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Thursday, March 3, 2011

FRANKEL HEADS 125 GOING FOR EPSOM GLORY IN THE INVESTEC DERBY

 

 

Last season’s joint European champion two-year-old Frankel heads 125 hopefuls going forward for the 2011 Investec Derby following this week’s scratching stage.

 

There are just over three months until Flat racing’s most famous prize is be contested at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 4, and many classy three-year-olds are targeting the famous £1.25 million Classic.

 

Frankel is one of four entries representing trainer Henry Cecil, who has saddled four previous Derby winners, and could also be represented by Yarmouth maiden winner First Mohican and the unraced duo Flash Of Intuition and World Domination.

 

The Derby famously acquired its name at the toss of a coin between the 12th Earl of Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury, ahead of the first running in 1780 which was won by Bunbury’s Diomed. In 2011 the 12th Earl’s descendant, the 19th Earl of Derby, could see his iconic black and white silks carried by Voodoo Prince. A son of Kingmambo, Voodoo Prince is the first foal of the outstanding Ouija Board, who carried the Earl’s colours to victory in the 2004 Oaks and went on to win a total of seven Group One contests all over the world.

 

Ed Dunlop, the colt’s trainer, revealed: “Voodoo Prince has done well over the winter. He has strengthened up and I have been pleased with his progress so far. He had a little setback at a slightly critical time last year - it was nothing very serious but we decided to put him away.

 

“He obviously remains an unknown quantity but, having been entered in the Investec Derby last year, we thought that we would leave him in the race.

 

“He is probably a couple of weeks away from doing fast work and we might look at the Wood Ditton Stakes at Newmarket or a similar race for his debut.”

 

Aidan O’Brien has his usual strong team entered and among his 21 engaged are Group One Criterium International hero Roderic O’Connor, Recital, a five-length winner of the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud, and Seville, who finished second in last season’s Group One Racing Post Trophy.

 

The Investec Derby is the only British Classic that the Queen has not won in an ownership career spanning more than half a century and she looks to have a live contender this year in the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Carlton House, a nine-length maiden winner at Newbury in October. Stoute, successful in last year’s Investec Derby with Workforce, has won the race five times in total, the best record of any current trainer.

 

Among other well-known owners chasing Flat racing’s most sought after prize are Lord Lloyd-Webber, represented by the dual winner Treasury Devil, and footballer Michael Owen, whose home-bred Brown Panther won his only start last year.

 

Godolphin’s 18 entries, split between trainers Saeed bin Suroor and Mahmood Al Zarooni, include Saamidd, winner of Doncaster’s Group Two Champagne Stakes, Kempton maiden winner Badeel, and Maywood, who scored in similar company at Brighton.

       

Along with Aidan O’Brien’s team, other Irish-trained entries include a trio from trainer John Oxx, successful with the great Sea The Stars in the 2009 Investec Derby. Among them is the Aga Khan’s Gowran Park maiden winner Adilapour.

               

The nine French-trained entries include Maxios, an unbeaten half-brother to Arc hero Bago, trained by Jonathan Pease for the Niarchos family. Manhaj has won both his starts for trainer John Hammond while Alain de Royer Dupre has engaged the Aga Khan’s winning duo Dildar and Vadamar.

 

Those going forward in the race at the confirmation stage on Tuesday, March 1, were all entered as yearlings and there is an £8,000 second entry stage on April 5 with a final chance to be added to the field at a cost of £75,000 five days before the Classic on May 30.

       

Andrew Cooper, Director of Racing at Epsom Downs Racecourse, commented: “The last two runnings of the Investec Derby have seen a pair of brilliant winners in Workforce and Sea The Stars and all the ingredients are in place for another great race in 2011.

 

“Top-class juveniles from last season and many unexposed three-year-olds go forward into the Investec Derby after this week’s confirmation stage, and no doubt other exciting names will be added to the mix at the next entry opportunity on April 5.”

 

 

SIX TO WATCH

 

CARLTON HOUSE (USA)

b c Street Cry (USA) - Talented (Bustino)

Form: 21-                                                     

Owner: The Queen

Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute            

Breeder: Darley

 

The Queen came closest to Derby glory in her coronation year, 1953, when Aureole was runner-up to Pinza. Carlton House could be her first Derby runner since 1981. After a pleasing second on debut at Salisbury, the  Street Cry colt impressed with a nine-length mile maiden victory at Newbury in October. Since then he has been entered in several top races including the Irish Derby, Prix du Jockey Club and Grand Prix du Paris. His dam, Talented, won the 10-furlong Group Two Sun Chariot Stakes for Godolphin in 1993.

 

FRANKEL (GB)

b c Galileo (IRE) - Kind (IRE) (Danehill (USA))

Form: 1111-                                     

Owner: Khalid Abdulla

Trainer: Henry Cecil                                   

Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd

 

Frankel set alight the juvenile division last season with a series of impressive victories. Following a mile maiden win at Newmarket in August, the Galileo colt stormed to a 13-length victory in a three-runner contest at Doncaster’s St Leger Meeting. His first foray into Pattern company produced an awesome 10-length victory in the Group Two Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot and the the Cecil-trained colt was duly sent off at odds on for the Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October. Frankel was hampered early on in the seven-furlong contest but, after showing signs of immaturity, took command inside the final furlong for a comfortable win. The Juddmonte home-bred is a three-parts brother to Lingfield Derby Trial winner Bullet Train, out of the Listed winner Kind, herself a half-sister to Group One winner Powerscourt.

