Wednesday, June 30, 2004
ADMIRAL CONTINUES HIGHCLERE'S FINE RECORD IN KING GEORGE V STAKES
Admiral provided Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (HTR) with a third success in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot on Thursday, June 17, and is now being aimed at another major mile and a half handicap, with the £85,000 Cantor Odds Handicap at Goodwood on July 28 being one of the possibilities.
Harry Herbert, the HTR managing director, revealed today: "Admiral is 100 per cent after his terrific Ascot victory but is having a freshen-up after two quick runs - he won the King George V handicap only 12 days after his previous run at Haydock.
"Admiral has been put up 4lb by the handicapper for winning the King George V Handicap and with that he should be able to go to war again in another top mile and half handicap."
Admiral belongs to HTR's 10-share Satinette Syndicate which was started in 2002.
The three-year-old Alhaarth colt 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 before his Ascot success.
Admiral, who was bought by HTR director John Warren as a yearling at the Goffs Sale in October, 2002, held on well in the final furlong under a faultless ride from apprentice Nicky Mackay, having his first Royal Ascot mount, to defeat Maraahel by a neck after making much of the running.
HTR had previously won the King George V Handicap three years ago with Beekeeper, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, while the John Gosden-trained Heritage was also successful in the same Royal Ascot race in 1997.
HTR very nearly captured the King George V Handicap in 2002 with Highest, also handled by Sir Michael Stoute, who was beaten a neck by Systematic.
Hopefully, Admiral can now continue to progress like Beekeeper and Highest did following the Royal Meeting.
Having been purchased by Godolphin at the end of the 2001 campaign, Beekeeper went on to finish sixth behind Northerly in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield and was the two-length third to Media Puzzle in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington in Australia the following season.
Highest found just Bollin Eric a length and a quarter too strong in the final British classic, the St Leger at Doncaster, on his last start for HTR in 2002. Last season, when running for Godolphin, he again finished runner-up in a top-class event, this time going down by half a length to Warrsan in the Vodafone Coronation Cup at Epsom.
Brunel, who gave Highclere Thoroughbred Racing a second European Classic success when winning the German 2,000 Guineas on Sunday, May 16, ran well when the close-up fifth, beaten only two and a half lengths by Azamour, in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on the opening day, June 15.
Harry Herbert observed: "Brunel is very well after his Royal Ascot run and he will go for another Group 1 contest. We will be looking at races like the Sussex Stakes (Goodwood, July 28) and Prix de Jacques le Marois (Deauville, France, August 15) as well as judging the prospects of going over a mile and a quarter next time out. We wouldn't be adverse to stepping him up in distance."
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 seven 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 and then was just touched off when the head second in a York handicap on June 12.
The news about Motive, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, is positive: "Motive is a really progressive sort who is working well and I expect we will see him out in valuable handicap soon," explained Harry Herbert.
HIGHCLERE THOROUGHBRED RACING'S CLASSIC RECORD
Brunel captured the German Classic at Cologne by half a length 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 a 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.
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 in Ireland, 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 (up to the end of last year).
NEWMARKET JULY MEETING APPROACHING
2004 JULY MEETING
Tuesday 6th - Thursday 8th July
The three-day July Meeting, Newmarket's major summer racing festival, hits new heights this year with its strongest ever race programme, including a second Group 1 race, and record prize money of over £1.1m.
It starts with Ladies' Day on Tuesday, July 6, when the feature race is the newly upgraded £200,000 UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes (Group 1) and continues on Wednesday, July 7, Panama Hat Day, when the £100,000 Princess of Wales's cantorodds.com Stakes (Group 2) takes centre stage. It culminates with Darley July Cup Day on Thursday, July 8, when the eyes of the racing world will be fixed on the highlight of the meeting, the £250,000 Darley July Cup (Group 1), Europe's premier sprint race, which this year promises to be one of the most competitive and international sprints ever staged in this country with probable challengers from Australia, the USA, Japan, France and Ireland taking on the best from Britain.
