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Thursday, March 5, 2009


The anticipation for this year’s Festival keeps building as six-day confirmations were revealed today for the second day, Wednesday, March 11.

A total of 14 horses go forward in the day’s feature race, the £320,000 Grade One Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.20pm) headed by reigning champion Master Minded, who destroyed his rivals with a stunning 19-length victory 12 months ago.

The Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old, unbeaten this season, is set to be the shortest-priced favourite of the 2009 Festival and his main opposition could be dual Grade One scorer Big Zeb, one of three Irish-trained entries remaining, last year’s The Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy hero Tidal Bay, and Well Chief, who was runner-up in this race in 2005 and fell when well fancied in 2007 but has not run for nearly two years.

The Nicky Henderson-trained Petit Robin may re-oppose Master Minded having finished second to the champion in the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot in January, while Andrew Balding has left in Briareus, who was fourth to another Clive Smith-owned chaser, Kauto Star, on his latest appearance in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Other notable acceptors include the 2006 Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase victor Newmill, Victor Chandler Chase third Mahogany Blaze, Punchestown Champion Chase winner Twist Magic and Grade Two scorer Scotsirish from the yard of Willie Mullins.

Some of the leading novice hurdlers are set to contest the £120,000 Grade One Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (2.05pm), for which 29 horses remain in contention, including the Alan King-trained trio of Karabak, Bensalem and Junior. Last year’s winning trainer Willie Mullins has five horses standing their ground, headed by Cousin Vinny and Mikael d’Haguenet, while the fancied Diamond Harry could bid for a third success at Cheltenham this season following a brace of Grade Two triumphs. Leading contenders Mad Max, The Nightingale and recent Kelso winner Knockara Beau are also among the acceptors.

The top novice staying chasers will also be in action in the £170,000 Grade One RSA Chase (2.40pm), which has 19 going forward. The Dr P J Moriarty Chase victor Cooldine is one of five Irish-trained horses remaining, and he is set to be joined in the extended three-mile contest by leading fancies What A Friend, Carruthers, Gone To Lunch and The Market Man.

Irish-trained horses have dominated the Grade One Weatherbys Champion Bumper (5.15pm), winning 13 of the 16 runnings, and the stranglehold looks set to continue this year with 19 the 31 acceptors coming from across the Irish Sea. Willie Mullins has nine horses engaged as he looks for a seventh victory in the race, including current market leader Sicilian Secret and the fancied quartet of Quinola Des Obeaux, Gagewell Flyer, Cadspeed and Meath All Star. Other potential Irish raiders include Dunguib, Rite Of Passage and Shinrock Paddy, while the home challenge may be led by the Victor Dartnall-trained King Henry.

Extremely competitive handicap action looks guaranteed with 90 horses going forward in the £80,000 Grade Three Coral Cup (4.00pm) and the weights are headed by recent National Spirit Hurdle victor Lough Derg (11st 12lb), who won over this trip in the Steel Plate and Sections Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. Other notable acceptors include Lough Derg’s stablemate Mamlook, impressive Kempton winner Pause And Clause, The Polomoche and the Pierse Hurdle runner-up Psycho, who was also second in last year’s Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle. The maximum field for the Coral Cup is 28.

A total of 41 horses remain in the £80,000 Listed Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle (4.40pm), including the Edward O’Grady-trained Alexander Severus, impressive Taunton winner Nictory Vote, Amore Mio and Silk Affair. The weights are headed by the Mr Thriller (11st 10lb), who is currently a short-priced favourite in Saturday’s Paddy Power Imperial Cup at Sandown on Saturday. The David Pipe-trained gelding would be in line for a £75,000 bonus from Paddy Power if he can triumph in that race and any contest at The Festival. The safety limit is 24 runners.

Wednesday’s superb seven-race card gets under way with the amateurs in action in the four-mile 139th Year of the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup (1.30pm), which has 40 acceptors including last year’s fourth Niche Market, Grade Two winner Kornati Kid, and the Jonjo O’Neill-trained trio of Can’t But Time, Wichita Lineman and Carnival Town. The field is limited to 20 runners.


The going at Cheltenham is currently:

Old Course (used on Tuesday & Wednesday) - Good to Soft
New Course (used on Thursday & Friday) - Good to Soft, Soft in places
Cross Country Course (Tuesday only) - Soft, Heavy in places

The forecast is for showery periods between Friday and Monday.


