarket last time out and Major Art, the impressive winner of a Lingfield maiden on July 17. Aidan O’Brien has three to choose from with Emperor Hadrian, fourth behind King Torus at Newmarket last time out, Roscommon maiden winner High Ruler and Zoffany, who finished sixth in the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot before comfortably landing the Listed Golden Fleece Stakes over seven furlongs at Leopardstown on July 1.



Day two of Glorious Goodwood kicks off with the longest race of Glorious Goodwood, the £50,000 sportingbet.com Goodwood Handicap (2.10pm) over two miles and five furlongs which has attracted 34 entries including the David Pipe-trained Junior, winner of the Ascot Handicap at Royal Ascot.



GOING



The going at Goodwood remains:



STRAIGHT COURSE: Good

ROUND COURSE: Good to Firm



Seamus Buckley, Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course, said: “We had a welcome eight millimetres of rain this morning (22.07.2010), which has eased the pressure on the watering programme.



“We will continue to monitor the situation so that the going remains as described for racing next week. The Going Stick reading on the Straight Course is 8.1, which is indicative of good ground.”


For more information, please contact Rod Fabricius, Managing Director at Goodwood Racecourse, on 01234 755 022, Seamus Buckley on 07774 100223, Bradley Eccleshare, Marketing & PR Manager, on 01243 755024, or Rachel Suter, Racecourse Marketing and PR Executive, at rachel.suter@goodwood.com




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Thursday, July 22, 2010

LOOKING FORWARD TO DONCASTER'S GROUP TWO PARK STAKES TO BE RUN ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11 2010





AGA KHAN’S FRENCH RAIDERS AMONG FANTASTIC PARK STAKES ENTRIES



The £160,000 Group Two Park Stakes takes place over seven furlongs at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster on Saturday, September 11, and has attracted a fantastic entry of 53, including the Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained pair of Varenar and Dalghar from France. With no penalties applicable, the Park Stakes is run with Group One conditions.



Varenar, who along with Dalghar is owned by the Aga Khan, defeated the great Goldikova to land the Group One Prix de la Foret over the distance at Longchamp in October and was a close sixth in the six-furlong Darley July Cup at Newmarket last time.



The Chantilly-based trainer revealed today: “We are looking at the Park Stakes as a possibility for Varenar and Dalghar. They both like the seven-furlong distance.



“Varenar ran very well in the Darley July Cup but the jockey gave him a bad ride. He was inside and then went outside - we don’t know why. If he had stayed on the good pace, he could have been fourth.”



Dalghar, a handsome grey Anabaa half-brother to the champions Dalakhani and Daylami, won the seven-furlong Group Three Prix du Palais-Royal at Longchamp on June 5. The lightly-raced four-year-old then contested the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and faded in the closing stages to finish fifth behind Goldikova.



De Royer-Dupre continued: “Dalghar ran well in the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot but the mile was too long for him. Next, he will run at Goodwood in the Group Two Betfair Cup over seven furlongs. Afterwards we will look at Doncaster and decide whether we go with Dalghar or Varenar.



“If the ground is soft, it is not a problem for Varenar, he can go on all ground. For Dalghar, I prefer firmer going. Dalghar has a very nice pedigree and is a good looking horse. He has not had many races, he is fresh and we hope for improvement.”



The race is also on the agenda for Australian-trained Group One winner Alverta, who is stationed at Abington Place in Newmarket and has the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville as her next target before a planned tilt at the Park Stakes, followed by the Group One Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.



Trained by Paul Messara, the seven-year-old mare landed the Group One Coolmore Classic over an extended seven furlongs in March before travelling to England for the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, in which she failed to fire. Alverta posted a career best effort on her latest start however, when a length third to Starspangledbanner in the Group One Darley July Cup.



Also among a host of top notch entries is the Henry Cecil-trained Lord Shanakill, who captured the Group One Prix Jean Prat last term and saw off Dunelight to win a Listed contest at Chester on July 10, while the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Main Aim has won the past two renewals of the Group Three Timeform Jury Stakes at Haydock.



Richard Hannon’s triple Group One-winning miler Paco Boy, beaten only a neck by Goldikova in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes last time, has been engaged, while Chris Wall may run Group Two totesport.com Summer Mile hero Premio Loco.



Also entered are three of last season’s leading juvenile colts, Arcano, Beethoven and Awzaan.



The Brian Meehan-trained Group One Prix Morny winner Arcano was last seen finishing third behind Dick Turpin and Canford Cliffs in the Group Three Greenham Stakes at Newbury in April.



Beethoven landed the Group One Dewhurst Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket in October for trainer Aidan O’Brien, who has also engaged recent Group Three Minstrel Stakes winner Air Chief Marshal and Emperor Claudius, unbeaten in three starts this season.



The Mark Johnston-trained Awzaan won the Group One Middle Park Stakes in an unbeaten two-year-old campaign before disappointing on his only start this term in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.



Johnston has also entered, among others, Group Three Jersey Stakes heroine Rainfall, who was a fine third to Music Show in the Group One Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket’s July Festival, as well as St Moritz, who saw off Palace Moon to win the Bunbury Cup at the same meeting.