 

MAXIOS (GB)

b c Monsun (GER) - Moonlight’s Box (USA) (Nureyev (USA))

Form: 11-                                         

Owner: Niarchos Family

Trainer: Jonathan Pease FR                      

Breeder: Niarchos Family

 

The Niarchos Family homebred is a half-brother to the same owner’s 2004 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero and five-time Group One victor Bago, from the family of Machiavellian. Maxios impressed on debut in a Longchamp maiden in September, drawing four lengths clear of his rivals for an easy win. His only other start came on heavy ground at Saint-Cloud in October, when he dug deep to fend off Listed winner Private Jet to land the Group Three Prix Thomas Byron. The last French-trained winner of the Derby was Empery in 1976.

 

RECITAL (FR)

b c Montjeu (IRE) - Dibenoise (FR) (Kendor (FR))

Form: 11-                 

Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrrick Smith, Mordukhovitch

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE             

Breeder: Mme Renee Geffroy & Caragh Bloodstock

 

By Montjeu out of the unraced Dibenoise, Recital is a brother to Group One Prix Ganay winner Corre Caminos and a half-brother to high-class miler Racinger, and sold for 750,000 euros as a yearling at Arqana in August, 2009. A Navan maiden win in October preceded a comfortable five-length Group One triumph in the 10-furlong Criterium de Saint-Cloud in November. 

 

RODERIC O’CONNOR (IRE)

b c Galileo (IRE) - Secret Garden (IRE) (Danehill (USA))

Form: 3121- 

Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sangster Family

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE             

Breeder: Swettenham Stud

 

Roderic O’Connor easily landed the Group One Criterium International over a mile at Saint-Cloud on his latest start in October. The Galileo colt’s debut at Leopardstwon in June saw him finish third to subsequent Group Three winner Dunboyne Express. Having swept aside stablemate Master Of The Hounds at the Curragh later that month, he was given time to mature before contesting the Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October when he led until headed by the winner, Frankel, and then stayed on gamely for second. His dam, Secret Garden, was a seven-furlong Listed winner for the late Robert Sangster. 

 

WORLD DOMINATION (USA)

b c Empire Maker (USA) - Reams Of Verse (USA) (Nureyev (USA))

Form: unraced                                             

Owner: Khalid Abdulla

Trainer: Henry Cecil                       

Breeder: Juddmonte

 

World Domination is unraced to date but has a pedigree that suggests he could emerge as an Investec Derby contender this spring. His sire, Empire Maker, was a triple Grade One winner in the US, including when taking the 2003 Belmont Stakes over 12-furlongs. World Domination’s dam is the brilliant 1997 Group One Oaks heroine Reams Of Verse, a half-sister to the top-class Elmaamul, who has produced Listed winner Many Volumes.

 

THE 2011 INVESTEC DERBY

Class 1, Group 1, £1,250,000 Total Prize Fund, Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 4, 2011. For three-year-olds only, entire colts & fillies, one mile, four furlongs and 10 yards. Entries closed December 1, 2009 (444 entries). First scratchings deadline noon, March 1, 2011 (125 remain), £8,000 secondary entry stage noon, April 5, 2011, second scratchings deadline noon, May 19, 2011, £75,000 supplementary entry & five-day confirmation stage, noon, May 30, 2011, final declaration stage 10am, June 2, 2011. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, February 28, 2011. May not include some overseas form.

 