Cheltenham Racecourse today announced that leading car manufacturer Citroën is to sponsor the prestigious awards for the top jockey and trainer at The Festival. The Citroën Leading Rider Award and Citroen Leading Trainer Award will be presented to the jockey and trainer who win the most races during next week’s highlight of the Jump racing season, with the number of second, third and fourth places being taken into account if necessary.

The winning trainer and jockey both receive a perpetual trophy, plus an award of £1,000. The Citroën Leading Trainer will receive £1,000 for his or her stable staff and the Citroën Leading Rider will gain £1,000 for Racing Welfare.

Citroën will also be running a VIP Shuttle service at the racecourse during The Festival and showcasing its new C3 Picasso.

Cheltenham’s Director of Sponsorship Peter McNeile said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Citroën back to The Festival. The company has long been a friend to racing and its sponsorship of the Citroën Leading Rider and Trainer awards will add further lustre to these two most eagerly contested prizes.”

Marc Raven, Communications Director of Citroën UK, welcomed the deal: "We are very excited to be returning to Cheltenham as sponsor of the Leading Rider and Trainer Awards. We look forward to showcasing our newly launched C3 Picasso to the large crowds at the course and the huge numbers of racing fans watching on TV. This is an event which generates interest well beyond racing's usual boundaries and it will be great to be back for the first time since our sponsorship of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle between 1994 and 1999."


The countdown is now almost complete and the moment every Jump racing enthusiast has been waiting for is now just days away – The Festival 2009.

Action gets underway on Tuesday, March 10, and runs through to Friday, March 13.

Cheltenham in March is a mecca for all those interested in the very finest Jump racing while millions more in Britain, Ireland and further afield will be keeping up to date with all the latest news on television and via the internet.

This final Festival information pack contains facts and figures about The Festival, information on bonuses and an updated order of running for the four-day spectacular.


1. Gate receipts
An estimated 230,000 spectators attend the four days of the Festival. With ticket prices ranging from £20 - £80, the estimated gate receipts will total around £7 million. Tickets will be available on the gates for each of the first three days of The Festival.

2. Betting
The Festival is a massively important betting event, and one that can fundamentally affect the annual profits of bookmakers. Indeed, so important is the Cheltenham Festival that in 2003 when favourites won half of the races at the meeting, The Festival was blamed by the major bookmaking firms for significantly lower than expected profits that year. Through their 8,500 betting shops, telephone betting and online operations, Britain’s bookmakers put a great emphasis on the 26 races that comprise the Festival. This year, something approaching £600 million (over half a billion pounds!) will be staked on the outcome of those 26 events. The Festival will also account for around 10% of the Tote’s annual on-course pool betting turnover (not bad for four days’ racing out of a fixture list consisting of well over 1,000 meetings!), and at least a million pounds changes hands on each race in the betting ring at the racecourse, with over 250 bookmakers in attendance for each day of The Festival.

3. Catering
Racecourse caterers Letheby & Christopher will serve some 20,000 bottles of champagne, 30,000 bottles of wine, 240,000 bottles of beer & lager, and 220,000 pints of Ireland’s national drink, Guinness, as well as 10,000 gallons of tea and coffee. Whilst around 12,000 people each day will sit down to three or four course lunches in the various restaurants and hospitality areas, the remainder of the crowd will eat into a pile of burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches, that if laid end to end, would stretch almost three miles!

4. Transport
When over 65,000 people converge on Cheltenham, as they will on totesport Gold Cup day, they’ll come in every form of transport you can imagine.

Race sponsor (and official airline to The Festival) Ryanair brings a vast throng of racegoers from Ireland, staging up to 20 additional flights to the normal schedule to/from Birmingham, Bristol and East Midlands.

Train operators Cross Country Trains, First Great Western and Virgin Trains all run additional services throughout the week. And Cheltenham’s very own steam railway brings several hundred spectators each day the eight miles from its station at nearby Toddington. On a local level, taxi firms do significantly more business in Festival week than in any other week of the year.

Typically, 30,000 cars, 2,000 coaches and 50 stretch limos bring people to the races and in 2007 there were over 650 helicopter landings at the course during the meeting, making it the busiest temporary airfield anywhere in the country – and that includes Silverstone on British Grand Prix day.

Last, but by no means least, many people staying in town just walk to the racecourse - the best way to beat the traffic.