The Jeremy Noseda-trained Arabian Gleam was denied a hat-trick of Park Stakes wins last year when third behind the Eddie Lynam-trained Duff, who held the Brian Meehan-trained Cat Junior by a neck. Arabian Gleam went on to win the Group Two Challenge Stakes at Newmarket in October.



Meehan could also saddle last season’s Group Two Lowther Stakes heroine Lady Of The Desert, while Serious Attitude, winner of the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes in 2008, has been entered by trainer Rae Guest.



Godolphin could be represented by any of eight entries, all from the Saeed bin Suroor stable, including Delegator, runner-up to Sea The Stars in the 2009 renewal of the 2,000 Guineas and last year’s Group Two Champagne Stakes winner Poet’s Voice.



HERBERT WON’T DENY COLT’S CHAMPAGNE STAKES PROSPECTS



Sir Michael Stoute has included the unraced juvenile Deny among the 82 entries for the £100,000 Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival on Saturday, September 11.



The seven-furlong contest is one of the highlights of the season for two-year-olds with its roll of honour including subsequent champions such as Grundy (1974), Warning (1987), Rodrigo De Triano (1991) and Noverre (2000).



Owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s Matilda syndicate, Deny is a 150,000 guineas yearling purchase out of Sulk, winner of the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac as a two-year-old in 2001.



The Mr Greeley colt is one of five Champagne Stakes entries for Stoute, who won the prestigious contest in 1979 with Final Straw, the others being the unraced quartet of Labarinto, Raahin, Star Of Dance and Epsom Derby entry The Mongoose.



Harry Herbert, managing director of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, revealed today: “Deny is only just now moving into fast work so we will have to see how he gets on but they like him at Sir Michael’s and you can see why. He is the horse you pick out in the string and say, ‘oh, what’s that’, and likewise going up the gallops.



“It’s early days but, fingers crossed, he could be a nice horse and that is Sir Michael’s entry so we will take it as a positive sign at this stage.



“He was a most beautiful yearling and is a magnificent stamp of horse. He is beautifully bred by Mr Greeley out of a two-year-old champion filly, Sulk. He is a physical specimen, very imposing and a fabulous mover. He is one of those horses that glides over the ground, you don’t hear him when he comes past, he is really light on his feet.”



Trainer Richard Hannon has a classy bunch of two-year-olds this season and has engaged a trio of Newmarket July Festival winners. King Torus landed the Group Two 32Red.com Superlative Stakes at Newmarket on July 9, Libranno won the Group Two TNT July Stakes on July 8, and Casual Glimpse took a six-furlong conditions race the same day.



The Michael Jarvis-trained Elzaam was collared in the final stride when second to Strong Suit in the Group Two Coventry Stakes and was third to Libranno at Newmarket, while the Jeremy Noseda-trained Formosina defeated Samuel Morse when taking the Group Two Ladbrokes.com Railway Stakes at the Curragh in June but was sixth of six to King Torus at Newmarket last time.



The Clive Brittain-trained Zaidan is unbeaten in two starts and impressively landed the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot by three lengths.



Memen gave trainer Paul Cole a nursery success at Newmarket’s July Festival, while the same meeting saw the Ed Dunlop-trained Native Khan make an impressive winning debut.



Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle entry is 18-strong with Samuel Morse joined in the list by, among others, Listed winner Zoffany, Listed Windsor Castle Stakes runner-up Petronius Maximus and promising Curragh maiden winner Roderic O’Connor.



For more information, please contact:

Kate Hills

Director of Public Relations and Communications, Arena Leisure Racing

Tel: 01342 834800

Fax: 01342 835874

Mobile: 07813 947201

Email: kate.hills@arenaleisureplc.com





THE PARK STAKES

Class 1, Group 2, £160,000 Total Prize Fund. Doncaster, Saturday, September 11, 2010. For three-year-olds and upwards, seven furlongs. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 9st, fillies 8st 11lb; four-year-old and up colts and geldings 9st 4lb, fillies 9st 1lb. Entries closed Tuesday, July 20, entries revealed Thursday, July 22 (53 entries). Scratchings deadline noon, August 24, five-day confirmation stage September 6, final declaration stage, 10.00am, Thursday, September 9. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, July 19, 2010. May not include some overseas form.



Form Horse Age Owner Trainer

4-040(1)1 AIR CHIEF MARSHAL (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE

2-(1)032 ALDOVRANDI (IRE) 3 Tenuta Dorna Di Montaltuzzo SRL Marco Botti

312103 ALVERTA (AUS) 7 John Messara, J Leaver & A Jones Paul Messara AUS

1/3031-6 ARABIAN GLEAM 6 Saeed Suhail Jeremy Noseda

111-3 ARCANO (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Brian Meehan

0(1)15-64 ASHRAM (IRE) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

1111-0 AWZAAN 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

2105-00 BALTHAZAAR'S GIFT (IRE) 7 H E Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Clive Cox

635-542 BEACON LODGE (IRE) 5 Mr and Mrs P Hargreaves Clive Cox

3461(6)-6 BEETHOVEN (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

1102-00 BORDER PATROL 4 Elite Racing Club Roger Charlton

5(5)(1)(0)40 CAT JUNIOR (USA) 5 Roldvale Limited Brian Meehan

2/1(1)-215 DALGHAR (FR) 4 H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR

202D35- DELEGATOR 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

0-42502 DUFF (IRE) 7 Kilboy Estate Edward Lynam IRE

266-111 EMPEROR CLAUDIUS (USA) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

110-515 FIELD OF DREAM 3 Exors of the late Liam Cashman Luca Cumani

03/010-0 FINJAAN 4 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning

0-(2)(0)(5)05 FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE) 5 Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda

1-5(0)205 FRAVASHI (AUS) 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

310-625 GOLDEN STREAM (IRE) 4 The Queen Sir Michael Stoute

5-01101 HARRISON GEORGE (IRE) 5 P D Smith Holdings Ltd Richard Fahey

134-102 HIGH STANDING (USA) 5 Tony Bloom William Haggas

(3)(4)-0222 HIMALYA (IRE) 4 Gillian Khosla Jeremy Noseda

2306-(0)0 ICELANDIC 8 Scuderia A4/5 Frank Sheridan

5(1)5-140 KING OF DIXIE (USA) 6 Bluehills Racing Limited William Knight

113-356 LADY OF THE DESERT (USA) 3 Jaber Abdullah Brian Meehan

50-3401 LORD SHANAKILL (USA) 4 Mogeely Stud & Mark Gittins Henry Cecil

(3)11603 LOVELACE 6 Dab Hand Racing David Nicholls

(1)1-1230 MABAIT 4 Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Luca Cumani

004-310 MAIN AIM 5 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute

21-5101 OASIS DANCER 3 Heather Slade Ralph Beckett

642-204 OUQBA 4 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills

142-112 PACO BOY (IRE) 5 The Calvera Partnership No 2 Richard Hannon

100-532 PALACE MOON 5 Canisbay Bloodstock William Knight

1314-00 POET'S VOICE 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

11-(5)011 PREMIO LOCO (USA) 6 Bernard Westley Chris Wall

2(4)1100 PRIME DEFENDER 6 S Falle, M Franklin, J Sumsion Barry Hills

4242-10 PUFF (IRE) 3 Mr and Mrs David Aykroyd Ralph Beckett

1213 RAINFALL (IRE) 3 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

01-2012 RAKAAN (IRE) 3 Jamie Osborne Jamie Osborne

3-10222 RED JAZZ (USA) 3 Ronnie Arculli Barry Hills

5(1)1011 SEA LORD (IRE) 3 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

12/331-3 SECRECY 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

010-200 SERIOUS ATTITUDE (IRE) 4 Derek Willis & Rae Guest Rae Guest

116-165 SHAKESPEAREAN (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

(1)(1)0362 SIROCCO BREEZE 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

(1)-(1)(5)(3)3 SKYSURFERS 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

(1)5-3231 ST MORITZ (IRE) 4 Renata Jacobs Mark Johnston

41/0310- SUMMER FETE (IRE) 4 H E Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Bryan Smart

(1)(5)-3221 TREADWELL (IRE) 3 Cath Walwyn & A Taylor Jamie Osborne

421-406 VARENAR (FR) 4 H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR

242-121 YAA WAYL (IRE) 3 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis



53 Entries

4 Irish-trained

2 French-trained

1 Australian-trained



THE CHAMPAGNE STAKES

Class 1, Group 2, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. Doncaster, Saturday, September 11, 2010. For 2yo, colts & geldings, seven furlongs. Weights: 8st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 3lb. Entries closed Tuesday, July 20, entries revealed Thursday, July 22 (82 entries), scratchings deadline noon, August 25, five-day confirmation and £10,000 supplementary entry stage September 6, final declaration stage, 10.00am, Thursday, September 9. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, July 19, 2010. May not include some overseas form.



Form Horse Owner Trainer

AERIAL ACCLAIM (IRE) Mr and Mrs P Hargreaves Clive Cox

3 ALEXANDER POPE (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE

AMEN (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE

ARGOCAT (IRE) Fitri Hay Paul Cole

21 BELGIAN BILL Mr & Mrs David Heath George Baker

0 BLOODSWEATANDTEARS Four Men & A Dream Partnership William Knight

CASTLEMORRIS KING C O'Connell Michael Chapman

151 CASUAL GLIMPSE Sir Robert Ogden Richard Hannon

21254 CHILWORTH LAD 7RUS Mick Channon

COMMENDED E D Kessly Barry Hills

11 CROWN PROSECUTOR (IRE) Sangster Families Brian Meehan

DAREJ (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas

DENY Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Matilda) Sir Michael Stoute

