GEORGE WASHINGTON HEADS STRONG STAN JAMES 2000 GUINEAS ENTRY
George Washington, last season’s champion two-year-old, heads a healthy 78-strong entry for the 2006 Stan James 2000 Guineas, worth a record £330,000 and run on Saturday, May 6.
There are 21 possible Irish contenders alongside one each from France and the USA.
George Washington ended last season with a rating of 124 after impressively landing the Phoenix Stakes and the National Stakes at The Curragh, two Group Ones, and is one of 17 colts entered by Irish supremo Aidan O’Brien, who was successful last year with Footstepsinthesand and was also victorious in the Stan James 1000 Guineas with Virginia Waters.
Horatio Nelson, victorious in the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp in October before running second in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket nearly two weeks later, could also line up for the Classic on the NatWest Rowley Mile.
The Ballydoyle entry also includes Group Two TNT July Stakes victor Ivan Denisovich, Group Three scorers Hurricane Cat, Frost Giant and Aussie Rules, Listed winner Art Museum, and Pescatorio, an unraced Storm Cat half-brother to Balanchine.
The Marcus Tregoning-trained Sir Percy heads the home defence after four wins from as many starts last term. The Mark Of Esteem colt defeated Horatio Nelson by a neck in the Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes, a race in which he also held fellow Stan James 2000 Guineas entries Opera Cape, Red Clubs, Palace Episode, Humungous and Close To You.
Godolphin’s trainer Saeed bin Suroor includes end-of season purchases Opera Cape and Group One Racing Post Trophy first and second, Palace Episode and Winged Cupid, in his 13-strong entry, alongside impressive Newbury maiden winner With Interest, as well as Narvik, True Cause and Ashaawes.
Sir Michael Stoute is seeking his sixth Stan James 2000 Guineas victory and has three engaged. City Of Troy won his first two starts before running fourth to Leo in the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes, while Final Verse was second in the Stan James Horris Hill Stakes and Galactic Star is still a maiden after one outing.
Mark Johnston’s useful quartet consists of Listed scorer Nakheel, the Group Three 32Red.com Sirenia Stakes victor Prince Of Light, Atlantic Waves and Black Charmer.
Kevin Ryan has entered his Group One Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes victor Amadeus Wolf, while Richard Hannon could bid for a fourth Stan James 2000 Guineas success with Arminius and Asset, and Dermot Weld could send National Stakes runner-up Golden Arrow across the Irish Sea.
The French entry is the Nicolas Clement-trained Stormy River who was last seen when second to Carlotamix in the Group One Criterium International at Saint Cloud in October.
Act Of God, a maiden currently, could bid to give American trainer Fred Seitz, owner of Brookdale Farm in Kentucky, a historic success.
Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course for Newmarket Racecourses, commented: "Trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Kieren Fallon came out on top in both Guineas last year and they must have a good chance of making history by doing so again, with a particularly strong hand in the Stan James 2000 Guineas thanks to George Washington and Horatio Nelson, while they have Rumplestiltskin in the Stan James 1000 Guineas.
"The level and quality of entries for both Classics on the NatWest Rowley Mile are excellent and we are looking forward with great anticipation to the Stan James Guineas Festival on May 6 & 7."
Latest sponsor’s prices for the Stan James 2000 Guineas:
3/1 George Washington, 6/1 Horatio Nelson, 7/1 Sir Percy, 12/1 Amadeus Wolf, 14/1 Art Museum, 22/1 Prescatorio, 25/1 bar
STAN JAMES 1000 GUINEAS SEES AN INCREASE IN ENTRIES
Rumplestiltskin is among 85 fillies entered for the 2006 Stan James 1000 Guineas, run on Sunday, May 7, seven more than were engaged at this stage last year and 11 more than in 2004.
Rumplestiltskin ended last term as champion two-year-old filly after Group One triumphs in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp, and is one of nine Aidan O’Brien-trained possibles for fillies’ Classic which is worth a record £330,000 this year.