Form  Horse    Owner    Trainer

1-  ADILAPOUR (IRE)  H H Aga Khan   John Oxx IRE

331(1)- ALEXANDER POPE (IRE) Michael Tabor   Aidan O'Brien IRE

06-  ALGHANEM (IRE)  Ahmed Abdel-Khaleq  Maurice Phelan IRE

2-  APACHE (IRE)  Annemarie O'Brien   Aidan O'Brien IRE

  AUTOBAHN   Sheikh Mohammed   Trainer Unknown

2(1)-  BADEEL (USA)  Godolphin     Saeed bin Suroor

02-  BALBROWN (FR)  David Allan     Trainer Unknown

5(1)0- BAWAAB (USA)  Godolphin    Saeed bin Suroor

  BES KEMPIR (IRE)  David Allan     Trainer Unknown

  BROKEN EAGLE (USA) Eastwind Racing Ltd & Martha Trussell Mikael Magnusson

(1)-  BROWN PANTHER  Owen Promotions Limited  Tom Dascombe

  BUGLER'S DREAM (USA) Sheikh Mohammed   Trainer Unknown

4-  BURJ HATTA (USA) Godolphin    Saeed bin Suroor

4-  CANNA (IRE)  Jack Hanson & Cavendish Investing Ltd Barry Hills

21-  CARLTON HOUSE (USA) The Queen    Sir Michael Stoute

0560-  CASTLEMORRIS KING C O'Connell    Peter Chapple-Hyam

1-  CHEF    Brook Farm Bloodstock  Andrew Balding

  CHEROKEE BRAVE (FR) Sue Magnier    Aidan O'Brien IRE

20-  COBBS QUAY  Thomas Barr    John Gosden

4-  COMMUNICATOR  Lady Davis    Michael Bell

  CRIMSON KNIGHT  William Harrison-Allan  Rod Millman

61-  DILDAR (IRE)  H H Aga Khan   Alain de Royer Dupre FR

  DUKESTOWN (USA) Sheikh Mohammed    Trainer Unknown

6-  DUMBARTON (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud   Sir Michael Stoute

  EAGLES PEAK  Khalid Abdulla   Sir Michael Stoute

212-  ECLIPTIC (USA)  Godolphin    Mahmood Al Zarooni

(1)  EIGHTY EIGHT RED Mette Campbell-Andenaes   Pia Brandt FR

 

422-          EL MUQBIL (IRE)  Hamdan Al Maktoum  Brian Meehan

33-  ESTOURAH (IRE)  Godolphin     Saeed bin Suroor

  ETERNAL HEART (IRE) Mrs Joan Keaney   Mark Johnston

4514-  EXODUS   Michael Tabor   Aidan O’Brien IRE

(3)-  FAILASOOF (USA)  Hamdan Al Maktoum  Barry Hills

1-  FARHH   Godolphin    Saeed bin Suroor

  FARRIER (USA)  Sheikh Mohammed    Trainer Unknown

  FASCINATING (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed    Trainer Unknown

  FIORENTE (IRE)  Ballymacoll Stud   Sir Michael Stoute

1-  FIRST MOHICAN  Henry Ponsonby   Henry Cecil

  FLASH OF INTUITION (IRE) Niarchos Family   Henry Cecil

1111-  FRANKEL   Khalid Abdulla   Henry Cecil

042-  FREEDOM (IRE)  Sue Magnier    Aidan O’Brien IRE

231-  FULGUR   Scuderia Rencati Srl   Luca Cumani

0(1)-  GARDE COTIERE (USA) Sir Robert Ogden   Jeremy Noseda

  GATEWOOD   George Strawbridge   John Gosden

331-  GENIUS BEAST (USA) Godolphin    Mahmood Al Zarooni

6-  GIANT STEP (IRE)  Michael Tabor   David Wachman IRE

4-  GOODNESS   Sir Evelyn De Rothschild  Sir Michael Stoute

(2)-  HUNTER'S LIGHT (IRE) Godolphin    Saeed bin Suroor

(1)-  IBN BAJJAH (FR)  Godolphin     Saeed bin Suroor

  INTERPRET (USA)  Sheikh Mohammed    Trainer Unknown

4(3)0- IT'S FREEZING (IRE) Mrs Patrick Cooper   Jessica Harrington IRE

  ITHOUGHTITWASOVER (IRE)Crone Stud Farms Ltd  Mark Johnston

1033-  JACKAROO (IRE)  Sue Magnier    Aidan O’Brien IRE

5-  JUSTIFICATION  Sue Magnier    Aidan O’Brien IRE

0-  KING OF ARNOR  Ballygallon Stud Limited  Andre Fabre FR

2-  KIRTHILL (IRE)  Leonidas Marinopoulos  Luca Cumani

  KOTA SAS (IRE)  HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah  Michael Jarvis

(2)-  LAATAFREET (IRE) Godolphin    Saeed bin Suroor

0(1)-  LAST CRUSADE (IRE) Sue Magnier    Aidan O’Brien IRE

25(2)(3)- LONG LIVE THE KING (IRE) Sue Magnier   Aidan O’Brien IRE

3-  LYRIC STREET (IRE) Honorable Earle I Mack  Luca Cumani

01-  MAN OF GOD (IRE) Bjorn Nielsen    John Gosden

11-  MANHAJ   Hamdan Al Maktoum  John Hammond FR

  MASHAAREF  Hamdan Al Maktoum  Michael Jarvis

16-  MASKED MARVEL  Bjorn Nielsen    John Gosden

522136- MASTER OF HOUNDS (USA) Sue Magnier   Aidan O’Brien IRE

412-  MAWAAKEF (IRE)  Hamdan Al Maktoum  Kevin Prendergast IRE

11-  MAXIOS   Niarchos Family   Jonathan Pease FR

(2)1-  MAYWOOD   Godolphin    Mahmood Al Zarooni

  MEDAL OF VALOUR (JPN) Sheikh Mohammed    Trainer Unknown

5(1)-  MEMPHIS TENNESSEE (IRE)Michael Tabor   Aidan O’Brien IRE

  MIDSUMMER FAIR (USA) Godolphin    Mahmood Al Zarooni

  MONAMAR   Claudio Marzocco   Jean-Marie Beguigne FR

(0)-  MONTE CARLO (IRE) Sue Magnier    Aidan O’Brien IRE

42-  MUSAWAMA (IRE)  Hamdan Al Maktoum  John Gosden

22-  NATHANIEL (IRE)  Lady Rothschild   John Gosden

  NO SUCH NUMBER  Khalid Abdulla   Dermot Weld IRE

2-  NOTABLE GRADUATE (IRE)Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd  Dermot Weld IRE

