FONTHILL ROAD ON COURSE FOR VODAFONE STEWARDS' CUP REVENGE
Last year's Vodafone Stewards' Cup runner-up Fonthill Road is one of three Richard Fahey-trained entries for the prestigious £100,000 six-furlong contest, which is to be run at Goodwood on Saturday, August 5, the final day of the Festival Meeting.
The Malton handler could also be represented by Philharmonic and Green Park as he bids to banish the memory of last season's narrow defeat.
Fahey reflected: "I was gutted that day, but that happens. You need a lot of luck to win a race like the Vodafone Stewards' Cup."
Fonthill Road looked to have secured victory when taking the lead with 100 yards to race in the 2005 renewal of the prestigious sprint handicap, only to be collared on the line by the fast-finishing Dandy Nicholls-trained Gift Horse.
The six-year-old gelding subsequently finished a short-head second to Presto Shinko in the Ayr Gold Cup and this term he has been restricted to two outings, most recently when a creditable 10th to Steenberg in the Group Two Duke Of York Stakes at York on May 17.
Fahey revealed this morning: "He's had a bit of an interrupted season but he's fine now. He's just had a little problem, nothing serious, but he's back in full work and the plan is to go for the Vodafone Stewards' Cup, but he won't run if it's firm ground."
Philharmonic was 16th in the 2005 Vodafone Stewards' Cup, but has been in top form in six outings this term, finishing runner-up to the Group One-placed Majors Cast over seven furlongs at Haydock in May, and filling the same position behind Etlaala in a six-furlong Salisbury Listed contest on June 18.
Fahey reported: "Philharmonic is running great. He's in the form of his life at the moment. He's a twilight horse, and he's been running well in Listed and Group races but he's struggling to win. He's definitely a better horse this year and his form is rock solid now so he's entitled to run in the race."
Fahey's potential three-pronged assault is completed by the former Richard Hannon-trained Green Park, who won for his new connections over five furlongs at Thirsk in May.
The trainer continued: "Green Park is running well and goes tomorrow in the Gosforth Park Sprint Cup, then the plan would be to run in the Stewards' Cup if he's okay at the time. I'd say he'd go on any ground."
In conclusion, Fahey said: "We'll look at the draw and see which horse is in form at the time and then keep our fingers crossed."
The five-day Festival Meeting, from Tuesday, August 1 through to Saturday, August 5, is largely an all-ticket affair this year.
The Richmond Enclosure, as usual, is for members and their guests, while admission to the Gordon Enclosure for all five days and in the Lennox Enclosure (formerly the Public Enclosure) on the Saturday will be by advance purchase only.
The only enclosure where tickets can be bought on the day is the Lennox from the Tuesday to the Friday.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.goodwood.co.uk or by telephoning 01243 755005.
FANSHAWE LEADING RACE FOR ROLLS-ROYCE DICK HERN AWARD
Newmarket-based trainer James Fanshawe is currently leading the pack in a thrilling race for the Rolls-Royce Dick Hern Award, which is awarded to the leading trainer at Goodwood in 2006. Among Fanshawe's victorious quartet was Firenze, who landed the Empire Property Group Handicap on June 10 before finishing an unlucky second in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot. She looks to be a leading contender for the Vodafone Stewards' Cup at the Festival Meeting
In close pursuit with three winners each are Mick Channon, Richard Hannon, John Dunlop, Brian Meehan and Amanda Perrett.
With the Festival Meeting still to come and a total of 12 remaining racedays in 2006, there is still everything to play for.
Previous winners of the Rolls-Royce Dick Hern Award are Amanda Perrett (2002), Mick Channon (2003), Richard Hannon (2004) and Marcus Tregoning (2005).
Locally-born Ryan Moore, whose father Gary trains at Brighton, is the most successful jockey at Goodwood so far this year with 10 winners, 4 of which came at Goodwood on Friday, June 23.
Moore is clear of his closest two rivals, Frankie Dettori and Martin Dwyer, who each have five winners.
FORWARD MOVE BIDDING FOR ROYAL RESULT - Three-day totepool Festival of Racing at Windsor this weekend
This weekend - Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2, and Monday (evening) July 3 - sees the return of the totepool Festival of Racing weekend at Royal Windsor.