112 DRAWING BOARD Mrs J Ryan Kevin Ryan

DREAM ACHIEVED Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills

1 DREAM AHEAD (USA) Khalifa Dasmal David Simcock

21 EASY TICKET (IRE) John Fretwell David Brown

EBONY SONG (USA) Bluehills Racing Limited Jeremy Noseda

4 EL MUQBIL (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Brian Meehan

123 ELZAAM (AUS) Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis

024104 EMPEROR HADRIAN (IRE) Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE

ENJOY TODAY (USA) Jaber Abdullah Brian Meehan

FACTUM (USA) Joe Allen/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE

4 FITYAAN Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills

3116 FORMOSINA (IRE) Daniel Pittack Jeremy Noseda

GARDE COTIERE (USA) Sir Robert Ogden Jeremy Noseda

4 GOLDEN HINDE Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

HAPPY TODAY (USA) Jaber Abdullah Brian Meehan

01 HIGH RULER (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

KARAM ALBAARI (IRE) Fhad Al Harthi John Jenkins

141 KING TORUS (IRE) Sir Robert Ogden Richard Hannon

KOTA SAS (IRE) HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis

LAAJOOJ (IRE) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis

LABARINTO Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute

LAKE ONTARIO (USA) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE

LAMASAAS (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills

11 LIBRANNO McDowell Racing Richard Hannon

LOOSE QUALITY (USA) Fitri Hay Tom Tate

5411 MAJOR CONQUEST (IRE) T J W Ellis John Hills

MANTOBA Manton Racing Partnership Brian Meehan

MARDEN (IRE) Sangster Families Brian Meehan

MASHAAREF Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis

5221 MASTER OF HOUNDS (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

4141 MEMEN (IRE) Jared Sullivan Paul Cole

MUNTASIB (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning

1 NATIVE KHAN (FR) Ibraham Araci Ed Dunlop

NO HERETIC Fitri Hay Paul Cole

35 OCEAN BAY Ocean Trailers Ltd John Ryan

52 ORACLE (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE

OUTRIDER (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

0 PARK AVENUE (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

PEARL ARCH (IRE) Pearl Bloodstock Ltd Brian Meehan

PETER MARTINS (USA) The Honorable Earle Mack Jeremy Noseda

332S PETRONIUS MAXIMUS (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE

2131 PREMIER CLARETS (IRE) The Matthewman Partnership Richard Fahey

PRESIDENT LINCOLN (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

RAAHIN (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute

42 ROBIN HOOD (IRE) Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE

31 RODERIC O'CONNOR (IRE) Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sangster Family Aidan O’Brien IRE

1 ROMAN EAGLE (IRE) Alan Spence Michael Jarvis

413 RUDOLF VALENTINO Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE

11422 SAMUEL MORSE (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

1 SATIN LOVE (USA) Crone Stud Farms Ltd Mark Johnston

1 SHROPSHIRE (IRE) Hon Catherine Corbett, Chris Wright Barry Hills

SISINDU (IRE) Brimacombe, McNally, Vinciguerra, Sangster Brian Meehan

0 SOLE DANSER (IRE) South Bank Thoroughbred Racing Barry Hills

STAR OF DANCE (IRE) Sir Robert Ogden Sir Michael Stoute

512S TENTORIAN (IRE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

STRATEGIC BID Fitri Hay Paul Cole

TANJUNG AGAS (IRE) HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis

0 THE BELLS O PEOVER D & G Mercer Mark Johnston

31 THE LONG GAME Sangster Families Brian Meehan

THE MONGOOSE Lady Rothschild Sir Michael Stoute

21 THE PADDYMAN (IRE) Bob & Pauline Scott William Haggas

TITUS MILLS (IRE) Sangster Family Brian Meehan

TOM SAWYER Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

U(1) TOOLAIN (IRE) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis

621 WAITER'S DREAM R P Foden Brian Meehan

11 WALTZ DARLING (IRE) Mike Browne Richard Fahey

11 ZAIDAN (USA) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain

ZAIN SHAMARDAL (IRE) Jaber Abdullah Brian Meehan

1161 ZOFFANY (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE



82 entries

18 Irish-trained




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LOOKING FORWARD TO THE DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP TO BE RUN AT ASCOT RACECOURSE ON SATURDAY 7th AUGUST 2010





RATINGS BANDS REDUCED FOR 12-FURLONG SHERGAR CUP RACES



Ascot has reduced the ratings bands for the two races run over a mile and a half at this year’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, the world’s premier international jockeys’ team competition, on Saturday 7th August.



The £30,000 Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge for four-year-olds and up and the £30,000 Titanic Quarter Shergar Cup Classic for three-year-olds, which failed to attract a full field of ten runners and two reserves last year, are now open to horses rated 76 to 95 (also open to horses rated 75 and below). Last year they were for horses rated 81-100.



The £30,000 Barclays Shergar Cup Dash for three-year-olds and up over five furlongs remains 86-105 (also open to horses rated 85 and below), while the other three races – the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint for three year-olds over six furlongs, the St Hallett Shergar Cup Stayers for four-year-olds and up over two miles and the Les Ambassadeurs Club Shergar Cup Mile for four-year-olds and up – all remain 81-100 (also open to horses rated 80 and below).



Nick Smith, Ascot’s Head of Communications and International Racing, said: “We hope that by dropping the ratings bands, more trainers will be encouraged to enter horses in these two races. There aren’t too many £30,000 handicaps for horses rated 95 and below, while the same prize money for the other four races also remains very attractive in the current financial climate even though they are retaining their slightly higher ratings bands.



"When you consider that it costs nothing to enter or to run in these races, there is prize money right down to last place and the owners and trainers enjoy free hospitality all day, there are plenty of other reasons to have runners.



“We also look after the stable staff really well on this day. There is free food and drink in the hostel and they benefit from a series of cash payments worth £4,800. There is a £200 best turned out award in every race, the lad or girl in charge of every winner receives £200, while those in charge of the second, third, fourth and fifth in every race – i.e. the other points scoring horses in the jockeys’ competition – get £100 each.”



