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Friday, June 11, 2004


*Well Backed Autumn Glory 5-1 For Hunt Cup

Rakti is the 11-4 favourite with Coral for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes following today's declarations. Sulamani is 3-1 second favourite to continue Godolphin's excellent record in the race, ahead of Powerscourt at 11-2.

In the Royal Hunt Cup, the well backed Autumn Glory is Coral's 5-1 market leader.

Prince Of Wales's Stakes
11-4 Rakti, 3-1 Sulamani, 11-2 Powerscourt, 8-1 Bandari, Ikhtyar, 12-1 Phoenix Reach, 16-1 Alkaadhem, Lateen Sails, Lunar Sovereign, Refuse To Bend, 20-1 Kaieteur, Scott's View, 25-1 Excalibur, Imperial Dancer, 33-1 Comfy

Royal Hunt Cup
5-1 Autumn Glory, 10-1 Polar Bear, Putra Kuantan, Vortex, 12-1 Mine, 16-1 Camp Commander, El Coto, New Seeker, Zero Tolerance, 20-1 Able Baker Charlie, Flowerdrum, Impeller, Kings County, Norton, Pentecost, Thihn, Wing Commander, 25-1 Amandus, Audience, Chinkara, Evolving Tactics, Finished Article, Obrigado, St Petersburg, Uhoomagoo, 33-1 Bar

William Hill Trophy
5-1 Fun To Ride, 6-1 Alderney Race, Wanchai Lad, 13-2 Mis Chicaf, 10-1 Traytonic, 14-1 Big Bradford, Danzig River, 16-1 Glaramara, High Voltage, Two Step Kid, Delphie Queen, 20-1 Times Review, Bonne De Fleur, 22-1 Harry Up, 25-1 Fast Heart, Nero's Return, 28-1 Latin Review, 33-1 Local Poet, Doohulla, Rydal

St James's Palace Stakes
2-1 Haafhd, 5-1 Bachelor Duke, 11-2 Antonius Pius, 13-2 Azamour, 7-1 Snow Ridge, 8-1 Brunel, 12-1 Diamond Green, 14-1 Pastoral Pursuits, 16-1 Madid, Pearl Of Love, 20-1 Byron, 25-1 Leicester Square, Mukafeh, Tillerman, 40-1 Meath, Moscow Ballet, 66-1 Castleton, 100-1 Newton

Queen Anne Stakes
6-4 Six Perfections, 7-1 Nebraska Tornado, Salselon, Soviet Song, 8-1 Norse Dancer, 12-1 Alkaadhem, Bowman's Crossing, Martillo, 14-1 Lateen Sails, Refuse To Bend, 16-1 Firebreak, 20-1 Arakan, Hurricane Alan, 25-1 Checkit, Just James, 33-1 Babodana, 66-1 Beauchamp Pilot,

King's Stand Stakes
4-1 Majestic Missile, 9-2 Frizzante, 11-2 Patavellian, 7-1 Avonbridge, The Trader, 8-1 Cape Of Good Hope, 9-1 The Tatling, 12-1 Boogie Street, Lochridge, Lydgate, 16-1 La Cucaracha, Ringmoor Down, 25-1 Bahamian Pirate, Colonel Cotton, If Paradise, Mornin Reserves, Nights Cross, Speed Cop, 33-1 Dragon Flyer, Dubaian Gift, 50-1 Smokin Beau, Stormont

Ascot Gold Cup
9-4 Mr Dinos, 9-2 Papineau, Vinnie Roe, 6-1 Westerner, 10-1 Millenary, Alcazar, 14-1 New South Wales, 16-1 Royal Rebel, 20-1 Delsarte, Darasim, Shanty Star, 25-1 Dusky Warbler, Misternando, Sun Bird, Savannah Bay

Golden Jubilee Stakes
11-2 Exceed And Excel, 8-1 Avonbridge, Frizzante, Patavellian, Monsieur Bond, 9-1 Airwave, 10-1 Trade Fair, 14-1 Balmont, 16-1 Arakan, Somnus, Crystal Castle, Mister Links, 20-1 Howick Falls, Peak To Creek, Soaring Free, Steenberg, Three Valleys, 25-1 Ashdown Express, Byron, Carry On Katie, Fayr Jag, Kheleyf, Polar Way, Royal Millennium

10-1 Prince Aaron, 12-1 Lafi, 14-1 Coconut Penang, Greenslades, 16-1 Corridor Creeper, Fannys Fancy, High Reach, Moayed, Pic Up Sticks, Royal Guard, So Will I, Traytonic, Tychy, 20-1 Alderney Race, Dazzling Bay, Enchanted, Fire Up The Band, Hits Only Money, Maksad, Master Robbie, Mazepa, Native Title, Ringmoor Down, Royal Storm, Whitbarrow, 25-1 Bar