The Queen may have failed to register a winner at Royal Ascot this year, but Her Majesty could gain compensation at Royal Windsor on Saturday, July 1, when Forward Move is a possible runner in the £28,000 Listed totepool Midsummer Stakes over an extended mile.
The Richard Hannon-trained four-year-old, second to David Junior at Sandown last term, ran a solid race on his seasonal bow at Royal Ascot, when five and three-quarter lengths ninth of 16 behind I'm So Lucky in the Listed Wolferton Handicap over 10 furlongs.
The Queen's Racing Manager, John Warren, revealed today: "There is a probability that Forward Move will run. He's come out of his race particularly well so Richard Hannon is quite keen to run him
"He won the Listed Vodafone Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood last year over a mile, so I don't think dropping him back down in trip will be a problem."
He continued: "We only had two options for him at Royal Ascot and it was either the Royal Hunt Cup or the Wolferton Handicap. The Hunt Cup was an enormously big field where the draw could have snookered us, so we decided to run him in the longer race.
"He hadn't run for a while so now he should be right for the weekend. His jockey reported he got a little bit tired as he had been off since last September, which was a long time to be off."
Explaining the gelding's extended absence from the track, Warren reported: "One of the main reasons he hadn't run up to Royal Ascot was that he was rated 108, and, as a consequence, if he'd gone up three pounds it would have put him out of Ascot altogether because the Listed race he ran in was rated 0-110, so we felt there was no point in running until then."
Royal Windsor Racecourse's three-day meeting, which carries total prize money of £180,000, commences on Saturday, July 1, at 2pm with the toteplacepot Maiden Stakes over six furlongs, and the day also features the £50,000 totesport (Heritage) Handicap over six furlongs.
Sunday, July 2, sees a further six races at the Thames-side course, featuring the £20,000 EBF totepsort.com Fillies' Conditions Stakes (4.10pm) run over five furlongs, and the £20,000 totequadpot Handicap (3.35pm) over 10 furlongs, which was won last year by the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Front Stage.
Stoute, the leading trainer at Royal Windsor this season with five victories to his credit, could bid for back-to-back wins in the race with one-time Vodafone Derby hope Book Of Music who was fourth to Red Rocks in a Newmarket Listed contest on May 27.
Royal Windsor's Monday night regulars will not be disappointed, as the meeting concludes with an entertaining six-race card on July 3, with the first race, the toteplacepot Fillies' Median Auction Maiden Stakes over five furlongs, due off at 6.40pm.
The evening fixture features the six-furlong £10,000 totesport 0800 221 221 Handicap (7.40pm), and concludes at 9.10pm with the £5,000 Ann Hoke Birthday Celebration Handicap over a mile.
Richard Hughes will be looking for success over the three-day meeting to consolidate his standing as the leader in Royal Windsor's VC Casino Jockeys' Championship.
Hughes heads the table with six victories, two more than Jamie Spencer, Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori.
Sir Michael Stoute's five wins this term are matched by David Elsworth, but the Freemason Lodge handler heads the Royal Windsor VC Casino Trainers' Championship as he has three seconds compared to Elsworth's one. Richard Hannon is poised in third with four successes.
In addition to high-class racing, there are plenty of other attractions to keep all members of the family amused.
Sunday, July 2, is Family Fun Day and two special visitors will be on hand to entertain racegoers - none other than the original Noddy and Big Ears!
Children will also be able to enjoy a bouncy castle, face painting, penalty shot outs, pony rides, a mobile farm and much more.
Saturday, July 1, is also the date of the World Cup quarter final between England and Portugal. On this day, Royal Windsor will generously be giving away free pints of Carling lager to the first 1,000 racegoers to arrive.
Racegoers do not have to worry about missing any of the soccer action, as there will be three large screens, one more than usual, in operation with one focusing exclusively on the action from Stuttgart and the other two split between racing and football. All bars will also stay open until the end of the match.
David Mackinnon, Managing Director of Royal Windsor, commented: "We are very pleased to see that the races at the totepool Festival of Racing have been so strongly supported by trainers and we look forward to some wonderful racing.