5. Cash
The racecourse is a place where a great deal of cash changes hands, whether in bars, the betting ring or with the Tote. Except via Tote vouchers that can be purchased on the day, no bookmaker will accept a debit card on the racecourse, so best to come with banknotes! In 2007, almost £1.2 million was drawn from the 20 cashpoints around the site-refilling pockets, handbags and wallets before returning to the battle against the bookies.

6. Staying in Cheltenham
Cheltenham Tourism estimates that around 10,000 beds each night are filled during Festival week, ranging from 4* to local B & Bs. And night clubs and bars around Cheltenham all benefit from the uplift in the numbers in Cheltenham.

Gloucestershire Tourism put the value of The Festival to the wider local economy at £50 million.

7. Mobile phones
With some reports putting mobile phone ownership at approaching 85% of the adult population, something like 45,000 people each day come to Cheltenham with a phone in their pocket. Small wonder therefore that getting a signal is sometimes quite difficult, especially immediately before or after the biggest races. However, all the major networks boost their signal for the event, which has helped to minimise the problem over the past couple of years.

8. Shopping
Being at The Festival is not just about the racing, mind. There are 70 stands selling everything from wellies to wine, silverware to Spanish property and books to binoculars. You could even treat yourself to a hand-made rocking horse! With hundreds of thousands of pounds sure to be changing hands at the 2009 Festival, there is a four-day micro-economy in its own right, at the Racecourse.

9. The totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy
A new totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup is minted each year. There is 10 ounces of gold in the trophy, which given the increasing cost of that precious metal will make it worth around £8,500 in 2009.

10. Royalty
The Queen went very close to landing her first winner at The Festival when Barbers Shop was narrowly defeated in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase last year. The same horse is set to represent the Queen in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup this year. The late Queen Mother had one Festival success, with Antiar taking the 1965 Spa Hurdle (a race no longer run). She also saw her horses run well in defeat on several occasions, with Game Spirit finishing a gallant third in the 1974 Cheltenham Gold Cup behind Captain Christy and runner-up in the Champion Chase the following year. Makaldar took the runner-up spot in the 1967 Champion Hurdle. Members of the Royal Family regularly attend The Festival.

11. Sponsorship/Race Values
Prize money at this year’s Festival is again at a record level, reaching over £3,560,000 million, an amazing average of £136,923 per race. Around half of that total comes from our race sponsors.

Value of major races 2009
totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup £475,000
Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle £370,000
Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase £320,000
Ladbrokes World Hurdle £260,000
Ryanair Chase £220,000


£1 million for any horse that can finish in the first three in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November, finish first or second in any race at The Festival and win the John Smith’s Grand National. Snoopy Loopy, who won at Haydock, and Exotic Dancer, who finished third at the same course, are both entered in races at The Festival and the John Smith’s Grand National.

£200,000 bonus payment for any horse winning both the Boylesports.com International and the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle in the same season. If won, this will be split £180,000 for the owner, £10,000 for the trainer and £10,000 for the successful yard’s stable staff. The winner of both races would therefore amass over £500,000. Binocular won the Boylesports.com International at Ascot in December (which was transferred to the Berkshire course due to the abandonment of Cheltenham) and is due to contest the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle on Tuesday, March 10, for which he is the red-hot favourite.

£75,000 for any horse that wins the Paddy Power Imperial Cup at Sandown Park on Saturday, March 7, and goes on to win any race at The Festival. Olympian managed this in 1993, taking the Coral Cup at The Festival, while Blowing Wind in 1998 captured the Imperial Cup and the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle at The Festival. Gaspara took the Sandown handicap in 2007 and the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham the following week to become the latest horse to win the bonus, which until this year was offered by the Imperial Cup’s previous sponsor Sunderlands.

Paddy Power also offers a bonus to any horse that wins the paddypower.com INH Flat Race at Naas on February 22 and follows up in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at The Festival. Rite Of Passage won the Naas contest and is entered in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, for which Paddy Power will match the winning prize money of £34,206 if he is successful.

£60,000 for any novice or beginners’ chase winner this season at Plumpton that subsequently collects any race at The Festival. Voy Por Ustedes won the bonus in 2006. Millenium Royal, trained in France by Francois Doumen, was triumphant at Plumpton on February 9 and holds entries in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase and the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase. Supported by SIS.