The champion Irish trainer’s entry also includes Alexandrova, second in the Group One Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile, Finnforest Oh So Sharp Stakes winner Race For The Stars, High Chapparal’s sister and Tipperary maiden winner Chenchikova, Kamarinskaya and Beauty Bright.
Nannina landed the Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile for trainer John Gosden, and the Newmarket handler has also entered Snow Crystal, Chatila, Tiana and Dama’a.
Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor - bidding for a third success in the Classic - have an eight-strong entry which is headed by Silca’s Sister, formerly trained by Mick Channon, who landed the Group One Prix Morny from Ivan Denisovich last term.
The Godolphin entry also includes Dubai On, who has won both her starts, as have Taranto and Group Three Prix Resevoirs winner Emily Bronte. Nottingham maiden scorer Reunite is a half-sister to Anabaa Blue, while Prix Marcel Boussac third Deveron was fifth to Vague in the UAE 1,000 Guineas on February 16.
The Jeremy Noseda-trained La Chunga handed Rumplestiltskin her only defeat last term when landing the Group Three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot from stablemate Vague who has won her last two outings in Dubai. Noseda could also saddle Salut d’Amour and Bosset.
The Mick Channon-trained Flashy Wings won her first four starts, including the Queen Mary Stakes and the Lowther Stakes, and was subsequently second to Chris Wall’s Expensive in the Watership Down Stud Stakes before running third behind Donna Blini in the Group One Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in September, where Wall’s Wake Up Maggie was a neck second.
Sir Mark Prescott has Group Three winners Confidential Lady and Violette in the Stan James 1000 Guineas. The latter found the Pam Sly-trained Speciosa a neck too good in the Group Two Owen Brown Rockfel Stakes on the NatWest Rowley Mile in October.
The unexposed quartet of Queen’s Best, Scottish Stage, Wasseema and Sindirana could represent Sir Michael Stoute. Richard Hannon has entered Group Two May Hill Stakes heroine Nasheej, while Henry Cecil is after his seventh Stan James 1000 Guineas success with Star Cluster who defeated Deveron on her only start.
Mostaqeleh could line up for trainer John Dunlop and owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, while Ed Dunlop has Nidhaal entered for the same owner.
There are seven French-trained entries including Group Three Prix Miesque winner and Prix Marcel Boussac runner-up Quiet Royal for Criquette Head-Maarek, who has been successful with Ma Biche (1983), Ravinella (1988) and Hatoof (1992).
Robert Collet has entered New Girlfriend, winner of the Prix Robert Papin. The Carlos Laffon-Parias-trained Gwenseb was third in that Group Two contest and could be joined by stablemates Right Note and Impressionnante. Freddie Head has nominated Thamarat.
Becky Moss, formerly trained by Emma Lavelle, is now with Swedish trainer Pia Brandt, , currently based in France
The 21-strong Irish entry also includes the Kevin Prendergast-trained Ugo Fire who won the Group Three C. L. Weld Park Stakes from the Jim Bolger-trained Abigail Pett last time, after chasing home Rumplestiltskin in the Moyglare Stud Stakes. Bolger could also saddle Modeeroch who was fourth in the Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes last term.
Tommy Stack has entered Listed winner Alexander Alliance, while Edward Lynam has a similar sort in Jioconda.
