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Saturday, June 19, 2004

ROYAL ASCOT 2004
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
FIFTH DAY, SATURDAY, JUNE 19


BIG CROWDS

The total attendance at the 2004 Royal Ascot was 300,666, compared to 306,148 in 2003. Unlike last year, there was no Heath Enclosure this year, and the 2003 crowd figure minus the Heath attendance was 291,258.


Today’s attendance was 56,245, compared to 57,875 in 2003, when the Heath attracted a crowd of 3,443.


Nick Smith, Head of Public Relations, reflected on the crowd over the week: “In 2003 we had well over 300,000 people here but if you take out the Heath the total was 291,528. Given that we had no Heath this year, our final crowd figure of 300,666 is actually 9,000 up like for like and to reach 300,000 without the Heath is just amazing.”

Douglas Erskine-Crum, Ascot’s Chief Executive, reflected: “Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the week and the star was Attraction, who put in a scintillating performance yesterday.


“We hope everybody has had a great time and we have been blessed with wonderful weather with barely a drop of rain.


“The Friday has become immensely popular but that’s not surprising because it is the day before a weekend so a lot of people like to take the day off and come to Ascot.”

This is the final Royal Ascot before the course’s £185 million redevelopment, with York staging Royal Ascot in 2005, and Erskine-Crum added: “A very important thing is that we will have the same attendances in the redeveloped Ascot racecourse because it will be much larger so the crowd circulation will be much easier.


“Our last meeting is the Finale in September and we will shut down on October 1 for 20 months. We will be losing two National Hunt seasons and one Flat season and all our fixtures will go to other courses but Royal Ascot at York next year is the only thing that has been finalised completely at the moment.”


LONDON CLUBS TROPHY

Dettori bags top jock honours

Frankie Dettori took the London Clubs Trophy for the 2004 meeting’s top jockey.


The Italian rode six winners over the five days - three more than his nearest rival.


He opened his account when teaming up with Refuse To Bend to take the Queen Anne on the first day.


Then Dettori started the second day in the best possible fashion, triumphing on Kheleyf to land the Jersey.


Thursday marked a high point with Group 1 glory in the Gold Cup, partnering Papineau, and he was also on the mark with Punctilious in the Ribblesdale.


The penultimate day saw him victorious in the Queen’s Vase thanks to Duke Of Venice’s efforts while he sparkled along with Doyen today in cruising to success in the Hardwicke Stakes.


“It’s been hard work,” summed up Dettori before paying tribute to the Godolphin set-up that supplied him with all his winners. “We’ve got a fantastic team and it’s great that everything has fallen right.


“We had a couple of disappointments - Sulamani and Crimson Palace - but also some very good winners like Papineau and Doyen.


“Doyen was the best performance, the most enjoyable for me was Papineau, the hardest one was Refuse To Bend.”



FIRST RACE (CHESHAM STAKES)
WIN QUOTES

CHESHAM JOY FOR HILLS

Barry Hills was all smiles after Whazzat gave the trainer his first winner of the 2004 meeting with success in the Chesham Stakes.


The daughter of Daylami - the only filly in the field - gave her rivals a sound beating, recording a three-and-a-half length victory from the runner-up Brecon Beacon.


Hills said: “She’s not all that big, but she’s tough and has a future. She has a bit of fire in the engine - plenty of fight about her. They normally need something there - otherwise they are no good!

“I would think she will go on to stay a mile easily, although I don’t quite know where she’ll go yet. We’ll think about a 7f or a mile Group 3 - something like the May Hill (at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting).


“Today, she’s done well...it’s good to get a winner. She stays well - she is out of a Generous mare - and will improve. But she won’t be coming back too quickly.

“We will see how she comes out of it and see what she tells us.”

As the quotes came about her for next year’s 1000 Guineas, Hills smiled and said: “It’s a long way off .


“She’s by Daylami - a mile-and-half horse - out of a mare by Generous, so there’s plenty of stamina there.”

William Hill priced her up at 16/1 for the second Classic of next year while Paddy Power and Cashmans have her in at 33s.

Race One - Chesham Stakes
Placed Quotes


COLE QUESTIONS GROUND

Paul Cole questioned the state of the ground after his smart colt Brecon Beacon had lost his unbeaten record at the expense of Whazzat in the Chesham Stakes.


Cole, pleased with Brecon Beacon, who was tightened up by joint favourite Hearthstead Wings at the furlong-pole, said: “I hope when they re-develop this place they come up with a proper watering system. The ground does not look to be safe, and there will be horses who won’t be right tomorrow morning. My fellow does not look great, and I only hope that he is OK.”

Brecon Beacon was subsequently reported lame by the veterinary officer.


Eddie Ahern, who rode third-placed Wilko, said that the ground was “as fast as I’ve ever ridden on”.


He said: ”My horse likes the ground on top, but that is hard out there. We had a bad draw and, with some bunching in front of me, I wasn’t able to get over to the stands rails when I wanted to. In the circumstances, he has run a blinder, and he’ll win again.


JOCKEYS’ VIEWS ON GROUND


Jockeys riding in the first race reported that the ground, officially Firm, was still riding fast after no overnight rain.


Jamie Spencer, rider of In Excelsis, reported: “It’s the same as it was yesterday.”

Tom Queally, who rode Dakro Karim, commented: “It’s very quick out there.”

Frankie Dettori, who was aboard Where With All, described the surface as “firm” as did Wilko’s rider Eddie Ahern.


Paul Hanagan, who was on Bolton Hall, said: “It’s still very firm.”

DOYEN PULVERISES HARDWICKE FIELD

Doyen crowned a superb week for Godolphin when running out a six-length winner of the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes under Frankie Dettori in a time of 2m 26.53s, beating the course record set by Stanerra of 2m 26.9s in the 1983 Hardwicke Stakes.


The four-year-old earned quotes ranging from 7/4 favourite with Ladbrokes to 7/2 with Coral for next month’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot, in which the Godolphin colours could also be carried by Thursday’s Gold Cup winner Papineau and Sulamani.


Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “It’s very difficult to choose between the three of them and I said beforehand that this meeting is the key - thank goodness two of them have won good races.


“Doyen will improve for this - at Epsom he was a bit nervous but was a lot more relaxed today. Papineau is a class horse at a mile and a half as well as the Gold Cup distance and, as regards Sulamani - so far they are all entered and you keep them in and see how they work.”

Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford reported: “He was a little bit on edge for his first run but has grown up a bit. Although they weren’t ideal conditions today, we thought we’d give it a go.


“This week is the highlight of our whole year and it has been a great team effort and great to have had six winners from 26 runners. We’ve had our good times and bad times and it’s great to savour weeks like this.


“In terms of the King George, it’s great to have two top-notch horses to pitch against each other and we’ve also got Sulamani in the race. We’ll sort our plans out when the dust settles next week

Godolphin’s principal Sheikh Mohammed said: “This is our best meeting and we have had some great runs. Doyen is a very, very good horse who has come to himself after his last race and improved - he needed that run. He’ll be aimed at the King George now.”



FRANKIE DETTORI’S SIXTH SUCCESS


Frankie Dettori said: “It has been an amazing week - five days and a winner every day - two Group Ones and a couple of Group Twos and six successes in all.


“I am really speechless about the performance of Doyen - what a performance, it just took my breath away. It is smashing to break the course record at Ascot - it is not done every day.


“I followed in Systematic’s slipstream and, passing the two-furlong marker, I was in third gear, then just picked him up and he took off. He is a special horse - I like him and he reminds me of the good old days of Swain and Daylami.

“ I remember when I first sat on him - it was this time last year - and Andre (Fabre his trainer then) said to me - it was only four runners - sit last, pull him out in the straight, go and win the race and speak to me tomorrow because I am going to play polo.


“I said just like that and he said yes. He was absolutely right - Doyen took off and won really well on very firm ground that day.

“We gave him a prep race against Dalakhani and I was the only one who managed to get close to him. I thought going into the Arc that he would have a great chance - he was still on the weak side and didn’t quite handle the very holding ground. He ran a good fourth and in the back of my mind I always thought he could be one of my stable stars.


“He was about 80 per cent ready when he ran in the Coronation Cup at Epsom earlier this month and it was a huge effort. I had every confidence today that he would put up a great performance but not like that.

