Wednesday, October 8, 2008
GROUP ONE TEST FOR LOCH LONG IN THE RACING POST TROPHY
A TOTAL OF 65 HORSES REMAIN IN THE RACING POST TROPHY
OXX LOOKS TO MOURAYAN
SANS FRONTIERES COULD YET TAKE HIS CHANCE
Loch Long will attempt to provide Curragh trainer Tracey Collins with a first Group One victory in the £200,000 Racing Post Trophy (3.30pm), staged over a mile at Doncaster on Saturday, October 25.
The Irish handler’s Galileo colt is among 65 horses remaining at the first forfeit stage and Collins is hoping her talented charge can emulate 2006 winner Authorized, who also finished third on his only previous racecourse appearance before capturing the final Group One race of the British Flat season.
Loch Long, bred and owned by Jimmy Long under his Thistle Bloodstock banner, finished a length and three quarters behind the Jim Bolger-trained Vocalised in a hot seven-furlong maiden at Leopardstown on Irish Champion Stakes day, September 7.
Collins revealed this morning: "At the moment the plan is for Loch Long to go to Doncaster for the Racing Post Trophy.
"He ran well on his debut. That maiden is always a very competitive race and we were happy with him. The form of the race is solid, which you’d expect from a maiden run on Champion Stakes day.
"He’s progressed as expected and the step up to a mile will help, he probably wants that now and next year he’ll stay further.
"The ground was yielding at Leopardstown and he probably wants it a little bit better than that but at this time of year you just have to take what you get."
As to the inexperienced colt’s chances of becoming the second maiden to win the prestigious contest in three renewals, Collins is keeping a level head.
She said: "You’re not confident going to a maiden here in Ireland because the standard of racing is so high and then the Racing Post Trophy is a Group One race!"
Fellow Irish trainer John Oxx intends to run the Aga Khan-owned Mourayan in the Racing Post Trophy.
Having lost his maiden tag at the second attempt over a mile at Leopardstown in July, the Alhaarth colt ran a fine race after a break to take second, half a length behind stablemate Sea The Stars, in the Group Two Beresford Stakes at the Curragh on September 28.
Oxx revealed this morning: "Mourayan ran a great race in the Beresford Stakes and if he continues to please us and do well in his work, the intention is to run him in the Racing Post Trophy."
Aidan O’Brien first captured the Racing Post Trophy in 1996 with Saratgoa Springs and has taken the prize on three further occasions with Aristotle (1999), High Chaparral, and Brian Boru. The Master of Ballydoyle saddled the first two home in 2002, 2001 and 1999.
O’Brien has a strong hand once again with 25 horses going forward, including the unbeaten Group Three Tyros Stakes winner Rip Van Winkle, the current 2000 Guineas favourite. Group Two Keepmoat Champagne Stakes winner Westphalia could also line up, as well as Alexandrova’s brother Masterofthehorse, a close third in the Group Two Beresford Stakes on September 28.
The Ballydoyle contingent also includes High Chaparral’s brother Black Bear Island, successful at Naas in August, the well-bred Dundalk winners Age Of Aquarius and Great Wisdom, alongside Maurice Utrillo, a once-raced half-brother to Group One winner Landseer.
Also among the 29 Irish-trained acceptors are Prayer Boat from John Murphy’s stable and the Jim Bolger-trained Gan Amhras, runner-up to Soul City in the Goffs Million.
Sans Frontieres, trained by Jeremy Noseda, could yet take his place in the Racing Post Trophy line up, although no firm decision will be made until after Saturday, when the colt is due to contest the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Ascot.
The Galileo colt won his sole start over seven furlongs on turf at Lingfield Park on September 1, staying on well to defeat Rafaan by a neck.
Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden, reported: "A lot will depend on how he performs at Ascot, ground permitting, so we’ll see what happens from there.
"Having looked at it, the form of his maiden hasn’t worked out that well, nothing really has come out of the race and inspired but we were pleased enough because he didn’t have the best of runs. Things didn’t happen for him, then he did all his best work at the end, which is always a good sign.
"The plan was to go to Haydock two weeks ago for a conditions race but the ground was quite heavy and we didn’t want to run him on that. That would have been an ideal preparation and this is more of an afterthought really.