5-  OCEAN WAR  Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

  ON A STORM (USA) Sheikh Mohammed   Trainer Unknown

2-  PAREO (FR)   6C Racing    Alain de Royer Dupre FR

251-  PARLOUR GAMES  Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

4-  PINTRADA   Scotyork Partnership I  James Bethell

0(1)120- PISCO SOUR (USA) Michael Kerr-Dineen   Hughie Morrison

15-  PIVOTMAN   John Connolly   Amanda Perrett

01-  POUR MOI (IRE)  Michael Tabor   Aidan O’Brien IRE

  PRESS OFFICE (USA) Sheikh Mohammed   Trainer Unknown

02-  PURIFICATION (IRE) Martin Hughes & Michael Kerr-Dineen John Gosden

3-  QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Sue Magnier    Aidan O’Brien IRE

4(4)-  RAW SPIRIT (GER) Godolphin     Saeed bin Suroor

11-  RECITAL (FR)  Derrick Smith   Aidan O’Brien IRE

04-  REFLECT (IRE)  Julie Wood    Richard Hannon

5(1)-  REGENT STREET (IRE) Derrick Smith   Aidan O’Brien IRE

421033- ROBIN HOOD (IRE) Derrick Smith   Aidan O’Brien IRE

3121-  RODERIC O'CONNOR (IRE) Sue Magnier   Aidan O’Brien IRE

116-  SAAMIDD   Godolphin    Saeed bin Suroor

0-  SAQIL (USA)  Hamdan Al Maktoum  Dermot Weld IRE

  SARY SHAYAN (IRE) David Allan    Trainer Unknown

  SCIENTIST (FR)  Sheikh Mohammed   Trainer Unknown

(0)-  SCRIBE (IRE)  Michael Tabor   Aidan O’Brien IRE

1-  SEELO (USA)  George Strawbridge   John Gosden

212-  SEVILLE (GER)  Michael Tabor   Aidan O’Brien IRE

10-  SHROPSHIRE (IRE) Hon Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright Barry Hills

  SINGE THE TURF (IRE) Jackie Bolger    Jim Bolger IRE

  SIR FRANCIS DRAKE Sheikh Mohammed    Trainer Unknown

4-  SPLENDID LIGHT  George Strawbridge   John Gosden

3-  SUHAILI   Bjorn Nielsen    Michael Jarvis

(1)2-  TAHAAMAH   Godolphin     Saeed bin Suroor

  TARGET POINT  Sheikh Mohammed   Trainer Unknown

  TAZAAMUN (IRE)  Hamdan Al Maktoum  Kevin Prendergast IRE

2-  THIMAAR (USA)  Hamdan Al Maktoum  John Gosden

3-  TONNERRE (IRE)  Ballymacoll Stud   Sir Michael Stoute

  TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE) Lady Rothschild  John Gosden

4-  TRAIN OF THOUGHT (IRE) Dr Ronan Lambe   Dermot Weld IRE

21123- TREASURE BEACH  Michael Tabor   Aidan O’Brien IRE

110-  TREASURY DEVIL (USA) Lord Lloyd-Webber   John Gosden

30-  UNEX RENOIR  Bill Gredley    John Gosden

61-  VADAMAR (FR)  H H Aga Khan   Alain de Royer Dupre FR

  VOODOO PRINCE  Lord Derby    Ed Dunlop

  WAKHAN (IRE)  H H Aga Khan   John Oxx IRE

(1)-  WAR IS WAR (IRE) Ballygallon Stud Limited   Eoghan O’Neill FR

  WILLIAM WAKE (USA) Sheikh Mohammed   Trainer Unknown

  WORLD DOMINATION (USA)Khalid Abdulla   Henry Cecil

2(1)-  YASEER (IRE)  Hamdan Al Maktoum  Marcus Tregoning

  YASIR (USA)  Godolphin    Saeed bin Suroor

  ZANUGHAN (IRE)  H H Aga Khan   John Oxx IRE

 

 

125 entries remain after March 1 confirmation stage

34 Irish-trained entries

9 French-trained entries


BREAKDOWN OF ENTRIES BY TRAINER WITH PAST SUCCESSES IN THE INVESTEC DERBY

 

 

21 entries

Aidan O’Brien IRE (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral)

 

13 entries

John Gosden (1997 Benny The Dip)

 

12 entries

Saeed bin Suroor (1995 Lammtarra)

 

6 entries

Mahmood Al Zarooni

Sir Michael Stoute (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light, 2010 Workforce)

 

4 entries

Henry Cecil (1985 Slip Anchor, 1987 Reference Point, 1993 Commander in Chief, 1999 Oath)