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 10 to 13, 2009

Tuesday, March 10 (Old Course)
Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.30pm williamhill.com Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade One) 2m 110yds £120,000
2.05pm The Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (Grade One) 2m £170,000
2.40pm William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade Three) 3m 110yds £90,000
3.20pm Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade One) 2m 110yds £370,000
4.00pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 3m 7f £50,000
4.40pm David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle (Grade Two) 2m 4f £100,000
TOTAL £900,000

Wednesday, March 11 (Old Course)
Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.30pm 139th Year of the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup 4m £75,000
2.05pm Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade One) 2m 5f £120,000
2.40pm RSA Chase (Grade One) 3m 110yds £170,000
3.20pm Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade One) 2m £320,000
4.00pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade Three) 2m 5f £80,000
4.40pm Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m 110yds £80,000
5.15pm Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade One) 2m 110yds £60,000
TOTAL £905,000

Thursday, March 12 (New Course)
Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.30pm Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed Race) 2m 5f £90,000
2.05pm Pertemps Final (Listed Race) 3m £80,000
2.40pm Ryanair Chase (Grade One) 2m 5f £220,000
3.20pm Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Grade One) 3m £260,000
4.00pm Freddie Williams Festival Plate Handicap Chase (Grade Three) 2m 5f £90,000
4.40pm Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase 3m 1f 110yds £60,000
TOTAL £800,000
Friday, March 13 (New Course)
Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.30pm JCB Triumph Hurdle Race (Grade One) 2m 1f £120,000
2.05pm Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle (Grade Three) 2m 1f £80,000
2.40pm Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade One) 3m £100,000
3.20pm totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade One) 3m 2f 110yds £475,000
4.00pm Christie’s Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup 3m 2f 110yds £40,000
4.40pm Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f 110yds £50,000
5.15pm Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (Grade Three) 2m 110yds £90,000
TOTAL £955,000

(A 3.8 per cent increase on the 2008 figure of £3,430,000 and making a new average of £136,923 per race)


Top jump owner Ogden going for Derby glory

A total of 138 hopefuls go forward for the 230th running of the £1.25 million Derby, staged this year at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 6, with a whole host of proven and potential stars pointed towards racing’s most coveted prize after this week’s first scratchings deadline.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore team won the Derby in 2001 with Galileo, now Europe’s champion stallion, and a year later with High Chaparral and they boast a formidable squad going into the 2009 race.

O’Brien accounts for no less than 36 of those in this year’s premier Classic, many of whom have already shown form at the highest level including dual Group One scorer Mastercraftsman, Group Three Tyros Stakes winner Rip Van Winkle, and Westphalia, whose year was completed with second spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita after winning the Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
Fame And Glory, Drumbeat and Age Of Aquarius - respectively first, second and fourth in last season’s Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud - are also engaged along with the Group Two-placed Grand Ducal, Beresford Stakes third Masterofthehorse and Racing Post Trophy fourth Set Sail.

Black Bear Island, Freemantle, Golden Sword, Indian Ocean, Liszt, Malibu Bay and Sirgarfieldsobers, a full-brother to 2007 Derby hero Authorized, were all impressive maiden winners with great potential.

There is a particularly strong entry of 51 from Ireland with Jim Bolger, successful in the 2008 Derby with New Approach, accounting for six representatives including the Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes winner Intense Focus and the highly-regarded Gan Amhras.

Trainer John Oxx, who won the 2000 Derby with Sinndar, has a five-strong entry that includes Beresford Stakes winner Sea The Stars, a half-brother to Galileo, and runner-up Mourayan as well as Group Two Futurity Stakes victor Arazan.

The domestic team includes Group One Racing Post Trophy hero Crowded House, trained by Brian Meehan, the Marcus Tregoning-trained Taameer and Lingfield maiden winner Sans Frontieres, who could bid to give leading jump owner Sir Robert Ogden a flat success at the highest level. The Galileo colt cost 450,000 guineas as a yearling and is in training with Jeremy Noseda.

“It’s obviously early days but we have kept Sans Frontieres in the Derby and hopefully he will reappear at the Craven meeting at Newmarket in mid April,” said Ogden’s racing manager Barry Simpson.

“He had entries in some of the leading juvenile races last season but we decided not to run him because of the ground. There seemed little point in running him on soft ground at that point of the season and we decided to wait with him.

“The form of his Lingfield maiden didn’t work out particularly well but he won despite everything going wrong for him. I think that is the sign of a reasonable horse and he’s pleased us enough over the winter.