Latest sponsor’s prices for the Stan James 1000 Guineas:
4/1 Rumplestiltskin, 6/1 Nannina, 9/1 Flashy Wings, 10/1 Silca’s Sister, 16/1 Race For The Stars, 20/1 Donna Blini, Quiet Royal, Queen’s Best, 25/1 bar
THE STAN JAMES 2000 GUINEAS
Class 1, Group 1 Race, £330,000 Total Prize Fund. Newmarket, Saturday, May 6, 2006, NatWest Rowley Mile. For three-year-olds only, entire colts and fillies. Weights: Colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed March 1. Entries released March 7 (78 entries), forfeit stage April 25, £25,000 supplementary entry stage May 1, five-day declaration stage noon, May 1; final declaration stage 10:00am, May 4. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, March 6, 2006. May not include some overseas form; all-weather form shown in brackets.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
36- ABBONDANZA Transcend Bloodstock LLP Howard Johnson
21- ACHILL BAY (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
3-3 ACT OF GOD (USA) Mr Fred Seitz Fred Seitz USA
0332- AMADEUS MOZART (IRE) Mr M. Tabor & Mrs John Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
13211- AMADEUS WOLF Mr J. Duddy And Mr B. McDonald Kevin Ryan
1263- ARAAFA (IRE) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Jeremy Noseda
026- AREYOUTALKINGTOME Mrs Charles Cyzer Charles Cyzer
01- ARMINIUS (IRE) Mr Michael Pescod Richard Hannon
11- ART MUSEUM (USA) Mrs John Magnier & Mr M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
14- ASHAAWES (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
413- ASSET (IRE) Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXVI Richard Hannon
15- ATLANTIC WAVES (IRE) Mr Jaber Abdullah Mark Johnston
1421- AUSSIE RULES (USA) Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor, Mr F. Salman Aidan O'Brien IRE
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (IRE) Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
31323- BLACK CHARMER (IRE) Mr A. D. Spence Mark Johnston
210- BOLD AND FREE (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
01- CARIBBEAN Mr L. Neil Jones John Oxx IRE
016- CHAMPIONS GALLERY Champions Gallery David Elsworth
112- CHAMPIONSHIP POINT (IRE) John Livock Bloodstock Limited Mick Channon
210- CHARLIE COOL Mr W. J. Gredley William Haggas
114- CITY OF TROY Mr M Tabor, Mrs J Magnier & Mr D Smith Sir Michael Stoute
03- CLASSIC PUNCH (IRE) Mr J. C. Smith David Elsworth
1(1)1610- CLOSE TO YOU (IRE) Miss J. A. Leighs Terry Mills
22- COUSTEAU Charnwood Boy Partnership, Mr B. Reilly Peter Chapple-Hyam
3510- DUBAI TYPHOON (USA) Mr Mohamed Obaida Clive Brittain
1126- DYLAN THOMAS (IRE) Mrs John Magnier & Mr M.Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
(1)- EASY AIR Gainsborough Stud Ed Dunlop
1- EL FUEGO (USA) Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor David Wachman IRE
15- EXTREME MEASURES Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1422- FINAL VERSE Mr Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
31- FROST GIANT (USA) Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
5- GALACTIC STAR Mr Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
31111- GEORGE WASHINGTON (IRE) Mrs John Magnier, Mr M. Tabor & Mr D. Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
1432- GOLDEN ARROW (IRE) Dr R. Lambe Dermot Weld IRE
21- HELIOSTATIC (IRE) Mrs J. S. Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
11112- HORATIO NELSON (IRE) Mrs John Magnier & Mrs David Nagle Aidan O'Brien IRE
616(1)6- HUMUNGOUS (IRE) Mrs Evelyn Hankinson Charles Egerton
011- HURRICANE CAT (USA) Mrs John Magnier & Mr M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
(1)- IT'S A DREAM (FR) Mr Matthew Green David Elsworth
21124(0)- IVAN DENISOVICH (IRE) Mrs John Magnier, Mr M. Tabor, Mr I. Cowan Aidan O'Brien IRE
31- JAMES JOYCE (IRE) Mrs John Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
213- JEU DE MOT (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
21- JUDGE (USA) Mr Joe L. Allbritton Brian Meehan
1132- KILLYBEGS (IRE) Mr John C. Grant & Mr D. M. James Barry Hills