Dermot Weld IRE

 

3 entries

Luca Cumani (1988 Kahyasi, 1998 High-Rise)

Barry Hills

Michael Jarvis

John Oxx IRE (2000 Sinndar, 2009 Sea The Stars)

Alain de Royer Dupre FR

 

2 entries

Mark Johnston

Jeremy Noseda

Kevin Prendergast IRE

 

1 entry

Andrew Balding

Jean-Marie Beguigne FR

Michael Bell (2005 Motivator)

James Bethell

Jim Bolger IRE (2008 New Approach)

Pia Brandt FR

Peter Chapple-Hyam (1992 Dr Devious, 2007 Authorized)

Tom Dascombe

Ed Dunlop

Andre Fabre FR

John Hammond FR

Richard Hannon

Jessica Harrington

Mikael Magnusson

Brian Meehan

Rod Millman

Hughie Morrison

Jonathan Pease FR

Amanda Perrett

Maurice Phelan IRE

Marcus Tregoning (2006 Sir Percy)

David Wachman IRE

 

 

FRANKEL AND DREAM AHEAD TOP OUTSTANDING COLTS AMONG 2000 GUINEAS ENTRIES

 

WHITE MOONSTONE AMONG 79 ENGAGED FOR THE 1000 GUINEAS

 

Unbeaten colt Frankel heads a 52-strong entry for this year's Group One 2000 Guineas, which will mark the start of the inaugural British Champions' Series on Saturday, 30th April, at Newmarket.

 

Trainer Henry Cecil's charge, who went on a thrilling sequence of four straight victories last season, is among an entry for the £350,000 contest that includes no less than seven Group One-winning colts.

 

Frankel stormed to success in the Group One Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October and his first major test in 2011 is likely to be the first British Classic of the season, staged on the historic Rowley Mile.

 

Cecil savoured back-to-back wins in the 2000 Guineas with Bolkonski (1975) and Wollow (1976) but so far has not been able to add to that tally.

 

The Khalid Abdulla-owned Frankel had Group One Shadwell Middle Park Stakes hero, the David Simcock-trained Dream Ahead, back in fifth when capturing a hot renewal of the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes. The pair were ranked as joint-champion two-year-old colts according to the European Two-Year-Old Rankings, with ratings of 126.

 

Simcock revealed today: “Physically, I couldn’t be happier with Dream Ahead. He has had a very, very good winter – he looks fantastic. He has matured, put a lot of weight on in the right places and he has started his training very well.

 

“He is doing two canters up Warren Hill with his lead horse and everything is very much on course for the 2000 Guineas. He will go straight there.

 

“I’m quietly confident that he will see out a mile. It’s something that we won’t know until we’ve tried.”

 

The two-time Group One winner lost his unbeaten record when failing to fire in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes but Simcock is unperturbed by that effort.

 

He added: “That wasn’t his day, it certainly wasn’t his running – and you will see a different horse in April.”

 

Five of the six runners from that October contest hold entries in the 2000 Guineas; the Aidan O’Brien-trained runner-up and subsequent Group One Criterium International winner Roderic O’Connor, third-placed Glor Na Mara from the Jim Bolger yard and Godolphin handler Saeed bin Suroor’s Group Two Champagne Stakes victor Saamidd.

 

Godolphin could also be represented by seven three-year-olds trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni including Casamento and Dubai Prince.

 

Casamento landed the Group One Racing Post Trophy over a mile at Doncaster in November from Seville, when in the care of Mick Halford, while the unbeaten Dubai Prince, trained last season by Dermot Weld, ticked plenty of boxes when landing a Leopardstown Group Three last term.

 

Group One winners abound. The Jessica Harrington-trained Pathfork maintained his perfect record when seeing off Casamento by a head to win the Group One Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, while the Richard Fahey-trained Wootton Bassett made it five wins from five starts in the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.

 

Also of note, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Zoffany took the Group One Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August, with the Richard Hannon-trained Group Two Coventry Stakes victor Strong Suit in third.

 

Newmarket's director of racing, Michael Prosser, said: "I am very pleased with the exceptional quality of the initial entry. The key point to note from our perspective is that the 2010 form from all of Europe's Group One races for two-year-olds is represented in the entry.

 

"The reputation of the 2000 Guineas is as strong as ever after recent renewals, including last year's which was classified as the best race in the world for three-year-olds in 2010. Having studied this year's entry, I am confident that we will be staging another top-class race."

 

Newmarket's managing director, Stephen Wallis, was also able to issue an update on the sponsorship position, regarding the first two Classics of 2011.

 

Stephen Wallis said: "With regard to the sponsorship of the 2000 and 1000 Guineas, we look forward to announcing positive news shortly. For the first time the Guineas is the launch-pad for the inaugural British Champions’ Series, so there has been an exciting bigger picture to consider this year."

 

MOONSTONE HAS 1000 GUINEAS TARGET

 

There are 79 fillies (up from 71 in 2010) entered for the Group One 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday, 1st May, including Godolphin’s Group One Fillies’ Mile heroine White Moonstone.