"This weekend really does offer something for everyone with top-class racing plus the opportunity to watch England on Saturday, the Family Fun Day on Sunday and the unique party atmosphere of Monday evening."
The party atmosphere of Windsor on a Monday evening was enhanced on June 26 by the presence of the hugely-popular American girl group the Pussycat Dolls, who played a surprise concert after racing.
Admission prices are Club Enclosure £20, Grandstand Enclosure £14 and Silver Ring Enclosure £6. Booking made in advance on line qualify for a £3.00 discount per person. All children 16 and under go FREE when accompanied by an adult. Parking in the public car park is FREE (Members' Car Park £5 and Silver Ring Car Park, with picnic area, £6.
HAYDOCK PARK'S THREE-DAY JULY MEETING FEATURES bet365 LANCASHIRE OAKS AND bet365 OLD NEWTON CUP
Haydock Park's three-day July Meeting which runs from Thursday, July 6, through to Saturday, July 8, features the £90,000 Group Two bet365 Lancashire Oaks and the £85,000 bet365 Old Newton Cup (Heritage Handicap).
The richest day of the meeting, Saturday, July 8, sees prize money up 8% on last year at £252,000
The bet365 Lancashire Oaks, won by many high-class fillies during its history, was first run at the now closed Old Castle Irwell Course in Manchester in 1939. The mile and a half event transferred to Haydock Park when Manchester became defunct in 1963 and has been run there ever since.
The Lancashire Oaks used to be restricted to three-year-old fillies but in 1991 it was opened up to older fillies and mares as well. In 2004, the race was upgraded to Group Two status for the first time and this elevation means that the prize money of £90,000 in 2006 is £40,000 more than its last running as a Group Three event in 2003.
The historic bet365 Old Newton Cup, one of the oldest races in Britain, first went to post in 1807 at Old Newton racecourse and became an integral part of the new Haydock Park racecourse when it was inaugurated in 1899.
More recently, the bet365 Old Newton Cup has become one of the strongest handicaps of the season, with winners having gone on to success in the very best races including the 2004 hero Alkaased, who subsequently won the Group One Japan Cup and 2003 victor Collier Hill who was victorious in the Group One Irish St Leger.
This media information pack contains a roll of honour for both the bet365 Lancashire Oaks and the bet365 Old Newton Cup since 1980, as well as a history of the two events plus the race programme.
The opening day of the three-day July Meeting, Thursday, July 6, sees the first race of the six-contest programme go to post at 2.20pm with the final one run at 4.50pm. Friday is a six-race evening fixture beginning at 6.50pm and concluding at 9.20pm. Tickets and badges are available for all enclosures, please call 01942 402624 or book online at www.haydock-park.co.uk.
Saturday's seven-race card begins at 2.20pm and the final event of the day is at 5.45pm.
THE bet365 OLD NEWTON CUP - ROLL OF HONOUR 1980-2005
£85,000, 1m 3f 200yds, 3.30pm, Haydock Park, Saturday, July 8, 2006
Year Winner Trainer Jockey Owner Age/Wgt SP
2005 ZEITGEIST Luca Cumani Nicky Mackay Leonidas Marinopoulos 4-8-10 9/1
2004 ALKAASED Luca Cumani Jimmy Fortune Mike Charlton 4-9-01 7/1
2003 COLLIER HILL Alan Swinbank Pat Eddery R Hall 5-8-10 8/1
2002 SUN BIRD Dick Allan John McAuley Mrs R Aggio 4-7-12 40/1
2001 HANNIBAL LAD Mark Brisbourne Basil Marcus John Pugh 5-8-08 14/1
2000 RADA'S DAUGHTER Ian Balding Kevin Darley Mrs Richard Plummer 4-8-11 11/1
1999 CELESTIAL WELCOME Mary Reveley Carl Lowther The Welcome Alliance 4-8-10 16/1