Irish Derby
4-6 North Light, 4-1 Let The Lion Roar, 7-1 Rule Of Law, Day Flight, 10-1 Grey Swallow, 14-1 Wolfe Tone, Magritte,

5-1 Rakti, 6-1 Salford City, 8-1 Russian Rhythm, 10-1 Azamour, Bachelor Duke, Bandari, Ikhtyar, Phoenix Reach, Powerscourt, 12-1 Magistretti, 14-1 Altieri, Kalaman, Mingun, 16-1 Kaieteur, Leporello, Norse Dancer, 20-1 Warrsan, 25-1 Victory Moon

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes
3-1 North Light, 4-1 Sulamani, 8-1 Doyen, 10-1 Rule Of Law, 12-1 Gamut, Let The Lion Roar, Polish Summer, Powerscourt, 14-1 Vallee Enchantee, Warrsan, 16-1 Brian Boru, Hard Buck, Millenary, Phoenix Reach, 20-1 Epalo, 25-1 High Accolade, Percussionist, Scotts View, 33-1 Fair Mix, Magritte

Sussex Stakes
7-2 Haafhd, 4-1 Russian Rhythm, 8-1 Bago, Antonius Pius, One Cool Cat, 10-1 Snow Ridge, 12-1 Kalaman

St Leger
5-1 Percussionist, 6-1 Let The Lion Roar, 8-1 Yeats, 10-1 North Light, Magritte, 12-1 Wolfe Tone

Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe
6-1 North Light, 8-1 Sulamani, Doyen, Bago, 10-1 Mubtaker, Rakti, 12-1 Yeats, 14-1 Prospect Park, Ouija Board, 16-1 Blue Canari, Polish Summer, Powerscourt, Vallee Enchantee, Valixir, 20-1 Lord Du Sud, Gamut, Reefscape


Brunel, who gave Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (HTR) a second European Classic success when winning the German 2,000 Guineas on Sunday, May 16, is set to have his next start in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes, worth £225,000, at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, June 15.

The William Haggas-trained colt, ridden by Darryll Holland, won with more in hand in the German Classic at Cologne than the half-length margins suggests and he followed in the steps of the brilliant Petrushka, who landed the Irish Oaks in the famous pale blue colours of HTR in 2000.

Petrushka was the first syndicate-owned European Classic winner and now Brunel is the second, giving HTR an unique record.

These successes have not been a fluke as HTR targets the top races from the outset, buying yearlings who could be capable of appearing in Group 1 company. Besides the Irish Oaks and German 2,000 Guineas wins, HTR has had runners finish in the first four in all five British Classics.

Petrushka came third in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and went on to be fourth in the Oaks at Epsom, while Housemaster was fourth in the 1999 Derby at Epsom Downs, the same position filled by Brancaster in the 2,000 Guineas in 1999 while Highest came closest to British Classic glory when second in the St Leger at Doncaster in 2002.

Sold for over US$5 million when she retired from racing, Petrushka enjoyed three consecutive Group 1 victories - in the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks at the Curragh, the Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks at York and the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp. She was bought as a yearling for IR110,000 guineas.

HTR's 15-share Niche Syndicate, which has two horses, owns Brunel and 28 of those involved travelled to Cologne for a thrilling day. Besides Brunel, who has won three of his six races, there is another three-year-old, Motive, and he was successful on his second career start, beating Coming Again - who subsequently ran in the Derby - in a Windsor 10-furlong maiden on May 24. Motive is trained by Sir Michael Stoute who sent out the Derby winner, North Light.

The Niche Syndicate was launched in 2002 at a cost of £36,000 a share (which included all costs up to the end of the first racing year - in this case the end of 2003), with Brunel bought for 230,000 euros as a yearling and Motive purchased for 250,000 guineas (a guinea equals £1.05).

William Haggas, who trains at Newmarket, said today: "Winning the German 2,000 Guineas was terrific, lots of the shareowners came over and we all had a day we will never forget.

"Brunel has come out of the race in Germany very well - he seems in good form and it is all systems go for next week. I think we've picked a warm year for the St James's Palace Stakes but you don't win if you're not in and he has earned his place in the line-up."

HTR is hoping to have up to four other runners at Royal Ascot which stages the greatest five days of racing anywhere in the world between Tuesday, June 15 and Saturday, June 19.

Sentry, owned by the Saloon Syndicate which was launched in 2001 with 30 shares at £11,500 a time, is targeting the Ascot Stakes - a handicap over two and a half miles - on the opening day. The four-year-old In Command gelding, who cost 50,000 guineas as a yearling, has been very consistent during his career to date - twice successful and only once finishing out of the first four in nine races for trainer John Gosden.