Further information:



Nick Smith, Head of Communications and International Racing, Ascot , 07771 791 449



Alistair Haggis, Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Event Manager, 07761 896500



The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is one of the world’s major international jockeys’ competitions and was first staged at Ascot in 2000. Twelve top riders take part, three representing Great Britain , three Ireland , three Europe and three riding for the Rest of the World. The day features six races, all handicaps worth £30,000, with each jockey having five rides and sitting out one race. Points are awarded on a 15, 10, 7, 5, 3 basis to the first five horses to finish in each race and the team with the highest points total after the last race lifts the Shergar Cup trophy. The top individual points-scoring rider wins the Silver Saddle trophy.



Dubai Duty Free, the world’s number one airport retailer, has been involved with the Shergar Cup since its inception, and became title sponsor of the event in 2006.





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COUNTDOWN TO GLORIOUS GOODWOOD RICHARD HANNON'S TEAM PRIMED FOR ACTION





RICHARD HANNON LOOKING FORWARD TO GLORIOUS GOODWOOD.


KEY INFO FOR AN EXCITING WEEK TO COME




LATEST GOING NEWS



Richard Hannon hosted a media visit to his main yard at Herridge in Wiltshire today organised by Goodwood Racecourse ahead of the five days of Glorious Goodwood next week.



The trainer will deploy a team of between 16 and 25 horses at Glorious Goodwood headed by Canford Cliffs and maybe Dick Turpin in the Group One Sussex Stakes over a mile on Wednesday, July 28.



He remarked: “Both Canford Cliffs and Dick Turpin will stay in training as four-year-olds. I think Canford Cliffs will handle Goodwood well - he didn’t like the dip at Newmarket but would not settle that day.



“The Sussex Stakes is going to be one of the highlights of the week and if we happen to get rain then Dick Turpin could run as well.



Hannon traditionally sends a strong team of two-year-olds to Goodwood and he will be well-represented next week.



He added: “We will certainly have runners in the nurseries and the maidens. There are a couple of very nice colts who will probably run in the maidens - one is by Dubawi, a lovely horse his owner Malih Al Basti gave £140,000 for at the Doncaster breeze-ups called Big Issue.



“Pausanias, one of Sir Alex’s (Ferguson), is very nice too and this Kyllachy colt will go to Goodwood too.”



Please find a list of horses below with additional comments by the trainer.



For more information, please contact Rod Fabricius, Managing Director at Goodwood Racecourse, on 01234 755 022, Seamus Buckley on 07774 100223, Bradley Eccleshare, Marketing & PR Manager, on 01243 755024, or Rachel Suter, Racecourse Marketing and PR Executive, at Rachel.suter@goodwood.com





CANFORD CLIFFS (IRE) FACTFILE

3 b c Tagula (IRE) - Mrs Marsh (Marju (IRE))

Form: 113-2311 Owner: Heffer Syndicate, Susan Roy & Mrs Instance

Trainer: Richard Hannon Breeder: Simon & S Hubbard Rodwell





A six-length victory over subsequent Group One Dewhurst Stakes third Xtension in the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2009 saw Canford Cliffs acclaimed as an outstanding prospect. That impressive victory followed a four-length maiden success on his debut at Goodwood the previous month But the colt had to settle for third place on his third and final juvenile start in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville on August 23. Sent off the odds-on favourite in France, Canford Cliffs was unable to unleash his usual powerful run and finished half a length behind Arcano and a neck behind subsequent champion two-year-old filly Special Duty. He returned to action on April 17 in the Group Three Greenham Stakes at Newbury. The 10/11 favourite led from the off and quickened three lengths clear approaching the distance but hung markedly to the left and was passed close home by stablemate Dick Turpin. Canford Cliffs headed to Newmarket on May 1 for the 2000 Guineas, but again finished a place behind Dick Turpin as the pair came home second and third to the victorious Makfi. Connections retained their faith in the colt and were rewarded at the Curragh three weeks later when Canford Cliffs secured an impressive three-length success in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. He then went to Royal Ascot for the St James’s Palace Stakes on June 15 and a rematch with Dick Turpin. This time it was Canford Cliffs who emerged on top - with the colt quickening very well to lead inside the final 75 yards for a length triumph over his stablemate. Purchased for 46,000 euros as a foal at Goffs in November, 2007, Canford Cliffs was subsequently bought by Peter Doyle for £50,000 at the 2008 Doncaster St Leger Yearling Sale. Susan Roy, wife of BHA chairman Paul Roy, purchased a share in the colt the night before his Coventry Stakes win. The crack miler is set to take on older horses for the first time in the £300,000 Group One Sussex Stakes on Wednesday, July 28, at Glorious Goodwood.



Richard Hannon said: “He has really matured this horse and put on a lot of weight. We took him to Kempton on Monday and he worked around there with one of the Queen’s - Quadrille. He has improved beyond recognition and I am sure he is getting better. He is certainly going the way to be being the best horse I have ever trained. We have now got him to settle - he settles nicely in his races and shows a good turn of foot. Now he drops his head and relaxes in races which he was not doing earlier in the season. I thought he would win the Guineas but he did not settle.”



Race Record: Starts: 7; Wins: 4; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £466,274




DICK TURPIN

Richard Hannon said: “I don’t want to really run Canford Cliffs and Dick Turpin against each other in the Sussex Stakes. They are two very good horses and I don’t want to keep knocking their heads together. They are owned by different people so there is not a lot I can do about it.