 

The Dynaformer filly, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, made it four wins from four starts when seeing off the O’Brien-trained runner-up Together and third-placed Theysken’s Theory from the Brian Meehan stable, to win the Ascot contest and she continues to please connections.

 

 

Suroor revealed today: “White Moonstone is on course for the 1000 Guineas and she is in very good order at the moment. She has developed well with a nice winter in Dubai and she looks in good condition.

 

“We have put her back into full training and she will do a gallop at the end of March before continuing with the serious work when she returns to Newmarket in early April.

 

“The going was good to soft when she won the Fillies’ Mile but I think that good ground would be fair enough for her, like she had at Doncaster. She won twice over a mile as a two-year-old, so you would expect her to get further in time, but we will see how she gets on at Newmarket before deciding whether to step her up in distance.”

 

Suroor also trains recent Group Three UAE Oaks victor Khawlah, who was impressive when winning that Meydan contest.

 

He said: “We will keep the options open for Khawlah and she came out of her victory in the UAE Oaks in good heart. We might start her off in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York instead of the 1000 Guineas and take her season from there. She is another nice filly who is improving all of the time.”

 

Godolphin, whose royal blue colours have been carried to victory in the past aboard the Suroor-trained Cape Verdi (1998) and Kazzia (2002), could also be represented in the £350,000 contest by the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Zoowraa, impressive when winning a Listed race at Newbury, plus Blue Bunting and Sunset Avenue from the same stable.

 

Also taking high rank among the entries is last season’s impressive Group One Adnams Cheveley Park Stakes winner Hooray from the Sir Mark Prescott stable.

 

The Cheveley Park Stud-owned daughter of Invincible Spirit was rated the best two-year-old filly in Europe with an official rating of 117, and is expected to make her three-year-old debut in the Newmarket Classic.

 

Among 23 Irish-trained fillies is Misty For Me from Aidan O’Brien’s Balldoyle yard, who defeated Laughing Lashes to take the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes and rounded off her juvenile campaign with a victory over the highly regarded Criquette Head-Maarek-trained Helleborine in the Group One Prix Marcel-Boussac at Longchamp.

 

Head-Maarek has plundered the 1000 Guineas on four occasions from her French base (1983 Ma Biche, 1988 Ravinella, 1992 Hatoof, 2010 Special Duty) and could also saddle Exemplify, while another among the eight French-trained entries is Moonlight Cloud, trained by Freddie Head, who lost her unbeaten tag with a fine effort against the colts to take fourth in the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.

 

Sir Michael Stoute has an exciting candidate in the shape of Havant, who slammed the O’Brien-trained Look At Me to land the Group Three Sakhee Oh So Sharp Stakes on the Rowley Mile in October.

 

Memory, trained by Richard Hannon landed the Group Three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket’s July Festival last year, while the Mick Channon-trained Soraaya, runner-up in the latter contest, took the Group Two Abu Dhabi Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot.

 

Newmarket's director of racing, Michael Prosser, said: "There is real strength in depth to this year's 1000 Guineas entry and I am particularly pleased to see how numbers are up on last year at this stage.

 

"The race is regularly won by an outstanding filly and I see no reason why that won't be the case on May 1. This year's 1000 Guineas has added lustre in that it is part of the British Champions’ Series."

 

THE 2000 GUINEAS (THE 203rd RUNNING)

Class 1, Group 1, Total Prize fund £350,000. Newmarket, Saturday, April 30, 2011, one mile. For three-year-olds only, entire colts and fillies. Weights: colts 9st, fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed March 1, entries released March 3 (52 entries), Scratchings deadline noon, April 19. Five-day confirmation and £30,000 supplementary stage noon, April 25. Final declaration stage 10.00am, April 28. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up and including the racing of Monday, February 28, 2011. May not include some overseas form.

 

Form  Horse    Owner      Trainer

331(1)-  ALEXANDER POPE (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

(1)-  ATRAAF (IRE)   Hamdan Al Maktoum    Marcus Tregoning

31-(3)(4) BRIDGEFIELD (USA)  Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