"We’ll see how he comes out of the Autumn Stakes. If he won well and came out of the race okay, then the Racing Post Trophy is there to be considered. But we’ll take it one step at a time with two-year-olds. It’s a big step up."
The Racing Post Trophy is a major pointer to Classic success, with Authorized (2007), Motivator (2004) and High Chaparral (2001) all securing the prestigious contest en route to Epsom Derby glory since the turn of the century. Reference Point also completed the double after winning the Racing Post Trophy in 1986.
American Post, victorious in 2003, won the following season’s French 2,000 Guineas, while 2002 hero Brian Boru subsequently returned to Doncaster and prevailed in the St Leger. Other outstanding winners include Noblesse (1962), Ribocco (1966), Vaguely Noble (1967), High Top (1971) and Celtic Swing (1994).
Orizaba landed the Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Goodwood for trainer Mick Channon and could take his chance at Doncaster, as could Montaff who won his maiden over a mile at Newcastle on October 1.
Middleham trainer Mark Johnston may run Jukebox Jury who had Orizaba in fourth when winning the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes over a mile at Ascot on September 27, as well as Roman Republic and Crackdown.
Saeed bin Suroor was successful in 1996 with Medaaly and repeated the success last year when Ibn Khaldun scored impressively. The Godolphin trainer has three horses engaged, Al Marmoom, Sandown maiden winner Anmar and Musleh.
Michael Bell saddled Motivator to victory and could run Four Winds, owned by The Queen. The Royal runner improved on his debut third to Delegator with a fine victory over the subsequently impressive Ra Junior at Sandown on September 17.
Delegator is trained by Brian Meehan who has seven horses going forward, including Hilbre Point an unraced Giant’s Causeway colt out of Oaks heroine Lady Carla. The Lambourn trainer could also run Tattersalls Timeform Million second and third Crowded House and Nasri.
John Gosden has a quartet engaged, consisting of Group One Middle Park Stakes third Huntdown, Yarmouth maiden winner Alwaary, the once-raced Big Bound and Mafaaz who was a close fifth in the Tattersalls Timeform Million.
Sri Putra, winner of the Group Three Solario Stakes, was just over four lengths eight in the Tattersalls Timeform Million and could represent trainer Michael Jarvis along with unexposed maiden victors Alazeyab and Kite Wood. Sir Michael Stoute may be represented by Yarmouth maiden victor Marching Time.
Others include the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained The Cheka, Mustaqer from the Barry Hills yard and Union Island, trained by Kevin Ryan who was successful with Palace Episode in 2005.
THE RACING POST TROPHY
Group One, £200,000 Total Prize Fund. Doncaster, Saturday, October 25, 2008. For two-year-olds only, entire colts and fillies, one mile (straight course). Weights: colts 9st, fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed Tuesday, August 12, entries revealed Wednesday, August 13 (159 entries), forfeit stage Tuesday, October 7, forfeits revealed Wednesday, October 8 (65 remain), five-day confirmation stage & £17,500 supplementary stage Monday, October 20, final declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, October 23. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, October 6.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
(1) AGE OF AQUARIUS (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Eduard Mordutchovitch Aidan O'Brien IRE
6 AL MARMOOM (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
61 ALAZEYAB (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
(3)1 ALWAARY (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
12 ANMAR (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
ARISTOCRAT Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
AUGUSTUSTHESTRONG (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2 BIG BOUND (USA) Carwell Equities Ltd John Gosden
021 BORN TO BE KING (USA) Sue Magnier & Roisin Henry Aidan O'Brien IRE
CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
152 COURAGEOUS (IRE) H E Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Bryan Smart
32361 CRACKDOWN (IRE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
0(1)2 CROWDED HOUSE Paul Reddam, Mrs C Burrell & J Harvey Brian Meehan
10 CRUIKADYKE JMH Lifestyle Ltd Paul Cole
21 DELEGATOR Poilin Good Brian Meehan
221554 DRUMBEAT (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
FAME AND GLORY Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
005433 FOUR STAR GENERAL (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
31 FOUR WINDS The Queen Michael Bell
FRANCISCO GOYA (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
341 FREEMANTLE Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
312 GAN AMHRAS (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
0 GIBB RIVER (IRE) Favourites Racing Peter Chapple-Hyam