“This is horse is really good. I am only the pilot and steer them in the right direction and try not to make any errors. It has been a very progressive spring after hard work during the winter and now we are picking the fruit of the tree. Well done to the whole team across the board because I am getting all the glory but they did all the work.


“It depends on the ground whom I ride in the King George. Sulamani loves a bit of cut while I have ridden Doyen twice on firm and he seems to love it, and there is Papineau as well.”


SECOND RACE (HARDWICKE STAKES)
PLACE QUOTES

KING GEORGE “A POSSIBILITY”
FOR ACCOLADE

Marcus Tregoning gave a firm hint that the Hardwicke Stakes runner-up High Accolade is likely to be back at Ascot on July 24 - for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.


The Lambourn trainer said: “The horse does like Ascot and I wouldn’t mind coming back here for the King George - it’s quite a possibility.


“Today, I thought he might have travelled a bit better than he did - he was a bit on and off the pace. But the winner (Doyen) is a very good horse and was good last year. He’s very progressive - you’re probably looking at the King George winner.

“So we did well to hang on to second, but obviously we would have liked to have given the winner more of a race.


“But we just wondered whether the ground was why High Accolade wasn’t travelling as well as he should have been, because he was just finding it a bit too lively.”

Peter Harris, trainer of third-placed Persian Majesty, said: “The winner we couldn’t have beaten, but the ground may just have been just too fast for ours - and he likes fast ground. Ours didn’t come down the hill very well.


“He’s a horse who likes racing and he needs to race because he’s quite a gross horse. The Princess Of Wales Stakes (Newmarket’s July Meeting) would be just right for him.”



Race Three - Golden Jubilee

FAYR JAG JUBILEE SURPRISE

Fast ground lends itself to surprise results, and there was a sense of surprise around the Royal Heath as 12-1 shot Fayr Jag, who dead-heated for the Wokingham Handicap at this meeting last year, made the transition to Group 1 company when getting home in a blanket finish for the Golden Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs.


Winning trainer Tim Easterby was at Redcar, but his father Peter was on hand to supervise the saddling of Fayr Jag, who held on by two heads from Crystal Castle and Cape of Good Hope in the feature sprint.


Easterby snr said: ”We are down here principally for Dazzling Bay in the Wokingham, but we thought we’d bring Fayr Jag as well, and I could not believe how well he was travelling at half-way.


“He loves Ascot, and, though Willie (Supple) got to the front a bit soon, he has held on bravely.


“Ironically, we left him in the July Cup by mistake, but I suppose we might as well run him at Newmarket now. I’ve got to saddle one in the next, but if I hang around they might even buy us a drink!”

Supple agreed that he got there a shade sooner than he had planned but said that the gap came and he felt obliged to take it before it closed.


He said: ”I have won three or four Group 1s and it’s a very special feeling. We have been in a few scrapes together - as a three-year-old he went mad in the stalls and banged his head so bad that he broke a bone in his face, and last year, again at Newmarket, he clipped another horse’s heels in the Dip, came down and left me battered and bruised. But we know each other well and seem to hit it off.”

THIRD RACE PLACED QUOTES
GOLDEN JUBILEE STAKES (GROUP 1)

CRYSTAL JUST LOSES OUT

Kieren Fallon brought home the John Hammond-trained Crystal Castle with a rattle to just lose out by a head to Fayr Jag in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes.


“He’s run a super race but he got a knock when they bunched a furlong and a half out - that’s the way racing goes,” said Hammond.


“He had a niggling injury last year but has been very well this season. I thought this looked a weak Group 1 on paper beforehand so hoped we would run into a place, which he has done. He is in the July Cup so we’ll have a look at that.”

Hong Kong-trained Cape Of Good Hope, who finished second in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes, notched up another place when a further head back in third.


“He might have been a little unlucky today, he just stumbled coming out of the stalls and then was only beaten two heads,” said the six-year-old’s trainer David Oughton. “It’s been well worth coming over.


“He’s run two cracking races in the space of a week and that’s the first time he has had two quick races - he’s always had a month between races before.


“I’ll leave him here for the time being, at Amanda Perrett’s, and make a decision next week on what he does next. He’s in the July Cup and I think he’s qualified for the seven-furlong Lennox Stakes at Goodwood.”


THIRD RACE (GOLDEN JUBILEE STAKES)
OTHER QUOTES

DROWNE BLAMES FAST SURFACE FOR AVONBRIDGE DISAPPOINTMENT

Jockey Steve Drowne pointed to the fast ground as the reason behind 100-30 favourite Avonbridge weakening into fifth place in the closing stages of the Golden Jubilee Stakes.


Drowne said: “He was backing off the ground. It’s like a road - the only thing that’s missing is cat’s eyes.”

He added: “Probably a stiff five furlongs would be up his street. Basically, he’s a big, heavy-topped horse and he felt the ground.

“He still ran well, but basically the ground is just so quick out there.”

The highly-fancied filly Airwave was one place further back and her rider Dane O’Neill also claimed his mount’s chances were hampered by the surface.


O’Neill said: “Everything panned out really well...I gave myself Fergal Lynch (Monsieur Bond’s jockey) to follow, Steve Drowne was making the running early and I had all the right horses in front of me.


“But I think the ground might have been a little bit firm for my filly when we went to get into the business end of the race.

“There’s more days for her yet.”




FOURTH RACE (WOKINGHAM)
WINNER QUOTES

NICHOLLS JUBILANT AFTER
GAMBLE LANDED

Sprint king Dandy Nicholls celebrated his wedding anniversary in the best possible fashion - by landing his first-ever Royal Ascot winner.


The Thirsk trainer sent out the heavily gambled-on Lafi, the 6/1favourite, to record a length-and-a-half success in the Wokingham to leave the bookies running for cover.


Nicholls beamed: “How does this rate? Well, I’d never had a winner here, so it’s bloody marvellous. It’s marvellous to have a runner, never mind a winner at Ascot. I’m a little bit emotional!

“When we bought him, he had a few problems, but the staff at home have been marvellous with him. It’s not just me, it’s a team effort.”

Nicholls also confirmed that the horse had been the subject of a substantial gamble by the owners, a partnership run by Henry Rix

“I don’t back horses, but they’ve put their money down and bought him - and they have had a big punt. Good luck to them - that’s what the game is about.


“All I can do is produce the horses on the day the best I can, so I’m delighted.”

Successful rider Eddie Ahern was delighted after riding his second winner of the week - his first was on Blue Dakota in the Norfolk Stakes.


He said: “He’s a nice horse and was always travelling well. I had an ideal draw in 30 and got the splits when I wanted them. Then, when I asked him to go, he just went.


“I kept looking across occasionally to see how we were going in relation to the horses on the other side and I felt that we were always just in front of them. When I hit the front at about the furlong pole it really was all over.


“Everything in the race went right for him and me throughout the race.”



Race Four - Wokingham Handicap

Placed Quotes:

PENANG SECOND

Coconut Penang won the race up the stands side but was beaten a length and a half by the 6-1 favourite Lafi, who was racing on the opposite side of the course.


Peter Chapple-Hyam, who inherited Coconut Penang from Rod Millman and was running the horse for the first time, said: “This horse has to be towed along, and he could never get a lead on the stands side, so we were in front too soon.


“We were beaten fair and square, and, while he is entered in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood, I think he’ll stay seven furlongs, so we might be better off heading for the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket.”

Terry Mills is adamant that being drawn on the stands side cost third-placed High Reach the race.


Mills, who has suffered a wretched season, said: “They were never going quick enough for him on our side. He is a horse who likes to be covered up, but he was pulling Kieren’s (Fallon) arms out at the three-furlong pole, so he had no option but to pull him out and commit him.


“However, it meant that he was seeing too much daylight - all the pace was on the far side and if he had been drawn over there he would have won. We only plan things day-to-day these days, but he could run a big race in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood.”


WINNING QUOTES RACE FIVE
DUKE OF EDINBURGH HANDICAP

WUNDERWOOD PULLS OFF THE PLAN

Lady Herries, who so nearly won the Royal Hunt Cup on Wednesday with Zonergem, who finished a very close third, left no doubt about the outcome of the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes when Wunderwood, whom she trains for London owner Tony Perkins, fairly romped home to land some good bets.


Those of a Holmesian nature may have spotted something when they saw former BBC television racing correspondent Julian Wilson among the visitors, as Wilson has long been involved with Lady Herries’ stable and his presence offered a clue that Wunderwood was well fancied.