“We have always thought that he was a decent horse and he has been given time to develop. The plan is to see how he gets on at Newmarket and then see where we can go from there.”
Although Ogden is best known for his jump exploits, he has owned two previous Derby runners in Majestic Maharaj, who finished 14th in the 1978 race, and Florida Son, who came 18th four years later. Both horses were trained by Jack Hanson.

This could be an exciting year on the racecourse for the Queen, who is represented in next week’s totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup by Barbers Shop. She also owns a leading Oaks candidate in Enlightenment and two colts with live Derby hopes in Free Agent, winner of the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, and Autumn Stakes third Four Winds.

The Godolphin stable has nine entries including several new recruits such as Kite Wood, winner of the Group Three Autumn Stakes when with Michael Jarvis, La De Two, who was formerly trained by Barry Hills and Racing Post Trophy third Skanky Biscuit, who has been recruited from Brian Meehan’s stable. Emirates Champion, a Great Leighs maiden winner last year, and the unraced $2.9 million purchase My Vision are among Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor’s other entries.

This year’s Derby has a strong international feel with five French-trained entries, the Italian-trained Maimonides and three from Rashid Bouresly’s Middle-East stable adding further interest.

The 138 horses going forward amount to 13 more than at this stage last year. All of the three-year-olds announced today were entered in the 2009 Derby as yearlings and there is a second £8,000 entry stage on April 7 as well as a final £75,000 supplementary entry opportunity five days before the race on June 1.

Class 1, Group 1, £1,250,000 Total Prize Fund, Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 6, 2009. For three-year-olds only, entire colts & fillies, one mile & four furlongs. Entries closed December 5, 2007, (474 entries). First scratchings deadline noon, March 3, 2009 (138 remain), £8,000 second entry stage noon April 7, 2009, second forfeit stage May 21, 2009, £75,000 supplementary entry and five-day confirmation stage noon, June 1, 2009, final declaration stage 10am, June 4, 2009. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, March 2, 2009. May not include some overseas form.