1998 PERFECT PARADIGM John Gosden Gary Hind Sheikh Mohammed 4-9-02 14/1
1997 ZARALASKA Luca Cumani Pat Eddery Fittocks Stud 6-9-08 5/1
1996 KEY TO MY HEART Sally Hall Richard Hughes Maureen Pickering 6-10-00 9/2
1995 LOMBARDIC Julie Cecil John Reid Bonusprint 4-8-12 10/1
1994 GLIDE PATH John Hills Michael Hills The Jampot Partnership 5-8-10 10/1
1993 GLIDE PATH John Hills Richard Hills The Jampot Partnership 4-8-02 20/1
1992 MATADOR Roger Charlton Pat Eddery Khalid Abdulla 5-9-02 11/4F
1991 LIBK Tom Jones Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-8-11 5/1
1990 HATEEL Peter Walwyn Frankie Dettori Hamdan Al Maktoum 4-9-06 4/1
1989 NICKLE PLATED Geoff Wragg Gary Carter White Lodge Stud 4-9-07 14/1
1988 ROUSHAYD Fulke Johnson Houghton Billy Newnes HH Aga Khan 4-9-10 6/1
1987 PIPSTED Geoff Wragg Gary Carter Eric Moller 3-8-00 7/1
1986 RAKAPOSHI KING Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Lord Howard de Walden 4-9-07 9/2
1985 CLANRALLIER Bill Watts Brent Thomson Robert Sangster 5-8-03 7/2JF
1984 BISHOP'S RING Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn Robert Sangster 3-8-06 7/2
1983 REGAL STEEL Reg Hollinshead Paul Eddery Steel Plate & Selections Ltd 5-8-02 14/1
1982 VALENTINIAN Dick Hern Willie Carson Lord Scarborough 4-10-03 4/1
1981 DOGBERRY Harry Wragg Byrn Crossley Sir Philip Oppenheimer 3-7-05 100/30
1980 SHADY NOOK Herbert Blagrave Steve Raymont Herbert Blagrave 5-9-05 8/1
STATISTICS SINCE 1980
Most successful current trainers
Luca Cumani - 3 wins -Zaralaska (1997), Alkaased (2004) and Zeitgeist (2005).
Most successful current jockeys
Richard Hills - 2 wins - Libk (1991) and Glide Path (1993)
Sun Bird (2002) 40/1
Matador (1992) 11/4. Only two favourites have won since 1980.
The maximum number of runners is 17 and the race is very competitive with the average field in the last six years being 16.
The highest weight carried to victory sonce 1980 is 10st 3lb by Valentinian in 1982.
The lowest winning weight since 1980 is 7st 5lb by Dogberry in 1981.
THE bet365 LANCASHIRE OAKS
ROLL OF HONOUR 1980-2005
£90,000, 1m 3f 200yds, 2.50pm, Haydock Park, Saturday, July 8, 2006
Year Winner Trainer Jockey Owner Age/Wgt SP
2005 PLAYFUL ACT John Gosden Jimmy Fortune Sangster Family 3-8-05 11/4
2004 PONGEE Luca Cumani Jimmy Fortune Fittocks Stud 4-9-03 9/2
2003 PLACE ROUGE John Gosden Robert Havlin William Farish III 4-9-03 25/1
2002 MELLOW PARK Jeremy Noseda Darryll Holland Trish Burns 3-8-05 13/8F
2001 SACRED SONG Henry Cecil Richard Quinn Niarchos Family 4-9-06 7/4F
2000 ELA ATHENA Michael Jarvis Philip Robinson Andreas Michael 4-9-03 5/1
1999 NOUSHKEY Michael Jarvis Philip Robinson Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum 3-8-04 2/1F
1998 CATCHASCATCHCAN Henry Cecil Willie Ryan Lord Howard de Walden 3-8-04 8/1
1997 SQUEAK John Gosden Gary Hind Lord Hartington 3-8-04 9/2
1996 SPOUT Roger Charlton Tim Sprake Lady Rothschild 4-9-06 13/2
1995 FANJICA John Dunlop Gary Carter Diamond Thoroughbreds Inc 3-8-04 6/1
1994 STATE CRYSTAL Henry Cecil Willie Ryan Michael Poland 3-8-04 5/2F
1993 RAINBOW LAKE Henry Cecil Willie Ryan Khalid Abdulla 3-8-04 11/8F
1992 NIODINI Michael Stoute Paul Eddery Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-04 7/1
1991 PATRICIA Henry Cecil Gary Carter Charles St George 3-8-04 11/1
1990 PHARIAN Clive Brittain Frankie Dettori Saeed Manana 3-8-09 14/1
1989 ROSEATE TERN Dick Hern Tony Ives Lord Carnarvon 3-8-09 7/4F
1988 ANDALEEB Jeremy Tree Pat Eddery Khalid Abdulla 3-8-09 100/30
1987 THREE TAILS John Dunlop Tony Ives Sheikh Mohammed 3-9-01 6/4F
1986 PARK EXPRESS Jim Bolger IRE John Reid Paddy Burns 3-8-11 13/2