Sure enough, Wilson was very much involved, as he related afterwards. “I bought this horse as an unraced three-year-old out of Alec Stewart’s stable for Tony Perkins for 12,000gns.


“He began by winning an all weather maiden as a four-year-old and his first handicap rating was one of 72. He has won this race, by three and a half lengths, off a mark of 92 so you can see how brilliant Lady Anne has been with him.


“I told her last autumn that it would be wonderful if she could win this race again, like she did with Tykevor for me (when the race was called the Bessborough) in 1996 and it is marvellous that she has done so.


“Tony Perkins, who is a property developer from North London, is a very lucky owner. This is only his second horse – his first was Flight Sequence, who won the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar in 2002 – and this year he bought a half share in Zonergem, who went so close on Wednesday.


“When he bought Wunderwood the horse had an Arabian name, but as he had not run that could be changed, so Tony called him after his grandfather, William Underwood, a Yorkshireman, who had introduced him to the joys of racing and punting but sadly died a couple of years ago.”


FIFTH RACE (DUKE OF EDINBURGH HANDICAP)
PLACE QUOTES

PLATE ON THE CARDS FOR
PAGAN DANCE?

Trainer Amanda Perrett refused to rule out a tilt at next Saturday’s Northumberland Plate for runner-up Pagan Dance.


“We don’t have to make a decision until Monday,” before agreeing the two-mile handicap at Newcastle is currently a possibility.


Perrett was also happy enough with her charge’s efforts behind the winner
Wunderwood.


She said: “He ran a great race - probably the ground was just a little bit against him.


“But once he met the rising ground, he just let himself down and ran on really well, but the winner had flown.”

Paddy Power were quoting Pagan Dance a 16-1 chance (from 25-1) for the Northumberland Plate after his latest effort.




Race Six - Queen Alexandra Stakes
Winner’s Quotes:

CORRIB ECLIPSE SPRINGS 25-1 SHOCK

There was an air of disbelief to greet the 25-1 success of Corrib Eclipse in the concluding Queen Alexandra Stakes - and it seemed that the only racegoers not gobsmacked were Lewes trainer Jamie Poulton and his three North London owners.


Unraced on the Flat, Corrib Eclipse had won a bumper at Worcester, but Poulton, who revealed that his owners were “all on at 66-1", insisted that this was a case of “mission accomplished.”

Poulton said: “This horse will win the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in two years time. He was part-bred by Ron Huggins, who is one of my main owners, and was destined to go to Philip Hobbs until I intercepted him over lunch one day.”

Corrib Eclipse, who paid 55-1 on the Tote, has already been schooled, and the plan is to start him over timber in September.


Poulton said: “The idea was to win a bumper and sell him on, but that plan has now been abandoned, and we very much have Cheltenham 2006 in our sights.


“My horses have been flying this week. Land ‘n Stars did not stay in the Ascot Stakes and faded to finish fifth, but Crocodile Dundee ran a corker to be second in the Hampton Court Stakes, so to finally be standing in this famous winner’s enclosure with my very first Royal Ascot winner means an awful lot to a small trainer like me.”

John Egan, who broke his Royal Ascot duck on Double Obsession in the Ascot Stakes, got a dream run up the far rails in the straight on Corrib Eclipse to crown an unforgettable week, and even a one-day suspension (June 30) for excessive use of the whip won’t have spoilt his week-end celebrations.


There was an irony to this success as runner-up Dancing Bay was trained by Nicky Henderson, for whom Poulton spent two years as pupil assistant.


Kieren Fallon clearly felt he should have won, and Henderson said: ”One thing you think you would be assured of in this two and three-quarter mile race was being able to get a run, but Kieren just could just not get out when he wanted. This is not our horse’s ground, but he has done everything right bar win.”

David Elsworth, who trains third-placed Romany Prince, said: ”What a brilliant result for Jamie. My fellow travels well but he still refused to switch off. We might put him in the Ebor, but I have always thought he was the ideal horse for the Melbourne Cup and I was hoping we might pick up the air fare here.”

Can Frankie match super seven?

Jockey Frankie Dettori’s love of Ascot is well-known and today he has the chance to emulate - or better - his previous best total of seven successes at the Royal Meeting in 1998.


The Italian notched his fifth victory of the week on Duke Of Venice yesterday in the Queen’s Vase and has a full book of rides this afternoon.


Dettori, whose chief rivals for the London Clubs Trophy - given to the top rider at the meeting - are three-time winners Kieren Fallon and Jamie Spencer, will be on board the debut scorer Where With All in the opening Chesham Stakes.


But his best opportunity of the day may be in the Hardwicke Stakes when he takes the ride on Doyen, likely to be sent off the favourite.


Dettori’s mount in the fifth race - Swift Tango - also has possibilties while his other rides are Country Reel (Golden Jubilee), Matty Tun (Wokingham) and Savannah Bay (Queen Alexandra).


Dettori, who has gained 36 Royal Ascot victories in all, has won the London Clubs Trophy on four previous occasions - a tally only bettered by Lester Piggott (seven) and Pat Eddery (five) since 1975.


Saeed bin Suroor enjoyed a landmark success yesterday thanks to Duke Of Venice’s win in the Queen’s Vase. It was the Godolphin trainer’s 25th winner at the Royal meeting.


He leads the way for the inaugural London Clubs Trophy to be presented to the week’s top trainer. With five wins to date, he is only two behind the seven victories Henry Cecil chalked up in 1987. Saeed bin Suroor has been top trainer at the Royal Meeting on three previous occasions.




FRIDAY’S CROWD AND TOTE
For the first time ever, the Royal Ascot Friday crowd was the biggest of the week, beating the attendance on Ladies’ Day, Thursday. The crowd was 70,753, up from 68,529 on this day 12 months ago. This year there was no Heath Enclosure, which in 2003 drew a crowd of 2,893.

Nick Smith, Ascot’s Head Of Public Relations, said: “It’s remarkable that the Friday has become so incredibly popular. Thursday is traditionally the busiest day and it shows the strength of the meeting that Friday has caught up. Effectively it is an increase of 5,000 because there is no Heath Enclosure today - that puts the day’s popularity into context. The crowd is a record for Friday, we have never beaten 70,000 before, and we look forward to a tremendous day tomorrow when there is still some availability in the Silver Ring.”

THURSDAY’S CROWD AND TOTE
Thursday’s attendance on Ladies’ Day was 69,928, compared to 74,792 in 2003. As on Tuesday and Wednesday, the difference was attributable to there being no Heath Enclosure this year - that enclosure had a crowd of 4,940 12 months ago.

The totepool on-course cash turnover came to £1,944,408, down 8.6 per cent from the record £2,112,998 last year.


WEDNESDAY’S CROWD AND TOTE Wednesday’s attendance was 56,477, marginally down on last year’s figure of 57,052. The difference is attributable to the fact that there is no Heath Enclosure this year - there were 1,922 in that enclosure on the second day in 2003.


TUESDAY’S CROWD AND TOTE The crowd on the opening day of Royal Ascot, Tuesday, June 15, came to 47,263, as against 47,900 last year. The 2003 figure included 1,354 people on the Heath which is not open this year due to the start of Ascot’s redevelopment work.

The on-course cash totepool turnover on Tuesday was £1,606,376, four per cent down on the 2003 opening day figure of £1,671,042. Andy Clifton, the tote spokesman, attributed this to the Heath being closed, saying that turnover of £80,000 was recorded usually in that enclosure.


totepool figures


Andy Clifton, the tote spokesman, said: “We are very pleased with the amount of on-course totepool cash turnover at Ascot this year.


“ The absence of the Heath Enclosure this year explains most of the reduction from last year’s record total.”


2004 totepool (2003)
Tuesday £1,606,376 (£1,671,042)
Wednesday £1,849,946 (£2,017,064)
Thursday £1,944,408 (£2,112,998)
Friday £1,844,917 (£2,009,381)
Saturday £1,294,998 (£1,374,910)
£8,540,645 (£9,185,395)


GOING UNCHANGED



The going remains FIRM for the final day of Royal Ascot, with clerk of the course Nick Cheyne having “no regrets” about not watering overnight or first thing this morning.


Cheyne, having walked the track, said: “It should ride the same as it did yesterday but, while the forecast is for possible showers, my main reason for leaving the taps off is that we could not put sufficient water on at this stage to make any difference to the ground.