WHAT'S NEW IN 2004?
Prize money at the July Meeting has risen by over 66% in just 3 years to £1,114,000 (up from £1m last year and from £665,000 in 2001).
The UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes has been upgraded to Group 1 status by the European Pattern Panel to give fillies and mares, to whom this race is confined, an extra opportunity to race at the highest level. This decision looks like being rewarded with the presence of the unbeaten, triple Group 1 winner Attraction in the line-up. Prize money for the race has been doubled to £200,000 and it has been moved to the first day of the meeting, appropriately Ladies' Day. It is being sponsored by the UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation, who previously sponsored the Princess of Wales's Stakes on this day.
For the third time an Arab Race will be run at the July Meeting, with the 10-furlong £25,000 President of the UAE International Derby as the first race on the opening day. With a strong challenge from around Europe very likely, this will be one of the highest-class Arab races of the European season.
The Princess of Wales's cantorodds.com Stakes (Group 2), sponsored for the first time by cantorodds.com, has moved to be the highlight of the second day.
ADVANCE BOOKINGS HIT RECORD HIGH
After last year's record attendances of over 30,000 people, this year looks like setting a new record if the advance bookings, which are over 30% up on last year, are an accurate guide. Over 8,000 tickets have been sold in advance so far compared with just over 6,000 at this point last year. Lisa Hancock, Newmarket's Managing Director, commented:
"We have put a huge amount of effort and money into improving the July Meeting race programme over the last three years and I think anyone who has been a regular attendee will agree that the meeting has been transformed. It is now top class racing from start to finish with two Group 1's, three Group 2's, a Group 3 and several high class handicaps, putting it on a par with the other big summer racing festivals in this country. I'm sure this is the key to attracting bigger crowds.
"The 'Attraction' factor has been huge this year, with a lot of people ringing up to book tickets for Ladies' Day when we're hoping that this superstar filly will be the star of the show. Darley July Cup Day has also been selling very well and anyone who comes on that day looks like being rewarded with one of the highest class and most competitive sprint races of all time."
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY ASPECT OF THIS PRESS PACK, PLEASE CALL:
Alistair Haggis, 01638 675553 or 07884 026487
2004 JULY MEETING RACE PROGRAMME
Time Race Details Age Conditions Distance Prize Money
Tuesday, July 6, 2004
12.50 President of the UAE International Challenge Derby - Purebred Arabians 4yrs Group One 10f £25,000
1.20 H&K Commissions Bookmakers Handicap 3+yrs C 0-90 1m £20,000
1.50 totesport Rated Stakes 3yrs B 0-105 6f £60,000
2.20 Chippenham Lodge Stud Cherry Hinton Stakes 2yrs Group Two 6f £70,000
3.25 UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes 3+yrs Group One 1m £200,000
4.00 Strutt & Parker Maiden Stakes 2yrs D 7f £12,000
4.35 racingpost.co.uk Fillies Rated Stakes 3yrs B 0-100 7f £20,000
5.05 Robin Parke Memorial Maiden Stakes 3yrs D 1m2f £12,000
Total Prize Money for the day £394,000 (excluding the Purebred Arabian race)
Wednesday, July 7, 2004
1.20 Bahrain Trophy 3yrs Listed 1m6f £30,000
1.50 TNT July Stakes 2yrs Group Two 6f £70,000
2.20 Joss Collins Handicap 3yrs B 0-105 1m2f £50,000
2.55 Princess of Wales's cantorodds.com Stakes 3+yrs Group Two 1m £100,000
3.30 Capannelle Racecourse EBF Novice Stakes 2yrs D 6f £13,000
4.05 Rolls Royce Motor Cars London Handicap 4+yrs C 0-95 2m £15,000
4.40 NGK Spark Plus Handicap 3+yrs D 0-85 5f £15,000
Total Prize Money for the day £293,000
Thursday, July 8, 2004
1.20 Kirtling Handicap 3yrs C 0-100 1m £20,000
1.50 Weatherbys Superlative Stakes 2yrs Group Three 7f £40,000
2.20 Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup (Handicap) 3+yrs B 0-105 7f £70,000
2.55 Darley July Cup 3+yrs Group One 6f £250,000
3.30 Michael Powles Bentley Maiden Fillies Stakes 2yrs D 6f £12,000
4.05 newmarketracecourses.co.uk Nursery Stakes 2yrs C 7f £15,000
4.40 Dullingham Handicap 3+yrs C 0-90 1m4f £20,000
Total Prize Money for the day £427,000
TOTAL PRIZE MONEY FOR THE MEETING £1,114,000
2004 ADMISSION DETAILS
Tickets for all Enclosures can be purchased in advance or on the day:
Members Enclosure - £28 each day
Grandstand & Paddock - £18 each day
Family Enclosure - £7 each day
Car parking is FREE
Children aged under 16 accompanied by an adult will be admitted FREE to all enclosures every day.