1985 GRAECIA MAGNA Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Athos Christodoulou 3-8-11 5/4F
1984 SANDY ISLAND Henry Cecil Lester Piggott Lord Howard de Walden 3-8-11 5/6F
1983 GIVE THANKS Jim Bolger IRE Declan Gillespie Mrs O White 3-9-01 4/1JF
1982 SING SOFTLY Henry Cecil Lester Piggott Caryl Harris 3-8-11 5/4F
1981 RHEIN BRIDGE Bill Watts Edward Hide Robert Sangster 3-8-11 10/1
1980 VIELLE Bruce Hobbs Paul Cook Tom Blackwell 3-8-11 4/5F
STATISTICS SINCE 1980
Most successful current trainers
Henry Cecil - 7 wins - Sing Softly (1982), Sandy Island (1984), Patricia (1991), Rainbow Lake (1993), State Crystal (1994), Catchascatchcan (1998) and Sacred Song (2001)
John Gosden - 3 wins - Squeak (1997), Place Rouge (2003) and Playful Act (2005)
Jim Bolger IRE - 2 winns - Give Thanks (1983) and Park Express (1986)
John Dunlop - 2 wins - Three Tails (1987) and Fanjica (1995)
Michael Jarvis - 2 wins - Noushkey (1999) and Ela Athena (2000)
Most successful current jockeys
Jimmy Fortune - Pongee (2004) and Playful Act (2005)
Philip Robinson - Noushkey (1999) and Ela Athena (2000)
Place Rouge (2003) 25/1
Vielle (1980) 4/5. There have been 11 winning favourites since 1980
HISTORY OF THE bet365 LANCASHIRE OAKS
After the Group Two Bet365 Lancashire Oaks was opened up to older fillies and mares rather than just members of the classic generation in 1991, the first four-year-old to be successful was the Roger Charlton-trained Spout five years later. She also won the John Porter Stakes at Newbury on her seasonal debut that year.
Newmarket-based Henry Cecil has the best training record in this prestigious event since 1980, sending out seven winners - Sing Softly (1982), Sandy Island two years later, Patricia in 1991, Rainbow Lake (1993), State Crystal (1994), Catchascatchcan in 1998 and Sacred Song in 2001.
Sacred Song justified favouritism by four lengths from Ranin and only found Super Tassa a length too powerful on her next start in the Group One Yorkshire Oaks, while Catchascatchcan completed the double in these races, denying Rambling Rose by a length at Haydock and High And Low by double that margin at York. She was sold for $4.7 million at Keeneland in November, 2002, to Ryanair founder Dr Tony Ryan and subsequently produced the smart performer Antonius Pius.
After State Crystal had also rewarded favourite backers by a length and a half from Interim, she was third in both the Yorkshire Oaks and Group One Prix Vermeille at Longchamp. Three years earlier, Patricia won by the same distance from La Sky (dam of 2000 Epsom Oaks winner Love Divine) and then, having won two other Pattern contests, finished runner-up to Turgeon in the Irish St Leger on her last start.
Sandy Island deserved her success, having gone down by a length to Ballinderry in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on her previous start, while Sing Softly, having beaten Tants by a length and a half at Haydock, subsequently finished third to Swiftfoot in Doncaster's Park Hill Stakes (the fillies' St Leger) on her final start of the campaign.
Irish trainer Jim Bolger struck twice in the eighties with Give Thanks in 1983 and Park Express three years later. Give Thanks ran on well under a superb ride from Declan Gillespie to score by two lengths from Ski Sailing and the partnership later became Classic winners, taking the Irish Oaks by two and a half lengths from High Hawk, while Park Express passed the post a length and a half and a head in front of Mill On The Floss. She went on to win the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood by three lengths and the Irish Champion Stakes at Phoenix Park by two and a half lengths.