“And, having watered for the last three mornings, there would always be the danger that to do so again might cause the ground to become greasy on top.


“Yesterday the ground was fast but safe, and the last thing we want is for the ground to become slippery, so, while rain would have been welcome earlier in the week, in the interests of safety I would rather it stayed away now.”



BETTING NEWS

The fact that the Wokingham has proved a disastrous race for favourite-backers - Nice One Clare is the only market-leader to have been successful in the last 10 years - has not deterred punters, and Lafi, drawn on the far rail, has been a persistent order with all the major firms this morning.


Pinpointed for the race weeks ago by Dandy Nicholls, who is still looking for his first Royal Ascot winner as a trainer, Lafi has been all the rage in the offices, and Hills, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power all clipped him a point to 7-1, while Corals, who were top offer of 9-1, were quick to fall into line with their competitors.


Second best-backed horse in the big sprint handicap has been Dazzling Bay, who was generally offered at 12-1 this morning but has been shortened with all the big firms and is down to 9-1with both Corals and totesport following some hefty support, while Pic Up Sticks, the big hope of former England soccer star Alan Ball, has also been nibbled at with Hills at 16-1 and is now 14-1.


There has been some reshuffling of the prices for the Hardwicke Stakes following today’s withdrawals of Gamut and Chancellor, and Paddy Power report Doyen being preferred to High Accolade and have shortened up the Godolphin representative to 11-10, while totesport have cut Systematic to 9-1 from 12-1 in the same race.


However, Paddy Power claim to have been hit by a late-morning blitz from punters wanting to be on Aidan O’Brien’s In Excelsis in the opening Chesham Stakes.


Tony Coleman, representing the Irish bookmakers, said: ”Earlier in the week we found that there were a lot of negatives about the Ballydoyle horses, but Aidan has had two winners at the meeting, and there seems to be a lot more confidence behind In Excelsis.


“The stampede began around 11.30am, and it was as if punters had just woken up after the Five Dynasties celebrations and decided to get stuck into In Excelsis, and, though we held to the 7-2 as long as we could, we have been forced to shave the odds to 3-1.”



HOW GOOD IS ATTRACTION ?

When a trainer who has enjoyed as much top level success as Mark Johnston says that Attraction “is the best horse I have trained” you have to sit up and take notice. And after the way she treated her rivals in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday, following her triumphs in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Curragh, there is no doubting that she has all star quality and is fully entitled to take high rank among the best of the Coronation Stakes winners.


To be unbeaten in eight starts at two and three and to win three Group 1 races on the trot takes a filly of exceptional ability and there seems every reason to feel that there may be still more to come.


Part of the appeal that Attraction has is the way in which she has overcome her physical problems and the humble nature of her background. Her sire, Efisio, while a huge success as a sire of winners overall, is not noted for his winners at the very top level, and his dam, Flirtation, did not win a race.


Then there is the question of the filly’s conformation with her four legs almost pointing in four different directions and the fact that she had to come through two serious injuries as a two-year-old which prevented her from running after she had won the Cherry Hinton Stakes at the July meeting.


That, though, however romantic, is not hard fact. Hard fact is what is the form book showing what Attraction has achieved and how she has done it and with that there can be no argument. To lead all the way against classic contemporaries and quicken off your own fast pace is the hallmark of top level talent and that is what Attraction did as she came within a whisker of beating the Ascot track record after having barely had to be asked a question by Kevin Darley.


It is impossible to compare her with the winners of previous years and ridiculous to claim that she is better than, for example, Meld, who won the Coronation Stakes in 1955 when she also won the fillies’ Triple Crown of the 1,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St. Leger.

The many other top level winners of the Coronation Stakes include Fleet, who followed her 1,000 Guineas success of 1967 by winning at Ascot, Humble Duty, who did likewise two years later, Roussalka, who had two Nassau successes to her name and another Irish 1,000 Guineas winner in Al Bahathri.


In more recent years Sir Michael Stoute, another man who knows a bit about top class horses, has spoken in almost reverent tones about Sonic Lady and Milligram, who were successful in 1986 and 1987 respectively.


Then there was Marling, who went on to win the Sussex Stakes after one of the all time great race battles with Selkirk; Ridgewood Pearl and Banks Hill, who went on to take the Breeders’ Cup Mile and the Filly and Mare Turf respectively, and last year’s winner Russian Rhythm, who looked very good again when winning the Lockinge on her reappearance this season.


You cannot say that Attraction is better than all those fillies – there is no means of gauging them against each other though conceivably she might meet Russian Rhythm one day – but you can say without fear of contradiction that she is a filly of the highest class.

LEADING TRAINERS AT THE END OF ROYAL ASCOT 2004 (FOR THE LONDON CLUBS TROPHY)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Saeed bin Suroor 6 1 3 3
Michael Jarvis 3 - - 2
Sir Michael Stoute 2 3 2 -
Aidan O’Brien IRE 2 2 1 1
Mark Johnston 2 - 2 2
James Fanshawe 1 3 2 -
John Gosden 1 1 1 1
Jeremy Noseda 1 1 1 -
Barry Hills 1 1 - 2
Richard Hannon 1 1 - -
Jamie Poulton 1 1 - -
Lady Herries 1 - 1 -
Nick Littmoden 1 - 1 -
David Nicholls 1 - 1 -
John Oxx IRE 1 - 1 -
James Bethell 1 - - -
Milton Bradley 1 - - -
Tim Easterby 1 - - -
Alec Stewart 1 - - -
David Wachman IRE 1 - - -
Marcus Tregoning - 3 - -
Mick Channon - 2 2 2
David Oughton HK - 1 1 -
John Dunlop - 1 - 1
Andre Fabre FR - 1 - 1
Paul Cole - 1 - 1
Elie Lellouche FR - 1 - 1
Amanda Perrett - 1 - 1
Peter Chapple-Hyam - 1 - -
Nerys Dutfield - 1 - -
Nicky Henderson - 1 - -
John Hammond FR - 1 - -
Geoff Wragg - 1 - -
Ed Dunlop - - 3 -
Clive Cox - - 1 1
William Haggas - - 1 1
David Elsworth - - 1 -
Peter Harris - - 1 -
Luca Cumani - - 1 -
Terry Mills - - 1 -
Martin Pipe - - 1 -
Peter Winkworth - - 1 -
Clive Brittain - - - 2
David Arbuthnot - - - 1
Michael Bell - - - 1
David Loder - - - 1
Stan Moore - - - 1
Willie Mullins IRE - - - 1
Andrew Reid - - - 1
Mark Tompkins - - - 1
Dermot Weld IRE - - - 1


LEADING JOCKEYS AT THE END ROYAL ASCOT 2004
(FOR THE LONDON CLUBS TROPHY)

1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Frankie Dettori 6 1 4 2
Kieren Fallon 3 6 3 -
Jamie Spencer 3 2 2 2
Eddie Ahern 2 1 1 -
John Egan 2 1 - 1
Philip Robinson 2 - - 2
Kevin Darley 2 - - -
Darryll Holland 1 2 2 3
Michael Kinane 1 2 2 2
Willie Supple 1 2 - -
Michael Hills 1 1 1 1
Oscar Urbina 1 1 - -
Tom Queally 1 - - 1
Richard Quinn 1 - - 1
Richard Hughes 1 - - -
Nicky Mackay 1 - - -
Seb Sanders 1 - - -
Richard Hills - 3 2 3
Johnny Murtagh - 2 3 1
Ted Durcan - 2 1 -
Gary Stevens - 1 1 1
Robert Havlin - 1 - -
Gerald Mosse - 1 - -
Simon Whitworth - 1 - -
Kerrin McEvoy - - 2 1
Chris Catlin - - 1 1
Joe Fanning - - 1 1
Dane O’Neill - - 1 1
Paul Doe - - 1 -
Jean-Pierre Guillambert - - 1 -
Jimmy Quinn - - 1 -
Neil Callan - - - 1
Davy Condon - - - 1
Sam Hitchcott - - - 1
David Kinsella - - - 1
Olivier Peslier - - - 1
Pat Smullen - - - 1