Form Horse Owner Trainer
05- ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Jack Hanson Barry Hills
(1)4- AGE OF AQUARIUS (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
AL MAHRAJAH Bouresly Racing Syndicate Rashid Bouresly UAE
225- ALHAQUE (USA) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Peter Chapple-Hyam
2- ALMAIL (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Freddie Head FR
415- ALMIQDAAD Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
(3)1- ALWAARY (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
120- ANMAR (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
113- ARAZAN (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
(2)2(1)-(0) ARD NA GREINE (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
53- ARISTOCRAT Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
44- ASATEER (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
(1)- BAB AL SALAM (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
21- BLACK BEAR ISLAND (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
021- BORN TO BE KING (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
0(1)- BRAVEHEART MOVE (IRE) Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Sir Mark Prescott
1- BYZANTINE Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
CALYPSO BAY (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Jeremy Noseda
06-(2) CAPEABILITY (IRE) Mick Channon Mick Channon
1- CHIEF LONE EAGLE (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
43- CLOWANCE HOUSE Seasons Holidays Roger Charlton
CLUAIN ALAINN (IRE) Anne Coughlan John Oxx IRE
COUNTRY ROAD (IRE) Sue Magnier Peter Chapple-Hyam
0(1)21- CROWDED HOUSE Paul Reddam, Carmen Burrell, J Harvey Brian Meehan
0- CROWFOOT (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
CRYSTAL CELEBRE (IRE) Michael Poland Henry Candy
01- CYGNET Timothy Steel Luca Cumani
DARADIYR (FR) H H Aga Khan Jean Claude Rouget FR
4133- DERBAAS (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
215542- DRUMBEAT (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
DUBAI CHALLENGE (USA) Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
3- EBIAYN (FR) Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
(1)- EMIRATES CHAMPION Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
11- FAME AND GLORY Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
(1)- FATHER TIME Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
6- FAVOURS BRAVE Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
32- FERGUS MCIVER (IRE) Netherfield House Stud Jim Bolger IRE
(5)(2)(1)- FORTUNI (IRE) Pacific International Management Sir Mark Prescott
313- FOUR WINDS The Queen Michael Bell
(4)- FRANCISCO GOYA (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11- FREE AGENT The Queen Richard Hannon
341- FREEMANTLE Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
312- GAN AMHRAS (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
3541- GOLDEN SWORD Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
403(0)(1)- GRAND ADMIRAL (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1243- GRAND DUCAL (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
(1)- HAASHED (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
156- HAIL CAESAR (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
HARBINGER Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Adm Rous) Sir Michael Stoute
321- HEADLINE ACT Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
HIGHLAND FLASH Lady Laidlaw David Wachman IRE
3- HORSLEY WARRIOR Mrs Joy McMahon Ed McMahon
continues...THE 2009 DERBY ENTRIES CONTINUEDForm Horse Owner Trainer
2- HYADES (USA) Niarchos Family Henry Cecil
60- HYDRANT Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Adm Rous) Jeremy Noseda
4- HYPNOTIST (UAE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
210- IMPOSING Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Sir Michael Stoute
INDEPENDENCE HALL (USA) Honourable Earle Mack Not in training
0140- INDIAN OCEAN (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
356331- INTENSE FOCUS (USA) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
34- JOHANN ZOFFANY Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
(4)(1)- KIMBERLEY DOWNS (USA) Favourites Racing Mark Johnston
211- KITE WOOD (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
2- LA DE TWO (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
24- LASSO THE MOON Derek and Jean Clee Mick Channon
41- LISZT (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
0- LIVELY FLING (USA) George Strawbridge John Gosden
35- LOCH LONG (IRE) Thistle Bloodstock Limited Tracey Collins IRE
(1)5- MAFAAZ Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
MAIMONIDES Scuderia Giocri & Earle Mack Valfredo Valiani Renzetti ITY
1- MALIBU BAY (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
21- MARTIAL LAW (IRE) Nicola Mahoney Andre Fabre FR
11114- MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2130- MASTEROFTHEHORSE (IRE)Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
23- MAURICE UTRILLO (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
MAWAZIN Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
MAYTIDE (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
MIRIFIC (FR) Alec Head Criquette Head-Maarek FR
21- MONTAFF Barry Walters Catering Mick Channon
0121- MOURAYAN (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
MUNSTER FUSILIER (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
251- MUSTAQER (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
MY VISION (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
2311- NAFAATH (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Kevin Prendergast IRE
NATIVE RULER T F Harris Henry Cecil
1- NEHAAM Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
10- NORTH EAST CORNER (USA) Thomas Barr Barry Hills
5(3)- NORWEGIAN DANCER (UAE) Philip Wilkins Ed McMahon
0031- OASIS KNIGHT (IRE) Lady Tennant Marcus Tregoning
012- OUSTER (GER) Raymond Tooth David Elsworth
PADDY PARTRIDGE Owen Promotions Limited Nicky Vaughan
231- PALAVICINI (USA) Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc John Dunlop
2- PEACEFUL RULE (USA) Eamon Maher David Nicholls
PLYMOUTH ROCK (IRE) Michael Tabor,Sue Magnier,Derrick Smith,Matthew Green Jeremy Noseda
PONT TOTO The Pontoon Partnership Nicky Vaughan
POPMURPHY Maura Gittins Karl Burke
110- RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
13010- RISING PROSPECT Geoff & Sandra Turnbull Luca Cumani
0- RISING STAR Robert Heathcote John Spearing
24- ROCKHAMPTON (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
0- RULER OF ALL (IRE) Thomas Barr Barry Hills
1 SAGARIAN (FR) H H Aga Khan Jean Claude Rouget FR
0- SAM SHARP (USA) Noel Martin Henry Cecil
1- SANS FRONTIERES (IRE) Sir Robert Ogden Jeremy Noseda
(2)- SAPTAPADI (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
411- SEA THE STARS (IRE) Christopher Tsui John Oxx IRE
0- SEHOY (USA) George Strawbridge John Gosden
6104- SET SAIL (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
03- SILVADOR C Edginton, K Jeffery & P Wheatley William Muir
SIR PERCIVAL (USA) Bouresly Racing Syndicate Rashid Bouresly UAE
02(1)- SIRGARFIELDSOBERS (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
13- SKANKY BISCUIT Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
SOLARIS (IRE) E Ciampi Jean Marie Beguigne FR