112410- BROOX (IRE)   G A Lucas     Eoghan O'Neill FR

(1)(1)(2)- BURJ ALZAIN (IRE)  Asaad Al Banwan    Gerard Butler

1211-  CASAMENTO (IRE)  Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

51-  DFFAR (IRE)   Saif Ali      Clive Brittain

1115-  DREAM AHEAD (USA)  Khalifa Dasmal     David Simcock

11-  DUBAI PRINCE (IRE)  Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

200410- DUBAWI GOLD  Andrew Tinkler     Richard Hannon

42132-  DUX SCHOLAR  Khalid Abdulla     Sir Michael Stoute

511-  EARL OF LEITRIM (IRE) Ranjan Mahtani    Brian Meehan

212-  ECLIPTIC (USA)  Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

  EL WASMI   Saeed Manana     Clive Brittain

1233-  ELZAAM (AUS)  Hamdan Al Maktoum    Michael Jarvis

3516(5)0- FOOLPROOF (IRE)  Mrs John Murphy    John Murphy IRE

1111-  FRANKEL   Khalid Abdulla     Henry Cecil

1115-  FRENCH NAVY  Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

11-  FURY    Cheveley Park Stud    William Haggas

0(1)-  GARDE COTIERE (USA) Sir Robert Ogden    Jeremy Noseda

422253- GLOR NA MARA (IRE)  Jackie Bolger     Jim Bolger IRE

41-  HAPPY TODAY (USA)  Jaber Abdullah     Brian Meehan

1-  HEAD SPACE (IRE)  Jackie Bolger/June Judd   Jim Bolger IRE

(1)-  HO YA MAL (IRE)  Ahmad Al Shaikh    Ed Dunlop

(1)46-  KARAM ALBAARI (IRE) Fhad Al Harthi     John Jenkins

2-  KIRTHILL (IRE)  Leonidas Marinopoulos    Luca Cumani

12-  LOVING SPIRIT  P C J Dalby & R Schuster   James Toller

3404-  MADAWI   Saeed Manana     Clive Brittain

11-  MANHAJ   Hamdan Al Maktoum    John Hammond FR

522136- MASTER OF HOUNDS (USA) Sue Magnier     Aidan O'Brien IRE

  MILAGRES   Mauricio Delcher Sanchez      Mauricio Delcher Sanchez SPA

(0)-  MONOPOLIZE   Khalid Abdulla     Henry Cecil

114-  NATIVE KHAN (FR)  Ibrahim Araci    Ed Dunlop

212-  NEEBRAS (IRE)  Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

111-  PATHFORK (USA)  Silverton Hill Partnership   Jessica Harrington IRE

1-  PETER MARTINS (USA) The Honorable Earle I Mack   Jeremy Noseda

313414- REROUTED (USA)  Khalid Abdulla     Barry Hills

3121-  RODERIC O'CONNOR (IRE)  Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sangster Family Aidan O'Brien IRE

116-  SAAMIDD   Godolphin     Saeed bin Suroor

432030- SHAFGAAN   Saeed Manana     Clive Brittain

10-  SHROPSHIRE (IRE)  The Hon Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright Barry Hills

561245- SLIM SHADEY   Phil Cunningham    Stan Moore

2(2)(1)-(2)(1) SPLASH POINT (USA)  Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

1132-  STRONG SUIT (USA)  Julie Wood     Richard Hannon

  TLAAD (USA)   Saeed Manana     Clive Brittain

110-  TREASURY DEVIL (USA) Lord Lloyd-Webber    John Gosden

122-  UNEX EL GRECO  Bill Gredley     John Gosden

5150-  UTLEY (USA)   George Strawbridge    John Gosden

1-  WESTERN ARISTOCRAT (USA) Tom Ludt     Jeremy Noseda

11111-  WOOTTON BASSETT  Frank Brady & The Cosmic Cases  Richard Fahey

2(1)-  YASEER (IRE)   Hamdan Al Maktoum    Marcus Tregoning

161113- ZOFFANY (IRE)  Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

 

52 entries

8 Irish-trained

2 French-trained

1 Spanish-trained

 

THE 1000 GUINEAS (THE 198th RUNNING)

Class 1, Group 1, Total Prize fund £350,000. Newmarket, Sunday, May 1, 2011, one mile. For three-year-old fillies only. Entries closed March 1, entries revealed March 3 (79 entries). Scratchings deadline noon, April 19. Six-day confirmation and £30,000 supplementary stage noon, April 25. Final declaration stage 10.00am, April 29. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up and including the racing of Monday, February 28, 2010. May not include some overseas form.

 

Form  Horse    Owner      Trainer

  ALL TIME   Khalid Abdulla     Henry Cecil

  AMAZING WIN (IRE)  Jaber Abdullah     Mick Channon

3150-  BANIMPIRE (IRE)  Jackie Bolger     Jim Bolger IRE

211-  BLUE BUNTING (USA) Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

(3)2-  BREEDJ (IRE)   Saeed Manana     Clive Brittain

411-  BREVITY (USA)  Lucinda Freedman    Brian Meehan

3131-  CAPE DOLLAR (IRE)  Saeed Suhail     Sir Michael Stoute

11-  CHRYSANTHEMUM (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier David Wachman IRE

  CLAIOMH SOLAIS (IRE) Jackie Bolger & Harry Dobson   Jim Bolger IRE

(1)2262- COCHABAMBA (IRE)  The Rat Racers     Roger Teal

  DAIRIRE (IRE)   Jackie Bolger     Jim Bolger IRE

165-  DATE WITH DESTINY (IRE) Julie Wood     Richard Hannon

  DFFRA (IRE)   Saif Ali & Saeed Altayer    Clive Brittain

(6)(2)-  DUBAI QUEEN (USA)  Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum  Luca Cumani