The 20-share (£16,000 each) Lemon Souffle Syndicate, which came into existence in 2002, has three-year-old Credit who is likely to run in the Britannia Handicap over a mile on Thursday, June 17. Credit, who cost 100,000 guineas as a yearling and is trained by Richard Hannon, did not make his debut until this season, finishing third on his first two starts and then winning a 15-runner mile Newbury maiden on May 15.

The two other HTR possibles for Royal Ascot both have the same target, the King George V Stakes, a handicap over a mile and a half for three-year-olds on the same day.

Admiral belongs to the Satinette Syndicate which was started in 2002 with 10 shares at £41,500 each. The three-year-old Alhaarth colt, bought as a yearling for 360,000 euros, has shown improved form since being stepped up to 12 furlongs by trainer Sir Michael Stoute. He won a Goodwood handicap over that distance on May 26 and then was a good third in a stronger race at Haydock on June 5.

The Little Wolf Syndicate, with 20 shares at £23,500, owns Reservoir who was the gutsy winner of a Goodwood 11-furlong maiden on June 4. Purchased for 125,000 guineas as a yearling, the Green Desert colt is trained by William Haggas.

Reservoir was the ninth winner of 2004 for HTR - the year has seen 54% of the 48 runners finish in the first four up to and including June 10 - and the managing director Harry Herbert commented: "It has been a terrifically exciting start to the season. We love having runners at Royal Ascot but only do so if we believe that the horses have a fair chance in their races.

"It is such a thrill for the shareowners of the Niche Syndicate that Brunel will be taking on the best three-year-old milers in Europe in the St James's Palace Stakes on June 15.

"Brunel has won his last two races in great style but this is his toughest assignment yet."

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Background

HTR is the most successful multiple ownership operation in Europe.

HTR acts at the top end of the market and puts together small groups of individuals to share potential top quality racehorses, with the aim of targeting the best races and giving the owners a greater chance of success, plus providing tremendous service and communication as though each shareowner owned their horses outright.

HTR's syndicates normally number between 10 and 20 shareowners and the cost of a share in 2003 ranged from £7,500 up to £30,000. The horses average 100,000 guineas and there are two or three horses in each syndicate.

The yearlings are bought each year by John Warren, an HTR director and leading bloodstock agent. He is also Director of Bloodstock for Her Majesty The Queen's Royal Studs.

There are currently 19 live syndicates, including two Irish ones, and approximately 200 individual shareowners.

HTR has three main objectives:-

1) To provide a cost effective way in which those who love racing can participate at the highest level.

2) To give shareowners a level of service and enjoyment that is unrivalled in the racing industry.

3) To manage bloodstock with the objective of maximising the potential return to shareowners.

The syndicates are usually named after people, places and horses connected with Highclere Castle.

HTR has been consistently successful since it launched in 1992 - with the first runners in 1993 - and has produced champion racehorses like Lake Coniston, Tamarisk, Delilah and Petrushka.

Lake Coniston - European Champion Sprinter 1995
Lake Coniston was purchased for 22,000 guineas and sold for £2.45 million (pounds).

Tamarisk - Cartier European Champion Sprinter 1998
Tamarisk was bought for 78,000 guineas and sold for £3.5 million (pounds).

Delilah - European Champion Staying Filly 1998
Delilah cost 70,000 guineas and sold for US$550,000 (dollars).

Petrushka - Cartier European Champion Three Year Old Filly 2000
Petrushka cost 100,000 Guineas and sold for US$5.250 million (dollars).

Highest, second in the 2002 St Leger, was subsequently purchased by Godolphin for an undisclosed but substantial sum while last year HTR sold two horses - Tiber and Saturn - to owners in Hong Kong for large amounts, giving the shareowners in those syndicates a return.

Since its creation in 1992, HTR has spent £5.9 million on bloodstock with those horses selling on for £15.4 million with prize money earnings of over £2 million.


Grandstand Tickets for all five days of next week's Royal Meeting are expected to sell out in advance but there is still limited availability for Tuesday tickets (£54) at today's date.

The Silver Ring is sold out for Thursday and will sell out in advance for Friday.

There is no Heath Enclosure due to preliminary redevelopment work so on Thursday and Friday, Royal Ascot is an all ticket event in all areas. There will be availability for pay on the day customers in the Silver Ring on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday (£18).

There is no pay on the day facility on Thursday or Friday.

Ticket line: 01344 876876 (Sat 9am - 1pm; From Monday 9am - 5pm)

Web bookings: www.royalascot.co.uk (any time)

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