FIRST RACE RESULT

2.30pm THE CHESHAM STAKES
Class A, Listed Race, £40,000 Total Prize Fund. For 2yo, sired by a winner of a race of 1m 2f or more (this includes races of 1m 1f about 111 yards and 1900m or over), 7f. Weights: colts and geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 7lb. Penalties: a winner of a Class D race 2lb; of a Class C race 4lb; of a Class A or B race 6lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £23,200; 2nd: £8,800; 3rd: £4,400; 4th: £2,000; 5th: £1,000; 6th: £600

1) WHAZZAT (Bill Gredley) Barry Hills 2-8-07 Michael Hills [3] 7/1
2) BRECON BEACON (Elite Racing Club) Paul Cole 2-9-00 Kieren Fallon [4] 7/1
3) WILKO (Susan Roy) Jeremy Noseda 2-9-00 Eddie Ahern [12] 16/1
4) HEARTHSTEAD WINGS (Heathstead Homes Ltd) Mark Johnston 2-9-00 Joe Fanning [5] 4/1 JF
5) IN EXCELSIS (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-9-00 Jamie Spencer [2] 4/1 JF
6) BOLTON HALL (J J Staunton, Richard Fahey) Richard Fahey 2-9-04 Paul Hanagan [9]
7) WHERE WITH ALL (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-00 Frankie Dettori [8]
8) PERFECT CHOICE (Susan Roy) Brian Meehan 2-9-00 Darryll Holland [10]
9) JOHN FORBES (Claire Ellison) Brian Ellison 2-8-12 Dane O'Neill [1]
10) DARKO KARIM (Egerton House Racing) David Loder 2-8-12 Tom Queally [6]
11) SWELL LAD (Sir Martyn Arbib) Paul Cole 2-8-12 Kevin Darley [7]

11 ran Non-Runner: Dusty Dane
Time: 1 min 29.55 sec
Distances: 3.5, hd, 2, 5, 3, hd, 2.5, nk, 1, 5
Breeder: Eurostrait Ltd
Breeding: b f Daylami (IRE) - Wosaita (Generous (IRE))
Tote Win: £9.10 Places: £2.50; £1.70; £4.20 Exacta: £68.30

Winning trainer:-Name: Hills, Barrington William Born: Worcester, 2/4/37;Date of first licence:1969;First winner: La Dolce Vita (Thirsk, April 18,1969) Previous Occupation: Served apprenticeship with Fred Rimell and George Colling, Head Lad with John Oxley for 10 years Classic wins: (4) UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (1978 Enstone Park), UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas (1979 Tap on Wood, 2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1994 Moonax), Other major wins: Irish 1000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Irish Derby (1987 Sir Harry Lewis), Irish Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1994 Bolas), French St Leger (1994 Moonax), Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (1973 Rheingold), Ascot Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), Champion Stakes (1983 Cormorant Wood, 2002 Storming Home), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 HandsomeSailor), Flying Childers Stakes (1987 Gallic League, 1998 Sheer Viking), Champagne Stakes (1977 Sexton Blake, 1985 Sure Blade, 1998 Auction House), Dewhurst Stakes (1988 Scenic (DH), 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), MBNA Europe Bank Chester Vase (1979 Cracaval, 1973 Proverb, 1999 Peshtigo, 2001 Mr Combustible), Classic Trial (2001 Chancellor), Challenge Stakes (2001 Munir), Royal Whip Stakes (2002 Chancellor), Prestige Stakes (2002 Geminiani), Cheshire Oaks (1992 Aquamarine, 1994 Bolas, 1998 High And Low, 1999 Valentine Girl), Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes (1970 Golden Monad, 1972 Our Mirage, 1973 Natsun, 1975 Ravel, 1979 Two Of Diamonds, 1985 Infantry, 1987 Sir Harry Lewis, 1989 Free Sweater, 1990 Blue Stag, 1998 Prolix, 2002 Sohaib) Wins in a season (1987-2003): 96:93:73:113:99:63:39:44:74:84 :79:78:109:72:107:91:107 Horses in training (1984-2004):107,125,139,131,140,152,175,159,129,n/a,113,120,130,137 ,145,150,148,160,167,168, 186 Trains at South Bank Stables, Lambourn Royal Ascot Wins: 18 First Royal Ascot Win: Queen Alexandra Stakes (1971 Hickleton) Major Royal Ascot Wins: Hardwicke Stakes (1973 Rheingold), Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), St James’s Palce Stakes (1986 Sure Blade), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1997 Royal Applause), King Edward VII Stakes (2001 Storming Home) Wins this season: 35

Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Michael Patrick.Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Jeremy Hindley. First winner: Sky Thief (Nottingham 13/8/79) Classic wins: (1) Vodafone Derby (1996 Shaamit) Other major wins include: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1996 Pentire), Prix de l'Abbaye (1988 Handsome Sailor), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Dewhurst Stakes (1985 Huntingdale, 1988 Scenic, 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Ascot Gold Cup (1994 Arcadian Heights), Sussex Stakes (1996 First Island), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 Handsome Sailor), Goodwood Cup (1992 Further Flight), Fillies’ Mile (1989 Silk Slippers), Irish Champion Stakes (1995 Pentire), Coronation Stakes (1997 Rebecca Sharp), Lockinge Stakes (1997 First Island), Haydock Sprint Cup (1997 Royal Applause), Dewhurst Stakes (1999 Distant Music), Prix Jean Prat (1999 Golden Snake), Champion Stakes (2002 Storming Home) Wins (1990-2003):61,65,91,86,89,73,80,84,61,94,73,58,66,58 Wins this season: 17 Other details: champion apprentice 1983. Royal Ascot wins: (11) First Royal Ascot win: King Edward VII Stakes (June 15, 1993 Beneficial) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1994 Arcadian Heights), Coronation Stakes (1997 Rebecca Sharp) Wins this season: 32


SECOND RACE RESULT
3.05pm THE HARDWICKE STAKES
Class A, Group Two, £140,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+, 1m 4f. Weights: colts and geldings 8st 9lb; fillies 8st 6lb. Penalties: after September 1, 2003, a winner of a Group Two race 3lb; of a Group One race 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £81,200; 2nd: £30,800; 3rd: £15,400; 4th: £7,000; 5th: £3,500; 6th: £2,100

1) DOYEN (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-8-09 Frankie Dettori [7] 6/5 Fav
2) HIGH ACCOLADE (Lady Tennant) Marcus Tregoning 4-8-09 Willie Supple [2] 9/4
3) PERSIAN MAJESTY (Dr Jamal Ahmadzadeh) Peter Harris 4-8-09 Johnny Murtagh [8] 6/1
4) SONGLARK (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor tv4-8-09 Kerrin McEvoy [6]
5) SYSTEMATIC (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 5-8-09 Kevin Darley [3]
6) MUSANID (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 4-8-09 Richard Hills [4]

7 ran Non-Runner: Gamut (Ground), Chancellor (Ground)
Time: 2 min 26.53 sec (New Record Time - Beats Stanera’s time of 2 min 26.90 sec set in 1983 Hardwicke Stakes)
Distances: 6, .5, 2, nk, 18
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeding: b c Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Moon Cactus (Kris)
Tote Win: £2.00 Places: £1.50; £1.80 Exacta: £3.00