5120-(6)(5) KILWORTH (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1- MAJOR COMMITMENT (USA) Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
1524- MARCUS ANDRONICUS (USA) Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
315- METROPOLITAN MAN The Metropolitans David Simcock
4101- MISU BOND (IRE) Mr R. C. Bond Brian Smart
2- MOBSIR Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
11- NAKHEEL Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
1- NARVIK (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
2212- NORTHERN EMPIRE (IRE) Clipper Group Holdings Brian Meehan
2- O'TARA (IRE) The Tara Syndicate Mark Tompkins
321- OLYMPIAN ODYSSEY Mr W. J. Gredley Barry Hills
321123- OPERA CAPE Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
OUR PUTRA H.R.H. Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis
11351- PALACE EPISODE (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
PESCATORIO (USA) Sangster Family, Mrs J. Magnier, M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
PETROVICH (USA) Mr M.Tabor Jeremy Noseda
1- PRINCE WOODMAN (USA) Mr Earle I. Mack Brian Meehan
31115- PRINCE OF LIGHT (IRE) Claire Riordan and Kieran Coughlan Mark Johnston
13- PRIORS HILL (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
(6)(1)(2)- RED CAPE (FR) Franconson Partners Neville Callaghan
103224- RED CLUBS (IRE) Mr R. J. Arculli Barry Hills
02- RIVER TIBER Mrs John Magnier, Mr M. Tabor & Mr D. Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
333- ROL'OVER BEETHOVEN (FR) Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
SECRET WORLD (IRE) Mrs Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
1111- SIR PERCY Mr A. E. Pakenham Marcus Tregoning
652512- SIR XAAR (IRE) Pinnacle Xaar Partnership Brian Smart
212- STORMY RIVER (FR) Ess A S Ecurie Nicolas Clement FR
02- SUPASEUS Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib Hughie Morrison
13- THE WILD SWAN (USA) Mrs John Magnier & Mr M Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
2115- TRUE CAUSE (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
240(1)-(1)(0) WELL ARMED (USA) Win Star Farm LLC Clive Brittain
112- WINGED CUPID (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1- WITH INTEREST Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
362446- YASOODD Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
THE STAN JAMES 1000 GUINEAS
Class 1, Group 1, Total Prize Fund £330,000. Newmarket, Sunday, May 7, 2006. One mile (over the NatWest Rowley Mile Course). For 3-y-o fillies only. Weights: 9st. Entries closed March 1, entries revealed March 7 (85 entries), forfeit stage April 25, £25,000 supplementary entry stage May 1, five-day confirmation stage May 1, final declaration stage 10.00am, May 5. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including Monday, March 6. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
111232- ABIGAIL PETT June Judd Jim Bolger IRE
ABSOLUTELYFABULOUS (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor David Wachman IRE
21- ALEXANDER ALLIANCE (IRE) Noel O'Callaghan Tommy Stack IRE
6312- ALEXANDROVA (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
32- ANN SUMMERS GOLD (USA) Paul Reddam Brian Meehan
534- ANNA KARENINA (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor David Wachman IRE
622(3)(1)- ANNABELLE JA (FR) McDowell Racing David Elsworth
ARYAAMM (IRE) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
216403- ASAAWIR Kuwait Racing Syndicate Mick Channon
41- ASTROBELLA Mystic Meg Limited Mark Tompkins
31360- BEAUTY BRIGHT (IRE) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
4(2)53R1- BECKY MOSS (USA) H Troedsson Pia Brandt FR
BOSSET (USA) Budget Stable Jeremy Noseda
(1)- BOUBOULINA Gainsborough Stud Ed Dunlop
130- CHATILA (USA) Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
1- CHENCHIKOVA (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
111210- CONFIDENTIAL LADY Cheveley Park Stud Sir Mark Prescott
315- CROSS CHANNEL (USA) Cliveden Stud Ed Dunlop
2- DAMA'A (IRE) Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
21363-(5) DEVERON (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