“Dick Turpin could run in the Sussex Stakes if there is rain - he needs the ground on the easy side of good. John (Manley) will probably run him if those conditions come up. He has improved too.



“He is always on the move - a grand horse. He is very good. I think he could go a mile and a quarter.”





CASUAL GLIMPSE (GB) FACTFILE

2 b c Compton Place - Glimpse (Night Shift (USA))

Form: 151 Owner: Sir Robert Ogden

Trainer: Richard Hannon Breeder: Wickfield Farm Partnership



Casual Glimpse made a winning debut at Goodwood on May 1, when taking the five-furlong EBF Goodwood Hotel Maiden Stakes by two lengths under Pat Dobbs. With that eye-catching victory in the bag, the Compton Place colt was sold to Sir Robert Ogden and sent to Epsom on June 5, to contest the Listed Investec Woodcote Stakes over an extra furlong. Casual Glimpse drifted left down the Epsom camber and came home fifth under Richard Hughes, less than four lengths behind the triumphant High Award. Ryan Moore was in the plate for the colt’s latest start in the European Breeders’ Fund Conditions Stakes at Newmarket’s July Festival on July 8. Casual Glimpse was held up early but emerged to lead inside the distance before drawing clear for a two and a half length success over Lord Of The Stars. A 40,000 guineas purchase from Book 2 of last year’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Casual Glimpse is a half-brother to five winners from six furlongs to a mile and a quarter, out of six-furlong two-year-old winner Glimpse. Casual Glimpse’s next race could be the Group Two Tanqueray Richmond Stakes on Friday, July 30, at Glorious Goodwood, which the trainer has won three times previously, or else the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes.

Race Record: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £16,997





ELNAWIN (GB) FACTFILE

4 b c Elnadim (USA) - Acicula (IRE) (Night Shift (USA))

Form: 411(1)/(2)55-(2)2536231 Owner: Noodles Racing

Trainer: Richard Hannon Breeder: Richard Tucker



After a debut defeat at Newmarket in July, 2008, Elnawin proceeded to notch a hat-trick of wins as a juvenile, culminating in a Group Three triumph in the six-furlong Sirenia Stakes on Kempton’s Polytrack that September. The Elnadim colt was then absent from the racecourse until returning to finish second behind Nashmiah on his three-year-old bow in the Listed Spring Cup at Lingfield in March, 2009. He raced only twice more that term, his season ending after finishing fifth in six-furlong Listed contests at Ascot and Newbury. Elnawin has made up for lost time this term, returning with a runner-up finish behind Prohibit in a six-furlong Polytrack contest at Kempton on March 27. He filled the same berth behind Blue Jack at Newbury before taking a respectable fifth behind Equiano in the Group Three Palace House Stakes over five furlongs at Newmarket in May. He clinched third and sixth in a pair of Haydock contests later that month and posted a cracking effort when a neck second to Sir Gerry in the Listed Cathedral Stakes over six furlongs at Salisbury on June 13. His latest two outings have come at five furlongs, finishing two lengths third to Glamorous Spirit in the Group Three Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh on June 27, and then slamming the opposition when victorious by five lengths in a Newmarket conditions race on July 16. Elnawin has two potential targets at Glorious Goodwood, the Group Two Audi King George Stakes (Tuesday, July 27) over five furlongs or the six-furlong bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup (Saturday, July 31).

Race Record: Starts: 15; Wins: 4; 2nd: 4; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £240,694





FREE AGENT

Richard Hannon said: “Free Agent had a back problem and needed a lot of time off but has come back this season and ran well at Windsor before winning a decent race at York.



"He could go to Goodwood for the 14-furlong handicap (the ROA Summer Handicap on Tuesday, July 27) and may want two miles.”





INVINCIBLE SOUL

Richard Hannon said: “Invincible Soul runs in the mile and quarter handicap at Goodwood (Turf TV Summer Vase Heritage Handicap on Thursday, July 29). He was third at Newmarket and previously second in the Britannia - he’s a pretty good horse.”





KING TORUS (IRE) FACTFILE

2 b c Oratorio (IRE) - Dipterous (IRE) (Mujadil (USA))

Form: 141 Owner: Sir Robert Ogden

Trainer: Richard Hannon Breeder: Whisperview Trading Ltd



Bred by Aidan and Anne-Marie O’Brien, King Torus was purchased for 30,000 euros at the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale in September, 2009. He is the second foal out of six-furlong juvenile winner Dipterous. His half-brother, Borghese Gallery, is a multiple sprint winner in Italy. King Torus made an impressive debut when winning his maiden by five lengths at Leicester on May 24 in the colours of Hitchcock & King. That success came over six furlongs but the Oratorio colt was stepped up a furlong for his next outing, having been sold to Sir Robert Ogden, in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19, in which he came home over five lengths fourth behind the impressive Zaidan. King Torus bounced back from that reversal in fine style when getting the better of Ecliptic by a neck in the Group Two Superlative Stakes over the same distance at Newmarket’s July Festival on July 9. The colt is set to contest the Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday, July 28.