Form Horse Owner Trainer
SOUTH EASTER (IRE) Wentworth Racing (Pty) Ltd William Haggas
STATELY HOME (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
6- SUMBE (USA) Nurlan Bizakov Marcus Tregoning
064(5)- SURVIVOR'S SONG Recycled Products Limited Dean Ivory
2- SWINDLER (IRE) Mr & Mrs P McMahon & Mr & Mrs R Gorell Andrew Balding
4- SWISS GUARD Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
12- TAAMEER Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
2- TAARAB Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
43- TACTIC Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
TAVERN SQUARE (USA) Bouresly Racing Syndicate Rashid Bouresly UAE
THE BOAT SHED (IRE) Brendan W Duke Racing Brendan Duke
THESPIS OF ICARIA (IRE)Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
1- TOO MUCH TROUBLE Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
22- TORAIDHE (IRE) Peter Canavan Jim Bolger IRE
3- TROJAN WAR (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
TWO TOGETHER (USA) Saif Ali & Saeed H Altayer David Lanigan
UNCLE KEEF (IRE) R A H Evans Marcus Tregoning
3(5)- VICEROY OF INDIA (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
212- VITRUVIAN MAN Plantation Stud John Oxx IRE
41- VOCALISED (USA) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
03- VON JAWLENSKY (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
WAR (IRE) David Myerscough David Myerscough IRE
121012- WESTPHALIA (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
0- YANKEE DOODLE Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
YU TIGER (IRE) Bill Gredley Michael Bell

138 entries
51 Irish-trained
12 UAE-trained
6 French-trained
1 Italian-trained

Breakdown of Entries by Trainer With Past Successes
36 Entries
Aidan O’Brien IRE (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral)

9 Entries
Saeed bin Suroor UAE (1995 Lammtarra)

7 Entries
John Gosden (1997 Benny The Dip)

6 Entries
Jim Bolger IRE (2008 New Approach)

5 Entries
Barry Hills
John Oxx IRE (2000 Sinndar)
Sir Michael Stoute (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light)

4 Entries
Henry Cecil (1985 Slip Anchor, 1987 Reference Point, 1993 Commander In Chief, 1999 Oath)
Mick Channon
Jeremy Noseda
Marcus Tregoning (2006 Sir Percy)

3 Entries
Rashid Bouresly UAE

2 Entries
Michael Bell (2005 Motivator)
Peter Chapple-Hyam (1992 Dr Devious, 2007 Authorized)
Luca Cumani (1988 Kahyasi, 1998 High-Rise)
John Dunlop (1978 Shirley Heights, 1994 Erhaab)
Michael Jarvis
Mark Johnston
Ed McMahon
Sir Mark Prescott
Jean Claude Rouget FR
Nicky Vaughan

1 Entry
Andrew Balding
Jean Marie Beguigne FR
Clive Brittain
Karl Burke
Henry Candy
Roger Charlton (1990 Quest For Fame)
Tracey Collins IRE
Brendan Duke
Ed Dunlop
David Elsworth
Andre Fabre FR
William Haggas (1996 Shaamit)
Richard Hannon
Freddie Head FR
Criquette Head-Maarek FR
Dean Ivory
David Lanigan
Brian Meehan
William Muir
David Myerscough IRE
David Nicholls
Kevin Prendergast IRE
John Spearing
Valfredo Valiani Renzetti ITY
David Wachman IRE
Independence Hall (USA) currently out of training

c Rainbow Quest (USA) — Wiener Wald (USA) (Woodman (USA))
Form: 0121- Owners: Paul Reddam, Carmel Burrell, J Harvey
Trainer: Brian Meehan Breeder: Car Colston Hall Stud
A 75,000 guineas purchase at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales in 2007, Crowded House made an inauspicious racecourse debut at Newmarket in August, missing the break prior to coming home 10th behind stablemate Delegator. Following a facile victory on polytrack at Kempton the following month, Crowded House was touched off by Donativum in the inaugural Tattersalls Timeform Million at Newmarket at the start of October. He followed up later that month with a stunning three and a half length success from subsequent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Donativum in the Group One Racing Post Trophy, a performance that sent the son of Rainbow Quest to the head of the betting for Epsom glory.
c Cape Cross (IRE) — Urban Sea (USA) (Miswaki (USA))
Form: 411- Owner: Christopher Tsui
Trainer: John Oxx IRE Breeder: Sunderland Holdings
A half-brother to the 2001 Derby victor Galileo and the 2004 Oaks runner-up All To Beautiful, Sea The Stars finished fourth on his mid-July debut in a Curragh maiden that had been won by last year’s Derby hero New Approach 12 months earlier. Showing the benefit of that run, he duly recorded a facile two and a half length victory in a Leopardstown maiden in mid-August, before going on to record a comfortable success in the Group Two Beresford Stakes at the Curragh at the end of September, when he defeated stablemate Mourayan by half a length, with fellow Derby hopeful Masterofthehorse a further short head in arrears.