There is a professionally supervised crèche for children aged 2-8, costing £1.50 for up to 2 hours.
For advance bookings or more information: 01638 675 500 or www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk
BEST-DRESSED LADY COMPETITION
The July Meeting opens on Tuesday, July 6, with Ladies' Day. The 10 most stylishly dressed ladies, in the eye of an expert panel of judges, will be selected from the crowd and entered into the racecourse's "Best Dressed Lady" competition. All 10 finalists will receive premium occasion hats from the Snoxells 'My Hat' collection and a goody bag.
The prizes for the three overall winners, judged in the winners' enclosure at approximately 2pm, are:
1st prize: A £1,000 voucher to spend on an outfit of her choice from the new Jeff Banks Studio autumn collection.
2nd prize: A weekend for two at the White Swan Hotel at Pickering, one of North Yorkshire's finest 16th century coaching inns.
3rd prize: A bespoke hat from designer Abigail Crampton.
PANAMA HAT DAY
Panama Hats are the order of the day for those men wanting to look the part on day two of the meeting on Wednesday. There will be a prize of a £500 made-to-measure suit from Giles Fox of Newmarket for the best-dressed man picked out by a panel of fashion experts.
TOP CLASS, INTERNATIONAL RACING
- The July Meeting features six Group Races (two Group 1s, three Group 2s and one Group 3) and one Listed Race. The two Group 1 races are the £250,000 Darley July Cup, Europe's premier sprint (see next page), which Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud has sponsored since 1996. This year sees the £200,000 UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes run as a Group 1 contest for the first time with the mile race for fillies and mares now being held on the opening day. The second day features the £100,000 Group 2 Princess of Wales's cantorodds.com Stakes. As part of their sponsorship, the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation are staging the Arabian Derby at the start of the Tuesday card. The other Group 2 races are the Chippenham Lodge Stud Cherry Hinton Stakes and the TNT July Stakes.
- The July Meeting has a strong international flavour. AGNES WORLD, hero of the 2000 Darley July Cup, was the first-ever Japanese-trained winner in Britain. He was subsequently bought by the race sponsors, Darley, and now stands as a stallion at Dalham Hall in Newmarket, just a couple of miles from the scene of his greatest triumph. PROUDWINGS became the first German-trained winner of a British Group race for over a quarter of a century when successful in the 2001 Falmouth Stakes. Last year, star Australian sprinter CHOISIR came close to adding the Darley July Cup to his two successes at Royal Ascot, finishing second to Oasis Dream. For 2004 the Darley July Cup looks set to be the most international sprint ever run in Europe with likely runners from Britain, Ireland, France, Japan, Australia and the USA.
- Last year was a vintage year for the big July Meeting races: the Darley July Cup winner, OASIS DREAM, subsequently landed the Group 1 Victor Chandler Nunthorpe Stakes at York and was crowned European Champion Sprinter; the Princess of Wales's Stakes fell to John Dunlop's popular campaigner MILLENARY for the second year in succession while MACADAMIA supplemented her Royal Hunt Cup victory by landing the Falmouth Stakes. In addition, ATTRACTION was successful in the Cherry Hinton Stakes on her final outing as a juvenile and of course has gone on to remain undefeated this season with victories in the UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Trainer Mark Johnston has indicated that the wonder filly's next start will be against the older generation in the UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes.