001-  EIRNIN (IRE)   Annemarie O'Brien    Aidan O'Brien IRE

22-  ELSHABAKIYA (IRE)  Saeed Manana     Clive Brittain

0(2)(1)- EMPOWERING (IRE)  Annemarie O'Brien    Aidan O'Brien IRE

413(1)11- EUCHARIST (IRE)  Julie Wood     Richard Hannon

15-  EXEMPLIFY   Khalid Abdulla              Criquette Head-Maarek FR

21-  GOSSAMER SEED (IRE) O Finetto     John Murphy IRE

1-  HANDASSA   Hamdan Al Maktoum    Kevin Prendergast IRE

11-  HAVANT   James & Anita Wigan    Sir Michael Stoute

1112-  HELLEBORINE  Khalid Abdulla             Criquette Head-Maarek FR

0361(1)1- HOORAY   Cheveley Park Stud    Sir Mark Prescott Bt

136-  HURRICANE HAVOC (IRE) June Judd & Jackie Bolger   Jim Bolger IRE

153-  I LOVE ME   Neven Botica     Andrew Balding

12-  IMMORTAL VERSE (IRE) Richard Strauss    Robert Collet FR

2-  IZZI TOP   Helena Springfield Ltd    John Gosden

3-  JOVIALITY   H R H Princess Haya of Jordan   John Gosden

212513- KATLA (IRE)   John Grogan     John Grogan IRE

213-(1)  KHAWLAH (IRE)  Godolphin     Saeed bin Suroor

131-  LADIES ARE FOREVER Reg Bond     Geoff Oldroyd

  LADY KASORA (IRE)  O Finetto     John Murphy IRE

2212-  LAUGHING LASHES (USA) Betty Moran     Jessica Harrington IRE

12-  LOOK AT ME (IRE)  Sue Magnier     Aidan O'Brien IRE

011-  MAJESTIC DUBAWI  Jaber Abdullah     Mick Channon

(0)1-  MAKE A DANCE (USA) Khalid Abdulla     Barry Hills

211114- MAMBIA   Martin Schwartz    Jean Claude Rouget FR

1-  MANAABER (USA)  Hamdan Al Maktoum    Barry Hills

1143-  MAQAASID   Hamdan Al Maktoum    John Gosden

102431- MASAYA   Saeed Manana     Clive Brittain

1116-  MEMORY (IRE)  Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-Masquerade Richard Hannon

2-  METHAYEL (IRE)  Saeed Manana     Clive Brittain

01211-  MISTY FOR ME (IRE)  Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

6(1)-(3)(1) MIXED INTENTION (IRE) J Romel     Fabrice Vermeulen FR

(1)14-  MOONLIGHT CLOUD  George Strawbridge    Freddie Head FR

1-  MORNING CHARM (USA) George Strawbridge    John Gosden

  NAHRAIN   Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum   Michael Jarvis

01422-  NOVA HAWK   Ahmed Mouknass    Rodolphe Collet FR

2(1)13-  NOVA STEP   Ahmed Mouknass    Francois Rohaut FR

64-  PANOPTIC   The Black Type Partnership   Henry Cecil

2135-  PONTENUOVO (FR)  Bjorn Nielsen     Roger Charlton

1-  PRESENT DANGER  Andrew Black & Michael Owen   Tom Dascombe

31-  QUSHCHI   Gillian, Lady Howard de Walden  William Jarvis

321144- RADHARCNAFARRAIGE (IRE) Grainne Seoige     Jim Bolger IRE

23-  RAINBOW SPRINGS  George Strawbridge    John Gosden

3-  RIOCHAS (IRE)  Jackie Bolger     Jim Bolger IRE

  SAKTOON (USA)  Saeed Manana     Clive Brittain

010-  SHIM SHAM (IRE)  Bjorn Nielsen     Brian Meehan

42(2)1-  SHOW RAINBOW  Jaber Abdullah     Mick Channon

3-  SHUHRA (IRE)   Hamdan Al Maktoum    William Haggas

(0)-  SING SOFTLY (USA)  Michael Tabor     Aidan O'Brien IRE

13-  SO STYLISH (USA)  Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

1210-  SORAAYA (IRE)  Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum   Mick Channon

06(2)(2)(2)-(1) STRICTLY PINK (IRE)  A J H       Alan Bailey

(2)(1)0- SUBMISSION   Pearl Bloodstock Ltd    Luca Cumani

(2)-  SUNDAY BESS (JPN)  Andrew Black     Tom Dascombe

1-  SUNSET AVENUE (USA) Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

152401- SWEET CECILY (IRE)   Julie Wood     Richard Hannon

  TEO'S SISTER (IRE)  Jackie Bolger     Jim Bolger IRE

(6)210-  THE SHREW   Bill Gredley     John Gosden

0113(6)- THEYSKENS' THEORY (USA) Andrew Rosen     Brian Meehan

134235- TOGETHER (IRE)  Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

6(5)5-  TRAFFIC SISTER (USA) Fitri Hay     Stan Moore

1111-  WHITE MOONSTONE (USA) Godolphin     Saeed bin Suroor

21520-  WILD WIND (GER)  Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE

2-  WONDER OF WONDERS (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

1-  ZAMINAST   Khalid Abdulla     Dermot Weld IRE

11-  ZOOWRAA   Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

 

79 entries

23 Irish-trained

8 French-trained

 


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