c Galileo (IRE) — Kite Mark (Mark Of Esteem (IRE))
Form: 211- Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor UAE Breeder: Elsdon Farms
A big-money transfer to Godolphin over the winter, Kite Wood was originally purchased for 270,000gns by Thomas Barr’s racing manager Michael Goodbody at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales in 2007 and was sent to Michael Jarvis. A pleasing debut when second in a Leicester maiden in mid August was followed by a comfortable victory when stepping up to a mile in a Doncaster maiden a month later. The son of Galileo completed his two-year-old season with further improvement, making all of the running to take the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Ascot in mid-October, a race previously won by the brilliant 1989 Derby winner, Nashwan.

c Sadler´s Wells (USA) — Shouk (Shirley Heights)
Form: 2130- Owners: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Breeder: Quay Bloodstock
A full-brother to the 2006 Oaks heroine Alexandrova, Masterofthehorse made his racecourse debut in a Naas maiden over a mile in July, when he found only Gan Amhras three lengths too strong. He duly followed up with a comprehensive five-length victory at Gowran Park two weeks later and made the step up to Pattern company in the Group Two Beresford Stakes at the Curragh at the end of September, when he kept on to take third behind the John Oxx-trained pair of Sea The Stars and Mourayan. He was sent off a well-supported 11/4 chance for the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster at the end of October, but the son of Sadler’s Wells found little under pressure and trailed in 11th behind Crowded House.

c Dr Fong (USA) — Film Script (Unfuwain (USA))
Form: 11- Owner: The Queen
Trainer: Richard Hannon Breeder: The Queen
Bred at the Royal Stud at Sandringham, Free Agent was initially considered to be a three-year-old prospect rather than a juvenile, but an impressive five-length victory over Donativum on his debut at Leicester at the start of June persuaded connections to allow the son of Dr Fong to take his chance in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. Settled at the rear of the field by Richard Hughes, Free Agent produced a storming run inside the final quarter-mile to prevail by two and a quarter lengths, giving Her Majesty a first Royal Ascot winner for nine years.

c Galileo (IRE) — Llia (Shirley Heights)
Form: 1- Owner: Sir Robert Ogden
Trainer: Jeremy Noseda Breeder: The Lavington Stud
Sans Frontieres was bought for 450,000gns at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales in 2007 by bloodstock agent John Warren for leading owner Sir Robert Ogden. The son of 2001 Derby winner Galileo made his debut for trainer Jeremy Noseda in a seven-furlong turf maiden at Lingfield Park at the start of September, when he raced keenly and encountered traffic on several occasions inside the final two furlongs, but still managed to record a cosy neck victory. Sans Frontieres held several high-profile engagements throughout the autumn but connections decided to wait for the spring.


Cumbres, dam of last years Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Again, is among a high-class book of mares set to visit Danroad at Rathmuck Stud in Ireland this year.

Again, who is trained by David Wachman for the Coolmore team, is one of the market leaders for this years 1,000 Guineas.

Danroad, a Group 2-winning juvenile in New Zealand, has made a sensational start with his first southern hemisphere crop that - despite small numbers - has included the Group 1 winner Rockdale, Group 2 scorer Amazing Sky and Down The Road, who narrowly missed out on a Derby success last weekend.

Down The Road was beaten by just a nose in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby on Sunday and may head to Australia for compensation in the Group1 AJC Derby at Randwick in Sydney on April 11.

"It was just so close," said bloodstock agent Paul Beamish, representing the horse’s connections. "It was pretty deflating, but when you see how Down The Road was in front a stride before and after the post, you come to realise what a huge effort it really was".

Meanwhile, Danroad’s first European juveniles will race this year and they include Farmer Giles, a £46,000 yearling who trainer Michael Bell describes as “one of my favourites and sure to run early”.

As well as Cumbres, who is a half-sister to Montjeu, the Hong Kong Breeders Club will be sending around 40 mares to Danroad this year including Midnight Angel, the dam of 2007 Group 1 Middle Park Stakes winner Dark Angel and Demeter, dam of Chris Walls exciting three-year-old Pyrrha.

John McGrath, racing manager for the Hong Kong Breeders Club, commented: “We know how important it is that a stallion is well supported in his early years and, by sending the dams of Group 1-winning juveniles Again and Dark Angel to Danroad this year, we believe we will give him every chance in Europe of emulating his amazing start from small numbers in the southern hemisphere.”

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