John Dunlop is another trainer to have been successful twice here during this period, with Three Tails in 1987 and Fanjica eight years later. Three Tails was beaten eight lengths by Unite in the Epsom Oaks before winning at Haydock. The Sheikh Mohammed-owned filly went on to finish second in the Prix Vermeille in September and win the Meld Stakes at the Curragh.
The 1980 renewal went to the Bruce Hobbs-trained Vielle, who had earlier finished two lengths adrift of Bireme in the Epsom Oaks. She came home five lengths ahead of Kahaila, and subsequently won the Nassau Stakes before finishing runner-up to Shoot A Line in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Another filly to be placed at Epsom before winning at Haydock was the Dick Hern-trained Roseate Tern in 1989. She was third to Aliysa in the Oaks and subsequently beat Lucky Song by half a length in the Lancashire Oaks. She later came from last to first in the final two and a half furlongs to win the Yorkshire Oaks and then, taking on the colts, ran third in the St Leger at Doncaster..
In recent seasons, Michael Jarvis has provided two winners - Epsom Oaks runner-up Noushkey in 1999 and Ela Athena the following year. The latter ran on under Philip Robinson to deny Solaia by a length and a half and was tremendously consistent at the highest level during her career, being placed in seven Group One events, without getting her head in front in that class.
John Gosden has struck three times, with Squeak in 1997, in 2003 with the well-bred Place Rouge, who was carrying the colours of the then American ambassador to the United Kingdom, Will Farish, and again last year with Playful Act, who was winning on her seasonal debut and subsequently finished runner-up in the Irish Oaks.
Pongee, owned, trained and bred by Luca Cumani, underlined her liking for Haydock Park in 2004, having won a Listed race at the venue two months earlier. She won the bet365 Lancashire Oaks by a length from Sahool under a strong Jimmy Fortune ride and went on to finish runner-up to Quiff in the Yorkshire Oaks.
HISTORY OF THE bet365 OLD NEWTON CUP
You could imagine you were looking at a Group One event if the list of winning owners since 1980 in the Old Newton Cup is anything to go by. With names such as Robert Sangster, Lord Howard de Walden, Eric Moller, the Aga Khan, Hamdan Al Maktoum, Khalid Abdulla, Fittocks Stud and Sheikh Mohammed cropping up, it is no wonder that this 12-furlong contest is one of the most competitive handicaps in the calendar.
The 2003 winner, the Alan Swinbank-trained Collier Hill, who led over a furlong out to defeat Waverley by half a length, provided jockey Pat Eddery with a final success in the Old Newton Cup after the rider had announced his retirement the previous month. Eddery also won on the Roger Charlton-trained Matador in 1992 and Zaralaska, trained by Luca Cumani, five years later.
Collier Hill proved to be an exceptional winner and his subsequent victories include the Group One Irish St Leger at the Curragh.
The John Hills-trained Glide Path triumphed in 1993 and 1994, partnered on the first occasion by the trainer's brother Richard and the next time by another sibling Michael. Glide Path must have been a handicap certainty the first time he won, despite being sent off at 20/1, as he carried 8st 2lb and ran off a mark of 74. The following year he carried 8lb more off an official rating of 85 and later won the Group Three Stockholm Cup in Sweden.
Geoff Wragg is another handler to have won twice, courtesy of Pipsted in 1987 and Nickle Plated two years later, both ridden by Gary Carter. Three-year-old Pipsted was gaining his third success of the campaign and on his next start finished runner-up to Daarkom in the Tote Ebor at York, while Nickle Plated was only beaten a length into fourth in the Group Three Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh just over a month later.
Richard Hills also won in 1991 on the Tom Jones-trained Libk, one of two winners owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum - the other being the Frankie Dettori-ridden Hateel the previous term. Libk has the honour of being the last three-year-old to win when he comfortably defeated Hawait Al Barr by three and a half lengths and, although well beaten, he was considered good enough to run in the St Leger two outings later.