Winning trainer:-Name: bin Suroor, Saeed Trains at Newmarket for Godolphin, the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed, whose horses winter in Dubai and race worldwide. British Classic wins: (10) Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Vodafone Oaks (1995 Moonshell; 2002 Kazzia); Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra); St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche; 1998 Nedawi; 1999 Mutafaweq) Other major wins include: Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne; 1998 Swain, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Irish St Leger (1998 & 1999 Kayf Tara), French 2000 Guineas (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir; 2001 Noverre); Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard); Breeders Cup Turf (2001 Fantastic Light), Prix d’Ispahan (1996 Halling, 2002 Best Of The Bests), Eclipse (1995,1996 Halling; 1998 Daylami); Juddmonte International Stakes (1995 & 1996 Halling, 2001 Sakhee), Ascot Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche; 1998 Kayf Tara, 2000 Kayf Tara), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra; 1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami), Nunthorpe Stakes (1995 So Factual), Derby Italiano (1998 Central Park), Lockinge Stakes (1998 Cape Cross; 2000 Aljabr), Prix Jean Prat (1998 Almutawakel), Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr), Man O’ War Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2000 Fantastic Light), Lockinge Stakes (1998 Cape Cross, 1999 Fly To The Stars, 2000 Aljabr), Great Voltigeur Stakes (1998 Sea Wave), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Sussex Stakes (1999 Aljabr, 2001 Noverre) Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Summoner), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Faithful Son, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Hong Kong Cup (2000 Fantastic Light), Man O'War Stakes (2000 Fantastic Light), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1999 Kayf Tara), Gran Premio Del Jockey Club (2001 Kutub), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (2001 Slickly), Grosser Dallmayr Preis (2001 Kutub), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2001 Fantastic Light), Premio Vittorio Di Capua (2001 and 2002 Slickly), Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (2002 Kazzia), Gazelle Handicap (2002 Imperial Gesture), Beldame Stakes (2002 Imperial Gesture), Deutschlandpreis (2000 Mutafaweq, 2002 Marienbard), American Oaks (2002 Jilbab), Stephen Foster Handicap (2002 Street Cry), Singapore Airlines International Cup (2002 Grandera), Grosser Bugatti Preis (2002 Marienbard, 2003 Mamool), Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium), 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad), Dubai Sheema Classic (2003 Sulamani), Queen Anne Stakes (2003 Dubai Destination), Gran Premio di Milano (2003 Leadership), Arlington Million (2003 Sulamani), Prix Vermeille (2003 Mezzo Soprano), Turf Classic Invitational (2003 Sulamani), Preis Von Europa (2001 Kutub, 2003 Mamool) Wins in a season (1995-2003) 14:48:41:38:41:17:24:21:23 Other details: Champion trainer 1996;1999 Completed full set of classic wins following Cape Verdi’s victory in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas. First Royal Ascot win: So Factual (June 22, 1995 - Cork and Orrery Stakes) Royal Ascot wins (26): Golden Jubilee Stakes (1995 So Factual), Queen Anne Stakes (1996 Charnwood Forest, 1997 Allied Forces, 1998 Intikhab, 1999 Cape Cross, 2003 Dubai Destination, 2004 Refuse To Bend), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2000 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Hardwicke Stakes (1997 Predappio, 2004 Doyen), Windsor Castle Stakes (1997 Asfurah), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Faithful Son, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Ribblesdale Stakes (1998 Bahr, 1999 Fairy Queen, 2004 Punctilious) King Edward VII Stakes (1999 Mutafaweq), Queen’s Vase (2002 Mamool, 2004 Duke Of Venice), Jersey Stakes (2004 Kheleyf) Wins This season: 29

Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco.Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, ItalyFirst winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) First Success: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986) Classic wins; (9) Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou), 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia) Other major wins include: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami), Ascot Gold Cup (1992, 1993 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara), St James’s Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1996 Swain, 1997 Singspiel, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction; 1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium), Juddmonte International (1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel, 2001 Sakhee), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1998 Daylami),Yorkshire Oaks (1994 Only Royale), Middle Park Stakes (1996 Bahamian Bounty), Fillies’ Mile (1990 Shamshir, 1999 Teggiano, 2000 Crystal Music), Nunthorpe Stakes (1993 Lochsong, 1995 So Factual, 1998 Lochangel), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr); Haydock Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat); Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel); Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir, 2001 Noverre), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish Oaks (2001 Lailani, 2003 Vintage Tipple), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Prix du Jockey-Club (1992 Polytain), Prix Jean Prat (1998 Almutawakel), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir), Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr); Prix Maurice de Gheest (1999 Diktat); Irish Champion Stakes (1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera); Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara); Deutsches Derby (1991 Temporal), Lockinge Stakes (2000 Aljabr), Cheveley Park Stakes (2000 Regal Rose, 2003 Carry On Katie), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Grosser Preis Von Baden (2002 Marienbard), Prix Vermeille (2003 Mezzo Soprano) Royal Ascot wins: (37) First Royal Ascot win: Queen Anne Stakes (June 19, 1990 Markofdistinction) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1992 & 93 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau), St James’s Palace (1997 Starborough), King’s Stand Stakes (1994 Lochsong), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1995 So Factual), Queen Anne Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 1997 Allied Forces, 1998 Inktikhab, 2003 Dubai Destination, 2004 Refuse To Bend) Wins This season: 55


THIRD RACE RESULT

3.45pm THE GOLDEN JUBILEE STAKES
Class A, Group One, £250,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+, 6f. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 8lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 9st 1lb. Weight for age: 3to from 4yo+ 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £145,000; 2nd: £55,000; 3rd: £27,500; 4th: £12,500; 5th: £6,250; 6th: £3,750

1) FAYR JAG (Jonathan Gill) Tim Easterby 5-9-04 Willie Supple [9] 12/1
2) CRYSTAL CASTLE (J Raw) John Hammond FR t1 6-9-04 Kieren Fallon [2] 8/1
3) CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (Exors of the late R Carstairs) David Oughton HK tv6-9-04 Michael Kinane [1] 13/2
4) COUNTRY REEL (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor tv4-9-04 Frankie Dettori [12]
5) AVONBRIDGE (John Deer) Roger Charlton 4-9-04 Steve Drowne [3] 100/30 Fav
6) AIRWAVE (Henry Candy & Partners) Henry Candy 4-9-01 Dane O'Neill [7]
7) ASHDOWN EXPRESS (W J P Jackson) Chris Wall 5-9-04 Seb Sanders [14]
8) BAHAMIAN PIRATE (Lucayan Stud, H E Lhendup Dorji) David Nicholls 9-9-04 Gary Stevens [6]
9) STEENBERG (Kenneth Macpherson, Mark Tompkins) Mark Tompkins 5-9-04 Richard Hills [13]
10) NIGHTS CROSS (Ridgeway Downs Racing) Mick Channon 3-8-11 Ted Durcan [4]
11) TWILIGHT BLUES (Susan Roy) Brian Meehan 5-9-04 Darryll Holland [11]
12) MONSIEUR BOND (Reg Bond) Bryan Smart 4-9-04 Fergal Lynch [10]
13) LOCHRIDGE (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 5-9-01 Kevin Darley [8]
14) POLAR WAY (Khalid Abdulla) Amanda Perrett 5-9-04 Richard Hughes [5]

14 ran Just James (Vet’s Certificate)
Time: 1 min 13.35 sec
Distances: hd, hd, .75, .75, 1.5, nk, 1, hd, nk, 1, 5, 1.5, hd
Breeder: Canice M Farrell Jnr
Breeding: b g Fayruz - Lominda (IRE)
Tote Win: £13.50 Places: £3.30; £2.80; £2.10 Exacta: £108.60

Winning trainer:- Name: Easterby, Tim Date of first licence: 1995. Previously assistant to father Peter Easterby Trains at Habton Grange, Malton, North Yorkshire Classic Wins (1): St Leger (2002 Bollin Eric) Major wins: Windsor Castle Stakes (1998 Flanders), Queen Mary Stakes (2000 Romantic Myth), Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes (1998 Flanders), Tote Festival Handicap (1997 Jo Mell), Duke Of York Stakes (1998 Bollin Joanne), Lowther Stakes (1999 Jemima), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (2000 Pipalong, 2003 Somnus), Hilary Needler Trophy (1998 Flanders; 2001 Good Girl; 2002 On The Brink), Stewards’ Cup (2001 Guineau Hunter) Wins (1995-2003): 29: 34: 54: 62: 58: 73: 81: 140:58 Horses in training (1996-2004): 60: 68: 101: 85: 109: 138: 125; 140; 93 Wins this season: 20 Royal Ascot Wins (4) Windsor Castle Stakes (1998, Flanders), Queen Mary Stakes (2000, Romantic Myth), Wokingham Stakes (2003 Fayr Jag (dead-heat with Ratio), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2004 Fayr Jag)

Winning jockey:- Name: Supple, William Born: June 8, 1968 Major wins include: Peugeot Gordon Stakes (2002 Bandari), Lockinge Stakes (1999 Fly To The Stars), Coventry Stakes (1996 Verglas) Wins (1998-2003): 0; -; 49; 73; 67; 62 Other details: Has ridden regularly in Dubai since 1994, where he was champion in 1997/8, 1998/9, rode as stable jockey to Eric Alston in 1999, second rider to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum since 2000 Wins This Season: 30 Royal Ascot wins: (3) Coventry Stakes (1996 Verglas), Wokingham Stakes (2003 Fayr Jag -dead-heat with Ratio), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2004 Fayr Jag)