Richard Hannon junior, assistant to his father, said: “There is not a lot for him at York next month so it might be the right idea to go to Goodwood with him. He is being aimed at a Group One Italian race in October, the Gran Critierium at San Siro, and could go to Goodwood on the way.”



Race Record: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £46,957





LIBRANNO

Richard Hannon said: “He will go for the Tanqueray Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood after winning the July Stakes. Dick Turpin won the Richmond last year. Libranno is a horse who has come out of the blue. We didn’t know we had him in the yard until we sent him to Newmarket. He jumped out of the gate and they never saw him again and he did the same the other day.”



ORATORY

Richard Hannon said: “He will probably run at Goodwood in the classified race (Sportingbet.com EBF Classified Stakes (Wednesday, July 28). It is 0-95 and he is on 94. The handicap (the totesport Mile) always has a lot of runners and is a tough race, while the classified stakes will have a smaller field - let him run up his rating in that race.”



VITZNAU

Richard Hannon junior, assistant to his father, said: “He is in the totesport Mile and he could win any handicap he wants on his day. A mile seems to stretch him and then he goes back to seven furlongs and seems to want a mile. So he plays a few tricks but we will catch him right one day.”



ZEBEDEE (GB) FACTFILE

2 gr c Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Cozy Maria (USA) (Cozzene (USA))

Form: 1151 Owner: Julie Wood

Trainer: Richard Hannon Breeder: Hascombe & Valiant Studs



Zebedee runs in Julie Wood’s colours, having been bought for 70,000 guineas at the 2009 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. The Invincible Spirit colt has raced exclusively at five furlongs so far and made a good impression when winning on debut at Windsor on April 12. Zebedee followed up two weeks later at Ascot when drawing two and a half lengths clear for a comfortable success in the Aldermore Conditions Stakes. Zebedee contested the Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 17 and showed plenty of pace in the front rank before finishing fifth, two and a half lengths behind Approve. Zebedee headed to Sandown on July 2, for his latest outing and was a comfortable winner of the Listed Dragon Stakes. The grey justified his starting price as the 8/15 favourite when drawing clear inside the final furlong to win by a length and a quarter from The Thrill Is Gone. Zebedee’s next outing is due to come in the Group Three Betfair Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday, July 27.



Richard Hannon said: “He is very quick and I don’t think he will be far away in the Molecomb. The course will suit him.”



Race Record: Starts: 4; Wins: 3; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £27,571







RICHARD HANNON

Richard Hannon, who was born in Lewes, East Sussex, on May 30, 1945, has been training since 1970 when he took over the licence on the retirement of his father Henry (Harry).

Originally, Hannon trained just from stables at East Everleigh in Wiltshire but, due to the increase in the size of his string (around 200 in 2010), he also has a base at nearby Herridge, a stud farm when bought 19 years ago, where he lives.

His first winner came over hurdles at Chepstow on March 30, 1970, when Sir Nuilli was successful, while Ampney Prince provided his initial winner on the Flat in a Newbury maiden on April 17 the same year.

Hannon made rapid progress as a trainer. A first Pattern race victory came courtesy of Crespinall in the 1972 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom and the same filly went on to win the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood later that season - his first Goodwood triumph.

Classic success followed shortly afterwards, when Mon Fils caused a 50/1 shock in the 1973 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. Don’t Forgot Me (1987) and Tirol (1990) won the same Newmarket Classic for the yard, and both colts also triumphed in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

Hannon has made a particular reputation for his expertise with sprinters and two-year-olds, though his successes are by no means confined to those spheres.

Lyric Fantasy was champion two-year-old filly in 1992 when her wins included the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes against older opposition at York, while Lemon Souffle achieved the same honour in 1993.

His major Group One wins also include the Moyglare Stud Stakes with Lyric Fantasy, the 2003 Sussex Stakes with Reel Buddy, the Prix Royal-Oak (French St Leger) with Assessor as well as the Prix de l'Abbaye and the July Cup with Mr Brooks. He has trained 29 winners at Royal Ascot and was the leading trainer at the meeting this season with three victories. He was also top trainer, with five victories including all the two-year-old Group races, at the recent three-day Newmarket July meeting.



He has sent out at least 100 winners in 19 of the last 20 years (including 2010), achieved with mostly cheaply bought horses purchased from the yearling and breeze-up sales in conjunction with bloodstock agent Peter Doyle, although his owner-breeder clients now include The Queen.

His current star racehorses, who could be his best ever, include Paco Boy, who has won three Group One races including the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury this year and got within a neck of the world’s best miler Goldikova in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out, as well as the pair of very high-class three-year-olds Canford Cliffs (winner of this season’s Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes) and Dick Turpin (successful in the Group One Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly). There is also tremendous juvenile talent in the stable, with the likes of Coventry Stakes winner Strong Suit, Memory, Libranno and King Torus.

At Goodwood, Hannon’s record is outstanding. Since Crespinall set the ball rolling in 1972, he has gone on to record a total of 195 Goodwood victories, making him the most successful current trainer at the course. Of those victories, 47 came at Glorious Goodwood and he could reach the 50-mark this year. He has been leading trainer at Glorious Goodwood twice, in 2008 with four successes over the five days and in 1993 with five wins.