013660 GLUTEUS MAXIMUS (IRE) Vesalius Syndicate Aidan O'Brien IRE
354 GOLDEN SWORD Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
(1) GREAT WISDOM (IRE) Anne-Marie O'Brien Aidan O'Brien IRE
15 HAIL CAESAR (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
HILBRE POINT (USA) E H Jones (Paints) Ltd Brian Meehan
213 HUNTDOWN (USA) H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
014 INDIAN OCEAN (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
JOHANN ZOFFANY Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1431 JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) Alan Spence Mark Johnston
21 KITE WOOD (IRE) Thomas Barr Michael Jarvis
3 LOCH LONG (IRE) Thistle Bloodstock Limited Tracey Collins IRE
(1)5 MAFAAZ Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
MALIBU BAY (USA) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
61 MARCHING TIME Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
213 MASTEROFTHEHORSE (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2 MAURICE UTRILLO (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
314 MIDNIGHT CRUISER (IRE) Michael Pescod Richard Hannon
21 MONTAFF Barry Walters Catering Mick Channon
012 MOURAYAN (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
(2) MUSLEH (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
25 MUSTAQER (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
02113 NASRI Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Brian Meehan
1514 ORIZABA (IRE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
23 PALAVICINI (USA) Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc John Dunlop
640 PRAYER BOAT (IRE) Mr D Mac A'Bhaird John Murphy IRE
11 RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
1301 RISING PROSPECT Geoff & Sandra Turnbull George Moore
ROCKHAMPTON (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
023 ROMAN GLORY (IRE) Martin Doran Brian Meehan
ROMAN REPUBLIC (FR) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
1 SANS FRONTIERES (IRE) Sir Robert Ogden Jeremy Noseda
610 SET SAIL (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
0 SIRGARFIELDSOBERS (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
SKANKY BISCUIT Iraj Parvizi Brian Meehan
110 SRI PUTRA H R H Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis
4 TACTIC Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
12 THE CHEKA (IRE) Anthony Pye-Jeary & Mel Smith Eve Johnson Houghton
223 UNION ISLAND (IRE) Clipper Logistics Kevin Ryan
VICEROY OF INDIA (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2120 WEALD PARK (USA) The Heffer Syndicate Richard Hannon
212101 WESTPHALIA (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
314 WHISPERING ANGEL Brimacombe, McNally, Rickman & Sangster Brian Meehan
65 entries remain after October 7 forfeit stage
ARCHIPENKO TO WORK ON THE NATWEST ROWLEY MILE TOMORROW
Archipenko will work on The NatWest Rowley Mile at Newmarket tomorrow, Thursday, October 9.
The Mike De Kock-trained four-year-old, who is being prepared for a crack at the £375,000 Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Champions’ Day, October 18, will work over seven furlongs and will be accompanied by a galloping companion.
The workout is scheduled to take place at 8.30am.
MICK FITZGERALD JOINS AT THE RACES
RETIRED JOCKEY BEGINS NEW CAREER AS TV PRESENTER
At The Races, the UK and Ireland's most watched dedicated horseracing channel and winner of the Broadcast Best Sports Service award, today announced that Mick Fitzgerald has signed an agreement to become the latest addition to its presenting team.
The 38-year-old retired as a jockey this year after a glittering riding career in which he won every major honour. Fitzgerald is now set to front live presentations from At The Races both on course and in studio. He will work across all At The Races channel output including special feature programming.
Mick Fitzgerald will interview his ex-boss and two-time champion trainer, Nicky Henderson, as well as his successor as Henderson’s stable jockey, Barry Geraghty in his first feature for At The Races to be aired next week. Today will see his first broadcast as a full-time, contracted presenter as he fronts live coverage from Towcester alongside 2005 Broadcaster of the Year, Robert Cooper.
Fitzgerald will also be a key contributor to attheraces.com where users will benefit from both his unique insight and extensive list of contacts as he compiles special preview reports and interviews.
Matthew Imi, Chief Executive, At The Races said:
"Mick is a fantastic addition to our excellent presenting team and we are delighted that he has decided to join us. His intelligence and experience will be invaluable in a presenting role and there are few more highly respected personalities within the industry.”
Mick Fitzgerald said:
“This is definitely the start of a new career for me and I’m delighted to be joining At The Races, a channel I see as both professional and very forward thinking.”
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