Post-1980, in addition to Hamdan Al Maktoum and the Jampot Partnership, who owned Glide Path, the other owner to win the Old Newton Cup twice was Robert Sangster, who sadly died in 2004. Trainer Michael Stoute, before he was knighted, provided the locally-born owner with his first success with Bishop's Ring in 1984, while Bill Watts saddled Sangster's second scorer Clanrallier the following season.
Two winners since 1980, the Dick Hern-trained Valentinian in 1982 and Key To My Heart, trained by Sally Hall, have managed to carry 10st or more to victory. The former (10st 3lb) made all under Willie Carson to beat Military Band by half a length and was good enough to win the Group Two Prix Kergorlay at Deauville later in the season, while Key To My Heart, who got the better of a tremendous finish with Royal Scimitar by a neck, subsequently won the Listed Doonside Cup at Ayr.
When Sun Bird defied odds of 40/1 in 2002 after keeping on too strongly for Barathea Blazer, he became one of 13 four-year-olds, easily the most successful age group, to win this handicap since 1980. Four three-year-olds, seven five-year-olds and two six-year-olds have also prevailed.
Another significant victor was the Henry Cecil-trained Rakaposhi King in 1986. He made all to win unchallenged by five lengths from High Tension under American rider Steve Cauthen and next time out won a Listed race at Lingfield Park.
Rakaposhi King improved even further the following campaign, finishing the runner-up to star French filly Triptych in the Group One Coronation Cup at Epsom, having earlier won his first three starts of the season including two Group Three events - the Ormonde Stakes at Chester and the John Porter Stakes at Newbury.
Luca Cumani has gained three Old Newton Cup victories. Alkaased was the four-length victor in 2004 and rounded off his career by winning the Group One Japan Cup, having earlier won the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. The Newmarket handler's other two winners of this race were Zaralaska in 1997 and Zeitgeist last year.
FIRST JULY MEETING
THURSDAY, FRIDAY (EVENING) & SATURDAY, JULY 6, 7 AND 8, 2006
ORDER OF RUNNING
First Day - Thursday, July 6
Time Race Dist Total Prize Money
2.20pm Haydock Park Badgeholders Club Fillies' Handicap 1m 4f £7,000
2.50pm E.B.F. Novices Fillies' Stakes 6f £7,000
3.20pm Easibed Handicap 6f £10,000
3.50pm Dalkia Handicap 1m £15,000
4.20pm Bingley Maiden Stakes 1m £5,000
4.50pm Goose Green Handicap 1m 6f £10,000
Second Day - Friday, July 7
6.50pm John Carroll Apprentice Handicap 6f £6,000
7.20pm M. E. N. - Number 1 Arena in the World Selling Stakes 6f £7,000
7.50pm MTB Group Maiden Auction Stakes 6f £5,000
8.20pm Tony and Kieran Memorial Handicap 1m 4f £10,000
8.50pm Mike Pennington 50th Birthday Handicap 1m 6f £5,000
9.20pm Haydock Park Rose Fillies' Handicap 1m £5,000
Third Day - Saturday, July 8
* 2.20pm H²O July Trophy Handicap 1m 4f £30,000
4.35pm Duke Of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry Handicap 6f £17,500
5.10pm Paul Salisbury Handicap 5f £5,000
5.45pm Mr & Mrs Steven Chadwick Wedding Day Handicap 1m £5,000
* Channel 4 Televised Races Total £252,500
The Disciplinary Panel of the HRA held an enquiry on 29th June 2006 to consider whether or not Matthew Batchelor, a licensed jockey, had committed a breach of Rule 220 (iv) of the Rules of Racing in respect of his association with John McCracken, a person excluded under Rule 2(v)(a) from all premises owned or licensed by the HRA.
The Panel heard evidence from Batchelor who was legally represented. Batchelor admitted that on 17th December 2005 he went looking for Mr McCracken and found him in a public house on Brighton Marina and spoke to him about an alleged corrupt practice involving horseracing that had been brought to his attention by a friend of his. The Panel found him to be in breach of Rule 220 (iv) in that he had associated with someone who he knew to be excluded.
The Panel ordered that Batchelor be fined £600.
Although the Panel found him to be in breach when deciding on the level of penalty, consideration was given to his honesty and co-operation with the Investigating Officers and that his meeting with Mr McCracken was very brief and only occurred once.