He collected the Rolls Royce/Dick Hern Memorial Award for training the most winners at Goodwood in both 2009 and 2008, with 17 and 15 successes respectively. He was also top trainer at the Sussex course in 2007 (joint - seven wins along with Marcus Tregoning), 2004 (10 wins), 1996 (joint - eight wins along with Paul Cole), 1995 (seven wins) and 1993 (11 wins).

So far during 2010, he has amassed nine Goodwood triumphs, more than double the total of any other trainer, and is hopeful of adding a winner or two next week.

Richard Hannon was champion trainer in 1992 and he leads the standings for 2010 both on total prize money won and number of winners trained. He has sent out 123 British winners in 2010 (up to Sunday, July 18) and amassed over £1.8 million in prize money.

He is married to Jo and has six children - the triplets Richard Jnr (his assistant trainer), Henry and Lizzie (who is married to stable jockey Richard Hughes) - Fanny (who is married to trainer Sylvester Kirk), Claire and Julie.



GOODWOOD GOING LATEST



Straight - Good.

Round Course - Good to Firm.





Seamus Buckley, Clerk of the Course at Goodwood, said this morning (Tuesday, July 20): “The course has been extensively watered over the last four weeks.



“There was minimal rainfall until last week when we had 10 millimetres. The Round Course was watered yesterday and will be again today.



“The forecast is for rain moving into the area over the next 48 hours and a view on watering the straight will be taken on Wednesday.



“The course is in excellent order with a wonderful covering of grass and we will endeavour to maintain the current conditions up to and during the meeting.”





The GoingStick reading will be issued on Saturday morning.





RICHARD HANNON’S ENTRIES IN GOODWOOD EARLY-CLOSING RACES



28Jul10 Canford Cliffs GOODWOOD, Sussex Stakes (Group 1)

28Jul10 Dick Turpin GOODWOOD, Sussex Stakes (Group 1)

30Jul10 Vitznau GOODWOOD, totesport Mile (Heritage Handicap)

30Jul10 Oratory GOODWOOD, totesport Mile (Heritage Handicap)

31Jul10 Edge Closer GOODWOOD bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap)

31Jul10 Elnawin GOODWOOD (Early closer), bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap)



GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 2010 RUNNING ORDER



Time race distance value (£) age

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

2:10 Betfair App For Iphone Handicap 1m 1f 192y 50,000 4+

2:45 Betfair Gordon Stakes (Group 3) 1m 4f 70,000 3

3:25 Betfair Cup (Group 2) 7f 155,000 3+

4:00 Betfair Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) 5f 60,000 2

4:35 Tatler Summer Season Handicap (71-90) 1m 20,000 3+

5:05 Lawrence Dallaglio E.B.F. Maiden 6f 15,000 2

5:40 ROA Summer Handicap (86-105) 1m 6f 20,000 3+



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

2:10 Sportingbet.com Goodwood Handicap (0-95) 2m 5f 50,000 3+

2:45 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Group 2) 7f 80,000 2

3:25 Sussex Stakes (Group 1) 1m 300,000 3+

4:00 Racing UK Heritage Handicap (0-105) 1m 4f 50,000 3

4:35 Markel International Fillies' Maiden 6f 20,000 2

5:10 E.B.F. And Mares' Handicap (81-100) 1m 1f 20,000 3+

5:45 Sportingbet.com E.B.F. Classified Stakes (0-95) 7f 15,000 3+



Thursday, July 29, 2010

2:10 Turf TV Summer Vase Heritage Handicap 1m 1f 192y 40,000 3

2:45 Audi King George Stakes (Group 2) 5f 100,000 3+

3:25 Artemis Goodwood Cup (Group 2) 2m 100,000 3+

4:00 Moet Hennessy Fillies' Stakes (Group 3) 1m 6f 70,000 3+

4:35 E.B.F. New Ham Maiden Fillies' Stakes 7f 20,000 2

5:10 Vintage At Goodwood Heritage Handicap (0-105) 7f 35,000 3

5:45 Racing UK Leading Jockey Award Handicap (71-90) 5f 15,000 4+



Friday, July 30, 2010

2:10 Coutts Glorious Stakes (Group 3) 1m 4f 70,000 4+

2:45 Rolf Group Stewards' Sprint Handicap 6f 30,000 3+

3:25 totesport Mile (Heritage Handicap) 1m 150,000 3+

4:00 Tanqueray Richmond Stakes (Group 2) 6f 80,000 2

4:35 RSA Nursery (Handicap) 7f 20,000 2

5:15 Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3) 7f 60,000 3+

5:45 Turf Club Handicap (76-95) 5f 15,000 3





Saturday, July 31, 2010

1:55 Play Britain’s Got Talent Bingo At Meccabingo.com H’cap (71-90)1m 3f 20,000 3

2:30 Bluesquare.com For 5 Places In Stewards Cup Stakes (Listed) 1m 50,000 3

3:05 Blue Square Nassau Stakes (Group 1) 1m 1f 192y 200,000 3+

3:40 bluesquare.com Stewards' Cup (Heritage Handicap) 6f 100,000 3+

4:15 Mobile Betting At Iphone.Bluesquare.Com E.B.F. Maiden 7f 20,000 2

4:50 Play Poker At Gcasino.com Nursery (Handicap) 6f 15,000 2

5:25 Bluesquare.com Supporting Marie Curie Apprentice H’cap (71-90) 1m 1f 15,000 4+



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