FOURTH RACE RESULT
4.25pm THE WOKINGHAM STAKES
Class B, Heritage Handicap, £80,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+ Rated 0-110, 6f. Minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after May 22, a winner of a Class D to F race 5lb; of a Class A to C race 8lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £46,400; 2nd: £17,600; 3rd: £8,800; 4th: £4,000; 5th: £2,000; 6th: £1,200

1) LAFI (Alfi & Partners) David Nicholls 5-8-13 Eddie Ahern [30] 6/1 Fav
2) COCONUT PENANG (Mrs A K H Ooi) Peter Chapple-Hyam 4-9-01 Simon Whitworth [7] 12/1
3) HIGH REACH (Four M’s) Terry Mills 4-8-11 Kieren Fallon [11] 10/1
4) ROYAL STORM (The Cloran Family) Amanda Perrett 5-9-06 Michael Kinane [16] 16/1
5) DAZZLING BAY (GHMW Racing) Tim Easterby 4-9-08 John Egan [25]
6) PIC UP STICKS (Alan Ball & Bill Harrison-Allan) Mick Channon 5-9-04 Ted Durcan [26]
7) SIMIANNA (The Monkey Partnership) Alan Berry 5-8-12 Franny Norton [4]
8) CARDINAL VENTURE (Tony Fawcett) Kevin Ryan 6-8-12 Giles Parkin [2]
9) BOSTON LODGE (The Inernational Carnival Partnership) Gerard Butler 4-9-03 Tom Queally (3) [27]
10) DAME DE NOCHE (The G-Guck Group) James Given 4-8-10 Michael Fenton [21]
11) INDIAN SPARK (Frank Brady) Jim Goldie 10-9-00 Gary Stevens [17]
12) GAELIC PRINCESS (M K F Seymour) Tony Newcombe 4-8-04 Liam Keniry (3) [15]
13) GREENSLADES (Four Seasons Racing Ltd) Peter Makin 5-9-03 Seb Sanders [22]
14) WHITBARROW (Seasons Holidays) Milton Bradley 5-9-04 Ryan Moore [28]
15) FANNY'S FANCY (Exors of the late N Ahamed) Chris Wall 4-8-12 Jimmy Quinn [18]
16) CIRCUIT DANCER (David Fish) Alan Berry 4-9-08 Fergal Lynch [19]
17) DANEHILL STROLLER (The Classic Strollers Partnership) Ralph Beckett p7-8-10 Kerrin McEvoy [8]
18) NATIVE TITLE (C McKenna) David Nicholls 6-8-13 Paul Hanagan [24]
19) SHEER TENBY (Halfway House Syndicate) Paul Roche IRE tb7-9-07 Johnny Murtagh [20]
20) HALMAHERA (J Duddy & Mrs G Quinn) Kevin Ryan 9-9-08 Kevin Darley [1]
21) FIRE UP THE BAND (P Crane, A Barker, S Short) David Nicholls 5-9-10 Darryll Holland [6]
22) JOHNSTON'S DIAMOND (Mollington Golf Club Boys) Eric Alston 6-8-10 Willie Supple [29]
23) SALVIATI (Milton Bradley) Milton Bradley 7-8-09 Dane O'Neill [12]
24) CORRIDOR CREEPER (Gary & Libby Johnson) Milton Bradley p7-8-11 Richard Hills [3]
25) CD EUROPE (Mr L Neill & G Flitcroft) Kevin Ryan p6-9-00 Neil Callan [13]
26) TEXAS GOLD (C L A Edginton) William Muir 6-8-12 Steve Drowne [14]
27) TYCHY (P Ellinas) Stuart Williams 5-8-12 Jamie Spencer [10]
28) BOLEYN CASTLE (M A Shipman) Phil McEntee 7-9-04 Tom McLaughlin [23]
29) MATTY TUN (Mrs O Tunstall) John Balding 5-9-00 Frankie Dettori [9]

29 ran Non-Runner: Tom Tun (Ground)
Time: 1 min 14.15 sec
Distances: 1.5, nk, .5, hd, sh, .5, nk, .75, .5, nk, .5, sh, nk, nk, .5, .5, hd, .5, nk nk, sh, 1.25, .75, 4, 2, 1.25, 2 .5, 5 Breeder:Biddestone Stud
Breeding: ch g Indian Ridge - Petal Girl (Caerleon)
Tote Win: £7.70 Places: £2.50; £4.40; £3.00; £3.20 Exacta: £155.30

Winning trainer:- Name: Nicholls, David Date of birth: 30/4/56 Riding career: Professional - 421 winners Trains at Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, Yorkshire Horses in training (1996-2004): 37:45: 45: 46: 58:78:74:82:82 Wins in a season (1993-2003): 0: 21: 26: 30: 44: 50:75: 73:47:65:65 Other details: Married to Alex Greaves: two children Major wins: Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Ya Malak dh with Coastal Bluff), Ladbroke (Ayr) Silver Cup (1998 Royal Result), Ayr Gold Cup (2000 Bahamian Pirate, 2001 Continent, 2002 Funfair Wane), Ballyogan Stakes (1999 Proud Native), William Hill Golden Spurs Handicap (1999 Pepperdine), Stewards’ Cup (2000 Tayseer), King George Stakes (1999 Rudi’s Pet), Victoria Cup (2002 Scotty’s Future), Darley July Cup (2002 Continent) Royal Ascot Wins (1): Wokingham Stakes (2004 Lafi) Wins This Season: 26

Winning jockey:-Name: Ahern, Edward Delacy First Winner: Ardlea House (Dundalk 1994) Major Achievements: Champion Apprentice and Derrinstown Stud Champion Apprentice in 1997 Major Races Won: Ascot Stakes (1998 San Sebastian), Vodafone Diomed Stakes (2002 Nayyir), Lennox Stakes (2002 and 2003 Nayyir), Tote Cambridgeshire (2002 Beauchamp Pilot), Challenge Stakes (2002 Nayyir) Wins in Britain 2000-2003: 2; 3; 83; 108 Wins this season: 38 Royal Ascot Wins (3): Ascot Stakes (1998 San Sebastian), Norfolk Stakes (2004 Blue Dakota), Wokingham Stakes (2004 Lafi)


FIFTH RACE RESULT

5.00pm THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH STAKES
Class B, Heritage Handicap, £50,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+ Rated 0-105, 1m 4f. Minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after June 12, a winner of a Class D to F race 4lb; of a Class A to C race 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £29,000; 2nd: £11,000; 3rd: £5,500; 4th: £2,500; 5th: £1,250; 6th: £750

1) WUNDERWOOD (Tony Perkins) Lady Herries 5-9-01 Seb Sanders [13] 15/2
2) PAGAN DANCE (The Gap Partnership) Amanda Perrett p5-9-01 Michael Kinane [8] 8/1
3) SWIFT TANGO (Khalifa Sultan) Ed Dunlop 4-9-07 Frankie Dettori [6] 9/2 Fav
4) HAMBLEDEN (Stag & Huntsman) Michael Jarvis 7-9-09 Neil Callan [12]
5) HIGHLAND GAMES (K Bailey, P Booth, D Booner) James Given 4-8-10 Kevin Darley [17]
6) BRIAREUS (Miss E J Lambourne, Ian Balding) Andrew Balding 4-8-01 Jimmy Quinn [14]
7) ANTICIPATING (George Strawbridge) Andrew Balding 4-8-08 Kieren Fallon [10]
8) OCEAN AVENUE (A Kinghorn) Con Horgan 5-8-07 Darryll Holland [11]
9) PRINCE NUREYEV (H & Mrs A A Gooding) Rod Millman 4-9-01 Steve Drowne [9]
10) TRUST RULE (Abdulla BuHaleeba) Barry Hills 4-9-04 Michael Hills [3]
11) COUNSEL'S OPINION (Sally Roberts) Chris Wall 7-9-13 Johnny Murtagh [4]
12) OCEAN OF STORMS (The Ramscam Syndicate) Christian Wroe UAE t9-7-11 (1lb ow) Richard Thomas (5) [16]
13) NOPEKAN (Nick Shutts) Karen Marks 4-9-03 Vince Slattery [1]

13 ran Non-Runners: Forest Magic (Ground), Balkan Knight (Ground), Nawamees (Ground), Wait For The Will (Vet’s Certificate)
Time: 2 min 28.74 sec
Distances: 3.5, sh, 2, hd, 1.5, hd, 1, 5, 1.25, 1, 5, dist
Breeder: Darley Stud Management LLC
Breeding: b g Faltaat (USA) - Jasoorah (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
Tote Win: £10.30 Places: £2.90; £3.20; £1.40 Exacta: £92.70