- A host of high-class juveniles have contested the two-year-old races at the July Meeting in the past. These include the likes of ATTRACTION, GOSSAMER, DUBAI DESTINATION, NOVERRE, WANNABE GRAND, ALHAARTH, MUJAHID, EMBASSY and PENTIRE, who all won as two-year-olds at the July Meeting.
- Sir Michael Stoute has a good record in the big July Meeting races, with three July Cups, four Princess of Wales's Stakes and four Falmouth Stakes to his credit. Aidan O'Brien has won two of the last five runnings of the Darley July Cup. In the two-year-old races, the man to follow is David Loder as he has saddled 32 juveniles at the July Meeting of whom nine have won, six have finished second, three third, four fourth, three fifth and three sixth. His record in the TNT July Stakes (Group 2) is exceptional, his nine runners having recorded four victories, one second, one third, two fourths and just one unplaced horse.
The Darley July Cup - The Sprint Championship
Since the International Classifications first began in 1977, there have been 27 runnings of the Darley July Cup and incredibly no less than 21 of the winners in that time have been crowned champion European sprinter, with the other six all being of the very highest quality. Time and again the Darley July Cup has proved to be Europe's sprint championship.
Year Winner Rating
2003 OASIS DREAM 125
2002 CONTINENT 117 (3rd to Kyllachy on 119)
2001 MOZART 125
2000 Agnes World 119 (3rd to Namid on 127)
1999 STRAVINSKY 127
1998 ELNADIM 121
1997 COMPTON PLACE 121 (Joint with Elnadim and Royal Applause)
1996 ANABAA 127
1995 LAKE CONISTON 127
1994 OWINGTON 124 (Joint with Bigstone)
1993 Hamas 120 (3rd to Wolfhound on 125)
1992 Mr Brooks 121 (Joint 3rd to Sheikh Albadou on 127)
1991 POLISH PATRIOT 126
1990 Royal Academy 129 (2nd to Dayjur on 133)
1989 CADEAUX GENEREUX 124
1988 SOVIET STAR 125
1987 AJDAL 127
1986 Green Desert 122 (4th to Last Tycoon on 126)
1985 NEVER SO BOLD 130
1984 CHIEF SINGER 132
1983 HABIBTI 131
1982 SHARPO 128
1981 MARWELL 130 (Joint with Sharpo)
1980 MOORESTYLE 131 (Also champion three-year-old)
1979 THATCHING 132
1978 SOLINUS 128 (Joint with King Of Macedon)
1977 GENTILHOMBRE 133
TOMORROW'S JOCKEY CLUB ENQUIRIES
10.45am - Paul Eddery
The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 1st July 2004, will hold an enquiry to consider whether or not Paul Eddery, a licensed jockey, has committed a breach of Rule 221B(i) in the light of Instruction F5 headed 'Use of Mobile Telephones by Riders, Master Jockeys' Valets and Master Valet's Assistants on Racecourse Property' at Windsor on 19th April.
12pm - Ronald Thompson
The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 1st July 2004, will hold an enquiry to consider whether or not Ronald Thompson, a licensed trainer, has committed a breach of Rule 220(viii) of the Rules of Racing, in respect of his forging the signature of Mrs Michelle Thompson, his wife and also a registered owner, on the Authority to Act form he submitted to Weatherbys on 23rd April, appointing himself to act as an authorised agent for Mrs Thompson
2.15pm - Brett Johnson
The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 1st July 2004, will hold an enquiry to consider whether or not Brett Johnson, a licensed trainer, has committed breaches of Rule 220(vii)(b) of the Rules of Racing, in respect of his incorrect responses to questions under the heading 'Health and Safety' on page 4 of his Application Form for Renewal of Trainer's Licence 2004/2005, signed and dated 20th December 2003.
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