DONATELLA (IRE) Benny Nielsen Michael Jarvis
1211- DONNA BLINI Mrs T Cunningham Brian Meehan
(1)1- DUBAI ON Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
32- EDAARA (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas
11- EMILY BRONTE Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
242110- EXPENSIVE M Tilbrook Chris Wall
FLAMINGO GUITAR (USA) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor David Wachman IRE
111123- FLASHY WINGS Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
1- GUILIA The Hornets Rae Guest
211362- GWENSEB (FR) Wertheimer et Frere Carlos Laffon-Parias FR
02(1)- I'M IN LOVE (USA) East Wind Racing Ltd Mikael Magnusson
41- IMPRESSIONNANTE Wertheimer et Frere Carlos Laffon-Parias FR
22113- JIOCONDA (IRE) Lady O'Reilly Edward Lynam IRE
6323- KAMARINSKAYA (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
3142- LA CHUNGA (USA) Sir Robert Ogden Jeremy Noseda
1- LIFETIME ROMANCE (IRE) Anne Coughlan John Oxx IRE
0- LILY ELSIE (IRE) Evie Stockwell Aidan O'Brien IRE
LOVE WALKED IN (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier David Wachman IRE
10- MARRIAGE VALUE (IRE) John Livock Bloodstock Limited Jamie Osborne
MILLISTAR Helena Springfield Ltd Michael Jarvis
MISS DELA (IRE) Ennistown Stud David Wachman IRE
MISS PROVENCE John Pearce Geoff Wragg
1124- MODEEROCH (IRE) Ballylinch Stud Jim Bolger IRE
311- MOSTAQELEH (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
15311- NANNINA Cheveley Park Stud John Gosden
412330- NANTYGLO Usk Valley Stud Michael Bell
13113- NASHEEJ (USA) Malih Al Basti Richard Hannon
115- NEW GIRLFRIEND (IRE) Richard Strauss Robert Collet FR
1215- NIDHAAL (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
3- PEARL'S GIRL Winterbeck Manor Stud William Haggas
315- PURE ILLUSION (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
4505- QUEEN CLEOPATRA (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
21- QUEEN'S BEST Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
41221- QUIET ROYAL (USA) Wertheimer et Frere Criquette Head-Maarek FR
2011- RACE FOR THE STARS (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
00411- RAJEEM Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
1- REUNITE (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
01- RIGHT NOTE (IRE) Gainsborough Stud Carlos Laffon-Parias FR
21- ROSINKA (IRE) Capt. J. Macdonald-Buchanan John Dunlop
12- ROYAL PROPOSAL Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
113111- RUMPLESTILTSKIN (IRE) Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Niarchos Family Aidan O'Brien IRE
610200- SAABIQ (USA) Saif Ali Clive Brittain
141226- SALUT D'AMOUR (IRE) Michael Tabor Jeremy Noseda
0- SANCTIFY (IRE) Anne-Marie O'Brien Aidan O'Brien IRE
2- SCOTCH PANCAKE Cliveden Stud David Elsworth
(1)2- SCOTTISH STAGE (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
61- SENSASSE (IRE) Theo Waddington and Bernard Keay Amanda Perrett
3141- SHORT DANCE (USA) Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
511- SILCA'S SISTER Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
SILVER TOUCH (IRE) Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
14- SINDIRANA (IRE) Aga Khan Sir Michael Stoute
1- SNOW CRYSTAL (IRE) Lord Lloyd-Webber John Gosden
203131- SPECIOSA (IRE) Michael Sly, Dr T Davies, Pam Sly Pam Sly
435406- SPINNING QUEEN Marston Stud & Cavendish Investing Ltd BarryHills
1- STAR CLUSTER Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
TARANTO Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
23- TAWAAFUD Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
3410- THAMARAT Hamdan Al Maktoum Freddie Head FR
013- TIANA Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
434321- UGO FIRE (IRE) Norman Ormiston Kevin Prendergast IRE
1224-(1)(1) VAGUE (USA) Paul Reddam Jeremy Noseda
6- VIENNESE WALTZ (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier David Wachman IRE
111223- VIOLETTE C Rowles Nicholson Sir Mark Prescott
1(2)12- WAKE UP MAGGIE (IRE) J Lambton Chris Wall
3- WASSEEMA (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
NB: Form figures in brackets denote all-weather form