Winning trainer:- Name Herries, Lady Anne Elizabeth Date of Birth 12/6/38 Date of first flat licence:1986 Previous Occupation: Held a NH permit Major wins include: French Derby (1995 Celtic Swing) Coronation Cup (1989 Sheriff's Star), Grand Prix de St Cloud (1989 Sheriff's Star), Aral Pokal (1994 River North), Racing Post Trophy (1994 Celtic Swing), King Edward VII (1988 Sheriff's Star), Great Voltigeur (1988 Sheriff's Star), Sagaro Stakes (1994 Safety in Numbers), Prix Gladiateur Wins in a season (1987-2002) :6:6:9:4:14:6:18:32:28:33:22:11:9:2:4 Horses in training (1988-2004):22:26:30:22:22:22:41:73:81:71:72:57:32:25:31:26:25 Wins This Year: 3 Trains at Angmering Park, West Sussex First Royal Ascot win: Sheriff’s Star (June 14, 1988 - King Edward VII Stakes) Royal Ascot wins: (3) King Edward VII Stakes (1988 Sheriff’s Star), Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (1996 Tykeyvor, 2004 Wunderwood)

Winning jockey:-Name: Sanders, Sebastian Date of birth: 25/9/72 Major wins include: July Cup Stakes (Compton Place 1997), Royal Lodge Stakes (1997 Teapot Row), Mill Reef Stakes (1998 Golden Silca), Oak Tree Stakes (2002 Desert Alchemy), Victor Chandler Palace House Stakes (2003 Needwood Blade), Dahlia Stakes (2004 Beneventa) Wins (1991-2003): 2,10,4,23,61,97,105,82,90,80,83,123,101 Wins this year: 42 Royal Ascot wins: (2) Wokingham Handicap (1995 Astrac), Duke Of Endinburgh Stakes (2004 Wunderwood) Background: appointed stable jockey to Sir Mark Prescott at beginning of 2004 campaign



SIXTH RACE RESULT

5.35pm THE QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES
Class B, Conditions Race, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+, 2m 6f 34yds. Weights: 4yo colts & geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 7lb; 5yo+ horses and geldings 9st;, mares 8st 9lb. Penalties: after June 20, 2003, for each Class C or B race won 3lb; for each Class A race won 5lb (handicaps excluded for the purposes of penalties; penalties cumulative and maximum penalty 10lb). Penalty Values: 1st: £20,300; 2nd: £7,700; 3rd: £3,850; 4th: £1,750; 5th: £875; 6th: £525

1) CORRIB ECLIPSE (M Ioannou) Jamie Poulton 5-9-00 John Egan [11] 25/1
2) DANCING BAY (Elite Racing Club) Nicky Henderson 7-9-00 Kieren Fallon [5] 11/2
3) ROMANY PRINCE (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 5-9-00 Dane O'Neill [4] 6/1
4) HOLY ORDERS (A McLuckie) Willie Mullins IRE b7-9-00 Davy Condon [1]
5) BIG MOMENT (R Doel, A Black, Dr J Howells & D Broard) Amanda Perrett 6-9-00 Michael Kinane [10] 5/1 Fav
6) DON FERNANDO (Lucayan Stud) Martin Pipe 5-9-00 Gary Stevens [7]
7) SAVANNAH BAY (Joe Allbritton) Brian Meehan b5-9-00 Frankie Dettori [12]
8) DOUBLE HONOUR (The 4th Middleham Partnership) Philip Hobbs 6-9-00 Darryll Holland [6]
9) PUGIN (Mohammed Rashid) David Loder 6-9-00 Jamie Spencer [8]
10) GALLERY GOD (John Robinson & Derek Stubbs) Simon Dow 8-9-00 Ryan Moore [2]
11) BLACKCHURCH MIST (Brendan W Duke Racing) Brendan Duke t7-8-09 Alan Daly [9]
12) WINDERMERE (W Hennessy) Ted Walsh IRE 5-9-05 Johnny Murtagh [3]

12 ran
Time: 4 min 57.41 sec
Distances: 1.5, 1.75, 3, 1.25, .75, sh, 1, 1.5, 20, 25, 6
Breeder: J Godfrey
Breeding: b g Double Eclipse (IRE) - Last Night’s Fun (Law Society (USA))
Tote Win: £55.60 Places: £10.30; £1.60; £2.50 Exacta: £560.30

Winning trainer:-Name: Jamie Poulton Born: November 17, 1965 Based: Lewes, East Sussex First Licence: July 1995 Horses In Training (2004): 23 Royal Ascot Wins (1): Queen Alexandra Stakes (2004 Corrib Eclipse) Wins This Season: 19

Winning jockey: John Egan Date Of birth: 24/5/68 Date & Place of first winner: Celtic Match, Mallow, August 1984 Big Race Wins Include: Ayr Gold Cup (1998 Always Alight), Tote International (2002 Crystal Castle), Irish 2000 Guineas (2003 Indian Haven) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Ascot Stakes (2004 Double Obsession), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2004 Corrib Eclipse) Wins (1995-2003): 9,36,63,46,70,43,27,31,61 Wins This Season: 19








THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY

ASCOT, SATURDAY, JUNE 19

5.35pm £35,000 THE QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES 2m 6f 34yds




Going - Firm

BP = at the time of writing but for the best current odds go to www.BritOdds.com (Click on link above)



1) 2/152-1 WINDERMERE (W Hennessy) Ted Walsh IRE 5-9-05 Johnny Murtagh [3]
Was flattered by his recent Leopardstown victory over Vinnie Roe as he stole the race. On previous form, he still has something to prove.

BP= 6/1

2) 20440-3 BIG MOMENT (R Doel, A Black, Dr J Howells & D Broard) Amanda Perrett 6-9-00 Michael Kinane [10]
Has been second and third in the Chester Cup over two and a quarter miles but may need some give in the ground and the trainer has not been in the best of form.

BP= 5/1

3) CORRIB ECLIPSE (M Ioannou) Jamie Poulton 5-9-00 John Egan [11]
A bumper and then hurdler having his first run on the Flat - forget.

BP= 66/1

4) 01031/1 DANCING BAY (Elite Racing Club) Nicky Henderson 7-9-00 Kieren Fallon [5]
Consistent hurdler who won on the Flat at Haydock recently. He is another who may find the ground a bit lively.

BP= 11/2

5) 000-050 DON FERNANDO (Lucayan Stud) Martin Pipe 5-9-00 Gary Stevens [7]
Ran earlier in the week at Ascot without showing much and does not have much of a chance on his handicap mark.

BP= 28/1

6) 650/30- DOUBLE HONOUR (The 4th Middleham Partnership) Philip Hobbs 6-9-00 Darryll Holland [6]
Third in this last year. Better known as a hurdler and has not sparkled in recent runs in that sphere.

BP= 7/1

7) 0030-00 GALLERY GOD (John Robinson & Derek Stubbs) Simon Dow 8-9-00 Ryan Moore [2]
Completely new trip and does not look good enough.

BP= 40/1

8) 316U0-4 HOLY ORDERS (A McLuckie) Willie Mullins IRE b7-9-00 Davy Condon [1]
Inconsistent sort who has the ability but seems to want softish ground.

BP= 7/1

9) 060-550 PUGIN (Mohammed Rashid) David Loder 6-9-00 Jamie Spencer [8]
Definitely would have a chance on his best form but is another who may find the ground too fast.

BP= 10/1

10) 02330-3 ROMANY PRINCE (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 5-9-00 Dane O'Neill [4]
Consistent enough but has failed on his two runs beyond two miles.

BP= 6/1

11) 355-040 SAVANNAH BAY (Joe Allbritton) Brian Meehan b5-9-00 Frankie Dettori [12]
This is the horse worth going with. His form has been very good at times and he has finished sixth in two Ascot Gold Cups (2003 and 2002) which is better than his rivals. He raced behind Papineau, this year’s Gold Cup winner, at Sandown last time out and is good value each-way.

BP= 7/1

12) BLACKCHURCH MIST (Brendan W Duke Racing) Brendan Duke t7-8-09 Alan Daly [9]
Another jumper who looks to have little chance.

BP= 200/1

SUMMARY
SAVANNAH BAY is the one to back - go for him each-way.



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